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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.

SOURCES: UNSOM

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.

What is going on in #Somalia’s Current #Political #Derailments?This recently published book on July 30, 2018  for the #Rise & the #Fall of the Somali Presidency H.E.Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo @UN @UNSomalia @somalicablenews @HornCableNews @HornConnectTV  http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-badal-w-kariye/the-rise-the-fall-of-somali-president-his-excellency-mohamed-abdillahi-mohamed-farmajo/paperback/product-23740064.htmlCrowdfarming is being used to bring Somalia’s livestock market into the digital economy December 10, 2018Somalia 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 healthyIn 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  

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

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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


Wednesday November 14, 2018
Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

Angela Merkel delivers her speech at the European parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Elyxandro Cegarra/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Chancellor’s remarks come after Trump steps up attack on French leader over same idea

Angela Merkel has said EU leaders should one day consider “a real, true European army” shortly after Donald Trump ramped up a Twitter attack on Emmanuel Macron over the same idea.

Speaking to the European parliament in Strasbourg, the German chancellor backed the bold step in European defence policy, as part of a speech extolling the need for EU cooperation in migration, climate change and counter-terrorism. “The times when we could rely on others is past,” she said.

To a mix of applause and jeers from Eurosceptic MEPs, she said: “We have to look at the vision of one day creating a real, true European army.” The chancellor said the idea would complement Nato, but gave no details on when the ambitious idea could become reality.

Her words echoed those of the French president, who in an interview said Europe needed to better defend itself.

Trump took umbrage at what he saw as a call by Macron for a European army as protection against the US, conflating earlier comments from the French president on cyber threats. The US president escalated his attack on Tuesday with a number of insulting tweets.

Nigel Farage, leader of the Eurosceptic group in the parliament, seized on Merkel’s remarks, claiming they showed the EU wanted to become an empire, while accusing the bloc of starting a cold war with the US. “I think Brexit becomes a necessity after this,” he said.

Merkel had earlier brushed aside heckling from Eurosceptic MEPs with a smile, saying the opposition showed she was in a parliament. “This is great, I am annoying some people,” she said.

During her 25-minute speech, the chancellor mentioned Brexit only once, describing it as a “deep wound”. She was echoed by the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, who said Brexit was “a tragedy, a historical error [and] a mistake”.

Merkel was the 12th EU leader to address MEPs, as part of a series on the future of Europe, with six more scheduled before the European elections.

The theme of the speech was a call for solidarity, whether in defence, migration policy or for the EU to find a single voice on foreign policy. “Solidarity always means that we have to overcome national egoism,” she said, adding that it had taken Germany “far too long” to realise that refugee policy was a European issue.

Solidarity also required a commitment to the rule of law, she said, a coded reference to member states, such as Poland and Hungary, that stand accused by the EU institutions of backsliding on democratic values.

She was speaking shortly after Romania was given an unusually strong rebuke by the commission for “backtracking” on the fight against corruption and the creation of fully independent judiciary.

One of the EU’s newest member states, Romania has been on the EU’s critical list, since new laws changing the judiciary and abolishing some anti-corruption offences were introduced last winter, sparking mass street protests.

Romania, which will take over the EU’s rotating presidency from 1 January, was told to suspend a justice law that has been criticised by independent observers for violating judicial independence. Brussels also called on the Romanian government to re-start the process to appoint an independent anti-corruption prosecutor, after the previous one, was sacked.

Maritime Herald
Wednesday November 14, 2018

Stories of bandits arrested after attempting to contact their former victims are by no means uncommon, but for American journalist Michael Scott Moore, it was a terrible flashback of the two and a half years he was held hostage by Somali pirates. One of the kidnappers, Mohamed Tahlil, was arrested in New York in the United States After Adding Ex-Hostage to Facebook.

The story appears in criminal documents related to the arrest of the pirate, which happened in recent months, at a date also unspecified. Many snippets of the report were suppressed, but it is known that the conversation lasted for months and involved the exchange of images and information not only about the criminal but also about other pirates involved in the abduction and the days that the reporter passed under the yoke their.

Tahlil approached the victim identifying himself as a “friend” and claiming to want to talk to him. The journalist acknowledged the former guard for the only available view image in the profile and described the conversation as kind and humorous, sometimes written in poor English and sometimes in Somali, with Moore using an online translator to communicate.

Moore was kidnapped in January 2012 in the town of Galkayo, more than 600 km from the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu. He was working on a report on piracy when he was captured, spending the next two years under the captivity of the kidnappers, having been transferred between different locations and spent some time offshore on a pirate ship with other hostages.

Souvenirs of the captivity are part of the official document, such as Moore’s comments about breaking his wrist during capture, and handing over items such as pens, books, medicines and cookies by the guard, acts seen as a sign of good faith. It is not known, however, what the kidnapper was doing in New York or how the conversations contributed to its location.

According to the chat, still, much of the original pirate group killed each other because of disputes over dividing the $ 1.2 million paid as a ransom to Moore. According to the investigation, the report coincides with the information of the death of some pirates in a dispute for money soon after the release of the journalist. As part of the conditions, the criminals also demanded a letter signed by then-US President Barack Obama that they would be acquitted of any consequence of the abduction.

Tahlil is being held without bail and has been indicted for crimes such as kidnapping, hostage-taking, conspiracy, and others, and may face life in prison. Moore said he was not as happy as he could imagine with the kidnapper’s arrest and the news of the deaths of other criminals involved in his two and a half years in Somalia.

His book on the case, The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Arrested on the Pirate Coast Somali, a free translation, was released in the United States in July and is not yet available in Brazil. The publication, as well as Moore’s own testimony to the FBI after his release, are cited as providential investigations into pirates and crimes committed by them against American citizens, common targets of kidnapping because of the high dollar value in the country.

Source: CanalTech


By ELIAS MESERET
Wednesday November 14, 2018

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has detained the former head of a large military-run industrial conglomerate, a day after the country’s attorney general disclosed that several hundred million dollars was embezzled from the firm.

The state broadcaster ETV reported that Maj. Gen. Kinfe Dagnew, former head of the Metal and Engineering Corporation, was arrested near the Sudanese border where he was trying to flee.

The arrest is viewed as a direct hit on Ethiopia’s military establishment, the latest of several major changes implemented by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 42, since he came to power in April.

Images of the former official in handcuffs arriving by helicopter in the capital, Addis Ababa, have been aired repeatedly by the state broadcaster. The news of Kinfe’s arrest has captured the attention of many in this East African nation as he was one of the most feared figures in the country until a few months ago.

“He was a dictator who was not willing to solve our problems,” Desalegn Kebede, who did business with him, told the Associated Press. “I’m very happy that he is now under custody. We hope that he will get what he deserves.”

Ethiopia’s Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye stated on Monday that 27 suspects were arrested from the military-run company on allegations of corruption. He alleged that an estimated $2 billion worth of procurements were made without an open tender.

In addition, a further 36 individuals were apprehended for alleged human rights violation.

The previous government of Ethiopia, a close security ally of the West, was often accused of rights violations by international groups and activists. Abiy’s new government has carried out several reforms including releasing several thousand political prisoners, permitting opposition groups to return from exile, dropping terror charges against prominent opposition leaders and relaxing restrictions against the media.

But still ethnic-based clashes have broken out in some parts of the country and pose the most serious threat to Abiy’s leadership of Ethiopia’s 100 million people.


Tuesday November 13, 2018

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Boxer Ramla Ali is the sole representative of Somalia in the upcoming International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women’s World Championship, starting November 15.

Her journey, as she said, “has been a lot longer than anyone else in Somalia.”

Born during the time of civil war in the country, Ali had fled to England along with her family following the death of her elder brother in a grenade attack.

