Mogadishu, Wednesday November 28, 2018: We the undersigned media associations in Somalia would hereby echo the concerns raised by our umbrella trade union NUSOJ demanding for an end to the official intimidation and pressure on Somali journalists by the government.
The inclination whereby Somali journalists are arrested, jailed, threatened is worrying and is against all international laws and basic Human rights and provision of freedom of expression by the provisional Somalia constitution.
We would therefore demand the immediate release of freelance journalist Ismail Sheikh Nur who was arrested over a Facebook post deemed critical to the government on November 20th and to date is yet to be prosecuted.
In conclusion we also recommend from the executive branches and the other government institutions to respect the constitution, the media law, and the freedom of expression.
Any government act against these provisions embark on illegal acts is a direct violation of the Constitution, so we hope the government will be in line with
Friday November 9, 2018
Somali-born model Kafia Mahdi poses under a Budapest statue for a fashion shoot in this season’s leopard-skin print. At only 19, she seems to have found a glamorous new life in Hungary.
However, her journey here was difficult and her success began with small, painful steps in a children’s home.
Now a documentary film has been released about Kafia’s transformation from child refugee to fashion star.
“Easy Lessons” (“Könnyű Leckék”) by Hungarian director Dorottya Zurbó shows Kafia at school and starting her modelling career. On the surface, all seems well, but her heart is heavy at leaving her mother behind and being uprooted from her culture in Somalia.
“Working on the film was challenging,” Kafia said ahead of the documentary’s release in Hungarian cinemas last month. “I had to share my full story, my feelings and my deepest thoughts, which I always find hard to express. But after a while, I got to know the crew and that made me comfortable to open up about a lot of things.”
Kafia grew up in Qoryoley in southern Somalia with her mother, stepfather and six siblings. War was ever-present. Her natural father wanted to marry her off when she was 14, but Kafia dreamt of emancipation and education.
“In Somalia, the men order us around,” she says. “You can’t say what’s on your mind.” It was especially hard for her to leave her mother. “I was always Mummy’s girl.”
To avoid a forced marriage and seeking an education, Kafia left Somalia aged 15. After a hard journey, which took almost a year, Kafia, was stopped as she tried to cross from Serbia to Hungary.
“I didn’t know where we were,” she says. “I had no idea what language they (the border guards) were speaking. But I didn’t care. I just wanted to be in a safe place.”
Hungarian authorities separated the refugees, sending older ones to reception centres and the under-aged into care. Kafia went to what had in communist times been a huge orphanage in the town of Fot, near Budapest.
“I felt pretty bad,” she says. “There was only one other girl, also from Somalia, and at first we had to share accommodation with the boys. But the social workers were kind and I decided to make an effort. I started to learn Hungarian. When you speak Hungarian, you understand these people. They are straightforward and nice.”
From the orphanage, Kafia moved to sheltered housing for troubled teenagers in Budapest. She was the only non-Hungarian in the home.
“The other girls were screaming and fighting and cutting themselves. I wasn’t a naughty girl. What was I doing there? But they accepted me and I got on with my studies. I graduated in all subjects from high school.”
Kafia has protected status and hopes for Hungarian citizenship.
Probably because of her striking appearance, Kafia was stopped several times on the streets of Budapest and offered modelling jobs, but she was wary. She accepted work with an agency recommended by friends and received commissions to model for designers, magazines and hairdressers.
The leopard-skin patterned dress she is modelling is for an online fashion store. Among the tourists taking photographs near the statue, Kafia looks professional as she stands against white stone walls and a blue sky.
“I was always interested in beautiful things,” she says. “Back in Somalia, I liked the colourful textiles. We wore little scarves that were soft, see-through and elegant. It didn’t have to be a heavy burqa.”
Besides modelling, Kafia earns a living by checking tickets at a cinema and working as a receptionist at a magazine. Aware that modelling will only take her so far, she has started language studies.
Kafia spent two years making the film with director Zurbó, who says she is “interested in multicultural subjects, questions of identity”.
The film shows Kafia studying, doing sports, learning to swim, wearing Western clothes and even going ballroom dancing. The story is threaded with monologues in Somali, exposing her homesickness.
In the final scene, Kafia wraps herself in a headscarf for a video call with her mother back in Somalia. How can she explain her new lifestyle?
“I’m so afraid,” she tells her mother through the film. “If you knew what I do, what would you say? Would you despise me?”
At the premiere, Kafia, chic in a leather skirt and long earrings, accepts congratulations and hugs, but is all too aware of the emotional cost of her success in Europe.
She is modest about her achievements. “The film has made me more noticeable but I don’t really consider myself a star. I hope it will help other refugees by showing them they are capable of doing anything.”
Friday November 9, 2018
Female MPs from around the world sit in the chamber of the House of Commons in London. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA
A century since legislation paved way to universal suffrage in UK, parliament hosts meeting of female MPs from around the world
Female MPs from around the globe have pledged to form an international sisterhood and to support each other’s fight for gender equality.
In the centenary year of legislation paving the way to universal suffrage in Britain, the UK has hosted the first-ever meeting of female MPs from every parliament in the world.
At the gathering of 120 women from 86 countries at the Houses of Parliament in London, Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary and minister for women, praised the “powerful, strong, courageous women” who had gathered, saying they had been motivated by love “of our nations, your children and humanity” – thanking one politician for bringing her baby into the House of Commons
Friday November 9, 2018
Tom McCarthy in New York
Kirstjen Nielsen and Matthew Whitaker said they were using ‘the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction’. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
“In its rush to obstruct asylum seekers, the administration is attempting an end run around the law,” said Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council. “Congress has spoken clearly. Individuals are not required to ask for asylum at a port of entry. Any person in the United States must have access to the asylum process.”
Motivated by a sense of moral purpose and in accordance with international norms settled after the second world war, the United States accepts asylum applicants who fear persecution in their home countries due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Just under 40,000 applications for asylum in the United States were made by Mexicans and Central Americans in the five fiscal years from 2011 through 2016, while about 35,000 came from China, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (Trac), a data-gathering organization at Syracuse University.
The rejection rate of more than 80% for Mexican and Central American asylum-seekers is far higher, however, than the rejection rate for Chinese asylum-seekers, 22%. Trac figures indicate that a couple of hundred Mexicans at most are granted US asylum each year.
But if the new Trump regulations seemed ill-equipped to ease pressure on the “overwhelmed” US asylum system, they could serve the purpose of tying Trump’s political identity even more tightly to Americans’ concerns about immigrants from Central America and Mexico.
In the weeks leading up to the midterm elections, Trump raised alarm about an “invasion” of immigrants from the south and even deployed the US military to the border – in an operation that the administration and media wholly dropped after the elections.
“While the administration clearly felt an urgent need to politicize the plight of a group of people – mostly mothers and children – traveling slowly through Mexico in advance of Tuesday’s midterm elections, that hardly provides the urgency needed to justify putting this cruel policy in place without first hearing from the public,” Jawetz said.
“With the Trump administration, it’s useful to remember that as much as they embrace fear-mongering and anti-immigrant bias for their perceived political benefits, they are also committed to furthering an anti-immigrant and anti-refugee agenda every single day.”
The new Trump policy was signed by the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, the lead apologist for Trump’s policy of family separations at the border, and by the acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, whose appointment on Wednesday was deemed plainly illegal by John Yoo, who crafted the George W Bush administration’s legal argument for torture.
Homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker issue new restrictive regulation
Citing an “overwhelmed” asylum system, the Trump administration on Thursday announced new restrictions on asylum-seekers at the border with Mexico, in a move that experts said violated immigration laws.
The new regulation declares that people can apply for asylum along the US-Mexican border only at official ports of entry.
However, the Immigration and Nationality Act “says very clearly that any person can apply for asylum whether or not at a designated port of arrival”, said Tom Jawetz, vice-president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, in a statement.
The Trump administration has a track record of proclaiming illegal immigration restrictions that are later thrown out in court, beginning with multiple travel bans the White House attempted to impose shortly after Trump’s inauguration. A narrow and temporary version of Trump’s travel ban was allowed to take effect.
Press Release for the Endless Political Failures of the Somali Federal Government & Its Corrupted Leadership Swindling Funds with the Foreigners, the World Bank Africa, IMF and their International #NGOS in #Somalia
Mogadishu on Thursday November 09, 2018 the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially exposes that the Somali Federal Government and its current corrupted leadership had intentionally failed to lead #Somalia forwardness and into good governance.
Since on Wednesday February 08, 2017 until now Somalia has not established the Somali Judiciary Commission, never appointed qualified and experienced judges in accordance with the Somali Federal Constitution while the Somali Federal Government has unanimously neglected to form the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency.
It is true that the majority of Somali people have decreased to support the Somali Federal Government 78.9% after the Office of the Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and the Office of the President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo agreed to oust the Former Speaker of the Somali Federal Lower House Parliament MP Hon. Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari whose firing cost millions of bribes to the Members of the Somali Federal House Parliament.
On the other hand, the Somali people lost confidence with the Somali Federal Government when several prominent personalities who have serving the Somali Cabinet resigned officially after they exposed massive and extraordinary ongoing corruption at the Office of the Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and the Office of the President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo.
More than half of the Somali Federal Cabinet declared their resignations in regard to unknown reasons, and some Ministers were replaced with puppet alike personalities more than twice such as the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Somali Ministry of Information, the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Somali Ministry of Interior etc.
It is true that the Somali Federal Government hired ex- well-known #Shabab #Terrorists Intelligence and Bomb Squad Commanders into several key governmental posts as directors within the Somali Security Agencies where they organized and coordinated deadly terror attacks against innocent civilians as well as foreign peace-keeping troops such as AMISOM Somalia, EuroSOM Troops and NGOS operating across Somalia.
If and when the #WorldBank, the #IMF, the #UN for #Somalia and other International Supporters for Somalia are acting careless to support and fund Somalia’s Shabab terrorists invested government with the intention of swindling on phony projects in Somalia without transparency, accountability and trustworthiness then you better remember that there is and there are still concerned Somali citizens who can and will report such internal and external corruption to Somalia and the world at large.
As we say this proverb; prevention is better than cure!
It is also actual reality that the Somali public servants have not been receiving their monthly salaries for past 9 months while the Somali Minister of Finance H.E. Abdirahman Du’ale Beyle had several times stated that the Somali Ministry of Finance gives salaries to public servants monthly unfortunately, the Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Ahmed Awad has publicly exposed that the entire staff of the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not been getting their salaries for past 9 months so, if the entire staff at the Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs were working without salaries for past 9 months then what should we expect other Somali Federal Ministries?
The #truth is, the Somali Federal Government spends the Somali local income generated budget to dismantle and fire regional semi-autonomous presidents in order to replace with their hand picked puppet alike regional semi-autonomous presidents whom they will count on the future selection and the appointments of the Somali Representatives of the Lower and Upper Houses in 2020 elections.
Well, the Somali Federal Government spent millions to bribe Somali local media outlets in order to cover up serious corruption and other criminal cases including organized and political assassinations since such current failed leadership took up power until now, and the Somali Criminal Justice working properly and it is another form of constant terrorism.
Half of the Current Somali Cabinet are either committed crimes such past inter-tribal violence, rape, stealing or killing innocent people in various ways of known and unknown business related issues, and they are still acting above the law.
Misfortunately, the AMISOM Troops have either wounded or killed innocent people in Mogadishu and various places they are stationed while foreign fighter jets and drones have killed unknown and known Somalis in various targeted places where Shabab terrorists have been hiding as their hideouts.
Seriously, Somalis are confused with the Somali Federal System and the Somali Power-Sharing Formula 4.5 scale which is not based on equality among Somali clans, and it was an lien quota to mislead and divide the Somali people into more cursed sects of tribal supremacy.
As we know that there are internal and external political derailing forces, and each group intend to either get good posts or get opportunity to get rich easily by stealing and misappropriating public funds or assets as usual.
The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) would like to request Somalis and the international community not give financial support or funds to the Somali Federal Government unless they establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency,
It is almost two years since the Somali Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo was appointed on Wednesday February 08, 2018 until now, and it is unacceptable and unconstitutional to reject to form the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency.
The Somali Armed Forces Court (The Somali Military Court) is run, managed and led by inexperienced Somali young people who had even looted the ranks of senior military officials such as Lieutenant-Colonels, Colonels and generals who never had enough experience prior to their illegal and unconstitutional appointments, and their rule of law is commonly based on conflict of interests and favoritism of the current ruling elite in Somalia’s fragile and Shabab Terrorists hiring federal government where criminals from minority clans sentenced to harsh jail terms and death penalty while criminals from major Somali clans are charged less jail term sentences and often released them after they pay bribes to corrupted officials working in the Somali broken judicial system.
If you can not form the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency then you better step down!
Spending public funds and assets for personal and group show won’t help us to win over our enemies and bring prosperous life to the Somali people therefore; if you can not lead like a grown up man then you need to step down!
And please you better appoint good and clean advisers to help you lead us well!
No lies! You can not hide the truth!
Wake up Somalis!
And Let’s start defending our country from internal and external enemies.
The Most Extreme Corruption funded by the International Community in Somalia
How can #Somalia’s Federal Finance Minister Dr. Du’ale Bayle bring the Somali Federal Budget in 2019 when he has not printed any Somali shillings for almost past two years? The truth is, this is Most Extremely Corrupted Somali Federal Government which has been hiring well-known #Shabab#Terrorists as top Somali Government Security Commanders and Advisers as well as funding political derailments against the Somali Semi-autonomous states in Somalia.
It is true that Somali Ministry of Finance paid $ millions to Somali Government employees to derail and run for regional presidents in several semi-autonomous states while even providing bullet proof cars as widely and publicly exposed by many local and international media outlets which Somali elders and Members of the Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives voiced against such illegal financing and replaced elected officials with cons from the Somali Federal Government so,
Can the Somali Minister of Finance Mr. Bayle came out clean and expose how much his Somali Federal Government pay for political illegalities and unconstitutional derailments in Somalia?
Wake up Somalis now and stop this endless internal and political failures which continues since on February 08, 2017 until now on.
Tuesday October 30, 2018 The European Union Naval Force say they have blown up an abandoned boat from which pirates had attempted to hijack a Hong Kong-flagged ship on the Indian Ocean. Suspected pirates shot at the bulk carrier earlier this month but the attack was unsuccessful. The force says the boat was destroyed to deter further attacks. A BBC colleague has tweeted a gif of the destruction of the suspected pirate boat: The abandoned boat was tracked to a small bay by an EU warship that had been patrolling the Indian Ocean. Tools usually used by pirates were found on board. Piracy off the coast of Somalia has fallen drastically over the last 10 years, largely due to the presence of EU and Nato warships on the Indian Ocean. There has not been a successful attack for over a year and a half.
Indonesia Lion Air flight with 189 on board crashes into sea October 29, 2018
A Lion Air plane with 189 people on board crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia’s capital on Monday in a blow to the country’s aviation safety record after the lifting of bans on its airlines by the European Union and U.S.
Indonesia’s disaster agency posted photos online of a crushed smartphone, books, bags and parts of the aircraft fuselage that had been collected by search and rescue vessels that have converged on the area.Lion Air said the brand-new aircraft, on a 1-hour-and-10-minute flight to Pangkal Pinang on an island chain off Sumatra, was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and eight crew members. Indonesian TV broadcast pictures of a fuel slick and debris field. Distraught friends and relatives prayed and hugged each other as they waited at Pangkal Pinang’s airport. The National Search and Rescue Agency’s deputy chief, Nugroho Budi Wiryanto, said some 300 people including soldiers, police and local fishermen are involved in the search and that so far it has recovered no bodies — only ID cards, personal belongings and aircraft debris. At the agency’s headquarters in Jakarta, family members turned up, hoping desperately for news. Feni, who uses a single name, said her soon to be married sister was on the flight, planning to meet relatives in Pangkal Pinang. “We are here to find any information about my younger sister, her fiance, her in-law to be and a friend of them,” said Feni. “We don’t have any information,” she said, as her father wiped tears from reddened eyes. “No one provided us with any information that we need. “We’re confused. We hope that our family is still alive,” she said. Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani also arrived at the agency and met with its chief, seeking information about 20 finance ministry staff who were on the flight after attending a ministry event in Jakarta. The search and rescue agency said the flight ended in waters off West Java that are 30 to 35 meters (98 to 115 feet) deep. The agency’s chief Muhammad Syaugi told a news conference that divers are trying to locate the wreckage. The Boeing 737 Max 8 was delivered to Lion Air in mid-August and put in use within days, according to aviation website Flightradar24. Malindo Air, a Malaysian subsidiary of Jakarta-based Lion Air, was the first airline to being using the 737 Max 8 last year. The Max 8 replaced the similar 800 in the Chicago-based planemaker’s product line. Boeing spokesman Paul Lewis says Boeing is “closely monitoring the situation” but did not provide details on the aircraft in question. The pilot of Flight 610 had more than 6,000 flying hours while the co-pilot had more than 5,000 hours. Indonesia’s Transport Ministry said the plane took off from Jakarta about 6.20 a.m. and crashed just 13 minutes later. Data from FlightAware showed it had reached an altitude of only 5,200 feet (1,580 meters). The transport ministry said crisis centers have been set up Pangkal Pinang’s airport and Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta airport. The crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea in December 2014, killing all 162 on board. Indonesian airlines were barred in 2007 were flying to Europe because of safety concerns, though several were allowed to resume services in the following decade. The ban was completely lifted in June this year. The U.S. lifted a decadelong ban in 2016. Lion Air, a discount carrier, is one of Indonesia’s youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations. In 2013, one of its Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 people on board.
Police in Somalia are hunting for the gunmen who shot dead a local journalist, Mr Abdullahi Mohamed Hashi, on the outskirts of Mogadishu late on Saturday. Mr Hashi was working for a local independent broadcaster known as Daaru Sunnah and he was reportedly well known in the Eelasha Biyaha area outside Mogadishu. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the killing. Mr Hashi’s killing reaffirms that media practitioners in Somalia were still vulnerable to violence. Suffered injuries According to Shabelle Radio, an independent media in Mogadishu, Mr Hashi was killed by gunmen riding in a saloon car, who fled the crime scene soon afterwards. Government security agents arrived at the scene after the killers had made their escape. In the past two decades, tens of Somali journalists and media officials have fallen victims to violence. Many have been killed, others have suffered injuries while more have been forced to flee the country and several media houses forced to close down. Journalists in Somalia often tell of being threatened, arrested and attacked over their work
Monday October 22, 2018 As part of efforts to implement institutional reforms, the Somali Police Force (SPF) has trained 28 senior-level officers, on Strategic Planning and Management. Facilitated by the police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN and local experts, the course, the first of its kind for the force, is part of the organizational and culture change activities, being undertaken within the institution, to improve efficiency and performance, among top-level officers. The officials, most of whom head various directorates and units within the force, will use skills acquired to implement desired change. “With this training, the officers acquired skills, knowledge and attitudes, that are necessary for them to be able to rise to the occasion and professionally carry out their duties in accordance with the expectations of the Somali population, with due diligence to and observance of human rights,” said Christine Alalo, the Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner, at the conclusion of the ten-day course, in Mogadishu today. As a leadership tool, strategic management can be instrumental in fostering a culture of excellence and enhancing professionalism in a workforce, and in turn, maximize performance and output. AMISOM hopes, that the training will improve the interfacing and collaboration between various departments of the Somali Police Force. “We have learnt vital leadership skills that we didn’t know before. This training is a must for every senior officer,” said Lt. Col. Fadumo Hassan Mohamed, the SPF head of community policing, who was one of the trainees. Participants learnt how to develop a strategic vision and mission for the police force, principles of management, strategic planning and leadership, among other topics. “We need a lot of catching up to do, to reach the same level with the rest of the world; and recover quickly. The knowledge you have acquired shouldn’t sit with you. You need to cascade it down and pass it on to your junior officers. That’s the essence of imparting you with such skills,” Gen. Bashir Abdi Mohamed, the Somali Police Commissioner told the course participants. Gen. Ahmed Dayib Ahmed, the SPF head of operations described the training as timely, saying such leadership development courses boosted performance in the police hierarchy. The Federal Minister of Interior, Mr. Mohamed Abukar Islow and the Somali deputy Police Chief, Ms. Zakia Hussein attended the closing ceremony of the management course.
Ethiopia signs peace deal with rebels from gas-rich region
Monday October 22, 2018 Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia signed a peace deal on Sunday with Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels from its Somali Region, whom it had previously outlawed as a “terrorist group,” officials said. The ONLF launched its bid for secession of the Somali Region, also known as Ogaden, in eastern Ethiopia in 1984. In 2007, Ethiopian forces launched a large-scale offensive against the group after the rebels killed 74 people in an attack on a Chinese-run oil facility. Earlier this year, parliament removed the ONLF from a list of banned movements as part of a reform drive being led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has extended an olive branch to opponents. The ONLF declared a ceasefire in August. He has acknowledged and condemned widespread abuses by the security forces, likening the situation to state terrorism, and he has worked to forge peace with Eritrea, with which Addis Ababa has been locked in a military standoff since a 1998-2000 border war in which 80,000 people are thought to have died. Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Daniel Wallis
Somalia voices support for Saudi Arabia amidst mounting pressure over missing journalist
The Somali government reiterated its full support to Saudi Arabia and voiced opposition against attempts to undermine its sovereignty.In a statement released on Monday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, The Somali government said that they would remain steadfast in their support with the “brotherly” Kingdon of Saudi Arabia. It also warned against attempting to harm Saudi Arabia by targeting its economic interests. The statement goes on to say that the international community should move away from “provocations and deliberate campaigns against Saudi Arabia”. Saudi Arabia is suspected of luring journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Saudi agents murdered him and disposed of his body. Since the onset of the incident, Saudi officials have denied any wrongdoing and say that he merely left from a separate exit. They have been unable to provide proof to corroborate this claim. Somalia joined UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman and Jordan in issuing similarly worded statements reaffirming their support for Saudi Arabia. The comments come just hours before U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the journalist’s disappearance. President’s Trump’s comments appear to be a life jacket for Saudi officials who have been fumbling to explain the situation. Saudi Arabia has relied heavily on strong-arm diplomacy, threatening the international community that any action taken will be bet by even stronger action by the Saudi government. Domestically, the Kingdom has warned that spreading rumours or fake news is considered cybercrime and is punishable by a 5-year prison sentence and a hefty fine. The disappearance of Khashoggi has created a diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and the West. International firms have already begun pulling out of a high-profile investment summit, the Future Investment Initiative conference, due to take place later this month in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia Delivers $100 Million Pledged to U.S. as Pompeo Lands in Riyadh
By Ben Hubbard Wednesday October 17, 2018 BEIRUT, Lebanon — This summer, Saudi Arabia promised the Trump administration $100 million for American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the Islamic State. That money landed in American accounts on Tuesday, the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for discussions with the kingdom’s leaders about the fate of a missing Saudi dissident. Securing the funding is a win for President Trump, who has complained about how much the United States spends abroad and has tried to get allies to foot more of the bill. But the timing of the money’s arrival raised eyebrows even among some of the bureaucrats whose programs will benefit from the influx of cash. “The timing of this is no coincidence,” said an American official involved in Syria policy who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to speak to journalists. The official confirmed that the money arrived on Tuesday. The disappearance of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, has battered the image of Saudi Arabia and of its powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, a key player in many of the Trump administration’s ambitions for the Middle East. Turkish officials say that Mr. Khashoggi was slain inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by Saudi agents on Oct. 2 while he was trying to secure a document he needed to get married. Saudi leaders have denied harming Mr. Khashoggi, but have not provided a credible explanation of what happened to him. Mr. Trump threatened “severe punishment” if it was confirmed that Saudi Arabia killed Mr. Khashoggi. But after speaking with King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Monday, he suggested that “rogue killers” could have been responsible and dispatched Mr. Pompeo to Riyadh to see the Saudi king. In his strongest language to date over the mystery surrounding the missing journalist, Mr. Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday: “Here we go again with you’re guilty until proven innocent.” On Monday, a person with knowledge of Saudi Arabia’s plans said the kingdom was planning to blame the killing on rogue elements who did not act on official orders — a scenario that could allow the monarchy to acknowledge Mr. Khashoggi’s death while protecting its leaders from culpability. An endorsement of that conclusion by the Trump administration could help limit damage to Saudi Arabia’s international reputation. Brett McGurk, the United States envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State, dismissed the idea that Mr. Pompeo’s visit and the disbursement of funds were connected. The Saudis had committed the money in August, he said, and the United States had expected to receive it in the fall. “The specific transfer of funds has been long in process and has nothing to do with other events or the secretary’s visit,” Mr. McGurk said. But the official involved in Syria policy said the payment process had been unpredictable. The money was pledged in August but it was unclear when it would show up, if at all, until it suddenly landed in American accounts on Tuesday. Since he took office, Mr. Trump has been trying to limit the role of the United States in Syria, where a seven-year war has shattered the country, killed hundreds of thousands of people and left entire cities in ruins. He has spoken positively about the idea of withdrawing the approximately 2,000 American soldiers who are based in eastern Syria in areas once controlled by the Islamic State, although he now appears committed to leaving them there. In August, his administration decided not to spent $230 million that had already been earmarked for stabilization programs in that area. The Saudi money, in addition to another $50 million given by the United Arab Emirates, will allow American programs there to continue, but on other countries’ tabs. The funds will be used by USAID and the State Department for a variety of programs, including infrastructure repairs and provision of health, education and sanitation services.
