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Issue 201/ 26th November 2005
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Index

Headlines

A New School Fees Hike Suggested As Solution For Deteriorating Educational Standards

World Bank And UNDP To Invest In ‎Distance Education‎

A Local Contractor To Sue UNHCR For Defaulting On Payment

Political Insignificance & A Virulent Pursuit Of Power

Sister Of Aid Worker Slams Death Penalty

‎"I'm Convinced Now That Somaliland Should Be ‎Allowed To Be A Separate Country"‎

UNICEF: Communities Key To Ending Female Genital ‎Cutting In Somalia

Local & Regional Affairs

SOMALIA: President Asked To Intercede On Behalf Of ‎Journalist Forced Into Hiding In Puntland

Somali Government, U.S. Firm Sign Deal To Fight Piracy, ‎Along Coast

Entry Into Force Of The African Protocol On Women's ‎Rights And Launching Of the 16 Days Activism‎

Ethiopian President Appoints Somali Ambassadors‎

Eritrea Inflicted On Dawit Isaac Ended‎‎‎

Aid Agency Opts To Hand Out Cash Instead Of Food

U.S. Warns About Piracy Off Somalia, Yemen‎

Use Of Antipersonnel Mines Declined In 2005‎But Burma, Nepal and Russia Continue to Lay Mines‎

U.S. Troops Find Abused Cheetah Cubs

Editorial

International News

WPC Shooting Suspects Linked To Somali Gangs

BUSH PLOT TO BOMB Al-Jazeera

Aid Agency Opts To Hand Out Cash Instead Of Food

Former Envoy Praises Bush Anti-Terrorist Partnerships ‎With Africa

Student's Killer Gets 15 Years

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The Country That Wants To Be

Any New Countries On The Horizon? Somaliland ‎Winning Increasing Support

The Isaq Somali Diaspora And‎Poll-Tax Agitation In Kenya, 1936-41 ‎(part 3)

Fact sheet

Overview Of Humanitarian Environment In Somaliland‎

Opinions

PUBLIC ANTICIPATION From The Three Political State Parties

Monkey Business Part 2!‎

Somaliland’s War Of Ideology Is Over. What Will ‎The Next Challenge Be?‎

A Kind Memo To FAO's General Director Dr. Diouf ‎On The Plight Of Somaliland Rural Population

High On A Hallow Hambug.‎

Close The Meeting. Put The EU Guy On ‎First Plane Out Of The Country!‎


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
SOMALIA: President Asked To Intercede On Behalf Of ‎Journalist Forced Into Hiding In Puntland‎

Reporters Without Borders Press release 24 November 2005

Reporters Without Borders voiced growing concern today about the unacceptable way the authorities in the autonomous northeastern region of Puntland have been treating radio STN editor Awale Jama Salad, who has been forced to go into hiding after being arrested and threatened several times by the police.


Somali Government, U.S. Firm Sign Deal To Fight Piracy, ‎Along Coast

NAIROBI , Kenya , November 25, 2005 (AP) – Somalia signed a deal with a U.S. firm Friday that will supply vessels and equipment for use in the fight against illegal fishing, dumping of toxic waste and piracy off the anarchic Horn of Africa nation.

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Entry Into Force Of The African Protocol On Women's ‎Rights And Launching Of the 16 Days Activism‎

Press release WiLDAF, November 25, 2005

This 25 November, 2005 , the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights relating to Women's Rights in Africa enters into force.

It is with a great delight that we celebrate the event, which marks a significant turning point in the history of African women’s struggle for the recognition and the respect of their basic human rights.  

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Ethiopian President Appoints Somali Ambassadors‎

Addis Ababa November 24, 2005 (HAN) – The Ethiopian government has taken encouraging re-structuring policy measures believed to be instrumental in redressing the interwoven socio-economic plights of the country over the last few years, Girma said. The president has urged all development players to join forces towards reducing the biting poverty, and thereby bringing about the much-needed socio-economic transformation in the country.  

