Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, June 2, 2012

For Mubarak, once Egypt's strongman, a long fall from grace

Video and script : Somaliland refugees' centre

Video: Djibouti to Hargeisa: Investment or stolen money ?

Egypt: Mubarak given life sentence for protest deaths

An Egyptian court has sentenced ex-President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison for complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising.

Paris : Total Merouge and PIL oil companies sue Somaliland for annulling oil contract

Following is an article published yesterday by Halbeeg news about two French companies that have launched a case against Silanyo  government for annulling oil contracts signed by the previous Somailand government . The companies claim that four Somaliland ministers were involved in the  cancellation of the contract and that their actions were illegal and contrary to the conditions and articles of  the contract .

Below is a text of the article   in Somali : 

Dalka Faransiiska Oo Ay Bilaabmayso Dacwad Caalami Ah Oo Lagu Soo Oogay Xukuumadda M/weyne Siilaanyo Kuna Saabsan Baabi’inta Heshiiskii Total Merouge Iyo Shirkada PIL Ay Kula Jireen Dawladda Somaliland Ee Loo Maray Sifada Sharci Darad Ah.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Human Rights Council condemn Syria; South Sudan Border; Somalia; and more

UN Dispatch 
Human Rights Resolution on Syria: The Human Rights Council adopted a resolution this morning on Syria, with 41 votes in favor, 3 against (China, Russia, and Cuba) and 2 abstentions (Ecuador and Uganda). The resolution strongly condemns the use of force against civilians and requests that the commission of inquiry conduct an unfettered investigation into the events in Houla It also requests that joint special envoy Kofi Annan brief the Council at the 20th session later this month.

U.N. seeks urgent aid to avoid power vacuum in Somalia

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called Friday for urgent international aid for Somalia to head off the risk of warlords exploiting a power vacuum after the scheduled change of power in August.

Turkey tells U.N. and aid donors to move to Somalia

By Jonathon Burch -ISTANBUL |
(Reuters) - The United Nations should beef up its operation in Somalia, and other countries who want to help the war-torn state should actually move in and set up bases there, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Somali aid money 'goes missing'

BBC- The Somali government is fighting al-Shabab, which control much of the country

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Somalia: Seamen beg for ransom to be paid

The families of merchant seamen held by Somali pirates for more than 18 months have said the hostages are being forced to call home with warnings they could suffer further abuses unless a $2.85m (£1.85m) ransom is paid.

UNHCR launches flagship publication on State of the World's Refugees

News Stories, 31 May 2012
© B. Bannon/IOM/UNHCR
An aerial view of the Dadaab refugee complex in north-east Kenya. The camps there house hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees.
NEW YORK, United States, May 31 (UNHCR)  UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned on Thursday that factors causing mass population flight are growing and over the coming decade more people on the move will become refugees or displaced within their own country.

Malta : More Somali and Eritrean migrants rescued as minister resigns

Some of the migrants aboard AFM patrol craft P52 as they arrived in Malta late last night after being rescued on the high seas (Photo: AFM/Justin Gatt)

England : Disadvantaged and isolated in Kingston upon Thames

Here is a short speech that I made today , Thursday the 31st of May 2012  in-front of a group of advocates, participants and facilitators  for the Happy Soul Event in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 
The theme was “ Socio-economic disadvantaged people in Kingston

Saudi Star Offers Jobs to Overcome Criticism of Ethiopia Project

By William Davison - Bloomberg
Saudi Star Agricultural Development Plc, owned by Saudi billionaire Mohamed al-Amoudi, said it plans to overcome local opposition to its Ethiopian rice project by offering jobs and training, a month after five people working on it were shot dead.

Saudi Billionaire's Ethiopia Gold Mine Has 128 Tons Ready

By William Davison - Bloomberg
National Mining Corp., a closely held company majority-owned by Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, said it has 128 tons of gold ready to be mined at its Okote project in south Ethiopia.

Somalia conference opens with appeal for aid drive

By Nicolas Cheviron (AFP) 
ISTANBUL — Somalia needs a global reconstruction effort to back up ongoing stabilisation efforts and stop the Horn of Africa's 20-year descent into chaos, leaders said Thursday at the start of a meeting in Turkey.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Somalia : Kenyan forces take Afmadow town from militants

Kenyan forces take Somali town from militants - CNN.com

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) -- Kenyan soldiers, as part of African Union forces in Somalia, captured the key Al-Shabaab-controlled town of Afmadow on Wednesday, according to a Kenyan Defence Force spokesman.
"We now control Afmadow with our troops," Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir told CNN.

Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years for war crimes

Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years for war crimes - CNN.com
(CNN) -- The first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday by an international court in The Hague, Netherlands.
The Special Court for Sierra Leone convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor last month of supplying and encouraging rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in a campaign of terror, involving murder, rape, sexual slavery and the conscription children younger than 15.

Saudi female entrepreneurs exploit changing attitudes

Canada manhunt after limbs posted

China brings jobs to Ethiopia but at what cost?

Ethiopian worker in shoe factory overseen by Chinese supervisorBy James Melik- BBC .
China has fast become Africa's largest trading partner - but who exactly is reaping the benefits?
While Europe is struggling with recession, it is a very different story in Africa where the continent overall is expected to enjoy growth of 6% in 2012.

