Somalia: A Saudi Journalist Origin From Somalia Deported to Mogadishu, an Exclusive Interview With Radio Dalsan
14 January 2014
A Saudi born journalist but original from Somalia, Omar Osman has been deported from Saudi Arabia to Somalia in regards of allegation- after he twittered a misappropriate thing against the Saudi kingdom.
The 33 year old Osman, who’s the writer of AL-YOOM newspaper in Saudi Arabia for quite six good years, is now suffering despondently.
This deportation comes last Friday after he has been in jail for three months. In an interview with RADIO ALSAN Omar says:
“For the last three months I have been in jail. Then last week the internal security minster communicated with me, and told me that I have been illegally operating in Saudi Arabia. With no valid documents.
The minister told me in order to find an evidence, regarding your accusation we have done further investigation in cooporation with our security agencies,- we therefore dare to deport you to Somalia. After that they transported me to the immigration sector in the airport”.
Although it is his first time in Somalia, we visited him at his hotel in Mogadishu. Omar seem to be different because of the new faces, he hardly speaking broken Somali language with mixture of Arabic words. He told us his historical background with a long conversation. Omar says:
“I have valid documents. I was born in Riyadh the city in Saudi Arabia. 33 years now, I studied there from my primary school up to university. All my siblings are living there, I don’t have any family in Somalia” Omar quoted sadly.
In efforts from his family in Saudi Arabia is appealing to the government in order to return Omar back home.
Omar studied engineering then joined school of journalism where he has been working with different media organization in Saudi Arabia for the last decade.
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From the Washington Post in the USA:
U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say
By Craig Whitlock, Published: January 10
The U.S. military has deployed a small number of uniformed trainers and advisers to the failed state of Somalia for the first time since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans were killed in the failed “Black Hawk Down” operation.
A cell of U.S. military personnel has been stationed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu since last fall to advise and coordinate operations with African troops fighting to wrest control of the country from the al-Shabab militia, an Islamist group whose leaders have professed loyalty to al-Qaeda, according to three U.S. military officials.
The previously undisclosed deployment — of fewer than two-dozen troops — reverses two decades of U.S. policy that effectively prohibited military “boots on the ground” in Somalia. …
Drones from a U.S. base in Djibouti — a neighboring Horn of Africa country — conduct surveillance missions and occasional airstrikes from Somalia’s skies. Elite Special Operations forces have also set foot on Somali territory on rare occasions to carry out counter-terrorism raids and hostage rescues, but only in the shadows and for no more than a few hours at a time.
Ethiopian Forces Pour Into Guriel Town, Central Somalia: here.
This video says about itself:
Women imprisoned for being raped in Somalia – FOCUS – 06/06/2013
In Somalia, women who fled a famine two years ago are now falling prey to rape by militias and even government troops. These attacks are taking place in displaced [persons'] camps where they hoped to find refuge. An organisation is helping victims, offering counselling and legal support, but it’s uphill battle in a country where speaking out against rape is still widely considered taboo. In January this year, a woman was even sent to prison after complaining that she was violated by government soldiers.
In Afghanistan, the Pentagon and its NATO allies have installed a government wanting to bring back the death penalty by stoning.
26 November 2013
Shabelle Radio dircetor arrested for allowing a reporter to use the station’s camera to record an interview with an alleged rape victim.
Somali government security forces have arrested the director of privately owned radio station Shabelle for allowing a reporter to use the station’s camera to record an interview with an alleged rape victim.
Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamud said he was arrested because a camera belonging to the station was used by Mohamed Bashir, a Shabelle reporter who interviewed the alleged victim.
“I’m in prison because Mohamed, who is also in prison with me, interviewed the woman that was allegedly raped using a camera belonging to the radio station,” he said.
Bashir was arrested five days ago when a video interview of the alleged victim surfaced online. The alleged victim and the reporter who interviewed her were arrested after the alleged attackers filed a defamation case against both of them. No date for hearing has been set.
“We call upon authorities to release Mohamed Bashir and the victim of the alleged rape, and to ensure a transparent and efficient investigation into the allegations,” Tom Rhodes of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
“This is not the first time in Somalia that the victim of an alleged rape and a messenger are harassed or imprisoned for reporting such allegations.” Last month, Somali government security forces raided the Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle, forcing the station to go off the air.
