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Issue 239 / 19th August 2006
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Index
Headlines

The UK To Increase
Assistance For Somaliland Police

Ottawa And The Deputy Speaker Of The Somaliland Parliament

Somalia's Islamists Seize Pirate Strongholds

Prevention Of Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission Starts

France Agrees To UN Court Hearing Its Dispute With Djibouti Over Immunity Of Witnesses

Islamist Forces Continue Making Gains in Somalia

UN Envoy Calls On World To Stay Out Of Somalia

ON LOCATION: IN SOMALILAND

Regional Affairs

Somalia Islamic Courts Accuse Its Neighbor Countries Of Denying Rights Of Somali Refugees

7 Lashed In Somalia For Pot Involvement

African Military Experts Discuss Peacekeeping Mission for Somalia

President Rayale Invites Group Of UK MPs To Visit Somaliland

Somali Govt Allies Hunt Islamist Clerics, Talks Off

Editorial
Special Report

International News

UK - Somaliland Joint Statement

Ombudsman For Minorities Objects To Deportations Of Somali Criminals

'Body Carried On Bus'

Mayor Recognizes Local Safety Initiatives

The Met Is Doing More For Victims Of Race Hate Crime

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

WORLD STAGE A Forgotten Democracy In The Horn Of Africa

Lost In Somaliland

An Unusual Calm Returns To Mogadishu

News Analysis: 'Islamic Fascists'? Bush Sees A War Of Ideology

U.S. Can No Longer Afford To Ignore Somalia

BBC Correspondents Abroad 'Too White'

14 Arrests Upset Local Somalis

Food for thought

Opinions

JNA= Is Not In Compliance With Somaliland Constitution

The Pesudo-Politicians Without Border

Why Repeat Another SOPRI Conference Without Purpose?

Open Letter to: Speaker of Somaliland House of Representatives

Mr. Rayale’s Visits: Are They Photo Opportunities Or A Real Diplomatic Work

Response To: “War On Use Of Khat Ignores A Culture.”


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Mogadishu, Somalia, August 16, 2006 – The authorities of Islamic Courts in Somalia said on Wednesday they caught several people thought to have been deported from abroad and landed at the Mogadishu airport.

The Islamists said they would go under investigations over where they came from, blaming the neighbors for denying the rights of the Somali refugees who were in transit in their countries.

The head of information department of Islamic Courts Sheikh Abdirahin Ali Mudey confirmed today the news to the local media saying there were refugees whose rights were stripped and then thrown to Mogadishu. He did not mention the exact number of the expelled refugees.


A young Islamist militia keeps guard outside the Isbaheysiga Mosque during Friday prayers in Somalia's capital Mogadishu August 18, 2006.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, August 17, 2006 – Mogadishu's Islamic leaders gave seven men 40 lashes each for using or selling marijuana, meting out the punishment in public Wednesday in a dramatic example of the region's new fundamentalist rule.


African Military Experts Discuss Peacekeeping Mission for Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17, 2006   —   Top African military officials are studying a proposal to send a 3,500-strong peace force by October to Somalia, where an internationally recognized government appears increasingly weak in comparison to and its fundamentalist Islamic rivals.

Officials said Thursday that four battalions, made up of Ugandan and Sudanese troops, will be trained in Kenya before being deployed in an initial phase to the conflict-ridden country, African military experts told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the media.


President Rayale Invites Group Of UK MPs To Visit Somaliland

London, UK, August 19, 2006 (SL Times) – Somaliland president Dahir Rayale Kahin has invited members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Somaliland to visit Hargeysa.

Mr. Rayale spoke on the telephone Wednesday with Allun Michael MP who is the chairman of the all party group to thank him for his support and that of his committee for Somaliland. The president pledged that his government will work with the group.

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Belgium police (left) Francois Vandesande, Paul; Gryson and Kris Wuyts at Ambassador Hotel in Hargeysa before returning back to their country on last Wednesday
Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 19, 2006 (SL Times) – Three Belgian police officers who were arrested at Hargeysa airport on Tuesday while accompanying a rejected asylum seeker from Somalia, have been released.

