Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Eritrea leader alive and 'well'

Eritrea's President Isaias Afewerki (July 2011)(BBC)-Eritrea's president has made an appearance on national TV to dispel rumours he is either dead or ailing.
"I do not have any kind of sickness," Isaias Afewerki said.

USA- Somali Mohammad Shibin guilty over Quest hijacking

Mohammad Saaili Shibin being led into a van by a US police officer (file pic)(BBC)-A US jury has convicted a Somali man of piracy for serving as a hostage negotiator during the hijacking of an American yacht. Mohammad Saaili Shibin was found guilty of piracy, kidnapping and hostage-taking over the 2011 hijacking of the SV Quest, near Oman. Prosecutors said he received at least $30,000 (£18,475) for negotiating ransom payments.

Somaliland : FAO Hands over Hargeisa Livestock Market (Video)

Egyptian protests over detained lawyer shut Saudi embassy

 (BBC)-Saudi Arabia has shut its embassy and consulates in Egypt following protests over an Egyptian lawyer who has been detained in Saudi Arabia.

Somalis, Yemenis Face US Prosecution for Khat (Video)

Jeff Swicord ( VOA )- Thirteen natives of Somalia and Yemen are on trial in U.S. Federal Court near Washington for allegedly smuggling millions of dollars' worth of khat into the United States. Khat is a plant whose leaves and upper branches contain a mild stimulant and has been openly chewed in those and other countries for centuries, often while drinking tea.

Somaliland : SOLJA Condemns the Arrest of Journalist in Erigavo

Press release
(Somalilandpress)-Somaliland journalist association has condemned the arrest of ROYAL TV and Wahen newspaper correspondent in Sanag region, Abdillahi Hussein Darwish, based in Erigavo last Tuesday by the police, after the governor of the Sanaag region ordered his arrest.

Somalia : South African security trainer killed in Puntland

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP)-–  A South African security trainer was killed by his bodyguard in Somalia's semiautonomous region of Puntland, officials said Saturday.
Puntland's government said in a statement Saturday that it had launched an investigation into Friday's killing.

Friday, April 27, 2012

East Africa Grapples with Gaddafi Investment Legacy

Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya for 41 years before an armed “Arab Spring” uprising last year drove him from power, leading to his death in October 2011.

In 1998 Gaddafi shifted his attention away from unequivocal support of Arab nationalist causes and shifted his gaze towards Africa, telling journalists, “I had been crying slogans of Arab Unity and brandishing the standard of Arab nationalism for 40 years, but it was not realized.

Somaliland: Journalist Detained without Trial

By: Yusuf M Hasan
ERIGAVO (Somalilandsun) – Police in Erigavo continue to detain a local journalist without trial for the fifth day. Mr. Abdilahi Hussein Darwish a reporter for the Royal 24 TV and Waheen newspaper has not been arraigned in court five days after his arrest by police in Erigavo. The police claim he was arrested for giving false information meant to discredit the Sanaag regional administration.

A Tunisian clown plays with Somali refugees in a refugee camp in Choucha

ATunisian clown plays with Somali refugees in a refugee camp in Choucha, near the Tunsia-Libya border. The UNHCR camp shelters some 6000 refugees. (Khaled Mechergui/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Picture of the day : DarkHedges, Ireland

The DarkHedges, Ireland[Photo/gmw]

South African President Zuma marries for sixth time

South African President Jacob Zuma dances as he marries his fiancee Bongi Ngema (R) at a traditional ceremony known as "Umgcagco" at his home in Nkandla, in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province, in this handout picture supplied by the Government Communication and Information Service, April 20, 2012. [Photo/Agencies] 

Somaliland - Floods destroy graves east of Hargeisa ( Photos )

40,000 thousand protest at Norway Breivik trial

By REUTERS - OSLO: Up to 40,000 Norwegians staged an emotionally-charged singalong in Oslo on Thursday near the court house where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for the murder of 77 people in a protest organizers said showed he had not broken their tolerant society.

China 'picking up the pieces' in Africa - Ethiopian PM

Source: China Daily .
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi insists China is now coming to the rescue of Africa after a failed Western ideology of the past three decades has let the continent down.
He said the so-called Washington Consensus that aimed to liberalize the economies of developing countries had demonstrably failed and the Chinese were now picking up the pieces.
"The official doctrine among the international financial institutions which in the past determined policy in Africa was that infrastructure would be taken care of by the private sector. Well, we have waited 30 years and nothing much has happened," he said.

SOS Somalia Doctor Passed Away After a Lifetime of Dedication to People

Dr. Abdullahi Hussein

April 26, 2012: SOS Children’s Villages mourns the passing of Dr. Abdullahi Hussein, a beloved Somalia-born physician who suffered a fatal stroke in Mogadishu on April 13, 2012. He was 50 years old. He passed away just before a planned trip to see his wife and children in England.

“I am deeply shaken by the death of Dr. Abdullahi,” said Helmut Kutin, president of SOS Children’s Villages. “He worked tirelessly for the children and mothers of this ravaged country and could not be deterred from his mission even in situations of great danger. All of us at SOS Children’s Villages are in mourning.”

Somali pirates change tactics to evade navy heat

* Pirates able to conceal movements with smaller craft
* They had been using captured vessels as 'motherships'
* Tougher naval action forcing gangs to adapt
By Jonathan Saul
LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) - Somali pirates are switching back to using smaller cargo and fishing boats as motherships, hoping to evade detection as maritime security is stepped up to foil their attacks on merchant vessels, industry and navy sources say.

