Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Double blasts wound five in north east Kenya

ISIOLO, Kenya, May 26 (Reuters) - Two separate suspected grenade attacks at a hotel and a refugee camp in northeastern Kenya wounded at least five people on Saturday, police said, days after a similar strike in the region.

Teens killed in Finland shooting spree

A policeman collects a weapon from a rooftop where a gunman opened fire on passers-by early on Saturday[Reuters]

Somalia to have federal government

SOMALI will finally have a federal government in  90 days, United Nations Political Office for Somalia has said. Speaking yesterday just two days after the Addis Ababa consultative meeting of the Somali Signatories of the process for ending the transition, the UN secretary special representative on Somalia Augustine Mahiga said the meeting had resolved to put up systems to end the transitional system and install a new government by  August 20.

Guards strike, inmates set free at Norway prison

OSLO (Reuters) - Convicted sex offenders and violent criminals were let loose from a Norway prison this week when guards went on strike, forcing authorities to free 52 inmates, officials said.

Syria crisis: Houla 'massacre leaves 90 dead'

In pics : The battle for Somalia

Friday, May 25, 2012

South Africa: Somali, Ethiopian vendors ousted

somalis in bellville

A group of Somalis who were expelled from Khayelitsha by competitors. Photo: Cindy Waxa

Coca-Cola: Keeping Investors Smiling

Read full article here : http://seekingalpha.com

Somalia’s leaders clear obstacles to ending transitional period – UN official

Special Representative Augustine Mahiga. UN Photo/Stuart Price - UN News

Control and dignity: making the case for social protection in Somalia

MDG: Somalis fleeing May 2012
Somalis flee the Afgoye corridor on the road leading to Mogadishu. The country has experienced decades of conflict. Photograph: Elyas Ahmed/EPA

African Union Troops Cross Shabelle River and Secure Afgooye Town

(For immediate release)
Mogadishu: AMISOM troops have today crossed the Shabelle River and secured all the major roads leading into and out of Afgooye town. The town is strategically located 30km from the capital, Mogadishu, and governing routes to the port town of Marka, as well as the towns of Baidoa and Jowhar.

Ethiopia: $2.4 bn from foreign trade including Khat in 10 months

The Africa Report .
The foreign exchange was secured from agricultural and industrial products exports to around 127 countries across the world, the Ministry of Trade said.

Warnings from Africa that were delivered in Washington

Medeshi - By Scott A Morgan.
When the Group of Eight leading Industrialized Democracies (G-8) have their annual meetings the phrase that generally comes to mind is “photo-op”. After all African issues and crises tend to be a second thought and certain countries are invited to the event to give the impression of listening to and dealing with African Issues. This year the host nation for the meeting was the United States.

Amnesty Warns Ethiopia, Rwanda Not to Trade Rights for Growth

NAIROBI – Amnesty International is concerned that Rwanda and Ethiopia are overlooking their commitments to human rights for the sake of economic growth. A new report from the human rights group says the authoritarian governments of both countries have stifled the opposition and persecuted journalists.

Somali al-Shabab militant stronghold Afgoye 'captured

An African Union tank positioned near Afgoye

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Petition : Stop the execution of 17 men in Somaliland

     Stop the execution of 17 men in Somaliland
  • signatures: 24
  • signature goal: 1,000

The recent verdict that was handed down hastily few weeks ago by a military court to a group of suspected military camp assailants in Hargeisa  could lead Somaliland back to civil war .

At CPJ Debrief, Gettleman cites Somalia danger, reward

Sebastian Junger, left, introduces fellow journalist Jeffrey Gettleman at the Half King. (Nicole Schilit)
Sebastian Junger, left, introduces fellow journalist Jeffrey Gettleman at the Half King. (Nicole Schilit)
Jeffrey Gettleman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent, says he travels with "a small militia" whenever he reports from Somalia, the East African country afflicted by armed insurgency, poverty, and hunger. As intrusive as the security detail might be, he feels far more fortunate than the local reporters who face sustained and often deadly risks, or the freelance journalists who don't have the extensive support system the Times can provide.

Somalia fighting kills at least five, journalist shot dead

* Five civilians died
* Seven peacekeepers wounded
* Local journalist shot dead
By Abdi Sheikh
MOGADISHU, May 24 (Reuters) - At least five people were killed when a shell hit the minibus they were using to flee fighting in a town north west of the capital, as African Union and government soldiers intensify their fight against al Shabaab militants.

Somali leaders set transition deadline

President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed(BBC)-Leaders of disparate Somali factions have agreed to a timetable that will elect a new president by 20 August.
The historic deal came after three days of heated discussion in Ethiopia, attended by the six signatories.
But hardline al-Shabab Islamists, who control much of central Somalia, were not party to the agreement.
Donors had threatened to withdraw funding if proposals to end the country's two-decade political crisis were not agreed.

Gunmen kill Turkish man in Mogadishu

Mogadishu - Gunmen killed a Turkish man in Somalia's restive capital Mogadishu Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Amnesty says actions did not match words in 2011

Pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir Square, Cairo, on 29 January 2011

Opinion: Military court verdict Of 17 deaths could lead Somaliland into civil war

The recent verdict that was handed down hastily few weeks ago by a military court to a group of suspected military camp assailants in Hargeisa  could lead Somaliland back to civil war .

Skydiver Becomes First To Land Without Chute

By Roddy Mansfield, Sky News reporter |The incredible moment Gary Connery became the world's first skydiver to land without a chute. Photo: Reuters

Somalia : Mogadishu yesterday and today (photos)

In peacetime

Before the civil war

6 Reasons NOT To Join Shabaab: Courtesy Omar Hammami

If you are a young American male considering joining a foreign terrorist organization in general and al-Shabaab in Somalia in particular, I highly recommend you to read Omar Hammami’s autobiography (available on the Internet, but not yet on Kindle).

Somalis flee Afgoye advance by African Union troops

A soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) takes cover in a firefight during a joint Amisom and Somali National Army operation to seize and liberate territories from Al-Shabaab militants in Daynile 22 May 2012 

Coca-Cola opens bottling plant in Somaliland

softdrinks.drinks-business - Published 23 May 2012
Coca-Cola has opened its first bottling plant in the Marodi Jeh province of Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia, on 22 May 2012.

Ethiopian Airlines to Resume Flights to Hargeisa

(Nazret)- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 23, 2012
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the resumption of its flights to Hargeisa in Somaliland as of 10 June 2012. Ethiopian will operate daily flights to Hargeisa using its Q400 aircraft, with three morning and four afternoon flights.

Ethiopian Government, Muslims Clash about Ideology

Peter Heinlein - VOA
May 21, 2012
ADDIS ABABA - Unofficial committees within Ethiopia's 30-million strong Muslim community are organizing demonstrations to protest what they say is government interference in Islamic affairs. Tensions are rising as the government tries to preempt what it sees as the rise of a hardline strain of Islam.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Why not recognize independent Somaliland?

Photo by M.Ali - Feb , 22, 2012 - London Rally for the recognition of Somaliland 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Somaliland : Permanent homes for 300 displaced persons

Astrid Sehl (21.05.2012) - A Japanese-funded NRC/UNHCR shelter project including 50 permanent shelters was today handed over to the community in Aden Suleiman (aka Aadan Salleebaan) settlement for internally displaced people in Burao, Somaliland.

Somaliland's mobile payments boom

Suicide bombing kills 96 in Yemen


UN voucher programme adds more fresh food to diets in Somaliland, aids local economy

A mother buys canned fish from a local vendor using a WFP food voucher in Burao, northern Somalia. Photo: WFP/C. McDonough

The Somali millionaire 'thanked' for being rich

The emirate of Dubai is one of the richest places in the world with a large population of foreign nationals - including tens of thousands of expat Somalis, some wealthier and more successful than others.

Somali Capital Experiences Post-Shabab Building Boom

Construction workers restore a Bakara Market business destroyed in the August, 2011 fighting. (Pete Heinlein, VOA)

Ethiopia shoe factory widens footprint of China in Africa

This April 19 photo shows people working on the assembly line at Huajian shoe factory in Dukem, Ethiopia. Huajian is one of six Chinese factories operating in the Chinese-built Eastern Industry Zone — Ethiopia's first industrial park — which the government hopes will attract private foreign investment and boost the country's manufacturing and export sector. JENNY VAUGHAN/AFP/GettyImages

Sunday, May 20, 2012

UN envoy in Somalia concerned over violent clashes in Hargeisa

Special Representative Augustine Mahiga. UN Photo/Stuart Price