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Issue 242 / 9th September 2006
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Index
Headlines

Rayale Fails To Raise The Issue Of Igad Troop Deployment To Somaliland With Meles

''An Interim Agreement Gives Islamists An Edge In Somalia''

Somaliland Recognition & Development Convention Opens In Washington Metro Area On Friday

Somaliland, the Horn of Africa and US Policy

Somalia To Get Peace-Keepers

President Stresses Iran, Djibouti Common Political Views

A New Use For Camel's Milk: Sell It Abroad

The Crisis In The Horn Of Africa: Nomads With No Future

Somalia Warns Uganda On Troops

Regional Affairs

Ethiopia: Banking At The Somaliland Border

Pastoralists Call On Governments To Improve Legislation On Livestock Sales - Report

Call For Cool Heads On Somali Issue

Somalia Stutters Towards Stability

Somaliland Signs US$300 Million Joint Venture With German Company

Somalia Dilemma For Aid Agencies

Misery For Countless Women In Region

A Deadly Sailing Season Begins: Smuggling People From Somalia To Yemen

Negotiators For Somali Government, Islamists Hold Face-To-Face Talks In Sudan

10 Killed In Somali Airport Clashes

Leaders Push Somalia Peacekeeping Plan

Somalia's Shire Defies Peacekeeper Plan

Uganda: NRM MPs Approve UPDF Deployment To Somalia

Editorial

Time For Direct Action

Special Report
REPORT ON FAMILIARISATION TOUR TO SOMALILAND

International News

US Moves Nairobi Embassy Bomb Suspect To Cuba

US Struggles For New Somalia Policy

Brothers' Epic Feat For Charity

Cinema Is Now A Crime In Somalia

Toll hits 30 after more Somalis murdered

World In Danger Of Missing Sanitation Target; Drinking-Water Target Also At Risk, New Report Shows

Coping With Terror Threat To Tourism

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Respect Tribes: They Do What Weak States Cannot

Remarks Made By Dr. Saad Noor At The Washington Post’s Debate On The Islamic Courts And Their Possible Influence In The Horn Region Of Africa

Somali Islamists Ban Music; "Intimidated" Top Artist Agree

Somalia's Money Lifeline Is In Limbo

America’s Somali Policy Still Dangerously Adrift

Somalis Left To A Life In Limbo As Peace Talks Are Put On Hold

Food for thought

AU Is Courting Chaos In Somalia

Opinions

Somaliland : Love It Or Leave It

Protection Of Taxpayers’ Rights

The ICG Report Was A True Reflection Of The Facts On The Ground In Somaliland

Open Letter To Somalilanders Specially To SOPRI Conference Participants

Crying For Somaliland

Somalia : Cutting Through The Fog

UNDP/WORLD Bank Mission For JNA Undermined Somaliland Political Integrity

The Theory of Backwardness and Somalia/Somaliland Political Stage


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Ethiopia: Banking At The Somaliland Border

Addis Ababa September 5, 2006 – Improved relations and growing business across the Somaliland border have spurred the provision of new banking services in the border town of Togoch'ale.

Nib International Bank (NIB) and Awash International Bank (AIB) are opening sub-branches in Togoch'ale, a town in the Somali regional state, near Somaliland.

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Pastoralists Call On Governments To Improve Legislation On Livestock Sales - Report

Nairobi, Kenya, September 04, 2006 – Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa are calling on governments to introduce policies to better facilitate the movement and sale of livestock, according to a report released today.

Peace, Trade and Unity - published by the UN OCHA Pastoralist Communication Initiative - details discussions that took place at the Horn of Africa Regional Pastoralist Gathering 2006 and contains testimony from pastoralists who say a potentially thriving livestock export business is being held up by unnecessary barriers to trade.

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Call For Cool Heads On Somali Issue
Concerns: Somali Mohammed Mahat Hussan, who lives in Bellville, addresses police commissioner Mzwandile Petros. Photo:   Rogan Ward, Cape Argus

Cape Town, SA, September 06, 2006 – Robbery and business rivalry were the reasons behind the spate of killings that has afflicted the Somali community in Cape Town rather than "organized crime" aimed at the community, said provincial police commissioner, Mzwandile Petros.

He was speaking in an open meeting on Tuesday between representatives of the Somali community in the city, police, government officials and representatives of the Cape Town Refugee Centre and the Human Rights Commission.