“My journey started off in Somalia. I was born when the civil war in the country was at highest. My mother decided to flee with the whole family because my oldest brother had died in a grenade attack. From Somalia, we went to Kenya. Then it was like a ten-day boat trip. My mom spent many months saving money to bring us to England. Now I am here,” Ali told ANI. Being a Muslim, it was not easy for the boxer to make a career in the ring. Her own family was not supportive in the matter.

“When I got into boxing, I knew that my family would not support it purely because I am a Muslim. So I hid it from them for many years. I just knew they wouldn’t understand my passion for being in the ring,” she said.

From a 12-year child who was bullied in the school for being overweight, to being a national title holder in boxing, Ali admits that the achievement has been “amazing.”

“It is an amazing achievement to be here,” she would say.

When asked about five-time world champion Mary Kom’s chances of victory in this edition, the Somalia boxer said, “She is going to win again. No doubt about it. She is amazing.”

The boxing championship is slated to be held from November 15 to 24 in New Delhi. (ANI)


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!

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: info@sioss.org

http://www.sioss.org/news/

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax-qhd6rsIs

Tuesday October 30, 2018The 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.

Monday October 15, 2018

Hundreds of family members, friends and others bundled up against the chill and watched the recovery operation in Chaska.

Two bodies were pulled from a murky pond in Chaska late Sunday, bringing a frantic two-day search for two 19-year-old cousins and best friends from Shakopee to a tragic end.

Family members and friends of Bushra Abdi and Zeynab “Hapsa” Abdalla held an agonizing vigil late into the freezing night at the site near Hwy. 41 and White Oak Drive after divers located a car that had been carrying the two women.

After several hours of searching, police and firefighters announced via loudspeaker to the crowd of several hundred people, many of them from the Somali-American community, that one body had been found in the still-submerged car. Soon after, they announced that a second body had been found in the water nearby.

Although authorities did not officially identify the bodies as those of Abdi and Abdalla, family members said that they were told they were almost certainly theirs. No foul play was suspected, they said.
Authorities set up a tent to shelter family members at the scene and urged others to go home, telling them that the recovery operation, which began after searchers found tire tracks leading from Hwy. 41 into the pond, could go on overnight. The car had not yet been pulled from the pond as of 10:30 p.m.

A frantic search began after Abdi and Abdalla left their workplaces just before 3 a.m. Saturday during a break. Minutes later, they called 911 for help — then their phone went dead.

The two were last seen in a 2006 gray Chevrolet Impala that belongs to one of the women’s families, according to Habsa Abdi, Bushra’s sister.

Habsa Abdi said Abdalla, who goes by Hapsa, drove from her workplace at Amazon to a Chaska nursing home where Bushra worked. After driving about 15 minutes to Chaska, Abdalla called Bushra at 2:47 a.m. to say she was outside the Chaska Heights Senior Living facility.

Some time after that, Bushra’s phone turned off.

Habsa Abdi believes the two went to a convenience store to get snacks and that something happened to them along the way. She noted that one of the Impala’s windows didn’t go up.

Police said that the 911 call, which came from Carver County, recorded someone saying, “Help me!” Habsa Abdi said.

“I don’t think that they ran away, because that makes no sense whatsoever,” Habsa Abdi said. “Knowing these girls at this hour … they were returning back to their jobs.”

Bushra left her wallet and identification at work, probably taking cash with her, her sister said.
Habsa Abdi said both women were working the night shift, which pays better than other times of day, to make money to buy their own cars.

Rahma Abdalla, Zeynab’s oldest sister, said community members gathered at the Chaska Event Center on Sunday evening to launch a search for the women on foot and in cars. Later, when the tire tracks leading into the pond were found and the search became concentrated there, they gathered at that site.

The crash remains under investigation by Chaska and Shakopee authorities. Early Sunday, Chaska police said on social media that they were “appreciative and supportive of the CAIR-MN [Council on American-Islamic Relations] public appeal for any information that anyone can offer in this matter.”

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.

1. #BreakingNews #Shabab #Terrorists #Leading #Commander Sheikh Ali Dhere came to #Bakaraha #Market in #Mogadishu publicly where he starred #recruiting new #Shabab #terrorists. #Fact here that #Somali #Government is full of hired #Shabab #terrorists. @UN @amisomsomalia  @AP @CNN

2. Ex- #Shabab #Terrorists #Leading #Commander Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu-Mansur is now officially running for the #Presidency of the Southwest State which is sem-autonomous federal state, & backed up by #Somali Federal #government. @UN @amisomsomalia  @AP @CNN

3. Is the Current #Director of the #Somali #Immigration ex- Shabab #Terrorists #Intelligence & Bomb Squad #Commander? Which #Somali #Court pardoned his crimes against humanity? @UN @AMISOMSOmalia @UNSomalia @AP @Nytimes @CNN @AJENews @_AfricanUnion @itvnews @RT_com @Reuters

4  How came ex- Shabab #Terrorists #Intelligence & Bomb Squad #Commander Zakariye Hersi became the Director of the #Somali National Intelligence and #Security #Agency (NISA) without punishing him with his #past #crimes @UN @AMISOMSOmalia @UNSomalia @AP @Nytimes

5. Who is #Shabab #Terrorist? And who is a #government employee? How many top well-known #Shabab #terrorists are working within the #Somali Federal #Government armed and financed by #foreign #governments as well as #Somali #Federal #Government @UN @AMISOMSOmalia @UNSomalia @AP @Nytimes

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Somalia Needs a Cogent Foreign Policy Agenda

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Youth Migration in Somalia: Causes, Consequences and Potential Remedies

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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.

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Soomaaliya waxay dhexda uga jirtaa khilaaf siyaasadeed oo khatar ah, keenina kara in ay kala daataan guulihii ballaarnaa ee laga gaaray nabadaynta iyo qaran-dhisidda tan iyo sannadkii 2012-kii, markii uu dhammaaday xilligii ku-meel-gaarnimada. Baaqii 8-dii September 2018 ay madaxda shanta maamul goboleed ku sheegeen in ay hakiyeen wada-shaqeyntii dowladda federaalka, waa arrin sababo badan dartood welwel u leh, waayo, cod iyo go’aan noocan ah oo dhiillo wata, oo ay goboleedyada dalka oo idil ku midaysan yihiin, waa arrin ugub ah. Jawaab celinta dowladda (ama jawaab la’aanta dowladda) ee xiisadda sidaan u baaxadda weyn, ayaa iyaduna ah arrin walaaceeda leh. Si ka badan siyaabihii hore ayay lagama maarmaan u tahay in labada dhinac ay u guda galaan wada xaajood, waayo, wadahadal ayaa ah wadiiqada ugu dhow ee heshiis looga gaari karo xasillooni darrada siyaasadeed ee hadda taagan.

Somali army kills 5 al-Shabab militants in southern region


Monday October 1, 2018

Somali National Army (SNA) on Sunday killed five al-Shabab militants and injured several others during a fierce fighting between the soldiers and insurgents in the southern part of the Horn of Africa nation.

SNA Army Commander in the area, Yusuf Hussein Osman said the army and Jubbaland forces also liberated several areas during the operation which took place in regions about 70km north of Kismayo, the administrative capital of Jubbaland.

“Our forces are making military progress in an on-going operation in the region, we killed five al-Shabab militants and several others were injured while two of our soldiers sustained injuries,” Osman told journalists. He said al-Shabab militants strongly resisted by dropping mortar shells towards the army but were overpowered.

Among the areas liberated included Bangini, Mana-mufo and Koban — all in Jamame, the strategic and major al-Shabab stronghold town in Lower Jubba region.

Osman vowed to carry out with operations to liberate several regions still under the militants’ control.

Al-Shabab militants did not comment on the latest military operations in Lower Jubba region so far.

