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Issue 299 / 13th October 2007
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Index
Headlines

Somaliland Ministers Meet Former Puntland Security Minister In Sool

Somaliland Livestock Exporters Ship Thousands Of Animals From ‘Unofficial’ Sea Ports

Aid Agency In Somaliland Freezes Work

Somaliland Denies Having Talks With Puntland Over Disputed Sool Region

Somaliland Republic Postpones Elections

Somaliland's Political Parties Sign An Accord To Reschedule Elections To 2008

Political Crisis In Somaliland Develop Into Casualties

The Two Gentlemen--and that Third One

Splits Developing In Somali Insurgency

From Cocaine To Plutonium: Mafia Clan Accused Of Trafficking Nuclear Waste To Somalia

Two Ethiopian soldiers killed in suicide attack near Somali PM

Somaliland MP seeks GCC ties

Ethiopia's 'secret war' forces thousands to flee

Regional Affairs

Puntland Ex-Minister Surrenders To Somaliland

Somali Army General, Others Assassinated In Somali Capital, Says U.N. Agency

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Ex-commander calls Iraq effort 'a nightmare'

Blunt Talk About Iraq at Army School

Abdirahman dominates USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship

Gates backs Army’s plans to speed up growth, encourages improved guerrilla tactics training

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The veteran suffers

Tracing angels' footsteps in ancient Ethiopia

The UN Security Council an underrepresented lot that needs reforms

Saudis Host Conference To Support Pro-US Regime In Somalia, As Opposition Groups Meet In Asmara

1559 shipwreck found off Pensacola, Fla.

Eritrea: Border Row Threatens Terrorism War

Prime Minister Meles says U.S. bill is “not fair”

Maternal Mortality Shames Superpower U.S

Food for thought

Opinions

Maternal Mortality Shames Superpower U.S

Creating The Necessary Conditions For Somaliweyn

Democracy Requires Delegation And Decentralized Work

Xaabsade Is Not Welcome In Somaliland

Somalia: Where Is The Nation Of Poets?

Why Somalis Fail To Integrate In The West?

The Formula of Death: from 1884 Berlin Conference to 2007 Mogadishu Reconciliation Meeting

The Last Ten Nights Of Ramadan


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
LAS ANOD, Somalia Oct 11, 2007 – After weeks of military tension, a former minister of security in Somalia's Puntland region switched sides and surrendered himself to Somaliland officials, sources said.

Ahmed Abdi Habsade arrived in the town of Oog, in the disputed region of Sool where Somaliland and Puntland troops clashed on October 1.


MOGADISHU, Somalia, October 12, 2007 - An army general, two magistrates and others have been assassinated in the past week in the Somali capital, the U.N.'s humanitarian coordination agency said Friday, highlighting Mogadishu's pervasive violence.

The assassinations show the difficulty the fragile government and its Ethiopian allies face in trying to bring order in Mogadishu, which has been wracked by violence this year. Thousands of civilians have died in the fighting.


NAIROBI, Oct 7, 2007 – An Ethiopian rebel group applauded on Saturday a bill passed by the U.S House of Representatives that would force their government to make democratic reforms or else lose security aid.

The group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), are armed rebels fighting for greater autonomy in ethnically Oromo parts of the vast Horn of Africa nation.


Ali Mohamed Gedi (file photo)
Ali Mohamed Gedi

Baidoa, Somalia, 11 October 2007 - Twenty-two members of the Somali prime minister's Cabinet are demanding that parliament hold a no-confidence vote on the country's transitional government.

Speaking to reporters in the western provincial town of Baidoa Thursday, the 22 ministers said the government of Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi government has failed to meet the needs of the Somali people.

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Somali interim Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi,  04 June 2007
Somali interim Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, June 2007

Nairobi, 10 October 2007 - Somali interim Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi and his government are expected to face a confidence vote in parliament this week, heightening speculation that Somalia's political leadership may soon change. As VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi, a political rift between the prime minister and President Abdullahi Yusuf has widened in recent weeks.

