Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saudi Arabia: First solar power plant opens in Farasan

|Medeshivalley.com|Arab News |

An array of solar panels are seen at the Farasan solar plant in Jazan. (SPA)

US strike kills 23 al-Shabab commanders

|Medeshivalley.com|Press TV |

At least 23 senior al-Shabab commanders have been killed in a US airstrike in central Somalia, Press TV reports.
Several Somali civilians have been also killed in the strike.
The incident took place on Saturday in the village of Ceel Garas on the outskirts of the town of Elbur, which serves as the largest military base for al-Shabab fighters in Somalia's central regions.
“The situation is very tense after aerial attacks hit al-Shabab base in the area, killing 23 al-Shabab commanders,” a resident said.
Dozens of fighters who were injured in the attack have been transferred to a local hospital, the resident added.
No details were given about exact number of civilian casualties.

Disabled French woman kidnapped in Kenya and taken to Somalia after shootout fails to halt pirates

|Medeshivalley.com|By Mike Pflanz, Nairobi| Telegraph |

A Kenyan policeman stands guard outside the beach home of Marie Dedieu Photo: REUTERS

Ethiopia: Somaliland to round up Ethiopian exiles and deport

Security cooperation in good shape with Silanyo
After being a little strained under Somaliland’s previous home affairs minister, security cooperation between Hargeisa and Addis Ababa is now in going strong.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Djibouti: Mineral Industry Overview

In 2009, the small East African country of Djibouti was a producer of perlite, salt, and such construction materials as basalt (table 1). Djibouti’s production and consumption of minerals were not globally significant.

Continuing Eruption at Nabro Volcano, Eritrea

|Medeshivalley.com|Geology News |
Nabro Volcano, located in Eritrea near the Danakil Depression continues to show signs of eruption. It is located in a remote, sparsely populated area where satellite monitoring is the only reliable method of monitoring. Image below acquired on June 29, 2011.

US steps up killer drone hits in Yemen and Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|BY CINDY JAQUITH  | The Militant |
Washington is stepping up use of aerial attack drones targeting Islamist leaders in Somalia and Yemen and establishing four new bases for the robot assassins in the Horn of Africa. Under discussion is whether to also use drones to kill unidentified suspected Islamist combatants in the two countries, as they do in Pakistan.
A long-standing U.S. drone base in Djibouti has been used to target al-Qaeda forces in Yemen.

Mixed responses to mixed migration in Africa


Many Horn migrants begin their journeys at refugee camps in northern Kenya
JOHANNESBURG, 28 September 2011 (IRIN) - Abdul worked as a journalist in Somalia before death threats from Al-Shabab militia drove him to leave his native country and head for Mozambique where friends told him he would receive help at Maratane refugee camp in Nampula Province.

The boat he boarded in Mombasa had 110 other passengers - some Somalis with stories similar to his own, and others Ethiopians, either fleeing their own armed conflicts or drought or both - all crammed together in one vessel by a smuggler aiming to maximize profits. 

From playground to battleground: children on the frontline in Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|Guardian.co.uk |Mohamad Shil|

Al Shabaab soldiers

Pirates demand $8m for Malaysian ship

|Medeshivalley.com|Press TV |

Somali pirates have demanded a ransom payment of millions of dollars for the release of a Malaysian-owned container vessel, which was hijacked last November.
The pirates are said to be demanding $8 million in ransom to free MV Albedo cargo ship and its 23 crew members, Pakistani Geo News network reported on Wednesday.
Somali pirates seized MV Albedo some 900 nautical miles east off the coast of Somalia in November 2010 as the vessel was en route to Kenya after setting sail from the United Arab Emirates.

Somalia: measles, malnutrition and emergencies

|Medeshivalley.com|MSF |
Measles. It starts with a fever, runny nose and a cough. Then a rash. For children who are not immunised this often spells disaster.

Al-Qaeda cleric Awlaki killed in Yemen

|Medeshivalley.com|Al Jazeera |

Anwar al-Awlaki was linked to the failed bombing of a Detroit-bound US plane in December 2009 [Muslm.net]


|Medeshivalley.com|ecoterra |
STATUS-SUMMARY: Today, 29. 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.

