Somali Women Raise Their Voices in the Nation of Poets

A childhood encounter with a hyena inspired Hawa Jama Abdi’s first verse. Now she is part of an arts project designed to encourage women storytellers – and unite all Somalis I lived in fear of you, day and night It is a miracle world if I am standing in front of you, tonight Since I am blind and cannot see anything Come to my
| Art/Literature, Social Issues, Somali |

Somalia: SJS concludes a three-day human rights journalism training in Kismayo

Participants and trainers make a pledge to stand for human rights during the conclusion of a three-day SJS human rights journalism training in Kismayo, Thursday 23 September 2021. | PHOTO CREDIT/SJS. Kiin Hassan Fakad, a freelance human rights reporter speaks at the conclusion of a three-day SJS human rights journalism training in Kismayo, Thursday 23 September 2021. | PHOTO CREDIT/SJS. Radio Jubba
| Features |

John Hanning Speke and the Source of the Nile

On September 15, 1864, British explorer and army officer John Hanning Speke died by accident with a shot gun. Speke is most associated with the search for the source of the Nile and was in fact the first European that reached Lake Victoria and as such is the “discoverer of the source of the Nile“. “The expedition had now performed its functions. I saw that old father Nile without any doubt rises in the Victoria Nyanza, and as
| Africa, Nature/Environment/Resources, Somaliland |

Growth Potential for Camel Milk in Somaliland

There is unmet demand and potential for growth in the market. Food safety can be improved through quality standards, increased use of aluminum cans and more access to bulk cold storage, especially during aggregation and transport. The sector could benefit from increased access to finance at all levels, as well as mechanisms for value chain actors to mitigate their risks through insurance
| Economy/Business, Markets, Somaliland |

How an Intelligence Officer’s Disappearance in Somalia Ripped a ‘Government’ Apart

U.S. Army Spec. Kevin Martin provides security during unloading operations at an unidentified location in Somalia on June 28, 2020. (Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Combined Joint Task Force — Horn of Africa/AP) Kenyan army soldiers ride on a vehicle at their base in Tabda, inside Somalia, on Feb. 20, 2012. (Ben Curtis/AP) By Rachel Chason and Omar Faruk
| Conflict/Crime, Somalia, Farmajo |

Biden Signs Executive Order Authorizing New Ethiopia Sanctions Amid Reports of Atrocities

The administration did not immediately impose sanctions under the new order, but “is prepared to take aggressive action” unless the parties — including the Ethiopian government, the Eritrean government, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, and the Amhara Regional Government — “take meaningful steps to enter into talks for a negotiated ceasefire and allow for unhindered humanitarian access,” a senior administration
| Conflict/Crime, Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed |

US threatens sanctions against officials in Tigray conflict

A new executive order allows the U.S. Treasury Department to sanction leaders and groups seen as fueling the violence if they don’t take steps soon to stop the fighting. Senior U.S. officials who previewed the order Thursday said that while it does not set a deadline on the leaders, they wanted to see progress made toward a cease-fire in the
| News |

Somalia PM Rejects President Farmajo’s Suspension of His Executive Powers

The administration’s deviation from the elections process and elections security mandate The Prime Minister undertaking unprecedented steps that could drive the nation to (the) political and security crisis The Prime Minister seeking to infringe on the allowance rights and salaries of the Armed Forces and misuse of authority by certain institutions That the Prime Minister operated without consultation and cooperation with the President
| Conflict/Crime, Somalia, Conflict |

SJS, SOMA sign a historic MOU to defend press freedom and improve media professionalism in Somalia

SJS Secretary General, Abdalle Ahmed Mumin (front right) and SOMA Secretary General, Mohamed Osman Makaran (front left) sign MOU in Mogadishu on Monday 13 September, 2021. | PHOTO CREDIT/SJS. SJS Secreteray General, Abdalle Ahmed Mumin speaks after the signing the Memorandum of Understanding between SJS and SOMA in Mogadishu on Monday 13 September, 2021. | PHOTO CREDIT/SJS. SOMA Secretary General, Mohamed Osman
| Features |

