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Issue 630 -- 22nd - 28th February, 2014

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Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Genocide Experts Find Third Mass-Grave In Hargeysa

New IRI Study Will Help Coordinate Democracy-Support Programs In Somaliland

President Ahmed Sillanyo Inspects Hargeysa’s Road-Construction

Second Phase Of Hargeysa Airport Project To Start

New Efforts To Save Somaliland’s Environment

Journalists Fined

University Of Hargeysa Trains NGOs From Five Countries In Conflict Resolution

President Sillanyo Opens New Headquarters For Ministry Of Youth & Sports

Local and Regional Affairs

President Sillanyo Launches Youth Development Fund

Basketball Tournament Kicks Off In Tima-Ade Stadium

Operation To Rebuild Gunshot Victim's Face Has Gone Well, Say Brisbane Surgeons

Somaliland Government Signs Coal Mining Weal With Chinese Firm

Somalia: Resurgent Al-Shabaab Targets President 'Dead Or Alive'

Pastoralist Aspirations Versus Policy In The Horn Of Africa

Ladan Osman Wins 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize For African Poets

U.N. May Extend Eased Somalia Arms Embargo Despite Concerns: Diplomats

Somaliland: Mass Atrocity

Are Corruption And Tribalism Dooming Somalia’s War On Al-Shabaab Extremists?

Editorial

Somaliland’s Slow But Steady Progress

Features & Commentary

Somaliland V Somalia: Great New Paper On An Extraordinary ‘Natural Experiment’ In Aid And Governance

The Reinvention Of Al-Shabaab: A Strategy of Choice or Necessity?

Somali Mohamed Osman Enjoying Second Year As Jockey In Maryland

International News

£90m Of British Aid To Somalia 'Helps Al Qaeda'

British Foreign Secretary William Hague Condemns Attacks In Somalia

Opinion

Al Shabaab: A Menace To World Peace, Not Only Somalia

Somaliland’s Foreign Policy: A Policy With Audacity And Confidence

Using An Effective Corporate Governance Framework To Improve The Financial System In Somaliland

Who Is Mr. Abdirahman Irro?

Abdurahman Abdullah “Irro”: Not Ready To Be President

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

President Sillanyo Launches Youth Development Fund

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 22, 2014 – President Sillanyo laid the foundation stone for a new Somaliland National Youth umbrella (SONYO) Headquarters on Thursday morning whereas the ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism and the Youth Umbrella has at the same time launched Somaliland’s youth development fund project.

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Basketball Tournament Kicks Off In Tima-Ade Stadium

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 22, 2014 – UFFO Basketball tournament was held for 6 basketball teams from the first division players in Tima-ade Basketball Stadium on Thursday.

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Operation To Rebuild Gunshot Victim's Face Has Gone Well, Say Brisbane Surgeons

Brisbane, Australia, February 24, 2014 – Surgery to reconstruct a Somali war victim's face has gone well and doctors expect her to remain in a Queensland hospital for another week.
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Somaliland Government Signs Coal Mining Weal With Chinese Firm

The Government of Somaliland has ratified an agreement with a mining company from China. The minister of mineral resources Hon. Mr Hussein Abdi Duale has appended his signature to the contractual undertakings okaying the Chinese mining company of Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Company Limited to extract coal from the country.

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Somalia: Resurgent Al-Shabaab Targets President 'Dead Or Alive'

Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 25, 2014 – Al-Shabaab Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida say their suicide attack on the presidential compound in Mogadishu was aimed at killing or kidnapping Somalia's Western-backed president, Hassan Sheik Mohamud, heightening concerns the group is on the offensive again after heavy military setbacks.

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Pastoralist Aspirations Versus Policy In The Horn Of Africa

Somalis have been unable to use the internet on their mobile phones after Islamist group Al-Shabaab banned the biggest telecom company from providing the service to its customers. Credit: Ahmed Osman/IPS

Nairobi, 24 February 2014 - Since the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 aid agencies have been working to understand the changes taking place in the drylands, hoping to better anticipate people’s needs.
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Ladan Osman Wins 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize For African Poets

Somalian writer Ladan Osman has won the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her collection The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony.

