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Issue 246 / 7th October 2006
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Index
Headlines

Mogadishu’s Islamic Courts Plot
A Somaliland Takeover From Within

US Government Vows To Engage Somaliland

Africanists Discuss Somalia
As Regional Security Challenge

Interview: Somaliland President Lashes Out At Arab’s Position On His Breakaway Country

Arab League Proposes International Somalia Meeting

Foreign Fighters Influence Increasing In Somalia

France 'Will Not Intimidate Us'

Woman In Court Over July 'Plot'

Unveiling Somalia's Islamists

Regional Affairs

Nine Muslims Dead In Ethiopia Riots With Christians

Over 20 Killed In Clan Clash On Somalia-Ethiopia Border

EC Support To Pastoralist Milk Producers In Somaliland and Puntland

U.S. Gives Kenya Six Boats To Fight Terrorism

Hardline Rule Changes Spirit Of Ramadan In Somalia

Militia Advances Closer To Government Base

"Islamists Threaten Somaliland From Within"

Extremists Emerge As The Real Face Of Somalia's Islamic Movement

Somalia : Islamists Set Up Central Islamic Court In The Capital

Thousands Of Somalis Reach Kenya

EU Gives Ethio-Djibouti Railway $50mn Injection

Dozens Of Somali MPs Quit Govt Seat, Meet Islamists

Senior UN Envoy Begins Seven Nation Tour to Promote Peace

Editorial

Aweys’s Men At Bush House

Special Report

REPORT ON OIL & GAS POTENTIAL
IN SOMALILAND

REPORT ON FAMILIARISATION TOUR TO SOMALILAND

International News

Israelis Say They'll Attack If America, UK Refuse To Act

Work With Somali Community Wins Lambeth Woman Top Volunteering Award

Hijacked Plane Lands In Italy With Message For Pope

Mother Sues Sheriff Over Death Of Mentallyiu ill Son

Warrants for Djibouti judge death

The World In Black And White

Case Of Ends And Means In Conflict

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

US Policy And Somaliland

Regional Involvement In Somalia

“CIA Coup In Somalia”

“Somalia: Spiraling Toward War”

From Somalia To Madison

British Pair Score Shock Wins

Address To The Africa Society Of The National Summit On Africa

Food for thought

Somalia - Better Off as an Island?

Opinions

Is The ICU Posing A Serious Threat To Somaliland?

The Islamic Courts Union Is Endangering The Regional Peace

World Teachers' Day Celebrated

Stop Denial About Somali Killings

Driven To Death By Political
Instability And Poverty

Reply To The Article Titled: ''Security Threat To Somaliland From Islamic Courts'' By Rashid Nur

BOOK REVIEW: LADH


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Nine Muslims Dead In Ethiopia Riots With Christians

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 6 -   At least nine Muslims and a number of Christians were killed this week in religious riots in western Ethiopia, the country's main Islamic group said Thursday, as police confirmed the clashes for the first time.

The Islamic Affairs Supreme Council of Ethiopia said that the nine were killed and numerous houses burned in several days of violence that erupted Sunday near the town of Jimma, following a seasonal Orthodox festival last week.

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Over 20 Killed In Clan Clash On Somalia-Ethiopia Border

MOGADISHU, Oct 1, 2006 – More than 20 people were killed and 40 injured when two Somali ethnic clans clashed over pasture in an area on the border with Ethiopia, clan-members and Islamist sources said on Sunday.

They said the gunfight between the Saleman and Marehan sub-clans began late on Friday around the border village of Da'dheer, in a 10 km (6 mile) radius in both Somalia and Ethiopia's eastern ethnic Somali Ogaden region.

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EC Support To Pastoralist Milk Producers In Somaliland and Puntland

Nairobi, September 21, 2006 – Under the EC strategy for Food Security and Rural Development in Somalia (2002-2007 Strategy for the implementation of Special Aid in Somalia) the EC program for Support to Agriculture and Livestock Development in Somalia is providing specific support to pastoral livelihood development in Somaliland and Puntland. A major objective is to improve market access and to diversify livestock product marketing and trade, to the benefit of the rural poor.

