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Issue 313 / 19th January 2008
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Mass Rallies in Somaliland Call for Granting International Recognition To Somaliland

Top US envoy for Africa meets Somaliland leader

Somaliland: UK Reiterates Cooperation

Success Without Studying

US State Dept. Daily Press Briefing

President meets US government Officials and Somaliland Community

Hassan Sheikh Muumin [1930-2008]


Ethiopia: White Nile to Ink Oil Exploration Deal

Terrorism and War: Parallels, Differences and Suffering

Regional Affairs

AU head wants extension for Somalia peace force

Kenya opposition says will stop protests

Special Report

International News

U.S., German leaders to recognize Kosovo

'Dog handler risked his life to save mine'

No help for Mr. Bullaleh's 999 Call


VOA interview with the Somaliland President

The nation that hangs together hangs together

Kenya: roots of crisis

Stop Illegal Hunting In Somaliland

Book review: Whose World Is It Anyway? The Fallacy of Islamophobia

Who else is responsible of the political and humanitarian: Crisis in Kenya other than Kibaki?

Food for thought



Is Faisal Roble Another Mouthpiece for a Somali Warlord?

The United States and Somaliland: Recognition and 'Recognition'

The Power of Positive Thinking

Studying In Uganda: “Live To Learn, You Will Learn How To Live” Part 2

The New Somaliland Press & Publications Bill 2007

Dear philosopher if we could bring you back

The Paradox of African Democracy: So How Things Got Mixed Up?

ADDIS ABABA, 18 Jan 2008 - The African Union (AU) Commission's chairman recommended on Friday a six-month extension for a peacekeeping force in Somalia and criticised member states for failing to honour pledges for troops.

A 1,800-strong African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has been carrying out peacekeeping duties in Mogadishu, where Islamist insurgents have been fighting the interim government.

NAIROBI, January 18, 2008 - Opposition street protests over the disputed re-election of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki will end after demonstrations planned for Friday, a spokesman said.

At least eight people have been shot dead by police during two days of demonstrations called by Raila Odinga, leader of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), who says President Mwai Kibaki stole his victory.

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Eritrean Govt. and ONLF representatives hold a meeting before demonstrations in London

London, 17 January 2008 - According to witnesses, proponents of the Eritrean government and supporters of secessionist armed groups in the horn of Africa held a demonstration in London.  

Horn of Africa for Peace and Stability Forum, reportedly established by Eritrean government representatives, brought together Diaspora financers of militant groups, most notably the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which has been most active since early 2007.

Puntland Vice President Hassan Dahir Afqura

GAROWE, Somalia Jan 14, 2008 - The vice president of Somalia's semiautonomous Puntland region faced violent protests after briefly visiting residents and soldiers encamped at Tukaraq, a frontier town in Sool region where Puntland troops have been organizing to retake the provincial capital Las Anod.

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ADDIS ABABA, 12 Jan. 2008 -. Ethiopia may build as many as nine hydropower plants over the next 10 years, making electricity rather than coffee the Horn of Africa nation’s biggest export.

"There is a deficit around our neighbors," Mekuria Lemma, head of the programme planning department at the state owned Ethiopian Electric Power Co., said on Thursday in an interview in the capital, Addis Ababa. "If we are successful in doing this, power will be our biggest export."

MOGADISHU, Jan 14, 2008- At least 12 people died and more than 25 were wounded in overnight clashes on the border between Somalia’s breakaway northern regions of Puntland and Somaliland, officials and witnesses said today.

One person also died in clashes between Somali forces and Islamist insurgents today in the volatile Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses said.

Hargeisa, 15 January 2008 - The republic of Somaliland breakaway called for its nation to hold crowd

public demonstration wants to prop up Somaliland to develop into independent state from the other parts of Somalia.

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Awdal News: Editorial

The people of Awdal have again demonstrated that the people’s will power is mightier than the power of the government and all international aid organizations put together. With a masterstroke by the industrious and visionary leadership of Borama Mayor Abdi Shide Bile, the Awdal people have realized that help will not fall from the sky; that waiting for assistance from the government and international donor bodies is like waiting to see the sun rise from the west; that throwing wishes in the air and daydreaming would not turn a stone let alone build roads.

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Nairobi, 15 Jan. 2008 -The U.N. special envoy for Somalia says the Somali transitional government and the opposition alliance are talking - and that he is hopeful the talks could lead to reconciliation in the war-torn nation.

In an interview Tuesday Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah tells VOA that there are almost daily telephone contacts between the government and opposition members.

