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Issue 210 / 28th January 2006
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Index

Headlines

African Delegates Raise Their ‎Opinions On Somaliland’s Status

Director Of Hargeysa Water Agency ‎Briefs Guurti’s House Committee For ‎The Agency’s 2005 Annual Report ‎‎

“Abdillahi Jawan” Calls On Opposing Sides ‎Fighting In Yo’ale (Ethiopia) To Seize All Hostilities‎‎

An Ethiopian Delegation Led By The ‎Minister Of Transport And Communication ‎Will Arrive Today In Somaliland‎‎

Somaliland: Elusive Independence‎

Two British MPs Ask Questions On ‎Issues Concerning About Somaliland‎

US Policy Towards Somaliland Changes For The Better

Local & Regional Affairs

Hargeysa Consultative Workshop 16-18 January 2006‎ Communiqué

Gunmen Kill Two Somali Ex-Colonels‎

Compromise Over African Union Chairmanship

ETHIOPIA: CPJ Condemns Expulsion Of ‎Leading Foreign Journalist

Somalia: US Troops Wage Peace ‎Mission In East African Coast‎‎

Somalia New Front For Osama Hunt

Denmark Writes Off Nigeria's Debt‎

Report: Somaliland And The Torfaen ‎Summit 1‎

Little-Known Dimension To War On ‎Terrorism Is Playing Out In East Africa

THE BETTER HALF‎

Editorial
Letter To The Editor

International News

Suspected Pirates Captured Off Somali Coast‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

Yemen Terrorism Talks With UK‎‎

Muslim Cleric Faces Charges In Washington

Hijacked Fishing Boat Freed In Somalia

Seattle Imam’s Case In Legal Limbo

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Do African Leaders Hear The Cries Of Hungry ‎Children As They Savior On French Gourmet

Mvela's Ophir Holds Somaliland Cards ‎Close To Its Chest‎‎

Africa Survives Test Of Diplomacy

Somalilanders In Cardiff First Arrived ‎‎1880s Settled 1950s‎

Notice Board

Opinions

The Sool loses ‎

Watch Out For Rayale’s Improved And ‎Enhanced Teeth Made In Germany

The Role Of Political Parties In The Multi-‎Party System: The Case Of Somaliland‎‎‎

Joint Needs Assessment And Its ‎Implications For Somaliland‎

Can Minister Of Finance Present An Honest ‎Revenue Estimates To New Parliament ‎During 2006 Budget Discussions?‎‎‎

The Development Routes Of Somaliland


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

The United Nations and World Bank, in conjunction with the Somaliland authorities, convened a three-day consultative Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) workshop in Hargeysa, Somaliland, from 16 to18 January 2006.

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MOGADISHU, Jan 22, 2006 (Reuters) – Two former colonels in Somalia's defunct military and a top police officer were killed in separate attacks in Mogadishu, raising fears of a new wave of assassinations in the lawless country, witnesses said on Sunday.


Compromise Over African Union Chairmanship

Nairobi, January 24 2006 (Financial Times) – African leaders reached a compromise deal on Tuesday by agreeing that the Republic of Congo would takeover the African Union chairmanship instead of Sudan, whose candidacy had sparked controversy and divisions.

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ETHIOPIA: CPJ Condemns Expulsion Of ‎Leading Foreign Journalist

New York, January 23, 2006 (CPJ) — The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged at the Ethiopian government’s weekend expulsion of The Associated Press correspondent in the country. Anthony Mitchell, who reported news on Friday of renewed clashes between police and protesters in the capital, Addis Ababa, left on Sunday after government officials gave him 24 hours to depart.

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Somalia: US Troops Wage Peace ‎Mission In East African Coast‎‎

Nairobi, January 26, 2006 (HAN) – The Italian Government said the Co-Chairs of the Somalia Donors Group, Belgium, Norway, Finland, EU, Arab League and China and EU, who will meet in Rome soon, urged an immediate end to violence and that they engage with the Somalia Federal government and its parliament to peaceful talk and re-establish a permanent Government base.  