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U.S. Gives Kenya Six Boats To Fight Terrorism

Naval officers test six patrol boats donated by the United States government, at their headquarters in the Kenyan Coastal City of Mombassa, October 6, 2006. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga

MOMBASA, Kenya, Oct 6, 2006 - The United States government on Friday gave the Kenyan Navy six boats to patrol its coastline and help combat "insecurity and terrorism".

"This is timely in view of the heightened concerns by Kenya about the potential exploitation of the Kenyan coast by criminal groups and terrorists," U.S. Ambassador Michael Rennenberger said in the Kenyan port city of Mombassa.

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Hardline Rule Changes Spirit Of Ramadan In Somalia

Mogadishu, Oct 5, 2006- Bakar Ahmed is walking down the mostly-empty streets of the Somali capital Mogadishu, with his three children in tow. He's searching for gifts for Eid al-Fitr, the last day of Ramadan which celebrates the struggle for spiritual transcendence endured throughout the month-long fasting holiday.

And while the streets and pathways of the city are as calm as they would be during the holiday, and the mosques just as busy, there is tension in the air.

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Militia Advances Closer To Government Base

Mogadishu, Somalia, October 05 2006 – Somalia's radical Islamic militia has advanced to within 20km of the only town controlled by the government, the closest the fighters have gotten to the fragile administration's headquarters, an Islamic official says.

The militia, which has seized much of southern Somalia since taking over the capital, Mogadishu, in June, reached Moode Moode on Tuesday night, local militia leader Mohammed Ibrahim Bilal said. The group has started 24-hour patrols in the area, he said.

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"Islamists Threaten Somaliland From Within"

Abu Dhabi , UAE, October 5, 2006 – It is believed that the Islamists of Somalia Courts Movement have tightened their grip over power in Somaliland, where its members control almost every sector of the economy. As the Mogadishu Islamists are threatening to attack Somaliland, authorities fear they could get support from within.

According to editor-cum-poet of 'Awdalnews' in Somaliland, Bashir Goth, the Islamists' grip of Somaliland's economy is an open secret, for they control all small businesses, including small money transfer institutions as well as own and run hundreds of schools.

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Extremists Emerge As The Real Face Of Somalia's Islamic Movement

NAIROBI , Kenya, October 5, 2006 – Resting a hand on one of two Belgian-made pistols stuffed into his waistband, Aden Hashi Ayro, the military commander of the Islamic movement that is advancing across Somalia, fits the part of a radical revolutionary perfectly.

Increasingly, as his forces seize town after town in southern Somalia, the once reclusive Ayro is taking a public role. His emergence is a signal that radicals within the movement are gaining the strength to put their anti-Western, anti-modern stamp on Somalia.

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Somalia : Islamists Set Up Central Islamic Court In The Capital


Mogadishu Islamic Courts Meeting

Mogadishu, Somalia, October 5, 2006 – Somalia’s powerful Islamic Courts in Somalia capital have officially declared on Thursday the formation of supreme Islamic Sharea court of Banadir province in crucial meeting in Mogadishu – this is the first move by Islamists towards improving security and judiciary since they took control of the city June 5.

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Thousands Of Somalis Reach Kenya
UN camps at Daadab are already home to about 150,000 Somalis

Nairobi, Kenya, October 6, 2006 – UN officials report a big rise in the number of Somali refugees crossing into Kenya to escape instability at home.

At least 2,000 arrived in the past two days, about three times the usual rate, the UNHCR refugee agency said.

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EU Gives Ethio-Djibouti Railway $50mn Injection

Addis Ababa, October 2, 2006 –   The European Union would fund the repair work on 144km of railway in Ethiopia and Djibouti at an estimated cost of € 40mn (about $50mn), said the Djibouti Railway Company.

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Dozens Of Somali MPs Quit Govt Seat, Meet Islamists

MOGADISHU, Oct 5, 2006 – A group of Somali lawmakers met powerful Islamists in their Mogadishu stronghold after quitting the temporary capital because of growing security fears since last month's assassination attempt on the president.

