Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Obama bans Somalia charcoal import

Washington, July 21 — US President Barack Obama Friday ordered a ban on charcoal imports from Somalia.

Somaleaks reveals hacked Somaliland bank documents

Somaleaks - After years of offensive hacking against many companies, governments, etc, we [Anonymous], decided to share data related to an internal confidential project from multiple 133t hackers worldwide. We called that "iWot", meaning "Internet War On Terror".

Somaliland : Medair's integrated programme in Burao

Report from an Emergency Food Crisis
Medair's integrated programme in Burao and the surrounding area produced encouraging results for vulnerable families.

Anonymous Hacktivist threatens Dhahabshiil bank in War on Terror

SYDNEY: Hacktivist group Anonymous has officially declared a war on terror after hacking into the accounts of a Middle Eastern bank.

Somalia seizes weapons bound for al-Shabaab

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Security forces of a semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia seized a boat carrying weapons that were being smuggled from al-Qaida militants in Yemen to fighters in Somalia, an official said Saturday.

US plans to provide eight drones to Kenya against Al Shabaab

By NATION Reporter - The United States plans to provide eight small drones to Kenya as part of a new package to help combat Somalia militia Al-Shabaab.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Colorado shooting : Man kills 12 people and wounds 70 in Batman Film

Batman cinema shooting: US mourning Aurora victims
The US has begun mourning after 12 people were killed and  70 wounded in a shooting at a midnight showing of the new Batman film, the Dark Knight Rises.

M. Harper Sees A Country In Microcosm At The Hargeisa International Book Fair

By Mary Harper -Shortly after I posted a blog about a book fair in Somaliland, I received a comment from a contributor to a highly respected international magazine. He asked whether it was a joke. As if I was making the whole thing up.

Oil majors to gain most from East Africa gas boom

By Henning Gloystein - LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - Large western energy companies stand to gain most from a boom in East African natural gas exports as their technical know-how and capital power gives them an advantage over smaller competitors or Asian national firms, consultants Bain and Company said.

Brief history of PM Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia

(Medeshi)- Meles Zenawi (  born 8 May 1955) has been the Prime Minister of Ethiopia since 1995. He was President of Ethiopia from 1991 to 1995. Since 1985, he has been chairman of the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front (TPLF), and he is head of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Hargeisa Book Fair – Arts, Culture and so much more

By Matt Baugh - And so to Hargeisa for the Hargeisa International Book Fair, an inspiring gathering of artists, authors, poets and more. Established by Jama Musse Jama and organized by the wonderful Ayan Mahamoud and her excellent team, the Book Fair is now in its fifth year.

FILM: South Sudan – Birth of a Nation

NAIROBI, 19 July 2012 (IRIN) - Decades of conflict and marginalization have left South Sudan the most dangerous country on earth in which to give birth.

AMISOM calls for smooth ending of Somalia’s transitional processes

AMISOM calls on parties to ensure smooth process of ending Somalia’s transitional processes.

Somaliland bottles its hopes in Coca-Cola plant

(Guardian)-It is Africa's, if not the world's, most isolated Coca-Cola bottling plant, a large shiny white-and-red hangar-like building in the middle of nowhere, with camels and black-headed sheep as neighbours.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Saudi Arabia Looks to Secure $109 Billion to Develop its Solar Industry

The Kingdom Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (Ka-care), is agency set up by Saudi Arabia in April 2010 in order to organise and oversee the nations renewable energy strategy. Saudi Arabia hopes to drastically cut its oil consumption, and believes its current plans will help it to save an average of 523,000 barrels a day over the next 20 years.

Somalia : Leaked report implicates TFG leaders on corruption (Cartoons)

(Medeshi)-The final year of the Transitional Federal Institutions’ (TFIs) term of office is due to expire in August 2012.

What's wrong with Ethiopia's prime minister?

Mail & Guardian - " Meles Zenawi has cancer, or a brain tumour, or Aids, or has been poisoned by his wife, Ethiopian dissident groups have speculated."

Red Emperor confirms oil shows at Somalia well

StockMarketWire.com - Red Emperor Resources has confirmed. that the Shabeel North well in Puntland, Somalia, has penetrated a 50-metre gross section of upper Jesomma sands with oil shows. 

Google launch SMS version of Gmail in Africa

Google has launched a text message-based version of its email service targeted at users in Africa.
Gmail SMS can run on so-called "dumb phones" which only have very basic features and no access to the internet.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ethiopia PM Meles Zenawi in a "critical" state

Nazret-Ethiopia's longtime dictator Meles Zenawi is fighting for his life in a Brussels clinic according to several sources. France 24, the state-run English news channel said the Ethiopian Prime Minister is in a Brussels clinic and is in a "critical" state, citing several diplomatic sources, who spoke to the news agency AFP.

