Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Minn. FBI head focuses on counterterrorism

By: By Amy Forliti , Associated Press,
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The new head of the FBI’s three-state Minneapolis division said Friday that battling terrorism is among his top priorities for the office, which recently handled the high-profile case of Somali refugees convicted of sending money to a group on the U.S. terror list.

The gold rush on Britain's best Olympic day in a century - (Photos)

Mail Online- Super Saturday continues: Team GB scoop SIX golds as rowers power to double glory before female cyclists, golden girl Ennis, long jumper Rutherford and 10,000m star Farah top the podium

Mo Farah wins Olympic 10,000m gold for Great Britain

BBC- Mo Farah became the first Briton to win Olympic 10,000m gold with a tremendous victory in the Olympic Stadium.

Somalia's graveyard of grand and beautiful buildings

By Mary Harper - BBC News
Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has regularly been referred to as "the most dangerous capital city on earth", but as a degree of stability returns to the area, places of peace can be found among the physical destruction and human suffering.

US: Alleged Somali Pirate Ordered Back Into Custody

An alleged Somali pirate has been ordered back into custody after an appeals court reversed a lower court's decision to release him.

As royal heirs succumb to old age, Saudi Arabia faces an uncertain future

As royal heirs succumb to old age, Saudi Arabia faces an uncertain future

Ethiopia : If Meles goes too…

The reported ill health of Ethiopia’s big man is jangling the nerves
The Economist - MELES ZENAWI, Ethiopia’s usually dynamic prime minister, has not been seen in public since mid-June.

Health of Ethiopia's PM Zenawi unknown

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The health of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi remains unknown even though government officials said it was improving.

Somali war linked to brewing oil dispute

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The military offensive by Kenyan and Ethiopian forces against Islamic al-Shabaab fighters is gearing up for an assault on the Indian Ocean port of Kismayo that's increasingly seen as a key element in a brewing dispute over oil and natural gas.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Netherlands- In fond memory of brutally killed Somali kid Amir Ibrahim, 1999-2007

(Medeshi)- On Friday November 30th 2007 around 6 in the evening, Amir Ibrahim (8), child of Somalian immigrants, was reported missing in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The next day he was found dead under a car in a garage at a dairy farm in Eijsden, the southernmost town in Holland. That Friday he supposedly fell on a pedestrian crossing and was ''hooked'' under a car that tore him some 10 miles to Eijsden, while he was alive. How he died remained a mystery. This is how police described the course of events in the 318 page police file.

Suicide bomber wounds 9 in Kenya

Nairobi -(Reuters)- A suspected suicide bomber killed himself and wounded nine people when he detonated a grenade near a military air base in Nairobi on Friday, police said, in the latest such attack since Kenya's military foray into neighbouring Somalia.

Somalia 'mulls' pirate amnesty

AFP-Somalia's pirates could be granted an amnesty if they release hostages and return captured vessels to their owners, transitional president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed told the London Times.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kenyans see jobs, corruption as top election issues

NAIROBI Aug 2 (Reuters) - Creating jobs and tackling corruption are the two most important challenges that Kenyans want their government to address in the run-up to elections next March, according to a Gallup public opinion poll released on Thursday.

Anti-Ebola measures take toll on everyday life in Uganda

By Elias Biryabarema
KAMPALA Aug 2 (Reuters) - Residents in western Uganda said on Thursday they were too scared to go shopping in local markets, visit churches or mosques or travel freely for fear of catching the Ebola virus which has already killed 16 people.

Ugandan Police Leave For Somalia mission

(Medeshi)-The first batch of 56 police officers has been flagged off at Entebbe Air port by the Assistant Commissioner of Police at the National Central Bureau of Interpol, Martin Amoru .

Somalia: Failed state or fantasy land?

By Mary Harper- BBC News 
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has hailed the endorsement of Somalia's new constitution as a "historic achievement".

