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Issue 204 / 17th December 2005
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Index

Headlines

Rayale Holds Talks With Norwegian ‎Minister For International Cooperation

House Of Commons Deliberations And Written ‎Answers From Government Officials On Somaliland‎‎

Geologists Witness 'Ocean Birth'‎

Somalia Shedding Crocodile Tears For Unity

Somalia’s Islamists‎

The Surud Mountain Forests In Somaliland

A Silver Lining In The Dark Clouds Above ‎Somaliland‎‎

Farewell To Wars, Africa Gears Up For Revival

Local & Regional Affairs

Sub-Saharan Africa: Somalia/Somaliland

ICG Calls For Increased Efforts To Counter ‎Terrorism Threat‎

Ethiopian Importers Protest The Djibouti Decision

Arms Embargo Must Not Be Lifted, ICG Urges‎‎

‘No One Is Taking This Man’s Life Seriously’‎‎

Somalis In Uganda To Be Registered

Man Arrested After Found With Rocket Launcher‎

Basic Tenets Of Democracy‎

Editorial
Images of Tuesday the 29th of November 2005

International News

Netherlands Takes Control Of Operation ‎Enduring Freedom

Cure For Piracy In Doubt

SGSR Appeals For Safe Passage Of ‎Humanitarian Relief For Somalias

Hit-And-Run Victim Dies

Primary Attendance Lowest In The World - UNICEF‎

Seven Escape Townhouse Fire In Halifax

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Somaliland Election Date: September 29, 2005

Reinventing The Wheel In Somaliland

The Isaq Somali Diaspora And‎ Poll-Tax Agitation In Kenya, 1936-41 ‎(part 4)

Somalia - A State Of Utter Failure

Sending Sons Home To Somalia For Safety

Notice Board

A SOMALI PLAGIARIST WRITER‎

BOOK REVIEW

Opinions

Letter To Parliamentarians

Time To Send Clear Message To The ‎War Lords Of Somalia And Their Cohorts‎

"We Neither Want Xamar; Nor Intend Her ‎Harm" A Song Translated By Rhoda A. Rageh‎‎‎

Newly Elected MPs To Face First Test On ‎‎2006 Budget Deliberations‎

Political Maturity‎

Somaliland Stuck In A Familiar Comfort Zone‎


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

(Economist Intelligence Unit)
Country by country

The new government is off to a shaky start and could fall in 2006

Overview: The most immediate issue facing the president, Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed, and his new transitional government during 2006 is the split in the cabinet over the interim government's location in Jowhar rather than Mogadishu .


NAIROBI, December 13, 2005 (IRIN) – The international community should counter the threat of terrorism in Somalia by helping the country to restore peace and establish a broad-based government, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report on Monday.

"If governments are to counter the limited but real threat of terrorism in or from Somalia , they need to align closer with Somali priorities - the restoration of peace, legitimate and broad-based government, and essential services," the agency said in its latest report on Somalia .


Ethiopian Importers Protest The Djibouti Decision

Nairobi, December 12, 2005(HAN) – The Djibouti Port Administration recently reduced the grace period that allows importers to store their goods at the port for 30 days free of charge to 15 days.

The new directive was introduced by Dubai Port International, the international company that administrates the Djibouti Port. And, according to the directive, importers are now required to haul their goods within 15 days. Otherwise, they would be forced to effect payment for the warehouse service they get after the deadline.

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Arms Embargo Must Not Be Lifted, ICG Urges‎‎

NAIROBI , Dec 14, 2005 (IRIN) – The International Crisis Group has warned that a recent request by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to lift a United Nations arms embargo on Somalia is a "recipe for instability" in the Eastern Africa Nation.

ICG urged members of IGAD to use their influence instead to "promote political dialogue" amongst divided factions of Somalia ’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

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‎‘No One Is Taking This Man’s Life Seriously’‎‎

Somali’s Israel-Cyprus Asylum Bounce Enters Another Chapter


Neither Cyprus nor Israel seems to want Faisal Ali Madadal

Cyprus , Dec. 15, 2005 (The Cyprus Mail) – AN ISRAELI Immigration Court has ruled that a Somali refugee registered as an asylum seeker in Cyprus be returned to the island for a hearing at the end of next month.

