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At AU summit, Kerry should speak out for a free press- CPJ
CPJ (New York) – The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to US Secretary of State John Kerry to ask him to include in his discussions at the AU Summit the issue of press freedom in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia where a systematic crackdown on independent journalists has continued unabated.With seven journalists behind bars, Ethiopia trails only Eritrea as Africa’s worst jailers of the press.
The Horn of Africa has been ravaged by war and famine for decades, and now one of Somalia's regions, hopes to become an independent state. Somaliland sits on the Gulf of Aden and is officially regarded as an autonomous region of Somalia. The two were, however, separate until 1960. During the civil war in the 1980s, 40,000 people from Somaliland were killed, and nearly half a million fled. The region then declared independence in 1991. Since then, it has held four peaceful elections. Ahmed Mahamoud Silany, the president, told Al Jazeera that Somaliland would like to retain its independence, despite Somalia's calls to be united with region.
Sabti, May 18, 2013 (HOL) — Madaxweynaha Somalia, Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud ayaa markii ugu horreysay ka hadlay arrimaha ka taagan Jubbooyinka, isagoo sheegay in waxyaabaha ka taagan ay qayb ka yihiin waxyaabihii ay muddada ka digaysay dowladda. Sidoo kale, Xasan Sheekh ayaa ka hadlay Somaliland, isagoo xusay in midnimada Soomaaliya ay tahay mid muqadas ah, loona baahan yahay in shacabka ku nool gobollada Waqooyiga Soomaaliya ay dib u liqaan hankooda. "Waxyaabaha ka dhacaya Jubbooyinka waa arrimihii ay dowladdu ka digayso muddooyinkii lasoo dhaafay, waxaana caddaatay in shirarkii Jubbooyinka ka socday iyo wixii kasoo baxayba aysan ahayn wax loo dhamaa," ayuu yiri Xasan Sheekh oo ka hadlayay xaflad lagu furayay xarun lagu xannaaneeyo agoonta oo laga furay degmada Wadajir ee gobolka Banaadir.
Somalia: Jubaland leaders host IGAD committee in Kismayo meeting
KISMAYO, Somalia May 18, 2013 (Garowe Online) - A delegation from the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) arrived Saturday in the Somali southern port city of Kismayo and was warmly received by Jubaland President Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) in Kismayo, Garowe Online reports. The delegation, led by IGAD General Secretary Mahboub Maalim, plans to hold meetings with Jubaland leaders and community elders in Kismayo. In April 2013, IGAD issued a communiqué on Somalia and called for an IGAD-led “confidence-building mission” to Kismayo. Sources in Kismayo tell Garowe Online that the IGAD delegation has held a three-way meeting with Jubaland leaders including President Madobe, Vice President Abdullahi Sheikh Abdullahi Fartaag, community elders, and a Federal Government delegation currently visiting Kismayo.
Abdu Ibrahim Mohammed was 15 years old when he began trekking with caravans of camels to collect salt in a sun-blasted desert basin of north Ethiopia that is one of the hottest places on earth. Now 51 and retired, he has passed his camels to his son to pursue this centuries-old trade in “white gold” from the Danakil Depression, where rain almost never falls and the average temperature is 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 Celsius). But the tradition of hacking salt slabs from the earth’s crust and transporting them by camel is changing as a paved road is built across the northern Afar region.
Kenyan President seeks Nigeria’s intervention in solving Somalia’s problem
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has requested Nigeria’s help in finding an African solution to the Somali crisis, which he said, had spilled into Kenya. William Ruto, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya and Special Envoy of Mr. Kenyatta to Mr. Jonathan, delivered the message at the State House, Abuja on Friday. He said, “Nigeria plays a leadership role in Africa and Kenya needs you to join other leaders for a framework to help resolve the Somali problem.’’Mr. Kenyatta said that Mr. Jonathan’s personal intervention in the Somali problem would help greatly. He also spoke on improving relations through extending Kenya Airways flight to Abuja as well as Kenya’s commitment to enhancing intra-African trade.
Seminar: Qatar`s peace-making role in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa,
UMB, NUPI and FAFO invite to a seminar at Litteraturhuset, Oslo, with guest speakers from Yemen, Somalia and Palestine (Gaza). The speakers will analyse Qatar’s efforts, the consequences and the strategies used by the country when engaging in peace-making efforts.Qatari peace-making diplomacy has increasingly been felt around the world; Qatar has over the last years been involved in mediation in Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen, Eritrea-Djibouti and Somalia with a mix of failures and successes. The Qatari involvement often puzzles the international society which asks why the Qataris put so much emphasis on peace-making and if they promote values, especially when it comes to gender – their approach being somewhat incompatible with more traditional Western efforts of conflict mediation. This seminar focuses on Qatari peace-making efforts, the modus operandi, and whether Qatari-Norwegian cooperation could enhance peace efforts in the respective countries.
TV Itoobiya oo sheegay in la soo Xidho Ganacsato Gobalka Ogaden ka soo Jeeda.
