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Issue 232 / 1st July 2006
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This Week's Somaliland News

This Week's News coverage for Somaliland and Somalia

Headlines

Somaliland’s Envoy To The ‎US Testifies Before Congress‎‎

Alun Michael MP To Chair UK ‎Parliamentary Group For Somaliland

‎Somaliland - A Nation Torn ‎Between May 18 And June 26‎‎

Aweys Among 7 Suspected Terrorists Being ‎Tried In Absentia By A Hargeysa Court‎‎‎

Western Sahara Remains Sticky ‎Issue For AU

Hargeysa’s Mayor Meets ‎Somalilanders In Seattle‎‎‎‎‎

Residents Flee Fighting In Somalia

Somalis Only To Be Deported In Isolated ‎Cases - Finnish Directorate Of Immigration‎‎‎‎‎

Regional Affairs

Friends Of University Of Burao Formed‎‎‎‎‎ ‎

Islamists Seek To Increase Control Of ‎Somalia

SOMALIA: A Joint Mission To Travel To ‎Mogadishu‎‎

Somali Islamists Condemn Ethiopia

AU To Discuss Democracy Charter

UN Urged To Block Arms Transfer

Gambia: The Challenges Of The AU

Islamist Leader Writes To U.S. President‎‎

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Bin Laden Message: Somalia Is Front In ‎War On U.S.‎‎‎

Hirsi Ali Regrets Collapse Of Dutch ‎Coalition

Girl Who Slashed Face Of Classmate ‎Escapes Jail‎‎‎‎‎

Somalia: Italy Key Mediator Says Islamist ‎Spokesman

US Bans Contact With Islamist ‎Leader In Somalia

Teen Whose Family Escaped War-‎Torn Somalia Slain In Boston‎‎‎‎‎‎

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Somaliland: The Other Somalia With No War‎

Running The Show

Geopolitical Diary: Playing The Taliban Card ‎In Somalia‎‎

Regime Change In Mogadishu‎

K'Naan: Rapping About War‎

The US Proxies Who Haunt Washington

Death In Somalia‎‎‎

Food for thought

Opinions

Voiceless Community‎‎‎

Hoop La Voila, Uncertain Aura‎‎‎‎‎‎

The Looming Show Down Between ‎Somaliland And Somalia‎‎‎‎

“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


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

June 20th, 2006

We, the establishing committee of the Friends of the University of Burao (FUB), hereby inform the general public that FUB organization has recently selected a new Board of Directors for its works of altruistic nature for the University of Burao. The new board members will hold office for two consecutive years as per FUB bylaws. (Please see www.fuburao.org for further information about the functions of this non-profit organization).


Mogadishu, Somalia, June 29, 2006 – Powerful Islamists on Thursday announced an expansion of their control across Somalia despite signing a recognition deal with the powerless transitional government aimed at maintaining a lull in the lawless African nation, officials said.

In addition, they changed their name from Council of Islamic Courts to Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia (SICS), which will rule the Horn of Africa nation, including the areas under the control of President Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed, as well as breakaway regions of Somaliland and Puntland, they said.


SOMALIA: A Joint Mission To Travel To ‎Mogadishu‎‎

NAIROBI, June 30, 2006 – A joint African-Arab assessment mission is to travel to Somalia on Monday for consultations with the transitional government and other groups on how to restore peace and security in the country.

The decision to send a team made up of representatives from the African Union (AU), the Arab League and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was reached following an AU/IGAD meeting in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday and Thursday, a statement issued by IGAD said.

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Somali Islamists Condemn Ethiopia

Mogadishu, Somaliland, June 29, 2006 – One of the leaders of the Islamist group that controls much of southern Somalia has accused Ethiopia of "occupying" Somali territory.

Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys called for talks on Ethiopia's Ogaden region, inhabited by ethnic Somalis.

His accusation comes after Ethiopia tightened security along the Somali border, following the advance of the Supreme Islamic Courts' Council.

