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Turkish authorities want Interpol arrest warrant for NBA basketball star Enes Kanter

Turkish authorities want Interpol arrest warrant for NBA basketball star Enes Kanter


Saturday January 19, 2019

Prosecutors in Turkey have requested an Interpol Red Notice for Enes Kanter, a basketball player for the New York Knicks, on the grounds of being involved in a terrorist organization. Kanter denies the charges.

Fearing retribution and possible assassination for speaking out against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, New York Knicks basketball team center Enes Kanter did not travel with the team for a game in London on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Turkish daily newspaper Sabah reported that Turkish prosecutors were seeking an arrest warrant and an extradition request for Kanter, on allegations of providing financial support to Fethullah Gulen. He also called Erdogan “the Hitler of our century” in 2017.

Erdogan’s regime says the exiled Muslim cleric Gulen was responsible for a failed coup in 2016. It launched a far-reaching crackdown at home and abroad in the coup attempt’s aftermath.

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While his teammates were in London, Kanter was in Washington, meeting with members of Congress including Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) to call greater attention to the situation.

He also authored an editorial in the Washington Post titled, “Anyone who speaks out against Erdogan is a target. That includes me.”

Kanter tweeted Wednesday: “I don’t even have a parking ticket in the US” and “The only thing I terrorize is the rim,” with a clip of him dunking.

“I have a very strong voice because I play basketball in the NBA. And whenever I say something it becomes a conversation, it goes viral. So why not use it in a good cause, use it to help people?” said Kanter in an interview last week with Now This News.

Last June, according  to Turkish official news agency Andalou, Kanter’s father was indicted by Turkish authorities for “membership in a terror group.”

Urges Trump to speak out

Kanter called on US President Donald Trump to be more vocal about human rights in Turkey.

“I feel like Trump definitely should talk about these issues with what’s going on in Turkey because there are lots of reports of people getting kidnapped, getting tortured in jail, getting killed,” Kanter told Reuters in New York City on Wednesday.

Kanter describes himself as a close ally of US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is wanted in Turkey on suspicion of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016. Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan’s, denies the accusation.

Fethullah Gullen is wanted in Turkey

Authorities in Turkey have jailed some 77,000 people pending trial since the coup attempt, while 150,000 state employees including teachers, judges and soldiers have been suspended or dismissed in a crackdown on alleged supporters of Gulen.

‘Imam Beckenbauer’ and his love of sport

Erdogan has a habit of aligning himself or posing with Turkish sports stars abroad when possible. One of the most notable examples of this came before the World Cup last year when two German stars of Turkish descent — Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan — posed for pictures with Erdogan in London.

The resulting uproar over the photos, and its subsequent handling by German football authorities, caused Mesut Özil to quit the German team.

Erdogan, who played football in his youth, claims that his former teammates nicknamed him “Imam Beckenbauer.” He’s been instrumental in major investment in football stadiums and other sports infrastructure in Turkey

av/msh (dpa, Reuters)


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Al Shabaab abducts 100 Somali civilians

Al Shabaab abducts 100 Somali civilians


Saturday January 19, 2019

Somali authorities said Friday that Al Shabaab militant group have taken about 100 civilians as hostages in the southwestern Bakool province.

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The deputy minister of security in the regional government Abdul Razaq Ali Adam, said in a press statement that Al Shabaab militants kidnapped about 100 civilians in Bakool, pointing out that most of the abducted are shepherds who refused to pay what the movement calls “Zakat”.

The same official said that the movement accuses some of the kidnapped of spying for the Somali government, and others of voting for the current Somali parliamentarians, stressing that security and military forces will begin operations to free the kidnapped.

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Ghana To Deploy 120 Police Officers to Somalia

Ghana To Deploy 120 Police Officers to Somalia


Saturday January 19, 2019
By Modern Ghana

Ghana is set to deploy to Somalia, a contingent of 120 police personnel from the country’s Formed Police Unit (FPU).

Ghana’s deployment of additional officers to the Horn of Africa country, is in response to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2431(2018), which recommended an increment in numbers of police personnel under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Resolution 2431 authorizes member states of the African Union to maintain deployment of AMISOM until 31 May 2019, including a minimum of 1,040 police personnel, including five Formed Police Units (FPUs), under the ongoing transition.

AMISOM police component currently has three FPUs, and is seeking to bridge the shortfall, to arrive at authorized numbers.

“We are just about to kick-start training of personnel,” confirmed the Director of International Relations in the Ghana Police Service and leader of the delegation, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Baba Saanid Adamu, who added that Ghana Police had already notified the AU Commission to send an assessment team to the West African country.

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“Hopefully, by the mid-March, we would have concluded training and assessment. We will then begin the next phase which includes inspection of the contingent-owned equipment, ready to be airlifted and transported to Mogadishu and onward to Baidoa,” ACP Adamu added.

Related: 40 police officers from Ghana, 5 other countries leave Somalia

Earlier in the week, the four-member Ghanaian delegation comprising of Chief Superintendent of Police, Reginald Osei from the Formed Police Unit of Ghana, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rose Awah, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Frank Duodu and ACP Adamu, visited Baidoa, the administrative capital of the South West State, where the Ghanaian FPU will be based, to assess the security situation and available facilities, as part of the pre-deployment assessment exercise.

