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Issue 325 / 12th April 2008
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Index
Headlines

Riyale No Longer President After 15 May

Inflammatory Remarks By Public Works Minister May Alienate Significant Portion Of Voters

NEC Deputy Chairman Says ‘Government Meddling In Commission Affairs’

Range Resources Misleading Information To Its Shareholders

Somaliland Local Government Re-organisation through Presidential Decrees in an Election Year

Somaliland Keen To Host US Base, Hopeful On Oil

Somaliland: Transitional Government Is A ‘Mirage’

HOW CAN ODM ALLOW PNU, A PARTY THAT LOST ELECTIONS, DRAG IT IN THE MUD?

Confusion surrounds French anti-piracy operation off Somalia coast

Wearisome Time for the Emerging Nation of Somaliland

US General Says No Plans for Africa Command HQ in Africa

Regional Affairs

TGS-NOPEC completion of aeromagnetic data & 2D seismic survey of offshore Somaliland

French Troops Seize Somali Pirates After Hostages Are Freed

Djibouti Hunts For Abuse Suspects

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Brown urges Africa to help Zimbabwe

Blatter Gives Corrupt Official Clemency

Al Fayed drops Diana conspiracy

Unprecedented coalition unites against the far Right

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Movie Of Somali Mother’s Struggle Comes To Minneapolis

Ethiopia: Djibouti Port Congested

US Shamed By Mandela Terror Link

Government & Organized Crime, A History of Co-existence

Arusha court has shown you can be in power today and in the dock tomorrow

The U.S. Military's Assassination Problem

Greed, Guns And Paranoia

Intimate Glimpses Into Somali Culture

Food for thought

Opinions

As Election Approaches, Demonization Of KULMIYE Party Gains Momentum

Somaliland Tranquility Put At Risk By Own President

How Distant is SLNEC from UDUB

ONLF 101

Somaliland Needs A Political Revolution

Somalia: Revisits the Purpose of War


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Republic of Somaliland
Ministry of water and Mineral Resources
Date: 10/04/08

Press Release

The Somaliland Ministry of Water and Mineral Resources, lead by the minister H.E. Qasim Sh. Yussuf Ibrahim is pleased to announce that TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (“TGS”) recently completed an on-shore program of 34,600 kilometers of aeromagnetic data and a 2D seismic survey of offshore Somaliland, consisting of 5,100 KM of modern seismic data. Both data programs are currently being processed for an international bid round planned for late 2008. In March 2007. TGS acquired 1000 KM of offshore seismic as well.


Le Ponant, in the Gulf of Aden on April 4

Garowe, Somalia, April 11, 2008 – Helicopter-borne French troops swooped on Somali pirates Friday after they released 30 hostages from a yacht, capturing 6 of the pirates and recovering sacks of money - apparently ransom paid by the yacht's owners to win the crew's release.

Witnesses said the helicopters fired rockets at the pirates. But French officials, while confirming that troops had fired on a vehicle with pirates on board, said they had not shot at people, had not fired any missiles and had not killed anyone.


Djibouti, April 07, 2008 – A court in Djibouti has issued international arrest warrants for five French nationals suspected of sexually abusing children in their care.

The accused include two school teachers, a priest and two senior advisors to former Djibouti president Hassan Gouled Aptidon, a judge said.

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Somaliland National Election Commission

Hargeysa, Somaliland, 13 April 2008 - The Somaliland National Elections Commission (NEC) issued a press release, Saturday April 12th, 2008, which states that "The National Elections Commission will adhere to the recent agreement reached with all three Somaliland political parties, KULMIYE, UCID and UDUB concerning the new timetable for the completion of Voter Registration and the subsequent elections for Presidential and municipal offices".


LONDON, Apr. 11 2008 - The Somaliland government plans to launch an open bidding round later this year following preparation of 2D offshore seismic and onshore aeromagnetic data, according to TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co.

The company, which collected the data, said that the area is "geologically analogous to Yemen where several oil fields have been discovered to date."