Parliament members from across Somalia have been arriving in Baidoa, the base of the Transitional Federal Government, to take part in the confidence vote.


Oct 11, 2007

Al-Jazeera recently introduced its viewers to someone it described as a U.S. citizen who is fighting alongside the militant Islamists in Somalia. During a recent story, the reporter said that "Abu Mansour the American" is a fighter who trains other members of the Islamic Courts Union to wage war on the military personnel -- including Americans -- they encounter in the area.


Mogadishu, October 12, 2007 - Somalia, though not totally free from the plague of civil conflicts, will send a delegation to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Duran Farah, head of international relations of Somalia National Olympic Committee (NOC), told Xinhua News Agency on Thursday in an exclusive interview that the Somalia NOC has maintained taking the responsibility to organize a delegation to take part in the Olympic Games over the past years, despite many difficulties.

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Reporters Without Borders

11 October 2007

Reporters Without Borders today expressed its “astonishment” at “hostile statements” made by information minister, Madobe Numow Mohamed, towards its partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), on 3 and 6 October 2007.

Madobe Numow Mohamed said in a letter on 3 October addressed to all international and local non-governmental organisations that his ministry was the sole legitimate authority in press matters, adding, “No NGO can shoulder responsibility for Somali journalism apart from the ministry of information” (sic).

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12 October 2007 – The 71 member governments (and the European Commission) and 46 participating organizations of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will meet at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 28 to 30 November.

The meeting will assess progress on constructing a comprehensive, global monitoring system that will enable end-users to access a vast quantity of near-real-time information on changes in the Earth’s land, oceans, atmosphere and biosphere via a single web portal.

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BAIDOA, Somalia Oct 11, 2007 - Political divisions stirred by disagreement between Somalia's interim president and prime minister have ripped through the weak transitional authority trying to impose central rule after 17 years of disorder.

Both President Abdillahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi were in the town of Baidoa, 250km northwest of Mogadishu, where many lawmakers have proposed a vote of confidence motion against Gedi's government.

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Seoul, October 12, 2007 – Pirates who seized two South Korean fishing vessels off the coast of Somalia are beating the crews, which include three Indians and are giving them rice mixed with sand to eat, the vessels' captain said.

Captain Han Seok-ho appealed for government help, saying the pirates were demanding a unspecified amount of ransom.


12 August 2007 - According to Somali media sources, many natives are showing frustration at the allegedly one sided reporting of the BBC Somali service. 
  
Most recently, Somalis criticized the BBC coverage of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) dominated conference in Eritrea. Most of the criticism was targeted at one of the correspondents named Yusuf Garad who is alleged to have labeled the Islamists in Eritrea as a “government in exile.

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AROUND AFRICA IN A YEAR: The Bothas pose by their vehicle in Kampala. Photo: Ismail Kezaala

Kampala, Uganda, 14 October - From Cape Town-around Africa-to Cape Town, in less than a year. This is the mission, with which they hit the road, bearing a banner of unity, communication and shared development for all of Africa.


UN, NewYork - Women are dying from complicated pregnancies and childbirth at almost the same rate they were in 1990, and 99 percent of deaths are occurring in developing countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, according to a report issued Friday.

The report by three U.N. agencies and the World Bank found that maternal mortality declined at an average of less than 1 percent annually between 1990 and 2005.

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As if Somalis do not have enough battles to contend with, their two leading politicians, President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi, have fallen out.
Somali PM Ali Mohammed Ghedi (r); Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf (l)
Mr Yusuf (l) and his prime minister (r) no longer see eye to eye

Nairobi, 12 October 2007 - And as parliament marshals to take stock of the achievements of the two men since they took office three years ago, it looks likely that one will get their marching orders.


Mogadishu, 5 October 2007 - A Deputy attorney general of the transitional federal government, Abdul-kadir sheik Mohamed Ayatollah, has been killed in a bomb explosion in Bakara market in Mogadishu on Friday.

