The Republic of Somalia is under constant threat within

Mogadishu on Friday February 07, 2020 #Somalia has a federal government which hired -ex well-known #Shabab #terrorists as top security officers and parastatal directors while extreme bribery is business as usual so what’s next? Fact is, the Somali political groups and their foreign sponsoring entities are nowadays operating in their systematic confusion in collaboration with various known social, economic, Islamic and political terrorists in the Republic of Somalia.

Somalia has no good leadership currently, and it has been suffering from many told and untold political derailments since 1991 until now. The current actual reality in Somalia’s political system is based on a tribal power-sharing formula which is literally and commonly known as the 4.5 Somali clan based power-sharing system. 

If you want to know the truth, the Transparency International (TI) placed Somalia to be the most extremely corrupt country in the entire whole for the last 4 years, and the Current Somali Federal Government led by President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and his hand pick-up Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre made Somalia to claim and remain as the most extremely and extraordinarily corrupt country in the world for the last 4 years under their leadership where they made transparency, accountability and trustworthiness as easy scapegoat channel to lure people and continue their political derailments in various existing Somali semi-autonomous states. 

Surprisingly, #Shabab terrorists manage, control and use private and public communications and government agencies in order to carry out heinous crimes against humanity while they also collect taxes better than the most extremely corrupt Somali Federal Government throughout the country in different ways.

Unfortunately, there are several privately owned big Somali companies have been unlawfully financing all kinds of illegal acitivities including terrorism in Somalia while foreign entities with vested interests collobrates to continue ther messy social, economic and political derailmenents in Somalia.    

In addition to that, the Somali local, foreign and international #NGOS  are part of organized criminals whose mission and activities are only to swindle on bogus projects in Somalia since 1991 until now, and they don’t really rely on to comply with local, regional and international law . 

Unconstitutionally, foreign legal lawyers have brought and imposed on Somalia to have a whirling provisional constitution which criss-crossed itself illegally from start to the end because it’s not something comparable to any known and acceptable constitutions in Africa and around the world. 

It is true that the Somali Federal Lower House Parliament and the Somali Federal Upper House Parliament are both extremely corrupt and not doing their designated parliamentary and constitutional duties since its establishment until now. 

So, if everyone within the Somali Federal Government is either extremely corrupt or working with Shabab terrorists then what is next?

The Current Somali Federal Government has completely failed to lead and restore law and order in Somalia since February 08, 2017 until now, and they failed to strategize how to implement in order to hold one man one vote democratic electoral process in the 2021 parliamentary and presidential elections,

All Praise belongs to Allah!


Ambassador Al-Haji Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa)

The Chairman of the Board of the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)

1 Jidka Villa Somalia

The Federal Republic of Somalia


Monday January 20, 2020

Turkish Airlines chief pilot Selin Sevimli (L) and first officer Didem Bayrakdar (C). (DHA Photo)

National flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) broke an all-time record in terms of the number of female pilots, with a thirty-five fold increase from just six in 2006 to 211 this year.

Female pilots are flying every type of aircraft, at the helm of both short and long haul flights. THY has become one of the airlines with the most female pilots in the world, employing 39 captains and 172 first officers, including those currently receiving training. The pilots are sourced from Turkey and around the world.

Bedriye Tahir Gökmen became the first Turkish female pilot in Turkish aviation history in the 1930s, followed by Sabiha Gökçen, one of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s adopted daughters, who became the world’s first female combat pilot in 1936. However, it would not be until 1993 that female pilots began to join commercial airlines in Turkey, when Emel Arman became the first female pilot and first female captain at Turkish Airlines. In 1997, sitting in the first officer seat on Airbus 340 aircraft, Arman crossed the Atlantic Ocean to New York City, becoming the first Turkish female pilot to cross the ocean.

After flight training, which was previously available only in the Turkish Air Force, was made available for civilians, female pilots began to enter the world of Turkish civil aviation.

Selin Sevimli, Didem Bayrakdar and İrem Poyraz, just a few of THY’s female pilots, called on more fellow women to become captains in a statement delivered to the Demirören News Agency (DHA) on Saturday.

Sevimli decided to become a pilot when she saw a female captain in the cockpit when she was a high schooler and went on to study at Anadolu University before embarking on a career with Turkish Airlines which has spanned eight years.

“In my high school years, it truly affected me when I was studying my environment and doing research about professions. Later, I learned that Anadolu University had a piloting department,” THY’s 29-year-old Boeing 737 captain said. “THY is a very important company and a flag carrier. I am proud of carrying our flag to all parts of the world and flying in Turkish Airlines.”

The THY captain, whose husband is also a pilot, stressed that despite the recent rise in female pilots, some passengers could still be surprised. “Sometimes, when they hear us making the announcement, some passengers convey their surprise and happiness to our cabin crew, which, of course, makes us very happy,” she said. “Passengers who we come across after the flight are always a source of motivation when they express their happiness and emotions.”

Sevimli explained that any passenger could become a pilot as long as they met the minimum requirements. “It is, of course, a pleasure for us to always give detailed information to young people who think that the profession will suit them. I would very much like our numbers to keep increasing. I think every job is difficult. I also recommend piloting to our women because I am happy with what I do,” she noted.

Didem Bayrakdar, 32, who graduated from Yeditepe University’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and completed her masters abroad, has been flying as a first officer for two years in Turkish Airlines. After her education in a private flight school, Bayrakdar, whose father was also a pilot, worked in the private sector for six and a half years and then crossed paths with THY.

“I wanted to be a pilot and, with the support of my family, I completed my pilot training in a private flight school. Currently, I work as a first officer in THY’s Boeing 737 fleet,” she said. “I am incredibly happy and proud to be flying with THY, one of the largest airlines in both Turkey and the world. I see passengers smiling when they see me coming from the boarding bridge or stairs. I see the kids waving, and these are the moments that make me incredibly happy.”

“I recommend anyone who wants to be a pilot to go for it because I love what I do,” Bayrakdar continued. “I do not believe in the differentiation between women and men in this profession. Everyone sitting in this seat undergoes certain training, achieves certain success and needs to reach a certain standard. All of our pilots do this job well, man or woman. We have not seen any discrimination from our male pilots, and we get support from them.”

İrem Poyraz, 28, a graduate of Koç University Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, has been flying as a first officer for two years in Turkish Airlines. Poyraz, whose father was also a pilot, said she grew up in planes. “This was my childhood, so I thought it was the best job for me in the future,” Poyraz said. “We fly to many destinations, which makes me proud because we are the flag carrier, and THY is known all over the world. We enjoy it since we represent it in the best way. I recommend everyone to be a pilot. Our male colleagues say we are certainly more meticulous, and we get a lot of support from them and especially our captains.”

Monday January 20, 2020

I used to have pimples and everything. And I have big ears in case you haven’t noticed,” laughs Ebba Tesfaye, now fresh-faced and snappily dressed, in the lobby of a swanky hotel. Rattling through his life story—bullying, drugs, redemption—he pauses only to glad-hand a passing celebrity before rushing to the set of his new tv show.

Ebba T, as he is known, is among the most prominent of a rising generation of motivational speakers and life coaches in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. Their rags-to-riches parables offer hope to legions of frustrated Ethiopians. A few, like Ebba, have found fame on the airwaves. Some are YouTube gurus. A handful write books, while others start consultancies. All preach a message of individual uplift in a country burdened by poverty and ethnic divisions.

Such positive thinking has a growing market. Translated versions of self-help bibles, such as “Releasing Your Potential” and “You Can Win”, fill the capital’s ubiquitous mobile bookstands. “Psychology books are so popular,” says Abraham Atalele, a young street vendor who switched from hawking clothes to books after reading “The Art of Self-Management”.

Self-help ideas have also reached the upper echelons of government. Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister, counts Mehret Debebe, a psychiatrist and popular tv host, as an adviser. Mehret, who argues that poverty is at root an attitude problem, was one of the first to turn positive thinking into big business by launching a series of conventions shortly after Abiy took office in 2018. “Most people learned about motivational speaking from Dr Mehret,” says Henok Begashaw, who sends out inspirational memes to his more than 100,000 subscribers on Telegram, a messaging app.

Yet the chief peddler of positivity is Abiy himself. “I believe we can realise the prosperity of Ethiopia in the coming ten years,” he has said. “The only problem is our thinking.” Last year he published a book called “Medemer” (pictured) which blames negative thinking for many of Ethiopia’s problems. Shortly after becoming prime minister he gave televised “trainings” to generals and cabinet ministers, during which he argued that “attitude problems” were holding the country back. Government initiatives, such as weekly cleaning days and a nationwide tree-planting project, are part of the solution. “A mind that doesn’t see a good thing will not create a good thing,” he said when asked to explain the flowers arranged along the road to the airport in Addis Ababa.

Not everyone is convinced. Self-help, with its focus on personal salvation, is often associated with Pentecostalism—and is thus regarded warily by traditionalists in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. “Most Ethiopians believe loving yourself is selfish,” says Ebba T. And the stress on individual bootstrapping offends some in a ruling party with Marxist roots. “I’d rather rely on a structural analysis of poverty than a psychological one,” sniffs an intellectual close to the government.

But Abiy appears unfazed. At the end of last year he turned the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, into a single party—which he tellingly named the Prosperity Party.

Monday January 20, 2020

Foreign Minister of Somalia Ahmed Isse Awad. Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic

Mogadishu – Ali Helni

Foreign Minister of Somalia Ahmed Isse Awad has commended the great role of Saudi Arabia in the Arab and Islamic worlds, stressing that the kingdom has been the biggest supporter of Somalia since its independence.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Awad spoke about launching the entity of the Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (AARSGA). He said that it will face challenges such as terrorism, piracy, illegal migration, weapons smuggling and maritime pollution.

Efforts to establish this entity have been ongoing for more than eight years – among the council’s goals is to coordinate on the maritime corridor representing an economic, investment and commercial significance for the global economy, Awad said

He also noted that choosing Riyadh as a headquarters stems from the kingdom’s key role in this entity.

The minister added that the charter has been signed and this will be followed by practical steps to make the council a political, security and economic bloc in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Asharq Al-Awsat inquired about a tripartite bloc consisting of Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea and whether it is a mini alternative for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Awad stated that there is tripartite cooperation in certain fields, but it isn’t an alternative for IGAD, which is an active organization currently transforming into an economic bloc similar to the regional economic blocs in the African continent.

Asked whether the Ethiopian leadership is overlooking decades of animosity and clashes, even foreign pressures, without introducing this with a real reconciliation; the minister said that this isn’t the case, but there is an awareness that this deadlock that has led nations to poverty in all fields can’t continue.

Although there was a certain national, political and religious animosity for centuries but at the time when the world is changing and the geography can’t be changed then why remain a hostage for history, he stressed.

The year 2020 is important for the Horn of Africa; it will witness the 60th anniversary of Somalia’s independence and this is a chance to revise this journey and take lessons as well as correct the mistakes at all levels, he affirmed.

Answering a question concerning Somalia’s foreign policy concepts, Awad said that the country has always been known for its impartiality and remains committed to this. Another concept in its foreign policy is separating the country’s ties with fraternal and friendly states, and the ties among these states themselves.

Speaking about Saudi Arabia and Somalia, the FM said that the ties are historic and unique in all aspects and have developed throughout the past decades.

He added that the kingdom has been the biggest supporter of Somalia in modern history. This support isn’t restricted to finance but also extends to politics and culture. In the meantime, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has played a vital role in helping Somalis and the total of projects carried out by the center or and those still under implementation exceeded 40 projects with a value of USD184 million.

Meanwhile, regarding the UAE, Awad said that ties between Somalia and UAE were prosperous and Somalia is grateful for all the support shown by the UAE in many fields. Despite the misunderstanding that occurred lately, Somalia is keen to maintain these ties.

#Somalia is the most extremely corrupt country in the world for 3rd years exposed and reported by the Transparency International (TI).
Musuqmaasuqa Nabadda Iyo Nolol Amam Nabar Iyo Naxdin oo ay dunidda oo dhan la yaabtay

Friday November 22, 2019

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas/James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia. November 21, 2019

With Somalia scheduled to hold “one-person, one-vote” elections next year, leaders must act now to break the “stalemate” between the central government and federal member states, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday.

The election will mark just the third time that Somalia has had universal suffrage since independence in 1960.

UN Special Representative James Swan underscored the need to forge political consensus to realize what he described as the “ambitious agenda for 2020”.

“This will entail dialogue and compromise between the central government and Federal Member States; between the executive and legislature; between current office-holders and those now out of power; and between elite leaders and those community elders, civil society organizations, women’s and youth groups who give voice to so many Somalis”, he said.

“After more than a year without effective cooperation between the Central Government and key Federal Member States, this situation has become an obstacle to achieving important national priorities. Somalia’s leaders must act urgently to break this stalemate between the Center and the Federal Member States in the interest of the nation.”

Mr. Swan,  head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), further highlighted the need for Parliament to pass the electoral code and adopt amendments to the political parties’ law before the end of this year.

“Any delay in this timeline puts the 2020 electoral calendar at risk,” he warned.

UN partner the African Union (AU) praised “commendable steps” towards reconciliation, including a meeting between Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo and two of his predecessors held in the capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday.

Francisco Caetano José Madeira, head of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), acknowledged that while critical next steps towards the election are needed, there has been progress in reviewing the electoral bill over the past three months.

“We also witnessed the recent positive steps in the appointment of the National Electoral Security Task Force, the development of the draft concept note on the security for voter registration, and the provisionally approved list of voter registration sites,” said Mr. Caetano, who also is the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for the country.

‘Pivotal’ year ahead for Somalia and partners

Somalia last held one-person, one-vote elections in March 1969.  That October, the government was overthrown in a bloodless military coup.

Parliamentary and presidential elections took place in late 2016 and early 2017 through a system of indirect suffrage.

Halima Ismail Ibrahim, chair of the National Independent Electoral Commission, said this clan-based power-sharing model was a temporary measure to support preparations towards one-person, one-vote.

“The process was compromised by extensive vote buying.  There was a lot of corruption in that process, limited participation of women in the two houses, and complete exclusion of marginalized and minority groups,” she told ambassadors.

Despite ongoing insecurity, fragile institutions and other challenges, the 2020 election will be a “massive improvement” over the previous system, according to Osman Moallirn, Executive Director of Somalia Youth Development Network.

“A proportional representation system of this time, even if limited by the many challenges, will open up the political space and overcome many vested and corrupt interests in the status quo”, he said.

The forthcoming election is expected to cost $53 million, according to Ms. Ibrahim, the electoral commission chair.

She described 2020 as “a pivotal year” for Somalis, who have been denied the right to political participation for five decades.