The Islamists' most influential leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys welcomed the 36 legislators late on Wednesday, saying the movement was ready to work with them.

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Senior UN Envoy Begins Seven Nation Tour to Promote Peace

Addis Ababa, October 3, 2006 – Starting a seven-nation mission to promote peace and reconciliation in Somalia, the top United Nations envoy for the war-torn east African country today visited neighboring Ethiopia to discuss the next round of peace talks between the rival Somali factions.

Acting on recommendations contained in a Security Council presidential statement of 13 July, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Somalia, Frans Lons Fall, also plans to visit Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen for consultations with their leaders.

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Headlines

Mogadishu’s Islamic Courts Plot
A Somaliland Takeover From Within

Hundreds Of Somalilanders Under Going Military Training in Mogadishu For An Armed Insurrection In Somaliland

Mogadishu , Somalia, October 7, 2006 (SL Times) – Contrary to previous convictions held that they were unlikely to attempt at this stage actions of military nature in Somaliland, the leaders of the Mogadishu-based Islamic Courts Union have already been plotting a takeover of Somaliland from within.

A plan calling for the eventual declaration of Islamic Courts in Somaliland’s major cities is already nearing the final stages of its implementation.

The Somaliland Times has learned that at least a group of militants from one sub-clan in Hargeysa has contacted a well known cleric from another sub-clan to endorse a plan for the proclamation of Islamic Courts administration in the capital.

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US Government Vows To Engage Somaliland

Washington DC, October 7, 2006 (SL Times) – The Office Director of East African Affairs in the US State Department Ms. Eunice Reddick has reaffirmed the desire of the United States’ government to continue its engagement with positive development in Somaliland.

Speaking at a meeting held in Washington DC on last Wednesday, Ms. Eunice Reddick discuss her government’s policy on the Horn of Africa region with a group of Africanists who included David Shinn, former US Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, Ken Menkhausis professor of political science at Davidson College and specializes in conflict and development in the Horn of Africa and Gérard Prunier , a research professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, and the director of the French Center for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa until summer 2006.

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Africanists Discuss Somalia
As Regional Security Challenge

Ambassador Shinn outlines Somalia's future on American Enterprise Institute panel

Washington, October 6, 2006 – With Somalia slipping in and out of anarchy, a panel of Africanists met at the American Enterprise Institute October 4 to discuss how U.S. security interests in the Horn of Africa region might be affected by Somalia’s instability.

The panelists agreed the situation in Somalia is precarious: Warring clans vie for power while a conservative Islamic movement consolidates its control over the capital, Mogadishu, and much of the rest of the country. A fractious secular government is trying to establish its autonomy. In addition, there are continuing threats from terrorist groups aligned with al-Qaida and from pirates operating off Somalia's coast.

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Interview: Somaliland President Lashes Out At Arab’s Position On His Breakaway Country
Somaliland President Dahir Rayale Kahin

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 2, 2006 – Somaliland President Dahir Rayale Kahin expressed his disappointment at Arab countries’ insistence on clinging to their wrong concept of Somalia.

In a telephone interview with Awdalnews Network on Sunday, Kahin said: “Arabs are still attached to the old concept of Somalia. They deny seeing that the old concept of Somalia doesn’t exist any more. We are called Somaliland and we refuse to be lumped with Somalia.”

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Arab League Proposes International Somalia Meeting

CAIRO, Oct 1, 2006 – The Arab League has proposed an international meeting with the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations to talk about peace in Somalia.

A League official said Secretary-General Amr Moussa wanted the meeting to take place before the end of October to help bring peace to Somalia, where Islamist fighters in control of the capital threaten a transitional government's tenuous efforts to establish its authority over the country. "We are proposing to hold a meeting that would be jointly prepared between the Arab League and the African Union," Moussa aide Hesham Youssef said.

