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Wararkii ugu danbeeyay ee Soomaalida ku nool gobolka Ohaayo.
Defendant Abdi Aden Magan (AHB’-dee AH’-den MAH’-gen) argues the lawsuit was filed in the wrong country and too long after when his accuser says the abuse occurred.
Former human rights advocate in Somalia Abukar Hassan Ahmed (ah-BOO’-kar HAHS’-sahn AK’-med) sued Magan in April 2010, alleging the colonel oversaw his detention and torture there in 1988.
U.S. District Court Judge George Smith on Monday ruled Ahmed had standing to sue in the United States and the time limit for filing such a lawsuit hadn’t expired.
The judge relied in part on a motion from the U.S. Department of State saying Magan shouldn’t be allowed to claim immunity from the allegations.
waraysi Bartamaha la yeelatay ciyaartoygii qaranka Soomaaliyeed Mahamed Faarax Lowlow oo joogay Ohio
Bartamaha (Ohio) Baaritaan ay sameeyeen TV ku yaal magaalada Columbus ayaa waxaa ay cadeynaysaa in waxbarashada carruurta ee iskoolka kadib lagu xaday qalinka lana marsiin jidkii loogu talo galay ee ahaa in carruurta wax lagu baro.
Dowladda Maraykanka ayaa siisa lacag fara badan ururo sheegta inay jaaliyadooda wax baraan caruurta iskoolka kadib, laakiin Soomaali ku dhaqan Ohio ayaa sharafta ka qaaday magacii Soomaalida oo tusay qowmiyadaha ku nool Ohio in xitaa caruurteena waxbarashadooda inaan ku qaraabano oo aanan waxbana barin lacagtana aan jeebabka gashanno.
Waxaad ka arkaysaa baaritaankaan in Hay’adaha ay samaysteen Soomaalida Ohio oo qaarkood lacago boqolaal kun gaaraya la siiyay aysan xafiisba lahayn addreeskana meesha ay ku qorteen ay yihiin guryahooda ama UPS store-ka.
Waxaa ku jira dadka la haysto Muuse Faarax oo isaga haatan laga rafacay contract-gii uu la lahaa wasaaradda waxbarashada kadib markii lagu soo ogaaday inuu been ka sheegay saxiixyo.
Islamic radicalism and the threat of young Somalis being lured to fight for extremist causes usually aren’t on the mind of Ilhan Dahir’s friends at Hilliard Bradley High School.
“If we talk about it, it’s in an intellectual way,” said the 18-year-old senior, herself of Somali descent.
But Dahir said that last night’s summit on preventing the cultivation of extremism in the Somali community was worthwhile.
Community leaders and youths attending the summit, in the Embassy Suites hotel on the Northeast Side, said that too many young Somalis here are falling into crime or dropping out of school, at risk of becoming alienated and perhaps enticed by the lure of extremist groups such as al-Shabab, which has taken over broad areas of Somalia and has ties to al-Qaida.
Education and work opportunities are crucial, they said. Some young people feel they’re in limbo between the American and Somali cultures, Dahir said.
So there’s work to do.
Neither Columbus nor other Ohio cities are havens for extremism, said Robert C. Glenn, the new executive director of Ohio’s homeland security office. But partnerships must be built between government agencies and the Somali community, he stressed.
Steve Walker, a former state refugee coordinator, said many Somali groups here discourage radicalization, from minority Bantus to the Somali community at large.
Because of that, concern here is slight, said Fred Bowditch, a retired Columbus police lieutenant who is a homeland security consultant for the city and Franklin County.
“It’s a tight group here,” he said. “They’re very concerned about their children.”
Mohamed Hassan, imam of Masjid Abu Hurairah, a mosque near Innis and Westerville roads, said he believes extremist recruitment is a low risk here.
When news broke three years ago that 20 young men of Somali descent had left Minnesota to fight for al-Shabab in Somalia, the Columbus community was stirred to action to try to make sure it didn’t happen here.
“It awakened everybody,” Hassan said.
He said some curious youths visit radicals’ websites, but he doesn’t believe they’ll be swayed to join extremist causes.
