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Issue 245 / 30th September 2006
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Index
Headlines

Police Quells Protest Sparked By Picture Purporting To Be Of Terror Suspect Undergoing Torture

Somaliland president warns Islamic group

Coroner Queries BBC Risk Policy After Somalia Death

1st Deputy Speaker Visits Seattle

Somalia's Islamic militia seizes village

Specialists Urge US To Focus On Somali Strife

The Growth Of Militant Islamism In East Africa

Unease as Islamists take over Somalia

Somaliland Govt Fears Country May Fall To Islamists

Regional Affairs

Eritrea , Ethiopia U.N. mission extended

Uganda Says It Is Committed To Peace In Somalia

Gedi Leaves Kenyan Ministry In A Huff

Kenya Seeks More Help For Chaotic Somalia

Police In Somalia Arrest 3 In Connection With Attack On President
Puntland Bans People From Southern Somali

UNHCR Seeks To Ease Harsh Conditions For IDPs In Somalia's Puntland

Somali PM Downbeat On Talks After "Extremist" Takeover

Ethiopia Says It Has No Soldiers In Somalia

Somali Islamists Quell Protest

Warlords Surrender To Islamists

Women’s Summit Features Somali Peace-Builder

Yemen Responds To Aid Plea

Editorial

The True Picture Emerges

Special Report

REPORT ON OIL & GAS POTENTIAL
IN SOMALILAND

REPORT ON FAMILIARISATION TOUR TO SOMALILAND

International News

The Strange CIA Coup in Somalia

Somali Bus Driver Took 200 Bogus Driving Tests

In Other News, A New War Was Declared

US Continues Covert Action In Somalia

Somalia: Spiraling Toward War

SOMALI CULTURE
'The Journey' Project

Get Ethiopian Troops Out Of Somalia

Winning Hearts, Minds in Djibouti

''Somalia's Islamists Resume Their Momentum And Embark On A Diplomatic Path''

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

UNISA At Washington Somaliland Conference

Drugs Threat To Somali Youths

Ethiopian Meddling In Somalia Counterproductive

The Book Hugo Chavez Should Have Held Up

Islamists Calm Somali Capital With Restraint

BORN TO RULE

Food for thought

Diplomacy, Not Troops Will Solve Somali Crisis - Analysts By Tia Goldenberg

Opinions

Security Threat To Somaliland From Islamic Courts

“I Am Not Surprised If One Of My Elder Members (Guurti) Had Used The Silly Tricky Words Of (Qodobadaasi Xeer Kale Ayaa Qeexi Doona).”

Muslim World's Tyranny Of Community Censorship

Will UPDF's Somalia Deployment Open Uganda To Al-Qaeda?

It Is No Easy Task Solving The Somalia Question

Somalia: International Religious Freedom Report 2006

The Theory of Backwardness and Somalia/Somaliland Political Stage


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Eritrea , Ethiopia U.N. mission extended

Friday, September 29, 2006

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council extended the mandate of peacekeepers in Eritrea and Ethiopia by four months Friday, and threatened to overhaul the mission if the two sides don't make progress toward demarcating their border.

Implicit in the warning was the possibility that the council could again cut the size of the force, or eliminate it completely, because of the stalemate.

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Uganda Says It Is Committed To Peace In Somalia

Nairobi, September 28, 2006 -- Sources in Kampala tell VOA that Uganda is cooperating with Ethiopia and others in drawing up a plan to fight Islamists in Somalia.

Through several high-level sources, who wish to remain unidentified, in Kampala, VOA has learned that senior Ugandan intelligence and military officials are talking with Ethiopia, and possibly other countries and private groups, about how to replace the Islamists with a credible, secular government in Somalia.

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Gedi Leaves Kenyan Ministry In A Huff

Nairobi, September 27, 2006 – The Somalia Prime Minister, Mr. Ali Mohammed Gedi, yesterday left the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a huff after his host failed to honor an appointment.

Gedi and the Italian ambassador, Mr. Enrico Gerardo De Maio, arrived at the same time to meet Assistant minister Mr. Moses Wetang'ula.

