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Saturday, September 17, 2011

COUNTER-PIRACY UPDATES 16. September 2011

|Medeshivalley.com|STATUS-SUMMARY| ecoterra |
Today, 16. September 2011 at 23h45 UTC, at least 30 larger plus 18 smaller foreign vessels plus one stranded barge are kept in Somali hands against the will of their owners, while at least 504 hostages or captives - including a South-African yachting couple - suffer to be released.

Nine civilians killed in US drone strike against Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|Press TV |

Eyewitnesses in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo have reported a number of missile strikes, apparently fired by U.S. drones in and around the city. Terrified residents say that several loud explosions were heard in the area.
Al-Shabab, which is in control of the area, says the drones hit on the outskirts of the town and killed at least nine civilians, including women and children. 30 others were reported wounded in the strikes.
Separate attacks were reported even further south, with Kenyan helicopter gunships targeting the Elwak region near the border. Al-Shabab insists that the Kenyan attacks were nowhere near any of their positions.
The U.S. began launching drone strikes against targets within Somalia in late June, the latest in a growing number of nations which now have constant US drones flying overhead, launching attacks with no real oversight against whoever they believe needs killing at any given time.

Somaliland Foreign Affairs Minster Trip to USA ( Video report included )

|Medeshivalley.com|
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Somaliland, Dr. Mohamed Abdullahi Omar along with distinguished representatives of United States Foreign Affairs ministry, USAID as well as other notable guests took part in an event hosted by International Republican Institute (IRI) a nonprofit, impartial organization that evolve freedom and democracy worldwide by providing fair and open elections, democratic governance, civic institutions, and the rule of law.

Somalia bans foreign aid workers from rebel areas

|Medeshivalley.com|By ABDI SHEIKH AND MOHAMED AHMED | REUTERS|

A Turkish aid worker plays with a child as he delivers relief food to displaced people in the al Shabaab controlled areas of Shabele, south of capital Mogadishu on Sept. 12, 2011. (Reuters)

Ubax Galool book , a fascinating Somali literature

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This book which is written by Amran Mohamed Ahmed was launched tonight , the 17th of Sept. 2011 at Willesden libaray in North London .

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Planet Like 'Star Wars' Tatooine Discovered Orbiting 2 Suns

|Medeshivalley.com|by Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com Contributor |
It's a real-life Tatooine. A spectacle made popular by the "Star Wars" saga — a planet with two suns — has now been confirmed in space for the first time, astronomers revealed.

UN Jobs : Community Safety Consultant, Burao, Somaliland

|Medeshivalley.com|UN |
Closing Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Burao (Burco), Somaliland
Title of Consultancy:Community Safety Consultant - Burao Type of Contract:Individual Contract (IC) Duration of the assignment:5 months Duty station:Burao Expected places of travel:Burao, Hargeisa.

Libya: Cameron and Sarkozy visit Tripoli - video

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How I bombed Kampala – convict

|Medeshivalley.com|New Vision |

Edris Nsubuga
Edris Nsubuga
By Andante Okanya, Hillary Nsambu and Edward Anyoli 
EDRIS Nsubuga, the man convicted of three counts of terrorism in relation to the July 11, 2010 Kampala twin bombings, yesterday narrated how he participated in the gruesome attacks.
He was appearing at the High Court in Kampala during the trial of the 12 terror suspects. The trial judge is Alfonse Owiny-Dollo.
Nsubuga, who pleaded guilty to terrorism on Tuesday, said on May 9, last year, he received ‘visitors’ from Nairobi who brought four improvised explosive devices.
These devices, which he said were kept in his house, were used in the deadly attacks that left 76 people dead and 10 seriously injured. 

Somaliland: Mayor of Hargeisa opens police station and health center

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Hargeisa (JSLtimes)-The mayor of Hargeisa Eng. Husen Mohamud Jicir today opens a new police station and health center that were built and implemented in Hargeisa.

UNICEF offers food vouchers, cash transfers in Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|By Katie Nguyen|

nternally displaced Somali people stand in a queue waiting to be served with cooked food in Hodan district south of capital Mogadishu September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Video : The situation in Somalia (UN, Somalia, African Union) - Joint Security Council Media Stakeout

|Medeshivalley.com|UN News |
14 September 2011

Mia Farrow in Somalia refugees Dadaab camp , Kenya ( Video )

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Nurturing young Somali girls: Woodbury, Minn., woman wins McKnight award

|Medeshivalley.com|By: Riham Feshir, Woodbury Bulletin|

After Fartun Osman fled her civil war-torn country of Somalia, she didn’t quit trying to help others overcome destructive social and cultural norms.
The Woodbury single mother of four continued volunteering for nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities to try and get young Somali girls to achieve their dreams of becoming something their ancestors never thought they’d be.
For her several years of service nurturing the girls to become athletes and leaders through counseling, advocacy and role modeling, Osman was named a recipient of this year’s Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Services.
“Fartun does a great job of showing the huge difference one person can make,” said Tim Hanrahan, communications director for the McKnight Foundation.

