Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Over 1.5 million workers change status in Saudi

(Medeshi)-RIYADH: More than 1.5 million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia have changed their residence status since April ahead of a crackdown on illegally registered expatriates in the kingdom, the labour ministry said.
Saudi Arabia is trying to reduce a black market in labour among the estimated nine million foreigners in the country. Unemployment among Saudis is officially estimated at 12 percent.

African migrants ‘left to die’ in dinghy sue Spanish and French military (Video)

(Medeshi)- June 21, 2013 (The Guardian) – Two survivors of a dinghy tragedy that killed 63 migrants in the Mediterranean lodged fresh legal complaints on Wednesday in Paris and Madrid, accusing the French and Spanish military of failing to come to the aid of people in danger.

How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Somaliland

(Medeshi)- By GEOFFREY YORK - Hargeisa, Somaliland — The Globe and Mail -  “Everyone here has his own bank, with easy access and no restrictions,” boasts Mr. Dahir, a local journalist. “Even lying in bed, you can be paying your bills.”

Here in one of Africa’s poorest countries, where illiteracy is high and traditional banks are almost non-existent, a mobile revolution has created an informal electronic banking system with more efficiency and convenience than anything in Canada.

Friday, June 21, 2013

UK : Barclay's bank to withdraw money transfer licences from Somali 'Xawalas'

(Medeshi)- Barclays is withdrawing their business support for money transfer companies – the  Somali xawalas (including Dahabshiil). The reason for the decision to stop the licence of the Somali transfers has not been made clear by the Bank which is the only bank that all money transfers to Somalia were routed through. That means the money transfer from UK will soon cease if the decision of Barclay's Bank is not reversed.

'Incredible increase' in oil, gas in East Africa

(Medeshi)- Nairbobi, Kenya (AP) -- East Africa is in the middle of an incredible energy boom that is likely to last decades, according to energy industry executives who gathered this week in Kenya's capital in a sign of the region's growing prominence.
The last couple of years have seen significant oil and gas discoveries in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Kampala mayor beaten by Uganda police

(Medeshi)- The mayor of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, says he has been beaten by police, who fired rubber bullets to disperse crowds of his supporters.
Mayor Erias Lukwago said he collapsed after tear gas was thrown into his car.
Mr Lukwago is an opponent of President Yoweri Museveni, and government critics saw the incident as an attempt to stifle criticism of Mr Museveni.

Deadly Islamist feud' in Somalia

(Medeshi)- Heavy fighting has taken place between rival factions of Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab near the key coastal town of Brava, witnesses say.

Support from Somalia to Turkish PM regarding Taksim Gezi Park

(Medeshi)- Mogadishu - Somali Students Unity organized Thursday a rally in the capital Mogadishu to support Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan upon Taksim Gezi Park protests.

Somali art exhibition portrays war - (Video)

(Medeshi)- An art exhibition documenting the impact of war on cultural heritage has opened in Somalia. The event is allowing Somali artists to put their stories on canvas.

Jobs - Site Engineer – Burao, Somaliland

(Medeshi)-CARE is an International NGO working in Somalia/Somaliland. CARE and its partners work with vulnerable communities to address the underlying causes of poverty and promote peace and development, as well as mitigating immediate suffering caused by drought, conflict and displacement. CARE is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of Site Engineer based in Burao, Somaliland for the GEC Project.
Closing date : June 30 , 2013

South Africans killed in Somalia UN compound attack named

(Medeshi)- Johannesburg - Denel has released the names of two of three employees who were killed after an attack on a United Nations facility in Somalia on Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

4 foreigners among sixteen killed in UN compound attack in Mogadishu (+Graphic photos)

(Medeshi) - 16 people were killed in the first major assault on the United Nations by Somali Al Shabaab  militants in years, including four foreign security staff, local guards and insurgent fighters, the Somali government said on Wednesday, Reuters has reported.

Up to 16 dead in Shebab attack on Mogadishu UN compound

(Medeshi) - By Mohamed Sheikh Nor in Mogadishu - rfi Updated by Medeshi at 16:30 GMT
As many as 16 people were killed when Islamist al-Shebab fighters, some using vehicles laden with explosives, attacked a UN compound in Mogadishu on Wednesday.

According to witnesses fighters first attacked the UN's compound gate with a car laden with explosives, after killing security staff, entered and held the compound briefly.

