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UN Special Envoy for Somalia’s Statement on Presentation of Proposed Cabinet to Parliament

By   /  November 10, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, warmly welcomes the anticipated presentation of the proposed Somali Cabinet to Parliament tomorrow, 10 November, in Mogadishu. The SRSG notes that the proposed slate represents the leanest Cabinet in Somalia’s history and is particularly pleased that Prime Minister Shirdon’s list of […]

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Thousands at risk of polio in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo

By   /  November 10, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen An estimated 135,000 children are at risk of polio in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Three years ago, Al-Shabab insurgents banned polio vaccination in Kismayo and other parts of central Somalia. “One of the key concerns… is the potential for a polio […]

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Somalia’s al Shabaab, squeezed in south, move to Puntland

By   /  November 10, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked militants are moving north into the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, long regarded as a relatively peaceful area, after having been squeezed out of their strongholds further south, the president of Puntland said. Until now, Puntland has largely escaped the worst of the upheaval in Somalia, which has been deprived of an […]

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So close, yet so far in Kismayo

By   /  November 9, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By Peter Greste Sometimes as a reporter, you can feel out on a limb, isolated both physically and in the way you understand a story. And so it is here in Kismayo – the hot, dry port city in southern Somalia, where the afternoon breezes whip up gritty red dust that gets into your […]

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MKU Plans to Open Campus in Somalia

By   /  November 9, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen MT Kenya University plans to put up a campus in Somalia, Chancellor Prof Victoria Wulsin has said. She said the country, which is emerging from decades of civil war, needs to revive its education system to develop it human resources to enhance development. She said MKU wants to be part of the country’s reconstruction […]

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Somalia’s long road of institution building

By   /  November 9, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen A new transitional government is replacing the Transitional Federal Government, but opponents claim that the same actors have monopolised the process and continue to prevent the establishment of effective institutions. Against the bold predictions of a new dawn in Somalia, the masked men on the Maka al Mukarama Road in downtown Mogadishu offer a […]

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UN rejects move to fund Kenyan Naval forces in Somalia

By   /  November 9, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday shelved a request by the African Union for UN funding of Kenya’s naval forces operating off the coast of Somalia. “Three or four members” of the 15-nation Security Council blocked the effort to secure financial support for a Kenyan naval component of the AU military mission in […]

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Alshahid Centre Conducts a workshop on Strategic Planning in Mogadishu

By   /  November 8, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Alshahid Centre for Research and Media Studies conducted a two-day workshop on Strategic Planning at the Centre’s office in Mogadishu. The workshop which commenced on Wednesday was attended by 20 representatives from governmental and non governmental bodies. Mr. Abdirahman Mohamed, Director of Alshahid Mogadishu office, talked about the history of the Centre and […]

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UN extends AMISOM mandate for 4 months

By   /  November 8, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen New York (Alshahid)-The U.N. Security Council extended an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia (AMISOM) for four months on Wednesday. The resolution authorized the African Union member states to maintain the deployment of AMISOM to March 7, 2013 and requested the mission to take “all necessary measures” to reduce threat posed by armed opposition […]

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Security Council divided over Somalia arms embargo

By   /  November 8, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The UN Security Council on Wednesday renewed the mandate of an African peacekeeping force in Somalia for just four months amid a dispute over an arms embargo against the strife-torn country. A 17,000-strong African Union force is propping up the new Somali government, which was warned of the lingering threat from Islamist militants on […]

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