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Issue 633 -- 15th - 21st March, 2014

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Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Somaliland President Tours Western Regions

Somaliland Government Rejects African Development Bank Treachery

Berbera-Addis Ababa Corridor Meeting

Ministry Of Health Conference On List Of Employees And Health Service Locations

Health Ministry Training Program Completed

Edna Adan: Penn Nursing’s Inaugural Renfield Foundation Award Recipient

Malaysia Lied About MH370, Plane May Be In Somalia Or Mongolia: Official

Olympic Champion Mohamed Farah Collapses At The End Of The New York Half Marathon

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

Somaliland Government Is Right To Reject Tainted African Development Bank Funds

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

Worldremit Scoops $40 Million Investment From Accel Partners

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

Opinion

SL-UN Relations; The Possibility Of Establishing A Special Arrangement For Somaliland

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

Somaliland President Tours Western Regions

Borama, Somaliland, March 15, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Sillanyo) went on a tour of the western regions Gabiley, Awdal , and Selel . He was accompanied by ministers, legislators and military commanders.

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Somaliland Government Rejects African Development Bank Treachery

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 15, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland government rejected money that was supposed to help in financing Somaliland’s census. 

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Berbera-Addis Ababa Corridor Meeting

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 15, 2014 (SL Times) – The third meeting of the Regional Steering Committee took place at Ambassador Hotel. The project will link Berbera’s port to Tug-Wajale and Addis Ababa.

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Ministry Of Health Conference On List Of Employees And Health Service Locations

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 15, 2014 (SL Times) – The ministry of health held a meeting in Hargeysa to establish a list of the employees at the ministry and the location of medical services throughout the country. The ministry will be helped in this project by THET organization.

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Health Ministry Training Program Completed

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 15, 2014 (SL Times) – The Director General of the Ministry of Health Dr Osman Hussein Warsame participated in a ceremony for the conclusion of the training of the ministry’s staff in Planning and management.

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Edna Adan: Penn Nursing’s Inaugural Renfield Foundation Award Recipient

Honoring a leader in the field of global women’s health

Edna Adan, the inaugural recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health.

Philadelphia, PA March 15, 2014 – Following an intense selection process, Edna Adan has been named the inaugural recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health. Established in 2012, this award includes a $100,000 cash prize and will be presented biennially to a leader in the field of global women’s health.
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Malaysia Lied About MH370, Plane May Be In Somalia Or Mongolia: Official

A Malaysian official involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has contradicted public claims from the Malaysian government by revealing that its military knowingly and continuously tracked the plane on radar for more than an hour after communications with ground control was severed in the early hours of March 8.
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Olympic Champion Mohamed Farah Collapses At The End Of The New York Half Marathon

Father-of-three lost consciousness after finishing in second place... but DOESN'T remember passing out

Olympic hero Mohamed Farah collapsed at the end of the New York half marathon on Sunday but said he didn't remember passing out.
The father-of-three, who won two golds at 2012 London Games, fell awkwardly around the six-mile mark but carried on and finished second.

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International News

Worldremit Scoops $40 Million Investment From Accel Partners

Global online money transfer service disrupting inefficient and high cost traditional remittance business models

LONDON--WorldRemit today announces that it has closed a $40 million investment from Accel Partners, representing one of the largest Series A venture capital funding rounds completed in Europe. WorldRemit’s online platform enables migrants and expats to send quick, convenient and low cost remittance payments to families and friends abroad. The investment will support WorldRemit’s expansion into new geographies and the development of additional products and services..
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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.

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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.

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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

Somaliland Government Is Right To Reject Tainted African Development Bank Funds

Throughout history, bankers and money lenders have been looked at with suspicion by the general public. This is because they really do not engage in productive labor but use the money produced by others to make more money. The financial crisis in the US which exposed massive malfeasance and the corrupt activities of some of the leading banks and CEOs of investment firms have turned even the American people who are by and large supportive of unfettered capitalism, against bankers and Wall Street. Terms such as too-big-to-fail which showed how bankers have rigged the free enterprise system to their favor so that no matter how badly they screwed up they would be rescued by the government because the alternative would be worse. CEOs like Bernie Madoff who is now serving a 150 year prison sentence for running a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, Robert Allen Stanford who is serving a 110-year prison sentence for his financial scams have become symbols for this culture of corruption in the financial industry.

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OPINION

SL-UN Relations; The Possibility Of Establishing A Special Arrangement For Somaliland

By Mohamed A. Mohamoud (Barawaani) March – 2014
Introduction

The United Nations needs to creatively work out a new approach to Somaliland, one that fully inherits the implications of Somaliland’s unique developmental, historical and political status. The Somaliland Special Arrangement (SSA) of the New Deal was a step in the right direction, but one that is incomplete unless complemented by a broader diplomatic ‘special arrangement’ that safeguard’s Somaliland’s gains and builds a governance structure for the region that fully takes advantage of, and does not harm to, the more than two decades of peace and effective governance. Basis for Somaliland’s Special Arrangement In contributing to create a more stable and viable region, the United Nations should not avoid confronting the history of Somaliland and Somalia. Not only are there potential and unresolved legal implications that ought to be considered, such as the sanctity of the Somali state as it was upon collapse in 1991, but there is also a need to reflect upon the fact that the borders of what the Federal Government of Somalia claims as its territory was never a coherent or uncontested entity, but was in fact an problematic, experimental and volatile arrangement that contained the seeds of its own demise.

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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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