Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Oil Price Daily News Update January 14 ,2012

Conflicts may Break out over Delicate Energy Chokepoints -  James Stafford 
Welcome to an edgy world where a single incident at an energy "chokepoint" could set a region aflame, provoking bloody encounters, boosting oil prices and putting the global economy at risk. With energy demand on the rise and sources of supply dwindling, we are, in fact, entering a new epoch -- the Geo-Energy Era -- in which disputes over vital resources will dominate world affairs. In 2012 and beyond, energy and conflict will be bound ever more tightly together, lending increasing importance to the key geographical flashpoints in our resource-constrained world.

Somalia's al Shabaab says has Kenyans in captivity

Members of the hardline al Shabaab Islamist rebel group parade their weapons in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, January 1, 2010.  REUTERS/Feisal OmarBy Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh - MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia have captured hostages and a Kenyan government vehicle after killing seven people in an attack on a police camp in Northern Kenya on Wednesday, a spokesman for al Shabaab told Reuters on Friday.

KENYA-SOMALIA: Dadaab leaders flee after killings, threats*

Photo: IRIN
One policeman was killed when a roadside bomb exploded in Dabaab, a refugee complex in eastern Kenya, in late December 2011
DADAAB, 9 January 2012 (IRIN) - Several community leaders among the 463,000 mostly Somali residents of the world’s largest refugee complex have left the facility in eastern Kenya, fearing for their safety after the killing of two of their colleagues. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Somaliland: 7 journalists arrested in a week, 3 still held

New York, January 13, 2012-- The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the recent spate of arrests of independent reporters in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland

The Sundance Diaries: Method Acting In Somalia

WATCH a trailer for "Fishing Without Nets" below:

Project Coordination Specialist (Community Safety - DDR/AVR Project), Hargeisa, Somaliland

Closing Date: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Hargeisa, Somaliland
Location : Hargeisa, SOMALIA Application Deadline : 26-Jan-12 Type of Contract : FTA International Post Level : P-3 Languages Required :
English   Duration of Initial Contract : One year Expected Duration of Assignment : One year (Renewable)

Vacant jobs at Rift Valley Institute - London

Rift Valley Institute  is seeking two new staff members at their  office in London. 
These are both new positions, based in RVI London office. The successful candidates will join the RVI's small core administrative team, helping to manage projects in half a dozen countries in Eastern and Central Africa.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Woman's mission is to end mutilation

Faduma Salah
BY NICOLE PRECEL- Dandenong Leader - CHANGING entrenched cultural values is never easy, whether it’s in your home country, or another.

Video : U.S. Marines Urinate On Dead Bodies In Afghanistan

The U.S. Marine Corps has launched an investigation into a video that purports to show American Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban members.

Kenya : Officers killed in Shabaab AP camp raid

NAIROBI, Kenya, ( Capital News)-Jan 12 – At least five people, including three Administration Police officers were killed when suspected Al Shabaab militants attacked a police camp in Wajir on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Israel : New law jails (Somali) asylum-seekers for longest in West

Somali refugee:The UN is convinced of his 
refugee status, Israel is not.
Photo by: Moti Milrod

UNHCR Operation in Somalia - Fact Sheet

UNHCR Operational Highlights - Dec. 2011
Somalia is the country generating the third highest number of refugees in the world, after Afghanistan and Iraq
Somali people are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. One in three Somalis is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and one in every three children living in the South-Central region is malnourished.

The Netherlands to ban drug khat used by Somalis

The Dutch government has announced that it will ban the use of the mild narcotic khat.

Somaliland's Place in the World

Somaliland's Place in the World

Conference Summary
Chatham House, December 2011
In 2011 Chatham House held a small roundtable meeting with Somaliland politicians, civil society, diaspora and thinkers along with experts and observers from key international partners. The roundtable was held under Chatham House Rule, and aimed to encourage new thinking about Somaliland's place in the world twenty years after it's self-declared, and still unrecognised, independence. This conference summary presents some of the issues raised in the discussion.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dutch government to outlaw QAT

(AP)-The Dutch government says it is outlawing qat, a mildly addictive stimulant that is popular mainly among Somali immigrants.

Kenyan Youths Urged to Join Al-Shabab Jihadist Campaign

Gabe Joselow - VOA  | Nairobi - A new video message posted to a jihadist website calls on Muslim youths in Kenya to join the Somali militant group al-Shabab in its fight against Kenyan forces.  While the message is typical of the group's propaganda, the language is not.

Swedish Journalists Imprisoned in Ethiopia Seek Pardon

Kjell Persson (R) and Christina Persson (C), parents of Swedish photographer Johan Persson and Swedish ambassador to Ethiopia Jens Odlander (R), stand outside the courtroom in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, December 21, 2011.

Journalists detained, barred from traveling in Somaliland

African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) expresses deep concern over perpetual attacks against journalists by Somaliland police who continue to arrest and detain reporters. Some of the journalists have also been barred from traveling around Somaliland to cover stories.

Somaliland’s refugees return home to rebuild the country’s education system

Ali Abdullah fills in a survey form at Koossar Primary School in Burao
 By Mike Pflanz -SOMALILAND, UNICEF . Ali Abdullah stands at the front of the class asking students their ages, how long they take to walk to school, whether they are orphans, and whether any have learning or development needs.
Mr. Abdullah, headmaster at Koossar Primary School, is one of thousands of teachers conducting an unprecedented primary school census, helping produce the first comprehensive, government-led survey on the state of northern Somalia’s schools.

Monday, January 9, 2012

FBI: Ex-soldier charged for trying to aid Al Shabaab of Somalia

GREENBELT, Md. CBS — A former soldier from Maryland has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization in Somalia. Federal prosecutors in Maryland say 24-year-old Craig Baxam was arrested Friday. He is charged with attempting to provide support to al-Shabab by trying to join its ranks. Criminal complaint: U.S. v. Baxam (pdf)

Africa succumbs to colonial-style land grab

It is being dubbed the second scramble for Africa: millions of acres of land are being snapped up by companies from Asia and the Middle East, our foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman reports.

Somali Nationalism: A Dead Concept?

Photo : Grand Mosque in  Somaliland

Somaliland Police arrest Television Journalist in the town of Boorama

January 9, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the arrest of the Television journalist by the Somaliland Police in the town of Boorama on Sunday around 11:30 local time.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Minneapolis Bank Resumes Transfers to Somalia

KDF: We have killed 700 Al Shabaab militants

By PETER NG’ETICH - Daily Nation
About 700 Al-Shabaab militants have been killed since the launch of Operation Linda Nchi.
Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna said many others have been injured in the operation which started three months ago.