Ethiopia diplomat jailed in UK for cannabis smuggling

LONDON — AFP- A court in London on Thursday jailed an Ethiopian diplomat for trying to smuggle a large stash of cannabis through London's Heathrow Airport.

Jobs in Somalia/Somaliland : Advocacy and Communications Adviser

Posted: 02 August 2012     Deadline: 16 August 2012
Job Title: Adviser, Advocacy and Communications – Somalia/Somaliland
Job type: Permanent     Salary: $40.000 - $50.000
Location:  Nairobi, Kenya with frequent trips to Somalia/Somaliland
Organisation: Saferworld - UK

Clinton’s East African Trip Focuses On Oil, Somalia,And Security

By Sarah McGregor - Bloomberg.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  will encourage East African leaders this week to boost security and political stability in a region threatened by al- Qaeda and growing in importance as a source of energy.

In Somalia, fuel-efficient stoves prevent sexual violence and generate income for vulnerable families

Silje M. Heitmann, UNICEF - MOGADISHU, Somalia (August 1, 2012) — Girls and women in Mogadishu say that they are at greatest risk of sexual violence while they are collecting firewood.

Somalia: Take action to end the killings of media workers

(Amnesty International ) - The Somali authorities and the international community must ensure that those responsible for the killings of media workers are brought to justice, following the death of comedian Abdi Jeylani Malaq ‘Marshale’ in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, Amnesty International has said.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Saudi Arabia Cancels Multi-Million Dollar Oil Contracts with Russia

Russia and Saudi Arabia’s opposing stances over the situation in Syria has finally led to action. Saudi business tycoon Mubarak Swaikat has cancelled several multi-million dollar oil and gas contracts with nearly 20 Russian companies in protest against Moscow’s support of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.

UN officials welcome ‘historic’ approval of new constitution for Somalia

UN- 1 August 2012 – 
The overwhelming approval of a Provisional Constitution for Somalia by the representative body convened for that purpose – a key step toward ending the Horn of Africa country’s long transition to stable governance – was hailed today by United Nations officials.

Kingston : Bradley Wiggins Wins Gold Medal in Cycling Road Race Time Trial - Photos

( Medeshi ) Wednesday 1st August 2012 - Olympic cycling road race went through Kingston town today . Britain's Bradley Wiggins won the Gold medal of the men's race .  This was one of several events scheduled during the  2012 London Olympics.

U.S. “Secretly” Circumvents Somalia Arms Embargo

Steven After good, FAS 
In apparent violation of an arms embargo on Somalia that it helped to impose 20 years ago, the United States is providing clandestine military support to Somali security services without notifying United Nations monitors as required by the embargo.

Dutch cannot send back Westernized Somali asylum-seeker

By Wim Jansen - RNW
The Netherlands' highest legal body has ruled that the Dutch government must take into consideration how Westernized asylum-seekers are when evaluating their asylum requests. It follows thus that if asylum-seekers are unable to readjust to their country of origin, they must be allowed to stay in the Netherlands.

Marshale: Famous Somali comedian shot dead in Mogadishu

BBC- One of Somalia's best known comedians is to be buried after being shot dead at his home in the capital, Mogadishu by two unidentified men.

Somali leaders pass constitution as bombers attack

By ABDI GULED - MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A gathering of leaders in Somalia has approved a new constitution for the struggling country.

ICG denies report, Abebe Gellaw insists Meles is dead

By Mohammed Ademo - New York (OPride) – Brussels-based nonprofit, the International Crisis Group, categorically denied rumors that cited the organization and pronounced the death of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dire Dawa and Hargeisa Sign Bilateral Agreement on Investment- Video

Somali refugees in the Netherlands protest

RNW- Dozens of Somali refugees spent last night on the pavement outside the office of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) in the southern Dutch city of Den Bosch. The group are protesting about restrictions that have been placed on their freedom of movement.