Chatham House on Eurozone, progress in Saudi Arabia and Yemen situation


The Future of the EurozoneThis week, Chatham House experts debated how the response to the current crisis will establish the future of the eurozone. The panel discussed politics within Europeand the role of leading economies outside the eurozone, including how the crisis may impact Europe's relationship with China and the US.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Is there a country called “Somalia”? A Widespread Misconception

The Somali inhabited areas at the horn of Africa was called ‘Somal’ and ‘Beri Somal’ by the Arab traders from Arabian Peninsula before the Europeans arrived. However, the Europeans divided area into three parts – British Somaliland, French Somaliland and Italian Somalia.

COUNTER-PIRACY UPDATES - 27. September 2011

|Medeshivalley.com|STATUS-SUMMARY: | Ecoterra |
Today, 27. September 2011 at 21h45 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.

Anglo-Somali Society , UK

Photo: © Michael Walls, 2007, Sin'arro, Sanaag

Vaccine could make HIV a chronic minor infection

|Medeshivalley.com|Yahoo News |

A vaccine tested in a clinical trial has the potential to turn HIV into a 'minor chronic infection,' similar to herpes, scientists claim.
Ninety per cent of healthy volunteers given the MVA-B vaccine developed an immune response to HIV in phase I clinical trials.
"MVA-B vaccine has proven to be as powerful as any other vaccine currently being studied, or even more," said Professor Mariano Esteban, at the National Biotech Centre in Madrid, where the vaccine was developed.

UN jobs : Logistics and ICT Officer,Burao , Somaliland.

|Medeshivalley.com|UN jobs |
Closing Date: Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Role and Responsibilities
To support the smooth functioning of the Somaliland programme, by appropriate management and implementation of delegated activities within the logistics department. To facilitate the objectives of the Medair Country Programme, by enabling effective information management and communications, supported by appropriate technology and training.

Do Muslims Really Care About Somalia?

|Medeshivalley.com|by Akbar Ahmed
A young, rail-thin, and gaunt Somali woman, cradling her starving child in her arms, looks straight into the camera. Her eyes are dead; she has seen too much suffering. “Where are the Muslim countries?” she asks. “We are dying.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yemeni tribesmen bring down warplane, capture pilot

|Medeshivalley.com|By REUTERS|

An anti-government supporter attends a rally demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Normality returning to Libya as schools reopen

|Medeshivalley.com|By MICHEL COUSINS | ARAB NEWS|

A man in Tripoli cycles past graffiti depicting Muammar Qaddafi with Arabic writing that reads: "Keep your city clean, Libya is free, historical garbage." (AP)

309 Somali students come to Turkey for education

|Medeshivalley.com|Todays Zaman|

A total of 309 Somali students arrived at the İstanbul Atatürk Airport Wednesday morning, where they were welcomed by Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu representatives. The Somali students are university and high school-bound thanks to Kimse Yok Mu.

AU: 3,000 More Troops Headed to Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|by Jason Ditz | AntiWar |
Troops Expected to Come From Djibouti, Sierra Leone
According to Lt. Col. Ankunda, the spokesman for African Union (AU) troops in Somalia, an additional 3,000 troops are expected to be dispatched to the nation within 6 months, bringing the overall force to around 12,000.

Programme Support Manager (Hargeisa) Somaliland


Role and Responsibilities : Provide operational support in order to enhance Somaliland programme activities and contribute to the achievement of objectives.

Somali Week Festival 2011

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present the annual Somali Week Festival. The festival, an integral part of the Black History Month celebrations, will run from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October 2011 in London .