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Kenya Seeks More Help For Chaotic Somalia

Raphael Tuju, Kenya's Minister of Foreign Affairs

Nairobi, Kenya, September 27, 2006 – Kenya made an impassioned plea to world governments on Tuesday to quickly extend a helping hand to chaotic Somalia or risk leaving the entire globe a more dangerous place.

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Police In Somalia Arrest 3 In Connection With Attack On President

Baidoa, Somalia, September 27, 2006 – Police in Somalia have arrested three people in connection with a failed assassination attempt on President Abdillahi Yusuf last week.

Officials say security forces Thursday raided a house in Baidoa, the seat of Somalia’s transitional government.   They say they found explosives during the raid.

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Puntland Bans People From Southern Somalia

Garowe, September 26, 2006 – The president of self autonomous state of Puntland Gen. Adde Muse Hersi has issued on Tuesday a warrant banning the arrival of people from southern Somalia to Puntland regions for security reasons.

The president said in his statement that all displaced people from south of Somalia can not enter Puntland state and those already stayed in Puntland regions would be repatriated to their origins.

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UNHCR Seeks To Ease Harsh Conditions For IDPs In Somalia's Puntland

This woman and her family have been living in a makeshift shelter in one of Bosaso's settlements for more than a decade. All over Somalia, some 400,000 displaced people live in similar conditions. © UNHCR/C.Lune-Grayson

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Somali PM Downbeat On Talks After "Extremist" Takeover

Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi

NAIROBI, Sept 25, 2006 – Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi said on Monday he was pessimistic about peace talks with rival Islamists after they seized a strategic port city in what he termed an expansion of "extremists and terrorists".

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Ethiopia Says It Has No Soldiers In Somalia

An Islamist militiaman mans an anti-aircraft gun mounted on a pick-up truck inside a former government building in Mogadishu, Somalia August 16, 2006 .

ADDIS ABABA, September 26, 2006 – Ethiopia on Tuesday dismissed claims it had sent more troops into neighboring Somalia as a propaganda smokescreen by Islamist "extremists" to cover their own "illegal actions".

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Somali Islamists Quell Protest

Somalia's Shariif Sheikh Ahmed, the chairman of the Islamic Courts Union, arrives at Mogadishu's airport September 26, 2006, after visiting African and Middle Eastern countries.

KISMAYO, Somalia, September 26, 2006 (- Somali Islamists put down a women's protest against their capture of Kismayo port on Tuesday, but the Western-backed government, now hemmed in on three sides, said it still hoped peace talks could work.

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Warlords Surrender To Islamists

Kismayo, September 27, 2006 – Somali warlords surrendered their guns and armored trucks to Islamic militia on Wednesday as the radical group strengthened its control of a strategic seaport.

About 300 fighters gathered in the grounds of the local administration headquarters in Kismayo, Somalia's third largest city, which fell under the control of the Islamic courts during the weekend.

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Women’s Summit Features Somali Peace-Builder

Madison , September 28, 2006 – The Hon. Mde. Asha Hagi Elmi Amin, a member of Somalia's transitional parliament, founder of Save Somali Women and Children and chair of the Sixth Clan, will be a featured speaker at the Women's Executive Leadership Summit on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Fluno Center for Executive Education, 601 University Ave., Madison.

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Yemen Responds To Aid Plea
A UN World Food Programme (WFP) feeding centre in Somalia

Mogadishu, Sept. 29, 2006 – Yemen is the only Arab League nation to have so far responded to an appeal by Somalia's government for humanitarian assistance for the drought and conflict wracked east African country. Yemen this week sent two planeloads of humanitarian aid, the local Ayaamaha newspaper reports. The first - containing foodstuffs - landed at the airport of the provincial city of Baidoa - seat of Somalia's weak interim government, 250 kilometers north of the capital, Mogadishu. The second plane transported four bullet-proof vehicles for interim president Abdullah Yusuf who last week survived an assassination attempt.

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Headlines
Police Quells Protest Sparked By Picture Purporting To Be Of Terror Suspect Undergoing Torture

Hargeysa, Somaliland, September 30, 2006 (SL Times) – A small crowd of demonstrators went to the street in the Somaliland capital on Friday to protest the alleged use of torture against a detainee suspected of involvement in terrorism.

The demonstration which started on 13:30 at central Hargeysa was swiftly broken up by police.

