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Issue 247 / 14th October 2006
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Index
Headlines

Extremists Linked To The Terrorist Courts Of Mogadishu Burn Haatuf Newspaper In Buroa

IGAD Forces Must Stay Out Of The Territories Of Somaliland

Somalia's Islamic Group Imposes Harsh Rules On Media, Says Press Watchdog

UN Pulls Staff Out Of Somalia

Djibouti To Hold Summit To End Somali Violence

Range Resources Signs US$50 Million Deal With Canadian Canmex

Regional Affairs

Garbage Collection Puts Money In The Pockets Of The Poo

U.S.-Ethiopian Security Ties Deepen

CANMEX Signs MOU To Acquire Interest In
Two Oil And Gas Prospects In Puntland, Somali

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Somalia: Washington's New Approach To The SICC

If Killing Civilians Is Terror, Then Who's The Terrorist?

Muslim Cabbies Refuse Alcohol-Toting Fares

Two Teens Charged As Adults In Killing

Monitors Needed On Ethiopia-Somalia Border - Envoy

Scholar Calls On International Community To Interfere In Somalia

Case Of Ends And Means In Conflict

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

As Threat Of Regional Conflict Grows, A Critical Moment For Somalia

Ibis Triumph Raises Hopes For Rarest Bird

The Emerging Russian Giant Plays its Cards Strategically

Ex-Model Iman Hopes To Help Working Women

Islamic Courts Union Stirs Kenya

Somalia : Radical Militant Youth Group Becoming Dominant - Analyst

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland Native Doctors In The Diaspora Should Contribute To Their Community
Like Dr. Idan

Three Things That The World Can Do In Somalia To Avoid A Taliban-like Regime

Great Things That Happen In Somaliland

Here Again The Warlords Became-Islamo-Warlords!

Driven To Death By Political
Instability And Poverty

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

Exposing The Lexicon Of The Anti-Somaliland Camp

BOOK REVIEW: LADH


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

NAIROBI , October 13, 2006 (IRIN) - In an effort to create employment and alleviate poverty in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations labor agency is running a project to clean up the streets and provide an income to hundreds of poor people in the war-scarred city.


ADDIS ABABA , Ethiopia, Oct. 13, 2006 – The United States, which has a military base in Djibouti, is deepening its ties with neighboring Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Herald reported from Addis Ababa on Oct. 11 that U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Theresa Whelan met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Oct. 10.

Nairobi , Kenya, October 7, 2006 – Resting a hand on one of two pistols stuffed into his waistband, Aden Hashi Ayro, military commander of the Islamic movement that is advancing across Somalia, fits the part of a radical revolutionary perfectly.


CANMEX Signs MOU To Acquire Interest In
Two Oil And Gas Prospects In Puntland, Somalia

Press Release - CANMEX MINERALS CORPORATION  

October 11, 2006 (CXM – TSXV)…Canmex Minerals Corporation (“Canmex” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to acquire an 80% interest in licenses covering the highly prospective Nogal and Al Medo/Darin basins in the state of Puntland in northern Somalia. The Nogal and Al Medo/Darin basins are considered world-class exploration plays with a petroleum system identical to and formerly contiguous with those within the Republic of Yemen. Please see attached map.

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Somalia's Islamic Radicals Hold Public Execution

MOGADISHU , Somalia, Oct.   13, 2006 — Islamic radicals carried out their second public execution in less than a month Friday amid fears of increasing extremist violence in Somalia.


Ethiopian Troops Seize Strategic Town In Somalia
Islamic leader Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, wearing combat fatigues and holding an AK47 assault rifle, speaks during a news conference, Monday, Oct. 9, 2006 in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Mogadishu , Somalia, October 09, 2006 – Ethiopian troops arrived in a strategic town in Somalia alongside government fighters today, residents and Islamic militia said.

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President Advises Africa To Form Force To Stem Conflicts

Nairobi , Kenya , October 13, 2006 – President Kibaki has called for the formation of a continental rapid response force to combat conflicts.

He said the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region had demonstrated that a rapid deployable peacekeeping force is essential for stemming disputes before they degenerate into disasters.


'No Vested Interest In Somalia' - Museveni

Kampala , October 10, 2006 – UGANDA wants to send troops to Somalia out of sympathy for the suffering Somali and not because it has interests there, the President said yesterday.


Immigrants Are Victims As 'Apartheid' Returns To South Africa

Diepsloot , South Africa, October 13 , 2006 – As dawn breaks over Zimbabwe, Douglas Foster and five other men crouch behind a fence, waiting for a South African border police patrol to pass. Shivering in the cold September rain they wriggle their way through three sets of fences to enter South Africa illegally. Desperate to escape the spiraling poverty in Zimbabwe, they risk everything to join millions of other African immigrants in one of the continent's most economically prosperous nations.

