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Issue 193 / 1st October 2005
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Index

Headlines

Counting Of Ballot Papers Of Somaliland ‎Parliamentary Elections Under-Way‎

Press Statement By The South ‎African Observer Mission To The ‎Somaliland Parliamentary Elections    

Memo To Paul Martin:‎‎‎

Somaliland Targets Muslim Clerics In Al-Qaeda Sweep

Vote Rekindles Somaliland's Hopes‎

Local & Regional Affairs

Somaliland Targets Muslim Clerics In Al-Qaeda Sweep ‎‎‎‎

U.S. Marines Adopt the Children of Djibouti‎

Radio Journalist Jailed For Reports On ‎Puntland Prison

Pirates Capture 2nd Vessel‎

Somali 'Potential Terror Haven'‎‎‎

Kenyan Somalis' Dream Of Own State And Shifta War‎‎‎‎‎

International News

London Museum Pulls Religious Art‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

Doctor Makes Career Of Bridging Gaps‎‎

Pickup Crashes Into Kitchen, Displacing Family Of Nine

Somalia Native Admits Guilt In Fatal Stabbing

Ahmed 'Hudeydi' – The Legend

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Signpost In Somaliland's Quest For Sovereignty

Hail To Somaliland's Police Force‎‎

Somaliland In Transition

Davis Is In Command, But Show Is Impeachable

Editorial

Opinions

Somaliland Media Should Not Derail ‎Parliamentary Elections‎‎

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


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Jordan Times, Sunday,  

HARGEISA, Somaliland September 25, 2005 (Reuters) — Somaliland said on Saturday eight Al-Qaeda suspects arrested days before a parliamentary election were all locals from Islamic religious circles. Somaliland President Dahir Rayale Kahin accused the detainees of “disguising” themselves as clerics to plot attacks prior to the September 29 poll.

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One job is to clean, paint and beautify orphanage for girls

Djibouti City , Djibouti , Sept. 21, 2005 (USINFO) – When a handful of Marines show up at a school in this African city equipped with tools, paintbrushes and building materials, their mission is clear: help the children.

Service members stationed in Djibouti as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa routinely take part in community outreach programs to help the local citizens. Their endeavors often involve schools and orphanages, but they help improve other aspects of Djiboutian life as well. Many volunteers work during their free time, and it can be a very rewarding experience.


Radio Journalist Jailed For Reports On ‎Puntland Prison

New York , September 27, 2005 (CPJ) — Authorities in the Puntland city of Bossasso arrested an STN radio editor Monday in connection with his reporting on prison conditions, according to the Somali journalists union NUSOJ and a local source. Awale Jama Salad is being detained without charge for the second time in recent months.

The arrest stems from Awale Jama’s reports in July on his previous imprisonment, according to NUSOJ and the local source. Those reports, broadcast on STN and picked up by some local newspapers, alleged that officials at Bossasso prison were taking bribes to free prisoners, and that conditions in the jail were so bad they were causing the spread of disease. Authorities are accusing Awale Jama of defamation and publishing false information, although he has not been officially charged, NUSOJ said.

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Pirates Capture 2nd Vessel‎

Mogadishu , Sept 25, 2005 (News24) – Pirates who have held a UN-chartered ship and its crew hostage for nearly three months have captured a second vessel carrying cement from Egypt , days after the collapse of efforts to release the first merchant ship and its load of food aid.

The pirates hijacked the second vessel while it was sailing from El Maan, a port north of Somalia 's capital of Mogadishu .

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Somali 'Potential Terror Haven'‎‎‎

Michel Moutot

Paris , September 29, 2005 (AFP) – Lawless Somalia has developed into a potential rear base for terror groups linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, but its tangled factional politics means it is unlikely to become a permanent haven, say analysts and officials.

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Kenyan Somalis' Dream Of Own State And Shifta War‎‎‎‎‎

Nairobi , Sept 25, 2005 (The Daily Nation) – For the majority of Kenyans, it is the first time they are being asked to decide on a constitution and how they want to be governed in the forthcoming referendum. Only the people of North Eastern and part of Eastern provinces have traveled this road before.

In the lead-up to Kenya 's independence from Britain in December 1963, the status of nearly a third of the country, then called the Northern Frontier District (NFD), was not clear.

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Headlines
Counting Of Ballot Papers Of Somaliland ‎Parliamentary Elections Under-Way‎

KULMIYE Leading In Both Hargeysa And Buroa
UDUB Expected To Win Borama
New Gains For UCID In Almost All Regions

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 1, 2005 (SL Times) – Counting of ballot papers cast by voters in Somaliland’s Thursday parliamentary elections was still underway on late Friday night at the headquarters of the six regional electoral commissions.

In the Hargeysa district only 105 ballot boxes were counted with the main opposition party KULMIYE capturing roughly 40.71%, while UDUB and UCID won 30.15% and 29.14% each respectively.

In the Buroa district, 118 boxes were counted by midnight with KULMIYE winning 24,664 votes, UDUB 16, 354 votes and UCID 18, 184 votes.


Press Statement By The South ‎African Observer Mission To The ‎Somaliland Parliamentary Elections    
Hargeysa, Somaliland , September 30, 2005

A 12-person South African team was honored to observe the first parliamentary elections in Somaliland held on September 29 2005. The team comprised a senior politician, diplomats, scholars, election specialists, researchers and media. Some of them have observed Somaliland ’s constitutional referendum and presidential elections.

