The Somaliland Times
Haatuf Media Network - Hargeisa, Somaliland
Issue 39 October 19, 2002
SNM leader Hassan Essa Jama speaking on Thursday at Khayria Square
in commemoration of 17th October SNM Martyrs Day
The company has also been contracted to explore for
Natural Coal, Zercon Titanium… and to fully refurbish the Berbera cement
Story Filed: Thursday, October 17,
2002 10:12 AM EST
Eldoret, Oct 17, 2002 (UN Integrated Regional
Information Networks/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) - The Kenyan
special envoy for Somalia, Elijah Mwangale, on Wednesday expressed
confidence that the current Somali peace talks would succeed, and could
make progress fast. He said this was because the international community
and the region were united in exerting pressure for success, and because
all the major players in the Somali conflict were present.
Nairobi, 15 Oct 2002, 17:44 ( UTC) - Peace talks aimed at ending more than a decade of anarchy in Somalia opened in Kenya Tuesday. But there is already great skepticism that this summit, the 16th Somali reconciliation conference, will achieve anything.
Moi Gets Booed, Buys 'Mivumba'
Story Filed: Thursday, October 17,
2002 2:01 PM EST
Kampala, Oct 17, 2002 (New Vision/All Africa Global
Media via COMTEX) - President Moi was yesterday greeted by chants of
"Rainbow! Rainbow!" at the Eldoret Polytechnic.
He had just seen off three heads of state, who had
attended the Somalia peace talks at Eldoret Airport.
The president's motorcade zoomed past the gate
following the chants, but stopped at the Eldoret-Kisumu road junction
where he accused the Rainbow leaders of selfishness. He said if Kanu had
been left alone to choose a presidential successor without his input, the
country could have been plunged into chaos like Somalia and other African
Earlier at Kapseret trading centre, where he bought
second-hand clothes (mivumba) for the locals, the people asked him where
the Kanu presidential candidate, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, was. "Where is
this mzee you are telling us to vote for?" Moi replied: "Ako
Nairobi lakini atakuja." (He is in Nairobi but he will visit you).
Moi accused the opposition of forming tribal parties, claiming that Kanu was the only credible party interested in the welfare of all the 42 communities in the country."
The Negative Effects of Qad/Khat Use on the Health of Individuals
According to P. Kalix of the University of Geneva
(1991, 1992), khat leaves contain cathinone, an active brain stimulant
that is similar in structure and pharmacological activity to amphetamine.
Like amphetamines, khat ingestion results in decreased appetite, euphoria,
increased intellectual efficiency, and hyperalertness.
The overlapping effects of khat and amphetamine
suggest that they stimulate the central nervous system through similar
mechanism(s). Khat leaves must be chewed fresh for the strongest effect,
and freshness can be prolonged for a couple of days with refrigeration.
Chronic use of khat produces undesirable side effects, including
sleeplessness, nervousness, impotence, loss of appetite, constipation, and
Soon after chewing, khat can cause dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and pain in the upper abdomen. These unpleasant feelings are gradually replaced by bliss, euphoria and pleasant energetic pleasant feelings. Prolonged anorexia associated with khat use leads to malnutrition and increased susceptibility to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.
By Martin Orwin (Modern Poetry in Translation, New Series, No.17, 2001)
Somalia’s so many faction leaders attending the Eldoret reconciliation talks need not worry about peaceful Somaliland. Instead of trying to make an issue out of Somaliland’s justifiable absence from the Eldoret conference, these warlords, including those from the Arta faction, who are currently taking part in the Eldoret talks, should better focus their discussions on bringing to an abrupt end the senseless and self-destructive war that they have been waging against their own people in Somalia for the last 11 years or so.
Stratfor Strategic Forecasting, 15 October 2002
Two separate incidents connected to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and possibly involving radicals may suggest that militants in the kingdom are gearing up for an offensive aimed at the Saudi government as well as Americans and other Westerners. Expatriates living in the kingdom should take all security precautions prescribed by the U.S. State Department.
By Dr. Abdishakur Sh. Ali jowhar