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Issue 199 / 12th November 2005
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Index

Headlines

‎"If The International Community Recognizes ‎Somaliland We Will Have Nothing Against That.."‎

Ethiopia Bound Cargo Arrives At Berbera Port

EU Reiterates Its Commitment To‎ Supporting Development Initiative In Somaliland

Bristol's Research Into Effect Of Legal Drug

Security Council Warns Somalia's Factions Against War

Human Rights Envoy Condemns Assassination Attempt ‎On Somali Prime Minister

Islam United To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Warlords Spurn Somali Premier Meetings

Local & Regional Affairs

Dead Birds Reported At Somaliland Coast‎

Energy & Electricity: Somaliland

UN Warns Against Increased Number Of ‎Islamists In Somalia

'Pirates Attack More Ships Off Somalia‎

Attack On Somali Prime Minister Condemned

Rebels Shoot Dead British Aid Worker In Sudan

German Navy Watchful Eye On Somalia Pirates

International News

Washington's Long War And Its Strategy In ‎The Horn Of Africa

The Truth About the Somali Pirate Attacks‎

Somali Family Find Renewed Hope

Anti-Terrorist Measures Which Do Not Respect Human ‎Rights Can Only Fail, Says Council Of Europe

The IMB Alert Warns Somalia

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Van Zandt: Pirate Attack - This Is Not A Drill

The Isaq Somali Diaspora And‎ Poll-Tax Agitation In Kenya, 1936-41‎

Former Supermodel Iman Takes A ‎Multicultural Approach

People

 

Editorial & Opinions

Mistakes That Made Peace Un-Attainable In ‎Somalia

A Letter To The President

Somaliland's Unruly And Disruptive Ministers

The President Is Culpable In The Eventuality Of The EC’s Office Closure In Hargeisa

The Deportation Of The EU Representative

Minister Of Monkey Business!


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Dead Birds Reported At Somaliland Coast‎

Borama, Somaliland, November 8, 2005 (ANN) – Official sources in the Awdal region of Somaliland said that ‎dead birds had been seen in the coast of Loyaddo, Zeila district, neighboring Djibouti. Authorities fear that ‎these may be the first cases of bird flu in Africa, although there are still no clinical evidences to support this. ‎
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Energy & Electricity: Somaliland‎

November 9, 2005 (Business Africa) – A production-sharing agreement covering four oil concessions in Somaliland has recently been finalized by South African company Ophir, according to a report published in Africa Energy Intelligence. Ophir was established in 2004 by the former management of Fusion Oil & Gas.

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UN Warns Against Increased Number Of ‎Islamists In Somalia‏‎

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 9 (KUNA) -- UN Special Representative for Somalia ‎‏Francois Lonseny Fall on ‎Wednesday warned that the increased number of ‎‏Islamist groups in Somalia constitutes a "threat" to the ‎country and the ‎‏region.‎‏‎‎

Fall told a press conference that he warned the Security Council during a ‎‏briefing on the situation in the ‎country earlier in the day against "the risk ‎‏of extremist groups who are growing not only in Mogadishu but also ‎in the rest ‎‏of the territory....This is a reality not only for Somalia but also for all ‎‏the region".‎‏‎ ‎

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Pirates Attack More Ships Off Somalia‎

NAIROBI, Nov. 11, 2005 (Reuters) - Somali pirates attacked five ships in the past week in a sharp rise of ‎banditry apparently directed from a mysterious "mother ship" prowling the busy Indian Ocean corridor, ‎shipping experts said on Friday. ‎

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Attack On Somali Prime Minister Condemned

Nairobi - November 7, 2005 (UNPOS) – The United Nations Political Office for Somalia has condemned the ‎assassination attempt against Somali Prime Minister, Ali Mohammed Gedi on Sunday (6 November) in ‎Mogadishu.‎

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Rebels Shoot Dead British Aid Worker In Sudan

