Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, June 28, 2014

London : Somali Khat users turn to playing cards after ban (Photos)

 - 27 June 2014 - West London - No Khat .... Somali Khat users play cards infront of Hounslow Mafresh and Cafe ..The Mafresh is located on the top floor of this building but is now closed. The ground floor is the cafeteria.

17 Indicted In International Khat Ring Case In New York

 - NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Seventeen people have been indicted in connection with an international drug ring that authorities said flooded parts of New York, Massachusetts and Ohio with several tons of a narcotic obtained from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Friday, June 27, 2014

British PM sends best wishes to everyone observing the holy month of Ramadan (Video)

 - London , No 10 Downing Street - Here is the message of David Cameroon to the Muslims worldwide on the occasion of Ramadan :   "I want to send my very best wishes to everyone observing the holy month of Ramadan. This is an incredibly special time of year for Muslims at home and abroad a time for charity, for contemplation and community.

Saudi Arabia plans to ban camel imports from Somalia

 27 June 2014 - Unable to cope with the respiratory virus that has killed hundreds of people in Saudi Arabia  , the government now blames camels imported from Somalia as the carriers of the MERS virus. In this exclusive interview by Reuters , the Saudis plan to ban the import of camel from Somalia.

New Somali licensee SomCom seeking investment

 - 27 Jun 2014 - Somalia - New Somali operator SomCom Telecom, which holds a national spectrum licence from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, is seeking investment of USD100 million, TMT Finance reports.

Webleaks - Who is behind the creation of Somaliland oil protection unit

 - London 27 June 2014 -  Former UK Special Forces officer Iain Cholerton, now an independent expert on security and defence issues in Libya and Sierra Leone, played a fundamental role in devising the current project to create an oil protection unit off the coast of Somaliland.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

London : Somali community rally around mother whose toddler taken into care 'illegally'

 - Shepherd’s Bush , London - June 26 2014- The two-year-old was taken by police in a 'horrifying raid' after a neighbour allegedly called police saying he was neglected
A Somali community campaigned today after a toddler was pulled out of his family home by undercover police after a neighbour allegedly told them he was being neglected.

Relationship between Somaliland media and Government marked by distrust and ill-will

 - By Michael Walls London 26th  June 2014
To many observers (including the writer of this piece), the prison sentences handed down yesterday to two senior members of the Haatuf Media Group are disproportionate and flout the very idea of due legal process. The court also revoked Haatufs licence as a media operator, thus effectively closing two significant Somaliland newspapers (the Somali-language Haatuf newspaper, and English-language Somaliland Times). The Chair of Haatuf, Yusuf Abdi Gaboobe, was jailed for three years, while Editor-in-Chief, Ahmed Ali Egeh, was sentenced to four years.

3 dead after suicide bomber, gunmen attack a hotel housing troops in central Somalia

 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JUNE 26, 2014 
MOGADISHU, Somalia - A Somali army official says three people were killed when a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a hotel housing African Union troops in central Somalia.

Folkestone khat arrest believed to be UK first

 - 25 June , 2014 - A man has been arrested for possession of the now-banned stimulant khat in what police believe is a UK first.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Somaliland - Absurd jail terms passed on newspaper’s owner and its editor

 - Haatuf, a Somali-language newspaper based in Hargeisa, the capital of the breakaway northwestern territory of Somaliland, has had a tough time this year. It has been raided by the police and prevented from publishing. And now its owner and editor have been given illegal jail terms.

Somaliland: Hargeisa Regional Court sentences two journalists from Haatuf Media Group

 - 25th June 2014  - Press release -HRC
Today, 25th June 2014, Hargeisa Regional Court sentenced two journalists from Haatuf Media Group to between three and four years of imprisonment and compensation of fifty millions of Somaliland Shillings. Yusuf Abdi Gabobe, chairman of Haatuf Media Group, is sentenced to three years of imprisonment and Ahmed Ali Ege, Editor-in-chief of Haatuf newspaper, is sentenced to four years of imprisonment. The Court also ruled the revocation of the license of Haatuf Media Group.

Condemnation of imprisonment of Haatuf journalists in Somaliland

 - London , June 25 2014 - Press and Media freedom in Somaliland.
We, Medeshi group , condemn the harsh sentence slammed on the veteran journalists of Haatuf news paper.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Going underground? Khat is now officially illegal - Video

 - London 24 June 2014 - Khat, the stimulant leaf chewed by Yemeni and east African communities, especially Somalis, is now illegal and is classed as a class C drug - but will that stop it being sold illegally in the UK? Watch Channel 4  report here :

UN officials welcome move to set up interim administration for south-west Somalia

 - 24 June 2014 UN News – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations envoy in Somalia have welcomed the agreement reached to establish a new interim regional administration in the south-western part of the country.

Noor Ali Muse convicted of cannabis trafficking in Malta

 _ Malta Today - Noor Ali Muse, 28 of Somalia but residing in Gzira was today jailed for nine months after being found guilty of attempting to sell three grams of cannabis.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Qat ban: UK police officers told to use their discretion in enforcement

 - The GuardianPolice have been officially advised to use their discretion in deciding how to enforce the ban that comes into force on Tuesday on qat, a mild herbal stimulant, that has been widely used in Britain's Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian communities.

Somalia’s Puntland region rejects draft oil law

 - (BOSASSO, Somalia- Reuters) — Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region will refuse to recognise a proposed national hydrocarbon law that nullifies any exploration deals struck after 1990, its most high-ranking officials said.

Kenyan air strikes pound Somali Shebab bases

 - MOGADISHU: Kenyan fighter jets have bombed bases of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab with scores of fighters killed, the African Union force fighting the extremists said Monday.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The new scramble for Africa (part 1 - Infographic)

 - This is Africa -World Development Movement (WDM) has produced a new series of infographics depicting the parallels between European colonialism and the encroachment of multinational corporations on the African continent. In this series of three weekly articles, WDM and This Is Africa explore the dynamics behind this modern-day game of thrones.

EUCAP Nestor Strengthens Foothold in Somaliland

 - World Maritime News - The Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Behi Yonis, and EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Etienne de Poncins, signed an agreement to set out the basis for further development of cooperative relations and activities between Somaliland and EUCAP Nestor.