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Senior journalist’s reporting blocked amid rising intimidation and censorship on state-media journalists in Somalia

MOGADISHU – The Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) condemns the restrictions imposed on senior state media journalist Abdulkadir Isse Ali’s reporting on Somali military court activities. This restrictive and threatening behavior against journalists’ labour rights continues to affect numerous journalists and is part of a series of recent violations against the press in Somalia. On Saturday, 06...

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Ugandan officer killed by roadside bomb in Somalia

A Ugandan military officer serving in Somalia was killed and six other soldiers were wounded when their convoy triggered a roadside bomb, Uganda’s military said on Monday, blaming fighters from the Islamist group al Shabaab. Uganda has about 5,000 troops serving in Somalia under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) peacekeeping mission. Major...

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The final countdown to the Twelfth of July celebrations 2024 is under way

Bowler hats have been dusted off, shoes polished and instruments fine tuned as the Orange Order makes final preparations for the biggest day of the year in the parading calendar – the annual Twelfth of July celebrations. This year the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland (GOLI) will mark the 334th anniversary of the Battle of...

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Government forces reportedly killed 7 protestors in Adama

Toronto – At least seven peaceful protestors were reportedly killed in Adama – about 100 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa – on Wednesday as government forces fired live bullets. One of the victims is said to be a pregnant woman, according to local sources. The incident happened in Arerti and Abo locality of the Adama...

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Reduction of Somali health budget after 2023 debt relief a betrayal.

Somalia’s healthcare sector is ailing. This is despite the country receiving USD 4.5 Billion debt relief from IMF and the World Bank  last year which moved the country’s debt to GDP ratio from 64% to 6%. The relief followed protracted negotiations under the Highly indebted Poor Countries Initiative.  The country’s investment in health has reduced,...

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Somalia at 64 Years: Where Are We Heading?

“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living,” The words uttered by Mahatma Gandhi during his fight for freedom. These words serve as a poignant reminder of the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers endured in their pursuit of liberty. On June 26,...

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Tax hike protests in Kenya killed at least 39 people, says rights watchdog

At least 39 people have been killed in recent anti-government protests in Kenya, says the national rights watchdog, as activists gear up for a new round of protests this week. The toll, announced on Monday by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), is almost double the figure previously disclosed by the government for...

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Kenya’s inflation hits 4-year low despite high commodity prices

Kenya’s annual inflation defied the rise in prices of transport, housing and some food commodities and utilities to drop to a four-year low in June, latest data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicate. Consumer prices rose an annual 4.6 per cent in June, from 5.1 per cent reported in the month of May,...

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What is the Purpose of Qatar Negotiating with a Democratic Government and Radical Extremist Religious Insurgents?

Qatar is mediating between the nascent democratic Somali government and the religious extremist group Al-Shabaab. There are concerns about Qatar’s motivation that may have a hidden agenda related to Al-Shabaab, as it has been accused of supporting extremist groups in the region. Qatar, like other Gulf States, is known for its monarchy that is resistant...