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Issue 386/ 20th - 26th June 2009

 

Suicide bombers strike in Somaliland

 

Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

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Front Page

News Headlines

The BBC’s Somali Service Suppresses News Of Mohamed Moge’s Commemoration

French Embassy Official Praises Somaliland Democracy

National Examinations Scheduled For June 20th

Somaliland President Visits Kuwait

Muse Bihi Warns Somaliland Clerics

Maryam Mursal Builds School In Hargeysa

Garaad Saleebaan Daahir AF-Qarshe Passes Away

DRC Donates Tools Of The Trade To Borama Barbers

Candlelight Helps The Needy In Erigavo

Local and Regional Affairs

Somaliland Extends Bid Round For Hydrocarbon Exploration Until December 2009

U.S. Condemns Murder of Omar Hashi

Top Somali Warlord: Willing To Talk?

Mobile Phone Banking For Somalia

Imperial Jets Assisting With Evacuations From Battle-Worn Region Of Somalia

Somali Security Minister Killed-President

The United States Seeks To Engage Eritrea

World Condemns Suicide Car Bombings In Somalia

IGAD: Wayward Means To Sully Eritrea

Africa Pioneers Mobile Bank Push

Somaliland Gives Suitors Breathing Space

Telesom Launches Zad Mobile Banking Service In Somalia

Mogadishu Police Chief Among 22 Killed In Clashes

Puntland Minister Says Positive Feedback From Ethiopia Visit

Editorial

Is Said Samatar Mourning The Death Of Somali Literature Or The Death Of His Views On Somali Literature?

Features & Commentary

Somaliland's Lovesick Baker And The Girl He Never Had

From Corporate America To The Horn Of Africa, Money Makes The World Go Around

Just Another Day For Hargeysa's Street Children

Burgeoning Population Drains Hargeysa Water Supply

Stable Somaliland In The Shadow Of Lawless Somalia

I’ve Learnt To Share Power Like Nelson Mandela, Says Morgan Tsvangirai

New Somali Book ‘War And Peace: An Anthology Of Somali Literature’

Why We Became Pirates, By The Nomad Jailed For Life

Rex Browning

Ethiopia - A Source Country For Trafficked People - State Department

Weapons For Warlords: Arms Trafficking In The Gulf Of Aden

Kenya: Unfinished Business - Moving Forward

Somaliland: Postponed Elections Create Chaos

Obama Will Back Green Energy In Asian And Indonesia

Somalia: Still Hope For Peace?

How To Make Friends And Influence People

International News

 

Sect. Of State Hillary Clinton Resting After Surgery On Broken Elbow

Iran's Supreme Leader Calls For Calm, Rules Out Vote Rigging

UNHCR Annual Report Shows 42 Million People Uprooted Worldwide

Opinion

Politics Has Earned Such A Bad Name For Itself! So Imagine When Bad People Used

Somaliland Is Here To Stay!

President Obama Can Empower Africans
LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Somaliland Extends Bid Round For Hydrocarbon Exploration Until December 2009

The Victory Monument in Hargeysa, Somaliland’s capital

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – The Somaliland Ministry of Water and Mineral Resources (Ministry) on Tuesday announced that the Country’s first bid round for hydrocarbon concessions has been extended by three months. The deadline for final submission of bids has been pushed to December 15, 2009 and concessions will be awarded on March 15, 2010.
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U.S. Condemns Murder of Omar Hashi

U.S. Embassy in Nairobi – Press Release

Nairobi, June 18, 2009 – The United States government condemns in the strongest terms the suicide bomb attack today in Beledweyne which killed Security Minister Omar Hashi, as well as Ambassador Abdikarim Farah and possibly others. Minister Hashi was a strong partner in the process of rebuilding Somalia, particularly through his tireless his efforts to reconstruct the TFG’s security forces. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and his colleagues.

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Top Somali warlord: willing to talk?

The fiery Sheikh Dahir Aweys may be ready to hash out a peace deal, following weeks of fighting the moderate government of Sheikh Sharif Ahmed.

