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Saturday, March 13, 2010

AFRICOM’s First War: U.S. Directs Large-Scale Offensive In Somalia

Rick Rozoff
Over 43 people have been killed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu in the past two days in fighting between Shabab (al-Shabaab) insurgent forces, who on March 10 advanced to within one mile of the nation’s presidential palace, and troops of the U.S.-backed Transitional Federal Government. The fighting has just begun.
The last ambassador of the United States to Somalia (1994-1995), Daniel H. Simpson, penned a column for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on March 10 in which which he posed the question “why, apart from the only
lightly documented charge of Islamic extremism among the Shabab, is the United States reengaging in Somalia at this time?”

K’naan’s ‘Wavin’ Flag’ gets ‘We Are the World’ treatment for Haiti

By Raju Mudhar- the star
Canadian rap stars have a tougher time than rockers in breaking through the mainstream, although for K’naan, that’s about to change big time.

He’s already scaled most of the local industry’s heights – he won a Juno for his debut, his latest album was nominated for a Polaris Prize and both of his albums were critically acclaimed.
But for those who haven’t been paying attention, get ready for K’naan to burst forth on your musical radar.
(Photo: Somali-Canadian musician K'naan performs after the medal ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics)

Photos : Fighting causes exodus from Mogadishu.

The current fighting between the TFG forces and Al - shabaab has caused  exodus of people from Mogadishu creating one of the largest internally displaced people in the region since the beginning of this year. The fighting which has been going on for the last three days has caused the deaths of more than 54 persons while many more  were injured.
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French Navy hands over suspected pirates to Somalia

Abdiqani Hassan, BOSSASO, Somalia
(Reuters) - French navy officers handed over 22 suspected Somali pirates to semi-autonomous Puntland's authorities and they will be arraigned in local courts, officials said on Saturday.

Foreign navies have been deployed off the Gulf of Aden since the start of 2009, operating convoys, establishing safer corridors through the most dangerous waters and arresting pirates and seizing their vessels.

Somaliland's Healer of Women

by Lynn Sherr

Edna Adan Ismail had wanted to build a hospital since she was 11 years old. Today, her facility in Mogadishu saves women's lives every day--and has reduced the maternal mortality rate by one-fourth.
As an 11-year-old growing up in Somaliland, then a British protectorate, Edna Adan Ismail had a powerful dream. “I wanted to build a hospital,” she recalls. “One that my father would like.” Edna’s dad was a widely beloved but overworked doctor in a poorly equipped government hospital with little medicine, and she lent a hand when she could. “My playground was the hospital,” she says, “and my father was my hero. I’d cut up sheets for bandages, wash the forceps. I wished I knew more to be able to help him out.”

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The death of games consoles – coming soon!

by Yahoo! UK Games Editor
A brand new online service promises to serve games to your living rooms, LIVE, and without the need for an expensive console or a high-powered personal computer. It’s the future of gaming and – potentially – the death of traditional gaming devices as we know and love them.
OnLive – say it softly and not within earshot of Sony, Nintendo and co – circumvents the need to trudge to the shops, hand over your hard-earned cash and trudge all the way home again with the latest hot game. Instead, this ‘cloud’ service will deliver top games direct to your PC or TV screen instantly, using a small receiver unit that hooks up to your existing broadband connection.

U.N. to End Some Somalia Contracts

KIGALI, Rwanda — The United Nations World Food Program announced Thursday that it would not give any new contracts to three Somali businessmen who have been accused of diverting food aid to Islamist militants and that the agency would welcome an independent investigation into its Somalia operations.
For months, World Food Program officials had denied anything was wrong, despite mounting allegations that the contractors they use to haul hundreds of millions of dollars of food into Somalia were stealing some of the food and funneling it to Islamist militants trying to topple Somalia’s weak transitional government.

Obama, Hillary mourn death of Islamic cleric in Cairo

Washington: US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have mourned the death of Grand Imam Mohamed Sayyid Tantawi, the head of al-Azhar University in Cairo.

"As the grand sheikh of Al-Azhar University, he was a voice for faith and tolerance who was widely respected in Muslim communities in Egypt and around the globe, and by many who seek to build a world grounded in mutual respect," the White House said in a statement.
"Sheikh Tantawi graciously hosted President Obama last June in Cairo, and we remember well his hospitality," it said.

UN food agency welcomes any probe into Somalia aid

A U.N. food agency said Thursday it will cooperate with any independent probe into its food operations in Somalia, after a report found that up to half the food aid intended for the nation's hungry people does not reach its destination.

The report said food aid in Somalia is being diverted to corrupt contractors, radical Islamic militants and local U.N. workers. It calls on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to authorize an independent investigation of the operations of the World Food Program in the country.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Israel Partnering in Africa Against Terror

Israel is increasing its partnership in Africa, united with factions which are battling fundamentalist Islam.