Ayatollah and along with his companion have died on the spot after armed men believed to be insurgents hurled a hand grenade on his car while driving through Bakara market, one the most recent violent places in Mogadishu.


 

 
Headlines

Ex- Puntland Interior & Security Minister Ahmed Abdi Habsade

Oog, Somaliland, October 13, 2007 – Three leading Somaliland government ministers met Wednesday the former Puntland Interior & Security minister, Ahmed Abdi Habsade in the Somaliland army garrison town Oog, in Sool region (93km N of Las Anod, the region’s capitol).

The government ministers who left Hargeysa on Tuesday night to hold talks with Habsade were the Minister of Justice, Ahmed Ali Asowe, Minister of Public Works, Saeed Sulub, and the Minister of Parliament Cooperation, Abdi H Buuni.


Berbera, October 13, 2007 (SL Times) – Thousands of Somaliland’s animals destined for the lucrative livestock markets in the Gulf States have been shipped from remote coastal ( East Berbera) locations and ‘makeshift’ ports in Sahil and Sanag regions, which means the loss of badly needed revenue for the government. One local livestock exporter shipped last week 3,000 heads of animals on a single vessel to Bahrain from Karin, 40km east Berbera, in Sahil region.

As usual, in the run up to Eid, the last day marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, Gulf States demand for Somaliland livestock reaches ‘all time high’ prices.

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A market in Hergeisa, Somaliland (2006 photo)
A livestock market in Hargeysa, Somalilan

Hargeysa/Garowe, Oct 6, 2007 – The defense minister of the republic of Somaliland repeated on Friday that Somaliland troops were in control of Las Anod, a disputed town in Sool region.

Abdillahi Ali Ibrahim, the Somaliland defense minister, told a VOA Somali Service interview yesterday that a group of pro-Puntland militias were routed out of Las Anod by Somaliland forces.


10/10/2007 BBC MONITORING

Hargeysa, 10 Oct 2007 - Somaliland delegation to Ethiopia returned to Hargeysa Tuesday after a one-week visit to Addis Ababa.

The delegation was made up of the ministers of finance and foreign affairs, Hussein Ali Duale and Abdillahi Muhammad Duale respectively, and an officer from the national intelligence. The delegation's departure from Hargeysa was unannounced.


 
HARGEISA, Somalia, October 8, 2007 – Electoral officials and political leaders in the republic of Somaliland have decided to postpone forthcoming elections to allow for voter registration to be completed.

Local government and presidential polls for the region bordering Ethiopia had been scheduled for December 2007 and April 2008, but have been postponed to July 1 and Aug 31, 2008, respectively.

Hargeysa, October 13, 2007 – A ceremony was held Thursday at Maansoor Hotel in Hargeysa in which all three Somaliland political parties, UDUB, KULMIYE and UCID signed an agreement to uphold the decision made recently by the Somaliland Elections Commission to reschedule both, the Presidential and local-government authorities elections until the summer of 2008.

The agreement was signed by the chairman of the National Elections Commission, Muhamed Yusuf Ahmed, the chairman of the KULMIYE party, Ahmed Muhamud Muhamed (Sillanyo), the chairman of the UCID, Eng. Faysal Ali Waraabe and the secretary-general of UDUB, Muhamud Ismaciil Bulaale.

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Commentary

By Malik Jeylani Sheik

13 October 2007

The Somaliland security forces on Wednesday arrested and detained three clan elders and on Thursday morning two Qaran party member activists in Buroa, the administrative capitol of Togdheer region. All four advocated for the release of Qaran leaders from prison.

According to sources in Buroa, the arrests were ordered by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Hussein Ali Du'ale (a.k.a. Mr. Awil), who is from the same clan as the four who were arrested in Buroa.


"It is unthinkable to imagine that any Somali anywhere would accept occupation as a fact of life. Somalis have to get out of the bleak situation [of] the last 16 years.

