Somalia Newslinks 20 December 2011

20 December 2011 — williambowles.info

US Considers Combating Somali Militants’ Twitter Use
New York Times
NAIROBI, Kenya The United States government is increasingly concerned about the Twitter account of the Shabab militant group of Somalia, with American officials saying Monday that they were looking closely at the militants’ use of Twitter and the …
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/world/africa/us-considers-combating-shabab-militants-twitter-use.html

Djibouti troops join AU force in Somalia
BBC News
Troops from Djibouti have arrived in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, to bolster the 9000-strong African Union (AU) force battling Islamist militants. It is just the third country to contribute to the AU force, which says it needs extra troops to hold …
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16267664

Somalia: Journalists demand urgent investigation on Journalist’s assassination Raxanreeb Online
On August 4, 2011, Farah Hassan Sahal, Logistics Manager and driver of SIMBA radio was killed by sniper believed to have fired by the African Union mission in Somalia, at the radio compound in Mogadishu’s Bakara market, while trying along with other …
http://www.raxanreeb.com/?p=123643

Somalia: Q & A – US Targeted Killings and International Law
AllAfrica.com
To date, the United States is known to have carried out targeted killings using drones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. Some 40 other countries also possess basic drone technology, and the number is expected to expand …

http://allafrica.com/stories/201112200663.html

Somalia: UN and partners urge leaders to end stand-off over Speaker
UN News Centre
A joint delegation of the United Nations, the African Union and a regional organization has urged Somalia’s transitional institutions to quickly resolve a political stand-off triggered by last week’s passing by Parliament of a vote of no-confidence …
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=40773&Cr=&Cr1=

Famine in Somalia
GlobalNews.ca
While humanitarian agencies have helped bring food, nutrition, water and sanitation help to millions of people in the last few months, I remain extremely concerned by the critical situation in Mogadishu and other parts of south and central Somalia, …

http://www.globalnews.ca/2011/somalia/

Somalia: President Sheikh Sharif in Puntland Garowe Online
GAROWE, Somalia Dec 19 2011 (Garowe Online) – The TFG President Sheikh Sharif arrived with a 6-man delegation comprising TFG cabinet Ministers and other stakeholders. Puntland President Abdirahman Mahamed and senior Puntland officials received the …

http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Somalia_President_Sheikh_Sharif_in_Puntland.shtml

UAE’s humanitarian role in Somalia hailed Khaleej Times
Speaking at the meeting, Director General of ECSSR Dr Jamal Al Suwaidi expressed the ECSSR’s willing and readiness to put all its research resources at the UN disposal to help in chalking out appropriate strategic crisis management plans for Somalia. …
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/December/theuae_December542.xml&section=theuae

Somalia: Time to debate on the Somali Politician Raxanreeb Online
TIME TO DEBATE ON THE QUALIFICATIONS, QUALITIES AND VISION OF THE MORDEN SOMALI POLITICIAN! THEY HAVE TO BE PURE MORDERN ISLAMIC CULTURISTS! BY A. HUSSEIN, AMIIRDALDOON (BBA/MBA) DENMARK, 20.12.11 ..We have got smart leaders, charismatic and visionary …

http://www.raxanreeb.com/?p=123634

Musaian to make film on famine-stricken Somalia Tehran Times
TEHRAN Iranian filmmaker Vahid Musaian’s next project will be a movie centering on the famine-stricken country of Somalia. Entitled The Fourth Child, the movie tries to portray pain, and that not every individual can tolerate to see others …

http://www.tehrantimes.com/arts-and-culture/93709-musaian-to-make-film-on-famine-stricken-somalia

Kismayo IDPs face hunger, drug shortages
IRINnews.org
NAIROBI, 20 December 2011 (IRIN) – The plight of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia’s southern port city of Kismayo, controlled by Al-Shabab insurgents, has deteriorated, with thousands facing a food crisis after supply routes were blocked, …

http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=94507

Somalia: President deplores the assassination Sunatimes
MOGADISHU (Sunatimes) -The president of Somalia’s weak government Sharif Sheik Ahmed has on Monday strongly condemned the yesterday’s killing of the TV journalist in Mogadishu by a man dressed in uniform soldiers calling for an investigation into those …

http://sunatimes.com/view.php?id=1585

China beefing up military presence in Indian Ocean Capital FM Kenya
In the past three weeks Beijing has committed to supporting Ugandan forces operating in Somalia and to helping the Seychelles fight piracy. It is very clear that the Chinese leaders recognize that military force will play a bigger role to safeguard …

http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2011/12/china-beefing-up-military-presence-in-indian-ocean/

