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UK: Herbal stimulant khat to be banned


The herbal stimulant khat is to be banned by the government, against the advice of its own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.   In January the ACMD said khat should remain a legal substance, saying there was “insufficient evidence” it caused health problems. But Home Secretary Theresa May has decided to ban it, […]


Lewiston’s Zam Zam Mohamud becomes first Somali immigrant on school board


LEWISTON, Maine — Zam Zam Mohamud, described as popular and well-regarded in the community by a Bates College professor, is the city’s first Somali to serve on the Lewiston School Committee. Her appointment is a turning point for Lewiston, “when our city representatives begin to reflect our shifting demographics,” said Elizabeth Eames, an associate professor […]


Somali Islamists threaten Kenyan voters


Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Shebab on Wednesday issued a stark warning to Kenyan voters ahead of next week’s general elections, threatening them with a “long, gruesome war”. The Islamist group argued Kenya was safer when it ruled bordering southern Somalia but stopped short of saying who Kenyan voters should choose in the March 4 polls. Kenyan […]


Khat: a legal high, but should it be banned?


Khat, a stimulant drug, is chewed by around 90,000 people in the east African and Yemeni communities in the UK. But now the Home Office is considering banning the substance. Jamal Osman finds out why. In an industrial estate in Southall, west London, thousands of boxes full of khat are delivered every week. The drug […]


UK: Government complacent over TPims – Pat McFadde


Tuesday, January 01, 2013   A Labour MP has accused the government of complacency and putting the public “at greater risk” by changing the way some terror suspects are monitored. Pat McFadden’s comments come as police continue to search for Ibrahim Magag, believed to have absconded from his TPim control measure on Boxing Day. TPims […]


Heavy clashes breakout between ONLF and Ethiopian forces

Somaliland breaking news - Hargeisa

Heavy clashes have erupted in the conflict-ridden Somali regional state on Sunday night between Ethiopian forces and the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). Eyewitnesses in Wacays-Godle in Degehbur zone told media in the neighbouring Somalia the Ethiopians imposed a 24-hour curfew in the restive district following renewed clashes. The unrest erupted on Sunday night […]


ETHIOPIA: A wave of atrocities against villages in Ogaden

Refugee women and children in Somaliland who fled their homes in Ethiopia as a result of a "Liyu police" operation, April 2012.

ADDIS ABABA – “No proper evidence has reached the world until now” The task force that arrested and wounded the Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson in Ethiopia are now accused of widespread abuses in the Ogaden province. Swedish Television’s Africa correspondent Johan Ripås has become privy to further documentation, smuggled out of Ethiopia. […]


Somaliland: No fuss. No Haggling.

Go visit Somaliland if you get the opportunity

BY BRYN KARCHA Somaliland is far from the first nation I’ve traveled to. What struck me most, more than the pyramids of Egypt, the beaches of Cuba, the cathedrals of Europe or the Fjords of Norway was the most important wonder of any nation; it’s people. I crossed the border from Ethiopia suffering from a […]


Somali comedian who poked fun at Islamists shot dead


MOGADISHU — Gunmen shot dead a well-known comedian known for poking fun at Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials and colleagues said Wednesday. Abdi Jeylani Malaq Marshale, in his late thirties or early forties, was killed late Tuesday, minutes after leaving Kulmiye radio station, where he worked as drama producer and […]


Somalia: Al-Shabaab in the mafrishes?


BY LIBAN OBSIYE I was thoroughly disappointed. I had gone to a mafrish with a friend and had not met one, not even one, Al Shabaab recruiter. Perhaps they were there staring at me with their red blood shot eyes while casually sitting, legs stretched out chewing their bitter khat sticks like sheep eating grass […]