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U.N. May Extend Eased Somalia Arms Embargo Despite Concerns: Diplomats

By Michelle Nichols And Louis Charbonneau
United Nation – The U.N. Security Council is unlikely to fully restore a decades-old arms embargo on Somalia, despite concerns about the possible diversion of weapons to al Qaeda-linked militants, but may extend eased restrictions on government purchases, diplomats said.

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Somaliland: Mass Atrocity

By Kate Cronin-Furman
In Somaliland’s capital city of Hargeysa this month, forensic experts are opening 38 boxes of human remains. The men inside died in the late 1980s, victims of a brutal counterinsurgency campaign launched against the separatist Somali National Movement by Somalia’s Siyad Barre.

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Are Corruption And Tribalism Dooming Somalia’s War On Al-Shabaab Extremists?

By: Andrew McGregor
After decades of conflict that have nearly destroyed the nation, Somalia now stands poised to make a final drive with international assistance to shatter the strength of radical al-Qaeda-associated Islamists in central and southern Somalia, but there are indications that Somalia’s leaders may be posing an even greater obstacle to Somalia’s successful reconstruction.

Arms Embargoes and Missing Weapons
In mid-February, the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group issued a report to the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee claiming that weapons obtained by the Somali government under a temporary easing of UN arms sanctions were being sold to Somalia’s al-Shabaab extremists in what .
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Headlines

Genocide Experts Find Third Mass-Grave In Hargeysa

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 22, 2014 (SL Times) – International experts who are investigating the genocide that was inflicted on Somalilanders in the nineteen eighties by Siyad Barre’s military regime have identified a third mass-grave in Hargeysa. The mass-grave contained six bodies.

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New IRI Study Will Help Coordinate Democracy-Support Programs In Somaliland

Washington, DC – A new study, Somaliland International Democratization Support Strategy, written by IRI, will help the international donor community to coordinate and plan future democracy-support programs to Somaliland.

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President Ahmed Sillanyo Inspects Hargeysa’s Road-Construction

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo went on an inspection tour to check the construction of the road that is one of the main arteries of the capital city and that also passes in front of the presidency.

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Second Phase Of Hargeysa Airport Project To Start

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland Vice president Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail (Zaylai) laid the cornerstone for the second phase of the renovation of Hargeysa's airport. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Aviation, Mohamoud Hashi Abdi, the minister of Public Works Abdirizaq Khalif Ahmed, the Minister of State of the Presidency Mohamed Muuse Abees, the Director General of the Ministry of Aviation, Omar Abdillahi Adam and officials from the Kuwait Fund.

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Awareness Campaign Of Early Marriage And Its Impact On Girls’ Education Initiated In Somaliland

Somaliland SOS Children’s Village with the collaboration of the Ministry of Education, on Monday begun at several public schools across Maroodi jeeh region, an awareness campaign for informing students on early marriage and its impact to their education.

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New Efforts To Save Somaliland’s Environment

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 22, 2014 (SL Times) – The Minister of Environment and Rural Affairs, Shugri Haji Ismail Bandare, presented to the public a new type of cooking stove that is expected to reduce the dependence on charcoal for cooking.

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Journalists Fined

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 22, 2014 (SL Times) – The Maroodi-Jeex regional court fined three journalists and dismissed the case against a fourth. The journalists were charged with taking part in an unauthorized demonstration and disobeying orders.
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University Of Hargeysa Trains NGOs From Five Countries In Conflict Resolution

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 22, 2014 (SL Times) – This week the University of Hargeysa’s Institute for Conflict Resolution has completed the training of staff from NGOs of several countries.
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President Sillanyo Opens New Headquarters For Ministry Of Youth & Sports

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud "Sillanyo" has on Thursday officially opened the new administrative building of the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Culture.

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International News

£90m Of British Aid To Somalia 'Helps Al Qaeda'

Pressure grows to divert cash back to the UK

• David Cameron has approved the huge handouts to the East African state
• Money is handed over in a bid to stop country becoming next Afghanistan
• Leaked UN report has warned of 'systematic abuses' by Somali officials
• Government has passed weapons to Al Shabaab, group behind Kenyan mall bombings

By Tom Kelly And Tim Shipman
Britain is donating more than £90million a year to Somalia despite strong warnings that its corrupt government is arming Al Qaeda-backed terrorists.
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague Condemns Attacks In Somalia

LONDON, United-Kingdom – Foreign Secretary William Hague condemns today’s attacks in Mogadishu and praises Somali emergency response.
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Features & Commentary

Somaliland V Somalia: Great New Paper On An Extraordinary ‘Natural Experiment’ In Aid And Governance

By Duncan Green
Could someone please clone Sarah Phillips? The University of Sydney political scientist has a great new Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) paper out on Somaliland, following her excellent paper a few years ago on Yemen.

