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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saudi Arabia beheading nearly two people per week this year

(Medeshi)- A spree of executions that has sent 10 prisoners to their deaths since the beginning of the year in Saudi Arabia must be halted, Amnesty International said today. The beheadings included the death of Abdullah Fandi al-Shammari on 5 February 2013 who had originally been convicted of manslaughter, but was tried again on the charge of murder in proceedings that did not meet fair trial standards. Read the Amnesty International report 

CIA’s Secret Saudi Arabia Drone Base

(Medeshi)- The CIA's secret Saudia Arabia drone base was finally revealed this week (again, after having been revealed in 2011 a couple times) to much controversy. Now Wired's Danger Room blog appears to have located this base, which was used in the 2011 killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born radical Muslim cleric in Yemen. Read more at Gawker

Al Shabaab vow to carry out suicide attacks inside Somaliland

(Medeshi)- News published in the local Somaliland websites has revealed that Al Shabaab terrorist group has vowed to carry out a series of terrorist suicide bombings inside Somaliland .

Asylum seeker alleges assault during Heathrow deportation

By Danny Shaw - Home affairs correspondent, BBC News
An asylum seeker alleges he was assaulted by private security staff on a plane at Heathrow Airport, the BBC has learned.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Substandard drugs blamed for TB crisis

(Medeshi)- Fake or substandard drugs for tuberculosis are in full circulation in Africa, India and other developing countries, where it is prompting the rise of treatment-resistant strains of tuberculosis, according to a survey published on Tuesday. Read more at Al Jazeera 

Gulf of Aden Security Review - Somalia and Yemen

(Medeshi)- Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants ambush Ethiopian convoy in Yed, Bakool region; improvised explosive device (IED) hits Ethiopian convoy in Baidoa, Bay region; Somali court sentences 19 people in Beledweyne, Hiraan region; Somali president meets with Somali community in Cairo, Egypt; Somali interior and national security minister meets with local leaders in Beledweyne, Hiraan region; Somaliland president meets with U.S. representatives in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more at Critical Threats 

Somali scholars call on Turkey to mediate talks with al-Shabaab

(Medeshi)-The Council of Somali Scholars on Friday called on Turkey to mediate talks between the Somali government and Al-Shabaab organization.

Somali Telecoms Sector Must Fast-track Interconnectivity

(Medeshi)-OXFORD, England, February 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
In a talk this week at Oxford University, CEO of Dahabshiil Abdirashid Duale called for faster progress towards interconnectivity in the Somali territories' burgeoning telecoms sector. The event brought together leading researchers and practitioners to focus on the growing take-up of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among Somalis, and to discuss how innovation in those industries can nurture growth and development.

Young Somali actors in race to Oscars

(Medeshi)- THE LOCAL producer of the Oscar-nominated short film Asad is in a race against time to get passports for the film’s two young Somali-born actors so that they can accompany him to Hollywood for the ceremony.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Somaliland : Baaq ku socda reer Sanaag (Video )

(Medeshi) - Horumar la'aanta Sanaag, iyo baaq  uu Col. Saciid Feedha Waxarre u  U Diray Bulshada Reer-Sanaag

Show celebrating Cardiff's Somalian community to be taken into city homes

( Wales Online ) - After staging a play in a city taxi, the National Theatre Wales’ latest production is set to take audiences into the front rooms of Cardiff’s southern suburbs.

Road Construction Underway in Somalia (Video report )

VOA's Ndimyake Mwakalyelye reports on how peacekeepers originally deployed to Somalia to protect civilians from al Shabaab attacks are now repairing the country's roads and other infrastructure, signaling the country's return to normalcy.

UK Minister for Africa comments on rape case in Somalia

(Medeshi) - Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, has commented on yesterday’s convictions in a rape case in Somalia. Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, said:

New Hargeisa hospital provides 24-hour medical services for children

(Medeshi) - The opening of the first hospital specialising in paediatric illnesses in Hargeisa bodes well for Somalia, which has the worst child mortality rate in the world according to the United Nations. The paediatric clinic at the Mohamed Aden Sheikh Children's Teaching Hospital opened January 26th, bringing free specialised paediatric treatement to the region for the first time. Read more at Sabahi

British troops go to Somalia in advance on troublespots

(Medeshi)- Britain is to deploy soldiers to Somalia for the first time in an attempt to beef up its military influence in some of the world’s worst troublespots. A small team of British Army advisers will be sent to Mogadishu in the spring when, if security allows, an embassy is also due to open.Read more at The Times 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Somalia : Some Al-Shabab Defectors Still a Security Threat

(Medeshi) - NAIROBI — Somali militant group al-Shabab is losing ground and its ability to carry out al-Qaida-inspired tactics like suicide bombings appears to be waning.  But for the last few months the group has increasingly turned to sympathizers and "defectors," who have joined the Somali national army and the intelligence service, to carry out attacks against government officials, security forces and civilians. Read more at VOA

President of Somaliland Invited to London

(Medeshi)- President Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo has received an official invitation for talks in London. He is leading a delegation which includes First Lady Amina Weris and Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed A Omar and other officials. Read at All Africa 

