Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Call for Applications: Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women

(Medeshi) - Introduction : The African Leadership Centre (ALC) was established in June 2010 as a joint initiative of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi.

London : (Video ) - Interview with Mohamed Barud Ali - UFFO member

(Medeshi) - Following is a caption of the book : Weerane , the Mourning Tree written by Mohamed Barud Ali about his experience in prison that I have published in support of this interview . Mr . Barud  was a role model and and icon for my fresher class of Sheikh secondary school that entered the school in the academic year of  1971 and is also a long time friend and a colleague of mine .  The interview is  in Somali language by HCTC:

Somalia : Explosives found at main Kismayo road (Photos )

(Medeshi)- Saturday March 23, 2013 - Security forces in Kismayo region displayed today explosives unearthed from one of the main roads in  the city .

Ethiopian and Somali Refugees Tortured in Saudi Arabia (+Video)

(Medeshi)- Saudi Arabia police and local militia hog-tie Ethiopian and Somali refugees and savagely torture them :

Friday, March 22, 2013

New visa rules require money deposits to come to UK

(Medeshi)- Nick Clegg has made his biggest intervention to date in the debate on immigration, calling for cash deposits of more than £1,000 for some migrants, BBC reports.

Frankincense from Sanaag of Somaliland

(Medeshi) - Frankincense or Luban is abundant in the mountainous areas of Sanaag region of Somaliland .

UK-Portuguese partnerships aiming to improve accessing Portuguese speaking markets in Africa

(Medeshi) - UKTI organised a conference in London to promote UK-Portuguese partnerships aiming to explore business opportunities in Angola and Mozambique.

IDP Families in Hargeisa, Somaliland, Receive Emergency Assistance

(Medeshi)- 103 internally displaced persons (IDP) families in one of Hargeisa’s largest IDP settlements received critically needed emergency assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 19th March 2013.

New plan to ensure universal healthcare in Somalia

(Medeshi)- NAIROBI, 22 March 2013 |IRIN| - Every Somali citizen will have access to basic healthcare by 2016 if a new, government-led strategic plan achieves its aims.

Suffering and the pain of the Ogaden Somali People

(Medeshi)- by GRAHAM PEEBLES -| counterpunch.org | “Every night, they took all of us girls to [interrogations]. They would separate us and beat us. The second time they took me, they raped me… All three of the men raped me, consecutively”.

Somalia : Graphic photos of the body of a suicide bomber in Mogadishu

(Medeshi)- Warning : following are graphic photos of the remains of the body of a suicide bomber at Bakara market in Mogadishu on March 21, 2013.

Jewish-Owned PR Firm Working for Saudi Arabia

(Medeshi)- By Ronn Torossian | frontpagemag | An article by John R. MacArthur in Harper’s Magazine said, “The long and corrupt history of American-Saudi relations centers around the kingdom’s vast reserves of easily extractable oil, of course.

The risks and rewards of easing Somalia's arms embargo

(Medeshi)- NAIROBI, 21 March 2013 |IRIN | - The UN Security Council earlier this month relaxed a long-standing arms embargo on Somalia, allowing the government to purchase light weapons for 12 months.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Video : Water shortage in Northern Frontier District of Kenya (NFD)

(Medeshi) - NFD or Northern Frontier District o f Kenya  is inhabited by Somalis and has seen persistent droughts and water shortages  because of the arid conditions in the region and the lack of developmental support by the Kenyan government .

Kent County Council seeks legal advice over young asylum seekers

(Medeshi)- Kent County Council is seeking legal advice in a bid to recoup money spent on supporting young failed asylum seekers.

OIL : Royal Dutch Shell CEO Highlights Puntland and Somaliland Holdings

(Medeshi)- Royal Dutch Shell's (RDSA, RDSA.LN) African exploration interests are currently focused on Tanzania and Zanzibar, CEO Peter Voser said Thursday, though he also mentioned the oil giant has blocks of land available in Somalia.

Frankincense : Scent of success in Somaliland

(Medeshi) - By Katrina Manson | FT | Bent over small, sticky “pebbles” of frankincense in Burao, a livestock town in Somaliland, Saynab Jama has no idea that the pieces of resin she picks through on a dusty floor will end up as perfume in France.

Genel may find commercial quantities of crude oil in Somaliland

(Medeshi)- By Selcan Hacaoglu - Somaliland is optimistic that a search for oil by Genel Energy Plc (GENL), run by former BP Plc Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward, will find commercial quantities of crude, Mines and Energy Minister Hussein Abdi Dualeh said.

