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Issue 473/ 19th - 25th February 2011

 

Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

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Front Page

News Headlines

Somaliland Opens "Pirate Prison"

Boqor Raabi Released From Jail

Sheikh Sharif’s Minister Jailed In Somaliland

Somaliland Artists Driven Out Of Business

Somaliland: Seeking A Deserved Recognition.

Interpol To Help Several African Nations Have More Effective Anti-Piracy Programs

A Mission To Reshape Conflict States

Somaliland Contributes To International Conference On Somalia

Local and Regional Affairs

World Negligence: Somaliland Held In Uncertainty

U.S. State Department: Samatar Not Entitle To Immunity

Shippers Back Private Armed Guards To Beat Pirates

Somalia: Stop War Crimes In Mogadishu
DJIBOUTI: Hard Life For Somali Refugees In Ali Addeh Camp
An Initiative Worth Supporting
Dahabshiil Helps Strengthen Somali Currency, Says The Economist
Somali Pirate Handed 33-Year Sentence By U.S. Court

Editorial

Somaliland And The Wilton Park Conference

Features & Commentary

Marxuum Ibrahim Maygag Samater's Latest Writing‏

Need To Address Pastoral Land Degradation And Increasing Rural Conflicts In Somaliland

United States Of Africa: Just A Nice Dream?

Democracy In The Arab World

Somalia: Looking For Volunteers To Invade

WIKILEAKS: Egypt Concern About Somaliland Recognition

International News

Protests In 5 Countries As Unrest Spreads Across The Arab World

UNPO: A Unique Force for Peace After Twenty Years

Opposition Says Govt To Quite Before Dialogue

Opinion

1969 Military Coup In Somalia Part LXIV

Foreign Policy Or A Policy Of Sabotage?

The Shaping Of A New World Order & Where Somaliland Fits-In

Somaliland: Neutralizing American & Canadian Warlords Will Save Lives

Somaliland: A Disgraceful Repudiation Of International Justice

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

World Negligence: Somaliland Held In Uncertainty

Open Letter by Somaliland/American Guild 

Since the Republic of Somaliland restored its independence from the failed Union with the former Republic of Somalia in 1991, Thirty three (33) new countries have been recognized. The majority of these countries were in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia and two (2) in Africa; Namibia (1991) and Eritrea (1993). South Sudan, which officially hasn’t even declared independence (will declare July 2011) is already promised recognition by the United States and other powers. 

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U.S. State Department: Samatar Not Entitle To Immunity

Mohamed Ali Samantar, who was a defence minister and prime minister of Somalia in the 1980s during the regime of dictator Siyad Barre.

MCLEAN, Va. February 19, 2011 — A judge has denied legal immunity to a former Somali prime minister now living in northern Virginia who is accused in a federal lawsuit of torture and war crimes.

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Shippers Back Private Armed Guards To Beat Pirates

London, UK, February 19, 2011 – The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has changed its policy on private armed guards, and now accepts operators must be able to defend their ships against rising pirate attacks, the chamber said on Tuesday.

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Somalia: Stop War Crimes In Mogadishu

United Nations Should Establish International Commission of Inquiry
For Immediate Release
New York, February 19, 2011 – The scale and severity of the crimes during the intense fighting in Somalia in recent months demonstrates the need for an international commission of inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. A recent Human Rights Watch investigation found that all of the parties to the armed conflict have been responsible for indiscriminate attacks on civilians since May 2010. Some of these attacks may amount to war crimes.

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DJIBOUTI: Hard Life For Somali Refugees In Ali Addeh Camp

ALI ADDEH, February 19, 2011 – Amina Ahmed Barre, a Somali refugee, sews clothes on her sewing machine out in the open, in temperatures of more than 30 degrees. There is not a tree in sight in the camp that houses more than 14,000 refugees.

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An Initiative Worth Supporting

Maalim Dawud primary school in Hargeysa, Somaliland

Recently a young Somaliland-born Canadian decided, after completing her Ottawa University undergraduate studies in flying colors, to give back to her motherland. Before joining the workplace, she wanted to take a year off to help Somaliland youth by volunteering in a teaching position at Maalim Dawud Primary School in Hargeysa. The idea behind this project is to inspire fellow Somalilanders abroad to devote a year or a semester to their homeland.

