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Issue 109 Feb.23-29, 2004

Index

Headlines

- Students Uprising Of Feb 20th Observed By SONYO
- Senior Puntland Official Defects To Somaliland,
Abdillahi Yusuf’s Regime Crumbling From within

- Hargeisa Urban Household Economy Assessment
Part X

- Dire Conditions In The Togdheer Region - Fews Net

- Nun Who Saw It All And Died With The Story

Business

- Defying Mayhem, Somali Plans Coca-Cola Venture

International News

- U.S. General Visiting Ethiopia Warns That A Clear Terrorist Threat Exists In East Africa

- Somali Was A Flight Risk In US

- Pakistani Said to Have Given Libya Uranium

- Double Agent Plan U.S. Attempt to Turn Al Qaeda Suspect Into U.S. Informant Soured by Press Leak

- Immigrants Celebrate Britishness With New Ceremony

- Reflections On Multicultural Immigration's Threat To Women

- How Fidel Castro Convinced The Former USSR To Abandon Siyad Barre In Favor Of Mengistu

Law

- Woman Asks Bush To Let Her Somali Husband Return
The call from the White House came Wednesday night

People

- Iman The Somali Model Facing Boycott

Editorial & Opinions

- KULMIYE's Leaders

- Reflections On Somaliland & Africa’s Territorial Order, Part: III

- Again Opposition Party Member Goes to Jail in Borama: How Sad!

- The Self Defeated Colonel

- The Colonel's Bluff


Business

Defying Mayhem, Somali Plans Coca-Cola Venture

NAIROBI, Feb 21, 2004 (Reuters) – Defying his broken country's many pessimists, a Somali businessman has unveiled plans to bottle
Coca-Cola in chaotic Mogadishu, a city with no police, no insurance and only gun law.

The plant is built and the machinery ready to start up in late February or early March, an eye-catching display of nerve in a capital of one million roamed by an estimated 60,000 gunmen with rifles, truck-mounted machineguns and grenade launchers.

Somalia's AbdiRisak Isse said he was relying on the self-interest of the clan system to protect the plant, by drawing in partners from as wide a range of communities as possible.

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Iman The Somali Model Facing Boycott

Rapaport…February 16, 2004 – Survival International has begun a
postcard campaign calling for a boycott of De Beers and Somali
supermodel Iman. The campaign came up in a week in which the Botswana government has allegedly launched a new wave of harassment of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen.

Two years after evicting them from their ancestral land, the
government recently sent in wildlife officials to arrest Bushmen at gunpoint for hunting near their resettlement camp. The Bushmen believe the government is targeting those opposed to the forced relocation.

De Beers has been drawn into the controversy surrounding the Botswana government’s eviction of the Bushmen, as it is suspected that the rich diamond deposits under the Bushmen’s land are the reason for the eviction. Diamond mining in Botswana is controlled by De Beers, in a fifty-fifty partnership with the government.
 

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Headlines

Students Uprising of Feb 20th Observed by SONYO

Hargeisa, Feb 21, 2004 (SL Times) – An uprising staged by Hargeisa’s school children in Feb. 20th, 1982 protesting the jailing of members of the UFFO group, was observed yesterday in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa.

UFFO was founded in 1981 as a self-help group with the aim of improving community services. Most of the founders were arrested by the then repressive regime of Somalia.

 

At least 2 school children were killed when government forces of the late dictator, Mohamed Siyad Barre, opened fire on demonstrating students protesting the arrests in Feb 20th, 1982.
 

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Senior Puntland Official Defects To Somaliland,
Abdillahi Yusuf’s Regime Crumbling From within


Hargeisa, Feb 21, 2004 (SL Times) – Mr. Hassan Mahmud Dhilood, Puntland’s minister of education arrived in Hargeisa on Thursday after defecting to Somaliland's authorities earlier this week.



 

News about the defection of the Sanag-born official was first reported following his sudden arrival in Erigavo last Monday night. Mr. Hassan Dhillood who is from the Dhulbahante clan, has declared allegiance to
Somaliland.

In addition to his job as education minister, Mr. Dhillood also served as Abdillahi Yusuf’s war secretary for the Las-Anod area.
 