Prosecutor says trial showed pattern to recruit young Somali girls as Tenn. prostitutes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (By KRISTIN M. HALL,Associated Press) — A federal prosecutor says evidence provided in a sexual trafficking trial in Nashville proves there was a pattern to recruit and use young girls as prostitutes, but defense attorneys say the government did not prove the wide-ranging conspiracy alleged in the indictment.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Al-Shabab says American militant not dead

Somalia : The Pirate's Lament

(Strategy Page )- April 26, 2012: The Somali pirates are having a much more difficult time this year, due to better tactics by the anti-piracy patrol. This has mainly to do with more aggressive treatment of mother ships. These vessels, which can operate far from the coast, are sought out and destroyed.

Sports : Somalia-born Feruz in Scotland U21 debut

Islam Feruz became Scotland's youngest Under-21 international as Italy ran out comprehensive winners in a friendly at Easter Road.
The Chelsea forward, aged 16 years and 197 days, appeared on the hour but had a limited impact on a one-sided game.

Somalia : Ugandan soldier kills colleague peacekeeper over dollar

AMISOM soldier Samuel Katwesigye arrive s at Court Matial Makindye.
By Pascal Kwesiga   - New Vision -
A UPDF Corporal serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is in the docks for killing his colleague over a dollar in the line of duty.
Stephen Katwesigye killed Corporal Erias Mungyera following a disagreement over a dollar during a peace keeping mission in Mogadishu.
Katwesigye, aged 30 allegedly committed the offence at Pasta factory in Yaqshida district in the Somali capital.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fake Primark store opens in Dubai

A Primark store shopfront in Nottingham, UK.

Swaziland's King Mswati III given jet by 'sponsors'

Swaziland's King Mswati III speaks during an Aids campaign 15 July 2011 (BBC)-King Mswati III of Swaziland has received a luxury jet as a gift from "anonymous sponsors", a government spokesperson has confirmed to the BBC. The DC-9 twin-engine aircraft is for the use of the king and his 13 wives, Percy Simelane said. Swazi's banned opposition party says taxpayer money must have been used to buy it, but Mr Simelane denies this.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Somali Asylum seekers suffer in Hungary

Muslims in Europe suffer discrimination, says Amnesty International

The Dutch government said it will introduce a law
next week banning 
 head coverings such as birqas.
(ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

(GP )LONDON – Muslims who openly show their faith face widespread discrimination in Europe, according to a new report published by human rights group Amnesty International.
The report, which focuses on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, comes two days after Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Front party secured a record result in the first round of France’s presidential elections.

Somali Film Company Launches in Kenya

UN slams Hungary for abuse of asylum seekers

By ALEX KULI, Associated Press – NYIRBATOR, Hungary (AP) — They say they came to Hungary to escape brutality, war or the threat of being put to death in their home countries. Instead, they are serving untold months behind bars without ever being convicted of a crime.

Tacsi : Ali Mohamed Moumin ( Ali Sawaaxili )

Inaa lilaahi wa inaa ileyhi raajicuun
Dammaanba dakayaga hoos ku qoran waxaanu tacsi tiiraanyo leh u diraynaa eheladii iyo qaraabadii uu ka geeriyoodii ale ha u naxariistee Ali Mohamed Moumin ( Ali Sawaaxili )oo u ku geeriyoodey magaalada London xalay oo ay bishu ahayd 23/04/2012 .

Monday, April 23, 2012

US embassy in Kenya issues terror attack warning

(BBC)-The US embassy in Kenya has issued a terror warning to its citizens in the country, warning them of a possible attack on Nairobi hotels and prominent Kenyan government buildings.
The timing of the potential attack was not known, it said in a statement, but it had reason to believe that it was in the last stages of planning.

House of Commons - APPG on : Detention of Terrorists in 21st Century Armed Conflict

Somaliland passes central banking law, eyes foreign banks

By Mark Anderson - HARGEISA, April 23 (Reuters) - Somaliland has passed a law that formally establishes a central bank, and is now poised to pass another to set up commercial banks in a bid to attract foreign lenders to start operating in the self-declared country by 2013.

Why Kenya Is Fighting In Somalia

Why Kenya Is Fighting In SomaliaThere is more to Kenya’s incursion into southern Somalia than meets the eye. From Nairobi, Wanjohi Kabukuru reports that Kenya has long planned to create a Jubaland enclave in southern Somalia for its own security and economic interests. “Dislodging Al Shabaab extremists,” as Kenya explained its military push, appears just a convenient excuse.

Video : Somaliland oil exploration group welcomed in Oodweyne

Ethiopia Muslims Decry Ahbashism Campaign

Ethiopia, Muslims, arrest, Ahbash
Muslims accuse the Ahbash of launching an "indoctrination 
program" in predominantly Muslim areas
(OneIslam )-CAIRO – Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian Muslims have taken to the streets to protest the government's oppression on their community and interference in their religious affairs.

"This is the first time I see Ethiopian Muslims united against their common enemy," Temam Mohammed, one of the protestors, told OnIslam.net.

Eritrean Government Denies President Afwerki Is Terminally Ill

By Paul Richardson Bloomberg .
Eritrea’s government denied what it said was an “intensive campaign of rumor” in recent weeks suggesting that President Isaias Afwerki is terminally ill and his health is deteriorating.

Doctors in UK to be investigated over female circumcision claims

MARK HENNESSY, London Editor - Irish Times
POLICE IN London and the west midlands are to launch an investigation following the emergence of recordings showing a doctor and dentist offering to carry out, or arrange, female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Somalia and Palestine re-establish diplomatic relations

100,000 women undergo brutal genital mutilation illegally in Britain

Somalia and Somaliland women escape to the gym

(BBC)-Somalia is often described as one of the worst places in the world to be a woman, with violence, drought and restrictions from al-Shabab Islmists, who controls much of the country. But the BBC's Mary Harper found that some Somali women are doing surprising things, and their future may be looking a little brighter.