African leaders gathered Monday for a summit fraught with human rights issues in a country the United States accuses of genocide, one day after Sudanese police raided a meeting of civil and human rights groups and briefly detained participants.

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Somalia New Front For Osama Hunt‎‎‎‎‎

Djibouti, January 25, 2006 (ANDnetwork .com) – Somalia was once the scene of a deadly firefight for US troops. Now it's a quiet front in the hunt for al-Qaeda.

US troops pulled out in 1993, but troops are still watching the country and its borders very carefully.

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The Largest Saudi Investor In Ethiopia ‎Planning Petrochemical Unit‎

Nairobi, January 26,   2006 (HAN) – A consortium of three Saudi companies said it is in the final process of forming a joint stock petrochemical company with a Chinese partner. The three Saudi companies are Midroc, Sara Development Company and House of Invention (HOI) Company.

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Denmark Writes Off Nigeria's Debt‎

Lagos, January   24,   2006 (Vanguard) – The Danish government announced, yesterday, the cancellation of debts of Nigeria and seven other African countries, worth US$576 million. Nigeria’s debt written off is 2.42 billion kroner.

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Report: Somaliland And The Torfaen ‎Summit 1

On Thursday January the 19 th 2006 Torfaen Voluntary Alliance held its first summit around Making Poverty History. The event was held in Cwmbran Stadium in South Wales. The Purpose of ‘Torfaen Summit 1' was to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), pledged by the United Nations at the start of the new millennium in 2000, to eradicate poverty globally by 2015.

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This is the war on terrorism that most Americans haven't heard of:

SANKABAR, Ethiopia Jan. 24, 2006 (Knight Ridder Newspapers) – A few days after Christmas, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Adam Reed rode into the parched, hungry village of Sankabar with a present: a new water pump. Last week, Reed returned to the village, where elders gleefully showed the soldier from Sidon, Miss., what the simple irrigation system had brought: budding green fields of corn, bananas and oranges, the most promising crops in years.


Africa ’s long marginalized women are finally taking bold and decisive strides towards the echelons of power

DOWN the years, African women have been powerful in all realms of life except in leadership and decision-making positions. They have been powerful breadwinners, inexhaustible child bearers, patient mothers, dutiful wives, family hut builders, relentless farmers and firewood collectors.


SOMALIA: Islamic Militancy, Sharia Law ‎Fill Up Judicial Void‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

INA Daily.com, Jan. 22, 2006

Fear is rational. As long as one is anonymous death can only be an accident. It is superfluous to fear an accident in a minefield: the mine has nothing personal against you.


Headlines

African Delegates Raise Their ‎Opinions On Somaliland’s Status

     
Mr. Mohamed Yeslem Beissat, Ambassador of Sahrawi Arab Republic to Algeria speaking to journalists at AU heads of state summit in Khartoum, Sudan

“It is a fact that one day Somaliland will sit on her rightful place in the African Union” Ambassador of Sahrawi Arab Republic to Algeria

“The Secretary General and Everyone else are aware of the progress that you made [ Somaliland ]” Mohamed Sahnoon, delegate from the UN

“The issue must be initiated and raised to the conference, first, by Somaliland government. The government must struggle very hard. There is no one else who will raise the issue, if they do not pursue it.” The president of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor

Khartoum, Sudan, January 28, 2006 (SL Times) – Some of the delegates from African countries who participated in the African Heads of states conference held at Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan, voiced their opinions about Somaliland’s status.

The editor-in-chief of the Somaliland Times, Yusuf Abdi Gabobe, interviewed some of the delegates during the conference.