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Somalia Stutters Towards Stability

Mogadishu, Sept 5, 2006 – Anarchic Somalia lurched towards long-elusive stability on Tuesday after an interim accord between powerful Islamists and the weak government, but plans for regional peacekeepers appeared in tatters.

As Islamist and government leaders savored their less than 24-hour-old deal, reached at Arab League-mediated talks in Sudan, East African leaders hastily cancelled a summit in Kenya called to discuss the proposed force.

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Somaliland Signs US$300 Million Joint Venture With German Company

COLOGNE, GERMANY, September 09, 2006 – Somaliland today signed a joint venture agreement with Germany’s Sougueta Engineering AG on establishing a cement factory, coal powered electricity plant and a gypsum factory at the cost of US$ 250-300 million.

According to a press release issued by Somaliland’s Foreign Minister Abdillahi Mohammed Dualle and a copy of which was sent to Awdalnews Network, the agreement was concluded in a official meeting between Somaliland’s delegation led by President Dahir Rayale Kahin and Hans Jurgen Gartner, President of Sougueta Engineering AG. It was the result of nine months negotiations between the two sides.

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Somalia Dilemma For Aid Agencies

The Islamic Courts have made it possible for humanitarian organizations to operate in parts of the country, but they risk conferring legitimacy on the faction. IRIN reports

Nairobi, Kenya, September 04, 2006 – The new rule and relative security in areas dominated by Somalia’s Union of Islamic Courts offers long-awaited humanitarian space. Recent missions by UN teams (in July and August) indicate that the Islamic courts expects the UN and other humanitarian agencies reopen their offices in Somalia and restart operations in the troubled Horn of Africa nation..

But the Islamic courts have also made it clear that any aid initiatives will have operate with its sole authority in Mogadishu, the capital, and all areas under its control.

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Misery For Countless Women In Region

Attacking female genital mutilation

Sana’a, Yemen, September 06, 2006 – A growing movement to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision has been noticed lately in various parts of the world, including the Horn of Africa and Yemen.

International organizations dealing with women’s rights and healthcare have expressed commitment to fight this phenomenon, which has caused miseries to females throughout the African continent and in some Arab countries including Yemen.

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A Deadly Sailing Season Begins: Smuggling People From Somalia To Yemen

BIR ALI, Yemen, September 7, 2006 – The deadly business of smuggling people across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen has resumed for another year, with four overcrowded open fishing boats arriving in less than a week.

Survivors on the first boat said four people died when the crew forced them overboard while still far from shore – the first of what will almost certainly be hundreds of deaths during the September to April period when sailing is possible.

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Negotiators For Somali Government, Islamists Hold Face-To-Face Talks In Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan, September 3, 2006 – Negotiators for Somalia's transitional government and its Islamist rivals met face to face behind closed doors Sunday for key talks in the Sudanese capital on political, security and economic issues.

The talks — aimed at steering Somalia away from anarchic violence and toward peace and stability — revolve around a June agreement to discuss political, security, social and economic issues as well as reconstruction, according to a copy of the agenda obtained by The Associated Press.

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10 Killed In Somali Airport Clashes
Gedi says his government regretted the deaths in Baidoa

Baidoa, Somalia, September 04, 2006 – 10 people have been killed in fighting between police and militia fighters in the Somali town of Baidoa, the current seat of the national government.

Several other people were wounded in the clashes that police say were unrelated to peace talks being held in Sudan between Somalia's weak transitional government and the country's increasingly powerful Islamic movement.

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Leaders Push Somalia Peacekeeping Plan
Somalia government delegates attend the second around of the Somali talks in the Sudanese capital Khartoum September 2, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin

NAIROBI Sep 5, 2006 – East African leaders pushed ahead on Tuesday with a contested plan to send peacekeepers to Somalia, despite a separate military deal between the country's rival powers that appeared to block foreign intervention.

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Somalia's Shire Defies Peacekeeper Plan

Mogadishu, September 07 2006 – Somalia's fractious government suffered another blow to its authority on Wednesday when its defense minister flouted a government-backed plan on foreign peacekeepers and called on former soldiers to return to service.

The summons by defense minister and warlord Colonel Abdikadir Adan Shire, also known as Barre Hiraale, underscored rifts that have paralyzed an interim government attempting to gain control of lawless Somalia.

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Uganda: NRM MPs Approve UPDF Deployment To Somalia

Kampala, September 6, 2006 – THE NRM Parliamentary Caucus has approved the deployment of the UPDF in the war-torn Somalia. This follows a similar decision by the Cabinet a few weeks ago.