Mr. Aweys fought in the two countries' war for the region in the 1970s.

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AU To Discuss Democracy Charter

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh

Meeting host Yahya Jammeh came to power through a coup

Banjul, Gambia, June 29, 2006 – African Union foreign ministers meeting in the Gambian capital, Banjul, are to discuss proposals for a charter on democracy and governance.

The charter would aim to make it easier for power to change hands through the ballot box, but a BBC correspondent says some clauses are contentious.

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UN Urged To Block Arms Transfer

Nairobi, Kenya, June 29, 2006 – Somalia is an example of how illicit arms transfer can undermine regional security and erode development efforts, Kenya told the United Nations on Tuesday.

Calling for international support for Somalia’s transitional government, Kenya’s chief delegate to the UN review conference on small arms warned that "in the absence of institutions of governance in Somalia, security in that country remains a pipe dream".

Internal security permanent secretary Cyrus Gituai suggested that the United States-initiated Somalia Contact Group should become a more "inclusive partnership".

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Gambia: The Challenges Of The AU

Banjul, June 28, 2006 – The challenges confronting the African Union, AU, is indeed enormous including political, economic and social disintegration of the African societies.

Despite our rich natural resources, Africa continued to fall behind those of the world's developed region. This is mainly due to the disintegration of the African societies, coupled with the various economies losing ground in increased growth in the industrial and agricultural sectors.

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Islamist Leader Writes To U.S. President‎‎

Mogadishu, June 28, 2006 – The new leader of the Somali Islamist group which earlier this month took control of the capital Mogadishu says he has written letters to US President George W. Bush in which he urges America to work to change "the bad image" it has in the Muslim world and withdraw its troops from Iraq. "I have sent two letters written of my own hand to American president George W. Bush and one to the American congress asking them to change their policies towards the Arab-Islamic world," said Hassan Dahir Aweys who was named head of the Council of the Islamic Courts.

The Council of the Islamic Courts is a newly formed Parliament for the Sharia courts that defeated Mogadishu's secular warlords on June 5.

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Annan's Envoy Discusses UN Role ‎With Islamic Courts Leader

New York, June 28, 2006 – Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative to Somalia today discussed the world body's role in promoting peace and security in the country with the Chairman of the Union of Islamic Courts based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

During their telephone conversation, UN envoy Francois Lonsény Fall also briefed Somali leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed on UN efforts to encourage dialogue between the Transitional Federal Government and the Union of Islamic Courts, according to a UN spokesman.


Member States Owe AU $93m In Arrears

Banjul, Gambia, June 28, 2006 – African Union (AU) member states owe the continental body about 93 million US dollars in contribution arrears, according to a draft report by the ordinary session of the contribution sub-committee.

Arrears as at 31 December 2005 amounts to 54 million US dollars, while uncollected contributions for the current year is around 39 million dollars, the report indicated.

It said some countries have for a number of years been sanctioned due to their arrears, citing Cape Verde, Central African Republic, DR Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles and Somalia.

Cairo, Egypt, June 27, 2006 – The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) expresses its deep concern regarding the ruling issued by al-Warraq Misdemeanor Court yesterday morning against Journalist Ibrahim Eissa, editor-in-chief of ed-Destour and Sout el-Ommaha newspapers. Ibrahim Eissa, Sahar Zaki (an editor at ed-Destour) and Saed Mohamed Abdullah (citizen) were sentenced to one year in prison with labor, a bail of L.E. 10 000 and L.E. 2001 as temporary compensation.

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Congress Seeking Answers On Somalia Policy‎‎

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2006 – Congress is apprehensive about the potential for al-Qaida militants to take control in Somalia and is seeking answers on how the administration plans to head off that possibility.

The title of a House hearing, "The Expanding Crisis in the Horn of Africa," reflects the alarm many lawmakers feel about the political changes in Somalia. Among those testifying at the hearing Thursday is Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of state for African affairs.

