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Issue 635 -- 29th March - 4th April, 2014

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Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Minister Of Minerals Allegedly Swindles An Oil Firm Out Of Their Exploration Concession Rights

New Map For Hargeysa

SONYO Executive Meets With American Officials In White House

Samaroon Clan Meeting

Somaliland Parliament Opens Office In Berbera

Warsangali Elders Welcome Somaliland

Prisons For Pirates Could Breed New Security Risks

Global Guardian Adds Somalia To Service Area

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

Mr Gas’s Absurd Claims

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

Misinformation About Flight MH-370

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

Minister Of Minerals Allegedly Swindles An Oil Firm Out Of Their Exploration Concession Rights

Basha Awil President Sillanyo’s Son-in-law (left) with Somaliland minister of Minerals Hussein Duale at the Hargeysa Egal airport’s VIP lounge before the latter departed on one of his many trips abroad.

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 29, 2014 (SL Times) – East African Resource Group, one of the oil firms licensed to explore for oil in Somaliland has threatened to take legal action against Somaliland Minister of Minerals Hussein Abdi Duale for swindling them out of their exploration rights to Block 19 in eastern Somaliland by transferring its ownership to another company without their consent.

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New Map For Hargeysa

Hargeysa Mayor, Abdirahman M. Aidied (Left) receives a new Map of the city by the head of UN-Habitat's land planning, Emrah Andenis 

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 29, 2014 (SL Times) – Hargeysa City Council published a new map for the city of Hargeysa. The map was a joint project of Hargeysa's city government and UN-Habitat.

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SONYO Executive Meets With American Officials In White House

Washington DC, March 29, 2014 (SL Times) – The Executive Director of the national youth organization (SONYO), Mr Saeed Muhammad Ahmed had a meeting in the White House with Grant Harris, President Obama's special advisor for African Affairs.

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Samaroon Clan Meeting

Borama, Somaliland, March 29, 2014 (SL Times) – A meeting of the Samaroon clan took place in Borama, Awdal region, this week. It was determined in the meeting that a larger meeting or conference for the Samaroon clan should be held on Aug 30th in Garba-daradar.

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Somaliland Parliament Opens Office In Berbera

Berbera, Somaliland, March 29, 2014 (SL Times) – The second deputy chairman of Somaliland Parliament, Ali Yusuf, cut the ribbons for the parliament’s office in Berbera last week.

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Warsangali Elders Welcome Somaliland

Badhan, Somaliland, March 29, 2014 (SL Times) – Haatuf Newspaper reported that the Warsangali elders had a meeting in Badhan, eastern Sanag. The main topics of the discussion were the political situation and the security of the region.
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Prisons For Pirates Could Breed New Security Risks

The prisons in Somaliland and Puntland are part of a security solution to a problem that is, at its heart, economic and political — a worrying mismatch

By Jill Keenan
Mowlid Ahmad Abidoon stands quietly in the small prison cell where he has lived for nearly two years. Slot windows on one wall let in only a little sunlight, leaving his face almost entirely obscured in darkness.

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Global Guardian Adds Somalia To Service Area

ARLINGTON, Va., March 29, 2014 -- Global Guardian, the international security and emergency evacuation firm has added Somalia to the list of countries where it provides personnel tracking, emergency response, security, medical support, and evacuation services.

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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.

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Misinformation About Flight MH-370

George Horak
As we have arrived at the end of the third week of the “mysterious disappearance” of a Boeing 777 of the Malaysian Airlines, it is finally beginning to dawn on the general public this entire episode is much more than just an unfortunate crash in the ocean of an airliner,
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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.

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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.

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.

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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

Mr Gas’s Absurd Claims

In a previous editorial we noted how Puntland’s new president, Abdiweli Gas has made waging war on Somaliland as part of his election platform by saying he would give priority to retrieving the lands lost to the enemy. What he means by the lands lost to the enemy is Dhulbahante and Warsangali areas in Sool and Sanag that are within Somaliland’s jurisdiction. Mr Gas’s belligerent rhetoric did not let up once he was elected. Now he added a new element: accusing Somaliland’s government of being in cahoots with al-Shabaab. These accusations were not just voiced by Puntland’s president alone but also by his vice president, minister of security and Puntland’s media.

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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,

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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.

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