Somaliland: HoR Speaker Names Sub-Committees

Ahmed Musa Jama Faisal Yussuf Jama Nur Osman Guleid Sulieman Mohamed Farah Hassan Ahmed Elmi Abdullahi Musa Abdi Ahmed-Yassin Mohamed Hassan Mohamoud Farah Jama Ahmed Abdi Musa Ahmed Hassan Ali Mohamoud Salah Abdi Bile Abdi Duale Abdihakim Hugur Abdi Mukhtar Ibrahim Hashi   I   Nuradiin Ahmed Dayib 2   Jamal Adan Diriye 3 Ahmed Mohamud Abdilahi   4   Saleeban Ahmed Arab 5 Eng Hirsi Abdilahi Hirsi   6   Ali Husein Nur 7   Ali Jama Arrale 1 Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud (Kaare) 2 Saeed Mohamed lsmail 3 Maxamed Abiib Yusuf Jamac 4 Eng Ahmed Abdi Ibrahim 5 Jama Ahmed Ogle 6 Hassan Omar Hassan 7 Mustafe Ahmed
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland, HOR |

Voices from Tigray: ongoing internet shutdown tearing families, communities, businesses apart

Share this blog post on social media using the hashtag #KeepItOn and #InternetShutdown to raise awareness about the devastating impact of internet shutdowns on people’s lives. Share our Shutdown Stories form (also available in Tigrigna) with people in your network affected by a shutdown, to help us gather more testimonies to strengthen our advocacy work. Your stories serve as evidence of
| Freedom of Expression, #KeepItOn, ethiopia |

Somalia: SJS jointly trains 25 journalists from Galmudug and Puntland in Galkayo

SJS Secretary General, Abdalle Ahmed Mumin speaks at the end of a three-day training in Galkayo, Mudug on Thursday 9 September, 2021. | PHOTO CREDIT/SJS. Radio Galkayo journalist, Muna Osman Isse, speaks at the wrap up of a three-day training in Galkayo, Mudug on Thursday 9 September, 2021. | PHOTO CREDIT/SJS. Radio Deegaan journalist, Mohamed Omar Yusuf speaks at the wrap up
| Features |

Taiwan: DPP Lawmakers Call for Foreign Mission Renaming

The Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland, inaugurated last year, is the only representative office using the name, and a planned office in Lithuania is expected to become the second. Democratic Progressive Party legislators Chiu Chih-wei, left, and Hsu Chih-chieh hold a news conference in Taipei yesterday to call for the word “Taiwan” to be used in the names
| Somaliland, Taiwan, D{PP |

Somaliland: Kenya Set to Open 3rd Africa Consulate in Hargeisa

A delegation from the Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa to finalize plans to open up a Kenyan consulate in the Horn of Africa nation. The two leaders agreed among other issues to upgrade the Somaliland Liaison office in Nairobi to a consulate and set up a Kenya consulate in Hargeisa. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somaliland President Muse Bihi
| Kenya, Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland |

Somaliland Gears Up for ‘Healthy’ Battle of Ports

Berbera due to compete head to head with Djibouti for Ethiopia’s trade Berbera’s resurgence could mark a return to its role as a pivotal port in the late 19th century © Mustafa Saeed/AFP/Getty Images Djibouti has been rated as the most efficient port in Africa measured by minutes per container move © Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images
| Djibouti, Economy/Business, Somaliland |

SJS launches human rights training for Somali journalists in Beledweyne

The training project, which is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy, aims to equip local journalists with new skills and enable them to collaboratively monitor, investigate, document and report human rights violations in the country. The project intends to reach up-to 150 journalists across Somalia. During the opening of ceremony, Hiiraan Deputy governor, Sheikh Hussein Osman who officiated the training
| Features |

Importing Afghanistan: A Very Stupid Idea with Very Powerful Enablers, by Tobias Langdon

Here’s some good news about Afghanistan. If you drew up a “Toxic Top Ten” of the worst possible places to receive migrants from, Afghanistan wouldn’t be #1. I think that honour would go to Somalia. Now some bad news about Afghanistan. It could be well #2 or #3 in the Toxic Ten. It’s #2 for...
| News |