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Djibouti, 13 April 2008 - Djibouti has arrested and repatriated nearly 7,000 immigrants this year, mostly Somalis and Ethiopians, in a crackdown on illegal migration to the Red Sea state, police said on Friday

Thousands of people in the impoverished Horn of Africa risk death every year trying to cross the shark-invested Red Sea in rickety boats from Djibouti to Yemen, seen as a gateway to wealthier parts of the Middle East and Europe.

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An undated picture shows Yemeni coast guards checking a small boat with refugees arriving from Somalia

SANAA, Yemen, 13 April 2008 - Twenty-two migrants drowned off the coast of Yemen while trying to cross from Somalia to the Arabian peninsula state, a Yemeni official said on Sunday.

The crew of the ship carrying around 120 migrants forced them to jump into the sea off Yemen's coastline to swim to land, an official in the southern province of Abyan told AFP.


Mogadishu, Somalia, 8 April 2008 - Witnesses in Somalia's capital Mogadishu say several soldiers and civilians were killed Saturday in multiple clashes between Islamist insurgents and government troops.

There were no reports of Islamist fighters dying in the gunbattles.

Details of the fighting, as well as casualty figures, could not be independently confirmed because of ongoing violence in the region.


BOSSASO, Somalia Apr 12, 2008 - A ship loaded with special papers used to mint currency has docked at the port of Bossaso in northern Somalia, Garowe Online can report.

The ship's contents were unloaded last Thursday under heavy guard. Sources in Bossaso said the ship had been docked at the port for some time, but was allowed to unload only recently.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 11, 2008 - In a meeting held in Hargeysa, the Somaliland Council of Elders (Guurti) extended Somaliland president’s tenure to remain in power one more year.

65 members were present at the meeting. 3 members voted in favor of the extension, 3 members voted against, the chair of the meeting abstained. Security in and around the offices of the Guurti was beefed up.

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Prof. Ali Mohamed Gedi, former Somali Prime Minister

NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 12 2008 - The president of Somalia' s Puntland State government met privately with former Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi on Friday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Gen. Mohamud "Adde" Muse, the president of Puntland, flew from neighboring Ethiopia where he held extensive talks with government officials there regarding security and economic relations.

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The last time Somalia had a functioning government was in 1991 [AP]

Unloading cargo at El Ma'an

Mogadishu, Somalia, 8 April 2008 - At first glance, a visitor arriving at the airport in Mogadishu may get the impression that life in the capital is not as dire as the latest humanitarian reports suggest.

The four kilometer-long road from the airport to the first main junction is clogged with people, cars, and trucks. Roadside vendors display stacks of fresh fruit and vegetables in front of well-stocked stores.

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Headlines
President Dahir Riyale Kahin

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 12, 2008 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s two main opposition political parties have reiterated that they will not recognize Dahir Riyale Kahin as the country’s president after his official term in office expires on May 15, 2008.

President Riyale was elected on April 14, 2003 for a term of 5 years with effect from the day of his inauguration on May 16, 2003.


“The SNM itself had blood on its hands as it killed [innocent] people”
Minister of Public Works, Saeed Sulub

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 12, 2008 (SL Times) – Inflammatory remarks made on Wednesday by Somaliland’s minister of Public Works against former SNM freedom fighters have drawn fire from leaders of the opposition and the veterans community and may well alienate a significant portion of the electorate from supporting incumbent president Dahir Riyale during next elections.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 12, 2008 (SL Times) – The deputy-chairman of the National Election Commission (NEC), Mr Hersi Ali Hassan, warned the government of President Dahir Riyale Kahin to ‘stop meddling in the commission’s affairs’ in a press conference held last Saturday at NEC headquarters in Hargeysa.

Mr Hassan told reporters that ‘if the government continues to meddle in the election commission’s affairs that he would be left with no other alternative but to resign from the commission altogether'.

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Image: Range Resources logo

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 12, 2008 (SL Times) – Range Resources Misleading Information to its shareholders includes a false claim that the company can actually operate in Somaliland’s eastern Sanag region and both Einabo and Buhodle districts as shown in the Range map. Range’s deception of its shareholders is not only confined to printing imaginary maps.


