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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Day of big shame as Kenya fall to Somalia


Kenya Under-17 national football team made a sad exit from the Africa Youth Championships qualifiers when they settled to a barren draw with Somalia in a tough duel played at Oserian Fastac sports grounds in Naivasha on Saturday.

Heavy rains play havoc in Hargeisa , the capital of Somaliland

Heavy rains play havoc in Hargeisa , the capital of Somaliland
At least two persons were killed and 500 homes destroyed as a result of heavy rains that fell in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland today. Most of the damage took place at Mohamed Haybe and Ahmed Dhagax districts of the southern part of Hargeisa , according to Oodweynenews.

The Listening Post – Ethiopia in 1984 and now


Its been 25 years since footage of the Ethiopian famine shocked the world but why arent we seeing much of the same kind of news being reported today
Video link : http://www.medeshi.com/2010/04/listening-post-ethiopia-in-1984-and-now.html
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United Nations Approves Funding to Prosecute Maritime Piracy Suspects

Source: United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)
NEW YORK, 23 April (Department of Political Affairs) -- A package of projects to help Somalia and its neighbours prosecute maritime piracy suspects was approved today by a 10-nation board overseeing a new United Nations trust fund for the fight against piracy.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Regional rivals wary of China's role in Somalia

Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent -
As China confronts technical difficulties thwarting the expansion of its historic deployment to fight pirates in the Indian Ocean, regional rivals India and Russia are also seeking a greater role.

India this week followed China's lead in seeking the chairmanship of the monthly meeting to co-ordinate the 40 navies now involved in the fight against Somali pirates, while Russia offered to escort shipments of UN food aid to Somalia - both efforts still being planned by China.

Books : Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

The Guardian : A fictional family acts as a microcosm of Ethiopia in its years of turmoil, says Aida Edemariam
Of the many great traumas of 20th-century Ethiopia – invasion by Mussolini, war with Eritrea, with Sudan, with Somalia, famine after famine, two violent regime changes – arguably the greatest was the deposition of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974, and the replacement of hundreds of years of imperial rule with a totalitarian Marxist state.

US Indicts 11 Alleged Pirates from Somalia

VOA -Eleven suspected pirates from Somalia have been indicted in a U.S. court for attacks on two U.S. Navy ships off the east coast of Africa.

The indictment was unsealed Friday in the city of Norfolk, in the state of Virginia. The pirates, who were taken into U.S. custody and flown to the United States, are expected to appear in federal court Friday. (Photo: A suspected pirate from Somalia is escorted into federal court by US Marshal's in Norfolk, Virginia, 23 Apr 2010)

Saudi Arabia to Build the First Nuclear Power Station in the Gulf States

The government of Saudi Arabia has announced a new section of its capital Riyadh is set to be powered solely by nuclear energy. This will be the first nuclear power plant in the Gulf states, and the first in the broader Middle East.If the U.S. government backs Saudi Arabia's bid to build a reactor, they'll be creating the potential for nuclear growth within the GCC, or Gulf Cooperation Council, whose members include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, and Oman.

South Park creators warned over Muhammad depiction

Islamists have warned the creators of TV show South Park they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a bear suit.
A posting on the website of the US-based group, Revolution Muslim, told Matt Stone and Trey Parker they would "probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh".
The Dutch film-maker was shot and stabbed to death in 2004 by an Islamist angered by his film about Muslim women.

Mugabe backs Iran's nuclear power


President Robert Mugabe has backed Iran's "just cause" on seeking nuclear power, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues his Zimbabwe visit.
Zimbabwe's leader said both countries had been "unjustly vilified and punished by Western countries". ( Both Mr Ahmadinejad (left) and Mr Mugabe (right) are under Western sanctions)

In Pics: Childhood in Somalia

Children play outside their makeshift shelters at a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, on April 22, 2010. (Xinhua/Ismail Warsameh)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Somali '' Gestapo" Chief lives in Ohio

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, April 21, 2010) – Today, the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of constitutional law professor Abukar Hassan Ahmed who was imprisoned and tortured in Somalia during the brutal regime of Siad Barre. The lawsuit was filed against Abdi Aden Magan, a resident of Columbus, Ohio and the former head of the Somali National Security Service (NSS) Department of Investigations during the Barre regime.

Somaliland's Presidential Election Assumes Growing Priority as Major Powers Sense Strategic Urgency of the Horn Situation

Somaliland’s delayed Presidential election is back on track after a period of active foreign interference to manipulate the electoral rolls, and is expected to take place before the end of 2010. The issue has assumed a significantly-increased profile within the US State Department and other foreign governments as security concerns mount in neighboring Somalia and, across the Bab el-Mandeb, in Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula.

Arab League seeks international peacekeepers in Somalia

The Arab League (AL) on Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to send international peacekeeping forces to Somalia.

Somalia: Hope in Statelessness?

Today’s idea: The lesson we should learn from Somalia is that a stateless society “isn’t so bad” when compared to the often ghastly alternatives, an economist says.

