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Issue 118 Apr. 26 - May 2 , 2004



- First Peace Cup Football Tournament Launched

- President Kagame Speaks In Seattle
- Somaliland Observers Describe South Africa’s Elections As Free And Fair

- Somaliland’s Recognition Will Bring Peace And Stability To The Horn

- Better Deal For Somalilanders


- Health-Care Providers Organize Forum To Assist Somalian Mothers

International News

- U.S. Military Official Praises African Anti-Terror Efforts

- Djibouti Anger Over French Judge Murder Claim

- South African MPs Re-Elect Mbeki

- Somali Woman Murdered In London

- Man Killed In London Shooting

- Security Forces Capture 20 Somalians In Mugla

- Eastern, Central African Countries Tackle Issue Of Arms At Nairobi Conference

- The Siege Of Fallujah: Another Page In The West’s Long Running War With Islam

- From Hope To Helplessness

Peace Talks

- Rising Frustrations Could End Mbagathi Peace Process


- Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf’s First Defeat in the Court of Law

Editorial & Opinions

- South Africa’s Democracy & Its Implications for Somaliland

- Open Letter To Abdi I. Samatar

- A Response To Mr. Ali Gulaid

- What We Did Not Do Right

Health-Care Providers Organize Forum To Assist Somalian Mothers

By Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times staff reporter, April 17, 2004

Area doctors have heard the grumblings among local Somalian mothers: They fret that hospitals are using them to "practice" Caesarean sections — that the rate for such surgeries within their population is far too high.

And from a culture where women can labor in childbirth for up to a week or longer, Somalis say U.S. doctors are too quick to intervene, too quick to induce.

Health-care providers at Harborview Medical Center, which is not a birthing hospital but works with large numbers of immigrant women before and after they give birth, have heard the complaints often — and dispute them.

They've organized a forum today to address the Somalian women's concerns and a number of childbirth issues. In turn, they hope to learn more about childbirth practices and customs within the Somalian culture.

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Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf’s First Defeat in the Court of Law

Sultan Hurre Human Rights Focus (SHHRF)
Tuesday, April 20 2004

Hampering justice has always been the hallmark of Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the man who calls himself the President of Puntland State of Somalia. Cheating oneself is bad, but attempting to con the established English law is a folly.

On the 3rd March, Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed has encountered his first major defeat at the High Court of the United Kingdom when the court dismissed Abdullahi’s defence proposal to move the venue of the case brought against him. The case has been brought by the widow and children of the late Somali traditional leader, Suldan Ahmed Mohamud Mohamed (known also as Suldan Hurre) on the 30th of September 2002.
The respected Sultan was killed on the 17th of August 2002 at Kala-bayrka, in Puntland state of Somalia, by the personal bodyguards of Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf.

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First Peace Cup Football Tournament Launched

Best Player To be Sent For Training With Real Madrid

Hargeisa, April 24, 2004 (SL Times) – A football tournament involving 16 second division clubs from Somaliland was launched on April 6, 2004 in Hargeisa.

The teams were divided into 4 groups each made up of 4 clubs. The two winning teams from each group will play in a quarterfinal. Four teams will meet in the semifinal, and the final match is scheduled to take place on the 9th of May.

The month-long competition, dubbed as the First Peace Cup Football Tournament was organized by the Somaliland Football Association and funded by the UNDP.

The best tournament player will be sent for a 3-month training with the well-known Spanish club of Real Madrid.


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President Kagame Speaks In Seattle

By Jamal Gabobe



Here is some of what President Kagame said:


Genocide is a crime against humanity, so humanity should take action against those who commit it. The signs were there, no one paid attention. There was a lack of the will to act. The inaction was due to serious imperfections in the international system. Rwanda was not strategic in geopolitics. So they could sacrifice a million people. Blame also has to go to our fellow Africans. The lesson here is that the international community will not come to our rescue if we don't work on our problems. For us Rwandans, blaming the world will not take us anywhere. We have to own our problems, then the world will support us.


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Somaliland Observers Describe South Africa’s Elections As Free And Fair

Hargeisa, April 24, 2004 (SL Times) – A Somaliland observer team has described the South African elections of April 14, 2004 as “free and fair”.

The team consisting of 16 members returned to Somaliland last Monday, after spending 11 days in South Africa to observe and study the April 14 poll which the ruling African National Congress won by a landslide victory.