“Ghana’s contribution will help to fill the gaps in terms of the capacity and the needs for the Police component,” the Deputy AU Special Representative for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, told the visiting officials, during a meeting in Mogadishu on Thursday.

Mr. Mulongo welcomed the move by Ghana to deploy a Formed Police Unit to Somalia, saying it would boost AMISOM’s efficiency, as it consolidates and sustains law and order in the liberated areas.

The four-member Ghanaian delegation was led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Baba Saanid Adamu, who is also the Director of International Relations in the Ghana Police Service.

Formed Police Units carry out joint security operations alongside their Somali counterparts. The operations include patrols, cordon and search, and management of checkpoints, to enhance the operational capabilities of the Somali police officers.

The FPUs also support their Somali counterparts in public order management and provision of armed escort for VIPs, as well as close protection services to AMISOM Individual Police Officers, who collocate at various police stations across the country, to provide day-to-day mentorship to Somali police officers.

Other than Ghana, Djibouti has also expressed interest to deploy a Formed Police Unit in Somalia. Christine Alalo, the Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner noted that Djibouti’s deployment would complete the required number of FPUs, as specified in the UN Security Council Resolution.

“We have a slot for two FPUs to add to what we have in order to make a total number of five FPUs,” Ms. Alalo said.

Presently, Ghana has a team of 39 Individual Police Officers serving under the AU Mission in Somalia; a team which has demonstrated exemplary performance as staff officers, trainers, instructors and mentors, according to Mr. Mulongo.

The deployment of more Ghanaian police officers would, therefore, boost further, the performance of the AU Mission.


 

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Ghana To Deploy 120 Police Officers to Somalia

Ghana To Deploy 120 Police Officers to Somalia


Saturday January 19, 2019
By Modern Ghana

Ghana is set to deploy to Somalia, a contingent of 120 police personnel from the country’s Formed Police Unit (FPU).

Ghana’s deployment of additional officers to the Horn of Africa country, is in response to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2431(2018), which recommended an increment in numbers of police personnel under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Resolution 2431 authorizes member states of the African Union to maintain deployment of AMISOM until 31 May 2019, including a minimum of 1,040 police personnel, including five Formed Police Units (FPUs), under the ongoing transition.

AMISOM police component currently has three FPUs, and is seeking to bridge the shortfall, to arrive at authorized numbers.

“We are just about to kick-start training of personnel,” confirmed the Director of International Relations in the Ghana Police Service and leader of the delegation, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Baba Saanid Adamu, who added that Ghana Police had already notified the AU Commission to send an assessment team to the West African country.

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“Hopefully, by the mid-March, we would have concluded training and assessment. We will then begin the next phase which includes inspection of the contingent-owned equipment, ready to be airlifted and transported to Mogadishu and onward to Baidoa,” ACP Adamu added.

Related: 40 police officers from Ghana, 5 other countries leave Somalia

Earlier in the week, the four-member Ghanaian delegation comprising of Chief Superintendent of Police, Reginald Osei from the Formed Police Unit of Ghana, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rose Awah, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Frank Duodu and ACP Adamu, visited Baidoa, the administrative capital of the South West State, where the Ghanaian FPU will be based, to assess the security situation and available facilities, as part of the pre-deployment assessment exercise.

“Ghana’s contribution will help to fill the gaps in terms of the capacity and the needs for the Police component,” the Deputy AU Special Representative for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, told the visiting officials, during a meeting in Mogadishu on Thursday.

Mr. Mulongo welcomed the move by Ghana to deploy a Formed Police Unit to Somalia, saying it would boost AMISOM’s efficiency, as it consolidates and sustains law and order in the liberated areas.

The four-member Ghanaian delegation was led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Baba Saanid Adamu, who is also the Director of International Relations in the Ghana Police Service.

Formed Police Units carry out joint security operations alongside their Somali counterparts. The operations include patrols, cordon and search, and management of checkpoints, to enhance the operational capabilities of the Somali police officers.

The FPUs also support their Somali counterparts in public order management and provision of armed escort for VIPs, as well as close protection services to AMISOM Individual Police Officers, who collocate at various police stations across the country, to provide day-to-day mentorship to Somali police officers.

Other than Ghana, Djibouti has also expressed interest to deploy a Formed Police Unit in Somalia. Christine Alalo, the Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner noted that Djibouti’s deployment would complete the required number of FPUs, as specified in the UN Security Council Resolution.

“We have a slot for two FPUs to add to what we have in order to make a total number of five FPUs,” Ms. Alalo said.

Presently, Ghana has a team of 39 Individual Police Officers serving under the AU Mission in Somalia; a team which has demonstrated exemplary performance as staff officers, trainers, instructors and mentors, according to Mr. Mulongo.

The deployment of more Ghanaian police officers would, therefore, boost further, the performance of the AU Mission.