Francois Vandesande, Paul Gryson and Kris Wuyts left Hargeysa on Wednesday afternoon by an Ethiopian airlines flight.

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Islamic Courts Ban AL-Islah Religious Ceremony

MILITIAMAN: An Islamist militiaman mans an anti-aircraft gun mounted on a pickup truck inside a former government building in Mogadishu August 16.

MOGADISHU, Somalia,   Aug 17, 2006 – Hardline Islamists controlling much of southern Somalia forcibly broke up a meeting of moderate clerics in the capital Thursday, further asserting their authority in the lawless nation.


Stockholm, August 17, 2006 – The United States has removed a Swedish man from its list of people suspected of links to terrorism, almost five years after he was placed on the terror suspects list and had his assets frozen.

The Swedish foreign ministry has criticized the fact that it’s taken so long to remove Ahmed Yusuf from the list. It said an effort has now been launched to have   Yusuf’s name removed from the U.N. and EU sanctions lists.

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Somali Govt Allies Hunt Islamist Clerics, Talks Off

MOGADISHU, Aug 15, 2006 – Northern Somali authorities loyal to the interim government on Tuesday hunted down clerics trying to spread the grip of Mogadishu-based Islamists, and peace talks scheduled for Sudan were put on hold.

The Islamists asked for a two-week delay in Arab League-brokered talks in Khartoum with the government, now past a Monday deadline to form a cabinet after its dissolution for non-performance last week.

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Somalia A 'Potential Safe Haven For Al-Qaeda'

Mogadishu, Somalia, August 12, 2006 (AP) - Thousands of supporters of Somalia's new fundamentalist rulers held a rally in the capital, Mogadishu, after prayers, calling for a holy war against enemies of Islam in the Middle East, United States and around the world.

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Mo Farah

Our correspondent talks to Britain's last hope of individual success in Gothenburg

London, UK, August 12, 2006 – THE country of his birth may be on the brink of civil war but it is too long ago now since he left Somalia for Mo Farah to let that trouble him. Farah’s mind these days rarely switches off from athletics and the task of restoring British pride in men’s long-distance track running. He has made a promising start, but the job picks up significantly in importance tomorrow.

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Headlines
The UK To Increase
Assistance For Somaliland Police
The president of the republic of Somaliland being welcomed by Foreign Office VIP officials at Gatwik Airport last Wednesday

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 19, 2006 (SL Times) – The British government has agreed to strengthen the law enforcement capacity of the Somaliland police.

The Somaliland Times has learned that security cooperation between Somaliland and Britain was the main topic for discussions during talks held in London between ministers accompanying Somaliland president Dahir Rayale Kahin and officials from the UK Home Office on last Tuesday and Wednesday.


Ottawa And The Deputy Speaker Of The Somaliland Parliament
It was a great day for the Ottawa Somalilander Community. A respectable member of our Ottawa Somalilander Community has triumphantly comeback from home after successfully wining a seat in the recent parliamentary election in Somaliland.  Honorable Basha Mohamed Farah is also the current deputy Chairman of the Somaliland House of Representatives.
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H.E. Dahir Rayale Kahin with Lord Triesman, the Foreign Office Minister for Africa

London, UK, August 16, 2006 – Today, Lord Triesman met the leader of Somaliland, H.E. Dahir Rayale Kahin, who is visiting the UK as a guest of the British Government. Accompanying Somaliland Ministers also met senior officials in the Home Office and Department for International Development.

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MOGADISHU, Aug 13, 2006 – Islamist fighters in Somalia have seized two coastal towns and vowed to rid the area of piracy that has made the country's Indian Ocean waters some of the most dangerous in the world, residents said on Sunday.

The militiamen met little resistance and there were no immediate reports of casualties as they moved into Harardheere, a town 400km (250 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, before advancing north to take Eldher a day later.

