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  • Smugglers Galore--How Iran arms its allies (Hamas)

    12/27/2012 9:44:56 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 31 - January 7, 2013 | Lee Smith
    An explosion in southern Lebanon last week destroyed what is believed to have been a Hezbollah weapons depot. This latest in a series of mysterious “accidents” in Hezbollah-controlled precincts proved, as one Israeli official wryly remarked, that those who “sleep with rockets and amass large stockpiles of weapons are in a very unsafe place.” With the Party of God’s overland supply route through Syria choked off by the 22-month-long uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and Israel virtually in total control of the maritime route, Hezbollah’s stockpile is being systematically degraded.Yet the arsenal of Iran’s other regional proxy force, Hamas,...
  • How Do You Like Your Camel Meat?

    09/12/2013 1:39:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 | Mark Hay
    The struggling nation of Somaliland is betting these beasts of burden will be on the menu far and wide.From early in the morning until midday, the streets of southern Hargeisa, Somaliland periodically shut down as hundreds of camels trundle along the narrow city streets. Taxi drivers give way, milling on the side of the road, wiping their cars clean of the dust and mud kicked up by the procession. Ultimately, the beasts file through the gates of the Hargeisa Camel Market. No one really runs the market. It’s just one of dozens of sites across the country where nomads, locals,...
  • Egypt’s Instability Triggers a New Proxy War Against Ethiopia and its Allies

    06/12/2013 11:25:43 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 08 June 2013 | Gregory R. Copley
    Egypt’s Morsi Government has initiated a return to covert war against Ethiopia, which controls the source of the Blue Nile, Egypt’s and Sudan’s principal source of water. The result will almost certainly lead to an increased level of insecurity in the strategic Red Sea/Suez sea lane and in the upper Nile riparian states, such as South Sudan, with some impact on global energy markets. Certainly it promises to see greater instability in the Horn of Africa at a time when Western media portrayals hint at a return to stability in, for example, Somalia. Significant, mounting public unrest in Egypt during...
  • Somaliland: Puntland Militias Chased out of Las Qoray

    11/15/2012 8:47:54 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Somaliland Sun ^ | November 14, 2012 | Latifa Yusuf
    Units of the National Army assume control of Las qorayPuntland militias are no longer terrorising residents of eastern sanaag. Residents of Las Qoray town in the East of Sanaag region after the national army took full control of following the eviction of Puntland militias from the area. According to the Las Qoray mayor Mohamed Hayan Arshe area residents are now moving freely and without fear since the army assumed full control once the terrorist militias funded by Puntland fled with their tails coiled in shame and fright. Mayor Arshe informs that his local council which is earnestly engaged in tax...
  • Somaliland to drill oil by 2014

    11/01/2012 12:31:14 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Somalilandpress ^ | October 31, 2012 | Rueters
    The break-away territory of Somaliland sees drilling for oil as possible by 2014 as three companies start exploration activities, the country’s mining and energy minister said on Tuesday. Hussein Abdi Dualeh told Reuters the three companies are Ophir Energy Plc, Australia-based Jacka Resources and Genel Energy, which is headed by former BP chief executive Tony Hayward. Somaliand is not recognized internationally and declared independence from Somalia in 1991. “Last year we were seen as a frontier because nothing was happening. But now the biggest exploration activities in 21 years are about to start,” Dualeh told Reuters on the sidelines of...
  • Somaliland: A Pocket Of Stability In A Chaotic Region

    08/31/2012 4:20:07 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Kera News ^ | August 28, 2012
    Bundles of Somaliland's own currency bills are laid out by a money-changer on a street in Hargeisa, capital of the unrecognized breakaway republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia. Investors are beginning to move into the untapped market in Somaliland, a stable island in a turbulent region.Somalia is synonymous with failed states, pirates and Islamist militants. But in the nation's northwest lies a peaceful, stable territory with an elected government known as Somaliland. The enclave broke away from the fractious Horn of Africa nation in 1991 and has been going it alone ever since. To the disappointment of its residents, Somaliland...
  • Eritrea opposes South Sudan, Kenya may recognize Somaliland

