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Saturday, March 20, 2010

10 Medeshi editorials


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Somali Islamist commander killed


A senior commander of the Somali Islamist group, al-Shabab, has been shot dead at close range as he left a mosque in the city of Kismayo.
Unidentified gunmen shot Sheikh Daud Ali Hasan several times, inside an area of Somalia held by his own forces.
Sheikh Hasan was in charge of front line operations in the town of Dhobley, near the Kenyan border.
Al-Shabab said it arrested several people and would bring them before a court, but did not identify them.

Somali rebels join forces in cyberspace: U.N. report

By Frank Nyakairu (Reuters )
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Armed rebel groups in Somalia are using the Internet for fundraising and recruitment, and they achieve better results through the Web than they do on the ground, a United Nations report said.
The report by the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia also highlighted how the rebels use the Internet to spread information about making bombs and religious rulings.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Somalia: Life in Mogadishu


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US supports new military offensive in Somalia … just don’t mention oil…

Published by Andy Rowell March 19th, 2010 in African Oil, US foreign policy, exploration, violence.

Continuing our African focus over the last couple of days, let’s turn to Somalia.
I spent some six months in the country over twenty years ago and even then the American oil company Amoco was busy exploring for oil in the North of the country and in the Gulf of Aden.
The reasoning being simple – the logic went back then that the huge oil fields found in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf curve like a spoon under the Yemen and Red Sea and pop up in Somalia and the Gulf of Aden.

Nigeria Senate leader calls Gaddafi "mad man"


afrol News, - David Mark, President of the Nigerian Senate, calls the Libyan leader a "mad man" over the latter's proposal to split Nigeria into a Christian and a Muslim state. Religious leaders call the proposal "evil". And today, Nigeria recalled its ambassador to Libya.
Muammar Gadaffi's remarks to African student, recommending a split-up of Nigeria, have been given much attention in the country. Politicians, religious leaders and civil society have reacted strongly, calling Mr Gaddafi anything from "mad" to "evil", "ignorant", "reckless" and "inflammatory".

Ethiopia admits jamming VOA radio

Ethiopia has admitted it is jamming the Voice of America's (VOA) broadcasts in Amharic, accusing the radio station of engaging in "destabilising propaganda".
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Ethiopia had been testing jamming equipment, although there had been no formal decision to bloc the US station.
The Amharic Service has experienced interference since late February.
Mr Meles also compared the VOA's transmissions to broadcasts in Rwanda in the mid-1990s that incited genocide.

Warships take new strategy against Somali pirates

NAIROBI, Kenya — An international fleet of warships is attacking and destroying Somali pirate vessels closer to the shores of East Africa and the new strategy, combined with more aggressive confrontations further out to sea, has dealt the brigands a setback, officials and experts said Thursday.

Ethiopia PM willing to meet long-time Eritrean enemy

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said he is willing to meet Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki despite more than 10 years of bitter words and a bloody border war.

Eritrea last month accused Ethiopia of blocking its participation in African Union (AU) summits in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa -- seat of the 53-nation body.
Responding to questions, Meles denied the claims and said Isaias was welcome in Ethiopia.
"If the Eritrean government is eager to send any person, whether the president himself or any person, and participate in meetings they will be treated exactly like any other delegation," Meles told reporters late on Thursday.
Meles said it was Addis Ababa's obligation as AU headquarters.
The 1998-2000 war between two of the world's poorest countries killed at least 70,000 people. An independent border commission in 2002 awarded the flashpoint town of Badme to Eritrea but Ethiopia still occupies the territory.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Decision on $200 billion Yemen-Djibouti development ‘due by April’

By Ben Flanagan -Kippreport

An ambitious plan to build a 28.5km bridge between Yemen and Djibouti could be approved by the end of April, according to the Dubai-based developer Al Noor Holding Investment.
Mohammed Ahmed al-Ahmed, the company’s CEO, tells Kipp that he is ‘confident’ that the respective governments will give the go-ahead for the $200 billion development, which includes the construction of a major city on either side of the bridge.

Is East Africa the Next Frontier for Oil?


By Nick Wadhams / Nairobi - Time
According to local lore, Portuguese travelers as far back as the late 19th century suspected that oil might lie beneath parts of East Africa after noticing a thick, greasy sediment wash up on the shores of Mozambique. More interested in finding cheap labor, though, the explorers had little use for oil.
A century later, it turns out that the Portuguese were right. Seismic tests over the past 50 years have shown that countries up the coast of East Africa have natural gas in abundance. Early data compiled by industry consultants also suggest the presence of massive offshore oil deposits.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Gadhafi: Split Nigeria to End Violence


Photo: AP, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi (File)
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has suggested that Nigeria be divided into separate Muslim and Christian states to prevent future sectarian violence.
Libya's JANA news agency reported Tuesday that Mr. Gadhafi made the remarks at a meeting in Tripoli with African student leaders, some of them from Nigeria.
He said a partition of Nigeria would save the lives of Muslims and Christians and prevent the destruction of mosques and churches.

