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Issue 207 / 7th January 2006
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Index

Headlines

Saying A Totalitarian Government Was Preferable ‎To Anarchy, Yemen’s President Saleh Pays Tribute ‎To Siyad Barre For Safeguarding Somali Unity

Eviction Order By Hargeysa’s Mayor Puts ‎Hundreds Of Vegetables Sellers Out Of Business

A Flashpoint For Violence Plans To Relocate ‎Hargeysa’s Slaughterhouse‎

BACK TO AFRICA‎

Somalia’s Islamists‎

The Surud Mountain Forests In Somaliland

Somaliland FilajTEL: Leading Tele Provider Reduces International ‎Rates‎‎

Three British Hostages Freed In Gaza

Local & Regional Affairs

Noted Somali Writer ‘Sangub’ Charged With Molesting Girl 10 Years Ago

Somaliland Phone Firms Reject US Company Bids‎

Starvation Looms In African Horn

Gentleman Pirates Cause Mass Starvation

US Renews Terror Warning Against Travel To Kenya‎‎

Norway Mulls Camel Farming For Refugees‎‎‎‎‎

Ethiopia: Concerns About Political Trials Of Opposition ‎Activists, Human Rights Defenders And Journalists

Somali Piracy Is Worst In World‎

Editorial
Somali Poetry

International News

Al-Qaida: Iraq Withdrawal Victory For Islam

Mecca Death Toll Rises To 76

Yemen Crude oil exports, Somali Pirates and Sana'a Summit Links

Teachers Learn As They Teach Somalis

Attacks Against UN Personnel Continued Unabated ‎Throughout 2005, UN Staff Union Says‎

Favorable Weather Improves Food Security Situations

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The Dusty Foot Philosopher

RP Among Most Dangerous For Journalists In 2005‎‎

Africa Will Progress, The Devil Is In The Type Of Leaders It Gets

The UK To Announce Within Days Whether To Ban Khat

Notice Board

BOOK REVIEW

Opinions

Much To Our Surprise, Hargeysa’s Water Situation Has Improved Under Ali Asad’s Stewardship‎

The Beauty Of Our Time‎

The AU: Time To Remove Obstacles To Somaliland ‎Recognition‎‎‎

When A Dubious Business Deal Is Masqueraded As Government Policy‎

Borrowed Thinking; Flawed Analysis: A Reply To Tani!‎‎

THE FINAL DISMEMBERMENT


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 04, 2006 (Associated Press) – A noted Somali writer will plead not guilty to charges that he molested a 10-year-old girl here ten years ago, his attorney said Wednesday.

Mahamud Abdillahi Isse, 70, of Minneapolis, was charged Tuesday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is free on bail and will enter his plea at his next court appearance, set for Jan. 31, said his attorney, Richard Cohen.

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By Standard Correspondent

Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 4, 2006 (The Standard) – A storm is brewing among mobile telephone operators in Somaliland after the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications entered into a deal with an American firm to install a gateway system.

The business community is opposed to a move by the government to have them interconnect through a gateway system that has been installed at the Ministry of Telecommunications in the capital, Hargeysa.


Starvation Looms In African Horn

Friday, 6 January 2006 (BBC News)

Woman in northern Kenya

The drought does not respect international borders

Millions of people could face starvation in the Horn of Africa, the United Nations food agency has warned.

The FAO says Somalia has been worst hit by a drought in the region, where 2m need urgent food aid. The harvest there could be the lowest in a decade.

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Gentleman Pirates Cause Mass Starvation

The StrategyPage

January 4, 2006: Somali pirates are apparently getting ransoms of   $25,000-$50,000 per ship. And apparently they’ve been careful not to kill anyone. The master of a ship that was recently in their hands was given a very cordial “interview” with some pirate leaders ashore, and reported they appeared very well organized; even had uniforms. Given the actual volume of traffic off the Somali coast, the number of hits hasn’t been very great. The pirates seem to be trying to operate at a level that doesn’t seriously tick off the rest of the world.

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US Renews Terror Warning Against Travel To Kenya‎‎

Nairobi, Kenya, January 04, 2006 (Xinhua) – The United   States on Wednesday renewed its terrorism warning for its citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to Kenya.

