Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, December 1, 2012

South Korean sailors freed by Somali pirates after 19 months

Mariya Karimjee - GP- Four South Korean sailors who were abducted by Somali pirates 19 months ago were released on Saturday, South Korea's Foreign Ministry reported.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Somaliland Municipal Vote Called Peaceful

Kim Lewis - VOA
The IEO—International Election Observers --  have noted that overall Somaliland’s first municipal elections for local councils since 2002, were peaceful.

Election Observers Readying Report on Somaliland

Joe DeCapua
International election observers are gathering data following Wednesday’s municipal elections in Somaliland. They hope to present their preliminary findings to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Monday.  The observers were stationed at about 20 percent of the polling stations.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Somaliland Voters Go to the Polls

VOA-Somaliland held municipal elections Wednesday. Seven political parties took part in the first poll for local councils since 2002.

How tribalism stunts African democracy

Medeshi- Africa's democratic transition is back in the spotlight. The concern is no longer the stranglehold of autocrats, but the hijacking of the democratic process by tribal politics.
Read the article :  Blood and loyalty 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Somaliland: With apology , Mahiga arrives in Hargeisa to witness the local elections (video)

Medeshi- UN Ambassador  for Somalia and Somaliland arrived today  in Hargeisa  to witness the local elections that will start in the country on Wednesday the 28th of Nov. 2012. The ambassador stated that he has come back to Somaliland after seven months to see the ongoing democratization processes in Somaliland and  has also expressed his apologies about the clerical errors in a letter that has been sent to President Silanyo last week which wrongly addressed  Somaliland status as a region of Somalia .

Pilotless passenger planes to take first test flights over UK

By Rob Waugh - Yahoo - A few days from now, a Jetstream aircraft will take off from an airfield in Warton, Lancashire - and then the pilots will take their hands off the controls.

Criminal Reprisals: Kenyan Police and Military Abuses against Ethnic Somalis

On November 24, 2011 a Kenyan soldier was killed by an explosive device in Mandera, a town in Kenya’s North Eastern province near the border with Somalia. In response to the attack at least three separate forces—the Kenyan police, Kenyan military, and soldiers of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG)—took part in roundups and beatings of civilians in the area.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Edmonton man accused of weekend slaying has history of violence

EDMONTON -( by: Jason Franson Edmonton Journal )- An autopsy was to be performed Monday on the body of 43-year-old Temesgen Asfha, Edmonton’s latest homicide victim.

Somaliland Farmers Learn Math, Reading, and Agricultural Skills

(By Nicholas Parkinson - Good Food World )-Ferhan, 33, was still a young man when he dropped out of school to help his father in the family’s fields. He quit the third grade and instead of learning to read and write, he learned to plow and harvest.

Campaign for Somaliland Elections Coming to Close Peacefully

By Somaliland Mission in USA
WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Somaliland Municipal elections will take place on November 28, 2012.

Top Somali businessman shot dead

BBC-Prominent Somali businessman Ahmed Nure Awdiini has been shot dead at point-blank range in the capital, Mogadishu, police have said.

Somaliland and democracy­ —Relentless perseverance pays off

ABDULAZIZ AL-MUTAIRI - “Democracy is in the blood of Muslims, who look upon complete equality of manhood (mankind) … (and) believe in fraternity, equality and liberty.” — Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Bid for Edmonton family to avoid son's deportation to Somalia in final throes

EDMONTON — The Globe and Mail - The mother of an Edmonton man facing deportation to Somalia – a country he says he’s never been to – expects his bid for last-minute clemency has already failed.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

UK - hurricane - Bird's eye view of battered Britain (Photos)

By SIMON TOMLINSON - Mail online 
Britons were warned to batten down the hatches yet again today as forecasters predicted a return of more torrential rain overnight.

You Think You Know Somalia? Meet Somaliland

By John Ford | Policymic -When people think of Somalia, they think of Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down. They think of South Park’s “Somalian Pirates We” episode. They even think of (sigh) Pirates of the Caribbean. What they don’t usually know is that Somalia has three extremely different regions, and that one of those regions is a fully functional unrecognized state.

Police Raids Alienate Kenya's Largest Ethnic Minority

NAIROBI—VOA- Frequent grenade and bomb attacks have plagued Kenya ever since it invaded Somalia in October of last year. The government blames al-Shabab for the insecurity, and Kenyan police have responded by conducting regular sweeps of Nairobi's predominantly ethnic-Somali suburb of Eastleigh, searching for supporters of the Islamist group.

At least 12 dead in Somalia-Kenya border battle: witnesses

RNW-Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab fighters briefly took control of a small town on the border with Kenya in a battle that left at least 12 dead, military officials and witnesses said.

On the eve of Somaliland elections : International observers press release

Press release - SF-UK
International election observation team assembled by Progressio, DPU and Somaliland Focus (UK) reports good progress towards Somaliland’s local council elections scheduled for November 28th 2012