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Issue 326 / 19th April 2008
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Agriculture, Public Works And Interior Ministers Plotting Appropriation Of Haatuf Premises

Foreign Minister Dualle Faces Strong Criticism After Accusing Donors Of Interference

The Donor Statement That Angered The Somaliland Government

Meles Zenawi: An Impatient Ally

The Somaliland President trip Washington: "The Most successful one"

Somaliland Offers High Risk For Big Potential Gains

Is Somaliland A Tinderbox Waiting To Explode?

Suspicion as 40 sport utility trucks unload at Puntland port

Regional Affairs

Insecurity Choking Off Aid Work In Puntland Region: Donors

Man shot 'for Christian beliefs'

Djibouti Hunts For Abuse Suspects

Special Report

International News

France presses for war on piracy in the high seas

Peace group to end tribal feud

Eden Prairie Man Is Returned To U.S. To Stand Trial


The Inconvenient Truth About Immigration: Rageh Omaar Asks Was Enoch Powell Right?

A Hint Of Hope For A Broken Country

Dilemmas Of The Horn

The Misfortunes Of Somalia

Separatist Movements - Should Nations Have A Right To Self-Determination?

High food prices threaten stability in the Arab world

Food for thought


NSPU (Or ASSC-S): You Can Run But You Cannot Hide

Kosovo And Somaliland: The Impossible Equation-III

Silence Today, Is To Betray Somaliland

'I Was A Good Gestapo' Says Somaliland Minister

Somaliland Needs A Political Revolution

Is There A Similarity Between Dahir Riyale And Mugabe?

A boy plays on top of a bag of food supply

NAIROBI, April 18, 2008 — Worsening security in the Somali breakaway region of Puntland is choking off humanitarian efforts, donors and aid agencies warned Friday, nearly two weeks after two UN staffers escaped an ambush.

This has prompted agencies to temporarily reduce the number of international staff in the northeastern region, where the local population is still in need of help, they said in a statement released by the UN Development Programme.

Daud Hassan Ali
Mr Ali had moved to Kings Heath in Birmingham in 1990

Birmingham, UK, 15 April, 2008 - Daud Hassan Ali, 64, of Kings Heath, Birmingham, was found dead at the school his charity had built in Beledweyne on Monday.

Sheikh Abdulkadir speaking in Garowe

GAROWE, Somalia Apr 192008 - Muslim clerics in the northern Somali region of Puntland met on Saturday in the regional capital Garowe to discuss rising insecurity, the impacts of the drought and hyperinflation on the local economy.

The conference held at the Garowe local government headquarters was attended by more than 100 people, including Islamic preachers, traditional elders, the business community and intellectuals.

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Somaliland National Election Commission

Mogadishu, Somalia, 19 April 2008 - At least 27 people, including nine Ethiopian soldiers and seven insurgents, have been killed in fierce fighting in the Somali's capital of Mogadishu early Saturday.

"Ethiopian soldiers walking in numbers have spread into our neighborhood of Towfiq this morning, and that has sparked deadly clashes between them and the insurgents," resident Muna Abdi Ibrahim said from Mogadishu.

NAIROBI, April 18, 2008 — Worsening security in the Somali breakaway region of Puntland is choking off humanitarian efforts, donors and aid agencies warned Friday, nearly two weeks after two UN staffers escaped an ambush.

This has prompted agencies to temporarily reduce the number of international staff in the northeastern region, where the local population is still in need of help, they said in a statement released by the UN Development Programme.

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Garowe protests

GAROWE, Somalia Apr 19 (Garowe Online) - Somalis in the northern region of Puntland took to the streets Saturday for the second straight day of protests against hyperinflation and the worsening economic situation, Radio Garowe reported.

Hundreds of protestors including women and students walked up and down the main streets in Garowe, the capital of the northern region of Puntland.

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Durban, Apr 17, 2008 – A Chinese ship allegedly carrying armaments for the Zimbabwean army was cleared to dock in Durban yesterday afternoon, following a long wait for clearance outside the harbor.

The vessel An Yue Jiang, owned by the parastatal Chinese Ocean Shipping Company, was the subject of intense speculation as it spent the day marooned in the far reaches of Durban's outer anchorage. News reports suggested it had been denied permission to dock.

Asmara, Eritrea, 18 April 2008 - Eritrean president has accused the United States of encouraging the Ethiopian government to occupy a disputed portion of territory, adding that US policy in the region aiming to ensure its interests first.

In an interview broadcasted by Al-Jazeera satellite TV on Friday, President Isaias Afewerki charged the US with encouraging Addis Ababa to not implement the border demarcation as it mapped by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) in April 2002 and in accordance with Algiers peace deal.