Somalia NCF Releases Unsubstantive Communique on Elections

Federal Somalia PM, Mohamed Hussein Roble – Chairing Said Abdullahi Deni, president of Puntland State Ahmed Mohamed Islam, President of the Jubaland State Abdi Aziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagaren’, President of the Southwest State Ahmed Abdi Karie, President of Galmudug State Ali Abdullahi Hussein, President of Hirshabelle State Omar Mohamoud Mohamed ‘Finish’, Mayor and Governor of Benadir (Mogadishu)
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somalia, Somaliland |

New Bill Proposes Cutting Pentagon Spending to Fund Vaccines for Poor Nations

New Bill Proposes Cutting Pentagon Spending to Fund Vaccines for Poor Nations Jake Johnson jake Aug 20, 2021 "We can't bomb our way out of a global pandemic," said Rep. Mark Pocan, the sponsor of the legislation, "Shifting funds from weaponry and military contractors to producing Covid vaccines will save hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of lives around the world."
| News |

Somaliland-Taiwan Celebrate 1st Diplomatic Cooperation Anniversary with Scholarship Awards

20 students from Somaliland will study in Taiwan thanks to a scholarship provided by the Taiwanese government Ambassador Allen C. Lou, Representative of Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland speaking at the ceremony “I am delighted to join in celebrating the first anniversary of the establishment Taiwan Representative office in the republic of Somaliland. In today’s celebration, the office is
| Education, Somaliland, Taiwan |

Children in Somalia at ‘extremely high risk’ of the impacts of the climate crisis – UNICEF

Increase investment in climate adaptation and resilience in key services for children. To protect children, communities and the most vulnerable from the worst impacts of the already changing climate, critical services must be adapted, including water, sanitation and hygiene systems, health and education services. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, comprehensive and urgent action
| News |

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Tells U.S Special Envoy to the Region to Condemn TPLF

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- The United States Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman yesterday met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen as part of his 9 days tour of Djibouti, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates and scheduled to take place between August 15 to August 24 in an effort to
| News |

With Canadian funding, SJS trains 25 Somali journalists on media freedom and safety in Mogadishu

TUSMO TV reporter, Salma Hussein presents a group work during a session on freedom of the media and safety. | PHOTO CREDIT/SJS. Digital Shelter’s Abdifatah Hassan provides training participants a session on digital and data protection. | PHOTO CREDIT/SJS. Radio Barawe journalist, Osman Aweys Bahar speaks about the skills he learnt from the training. | PHOTO CREDIT/SJS. SJS Press Freedom coordinator in Galmudug
| Features |

Somalia’s Independent Anti-Corruption Commission officially joins international and regional anti-corruption laws, as the country recognizes National Anti-Corruption Day

MOGADISHU, Somalia, – The Independent Anti-Corruption Commission of the Federal Republic of Somalia (IACC) has on Saturday officially joined the international and regional anti-corruption laws, marking 14 August as Somalia’s National Anti-Corruption Day. “Somalia has today formally joined the international and regional laws of anti-corruption namely: the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC), the Arab Anti-Corruption Convention (AACC) as well as the United
| Features |

East Africa: U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Feltman Visits Djibouti, Ethiopia, UAE

[State Department] U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will travel to Djibouti, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates from August 15 to August 24. Special Envoy Feltman will meet with senior officials in the three countries to discuss opportunities for the United States to promote peace and support the stability and prosperity of the Horn of
| News |

Ethiopia: Major Oromo Group Strikes Alliance with TPLF

In this Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021 file photo, thousands of Ethiopians from the capital and surrounding areas head to Meskel Square to rally against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) under the motto “I march to Save Ethiopia” and renew commitments to support the national army. The leader of the Oromo Liberation Army armed group that Ethiopia’s government has designated
| Conflict/Crime, Ethiopia, Amnesty International |

Ethiopia: USAID Chief Wraps Up Visit With Calls to End Hostilities

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- USAID administrator Samantha Power finalized a day-long trip to Ethiopia without an audience with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. She however used her short visit to reiterate her earlier calls for dialogue and cessation of hostilities to end the nine months conflict in Tigray, the start of which on November 04 last year she commemorated as
| News |

Ethiopia: U.S. Calls for Urgent Ceasefire Without Preconditions Ahead of Top Official's Visit

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- The spokesperson of the United States State Department Ned Price in a series of tweets discussing the armed conflict in the Tigray regional state of Ethiopia, called for the implementation "a ceasefire on an urgent basis without preconditions and enter into an inclusive political dialogue" as a way out of the crisis in Ethiopia.
| News |