The Minister for Defense, Dr Crispus Kiyonga, presented the request to the caucus meeting at the Parliamentary Main Hall in Kampala last Monday.

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Headlines
Rayale Fails To Raise The Issue Of Igad Troop Deployment To Somaliland With Meles

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zinawi welcoming Somaliland president Dahir Rayale Kahin and members of his delegation during meeting in Addis Ababa last Thursday

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 9, 2006 (SL Times) – Somaliland president Dahir Rayale Kahin failed during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zinawi at Addis Ababa on Thursday to seek clarification on a recent statement attributed to Kenyan Foreign minister Raphael Tuju who implied that the deployment of the Igad peacekeeping force to Somalia will include Somaliland.

The minister said “The Igad force is supposed to protect the TFG, help train civilian protection force and establish a united civilian protection force for the whole of Somalia including the breakaway Somaliland and Puntland.”

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''An Interim Agreement Gives Islamists An Edge In Somalia''

September 07, 2006

On September 1 in Khartoum, the second round of reconciliation talks began between Somalia's weak and internationally supported Transitional Federal Government (T.F.G.), which is headquartered and isolated in the provincial town of Baidoa, and the Islamic Courts Council (I.C.C.), which has established control over much of the country's southern and central regions since evicting warlords from the official capital Mogadishu on June 5.

The talks, which had been expected to last more than a week, concluded on September 4 with the signing of an "interim agreement" that registered little, if any, advance in the process of resolving Somalia's severe domestic conflicts.

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Somaliland Recognition & Development Convention Opens In Washington Metro Area On Friday

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 – As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice takes her message of a new American foreign policy emphasizing democracy and human rights to Africa and Middle East. a Convention to discuss those same issues is being held this weekend in the Washington Metro Area. The subject of discussion to discuss those topics plus Somaliland’s quest for international recognition this weekend. Representatives of the Somaliland government, political parties, business community, civil society, student associations and friends of Somaliland will participate in the three-day Convention.

The Convention is sponsored by the local Somaliland Policy & Reconstruction Institute (SOPRI), Somaliland Diaspora communities in the United States and Canada, and American friends of this small democratic nation on the Horn of Africa.

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Remarks Made at the Somaliland Convention
Crystal City, Virginia
September 8, 2006, By David H. Shinn

Distinguished participants and guests.

I thank the organizers of this convention for inviting me to make remarks on “ Somaliland, the Horn of Africa and US Policy.” As usual, I want to make clear that I am no longer with the US government and, therefore, do not speak for it. As many of you know, my interest in things Somali dates back to the early 1960s. I follow closely events throughout the Horn of Africa. I also remain sympathetic to Somaliland and all that you have accomplished. The Somaliland diaspora in particular deserves special praise for its financial and intellectual commitment to its homeland. Somaliland’s progress merits far more support than it has received so far from the US and the international community. In these brief remarks, I will also raise several controversial issues that you probably wish to avoid.


Somalia To Get Peace-Keepers
President Kibaki shakes hands with Somali President Abdillahi Yusuf as the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi looks on during informal consultations at State House, Nairobi yesterday . Photo/PPS.

Nairobi, September 06, 2006 – Five African countries yesterday resolved to deploy peace-keepers to Somalia despite opposition, mainly by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU).

President Kibaki chaired a meeting attended by Somalia's President Abdillahi Yusuf and Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi in Nairobi yesterday where it was decided that efforts to deploy the forces be speeded up.

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President Stresses Iran, Djibouti Common Political Views

TEHRAN, Iran, September 05, 2006 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed that Iran and Djibouti share many common view points in the different political, cultural, international and regional areas.

Speaking to reporters in a joint press conference with his Djiboutian counterpart, the Iranian President described the two countries' ties as cordial and brotherly, but meantime reminded that the two states' relations are just at the early stages as the two do not enjoy a common historical background.

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A New Use For Camel's Milk: Sell It Abroad
NANCY ABEIDERRAHMANE: She set up the first dairy in Africa.

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA, September 01, 2006– Twenty years ago, when times were tough, Mohamed Ould Tati had to sell one of his cherished camels to make ends meet. Today, he can just sell its milk.

Slightly saltier than cow's milk and three times as rich in Vitamin C, camel's milk has been a favorite drink for centuries in Mauritania, served to guests under the billowing folds of a traditional khaima tent or donated to the poor.

"But we never thought of selling it. It was a very shameful thing to do," Mr. Tati explains, raising his bushy eyebrows in remembered horror.

