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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Somaliand president congratulates Mo Farah on Olympics Gold wins

The president's congratulatory statement read:
I , hereby extend my congratulations to Mo Farah who is a son of both Somaliland and Great Britain, on his success in winning a second gold medal for team GB at the ongoing London Olympics games.

Ethiopian authorities crack down on Muslim press

(CPJ)- Nairobi, August 9, 2012--Ethiopian authorities must release a journalist who has been detained for almost three weeks, and allow three Muslim news outlets to resume publishing immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Local journalists believe the Muslim press in Ethiopia is being targeted for its coverage of protests by the Muslim community.

Mo Farah wins 5,000m to win second Olympic gold

Britain's Mo Farah claimed his second gold of the 2012 Olympics with a stunning win in the 5,000m.
Victory for the 29-year-old, who won the 10,000m earlier in the Games, took the host nation's tally of golds to 27 on the penultimate day of action.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Somali Woman's Suffering under faltering US judicial system

Gohe received two traffic tickets on July 6, 2008, in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas.  The tickets were for failure to maintain financial responsibility (no proof of insurance) and for not having a front headlight.

USA: 5 Somalis sentenced in khat drug smuggling case

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia : Fox news -–  Five men and women convicted of smuggling millions of dollars' worth of the illegal African drug khat into the U.S. all received prison sentences of one year or less Friday, significantly short of what the government sought in a case that cost millions of dollars to pursue.

Video : The only two Somali Olympic participants request asylum in UK

Somali Olympic participants  request asylum in UK

USA: Neighbors rally to show support for Somali refugees (Video included)

NECN: Lauren Collins, Concord, NH) - In a 2009 interview with NECN, Bantu Somali refugees Batulo Mahamed and Salad Salad said they loved their life in America because they no longer lived in fear.

Camel milk may help control diabetes, researchers say

L.A.Times - CAIRO -- Camels from Sudan and Somalia are led across Egypt’s deserts, where they are sold for meat or pressed into service hauling tourists around ancient tombs and temples. But one part of the camel is often overlooked: Its salty milk may help in controlling diabetes.

An Independence Referendum for Somaliland

DN- In 2005 the separatist Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the ruling National Islamic Front (NIF) of Sudan came together to end the Second Sudanese Civil War that had ravaged the country for a generation. In the Naivasha Agreement brokered in Kenya, President Omar Al-Bashir offered the SPLM an independence referendum following a six-year period of cooperation and ceasefire.
In 2011, South Sudan voted for independence from the Khartoum regime and went its separate way. Now, Somaliland may be getting a similar deal with its mother nation of Somalia.

Mo Farah's family cheers him on from Somaliland village

By David Smith in Gabiley -( Guardian.co.uk ) -The tiny homestead lies deep in the savanna, far from any road; tyre marks in the dirt offer the only trail. Nearby, a cow and a donkey drag a wooden plough in uneasy tandem. Looking on is Faisal Farah, who has receding short hair, two prominent yellowing front teeth – and a blue jacket that says "Team GB".

Meles absence fuels regional anxieties

By Katrina Manson in Nairobi and William Wallis in London
The prolonged absence of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s usually hyperactive prime minister, has sparked a covert succession struggle at home and prompted fears farther afield for a future without one of east Africa’s diplomatic and security linchpins. Read more @ Financial times  

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mo Farah spreads thrill of Olympic victory to Mogadishu

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times - MOGADISHU, Somalia — They came to the stadium in late afternoon, a sprinkle of rain mixing with their sweat as they pounded around the rough sand track.

Wide-ranging effects of lack of press freedom in Ethiopia

(UPR)-The lack of press freedom in Ethiopia has wide-ranging effects, not all of them political. For example, in 2012 the Committee to Protect Journalists appealed to the White House to acknowledge the important role of independent media in facilitating response to famine, singling out the Ethiopian government’s actions in deliberately downplaying food crises, denying journalists access to sensitive areas, and censoring Independent coverage; these actions undermine the ability of donor nations and aid agencies to respond effectively to emerging food crises.

Mali Islamists amputate hand of suspected thief

By Adama Diarra -BAMAKO (Reuters) - Islamist rebels have cut off the hand of a suspected cattle thief in Mali, an insurgent leader said on Thursday - the first case of amputation under sharia (Islamic law) imposed by insurgents controlling the country's desert north.

Britain's 10,000M Olympic champion Mo Farah looks to 5,000M gold win

By Neil Maidment
LONDON Aug 8 (Reuters) - Britain's 10,000 metres Olympic champion Mo Farah found out on Wednesday that victory also makes you a target for your rivals, describing his successful qualifying 5,000m heat as like being in a boxing ring.

Mogadishu: This is the life

MOGADISHU, Somalia  Global Post — The small, fat sweet pancakes called “mashmash” spit and bubble as Ahmed Jama plops them into a beat-up skillet of boiling oil. Next to it, a cauldron of goat stew simmers.

Bomb kills 8 Somali soldiers in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU: At least eight Somali government troops were killed when a remote-controlled bomb hit their vehicle in Mogadishu, officials said on Thursday, highlighting lingering security risks less than two weeks before the UN-backed government’s mandate ends.

