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Saturday, May 1, 2010

From the archives : Steve Bridges Impersonating President Bush


 Link : http://www.medeshi.com/2010/05/from-archives-steve-bridges.html
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Saudi Arabia: Six Somali children die in building collapse


Civil Defense personnel clear the debris of the collapsed building at downtown Jeddah on Saturday. (AN photo)
JEDDAH: Responders to a downtown Jeddah building collapse believe the building caved in due to hoarding water on the rooftop. Six Somali children died in the incident.

Blasts at Somali mosque kill 32-al Shabaab

By Abdi Guled and Mohamed Ahmed
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Two explosions at a mosque in Somalia's capital Mogadishu Saturday killed 32 worshippers, wounded at least 70 and hurt a senior member of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels.

It was the second attack this week on a mosque in Bakara Market, an area of Mogadishu dominated by members of the country's two main rebel groups, al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Somaliland : Admas Universty

I watched a you-tube video about Admas University tonight and was very happy to know that two of my daughters who are studying currently at this university are at the right place that I have always anticipated them to be.

Indian 'holy man' perplexes doctors


Link : http://www.medeshi.com/2010/04/indian-holy-man-perplexes-doctors.html
Doctors and experts are baffled by an Indian man who claims not to have eaten or drunk anything for 70 years - but is still in perfect health.
A team of scientists and doctors in Sterling Hospital, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, are studying the claims of Prahlad Jani, a local holy man, who is over 70 years old.
He claims to have been blessed by a goddess when he was 8-years-old, which has enabled him to survive without sustenance and that he derives energy through meditation.
Most people can live without food for several weeks, with the body drawing on its fat and protein stores. But the average human can survive for only three to four days without water.(Al Jazeera.)
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Ethiopia reburies Mengistu victims

(AFP) -ADDIS ABABA — Dozens of Ethiopians marched Thursday to rebury family members massacred during dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam's "Red Terror" purge which claimed tens of thousands of lives some 30 years ago.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hard times lead 21 Somaliland couples to share wedding

Twenty-one couples have shared a joint wedding in Somaliland, where the traditional lavish celebrations are increasingly unaffordable at a time of  economic slump. The function was held this week at a hotel in Hargeisa, capital of Somaliland, and was arranged by Telsom, a telecoms company that employs all the bridegrooms.

Dubai fury as Kenya expels rulers


Kenya's foreign minister is in Dubai to defuse a row after members of the Gulf state's ruling family were deported as terror suspects.
The four were on holiday from Dubai in Kenya's resort of Mombasa over Easter, when immigration officers interrogated them for hours before expelling them.
The United Arab Emirates responded by tightening visa requirements - and only accepts Kenyan university graduates.

One Laptop per Child targets East Africa

Child in Nigeria with Xo laptop Various trials of the machines are running across Africa
The group behind the "$100 laptop" has signed a deal which it hopes will deliver low cost computers to every primary school child in East Africa.
The partnership between One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and the East African Community (EAC) aims to deliver 30 million laptops in the region by 2015.
The EAC does not currently have the money to pay for the machines and so is hoping to find other partners.

Making Unneeded Enemies in Somalia

In early 2006, al-Shabaab had little Somali public support until the United States began backing corrupt and vicious warlords against the group. Interference by a foreign power caused the popularity of al-Shabaab to spike. Al-Shabaab survived the onslaught and threatened to oust the weak Somali government, notes Ivan Eland.

Man 'Survives Without Food' For 70 Years

(Medeshi)- Sky News
Military medics hope the experiments on Prahlad Jani can help soldiers develop their survival strategies.
The long-haired and bearded yogi is under 24-hour observation by a team of 30 doctors during three weeks of tests at a hospital in the western city of Ahmedabad.

Video: Hargeisa floods

Link : http://www.medeshi.com/2010/04/video-hargeisa-floods.html

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Africa Needs a New Map


It’s time to start seeing the redrawing of the continent’s colonial borders as an opportunity, not a threat.


Muammar al-Qaddafi isn't exactly known for brilliant ideas on maximizing political justice; his own country, Libya, is essentially his private fiefdom.

Wednesday, April 28, 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 .

Policeman keeping peace in Somalia wanted over assault

By Ephraim Kasozi -Daily monitor

A police detective who is facing charges of causing grievous harm and threatening violence was sent to a United Nations Mission to Somalia before the case was disposed of, an advocate has told court.

Somaliland : NEC produces preliminary voter registration list

Hargiesa, Somaliland : The NEC today announced that they have produced a new list of  Somaliland registered voters after sorting  and rectifying the Server mess caused during the earlier voter registration. The commission spokesman added that this new list is not  final but is a preliminary one and that the final list will follow.
The  Commission spokesman  said that the list contains more than one million voters while more 70,000 were discarded because of double registrations as well as nonexistent voters. The Commission said that the process of sorting  voter registration in the server was of four stages and that they have come to this preliminary conclusion at the end of  process.
The spokesman for  the NEC also confirmed that the presidential elections will take  place in June and requested all Somaliland political parties to inform their supporters not double vote and  help in the achievement of fair and free elections.
Translated from Somali by M. Ali
Source : Togdheer news.
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5 Ugandan soldiers injured in Somalia


By Henry Mukasa
FIVE UPDF soldiers serving in the peace-keeping mission in Somalia were yesterday injured during a battle with militants who attempted to enter their camp in Mogadishu.
Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye said the Al-Shabaab militants attempted to sneak into the AMISOM camp but were repelled at the gate.

