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ISSUE 231
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This Week's Somaliland News

This Week's News coverage for Somaliland and Somalia

Headlines

Somaliland Foreign Minister Meets with Jendayi Frazer

UK Parliament Group For Somaliland To Be Launched‎   

US Seeks Islamic Courts’ Help To Catch Somali Extremists‎ ‎‎‎‎

Could Mogadishu Islamic Courts Be Eligible For The Nobel Peace Prize?‎‎‎

‘Peace-Keeping’ In Somalia After The Fighting Has Stopped! How Typical!‎

Somalia: A New Actor On The Stage‎‎‎‎‎

Somaliland And Africa Union

To Donors: Admit Defeat, And Re-Engage‎‎‎‎

Regional Affairs

Reports: Yemen Arming Somalia Again‎‎‎‎ ‎

‎Somaliland-MIDROC’s Berbera Port Deal Falls Through‎‎

Somalia's Gov't, Militia OK Recognition‎

TV Cameraman Killed In Somalia

Somali Delegations Have Direct Talks In Sudan

Somalia's Civil War May Become Regional Conflict, UN Envoy Says

SOMALIA: Radio Station Closed, Journalists Harassed

Islamic Group Under Scrutiny In Somalia‎‎

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Chicago Tower On Attack List‎‎

Somalia: Who Supports Who?

Blair Airs New Ideas In Crucial Battle To Beat Crime‎‎‎‎‎

Press Conference By Secretary-General's Special Representative For Somalia‎

Somali Situation Is A Challenge To The AU

ISLAMIC COURTS UNION: Bush Strategy Stirs Tempest In Somalia

‎''The Islamic Courts Union Opens A New Chapter In Somalia's Political History''‎‎‎‎‎‎

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The New Taliban‎

Flags Have Us All A-Flutter

An Ugly Marriage‎

Somalia Can Succeed If We'd Leave It Alone

‎Why the International Contact Group Should Support the Islamic Courts Union‎‎‎

Food for thought

Opinions

Over The Spoils Of The Haunted Somali State

Pro Puntland Laascanooders Political Demise - June 18, 2006 - 11:04‎‎‎‎‎‎

JAMAL THE CAMEL

Rebuttal Of: An Appeal To The Secretary-General Of ‎The African Union In Response To The ICG Report

“Mr. Judge Why Do You Want To Bring My ‎Country Into A Dilemma?!!”‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

Somali Muslims Join Radicals To Fight Common ‎Enemy, The US

Somalia’s New Islamic Leadership‎

Fun Time Is Over In Mogadishu‎‎

Childhood: Trials And Tribulations In The ‎Adulthood Track‎‎


By Oscar Kimanuka

All Africans of goodwill – and particularly those in the neighborhood of Somalia – know the anguish and pain our brothers and sisters have gone through since the early 1990s. Recent events in Somalia demonstrate that all is not well there, despite earlier hopes pinned on the transitional government of Somalia, whose seat of power is in Baidoa and not Mogadishu, the recognized capital.

Mogadishu was recently taken over by a Somali teacher, Sheikh Shariff Ahmed, now the chairman of the Union of Islamic Courts. While this group may now be in charge in Mogadishu, the war is far from over as there appears to be fears that the fighting could degenerate into internecine warfare, long the bane of Somalia.

And the rest of the world seems to be scared of committing itself to the cause of Somalia beyond occasional high-profile visits. For instance, just last month, Hillary Benn, the UK Secretary for International Development, made a brave visit to what someone has described as the country "the world forgot."

Quite frankly, there have been few politicians from the developed world with the guts to venture into war-torn Somalia since Siyad Barre’s unceremonious exit in 1991.

Interestingly, unlike Somalia, Somaliland has by and large remained an oasis of peace and stability, where people abide by the rule of law. This has been achieved without foreign assistance, international intervention or regional or international conferences.

IN FACT, today Somaliland has become the focus of interest for its unique and home-based model based of modern democracy and traditional laws. No wonder, as experts have pointed out, Somaliland could be "Africa’s best kept secret."

As though to confirm Somaliland’s rejuvenation, a report compiled by the African Union’s fact-finding mission to Somaliland that was presented to the African Union Summit in Khartoum early this year strongly recommended the country’s recognition.

The good news is that Somalia’s transitional parliament has voted in favor of the deployment of an African peacekeeping force to support the efforts of the interim government in restoring law and order as well as establishing state institutions. This should provide some respite for the Somali people – at least for the moment.

Oscar Kimanuka is a commentator on social and economic issues based in Kigali, Rwanda

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