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Issue 221 / 15th April 2006
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Index

This Week's Somaliland News

Headlines

How An Australian Company ‎Deceives Its Shareholders

Al-Itihad Military Leader Paid Clandestine ‎Visit To Somaliland Last Month‎    

Rayale Rescinds Agreement With House ‎Leaders On The Amino-Weris Issue

Somaliland Convention 2006 ‎To Be Held Washington D.C.‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

First Transit Office Opens In Somaliland‎

Militias From Majeerteenya On A Killing Spree‎‎

‎“Africa’s bondage of boundaries: it is time to loosen the chains”‎

Somalia: Losing Livelihoods As Drought Bites in Juba Valley

Regional Affairs

Somalia Govt to mediate fighters over Mogadishu control

Somali Militia Says Negotiating Over S. ‎Korean Ship

Fossils discovered in Ethiopia fill evolution gap‎

AU condemns coup attempt by Chad rebels

US praise for SA peace efforts in Africa‎‎‎

Man Working For German Aid Group Killed ‎In Somalia‎‎‎‎

Trade deal boost Ethiopia's exports to China‎‎

Chad breaks diplomatic relations with Sudan

Museveni Urges West On Somalia

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Iran warns against US attack

Arab countries tell Hamas gov't to adopt Saudi peace initiative

World Bank announces strategy to combat corruption‎‎‎

Minnesota Aggressively Educating ‎Immigrants On Tax Laws

Keeping Al-Qaeda in His Grip
Al-Zawahiri Presses Ideology, Deepens Rifts ‎Among Islamic Radicals‎

Speech Of Prof. Suleiman Ahmed Gulaid ‎President Of Amoud University At THET NHS ‎Links Conference 2006‎‎‎

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

THIS GUN FOR HIRE‎

Official: U.S. Backing Somali Militants

Sudan’s Turabi - Muslim Women Can ‎Marry Christian Or Jew

In Somalia, A Different Kind Of Medicine

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland Budget 2006: The Blind ‎Leading The Blind‎

Modernization Versus Tradition‎‎‎‎

Is The President Of Puntland Playing ‎With Fire?

IS NON COLLECTION OF CUSTOMS ‎DUTIES FROM MS Total Red Sea Over 8 ‎Years,
Be Classified As CORRUPTION Or ‎GROSS NEGLIGENCE By The Authority?

Siadist Writers And Somali Website’s ‎Cyber War‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

Balkanization & The Ghost Of Greater Somalia


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Gedi says the warlords defected from his govt are defeated

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia- A Somali parliamentarian delegation nominated by House Speaker Sharif Hassan to mediate between two warring factions who fought in Mogadishu last week has reached the Somali capital and met with the Chairman of the Islamic Courts Union, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, in his office on Thursday.

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NAIROBI, April 14, 2006 – Somali militia holding a South Korean trawler and a 25-man crew they accuse of fishing illegally said on Thursday the boat's release was being negotiated with Seoul.

But a local militia spokesman, reached in remote northern Somalia by telephone from Nairobi, would not confirm a regional maritime official's report that they were seeking a $400,000 payment for the ship.


Fossils discovered in Ethiopia fill evolution gap‎

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia- Scientists have discovered 4.1 million year-old fossils in northeastern Ethiopia, a monumental discovery said to fill a missing gap in human evolution.

The fossils represent unambiguous evidence for human evolution, a press release from the group responsible for the find, the Middle Awash paleo-anthropological research project, stated.

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AU condemns coup attempt by Chad rebels

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - In a rushed meeting held last night, The AU Peace and Security Council released a statement condemning the rebel attacks on the capital of Chad “as an unacceptable attempt to overthrow the current Government through unconstitutional means.”

The AU Council urged the government of Chad to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict through dialogue with political factions.

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US praise for SA peace efforts in Africa‎‎‎

American under-secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs Karen Hughes had praised South Africa on Monday for its efforts to bring peace and stability to African countries.

Hughes was speaking at a function organised by Idasa in Cape Town after she arrived from a visit to other African states.