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A blade used to carry out an FGM operation.

NAIROBI , Oct 4, 2006 – Women in Eritrea have joined a nationwide campaign to try to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) by lobbying for a law to ban the practice and raise mass awareness among the population, an official at the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) said on Wednesday.

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NAIROBI, Oct 10, 2006 - The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern on Tuesday over the deportation of migrants by authorities in Puntland, northeastern Somalia. UN agencies had requested the expulsions be halted to allow time to ascertain whether there were genuine asylum-seekers among those being deported, mainly to Ethiopia.

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Mogadishu , Somalia, October 11, 2006 – A high-ranking member of the Islamist group that controls Somalia’s capital, says it is not planning an attack on neighboring Ethiopia. Fears of such an attack were raised when a leader of the Islamist group declared “holy war” on Ethiopia.

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Bereket Simon

Washington , D.C, October 11, 2006 – Ethiopia has again said it has no troops in Somalia and that it will not unilaterally attack Somalia unless attacked by the Islamists. Yesterday, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, leader of the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia declared jihad or holy war against Ethiopia for invading Somalia.

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Headlines

Extremists Linked To The Terrorist Courts Of Mogadishu Burn Haatuf Newspaper In Buroa


Buroa, Somaliland, October 14, 2006 (SL Times) – Friday morning, at 10:30, a huge number (estimated to be 1300) of issues of Haatuf newspaper were burned in Buroa by extremists linked to the terrorist courts of Mogadishu.

The people who have publicly burned Haatuf newspapers are the same ones who had sent threatening telephone calls to Haatuf’s office in Hargeysa a few days earlier, in which they said they would attack and burn Haatuf’s offices if the newspaper does not stop criticizing the Islamic Courts of Mogadishu.


President Rayale Forms Ministerial Committee To Resolve Deadlock With Parliament & Opposition
President, Dahir Rayale Kahin

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 14, 2006 (SL Times) – Somaliland President, Dahir Rayale Kahin, issued a press statement on Tuesday for the creation of a new ministerial committee to oversee the current standoff between his government, the parliament and the political opposition parties, KULMIYE and UCID.

The new ministerial committee the statement said will be comprised of nine ministers chaired by the minister of cabinet and two chambers of parliament affairs, Mr. Abdi Hassan Buni.

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ORSOD convention

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 14, 2006 (SL Times) – A popular youth organization named ORSOD (Organization of Research and Social Dev.) has held a convention with the help of the established institute of IPRT in Hargeysa at the venue of Maansoor Hotel.

The convention’s objective was to speak about the relationship between the members of Somaliland’s house of representatives and the common public who were responsible for electing them and what kind of communication mechanism exists between them.


Somaliland Forum Press Release

London, UK, October 6, 2006 – Kenya’s Foreign minister Raphael Tuju on September 5th, 2006 stated that the Inter Governmental Authority on Development plans to deploy peacekeeping troops to Somalia will include Somaliland. According to Mr. Tuju, the IGAD forces are supposed to protect Somalia ¢s Transitional Federal Government and Institutions. Mr. Tuju adds that they are to help train a civilian protection force and establish a united civilian protection force for the whole of Somalia, including the independent nation of Somaliland.


NAIROBI , Kenya, October 11, 2006 – Islamic radicals who control much of Somalia have tried to gag journalists in order to create a compliant press, an international watchdog said Monday.

The Islamic group has told journalists they must abide by a list of 13 rules of conduct, said the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders.


NAIROBI, Kenya, October 12, 2006 (AP) - The shadowy military commander of the Islamic movement that is advancing across southern Somalia has begun to go public, and is arousing concern among diplomats and counterterrorism experts who allege he is an extremist with links to al-Qaida.

As the rebels seize town after town, Aden Hashi Ayro is increasingly taking a public role, and it may be a signal that radicals within the country's Islamic movement are gaining the strength to put their anti-Western, anti-modern stamp on Somalia.

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Nairobi , October 12, 2006 - The United Nations said on Thursday that it had temporarily pulled international staff out of parts of Somalia - controlled by the Islamic radicals - after receiving "direct written threats".

The threats were issued shortly after an Italian nun and her bodyguard was gunned down in the capital, Mogadishu, on September 17 and Somalia's president narrowly escaped a suicide car bombing a day later.


