Much has been done to tackle the problems caused by maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia, but more needs to done to build the capacity of Somalia and its neighbours to control their own shores and patrol their own waters, the UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said on Tuesday.
While the international community and navies have succeeded in bringing down Somali maritime piracy, problems on land remain. Al Shabab militants are striking at will as shown by their attempt on the life of the president of that country last week and the killing of 15 innocents recently.
Somalia has hired British and US consultants to discredit a UN report that claims rampant corruption in Mogadishu because it threatens to imperil donor funding and the return of foreign-held assets, including gold, totalling billions of dollars.
Women and children living in Somalia’s makeshift camps for displaced people face a high risk of rape and other sexual violence, Amnesty International said today after returning from a research trip to the country.
The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today stressed that collective and coordinated efforts from the Government as well as regional and international organizations are needed to achieve progress in the east African country.
“Progress is being made in Somalia, but the goals are reversible if we do not maintain and increase our collective efforts,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay said at the 392nd meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “To fail to do this would have serious consequence in and beyond Somalia. Let us not run that risk.”
Humanitarian groups are urging more banks to take on accounts with money-transfer companies that send cash to Somalia.
A recent report illustrates the fragile relationship between the remittance companies and banks that make the money transfers possible.
President Yoweri Museveni has said that peace is a prerequisite for the people of Somalia to trade and lead normal lives.
The President was yesterday speaking during a meeting with the visiting Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Lapo Pistelli, who called on the President at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura district.
When bullets tore through the streets of Kismayu in June, leaving over 70 dead as rival militias fought twice for control of the Somali port city, many international aid agencies halted a cautious scale-up of activities.
One of the few to stay was the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“For us, conflict means casualties. We are doctors; we have to be there,” Omar Saleh, WHO Somalia’s emergency health co-ordinator, said last week.
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Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013
A former Somali military colonel who left the U.S. while facing civil allegations that he tortured a human rights advocate is being ordered to pay $15 million in damages.
(Nairobi, July 26, 2013) – Kenya’s High Court on July 26, 2013, quashed a government plan to move 55,000 mostly Somali refugees from the capital, Nairobi, and other cities to camps, Human Rights Watch said today. The court said the relocation would violate refugees’ dignity and free movement rights, and would risk indirectly forcing them back to Somalia. It also said the authorities had not proved the move would help protect national security, following a series of grenade and other attacks in Kenya by unidentified people.
The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project condemns the murder of Somali journalist Mr. Libaan Abdullahi Farah, also known as Libaan Qaran and extends its condolences to the aggrieved family and friends. EHAHRDP calls on the Federal Government of Somalia and the Puntland authorities to immediately investigate the murder and hold the perpetrators to account in line with international human rights standards.
9 July 2013 – The United Nations refugee chief today expressed solidarity with the Somali people during a visit to Mogadishu, particularly the hundreds of thousands who have fled the country and are seeking to return to their homeland after two decades of conflict.
Engagement by the European Investment Bank to support long-term investment in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries over the next seven years will be strengthened following agreement by the ACP – EU Council of Ministers. European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer used the annual visit of Ambassadors of ACP partner countries to the bank’s Luxembourg headquarters this week to announce an expected 25% increase in lending to the region under the ACP Investment Facility and reaffirmed the commitment of Europe’s long-term lending institution to ensuring that infrastructure projects, private sector engagement and regional integration initiatives in ACP counties can benefit from EIB involvement.
By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau. --
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Money at the Central Bank of Somalia is not used to run government institutions in the war-torn Horn of Africa country, with an average 80 percent of withdrawals made for private purposes, according to a U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday.
CAPE TOWN - Yvette Lotter, the widow of Oudtshoorn man Morne Lotter, 42, one of two South Africans killed after an attack on a United Nations facility in Somalia on Wednesday, has described him as a "tremendous family man".
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The gruesome attack on the U.N. compound in Mogadishu that killed 18 people has shocked the world. Once the “Breaking News” hit the social media, condemnations, condolences, and blame started pouring.
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DAKAR, Senegal June, (AP)
More ships and sailors fell prey to pirates off West Africa last year than off Somalia's coast, long the lair of pirates, according to a new report that highlights the risk posed by the rise in attacks on vessels in the Gulf of Guinea.
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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud has denied relations between Kenya and Somalia had soured following the setting up of a new administration in Jubaland headed by Sheikh Ahmed Madobe.
GARISSA (Xinhua) -- Omar Khalif, a local government official (Chief) in Kenya’s northern town of Garissa, where Somali militants recently killed six people, has described for the first time the grizzly details on the attack in his location.
BlackBerry’s last stronghold in the smartphone market may be under siege.
A review of Apple and Samsung’s software for use on the Defense Department’s secure classified and unclassified networks is expected to be completed within two weeks and could further curtail BlackBerry’s once dominant position among the security-conscious government employees.
By James M. Dorsey.
The military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi has presented the Obama administration with a dilemma. While the US saw its tacit backing for the Saudi-backed military intervention as a way of steering Egypt towards a more consensual transition to democracy, the military viewed its toppling of Morsi as an opportunity to deal a body blow to the Muslim Brotherhood. Consequently the US has become the bogeyman of both the revolutionary youth movement and the Brothers.
With hope and transformation in the air as Somalia experiences its first sustained period of peace for two decades, a group of veteran Somalian artists have taken up their brushes again to send out a message for a better future that can be seen large and clear all around the city.
