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Issue 634 -- 22nd - 28th March, 2014

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Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo’s Coast To Coast Visit

Golis University And Kenyatta University Inaugurate Master In Public Health Program

Mo Farah To Construct An Orphanage Center In Hargeysa

VOSOMWO Organizes Conference On Gabooye Political Participation

Traditional Elder Dies In Collision, Government Officials Injured

Ayan Osman Mohamed Returns After Successful Surgery In Australia

Somaliland Youth Take Part In An International Conference In Japan

Telecoms Supplier BT Could Be Called To Account For Drone Deaths In Somalia And Yemen

Local and Regional Affairs

First Reburial of War Victims in Somaliland Makes a Case for "Posthumous Rights"

World Vision Helps Fight TB In Somaliland

Why Drought Hits Somaliland's Women The Hardest

Crimea Has Joined The Ranks Of The World’s ‘Gray Areas’

EUCAP Nestor Opens Office In Somaliland

Missing: Toronto Police Requests Public's Assistance In Locating Najma Abdullahi

Britain's First Ever Prosecution For Female Genital Mutilation 'Announced For Political Reasons,' Expert Suggests

Somalis Down Under Exhibition Shows Light And Shade In Artworks

Puntland Is For Pirates

Daughters Of Revolution: Nadifa Mohamed’s ‘Orchard Of Lost Souls’

Editorial

Projects Must Be Part Of A Larger Vision For The Modernization Of Somaliland

Features & Commentary

Is The Crimea Referendum A Good Model For Africa?

The Man Who Established Somaliland's 'Yellow Cab' Service

Crimea Raises Old Question Of Statehood

International News

Putting Global Perspective Into Practice

Malaysia Airlines MH370 Search Throws Up No Proof Plane Flight Crashed Into Indian Ocean

Opinion

Prospects Of Somaliland-Somalia Negotiations And Its Impact On The State

Admas University College In Hargeysa, Marks The World Social Work Day

Abdiwali Ali Gaas Pirate Land’s Messiah Or Tribal Sentimentalist?

Kibir Iyo Idha Adeeg —A Somali Parody Of A Jane Austen Classic

A New Offensive In Somalia: The Real Fight Is Behind Closed Doors

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

First Reburial of War Victims in Somaliland Makes a Case for "Posthumous Rights"

Hargeysa, Somaliland: Helped by a team of Peruvian experts, the government of Somaliland has reburied 45 victims from Somalia's vicious ethnic conflict of the 1980s, setting a precedent for other African nations and affirming the right to a dignified burial.

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World Vision Helps Fight TB In Somaliland

World Vision has partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO), Somaliland government, and other agencies to establish the first specialized treatment center for multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis in Hargeysa, Somaliland.

Equipped with a state of the art laboratory, a ward of 30 beds and specially-trained staff, the center will address the risks posed by the MDR form of tuberculosis by providing specialized diagnosis and treatment.

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Why Drought Hits Somaliland's Women The Hardest

By: Shukri Haji Ismail
Every year in August, Somaliland hosts the world’s biggest cattle market. Millions of livestock are traded each year.

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Crimea Has Joined The Ranks Of The World’s ‘Gray Areas’

Here are the others on that list.

By Adam Taylor
Last week National Geographic found itself in a controversial spot when a report in U.S. News and World Report suggested that the National Geographic Maps would show Crimea as part of Russia.

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EUCAP Nestor Opens Office In Somaliland

On March 12, the EUCAP Nestor field office in Hargeysa, Somaliland, was officially opened by the Head of Mission Etienne de Poncins, who arrived from the mission’s HQ in Djibouti earlier that day.

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Missing: Toronto Police Requests Public's Assistance In Locating Najma Abdullahi

Toronto Police Service - News release
Missing girl, Najma Abdullahi, 13 - Broadcast time: 11:38
31 Division
416-808-3100
The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance locating a missing girl.
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Britain's First Ever Prosecution For Female Genital Mutilation 'Announced For Political Reasons,' Expert Suggests

Jonathan Owen
Britain’s top prosecutor has denied "political motivations" were behind her shock announcement of the first ever prosecution for female genital mutilation [FGM].

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Somalis Down Under Exhibition Shows Light And Shade In Artworks

This didactic exhibition is the brainchild of Aden Ibrahim who heads the Somali Cultural Association (SCA).

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Puntland Is For Pirates

Why are convicted high-seas bandits being sent to the Somali region that profits from their crimes?