Ethiopia dumps 180 tonnes of roses destined Europe

By Tesfa Alem Tekle
(ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia horticulture industry has lost 1.75 million Euros this week after cut flower exporters were forced to dump over 180 tonnes of roses following the air space closure caused by ash clouds.

Somali Pirates seek Image Makeover

By Khaled Mahmoud
Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat- Local pirates in Puntland, northeast of Somalia, have told Asharq Al-Awsat that they are about to launch a counter media campaign to improve their image and reputation and respond to the attempt by various international media organs to depict them as a mere handful of thieves and outlaws.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Somalia pirates threaten to blow up oil supertanker

By Duncan Miriri and Abdiaziz Hassan, Reuters
NAIROBI - Somali pirates threatened on Wednesday to blow up a hijacked oil supertanker unless a $20 million ransom was paid and captured a Panama-flagged merchant ship.
South Korea sent a destroyer to intercept the Samho Dream, laden with 2 million barrels of crude oil, and its crew of five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos, after it was seized this month.
"We are demanding $20 million to release the large South Korea ship," said Hashi, commander of the pirates holding the Singapore-owned vessel.

Somalia clashes : five headless bodies found

By Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi Guled- Reuters
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The beheaded bodies of five builders have been found in Somalia's capital Mogadishu and at least 11 people were killed in fighting in the central region, residents and moderate militia fighters said Wednesday.
Mogadishu residents said they suspected al Shabaab militants executed the builders for helping to construct Somalia's new parliament, an institution seen by the insurgents as home to stooges of the West.

Sudan parties in poll agreement

The ruling party of Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, and the largest party in the semi-autonomous south have agreed to accept the results of last week's elections.

Ballots are still being counted from the country's first multi-party polls in 24 years and the results, originally expected on Tuesday, have been delayed indefinitely.

ETHIOPIA: Nearly a quarter of Addis residents lack toilets

ADDIS ABABA, 20 April 2010 (IRIN) - Almost a quarter of Addis Ababa residents have no access to toilets, says a new report by the Addis Ababa city authorities.
“We estimate that some three million people live in Addis Ababa. Out of this nearly 25 percent of the population have no access to toilets and defecate in rivers crossing the city” the report says. (The ArborLoo latrine Photo: CRS-Ethiopia )

Ethiopia accuses Egypt of delaying Nile treaty


ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia said Tuesday that it would go ahead with a new deal with six other countries on sharing the waters of the Nile and accused Egypt of "dragging its feet" on a more equitable treaty.
The new agreement replaces a 1929 colonial-era treaty between Egypt and Britain, which gave Egypt veto power over upstream projects. The country also has access to most of the water from one of the world's longest rivers.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Egypt warns against Nile Basin pact

CAIRO — AFP - Egypt insisted Monday on its traditional share of the Nile river and warned basin countries against signing a water-sharing agreement in which it is excluded.
The warning came days after Nile basin countries meeting in Egypt failed to agree on a framework to reallocate shares from the river, a longstanding demand by several up-stream countries.

Edna Adan Knighted by France

On April 17, Edna Adan was presented the French Legion of Honor by the French Ambassador. This is France’s highest honor – grade de chevalier dans l’ordre de la Légion d’honneur. The decision to honor Edna with this title was made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in this letter.
(Photo: Edna Adan receives French Legion of Honor)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Harvesting rain water in Somaliland

Heavy rains fell in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland today but unfortunately most of the rain water will eventually end up in to the sea. The reason is because that people of Somaliland do not know how to make use of this precious rain water that comes only in the Gu and Dayr seasons (Spring and Autumn).
These pictures posted by oodweynenews .com http://www.oodweynenews.com/display_page.php?articleid=17144) today show the magnitude of rain that fell in Hargeisa.

Letter to the members of the Somali Diaspora

By: Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah
Source: United Nations Political Office for Somalia
Date: 19 Apr 2010
Nairobi, 19 April 2010
As-Salaamu Alaikum,
My warmest greetings to you all,
1. The arrival of Spring, currently taking place in many of your countries of residence, generally brings a renewed sense of optimism for the future. I hope this regular update to the Jaaliyadda finds that feeling rekindled in all of you when you think of your homeland and where it is headed because there are quite a few positive developments.

Somalis caught in the crossfire

By Andrew Wander - Al Jazeera
In a refugee camp in northern Kenya, a 14-year-old Somali boy recounts the moment that his entire family were killed in Mogadishu.
"When I came home from the duksi [Koranic school] I found our house had been hit," he says.
"My mother and father were killed. I think my four brothers were killed as well - I saw pieces of their hands and legs near the part of the house that we used for resting."

Volcanic flight ban hits Kenya farm workers

Somali rebels 'improved security'

US Travel Alert to Ethiopia

Travel Alert
This information is current as of today, Mon Apr 19 16:41:53 2010. Ethiopia
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Ethiopia before and after national parliamentary elections scheduled for May 23, 2010, and recommends against all but essential travel to Ethiopia during this period. This Travel Alert expires on July 1, 2010.