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Two Kenyans held hostage after Somali pirates seize merchant ship

By   /  July 13, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen Two Kenyan nationals are among those held hostage after Somali pirates seized a merchant ship on Friday. According to Andrew Mwangura who is the Secretary General of the Seafarers Union of Kenya, MV Jamila was attacked by pirates while being repaired at sea in the middle of Uarseiek and El maan 40 miles from […]

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Road building, not state building, can solve the Somali pirate problem

By   /  July 12, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen Anja Shortland is a Reader in Political Economy at King’s College, London. Federico Varese is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford. The academic article this post is based on, “The Protector’s Choice. An Application of Protection Theory to Somali Piracy,” is forthcoming in the British Journal of Criminology, and is available […]

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Shabab kills two men burns car in central Somalia

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Featured, News, Security, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen Reports from El-bur district of Galgudud region in central Somalia confirmed that Shabab fighters killed Tuesday night two men at the southern suburb of the district and burned a car which was transporting khat to Shabab controlled village called El-shil. An inhabitant who requested anonymity for security reasons told to Shahid media that the […]

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Chinese naval escort taskforce wraps up escort mission for WFP ship

By   /  May 30, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

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Listen The guided missile destroyer “Changchun” of the 17th escort taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) completed a successful escort mission with the “Nawa 3”, a ship belonging to the World Food Program (WFP), which reached the sea area near Somalia’s Bossaso Port on May 24 2014, carrying humanitarian relief […]

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UN and international partners call for resolution of Somali political crisis

By   /  May 28, 2014  /  Featured, News, Security  /  No Comments

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Listen The United Nations, the European Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Tuesday issued a joint appeal for a resolution of the political crisis in Somalia, adding that they stand ready to hold to account anyone who poses an obstacle to progress in the Horn of Africa nation. “Ongoing political instability does […]

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UN Council seeks tighter Somali control of weapons

By   /  May 23, 2014  /  Featured, News, Security  /  No Comments

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Listen The UN Security Council on Thursday urged Somalia to do a better job keeping track of its arsenal of weapons, which in the past have fallen into the hands of Islamic militants.”The Security Council remains concerned about the diversion of arms and ammunition, including potentially to Al-Shebab,” it said in a unanimous declaration. The […]

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Uganda claims is troops seized strategic town in Somalia

By   /  May 22, 2014  /  Featured, News, Security  /  No Comments

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Listen Ugandan troops have captured a strategic town from Somali militants Al Shaabab in the volatile Horn of Africa country, a top military official said here Wednesday. Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, Chief of Ugandan Defense Forces, told reporters here that the Ugandan contingent captured Koroyel, about 250 kilometers from the capital, Mogadishu. “The boys are […]

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AU Special Representative calls for donor support towards Puntland’s priorities and development goals.

By   /  May 21, 2014  /  Featured, News, Security  /  No Comments

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Listen The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamet Saleh Annadif has called on partners and the donor community to support the Puntland State in its priorities and development goals. Speaking during the Puntland Donor Roundtable Meeting, Ambassador Annadif noted that donor support is pivotal to the […]

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SRSG Kay visits Jowhar meets Governor, community elders and civil society

By   /  May 18, 2014  /  Featured, News, Security  /  No Comments

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Listen The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Nicholas Kay on Saturday made his first visit to the town of Jowhar, in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region. Mr. Kay is the highest-ranking UN official to visit the town for the in more than two decades. Accompanied by officials from the United Nations Assistance Mission in […]

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Australian warship in large drug bust off Somalia

By   /  May 15, 2014  /  Featured, News, Piracy  /  No Comments

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Listen An Australian warship has seized heroin with an estimated street value of Aus$132 million (US$123 million) off the coast of Somalia, the defence department said Thursday. The 449 kilogramme (990 pound) haul was found on a dhow, a type of sailing vessel, intercepted by HMAS Darwin while patrolling the Indian Ocean some 40 nautical […]

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