Somaliland. Wajale. Polisen iden byn har öppnat eld mot två personer som färdades en bil natten mot tisdagg. Det var en man och hans husru, vid namn, Yacqub Muhumed Hassan och hustrun, Rahma Mahamed Ismail. De dödades omdelbart. kropparna hämtades till Hagryeas sjukhus. När jag ringde igår angående om denna händelse, sa min källa att man grepp den skyldiga, alltså polisen och väntan på snabbt åtal, anhöriga till de två döda kräver att man verksätller dom eller avrätta och han ska begravas samtidigt som de döda. En fenomen som blev valigt de senaste åren i Somaliland, om någogfon dödar någon, då ska den som är skyldiga gripas, förhöras, och sdan avrätta honom och begrava samtidigr som ofren som dog. Jag har många gåger tidigare kritiserat hårt de Somaliland polis, att sjuta obevämnad person till döds är mycket allvar. Jag tycker de sykldiga ska inte gå undan lagen utan gripas, förhöras och döma, ställa inför rätta. MänniskornaI byn Wajale, gick ut på gatorna och började demonstrera, demomstranterna samlades utanfös byns polis kontor.
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K´nan en av de unga lovande artis är just på besök i Somaliland, nämligen Kán som ahn heter. Jag såg honom för ett halv år sdan på Aljazeera english, där ahn intervjuades av den kände jounalisten Riz Khan. Både FIFA och Coca Cola har valt att att han ska sjunga när fotboll VM invigs i Syd Afrika i sommar
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Song by controversial Somali-born hip-hop artist picked as anthem of 2010 finals in South Africa
David Smith in Johannesburg
FIFA, football’s world governing body, loves to present the sport as a means of bridging cultural divides. Even so, there are bound to be raised eyebrows at the news that the voice of next year’s football World Cup belongs to a Muslim rapper from Somalia who believes that its notorious pirates are just misunderstood.
His name is K’Naan and the song, “Wavin’ Flag”, will be the anthem of the 2010 finals in South Africa. With lyrics such as “See the champions take the field now/ Unify us, make us feel proud”, the track will be played in 150 countries, feature in TV and web adverts and be conspicuous at every match during the showpiece event.
Past football numbers have included Ricky Martin’s “La Copa De La Vida” at the 1998 World Cup in France and Nelly Furtado’s “Força” at Euro 2004. Perhaps the best known remains tenor Luciano Pavarotti’s rendition of “Nessun Dorma” for the BBC’s coverage of the Italia 90 World Cup.
But Canada-based K’Naan, born Kanaan Warsame, has some unconventional political views that Coca-Cola, an official 2010 sponsor that chose him for its global marketing campaign, may be reluctant to promote. He has courted controversy by speaking out in defence of Somali pirates, whose recent activities have included the kidnapping of British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler and the seizure of the US-bound supertanker Maran Centaurus. One of his lyrics asks: “So what do you know about the pirates terrorise the ocean/to never know a simple day without a big commotion.”
The child refugee turned rapper argues that the pirates have widespread sympathy in his war-torn country because they represent a backlash against western companies illegally fishing and dumping toxic waste in the Indian Ocean.
“A lot of people don’t like me for saying this but I’m in support of the pirates,” K’Naan, 31, said in a radio interview earlier this year. “Massive western companies would come to Somalia and dump nuclear toxic waste containers on the shore because there was no government controlling the shorelines. So these pirates initially went into the ocean to make them pay for that sort of thing. So they just take everything for ransom. That actually helped us clear our environment.”
K’Naan has expressed similar opinions elsewhere. He told the Los Angeles Times: “The west is completely ignoring the basis for piracy in Somalia. The pirates are in the water because there is a nationwide complaint about the illegal mass fishing going on in Somali waters. And nuclear toxic waste is illegally being dumped on our shores. People in Somalia know about this.”
As a boy, K’Naan was sent hip-hop tapes from America by his father. At the age of eight, he fired his first gun and, at 11, blew up half his school when he accidentally detonated a hand grenade; he also saw three of his friends shot dead. He fled the Somali capital, Mogadishu, with his mother in 1991, just as the country sank into civil war. But he once declared: “I don’t go around doing interviews about how my history is more violent than 50 Cent’s.”
K’Naan has collaborated with Nelly Furtado, Mos Def and the Roots, and his three albums have received strong reviews. Rolling Stone described him as someone who “thinks like Bob Marley, flows like Eminem and mixes African music with conscious hip-hop, unabashed pop and even metal”.
He has performed in 15 African countries while accompanying the World Cup trophy on its tour of the continent, culminating in a street concert at Friday’s draw in Cape Town. A new version of “Wavin’ Flag” is released next year.