Crisis of climate, land use underlies Ethiopia’s drought National Catholic Reporter
The current drought that has gripped the Horn of Africa for much of 2011 has caused severe hardship in Ethiopia and neighboring Kenya though not famine, which has occurred in parts of politically unstable Somalia; in all there are about 13 million …

http://ncronline.org/news/global/crisis-climate-land-use-underlies-ethiopias-drought

Report: Somalian pirates demand $8-M ransom for tanker with Pinoy crew GMA News
The Somalia Report said the demand for ransom for the Greek-owned MT Liquid Velvet came 49 days after the pirates hijacked the vessel last November 1. My friends had a long discussion over the ransom, taking more than a month, finally they agreed to …

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/242175/pinoyabroad/report-somalian-pirates-demand-8-m-ransom-for-tanker-with-pinoy-crew

Oxfam in Somalia partner Candlelight receives peace award Oxfam Ireland News (press release) (blog) Oxfam in Somalia partner Candlelight, has been honored with a peace award to their chairperson. Shukri Ismail has received the Stephen J. Solarz peace award from the International Crisis Group in New York. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the …

http://www.oxfamireland.org/blog/2011/12/20/oxfam-in-somalia-partner-candlelight-receives-peace-award/

US Somalis Can’t Support Families During Famine, Thanks To Anti-Terror Laws New America Media
Like a lot of small countries on the wrong side of post-colonialism, Somalia’s GDP is deeply dependent on remittances, money sent back home from abroad by migrants who leave the country to find work. But unlike other countries, Somalia has spent twenty …

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=f5dba6ed7106d101c8988697c420074f

Somalia: Former parliament speaker, Sharif Hassan flies to Garowe city Mareeg
Mogadishu(Mareeg)-Group of parliamentarians headed by former somali parliament speaker, Sharif Hassan Sh. Adam has on Tuesday left from Mogadishu gong to Garowe city where they would attend the third phase of UN-Sponsored consultative talks, …

http://www.mareeg.com/fidsan.php?sid=22264&tirsan=3

Qatargas offers aid for famine victims
Gulf Times
Qatargas has made a donation to Qatar Charity to support its efforts to assist famine victims in Somalia. A cheque for the donated amount, which included funds raised at the 13th Golf Open, apart from an additional Qatargas contribution, …

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=476640&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

Why Museveni’s agenda with America is running out of time Independent.co.ug
It’s reward for Museveni’s role in dealing with the Al-Shabaab militia in order to protect Somalia’s fragile transitional government and counter the threat of terrorism and Islamist extremism in the Horn of Africa. Museveni has contributed the main …

http://www.independent.co.ug/cover-story/5020?task=view

Kenya court refuses to shelve ruling on Sudan’s Bashir Reuters UK
Nairobi is keen to keep its friends in the region at a time when its troops are fighting in neighbouring Somalia, and also has its own tricky issues with the ICC, which is deciding whether to try Kenyans over violence after a 2007 election. …

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/12/20/uk-kenya-sudan-idUKTRE7BJ0X020111220

Somalis Sentenced to Life in Prison on Charges Relating to Piracy of the S/V Quest Alaska Native News
NORFOLK, VAMohamud Hirs Issa Ali, a/k/a Sanadaaq, 32, and Jilani Abdiali, a/k/a Ilkasse, 20, both of Somalia, were sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to life in prison for their acts of piracy against theS/V Quest, which resulted in the murder …
http://www.alaska-native-news.com/article/National_News/United_States_News/Somalis_Sentenced_to_Life_in_Prison_on_Charges_Relating_to_Piracy_of_the_SV_Quest/23994

Report: North Korea world’s least democratic nation CNN
In that analysis, New Zealand was perceived as the least corrupt nation on earth, and Somalia and North Korea were seen as the most corrupt. The United States ranked 24th least corrupt on a “corruption perceptions index,” the fourth-best in the Western …
http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/19/world/world-democracy-report/index.html

Saudi Guards Chase Smugglers as Yemen Unrest Spurs Exodus BusinessWeek
The Yemen conflict has raised concern that Saudi Arabia’s neighbor could become like Somalia, across the Gulf of Aden and without a functioning administration since 1991. Somalia has become a staging post for pirates who have attacked ships including …

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-20/saudi-guards-chase-smugglers-as-yemen-unrest-spurs-exodus.html

For journalists, coverage of political unrest proves deadly CPJ Press Freedom Online
Afghanistan and Somalia, two conflict-ridden countries with persistent levels of anti-press violence, each recorded fatalities in 2011. CPJ documented the deaths of one journalist and one media worker in Somalia, along with the killings of two …

http://www.cpj.org/reports/2011/12/journalists-killed-political-unrest-proves-deadly.php

