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Issue 69 May 17, 2003

Index

Feature

- Somalia and Survival in the Shadow of the Global Economy†(part 10)

Election Results Coverage

- Dahir Rayale Kahin Sworn in as Somalilandís President

- Somaliland Poll Winner Named

- Kahin Confirmed as President, Opposition Unhappy

- Court Declares Winner of Somaliland Election

Headlines

- Guurti Leaders Thank Britain For Help

- Journalists Unions Demand Release of Haatuf Correspondent

- Most of Rayaleís Ministers Expected to Lose Their Jobs

- 80 Somalis and Ethiopians Feared Dead

Health

- Drug: The Double Edged Knife (Part 8)

International News

- Morocco Says 24 Dead, 60 Wounded in Five Blasts

- Police Hunt For Africa's Most Wanted

- East Africa's Security Nightmare

- Terror Alert in 6 African States

- France Ups Payment for its Djibouti Base

- Queen Leads Hero Salute

- A Crash Course in American Life for the Bantu

- Moon Dives Behind Earth

Editorial & Opinions

- Immediate Challenges Awaiting Rayale

- Where Do We Begin?

- Victory For Somaliland

- Traitors Within

- The Trio and Their Tales

- Somaliland: New Era for an Infant Nation


News in Brief

Puntland Peace Accord to be Announced Today

 

Bossaso (SL Times) - Peace negotiations to end the armed conflict between two main Puntland armed factions are still under way in Bossaso, but an agreement was likely to be announced by today. The talks, which began on May 10, were being held between Puntland administration of Abdillahi Yusuf and armed opposition leader, Adde Muse.

 

A peace accord was expected to be reached earlier but he talks stalled as a result of disagreement over power-sharing issues and Adde Museís insistence on the removal of certain individuals from the Puntland administration.

 

Two Somaliland traditional elders, King Osman Aw Mahmud and Sultan Saeed Abdisalan have been mediating the peace negotiations.

Dignitaries from Neighboring Countries to Attend May 18 Celebrations

Hargeisa (SL Times) - Two Ministerial level delegations from Ethiopia and Djibouti are expected to arrive today in Hargeisa to participate in Somalilandís celebrations of the 12th anniversary of the 18 May Independence Day.

The 18 May will be celebrated in a big way, and president Rayale is expected to address the nation on this occasion through a speech from Al-Khayria square.

Health

Drug: The Double Edged Knife (Part 8)
Mohamed H. Dahir, (Chairman, Pharmaceutical Association of Somaliland)

 

Antimicrobial resistance is on the increase threatening our ability to treat some of the infectious diseases that cause most deaths. Diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), which was once thought to be under control, are becoming increasingly difficult to treat as medicines become less effective - steadily depleting the arsenal of drugs available.

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Letter to the Editor

Egalís Photos

Thank you for the pictures of late president Egal during his visit to the U.S. and Germany back in 1968. It brings back memories from 35 years ago. The question we should ask today is: what would it be like 35 years from today? Hope people realize the importance of learning from our past. What we do today will determine what we would be tomorrow because "tomorrow starts today".

Yussuf A. Kalib

Feature

Somalia and Survival in the Shadow of the Global Economy (Part 10)
Special Guest Writer for the Somaliland Times, Prof. William Reno, Northwestern University
[Continued from the previous issue]

Somalilandís neighbour on the northeast corner of Somalia styles itself as The Puntland State of Somalia to stress that its leaders explicitly reject calls for recognition as a separate state. Puntland, however, also illustrates the centrality of the political economy of conflict to the establishment of new political communities.

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Headlines

Guurti Leaders Thank Britain For Help

Hargeisa (SL Times) - Leaders of Somalilandís upper House of Parliament known as Guurti thanked the British government for assisting the democratic electoral process in Somaliland.

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Journalists Unions Demand Release of Haatuf Correspondent

Hargeisa (SL Times) - The Somaliland Society for Independent Journalists and Writers has called upon President Dahir Rayaleís government to consider the immediate release from prison of Haatuf newspaperís Borama correspondent, Mr. Mohamed Omer Khayre. The Journalist was arrested by police on May 8 in connection with a feature news article that appeared in Haatuf on May 7.

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Most of Rayaleís Ministers Expected to Lose Their Jobs

 

Hargeisa (SL Times) - Somaliland President Dahir Rayale Kahin is expected to get rid of the majority of his cabinet members, the Somaliland Times has learned from well-informed sources.

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80 Somalis and Ethiopians Feared Dead

Mogadishu, Somalia, May 16, 2003 (AP) - More than 80 Somalis and Ethiopians were feared dead after a wooden boat in which they were traveling from Somalia to Yemen was seen floating in pieces in the Gulf of Aden, a Somali diplomat said Friday.

