Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Defining what makes a country : In quite a state

How many countries in the world? The answer to that question is surprisingly difficult.
(And a delegation of senior politicians from Somaliland had a friendly meeting at the White House on April 3rd. Presumably they had squared things with immigration control.)
From The Economist print edition
APPLY online for visa-free entry to the United States and the Department for Homeland Security offers 251 choices for “country where you live”. The wide but rum selection includes Bouvet Island, an uninhabitable icy knoll belonging to Norway in the South Atlantic; South Yemen (which stopped being a state in 1990); and the “Neutral Zone”—a diamond-shaped bit of desert between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that vanished after the 1991 Gulf war.

Accord 21 looks at Somali peace processes.

Accord 21 looks at Somali peace processes.
For many people Somalia is synonymous with violence, warlordism, famine, terrorism, jihadism, and piracy. Nearly 20 years of foreign diplomatic, military and statebuilding interventions have failed to build peace. No government emerging from any internationally-sponsored peace process has established its authority or legitimacy among Somalis.
But Somalia is not an entirely lawless and ungoverned land. Somalis have used their own resources and traditions of conflict resolution to re-establish security and governance in many communities.
Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking seeks to improve understanding and links between Somalis and international policy and practice.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Toxic waste causing diseases in Somalia

Nairobi - Toxic waste washed on to Somalia's coastline by last December's tsumani has spawned diseases bearing symptoms of radioactive exposure in villagers along the shorelines of the shattered African nation, a United Nations Environment Programme spokesperson said on Friday.

Citing initial reports, Nick Nuttall said that "there are indications that hazardous waste, radioactive waste, chemical waste and other substances, (in containers) which have been dumped on the Somali coastline, were damaged by the tsunami".

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

US announces new airline security measures

The United States announced new security measures to replace the mandatory screening of air travellers from 14 mostly Muslim countries that had angered some allies when it was imposed after a failed bombing on Christmas Day.

The measures are designed to significantly reduce the number of passengers pulled aside for additional screening and will not be based on nationality or passport, but on characteristics pulled together by intelligence agencies.
"These new measures utilize real-time, threat-based intelligence along with multiple, random layers of security, both seen and unseen, to more effectively mitigate evolving terrorist threats," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Arrests and crackdowns are abound in Eritrea: groups

(Medeshi) - Reuters.
You can see the wounds on the Eritrean woman's arms and legs. Torture wounds, she says. She can barely walk without help.

"We spent 23 hours a day in a cell underground. The heat was unbearable," she said.
"We were barefoot and made to walk on sharp rocks and thorns for one hour each day. If we did not walk fast enough we were beaten with hard, plastic rods."
The woman who asked not to be named because she said she feared for her life is a member of one of Eritrea's banned faiths, made illegal by a decree in 2002 and whose members are routinely arrested, rights groups say, for their beliefs.

Puntland begins repatriating Ethiopian migrants

NAIROBI, 6 April 2010 (IRIN) - Authorities in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland have begun repatriating hundreds of Ethiopian migrants, officials told IRIN.

"These are people who decided they wanted to return but could not afford to do so," said Mohamud Jama Muse, director of the Migration Response Centre (MRC) in Bosasso, Puntland's capital. (A group of Ethiopian migrants sleep outside a building in Bosasso: Puntland has started repatriating hundreds of Ethiopians who had come to Bosasso in search of work or enroute to Yemen - file photo . A. Hassan /IRIN)

A strange alliance at the Supreme Court: Pro-Israel briefs argue alleged Somali war criminal should be immune from suit

By Sam Singer

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Mohammed Ali Samantar is the only living vestige of the Barre regime, the last government in two decades to exercise central control over Somalia and, not coincidentally, the last that was impudent enough to try. When Siad Barre was finally overthrown in 1991, Samantar, who had served as defense minister and prime minister, fled, in a storm of bullets, to Italy. He eventually made his way to Fairfax, Va., where he lived in suburban obscurity until a group of Somali nationals discovered him, hired a lawyer, and sued for damages.

South Korean Navy pursuing hijacked tanker off Somalia

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Officials say a South Korean navy destroyer is pursuing a supertanker believed to have been hijacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean off Somalia.

The tanker was believed to be carrying more than $150 million worth of crude oil owned by San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp.
Valero said it owns the cargo on the tanker, but could not confirm the hijacking.
Spokesman Bill Day says the company has "had reports to that effect, but there's been no official confirmation." But Day says that "everything points to that."

The Somaliland Independent Scholars Group - Political Campaign Ethics

29th March, 2010 Hargeisa, Somaliland
ReportI. Introduction
The ISG members held their regular monthly meeting at the Academy of Peace and Development (APD) on 29th March in order to discuss and assess the overall progress made towards the planned presidential election. The meeting was sponsored by the Social Research and Development Institute (SORADI). It was moderated by its Acting-Director, Haroon H Ahmed Yusuf. The Somaliland Independent Scholar’s Group (ISG) members are all long-term participants of Somaliland rebuilding and democratization process, who are considered to be highly competent to provide an objective analysis and strategy to address the issues at hand. The ISG members are: Abdi-shakur Sh Ali-Jowhar (Psychiatrist and political analyst:

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Calm urged after S Africa's Eugene Terreblanche killing


South African President Jacob Zuma has appealed for calm after the killing of the white supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche.
Mr Zuma said South Africans must not allow anyone to take advantage of the "terrible deed" by inciting racial hatred.
Police said Mr Terreblanche had been beaten to death in a dispute with two farm workers over unpaid wages.
Mr Terreblanche's far-right movement urged its members to be calm.
The 69-year-old was attacked on Saturday evening at home on his farm near the town of Ventersdorp, North West province.

Beacon of truth in war-torn Somalia


By Jeffrey Gettleman
FREEDOM of speech is a rare privilege in a land ravaged by war, famine and drought. So when the opportunity presents itself – in whatever form – it is seized upon eagerly.
In a sound-proofed booth in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, a veiled female journalist (who also happens to be wearing a snug denim skirt) sits in a soundproof studio in front of a microphone.
"Salaam Aleikum," she says, greeting a man who has called in to the radio station.(Photo: A Somali camel herder at border with Kenya )