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki

ASMARA, 12 October 2007 – IRIN interviewed President Isaias Afewerki in Asmara, on 1 October. Eritrea and the Horn of Africa in general remain chronically vulnerable in humanitarian terms due to drought, conflict and poverty.

A process to resolve the border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains stalled after numerous attempts at resolution over the past seven years. The 1998-2000 war cost tens of thousands of lives and displaced thousands of civilians. In 2002, a Boundary Commission ruled on a new border between the two countries. However, demarcation of the border has not begun.

Somali journalists interview African Union soldiers showing ammunition that had been seized in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, 11 October 2007 - Somali government forces on Thursday raided and shut a radio station that interviewed a top Islamist insurgent commander who claimed responsibility for an assassination bid on the prime minister.

The forces ordered Mogadishu-based Simba Radio off the air and arrested its chief Abdullahi Ali Farah and a journalist, according to a reporter who works there.


Analysis
Gedi (L), Yusuf (C) and Madoobe (R)

By Sarmaan Ramses

Some of us ponder on the plight that has befallen on Somalia that rendered it to be such a laughingstock in the African continent—let alone the rest of the world! In simple worlds, the Somali plight is the lack of a genuine leadership that can withstand the negative temptations of power and an unfettered greed. In essence, the most definitive factor for any society’s progress is either the selfless and visionary leadership of its rulers (Mahathir of Malaysia and Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore) or the stringent checks in place for the leadership to stay on course (Western countries). In Somalia, it was almost some decades ago with the military regime claiming to deliver the country from ignorance, poverty and disease, and the whole society idealistically kowtowing.


By Sydney Irving

October 10, 2007

Violence in Somalia is escalating as insurgents increase the fight against the feeble Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and their Ethiopian military backers. Rifts, however, are growing between more moderate opposition and harder extremist elements of the former Islamic Courts Union (ICU), raising fears that it will drive fighting outside current conflict zones in Somalia.

The formation of the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) on September 12 brought together Islamist chiefs, former senior TFG leaders and diaspora representatives. The ARS is Islamist-dominated, with ICU leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed its chairman, and with ICU members or diaspora sympathizers in all strategic posts.


By Tom Kington

Rome, October 9, 2007 – Authorities in Italy are investigating a mafia clan accused of trafficking nuclear waste and trying to make plutonium.

The 'Ndrangheta mafia, which gained notoriety in August for its blood feud killings of six men in Germany, is alleged to have made illegal shipments of radioactive waste to Somalia, as well as seeking the "clandestine production" of other nuclear material.

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Ali Mohamed Gedi

BAIDOA, Somalia, 10 October 2007 - A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle Wednesday into an Ethiopian army base in Somalia, killing two soldiers, in a bid to assassinate Somalia Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, an official and witnesses said.

Gedi, who was staying in a nearby hotel in the city of Baidoa, was unhurt. Ethiopian troops and Somali forces immediately sealed off the area.


Somaliland MP Nasir Nagi Ali

By Ramesh Mathew

Doha, Qatar, 14 October, 2007 - A VISITING member of parliament from Somaliland has appealed to Arab countries, in particular GCC states, to consider sending fact-finding missions to his African “country” to understand “ground realities” there.

The parliamentarian, Nasir Nagi Ali, also requested GCC states to explore the possibility of opening diplomatic offices in Somaliland. This, he said, would help it gain membership of the African Union and ultimately the United Nations.

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 Thousands flee 'secret war' between Ethiopia and Somali rebels
Ethiopian troops have been deployed to crush Somali rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front

10 October 2007 - Few places are more desolate than southern Ethiopia, where the barren plains suffer hunger and poverty even when the rains fall.

Yet one of Britain's closest African allies is waging a brutal military campaign in this bleak region, burning villages and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

Ethiopia , the recipient of £130 million of British aid this year, is fighting a virtually unknown guerrilla war on the borderlands with Somalia.