Australia mulls banning some immigrants from biggest cities Wednesday October 10, 2018 ROD McGUIRK CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Startping a new life in Australia might not come with views of the Sydney Opera House or surfing at the city’s Bondi Beach with the government considering a ban on some immigrants from settling in big cities. Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said Tuesday that his government wants to cut the number of immigrants moving to Sydney and Melbourne in a bid to reduce congestion in Australia’s two biggest cities. Tudge said placing conditions on visas that force immigrants to stay in less popular centers for several years would increase the likelihood that they would settle in those places permanently. “Nearly every visa has conditions attached to it, so it wouldn’t be unusual to have a geographic attachment to a particular visa,” Tudge told Australian Broadcasting Corp. Australia mulls banning some immigrants from biggest cities. Australia has the fastest population growth of any advanced Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development country other than Canada, growing 1.6 percent a year. But the population of Melbourne grew last year by 2.7 percent, the population of the southeast corner of Queensland state around Brisbane and the Gold Coast grew by 2.3 percent, and Sydney grew by 2.1 percent. The main driver of population growth in Sydney and Melbourne was overseas migration, with 87 percent of skilled migrants to Australia and almost all refugees gravitating to those cities. Growth in the Brisbane-Gold Coast region reflected higher levels of population shift within Australia and a higher birthrate. Tudge said some categories of immigrants would be exempt from geographic blocks. Migrants who were sponsored by employers would be able to work where employers need them and those on family reunion visas, typically a foreigner marrying an Australia, would also be free to live where they chose. Sponsored employees make up 25 percent of Australia’s immigrant intake and family reunion visas make up 30 percent. Marion Terrill, an expert on cities and transport from the Melbourne-based Grattan Institute think tank, said governments need to improve infrastructure in major cities rather than curb population growth. “People are voting with their feet, they want to be in cities and so I think the job for government is to ensure that cities work and that people can get around rather than to try to get people to go where they don’t want to go,” Terrill said. Melissa Montero, an immigrant advocate and chief executive of the Sydney-based Community Migrant Resource Center, said immigrants need social support, language services as well as jobs to successfully resettle. Carla Wilshire, another immigrant advocate and chief executive of Migrant Council Australia in Canberra, suggested that government invest in services outside Sydney and Melbourne to make smaller towns more attractive to immigrants. Mark Morey, secretary of Unions NSW, which represents trade unions in New South Wales state, said the government’s plan would leave immigrants isolated, with fewer job options and with less pay than they could hope for in big cities. Myanmar must back ‘credible’ Rohingya inquiry, Japanese PM tells Suu Kyi Wednesday October 10, 2018 Hannah Ellis-Petersen and agencies Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech at the Akasaka palace in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday. Photograph: FRANCK ROBICHON/POOL/EPA Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has told Myanmar’s leader that a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims is key to resolving the crisis. Abe told a joint news conference after talks with Aung San Suu Kyi that Japan would support efforts by Myanmar to accommodate Rohingya who returned home from refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. “This problem is complicated and serious, and Japan will think with Myanmar and support its effort in resolving the problem,” Abe said on Tuesday. “A credible investigation by the independent panel is particularly important.” Aung San Suu Kyi said she welcomed Japan’s support “for our efforts for the refugees’ return.” However, Abe’s comments came just 24 hours after the UN special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee released a fact-finding report which concluded that Myanmar is “unable and unwilling” to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s military is accused of widespread rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and burning villages, which sent over 700,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh since August last year. A UN fact-finding mission released in August accused the Myanmar military of carrying out genocide against the muslim minority. Myanmar authorities, including the army, have rejected independent international investigations and conducted their own inquiries which have declared their forces free of criminal actions. Under pressure from the international community, in July the government commissioned another panel to investigate Rahkine. But Yee, who is banned from entering Myanmar because of her criticism of the regime, said the Myanmar government had proven itself incapable of carrying out an unbiased investigation, highlighting what she described as the country’s “limited and insufficient steps” so far. “The onus is on the international community to take action,” Yee warned. Speaking during her visit to Tokyo for a six-nation Mekong regional summit, Aung San Suu Kyi promised an “accurate and appropriate” investigation. She defended the government-commissioned panel as free and effective, and its members – one each from Japan and the Philippines and two from Myanmar – as experts on human rights and international issues. However, many have raised doubts about the panel’s impartiality and willingness to condemn any atrocities. The panel member from the Philippines, former undersecretary of foreign affairs Rosario Manalo, recently said of their investigation: “I will assure you that there will be no blaming of anybody, no finger-pointing of anybody”, while the Burmese lawyer on the panel, Aung Tun Thet, has publicly stated his disbelief that ethnic cleansing happened in Rahkine. In a speech on Monday to Japanese businessmen Aung San Suu Kyi had also pledged “transparency” over her government’s handling of the Rohingya crisis. She added: “I’m ready to acknowledge that we have challenges to face particularly with regard to Rakhine and with the struggles we have on the peace front.” Myanmar commissioned the panel after rights groups called for the international criminal court to investigate the alleged abuses. Myanmar’s government, which is not a member of the court in the Hague, rejected any participation in its proceedings. Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish newspaper releases names of 15 Saudi suspects Wednesday October 10, 2018 In the most detailed Turkish account about the reported murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a pro-government newspaper released late on Tuesday the alleged names and photos of 15 Saudi nationals it said travelled to Istanbul the day Khashoggi disappeared. Earlier on Tuesday, a source close to the investigation said 15 Saudis that visited the consulate that day and left the country are all under suspicion. Turks and civilians who also visited the building are all being treated as suspects, the source said. Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah published the names and pictures of the suspects along with the time they arrived and left from the airport. Three of them were members of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s elite close protection unit, the source told MEE. He added that the police report states that the luggage of the Saudi individuals was inspected upon their departure and did not contain anything suspicious. The Daily Sabah said the Saudi nationals arrived from Riyadh to Istanbul on two private jets with the tail numbers HZ SK1 and HZ SK2. According to the report, most of them stayed at the Wyndham Grand Hotel and Movenpick Hotel, which is close to the consulate. All of the them left early in the evening on Tuesday 2 October. According to a Washington Post report on Tuesday, US intelligence officials intercepted communications from Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Jamal Khashoggi. The officials wanted to bring him back to Saudi, the Post reported, citing an unidentified official familiar with the situation. The New York Times cited a Turkish official as saying a bone saw was used to dismember Khashoggi’s body. “The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the purpose,” the newspaper reported on Tuesday. Khashoggi, a Saudi columnist for the Washington Post who had been critical of his country’s ruler, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate to retrieve personal paperwork on 2 October. Turkish officials say they believe he was killed in the consulate. Saudi Arabia insists that he left less than an hour after arriving. But the kingdom has shown no evidence of his departure from the building. His fiancee, who was waiting outside, first raised the alarm when he did not emerge from the building past its hours of operation. On Tuesday, Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan released a statement calling for more information on Khashoggi’s whereabouts. He said: “Silence, delays and denials are not acceptable.” The consulate had instructed its 28 Turkish employees to take the day off on 2 October, Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet first reported on Monday night. Turkish security sources confirmed the newspaper’s report to MEE, and added that “there were intensive moves in and out of the consulate” last Tuesday. “The reason given to the Turkish employees to take the day off was there was an important diplomatic meeting,” a Turkish source told MEE. Limo company in N.Y. crash owned by FBI informant who infiltrated Muslim groups after 9/11 October 9, 2018Records indicate that the limousine company involved in a crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York is owned by a noted FBI informant.Federal transportation records say Prestige Limousine was owned by Shahed Hussain and was based at a motel in Gansevoort.Court records show that the Shahed Hussain who owns that motel gained fame in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks for infiltrating Muslim groups for the FBI.He posed as a terrorist sympathizer in at least three investigations.In one case, he helped convict men accused of plotting to bomb New York synagogues.AMISOM Police hands over refurbished police station to Somali Police authorities October 8, 2018Residents of Dayniile district in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu, can now enjoy better policing services closer to their homes, following the renovation of a hitherto derelict district police headquarters.The fully refurbished police building, rehabilitated with the support of the Japanese government, through AMISOM Police and the Civil Affairs Unit, was formally handed over to the Somali police authorities today.“We must exit (Somalia), when we have uplifted the Somali Police to a certain level of independence – in terms of capacity building and in terms of infrastructure and logistics,” said AMISOM acting Police Commissioner Ms. Christine Alalo, during the handover ceremonyShe reiterated AMISOM’s commitment to training and equipping the police force with necessary skills, to enable them improve their services across the country.Dayniile Police Station was identified for renovation by Individual Police Officers from AMISOM, who collocate with their Somali counterparts, in various police stations across the capital, to carry out a mentorship programme.Before its renovation, the station lacked decent sanitary facilities and office space. The refurbishment has created a humane working environment for police officers stationed at the facility.The deputy chief of the Somali Police Force Ms. Zakia Hussein, expressed gratitude to AMISOM for going beyond its primary duty, to help the Somali Police Force.“Thank you our partners AMISOM Police, not only for the help you have accorded to us, but also in every aspect of our policing and the way you are assisting us; and the way we are working together,” said the deputy police chief.The police station has also been fitted with solar panels to provide electricity. Additionally, Ms. Alalo donated 3,000 notebooks to the police officers to help in keeping records of incidents while in the field. The notebooks will be shared across police stations in the capital.Other than training and mentoring police officers, AMISOM has supported the construction, renovation and upgrade of various police stations across the country, with the aim of enhancing the standards of policing.
1. #BreakingNews #Shabab #Terrorists #Leading #Commander Sheikh Ali Dhere came to #Bakaraha #Market in #Mogadishu publicly where he starred #recruiting new #Shabab #terrorists. #Fact here that #Somali #Government is full of hired #Shabab #terrorists. @UN @amisomsomalia @AP @CNN 2. Ex- #Shabab #Terrorists #Leading #Commander Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu-Mansur is now officially running for the #Presidency of the Southwest State which is sem-autonomous federal state, & backed up by #Somali Federal #government. @UN @amisomsomalia @AP @CNN 3. Is the Current #Director of the #Somali #Immigration ex- Shabab #Terrorists #Intelligence & Bomb Squad #Commander? Which #Somali #Court pardoned his crimes against humanity? @UN @AMISOMSOmalia @UNSomalia @AP @Nytimes @CNN @AJENews @_AfricanUnion @itvnews @RT_com @Reuters4 How came ex- Shabab #Terrorists #Intelligence & Bomb Squad #Commander Zakariye Hersi became the Director of the #Somali National Intelligence and #Security #Agency (NISA) without punishing him with his #past #crimes @UN @AMISOMSOmalia @UNSomalia @AP @Nytimes5. Who is #Shabab #Terrorist? And who is a #government employee? How many top well-known #Shabab #terrorists are working within the #Somali Federal #Government armed and financed by #foreign #governments as well as #Somali #Federal #Government @UN @AMISOMSOmalia @UNSomalia @AP @Nytimes
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Options To End Somalia’s Current Political Stalemate
Somalia has entered a dangerous political stalemate that could unravel the significant progress made on peace-building and state-building since the end of the transition in 2012. The announcement on 8 September 2018 by the leaders of five federal member states to suspend cooperation with the Federal Government is alarming on many levels, not least because such a coordinated action by the states is unprecedented. The response – or lack of it – by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) on a crisis of this magnitude is a further cause for serious concern. More than ever before, it is essential that the two sides engage in serious dialogue, in order to reach viable and sustainable compromises. Download the full policy brief here
Soomaaliya waxay dhexda uga jirtaa khilaaf siyaasadeed oo khatar ah, keenina kara in ay kala daataan guulihii ballaarnaa ee laga gaaray nabadaynta iyo qaran-dhisidda tan iyo sannadkii 2012-kii, markii uu dhammaaday xilligii ku-meel-gaarnimada. Baaqii 8-dii September 2018 ay madaxda shanta maamul goboleed ku sheegeen in ay hakiyeen wada-shaqeyntii dowladda federaalka, waa arrin sababo badan dartood welwel u leh, waayo, cod iyo go’aan noocan ah oo dhiillo wata, oo ay goboleedyada dalka oo idil ku midaysan yihiin, waa arrin ugub ah. Jawaab celinta dowladda (ama jawaab la’aanta dowladda) ee xiisadda sidaan u baaxadda weyn, ayaa iyaduna ah arrin walaaceeda leh. Si ka badan siyaabihii hore ayay lagama maarmaan u tahay in labada dhinac ay u guda galaan wada xaajood, waayo, wadahadal ayaa ah wadiiqada ugu dhow ee heshiis looga gaari karo xasillooni darrada siyaasadeed ee hadda taagan.
Somali army kills 5 al-Shabab militants in southern region
Monday October 1, 2018 Somali National Army (SNA) on Sunday killed five al-Shabab militants and injured several others during a fierce fighting between the soldiers and insurgents in the southern part of the Horn of Africa nation. SNA Army Commander in the area, Yusuf Hussein Osman said the army and Jubbaland forces also liberated several areas during the operation which took place in regions about 70km north of Kismayo, the administrative capital of Jubbaland. “Our forces are making military progress in an on-going operation in the region, we killed five al-Shabab militants and several others were injured while two of our soldiers sustained injuries,” Osman told journalists. He said al-Shabab militants strongly resisted by dropping mortar shells towards the army but were overpowered. Among the areas liberated included Bangini, Mana-mufo and Koban — all in Jamame, the strategic and major al-Shabab stronghold town in Lower Jubba region. Osman vowed to carry out with operations to liberate several regions still under the militants’ control. Al-Shabab militants did not comment on the latest military operations in Lower Jubba region so far.
Canada agrees to new trilateral trade deal with U.S. and Mexico
Monday October 1, 2018 Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer OTTAWA – Canada has reached a new trilateral trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, after nearly 14 months of NAFTA renegotiations. The new deal is called the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA for short, according to a joint statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region. It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home,” the statement said. According to one high-level American source, the text of the deal was finalized around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, but issues remain around wording. It will take time to sort through the text of the deal, and to evaluate the details to assess the winners or losers, though tonight all three countries are celebrating the deal as a win-win-win. A senior Canadian official close to the talks tells CTV News that the deal is not 100 per cent finalized, but that as things stand, the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism remains intact; Canada will have a full cultural exemption; and Canada will be making what the source described as “modest” concessions on access to Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector, comparable to what was agreed to as part of the CPTPP trade deal. Though, one of the senior U.S. administration officials who briefed reporters on background Sunday night described Canada’s concessions on dairy as “a big win” for American farmers. These officials also said the deal includes stronger rules of origin,a review and termination provision aimed at preventing the deal from becoming outdated, and an “ambitious” slate of other provisions related to the digital age. Talks over the weekend have included looking at ways to protect against the Section 232 auto tariffs that Trump threatened again last week. The Canadian source said that an exemption will be made for autos, though it’s unclear what will happen with the currently-imposed steel and aluminum tariffs. The Americans made the text of the agreement public tonight, with the leaders of all three countries likely to convene before the end of November to sign the deal. “In short, we think this is a fantastic agreement for the United States but also for Canada and Mexico. It’s a great win for the president and a validation of his strategy in the area of international trade,” said one senior U.S. official. The deal on the table is subject to the approval of the federal cabinet, which convened in Ottawa late Sunday night. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the cabinet meeting inside his office across the street from Parliament Hill, where high-level staff and Freeland had been working over the weekend to secure a NAFTA deal. This gave cabinet members the opportunity to understand what is on the table and how it could impact their portfolios, or regions. It was an intense last-minute push from Canadian officials to get a trilateral deal before the midnight Sunday deadline. Trudeau departed shortly after 11 p.m., saying that it was “a good day for Canada” and he would have more to say on Monday. The federal cabinet was instructed to attend in-person, if they were in town, or to dial in on the phone to hear from Trudeau and his team. The House of Commons is scheduled to sit Monday morning.
Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Kuwait for talks
Monday October 1, 2018 Ahmed Hagagy Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reacts upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo KUWAIT (Reuters) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Kuwait on Sunday, state media reported, amid expectation that he will discuss oil supplies and a Kuwaiti mediation effort to resolve Saudi Arabia’s conflict with Qatar. Prince Mohammed will hold talks with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, state news agency KUNA reported. The Saudi prince is expected to discuss the resumption of oil output from a neutral zone which Saudi Arabia shares with Kuwait, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. He will be accompanied by Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih during his trip to Kuwait, two separate sources said. A Gulf Arab official told Reuters earlier that the dispute with Qatar would also be on the agenda. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed sanctions on Qatar accusing it of cosying up to Iran – their regional arch rival – and supporting terrorism. Doha denies the accusations. Kuwaiti mediation efforts have failed so far to end the dispute
Former Kenya Defense Minister, Yussuf Haji warns youth against joining Al-Shabaab
Hivi Sasa Monday October 1, 2018 Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji who served as the head of Kenya defense Ministry has warned youth against being lured to join terror militant groups like Al-Shabaab. Haji says that young people, especially in Northern Kenya, are falling to terror groups. Speaking in Ijara Town on Saturday, Haji said that youth radicalization is still rife and is to blame for the high rate of young people falling for terror activities. The Garissa senator asked local leaders and elders to help sensitize young people against terrorism and crime. The senator asked the government to fast-track job creation in an effort to tame youth radicalisation. He said that unemployment is to blame for high levels of crime and terror-related activities in Northern Kenya. “My appeal is to the national and county government to out in place measures that will see our graduates get jobs in order to stop them falling vulnerable to terror groups,” he said. The senator also asked the government to create mentor-ship programs and provide counseling services to young people especially those who graduate from universities and colleges. Garissa in recent years has been prone to terror-related activities. A section of leaders has blamed radicalisation for the increase in terror activities.