A British aid worker dedicated to helping the victims of some of Africa’s most brutal conflicts died in a hail of ‎bullets when the vehicle in which he and his wife were traveling was ambushed in southern Sudan at the ‎weekend.‎

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German Navy Watchful Eye On Somalia Pirates

Djibouti November 9, 2005 (HAN) – Over a decade, the United States has considered the Horn of Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, and Sudan a major source of terrorism. Following the 9-11 attacks against the United States , the Horn has come under increased scrutiny as a strategic focal point in the war against terrorism. The German Navy task force off the Horn of Africa is keeping a watchful eye on a German cruise vessel in the area, the MV Deutschland, after pirates attacked a U.S. ship off Somalia , a shipping company said Wednesday.

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Headlines
Somalia Premier Gedi

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 12, 2005 (SL Times) Somalia's premier Ali Mohamed Geedi in an ‎interview with the Somali programme of the BBC broadcast Friday (11/11/2005) said that although his ‎government will not be the first one to recognize Somaliland, however it will raise no objections to ‎Somaliland being recognized by the rest of the international community.‎

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Ethiopia Bound Cargo Arrives At Berbera Port

Berbera, Somaliland, November 12, 2005 (SL Times) – A ship carrying a cargo of 55 containers bound ‎for Ethiopia docked at Berbera port on Wednesday. The cargo which has been imported by the Ethiopian ‎Electric Power Corporation under a trade agreement signed between Somaliland and Ethiopia on last ‎May, will be transported by Somaliland and Ethiopian vehicles to various destinations inside Ethiopia ‎including Dire-Dawa, Addis Ababa, Mekele, Gojam and Kompuja.‎
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"We Are Satisfied That They Are Doing A Good Job, In Line With Their Terms Of ‎Reference”.
European Commission Delegation in Kenya – Somalia Operations‎

Nairobi, Kenya, November 12, 2005 (SL Times) – EC reiterates Its Commitment to Supporting Development ‎initiative in Somaliland‎. Recent public allegations concerning the performance of the European Commission’s office in Hargeisa ‎regrettably rest on a misconception regarding the office’s role, which is confined monitoring ongoing ‎programmes and operational liaison tasks.‎
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Bristol's Research Into Effect Of Legal Drug

he plant is widely used among the Somali community and others from East Africa and there have been calls ‎from community leaders in the city to make it a banned substance.‎
Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy has asked the Home Office what it intends to do about the use of the drug in ‎Britain, as it is banned in a number of European countries and America.‎
Khat is a mild amphetamine which is chewed for long periods, predominately by men, and has been linked to ‎a number of social and health problems among users.‎

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Security Council Warns Somalia's Factions Against War

Kuwait 7 November 2005–UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Somalia, Dr. Ghanim ‎Alnajjar has strongly condemned the assassination attempt on the life of the Prime Minister of the Somali ‎Transitional Federal Government, Ali Mohamed Gedi yesterday in Mogadishu.‎

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Human Rights Envoy Condemns Assassination Attempt ‎On Somali Prime Minister

Kuwait 7 November 2005–UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Somalia, Dr. Ghanim ‎Alnajjar has strongly condemned the assassination attempt on the life of the Prime Minister of the Somali ‎Transitional Federal Government, Ali Mohamed Gedi yesterday in Mogadishu.‎

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Warlords Spurn Somali Premier Meetings‎

Mogadishu, November 08 2005 (IOL) – Powerful warlords controlling Somalia's capital Mogadishu have ‎spurned invitations to meet transitional Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, highlighting a deep rift in the ‎government, officials said on Tuesday.‎
Warlords Muss Sudi Yalahow, also commerce minister and Mohamed Afrah Qanyare, also national security ‎minister, refused to meet Gedi late on Monday in Mogadishu, insisting that he must first relocate to the bullet-‎scarred capital, officials said.‎

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Islam United To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Rabat, Morocco, November 9, 2005 (afrol News) – Ministers, politicians and religious leaders from almost 50 ‎Muslim states were gathered for two days in the Moroccan capital at the first Islamic childhood conference. ‎The resulting "Rabat Declaration" puts special emphasis on female genital mutilation and other harmful ‎practices discriminating girls, underlining it is against Islam. ‎.