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Intellectual arrogance : Should We Talk Like This?

|Medeshivalley.com|Re-published |Medeshi March 21, 2009 |

(Photo: Rumsfeld pointing "The US has not run
out of targets to bomb. Afghanistan has
run out of targets. Ha, Ha, Ha!")
From the archives
Should We Talk Like This?by Charley Reese
A habit of conversation conducted as a form of Twenty Questions is becoming a fad in Washington. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is probably the most famous user of the Twenty Questions style of talking.
You've probably heard him say something like: "Do we know where Bin Laden is? No. Are we searching for him? Yes. Will we eventually find him? You bet. But do I wake up every morning worrying about where Bin Laden may or may not be? No."
Maybe all Americans should adopt this habit. Imagine going to a restaurant, and the waitress says, "What'll you have?"
And you reply: "Do I want fried chicken? No. Do I like fried fish? No. Would I prefer to have a plain steak and baked potato? You bet."

Somalia backs Islam radical hearings: US lawmaker

|Medeshivalley.com|AFP |
WASHINGTON — Somalia supports controversial US Congress hearings into radicalization within the Muslim-American community, the lawmaker who has made the investigation into a signature issue said Tuesday.

Picture of the day : Giant panda cubs lie in a crib


Picture of the Day

Giant panda cubs lie in a crib at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China on September 26, 2011. (Reuters)

Chatham House, London : Puntland and Somalia: The Year Ahead

Wednesday 19 October 2011 18:00 to 19:00

Location  : 

Chatham House, London


HE Abdirahman Mohamud Farole, President of the Puntland State of Somalia
book online

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Balkanization of Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|By Abdinur Mohamud |fpif |

Somali mother and malnourished child; courtesy UN Photo/Stuart Price
Somali mother and malnourished child; courtesy UN Photo/Stuart Price
The debacle of the East Africa famine once again hit the international media in summer 2011. Television reports showed the emaciated faces of children, women, and the elderly who are encamped in refugee centers in Kenya and Somalia. The last time a devastating famine of similar magnitude hit the international media was in 1992, when tens of thousands of Somalis perished due to starvation.
The recurring East Africa famine is the result not just of the natural, cyclical droughts in the region. Man-made reasons continue to exacerbate the effect and reach of the disaster. These reasons include political instability within Somalia as well as the inability of the international community to prepare and assist communities in advance to lessen the impact of the drought and prevent the development of a full-blown famine.

Somali Week Festival 2011: OCEAN Somali Community Organisation will showcase a play in this event

OCEAN Somali Community Organisation will showcase a 30 minutes long play during Somali Week Festival 2011.

Alleged US Drone Crashes in Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|VOA |
An alleged U.S. spy drone has crashed in the Somali city of Kismayo, which is controlled by the militant group al-Shabab.

Burundian troops in Somalia killed Malaysian journalist, investigation finds

|Medeshivalley.com|By Associated Press|
NAIROBI, Kenya — The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia says its investigation has found that four Burundian soldiers were responsible for the killing of a Malaysian journalist in Mogadishu earlier this month.

US drones kill dozens in Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|Press TV |

US Drones Attack Kismayo, in Southern Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|by Jason Ditz,|AntiWar.com |
Attacks Hit Three Targets as Surveillance Drone Crash Reported
Residents of the southern Somali port city of Kismayo report that US drones attackedat least three targets. The number of deaths in the attacks were not reported but several explosions were noted.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Final Grave of Fallen NASA Satellite May Stay a Mystery

|Medeshivalley.com|Space.com |by Clara Moskowitz|

The ground track of NASA's UARS re-entry shows where the defunct satellite was passing over just before it fell to Earth. The circle presents the most likely point of landing, which probably occured around 12:16 a.m. EDT (0416 GMT) on Sept. 24.

Libya : Remains of 1,700 inmates slain in Abu Salim jail during Gaddafi's rule unearthed

|Medeshivalley.com|Al Jazeera |
A mass grave with the remains of 1,700 prisoners killed during a notorious crackdown by Muammar Gaddafi's regime has been found, the country's new rulers say.

Ethiopia government crackdown following aid investigation - Newsnight

A joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism last month uncovered evidence that the Ethiopian government is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression.

Women in Saudi Arabia 'to vote and run in elections'


photo: AP / Hassan Ammar