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Editorial & Opinions

Immediate Challenges Awaiting Rayale

Dahir Rayale Kahin and Axmed Yusuf Yassin were sworn-in yesterday as Somalilandís President and Vice-president respectively. Neither of the two men is new to the job as both have been in their respective positions since May 2002.

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Where Do We Begin?
Suleiman Mohamoud

asmohamoud@hotmail.com

The above question had been a refrain of many Moslem thinkers who perceived the pitiful state of the Moslem nation (ummah) at the present time. Many of them put their thoughts on papers, manuscripts, or books. Two Moslem thinkers, who put forward what they saw as remedies for the ills of the ummah, are the late remarkable Iranian thinker Ali Shariati and the Egyptian prolific author Khalid Mohamed Khalid.

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Victory For Somaliland
Abdifatah Siccid Ahmed Gulaid Chairman Siraj 

The historic and democratic transformation in Somaliland has caught the attention of the world. The remarkable achievements attained by the people of Somaliland have been widely acknowledged by the international community. The recently concluded presidential elections have once again proven the fact that Somaliland is a beacon of hope and cradle of democracy in a turbulent and troubled region. 

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Traitors Within
Rhoda A. Rageh

The essential citizens of Somaliland who endured it worst suffering, died for its worst struggle and who have remained loyal to the land amazingly have ended up the losers. What this means in critical scrutiny is we; the essential people after this long hard struggle are incapable of choosing the right leader.

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The Trio and Their Tales

So much to hear, so little to do! Somalilanders have a great variety of well-performing amateur politicians available to them at all times, but now a new gang has jumped on board, once again.

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Somaliland: New Era for an Infant Nation
Somaliland Forum - Press Release

On April 14, 2003, the Somaliland people voted for presidential election, monitored by a large number of International voting observers. Both domestic and International observers certified that the Somaliland presidential election was fair, peaceful, democratic, and all voters cast their vote freely. 

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Election Results Coverage

Dahir Rayale Kahin Sworn in as Somalilandís President


Hargeisa (SL Times) - Mr. Dahir Rayale Kahin was sworn in yesterday afternoon as Somalilandís president for the next 5 years. At a ceremony held in Somalilandís Presidency in Hargeisa, Ahmed Yusuf Yassin was also sworn-in as the countryís vice-president.

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Somaliland Poll Winner Named

Nairobi, May 12, 2003 (The East African Standard) - Somaliland's constitutional court today declared Dahir Rayale Kahin President of the breakway Somalia enclave for the next five years, following disputed April elections.

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Kahin Confirmed as President, Opposition Unhappy

Nairobi, May 12, 2003 (IRIN) - The constitutional court of the self-declared republic of Somaliland on Sunday confirmed the incumbent president, Dahir Riyale Kahin, as the winner of last month's presidential election, local sources told IRIN on Monday.

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Court Declares Winner of Somaliland Election

HARGEISA, Somaliland, May 11 (Reuters) - Somaliland's constitutional court on Sunday declared Dahir Rayale Kahin president of the breakaway Somalia enclave for the next five years following disputed April elections. 

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International News

Morocco Says 24 Dead, 60 Wounded in Five Blasts

London, May 17 2003 (Reuters) - Moroccan Interior Minister Al Mustapha Sahel said 24 people - mostly Moroccans - were killed and 60 wounded in five bomb blasts in the commercial capital Casablanca, Moroccan television reported. 

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Police Hunt For Africa's Most Wanted

Nairobi, May 17, 2003 (The Times) - Africa's most wanted terrorist was being hunted yesterday among hundreds of British holiday-makers in the Indian Ocean resort town of Mombasa in Kenya.

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East Africa's Security Nightmare

Nairobi May 15, 2003 (BBC) - A suspected leading member of al-Qaeda has slipped back into Kenya, the authorities there believe. 

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Terror Alert in 6 African States

London, May 16, 2003 (SA) - Britain warned on Friday of a "clear terrorist threat" in in six east African countries in a travel warning to its nationals saying. 

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France Ups Payment for its Djibouti Base

Paris significantly increases annual contribution it pays to Djibouti for hosting its military base to 30 mln euros. 

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Queen Leads Hero Salute
Tom Newton Dunn

London, May 15 2003 (The Mirror, UK) - The Queen honored the bravest of the brave yesterday, unveiling the first permanent memorial to winners of the Victoria Cross and its civilian equivalent the George Cross.

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A Crash Course in American Life for the Bantu

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 16th, 2003 (AP) - Ali Abdi Omar had a question: at the airport, would he have to go through the same X-ray machine as his luggage? 

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Moon Dives Behind Earth

May 16, 2003 (BBC) - Moon watchers across the globe were treated to a lunar eclipse late on Thursday and early on Friday. 

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