Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tracking khat from Kenya to Canada

MAUA, KENYA—By Michelle Shephard , the Star - James Mithika is a farmer in chocolate brown wingtips. His plot of land lies not far from Mount Kenya, off a red dirt road and a short walk past the goat that bleats like an old man clearing his throat.

Somaliland : To the people of Somalia- We have our country, our people & our constitution

Somaliland Diaspora Groups, August  2012 Statement
Date:  25 August 2012                                                   Immediate         
Somaliland:  We have our own Constitution and Elected Representatives

Nine executed in Gambia, says Amnesty International

Amnesty International says it has received "credible reports" that Gambia executed nine death row prisoners on Thursday.

Ethiopia: Death of Meles brings ‘opportunity for peace’

Washington (USA) Afrika.no - Following Monday’s announcement of the death of long-time Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian civil society leaders and Western rights groups are characterising the turn of events as an opportunity to heal decades of increasingly stark sectarianism.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Somaliland Maternal Mortality Feature

(Medeshi)-Half the Sky is raising awareness to help bring an end to maternal mortality. Every 90 seconds a mother dies due to pregnancy related complications. In Somaliland, a country with one of the worst maternal mortality rates, 1 in 12 women will die giving birth.

Somaliland :Help get Edna Hospital a new Ambulance

(Medeshi) - Edna Hospital, as you may be aware, is badly and  urgently in need of a new ambulance. The old one is so unreliable that it cannot be sent outside of Hargeisa. When a life-and-death emergency threatens a mother and her newborn baby, the hospital needs to be able to provide transportation wherever it is needed.

Picture: Indian Muslims take part in Eid prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi

Aug. 20, 2012. Indian Muslims take part in Eid al-Fitr prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

Africa Oil’s Kenya & Ethiopia Oil Prospects Triple

VENTURES AFRICA – Canadian oil exploration company, Africa Oil Corporation has raised fresh hopes that Kenya’s oil find could be commercially viable after the firm tripled its estimates of quantities of oil in blocks it is prospecting.

The body of PM Meles Zenawi arrived at his Office (Video)

Ethiopians mourn the death of PM Meles Zenawi

Lively Presidential Campaign Underway in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (Mohammed Yusuf -VOA) — One year ago, Somalia’s capital Mogadishu had an image of a war zone. Presidential candidates today are campaigning with election posters hanging on buildings, main roads and even on cars. One sign shopowner said campaign excitement not only is good for business, but also is important for the country's stability.

Protest pop music has just arrived in Somalia (Video)

This is a newly created Somali song, based on the ongoing political problems that faces the citizens of Somalia today. It talks about the qualities and attributes that is required from a head of state. The song is sung by 4 prominent Somali singers, Mohamed Ahmed Qomal, Hussien Shire, Abdulkadir AJ and Nuur Jama Aden. The lyrics to this song are written by Abdi Shire.

Kenya : Eight school girls dead in dormitory inferno

By MAURICE K'ALOUCH - Daily Nation-Eight pupils of Asumbi Boarding Primary School, in Homa Bay County died after a fire razed their dormitory on Wednesday night.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Inside Somaliland's pirate prison, the jail that no country wants

Mark Tran in Hargeisa , Guardian - Breakaway territory offers solution for holding bandits caught at sea, but concerns raised over conditions and 'unjust' convictions

Somaliland police foil Al Shabab sleeper cell terror plan in Burao

BURAO - Police clashed with an armed group on Thursday in Somaliland’s second city of Burao leaving one dead and two injured.

International Oil Companies Illegally Exploiting Somali Hydrocarbons?

OilPrice.com - The East African Energy Forum has issued warnings to the Kenyan Government and four international oil companies today that are illegally exploiting offshore hydrocarbon concessions off the southern coast of Somalia. The lobby group has said in its directive to the oil giants that they have engaged in a gross infringement of Somalia's offshore resources, territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The Horn of Africa after Meles Zenawi - Bye-bye big man

The economist - The lessons for Africa’s most troubled region from the career of its most able leader.
SOME countries have a habit of suffering in unison. As in the Balkans and the Caucasus, the ethnically diverse countries of the Horn of Africa often infect one another.

Somalia’s Government Baby Steps

The economist- After the inauguration of a new parliament, Somalia may get a proper government soon. But do not count on it being entirely clean

Ethiopia's acting PM to remain at helm until 2015

By Aaron Maasho -ADDIS ABABA, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's acting prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn will run the country until an election in 2015, showing that the ruling party is determined to ensure a swift and smooth transfer of power following the death of Meles Zenawi.

Somali Lobby Group Warns Kenya About Illegal Drilling

The East African Energy Forum has issued warnings to the Kenyan Government and four international oil companies yesterday that are illegally exploiting offshore hydrocarbon concessions off the southern coast of Somalia. The lobby group has said in its directive to the oil giants that they have engaged in a gross infringement of Somalia’s offshore resources, territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Africa’s Dictator-Diplomat

The recent death in Brussels of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi finally brings to light what lay behind his mysterious two-month disappearance from public life. Ethiopia's government had strenuously denied rumors of serious ill health caused by liver cancer. Now that the worst has, indeed, proven true, Ethiopia and... READ FULL ARTICLE

The Endless War: Saudi Arabia Goes on the Offensive Against Iran

OilPrice.com - Saudi Arabia has gone on the offensive against Iran to protect its interests.  Their involvement in Syria is the first battle in what is going to be a long bloody conflict that will know no frontiers or limits.

