.....(Hal-ku-dhigyo Dhaxal-gal Noqday) = ..... President, C/raxmaan A. Cali: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland dib ayay ula soo Noqotay Qaran-nimadeedii sidaa awgeed, waa dal xor ah oo gooni u taagan maanta (18/05/1991) laga bilaabo''...>>>>> President, Maxamad I.Cigaal:''Jiritaanka Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland'' Waa mid waafaqsan xeerasha u-degsan Caalamka! Sidaa darteed, waa Qaran xaq u leh in Aduunku aqoonsado''...>>>>> President, Daahir R. Kaahin: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland waa dal diimuqraadi ah oo caalamka ka sugaya Ictiraafkiisa''...>>>>> President, Axmed M. Siilaanyo: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland, Boqol sano haday ku qaadanayso helista Ictiraafkeedu way Sugaysaa! Mar dambena la midoobi mayso Somalia-Italia''.....[***** Ha Jirto J.Somaliland Oo Ha Joogto Waligeed *****].....

Monday, November 28, 2011

New political party: ''Somaliland republican party''


- A new political party ''Somaliland Republican Party'' was on Sunday launched in the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa.

The new Somaliland republican party was announced during a well decorated and organized ceremony in Hargeisa as politicians, MPs, scholars, elders, young people and women have attended the ceremony.

A member of the new party Omar Hussein Ibrahim said that their party was established with the commencement of Islamic Calendar year. He says the party will change more how the Somaliland political system was working in the past few years.

SLAVERY: A 21st Century Evil. By Rageh Omaar

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Somaliland Plans Law Allowing Foreign Banks to Set Up Operations

- Somaliland, a breakaway state in northern Somalia, will pass a banking law early in 2012 establishing a central bank and enabling foreign lenders to begin operations, the speaker of parliament said.

The Central Bank of Somaliland Act, which replaces the 1997 Central Banking Rules and Regulations Act, was presented to lawmakers today in Hargeisa, the capital, where some objections were raised, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi said in an interview today in the city.

“There are few MPs that object to the Act and those who do are only concerned with individual articles,” Abdillahi said. “We are confident that the Act will be passed early next year.”

Friday, November 25, 2011

Op-Ed:- The hush hush trip of Mr. ''Siilaanyo''

Mr. Ahmed M. M Siilaanyo is in London now. Why is he there? No one knows. He and his entourage (including the young energetic Dr. Mohamed Abdillahi) have failed to tell their own people why is the president is in London now. Is he vacationing at his London home? Is he seeing his doctors? Is he seeing his British government counterpart(s)? Or is he really partying? No one knows. Why ask these questions?Well, the president was elected last year on the promise that he will work honestly for his own people and that he will not waste their hard earned tax money.

You see, Mr. Siilaanyo and his entourage are spending a lot of money now (hundreds of thousands of dollars) on this trip alone and yet no one knows why should the people spend so much money on this trip, and the people have the right to know.

Lunch Meeting with H E The President Of Somaliland et al The Commonwealth Club, London

On 21st Nov 2011 Friends of Somaliland and Founders of the Somaliland Development Corporation (“SDC”) hosted a lunchtime meeting with the President of Somaliland, with the agenda item being a discussion on the Somaliland Development Corporation. Len Tiahlo, an SDC CO founder, sponsored the event.

With him was Legal Advisor and co –founder Jeremy Carver CBE, formerly Head of International Law at Clifford Chance and Board Member of Transparency International, Steve Taylor, Director of Crown Agents, who have agreed to provide SDC banking services and Paul Whiteway of Independent Diplomat. Fellow co-founder Ambassador Myles Wickstead CBE was absent on travel but passed on his best wishes with great expectations for the SDC.

Somaliland Government Expects Agreement With Ophir Energy ‘Within Weeks’

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Somaliland, the semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia, expects to conclude a project- sharing agreement with Ophir Energy Plc, amid efforts to develop the territory’s potential oil deposits, an official said.

The accord is currently being approved by Somaliland’s Council of Ministers and will be followed by the granting of approval to begin seismic surveys, Mining, Energy and Water Resources Minister Hussein Abdi Dualeh said in an interview.

“The process should be finalised within a few weeks,” Dualeh said by phone from Hargeisa, the capital, today.

Vocational training cannot be excluded from the definition of education in Somaliland.

