Millions of Oromo have fled Ethiopia in the last two decades, citing persecution by the regime
February 20, 2015 (NewsWeek) — Piracy was good to Omar Hassan. The skinny Somali fisherman in his mid-twenties throws his head back and rolls his eyes. “There were way too many fish,” he laughs. Read more…
January 7, 2015 (BBC News) — Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabab has killed by firing squad four men accused of spying for the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
The men, who included two government soldiers, were shot in front of a large crowd in the southern town of Bardhere, witnesses said.
A court run by al-Shabab had earlier convicted them of spying for the CIA, Ethiopia and the Somali government.
US air strikes have killed two senior al-Shabab commanders in recent months.
“One of the spies worked with the CIA and facilitated the killing of an al-Shabab commander,” a judge in the al-Shabab-run court said. Read more…
October 21, 2014 (Somaliland press) –With its relative peace and natural resources, the breakaway state wants recognition of its independence from Somalia
Somaliland independence battle like Scotland or Catalonia, says president
The recent high-profile campaigns for Scottish and Catalonian independence have buoyed hopes that Somaliland could soon gain independence from Somalia, according to the president of the self-declared country.
Somaliland is viewed by the international community as a territory within Somalia – a nation that is struggling to emerge from more than two decades of civil war. However, the former British protectorate boasts more than 20 years of relative peace and security as well as untapped oil reserves and mineral deposits. Read more…
By Ahmed Abdi and Abdullahi Nur Colombo | October 15, 2014
Somalia- In the wake of the central government’s collapse in 1991, foreign countries took advantage of the political crisis in Somalia and they managed to run a network of spies within Somali politicians.
One of those countries that led a naked foreign interference is Somalia’s big, bad neighbor of Ethiopia, which has been meddling in Somalia’s domestic affairs over the last two decades to fulfill its selfish interests by creating chaos in bid to prevent a strong and effective government to be established in Somalia.
With the help of the West logistically and training , the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) maintained to pursue its hidden but understandable agenda. Read more…
October 13, 2014, MOGADISHU (VOA News) —A bomb tore through a senior policeman’s car in Somalia’s capital on Monday, a day after suspected Islamist militants shelled an area where the president was due to speak and attacked a city center cafe, witnesses and officials said. Read more…
September 4, 2014 (Yle) — A Finn of Somali origin wants to run as a candidate in the Somali presidential election in 2016. Fadumo Dayib is currently studying public administration at Harvard, but she thinks that Somalia is now ready for a female president.
Fadumo Dayib moved to Finland in the 1990s to escape the civil war in Somalia. She’s now studying at Harvard but planning to return to Somalia—and she thinks she can make quite an impact on the country.
”I want to be Somalia’s president because I believe women have a chance to lead Somalia,” said Dayib. ”Women lead the country economically, manage family budgets and are very visible in society, but they have been kept out of politics. Somalia is now ready for a female president.” Read more…
Pentagon announces operation against extremist network in wake of suicide bombing raid on Mogadishu prison
September 2, 2014 (The Guardian) — US military forces have attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group’s fugitive leader.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said the US was assessing the results and would provide more information when appropriate. No further details were available.
A senior Somali intelligence official said a US drone targeted al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane on Monday as he left a meeting of the group’s top leaders. Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, is the group’s spiritual leader under whose direction the Somali militants forged an alliance with al-Qaida.
The Somali official, speaking on condition of anonymity since he was not authorised to speak to the media, said intelligence indicated Godane “might have been killed along with other militants”. Read more…
August 20, 2014 (New Vision) — The African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), a peace keeping mission operated by the African Union would be leaving Somalia in 2016, according to the latest assessment by stakeholders.
Lydia Wanyoto, the Acting Special Envoy of the African Union to Somalia and Eng. Sheik Sayid Ahmed Dahir, the Somalia ambassador to Uganda say that the roadmap of 2016 would be adhered to and that by that time the federal Government would have developed capacity to independently run the affairs of the war-torn state.
Sayid Ahmed said that Somalia is on the right path and thanked regional Governments, especially Uganda for ensuring that the conflict is subdued. Read more…
July 16, 2014 (Foreign Policy Association) — Considering the violent political unrest in various parts of the world, many accept the claim that the 21st century will go down in history as a period of global reorder, perpetual insecurity and bloodshed. If the grim headlines of the first decade could be taken as forecasts of the storms ahead, many nation-states are likely to morph into something radically different than they currently are.