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Director Of Hargeysa Water Agency ‎Briefs Guurti’s House Committee For ‎The Agency’s 2005 Annual Report ‎‎‎


The Director of Hargeysa Water Agency

Hargeysa, Somaliland, 28/01/06 (SL Times) – On the 22 Jan 2006, the director of Hargeysa Water Agency, Mr Ali Hassan Mohamed (Ali Asad) was called upon to brief the Guurti (House of Elders) committee on Home Affairs and Human Rights, on the overall operations and performance of his agency for the year 2005.

The director of Hargeysa Water Agency, Mr. Mohamed delivered his agency’s annual report to the Guurti’s House committee chaired by the honorable member, Mr. AbdiQader (Indho-Indho) and gave a detailed testimony for the year 2005 on the agency’s overall achievements, accomplishments and operational problems inherited from previous administrators of Hargeysa Water Agency.


Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 28, 2006 (SL Times) – The Vice-chairman of Somaliland Election Commission, Mr. Abdillahi Haji Omar (Abdillahi Jawan) issued a press statement last night at his residence in Hargeysa and called on all parties in Yo’ale district in Ethiopia to seize all hostilities and seek a peaceful end to this unfortunate conflict between the neighboring nomadic tribes of Arab (sub-Issaq clan) and Ogaden (sub-Darod clan) who have lived side by side together in same pasturelands (Zone Five region of Ethiopia), and have intermarriage linkage dating back centuries to stop killing one another.

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Hargeysa, January 28 2006 (SL) – A high level Ethiopian delegation led by the Minister of Transport and Communication, Mr. Juneydi Sado will visit Somaliland from 28 Jan to 1 Feb 2006.

Close source to the Somaliland ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the delegation will hold talks with the Somaliland government officials regarding the two countries bilateral agreement concerning the use of Berbera port facilities by Ethiopian government.

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Compared with the chaos in Greater Somalia, Somaliland, the ‎breakaway republic of Somalia, before unification in 1960 was a ‎separate state, is an oasis of peace. And yet its unilaterally ‎declared independence is still not recognized by any country.
Farhiya Ali Ahmed reports – New African Magazine, ‎January 2006

United we stand, divided we fall, goes the saying. The wisdom of this statement is seldom questioned. But where there are parties in a union who do not wish to remain in that union, adage becomes meaningless. Should unity be preserved at all costs, or the prize of undesired union be acknowledged and even dissolved? This is the dilemma one faces when assessing the Somalia/Somaliland issue.

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“We Acknowledge The Progress Achieved By Somaliland And Hope To Help The Authorities There” Ian Pearson Britain’s Minister of State

London, January 28, 2006 (TheyWorkForYou) – Britain’s Minister of State (Trade), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ian Pearson and Secretary of State, Department for International Development, Hilary Ben have been questioned by British MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Kerry McCarthy, about issues concerning Somaliland, and the following are all their written Answers:

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Washington, January 23, 2006 (PINR) – The United States pursues this more open approach. The U.S. State Department announced that it "welcomes the September 29 parliamentary elections in Somaliland." Furthermore, a report published by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies issued a number of recommendations for strengthening U.S.-African policy, in which it called Somaliland's capital Hargeysa a strategic location in the global war on terror and criticized the lack of a U.S. presence there.

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Cultural Heritage Page

Somali astrological & meteorological traditions and literature


International News

Suspected Pirates Captured Off Somali Coast‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

The U.S. Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill follows a suspected pirate vessel in the Indian Ocean Saturday. After some aggressive action by Churchill, U.S. Sailors established communications and boarded the vessel.

Washington, January 26, 2006 (The Journal) – The U.S. Navy captured a group of suspected pirates Saturday in the Indian Ocean, approximately 54 miles off the central eastern coast of Somalia.

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British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Kim Howells

SANA'A, Jan 25, 2006 (Yemen Observer Newspaper) – Rashad al-Alimi, the Minister of Interior, held talks on Tuesday with the British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Kim Howells on joint security cooperation, Saba news reported.