By Jillian Keenan
Hargeysa, Somaliland — Mowlid Ahmed Abidoon stands quietly in the small prison cell where he has lived for nearly two years.

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Daughters Of Revolution: Nadifa Mohamed’s ‘Orchard Of Lost Souls’

By Aminatta Forna
In her 2007 memoir “Infidel,” the activist and former politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali related the advice once given to her by her own grandmother in Somalia: “A woman alone is like a piece of sheep fat in the sun,” she wrote. “Everything will come and feed on that fat. Before you know it, the ants and insects are crawling all over it, until there is nothing left but a smear of grease.”

Nadifa Mohamed’s second novel, “The Orchard of Lost Souls,” could have used this observation as its starting point.
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Headlines

Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo’s Coast To Coast Visit

Las Qoray, Somaliland, March 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo accompanied by a large delegation of ministers and officials from his government went on a working-tour of the country that started in the western regions then went all the way to Las Qoray in the east coast.

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Golis University And Kenyatta University Inaugurate Master In Public Health Program

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Golis University and Kenyatta University held a ceremony in Hargeysa’s Mansoor Hotel for the inauguration of the Master in Public Health program at the University of Golis. The event was attended by faculty, administrators, and students. 

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Mo Farah To Construct An Orphanage Center In Hargeysa

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 22, 2014 – Mayor of Hargeysa Hon. Abdirahman Mohamud Aidied on Tuesday laid foundation stone for the construction of a new orphanage expected to be fostered street children, disabled and will be funded by Mohamed Farah, Somaliland-born British international track and field athlete.

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VOSOMWO Organizes Conference On Gabooye Political Participation

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 22, 2014 (SL Times) – VOSOMWO, an organization that advocates for Gabooye women held a conference in Hotel Mansoor. The purpose of the conference was to discuss how the Gabooye community could achieve greater participation in the country’s political process. Among those who took part in the conference were representatives from the government, political parties and traditional leaders.

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Traditional Elder Dies In Collision, Government Officials Injured

Berbera, Somaliland, March 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Traditional elder Abdi Hadoodi was killed in a vehicle collision that took place at Huduse on the presidential delegation's way back to Sahil region. He was buried in Suuqsade. Officials from the government and political parties took part in the burial ceremony.

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Ayan Osman Mohamed Returns After Successful Surgery In Australia

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Ayan Osman Mohamed returned to Somaliland after having undergone a successful face reconstruction operation in Australia. Speaking at the VIP section of Hargeysa's airport, she thanked Edna Ismail Aden and Somaliland’s diaspora in Australia for making her operation possible.
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Somaliland Youth Take Part In An International Conference In Japan

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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Telecoms Supplier BT Could Be Called To Account For Drone Deaths In Somalia And Yemen

By Mark Ballard
Telecoms supplier BT could be asked to account for drone attacks in Yemen and Somalia after connecting a fiber-optic cable to a US military base conducting the strikes.

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International News

Putting Global Perspective Into Practice

"It's difficult to have high expectations when you grow up in Somaliland," —DEQA ABDIRAHMAN ADEN ’14

By Cheryl Bardoe
This fall, Deqa Abdirahman Aden '14 honed her list of possible colleges and reflected on the dream she once thought impossible. "It's difficult to have high expectations when you grow up in Somaliland," she says of her home, an autonomous breakaway region in northern Somalia. "When I came here to Worcester Academy ... that is when I started having hopes for my life.".

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Malaysia Airlines MH370 Search Throws Up No Proof Plane Flight Crashed Into Indian Ocean

Weeks have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared and still no proof exists about its fate.
Kuala Lumpur/Bangkok
Hints about the lost Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane piled up Thursday, but there was precious little chance to track them down. Bad weather cut short the hunt for possible debris fields from the aircraft as satellite data revealed hundreds more objects that might be wreckage.
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Features & Commentary

Is The Crimea Referendum A Good Model For Africa?

In 1991 the Somalilanders declared they would never be part of Somalia again

By Richard Dowden
What would happen if African peoples where given the chance to vote in referenda to decide which country they wanted to be part of or if they wanted their own?
The referendum in Crimea is a dangerous precedent reminiscent of the Austrian Anschluss and the other uprisings in eastern Europe to join Germany in the 1930s. I used to think that Europe’s states had grown naturally, organically – in contrast to Africa’s imposed borders. That I thought was a major reason for Africa’s weak states and small local wars.

