Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sweet home Sanaag is a virgin land that needs to be discovered but not looted

Somalia 'faces threat to $100m in US remittances'

The famine has already claimed tens of thousands of lives, according to the UN

RAF could give support in Somalia intervention

( The Independent ) -The British Government is considering providing direct military assistance to international troops fighting Islamist insurgents in Somalia.
Senior Foreign Office sources said discussions had taken place about providing help – including air reconnaissance or support – to African Union troops helping Somalia's weak, American-backed, transitional government.

FM: Britain Considering Bombing Somalia

UK Minister: More British Training as Terrorists in Somalia Than Anywhere Else -by Jason Ditz, December 22, 2011- Antiwar Forum

Reports coming out of Britain’s Foreign Ministry today confirm that the British government is considering “direct military assistance” to the various foreign troops in Somalia through direct bombing campaigns by the British Air Force.


(Ecoterra ) -STATUS-SUMMARY: Today, 22. December 2011 at 21h00 UTC, at least 25 larger plus 18 smaller foreign vessels plus one stranded barge are kept in Somali hands against the will of their owners, while at least  418 hostages or captives - including a South-African yachting couple, two (or now only one) frail elderly ladies and four aid-workers - suffer to be released.
But even EU NAVFOR, who mostly only counts high-value, often British insured vessels, admitted now that many dozens of vessels were sea-jacked despite their multi-million Euro efforts to protect shipping.

8 Tyrannical Dictators Still Alive And In Power

1. Isaias Afewerki, President of Eritrea

23 people die as floods wreak havoc in Tanzania

The UN says it is too early to assess the extent of the flood damage in Dar es Salaam [still from youtube]

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sports Personality of the Year 2011 top 10: Mo Farah

Friends of Edna 12th Anniversary -

A special ‘Thank You’ to the Friends of the Edna Adan Hospital on the occasion of the 12th Anniversary of the formation of the Friends of the Edna Adan Hospital who have been our longest and strongest supporters, even before the hospital was opened in 2002.

Ethiopia injects US$4 billion into sugar factories

By Africa Report ( Nazret ) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, while inaugurating the Fincha Amerti Neshe Hydropower project at the weekend, said construction of the 10 factories across the country was progressing well.
The multi-purpose Fincha project, with a capacity to generate 97 MW of electricity, will see the expansion of the Fincha sugar factory by 6000 hectares of land, a 40 percent increase.

Somalia 'a threat to UK security'

(UKPA)-Somalia is a direct threat to the UK's security because it is one of the "most dysfunctional countries in the world", International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has warned.

Somali women defy danger to write basketball history

Wejiga cusub ee Ardaaga Siyaasadda Ee Somaaliland

Ururo Raacdo Reeb, Yool Habaabis Iyo Gogol Xadh ah. 
Halka ay maanta siyaasadda Somaaliland marayso kala warqaadashadeeda waxaa u fura ah; labadii tukee saaka naga tagoo maxaad soo tarteen?
Haddii aynu dib u jeleecno intii  ay Somaliland soo jirtay, laga soo bilaabo shirkii Burco ee lagaga dhawaaqay gooni isku taaga Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland, waxaynu soo maray hareer kala gedisan oo waayaha iyo waqtigu hogaaminaayeen oo kacaa kuf ah; dagaal sokeeye, is hirdi iyo nin jeclaysi aan qorsonayn oo reer waliba ceesantiisa ceelgaynaayey.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Drone attacks by U.S. questioned in letter to Obama

Rwanda politicians jailed for life over genocide

(Reuters) - The U.N. war crimes tribunal for Rwanda on Wednesday found  two bosses of the former ruling Hutu-led party guilty of genocide for their leading roles in the 1994 massacre of Tutsis and moderate Hutus, and sentenced them to life in prison.

Ethiopian court finds Swedes guilty of aiding Ogaden National Front

(Reuters) - An Ethiopian court  found  two Swedish journalists guilty on Wednesday of helping and promoting the outlawed Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group, and entering the Horn of Africa nation illegally.

Kenyan jets kill 10 in south Somalia air raid

Capital FM - AFP -NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 21 – Kenyan fighter jets pounded rebel-held southern Somalia in a strike that Nairobi said Wednesday had killed Al Qaeda linked fighters but witnesses claimed caused several civilian deaths.
Military jets targeted several locations late Tuesday in Hosingow in the Lower Juba region, close to the Kenyan border, local elders said.

Photos of artifacts of ancient Kingdom found in Sanaag , Somaliland

The artifacts have been found at  Medeshi .
Medeshi valley  is located in North East of Erigavo, the capital of Sanaag, of Somaliland. It is also approximately 10 kilometers North of Jiidale and is the place of birth of Medeshi webmaster.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Petition : Stop Saudi Arabian Executions of helpless Somalis

Stop Saudi Arabian Executions of helpless Somalis

Stop Saudi Arabia Execution of helpless Somalis

Video : Hargeisa Business Fair

Ethiopia signs Mieso-Djibouti railway deal with China

Photo - Courtesy of Nazret

76 Executions in Saudi Arabia This Year.

Last year, Saudi Arabia had 27+ executions. This year, it’s already up to 76. This number seems like nothing in comparison to China, where there are claims that over 1,000 people are executed each year. Without putting China in perspective, this number is ridiculous, especially when you learn the reasons some people are executed. For instance, last Monday, a woman in her 60s was executed for practicing magic and sorcery.

SOMALIA: Kismayo IDPs face hunger, drug shortages

Virtual closure of Kismayo port has hampered aid deliveries (file photo)
NAIROBI, 20 December 2011 (IRIN) - The plight of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, controlled by Al-Shabab insurgents, has deteriorated, with thousands facing a food crisis after supply routes were blocked, and drug shortages as patient numbers increase, locals said.

