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Issue 196 / 22nd October 2005
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Index

Headlines

US Assistant Secretary Of State For African Affairs Praises UNISA Engagement With ‎African Countries Such As Somaliland

Security Forces Close Down Borama’s Private Radio Station

Ruling Party Shown Winning Parliamentary Vote

Ethiopia Technical Team Visits Berbera Port

US State Department Meeting Recommends Stronger Engagement With Somaliland

Somaliland: CIIR's Election Observers Release Interim Report

Seminar On Somaliland Between ‎Yesterday And Tomorrow

Health

 

International News

Pirates Hijack Ship Off Somalia

Resume Dialogue, Annan Urges Leaders

Swedish Police Release Former Somali ‎Militiaman Accused Of War Crimes

Police Brutality, Arbitrary Decrees And Filthy Prisons ‎Make Puntland A High-Risk Region For The Press  

Somalia Says Range Resources Mineral And ‎Oil Rights Deal Is Invalid

Yemen: Somali Migrants Defy ‎Smugglers, 21 Dead

World Poets' Tour - October 2005‎

Too Many Guns, Too Little Food In Somalia

War Blamed For Spread Of Desert In Somalia

Somali Anger Over Swedish Arrest

Race Bullies Rule The Roost In Classrooms

Abdillahi Yusuf’s Transitional ‎Government And Puntland Oil Deals

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

A GREAT STEP FOR SOMALILAND

Nursing Wounds, Somali ‎Enclave Dreams Of Nationhood

UNBROKEN CHAIN "Gaariiye in UK"

People

 

Editorial & Opinions

The Latest Assault On The Independent ‎Media

Letter To Faisal Ali Waraabe

Somaliland Seeks World Recognition‎

What Are The Prospects Of Investing ‎In The Federal Republic Of Somalia

If Qaybdiid is culpable of crimes of genocide, ‎So are Yusuf and other Somali Warlords

In Response To The Article Titled” The Better Memo ‎To The Canadian Premier Minister Paul Martin.”‎


Cultural Heritage Page

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Islamic Group Allegedly Raids Somali Studio

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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War Blamed For Spread Of Desert In Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya Oct. 18, 2005 (The Standard) – The current instability in Somalia has ‎contributed to desertification.‎
Environment minister Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday said the country could soon become a ‎desert if no measures were taken.‎

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Somalia Says Range Resources Mineral And ‎Oil Rights Deal Is Invalid

Sydney, Australia, October 18, 2005 (Resource Investor) – Somalia’s government has raised concerns with ‎the Australian Stock Exchange over a mysterious deal involving a small Perth company, Range Resources ‎Ltd, that claims it has secured the exclusive mineral and oil rights over a large slice of the country.‎

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Race Bullies Rule The Roost In Classrooms

Bristol, UK, Oct. 18, 2005 (Western Daily Press) - Racist bullying is on the rise in Bristol schools, shocking ‎statistics revealed yesterday. There were 443 racist incidents reported in the last academic year, an increase ‎of 17 cases on the previous year, two thirds of them in primary schools.‎
Officials said hundreds more incidents were likely to have gone unreported, especially in secondary schools.‎
Name-calling and racist jokes are the most common problem, followed by racist comments in the classroom ‎and verbal abuse and threats. And in six per cent of cases, children are being physically attacked.‎
White British pupils are the culprits in two out of three cases, according to the Bristol City Council figures.‎
More than a quarter of the victims are pupils of Caribbean descent, while Somalis and Pakistanis were each ‎targeted in 17 per cent of the incidents.‎

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Headlines

Ruling Party Shown Winning Parliamentary Vote

Hargeisa October 15 2005 (Reuters) - The ruling party in Somaliland has won parliamentary elections, which ‎voters hoped would boost the breakaway enclave's case for nationhood and prove it is a model of democracy ‎in lawless Somalia, early results on Saturday showed.‎

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US Assistant Secretary Of State For African Affairs Praises UNISA Engagement With ‎African Countries Such As Somaliland

Pretoria, South Africa, October 20, 2005 (e-news UNISA vol 4 of October 2005) – Newly appointed US ‎Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Dr Jendayi Frazer, addressed a select audience at UNISA on ‎the “Reshaping of US Foreign Policy towards Africa”.‎
Many senior policy makers from the South African Department of Foreign Affairs, including Deputy Foreign ‎Minister Sue van de Merwe, leaders of think-tanks, media and select scholars attended the breakfast round ‎table.