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The Man Who Established Somaliland's 'Yellow Cab' Service

Abdikarim Salah Mohamud left Somaliland in 1988 for Melbourne and returned 23 years later to start Hargeysa Taxi.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Abdikarim Salah Mohamud started Hargeysa Taxi in 2012

  • Taxi tires have to be changed every two weeks due to rugged roads

  • Mohamud thinks that his jonquil taxis will remind people of the yellow cabs in New York or Melbourne

  • A new airport and discovery of mineral resources are set to change capital city of Somaliland

By Sean Williams
It's a typically buttoned-up, breezy night in Hargeysa when a child is born in one of Abdikarim Salah Mohamud's minivan cabs.

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Crimea Raises Old Question Of Statehood

Garth Abraham
Crimean authorities founded their declaration of independence on a right to “self-determination”, says Garth Abraham.
On March 16, the people of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine voted overwhelmingly to join the Russian Federation. The following day, Crimea declared its independence from Ukraine as the Republic of Crimea and the Autonomous City of Sevastopol.

On March 18, the territory formally joined the Russian Federation through a treaty of accession. Addressing the crowds gathered in Red Square, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared: “Crimea and Sevastopol are returning to… their home shore, to the home port, to Russia.”

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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

Projects Must Be Part Of A Larger Vision For The Modernization Of Somaliland

Somaliland president accompanied by a large government delegation went on a 10-day working tour of the country. He covered a lot of distance, from the western corner of the country to the farthest east. Everywhere the president went, he either cut ribbons for projects that had been completed or inaugurated new ones. Among the notable aspects of the president’s tour was his visit to the coastal city of Las Qoray which had not been visited before by any Somaliland president while they were in office. Because of this combination of delivering on promises and daring to go places where other presidents have not gone, the tour has elicited much support all over Somaliland, including the support of the political opposition.

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OPINION

Prospects Of Somaliland-Somalia Negotiations And Its Impact On The State

Eng. Bashe A Gaboobe
The history of negotiations between Somaliland and Somalia is very much a young history, with successive elected governments of Somaliland stead-fastedly refusing to partake in negotiations with Somalia, in the past. Payne (2011) believes this is because these governments were armed with the understanding that engaging with Mogadishu implicitly accepts its authority over the affairs of the Somaliland region; thus belying Somaliland’s longstanding justification for the right of self-determination. However, this stated view is slowly being replaced by a new perspective championed by the current president of Somaliland, President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Sillanyo whose government has willingly participated in several internationally sponsored dialogues with their counterparts in the newly elected government of Somalia.

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Admas University College In Hargeysa, Marks The World Social Work Day

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.

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Abdiwali Ali Gaas Pirate Land’s Messiah Or Tribal Sentimentalist?

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

By Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye
Abdiwali Ali Gaas is one of the few lucky Somali students who studied at the elite Schools in the North America with the taxpayers of poor Somalia, no doubt Mr. Gaas is well credentialed and needless to say he attended in x or y university.
And it is true many people both in the pirate land and the diaspora said " wow, wow, the Harvard trained economist arrived in to turn bitter ocean into honey and pirates into professional economists ..." expecting him to apply his major field to Puntland's socioeconomic hardship when he declared his candidacy to his Pirate land, the favorite place of Hollywood's recent Pirate film's shooting occurred.
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Kibir Iyo Idha Adeeg —A Somali Parody Of A Jane Austen Classic

By: A. Ahmed Farah
Part 1—-The New Villa
It is a truth universally acknowledged, within the greater Somali community, that an educated, single Somali man in possession of a stable job and passport, must take at least one wife.
And it was for this reason that the families residing in one of the many upper class neighborhoods scattered across the outskirts of the city of Hargeysa, eagerly watched the progress of the new villa that was being erected in their midst. For as soon as the first brick had been laid rumors had begun to circulate about the owner. Some had stated that he was a physician from Norway, who had decided to move his practice to Somaliland to help his people.

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A New Offensive In Somalia: The Real Fight Is Behind Closed Doors

By D.H.
NARRATIVES about countries, especially under-reported ones, can be hard to shift. For the last two years Somalia's narrative has been one of fragile progress. The international community rallied around Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia's president, selected in murky circumstances in 2012. The main threat to the new man was said to the continued presence of Islamist militants, the Shabaab, who have controlled large swathes of south and central Somalia.

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