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Norway Mulls Camel Farming For Refugees‎‎‎‎‎

OSLO, January 4, 2006 (Reuters) – Camel farming could help create jobs for some African refugees in chilly Norway, producing everything from milk to skins, a local official said yesterday.

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WFP Delivers Relief Food To Somalia With New Sea Routes‎

NAIROBI, Jan 3, 2006 (Xinhuanet) -- The World Food Program (WFP) is now using new sea routes to deliver relief food to more than 2 million Somalis faced with famine, WFP Deputy Country Director Leo van der Velden has said.

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Ethiopia: Concerns About Political Trials Of Opposition ‎Activists, Human Rights Defenders And Journalists

FIDH Press release, Jan 3, 2006

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is deeply concerned about the charges held against 129 persons including 2 minors, opposition activists, human rights defenders and journalists.

Since May 15, 2005 and the Ethiopian parliamentary elections, repression has come down in Ethiopia. In June and November 2005, two waves of repression of the elections protests led to the death of almost 100 people including unarmed protesters, students and children. Thousands of people have been arrested.

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Somali Piracy Is Worst In World

By Mark Doyle, BBC World Affairs Correspondent

An increase in piracy off the Indian Ocean coast of Somalia has made these waters the most dangerous for pirate activities in the world.

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Headlines

Aden, Yemen, January 7, 2006 (SL Times) – Yemeni president Ali Abdulla Saleh Thursday told leaders of the current two factions of the so-called Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, Abdillahi Yusuf and Sharif Hassan that a totalitarian government was preferably acceptable given the vacuum and anarchy prevailing now in Somalia .

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Eviction Order By Hargeysa’s Mayor Puts ‎Hundreds Of Vegetables Sellers Out Of Business‎‎
Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 7, 2006 (SL Times) – Hundreds of vegetables sellers lost their businesses following their forced eviction on Monday from a makeshift market place in the center of Hargeysa by the order of the city’s mayor, Hussein Jiciir.

Police and bulldozers were utilized to remove the vendors from the area, causing damage to the vegetables stocks on sale during the eviction day.


The Coalition for Justice and Peace in Somaliland

There is strong likelihood that plans to open the new slaughterhouse in Hargeysa in early January will lead to violence, possible loss of life, injuries, destruction of property and harden attitudes, making compromise difficult. The Coalition for Justice and Peace in Somaliland (CJPS) is issuing this statement as a plea for dialogue and a peaceful resolution of the current tensions between the mayor of Hargeysa, Hussein Mohamed Jicir, and the co-operative of butchers.

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With Europe shutting its door on immigration, Africa should return to its Dark Continent status

BY BASHIR GOTH

January 2, 2006 Khaleej Times Online

IN THE face of the current xenophobia in Europe against immigration and the mass movement of Africans, the unsuspecting observer may sympathize with the Europeans, justify their angst and look with apathy at the hordes of African immigrants whose dead bodies are washed ashore every day on the beaches of the Mediterranean sea.

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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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Surud Mountain Forests

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Hargeysa, January 5, 2006   (Filajtel) – FilajTEL, a leading Wireless Internet and telephone provider in Somaliland, today announced a comprehensive set of pricing reductions for all international rates in Somaliland. FilajTEL introduced new categorized pricing packages that will substantially lower the international rates.

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GAZA, Dec 30, 2005 (Reuters) – A 25-year-old British human rights worker and her parents were freed in the Gaza Strip on Friday by the Palestinian gunmen who kidnapped them two days earlier.

A previously unknown group calling itself Brigades of the Mujahideen-Jerusalem said it seized Kate Burton, her father Hugh and mother Helen to demand British and European pressure on Israel and freed them as a gesture of goodwill.

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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

Al-Qaida: Iraq Withdrawal Victory For Islam

Al-Zawahiri said Muslims would also win in Palestine

Doha, Qatar, January 07, 2006 (Aljazeera) – Al-Qaida's deputy leader says recent hints by American officials of a troop reduction in Iraq are a victory for Islam.