She added that it also will mark a milestone for the international community, which has worked to promote democracy and good governance in her country.

“However, this is a milestone which can only be realized when the Somali leaders and the international community show a commitment to one-person, one-vote election to take place in 2020-21”, Ms. Ibrahim stated.

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Press Release for the Endless Political Failures and the Extreme Corruption of the Somali Federal Government

Mogadishu on Wednesday November 11, 2019 the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially declare to Somalis and the world at large that the Somali Federal Government made and placed #Somalia to claim the most corrupt country in the world for the third consecutive year after spending and derailing existing regional semi-autonomous states in #Somalia. 

Unfortunately, the Somali Federal Government committed crimes against humanity in Baidoa, Bay region where they held illegal regional presidential elections while placed their own and hand picked-up puppet president, and many International NGOS and local #NGOS have definitely documented and reported such crimes against humanity in Baidoa, Bay, Somalia.

It is completely illegal that the Somali Federal Government has also committed crimes against humanity in Mogadishu when they unlawfully attacked the house of ex- Somali Minister of Planning and Regional Cooperation Mr. Abdirahman Abdishakur where they killed a pregnant woman and several Somali officers at the house then they refused people to bury them for a while. 

The Somali Federal Government has intentionally used restrictive measures against Somali politicians, Somali political parties and the media personalities who have been exposing the endless and extreme corruption within the Somali Federal Government particularly  at the Office of the Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and the Office of the President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo.

Fortunately, the Somali Attorney-General Office has carefully and professionally released a massive corruption report within the Somali Federal Government as published and released by the Somali Attorney-General H.E. Mr. Mohamed M. Ali.

The Somali Federal Government paid and misused public finance to bribe several Members of the Somali Lower and Upper House Members of Parliament to coordinate illegal derailment of the existing semi-autonomous states such Puntland State, Jubbaland State, and Somaliland State while the Somali Federal Government has successfully replaced and placed their own and hand picked-up regional semi-autonomous presidents to the Hirshabelle State and the SouthWest States.

It is true that the Somali Federal Government hired and rehired ex- top #Shabab #Terrorists Intelligence and Bomb Squad Commanders to join and lead several Somali security agencies such as the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), the Somali Police and the Somali National Forces as well as employing such criminal #Shabab terrorists within several Somali Ministries as locally, regionally and globally exposed their names and ranks when they were serving as top- -ex Shabab terrorists 

Somalia has now the most extremely corrupt government in its history since dependence in 1960, and the Somali Federal Government has officially failed to lead #Somalia in accordance with the Somali Federal Provisional Charter.

  1. The Somali Federal Government has ignored to comply with the Somali Provisional Charters since on February 08, 2017
  2. The Somali Federal Government has never tried to print and re-use the Somali Shilling since on February 08, 2017 
  3. The Somali Federal Government has rejected to form the Somali Judicial Committee to oversee and administer the Somali Judicial System with the Somali Ministry of Justice since on February 08, 2017
  4. The Somali Federal Government formed several unknown and mercenary groups as publicly confirmed and exposed by Somalia’s Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo.
  5. The Somali Federal Government has used the Somali #Shabab #Terrorists invested security agencies to capture, harass, wound or kill innocent political opponents unlawfully, and such illegal practicing harassment continues.
  6. The Somali Federal Government signed illegal contracts with foreign entities and #NGOS without the approval and knowledge of the Somali Lower and Upper Houses since February 08, 2019.
  7. The Somali Federal Government has rejected the final annual corruption report of the Somali Government on December 31, 2018 released by the Office of the Somali Auditory-General H.E. Mr. Mohamed M. Ali.
  8. The Somali Federal Government has hired and recruit more than 5000 public servants  in-law nepotism and tribal favoritism as confirmed and verified by the Somali Federal Government and its concerned Ministries. 
  9. The Somali Federal Government has banned even former Somali Presidents to use Mogadishu Airport VIP in order to travel to Kismayo, Jubbaland State presidential inauguration while the Somali Federal Government has recently done the same ban when ex- Somali Presidents wanted to travel to Beledweyne for humanitarian activities after torrential floods stricken around Hiran region.
  10. The Somali Federal Government has no accountability, transparency and trustworthiness, and it’s true that 98.7% Somali people wants this extremely corrupt Somali Federal Government and its entire leadership to resign and leave Somalia in peace before they further organize inter-clan and militia fighting back in the country.   

Wake up Somalis now!

And Let’s start defending our country from internal and external enemies.

All Praise belongs to Allah!


Ambassador Al-Haji Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa)


Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)

1 Jidka Villa Somalia

The Federal Republic of Somalia


Which is the biggest Somali Technology Company? What do you know about #Somalia’s biggest Technology Company?

Welcome to the Somalia Information, Communication & Technology Company (SomaliaICT) which is the biggest Somali Technology Company in the Horn of Africa, and its sole proprietary of the Somali Media Empire (SME) and the Somali Group of Somali Companies. 

 Somalia Information, Communication & Technology Company (SomaliaICT) was established, financed and owned by Somali people working in various trade sectors, and we do not accept local, regional and international corrupt contracts with visible and invisible bribes. 

Well, as Somalis and the world at large have always been realizing that the local, regional and international NGOS have tried several times to fund and divert the facts of the Somali status quo in Somalia while swindling on bogus projects in Somalia. 

We, the Somalia Information, Communication & Technology Company (SomaliaICT)  don’t accept or contract with any local, regional and foreign NGOS willing to abuse their own legal operations in Somalia therefore; we, the Somalia Information, Communication & Technology Company (SomaliaICT) stands for rebuilding Somalia’s digital platforms from scratch with  the assistance of the Somali business people and philanthropists.

Step down the Most Extremely Failed President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo now! 

Which Somali President & his leadership management made and placed #Somalia to claim the title of the Most Corrupt Country in the whole world for second year? 

Waa kuma Madaxweynaha Iyo Hoggaankiisa Maamulka ee Soomaaliya ku meeleeyey waddanka adduunka ugu musuqmaasuqa badan sannadkii labaad?

Wednesday September 25, 2019

Somalia has been among top five recipients of Turkish aid since 2011 famine


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed met Tuesday on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York to discuss strengthening bilateral ties.

In a statement, Mohamed said he had held bilateral meetings with Erdogan.

“We remain committed to strengthening our Somali-Turkish bond of brotherhood, which has always stood the test of time.”

The Somali presidency affirmed in a statement that the talks were aimed at enhancing Somali-Turkish relations.

Erdogan made his first visit to Somalia in 2011, when the country was facing its worst famine in decades due to climate change. The Turkish leader drew world attention to the plight of Somalis by visiting famine victims in refugee camps and hospitals, bringing with him Turkish aid.

In 2017, Turkey announced that since 2011, it had sent nearly $1 billion worth of aid to Somalia, which has been battling a civil war, armed militant groups, famine and droughts.

Wednesday September 25, 2019

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq March 11, 2019. (photo credit: THAIER AL-SUDANI/REUTERS)

In an extensive interview with American outlet Fox News, Iranian President said that he would not meet US President Donald Trump without trust between them been restored first.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that he would not meet US President Donald Trump without trust between them been restored first, in an extensive interview with Fox News which aired Tuesday.

Moreover, he accused Israel and the US of supporting terrorism in the Middle East, stated that Iran was not pursuing a nuclear weapon and denied that Tehran was responsible for the attack against Saudi oil facilities.

Rouhani is currently in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Iran and the stability of the region have been among the most pressing topics discussed by the world leaders who have gathered for the event.

Among others, French President Emmanuel Macron has been pushing to defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran over the last few weeks, especially after an attack on Saudi oil facilities on Sept 14, an attck that the United States, Europe and Saudi Arabia have all blamed on Iran.

Macron has tried to bring Trump and Rouhani face-to-face or at the very least get them to engage, fearing that a new incident could inflame the region.

Rouhani said that in order for him to meet with US President Donald Trump mutual trust would need to be restored first, excluding that the two could face each other in an impromptu meeting along the corridors of the building.

“Why would we bump into one another?” the Iranian leader told Fox’s Chris Wallace. “If we seek to pursue higher goals to benefit both countries, both people, it must be planned, and talks must be based on those plans.

“But prior to that, we must create mutual trust and the trust that is something that Mr. Trump took away from this framework. We had an agreement. Mr. Trump exited without a valid justification, and illegally, from an international agreement,” he added, emphasizing that the restoration of trust would imply removing the sanctions, that he called “a kind of terrorism.”

According to Rouhani, “the pressure imposed upon the nation and the people of Iran” shows that “clearly there is animosity even towards our children, our ill people because we — they even have difficulty in obtaining basic medications and medical equipment.”

The Iranian leader also accused America of supporting terrorism in the region, referring to the US role in the Syrian conflict.

“The country that is present and flying over the air space of and bombarding the soil of the country of Syria without permission of the government is the United States of America,” he said on Fox News.

“There is no terrorism throughout the world that matches the activities of Israel,” Rouhani further stated, claiming that Israel supports the Islamic State.

“Israel is the country that takes care of injured ISIS fighters and makes weapons available to them,” he said.

As far as the issue of nuclear weapons is concerned, the president of the Islamic Republic held firm that his country was committed to the non-proliferation treaty as well as the additional protocols and that their activities were peaceful.

“If we had sought nuclear weapons, we wouldn’t have signed the JPOA,” he said, referring to the 2015 Nuclear Deal.

“The one who has broken the commitments is the United States of America,” he remarked, adding that for future negotiations it does not matter whether in 2020 Trump would be re-elected or a Democrat would win the White House.

Finally, Rouhani denied that Tehran was responsible for the attack against Saudi facilities, attributing it to Yemen, and calling it a response to the Saudi attacks.

“The people of Yemen have the inherent right to defend themselves after being bombarded for over five years,” he said.

He called the accusations against Iran “unfounded,” claiming that they stemmed from a misunderstanding regarding the weapons used to carry out the attack.

According to Rouhani, the Saudis thought that Iran was behind the attacks because the equipment employed was adorned with the invocation “Ya-Ali,” commonly used by Shia Muslims. He added that the Saudis mistakenly thought that Shia are only in Iran and not in Yemen.

“‘Ya Ali’ is a slogan chanted in Iran, in Yemen, in Iraq,” Rouhani stated. “It is egregious to think that because of the words ‘Ya Ali,’ something can be attributed to Iran.”

“But let’s assume it was from Iran, with all of the money received from the United States for weapon systems and radar systems installed in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Arabian peninsula how come they were not able to prevent the missile from hitting the target?” he asked.

“If we accept the accusation, perhaps it is even more embarrassing for the United States,” Rouhani further said. “Why have they not been able to establish where the missiles came from and prove it?”

“Those who share in the bloodshed of the Yemeni people have no right to launch such unfounded expressions,” he concluded accusing both Americans and Europeans of supporting Saudi Arabia attacks in Yemen.

Wednesday September 25, 2019

Ethnic Uighurs offer their Friday prayers outside a mosque in Urumqi, China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang on May 23, 2014. Ethnic violence in the region has claimed dozens of lives over the past year. (AP / Andy Wong)

NEW YORK — The Trump administration, locked in a trade war with China, is increasing pressure on Beijing over what it says is the systematic oppression of ethnic minority Muslims.

The U.S. State Department hosted a panel Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly gathering in New York to highlight the struggle of Uighurs, whose native land in China’s far western Xinjiang province they say is a police state.

Three Uighurs recounted how the Chinese have placed their brethren in “re-education camps,” forced them to live with minders — or spies — in their homes, and surveilled and harassed them both at home and abroad in an attempt to eradicate their way of life and enforce their silence.

“China’s at war with faith,” said Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom. He noted that American concerns extend beyond the predominantly Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uighurs to Tibetans, Christians and the banned spiritual movement known as Falun Gong.

“They’re at war with all faiths,” Brownback said.

China vehemently denies this. It says the camps in Xinjiang are for vocational training and, since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it has defended any crackdowns on Uighurs as necessary in the name of rooting out Muslim extremists.

American officials said they hoped that by bringing the stories of Uighurs to a broader public through Tuesday’s event, they would raise awareness of the severity of the oppression and encourage other countries and the United Nations to pressure China.

Congress is also weighing a bill that would condemn the treatment of Uighurs and ask the administration to consider sanctions.

Officials also noted that the efforts fit a broader priority for the administration: protecting religious freedom the world over.

President Donald Trump put the subject front and centre on Monday, mostly skipping a global climate summit to focus on a meeting focusing on religious persecution.

“The event today, I think, demonstrates the approach that we’re taking — which is to raise the temperature of the water … and give the Chinese government, the Communist Party, a chance to reform and address this issue,” said David Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

“The president really wants to work with the Chinese here both in terms of trade and a number of other areas,” he said.

Brownback underscored, however, that U.S. trade negotiators don’t want to mix the issues for fear of complicating already difficult trade negotiations.

Both sides have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s imports in the fight over complaints about China’s trade surplus and technology development plans.

Zumrat Dawut, who survived a detention camp and is now living in the United States with her family, recounted how she was shackled and hooded on the day she was detained. She was prevented from showering, denied food when she tried to help a fellow prisoner — and even sterilized.

Even before the camps, recounted being assigned “relatives” from the Han majority — a well-documented practice that the Chinese have portrayed as a cultural exchange but that Uighurs say is aimed at undercutting their religion and way of life.

A 20-year-old man was assigned to be her 12-year-old daughter’s “relative,” and he would demand to see her dressed well and ask to take her with him out of the house.

“Even people outside the camps are not free,” she said. “They are living in an outdoor prison.”


Sarah DiLorenzo has covered global affairs for The Associated Press on five continents since 2008.

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Rescued migrants sit on a coast about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Tripoli, Libya, July 25, 2019. The U.N. refugee agency and the International Rescue Committee say up to 150 may have perished at sea off the coast of Libya.

NAIROBI / LONDON – Hundreds of refugees trapped in Libyan detention centers will be evacuated to Rwanda as conflict rages in the north African nation, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Vincent Cochetel, special envoy for the central Mediterranean for the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), said 500 refugees would be evacuated to Rwanda in a deal signed with the small east African nation and the African Union.

“The agreement with Rwanda says the number can be increased from 500 if they are satisfied with how it works,” Cochetel told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview ahead of the official U.N. announcement.

“It really depends on the response of the international community to make it work. But it means we have one more solution to the situation in Libya. It’s not a big fix, but it’s helpful.”

Jumping off point to Europe

Libya has become the main conduit for Africans fleeing war and poverty trying to reach Europe, since former leader Moammar Gadhafi was toppled in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011.