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International News

Washington's Long War And Its Strategy In ‎The Horn Of Africa

As Washington's geostrategy has evolved after the September 11, 2001 airliner bombings of the World Trade ‎Center and Pentagon by Islamic revolutionaries linked to al-Qaeda, the Horn of Africa has taken on vital ‎strategic importance.‎

In the thinking of U.S. defense planners, the Horn occupies the western end of an "arc of instability" that runs ‎through the Middle East, the Southern Caucasus and into Central Asia to Afghanistan's eastern border. The ‎vast area encompassed by the arc contains the world's largest supply of energy reserves, is composed mostly ‎of states with authoritarian and quasi-authoritarian governments that are subject to instability, and has a ‎predominantly Muslim population, a disaffected portion of which provides recruits for and support of violent ‎Islamic revolutionary movements. ‎

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The Truth About the Somali Pirate Attacks‎

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 08, 2005 (Voices Magazine) – In spite of the news media distancing the recent attack on ‎a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia from global terrorism, intelligence experts believe this is just the latest ‎operation initiated against the United States and the West by Al-Qaeda.‎

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Somali Family Find Renewed Hope

SPRINGFIELD, November 09, 2005 (The Republican) – When Aden Idow received word of his newly acquired ‎visa admitting him and his family to the United States, relief and hope were instantly upon him. ‎

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Anti-Terrorist Measures Which Do Not Respect Human ‎Rights Can Only Fail, Says Council Of Europe

Strasbourg, Nov 07, 2005 (Council of Europe Press Division) – On the occasion of the third reading of the ‎Terrorism Bill in the British Parliament, Terry Davis, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, has ‎issued the following written statement: ‎

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Rome, Italy, November 7, 2005(HAN) – The International security forces should patrol the North and ‎Southern Somalia coastline to crack down on piracy, players in the Indian ocean & Red sea tourism industry ‎have said. The Nov. 5 pirate attack on the Seaborn Spirit cruise ship 100 miles off the Somalia and ‎Somaliland coast was the 25th such incident in the last six months. Six vessels are currently being held by ‎pirates, one of them captured at a distance of 120 miles from the coast.‎

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Where is Somaliland ?

Editorial & Opinions

For the last 15 years the international community has been living under the illusion that the Somalia's ‎turmoil could only be brought to an end if and when a central government was created for that country. ‎Though non of the successive governments forged for Somalia since 1991 succeeded in taking charge of ‎the country, however the international community's concept toward the settlement of Somalia's crisis ‎still remained unchanged.‎

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Dear Sir:‎

In a recent editorial in our country Somaliland, a major English Weekly newspaper and a daily Somali ‎language newspaper Somaliland Times/Haatuf made grim and serious allegations against the President of ‎this Republic, the Presidency of Somaliland, and the family of the President. These charges are perhaps the ‎most serious charges that the press can make against a sitting President. This is not the first time that these ‎charges have appeared in this newspaper, they have been repeated and editorialized several times over the ‎last months and indeed they strike at the heart of our experiment with democratic rule. These allegations, as ‎the paper described, have truly shocked the people of this country and in the diasporas: there must be ‎accountability on the part of the President as leader of the government on these charges and editorial ‎responsibility on the part of Somaliland Times.‎
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Somaliland's Unruly And Disruptive Ministers‎

By Ibrahim S. Yusuf-Bulay‎

Over the last view years our country's unruly ministers have been uncontrollable. Their disruptive behavior ‎cuts across wide ranges of socio-politics and international relations. Reports coming from Somaliland are ‎quite disturbing. It's apparent that misconducts of Somaliland ministers are on the rise. We are in an era of ‎social and political change, an era of hope and self-determination, an era where our people all over the world ‎are reaching out tirelessly by the mass to show the world that we are a nation, and a good one that deserves ‎to be recognized.