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The Crisis In The Horn Of Africa: Nomads With No Future

Herdsmen from 60 tribes gathered in Ethiopia, united by the battle to preserve their way of life. By Steve Bloomfield

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 08, 2006 – Sitting on grass mats, under the shade of acacia trees in Ethiopia's Borana rangelands, more than 350 nomadic herdsmen and women from 60 tribes in 18 countries gathered to discuss their future.

Their way of life in the Horn of Africa is under threat. Drought, unfair trade laws and the growth of tourism in the region have all played their part. For the nomadic herdsmen of east Africa, this was an opportunity for their voice - so often ignored by their own governments - to finally be heard.

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Somalia Warns Uganda On Troops
Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, chairman of the Executive Council of the Union of Islamic Courts

Kampala, September 07, 2006 – THE chairman of the Executive Council of the Union of Islamic Courts, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has warned Uganda not to send troops to Somalia.

Sheikh Ahmed, who heads the Islamic Courts group, was addressing thousands of demonstrators in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.

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International News

US Moves Nairobi Embassy Bomb Suspect To Cuba

NEW YORK, September 8, 2006 – A Tanzanian allegedly involved in the 1998 Nairobi and Dar embassy bombings has been transferred from a secret CIA prison to the US military detention centre in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, captured in Pakistan in 2004, will be tried by an American military commission if the US Congress approves proposed rules for such proceedings, said President George W. Bush.

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US Struggles For New Somalia Policy

NAIROBI Sep 04, 2006 – Anarchic Somalia has confounded U.S. foreign policy once again, leaving Washington struggling to find a coherent approach to a state whose internal turmoil threatens to destabilize the Horn of Africa.

The Bush administration appears to have realized that its "one-size-fits-all" approach to countering global terrorist threats failed in Somalia. But it is groping for an appropriate response to the new situation, diplomats and analysts say.

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Brothers' Epic Feat For Charity
Oliver (left) and Graham Sills, from Bures, arrive at John o’ Groats from Land’s End (Picture submitted)

Cornwall, Scotland, September 05, 2006 – Cyclist and academic Graham Sills didn't need a PhD in maths to figure out pedaling 976 miles was going to take it out of him.

The Cambridge graduate student managed the gargantuan feat of biking from Land's End in Cornwall to John o' Groats, Scotland, in 16 days.

Graham, 22, took his younger brother, 16-year-old Oliver, along for the ride as they covered about 60 miles a day in a bid to raise £2,000 for a children's charity.

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Cinema Is Now A Crime In Somalia

Toronto, ON, September 6, 2006 – On the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, Canadian filmmakers lament that it’s suddenly a crime to watch a movie in Somalia -- a movie, a video, or a television show. Even music is now forbidden in this East African country. Over the last few weeks the international media has reported several instances of United Islamic Courts (UIC) gunmen storming into full movie houses and arresting everyone, including women and children.

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Toll hits 30 after more Somalis murdered

Cape Town, SA, September 04, 2006 – Two more Somalis have been murdered in Cape Town, bringing the number killed recently in the Western Cape to 30.

A Somali man was shot dead in Delft at about 1pm on Sunday while the second victim was stabbed to death in Du Noon, Milnerton, on Saturday. The attacks came two days after a 25-year-old Somali was fatally stabbed, also in Du Noon.

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World In Danger Of Missing Sanitation Target; Drinking-Water Target Also At Risk, New Report Shows
Health of rural and growing urban populations particularly at risk without clean water and sanitation

Geneva, September 05, 2006-- The world is in danger of missing targets for providing clean water and sanitation unless there is a dramatic increase in the pace of work and investment between now and 2015, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. The situation is becoming particularly acute in urban areas, where rapid population growth is putting great pressure on the provision of services and the health of poor people.

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Coping With Terror Threat To Tourism
One tourist was killed and five others hurt in the Amman shooting

London, UK, September 5, 2006 – The killing of a British tourist in Jordan has once again highlighted the security threat visitors face overseas, as well as raised concerns over the impact it will have on Jordan's tourism industry.

But as more and more countries are targeted by terror groups - the UK, Egypt, US and Indonesia to name a few - does the threat of terror still put us off, and, if so, how do nations entice overseas visitors back to their shores?

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Editorial

Time For Direct Action

As revealed by Kenya’s Foreign minister Raphael Tuju on last Tuesday, Inter Governmental Authority on Development’s plan to deploy peacekeeping troops to Somalia will include Somaliland.

