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Issue 661 -- 28th March - 03rd April, 2015

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Interpeace Cancels Voter Registration Contract

Somaliland’s ‘Unsung Heroes’

Local and Regional Affairs

New Procurement Service Helps Worldremit Deliver Its Customer Management Vision

Dubai Government Establishes P&O Ports Subsidiary

Somaliland Government Allows Use Of Airport Against Al-Houthis

DIFC Courts Expected To Unfreeze Assets Of Dubai Businessman Following Djibouti Dispute

Girls’ Education In Somaliland: The Start Of A Quiet Revolution

UK Appoints New Ambassador To Somalia

New Minister Of Finance Zamzam Adan ‘ Received’ Overwhelming Support

Editorial

How Long Will The Anti-ISIS Marriage Of Convenience Last?

Features & Commentary

Conflict Assessment Northern Kenya And Somaliland

‘Wonderful Somaliland’: Self-Declared Country Aims For Spot On Tourist Map

Dirty Hands: Why Biometric Voting Fails In Africa - And It Doesn't Matter In The End

Only A Crazy Man Would Go To Somali Territory

International News

Opinion

Somaliland: UK Asked To Push For UN Recognition

DANIDA’s Job Profile Depicts Somaliland—As a Terrorist Haven

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Somaliland’s Failed Foreign Policy

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 28, 2015 (SL Times) – The Presidential candidate of UCID party. Jamal Ali Hussein, described Somaliland’s foreign policy as a failure. He attributed this failure to the fact that Somaliland’s government does not really believe in the country’s independence.

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UK Company Director Jailed For Bribing Public Officials In Africa

In order to win a contract worth £2.26m for making ballot papers, Smith and Ouzman Ltd, a printing firm based in Sussex, gave £395,074 in corrupt payments to public officials in Kenya and Mauritania.
In February 2015, Southwark Crown Court jailed Nicholas Smith, the Sales and Marketing Director, for three years and handed his father, Christopher Smith, Chairman, an 18-month suspended term, 250 hours of unpaid work and a three month curfew. Both have resigned from the company and were disqualified from acting as directors for 6 years.

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Adriano Campolina
The openGlobalRights debate on internationalizating human rights groups has inspired a flurry of commentary on this “new” trend, but decentralization is not new to ActionAid International. In January 2004, we moved our headquarters from London to Johannesburg, taking a first practical and symbolic step on a long journey of organizational internationalization.

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PeopleTECH’s ESP service targets high-growth firms looking for the right customer experience technology but lacking the procurement resource to find it
London, UK – 26 March, 2015 – Customer management consultancy PeopleTECH has launched a new technology procurement service, aimed at helping high-growth companies deliver their customer management vision.

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P&O Ports has signed MOUs for preliminary discussions with the governments of Madagascar, the Republic of Somaliland and Albania to enhance their port infrastructure.

The government of Dubai today announced the establishment of P&O Ports, a new subsidiary specialized in developing and operating marine and inland ports in emerging markets.
The new operation appears designed to complement Dubai’s existing global presence in the ports space through DP World, which is focused on larger ports, with a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals worldwide.
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Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels have been given permission by ‪Somaliland government to use Berbera airport as a launching hub.
According to Confused Eagle, the government of Somaliland has agreed to allow the Sudanese government to use Berbera airport to launch air-strikes against Al Houthi militants in Yemen. Sudan is a member of the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemeni conflict.
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The London High Court has lifted a worldwide freezing order on the assets of the Dubai-based businessman Abdourahman Boreh, paving the way for his Dubai holdings to be formally unfrozen within weeks.

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A discussion with mothers of school girls in a classroom in Habereshey, Somaliland
There is a corner in a part of the world commonly associated with the worst kinds of upheaval that is quietly making some surprising positive change happen, while all around it there is turmoil.

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The United Kingdom has appointed Harriet Mathews as its new Ambassador to the Republic of Somalia. She succeeds Mr Neil Wigan, who will be transferred to another Diplomatic Service, according to an official statement on Tuesday.
Ms Mathews joined the UK Foreign Office in 1997. She is Africa specialist; who has held many other positions related to the continent, including the Head of East and West Africa Department through 2012“ 2014.

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By: Ali Biime
President Ahmed Sillanyo’s reshuffled have attracted so much Media and public attention throughout the country' especially among the Somaliland diaspora abroad. We re' all striving to implement a culture, of Zero, tolerance on corruption, and embezzlement.
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Headlines

Kenya Attack Underlines Al-Shabaab’s Strength

Katrina Manson
The murder by al-Shabaab militants of at least 147 Kenyans has served as a reminder of the Islamist group’s ability to inflict mass casualties despite a clampdown by Nairobi and the death of its top leaders.

