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Issue 493/ 9th - 15th July 2011


Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

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Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

British Warship Docks In Berbera

Abu Yasir To Export 2 Million Livestock From Somaliland

New Chief Judge Takes Over

Local and Regional Affairs

Oxfam Calls For A Generous Response In The ‘Race Against Time’

Ophir Raises $375 Million In London IPO

The First SOS Village For The Children Of Somaliland

EDITORIAL: Obama Plays Hide The Somali

Al-Qaida Suspect Held On Ship Without Legal Advice For Two Months

UK Merchant Ships 'Could Be Armed' To Stop Pirates

Rebel Leader Says Al-Shabaab Losing Ground In Somalia


Time For Paradigm Shift In Somaliland-EU Relations

Features & Commentary

Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner For Development Addressed To House Of Representatives Of Somaliland

Ten Great Myths About Foreign Aid

South Sudan's Challenge To Africa's Colonial Borders

Examples Of EU Projects In Somaliland

Riders Of The Sea: Somali Pirates Didn’t Just Pop Out Of An Overactive Imagination

International News


Somaliland Exports Important Minerals To Europe First Time Over 20 Years.

What Do We Mean By Xeego Conference?

The Battle For Hargeysa - 31 May 1988


Somaliland: EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs Announces More Support For Stability And Regional Cooperation

The EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) - During a visit to Somaliland, the EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, announced on Wednesday that the European Union is considering to provide around additional €175 million in EU support to Somalia, including to Somaliland.

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Somalis left in desperation as they are forced to confront devastating drought.

The head of the UN in Somalia exclusively tells Channel 4 News he is "not sure the population can survive until the end of the year" unless urgent action is taken, amid the worst drought in 20 years.

Nairobi, Kenya, July 9, 2011 – Mark Bowden, the most senior UN figure in Somalia, has told Channel 4 News that he is "extremely worried" at the "desperate" plight of an estimated 12 million people affected by drought in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

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Press Release: Oxfam

London, UK, July 9, 2011 – The drought in the Horn of Africa, which has pushed over 12 million people into a fight for survival, is a preventable disaster and solutions are possible – but large numbers of lives could soon be lost if nothing is done. It is currently the worst food crisis on the planet.

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* Prices listing at 250 pence per share, vs 250-280 pence range

* Raises $375 million to fund exploration drilling (Adds detail)

LONDON, UK, July 9, 2011 – Africa-focused oil and gas firm Ophir Energy said it will raise around $375 million from its IPO in London, as it priced its shares at 250 pence.

The exploration firm, which has made a significant gas discovery off the coast of Tanzania with partner BG Group , said on Friday the listing valued it at 798.7 million pounds ($1.28 billion).

The 250 pence pricing of the initial public offering compared with a 250-280 pence per share indicative price range sources in June said the company had set for its London debut.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 9, 2011 – SOS have just officially opened a new SOS Children's Village and facilities for families in the community in Hargeysa in the west of Somaliland. Although the first families moved into the Village in 2008, construction is now complete and a ceremony marked its grand opening.

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Congress needs to limit terrorist access to U.S. legal system

By The Washington Times

President Obama is extending full constitutional due-process rights to a Somali terrorist. This sets a troubling precedent. Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was captured sometime in April on a boat traveling between Yemen and Somalia. He was detained on board a U.S. warship for two months and interrogated by intelligence officials. He reportedly revealed a great deal of valuable information regarding his connections to the Somalia-based al-Shabaab militant group and the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. So far, so good.

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Barack Obama has come under fire over the decision to prosecute terrorism suspects such as Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame in criminal rather than military courts. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Somali man who was questioned 'for intelligence purposes' before being read his rights pleads not guilty to terrorist activity

New York, USA, July 9, 2011 – A Somali man suspected of assisting al-Qaida was held on a US navy ship for questioning for more than two months without being advised of any legal rights, an administration official has said.

The man, identified as Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, was taken to New York on Monday to face charges in a US criminal court.

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Piracy off the coast of Somalia is said to cost companies billions

The UK is preparing to give formal legal backing to the use of private armed guards on British merchant vessels to protect against piracy.

At present, the government "strongly discourages" the practice and anyone doing it could be in breach of the law.

But Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham said companies should be free to decide on their own security.

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Al-Shabaab fighters march with their guns during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, February 17, 2011

By Michael Onyiego
Nairobi, Kenya, July 9, 2011 – One of the leaders of the al-Qaida-linked Somali insurgent group al-Shabaab has acknowledged the group is losing ground in its fight against the Somali government.
As forces of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government continue to make advances throughout the country - often with the help of African Union troops - the country's main insurgent group, al-Shabaab, appears to be weakening.

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Southern Sudan Foreign Minister Welcomes Somaliland Delegation At Airport

Southern Sudan's Foreign Affairs receives the Somaliland president at the airport in Juba, the capital of the new Sudan

Juba, South Sudan, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s delegation arrived in Southern Sudan’s capital, Juba. The Somaliland delegation was met at the airport by Sudan’s foreign minister.
A team of journalists, including the editor-in-chief of the Somaliland Times, Yusuf Gabobe, was part of the Somaliland delegation.