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Man Working For German Aid Group Killed ‎In Somalia‎‎‎‎

BERLIN, April 12, 2006 – A Somali man working with a German-based aid group was shot dead in a gun battle involving bandits in the south of the lawless east African country earlier this week, the organization said on Wednesday.

The man and seven others were caught in crossfire between highway bandits and another vehicle on the road from the capital Mogadishu to the southern city of Kismayu, said Stefan Libisch.

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Trade deal boost Ethiopia's exports to China‎‎

Addis Ababa - April 15 2006 - China's Preferential Trade Act of 2005 for a number of African countries has enabled Ethiopia to export a variety of products to China during the last nine months earning 1,77-billion birr (R1,25-billion), the official Ethiopian News Agency reported on Saturday.

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Chad breaks diplomatic relations with Sudan‎‎

N'djamena - April 14 2006 - Chad broke off all diplomatic relations with Sudan on Friday and ordered Sudanese diplomats to leave the country, the president said, following a rebel attack on the capital that he said was supported by the Sudanese government.

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Museveni Urges West On Somalia‎

Kampala, April 10, 2006 - PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has asked the United States and other Western powers to support the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) initiative to stabilise security in Somalia.

The President, who recently handed over the IGAD chairmanship to President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, was on Friday meeting an American military delegation at State House, Nakasero.


Rare Opportunity for Hearing-Impaired Children As School Opens

Nairobi, 11 April 2006 - Hearing-impaired children in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, now have reason to enjoy a normal ‎childhood, thanks to the opening of the country's first and only school for students with hearing ‎difficulties. ‎

‎"For many families, our school is the only one - not only in Mogadishu, but throughout the country - ‎that offers normal classes to their children," said Usman Muhammad Mahamud, the school's director, ‎on Tuesday. ‎

Maryann Ali, left, a khat dealer in Wajid, was a teacher before the Somali government fell in 1991 and the schools were closed. (photo: Emily Wax)

WAJID, Somalia -- Before Somalia's government collapsed in 1991, Maryann Ali was an elementary school teacher who spent her days giving fifth-graders geography and math lessons. Now she earns a living dealing khat, a narcotic plant that when chewed yields a jittery high and feelings of invincibility that later melt and leave the user in a lethargic stupor.

Educated Somali women such as Ali dominate the khat trade, a profession that is both admired and scorned here, and that offers one of the few remaining job opportunities in the country's moribund economy

 
Headlines
How An Australian Company ‎Deceives Its Shareholders
Geoff Blackburn and Somali guide, a mining expert, that Range claimed was pictured at an old coal workings which in reality never existed

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 15, 2006 – The Australian company Range Resource ltd announced on March 3, 2006 that it’s experts had completed an initial reconnaissance of the main mineral prospective areas of Puntland.

According to the announcement, the areas visited by Range teams included Majiyahan, an area at the Somaliland/Puntland border and inhabited by the Warsengali tribes who are firmly opposed to the mineral exploration activities pursued by the Australian company.


Al-Itihad Military Leader Paid Clandestine ‎Visit To Somaliland Last Month‎    

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 15, 2006 – The leader of the military wing of Al-Itihad Al-Islami, a Somali militant group linked to Al-Qaeda, paid a clandestine visit to Somaliland on last month.

The visitor, who was only identified by his code name Hassan Yare, passed through Hargeysa after returning from Saudi Arabia. He was accompanied by Ahmed Nur Jim’aale, the former boss of the remittances and telecommunication company “Barakat”.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 15, 2006 – President Dahir Rayale has rescinded on a gentleman’s agreement that he had reached earlier this month with the leaders of the House of Representatives for resolving the issue of Amino-Weris whose appointment in February to the post of team leader at the Hargeysa office of Care International was withdrawn by Care following pressure from the Somaliland government.

According to an understanding reached at a meeting held on April 1, 2006 between president Rayale and acting speaker Abdul Aziz Samale and deputy speaker Basha M. Farah, the president’s office was to notify Care that the government harbored no reservations against the recruitment of Amino-Weris and would be pleased if her appointment materialized.