Netherlands : Somalis choose street over asylum centre

RNW - Dozens of Somali refugees spent last night on the pavement outside the office of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) in the southern Dutch city of Den Bosch.The group are protesting about restrictions that have been placed on their freedom of movement.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mali unwed couple stoned to death by Islamists

A couple who had sex outside marriage has been stoned to death at the weekend by Islamists in the town of Aguelhok in northern Mali, officials say.

Saudi Arabia: where slavery and public executions still exist

(Medeshi)-During many  years of my service for various companies in Saudi Arabia, I had observed the magnitude of abuse against the African blacks by the Royal family, the rich and the tribal leaders.

Crafting A New Government In Somalia

(VOA)-In a key step toward restoring political stability to war-torn Somalia, a special congress has convened there to begin the process of approving a new national constitution.

Ugandan army loses key Somalia AMISOM jobs to Kenyan officers

With the new African Union structure in Somalia to integrate Kenya, Djibouti and Sierra Leon, Ugandan soldiers have lost juicy jobs to the Kenyans at the mission headquarter.

Kenya : Asylum Under Threat

For more than a generation, the government and people of Kenya have been generously providing 
asylum for hundreds of thousands of refugees from across the region. Few countries in Africa 
can claim as flexible and as accommodating an asylum regime as Kenya has made available to 
those escaping persecution or war in neighbouring states. Amongst these, Somalis have figured 
prominently: for over twenty years, Somali civilians have been fleeing the conflict that has gripped 
much of their country.

Power cut blacks out 300 million in northern India

AFP -NEW DELHI: A massive power cut blacked out a vast swathe of northern India Monday, leaving an estimated 300 million people without power in the worst outage in more than a decade, officials said.

Zenawi's Exit? Why EAC Should Worry

At stake
(Daily Ethiopia)- Security: Regionally, Zenawi has been one of the key players in the fight against the Somali militant organisation Al Shabaab. He has also been crucial in mediating in the dispute between Sudan and South Sudan.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Minnesota Sheriff Reports to Congress on Growing Somalia Gang Threat in Hennepin County

By Penny Starr
(CNSNews.com) – The sheriff of Hennepin County, Minn., told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on Wednesday about the threat of Somali gangs in his jurisdiction.

Irish Minister Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore visits war-torn Somalia

(IT)-Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has visited war-torn Somalia to announce €3 million in life-saving aid.
Thousands of desperate Somalis trying to survive conflict and hunger will be given food, shelter and vital assistance from Irish Aid.

Saudi and Yemeni sheikhs accused of funding pirates in Somalia

FAS news is reporting that the Commander of the IRGC Special Naval Force Unit General Mohammad Nazzeri, the point man in charge of Iran’s fight against pirates, has recently accused certain Gulf member nations of supporting pirates in Somalia!

Stunning Nasa photo of Gotland , Sweden

(Yahoo)-Another high impact image from above - this stunning Nasa photo puts the 'art' into ‘earth’ thanks to its incredible resemblance to a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece. The satellite image shows massive congregations of green phytoplankton swirling in the dark water around Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea.

Where to for Somali State-building Since London and Istanbul Conferences?

(Medeshi)- By Michael Walls .
The mandate of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government expires in August. This gives an opening to launch a new and broader political process embracing all Somalis, with a greater emphasis on supporting regional governance as well as stronger and more representative government from the centre. (William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary, 4 February 2012)

Ethiopia revokes Petrotrans petroleum development license in the Somali region

The Ministry of Mines last month revoked the petroleum development license it granted to the Chinese company, Petrotrans, that allows the latter to develop the natural gas reserves found in the Calub and Hilala localities in the Ogaden basin.

Ebola outbreak in Uganda kills 13

By Elias Biryabarema
KAMPALA, July 28 (Reuters) - An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has killed 13 people in Uganda and efforts are under way to contain the hemorrhagic fever, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday.

Ethiopia: 20,000 flee Moyale clashes

Ethnic clashes in southern Ethiopia are reported to have left at least 18 people dead and 12 others injured.