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Al Shabab’s American Connection

By   /  August 11, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  2 Comments

Listen A recent suicide bombing by a Somali-American from Minnesota comes on the heels of 18 Somalis charged with recruiting young Somali-American men for al-Shabab, Somalia’s brutal Islamist terror group. Both incidents underscore the growing threat posed by al-Shabab’s pipeline into America’s Somali community. According to al-Shabab leaders, 25-year-old Somali-American, Abdullahi Ahmed, detonated himself last […]

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Humanitarian crisis in Somalia: FIFA donates USD 1 million in aid relief

By   /  August 11, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen FIFA has decided to make a donation of USD 1 million in emergency aid for the humanitarian crisis currently afflicting Somalia. The funds will be given directly to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in support of its programmes to help the people affected by the drought and the conflict in the […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan to visit famine-hit Somalia

By   /  August 11, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he would visit famine-hit Somalia along with his family in the coming days as part of an effort to draw international attention to the East African country’s plight. Visits by world leaders to Somalia are extremely rare due to the extreme security risks, but Erdogan was […]

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U.S. Relies on Contractors in Somalia Conflict

By   /  August 11, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Richard Rouget,  a gun for hire over two decades of bloody African conflict, is the unlikely face of the American campaign against militants in Somalia. A husky former French Army officer, Mr. Rouget, 51, commanded a group of foreign fighters during Ivory Coast’s civil war in 2003, was convicted by a South African court […]

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Tanzania donates maize for Somalia

By   /  August 11, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Dar es Salaam (Alshahid)-Tanzania pledged 300 tonnes of maize for Somalia’s drought-hit people during a visit by Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed arrived in Dar as Salaam Tuesday for a two-day state visit to Tanzania and held official talks with his host, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, at the State House. […]

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UN: Alshabab militants weakened, could regroup

By   /  August 11, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-The United Nations top diplomat in Somalia says there already are significant improvements in the security situation in the capital, Mogadishu, after the recent surprise withdrawal of Alshabab fighters from the city. Augustine Mahiga told the U.N. Security Council in a videoconference briefing from Mogadishu that Alshabab’s recent and unexpected withdrawal from the […]

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Kenya Shilling hits new low against the US dollar

By   /  August 10, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-In a dreary day at the FOREX market on Wednesday, the Kenyan shilling continued its downward spiral against the dollar finally hitting the Sh95 mark. The currency opened trading at Sh93.30, but continued to lose ground to the greenback and closed the day at Sh94.80/95, the lowest in the shilling’s history. “We anticipate […]

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Somalia government extends amnesty to Alshabab fighters

By   /  August 10, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Somalia’s transitional government has offered a general amnesty to insurgent fighters in Mogadishu who surrender and promise to renounce violence. The decision made by the Cabinet over the weekend was announced Tuesday and comes after Alshabab’s retreated from the capital, Mogadishu, early Saturday. “The transitional federal government of Somalia has offered a general […]

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Nuruddin Farah: In Somalia, food is used as a weapon

By   /  August 10, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen If the past is anything to go by, TVs the world over will show heart-wrenching pictures of malnourished Somali babies with distended kwashiorkor bellies; of flies feeding on their eyes; of mouths sucking at milkless breasts. Environmental experts will pontificate on the recurrent droughts in Somalia. Aid organizations will canvass the world’s rich for […]

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Why Western Aid Won’t Save Somalia

By   /  August 10, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By Sarah Kenyon Lischer If only we could blame drought and poverty for the famine in the Horn of Africa that would be so simple. Wealthy donor states could quickly send food, medicine, and tents to the starving, diseased, and displaced. Millions of people would be saved. Altruism would triumph. Instead, ruthless leaders engage […]

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