The simple dictionary definition of education is “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction.” With such a wide definition which can fit absolutely any type of instruction, why is it that education is still defined narrowly in Somaliland?

Most Africans, let alone Somalis, you speak to in the West and back in the continent only consider formal schooling as education. To them education is a very strict clear process. You go to Primary and secondary school and then either move to college or straight to university to study an important subject such as law, engineering or medicine in the hope that one day one would occupy an office post of national importance. By simply looking at the shocking unemployment figures of the graduates of the industrialised world, this mythical passage to an important profession and role can be dispelled.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Somaliland’s Investment in Peace: Analysing the Diaspora’s Economic Engagement in Peace Building

 DIASPEACE Working Papers.

''As Somaliland has increasingly experienced peace and stability, the contributions of the diaspora to peace building have taken on new dimensions. Members of the Somaliland diaspora have increased their economic investment in their respective geographic areas. The private investments of the diaspora have helped in the construction of luxury hotels, residential buildings, and light industries throughout the country, particularly in the city of Hargeisa. These economic investments have in turn attracted a host of other physical infrastructures in their respective areas thus mitigating the perceived disparity between Hargeisa and the rest of the country to a certain extent. One such diaspora investment is the establishment of the .....''

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Eng. Maxamad Xaashi: Hanti-dhawrka Qaranka Waan ka La' ahay Natiijadii Baadhitaanada ay Sameeyeen

- Wasiirka Maaliyadda Somaliland Eng. Maxamed Xaashi Cilmi, ayaa sheegay inuu Hantidhawrka Guud ee Qaranka ka la’yahay warbixin la xidhiidha goobaha dakhliga ee uu baadhitaannada ku sameeyeey iyo natiijada ka soo baxday toona, isaga oo arrintaasina ku tilmaamay nasiib-darro weyn.

Eng. Maxamed Xaashi Cilmi oo hadal ka jeediyey kulan lagaga hadlay maamul-wanaagga iyo la-dagaalanka musuqmaasuqa oo Hargeysa lagu qabtay shalay, waxa uu tilmaamay inuu hay’adaha Hantidhawrka iyo Komishanka Maamul-wanaagga iyo La-dagaalanka Musuqmaasuqa ka codsay inay wasaaraddiisa ka bilaabaan toosinta maamulka iyo baadhitaannada ka dhanka ah musuqa, balse aannu ilaa hadda wax jawaab ah ka helin.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Somaliland: Unemployment fuels youth exodus from Somaliland

HARGEISA, 22 November 2011 (IRIN) - A high unemployment rate in the self-declared independent Republic of Somaliland, especially among school-leavers and university graduates, has fuelled an increase in migration, with hundreds of young people embarking every month on a perilous journey to Europe through the Sahara Desert, officials said.

"In the months of August, September and October, about 3,500 young men and women from Somaliland went through Ethiopia, to Sudan, then to Libya and on to cross the Mediterranean Sea on their way to western Europe,” Abdillahi Hassan Digale, chairman of the Ubah Social Welfare Organization, who works for the International Office for Migration (IOM), told IRIN.

Khabiir Saciid Cali Axmed:Tirakoobta dhawaan ay hay-ada IRI, Hargeysa ka diyaarisay ma aha mid scientific ah

Waxa dhawaan ay baahisay hay-ada la yidhaa IRI ee Maraykanka ahi tiro-koob ay ka diyaarisay gobolka Maroodijeex ee caasimada Hargeysa ee Somaliland, Tiro-koobkaasi oo ay hay-adu ku eegaysay arimo badan oo kuwo bulsho, dhaqaale iyo siyaasadeedba lahaa. Hadaba xogtaa ay soo bandhigtay hay-ada ayaanay dadka qaarkii ku qancin, tusaale, xisbiyada mucaaridka ah ee UDUB iyo UCID ayaa dhaliilay hay-ada oo ku tilmaamay inaanay u marin baadhitaanka ay samaysay hay-adu hab-cadli ah. Waxa iyadu u riyaaqday gabagabada aftida ay hay-adan Maraykanka  ah ee IRI samaysay xukuumada oo sheegtay in ay marag u tahay natiijada soo baxday horumarka durba ay dawladu ku talaabsatay. Hadaba baadhista IRI ayaa waxa isna ka biyo-diiday Siciid Cali Axmed oo aqoon arimahan u leh.