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Eritrea Inflicted On Dawit Isaac Ended‎‎‎

Asmara , Eritrea November 20, 2005 (HAN) – Earlier this year, RSF accused Eritrea of violations of press freedom, ranking it 166th out of 167 countries in its annual report. - Dawit Isaac, 41, was released on the morning of 19 November 2005 from Karcheli Prison in the Eritrean capital of Asmara . Isaac was arrested on 23 September 2001 in a major police sweep five days after the suspension of all civil liberties in the country. He was one of ten newspaper owners, editors and journalists accused without proof by the government of being traitors and spies from Ethiopia .

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Aid Agency Opts To Hand Out Cash Instead Of Food

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 24, 2005 (IRIN) – In an innovative approach to relief assistance, the development agency, Oxfam, has opted to provide cash instead of food in two drought-affected districts in Zambia .

Cash was more cost-effective than food aid and gave beneficiaries spending choices, said Ric Goodman, Oxfam's country programme director.

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U.S. Warns About Piracy Off Somalia, Yemen‎

NAIROBI , Kenya , November 23, 2005 (AP) -- Boats and ships near Somalia and Yemen should travel in convoys and maintain good radio communications at all times because of the threat of pirate attacks, a U.S. travel advisory warned Wednesday.

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Use Of Antipersonnel Mines Declined In 2005‎
But Burma, Nepal and Russia Continue to Lay Mines‎

Washington, November 22, 2005 (Human Rights Watch Press release) - Use of antipersonnel mines around the world decreased in 2005, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) said today in its latest annual report on the global landmine problem. The ICBL removed Egypt and Iraq from its list of antipersonnel mine producers, and said that there was virtually no trade in antipersonnel mines across the world.

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U.S. Troops Find Abused Cheetah Cubs

GODE, Ethiopia , November 25, 2005 (AP) — U.S. troops found two cheetah cubs _ one of them blinded _ being forced to fight each other for the amusement of jeering children in this dusty, forgotten village.

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A New School Fees Hike Suggested As Solution For Deteriorating Educational Standards

Hargeysa, Somaliland , November 26, 2005 (SL Times) An intra-school parental committee in Hargeysa is considering a proposal to raise public school fees from a monthly Sl. Sh. 7000 to Sl.Sh. 15,000 for primary education and from Sl. Sh. 15,000 to Sl. Sh. 25,000 for the secondary level.

According to the parents, the increments which will be of voluntary nature are meant to create income support for teachers of Hargeysa's public schools. Having been alarmed by deteriorating conditions of education at public schools, the parents see the increase as a necessary incentive for improving the performance of teachers.

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World Bank And UNDP To Invest In ‎Distance Education‎

Hargeysa, Somaliland , November 26, 2005 (SL Times) – The World Bank and the UNDP have indicated interest in investing in distance education in Somaliland as well as in neighboring Somalia .


Buroa, Somaliland , November 26, 2005 (SL Times) – Mohamed Ali Dualle, a local businessman, has filed a claim for $20,000 from the UNHCR office in Somaliland in connection with a contract he was awarded more than 11 years ago for the rehabilitation of Yusuf Al-Kawnin School in Buroa.

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Political Insignificance & A Virulent Pursuit Of Power

The Sad Plight of Some Somaliland Expatriate Intellectuals

By Ahmed M.I. Egal

The vast majority of Somali intellectuals either have grown up as expatriates, or now live outside their country as such. Accordingly, it is appropriate to explore how this phenomenon of prolonged foreign residence has affected the activist expatriate intellectual as opposed non-activist migrant or foreign worker. For the sake of clarity, we are concerned herein with someone who has either left his home country involuntarily (i.e. through persecution, social or political pressure, exile, civil war or state collapse), or remains away from it for the same reasons.

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Nottingham , UK , Nov 20 2005 (The Sunday Sun) – The sister of an aid worker gunned down by terrorists in Africa has criticized the death sentences imposed on his killers.

Richard Eyeington, from Pelton Fell, County Durham , and his wife Enid, from Fence Houses, near Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, location styles correct were killed when they were shot through the window of their flat in a school compound in Somaliland .

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Professor Ali A Mazrui

The issues of governance and political stability are very much intertwined, especially in the Horn of Africa. This is what Professor Ali Amin Mazrui stresses in an interview he gave to Zerihun Taddesse.