Somalia is considered on the most dangerous working environment for journalists. In 2012 alone more than 12 journalists were killed in Somalia – the second highest total in the world after Syria – with most of the killings occurring in the capital city Mogadishu.
Rape is like a car accident, and other terrible things said about women, abortion, and rape in 2013: here.
- Somali radio director arrested over rape case (aljazeera.com)
- Somali police arrest alleged rape victim and reporter (telegraph.co.uk)
- Somali woman arrested for rape claim (bbc.co.uk)
- Female journalist locked up in Somalia for saying she was raped (africareview.com)
- Journalists in Somalia arrested after airing rape allegations (appablog.wordpress.com)
- Rights group urges release of jailed Somali rape victim and journalist (sudantribune.com)
- UN warns Somalia after alleged rape victim, journalists arrested (modernghana.com)
- UN warns Somalia over rights abuse (thedailystar.net)
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By Robert Stevens in Britain:
19 November 2013
Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, a 27-year-old British citizen of Somali descent, was allegedly tortured in Somalia with the complicity of UK authorities. He was then flown to Britain, where his democratic rights were further abused.
Claims by Mohamed’s lawyers are backed up by another man only referred to as “CF”. Both are attempting to sue the British government for damages.
Last week, a Guardian article reported that Mohamed arrived back in the UK from Somalia in March 2011, after effectively being subjected to extraordinary rendition. This involves the secret abduction of individuals who are claimed to be “terrorists”, pioneered by the United States with British complicity, who are then sent to nations that practice torture. In the case of Mohamed, his lawyers allege he was subjected to a rendition back to the UK.
Mohamed disappeared after a visit to a mosque in London on November 1. He had been under a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure (TPIM) for almost two years. TPIMs are antidemocratic “control orders” in which a person’s movements are strictly monitored.
Mohamed disappeared after he entered the mosque and removed his electronic tag. He left the mosque disguised in a woman’s burka. Border Agency officials, MI5 officers and reportedly undercover soldiers were then mobilised in a dragnet to find him.
He had been due to appear at a court hearing over claims he had breached the terms of the TPIM. Details about Mohamed’s legal action against the UK’s Foreign Office, Home Office, Ministry of Defence and the Attorney General only emerged at the High Court after a judge lifted an anonymity order against him. The order was lifted after Mohamed’s disappearance from the mosque, in order to assist in his apprehension.
Mohamed travelled to Somalia in 2007 and was detained there with CF in January 2011. CF had travelled to Somalia in 2009, and both were flown back to the UK in March 2011. Their legal action against the UK government claims that “officers and agents…by their acts and omissions, procured, induced, encouraged or directly caused, or were otherwise complicit in” their detention, assault, mistreatment and torture while in Somaliland.
Mohamed’s solicitor, Gareth Pierce, said outside the court, “We have the most serious concerns in relation to a young man who was hideously tortured in Somalia for two months, was forcibly and illegally deported to this country and where the question has been repeatedly raised of the complicity of the British authorities and the security services in that unlawful removal.”
On Britain’s alleged involvement in the abuse and rendition of Mohamed and CF, the Guardian reports, “It appears that, in January 2011, CF wished to return to the UK via Addis Ababa, and asked Mohamed to help him travel across Somaliland and on to the Ethiopian border. On the night of 14 January, while staying in a house in the town of Burao, the pair heard a helicopter hovering overhead. Moments later, a group of armed and uniformed men burst through the front door, forced hoods over their heads and tied their hands tight behind their backs”.
It continues, “CF claims he could hear the leader giving orders in English, with a British accent. At one point, the hoods were said to have been lifted briefly so that their faces could be checked against what appeared to be mugshots. Both men say they were fingerprinted and that DNA swabs were taken from inside their cheeks; CF says ‘Bravo 1’ was written across his forehead.”
For the next several days, both men allege that “they faced mock executions and severe beatings, and were then held in brightly lit cells at a prison in Somaliland. CF claims he was kept naked for a period, and was once half-strangled with a piece of cloth. When a UK Foreign Office consular official visited CF a month after his detention, he recorded that marks, apparently from handcuffs, were visible on CF’s wrists.”