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SOPRI – PRESS RELEASE, April 9, 2006

The Somaliland Policy and Reconstruction Institute (SOPRI) announces the second Somaliland Convention. This year’s convention will be held in the Metropolitan Washington DC area on September 8-10, 2006.

The Convention will bring together guest speakers from Somaliland including delegates from the Somaliland Government, House of Representatives, Upper House “Guurti”, Election Commission, and members of the Somaliland business community. Also attending will be delegates from the US Government, World Bank, National Endowment for Democracy, International Republican Institute, Carter Center, National Democratic Institute, and more than two dozen other organizations including US universities and the Somaliland communities in the US and Canada. Over a thousand people are expected to attend this year’s Convention.

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A plane coming in to land
The first transit, forwarding and customs clearance agent, Ethio-Somland Trading Plc

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 2006 – The first transit, forwarding and customs clearance agent, Ethio-Somland Trading Plc has been opened by Ethiopian and Somaliland nationals to service Ethiopian goods that come through the Port of Berbera.

The Republic of Somaliland, which has not been given recognition as a state by world governments, is now home to the first-ever commercial company opened by Ethiopian and Somaliland citizens, according to the head of the Somaliland Commercial Office in Ethiopia.


Militias From Majeerteenya On A Killing Spree‎‎

Majiyahan, Somaliland, April 15, 2006 – Lawless militias from Majeerteenya (Puntland) have been busy spilling Somali blood last week. It began with killing of several civilians in Majiyahan (Somaliland) by militias from Majeerteenya who claim the territory is theirs. As if that were not bad enough, militias from Majeerteenya also murdered a businessman further south in Wajid (Bakool region). Most recently, militias from Majeerteenya were engaged in a shootout in which a number of the indigenous militias in Baidoa were killed. The militias from Majeerteenya often give contradictory excuses for their murderous activities.

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Interview with Professor Ali MazruiI


Professor Ali Mazrui

Professor Ali Mazrui delivered a series of lectures in Somaliland in a visit two weeks ago and reiterated that the bondage, which African countries had built to boundaries, and which were designed by colonials, must loosen up and new dimensions of coexistence must rein. SSI caught up with Professor Mazrui and discussed his works, observations and conclusions about his visit to Somaliland. Excerpts from the exclusive interview follow. Part II of this interview will be featured in next week’s issue.

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The smell of death is inescapable in southern Somalia. It hangs around the wells, the watering holes and the desert roads. On the outskirts of the towns and villages in Juba Valley, people are burning the carcasses of cattle or dragging the bodies to mass graves, far out in the bush.

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International News

VIENNA, April 16, 2006 - Iran has expanded its uranium conversion facilities in Isfahan and reinforced its Natanz underground uranium enrichment plant, a U.S. think tank said, amid growing concern over possible U.S. military action.

Talk of a U.S. attack has topped the international news agenda since a report in New Yorker magazine said this month that Washington was mulling the option of using tactical nuclear weapons to knock out Iran's subterranean nuclear sites.


Hamas leader Khaled ‎Meshal arriving at the Arab ‎League headquarters in ‎Cairo in February this year. ‎‎(Reuters) ‎

Arab states, 16/04/2006 ‎ - urged the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority on ‎Saturday to accept an Arab initiative which offers Israel ‎peace in return for Israel's withdrawal to 1967 borders.

But PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar, on an Arab tour ‎in urgent search of funds, made no commitment to the ‎initiative, which conflicts with the Hamas movement's goal ‎of a single Islamic state throughout historic Palestine.

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Paul Wolfowitz

World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz on Wednesday outlined a comprehensive ‎strategy for tackling corruption, a serious impediment to development and effective ‎governments.

Speaking in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wolfowitz laid out a three-prong plan for expanding ‎the World Bank Group's work on governance and anti-corruption at the country ‎level, in Bank projects, and through partnerships with various stakeholders.

Minnesota Aggressively Educating ‎Immigrants On Tax Laws

Minnesota, MN, April 12, 2006 – Farah Adan doesn't make enough at his airport job to pay any income taxes, but he still feared he'd have to give Uncle Sam some money this year.

