This video says about itself:
“Somalia is making headlines again, but, this time, not for its pirates. According to a new Transparency International report, Somalia ranks number one on the list of most corrupt countries.
Huguette Labelle, chair of the Germany-based anti-corruption group Transparency International, said, “These results signal that significantly greater efforts must go into strengthening governance across the globe. With the livelihoods of so many at stake, governments’ commitments to anti-corruption, transparency, and accountability must speak through their actions.”
Widespread corruption in the country, which is torn by war and chronic hunger–half of the country is dependent on foreign food aid shipments, has kept business investors and resulting economic reform at bay.
This is not completely true, as foreign Big Oil and mercenary corporations are looking for profits in Somalia.
Somalia: Parliament Questions PM Over Foreign Companies’ Deals: here.
As for “economic reform”: reform in which direction? If that is an allusion to Thatcherism: it has been tried and has failed from Iceland to Tunisia; from Ireland to Somalia.
Somalia beat out Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Iraq–countries also mired in war or ruled by a military regime–for the top spot. Corruption in Africa costs the continent an estimated $150 billion.”
From Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu, Somalia):
Somalia: Benadir Administration Threatens Shebelle Radio
29 December 2010
Mogadishu — The administration of Benadir region under Somali transitional federal government on Wednesday threatened Shabelle Media Network, a Mogadishu based radio station, adding that he the administration will face prosecution.
Abi kafi Hilowle Osman, the secretary of Benadir administration under TFG, held a press conference in the Somali capital Mogadishu. And he accused Shabelle that [it] has close links with Al Shabaab movement, which US alleges to be Al Qaeda’s proxy in the horn of Africa nation.
The statement of Osman, the secretary of Benadir administration, comes days after Shabelle had broadcasted the income of Mogadishu harbor is used by the administration [in]appropriately.
Mr. Osman said they take Shabelle director in to custody if he didn’t proof and bring clear evidence shows if Benadir region officials commit money laundering against Mogadishu international harbor income.
In other words: Mr. Osman and other Somali allies of the United States government and the “free world” say: “Do not dare to expose our corruption, or we will persecute you as a “terrorist” (and a Muslim fundamentalist, an atheist, a communist, etc. etc. … all at the same time).”
This Shabelle item will probably also define them as “terrorist” (and Muslim fundamentalist, atheist, communist, etc. etc. … all at the same time) [sarcasm off]:
Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)
Somalia: Government Displaces Mogadishu People
29 December 2010
Mogadishu — Somali government forces under Benadir region administration on Wednesday started displacing internally displaced people in Mogadishu, reports say.
Early Wednesday morning, a lot of forces under Benadir administration are reported to have ordered IDPs who live in makeshifts near Mogadishu international airport to move from the area.
Sources told Shabelle that African Union force AMISOM had also involved in the action against refugees in Mogadishu.
Most of the people, who dwell in huts made of plastics and old clothes near Mogadishu seaport, have been displaced by Islamists led insurgency and violence in Mogadishu which kicked off in early 2007.
It is not still known the reasons behind these moves against IDPs in Mogadishu.
No statement was immediately available from Somali government and African Union force known as AMISOM.
The government of Saudi Arabia should immediately stop deporting Somalis to war-torn Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said today: here.
WikiLeaks reveals US twisted Ethiopia’s arm to invade Somalia: here.
UPDATE 30 December 2010: Just like in Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s allies are killing each other:
At least one Somali soldier and another civilian injured after the transitional federal government forces clashed with Ethiopian military troops in Hiran region of central Somalia, reports said on Thursday. …
Late in 2006, a large number of Ethiopian troops endorsing the former leader of the Somali Transitional Federal Government, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, invaded Somalia and managed to dislodge the Union of Islamic Courts that used to rule much of southern and central Somalia.
During the invasion, more than 20,000 people died and 1.5 million were displaced.
The Ethiopian forces in Gedo region of southern Somalia on Thursday ordered Somali forces and Ahlu Sunna Waljama fighters to put [down] their arms: here.
Somalia’s moderate Ahlu Sunna Waljama’ ASWJ are complaining about Ethiopian military forces in Dolow district in Gedo region in southern Somalia, an official said on Monday: here.
Somalia: 19 Killed in Mogadishu Clashes, Government Forces Mutiny: here.
Somali government forces clashed [with] themselves in the Somali capital Mogadishu leaving at least 3 government forces dead and 7 others wounded, witnesses said on Saturday: here.
Forces loyal to Somali transitional federal government in a checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday banned Somali women from wearing niqab: here. So, just as anti-woman as forcing a woman to wear a niqab.