 
Headlines

Somaliland’s Envoy To The ‎US Testifies Before Congress‎‎

Somaliland Envoy To The ‎US Dr. Saad Noor

Testimony before the House Committee on International Relations
Subcommittees on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International relations
And International Terrorism and Nonproliferation
June 29, 2006

Mr. Chairman and Honorable Members of the House esteemed subcommittees:

I am very pleased, indeed honored to appear before you today to participate in the discussion on the current situation in Somalia (the former Italian colony of Somalia), which undoubtedly presents all the signs of an evolving crisis that poses an unmistakable threat to the entire Horn of Africa. In the process, I will briefly review the situation in the Republic of Somaliland and its remarkable social, economic and political development.


‎Alun Michael MP To Chair UK ‎Parliamentary Group For Somaliland   
Mr. Jeremy Corbyn,MP, Mr . John Bercow,MP, Ms. Kerry McCarthy, MP, Rt. Hon. Alun Michael, MP, Ms. Dawn Butler,MP

London, UK, July 1, 2006 (SL Times) – An all party group of British parliamentarians have selected Alun Michael MP as their chairman and Kerry McCarthy MP as secretary.

The group which held its first meeting in the House of Commons on Wednesday, will promote development assistance and recognition for Somaliland.

It is the first time that an all party group of British parliamentarians have come out publicly in support of Somaliland.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 1, 2006 (SL Times) – The summit meeting of African heads of states which opens today in Banjul, Gambia, will not consider Somaliland’s application for membership of the African Union.

The African Foreign ministers who met ahead of the summit decided to drop the subject of Somaliland’s membership off the agenda in order to head off threats from Arab countries such as Egypt and Sudan to boycott the conference if the Somaliland issue was raised.

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Since Somaliland reclaimed its sovereignty and annulled its union with Somalia; the people of Somaliland are in search of a common identity for nationhood and common national symbols.

One of the main issues of contention is the celebration of the country’s independence anniversary. While most of the older generation who remember the struggle for independence and those who grew up in the early post independence days cling to the memory of June 26 as a day of pride and glory, most of the younger generation who came of age during the SNM war and after have nothing that connects them to June 26 and they view May 18 as the country’s Independence Day.



Hassan Dahir Aweys

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 1, 2006 (SL Times) – Hassan Dahir Aweys, the man who has emerged as the leader of the Mogadishu-based Somali Shurra Council of Islamic Courts is among 15 men being tried by Hargeysa regional court in connection with a failed terrorist attack in Hargeysa in September 2005.

In a midnight raid attack conducted on September 22 against a house in the most easterly section of Hargeysa city, Somaliland police apprehended 4 suspects following a firefight that continued for at least two hours. There were more arrests made in the next few days following the raid attack.

Banjul, Gambia, June 30, 2006 – Member states of the African Union (AU) remain divided on the draft resolution on the Western Sahara submitted to the Union's Executive Council during its two-day meeting that ended Thursday in Banjul, the Gambia.

Up to late Thursday, the AU foreign ministers, who comprise the Executive Council, had not found an acceptable formula to allow the adoption of the resolution on Western Sahara, according to sources who participated in the session, but prefer anonymity.


Hargeysa’s Mayor Meets ‎Somalilanders In Seattle‎‎‎‎‎
Seattle, USA, July 1, 2006 (SL Times) – On Saturday, June 24, 2006, Hargeysa’s mayor, Hussein Jiciir met with Somalilanders in Seattle. The meeting took place at the meetings hall of Somaliland Society in the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. Hussein Jiir originally came to a meeting in Vancouver, Canada called the “World Urban Forum”. He presented a paper there on building housing for the poor. Once that meeting was over, and since Seattle was not very far from Vancouver, he decided to meet with Somalilanders in Seattle.

