Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Somali capital rocked as car bomb targets popular hotel

 -  A car bomb went off on Saturday in central Mogadishu near a hotel popular with government officials and businessmen, injuring at least one person, police and witnesses said.

"There was a car bomb explosion near the rear gate of the Maka Al Mukarama hotel. It seems that the car was parked there loaded with explosives but we are still investigating casualties", police officer Mohamed Mire told AFP.

Cartoon : Mogadishu belongs to looters and new settlers , new governor says

 - Amin Amir is a Somali cartoonist based in Canada and promotes social change among the Somali speaking population Worldwide. In this cartoon , Amin Arts portrays Mungaab , the new governor of Bandir as stupid , untalented and handpicked person who still lives in the clan era despite the noticeable progress made in the capital.

UAE Included In EU Visa-Free List

 - BRUSSELS, Dec 14, (KUNA): EU Permanent Representatives in Brussels have agreed to add 19 countries to the EU visafree list.

Saudi Demands Qatar Close Al-Jazeera

 - DUBAI, March 14, (AFP): Saudi Arabia demanded that Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera and two think tanks during a recent meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a source close to someone who attended the talks told AFP Friday.

Somalia : The real fight is behind closed doors

 - NARRATIVES about countries, especially under-reported ones, can be hard to shift. For the last two years Somalia's narrative has been one of fragile progress.

Friday, March 14, 2014

US offers $3m reward for Somalia Al-Shabaab members

US officials have offered a $US3 million ($A3.33 million) reward for help in capturing three notorious Somali terror suspects, including one linked to al-Qaeda extremists involved in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Africa.

Who runs Somalia? The UN, the Somali Federal Government, or both?

 - Mary Harper - United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)
Briefing to the Security Council by Ambassador Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia

Somalia: Take Whatever You Can Get Any Way You Can

 -  Strategy Page  - March 14, 2014:  Foreign aid workers are demanding better security now that al Shabaab has been largely driven from Mogadishu and much of the countryside.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Torturing journalists in Somalia - Cartoon

 - Amin Amir is a Somali cartoonist based in Canada and promotes social change among the Somali speaking population Worldwide. In this cartoon Amin Amir touches the relations between Journalists and the security forces of Somalia.

Toxic Somalia - The other piracy [video]

 - Dumping a ton of toxic waste along the Somali coast costs only $ 2.50.

Somalia: Puntland bans Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

 - Puntland authorities have banned female genital mutilation (FGM) after years of controversial debate over the issue. Puntland’s newly elected President Abdiweli Mohamed Gas enacted the new law outlawing FGM on Saturday.

Oil in Somaliland : The black stuff can be very useful

 -  By J.H. AND M.H., The Economist - The ramshackle capital of Somaliland, Hargeisa, in northern Somalia has a bustling market for camels and is a frequent destination for aid workers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mogadishu more dangerous for aid workers now than under al Shabaab – U.N.

 - NAIROBI (By Katy Migiro - Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It is more dangerous for humanitarians to work in the Somali capital today than it was when parts of the city were controlled by the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, a senior United Nations official said.

Al-Shabaab leader releases statement in response to Somali offensive

 - On 9 March, an audio statement from the emir of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Ahmad Abdi Aw Muhammad Godane (alias Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr), was posted on Somali jihadist websites.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

UK :Profile of khat and those who use it ( Info-graphic)

 - Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Briefing: The classification of khat as a Class C Controlled Drug

Somalia: Al-Shabaab flee 5 towns after government offensive

 - Associated Press By ABDI GULED
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Columns of African Union and Somali troops are moving deeper into land controlled by al-Qaida-linked militants, forcing fighters to flee from five towns in quick succession in a further squeezing of al-Shabab's strongholds.

Somalia: Three soldiers executed by firing squad

 -  Mogadishu - Tuesday , March 11  2014  - Somalia 's military court carried out today execution of three soldiers by firing squad  in Mogadishu after they were found  guilty of different murders   by the military court.

Monday, March 10, 2014

At least 42 African migrants drown off Yemeni coast

 -(Reuters) - At least 42 illegal African migrants drowned in the Arabian Sea off the southern coast of Yemen late on Sunday, the defence ministry said on its website.

UK: The secret deportation programme to Somalia

 - The Home Office has guidance saying no safe return is possible. A European court of human rights judgement found doing so would be a violation of Article 3, which prohibits inhuman or degrading treatment.
Terror group Al-Shabaab says any Somalian returned from the West will be treated as someone who gave up their religion, making them a legitimate military target.
They "will be killed and fought against in the same manner" as the government, Al-Shabaab commander Ali Mohamed Hussein said.
"They are working for the infidels, and since they are working for the infidels, they are the same as the infidels they are working for as far as we are concerned."
Read the complete article at Politics.co.uk 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hargeisa: Woman confesses to killing 6 people and burying them in her back yard

 - Somaliland woman confessed yesterday to killing at-least 6 people in Hargeisa and burying them in her backyard.

US - Several shipments of khat seized at Philadelphia airport

 - By Matt Coughlin - Bucks county - U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Philadelphia said they seized 150 pounds of khat — a stimulant from the Arabian Peninsula — 140 codeine tablets and 16 vials of steroids in a little more than a week.