In a videotape, excerpts of which were   aired   by Aljazeera on Friday, Ayman al-Zawahiri was apparently referring to recent comments by Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, who on 22 December hinted that the US military will soon begin reducing its troop strength in Iraq below 138,000

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Mecca Death Toll Rises To 76‎

Mecca, January 7, 2006 (AP) – Hundreds of men using cranes, hand tools and blow torches pulled bodies from the rubble of a four-story building that collapsed in Islam's holiest city, and authorities said Friday the death toll reached at least 76.

The Saudi Interior Ministry also said Thursday's collapse injured 62. The nationalities of the victims were not released.

Yemen Crude oil exports, Somali Pirates and Sana'a Summit Links

Djibouti (HAN) January 6, 2006 -   The Horn and Red Sea continued to grapple with issues of economic development, refugees, diseases, particularly TB, HIV/AIDS, clan conflicts and political turmoil, to count just a few. Although familiar problems persisted on the region, there was also cause for optimism for oil rich explorations and major oil agreements and prospects across the Horn of African States; Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Yemen. Today's Geeska Afrika Online, English edition highlights some of the important developments on the Red Sea Zone and the Horn of African region last year (2005).

Teachers Learn As They Teach Somalis

Beaverton teachers welcome the challenge of schooling Somali immigrants, some of whom have never held books before

BEAVERTON, January 05, 2006 (The Oregonian) – Teacher Kim Miller opens the picture book showing elephants grazing on a dry savanna.

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Attacks Against UN Personnel Continued Unabated ‎Throughout 2005, UN Staff Union Says‎

NEW YORK, 5 January (UN Staff Union) -- Attacks against United Nations personnel continued unabated throughout 2005, claiming the lives of both peacekeepers and civilians, the United Nations Staff Union said today.

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Favorable Weather Improves Food Security Situations

Addis Ababa , December 24, 2005 (Ethiopian Reporter) – Population in pastoral areas likely suffers from shocks

In its latest donor update, UNICEF announced this week that the overall food security situation had improved in recent months due to favorable weather conditions, and the improved implementation of food and cash transfers under the productive safety nets programme and relief food distributions.

Where is Somaliland ?
Map of Somaliland

Editorial

Yemeni president Abdulla Ali Saleh is just not the right man to prescribe how the two rival factions in Somalia ’s Transitional Federal Government should end their differences. Mr. Saleh has been the main supplier of arms to the Jawhar-based TFG faction headed by Abdillahi Yusuf. Yemeni military cargo planes and chartered ships discharging new consignments of arms have become a familiar scene at Bossaso’s airport and harbor.

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Somali Poetry


DHAMBAAL

By Rhoda A. Rageh

Most of Somaliland love songs appear contentious, almost the vain cry of unrequited love. In spite of their beautiful lyrics, they may sound monotonous. Not this one! I have searched this song for nearly twenty years for two reasons: it marks a crucial time in the history of Somaliland, and it departs from the antagonistic love abounding Somaliland songs. It is called “Dhambaal,” a message to a loving partner. Some of the sounds and images may have never been expressed in public before and may have sprung over the boundaries of morality. However, that might be its very lure.

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Opinions

Saeed Mohamed Guleed

Inspired by last week’s event in which the Somaliland House of Guurti was honored for its valuable contributions to peace in Somaliland, I feel encouraged to pay tribute to the Director and workers of the Hargeysa Water Agency for their hard work to ease the water crisis that gripped Hargeysa from early 2003 up to early 2005.

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By Rhoda A. Rageh, UAE

An Islamic scholar once visited our university in California to give a lecture about Islam. Many students, faculty and staff came to hear his lecture and during the course of his talk, a student asked him how a Muslim deals with depression. The scholar surprised everyone by prostrating first then addressing the student told him: we Muslims don’t get depressed. I left the lecture unsure about what he meant by that and was more puzzled by his daring statement that a Muslim does not become depressed. For many years, I thought about the difference between Mu’mins and others when things reach the breaking point.