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Hargeisa Urban Household Economy Assessment

 

Typically, there are only two sources of food for urban households: market purchase (as described in the Expenditure section above) and gifts of food (for poorer households). Gifts of food tend to be given by middle and better off households to their poorer neighbours and relatives. Both cooked food and dry food are given, and in some cases this assistance is given daily, particularly to neighbours. These two sources of food, market purchase and gifts, are illustrated in the figure below, expressed in terms of 2,100 calories per person per day.14

The quality of diet improves significantly as households get wealthier. Very poor and poor households can only afford to purchase small quantities of vegetables, meat and milk powder, and the vast majority of their calories come from cereals, sugar and vegetable oil.

 

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Dire Conditions In The Togdheer Region - Fews Net

NAIROBI, 17 Feb 2004 (IRIN) - Extensive drought in the Togdheer Region of the republic of Somaliland, where about 350,000 people live, has forced schools to close, water wells to dry up and the livestock population to decline significantly, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) said on Monday.

"There is currently a severe drought in Togdheer Region, particularly [in the] south and northwest due to successive rainfall failures," FEWS NET said in a report following an assessment mission to the region conducted in late December. "The Somaliland authorities conducted [an earlier] assessment... and called for international assistance," it said.
 

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Nun Who Saw It All And Died With The Story

John Kamau

Nairobi, February 16, 2004 (The East African Standard) – The death of a key witness to the Wagalla massacre now means that the horrific details from an independent source may never come to light.About four months ago, just as the government promised to unearth what
really happened at the Wagalla airstrip, a lone gunman entered a 300-bed hospital compound in Borama town, Somaliland, and shot dead 60-year-old Italian nun, Dr Annalena Tonelli.
 

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International News

U.S. General Visiting Ethiopia Warns That A Clear Terrorist Threat Exists In East Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Feb 16, 2004 (AP) – A clear terrorist threat still exists in East Africa, and greater military cooperation is needed to defeat it, a top U.S. general warned on Monday during a visit to Ethiopia.

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Somali Was A Flight Risk In US

By Cynthia Banham and Freya Petersen

San Diego, February 19, 2004 (f2Network) – An arrest warrant for Omar Mohamed, the Somali man allegedly linked to a terrorist financing group, was issued by a San Diego court while he was still in Australia
in December.

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Pakistani Said to Have Given Libya Uranium

ISTANBUL, Feb. 20 (New York Times) — The network led by the Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan shipped partly enriched uranium directly to Libya aboard a Pakistani airplane in 2001, providing the
fuel stock in addition to the designs and technology to make a nuclear bomb, according to a report by Malaysian investigators released Friday.
 

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Double Agent Plan
U.S. Attempt to Turn Al Qaeda Suspect Into U.S. Informant Soured by

Press Leak

By Pierre Thomas, Feb. 13 (ABC News) – Exclusive

When a Somali-born computer student was arrested in Minneapolis last December on suspicion of helping al Qaeda, federal counterterrorism officials thought they might finally have found what they desperately
need — a way of getting inside Osama bin Laden's shadowy network.

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Immigrants Celebrate Britishness With New Ceremony

LONDON, February 20, 2004 (Reuters) - Mark Rimmer is planning a party. It will be formal but fun, ceremonial but celebratory, and solemn but special. Most of all, it will be historic.

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Reflections On Multicultural Immigration's Threat To Women

By Brenda Walker
Feb 19, 2004

The mid-February birthday of suffragist icon Susan B. Anthony is a reminder of the long struggle for women's right to vote, starting with the 1848 Seneca Falls Declaration and culminating with the passage of
the 19th Amendment in 1920.

 

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How Fidel Castro Convinced The Former USSR To Abandon Siyad Barre In Favor Of Mengistu

His country is important strategically, and he likes prestige. Barre is very convinced of himself. His socialist rhetoric is unbearable. He is the greatest socialist; he cannot say ten words without mentioning
socialism.

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Editorial & Opinions

KULMIYE's Leaders

Less than 3 months ago, most Somalilanders would have agreed that in the event Somaliland came under attack by a foreign aggressor, KULMIYE's leaders would have fared better in defending the country than those of UDUB. Indeed, KULMIYE as the main opposition party in Somaliland, has always not only condemned Abdillahi Yusuf’s policy of aggression toward Somaliland, but also criticized President Rayale’s government for lacking resolve in defending the country’s territorial integrity against the frequent incursions into Sool and eastern Sanag by warlord Abdillahi Yusuf's militia. However, following the recent escalation in tension between Somaliland and Abdillahi Yusuf, as a result of the latter’s invasion of Las-Anod, the response of KULMIYE's leaders has so far been an expression of lukewarm support mixed with disdain for the government’s new-found zeal in challenging Abdillahi Yusuf’s adventures in eastern Somaliland.