 

By Scott Baldauf | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Johannesburg, South Africa, June 18, 2009 – After weeks of fighting, Somalia's moderate Islamist government and its militant rivals appear close to starting peace talks.
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Mobile Phone Banking For Somalia

Phones - mobile and terrestrial - have thrived in Somalia

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 – A new system of making payments by mobile phones has been launched in Somaliland on Monday.
Telesom's Zad service means that people can send money to friends and relatives or pay bills just using their phones.

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Imperial Jets Assisting With Evacuations From Battle-Worn Region Of Somalia

Written by PR.com Press Release
Dare Salam, June 20, 2009 – Imperial Jets, one of the world’s leading private jet charter brokers, is securing private aircraft to extract people from Somaliland and the troubled region of Puntland. The office of Imperial Jets in Tanzania has received a considerable amount of calls from people seeking air travel out of Somalia.

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Somali security minister killed-president

Late Somali Security Minister Omar Hashi Aden

Thursday, June 18, 2009
By Abdi Guled
MOGADISHU, June 18 (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber targeted Somalia's security minister in his hotel in the central town of Baladwayne on Thursday, witnesses said.
A ministry official in Baladwayne said Security Minister Omar Hashi Aden had survived the strike. However, officials in the regional administration said Aden may have been hit.
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The United States Seeks to Engage Eritrea

By Tizita Belachew | VOA
The U.S. Secretary of State's assistant for African affairs told VOA's Tizita Belachew today "the door is open" to improvingrelations between the United States and Eritrea.
In his second month on the job, Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson today discussed issues confronting several African countries including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

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World Condemns Suicide Car Bombings In Somalia

By Daniel Ooko
NAIROBI, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The international community has condemned the killing of Somalia's National Security Minister, Omar Hashi Aden, in a suicide car bomb in Beletweyne, north of the capital Mogadishu on Thursday.

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IGAD: Wayward Means To Sully Eritrea

 

ASMARA, Eritrea June 15, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In a move full of irony, and, by misappropriating the names of the African Union and IGAD, countries hostile to Eritrea, on issues that have nothing to do with Somalia, are trying to use the Somali fig-leaf to persuade the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Eritrea. They have strategized to demand maximum sanctions in the hope that they can exact at least some measures from the Security Council.

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Africa Pioneers Mobile Bank Push

Mobile phone banking has taken off in a number of African nations

Monday, 15 June 2009
Mobile financial services in the developing world could be worth $5bn by 2012, say analysts.
CGAP - a consortium that works to expand financial services in developing countries - said the growth in mobile coverage was helping to fuel growth.

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 Somaliland Gives Suitors Breathing Space

        

Extended: bids in date for Somaliland concessions

By Upstream staff
Tuesday, 16 June, 2009 – Somaliland is giving suitors an extra three months to submit bids in its debut licensing round, with the Ministry of Water & Mineral Resources pushing the deadline back until December.

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Telesom Launches Zad Mobile Banking Service In Somalia

Telsom Company

June 16th, 2009
11:20 am
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: A new system of making financial payments using mobile phones has been introduced in the nothern Somali region of Somaliland. Telesom launches Zad services which enables subscribers to send money to friends and relatives or pay bills just using their phones.
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Mogadishu Police Chief Among 22 Killed In Clashes

                                             

Mogadishu police chief Col. Ali Said

* At least 22 killed, 50 wounded 

* PM says middle-ranking al Qaeda officials in Somalia

* Mogadishu's police chief killed

By Abdi Guled and Ibrahim Mohamed

MOGADISHU, June 17, 2009 (Reuters) - Heavy fighting between hardline Islamist rebels and government forces in Somalia's capital on Wednesday killed at least 22 people, including Mogadishu's police chief.

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Puntland minister says positive feedback from Ethiopia visit

BOSSASO, Somalia June 14, 2009 - A Cabinet minister in Somaila's self-governing State of Puntland returned home Saturday from Ethiopia with a delegation led by the Puntland Vice President, Radio Garowe reports.