Addis Ababa (Ogadentoday Press)- Telefishinka Xukumadda Dowladda Itoobiya ayaa caawo shaaciyay in 11 ka mid ah Ganacsado Dalka Itoobiya xabiska loo taxaabo. 3 ka mid ah Ganacsataan ayaa la sheegay inay ka soo Jeedaan Gobalka Ogaden. Ganacsaddan ayaa la sheegay in lala xidhiidhinayo arrimo musuq maasuq ah oo Dowladda Itoobiya ay u xidhay Wasiirka Dakhliga Itoobiya isbuucii la soo dhaafay.Tan iyo Intii la xidhay Wasiirkan isla markaasna la sheegay in Ganacsato Baddan lala xidhay ayaa waxaa wadnaha farta ku haya Dhamaan Ganacsata ku xidhnayd Dowladda Iyo Maamulada Kililadda oo qandaraasyo ka qaadan Jirtay Xukumadda.Dadka arrimahan ku xeel dheer ayaa sheegaya in Ganacsaddu tahay meelaha Masuuliyintu ku qarsadaan Lacagta ay ka dhacaan Dowladda looguna talagalay adeega Shacabka (Public Service)
Central bank chief turns recovery skills on Somalia
When Washington DC was in financial crisis in the 1990s, Somali-born Abdusalam Omer joined a team that turned its “junk” bonds into investment grade paper. Now, as governor of the Central Bank of Somalia, he wants to transform a “failed” state. There is no escaping the scale of his new assignment. His office in Mogadishu is surrounded by the bombed out shells of former banks, symbols of Somalia’s shattered economy and its broken financial system after two decades of conflict.“We have to build brick by brick and person by person,” Omer told Reuters by telephone from the smartly painted central bank, which stands out against nearby wrecks that once housed Banca di Roma, Commercial Bank of Somalia and other institutions.
Somalia: President Madobe nominates Gen. Fartaag as Jubaland vice president
KISMAYO, Somalia May 17, 2013 (Garowe Online) - The newly elected president of Jubaland state in southern Somalia has nominated Gen. Abdullahi Ismail Fartaag as the state’s new Vice President in accordance with the adopted State Charter, Garowe Online reports.Jubaland President Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) nominated Gen. Fartaag as Jubaland Vice President after consultations with community elders, politicians and intellectuals, according to sources in Kismayo.Gen. Fartaag took the oath of office Friday afternoon in Kismayo in front of community elders and other sectors of Jubaland society, witnesses reported. Speaking to the media, Gen. Fartaag said the Jubaland election of Ahmed Madobe as the new state’s first president was “right and legitimate”.
MOGADISHU - Somalia's prime minister is expected to face a vote of confidence next week, lawmakers said on Friday, and backers of the challenge said they were frustrated with the pace of political reform.Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid heads a fledgling government Western capitals say is the best the strifetorn country has had for decades, determined to improve security, impose the rule of law and end corruption. A vote against the prime minister could threaten the delicate recovery of a nation Western powers have long seen as a launchpad for militant Islam across east Africa and beyond, analysts said. One said Saaid was likely to survive.“(The government) vowed to tackle many things in the first six months but they have achieved nothing,” said legislator Dahir Amiin. “The ministers just sit on their seats, they do not know what is going on.”Other lawmakers confirmed the motion had been filed and said a debate in the 275-seat chamber was expected on May 22.
Addis Ababa — Despite comments by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn suggesting the pending withdrawal of his country's troops from Somalia, many experts have voiced doubts that Ethiopia will pull out of Somalia before it is capable of handling its security without assistance. "Ethiopia has a big interest in Somalia and will remain, keeping its eyes wide open there for some time," Abel Abate, from the state-funded think tank the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development, told IPS."One purpose is to avoid the threat posed by the Islamist Al-Shabaab group, which sees Ethiopia as an enemy. And secondly, to show the world that it has made a significant contribution to peace and stability in the region."Somalia is still recovering from nearly two decades of war, and large parts of the Horn of Africa nation have been under siege by the extremist Al-Shabaab.
(Ogadentoday Press)- Magaalooyinka waa weyn ee Soomaalidu ku nooshahay ayaa laga dareemaya Sannad guuradda 22 ee ka soo wareegtay Markii Gobaladda Waqooyi ay sheegeen inay ka go,aan Somaaliya inteeda Kalle.18 May oo ah Maalinka Gooni isu taaga Somaliland ayaa laga dareemaya Magalooyinka Hargaysa Iyo Burco Sidoo Kalle.Dhanka Kalle Maamulka Khaatumo State ayaa wadda Maalinka Nadaafadda oo ah 18 May oo ah maalin ay u aqoon sadeen Maalinka Nadaafadda ee Gobaladda Sool, Sanaad Iyo Cayn oo Somaliland sheegato.
Jubaland Gains Support, As Federal Govt Rejects Outcome
Kismayo — Somalis abroad and at home have been expressing their support for the new Jubaland state President elect Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed (Madoobe) as a Somali Federal Government (SFG) Minister rejected the elections, Garowe Online reports.Somalis from Puntland, southern Somalia, Somaliland and ones living abroad have sent their congratulations to the newly elected President of Jubaland state, Sheikh Madoobe, who won the elections held in the port city of Kismayo in a landslide victory on Wednesday. He won 480 votes out of the 500 delegates, who were tasked with the state formation process of Jubaland - backed by IGAD - that has been ongoing since 2011.
Lewiston’s Zam Zam Mohamud becomes first Somali immigrant on school board
LEWISTON, Maine — Zam Zam Mohamud, described as popular and well-regarded in the community by a Bates College professor, is the city’s first Somali to serve on the Lewiston School Committee.Her appointment is a turning point for Lewiston, “when our city representatives begin to reflect our shifting demographics,” said Elizabeth Eames, an associate professor of anthropology at Bates. Of Lewiston’s student-age population of 5,139, 23 percent are English Language Learners, the majority from Somali families.“Zam Zam bridges all sides of the community with her charismatic personality, high-voltage energy supply, linguistic facility and multiple cultural competencies,” Eames said.