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International News
Washington, 13 October, 2007 - In a sweeping indictment of the four-year effort in Iraq, the former top commander of American forces there called the Bush administration's handling of the war "incompetent" and said the result was "a nightmare with no end in sight."

Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, who retired in 2006 after being replaced in Iraq after the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, blamed the Bush administration for a "catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic war plan" and denounced the current addition of American forces as a "desperate" move that would not achieve long-term stability.


Maj. Jeffrey H. Powell, right, and Maj. Michael J. Zinno study military issues at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

13 October 2007

“The secretary of defense is an easy target,” argued one of the officers, Maj. Kareem P. Montague, 34, a Harvard graduate and a commander in the Third Infantry Division that was the first to reach Baghdad in the 2003 invasion. “It’s easy to pick on the political appointee.”


Abdi Abdirahman

MINNEAPOLIS, October 08, 2007 - Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Ariz.), captured his third USA Men's 10 Mile title in a row this weekend at the Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Miler, running an event record of 47:34, to finish 13 seconds ahead of local favorite Jason Lehmkuhle (Minneapolis, Minn.).

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WASHINGTON, October 12, 2007 - Speaking to an Army “under stress,” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates promised Wednesday that relief is on the way.

“While U.S. forces will play a role in Iraq for years to come, a reduction in the size of our commitment is inevitable,” Gates said at the 2007 meeting of the Association of the United States Army, the largest annual gathering of Army members.

Somaliland Map
Map of Somaliland Republic


Editorial

When one of Somaliland’s traditional leaders, Boqor Bur Madow, recently warned against attempts by Majeerteenya (Puntland) to dominate all Somalis, he was not saying something that most Somalis did not know. On the contrary, most Somalis not only see his utterances as stating the obvious, but also agree with him. In other words, most Somalis know what Majeerteenya is up to, and oppose its attempt to dominate them.

What has made it relatively easy for Somalis to see through Majeerteenya’s claims? Answer: For one thing, those claims blatantly contradict each other.

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Special Report
REPORT ON OIL & GAS POTENTIAL
IN SOMALILAND

By Prof. M. Y. Ali

In this paper, seismic, well, and outcrop data have been used to determine the petroleum systems of Somaliland. These data demonstrate that the country has favourable stratigraphy, structure, oil shows, and hydrocarbon source rocks.


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.

Opinions
By Mohamed A. Awale

As the confidence and credibility crises of party politics in SL deepens, e.g., no look further than Kulmiye’s “Balay gubadle” paternalistic rehash, there are equally other disturbing patterns of anger and anxiety that swept through SL’s communities. Situation is notably grave in Awdale, where the short end of the stick in terms of the tardy socio-economic development policies of the regime was apparent for a while. This short note raises some of the latest political developments in relation with the said topic.

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By Dahir A. Jama, London, UK

In Somaliland politics, it has now become the norm in order to prove one's patriotism to accuse the opposing party of going to ‘Xamar' or being Somaliweyn. First, it was KULMIYE accusing Rayale and most of his administration of not being loyal to Somaliland; then it was UDUB and its cronies accusing KULMIYE, and especially Sillanyo of being Somaliweyn sympathizer. But politics aside, there are those who believe in the idea of greater Somalia and who actively pursue it. They have become political missionaries and you will find them in most East African Capitals, every time there is yet another 'Somali reconciliation Conference'.

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Democracy Requires Delegation And Decentralized Work

By Ibrahim Adam Ghalib, Borama

Globalization is one of the major factors affecting managers and management today. Executives are challenged by increasing number of competitors and consumer markets as part of internal and external environments. We live in a time of continuous technological change. Technology is radically changing the fundamental ways that institutions are structured and the way that mangers manage. Managers must adapt their practices to the changing expectations of the society they operate. Gone are the days that managers command in a centralized environment. The new dynamic environment means both reward and challenge for those managers in today’s institutions. Today they must listen before they offer solutions and exercise authority as the top brass.

