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ISSUE 249
Front Page
Index
Headlines

The Somaliland Government Denies Leaning Towards One of Somalia’s Factions

We Will Unify All Somali People Including Somaliland, Ethiopia And Kenya: Turki

Shari'ah Law To Be Applied In Somaliland - President Rayale

Why Islamic Courts Can't Win War Against Govt

UN’s Annan Urges Restraint In Somalia

Filming Lands Somali Journalists In Trouble

Written Answers

Regional Affairs

Held For Arms Smuggling

Somaliland Pushes For Recognition As Tensions Rise

SA, Somali Traders Meet To Solve Conflict

Editorial
Special Report

International News

U.S. Urges Somalia's Neighbors Not To Interfere

Georgia Trial Believed To Be First In U.S. Over Genital Cutting

U.N. Report Says Somalia Deteriorating

Germany Is Right To Take On A Global Role

Somalia: Up to 12 Countries Could Be Sucked Into Conflict

Camp Falcon : What Really Happened?

A Courageous Man Speaks Out - Hugo Chavez at the UN General Assembly

Islamist Radicals Still On The March In Somalia

Fears Of Jihad In Horn Of Africa

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

A Land In Limbo

Rwandese Business Leaders are keen to invest in Somaliland

Coffee And Controversy In 'Little Mogadishu'

Women Face Increasing Violence In Iraq, Afghanistan And Somalia, Senior U.N. Official Says

OUT OF SOMALIA

Standoff In Somalia

Perilous Somalia Stories Worth Risk, Sacrifice

Food for thought

Opinions

Threat Of A Regional War Looms

A Revolutionary Momentum: Time To Choose Between Freedom And Holy Dictatorship

Silencing The Watchdog

Somaliland and ICU war inevitable or wishful thinking of reactionaries?

Islamophobia, Terrorism and Fragmented Immigrant Communities

Open Letter to Eng. Mohamed Hashi


Analysis

Professor Iqbal Jhazbahay of South Africa used to call Somaliland “ Africa’s best kept secret.” Later, as more and more people came to know about the country and its ability to survive against great odds, the professor changed his description of Somaliland to “ Africa’s best kept secret, no more.” It looks like this trend, of major institutions and important personalities around the world calling attention to Somaliland, is continuing. The latest in this regard was The Washington Post which in an editorial (Oct.18, 2006) called for the United States to grant diplomatic recognition to Somaliland. Before that, both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times had written favorable editorials about Somaliland.

The Somaliland Times asked Somaliland’s representative in the United States, Dr Saad Noor, to shed some light on this trend, and he replied, "The Washington Post's recommendation to the Bush administration to extend diplomatic recognition to Somaliland was a long awaited diplomatic victory, indeed a breath of fresh air that came at the right time. It is, no doubt a product of events and activities on the part of many, including the Somaliland government, diaspora and the U.S. Africa diplomatic/academic constituency. As such, active engagement with Somaliland-not excluding full self-determination-is no more a taboo in Washington's corridors of power."

Source: Somaliland Times


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