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Friday, April 2, 2010

Should we jeopardise Somaliland entity for the sake of a new president ?

Somaliland has come a long way to achieve what it is now. Much has been sacrificed for the existence of Somaliland. This sacrifice has mainly been at the expenses of the poor, the illiterate and the young whom their ways of living has been deprived by the often brutal and power maniac dictators who rose to power through military means .
Currently some Somalilanders want to change the current government by fraud through vote rigging or through creating chaos by modern media means. Many claim that the government embezzles public monies without proof. Others claim that the president is using absolute power to run the country.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Video: Grave sites destroyed in Somalia


Al Jazeera has obtained footage of Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia destroying grave sites and exhuming bodies before hiding them.

The graves belong to foreign soldiers and a Sufi scholar. Al Shabab says it wants to rid Somalia of anything that does not fit with its strict version of Islam, but that has put it on a collision course with Sufi fighters.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Awad reports.
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Bribery tops Saudi Arabia's crime list

JEDDAH: A total of 1,259 crimes involving both Saudis and foreigners were committed in various government departments, including 794 cases of bribery, said the Control and Investigation Board (CIB) in its half-yearly report covering the second half of the last Hijrah year.

The CIB said 190 people, including 76 Saudis and 114 foreigners, were charged with counterfeiting. It added that 53 cases of power abuse had been filed against 75 Saudis, and that 62 cases of exploitation of authority and administrative misuse were filed against 106 Saudis.
The CIB is a government body that oversees government departments to check on how well they are committed to rules and regulations and official working hours.

No joke: Somali pirates fire on U.S. frigate, get captured

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - U.S. naval forces say they've captured five pirates after exchanging fire with them, sinking their skiff and confiscating a mother ship.
The USS Nicholas came under fire early Thursday from pirates in an area west of the Seychelles.
The U.S. Africa Command said the five pirates seized would remain in U.S. custody on board the frigate for time time being. The Nicholas is home-ported in Norfolk, Va.

Kenya ends Somali pirate trials


The Kenyan government has said it will not accept any more seized Somali pirates to be tried in its courts.
It said the international community had not lived up to its promises to help Kenya with the "burden" of prosecuting and imprisoning pirates. (Kenya currently holds more than 100 Somali pirates)
Kenya's foreign minister also said Nairobi was considering terminating an agreement with the EU to deal with pirates caught off the Horn of Africa.
Kenya currently holds more than 100 Somali pirates.

Video: President Girma meets with Somaliland Foreign Minister


Click here to watch: http://www.medeshi.com/2010/04/video-president-girma-meets-with.html

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New taskforce to check Acute Watery Diarrhea in Somaliland

HARGEISA, 1 April 2010 (IRIN) - UN agencies and health authorities in Somalia's self-declared republic of Somaliland have set up a taskforce to check the spread of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD), which has broken out in several regions, killing several children and infecting hundreds of people.
(Photo: A man stands next to a shallow water dam in Sayla district: Officials said at least eight children in Sayla had contracted the disease daily since 26 March - M. Jibril/IRIN)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pentagon eyeing drone shift to aid Somalia


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is considering dispatching surveillance drones and other limited military support for a Somali government offensive against al-Qaida-linked insurgents, U.S. officials said, part of a cautious move to increase U.S. assistance to the anarchic African nation.
U.S. diplomats are pressing Somali leaders to detail the goals of the looming assault, in order to figure out the most appropriate ways the U.S. can help.
Determined to avoid a visible American footprint on the ground or fingerprints on Somalia's shaky government, U.S. officials are struggling to find the right balance between seizing the opportunity to take out al-Qaida insurgents there and avoiding the appearance of a U.S. occupation.

Ethiopia launches electric car despite power shortages

Ethiopia gets first electric car

Ethiopia has launched an electric car, despite suffering from power shortages. It is only the second African country to do so, after South Africa.
Two versions of the Solaris Elettra will be manufactured in Addis Ababa, costing around $12,000 and $15,000.
The cars will be sold in Ethiopia and exported to Africa and Europe.