People smugglers have exploited the turmoil to send hundreds of thousands of migrants on dangerous journeys across the central Mediterranean although the number of crossings dropped sharply from 2017 amid an EU-backed push to block arrivals.

Many are picked up at sea by the EU-funded Libyan Coast Guard, which sends them back, often to be detained in squalid, overcrowded centers where they face beatings, rape and forced labor, according to aid workers and human rights groups.

The UNHCR has said there are about 4,700 people from countries including Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan in Libya’s detention centers.

A July airstrike by opposition forces that killed dozens of detainees in a center in Tripoli has increased pressure on the world to find a safe haven for the refugees and migrants.

Airlifting evacuees

Under the deal, refugees who want to go will be airlifted to Rwanda and stay in a transit facility on the outskirts of Kigali.

Priority will be given to the most vulnerable, such as unaccompanied children, disabled and elderly people. Most of the refugees will be from countries in the Horn of Africa.

Cochetel said some evacuees may be resettled in third countries, while others will be helped to return to countries where they previous had asylum, or to their home countries if it is safe. Some may be permitted to stay in Rwanda, he added.

“Rwanda has said, ‘we’ll give them the space, we’ll give them the status, we’ll give them the residence permit. They will be legally residing in Rwanda as refugees,’” Cochetel said.

Rwanda to the rescue

Landlocked Rwanda is one of Africa’s most densely populated countries and already supports about 150,000 refugees from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

Cochetel said funding would mainly come from the European Union, but also from the African Union, which has received $20 million from Qatar to support the reintegration of African migrants and refugees.

Rwanda is the second African nation to provide temporary sanctuary to refugees and migrants stranded in Libya after Niger, which has taken about 2,900 since 2017.

Cochetel said such moves by African countries were positive because they demonstrated to Europe that there were “things happening” there.

Yet critics have accused the European Union of seeking to curb the number of migrants reaching its shores by outsourcing the crisis to poor African nations.

European resettlement

Some analysts have expressed fears that evacuees could end up staying in Rwanda for long periods awaiting resettlement in a European country.

“On one hand you could say that anything is better than being stuck in a Libyan detention center, so the fact that this gives refugees the opportunity to get out is positive,” said Jeffery Crisp, an expert on migration and refugee issues.

“But many of the refugees will be expecting resettlement in Europe, which can often take time — and you have to wonder if the EU is going to make these resettlement places available,” added Crisp, a research associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre.

Rwandan and UNHCR officials said the aim was to remove people from danger and provide them with temporary safe shelter where they would be given options for the future.

“We didn’t sign an agreement with the EU. We signed an agreement with AU and UNHCR,” said Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Olivier Nduhungirehe.

“The refugees are in serious danger in Libya. It has been two years since the Rwandan president said that we are ready to contribute to find a solution by taking some of them. The UNHCR is also calling for other countries to take them.”

Monday September 2, 2019

A suicide car bomb blast targeted a security check point in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu Monday, leaving at least three people dead, four others wounded, officials said.

“The attack was a suicide bomb explosion which targeted our security checkpoint in ex-control Afgoye in Mogadishu. At least three people including police officials and one attacker were killed, and four others wounded”, Adan Yare Hassan, a police officer in Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency via phone.

He added that the attackers attempted to overrun the checkpoint but security officials opened fire, killing an attacker.

Four people who were wounded in the attack were rushed to hospitals for treatment.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

Somalia bans direct flights to Kismayo Airport, Jubbaland

Mogadishu August 29, 20192:30 pm All planes flying to Kismayo Airport will first have to land in Aden Abdille International Airport in Modadishu, federal government of Somalia has announced.

The directive comes amid deteriorating relationship between Kenya and Somalia, with Nairobi accused of meddling in the internal affairs of Modadishu.

Last week, President Mohammed Farmaajo’s administration accused Kenya of imposing President Ahmed Madobe, the commander of Ras Kamboni Brigade, as president of Jubbaland region.

So divisive were the polls that Kenya Defense Forces blocked Ethiopian plane from landing at Kismayo Airport. Thereafter, the KDF team and Jubbaland authorities closed down the airport.

A staff member at Kismayo airport, who gave his name as Ismail, said the plane took off from Gode in southeastern Ethiopia and eventually landed in the Somali town of Baidoa.

It was not certain if the plane was civilian or military.”It wanted to land at Kismayo airport but was denied clearance because it did not send information in advance,” Ismail told Reuters by telephone.

The latest directive will affect Kenya, where most flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport end at Kismayo Airport in Jubbaland.

Federal government says it will require international and local flights going to and from Kismayo to stopover at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde Airport.

Despite closing the Airport located at Sector 6 of AMISOM forces territory, KDF and Madobe’s administration lifted the ban on Tuesday.

Modadishu administration has been waging a war against Madobe, who it accuses of collaborating with Kenya to action Somalia’s territorial integrity.

Besides the row over Jubbaland administration, Farmaajo’s administration accuse Kenya of using force to grab Indian Ocean maritime border.

Wednesday August 28, 2019

More than a quarter of a million people died in Somalia’s last famine, which ran from 2010 to 2013© AFP/File TONY KARUMBA

Kenya is urging the UN to list Al-Shabaab under the same sanctions as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, but foreign donors say the move could leave millions in drought-stricken Somalia without aid.

The proposed listing — which could take effect as soon as Thursday — comes at a critical time in Somalia, where 2.2 million people, or nearly 18 percent of the population, face the risk of severe hunger.

Al-Shabaab is already targeted under broader sanctions imposed by the United Nations on Somalia, which is heavily aid-dependent after three decades of conflict and economic ruin.

Right now, UN agencies and humanitarian organisations are exempt from these sanctions, which enables them to deliver urgent aid without prosecution when they venture into territory controlled by Al-Shabaab.

But Kenya wants to tighten the screws on the jihadist group after several deadly attacks on its soil, and the sanctions regime it proposes would remove that safeguard.

“A measure like this will have the effect of criminalising humanitarian aid,” Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, told AFP.

“Any measure that would impact the current provision of aid would have extremely serious and substantial implications.”

If no member state objects before August 29 the Al-Shabaab listing under Security Council resolution 1267 will take immediate effect.

Hundreds of millions of aid dollars for Somalia will then be thrown into doubt.

In some cases, foreign donors said they may need to freeze payments for up to a year as they consider how to comply with the new sanctions, said an aid source in New York liaising with the UN on the issue.

Grey area

“We would be operating in a huge grey area. As humanitarian actors, we would have this huge dilemma of carrying on providing aid, or we stop altogether,” the official working for a large global charity told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Another concern is that banks, fearing repercussions, could limit financial services to humanitarian agencies working in Somalia — a process known as “de-risking” that makes it difficult to transfer money and fund programmes.

The looming deadline has sparked a flurry of lobbying at Security Council headquarters in New York.

Somalia© AFP/File AFP

Earlier this month, 20 former ambassadors, national security and humanitarian officials wrote to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and USAID administrator Mark Green urging them to reject the Kenyan proposal.

Their decision “could either help sustain critical and life-saving relief to Somalia, or exacerbate the dire humanitarian situation and puts hundreds of thousands if not millions of people at grave risk”, the August 7 letter warned.

“They (humanitarian groups) have worked carefully to develop systems to reach people while limiting aid diversion” to Al-Shabaab, it added.

Exemptions from sanctions are extremely rare, the International Peace Institute pointed out in a June paper.

Kenya sees Al-Shabaab as no different to extremist groups elsewhere and believes sanctions are a way to blunt their violence.

On July 13, after 26 people were killed in Somalia’s south, Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica Juma said “this attack was another reminder to the international community of the imperative” to list Al-Shabaab under resolution 1267.

The foreign ministry did not reply to queries from AFP before publication.

Al-Shabaab violence has surged in 2019 with atrocities in Somalia and Kenya, including an attack in Nairobi in January that left 21 people dead.

Kenya has applied considerable diplomatic leverage on its allies, notably lobbying the EU in May to list the Al-Shabaab as a “terrorism organisation”.

Bad timing

The timing could not be worse for Somalia, which is facing another hunger crisis after the rainy season failed this year.

Nearly 18 percent of the population faces severe hunger, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

The country is prone to devastating, frequent droughts. A famine between October 2010 and April 2013 killed almost 258,000 people, more than half of them children under five.

Somalia has accused its larger neighbour of meddling that could worsen its domestic problems and have repercussions for regional stability.

Somalia’s envoy to the UN, Abukar Dahir Osman, told the Security Council on August 21 that impeding aid efforts “will play into the Shabaab’s narrative and self-image as a de-facto government in areas where state reach is limited”.

Kenya has borne the brunt of a string of attacks by Al-Shabaab — in January, 21 people were killed in a brazen assault on a hotel and office complex in Nairobi© AFP/File SIMON MAINA

He reiterated the government’s “condemnation of any interference in the internal affairs of Somalia.”

Kenya’s campaign on Al-Shabaab comes as it spars with Somalia on several diplomatic fronts including a battle over its marine borders, said Matt Bryden, director of Nairobi-based think tank Sahan.

“There’s a range of thorny issues between the two governments that have strained their relations to the breaking point, and I think Kenya’s move must be understood in that wider context,” he told AFP.

21 Aug2019


Mogadishu – With a view to promoting stability and preserving unity among the communities of Jubaland, Somalia’s international partners (Canada, Ethiopia, European Union, Finland, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM], Intergovernmental Authority on Development [IGAD] and United Nations) have engaged all stakeholders in Jubaland to encourage them to reach agreement on a single electoral process that is credible, inclusive, fair and peaceful.  We are concerned that in the absence of such agreement, the likelihood of instability and division within Jubaland is significantly increased.

Ahead of the planned events on 22 August 2019, we call on all stakeholders to avoid any actions that could cause violence. We welcome the efforts of AMISOM to create a secure environment in Jubaland, and encourage coordination between the forces on the ground. We urge all stakeholders to act with restraint, wisdom, and statesmanship.

Maintaining peace and stability in Jubaland is crucial not only for the people of this Federal Member State but also to enable further progress on Somalia’s national political, security, economic and development priorities.

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Thursday July 11, 2019

Rough terrain and impassable roads are reducing profits for small scale Somali coffee farmers in Puntland.

The farmers in the Al–Madow mountain range, stretching west from Bossaso to the northwest of Erigavo, are forced to use donkeys to transport their coffee beans to an accessible transit point, where they pay commercial lorries for onward transport to the northern port city of Bossaso.

Mukhtar Abdullahi Isse, who lives in Dadan village, has two plots measuring 2.5 hectares with 5,000 coffee trees. He inherited the farm from his parents and has been growing coffee for 18 years.

“This year we are hoping to get a good harvest as the area received adequate rainfall. After selling this produce, I expect to make $5,000–6,000 from each plot,” he said.

However, Mukhtar could be earning much more if transportation was more efficient.

He uses three donkeys to take his produce to Markad, the transit village, 35 km away.

“The mountain terrain is rough with narrow steep cliffs so we only load two 30 kg bags on to each donkey and we try to balance them to avoid them falling off,” he explained.

This year, Mukhtar has harvested 70 bags of coffee beans. It costs $8 per bag for the lorry transport to Bossaso. He has paid to send 20 bags so far to Bossaso but the vehicles are few and he is having to wait a long time to ship the rest.

Ismail Muse, another coffee farmer in Mayer, depends on two donkeys to carry his bags of coffee beans the 50 km from his farm to Markad. This season, he harvested 48 bags.

“There is no way through the mountains where my farm is located, so I have to use my donkeys to take the bags to the village for transportation to Bossaso,” he said.

Ismail told Radio Ergo that farmers sell one kg of coffee at $2 to middlemen in Bossaso, who resell it for $5 to consumers.

There are over 60 coffee farms in the villages in Lasqoray district that use Markad as the transit for transport to the main market in Bossaso, around 200km away.

Puntland’s State Minister for Agriculture, Abdirashid Ali Gelle, said the government planned to improve roads and transportation in the region.

“We are committed to constructing roads in those areas and that is one of our priorities. We want to encourage the farmers to increase their production to reduce imports,” he said

Thursday July 11, 2019

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ahmed Isse Awad, met on Wednesday in London with the State Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, Harriett Baldwin.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and means of developing strategic cooperation in various fields and enhancing efforts aimed at establishing security and stability in Somalia.

The discussion also dealt with the political, security and economic situation both regionally and internationally.

On Tuesday (9 July), he met with head of east Africa at the FCO, and special envoy for Red Sea – Horn of Africa at the FCO.

Thursday July 11, 2019

MOGADISHU (Xinhua) — Somalia and two international agencies on Thursday launched a program to boost education opportunities for children and youth impacted by ongoing crises in Somalia.

The initiative backed by the government, Education Cannot Wait and Development Relief Agency in Somalia (ADRA) will improve access to safe, quality education for children and youth affected by the multiple crises in the Horn of Africa nation.

Abdullahi Godah, minister of education, culture and higher education, said the government is committed to provide an equitable and inclusive education system that affords children left behind with access to free quality basic education.

“This will enhance their personal development and in the medium to long term contribute to Somalia’s development, socio-economic growth and global competitiveness,” Godah said in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu.

The program will see Education Cannot Wait, the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, allocate 8.5 million U.S. dollars in seed funding to support the launch of the comprehensive multi-year education response.

With this catalytic grant, the organization called on additional donors to step up and fill the additional 58.8 million dollars required to reach over 402,000 Somali children and youth annually over the next three years.

Yasmine Sherif, director of Education Cannot Wait, said the program supports the efforts of government and member states to ensure that every girl and boy in Somalia accesses quality education in the midst of hardship.

“It is an opportunity for an entire generation to rise from crises. For too long they have suffered protracted crisis and dispossession. Time has come for them to enjoy their right to develop and grow through an adequate education in a protective learning environment. They deserve no less,” Sherif added.

The program’s activities will include: school rehabilitation to provide adequate safe learning space, supply of teacher learning material, promotion of girls’ enrolment & retention, support to community education committees to promote education delivery and the importance of protection and safeguarding, and strengthening policy development on education.

Luiz Camargo, ADRA’s country director in Somalia said investing in education is one of the best ways a country can lift people out of poverty, increase national economic growth and reduce the risk of conflict.

“Quality education in emergencies strengthens children’s resilience amidst adversity and supports their socio-emotional and cognitive development,” Camargo added.

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The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit policy research and analysis institute based in Mogadishu, Somalia.

