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Issue 194 / 8th October 2005
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Index

Headlines

Names Of The First 50 Candidates Declared ‎Winners In The Sept 29 Parliamentary Elections

United States Welcomes Elections In Somaliland

Somaliland: Elections A Success

EU To Undertake Study Of Ethio-Somaliland Corridor

Finnish Observation Team: Somaliland ‎Elections Competitive And Support Democracy

Somaliland Says Infiltrator Exposed Terrorists

Somalilanders Battle For Independence

Finnish Observation Team: Somaliland ‎Elections Competitive And Support Democracy

Somaliland Says Infiltrator Exposed Terrorists

Somalilanders Battle For Independence

Awdalnews Editorial: Remembering Annalena ‎Tonelli As The Epitome Of Human Pride

U.S. State Department Hosts Bird Flu Meeting For 65 Nations

Local & Regional Affairs

Somaliland Elections Peaceful, Say Observers

Borama People Commemorate The 2nd ‎Anniversary Of Annalena Tonelli's Death

Somalia Problems Occasioned By Absence ‎Of Islamic Shari'ah Islamic Body‎

'How Pirates Hijacked US'‎

ADB To Loan 56 Million Dollars For ‎Ethio-Djibouti Electric Line

30 Die In Somalia Land Clashes

International News

Range Wins Rights To Land Of Punt

UN Condemns Killing Of Staff Member

UN Mission To Puntland On Toxic Waste ‎In The Coastal Areas Of Somalia

She Knows Somali,‎ Italian Or Irish, Newcomers Are Us

Somali Allegedly Hits Compatriot With ‎Broken Bottle

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Entrepreneurship Thrives In An Enabling Culture

Nursing Wounds, Somali ‎Enclave Dreams Of Nationhood

An Old Social Tradition Produces Helping Hands

People

 

Editorial & Opinions

The Regrettable Absence Of The UN

A Study Of The Psychology Of A Nomadic ‎Society And Its Implications For Somaliland

An Old Social Tradition Produces Helping Hands


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Dead Birds Reported At Somaliland Coast‎

Mogadishu October 17 2005 (IOL) - Members of the Al-Furqan Islamic Court in Mogadishu have stormed the ‎premises of Somalia's biggest film dubbing studio and confiscated equipment, witnesses reported on ‎Monday.‎
Abdul Hakeem Haji Shiqey, one of the owners of the studio that dubs popular Bollywood films into the Somali ‎language, said that the assailants assaulted his mother, sisters and wife and took his father hostage.‎
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Borama People Commemorate The 2nd ‎Anniversary Of Annalena Tonelli's Death

BORAMA, Oct 5, 2005 (ANN) – The people of Borama, Awdal region of Somaliland, today commemorated the 2nd anniversary of Annalena Tonelli’s death by inaugurating an additional class of the school of the deaf, one of the many facilities she created before her assassination on October 5, 2003.

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Arms Flows To Somalia Soar, Despite U.N. Embargo‎

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 7, 2005 (Reuters) - Arms flowing into lawless Somalia have increased dramatically over the last eight months through smuggling and shipments from Yemen, Ethiopia and Eritrea in violation of a U.N. weapons embargo, a panel of experts reported on Friday.

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Somalia Problems Occasioned By Absence ‎Of Islamic Shari'ah Islamic Body‎

Mogadishu, Sept 30, 2005 (BBC Monitoring/Shabeelle) – The [Muslim] National Union and Salvation ‎Council of Somalia today pledged to hold a reconciliation conference inside the country, aimed at setting up ‎an Islamic state.‎

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'How Pirates Hijacked US'‎

Nairobi, October 6, 2005 (News24) – The captain of a United Nations-chartered ship described how 15 ‎gunmen in speedboats took control of the vessel in 15 minutes and held it for 100 days along Somalia's ‎coast, absconding with money but leaving most of its cargo of food intact. ‎
Crew members aboard the MV Semlow said they were on a mission to deliver food to Somalia's tsunami ‎victims when speedboats pulled alongside the ship on June 27 and opened fire.