Still, religious leaders have to take the lead to fight radicalization, he said.
Columbus is home to the nation’s second-largest Somali community, behind the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Last night’s meeting was held as soccer tournaments featuring Somali teams are being held in Columbus this weekend. Somali leaders here and elsewhere hope sports and other activities can help keep Somali youths away from crime, drugs and other problems.
A similar youth summit was held in Minneapolis in January. Young people were concerned about racial profiling by law enforcement, and the topic of radicalization had been a big taboo, community organizer Hindia Ali said.
But afterward, 15 Somali youths decided to attend that city’s police citizenship academy to find out how police do their job. She said five Somalis are now on police forces in the metro area.
Columbus needs to have frank discussions about radicalization, said Abdirizak Farah, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy adviser who once worked for Columbus’ Community Relations Commission.
“We cannot take the security and safety of our country for granted,” Farah said.
By Mark Ferenchik
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Warsaxafadeed ay soo qaban qabiyeen Dhalinyarada sanadkan qabanaysa koobkii shanaad ee kulanka Kubada Cagta kooxaha Somaalida Waqoyi Ameerika waa markii shanaad ee ay qabtaan kulankan waxay rajaynayaa in ay mideeyaan dhalinyarada ayan u tahay in ay is dhex geliyaan bulshada Soomaaliyeed ee ku kala daadsan gobolada Waqoyi Ameerika. Daawo
Agency questions him upon return from trip to Africa
Ganacsiyada Somalida Ee gobolka Ohio Ginevra Cafe oo ah meel aad u qiima badan oo Shaqaalaha Bartamuhu Shaah u doontaan Kalay oo nala arag qabay ku samaysantahay fadlan hadii ay jirto goobo aad ka heshaan oo meelha somalida nala soo socdsiiya si aan ugu soo bandhigno dad ka Bartamaha la socda jorna ugu qaadno gacansiga Bulshadeena Halkan ka Daawo
Somali immigrant Basra Mohamed has a deep passion for her Somali community. She is a part of it. She often works with a host of Somali groups on community projects. And she has been involved in community work in one way or another since she moved to Columbus from Dallas in 2003.
So, why is Mohamed in the media business, and not a community organizer?
Because her other passion is the media. She expressed the view that the media plays an important role in any community’s effort to thrive, be informed and be involved.
“I started this media service so I can help the community, because I see the need. I see there’s no newspaper or radio or newsletter that they can read,” said Mohamed, in an interview with the Call & Post, last week.
But Mohamed isn’t really saying there’s no newspaper in Columbus. There’s of course the Columbus Dispatch, and others. What she meant was that most folks in her community don’t read the Dispatch largely because it doesn’t report the kind of news interested to them.
“So I started these media services so that I can help the people, get them the information firsthand about what’s going on in their community,” said Mohamed. She spoke about the ‘culture shock’ that often greets newly arrived Somalis overwhelmed by the process of adjusting to their new society.
Somalis, understandably, are habitually preoccupied with the depressing and tormenting conflict ravaging their already battered homeland. Of course, Mohamed is tormented by that, too. But at the same time, she often reminds her fellow Somalis about the importance of being a part of their ‘second home’ that is now Columbus.
Mohamed’s panoply of media services operates under the umbrella moniker ‘Danjir,’ which means “looking after the community’s interest.” It includes a radio program, a phone program, an online newspaper, and print media, Danjir News, which she closed down last year to focus more on the online news reporting.
So much of what Danjir Media Services is looking to accomplish is fueled by Mohamed’s belief that the Somali community being an integral part of this society ought to be more involved by accessing community resources to improve their families.
But to do that, she maintained that an effective media presence must be a part of the equation, to identify and funnel these resources to the community much more effectively.
“They don’t even know the resources that are available to them for free,” said Mohamed, who also underscored the importance of educating community service providers to be more effective in providing culturally-sensitive services to the community.
