Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Uganda finally prepares to occupy Somalia

New Vision - UPDF sends 3,200 more troops to Somalia
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The army has passed out a new battalion comprising of 3,237 specially trained troops for deployment against the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorists in the war-torn Somalia.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Photos - Britain fires up the world- London gets the 2012 Games under way

Mail Online- Britain fires up the world: London gets the 2012 Games under way with the Greatest Show On Earth . 

London : Athletes light up Olympic Games

BBC- The Queen has declared the London Olympics officially open, before seven young athletes were given the honour of lighting the ceremonial flame.

Berbera port and pastoralism prove livestock's worth in Somaliland

Mark Tran in Berbera - Th e Guardian .
With its stretches of wasteland covered with rubbish and dotted with rubble and ruined buildings, its scruffy vendors' shacks and broiling heat, the coastal town of Berbera is no beauty spot.

London : Photos from Athletes in Motion exhibition in Kingston

Medeshi - I have taken the following few photos from the historic Athletes in Motion Exhibition in Kingston upon Thames of Greater London this evening which also coincides with the opening of the Olympic Games in East London tonight.

Somalis stranded in Mediterranean off Libya 'rescued'

BBC - About 90 Somali migrants stranded on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea for more than four days have been rescued, an Italian news agency and relatives say. One of those on board called the BBC Somali Service on Thursday night to say that the boat's generator had failed and their water supplies had run out.

Venezuelan ambassador killed in Nairobi

By Cyrus Ombati- Standard Digital News .
A top Venezuelan diplomat in Kenya’s capital Nairobi has been killed and body recovered in a locked house in Runda estate. Nairobi Provincial Police boss Anthony Kibuchi confirmed the bizarre incident in which the envoy identified as Ms Olga Fonseca, 57, who at the time of her death  was the acting  ambassador.

Where is Meles Zenawi? Ethiopians don't know.

Somaliland's thriving livestock business – in pictures

By Mark Tran , the Gaurdian - In Somaliland, where farm animals easily outnumber people, livestock contributes 60-65% of the gross domestic product. Most hard currency is generated through the export of livestock and 60% of people depend on livestock for a living. The market in Hargeisa and the port of Berbera are at the centre of this thriving business.

Statement by the US President on the Occasion of Ramadan

The White House EmblemThe White House - Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 20, 2012
Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan
On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world at the start of Ramadan. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection; a time of joy and celebration. It’s a time to cherish family, friends, and neighbors, and to help those in need.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brief history of former Somaliland president , M.I.Egal

(Medeshi)-Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal (born August 15, 1928 in Odweyne, British Somaliland - died May 3, 2002 in Pretoria, South Africa) was both a Somali and a Somaliland politician. He was the Prime Minister of Somalia during the early and late 1960s. He also served as the second President of the Republic of Somaliland  after Abdirahman  Ahmed Ali ( Tuur).

Yemen : Imprisoned Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali refugees thrown on Sana's streets

Yemen Times- African refugees and asylum seekers demonstrated outside the Human Rights Ministry in Hadda on Monday morning, protesting excessive force used by Yemeni security forces to remove them from the country’s immigration prison the previous evening.

Kenyan hotelier TPS's H1 profit slumps 35.7 pct

(Reuters) - Kenyan hotelier TPS Eastern Africa posted a 35.7 percent decline in half year profits on Thursday, putting the fall in visitor numbers down to euro zone debt woes and security risks in Kenya.

Dubai warns of international plot against Gulf states

The national -Islamist dissidents are plotting to overthrow the governments of Arabian Gulf countries and steal their fortunes, says the chief of Dubai Police.

Somalia : British troops join fight against Al shabaab

BBC-The UK has established a small military presence in Somalia, the British Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Kenya : Bomb scare in Nairobi

By ZADOCK ANGIRA - Nation - Police have forced open an abandoned briefcase at a busy bus stage in Nairobi suspected to have contained a bomb.

Mombasa secessionist group unbanned by Kenyan court

BBC-A Kenyan court has lifted a ban on a group demanding an independent state around the coastal city of Mombasa - a popular tourist destination. The government outlawed the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) in 2010, describing it as a "criminal group".

Blast in refugee camp wounds 6 in northeast Kenya

NAIROBI, July 25 (Reuters) - An explosive device hit a police vehicle inside a refugee camp near the border with Somalia on Wednesday, wounding all six people aboard in the latest attack in the region, officials said.

Ethiopia Bans Newspaper After Stories on Meles Illness, Protests

By William Davison - Bloomberg
An Ethiopian court banned distribution of a newspaper that published front-page articles about Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s health and protests by Muslims in the capital, Addis Ababa, the government said.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cure for HIV : Cancer drug flushes out lurking AIDS virus

By Mariette le Roux (AFP) PARIS — Scientists in the United States said Wednesday they had used a cancer drug to flush out the AIDS virus lurking dormant in trial patients' white blood cells -- a tentative step towards a cure. The ability of the HIV genome, or reproductive code, to hide out in cells and be revived after decades poses a major obstacle in the quest for a cure. Being able to expose the virus in its hiding place would allow scientists to target the host white blood cells in a killing blitz.

Jobs : Programme Support Officer - Somaliland

Posted: 25 July 2012     Deadline: 09 August 2012
Job type: Permanent     Salary: $30.000 - $40.000
Location: Somaliland
Organisation: Concern Worldwide

Training in a war zone for the Olympics - (Video)

RNW- By Eric Beauchemin - Training in a war zone – that’s what two Somali athletes have had to deal with. But as some measure of stability returns to Mogadishu, they’re now preparing to run for glory rather than for their lives.