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Somaliland President Meets British Foreign Minister

Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo and British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 8th July 2011

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) – Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo met with the United Kingdom’s foreign minister William Hague on Friday in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

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EU’s Commissioner For Development Visits Somaliland

Andris Piebalgs European Commissioner for Development and the Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Sillanyo)

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) – A delegation led by the European Union’s Commissioner for Development, Mr Andris Piebalgs, paid a short visit to Somaliland. Mr Andris Piebalgs met with Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo.

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President Ahmed Sillanyo And Former President Rayale Leave For South Sudan

Berbera, Somaliland, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) – Southern Sudan is scheduled to become the newest country in Africa when it get its independence from Sudan on July 9th.
Somaliland President, Ahmed Sillanyo, flew from Berbera’s international airport with a delegation, to take part in Southern Sudan’s independence ceremony. The president’s delegation included his wife, ministers, and members of parliament.

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British Warship Docks In Berbera

British RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009) docks in Berbera port on Wednesday July 6, 2011

Berbera, Somaliland, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) – A British war ship docked in Somaliland’s Berbera port this week. British military personnel disembarked and were seen at the Berbera port. Somaliland’s President Ahmed Sillanyo met with British officials on board the ship before he flew to Sudan.
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Saudi Businessman Abu Yasir arrives in Hargeysa, Somaliland, on July 8, 2011

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) – Saudi businessman Abu Yasir arrived in Somaliland this week. He was welcomed at the airport by Somaliland Minister of Agriculture, Prof. Farah Ilmi Geedoole, the Chairman of Inda Deero company Mustafa Abdi Awad, as well as other officials from that company.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) – Somaliland Minister of Commerce, Mr Abdirizaq Khalif, reassured the public that the fuel shortage will end soon and they are expecting 3500 metric tons of oil on July 7th and July 11th. Mr Abdirizaq Khalif blamed the shortage on fluctuations in the market. He also said that the troubles in the two oil producing countries, Libya and Yemen, has something to do with it. The minister said this in an interview with the VOA Somali service.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) – The Somaliland Custodial Corps’s soccer team beat the Noradin Schools team this week. The game took place in Hargeysa and was well attended. No goals were scored until about 15 minutes into the end of the game when Mustafe Ali Haybe of the Custodial Corps landed the lone goal of the game. The Custodial Corps team now has 5 points and is the leading team in Group A of the Telesom soccer competition.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 9, 2011 (SL Times) – The new chief Judge of Somaliland, Mr Yusuf Ismail Ali, took over his duties from the previous judge Muhammad Hirsi Ismail (Omane). The new chief judge assumed his post in a ceremony at the High Court’s building. The event was attended by lawyers, judges, lawyer associations, parliamentarians, and other distinguished guests.

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South Sudan Hoists World’s Newest Flag

IA Bari community member holds the flag of southern Sudan during celebrations in Juba, southern Sudan, on Friday. Photo: AP

By Katrina Manson

Juba, South Sudan, July 9, 2011 – An ecstatic night and day of celebration has greeted the birth of the world’s newest country, South Sudan, which has formally parted from the Arab-led Khartoum government to the north.

In a day of firsts for South Sudan, the new country hoisted its flag in front of a crowd of thousands of cheering southern Sudanese chanting their delight at new-found freedom.
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Shaking Up Africa's Mobile Markets

By Ruben Koops

It’s almost tiring to list all the booming economic sectors in Africa. The telecommunications sector is no exception, with an estimated one million new subscribers every week there is money to be made. One entrepreneur has brought special telecomms expertise to Africa, and is now invited to scores of African boardrooms to sell his product. If this new service is up and running, it has the potential to shake up the markets all over the continent. But mobile number portability can also be a threat to companies that are used to a fight for market share. 

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Washington, July 9, 2011 – As countries across Africa seek a path to greater prosperity after the global financial crisis, a new World Bank publication gives examples of proven, home-grown solutions that could serve as an inspiration to many.

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A Study Report by the Brenthurst Foundation

Executive Summary

This Discussion Paper considers the case for Somaliland’s formal recognition following the recent 20th anniversary of its declaration of independence (18 may 1991) and in light of the secession of Southern Sudan.

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Indian floods: Villagers run to get supplies being dropped - but the country spends £1.5 billion a year on a space programme, yet still one of the biggest recipients of our aid

Because Somaliland is not recognized, it depends on local tax revenues rather than huge dollops of aid — and, as a result, it has rapidly developed one of the most inclusive, accountable governments in Africa.


As he pledged to pour hundreds of millions more into propping up Afghanistan, David Cameron this week accused critics of his foreign aid policy of being ‘possibly hard-hearted’.
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Children rehearse for South Sudan independence day ceremonies.

By John Campbell,

It is too early to tell if south Sudan independence, which becomes official July 9, will inspire a clamor for sovereignty in other fractious sub-Saharan African countries. It will, however, create space for reconsidering Africa’s seemingly irrational colonial borders and its opposition to territorial secession.