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MOGADISHU, Somalia June 28, 2006 – Hundreds of Somalis fled their homes Wednesday after an Islamic militia that controls much of southern Somalia clashed with gunmen from an opposing clan at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the capital.

The Islamic militia battled gunmen Tuesday who had been extorting money from drivers just outside Mogadishu, killing six people - including three civilians and three gunmen from a secular clan. By Wednesday, the clan had regrouped and deployed hundreds of fighters to the southern part of the city, raising fears of fresh fighting.

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Helsinki, June 27, 2006 – Finland's Directorate of Immigration released its updated country report on Somalia on Tuesday. According to the report, the deportation of asylum seekers to Somalia is only permitted in isolated cases.

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International News

In blow to weak government, militant Islamists claim they rule Somalia

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Members of the Islamic Courts Union sit in a machinegun-mounted truck Thursday. They have claimed nationwide authority in Somalia.

MOGADISHU, Somalia June 30, 2006 – The hard-line Muslim leaders who control much of southern Somalia claimed nationwide authority, while the latest message attributed to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden describes the Horn of Africa nation as a battleground in his global war on the U.S.

Interim Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf
Somali-born member of the Dutch parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali's citizenship is at the heart of the crisis leading to the resignation of the Dutch cabinet. (Rob Keeris/Associated Press)

AMSTERDAM, June 30, 2006 — Ayaan Hirsi Ali said on Thursday night (Dutch time) that the government in The Hague should not have collapsed in the row over how Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk treated her in the passport affair.

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Shanni Naylor
Shanni Naylor

Sheffield, UK, June 30, 2006 – A 13-year-old girl who slashed a classmate across the face with a razor blade, leaving her needing 30 stitches, escaped a custodial sentence today.

The Somali girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of unlawfully wounding Shanni Naylor during an English lesson at Mirtle Springs School in Sheffield last year, when both girls were 12.

Thursday, 29 June 2006

International Development – Somaliland

Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East, Labor) Hansard source

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has provided to Loughborough university's water engineering development centre in its work on developing Somaliland's water programme.

Photo of Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development) Hansard source

Somalia: Italy Key Mediator Says Islamist ‎Spokesman‎‎‎


After conquering Mogadishu on 5 June, Somali Islamists face internal divisions

Mogadishu, June 27, 2006 – The spokesman of the Somali Union of the Islamic Courts (UIC), Abdirahman Osman, told on Monday Milan daily Corriere della Sera that Italy is playing a key role in Somalia . "The US and Ethiopia wanted to intervene against the Islamists [...], but Mario Raffaelli [the special envoy of the Italian government to Somalia] persuaded them not to," he said. "Thanks to Italy's mediation, we have opened a channel of dialogue with the provisional Somali government of president Abdillahi Yussuf," added Osman, who belongs to the moderate faction of the UIC.

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US Bans Contact With Islamist ‎Leader In Somalia‎‎

WASHINGTON, Jun 27, 2006 – The United States on Monday ruled out any contact with the new leader of Somalia's powerful Islamists because he is on a U.S. terrorist list but left the door slightly open to dealing with the group later on.

Hard-line Muslim cleric Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, who is also on a U.N. list of al Qaeda associates, was named head of the Council of the Islamic Courts over the weekend.

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‎Teen Whose Family Escaped War-‎Torn Somalia Slain In Boston‎‎‎‎‎‎
BOSTON,   June 27, 2006 – A teenager who escaped with his family from war-torn Somalia and planned to attend college in the fall was shot and killed by 15-year-old boy, authorities said.

Abdirauf Abdillahi, 19, was chased down and fatally shot Sunday night near his home in Boston's South End neighborhood, police said.

Eloy Sierra, a Randolph High School student with no criminal record, was ordered held without bail Monday after his arraignment on murder and firearms charges. Another 15-year-old was charged as an accessory and ordered held on $200,000 bail.