The protest was sparked by pictures purporting to be of suspected terrorist Mohamed Sheikh Ismail while being tortured by his interrogators. The pictures were first published by an obscure website (www.hawdiyonugal.com).

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Somaliland president warns Islamic group


Saturday, September 30, 2006

Dahir Rayale Kahin, President of the Republic of Somaliland speaks to Associated Press in an exclusive interview in his office in Hargeisa, Somalia Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006. Somalia will only have peace when its leaders stop looking for outside help to resolve its 15-year conflict and other countries stop trying to find solutions to that conflict, said Dahir Rayale Kahin, the president of the breakaway Republic of Somaliland. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

HARGEISA, Somalia -- The president of the breakaway republic of Somaliland on Saturday played down the rise of Islamic militants in the region but said if they tried to destabilize his territory, they would be treated as an enemy.

Speaking to The Associated Press at his office in the capital Hargeisa, Dahir Rayale Kahin said Muslim Sharia law has long been used in Somalia, but had now taken on a disturbing "fanatical slant."

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Coroner Queries BBC Risk Policy After Somalia Death

· Experienced producer killed in lawless capital
· Family's concerns over reasons for trip

London, UK, September 30, 2006 – A coroner investigating the death of a BBC producer in Somalia has ordered the corporation to account for the risk assessments it made before sending her, and the protection provided in one of the most dangerous war zones in the world.

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1st Deputy Speaker Visits Seattle
First deputy Speaker of Somaliland’s parliament, Mr. Abdiaziz Samale (left) pictured with the President of NW Somaliland Society, Jamal Gabobe

Seattle, September 30, 2006 (SL Times) – On Saturday, September 23, the first deputy Speaker of Somaliland’s parliament, Mr. Abdiaziz Samale met with Somaliland’s community in the Pacific North West (Seattle). The meeting took place at the meeting hall of Somaliland Society. Although it coincided with the first day of Ramadan, the meeting was well attended. Mr. Samale stressed the importance of dialogue, consultation and mutual respect.

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Somalia's Islamic militia seizes village
Somali people handle guns, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, at the Arbiska training camp just outside the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Over the past several days, Islamic militiamen have operated training camps for the general public in preparation for any possible battle with Ethiopian troops in Baidoa. The students, whose number was unclear, perform physical exercises, shoot at targets and handle weapons.(AP Photo)

BAIDOA, Somalia, Sept 30, 2006. -- Somalia's Islamic fighters have seized control of a strategic village near the Ethiopian border, widening their grip over much of the southern part of the country, the group said Saturday.

Fighters loyal to the radical Union of Islamic Courts group routed a pro-government militia in the village of Jawill, some 10 miles from the Ethiopian border. The only roads between Ethiopia and central Somalia pass through the village.

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Specialists Urge US To Focus On Somali Strife

Islamist advance seen to threaten a wider conflict

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2006-- Africa specialists criticized the Bush administration yesterday for not paying more attention to the increasingly volatile situation in Somalia, saying that senior officials were consumed by their efforts to stop the fighting in the Darfur region of Sudan.

In Somalia, Islamist militias have taken one town after another in the south-central part of the fractured nation since capturing the de facto capital Mogadishu in June. Now, they appear poised to attack the small town of Baidoa near the country's western border with Ethiopia.

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The Growth Of Militant Islamism In East Africa

By J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.

The few resources in America's global war on terror as have been directed to Sub-Saharan Africa have largely (and not unreasonably) gone to helping build security capacity in the vital assets like the increasingly vital hydrocarbon supplies in Nigeria and other volatile West African producers. Or they have gone to countering the rising threat to the Horn of Africa posed by the Islamist radicals who seized effective power in Somalia from that country's farcical "Transitional Federal Government," which barely controls one town – and that only with Ethiopian propping.

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Unease as Islamists take over Somalia

30 Sept/1 October 2006

Is the world waking up to instability in Somalia now that the Islamic Courts Union is taking over towns once ruled by US backed warlords and threatening the existence of the Transitional Federal Government?" a Somali refugee in Nairobi responded when asked about the state of ‘instability’ in Somalia.

The refugee, who wished not to be named, is one of several Somali refugees in Kenya who see things differently from the US, UK, the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU).