*Dhegta maal*

Xigasho: Qurbajoog

Food speculation blamed for East Africa famine

Life is a daily struggle for survival in many parts of Africa

Millions of people in the Horn of Africa are suffering as a result of a famine caused by the worst drought for 60 years. But the climate is by no means the only cause of the humanitarian crisis, as aid expert Fred Lauener tells swissinfo.ch. He says food speculation is also to blame.

The United Nations estimates that 13 million people, including two million children, are victims of the extraordinary drought that has struck Kenya, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti. In its latest release on the situation in the Horn of Africa, the World Health Organization says the approaching rainy season should have a positive impact on food production.

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- On November 18, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) and the U.N. Food Security Nutrition and Analysis Unit (FSNAU) released results from October 2011 nutrition and mortality surveys conducted in southern Somalia. The surveys indicate a general improvement in the humanitarian situation in southern Somalia, relative to the assessed situation in June and July 2011. However, an estimated 4 million people remain in crisis, including 3 million people in southern regions, of whom 2.6 million continue to require life-saving assistance.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Foreign Minister acknowledges the need to forge new relationships. By Mark T Jones

“Dr. Omar: We need to create jobs and real practical skills. It is no good having all our young people studying for degrees in business''

London has long been a favourite haunt of Somaliland’s political class and St James’s is an area that proves a magnet for those with lofty aspirations. This well-healed district in Central London is awash with Gentlemen’s Clubs and policy making units, private equity houses and purveyors of fine art and antiques. For all the well tailored suits this is a place where deals are brokered, plots are hatched and potential commercial or political empires dreamt of.

Boorama : Taalo Loo Sameeyey Dugsigii Lagu Yagleelay Dawladnimada Somaliland

''Wuxuu ku dheeraaday in Taariikhda reer Awdal aanay ahayn mid la qarin karo, wuxuuna xusay in dagaalkii qoriga ee SNM uu ahaa Jihaadkii yaraa, balse....''

Kulan lagu qabtay dugsiga sare ee Sheekh Cali Jowhar ee magaalada Boorama oo ay ka soo qaybgaleen xubno wefti wasiiro ah oo ka socday xukuumada Somaliland iyo xldhibaano labada gole ka tirsan iyo Madaxweyne ku xigeenkii hore ee Somaliland Mujaahid C/raxmaan Aw Cali iyo Ardayda wax ka barata dugsigaas sare ee Sheekh Cali ayaa lagu dhagaxdhigay Taalo loogu magacdaray Taalada nabada Somaliland iyo Yagleelkii dawladnimada maanta ka taaba qaaday Somaliland.

Madaxa Hay’adda UNICEF Ee S/Land Oo Ka Warbixisay Faa’idada Talaalka Ka Hortaga Cudurka Dabaysha, Sheegtayna In Lagu Soo Sameeyey Wadan Islaam Ah

Madaxa guud ee hay’adda Caalamiga ah ee Unicef ee Somaliland Miss Ettie Higgins ayaa ka warbixisay faa’idada uu Talaalka cudurka dabayshu u leeyahay caruurta da’doodu ka hoosayso 5 sano, taas oo sheegtay in cudurkaasi ka hortag mooyaane aanu dawo lahayn, isla markaana shacbiga Somaliland ugu baaqday inay ubadkooda ka talaalaan cudurkaas. Miss Ettie waxa ay tilmaamtay in dad warxumo tashiil wadaa dacaayad ka fidiyeen Talaalka cudurka Dabaysha, taas oo sheegtay in Talaalkan lagu soo sameeyey wadanka Islaamka ugu badan dunidu ay ku nool yihiin ee Indonesia.

Madaxa guud ee hay’adda Caalamiga ah ee Unicef ee Somaliland Ettie Higgins waxa ay tibaaxday in cudurkan Somaliland laga dabar jaray, balse ay fiican tahay in laga hortago, maadaama bay tidhi uu ku soo noqday wadamo badan oo dunida ka mid ah.

Khartoum, Somalia to dominate summit

The forthcoming summit of the East African Community Heads of State in Bujumbura, Burundi has its plate full of complex issues that will determine the fate of the integration process. The 13th Ordinary Summit slated for November 30 under its chairman, President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, will be attended by all the regional presidents, officials confirmed. President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya will take over as the next chairman.