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The Reinvention Of Al-Shabaab: A Strategy of Choice or Necessity?

By Matt Bryden
FEB 21, 2014
Matt Bryden examines the evolution of Al-Shabaab’s leadership, ideological outlook, and military strategy in a new report from the CSIS Africa Program.

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Somali Mohamed Osman Enjoying Second Year As Jockey In Maryland

By Justin Silberman
MOHAMED OSMAN's path to fulfilling his dream of becoming a jockey was anything but conventional.
Osman grew up in Somalia, where the idea of becoming a jockey was outrageous, he said. Osman fled his native country and became a refugee in Kenya before coming to the United States, and he said survival had been the only thing on his mind at the time.

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Tweets by @SomalilandTimes

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

Wikileaks On Somaliland

US diplomatic cables From Embassies In Djibouti, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, ETC


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

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

Somaliland’s Slow But Steady Progress

The deadlock in Somaliland’s parliament had many people worried that it could lead to a serious crisis. But once again Somaliland has proven that it can solve its own problems. This time the situation was resolved with the help of the House of elders. True to his reputation as Somaliland’s elder statesman, Haji Abdikarim Hussein Yusuf (Abdi Waraabe) led the efforts of solving this thorny problem. The Speaker of the House, Abdirahman Muhammad Abdillaahi (Irro) also deserves credit for accepting the outcome which was not in his favor. This was in a way a test for Abdirahman Irro who leads a party and has presidential ambitions, a test of whether he has the maturity and wisdom to put the country’s interest before his own, and the fact that he passed the test augurs well for him. Although collaboration between various institutions and key players to break an impasse has its drawbacks, it is a problem-solving method that has served Somaliland well and helped it maintain its stability.

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OPINION

Al Shabaab: A Menace To World Peace, Not Only Somalia

By Bashir Goth
The latest terrorist attack on Somalia's presidential palace comes less than 10 days from another daylight suicide attack on a UN convoy near Mogadishu's airport. Somalia's government may call it a "media spectacular" by a "dying animal" but any honest observer can tell that the threat of this Al-Qaeda offshoot group is not limited to Somalia but can destabilize the whole East African region and the world at large.
Any victory for Al-Shabaab in Somalia will be a victory against the will and resolve of the African Union and the international community to prevent Somalia from slipping back into being a hub for international terrorism, piracy and lawlessness.

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Somaliland’s Foreign Policy: A Policy With Audacity And Confidence

By Eng. Hussein Adan Igeh
The State of Somaliland received its independence from Great Britain on 26thJune 1960, by Royal Proclamation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In compliance with UN’s procedures to decolonization of former colonies, the official documents establishing the transfer of sovereignty to the Somaliland people were deposited with the United Nations.

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Using An Effective Corporate Governance Framework To Improve The Financial System In Somaliland

By Xassan A. C. Dixood
Introduction
The financial system in Somaliland is one of virtually non-existence, or at best partially functioning. The impact of such situation has left drastic legacy on the wider economic development of the country, as a whole. This sector has been denied the rightful attention that it deserves, by previous, as well as the current government administrations. So far the incumbent Minister of Finance has not so far produced an effective policy to tackle this problem.
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Who Is Mr. Abdirahman Irro?

By Dr. Abdiwahab A. Iidaan
Mr. Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi, the Speaker of Somaliland’s House of Representatives, and the Leader of Waddani Political Party as well as Presidential Candidate has vivid history of victories, one after another that an ambitious Somali person can learn something from.

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Abdurahman Abdullah “Irro”: Not Ready To Be President

By Ali Mohamed
Last week, the speaker shut down the Somaliland parliament after a group of legislators loyal to the Sillanyo/Hirsi administration challenged his leadership position. Mr. Irro, a former civil servant, was elected the speaker of the parliament in 2005, not on the merit of his political skills or policy expertise but because he was willing to advance the political agenda of then candidate Sillanyo. The current Parliament shutdown is a crisis that he created because of his poor leadership.

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