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Cardiff Becomes Only Second UK Council To Recognize The Republic Of Somaliland

Cardiff council approved a motion to endorse recognition of Somaliland during a meeting at City Hall, following in the footsteps of Sheffield council
By Ruth Mosalski
Cardiff has become the second local authority in the UK to recognize the Republic of Somaliland.

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Former Vice President Hassan Ise Jama Criticizes Government Assault On The Media

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 28, 2015 (SL Times) – Former vice President Hassan Ise Jama strongly criticized Somaliland government for its suppression of the independent media. The former vice said this on the occasion of the release of a statement of joint position by the opposition parties.

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President’s Family Wants To Hand The Port Of Berbera To Foreign Companies

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 28, 2015 (SL Times) – Haatuf Newspaper cited an article in the Indian ocean Newsletter’s 7/2/15 issue which indicated that the wife of Somaliland’s president Amina Mohamed Jirde and her son-in-law Bashe Awil Haji Omar are in contact with three foreign companies (Dubai World, Abu-Dhabi Ports Company, and the French company Bollore) regarding the possibility of taking over the port of Berbera, and that the presidential family is acting as middlemen in this matter.

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Interpeace Cancels Voter Registration Contract

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 28, 2015 (SL Times) – Interpeace canceled the voter registration contract it had awarded to Creative Company. The cancellation came after complaints by ESI (Electrol Service International) alleging irregularities in the awarding of the contract.

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Cut off from most international assistance, entrepreneurs in Somaliland have built the would-be country’s economy from scratch.
James Jeffrey
The floor of Yahye Yusuf’s office is covered with a carpet of muffin packages, a testament to the success of his bakery in Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland.

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Berbera, Somaliland — Dozens of Yemeni refugees fleeing the fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have arrived in the republic of Somaliland, local officials and the U.N. said on Tuesday.
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Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 28, 2015 (SL Times) – The electoral commission announced that voter registration for Somaliland election will start in July, after the month of Ramadan. The voter registration will last four months and there will be, after that period, other activities in preparation for the election.

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International News

What’s Behind The Return Of Al-Shabaab, The Terror Group That Killed At Least 147 People In Kenya?

By Adam Taylor
The Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab returned to international headlines this week, with a spectacular and horrific attack on the dormitories at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya. Authorities believe that at least 147 people have died in the attack, and at least 79 people have been injured.

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Somaliland: Abaarso Student Accepted to Harvard

New York-The Abaarso School in Somaliland announced today that its student, Abdisamad Adan, has been accepted by Harvard University for the academic year beginning in September of 2015. According to the Harvard Crimson, the school received 37,305 applicants and accepted 1,990 students.
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Features & Commentary

Ken Menkhaus, Davidson College, Feb 2015

Abstract:

Based on several months of fieldwork and review of secondary sources commissioned by the Danish Demining Group, this is a detailed study of conflict dynamics and the role of new developments -- including oil exploration, political devolution, and violent extremism -- in five northern Kenya counties (Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa) and portions of eastern Somaliland. Number of Pages in PDF File: 137

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Although largely invisible to the world, unrecognized state carves out existence and tries to lure travelers

By James Jeffrey
BERBERA, Somaliland — Friday is the day people head to the beach near the ancient maritime town of Berbera, across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen. On any other day of the week, the shore is all but deserted.

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At least 25 countries in Africa have tried a biometric or electronic component in their voting systems. Many have failed spectacularly.

Christine Mungai
NIGERIA is awaiting the release of official results of votes cast on Saturday, with incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan facing a tough challenge from his closest rival, former ruler dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

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Vince in Seattle
It all started years ago when I traveled to east Africa, first to Tanzania and then to Madagascar. As I flew over, I knew somewhere down there was the Horn of Africa, the area that had been an integral part of trade routes for thousands of years.

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SOMALILAND’S PUSH FOR SOVEREIGNTY
CNN Talks To Somaliland Foreign Minister, Mohamed Bihi Yonis about why the world doesn't recognize the African country.

The New Somaliland Press & Publications Bill 2007

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Somaliland Electoral Laws Handbook
By Ibrahim Hashi Jama


Lessons For Somaliland From Kenya's Post-Election Violence

Role Of The Media In Somaliland Elections - New Report Published

Dr. Nicole Stremlau is Co-ordinator of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and a Research Fellow in the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies

report examining the role of the media in the upcoming Somaliland elections in the light of lessons learned from Kenya, has been published in September 2009.

Download the report here: The Report


Editorial

How Long Will The Anti-ISIS Marriage Of Convenience Last?