The Somaliland delegation was made up of members representing the National Electoral Commission, the 3 political parties, women's groups and the press.

A full text of an interim statement issued on the South African elections by the observer team is reproduced below:

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Faisal Ali Waraabe: Somaliland’s Recognition Will Bring Peace And Stability To The Horn Region

ABU DHABI, 16 April 2004 (Awdalnews Network) —A Somaliland political leader said that Somaliland’s recognition would usher in a period of peace and stability to all Horn of African countries.

Speaking at a luncheon hosted in his honor by his supporters on Thursday and attended by other members of Somaliland community here, Faisal Ali Waraabe, Chairman of the Justice and Welfare Party, known by its Somali acronym UCID, said “Somaliland’s independence will play a pivotal role in the peace and stability of the Horn of African countries as it will eliminate the traditional Somali irredentism of claiming territories in Ethiopia and Kenya.”

“There will be no more ILA JIID WAA HAWDE,” he said, referring to patriotic Somali lyrics that mobilized people in the heydays of the Somali nationalistic fervor.

Faisal, who arrived in Abu Dhabi from the UK, will embark on a three-week tour of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Ruwanda in a bid to gain friends for Somaliland from African countries.

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Better Deal For Somalilanders


By Julie Harding

The first conference to discuss the plight of Somalilanders living in Bristol is being held in Easton today. Bristol's Lord Mayor, Councillor Bill Martin, and key decision makers in the city were invited to the event to discuss an action plan aimed at removing the barriers faced by Somalilanders to health care, housing, training and jobs. Research last year showed that England's Somalilanders population, which includes 8,000 people in the West, was "a hidden society" where "extreme levels of deprivation and disadvantage are commonplace". Bristol is a major centre for Somalilanders people with most living in Easton, Lawrence Hill, St Paul's and Barton Hill. Nine out of 10 Somalilanders in the region are unemployed and many are living in cramped conditions. The community also suffers from a high level of TB. Racism is a particular problem with clashes reported between groups of Somali and Jamaican young men in Bristol.


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International News

U.S. Military Official Praises African Anti-Terror Efforts

WAshington, April 19, 2004 – (US Embassy, Tokyo) – U.S. Major General John Sattler, the director of operations for the U.S. Central Command, says a number of nations in the Horn of Africa have brought terrorists to justice or shut down communications lines as part of the global war on terrorism.

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Djibouti Anger Over French Judge Murder Claim

DJIBOUTI, April 17 (AFP) - The east African state of Djibouti on Saturday accused France of attempting to destabilise it via a television programme suggesting a French judge found dead there nine years ago was murdered by figures close to Djibouti's president.

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South African MPs Re-Elect Mbeki

Cape Town, April 23, 2004 (BBC) – In a unanimous vote, MPs in Cape Town have elected Thabo Mbeki as president for a second five-year term.


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Somali Woman Murdered In London

JEDDAH, 19 April 2004 (Arab News) — A Somali woman’s body has been discovered in a suitcase in north London, press reports said.

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Man Killed In London Shooting

London, April 21, 2004 (The Guardian) – Detectives were yesterday investigating the execution-style shooting of a man who was murdered as he walked home from a nightclub in Kensington, west London.

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Security Forces Capture 20 Somalians In Mugla

MUGLA, April 19, 2004 ( Security forces captured on Monday 20 Somalians in Meselik village of Milas town of Aegean Mugla province.

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Eastern, Central African Countries Tackle Issue Of Arms At Nairobi Conference

Nairobi, Apr 20, 2004 (VOANews) – In Kenya, senior officials from 11 countries in Eastern and Central Africa began a two-day conference Tuesday on ending the illegal in trade small arms and light weapons.

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The Siege Of Fallujah: Another Page In The West’s Long Running War With Islam


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From Hope To Helplessness


The United Nations force that landed in Somalia in 1992 was meant to bring peace and stability to a country plunged into civil war. Millions within the west African country were suffering from starvation amid the anarchy, so when former army commando "Peter" was posted to the small Australian contingent in the capital, Mogadishu, in July 1993, he believed he could do some good. He returned a changed man.