22 April 2008 - Somalia risks plunging into its worst humanitarian catastrophe since the early 1990s as the twin threats of war and drought put millions of lives in danger, the United Nations warned on Tuesday.

Two and a half million people are in urgent need of assistance amid renewed heavy fighting in the capital Mogadishu and the worst drought for a decade, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

"If things do not improve within the coming weeks we will be confronted with the images of 1991-1992 when drought and civil strife claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Somalis," OCHA spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told journalists.

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MOGADISHU, Somalia - Islamic insurgents clashed with Ethiopian troops in Somalia's capital today in battles that killed 12 people and wounded 10 others.

Witnesses say jubilant supporters of the insurgents dragged the bodies of four dead Ethiopian soldiers through the streets Mogadishu.

Eight civilians were also killed in the fighting.

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South African ruling party leader Jacob Zuma disagreed with President Thabo Mbeki over Zimbabwe yesterday, saying anxiety was increasing by the day over the post-election deadlock there.

Zuma was making his toughest comments yet on the delay in releasing election results in Zimbabwe as members of the UN Security Council and the AU met in New York to debate the Southern African nation, Sudan and Somalia.

Mbeki, increasingly isolated in his “softly softly” approach to Zimbabwe and his insistence there is no crisis there, is chairing the meeting as the rotating Security Council president.

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The protest in Garowe, capital of the self-governing region of Puntland, started off peacefully with hundreds of people walking up and down the town's main roads.

But protestors burned tires and blocked roads with stones as the day progressed, forcing a few businesses to close their doors.

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Public Works minister Saeed Sulub
Interior minister Abdillahi Irro
Agriculture minister Adan Elmi

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 19, 2008 (SL Times) – The Somaliland ministers of Agriculture, Public Works and Interior are plotting the appropriation of the current premises of Haatuf Media Network which publishes the Somali language Haatuf newspaper and its two sister weeklies, The Somaliland Times and Al-Haatef Al-Arabi.

Public Works minister Saeed Sulub and Interior minister Abdillahi Irro were both criticized by Haatuf last week for making statements that incited people into hatred.

Foreign Affairs Abdillahi Mohamed Dualle

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 19, 2008 (SL Times) – Somaliland minister of Foreign Affairs Abdillahi Mohamed Dualle’s last Monday statement in which he accused a donor mission which concluded a visit to Somaliland only two days earlier of interfering in the internal affairs of Somaliland, attracted strong criticism from the public.

“I called their representative here to tell him that the donors mission has acted irresponsibly by encouraging discord among stakeholders” Minister Dualle said while addressing the Guurti, upper house of parliament, on Monday morning.

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EU delegation head, Mr Richard Hands speaking to reporters last Thursday at Hargeysa airport

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 19, 2008 (SL Times) – A Donor delegation representing the European Commission in addition to such countries as the UK, USA, Norway, Sweden and Denmark arrived in the Somaliland capital Hargeysa on Tuesday, April 8 as the country’s 3 major political parties were on the verge of reaching an agreement on a time line for conducting the voter-registration exercise as well as the elections (municipal and presidential).

A 3 partite agreement was signed up by UCID, KULMIYE and UDUB on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 in Hargeysa. The parties agreed to a time line set out by the NEC.

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We understand why the U.N. could not send a peacekeeping mission. But why not provide some funding to the African Union?

Meles Zenawi
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Addis Ababa, April 18, 2008 – Despite his poor human-rights record, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is Washington's most important African ally in the War on Terrorism. In 2006—after an alliance of Islamists that included the radical al-Shabaab militia took over neighboring Somalia's capital, Mogadishu—Ethiopia, with quiet U.S. backing, invaded, putting a U.N.-supported Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in power.

McLure: How does Ethiopia plan to withdraw from Somalia?

Zenawi: There are two issues. First is the threat that was posed by the Shabaab, who threatened to take control of Somalia and declared jihad against Ethiopia. That threat had to be neutralized, and we did that in the first weeks. From a purely Ethiopian perspective, we could have withdrawn. But we were told by the African Union and others that we shouldn't create a vacuum. We indicated we could wait until the AU could replace our troops. That has taken an inordinate amount of time.

By Abdulazez Al-Motairi

The visit of Somaliland President to London and Washington was successful and productive for three main reasons. First, the trip was the president´s maiden official visit to U.S. and dwelt upon many issues including immigration, security, and development of democracy in Somaliland.

Second, the president traveled with aid agencies and businessmen from Somaliland, who signed many projects with their US counterparts including USAID that handles many projects in Somaliland. Defiantly, this will attract US investment in the country including aid supplies and Washington administration will not mind of such projects in the stable and democratic Somaliland.