"We have to secure the town and its surroundings," one Islamist commander, who did not give his name, told a crowd of residents in Harardheere. "Piracy is a crime."


MOGADISHU, Aug 13, 2006 – Islamist fighters in Somalia have seized two coastal towns and vowed to rid the area of piracy that has made the country's Indian Ocean waters some of the most dangerous in the world, residents said on Sunday.

The militiamen met little resistance and there were no immediate reports of casualties as they moved into Harardheere, a town 400km (250 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, before advancing north to take Eldher a day later.

"We have to secure the town and its surroundings," one Islamist commander, who did not give his name, told a crowd of residents in Harardheere. "Piracy is a crime."

The Hague, August 14, 2006 – The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hear a case between France and Djibouti over whether high-level figures in Djibouti, including its Head of State, can be summoned as witnesses as part of a French judicial investigation.

In a statement issued this week from its headquarters in The Hague, the ICJ said France has formally consented to the Court's jurisdiction in this case following an application filed by Djibouti in January.


Islamist Forces Continue Making Gains in Somalia
Islamic militiamen in Mogadishu
Islamic militiamen in Mogadishu

Nairobi, August 16, 2006 – Islamist forces in Somalia continue to expand the territory under their control, taking a key port in central Somalia. The Islamists have also claimed that as many as 100 troops from the interim government have defected to their side.

Islamic militias reportedly met no resistance as they moved to secure the port town of Hobyo, 500 kilometers north of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. The Islamists took control of the ports of Harardhere and Eldher during the weekend.

Since gaining control of the capital, Mogadishu, in early June, the Islamists now control large parts of the South, central and coastal regions of the Horn of Africa country.

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New York, United Nations, August 17, 2006 – The international community should refrain from interfering in Somalia and maintain a United Nations arms embargo, the United Nation's envoy to Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, told the UN Security Council.

In a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, Fall also urged the 15-member council to pressure Somalia's Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) and the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia (SICS) to avoid provocations in the war-torn country, according to the UN news service, which provided no direct quotes.

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A Country Only To Its Own Citizens

By Will Reno

HARGEISA, Somaliland, August 13, 2006 – Diplomats and international lawyers know this place as the northern bits of Somalia. To the extent that Americans know it, it's linked to the ill-fated U.S. intervention in Somalia in the early 1990s.

The people here distance themselves from all that. They call this place the Republic of Somaliland. They insist that they be called Somalilanders, not Somalis. In their minds, they are not part of a country most of the world associates with disorder.

I have come here to research a book on people who make their own peace when surrounded by war. The rest of the world does not recognize that the people, after much suffering, have built their own state, which they proclaimed on May 18, 1991. This is especially interesting to me because as an associate professor of political science at Northwestern University, I study how communities in war zones manage to stop fighting and create order.

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International News

London, UK, August 19, 2006 (SL Times) – The leader of Somaliland, H.E. Dahir Rayale Kahin, visited the UK as a guest of the British Government and had talks with the Minister for Africa, Lord Triesman, about bilateral and regional issues.

Accompanying Somaliland Ministers also met senior officials in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office and the Department for International Development and had detailed follow up discussions.

Ombudsman For Minorities Objects To Deportations Of Somali Criminals

Helsinki, Finland, August 16, 2006 – Finland's Ombudsman for Minorities, Rainer Hiltunen, opposes all the Directorate of Immigration decisions to deport Somali residents who have committed robberies and violent crimes in the Helsinki area.

In accordance with the Aliens' Act, Hiltunen has sent his statements regarding the proposal to deport 19 Somalis to the Directorate of Immigration. In each one of the statements, Hiltunen reached the same conclusion: deportation should not take place.

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Murdered ... Nasra Ismail
Murdered ... Nasra Ismail

London, UK, August 16, 2006 – A CRACK-crazed punter who killed a prostitute cut her body into pieces and dumped them in a canal, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Daniel Archer carried the girl’s torso in a suitcase on a BUS, it was said.