"We are extremely concerned about what is happening in Kismayo; Al-Shabab has blocked any attempt to bring supplies by road while the bombing of the airport and the near-closure of the port has contributed to the severe shortage of food in the city," Abdullahi Shirwa, head of Somalia's National Disaster Management Agency, told IRIN on 20 December.

Somalia: UN and partners urge leaders to end stand-off over Speaker

Speaker of Somalia’s Parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden (left) with Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro

UNESCO condemns killing of Somali television reporter

A street in the Somali capital Mogadishu, April 4, 2010
 20 December 2011 – 
The head of the United Nations agency charged with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of a Somali television journalist in Mogadishu.Abdisalam Sheikh Hasan was shot in the head as he left his office at Horn Cable TV in the Somali capital. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Somali government should probe journalist's murder

Abdisalan Sheikh Hassan. (NUSOJ)


( Ecoterra ) -Today, 19. December 2011 at 21h00 UTC, at least 26 larger plus 18 smaller foreign vessels plus one stranded barge are kept in Somali hands against the will of their owners, while at least  440 hostages or captives - including a South-African yachting couple, two (or now only one) frail elderly ladies and four aid-workers - suffer to be released.

China beefing up military presence in Indian Ocean

(businesslive.co.za)- Little by little China is forming military links in Africa and in the Indian Ocean in order, experts say, to protect Beijing's economic interests in the region.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kenyan policeman killed in blast in Dadaab refugee camp

An explosion near the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya has killed at least one policeman, police say.
Two other officers were wounded when a suspected roadside bomb detonated near the Dadaab camp, Reuters news agency reports.
The camp houses about 450,000 people who have fled famine and conflict in Somalia.
A Kenyan official has told the BBC that he suspects Somali militants of carrying out the explosion.
Kenya has sent troops to Somalia to pursue the al Shabab Islamist group it blames for a recent wave of abductions.

UN staff’s performance in Somalia constitute a crime against humanity

One of the most frequent complaints I heard during my recent visit to Mogadishu was the lack of physical presence of United Nations staff in this war-torn city.

Kenya's Criminal Assault on Famine-Stricken Somalia

by: Stephen Roblin, Truthout | News Analysis - http://www.truth-out.org
On October 15, Kenya's top security chiefs declared waron Al Shabaab, the loose coalition of Islamist militias that controls southern Somalia. The next day, hundreds of Kenyan soldiers in armored trucks and tanks reportedly "stormed" across Kenya's northern border and into the region with the goal of decimating an Islamist coalition that was originally catapulted to dominance in 2007 consequent to a US-backed Ethiopian intervention.

Mindesta Options First Mineral Exploration Permits Issued by Republic of Somaliland

OTTAWA, CANADA, Dec 19, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Mindesta Inc. ("Mindesta" or the "Company")MDST -10.26% wishes to announce that it has decided to focus its efforts on mineral exploration in East Africa, and in particular the Republic of Somaliland and Ethiopia, as it believes the region has very attractive geology and an improving political environment. As initial steps in executing this strategy, the Company has appointed C. Tucker Barrie Ph.D., P. Geo. as Vice President, Corporate Development and has entered into an option agreement to earn up to an 80 per cent interest in, and ultimately acquire 100% of, the first two mineral exploration permits issued by the Republic of Somaliland.

Somaliland : Chinese and Indian firms bid for Hargeisa airport expansion

hawker.com.bdThe Somaliland Minister of Civil Aviation on Friday unveiled plans to renovate and expand Hargeisa’s Egal International Airport at early next year.
Mr. Mohamud Hashi Abdi told reporters that the infrastructure investment will cost $10 million which was donated by the government of Kuwait. He added it will create jobs for locals and help attract regional airliners to Hargeisa.

Edna Adan, Hospital News, Somaliland - Dec. 2011

Edna Adan, Hospital News, Somaliland | 
2011   has been another year when once again, the Edna Adan                            Hospital was blessed with so many new developments as well as new friends.
As our friends know, Edna started out as a Maternity hospital but in 2011 we’ve seen many new services and procedures that have changed the lives of people in Somaliland. Here are some of the examples of the 514 operations performed since January, 2011:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Somaliland : My blessings for the New Year and a call to the younger generations

Photo: My self and professor Richard Ford of Clark University
conducting a  Rural  Appraisal workshop in Dararweyne (2001).

Man In Soldier Uniform Kills Somali Journalist

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The director of a Somali news station says a journalist has been shot dead in the capital of Mogadishu.
Abdisalan Sheik Hassan had been receiving death threats before he was killed on Sunday. It’s unclear if the threats were related to the shooting.
Hamdi Hassan of Horn Cable TV says the 35-year-old journalist was shot by a man in a Somali government uniform.

Somalia's Al Shabaab group sends warning signal to Djibouti

Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Raghe, the Chief Spokesman of Al-Shabaab. Photo | FILE |

Al-Shabab Beheads Three Men in Southern Region

( AllAfrica.com ) Afgadud — Residents in Afgadud village of Lower Jubba region in southern Somalia,confirmed that bodies of at least three men beheaded by the islamist militant rebels of Al-shabab were found laying in the village early hours of Sunday morning. Al-shabab militants beheaded three men in their stronghold village of Afgadud in Lower Jubba region, whom they accused of spying for the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) and Kenyan Defense Force (KFD) in that region to battle the militants.

Kenya marches into Somalia but can’t see the enemy

 A team of Kenya Defense Forces and Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldiers patrol the Indian Ocean coastline in Burgabo, south of Kismayu in Somalia on Saturday. (Reuters)