The seed of Mohamed’s mission was planted back in Dallas where she worked with Somali refugees and immigrants. When she moved to Columbus, she saw “the same need here,” but expressed shock that there was no newspaper, no TV, no nothing” in terms of media services for the Somali community.
Yet, Columbus, with an estimated “45,000 Somalis,” is home to the second largest Somali community in the nation behind only Minneapolis.
“Immediately that’s when I started Danjir” in 2004, incorporating a community radio program in 2007. It wasn’t easy , she conceded, recalling that she and her partners paid for the first edition of ‘Danjir news’ newspaper out of their pocket. It was bi-lingual, with stories reported in English and Somali.
Danjir radio airs every Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m.
“We are excited,” said Mohamed, who said she models the pursuit of her passion for the media and community after successes in Minneapolis.
“I like us to be like the people in Minnesota,” where she said the Somali community has a flourishing media presence with newspapers, Radio and TV programs to keep the community plugged into the system.
Mohamed, who came to the United States in 1996, said that her ultimate goal is to establish a TV program for the Somali community in Central Ohio. She would not say precisely when she plans to roll that out, but noted, “It’s in the works.”
Meanwhile, the conflict in Somalia, which started in 1991 after the ouster of strongman Siad Barre from power, continues to shred the country into rubbles of despair, and continues to displace many as refugees fleeing to Kenya, the United States and elsewhere.
At the height of the conflict, a stampede of warlords scrimmaging for power littered the scene of a ruptured country carved up into hostile clan-based fiefdoms.
Mgbatogu is a freelance writer and editor of Onumba.com based in Columbus.
He can be reached by email at: Onumbamedia@yahoo.com
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Waxaa Fooda inagu soo haya Kulankii 11aad ee isku imaadka kubada cagta ee Goblka Ohio waxaa xafiiska Bartamaha.com ee ohaayo idiin soo bandhigaysaa maamulayaasha oo ka hadalaya Taariikhda soo jireenka ah ee Isku Iamaadkan iyo weliba waxyaabaha cusub ee sanadka ay ku soo bandhigayaa waxaan waraysi la yeelanay qaar ka mid ah maamulayaasha Iskumaadkan oo ka warbixinaya wuxuu yahay. Halkan ka Daawo
Private programs falsifying paperwork, district officials say
Columbus City Schools are stepping up oversight of independent tutors paid for by the federal No Child Left Behind program, terminating eight contracts this school year.
The problems have ranged from students’ signatures being falsified to employees who weren’t paid, according to district documents.
Last week, the district sent a letter to Horn of Africa, a tutoring program in Linden, stating that it was rescinding its contract based on evidence that employees “falsified dates, times of attendance and student signatures on attendance forms.”
The district conducted an inspection in January of Horn of Africa and said it had found students on computers not receiving instruction, including some playing online games, according to a district report.
“No instruction taking place,” the district representative commented on the form.
Mussa Farah, who owns the service that was paid almost $83,000 in federal money during the 2009-10 school year, said an illness in his family distracted him from running the center, which he voluntarily closed after being notified recently of the problems.
Farah said that the claim that a student’s signature had been falsified came because a student who had signed in left tutoring early because of an illness.
“I never did anything wrong,” said Farah, who is a spokesman for the central Ohio Somali community and on Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s Community Relations Commission. “The decision to stop came from me. I had to fire the teachers and everyone who was there.”
Farah still operates a tutoring center for South-Western City Schools that runs on federal money.
In December, the district also terminated its agreement with the Hands-On Math and Reading Education tutoring center because a tutor hadn’t undergone a required criminal background check.
In October, the district notified the Somali Women and Children’s Alliance that its tutoring center agreement was being terminated “based upon evidence that your organization and/or its agents or employees falsified parent signatures.”
And in September, the district ended its agreement with WAISS Network Technologies because the firm failed to pay its tutors, according to the notification letter. Firm representative Ashkir Ali declined to discuss the issue.
Four other firms were disqualified recently because of paperwork technicalities, said Larry Braverman, general counsel for Columbus schools.
Last school year, the district ended its contract with American Community Service Inc. because a district monitor concluded that student sign-in sheets were being completed in advance. Service owner Ahmed Y. Abdi said that he decided to stop doing business with the district.