Many Somalis left their country due to conflict, famine in their respected country and risked their lives braving a treacherous journey to reach South Africa searching better life, but ended up in misery they left behind in their home country and worst. While perpetrators never those behind the attacks never to brought to justice.
BY JONATHAN SCHANZER- FP --
Sensational reports in the Guardian and Washington Post recently blew the lid off of the National Security Agency's (NSA) electronic surveillance efforts, which have harvested everything from phone calls to Facebook posts for intelligence purposes.
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If there is one lesson Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should have drawn from the popular revolts that toppled four Arab leaders and sparked civil war in Syria in the last two years, it is that police brutality strengthens protesters’ resolve and particularly that of militant, street battle-hardened soccer fans.
BY HALA ALKARIB.
Muhildeen Shikh Mohamed is one of the few Somali men who stood up to defend his wife, Lul Ali Isman when she was gang raped by government security men. His story is among many of the hidden acts of sexual violence in Somalia in which more men need to stand up against this abuse against women
Taking a domestic flight in Somalia is an experience that can best be described as travelling to the brink of death and coming back. The airplanes on the domestic routes are commonly called express flying coffins and those who survive a flight on them are fittingly referred to as coffin dodgers.
By Abdi Dirshe.
May 25, 2013, Canada.
"One of the key objectives is to move to an arrangement in which there is a sovereign Somali voice speaking for the Somali people," Ambassador James C. Swan, the US Special Representative for Somalia, in London on May 7, 2013. (US State Department
Swedish football fans stormed the pitch on Sunday night after IFK Gothenburg beat Djurgården in The Swedish Cup Final, in a violent victory march that saw at least one flares hurled into the crowd and that required police intervention.
By Mike Collett.
LONDON (Reuters) - A brilliant Franco-Dutch move involving Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben in the final minutes settled a memorable all-German Champions League final as Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed they will not be having lunch with Bayern chiefs when the two teams meet this weekend as relations between the sides have deteriorated.
Mogadishu (Nov. 17, 2013) - A success anti-piracy project in Central Somalia, which disengaged over 900 pirate men from the sea pirating faces eminent set back after the Belgium police arrested Mohamed Abdi Mohamed aka Afweyne, the chairman of Somalia Anti-Piracy Agecy (SAPA), who was running the project in central Somalia, an area formerly depicted as pirate haven.
Mogadishu - QN - Alshabab fighters loyal to the leader of the group Sheikh Muktar Abu Zubeyr aka Ahmed Godane Thursday executed top ranking Alqaeda officials in Shongolow town in Gedo region of Southwest Somalia.
He Agreement between the Somali Federal Government (SFG) and the leaders of the Jubba regions in Addis Ababa on 27 August is a much-needed break from a protracted stalemate between the two sides following the needless death and injury of hundreds of innocent Somalis.
Baidoa, QN - The president of Ganaane State of Somalia Nuur Mohamed Moalim aka Bukurow condemned the looting of a food aid intended for the vulnerable members of the internally displaced persons in Baidoa.
Mogadishu:-As the holy month of Ramadan is going to end and start the cheerful celebrations on this occasion, people in the Somali capital Mogadishu, the rest in the country and Muslim world are prepared while markets are very busy.
Mogadishu, QN - Sources in Bulomarer town of Lower-Shabelle region of Somalia confirmed that Alshabab's top leader Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr assigned a commander to lead an offensive against the supporters of Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Ali aka Abu Mansur, who was the second in rank before splitting the Amir.
Mogadishu, QN - H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, has condemned the attack on Turkish civilians in Mogadishu today and offered his condolences to the Government of Turkey, the victims and the families of those who have lost loved ones.
Mogadishu, QN - At least four people were killed and number of others were wounded after a suicide bomber driving car loaded with improvised explosives devises blew himself up in the front gate of the Turkish diplomats' residence in Mogadishu.
The Federal Government of Somalia has acknowledged the report of the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, but expresses his concern over numerous inaccuracies, contradictions and factual gaps and calls for proper consultation and an Adjudication Panel for all future reports.
Mogadishu, QN - The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in Somalia (HIPS) lambasted to the UN Somalia and Eritrea monitoring group's allegations that accused its director to partisan and group representation.
Mogadishu, QN - The UN arms embargo monitoring group on Somalia and Eritrea released a detailed report on Somalia which they shed light on the corruption, spoilers and political and security involvement in Somalia.
Mogadishu, QN - Gunmen murdered an outspoken Somali peace and Human Rights Activist Abdi Farah who was the head of Puntland region's Peace and Human Rights Network and he was the deputy of Peace and Human Rights Network in Somalia.
Mogadishu, QN - At least five people were killed and more than 10 others were wounded after heavy car bombing explosion targeted to AMISOM convoy passing the airport road in Mogadishu, officials confirmed..
Jubba-South Sudan, QN – The President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud leading a high profile delegation pays two days of official visit to South Sudan, where he is supposed to attend the national freedom day of South Sudan together with other African leaders at an occasion for the celebration of this day when southern Sudan separated from rest of Sudan two years ago.
Mohamed Osman – QN - Second phase of talks between the Somali Federal Government and Somaliland breakaway administration of Northern Somalia, has officially started in Istanbul city, the capital city Turkey as the two delegations reached there on Sunday and met with Turkey foreign minister Ahmed Davutoglu.
Mogadishu, QN – A plane carrying the Somalia president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud urgently landed at Mogadishu’s Adan Adde International airport 30minutes after it took off due to what the pilots described as engine failure.