Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The twig giving Europe sleepless nights

Canadian border authorities seize millions of dollars worth of an addictive drug known as “khat” at airports each year, but police services say the market is limited for a niche drug that isn’t commonly available on the street.

Read more :Khat it out

Bus station blasts in Kenya’s capital kill at least 4, wound 40 in latest of string of attacks

Friday, March 9, 2012

London : Sahra Ahmed Jama's event on International Women's day

Kenya sacks 25,000 nurses for striking

(BBC) -Kenya's government has sacked some 25,000 striking nurses for failing to return to work.
Nurses at Karatina's hospitalSpokesman Alfred Mutua has appealed to "all qualified health professionals who are unemployed or retired" to report to public hospitals for jobs on Friday.
The public health workers, who are mainly nurses, have been on strike for four days demanding better pay, allowances and working conditions.

SOMALIA: Diaspora for development

Photo: Mohammed Amin Jibril/IRIN Somalis living abroad are helping to fund schools and hospitals (file photo- School inSomaliland )

Somalia : Dawlada oo sheegtay in ay kala noqotay aqoonsigii Khaatumo

Warsaxaafadeed kasoo baxay Dawlada Somaliya oo sheegay in at TFG gu kala noqotay aqoonsigii Khaatumo oo bishan March 5 teedii ay ku dawaaqday halakan ka ee : 

Horn Petroleum Updates Drilling Operations in Puntland, Somalia

Vancouver, British Columbia, March 7, 2012 -- Horn Petroleum Corporation ("Horn Petroleum" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that the Shabeel-1 well continues drilling ahead on the Dharoor Block in Puntland, Somalia and is currently at a depth of 2053 meters. The upper 1600 meters of section drilled to date includes a thick section of Tertiary limestones and shales that appear to be a regional seal as no oil or gas shows were encountered above this depth. The well is currently drilling a 400 meter section composed of interbedded sandstones and shales believed to be Upper Cretaceous in age.

London : Bandhig Faneedka Sahra Ahmed Jama iyi Maalintii Haweenka

Somali President to appoint a committee for talks with Somaliland

FG President Sheikh Sharif and President of Somaliland Ahmed M. Mohamud Silanyo

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Oil chances in Puntland look much better after drill update

Range Resources - By Philip Whiterow - Range Resources' (LON:RRL) chances of a big oil find in Puntland, Somalia increased significantly with yesterday’s drilling update, according to broker Panmure Gordon.

Security forces clash with protesters in Somaliland

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Somaliland next on Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation's power grid

By Muluken Yewondwossen - Somaliland is the newest nation to be part of Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo’s) plans of electric export deals. Sources at the corporation told Capital that the state electric power supplier plans to electrify the south-eastern border town of Somaliland, which is close to the Ethiopian border town of Togochale.

Slimmed down, cheaper iPad 2 'to be launched alongside iPad 3

Apple is widely expected to unveil a follow-up to its hit iPad 2 tablet today. Apple sold 55 milllion iPads in the past year. Some tech sites predict it will also unveil a lower-priced version of the existing iPad 2 to go alongside a new HD version

Is narcotic khat funding terrorism?

Kenya : Garissa students riot over exam results ( Video report included )

Photo/ISSA HUSSEIN/NATION Students from different schools in Garissa county protest against cancellation of KCSE results on March 6, 2012.  

Somaliland : Photo of Shuaib , the shortest man in Africa

Photo of Shuaib , the shortest man  in Africa enjoying Khat session

Somaliland: Pirates want prisoner swap for Berbera destined ship

HARGEISA-By Hussein Ali Noor   (Reuters) - Somali pirates holding a Panama-flagged vessel hijacked last month with goods destined for Somaliland have called for fellow pirates in jails in the breakaway enclave to be freed in return for the ship's release.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

International engagement in Somalia: lessons from Somaliland?

By Michael Walls,DPU - UCL - Alex de Waal, writing in the NY Times on 21st February, argued that instead of focusing on the negative, international policy-makers should recognise the remarkable achievements of many in Somalia, and most particularly those of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland.

Somaliland : Mark Bowden Visits Burao ( Video )

Rep. Donald Payne of New Jersey dies at age 77

By BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press – TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, a Democrat known for his work on human rights and on behalf of the poor, died Tuesday. He was 77.

Somalia: Turkish Airlines begins flights to Mogadishu

(BBC)-The first major commercial airline in more than 20 years has landed at Mogadishu airport in war-torn Somalia. Turkish Airlines says it is the start of a regular service to the Somali capital, the first by an international carrier from outside East Africa. Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bosdag was on board the flight, which was welcomed by the Somali president.

Transport Infrastructure and the Road to Statehood in Somaliland

Jean-Paul Azam - How can economic success emerge in the midst of political chaos and civil war? This is the question  raised by the experience of Berbera, a successful port located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Aden, in the former British protectorate of Somaliland.  Berbera’s  traffic has been rising steadily over the past decade. For  example its traffic of import containers has nearly doubled  between 2003 and 2007 (MNPC 2010). This port’s promising position is confirmed by the fact that Bolloré Africa  Logistics, the biggest port operator in Africa, has recently  announced  its plan to invest massively in Berbera’s port
and its transport  corridor with the Ethiopian capital city,  Addis Ababa.

Stabilizing Somalia - the development moment

The gathering of world leaders in London last week to consider the fate of Somalia may be heralding a new development moment for the war-torn country. But we are in unchartered waters: we know very little about Somalia’s economy.

UK-House of Commons On Somaliland

Monday, March 5, 2012

Africa Programme News and Events March 2012

Chatham House, Independent thinking on international affairs

Africa Programme News and Events
March 2012


Somalia City a 'Disaster Zone' After Extremists Flee

Video : The case of Berbera cement factory

From London Bush House to Hargeisa

By Kirsty Cockburn - BBC -  A huge white tent landed in the Bush House courtyard in London over the past week. Its arrival marked the 80th anniversary of BBC World Service and there were events all week.

Somaliland: Hargeisa after the removal of Street vendors (Photos included )

Written by Mohammed Ahmed Ali : Hargeisa , the capital of the Republic of Somaliland was demolished and leveled to the ground in 1991 by  airplanes, artillery and tanks that belonged to the regime of the  late dictator , Siyad Barre . Most of its inhabitants fled to refugee camps in nieghbouring Ethiopia . Thousands were killed in the bombardments of the city  while many others died on their way to the refugee camps .

HE Muse Biihi Abdi meets with Rt Hon Tony Baldry MP at Westminster

By Mohamed Aden Hassan - LONDON— Kulmiye Party Chairman, HE Muse Biihi Abdi, met with Rt Hon Tony Baldry Conservative MP for North Oxfordshire. Among several MPs,  Baldry shows great interest in matters concerning Somalia and Somaliland and looks determined to find an enduring solution for the challenges facing the Somali people in the Horn of Africa. Ahmed Adare, a party member and a businessman, was also present at the gathering.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Somali refugees being tortured in Yemen

By Chiara Onassis  ( BM )- SANA’A: Local and human rights sources in Yemen revealed that a number of Somali citizens are currently facing illegal arrest and continuous torture in Yemen’s northern territories at the hands of armed gangs near the Saudi Arabia border as they’re allegedly trying to sneak into the oil giant.

61 dead in Al-Qaeda attack on Yemen base

An injured man lies on a stretcher in a hospital after a suicide bombing near the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar, capital of the Abyan province, on Sunday. (Reuters)

With Rebels Forced Out, Rebuilding Begins in Somalia's Baidoa

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister travels on first Turkish flight to Somalia

ZAMAN, ANKARA -Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ will be in Somalia on Tuesday to mark the official opening of Turkish-built facilities in Mogadishu. He is scheduled to fly on Monday night on the first flight of Turkish Airlines (THY) to the Somali capital. THY earlier announced that it would add Mogadishu to its growing network, operating twice weekly via Khartoum.

Mystery Meteor Flashes Across British Skies

Those in the countryside will get the best view of the shower(Sky News )-Police forces and astronomy websites have been inundated with sightings after a suspected meteor shot across darkened British skies.

Sudan to launch $1 bln sugar plant, eyes exports from 2014

Official: Suspected militants kill Kenya policeman

The Associated Press - A Kenyan official says a police reservist has been shot dead by masked men suspected to be members of an al-Qaida-linked group from neighboring Somalia.

( Associated Press )- Mandera District Commissioner Benson Leparmorijo said Tuesday three gunmen attacked the police reservist near a shop at this Kenya-Somalia border town.