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Somali refugee with NZ passport facing terror charges in Australia

A 24-year-old Somali refugee who holds a New Zealand passport will stand trial next year for breaking Australia’s tough anti-terror laws. This morning a Melbourne judge decided there was enough evidence against Amin Mohamed to send him to trial on four charges of preparing to enter a foreign state to “engage in armed hostilities”. Mohamed [...]

Several years ago we had a few Persian restaurants and, in the more recent past, the occasional Somali restaurant. With the temporary closing (several months now) of Kabob Palace, and the permanent closing of Sa’aadal Kheyr, we lost our only sources of Persian and Somali food. Recently, though, I found a new source for each [...]

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WASHINGTON — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he’s a black man who has been mistaken for the valet. There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” Obama told People [...]

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If all goes as planned, Twin Cities Muslim leaders will soon be able to hold prayer services in the basement of a suburban office center. That’s no small thing. A settlement agreement announced Tuesday ends a federal lawsuit alleging the St. Anthony Village City Council violated federal law when it rejected a proposal for an [...]

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The Swedish Security Department, Swedish Security Service is investigating Muslims in that country, including Somalis who allegedly travelled to Syria and Iraq. The Swedish Security Service said since 2012, 110 Swedish nationals travelled to Syria where 25 to 30 of them were killed while fighting for ISIL. Meanwhile 40 of them made a come back [...]

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(Reuters) – Kenya has shut down more than 500 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including 15 groups it said had links to financing terrorism, though critics said the government was silencing critics under the guise of security. Kenya has been hit by a spate of attacks by Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab, including in September last year [...]

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The bench a homeless Somali family have spent the past nine months living on has been ripped up after the mother was taken to hospital suffering from cold. The family pictured earlier this year  The mother and son had centred their lives around the bench outside TK Maxx, in Tooting High Street, since April this [...]

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On December 4th 2014, Dr Michael Walls spoke about the successes and challenges facing Somaliland’s democratic transition to mark the launch of his new publication for ARI: “Statebuilding in the Somali region: Compromise, competition and representation”.

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On December 4th 2014, Iqbal Jhazbay analysed Somaliland’s quest for international recognition at the launch event for Michael Walls’s new publication for ARI: “Statebuilding in the Somali region: Compromise, competition and representation”.

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The chaos and conflict that once consumed the port of Mogadishu are now gone and a few foreign investors are starting to move into Somalia. Turkey is leading the way – but why is there such a strong bond between these two countries? Where once rival militias battled for control of these docks, giant container [...]

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