Among the issues on the agenda are the admission of Sudan to the EAC and the ongoing war against the Al Shabaab militia in Somalia. Other issues that need the guidance of the Summit are the concerns and challenges of the Political Federation.

Somaliland children join the rest of the world to commemorate the Universal Children's Day.

Press Release: ''Somaliland children join the rest of the world to commemorate the Universal Children's Day''.  

Today is 20th November 2011. It is Universal children's day. Children in Somaliland are celebrating the Universal children's day like many other children around the globe are doing. Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) on behalf of Somaliland government in cooperation with other governmental institutions, local and international organizations would like to join the rest of the globe to commemorate this important event.

Somaliland: Ministry of Higher Education Launches Free Education for low income female

- Somaliland Ministry of Higher Education launches free education for low income female students whose parents cannot afford the small tuition fee. This program which is funded by the European Union (EU) and UNICEF is expected to increase the number of young girls attending schools in the country.

According to the ministry of education Ms. Samsam Abdi Adan the program will begin at the end of this month and also that her ministry will oversee the implementation of the project. Ms. Adan disclose this new initiative at a press conference that she held at her office as she said “we inform the public at large that there is an educational opportunity for all girls in Somaliland regardless of family income, the European Union funded the project and UNICEF had facilitate in finding funds for the project from EU.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Annual Conference: Reflections on Somaliland Development: Lessons from two Decades of Sustained State Building, Local Institutional Development and Democratization and the way Forward

On the 8th of November, 2011 the social Research and development institute has launched its second annual conference on the reflections of Somaliland’s development for two decades. This conference was of significant importance for taking stock of Somaliland’s past development in order to contribute to crafting of an appropriate future vision.

The Annual Conference brought together experts ( both international and local) and provided a forum for development practitioners, government officers, researchers and donors to discuss, debate and exchange on Lessons from Two Decades of Sustained State Building, Local Institutional Development and Democratization and the Way Forward.

Wasiirka Caaimaadka Dr. Xuseen Max' ed Xoog: Xukuumaddu May Gaadhin Heer la Canaanto ama La Saluugo,

- Wasiirka Wasaaradda Caafimaadka dalka Somaliland Dr. Xuseen Maxamed Muxumed (Xoog) oo kormeer hawleed ku tegay shalay cusbitaalka guud ee degmada Gabiley, ayaa ku dooday in aanay xukuumadda uu ka tirsan yahay weli gaadhin heer la canaanto amma la saluugo waxqabadkeeda. Dr. Xoog oo abbaaro 10:30am ee shalay gaadhay Gabiley, waxa uu si mug leh ugu kuurgalay dhaqdhaqaaqyada iyo adeegyada ka dhex socda gudaha cusbitaalka magaaladaas oo beryahanba xaaladdiisa laga dayrinayey. Kormeerkaas kadib waxa uu Wasiirka Caafimaadku kulan furan la yeeshay Badhasaabka Gabiley, Isuduwaha Caafimaadka ee Gobolkaas, Xoghayaha Dawladda Hoose, hawlwadeenada caafimaadka, xildhibaanno ka tirsan golaha degaanka, madax-dhaqameedyo iyo marti-sharaf kale oo tiro badan.

Wasiirka Duulista iyo Hawda ee Somaliland oo Somalivoa-da u Marti ah!... *Dhegta maal*

Wasiirka Duulista iyo Hawada ee dalka Jamhuuriyada diimuqraadiga ah ee Somaliland mudane Maxamuud Xaashi Cabdi, oo ay idaacada Somalivoa-du ku marti-qaaday, barnaamijka magaciisa la yidhaa '' Wacitaanka martida'' ayaa si faahfaahsan uga waramaya horumarka dhan kastaba leh ee ka hirgalay wasaaradiisa intii ay xukuumada Kulmiye dalka ka talinaysay.

Waxa kale oo uu ka xog waramayaa arimo kale oo ku saabsan hawada Somaliland iyo lacagta uga soo xaroota dalka. Intaa waxa kale oo uu ka darayaa isaga oo ka jawaabayaa su' aalo ay dhagaystayaasha aduunwaynaha ku kala baahsani  ka waydiinayaan arimo badan oo Somaliland la xidhiidha.

*Dhegta maal*

Xigasho: Somali-voa.