Born in Mombasa , Kenya , on February 24, 1933 to the Mazrui dynasty, an old family that originated from Oman and settled in Mombasa in the 17th century, Professor Marzui obtained his BA degree from Manchester University and his Doctorate from the Centre for the Study of Islam and Democracy, Oxford University . He spent 10 years teaching at Makerere University , Kampala , Uganda , and is now Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University , State University of New York. He is also associate and visiting scholar to a number of Universities and Institutions worldwide.

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UNICEF: Communities Key To Ending Female Genital ‎Cutting In Somalia

More than 98% of girls in Somalia undergo female genital cutting

Nairobi, Kenya, November 24, 2005 (UNICEF) – Community empowerment holds the key to ending the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Somalia UNICEF Somalia Representative, Christian Balslev-Olesen said today, as the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre launched its global report, 'Changing A Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting'.

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Fact Sheet

Overview Of Humanitarian Environment In Somaliland‎

Nairobi, Kenya, November 22, 2005 (OCHA) – Over the past ten years, the degree of peace and stability obtained in Somaliland and the presence of viable government counterparts allowed a large number of UN agencies, INGOs and local partners to work in a coordinated manner on both humanitarian and development programmes, as the region moves ever closer to political, economic and social recovery and reconstruction.

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Cultural Heritage Page

Somali astrological & meteorological traditions and literature


International News

WPC Shooting Suspects Linked To Somali Gangs


Billy Jagger, the father of murdered woman police officer Sharon Beshenivsky, visits the scene of the shooting

London , UK , November 16, 2005 (The Rediff) – It was meant to be a dream 16-day holiday aboard a five-star luxury cruise but then the pirates came in the dead of night.

Seabourn Spirit, the luxury liner carrying 151 passengers and 160 crew had sailed from Alexandria in Egypt and had turned into the Horn of Africa, when about 160 kms from the coast of Somalia, it was attacked by pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

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Madness of war memo

By Kevin Maguire And Andy Lines

London , Nov 22, 2005 (The Daily Mirror) – PRESIDENT Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar , a "Top Secret" No 10 memo reveals.

But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said it would provoke a worldwide backlash.

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Aid Agency Opts To Hand Out Cash Instead Of Food

Terrorism task force grabs Somali native, but immigration cited

JOHANNESBURG , Nov 24, 2005 (IRIN) – In an innovative approach to relief assistance, the development agency, Oxfam, has opted to provide cash instead of food in two drought-affected districts in Zambia .

Cash was more cost-effective than food aid and gave beneficiaries spending choices, said Ric Goodman, Oxfam's country programme director.

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Former Envoy Praises Bush Anti-Terrorist Partnerships ‎With Africa

Washington , DC , November 18, 2005 (United States Department of State) – By focusing on poverty and security, the Bush administration's partnerships with Africans to combat international terrorism are moving in the right direction, says diplomat-turned-scholar David Shinn.

A career Foreign Service officer who served as U.S. ambassador to Burkina Faso and later to Ethiopia , Shinn now teaches young Americans about Africa as an adjunct professor at George Washington University 's Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington .

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Student's Killer Gets 15 Years

Oslo, Norway, Nov 18, 2005 ( Aftenposten ) – A 36-year-old asylum seeker from Somalia, who was found guilty of raping and murdering a female student at a college in Sogndal last year, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

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Where is Somaliland ?
Map of Somaliland

Editorial

The Grossly Under-Funded Public Schools

EDITORIAL

Public education in Somaliland has been faced with numerous challenges. At Somaliland's independence in 1991, the whole education system was already in ruins. The newly established ministry of Education has had to start everything from scratch.

With the help of international organizations, schools were rebuilt and throughout the nineties, there has been a steady expansion in both primary and secondary education. Private schools also mushroomed albeit in a chaotic fashion to complement the role of public schools.

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor - The Somaliland Times

Dear Editor,

Having read your article entitled 'Race Bullies Rule the Roost in Classrooms' regarding racist bullying in Bristol (in the United Kingdom ) I felt I should respond.

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Opinions

By: Adam Bahnan

An Article in the Republic of Somaliland 's Constitution endows the citizen the right to elect or be elected to any elective state office. However, that right is not absolute one as a second Article in the Constitution institutes Three State Political Parties and thus restricts the venue of the citizen's right to elect or be elected to be solely delivered through one of the set Three State Political Parties. Not only that but the citizen, consciously or otherwise, had conceded to this restrictive constitutional measure on his/her right by voluntarily endorsing the Constitution when it was put to referendum in 2002. By so doing the citizen vested unreserved trust in the UNTESTED Three State Parties at the time.

