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Issue 51 January 11, 2003

PEOPLE

Lesnouvelles Interviews President of Somaliland

Somaliland: From The Rebuilding Of A Nation To Its Recognition

"97% of the Somalilandís people does not want to be united anymore with Somalia. Nobody can change our will."
- Dahir Rayale Kahin, President of Somaliland

Interview by Robert Wiren

FEATURE

Comic Relief/BBC Team Filming Documentary on Somaliland

Hargeisa (SL Times): Comic Relief, a UK-based humanitarian organization, is collaborating with the BBC in the production of a one hour documentary film on life in the Republic of Somaliland that will be broadcast on BBC Television one. The production crew has already arrived in Hargeisa along with top UK Comedian Billy Connolly.

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Senegalese President Abdulla Wade Receives Rayale

Dakar (SL Times): Somaliland President Dahir Rayale Kahin met yesterday with his host, the Senegalese President Abdulla Wade in Dakar, Senegal.

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Lack of Support for Presidential Pollís Postponement

Hargeisa (SL Times): After describing the decision of the National Electoral Commission to postpone the presidential poll from Jan 23 to March 30, 2003 as an illegal and inexcusable step, the Somaliland House of Elders vowed on Wednesday to sue the NEC in court for allegedly breaching the countryís constitution. The NECís decision entails the extension of President Rayaleís term in office which expires by Feb 23, 2003.

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Djibouti Counts Votes After 'Peaceful' Poll

Votes are being counted in Djibouti after its first fully-fledged multi-party election on Friday. The historic vote passed off peacefully, with no serious incidents reported, according to the French news agency, AFP. 

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Priorities Clash As Superpower Meets Super-Poverty

Mark Fineman

DJIBOUTI (Los Angeles Times) - Just beyond the barbed-wire berms and guard posts that mask the U.S. military's secretive special-operations base, past a cratered road strewn with scrap heaps and human waste, Kadija Omar expects the Americans to deliver.

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Somali Peace Delegates Tossed From Hotels

Mon, Jan.6, 2003

WILLIAM FARIA, Associated Press writer 

ELDORET, Kenya - Hundreds of Somalis attending peace talks in this central Kenyan town were booted from their hotel rooms by police Monday - a move the talks' organizers say was needed to bring order to the often chaotic negotiations. 

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ARTS & CULTURE

"I am Swinging This Flower To You" II

Essays on Somaliland Music by Abdi Hassan

The King Of Oud, Mohamoud SH. Ismail "Xodeydeh"

Xodeydeh is the indisputable king of Oud. A musician, songwriter, and an exceptionally talented composer and arranger; Xodeydeh can be characterized as the father of Somaliland music. If ever there were a Somaliland hall of fame he would have been the first person to be inducted. He is the guru and patriarch of Somaliland music and song. He is without a doubt a master instrumentalist that other Oud players can emulate and learn from new chord fingerings.

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INTERNATIONAL

US Boosts Gulf Presence

The United States has announced that it is sending tens of thousands of additional military personnel to the Gulf, for possible action against Iraq. 

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US Ambassador Inaugurates Somali Refugee Community Literacy Center

Addis Ababa, January 09, 2003 (WIC)- The United State Ambassador to Ethiopia, Aurelia Brazeal, today inaugurated two newly constructed branch classrooms of the Somali Community Literacy Center (SCLC) in the Sarris area in Addis Ababa. The U.S. Funded project, which also includes a computer-learning center, provides literacy, numeracy, and skills training for Somali urban refugees.

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US Task Force Keeping Close Eye On Somalia

Alex Belida

Pentagon, 10 Jan 2003, (VOANews): The U.S. military task force hunting terrorists in the Horn of Africa has taken no action so far, but is keeping a close eye on Somalia, as it collects intelligence on suspicious activities. 

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Ethiopia To Import Oil From Sudan

ADDIS ABABA, 7 Jan 2003 (IRIN) - Ethiopia is to import oil from Sudan, which could save the country up to US $7 million per year, the Ethiopian Petroleum Enterprise has announced.

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EDITORIAL & OPINION

Electoral Commissionís Blunder

The decision of the Somaliland Electoral Commission to postpone the Presidential elections from January 23 to March 30, 2003 has caught much of the country by surprise. With the incumbent governmentís term in office due to expire by Feb 23, 2003, the NECís decision has drawn wide criticism as an unrealistic and unwarranted move that could unnecessarily steer the country into a constitutional crisis. The NECís explanation that the postponement was due to the need for more time to put everything in place before the election, has not been convincing, at least from the technical point of view.

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Somaliland Economic Backbone

Ali Eid

Livestock is the mainstay of Somaliland economy and high profile contributor to Somaliaís economy after the banana cash corp. The gravity of the role of livestock in the nascent Republic of Somaliland has to be addressed with sense of responsibility and nationalism. Livestock issues must always be escalated to the top most authorities to be discussed, studied and resolved to the best interest of the nation in general. The intelligentsia groups should understand and make the axis of their thinking the various aspects of the livestock development to meet the ever increasing needs and demands of the countryís whole population within the realm of the drastic changes taking place in this contemporary world, geographically, technologically, economically, culturally, etc.

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New Delhi's War Hysteria

Mohamed Abdi Hassan "Diridhaba"

The 10-month long military confrontation between India and Pakistan ended when New Delhi started pulling back its armed forces from the frontlines to their peacetime locations. A year ago India had suddenly rushed its armed forces to their battle positions for 'a decisive fight' to 'teach Pakistan a lesson'. India's fit of rage rang alarm bells in South Asia and beyond. It followed the attack on the Indian parliament in January 2002 by five unknown civilians armed with small arms. Notwithstanding the reality of the attack, it was an ill-conceived operation. Its motive is obscure and the true picture may take a long while to emerge. For the present, let us examine the balance sheet of India's red alert. 

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