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To: H.E. Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare

Chairperson

African Union Commission

Dear Sir,

Somaliland American Guild urges the African Union to shift its current policy of noncommittal towards the Republic of Somaliland and address Somaliland’s fulfillment of all criteria required for statehood. Somaliland has legal validity to reclaim her independence under international law. The internationally recognized right to self-determination is attained when a distinct group is able to exercise its inalienable right regarding its political and economic future. The inhabitants are the indigenous people of the land which, in accordance with international law, is the indicator of territorial integrity, thus sovereignty. Somaliland had recognized borders in June 1960. These facts are not in question, therefore why is the AU ignoring the astonishing achievements Somaliland has made in just 14 years?

By Yussuf Abdillahi Mohamed,

Anybody who was following the news in Somaliland during the last month must have noticed the dispute that was brewing between the minister of posts and telecommunications in Somaliland and the private telecommunications companies in Somaliland. The dispute related to an alleged contract that the minister gave to an American telecommunication company known as Transcom Digital Inc (TDI). As per the contract, TDI was supposed to set up a center for interconnecting the several private telecommunication companies operating in Somaliland and for providing Somaliland with a ‘country code’.

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Borrowed Thinking; Flawed Analysis: A Reply To Tani!‎‎

By Ahmed Hashi Dhimbill

In a recent piece published widely, Dr. Tani suggested to Somali Landers that the two chairmen of the opposition parties ought to go home and exit our political environment simply because they hold no elected positions in the country and thusly, their status is questionable and, to quote a cynical harangue from the piece, “anyone else who tries to speak from a position of authority, without having an elected mandate from the people is a spoiler, a pretender, an impostor and someone who is just a leader in his own dreams”.

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THE FINAL DISMEMBERMENT‎

By Ahmed Ali Ibrahim [Sabeyse], Scarborough Canada.

The final dismemberment of the Somali Republic was a rendezvous with fait accompli- a self-inflicted mortal blow that finally consumed the vestiges of any shared values of our society, if there was any to begin with. The paradox is that periodically, some modern day crusaders of that long lost cause, in pursuit of self-gratification or personal aggrandizement, release ill-timed comparative and often biased analysis of the qualities of the current and past leadership of the ideal Somali state.


FEATURES & COMMENTARY
The Dusty Foot Philosopher

Dhows

The Dusty Foot Philosopher has a celebratory air.

Artist: K'Naan

Toronto, Canada, Jan 6, 2006 (The Sydney Morning Herald) – Refugee rapper K'Naan blends Eminem and Arrested Development with his African roots.

Paris, Jan 5, 2006 (AFP) – With attacks on Filipino journalists resulting in seven deaths, the Philip-pines ranked second to Iraq on the list of deadliest countries for journalists in 2005.

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Africa Will Progress, The Devil Is In The Type Of Leaders It Gets

By Jerry Rawlings

January 6, 2006 (The Daily Nation)

AFRICA INSIGHT - Former Ghanaian President Jerry John Rawlings observes that new democracies are quickly taking hold in different parts of Africa. However, he argues that change is not necessarily good even if the process by which it is brought about is deemed "democratic" by Western standards

The UK To Announce Within Days Whether To Ban Khat

HAN: The djiboutiens seem to take taste with the musical parade of Fest' Horn.  The second of the kind had as a starting point the quay level behind the theatre of the Saltworks.  It y' takes place to stress that attroupement was formed there around two trailers on board of which the artists are perched.  9. 00 sounds the hour for the procession of the parade to take the road under the amused glances of the badauds.  Nourished applause accomodated the passage of the procession throughout the route.  One read joy on the radiant faces of the men, the women, the young people and less young people.  Good environment reached tops with the avenue Nasser, the ex street of Issas and in front of the college of State of Djibouti.  It was thus until the arrival of the procession to the terminus of the route which was not other than the esplanade of the Palate of the People.  Then, all this nasty bunch separated in calms at the end of this parade.

London, Jan 5, 2006 (BBC News) – The UK Home Office is expected to announce within days whether it will ban khat, a narcotic shrub which men in the Somali and Yemeni communities have traditionally chewed.

Khat is illegal in the United States but is entirely uncontrolled in UK. Is it really any more dangerous than tobacco or alcohol?


      

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