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Security Forces Close Down Borama’s Private Radio Station

Borama, Somaliland, October 22, 2005 (SL Times) Somaliland security forces closed down a private radio ‎station in Borama on Wednesday only a few days after it started broadcasting Somali songs.‎

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Berbera, Somaliland, October 22, 2005 (SL Times) – A 9-man Ethiopian technical team visited Berbera port ‎on Wednesday to hold talks with port officials in prelude to the expected arrival of Ethiopian cargo through ‎Berbera in 2 weeks time.‎

An agreement reached by Somaliland and Ethiopia in May allows the later to use the Red Sea Berbera port ‎for import and export needs.‎

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US State Department Meeting Recommends Stronger Engagement With Somaliland

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2005 (ANN) – A US State Department and National Intelligence Council meeting ‎on Somaliland and Somalia held here on Tuesday 13 Oct. 2005 concluded on a strong feeling for the need of ‎international engagement and work with Somaliland. ‎
The seminar attended by a number of US government departments and think-tanks, listened to a number of ‎presentations by Somali studies specialists which included Iqbal Jhazbhay, Matt Bryden, Ken Menkhaus, ‎David Shinn and Adre Le Sage. ‎

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Somaliland: CIIR's Election Observers Release Interim Report

London, Oct 19, 2005 (The Catholic Institute for International Relations CIIR) – A team of experts that travelled to the internationally unrecognised Horn of Africa country of Somaliland to observe its first-ever parliamentary elections has released an interim report as the election results are released.

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Seminar On Somaliland Between ‎Yesterday And Tomorrow


TSHWANE PRETORIA, October 20, 2005(SL Times) -- The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) will organize a ‎seminar here under the title “Between yesterday and tomorrow: The implications of Somaliland's venture ‎into multi-party democracy” on Tuesday, 25 Oct. 2005, according to a statement by the organizers obtained ‎by Somaliland Times.

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International News

Pirates Hijack Ship Off Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya, October 21, 2005 (BBC) – Pirates have seized a cargo ship off the coast of Somalia, local ‎officials have confirmed. ‎

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Resume Dialogue, Annan Urges Leaders

NAIROBI, Oct 21,2005 (IRIN) – Friction among Somalia's leaders is preventing the country’s federal ‎institutions from functioning effectively, and if divisions among the leaders intensify, the fragile structures ‎could be undermined, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned in his latest report to the UN Security ‎Council.‎

 

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Swedish Police Release Former Somali ‎Militiaman Accused Of War Crimes

Stockholm, Sweden, October 20, 2005 (VOA News) – A Swedish court has released a former Somali militia ‎commander accused of war crimes for lack of evidence.‎ The court freed Abdi Qeybdiid, 57, Thursday, saying the evidence against him was insufficient. ‎

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Police Brutality, Arbitrary Decrees And Filthy Prisons ‎Make Puntland A High-Risk Region For The Press  

October 19, 2005 (noticias.info) – Reporters Without Borders and its partner organization, the National ‎Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), today accused the police in the autonomous northeastern region of ‎Puntland of “outrageous behavior and ferocity” towards the independent news media.‎

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Yemen: Somali Migrants Defy ‎Smugglers, 21 Dead ‎

Sanaa, 17 Oct. (AKI) - Some 21 people are reported to have been killed after a group of Somali migrants on ‎board a boat in the Gulf of Aden rebelled against the people smugglers who were transporting them. ‎According to the Qatari news agency around 50 immigrants were on board the craft, seeking to reach the ‎Gulf countries. When the traffickers tried to force their 'human cargo' overboard, to avoid being intercepted ‎by the Yemeni coast guard, the passengers refused, given the distance from the shore, and the smugglers ‎opened fire.‎

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World Poets' Tour - October 2005‎

Six poets from Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Somaliland and Sudan will travel through ten different ‎cities within the UK, giving readings and workshops at some of the leading poetry and literature festivals in ‎the country............... ‎

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Too Many Guns, Too Little Food In Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya, October 21, 2005 (The Associated Press) – With too many weapons, too little food and three ‎factions vying for control, Somalia's anarchy is fast overwhelming its new government even before it can ‎establish itself in the country.‎
The competition for power, which threatens to trigger another civil war, could combine with a potential ‎humanitarian crisis for a repeat of the disaster that followed the collapse of Somalia's last regime in 1991. A ‎massive UN operation was mounted then to help the starving, but failed to set up a viable government in the ‎Horn of Africa nation.‎

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Somali Anger Over Swedish Arrest

Mogadishu, Somalia, October 19, 2005 (BBC) – There have been demonstrations in Somalia's capital in ‎protest at the arrest in Sweden of a Somali colonel. ‎
Col Abdi Qeybdid was in Sweden to attend an international conference when he was detained at the weekend ‎for alleged involvement in war crimes.‎

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Where is Somaliland ?
Map of Somaliland

Editorial & Opinions

The Latest Assault On The Independent ‎Media

EDITORIAL

Wednesday’s closure by the security forces of Borama’s independent radio station which started ‎broadcasting only a few days earlier, is yet another clear indication of the extent to which president ‎Rayale’s government is ready to go to make sure that no private broadcasting services are ‎introduced in this country.‎

By throwing the station’s technician, Deeq Mohamed, into prison and confiscating the broadcasting ‎equipment, the government has shown how indifferent it was to the tremendously positive changes ‎brought by recent parliamentary elections to the country’s domestic political landscape as well as ‎international standing.