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The President Is Culpable In The Eventuality Of The EC’s Office Closure In Hargeisa

By Farah Ali Jama‎

In my last short article titled, “Rayale Paints Himself In A Corner,” which appeared on ‎www.somaliland.org on October 27, 2005, which is accessible on this link: ‎www.somaliland.org/opinions.asp?ID=05102705, I briefly discussed some characteristics of a real ‎politician and talked about some simple techniques that a politician requires to grasp in order to excel ‎in his art and further emphasized the importance of “timing” in politics as well as the necessity of ‎knowing What to raise, When to raise, and Where to raise an issue in order that that issue may garner ‎the intended effect or have the maximum impact. In addition,‎

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The Deportation Of The EU Representative

By Hussein Dahir Obsiye

The opposition leaders’ quick condemnation, without enough information (or disregarding the information) of ‎the Somaliland government on the ouster of the EU Representative is very alarming; it could impede this ‎country’s progress, and could take it back to the clan infested political entanglement, which one would think ‎was long gone.‎

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Minister Of Monkey Business!

By Ahmed Hashi "Dhimbiil"

We have all witnessed so much monkey business in this country that sometimes I squirm whenever I read ‎news from Somaliland, psychologically, I have a radar beep that keeps buzzing in my head waiting to be ‎realized when I actually look at the instrument dial that is the news.

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY
Van Zandt: Pirate Attack - This Is Not A Drill

The incident off of Somalia is just another in a trend of crimes at ‎sea

By Clint Van Zandt, MSNBC analyst & former FBI profiler
The 151 passengers on the luxury cruise ship Seabourn Spirit knew they would see fascinating and exotic ‎ports of call on their 16-day adventure cruise from Alexandria, Egypt, to Mombasa, Kenya. What they didn't ‎plan on seeing were two Zodiac-type inflatable speedboats filled with heavily armed pirates trying to board ‎their ship 100 miles off the coast of Somalia. While some of the pirates raked the ship with automatic ‎weapon fire, others fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), one of which penetrated the side of the Seabourn ‎Spirit and exploded in an unoccupied passenger cabin. ‎

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The Isaq Somali Diaspora And‎ Poll-Tax Agitation In Kenya, 1936-41‎

By E. R. Turton ‎
University of Zambia ‎
Source: WardheerNews ‎
Kenya has always regarded the Somali as either an infernal ‎nuisance or embarrassment’.
Glenday to Beckett, 21 June 1941 ‎
November 05, 2005‎

Poll-tax agitation has been a fairly common phenomenon in Africa. On most occasions it has involved little ‎more than vocalized protest. In a few instances, however, it has led to resistance that has been both serious ‎and violent; the earliest example of the latter is probably to be found in the widespread Fante uprisings that ‎occurred immediately after the introduction of the Gold Coast Poll Tax Ordinance of 1852; a later example is ‎the Natal uprising of 1906 which has been attributed in large measure to the introduction of poll tax at the ‎end of the previous year. Yet the agitation by the Isaq Somali in Kenya did not follow either of these two ‎patterns. In several respects it was a highly unusual movement: first, the Isaq were campaigning to pay higher ‎taxation; secondly, in order to secure their aims they attempted to mobilize the whole Isaq diaspora, so that ‎Somali in Uganda, Tanganyika, British Somaliland and Britain were all involved in this agitation,

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Former Supermodel Iman Takes A ‎Multicultural Approach

By By JOY SEWING

New York, Nov. 9, 2005 (The Houston Chronicle) – Looking radiant recently in jeans and stilettos, the former ‎supermodel said that by all accounts, she should never have become pregnant five years ago. Doctors told ‎the striking beauty she was too old.‎

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Editor in Chief: Yusuf Abdi Gabobe. Assist-Editor: Abdifatah M Aideed

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