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Dahabshiil Helps Strengthen Somali Currency, Says The Economist

Dahabshiil unrolls its own electronic fund transfer point-of-sale (EFTPOS) in Hargeysa - Somaliland

London, UK, February 19, 2011 – In an article titled, ‘Commerce amid the chaos’, The Economist this week referred to the inherent instability of Somalia’s monetary system and described how the country’s banks, in particular Dahabshiil, are helping to resist the steady depreciation of the Somali shilling by facilitating large inflows of foreign capital in the form of remittances.

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Somali Pirate Handed 33-Year Sentence By U.S. Court

New York, February 19, 2011 – A U.S. judge sentenced a Somali pirate to 33 years and nine months in prison on Wednesday for his role in the 2009 seizure of the Maersk Alabama container ship in the Indian Ocean.

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Headlines

Somaliland Opens "Pirate Prison"

Ministers inspect the high security prison in Somaliland's Hargeysa

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 19, 2011 (SL Times) – Somaliland ministers and a visiting donor from the Norwegian government inaugurated a new modern prison in Hargeysa, which will make it possible to convict Somali pirates caught by international forces. 

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Boqor Raabi Released From Jail

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 19, 2011 (SL Times) – Traditional leader Boqor Raabi Yusuf Abdillahi was released from jail last Sunday after he was pardoned by President Ahmed Sillanyo.
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Sheikh Sharif’s Minister Jailed In Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 19, 2011 (SL Times) – The Transitional Federal Government’s Deputy Minister of Public Works, Mr Abdirashi Muhammad Ali, was jailed after he arrived in Hargeisa without Somaliland government’s permission.

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Somaliland Artists Driven Out Of Business

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 19, 2011 (SL Times) – A convergence of factors have contributed to a sharp decrease in the ability of Somaliland’s artists to make a living from their work.
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Somaliland: Seeking A Deserved Recognition.
“Let us work together and focus on the future for a better Somaliland”

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 19, 2011 – Dr. Mohamed-Rashid Sheikh Hassan, from the Office of International Affairs and Recognition of Somaliland, makes an encouraging call to work together and focus on the future for a better Somaliland.

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Interpol To Help Several African Nations Have More Effective Anti-Piracy Programs

By Malkhadir M. Muhumed

Nairobi, Kenya, February 19, 2011 – Interpol said Friday it will help seven African nations better fight piracy off the coast of Somalia.

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A Mission To Reshape Conflict States

Global perspective: Andrew Mitchell, whose challenge is to explain to families why he is spending scarce resources in far-off countries

By George Parker and Alex Barker

London, UK, February 19, 2011 – Andrew Mitchell treasures an e-mail from a constituent.

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Somaliland Contributes To International Conference On Somalia

Somaliland Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed A. Omer

By Phillip Barea

Addis Ababa, February 19, 2011 -- In a demonstration of good will, Somaliland representatives participated in a conference on postconflict reconstruction in Somalia that was hosted this week by the Wilton Park Conference organization in West Sussex, United Kingdom.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Protests In 5 Countries As Unrest Spreads Across The Arab World

Hundreds of Thousands gather for celebrations in Egyptian capital's Tahrir Square to mark the toppling of Hosni Mubarak a week ago

Manama, Bahrain, February 19, 2011 – A summary of Friday's developments in the Arab world, as instability and anti-government protests inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia spread in the region.
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UNPO: A Unique Force for Peace After Twenty Years

Below is a press release issued by the UNPO:

The Hague, February 19, 2011 – Two decades after its foundation in the seat of international law, the International Court of Justice, politicians, academics, and civil society met at the Peace Palace,

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Opposition Says Govt To Quite Before Dialogue

Bahrain army withdrawn, police attack protesters

MANAMA (Agencies)
Bahraini troops and armored vehicles on Saturday rolled out of a Manama square that had been a base for anti-government protesters, meeting one opposition condition for a dialogue proposed by the king.