While most are fixated on the domestic factors influencing the unfolding political madness in some parts of the world, few recognize that it is too naïve to ignore the foreign ones — especially since the latter in their interest, resources and strategic plans present more threats. Read more…
Government forces battle suspected al-Shabab fighters who stormed compound in capital Mogadishu.
July 8, 2014 (Al Jazeera) — Heavy fighting has been raging inside Somalia’s presidential palace after at least five suspected al-Shabab fighters stormed the complex in the capital, Mogadishu.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent reported an explosion followed by sounds of gunfire inside the compound on Tuesday evening.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was not in the presidential compound when it was attacked, the interior minister said.
The prime minister and the speaker of parliament were inside the premises, a senior police official said. Read more…
June 15, 2014 (Shabelle Media Network)– According to news reports from the Bakool region, a convoy belonging to Ethiopian troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was attacked as it was passing by Waajid town.
After the attack, the Ethiopian soldiers fought with the armed fighters for hours, residents reported. Two battlewagons of the convoy were destroyed although fatalities to the soldiers are still unknown.
The convoy was attacked as the troops were transferring to Waajid town in Bakool region after they withdrew from Baidoa in Bay region. Read more…
A Commentary by Mohamed Elmi, Thursday, June 5, 2014
(Ogaden Today) — A shift in paradigm thinking is happening in Washington. Somalia needs a more integrated policy approach that incorporates the diverse needs and aspirations of all Somalis. This is the only path to genuine and lasting peace in Somalia. An alliance with interregional powers and a few Somali intraregional networks or agencies to coordinate humanitarian and counterterrorism efforts have proved woefully inadequate. The new U.S. policy might be a radical departure from old structures and old practices; at least given the reactions of the large Somali communities living in Somalia and the United States, the new policy was hailed by many with great enthusiasm and hope for a peaceful and prosperous Somalia. Read more…
May 28, 2014, Mogadishu (Harar24) – At least forty people are reported to have been killed in an orchestrated attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab fighters on the village of Aato situated on the Somali-Ethiopian border in the Bakol region.
It was an early Tuesday morning when the attack was carried out by the militant fighters against a base belonging to Ethiopian Liyuu Police which was located in the village, prompting a serious battle to erupt between the Al-Shabaab fighters and the Liyuu Police as residents reported. Read more…
May 24, 2014 (BBC News) — Islamist militants from the al-Shabab movement have attacked the Somali parliament in Mogadishu, leaving at least 10 people dead.
Explosions and gunfire were heard and witnesses reported seeing bodies.
Somali police were joined by African Union troops as they engaged the attackers.
Al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, once controlled large areas of Somalia but was pushed out of major cities in 2011 and 2012.
However, it is still able to mount complex attacks. It has frequently targeted the UN-backed parliament. Read more…
Mootummaan Wayyaanee Badii Tokkoon Malee Sabboonaa Artistii Oromoo Jaafar Yusuuf Ukkaamsuu Mana Hidhaa Galche
By Qeerroo.org | April 18, 2014
Mootummaan Wayyaanee aartii fi Artistoota Oromoo nyaachaa alalfachaa kan as geesse Sabboonaa Jaallatamaa wallisaa Oromoo kan tahee fi yeroo ammaa kana keessatti walleewwan haaraa baasuudhaan daran jaallatamaa kan dhufe Wallisaa Artistii Oromoo Jaafar Yusuuf mootummaan wayyaanee Ukkaamsuun mana hidhaa keessatti darara irraan gahaa jirti. Mootummaan wayyaanee Wallisaa Jaafar Yusuuf dhimma Lafa naannawa Finfinnee federaala jala galchuu ilaalchisee wallee Finfinneen Keenyuma jedhu wallee baaqqee gadhiisteetta, Ati akeeka mootummaa wayyaanee Uummata kakaasuun fashalsiisuu irratti argamta jechuun mana hidhaatti ukkaamsuun darara jabaa reebichaa bakka lafeen ilmaan Oromoo hedduun keessatti nyaatame Maaikelaawwii keessatti dararaa jirti
Mootummaan Wayyaanee Artistoota Oromoo waan Oromoo fi Oromiyaa sirban kanneen akka Eebbisaa Addunyaa, Yoseef Gammachuu, Usmaayyoo Muusaa, Abdii Qophee fi kanneen biroo hedduu darara jabaa irraan gahuun lubbuu isaanii kan dabarsite yoommuu tahu yeroo ammaa kanas Sabboontota Oromoo Artistoota waan Oromoo sirbuun oromummaa hubachiisan kanneen akka Jaafar Yusuuf mana hidhaa keessatti darara jabaa irraan gahaa jirti. Read more…