Both men say they were interrogated repeatedly, being posed questions based on information that can only have been supplied by the British authorities. The local media reported that their capture “was the result of a joint operation by British and Somaliland intelligence officers.”
On March 13, both were forced aboard a flight to Dubai. The Guardian reported that Mohamed “begged to be returned instead to Somalia, to be reunited with his family. In Dubai, they were put aboard another flight, to London, and guarded en route. Neither man was aware of any formal deportation process.”
Facts have since emerged, reported by the Guardian, pointing to Britain’s role in these heinous events. According to the newspaper, Home Secretary Theresa May “had signed Mohamed’s control order on 13 January 2011, the day before the pair were arrested. Then it became clear that in March that year, two days before the pair were taken from prison and forced aboard an aircraft, MI5 had sent an email to police at Heathrow giving precise details of the flight upon which the men would be arriving at the airport.”
Mohamed was stopped and asked 118 questions under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This was the same legislation used to illegally detain, in August of this year, David Miranda, the partner of former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald.
The MI5 e-mail requested of the police, “We would be grateful if you would NOT be drawn into any discussion with MOHAMED regarding HMG [Her Majesty’s Government] involvement in his arrest.” It added, “You should be aware that any such write up is likely to be disclosable in any future civil proceedings.”
Following hours of questioning, Mohammed was told he was being put under a control order (the predecessor of TPIMs) and that he would have to live in Ipswich, in the east of England, with stringent prohibitions on his activity.
MI5’s claim that the two men were involved in terrorism poses the question, why were they allowed to live among the general population? When news broke of Mohamed’s disappearance from the mosque, May said he did not pose “a direct threat” to the public.
To conceal the role of its operatives in alleged torture and abuse of a British citizen, the British government is utilising a new antidemocratic law, passed earlier this year. Lawyers representing the government’s spy services are using provisions of the Justice and Security Act. This means that any evidence possessed by the government supporting such allegations will in all likelihood never be made public. The Act allows for such material only being heard by a court in secret. Even the part of a court’s final judgment referring to such evidence would be concealed.
Yet more draconian legislation is being prepared by the government, including powers to make “terror suspects” stateless. May is planning the removal of UK passports from such individuals, even if they have no other citizenship and become “stateless” as a result.
The Conservative/Liberal Democrat government has already confiscated the UK passports of 16 individuals who have dual nationality.
International human rights conventions signed by Britain, including the United Nation’s 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, prevent a government from making stateless a person with only one citizenship. May has asked officials to investigate how to circumvent these conventions. A law to this effect could be enacted through an amendment to the immigration bill now going through parliament, according to the Financial Times.
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11 November 2013
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Monday (November 11th) for Somalia‘s government to order a new, impartial and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldiers, AFP reported.
HRW said the response to the incident “has been marred by mismanagement, opacity, and the harassment of the female rape survivor and support service providers”.
A Somali woman alleged in August that she had been stopped on the streets of Mogadishu by three soldiers from the Somali National Army, blindfolded and forced into a car, before being handed over to AMISOM troops, where she says she was repeatedly raped.
The woman, in her late 20s with a young baby, was unconscious during the attack and says she does not know how many men raped her.
AMISOM said at the time it had launched an investigation. But Human Rights Watch said that “three months on, the government’s investigation into the case has been mismanaged and no findings have been made public”.
Somali civil society activists called on the government last week to complete the investigation and make the results public.
- Rights group demands new probe into Somalia gang rape (modernghana.com)
- Somalia: Deeply Flawed Rape Inquiry (hrw.org)
- Rights group demands new probe into Somalia gang rape (nation.co.ke)
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By Alex Lantier:
Fifty dead as another migrant ship sinks off Italy
12 October 2013
Dozens of migrants died yesterday when their boat capsized in heavy seas 100 kilometers south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, only one week after a similar disaster claimed the lives of at least 339 migrants within sight of the island.
Italian news agency Ansa said approximately 50 bodies, including women and 10 children, had been pulled from the water.
The navies of Italy and the nearby island nation of Malta worked to rescue survivors of the sinking. A Maltese ship reported having picked up approximately 150 people, while the Italian navy said it had rescued around 50 survivors and was sending more rescue boats to the scene.