By Ibrahim Hashi Jama
www.somalilandlaw.com

07/04/2008

Breaking all records

The term “gerrymandering” in American politics was coined after a US State Governor, Elbridge Gerry, created a strangely shaped electoral district in Massachusetts in 1812 with a view to influencing elections. Whilst President Rayale’s 16 decrees issued on 23 March 2008 expressly state that the new 6 regions and the 16 new districts (in addition to the current 6 regions and 41 districts) created in these decrees will not automatically become electoral districts/regions for the forthcoming local district elections, no one can be fooled into believing that the decrees will not have any effect on the forthcoming local elections and the following national presidential elections.

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Dahir Rayale Kahin, president of Somaliland, the former British protectorate

HARGEYSA, Somaliland, Apr 9, 2008 – The ruler of the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland said on Wednesday he wanted the United States to put a military base there and had high hopes for finding oil.

Dahir Rayale Kahin, president of the former British protectorate that broke away from war-torn Somalia in 1991, told Reuters he would seek a second -- and last -- term in presidential elections scheduled sometime after October.

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Washington, April 09, 2008 – The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Somalia is practically non-existent, as it is unstable and has failed to stem the violence washing over Somalia, a Somaliland official said.

Dr. Saad Noor, representative of Somaliland to the United States, said the TFG was the “darling of the international community,” which calls it a government for the lack of anything else resembling that name.

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Right now, Kenyans are angry with Raila who has refused to read the writing on the wall

By Jerry Okungu
Atlanta , Georgia

Some things are difficult to understand. May be I am just a dumb person.

On December 27, 2007, Kenyans went to the polls and elected a government of their choice. There were three main parties in the contest. Of the three parties, ODM of Raila Odinga came tops by winning six of the eight provinces and an outright majority seats in Parliament. Kibaki’s PNU came a distant second with just two provinces and 43 seats.

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Commentary

By Abdulaziz Al-Mutairi

“Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis, the immorality of ignorant pen”

Africa needs to learn from Somaliland. Free, peace-loving, liberal minded and democratic – these traits were of the denizens of the country were acquired without the assistance of Crisis Defusers and Democracy Mentors.

Somaliland possesses the most advanced democratic system in the modern history of Africa, which is dominated by dictators, kings and Sheikhs. Somaliland built up complete democracy in less then two decades without any international support. This is momentous achievement and should be recorded in annals of the history.

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April 09, 2008

Range Resources Limited, the oil and gas explorer with assets in Puntland, Somalia, have been made aware of a recent misleading and defamatory "news" posting on the website called Garoweonline, under the heading "Somaliland Minerals Minister Accused of Receiving Kick Backs". This article was attributed to the Somaliland Times. Puntland and neighbouring Somaliland are currently in a dispute over an area of land relating to short - term colonial borders as opposed to historic tribal areas.


GALKAYO, Somalia Apr 12 2008 - A military operation off of the Horn of Africa coastline to rescue 30 hostages kidnapped by Somali pirates last week ended after all the hostages were released safely.

However, conflicting reports are emerging from the daytime military operation.

Some reports published by international media cited sources stating that the pirates were paid a $2 million ransom payment to release the 30 crew members aboard the hijacked French yacht.


(Part 2)

 By Abdirahim Ali Harbi

Introduction

In the previous segment entitled “Wearisome Time for the Emerging Nation of Somaliland” I have illustrated some of the challenges that could be presented by the lack of recognition for Somaliland and how it may affect a region of Africa already afflicted with major problems and could add to the overall global insecurity. This other segment will address issues that concern the economy of Somaliland.

General William Ward, AFRICOM Commander
General William Ward, AFRICOM Commander

, Kenya, 11 April 2008 - Speaking to VOA from the Ugandan capital Kampala, General Ward said the new command, known as AFRICOM, is not seeking to establish a major operational base in Africa any time soon. "That is something that may develop over time. But there has been no overtures made. We have not asked any nation," he said.

