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  1. Coronavirus Turkey exempts young workers from pandemic confinement order "Public and private sector employees as well as seasonal agricultural workers aged between 18 and 20 will be exempted" 1. The 18-20 year olds could be carriers and make the whole country sick, but not get sick themselves. That would be dumb. 2. The 18-20 could keep the country functioning and with some smart protective masks, medications, decontaminations, disinfectants keep safe. Most Brilliant. We will see with in a month. But then what is to lose, people will get sick anuyway, but at least the 18-20s can deliver food, medicine, basic needs..etc.
  2. I am sure Somalilanders are extremely happy that Ghelleh is being excluded by Mugadishu too scared of Abiy and Afwerki to even go to Djibouti. Something is very dishonest and most highly likely ill intentions, bad motive. The best current SFG can get out of this is asking MPs to vote for them since they are in the middle of the greatest the best the miracleous the audacious never done before...negotiations. The next day after the re-election post on face book and go to war. If you see Somalis avoiding Ghelleh, going to others, they are doing something that dishonors the whole Somali people. Say what you will, or Ghelleh has been unfair to Somaliland or Puntland, but he can never be accused of disrespecting Somalis with non Somalis.
  3. Why is some of the glaring facts being hidden. Vietnam is neighbor of China, lots of chinese factories and industries in Vietnam, a lot of Chinese went to Vietnam to weather the storm..Yet Vietnam has managed to keep numbers low and also increases low. Russia has long border with China and a lot of business between the two. Yet numbers are low and increase also low. The infections are also European side of Russia, not Asian side. What they do not tell you in the west: Italy has 11,000 seriously infected/ill healthcare professionals, Spain maybe even more. America should have had more since had least PPE. Russia was first country to 100% seal itself from China, yet had lots of trains and planes open to West and South to Euroasia and Turkish. Azerbaijan and Russia are still open. Russia sent millions of gloves, masks, cover alls to China first few days in Wuhan and now China is sending supplies to Russia. Russian medicine was tested in Wuhan and now Chinese vaccine is being tested in Russia. All the other countries have public healthcare so testing is free. America does not have, so you have to pay for testing. There are 80 million people without healthcare coverage. These people cannot go to anywhere even when sick. They have to find hospital that can accept the lowest pay. Many countries wanted to ride it out. Do nothing. Who ever dies dies. People will develop anti-viral anti boddies.. So these countries did not do anything. Turkish for example are accused of not doing anything, that is until you find out that they were disinfecting public places and facilities quietly not to affect Tourist business. Checking temp and other easy signals at Airports, ports and even discreetly in streets.
  4. Che, Guarantee for business works as follows: 1. The governance and government is in complete synch with west (made and controlled) 2. The country has international trade significant to others and closure of this would mean death. Closing China from US or EU 3. The country has enough money in international banks (gangs) 4. The country is resource rich and sooner or later will want to sell this resource (here you get guarantee by rich countries who can wait 20-30 years). Somalia has the no.4 option so that Norway, British, Turkish..can venture and others will risk based on those above. The best Somalia can do is get the Turkish to work in Agri-business, construction..etc and others will jump the next day. UAE and Saudis would have been building roads by now, had the government focused on Turkish and showed dedicationa and concentration. If the Xabeshi can used GERD as collateral, Somalia could have used any port as collateral. Give the Turkish a port completely and make them invest in Agri-business. You get food, export and attract other investors.
  5. Who is being affected if you stop it completely. You cannot stop by police or law anything like this. America tried with Alcohol, Cannabis..etc nothing works, except wasted money and time and broken families and corrupted police. Saudi Arabia does not officially allow sale or use of alcohol, but there is some years where alcohol is consumed there more than Scandinavian countries. Affected among Somalis: 1. Addicts 2. Tea houses where sold and consumed 3. Dealers 4. Transport and handlers No. 1 will be least resisting. They feel guilty as it is to their family and even state. N0.2 will immediately go underground, buy some police and get protection No. 3 will corrupt the police and army No.4 will go underground and increase the cost MMA, I agree flights which can be easily controlled need to be stopped. The rest I would say study what happens in Xabeshi land. Ethiopia is biggest producer, but least consummer. How did this happen? 1. Some places its culturally unacceptable and not tolerated. Men who use it are considered low and looked upon with some despise. Women who use in these areas are divorced, considered bad and almost ostracized. 2. Dealers want to export it so they sell at a high price in Ethiopia, but lower in other places for hard currency and money transferring. 3. Farmers sell to dealers, since dealers guarantee them, therefore not sold locally. 4. Elders and Religious leaders and U lemma condemn it and also in elementary schools is openly mentioned as something bad. Compare the fact that Khat is more grown, traded, handled around Dirdhaba and Harer. This is areas where Somali is majority by far. Yet the consumption is very low compared to Somalis far away. Banning has its limits, and is most destructive by creating mafia, corruption and illegal activities.
  6. Oodweyne, These are Bloomberg without money or name brand. Is quite coomon in countries with not long history in one shape. Example: Hungarian Empire joined with Austria to make Austro-Hungarian Empire. After generation or so that was gone and look now: Hungarians in Hungary, proud of Turkic nomadic heritage even though is long long time ago. Self assured culture and country of Hungary. Friends to EU/NATO and Russia and Turkish on its own terms. Hungarians in Serbia have their own political party and except with Kosovo they were changing sides, now seem to be solid with Serbs. Hungarians in Ukraine were OK when Ukraine was under control of Russian Ethnic, but now Ukraine is under Ukraine/Polish Ethnic with Jewish nationality alliance. Hungarians have geographic separation from Russian Ethnic which they are always natutral allies by choice otherwise they have different origins, language and religion. You have politicians in that part of the world between Slovaks, Czecks, Hungarians, Poles, Ukrainians....are available all the way from Germany to Bulkans who ever can pay or position for corruption (means pay). Eritreans (Xabeshi part not Others) were like that from Mugadishu to Khartoum through Addis Ababa and even Kenya. Served as soldiers from Mugadishu to Tripoli. Served as government officials and commanders for all 3 regimes in Ethiopia.
