24/11/09 (B526) Puntland : Des hommes armés non identifiés ont tué un haut responsable de la Police du Puntland. // Somalia: A Senior Police Official Killed in Puntland (Shabelle – En Anglais)

Unidentified gunmen armed with pistols have shot and killed a senior police official in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in north Somalia, officials told Shabelle radio on Monday.

Reports say that the gunmen escaped immediately after the killing action happened. The murderers ran away to the outskirts of Qardo town the regional capital of Karkar region.

The deceased officer was called Abdi Aziz Osman Farah and was one of Puntland’s police officers and was killed as he was traveling on of the streets in the town.

There were no security forces that accompanied with the deceased official when killed.

We had contacted with the police chief of Karkar region of Puntland administration Col. Ali Isse to know more on the killing action and replied that the police forces were still continuing search operations in Qardo town.

Locals said that a night curfew was imposed the town as the officer killed adding that the businessmen were also ordered to close their shopping centers through the town.

Many police forces could be seen around the main streets of the town and assuring the security and how the curfew implemented.

Insecurity situations had been increasing the in more parts of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in north of the country.

15/11/09 (B525) Nouvelles de Somalie (2 articles en Anglais)

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De nouveaux combats violents entre clans rivaux à Mogadiscio avant le retour au calme. // Heavy fighting starts in Mogadishu, calm returns

Fighting between the Islamist fighters and African Union troops AMISOM started around Kulliyadda Jale Si’ad, a large base for the Burundians forces in Mogadishu overnight, just as calm returned in areas where the clashes broke out in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Residents said that the fighting continued for a while as the rival sides exchanged heavy gunfire during the clashes which also caused all streets around the area to be blockaded.

Witnesses told Shabelle radio that the movement of the traffic and people was reopened on Sunday morning adding that there were more people who displaced from those neighborhoods earlier and recently returned and met new clashes overnight.

No casualties of civilians were reported so far though the new returnees expressed concern about the fighting between AMSOM troops and the Islamist fighters in Mogadishu.

There are no comments from the warring sides and the situation of the war zones returned normal and the clashes between the Islamist fighters and AMISOM troops comes as there had no been any fighting in the capital recently.

By: Hassan Osman Abdi

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Un ancien maire déclare que les troupes de l’AMISOM ne pourrait jamais rétablir le calme et la stabilité en Somalie. // Former mayor ‘AMISOM troops can not restore peace and stability in Somalia’

Mohamed Omar Habeb known as ( Mohamed Dere ), the former mayor of the transitional government for Banadir region who is currently in Nairobi Kenya has said in an interiew with Shabelle radio on Saturday that the African Union troops ( AMISOM) cauld not restore the peace and stability in Somalia.

Mr. Mohamed Dere said that the Somalis could only start a crackdown and restore the peace and the stability of the country asserting that the AMISOM troops could not even seperate those who involve the fighting those not involved.

The former mayor nad governor of Banadir region said that there were more Ethiopian and AMISOM troops in Somalia who vailed to make any solution as clashes continued adding that the Somali transitional government troops were those who tried to solve the security of the country reiterating that AMISOM troops could not solve the Somali matters if not operating the Somalia rmy.

 »AMISOM forces can assure only the security of the presidential palace, airport and the seaport of Mogadishu. bot not other ». Mohamed Dere said.

He official also said that TFG will not reach development and governance if it insists the AMISOM troops to keep the main centres of the government in the Somali capital calling that the transitional government is required to capture all districts in Banadir region and all the other regions in Somlia.

Asked about whether he got ride of the Somali political challanges, he replied he was in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to keep his life safety saying that there is no any policy in Somalia adding that he would return to the home country once.

He said each official of the transitional government was kept by a tank indicating that he could not get any tank and so that was why he prefered to live in abroad though he added that he was not one of the law makers of the transtional government.

On the other hand Mohamed Omar Habeb ( Dere), has welcomed the newsly appointed adminstration of the transitional government for Banadir region calling for them to consult and work with the people in Banadir region.

Mohamed Dere was once again asked if he would like the be part of the tranistional government if the governemnt called to him and he set a condition saying that he will only accept a post higher than mayor or governor of Banadir region.

Mohamed Omar Habeb (M. Dere), was the governor of the transitional government in Banadir region in the government of the president Abdullahi Yususf Ahmed and left the office as he was dismissed by the government the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.

By: Hassan Osman Abdi « Fantastic »

21/05/09 (B499) Le journal de la Flibuste … (1 article en Anglais)

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Les navires de guerre ne sont pas une solution contre les pirates. // Warships ‘no solution’ for Somalia piracy

Foreign warship patrols and dramatic shoot-outs will never eliminate piracy off Somalia, according to experts meeting here who said the crisis needed a long-term political solution.

They also called for foreign intervention to halt illegal fishing and dumping of toxic chemicals in Somalia’s territorial waters, saying the incursions were among the factors fuelling piracy.