Following February talks between Israel and the Kenyan government in which the African country requested Israeli assistance in fighting terror, Israel and Kenya may form a joint force to guard against the entry of terrorists through the northern Kenyan border with Somalia.
In addition, Israel has reportedly expressed an interest in being the first country to recognize the autonomous province of Somaliland as a country, according to a report in Somaliland's Golis News.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Somalia Food Aid Bypasses Needy, U.N. Study Finds

(“Somali ministers, members of Parliament, diplomats and ‘freelance brokers’ have transformed access to foreign visas into a growth industry, matched possibly only by piracy,” selling visas for $10,000 to $15,000 each, the report said.)
As much as half the food aid sent to Somalia is diverted from needy people to a web of corrupt contractors, radical Islamist militants and local United Nations staff members, according to a new Security Council report.
(Photo:  In Madena, outside Mogadishu, Somalia, soldiers with the transitional government guarded a district commissioner's office.Jehad Nga for The New York Times)

UN agency punished Somalia whistleblower

LONDON - The United Nations Ethics Committee has upheld complaints by a former employee of the UN Development Program who said he suffered retaliation from the UNDP for alleging that its Somalia program was corrupt.
The man, Ismail Ahmed, was transferred to another office without proper visa support, and the UNDP Somalia office later told a potential employer not to hire him because of his "silly non-proven accusations", Ethics Committee Chairman Robert Benson found in a report seen by Reuters.

Is the tide turning in Somalia?

Simon Tisdall , guardian.co.uk,
Long-suffering residents of Mogadishu are steeling themselves for a new round of fighting as the western-backed transitional federal government (TFG) prepares to launch an offensive to expel Islamist militiamen from the Somali capital. Yet grim though the prospect is of renewed violence, the looming attack is a sign the tide may be turning in Somalia: the "good guys" are fighting back.
(Photo: Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldiers are preparing to launch an offensive against Islamist militia in Mogadishu. Photograph: POOL/REUTERS)

Ethiopian PM denies aid was diverted

Stung by BBC allegations that Live Aid money was spent on weapons, Meles Zenawi tells Paul Vallely that the report is based on lies : The Independent
The prime minister of Ethiopia has stepped into the row between Sir Bob Geldof and the BBC which has claimed that 95 per cent of the $100m aid raised, by Live Aid and others, to fight famine in rebel-held northern Ethiopia in 1985 was diverted to be spent on weapons.
Meles Zenawi, who was one of the leaders of the rebel group the Tigrean People's Liberation Front, is now the country's Prime Minister. In an interview with The Independent he said that the BBC had fallen for lies put out by his political opponents on the eve of a general election in Addis Ababa next month.
"The notion that a decision was taken to spend 95 per cent of aid on the military is a complete lie," he said. "Anyone who knows anything about the situation in Tigray in 1984-85 would know that. The logic of that would be just ridiculous."

Somali government would welcome US air role in push

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By William Maclean
LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) - Somalia's government would welcome U.S. air support for an expected offensive aimed at retaking control of areas from al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels, President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said on Tuesday.
(Photo: Sheikh Sharif  and PM Gordon Brown)
Speaking on a visit to Britain, Sheikh Sharif added that international aid for reconstruction would be needed to secure any areas gained in the push, expected in coming weeks in a test of attempts to restore stability in the Horn of Africa nation.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tribalism in Somaliland political parties

Whoever Somaliland people choose in the coming presidential elections will emerge out as a result of undesired outcome of clan devotion for the opposition political parties in Somaliland. The fact that certain Isaaq clans are devoted supporters of both KULMIYE and UCID parties makes it very unlikely for these two parties to defeat the incumbent UDUB party’s leadership, therefore, shifting the bulk of voters to UDUB.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Three asylum seekers die in high rise flat plunge

Three people who fell to their deaths from a block of flats in Glasgow were asylum seekers, Sky sources say. Skip related content
Strathclyde Police confirmed that two men and a woman had died in the incident which happened in Petershill Drive, in the Springburn area of the city.
Sky's Rona Dougall said people in the area were shocked by what had happened.
"We understand that three people fell from the 15th floor," she said.

How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab

John Vidal, Juba, Sudan .The Observer.
An Observer investigation reveals how rich countries faced by a global food shortage now farm an area double the size of the UK to guarantee supplies for their citizens.
(Photo: A woman tends vegetables at a giant Saudi-financed farm in Ethiopia.)

We turned off the main road to Awassa, talked our way past security guards and drove a mile across empty land before we found what will soon be Ethiopia's largest greenhouse.

Report : SOS Sheikh Secondary School

By: Rukia Abdirahman, Sponsorship Co-coordinator, National Office, Somalia/Somaliland,
It is a pleasure to send you our warmest greetings and share information with you this festive season.
Current Situation
The failure of the rains in many parts of Somaliland has led to massive loss of livestock, particularly for the rural population, many of whom are pastoralists. Yet despite this drought Sheikh has been the most peaceful zone in the horn of Africa. However, the security situation in the southern region, known as Somalia, is totally different: it has witnessed a lot of violence and intensified fighting between the government forces and the opposing Islamists factions.