  7. Dean Koontz is a writer who almost to a Tee wrote of Coronavirus. The name was Gorki Virus/400 in the 1981 edition and was changed to Wuhan 400 in 1989 edition. 2020s could have been 2021 or 2019, but 2020s is on spot for timing. In the original edition the virus has 100% kill rate, but who knows the story of COVID-19 and future mutations is unknown. In the original and also later editions Gorki or Wuhan 400 were all man made bio-weapons. CNN says that was a miss, of course as major media, but not known yet and could be man made and man distributed as the book says. Is George Orwell or Dean Koontz closer to real happenings. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/us/dean-koontz-novel-coronavirus-debunk-trnd/index.html .
  8. EU Ambassador is not what is crucked up to be, for a person who has seen it all long ago. I mean the trappings of city, big city life and if corrupt helping some friends and relatives use the connections. For most African Ambassadors, its more support/generosity of Local and EU institutions, rather than what one gets paid from home or places rented. Where as back home, of course there is big risk of getting killed, but other than that big risk; 1. He would be highly regarded for education and social status 2. He would be an authority on just about any issue regarding EU since experience and personal knowledge of some acquaintances and friends. 3. Speaker for a person courageous enough to use it, is not a cheap/glorified position. It has some stick to it. Sherifka has been in every position in Somalia and also SWS, look how he was always significant. Chairman, Speaker, Governor, Minister..you name it. Wish him success and since he seems accomplished, hopefully the locals can use his need for speed and efficiency and finding solutions. \
  9. People like this have special name in Europe. They belong to some extinct or semi extinct tribe or language. They can change between very big/important principle/issues easily. To these kind of people, the time the issue would have been principle is passed. Its good to study and research one's background, if they make life changing matters of principle look and feel easy. The best part at least is these kind of folks do not join Al Shabab, at least openly and directly as they do among political groupings. Belgium suffers a lot of these kind of politicians. So does the Baltics and Poles/Ukrainians. There are 2 Americans, one Lithuanian, one Georgian in the Uknrainian government. In the past government Sackashivili the ex president of Georgia, another country was Governor of Odessa region in another country. Only excuse, he did his schooling in Soviet Ukraine.
  10. You can change buildings, but the people are almost impossible to change. Even hard working Takala is finding out. Xabeshi is lazy and too much talk politics on empty stomach. PhD, Dr. Eng. is only for feeling upper class. That many years in western school has not changed the holders. Unlike Somali with PhD who has not changed, which means he is proud and free running, free wheeling nomad, the Xabeshi are timid and subservient to westerners. Addis Ababa has been center for British, French, Italian at least and for Turkish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russians, Germans..to some extent. Yet it was a big village until recent decades. The mentality and culture is still big village. Hopefully Takala can make an impact. At least he has infrastructure to work with like, roads, industrial area, recycling, rail, buildings...etc unlike the ones before him. He may prove to be the best, unless they frustrate him with envious gossip and manufactured "news" which they are good at.
  11. Now the pentagon has decreed that there will not be any news or information given/printed/posted about Corona-virus as it relates to US forces. The reason is that terrorists may try to attempt attacks based on such information.
  12. Now WHO is also part of the American civil war. The Amxara that were accusing America of supporting WHO director now are hoping the Trump admin will be on their side. But they were fully on Obama side and that happens to be the drawback. Of the top 5 WHO financing countries ONLY the US was supporter of Tedros Candidacy from day one. All others had either candidate like UK and France or were supporting other candidates. The way he came into America's radar screen is during the now forgotten AIDS crisis. Ethiopia would have died as a country either through deaths, civil wars, famine...by AIDS. Now that is almost forgotten. Malaria also was big killer in Ethiopia, which is his specialty, with his education and training in both UK and US. galbeedi, You are right about big Pharma. Did you ever stopped to think, who is Big Pharma? 1 from Germany 1 from UK and 5 from USA are the Big Pharma of the world. The Russians, Turkish were also in his corner, all for different reasons. Africans of course were 50/50 on his side. Bill Gates, the largest individual contributor to WHO was also on his side. Malaria and AIDS epidemics were reasons they connected.
  13. amazing. I first saw the death and injury to Ethiopian soldiers on a Somali site, then an Ethiopian site. I still did not believe it until I saw it on Anadolu. At least that confirms there was an incident, there were deaths..etc. These days I try to see the news from all sides possible. There is so much outright lies posted on many web sites, especially in Somali and Ethiopian ones. I compare it to Sudanese, where even enemy websites of any side have some morals. They exagerate, but outright manufacturing news is still taboo.
  14. Do you know what help the Italians asked for? You would have known it if you had given it some thought. Every Italian that came close to these buildings and streets was getting infected and mostly sick. These whole places were totally contaminated with everything even dead bodies that was assumed the virus would not survive on. BTW Italy had strong communist party and even the days of soviets there was a lot of exchange between the two. LADA was FIAT to give you just one example. There is a monument to Russian sailors in memory of how they saved Italians during an earth quake in 1908. As you know Berlisconi and Putin are close personal friends. Berlusconi is from the area where Russian help mostly went to.