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

Editorial

African Foreign ministers while meeting in Banjul, Gambia, on Wednesday opted to exclude Somaliland’s application for membership in the African Union from the agenda of the summit of African heads of state, scheduled to open in the Gambian capital today. These ministers came up with an agenda which included such highly contentions subjects as sending African peacekeepers to Somalia and replacing the AU’s current peace mission to Darfur with a force from the United Nations. The promotion of democracy, good governance and peaceful change of government in Africa was also on top of the agenda.

However by dodging the issue of Somaliland, the AU has once again put its credibility as a continental leader into big question.

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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

Voiceless Community‎‎‎

By Mohammed Elsharif

The majority of the British Muslims, including those of refugee’s background feels misrepresented by the media, isolated and voiceless in politics and widely neglected when it comes to the decision making process.

Commemorating Bristol celebration of the refugee week and introducing his new book (Only half of me being a Muslim in Britain) at the Central Library, the prominent former BBC journalist of Somali origin Rageh Omaar emphasises that being a Muslim and British is compatible and practically visible all around the UK.

By Abdifatah Ismail, University of Cape Town

The vast majority of people in Somaliland had their hopes high when the first democratically elected parliament in the country was sworn in late last year. The prevailing supposition was that an opposition-dominated assembly would take the nation’s democratic record a level up, increasing performance of state organs.

However, from the start, many, including myself, had a reservation about this kind of assumption, particularly the incoming parliamentarians’ ability to hold the formidable political formation in the country together. Recent political developments in Hargeysa attest to my concern as the new parliament fails to operate within the contextual reality in Somaliland.

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By Osmon Jama

Again the face of Somalia's long suffering took another sharp turn to the worst, bordering on the unpredictable and the unknown. This unexpected development, the total defeat of the warlords have shaken the powerless TFG now holed up in Baidoa. The sudden exit of the hated warlords, who were also an integral part of Abdillahi Embagathi project was unprecedented. Though most of the leading movers and shakers of that fake entity were warlords in general, they have been deeply divided by clan affiliation and other differences.

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

By Farah Ali Jama, Ottawa, Canada.

You’re Excellency,

An old saying states that, “Evil Flourishes When Good Men Are Quiet.” Therefore, the meaningless and slanderous letter titled, “An Appeal to the Secretary- General of The African Union in Response to the ICG Report” by the unknown and so-called “The Unionists of Northern Somalia (UNS),” which is dated on June 3, 2006, and posted on some hostile and tribal Somalia websites that are suspected to be finance by the criminal “Beast-Man” Warlords of Somalia will not go unchallenged.

Dr. Abdi Elmi Obseyeh

A t least 7 weeks have passed unnoticed with a critical conversation about an issue which most of us have either been ignoring or have misunderstood. The issue is the “Yes” and “No” response of the high supreme court. Due to the House of Guurti’s extension. It is really unfortunate that our highest Supreme Court chair-person in S.Land make a false contraindication of complicate such a point. Such information seems very confusing and conflicting, and instead of trying to clarify it publically he (the judiciary chairperson) again put it on the other side. We have to avoid telling the community what some one really think and believe without not considering what our constitution says an issue.

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By Abdifatah Ismail

The fall of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, to Islamists comes at a time when anti-terror surveillance on the Horn of Africa is at its height.

At present, several western countries including the US, Germany and France have military bases in Djibouti, the northern neighbor of Somalia.

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY
Somaliland: The Other Somalia With No War‎

Africa Insight – June 30, 2006

The lightning capture of Mogadishu by militia loyal to the Islamic courts movement at the beginning of June has sent shock waves throughout the Horn of Africa region and as far away as New York, where an anxious American government has hastily convened an international "Contact Group" to plan and co-ordinate the world's response to events in Somalia.  

Leaders of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG), led by President Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed, temporarily based in the town of Baidoa and hamstrung by internal divisions and violent anarchic conditions, are keen to position themselves as Washington's primary counterterrorism partners in Somalia, hoping that the international community will now invest decisively in their floundering administration.

