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Issue 632 -- 8th - 14th March, 2014

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Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Hargeysa Mayor Gives Speech At Djibouti’s Governing Party Conference

Somaliland Vice President Visits Awdal’s Prominent Elders

In Somaliland, The Bolloré Group Covets Berbera Port

Djibouti Mayor Pledges Greater Cooperation With Hargeysa

Somaliland Security Captures Alleged Killer

In Search For Mass Graves, Somaliland Looks To Unearth Mystery

Oil In Somaliland: The Black Stuff Can Be Very Useful

Security Council 751 And 1907 Committee On Somalia And Eritrea

Local and Regional Affairs

Missing Jet: Piracy Would Require Special Skills

‘Captain Phillips’ Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Is Broke

U.N. Partially Lifts Somalia Arms Embargo

In Somaliland, Push To End Genital Cutting Is Opposed By Those Who Want Brides To Be Virgins

US Offers $3 Million Reward For Somali Terror Suspects

How Somalia Aid Cash Funds Al-Shabaab

Women Making A Difference: Amal Ahmed Mohamed

First Woman Of Somali Descent Joins St. Paul Police Department

IOM Builds Capacity Of Somaliland Government With Graduate Internships

UN-Backed Initiative Enables Somalis To Harvest Food From Local Farmers

Editorial

The UN And The Obama Administration Are Making A Bad Somali Situation Worse

Features & Commentary

Somaliland: New Adventures

Somaliland: Passing The Statehood Test?

Will I Send As Much Money Home To Somalia As My Mum Does?

International News

Was Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Brought Down In A Cyber Attack?

U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flew On for Hours

Opinion

Legal Aspects of Somaliland Case in the New Engagement Policy with Somalia

The Only Way We Can Avoid The Past Mistakes, Is To Build Up An Accountable Government

Generation Somaliland: Who Are We? And What Do We Share?

Djibouti: Economic Success Stories Deserve To Tell

Ethiopia’s Efforts To Restore Peace In Somalia: Perceptions And Realities

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Missing Jet: Piracy Would Require Special Skills

To steal Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 out of midair would require a pilot who knew how to elude detection by both civilian and military radar. It would take a runway at least a mile long to land the wide-body jet, possibly in the dark, and a hangar big enough to hide it. All without being seen.

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‘Captain Phillips’ Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Is Broke

Abdi tells the New Yorker he earned $65,000 for $55 million film
Barkhad Abdi is in the running for Oscar gold Sunday, but actual wealth eludes him.
Abdi has been widely praised for his role in “Captain Phillips” as the desperate pirate Muse, and even ad-libbed the film's signature line: “I'm the captain now.” But a New Yorker story reveals that he is now struggling to support himself.

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U.N. Partially Lifts Somalia Arms Embargo

NEW YORK -- With Somalia's minister of foreign affairs complaining of lingering war, the U.N. Security Council has authorized a partial suspension of an arms embargo.
The Security Council Wednesday adopted a resolution in a unanimous vote to partially lift the arms embargo on Somalia until Oct. 25.

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In Somaliland, Push To End Genital Cutting Is Opposed By Those Who Want Brides To Be Virgins

By Jason Straziuso
Hargeysa, Somaliland, — The 30 Somali teenagers — both boys and girls — all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice should be abandoned. But what they really meant, they revealed moments later, is that girls should have their genitalia cut — just not sewn shut.

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US Offers $3 Million Reward For Somali Terror Suspects

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki speaks at the daily briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC on March 10, 2014. The State Department has announced a $3 million reward for help in capturing three notorious Somali terror suspects.

Washington DC - US officials offered a $3 million reward Friday for help in capturing three notorious Somali terror suspects, including one linked to Al-Qaeda extremists involved in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Africa.
"The department has authorized rewards of up to $3 million each for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, Jafar and Yasin Kilwe," the State Department said in a statement.

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How Somalia Aid Cash Funds Al-Shabaab

Suspected Al-Shabaab fighters are paraded at the Uganda Force Contingent headquarters in Mogadishu on February 28, 2014. The three were arrested moments after they attacked a convoy of road construction machines that were being escorted by a Ugandan Army vehicle 60 kilometers south of Mogadishu.

By Rasna Warah
Donor funds to Somalia are being diverted for personal use or to fund militia, thereby undermining the war-torn country’s reconstruction efforts.
Documents made available to this writer show that millions of dollars in aid to the current government, mostly from Arab countries, have not been deposited in the Central Bank of Somalia, and there is no official record of how the funds were used.
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Women Making A Difference: Amal Ahmed Mohamed

International Women’s Day - Women from IPPF's Somaliland association
By Matt Shine
The women who can't give consent for their own c-sections
Amal Ahmed Mohamed, Director of Somaliland Family Health Association.
Volunteering at the hospital in Hargeysa changed my life. The Edna Adan University Hospital had a reputation for being the best maternity hospital in Somaliland because of the number of difficult cases referred there.