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By Jerry Okungu

As a Kenyan, I have no business meddling in Somaliland politics. However, as an African who lives in East Africa, with many great friends in that country, I feel obliged to comment on my neighbor’s affairs because the goings- on in that country affect the whole East African region directly. I need peace and security in my neighborhood.

I have a soft spot for Somaliland. I have been there many times in the last five years; mostly in meetings with main political parties, the civil society and media organizations to help strengthen democracy. I was happy with what I saw; an oasis of tranquility amidst the turmoil in the greater Somalia. Several late night shopping trips in downtown Hargeysa reassured me that I was definitely not in Mogadishu!

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Somali militia

BOSSASO, Somalia Apr 14 2008 - A ship from the United Arab Emirates has been docked at the northern Somali port of Bossaso where security forces unloaded at least 40 Toyota sport utility vehicles over the past two days, confidential sources tell Garowe Online.

Port employees who chose to remain anonymous said the trucks were unloaded "free of charge" by senior officials from the Puntland Intelligence Agency (PIS), the reportedly CIA-funded intelligence arm of the Puntland regional government.

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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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TFG president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and Louis Michel under watchful eyes

UNITED NATIONS, April 15, 2008 - "We have a very close relations with both the United States and France," the Somali Transitional Federal Government's Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Jama told the Press on Tuesday. "They are close and friendly states." Inner City Press had asked about the firing of missiles into Somalia by the U.S., whether the TFG is consulted before military action is undertaken. "They have contacted us," Ali Ahmed Jama replied. He was asked about the killing of civilians, both by the TFG and the Ethiopian troops who put the TFG in power in December 2006.

PARIS, April 18, 2008   – The Somali pirates who seized a French luxury yacht followed a strict "good conduct guide" that forbade sexual assault on women hostages, a judicial source said here Thursday.

French investigators found a copy of the guide on the Ponant when they boarded the vessel after its 30-strong crew were freed last Friday after a ransom reported to be around $2 million was paid, the source said.

Nairobi, April 18, 2008 – The UN Special envoy for Somalia Ahmedou Ould Abdallah Thursday welcomed a declaration by the leading opposition figures in Somalia to stop a military campaign against the interim government.

Somali's opposition leadership has said that the country's political problems ca nnot be solved militarily, raising hopes for a fresh round of peace talks to end a political impasse that has persisted since the interim authority relocated there.

General William Ward, AFRICOM Commander

April 19, 2008

By the start of 2007, reports about major upgrades to the Syrian military, including advances in missile technology, with Iranian help were widespread in Israel. [1] The impression of an imminent war existed across much of the Middle East. Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran were reported in Israel to be preparing for a war to spark in the Levant. [2]

International News

19 April 2008

France has called on the international community to step up the war on piracy after a French vessel was hijacked, and its crew that included six Filipinos, were hostaged by Somali pirates.

Rampant piracy in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia should mobilize the international community to a “determined fight” against this scourge, the French Embassy in Manila said.

Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim

Liverpool, UK, 19 April 2008 - A GROUP has been set up to ease tensions between feuding tribes among Liverpool Somalians.

The murder of 17-year-old Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim last month sent shockwaves through Toxteth, where most live.

Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota, April 18, 2008 – An Eden Prairie man who was indicted for health care fraud and money laundering last fall was apprehended last week in South Africa and deported back to the United States.

Mohammed Essa, 51, made his initial court appearance this week in Alexandria, Va., and will be returned to Minnesota for a trial.

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Somaliland Map
Map of Somaliland


With the country reeling from the serious crisis precipitated by the Upper House's (Guurti) decision to illegally extend the president's term, one would have thought that Somaliland's government would do all it could to calm things down. But such thinking proved to be unfounded. Instead of calming things down, the government fanned not only the flames of internal conflict, but picked a fight with the donor community for sticking with the three political parties and not endorsing the Guurtis decision.

There are several things that are noteworthy about Somaliland government's attack on the donors. First, it was led by none other than Somaliland's Foreign Minister, Abdillahi M. Duale, a man whose very position requires him to have a working relationship with the international community. Second, Abdillahi M. Duale did not just politely disagree with the donor community, but went to great length in vilifying the donor community, accusing them, among other things, of stirring "fitna" or dissension in Somaliland, and promising not to allow them to interfere in Somaliland's constitution.

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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 Dalmar Kaahin

For some "pro-unity" Somali groups-usually one-man organizations-spreading disinformation about Somaliland, disguising their true motives while waving their banner of Somali unity and operating under multiple identities may have had some remotely plausible successes. However, in the case of the NSPU or ASSC-S as its calls itself now, these tactics have been anything but successful.