Canada agrees to new trilateral trade deal with U.S. and Mexico
 


Monday October 1, 2018
Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

OTTAWA – Canada has reached a new trilateral trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, after nearly 14 months of NAFTA renegotiations.

The new deal is called the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA for short, according to a joint statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region.  It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home,” the statement said.

According to one high-level American source, the text of the deal was finalized around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, but issues remain around wording. It will take time to sort through the text of the deal, and to evaluate the details to assess the winners or losers, though tonight all three countries are celebrating the deal as a win-win-win.

A senior Canadian official close to the talks tells CTV News that the deal is not 100 per cent finalized, but that as things stand, the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism remains intact; Canada will have a full cultural exemption; and Canada will be making what the source described as “modest” concessions on access to Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector, comparable to what was agreed to as part of the CPTPP trade deal.

Though, one of the senior U.S. administration officials who briefed reporters on background Sunday night described Canada’s concessions on dairy as “a big win” for American farmers. These officials also said the deal includes stronger rules of origin,a review and termination provision aimed at preventing the deal from becoming outdated, and an “ambitious” slate of other provisions related to the digital age.

Talks over the weekend have included looking at ways to protect against the Section 232 auto tariffs that Trump threatened again last week. The Canadian source said that an exemption will be made for autos, though it’s unclear what will happen with the currently-imposed steel and aluminum tariffs.

The Americans made the text of the agreement public tonight, with the leaders of all three countries likely to convene before the end of November to sign the deal.

“In short, we think this is a fantastic agreement for the United States but also for Canada and Mexico. It’s a great win for the president and a validation of his strategy in the area of international trade,” said one senior U.S. official.

The deal on the table is subject to the approval of the federal cabinet, which convened in Ottawa late Sunday night. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the cabinet meeting inside his office across the street from Parliament Hill, where high-level staff and Freeland had been working over the weekend to secure a NAFTA deal.

This gave cabinet members the opportunity to understand what is on the table and how it could impact their portfolios, or regions. It was an intense last-minute push from Canadian officials to get a trilateral deal before the midnight Sunday deadline.

Trudeau departed shortly after 11 p.m., saying that it was “a good day for Canada” and he would have more to say on Monday.

The federal cabinet was instructed to attend in-person, if they were in town, or to dial in on the phone to hear from Trudeau and his team. The House of Commons is scheduled to sit Monday morning.

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Kuwait for talks


Monday October 1, 2018
Ahmed Hagagy

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reacts upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Kuwait on Sunday, state media reported, amid expectation that he will discuss oil supplies and a Kuwaiti mediation effort to resolve Saudi Arabia’s conflict with Qatar.

Prince Mohammed will hold talks with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, state news agency KUNA reported. The Saudi prince is expected to discuss the resumption of oil output from a neutral zone which Saudi Arabia shares with Kuwait, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

He will be accompanied by Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih during his trip to Kuwait, two separate sources said.

A Gulf Arab official told Reuters earlier that the dispute with Qatar would also be on the agenda.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed sanctions on Qatar accusing it of cosying up to Iran – their regional arch rival – and supporting terrorism.

Doha denies the accusations. Kuwaiti mediation efforts have failed so far to end the dispute

Former Kenya Defense Minister, Yussuf Haji warns youth against joining Al-Shabaab

Hivi Sasa
Monday October 1, 2018

Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji who served as the head of Kenya defense Ministry has warned youth against being lured to join terror militant groups like Al-Shabaab.

Haji says that young people, especially in Northern Kenya, are falling to terror groups.

Speaking in Ijara Town on Saturday, Haji said that youth radicalization is still rife and is to blame for the high rate of young people falling for terror activities.

The Garissa senator asked local leaders and elders to help sensitize young people against terrorism and crime. The senator asked the government to fast-track job creation in an effort to tame youth radicalisation.

He said that unemployment is to blame for high levels of crime and terror-related activities in Northern Kenya.

“My appeal is to the national and county government to out in place measures that will see our graduates get jobs in order to stop them falling vulnerable to terror groups,” he said.

The senator also asked the government to create mentor-ship programs and provide counseling services to young people especially those who graduate from universities and colleges.

Garissa in recent years has been prone to terror-related activities.

A section of leaders has blamed radicalisation for the increase in terror activities.

Russia’s Claim That Israeli F-16s Used Their Doomed Il-20 Spy Plane As Cover Doesn’t Add Up September 19, 2018

It’s not clear how the Kremlin might respond after the embarrassing incident in which Syrian forces accidentally shot down the Russian aircraft.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has threatened an unspecified response to future Israeli air strikes in Syria, though Russian President Vladimir Putin has since taken a less aggressive stance. Their statements follow an incident in which Syrian surface-to-air missile operators accidentally shot down one of Russia’s Il-20 Coot electronic surveillance planes over the Mediterranean Sea. They were responding to Israeli Air Force F-16s that fired stand-off weapons against targets in the country’s coastal Latakia governorate.

The Russians first reported the Il-20 had gone missing in the early hours local time in Syria on Sept. 18, 2018. Russia subsequently confirmed that Syrian forces had inadvertently brought down the plane with an SA-5 surface-to-air missile, but blamed Israel, claiming that its jets had used the aircraft to hide their movements ahead of a series of standoff strikes. Israel subsequently responded by expressing “sorrow” over the incident, but insisting that the Syrian regime of Bashar Al Assad, as well Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, were the ones truly responsible for the loss of the Coot and the 14 personnel on board.

“We have informed today our Israeli colleagues, and I have also informed personally the Israeli Defense Minister [Avigdor Lieberman], that such actions will not be left unanswered by us,” Shoigu said at a press conference in Moscow later on Sept. 18, 2018. “The Israeli side didn’t issue a notification or, to be more precise, they warned us a minute before conducting the strike. They told us they were about to attack facilities on the Syrian territory, and they did it.”
Later Putin seemed to contradict Shoigu, describing what happened as a “chain of tragic circumstances” and dismissing completely unsupported conspiracy theories that the Israelis deliberately shot the Coot down.

“The retaliatory measures will be directed above all to boosting the security of military men and installations in Syria,” Putin said. “These will be measures everyone will see.”

In addition, Israel has used a deconfliction hotline in the past to alert Russia of impending strikes in Syria. The Israeli Air Force says it did give the Kremlin advance notice in this case, as well, but did not say how much time elapsed between that notification and the first missiles hitting various targets in Latakia.

The IAF posted their official response to the incident on Twitter, stating the following in a string of tweets:

Israel expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire.Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident.

Israel also holds Iran and the Hezbollah terror organization accountable for this unfortunate incident.

Overnight, IAF fighter jets targeted a facility of the Syrian Armed Forces from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

These weapons were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it. The IDF and the Russian army have a deconfliction system, which was agreed upon by the states’ leaders and has proven itself many times over recent years. This system was in use tonight as well,

1. Extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (Surface to Air missile) fire caused the Russian plane to be hit and downed.

2. When the Syrian Army launched the missiles that hit the Russian plane, IAF jets were already within Israeli airspace.

3. During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation.

4. The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.

Israel will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.

UN chief praises meeting of Djibouti, Eritrea September 19, 2018

The United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Monday hailed a summit between Djibouti and Eritrea in Saudi Arabia, voicing hope in a statement that it would help create “greater peace” in the region.

The summit brought together Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh and his Ethiopian counterpart Isaias Afwerki, according to the statement, under the auspices of Saudi King Salman.

The two nations have been at loggerheads for decades over a long-standing border dispute. Qatar brokered a peace deal in 2010 but relations have remained strained.

Guterres “trusts that this meeting will prove yet another step in the consolidation of recent peace and security gains in the Horn of Africa region,” his statement said.

The UN Secretary-General “hopes that the encounter between the leaders of Djibouti and Eritrea will initiate a process to settle all pending issues between the two countries and lead to greater peace, stability and development in the region.”