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Headlines

The BBC’s Somali Service Suppresses News Of Mohamed Moge’s Commemoration

The late Mohamed Moge Liban with his famous Oud

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – The BBC Somali Service still remains biased and unfair in its coverage of Somali affairs despite the continuous complaints by a significant number of listeners. If calamities, wars and other disasters ravage some Somali territories,

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French Embassy Official Praises Somaliland Democracy

Thierry Choinier,

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – The first secretary of the French Embassy in Djibouti, Mr. Thierry Choinier, paid a three day visit to Somaliland this week. Speaking to the press at Egal International airport, on his way out of the country, Mr. Thierry Choinier praised Somaliland’s democracy and its continuous gaining of strength.

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National Examinations Scheduled For June 20th

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – The National Examination Office of Somaliland’s ministry of education has announced that school examination for the 2008/09 academic year will start today (June 20) throughout the country.
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Somaliland President Visits Kuwait

President of Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – Somaliland president Dahir Rayale Kahin flew to Kuwait this week. This is the first time that a Somaliland president visits Kuwait.

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Muse Bihi Warns Somaliland Clerics

Muse Bihi

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – Kulmiye party’s 1st Deputy Chairman, Mr. Muse Bihi Abdi warned Somaliland’s clerics against engaging in religious disputes among themselves.

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Maryam Mursal Builds School In Hargeysa

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – Singer Maryam Mursal Ise laid the foundation for a school in Dami neighborhood of Hargeysa. Maryam Mursal said this was a realization of a dream she had since her 2002 visit to Hargeysa.
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Garaad Saleebaan Daahir AF-Qarshe Passes Away

Garad Saluiman Dahir Af.qarshe

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – Garaad Saleebaan Dahir Af-qarshe, a prominent Somaliland traditional leader and the former secretary of the National Contracts Committee passed away in Addis Ababa on Monday where he had gone to seek medical treatment.

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DRC Donates Tools Of The Trade To Borama Barbers

Borama, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – USWO, a national organization, delivered hair cutting tools to Borama’s barbers. The tools were donated by DRC organization
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Candlelight Helps The Needy In Erigavo

Erigavo, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 (SL Times) – Candlelight distributed clothes, bedding, food and water collecting utensils to 500 families in 15 locations in Erigavo and its outskirts.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Sect. of State Hillary Clinton resting after surgery on broken elbow

                                       Sen. Hillary Clinton
WASHINGTON- Secretary of State Clinton is back home resting in her Washington mansion after two hours of surgery on her broken right elbow.
A statement released by the State Department says Clinton went under the knife yesterday morning at George Washington University Hospital.

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Iran's Supreme Leader Calls For Calm, Rules Out Vote Rigging

Khamenei said Iran needs calm and patience and ruled out any vote rigging.
•Khamenei said it is wrong to resort to street protests to exert pressure.
•He said all four candidates belonged to Iran's Islamic establishment.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon during Friday prayers at Tehran University

TEHRAN, June 20, 2009 – Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the Iranian nation needs calm and patience on Friday and ruled out any vote rigging in the recent presidential election.

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UNHCR Annual Report Shows 42 Million People Uprooted Worldwide

UNHCR Press Release
16 June 2009
The number of people forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution worldwide stood at 42 million at the end of last year amid a sharp slowdown in repatriation and more prolonged conflicts resulting in protracted displacement.
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FEATURES AND COMMENTERY
Somaliland's Lovesick Baker And The Girl He Never Had

Nour Haban, current owner of Bodhari Modern Bakery in Berbera,

By Gwendolyn Thompkins
Berbera, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 – Lovesick. That word best describes one of Somaliland's most celebrated modern poets. Elmi Bodheri was a poor baker who is said to be the first Somali man to die from love.
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From Corporate America To The Horn Of Africa, Money Makes The World Go Around

Dahabshil Hargeysa,Somaliland

Tristan McConnell
The dusty, potholed streets of Hargeysa in Somaliland are filled with battered cars and ambling pedestrians. The tangled birds' nests of wires that cling to every telegraph pole are testament to a boom in telephony, informal stalls line the roads, selling imported goods and Ethiopia-grown khat, a plant chewed as a stimulant - and behind bricks of local currency sit the money changers.
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Just Another Day For Hargeysa's Street Children

 

Children begging on the streets of Hargeysa (file photo)  

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 – For the children living on the streets of Hargeysa, capital of Somaliland, 16 June – Day of the African child - is of little significance.
"My family lives in Burao [about 150km east of Hargeysa]," one child said. "We were so many children. One day I decided to travel to Hargeysa and never went back home."