Unpaid Somali soldiers desert to insurgency


MOGADISHU, Somalia - Hundreds of Somali soldiers trained with U.S. tax dollars have deserted because they are not being paid their $100 monthly wage, and some have even joined the al-Qaida-linked militants they are supposed to be fighting, The Associated Press has learned.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rains displace hundreds in Somaliland

HARGEISA, 27 April 2010 (IRIN) - At least 200 families have been displaced and 185 houses destroyed following heavy rains and strong winds, which also killed six people in Hargeisa, capital of  Somaliland republic region, officials said.

Some 2,500 people have been displaced in all, according to the Red Crescent. The worst-affected areas were the southern Hargeisa districts of Ahmed Dhagah, Mohamed Moge and Mohamoud Haybe.
(Past flooding damage in Hargeisa )

Suicide car bomb attack in Somalia wounds 4

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Officials say a suicide car bomb explosion outside an African Union military base in Somalia's capital has wounded four people, including two AU troops.The al-Qaida (web

news) -linked military group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack.
African Union spokesman Maj. Barigye Bahoku said a truck full of explosives pulled up to a new AU base and that two soldiers opened fire on the truck. Those two were wounded when the explosion went off. The suicide attacker was the only one to die in the attack.
Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu's ambulance service, said two civilians were also wounded.

Somalia has been without a functioning government for almost 20 years, and militants control large parts of Mogadishu
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New Somali radio drama shows how hard work can change lives

 NAIROBI, 27 April 2010 (IRIN) - Halima is a mother of five living in the village of Raqayle. Her jobless husband Hassan spends more hours in the `qat’ parlour with his friends than looking for ways to feed the family. So, saddled with debts, and burdened initially by her own lack of confidence, Halima launched a small business venture delivering cooked food to people’s homes and workplaces.

Destitute family forced to sleep in Haram courtyard

A 60-year-old Saudi and his children sit in the courtyards surrounding the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Monday. (AN photo

Dream election result for Sudan's President Bashir


By James Copnall
Khartoum : President Omar al-Bashir got exactly what he wanted from Sudan's elections.
The president's supporters are presenting this electoral victory as the Sudanese people's response to the International Criminal Court, which has issued an arrest warrant for Mr Bashir, accusing him of war crimes in Darfur.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Democracy: A Freedom Unshared

Date/Time: Friday, 30 April 2010. 5:30- 7:30pm
Venue: Temple Hall, Temple of Peace
Speakers: Mohamed Barud Ali, Adan Warsama, Omer Essa, Rt Hon Alun Michael and Dr. Martin Hill
As election day draws closer, many all around the UK are contemplating whether they should vote or not. Some naively argue that all politicians are corrupt, while others very simply ‘can't be bothered'. But all around the world there are people who have struggled for and who still yearn for the freedom to choose a system of governance.

Somalia: Failed State, Economic Success?

by Benjamin Powell

This article draws heavily on his research in “Somalia After State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement?” coauthored with Ryan Ford and Alex Nowrasteh, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 67, 2008.

Perhaps the title overstates the situation slightly. It is hard to call any country mired in poverty an economic success. Yet by most measures Somalia’s poverty is diminishing and Somalia has improved living standards faster than the average sub-Saharan African country since the early 1990s. In that sense Somalia is at least a relative success story. The most interesting part of Somalia’s success is that it has all been achieved while the country has lacked any effective central government.

Somali pirates move hostage Britons

(Medeshi) - Belfast Tel.
Militants from Somalia's al-Qaida-linked insurgent group have moved into the northern region where Somali pirates operate, forcing the gang that is holding a kidnapped British couple to flee, a self-proclaimed pirate chieftain and residents said.
((Paul and Rachel Chandler were seized from their yacht in the Indian Ocean on October 23)

U.N. approves $2.1M to fight piracy off African coast

Stars and Stripes,
A $2.1 million series of projects to help Somalia and neighboring countries prosecute pirate suspects was approved Friday by a 10-nation board in charge of a new U.N. trust fund for the fight against piracy.

Kenya should back Somaliland’s quest for recognition

By Peter Aringo
A Kenyan parliamentary delegation visited Somaliland last year and was led by Farah Maalim, the Deputy Speaker of the Kenya National assembly.

Suspected suicide bomber attacks UK ambassador's convoy in Yemen

A suspected suicide bomber has attacked a convoy in which Britain's ambassador to Yemen was travelling to work.

The ambassador, Tim Torlot, was reported to be safe but one person – believed to be the bomber – was killed in the blast, a security source told Reuters.

Somali militants execute man, sever thief's hands

MOGADISHU, Associated Press-  Somalia - Witnesses say militants from Somalia's most hardline insurgent group have executed a man they convicted of murder and cut off the hands of an accused thief — after injecting him with anesthesia.

Bomb blast kills five in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA —(AFP)  Five people were killed and 20 injured when a bomb blast ripped through a cafe in an Ethiopian town near the border with Eritrea, a local official told state television on Sunday.

Somaliland President embarks on tour to East Africa and France

By Moha Dahir Farah Jirreh - News Dire
Djibouti, Djibouti- The president of Somaliland Mr. Dahir Rayaale Kahin has started his trip to European and east African countries after delaying the trip for a month due to the illness of his Vice president, Ahmed Yasin.