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MOGADISHU, January 16, 2008 – Regional authorities in Somalia have detained a local journalist working for the British Broadcasting Corporation for allegedly reporting misleading information, a senior official said Wednesday.

BBC Somali service stringer Ayanle Hussein Abdi was arrested Tuesday as he headed home to Beledweyne, the capital of Hiraan region, the region's governor Yusuf Ahmed Hagar said.

"Ayanle was propagating (lies) about the security situation by covering information showing nobody has peace in the region. We will bring him to justice," Hagar said.

Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, January 16, 2008 - Mob justice against foreign nationals has reared its head again in the Eastern Cape. This time, at the holiday town of Jeffrey’s Bay where the local community turned on a group of about 60 Somalis after a Somali shopkeeper allegedly shot dead a youth suspected of theft.

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17 th January, 2008

Kenya until recently hailed for its democratic transition from autocratic rule under Daniel arap Moi failed to stay on the road to democratization when the recent presidential elections hastily concluded with massive election  irregularities. Violence erupted in many parts of the country when incumbent President Mwai Kibaki was announced winner by the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK). Kibaki’s closest competitor Raila Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) protested the results claiming massive rigging.

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18 January 2008

Amnesty International today condemned the reckless and excessive use of lethal force by the Kenyan police, as reports emerged of the killings of at least twelve people -- including a 13 year old boy – by police during protests called by the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

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Thursday's nationwide mass rally at independence park, Hargeysa

Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 19, 2008 (SL Times) – The biggest nationwide mass public rally for the independence and world recognition of Somaliland took place Thursday. It was jointly organized by the government and opposition parties and occurred simultaneously throughout Somaliland’s towns and regions.

Tens of thousands of Somalilanders, young and old, took to the streets in major towns and cities in order to show their support for Somaliland’s independence and call on the world to recognise their country as a sovereign state.

Somaliland : US Divided Over Existing Policy

President Rayale and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer

Washington DC, January 19, 2008 (SL Times) – While a recent meeting confirms internal policy divisions within Washington, it highlights Somaliland’s notable democratic credentials.

Below is an article published by Agence France-Presse:

The top US diplomat for Africa has met with the president of Somaliland, but the talks do not mean Washington is ready to recognize the Republic of Somaliland, US officials said Thursday [18 January 2008].

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UK minister for Africa Lord Malloch-Brown

London, UK, January 16, 2008 – Following President Kahin’s visit to Britain, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office have reiterated their support for the advances made by the Somaliland authorities.

Press release published by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office:

During his visit to the UK, the Leader of the Somaliland Authorities, His Excellency Dahir Rayale Kahin had talks with the Minister for Africa, Lord Malloch-Brown on the 8th January [2008]. They discussed the situation in Somalia and areas of mutual cooperation between the UK government and the Somaliland Authorities. He was accompanied by the Somaliland Foreign Minister, Abdillahi Mohamed Duale, and other Ministers.

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Young UT student from Somaliland accepted at Yale
Hamdi Ali holds her 4-year-old sister, Mushtaq. Hamdi, a 19-year-old UT junior originally from Somaliland, was recently accepted to Yale Medical School.
Hamdi Ali holds her 4-year-old sister, Mushtaq. Hamdi, a 19-year-old UT junior originally from Somaliland, was recently accepted to Yale Medical School.

Toledo , January 17, 2008 – All it took for Hamdi Ali, a biology pre-med student, to get accepted into the Yale School of Medicine is attend class and do her homework.

Sean McCormack, Spokesman

Washington, DC, January 17, 2008 - Question: Prior to this week, when was the last time that senior U.S. officials met with officials of Somaliland?

While the United States does not recognize Somaliland as an independent state, and we continue to believe that the question of Somaliland's independence should be resolved by the African Union, we continue regularly to engage with Somaliland as a regional administration and to support programs that encourage democratization and economic development in the Somaliland region.

The president and his delegation honoured for lunch by the Assistant Secretary of State, Ms Jendayi Frazer

Washington, 19 January 2008 - President Dahir Rayale Kahin received Somaliland community in the United States at his hotel where he briefed them on Somaliland’s achievements and the current condition of the eastern part of the country especially Sool and Sanaag. He also briefed them on Somaliland’s foreign policy and the quest for recognition.

Hassan Sheikh Muumin has died [16 January 2008], and for the Somali community in Norway , as well as all other Somalis, it is a great loss.