Muslim Cleric Faces Charges In Washington

SEATTLE, WA, United States, January 23, 2006 (UPI) -- A Muslim cleric, arrested last November, Monday faced charges in Seattle of giving false information to U.S. immigration officials to enter the country.

Hijacked Fishing Boat Freed In Somalia‎

Taipei, Taiwan, January 26, 2006 (AFP/Sapa) – One of the four Taiwanese fishing boats hijacked off the coast of Somalia last year was released on Thursday, the government said.

"Under the rescue efforts by related government units and ship owners, Chung Yi 218 had safely set sail from Somali waters and was on its way home," the Fisheries Administration said in a statement.

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Seattle Imam’s Case In Legal Limbo‎

SEATTLE, Washington, January 24, 2006 (HOL) – The esteemed imam of a local mosque detained by federal authorities since November 14 th appeared before an immigration court in Tacoma, Washington, this morning. Sheikh Ibrahim Mohamed, a Somali immigrant and the imam of a south Seattle mosque, faced charges of giving false information in this bid to enter the United States over six years ago.

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Somaliland Times Cartoon

Editorial

With the Sana ( Yemen ) meeting between the heads of the two main factions in Somalia ’s divided paper-government, the usual talk about Somali peace and reconciliation has gotten louder. The noise about peace, however, does not change the brutal reality that the two factions that are based in Jawhar and Mogadishu , respectively, are busy preparing for war at the same time that they are talking about peace. The fact that the two sides are saying one thing and doing another is not by accident, and has everything to do with Abdillahi Yusuf’s strategy of imposing a military solution on his rival warlords in Mogadishu . Abdillahi Yusuf’s opponents in Mogadishu know his strategy and have taken counter measures. That Abdillahi Yusuf is on the war path is confirmed by the fact that he took the following steps:

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Letter To The Editor


Response to a slanderous article published by Arab News

Dear Editor

On January 15, the leading Saudi English paper, Arab News, has published an article by an A.J. Akbar, a veteran Indian journalist who visited Mogadishu recently. The article was slanderous to say the least. It reeked of racism and bigotary and insulted the Somali people left and right.

I have responded to it and sent my rebuttal to Arab News. Although the Editor-in-Chief Mr. Khalid Al Maeena had called me and reassured me that my article will be published he never did. Therefore, after waiting for two weeks I thought it was time to release it to our press.

I trust that you will post it as early as possible and forward it after posting to Arab News at the following e-mail: almaeena@arabnews.com

Regards,
Bashir Goth

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Opinions

By Guled Ismail

Sool is an unlikely place to fight over. In an extraordinary moment of reflective wisdom, the Commander of the Puntland forces facing the Somaliland army in the disputed territory said as much. In a POW exchange ceremony, the battle hardened former Somali National Army man said to his Somaliland counterpart “We should never fight again…over such barren hillocks”

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By Farah Ali Jama, Ottawa, Canada.

Given president’s tedious job and responsibilities, he deserves and is entitled to have regular thorough physical health check-ups at least once a year at a domestic or overseas medical institution of his own choosing. In addition, he is entitled to have a competent and trustworthy personal doctor and some medical staff at the State House.

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By Abdul Dualeh MSW

Bicameral System

According to American Heritage Dictionary Bicameral System is governmental system dividing the legislative function between two chambers, an “upper,” and a “lower,” chamber. The term bicameral was coined by Jeremy Bentham in 1832, although the division of the legislative branch of government by function and composition was used earlier then that... there are several advantages of the Bicameral System: Bicameral chambers has the capacity to represent diverse constituencies (regional, class, ethnic, clan etc.) It hinders the passage of flawed legislation (one chamber can act as a check upon the other).In two legislative bodies, there is better oversight of the executive branch.

"Somaliland was not a party to the protocol which forms that basis of the whole concept of JNA".
"The information provided by the JNA web site does not show that Somaliland is represented at the crucial coordination support group (CSG), which oversees the operations of the JNA."