Russia’s Claim That Israeli F-16s Used Their Doomed Il-20 Spy Plane As Cover Doesn’t Add Up September 19, 2018
It’s not clear how the Kremlin might respond after the embarrassing incident in which Syrian forces accidentally shot down the Russian aircraft. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has threatened an unspecified response to future Israeli air strikes in Syria, though Russian President Vladimir Putin has since taken a less aggressive stance. Their statements follow an incident in which Syrian surface-to-air missile operators accidentally shot down one of Russia’s Il-20 Coot electronic surveillance planes over the Mediterranean Sea. They were responding to Israeli Air Force F-16s that fired stand-off weapons against targets in the country’s coastal Latakia governorate. The Russians first reported the Il-20 had gone missing in the early hours local time in Syria on Sept. 18, 2018. Russia subsequently confirmed that Syrian forces had inadvertently brought down the plane with an SA-5 surface-to-air missile, but blamed Israel, claiming that its jets had used the aircraft to hide their movements ahead of a series of standoff strikes. Israel subsequently responded by expressing “sorrow” over the incident, but insisting that the Syrian regime of Bashar Al Assad, as well Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, were the ones truly responsible for the loss of the Coot and the 14 personnel on board. “We have informed today our Israeli colleagues, and I have also informed personally the Israeli Defense Minister [Avigdor Lieberman], that such actions will not be left unanswered by us,” Shoigu said at a press conference in Moscow later on Sept. 18, 2018. “The Israeli side didn’t issue a notification or, to be more precise, they warned us a minute before conducting the strike. They told us they were about to attack facilities on the Syrian territory, and they did it.” Later Putin seemed to contradict Shoigu, describing what happened as a “chain of tragic circumstances” and dismissing completely unsupported conspiracy theories that the Israelis deliberately shot the Coot down. “The retaliatory measures will be directed above all to boosting the security of military men and installations in Syria,” Putin said. “These will be measures everyone will see.” In addition, Israel has used a deconfliction hotline in the past to alert Russia of impending strikes in Syria. The Israeli Air Force says it did give the Kremlin advance notice in this case, as well, but did not say how much time elapsed between that notification and the first missiles hitting various targets in Latakia. The IAF posted their official response to the incident on Twitter, stating the following in a string of tweets: Israel expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire.Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident. Israel also holds Iran and the Hezbollah terror organization accountable for this unfortunate incident. Overnight, IAF fighter jets targeted a facility of the Syrian Armed Forces from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon. These weapons were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it. The IDF and the Russian army have a deconfliction system, which was agreed upon by the states’ leaders and has proven itself many times over recent years. This system was in use tonight as well, 1. Extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (Surface to Air missile) fire caused the Russian plane to be hit and downed. 2. When the Syrian Army launched the missiles that hit the Russian plane, IAF jets were already within Israeli airspace. 3. During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation. 4. The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air. Israel will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry. UN chief praises meeting of Djibouti, Eritrea September 19, 2018 The United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Monday hailed a summit between Djibouti and Eritrea in Saudi Arabia, voicing hope in a statement that it would help create “greater peace” in the region. The summit brought together Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh and his Ethiopian counterpart Isaias Afwerki, according to the statement, under the auspices of Saudi King Salman. The two nations have been at loggerheads for decades over a long-standing border dispute. Qatar brokered a peace deal in 2010 but relations have remained strained. Guterres “trusts that this meeting will prove yet another step in the consolidation of recent peace and security gains in the Horn of Africa region,” his statement said. The UN Secretary-General “hopes that the encounter between the leaders of Djibouti and Eritrea will initiate a process to settle all pending issues between the two countries and lead to greater peace, stability and development in the region.” The meeting came in the wake of a summit also held in Saudi Arabia between leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, former enemies, who signed an agreement bolstering a historic peace accord. Somali forces kill 11 Al-Shabaab militants in Gedo region September 18, 2018 A combined joint task force comprised of the Somali National Army (SNA) and Jubaland security forces killed 11 Al-Shabaab fighters on Monday during an afternoon raid on a suspected Al-Shabaab base in southern Somalia. Jubaland Darawish commander, Gen. Jamal Hassan Farey announced that the SNA/Jubaland troops now occupy the base. The forces conducted the assault on what they believe was a new base for the militant insurgency group in a village 50km from Beled Hawo. According to Jubaland security forces, the heavy gun battle that lasted several hours and left 11 militants dead, two tactical vehicles with mounted machine guns destroyed, and several light machine guns seized by the army. Gen. Farey added the militants were planning to use the base to conduct ambushes and attacks against the SNA and Jubaland. “Our troops have attacked an Al-Shabaab contingent near the town of Balad Hawo. The group is known to attack the Jubaland Darawish Force and we believe that the group was planning another attack,” said Farey. During the assault on the base, five Jubaland soldiers were reported killed including a ranking officer named Abdi Abdullahi Hassan. Al-Shabaab claims that ten Jubaland soldiers were killed. The Somali military and international partners have intensified its operations against Al-Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia. In 2017, there were no less than 7 U.S. airstrikes in the region. The Al-Qaida-linked group is attempting to overthrow the internationally-backed government and install their own form of strict Islamic law throughout Somalia. Camp David Accords turn 40: How Israel and Egypt found peace September 17, 2018 Four decades ago, Israeli and Egyptian leaders managed to end years of hostilities with the help of a US president. Their experiences with the horrors of violence led them to find peace in a broken region. In September 1978, Israel and Egypt, with help from US President Jimmy Carter, signed a peace accord at Camp David. The agreement was unpopular but it was dictated by political reason. Although the river was neither large nor rapid, it was meaningful in the eyes of the later US president — exceedingly meaningful. For Jordan was the river upon whose banks so many stories from the Bible played out. And it was in this river that Carter — then governor of the state of Georgia — and his wife Rosalynn were permitted to swim when they visited Israel and the West Bank in 1973. The swim required special permission from the government of Israel, which seized the West Bank in 1967. That swim in the river Jordan and his trip to the Holy Land were the root of Carter’s fascination with the Middle East and his resulting desire to contribute to bringing peace to the region. When the deeply religious Christian became president in 1977, he immediately set out to make that vision a reality. “He had come to believe that God wanted him to bring peace, and that somehow he would find a way to do so,” as Lawrence Wright notes in his book “Thirteen Days in September,” which chronicles the two weeks in September 1978 that eventually led to what had been considered a seemingly impossible breakthrough: Mediated by the US president, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin negotiated a peace agreement between their countries. The deal, later known as the Camp David Accords, was officially signed in March 1979, just months after the historic meeting. Both Sadat and Begin had experienced violent occupation early in life. In 1918, when Sadat was born, Egypt was under British control. Sadat was particularly fond of recounting an event that took place before he was born. In 1906, a British hunting party arrived in the village of Denshawai on the Nile Delta. There was a clash between the Britons and the villagers and a British officer was killed. The British then sent in a military expedition and 52 villagers were arrested. Most were whipped or thrown in jail; four died on the gallows. Menachem Begin was more directly exposed to the brutal violence of an occupying force. Born in 1912, Begin’s hometown of Brest, which is in Belarus today, was occupied by the German Army in 1941. The Germans immediately rounded up all of the city’s Jews in order to deport them to death camps. Begin’s mother Hassia was in the hospital at the time. The Nazis murdered her in her bed. His father Zeev Dov was killed when soldiers weighed him down with rocks and drowned him in the Bug River. Those firsthand experiences of helplessness drove both men to fight for the protection of their respective countrymen – Sadat in Egypt and Begin in Israel. Both men saw the Middle East conflict that began with Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948 as a zero-sum game: One country’s gain meant the other’s loss – with every territorial gain made by Israel diminishing the territory of the Arabs and vice versa. To the ends of the earth And that, by and large, was also how their predecessors saw the situation. Step by step, the rivalry that began in 1948 grew into open hostility. Before the Camp David summit both countries had fought no less than four wars: The Arab-Israeli War of 1948-49, which resulted in the foundation of the state of Israel; the Suez crisis of 1956, the Six-Day War of 1967, and finally, the so-called Yom Kippur War of 1973. It was a violent cycle that Carter was determined to break. There had been rapprochement prior to Camp David. On November 9, 1977, Sadat told the Egyptian parliament that he would go to the ends of the earth, even the Israeli Knesset, if it would mean saving the life of one Egyptian soldier. When Begin invited him, Sadat took up the offer: On November 20, he addressed the Knesset — enraging much of the Arab world. Syria, Iraq, Libya and Algeria all broke diplomatic ties with Egypt. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) criticized Sadat’s move as well. Coming together under outside pressure Despite the criticism, less than one year later Sadat and Begin met at Camp David. Both were cognizant of the fact that another issue was at stake beside peace: Good relations with the US. Both men went into the meeting determined to take a hard stand, yet they also knew that inflexibility could do longterm damage to their relations with Washington. The realization that the zero-sum logic no longer applied and that the men would have to take not only Middle East but also US sensitivities into account — and that the two were closely related — finally forced the issue, with Begin and Sadat eventually striking a deal. The Camp David Accords obliged both countries to acknowledge one another as sovereign states. It also ended the state of war that began in 1948. Israel also agreed to return the last remaining sections of the Sinai Peninsula under its control to Egypt. Other principles were also established: The rights of Palestinians displaced by Israeli settlements set up in the occupied territories were to be acknowledged. In return, Israeli ships would be granted unimpeded passage through the Suez canal, and the Straits of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba would be acknowledged as international waters, providing freedom of passage for Israeli vessels. The fate of the nation “Two great leaders — great for the history of their nations —President Anwar Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin have shown more courage, tenacity and inspiration than any general leading man and machine on the battlefield,” said Carter, hailing the outcome of the summit. Still, Sadat and Begin had difficulty getting approval for the accord at home despite the fact the two were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978. “The fate of the nation hangs in the balance,” grumbled Begin when Carter visited Israel in March 1979. Many Egyptians saw things the same way — especially Islamic extremists. Anwar Sadat was later assassinated by Islamists during a military parade in October 1981. The legacy of Camp David continues to be held high today, though less enthusiastically. Both sides know they cannot afford another war, as the consequences for each would be detrimental. In the end, a sober peace is a dictate of reason.
The Failure of In-Law Invested Somali Federal Government, its Endless Recruitment of Ex- Well-Known #Shabab #Terrorists and Misleading #Somalia’s Common Public Interests for Individual Curiosities in the 2020 Somali Elections Mogadishu on Friday September 14, 2018 the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially exposed that the Current Somali Federal Government has gravely failed to comply with the Somali Federal Constitution since on February 8, 2017 until now, and the Somali Federal Government has started heinous projects to either derail the establishments and the security of several Somali semi-autonomous states or funded to remove and replace some of the semi-autonomous presidents willy-nilly. According to the truth, the Somali Federal Government began to employ public servants in regard to its favorite in-law and kinship nepotism instead of the Somalia’s unconstitutional power-sharing which is the Somali clan based formula 4.5.http://www.sioss.org/news/ Unfortunately, since on February 08, 2017 when the Somali Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives had appointed the Current Somali Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo who appointed ex- Director of the UK based Soma Oil and Gas Mr. Hassan Ali Kheyre as his hand picked Somali Prime Minister whose background show some internationally syndicated corruption as exposed and investigated under the report of the United Nations Monitoring Ground and the UK Serious Fraud Office until now on. https://www.sfo.gov.uk/2016/12/14/sfo-closes-soma-oil-gas-investigation/ Truly, it is wise that the Somali people understood recently that the Somali Federal Government has not been ready to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Ant- Corruption Agency because after 1 year and 8 months, the Somali Federal Government fired more half of its cabinet by either firing directly, some resigned while some Ministers were replaced without their knowledge while they were doing their regular duties as some of them have publicly exposed through various local and international media outlets. It is true that the United States Government pledged $ 300 million to support with the Somali Federal Government while the Qatari Government has also offered to fund $ 200 million project in Somalia unfortunately, Somali Federal Government has been lack of transparency, accountability and trustworthy since February 08, 2017 until now because the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency were not established in accordance with the Somali Federal Provisional Constitution. Addition to the ongoing internal corruption of the Somali Federal Government, the European Union (EU) has pledged $ 1.5 billion as a foreign aid to #Somalia which was announced at the European Union and the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels on 16-17 July, 2018. Somalia lost to secure local, regional and international funds because the Somali Federal Government is full of hired #Shabab #terrorists and Mafia alike politicians who are masters of bloody sucking scavengers. If the Somali Federal Government does not fire all ex- well-known Shabab terrorists working with the Somali Federal Government then the International Community won’t offer or bring the any pledged foreign funds to the People and the Federal Republic of Somalia. Surprisingly, the Somali Federal Government has started derailing war against several semi-autonomous states in Somalia recently, and five of the Current Semi-autonomous Presidents have declared a retaliatory war against the Somali Federal Government which does not even control many parts in Mogadishu City- Capital of the Republic of Somalia. Frankly, the Somali semi-autonomous states controls and manages 97.9% of Somalia while the Somali Federal Government controls and manages 2.1% in Mogadishu City so, what is the benefit of the Somali Federal Government to derail semi-autonomous states and replace semi-autonomous presidents since February 08, 2018 until now? Well, the truth is, the Somali Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives are not now working properly and legally, and they invested how to gain more bribes in order to commit extraordinary corruption as they illegally accepted a bogus motion to fire former Speaker of the Lower House Parliament Honorable prof. Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari in favor of the Office of the Somali Prime Minister and the Office of the Presidency which initiated the bloodless coup d’etat to oust the long time veteran former Speaker of the Lower House Parliament Honorable prof. Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari. Specifically, Somalis must stop appointing Mafia alike politicians or endorsing #Shabab terrorists linked groups in Somalia otherwise; Somalia will always fall prey to all kinds of criminal Mafia alike politicians and Shabab terrorists to run for public office and rule Somalia into more chaotic and anarchic crisis, Latest Somali Federal Government failure is, dissolving the Somali Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) which many NISA Officers were transferred to the Somali Federal Police illegally without the consent and the approval of the Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives. And why are the 5 Current semi-autonomous states and its 5 presidents oppose to work with the Somali Federal Government decisively? Is the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (SNIEC) legal to represent #Somalia and its various semi-autonomous states for 2020 elections? The answer is there are no semi-autonomous representatives who are members of the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (SNIEC) because each semi-autonomous state must choose or appoint their semi-autonomous members of the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (SNIEC). No lies! You can not hide the truth! Wake up Somalis! And Let’s start defending our country from internal and external enemies. All Praise belongs to Allah! Sincerely, Ambassador Al-Haji Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa) President Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) 1 Jidka Villa Somalia The Federal Republic of Somalia Email: email@example.com http://www.sioss.org/news/Fears of further flooding haunt householders along river Shabelle in Beletweyne September 13, 2018 The rising level of the River Shabelle is causing high anxiety among people living along the river in the southern Somalia town of Beletweyne, where flooding earlier this year caused major destruction and displacement. Nurto Hassan Ahmed, a mother of six living in Hawo Tako on the outskirts of town, told Radio Ergo she had packed up her belongings ready to get out of the house quickly if the river starts to overflow its banks. In April, she had to move suddenly with her children when the rising river took them all unawares. “I nearly lost my children in the previous floods,” said Nurto, recalling the nightmare. “The water came in to the house at night while we were sleeping.” People living in the densely populated areas of Hawo Tako, Hawl wadaag, Kooshin, and Buundoweyn, who all suffered in April, are very likely to suffer another disaster, according to experts. Professor Muse Sha’iye, an advisor to Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM), told Radio Ergo that the erosion of the rivers banks in these areas in Beletweyne pose a serious risk of flooding in the surrounding villages. Recent heavy rainfall in the Ethiopian highlands has brought large flows of water down river. Excessive amounts of silt and sediment have piled up along the river bed, reducing the amount of water the river can hold and exacerbating the risk of further flooding. Professor Sha’iye identifed 124 weak spots along the river banks that may break if there is water levels rise further. Fifty places along the river in Hiraan and Middle Shebelle regions were broken during the last flooding. For Nuurto and other householders like her, meanwhile, there is nothing they can do but keep a wary eye on the river day and night. That is what she is doing, as well as her neighbours. There is no other more formal system to alert them to the need to move. Thousands of people were left homeless after the floods in April, and large tracts of farmland were inundated with crops washed away. Most of the displaced began returning to their homes to try to rebuild in July. The social welfare representative in Hiran region, Hussein Osman Ali, told Radio Ergo that the local authority does not have the resources to work on reconstructing the broken river banks
Sunday September 9, 2018 The leaders of Somalia’s federal member states said Saturday that they had suspended all ties with the central government in what was likely another setback for the Horn of Africa nation as it emerges from two decades of conflict. At the end of a crucial four-day conference in the southern coastal city of Kismayo, the leaders of Galmudug, Hirshabelle, Jubaland, Puntland and South West states accused the Mogadishu government of failing to handle the country’s security, of failing to fulfill its responsibilities toward the states in line with the country’s federal structure, and of taking its eye off the fight against al-Qaida-linked Islamist militants. “Because it had been responsible for the issues that had worsened its relations with the Federal Member States, we came to the conclusion that we suspend our collaborations with the Federal Government until it mends its mistakes,” the leaders said in a joint communique. In a country where clan loyalties, not ideology, determine political support, analysts say Mogadishu is not willing to hand more power to the provinces, fearing a breakup of the state. Meanwhile, the regional authorities are demanding more autonomy and a better share of the foreign aid. “Our move came when we have realized that government could not prove its mechanisms to deliver its promises for the country, including the fight against al-Shabab and the constitutional reforming process,” said Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, the leader of Puntland region. Some analysts say they are concerned that the deepening rift between the federal government and the states may plunge the country back into political crisis. “This mounts the pressure on to the already political fragility within the country, especially a government that has only been in office less than two years, having a lot of challenges on its plate, including the upcoming one-person-one-vote elections in 2020,” said Mursal Saney, deputy director of the Heritage Institute, a Mogadishu think tank. He said the militant groups might try to exploit any political instability in the country to remobilize and increase their attacks against the government. On Thursday, Somalia’s Information Minister Dahir Mohamud Guelleh said his government was willing to resolve any issues with the states “in accordance with the national constitution.” There was no immediate response from the federal government to Saturday’s decision by regional leaders. In an interview with VOA, Galmudug’s deputy leader, Mohamed Hashi Arabey, was critical of state leaders, including his boss, Ahmed Duale, saying their objective was to team up against the federal government to lead the nation into another political crisis. Sunday September 9, 2018 The new administration of the Ethio- Somali Regional State has appointed 27 bureau heads, The Reporter has learnt. From this, 96 percent of the appointees are officials who were serving in different positions under the former president of the region, Abdi Mohammed Omar a.k.a. Abdi Illey. The regional council in its meeting, as of last week, has approved the appointment of deputy president of the region, Adam Farah. He was head of the Construction Bureau at Dire Dawa City Administration. In addition to these, the remaining posts of different bureaus were taken by their respective appointees.The new reshuffle of power came following the arrest of Abdi Illey and few other officials. Their arrest is implicated with crimes allegedly committed in the region. This includes former head of Women and Children Affairs Bureau head of the region, Rahwa Ahmed. The post is now filled by Zeineb Neje who was the head of the department within the same bureau. Furthermore, Ahmed Abdi who was appointed president of the region after the resignation of Abdi Illey is set to lead the Secretariat of the Ethio-Somali People Democratic Party. It is to be recalled that Ahmed was replaced by the current president of the region Mustaf Omer. The region which was rocked by a series of conflicts and the breakdown of law and order has seen civilian causalities. This was then followed by the interference of the national defense. A number of officials, including Abdi Illey, are now in jail in suspicion of the crimes allegedly committed. In a related news, Mustaf Omer, the current president of the region has met with the members of the Liyu Police. “During the meeting, a number of issues has been raised, and among which is on how to bring discipline within the members of the police,” Guled Awo, Communication Bureau head of the region told The Reporter. Furthermore, the issue of the name change for Liyu Police was discussed
Eritrea to rejoin IGAD next week Sunday September 9, 2018 Eritrea will rejoin the East African bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), at an event to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next week. Eritrea suspended its IGAD membership in 2007 and rejoined the bloc in 2011. But it suspended its membership again in 2017 In a related development, the final signing ceremony of South Sudan revitalized peace agreement will take place in Addis Ababa next week. Sudan Tribune quoted Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, as saying “the final signing ceremony will be done in Addis Ababa.” He added the Council of ministers will be held on the 11 and 12 September followed by the Summit of IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government. The two meetings will discuss the concerns and reservations of the opposition groups and endorse the final text of the revitalized peace agreement, Sudan Tribune added.
Ethiopian Prime Minister to UAE’s Crown Prince: ‘You have lost Islam
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, was put in an uncomfortable situation by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali when he asked him to support the establishment of an Islamic institute in Addis Ababa.Abiy Ahmed recalled this situation during an open meeting of the Ethiopian community held by Badr Ethiopia Organization in the city of Virginia, US, according to an Ethiopian activist who attended the meeting and reported the statement to Al-Khaleej Online.Speaking of the conversation he had with bin Zayed, Abiy said, “I asked him about the construction of an Islamic institute, and I asked him: ‘What would you (as Emiratis) help us with? And he answered, “We will support you in everything, and we will teach you.”However, Abiy Ahmed stopped him and answered by saying: “We do not need you to teach us Islam. You have lost it. We want you to teach us the Arabic language quickly so that we can understand true Islam and then get you back on track.” He added, “I told him that if we got all the population of the Gulf countries together, we would find out that they are much fewer than the Muslim population in Ethiopia, he asked me ‘why are you talking in numbers?’ and I replied ‘because Islam considers the crowd as a source of strength’.”The speech was highlighted by the AR-Ethiopia account on Twitter. This is not the first Ethiopian insult to Abu Dhabi. In mid-July, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry denied UAE’s claims about playing the role of a mediator with Eritrea regarding its 20-year-long conflict.The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Meles Alem, stressed that the Asmara agreement has been signed recently with Eritrea is in the interests of both countries and occurred without the mediation of any third party.The clarification of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs came as a response to UAE media news outlets which gave credit to the UAE and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the completion of the reconciliation.The UAE has faced renewed African objections against its tendencies in the continent. While Abu Dhabi sought to mobilise the countries of the world to boycott Qatar during its siege in June 2017, many countries rejected these pressures and attempts, including Ethiopia, which confirmed support for Kuwait’s efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis.
CDC warns travelers to Somalia of polio risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice recently for the country of Somalia because of a polio outbreak there.An outbreak of polio has been reported in Mogadishu and the Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions of Somalia.Somalia is reporting a total of four cases (with a total of 5 viruses) in 2018: one circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) type 2, two cVDPV type 3 and one case with both cVDPV type 2 & type 3, with date of onset of the most recent case on 26 May 2018.cVDPV is a marker of poor coverage of the oral polio vaccine (OPV). A vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV) is a strain of the weakened poliovirus that was initially included in oral polio vaccine (OPV); because it has passed from child to child so many times, it has changed over time and behaves more like the wild or naturally occurring virus. This means it can be spread more easily to people who are unvaccinated against polio and who come in contact with the stool or respiratory secretions, such as from a sneeze, of an infected person. These viruses may cause illness, including paralysis.CDC recommends that all travelers to Somalia be fully vaccinated against polio.Long-term travelers to Somalia (staying more than 4 weeks) may be required to show proof of polio vaccination.Adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine before travel.Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly disease that affects the nervous system. It is spread through contact with the feces (poop) of an infected person. It is also spread by drinking water or eating food that is contaminated with infected feces.Most people with polio do not feel sick. Some people have only minor symptoms, such as fever, tiredness, nausea, headache, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, stiffness in the neck and back, and pain in the arms and legs. In rare cases, polio infection causes permanent loss of muscle function (paralysis). Polio can be fatal if there is loss of function of the muscles used for breathing or an infection of the brain.
Machadka Barashadda Arrimaha Amniga Soomaaliyeed (MBAAS) oo soo saaray qoraal xaasaasi ah oo runta ka hadlaya musuqmaasuqa gudaha dalka iyo kuwa ay isla samaynayaan hay’addaha shisheeye ah ee ku hawlgala ama ku qaraabta magaca Ummadda Soomaaliyeed,Press Release for the International Community Bogus Promises of #Phony Billions to swindle in #Somalia.Mogadishu on Sunday July 29. 2018 the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially declares to Somalis and the world at large that #Somalia is fed up with endless promissory lies of $ billions as foreign aid or foreign new debt to the People and the Republic of Somalia.It is unfortunate that several advance countries have been misleading and misappropriating billions of indirect or direct foreign aid support to the People and the Republic of Somalia since on 1st December 1991 until now on.Truly, Somalia has had several transitional federal governments since September 15, 200 until now, and the International Community has been pledging and offering their promissory foreign aid to the People and the Republic of Somalia channeling through their inter-governmental or international Non-Governmental Organizations which mastered many ways to silently commit financial fraud and other fiduciary irregularities since 1991 until now in Somalia.It is a constant failure not to form or establish the important Somali Governmental Agencies to tack and deal with corruption since the formation of the 1st Somali Transitional Federal Government on 15th of September, 2000 until now.The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) has several times advised to the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre to start and form the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency since on 1st of March, 2017 until now, and both top leaders ignored our vital advise to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency.Unluckily, the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre had preferred to start eliminating political opponents who raised their voice to alert the Somali people and the world at large how the Somali Federal Government has been implementing and enjoying lack of transparency, accountability and the trustworthy in Somalia. It is true that the Somali people welcomed the presidential victory of President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo 92.9 on 8th of February, 2017 because the majority of the Somali people hated and fed up with the ousted Damu-Jadid President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who wasted years presidential tenure and looted public funds while he left more political crisis after his presidential loss which exits still today in Mogadishu, Somalia lacking no effective representation of the Federal Power-sharing formality of the regional semi-autonomous representations.The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) would like witness and welcome the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre to come forward and establish the Banadir State “Dowlad Gobaleedka Banaadir” which the previously #Damu-Jadiid President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his several appointed Prime Ministers ignored to establish.Well, it is also advisable to the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo, the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and Somali Ministries to investigate and fire all Al-Shabab terrorists hired within the Somali Federal Government Immediately.Otherwise: the International Community including their International Institutions which may pay or offer foreign aid or foreign debt to our country – Somalia won’t even pay the fees of any notes as they previously promised to deliver on time. Somalia is rich in many natural resources which foreign countries have been intentionally stealing since 1991 until now however; Somalis wants the International Community to stop such illegal looting in Somalia, and we want the International Community to report not only the internal corruption in Somalia but also their involved corruption in Somalia too.Many foreign inter-governmental NGOS or International NGOS have never ever reported their endless financial fraud and how they easily swindle on phony projects in Somalia since 1991 until now while the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has only been reporting the corruption of few and several Somali Agencies since its formation.The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) believes that corruption in #Somalia became one of the most internally and externally shared responsibilities, and unless Somalia establishes the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency then there won’t be everlasting social, economic or political development in the Republic of Somalia. Wake up Somalis!The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) would also like to advise to the Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives to immediately establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency when they open parliamentary sessions in the forthcoming meetings. And Let’s start defending our country from internal and external enemies.All Praise belongs to Allah!Sincerely,Ambassador Al-Haji Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa)PresidentSomali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)1 Jidka Villa SomaliaThe Federal Republic of SomaliaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.sioss.org/news/
Office of the Spokesperson
July 19, 2018
The Department of State has amended the designation of al-Shabaab – an al-Qa’ida affiliate in Somalia – to include al-Hijra and other aliases. These aliases have been added to al-Shabaab’s designations as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224. Additionally, the Department of State also completed al-Shabaab’s legally required five-year FTO review and determined that the designation would be maintained. Al-Hijra, formed in 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya serves as a wing of al-Shabaab. Al-Hijra, which is extensively interconnected with al-Shabaab both organizationally and operationally, consists primarily of Kenyan and Somali followers of al-Shabaab in East Africa. It has openly engaged in al-Shabaab recruiting in Kenya and facilitated travel of al-Shabaab members to Somalia for terrorism purposes. Since al-Shabaab’s initial 2008 FTO designation, it has killed numerous civilians throughout East Africa. Al Shabaab’s attacks included the October 2017 attack in Mogadishu where the group detonated a truck bomb that killed over 500 people, the September 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Kenya that killed more than 70 people, and the July 2010 suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda that took place during the World Cup and killed 76 people, including one U.S. citizen. Today’s actions notify the U.S. public and the international community that al-Hijra is an alias of al-Shabaab. Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments. A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/index.htm.