    05/23/2011 11:02:09 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    WaltaInfo ^ | Monday, May 23, 2011 | WIC
    The Somaliland Press claims that Kenya is preparing to recognize Somaliland's independence, which would create another new country in the horn of Africa. "Kenyan Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Richard Onyonka said during an event held in Nairobi to commemorate Somaliland's 20th anniversary of Independence that his country will support Somaliland as an independent state" reported Somaliland Press and Iran's Press TV. Kenyans who have called for their government to recognize Hargeisa argue that Somaliland would help stabilize the region and stop Somalia's expansionism dreams into Kenya and into Ethiopia's eastern regions with Somali ethnic populations. Since Somaliland's ally Ethiopia...
  • Price Tag for Somali Piracy Surges

    05/17/2011 3:09:21 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 11 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 17th 2011 | Staff
    Pirates of yesteryear have been romanticized in literature through books like "Treasure Island" and in films like "Pirates of the Caribbean". But the modern day piracy off the coast of Somalia is no swashbuckling fun and adventure. It is an expensive and dangerous problem that is escalating at an alarming rate. Piracy cost the international economy up to $8.3 billion last year and "has emerged as a market it its own right," states a new report by political and economic intelligence consulting firm Geopolicity. Already in the first quarter of 2011, Somali pirates have attacked more than 117 ships, killed...
  • A reliable ally in the fight against piracy? Introducing Puntland

    03/12/2011 6:07:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    The Piracy Studies Site ^ | October 11th, 2010 | Stockbruegger
    There is a general agreement among academics, journalists and policy makers that piracy cannot be defeated at sea. It has to be fought on land. Since the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) is too weak to do so, many point to regional states as potential partners of the international community. Especially Puntland seems to be a good candidate, given that many pirates operate from its territory. However, some experts claim that the Puntland authorities are in fact involved in piracy... Puntland was established in 1998 as an autonomous state in Somalia. Local politicians, civil society and clan leaders had decided not...
  • Fears of war in northern Somalia, dozens killed as Somaliland retreats

    02/21/2011 5:04:06 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Garowe Online ^ | 21 Feb 21, 2011 - 4:02:16 PM
    Fears of all-out war in erstwhile peaceful northern Somalia grew dramatically Sunday after Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole warned Somaliland to "stop the massacre of civilians," Radio Garowe reports. During a Sunday interview, President Farole told the BBC Somali Service that Puntland's government "will not remain on the sidelines" if Somaliland continues the violence. "We [Puntland] wish to live in this region peacefully. We wish that the two stable states of Somalia [Puntland and Somaliland] co-exist in peace and we hoped that a new administration in Somaliland would withdraw its forces from Las Anod," President Farole said, adding: "But if...
  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.

    03/03/2010 9:47:40 PM PST · by Velveeta · 532 replies · 5,882+ views
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  • Wouldn’t You Like to Know--The ‘most transparent administration in history’ stonewalls

    03/06/2010 5:34:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 620+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 15, 2010 | Stephen F. Hayes
    At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee last fall, Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, asked Attorney General Eric Holder to produce a list of Department of Justice employees who had been involved in representing detainees. Holder said he’d consider the request.Three months later he denied it. In a letter to Grassley on February 18, Holder acknowledged that nine Justice Department officials had worked on behalf of detainees before joining the Obama administration. The names of two of those officials—Jennifer Daskal and Neal Katyal—had been reported publicly. But Holder refused to disclose the other seven and allowed that...
  • United States Transfers 12 Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland Region

    12/21/2009 6:25:02 PM PST · by Cindy · 25 replies · 1,235+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASES Sunday, December 20, 2009 United States Transfers 12 Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland Region Twelve detainees have been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland region. As directed by the President’s Jan. 22, 2009 Executive Order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of each of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including potential threat, mitigation measures and the likelihood of success in habeas litigation, the detainees were...
  • Islamists Showcase Violent Films, Destroy Graves

