Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ethiopia shuts down hydro- electric power plant after crack on tunnel

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) -Nazret.
Ethiopia announced on Friday the shutting down of one of its biggest hydro-electric power plants following a crack on the tunnel, which interrupted water flow into the 26km tunnel.
The new hydro-electric project, Gilgel Gibe II, was inaugurated on 13 January 2010, which was generating 420 megawatts.

Somaliland : International Republican Institute (IRI)

Somaliland, a break-away territory in the northern region of Somalia, uniquely blends democratic principles, traditional clan structures and Islamic faith. Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1992, and since 2002, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has been a collaborating partner with civil society groups, political parties and the national parliament.

The Invisible Country

Tristan McConnell
Narayan Mahon, Photographer
As we sped through the dusty heat of rural Somaliland on one of the region’s few paved roads, an armed escort behind us and the hills of Ethiopia ahead, Dr. Adan Abokor told me his story. Abokor is sixty-two years old with thinning, gray hair, and his steady, measured voice can mask his emotions, but his energy is undiminished, and his memories of 1982 are still raw.

Berbera, the Somaliland Port


Jason Florio
The Somali port of Berbera lies against the Gulf of Aden, a semi-derelict relic of colonial times. Once the capital of British Somaliland, the city now has the feel of a Wild West ghost town.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Somalia Exodus

Geneva - The UN refugee agency says it is bracing for a mass flight to neighboring countries of civilians seeking to escape violence in Somalia.
A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the agency is stepping up preparations in Kenya and other East African countries.
Melissa Fleming says UNHCR has received information from local aid groups that 24 people have been killed and 40 injured by fighting in Somalia's capital since Wednesday.
She told reporters in Geneva on Friday that residents have been streaming out of Mogadishu after rumors that pro-government forces are planning a major offensive against rebels.
More than 250 000 people have left the city since last May.
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Somalia's Shebab vow all-out war against government

By Mustafa Haji Abdinur
MOGADISHU — Somalia's Islamist rebels vowed all-out war and rallied support after weekly prayers Friday to meet a nationwide offensive planned by the conflict-wracked country's shaky government against insurgent groups.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rebels 'pour into Somali capital'


Hundreds of Somali insurgents loyal to Islamist group al-Shabab have poured into Mogadishu, witnesses say, amid expectations of a major battle.
Eyewitnesses reported that fighters, about 20 vehicles and artillery had arrived in Somalia's capital overnight.
Residents have been fleeing for days amid a widespread belief that the rebels and government forces are on the cusp of a serious showdown.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ethiopia, Eritrea fuelling Somalia war

By Hezron Nyawachi

Pirate Watch: Tumbling dice

Posted By Thomas E. Ricks
Are some ship masters rolling the dice as they pass through pirate infested waters to save operating costs? Are ship masters intentionally taking the path of least resistance and ignoring Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Coast of Somalia? It's something we've been looking at when combing through data of successful pirate attacks. So, too, have the folks at Strategy Page.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Somaliland: wining the hearts & souls of the people of Sool and Sanaagland

Somaliland government can only win the minds and souls of Sanaagland and Sool communities through dialogue and building basic infra structures such as schools, hospitals , roads, etc.
Imprisoning people that are not happy with the government will only increase incidents such as the recent demonstrations in Lasanod in which at least two persons died (read : http://allafrica.com/stories/201002080788.html) . Heavy handedness on the part of the government will only lead to increased demonstrations that will further alienate the government and may eventually lead to persistent insurgency in these two regions that constitute to almost half the size of Somaliland.

Female religious leaders lead the fight against AIDS


Female religious leaders have taken a central role in the fight against AIDS in Somalia. This follows a series of trainings recently conducted by local organizations, with support from UNDP.

Migrants saved from Gulf of Aden by Somaliland coast guards


Some 126 people have been rescued by Somaliland fishermen from the Gulf of Aden after human traffickers reportedly forced them into the sea at gunpoint.
The migrants, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, said they had set off from northern Somalia a week ago.
They said their boat had developed engine trouble and drifted for days before the people smugglers forced them into the sea. Six people are missing.

Somaliland elections: Observers welcome progress towards setting date for poll

For immediate release
As part of the UK-based team coordinating election observers for the much-delayed presidential elections in the internationally unrecognised Republic of Somaliland, Progressio today welcomes recent progress made to resolve the Somaliland voter registration process – a key sticking point – and calls on all parties to push ahead and set a date for the poll.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ten die on drifting Gulf of Aden migrant boat


HARGEYSA, Somaliland — At least 10 migrants died and 30 went missing when the boat smuggling them from Somalia to Yemen suffered an engine failure in the Gulf of Aden, officials said Sunday.

US: Connecticut power plant blast 'causes mass casualties'

A huge explosion has rocked a power plant in the US state of Connecticut, with US media reporting at least two people killed and many more injured.
People living several miles from the plant reported that their homes were shaken by the blast at the Kleen Energy plant, being built outside Middletown.
Black smoke could be seen pouring out of the plant site shortly afterwards.

Seychelles will try Somali pirates

VICTORIA: Seychelles will try suspected Somali pirates after European guarantees they would be sent home to serve their sentences, a minister announced Saturday.

Ethiopia surpasses Kenya to become East Africa's Biggest Economy

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For years, reporters writing about Ethiopia's neighbor Kenya refer to it as the biggest economy in East Africa, now no more. Ethiopia has officially taken over Kenya to become East Africa's biggest economy.


Ethiopian troops re-enter parts of Somalia

APA-Mogadishu(Somalia) Heavily armed Ethiopian troops have occupied parts of the northern regions of Bakool and Hiiraan near the border with Somalia, local residents confirmed Sunday.
Residents in the city of Elbarde in the Bakool region just bordering with Ethiopia said that the heavily armed Ethiopian troops accompanied by hundreds of Somali military trained in Ethiopia have occupied the city early Sunday morning.