Puntland, Somaliland act on migrants, IDPs

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Ethiopian immigrants on a street in Hairgeisa: Somaliland has given illegal immigrants a month to leave the country (file photo)
HARGEISA/NAIROBI, 14 September 2011 (IRIN) - Authorities in Somalia's self-declared independent Republic of Somaliland have given a month's notice to an estimated 80,000 illegal immigrants - mostly Ethiopian - to leave the region.

"After evaluating the status of the illegal immigrants, we realized that these people have no benefits for the country; on the contrary, they are a problem in terms of security," said Osman Garad Sofe, Somaliland's Deputy Interior Minister. "For this reason, the government of Somaliland has given a month's notice to all illegal immigrants to leave the country. Those who do not leave will face legal charges and be deported." 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Confirmed! Scientists Tally Over 600 Alien Planets

|Medeshivalley.com|Space.com |by Denise Chow|
For anyone keeping track, the number of confirmed alien planets now stands at more than 600, bolstered by the announcement today (Sept. 12) of 50 newfound alien worlds by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Eritrea Nabro volcano eruption : seismic activity continues below Nabro

|Medeshivalley.com| By Armand Vervaeck and James Daniell|Earthquake report |
Earthquake / Eruption summary : During the late afternoon and evening of June 12 2011, a series of moderate earthquakes struck the Afambo, Eritrea area. The moderate earthquakes were followed by 2 strong 5.7 earthquakes. Based on the earthquake pattern and the locations of the epicenter, volcano activity seemed imminent. Our very extensive report is also the work of many of our readers who gave a lot of input.  This proves that together, we can beat a lot of information services, especially in developing countries.

US shows flag in Tripoli, pledges support

|Medeshivalley.com|By Joseph Logan and Alexander Dziadosz|Reuters |
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United States gave Libya's new rulers a very visible show of support on Wednesday when a senior envoy visited the capital and praised their efforts to assert control of armed groups three weeks after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown.

Somalia's al Shabaab says it did not kidnap Briton

|Medeshivalley.com|By Feisal Omar|Reuters |
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali Islamist rebel group al Shabaab said on Wednesday it was not behind the kidnapping of a British woman from a luxury Kenyan beach resort, and Britain said it as working hard to secure her release.

Ethiopia Building 10 New Sugar Plants to Become Leading Exporter

|Medeshivalley.com|By William Davison| Bloomberg |
Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Sugar Corp., Ethiopia’s state-owned producer, said it started building 10 new factories and is inviting private investment as part of a plan to become one of the world’s 10 biggest exporters of the crop.

Covert war in Somalia involves CIA, European mercenaries

|Medeshivalley.com|

Richard Rouget
Richard Rouget
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
Regular readers of this blog will remember Jeremy Scahill’s report in The Nation last July, about the US Central Intelligence Agency’s expanding operations in Somalia. Since the 2006 US-led Ethiopian invasion, the Western-backed Somali government has been engaged in a brutal war with al-Shabaab, the youth wing of the Islamic Courts Union, which ruled most of the country in the years after 9/11. Scahill revealed that the CIA maintains a growing security complex in the country, located right behind Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Consultant Term of Reference for Expert Trainers of TVET Centres, Hargeisa, Somaliland

|Medeshivalley.com|UN Jobs | Closing Date: Friday, 23 September 2011|
Introduction Save the children as a lead agency in a consortium with Care and CISP is implementing a project entitled "Vocational Education and Training for Accelerated Promotion of Employment (VETAPE)" in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia.

Horn of Africa Drought hits parts of Somaliland

|Medeshivalley.com|
HARGEISA(SomalilandPress)–Somaliland government today (Sept/12/2011) shed a Light on some 200.000 Somaliland families affected by drought. This is due to a recent severe drought which has affected the entire East Africa region and said to be the worst in 60 years.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hurricane Katia: 'Worst storm in 15 years' causes travel disruption across the UK

|Medeshivalley.com|Daily Mail |

Oil Price Daily News Update

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Journalists continue to be targeted in Somaliland

|Medeshivalley.com|CPJ |
Waheen reporter Saleban Abdi Ali was harassed by Special Protection Unit officers. (NUSOJ)

Turkish Business Delegation Evaluates Proposed Somalia Projects

|Medeshivalley.com|By Hamsa Omar | Bloomberg|
A Turkish business delegation arrived in Mogadishu to evaluate the cost of proposed projects in Mogadishu, the Somalia capital, following a visit by Prime Minister Recep Erdogan to the city last month.

Malaria report sees near-zero deaths by end of 2015

|Medeshivalley.com|By Kate Kelland|
LONDON (Reuters) - The world has made impressive progress against malaria in the past 10 years, increasing optimism that an end to the killer mosquito-borne disease could be in sight, a World Health Organisation-backed report said on Monday.