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By Ahmed Ali Ibrahim Sabeyse

At any given time, people take sides on the vital political or social issues that affect their lives. The differences   in our opinions and the diversity of the views exchanged is the essence of the political discourse. If and when the dialogue turns into name calling, those who rake the muck will sure get a shovel full of the sod on their faces and this is where this Greek professor has taken the issue of Somaliland's legitimate claim to sovereignt.

By M. Elmi

While the people of Somaliland especially those who suffered under the dictatorship of Siad Barre have much respect for KULMIYE, today many are appalled with what is happening, others are silent with disappointment.

SNM are heroes to me they are men who fought for us at a time when many of us where too young to know what was happening.

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'I Was A Good Gestapo' Says Somaliland Minister

By Guled Ismail

When government Ministers in most of the world call press conferences they are usually trying to publicize a new policy; spin undesirable news or just deny an alleged fumble behind the desk with their secretaries.  

Not so in Somaliland. When Mr. Abdillahi Irro, Somaliland’s Minister of Internal Affairs invited the media to his office last week he had one purpose in mind: to insult back a man who insulted him earlier.  

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 Rhoda A. Rageh, USA

Nearly all African societies suffer from not only ineffective governments but Presidents who refuse to leave office who throw their countries into civil war and almost always destroy their societies. Somaliland stood out as a society that has deviated from the known path until now. Somaliland is not Zimbabwe and the two societies are profoundly different in their ethnic composition. However, recently Somali and Zimbabwe seem to have found convergent similarities.

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On the afternoon of April 20, 1968, when Conservative MP Enoch Powell was making the most provocative and notorious speech in the history of race relations in Britain, I was a nine-month-old baby living in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Speaking at the Midland Hotel in Birmingham, Powell predicted that the cost of the burgeoning immigration to Britain would be rivers of blood - communities torn apart by the tensions of conflicting cultures learning to live together.

The Islamist insurgency persists but al-Qaeda makes little headway

Nairobi, April 17, 2008 – A NEW government in Kenya has let east Africa turn its attention back to the region's original sick man. Ignored and disparaged, Somalia's internationally recognised transitional government has all but collapsed. As an Islamist insurgency continues, the government spends much of the scarce money it has on the personal protection of the president, Abdullahi Yusuf, the prime minister, Nur Adde Hussein, and the defence and intelligence chiefs. The parliament in the town of Baidoa, in the dusty interior, is empty; its members have drifted away.

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Washington wanted to keep Somalia from turning into another Afghanistan. Now it's an African Iraq.

By Scott Johnson

12 April 2008

The jihadist leads a double life. By day he's a government functionary in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Standing in the shade of a crumbling, Mussolini-era balcony, a phone headset clipped to his ear, he affects a casual, corporate air. But then he pulls his blue oxford shirt aside to reveal a fresh bullet scar. He spies on his co-workers, he admits, and feeds information about them to the Islamist rebels who are laying siege to Mogadishu.

Mogadishu residents dragging Ethiopian dead soldier through streets
Somalia has developed into a humanitarian catastrophe worse than that of Darfur and of Kenya, the UN says. Since the invasion of Ethiopian troops on Christmas day 2006, more than 600.000 Somalis have fled their homes, and the violence seems worse than during the last two decades.

Hargeysa, Somaliland, Asmara, Eritrea & Djibouti – Abdillahi Mohyadin has spent the night in one of the mosques of Hargeysa. He arrived the day before yesterday, and he is still exhausted, bewildered and starving after nine days of fleeing from the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu. He has no idea, how to get his next meal.

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Washington, April 15, 2008 – Unrepresented nations and peoples are gaining visibility and in a recent interview with the American journal Congressional Quarterly Global Researcher, UNPO General Secretary Mr. Marino Busdachin, gave his impressions of the challenges and hazards now facing such groups in their campaign for greater recognition in global   fora.  An excerpt, with access to the full article, is reproduced here.

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Edna Adan Ismail

Athens, April 18, 2008 – The keynote speaker for today’s African Health Summit was once the foreign minister to the United Nations, the first lady of Somalia and the first medically trained midwife and nurse in her country.

April 19, 2008

Arab states reeled under a massive farm import bill of more than $200 billion (Dh734bn) between 1990 and 2006 – and a recent surge in food prices could block sufficient supplies to the poor and threaten stability in the region.

Food for thought

London, April 12, 2008 – Over the years the Somaliland expatriate community has been instrumental in supporting initiatives on towards democratization, self-determination and recovery undertaken by the fledgling state for the past 17 years. In the past, this has manifested itself in a number of ways including;


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