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Somaliland Govt Fears Country May Fall To Islamists
Hargeysa, Somaliland, September 28, 2006 – The government of the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland today broke its silence on the rising threat from the Islamist movement in neighboring Somalia. In a strongly worded statement, Deputy Justice Minister Yusuf Ise Duale Tallaabo warned Islamists against their "dream of capturing Hargeysa," the Somalilander capital. Fearing a popular Islamist uprising at home, he warned citizens against believing in "a new prophet" from Mogadishu.
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International News

The Strange CIA Coup in Somalia
The U.S. intelligence service, obsessed with the risk of Taliban infiltration in Somalia, inadvertently helped the Union of Islamic Courts seize power this past June.

Gerard Prunier

The U.S. intelligence service, obsessed with the risk of Taliban infiltration in Somalia, inadvertently helped the Union of Islamic Courts seize power this past June.

Somalia suddenly hit the headlines this spring when its capital, Mogadishu, was captured by the forces of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC). After 1995 the world had mostly forgotten the country because of the failure of the United Nations' humanitarian and military efforts there in 1992-95.

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Somali Bus Driver Took 200 Bogus Driving Tests

London, UK, September 26, 2006 – A Somalian bus driver took up to 200 driving tests on behalf of fellow immigrants and charged them up to £500 a time.

Deeg Mohammed, 27, impersonated hundreds of would-be candidates at a series of exam centers in a nationwide scam netting more than £100,000.

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In Other News, A New War Was Declared

The Islamic Courts Union declared war on Ethiopia

While the Pope is busy upsetting Islam, Tony Blair continues to drag out his retirement, and Nancy Pelosi runs for cover on yet another leak designed to improve the Democrat's chances in November (which has since backfired), Somalia and the greater Horn of Africa continues its quiet slide into decay and ruin at the hands of radical Islamists.

"The incursion of Ethiopian troops into Somali territories is a declaration of war on Somalia," said UIC national security chairman Sheik Yusuf Indahaadde.

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US Continues Covert Action In Somalia

Washington, September 27, 2006 – Copies of emails leaked to the Observer newspaper and Africa Confidential, presumably by British diplomats or intelligence operatives, show the United States is continuing its covert operations in Somalia.

Washington is attempting to prop up the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) led by President Abdillahi Yusuf. The discredited regime that the West tried to put together in 2004 is now based largely in the town of Baidoa in opposition to the Islamic Courts Council based in Mogadishu, which now controls the capital and much of the south of Somalia.

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Somalia: Spiraling Toward War

By Ken Menkhaus

Somalia's serial catastrophes have consistently exceeded our ability to imagine worst-case scenarios. That may be happening again. The country is facing two inter-related crises — consolidation of power by Islamic hardliners in Mogadishu, and the threat of war between Ethiopia and the Islamists — which could plunge much of the Horn of Africa to new depths of instability, violence, and radicalism.

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SOMALI CULTURE
'The Journey' Project

Leicester, UK, September 25, 2006 – BBC Leicester is celebrating 10 years of Leicester's newest and fastest-growing community called 'The Journey'. The project is a series of exciting programmes and events looking at the Somali community.

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Get Ethiopian Troops Out Of Somalia

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – In matters of war, America must be wary of an ally who greets her with a beggar's hand. This is the case with Ethiopia and its involvement in the war on terror: The country hopes that if it helps keep radical Islam at bay in the horn of Africa, the US will send aid its way.

In early summer, at the request of the fledgling Somali government, neighboring Ethiopia moved troops into Somalia to halt the advance of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which already controls much of the south, including Mogadishu, Somalia's capital.

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Winning Hearts, Minds in Djibouti

Djibouti, September 24, 2006 – Marine Gunnery Sgt. Martin Lopez recently returned home to his wife and three children after a six-month tour of duty in Djibouti, Africa.

"It's funny to see Marianna missing teeth," Lopez said about his 7-year-old daughter. "And it's amazing to hear my 3-year-old talking up a storm," he added. Lopez was also surprised to see Vanessa, his 9-year-old, sporting an elbow-to-knuckles cast for an arm she broke in a fall at school.

"It's hard having him gone," said his wife, Lucy Lopez, a secretary at Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys. "I'm doing everything when he's gone. But it's harder on the girls."