Recap of Recent Articles on Just Security (July 21-30)

Attack on U.S. Capitol Unpacking the DOJ Letters: No “Executive Privilege” for Trump-Era Witnesses on 2020 Election Machinations by Andy Wright (@AndyMcCanse) Where Was DOJ? Senior Army Officials Describe Costs in Absence of Lead Agency on Jan. 6 by Alison Strongwater Questions the January 6 Select Committee Should Ask Its Witnesses by Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw), Barbara McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) and Joyce Vance (@JoyceWhiteVance) Press Freedoms/Summit for Democracy Don’t Let
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Ethiopia: U.S. Announces U.S.$149 Million More for Tigray

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Ahead of the planned visit by Samantha Power, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, the US has announced additional $149 million to support the humanitarian response in Tigray state, where the UN said more than 90% of the population are in need of emergency food assistance.
| News |

Somalia elections: authorities must keep internet open, uphold freedom of press

Publicly assure the people, media organizations, and journalists of the Federal Republic of Somalia that the internet, including social media and other digital communication platforms, will remain open, accessible, inclusive, and secure across Somalia throughout the election and thereafter; Order internet service providers operating in the country to provide everyone with high-quality, secure, and unrestricted internet access throughout the election period
| Freedom of Expression, #KeepItOn, Censorship |

Djibouti Needs a Plan B for the Post-Guelleh Era

Deregulate SOEs. Djibouti has performed poorly in the ICT sector, despite its geostrategic location for global fiber-optic lines and its role as the main supplier to Ethiopia, Yemen, Somalia, and Somaliland. Consider selling a 50% share in the SOE telecom sector to the private sector to modernize and increase internet and mobile penetration access and know-how. If improved, the sector
| Djibouti, Economy/Business, Markets |

Africa: U.S.-Donated Vaccine Deliveries to Africa Set to Begin, With First Deliveries Planned To Burkina Faso, Djibouti, and Ethiopia

[GAVI] Geneva -- Following close collaboration between the African Union (AU)/ African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), COVAX and the United States Government, AU Member States are set to receive approximately 25 million COVID-19 vaccines to enhance coverage across the continent -- contributing to the AU target of vaccinating at least 60% of the African population. The shipments of these donated doses follow
| News |

Ethiopia: Govt Rejects UN Rights Council Resolution, Calls EU Proposal 'Politically Motivated'

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a statement expressed disappointment at the resolution presented by the European Union on the situation of human rights in Tigray and was adopted at the 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council today. Ethiopia described the move as "politically motivated".
| News |

DP World Defeats Djibouti Again for the 7th Time in Court Tribunal on Doraleh Terminal Dispute

Djibouti port operator had earlier terminated DP World contract and transferred shares Pursue all legal options DP World will “pursue all legal means” to defend its rights as shareholder and concessionaire in the Doraleh Container Terminal in the face of the Djibouti Government’s “blatant disregard for the rule of law and respect for binding commercial contracts”. Series of legal wins
| Djibouti, Economy/Business, UAE |

Somaliland – East Africa’s Ray of Hope in a Challenging Year for Democracy

A key tenet of President Joe Biden‘s foreign policy is cooperation with like-minded, democratic partners that share America’s goals. There has been no greater need than today for this new strategy, as conflicts simmer or flare up around the world. Over the past three decades, the world has witnessed change that few would have anticipated in 1991. Many countries across Africa
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland, Africa |

Can Somaliland Be Alternative for Russia’s Troubled Sudanese Naval Base Plans?