If someone said before the rise of ISIS that one day the US, its European allies, Iran, Saudis and Arab countries of the Gulf will all be on the same side of a conflict, it would have raised some eyebrows or elicited ridicule. But such an unlikely situation is exactly what is happening today.
Only the Islamic State, or someone like it, could have brought such a disparate group of nations together. This coalition, however, if we can call it that, is a temporary marriage of convenience, an international version of what in Arabic is called zawaj al-mutah, and its underlying weaknesses are not difficult to see.

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OPINION

Somaliland: UK Asked To Push For UN Recognition

Even though it acts as a State, it meets the requirements of statehood and it has had full control on its territory for over 20 years, Somaliland is not a member of the United Nations. UN Members and the organization itself have always refused to recognize the country, considering its territory as part of larger Somalia, despite the will of the population of Somaliland to take a separate path. With a letter addressed to Queen Elizabeth II and to David Cameron, Mr. Ahmed Abdi Da'ar, Director of Somaliland Peace and Development Consultancy, has requested the British Government to be the first Country to push for the recognition of Somaliland and its UN admission.

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Somaliland: Independent Journalists Are Endangered Species

By Adan Iman

On March 8, 2015, two TV journalists were imprisoned in Berbera. The two, Abdirahman Mohamed Egeh of Royal TV and Mubarak Osman Said of Star TV, were imprisoned for allegedly betraying the Nation.
In November 2014, four radio journalists were jailed in Hargeysa and their radio equipment confiscated. In a piece posted on February 26, 2015, Somaliland.org, the flagship internet mouth piece for the Sillanyo Administration, provided an update of the status of the radio journalists in a news item entitled: “Update of Radio BAADI-GOOB Staff & Equipment that was engaged in the Destruction of the Nation (Qaran Dumis)”. It quoted the prosecutor for Marodi Jeeh region, Abdikarim Ahmed, as saying the case is nearing a conclusion after three sessions. According to the website, the prosecutor pointed out “the four defendants have confessed that they were the ones operating the radio and for disseminating the material they are alleged to have broadcasted” adding that “we have brought before the court the equipment for the radio and the defendants led by Yonis Farah Osman”.

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Madasha: Preachers Of Doom And Damnation

By Amran Aideed

In mid-2013, a group of ex-fighters, failed politicians and members who have come from a Diaspora that did not accept them, formed what they then called the “Correction and Salvation Council”. The organization, right from the start, made it clear that the only law, the only constitution, the only republic and the only public order they respected was that which lay within their hearts - unarticulated, unwritten.
The Council, which later changed its name to Madasha – meaning, roughly, the consultation venue – was everything but a constructive caucus.
It also became very apparent that the Somaliland Madasha was nothing but a chamber of the National Salvation Council of Mogadishu.
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DANIDA’s Job Profile Depicts Somaliland—As a Terrorist Haven

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark,
Although Somaliland people are grateful for Denmark’s economic assistance in general and Danish International Development Agency’s (DANIDA) support, in particular, I, as a Somalilander, would like to draw your attention to an outrageous DANIDA job profile that paints a gruesome picture of Somaliland as a notorious gangland. The job profile without mincing words depicts Somaliland as a lawless nation—a terrorist haven.

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Somaliland: 180 Days In The Desert Democracy

On Somaliland's hidden charms, wild roads, and abiding mysteries

By Abdi Latif Dahir / March 2015
I lay down a few meters away from a grave. At the time, I didn’t know it was a grave. Tired and exhausted, I just put down my backpack, stretched on the makeshift bed with no pillow and bedcover, and stared at the constellation of stars forming in the dark sky. I was in Zeila town in Somaliland, once considered one of the most vibrant and historically significant ports in eastern Africa. The hotel was the Kaboode Guest House, the only one in town. Its two rooms were already occupied, but there was a courtyard fenced with wire mesh and cardboard where weary travelers slept on wooden bed frames with cheap, uncomfortable mattresses, listening to each other’s snores.

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Somaliland: For Better Or For Worse? The Forced Marriage Of Sovereignty And Self-Determination

Nora Y.S. Ali
Cornell Law School, Candidate for JD, 2015.

Introduction A young girl is shot in the face, leaving a gaping hole in her cheek for over 25 years.1 A four-year old girl is born with an exposed bladder. Seven children have hydrocephalus, causing their brains to swell with fluid that needs to be drained through sophisticated procedure.
These are just a few of the patients seen in the only maternity hospital in Somaliland. It is the only maternity hospital in the nation, due in part to limited funding opportunities for maternal and child health. Each of these stories ends in success, but not because of international organizations that donate directly to foreign governments. Why are international organizations not part of this success?

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