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Somaliland: Somali PM Denies Seeking Immunity on Behalf of a Convicted War Criminal


Somali Federal Government (SFG) Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon vigorously refuted allegation leveled against him for seeking immunity for a convicted war criminal instead saying he was requesting the American government to transfer the case to Somali courts this after he arrived in Garowe the capital of Puntland. The Prime minister while addressing the parliament […]


Somalia in a nutshell

Mogadishu crowd supports Somaliland

The early years and independence 1936-88 The British, who already control Somaliland, oust the Italians and occupy Italian Somalia. British and Italian parts of Somalia become independent, merge and form the United Republic of Somalia in 1960. Somalia becomes a socialist state and nationalises most of the economy. In 1974 a severe drought causes widespread […]


South Sudan’s cattle war displaces thousands

JUBA — Aid groups are mounting a “major emergency operation” in rural South Sudan after tribe-on-tribe violence sent tens of thousands fleeing and killed an unknown number of people, the United Nations said. The UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator in South Sudan, Lise Grande, said aid groups were responding to a call for help from South Sudan’s […]


Drought crisis leaves struggling Somalia on the brink

Drought in Somalia - Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Somalia’s worst dry spell for 36 years has caused malnutrition and price rises in a country already debilitated by adversity. Somalia’s drought has left rivers dry for the first time in a generation, devastating the livestock central to everyday life. The current drought in Somalia is no ordinary drought. It is the worst the country […]


Yemen: The next “Somalia”


Editorial – Arab News The numbers of civilians killed in Yemen have not yet reached the horrific proportions of Gaddafi’s massacres but with more mass protests expected across the country and President Ali Abdullah Saleh refusing to leave office, further bloodshed appears inevitable. There is no sign of a way out of the impasse there, […]


Battles rage over Libyan cities

Flashpoint cities in Libya

CAIRO — Pro- and anti-government forces are locked in intense fighting for control of several cities and towns across Libya, where a near month-long uprising is threatening to end Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s more than 41-year-old rule. Some of the fiercest fighting is taking place in the strategic oil city of Az-Zawiyah, 50km west of the […]


Of Things That Make Me Growl

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) – It was with great interest that I read an article published on March 14, 2010 entitled ‘Dream job turns into a nightmare’ on The Star, one of Malaysia’s leading English language newspapers, regarding telecommunications consultant Hor Chee Fei’s experience in Somaliland. Somaliland is of personal interest to my husband and I as […]


Iran Calls for Regular Multilateral Meetings on Somali Crisis

Nairobi, 8 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – Somalia, Kenya and members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) welcomed Iran’s proposal for attending regular meetings to solve the crisis in Somalia. According to the proposal, raised by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, was endorsed at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Iran, Kenya and Somali […]


The Bullets Find Us No Matter What

In south and central Somalia, there is nowhere to escape from the worsening conflict between the rebels and the pro-government forces, which has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women and children. People hoping for a new life during the new year were killed, maimed, and injured; aid agencies and offices were robbed; houses […]


Somaliland: The Other Somalia

HARGEISA, 5 February 2010 (Somalilandpress) – There are some places you just can’t consider for a vacation. While even Iraq has recently opened up to carefully handled tours, Somalia remains out of bounds. What with an Islamist movement proudly proclaiming its ties to Al-Qaeda, and a decades-long civil war between rival clans, there’s no chance […]


Somalia: Is Puntland Drifting Towards Collapse?

HARGEISA, 15 November 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Puntland president, Abdirahman Mohamud Farole , is facing security challenges that his predecessors did not face. President Farole was in Kenya and having a photo-op with American Embassy officials in Nairobi when a judge and a member of Punltand people’s assembly were murdered in Bosaso and Garowe respectively. A […]


Why Somalia is in need of an effective Government

Hargeisa, 29 Jul 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Amid the killings and the plethora of bad news trickling out of Somalia daily, once again for the second year running, Somalia has landed on top of Transparency International corruption index. The question on everybody’s mind should be: How did impoverished and stateless nation end up on top of […]


Ayaan: One dollar can help

Hargeisa, 21 July 2009 (Somalilandpress) – The year is 1988. At the height of the brutal assault by forces of the former Somali dictator Gen. Mohammad Siad Barre against the people of Somaliland, MiG fighters bomb civilian targets and thousands of bodies of dead and wounded litter the streets of major cities. Panicked survivors flee […]


Somaliland: What Somalia Could Be

Hargeisa, 15 July 2009 (Somalilandpress) –- It came as no surprise when Foreign Policy magazine and the Fund for Peace released their “Failed States Index 2009” three weeks ago that, once again, Somalia topped the rankings. What I reported two weeks ago about the country’s “Transitional Federal Government” (TFG) continuing to lose what little ground […]