“The operation is in progress. The navigational conditions are difficult, with a strong wind,” a Maltese navy spokesman told Agence France-Presse last night.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told a news conference in Valletta that Maltese officials could confirm the death of at least 27 people, and “the number is expected to rise, possibly drastically.”
An Italian helicopter flew 10 rescued children to Lampedusa—where the survivors of last week’s sinking are being held under guard, threatened with deportation and fines of up to €5,000.
Initial reports indicated that the migrant ship ran into difficulty from the heavy seas and decided to signal for help. The boat allegedly capsized when those aboard gathered at one end of the vessel to catch the attention of a military aircraft flying nearby.
This shocking tragedy again underscores the terrible toll in lives from the European Union’s (EU) reactionary Frontex anti-immigrant legislation. Designed to keep immigrants from reaching Europe, it forces them to take unsafe routes into Europe and trust their lives to unseaworthy vessels, with tragic results.
Over the past 20 years, an estimated 25,000 people have died trying to enter Europe, many of them in the Mediterranean.
Public anger over the legislation has risen since last week’s Lampedusa sinking, with protests in Africa and in Italy, including a candlelight vigil on Lampedusa itself. When Manuel Barroso, the head of the EU Commission, arrived in Lampedusa on Wednesday, he was met with cries of “shame.”
The nationalities of the victims of yesterday’s sinking are not yet known. UN officials told the Associated Press that migrants today are generally fleeing persecution and wars in countries like Syria or Egypt.
Escalating fighting triggered by NATO-led proxy wars in Syria and Africa is forcing ever larger numbers of people to flee for their lives. The ship that sank on October 3 was carrying migrants from the East African countries of Eritrea and Somalia. Somalia has been the target of US drone strikes, invasions by regional military powers, and escalating tribal fighting.
Some 30,100 migrants arrived in Italy and Malta in the first nine months of 2013, compared with 15,000 in all of 2012. The 2013 figure included 7,500 refugees from Syria and 3,000 from Somalia.
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By Bill Van Auken in the USA:
8 October 2013
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proclaimed Sunday that two covert operations mounted by US Special Forces in Libya and Somalia over the weekend “send a strong message to the world that the United States will spare no effort to hold terrorists accountable, no matter where they hide or how long they evade justice.”
Far from strong, upon any serious examination, the message sent by these operations is decidedly murky.
The abduction in Libya of alleged Al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Liby and the abortive Navy Seal raid on a leader of the Al Shabab Islamist militia in Somalia—called off after it encountered stiff resistance—are being treated by the US media as some monumental new battle in the never-ending global war on terror.
Al-Liby, who has been indicted in a US court on charges related to the preparation of the 1998 terror bombings at the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in which 224 people died, is reportedly being held on a US warship in the Mediterranean—beyond the reach of civilian courts and laws and being subjected to unknown methods of interrogation.
Counter-terrorism experts, ex-agents, and former cabinet members are being paraded before the television cameras in an attempt to rope in the American public, implicating it in another criminal operation by Washington.
For all of the blather from these experts, however, on one thing they are totally silent: the extraordinary history of al-Liby, the target of the US raid. A review of his career points to not some implacable struggle between mortal enemies, but rather a falling out between intimate partners. It is no exaggeration to suggest that Mr. al-Liby knows some of those who planned his capture on a first-name basis. His biography provides a glimpse into the bizarre and frightening world of the CIA and its secret wars, dirty tricks and global murders.
Al-Liby joined Al Qaeda when it was fighting in Afghanistan in the 1980s, providing the foot soldiers for a covert CIA-organized war for regime change against the Soviet-backed government in Kabul. At the time, then-US President Ronald Reagan hailed al-Liby and his fellow right-wing Islamist fighters as the “moral equivalents of America’s founding fathers,” while the US government poured some $10 billion into financing the war.
This relationship was not merely Reagan’s innovation. For decades before, US imperialism had promoted reactionary Islamist organizations to further US interests and combat socialist and left-nationalist influence in the Middle East and beyond. These layers provided the shock troops for CIA-orchestrated coups in Iran, Indonesia and elsewhere.