All the Somalia native knew was that the government collects a tax on income -- and he has an income, small as it is.

Keeping Al-Qaeda in His Grip
Al-Zawahiri Presses Ideology, Deepens Rifts ‎Among Islamic Radicals‎

Washington Post Foreign Service. April 16, 2006

CAIRO -- In January 2003, one of the two most wanted men in the world couldn't contain his frustration. From a hiding place probably somewhere in South Asia, he tapped out two lengthy e-mails to a fellow Egyptian who'd been criticizing him in public.

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Speech Of Prof. Suleiman Ahmed Gulaid ‎President Of Amoud University At THET NHS ‎Links Conference 2006‎‎‎

Chairperson, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to thank THET and Kings College Hospital for invite us to the UK and to speak in this very significant and well organized conference attended by such distinguished participants. I also wish to express our deep gratitude to THET and Kings College Hospital and their outstanding lecturers and officers for their assistance at a very critical time in our history.

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Somaliland Map
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Hargeysa Bridge Committee web Link http://www.hargeysabiriij.com

Editorial

It is quite obvious that the Somaliland government has covertly and overtly sought to stop Amino-Weris, a Somaliland citizen, from being employed as team leader for Care International’s office in Hargeysa. The government has been caught red handed while trying to block Amino-Weris’s recruitment. The subject has been amply covered by both this newspaper and its sister publication “Haatuf”, a Somali language daily, as well as other sectors of the Somaliland media.

Haatuf first broke the story of the government’s interference with the recruitment of Amino-Weris in its March 7, 2006 edition. Mr. Tim Muia, a Kenyan whom Amino-Weris was supposed to replace, confirmed to Haatuf on March 6, 2006 that he was contacted by the minister of Planning, Ahmed H. Dahir, with regard to Amino-Weris’s employment.

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Special Report


REPORT ON FAMILIARISATION TOUR TO SOMALILAND

In November 2005, the Centre for Human Rights began investigating the possibility of a third destination for the LLM field trip. The reasons for increasing the number of field trip destinations to include Somaliland include the following:

Somaliland is a state in the making; it would be ideal for students on the programme to have a first hand experience of this.

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Opinions

Somaliland Budget 2006: The Blind ‎Leading The Blind‎

By Abdillahi Hussein Daud

As of today, Somaliland is a nation living on assistance. However, this is not what worries me the most. The larger problem is that the county does not have a plan to get out of this trap. Moreover, national leaders of both the ruling as well as the opposition parties have no vision whatsoever to lead the country out of economic dependency. A case in point is 2006 budget. By and large, a national budget should not only contain sources of taxation and its allocations but must also lay the ground for short and long-term economic developments. The Somaliland budget 2006 lacks that important ingredient since it does not address the extremely important issue pertaining to complete takeover of the county’s economic planning apparatus by the UN and foreign Non-Governmental Organizations. In our government,

By Ahmed Aideed, London

Recently, there have been articles that seemed to lament about the sway held by traditionalist in Somaliland’s politics. The articles raised very salient issues as regards Somaliland’s constitutional democracy and the role of traditionalist mostly in conflict resolution. They however rightly acknowledged the significant contribution played by the “traditionalist” in the settlement of armed conflicts and political disputes since the reclamation of sovereignty.

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By Abdalla Ahmed Hirad, USA

For quite a while I was following the troubling news about Puntland regarding the conflict surrounding the controversial mining exploration in Majiyahan, in the outskirts of Bossasso, Somalia—a conflict in which about 8 to 10 people have already died within the last few weeks, and about a dozen have been injured.

In the beginning, I have actually been feeling docile about the whole thing—following news items carried in this website or that—not able to make headway as to the nature and the magnitude of the problem. There were rumors after rumors about mineral exploration, at first, then rumors about moneys changing hands between a foreign company and some of the members of the family of Adde Muse and, probably, also government officials and others. All this were rumors to me until there were deaths. Deaths and deaths; and more deaths of real people, with blood and flesh.