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Burgeoning Population Drains Hargeysa Water Supply

A water vendor in Hargeysa: City officials have called for the construction of a third pipeline to offset increasing water shortages

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 20, 2009 – Urbanization and rural-urban migration could soon overwhelm the water supply in Hargeysa, capital of Somaliland, with city officials calling for the construction of a third pipeline to offset increasing shortages.

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Stable Somaliland in the shadow of lawless Somalia

Hargeysa the Capital of Somaliland

June 15, 2009

Somaliland, a break-away region of north-western Somalia, has gone unrecognized by the international community since it declared independence 18 years ago.

Since then, the Somaliland region has remained more peaceful and stable than the Somali Republic, which has descended once again into chaos. While the world’s eyes are fixed on Somalia, Somaliland — and its 3.5 million people — linger in the periphery.

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I’ve Learnt To Share Power Like Nelson Mandela, Says Morgan Tsvangirai

   

Morgan Tsvangirai

Tim Reid
Washington, June 20, 2009 – Morgan Tsvangirai compared himself to Nelson Mandela as he sought to explain his decision to share power with Robert Mugabe.
Speaking to The Times on Sunday, before his visit to Europe this week, the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe — who is facing growing criticism that he has become an apologist for the regime — said that he now had a “functioning working relationship” with President Mugabe, 85 — the man who in recent years had him jailed, beaten and threatened with death, and whose 29-year rule has led his country to near collapse.

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Our Trip to Somaliland

Africa's Best Kept Secret
The New Somaliland Press & Publications Bill 2007

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Somaliland Electoral Laws Handbook
By Ibrahim Hashi Jama

EDITORIAL

Is Said Samatar Mourning The Death Of Somali Literature Or The Death Of His Views On Somali Literature?

There are scholars one can disagree with and learn nothing from them, for example the two Samatar brothers (Abdi Ismail Samatar and Ahmad Ismail Samatar). There are also scholars one can disagree with and still learn something from them. Professor Said Samatar of Rutegers University belongs to the latter category.

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OPINION

Politics Has Earned Such A Bad Name For Itself! So Imagine When Bad People Used

By Amin D. Caynashe, USA
Politics - a word detested by most of the common people. To an ordinary person, politics is a synonym to corruption, misuse of power, money laundering and other take away. Politics has earned such a bad name for itself everywhere that even the most honest political leader is looked upon with suspicion. Elections come and go.
Majority of the populace does not bother to vote. They know, once elected a candidate forgets his electorate and runs after money and power. But these elected leaders can play havoc or bring peace and prosperity in the society. It depends on both their decisions and participation of people. It is true that political decisions and activities affect all aspects of people's lives. But is it really unfortunate?
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Somaliland Is Here To Stay!

By Ahmed Yusuf

I have read Mr zakaria Farah’s article on hiiraanonline.com and I can’t help responding to it.

Before I proceed any further, I would like to say that Zakaria is entitled to express his opinion on how Somalia should be and whether it, according to his words, should be further geographically divided or not. One thing he needs to bear in mind, though, is that the people of Somaliland are also equally entitled to have their say as to how their future is shaped.

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President Obama Can Empower Africans

US president Barack Hussein Obama

Tedla Asfaw
Professor George Ayittey of American University, President of Free African Foundation on his recent research on African leaders on Straight Talk Africa on June 17, 2009 he told us that since independence out of 208 African leaders only twenty nine can be considered as "good leaders".
Ethiopia's king Haile Selasse, Jomo Kenyata, Anwar Sadat are among the twenty nine good leaders Professor Ayittey found out on his research. I haven't read his book but from his brief remark he came to his conclusion based on what these leaders did to their people while they were on power.
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FEATURES AND COMMENTERY

New Somali book ‘War and Peace: an anthology of Somali literature’

Edited by Rashiid Sheekh Cabdillaahi, with English translation by Martin Orwin.
It is a great pleasure for Ponte Invisibile and Progressio to announce the new publication “War and Peace: an anthology of Somali literature”. This unique and rare collection brings together for the first time classic Somali poems and stories which deal with matters that are of great concern to Somali people; conflict and conflict mediation - in other words WAR AND PEACE.