The meeting came in the wake of a summit also held in Saudi Arabia between leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, former enemies, who signed an agreement bolstering a historic peace accord.

Somali forces kill 11 Al-Shabaab militants in Gedo region September 18, 2018

A combined joint task force comprised of the Somali National Army (SNA) and Jubaland security forces killed 11 Al-Shabaab fighters on Monday during an afternoon raid on a suspected Al-Shabaab base in southern Somalia.

Jubaland Darawish commander, Gen. Jamal Hassan Farey announced that the SNA/Jubaland troops now occupy the base.

The forces conducted the assault on what they believe was a new base for the militant insurgency group in a village 50km from Beled Hawo.

According to Jubaland security forces, the heavy gun battle that lasted several hours and left 11 militants dead, two tactical vehicles with mounted machine guns destroyed, and several light machine guns seized by the army.

Gen. Farey added the militants were planning to use the base to conduct ambushes and attacks against the SNA and Jubaland.

“Our troops have attacked an Al-Shabaab contingent near the town of Balad Hawo. The group is known to attack the Jubaland Darawish Force and we believe that the group was planning another attack,” said Farey.

During the assault on the base, five Jubaland soldiers were reported killed including a ranking officer named Abdi Abdullahi Hassan.

Al-Shabaab claims that ten Jubaland soldiers were killed.

The Somali military and international partners have intensified its operations against Al-Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia. In 2017, there were no less than 7 U.S. airstrikes in the region.

The Al-Qaida-linked group is attempting to overthrow the internationally-backed government and install their own form of strict Islamic law throughout Somalia.

Camp David Accords turn 40: How Israel and Egypt found peace September 17, 2018

Four decades ago, Israeli and Egyptian leaders managed to end years of hostilities with the help of a US president. Their experiences with the horrors of violence led them to find peace in a broken region.

In September 1978, Israel and Egypt, with help from US President Jimmy Carter, signed a peace accord at Camp David. The agreement was unpopular but it was dictated by political reason.

Although the river was neither large nor rapid, it was meaningful in the eyes of the later US president — exceedingly meaningful. For Jordan was the river upon whose banks so many stories from the Bible played out. And it was in this river that Carter — then governor of the state of Georgia — and his wife Rosalynn were permitted to swim when they visited Israel and the West Bank in 1973. The swim required special permission from the government of Israel, which seized the West Bank in 1967.

That swim in the river Jordan and his trip to the Holy Land were the root of Carter’s fascination with the Middle East and his resulting desire to contribute to bringing peace to the region. When the deeply religious Christian became president in 1977, he immediately set out to make that vision a reality.

“He had come to believe that God wanted him to bring peace, and that somehow he would find a way to do so,” as Lawrence Wright notes in his book “Thirteen Days in September,” which chronicles the two weeks in September 1978 that eventually led to what had been considered a seemingly impossible breakthrough: Mediated by the US president, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin negotiated a peace agreement between their countries. The deal, later known as the Camp David Accords, was officially signed in March 1979, just months after the historic meeting.

Both Sadat and Begin had experienced violent occupation early in life. In 1918, when Sadat was born, Egypt was under British control. Sadat was particularly fond of recounting an event that took place before he was born. In 1906, a British hunting party arrived in the village of Denshawai on the Nile Delta. There was a clash between the Britons and the villagers and a British officer was killed. The British then sent in a military expedition and 52 villagers were arrested. Most were whipped or thrown in jail; four died on the gallows.

Menachem Begin was more directly exposed to the brutal violence of an occupying force. Born in 1912, Begin’s hometown of Brest, which is in Belarus today, was occupied by the German Army in 1941. The Germans immediately rounded up all of the city’s Jews in order to deport them to death camps. Begin’s mother Hassia was in the hospital at the time. The Nazis murdered her in her bed. His father Zeev Dov was killed when soldiers weighed him down with rocks and drowned him in the Bug River.

Those firsthand experiences of helplessness drove both men to fight for the protection of their respective countrymen – Sadat in Egypt and Begin in Israel. Both men saw the Middle East conflict that began with Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948 as a zero-sum game: One country’s gain meant the other’s loss – with every territorial gain made by Israel diminishing the territory of the Arabs and vice versa.

To the ends of the earth

And that, by and large, was also how their predecessors saw the situation. Step by step, the rivalry that began in 1948 grew into open hostility. Before the Camp David summit both countries had fought no less than four wars: The Arab-Israeli War of 1948-49, which resulted in the foundation of the state of Israel; the Suez crisis of 1956, the Six-Day War of 1967, and finally, the so-called Yom Kippur War of 1973. It was a violent cycle that Carter was determined to break.

There had been rapprochement prior to Camp David. On November 9, 1977, Sadat told the Egyptian parliament that he would go to the ends of the earth, even the Israeli Knesset, if it would mean saving the life of one Egyptian soldier. When Begin invited him, Sadat took up the offer: On November 20, he addressed the Knesset — enraging much of the Arab world. Syria, Iraq, Libya and Algeria all broke diplomatic ties with Egypt. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) criticized Sadat’s move as well.

Coming together under outside pressure

Despite the criticism, less than one year later Sadat and Begin met at Camp David. Both were cognizant of the fact that another issue was at stake beside peace: Good relations with the US. Both men went into the meeting determined to take a hard stand, yet they also knew that inflexibility could do longterm damage to their relations with Washington.

The realization that the zero-sum logic no longer applied and that the men would have to take not only Middle East but also US sensitivities into account — and that the two were closely related — finally forced the issue, with Begin and Sadat eventually striking a deal. The Camp David Accords obliged both countries to acknowledge one another as sovereign states. It also ended the state of war that began in 1948. Israel also agreed to return the last remaining sections of the Sinai Peninsula under its control to Egypt.

Other principles were also established: The rights of Palestinians displaced by Israeli settlements set up in the occupied territories were to be acknowledged. In return, Israeli ships would be granted unimpeded passage through the Suez canal, and the Straits of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba would be acknowledged as international waters, providing freedom of passage for Israeli vessels.

The fate of the nation

“Two great leaders — great for the history of their nations —President Anwar Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin have shown more courage, tenacity and inspiration than any general leading man and machine on the battlefield,” said Carter, hailing the outcome of the summit. Still, Sadat and Begin had difficulty getting approval for the accord at home despite the fact the two were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978. “The fate of the nation hangs in the balance,” grumbled Begin when Carter visited Israel in March 1979. Many Egyptians saw things the same way — especially Islamic extremists. Anwar Sadat was later assassinated by Islamists during a military parade in October 1981.

The legacy of Camp David continues to be held high today, though less enthusiastically. Both sides know they cannot afford another war, as the consequences for each would be detrimental. In the end, a sober peace is a dictate of reason.

The Failure of In-Law Invested Somali Federal Government, its Endless Recruitment of Ex- Well-Known #Shabab #Terrorists and Misleading #Somalia’s Common Public Interests for Individual Curiosities in the 2020 Somali Elections

Mogadishu on Friday September 14, 2018 the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially exposed that the Current Somali Federal Government has gravely failed to comply with the Somali Federal Constitution since on February 8, 2017 until now, and the Somali Federal Government has started heinous projects to either derail the establishments and the security of several Somali semi-autonomous states or funded to remove and replace some of the semi-autonomous presidents willy-nilly.