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International News
Gordon Brown has demanded Zimbabwe's election results are published
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

London, 13 April 2008 - African leaders were urged by Britain to help find a solution to the Zimbabwe election controversy, as Gordon Brown dubbed the situation "appalling".

The Prime Minister warned President Robert Mugabe that the world's patience was "running thin" with his failure to release the results of the poll after almost two weeks.


Blatter: King of the dark arts?
Blatter: King of the dark arts?

Geneva, April 8, 2008 – FIFA's rotund president Sepp Blatter has lifted a ban on firebrand Somali official Farah Addo by executive decree.

Addo was fined and suspended by football's governing body in 2003 after claims of bribery and corruption were leveled against him.


Mohamed Al Fayed arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London for the beginning of the full inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.  EPA/ANDY RAIN
Mohamed Al Fayed arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London for the beginning of the full inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. EPA/ANDY RAIN

London, Apr 9, 2008 - Mohamed Al Fayed has vowed to give up trying to prove Britain's Princess Diana and his son Dodi Fayed were murdered.

The Harrods boss - who has always maintained the couple were killed by the British establishment because they were about to announce their engagement - says he will accept the inquest's verdict of unlawful killing due to the negligence of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi for the sake of Diana's sons Princes William and Harry.


Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone

London, 8 April 2008 - Operation Black Vote (OBV) today joined forces with leading faith groups including The Muslim Council of Britain, Board of Deputies of British Jews, leading Church Groups and rising Rap sensation Bashy to unite against the threat from far Right political groups.

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Somaliland Map
Map of Somaliland


Editorial

On March 31st the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of Somaliland’s Upper House (Guurti) introduced a bill banning the UN Secretary General’s Representative to Somalia and Somaliland, Ahmedou Abdallah, from entering Somaliland because he had described the security situation in Somaliland as better than the south but still fragile. On April 10th, the same Upper House or Guurti invoked article 83 (5) of Somaliland’s constitution which says that the president’s term can be extended if elections cannot take place at the appointed time due to instability. Since the situation was the same throughout the country on March 31st and April 10th, and since the Upper House’s position regarding the level of stability of Somaliland on March 31st contradicted its position on April 10th, then it is only reasonable to conclude that the Guurti were not telling the truth on one of these occasions. It does not take a rocket scientist either to figure out on which of the two occasions the Gurti were lying and why: they lied when they said the security situation in Somaliland is unstable, and they did it in order to use it as an excuse to extend the president’s term.

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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 Dalmar Kaahin

In this world where deception, disinformation, dirty politics and character assassinations are all part of the strategy to win an election, Somaliland government’s witch-hunt against the opposition party KULMIYE takes yet another diabolical approach—unheard and unprecedented before.

Conveniently, as the election approaches explosions go off in Somaliland capital, Hargeysa. And surprisingly, before investigating who the real culprits are the government as well as the pro-government Media point fingers at KULMIYE party. How convenient and how fiendish?

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By Daha Farah

Day after day, the ignorance and lack of vision of the president and his cronies is becoming clearer to the Somaliland people. The latest desperate temptation to gain popularity by announcing new Regions and districts is clearly the beginning of the demise of a government lacking leadership and direction. Whether they mean it or not, they are treating the citizens like children.


By Ahmednagashi

The Somaliland National Electoral Commission has eliminated long-standing suspicion and rumors by setting a date for the presidential and municipal elections. It proved wrong those who were insisting that the government was pushing the house of elders to extend its tenure by at least two more years.

This bold decision is commendable and boosts its credibility at a time when it faces criticism from both the opposition and the ruling party. However, the fact that a powerful minister had already announced the same date just before SLNEC made its decision public jeopardizes its impartiality and raises questions about the extent of UDUB’s influence on the commission.

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ONLF 101
By Hibaq D.

Abdishakur Garad confronted by reality

I was browsing the web when I came across an article titled “ONLF and its supporters confronted by reality”. Mr. Garad, allow me to be the first person to congratulate you on your article; I was not only amazed but I was totally and completely awed by your work. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to embarrass yourself on behalf of my amusement. I had a hectic day, and your article turned that around; I can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard.