Ni som såg på idrottsgalan igår, hur späningeg steg när svenska folket skulle rösta årets jeringpriset. För min del jag röstade på Zlatan. Jag tyckete att han gjorde ett fantastikt insats i Italien. Han bleb den förste svensk som på 55 år vann skytte ligan i Italien. Det skulle bli bra om han fick den igår också. Men vi får nöja med oss den manliga priset. Han har dessutom fååt två priser i Italien.
|Kenyan Parliament Deputy Speaker, Farah Ma’allin, Gives Historic Speech At Joint Session Of Somaliland’s Legislators|
|Hargeysa, Somaliland, December 26, 2009 (SL Times) – A Kenyan parliamentary delegation led by Kenyan Parliament Deputy Speaker, Farah Maallin Ahmed, arrived in Hargeysa this week on an official visit. They were met at the airport by the Speaker of Somaliland Parliament, Abdirahman Muhammad Abdillahi, the first Deputy Speaker of Somaliland parliament, Abdi al-Aziz Muhammad Samaale, the Minister of Finance, Hussein Ali Duale (Awil), the Minister of Interior, Abdillahi Ismail Ali, the Mayor of Hargeysa, Hussein Mohamud Jiir, and Somaliland diplomat, Muhammad Aar.
Speaking to the press, the Kenyan Parliament Deputy Speaker, Farah Maallin, said the purpose of their visit is to get a close look at the situation in Somaliland and the condition of Somali refugees. The delegation met with Somaliland’s president, the leaders of the political parties and civil society groups. They also visited Sheikh and the port of Berbera.
But the high point of their visit was the historic speech that the honorable Farah Ma’allin gave at a joint session of Somaliland’s lower and Upper House. The speech was both in Somali and English.
In his speech, Farah Maallin praised the people and leaders of Somaliland for the peace and stability in the country. He said although he is from Kenya, the world is now a global village and they follow closely events in Somaliland and whenever Somaliland is hurt they feel hurt and whenever Somaliland does well, they also feel well.
He said he is impressed with Somaliland’s political culture which is based on consulting with the people which is what democracy is all about. He added that there is no contradiction between Islam and democracy, and that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) practiced Shura and did not impose a leader on Muslims but instead let Muslims to choose a leader among themselves after he died.
Farah Maallin warned Somalilanders against conflict in the coming elections. He reminded Somaliland’s leaders that whatever problems arise they should focus on solving it themselves through peaceful means, as Somalilanders are known for, and not through violence. He also urged Somalilanders not to put much faith in foreign mediation saying that their experience in the Kenyan election dispute has shown that foreigners are often not as sincere as they seem and have their own interests.
When it comes to recognizing Somaliland, he said that is a decision for his country’s government to make. But he did give his personal opinion which was that Somaliland can secede from Somalia but Somalis will always need each other. As he put it, “if you secede, it is fine; if you don’t secede it is also fine; but Somalis will always have links no matter what happens and the important thing is to try to save what can be saved.”
He lambasted the warring factions in south Somalia and said, “Those men in Mogadishu have no power and no freedom and are in no position to decide whether Somaliland secedes or not because there’s nothing there.” He also called what is going on in Mogadishu shameful and has nothing to do with Islam.
Farah Maallin concluded by promising that he and his colleagues in the Kenyan parliament will do all they can to help Somaliland and Somalis.
Farah Maallin’s speech was warmly welcomed by the Somalilanders in the legislative hall and beyond.
Somaliland’s legislative leaders thanked the Kenyan delegation. The first Deputy Speaker of Somaliland’s Upper House, Ahmad Sheikh Nuh Furreh praised Farah Ma’allin for his brilliant speech and outstanding knowledge, but he also reminded his guests that Somaliland has been waiting for twenty years to get the diplomatic recognition it deserves. “If Somaliland is recognized, it could then help with solving Somalia’s problem,” added Ahmad Sheikh Nuh Furreh.
There are historical relations between Kenya and Somaliland. The two countries once used the same currency when they were both under British administration, and people of Somaliland origin played an important role in establishing Nairobi city.
This is not the first high level Kenyan delegation that visits Somaliland. The current Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga visited Somaliland and called on the international community to recognize Somaliland when he was the minister of energy. Kenyan parliament member, Paul Muite, led a parliamentary committee on a visit to Somaliland in 2006 and said Somaliland should be recognized as a sovereign state. Professor Ali Mazrui, one of Africa’s most renowned intellectuals and a native of Kenya is among many Kenyans who believe in Somaliland’s right to international diplomatic recognition.
source: Somaliland Times
Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) — Bolloré Africa Logistics, a unit of Bollore SA, may sign an agreement to manage the port of Berbera and oversee $700 million of upgrades to the facility in Somalia’s breakaway northern Somaliland region, Abdillahi Duale, the foreign minister, said.
“Our discussions are already in an advanced stage,” Duale said today in an interview in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “We have already made a basic agreement.”
Representatives of Bolloré, an investment company controlled by French billionaire Vincent Bollore, have met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Somaliland President Dahir Riyale to discuss the agreement which will probably be signed next year, he said. Berbera port handles food aid and other cargo bound for landlocked Ethiopia.
Port revenue provides approximately 75 percent of the Somaliland government’s $50 million in annual revenue. Somaliland, a former British protectorate that merged with Italy’s Somali colony in 1960 to form Somalia, has remained largely free of violence during the 18-year civil war in central and southern Somalia.
Last Updated: December 23, 2009 08:51 EST
Source: B loomberg.com