Xaabsade Is Not Welcome In Somaliland

Dear devoted Somalilanders,

History is recorded in order to learn from it and avoid repetition of past mistakes. In the current upheaval of Puntland, I believe Somaliland has learned lessons from the past history and actions of Mr. Ahmed Abdi Xabsade when he suddenly left Somaliland and opted for its destruction.

After leaving Somaliland, Mr. Habsade became a founding member of anti Somaliland group that initiated the establishment of the current biggest enemy of Somaliland, the so called Puntland region.

Somalia: Where Is The Nation Of Poets?

By Mohamoud A. Gaildon

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices— William James

The expansion of the Internet presents Somalis, as it does the entire world, with a platform to exchange views at an unprecedented scale. At a time of prolonged and intractable crisis, this is a godsend of an opportunity to help us come together and heal the nation; for to heal the wounds of the civil war, understanding one another is a crucial first step. Unfortunately, though, despite countless articles posted on Somali Websites, we are not communicating.

By Mohamed Mukhtar, London

The Institute for Public Policy Research recently produced a report which looks at the impact 25 immigrant communities have on the UK economy. The 50-page report is mainly made up of observations using government figures and is less interested in the background to these figures. The Institute used different indicators such as education and employment to rank communities according to their contributions to the economy. USA citizens ranked consistently higher on most indicators. Americans are least likely to be unemployed or claim social benefit.

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By Dalmar Kaahin, Ottawa. Canada .

The infamous Berlin conference in 1884, when the European imperialists laid claim to virtually all of Africa, spurred an interesting discussion among the colonizers as to what to do with the Somalis; after all, among the Africans, Somalis stuck out like a sore thumb. The colonizers knew few facts about the Somalis. The Somalis numbered probably only two to three million people who were/are not only members of a homogenous society, but also they controlled a strategic region in Africa with enormous economic potentials.

By Ahmed Arwo

As we are in the last ten days of Ramadan which includes the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr), we have to reflect on their virtue and spiritual assets. There are many fictions and fabrications in relation to this night specifically and to the last ten days of Ramadan in general. There are stories about surprise encounters of saints and prophets in disguise, mostly as beggars in the most detesting and disgusting shape and clothing. There are others who celebrate the greatness of this night in worldly festive mood with music and dance, similar to the Christmas, and even distribute surprise gifts to children and poor families, in a manner near to that of Father Christmas.

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY
Part 1

By M. Amin

13 October 2007

Recently, Haatuf newspaper ran a series of articles written by one of its reporters, Mohammed Amin, on the plight of SNM veterans. The articles were originally written in Somali. The Somaliland Times is happy to publish excerpts from those articles after they were translated into English and slightly edited.

A/Rahman Isse Aw Ali, a disabled SNM veteran said:

“It was on the last days of 1990 in the western coast of Somaliland, when the enemy surrounded us, after a militia loyal to Djibouti that was on our side changed its mind and decided to join the enemy. We moved back and the anti aircraft as well as the machine guns were falling like rain. Suddenly, I was hit by a bullet on the back.

A Christian Orthodox monk leaves a rock-hewn church after priers in Lalibela, in this September 16, 2007 file photo. Ethiopia is the second oldest Christian country on earth and also possesses treasures from Muslim kingdoms, which the government hopes will help draw more travellers interested in faith. Legend has it that these churches were carved below ground at the end of 11th century and beginning of the 12th after God ordered King Lalibela to build churches the world had never seen -- and dispatched a team of angels to help him. Picture taken September 16, 2007. To match feature ETHIOPIA-TOURISM (Radu Sigheti/Files/Reuters)
A Christian Orthodox monk leaves a rock-hewn church after priers in Lalibela, in this September

By Katie Nguyen

LALIBELA, Ethiopia, 27 Sept 2007 - As a stranger draws near, priest Mesganaw Tarkgn whips on an embroidered cape and raises an ancient cross in a picture-perfect pose. He is used to the demands of visitors to one of Ethiopia's holiest sites.