Neither Cyprus nor Israel seems to want Faisal Ali Madadal, 39, a professional swimming and diving instructor, who has been deported between the two countries several times in the past year.

He fled from Somalia to Israel in 1997 with his three small children after several members of his family were murdered and he was afraid for his life.

However, Israeli policy says that people from countries hostile to Israel cannot seek asylum there. In April 2002 he was put in detention in Israel for being an illegal alien and held there for nearly three years.

In February 2005, the Cyprus embassy in Israel granted him a nine-day visa to visit Cyprus , where he lawfully entered, and immediately asked for political asylum.

He was illegally arrested while his application was under review. At the time he was technically on the island lawfully as he had a nine-day visa.

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Somalis In Uganda To Be Registered‎‎‎

MOGADISHU, December 16, 2005 (Xinhuanet) – The Somali nationals residing in Uganda will be registered for purposes of security and promoting harmony among the Somali community, local media reported on Friday.

Hussein Hassan, the chairman of the Somali community in Uganda , was quoted as saying that the countrywide registration exercise would kick off on Dec. 20 at Kisenyi, the main hub for Somalis in Kampala .

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UN Calls For More Resources And Effort ‎Towards Mine Action

Nairobi December 15, 2005 (SL Times) – The United Nations today launched the Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2006 appealing for a total of USD 85.4 million for Mine Action activities in Somalia(USD 5.5 million), Sudan (USD 76.5 million) and Uganda(USD 3.4 million).

The projects cover all five aspects of mine action, namely: clearing, marking or fencing off mined areas; assisting victims and their families; providing mine risk education; destroying countries’ stockpiles of landmines; and advocating for universal participation in treaties related to landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

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Man Arrested After Found With Rocket Launcher‎

Nairobi , Dec. 16, 2005 (Reuters) – Police in northeastern Kenya said on Friday they have arrested a Kenyan man of Somali origin for possessing a rocket launcher.

"We have him in custody. He was found with what we call a rocket launcher. We are still investigating," said Julius Kitili, the officer commanding the police division in Wajir, about 450km north-east of Nairobi .

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Basic Tenets Of Democracy‎

By: The South African Institute of International Affairs - December 13th, 2005

African leaders have recognized the linkage between democracy, peace and development in numerous statements and commitments as that between stability and development within and between African countries.

Democracy, good governance, respect for human and peoples’ rights and the rule of law are prerequisites for the security, stability and development of the continent. Domestic security is based on the security of the life of individual citizens to live in peace and to satisfy basic needs while being able to participate fully in societal affairs and enjoying freedom and fundamental human rights.

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Headlines

President Dahir Rayale with Norwegian Minister
of International Co-operation Mr Eirik Solheim in Oslo

Oslo , Norway , December 17, 2005 (SL Times) – Somaliland president Dahir Rayale Kahin on Friday held talks with Norwegian minister for International Cooperation, Mr. Eirik Solheim, in Oslo.

The Somaliland leader requested the Norwegian government to assist his country's efforts for the development of its education, health and energy sectors.

Mr. Rayale pointed out that Somaliland needs external assistance in enabling it exploit its natural resources such as oil and gas.

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House Of Commons Deliberations And Written ‎Answers From Government Officials On Somaliland‎‎

Tuesday, 13 December 2005

Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East, Lab) Hansard source

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of (a)European Union governments, (b) South Africa and (c) Somaliland on recognition for Somaliland.

Photo of Ian Pearson

Ian Pearson (Minister of State (Trade), Foreign & Commonwealth Office)

We have had frequent discussions with representatives of Somaliland on the question of recognition, most recently when my noble Friend the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for Africa , Lord Triesman of Tottenham, met the Foreign Minister of Somaliland on 20 May. We have not had substantive discussions of this matter with European Union partners, South Africa or any other government.


By Roland Pease, BBC science unit, San Francisco

San Francisco , Dec. 11, 2005 BBC --Scientists say they have witnessed the possible birth of a future ocean basin growing in north-eastern Ethiopia . The team watched an 8m rift develop in the ground in just three weeks in the Afar desert region last September.