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First Woman Of Somali Descent Joins St. Paul Police Department

In Somali culture, women don't strive to become police officers, Kadra Mohamed said.
On Saturday morning, Mohamed was recognized as the first Somali-American woman to join the St. Paul Police Department, a move made possible by the department's announcement that it has approved an option for employees to wear a police-issued hijab.

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IOM Builds Capacity Of Somaliland Government With Graduate Internships

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ –Forty unemployed university graduates hired by an IOM livelihoods programme to work as interns in Somaliland’s local and regional government in Burao and Borama have completed their seven-month internships.

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UN-Backed Initiative Enables Somalis To Harvest Food From Local Farmers

United Nation – Farmers in south-central Somalia – the country’s “grain basket,” which has been severely affected by conflict and drought in recent years – are for the first time growing and selling grain for other Somalis as part of a United Nations-supported initiative.
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Headlines

Hargeysa Mayor Gives Speech At Djibouti’s Governing Party Conference

Abdirahman Mohamud Aidied (Soltelco), the Mayor of Hargeysa

Djibouti, March 8, 2014 (SL Times) – The Mayor of Hargeysa, Abdirahman Mohamoud Aidid (SOTELCO), led a delegation to take part in the 35th anniversary since the establishment of the RPP party and its 11th conference.

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Somaliland Vice President Visits Awdal’s Prominent Elders

Borama, Somaliland, March 8, 2014 (SL Times) – During his recent trip to Borama, Somaliland Vice President, Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail (Zayla’i) took that opportunity to visit two of Awdal’s prominent elders at their homes.

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In Somaliland, The Bolloré Group Covets Berbera Port

Antoine Lamnège
North of the Horn of Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden, Somaliland occupies a strategic position. Independent of a failed Somalia since 1991, although not recognized by the international community, this small country of less than 4 million inhabitants is attracting many economic actors. Among them, the French Bolloré group, which through its subsidiary Bolloré Africa Logistics (BAL), aims to invest half a billion Euros in the modernization of the small port of Berbera.

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Djibouti Mayor Pledges Greater Cooperation With Hargeysa

Djibouti, March 8, 2014 (SL Times) – Djibouti’s Mayor, Hussein Abdillahi Qayaad and his deputy gave a warm welcome to the Mayor of Hargeysa who is on a visit to Djibouti. That warm welcome of Hargeysa’s mayor began at the airport where he was met by Djibouti’s mayor and was taken to the Sheraton Hotel.

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Somaliland Security Captures Alleged Killer

Somaliland Minister of Interior, Ali Muhammad Waran-Ade

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 8, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland Minister of Interior, Ali Muhammad Waran Adde, announced that they have in custody the man who was responsible for the death of the commander of the Haji Saleh town.

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In Search For Mass Graves, Somaliland Looks To Unearth Mystery

Members of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team worked to uncover bodies buried in a mass grave near Hargeysa, Somalia.

Jason Straziuso
Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 8, 2014 – An American volunteer gently brushed away dirt to reveal the bones of a Somali victim buried in a mass grave some 30 years ago. Tens of thousands of skeletons may lie in mass graves here, on the northern edge of Somalia, where many want to see justice prevail, even if delayed.
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Oil In Somaliland: The Black Stuff Can Be Very Useful

By J.H. AND M.H.
London, UK – The ramshackle capital of Somaliland, Hargeysa, in northern Somalia has a bustling market for camels and is a frequent destination for aid workers. International businessmen are relatively rare. Yet untapped oil reserves have lured a number of foreign companies to the city, chief among them the Turkey’s Genel Energy under the leadership of ex-BP CEO Tony Hayward.

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Security Council 751 And 1907 Committee On Somalia And Eritrea

DOCUMENTT
On 11 March 2014, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea approved the removal of the individual specified below from the List of individuals and entities subject to the travel ban, assets freeze and targeted arms embargo imposed by paragraphs 1, 3 and 7 of resolution 1844 (2008):
(12) Ali Ahmed Nur Jim'ale

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International News

Was Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Brought Down In A Cyber Attack?

By Paul Cooperr
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 passengers and crew on board, departed Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on 8 March at 12:21am local time en route to Beijing.
At around 01:05am, in clear weather just off the coast of Vietnam, it disappeared without a trace.
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U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flew On for Hours

By Andy Pasztor
U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU -4.08% Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky.
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Features & Commentary

Somaliland: New Adventures

Dorothy Ng makes friends with the locals and even gets marriage proposals during her backpacking trip in Somaliland

Dorothy Ngg
I NEVER knew I could make so many heads turn, literally, till we were in Somaliland. Asian tourists are almost non-existent in Somaliland. Everywhere we went, curious eyes of the old and young followed us.
Somaliland is a self-declared sovereign state that is internationally recognized only as an autonomous region of Somalia. A breakaway state of Somalia, it has been independent for 21 years but remained unknown to many as a country.