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ADB To Loan 56 Million Dollars For ‎Ethio-Djibouti Electric Line

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 3, 2005 (Xinhuanet/AP) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of ‎over 56 million US dollars for an Ethio-Djibouti electric line, the state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power ‎Corporation said Sunday. ‎

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30 Die In Somalia Land Clashes

30 Die In Somalia Land Clashes‎
MOGADISHU, Somalia, Oct 07, 2005 (AP) – At least 30 people have died in nine days of fighting over ‎grazing land in southern Somalia, witnesses and officials said Friday.‎
Ten people, including four children, died late Thursday in the fighting, which has pitted clan-based militias ‎against each other in Heejow Mahaad 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, witnesses told ‎The Associated Press by two-way radio.‎
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Headlines

Names Of The First 50 Candidates Declared ‎Winners In The Sept 29 Parliamentary Elections

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 8, 2005 (SL Times) – Fifty candidates have been declared winners so far in ‎the Somaliland September 29 parliamentary elections following the release of interim voting results in the 4 ‎regions of Sahil, Awdal, Sanag and Togdheer.‎
Until now the interim results disclosed were not disputed by none of the other 100 candidates who also ‎contested election in the above 4 regions. The results were also generally accepted by the 3 political parties; ‎UDUB, KULMIYE and UCID.‎

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United States Welcomes Elections In Somaliland

Washington, DC, October 3, 2005 PRESS RELEASE (United States Department of State) – The United States ‎welcomed the recent parliamentary elections in the Somaliland region of Somalia as an example of ‎democracy for greater Somalia, according to an October 3 State Department statement.‎
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Somaliland: Elections A Success

Hargeysa, Somaliland, Oct 5, 2005 (The Catholic Institute for International Relations ‘CIIR’) – A team of ‎experts sent to observe the first-ever parliamentary elections in the internationally unrecognized country of ‎Somaliland has concluded that the poll on 29 September was conducted in a reasonably free and fair ‎manner, with committed and enthusiastic citizen participation, despite challenging circumstances and the ‎need for improvements.‎

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 4, 2005 (Addis Tribune) The European Union (EU) is undertaking a ‎feasibility study on its plan to rehabilitate a road linking the republic of Somaliland to Ethiopia, an EU official ‎said on Sunday.‎

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Finnish Observation Team: Somaliland ‎Elections Competitive And Support Democracy

Press conference Hargeisa 30 September 2005

Dr. Kimmo Kiljunen, Member of Parliament (MP) Finland, former Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary ‎Assemby, Leader of Finnish Observation Team Organized by International Solidarity Foundation (ISF).

Preliminary conclusions: Somaliland elections competitive and support democracy building but ‎encompassing some expected difficulties ‎

In addition to being the first official parliamentary elections in Somaliland, the current elections were the first ‎parliamentary elections in the whole area of Somalia since 1969. Somaliland hopes that successful elections ‎will enhance her democratic development and statehood building and thus provide basis for international ‎recognition of her independence. ‎

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Somaliland Says Infiltrator Exposed Terrorists

HARGEISA, Somaliland, October 3, 2005 (Reuters) – An undercover agent helped expose eight al Qaeda suspects who were then arrested before they could disrupt Somaliland's elections last week, the chief of police in the breakaway region of Somalia said.

In an interview in which he gave the first detailed account of last month's operation, Somaliland Police Commissioner Mohamed Ige Elmi said a secret agent joined the group long ago for training and planning in the Somali capital Mogadishu .

When the suspects traveled to Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland , to target elections there with bombs, the agent informed security services.

"We had to attack them first before they could mount their operation," Elmi, 79, told Reuters of the detention of eight suspects in the days leading up to the September 29 poll.

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Somalilanders Battle For Independence


By Jean-Jacques Cornish

Hargeisa, Somaliland , October 3, 2005 (Mail & Guardian) – After 19 years without a working government, Somalia would walk any award for longevity on a knife-edge. Equally, Somaliland , its northern neighbor on the Horn of Africa, must be a contender for the patience prize.

This country, which rose from the ruins of dictator Siyad Barre’s genocidal attempt to destroy it remains unrecognized by the international community.

This week, Somaliland put the final piece to its democratization puzzle by holding parliamentary elections.

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Awdalnews Editorial: Remembering Annalena ‎Tonelli As The Epitome Of Human Pride

HARGEYSA, 3 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Legislative elections in the republic of Somaliland on Thursday were generally conducted in a peaceful, free and fair manner but fell short of several international standards, international observers said.

"After consultation, the team noted that the election process proceeded very peacefully and without intimidation. We were all heartened by the high turn out of voters, particularly women, despite the small number of women candidates," Mandla Nkomfe, head of a 12-member South Africa observer mission, said on Sunday.

