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Issue 200 / 19th November 2005
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Index

Headlines

Somalilanders And Ethiopians Celebrate ‎Berbera Corridor's Inauguration

SOOYAAL Trains Returnees To Build Their Own Houses‎

The EU Gives Geedi $11.7 With A Further $57.3 ‎Million In The Pipeline

Three Killed As Vehicle Hits Landmine In Somaliland

Thirteen Die Of Measles In Awdal Region

Alleged Thieving Affects Pulse, ‎Oil Seed Export Via Djibouti

Local & Regional Affairs

Somaliland: CIIR Partners Appeal For Women To ‎Be More Involved In Politics‎

The EU Will Shortly Appoint Special ‎Envoy For Somalia in Jowhar

The EU Expressed Concern To Somaliland‎

African Businesses Hit Hard; Tourists Scared Off ‎By Pirates‎

Two More Ethiopian Journalists Detained In ‎Growing Crackdown‎‎‎

Cinema Clashes End In Mogadishu

New Somali Regime Overwhelmed By ‎Violence, Hunger‎

Editorial

International News

The Pirates of Somalia

North South Prize of the Council of ‎Europe for Geldof and Gebre

Leader Of Area Mosque Arrested By U.S. Agents

Somali Refugee Petitions UK Govt

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

How Illegal Fishing Feeds Somali Piracy

Taking A Punt On Puntland

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

Special coverage  of UK couple killers murder trail in Somaliland

Awdalnews Editorial: Fairness Knows No Enemies

From African Bush To Scotland Yard - ‎The Murder Trail That Led To Al-Qaida

Four Face Death For Murder Of Two UK Aid ‎Workers

Death For Somaliland Aid Killers

Sentenced To Death

Opinions

Another Diplomatic Gaffe

THE EMPEROR WITHOUT CLOTHES

'My Husband Refused To Operate His 3rd Eye,'‎Said Dahabo

Open Letter To Ahmed Mohamed Hashi Dhimbiil

A Reply To Shoon Omar

KULMIYE Is The Alternative, Dear Dhimbiil


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Somaliland: CIIR Partners Appeal For Women To ‎Be More Involved In Politics‎

London, Nov 14, 2005 (CIIR) – The joint statement was drafted and signed by seven civil society organizations in Somaliland, including CIIR/ICD partners the women's umbrella group NAGAAD, the Women Decision-Making Forum and other human rights groups and networks. It was sent to the government following the country's first-ever parliamentary elections and congratulates the people of Somaliland for participating in such peaceful elections as well as the 246 candidates 'that withstood the challenges of the multi-party electoral exercise.
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The EU Will Shortly Appoint Special ‎Envoy For Somalia in Jowhar

Belgium, November 17, 2005 (HAN) – The European Union (EU) called on Wednesday for greater efforts in maintaining stability in Somalia following the attempted assassination of Somali prime minister. The EU Commissioner Michel stressed that “wait and see is not an option for Somalia ” and that stability in this country is a “test case for the new EU Strategy for Africa ”.  

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The EU Expressed Concern To Somaliland‎

Hargeysa November 17, 2005 (HAN) – Earlier this month, the republic of Somaliland expelled the EU's liaison officer from the territory saying he had interfered in Somaliland 's internal affairs.  

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African Businesses Hit Hard; Tourists Scared Off ‎By Pirates‎

MOMBASA, Kenya, November 13, 2005 (USA TODAY)— Berth No. 1 at Mombasa port should have been full for two days, as the Seabourn Spirit disgorged winter sun worshippers and safari seekers onto Kenyan soil. Instead, the patch of green seawater has stood empty.

This was where the cruise liner was due to dock earlier this month before Somali pirates wielding rocket-propelled-grenade launchers forced it away from the African coastline into the safe haven of the Seychelles, about 1,000 miles away.

With maritime agencies warning that piracy along the coast of southern Somalia to Kenya is increasing, the port here has been hurt. Several of the ships hijacked this year were based in Mombasa . In some cases, Kenyan crewmembers have been seized and held for more than 100 days.