Press Release: Somaliland delegation to the US

Liaison Office, Washington D.C.
A Somaliland delegation consisting of senior ministers and parliamentarians visited the U.S. From March 20–28, 2010 as a result of a U.S. government invitation. The delegation included,
Honorable Mr. Abdillahi Duale, Minister of Foreign Affairs, delegation leader,
Honorable Mr. Abdillahi Ali, Minister of the Interior
Honorable Mr. Ali Mohamed, Minister of National Planning

Ethiopia dam will not displace 200,000: builder


By Barry Malone
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Italian firm building Africa's biggest hydropower dam in Ethiopia on Tuesday denied allegations that the dam would deprive 200,000 self-sufficient people of a living and make them dependent on aid.
The ethnic rights group Survival International said last week that the dam would disrupt fishing and farming and displace more than 200,000 people, among them the Kwegu and Hamar tribes.

Kuwaiti woman sentenced to death for wedding tent blaze


KUWAIT: A court sentenced to death a Kuwaiti woman on Tuesday for the deaths of 57 women and children, who perished in a tent fire during celebrations to mark her husband’s second marriage.
The court found Nasra Al-Enezi, a 23-year-old mother of two, guilty of arson and murder over last August’s wedding tent blaze.
Al-Enezi was arrested after fire consumed the tent where her husband was holding his wedding party in the Al-Jahra tribal district.

Report Card on Democratic Reforms in Arab World Issued

(Medeshi) -VOA
Jordan ranked first and Saudi Arabia last in a new report card on the state of democratic reforms in the Arab world. The Arab Democracy Index was released Monday in Paris.

Published by the The Arab Reform Initiative, or ARI, a network of 14 Arab and international think-tanks, this is only the second report card on the levels of reforms and democracy in the Arab world. None of the 10 Arab countries ranked in the new Arab Democracy Index get high marks. But Khalil Shikaki, who co-authored the study, says the overall trend is slightly encouraging.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Guiding Voice Amid the Ruins of a Capital City


MOGADISHU, Somalia — A veiled female journalist (who also happens to be wearing a snug denim skirt) sits in a soundproof studio with a fuzzy microphone in front of her face.
“Salaam Aleikum,” she says, greeting a man who has called in to the radio station.
“Yes, hello,” he replies anxiously. “I want to talk about pirates. These guys aren’t being treated fairly.” (Photo: Anchors read the latest news from around the world this month in the studio at Radio Mogadishu, which opened in 1951.)

ElBaradei in Egypt Facebook plea

Former UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei has used his Facebook web page to call for reform in Egypt, where he is now spearheading the opposition.
He used his video message to urge all Egyptians to join his newly formed group, National Association for Change.
Mr ElBaradei has hinted he may stand against 81-year-old President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled since 1981, in an election due in 2011.
Observers believe Mr Mubarak wants his son Gamal to succeed him.

India says its vessels seized by Somali pirates


NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India said it is trying to trace the whereabouts of nearly 100 sailors on seven Indian vessels taken captive by Somali pirates off the African coast.
"The sailors in small trade boats, known as dhows, have been taken captive over the past few days and we are trying to find more about their fate," Captain M.M. Saggi, a shipping official, told Reuters from Mumbai.
"We are trying to contact all the owners of the missing vessels and find more about their identity," Saggi added.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Suicide bombers kill at least 37 in Moscow metro

MOSCOW: Two female suicide bombers killed at least 37 people and injured 65 on packed Moscow metro trains on Monday and President Dmitry Medvedev declared Russia would act "without compromise" to root out terrorists.
Witnesses described morning rush-hour panic at two central Moscow stations, with commuters falling over each other in dense smoke and dust as they tried to escape the worst attack on the Russian capital in six years.

Gaddafi wants more Nigeria splits


Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi says Nigeria should become several states, despite Nigerian fury after he earlier said it should become two countries.
He said he was wrong to have said earlier this month that Nigeria should be divided into Muslim and Christian areas to end communal clashes.
Instead, he now says several different Nigerian groups want independence.
Nigeria recalled its ambassador to Tripoli after his previous statement, which it branded "irresponsible".