Two Emirates, a Saudi and Omani rape woman in ABU DHABI

ABU DHABI // By Haneen Dajani- The national  - A woman who was raped by four men did not dare resist because they threatened to kill her, the criminal court heard today.

Al-Shabaab 'execute British and American spies'

By Zoe Flood in Nairobi and Abdiaziz Abdinuur in Mogadishu -Telegraph.
The three men were shot by firing squad in a public execution in Marka, a town in the south of the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, late on Sunday. Two of the men were accused of guiding US drones to kill fellow militants, including British passport-holder Bilal el Berjawi and other foreign fighters.

Drone operations over Somalia pose danger to air traffic

By Craig Whitlock -WP.
The skies over Somalia have become so congested with drones that the unmanned aircraft pose a danger to air traffic and potentially violate a long-standing arms embargo against the war-torn country, according to United Nations officials.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TFG Minister supports return of asylum seekers to Somalia

(Medeshi)- The following letter written in poor English  by a TFG minister was published today by a Somali language  website . The Minister from the TFG of Somalia who supposedly wrote this letter to Grete Faremo -  the Justice Minister of Norway  expresses  his wish to participate in Oslo Workshop for the Somali youth in the Scandinavian countries . In the last paragraph of his letter , the minister  also states his ambition in encouraging the voluntary return of Somali Asylum seekers in Norway to lawless Somalia through assisted voluntary return and financial help with resettlement .

Meles Zenawi Health Reports Blocked By Ethiopia Government

JOHANNESBURG -AP- A press freedom advocacy group says Ethiopian authorities have blocked the publication of a prominent independent newspaper featuring reports on the health of the country's long-time ruler.

US Judge orders release of alleged Somali pirate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has ordered the release of an alleged Somali pirate while the government pursues an appeal that could delay his trial until next year.

Six Saudis held in Ethiopia for distributing charity

RIYADH — Ethiopian authorities arrested Sunday six Saudis for distributing charity to Muslims in Addis Ababa, saying their act amounted to a form of terror financing.

Kenya : British soldier dies after night out in Mombasa

A British soldier collapsed and died Tuesday morning as he prepared to board a military ship at the Port of Mombasa.

Mystery of the sick and missing Ethiopia PM

AFP- AN ILLNESS that has forced Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to take a leave of absence has raised questions over who is running the country in his absence, analysts said Friday.

Why are Ethiopian eyes on Brussels?

By Ben Rawlence - European voice - The EU should be paying more attention to the abusive policies being pursued by Ethiopia's ailing prime minister.

Monday, July 23, 2012

US Judge assails prosecutors in Somali pirate case

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER – WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal judge overseeing the case of a Somali man accused of negotiating a ransom payment during a 2008 pirate takeover of a Danish merchant ship told prosecutors they had engaged in "inexcusable behavior," and suggested they will have a hard time winning a conviction.

Somali president 'very confident' of new term

Radio-Netherlands- The head of Somalia's corruption-riddled government said Monday he expects to be re-selected as president of the war-torn Horn of Africa nation when his current mandate expires next month.

Separatist storm brewing on Kenya's coast

By James Macharia -MOMBASA, Kenya 
(Reuters) - Near the white sandy beaches along Kenya's coast where tourists sip cocktails in the sun, graffiti scrawled on walls proclaims 'Pwani si Kenya' or 'The Coast is not Kenya'.

US: Executive Order to Address the National Emergency related To Somalia

US Department of Treasury:
7/20/2012 WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order (E.O.), “Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Somalia,” providing the U.S. Department of the Treasury with expanded authority to target, in consultation with the State Department, individuals and entities that contribute to the deterioration of the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia.

Cartoon depictions of Somalia failures

Medeshi-This cartoon depicts some of the reasons why the Somalis have been unable to settle their differences twenty years after the fall of the military dictatorship:

Somalia : Disappointment for Range and Red Emperor in Puntland

Interactive Investor -Disappointment rained down on Range Resources (RRL) and Red Emperor Resources (RMP) investors on Monday as the companies found water, rather than oil, in their Shabeel North well in Somalia.
Shares in both companies dropped as the news sank in.

USAID/Kenya Strategic Communication Plan 2012-2013

USAID/Kenya is playing a lead role implementing President Obama’s vision for global development, which sees development assistance as a pillar of foreign policy and crucial to America’s national security and economic interests. A stable and prosperous Kenya is central to American foreign policy. Kenya is one of eight countries selected as a strategic partner for the United States Global Health Initiative Plus. Kenya is also a partner in the Global Climate Change Initiative and one of nineteen focus countries in the U.S.

Somaliland moves towards new banking era

Mark Tran in Hargeisa - Guardian - Without formal banks, Somaliland lacks cash machines or credit card facilities, obliging visitors to the country to bring in wads of dollars.

Somali refugees horror : 'Bodies dumped at sea'

BBC- Abdullah Ibrahim is one of thousands of Somalis who every year make the perilous journey to South Africa.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Somalia : Al-Shabab executes 3 members

By Abdi Guled-Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia’s most powerful terrorist group publicly executed three of its members Sunday, accusing them of spying on the militants for U.S. and British intelligence agencies.

Pentagon eyes drones for Kenya to fight militants nearby

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is seeking to send hand-launched drones to Kenya as part of a $40 million-plus military aid package designed to help four African countries fight al Qaeda and al Shabaab militants, notably in Somalia, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Dahabshiil denies Anonymous behind cyber-attack

By Claire Connelly-Adelaide now
UPDATE: DAHABSHIIL, the international funds transfer company based in the Middle East, says Anonymous was not responsible for the attack on its banking systems.