Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, December 13, 2014

UK Accused of Training and Supporting Deadly Somaliland Counter-Terrorism Unit

(Medeshi)- By Ben Bryant , The Vice - The UK is providing training and support to a Somaliland counterterrorism unit accused of unlawful killings and political intimidation, according to members of Somaliland's parliament.
The Rapid Reaction Unit (RRU), a Somaliland paramilitary counter-terror squad established in 2012, was deployed by President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud's administration on November 15 to prevent opposition members of parliament (MPs) from entering parliament in order to influence a vote, members of Somaliland's parliament told VICE News.

15 killed as militants clash in Somalia

(Medeshi)- At least 15 people were killed in clashes Saturday between government forces and members of the Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a (ASW) militia in the city of Dhusamareb in Somalia's central province of Galguduud, a government official has said.

After Barren Years in Somalia, Signs of Growth in Bananas

(Medeshi)- AFGOOYE, Somalia — Armed with machetes, the men push their way through the densely packed rows of trees, emerging every few minutes with large bundles of green bananas over their shoulders. A guard, his chest crossed with bullet belts, his hands cradling a Russian-made rifle, scans the tree line for intruders as the men throw the bananas on a trailer before dashing back into the plantation for another load. When the trailer is piled high with bananas, it is pulled by tractor to a nearby warehouse, where the fruit is sorted and boxed for transport to destinations across Somalia and as far away as the Middle East. After years of warfare that decimated an industry that was once the largest in Africa, the banana is making a tentative comeback in Somalia. Farms are stepping up production and eyeing overseas markets that have been dormant for years.
Keep reading at NY Times 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Contaminated drinking water in Somalia kills 50 persons

(Medeshi)- MOGADISHU, Somalia, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Multiple people have died in Somalia after drinking water from a newly constructed well in northern Mogadishu, officials said Thursday.
It is unclear how many have died because of the contaminated water.

Tana Delta leaders want Somalia border shut

(Medeshi)- Tana Delta leaders yesterday urged the government to seal the Kiunga-Somalia border if it is committed to stopping terror attacks.

London - Harlesden shisha bar Somali owners fined £22k for smoking and food offences

(Medeshi)- The owners of a shisha bar in Harlesden have been fined £22,000 for allowing customers to breach the smoking ban.
Khadra Abdywahab Yusuf, 33, and Osama Abubakar Abdullah, also sold tobacco products without the statutory health warnings from Cleopatra Lounge in High Street, and failed to register their food business.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Somalia - Media censored with impunity in Puntland

(Medeshi)- Reporters Without Borders is worried about freedom of information in the autonomous northeastern region of Puntland, where four news websites have been blocked and journalists have been threatened since the start of December.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Is the US overseeing torture in Somalia? - video

(Medeshi)- CH4- An exclusive report on allegations the CIA has been working closely with Somali forces in the interrogation and torture of suspected al-Shabaab members - the militant group linked to al-Qaeda.

flydubai announces three new routes including Hargeisa, Somaliland

(Medeshi)- flydubai will become the first carrier to operate to Hargeisa, Somaliland from Dubai with four weekly flights

Somali soldier kills five women related to militant Islamists

(Medeshi)- A soldier in Somalia has avenged the killing of his wife by shooting dead five women related to militant Islamists, an official has said.
He suspected that the women had colluded with the murderers of his wife, who was also a soldier, he added.

Somaliland Rapid Reaction Unit: Feared Force

(Medeshi)- Dec 10 , 2014 -  Following is part of the Somaliland Human Rights report released this week by the  HRC group in Somaliland . The report is of 50 pages and here is the section that clearly defines the brutal activities of the Rapid Reaction Unit (RRU)  in the country :

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Somali taxi driver beaten unconscious and called terrorist in Seattle

(Medeshi)- SEATTLE - Officers arrested a 26-year-old man early Sunday after he called a taxi driver a "terrorist" and beat him unconscious, causing the cab to drift out of control and strike several parked cars before slamming into an apartment building in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood, police said.
Investigators labeled the attack a "hate crime."
Adam Gaal, the 34-year-old cab driver, told police the incident began when he picked up three men and a woman in Belltown just before 2 a.m. Sunday and drove them to the 4200 block of 27th Avenue West.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Denmark compensates suspected Somali pirates for overly long detention

(Medeshi)-  - Denmark has compensated nine Somalis suspected of trying to hijack a Danish ship in 2013 because they were detained too long before being brought before a judge, the public prosecutor's office said on Monday.

Somalia oil rush

(Medeshi)- By Russell Padmore - BBC World Service
The price of oil may have fallen off a cliff recently, but that has not deterred energy giants like Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron from reactivating plans to drill in Somalia.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Somaliland- Ethiopia doubles entry visa charges for border travelers

(Medeshi)- Ethiopian military General Berhe Tesfaye  told  Somaliland sun in an exclusive inetrview that, there is a  new Ethiopian visa charges increase in Somaliland cross border travelers with Ethiopia, which means foreigners visiting Ethiopia shall cough a few dollars more as entry visa charges as per the government of Ethiopia.
Read more at Somaliland Sun 

Main Reasons for Health workers' Absenteeism

(Medeshi)- By Dr. Essa Jama - As we know low health workers or any professional staff absenteeism causes low productivity for that business sub type.