London, UK, October 13, 2006 – Somalia's neighbor to the north, Djibouti, will host a regional summit in November in an attempt to prevent further escalation in the region, the London-based daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat reports.

Somalia ’s neighbors fear that the fragile situation in the country will spread to their countries. Ethiopia and Kenya have already sent troops to their borders to prevent Somalia's Islamist armed forces from entering their territories. In the past few months, Somalia's Islamic Courts Union (ICU) has managed to gain control over most of southern Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu. Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) is currently based in the city of Baidoa.  

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PERTH , October 12, 2006 - Australian resources explorer Range Resources (ASX: RRS) has signed a $US50 million ($A67.50 million) deal with Canadian-based Canmex Minerals to help it look for oil in Somalia.

Canmex will be the operator of the exploration, which is located in the northeastern state of Puntland, and has to complete a minimum of four exploration wells to secure an 80 per cent stake in the project.

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International News

Summary

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Theresa Whelan met Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Oct. 10 to discuss cooperation in combating terrorism in the Horn of Africa. Concerned with Somalia's Supreme Islamic Courts Council (SICC), Washington is signaling a shift from diplomatic engagement of the SICC alone to containing the SICC via regional and Somalian proxies. The move will contain SICC in southern, central, and northern corridors in Somalia. The Islamist group, however, will not accept this without a fight -- which will threaten U.S. interests in Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti.

If Killing Civilians Is Terror, Then Who's The Terrorist?

For the Middle east, Hezbollah emerges as a bulwark against injustice and oppression

Beirut , Lebanon, October 09, 2006 – In the wake of Israel's 34-day war with Hezbollah, the 24-year-old Islamic movement has become the most popular political party in the Middle East. Here's why that shouldn't worry us. Over 1 million Lebanese gathered in a vast square in a southern Beirut suburb on September 22 to celebrate their country's largely successful campaign against Israel.

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MINNEAPOLIS , Oct. 11, 2006 – Many Muslim cabdrivers in Minneapolis have sparked debate by saying their religion prohibits them from driving passengers who are carrying alcoholic beverages.

The drivers, whose beliefs are not shared by all Muslims, have been refusing to carry passengers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who have alcohol in their luggage and have asked dispatchers not to summon them for fares to and from liquor stores and bars, USA Today reported Wednesday.

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Suffolk, October 11, 2006 – Two teenagers were formally charged yesterday with working together to fatally shoot a 19-year-old Somalian man on a South End street this summer, a killing that ended the life of an immigrant who fled civil war in Somalia for what his family hoped was safe refuge in the United States.

Mwase Potts, 16, who lives in the South End, and Eloy Sierra, a 15-year-old Randolph High School student, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, where they were charged as adults with first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, and weapons charges. They face life imprisonment without parole if convicted of first-degree murder.

MOGADISHU , Oct 10, 2006 – Neutral monitors should patrol the border between Ethiopia and Somalia to keep troops from both sides crossing over and sparking conflict, Italy's special envoy to Somalia said.

The Islamists who have seized power across much of Somalia's south since taking Mogadishu in June declared holy war on Monday against Ethiopia, which it accuses of invading the country to prop up the interim government.

Addis Ababa , October 9, 2006 – The expansion of the terrorist forces operating under the guise of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) will be a huge menace to the Horn and the continent if the international community does not interfere in the affairs of Somalia in time, a researcher stressed.

Speaking at a forum organized by East African Group to discuss the current situation in Somalia here Wednesday, Dr. Matt Bryden, who returned from Mogadishu recently after studying the activities of the UIC, said leaders of the Union have a strong ambition to expand to all corners of Somalia.

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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.

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

Editorial

For over a decade now the United States has been giving words of support to Somaliland but very little else. Even 9/11 and the fundamental changes it brought in US foreign policy seems not to have affected this policy of benign neglect by the US government toward Somaliland. Many Somalilanders are baffled by the US attitude. They cannot understand why the United States which is willing to spend $30 million dollars a year (the actual amount is estimated to be twice that figure) for basing its troops in Djibouti to stop terrorists coming from Somalia, is unwilling to extend any substantial assistance to Somaliland, which due to reasons of politics and geography, plays a more pivotal role in the fight against terrorism than the statelet of Djibouti.

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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

Somaliland Native Doctors In The Diaspora Should Contribute To Their Community
Like Dr. Idan

By Hashi Hassan Hashi Urdooh., Hargeysa, Somaliland

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, on a faithful Friday morning, I came down with the flu and every bone of my body was aching with pain. I, then, decided to go and see a doctor and living in Somaliland, I am sure most of you are familiar with the defining silence of Hargeysa. Like any other Islamic country/state, Fridays are public holidays.

