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Somaliland : the safe heaven next door

(Medeshi)- By Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo - The Horn of Africa has endured decades of violent repression, civil war, terrorism, and piracy. But after a period of neglect, the international community has taken preliminary steps to restore political stability in the region.

Somali pirate movie - FISHING WITHOUT NETS - teaser (Video)

(Medeshi)- Cutter Hodierne, a 26-year-old filmmaker, is expanding his Sundance-winning short film about Somali pirates -- cast by actual Somali refugees living in Kenya -- into a feature film produced by Brooklyn's Vice Media. Read full artice :RISKING IT ALL: Sundance-winning filmmaker travels to the slums of Kenya – where he is... 

EU High Representative's Statement on the assassination of the Deputy Chief Prosecutor in Mogadishu

(Medeshi)- The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
"The High Representative is deeply saddened to hear of the reported shooting and death of  Somalia's Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Mr Ahmed Malim Sheikhur. She conveys her condolences to his family.

Ethiopia : USAID Launches Camel Milk Value Chain Development Project in Somali Region

U.S. Agency for International Development(Medeshi)- by Meraf Leykun - The U.S. government has launched the Camel Milk Value Chain Development Project in Somali Regional State, Ethiopia, according to a statement the Embassy sent to Ethiopian News Agency on Thursday, the new project will support up to 50,000 small-holder livestock keepers. The project is launched as part of the U.S. President's Feed the Future Initiative in Ethiopia through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Somali community in Malta condemns rape of Italian woman

(Medeshi)- The Somali community in Malta has expressed concern about the rape of an Italian woman, allegedly committed by several Somali men in Malta.
It expressed solidarity with the Italian woman and hoped that the men who committed the crime would be brought to justice.

Friday, April 26, 2013

US : Secretary Sherman meets with Ahmed Silanyo, President of Somaliland

(Medeshi)- Office of the Spokesperson , Washington, DC , April 26, 2013
U.S. Department of State - Great SealYesterday, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman met with Somaliland administration President Ahmed Silanyo.

Postal services to start soon in Somalia: UPU

(Medeshi)- GENEVA: Somalis may soon be receiving letters from abroad for the first time in more than 20 years after a deal was struck with the United Nations’s postal agency, the latest step towards ending Somalia’s isolation following two decades of civil conflict.

UAE offers Somalia over Dhs213m in aid

(Medeshi)- Abu Dhabi/Mogadishu: The humanitarian assistance offered by UAE to Somalia from 2009 to 2012 reached more than Dhs213 million.

Somalia : Top legal official killed

(Medeshi) - Somalia's deputy chief prosecutor has been shot dead by three masked men in Mogadishu, officials say - shortly after the UK reopened its embassy in the city.

Djibouti Expects AngloGold to Begin Gold Drilling in September

(Medeshi)- By Sara Jerving -  AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (ANG), the world’s third-biggest gold producer, and its partner Stratex International Plc (STI) are expected to begin drilling for the metal in Djibouti in September, an Energy Ministry official said.

Why Somalia opposes Jubaland formation ?

(Medeshi)- Three states in southern Somalia are keen to become an autonomous region known as Jubaland.
IHS Jane’s examines why the central government opposes these plans, despite initially backing the idea.

American jihadi in Somalia tweets on assassination try (+ Photos )

(Medeshi)- Nairobi, Kenya |AP| — A most-wanted American jihadi in Somalia said Friday that the leader of Islamic extremist rebels in Somali was starting a civil war, just hours after an assassination attempt left the Alabama native with a neck wound.

Al Shabaab kill Somali prosecutor, threaten more

(Medeshi)- Mogadishu |Reuters| - Islamist militants killed Somalia's deputy chief prosecutor and will target more judiciary staff while the government tries to reform the courts, a militant spokesman said on Friday.

