Category Archives: Featured

Shopping at night in Mogadishu comes to life, thanks to retail chain

Xinhua – MOGADISHU — The thought and convenience of shopping at 10:00 p.m. in Somalia was until recently a distant dream to many shoppers in Mogadishu, but the emergence of the first of a kind supermarket is turning this dream into … read more »

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Fancy dress company has a Somali Pirate costume, advertised with a model in “blackface” make-up

Daily Mirror – While Simply Fancy Dress in Berkshire pride themselves on their outfits, another thing they pride themselves in, it seems, is shock value. And hey, generally speaking, we have nothing against that. But shock on one level, for the … read more »

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Somalia: Fatuma builds her future from within a camp for the displaced (VIDEO)

Fatuma is one of 875 women who have benefited from the programme, which aims to ensure that pregnant and lactating women have some financial freedom to invest in a business and buy essential food. read more »

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‘It was overdue’: Governor celebrates appointment of first Somali-American airports commissioner

MinnPost – Last month’s appointment of the first Somali-American, Ibrahim Mohamed, to the Metropolitan Airports Commission has attracted volumes of plaudits and media attention across Minnesota — and other parts of the world.But on Tuesday night, it brought Gov. Mark Dayton, … read more »

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Turkey ups the ante in international aid efforts

Daily Sabah – The government announced that its aid agency TİKA has delivered aid worth over $766 million to over 100 countries in six years, showcasing Turkey’s growing “soft power” efforts to reach out to communities in need. Turkey’s state-run Cooperation and … read more »

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Muslim Canadians worry about effects of anti-terror talk

CBC News – “I’m a Muslim. I’m labelled a terrorist. I trust you, do you you trust me? Give me a hug.”That’s what Mustafa Mawla’s handwritten signs read as he stood in Toronto’s Dundas Square on a frigid day in January. It was … read more »

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Edmonton man Omar Aden believed to have joined ISIS

CBC News — It is thought that another man from Edmonton has been recruited to join ISIS, CBC News has learned.Omar Aden is in his mid-twenties. He was living in Edmonton before leaving in the summer of 2013 to study … read more »

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Somali refugees forced to pile everything they own after government troops destroyed their shelters

Daily Mail – This week the Food and Agriculture Organisation warned that many people in Somalia are ‘on the edge’. Despite knowing the hardships people there face every day, government soldiers destroyed dozens of temporary shelters and shops at a refugee … read more »

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What Refugees Really Think of Aid Agencies

IRIN – London — Aid agencies are partial, unaccountable and potentially corrupt, and they fail to meet refugees’ most pressing needs. These are just some of the criticisms emerging from a series of new focus groups with refugees and others who … read more »

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Growing Somali mall in Minneapolis now boasts one of the state’s largest mosques

Star Tribune – Construction of the metro area’s newest mosque involved a shopping trip to the Middle East, some back-and-forth with the city of Minneapolis and a reported $3 million investment.But developer Basim Sabri says setting out to build one of … read more »

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Kenya’s home-grown drug problem

Reuters – Drug use in Kenya has risen fast in the past few years, according to religious leaders, politicians and charities working to tackle the problem. They say domestic use has soared as international drug cartels have turned east Africa … read more »

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With grit and girded by College Possible, young immigrant makes his way

MINNPOST — When Walid Abubakar began thinking about paying for college, he budgeted for textbooks, transportation, living expenses — all of the usual stuff. And then he thought long and hard about the $300 to $400 a month he has … read more »

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Three arrested after potential threat made against Halifax mall

AFP – OTTAWA-Police arrested two men and a woman in a raid Tuesday over a “potential threat” to a mall near Canada’s port city of Halifax, home to the navy’s Atlantic fleet. It comes after security officials last month warned shoppers … read more »

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Somalis in Banyule fear loss of remittance accounts as banks cease transfer service

BANYULE’S Somali community is on tenterhooks with only weeks until the last remittance accounts — the only thing helping their families in Africa survive — are closed for good. Herald Sun — The deadline comes as a report on the … read more »

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UN and AU envoys call for increased measures to combat sexual violence in Somalia

Joint statement by the UN and AU envoys to Somalia UNSOM – Speaking at a high level panel discussion on sexual violence in Somalia, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Nicholas Kay and the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC), Maman … read more »

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Al Franken Joins 52 Other Democrats Who Will Skip Netanyahu Speech

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has joined eleven more Democrats in announcing that they won’t be attending Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. The total of Democrats who are not attending the speech has jumped to 53. In a statement, Sen. Franken said, … read more »

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Seattle’s Malitia MaliMob Reps Somalia

My Philosphy – Alot of people of my generation first heard of Somalia in the early 1990s, during its civil war. What I didn’t know was that Somalia is also known asthe Nation of Poets, where being slick with words and … read more »

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Publisher moves up release for Ayan Hirsi book ‘Heretic’

AP – NEW YORK (AP) – The release date for the latest book by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s rights advocate and leading critic of Islam, has been moved up from late April to March 24. HarperCollins Publishers announced the new … read more »

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Former Foreign Minister and Somali First Lady Shares Inspiring Story of Social Change

PR News Wire – MINNEAPOLIS, March 3, 2015– Edna Adan, former foreign minister and Somali first lady, addressed more than 1,050 graduates and 4,600 guests, faculty, administration and staff attending Walden University’s 53rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at … read more »

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Somali-American on FBI watch list detained in Somalia -source

Reuters — A former Washington-area taxi driver who was on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list has been detained and is in the custody of the Somali government, a U.S. government source said on Monday. The FBI in said in … read more »

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