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 Somalia: In Search of a Workable 2020 Electoral Model

For the fifth time since 2000, Somalia is searching for an electoral model that advances the country’s democratic process. This is both a cause for celebration and a cringe-worthy setback. Discourse around electoral models indicates that the country is unfailingly pursuing a democratic path in a region where autocracy dominates body politics. At the same time, Somalia has consistently failed to shed a clan-based political dispensation and leap into universal suffrage once and for all. That is especially true for a country with democratic traditions going back to independence in 1960. In fact, the country’s first president, Aden Abdulle Osman, was also the first African president to lose — and concede defeat – in an African presidential election. President Osman rejected calls by his political base to remain in power for the sole purpose of deepening a nascent democracy.

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Markii shanaad ilaa sannadkii 2000, Soomaaliya waxa ay baadi-goobaysaa qaab doorasho oo dalka u horseeda hannaanka dimuqraadiyadda. Taasina waa arrin marna la bogaadiyo, marna astaan u ah dib-u-dhac, waji-gabax leh. Hadalhaynta hannaan doorasho oo dimuqraaddi ah waxa ay muujinaysaa in dalku uu hakasho la’aan cagta saaray waddadii dimuqraaddiyadda isaga oo dalku uu ku yaal gobol ay siyaasaddiisa la hareen, maamullo keli-talis ah. Dhanka kale, Soomaaliya waxa ay si joogto ah ugu fashilantay in ay iska rogto heeryada qabiil wax-ku-qaybsiga ee siyaasadda, ayna u gudubto si kama-danbays ah doorasho loo dhan yahay oo qof iyo cod ah. Soomaaliyana waxa ay ahayd, waddan dimuqraadiyadda iyo doorashooyinka xorta ah hiddo u leh, kuwaas oo soo bilaabay markii gobanimada la qaatay 1960. Weliba, madaxweynihii kowaad ee dalka, Aadan Cabdulle Cismaan (Aadan Cadde), waa madaxweynihii ugu horreeyey ee Afrika ee doorasho looga adkaado, kaas oo muran la’aan aqbala in laga cod-badiyey. Madaxweyne Aadan Cadde, waxa uu weliba diidey isku dayo taageerayaashiisa ay doonayeen in ay ugu qiil-dayaan si uu xukunka u sii hayo, isaga oo uga gol lahaa in uu xididada u sii aaso, dimuqraadiyaddii curdanka ahayd.

Soo rogo warbixinta oo dhan

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Sunday June 16, 2019

Turkey on Saturday condemned terror attacks in the Somalian capital Mogadishu that killed 8 people.

“We received the news with deep sorrow that the terrorist attack perpetrated in Mogadishu, resulted in loss of many lives and left several others wounded,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We strongly condemn this heinous attack, wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, a speedy recovery to the wounded and extend our condolences to the brotherly people and Government of Somalia,” the statement read.

At least nine people were killed and more than 25 wounded early Saturday as a result of two separate car bomb attacks in Mogadishu.

The first attack targeted a security checkpoint near the parliament building and killed eight people. However, the second blast — on a main road leading to the airport — killed one person.

Mogadishu June 13, 2019 The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said it’s consulting with the Somali government and partners to start handing over military bases to local security forces as part of a transitional plan.

Francisco Madeira, special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, said the mission is now moving into critical stages of the implementation of the Somali Transition Plan of gradually transferring security responsibilities to Somali security forces.

“In the coming months, AMISOM in consultation with the Federal Government of Somalia and partners will be transferring Forward Operating Bases to the Somali security forces,” Madeira said in a statement issued on Wednesday evening. “This is in the spirit of the Somali Transitional Plan.”

Speaking during a hand-over ceremony of six specially-designed refrigerated containers, Madeira reiterated the critical importance of having a well-funded, well-resourced and adequately-supplied Somali security forces.

The AU mission donated the six containers to the Somali security forces to help enhance their capacity as they intensify operations to liberate the country from militants.

Madeira congratulated the Somali security forces for their role in liberating Bariire town in the Lower Shabelle region, saying AMISOM would continue to motivate and support the Somali security forces.

Four of the donated containers went to the Somali National Army and two were received by the Somali Police Force.

Al-Shabab extremists, who control large parts of Somalia’s southern and central regions, continue to carry out high-profile attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere, targeting military bases manned by AU troops and Somali security forces.

Step down #Somalia’s Corrupt Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre!

The Truth is that #Somalia’s extraordinarily and extremely failed Federal Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre made and led #Somalia to claim the most corrupt country in the whole world for 2nd year as a Somali Prime Minister who has been illegally and unlawfully making even cabinet ministerial changes in regard to his own will without consultation with the Somali Federal Lower House and the Somali Federal Upper House “Somali Senate”.

After two year in power as Prime Minister, there is no Somali Shilling Currency in use, there is no Somali Judiciary Committee, there is no Somali Anti-Corruption Agency and practicing corruption of nepotism and clan favoritism skyrocketed at the Office of the Somali Prime Minister and the Office of the Somali Presidency while even the Speaker of the Somali Federal Lower House MP. Honorable Mohamed Mursal and the Chairman of the Somali Federal Upper House had publicly confirmed that they disagreed with how they would comply with the Somali Federal Constitution and devolution of constitutional powers and the public services which they should each provide to the Somali people at federal and semi-autonomous levels.

Addition to that, you, the Somali Federal Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre, you publicly announced that your government paid the salaries of the Somali Armed Forces monthly while the Somali Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo exposed your blunt lies and creating bogus speech to lure or hide the truth so, you can not longer cheat or say lies to the Somali people therefore; it is better for your to resign before you waster the remaining 1 and half years because you completely failed to lead #Somalia.


Examining public schools in Mogadishu

In October 2018, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education of the Federal Government of Somalia took over the management of 24 public schools in Mogadishu. The government recruited and directly pays teachers and no tuition fee is collected from students at all grades (1-12). The 24 schools are the first federal government-run schools in Somalia since the state collapse in 1991. This governance brief is based on school visits and interviews with different stakeholders in Mogadishu. It examines students, teachers, payment processes, curriculum, and the challenges schools face. It concludes with policy options and recommendations.

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Qiimeyn dugsiyada dowladda ee Muqdisho

Bishii Oktoobar 2018, Wasaaradda Waxbarashada, Hiddaha iyo Tacliinta Sare ee Dowladda Federaalka Soomaaliya ayaa la wareegtay maamulidda 24 iskuul dowladeed oo ku yaalla magaalada Muqdishu. Dowladda ayaa shaqaaleysiisay si toos ahna mushaar u siisa macalimiinta iskuullada, ardayda heerarkooda kala duwanna (1-12) wax lacag ah lagama qaado. 24-ka iskuul ayaa ah dugsiyadii ugu horreeyay oo ay dowladda federaalka ah maamusho tan iyo markii ay dowladdii dhexe burburtay sanadkii 1991-dii. Faalladan kooban waxa ay ku saleysan tahay booqasho lagu tagay iskuullada iyo wareysiyo lala yeeshay daneeyeyaal kala duwan ee dugsiyada dowladda. Waxa ay taxliilineysaa ardayda, macallimiinta, mushaar bixinta, manhajka, iyo caqabadaha heysta iskuullada. Waxa ay qormada kusoo gunaanadeysaa talooyin tixgelin mudan.

Soo rogo warbixinta oo dhameystiran

Tuesday April 23, 2019
Ronaldo, who joined Juventus for this season from Real Madrid, became the first player to win the English Premier League (with Manchester United), the Spanish league (with Madrid) and Serie A. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

OME (AP) — The breakthrough under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Then the coronation at Real Madrid. And now another title at Juventus.

If ever there was a need to emphasize Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact as a footballer, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner did it again this weekend by helping Juventus to the Serie A title in his first season in Italy.

In doing so, the 34-year-old Ronaldo became the first player in history to win league titles in the English Premier League (with United), the Spanish league (Madrid) and Serie A (Juventus).

“I’m very happy to have won in England, Spain and now the league title in Italy as well,” Ronaldo said. “It meant a lot to me and it means a lot to us as a team.”

Other players have won titles in three of the five major European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France) but nobody had previously put together the combination of England, Spain and Italy.

David Beckham played in four of the top leagues but only won titles at United (six), Madrid (one) and Paris Saint-Germain (one), having failed to lift the Serie A trophy during his two loan spells at AC Milan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic won four Serie A titles (three with Inter Milan and one with AC Milan), the Spanish league with Barcelona and four French championships with PSG.

Brazil fullback Maxwell was on many of those same teams as Ibrahimovic and also won in Italy, Spain and France.

Then there was Arjen Robben, who won the Premier League twice with Chelsea before adding a Spanish title at Real Madrid and seven Bundesliga trophies at Bayern Munich.

Another Dutchman who achieved the feat was Mark van Bommel, with titles with Barcelona, Bayern Munich (two) and AC Milan.

While Juventus also won the league in the seven seasons before Ronaldo’s arrival, there was no doubting his impact in Turin. With 19 goals and six assists in 27 Italian league matches this season, Ronaldo played a part in nearly 40 percent of Juventus’ goals.

So it came as no surprise when his dangerous cross from a sharp angle was redirected in by a defender as an own-goal for the winner in Juve’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Saturday — giving the Bianconeri more than the single point they needed to secure a record-extending eighth straight title with five rounds remaining.

It’s the sixth league title of Ronaldo’s career.

The first came as a 22-year-old at United, ending a four-year drought for Ferguson’s squad as Ronaldo scored 17 goals — three fewer than Didier Drogba’s league-best 20.

That was just a warmup for what came next.

In 2007-08, Ronaldo led the Premier League with 31 goals and helped United to the league title and the Champions League trophy.

Another Premier League title came the following season as Ronaldo finished second in the scoring charts with 18 goals, behind only Nicolas Anelka, who had 19 for Chelsea.

While Ronaldo won only two Spanish league championships in his nine seasons at Madrid, he also helped the team to four Champions League trophies — including three consecutive European titles over the last three seasons.

When Juventus acquired Ronaldo in a 100 million euro ($112 million) transfer last year, the expectation was that he would help end the club’s long chase for a Champions League trophy.

Ronaldo did his part by scoring a hat trick to overturn a first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid in the opening knockout round and goals in both legs of the quarterfinals against Ajax but the Bianconeri were still eliminated by the Dutch club.

“Next year is a new page, the fans all want it and so do we,” Ronaldo said. “It is an important trophy, but it’s difficult to (win).”

A Champions League title with Juventus would enable Ronaldo to match another multiple nation and multiple team record — joining Clarence Seedorf as the only players to win the trophy with three different clubs.
Tuesday April 23, 2019

Three farmers were sleeping under a tree when they were fatally hit by US airstrikes near the rural town of Darusalam, Somalia, in November 2017, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

The farmers were al-Shabab terrorists — according to the United States Africa Command or AFRICOM, which leads US military operations in Somalia.

But Amnesty has argued that overly broad strike criteria are putting young Somali men — some who are farmers living in remote areas — at risk of being indiscriminately targeted by airstrikes.

Under a shroud of secrecy, US military counterterrorism operations in Somalia have surged under Trump administration, along with a lack of transparency in terms of civilian casualties.

The US has killed 800 terrorists and conducted 110 airstrikes in Somalia since June 2017, according to AFRICOM. Many are in the al-Shabab-controlled areas of Lower and Middle Shabelle region of the country.
The new report by Amnesty says the US military could be guilty of war crimes for killing civilians during airstrikes in Somalia. They documented 14 civilian casualties from just five airstrikes conducted between 2017 and 2018. These casualties were not reported by AFRICOM.

They denied any civilian deaths until April 5, when AFRICOM acknowledged at least two civilian casualties in an April 2018 strike after conducting an internal review last month.

“US Africa Command is committed to transparency in its reporting of civilian casualties. While believed to be an isolated occurrence, the reporting error is being addressed,” AFRICOM said in the statement.

In an executive order earlier this month, President Donald Trump revoked an Obama-era policy requiring the government to publish statistics on civilian casualties.
“The fact that [AFRICOM] says they are not killing civilians in these airstrikes needs to be questioned.” Abdullahi Hassan, researcher, Amnesty International.
“The fact that they say they are not killing civilians in these airstrikes needs to be questioned,” said Abdullahi Hassan, a researcher on Somalia at Amnesty International.

Analysts like Hassan worry that the increased airstrikes and lack of transparency about the civilian cost are having unintended consequences on the humanitarian and security situation in Somalia, exacerbating internal displacement and creating the conditions for radicalizing Somali youth.

Despite the rapidly increasing airstrikes, al-Shabab continues to orchestrate deadly attacks in the region.

Between March 21 and March 28, over 40 people were killed in nine explosions in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu.
Amnesty has called on the US to investigate the claims, but the military has rejected their findings.

The report has brought intense scrutiny to the growing secrecy of  US airstrikes in Somalia that have almost tripled since 2017, when President Donald Trump began rolling back Obama-era regulations on airstrikes that were created to protect civilians.
Airstrikes spur radicalization

Hours after the US airstrike in Darusalam killed three farmers, staged photos of the victims were uploaded onto a known pro-al-Shabab website.

While smartphones have long been banned in areas controlled by al-Shabab, pictures of civilians allegedly killed in airstrikes are shared on social media by the terrorist group, often accompanied by text decrying the deaths of Somalis by foreign actors.

This has worried some analysts, who expect the propaganda could be used as a tool for recruitment and radicalization in the future.
“Al-Shabab can use this grievance [of civilian deaths]. … If this continues, we can expect more radicalization,” Roselyn Omondi, associate director of research, Horn Institute, Nairobi, Kenya.
“Al-Shabab can use this grievance,” said Roselyn Omondi, the associate director of research at the Horn Institute in Nairobi. Omondi noted how al-Shabab often presents itself as defending Somalia against foreign intruders. “If this continues, we can expect more radicalization.”
imilarities have also been drawn to how US airstrikes in Iraq and Afghanistan were used by militant groups to radicalize and spread anti-American sentiments.

“It is in the interest of the terrorist group al-Shabab to untruthfully claim civilian casualties,” AFRICOM said in a press statement.
Abdihakim Bare Hassan says he is not surprised that al-Shabab is turning civilian casualties from US airstrikes into online propaganda. The 27-year-old Somali Kenyan works for the media company Eastleighwood, which uses media and art to counter youth radicalization in Kenya and Somalia.

Located in the predominantly Somali Eastleigh neighborhood in Nairobi, known as “Little Mogadishu,” the group trains youth who have been or are currently at risk of gang recruitment or extremist radicalization.

They receive referrals from police or local administrators who link the organization with youth identified as at-risk. Eastleighwood has worked with over 6,000 youth since the group started in 2011 — the same year Kenya entered Somalia.
Bare Hassan says that at the end of the day, civilian casualties from airstrikes pales in comparison to those caused by al-Shabab.

Between 2016 and 2017, the UN documented 4,585 civilians casualties in Somalia. Sixty percent were attributed to the terrorist group.