Pottengal Mukundan, director of the London-based International Maritime Bureau (IMB) which monitors piracy worldwide, said the multinational naval task force currently patrolling the troubled region was only a temporary measure.

"The naval presence will not completely bring piracy under control. It will help contain it until there is a political solution," he said after an international conference in the Malaysian capital which ended Tuesday.

"The ultimate answer is actually to have a political solution onshore and an accountable government."

A country of seven million people, Somalia has had no effective central authority since former president Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted in 1991, setting off a bloody cycle of clashes between rival factions.

Calls for more aggressive anti-piracy measures have risen as attacks off Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden have escalated — the IMB says there have been 122 attempted hijackings so far this year, compared to 111 during 2008.

Somali pirates have claimed that illegal fishing has deprived coastal communities of their livelihoods, and forced them to resort to hijacking ships and collecting increasingly large ransoms.

"The international community, with its warships, should catch fishermen from Europe and Asia who commit illegal fishing off Somalia," said Roger Middleton from the London-based think tank Chatham House.

Mukundan said that illegal fishing was likely an early trigger for pirates who claimed to be collecting informal "taxes".

"But now it has a dynamic of its own. The people involved are not necessarily deprived of their livelihood. Taxes are not collected by criminals. That is absolute nonsense," he said.

Today’s pirates have morphed into a sophisticated criminal ring with international ramifications, that have forced naval operations operating under US, European Union and NATO commands to patrol the region.

"Until people have other forms of work, piracy will continue to happen," said Middleton. "You cannot stop piracy with 30 international warships. You will need hundreds of warships."

The average income in Somalia is 667 dollars a year, while a pirate can expect to earn at least 10,000 dollars, he said.

"I don’t see an immediate end to piracy unless there is a government that works on land in Somalia," he said.

Alem Tsehaye, Eritrea’s ambassador in New Delhi, said the key would be a strong government in Somalia, where the current transitional administration is facing a serious challenge from Islamist insurgents.

"So far, no success has been achieved. The reason can be attributed to the simple fact that all attempts have failed to address the core issue of a united Somalia," he said.

Tsehaye also appealed for action to end infringements on Somali territory and resources.

"The dumping of toxic chemicals and continous illegal fishing on their coastal waters is a matter of great concern that urges them to take the law in their own hands in order to establish control of their waters," he said.

"One cannot conceive an isolated solution to piracy on the Somali coastlands."  

25/03/09 (B491) Le journal de la Flibuste … une nouvelle prise pour les pirates – Shabelle (En Anglais) avec Reuters Les pirates arraisonnent un Yacht des Séchelles. // Somali pirates hijack Seychelles yacht

Somali pirates have hijacked a yacht from the Seychelles with two men on board, a maritime official said on Wednesday.

The yacht left the Seychelles in February en route to Madagascar but disappeared soon after, Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers Assistance Program said.

He named the two men on board as Gilbert Victor and Andre Conrad, both from the Seychelles.

« The ill-fated yacht is presently under tight security, anchored next to Garacad, Somalia, » he said.

Somali pirate hijackings have fallen in 2009 after international naval forces began patrolling the busy sea lanes in the Gulf of Aden.

Pirates last year made the Gulf, which connects Europe to Asia and the Middle East via the Suez Canal, the most dangerous waterway in the world. Dozens of ships were hijacked and tens of millions of dollars paid out in ransoms.

The pirates have been extending the range of their attacks, and the taking of the Seychelles boat looks like another long-distance strike.

23/03/09 (B491) Shabelle / Erythrée : bravant le mandat d’arrêt international qui le concerne, le Président soudanais se rend en visite en Erythrée sur invitation d’Afwerki. // Sudan’s president traveled to Eritrea on Monday in his first trip abroad since an international court issued an arrest warrant against him on charges of war crimes in Darfur. (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Eritrean television showed live coverage of President Omar al-Bashir arriving at the Asmara airport to be greeted by his counterpart President Isaias Afwerki as well as drummers and dancers.

The semiofficial Sudanese Media Center confirmed that the president had traveled to Eritrea in response to an invitation from Afwerki.

On March 4, the Hague-based International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, a vast arid region in Sudan’s west where a civil war has claimed up to 300,000 lives and displaced 2.7 million people.

Under the charter of the ICC, member states are bound to arrest those indicted when they enter their territory. Eritrea is not a signatory, however, and has said it does not support the indictment.

The tiny Horn of Africa nation has itself come under severe criticism from the U.S. State Department and international human rights groups for its appalling human rights record. The U.S. government has previously debated designating Eritrea a state sponsor of terror because of its support for hardline Islamist insurgents in Somalia.

Al-Bashir is also scheduled to attend the Arab League summit at the end of the month in Qatar, but there have been public calls in Sudan for him to stay home for fears he might be arrested.