Death of Ethiopia's strongman rattles volatile Horn

AFP- NAIROBI — For the past two decades, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's iron-fisted rule was something Western nations depended upon in the volatile Horn of Africa region.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Somalia in transition: High hopes for new political era (Video)

Somalia is trying to start a new chapter: its new parliament has been sworn in. The next big step is for members to choose a president.

Matt Baugh - British Ambassador to Somalia writes about Somalia transition process

By Matt Baugh - British Ambassador to Somalia, Nairobi
On Monday, Somalia marked a significant milestone in its history. Twenty years after the country fell into conflict, a new Federal Parliament was inaugurated – paving the way to end the Transition in the next few days, and opening the first legislature to be formed inside Somalia since 1991. This is a huge achievement, both for the people of Somalia and their representatives in Mogadishu.

52 Kenyans hacked or burnt to death in ethnic clashes

AFP-At least 52 Kenyans were hacked or burnt to death in ethnic clashes between two rival groups, the worst single attack since deadly post-election violence four years ago, police said Wednesday.

Two German tourists, two pilots killed in Kenya air crash

AFP-Two German tourists and two pilots were killed when their airplane crashed Wednesday in Kenya's renowned Maasai Mara national park, with at least three other tourists badly injured, police said.

Life in pictures: Ethiopia's Meles Zenawi

Meles Zenawi - 
  • Emerged from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which carried out an armed struggle against the Communist military regime in 1970s and 1980s
  • Became president in a transitional government in 1991 and then prime minister in 1995
  • Married another TPLF veteran, Azeb Mesfin, and had three children
  • Under his leadership, a closed and secretive country gradually opened to the outside world
  • But reputation tarnished in 2000s amid increasing repression in Ethiopia

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The political career of Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia (Video)

The Ethiopian prime minister, Meles Zenawi, has died. The 57-year-old, who had been seriously ill for several months, had been in power since 1991. The country's deputy prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has stepped in as interim leader.

US warns against political interference in Somalia

WASHINGTON: The White House warned Monday that it would not tolerate any obstruction of war-torn Somalia's political process, hailing the swearing-in of a new parliament as an "important milestone" for the nation.

Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi dies after illness

BBC-Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died aged 57 after months of illness, the government says.
A spokesman said Mr Meles had died in a hospital abroad - but did not specify where or give details of his ailment.
Speculation about his health mounted when he missed an African Union summit in Addis Ababa last month.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dahabshiil provides vital service for African community

Melissa Rudd-Africa Business Review
The story behind international money transfer Dahabshiil truly is one of rags to riches. The company, now one of the largest money transfer businesses in the Horn of Africa, was started by African entrepreneur Mohamed Duale.

Somalia Olympic runner 'drowns trying to reach Europe'

BBC- A Somali Olympic athlete has reportedly drowned while attempting to reach Europe on a migrant boat.

The partition of Somalia by three East African countries (Map)

(Medeshi)- Following is a map made of a scenario that is in progress in the Horn of Africa.  Three East African countries that are proxies of the United States partition Somalia as shown. Ethiopia annexes north of Somalia including Somaliland, Puntland  and galmudug while Kenya takes the Southern part of the country including 38,00 Sq Kilometers of Oil rich offshore blocks in the Indian ocean  . Uganda , having supplied the majority of the so called peace keeping forces of Amisom is happy to keep the Capital , Mogadishu and its surroundings.

Guantanamo Torture Disallowed From Discussion In Tribunals

By Jane Sutton and Josh Meyer - Huffington Post
MIAMI/WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - CIA agents have written books about it. Former President George W. Bush has explained why he thought it was necessary and legal. Yet the al Qaeda suspects who were subjected to so-called harsh interrogation techniques, and the lawyers charged with defending them at the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals, are not allowed to talk about the treatment they consider torture.

Somali parliament delays presidential election

(AFP)- MOGADISHU, Aug 20 – The election of a new Somali president will not take place Monday as scheduled, newly appointed lawmakers said, but added they expected to convene the parliament for the first time later in the day.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Madina : The Prophet's Mosque holds a record of 3000 speakers (Video)

(Al Arabiya )-The voice has always been the most present and effective means to communicate the teachings of Islam and Quran. Therefore, sound engineering in Mosques is of great importance, especially in the Two Holy Mosques, where a record number of speakers are fixed on the walls.

Minister among '31 dead' in Sudan plane crash

(Herald Sun)-A SUDANESE cabinet minister was among 31 people killed when an airplane crashed as it carried a delegation to war-torn South Kordofan state for Muslim Eid holiday celebrations, officials and state media said.

Somalia doomed to remain a failed state

Gulfnews - After eight years of infighting and corruption, it is no closer to returning to a stable administration.
For the past two decades, Somalia has endured ethnic and sectarian strife, warlords, piracy, divisions and anarchy. Mogadishu remains one of the most lawless cities on earth, the hinterland a patchwork of warlord and clan territories ruled not by the ballot box, but by bullets.

The ordeal of Kenyans in Arab ‘slave markets’

By MUGUMO MUNENE - Nation , Kenya
Mwanaisha Hussein stands forlornly in a queue at the ministry of Foreign Affairs reception. She, like many other visitors to the building, is headed to an office on the second floor where only three people are allowed in at a time.