 

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Ghana To Deploy 120 Police Officers to Somalia

Ghana To Deploy 120 Police Officers to Somalia


Saturday January 19, 2019
By Modern Ghana

Ghana is set to deploy to Somalia, a contingent of 120 police personnel from the country’s Formed Police Unit (FPU).

Ghana’s deployment of additional officers to the Horn of Africa country, is in response to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2431(2018), which recommended an increment in numbers of police personnel under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Resolution 2431 authorizes member states of the African Union to maintain deployment of AMISOM until 31 May 2019, including a minimum of 1,040 police personnel, including five Formed Police Units (FPUs), under the ongoing transition.

AMISOM police component currently has three FPUs, and is seeking to bridge the shortfall, to arrive at authorized numbers.

“We are just about to kick-start training of personnel,” confirmed the Director of International Relations in the Ghana Police Service and leader of the delegation, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Baba Saanid Adamu, who added that Ghana Police had already notified the AU Commission to send an assessment team to the West African country.

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“Hopefully, by the mid-March, we would have concluded training and assessment. We will then begin the next phase which includes inspection of the contingent-owned equipment, ready to be airlifted and transported to Mogadishu and onward to Baidoa,” ACP Adamu added.

Related: 40 police officers from Ghana, 5 other countries leave Somalia

Earlier in the week, the four-member Ghanaian delegation comprising of Chief Superintendent of Police, Reginald Osei from the Formed Police Unit of Ghana, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rose Awah, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Frank Duodu and ACP Adamu, visited Baidoa, the administrative capital of the South West State, where the Ghanaian FPU will be based, to assess the security situation and available facilities, as part of the pre-deployment assessment exercise.

“Ghana’s contribution will help to fill the gaps in terms of the capacity and the needs for the Police component,” the Deputy AU Special Representative for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, told the visiting officials, during a meeting in Mogadishu on Thursday.

Mr. Mulongo welcomed the move by Ghana to deploy a Formed Police Unit to Somalia, saying it would boost AMISOM’s efficiency, as it consolidates and sustains law and order in the liberated areas.

The four-member Ghanaian delegation was led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Baba Saanid Adamu, who is also the Director of International Relations in the Ghana Police Service.

Formed Police Units carry out joint security operations alongside their Somali counterparts. The operations include patrols, cordon and search, and management of checkpoints, to enhance the operational capabilities of the Somali police officers.

The FPUs also support their Somali counterparts in public order management and provision of armed escort for VIPs, as well as close protection services to AMISOM Individual Police Officers, who collocate at various police stations across the country, to provide day-to-day mentorship to Somali police officers.

Other than Ghana, Djibouti has also expressed interest to deploy a Formed Police Unit in Somalia. Christine Alalo, the Acting AMISOM Police Commissioner noted that Djibouti’s deployment would complete the required number of FPUs, as specified in the UN Security Council Resolution.

“We have a slot for two FPUs to add to what we have in order to make a total number of five FPUs,” Ms. Alalo said.

Presently, Ghana has a team of 39 Individual Police Officers serving under the AU Mission in Somalia; a team which has demonstrated exemplary performance as staff officers, trainers, instructors and mentors, according to Mr. Mulongo.

The deployment of more Ghanaian police officers would, therefore, boost further, the performance of the AU Mission.


 

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, Somali refugee turned congresswoman, to publish memoir in 2020

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Somali refugee turned congresswoman, to publish memoir in 2020


Saturday January 19, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, at the Capitol this week. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

Rep. Ilhan Omar, who made headlines last November after becoming the first Somali American ever elected to the U.S. Congress, will tell her life story in an upcoming memoir, Forbes reports.

Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, is writing “This Is What America Looks Like” for publisher Dey Street Books. The memoir will cover Omar’s childhood in Somalia, which she left as a child with her family after the outbreak of the Somali civil war, and the years she spent as a refugee in Kenya before moving to the United States in 1995.

In addition to being the first Somali American to serve in Congress, Omar is also the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House, as well as one of the two first Muslim women to serve in Congress. (The other, elected at the same time as Omar, is Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat.)

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Dey Street executive editor Alessandra Bastagli told Forbes that she was “thrilled” to publish Omar’s memoir, scheduled for publication in April 2020.

“Her voice on the page is very much as it is in real life — fresh and positive even when she is tackling serious issues, with real empathy and deep knowledge,” Bastagli said. “Her story counters everything we keep hearing from the current administration and the right-wing media about refugees, immigrants, Muslims and women. This memoir presents an urgent and important counter-narrative.”

Omar worked as an educator before getting into politics. She was elected to the Minnesota state legislature in 2016 and ran for U.S. Congress two years later, defeating Republican Jennifer Zielinski by a 56-point margin. She is the first U.S. congresswoman in history to wear a hijab, a head covering that some Muslim women choose to wear.

Steve Ross, the literary agent representing Omar, called the congresswoman “smart and strong and thoughtful and empathetic all to a surprising degree.”

“She inspires me in how seemingly effortlessly she excels in juggling so many crucial responsibilities, as a parent and as a leading voice in the new Congress during a time of great upheaval,” Ross told Forbes.

 

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