By Ja’far Abdulqadir

Somaliland needs nothing less than a “political revolution” that will revitalize Somaliland democracy and move the country toward social justice.

“At a time when more and more Somalilanders are giving up on the political process, and when the Businessmen have unprecedented wealth and power it is imperative that we launch a grass-roots revolution to enable ordinary Somalilanders to regain control of their country.

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By Awale Kullane

Unlike numerous Somalis, I am very optimistic of the Somali political future, although I think that, there is a mammoth challenge ahead for the current Prime Minister Nur (Ade) Hussein Hassan and the Somali people.

A great number of ready-made solutions, prepared by some Somali political pundits and professors had been debunked under the stress of political reality, predictions such as an all out war in the region, with snowball effect, have failed to play out, and overrated leaders of the opposition proofed to be politically blind of the international and national politics.

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY
Hijacked

Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 09, 2008 – A movie highlighting the struggles a Somali mother to provide for her two teenage daughters and a husband stuck in East Africa is coming to the Minneapolis/St.Paul International Film Festival beginning this month.

Directed by Helene Klodawsky and produced by Ina Fichman of Instinct Films and Ravida Din of the National Film Board of Canada, Family Motel employs an unusual improvisational approach to cinematic storytelling.

The Port of Djibouti

Addis Ababa , Ethiopia, April 8, 2008 – The Port of Djibouti is congested. This is the short and clear message its officials conveyed to members of the Ethiopian business community last week, following the two day visit by the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port, Jerome Martins Oliveira, and the Commercial Director, Aboubaker Omar Hadi.

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Nelson Mandela
Mr. Mandela will celebrate his 90th birthday later this year

Washington, April 10, 2008 – US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has asked for "embarrassing" travel restrictions on Nelson Mandela and South African leaders to be lifted.

A bill has been introduced in the US Congress to remove from databases any reference to South Africa's governing party and its leaders as terrorists.

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By Ivan Simic,

A government is the organization which is the governing authority of a political unit, also the ruling power in a political society, and the apparatus through which a governing body functions and exercises authority. Government have the authority to make laws, to arbitrate disputes, to issue administrative decisions, and a monopoly in authorizing force.

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Let live tribunal to warn dictators

By Okech Kendo

ON the eve of the dusk of its mandate, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has potent lessons for African leaders who would drive their countries down the genocide path.

Software like "Bugsplat" is supposed to keep decapitation attacks precise. So why do we keep blowing up Iraqi wedding parties?"

By David Case  

In 2004, when an American missile fired from a Predator drone killed Taliban leader Nek Mohammed, an observer told a journalist that the bombing was so exact it "didn't damage any of the buildings around the lawn where Mohammed was seated." It was an endorsement, if ever there was one, of the Bush administration's post-9/11 efforts at assassinations using what are known as decapitation attacks.

April 11, 2008: Over a hundred Islamic militants are driving around southern Somalia, raiding towns for loot and headlines. Most towns and villages have a smaller force of troops or police on duty, so the Islamic raiders can roll in, take control for a few hours, then flee before they are outnumbered by local gunmen rushing to the scene. This band of Islamic warriors keeps everyone on their toes, and provides foreign journalists with a steady supply of stories.


SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2008 – Like many Somali immigrants in San Diego, Fadumo Issa has had to overcome struggles before coming to America and after arriving here.

Fadumo's family fled from war-torn Somalia to Ethiopia when she was little and then migrated to Egypt before eventually settling in San Diego almost four years ago. At first, she had no clue how to even write the letters of the English alphabet.


Food for thought

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, 13 April 2008 — The strident smear campaign against Islam and Muslims following 9/11 in the US encouraged many American men and women to study and embrace Islam, Yusuf Estes, a leading Islamic scholar and preacher from Texas, said on Friday night.


         

Somaliland Times Newspaper: Publisher Haatuf Media Network, Published in Hargeysa, Somaliland

          

Editor in Chief: Yusuf Abdi Gabobe. Assoc-Editor: Rashid Mustafa X Noor

Assist-Editor: Abdifatah M Aideed


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