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Why We Became Pirates, By The Nomad Jailed For Life

Farrah Ismail: 'I came here to kidnap commercial ships from the waters off Berbera'

By Daniel Howden
Berbera, Somaliland, June 16, 2009 – “In our culture we were nomads and we believed it was our right to take sheep, to take cattle. That is how we see the ships. They are our sheep and we will take them.”
The ships that Farrah Ismail speaks of are those plying the sea lanes off the Horn of Africa. And the culture he refers to is that of the Somali nomads who have been raiding rival tribes or clans for centuries.

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Rex Browning

Rex Browning, who has died aged 78, was a diplomat and the least bureaucratic of bureaucrats; hugely popular with his staff, he displayed an infectious irreverence that perhaps cost him the permanent secretaryship he deserved.

Rex Alan Browning was born on July 22 1930 and educated at Bristol Grammar School, from which he won a scholarship to Merton College, Oxford, to read History – a passion that remained with him, together with music, until the end of his life. He entered the Civil Service, first the tax inspectorate and then, in the dying days of Empire, the Colonial Office.

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Ethiopia - A source country for trafficked people - State Department

The following is a report on Ethiopia from the ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report released by the State Department. Ethiopia is a source country for men, women, and children trafficked primarily for the purposes of forced labor and, to a lesser extent, for commercial sexual exploitation. Rural Ethiopian children are trafficked for domestic servitude and, less frequently,

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Weapons For Warlords: Arms Trafficking In The Gulf Of Aden

Members of the Islamist militant organization al-shabaab bearing arms

By: Andrew Black
Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 7 Issue: 17
June 18, 2009
In the Hobbesian anarchy that has been the norm in Somalia since the late 1980s, the proliferation of weapons has been associated not only with the pursuit of political power but also with international terrorism and the protection and furtherance of economic objectives in the region.

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Kenya: Unfinished Business - Moving Forward

orir Sing'oei
With Kenya still in the throes of an entrenched crisis, Korir Sing'Oei considers the broader history behind the deficiencies of the country's political system.
Arguing that there are clear similarities to be drawn between events such as the state's response to the 1963 Shifta War and today's military crackdowns at Mt. Elgon, Sing'Oei stresses that the government continues to have a single method of conflict resolution,

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Somaliland: Postponed Elections Create Chaos

Somaliland Election

Tristan McConnell, for the Pulitzer Center
Unlike every other breakaway state in the world Somaliland is more functional than the territory it wants to decouple from. The fact that Somalia is the country it wants shot of makes its case even more compelling because today it is impossible to find a better example of a failed state.

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Obama Will Back Green Energy In Asian And Indonesia

           

Terry Lacey is a development economist who writes from Jakarta on modernization in the Muslim world, investment and trade relations with the EU and Islamic banking.

Dr. Terry Lacey
Development Economist
In the same week that PLN director of planning Bambang Praptomo announced no commitment to start nuclear energy procurement plans before 2018 (Jakarta Post 15.06.09), the one-day World Renewable Energy Regional Congress in Jakarta on June 17th concluded with some optimism from Hilmi Panigoro,

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Somalia: Still Hope For Peace?

Shinn says Somali-led solution still needed

By Joe DeCapua
Washington D.C, June 20, 2009 – As the violence in Somalia escalates, is there any hope for peace? The Transitional federal Government (TFG) continues to battle militias, the most powerful of which is al-Shabaab.
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How To Make Friends And Influence People

Dr. Terry Lacey
Development Economist
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to weeks of US pressure by finally making a keynote policy speech endorsing a Palestinian state but with so many strings attached that an Indonesian diplomat publicly asserted the Palestinian right to resist oppression by armed struggle.

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