Running The Show

Gamal Nkrumah

The Islamic Courts Union is facing its greatest test, as it squares up to the Western-backed Somali transitional government, writes Gamal Nkrumah

It was a short honeymoon. The Somali transitional government, headed by President Abdullah Youssef and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, was sympathetic to the Islamic Courts Union in their battle against the much detested warlords backed by the United States in a loose coalition called the Anti-Terror Alliance. Soon enough, serious political and ideological differences began to emerge between the secular government and the militant Islamists. "Somalia is a Muslim nation and its people are 100 per cent Muslim. Any government we agree on would be based on the Quran and the teachings of our Prophet Mohamed," warned Hassan Dhaher Aweis, the newly elected head of the self-styled Somali Supreme Islamic Courts Council -- the new and somewhat clumsy name for the Islamic Courts Union.

June 27, 2006 – The media were focused Monday on how Somalia had all but fallen into the hands of jihadists -- and the Islamists who have seized control of the capital and other major parts of the country kept feeding this perception. The day began with Siyad Mohamed, a militia leader linked to the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), telling Reuters that five men would be stoned to death "in accordance with the Islamic Shariah" in Jowhar for raping four women on June 22.

By Mahir Ali

APOLOGISTS for the pre-eminent global superpower frequently complain that the object of their allegiance all too often attracts unfavorable publicity even when it does a good deed. Ask them for an example and they'll invariably conjure up images so riddled with subjectivity that any resemblance to real events turns out to be purely coincidental. There are, however, exceptions. And one of these has unexpectedly reared its head in the Horn of Africa.

It ought to be acknowledged that the United States of America has played a positive role in the return of a semblance of sanity to the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

K'Naan fled the destruction of Mogadishu to become his nation's unofficial artistic champion

Toronto, June 30, 2006 – Backstage at Cargo, a club in east London, K'Naan is having a reflective moment. "There's a lot of Somalians who've been out and introduced to the world, but not in the right way," he frowns. "Whenever a piece is written about Somalia or a struggle within Somalia is shown on film, television, news or papers, it is struggle minus dignity. They don't know how to attach dignity to our struggle, but we do. And so I think, 'if no one is going to do this, I'm going to do this'." In a few moments he'll back up those words, using hip-hop to articulate his experiences to a mixed crowd of English rap fans and Somalian kinfolk

By Jason Motlagh

WASHINGTON, Jun 29, 2006- After four months of bloody gun battles shook the streets of the Somali capital Mogadishu, jihadist militias loyal to a union of Islamic courts preside over a tense calm and a routed alliance of US-backed warlords is on the run.

Now that the dust has cleared, however, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is under fire for its clandestine support of secular fighters in a thorny conflict critics say it has failed to grasp, and inadvertently fueled. Worse still, it appears to have chosen the losing side.

Death In Somalia‎‎‎
Xan Rice
Xan Rice gives a personal account of the shooting of the Swedish cameraman and producer Martin Adler

Martin Adler interviewing Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, leader of the Islamic Courts Union
Martin Adler interviewing Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, leader of the Islamic Courts Union. Photograph: Flemming Weiss Andersen

Mogadishu, Somalia, June 28, 2006 – Some people freeze, most run. I run. Away from the sound - a sharp, terrifying crack. Jesus. A militiaman's gun has gone off accidentally, I think. A few steps up towards the speaker's platform, away from the crowd, away from the gunshot, I glance back down. Martin, the Swedish cameraman, clutching his side, falling. A few more steps. Martin is on the ground. His white shirt is stained with red. Flemming, his Danish photographer friend, is hunched over him

Food for thought

Los Angeles Times
By Robyn Dixon
June 26, 2006


They didn't expect this to happen

MOGADISHU, Somalia - They have closed down makeshift cinemas showing World Cup soccer games. They have forcibly cut young men's hair if it is more than an inch long. Even before that, they banned a New Year's celebration on penalty of death.

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