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Somaliland: Passing The Statehood Test?

Peggy Hoyle
Introduction
Encompassing an area of 68,000 square miles (176,000km2), the Republic of Somaliland, known during the colonial period as British Somaliland, lies between the 8th and 11th parallel and 42º and 49ºE meridian within what is recognized by the international community as the state of Somalia. From the start a de facto unequal partner in the state of Somalia and later even a targeted minority, Somaliland ultimately extracted itself from a degenerate Somalia by declaring statehood on 18 May 1991.

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Will I Send As Much Money Home To Somalia As My Mum Does?

By Adil Garane, Africa at LSE
In a podcast of the LSE public lecture featuring University of Oxford’s Paul Collier discussing the mass exodus and the effects of migration from the poor south to the rich north in response to extreme global inequality, he examined both the challenges and possibilities for societies of origin and host countries.

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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.

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

The UN And The Obama Administration Are Making A Bad Somali Situation Worse

The news of Somalia’s government diverting weapons to terrorists and warlords has confirmed what we have said will be the consequences of lifting the embargo on arms to Somalia. This news came from the UN’s own monitoring group. Apparently, it was not just weapons that were being diverted, for the former Mogadishu’s mayor Mohamoud Ahmed Nur Tarzan also complained of a batch of donated ambulance vehicles being appropriated by officials from the ministry of interior only to disappear without a trace. You would think that such revelations would convince the UN Security Council and the Obama administration to suspend arms shipments to Somalia’s government but none of that happened. Instead the Security Council extended the lifting of the arms embargo. There has also been reports that the Obama administration had delivered a load of arms and equipment. This is irresponsible behavior by the UN Security Council and the Obama administration.

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OPINION

Legal Aspects of Somaliland Case in the New Engagement Policy with Somalia

By: Adam Haji-Ali Ahmed
Abstract

This monograph examines the multidimensional nature of Somaliland’s quest for recognition and attempts to unveil the isolated state of affairs that Somaliland remained since 1991. The study will examine the legal aspects of the Somaliland case in general and in the new era -Engagement policy- which has recently started. On the other hand, the study discovers the contending ideas of the recognition over the emergence of a new state, while it underlines that the recognition is a matter of choice of the recognizing state. The study has extensively drawn on secondary sources including: relevant literatures written by both Somali and nonSomali scholars in the field. The conclusion that could be drawn from the study is to convince both the regional and international community to find valid answers to

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The Only Way We Can Avoid The Past Mistakes, Is To Build Up An Accountable Government

By Garyaqaan Mohamed Ahmed Abdi Bacaluul.
Let’s be pragmatic, and divorce ourselves from the political sweet-talking in order to put the lid on the underneath fevers of public discontent. In end, the reality will lift the hazy fog of the short-living delusions, and political entertainments. As we are in our democratic transition, our state-building process is grappling with economic challenges resulted from both internal and external factors. In this regard, we are not obliged to make sky-painting promises or waste our time on blaming ourselves with things that are beyond our institutional and economic capacity. It is the time; we should admit what we can do, and what we cannot do. The time we should push the vote-seeking games aside, because such elections are tending to be improper tools for social and economic change.

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Generation Somaliland: Who Are We? And What Do We Share?

Sheikh Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed Walaaleeye being tied to the post moments before the Firing squad shot him

By Khadija Abdillahi Sheikh
When you hear the word ‘home’ what comes to your mind? Is it where you were born, grew up or currently reside? Is it the country of your parents? Or maybe it is where your children were born.
To me, Somaliland is home and for one simple reason: Here, is where I found myself. I share this sentiment with many others of similar experiences. We may not be of similar age, but we have several common characteristics and we are, Generation Somaliland.
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Djibouti: Economic Success Stories Deserve To Tell

By Mohamed Ubo:
By, Mohamed Ubo:
With the help of the geostrategic location at the economic gate way to Africa, President Ismail with his patriotic attitude has achieved wide range of economic successes along with other admirable milestone cases in diverse sectors. Taking the advantage of 372 kilometer of Djibouti coastline with annual catch of around 50,000 tons of fish, president Geele has accomplished to move from the single traditional port which Djibouti has used for a long time and managed to build new two ports. According to many economic analysts, these new ports would make Djibouti the hub of the logistical operations in the region and the economic power house of East Africa for the years to come. 

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Ethiopia’s Efforts To Restore Peace In Somalia: Perceptions And Realities

By: Zeray Hailemariam
Ethiopia one of the founding member states of the League of Nations and United Nations has a significant role to the establishment of both the League of Nations and the UN. Since then, Ethiopia has remained committed towards African issues irrespective to government changes.

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