Jubbaland administration has shown on publicly to the media for a fighter defected from Al-Shabab, on Friday in Kismayo, Radio Kulmiye reports.Intelligence commander Ahmed Muse Hersi said they have welcomed the fighter with opened hands, and they will give him award to encourage other fighters to abandon from Al-Shabab.Jubbaland officials named the defector as Adam Hudow Abdi.Federal government of Somalia and federal states have called together for Al-Shabab militants to defect from the insurgents and come to government side.In Somalia, there is rehabilitation centres where is kept former fighters of Al-Shabab.The Al-Qaida linked group in Somalia, Al-Shabab faces battle from Somali government troops and their military alliance AMISOM.
Trump Nominates Yamamoto As New US Ambassador To Somalia
President Donald Trump has nominated Donald Yamamoto to be the new US ambassador to Somalia as the American leader aims to reduce the number of vacant ambassador positions.Yamamoto is currently the acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs within the US State Department.He was the US ambassador to Ethiopia from 2006 to 2009 and Djibouti from 2000 to 2003.He previously served as the senior Vice president at the National Defense University from 2016-2017; senior advisor to the director general of the Foreign Service on personnel reform from 2015-2016; as charge d’Affaires at the US mission Somalia office in Mogadishu in 2016; and in senior positions in Kabul, Mazar e-Sharif, and Bagram, Afghanistan from 2014-2015.Yamamoto holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.In September last year, the US ambassador to Somalia Stephen Schwartz resigned, citing personal reasons.The US mission to Somalia is located in the American embassy in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.Washington shut down its embassy in Mogadishu in 1991 after civil war erupted in the Horn of Africa country and armed groups overthrew the government of President Mohamed Siad Barre.But the US has been growing its footprint in the Horn of Africa nation in recent years.
Who failed #Somalia’s leadership for good governance? 1. Appointing the most corrupted former #NGO ringleader with several links to Mafia type organizations and #terrorism related group in Somalia as the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre. 2. Somali’s most corrupted traitor Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre appointed a cabinet of well-known Somali criminal politicians while some committed sexual rape case in abroad. 3. Somalia’s corrupted Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre fired several of his key cabinet ministers after they rejected his illegal and endless corruption then he replaced with more and most corrupted persons with links to Shabab terrorists. 4. Somalia’s corrupted traitor H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre hired and employed ex- Well-known Shabab terrorists commanders as directors of several Ministries and directors within the most corrupted Somali National Intelligence and Security (NISA) 5. The international Community refused to give or bring any promised funds to the failed and Shabab terrorists invested Somali Government 6. It is the best time to fire #Somalia most corrupted Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre now 7. Or it is better time for Somalia”s chameleon President H.E. Mohqmed Abdillahi Farmajo to step down or resign now 8. Your internal crimes and treason are well-known, and if you can not fire this Shabab terrorist s hiring Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre then you better resign before he blows up the Somali Statehouse. 9. Who is a Security Officer? Who is a Shabab terrorist? Who gave Shabab terrorist ID Cards and Cars with Somali Government logos? 10. Which foreign countries are controlling Somali National Media Outlet? And why are they arming and funding Shabab terrorists and other infighting various groups in Somalia?
98.8% wants a new and clean Somali Prime Minister urgently or step down President Farmajo!
European Commission – Fact Sheet
EU Support for Somalia
Brussels, 10 July 2018
The EU, together with Somali authorities and international key partners, is engaged in Somalia through an integrated approach based on active diplomacy, support for political change, improving security, development assistance and humanitarian aid.
For the period 2015-2020, the cooperation of the EU and the Member States amounts to more than €3.5 billion, and includes development aid, humanitarian aid and peacekeeping operations.
In line with the New Deal principles for fragile states and the Somali Compact (2013-2016) endorsed at the 2013 EU-Somalia summit in Brussels and guiding the relationship between Somalia and the international community, Somalia undertook several reform efforts. With the end of the Somali Compact and with the newly elected President Farmajo and a new Somali government in place, the London Somalia Conference in May 2017, set the new framework for relations between Somalia and the international community. The meeting agreed on the Security Pact – based on the Somali agreed National Security Architecture and setting out the vision of Somali-led security institutions and forces and international support, and endorsed the New Partnership for Somalia, in support of the National Development Plan – the first in 30 years. Peace and security The EU plays a significant role in supporting Somalia’s efforts to become a peaceful, stable and democratic country and to take progressive ownership over its own national security. Through the threeEU security and defence missions, the EU is contributing to capacity building within the Somali Security Sector:
The Military Training Mission (EUTM), which directly supports the build-up of the Somali National Army through training, advising and mentoring activities
EU Operation ATALANTA has made a significant contribution to deterring/repressing acts of piracy through continuous at sea presence and contributing to prevent other international crimes through information exchange with partners. It lead to a reduction in piracy: in 2011, 174 merchant vessels were attacked and 25 ships pirated with 736 seafarers held hostage. In 2013, 7 ships were attacked, none pirated. In 2014 two ships were attacked. There were no attacks in 2015 and one in 2016. In March 2017 a ship was pirated and held for 4 days.
EUCAP Somalia, which aims to improve Somalia’s maritime security capacities.
The EU is committed to remaining an important partner of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and supports its current reconfiguration to align with the Somali Transition Plan. The EU is one of AMISOM’s main financial contributors, having committed more than €1.73 billion for AMISOM over the period March 2007 to December 2018. Over the past ten years, AMISOM enabled Somalia’s considerable peacebuilding and state-building progress and it will continue to play an important role throughout the transition process which should lead to the gradual hand-over of security responsibilities to the Somali security institutions, as laid down in the Transition Plan. Development cooperation The EU is one of Somalia’s key development partners, providing comprehensive support to the country in different areas such as stabilisation, state building, security, basic services and job creation. The EU supports the country in achieving its development goals with €286 million for the period 2014-2020. It reflects the priorities identified by the Somali Compact: state-building and peace-building (€100 million); food security and building resilience (€86 million); education (€60 million); measure in favour of civil society (€14 million); and support measures (€26 million). This funding is complemented by other allocations from the EU budget such as the EU Trust Fund for Africa, covering specific issues such as: democracy and human rights, boosting local government, training, food security, and energy and water supplies. To help Somalia expand its trade the EU’s National Indicative Programme is being deployed to improve productivity in the agricultural, livestock and fisheries sector. Programme interventions also seek to support growth by nurturing Somalia’s private sector and business environment. Humanitarian aid The EU has supported humanitarian aid operations in Somalia since 1994. The assistance is essential as the country has been struggling with internal conflict and natural disasters for decades. In 2017, the EU, together with other donors, provided flexible and early funding enabling to successfully avert the famine looming in Somalia. The EU indeed mobilised considerable funding for the drought response, totalling €119 million for that year. These funds allowed partners to provide life-saving aid to persons in the regions hardest hit by the water and food shortages, as well as disease outbreaks. The EU prioritised the delivery of cash assistance to respond to most vulnerable people’s basic needs, proving to be an effective and dignified way of giving assistance. Together, the European Union and its Member States currently provide approximately 60% of all humanitarian aid in Somalia. Economic relations The EU is committed to helping Somalia develop a strong, sustainable economy which can support the country’s state and peace-building processes. Relations in this area are guided by the Somali Compact, New Deal process and the National Indicative Programme. Objectives, priorities and actions are also closely linked to the Somali government’s Economic Recovery Plan. EU engagement therefore aims to revitalise and expand the Somali economy with a focus on improving livelihoods, generating employment, and encouraging inclusive growth. Special attention will be paid to improving economic opportunities for women and young people, ensuring they have greater access to profitable, income-generating activities.
Somalia: Security officials arrested over Saturday’s attack in Mogadishu
-At list 14 security officials have been arrested in Mogadishu over allegedly linked to Al-shabaab’s attack of interior and security ministries on Saturday, presidential guard official told Radio kulmiye in condition of anonymity. The arrest came after security meeting on Sunday which was attended by high ranks of security officials, security minister Mohamed Abukar, governor of Banadir region, police and intelligence chiefs. It is said those arrested are chiefs of security check-points near the attacked compound of otto otto which hosts interior and security ministries also police communication. The security officials were taken into custody to ask questions. Saturday’s attack came after months of tightened security of the capital, many security check-points have been created those are believed to have played active role securing Mogadishu. At list 20 people dead and more others wounded after armed insurgents attacked the very controlled area near parliament building and presidential place.
Ethiopia removes ‘terrorist’ label from three opposition groups
Ethiopia removed three opposition groups from its list of “terrorist” organisations on Thursday, the latest sign of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed charting a new course for one of Africa’s most tightly controlled states. The state-run Fana Broadcasting Corporation said parliament had voted unanimously to remove the “terrorist” label ascribed to the Oromo Liberation Front and the Ogaden National Liberation Front, two secessionist groups, and the ‘Ginbot 7’.
#Happy 58th #Independence #Day to #Somalis in #Somalia and around the world on #July 1, 2018.
#Happy 58th #Independence #Day to #Somalis in #Somalia and around the world on #July 1, 2018.
Hambalyo #Shacabka#Soomaaliyeed Sannad-guuradii 58aad ee maalintii madaxbannaanida #Soomaaliya. #Happy 58th #Independence#Day to #Somalis in #Somalia and around the world on #July 1, 2018. Somaaliya waxay u baahan tahay madax daacad iyo cadaalad ugu shaqaysa Ummadda Soomaaliyeed gudaha dalka Iyo dibaddaba.
Soomaaliya iyo Ummadda Soomaaliyeed uma baahna madax daba-dhilif u ah dowladdaha deriska iyo kuwa shisheeye ah! Illaahayoow dadka, diinta Islaamka iyo dalkaba nooga badbaadi khaa’inul waddaniyiinta kuwa la fahmay iyo kuwa Ummadda Soomaaliyeed ka daahsoon hadda. Amiin! Waad Mahadsan Tihiin, Dr. Badal Kaariye Madaxweynaha Machadka Barashadda Arrimaha Amniga Soomaaliyeed (MBAAS)
Press Release for the Recent Somalia-Ethiopia Devilish Communique in Bilateral Investment Mogadishu on Monday June 18, 2019 the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially declare that it is illegal and unconstitutional to sign illegitimate bilateral or multilateral investments in a country where its judicial system has not been fully established legally and constitutionally. Therefore; it is very clear that the Leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohamed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum went to Addis Ababa and offered $ 3 billion to relieve Ethiopian’s cash crisis in order to pursued Ethiopia to carry out and enforce Somalia’s current corrupted leaders to sign unpatriotic deals which is offering the Federal Republic of Ethiopia to grab and invest 4 ports in the Federal Republic of Somalia. Unfortunately, he Leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) H.E. Mohamed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has not even offered $ 1 billion to the People and the Federal Republic of Somalia since 1991 until now, and his fraternity with the Federal Republic of Ethiopia is more suitable than Somalia’s common, regional and global interests as you have already witnessed publicly. The truth is, Somalia has not established the Somali Judiciary Commission, its courts as well as the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency, and everything which Somalia’s Current Top Leaders signs are fake and not complying with the legal and constitutional justice of the People and the Federal Republic of Somalia. Luckily, the majority of the Somali people in Somalia and around the world have strongly rejected and vied to stand up and defend the common interests of the People and the Federal Republic of Somalia by 98.9% so, is the Somali Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo working for the common interests of the Somali people or not? It is very clear and simply question which the Somali Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo must answer it wisely or resign! It is also wise that the Somali Federal Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre to come forward and answer how illegally and publicly Ethiopian’s Federal Prime Minister H.E. Abdy Ahmed lectured his people in Addis Ababa after short visit to Mogadishu where he had the opportunity to convince and persuade Somali leaders to offer 4 Somali ports to be invested in regard to bilateral agreement without knowledge and awareness of the Lower and the Upper Houses of the Federal Republic of Somalia? According to Western and Arab investments in Africa for last 3 decades, they have been mastering and supporting Ethiopia to swallow #Somalia spending $ billions as well as organizing mass eviction and sponsoring known and unknown mercenary and terrorism linked groups in Somalia. The reality is, both Somali and Ethiopian leaders came into power by the barrel of gun and militancy type of struggle against former dictators, and since 1991 Somalia and Ethiopia have been under the leadership of organized criminal tribal based factions whether you like it or not! Truly, Somalis or Ethiopians have never voted in democratic elections since 1991 until now, and whether ever both current leaders of Somalia and Ethiopia sign would considered illegally locally, regionally and universally. The Lower House and the Upper House of Representatives must stop Ethiopia’s endless illegalities and political derailment in Somalia otherwise; they must all resign, apologize misrepresenting Somalia and repay public funds to needy before they answer their crimes against Somalis in front of Allah hereafter life because they sworn-in putting their hands on the Holy Qur’an to defend the common interests of the Somali people. Wake up Somalis! And Let’s start defending our country from internal and external enemies. All Praise belongs to Allah! Sincerely, Ambassador Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa) President Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) 1 Jidka Villa Somalia The Federal Republic of Somalia Email: email@example.com http://www.sioss.org/news/
Mogadishu on Thursday June 14, 2018 the Union of the Somali National Authors (USNA) hereby officially announce that Former Ambassador H.E. Dr. Badal Kariye wins the Somali Literary Award 2018 for his 105th History Book of the Somali Rise and the Fall of the Somali President published on Saturday April 14, 2018 in #USA.
Former Ambassador H.E. Dr. Badal Kariye is one of the world’s most celebrated aspiring minds who writes and expose the facts regardless of fear, race, religion or political affiliation. He is outstanding and extremely extraordinary Somali patriot who has shown exceptional talent to advocate, tell, share, disseminate the truth of information and corruption as it occurs in Somalia and around the world. Former Ambassador H.E. Dr. Badal Kariye is Somali American writer, investigative journalist, security export. investor and diplomat, and he lives in Minneapolis, USA.
The Board of the Somali Literary Award at the Union of the Somali National Authors (USNrA) has decisively and overwhelming voted to select the best 30 out of 299 submitted books published between 2010 to 2018, and after 3 months of reading books and its contents, we, the Board of the Somali Literary Award at the Union of the Somali National Authors (USNA) has officially declared and awarded the Somali Literary Award on Thursday June 14, 2018 to writer Dr. Badal Kariye. Congratulations to author Dr. Badal Kariye Best Wishes, The Union of the Somali National Authors (USNA) Banadir Mogadishu The Federal Republic of Somalia http://www.somaliauthors.com/
Mogadishu May 28, 2018 #Somalia’s illegally and unconstitutionally firing of Chief Justice of the Somali High Court Honorable Ibrahim Idle Sulman has clearly rejected this unlawful firing from the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmao who has been practicing and misleading the country unconstitutionally as he stated in this recorded voice speaking to the VOA Somali Service.Unfortunately, Somalia;s Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo has also appointed a new Somali Chief Justice of the Somali High Court Mr. Bashe Yusuf, a man with links with foreign spy agency and has long shadowy background of handling and swindling foreign aid to Somalia on bogus projects same as the foreign NGOS swindling on phony projects on Somalia since 1991 until now.https://www.voasomali.com/a/4412654.html
Somalia’s chief justice sacked as a part of judiicial reform
Ibrahim Idle Suleiman, who served as Somalia’s chief justice was sacked on Sunday by President Farmajo Mogadishu President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has dismissed the country’s Chief Justice on Sunday, according to a statement from the Office of the President.Hassan Ibrahim Idle Suleiman, who served as the Chief Justice for two years, was dismissed as a part of Farmajo’s plan for judicial reform.Farmajo named Bashe Yusuf Ahmed as his replacement. “In response to our pledge provide transparent and equitable justice system, I have appointed Bashe Yusuf Ahmed as the Chief Justice of Somalia’s High Court,” said the President in a written Statement.“I hope the new justice will faithfully fulfill his duties, ” added the President.President Farmaajo called on the House of the People and the Somali government to complete the Judicial Service Commission and to adopt the provisional constitution and the legal framework for the judicial services to reform the country’s judicial system.Suleiman was appointed the chief justice in May 2016 by former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud replacing Aided Ilkahanaf who served as chief justice since 2011.Since taking office last February, President Farmajo has promised to initiate drastic changes to many of Somalia’s vital institutions.
US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 10 fighters
The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike outside Somalia’s capital that killed 10 extremists.The U.S. Africa Command says it has carried out 14 such airstrikes so far this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which continues to hold some rural areas of the Horn of Africa nation. Dozens of U.S. airstrikes were carried out last year after the Trump administration approved expanded military operations against al-Shabab, which was blamed for an October truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 500 people. The new statement says the U.S. military assesses that no civilians were killed in Wednesday’s strike about 15 miles southwest of Mogadishu. The U.S. has faced accusations in recent months of killing civilians in joint operations with Somali forces against al-Shabab.
Somali PM appoints new ministers
Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Kheire has nominated thirteen individuals to fill the vacant Cabinet slots on Thursday morning.The PM appointed six ministers, five assistant ministers and two state ministers after their predecessors quit offices for different reasons. Among the portfolios, the Premier nominated for new individuals are Information and Defense Ministries vacated by Mogadishu Mayor, Abdirahman Omar Osman, and the Speaker of the parliament, Mohamed Abdirahman Mursal respectively.The other ministry is Humanitarian Affairs which became vacant after Maryan Qassim who resigned from the Post citing disorder in the government. The following is the list.Ministers1. Hassan Moalim Hussein- Minister for Religious Affairs.2. Hassan Ali Mohamed- Minister for Defense.3. Dahir Mohamud Guelleh- Minister for Information.4. Abdiaziz Abdullahi Mohamed- Minister For Energy and Water.5. Hamza Saed Hamza- Minuster for Humanitarian and Disaster Management.6. Abdifatah Mohamed Ibrahim – Minister for Public Works.State Ministers1. Dahir Abdi Abdullahi- State Minister for Commerce.2. Mohamud Mohamed Bunow- State Minister for Security.Assistant Ministers.1. Adan Isack Ali- Assistant Minister for Information.2. Isack Mohamed Mohamud assistant Minister Interior.3. Abdirahman Iidan Yonis- Assistant Minister for Posts and Telecommunication.4. Mohamed Saed Abdullahi- Assistant Minister for Health.5. Abdirashid Mohamud Hassan- Assistant Minister for Humanitarian and Disaster Management.
Pakistan-Somalia ink US $10.5mln agreement for developing National ID system
(UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 23rd May, 2018) : Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi witnessed the signing of an agreement between pakistan and Somalia for grant of US$ 10.5 million and provision of technical assistance for development of Somalia’s National Identification System. Held at the Prime Minister Office here on Wednesday, the agreement signing ceremony was attended by Minister for Finance Miftah Ismail, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Musadiq Malik, Secretaries of Finance and Interior Divisions, Chairman NADRA and senior officials. The Somali side included Minister of State for Interior Abdullahi Farah Wehliye, Dr. Nur Derie Hersi, Head of ID project, Ambassador Khadija Mohamed Almakhzoumi and their senior officials. As part of the initiative, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will develop and supply technology, software and equipment to enable the Government of Somalia to have a state-of-the-art national data and citizen registration system. The ‘knowledge and technology’ transfer will also help Somalia in Border Management and Elections Management system.The Somali State Minister for Interior Abdullahi Farah Wehliye thanked the Government of Pakistan for its assistance in development of National ID System of Somalia. Underscoring Pakistan-Somalia friendly relations, the State Minister said that opening of Pakistan’s Embassy in Mogadishu would further strengthen the friendly relations of the two countries. Minister for Finance Dr. Miftah Ismail reciprocated the warm sentiments of the Somalian Minister and said that Pakistan valued its ties with the Government and people of Somalia. A statement from the PM Office termed the signing of the NADRA contract a great significance and said it would help in further enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries. The project complements the Government’s “Look Africa” policy for enhanced engagement with the African continent, the statement said.
Tukaraq May 24, 2018 #BreakingNews: #Somaliland Administration & #Puntland Administration resumed tibal fighting for derailing and #destroying #Khatumo Administration in Sool, Sanag and Ayn regions while the @UNSomalia & @amisomsomalia can not intervene or stop whoever is the aggressor.Press Release for the Endless Lies, the Denials of Signed Hidden Contracts & the Treason of Somali Current Leaders Mogadishu on Thursday May 24, 2018 Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially declares that Somalia’s Current Leaders qualified to step down after failing to defend the geopolitical interests of the People and the Republic of Somalia locally, regionally and universally. Somalia’s Current Leaders had also failed to deliver basic public service since they took up power on Wednesday February 08, 2017 until now, and it is very clear that the Somali Federal Government is unable to settle or solve internal disputes between and among various Somali so-called semi-autonomous states which are basically based on tribal interests in the country’s fragile peace and reconciliation efforts.Somalia has had several government since September 2000 until now, and the Current Somali Federal Government led by President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre has been reported and qualified as one of the most extreme corrupted government in the Transparency International Reports for two consecutive years as internationally published in the Transparency International Index report of the world.Unfortunately, President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre have intentionally committed 2nd treason in less than 6 years handing over a veteran Somali Military Colonel to his constant enemy – Ethiopia after the 1st treason regarding the illegal signing of the Somali Coastal Area which was implemented, approved and signed by the Former Somali Minister of Planning Mr. Abdirahman Abdishakur in favor of and accepting to sign what Kenya’s government termed as the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to earn some sharing cash with the assistance of the Former Somali Prime Minister H.E. Omar Abdirashid Ali.It is a surprise that #Kenya’s Current Foreign Affairs Secretary H.E. Monica Juma to dare and publicly expose that #Kenya has been secretly negotiating with #Somalia current leaders under shadowy diplomacy so that the International Court of Justice can stop any lawsuit against Kenya’s illegal violations of Somalia’s territorial waters which Kenya had previously issued exploratory oil drilling licenses to foreign oil drilling companies in the Somali Coastal area known and exposed to have a deposits of plentiful natural resources, Truly, it is very shocking to know that even some former Somali Prime Ministers since 1960s until 1991 have also committed indirect or direct treason against the Somali people and the Republic of Somalia, and if you want to know the truth then you can read history from different perspectives such as the CIA Dirty Works Book and in many other resources. Politely, Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) encourage and suggests to the Somali people that they have the right to stop such Somali foreign funded personnel in Somalia before it is too late, and we must focus on the Somali existence before we loose our beautiful country in the hands of wicker and corrupted Somali lunatic sellers whose mission based on how to get some money to buy big luxury properties in the country or outside the country. Somalia is a country at war with its own people but who refuels such internal conflicts? Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) would like to confirm that Somali Lower and Upper Houses failed to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency since on Wednesday February 08, 2017 until now, and it looks alike they are now working with the foreign entities living at Halane Base in order to let the lawlessness and the continuation of stealing natural resources as well as foreign aid to Somalia. Well, it is also true that #AMISOM has uniquely tried to fail and derail peace in Somalia as to get more foreign funds to cover, build and earn more money to spend in their respective countries while the Somali National Forces never gets enough salaries marching even closely with AMISOM troops.Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) will soon published a detailed book how Somali National Forces, AMISOM, the UNISOM and many other collaborative partners have been swindling foreign aid to Somalia dragging out and jeopardizing security operations in Somalia since September 2000 until now while they spent millions with no tract of any developments in Somalia. And it is all about the projects in the middle of nowhere style! Wake up Somalis! And Let’s start defending our country from internal and external enemies.All Praise belongs to Allah!Sincerely,Ambassador Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa)PresidentSomali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)1 Jidka Villa SomaliaThe Federal Republic of SomaliaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.sioss.org/news/
Heavy rains caused death in Northern regions of Somalia
At least one person dead after heavy rains with powerful winds hit the coastal town of Berbera and it’s near villages, according Somaliland officials of Bari region.Governor of Sahil region Ahmed Osman Hasaan told BBC that one person were killed after home collapsed in Berbera on Friday night.Hasaan said that 950 people were evacuated and now they are in schools. It was few days ago when tropical storm alert was issued.There are heavy rains and power full winds in Somaliland and puntland regions, many coastal residents took precautions to be prepared as heavy storm is expected
Security minister tells residents to remain calm after false attack
Mogadishu The Minister of National Security, Mohamed Abukar Islow Duale, said that the city’s residents should remain calm after Al-Shabaab militants filled plastic bags with light explosives and fireworks and detonated to “scare the residents”.Many residents from Waberi, Howl-Wadag and Hamar-weyne reported mortar attacks in their neighbourhoods from 7 PM to just after 10 PM. The security minister dispelled those fears and urged the residents remain vigilant. He added that the security forces were fully committed to protecting residents during the holy month of Ramadan. The home of a former District Commissioner was attacked by suspected militants after two grenades were lobbed into the former official’s house. There have been no serious injuries reported in either attack.The government of Somalia has heightened the terror and security alert in and around the capital. Al-Shabaab militants have warned about attacks during Ramadan.
