Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Friday, March 26, 2010

'No proof' Somalia aid diverted


The UN World Food Programme has denied a claim that up to half the food aid to Somalia was being diverted to Islamist militants and corrupt contractors.
WFP officials said there was no evidence to back up the claim made in a report by a UN monitoring group.
(Thousands of displaced Somalis rely on food aid from WFP) 
The UN's aid chief in Somalia said the report was based on "hearsay" and not backed up by any documentary evidence.
The aid chief, Mark Bowden, said the flow of funds to the WFP operation in Somalia had dropped after the report.

Ethiopia's elections : Forget about democracy

The chances of a fair vote in the coming election are fast receding
Mar 25th 2010
From The Economist print edition
Meles holds his nose, gets the cashTHE United States, the richest and most powerful nation on earth, is also the most generous donor to one of the poorest, Ethiopia. America says it gives $1 billion in aid every year to Africa’s second-most-populous country, which also happens to host the African Union’s headquarters.
(Photo: Meles holds his nose, gets the cash )

Birds eye view of Sanaagland

Daallo ( North of Erigavo, the capital of Sanaagland)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Muddled on Mogadishu: America’s Confused Somalia Strategy

J.Peter Pham, PhD
Amid rumors that the otherwise moribund “Transitional Federal Government” (TFG) of Somalia might just bestir itself enough to attempt to break out of the tiny enclave in Mogadishu which Islamists insurgents have kept it and its supporters from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) boxed, there is reason to be concerned that in this geopolitically critical corner of the world, the United States and other governments have substituted wishful thinking for realistic assessment and muddled platitudes for policy objectives, thereby magnifying the potential damage when, as I warned earlier this year, this improvised approach falls apart.

Ethiopia: Repression Rising Ahead of May Elections

Government Intimidating Opposition Supporters, Media, Activists (Human Rights Watch)
(Nairobi) - The Ethiopian government is waging a coordinated and sustained attack on political opponents, journalists, and rights activists ahead of the May 2010 elections, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. On May 23, 2010, Ethiopians will vote in the first parliamentary elections in Ethiopia since 2005, when the post-election period was marred by controversy and bloodshed.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Somaliland diaspora meets British Ambassador Norman Ling

Norman Ling, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Ethiopia - with responsibility for Somaliland met the Diaspora and friends of Somaliland on Tuesday 23 March at 6pm . The meeting was chaired by Dr. Saad Shire and was held at University College London (UCL).
(Photo: Ambassador Norman Ling and Dr. Saad Shire ).

Britain expels Israeli diplomat


LONDON: Britain said Tuesday it was expelling an Israeli diplomat from London after concluding that Israel had forged British passports used by the suspected killers of a Hamas commander in Dubai.
"I've asked that a member of the Embassy of Israel be withdrawn from the UK as a result of this affair and this is taking place," Foreign Secretary David Miliband told Parliament.

Islamic court 'bans Twitter feed'


An Islamic court in Nigeria has banned a rights group from hosting debates on the Twitter and Facebook websites on the use of amputations as a punishment.
The court, in the northern city of Kaduna, backed a case brought by a pro-Sharia group arguing that the forums would mock the Sharia system.
The rights group, the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, said it would appeal against the ruling.
Sharia judges can order amputations of limbs for petty crimes in some states.
But the courts mostly deal with domestic issues such as marriage and divorce.

Ethiopia: an aid success story or a tyranny?

Our money is eradicating poverty. But it may also be used to prop up a repressive regime
Camilla Cavendish : (Times )
I’m talking to an Ethiopian journalist who has fled his country rather than face charges under his Government’s new anti-terror law. Intimidating journalists is a pastime in Addis Ababa; few are left. “The country is very poor, it needs aid,” he says, “but the Government uses aid to repress dissidents.” A former aid worker I talk to goes one step farther. “Aid has become an instrument of coercion,” he says simply.

'Pirate' shot as attack repelled

A suspected pirate has been shot dead as private guards repelled an attack on a cargo ship off Somalia, in what may have been the first such incident.
The EU naval force (Navfor) says the suspect was found dead by a team from an EU warship which was responding to a distress call from the cargo ship.
Guards aboard the Panamanian-flagged MV Almezaan had returned fire after the ship was attacked, it added.
Six other suspected pirates were detained by a Spanish Navfor ship.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Obama to sign health bill, take it on the road


By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is preparing to sign a transformative health care bill ushering in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the nation's history — and then hit the road to sell it to a reluctant public.
Obama will travel to Iowa City, Iowa on Thursday, the White House said, as he now turns to seeing a companion bill through the Senate and selling the health care overhaul's benefits on behalf of House members who cast risky votes. It is most likely that he will sign the bill on Tuesday, but plans are not yet final, said a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an as-yet-unannounced strategy.

Somalis told to move from airport


Mogadishu's mayor has ordered around 1,000 Somali refugees to move away from the city's main airport, citing security concerns.
Mayor Abdurisaq Mohamed Nor suggested that insurgent group al-Shabab could use refugees' shelters as cover to launch an attack on the airport.
Many of the refugees, who have fled fighting in other parts of the city, are protesting against the order.
Al-Shabab is fighting the weak, UN-backed government.
Government forces control a few small parts of Mogadishu - including the airport.

SOMALIA: Thousands flee Mogadishu “death trap”

NAIROBI, 22 March 2010 (IRIN) - Clashes between government troops and Islamist insurgents have displaced more than 55,000 people from Mogadishu since the beginning of February, with many of them heading out of Somalia to neighbouring Kenya, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

In the border town of Liboi, people told IRIN by phone that 300 to 400 Somali families were waiting there to be registered as refugees. In all, almost 570,000 Somalis are refugees and most of them live in camps in Kenya.