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FEATURES AND COMMENTERY

Marxuum Ibrahim Maygag Samater's Latest Writing‏
Beyond The Tunnel: The Democratic Practice In Somaliland And Its Future

By Professor:  Ibrahim Maygag Samater

Somaliland has been practicing democracy in various different forms for the last fifteen years. It can be said that the first phase of democratic practice in Somaliland was based on clan consensus.

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Need To Address Pastoral Land Degradation And Increasing Rural Conflicts In Somaliland Says

The Independent Scholars Group

Introduction 

In their 29 January 2011 meeting the ISG members discussed the growing trend of pastoral resource based conflicts in Somaliland. The meeting was sponsored by the Social Research and Development Institute (SORADI). It was moderated by its Director, Dr. Mohamed Fadal.
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United States Of Africa: Just A Nice Dream?

By William Manful

The idea of creating a single state out of the African continent is well touted by numerous scholars and political autocrats such as Gaddafi.

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Democracy In The Arab World

By The Hon. David Kilgour

As more and more Arab countries turn their backs on autocracy, Canada can be a key player in encouraging democratic governments to take hold.

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Somalia: Looking For Volunteers To Invade

February 18, 2011: More nations are calling for going ashore in Somalia, as the Somali pirates simply use captured fishing ships (carrying or towing speedboats for attacks) to go deeper into the Indian Ocean to avoid the international anti-piracy patrol.

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WIKILEAKS: Egypt Concern About Somaliland Recognition

Passed to the Telegraph by WikiLeaks

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Africa's Best Kept Secret

People & Power - Best Kept Secret - 28 Oct 07- Part 1

People & Power - Best Kept Secret - 28 Oct 07- Part 2

Somaliland Deserves International Recognitionn

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

A 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

Somaliland And The Wilton Park Conference

The Wilton Park Conference has created a ferocious debate among Somalilanders, with some people supporting the participation of Somaliland in that conference and others opposing it.

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OPINIONN

1969 Military Coup In Somalia Part LXIV

By Dr. Mohamed-Rashid Sh. Hassan, Hargeysa, Somaliland

This is the Sixty fourth article of a series of articles that Dr. Mohamed-Rashid analyses the military coup and its legacy

Political History of Somaliland

The Somali National League (SNL)

Somaliland political history largely started with the emergence of the political parties. The Somali National League (SNL) which emerged from welfare clubs "Kheyriya" was first established in Burao (Somaliland) in the 1930s, and later in Hargeysa. These social organizations were later transformed into more structured organization named the Somali National Society (SNS) in 1947, which again transformed itself into the Somali National Party (SNL).  In 1955 another political party was established, the National United Front (NUF) mainly consisting of various politicians who had broken away from the SNL. The NUF was established mainly as a response to the British transfer of the Haud and Reserved Areas to Ethiopia without Somaliland consent. Also, just prior to the June 1960 first general elections in the country, the United Somali Party (USP) was also formed.

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Foreign Policy Or A Policy Of Sabotage?

By Ahmed M.I. Egal

It has been reported that President Sillanyo has refused a request from the UN to establish an international court in Somaliland to try the pirates preying upon international shipping that are captured by international navies (Jamahiriya 14 February 2011). 

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The Shaping Of A New World Order & Where Somaliland Fits-In

By Omer Hussein Dualeh

As the title suggests, we are seeing a new World Order that has started in the Arab World and the Africa Continent, but we need to discover where we [Somaliland] stand in this developing trend.
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Somaliland: Neutralizing American & Canadian Warlords Will Save Lives

By Dalmar Kaahin

War is never a solution. Nor is it the first option to tackle crisis, however; sometimes, a government may be forced to engage violent groups after all other avenues to disarm them fail. And in the little town of Buhodle, in Togdheer province of Somaliland, the last den for a Somali-American and Somali-Canadian warlords, Suleman Essa Ahmed (Hagal Tosiye) and Col. Ali Sabarey, a dreadful war may be impending.
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Somaliland: A Disgraceful Repudiation Of International Justice

Dr. Yusuf Dirir Ali, MD

The Republic of Somaliland is situated in the Eastern Horn of Africa. It has internationally recognized borders, which were clearly demarcated by the British and that separate it from Somalia, Ethiopia and the Republic of Djibouti.
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