Israel should be brought before ICC for massacre of Palestinians, FM Çavuşoğlu says
ANKARA – In the face of ongoing violence directed at Palestinians protesting the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, Ankara called on Palestine to take the issue to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hold Israel accountable.In an interview with state-broadcaster TRT Haber yesterday, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “Palestine needs to take the case to the ICC, as third parties cannot,” and he added that Turkey has been examining possible steps that can be taken in line with the law as well.The U.S.’s provocative move – relocating its embassy to Jerusalem – added fuel to the fire in the Palestine conflict. Following the opening of the embassy, Israeli troops shot dead at least 62 Palestinian protesters and injured many on the Gaza border on Monday. Underlining that the International Human Rights Council will gather in Geneva on Friday, Çavuşoğlu said, “An independent commission needs to prepare a report on the violence in Gaza and Israel needs to stand before the law.” He also stressed that Turkey is continuing its efforts; however, they are not sufficient by themselves to resolve the whole conflict. Çavuşoğlu said that concrete steps are expected from the United Nations.“Palestine should be recognized and become a member country of the UN. From now on, the world needs to unremittingly exert efforts for a two-state resolution,” Çavuşoğlu said.Referring to the efforts to pose a united stance against Israeli aggression, the minister highlighted that Turkey is set to hold the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and added that foreign countries have been called one by one. Çavuşoğlu has held phone talks with foreign ministers of South Africa, Nigeria, Sweden, Bahrain, Lebanon, Djibouti, Eygpt and many more.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday spoke with leaders of a number of countries, including Germany, Iran, Indonesia, Qatar and Sudan and urged OIC member countries to develop a “common stance” on the Gaza killings
Diplomat Abdulrahim Abby Farah passes away at 98
Portrait of Ambasador Abdulrahim Abby FARAH, new Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations. 22 June 1965 . United Nations, New York . UN Photo/Teddy Chen New York One of Somalia’s most accomplished diplomats, Abdulrahim Abby Farah, has passed away early Monday morning at his home in New York. He was 98.Abukar Dahir Osman (Balle), the current Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations, confirmed the death to Hiiraan Online.“I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of Abdulrahim. On behalf of the Somali government, we wish to extend our condolences to his family and friends. Abdulrahim was an outstanding diplomat who represented the people of Somalia wonderfully. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,” said Abukar Dahir Osman.Farah, who held a number of high-profile diplomatic posts during his career is most remembered as being Somalia’s Permanent Representative to the UN as well as Somalia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia. He also served as Somalia’s representative to the League of Arab States (now the Arab League), Council of Ministers and the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union).
While in New York, Farah was the Chairperson for the UN’s Special Committee Against Apartheid and was described by his peers as “determined” to press for effective international sanctions against the regime in South Africa. He was also the Undersecretary-General for Special Political Questions.
UN urges Israel to stop use of force on Palestinians
‘Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in Gaza must stop now,’ UN rights chief warns GENEVA – The UN on Monday urged Israel to stop the disproportionate use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza strip and initiate an impartial and independent investigation into killings of protesters.“Alarmed by the disproportionate use of force displayed by the Israeli Security Forces (ISF) against Palestinian demonstrators […] which has resulted in the death of at least 40 people, among them five children and in thousands of persons being injured,” the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said in a statement on Monday.The statement said it was “gravely concerned that many of the persons who died or were injured were reportedly posing no imminent threat at the time they were shot”. Israeli authorities have denied and continue to deny access to urgent medical treatment to injured Palestinians, it added.The statement said the UN committee was “highly concerned that these incidents are taking place in a context marked by the 50 year-occupation of the Palestinian territory, the blockade imposed since 2007 on the Gaza strip and a rise of racist hate speech and incitement to racist violence against Palestinians by Israeli governmental officials and Israeli armed forces.”“Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in Gaza must stop now. The right to life must be respected,” the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement on Monday.“Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account. The international community needs to ensure justice for victims,” he added.At least 43 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred Monday — and hundreds more injured — by Israeli army forces deployed along the other side of the border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.Thousands of Palestinians have gathered on Gaza Strip’s eastern border since early morning to take part in protests aimed to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The rallies will culminate on Tuesday, May 15, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment — an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or “the Catastrophe”.
Keating meets with Puntland President in Garowe
UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, arrived in Garowe on Saturday for a meeting with Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas. President Gaas led a delegation of Ministers that included the Minister of Interior, Minister of Education, Minister of Justice and Religious Affairs, as well as officials from the regional government. After their closed-door meeting, President Gaas said that the two discussed a wide range of topics. “It is a great honour today that United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating is visiting us here (in Puntland), it is not the first time he comes to us, he has visited us here often. Whenever he comes to us, we are talking about important issues in Puntland and Somalia. We talked about the peace process in Somalia today and discussed the obstacles surrounding of peace and security in the country. We discussed ongoing political issues as well as how we can move forward with Somalia.”He added that he was impressed with Keating’s work in Somalia. For his part, Keating thanked President Gaas for meeting with him and praised the progress that Puntland has made. Keating told media that the pair discussed regional security and the democratization process.
President of Somalia to arrive in Doha today
President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will arrive in Doha today for an official visit to Qatar.His visit will take two day and it was scheduled for March but it was postponed because of local political crises.His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will meet Somalia’s president on Sunday to discuss bilateral relations and prospects for their development in addition to a number of issues of common concern.The visit of president Farmajo to Qatar comes as last week Jubbaland administration leader accused federal government of Somalia supporting of Qatar and missed the neutral position it reached from Gulf crisis.
Is Treachery Hereditary?
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By Adv. Dr. Abdulqair Tallman email@example.com
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Omar Abdirashid hails from a long line of chronic traitors. His grandfather sold the Somali territory from Harar Dhere to Jarriban to the Italian colonialists.His father, Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, transferred the Northern Frontier District (N.F.D.) to Kenya towards the end of the sixties of last century.He ordered his Prime Minister, Mohamed Ibrahim Egal, to pull the plug on the war for the liberation of the N.F.DRemenber the Arusha Agreement? Just to refresh your memory, and to prove that the treason really took place, I am giving here the text of the so-called Arusha Agreement.Please note that this Arusha Agreemeent is also know as a Memorandumof Understanding, just like the one Omar used to transfer ownership of the Somali sea to Kenya.
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Another similarity, in addition to the name, is that Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke used Mohamed Ibrahim Egal to sign the transfer of the N.F.D. to Kenya, while Omar Abdirashid used Abdurahman Abdishakur to sign the oil-rich Somali sea to Kenya. Both son and father use their subordinates to do the signing.Here, one is entitled to ask: has Omar’s family a close blood relationshipwith the Kikuyus? Otherwise, how come they routinely sign away chunks of Somali land and sea to Kenya?Here below, is the 1967 Arusha Agreement, giving away the N.F.D. to Kenya by authority of Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who, at the time, was President of the Somali Republic.———————————————————————————-MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDINGThe following is the text of the “Memorandum ofUnderstanding” signed by the President of Kenya and theSomali Prime Minister on October 28th and witnessed bythe President of Zambia:Desirous of consolidating the Kinshasa Declaration onKenya/Somalia Relations and recognizing the need to restorenormal and peaceful relations between Kenya and Somalia, thetwo leaders reached agreement on the following points:(i) Both Governments will exert all efforts and dotheir utmost to create good-neighbourly relationsbetween Kenya and Somalia, in accordance with the OAUCharter.(ii) The two Governments agree that the interestsof the people of Kenya and Somalia were notserved by the continuance of tension between thetwo countries.(iii) They therefore reaffirm their adherence to thedeclaration of the OAU conference at Kinshasa(see above), a copy of which is attached to thismemorandum of understanding.(iv) In order to facilitate a speedy solution to thedispute and to ensure the maintenance of continuedstood relations, both Governments have agreed to:(a) the maintenance of peace and security on both sidesof the border by preventing destruction of humanlife and property;(b) refrain from conducting hostile propaganda throughmass media such as radio and the press, against eachother, and encourage propaganda which promotes thedevelopment and continuance of friendly relationsbetween the two countries;(c) the gradual suspension of any emergency regulationsimposed on either side of the border;(d) the reopening of diplomatic relations between the twocountries;(e) the consideration of measures encouraging the develop-ment of economic and trade relations;(f) appoint a Working Committee consisting of Somalia,Kenya, and Zambia, which will meet periodically toreview the implementation by Somalia and Kenyaof the points agreed in this document and also toexamine ways and means of bringing about a satisfac-tory solution to major and minor differences betweenKenya and Somalia.————————————————————————————————————————-The raging successful N.F.D. war of liberation was suddenly ended fruitlessly by order of Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke – Omar’s father, who, at the time, was President of the Somali Republic.This agreement, giving away the N.F.D. to Kenya, was also calleed a Momorandum of Understanding.History repeats itself.And Now, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, descending from a long line of traitors, has signed away to Kenya the oil-rich Somali sea.The agreement signed by Omar Abdirashid is also called a “Memorandum of Understanding”. The Kenyans must have kept the format of the Memorandum of Understanding intact in their archives. They knew that: LIKE GRANDFATHER LIKE FATHER, and also, like father like son.Instead of talking, before the UN, about non-issues, such as trade in a civil war atmosphere, Omar needs to come clean about the sale of the oil-rich Somali sea to Kenya:How much did Kenya pay him? Was it in cash or kind? How much do the Kenyans still owe him?Who acted as the middle man? etc. Where did Omar deposit the money?The Somali people, whose sea he sold to Kenya, need answers, answers, answers. Now, Now, Now!——————————————————————————————————————————————————Finally, at the International Court of Justice, Kenya is today using the Memorandum of Understanding as her one and only argument to claim our oil-rich Somali sea: The same Memorandum of Understanding signed by Abdirahman Abdishakur at the express order of Omar Abdirashid.
Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya Mudane Maxamed Cabdullaahi Farmaajo ayaa Xafiiskiisa Wasaaradda Gaashaandhigga kaga guddoomay warqadaha danjiranimo Safiirka Dalka Qatar ee loo soo Magacabay Soomaaliya Mudane Xasan Xamsa Asad.
AU envoy decries threats posed by explosive devices in Somalia
African Union top envoy in Somalia on Monday called for concerted efforts, to defeat the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to security forces and civilian populations in the Horn of African nation.Francisco Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission (SRCC), told the opening of the fourth Bi-annual Counter IED Conference that the use of IEDs presented a major threat to the country’s stabilization process and called for practical solutions to the menace.“The best way to defeat IEDs is to have our politics right. If the politics is not right, no matter how much technology we put on the ground we may not succeed, and to have politics right, will require everyone to play his or her role,” Madeira said in a statement released by the AU mission in Mogadishu.He urged the military, the police and the government to cooperate, in order to effectively counter the indiscriminate use of the improvised explosive devices.The conference organized by AMISOM seeks viable ways of building the capacity of AMISOM and Somali national security forces, to effectively counter terrorist group al-Shabab’s weapon of choice.Madeira stressed the importance of effective intelligence and information sharing and working closely with civilian populations to end the IED threat.The AU mission says al-Shabab terrorists have been using asymmetrical warfare to extensively engage in the use of IEDs to kill and maim innocent civilians and security forces.Madeira said AMISOM, Somali government and development partners are currently working on strategies to counter the threat, to ensure gains made so far, in Somalia’s stabilization are not eroded.Richard Maundrell, the Commander of the British Forces in Somalia, called for increased collaboration between stakeholders and security agencies in the country to rid the country of the IED menace.“While it is important to prepare the force and defeat the device, the only way the counter IED battle can be won is through proactive operations against the IED system. This will focus on the perpetrators of IED activity,” he noted.At least 3,000 civilians have been either killed or injured by IEDs in Somalia in the past three years, the UN Mine-Action Service (UNMAS), UN’s demining agency, said in early April. It said the year 2017 was the deadliest, in large part due to an IED attack on Oct. 14 in Mogadishu which killed more than 500 people and injured over 300 in twin bombings. Source: Xinhua
Military Sources: Somali Army killed 30 militants in central Somalia
At least 30 Al-Shabaab militants were killed Tuesday when Somali military clashed with Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab fighters in central Somalia of the Hiiraan province.Fighters armed with heavy machine guns, rocket propelled grenades and small arms were ambushed by Somali armed forces around Mahas district, a military sources told Radio Kulmiye in Mogadishu on Tuesday.It said dozens of heavily-armed militants were killed in the ambush, as army recovered a significant amount of military items from militants, sources said.In a statement aired by Radio Muqdisho, government’s mouthpiece said government soldiers killed 30 fighters and seized some vehicles.No word from Al-Shabaab on these claims.Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab group is attempting to overthrow the government and install a strict form of Islamic law throughout Somalia.
The Rise & The Fall of Somali President: His Excellency Mohamed Abdillahi Mohamed (Farmajo)
Mogadishu on Monday April 16, 2018 Today’s Current Seven Facts which the Somali Federal Government is either politically misleading Somali people or intentionally investing ex- well-known Shabab terrorists to hold public offices for committing crimes against humanity! 1. Is #Somalia Federal Lower House Parliament lack of Speaker leadership after he was illegally fired with bribes to fire him from the Office of the Somali #PrimeMinister his Excellebcy Hassan Ali Kheyre? #Fact is fact!2. How many well-known #Shabab terrorists are now top leaders with the Current Somali Federal Government led by his Excellency Hassan Ali Kheyre, and what are the links with #Shabab #terrorists as exposed previously in published international reports? 3, Why did #Somalia’s failed #Primeminister his Excellency Hassan Ali Kheyre bring a motion which was fired illegally the outgoing Somali Federal #Speaker of Lower House #Parliament H.E. Mohamed Sheikh Jawari? Making #Somalia is the most corrupted nation on #earth4, Why is former Shabab #Terrorist leader #Bomb Squat Commander turned & looted the rank of Colonel Mohamed Adan Kofi was appointed as Director of Somali #Immigration & #Nationalities? #Somali Federal Employed known #criminal #terrorists into public offices. @UN @AP @BBCWorld 5. #Somali #Government expelled the #UAE #military to stop training Somali #troops for their hidden #interests in #Somalia, finally, the #Somali Federal Government fed up the #geopolitical illegalities in #Somalia that is why #Somalia caught #UAE #plane carrying $ 9 million 6. #Somali Federal #Government submitted a complaining letters 2 the @UN #Security #Council & the #Arab #League #States to stop the ongoing #political #derailments of the United Arab Emirates #UAE in #Somalia.7′ Which foreign countries are still financing and arming various terrorists in #Somalia? Well, it is very clear that many foreign countries are involved to arm and fund terrorists and terrorism in #Somalia for various #geographical reasons. Wake up Somalis!
Somalia: Somaliland sentences activist woman for three years in prison April 15, 2018
A regional court in Hargeysa has sentenced Na’ima Ahmed Ibrahim to three years in prison on Sunday over charges related allegations she made in Mogadishu, capital city of Somalia.The prosecution office of Somaliland charged Na’ima committed violations against the state’s breakaway process.The charges also related that Na’ima has made statement against the separation of Somaliland, calling as a region in Somalia.Her lawyers told local media that the allegations against Na’ima are not consistent with the Somaliland law and human rights law.Ahmed Ibrahim, Na’imas’ father said told Widh Widh Online that the court ruled injustice sentence.Ahmed said that they will file charges against the intelligence agency, those forced her to handover her Facebook password.“Intelligence officers threatened Na’ima that will rape her if she not to handover the password and they tortured” he told Radio kulmiye.According to Na’imas father, lawyers will file appeal against the judgment of the court
President of Djibouti to Asharq Al-Awsat: Our foreign bases are aimed at combating terrorism.
President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh hoped that Sunday’s Arab summit in Saudi Arabia will help shed light on the various problems and crises in the Arab world.In addition, he told Asharq Al-Awsat that the foreign military bases on Djibouti’s soil are “aimed at combating terrorism and marine piracy and protecting international navigation.”He said that the Arab summit, hosted by Dhahran, is being held at a critical time in the region as several countries, such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia and Libya are facing crises. He also said that the Palestinian cause remains the main issue for joint Arab work. He also highlighted terrorism as another obstacle facing the Arab world.Guelleh hoped that the summit will shed light on these problems and reach important resolutions that will help resolve them in a manner that would preserve unity and solidarity and bolster cooperation away from petty disputehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=AKd_on3Ms9g
Saturday April 7, 2018Mogadishu – In 2005, Dr. Abdirahman Ali Awale – or Dr. ‘Habeeb’ as he is commonly known – was walking down a street in the Somali capital when he saw something which changed his life: the reaction of some local residents to a small group of girls suffering from mental illness.“I saw five young girls being chased and insulted on the streets of Mogadishu by a mob,” Dr. ‘Habeeb’ says. “That was when I realized that mental health was an issue of big concern in my community.”The cruel treatment meted out to the girls that day prompted the 58-year-old psychiatrist, from Shibis district in Mogadishu, to do something about it.With the help of supporters, he opened the Habeeb Mental Health Hospital in 2005, specializing in the treatment of mental illness and personality disorders – and one of Somalia’s first such establishments since the start of the civil war in 1991. He admitted 30 patients soon after opening.Since then, Dr. ‘Habeeb’s’ medical practice and services have grown, expanding beyond Mogadishu. He now runs ten other psychiatric centres throughout the country, in Buhoodle, Caabudwaaq, Gaalkayo, Cadaado, Belet Weyne, Marka, Beled Hawo and Kismaayo.“Our branch in Beled Hawo, in the Gedo region is called the ‘Habeeb Triangle Mental Hospital,’ in reference to patients who are admitted from Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia,” he says. “Patients with a history of drug and substance abuse are also brought in from the United States.”The facilities provide outpatient consultation, and most inpatient cases are treated for bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, dementia, epilepsy, psychosis and conditions associated with substance abuse, among others.Asides from the centres, Dr. ‘Habeeb’ also makes house calls, providing treatment for patients at home and in their communities.“Mental health is sometimes symptomatic of problems a patient may be experiencing at a certain time. Sometimes, the patients just need treatment of the underlying issues causing them mental anguish,” he notes.High incidence of mental illness following warThe state of mental health in Somalia has been on the back burner of health priorities for decades. Mental health disorders peaked in the Horn of Africa country during its civil war in the 1990s, but after the war ended there were limited resources to deal with them.According to an analysis by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) carried out in 2010, it was estimated that the prevalence of such disorders was higher in Somalia than in other low-income and war-torn countries, with one person out of three affected by some kind of mental illness. Causes for this included overall insecurity, war trauma, poverty, unemployment and substance abuse. It also found that mental health had been an underfunded and neglected sector in Somalia due to poor allocation of resources by the donor community as well as by public health local authorities.As in many other countries, mental illness in Somalia is associated with a strong social stigma, which means that many patients continue to suffer neglect and forced confinement inside their homes and other institutions. Keeping mentally ill people in chains and shackles has been an all too common practice.“Unless we stop the stigma associated with mental health issues, we will not be able to properly treat and care for these patients,” Dr. ‘Habeeb’ says.The psychiatrist believes that Somalia’s mental health burden can only be reduced with proper treatment and medical care of patients, as well as changing people’s perceptions of psychiatric illness.“There is a need to integrate mental health care within the mainstream health and social education services to aptly respond to this health burden,” he says.To that end, the physician has endeavoured to raise awareness of mental health issues through advocacy campaigns across the country.“I used to go to 16 secondary schools and give one-hour lectures on mental health, explaining that mental disorders are not unique to Somalia and that they are curable,” he notes.His outreach activities in schools expanded to include the training of select students in mental health treatment to help with free medical camps for sufferers of mental illness.In recent years, the UN has provided support in various ways. This includes the provision of training for mental health professionals, as well as initiatives such as the WHO’s ‘Chain Free Initiative,’ which aims to restore the rights and dignity of mentally-ill persons by advocating for chain-free hospitals, chain-free homes and a chain-free environment that offer an improved quality of life.
Statement by Head of AMISOM Amb. Francisco Madeira on Wednesday’s political developments in Somalia’s Lower House of Parliament https://vimeo.com/263555282
Saturday April 7, 2018 A South Korean court has found former President Park Geun-hye guilty on multiple counts of abuse of power, bribery and coercion and sentenced her to 24 years in prison. Park’s conviction brings to close a corruption scandal which gripped South Korea, upending the country’s politics and implicating some of the country’s most powerful figures. “The President abused the power which was given to her by the citizens,” the judge said, adding a tough sentence was needed to send a firm message to the country’s future leaders. Prosecutors had asked for Park to receive a 30 year sentence.Outside the court, hundreds of supporters of Park had gathered, waving Korean and US flags and calling for the former president’s release. Older, conservative South Koreans, who remembered the dictatorship of Park’s father fondly as a period of strength for the country, were her electoral base and a common sight throughout the impeachment process. South Korea’s first female president, and the daughter of former dictator Park Chung-hee, Park Geun-hye was arrested in March 2017 shortly after she was stripped of her office by the country’s Constitutional Court, which upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her. That vote came after millions of South Koreans took to the streets over a period of several months to demand Park’s ouster, after revelations of the alleged massive influence wielded by her adviser and confidant, Choi Soon-sil. Choi, the daughter of a cult leader once accused of having “complete control over Park’s body and soul during her formative years,” held no political office but is accused of using her influence over the President to funnel money to organizations she controlled and get her daughter a place at an elite university. Park was accused of being unduly influenced by Choi. The court which upheld her impeachment agreed with accusations that Park had abused her authority in helping Choi raise donations from companies for foundations she had set up. In February, Choi was sentenced to 20 years in jail on 18 charges including abuse of power, coercion, fraud and bribe, and fined $16.6 million. Also implicated in the scandal was Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong. The 49-year-old billionaire was found guilty of bribery and other corruption charges last year and sentenced to five years in prison, but in February a higher court reduced his sentence and suspended it for four years.