Suicide bomber, gunmen target U.N. office in Somali capital

(Medeshi)- MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide bomber and several gunmen attacked an office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, a senior police officer and a witness said.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Piracy shifts from Somalia to Nigeria

(Medeshi)- When you think of piracy (aside from the digital kind), what comes to mind? The answer is probably “Somalia”. But a new report reveals that it is an outdated assumption. Piracy around the Horn of Africa is declining. Instead, it is increasing on the other side of the continent, in the Gulf of Guinea.

U.S. says surveillance thwarted NYSE attack, Somali funding

(Medeshi)- WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials on Tuesday identified two of the more than 50 classified cases in which they say National Security Agency eavesdropping helped thwart terrorist plots including a planned attack on the New York Stock Exchange.
The other, a San Diego money laundering investigation tied to financing for a Somali militia, is among the 27 cases cited in a Reuters report Tuesday in which the U.S. government filed public notice that it used a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant.

Egypt’s proxy war against Ethiopia and the intent to support Somalia assume control over Somaililand

(Medeshi)- Egypt’s Morsi Government has initiated a return to covert war against Ethiopia, which controls the source of the Blue Nile, Egypt’s and Sudan’s principal source of water. 

The result will almost certainly lead to an increased level of insecurity in the strategic Red Sea/Suez sea lane and in the upper Nile riparian states, such as South Sudan, with some impact on global energy markets. Certainly it promises to see greater instability in the Horn of Africa at a time when Western media portrayals hint at a return to stability in, for example, Somalia.

Ethiopia: monitoring forgotten volcanoes (Video)

(Medeshi)- Award-winning geologist Dr Juliet Biggs from the University of Bristol's School of Earth sciences, explains how her fascination with the Afar region of Ethiopia began when she was a PhD student in 2005. For the past ten years, Biggs has been collaborating with seismologists and experts in Ethiopia to gather satellite and ground-based data about a chain of volcanoes that were previously unheard of. Their findings are already revealing important insights for the country and the geothermal industry.

Somali-Canadian community condemns ‘Project Traveller’ raids

(Medeshi)- Members of the Somali-Canadian community publicly condemned last week’s Project Traveller police raids, saying Tuesday that they were not executed in a lawful manner and that officers destroyed property that belonged to “impoverished” people.

Somalia : Al Shabaab display weapons captured from Kenya police and two police captives (Photos)

(Medeshi)- In photos released through  Twitter , Al Shabaab militants claim holding two Kenyan police officers which they claim brings the total of Kenyan captives to 7 . They claim one of the captives was executed one month ago . Al Shabaab  said that the Kenyan government has wilfully chosen to invade Somalia and must therefore, bear the consequences , according to Al Shabaab Twitter message.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Somaliland : So far from Somalia

(Medeshi)- By Red Olouch - The East African - Somaliland, on the Gulf of Aden in the Red Sea, is a major contrast to troubled Somalia, its southern neighbour. The people are fiercely protective of their sovereignty even though the international community has not recognised the country as an independent state.

National Cement Commence Exporting to Djibouti and Somaliland

(Medeshi)- National Cement S.C (NCSC), located in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, has started exporting cement to neighboring Djibouti and Somaliland.

National Cement, the previously state owned Dire Dawa Cement Factory, commenced export after it began production with its full capacity following completion of   expansion at a cost of 2 billion Ethiopian birr.

UNDP Seeks Security Firms in Somaliland, Kay Won't Say If UNSOM Leaves

(Medeshi)- By Matthew Russell Lee - Interpress
UNITED NATIONS, June 15 -- While one part of the UN, Mogadishu-based Nicholas Kay as new head of the UNSOM, purports to be wooing Somaliland to accept his mission there, another part of the UN is soliciting bids for "professional security firms" to operate in Hareisa and Burao in Somaliland.

Somaliland : Kay Hargeisa visit

(Medeshi)- Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary–General (SRSG) Nicholas Kay arrived in Hargeisa, Somaliland Thursday (13 June), to meet with His Excellency President Ahmed Mahamed Mohamud (Silaanyo) and officials of the Somaliland government.

Somaliland to stand by Ethiopia over any Nile water conflict

The Renaissance Dam 
(Medeshi)- Commentary - The Ethiopian and Somaliland people are among the Cushites that inhabit in the Horn of Africa . Both countries share boundary and similar culture .