Somaliland: Suspected Military Plane Scares Erigavo Residents

By: Yusuf M Hasan
ERIGAVO (Somalilandsun) – Residents of Erigavo and surrounding areas spent Tuesday night outdoors due to fear for their lives.

Roadside bomb in Somalia's Puntland kills 6

AFP- At least six people, including three civilians, were killed Wednesday in northern Somalia's Puntland region when a roadside bomb exploded as security forces tried to defuse it.

On-line free education for all

“I appreciated the opportunity to take part in such a venture - a venture that I would never have been able to partake in otherwise due to financial and geographical considerations.” - Student 

Seeing the majesty in Somalia's history

The images of a lost Somalia are at odds with a place better known for war

Somali rebels ambush presidential convoy, no casualties

Ugandan soldiers serving African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sit in the back of a military track in the town of Afgoye, west of Mogadishu, as they prepare to deploy south of the town on the road to Merka, May 26, 2012. AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) are on a joint mission to drive out al Shabaab militants from the Afgoye corridor. Picture taken May 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stuart Price/African Union-United Nations Information Support Team/Handout

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Somalia: Kismayo under attack

Somali Islamist militants have come under attack by  foreign warships stationed  near Kismayo, local sources reported today.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Fire Kills 13 Toddlers In Doha Shopping Mall

(Sky News)-Thirteen toddlers are among 19 people dead after a fire ripped through a large shopping centre in Doha, the Qatari government has said.
Seven girls and six boys were killed after the blaze broke out at a day care centre at the Villaggio mall earlier today.

Harnessing wind energy in Somaliland.

(johninsomaliland)-By John - Someone recently asked me about which sectors in Somaliland I thought might be attractive for potential investment. After all, frontier markets are rapidly gaining popularity amongst Western investors, from Myanmar to Nigeria.

Take A Holiday In Somaliland: Journey To The State That Isn’t

The Hargeisa MIG - shot down during the civil war, and a symbol of Somaliland's defiance.

Africa: Israelis attack African migrants during protest against refugees

An African migrant in a car with shattered windows after a protest against African refugees
An African migrant in a car with shattered windows after a protest against African refugees and asylum-seekers in Tel Aviv turned violent. Photograph: Ariel Schalit/A

Kenyan capital Nairobi's centre rocked by large blast

Rescue workers at the site of the explosion(BBC)-A large explosion has hit the centre of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Several people are believed to have been wounded, reports say. TV pictures showed a fire raging in a badly damaged building. The blast's cause is unknown.
A Red Cross disaster response team has been sent to the scene of the explosion at one of the shops on Moi Avenue.

Somalia's Puntland police arrest 11 pirates

NAIROBI May 28 (Reuters) - Police in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland arrested 11 pirates and recovered rifles, a heavy machinegun and a truck, the region's authorities said.

Ethiopia: ‘Special Police’ Execute 10 Isaaqs

(Nairobi-HRW) – An Ethiopian government-backed paramilitary force summarily executed 10 men during a March 2012 operation in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region
Investigate Paramilitary Abuses, Permit Access to Closed-Off Somali Region

British woman in Bali drugs arrest faces death penalty by firing squad

Indonesian custom officers escort British citizen Lindsay Sandiford during a press conference in Kuta, Bali (AP)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Turkey helps Somalia for not its own interests

ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency

A Somali refugee woman carries her child outside the refugee camp in this file photo. REUTERS photo
A Somali refugee woman carries her child outside the refugee camp in this file photo. REUTERS photo
Turkey does not see Somalia as an area to serve its own interests or as a security threat, but as a place where the human conscience will be tested, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said. 

China Grants Kenya $100million For CCTV Surveillance against Al Shabaab

VENTURES AFRICA- To minimise terrorism attacks in the country, China has offered Kenya a $100 million (Sh8.5 billion) loan to install Closed-Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) in major towns and cities.

Puntland and Galmudug Withdraw Participation at Istanbul Conference II on Somalia

Puntland State of Somalia                                       Galmudug State of Somalia

Press Release
Sunday, May 27, 2012

The governments of Puntland and Galmudug have withdrawn from a planned trip to the Republic of Turkey, Where the Istanbul Conference Il on Somalia is supposed to take place 31 May 2012 -1 June 2012.

Somalia Emergency Weekly Health Update (PDF)

Relief Web .
Of 37 stool samples collected from patients in Mogadishu during the reporting week, 19% tested positive for cholera on lab culture. Current armed conflict affecting the Afgooye corridor and parts of Mogadishu resulting in renewed population displacement could accelerate the spread of cholera in Mogadishu.
Read full report in PDF here : 
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Somaliland to receive electricity from Ethiopia

News Dire -
The Ethiopia Electric power Corporation (EEPCO) is on the point of embarking on an ambitious project that aims to connect East and South Africa countries on the basis of electric power transmission lines.

Cardiff youth worker urges ban on legal high khat

(BBC)-A Somali youth worker is calling for the UK government to ban the legal high, khat.
Mohammed Dualeh of the Somali Youth Association in Butetown, Cardiff told BBC Radio Wales that the stimulant is killing his community.
There are also concerns that excessive chewing of khat is leading to mental health problems and family breakdowns.
The Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs is carrying out a review and preparing a report.