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Two More Ethiopian Journalists Detained In ‎Growing Crackdown‎‎‎

New York , November 14, 2005 (CPJ) — Ethiopian authorities have detained another two editors, bringing the number of journalists arrested since political unrest erupted two weeks ago to eight. Sources told CPJ that security forces arrested Andualem Ayle of the private, Amharic-language weekly Ethiop, and Nardos Meaza of the private, Amharic-language weekly Satanaw, sometime last week.

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Cinema Clashes End In Mogadishu

Mogadishu , November 14, 2005 (BBC News) – Calm has returned to the Somali capital Mogadishu after 11 people were killed and 20 wounded in weekend fighting.

The clashes pitted militia belonging to the Islamic courts against owners of cinemas showing dubbed Bollywood films.

The Islamic courts have been attempting to control the activities of the cinemas - accusing them of fuelling crime, drug abuse and immorality.

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New Somali Regime Overwhelmed By ‎Violence, Hunger‎

Fight for power sparks fears of another civil war

NAIROBI , Kenya , Nov. 13, 2005 (Associated Press) – With too many weapons, too little food and three factions vying for control, Somalia 's anarchy is overwhelming its new government even before it can establish itself.

The competition for power, which threatens to trigger another civil war, could combine with a potential food crisis and repeat the disaster that followed the collapse of Somalia 's last regime in 1991. U.S. forces under U.N. command went into the Horn of Africa nation to help the starving, and other nations joined them, but the United Nations failed to set up a viable government.

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Somalilanders And Ethiopians Celebrate ‎Berbera Corridor's Inauguration

Berbera, Somaliland , November 19, 2005 (SL Times) – Government officials from Somaliland and Ethiopia came together Wednesday in this city's old state House building to celebrate the first Ethiopia bound cargo to be imported through the Red Sea port of Berbera .

The cargo which consisted of electric goods ordered by the Ethiopian government owned Electric Power Corporation arrived aboard a Singapore registered liner PIL which docked at Berbera on November 9. The shipment was brought in 55 containers of the 40ft type.

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SOOYAAL Trains Returnees To Build Their Own Houses‎

Hargeysa, Somaliland , November 19, 2005 (SL Times) – Vocational training center is providing skills training for returnees to enable them build their own shelter houses.

Three groups of 12 trainees each are receiving training in the skills of masonry carpentry and metal works. While this training is being provided in the SOOYAAL VTC, a parallel on-the-job training involving other groups takes place at a house construction site located at Ayax 1 to the south of Hargeysa.


NAIROBI, 17 Nov 2005 (IRIN) – Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said on Wednesday that the organisation had earmarked more than € 10 million (US $11.7 million) to help Somalia's transitional government improve security in the Horn of Africa country.

The commission could provide an additional € 49 million ($57.3 million) to support reconstruction and development programmes.

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Three Killed As Vehicle Hits Landmine In Somaliland

HARGEYSA, 17 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - At least three people were killed and four seriously injured when their vehicle hit a landmine on Wednesday in the town of Burao, some 350 km east of Hargeysa, the capital of the republic of Somaliland, witnesses said.

The vehicle was in a convoy of more than 50 others carrying mourners to a funeral. It hit the landmine when the driver veered off the road to overtake other cars.

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HARGEYSA, 14 November (IRIN) - Thirteen people have died of measles over the last three weeks in the northern Awdal region of the self-declared republic of Somaliland , medical sources confirmed in the capital, Hargeysa, on Sunday.

"Since 23 October, 13 people - of whom eight were below 15 - died from measles in villages located on terrains and mountains in Zeilla district within Awdal region," said Abdirahman Jamaa, the regional medical officer.

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Addis Ababa, November 16, 2005 (Addis Fortune) – Exporters of pulses, oil seeds and spices are to meet Addisu Legesse, deputy prime minister and minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, this week to discuss export problems related to goods going via Djibouti.

After passing through all the formalities in the Quality and Standards Authority of Ethiopia and the Customs Authority, exporters said their goods, packed in 50kg sacks, are transported on trucks to the port of Djibouti . They alleged that their cargo, headed to China , Korea , Japan , Israel , Turkey , and the United Arab Emirates , which include sesame, nigger seeds, kidney beans, lentils and spices are being tampered with.