According to the truth, the Somali Federal Government began to employ public servants in regard to its favorite in-law and kinship nepotism instead of the Somalia’s unconstitutional power-sharing which is the Somali clan based formula 4.5.http://www.sioss.org/news/

Unfortunately, since on February 08, 2017 when the Somali Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives had appointed the Current Somali Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo who appointed ex- Director of the UK based Soma Oil and Gas Mr. Hassan Ali Kheyre as his hand picked Somali Prime Minister whose background show some internationally syndicated corruption as exposed and investigated under the report of the United Nations Monitoring Ground and the UK Serious Fraud Office until now on. https://www.sfo.gov.uk/2016/12/14/sfo-closes-soma-oil-gas-investigation/

Truly, it is wise that the Somali people understood recently that the Somali Federal Government has not been ready to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Ant- Corruption Agency because after 1 year and 8 months, the Somali Federal Government fired more half of its cabinet by either firing directly, some resigned while some Ministers were replaced without their knowledge while they were doing their regular duties as some of them have publicly exposed through various local and international media outlets.

It is true that the United States Government pledged $ 300 million to support with the Somali Federal Government while the Qatari Government has also offered to fund $ 200 million project in Somalia unfortunately, Somali Federal Government has been lack of transparency, accountability and trustworthy since February 08, 2017 until now because the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency were not established in accordance with the Somali Federal Provisional Constitution.

Addition to the ongoing internal corruption of the Somali Federal Government, the European Union (EU) has pledged $ 1.5 billion as a foreign aid to #Somalia which was announced at the European Union and the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels on 16-17 July, 2018.

Somalia lost to secure local, regional and international funds because the Somali Federal Government is full of hired #Shabab #terrorists and Mafia alike politicians who are masters of bloody sucking scavengers.

If the Somali Federal Government does not fire all ex- well-known Shabab terrorists working with the Somali Federal Government then the International Community won’t offer or bring the any pledged foreign funds to the People and the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Surprisingly, the Somali Federal Government has started derailing war against several semi-autonomous states in Somalia recently, and five of the Current Semi-autonomous Presidents have declared a retaliatory war against the Somali Federal Government which does not even control many parts in Mogadishu City- Capital of the Republic of Somalia.

Frankly, the Somali semi-autonomous states controls and manages 97.9% of Somalia while the Somali Federal Government controls and manages 2.1% in Mogadishu City so, what is the benefit of the Somali Federal Government to derail semi-autonomous states and replace semi-autonomous presidents since February 08, 2018 until now?

Well, the truth is, the Somali Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives are not now working properly and legally, and they invested how to gain more bribes in order to commit extraordinary corruption as they illegally accepted a bogus motion to fire former Speaker of the Lower House Parliament Honorable prof. Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari in favor of the Office of the Somali Prime Minister and the Office of the Presidency which initiated the bloodless coup d’etat to oust the long time veteran former Speaker of the Lower House Parliament Honorable prof. Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari.

Specifically, Somalis must stop appointing Mafia alike politicians or endorsing #Shabab terrorists linked groups in Somalia otherwise; Somalia will always fall prey to all kinds of criminal Mafia alike politicians and Shabab terrorists to run for public office and rule Somalia into more chaotic and anarchic crisis,

Latest Somali Federal Government failure is, dissolving the Somali Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) which many NISA Officers were transferred to the Somali Federal Police illegally without the consent and the approval of the Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives.

And why are the 5 Current semi-autonomous states and its 5 presidents oppose to work with the Somali Federal Government decisively?

Is the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (SNIEC) legal to represent #Somalia and its various semi-autonomous states for 2020 elections? The answer is there are no semi-autonomous representatives who are members of the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (SNIEC) because each semi-autonomous state must choose or appoint their semi-autonomous members of the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (SNIEC).

No lies! You can not hide the truth!

Wake up Somalis!

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

All Praise belongs to Allah!

Sincerely,

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

President

Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)

1 Jidka Villa Somalia

The Federal Republic of Somalia

Email: info@sioss.org

http://www.sioss.org/news/

Fears of further flooding haunt householders along river Shabelle in Beletweyne September 13, 2018

The rising level of the River Shabelle is causing high anxiety among people living along the river in the southern Somalia town of Beletweyne, where flooding earlier this year caused major destruction and displacement.

Nurto Hassan Ahmed, a mother of six living in Hawo Tako on the outskirts of town, told Radio Ergo she had packed up her belongings ready to get out of the house quickly if the river starts to overflow its banks.

In April, she had to move suddenly with her children when the rising river took them all unawares.

“I nearly lost my children in the previous floods,” said Nurto, recalling the nightmare. “The water came in to the house at night while we were sleeping.”

People living in the densely populated areas of Hawo Tako, Hawl wadaag, Kooshin, and Buundoweyn, who all suffered in April, are very likely to suffer another disaster, according to experts.

Professor Muse Sha’iye, an advisor to Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM), told Radio Ergo that the erosion of the rivers banks in these areas in Beletweyne pose a serious risk of flooding in the surrounding villages.

Recent heavy rainfall in the Ethiopian highlands has brought large flows of water down river. Excessive amounts of silt and sediment have piled up along the river bed, reducing the amount of water the river can hold and exacerbating the risk of further flooding.

Professor Sha’iye identifed 124 weak spots along the river banks that may break if there is water levels rise further. Fifty places along the river in Hiraan and Middle Shebelle regions were broken during the last flooding.

For Nuurto and other householders like her, meanwhile, there is nothing they can do but keep a wary eye on the river day and night. That is what she is doing, as well as her neighbours. There is no other more formal system to alert them to the need to move.

Thousands of people were left homeless after the floods in April, and large tracts of farmland were inundated with crops washed away. Most of the displaced began returning to their homes to try to rebuild in July.

The social welfare representative in Hiran region, Hussein Osman Ali, told Radio Ergo that the local authority does not have the resources to work on reconstructing the broken river banks


Sunday September 9, 2018

The leaders of Somalia’s federal member states said Saturday that they had suspended all ties with the central government in what was likely another setback for the Horn of Africa nation as it emerges from two decades of conflict.

At the end of a crucial four-day conference in the southern coastal city of Kismayo, the leaders of Galmudug, Hirshabelle, Jubaland, Puntland and South West states accused the Mogadishu government of failing to handle the country’s security, of failing to fulfill its responsibilities toward the states in line with the country’s federal structure, and of taking its eye off the fight against al-Qaida-linked Islamist militants.

“Because it had been responsible for the issues that had worsened its relations with the Federal Member States, we came to the conclusion that we suspend our collaborations with the Federal Government until it mends its mistakes,” the leaders said in a joint communique.

In a country where clan loyalties, not ideology, determine political support, analysts say Mogadishu is not willing to hand more power to the provinces, fearing a breakup of the state. Meanwhile, the regional authorities are demanding more autonomy and a better share of the foreign aid.

“Our move came when we have realized that government could not prove its mechanisms to deliver its promises for the country, including the fight against al-Shabab and the constitutional reforming process,” said Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, the leader of Puntland region.
Some analysts say they are concerned that the deepening rift between the federal government and the states may plunge the country back into political crisis.

“This mounts the pressure on to the already political fragility within the country, especially a government that has only been in office less than two years, having a lot of challenges on its plate, including the upcoming one-person-one-vote elections in 2020,” said Mursal Saney, deputy director of the Heritage Institute, a Mogadishu think tank.

He said the militant groups might try to exploit any political instability in the country to remobilize and increase their attacks against the government.

On Thursday, Somalia’s Information Minister Dahir Mohamud Guelleh said his government was willing to resolve any issues with the states “in accordance with the national constitution.”

There was no immediate response from the federal government to Saturday’s decision by regional leaders.

In an interview with VOA, Galmudug’s deputy leader, Mohamed Hashi Arabey, was critical of state leaders, including his boss, Ahmed Duale, saying their objective was to team up against the federal government to lead the nation into another political crisis.


Sunday September 9, 2018

The new administration of the Ethio- Somali Regional State has appointed 27 bureau heads, The Reporter has learnt.
From this, 96 percent of the appointees are officials who were serving in different positions under the former president of the region, Abdi Mohammed Omar a.k.a. Abdi Illey.