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Editorial & Opinions

South Africa’s Democracy & Its Implications for Somaliland

The successful general elections that South Africa witnessed on April 14, 2004, the third of its type to be held there since the fall of apartheid in 1994, have put an end to any uncertainty about the future of democracy in that country. The election process which a Somaliland team of 16 observers (the largest group from any single African country) had the chance to attend for the first time, was conducted smoothly all over the country including such hot spots as the Kuwazulu Natal province. As expected, President Thabo Mbeki’s party, the African National Congress, won the elections by a landslide. The opposition parties accepted the results graciously.

The factors as to why South Africa’s general elections for 2004 passed without problems are many. One main reason was that that country’s Independent Electoral Commission was actually independent in the true sense of the word. Secondly, the IEC had put a lot of organizational effort into the process, leaving nothing to chance. The IEC’s integrity was even further enhanced in the eyes of the contesting parties by the presence of Party Liaison Committee members at its headquarters in Pretoria as well as in each of the 9 provincial offices across the country.

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Open Letter To Abdi I. Samatar

By: A Mohamed Ali Hashi ‘Dhimbiil’

Many Somali Landers have written and debated with you on the internet and most recently on the BBC program where Muj.Silanyo, Chairman of the leading opposition party in Somaliland as well as Dr. Ibrahim laid out the case for Somaliland. I feel your characterization of Somali Landers as a people who do not want to debate is misleading and unfair. Somali Landers by nature love to debate, they believe in their cause and that is why Somaliland is by far a pathfinder with regards to democracy and the rule of law in a neighbourhood characterized by guns, violence and warlords.

As well, your suggestion that you were drowned out of the meeting in London is actually quite normal, decisive historical questions are being drawn up and answered by stakeholders on the Somali question, that the drowning out of your views does not augur well for ‘dissent’ in the political economy of Somaliland, with regards to those entrusted through the recent elections in Somaliland to govern stuns the imagination.

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Response To Mr. Ali Gulaid

By: Jamal Gabobe, Seattle

In an article entitled "KULMIYE Isn’t The Enemy" Mr Ali Gulaid raised several issues about the Somaliland Times and myself that I would like to address. In his article, Ali Gulaid accused the Somaliland Times of having been co-opted. Apparently, the basis of his charge is that he was not used to seeing criticism of Kulmiye by the weekly magazine; therefore, he concluded the paper must have been co-opted. This is a feeble basis on which to base such serious charges.

Ali Gulaid also referred to the "editors" of the Somaliland Times and insinuated that I am one of those editors (although he does not mention me by name the context of the article points in that direction). The editor of the Somaliland Times is Yusuf Abdi Gabobe. I am a representative of Haatuf Media Network (which includes the Somaliland Times) in North America.


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By Abubakr Karolia, South Africa (April 2004)
Part II

[Continued from our previous issue]

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Towards an enlightened and transformative re-education:
A major problem arose when Muslims scholars and jurist compartmentalized knowledge to what is religious and secular. When this occurred, the order that Allah had instituted in the Caliphate-ul-Ard (the responsibility accepted by Adam (AS) as vicegerent of the earth) could not be fulfilled as our knowledge became more ritualistic and narrow. The responsibility of a vicegerent of the Creator is to take charge of the ecosystems, sustainable development and an equitable socio-economic and a just political system for the happiness of mankind and His Worship.
Therefore in the light of this huge responsibility, all knowledge that pleases Allah (S) must be pursued and practiced and all knowledge that did not please Allah (S) one should at least have knowledge of them so as to understand the difference.


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Peace Talks

Rising Frustrations Could End Mbagathi Peace Process

Nairobi, Apr 21 2004 (VOA News) – There are signs that rising frustrations may prematurely end the Somali peace process that began in Kenya more than a year-and-a-half ago.

Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Kalonzo Musyoka says mediators from the regional body coordinating the long-running Somali peace talks will decide May 6 whether to continue with the talks or hand the peace process over to the United Nations Security Council.

He said the Security Council has the power to impose sanctions on the factional leaders if the talks do not continue.

Mr. Musyoka said he and many mediators and international donors are fed up with the twists and turns of a process in which Somalia's factional leaders, civil society representatives and other delegates have become engaged in. "Patience is running out on the part of everybody, all the people of good will for the people of Somalia," he said.

The talks are aimed at ending more than a decade of lawlessness, and selecting a new government. Some 23 Somali factional leaders control different parts of the country through their militias. Negotiators say the most troublesome part of the peace process has been the trend where these factional leaders sign agreements, only to erupt in squabbling that has tested everyone's patience.


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