King Buurmadow is finally out of prison in Somaliland (Video)

( Medeshi )- Traditional King Osman Buurmadow was released today from Somaliland prison after spending more than 4 months in a jail cell for a controversial case that prosecutors  failed to proof his guilt . Somaliland government , under pressure from activists and Human rights groups , finally decided- in a face saving bid -to give back freedom to the King.

24 die after Tanzanian ferry sank near Zanzibar.

At least 24 people have died after a Tanzanian ferry carrying about 280 passengers and crew sank near the island of Zanzibar.

Somalia’s banks Open up!

BEFORE opening a bank in his native city, Liban Egal considered some of the risks involved, including having his premises destroyed by artillery fire.

Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi 'in hospital'

Ethiopia's government has denied Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is critically ill but says he has been in hospital.

Bomb kills Syria's defence minister and his deputy

BBC-Syria's defence minister and his deputy, President Assad's brother-in-law, have died in a suicide bombing at security headquarters in Damascus, state TV says.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Holland : Council of State halts deportation of Somali refugees

dutchnews.nl - The Council of State on Tuesday ruled the Netherlands must stop deporting failed Somali asylum seekers because of the continuing violence - effectively reversing government policy.

SOMALIA: One million return to Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, 17 July 2012 (IRIN) - Around a million people who fled insecurity and fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu have returned to the city since August 2011, after the departure of Al-Shabab insurgents, say officials.

Somalia's president shields pirate leader by issuing him a diplomatic passport

(Reuters) - Somalia's president has shielded a top pirate leader from arrest by issuing him a diplomatic passport, according to a United Nations investigation which criticizes the "climate of impunity" enjoyed by pirate kingpins in Somalia and abroad.

Mo Farah — Britain’s golden Somaliland import : update

Updated August 4, 2012 : Mo Farah has won the 10,000 M Gold Medal in the London Olympic games
Sapa - AFP -Mo Farah's wife Tania is due to give birth to twins in September, but whether the Somalia-born athlete pursues his own dream of double Olympic gold will depend on how he fares first up in the 10 000 metres.

UK accepts Kenya Mau Mau abuse in court

The British government accepts that colonial forces in Kenya tortured and abused detainees during the Mau Mau rebellion, the High Court has heard.

Three Kenya police killed near Somali border

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Three Kenyan police officers were killed in an ambush in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border on Monday, the local police chief said, the latest in a rash of attacks in the region.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fisherman killed as US ship fires on boat off Dubai

DUBAI: An Indian fisherman was killed and three others were wounded on Monday when a US navy ship fired at their small boat off Dubai in the tense waters of the southern Gulf, officials said.

Somaliland's Hargeisa book festival celebrates fifth year

By Mark Tran in Hargeisa (Guardian.co.uk)-It's an unlikely spot for a literary festival, a town of half a million people with no theatre and no cinema. But Hargeisa is carving out a reputation as the Horn of Africa's answer to Hay-on-Wye by attracting readers and writers from around the world to its book fair.

South Sudan : " Prison Is Not For Me”

Human Rights Watch Report : Arbitrary Detention in South Sudan -JUNE 21, 2012
This 105-page report documents violations of due process rights, patterns of wrongful deprivation of liberty, and the harsh, unacceptable prison conditions in which detainees live. The research was done during a 10-month period before and after South Sudan’s independence, on July 9, 2011.

UN Censures Practice Of Detaining Migrants and asylum seekers

By Jaya Ramachandran - IDN-In Depth News Report
GENEVA (IDN) - The United Nations has in a new report expressed grave doubts about the widespread practice of detaining migrants. States use a variety of reasons to justify this practice and some see irregular migration as a national security problem or a criminal issue, notes the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, in his latest report to the Human Rights Council. However, he warns, there are a number of human rights issues at stake.

Ethiopia prime minister a no-show at African Union summit, raising questions about his health

By Associated Press.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s longtime ruler and most powerful figure, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, is not attending an African Union summit that opened Sunday in Ethiopia, which further fueled speculation that he might be seriously ill.

Oil Opens Another Frontline of War in Somalia

By Jen Alic 
Kenya has raised the ire of Somalia by awarding offshore oil and gas exploration blocks to multinational companies in contested waters, and while the mainstream Western media glosses over this as a simple irritant for Kenya, Total and ENI, the move will give new impetus to Somali piracy and threatens to open up another frontline in the Somali conflict. 

Somali car bomb kills parliamentarian, wounds 5

MOGADISHU,(AP)- Somalia — A police commander says a remotely detonated car bomb blast in Somalia's capital has killed a member of parliament.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Somalia : Leaked report implicates TFG leaders on corruption

Summary : 
(Medeshi)-The final year of the Transitional Federal Institutions’ (TFIs) term of office is due to expire in August 2012. But the transfer of power to a more effective, legitimate and broad-based  national authority is threatened by the efforts of diverse Somali political leaders and their  supporters to hijack or derail the transitional process – outcomes that would fuel continued instability and conflict, potentially reviving the fortunes of an embattled Al-Shabaab.