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25 April 2012 Daily Media Roundup
04/25/2012
Somalia News Highlights: The US government urged the global community to provide continued humanitarian support to Horn of African nations; the Turkish government's interest and potential success in rebuilding Somalia generated mixed reactions; the UAE is set to host the second anti-piracy conference in June; Somali piracy prompted new ship designs to safeguard the crew; Puntland security forces arrested a man in Galkayo with a large cache of explosives; a Somali media watch dog group condemned Mogadishu's warring forces for a stray bullet that wounded a Somali journalist; a specially trained Alpha Security group pledged to secure the Somali capital; traditional elders of Juba regions boycotted the new Somali constitution; Mujahideens of Galgala Mountains allegedly purged Puntland forces from Laag and Sugurre villages; Ethiopia was accused of jailing two Somali lawmakers who opposed their political interests in Bay and Bakol regions; two civilians were wounded in an attack on a military convoy in Baidoa; and a new AMISOM forces commander arrived in Mogaidhsu.

COMMENTARY ON ISLAMIC WEBSITES

Amiir Nuur - The pro-al-Shabaab website claimed al-Shabaab Mujahideens Spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Rage (Ali Dhere) paid official visits to the Islamic administrations of Bay and Bakol in southern Somalia. Speaking to the Islamist media, Sheikh Ali Dhere stated that the infidels armies were besieged in few towns and most of the Islamic nation of Somalia is in the hands of al-Shabaab Mujahideens. He also claimed that the people under the Islamic administrations are in a better situation since the rainy season started. Somali Language

POLITICS

The White House - We urge the international community to continue their support and assistance to those in need of emergency assistance in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia with the objective of building resiliency in order to save lives. To prevent a worsening of the fragile humanitarian situation and more people requiring emergency aid, the United States Government is providing an additional $120 million to those in need of emergency assistance in the Horn of Africa. This assistance is targeted to avoid the crisis from escalating in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia where the lateness and insufficiency of rains are expected to have a significant negative impact on crop production.

Foreign Policy - Turkey may just be able to fix this war-torn east African nation -- if it doesn't fall into the same traps of would-be saviors who came before it. For the United Nations, the war-torn Somali capital is one of the ultimate "hardship posts." The U.N.'s few foreign employees based there are entitled to lucrative hazard stipends in exchange for living in one of the world's most dangerous cities. But for Turkish aid worker Orhan Erdogan, it is his family's home base. The influx of Turkish aid workers has corresponded with a fresh interest by the Ankara government in Somali affairs. Turkey's leadership in Somalia has left some international players impressed (the Turks are "ballsy," one Western analyst told me), others skeptical ("cowboys," said a Western aid worker), and most a bit of both. But there's no question that Turkish aid workers have received a warm welcome among Somalis, achieving a level of access that their Western counterparts can only dream of.

SECURITY/AL-SHABAAB

Garowe Online - Galkayo authorities apprehended a man with explosives early Wednesday morning, Radio Garowe reports. Chief of police for Mudug region Colonel Jama Mohamed Ahmed held a press conference in Galkayo said that the man was apprehended Wednesday morning with a large amount of explosives in close proximity to Omar Samatar secondary school and a municipal headquarters in Galkayo. Chief Ahmed declined to say if the man was linked to Al Shabaab because the investigation was in its early stages but did say that the man was from southern Somalia.

MARITIME/CLIMATE CHANGE

Garowe Online - The government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced today that they are hosting a second anti-piracy conference on June 27-28 of 2012. The anti-piracy conference is organized by the ministery of foreign affairs and Dubai Ports authorities and 50 nations are invited to participate the conference. Somali Language

Bloomberg - The world’s second-largest mining company, plans to change designs for some of its new iron-ore ships, the biggest ever built, to include safe rooms protecting crews against hijackings by Somali pirates. Pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and off Somalia, an area larger than Europe, jumped almost fivefold between 2007 and 2011 to a record 236, according to the London-based International Maritime Bureau. Ship owners need to strengthen citadels on existing vessels because pirates can too often shoot through their doors and windows, Kavanagh said. "We’re the only company I know of that’s doing it," he said. "I don’t think a lot of people are there yet. It’s too easy to call something a citadel when it really isn’t."

MEDIA

Star Africa - The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is alarmed by the journalist slightly wounded by a stray bullet in Mogadishu on Tuesday evening around 6: 30PM local time, while the union condemns the police beat up of a journalist in Mogadishu on 23 April, 2012. The editor of the privately owned SIMBA Radio, Abdiasis Mohamed Diirie was hit by a stray bullet on the left leg below the knee and penetrated the muscle on Tuesday evening 24 April, 2012 around 6:30pm local time at the Bakaro market.

RADIO ROUNDUP

Radio Mogadishu - A pro-government radio station

The National Security Agency announced that it will double its efforts in securing the Somali capital. Alpha Group, specially trained security forces, have been conducting security operations throughout Mogadishu over the past few days.

Radio Al-Furqaan - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station

The traditional elders of the Juba regions boycotted the adaption of the infidel constitution spearheaded by Mahiga, the UN Special Envoy to Somalia. The boycott was based on meeting held in Kismayo city by Somali traditional elders, leaders of al-Shabaab Mujahideens and Somali intellectuals. The statement issued by the traditional elders and al-Shabaab leaders of Juba regions clearly states that the proposed constitution is un-Islamic and anyone who supports it is a Kufar who rejected Islam. Al-Shabaab also issued warnings to those who support or engage in advocating the new constitution.

The Mujahideens of Galgala Mountains conducted security operations in Laag and Sugurre area of Puntland. Hundreds of Galgala Mujahideens were noticed in the area which forced the infidel-supporting soldiers of Puntland to abandon those villages. Local residents claimed that masked armed men were spotted along the main tarmac road inspecting homes and vehicles in the area.

Radio Shabelle - An independent radio station

Reliable news sources from the southern Somali town of Baidoa said on Wednesday that Ethiopian forces arrested two Somali lawmakers after allegedly opposing the creation of a regional state. Sheikh Aden Mohammed Nur (Aden Madobe) and Mohammed Ibrahim Habsade were seized in their homes by the Ethiopian troops and then airlifted to a jail on the border between Somalia and Ethiopia. Sheikh Aden Mohammed Nur, former Somali parliament speaker, Mohammed Ibrahim Habsade, former TFG Minster of Transport, have been on tour in Bay and Bakol regions of Somalia after allied forces captured the regions from al-Shabaab militants.

Radio Bar-Kulan - An independent radio station

Two people were wounded in an explosion that targeted military vehicles and rocked the road along the Khat market of Baidoa town of Bay region last night. The deputy police chief of Baidoa, Aden Baariyow, claimed the soldiers narrowly escaped the attack.

Radio Kulmiye - An independent radio station

Speaking to Radio Kulmiye KNN, AMISOM Spokesman Paddy Ankunda said the arrival of the newly appointed commander Mr. Andrew Gutti in Mogadishu is designed to begin his orientation with the government TFG. After his five day visit to the capital, the spokesman says the commander is then expected to fly to Addis Ababa where he will be meeting with representatives from the international community