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Special coverage  of UK Aid killers murder trail in Somaliland

Awdalnews Editorial: Fairness Knows No Enemies‎

November 17, 2005 ‎

As the Hargeysa regional court delivered heavy sentences ranging between death and life imprisonment to 15 ‎men who were accused of committing murder, banditry and other criminal acts, the general mood may be ‎one of relief and comfort to see justice served to the families of the murdered humanitarian workers. ‎

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Eight sentenced to death in Somaliland for murder of British couple caught in killing ‎campaign

Rosie Cowan, crime correspondent
London, UK, November 15, 2005 (The Guardian) – In their 60s, when most people are contemplating putting ‎their feet up, Dick and Enid Eyeington, a couple who had already given almost 40 years of their lives to Africa, ‎took on their biggest challenge to date: running a boarding school in a remote part of the republic of ‎Somaliland. ‎

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London, November 15, 2005 (THE BIRMINGHAM POST) – Four men have been sentenced to death for the ‎murder of two British aid workers in Somaliland.‎
Richard and Enid Eyeington were shot dead at the school they helped to build 90 miles north of the ‎breakaway state's capital, Hargeysa, in October 2003.‎
The attack is thought to have been part of a violent campaign mounted against Westerners by Islamic ‎extremists linked to al Qaida.‎

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Enid and Richard Eyeington were killed in 2003

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 14 2005 (BBC News)  Eight men have been sentenced to death in ‎Somaliland for the murder of three foreign aid workers. ‎
Seven others were given life sentences for their part in the attacks. Police say the killers were Islamic radicals. ‎
Richard and Enid Eyeington from the UK were killed in 2003 at the school they had helped to build. Kenyan ‎Flora Cheruiyot was killed early in 2004. ‎

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London, November 15, 2005 (The Evening Chronicle) – Terrorists who shot dead a North East couple helping ‎to rebuild an African school have been sentenced to death.‎
Aid workers Richard and Enid Eyeington, pictured, from County Durham were blasted through a window as ‎they watched television at their flat in the school compound.‎

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Cultural Heritage Page

Somali astrological & meteorological traditions and literature


International News

London , UK , November 16, 2005 (The Rediff) – It was meant to be a dream 16-day holiday aboard a five-star luxury cruise but then the pirates came in the dead of night.

Seabourn Spirit, the luxury liner carrying 151 passengers and 160 crew had sailed from Alexandria in Egypt and had turned into the Horn of Africa, when about 160 kms from the coast of Somalia, it was attacked by pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

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Strasbourg , November 17, 2005 (HREA) – Pop star and charity campaigner Bob Geldof and Ethiopian women’s rights activist Bogaletch Gebre are the winners of this year's Council of Europe North South Prize.

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Leader Of Area Mosque Arrested By U.S. Agents

Terrorism task force grabs Somali native, but immigration cited

Seattle, November 16, 2005 (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER) The respected leader of a Rainier Valley mosque was arrested Monday on an immigration charge, surprising those who knew his work in Seattle's Somali community.

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Somali Refugee Petitions UK Govt

Kampala , Uganda , November 16, 2005 (The New Vision) – A Ugandan based Somali refugee has petitioned the British government seeking compensation and assistance for the role he played in rescuing two British MPs who were kidnapped in Somalia in 1994, reports Patrick Jaramogi.

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Where is Somaliland ?

Editorial

The Significance Of The Berbera Corridor

EDITORIAL

Last week's arrival of Ethiopia bound cargo at the Somaliland Red Sea port of Berbera had signaled ‎that the hither-to much talked about Berbera corridor has finally become functional. By inaugurating ‎this trade route linking Addis-Ababa with Berbera, both Somaliland and Ethiopian officials have ‎taken one major step toward the formalization and enhancement of trade relations between the two ‎countries.

Since both sides have shown a genuine interest in achieving a sustainable growth in their bilateral ‎trade in the future, however it is vitally important that authorities in the two respective countries ‎take the necessary measures for harmonization of policies with regard to customs and free ‎movement of goods and services.‎

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor - The Somaliland Times

Dear Editor,

Having read your article entitled 'Race Bullies Rule the Roost in Classrooms' regarding racist bullying in Bristol (in the United Kingdom ) I felt I should respond.