According to Mr. Tuju, the Igad force is supposed to protect [Somalia’s] Transitional Federal Government and institutions, help train civilian protection force and establish a united civilian protection force for the whole of Somalia, including Somaliland. Saying that it wasn’t in the mandate of the Igad peacekeepers to engage in any activity of offensive nature to the Somali people, the Kenyan official who is also the chairman of Igad council of ministers, has emphasized that that part of the mission’s objective was to train Somalis on how to manage their own affairs.

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Special Report

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.

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Opinions

Somaliland : Love It Or Leave It

“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You; But Ask What You Can Do For Your Country” (John. F. Kennedy)

Seven months and still counting. My stay in Somaliland has been a lifetime experience as anyone who has been away from his home and family for more than twenty years would have felt. Personally, I call Somaliland a “School of hard knocks” and to anyone who is not familiar with the phrase, it means living in tough environment and confronting all obstacles with pride.

Recently, I have been deeply concerned about persons making mediocre comments about Somaliland, such comments were Somaliland is a failed nation and it will never be recognized as independent state, or as one article I read on the Somaliland Times said

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Protection Of Taxpayers’ Rights

By Attorney-Muse D. Dirie (Shine), Hargeysa, Somaliland

As we are all aware of, Taxpaying is a constitutional duty for every citizen. The relationship between Taxpayer and Tax authority are regulated by legislations which clearly mentioned the reciprocal rights and obligations of both parties. Unfortunately, Tax authority used and continues to use methods based on political and personal interest rather than legal process and this resulted of regular violation of revenue laws as well as taxpayers’ rights. Thus, the following points are examples of the tax authority illegal approaches towards the citizen taxpayers;

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The ICG Report Was A True Reflection Of The Facts On The Ground In Somaliland

By Soleiman Egeh

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has freedom" Malcolm X

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage" Thucydides-Greek Historian

I have nothing else but respect for all those   expressing their opinions regarding the political storms, tectonic plate movements and the lingering turmoil in the Horn of Africa. But I strongly believe, disagreeing with others is a healthy undertaking in a democratic society. I will also try my best to refrain from ever attacking the messenger. Having an intellectual and a genuine   public discourse is of paramount importance.

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Open Letter To Somalilanders Specially To SOPRI Conference Participants

By Ahmed Abdi

I am a citizen that loves his country and his people. A citizen that tried to move from Europe and participate the hardship of nation building. I tried to be patient, to be optimist to dream of good and prosperous future. After three years I came back and with despair and sense of failure. Our country needs salvation. It calls us to free from iron handed junta of NSS and selfish mafias   from diaspora. The country is going down and fast.

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Crying For Somaliland

By Faisal Ali

I have to warn you before hand. This is a long cry for a beloved Fatherland that is being decimated from within. It is long. It is a bit incoherent and it is without decorum as it does not spare any of the cancerous cells afflicting this lovely nation that we dearly love so much..

Untold History of our Conniving Politicians

In 1960 it was a bunch of retarded politicians who convinced the unsuspecting public of a mirage called ‘Somaliweyn’. They sold a dream of Somali brotherhood so beautiful that we needed not bother about political domination, clannish repression or even possible genocide. They surrendered everything as one may surrender to their Lord.

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Somalia : Cutting Through The Fog

By Abdinur Ali Farah, Toronto, Canada

If the Somali Peace Talks in Khartoum are serious, Abdillahi Yusuf, the president of TFG should come to the table and answer these legitimate questions:

1. Where are the Al-Qaida terrorists that he said were in Puntland when he rejected the results of the election there when he fought a bloody war and defeated Colonel Jama Ali Jama and General Adde Muse with the help of Ethiopian troops just few years ago and returned to power in Puntland by force?

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UNDP/WORLD Bank Mission For JNA Undermined Somaliland Political Integrity

By Mr. Ahmed M Gedi (sanjab)

We all know that the Joint Needs assessment was appraised by the UN/WORLD Bank for the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) by UNDP/ WORLD, which was established in Nairobi in 2004. The 16th Reconciliation Conference held in Kenya for all the fighting CLANS in former Italian Somalia have adopted a CHARTER (CAHDI-BEELEED) that legalized the TFG. Somaliland did not participate in none of the 16 Reconciliation Conferences arranged for the factions of Southern Somalia by the International Community in order to resolve their dirty clan-wars after establishing a Federal Government that can establish the rule of law, which was lacking over 16 years.