“Now they post dead bodies from US airstrikes?” Bare Hassan said incredulously. “What do you take them for? They kill hundreds of people every month.I don’t think air strikes will end this,” Abdihakim Bare Hassan, Eastleighwood, Nairobi, Kenya.
While Bare Hassan is hopeful in the US military and Somali government, he is skeptical that airstrikes alone will defeat the terrorist group. “I don’t think airstrikes will end this.”
Internally displaced

In the past two decades, a combination of prolonged civil war, deadly terrorist attacks, and recurring drought in Somalia has led to over 2 million internally displaced people in the country. Researchers now note that foreign-led airstrikes, including those from Kenya, are now contributing to the problem.

“We are alarmed that the number of airstrikes in Somalia has sharply escalated this year. … More airstrikes and fighting mean more families will flee their homes, and more civilian lives will be at risk,” Norwegian Refugee Council statement.
“We are alarmed that the number of airstrikes in Somalia has sharply escalated this year,” said the Norwegian Refugee Council in a statement. “More airstrikes and fighting mean more families will flee their homes, and more civilian lives will be at risk.”

According to a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report from November 2017, aerial bombardment and ground fighting in Lower and Middle Shabelle regions caused more than 10,000 people to flee their homes.
That number has reached a four-year high, outnumbering those fleeing drought, according to the NRC.

Many of the people interviewed for the Amnesty report lived in Internally Displaced Persons, or IDP camps, and were displaced multiple times, including due to air strikes.

“They fled their villages, they fled their hamlets, they fled their farms. They decided to go to the IDP camps outside of Mogadishu because they think that’s safer,” Hassan said.

The Somali economy remains primarily agricultural, and livestock accounts for an estimated 40 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. While vicious cycles of drought and famine have plagued the country for years, the areas targeted by US airstrikes are some of the most fertile areas in the country.

Some researchers are concerned about the long-term impact of strikes on farming and food security. Especially since those killed are often the breadwinners for their families.

The United Nations has also recorded how foreign airstrikes have destroyed livestock and displaced pastoralists.

“Even the animals, the goats, the sheep, they are also dying because of the strikes,” said Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdisamad, a Horn of Africa analyst in Nairobi.

“…The farmers fear the air strikes. They can’t even cultivate because they are not sure what will happen if they go out to the fields,” Abdisamad said.

“These people are victimized twice. … They fear al-Shabab, and at the same time they fear the drone strikes,Somalis who flee to IDP camps have already faced a number of abuses.

“These people are victimized twice,” Hassan from Amnesty said. “They fear al-Shabab, and at the same time they fear the drone strikes.”

Amnesty sees AFRICOM’s admission of error as further proof of the need for more investigations into civilian casualties in US airstrikes in Somalia.

“Now they know that these kinds of mistakes were made by their staff,” Hassan said. “Now they need to take all the allegations seriously and investigate properly.”” Abdullahi Hassan, researcher, Amnesty International

Tuesday April 23, 2019

Forces loyal to the UN-recognised government take position during the fighting with the LNA in Ain Zara, Tripoli [Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters]

Around 32,000 people displaced, as UN deputy envoy warns hostilities likely to continue ‘for some time’.

The United Nations needs to ramp up its humanitarian response in Libya as fighting around the capital, Tripoli is unlikely to stop soon, the UN’s deputy envoy to the country has said.’

The clashes, which have raised fears of a worsening conflict in Libya, began after the renegade commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, ordered his forces to seize Tripoli from the UN-recognised rival Government of National Accord (GNA) on April 4.

Maria do Valle Ribeiro called for a lull in fighting on Monday but acknowledged aid partners need to be prepared for clashes to continue.

“We are likely to see a continuation of hostilities for some time to come,” she said at a press briefing in Tripoli. “For that we need to gear up and accelerate and increase our capacity to be able to respond.”

The UN and its humanitarian partners have reached some 21,000 people so far. In an appeal last week, the UN’s humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) asked for $10.2m to cover the aid response up to May 18.

With fighting into its third week, around 32,000 people have been displaced, according to the UN’s humanitarian agency.

“We’re also very concerned by the fact that displacement is continuing at an increasing rate every day,” Ribeiro told reporters.

‘New move’

Fighting continued overnight on Sunday around Libya’s capital as troops aligned to the UN-recognised government targeted Haftar’s forces.

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli, said forces loyal to the UN-recognised government  “started a new move this [Monday] morning towards the locations of Haftar’s forces in and around the inactive Tripoli international airport on the southwestern part of the capital”.

“In Tripoli, artillery fire was heard clearly overnight [Sunday] and government sources say that they were using heavy weapons to target Haftar’s forces in the vicinity of the airport,” he said.

“Humming of warplanes was also heard overnight, but no air strikes were reported,” Abdelwahed added.

Haftar’s LNA said on Monday it would intensify an assault on Tripoli.

Forces loyal to Tripoli drove back the LNA in recent days in the southern suburb of Ain Zara, the main scene of the fighting, Reuters reporters visiting the area said, even though the LNA said it had launched air strikes on military sites in the capital.

LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari denied there had been a retreat but said an advance by his forces had slowed because of the dense population in the areas where fighting was taking place. Fighting was under way on Monday for control of Ain Zara and Azizyia, two larger towns near Tripoli, and in the Abu Salim district, about seven kilometres (four miles) from Tripoli’s centre.

The death toll from this month’s fighting climbed to 254, including combatants and civilians, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday. At least 34 more people died in the past two days, WHO said, while 1,228 were wounded.

Fighting over Tripoli has spiked since the White House said President Donald Trump spoke to Haftar last Monday.

The disclosure of the call on Friday and a US statement that it “recognised Field Marshal Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources” has boosted the commander’s supporters and enraged his opponents.

Since launching his push, which many see as a power grab for Tripoli, Haftar’s forces have captured the districts of Gharyan and Qasr Bani Ghashir along with several smaller towns. They also seized the capital’s shuttered old airport.

Egypt Independent
Tuesday April 23, 2019

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stressed on Tuesday Egypt’s steadfast stance in support of Somalia’s unity and stability.

Sisi expressed Egypt’s desire to continue to enhance various aspects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries and to offer all support to the people of Somalia in their efforts to build the institutions of the state and establish security and stability.

These statements came on Tuesday during a meeting between President Sisi and his Somali counterpart President Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed ‘Farmajo’ in the presence of Egyptian Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry and head of the General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel.

The Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady, said that the Somali president expressed his appreciation for the historic relations between Egypt and his country, praising Egypt’s role in supporting Somalia and its support of efforts to achieve security and stability in the country.

The Somali president stressed his country’s keenness to continue coordinating and consulting with Egypt on various issues, praising Egypt’s hosting of the summit meetings on Sudan and Libya and Egypt’s active role in the African arena, especially in light of its current chairmanship of the African Union.

The Somali president also reviewed the latest developments in the internal situation in his country and the steps being taken by the central government to restore and consolidate security and stability in Somalia and overcome various challenges.

Oliver Mathenge
Tuesday April 23, 2019

President Farmajo (L) with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) ahead of his swearing in Wednesday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu - Image: PSCU
President Farmajo (L) with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) ahead of his swearing in Wednesday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu – Image: PSCU

On March 22, 2019, media reports indicated that a rather high profile visit by American government officials had taken place in Mogadishu. The US Envoy to Somalia Donald Yamamoto together with the commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) General Thomas Waldhauser had held talks with Somalia Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and senior military and government officials.

The talks bordered on security partnerships in the region with a particular emphasis on the US Africa Command’s interest in the development of the Danab Advanced Infantry Brigade in Somalia.

The brigade described, as the most advanced infantry units on Somalia will have five battalions and a brigade headquarters at Baledogle Military Airfield. The US officials observed that Somalia was critical to the security situation and the long-term stability of the East Africa region.

On the same day and unnoticed, the Arab League states made history in Switzerland after failing to vote against Israel as has been the practice for many years. Somalia abstained on a resolution on Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights in Syria.

Somalia’s unprecedented abstention on draft resolution A/HRC/40/L4 titled ‘Human Rights in the occupied Syrian Golan’ pricked significant interest. The Somalia government was later to issue a statement reiterating “its firm position that the Golan Heights are Syrian territory illegally occupied by Israel. Any recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan is not only null and void and violates international law but increases tension in the Middle East and undermines peace, security and stability.”

The actions of the Somali diplomats at the United Nations meet led to the recalling of Ambassador Faduma Abdullahi back to Mogadishu and the firing of Abdullahi Dool for his personal remarks on twitter.

On April 9, the Somalia government led by Khaire approached the Bretton Woods institutions seeking for the cancellation of its debts estimated to be about five billion US dollars. Since the 1990s when war broke out, Somalia has never been able to review its borrowing with the two institutions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

During meetings attended by new World Bank President David Malpass and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, a senior World Bank official Kristalina Georgieva posted on her twitter handle, “an important meeting with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire. Your country is making great progress and we at the World Bank stand ready to support you and the people of Somalia at this crucial moment for the country.”

On the same day, the US National Security Advisor John Bolton met the Somalia Premier at the White House in a meeting also attended by the Norwegian Minister of International Development, Dag Inge Ulstein eliciting eyebrows in Kenya taking into consideration the various partners interested in the recently auctioned gas exploration blocks belonging to Kenya on the Indian Ocean.

It is worth recalling that in 2018, the US re-established its diplomatic relations with Somalia and at the same time extended by a year a presidential declaration of a national emergency on Somalia calling the Islamist insurgency that has plagued the country an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the United States.”

The US has committed to “bringing back its troops home” as it withdraws its forces from various hotspots in the world including Somalia, Syria and Afghanistan. The US Operational Forces has been embedded in the Somalia National Army in the fight against militant Al Shaabab through the Danab Advanced Infantry Brigade, a fight that is ‘supposed to protect and defend American interests in the East African region through her allies Kenya and Ethiopia.’

Shockingly when the United Nations sought to include and list Al Shabaab as a terrorist group under UNSC Resolution 1267, only China, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Uganda and Burundi voted with Kenya while the United States and United Kingdom vehemently opposed the listing.

Terrorism is acknowledged as a global threat with al Qaeda, ISIL and their affiliates listed by the UN as such. Al Shabaab pledged its allegiance to al Qaeda in 2010 before the UN listed it in 2012.

At what point then did America decide to ‘protect her interests’ in the East African region that is constantly being bombarded by the Al Shabaab terror attacks? Why is it that Kenyans have never questioned through Parliament or the Head of State why the two respective ambassadors failed to support Kenya in such an important matter as war on terror?

Why should Kenya bear the brunt of terror? Who will then defend the territorial integrity of Kenya considering that some countries are attempting to do so? But, I deviate from the subject matter.

While the world has been watching some of these unrelated activities keenly, pundits are left wondering what Kenya thinks of the same especially coming after the Kenya military troops attached to AMISOM started withdrawing from their military base in March and headed back to the Kenya Somalia border as well as the largely unspoken concerns of the maritime case at the International Court of Justice scheduled to commence hearing in September.

Many are questioning what has suddenly led the Somalia Federal Government to seek financial and material assistance from other states at this particular time. Why is it that the Kenyan government has not stopped to tell Kenyans what it intends to do as the September date approaches as it did during the leaders of government had to stand before the International Court of Justice?

Are all these events part of normal diplomatic relations with little effect on Kenya? As Kenyans, we deserve answers from our leaders. How is it that events happening across the world that affect us directly and indirectly are not being discussed at the national platform?

The interests of Kenyans cannot be taken for granted by our leaders and other countries.

The anticipated withdrawal of troops from Somalia by the United States and Kenya is expected to trigger a flurry of activities keeping in mind that Somalis in the US have another eight months to go until March 17, 2020 to re-register to stay in the USA under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) thus saving close to 500 families from deportation.

The 18 month-extension made in July 2018 by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allows for voluntary return to Somalia or another country or deportation after the expiration of the extension.

Those that chose to stay are constantly reminded of their pending deportation while many others have opted to move closer home if the recent population explosion in East African countries is anything to go by.

Interestingly, the temporary status program has since the entry of the Donald Trump administration ended the stay in the US of citizens from El Salvador, Hondurus, Haiti, Nicargua and Sudan.

What does the TPS program mean for Kenya in particular? How will Kenya stem the flood of new settlers from the US and perhaps other countries that are implementing similar programs?

What ever happened to the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp? Is the State Department of Immigration willing to tell Kenyans how many foreigners it has registered? How does the government monitor activities at its points of entry while reassuring Kenyans of the protections of the interests of Kenya and Kenyans?

By Helen Benedict
Tuesday April 23, 2019

A refugee sits in an overcrowded camp on the Greek island of Samos, March 2019. (AP Photo / Angelos Tzortzinis)
A refugee sits in an overcrowded camp on the Greek island of Samos, March 2019. (AP Photo / Angelos Tzortzinis)

When Leila, an elegant Afghan woman of 34, goes to bed, she squashes up beside her husband on the narrow bottom mattress of a bunk, while her teenage daughter and 11-year-old son share the bed above. Eighteen inches away, another family is crushed together on another bunk, and down the row stretch 20 more. These families are living in a metal shipping container, their only privacy the gray blankets they hang around their beds. To sleep, they must steel themselves for a night of itching caused by the bedbugs and scabies that have left welts all over their bodies.

In the daytime, matters are no easier. To shower, they must wait their turn for an hour or more among their 40 or so neighbors in the container. To eat, they must rise at 3 AM to wait in line until 9 in the morning for the juice box, bread, and fruit they each get for breakfast. To wash their clothes, they must make their way to one of the eight taps of cold water available to the 4,000 people living around them, many of whom never get to live in containers at all. Instead, they must make do with tents, while 1,000 more are forced to live outside the camp in the woods in pup-tents or hovels made of pinned-together blankets and tarps, with no electricity, water, or bathrooms.

Leila, who dresses in black abayas with lacy sleeves and bodices, was once a businesswoman and teacher who instructed devout women in marketable skills such as sewing and growing saffron. Now, she and her family are among the thousands of asylum seekers who have fled war, persecution, and torture only to become trapped on the island of Samos, the most overcrowded refugee camp in Greece. Samos has come to represent the cruelty of a deal between the European Union and Turkey that has left some 75,000 asylum seekers in limbo.

The deal, signed on March 20, 2016, was a response to the millions of refugees arriving in Turkey and Europe in 2015. It began with the bargain that every refugee arriving illegally on a Greek island would be exchanged for a Syrian refugee in Turkey; a bargain based, as Amnesty International put it at the time, on the “untrue, but willfully ignored, premise that Turkey is a safe country for refugees and asylum-seekers.” The deal also included a gift of 1.6 billion euros to Greece for keeping refugees out of the rest of Europe. The fate of that aid money, little of which has been seen by anybody working with refugees, is now under investigation by the EU anti-corruption agency in Brussels.