Somalia: Journalist killed by man in soldier uniform | Index on … By Alice Purkiss
Somalia: Journalist killed by man in soldier uniform. 20 Dec 2011. Share. A Somali journalist was shot dead by a man wearing a government soldier’s uniform on Sunday in Mogadishu. Abdisalan Sheikh Hasan from Horn Cable TV channel …

http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2011/12/somalia-journalist-killed-by-man-in-soldier-uniform/

Somalia: UN and partners urge leaders to end stand-off over … By amoore
A joint delegation of the United Nations, the African Union and a regional organization has urged Somalia’s transitional institutions to quickly resolve a political stand-off triggered by last week’s passing by Parliament of a vote of no-confidence …
http://dhacdooyinka.com/2011/12/19/beesha-caalamka-oo-warsaxaafadeed-kulul-ka-soo-saartat-muranka-baarlamaanka-somalia-un-and-partners-urge-leaders-to-end-stand-off-over-speaker/

Joint Statement on the parliamentary crisis in Somalia … – Allgedo.com By Allgedo
On 17 December 2012, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Amb. Boubacar Diarra, the IGAD Facilitator for Somalia, Amb. Kipruto arap Kirwa, and the Deputy SRSG of UNPOS, Christian Manahl, travelled to …

http://www.allgedo.com/2011/12/20/joint-statement-on-the-parliamentary-crisis-in-somalia-issued-by-united-nations-political-office-for-somalia-unpos/

SOMALIA: Kismayo IDPs face hunger, drug shortages | Somaliland … By Samotalis
SOMALIA: Kismayo IDPs face hunger, drug shortages. NAIROBI, 20 December 2011 (IRIN) – The plight of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia’s southern port city of Kismayo, controlled by Al-Shabab insurgents, has deteriorated, with …

http://somalilandguardian.blogspot.com/2011/12/somalia-kismayo-idps-face-hunger-drug.html

Kenya’s Intervention in Somalia: Regional and International … By Pete Chonka
In October of this year Kenyan forces began a large-scale incursion across the Somalian border to strike at militants, including the Islamist group Al-Shabaab,

http://www.the-platform.org.uk/2011/12/20/kenya%E2%80%99s-intervention-in-somalia-regional-and-international-strategic-considerations/

Capital News First Djibouti troops in Somalia to join AU force By AFP
MOGADISHU, Dec 20 The first Djiboutian contingent of 200 soldiers landed in war-torn Mogadishu Tuesday to join the African Union force battling Al-Qaeda linked Shebab forces in Somalia, a government official said. Djibouti deployed its …

http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2011/12/north-korean-tv-shows-kims-body-lying-in-state/

European Union Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta … By EU NAVFOR Public Affairs Office
On the morning of 17 December, following coordination between the staffs in Task Force 508 and 465, EUNAVFOR Flagship SPS PATINO provided fuel to the Danish.

http://www.eunavfor.eu/2011/12/eunavfor-flagship-replenishes-nato-frigate-at-sea/

U.S. Government | State Department | Al Shabab | Somalia | Twitter … By Joshua Peterson
U.S. government to possibly censor Somali militant Internet use | ‘American officials said they were worried that the Shabab might be using Twitter to reach potential recruits in the West’

http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/19/u-s-government-to-possibly-censor-somali-militant-internet-use/

Allsomali24.com | Latest News From Around the World Somalia … By admin
Somalia: Time to debate on the Somali Politician. Posted by admin on Dec 20th, 2011 // No Comment. TIME TO DEBATE ON THE QUALIFICATIONS, QUALITIES AND VISION OF THE MORDEN SOMALI POLICIAN! THEY HAVE TO BE PURE …
http://www.allsomali24.com/2011/12/somalia-time-to-debate-on-the-somali-politician/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=somalia-time-to-debate-on-the-somali-politician

Djiboutian troops arrive in Mogadishu | Bar-kulan By Hgelle
The AU has 9000 troops in Somalia to back the interim government in efforts to restore law and order in chaotic Somalia. The AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has been appealing for more troops so that it can hold on to territory captured from …

http://www.bar-kulan.com/2011/12/20/djiboutian-troops-arrive-in-mogadishu/

Shiikh shariif iyo iyo faroole oo manta kormeeray xarumo ku yaalo … By Admin1
Madaxweynaha Somalia Shiikh Shariif Shiikh Axmed oo uu weheliyo madaxweynaha Puntland Dr.Cabdiraxaman Maxamed Maxamuud Faroole ayaa saaka kormeer ku tagey goobo ku yaal magalaada Garowe oo ay ka mid ahaayeen …
http://kismaayo24.com/?p=23835

Somalia: UN expert urges greater efforts to tackle violence against … An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for greater efforts to improve the plight of women in Somalia, thousands of whom remain …

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=40752&Cr=Somali

Famine in Somalia from worst to better – JPost – Middle East ICRC convoys brave flooded rivers and crocodiles to deliver food.
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?ID=250111&R=R1

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