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Foreign Fighters Influence Increasing In Somalia
Somali people handle guns, Tuesday, September 26, 2006, at the Arbiska training camp just outside the Somali capital, Mogadishu

Nairobi, October 03, 2006 – In Somalia, recent terrorist attacks in Baidoa and reports of foreigners training and fighting alongside Islamic court militias have raised serious questions about whether the country's increasingly powerful Islamist leadership poses a threat to regional peace and security.

Last month's suicide car bombings, which targeted the president of Somalia's U.N.-backed secular interim government in Baidoa, shook many Somalis, who had never seen such acts committed on their soil before.

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France 'Will Not Intimidate Us'

Djibouti, October 4, 2006 – A tiny Read Sea state said it would not be "intimidated" by arrest warrants for two top officials issued by a French court probing the death of a French judge in Djibouti 11 years ago.

The former French colony said late on Tuesday that the warrants would not stop its attorney general Djama Suleiman, one of those for whom a warrant was issued, from going to the world court this month to pursue its case against France in the matter.

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Woman In Court Over July 'Plot'
London, UK, October 4, 2006 – The fiancée of a man facing trial over last summer's alleged attempted London bombings has appeared in court accused of helping him evade arrest.

Fardosa Abdullah, who was 17 at the time of the alleged attempt on 21 July, is accused of assisting and failing to disclose information about Yassin Omar.

Ms Abdullah, of Finchley, north London, was remanded in custody to appear before Woolwich Crown Court on Friday.

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Unveiling Somalia's Islamists

Aweys has ordered "holy war" against Ethiopian troops in Somalia

London, UK, October 6, 2006 — The Islamist alliance, the Union of Islamic Courts, may have succeeded in gaining control in much of Somalia, but, having defeated the country's warlords, the papered-over cracks in the alliance are now becoming more noticeable.

The UIC is split between its Salafist and Qutubist tendencies, led by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys and moderate cleric Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, respectively.

Mr. Aweys, on the US list of those allegedly linked to terrorism, is widely believed to be the genius behind the military campaign that led to the UIC's victory.

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International News

Israelis Say They'll Attack If America, UK Refuse To Act

The Bush administration and the British government are under increasing pressure from the Israelis to conduct an illegal air strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, according to a number of reports in Europe's largest newspapers.

In London, The Sunday Telegraph and the daily Telegraph have reported that war clouds are spreading as Iran continues its nuclear development and Israel reacts to it.

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Work With Somali Community Wins Lambeth Woman Top Volunteering Award

Citizens Advice Volunteer of the Year Awards 2006, Maryan Ahmed receives award presented by HRH The Princess Royal

Lambeth, Wales, September 28, 2006 – A Lambeth woman who helps the local Somali population sort out every kind of practical problem has won a top national volunteering award.

Maryan Ahmed has been a volunteer adviser with local charity Merton and Lambeth Citizens Advice Bureau for three years. Now her work running an advice project for the Somali community has helped earn her the national adviser category of the Citizens Advice Volunteer of the Year Awards 2006.

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Hijacked Plane Lands In Italy With Message For Pope

Rome, Italy, Oct. 3, 2006 – A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 with 113 people on board was hijacked after taking off from Albania's capital, Tirana, on a flight to Istanbul, said Italy's air traffic controller, Enav.

Two Turkish hijackers, who may be unarmed, want to deliver a message to Pope Benedict XVI, said Loredana Rosati, a spokesman for Enac, the civil aviation authority, citing information from police.

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Mother Sues Sheriff Over Death Of Mentallyiu ill Son
Amina Abdi and her son Nur discuss her son Nasir, shown in a passport photo taken the day he died.

Columbus, October 4, 2006 – The mother of a man who was killed by deputies is asking a court to order the Franklin County sheriff to provide specialized training to those who deal with the mentally ill.

Amina Abdi, who fled with her seven children from Somalia to Columbus, is also seeking damages in Franklin County Common Pleas Court for the death of her son Nasir.

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Warrants for Djibouti judge death

Paris, France, October 2, 2006 – France has issued arrest warrants for two top Djibouti officials in connection with the mysterious death of a French judge in 1995.

Djibouti Chief Prosecutor Djama Souleiman and security chief Hassan Said are accused of interfering with witnesses in the investigation.