By Dhimbiil — Ottawa , Canada

Just yesterday there was a meeting at our nice and beautiful 4star hotel, the Ambassador. You know the place, with its lush surroundings, fantastic amenities; I hear they have a tennis court too. Very wonderful indeed! All of this and all other developments in Somaliland , written, produced, directed and starring the people of Somaliland .

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Somaliland’s War Of Ideology Is Over. What Will ‎The Next Challenge Be?‎

Dr Mohamed A Omar

Since Somaliland reclaimed its independence in 1991, what has captured the new nation’s attention most is the well-known mantra - independent state, independent state, independent state. This has since featured in every politician’s speech up and down the country, and has actually become a national vision. The phrase has also made the headlines in the government’s official rhetoric and the political parties’ manifestos. In short, it has served as a central guiding concept throughout these years. However, having the state formation process successfully managed and the independence ratified by a referendum, I will argue that the country needs to move on and adopt a new national vision.

By Eng. Adam Sh. Ibrahim Suldan

A World without hunger for all A kind Memo to Dr. Diouf on the occasion of his election for a new term=

In the official homepage of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, one can read the following: “Helping to build a world without hunger”. Although FAO has been doing worthy contributions in alleviating poverty across the world, there definitely remains a huge task for it in gaining its objectives on the course of building a world without hunger. It is worth mentioning that while FAO is sincerely engaged in working for the poor masses to eradicate poverty, there are parts of this world where no help from it has ever been directly felt with respect to alleviating hunger and establishing food security framework strategy.

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High On A Hallow Hambug.‎


Harowo: 22 Nov, 2005

Mr. Mohamed Omer’s (Haatuf correspondent for Awdal region) misleading tract masquerading as intelligent commentary on the rising support for Somaliland in Awdal region borders on being frivolous. (Somaliland.org)

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Close The Meeting. Put The EU Guy On ‎First Plane Out Of The Country!‎


By: M. Asheikh Issa, Toronto , Ontario , Canada

The report about what has taken place in the non-governmental agents gathering in Hargeisa, is another example of how Somaliland administration undermines it's authority and respect. How a little employee of the EU can say ! those words in Hargeisa. If I were there I would have put him in the first plane out of the country and would have closed the gathering immediately, and expelled the participants.


FEATURES & COMMENTARY
The Country That Wants To Be

By Ginger da Silva, Radio Netherlands on November 25, 2005

Somaliland map

On the northern hook of the Horn of Africa, a stretch of arid land the size of England and Wales declared itself independent 14 years ago. It broke from a federation with its neighbors in the rest of Somalia .

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Any New Countries On The Horizon? Somaliland ‎Winning Increasing Support

States of independence

When this publication first appeared in 1986 there were 159 countries in the United Nations. Now there are 191, thanks mainly to the break-up of federations in Europe (the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia), plus the adhesion of a colorful collection of microstates, newly independent territories and countries with a new-found interest in joining international clubs: Andorra, East Timor, Eritrea, Kiribati, North and South Korea, Liechtenstein, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Palau, San Marino, Switzerland, Tonga and Tuvalu. Which new countries will emerge over the next 20 years?

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The Isaq Somali Diaspora And ‎
Poll-Tax Agitation In Kenya, 1936-41

‎(part 3)

By E. R. Turton ‎
University of Zambia ‎
Source: WardheerNews ‎
Kenya has always regarded the Somali as either an infernal ‎nuisance or embarrassment’. ‎
Glenday to Beckett, 21 June 1941 ‎
November 05, 2005‎

At the beginning of 1939, the Governor visited the Atiya Rahmani Association and specifically criticized the use of the club for political discussion. Haji Farah Omar dropped out of the Isaq movement and the club does not seem to have played any further part in supporting the Isaq of Kenya. However, the situation was still potentially explosive in the Protectorate, and on 18 May 1939 the Director of Education was stoned by a hostile crowd when he was visiting the Koranic school at Burao.

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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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