Park was found guilty of 16 of the 18 charges she faced, related to a massive influence-peddling case that removed her from office last year. As well as the prison sentence she was also fined $17 million.
The former president was not in the Seoul Central District Court to hear the verdict. Park and her lawyers refused to participate after the court decided to live broadcast the judgment, the first time this has happened in South Korea, after a law was passed last year to enable it. Park is expected to appeal.
Security Council condemns terrorist attack against African Union mission in Somalia
The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on 1 April perpetrated by the Al-Shabaab group against the Ugandan contingent of the African Union mission in Somalia.“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” said a statement issued to the press.The Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.The attack reportedly killed and injured a number of soldiers belonging to the mission, known as AMISOM.The Council underscored its full support to AMISOM in delivering their mandate to reduce the threat posed by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab and armed opposition groups in Somalia, and paid tribute to all international actors working to bring peace and stability in Somalia.
Former Somalia president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was denied to enter USA. Why?
CANCELLED Tuesday, March 27th at 12pm Location: Marriott Sable Oaks, South Portland Cost: Free to the public Voluntary donation $5-10 welcome H.E. HASSAN SHEIKH MOHAMUD was the 8th President of Somalia from September 2012 until February 2017. A civil and political activist, Mohamud was previously a university professor and dean. In 2013, Mohamud was named to the Time 100, TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. His efforts at advancing national reconciliation, and socio-economic and security sector reforms in Somalia were cited as reasons for the selection.Throughout the Somali civil war, beginning in 1991, Mohamud was one of the few Somali intellectuals who remained in the country, working as a peace activist, reconciliation champion, and campaigner for education, as well as consulting with various non-government organizations, UN bureaus, and international organizations such as Oxford University’s Centre for Refugee Studies.To address the need for a well-trained civil service for post-conflict reconstruction, Mohamud co-established the Somali Institute of Management and Administration Development (SIMAD) in 1999. The institution subsequently grew into the SIMAD University, with Mohamud acting as dean until 2010.In 2011 he established the Peace and Development Party (PDP), with the mandate of restoration of peace and stability in Somalia through dialogue and reconciliation. In September 2012, Mohamud was elected as President to lead the first internationally recognized constitutional government in over 20 years.Under his administration, the federalization process of the country was initiated with the formation of federal member states, constitutionally mandated committees were formed, numerous legislation were passed, relations with IMF were restored after a 25 year absence, economic reforms supporting growth were delivered and new elections were undertaken resulting in the peaceful transfer of leadership.Special thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this event happen
Former Somalia president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was denied to enter USA. Why?
CANCELLED Tuesday, March 27th at 12pm Location: Marriott Sable Oaks, South Portland Cost: Free to the public Voluntary donation $5-10 welcome H.E. HASSAN SHEIKH MOHAMUD was the 8th President of Somalia from September 2012 until February 2017. A civil and political activist, Mohamud was previously a university professor and dean. In 2013, Mohamud was named to the Time 100, TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. His efforts at advancing national reconciliation, and socio-economic and security sector reforms in Somalia were cited as reasons for the selection.Throughout the Somali civil war, beginning in 1991, Mohamud was one of the few Somali intellectuals who remained in the country, working as a peace activist, reconciliation champion, and campaigner for education, as well as consulting with various non-government organizations, UN bureaus, and international organizations such as Oxford University’s Centre for Refugee Studies.To address the need for a well-trained civil service for post-conflict reconstruction, Mohamud co-established the Somali Institute of Management and Administration Development (SIMAD) in 1999. The institution subsequently grew into the SIMAD University, with Mohamud acting as dean until 2010.In 2011 he established the Peace and Development Party (PDP), with the mandate of restoration of peace and stability in Somalia through dialogue and reconciliation. In September 2012, Mohamud was elected as President to lead the first internationally recognized constitutional government in over 20 years.Under his administration, the federalization process of the country was initiated with the formation of federal member states, constitutionally mandated committees were formed, numerous legislation were passed, relations with IMF were restored after a 25 year absence, economic reforms supporting growth were delivered and new elections were undertaken resulting in the peaceful transfer of leadership.Special thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this event happen
Press Release for Berbera Port Issue Mogadishu on Monday March 05, 2018 Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially declares to Somalis and the world at large that the DPWorld Company, Ethiopia and the Somaliland Semi-Autonomous State have intentionally committed contractual illegalities about the Berbera Port handing over administrative management and shares without knowledge of the Federal Republic of Somalia. Unfortunately, it is not wise to claim that you are helping Somalia while you are violating the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Somalia, and you are also intentionally violating the Principles of the International Law.As we all know that Somalia used to help the UAE in so many ways in the past, and Somalia and the UAE have common things in place but if this DPWorld continues to derail our bilateral relations then we want you to remember that Somalia locates a better global shipping and trading zone for open and free market to the world, Somalis will have to seek alternative counter measures to derail and economically deflate and sabotage the UAE as they are currently doing in Somalia.Somalia and Somalis are more educated and talented than your bogus turbans and useless hypocrisy, and we are not joking with you in regard to the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Somalia, and we can retaliate decisively and legally in the International Court of Justice and informing your useless and constant violations of the Sovereignty of the Republic of Somalia. There is no place in the world where a foreign company can come in your country without valid registration and open bidding for tenders under the concerning Somali Ministries so, who gave you permission to enter Somalia?Did the United Nations give your permission to open a company in Somalia and get the best share 51% while giving Ethiopia 19% share and the Somaliland Semi-Autonomous State 30%? Or did the International Criminal Court of Justice give you the permission to open a company in Somalia and get the best share 51% while giving Ethiopia 19% share and the Somaliland Semi-Autonomous State 30%? Surely, your endless crimes and criminal activities in Somalia must stop and leave Somalis and Somalia in peace or you will get your rewards for doing and organizing illegal businesses and sponsoring terrorism activities in Somalia. It is also unacceptable that the African Union, the IGAD, the European Union and the United Nations Political Office for Somalia to be silent and not expose such illegalities of the World Company which opened a company in Somalia and awarded itself to get the best share 51% while giving Ethiopia 19% share and the Somaliland Semi-Autonomous State 30% about the Berbera Port? Somalis are now waiting for the Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives to open discussions about such foreign illegalities in Somalia, and we hope that they will issue legal directives to stop and ban such illegal and foreign mercenary companies to come in and operate in Somalia.There is no semi-autonomous state in Somalia which can bring foreign company without the approval of the Somali Lower and Upper Houses of Representatives and the Government of the Republic of Somalia.Sincerely, Ambassador Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa)PresidentSomali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)1 Jidka Villa SomaliaThe Federal Republic of SomaliaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.sioss.org/news/
Djibouti voters go the polls in a general election
Djiboutians went to the polls on Friday morning to elect the country’s next National Assembly. Voters began pouring into polling stations across the country at around 6 am this morning to elect candidates running for the 65 seats in the National Assembly or Chamber of Deputies as it is known locally.Members will sit for a 5-year term.The contenders have officially concluded their two weeks of campaigning on Wednesday.The country’s Electoral Commision had called on the more than half a million eligible voters turn up in large to participate the election.35 of the 65 seats are contested in Djibouti’s capital city. The five political parties vying for the general election include:Union pour la Majorité Présidentielle (UMP) Djibouti Union for Democracy and Jastice (UDJ) Djiboutien pour le Développement(PDD) Centre Démocrate Unifié Djiboutien (CDU) Republican Alliance for Democracy (RAD)Citing lack of transparency, the Mouvement pour le Renouveau Démocratique et le Développement (MRD) declared it will boycott the elections, just as they did in 2016 during the Presidential Elections.The ruling political coalition Union pour la Majorité Présidentielle (UMP) or Union for the Presidential Majority led by incumbent President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh is expected by analysts to win the most seats. Unlike in 2013, the UMP is facing a divided opposition coalition. Furthermore, the UMP is the only party that has the financial and human resource to contest all 65 seats in the National Assembly.The UMP dominates the current National Assembly with 43 seats. The elections are expected to be observed by delegates from AU, EU, UN and IGAD.African Union on Monday deployed 28 election observers who are drawn from 22 countries.The AU delegates is led by the former Prime Minister of Central African Republic, Anicet Georges DologueleThe polling stations will officially close at 6 P.M. local time.
Somali Government issues ‘terror warning’ in Mogadishu
The Somali government has warned of an imminent terror attack barely six months after the deadliest attack in Somalia’s history.Ministry of Information warned of a looming vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices ( VBIEDs) threat in the Somali capital.Speaking to media after a cabinet meeting on Thursday, deputy minister for Information, Abdirahman Ifan Yonis warned the public of two vehicles loaded with explosives that security officials say is being planned to be used for an attack. “The report submitted by security minister had shown that there were two VBIEDs sent to execute attacks in the city, one of the vehicles resembles those of Sahal Company which operates at the airport,” said Yonis. The minister noted that they put increased security measures by deploying security forces in many parts of the town.“Intelligence reconnaissance operations will be increased. our forces will remain vigilant and we will take all necessary measures to foil the attacks,” Yonis pledged.He called on the public to work with the security officers and report any suspicious activity.The warning comes barely six months after Mogadishu witnessed the infamous October deadly truck bomb.The attack which was widely described as “The worst single attack in the country’s history” occurred at Zobe junction.Over 500 people killed and more than 300 others wounded in the attack.No group yet claimed the responsibility for the heinous attack though the Somali government has blamed Al-Shabaab.#Sweden rejected to give visiting entry vise 2 ex- #Somalia’s Damu-Jadid # terror linked #President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.Madaxweynihii Hore Ee Somalia oo loo diiday inuu galo Swedenhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rw4Yh0DNfU2These two #Somali Members of #Parliament who are troublemakers for longtime, & they are still confusing #people in #Somalia while they are constantly ignoring the federal constitution which they were elected: Xil Zakariye oo ujawabay Xil Ahmed Fiqi | Maqaamka muqdisho iyo Doorka Mucaradka Dowladahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivos3rPjMqQ3Who can hide the truth now? Can you now deny or hide the facts of local and foreign arming and funding terrorists in Somalia?#Somalia’s recently fired Director of the Somali National #Intelligence and Security Agency “NISA” Amb. Abdillahi Sanboloshe exposed how #Shabab #terrorists operates in #Somali #Government even occupies key Somali governmental posts as devil ringleaders at the Somali Statehouse literally known as “Villa Somalia”.#Somalia’s recently fired Director of the Somali National #Intelligence and Security Agency “NISA” Ambassador Abdillahi Sanbolooshe has also exposed that there are number of foreign intelligence entities operating in #Somalia for many years illegally without even support or training Somali counterparts. So, why is the #Somalia’s recently fired Director of the Somali National #Intelligence and Security Agency “NISA”Ambassador Abdillahi Sanbolooshe now exposing more truth and the illegal activities at the Somali Statehouse which is managed and run by the Chief of Cabinet Fahad Yasin whose illegal activities and organized crimes have been reported and exposed by the United Nastions Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea report on July 13, 2013 and in many other local and international reports.DAAWO FULL WAREYSI SANBALOOLSHE KHEYRE WAA MUNAAFAQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOhg-QvzYrIPress Release for Exposing Michael Keating (UNSOM) on the situation in Somalia – Security Council, 8165th meeting on 24 Jan 2018 – Remarks by Mr. Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) on the situation in Somalia.On Friday January 26, 2018 Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially exposed that the United Nations Special Envoy for Somalia H.E. Micheal Keating had spoken at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Thursday January 24, 2018 for briefing current political crisis and developments in Somalia which he partially exposed the whole truth about the current political crisis and developments in Somalia. Unfortunately, the #UNSOM Special Envoy for Somalia H.E. Micheal Keating has only exposed partial truth about Somalia’s internal crisis and foreign derailments because it is true that the UNSOM Special Envoy for Somalia Micheal Keating has never talked about illegal foreign mercenary troops operating illegally in Somalia as well as foreign International NGOS swindling on bogus projects in Somalia including the Various #NGOS without transparency, accountability and trustworthy.The fact is that the Somali Federal Government, its foreign supporting partners and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) H.E. Michael Keating have not been acting to solve #Somalia’s internal crisis collectively and sincerely in addition to this kind of acting hypocrisy, they do more harm to derail peace than to achieve durable solutions in Somalia.According to the reality in Somalia’s current political crisis, it is truth that the Somali Federal Government failed to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Ant-Corruption Agency for almost a year now so, what developments is the #UNSOM Special Envoy for Somalia H.E. Micheal Keating talking about rather telling and spearing more diplomatic lies at the United Nations Security Council Meet on Thursday January 24, 2018 in New York?The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Michael Keating has never mentioned that there are ex- well-known Shabab leading terrorists who joined the Somali Federal Government in order to take key security posts within the Somali Federal Government where they have already executed many terrorism related incidents including the October 14 Mogadishu blast killing more 512 people and wounding many as he stated in his televised meeting with the United Nations Security Council Meeting.Somalis are ready to support the Somali Federal Government if the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo fires all ex- Shabab linked leading #terrorists within the Federal Government of the Republic of Somalia, and if he appoints a Prime Minister with a background who has never been reported or exposed his or her links with local, regional and global Mafia related companies or agencies of special interests. Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) also warned the Somaliland State and Puntland State to stop re-organizing tribal and inter-clan fighting in Somalia several times, and it is too bad that the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Michael Keating has never mentioned which neighboring and global countries have been refueling Somalia’s internal affairs by using any forms of corrupted methods to control and dictate Somalia’s daily affairs by any means. All Praise belongs to Allah!Best Wishes,Ambassador Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa)PresidentSomali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)1 Jidka Villa SomaliaThe Federal Republic of SomaliaEmail: email@example.com://www.sioss.org/newshttp://webtv.un.org/watch/michael-keating-unsom-on-the-situation-in-somalia-security-council-8165th-meeting/5718371637001/?lan=english New York 24 January 2018 Unfortunately, the #UNSOM Special Envoy for Somalia H.E. Micheal Keating has only exposed partial truth about Somalia’s internal crisis and foreign derailments because it is true that the UNSOM Special Envoy for Somalia Micheal Keating has never talked about illegal foreign mercenary troops operating illegally in Somalia as well as foreign International NGOS swindling on bogus projects in Somalia including the Various #NGOS. Michael Keating (UNSOM) on the situation in Somalia – Security Council, 8165th meeting 24 Jan 2018 – Remarks by Mr. Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) on the situation in http://webtv.un.org/watch/michael-keating-unsom-on-the-situation-in-somalia-security-council-8165th-meeting/5718371637001/?lan=english Mogadishu, 24 January 2018 – The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) is looking after un-accompanied children that were rescued from terrorists groups on 19 January 2018. These children are now receiving full protection and rights. The FGS will provide all basic services to these children, as the necessity in rehabilitating these children is indeed critical to their long-term physiological and mental wellbeing. Somali National Security Forces rescued 35 kidnapped male children from an al-Shabaab indoctrination camp in southern Somalia on 19 January 2018. The Federal Government of Somalia received credible information on the location of the camp and the activities that were going on for a while. As soon as the information was verified Somali National Security Forces began their operation, which was very successful. The Federal Government of Somalia is committed in carrying out military operations in order to bring peace and safety in the country. The FGS will never accept children to be used as militias. Terrorists group, Al-Shabaab has no regard to the welfare of children and they demonstrated their cruelty to children. Al-Shabaab indoctrinates children and they force them to terrorist?s activities. The Federal Government of Somalia prioritizes security so that every citizen will enjoy peace and stability in order to develop the nation. The FGS has been making significant progress in retaking territory from the terrorists in order to deny them re-grouping and planning terrorist attacks to civilian areas. The FGS has been re-establishing civil governance, and bringing stability back to the Somali people. END Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism The 7 Facts of #Somalia’s #Shabab #Terrorists Recruited and Invested Government on Tuesday January 23, 2018, Who can hide the truth now?1. Recently resigned #Banadir Region #Governor & Mogadishu Mayor Tabit Abdi exposed that the Chief of Staff at the Somali Presidential Palace Mr. Fahad Yasin is terrorist financier in #Mogadishu who planned many #terrorism linked operations in #Mogadishu and #Somalia at large 2. Is ex- Well-known #Shabab leading #Shabab #terrorist #Commander Mohamed Aden Kofi still serving as the Current #Director of the #Somali #Immigration & #Nationalities? What #AMISOMSomalia or other #foreign #troops fighting for if known Shabab #terrorists are #working #freely.3.Which #international #organizations and #foreign countries #arms and #funds #Somalia’s various #terrorism linked organizations in #Somalia including #Shabab #terrorists? And why such foreign entities continue to derail peace in #Somalia?4. Who many ex- well-known #Shabab leading #terrorists are now serving leading #Somalia’s top #Security Commanders in various #Somali #Security Agencies so, how can such known #criminals are now leading key security agencies in #Somalia?5. Why are #European countries now acting as jealous prostitutes in #Somalia’s recovery efforts which #Turkey and other Arab countries spearheaded fraternally, and the fact is #Somalia & #Turkey are the best friends on the earth so accept it that way or die for nothing!6. #Somalia’s Cyber Team Commanders &Somali Veterans including former living Somali Presidents, Prime Ministers, Deputy Prime Ministers, Speakers of Parliament, Ministers, Ambassadors & various Members of the Somali Civil Societies are thanking 2 the People & the Republic of Turkey7. #Somalia has now more 19 ex- well-known #Shabab #leading #terrorists in current #Somali Government who are holding key Somali #Security agencies so, why not fire such #criminal Shabab #terrorists in Somali Government?
US sees link Between Kenyan male identity and Shabaab Recruitment
A man who had been recruited by Al-Shabaab to execute terror attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa narrating how he escaped. US State Department is offering to fund a programme which seeks to address a perceived link between Kenyan male identity and vulnerability to recruitment by Al-Shabaab. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP The US State Department is offering to fund a nearly USD600,000 (Sh61,600,000) programme which seeks to address a perceived link between Kenyan male identity and vulnerability to recruitment by Al-Shabaab.“Kenyan society, while diverse in its ethnic and cultural composition, is uniformly patriarchal and highly prescriptive of gender expressions and identities,” states a funding opportunity notice posted on Saturday by the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism.“Socially, males are expected to be tough, heterosexual, aggressive, unemotional and achieving.”Pressures to conform to these “ideals of masculinity” can be immense, the notice adds. Shabaab exploits consequent vulnerabilities and offers opportunities to fulfil the roles of Kenyan male identity, the programme prospectus states.A separate research study being commissioned by the State Department and cited in the notice will “explore gender identities of boys and men in Kenya and how ideals of masculinity relate to attitudes about violent extremism in Kenya”.Up to $592,500 will be available for the proposed programme that will encourage “male-to-male dialogue and training on issues of gender and encourage stronger social and familial support structures,” the notice says.The programme should involve “creative approaches to developing healthy gender identities for men and boys as a resilience against VE [violent extremism] threats,” the prospectus states.INTER-GENERATIONAL APPROACHTo reflect an understanding of the hierarchical nature of Kenyan communities, the notice adds, the programme should take an inter-generational approach.“Fathers and male community leaders will be equipped to better recognise the signs of radicalisation and intervene more effectively,” the announcement says.The State Department estimates that Al-Shabaab has “several thousand members,” with a small but significant share said to be recruited inside Kenya.Eligibility for administering the proposed programme is limited to NGOs based in the United States and other countries.For-profit firms may not apply, the notice stipulates.The deadline for submitting applications is February 26.The programme is expected to run for up to two years starting June 2018HARGAISA January 22, 2018- At least 17 people have been killed in inter-clan clashes at Dararweyne village in El-Afweyne district of Sanaag regionThe fighting which is the latest in a series of backlashes between rival clans, which began on Sunday morning reportedly lulled in the evening. Abdullahi Hussein Darwish, a local journalist in Airigavo town said about 17 people from both sides was killed after rival clan militias engaged in deadly gun battle.He also pointed that fighting had displaced many people from their homes. “Fierce fighting erupted between neighboring clans. Though there is no confirmed number of deaths from both sides but early reports put the death toll between sixteen and seventeen,” Darwish told Hiiraan Online.According to the journalist, forces including police and military had been deployed to area to intervene the fighting sides.There is no comment yet from the local authorities and elders in the region.The region has experienced perennial clan clashes that claimed many lives.Arguments over land use, borehole and pasture have perennially contributed to fighting among Somali community who are largely pastoralists.