This could be Africa’s decade, but not if it relies on aid...''An interesting case in this debate is Somaliland...''

Nick Thorne

''Somaliland has become a thriving democracy, thanks to the fact that the government was dependent on and beholden to its own populace rather than to foreign aid''.

- In the last decade, six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies were in Africa. While everyone was talking about China, Angola was in fact top of the list, growing at an extraordinary 11 per cent per year. With the current Euro crisis, Angola has even bought assets from its ex-colonial master, Portugal. Even Ethiopia, a country which has a painful recent history of famine and war, experienced 10.9 per cent GDP growth last year. A growing list of African countries including Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Morocco are on the up. So does this mean that the provision of international aid is finally working?

Ethiopian troops 'cross border into Somalia' By Will Ross

''History shows that military intervention in Somalia is hugely unpopular and can act as a catalyst to unite Somali groups that had been enemies''.

- Ethiopian troops have crossed the border into Somalia in significant numbers, eyewitnesses say. They say they saw at least 20 vehicles carrying Ethiopian troops. A few hundred soldiers were seen in Gurel town in Galgudud region and there were other sightings around Beledweyne.

Ethiopian authorities have denied the incursion. Their soldiers have not been in Somalia in large numbers since 2009 when they withdrew after a controversial three-year presence. These reports come as Kenyan troops continue their efforts to defeat fighters of the Islamist group al-Shabab in the south of Somalia.

Somaliland Aqoonsi raadinteedu Ma Gar Baa mise Ma aha? Qoraal Cilmi baadhis ah.....*Dhegta maal*

Somaliland  aqoonsi raadinteedu ma garbaa mise ma aha? Maxaase  ilaa haatan hortaagan ? Saamayn intee le eg ayaa ay arintan aqoonsigu ku yeelanaysaa Gobolka ay Somaliland ku taal? Waydiimahaa iyo kuwa kale oo badan ayaa uu aqoonyahan da' yar oo magaciisa la yidhaa Maxamed Haaruun Maxamuud, oo jaamacada Derby ee ku taal dalka Ingiriiska wax ka bartaa uu qoraalkiisii Jaamaceed (Dissertation) ku soo qaatay. Shabakada la yidhaa Qurbajoog.com ayaa ka waraysatay arintaa Maxamad Haaruun Maxamad. Waraysigaasi ayaa uu aqoonyahanku kaga sheekaynayaa waxa ku kalifay inuu u doorto baadhistiisa Jaamacdeed arinta ah ''Ictiraafka Somaliland''.

*Dhegta maal*

Xigasho: Qurbajoog

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Somaliland:Abaarso Tech University Holds One Day Business Seminar

Abaarso Tech University today held a one day business seminar on the role information technology plays in the today’s business world at hotel Mansoor in Hargeisa. Today’s meeting was organized by Abaarso Tech University and funded by USAID’s partnership for economic growth. This seminar is an introduction of new project that will continue for one year and is intended to enhance the quality of modern technology in Somaliland.

The opening ceremony was attended by officials that consisted of instructors from the Abaarso Tech University,founder of Abaarso Tech University Mr. Jonathan Starr, Mr. Mohamed Ali Somaliland expatriate who is Chief Information Officer at one of the top companies in Saudi Arabi,the chairperson of IT organization in Somaliland and other expatriates.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Danish Demining Group In Somaliland: Brief description of the programme

DDG started a humanitarian mine action programme in Somaliland in 1999 conducting the Somalia Phase One Landmine Impact Survey (LIS), clearing mine fields, battle fields and delivering mine risk education. As the threat from landmines and UXOs has decreased, DDG refocused its work in Somaliland to ensure that its work continues to achieve maximum impact for the communities it works with. To this end, in 2006 DDG ceased its mine-clearance activities in Somaliland, while continuing with small scale village-by-village clearance of UXOs.

A Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) assessment carried out by DDG in 2007 showed that Somaliland suffers from an excess of uncontrolled arms (i.e. an estimated 80% of all households owns at least 1 firearm) which far too often results in unintended accidents and exacerbates the seriousness of low level disagreements.
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Wasiirka Arrim. Dibedda & Iskaashiga Caalamiga ee Somaliland Waa Diblomaasi Sare iyo Halyey Qaran, Ninkii Hadlayaaba ha iska hadlo!

