Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Shabaab looks to the Somali North


By Daniele Raineri
Speaking to a crowd in Ufurow district in the Bakool region, Mahad Omar Abdikarin, Shabaab’s governor for the Bay and Bakool regions in southwestern Somalia, recently announced that the al-Qaeda-backed group will attack Puntland, the semi-autonomous state, and the breakaway republic of Somaliland. Abdikarin is a prominent leader who has publicly flaunted Shabaab’s link with al Qaeda and has urged foreign fighters to flock to Somalia.

Drought in Somalia and Somaliland

Field reports indicate that parts of Somaliland and Puntland that did not receive sufficient rainfall during the Deyr season (October-December) are experiencing water shortages both for humans and livestock. Reports from Somaliland say that abnormal population and livestock movements have been observed from north-western regions towards Sool region in search of pasture and water.

Britain 'botched rescue attempt' for Somalia hostages

LONDON (AFP) - British special forces have attempted to rescue a couple seized by Somali pirates almost three months ago but the mission was aborted amid "bungling" delays, a report has said.
Citing a government official, the BBC reported on Friday that a Special Boat Service team was deployed from Britain to rescue Paul and Rachel Chandler but they were delayed by technical problems and slow decision-making in London.
(File photo of the Chandlers)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Anxious Ethiopia : Jangling nerves

Meles Zenawi will probably win the election. But that may not bring calm
From The Economist print edition
WORRIES about Ethiopia’s election, due in May, are growing. Aid-giving Western governments hope it will pass off without the strife that followed the last one, in 2005, when 200 people were killed, thousands were imprisoned, and the democratic credentials of Meles Zenawi, despite his re-election, were left in tatters.
(Photo : Upwardly mobile Meles)

Cellphone thief loses hand in Somalia


Mogadishu - Somalia's al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab Islamists on Thursday publicly chopped off the right hand of a man accused of stealing cellphones, witnesses and officials said.

The punishment took place in the southern port town of Merka under the control of the extremist group, and where they have imposed strict sharia, or Islamic law.

Somalia’s Al-Shabaab threatens to attack Kenya

NAIROBI: Somalia’s hard-line Al-Shabaab rebels threatened on Thursday to attack neighboring Kenya following a crackdown on Somalis in the capital Nairobi, according to a recording posted on an Al-Shabaab website.

Is There a War Criminal Living in Your Backyard?

Pamela Merchant
Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability

How would you feel if a man responsible for the rape, torture and murder of thousands of people was living freely in your community? That's right -- parking next to you at Costco, sitting next to you at the movie theater, or waiting in line behind you at the dry cleaner. If you live in our nation's capitol, one of your neighbors is Mohamed Ali Samantar, the former Minister of Defense for Somalia under the brutal Siad Barre regime.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Four die as pirates squabble over ransom

AT least four people were killed overnight during intense fighting between rival Somali pirates in the town of Harardhere arguing over a record ransom, elders and pirates say.

Monday, January 18, 2010

YEMEN : African arrivals in 2009 up 55 percent

SANAA, 17 January 2010 (IRIN) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Yemen received 77,802 new arrivals from the Horn of Africa in 2009, a 55 percent increase over 2008 and for the first time Somalis were not the majority nationality, the agency's external relations officer Rocco Nuri told IRIN in Sanaa on 16 January.

What the Gaza war meant for Israel


By Orly Halpern

Omri Buson says his "blood boils" every time he hears about the negotiations between Hamas and Israel over the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
From his point of view, Israel should have never ended last year's military offensive on Gaza without Shalit's return.

Somali central bank reopened


by Emma Saunders
Apparently, the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia has today reopened the Somali Central Bank, which collapsed after civil war erupted at the start of 1991. The reopening has been a stated aim of the transitional government for some time. News reports suggest the governmental Bank will help international donors to assist the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia. Currently donations pass through neighbouring countries such as Kenya

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ransom paid for oil tanker, Somalia pirates feud

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The largest ransom ever paid to Somali pirates was dropped on Sunday onto a Greek-flagged oil tanker with two million barrels of oil on board, pirates and maritime officials said.

An aircraft dropped a ransom believed to be between $5.5 million and $7 million for the release of the tanker which was hijacked near the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles, the officials said.

Somalia prepares for assault on al- Shabaab


Countries bordering Somalia are planning to coordinate a major assault against positions held by al- Shabaab militia in Somalia, using ethnic Somali military officers being trained in their respective boundaries.

Sudan military court hand death sentences on 18 Darfur stationed soldiers: report

January 16, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – A Sudanese military court sentenced 18 soldiers to death charging them with insubordination and mutiny, a newspaper reported this week.

Fifty political parties to run in Ethiopia’s 2010 election


By Tesfa Alem Tekle
January 16, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) — The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said that 50 political parties including the ruling party are registered to take part in the upcoming national election.
The board said that every necessary preparation is finalized and political opponents will soon begin their campaigns.

Somalia and Yemen 'swap rebels'


By Martin Plaut
A radical Somali Islamist group fighting to overthrow the government in Somalia says it is exchanging fighters with rebels in Yemen.
An al-Shabab spokesman told the BBC the group was sending forces to Yemen and receiving fighters in return because of its close links with the country.
Yemen has come under scrutiny after last month's failed US airliner attack was linked to militants in the country.