Dr. Mohamed Diriye Abdillahi, Hargeysa, Somaliland

Recent news coming out of Somalia is indeed disturbing. A group of Wahhabi inspired clerics have taken control of most of the southern Somalia, thanks to decades of Wahhabi influence streaming from Saudi Arabia, through generous grants and assistance to Somalis willing to abandon their ancestral and tolerant brand of Shafi’i Sunni Islam.   

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Great Things That Happen In Somaliland

By Khadar Yusuf Cali, Hargeysa

Part One

Dear friends, I had been living in Canada for close to thirty years, and after feeling nostalgic for my mother country, I had decided to move back and try to live in my birth city Hargeysa. Now that I have returned and have been living in Hargeysa for a couple of years now, I must say oo what a glorious feeling it is to be back.

By Osmon Jama

Strange, amakaag, Yaabka yaabkii. Yesterdays killers are today's Islamists. Yesterdays rapists are today' so-called Islamic courts. Yesterday's thieves, loothers, criminal killers, butchers of the innocent people are all of sudden change their clothes, wear some artificial beards and they are preaching a new gospel. They called themselves Islamic courts, they are armed to the teeth. All of sudden, Siyad Barre's operatives, men who took an active part in the grand Afweyn genocide on Somaliland,

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By I M Mead, Canada

Some two years ago in apiece authored by this writer of this letter took this title: To do or forebear not to do! Expectedly, unfortunately, now we are forbearing ‘ the not to do’ part of our sorrow situation, and in a big way!

Understand the consequences or not, that is what is happening right now in our country! Whether to perish or refuse not to perish is the question now, and we are all in it in this tragedy of a national scale. Some of us were the culprits of this national crime while the rest of us were and are watching this happening life with out stopping it and we shall sing the blues thereafter!

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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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By Bashir Goth

The lexicon of the anti-Somaliland camp revolves around several mantra words such as dissent, limited government acreage of influence, clan dominancy, hijacked will, secessionist, northwestern Somalia, accidental president, pre-colonial, post colonial. They tells us if you are democratic why do you suffocate dissent voices, why do you arrest and deport native Somalilanders who oppose Somaliland's decision to withdraw from the union. We tell them you are right my sisters and brothers we should not be doing that. Either we are democratic or we are not. Every Somaliland citizen should have the freedom to voice his/her opinion in Hargeysa; a valid point, well taken. Unlike you, our brothers and sisters, we are democratic and own up to our shortcomings.

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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.

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FEATURES & COMMENTARY

As Threat Of Regional Conflict Grows, A Critical Moment For Somalia

World Politics Watch Exclusive

"From today, I am declaring jihad against Ethiopia which has invaded our country and taken parts of our homeland." The words of Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, leader of the Islamic Council that now controls much of Somalia, on Oct. 9. He was reacting to the seizure of a town by the Council's opponents -- reportedly alongside Ethiopian troops.

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Conservationists are celebrating after finding the winter home of the rarest bird in the Middle East. Researchers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and BirdLife Middle East have tracked a group of northern bald ibis on their 1,900-mile (3,100-kilometre) journey from breeding grounds in Palmyra, Syria to the highlands of Ethiopia.

By F. William Engdahl

In terms of the overall standard of living, mortality and economic prosperity, Russia today is not a world class power. In terms of energy, it is a colossus. In terms of landmass it is still the single largest nation in land area in the world, spanning from the Pacific to the door of Europe. It has vast territory, vast natural resources, and it has the world’s largest reserves of natural gas, the energy source currently the focus of major global power plays. In addition, it is the only power on the face of the earth with the military capabilities able to match that of the United States despite the collapse of the USSR and deterioration in the military since.

The 51-year-old supermodel-turned-makeup maven wants to help working women of every skin tone put their best face forward.

Former supermodel Iman is a wife, mother and CEO of her own cosmetics company.

Iman (pronounced ee-mahn) and her troupe of makeover artists are hitting the aisles of Wal-Marts and other retail outlets around the nation.

By Kyle Dabruzzi

The Islamic Courts Union (ICU) has seemingly made their first strategic misstep in Somalia. This blunder, in turn, could provide the Transitional Federal Government (TGF) with additional support and it could also provide the United States an opportunity to help counter the ICU’s advance.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 9, 2006 – As the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) reform themselves by establishing a central command for all Islamic courts in Somalia, concerns are being expressed that a radical militant youth group might eventually shift the balance of power in the courts and manage to dominate future directions.

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Food for thought

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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