Hassan, like thousand of others, was a victim of the cruelty that has become Somalia. Like thousands of others he had to flee, to a country not his own, with an unfriendly climate and people who didn't know him. Old and sick, he had to start afresh, at first without his family, whom he never stopped thinking about, until one day they finally arrived.

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By Abdirahman Ahmed Ali

There is one item on the black markets of Bosasso Port that is vying with the traditional contrabands such as drugs and weapons: humans. People who are fleeing the poverty in the East Africa in search of better lives in Saudi Arabia through Yemen fall victims to human-trafficking cartels. Human trafficking in Bossaso, Somalia, is now one of the most lucrative professions there. This malpractice has received widespread condemnation from the international community.

The Somalis and Ethiopians who try to flee to Yemen via illegal boats are forced to disembark away from the coast and often fall prey to man-eater sharks. In last ten years, we can say that human trafficking is “Best Profession” in Puntland.

By John Otieno

18 Jan 2008

As post-election chaos escalate in Kenya , reports indicate that regional countries might be sucked into the violence that has claimed more than 600 lives and affected economies of landlocked states that depend on Kenyan sea ports. Oil prices have skyrocketed in Uganda , Rwanda , Burundi and eastern Congo which depend on the Mombasa port, a Kenyan facility, for oil and trade supplies.

SIRAG and Somaliland Overseas two organizations that campaign for the recognition, human rights and development of Somaliland are concerned about how the Somaliland’s government recently turned a blind eye to democracy and recognition by gagging Somaliland’s constitution, Freedom of Speech and Association, violations of International laws, human rights laws and sabotaging Somaliland’s human rights.

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Addis Ababa, 14 January 2008 - White Nile Ltd., a British company quoted by Alternative Investment Market (AIM), will be signing an oil exploration agreement with the Ethiopian government next Tuesday, January 15, 2008, officials at the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MoME) disclosed to Fortune.

White Nile's founder and Chairman, Philippe H. Edmonds, is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa, in order to sign the exploration agreement with Alemayehu Tegenu, minister of Mines and Energy, at the Sheraton Addis.

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By Ivan Simic

There have been numerous explanations and definitions of war through theories, such as: Historical, Psychological, Demographic, Marxist, Economical, and Rationalist, among others. In one word; war is any large scale or violent act which many times resolves in the destruction of one's territory, nation, and lives. War is learned and has evolved through history, these days war is conducted through military campaigns, which includes: armed conflict, intelligence, troop movement, propaganda, aircraft, bombs and missiles.

International News
15 January 2008

European diplomats said the United States and Germany have agreed to recognize Kosovo's independence and call on other countries to follow suit.

U.S. President George Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were reportedly in agreement that the European Union should coordinate the recognition of independence of Serbia's mainly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province immediately after a second round of Serbian presidential election Feb. 3, the International Herald Tribune said Friday.

Ahmed Huriye

Ahmed Huriye

Liden, UK, January 14, 2008 - A MAN attacked by a crazed knifeman has thanked police officers for putting their lives on the line to save him.

Ahmed Huriye feared for his life when a man ran at him with a 20cm knife in the kitchen of his own flat, in Briarswood Court, Liden, on January 3.

Southampton, UK, January 15, 2008 - A MAN made three calls to the emergency services after he was assaulted but when ambulance staff arrived he turned down their help, an inquest was told.

Shortly afterwards Ali Farah Bullaleh collapsed in Bevois Valley Road, Southampton, and was hit by a taxi causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

Somaliland Map
Map of Somaliland

Many commentators have attributed Puntland’s on-going collapse to rampant corruption and mismanagement. This is correct, but it does not tell the whole story. In our humble opinion, Puntland is collapsing because from its very inception, it was built on two unsustainable principles: greed and lies.


When Puntland was being established in 1998, it had two choices, with some people advocating that it should stick to the traditional clan borders of Majeerteenya, while others argued for a more expansionist entity which included incorporating the Harti inhabited areas of Sool and Sanag, supporting Gen. Morgan’s takeover of Kismayo, capturing Mogadishu and once that is achieved then whipping Somaliland into submission. The advocates of this latter vision won the very short debate and Puntland was declared on that basis. So, from the very beginning, Puntland’s orientation was directed towards outside conquest and not towards achieving internal development.
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Special Report

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.


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.

By Prof. Ahmed Al-Azhari

Somaliland passed the most important and difficult phase on the way to reaching its founding principles of peace, stability, democracy and nation building to get full recognition.

We have convinced and shown practically to the UN, AU, EU, IGAD, and other International Community that we are a nation and that we have taken our fate in our own hands and we have framed and established a state on which we can live and build an everlasting future for our beloved people.