- Siyaasadda Arrimaha Dibedda & Iskaashiga Caalamiga ee Qaranka Somaliland waxa haga Siyaasad Hufan oo ku qotonta Isku kalsooni, Aqoon casri ah iyo Gobannimo siyaasadeed. Taasoo soo jiidatay dhegaha iyo indhaha beesha caalamka, dalka iyo dadka Jam. Somaliland-na ka saartay go’doonkii ay ku jireen una horseedi doonta ictiraafka bulshada caalamka.”

Marka aynu iska illowno jikaarka, yoon-yootanka, si xun wax u sheega iyo qof isagu dano kale wata, guulaha iyo waxqabadka diblomasiyadeed ee Wasiirka Arrimaha Dibedda & Iskaashiga Caalamiga Prof/Dr. Mohamed Abdillahi Omar uu muddo kooban ku soo bandhigay waa kuwo aan la iska indho tiri karin.

National Electoral Commission Upheld The Decision Taken By Somaliland House of Representatives

Somaliland National Electoral Commission upheld the decision taken by Somaliland House of Representatives which said that the forthcoming local council elections will be held without voter registration. The Commission announced that they will abide by the decision made by Somaliland parliament. The spokesman for Somaliland National Electoral commission Mr. Mohamed Hirsi Geele held briefing to local media in at his office in Hargeisa.

Mr. Geele told the press the reasons attributed in declaring the voter registration null and void. He further pointed out that grave errors arise when it comes to the previous voter registration resulting that many people without registration.

Dr Maxamad Cabdilaahi Cumar Horayso iyo Danbaysoba Shaqadiisa si fiican ayuu u gutay!‏

''Dr Maxamad Cabdilaahi Cumar waa dadka jiritaanka Somaliland ay OXYGEN-ta u tahay ee aan ka noolaan karin''.

Mudo haatan ka badan 22 gu', oo ku beegan 21/10/1989-kii ayaa ay ahayd markii aanu anaga oo ku banaan baxayna dawladii uu xukumi jiray Maxamad Siyaad Bare (oktoobar), aanu kalahe arooryaad dad badan oo uu ku jiray Dr Maxamad Cabdilaahi Cumar (Wasiirka arimaha dibada Somaliland) iskugu nimid, gego wayn oo ku hor taal aqalka looga arimiyo dawlada Holland ee ku yaal magalaada magaceeda la yidhaa '' The Hague, ama Den Haag''. Waxanu ka kala nimid dhamaan gobolada, degmooyinka iyo tuulooyinka dalkaasi ka kooban yahay.

Once Upon a Time in Mogadishu. BY SOPHIA JONES

When the great Arab explorer Ibn Battuta landed on Mogadishu's shores in 1331, he was greeted with a feast fit for a king. Hundreds of camels were slaughtered daily to feed the flourishing port city, where a man could eat for ten. The sultan, clad in silk and fine Jerusalem cloth, was followed by a procession of trumpets and colorful canopies upon which golden birds perched. How times have changed in Somalia. Today, centuries of European colonization and political strife, coupled with interludes of devastating drought and flooding, have created a failed state that's become a haven for lawlessness.

For years, Somalia was passed between foreign powers: first the Portuguese, then the British, then the French and Italians. Upon its declaration of independence in 1960, the country's artificially drawn borders proved incapable of anything resembling stability. Now, Somalia remains in a constant state of conflict.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

SOMALIA: Looters sabotage aid efforts in Mogadishu

The frequent looting of relief aid at distribution centres in Mogadishu by local or state security agents seriously undermines efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom have fled areas of Somalia in a state of famine, according to officials and aid workers.

"Looting of aid is a major problem, especially as it affects the most vulnerable families in Mogadishu, who rely on humanitarian support to survive,” said Marcel Stoessel, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Mogadishu.

White House bullet: shooting suspect arrested in Pennsylvania

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

''One of the bullets apparently cracking a window on the residential level while President Barack Obama was travelling''.

A man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into a shooting near the White House, the US Secret Service has said. The Secret Service discovered on Tuesday that two bullets had hit the White House, one of them apparently cracking a window on the residential level while President Barack Obama was travelling.

The discovery of the bullet holes followed reports of gunfire near the White House on Friday night, although the bullets have not been conclusively connected with the Friday shooting.

IRI released its first survey of public opinion for the Somaliland electoral district of Hargeisa.