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Development aid from the European Commission
On-going, mostly multi-year EU-funded programmes in Somaliland currently amount to approximately €62 million. There are 63 projects ongoing: 27 projects in the governance sector amounting to €21.9 million; 13 projects in the education sector, amounting to €11.2 million; 13 projects in support to economic growth amounting to €15.1 million; and 9 projects worth €8.5 million in other sectors (health, water and sanitation) and EU Flight Operations worth €5.3 million.
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By Sidin Vadukut

The pirates of Somalia are reviled by international security agencies, shipping companies and several national governments. These fierce gangs, estimated to comprise between 1,000 and 2,000 pirates in total, terrorize one of the arterial shipping routes in the world. Despite their small numbers, limited firepower and—with some astonishing exceptions—primitive organization, these pirate gangs pose a serious threat to professional security organizations and national navies.

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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


Time For Paradigm Shift In Somaliland-EU Relations

Here we go again. Another high level international figure talks big about helping Somaliland but delivers little. The official in question this time is the European Union’s Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, who came to Somaliland this week. Mr Piebalgs praised Somaliland’s democracy as a model for IGAD countries, highlighted the European Union’s aid to the country and promised more assistance in the future. But despite the glowing language the reality is that as IEWY News put it, “On-going, mostly multi-year EU-funded programs in Somaliland currently amount to approximately €62 million.”

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Somaliland Exports Important Minerals To Europe First Time Over 20 Years.

It is two decades since Somaliland got its independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991. Somaliland has undergone a path of social, political and economic home-grown reconstruction. Since Somaliland regained its independence from the rest of Somalia there has not being a meaningful export of natural resources of Somaliland such as precious stones or minerals. Somaliland is rich in minerals and has one of world’s largest gypsum deposits, has clean coastline of 850 km which are all important investment opportunities.

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What Does The European Court Of Human Rights Judgment Mean For The Somali People?

By Liban Obsiye and Yusuf Salah

The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that allowed two prolific serious Somali criminals to remain in the UK for fear of the breach of their Article 3 rights if sent back to war torn Mogadishu was predictable. This overturned the British Asylum and Immigration  Tribunals decision that although a return to Mogadishu would and could expose deportees to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment as well as persecution, those with connections to the powerful people in Mogadishu might be able to live their safely. Despite the tough on foreign criminal’s stance the British government has adopted, the reality is that their policies are always subject to a compatibility test with European Union law of which the European Convention on Human Rights 1998 is one of. It is so important that if any member States policies do not comply they can be expelled from the Union after a period of financial penalization.

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Apprehending Ratco Mladic: A Reminder Of A War Criminal Working As Jury

Mohamed Hirsi Morgan

By Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye

Indiscriminate gunfire occurred and war jets took off and landed at Hargeysa Airport International to brutally drop bombs on residential, congested areas of Hargeysa and Buroa; tanks trodden over corpses. The dead remained unburied in dusty roads until rainy season arrived; washed away, but the man-in-charge, Mohamed Hirsi Morgan, of this brutal military operation was relaxed and laughed at children while their limbs are chipped off with shrapnel.
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What Do We Mean By Xeego Conference?

By  Abdirahman Ibrahim Abdillahi

Hego conference is about peace and development. The steering committee will determine the need for the summit and achievements to be accomplished within the period of the conference. There are many issues that need to be addressed following are the details of the some subjects expected to be included in to the program.

Conflict can arise between tribes or groups within a community and the resolutions for the disputes do not end up with fair judgment. In contrast, conflict resolutions are different from the way conflicts were resolved in the yesteryears. The way Conflict resolutions are managed in these days are not fair.  They do it because they give justice to whom they care.   To bring the condition of justice back to normal.  We need to have selected and appropriate committee during the convention to resolve the conflicts in the community in a fair manner.  The selected committee will review whether justice is delivered or not. If justice is not delivered in this case then the conflict resolution committee will re evaluate the matter. The members of the said committee has to be selected on the basis of the prestige and the trust these people hold within the community in performing similar job in the past. 
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The Battle For Hargeysa - 31 May 1988

The war that SMN movement has waged inside the borders of Somaliland, and particularly aimed at Hargeysa and Burao was a direct and natural product of the April 1988 Agreement concluded between Siyad Barreh of Somalia and Mengisto of Ethiopia, which was mediated by Hassan Guled of Djibouti. The central theme of the agreement dictated that the two governments should not support the opposition groups of each side. The purpose of the dictator of Somali at that time, Siyad Barreh, regarding this agreement was to eliminate SNM Movement which was then the only armed group that was active in the Somalia Region following the disintegration of SSDF movement.  As part of the implementation of this agreement, the Ethiopia government asked SNM high command that their army should move about 15Km into the Ethiopian territory and away from the borders of Somalia. This Ethiopian decision meant that SNM should stop its military operations against the Siyad Barreh regime. The agreement that was concluded by Siyad Barreh of Somalia and Mengesito of Ethiopia has brought about total confusion and frustration amongst the commanders, and the units of SNM.  The moral of the population supporting the movement was also in total doldrums. The situation was signified by gloom, despair and confusion.
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