Jurors heard he bludgeoned 27-year-old Nasra Ismail over the head with a crowbar after having sex with her in his imprisoned brother’s flat.

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Winners with Mayor Dick Hubbard, Councilors Graeme Mulholland and Cathy Casey, and Inspector John Mitchell from NZ Police.

Auckland, August 18, 2006 – Auckland City announced the winners of the Mayor of Auckland's Community Safety Awards in a ceremony held at the Town Hall yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 17 August).

The awards recognized and commended individuals and groups who have taken strong initiatives to make the city a safer place to live, work and play.

Police are prosecuting perpetrators of racist violence in increasing numbers, says Steve Allen

London, UK, August 16, 2006 – Your article on race and hate crimes ('Don't you want to know why I'm bleeding?', August 2) may have left the reader with the impression that police do not care about the victims. The article reported that an incident, where a Muslim woman of Somali origin was assaulted by her white neighbor, exemplified the difficulties faced by victims of racist attacks at every stage of the criminal justice process.

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

Editorial

The British government seems to have finally decided to provide a major contribution toward the strengthening of Somaliland’s capabilities for law enforcement. British officials have shown that they are particularly interested in assisting Somaliland’s efforts to counter terrorism. The move to help Somaliland address its security needs has long been overdue.

Terrorist groups in the region have been trying to undermine Somaliland’s security and stability for years. Their strategy has been to stir chaos and confusion in Somaliland’s midst and wait for the resultant anarchy to propel them to power. The so-called Islamists saw and still see Somaliland’s successful state-building and democratization processes as a direct challenge to their ultimate goal of establishing an extremist Islamic state in the whole Somali peninsula. The campaign to stop Somaliland took various forms including economic sabotage and attacks against international aid workers.

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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

JNA= Is Not In Compliance With Somaliland Constitution

Joint Needs Assessment is an Economic, Reconciliation, disarmament activities for 23 clan-based fighting factions led by ruthless war-lords including War-lord President Col Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed and Peace Building, disarmament Programs for Southern Somalia, which was initiated by Italy through United Nations Bodies and the World Bank, in order to resolve the on-going clan-wars that prolonged the Anarchy in S. Somalia. It is known all over the World that both United Nations Bodies and the World Bank have failed many times to report or act upon on the basis of the actual realities taking place on the ground of their member states, in particular Africa, Asia and Latin-America.

By Yusuf Dirir Ali

Owing to my very limited contact with the culture of the people who were running the Siyad Barre machine of destruction- I wondered for so many years about the evil dynamics behind the malevolent of the Siyad Barre regime that committed the worst kind of crimes against the people of Somaliland in the 1980’s.

I also couldn’t envisage, why the Anti-Somaliland camp is now trying to vigorously impede all the progress made by the people of Somaliland- Why are they so antagonistic to the progress and stability of Somaliland?

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Why Repeat Another SOPRI Conference Without Purpose?

By Abdi Goud Musa, Connecticut, USA

A call for another SOPRI conference in Washington, DC, USA on September 8-10, 2006 is announced on many Somaliland Websites. I intended to go first, but I am undecided now. I am reluctant to go for three main reasons: the firing of Minister of foreign affairs of Somaliland the honorable Adna Adan Ismail, what I observed in last year’s SOPRI conference that was held in Los Angles, California, USA, and the lack of substantive out come of last years SOPRI conference.

Re: Exposing the Plot of the Minister of Mineral & Water Resources and Rova Energy Corporation Limited to Plunder Hydrocarbon Resources of Somaliland

Dear Mr. Speaker,

Recently we came across a press conference and a press release given by the Hon. Qasim Sheikh Yusuf Ibrahim, the Minister of Mineral & Water Resources ( MWR), and the director of a fake company called Rova Energy Corporation Limited (REC), Mr. Andy Chakrabarti, dated 18 July, 2006, concerning a secret agreement they signed with TGS.