    05/06/2009 4:45:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 363+ views
    Garowe Online ^ | 6 May 6, 2009
    Somalia May 6 (Garowe Online) - Islamist hardliners in southern Somalia have showcased public films showing grotesque violence and have destroyed gravesites, Radio Garowe reports. Al Shabaab hardliners in the southern port of Kismayo constructed large screens to portray real-life film footage recorded from "wars in Somalia, Palestine and Afghanistan." Kismayo residents described the films as bloody and violent, showing gruesome images of civilians being killed by foreign militaries. "If I take Mogadishu for example, the films showed Ethiopian troops and AMISOM [African Union] troops shelling civilian areas, causing many deaths," said one film viewer. Some of the films showed...
  • Mogadishu: Attacks on AU peacekeepers and Ethiopian troops

    12/17/2008 5:42:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 420+ views
    ReliefWeb ^ | Wednesday, December 17, 2008 | Source: Missionary International Service News Agency (MISNA)
    eavy fighting erupted today in Mogadishu between insurgents and AMISOM peacekeepers at a base of the African Union peace mission in Somalia, witnesses told the local media. Based on these accounts, a commando fired rocket propelled grenades in the KM4 base, a key crossing in southern Mogadishu. Radio Shabelle reports that it is unknown if there were any casualties. News is also unclear from the Afgoi district, in the Lower Shabelle region that surrounds Mogadishu: according to some local reporters, a blast severely damaged an Ethiopian military truck. Somalia, torn by a never resolved civil war since 1991, is in...
  • The Eritrean people are not in need of any religion from foreigners: EOC Patriarch

    12/17/2008 5:20:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 616+ views
    Shabait: Eritrean Ministry of Information ^ | Monday, December 15th, 2008 | Staff
    His Holiness Abune Dioskoros, Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, who is currently in Europe on spiritual visit, said that the Eritrea people have religions of their own dating back to centuries on the basis of which they have been coexisting in peace and harmony. And as such, they are not in need of any religion from foreigners, he elaborated. During his stay in the Italian city of Milan from December 5 to 8, the Patriarch was accorded warm welcome by heads of the Office of the Eritrean Consul General, the Synod of the St. Mary Church and a...
  • Somaliland Seeking Security Ties With Western Nations

    09/17/2008 9:57:09 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 184+ views ^ | 17 September 2008 | Alisha Ryu
    Somaliland, which has been seeking recognition from the international community for its independent status from the rest of Somalia, is said to be increasing security ties with France and other western nations. VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu has the story from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi. Associate Professor Iqbal Jhazbhay at the University of South Africa tells VOA that a French Special Forces operation in April that enabled France to take six captured Somali pirates back to Paris was partly accomplished with the help of Somaliland authorities. "The French government decided to use the landing strip in Berbera to undertake...
  • Somalia: Islam is Official Religion, Conversion is Banned

    09/21/2006 12:16:45 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 20 replies · 4,336+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | Sep, 21, 2006
    Somalia is officially an Islamic state and conversion is prohibited. The country has a population of approximately 8.3 million, nearly all of them Sunni Muslims. There is a small, extremely low-profile Christian community. According to the International Religious Freedom Report 2006 issued by the US State Department last Friday, proselytizing for any religion except Islam is prohibited in Puntland and Somaliland and effectively blocked by informal social consensus elsewhere in the country. Somalia has had no government since the fall of Siad Barre in 1991. The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which grew out of individual courts' efforts to establish...
  • Love on the Net enchants Somaliland teenagers

    10/13/2005 6:14:41 PM PDT · by seacapn · 5 replies · 308+ views
    Somaliland Net ^ | October 12, 2005 | Ali Musa Abdi
    Hargeisa(Somaliland Net) - , - Young people in Somaliland are so wild about the Internet and cyber-dating that local associations and the United Nations children's agency are out to ensure education and ease tensions. Streets in Hargeisa, is far more peaceful than most of the lawless country, empty of teenagers in late afternoons as they wait their turn in Internet cafes to send a flurry of instant messages to distant paramours. Since they have much increased access to the Web, Somaliland's teenage girls are frequently lured into marriage abroad hoping to enjoy the economic benefits of natives living elsewhere, primarily...