IS NON COLLECTION OF CUSTOMS ‎DUTIES FROM MS Total Red Sea Over 8 ‎Years, Be Classified As CORRUPTION Or ‎GROSS NEGLIGENCE By The Authority?‎‎‎‎

An incomplete copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government Of Somaliland and M/s Total was retrieved from the Internet. All annexes mentioned in the M.O.U could not be traced. We could not also trace a signed M.O.U and can not therefore confirm that this document is the final version, however, some issues do need the attention of the public in order to make them understand the importance of the issue under consideration. According to the document, the following formula was to regulate the pricing structure with effect from 13/05/1998:-

By Faysal, Diriye

Freedom of expression is one of the core units of human rights, and every author is of course entitled to his or her own opinion. The pillars of good journalism: thoroughness, accuracy, fairness, and transparency (1) don’t seem to have any relevance in many Somali websites. These pillars keep the readers’ attention glued to each page as they read it. Unfortunately, some Somali websites and their Siadist writers’ never-ending propaganda, rehashes of stale lies, have given journalism a new meaning. Siadist is derived from the name of the former dictator that ruled Somalia, Mr. Siyad Barre. So why blame the Somali websites? Siadists and some Somali websites have violated the ethics of journalism. The reader should be aware of the relationship between these websites and Siadists. The Siadists use the websites in question as a medium to spread their propaganda.

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Balkanization & The Ghost Of Greater Somalia

By Ahmed M.I. Egal

Firstly, I have to commend Mr. Ali H. Abdulla on the rational and reasoned tone of his piece “The Hidden Conspiracy to Balkanize Somalia” which recently appeared on various Somali websites. In the main, the supporters of ‘Greater Somalia’ tend towards a virulence of language that often descends to name-calling and/or a crude tribalism that negates any form of rational argument and reasonable discourse. Thus, Mr. Abdulla deserves to be commended for rising above these shallow appeals to base emotions in the tone of his piece.


FEATURES & COMMENTARY
THIS GUN FOR HIRE‎

One of the guards takes a break on a trip from Jowhar to Biyo Cade, where physicians trained by Doctors Without Borders receive patients in a converted clay house. Chronicle photo by Michael Macor.

Jowhar, Somalia, April 10, 2006 – Spanish aid worker Josep Prior Tio climbs into the backseat of a Toyota Land Cruiser. Mohammed the gunman gets in next to him, clasping his Kalashnikov assault rifle between his knees. Ahmed and another Mohammed -- who, like many Somalis, go by only one name -- squeeze in next to the driver, clutching their own AK-47s. Two more gunmen, also brandishing Kalashnikovs, climb into another Toyota.

Official: U.S. Backing Somali Militants

Militiamen walk through Mogadishu.

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 09, 2006 — The United States is backing a new coalition of Somali militants fighting Islamic extremists for control of the lawless nation's capital, a U.S. official said, as both sides prepared for a battle that could explode in widespread violence.


Hassan al-Turabi

KHARTOUM, April 11, 2006— In a lecture entitled "The Role of Women in Just Governance" which was delivered by the leader of the opposition Popular Congress Party, Hassen Al Turabi, at the headquarters of Umma — Party Mubarak al Fadil faction — in Khartoum, Turabi said a Muslim women can marry a Christian or Jew. .

In Somalia, A Different Kind Of Medicine‎

In Jowhar, Somalia, children wait to receive measles vaccinations from the Doctors Without Borders group. Chronicle photo by Michael Macor.

Galkayo, Somalia, April 09, 2006 – “Allah, Allah!" the woman moaned, writhing in pain on her cot in the tuberculosis clinic. One hand clutched the metal railing of the headboard; the other shielded her eyes against the blinding sunlight seeping through the open window.

Food for thought

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 12, 2006 -- On April 13, 2006, We're Against Racism INC. (WAR INC.) will announce its intent to move forth with a new movement called the Citizenship Movement. This movement shall prove itself as the most significant movement in the history of America. Alarming as it may be, or outrageous as it may sound, due to a gross oversight after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the United States of America today is left with over 70 million people who are descendents of ex-slaves and are in this country illegally.

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