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''Somalia's Islamists Resume Their Momentum And Embark On A Diplomatic Path''

PINR Report on September 27, 2006

After appearing to stall in mid-September, the Islamic Courts Council (I.C.C.), which aims at establishing an Islamic state in Somalia, recovered its momentum, taking the key southern port city of Kismayo on September 24, resuming its program of social reconstruction and responding favorably to Washington's moves to open a "diplomatic channel."

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Somaliland Map
Hargeysa Bridge Committee web Link http://www.hargeysabiriij.com

Editorial

The True Picture Emerges

By closing down independent radio stations and imposing severe restrictions on the local media as well as political activities, leaders of Mogadishu’s Islamic Courts Union have shown themselves in their true colors.

In July, barely few weeks after seizing power in Mogadishu, the ICU imposed a ban on cinema’s and the broadcast of world cup games in the areas under its control.

On July 4, ICU gunmen in the small town of Dhusa-Mareeb opened fire on young demonstrators protesting against the closure of a cinema that was scheduled to show a semifinal match of the World Cup. Two of the football fans, one of them a teenage girl, were killed. The ICU’s top leader Hassan Dahir Aweys was in Dhusa-Mareeb at the time of this incident.

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Special Report

REPORT ON OIL & GAS POTENTIAL
IN SOMALILAND

By Prof. M. Y. Ali

In this paper, seismic, well, and outcrop data have been used to determine the petroleum systems of Somaliland. These data demonstrate that the country has favourable stratigraphy, structure, oil shows, and hydrocarbon source rocks.


REPORT ON FAMILIARISATION TOUR TO SOMALILAND

In November 2005, the Centre for Human Rights began investigating the possibility of a third destination for the LLM field trip. The reasons for increasing the number of field trip destinations to include Somaliland include the following:

Somaliland is a state in the making; it would be ideal for students on the programme to have a first hand experience of this.

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Opinions

Security Threat To Somaliland From Islamic Courts

Rashid Nur Gaaruf, Virginia, USA

The Somaliland people have always been vigilant and extremely sensitive to threats that might endanger the sovereignty of Somaliland ever since Somaliland has withdrawn from the illegal Union with Somalia; that was until the Islamic Courts captured Mogadishu, Kismayo and Southern Somalia. Judging by the news reports from Somaliland in the daily papers, web sites, radio stations, television, government news briefs, parliamentary news briefs, Guurti news briefs, letters to editors from people, morning café chats in big cities and small towns; one can not see a credible concern from Somaliland people about security threat to Somaliland sovereignty from Islamic Courts in Mogadishu - and it is both surprising and disturbing at the same time.

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“I Am Not Surprised If One Of My Elder Members (Guurti) Had Used The Silly Tricky Words Of (Qodobadaasi Xeer Kale Ayaa Qeexi Doona).”

By Dr. Abdi Elmi Obsiye, Borama/Somaliland

Again our newly appointed parliamentary members have not critical discussion or have been ignoring the menacing (dangerous) items in our constitution. there are also certain type of people who do not consider and evaluate any developing changes occurring and are willing to let “things run” as they wish .We need some good parliamentary members who can manage well and can get things cleared up. The problem was particularly pronounced by one of my elder member MR. Abdi Warabe on his interview with the B.B.C. on 23\9\006.

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Muslim World's Tyranny Of Community Censorship

By Bashir Goth, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Somalia/United Arab Emirates - Even worse than the official censorship is censorship imposed by the community, which in turn becomes self-censorship. Friends, colleagues and even ordinary acquaintances all impose strict censorship rules on me under the guise of being concerned about my personal safety or honor. They demand that I tone down my strong views about sensitive issues.

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Will UPDF's Somalia Deployment Open Uganda To Al-Qaeda?

By Emma Mutaizibwa

The Americans tried and got their fingers burnt, but the ever-growing threat of al-Qaeda would not let them rest. Harsh experiences in both Afghanistan and Iraq dictate that any direct intervention through deployment of troops into the state now known as the "stateless nation of Somalia" would remind the American people of the bitter 1990s experience, a reminder that could prove costly at election time.

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It Is No Easy Task Solving The Somalia Question

By Ahmed Aideed

The recent rush to solve the crisis in Somalia between the beleaguered transitional Government and the ever-expanding Islamic Courts Union brings to the fore the strategic differences of neighboring countries over the Horn of Africa country.