Britain Stops Funding to Kenyan Education Ministry Because of Corruption

National Association of Parents Secretary Musau Ndunda hopes the British action would force the Kenyan government to seriously deal with corruption
James Butty , VOA Washington, DC
The British government said it will stop funding Kenya’s Free Primary Education Program through the country’s ministry of education because of the risk of fraud.
Instead the head of Britain’s Department for International Development, Alistair Fernie announced Tuesday in Nairobi that the UK was exploring ways to channel about $30 million earmarked for 2010-2011 directly to schools.

Somalia’s President Assails U.N. Report on Corruption


NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia’s president on Tuesday blasted a recent United Nations report that characterized the government’s security forces as ineffective and corrupt and said that as much as half the food aid to the country was routinely stolen.
The president, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, said that much of the information in the report “was not trustful” and “based on people on the street, not reality.”

Despite Improvements, 60% in Ethiopia still poo in the open every day

This is certainly one record Ethiopia would want to shed. According to a WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report titled: "Progress on Sanitation and Drinking- Water: 2010 Update Report," released on Monday, 60% of Ethiopians still poo out in the open, despite making progress.
(Photo: A boy stands at a public toilet at Kibera slum in Kenya's capital Nairobi. REUTERS/Noor Khamis )
According to Unicef for 2008, 60% of the population in Ethiopia practice open defecation, ,which Unicef calls as the riskiest sanitation practice of all, and the percentage in rural areas is 71% while in urban areas 8% practice open defecation. Ethiopia has made significant progress since 1990 when 92% of the population were practicing open defecation.

UN council wants probe of Somalia aid diversion

Members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council want an outside investigation of charges of widespread diversion of UN aid to radical Islamist rebels in Somalia, Mexico's UN envoy said on Tuesday.

"There is a large consensus for the idea of an independent investigation that should be carried out," Mexican Ambassador Claude Heller told reporters after a closed door meeting of the 15-nation Security Council.
A report submitted to a council committee by a UN panel of experts that monitors compliance with UN sanctions against Somalia and Eritrea said up to half the food aid for needy Somalis was being diverted to a network of corrupt contractors, al Shabaab militants and local UN staff.

U.S. Getting Snared Again In Somalia


by EU News Network
(EUNewsNet.com and OfficialWire)
Despite U.S. reluctance to get entangled again in the free-for-all conflict in Somalia, Washington is slowly being caught up in fighting Islamist militants in the lawless Horn of Africa state.
The United States is has been arming the beleaguered Transitional Federal Government penned up in war-ravaged Mogadishu on Somalia's Indian Ocean coast since it was set up, with Ethiopian military support, in December 2006.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tanker released by Somali pirates

Somali pirates have released a chemical tanker and its North Korean crew, maritime officials say.
The Singapore-operated MV Theresa VIII was seized in November in the south Somali Basin north of the Seychelles.
Andrew Mwangura, of the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, said a ransom of about $3.5m (£2.3m) had been paid, Reuters news agency reported.
Pirates have made the sea lanes off the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden among the most dangerous in the world.
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Horn of Africa Security Brief

Source: Critical threats
•On Sunday, Yemen sent a four man delegation to the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa to open an official diplomatic office. The move is the latest step in a pattern of cooperation between the two governments that has seen increasing political and economic ties. The Yemeni government is also worried about Islamist rebels located in Somalia after al Shabaab pledged to send aid to al Qaeda fighters in Yemen.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Somali forces inefficient and corrupt: UN report


NAIROBI (AFP)  — The Somali government's military forces are ineffective and corrupt, despite international assistance, and it remains dependent on foreign troops for survival, UN experts concluded in a report.
The Monitoring Group on Somalia also said in its report to be presented to the UN Security Council this week that Eritrea continued to support armed Islamist groups fighting the Somali government in violation of an arms embargo.

Basque tuna hauler escapes pirate attack in Indian Ocean.

According to Basque radio station Radio Euskadi, the crew on the Basque FV Txori-Argi manage d to avoid the attempted abduction at around 10h00 on Sunday. There was a shooting but no one was injured.
The Basque fishing boat, a purse-seiner owned by the shipping company Inpesca S.A. from Bermeo (Biscay), escaped from an alleged hijacking attempt in the Indian Ocean about 80 miles off the north of Seychelles.