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Issue 394

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News Headlines

Weapons Supplied To Somalia Government By The US Are Sold In Mogadishu Markets

The Shortest Man In Somaliland Leaves For Norway

Somaliland Parliament Says Suspension Of Voter Registration Illegal

Tostan Holds Conference On Women’s Genital Mutilation

UN Agencies Launch Next Round Of Child Health Initiative In Somaliland

An Interview With Ambassador Marika Fahlen, Sweden’s Special Envoy For The Horn Of Africa

Somalia Tells All Visitors To Seek Government Approval

Somaliland Government Controlled Media Used To Incite Extremism

Local and Regional Affairs

A CALL FOR DIALOGUE: To Hold A Free, Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election

East Africa: Ethiopia Takes Part in First East African Independent Producers Forum

Somalia Mosque Victims Belonged To Southern Punjab

Kenyan Court Drops Charges, Clears Way For Canadian Woman To Return Home

Al Shabaab Reportedly Beheads 4 Christians, Rips Gold Teeth From Locals' Mouths

2 Somali Women, Children Die In Fire

3rd Man Pleads Guilty In Missing Somalis Case

Man Gets 23 Years In Killing Of Somali Restaurant Cook

Athens Police Attack Somali Protesters

Libyans Kill 20 Somali Prisoners

Somalia: The Trouble with Puntland

Somali Insurgents Reject Government’s Olive Branch

Amnesty International Calls For Accountability And Safeguards On Arms Transfers To Somalia’s TFG

Eastern Africa Standby Force To Be Ready Next Year

Somali Islamists Pull Teeth From "Sinners": Residents

Communiqué: Conference With Former Senior Somali Military And Police Officers

Clinton And South African Discuss Somalia

Tribute To Ali Marshal


Western Countries Encourage Piracy By Paying Ransom

Features & Commentary

Somalia: The Center Cannot Hold

Incredible Journey of Somali Human Right Activist Waris Dirie – The Movie

Escape From Somaliland

Without Free Movement, East Africa Will Keep Marking Time

Clinton's Africa Trip Highlights Importance US Attaches To The Continent

What Was Siyad Barre's Relation To A Fundamentalist Christian Group?

Legal Brief On The Suspension Of The Voter Registration List

Mandela – Poem

AT THE MERCY OF SOMALI PIRATES: Hansa Stavanger Crew Describe Hostage Ordeal

Where Camels Once Trod, A Train Crosses Australia

Update: Independent Diplomat Responds

US Misguided In Moving To Arm Somalia, Say Analysts

President Isaias's Encounter With The Financial Times

Somalia: The Trouble With Puntland – Report

International News


Woman Who Tried To Kill Ford Released From Prison

A Short Guide To Tools For Citizen Journalists

Australian Camels Facing Slaughter

UN Human Rights Expert Sounds Alarm On Draft Media Laws In Venezuela

Poll Shows Afghan Vote Headed For Second Round

Bristol's World Cup Bid Brings Communities Together . . . On The Football Field


A Crucial Week For Somaliland: A Time For Action

Building Bridges For Somaliland University Student Outside And Inside The Country

Why I Fear For Somalia

Africa’s Best-Kept Secret “Somaliland” Is In Need For A Change!

Lost Faith In The System

Somalilanders Around The Globe: Vote For Change

Where There Is No Donor

Al-Shabaab: “The” Number One Enemy Of Islam And Somali People

President Riyale And The Election Commission Are The Reason Of The Election’s Bone Of Contention

Eastern Africa Standby Force To Be Ready Next Year

Kampala, Uganda, August 15, 2009 – A standby force in the Eastern Africa region will be ready for deployment in conflict prone areas by next year, the Director of Eastern Africa Standby Brigade Coordination Mechanism has said.
A Kenyan retired Col. Peter Marwa said the standby force will comprise of the military, civil police and civilians who will be able to undertake peacekeeping missions in African Union.
“The Eastern African Standby Force is one of the five regional standby forces within the African Peace and Security Architecture which is expected to be operational and ready for deployment by the year 2010,” Col. Marwa said on Monday.
Col. Marwa made the revelation at the opening of the second police point of contact workshop for the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) in Kampala. The Eastern African region comprise of 13 countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, Comoros, Seychelles, Rwanda, Burundi and Madagascar.
Col. Marwa said after they held a command post exercise under the multidimensional system in November last year, they were to hold a field training exercise in two months time.
He said 1,500 officers including army, police officers and civilians will participate in the training.
Norway, Japan and Germany have each provided funding and volunteered support for the initiative. The Director of Uganda Police Human Resource Management and Development, Mr Richard Busherurwa, said the inclusion of the police component in the peacekeeping mission is very important and has been overdue given the fact that such missions have been driven by the military component.
“The aim and objectives of this workshop is to energize police planning, coordination and map out strategies in fast tracking the development and operationalisation of the EASF police component,” he said.
Mr Busherurwa, however, said in their execution of their mandate, they must endure that fundamental human rights of all individuals are observed and respected.
Source: MONITOR, Tuesday, 11 August 2009







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