Press release on the need of holding Somaliland local elections

Holding Local Council Election within year 2012 is the backbone of Somaliland Democratization process
On Aug. 6, 2012, SONSAF members, especially Civil Society groups, have met at SONSAF headquarters office to discuss and reflect on issues surrounding the forthcoming Local Council Elections.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Diplomat to start Somalia's first stock market

NAIROBI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - A Somali diplomat wants to start the Horn of Africa's first ever stock exchange in neighbouring Kenya and he expects telecom, banking and money transfer firms that have defied decades of conflict to list their shares on the bourse.

Torrential rains submerge half of Philippine capital (Photos)

Washington Post - View Photo Gallery — Torrential rains submerge half of Philippine capital: Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed nine people and sent emergency crews scrambling.

Kenya's NSE to give expertise to Somalia stock exchange

By CHARLES GICHANE - Capital FM- NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Somalia Stock Exchange Investment Corporation (SSE) for technical support in setting up a stock market in the lawless neighbouring country.

UK : Cornwall 'declares independence'

Press Association - Its reputation as a pocket of nationalist rebellion has long formed part of Cornish folklore. But now tourism leaders in the South West appear to have further distanced themselves from the rest of the country after those charged with promoting the holiday destination were asked not to refer to "England" in promotional material.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

London : Amazing photos from Kingston upon Thames

( Medeshi) - Kingston upon Thames is one of the London Boroughs that is located in the South West just 10 miles from the centre of the city. It is known for its historical military aircraft manufacturing  specialising in fighter aircraft – first with Sopwith Aviation, H G Hawker Engineering, later Hawker Aircraft, Hawker Siddeley and eventually British Aerospace.

Kenya : Former MP kills wife and turns gun on himself

By DAVID LOMURIA - Daily Nation - A 66-year-old former Member of Parliament on Tuesday shot his wife dead and then turned the gun on himself in a shocking case of violence in the home.
Mr Francis Achukwa Ewaton was the MP for Turkana South from 1992 to 2007 when he lost to the sitting MP, Mr Josephat Nanok.

British Somalis: nomads no more

Mo Farah's glorious gold medal symbolises the emergence of Britain's Somali community - By Nadifa Mohamed ,- Guardian.co.uk - For most of my childhood in London people were confused by me. They would look at me askance and ask, "Are you Pakistani or Jamaican?" "I'm from Somalia," I would reply irritably, receiving a blank look before the inevitable response: "Where's that, then?"

Dahabshiil Celebrates Ramadan With Donation of Livestock to Somali Hospitals

HARGEISA, Somalia, August 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Dahabshiil Group has donated five hundred head of livestock to public hospitals in major cities across the Somali territories.

Uganda deploys air force to pursue militants in Somalia

By Elias Biryabarema
KAMPALA  - (Reuters) - Uganda's military, which forms the backbone of the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia, has deployed an air force contingent to reinforce troops who hope to retake a city from al Qaeda-linked militants before the government's mandate expires.

Somaliland travel guide

Somaliland -with Addis Ababa & Eastern Ethiopia

INTERVIEW:Somaliland’s vice president on drought

Somaliland vice president Abdi-Rahman Abdillahi Saylici
HARGEISA, 7 August 2012 (IRIN) - Years of poor rains have ravaged parts of the self-declared republic of Somaliland. IRIN spoke to the territory’s vice president, Abdi-Rahman Abdillahi Saylici, about the effects of the drought, aspirations for international recognition and the Al-Shabab insurgency.

Q: What is the current drought situation in Somaliland?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Malian youth, Islamists clash over planned amputation

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian youths clashed with ruling Islamists in the city of Gao in a protest against the planned punishment by amputation of a suspected robber and the beating of a journalist covering the demonstration, local residents said.

Protest against police torture on journalist in Somaliland

African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) protests against the police torture on female television journalist in Somaliland while the journalist was doing her professional work.

Emergency drought appeal along the coast of Somaliland - (Video)


Mogadishu celebrates 1 year since al-Shabab's exit

ABDI GULED |Huffington post  
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Thousands of Somalis gathered in a Mogadishu sports stadium Monday to celebrate the one-year mark since African Union and Somali soldiers forced militants out of the capital, a military victory that ushered in a year of relative peace and progress.

Jobs : DDG Armed Violence Reduction Manager - Somaliland

Posted: 06 August 2012     Deadline: 21 August 2012
Job type: Contract     Salary: TBD
Location: Somaliland
Organisation: Danish Refugee Council (DRC) - Denmark

Netherlands : Carla Aquarius in conversation with Kadija Idris, mother of brutally killed Amir Ibrahim

Carla Aquarius in conversation with Kadija Idris, mother of Amir Ibrahim.
Q: Did he [Amir] have a connection to Bureau Jeugdzorg? (Youthcare Bureau=Justice Department)
A: Yes

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana wins gold in Olympics marathon

Ehiopia's Tiki Gelana won gold in the women's marathon in an Olympic record time of two hours, 23 minutes and seven seconds.
Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo claimed silver and Tatyana Petrova, of Russia, came third for bronze.

Saudi Arabia deports 35 Ethiopian Christians for praying

BERLIN – Saudi Arabia deported 35 Ethiopian Christians last week after incarcerating them for over seven months for praying in advance of the Christmas season in December 2011, according to Christian media outlets and NGOs.