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ISSUE 226
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This Week's Somaliland News

Headlines

The 54th State?‎

Somaliland Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‎Independence‎   

Thirsty Hyenas Kill 11 People At Ainabo

Nairobi embassy 'unaware' of ex-CIA chief's visit to ‎Somalia‎

Editorial: A Salute To Somaliland, Africa's First ‎Homegrown Democracy‎‎

Foreign Islamist Fighters Are Reported In Somalia‎

Transitional Government Hails Visit By UK Minister

Regional Affairs

The 15th Anniversary Of The Rebirth Of Somaliland

African Countries Seek Partially Lifting ‎Arms Embargo On Somalia‎

Somali MPs Face Sacking Over US‎

Fisherman Catches Fish With Islamic Inscription

Somalia: Give democracy a chance, says Aden

Somalia Parliament Rejoins Global Forum

Deadly Blasts In Ethiopia Capital‎‎‎

Traders In Somalia Set Up Force To ‎Guard UAE Ships

Crisis And Opportunity‎‎

Editorial
Special Report

International News

US Says Will Work With Somali Anti-Terror Groups‎‎

Man Charged In Fatal Drive-By In Aylmer

MP In Immigration Row To Leave Netherlands‎‎‎

MISSING‎

‎Scandinavian Countries Best For Mothers, ‎Rankings Suggest‎‎

Sailor Was Beaten To Death On Captain’s Orders’‎‎‎

White House Dodges Somalia Questions

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

COUNTING THE COST OF ELECTIONS‎

Interview With Head Of Somalia's Islamic Courts ‎Organization Sheikh Sharif Ahmad

U.S. Secretly Backing Warlords In Somalia

My Islamic Collection

‎'I Don't Know If I Will See My Children Again'‎‎‎

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland Budget 2006‎‎

Thousand questions
for Prof. Ahmed ‎Samater‎‎‎‎

On The Road To Recognition‎‎

A Fall From Grace: Ayan Hersi‎‎‎‎‎

President Rayaale Does Not Belief In Our Constitution, If ‎So, He No Longer Has Mandate To Lead The Nation‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎

Somaliland & Somalia: The ‎Gathering Storm

Somaliland: Where Peace And Democracy Make No Headlines‎‎

Building Integrity To Fight Corruption:‎‎


The 54th State?

Pretoria, South Africa, May 19, 2006 – Somaliland’s president Dahir Rayale Kahin was on a working visit to Ethiopia this week when he celebrated the 15th anniversary of his country’s unilateral declaration of independence, four months after the fall of the dictator Siyad Barre in January 1991.


Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 20, 2006 (SL Times) – The Republic of Somaliland celebrated the 15 th anniversary of its reclamation of independence on Thursday.


Thirsty Hyenas Kill 11 People At Ainabo‎‎‎

Ainabo, Somaliland, May 20, 2006 – 11 people were killed while 42 got injured by hyenas roaming the district of Einabo in Somaliland.


Editorial: A Salute To Somaliland, Africa's First ‎Homegrown Democracy‎‎

To be in Africa is to live in turmoil. It is a continent known to be short of peace, stability and respect for the rule of law. But Somaliland, Africa's Best Kept Secret as described by Dr. Iqbal Jhazbhay, a South African academic, has broken the rules in an unprecedented way.


The 15th Anniversary Of The Rebirth Of Somaliland

Press release-London -UK

19.05.2006

On the occasion of the commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the rebirth of the state of Somaliland, the Somaliland community in the United Kingdom calls on the British government to support the newly formed democratic institutions in Somaliland and recognize the state of Somaliland to promote democracy, peace and stability in the region.


Facing Reality In Somalia And Somaliland

May 11, 2006 – Imagine a country within the greater Middle East ambit that has successfully made the transition to electoral democracy with multiparty municipal, presidential, and, most recently, parliamentary polls. Moreover, imagine that despite virtually all of its citizens being Sunni Muslims, the country's national elections commission designates a progressive, foreign-based Christian non-governmental organization to coordinate the international monitoring of its parliamentary elections. And imagine that the incumbent president's party takes a drubbing at the polls,


Local Headlines Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia, May 20, 2006 – About 1200 people gathered in northern Mogadishu on Thursday evening to celebrate the Somaliland independence day of May 18.

The United States embassy in Kenya has denied knowledge of the alleged visit by the former Central Intelligence Agency director Porter Goss to Somalia in February over terrorism links in the country.


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18, 2006 -- A secular alliance of warlords battling fundamentalist Islamic militias in Somalia said Wednesday that the militias were being strengthened by fighters from the Middle East, Pakistan and elsewhere, and said it had the bodies to prove it.


NAIROBI, May 18, 2006 – The Somali government has described a surprise visit on Wednesday by British international development minister Hilary Benn to the town of Baidoa as a sign of the UK's support to the fledging government.


WASHINGTON, May 12, 2006 -- The top U.S. diplomat in Africa said on Friday Washington would work with any group in Somalia committed to rooting out al Qaeda but she did not know if anti-terrorism warlords battling for control of the Somali capital Mogadishu got U.S. backing.


NAIROBI, May 17, 2006 -- Several African governments on Wednesday appealed to the United Nations Security Council to partially lift the arms embargo on Somalia to enable them deploy a peacekeeping mission in the warlord-infested country.


Baidoa, May 18, 2006 – Somalia's transitional government is preparing to sack two cabinet ministers over their ties to a United States-backed warlord alliance that has been battling Islamic militia.


Fisherman Catches Fish With Islamic Inscription

Mombassa, Kenya, May 13, 2006 – A fisherman in South Coast’s Vanga area early yesterday morning caught a unique fish with patterns on one side that resembled Islamic calligraphic inscriptions.


Somalia: Give democracy a chance, says Aden‎‎‎‎

In an exclusive interview with The EastAfrican in Nairobi during the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) congress, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, the speaker of the Somali transitional parliament argued that the government – currently holed up in Baidoa

Nairobi, Kenya, May 13, 2006 – Somalia, Paraguay and Qatar have been admitted to the Inter-Parliamentary Union which ended its 114th Assembly in Nairobi yesterday.


Bakaraaha Arms Market, The Opposition And The ‎Militant Fundamentalists

Letter dated 5 April 2006 from the members of the Monitoring Group on Somalia addressed to the Chairman of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 751 (1992)


Interview With Head Of Somalia's Islamic Courts ‎Organization Sheikh Sharif Ahmad

Cairo, May 17, 2006 – A few years ago, a local gang in Mogadishu kidnapped a young student and demanded a ransom from his family in return for releasing their son. This incident was one of countless other kidnappings and killings perpetrated by armed groups in the Somali capital who exploited the disintegration of the central government, after president Mohammed Siyad Barre was ousted from power.


U.S. Secretly Backing Warlords In Somalia

Washington DC, USA, May 17, 2006 – More than a decade after U.S. troops withdrew from Somalia following a disastrous military intervention, officials of Somalia's interim government and some U.S. analysts of Africa policy say the United States has returned to the African country, secretly supporting secular warlords who have been waging fierce battles against Islamic groups for control of the capital, Mogadishu.

 


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