The burnt body of Bernard Borrel was found in just a T-shirt and underpants.

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The World In Black And White

The problem with ex-communists is that they always need new certainties against which to rail.


Mark Seddon

Alan Johnson has taken me to task on this site. Not the Alan Johnson I once knew as the combative leader of the Post Office Workers Union, now turned Blairista, but an Alan Johnson I have never met, but whose biography is honest to admit time spent in the Trotskyite Socialist Organizer. Not that this invalidates his arguments on the threat that terrorism poses, but that most of the ex-Trostskyites and ex-communists I have come across, invariably still see the world in black and white. The imminent collapse of capitalism for them has been replaced by new certainties against which to rail.

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Case Of Ends And Means In Conflict

Christopher Coker and Greg Mills

THERE is one question those studying the Middle East struggle to answer: why is it that some people are willing to take up arms in a struggle in which they know they will likely die — or, in extreme cases, are willing to strap bombs to themselves and commit suicide for their cause? The answer to this question is key to understanding how to end the ongoing violence. The question is related to another: how to deal with military insurgency? This is a question being asked from Colombia to Kashmir, Congo to Iraq. Finding the answers has so far involved scrutinizing past campaigns from Algeria to Zimbabwe, but especially Malaya and Vietnam.

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

Editorial

Aweys’s Men At Bush House

As the vast majority of its listeners would agree, the Somali Service of the BBC has become a tool for promoting the cause of the Mogadishu-based Hawiye dominated extremists who misleadingly call themselves now the Islamic Courts Union.

On June 2006, the ICU’s militia defeated an alliance of warlords backed by the Americans and drove them out of Mogadishu. Although the warlords were in reality a bunch of unpopular gangsters interested only in extorting money from their own people and external backers as well, however that didn’t necessarily mean that the courts fared much better as far as Mogadishu’s residents were concerned.

But there was no doubt that the way in which the Somali Service had been reporting about the conflict between the courts and the warlords has influenced the outcome of the battle of Mogadishu in a significant manner.

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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

Is The ICU Posing A Serious Threat To Somaliland?

By Soleiman Egeh

“The chain reaction of evil-wars producing more wars-must be broken-or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation " Dr. Martin L. King.

History have been a witness to terrible tyrants, genocidal dictators, warlords and others embarked on hegemony and domination of other nations, who have all failed. Those who tried to subjugate other people or even their people, and denied them the inalienable rights of freedom, justice and democracy have all failed. Systemic national projects, once sanctioned by nations for domination and exploitation have all end up in failure. we have seen once powerful empires crumble into pieces or total oblivion.

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The Islamic Courts Union Is Endangering The Regional Peace

By Hassan Ahmed

The Rapidly changing political climate of the eastern African region has hit both a new high and a new low. As developments in Somalia show the dangers that are attributed with a failed state and in particular the rise of the “Islamic influence” are too great to ignore. The rise of the Islamic courts or the conservative union of Islamic courts as they now wish to be known have ended the element of the TFG or what was left of it. It has simplified the political equation and has reduced the TFG and its supporters dream of forcibly retaking what was once known as Somalia as a long distant dream which will never materialize.

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World Teachers' Day Celebrated

By Mohyadin A/lahi Saed, Hargeysa, Somaliland

On the fifth of October is the day the UN designated for teachers around the world. On this occasion I would like to extend my heart-felt gratitude to the hundreds of teachers in Somaliland who are dedicated and determined to improve the learning standards of their nation and are working as volunteers to eradicate illiteracy across our country as the world celebrates the world teachers' day.

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Stop Denial About Somali Killings

By Abdifatah Ismail

Clearly in pain, Abdiqani Ibrahim, a 26 year old Somali shopkeeper who is recovering from serious injuries that he sustained in Phillipi after armed gangsters stormed into his shop, paces back and forth in his two meter long room in Bellville.

The doctors told him to move around so as to hasten recovery.

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Driven To Death By Political
Instability And Poverty

By Mohamed Mukhtar, London

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor-- Sholom Aleichem.