The 76-strong team - drawn from Britain , Canada , Finland , Kenya , New Zealand , South Africa and Zimbabwe - monitored the elections in most of the 985 polling stations across Somaliland .

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Finnish Observation Team: Somaliland ‎Elections Competitive And Support Democracy

Press conference Hargeisa 30 September 2005

Dr. Kimmo Kiljunen, Member of Parliament (MP) Finland, former Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary ‎Assemby, Leader of Finnish Observation Team Organized by International Solidarity Foundation (ISF).

Preliminary conclusions: Somaliland elections competitive and support democracy building but ‎encompassing some expected difficulties ‎

In addition to being the first official parliamentary elections in Somaliland, the current elections were the first ‎parliamentary elections in the whole area of Somalia since 1969. Somaliland hopes that successful elections ‎will enhance her democratic development and statehood building and thus provide basis for international ‎recognition of her independence. ‎

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Somaliland Says Infiltrator Exposed Terrorists

HARGEISA, Somaliland, October 3, 2005 (Reuters) – An undercover agent helped expose eight al Qaeda suspects who were then arrested before they could disrupt Somaliland's elections last week, the chief of police in the breakaway region of Somalia said.

In an interview in which he gave the first detailed account of last month's operation, Somaliland Police Commissioner Mohamed Ige Elmi said a secret agent joined the group long ago for training and planning in the Somali capital Mogadishu .

When the suspects traveled to Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland , to target elections there with bombs, the agent informed security services.

"We had to attack them first before they could mount their operation," Elmi, 79, told Reuters of the detention of eight suspects in the days leading up to the September 29 poll.

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Somalilanders Battle For Independence


By Jean-Jacques Cornish

Hargeisa, Somaliland , October 3, 2005 (Mail & Guardian) – After 19 years without a working government, Somalia would walk any award for longevity on a knife-edge. Equally, Somaliland , its northern neighbor on the Horn of Africa, must be a contender for the patience prize.

This country, which rose from the ruins of dictator Siyad Barre’s genocidal attempt to destroy it remains unrecognized by the international community.

This week, Somaliland put the final piece to its democratization puzzle by holding parliamentary elections.

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Somali Allegedly Hits Compatriot With ‎Broken Bottle

Paris , October 6, 2005 (Malta IOL) – Somali man was yesterday accused of trying to seriously injure another Somali and of succeeding in injuring him slightly, in the early hours of last Saturday.

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U.S. State Department Hosts Bird Flu Meeting For 65 Nations

Scientists Report Discoveries In Bird Flu And More Common Strains

Washington, October 7, 2005 (Washington File) – In response to a growing number of human deaths from bird flu and the fear of a pandemic, the U.S. State Department is hosting a two-day meeting of officials from more than 65 nations and international organizations concerned about preventing the spread of an influenza virus that has stricken birds in 11 nations.

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Editorial & Opinions

The Regrettable Absence Of The UN

EDITORIAL

The Organization of the United Nations has deliberately chosen to ignore Somaliland’s ‎democratization process. As voters in Somaliland, a 100% Muslim country in the volatile Horn of ‎Africa went to the polls on September 29, 2005 to elect their representatives to the country’s lower ‎house of parliament for the first time in 37 years, UN officials in the region behaved as though this ‎historic event wasn’t worthy of their attention at all.‎
Without so much as a word of appreciation, the UN has rather mischievously warned its field staff of ‎security threats in connection with the Somaliland election. While international observers from 4 ‎different continents and from places as far as New Zealand, Finland, Canada and South Africa ‎converged on Somaliland in the last week prior to the 29 September parliamentary elections, the UN ‎was no where to be seen.‎

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A Study Of The Psychology Of A Nomadic ‎Society And Its Implications For Somaliland

By Dr. Abdishakur Jowhar MD, FRCP(C), DABPN
abdijowhar@yahoo.com
 

Part IV: Somaliland: Rebirth At The Edge of Chaos

‎“In Somaliland a ray of hope is flickering. I say flickering because it is under the onslaught of the same ‎forces of evolutionary stress: tribe, toxic waste and visa exempt bugs of all kinds. But there sure is something ‎interesting developing there, a singular experience, and something different altogether. There is peace ‎around the water wells, in the grazing areas, in the villages and in the towns. There are plenty of guns. Plenty ‎technicals. Plenty Klashnikovs. But no one is firing them. The tribes are not massacring each other. Instead a ‎primordial state and its primordial institutions are gradually appearing. We need to know what is happening ‎in Somaliland? Is this what evolutionary adaptation looks like? Is survival feasible after all? Should we not ‎study this natural experiment with a magnifying glass, I mean instead of being scared by it or vilifying it or ‎pulling magic numbers (like 4.5) out of tainted Diaspora hats? Stay tuned for Part 4 where I will be exploring ‎this topic, its evolutionary ramification and the promise it may hold for all Somalis.” From Part III “The ‎Extinction of Tribal Society. ‎
This is part IV. A promise made and a promise kept (eventually!).‎
‎[Continued from our last issue]‎
Somaliland: Rebirth at the Edge of Chaos

