1. My walk back to Somalia

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    At the tender age of 42 and after 25 years in the diaspora, I have finally understood the value of walking away in order to walk back to what matters the most. I am going home to reclaim Somalia and Somaliness. I am a 2016 Somali Presidential Candidate.

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    • AMISOM KENYA POLICE MEDAL AWARD CEREMONY

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      A medal parade has today been held in Mogadishu, in recognition of the Kenyan Police Contingent drawing to the end of its tour of duty, having contributed to the peace process in Somalia over the past one year. The Individual Police Officers including 3 females and 17 males were first deployed in Somalia on 17th December 2013 in various capacities as mentors, trainers and advisors, working under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

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      • SOMALI BANKING GOES INTERNATIONAL

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        For residents of Mogadishu, Somalia’s seaside capital, it must feel like a new building has been added to their cityscape every time they turn their heads. But this one is special. It’s the spanking new premises of the International Bank of Somalia (IBS), the first financial institution of its kind here, in over two decades. Just like most other institutions in Somalia, the financial sector collapsed when the government imploded in 1991. A plethora of money transfer companies - known as hawalas - sprang up to cater to the millions of Diaspora who had fled the country, but needed to regularly send funds back to the friends and families they had left behind. While they facilitated the transfer of over 1 billion US dollars annually, the hawalas were confined solely to incoming transactions after receiving the remittance deposits, due to the absence of a central governing body and fiscal legislation. Somali’s security forces assisted by African Union peacekeepers have driven off extremist group Al-Shabaab from most urban centres in the country, thereby creating an enabling environment for Somalia’s government to focus on the country’s political, social and economic revival. The central bank was reopened in 2009 and quickly set about putting in place the policies that allowed Sharia-compliant IBS to open its doors in October this year. “In IBS we are using international standards. We have risk management, compliance, we have anti-money laundering system, we have name screening, we have internal audit and external audit. We have all sorts of safeguards that make us connect to the rest of the world, that’s the reason IBS has connections (and) correspondence around the world, which makes money transfer through the banking system easier, something which was not available in the country,” said IBS CEO, Ahmed Hassan Yusuf. Ahmed Hassan is first to admit that there are considerable challenges, such as the entrenched use of US dollars over the local Somali shilling, the high cost of power and bandwidth and the scarcity of qualified local labor. “The operating costs in Somalia are very high, you have to do everything yourself and that’s a challenge. The other challenge is you need to educate people on how the banking sector really works (and) who benefits from the banking sector, because people have their own mentality of how banks work, so some of the products you're going to introduce, if you are not able to adapt to the local customs, there will be a challenge,” he continued. “Most Somali people are used to the hawala money transfer system, there was no recognised banking system. If I’m not wrong, this is the first bank that not only offers money transfer services, but international banking services as well,” added Abdi Nasir Sheik Ahmed, one of IBS’s first customers. Analysts regularly point to Somalia’s economic potential. The resource-rich Horn of Africa nation lies in a region that the World Bank says experienced 4.7 percent growth last year. Livestock, remittances and telecommunications form the backbone of a healthy informal sector. The unprecedented return of diaspora Somalis looking to invest and the bustling sea and air ports are also encouraging signs in the absence of substantive economic statistics. The recent and highly-publicised installation of the country’s first ATM at the popular Jazeera Hotel, is another symbolic - and tangible - indicator that Somalia is now open for business. “Somalia’s banking sector is going to grow. More banks are coming, there will be more regulations and actors coming into the scene. There will be good news coming, for example the stock market, an association of banks will also be in play,” said Ahmed Hassan. Somalia’s financial players like Ahmed Hassan have big plans for their country, but the true measure of their success will be how profoundly and quickly the benefits of their initiatives will be felt in the businesses and lives of their nation’s ordinary citizens.

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        • InFocus Christian news - 05.12.14

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          This week’s news | Churches worried about religious freedom in Victoria | Links between obesity and cancer reinforced | A timeless story told in sand As seen on HopeChannel, Australian Christian Channel (Foxtel 182) and Adelaide's Digital 44. Viewer feedback welcome. Email letters@infocus.org.au Facebook Record.Mag Twitter @RecordInFocus

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          • InFocus Adventist news - 05.12.14

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            UN warns of link between obesity and cancer | Adventists massacred in Kenya | Mel Gibson to make movie on WW2 Adventist non-combatant | Adventist artist asked to prepare Christmas message for TV | Feedback and news tips: Email letters@infocus.org.au Facebook Record.Mag Twitter @RecordInFocus

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            • InFocus Christian news - 28.11.14

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              In this week’s news: Storms on the way--Asia Pacific warning. Brutal Kenya killings target Christians. And clearer nutrition labels in Aussie supermarkets. Watch the news with Cybele Coutet. Your feedback and news tips are welcome: Email letters@infocus.org.au Facebook Record.Mag Twitter @RecordInFocus

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              • JOINT SECURITY UPDATE SOMALIA GOVERNMENT AND AMISOM

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                Somalia’s government, security forces and the African Union in Somalia (AMISOM) met in the Somali capital Mogadishu yesterday (October 28) to provide a joint update on the security situation in the Horn of Africa country. GET THE FULL SCRIPT & SHOTLIST HERE: https://www.scribd.com/doc/244728747/Joint-Military-Update-on-Operation-Indian-Ocean VIEW THE PHOTOS HERE: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2avz7j

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                • Al-shabaab is suspected of killing Christians in South Africa (Second Coming Watch Update #164)

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                  Al-shabaab is suspected of killing Christians in South Africa. According to The Independent Online, elite police are investigating claims that terror group al-Shabaab is behind the murders of 14 Christians in the Western Cape. 400,000 people have been told to evacuate in Japan deluge. According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), about 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in southwest Japan on Saturday as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day leaving 29 people dead or missing. A food crisis looms as the price of America's grain soars. According to Reuters, what looks to be the worst U.S. drought in a quarter of a century has given rise to an old-fashioned commodity rally on world markets, with key grain prices hitting highs which caused food crises in vulnerable parts of the globe last time around. Matthew 24:6-7: "And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

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                  • Security and Conflict in the Horn of Africa

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                    The 2014 Annual David Miller event addresses security and conflict in the Horn of Africa. The region faces a number of security issues, from spreading conflict in South Sudan to the resurgence of militant group al-Shabaab. Amb. David Shinn will chair a panel of experts as they discuss the prospects for peace and security given these conflicts and other regional developments. E.J. Hogendoorn, Deputy Director, Africa, International Crisis Group Nairimas Ole-Sein, Head of Chancery, Embassy of Kenya J. Peter Pham, Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council Discussion chair: Ambassador David Shinn, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, GW; Former United States Ambassador to Ethiopia (1996-99) and to Burkina Faso (1987-90)

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                    • Fertile Recruiting Grounds for Al-Shabaab in Minneapolis

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