Security agents grapple with increased Shabaab attacks in Lamu
Security agents are grappling with the resurgence of Al-Shabaab attacks in Lamu County.The militants have turned the county into a playground, often launching explosives attacks on government installations, security personnel, locals and motorists, killing, maiming and destroying property.The terrorists have been getting security personnel involved in Operation Linda Boni unawares and left many dead.Between May and November 2017, more than 30 police officers were killed in different attacks by the terror group. This year, the terrorists have resurfaced with fresh raids targeting security personnel and motorists using the Lamu-Malindi road. Last week, the attackers ambushed Ishakani Village, a day after killing a woman and injuring five police officers at Nyongoro along the Lamu-Malindi road.They also set two police cars ablaze before disappearing into nearby bushes, a thing that they have been doing often despite the area being near a General Service Unit camp and a few kilometres from the Linda Boni Operation centre in Witu.The centre is equipped with both air and ground equipment to counter Al-Shabaab attacks but what puzzles many is that the attacks mostly happen during the day.However, there are few reports of the militants being arrested, injured or killed by the response teams. Last Tuesday, tension was high in Ishakani Village in Lamu East after more than 100 heavily armed insurgents took over the area and preached radical teachings to the residents.They hoisted their flag at a deserted local police station before going back to their hideouts.Sources revealed that the attackers have also been conducting daily prayers at mosques in the area at will.Among areas that Al-Shabaab have been operating from with impunity in the recent months are Milimani, Mangai, Milihoi and Pandanguo where they beheaded residents in 2017. Despite the government downplaying the attacks, lives continue to be lost with security personnel deployed to escort public service vehicles always unsure of their fate. On Wednesday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i met security bosses from the region in Mombasa and assured the public that the government is on top of the situation and that it will crush the militants and that there was no cause for alarm.He termed the recent Al-Shabaab raids as “isolated cases”.He insisted the government has the capacity to deal with the attackers who have scared away tourists from Lamu, affected farming and negatively impacted on locals’ lives, education and health sectors.“I have not seen any cause for concern as it were. The isolated criminal incidents such as the one we had on Saturday are matters that we will deal with decisively as we move along because we have the willingness and focus,” Dr Matiang’i said. And speaking to journalists on Friday, Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa said the security committee was reorganising its operations to deal with the terrorists.He dismissed claims that the Ishakani police post is not operational and that police officers had been evacuated when Al-Shabaab roamed the area last week.He termed reports that the attackers hoisted their flag in the village as “propaganda” and added that security has been heightened in the area.“Ishakani is in Kenya and we have the obligation to protect it. Anyone who will try to attack that place will see lethal fire,” said Mr Marwa.The tough-talking administrator said the government is confident with the Linda Boni operation.“That is one operation that we believe in as a government and it must succeed. You can take that to the bank. We have all the units on the ground. We cannot discuss much of the operation for security [reasons] but we are on top of things,” said Mr Marwa.The operation, which is conducted by various security agencies led by the Kenya Defence Forces and the National Police Service was launched by former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery in 2015 to flush out Al-Shabaab militants hiding in the dense Boni Forest
Press Release for Stopping Foreign Private Training Soldiers, Arming, Funding & Issuing Illegal Subpoenas for the Interests of Known and Unknown Thirty Parties in Somalia’s Fragile Peace Mogadishu on Wednesday January 03, 2018 Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially declare that there are several foreign countries which have already established private and mercenary troops carrying out illegal geopolitical interests in #Somalia, and it is very clear that the Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives must table law which would stop the illegalities of the exposed foreign countries doing and carrying out constant military and political interference in Somalia’s fragile peace. Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) has previously warned about the foreign governments, their spy-masters and #NGOS supporting, arming and funding various Somali tribal minded groups and other terrorism linked groups such #Shabab terrorists etc. Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) exposed that #Somalia’s Current Shabab terrorists invested government has intentionally hired ex- well-known Shabab leading #terrorists into public security agencies and other key governmental posts without proper and verified vetting and rehabilitation. Somali Federal Government seems to be loosing important momentum for civilian support in the country in regard to its complete failure to boast the moral support of the civilian and governmental staff while Somali Federal Government had illegally invested to employ ex- well-known Shabab terrorists into various vital governmental security apparatuses without vetting, socially verified civilian reintegration and rehabilitation from organized militia combating styles or previously involved terrorism activities in the country. Well, every Somali and the world at large knows that the Current Somali Federal Government was formed in reference to the Somali clan power-sharing formula 4.5 which was, is and will always be unsuitable, criminally masterminded and philosophically introduced divisive internal strategy to confuse and simply make Somali society to loose fraternal kinship in the near future so that all sorts o local, neighboring, regional and global enemies can and will have weak points to interfere and influence the Somali society and its ways of living, natural resources including geopolitical interests. Somalia is a country at war with its own people but armed, refueled and funded by thirty parties which have had invested Geo-strategic and geopolitical interests since 1950s until now, and such foreign powers are absolutely still planning their internationally organized syndicated crimes in Somalia, Africa and the world at large. Recently, A group of foreign mercenary trained, armed and salaried Somali mercenary soldiers attacked the residence of the Chairman of the Somali Lower and Upper Houses of Representative’s Constitutional Commission Senator H.E. General Abdi Awale Qeybdid illegally without warrant or issued subpoena to investigate his residence or take him into custody for questioning and answering session about the crime which the warrant or subpoena was issued for. Well, such illegal rains from Somalia’s Shabab terrorists invested government or its several partners in crime types of foreign mercenary trained, armed and salaried Somali mercenary soldiers have been misleading the Somali public in vice versa contra strategic on-going social, economical and political confusions to Somalis since 1991 when Somali armed tribal factions ousted the long ruling Somali President Major-General H.E. Mohamed Said Barre who died in exile until now on. Somalia is now run, managed and funded by the contesting foreign powers wishing to possess and control one of the best world shipping and trading Geo-strategic and economic trading zones in the whole world, and as internationally confirmed that Somalia is also wealthiest nation in many known and undiscovered natural resources. Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) had twice advised to the Office of the President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre to fire all former Shabab leading terrorists from public offices including in the various security apparatuses, and we, the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) twice request to the Office of the President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency in order to fight widespread internal and foreign corruptions in the country. Unfortunately, both the Office of the President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre have been ignoring to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency in order to provide and implement public services through transparency, accountability and trustworthiness for almost the past year of 2017, and we, the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) will always remind the Somali Government Leaders to focus on working the common interest and the reality of open, free and fair government in a good governance. If Somali Government acts above the law, it will walk into more deadly political failures as previous Somali Governments failed to even deliver basic public services so, it is wiser for the Office of the President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre to also fire the Somali Attorney-General Hon. Ahmed Ali Dahir whose previous jobs held in the Federal Republic of Ethiopia show and alerted Somalis to contemplate his illegal and on-going misinterpretation of the Somali Law and Constitution as he pleases to issue phony subpoenas to harm and discredit political opponents and other oppositions who opposes the wrong doing and dealings of the Federal Government of the Republic of Somalia. The truth is, Somalia has today more learned and skilled people, and we, the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) encourage the Somali Federal Government to stop local and foreign #NGOS working and doing illegal activities in Somalia in order to continue swindling on bogus projects in Somalia. All Praise belongs to Allah! Best Wishes, Ambassador Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa) President Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) 1 Jidka Villa Somalia The Federal Republic of Somalia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.sioss.org/news/
For Immediate release Mogadishu, December 29, 2017 The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns in the strongest terms possible the arrest of a Somali journalist in the town of Jowhar, the Headquarters of Hirshabelle State, 90 km North of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Thursday afternoon, December 28,2017 by the police. Abdishakur Abdullahi Ahmed known as Shaashaa who is the Director of City FM a local FM is now is being held in police station in Jowhar where officials say the journalist is being interrogated a false reports he recently did.. Middle Shabelle regional administration which NUSOJ contacted to clarify the issue of journalist detention said they said that Abdishakur is being accused false reports he has been releasing nowadays and will be brought to justice soon. Abdishakur Shaashaa is also the reporter of RTN TV a Nairobi based TV and was working in Jowhar in the last two years. Journalist Abdishakur Shaashaa is active member of National Union of Somali Journalist Union (NUSOJ) and the role he had last NUSOJ General Assembly in Mogadishu on May 2016 was praised. “We condemn in the strongest terms possible and call for the for his unconditional release.” Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists said, “We call upon the administration to respect the media freedoms and freedom of expression which is currently under threat and without which democratic societies can not develop.” This is not the first time that Abdishakur Shaashaa is arrested in Jowhar ,in July 2016 he was arrested after interviewing IDPs who accused local authority for misappropriating aid food. Director of RTN TV in Mogadishu Ahmed Abdi Haadi told NUSOJ that they are very sorry to hear the arrest of their correspondent in Jowhar and appealed the administration to release him without condition. End Mogadishu on Friday December 29 2017 Ex- Long time Somali Minister who has also Served once as Somali Transitional Federal Prime Minister under the Presidency of H.E. Abdikasim Salad Hassan H.E. Mohamed Abdi Yusuf declares to #Somalis to stand up & #defend their #common interest as well stopping any foreign aggressors violating our territorial #integrity and execute all foreign spies in #Somalia. Enough is enough, Somalis are now ready to organize and defend Somalia by all means after Somalia’s Current Traitor Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo ignored to talk about what Kenya Defense Forces building in Gedo Region in order to claim Somalia’s untapped natural resources in the land and coastal areas within the internationally recognized Somali Territorial Waters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHVVMyrHYIcHargeisa on Friday December 29 2017 #Somaliland Regional Administration cries like a baby after Somali Government has officially taken over the control of the Somali #Airspace from the ICAO after almost 27 years so, what is #next? All other semi-autonomous states welcomed this move except #Somaliland Regional Administration. A great victory to the Somali people! Somalia was one, is one and will be one forever so, it is the best time to stop nightmare dreams and focus reality for one Somalia! There are 6 semi-autonomous states in Somalia currently, and only Somaliland Administration is acting and crying like a baby while other semi-autonomous states ready to work and collaborate with the Somali Federal Government. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=28&v=m_90XZ4-tko
Canada December 25. 2017 Sister of Somalia’s Current President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo exposed the truth about corruption and man insulting her for exposing the truth. Listen to her what Idil Abdillahi said in this recorded video so, can you hide the truth? Daawo Idil farmaajo oo si xun u bahdishay doqonka Murusade https://www.youtube.com/watch?a=&feature=youtu.be&v=CehCogAvrdI&app=desktop
Press Release for the On-Going Failure Reasons of the Somali Federal Government & Its Hired Ex- #Shabab #Terrorists working in Government On Saturday December 23, 2017 Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially declare that #Somali Government has definitely failed to lead #Somalia for less than a year committing multiple illegalities, making forgeries, organizing illegal raids on civilian residences wounding and killing innocent people, suffocating freedom of expression including controlling private media outlets, swindling salaries from national forces for more than last 5 months as well as hiring ex- well-known #Shabab leading #terrorists who held before key #Shabab led Intelligence and bomb quad units as new Somalia’s top Security Officers in various Security Agencies and Ministries. So, Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) has previously advised to the Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo to fire all ex- Shabab linked well-known terrorists from public service in government before they continue to derail and implement more deadly explosions in civilian populated areas in Mogadishu and Somalia as they have already done several times before. Well, the Somali people and the world are still waiting for the truth and investigative facts about past big explosions which killed many innocent people and wounded many more, so, the Somali Federal Government has been unable to exactly issue final fact checking investigations to track and capture all associated criminals and their collaborating Shabab terrorists who killed many innocent people and wounded many more on October 14, 2017 in Mogadishu City. Unfortunately, Somalia’s President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo has appointed his 1st Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre whose profiled public background has more heinous darkness in local and internationally syndicated corruption as the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has officially exposed on November 08, 2017. If the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has officially exposed the endless corruption of Somalia’s Current Federal Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre whose illegal contracts and traitor’s selfishly taking care of his personal profits then #Somalia has now the Second Traitor Prime Minister in-chief of the Current Cabinet which several Ministers have previously resigned after they could not tolerate his continuous and endless corruptions as the resigned Minister exposed publicly. In regard to the truth, Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo seems that they will not be ready for Somalia to get free and fair elections in 2020, and as the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) advised to Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti- Corruption Agency, both Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo are not ready to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti- Corruption Agency for more 7 months so, what are they planning now for Somalia? It is true that 87.4% Somali people wants Somalia’s President H.E. Mohamed Abdillaahi Farmajo to fire Somalia’s corrupted Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre, all ex- well-known Shabab terrorists in government, the cheating Somali Attorney-General Ahmed Ali Dahir or Somalia’s President H.E. Mohamed Abdillaahi Farmajo must resign so that the Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives will elect new leadership to lead Somalia until 2020. Somalis are confused who are Shabab terrorists? Or who are Somali Security Officers? Best Wishes, Ambassador Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa) President, Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) 1 Jidka Villa Somalia The Federal Republic of Somalia Email: email@example.com http://www.sioss.org/news Dear member states of the IMO, Subject: Denmark re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) The Royal Danish Embassy to The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has the honour of forwarding a Note Verbale, in regards to Denmark’s re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in Category “C”. Yours sincerely, _______________________ Royal Danish Embassy 55 Sloane Street London SW1X 9SR Tel: +44 20 7333 0200 On Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Somalia’s ex- twice served Somali Prime Minister who is currently serving as a Somali Senator at the Somali Upper House of Representatives H.E. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake spoke to the Voice of America Somali Service grilling and exposing the endless illegalities and the failure of the Current Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo who ordered to attack and arrest Somali Prominent Politician and ex- Somali Minister of Planning Mr. Abdirahman Abdishakur who served between 2009 to 2010 under the Prime Minister H.E. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake. Ex- Somali Prime Minister Senator H.E. Omar Abdirashid Ali has exposed that Somalia`s Shabab terrorists invested government has illegally committed traison by capturing Somali Military Veteran Col. Abdikarim Qalbi-Dhagah whom they transferred and handed over to the Federal Republic of Ethiopia without any court or the knowledge of the Somali Parliament and people, and this act was a pure traison committed collectively by the Current Regime. So, who can hide the endless traison and political failure of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre whose even Members of his cabinet exposed and resigned when they realized that they could not work in such corrupted cabinet. Ex- Prime Minister Senator H.E. Omar Abdirashid Ali has warned that it is complete illegal and unlawful to issue arrest warrant to members of the Lower and Upper Housed of Representatives and other unarmed political opponents who rejects government corruption and political derailments in #Somalia otherwise; the current corrupted government will return the country into civil war as he stated in this recorded voice. https://www.voasomali.com/a/4170325.html #BreakingNews for ex- Somali Ethiopian Spymaster Mr. Ahmed Dahir who served in the Ethiopian Intelligence is now acting #Somalia’s Attorney-general issued illegal letters to arrest politicians, Lower and Upper Houses of Representatives. Mogadishu on Monday, December 18, 2017 #Somalia’s notorious #Somali #National #Intelligence & #Security #Agency (NISA) #attacked home of ex- Somali #Minister of Planning Abdirahman Abdishakur in #Mogadishu killing #staff & #wounding him. Unfortunately, the Somalia’s Shabab terrorists invested began another form of Dictatorial terrorism in #Somalia so, be ready next moves from Somalia’s Shabab terrorists invested #government indicated to be targeting Members of Lower and Upper Houses of Representatives who filled a motion to fire #Somalia’s corrupted Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre who signed illegal and hidden contracts for oil exploration before he became Somalia’s Prime Minister and after he officially became Somalia’s Prime Minister. The Truth is, Somalia’s Traitor Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre did not like prominent politicians who have also previously committed the same traison not expose and share important information of the endless corruptions Somalia’s Traitor Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and Somalia’s Judiciary System is run, managed and administered by ex- Somali Ethiopian Spymaster Mr. Ahmed Dahir who served in the Ethiopian Intelligence and c before he fled from Ethiopia to the United States America. So, how can ex- Somali Ethiopian Spymaster Mr. Ahmed Dahir who served in the Ethiopian Intelligence and ex- Somali Ethiopian Spymaster Mr. Ahmed Dahir who served in the Ethiopian Intelligence still be illegal Somali Attorney-General who has been continuing illegal practices and law breaking ways in the Republic of Somalia for so long? Well, it seems that Somalia’s Terrorists Invested Government failed to lead Somalia, and now they started organizing criminal and organized crimes to shut and silence political opponents in Mogadishu and Somalia at large. Truly, Somalia’s Current Attorney-General Ahmed Dahir is sitting illegally, and we are urging to the Lower and Upper Houses of Representatives to issue firing letter to stop his endless corruption and obstruction of justice by refusing the establishment of the Somali Judiciary Commission and Somali Anti-Corruption Agency. Reported prepared by the Members of Somali Public Media Investigative Journalism for Exposing the Truth in Somalia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry_q02KkJsw COMMUNIQUE ON ENDING FGM IN SOMALIA FROM FGM WORKSHOP IN GAROWE, 10 – 14 December, 2017 ========== 15 December 2017, Garowe: Participants from the public and private Media in Somalia together with members form the religious leaders have convened in Garowe for a 4 day training on Ending FGM MEDIA TRAINING ACADEMY from 10-14 December, 2017. The training workshop has been co-organised by Ifrah Foundation in association with Global Media Campaign, UNICEF, Save the Children and The Puntland Ministry of Women Development and Family Affairs. Puntland 1st lady Dr Hodan Isse, an ambassador on FGM, has appealed to participants to ensure they get fully involved in raising the awareness to end FMG in Somalia and called on all Somalis to work together in achieving zero tolerence for FGM in Somalia. The topics covered during the training workshop facilitated by the trainer Abdirahman Koronto were as follows: 1. To be aware that Somalia has the highest prevalence on FGM in the whole world which is 98% of Somali women being cut with over 90% going through the extreme form of FGM. 2. How best the Somali media could redouble their efforts in raising the awareness for Ending FGM in Somalia. 3. Preparing the 2018 Media Strategic Communication Work Plan on their efforts to end FGM. 4. Implementing a national strategy for Ending FGM in the country. 5. Strengthening the relationship and cooperation among Somali media on End FGM campaign. 6. Somali doctors explained the extend of the damage FGM caused to the girls both the extreme form and lighter forms and called for zero tolerance on FGM. 1. To be aware that Somalia has the highest prevalence on FGM in the whole world which is 98% of Somali women being cut with over 90% going through the extreme form of FGM. 2. How best the Somali media could redouble their efforts in raising the awareness for Ending FGM in Somalia. 3. Preparing the 2018 Media Strategic Communication Work Plan on their efforts to end FGM. 4. Implementing a national strategy for Ending FGM in the country. 5. Strengthening the relationship and cooperation among Somali media on End FGM campaign. 6. Somali doctors explained the extend of the damage FGM caused to the girls both the extreme form and lighter forms and called for zero tolerance on FGM. After long discussion, the participants agreed on the following: 1. The participanted thanked the 1st lady of Puntland for her encouragement and endless efforts on ending FGM, Ifrah Foundation, Global Media Campaign, UNICEF, Save the Children, the Puntland Ministry of Women Development and Family Affairs and Dr Abdisamad Ahmed. 2. The participants, agreed to be united on this cause and together speak with one voice which is zero tolerance for FGM. 3. The participants agreed to send one message through the media to raise the awareness. 4. The participants prepared 2018 work plan on raising the awareness on ending FGM. 5. The participants, agreed to implement this strategic FGM work plan. 6. The participants, called on the establishment of state and federal level committees on ending FGM. 7. The participants, made promise to work together in the implementation of the campaigns and work plans that come out of the workshop in Garowe. 8. The participants unanimously condemned all activities involving harming Somali children including all forms of FGM and called on Somali society to end this heinous activity which the doctors confirmed has no benefits at all except harming immediate and long time effects on Somali girls and women. 9. The Participants, call on the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States to have national polices that call the public to end FGM and implement them in 2018. 10. The participants, concurred to convene a national conference on ending FGM in Somalia on 15 May, 2018 which will bring together all stakeholders and Somali leaders to make a national call to end FGM in Somalia. 11. Finally, The participants appealed to the Somali society to commit to end FGM in all over Somalia. 1. The participanted thanked the 1st lady of Puntland for her encouragement and endless efforts on ending FGM, Ifrah Foundation, Global Media Campaign, UNICEF, Save the Children, the Puntland Ministry of Women Development and Family Affairs and Dr Abdisamad Ahmed. 2. The participants, agreed to be united on this cause and together speak with one voice which is zero tolerance for FGM. 3. The participants agreed to send one message through the media to raise the awareness. 4. The participants prepared 2018 work plan on raising the awareness on ending FGM. 5. The participants, agreed to implement this strategic FGM work plan. 6. The participants, called on the establishment of state and federal level committees on ending FGM. 7. The participants, made promise to work together in the implementation of the campaigns and work plans that come out of the workshop in Garowe. 8. The participants unanimously condemned all activities involving harming Somali children including all forms of FGM and called on Somali society to end this heinous activity which the doctors confirmed has no benefits at all except harming immediate and long time effects on Somali girls and women. 9. The Participants, call on the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States to have national polices that call the public to end FGM and implement them in 2018. 10. The participants, concurred to convene a national conference on ending FGM in Somalia on 15 May, 2018 which will bring together all stakeholders and Somali leaders to make a national call to end FGM in Somalia. 11. Finally, The participants appealed to the Somali society to commit to end FGM in all over Somalia. END **THANK YOU,** **END FGM** Press Release Garowe, December 19, 2017 NUSOJ concludes a two-day Training on Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Safety of Journalists for 25 Reporters in Garowe. Attendance Certificates were awarded to 25 journalists who completed a two-day training on Conflict Sensitive Reporting and Safety of journalists held in Garowe ,the capital city of Puntland from 17? 18 Dec 2017, the second of series of training planned to be implemented across Somalia with the support of United Nation Assistance Mission For Somalia (UNSOM). The training is aimed to enhance Somali journalists? understanding of Somali conflict root-causes, drivers and triggers including structural violence that underpin and sustain the protracted community conflicts and violent extremism To develop the professional capacity of Somali journalists on promoting peace, tolerance and conflict-sensitive reporting and enabling journalists in critical ways of producing unbiased reporting In his opening remarks of the journalist training in Garowe the State Minster of Puntland Ministry of Information Honorable Ashkir Nur Puntland Ministry of Information welcomes the training of the 25 journalists in Garowe and encourage participants to take advantage of the training provided by NUSOJ with the support of UNSOM. ?I hope that when the training ends it should make concrete change to the significant work you do to the public ? Misnter Ashkir added. ?It is a great honor for to come to Garowe to conduct this training of journalists, and we would like to thank journalists in Puntland and their media association MAP and also the Puntland Ministry of Information for your warm welcome. This also encourages us to strengthen our relationship and cooperation with you.? Mahir Jama Aden NUSOJ President said. ?I believe that a lot of benefits have been gained during the two days training and I hope that we participants will serve the knowledge we gained from this training to our community? Halima Abdullahi Ali a participant from Radio Garowe said. The opening of the workshop was also attended by former NUSOJ President Burhaan Ahmed Dahir, who suggested encouraging words for journalists participating in the training Another participant, Jama Abdirahman Ahmed from Jubbaland TV , said that they have benefited the training and obtained huge knowledge, I ask for NUSOJ to continue such training as they will only boost our reporting capabilities. Secretary General of National Union Of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu thanked to UNSOM for their support saying without their assistance it would not be possible to conduct this training End #BreakingNews Mogadishu on Sunday, December 17, 2017 #Somalia’s notorious #Somali #National #Intelligence & #Security #Agency #attacked home of ex- Somali #Minister of Planning Abdirahman Abdishakur in #Mogadishu killing #staff & #wounding him. Dictatorial terrorism begins in #Somalia so, be ready next moves from #government Benadir Regional Administration to provide free education for 10,000 kids in Mogadishu PRESS RELEASE Mogadishu, December 18, 2017: One of the key priorities of Benadir Regional Administration (BRA) is to provide access to public education at the primary and secondary level across the seventeen districts of Benadir Region. The Benadir Regional Administration (BRA) led by Mayor Thabit Abdi Mohamed, in close coordination with the UNHCR based in Mogadishu, launched the implementation of rehabilitation and furnishing of schools within the city as well as improvement of self-reliance and livelihoods of the people. ?Our aim is to have at least one public school for each of our districts, so that children have access to free education which is imperative for the advancement of our children, it is a powerful investment and speaks to public accountability? Thabit Abdi Mohamed Mayor of Mogadishu said However, the main objective of the ambitious project is to strengthen access to primary school education benefitting 10,000 children of school going age through renovating and expanding the capacity of 5 primary schools and 1 TVET centre in Mogadishu and also to improve livelihoods opportunities for returnees, IDPs and poor host community In a bid to re-build and shape the image of the city, the project is investing in locally available skilled labour including engineers, masonry and plumbing for employment opportunities. The project is guided by community participation and strengthens community ownership. Aside from the project benefit of skilled labour, 1000 (Thousand) unskilled Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and returnees? youth are employed in their district of their residence. All seventeen districts in BRA provided access to employment to vulnerable IDPS/returnees and host community youth. ENDS Benadir Regional Administration (BRA) Federal Republic of Somalia US Defense Secretary Optimistic About Improving Somalia AccountabilityDecember 16, 2017 U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday that he was optimistic about improving Somali accountability concerning the distribution of American aid to Somali armed forces, much of which was suspended because of corruption concerns. “I’m sure we can get this thing under control, even if it’s not for the whole, but for parts of it,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. The suspension reflected the Somali military’s repeated inability to account for aid items, such as food, fuel and weapons. ‘Pause’ in assistance The massive “pause” in aid is being made “to ensure that U.S. assistance is being used effectively and for its intended purpose,” a State Department official said. It will “affect the majority of U.S. logistical support and stipends assistance” to the Somali armed forces “until additional transparency and accountability measures are in place,” Marion Wohlers, the spokesperson for African affairs at the State Department, told VOA. Ads By Google The Somali government has agreed to develop new accountability criteria that meet American standards, a State Department official said. Mattis said changing a “culture of corruption” takes time, adding that Somalia had “finally got a president worth supporting.” “We have a good relationship with President [Mohamed Abdullahi] Farmajo and his administration, but as you know, he inherited a very difficult situation,” Mattis said. Some assistance to continue Somali security force members who are actively fighting al-Shabab and receiving some form of mentorship from either the U.S. or a third party will continue to receive appropriate assistance, officials said. According to documents obtained by the Reuters news agency, the Somali military has been unable to properly feed, pay or equip its soldiers, despite having received hundreds of millions of dollars of American support. A U.S.