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Bin Laden’s Djibouti-Yemen Bridge

Issue 319
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Index
Headlines

Police Foil Large-Scale Somaliland & Ethiopian Counterfeit Currency Operation

UN Envoy Visits Somaliland

Somaliland and Ethiopia military cooperation

Somaliland doctors perform surgery on two women from Mogadishu

Kenyan Leaders Sign Power-Sharing Agreement As Children Hope For Peace

The U.S. And Somaliland: A Road Map

Welcome to Kosova, the Next Failed State?

Will Divisions Undermine Somali Rebellion?

US to cut food aid due to soaring costs: report

Barack's Turban Trouble

An Ethiopian General Humiliates The Somali President

Eritrea: African Peace Broker or Conflict Agitator?

Kenya's Odinga Trusts Deal Will Succeed

Regional Affairs

Eleven killed in fresh Mogadishu fighting: witnesses

Somali Soldier Kills Minister's Brother In Capital

$1.84m Plan To Educate Djibouti Children

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Europe should explain Wilders to world

Saleh and Merkel assess regional discord

Media says Norwegian court releases 2, detains 1 terror suspect

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Somaliland Expatriates Return Home To Help Native Land Develop

SOMALIA: It's Not Impossible To Talk About Sex

Plunder Me Gently, Or Else

Africa: Kosovo Revives Hopes For Secession

Why I left Hizb ut-Tahrir

Black Americans See Obama Rise In Context Of History

Scholarship Winners Kept Going When Life Was An Uphill Battle

Food for thought

Opinions

Hargeisa University: Lurching from Crisis to Crisis

No 8: is a luckier number???

Thank you letter to Prof Frans and Mr Martin of University of Pretoria

The Anti- and Pro-Hardliner Arguments of Somaliland Separation Issues

Hypothesizing An Interviewing With Zenawi

Somaliland Should Now Be Recognized After Kosovo

UDUB Needs To Learn From Sillanyo


EDITORIAL

This week new reports have surfaced that the government of Djibouti and Tareq Bin Laden held more talks about building a bridge linking Djibouti and Yemen. The BBC wrote (Feb.22, 2008): “The proposed bridge would carry a six-lane motorway and a railway… New cities would be built at either end of the bridge.”

The people behind this project are focusing on potential economic benefits for Yemen, Djibouti, and the region. Given the endemic poverty in the region, this is a strong argument. But there are a lot of concerns that should be addressed before undertaking such a project. Foremost among these concerns is that of security. For example, it is a fact that right now Yemen, Osama Bin Laden’s ancestral home, has much bigger terrorist presence than the Horn of Africa. Therefore it is reasonable to assume that linking the Horn of Africa and Yemen would increase terrorist activities, or at least terrorist influence, in the Horn of Africa.

Although the American government has not made any public comments on the issue, the Jamestown Foundation has pointed out the danger that building a bridge between Djibouti and Yemen would pose to the American military that is based in Djibouti. http://www.jamestown.org/terrorism/news/article.php?articleid=2373710

Oddly enough, none of the governments of the Horn of Africa (other than Djibouti which is pushing this project in a very devious way) have said anything about the proposed bridge in public.

No doubt, building one of the longest bridges in the world with an estimated cost of $70 bn, is an ambitious project. But ambition has to answer the many questions raised by reality.

Source: Somaliland Times


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