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By Ahmed Ali Aden, Birmingham, UK

Photo opportunities is an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those who are photographed. The phrase is usually thought of in a political sense, relating to politicians who do things such as plant trees, pick up litter, and visit senior citizens, often during election cycles, with the intent of photographers catching the events on film, generating good publicity.

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By Zamira Hassan, Anti-Khat Activist

Our men have become lazy over the years because of the widespread trade that forces them to just sit and enjoy the product. Our children have nothing to eat, let alone go to school, because their fathers cannot work. -Rukia Osman Mahmoud, Anti-khat Activist

His recent article, published: August 12, 2006, Star Tribune, “War on use of khat ignores a culture,” Omar Jamal was frustrated to distinguish between the defendant and the related drug—Khat.

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY

WORLD STAGE A Forgotten Democracy In The Horn Of Africa

By Simon Scott Plummer

August 16, 2006 – Riven by armed clans and their warlords, Somalia has long been a byword for chaos. The latest twist in its turbulent story has been the capture of the capital, Mogadishu, by Islamist courts promising, like the Taliban in Afghanistan in the 1990s, to restore national unity under sharia law.

The recently appointed leader of the Somali Supreme Islamic Courts Council, Hassan Dawer Aweys, leads one of the most radical groups, al-Ittihad al-Islami. He is challenging the authority of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which was established with UN support in 2004 but has not been strong enough to enter the capital.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, Aug 16, 2006  – The last week has seen me stuck in the wilds of Somaliland while the heaviest rains in 40 years made all the roads impassable. The only way I could get home was via a 140 Km detour that took me into a town that only 2 days before had been the mustering point for a posse sent out to kill, beat or kidnap me!!

It's business as usual in the streets of Mogadishu after the union announced that it had taken control of the capital city.

Mogadishu, Somalia, August 17, 2006 – Guns have fallen silent. Wailing of mothers and children and funeral processions to cemeteries are no longer a common feature.

This is the new-look Mogadishu–the badly tattered capital city of Somalia where bloodshed had over the last 16 years been a common phenomenon.

The New York Times, August 13, 2006

Soon after the British police announced last week that they had broken up a plot to blow up aircraft across the Atlantic, President George W. Bush declared the affair "a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists."

British officials, on the other hand, referred to the men in custody as "main players," and declined to discuss either their motives or ideology so that they would not jeopardize "criminal proceedings."

Ontario, Canada, Aug 17, 2006 – The last time Somalia got the attention of Americans was in October 1993, when U.S. Delta Force commandos and Army Rangers were dropped into its capital city, Mogadishu, to capture two aides of a Somali warlord. The mission was successful, but two Black Hawk helicopters were downed by Somali militia, and in the ensuing firefight, 18 Americans died. Images of an Army Ranger's body being dragged through the streets horrified U.S. households. Soon after, then-president Bill Clinton abandoned the country, and Somalia was largely forgotten until the 2001 movie Black Hawk Down retold the tragic story.

The corporation's new diversity tsar wants to establish 'cultural accuracy' among staff

London, UK, August 13, 2006 – The BBC's team of foreign correspondents should come from the same ethnic background as the country they are reporting from, according to the corporation's new diversity tsar.

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Ruqiya Ahmed, right, speaks to FBI and police officials Wednesday during a meeting at the Somali Community Services of Seattle about her concerns over the recent federal khat raid that resulted in the arrest of 14 local Somalis. Sitting in front are Kadija Ahmed, center, and Farhiya Salim.

Food for thought
17 August 2006 is the fourth anniversary of the killing of Sultan Ahmed Mohamed Hurre, who symbolizes all the Somalis killed for political reasons. The respected/educated Sultan was killed point blank at Kalabayr of Puntland on 17 August 2002 by the bodyguards of Col. Abdillahi Ahmed Yusuf, the current leader of the crisis-ridden Transitional Federal Government confined to Baidoa, Somalia. The Colonel admitted that his bodyguards killed the Sultan while he was the disputed President of the Puntland State of Somalia.
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