Somalis march against militants


Hundreds of Somalis have marched through the streets of Mogadishu, protesting against al-Shabab militants.
The protesters, mostly women and children and wearing traditional white clothes, chanted slogans denouncing the al-Qaeda-inspired group.
The BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan says this is only the second public demonstration against al-Shabab, which controls much of southern Somalia.
The protesters shouted their support for the UN-backed government.

Another chance to meet Mohamed Barud Ali and get his book WEERANE in London


Weerane, the morning Tree book was written by Mohamed Barud Ali about his experience as a prisoner of conscience when he was in a death row along with other fellow prisoners in Labaatan Jirow prison of the Siyad Barre regime of Somalia in the 1980s.
Mohamed who was born in Aware of the Somali region of Ethiopia in 1950, tells the story of his childhood experience after the death of his mother and after his father lost his livestock , therefore , forcing Mohamed to be brought to Hargiesa and to be raised by his auntie.
The book goes into great details about the communications skills developed among the fellow prisoners as the only means of communicating among them in Labaatan Jirow prison. The book shows the sonic codes used for communication by knocking on the separating walls in the prison, and how Mohamed Barud was able to read ‘’ Anna Carina ‘’ of Leo Tolstoy novel which comprised of 850 pages by using these sonic codes while waiting for execution.
This book is an inspiring piece which shows how a hard working person can overcome difficulties of life through determination and dedication.
This book is currently published in English and is available online @ http://redsea-online.com/index.php
This event will also coincide with the 29th Anniversary of the formation of SNM – on 6 April, 1981 in Birmingham.
Date: 9/4/2010, from 6.00 - 9.00PM at Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 Highroad , Willesden , London NW10 2SF .
The nearest train station is Willesden green train station.
Buses : 260, 302 , 98 , 52 .
The event is sponsored by Medeshi media group - (http://www.medeshi.com/ ) and SAAFI ( Roda M Karani ).
For more information , Please contact : Mohammed Ahmed Ali @ 07932063614 or e-mail medeshi@yahoo.com  : Or Roda Karani @ 07940401288  email saafi-org@hotmail.co.uk
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ethiopia blasts US for report on rights record

(Medeshi) Ethiopia reacts fierce to US report on rights abuse

Mar 27, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) — The Ethiopian government on Saturday blasted the 2009 US State Department Human Rights Report downplaying it as a smear campaign compiled in collaboration with destructive forces and terrorist-designated groups.
In a statement released today, the Ethiopian government said that the report is groundless based on false allegations aimed to blow-out the image of the country.
The 2009 human rights report by the U.S. state department, accuses Prime minister Meles Zenawi-led government of illegal detention, killings, arrests, torture, violation of press and religious freedom, intermediating and restricting rights of opposition members.

'Arab summit is political theatre'

By As'ad AbuKhalil
Arab leaders are currently meeting in Libya in a ritual summit held almost annually since the end of the Second World War.
Although the League of Arab States (also commonly referred to as the Arab League) was established in 1945, it was not until 1964 that member states met for the first time at the Cairo headquarters to discuss the Israeli threat - to water resources.

Abu Dhabi sheikh missing in crash


A search is on in Morocco for a leading member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family after a glider he was in crashed into an artificial lake south of Rabat.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, a younger brother of Abu Dhabi's ruler, manages what is thought to be the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund.
The glider pilot was rescued and is in good condition, state media say.
Sheikh Ahmed was No 27 on Forbes's list of the world's most powerful people last year and is in his early 40s.

Can Somaliland Cure Somalia’s Woes?

The Media Line Staff (AHN)
Washington, DC, United States Rachelle Kliger – Somalia is suffering on many fronts. The transitional government is engaged in an ongoing conflict with radical Islamists who risk turning the country into a haven for Al-Qa’ida inspired groups. The Horn of Africa nation is afflicted by a dire food shortage, inflation and a spate of piracy.
But as Somalia continues to wallow in violence, some eye a solution in Somaliland, a relatively quiet and stable autonomous region in the north of the country which, while it has not been recognized internationally as a country, is considered a de facto state.