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Entrepreneurship Thrives In An Enabling Culture

By Prof. M. MBwisa

Nairobi, Kenya, October 2, 2005 (The Standard) – Research reveals that there is a powerful connection ‎between the culture of a people and its propensity to be entrepreneurial. Kenya, for example, has national ‎sub-cultures which have important implications for creating an entrepreneurial economy.‎
That would mean that in the effort to build greater entrepreneurship, it is useful to first understand the ‎culture of a people and work with it, not against it. Let us begin with two fundamental questions: What is ‎culture? Why is it important?‎

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Nursing Wounds, Somali ‎Enclave Dreams Of Nationhood

HARGEISA, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Abdi Ibrahim lost most of his loved ones in 1988 when government bombers ‎attacked Hargeisa, at the time just another city flattened by Somalia's civil war. ‎
Memories of that attack remain raw, not just because tens of thousands were killed but because the ‎massacre deepened a fierce desire for separate nationhood among the people of Somaliland, the northeast ‎region of Somalia. ‎ 

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An Old Social Tradition Produces Helping Hands

By Nancy Trejos , Washington Post Staff Writer

Germantown, October 6, 2005 (The Washington Post) – On most Friday nights, when weather permits, ‎Ahmed Elmi can be found sitting on the patio of the Caribou Coffee shop in Silver Spring with more than a ‎dozen other Somali Americans.‎
They come from all over Montgomery and Prince George's counties to participate in a roundtable of sorts. ‎They wonder why so many second- and third-generation Somalis are not speaking Somali. They worry about ‎parents who are not enrolling their children in pre-kindergarten, and they talk about ways to get elderly ‎Somalis better health care.‎
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International News

Range Wins Rights To Land Of Punt

Sydney, Australia, October 7, 2005 (Sydney Morning Herald) – Junior explorer Range Resources pinned its hopes on Somalia's Democratic State of Puntland yesterday, signing an agreement that gives it exclusive mineral and oil and gas exploration and development rights in the semi-autonomous state.

Range said it would fund the deal through a $3.45 million non-renouncable 1-for-2 rights issue at 1.5c each.

Executive director Jim Marinis said his company would initially focus on oil and gas exploration, although there was also hope of finding copper, iron ore, manganese, tin and other metals.

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UN Condemns Killing Of Staff Member

Nairobi (4 October 2005) - The United Nations has strongly condemned the killing of UN staff member and Somali national Mohamuud Musse Gurage in Kismayo, Lower Juba Region, which occurred last night. Consequently, the UN has relocated 12 national and one international staff member from the area.

Mr. Gurage was returning to his home at approximately 1930 hours on Monday 3 October 2005 when he was shot and killed by two men. His family took him to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

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UN Mission To Puntland On Toxic Waste ‎In The Coastal Areas Of Somalia

Nairobi (7 October 2005) – The Office of the United Nations Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia ‎has announced the conclusions of a UN technical fact-finding mission to the Indian Ocean coastline of the ‎Puntland region of Somalia, to investigate allegations of toxic waste hazards on the shores of Puntland which ‎might have been exacerbated by the Tsunami which struck the region on 26 December 2004. ‎‎

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She Knows Somali,‎ Italian Or Irish, Newcomers Are Us

By Joe Fitzgerald/ Boston Herald, October 6, 2005

Samantha Catanzaro's card wound up here because she knew of nowhere else to send it.

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Algeria Pays USD Two Million For Support ‎Of Somalia‎

CAIRO, Oct 2, 2005 (KUNA) -- Algeria paid Sunday its contribution earmarked by the latest Arab summit held ‎in Algiers, totaling USD two million to the Somalia support fund.‎
Algerian representative Abdelqader Hajjar told newsmen after meeting Arab League Secretary General Amre ‎Moussa that his country has paid its share in the Fund totaling USD 26 million.‎



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