Sudan confirmed on Tuesday that it will review last year’s naval base agreement with Russia following speculation in April that the deal might be shelved. According to Chief of General Staff Muhammad Othman al-Hussein, who made the announcement while speaking to the Blue Nile TV channel, this is supposedly because “some of the document’s provisions entail certain harm for Sudan.” He
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland, Diplomacy |

Ethiopia: MSF Suspends Its Activities in Abi Adi, Adigrat and Axum

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Following the brutal murder of three of its staff in the Ethiopian region of Tigray on 24 June, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls for an immediate investigation into the killings and insists that aid workers are allowed to do their jobs in safety. In response to the killings, MSF announces the suspension of
| News |

Ethiopia: UN Says Humanitarian Access in Tigray Improved, Govt Says Flights Permitted

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- The UNOCHA says that humanitarian access has improved within Tigray, with large areas now accessible, allowing humanitarian partners to gradually resume humanitarian operations including food distribution, water trucking, medical supplies and farming seeds. However, the resupply of humanitarian supplies is critically needed, as is that of fuel, on which humanitarian operations depend.
| News |

Stigma and Business Failure: The story of Somali barbershop owner

I have a passion for the world of entrepreneurs. I tried many different types of business for many years, but my last one was different. In August 2020, I visited my native place, Abudwak district in Galmudug state. It was my second trip to the town since I moved to Mogadishu in 2014. Other than visiting my family, I had
| Opinion |

Africa: Summary of Statement by the Africa Group During the UN Security Council Session on Tigray

[Govt of Kenya] Uniyed Nations -- Speaking on behalf of the Africa Group #A3Plus1 [Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia plus Saint Vincent and the Grenadines]. Kenya Representative Martin Kimani @AmbMKimani addressed the UN Security Council during the debate on the situation in Tigray. Here is a summary of his remarks as presented by the Kenya UN Mission in a Twitter thread.
| News |

Ethiopia: Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ethiopia and the Situation in Tigray

[United States Mission to the United Nations] United Nations -- Thank you, Mr. President. And let me start by thanking our esteemed colleague from Estonia for chairing us last month in such an extraordinarily successful way. I'd also like to thank all the briefers for your comprehensive briefing on the ongoing crisis in Tigray. The United States deeply appreciates the
| News |

Ethiopia: 'Opportunity Must Not Be Lost' - Five Former U.S. Ambassadors to Ethiopia on Events in Tigray

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -- This statement was provided to AllAfrica by five former American ambassadors who led U.S. representation in Ethiopia for 13 of the past 25 years. The career diplomats welcome the cease-fire declaration by the Ethiopian government and issue an urgent call for humanitarian relief to the strife-torn Tigray region.
| News |

Somaliland’s Elections and Struggle to Break Free

This week on The Horn, Alan Boswell welcomes Dr. Mohamed Farah Hersi to discuss Somaliland’s evolving role in the Horn of Africa as it works to legitimise itself on the global stage following an unexpected outcome in a recent parliamentary election. Alan Boswell Senior Analyst, South Sudan By Dr. Mohamed Farah Hersi Director, Academy for Peace and Development in Somaliland
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland, Horn of Africa |

Ethiopia: Canada and the Atrocities in Tigray, Ethiopia - Scholars Respond to Policy Options

[African Arguments] Debating Ideas is a new section that aims to reflect the values and editorial ethos of the African Arguments book series, publishing engaged, often radical, scholarship, original and activist writing from within the African continent and beyond. It will offer debates and engagements, contexts and controversies, and reviews and responses flowing from the African Arguments books.
| News |

China and Russia Quiet about US Past Genocides and Ongoing Genocide in the Middle East and Africa

Albert Einstein wrote that in 1950, even before the CIA operation Mongoose10 had completed its control over everyone of any appreciable importance in American media and sources of information and in much of Western Europe and on the other continents, see the lengthy article: Worldwide Propaganda Network Built by the C.I.A. 12/26/1977, The New Times.11,12 China is accused of cultural genocide in
| Assassinations, China, Genocide |

Disregarding History: Tigray and the Collapse of Evangelical Neoliberalism, by Oliver Boyd-Barrett

June 2021 Elections On June 21st Ethiopians headed to the polls. It was widely expected that the incumbent prime minister Abiy Ahmed would emerge the winner. 47 parties have participated in the general and regional elections. Abiy's Prosperity Party leads the chart on the number of registered candidates contesting for seats at the parliament with...
| News |

Somaliland, DP World Open New Terminal at Berbera Port, Announce 2nd-Phase Expansion, Break Ground for Economic Zone

Our further expansion of the port in a second phase, and its integration with the special economic zone we are developing along the Berbera Corridor, reflects our confidence in Berbera and intent to develop it into a significant, world class centre of trade – Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World
| Africa, Economy/Business, Ethiopia |