Rather than a blessing, these days they want a snapshot of religious life in Lalibela's red rock-hewn churches, said by many locals to be the eighth wonder of the world.

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By Elie Smith

October 09, 2007 – I will like to begin by asking this question, is the United Nations a credible organization? The answer will be yes and no, depending on the part of the Globe and in a country, the part or section where you belong. In Africa, the people of Western Sahara will say No, the people of the English-speaking provinces of Cameroon will offer a negative response and it will be the same for the people of Cabinda and Somaliland. While in the Middle East, if you ask the Kurds, what they think about the UN, their answer will certainly be that, its serves the interest of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. But if you ask a Palestinian, he will say the UN serves only the interest of Israel. But they forget to notice that, it is because of their extremism that they have not yet reached their collective and ultimate goal: sovereignty.

By M A Shaikh

(Sunday, October 7, 2007)

"According to one Saudi daily, ash-Sharq al-Awsat, reporters covering the meeting – who had thought there would be long discussions and much haggling – were taken by surprise by the speed with which ‘national reconciliation’ was achieved and the pact signed."

The last thing a Muslim country like Somalia – which has been in the grip of turmoil and lawlessness for 16 years and is now under occupation by Ethiopian and US forces – needs is intervention in its turbulent affairs by Muslim governments, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, that are allies of the US and back its anti-Islamic programme in the Horn of Africa.


Florida Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning puts on diving gear to inspect a submerged shipwreck site off Pensacola, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. The shipwreck is believed to be a Spanish vessel that went down in a hurricane in 1559. Behind Browning is University of West Florida graduate student Siska Williams of Atlanta. (AP Photo/Garry Mitchell)
Florida Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning puts on diving gear to inspect a submerged

PENSACOLA, Fla. - In 1559, a hurricane plunged as many as seven Spanish sailing vessels to the bottom of Pensacola Bay, hampering explorer Don Tristan de Luna's attempt to colonize this section of the Florida Panhandle.

Almost 500 years later and 15 years after the first ship was found, another has been discovered, helping archaeologists unlock secrets to Florida's Spanish past. The colony at the site of present-day Pensacola was abandoned in 1561, and no trace of it has been found on land.

By J. Peter Pham

October 12, 2007 A little-known border conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia is rapidly escalating again and threatens not only the peace of the neighborhood, but also against the broader struggle against Islamist terrorism.

The two countries went to war in May 1998, after Isaias Aferworki sent his army to occupy the contested border town of Badme (population 1,500), a move that Ethiopia's Meles Zenawi understandably interpreted as an act of aggression to be resisted with force.

Addis Ababa, 4 October 2007 - Speaking to local & international journalists during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Meles said the bill in U.S. is unfair and unproductive. 

Meles asserted that the bill does not care about human rights and democracy saying other countries that have shortage of these values are not being pressured while his government is scrutinized. Referring to Congressman Donald Payne, who initiated the U.S. bill HR 2003, Meles said “if he was interested in human rights and democracy, he should have looked at Eritrea first.

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 - Despite its enormous wealth and highly advanced technology, the United States lags far behind other industrialised countries -- and even some developing ones -- in providing adequate health care to women during pregnancy and childbirth.

The U.S. ranks 41st in a new analysis of maternal mortality rates in 171 countries released by a group of U.N. public health experts on Friday. The survey shows that even a developing country like South Korea is ahead of the United States.

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Food for thought

October 4, 2007

With growing refugee and famine needs, the UN is having a difficult time raising additional money for food and other aid. The U.S. isn't being criticized, because this year, over 90 percent of the food, and other aid, that did show up, came from the United States. The problem is that few other nations want to commit scarce aid dollars to Somalia. The violence level and rapacious warlords make aid to Somalia seem wasteful, compared to other nations in need.


         

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