It is one small step in a long-term split that is tearing the east of the country from the rest of Africa and should eventually create a huge sea.

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By Ibrahim Hassan Gagale

To weep crocodile tears is to pretend a sorrow that one does not in fact feel to create a hypocritical show of emotion. Crocodiles weep while luring or devouring their prey. Similar are Somalia 's voices advocating for the revival of the doomed union knowing that the destruction of the unity was unshared responsibility of Somalia .

For the last fifteen years, these voices have been obsessively resorting to a common misguided expression: “The unity is sacred” believing that rhetorical, misplaced speeches and writings could bring back the union that Somalia buried in a deep grave without mark. So far, the politicians, intellectuals, and writers of Somalia have failed to admit in their writings, interviews, conferences, and meetings that the relentless injustices and atrocities of the South (Somalia) against the North (Somaliland) during the thirty years of the doomed union (1960-1990) were the undeniable root causes of Somaliland's withdrawal from the union to reclaim its independence after an almost decade-long devastating civil war between the two sides (1982-1990). Instead, they unwisely use Somaliland for scapegoat and blame it for the destruction of the unity. This dishonest approach of denial and cover up is completely irresponsible, hypocritical, and unintellectual for sidestepping the truth. Such attitude will only make any chances for future talks for mutual, bilateral relations between the two sisterly states even remote.

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ICG Africa Report N°100

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Nairobi/Brussels, December 12, 2005 (ICG) – Somalia ’s long civil conflict and lack of central governing institutions present an international security challenge. Terrorists have taken advantage of the state’s collapse to attack neighboring countries and transit agents and materiel.

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Submitted by editor on Sun, 10/02/2005

There was something strange about the fire that our guide made while preparing tea in our camp 5 km north of Ceerigabo. While sipping our sweetened tea, the smell kept lingering in the air, it was sweet, as sweet as innocence. It was on a slightly chilly evening last November while we were waiting to enter the Surud Mountains in Somaliland , one of the last seemingly untouched places on this planet. We had actually left behind all fears in Cairo as we set off to Somaliland , following the footsteps of early explorers. We had decided to make the visit in search of a few elusive stapeliad species and also to view the majestic Aloe eminens in its habitat. The Surud Mountains are in the northern part of Somaliland , in the Saanag region. The highest peak is Mount Shimbiris , at 2416 m the highest mountain in all of Somaliland & Somalia .

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(Harowo) December 10th, 2005 : I read with interest and admiration Ali Guled’s (Ali Marshall) brilliant commentary in today’s (Somaliland.org, Kulu Fidna Cindal Guurti ), as usual he is right on the money. His capacity to pull a real unique ability to elucidate and reduce complicated political arguments to their bare essentials is becoming legendary among Somaliland internet pundits

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NAIROBI, Dec. 10, 2005 (Xinhuanet) -- A continent whose potentials long confined by not only the reality, but also the perception, of poverty, conflict and disease, Africa has been held back in nearly every aspect of development as the rest of the world excel in areas of their respective strength. esource for the patient to discuss the result.

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Notice Board

A SOMALI PLAGIARIST WRITER‎

Whatsoever Writing is a Noble Profession and Demanding Task, But No Shortcuts Whatsoever

By Ahmed M. Dirie, PhD

It wasn’t painless to come forward and expose a fellow writer’s wrongdoings and I do not intend to slap on the wrist a Somali writer or to mess up the integrity of a Somali professional but it is more on tipping off the unsuspecting web managers and readers. I tried to put it right in private through a web administrator or an editor but it was unsuccessful. Therefore, I felt that it is an obligation to inform the readers, would-be writers, and at least to correct misuse of copyrighted information on the internet

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Cultural Heritage Page

Somali astrological & meteorological traditions and literature


BOOK REVIEW

A MAP OF CONFUSION
Somaliland , Puntland and People of Sool Region in Somalia

Reviewd by Feysal Dubbad Haji Jama

Quarter century ago writing about Somalia and Somalis was seemingly an easy task because Somalis were predictable beings known for homogeneity, colourful literature and respect for authority. All a researcher or a doctoral candidate could do was to conduct a field work or peruse books and articles published in newspapers and academic journals.