-Somali team sent to nine Somali army bases between May and June of this year found that evidence of the arrival of food aid or its consumption by soldiers was present at only two of the bases, Reuters reported. Plans to suspend the support will be a “big setback” to the effort by Somali security forces to fight al-Shabab, warned former Somali Defense Minister General Abdulkadir Ali Dini. Dini, who worked closely with American officials in Somalia for many years, first as chief of the Somali national army and later as defense minister, said the decision did not come at the right time. “If the United States suspends food, fuel and stipends, that will hamper the war and work against the enemy and terrorists,” he said. “It does not help these operations, and it damages morale.” Somalis face ‘slave ship conditions’ on failed deportation flight December 16, 2017 Ninety-two Somali immigrants, set to be deported from the US, found themselves shackled at the hands and feet and kept aboard a plane for two days earlier this month. That part of the story is not in dispute. The Somalis left Louisiana on Dec. 7. Their flight, chartered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was bound for Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But the plane never arrived. After landing in Dakar, Senegal, on Africa’s west coast, the one-way flight became a round trip, back to the US. Why that happened, though, remains subject to dispute. The 92 immigrants, now being held at the Krome and Glades detention facility outside Miami, are consulting with their lawyers. Ads By Google The passengers say they were denied food and water and weren’t allowed to use the bathroom. “One of my colleagues characterized them as slave ship conditions,” says attorney Kimberly Hunter, who represents two of the passengers on the flight. “ICE disputes accounts about lack of adequate food, water and restrooms — although those inadequacies are consistent with reports that we’ve had from our clients,” she says. According to ICE, the flight was returned to the US because the relief flight crew was unable to get sufficient rest. “So [the passengers] were held on the tarmac to allow the crew to rest and subsequently, due to ‘logistical concerns,’ returned to the US,” Hunter says. But Hunter believes the flight was turned back for another reason. “Somali media report that, due to protests taking place in Mogadishu pertaining to the Jerusalem decision by [the Trump] administration, the security situation just became completely untenable as far as allowing that flight to land,” she says. Hunter believes ICE will try to send the group to Mogadishu again soon. Once in Somalia, even those who might have grounds to appeal their deportation will be unable to return. “I think it’s reflective of the Trump Administration’s overall crackdown on immigration as well as reflective of their attitude towards Somalia and towards Muslims,” she says. One of her clients, Abdoulmalik Ibrahim, could, in theory, be allowed to return to the United States because his American wife is entitled to file a petition for him. “But he’s got no way to actually return now or in the near future, with the fact that the Somali travel ban has recently been allowed to continue.Who can now hide the facts of Organized #Shabab terrorists working in #Somali #government? Mogadishu on Thursday December 14, 2017 #Somalia #Shabab #terrorist suicide bomber who was also #police man went into the #Somali #Police #Academy #Heardquarters in #Mogadishu killing 15 #Officers and wounding more 23 as confirmed but the question is who is #Shabab terrorist? Or who is #Security #Agent? Many terrorists are in #government. #Shabab terrorists works in the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency, in the Somali Police, in the Somali Immigration Directorate, in the Somali Custodial Guards, in the Somali Military, in various Somali Ministries as well as private and public partnership agencies so, who hired them? We will update more as confidential sources and final report is ready. No one can hide the truth, and it is the best time to fire ex- Shabab terrorists leaders working as Somalia’s Top Security Officers in various Somali Government Agencies now. Somalis say they were shackled and beaten on aborted ICE deportation flight Rahim Mohamed, 32, was already dreading being deported from his home of 15 years in Atlanta to Somalia, a country he hadn’t seen since he was a teenager. His dread transformed into a nightmare when he was chained to a seat on a plane for 46 hours with 91 other Somalis who say they were denied adequate food, water, medication, and even access to a restroom. Allegations of mistreatment is the latest turn for the ill-fated flight, chartered last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to return Somalis to Somalia, one of several Muslim-majority countries named in the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban. It’s unclear how many were undocumented or targeted for another reason, but some onboard had lived here for decades and were slated for eventual deportation because of improper entry into the country, according to the New York Times. The flight to Mogadishu left the U.S. last Thursday but was grounded in Dakar, Senegal, where the Somalis were confined on the hot plane on the tarmac for hours before returning to the U.S. under mysterious circumstances. The would-be deportees, now being held in detention centers in Florida, are talking about what happened during the ordeal. Mohamed, who came to the U.S. in 2002 as a teenager and was given pending deportation orders in 2005 after missing a court date, said fights broke out on board as passengers tried to use the bathroom. Ads By Google Mohamed said he was struck in the face and began bleeding as an ICE agent fought his seatmate. “He was choking somebody else next to my seat, and he tried to hit the other dude, and I moved out of the way and got hit,” Mohamed said. “To cover up the traces, they took his shirt.” Mohamed is also diabetic, and he said denial of medicine and movement caused his vision to blur and his legs to swell so severely he had trouble walking off the plane. Rachel Petersen, a Minneapolis-based attorney representing another detainee onboard, says her client reported a similar experience. “He mentioned they did not have sufficient food or access to bathrooms and that violence was exacted against passengers who tried to use the bathroom,” Petersen said in an email to VICE News. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), a civil rights group, said Tuesday it had “direct reports” of the same lack of access to humanitarian supplies and bathrooms, as well as “abusive” treatment of the detainees at the hands of ICE and Senegalese security personnel. The group sent a letter to ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan regarding the alleged mistreatment. “Forcing these individuals to remain restrained for nearly a day on an airport tarmac, in smoldering temperatures, without consistent access to food, water, toilets, or air-conditioning is simply inhumane and unacceptable,” ADC Legal Director Abed Ayoub said in a statement. “ICE cannot act with such disregard for its detainees, and must be held accountable.” ICE disputed the prisoners’ accounts, telling VICE News detainees had adequate access to food, water, AC, and restrooms, but that they could not disembark the plane. It did not comment on whether detainees were shackled to the chairs. “No one was injured during the flight, and there were no incidents or altercations that would have caused any injuries on the flight,” ICE said in a statement. “Claims that detainees were physically threatened are categorically false.” Petersen says trouble broke out even before the plane left the U.S. Her client broke his arm in ICE custody falling off a bed. He alerted ICE multiple times to the injury and eventually received a cast, but was put on the plane to Somalia before being able to attend his scheduled follow-up appointments. When asked about the reported broken arm, ICE said safety is a top priority and the detainee’s account was “likely false.” It also mentioned that detainees were screened upon arriving back in the U.S., with no injuries being reported or noted. But what happened on the plane isn’t the only disputed fact about this flight. There are conflicting accounts of why the plane turned around in the first place. ICE said in a statement to VICE News that a lack of “sufficient crew rest” caused the plane to do its U-turn in Senegal. A relief crew were due for rest in Dakar, but a disruption at their hotel made that impossible, so they were required to turn around and return to the U.S. Mohamed and others onboard said ICE agents told the detainees they were turning around because of a mechanical issue, not a crew problem. Kim Hunter, a St. Paul, Minnesota–based immigration attorney whose firm represents two men who were on the flight, said her clients reported hearing the same story about the mechanical issue from ICE. Additionally, Mohamed, having heard from his family in the U.S. and Somalia, believes an al-Shabaab threat to the returning Westerners caused the Somali government to refuse their re-entry. The Somali government did not respond to multiple requests for comment. One Somali news site, meanwhile, blamed the turnaround on recent protests in Mogadishu following Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. When asked about these reasons, ICE reiterated the plane turned around due to logistical problems. John Bruning, an attorney working with Hunter, says attorneys are on their way down to Florida to meet the men in the detention facilities. Mirella Ceja-Orozco, Mohamed’s attorney, says attorneys involved in the case are meeting to discuss federal litigation, and she’s reached out to Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison for help, as many of the men on the flight live in Minnesota. Ellison’s office did not respond to a request for comment. Whatever actually happened on the flight, it’s clear that more Somalis are at risk than ever of deportation under the Trump administration. Hunter and Mohamed’s attorney reported their clients were detained during a regular check-in with ICE, a strategy that’s becoming increasingly common as Trump targets immigrants who were low priorities under the Obama administration. According to federal data, deportations back to Somalia have spiked to 521 people this financial year, up from 198 from the previous period, even though the country just experienced one of the worst terror attacks in its history, with al-Shabaab killing over 300 in a truck bombing in the heart of Mogadishu.
Graft, clanism, poor training hurt Somalia security takeover from AU December 15, 2017
After decades of civil war and state collapse, Somalia is making rapid progress towards peace, stability and prosperity. Following the 2016 electoral process and with a new national leadership, there is renewed hope for consolidating the gains made and accelerating progress towards long-term recovery and stability. While progress has been made on state-building, institutional capacity remains weak on governance, justice, the rule of law, security, human rights and delivery of basic services. Insecurity remains a central fact of life for much of the population. Last year, the African Union announced an exit strategy that would see some 22,000 troops withdraw and hand over control of security to the national army. In April this year, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Federal Member States (FMS) reached a historical agreement on Somalia’s National Security Architecture. This political agreement is meant to have a conditions-based transition of primary responsibility of security from the AU Mission in Somalia (Amisom) to the Somalia security forces. However, mission head Francisco Madeira says Amisom will not leave Somalia until they are sure Somali forces are ready to take over. Ads By Google “We need Somalis to take the frontline in fighting the insurgency, but we cannot abandon them,” he told the Star. By the end of this month, at least a 1,000 military troops will be leaving Somalia, with the same number leaving next year. “We need to empower the Somalis to make up for these numbers,” he said, adding that troop-contributing countries have already sent police officers to replace the army. IED ATTACKS Madeira says the enemy has gained more knowledgeable personnel, so transition has to be made in a responsible manner. “Al Shabaab is benefitting from the knowhow of ISIS agents, who find Somalia a safe haven after being defeated in other countries,” he said. Despite losing its foothold in Mogadishu in 2011, al Shabaab has continued its fight. In October, it was blamed for the country’s worst-ever attack, in which a truck bombing left more than 500 dead and more than 600 injured in the capital. “Al Shabaab has no capacity for war. They wait until you are distracted and then they hit,” Madeira said. The capital has already been taken over by Somali police, who perform most of the activities, including patrols on the roads during the day and at night. “It is unfortunate that we lost so many civilians in that cowardly attack. We need to further tighten entry into the city by ensuring all people guarding entry points are incorruptible,” he said. Sector one engineer Godfrey Isingoma says Amisom still has a big job to do in Somalia, going by the number of IEDs they have encountered since January. He says 80 IEDs have gone off, causing damage in sector one area, which is covered by Ugandan soldiers, while 44 were found before they exploded, with 17 missing the target. During those incidents, 50 soldiers were injured, nine died and 20 vehicles were destroyed. “The IED threat is real since it has become their weapon of choice, cutting through all sectors,” Isingoma said. He said in October’s attack, the bomb was an IED, in which sugar, fertiliser and gas cylinders were used to enhance the damage. In January, Isingoma said they destroyed a whole lorry of explosives, which was targeting the airport. Currently, the bloated and largely ineffective Somali army is more a collection of clan militias, with various international militaries providing poorly coordinated training to different units. ‘CAN’T FIGHT THE ENEMY’ Michael Keating, special representative of the secretary-general for Somalia and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSom), says Somalia is not ready to take over security in the country due to lack of finances and long-standing disputes on clanism. “It’s not easy to transit and as much as Amisom cannot stay here forever and want the Somalia’s to take over, it will take a while longer,” he said. “Somalia forces as they are now cannot fight the enemy. They are lacking in training and infrastructure.” Keating termed the October bomb a ‘big joke’ in a ‘military’ country. “There is so much going on and I don’t think the police can handle. Imagine 500 civilians died in one afternoon. It was outrageous. That IED was very destructive. It’s a total joke coming from a military country.” He said structures need to be put in place and Somalis to start paying taxes so they can generate revenue. “Transition is dependent on money, and Somalia needs to generate its own. They need to reduce dependency and at least be able to borrow from the world to sustain them,” Keating said. He said maintaining Somalia is a very expensive affair, and the international community cannot keep providing all the money without a plan. The government of Somalia has in the past said it requires at least 32,000 police officers, but the current numbers are worrying, considering they are being mentored to take over security in the country. There are approximately 8,000 federal police officers in Somalia, with state police being slightly above 1,000. Acting Amisom police commissioner Christine Alalo said the capacity for Somali police is very low. “We have been training and mentoring them but there are no basic resources like police stations, guns, handcuffs and stationeries,” she said. Alalo said most Somalia police activities are only found in Mogadishu, with other areas lacking in all aspects. “Outside the capital, when the police arrest a suspect, they dig a hole and put them inside, since they don’t even have a station,” she said. Alalo said Somalia cannot be left in such a state, and urged police-contributing countries to provide them with more manpower as the military exits. Abdi Ahmed, a Somalia police officer we met during a night patrol, says they would want to take over the security of the country but have challenges like guns, uniform and payments. “We have families and we need money to sustain them,” he said. He said Somalis interact better with them than the military. Madeira ended by urging all partners to come together and train the Somali military and the police. “If they are ready to take over in even two years, trust me, we have no business staying here one extra day. But if they will not be ready, we will still be here for them.” Somalia revives Culture & Tourism as a way to bring peace, stability and prosperity Muscat, 12 December 2017 – HE Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) attending the 2nd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman says Somalia can revive its culture and tourism as a way to bring peace, stability and prosperity. Over 800 participants from 70 countries gathered in Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman on 11-12 December 2017 for the Conference, an official event in the calendar of the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The Conference held under the patronage of H.H. Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of Oman, brought together Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Culture as well as private sector stakeholders and experts with the objective of building and strengthening partnerships between the tourism and culture sectors and enhance their role in the UN?s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A Special Ministerial Dialogue addressed the role of cultural tourism as a factor of peace and prosperity. Ministers from Cambodia, Libya, Somalia, Iraq and Vietnam shared views on the capacity of tourism to support the recovery of their countries. Minister Eng. Yarisow updated participants on the strategies and plans to revive Somali culture and tourism and said “Somalia revives Culture & Tourism as a way to bring peace, stability and prosperity in the country. Somalis are resilient and entrepreneurs people and since the country is getting peace and stability we are lying down the foundations of creating an environment that is conducive so that our young people can implement new initiatives that can give hope to our people, which in turn can generate job opportunities to our people.” The Secretary General of UNWTO Dr Taleb Rifai said “In 2016 over 1.2 billion people travelled internationally for tourism purposes in one single year. By 2030, this 1.2 billion will have become 1.8 billion. Tourism today accounts for 10% of global GDP, 30% of the world?s exports of services and one in every 10 jobs. And every tourist is an opportunity for socio-economic growth, for peace and intercultural understanding, for the renewal of urban and rural areas, and for the protection of natural and cultural heritage.” Minister Eng. Yarisow believes that this is the right time for Somalia to develop policies, strategies and plans for the revival of Tourism as it is one of the largest industries on the globe. Tourism is real, it grows rapidly and it is very important for job creation to our young people and economic growth that the country is working so hard to become self sufficient in the near future. Minister Eng. Yarisow concluded his remarks to state that Somalia has a vibrant Somali Diaspora that can bridge the gap to promote culture and tourism and by bringing their friends to Somalia as a tourists is the best approach to promote our culture and tourism. Somalis love travel and tourism and that is an asset that the country has. END Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism The Weekly Preview of Somalia’s #Shabab#Terrorists invested #Government and other Current Issues on Monday December 11, 2017 How is #Somal Government failing to lead & prospering corruption? 1. If #Somalia‘s Former #President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud failed to #lead #Somalia as you clearly said in this recorded clip #President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo, are you not the extremely #failure and worse than #Former #President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV35hzXqgIY 2. Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees by Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in #Mogadishuhttp://www.heritageinstitute.org/…/Durable-Solutions-for-So… 3. #Truly, #Somalia’s Current #President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and #PrimeMinister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre hired ex- well-known #Shabab# terrorists as top #Somali #Government #Security Commanders? #Fact 4. How many #times in the past #week several so-called #Somalia National Forces fought in #Mogadishu for tribal #control in some areas nearby Tarbuka area in Hodan District where use all kinds of #weapons? 5. Can #Somalia’s #Shabab #terrorists invested #government deliver good #security in #Mogadishu & #Somalia? Which countries #arms & #funds #Shabab #terrorists in #Somalia? & #Why they do it for? Can you hide the facts?
The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 06, 2017
Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem
Diplomatic Reception Room 1:07 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges demand new approaches. My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city — and so importantly — is Israel’s capital. This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago. Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage, but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time. Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result. Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering. I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement. Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace. It was 70 years ago that the United States, under President Truman, recognized the State of Israel. Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem — the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times. Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. It is the location of the official residence of the Prime Minister and the President. It is the headquarters of many government ministries. For decades, visiting American presidents, secretaries of state, and military leaders have met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem, as I did on my trip to Israel earlier this year. Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world. Over the past seven decades, the Israeli people have built a country where Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience and according to their beliefs. Jerusalem is today, and must remain, a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque. However, through all of these years, presidents representing the United States have declined to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In fact, we have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital at all. But today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done. That is why, consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This will immediately begin the process of hiring architects, engineers, and planners, so that a new embassy, when completed, will be a magnificent tribute to peace. In making these announcements, I also want to make one point very clear: This decision is not intended, in any way, to reflect a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement. We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians. We are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved. The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides. I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement. Without question, Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in those talks. The United States would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides. In the meantime, I call on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites, including the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif. Above all, our greatest hope is for peace, the universal yearning in every human soul. With today’s action, I reaffirm my administration’s longstanding commitment to a future of peace and security for the region. There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement. But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and a place far greater in understanding and cooperation. This sacred city should call forth the best in humanity, lifting our sights to what it is possible; not pulling us back and down to the old fights that have become so totally predictable. Peace is never beyond the grasp of those willing to reach. So today, we call for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate. Our children should inherit our love, not our conflicts. I repeat the message I delivered at the historic and extraordinary summit in Saudi Arabia earlier this year: The Middle East is a region rich with culture, spirit, and history. Its people are brilliant, proud, and diverse, vibrant and strong. But the incredible future awaiting this region is held at bay by bloodshed, ignorance, and terror. Vice President Pence will travel to the region in the coming days to reaffirm our commitment to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism that threatens the hopes and dreams of future generations. It is time for the many who desire peace to expel the extremists from their midst. It is time for all civilized nations, and people, to respond to disagreement with reasoned debate –- not violence. And it is time for young and moderate voices all across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future. So today, let us rededicate ourselves to a path of mutual understanding and respect. Let us rethink old assumptions and open our hearts and minds to possible and possibilities. And finally, I ask the leaders of the region — political and religious; Israeli and Palestinian; Jewish and Christian and Muslim — to join us in the noble quest for lasting peace. Thank you. God bless you. God bless Israel. God bless the Palestinians. And God bless the United States. Thank you very much. Thank you. (The proclamation is signed.) END 1:19 P.M. EST No money came from the International Community, and the fact is here so, please do not continue your lies & swindling/stealing on bogus projectest on Somalia? Somali Government is full of #Shabab Terrorists. Wax Dhaqaallo/Lacag oo ay Beesha Caalamka siin doonto Soomaaliya ma jiri doonto, xaqiiqdana waa tan, fadlan joojiya inaad been u sii sheegtaan Ummadda iyo xaditaanka dhaqaallaha lagu lunsanaayo mashaariicda beenta ee lagu dhex fuliyo Soomaaliya. Dowladda Soomaaliya waxaa ka mid ah Rag badan oo Argagixisadda Al-Shabaab ah. 1. Where is the $2.5 billion offered funds to the Somali people & the Republic of Somalia by the International Community at the European Union Headquarters in Brussels, Beliguim? 2. How do you stop the endless jokes of foreign entities to the Somali people and the Somali Government in regard to financial support or swindling on behalf of the Republic of #Somalia? 3. Is it not another big lie that Qatar will give #Somalia $ 200 dollars to the Somali people and the Republic iof Somalia while Qatar could not even publicly provide #funds during the drought? 4. Is it another big lie that the U.S. Government will give $ 300 million dollars to the Somali people and the Republic of Somaloa when we all know that the U.S. Government could not give enough funds during the drought? 5. Is it a big lie that the Saudi Arabia promised $ 50 million to the people and the Republic of Somalia which they conditioned the Somali Government to suspend bilteral relations with Qatar and Turkey? 6. Is it that the United Arab Emirates wants the Somali Government to stop and suspend biliteral relations with Qatar and Turkey while supporting and funding various Somali so-called semi-autonomous states and corrupted politicians who failed previously to lead Somalia? Who can hide the facts? Kumaa qarin kara xaqiiqooyinka? https://undocs.org/S/2017/924 Press Release for the Endless Political Failures of the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia On Tuesday November 28, 2017 Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially declared that the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia has definitely failed to lead #Somalia since on February 08, 2017 until now on in regard to its ongoing internal crisis of setting up explosive and exploiting strategies to favor foreign interests in Somalia which degraded the full support of the Somali people to the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia, and it humiliates our current top leaders in public offices whose visionary mission looks like elusive mirage in the middle of nowhere. Truly, the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) has previously suggested to the President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo, Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre, the Lower and the Upper House of Representatives to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti- Corruptions Agency in order to fight and stop the endless wild and ongoing internal and external corruptions. Unfortunately, it is looks like everyone in Somali government is busy with how to forget combating corruptions in Somalia because he or she wants to get money easily without accountability, transparency and trustworthy. The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) believes that the Somali Government must unconditionally establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti- Corruptions urgently so that everyone must abide by the Federal Constitution legally. There is no a government in country around the world which does not have its Judiciary branch in place to function and carry out legal matters of any businesses so, why is the Somali Federal Government not able to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission? And why is the Somali Government is able to establish the Somali Anti– Corruption Agency? The fact is, the Somali Government was able to capture innocent Somali military veteran Col. Abdikarim Qalbi-Dhagah who fought the Somalia-Ethiopia war in 1977, and the Somali Government handed over this Somali military veteran Col. Abdikarim Qalbi-Dhagah to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia which has been violating the norms of the International Principles of the International Law since 1991 until now on in Somalia, Fortunately, the Somali Parliament had appointing independent parliamentary committee to investigate and issue vital report about the illegal handing over of the Somali military veteran Col. Abdikarim Qalbi-Dhagah to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and the Somali independent parliamentary committee issued a report detailing the illegal capture and handing over transfer of the Somali military veteran Col. Abdikarim Qalbi-Dhagah which cost the Somali Federal Government to loose the full and moral support of the Somali people in Somalia and in abroad by 83.7%. Well, if the Somali Independent Parliament Committee has officially exposed the traison which the elements within the Somali Federal Government had already committed illegally and unconstitutionally, and the fact finding recommendations said clearly at the podium in a parliamentary session then is it not wise to expose, charge and fire the criminal traitors who committed crimes against humanity? Other endless political failures included appointing internationally exposed corrupted people whose mission stands for only stealing money or bringing funds to bribe free and fair elections in Somalia as well as appointing ex- well-known #Shabab #terrorists leading intelligence commanders into key Somali security agencies which they coordinated and collaborated their Shabab terrorists in the hunt to get information about government, identification cards, vehicles and list of prominent Somali politicians to be assassinated what is the mandate of the Federal Government of the Republic of Somalia? Well, Somalia’s Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheye had several occasions promised to fight corruption and implement accountability which failed to be fruitful when they publicly committed traison, appointed most extreme corrupted people into public offices while Somalia’s Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo has recently learned that his hand picked-up in-law Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheye signed illegal and secret contracts to foreign firms which decided to grab and steal #Somalia’s untapp