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The Theory of Backwardness and Somalia/Somaliland Political Stage

By Mohamed Farah Elmi, Borama

Introduction

In 1960, Somaliland, a British Protectorate, and southern Somalia, an Italian trust territory, both gained their independence. Only days later, the two regions merged, forming the Somali Democratic Republic and a representative government was installed. The Somali people experienced only nine years of civilian multi-party democracy before the system was abolished.

In 1969 marked the beginning of the Somali dictatorship under General Siyad Barre, then, Somalia became involved in Cold War politics in the 1970s. In October 1970 Siyad Barre declared Somalia a socialist state and embarked on a range of socialist economic programmes, with the support of the Soviet Union.

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Respect Tribes: They Do What Weak States Cannot

By Bashir Goth,

Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website . He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

United Arab Emirates/Somaliland/Somalia - Tribes are the glue that hold the social fabric of developing countries together. Their role, particularly in Africa and Arabia, is most important where government has collapsed.

In the absence of state employment, the largest job market in many developing countries, the clan or tribe, provides individuals with necessary economic and social security. Individual resort to clan for insurance, social welfare, protection, and justice.

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Remarks Made By Dr. Saad Noor At The Washington Post’s Debate On The Islamic Courts And Their Possible Influence In The Horn Region Of Africa

The Courts

The issue of the Islamic courts and their impact on the area, whether they are going to be for good or bad, is a mixed one. On the one hand, if there is any indication bout what the courts have done, it lies in their relative success, thus far, in having at least some semblance of peace on the streets of Mogadishu, the former capital of the now defunct Somali Democratic Republic.

On the other hand, as far as many well informed regional observers and the government of Somaliland are concerned, the courts, do pose an unmistakable strategic threat to the Horn of Africa region, parts of the Arabian Peninsula and the Red See basin. This is because they don’t hide their belief in professing the emergence of an Islamic Republic, ala Taliban, which is expected to be called the Islamic Republic of Somalia.

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Somali Islamists Ban Music; "Intimidated" Top Artist Agree

“You should have let all of us return home first and then put us in prisons.” Maryan Mursal

Somali musician Maryan Mursal

Mogadishu, Somalia, September 04, 2006 – Maryan Mursal, Somalia's top night club performer in the early 1970s and currently a patriotic voice admired by Somalis in the Diaspora, says that she is fully in support of the banning of music by the Somali Islamic Courts and urges all Somali artists to quit singing and performing drama. Her opinion causes shock among other Somali cultural personalities.

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Somalia's Money Lifeline Is In Limbo
Many in Somalia are financially dependent on family here, but a U.S. crackdown could cripple their money transfer system.

Minnesota, September 4, 2006 – Abdillahi Ghedi, like most Somalis in Minnesota, wires money to family members back home every month -- money he insists makes the difference between eating and starvation.

But the Minneapolis store owner is afraid the money transfers could end.

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America’s Somali Policy Still Dangerously Adrift
J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.

This column is dedicated to the premise that the strategic neglect of the Africa was the weak link in the advancement of American foreign policy interests in general, and the successful prosecution of the global war on terrorism in particular. In fact, well ahead of the brief media buzz this past summer, the inaugural column was devoted to warning specifically of the gathering strength of radical Islamist forces amid the ruins of the former Somalia.

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Somalis Left To A Life In Limbo As Peace Talks Are Put On Hold

Marere, Somalia, September 07, 2006 – At the height of its popularity, the Hotel Dal Hiis, in the Marere district of southern Somalia, teemed with British and Italian tourists spending their days lazing by the pool or going out on safari in search of lions.

It looks a little different now. Some 15 years have passed since the last tourist fled the civil war which exploded at the end of Mohammed Siyad Barre's regime. All that is left of Dal Hiis is a crumbling, concrete shell. The bones of a baboon lie at the bottom of the pool, slowly bleaching in the sun. Concrete sun loungers, once filled with cocktail-drinking tourists tanning by the pool, are covered in weeds and disappearing among wild grass.

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Food for thought
AU Is Courting Chaos In Somalia

When the Ethiopian premier Mr. Meles Zenawi arrived here on Wednesday for discussions with President Kibaki, it was not lost on observers that part of his agenda was to push for the deployment of a peace keeping force in Somalia. This, despite the fact that Ethiopia has deployed a significant number of soldiers in Somalia to "protect" the new government.

When Abdiqasim Salad Hassan took over in Mogadishu as Somalia’s new president in 2000, he had carried with him hope that the country’s fractious past would be over. Zenawi was among African leaders who attended the inauguration that ushered him and the Transitional National Government (TNG) of which he was the boss, into leadership.

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