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International News

Netherlands Takes Control Of Operation ‎Enduring Freedom

Djibouti , Dec. 12, 2005 (AKI) - The Netherlands has assumed command of the maritime arm of the multi-lateral Enduring Freedom anti-terrorist operation, targeting al-Qaeda and other terror formations, Radio Netherlands reported on Monday.

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Cure For Piracy In Doubt

The Strategy

December 10, 2005 : Top Cat Marine, the company the Somali government has hired to clean out the pirates along the coast, turned out to have a buccaneering background itself, including shady deals, bankruptcy, former South African mercenaries and other interesting touches. But the company has, on occasion, delivered.

SGSR Appeals For Safe Passage Of ‎Humanitarian Relief For Somalias

Nairobi, December 14 2005 (UNPOS) – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia (SRSG), Francois Lonseny Fall, warned today that insecurity was blocking deliveries of humanitarian relief and jeopardizing the lives of people in urgent need of assistance. .

Hit-And-Run Victim Dies

Minneapolis , MN , Dec 13, 2005 (CBS/WCCO) – A woman who was critically injured while trying to stop a thief from stealing her sister's car has died, officials said.

Lul Ibrahim, 35, died Monday night at Hennepin County Medical Center from injuries she sustained in a carjacking and hit-and-run incident in South Minneapolis .

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Primary Attendance Lowest In The World - UNICEF‎

NAIROBI , Dec 15, 2005 (IRIN) – Only one out of every five children in Somalia is enrolled in primary school, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in its State of the World's Children report for 2006.

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Seven Escape Townhouse Fire In Halifax

Halifax , Dec. 12, 2005 (The Chronicle Herald) – Nasra Gele was relatively calm for a woman who had just ushered her children from their burning Halifax home. A married mother of six, Ms. Gele said five of the kids, herself and a friend were inside 3368 Federal Ave. when a fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where is Somaliland ?
Map of Somaliland

Editorial


The EU's Italian Policy On Somaliland ‎And Somalia

It is just unbelievable that at this stage of the 21 st century the European Union allows its policy toward Somaliland/Somalia to be shaped by the desire of one of its member states – Italy – to occupy a place in history as a significant former colonial power. Italy has been opposed to Somaliland 's 1991 withdrawal from its 1960 union with ex-Italian Somalia . Successive Italian governments have lobbied hard enough to curtail any serious discussions within the EU on the question of Somaliland 's recognition.

By invoking its status as the former colonial power in Somalia , Italy has always claimed that it was morally obliged to defend the preservation of Somali unity and hence "Italian special interests" in Somalia . Whenever the EU was required to formulate a policy on Somalia, member states - be it those who took part in the scramble for Africa in the nineteen century or the new comers emerging from under years of Soviet rule – have usually went along with the Italian position without asking themselves why the Italians were demented on the subject of independence for Somaliland, a former British Protectorate which after gaining independence voluntarily united with Somalia.


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Images of Tuesday the 29th of November 2005


Brought to you by those journalists
who were beaten, vandalized, arrested and detained
by the Somaliland Police force:
all because they saw, what they witnessed on our behalf

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Opinions

By Ahmed Hashi Dhimbiil

I write to you as new members of this august house given its symbol as the repository of the county’s political wishes. I have no doubt, that as politicians, many of you have come to serve the people’s interest; the country’s common good; indeed, some of you may have come to this house of representatives as idealists, some as realists, and some, as men who seek fortune and fame. In a word: all human weaknesses will be found in this new parliament and all human strengths will be there too, this is part of the human condition. Clearly, and fundamentally, the ideas of representative government are beginning to take shape in this country and that is what has been meaningful given the recent democratic exercise.

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By Farah Ali Jama, Ottawa , Canada .

Although the Republic of Somaliland is established within its internationally recognized colonial boundaries and satisfies all the requirements for statehood in accordance with the criteria laid down by the Montevideo Convention, the UN Charter, AU Charter, and others; the international community unjustly and unjustifiably continue to drag its feet to grant this functioning, democratically elected, and peaceful country its long over due international recognition it deserves! So what is the reason?