The regional council in its meeting, as of last week, has approved the appointment of deputy president of the region, Adam Farah. He was head of the Construction Bureau at Dire Dawa City Administration.
In addition to these, the remaining posts of different bureaus were taken by their respective appointees.

The new reshuffle of power came following the arrest of Abdi Illey and few other officials. Their arrest is implicated with crimes allegedly committed in the region. This includes former head of Women and Children Affairs Bureau head of the region, Rahwa Ahmed. The post is now filled by Zeineb Neje who was the head of the department within the same bureau.
Furthermore, Ahmed Abdi who was appointed president of the region after the resignation of Abdi Illey is set to lead the Secretariat of the Ethio-Somali People Democratic Party.
It is to be recalled that Ahmed was replaced by the current president of the region Mustaf Omer.
The region which was rocked by a series of conflicts and the breakdown of law and order has seen civilian causalities. This was then followed by the interference of the national defense.
A number of officials, including Abdi Illey, are now in jail in suspicion of the crimes allegedly committed.
In a related news, Mustaf Omer, the current president of the region has met with the members of the Liyu Police.
“During the meeting, a number of issues has been raised, and among which is on how to bring discipline within the members of the police,” Guled Awo, Communication Bureau head of the region told The Reporter.
Furthermore, the issue of the name change for Liyu Police was discussed

Eritrea to rejoin IGAD next week

Sunday September 9, 2018

Eritrea will rejoin the East African bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), at an event to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next week.
Eritrea suspended its IGAD membership in 2007 and rejoined the bloc in 2011. But it suspended its membership again in 2017

In a related development, the final signing ceremony of South Sudan revitalized peace agreement will take place in Addis Ababa next week.
Sudan Tribune quoted Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, as saying “the final signing ceremony will be done in Addis Ababa.”
He added the Council of ministers will be held on the 11 and 12 September followed by the Summit of IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
The two meetings will discuss the concerns and reservations of the opposition groups and endorse the final text of the revitalized peace agreement, Sudan Tribune added.

Ethiopian Prime Minister to UAE’s Crown Prince: ‘You have lost Islam

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, was put in an uncomfortable situation by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali when he asked him to support the establishment of an Islamic institute in Addis Ababa.

Abiy Ahmed recalled this situation during an open meeting of the Ethiopian community held by Badr Ethiopia Organization in the city of Virginia, US, according to an Ethiopian activist who attended the meeting and reported the statement to Al-Khaleej Online.

Speaking of the conversation he had with bin Zayed, Abiy said, “I asked him about the construction of an Islamic institute, and I asked him: ‘What would you (as Emiratis) help us with? And he answered, “We will support you in everything, and we will teach you.”

However, Abiy Ahmed stopped him and answered by saying: “We do not need you to teach us Islam. You have lost it. We want you to teach us the Arabic language quickly so that we can understand true Islam and then get you back on track.”

He added, “I told him that if we got all the population of the Gulf countries together, we would find out that they are much fewer than the Muslim population in Ethiopia, he asked me ‘why are you talking in numbers?’ and I replied ‘because Islam considers the crowd as a source of strength’.”

The speech was highlighted by the AR-Ethiopia account on Twitter.
This is not the first Ethiopian insult to Abu Dhabi. In mid-July, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry denied UAE’s claims about playing the role of a mediator with Eritrea regarding its 20-year-long conflict.

The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Meles Alem, stressed that the Asmara agreement has been signed recently with Eritrea is in the interests of both countries and occurred without the mediation of any third party.

The clarification of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs came as a response to UAE media news outlets which gave credit to the UAE and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the completion of the reconciliation.

The UAE has faced renewed African objections against its tendencies in the continent. While Abu Dhabi sought to mobilise the countries of the world to boycott Qatar during its siege in June 2017, many countries rejected these pressures and attempts, including Ethiopia, which confirmed support for Kuwait’s efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis.

CDC warns travelers to Somalia of polio risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice recently for the country of Somalia because of a polio outbreak there.

An outbreak of polio has been reported in Mogadishu and the Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions of Somalia.

Somalia is reporting a total of four cases (with a total of 5 viruses) in 2018: one circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) type 2, two cVDPV type 3 and one case with both cVDPV type 2 & type 3, with date of onset of the most recent case on 26 May 2018.

cVDPV is a marker of poor coverage of the oral polio vaccine (OPV).

A vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV) is a strain of the weakened poliovirus that was initially included in oral polio vaccine (OPV); because it has passed from child to child so many times, it has changed over time and behaves more like the wild or naturally occurring virus.
This means it can be spread more easily to people who are unvaccinated against polio and who come in contact with the stool or respiratory secretions, such as from a sneeze, of an infected person. These viruses may cause illness, including paralysis.

CDC recommends that all travelers to Somalia be fully vaccinated against polio.

Long-term travelers to Somalia (staying more than 4 weeks) may be required to show proof of polio vaccination.

Adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine before travel.

Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly disease that affects the nervous system. It is spread through contact with the feces (poop) of an infected person. It is also spread by drinking water or eating food that is contaminated with infected feces.

Most people with polio do not feel sick. Some people have only minor symptoms, such as fever, tiredness, nausea, headache, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, stiffness in the neck and back, and pain in the arms and legs. In rare cases, polio infection causes permanent loss of muscle function (paralysis). Polio can be fatal if there is loss of function of the muscles used for breathing or an infection of the brain.


Machadka Barashadda Arrimaha Amniga Soomaaliyeed (MBAAS) oo soo saaray qoraal xaasaasi ah oo runta ka hadlaya musuqmaasuqa gudaha dalka iyo kuwa ay isla samaynayaan hay’addaha shisheeye ah ee ku hawlgala ama ku qaraabta magaca Ummadda Soomaaliyeed,Press Release for the International Community Bogus Promises of #Phony Billions to swindle in #Somalia.Mogadishu on Sunday July 29. 2018 the Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) hereby officially declares to Somalis and the world at large that #Somalia is fed up with endless promissory lies of $ billions as foreign aid or foreign new debt to the People and the Republic of Somalia.It is unfortunate that several advance countries have been misleading and misappropriating billions of indirect or direct foreign aid support to the People and the Republic of Somalia since on 1st December 1991 until now on.Truly, Somalia has had several transitional federal governments since September 15, 200 until now, and the International Community has been pledging and offering their promissory foreign aid to the People and the Republic of Somalia channeling through their inter-governmental or international Non-Governmental Organizations which mastered many ways to silently commit financial fraud and other fiduciary irregularities since 1991 until now in Somalia.It is a constant failure not to form or establish the important Somali Governmental Agencies to tack and deal with corruption since the formation of the 1st Somali Transitional Federal Government on 15th of September, 2000 until now.The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) has several times advised to the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre to start and form the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency since on 1st of March, 2017 until now, and both top leaders ignored our vital advise to establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency.Unluckily, the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre had preferred to start eliminating political opponents who raised their voice to alert the Somali people and the world at large how the Somali Federal Government has been implementing and enjoying lack of transparency, accountability and the trustworthy in Somalia. It is true that the Somali people welcomed the presidential victory of President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo 92.9 on 8th of February, 2017 because the majority of the Somali people hated and fed up with the ousted Damu-Jadid President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who wasted years presidential tenure and looted public funds while he left more political crisis after his presidential loss which exits still today in Mogadishu, Somalia lacking no effective representation of the Federal Power-sharing formality of the regional semi-autonomous representations.The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) would like witness and welcome the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo and the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre to come forward and establish the Banadir State “Dowlad Gobaleedka Banaadir” which the previously #Damu-Jadiid President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his several appointed Prime Ministers ignored to establish.Well, it is also advisable to the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo, the Office of the Somali Prime Minister H.E. Hassan Ali Kheyre and Somali Ministries to investigate and fire all Al-Shabab terrorists hired within the Somali Federal Government Immediately.Otherwise: the International Community including their International Institutions which may pay or offer foreign aid or foreign debt to our country – Somalia won’t even pay the fees of any notes as they previously promised to deliver on time. Somalia is rich in many natural resources which foreign countries have been intentionally stealing since 1991 until now however; Somalis wants the International Community to stop such illegal looting in Somalia, and we want the International Community to report not only the internal corruption in Somalia but also their involved corruption in Somalia too.Many foreign inter-governmental NGOS or International NGOS have never ever reported their endless financial fraud and how they easily swindle on phony projects in Somalia since 1991 until now while the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has only been reporting the corruption of few and several Somali Agencies since its formation.The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) believes that corruption in #Somalia became one of the most internally and externally shared responsibilities, and unless Somalia establishes the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency then there won’t be everlasting social, economic or political development in the Republic of Somalia. Wake up Somalis!The Somali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS) would also like to advise to the Lower and the Upper Houses of Representatives to immediately establish the Somali Judiciary Commission and the Somali Anti-Corruption Agency when they open parliamentary sessions in the forthcoming meetings. And Let’s start defending our country from internal and external enemies.All Praise belongs to Allah!Sincerely,Ambassador Al-Haji Dr. Badal W. Kariye (Warfa)PresidentSomali Institute of Security Studies (SIOSS)1 Jidka Villa SomaliaThe Federal Republic of SomaliaEmail: info@sioss.orghttp://www.sioss.org/news/