Press release - UK Minister : British Somalis must join our efforts to rebuild Somalia

(Medeshi)- The International Development Secretary met with members of Hendon’s Somali community today to hear their views on how to create a more peaceful, prosperous and secure Somalia ahead of a major international conference next month.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

EU : MEPs back deal with Council on police access to asylum seekers’ fingerprints

(Medeshi)- Member states’ police forces and Europol would gain access to asylum seekers’ fingerprints in the Eurodac database to help them fight terrorism and serious crime, under a provisional deal between Parliament and Council endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday.

Building Somali Muscle And Community (+Photos)

(Medeshi)- Vermont -By Jessica Ticktin-  This weekend, bodybuilders from around the region will gather at South Burlington High School to strike a pose, strut their stuff, and try to overpower the competition.

Somalia : Puntland detains 78 Iranian fishermen

(Medeshi) - By Abdiqani Hassan - IOL -BOSASSO, Somalia - Maritime police in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland seized five Iranian ships and detained 78 Iranians in a rare crackdown on illegal fishing in Somalia.

Immigration : one man's journey from Somalia

(Medeshi)-Politicians often blame immigrants for not doing enough to integrate into society. But do they know what integration means? Jamal Osman shares his experience of moving to London from Somalia.

Mysterious Lake Threatens Ethiopian Sugar Ambitions

(Medeshi)- By David Williams (Bloomberg) — A saline lake in Ethiopia that’s baffled scientists by its 15-fold growth threatens to spill into the nation’s longest river and damage plans by Africa’s biggest coffee grower to become a commodities powerhouse.

Foreign Secretary opens new British Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia

(Medeshi)- Foreign Secretary William Hague has travelled to Somalia to open the new British Embassy in Mogadishu.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Somaliland backs international intervention in troubled Somalia (video)

(Medeshi)- Somalia and Somaliland have been attending reconciliation talks brokered by Turkey, which is trying to extend its influence in the horn of Africa area by helping diplomatically and giving aid.

Kenya: The Second Somalia?

(Medeshi)- Somalis have risen to all kinds of important positions in Kenya and continue to rise their profile as business and intellectual people. Today there is not a single area in Kenya that Somalis left untouched.

Somaliland : 8 die and 7 injured after two trucks collide near Arabsiyo west of Hargeisa (+Video)

(Medeshi)- At least 8 people died today and 7 were injured seriously after two trucks collided near Arabsiyo , west of Hargeisa. Among the people that died were a mother and her three children .

Football : Somali born Islam Feruz is said to have the best football skills

(Medeshi)- by Daniel Prescott - Football - Aged just six, Islam Feruz was forced to leave war-torn Somalia and fled to Scotland as an illegal immigrant.

Children in Somalia and Somaliland to receive new vaccination against deadly diseases

(Medeshi)- Mogadishu, Garowe, Hargeisa – The Somali authorities have launched today a new five-in-one-vaccine against several potentially fatal childhood diseases which could save thousands of young lives.

UK- MP Justine Greening to Barnet-based Somali organisation.

(Medeshi)- By Ruth Halkon, Times -A Government minister will visit Mill Hill this week to learn more about the work of a Barnet-based Somali organisation.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kenya : Diplomat Amina lands Foreign Affairs docket

(Medeshi) -  By Wambui Ndonga CFM - Nairobi, Kenya, Apr 23 – Ambassador Amina Mohamed may have missed the opportunity to become the first woman and indeed first African to head the World Trade Organisation (WTO) recently, but she now has an opportunity to add a feather in her hat with the nomination to become Kenya’s next Foreign Secretary.

Government of Somaliland signs production sharing contract with DNO International ( + Photos)

(Medeshi)- The Government of Somaliland announced today that it has entered into a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) covering Block SL18 onshore Somaliland, with the Norwegian oil and gas company DNO International.

President confirms that Somaliland will not attend Somalia Conference in UK

Office of the President
The President of Somaliland has today confirmed that the Government of Somaliland will not be participating in the Somalia Conference in London on 7th May, co-chaired by UK Government and the Government of Somalia.

