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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kenya : Learning Lessons from Mandera

 By Mark T Jones - Mandera County is remote and largely unknown to most Kenyans, let alone to foreigners. It is an arid and sometimes forbidding region that borders Ethiopia and Somalia, a place of pastoralists and semi-pastoralists who live much as they have done for hundreds of years.

At least 28 killed in Kenya bus attack

 (Euro News) -At least 28 people have been killed in Kenva when armed men attacked a bus near the Somali border early on Saturday morning.
The bus was en route for Nairobi when it was stopped in Mandera County.
According to officials the gunmen separated out those thought be non-Muslim before executing them.
Members of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab are suspected to be behind the attack.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Somaliland elections and the lack of opposition agenda

  London , Nov 21 2014 - I attended the UK Liberal Dems  AGM Borough  meeting tonight in Surrey and learned much of the agenda and the political will this party has put in place to bring change in this country.

Somaliland migrants dying for a life in Europe

 By Naomi Lloy , Euro News - Every year, thousands of migrants risk their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Africa into Europe.
In Somaliland, although the region has escaped much of the conflict and chaos that plagues neighbouring Somalia, many young people are desperate to leave and find a new life elsewhere. The main reason that drives them is a lack of jobs with youth unemployment at around 80 percent.

Somaliland Government Joined the African countries that launched Carrma

 By Dr. Essa Jama, Hargeisa - Somaliland Ministry of Health and UNFPA officially launched in Somaliland CARMMA (Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (officially Opened by the Nations first lady H.E Madam AMINA Mohamoud jirdeh (A.Weris ) and selected Cabinet Ministers also participated this Ceremony, Carmma One in thirty African women risks dying in childbirth, while thousands more suffer all their lives from the damaging physical and mental side-effects of giving birth.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Somaliland press statement on the Copenhagen Conference

 Government of the Republic of Somaliland
Press statement: Copenhagen Conference
19 November 2014
The Government of the Republic of Somaliland would like to praise the Government of Denmark for hosting the Ministerial High Level Partnership Forum on the Somali Compact, which is taking place in Copenhagen on 19 and 20 November. It is an important forum to review the progress of the Somali Compact. However the Government of Somaliland will not be participating.

Somali Entrepreneurs cheer success

 After years of conflict, a group of Somali expats have returned home to set up the country's first soft drinks company. Using a South African brand and locally grown fruit, the company has created its own soda flavours. Melanie Ralph reports
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COMMUNIQUE : High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia - COPENHAGEN 19-20 November 2014

 The first annual Ministerial High Level Partnership Forum was held in Copenhagen 19-20 November, co-chaired by HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Government of Somalia, and the United Nations, and hosted by the Government of Denmark.
Read the Communique here
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Somali Cabinet approves bills for Electoral and Boundary and Federalization Commissions

 A cabinet meeting in Mogadishu on Tuesday (November 18) chaired by Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed approved legislation for creation of the Independent Higher Electoral Commission, a necessary element for the General Election to be held in 2016.

Ethiopian delegation visits Somaliland Republic

 Ethiopia and Somaliland  have signed a trade and infrastructure agreement. Ethiopia’s Minister for Finance and Economic Development,  Sufian Ahmed who signed this agreement stated that the agreement will enhance the economy Somaliland and Ethiopia and that the appointed technical committee will make sure the accomplishment and the realization of the provisions of the signed agreement.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Commentary : Public health at risk in most cities of Somaliland

 Lack of proper sanitation and control of healthy food and genuine imported medications puts the public in most Somaliland cities at risk and exposes them to infection and serious diseases.
Open sewers mean disease spreading fast in the cities such as Hargeisa . People are at constant risk of diseases such as hepatitis, Diarrhea and typhoid.

Somali journalist in Puntland killed by gunmen

 (CPJ) - Nairobi, November 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland to do their utmost to arrest and prosecute the killers of a Somali journalist and identify the motive behind the murder.

M Abdi who played Somali pirate in Captain Phillip severely batters a man

 (The SUN) - An actor who played a Somali pirate in a Hollywood blockbuster led a gang who battered a man so severely he suffered a brain haemorrhage. Mohammed Abdi had a minor role in the 2013 Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips - an action film the sentencing judge said he had seen ‘more than once’.

Africa Development Bank report on Berbera , Hargeisa road - 1984

 Following is an evaluation report on then completion of the Berbera Hargeisa road funded by the African Development Bank in the early 1970s. The project was implemented by CAT , a Lebanese company and was the bank''s first involvement in Somalia and Somaliland.
This is an item which could be very useful for history students .
Read the complete report here 
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USAID announces $350,000 grant for camel and cow milk processing in Somali region

Camel milk - web image 
 3,000 Pastoral Households Expected to Benefit from Reliable Access to the Milk Market
Jigjiga, Somali Region, November 18, 2014:-- USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller announced a $350,000 grant to a milk processing plant, Berwako Milk Processing PLC, in Jijiga Town to improve the milk market for pastoralist communities and enhance the competitiveness of the livestock industry in Ethiopia’s pastoralist areas.