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Opinions

By Ali Gulaid, San Jose , CA

Mistreating international staff is politically incorrect. The burden to prove to the international community that Somaliland is worthy of political recognition rests primarily on the actions its leaders take and the policies they implement and less on the rhetoric they spout. The long awaited parliamentary election Somaliland (SL) held was one step towards the realization of that elusive goal while the expulsion of the EU emissary has washed out the gains made.

THE EMPEROR WITHOUT CLOTHES

By Ibrahim Jibah Ismail, Oakland , CA

We need to remember the story of the Emperor who led his people to deceive themselves about the truth. The Emperor told his tailor to make him a grand new robe befitting his status. The tailor did not have the materials, but told the Emperor he would do so. He came to the Emperor, pretended to hold up a robe in the empty air and told him the robe was so elegant it could only be seen by people with wisdom and special power

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‎“My Husband Refused To Operate His 3rd Eye,” ‎Said Dahabo

By Dr. Abdi Elmi Obsiiye, Borama General Hospital

Last year one of our reporters from Berbera had written an interesting article on Jamhuuriya news paper. It was of course a matter of trust and understanding and this also goes to prove the fact that our reporters and writers of the news papers are honest and have no boundary. I was trying to quote this fantastic story to my colleague readers but could not. Fortunately, last week while I was filing some of my old news papers of Jamhuuriya, Haatuf, The republican and the Somaliland Times I found the article again. In his article the reporter narrated a short interview which he had with an old woman caleed Dahabo, who had an eye operation at Borama general Hospital last year.

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Dear Dhimbiil,

After sending so many letters to our political leaders (Rayale twice, Sillanyo, Mujahid Abdirahman Laba Tolle), please let me use the same mean to convey some reflections in attempt to broaden the debate.

I would like first to congratulate you for your continuing interest in the political plight of our country. Surely political scientists are always more prone to give their opinions about the institutions and their malfunctions, after all they have to put to task their four year university enrollment, but your energy is highly commendable and I read with great pleasure your columns whose frequency are recently picking up.

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A Reply To Shoon Omar


First, in public discourse, one should expect everything and anything and one ought to debate the issues and be prepared to account for one's literature. I for one am really amazed that the writer took the "Dhimbiil is a clannist line", something that I will not venture into because I believe the public record is more sophisticated than that simple claim.

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KULMIYE Is The Alternative, Dear Dhimbiil


Dear Dhiimbiil,

Again your wrote a long letter without answering the question. Let me restate it. On the following issues,

- the shipment of Somaliland livestock thought Djibouti

- the secret meeting between Awil and TNG
- the expulsion of the EU representative
- the controversy over the sale of TV         Somaliland

FEATURES & COMMENTARY
How Illegal Fishing Feeds Somali Piracy

Abdulkadir Khalif

Nairobi November 15, 2005 (The East African) – When the cruise liner mv Seabourn Spirit, narrowly evaded a hijack bid by pirates off Somalia two weeks ago, the international spotlight turned once again to the world's most lawless coastal waters.

The Bahamas-registered ship had 302 passengers on board when the pre-dawn attack occurred 165 km off the coast on November 5. People in Somalia , and Mogadishu in particular, who bear the brunt of militia violence on a daily basis, were pleased that the tourists escaped unscathed. They were reportedly heading for Mombasa , Kenya .

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Taking A Punt On Puntland

Sydney ,   Australia , Nov   18, 2005 (The Australian Financial Review) – Take heart! The market is still in great shape. Break out a bottle of Bolly and buy more penny dreadfuls.

We must still be in a roaring boom because Range Resources has doubled in price in the past month from 2.2¢ to 5¢. This should give all of us enormous optimism, because if Range is looking beautiful to the punters, then almost any dog stock should be able to get a run.

Range shares jumped at the start of October on news that it had acquired a 50.1 per cent right to all the minerals and hydrocarbons in Puntland.

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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

These reservations, which were initially religious, quickly acquired a political significance when they were supported by appeals from Isaq Somali in East Africa for full scale opposition to the introduction of written Somali. The Isaq in Kenya claimed Asiatic status partly on the basis that Arabic was their written language and they feared that this claim would be undermined if an alphabet were invented for the Somali language which was at that time only spoken.

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