“They just wanted to see paperwork,” Abdi said. “They didn’t trust us, they didn’t trust the parents, they didn’t trust anybody.”
Abdi continues to do tutoring for South-Western City Schools, serving about 80 students, he said.
American Community Service, WAISS, the Somali alliance, Hands-On and Horn of Africa all remained on the Ohio Department of Education’s approved providers list as of yesterday.
Under federal law, parents of students whose schools are low-performing can choose to get tutoring from any provider who signs up with the state. Columbus schools paid more than $3.7 million last school year to 53 providers, Braverman said.
Source: Columbus Dispatch
Habeen kii Mowliidka oo ay ku soo bandhigeen culimada Xerta ah ee degan nawaaxiga Gobolka Ohio waxaa ka soo qayb galay dad badan oo ay ugu danbaysay waayo waayo markii lagu qaban jiray xusaskii noocan ahaa oo kale ee lagu qaban jiray Soomaali. Halkan ka daawo
Columbus: Musharax Sh. Abdiraxmaan Xaaji oo ku qabtay xafladii ugu horaysay ee uu u qabtay Somalida isagoo ku dhawaaqay in uu u tartamayo jagada madaxweynanimada wuxuu kaloo soo bandhiga isbadelada uu ku soo kordhinayo Dowlada ku meel gaarka ah hadii uu noqdo madaxweynaha. Daawo1 Daawo2 Daawo3 Daawo4
HARO waa hay ad ay sameeyaan dadka Soomaaliya Cawisan Dhaamaan meelaha baahida xuni ka jirto hadan waxay qabanayaa Gargaar ay rabaa in ay dadka Soomaaliyeed ee Qurbuhu ka qayb qaataan waana Dhibaato Horleh oo Soo foodsaartay Dadka Degan Dalkii oo Abaaro Xun xuni ka jiraan Waxaan waraysigan ka soo qaadna madaxda ama maamulayaasha Hayada, waxayan faaffaahin ka bixnayaa Qabkay u shaqayso Hayadani iyo weliba Barnaamijka Gargaarka ah ee hada ay ugu baaqayaan dadku in ay ka qayb qaataan. HALKAN KA DAAWO
MUXAADARO DIINI AH
Wuxuu masjidka Abu Hurairah idinku marti qaadayaa inaad ka faa’ideysataan muxaadaro diini ah oo uu inoo soo jeedinayo Sheikh Abdirizaq Hashi oo nagu soo booqday magaalada Columbus, Ohio.
Muxaadaradu waxay dhici doontaa.
Isniinta beri ah
Jan 24, 2011
Bacdal Maghrib 5:55pm
Masjid Abu Hurairah.
Fadlan kasoo qaybgala walaalahana ku casuuma.
Maamulka Masjidka @ 614-207-2552
Ohio Cuno Soomaali hadii aadan hore u tegin haatan nala firi waxaan soo dayan doonaa barnaamijyo ku saabsan gacanasatada soomaalida iyo waxay u leeyihiin gaar mayaadan nala firi ku taal Ohio oo la yiraahdo Blue Star.
Bartamaha (Columbus):- The FBI has issued a more detailed description of a man who apparently sprayed a Muslim woman with a pepper spray and the public is being asked to help find him.
NBC 4 first told you about this story Tuesday, after a veiled woman told police she had been sprayed with some kind of chemical by a man who came up to the driver’s side window in the parking lot of a mosque. He yelled threatening remarks and drove off.
The FBI is asking the public if they know a white male, in his 40’s or 50’s, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build. His light colored, closed-cropped beard is coupled with a long mustache.
Authorities say his teeth are in poor condition, yellowish with several missing. He has light colored eyes.
The image of the vehicle he was driving was captured on surveillance video. It’s a white Jeep Cherokeefrom the late 80’s or early 90’s and has a roof rack and black wheels.
Anyone with information on the man or vehicle is asked to contact the FBI at 614-744-2144 or Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.
The woman did not suffer serious injury in the incident.