Somaliland among 14 oil states in the regional energy conference to be held in Kenya

(Medeshi)- NAIROBI Kenya, Apr 23 – Kenya is set to host a major regional energy conference between June 18 and 20, which will discuss the opportunities, acreage, key players and corporate and government strategies for oil, gas and other energy sources in this region.

Djibouti - The Last Domino to Fall in the Horn of Africa

(Medeshi) - On May 8th 2013 President Guelleh of Djibouti visits London. The situation in Djibouti and it's importance does not receive much attention in London. It should.

Somaliland backs international intervention in troubled Somalia (Video)

(Medeshi)- Somalia and Somaliland have been attending reconciliation talks brokered by Turkey, which is trying to extend its influence in the horn of Africa area by helping diplomatically and giving aid.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Norwegian RC in Somaliland: Closing the teacher gap

(Medeshi)- In Somaliland, where only 28% of primary teachers are qualified to teach, NRC has supported non-formal and untrained formal education teachers with in-service training to enhance their learner friendly pedagogical skills and by providing school based mentoring and coaching activities.

Norwegian oil and gas company signs Production Sharing Contract in Somaliland

DNO International ASA(Medeshi) - Oslo, 23 April 2013 -- DNO International ASA ("DNO International"), the Norwegian oil and gas company, announced today that it has entered into a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) covering Block SL18 onshore Somaliland.

Somaliland : President Silanyo's Speech at Atlantic Council Think Thank in USA (Video)

(Medeshi) -Washington - The Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center hosted a speech today by His Excellency Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo, president of the Republic of Somaliland, on “Somaliland’s Achievement in a Fragile Region.”

Saudi king removes deputy defense minister in royal reshuffle

(Medeshi)- By Angus McDowall -Reuters  - RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has removed veteran deputy defense minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan from his post, state media reported on Saturday, the latest move in a reshuffle among princes holding government jobs in the U.S.-allied kingdom.

Book : The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia

(Medeshi) - Award-winning journalist James Fergusson is among the few to have witnessed at first hand the devastating reality of life in the failed and desperate state of Somalia.

Somaliland’s Achievement in a Fragile Region

(Medeshi)-Washington - The Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center hosted a speech today by His Excellency Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo, president of the Republic of Somaliland, on “Somaliland’s Achievement in a Fragile Region.”

President Yoweri Museveni's sack of money sparks Uganda row

(Medeshi)- Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has publicly handed a sack containing about $100,000 (£66,000) in cash to a youth group, raising questions about how the money will be spent.

Somalia targets Shell, Eni for oil, gas output-sharing contracts

(Medeshi) - Somalia plans to sign 30 oil and gas production-sharing contracts this year, starting with companies that operated in the country before its government was toppled more than two decades ago, an official said.

Wind Brings Light to Somaliland

(Medeshi)- Hargeisa, Apr 22 2013 |IPS| - A wind turbine, situated some 20 kilometres outside of Somaliland’s capital Hargeisa, has become a significant totem of the country’s changing energy landscape.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Somali journalist killed by gunmen in Mogadsihu

(Medeshi)- Mogadishu : A Somali journalist was killed by gunmen in Mogadishu on Sunday, the fourth reporter to be murdered in the war-ravaged capital this year, the nation's journalism union said.

(Video)- Somaliland president arrives in Washington DC.

(Medeshi)- President of the Republic of Somaliland Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo and the accompanying delegation arrived todaty in Washington, D.C.

India Protests At Rape Of Five-Year-Old Girl (+Photos)

(Medeshi)- Protesters have staged a second day of rallies in Delhi in protest at the brutal rape of an abducted five-year-old girl, Sky News reports.

Operation Bahrain : Anonymous group warning on the holding of the Grand Prix

(Medeshi) - A warning message released by the group Anonymous on the holding of the Grand Prix in Bahrain reads as follows: