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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Turkey plans Somaliland flight to tighten ties

(Africa Review)- A Turkish delegation has visited Hargeisa, the self-declared republic of Somaliland in what it said was to strengthen existing relations by providing technical and social aid.
An international flight by national carrier Turkish Airlines, which started plying the Mogadishu route earlier this month, is also planned, the delegation said.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Turkish delegation arrives in Somaliland ( Photos included)

Friday , March 2012 – Hargiesa( Medeshi) -The president of Somaliland Mr. A M Silanyo today received at the presidential palace in Hargeisa  , a delegation from turkey lead by the Turkish Ambassador to Somalia  Mr. KANI TORUN .The delegation of 6 members is visiting the country to explore and strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations. The delegation also came to follow-up on the recent visit to Somaliland by the  head of  TIKA Somali Program Coordinator.

Drought affecting thousands in Somaliland

Some families in the western Somaliland have lost all their livestock in the current drought (file photo)
HARGEISA, 30 March 2012 (IRIN) - Officials in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, northwestern Somalia, are appealing for food aid and potable water for thousands of families who have lost their livelihoods in the current drought.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A day of my life: Day of reflection and remembrance!

By M. Harun - One of my long waited and the happiest day in the past few years, or perhaps, in my entire life has just, only just gone! Students, friends and relatives of students, lecturers of Derby University and other honorary guests were invited to the graduation ceremony of the 2011 graduates!

Somali refugee guilty of fatal beating

Mohamed Jama Yusuf. (Handout)
By MEGAN GILLIS, QMI AGENCY - OTTAWA – Actions speak louder than an 11th-hour apology, a prosecutor argued Tuesday as she sought 12 years for the "brutal, senseless and completely unprovoked" attack that left 51-year-old Sean Murphy dead.
Mohamed Jama Yusuf, 23, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting he punched Murphy, a complete stranger, as he rode his bike towards Yusuf outside a Mac's Milk store just after midnight on Aug. 26, 2008.

Somalia’s mighty shilling - Hard to kill

Currency traders at work
( The Economist ) - A currency issued in the name of a central bank that no longer exists
USE of a paper currency is normally taken to be an expression of faith in the government that issues it. Once the solvency of the issuer is in doubt, anyone holding its notes will quickly try to trade them in for dollars, jewellery or, failing that, some commodity with enduring value (when the rouble collapsed in 1998 some factory workers in Russia were paid in pickles). The Somali shilling, now entering its second decade with no real government or monetary authority to speak of, is a splendid exception to this rule.

Pirate transfer to Somaliland eases jail quandary

By Mark Anderson |HARGEISA (Reuters) - The United Nations has transferred 17 convicted Somali pirates to a jail in the breakaway enclave of Somaliland, the first transfers of their kind that could help resolve a dilemma over where to hold criminals seized in international waters.

Somalia: Pro-Government Militias Executing Civilians

Ethiopian Soldiers Beating Suspects; Al-Shabaab Targeting Alleged Government Supporters

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Video : 9 Pirates transferred from Seychelles to Somaliland prison

9 convicted Somali pirates today arrived in Somaliland to spend their prison terms in specially built prison in the Western region . The pirates who were earlier caught in the Indian ocean spent time in Seychelles and include some of 15 pirate suspects who were also handed over to the the island nation of Seychelles on 6 Mar 2012 from U.S. military custody for prosecution.

Somalia will become land of opportunity

HOMEBy WILLIAM OCHIENG' - Asked by journalists when he visited Washington, D.C. in 1958 why he was so persistent on the establishment of a continental government with a military high command, Ghana’s President Nkrumah’s answer was to the point: “Sooner or later, Africa will need the two institutions when things begin to fall apart.”

Gunmen seize Saudi diplomat in south Yemen: police

By RIYADH: GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN -RIYADH: A senior Saudi diplomat was kidnapped on his way to work Wednesday in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, said an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is the second abduction of a Saudi diplomat in Yemen during the last one year.

Australia : Study of 'khat' use reveals poor understanding of effects and regulation

Australian states need to clarify inconsistent regulation of the stimulant “khat”, and users need to know more about the negative health effects, a research study has found.
Khat is a plant used as a stimulant in Australia mainly by immigrants from Somalia.
The University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law today released the report Law Enforcement and Khat: An analysis of current issues, following a two year study on the health impact, societal effects and legal regulation of the use of khat.

Kenya: Local Linked to Tebbutt Ransom

(The Star) Anti-terrorism police are investigating links between a Kenyan man of Somali origin and the abductors of British tourist Judith Tebbutt in Somalia, after officers discovered that the Sh64 million ransom paid to the abductors was handed over to the man in Nairobi.

Feasibility Study and Detailed Design for Berbera-Togochale Road (Berbera-Addis Ababa Corridor)

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) intends to award a service contract for a Feasibility Study and Detailed Design of the road from the port of Berbera in Somaliland to the Border with Ethiopia at Togochale with financial assistance from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Kenya Strikes Oil in 'Major Breakthrough'

A mother and her children walk along a path in central Turkana, Kenya, August 30, 2011.
Photo: AP
A mother and her children walk along a path in central Turkana, Kenya, August 30, 2011.

UK security focus shifting to Yemen and Somalia

Politics - By Oliver Hotham - Britain's national security policy in the Middle East is moving away from Pakistan and Afghanistan, Britain's national security advisor has said.

"Al-Qaida's power in Pakistan has diminished, and the threats from instability in Yemen and Somalia are growing."
Al-Qaida's power in Pakistan has diminished, and the threats 
from instability in Yemen and Somalia are growing."
Sir Kim Darroch told the joint committee on national security strategy that recent developments are shifting national security policy towards Yemen and Somalia.

Burnt, divorced and forced to drink urine – refugees speak

No. Its not a movie scene, this is Ahmed Mohammed inside his room

Somaliland : Border town in a fix over water

Photo: Mohamed Amin Jibril/IRIN
Water is getting costlier in parts of Somaliland

HARGEISA, 27 March 2012 (IRIN) - Water scarcity in Tog-Wajale, a town straddling the border between northwest Somalia's self-declared republic of Somaliland and Ethiopia, is threatening the health and livelihoods of locals who cannot afford to buy it.
"One barrel of water [200 litres] was only 20 [Ethiopian] birr [US$1], but the price has now reached about 50 Ethiopian birr [$2.5]," said Ahmed Jama Weirah, a father of seven in Tog-Wajale. "We can't provide for our families... because our earnings are not enough to provide food and water."

Monday, March 26, 2012

Toxic scandal in Somalia

(Republished ) Medeshi 26 Nov , 2008
Toxic scandal in Somalia gave birth to new piracy The escapades of Somali pirates made headlines last week. But the media has ignored the injustice behind the phenomenon, writes Simon Assaf. 

Africa Oil Corp.: Oil Discovery at Ngamia-1 Well in Kenya

March 26, 2012, 8:32 a.m. EDT

Africa Oil Corp.: Oil Discovery at Ngamia-1 Well in Kenya

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Mar 26, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Africa Oil Corp. ("Africa Oil" or the "Company") CA:AOI +3.98% (omx:AOI) is pleased to announce an oil discovery on the Ngamia-1 well on Block 10BB, Kenya. Tullow Oil plc ("Tullow") is the operator with a 50% working interest and Africa Oil holds the remaining 50%.

Saudi Arabia : Cable cars to visit caves of Hira, Al-Thawr

A file picture of tourist cable car in the Kingdom.

Iran-bound Brazilian sugar ship hijacked off India

By Daniel Fineren - DUBAI | (Reuters) - An Iranian bulk carrier of Brazilian sugar was hijacked in the eastern Indian Ocean early on Monday with 23 crew on board, international shipping monitors said.

Somaliland : Hargeisa stall demolitions infuriate traders

The local government has bulldozed businesses in Hargeisa, Somaliland, in a city beautification drive (file photo)
HARGEISA, 26 March 2012 (IRIN) - Thousands of traders in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, are incensed at having their businesses demolished in a city beautification drive, and some fear the move could lead to a crime wave.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Somaliland : Foundation laid for the reconstruction of Burao Technical Institute

Mohammed Ahmed Ali  and Sultans and other intrested parties initiating the the reconstruction of BTI ( Sunday, June 15, 2008 at Southall Community Centre - London )

African migrants burned and tortured at Yemen Saudi border

Yemeni security authorities have launched an investigation concerning the issue of the torture and abuse of African border crossers after the security authorities in Haradh district freed over 170 Africans who were detained in a walled up yard, located near the Yemen/ Saudi Arabia border.

UK : Ministers plan major immigration crackdown

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is planning a major immigration crackdown on tens of thousands of people who "abuse" family visas to settle in Britain, according to a leaked cabinet letter. By Patrick HennessyPolitical Editor - The Telegraph 

Home Secretary, Theresa May, addresses delegates on the third day of the Conservative party conference at the International Convention Centre in BirminghamThe letter from Mrs May to Nick Clegg, which has been seen by The Sunday Telegraph, proposes a tough new minimum income of £25,700 a year for anyone seeking to bring a spouse, partner or dependant to the UK from outside the European Union from June - almost double the current threshold of £13,700.

Video : Demonstrations in Hargeisa for the release of detained government officials

Demonstrations took place today behind Hargeisa General Hospital for the release of three detained government officials .
The people seen here in this video are demanding the release of three government officials who were detained earlier this month for corruption and stealing of aid food that was meant for the poor in Somaliland . The aid food was donated by the government of Oman but was diverted to commercial warehouses after unloading from a ship at Berbera port .
The three officials are accused of theft and stealing aid food and are kept in detention without bail .
No one was injured in today's demonstrations although the police used live ammunition to disperse the crowd of mainly women and children . 7 people were arrested  .
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