Hargeisa, Somaliland – IRI released its first survey of public opinion for the electoral district of Hargeisa (PDF). This rare poll, fielded September 28-October 8, 2011, is part of IRI’s democracy and governance program and is designed to enable leaders to identify citizen priorities, appropriately manage expectations and better inform the electorate of their progress. Residents of Hargeisa District are largely optimistic about their future and credit the Somaliland government with moving Somaliland in the right direction. The government and president have a very high support rating; however, a significant number of respondents also believe that the current government is out of touch with the needs of the people.

Djibouti:President Attends Opening Ceremony of Casino Supermarket Haramous

Djibouti- The Head of State chairs the opening ceremony of the Casino supermarket Haramous The Head of State, Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh, today presided over the inauguration ceremony of the Casino supermarket Haramous which is a new commercial area of Coubèche coolers.

Important personalities including the First Lady, Kadra Mahamoud, members of government, national assembly and the diplomatic corps accredited to Djibouti, and many businessmen, attended the ceremony.

Note that Coubèche institutions have invested over a billion francs in our implementation of this new structure that is the Casino supermarket Haramous.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What do Somalis think of dogs, cats and pets?

What do Somalis think of dogs, cats and pets? There are really two questions that I get asked about this, and the answers aren't exactly the same. The first question is what Somalis think of dogs, and the second is what Muslims in general think of dogs. The overall position of Islam on dogs is complicated, and you'll hear different opinions depending on who you ask. The way Somalis feel about dogs, however, is more negative. Dogs aren't part of the culture in Somalia, and the few that are there are wild. Because of this, they are more looked down on than in other parts of the world, and are seen as a (pretty dangerous) wild animal.

I am not all clear about the role of dogs or cats in Islam, but I know that there are a lot of Muslims who are misinformed about dogs. Until very recently, I thought dogs were cursed animals because of the way we stayed away from them growing up in Somalia.

Churches make sure Christmas cheer reaches around the world ''Edna Adan Hispital get...''


Mission Committee chair Susan Hill said based on a comment by New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, the Mission Committee is following his lead — when giving such a gift, consider lesser-known charities. Committee member Barb Hunt said there are people who do not want to buy a typical holiday gift and prefer to give to a cause or agency....... The Edna Adan Hospital of Somaliland in East Africa has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world and helps preserve women’s dignity by fighting the practice of female genital mutilation endemic in the region.

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Deeq-bixiyeyaasha oo Caddeeyey in Aanay Dhaqaale Degdeg ah u Hayn Diiwaangelin Cusub

Hargeysa- Qaadhaan-bixiyeyaasha Somaliland ka taageera arrimaha doorashooyinka iyo hannaanka dimuqraadiyadda, ayaa la sheegay inay caddeeyeen in aanay xilligan dhaqaale degdeg ah u hayn diiwaangelin cusub oo loo sameeyo doorashooyinka soo socda.

Ma jiro war si rasmi ah uga soo baxay deeq-bixiyeyaasha oo la xidhiidha go' aanka lagu laalay ku dhaqanka diiwaangelintii hore ee codbixiyeyaasha Somaliland, haseyeeshee Afhayeenka Komishanka Doorashooyinka Qaranka Mr. Maxamed Xirsi Geelle oo saxaafadda la hadlay shalay, ayaa xaqiijiyey in qaadhaan-bixiyeyaashu caddeeyeen in aanay hada hayn dhaqaale degdeg ah oo lagu sameeyo diiwaangelin cusub oo lagu galo doorashooyinka soo socda.

Saudi signs South Korean nuclear co-op deal. By Michael Palmer

A bilateral agreement between South Korea and Saudi Arabia has been signed for cooperation on the development of nuclear energy. The Saudi Arabian government has said it is attempting to diversify its energy mix in an effort to meet continually rising power demand, and the agreement outlines cooperation in research and development, training, safety and waste management.

A statement released by King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy also said that the cooperation would extend to the construction of nuclear power plants and research reactors. Saudi Arabia also has nuclear cooperation deals with France and Argentina, and despite huge oil reserves, is struggling to keep up with rising demand for energy.

Kenya's dangerous alliance with Israel

Kenya’s not doing much to help itself. It’s Somali adventure is stuck in the mud, tensions are increasing at home and now the country has gone and made its biggest foreign policy blunder to date – allying with Israel, a move that will only make Somalis hate them more. By SIMON ALLISON.

