Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Latest murder of Somali journalist sparks condemnation from UN

18 January 2013 – The United Nations envoy to Somali and an independent human rights expert have urged authorities in the East African country to investigate the brutal murder of a local radio journalist, the latest incident of violence against media workers there.

Somalia Core Group discusses rebuilding of Somali army

World Bulletin/News Desk - The Somalia Core Group meeting, which took place on Jan. 18 in the Turkish capital, Ankara, discussed the rebuilding of the Somali army, according to United Nations Special Representative for Somalia Augustine Philip Mahiga.

Staples, not export crops, key to tackling Africa’s poverty – report

NAIROBI, 18 January 2013 (IRIN) - Africa could reduce its poverty levels faster by focusing more on the production of staples rather than export crops, according to a  study  by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Friday, January 18, 2013

Eating raw meat a norm in Ethiopia - Video

Eating raw meat a norm in Ethiopia - Video - Watch it here :

Obama’s brother running for seat in Kenyan government

Daily Mail- Barack Obama's Kenyan half-brother has launched his own political career, claiming he has been 'inspired and challenged' by the US President.

Germany arrests alleged smuggler of stimulant Khat

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they've arrested a Somali man accused of organizing the transport across Europe of more than 7 tons of Khat, a mildly addictive herbal stimulant that's popular in Somalia and Yemen but banned in many European nations.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

African troops kill seven at Somali school

Belfast Tel : African Union troops have mistakenly opened fire on a Somali religious school while pursuing militants, killing five children and two adults, officials said.

U.S. to recognize Somali government, opening door to new aid

By Andrew Quinn - WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The United States will on Thursday officially recognize the Somali government in Mogadishu, ending a hiatus of more than 20 years and opening the door to increased U.S. and international economic help for the violence-plagued African nation, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

US State Department : Remarks on the Visit of the Somali President and the Situation in Mali

U.S. Department of State - Great SealJohnnie Carson - Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs
Washington, DC  - January 16, 2013
MS. NULAND: Thank you all for joining us. We’re delighted this morning to have Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson with us to talk about the visit of the Somali President Hassan Sheikh to Washington tomorrow. He’ll be seeing Secretary Clinton and he will also have a little bit for you on the situation in Mali.

UK : Khat ban calls ahead of government report

By Secunder Kermani - BBC News, London - Calls for the herbal high khat to be banned in the UK have been renewed days before a government report into its usage is due to be published.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Aid to Ethiopia : British MP denies UK funding the Liyu police force

Medeshi - British MP responds to Guardian Report accusing the government of funding the Liyu police force as misleading.

6 foreigners abducted and 2 killed by Islamist militants in Algeria

BBC-Two foreign nationals, one of them British, have been killed and several abducted in an attack by Islamist militants on a gas facility in eastern Algeria, state media report.

Somalia : Al Shabaab to kill French agent Dennis Allex

PRESS RELEASE: Al Shabaab --  Dennis Allex: an Agent Betrayed. ( Read full text below ) ...
Bulo-Marer (16/01/2013). In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

London : Helicopter crashes into crane on top of skyscraper

BBC- A helicopter has crashed into a crane at a building site in south London.
Police said it appeared the helicopter had hit the crane on top of a building at about 08:00 GMT. They said it was too early to confirm any casualties.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Slave labour used to build Canadian company’s Eritrean mine: Report

Mike Blanchfield -The Canadian Press - OTTAWA—A highly critical human rights report released Tuesday is shedding new light on the darker implications of the Conservative government’s ambitions for Canadian mining companies in Africa. ( Read the report )

History - Poll-tax agitation and the support for the Kenya Isaq in British Somaliland

(Medeshi)- The is part of the attached PDF publication about the Poll Tax agitation in Kenya : The Kenya Isaq had persuaded their clansmen in Burao as early as 1926 to raise the question of their status with the Governor of British Somaliland, and four years later the Burao Isaq presented the Duke of Gloucester with a memorandum on the same issue when he visited the Protectorate. 

Saudi Arabia – Execution of Eid al-Dhafiri

(FD)-France condemns the beheading on January 13 in Saudi Arabia of Eid al-Dhafiri and is concerned at the ever increasing number of executions in this country. While 76 people were executed in Saudi Arabia in 2012, this is the 3rd execution since the beginning of 2013.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Somalia : (Photos link included)-PRESS RELEASE: French Operation Commander Killed.

Bulo-Marer (14/01/2013) - The French rescue operation in Bulo-Marer, Lower Shabelle region, not only failed to secure the release of Dennis Alex but also resulted in the death of several of the French forces and injured many more.

Somalia rebels say will display the bodies of the two Frenchmen killed in a failed rescue mission

(Reuters) - A second French commando has died from wounds in Somalia after a failed attempt at the weekend to rescue a French agent held hostage by al Shabaab since 2009, the Somalian rebel group said on Monday.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Somaliland: UK ignores potential commonwealth member

(Medeshi)- Essential argument  for those who may represent Somaliland in the UK and Somali governments  co-hosted international conference on Somalia on 7 May 2013 in London .

US combat aircraft entered Somalia during the failed french rescue mision

Yahoo- The United States said Sunday it played a limited support role in France's botched bid to rescue a kidnapped secret agent in Somalia.

More than 45 foreign maids on death row in Saudi Arabia

( By Gethin Chamberlain - Guardian ) More than 45 foreign maids are facing execution on death row in Saudi Arabia, the Observer has learned, amid growing international outrage at the treatment of migrant workers.