 

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Reflections On Somaliland & Africa’s Territorial Order, Part: III


Ian S. Spears
 

Given the fluid nature of Somali clan ties and the potential axes of division, a territorial state comprised of anything but all Somali-inhabited territory is likely to be contentious. However, Somaliland does have one key advantage: the willingness of Somalilanders to settle for the previously established borders of British Somaliland – imperfect as they are – allows them to claim that they are continuing to respect the territorial integrity of Africa’s colonial states and to conform to the Charter of the Organization of African Unity.
 

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Again Opposition Party Member Goes to Jail in Borama: How Sad!

By: Adan H Iman

Again, a member of the opposition KULMIYE party, this time the party chief in the Region, is under detention in Borama allegedly because he provided written statement to the press accusing the Mayor, Mr. Abdirahman Sh Omar, inter alia, of misusing public funds in the amount of $15,000. In an interview with the Jumhuuriya newspaper, the mayor, who is an honorable man, is obviously hurt and offended by the allegation.

Much as we sympathize with the mayor, the question is what law has the police citied in detaining this gentleman? Do the mayor and the city council members have the legal authority, or in collusion with the police, in incarcerating anybody they wish?
 

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The Self Defeated Colonel

By Sugal Omer

The so-called suicidal mission of Abdillahi Yusuf of Majerteenia to Las-Anod is very much comparable to someone who pointed a loaded gun to his head to hasten his own demise in broad day light. Remember it was Abdillahi Yusuf who claimed that he is a great warrior and a giant politician. That was then, a couple of weeks back while entertaining his audience and misguided supporters from the pseudo-administration (maamul goboled) of Majerteenia.

Today, there is no word from the propaganda mouth-piece of Abdillahi Yusuf, the so-called allpuntland.com and other Majeerteen affiliated websites about the defection of the Minister of Education, Mr. Hassan Mohamoud Dhilood to Somaliland. Abdillahi Yusuf is in limbo. He is hiding, his tail between his legs. He doesn’t want anyone to mention his long record of crimes against humanity that he committed against the people of Majerteenia or the very recent murders and mass executions he perpetrated against Somaliland's citizens in Las Anod. The end is clear.

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The Colonel's Bluff

By: Jamal Madar

A hard-line approach without sound military hardware is a dangerous bluff that could be called. Thus, Colonel Abdillahi Youssef’s shrill cry of joy (mashxarad) over the occupation of Las Anod may soon turn into rivers of tears that could be irrigated in the drought stricken areas of Sool.

In December 2003, a group of armed militiamen acting under the command of Colonel Abdillahi Yousef- the absolute ruler of the autonomous provincial administration of Majertenia (now calls itself Puntland)- crossed the border into Somaliland Republic and occupied Las Anod- the regional capital of Sool region. Since Puntland was formed in 1998, the Colonel had always claimed Sool and eastern Sanaag regions that are largely but not exclusively populated by Dhulbahante and Warsangali clans, as his own territories. It is not clear how the Colonel would manage to redraw the century-old colonial boundaries or rewrite the history of these people but what is clear is that the basis of his claims are at best ludicrous and at worst infantile.

 

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Law

Woman Asks Bush To Let Her Somali Husband Return

 

The call from the White House came Wednesday night.

By Lisa Sandberg
San Antonio Express-News, February 20, 2004

By Thursday morning, Francesca Barreh was typing a frantic, last-ditch appeal to the president as her three young sons ran wild in their sparsely furnished Northwest Side apartment.

"Please, Mr. President George W. Bush, help bring my loving husband home where he belongs," the letter read.

It's been a tough three weeks since her husband, Idriss, was ordered to return to his native Djibouti in Africa because immigration officials said his first marriage in the United States was a sham.
Unemployed, Barreh is running out of money and losing her apartment;
Idriss was the family's sole breadwinner.

Overwhelmed, she has little control over their rambunctious three sons, Muhummed, 4; Ishmael 2; and Elijah, 9 months.
 

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