After the Afghan war, al-Liby reportedly followed Bin Laden to Sudan, where he continued to enjoy US and Western backing. It was during this period of the 1990s that Al Qaeda funneled Islamist fighters into Bosnia to go into battle for the US-backed Bosnian Muslim regime. In 1993, Bin Laden received Bosnian citizenship and a Bosnian passport. Al Qaeda terrorists were also sent into Kosovo to join the separatist movement against Serbia, which by 1999 was backed by a full-scale US-NATO air war.
In 1995, Sudan forced Bin Laden to send his Libyan followers out of the country in response to pressure from Libya’s head of state, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Shortly afterwards, Bin Laden himself would also be asked to leave, as Sudan faced pressure from Egypt, where an Al Qaeda-affiliated group had attempted to assassinate President Hosni Mubarak.
While Bin Laden went to Afghanistan, al-Liby found political asylum in the United Kingdom, Washington’s closest ally, on the grounds that he would face persecution in Libya.
In 2002, it was revealed that six years earlier al-Liby had been a key figure in a Libyan Islamic Fighting Group cell that was paid large sums of money by the British intelligence service, MI6, for an abortive plot to assassinate Gaddafi.
For nearly two years after the African embassy bombings, al-Liby was able to continue living in the UK, fleeing only in May of 2000 around the time he and 20 other Al Qaeda operatives were indicted in a Manhattan federal court as co-defendants of Osama [bin Laden] in the African terrorist attacks. He was placed on the FBI’s “most wanted” list.
After a decade as a wanted terrorist, al-Liby returned to Libya in 2011 and once again was transformed into a US-backed “freedom fighter,” joining one of the Islamist brigades that served as proxy troops for the US-NATO war for regime change.
Why, two years after the toppling and assassination of Gaddafi, al-Liby has been snatched off the streets of Tripoli is by no means clear. His presence there was known to Washington from even before the war began. It is, however, part of a pattern alternating between close collaboration and falling out between the US intelligence apparatus and Al Qaeda. This is a pattern that goes a long way to explaining how the 9/11 terror attacks could take place—i.e., how Al Qaeda operatives known to the CIA could freely enter the US, take flying courses, and prepare the mayhem of September 11, 2001.
This same phenomenon was seen in the September 11, 2012 Al Qaeda assault on US diplomatic and CIA facilities in the eastern Libyan port city of Benghazi, in which the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans lost their lives. Stevens had played the instrumental role in coordinating US military action with operations of Islamists like al-Liby.
In the aftermath of the war, the CIA established a major secret station in Benghazi for the purpose of shipping arms stockpiles to similar elements being employed in the war for regime change in Syria. Something caused the relationship to sour, likely involving resentments among the Islamist militias that they had not been adequately compensated by their American patrons in terms of money or power.
The kidnapping of al-Liby by Delta Force commandos—ostensibly with no notification to Libya’s nearly powerless interim government—only underscores the real results of a war promoted by the Obama administration as a crusade for human rights, democracy and freedom. Having claimed thousands of lives and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, the war has left Libya in a complete shambles, dominated by Islamist militias and petty warlords, rife with assassinations, kidnappings and torture and its oil production and other core economic activity at a virtual standstill.
Among the most staggering elements of this predatory war is that pseudo-left organizations, from the International Socialist Organization in the US to the Socialist Workers Party in Britain and the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) in France hailed it as a revolution, acting to politically facilitate the total destruction and subjugation of a former colonial country.
For the last dozen years, Washington has justified military aggression abroad and the implementation of police-state methods at home in the name of a never-ending war on terrorism. Over the course of this period, the Bush and Obama administrations’ principal achievement consists of overthrowing two secular Arab regimes—in Iraq and Libya—and attempting to do the same to a third one in Syria. Each of these interventions has devastated the societies of these countries.
While Al Qaeda did not exist in any of these three countries before US intervention, it now thrives in all three. Tens of thousands from all over the region have been drawn to its banner in the US-backed sectarian war for regime change in Syria.
In the biography of al-Liby, the real character of the so-called war on terror emerges more clearly. It is the byproduct of multiple filthy operations mounted by US intelligence, using elements like Al Qaeda, betraying them and then dealing with the consequences in the form of terrorist operations, which are then turned into the pretext for wars abroad and state repression at home.
- Libya wants “clarifications” over Delta Force raid (cbsnews.com)