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
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: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/index.htm.

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 threeEU security and defence missions, the EU is contributing to capacity building within the Somali Security Sector:

  • The Military Training Mission (EUTM), which directly supports the build-up of the Somali National Army through training, advising and mentoring activities
  • EU Operation ATALANTA has made a significant contribution to deterring/repressing acts of piracy through continuous at sea presence and contributing to prevent other international crimes through information exchange with partners. It lead to a reduction in piracy: in 2011, 174 merchant vessels were attacked and 25 ships pirated with 736 seafarers held hostage. In 2013, 7 ships were attacked, none pirated. In 2014 two ships were attacked. There were no attacks in 2015 and one in 2016. In March 2017 a ship was pirated and held for 4 days.
  • EUCAP Somalia, which aims to improve Somalia’s maritime security capacities.

The EU is committed to remaining an important partner of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and supports its current reconfiguration to align with the Somali Transition Plan. The EU is one of AMISOM’s main financial contributors, having committed more than €1.73 billion for AMISOM over the period March 2007 to December 2018.

Over the past ten years, AMISOM enabled Somalia’s considerable peacebuilding and state-building progress and it will continue to play an important role throughout the transition process which should lead to the gradual hand-over of security responsibilities to the Somali security institutions, as laid down in the Transition Plan.

Development cooperation

The EU is one of Somalia’s key development partners, providing comprehensive support to the country in different areas such as stabilisation, state building, security, basic services and job creation. The EU supports the country in achieving its development goals with €286 million for the period 2014-2020. It reflects the priorities identified by the Somali Compact:  state-building and peace-building (€100 million); food security and building resilience (€86 million); education (€60 million); measure in favour of civil society (€14 million); and support measures (€26 million).

This funding is complemented by other allocations from the EU budget such as the EU Trust Fund for Africa, covering specific issues such as: democracy and human rights, boosting local government, training, food security, and energy and water supplies.

To help Somalia expand its trade the EU’s National Indicative Programme is being deployed to improve productivity in the agricultural, livestock and fisheries sector. Programme interventions also seek to support growth by nurturing Somalia’s private sector and business environment.

Humanitarian aid

The EU has supported humanitarian aid operations in Somalia since 1994. The assistance is essential as the country has been struggling with internal conflict and natural disasters for decades.

In 2017, the EU, together with other donors, provided flexible and early funding enabling to successfully avert the famine looming in Somalia. The EU indeed mobilised considerable funding for the drought response, totalling €119 million for that year. These funds allowed partners to provide life-saving aid to persons in the regions hardest hit by the water and food shortages, as well as disease outbreaks. The EU prioritised the delivery of cash assistance to respond to most vulnerable people’s basic needs, proving to be an effective and dignified way of giving assistance. Together, the European Union and its Member States currently provide approximately 60% of all humanitarian aid in Somalia.

Economic relations

The EU is committed to helping Somalia develop a strong, sustainable economy which can support the country’s state and peace-building processes. Relations in this area are guided by the Somali Compact, New Deal process and the National Indicative Programme. Objectives, priorities and actions are also closely linked to the Somali government’s Economic Recovery Plan.

EU engagement therefore aims to revitalise and expand the Somali economy with a focus on improving livelihoods, generating employment, and encouraging inclusive growth. Special attention will be paid to improving economic opportunities for women and young people, ensuring they have greater access to profitable, income-generating activities.

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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: info@sioss.org

http://www.sioss.org/news/

Mogadishu on Thursday June 14, 2018 the Union of the Somali National Authors (USNA) hereby officially announce that Former Ambassador H.E. Dr. Badal Kariye wins the Somali Literary Award 2018 for his 105th History Book of the Somali Rise and the Fall of the Somali President published on Saturday April 14, 2018 in #USA.

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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
http://www.somaliauthors.com/

 Mogadishu May 28, 2018 #Somalia’s illegally and unconstitutionally firing of Chief Justice of the Somali High Court Honorable Ibrahim Idle Sulman has clearly rejected this unlawful firing from the Office of the Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmao who has been practicing and misleading the country unconstitutionally as he stated in this recorded voice speaking to the VOA Somali Service.

Unfortunately, Somalia;s Federal President H.E. Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo has also appointed a new Somali Chief Justice of the Somali High Court Mr. Bashe Yusuf, a man with links with foreign spy agency and has long shadowy background of handling and swindling foreign aid to Somalia on bogus projects same as the foreign NGOS swindling on phony projects on Somalia since 1991 until now.

https://www.voasomali.com/a/4412654.html

Somalia’s chief justice sacked as a part of judiicial reform

Ibrahim Idle Suleiman, who served as Somalia’s chief justice was sacked on Sunday by President Farmajo

Mogadishu President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has dismissed the country’s Chief Justice on Sunday, according to a statement from the Office of the President.

Hassan Ibrahim Idle Suleiman, who served as the Chief Justice for two years, was dismissed as a part of Farmajo’s plan for judicial reform.

Farmajo named Bashe Yusuf Ahmed as his replacement.

“In response to our pledge provide transparent and equitable justice system, I have appointed Bashe Yusuf Ahmed as the Chief Justice of Somalia’s High Court,” said the President in a written Statement.

“I hope the new justice will faithfully fulfill his duties, ” added the President.

President Farmaajo called on the House of the People and the Somali government to complete the Judicial Service Commission and to adopt the provisional constitution and the legal framework for the judicial services to reform the country’s judicial system.

Suleiman was appointed the chief justice in May 2016 by former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud replacing Aided Ilkahanaf who served as chief justice since 2011.

Since taking office last February, President Farmajo has promised to initiate drastic changes to many of Somalia’s vital institutions.

US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 10 fighters

The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike outside Somalia’s capital that killed 10 extremists.

The U.S. Africa Command says it has carried out 14 such airstrikes so far this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which continues to hold some rural areas of the Horn of Africa nation.

Dozens of U.S. airstrikes were carried out last year after the Trump administration approved expanded military operations against al-Shabab, which was blamed for an October truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 500 people.
The new statement says the U.S. military assesses that no civilians were killed in Wednesday’s strike about 15 miles southwest of Mogadishu. The U.S. has faced accusations in recent months of killing civilians in joint operations with Somali forces against al-Shabab.