If the main goal behind the deal was to discourage refugees from crossing the sea, the strategy initially seemed to work; the number of new arrivals did drop. But by the summer of 2018, it was picking up again. Despite harsh winds and storms, this past winter saw a rise in people crossing the sea to Greece, with 2,652 arriving in January alone, 488 more than the January before. As of April 14 of this year, 9,233 asylum seekers had landed in Greece, 1,444 on Samos, and many more are expected to come as the weather warms. Just on March 19, the day before the third anniversary of the deal, two rubber boats were hauled to the island, one containing 62 people from Africa, the other 55 from Syria and Iraq. I found the boats lying on the seafront dock: long flaps of rubber, half inflated, filled with sodden sweaters, children’s shoes, inner tubes, soaked lifejackets, and the black plastic bags that had served as people’s suitcases.

The effects of the deal are particularly visible on Northern Aegean islands like Samos, because they lie so close to Turkey and attract the most refugees. Before the deal, people arriving here were moved to the mainland or Europe within a few days or weeks. But after the agreement, because it stipulated that asylum seekers could not leave an island until they had passed an interview to determine whether they could safely be sent back to Turkey and because Greece’s asylum service is underfunded and overwhelmed, many were forced to wait on the islands for months or even years. Furthermore, thousands have been kept on the islands even after passing that interview, because the Greek government would claim that there was no room on the mainland either. Currently this bottlenecking has trapped about 15,000 people on the islands.

Recently, the Greek government has been transferring more people off the islands to remote camps or hotels on the mainland to await their first interview. The waits for those interviews are growing longer—up to two years for most—and even if one passes that, more years of waiting lie ahead: first for the second interview to determine one’s asylum status, and then for further interviews if one was denied and then registered an appeal. Meanwhile, the Samos camp is as overcrowded as ever. For every boatload transferred to the mainland, just as many asylum seekers arrive.

“When we arrived here in December, there was no place to sleep, so we had to buy a tent with our own money and set up in the woods outside the camp,” Leila told me in Farsi, while another Afghan refugee translated. (Because Leila is awaiting asylum, she requested I change her name to protect her identity.) “I was too shocked by the conditions to even think about how cold or squashed I was, but I thought at least there would be rules and security. But there are no rules. People have fights in the camp and you see them bleeding, but no one does anything. Men drink and party all night, so it’s too loud to sleep. It was so frightening at night, we had to go to the toilet together, holding hands.”

As harrowing as these conditions are for everyone, they are especially dangerous for women, who make up 22 percent of the camp’s population and whose needs are often ignored. Men stand at 54 percent, the rest children.

“At night, we are afraid to go out,” said Zainab, a 23-year-old widow from Somalia dressed in a bright yellow hijab, while a refugee from Palestine translated her Arabic to English. (Zainab, too, asked me to disguise her real name.) “So we go to the bathroom before it is dark, then we go inside our tents and stay there till morning. For women here, the night becomes a prison.”

Zainab told me she’d had to leave her 4-year-old son in Somalia with her mother to escape being forcibly married to a member of the Al Shabab militant group. “I don’t even know if I am a widow,” she added. “My husband had to flee Al Shabab, or they would have killed him. He went to Libya two years ago. Nobody has heard from him since.” Her eyes filled with tears as she showed me her son’s picture. Zainab arrived on Samos five months ago, and will have to wait two years for the interview that will determine her asylum status; years in which her son will grow from a toddler to a boy without her.

She showed me the temporary ID card that all asylum seekers are given when they arrive on Samos. On it, under her name and birthdate, was the date of her next interview and a red stamp that means she is not allowed to leave the island.

“It is so dangerous for children in Somalia,” she continued, wiping away her tears. “I came here hoping to find safety, to make a life here and send for my son. But I can’t make any life here while I’m stuck in this camp. I feel crushed. I cry a lot to myself.”

Women who arrive here alone like Zainab are supposed to be given heightened vulnerability status and transferred to the mainland quickly. But in reality, many have no protection at all, aside from a refusal to go out after dark and a little padlock on the zipper of their tents.

Women also have to deal with sexual harassment and bullying. Because the camp toilets are clogged and foul, the floors caved in, the walls black with filth, those who live in tents need to use the toilets and showers in containers. Yet most of the containers are occupied only by men, many of whom won’t allow children or women in, while others charge money. One woman told me she caught a man spying on women as they washed. As a result of all this, women often avoid the bathrooms altogether, washing in basins instead, and using a system of plastic bags and buckets as toilets, or urinating into bottles.

“The rates of infection are very high because of how unsanitary the camp is,” Dr. Sophie Gedeon told me. Gedeon runs a small medical NGO called Med’Equali outside the camp, where four doctors and two nurses serve between 90 and 100 refugees per day. The camp has only one official doctor, two nurses, and no dentist. Many refugees told me of waiting hours to see the doctor, only to be sent away with an appointment to wait more hours on another day.

Fear of sexual violence also plagues women in camp, which is especially traumatic for survivors of rape and torture during the wars they came to Samos to escape. Majida Ali, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Samos in 2016 and now works as cultural mediator for the camp doctor, said she sees about two victims of rape in the camp a month. Yet the camp offers only one psychologist, whose main job is to assess the trauma of every asylum seeker for his or her case. This means that nobody in the camp gets to see her more than once.

The camp, which is run by the Greek government with UNHCR help, opened in February 2016 as an emergency Reception and Identity Center (RIC)—that is, a temporary processing post. Placed on the side of a mountain just above the town of Vathy, it occupies a former military base designed to hold a mere 648 beds and is surrounded by concrete walls and hurricane fences crowned with coils of razor wire. Enormous lights atop tall poles glare all night long.

Inside, dozens of white shipping containers like Leila’s climb in rows up the hill, with thousands of tents stuffed between them. Heaps of garbage clutter the alleyways, and laundry hangs from fences, barbed wire, and tent tops. Rats run from one pile of filth to another, while children pad barefoot through the mud and dust.

Tuesday April 23, 2019
by Jillian Kestler-D’Amours

A group of asylum seekers wait to be processed after being escorted from their tent encampment to the Canada Border Services in Lacolle, Quebec, Canada in 2017 [File: Christinne Muschi/Reuters]

Who is the Deputy Director of the Somali National Intelligence & Security Agency (NISA) Fahad Yasin? Why is he working with #Shabab Terrorists in #Somalia to wound and kill innocent people in #Mogadishu? Read the facts!

Refugee and legal experts say amendment to asylum law is ‘shocking’ attack on refugee rights.

Montreal, Canada – Refugee advocates and legal experts have raised alarm at a proposed change to Canada’s asylum system, saying the government’s plan would curb refugee rights and have a “chilling effect”.

The Canadian government introduced an amendment to the country’s Immigration and Refugee Act in a 464-page budget bill earlier this month.

The change would prevent people who previously made an asylum claim in specific other countries – the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand – from having a full refugee status determination hearing in Canada.

Ottawa says the measure is part of its broader effort “to better manage, discourage and prevent irregular migration”, as thousands of asylum seekers have crossed the border into Canada from the US without visas over the last few years.

The goal also is to make the Canadian refugee system more efficient and reduce delays in processing times, a senior government official told Al Jazeera. But Sharry Aiken, a law professor at Queen’s University in Ontario, said the change may end up “precluding people who are genuine refugees from having a hearing on the merits of their case”.

“It’s just a bedrock principle of Canadian refugee law that claimants are entitled to an oral hearing on the merits of their claim,” she told Al Jazeera.

By telling people they won’t have access to such a hearing, Aiken said Canada is “taking one step down the road of dismantling the entire system of refugee status determination”.

Refugee claims

Currently, people seeking refugee protection in Canada must prove they have a “well-founded fear of persecution” in their home country due to their race, religion, or political opinion, among other reasons.

Refugee protection claimants get an oral hearing before an official at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), an independent tribunal that adjudicates on refugee cases.

Under the government’s proposed change, people will no longer have access to that hearing if they applied for refugee protection in one of the countries that Canada says has a refugee system similar to its own.

Instead, they will have what’s called a pre-removal risk assessment.

“We know that children are ripped from their parent’s arms and put in cages. We know that people have to make asylum claims from behind bars in prison. We know that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions greatly restricted the refugee definition. Our response to refugees seeking protection here should not be to make Canada more like Trump’s America by adopting those types of laws.”

That assessment comes with its own set of rules and regulations, and has been described by refugee law experts as being “less efficient” than the refugee hearings at the IRB.

The senior government official defended the amendment, however, saying it is “consistent with international law” and that “Canada remains the gold standard for refugee determination systems”.

Of about 105,000 refugee claims that were made over the last two years in Canada, 3,150 people – or about three percent of all applicants – had previously applied for protection elsewhere, the official said.

People who would be affected by the change “have durable solutions elsewhere”, the official added.

However, Maureen Silcoff of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers said filing a refugee claim in another country does not mean someone has had a fair shot at getting protection.

It also doesn’t mean that people should automatically be shut out of the refugee system in Canada, she told Al Jazeera.

“It’s actually quite shocking that this is what Canada wants to do,” she said.

Silcoff said the change would largely affect people who previously made claims for refugee protection in the US, where the situation for refugees has become increasingly dire under US President Donald Trump.

“We know what’s going on in the United States,” she said.

“We know that children are ripped from their parent’s arms and put in cages. We know that people have to make asylum claims from behind bars in prison. We know that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions greatly restricted the refugee definition,” Silcoff added. “Our response to refugees seeking protection here should not be to make Canada more like Trump’s America by adopting those types of laws.”

Millions invested

Despite the criticism, Justin Trudeau’s government has remained steadfast in its backing of the amendment.

The senior official told Al Jazeera the change must be “looked at in context with all of the other actions that we’re taking”.

In its 2019 budget, Ottawa said it plans to invest $88m [$1.18b Canadian] over five years to implement its so-called Border Enforcement Strategy, and to process refugee claims and enforce removal orders.

The budget also states the government plans to create three new judicial positions “to help ensure efficient and timely processing of asylum claimants seeking judicial review”.

Last year, 55,388 refugee protection claims were referred to the IRB’s Refugee Protection Division. Of the 26,805 cases that were finalised, 14,790 applications were accepted while 8,759 were rejected.

At the end of 2018, 71,675 refugee protection claims were still being processed.

Meanwhile, the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees’ office in Canada has publicly defended the government’s proposed change, saying it keeps the country “in line with international law”.

“The measure … still upholds a welcoming approach,” Jean-Nicolas Beuze told The Globe and Mail newspaper on 16 April.

“It’s not undermining the protection that people will receive if they arrive in Canada and want to be recognised as refugees.”

That was echoed by the senior government official, who told Al Jazeera that, “people who are no longer eligible to make an asylum claim … are not immediately deported” from Canada.

“There is still a robust process for them,” the official said.

Struggle to survive

However, Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, a national advocacy group, said the pre-removal risk assessment is “likely to be extremely inefficient”.

Funnelling more refugee claimants into this system may translate into longer wait times, she said, with a “huge number of extra cases [added into] a process that is not equipped for it”.

“There’s very serious rights issues at stake here,” Dench added.

People forced into the pre-removal risk assessment system are also “technically not refugee claimants”, Dench said, and they therefore don’t have access to a comparable level of services in Canada.

“They may struggle to survive, and yet they may wait longer in that situation,” she said.

Dench also said people in pre-removal risk assessment do not have access to an appeal through the IRB.

Their only recourse is to ask a federal court to review a decision if their claim is rejected, Dench said, but people don’t have a stay of removal during that process, meaning they can be deported before their appeal is heard.

“The way to make the system work fairly and efficiently is to simplify it and say everybody who needs protection gets a hearing and we focus on making the decisions at the IRB quickly and fairly,” she said.


Beyond the changes to the system, Aiken also criticised the government for “burying” the change in a budget bill.

She called that decision “unconscionable, shocking, a disappointment and a page torn straight out of the Conservative playbook”.

Trudeau’s predecessor, former Conservative Party leader and prime minister, Stephen Harper, often used omnibus bills to pass contentious legislative changes without pushback.

In his 2015 election campaign, Trudeau – who is facing a tough fight ahead of a federal vote in October – pledged that his Liberal Party would “not resort to legislative tricks to avoid scrutiny”.

“Stephen Harper has used prorogation to avoid difficult political circumstances. We will not,” the party’s platform stated at the time.

Pushing the amendments through in a budget bill means they will not go to parliamentary committee for study, and it does not allow expert witnesses to present their views, Aiken said.

“It can’t be overstated how reprehensible it is that in the lead-up to an election, this government has chosen to introduce significant changes to Canada’s laws … in a budget bill,” she said.

Silcoff agreed, saying that including the change in the budget bill is “an attempt to ram it through quickly without full consideration”.

“Canada has a reputation of being a leader in human rights, a leader in refugee protection,” she said. “And I think we need to maintain that – and not take a step backward.”

Officials say Aden Abdi Mohamed known as “Aden Obe” surrendered Tuesday near the main Bardhere town. Aden Obe surrendered with another al-Shabab official identified as Food Aden Mohamoud who is described as a taxation official.

Obe held various positions with al-Shabab, including Consultative Council member, and head of Social Affairs. Most recently, he worked for al-Shabab as head of logistics in Lower Jubba region, according to Somali officials.

Deputy Governor of Gedo region Mohamed Hussein Al-Qaadi said the two men have been in contact with federal government officials who convinced them to defect. He said their defection is a “setback” to al-Shabab.

Obe previously was a member of the Islamic Courts Union which ruled south central Somalia for six months in 2006.

Tuesday April 23, 2019

Somali officials say a senior al-Shabab official has defected from the group and surrendered to the Somali government in the southwestern Gedo region.

A new Hezbollah: Qatar’s militia in Somalia

Qatar’s regime has created a new terrorist entity in Somalia. Terrified by the Saudi, Emirati, and Egyptian support for the Somalian president, it funded the Brotherhood’s Islah party in the roiled country and founded a militia formed from Al-Shabaab terrorist group.

Al Jazeera’s Fahad Yasin had secretly met with Qatari and Iranian intelligence officers and a Somalian presidency official has close ties with Doha’s regime.

Tamim tasked him with destabilizing Jubaland, Galmudug, and Puntland, but the self-governed provinces reject Qatar’s pro-terror policies.

The goal is to form a militia in Somalia similar to Hezbollah and Hamas. Zakaria Ismail, a leader from Al-Shabaab, is already recruiting fighters.