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Special to Globe and Mail Update, September 29, 2005

The Martin government should take the lead on diplomatic recognition and follow up with a generous aid package. Somaliland is precisely the kind of problem in which bold diplomacy by Canada can make a real difference

On Oct. 10, 1970 , Canada officially recognized mainland China 's Communist government. This bold step ended the fiction that an aging group of anti-communists in Taiwan spoke for a billion Chinese. Canada 's move ended the diplomatic logjam on the issue, and facilitated a flood of successive recognitions by Western governments. The stakes were high for the government of Pierre Trudeau. U.S. president Richard Nixon, champion of American anti-communism, opposed this China initiative.

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Hail To Somaliland's Police Force

‎‎September 25, 2005 Awdalnews’s Editorial

No doubt with the arrest of a group of terrorists who came to cause destruction and mayhem in the country, Somaliland has dissipated the misconception of being a no-man's land like its neighbor Somalia where international terrorists come and go at will.


Hargeysa, Somaliland, September 27, 2005 (AFP/Al-Jazeera) – Street vendors in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland have reported huge sales of the narcotic leaf qat and newspapers, as campaigning wraps up for legislative polls this week amid hopes for long-denied international recognition.

Amid a flurry of political activity, including a surprise government announcement of terrorism arrests and allegations of electoral fraud, shop owners in the capital of the self-styled republic say business is booming.

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International News

LONDON, September 29, 2005 (The Washington Times) -The Tate Britain museum has made an unprecedented decision to pull a work of religious art from an exhibition over fears that it might offend Muslims.

Artist John Latham's "God is Great" features copies of the Koran, Bible and Judaic Talmud that have been cut apart and embedded in thick glass.

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FARGO, N.D. Sept. 22, 2005 (Associated Press) – A family of nine, forced from their home after a stolen pickup crashed into it, have found a new home with help from another family, officials say.

The crash happened about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. No one was hurt, but a gas line ruptured and part of a wall collapsed.

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A Hampshire Street man pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree manslaughter in the Feb. 12 butcher-knife slaying of another man during an argument.


'If there's an oud lying near me I can't resist it - I've got to play it'

How I came to this music:

When I was 14 years old, my father took me to a party in Aden where I heard an Arabic man playing an oud. I liked it and knew I wanted to learn how to play myself. At school I was constantly drumming on the desk so my teacher recommended that I learn how to play the drums. I went on to learn the oud from Abdullahi Qarshe, the most famous and first Somali to create tunes for the instrument.

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Andrew Tellijohn

Twin Cities, September 16, 2005 (American City Business Journals) – A Somali-born patient visited a Twin Cities clinic for treatment. In his native language, he told an interpreter he had been "bitten by the hyena." The interpreter, thinking no translation existed for the statement, told a doctor the patient had been "bitten by a dog." The doctor treated the patient with a series of rabies shots, unaware that "bitten by the hyena" was a colloquialism meaning, "I have syphilis."

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The Horn of Africa

 Editorial

For the third time since declaring their withdrawal from the 1960-union with Somalia, some 14 years ago, Somalilanders were able last Thursday to choose their representatives to government in a democratically conducted national election. The overwhelming majority of Somalilanders have already expressed full satisfaction with the way the 29 September parliamentary elections were conducted. After all, this has been their own process; devised, nurtured and implemented by them.

To this basically egalitarian society, the right to choose one’s leaders freely and hold them accountable hasn’t been something new. When the British tried to deprive Somalilanders of this right, they responded with a 20 year long armed rebellion.


Special Report

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA COVERS SOMALILAND ’S FIRST PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS ON Thursday, September 29, 2005

Somaliland Hopes For World Recognition

Hargeisa, Somaliland September 29, 2005 (AFP)

Hargeysa, Somaliland , September 29, 2005 (BBCNews)

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Nairobi , September 28, 2005 (VOANews)

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NAIROBI , Kenya , September 29, 2005 (THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

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HARGEYSA, 28 Sep 2005 (IRIN)

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Hargeysa, Somaliland , September 28, 2005 (BBCNews)

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HARGEISA, Sept 29 (Reuters)

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Cultural Heritage Page

Somali astrological & meteorological traditions and literature


Opinions

By Dr. Abdishakur Jowhar MD, FRCP(C), DABPN

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.


In an election time it is not unwise if a media organ endorses a party or a candidate. As the Election Day draws near word smiths are throwing at some politicians anything that can help tilting the balance towards a favored politician. Somaliland Times is at the forefront of the campaign to tarnish the image of prominent UDUB politicians like Ismail Adan Osman, the minister of Interior.


Signpost In Somaliland's Quest For Sovereignty

By Nathalie Peutz

"The Republic of Somaliland has indeed accomplished a remarkable feat and without international assistance. The success or failure of the September 29 elections will determine which road Somalilanders adhere to: a continuing compromise or a frustrated abandonment of their ideals."

Media Monitors Network (Thursday September 29 2005 )

A year after its inception, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia remains in disarray.

Somaliland In Transition
Hargeysa, 24 Sept. 2005 (Insidesomaliland.blogtales.com) Somaliland is on alert once again as the government declared the capture of 8 alleged terrorists in a 2 hour gun fight last night at New Hargeisa.

Davis Is In Command, But Show Is Impeachable

By Kay McFadden

Seattle , September 26, 2005 (The Seattle Times) – ABC's "Commander in Chief" has an ideological predictability guaranteed to make Republicans gnash their teeth at perfidious Babylon 's left-leaning ways.


Somaliland Times Newspaper: Publisher Haatuf Media Network, Published in Hargeysa, Somaliland

   

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


Somaliland Times Webmaster : Rashid Mustafa X Noor (2005)

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