Somali PM appoints new ministers

Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Kheire has nominated thirteen individuals to fill the vacant Cabinet slots on Thursday morning.

The PM appointed six ministers, five assistant ministers and two state ministers after their predecessors quit offices for different reasons.

Among the portfolios, the Premier nominated for new individuals are Information and Defense Ministries vacated by Mogadishu Mayor, Abdirahman Omar Osman, and the Speaker of the parliament, Mohamed Abdirahman Mursal respectively.

The other ministry is Humanitarian Affairs which became vacant after Maryan Qassim who resigned from the Post citing disorder in the government.

The following is the list.

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.orghttp://www.sioss.org/news/

Heavy rains caused death in Northern regions of Somalia

At least one person dead after heavy rains with powerful winds hit the coastal town of Berbera and it’s near villages, according Somaliland officials of Bari region.

Governor of Sahil region Ahmed Osman Hasaan told BBC that one person were killed after home collapsed in Berbera on Friday night.

Hasaan said that 950 people were evacuated and now they are in schools. It was few days ago when tropical storm alert was issued.

There are heavy rains and power full winds in Somaliland and puntland regions, many coastal residents took precautions to be prepared as heavy storm is expected

Security minister tells residents to remain calm after false attack

Mogadishu The Minister of National Security, Mohamed Abukar Islow Duale, said that the city’s residents should remain calm after Al-Shabaab militants filled plastic bags with light explosives and fireworks and detonated to “scare the residents”.

Many residents from Waberi, Howl-Wadag and Hamar-weyne reported mortar attacks in their neighbourhoods from 7 PM to just after 10 PM. The security minister dispelled those fears and urged the residents remain vigilant.


He added that the security forces were fully committed to protecting residents during the holy month of Ramadan.

The home of a former District Commissioner was attacked by suspected militants after two grenades were lobbed into the former official’s house.

There have been no serious injuries reported in either attack.

The government of Somalia has heightened the terror and security alert in and around the capital. Al-Shabaab militants have warned about attacks during Ramadan.

Israel should be brought before ICC for massacre of Palestinians, FM Çavuşoğlu says

ANKARA – In the face of ongoing violence directed at Palestinians protesting the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, Ankara called on Palestine to take the issue to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hold Israel accountable.

In an interview with state-broadcaster TRT Haber yesterday, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “Palestine needs to take the case to the ICC, as third parties cannot,” and he added that Turkey has been examining possible steps that can be taken in line with the law as well.

The U.S.’s provocative move – relocating its embassy to Jerusalem – added fuel to the fire in the Palestine conflict. Following the opening of the embassy, Israeli troops shot dead at least 62 Palestinian protesters and injured many on the Gaza border on Monday.

Underlining that the International Human Rights Council will gather in Geneva on Friday, Çavuşoğlu said, “An independent commission needs to prepare a report on the violence in Gaza and Israel needs to stand before the law.” He also stressed that Turkey is continuing its efforts; however, they are not sufficient by themselves to resolve the whole conflict. Çavuşoğlu said that concrete steps are expected from the United Nations.

“Palestine should be recognized and become a member country of the UN. From now on, the world needs to unremittingly exert efforts for a two-state resolution,” Çavuşoğlu said.

Referring to the efforts to pose a united stance against Israeli aggression, the minister highlighted that Turkey is set to hold the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and added that foreign countries have been called one by one. Çavuşoğlu has held phone talks with foreign ministers of South Africa, Nigeria, Sweden, Bahrain, Lebanon, Djibouti, Eygpt and many more.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday spoke with leaders of a number of countries, including Germany, Iran, Indonesia, Qatar and Sudan and urged OIC member countries to develop a “common stance” on the Gaza killings

Diplomat Abdulrahim Abby Farah passes away at 98

Portrait of Ambasador Abdulrahim Abby FARAH, new Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations. 22 June 1965 . United Nations, New York . UN Photo/Teddy Chen

New York  One of Somalia’s most accomplished diplomats, Abdulrahim Abby Farah, has passed away early Monday morning at his home in New York.  He was 98.

Abukar Dahir Osman (Balle), the current Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations, confirmed the death to Hiiraan Online.

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of Abdulrahim. On behalf of the Somali government, we wish to extend our condolences to his family and friends. Abdulrahim was an outstanding diplomat who represented the people of Somalia wonderfully. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,” said Abukar Dahir Osman.

Farah, who held a number of high-profile diplomatic posts during his career is most remembered as being Somalia’s Permanent Representative to the UN as well as Somalia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia. He also served as Somalia’s representative to the League of Arab States (now the Arab League), Council of Ministers and the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union).

While in New York, Farah was the Chairperson for the UN’s Special Committee Against Apartheid and was described by his peers as “determined” to press for effective international sanctions against the regime in South Africa. He was also the Undersecretary-General for Special Political Questions.

UN urges Israel to stop use of force on Palestinians

‘Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in Gaza must stop now,’ UN rights chief warns

GENEVA – The UN on Monday urged Israel to stop the disproportionate use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza strip and initiate an impartial and independent investigation into killings of protesters.

“Alarmed by the disproportionate use of force displayed by the Israeli Security Forces (ISF) against Palestinian demonstrators […] which has resulted in the death of at least 40 people, among them five children and in thousands of persons being injured,” the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said in a statement on Monday.

The statement said it was “gravely concerned that many of the persons who died or were injured were reportedly posing no imminent threat at the time they were shot”.
Israeli authorities have denied and continue to deny access to urgent medical treatment to injured Palestinians, it added.

The statement said the UN committee was “highly concerned that these incidents are taking place in a context marked by the 50 year-occupation of the Palestinian territory, the blockade imposed since 2007 on the Gaza strip and a rise of racist hate speech and incitement to racist violence against Palestinians by Israeli governmental officials and Israeli armed forces.”

“Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in Gaza must stop now. The right to life must be respected,” the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement on Monday.

“Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account. The international community needs to ensure justice for victims,” he added.

At least 43 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred Monday — and hundreds more injured — by Israeli army forces deployed along the other side of the border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Thousands of Palestinians have gathered on Gaza Strip’s eastern border since early morning to take part in protests aimed to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The rallies will culminate on Tuesday, May 15, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment — an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or “the Catastrophe”.

Keating meets with Puntland President in Garowe

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, arrived in Garowe on Saturday for a meeting with Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas.



President Gaas led a delegation of Ministers that included the Minister of Interior, Minister of Education, Minister of Justice and Religious Affairs, as well as officials from the regional government.

After their closed-door meeting, President Gaas said that the two discussed a wide range of topics.

“It is a great honour today that United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating is visiting us here (in Puntland), it is not the first time he comes to us, he has visited us here often. Whenever he comes to us, we are talking about important issues in Puntland and Somalia. We talked about the peace process in Somalia today and discussed the obstacles surrounding of peace and security in the country. We discussed ongoing political issues as well as how we can move forward with Somalia.”

He added that he was impressed with Keating’s work in Somalia.



For his part, Keating thanked President Gaas for meeting with him and praised the progress that Puntland has made.

Keating told media that the pair discussed regional security and the democratization process.

President of Somalia to arrive in Doha today

President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will arrive in Doha today for an official visit to Qatar.

His visit will take two day and it was scheduled for March but it was postponed because of local political crises.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will meet Somalia’s president on Sunday to discuss bilateral relations and prospects for their development in addition to a number of issues of common concern.

The visit of president Farmajo to Qatar comes as last week Jubbaland administration leader accused federal government of Somalia supporting of Qatar and missed the neutral position it reached from Gulf crisis.

Is Treachery Hereditary?

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abdirashid ali shermarke

By Adv. Dr. Abdulqair Tallman 

advtllman@gmail.com

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.

Omar ali cabdirashiid sharkarke

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.
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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.
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