Qatari and Iranian intelligence officers are training them and an operations rooms in Qatar’s embassy will run the newly born terrorist group.

A scorecard for the first two years and the prospects for the remaining two

Press Release for the Ongoing Political Derailment & the Extreme Corruption of the Somali Federal Government

Mogadishu on Tuesday March 26, 2919 Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially expose to the Somali People and the world at large that the Somali Federal Government has hired and rehired ex- well-known #Shabab terrorists Intelligence and Bomb Squad criminal leaders who had been planning and executing explosive and terrorism attacks against innocent people, businesses and governmental sites in Mogadishu and around #Somalia.

The Somali Federal Government has completely failed to implement and comply with the following good governance procedures:

  1. Somali Federal Government has definitely failed to comply with the Somali Federal Constitution.
  2. Somali Federal Government has unlawfully rejected to establish the Somali Judiciary Committee for past two years.
  3. Somali Federal Government has illegally hired unqualified Somali Lawyers to place or replace existing Somali Federal Government Lawyers whose qualification and experience met the standard requirement of the Somali Federal Constitution. .
  4. Somali Federal Government has been ignoring to establish the Somali Anti- Corruption Agency and its leadership for past two years making corruption at all levers as business as usual.
  5. Somali Federal Government has not been able to pay salaries to the needy Somali Federal Armed Forces monthly for the past two years while Somalia’s Top Leaders with its concerned ministers were either misappropriating or stealing their salaries intentionally for months.
  6. Somali Federal Government has failed constitutionally derailing to stabilize and mediate between the Somali Federal Lower House and the Somali Federal Upper House which declared publicly that their top leadership were not, are not and will not be working together for common good after political power grabbing started between two houses.
  7. Somali Federal Government has misused and misappropriated the foreign donation for personal or political group interests, and millions are not accounted for.
  8. Somali Federal Government has been unable to coordinate and implement to fix public issues based on cabinet consensus, and it is still lack of effective cabinet collaboration to solve and tackle political derailments at state or regional semi-autonomous states.
  9. Somali Federal Government has illegally changed the Somali Federal Constitution article for Somali Central Bank banking leadership, regulations and appointments paving the way foreigners to take up the post of the Governor of the Somali Central Bank which the Somali House amended it with bribes from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Somali President.
  10. Somali Federal Government has issued illegal licenses to foreign companies to either start mining illegally or fish in the Somali Coastline for less than normal world standardized regulations.
  11. Somali Federal Government has basically and legally loss the confidence and cooperation between the Somali Federal Government and the Somali Semi-autonomous states ever since this extremely and extraordinarily corrupted Somali Federal Government took up power in the country until now on.
  12. Somali Federal Government has intentionally ousted the United Nations Political Office for Somalia Envoy H.E. Nikolas Haysom after he deliberately exposed and questioned about the illegalities of the Somali Federal Government in the South West State Presidential Elections and its chaos.
  13. Somali Federal Government ceased to appoint professional and career Somali diplomatic staff since on February 08, 2017 until now, and the Somali Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs including other key Ministries are either managed or secretly dictated by foreign powers through their naturalized Somali citizens.
  14. Somali Federal Government has no federal media outlets, and all local media outlets belongs to private investors including the Somali National Television (SNTV) so, it is the best time people to know the truth.
  15. Somali Federal Government has no accountability, transparency and trustworthiness to lead #Somalia for past two years, and majority of the Somali people prefers its top leadership to resign willy-nilly so that a new leadership will try to finish for remaining two years in order to secure law and order in the Republic of Somalia.

We, the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) would like to encourage the Somali leadership to accept their political derailment and ongoing failures in the country, and they must apologize to the Somali people for wasting their resources and time for political derailments and group pleasure spending.Wake up Somalis now!

And Let’s start defending our country from internal and external enemies.

All Praise belongs to Allah!


Ambassador Al-Haji Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa)


Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)

1 Jidka Villa Somalia

The Federal Republic of Somalia


Wednesday March 20, 2019
By Ryan Browne

CNN Amnesty International accused the US military on Tuesday of causing civilian casualties in a series of airstrikes in Somalia in 2017 and 2018, claims the US military denies.

Amnesty International accused the US military on Tuesday of causing civilian casualties in a series of airstrikes in Somalia in 2017 and 2018, claims the US military denies.

The strikes in question came after President Donald Trump eased restrictions on the use of airpower in the East African nation.

US Africa Command, which oversees US military operations on the continent, firmly rejected the allegations, saying it has made efforts to ensure the safety of civilians and that it had reviewed the allegations and found no evidence to support them.

While Africa Command acknowledged conducting strikes in four of the locations and times identified in the report, it said it had reviewed the allegations and found the targets to have been affiliated with Al-Shabaab.

The Amnesty International report, released Tuesday night, alleges that 14 civilians were killed and eight were injured in a series of five airstrikes in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, a hotbed of Al-Shabaab militant activity.

Because of the security situation in the targeted area neither the Amnesty team nor the US military was able to do on-the-ground investigations into the results of the strikes.

“In the incidents presented in this report, civilians were killed and injured in attacks that may have violated international humanitarian law … and could, in some cases, constitute war crimes,” the report alleges, saying that several of the strikes had killed civilians who were near suspected Al-Shabaab militants.

The dates of the strikes range from October 2017 to December 2018.

“We take all allegations of civilian casualties seriously regardless of their origin,” Africa Command said in a statement following the report’s release, saying it had reviewed Amnesty’s allegations prior to the report’s publication.

“Our assessments found that no AFRICOM airstrike resulted in any civilian casualty or injury. Our assessments are based on post-strike analysis using intelligence methods not available to non-military organizations,” the statement added.

Africa Command said that many of the allegations involved claims made by media outlets affiliated with Al-Shabaab, and that “it is in the interest of the terrorist group al-Shabaab to untruthfully claim civilian casualties. It is also in the interest of al-Shabaab to coerce community members to make untrue claims.”

Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, Africa Command director of operations, said in a conference call with reporters, “I’m not going to go into the specifics of the sources and methods that we use to characterize targets but I will tell you that it is a process that unfolds over time as we look at things like pattern of life, as we look at things like all source intelligence and then fuse together a picture that provides us a standard that is appropriate under international humanitarian law. And that accounts for the information available at the site before any decision to strike is made.”

There has been a significant increase in US airstrikes in Somalia since Trump authorized the military to carry out precision strikes targeting Al-Shabaab in March 2017 in an effort to bolster the Somali government. Prior to that, the US military was authorized to conduct airstrikes only in defense of advisers on the ground.

At least 252 fighters from the al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab have been killed in 28 airstrikes so far in 2019, with no civilian deaths, according to figures released by US Africa Command.

The most recent strike took place Tuesday in the vicinity of Awdheegle, Lower Shabelle Region, and killed three “terrorists,” according to a statement Tuesday by Africa Command.

The statement said the US military was aware of reports alleging civilian casualties from Tuesday’s airstrike and that as with every allegation, Africa Command “will review any information it has about the incident, including any relevant information provided by third parties.”

In 2018, the US conducted 47 airstrikes targeting Al-Shabaab, killing about 338 militants. In 2017, the US carried out 35 airstrikes, and in 2016 it conducted 15.

US defense officials have told CNN that the recent increase in the pace of strikes is due to successes that local Somali security forces have been having in combating Al-Shabaab.

The US military estimates that Al-Shabaab commands over 4,000 fighters.

The US has 500 to 600 troops in Somalia, primarily in advisory roles.

Wednesday March 20, 2019

KCB is looking to set up subsidiaries in Somalia and the DR Congo as it looks to grow its regional footprint to 10 countries. The bank also aims to be the first from Kenya to start operations in Ethiopia.

The lender’s chief executive officer, Joshua Oigara, said in an interview on Tuesday that KCB is optimistic that ongoing reforms by the Abiy Ahmed-led government will pave the way for the bank to open a fully-fledged branch in Ethiopia before the end of next year.

KCB opened a representative office in Kenya’s northern neighbour in 2016.

Ethiopian laws bar licensing of foreign banks to operate fully-fledged services, but rapid reforms being laid out by the country’s PM have raised hopes that lenders will be allowed to set up branches there.

“Our main area of focus is to have a business and presence in Ethiopia. We hope that by the end of 2020 we can be allowed to go further whether by opening a branch or through our mobile lending platform,” said Mr Oigara.

KCB is planning entry into DR Congo within the next three years through an acquisition like was the case with Equity Bank in 2015.

“In Congo, we are not looking to open a branch and then grow from there. It is going to be through an acquisition or a combination of businesses…in three years we should have made a conclusion to enter the country.”

Somalia has, however, proved to be a tougher market, Mr Oigara added, largely due to lack of government structures on registration of persons that make it hard for a lender to apply international regulations on money laundering.

On 19 December, local lawmakers in Somalia’s restive South West state elected Abdiasis Mohammed “Laftagareen” president in a controversial poll that is certain to sow new instability. Laftagareen, former MP and Minister, would not have won without the Federal Government of Somalia’s manipulations. Mogadishu tilted the balance in his favour by arresting his popular Salafi opponent, Mukhtar Robow “Abu Mansur”, a former leader in the Al-Shabaab insurgency, and deploying Ethiopian troops in key towns to suppress dissent at the outcome.

The risks of Mogadishu’s intervention are manifold. By detaining Robow and imposing Laftagareen, the Federal Government is alienating a huge clan constituency: both men belong to the Rahanweyn, one of Somalia’s four main clans, but Robow comes from the biggest and most influential sub-clan. In drawing in Ethiopia to enforce its writ, the Federal Government is inflaming anti-Ethiopian sentiments. Many Rahanweyn, a clan which Addis Ababa has long courted, will likely now resent how brazenly Ethiopia has interfered in Somali politics. With Robow’s arrest, it signals to other insurgent leaders that giving up their struggle can land them in jail.

Most important, Mogadishu is squandering an opportunity to build local models of power sharing with Islamist conservatives like Robow, who have the potential to moderate Salafi thinking about politics as well as undercut support for the Al-Shabaab insurgency.

From Al-Shabaab Deputy to Defector

Believed to be 50 years old, Robow is a native of the Bakool region, and a prominent member of the Leysan sub-clan (part of the Rahanweyn clan) that dominates the area. A Salafi who blends conservative theology with political pragmatism, he is one of the few prominent Somali Islamists with clerical training, having studied Islamic law in Sudan. Robow is a veteran of the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan and briefly managed a Saudi-funded Islamic charity in Somalia.

A long-time leader of the Somali Islamist movement, he helped reconstitute elements of Al Itihaad Al Islamiyya, which the Ethiopian army crushed in 1997, into the Union of Islamic Courts, which briefly held power in most of south-central Somalia in 2006-2007. After another Ethiopian invasion disbanded the Islamic Courts, Robow became deputy leader and spokesman of Al-Shabaab, originally formed to fight the “Ethiopian occupation”.

 In 2013, Robow left Al-Shabaab with a small band of loyalists after a long-simmering dispute with the insurgency’s top commander […] turned violent 

In 2013, Robow left Al-Shabaab with a small band of loyalists after a long-simmering dispute with the insurgency’s top commander, Ahmed Godane, turned violent. Robow lost dozens of fighters in days of combat with Al-Shabaab near the coastal town of Barawe. He retreated to his home district of Huddur, where he sought the protection of his Leysan kin.

The U.S. had placed a $5 million price on Robow’s head in 2012 but seems never to have targeted him with drone strikes or other attacks. As far back as 2009, he had telegraphed his intent to leave Al-Shabaab and maintained discreet on-and-off communication with senior Somali and U.S. officials. In June 2017, the U.S. removed the bounty on Robow at the Federal Government’s request following a series of intensive talks brokered by senior Rahanweyn clan and elected leaders. Most of these men owed him a favour: in 2009, following Al-Shabaab’s capture of Baidoa, the capital of South West state, Godane ordered Robow to kill all government officials in town. Robow defied the order, giving safe passage to the officials, most of whom were his clansmen. This incident continues to resonate within the clan, helping account for his popularity.

The terms of Robow’s defection have never been made clear. Informed sources say the agreement was vague. The Federal Government saw propaganda utility in Robow’s departure from Al-Shabaab, but also knew that his fighting force was shrinking and under constant attack. His force’s upkeep was becoming burdensome for his sub-clan. These weaknesses partly explain why Mogadishu entered no formal arrangement with him.

Robow the Candidate

In hindsight, it is clear that the Federal Government never intended to welcome Robow into the Somali polity. It encouraged him to run for president of South West state in late 2017, but its interest was immediate – to destroy the political fortunes of Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, who was the state’s president at the time.

Aden belonged to a constellation of assertive regional leaders who were beginning to push back against Mogadishu’s demands. Robow got a wink and a nod from the Federal Government to challenge Aden, who was planning to seek another term. Aware of Robow’s clout and rattled by Mogadishu’s meddling, Aden abruptly resigned.

 In hindsight, it is clear that the Federal Government never intended to welcome Robow into the Somali polity 

The widely held view at the time was that Robow was Mogadishu’s favoured candidate. Other hopefuls dropped out, meaning that he was headed for overwhelming triumph. But the assumption of Mogadishu’s blessing was mistaken: once Aden was out of the picture, the Federal Government put the second phase of its plan into action – to stop Robow at all costs.

The Federal Government delayed the polls three times. It flew a special military unit to Baidoa, ostensibly to provide extra security, but from the residents’ perspective, as an attempt to stoke fear of Robow. It placed legal obstacles in his path, saying he should be disqualified because he had not gone through its Defector Rehabilitation Program for vetting ex-members of Al-Shabaab. Only those ex-insurgents who have done this program are supposed to get amnesty. This gambit failed, however, because Mogadishu applies the rehabilitation and amnesty programs’ provisions inconsistently. State security institutions have absorbed a number of high-level Al-Shabaab defectors who have undergone little or no vetting.

None of these manoeuvers forced Robow from the race or reduced his popularity.

Finally, the region’s acting president lured Robow to a supposedly routine meeting, where Ethiopian officers promptly arrested him, transferring him to an Ethiopian army base on the city’s outskirts before flying him to Mogadishu. A brief firefight between Robow’s supporters and security forces erupted in Baidoa after news of his arrest spread in town. Two days of riots left at least eleven people dead, among them an MP. Further disturbances are possible, as the population is deeply disaffected by Robow’s removal and Ethiopia’s involvement therein.

Left without a strong opponent, the Federal Government’s man Laftagareen prevailed in the election.

Robow and Salafism

The South West state crisis is not just a case of a mishandled poll or a heavy-handed arrest. It highlights the ways in which Somalia’s unresolved tensions overlap and feed off one another. An ambiguous amnesty program for Al-Shabaab defectors, a federal authority bent on clipping regional politicians’ wings, as evidenced by Mogadishu’s removal of Aden, and debates over the role of Islam in the country’s politics and future trajectory all add to the combustible mix.