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Translated by Rhoda A. Rageh

This is a meaningful song which I countered such a few days ago. I loved it for its no nonsense message. If anything articulates how I feel about that fateful union with Xamar, this song embodies how I feel. Here is the Somali lyrics and its equivalent translation. I hope I have done justice to capture its essence in translation.

By Adan H Iman, Los Angeles

The newly elected members of the Lower House will begin their first serious work when they receive the proposed budget for the year 2006. It is not known whether the budget for next year will be similar to the one for the prior year. There have been some speculations that President Rayale may reshuffle his cabinet by reducing the number of ministers. If that happens it may have an impact on the kind of budget that is to be adopted.

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Political Maturity‎

By Suleiman Egeh

Another Sign of A Political Maturity:

Introduction

This peaceful resolution of the parliamentary squabble in Somaliland is another unprecedented milestone unknown in Africa and the Middle East. Once again this emerging grassroots democracy has proven to the world, that it is not just another fragile banana Republic adding to the existing dysfunctional fray.

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Somaliland Stuck In A Familiar Comfort Zone‎

By Dr Mohamed A Omar

As the recent political shock waves originating from the election of the parliamentary leadership have faded away, questions are being raised on Somaliland ’s growing tendency towards tradition as the guiding principle when it deals with national political conflicts. Is this a case of coincidence or a calculated choice?


FEATURES & COMMENTARY
Somaliland
Election Date: September 29, 2005‎


Somaliland National Flag.

At stake: House of Representatives

Background

December 11 2005 (Angus Reid Global Scan) Somaliland encompasses the territory of the former British Somaliland , and seceded from Somalia in 1991. The country of 2.5 million is yet to be recognized internationally.

In 1992, a national conference selected Muhammad Ibrahim Egal as president. Egal was eventually re-appointed to a new five-year term in 1997, and picked Dahir Rayale Kahin as his vice-president. The area’s residents overwhelmingly approved a new constitution in May 2001.

Reinventing The Wheel In Somaliland

Harowo December 13th, 2005: Wikipedia defines reinventing the wheel as “a phrase that means a generally accepted technique or solution is ignored in favor of a locally invented solution” It goes on to say “the wheel is the archetype of human ingenuity both by virtue of the added power and flexibility it affords its users and also in the ancient origins which allow it to underlie much if not all of modern technology.”

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

(last & final part)

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

The failure of the Poll Tax Movement

It was one of the main weaknesses of the Isaq movement that they failed to gain the support of two important groups of East African Somalis who could have contributed significantly towards the successful achievement of their goals; these were the Herti Darod and the NFD pastoralists. There were many good reasons for the hostility that often prevailed between the Darod and the Isaq. In the first place, many of the supporters of Muhammad Abdille Hassan (better known perhaps as the Mad Mullah) had been Darod, while most of the Somali who had fought on the side of the British against him had been Isaq. The legacy of this conflict was a long-standing blood feud between these two groups. Secondly, this blood-feud was compounded by the actions of Abdurrahman Mursaal of Serenli, who led an uprising in 1916 in which a number of Isaq were murdered by Darod.

Somalia - A State Of Utter Failure

A Few Glimmers Of Hope That Somalia May One Day Be Re-Invented

Garowe And Jowhar, Dec 14 2005 (The Economist print edition) – TO MOVE cash the few score miles between Mogadishu, Somalia's lawless official capital, and Jowhar, the seat of its transitional government, a local money-vendor has to pay $6,000. For that he gets an armored lorry, 30 gunmen and three “technicals”—jeeps with heavy machineguns. What he doesn't get is insurance or any recourse to a state authority if his gunmen are killed, for state authority does not exist. But the money vendor still moves the cash, if the amount is big enough, and still makes a profit.

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Sending Sons Home To Somalia For Safety

Larger view
Anab Garuf watches a video of her son, Kayse and his wife. Anab is one of the leaders of the Somali community fighting the drug problem in Rochester . (MPR photo/Sea Stachura)

Drug dealing amongst Somali teens in Rochester has increased steadily over the past five years according to police and community leaders. Some community members are offering a surprising solution. The mothers of these teenagers want to send the dealers back to Somalia .

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