Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Somalia : Kenya planned Jubaland project in place

By -Martin Plaut BBC - With AU forces advancing into Kismayo, the elements of a long-term Kenyan strategic plan - the Jubaland project - are almost in place.

Somalia : Al-Shabab Withdraws From Kismayo

Gabe Joselow, Mohammed Yusuf - VOA
NAIROBI — The Somali militant group al-Shabab says it has withdrawn from its last major stronghold in southern Somalia, following a military strike led by Kenyan armed forces.  The militant group says its retreat from Kismayo is a tactical decision and warns that they will continue to fight in the city.

SA Saracen firm loses anti-piracy contract in Puntland

By Ivor Powell - IOL
Somalia - Controversial SA-linked private military operator Sterling Corporate Services, aka Saracen International, has lost its anti-piracy contract in the semi-autonomous Somali region of Puntland.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Somalia overpowering al-Shabaab but old rivalries pose new threat

Africa correspondent of the Guardian - 
By any measure it is a stunning reversal. Three years ago Somalia's central "government" controlled little more than a square mile of the capital, Mogadishu, while Islamist militants began to impose strict sharia law on most of the country.

Prioritising civilian protection and reaching out to the LRA will curtail the conflict

Conciliation Resources : Prioritising civilian protection and reaching out to the LRA will curtail the conflict. Governments in LRA-affected areas must protect local populations and engage in dialogue .

Report : Empowering youth for peace and development in Somalia and Somaliland

Document Summary
UNDP - The new report – which is based on surveys conducted in more than 3,000 households in south central Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland - reveals that although the majority of Somali youth believe they have a right to be educated (82%) and a right to decent work (71%), they feel disempowered by multiple structural barriers built into the family, institutions, local government and society at–large.

2 more Somali journalists murdered; 1 is beheaded

MOGADISHU, Somalia ( AP ) — Officials in Somalia say two more journalists have been murdered, including one who was beheaded, bringing the number of journalists killed in the country this year to 15.

US : Man Linked To Anti-Islam Film Is Detained

Sky News - The alleged filmmaker behind the video that sparked protests in Muslim countries across world has been detained without bail after appearing in a Los Angeles court.

Somalia : African Union forces take control of parts of Kismayo

BBC- Kenya says AU forces storm Somali rebel city of Kismayo
African Union (AU) forces have launched a beach assault and taken control of parts of Kismayo, the last major Islamist militant bastion in southern Somalia, Kenya's military says.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

India to Spend $120 Million on Ethiopia Farms

By William Davison -Bloomberg -- BHO Bioproducts, a closely held farming company, said it plans to invest more than $120 million in rice and cotton production in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region during the next four years.

Ethiopia Sugar Signs $500 Million Deal With China’s CDC Bank

By William Davison - Bloomberg
Ethiopia Sugar Corp. said it’s signed agreements with state-owned China Development Bank Corp. for $500 million in loans to build two refineries, part of a plan to boost output of the sweetener almost tenfold by 2025.

UAE delivers a statement on human rights in Somalia

WAM Geneva, Sep 27th, 2012 (WAM)--Ambassador Obaid Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva has called for concerted international efforts to curb the tragedy of Somali people.

Large-scale Exhumations Start in Somaliland

UNPO- A Peruvian forensic anthropology team has started on a project that is expected to reveal details of the widespread atrocities that were committed under the rule of dictator Siyad Barre.

Kenyan navy hits Somali rebels ahead of main offensive

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya said its navy hit military targets belonging to al Shabaab militants in the port of Kismayu in south Somalia on Wednesday, ahead of a ground assault on the rebels' last bastion.

Abdullah bin Zayed meets Somali PM, Spanish, Ethiopian, Sri Lankan FMs

(WAM) / 27 September 2012
Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister received here yesterday the Somali Prime Minister at the sidelines of 67th session of United Nations General Assembly Meeting.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

K'naan's book When I Get Older shares life story for kids

CBC- As a newcomer to Canada, K'naan was able to find a source of both solace and expression through music. The launch of his first-ever children's book represents a full-circle moment of sorts for the award-winning rapper, as he fuses literature, art and music to share his childhood story of the immigrant experience.

Supporting Midwives in Somaliland

Written by Lindsey Pollaczek, Program Officer (Africa) - Relief Web .
Down a bumpy dirt track nearly three hours south of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, Edna Adan and I crawl our way to the town of Baligubadle, just steps from the Ethiopian border.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Party seems over for Somali pirates

By ABDI GULED, HOBYO, Somalia (AP) — The empty whiskey bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs littering this once-bustling shoreline are signs the heyday of Somali piracy may be over. Most of the prostitutes are gone and the luxury cars repossessed. Pirates while away their hours playing cards or catching lobsters.

USA- Ohio mall terrorism defendant facing deportation to Somalia

NECN.COM - COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities are preparing to deport a Somali immigrant who federal prosecutors say plotted to attack an Ohio shopping mall.

London : Somaliland Gov and the World Bank to jointly host the launch of the Somaliland Business Fund

(Medeshi)- The Government of Somaliland and the World Bank are jointly hosting the launch of the Somaliland Business Fund at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London on October 2, 2012, at10:00am - 2:00pm.

Saudi Arabia detains 400 Nigerian female Hajj pilgrims

The Channel TV- Four hundred female pilgrims from Nigeria, who arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday for this year’s hajj, have been separated from their male counterparts and detained by Saudi authorities.

Dozens arrested after prison protest in Saudi Arabia

By Asma Alsharif - Daily Star
JEDDAH: Security forces detained Monday dozens of men who had staged a protest near a prison in central Saudi Arabia to press for the release of relatives, demonstrators and a rights activist said. The arrests were made after police had confined the protesters, who included women and small children, to a desert area outside the prison where they were kept without food or water for nearly a day, protesters and activists said.

Somalia's fishermen struggle to make a living from pirate-infested seas

By Hamza Mohamed - Guardian.co.uk - It's just after 11am and a group of young men, some bare-chested, others wearing tattered T-shirts, rush in carrying fresh fish of all kinds: some carry their catch on their head; others dangle the fish by their tails. They quickly unload before rushing back to the truck parked outside to fetch more fish.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Disease outbreak in Saudi Arabia linked to SARS family

Helen Branswell - The Stat - The World Health Organization is keeping a close eye on a disease outbreak in Saudi Arabia caused by a virus in the same family as the one that caused SARS.

Kenyan troops kill Somali civilians

Seven civilians have been shot dead by Kenyan troops advancing towards the al-Shabab stronghold of Kismayo, a Somali army spokesman has told the BBC.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

This is khat: The natural high available on British streets (Photos)

Daily Mail - The khat industry in Kenya alone employs 500,000 farmers and dealers – and is worth nearly £80 million a year.

Somalia : War On Al Shabaab (Video)

Digital Standard - President Mwai Kibaki is in New York to attend the 67th session of the united nations general assembly. Kibaki is scheduled to attend a mini-summit on Somalia with representatives of the international community and the new somalia leadership and hold discussions on the political, security, humanitarian assistance, recovery as well as the peace building and stabilization of Somalia.

Somali MP shot dead in Mogadishu

BBC-Gunmen have shot dead a member of Somalia's new parliament in an attack in the capital Mogadishu.
Mustafa Haji Maalim was gunned down after leaving a mosque in the southern Waberi district following evening prayers, witnesses said.