Imagine that you are now in a boat in the Gulf of Aden destined to Yemen but the boat’s engine failed a week ago. You are experiencing extreme thirstiness, hungry and tiredness. Some passengers are no longer able to bear the thirst and choosing to jump into the sea.

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Reply To The Article Titled: ''Security Threat To Somaliland From Islamic Courts'' By Rashid Nur

Saeed H Osman, London, UK

First of all, I would like to acknowledge to our readers that I am not one of those people who comment what other people generally write or say about Somaliland because every one of us entitled to air their own views, but at the same time we bear in mind the consequences of provocative manners to other people, even if it not serious one. I think people should remember if they criticize others and choose to go offensive, then they must also expect steadfast response.

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BOOK REVIEW: LADH

Book: Ladh
Author: Abdillahi Cawed Cige
Reviewed by Ibrahim M.S Awad, London, UK

At the outset I have known the author of this Book for a quite while, he was good at solving mathematical and electronics problems but I hardly knew of his hidden treasure of illuminating stories as well as his sorceries spells. As the book was published I came across the advertisements on the Somaliland websites and I had nothing or little (if any) of interest to buy and read the stories in the book, however someone has offered me the book to read recently. I looked the pictures on the both sides of the book and tried to read the blurb on the right cover which I found it uncomfortable to read as it was written with a very poor quality format (very small white font) and my eyesight is not that sharp, I opened and read the preface written in English and it was reasonably okay.   

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY

US Policy And Somaliland

William Reno
Department of Political science
Northwestern University,

Numerous essays appeal to international law to argue for recognition for Somaliland. If one looks at recent precedent, one sees that politics will likely determine how the rest of the world treats Somaliland’s claims. By politics, I mean that recognition has to be in the interests of outsiders—especially the United States—and that Somaliland’s authorities must identify and exploit such an opportunity.

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Regional Involvement In Somalia

By David H. Shinn

Countries throughout northeast Africa and the Gulf have been involved in Somalia since it became a failed state in 1991. The defeat earlier this year of the warlords in Mogadishu and the rise of the Islamic Courts has resulted in a significant increase in the amount of outside engagement. This growing interest, sometimes meddling, by a variety of states in the region has important implications for US policy well beyond Somalia.

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“CIA Coup In Somalia”
By Gerard Prunier
Le Monde Diplomatique

The US intelligence service, which remains obsessed with the risk of Taliban infiltration in Somalia, inadvertently helped the Union of Islamic Courts seize power this 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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“Somalia: Spiraling Toward War”

By Ken Menkhaus
CSIS Online Africa Policy Forum

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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From Somalia To Madison


Asha Hagi Elmi

Madison, October 5, 2006 – A Somalian women’s rights activist passionately spoke before University of Wisconsin students Wednesday evening about the plight of what some have referred to as a “fourth-world” nation.

Among her accomplishments, Asha Hagi Elmi Amin founded “Save Somali Women and Children,” an organization that advocates for an end to the civil war in Somalia and works to provide education for Somalian women.

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British Pair Score Shock Wins

Farah - claimed shock victory.

Mohamed Farah and Becky Lyne secured surprise victories in the Newcastle/Gateshead road races as an exceptional summer season for both British athletes ended on a high.

They triumphed in the David Lloyd Leisure Great North Mile, beating quality fields containing overseas and domestic rivals.

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Address To The Africa Society Of The National Summit On Africa
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

SECRETARY RICE: Thank you. Thank you very much. And thank you, Bernadette, for that very kind and wonderful and warm introduction. I want to, of course, thank Noah Samara and the Members of the Board of the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

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Food for thought
Somalia - Better Off as an Island?

ANALYSIS By Glenn Brigaldino

Oxford, October 5, 2006 – The UIC has extended its authority to other areas of southern Somalia. Consequently, this has led to a sharp increase in the number of refugees entering Kenya. Glenn Brigaldino describes Somalia as a state that only exists on paper, including maps. "It is most favorably described as a desolate and impoverished place, where a traditional society wildly fragmented along clan allegiances struggles to secure a livelihood."

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