UN official condemns Somalia rape verdict

(Medeshi )- Navi Pillay calls "deeply disturbing" the conviction of a journalist and the alleged rape victim he interviewed.The UN's top human rights official has condemned the trial and sentencing of a Somali journalist, and the alleged rape victim he interviewed, as "deeply disturbing" and a blow to "the fight against impunity" in rape cases. Read more at Al Jazeera

'No plans' to tighten Sweden's asylum policy

(Medeshi)- The Swedish government has no plans to tighten asylum policy, Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag said on Tuesday in the wake of comments by Migration Minister Tobias Billstr√∂m that current immigration levels are "unsustainable". Read more at the Sweden's News in English 

US 'wants end to Somalia arms embargo'

(Medeshi)- The United States is urging fellow members of the UN Security Council to agree to lift the arms embargo on Somalia, which has been in place for the past 21 years, it has been claimed. Read at the Telegraph

Somalia : Toxic Demands

(Medeshi)- February 6, 2013: Over a thousand surviving al Shabaab fighters are trying to rebuild and establish new bases in the north (where AU peacekeepers cannot go) and the south (along the Kenyan border). Read more at the Strategic Page 

Petition - Somaliland : Release Nadra M. Jama from detention and protect vulnerable women

Somaliland : Release Nadra M. Jama from detention and protect vulnerable women

  • Target: Somaliland Gov. Somaliland judiciary , Human Rights Groups
  • Sponsored by: Mohammed Ali
Sign the petition here:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

US, UK twisting arms with Somaliland security warning

(Medeshi)- Opinion-  The recent calls of the United Kingdom and the United States of America for its citizens to avoid visiting Somaliland on the ground of security threat is arm twisting.

US warns its citizens working in or visiting Somaliland of an imminent threat

(Medeshi) - This is to inform U.S. citizens residing in or planning travel to Somalia that the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has become aware of a credible, imminent threat against westerners, including U.S. citizens working in or visiting Somaliland. We remind all U.S. citizens in Somalia or considering travel to any part of Somalia that the Department of State’s December 26, 2012 Travel Warning for Somalia advises U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Somalia. Read US Department of State Warning 

Mareykanka oo ka digay tegista Somaliland

(Medeshi) - 5 Febraayo, 2013
Digniinta Mareykanka ayaa timid toban maalmood kadib dingiintii Britain . Hadal qoraal ah oo soo saartay safaaradda Mareykanka lagu sheegay inay heleen warar lagu kalsoon yahay oo ah khatar soo dhow oo ka dhan ah dadka reer galbeedka ah oo ay ku jiraan dadka u dhashay  Mareykanka ee ka shaqeynaya ama booqanaya Somaliland.

Somali journalist sentenced over rape report

( Medeshi) - Mogadishu court sentences journalist and alleged rape victim to one year each in jail, angering press freedom groups. Read more 

Medical tourism in Africa : Are there no African Hospitals ?

(Medeshi) - A shot at world leaders who get medical treatment outside their home countries. why an increasing number of Africans are shying away from hospitals at home and travel out of the continent for medical treatment, mainly in India. This phenomenon is known as medical tourism. Now Indian hospitals are setting up branches in Africa. Will this trend improve the poor state of health care in Africa : Read more 

Amanda Lindhout uses first-hand lessons of horrors in Somalia to fight for change

( Medeshi)- When resources are thin, we often end up becoming quite resourceful. As a young child growing up in Red Deer, Amanda Lindhout honed that skill. Read more 

Somaliland : Jobs at DDG - Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) Advisor

(Medeshi)- Jobs- Building capacity for Conflict Prevention and Management Currently DDG has AVR programmes in Somaliland. Apply here 

Saudi Arabian cleric declares babies should wear burkas

(Medeshi)- A Saudi cleric's declaration that babies should wear burkas to protect them from sexual attacks has drawn widespread criticism. Read more

Monday, February 4, 2013

Somalia: UK to help build democratic government

(Medeshi )- Britain will help Somalia to establish a new democratic government and federal parliament, as well as providing aid to help fight the food crisis.

Kingston : Learn to Cycle , FREE! We will even loan you a bike!

( Medeshi) Kingston Walk4Life and Bike4Life are currently launching the healthy life style project and invites all interested parties within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames , England to join for free .For more details please here : Bike 4 life  PDF

Sunday, February 3, 2013

UK - Talking points - Conference on Somalia, May 2013

( Medeshi)- The UK and Somalia have agreed to jointly host an international conference on Somalia in the UK on 7 May 2013. The purpose of the conference is to provide international support for the  new Government of Somalia’s immediate priorities as it rebuilds its country. Read the talking points

EU Council conclusions on Somalia

(Medeshi) - "The EU welcomes the end of the transition in Somalia as a historic opportunity to leave  behind two decades of conflict. Adoption of a provisional Constitution, the selection of a  Federal Parliament and the election of a new President bring new prospects for lasting peace  and prosperity to Somalia. The visit of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to the EU is a sign  of its recognition of the new political setting in Somalia and of a strengthened partnership  between the EU and Somalia - Read the press release

India : Somali man arrested for smuggling 5kg gold

By Preety Acharya | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA| Mumbai airport custom officials arrested a Somali national holding a Netherlands passport, for gold smuggling on Friday morning.