Man stoned to death by Somali rebels for sexual act

(Medesh)- MOGADISHU, SOMALIA A militant official and a Somali resident say al-Shabaab fighters have stoned to death a man for carrying out a homosexual sex act.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Saudi Arabia arrests 16 Saudis and 2 foreigners for espionage

(Medeshi)- Saudi Arabia has arrested 16 Saudis, an Iranian and a Lebanese for espionage.
“The men were arrested in Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh and Eastern Province,” said Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry.

Bounty on two Americans tied to Somali terror group

(Medeshi)- By Elise Labott : CNN -The State Department has put a multimillion-dollar bounty on the heads of two Americans who the United States claims belong to an al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, CNN has learned.

ONE.org thanks for the UK aid in the new budget

(Medeshi)- One.org has thanked the chancellor for keeping the UK’s aid promise. This is how the organisation wrote to us in their e-mail addressed to Medeshi :

UK - Budget calculator 2013

(Medeshi)- Chancellor George Osborne has insisted his economic medicine is working, despite being forced to slash growth forecasts for the UK in his Budget.
Read full budget report in PDF here :  Full documents[3.2MB]
Website Monitoring - InternetSupervision.com

University of Oxford : Post-transitional’ directions in the Somalias workshop

(Medeshi) - Horn of Africa seminar series workshop - ‘Post-transitional’ directions in the Somalias
April 30, 2013 , Location TBC , University of Oxford

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

USA : Somali deportations -- some numbers

(Medeshi)- BSasha Aslanian ,Minnesota -A few weeks ago, I did a story about the U.S. resuming deportations to Somalia.

Djibouti’s changing political landscape: What you don’t know but should know

(Medeshi)- The comparatively tiny country of Djibouti among the Horn of Africa countries has recently seen an extra ordinary political change. The arrests of the Ulima including Sheikh Abdourahman Barkat God, Sheikh Guirreh Meidal and Abdurahman Souleiman Bachir, who are all well respected socio religious leaders, as well as all other political leaders, have become a defining moment in Ismail Omar Guelleh’s reign.

Rift Valley Institute Field Courses 2013

(Medeshi)- Who's Who of the Courses • Application Deadline 31

Bristol woman complains about unreasonable demands of Somali women at leisure centre

(Medeshi) - Mrs Sawyer of Fishponds in Bristol has complained in the following letter posted on-line about unreasonable demands of Somali women at the leisure centre because they don't want to mix with other simmers :

Water scarcity affects Somaliland households

(Medeshi) - HARGEISA, 19 March 2013 (IRIN) - Hundreds of households in the disputed Sool area of the self-declared republic of Somaliland are facing a water shortage following poor rains, say officials.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Iraq War : The Spies Who Fooled The World

(Medeshi)- Press Association /Yahoo -Vital intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq 10 years ago was based on "fabrication" and "wishful thinking", a new documentary claims.

Fishing in Somalia (Photo)

(Medeshi)- A handout photograph taken on March 16, 2013 and released on March 18 by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team shows a Somali man carrying a large sailfish to the fish market in the Xamar Weyne district of Mogadishu.

London - LSE Public Debate : Public sector financial management in Somalia

(Medeshi) - LSE Public Debate : Public sector financial management in Somalia - a history of state collapse and prospects for the future : Department of International Relations and Africa Talks public debate

Car bomb explodes near bus in Mogadishu; 7 dead

(Medeshi) - MOGADISHU, Somalia (By ABDI GULED | Associated Press ) — An explosives-laden car that apparently was targeting a truck full of Somali government officials instead hit a civilian car and exploded, setting a nearby mini-bus on fire and killing at least seven people Monday, police and witnesses said.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Picture of the day : Displaced women still vulnerable in Mogadishu

(Medeshi)- Having fled violence in their home regions, Somali women remain at risk from sexual predators while in temporary homes.

Somali Islamists retake Hudur town

(Medeshi)- Somalia's Islamist fighters retook the key southern town of Hudur on Sunday, residents said, in the first territorial fight-back by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab for several months.

Somali journalist held over rape report freed

(Medeshi)- AJZ- Somalia's Supreme Court has freed a reporter imprisoned for interviewing a woman who alleged she had been raped by soldiers, in a case that has sparked widespread international criticism.

UK Gov : Conference on Somalia, May 7 , 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.

London : Protesters march over hospital cuts

(Medeshi)- Up to 1,500 protesters have taken part in a march against planned cutbacks at a north London hospital.

Islamist group in Somalia bans samosas after deciding they're too Western

(Medeshi)- Somalia's al-Shabaab group has banned samosas after ruling the popular snacks are 'offensive' and too Christian.