Sudan detains hundreds of Eritreans at Egyptian border

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KHARTOUM, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Sudan detained on Monday 317 Eritreans trying to cross the border to Egypt with most of them wanting to reach Israel, Sudanese police said.
The Eritreans, among them 75 women and four children, were detained in northern Sudan 30 kilometers from the Egyptian border, a police spokesman said.
Most of them had planned to make their way through Egypt to reach Israel, he said.
Eritrea, a poor African country, lies east of Sudan. Many Eritreans work in Sudan or cross the country illegally to try to reach Europe or Israel.
(Reporting by Khaled Abdelaziz; Writing by Ulf Laessing)

9-11 Hijack Route and Ground Zero in Graphics

|Medeshivalley.com|Skay News |

See the routes the hijacked planes took on September 11, 2001 - and  then find out how Ground Zero is being rebuilt : http://news.sky.com/home/interactive-graphics/september-11-attacks


At least 100 people feared dead in Kenyan pipeline inferno

|Medeshivalley.com|Al Jazeera |

As many as 100 people are feared dead in a fire caused by a leaking fuel pipeline in a densely populated area of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, according to police.
The explosion took place on Monday in the Lunga Lunga industrial area, which is surrounded by a sprawling urban slum.
Flames leapt out from the pipeline in a radius of some 300 meters,setting shacks ablaze and incinerating scores of people, the Associated Press reported.
Reporters later saw clusters of charred bodies and blackened bones at the site. Some burned bodies floated in a nearby river filled with sewage, according to the AP. Homes had been built right up to the pipeline, the residents said.

Media Advisory: New Somaliland Country Representative available for interview in London

|Medeshivalley.com|Progressio |
Does Somaliland have a secret recipe for 'home-grown' stability in an otherwise turbulent neighbourhood?
"When I travel, people often ask me 'so what is Somaliland's secret?' I tell them that it is something they too will have to learn for themselves," says Suad Abdi.

Somalia: New administration declared in Puntland

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QARDHO (Mareeg) – A new administration, which seceded from Puntland, was declared in the town of Qardho in Karkar region of Puntland, officials said Sunday.

NUSOJ concerned about "savage beating" of Journalist in Somaliland

|Medeshivalley.com|StarAfrica|
MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 12, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is outraged by the savage beating of Waheen newspaper journalist, Saleban Abdi Ali, by Somaliland Police's Special Protection Unit (SPU) on Saturday 10 September 2011 in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Ethiopian – Somaliland Boundary

|Medeshivalley.com|Cedric Barnes, School of Oriental and African Studies|
Introduction
The dominant discourse on borders, including the Ethiopia-Somali borderlands, has portrayed Africans – and in our case Somalis – as victims of arbitrary state boundaries, who rejected such artificial constructs.

Somalia was a sideshow in the war on terror – and is paying a colossal price

|Medeshivalley.com|Madeleine Bunting| Guardian.co.uk |
In the past three months, 150,000 people have arrived in the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya. About 80% of them are women and children and many have walked 100km to reach the sprawling, crowded camp of 440,000 that now counts as Kenya's third largest city.

London : The Launch of Ubax Galool Book of Poems

|Medeshivalley.com|
Ubax Galool Book of Poems by Amran Mohamed Ahmed (Cayuun)  will be launched at Willesden Green Library Centre, NW10 2SJ,  on Saturday 17 September, 2011 from 5.00 -9.00 PM. The launch is sponsored by SAAFI Community organisation and Somali Parents Network.

Yemen army enters Zinjibar

|Medeshivalley.com|By Fawaz al-Haidari (AFP)
ADEN — Yemen's army has freed the southern city of Zinjibar, overrun by Al-Qaeda suspects in May, and ended a siege of an army base there, state news agency Saba quoted Yemeni officials as saying Saturday.

Pirates kill crew member after hijacking French yacht

|Medeshivalley.com|Channel 6 News |
SANA'A (BNO NEWS) -- Pirates killed a crew member on board a French sailing yacht when they hijacked the vessel earlier this week, the European Union Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR) confirmed on Saturday. A second crew member has now been rescued.

COUNTER-PIRACY UPDATES Sept -10, 2011

|Medeshivalley.com|ecoterra |STATUS-SUMMARY|
Today, 10. September 2011 at 22h45 UTC, at least 31 larger plus 18 smaller foreign vessels plus one stranded barge are kept in Somali hands against the will of their owners, while at least 528 hostages or captives - including a South-African yachting couple - suffer to be released.

Briton killed and wife kidnapped from Kiwayu Safari Village resort, Kenya

|Medeshivalley.com|Telegraph |By Mike Pflanz, in Nairobi|
Kiwayu Beach, Kenya Photo: ALAMY

At least five men stormed the ocean-front lodge, situated less than 30 miles from Kenya's border with Somalia, shortly after 2am.
It is understood that the British holidaymaker, believed to be in his 40s, tried to protect his wife and was shot dead. The gunmen then abducted his wife and escaped.
Eric Kiraithe, spokesman for Kenya's police, said that a "massive" search and rescue operation involving military boats, helicopters and ground forces had begun soon after first light yesterday.
"We are hoping that we will be able to at least find the lady," he said.