Ethiopia: Somaliland signed strategic trade and infrastructure agreement

 Hargeisa (HAN) November 19, 2014 – Public diplomacy and Regional investment and security news.  Ethiopia and Somaliland Administration have signed a trade and infrastructure agreement. Ethiopia’s Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Sufian Ahmed who signed this agreement stated that the agreement will enhance the economy Somaliland Administration and Ethiopia and that the appointed technical committee will make sure the accomplishment and the realization of the provisions of the signed agreement.

Somalia - As uncertainty reigns

 By Mark T. Jones - The nature of the human condition is such that progress and setbacks are all part of everyday existence. The Somali peoples having become use to the vicissitudes of life invariably remain sanguine and this is what ensures that they are such good company.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Big Oil, corruption & Islamist weapon sales blight UK-Somalia relations – UN

  (RT)-Britain’s relationship with Somalia has come under scrutiny after a report detailing corruption in the east African nation was published by the UN. The Security Council report claims Somalia has traded arms with Islamist militants.

Somaliland: Pro-opposition FM shut down , journalists arrested

 Hargeisa , 18 Nov 2014 - Three journalists were arrested today  within the vicinity of October district in Hargeisa for allegedly operating a pro-opposition FM Radio. The radio equipment was also confiscated by the security forces.

Somalia launches new financial management system

 By Judith Ugwumadu | PFI | 18 November 2014
A new Financial Management Information System (SFMIS) has been launched by Somalia’s finance department to improve accountability in processing transactions, it announced at the weekend.

Kenya - Mombasa youths kill four in rampage after mosque raids

 BBC -  Four people have been stabbed to death by rampaging youths in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, police say.
The attacks came hours after police raided two mosques they accuse of having links with militant Islamists in neighbouring Somalia.

Danish aid to help alleviate Somali food crisis

 The trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, has earmarked a further 60 million kroner to help aid and relief efforts in and around Somalia, which is enduring a food crisis.

38 killed in bus crash in eastern Ethiopia

 (Ethio forum) - Thirty-eight people were killed in a deadly road accident in eastern Ethiopia on Saturday.

Somaliland: Speaker says he will not step down until the exact date of election

 Hargeisa (HAN) November 18, 2014. Horn of Africa Security Briefing news. The speaker of Somaliland parliament and the chairman of the opposition party Wadani Abdirahman Mohamed Irro held press conference in Hargeisa, he discussed wide range of issues including the no confidence motion tabled against him and the upcoming Somaliland elections.

Monday, November 17, 2014

England : Bird flu confirmed at Yorkshire duck farm

 BBC - A case of bird flu has been confirmed at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, officials have said.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the risk to public health was very low. Some 6,000 birds will be culled and a 10km (6 mile) exclusion zone is in place.

Majority of Somali Cabinet Urges Prime Minister to Resign

 A majority of Somalia’s 22-member federal cabinet has written to Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed giving him an ultimatum to resign or President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud will appoint a replacement.
Read more at VOA
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

An open letter from Somaliland Focus (UK) concerning media freedom in Somaliland

 London 17 Nov 2014 - Re: Media freedom in Somaliland: the arrest of reporters from Horn Cable TV and SomSat TV
Dear Mr President,
I write once again as the Vice-Chair of Somaliland Focus (UK) concerning the arrest in Gabiley on the 30th and 31st October of reporters Mukhtar Nouh Ibrahim from Horn Cable TV, and Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud from SomSat TV.

Turkey-Africa: Solidarity and partnership

 BY MEVLUT CAVUSOGLU - On August 19, 2011, under the shining sun of Africa, the plane carrying Prime Minister Erdoğan, his family and a large delegation composed of the different segments of Turkish State and society landed in Mogadishu, Somalia.

ICJ to hear Kenya, Somalia maritime dispute

 The International Court of Justice has fixed timelines for Kenya and Somalia to file initial pleadings for their maritime boundary dispute over oil exploration blocks.
Somalia has laid claim to Kenya’s exploration blocks L-5, L-21, L-22, L-23, L24 and L-25, arguing the border runs continuously from land into the ocean, diagonally from the northwest to the southeast instead of directly east. Somalia has up to July 13 2015 to file a petition on the delimitation of the Indian Ocean while Kenya has to submit a counter-petition by May 27, 2016.
Read more at The East African 
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