Only a few Arab countries are signatories to the ICC and bound by its rules. The Arab League has publicly stated that al-Bashir would be welcome at the March 27 summit.

Arab League chief Amr Moussa said last week that the 22-nation group would not act on the arrest warrant.

Al-Bashir caused an international outcry by expelling 13 international aid organizations from Darfur after the warrant was issued. He accused the groups of spying for the tribunal.

He has said he was ready to expel more organizations and even ambassadors if they overstepped their mandate.

Humanitarian agencies say millions are at risk in the devastated Darfur region if international aid activities are not resumed

22/03/09 (B491) Shabelle / Somaliland / Les professeurs somaliens se plaignent de ne pas recevoir leur traitement. // Somaliland school teachers complain lacking salaries (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Many school teachers complaining about lacking salaries have gathered in front of the ministry of education in Hargeisa the capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland, Shabelle’ Tajir reported on Saturday.

The teachers said that they took no salaries for last three months and said that it had affected their families saying they had written a letter to the Media of Somaliland requesting Somaliland president and the government to solve their complain.

“There is money that is taken from the parents of the Students and we get only some of that money which is not enough to the life of our families. Most of that money is divided by the managers and head of the ministry of the education,” some teachers said.

The teachers expressed concern about giving nothing to their families saying that the families have also been refused to lend anything from the shops in Hargeisa city.

They lastly suggested for the Somaliland administration to respect the teachers and solve their complains as soon as possible to cover the needy of their families.

12/03/08 (B489) Nouvelles de la Somalie … La décision gouvernementale, de proposer au Parlement l’instauration de la Charia en Somalie, est appréciée de diverses façons par les organisations islamiques les plus importantes. (2 articles en Anglais)

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Al Shebaab considère que la décision gouvernementale est une hypocrisie et elle confirme qu’elle continuera le combat, même si la charia est instaurée. // Al-Shabab describes the decision of the cabinet as “hypocritical”

Al-Shabab Islamist group has described Wednesday the decision of the Somali Cabinet to endorse the Islamic Law as hypocritical.

Somalia’s cabinet of Ministers endorsed the sharia in a meeting in Mogadishu on Monday and the parliament is expected to pass the proposal.

Several armed groups have said they will stop fighting the government if sharia was implemented, but al-Shabab rejected the plan.

Sheik Hussein Ali Fidow, one of al-Shabab leaders said the religion is not something to vote and called for the Somali people to take care of what he called a plot from the government.

Separately, the organization of Somali Islamic Clerics welcomed the decision by the cabinet.

Sheik Mohmed Yasin, a member of the Somali clerics said the organization welcomed warmly the decision and called for the government to implement the Sharia.

He also called for the Somali parliament to endorse the Islamic Law to be ruled in the Country.

Thousands of Somalis have been killed in battles between armed groups and pro-government forces in the past two years.

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Le groupe Al-Islah accueille avec satisfaction la décision gouvernementale de proposer l’instauration de la Charia. // Al-islah Organization welcomes the decision of the Somali cabinet

Sheik Abdirahman Badiyow, a spokesman of the Islamic Organization of Al-islah has welcomed Wednesday the decision of the Somali cabinet for the implementation of Sharia law.

The spokesman said after meeting they held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi that they welcomed the decision of the Somali transitional cabinet who had met in the Somali capital Mogadishu yesterday(Tuesday) and backed the sharai to rule the country.

Sheik Badiyow said that the government and the people need to rule the country with the Sharia law urging the Somali parliament to follow the steps taken by the Somali cabinet to solve the conflicts and to restore peace and stability in Somalia.

On the other hand the Somali composers have also welcomed greatly for the decision of the Somali cabinet for the implementation of the Sharia law.

Osman Abdullahi Gure, a spokesman of the Somali composers’ council explained the outcome of the Somali cabinet that it was something to be glad and development adding the implementation of the Sharia law was the only thing that could be solved the problems between the Somali people.

The statements of supporting the result of the Somali cabinet about the implementation Sharia law comes as the cabinet held his 3rd session the Somali capital Mogadishu on yesterday(Tuesday) those agreed to rule the country with Sharia law.

11/03/09 (B489) Shabelle / Des somalis de la région éthiopienne de l’Ogaden fuient les combats et se réfugient à Galgadud. // Displaced people from Ethiopia reach in central Somalia (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Displaced Somalis from eastern Ethiopia have reached Tuesday in Galgadud region in central Somalia, Shabelle’s Abdkarin Bulhan reported.

The displaced people from eastern Ethiopia who have fled from renewed clashes between ONLF rebels and Ethiopian soldiers arrived in Balagis Camp in Galgadud, where more displaced civilians reside in.

Residents in the area said the situation of the camp is very poor and the people need urgent aid.

The civilians said they fled from the new fighting which ONLF rebels claimed. The rebels said they seized Mustahil town, but Ethiopia denied.

There are no aid agencies in the region except local NGOs