Robow’s arrest throws the last issue – the role of Islam in politics – into starkest relief. The Federal Government portrays the likes of Robow as outliers because they think Islamic tenets should largely determine questions of governance and state policy.

But Salafism is not a fringe tendency in Somalia. It is mainstream. There are many figures inside the Federal Government, in fact, who espouse this conservative form of Islam. More important, there is no contest in Somalia between Islamists and secularists as Mogadishu wants its international partners to think. It is rather jostling between Islamist factions, principally Ala Sheikh, Dam al-Jaddid and Al-I’tisam, that lies beneath today’s struggles for power and almost certainly will be even more influential after the transition to multiparty polls planned for 2021. The Federal Government went after Robow not because he is a Salafi, but because he is independent-minded and has a solid clan constituency of his own.

Nonetheless, due to Robow’s profile as a self-proclaimed Salafi, many Somalis will see his arrest in terms of a clash between religion and state. Had Mogadishu trusted Robow with leadership in South West state, it might have strengthened his pragmatic instincts, mellowed his Salafism and even arguably helped put Somalia on a path to one day reaching a political settlement with Al-Shabaab. It could have demonstrated to top insurgents that they have a future in Somali politics if they are ready to lay down their guns. Instead, by locking out Robow, the Federal Government has strengthened the narrative among insurgents and their sympathisers that peace in Somalia is impossible except on Mogadishu’s terms. It very well may have embittered another young generation of Rahanweyn who are susceptible to recruitment into the insurgency.

International partners concerned over recent events in Somalia’s SWS

On a press statement released by UNSOM on yesterday the following international partners Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, AMISOM and the United Nations are concerned about the recent events in South West State.

We extend our deepest condolences for the death of the South West State assembly member and others who have died in the violence in Baidoa.

We deplore all violence and any other acts that could exacerbate the humanitarian situation.

The international community underscores that there should be unified support for the agreed framework governing the elections, and urges all parties to respect the integrity of the electoral process.

We encourage constructive dialogue to resolve political differences and address other challenges in order to advance the political and economic progress of the country.


International Partners Concerned Over Recent Events in Somalia’s South West State

Friday December 14, 2018

Mogadishu – The following international partners* (listed below) are concerned about the recent events in South West State. We extend our deepest condolences for the death of the South West State assembly member and others who have died in the violence in Baidoa. We deplore all violence and any other acts that could exacerbate the humanitarian situation.

The international community underscores that there should be unified support for the agreed framework governing the elections, and urges all parties to respect the integrity of the electoral process. We encourage constructive dialogue to resolve political differences and address other challenges in order to advance the political and economic progress of the country.

* =  Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, AMISOM and the United Nations.

Eritrean president arrives for first visit to Somalia, minister says December 13, 2018

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki arrived on Thursday for his first-ever visit to Somalia, Eritrea’s information minister said, in another sign of rapidly changing relations in the region following Eritrea’s rapprochement with one-time foe Ethiopia.

Isaias landed in Mogadishu and headed to the Somali president’s office, Reuters witnesses. Security was tight in the capital, they said.

“President Isaias’s historic visit is part and parcel of the consultative Tripartite Summits of the Heads of State and Government of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia,” Yemane Meskel said on Twitter.

The three countries have been mending their sometimes fraught relations since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April.

In July, Somalia and Eritrea said they planned to establish diplomatic relations as ties improved across the Horn of Africa following Eritrea’s rapprochement with Ethiopia.

Past Somali administrations had accused Eritrea of supplying weapons to anti-government Islamist insurgents. Asmara has repeatedly denied this, saying the accusations were concocted by its enemy, Ethiopia.

In 2007, Eritrea walked out of the East African bloc IGAD in protest as Ethiopian forces entered Somalia to fight militants.

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Crowdfarming is being used to bring Somalia’s livestock market into the digital economy December 10, 2018

Somalia is a global leader in the export of goats and sheep, and livestock trade generates about 40% of the country’s gross domestic product.

Yet almost every other year, recurring droughts and water scarcity take a toll on local pastoralists’ ability to keep their animals live and healthy

In 2017 alone, livestock loss has ranged from 20%-40% in the southern regions and 40%-60% in the north, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. This threatens the livelihood of the animal farmers and hinders their ability to regularly trade in markets.

But a Sweden-based startup wants to change this by creating a tech-powered livestock market that is open all year round. The goal of Ari.Farm (“Ari” means “goat” in Somali) is to get investors to purchase livestock from locals, injecting much-needed cash into the market and potentially making a profit.

Once a purchase is made, an investor is able to name his animals, follow their progress online, and even gift or donate them. Ari.Farm takes care of the animals in two farms, one located outside Galkayo town in south-central Somalia and the other outside the capital Mogadishu.

As the number of animals one owns grow from breeding, they can decide to sell them at the local market price. That amount could then be used to re-invest in more livestock or be withdrawn by the financier.

Ari.Farm founder Mohamed Jimale, a former nomad himself, says since beginning operations in 2016, people from 26 countries across the world have bought almost 1,000 goats, sheep, and camels through Ari.Farm.

“The Somali livestock owners are not poor, they have wealth,” Jimale told Quartz. But if they are to survive “they need to find a market for their livestock.”

Across Africa, Ari.Farm is hardly the only start-up committed to crowdfarming as an avenue for investment, tackling unemployment, increasing social impact, and unlocking multi-million-dollar markets. Livestock Wealth in South Africa, Mifugo Trade in Kenya, and AniTrack in Ghana are but some of the applications bringing livestock trade into the digital economy.

In Nigeria, agro-tech start-ups like FarmCrowdy and ThriveAgric have also enabled middle-class Nigerians to fund existing farms for between $200 and $750 for a harvest cycle.

Ari.Farm has now gone a step further and introduced cryptocurrencies as a payment method. Jimale says this was necessitated because customers and financial institutions kept asking about the risks of investing in Somalia.

For decades, Somalia has had a freewheeling economy with the majority of the currency in circulation considered fake.

But as the price gain for Bitcoin surges past $11,000 and also gains ground in the developing world, Jimale says it allows them to attract more customers and sidestep some of the conventional central banking requirements.

So far, about 10% of Ari.Farm’s transactions are traded through bitcoin, and the company hopes to integrate Blockchain technology for a trading platform in the future. Part of that might come as Ari.Farm looks to close seed funding of up to 2 million Swedish Krona ($237,000) in the coming months.

Motion Filed to Impeach Somali President: Statement December 9, 2018

MOGADISHU (REUTERS) – The top official of Somali’s parliament administration said on Sunday he had filed a motion with the speaker of parliament to impeach the country’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi, but the grounds for the move were unclear. “We have filed an impeachment against the president of the federal republic of Somalia,” Abdikarim H. Abdi Buh said in a statement. Constitutionally, 92 lawmakers have to sign a motion for it to be submitted to the speaker. Parliament may debate the motion a week later. Somalia’s parliament has 275 lawmakers in total. A successful impeachment vote requires the backing of two thirds of all MPs. Source: Reuters

Police seal off Boni forest in hunt for Italian’s kidnappers December 9, 2018

It has been more than two-weeks since gunmen abducted Italian social worker Silvia Romano, but little has been heard concerning her whereabouts or well-being. Police remain upbeat, however, about rescuing the European volunteer even as search operations intensify within and around the expansive Boni forest into which her abductors are said to have disappeared. BANDITS A multi-agency security team comprising of police and army units has reportedly sealed off Boni forest and the areas bordering Lamu, Garisa and Tana River counties in search of the bandits who also injured five locals at Chakama in Kilifi during the ambush. MOTORCYCLES Police sources on the ground told Nation that they believe the attackers could still be hiding in the forest or in any of the ‘manyattas’ that pepper the vast hinterland in Garsen, Tana River County. “The abductors are marooned in Tana River County and lack means of transport after their two motorcycles, which were recovered by police, broke down in the forest,” said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity. SOMALIA Police believe that Ms Romano is still alive in the hands of the abductors following reports from the herders among the Orma community of seeing the abductors in the forest wearing ‘buibui’ outfit. The source also dismissed possibilities that the abductors might have crossed with Ms Romano into Somalia. “We suspect they are in hiding somewhere in the forest waiting for the heat to die down before proceeding with their journey.” WEATHER So far, detectives from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit from Nairobi have camped in Tana River and Kilifi counties to spearhead investigations. Coast regional coordinator Bernard Leparmarai responded to concerns that the operation was taking too long by saying that the harsh weather condition and poor communication had affected the mission. COMMUNICATION “The operation has been hampered by harsh weather conditions such as and road network,” he said adding that lack of communication infrastructure in the remote hinterland had also affected the operation. At the same time, Mr Leparmarai said some people connected to the suspect have been arrested and they are assisting police with investigations, which extend to Garissa and Lamu counties. EXTORTIONISTS “Currently I cannot comment more about the investigation and let us leave it to police to do their work,” he said adding that “we still believe the abductors are criminal ‘extortionists’ who might be planning to sell her to Al Shabaab terrorists.” CHILDREN Africa Milele Onlus, a non-governmental organisation which Ms Romano used to work with it by helping orphaned children, released a statement pledging their support. “We have no words to express what has happened. Silvia, we are all with you,” the organisation said on its social media pages following the abduction. Members of the victim’s family are yet to visit Kenya following the incident although sources told Nation that they are keeping tabs through the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. DISCRETION Mr Ivan Del Prete, the Italian Consulate to Kenya based in Malindi, declined to comment on the issue and referred the Nation to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for further information. “Concerning the case you are enquiring about, please note that the Italian Embassy in Nairobi is bound to utmost discretion for the sake of the investigation,” he replied in a message. GENEROUS Some of the residents at Chakama who knew Ms Romano said she was a jovial and generous woman who lived simply and freely mingled with locals. “I remember the day when she asked me to accompany her to the villages for a walk where she ate ‘ugali,’ sukuma wiki and fish for lunch,” said Mr Ronald Kazungu, 19. CANOEING Kazungu Mure described Ms Romano as a big-hearted person who empathised with the poor and oppressed. He added that she would often use money out of her own pocket to buy food for the hungry. In one idyllic photo on her Facebook page, a jovial Ms Romano, who displayed a penchant for the Maasai “shuka” can be seen mingling with children and canoeing in a boat on River Sabaki-Galana at sunset. SADDENED Chakama assistant chief Macdonald Mwaringa told Nation on phone that so comfortable was Ms Romano with the locals that she chose to stay in a single-roomed house to assist the orphaned children. “Everyone loved her so much and we are saddened by her abduction. We pray that God will protect and bring her back alive,” he added.

#BreakingNews Somali Lower House Members of #Parliament have officially confired that #Somalia’s most extrmely failed #President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo & his #Traitor #PrimeMinister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre arrested #Parliament #Speaker Hon. Mursal Sheikh

What is going on in #Somalia’s Current Political Derailments?

I wrote in my recently published book on July 30, 2018  for the Rise and the Fall of the Somali Presidency H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo

This book is an inspiring chronological, enjoyable and true story book in regard to the events of social, economic, political derailments in the recovery strategy for Somalia, and how you can learn the past mistakes in order to correct and avoid the same mistakes to happen in the near future.

Mogadishu on Tuesday December 04, 2018  Why ‘s  Linked   Director Fahad of  targeted this    &  of Radio Huda Ismail Sheikh Khalifa has been wounded when a  was concealed in his car detonated in the country’s  city Tuesday 

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
Alexandra Topping

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.

All Praise belongs to Allah!


Ambassador Al-Haji Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa)


Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)

1 Jidka Villa Somalia

The Federal Republic of Somalia


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, 2018 Records 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, 2018 Residents 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 ceremony She 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.

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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. 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. 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: 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) President Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) 1 Jidka Villa Somalia The Federal Republic of Somalia Email:

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Washington, DC
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:

Somalia: Jubbaland administration displays Al-Shabab defector

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.
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 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

Political relations

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 three EU 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.


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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.
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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:

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.

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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

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.

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. Ministers 1. 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 Ministers 1. 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: info@sioss.org


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

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.D Remenber 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 Memorandum of Understanding, just like the one Omar used to transfer ownership of the Somali sea to Kenya.

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Omar ali cabdirashiid sharkarke

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 relationship with 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 UNDERSTANDING The following is the text of the “Memorandum of Understanding” signed by the President of Kenya and the Somali Prime Minister on October 28th and witnessed by the President of Zambia: Desirous of consolidating the Kinshasa Declaration on Kenya/Somalia Relations and recognizing the need to restore normal and peaceful relations between Kenya and Somalia, the two leaders reached agreement on the following points: (i) Both Governments will exert all efforts and do their utmost to create good-neighbourly relations between Kenya and Somalia, in accordance with the OAU Charter. (ii) The two Governments agree that the interests of the people of Kenya and Somalia were not served by the continuance of tension between the two countries. (iii) They therefore reaffirm their adherence to the declaration of the OAU conference at Kinshasa (see above), a copy of which is attached to this memorandum of understanding. (iv) In order to facilitate a speedy solution to the dispute and to ensure the maintenance of continued stood relations, both Governments have agreed to: (a) the maintenance of peace and security on both sides of the border by preventing destruction of human life and property; (b) refrain from conducting hostile propaganda through mass media such as radio and the press, against each other, and encourage propaganda which promotes the development and continuance of friendly relations between the two countries; (c) the gradual suspension of any emergency regulations imposed on either side of the border; (d) the reopening of diplomatic relations between the two countries; (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 to review the implementation by Somalia and Kenya of the points agreed in this document and also to examine ways and means of bringing about a satisfac- tory solution to major and minor differences between Kenya 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.



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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)

    The Rise & The Fall of Somali President: His Excellency Mohamed Abdillahi Mohamed (Farmajo)

    Apr 14, 2018

    by (Warfa), Dr. Badal Kariye

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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 #earth 4, 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 dispute

Youth Migration in Somalia: Causes, Consequences and Possible Remedies 

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

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: info@sioss.org

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 Dologuele The 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 Sweden 2 These 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 Dowlada 3 Who 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 MUNAAFAQ Press 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) President Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) 1 Jidka Villa Somalia The Federal Republic of Somalia Email: 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 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 Turkey 7. #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 APPROACH To 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 2018 HARGAISA January 22, 2018- At least 17 people have been killed in inter-clan clashes at Dararweyne village in El-Afweyne district of Sanaag region The 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:
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. Hargeisa 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.
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

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: 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. #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. 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? 2. Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees by Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in #Mogadishu…/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?

Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees by Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in Mogadishu

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?   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