On one side is Ethiopia and Kenya whose main interests stem from their common borders with Somalia and a history of conflict. This geographical reality has made the two countries incur serious security and resource costs due to the refugee influx since the collapse of government in Mogadishu.

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Somalia: International Religious Freedom Report 2006

Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

This report is submitted to the Congress by the Department of State in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. The law provides that the secretary of state, with the assistance of the ambassador at large for international religious freedom, shall transmit to Congress "an Annual Report on International Religious Freedom supplementing the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom."

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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

UNISA At Washington Somaliland Conference

Unisa’ College of Humanities academic, Iqbal Jhazbhay, delivered recently the keynote address at the Washington Conference on Somaliland (8 September 2006).

Convened by the Somaliland Policy and Reconstruction Institute, a US-based Somaliland diaspora umbrella organization, Jhazbhay’s opening presentation examined creative ways of consolidating the evolving African agenda within Somaliland and the Horn of Africa.

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Drugs Threat To Somali Youths

About 20,000 Somalis live in Bristol - making them the second largest non-white group in the city, behind Afro-Caribbeans. Community leaders are concerned about the rising numbers of young people involved in drugs. SIMON PEEVERS reports.

Bristol, UK, September 21, 2006 – Drugs and the crime and misery they can bring are a problem faced by every section of society. But Somalis say that they are less equipped to deal with them because of a lack of facilities and they are calling on the city council to do more.

Community worker Khalil Abdi said he believed that there needed to be a focal point to bring people together, a building like the Malcolm X Centre which was established by the long-standing Afro-Caribbean population of Bristol.

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Ethiopian Meddling In Somalia Counterproductive

Commentary By Sara Kuepfer

Sara Margareta Kuepfer

With Islamic militants now in control of all of Somalia’s major cities, the international community needs to take a more assertive role to prevent Somalia from sliding back into civil war and anarchy.

Islamic militants early on Monday morning took over Kismayo, one of Somalia’s largest cities and a strategic port town. The warlords in control of the city left without resistance. Following the takeover, however, thousands of protesters took to the streets, whereby the militants opened fire, killing a teenager. On Tuesday, militiamen broke up a rally opposing the instituting of Islamic law and arrested 20 women. Meanwhile, thousands of Somalis are reported to have fled the city.

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The Book Hugo Chavez Should Have Held Up

By Enver Masud

THE WISDOM FUND News & Views

http://www.twf.org
One in three Americans has serious doubts about the conspiracy theory offered by the U.S. government that 19 Arabs armed with box-cutters were responsible for the hijacking of four airplanes, and the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

A Scripps Howard poll found: "More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East".

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Islamists Calm Somali Capital With Restraint

Jehad Nga for The New York Times - Islamists who seized Mogadishu, Somalia, have defied expectations by restoring order without harsh religious rules, even allowing soccer games.

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 23, 2006 — As the sun begins to sink over this broken city, work crews swing their axes over their shoulders and head home.

Young couples take to the waterfront, mingling openly in the salty breeze. Thousands of children flock to soccer fields in the city center, with a backdrop of beautifully crumbled ruins from battles now over.

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BORN TO RULE
Why not ... a stamp commemorating the silver jubilee of the Empire of Atlantium, from Lonely Planet's Micronations

STAND aside, ladies and gentlemen! Make way for His Serene and Radiant Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Bazonka.

If you nurture a secret desire to wear a spectacular uniform and hear liveried flunkeys announce your presence and play fanfares as you arrive at ceremonial events, you need help. Help, that is, to establish your own nation. Set up your own state. Make yourself king (or queen) and transform your world into a delightful comic opera.

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Food for thought
Diplomacy, Not Troops Will Solve Somali Crisis - Analysts By Tia Goldenberg

By Tia Goldenberg,

Nairobi, September 27, 2006 – As tensions continue to mount between rival Islamists and the government in Somalia, analysts are warning that foreign troops should not be sent in, and that the international community must encourage the two sides to attend peace talks in Sudan next month for the country to gain any sort of stability. Somalia's Islamists strengthened their hold on the country with the seizure of another port town this week, triggering a call for international help by the country's weak transitional government.

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