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By Dalmar Kaahin

Undoubtedly, like everyone else, Mr. Faisal Roble, a frequent contributor to, is entitled to his opinion. And I’m in no way shape or form trying to silence him. However, just as he is entitled to express his views so as everyone else. With that in mind, Mr. Roble, who is known to write fairly balanced articles, now writes as if he is a mouthpiece for a Somali warlord.

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By Ahmed Kheyre


There recent statement from the United States State Department spokesman, Mr. Sean McCormack on Somaliland will be interpreted in different ways by different parties. 

Somalilanders and its supporters will see it as a strong indication that the issue of Somaliland is finally under discussion, whilst those opposed to the recognition will see this as a vindication of their position

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The Power of Positive Thinking

By Abdinour Obsiyeh

Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds.

Studying In Uganda: “Live To Learn, You Will Learn How To Live” Part 2

By Ayaanle Mohamed Omar


My aim of writing this article is to encourage the students who are willing to study in Uganda, both either under graduate and postgraduate, and also to give a brief background on the Ugandan leading universities especially the historical background; admission requirements, major faculties, schools, and institutes; students and accommodation among others. EDITORIAL 7/01/2008

The Somaliland Government has recently sent to the House of Representatives a new Bill on press and publications. The provisions of this bill (based almost entirely on the Yemen Law No: 25 of 1990 on the Press & Publications) run contrary to international norms relating to freedom of expression and the independence of the press and are not in line with the Somaliland constitution.

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By Abdale Farah Sigad:

My fellow Somalis I am saddened to hear the death of Hassan Sheikh Momin one of the most talented playwright in Somali history, and the exceptional Somali philosopher of twenty century. Indeed Hassan Sheikh Mumin was irreplaceable legend and will be missed among the Somali speaking nations. But while I am sending my condolence to his family I would also like to add small words of poetry since we are paying tribute to a man who dedicated his life to offer intellectually entertainment for his fellow Somalis.

By Mohamed A. Awale

In those uneventful old days, way back to the scenario of bipolar superpower rivalry, things were much predictable and less dramatic for an average African street-person regardless of cold peace or wartime situation. Changes and struggle for the power among the ever-determined and competing elites are particularly the cases in mind.

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President of the Republic of Somaliland, Mr Dahir Rayale Kahin paid a courtesy visit to VOA Washington headquarters and was interviewed by the VOA Somali section on 19 January 2008.

Q: Mr President, what positive outcome can we say came from your visit to the United States of America so far?

By Roger Migently

16 January 2008 - The glorious lynching of Saddam was not meant to be “unprofessional”, and “disgusting”. No, no!

According to Iraq’s National Security Adviser, the noted humanitarian, Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie: “This was supposed to be a uniting event between Shia and Sunni.”

What a wonderful opportunity this human sacrifice would have been for fellowship and reconciliation between the warring sects! How tragic that it was missed!

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By Gérard Prunier

The post-election violence in Kenya can be explained by reference to the evolution of its ethno-political mosaic since independence, says Gérard Prunier.

To many people in the world - and even to many Kenyans themselves itself - the violence which followed the elections in Kenya on 27 December 2007 has come as a surprise. Unfortunately, it shouldn't have.

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Somali Garanuug

Dear Mr. Minister,

We are writing to express our deep concern about the unfolding illegal hunting that is taking place in Somaliland. We believe the biggest threat to our precious natural resources after the habitat destruction is the organized poachers based in the Gulf States. We are afraid that many endangered species of the country may be lost unless immediate actions are taken by your Ministry.

Reviewed by: Bashir Goth

Given the deluge of writings prompted by the war on terrorism or the Clash of Civilizations as some may like to believe, I could have easily dismissed the above title as another cliché of one of the countless hordes of Muslim apologetics and Al-Qaeda sympathizers who see light in every crime committed by Muslim extremists and evil intention in every action that comes from the West.

By Ibrahim Adam Ghalib

We are watching the situation in Kenya very closely. The presidential election here in Somaliland is at our door step. Senior cabinet minister was in Kenya during the election rigging and there is every suspicion that the present administration want to learn many lessons from these elections.

Food for thought

15 January 2008

Senior Pentagon officials, evidently reflecting a broader administration policy decision, used an off-the-record Pentagon briefing to turn the Jan. 6 U.S.-Iranian incident in the Strait of Hormuz into a sensational story demonstrating Iran’s military aggressiveness, a reconstruction of the events following the incident shows.


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