Kenya’s incursion into Somalia has been met mostly with silence from the international community, most of whom are thought to be tacitly behind the military operation to destroy Al Shabaab. But, wary of getting themselves bogged down in a notoriously complex country (something Kenya does not appear to have thought through), no one is giving Kenya much in the way of direct support.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

DJIBOUTI: Migrants risk all for "better life"

OBOCK, 15 November 2011 (IRIN) - Thousands of migrants traverse the road between Djibouti’s capital, Djiboutiville, and the coastal town of Obock carrying little more than a bottle of water and the hope that they are heading towards a better life. They pass through an arid landscape strewn with volcanic rock that sustains little life besides the occasional pastoralist and his goats. Temperatures average around 34 degrees Celsius in winter and in summer can reach 52 degrees.

It is just one leg of a journey that, for most, started in Ethiopia or Somalia and for the fortunate ones will end with a well-paid job in Saudi Arabia.

Britain to host conference on Somalia next year

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will host an international conference next year on tackling instability in Somalia and protecting ships from pirates in the Gulf of Aden, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday. The prime minister described the east African nation as a "failed state that directly threatens British interests," citing attacks on tourists and aid workers, and radicalisation of young Britons by militant Islamist groups with roots in the region.

Cameron announced last month that British merchant ships sailing off the coast of Somalia would be able to carry armed guards to ward off pirate attacks, bringing it into line with many other countries.

Ophir Energy Issues Interim Management Statement And Updates On Africa Operations

Ophir Energy Statement:

Somaliland: A technical assessment of the Berbera Block was completed during the first half of 2011 and concluded that further seismic data is necessary to mature a drilling prospect. In parallel with this, negotiations continued with the Government of Somaliland to revise the terms of the Production Sharing Agreement and append some additional open acreage to the west of the existing Block. These discussions were concluded in November 2011 and an agreement to amend the PSA is currently in the process of being ratified. Once this is in place additional JV partners will be sought.

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Somaliland: The Wild Honeybee (Shini Caydh Ah)

The sun rises in the morning with beams of love, and freedom for a beautiful World. But we, human beings make it a hard place to live in. By imposing hate, jealousy, slavery, exploitation, and greed. Our culture of corruption makes our World a frightening place to live in. Anger starts and ends with doom and gloom. Travels you through the dark tunnels of worries, and woes. Plunges you into the ocean of annihilation. Then smile, why are you frowning? What is the use of crying?

A moment is the chemistry of life. A moment of hate, or a moment of passion. A moment of fear, or a moment of love. A moment of disappointment, or a moment of cheering. A moment of despair, or a moment of hope. A moment you wait with good expectations can be a moment of defiance, or a moment of delight.

Israel-Kenya deal to help fight Somalia's al-Shabab

Raila Odinga (l) and Benjamin Netanyahu on 14 November

Israel has offered to help Kenya secure its borders as it tackles Somalia's Islamist group, al-Shabab, the Kenyan prime minister's office has said.

It said Kenya got the backing of Israel to "rid its territory of fundamentalist elements" during Prime Minister Raila Odinga's visit to the country. Last month, Kenya sent troops to neighbouring Somalia to defeat al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda. It blames the militants for a spate of abductions on its side of the border.

Monday, November 14, 2011

EU Report: European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection


The European Union is one of the world's largest humanitarian donors, having provided to date more than €705 million to the area. This represents nearly one third of the total assistance to the Horn of Africa in 2011. The European Commission alone has so far allocated nearly €160 million in humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa in 2011 and is mobilising an additional €24 million to assist vulnerable people threatened by famine and the effects of drought in the Horn of Africa. Of this amount, more than 70% will be committed to respond to the drought crisis.

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EU Council conclusions on Somalia

EU: Press release

The Council adopted the following conclusions

1- "The EU remains concerned about the situation in Somalia and its regional implications and is actively engaged in alleviating the consequences of the worsening humanitarian situation, restoring security and contributing to peace, development and internal reconciliation in the country. The famine has expanded to six regions of southern Somalia, including Mogadishu, and threatens to further expand across the south affecting nearly half of the population. The EU appeals to all concerned that international humanitarian actors should be given free and safe access to all in need of assistance. The EU will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable population and encourages others to do so.

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