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Letter To Faisal Ali Waraabe

By Ahmed Hashi Dhimbiil
 

Let me begin by congratulating UCID and you Sir, as its Chairman, on gaining a substantial vote of ‎confidence from the electorate even though your party came third in the parliamentary elections. UCID holds ‎the balance of power in this august house for the coming five years and therefore wields considerable ‎political currency in this country.

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By Ileys Ali ‎

Minnesota is home to the largest population of Somali people outside of Somalia. While we have been ‎neighbors for the last ten plus years, there is a history that many Americans may not be aware of. The land ‎that we know as Somalia is actually two countries: Somaliland to the north and Somalia to the south. "We ‎are united [in that] we share the same language, same cultural background, even religion, but we are two ‎different countries with two different histories," said Hassan Younis, Chairman of the Somaliland Community ‎in Minnesota.

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What Are The Prospects Of Investing ‎In The Federal Republic Of Somalia

By: Dr. Ali Abdullahi M Barkhadle

Somalia has been without a government since 1990. That government collapsed due to a civil war that was ‎instigated when the government started ethnic cleansing, mismanagement of public finances, and corruption ‎that was endemic in both the public and private sector. In the private sector corporate governance was ‎something unheard of and on the public sector cronyism and nepotism became an art for looting state ‎finances. So today our question is, in spite of the formation of a federal government for Somalia what are the ‎prospects of investing in a country that has to yet fully resurrect from civil war?

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If Qaybdiid is culpable of crimes of genocide, ‎So are Yusuf and other Somali Warlords

By Shaacir Mataan, Minneapolis , MN

In as much as it is very important for Somalis in Sweden and elsewhere in the civilized world to seek justice ‎by asking their host nations to prosecute the notoriously known Somali warlords and hate mongers who did ‎awful acts of war crimes during our regrettable civil war times, so must it be even more important for all ‎Somalis to be fair in their pursuit of justice and thus should demand the extradition and persecution of all ‎warlords regardless of their clan allegiance. ‎

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In Response To The Article Titled” The Better Memo ‎To The Canadian Premier Minister Paul Martin.”‎

Although I am a firm believer in freedom speech, I was stunned to see the article titled “The better Memo to ‎the Canadian premier Minister Paul Martin.” on your website. ‎
Personally, I assumed that your website is pro-Somaliland and its causes but I found out otherwise. If the ‎author remained objective and advocated unity then it is easy to swallow why you have posted his article. But ‎please excuse my shameful ignorance and enlighten me about the purpose of the following paragraph from ‎the author’s article: ‎

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Abdillahi Yusuf’s Transitional ‎Government And Puntland Oil Deals

By Ibrahim Hirse

SOMALIA'S Government has raised concerns with the Australian Stock Exchange over a mysterious deal ‎involving a small Perth company that claims it has secured the exclusive mineral and oil rights over a large ‎slice of the war-torn African country.‎
In a letter to the ASX, Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi offers to co-operate in any investigation into ‎the company's claims.‎
The letter, a copy of which has been obtained by The Age, said the deal with the regional government in the ‎eastern Somali state of Puntland was invalid because only the country's transitional federal government had ‎the power to negotiate the sale of mineral and oil rights.‎

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY

A GREAT STEP FOR SOMALILAND

Travel article by Gunnar Kraft and Sandra Jensen

Peaceful parliamentary elections

Copenhagen, Denmark, October 5, 2005 (Danish Refugee Council) – The old woman walked slowly into the ‎little hut built of a mixture of wooden sticks and old plastic sacs from UNHCR. Her hands were carefully ‎examined by the young man in the doorway, holding a small ultra violet lamp. Satisfied with the lack of ‎invisible ink, he allowed her to dip her left little finger into the small bowl with ink. ‎

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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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UNBROKEN CHAIN

 

Kevin Rushby joins poets from Sudan, Afghanistan and ‎Somaliland on a tour of the UK, and discovers that years of ‎repression and exile have left scars, but also nourished strong ‎literary traditions ‎

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Editor in Chief: Yusuf Abdi Gabobe. Assist-Editor: Abdifatah M Aideed


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