Dear Sir/Madam

I write to you with regard to the Joint Needs Assessment initiative which the UN and the World Bank currently are jointly implementing in Somaliland/Somalia the aim of which is to produce the Reconstruction and Development Program (RDP). This document (RDP) is intended to form the basis on which the international assistance is mobilised and coordinated for the period 2006 to 2010. A team of international and Somali experts will prepare a set of priority reconstruction and development initiatives for presentation at the donor conference which is scheduled in 2006 to take place in Rome.

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Can Minister Of Finance Present An Honest ‎Revenue Estimates To New Parliament ‎During 2006 Budget Discussions?‎‎‎

By Ahmed M.Gedi (sanjab), London, UK

1. Over the 13 years Somaliland Parliament did not fulfill its mandate in accordance with Clan-agreement ( CAHDI_BEELEED ) enacted in Borama for the period 1994-2000 and not in accordance with the Constitution for the period 2001-2005 as they failed to scrutinize and evaluate annual operational activities of the government. The out-going members of Parliament behaved as if they represented the interests of the Executive Body (government), instead of the general public who selected them to represent their interests, since they used to approve fictitious Budget Proposals that did not report collected revenues from public, but not accounted lawfully. Also they did not bother to ascertain whether the Government expended public funds in accordance with the laws of the country or otherwise

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The Development Routes Of Somaliland‎

By Mohamed Sh. Farah Elmi (BBA), Borama, Somaliland

Somali land has been stable now for going thirteen years, while the rest of Somalia has been caught up in the struggle which has destroyed Mogadishu and thrown the rest of the country in to the chaos.


FEATURES & COMMENTARY
Do African Leaders Hear The Cries Of Hungry ‎Children As They Savior On French Gourmet
By Bashir Goth

A Somali anecdote says that a mother couldn't find anything to cook for her children for dinner so she put strange looking stones in a pot, added water and spices and placed it on the stove. She then started telling stories and singing lullabies to the children. The water gurgling in the pot and the smell of the spices had given the children the illusion of food coming. The mother continued singing and chastising the obstinate pot for refusing to yield. Waiting as long as long as they could, the children were finally overcome by sleep and each one of them had dozed off on the mother’s sweet lullaby.

By Renée Bonorchis

Pretoria, SA, January 24, 2006 (Business Report)The ability to play one's cards close to one's chest is a key advantage of managing an unlisted company. And so it is with Tokyo Sexwale, the chairman of unlisted Mvelaphanda Holdings, which has a controlling stake in Ophir, an Africa-focused oil and gas explorer that has quietly gone about building a tantalizing portfolio of concessions in Africa.

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Africa Survives Test Of Diplomacy


Denis Sassou-Nguessou of Congo is congratulated by his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Beshir at the end of the closing session of the AU summit in Khartoum, Jan 24, 2006.

KHARTOUM Jan 25, 2006 (Sudan Tribune) — The African Union survived the toughest diplomatic test of its four-year existence Tuesday by settling a leadership row that dominated the Khartoum summit but left many of the continent’s problems by the wayside.

Somalilanders In Cardiff First Arrived ‎‎1880s Settled 1950s‎

Estimated population 4,000-10,000

First arrived 1880s Settled 1950s

Centre Butetown, Grangetown, Riverside

Cardiff, Wales, January 23, 2006 (The Guardian) – ‘So, you're here to meet the elders?" asks a young man. There is no time to reply before he swings open a door to reveal a room containing 16 elderly Somali men. Some wear suits and ties, some hats, robes and hennaed beards; some gesticulate with camel sticks, some quietly read the Daily Mirror.


      

Somaliland Times Newspaper: Publisher Haatuf Media Network, Published in Hargeysa, Somaliland

   

  Editor in Chief: Yusuf Abdi Gabobe. Assist-Editor: Abdifatah M Aideed


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