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Issue 636 -- 5th - 11th April, 2014

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Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Somaliland Authorities Shut Down Independent Papers

RSF: Somaliland - Another News Outlet Bites The Dust In Police Raid

Somaliland: Current Government Violated The Rights Of The Media (Haatuf)

MP Abdul-Qadir Indho Warns Against Commencing Oil Explorations Without Prior Legislative Approval And Community Consultations

Somaliland Hails British Step Forward In Independence Bid

Sheffield City Recognizes Somaliland

Australian, Norwegian, Dutch And UN Officials Visit Somaliland

Somaliland Recognition Campaign Gears Up

Local and Regional Affairs

Chinese Company Wants To Invest In Somaliland

Joint Statement By The Ministry Of Environment And The Ministry Of Water Resources

Somaliland: Who Bolloré Has To Talk To In Berbera

US Aid To Egypt Used For Terrorism: Ethiopia Official

Somaliland Statesman’s Thanks As Motion Passed

MOTHERS AT RISK: Fighting Maternal Mortality

British UN Worker Shot Dead By Rogue Soldier In Somalia

France Hands Over The Force Command Of The European Union's Counter Piracy Mission To Germany

Men Must Join Fight Against FGM, Leading Campaigner Urges

Dahabshil At The 2014 Muslim News Awards For Excellence

Editorial

Somaliland Should Strengthen Its Military

Features & Commentary

Tourism Can Drive Sustainable Economic Growth In Somaliland

Had You Ever Heard Of? Historic Fact: Somaliland

Somalia And Somaliland: Now Or Never?

International News

International Recognition Of Somaliland Will Boost Its Economy

Malaysia MH370: Who Has Means & Motive To Take A Plane Full Of People?

Opinion

A British Teacher’s Heroism Versus Al Shabaab’s Barbarism

Another Tale: History Gives Counsel (1)

Basic Rules For Judging Fairness: Distributive, Procedural, And Transactional Justice

Welcome To Sheffield

Sun, Sea, Sand And Some VERY Scary Locals! On The Tourist Trail In Somaliland

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Chinese Company Wants To Invest In Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 5, 2014 (SL Times) – Representatives of a Chinese company called Afro China Industry that wants to invest in Somaliland arrived this week in Hargeysa. The company was welcomed by officials from the ministry of industry. Some of the people welcoming the Chinese company were waving Somaliland and China’s flags.

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Joint Statement By The Ministry Of Environment And The Ministry Of Water Resources

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 5, 2014 (SL Times) – The ministry of the environment and the ministry of water resources issued a joint statement this week. The gist of the statement is to reiterate their commitment to protecting the country’s environment and natural resources.

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Somaliland: Who Bolloré Has To Talk To In Berbera

April 4 2014
Hargeysa has instructed a British lawyer to negotiate with the French group Bolloré to hammer out the details of the agreement to manage Berbera port.
Meetings began about two weeks ago between representatives of Bolloré Africa Logistics and the British law practice McCue & Partners to work on an agreement for the French group to run Berbera port. In fact, several months ago the Somaliland government instructed the firm’s main partner, Jason Daniel McCue, 44, to look for funding to develop the Berbera corridor towards Ethiopia. This is a vast project including an oil pipeline, estimated to cost a total of around $2.5 billion. This mandate was attributed to the Berbera Development Company (BDC) founded by McCue in London in April 2013 to make the Somaliland port into a logistics hub for the whole region.

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US Aid To Egypt Used For Terrorism: Ethiopia Official

A Member of Ethiopia’s largest opposition party UDJ blamed Egypt’s financial assistance to al Shabaab militants in Somalia for spreading terrorism in the horn of Africa. According to MP Girma Seifu of the Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party, American aid to Egypt is being diverted to finance terrorists in Somalia as Cairo seeks to weaken Addis Ababa and stop construction of the Ethiopian Dam.

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Somaliland Statesman’s Thanks As Motion Passed

Government ministers from Somaliland have thanked the people of Sheffield for recognizing their nation’s right to be an independent state.
Several dignitaries from Somaliland attended a Sheffield Council meeting on Wednesday, where members passed a motion acknowledging Somaliland’s right to self-determination. Sheffield is the first city in the world to recognize this.

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MOTHERS AT RISK: Fighting Maternal Mortality

Midwives and other medical experts speak out on how to end the staggering loss of life occurring in the act of giving birth.
Every two minutes a woman dies in childbirth or complications from pregnancy. It’s a sobering statistic, to be sure; staggering, even, considering that 99 percent of those deaths are preventable. Like so many ills in the world, maternal mortality can be linked to poverty and lack of education and resources. And when those issues are addressed, maternal mortality goes down.
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British UN Worker Shot Dead By Rogue Soldier In Somalia

A security guard at Galkayo main Airport, 700km north of Mogadishu, shot the Briton and another male UN worker as they entered the airport on their way to Kenya, according to airport's security boss, Colonel Ali Yusuf.
Airport officer, Abdullahi Yusuf, confirmed one of the men killed was from the UK.

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France Hands Over The Force Command Of The European Union's Counter Piracy Mission To Germany

PRESS RELEASE
On Sunday 6 April, Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean (French Navy) handed over the Force Command of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta to Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen (German Navy) during a Change of Command ceremony held on board FS Siroco in the Port of Djibouti.

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Men Must Join Fight Against FGM, Leading Campaigner Urges

Anna Davis
One of the world’s leading campaigners against female genital mutilation has called on men to take up the fight against the practice.

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Dahabshil At The 2014 Muslim News Awards For Excellence

Dahabshiil are extremely proud and honored to be part of the Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2014 which took place last night at Grosvenor House, London. The Muslim News is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and the awards are an important celebration of Muslim talent and the contribution of the Muslim community to British Society.
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Headlines

Somaliland Authorities Shut Down Independent Papers

Nairobi, April 8, 2014--Police in the republic of Somaliland on Thursday raided the Hargeysa offices of the independent Somali-language paper Haatuf and its sister English-language weekly, Somaliland Times, and suspended them indefinitely, according to local journalists and news reports.

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RSF: Somaliland - Another News Outlet Bites The Dust In Police Raid

Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by yesterday's police raid on the headquarters of the independent daily Haatuf in Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland, which has resulted in the newspaper's closure.

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Somaliland: Current Government Violated The Rights Of The Media (Haatuf)

Today is another black day for Somaliland free press. The Haatuf News was invaded by Somaliland police called Rapid Responses Unit (RRU). It is not the first time the Rapid Responses Unit invaded the compound of the free press properties. Last year Hubaal newspaper was invaded twice leading it to eventually close forever. I feel really sorry for them.

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MP Abdul-Qadir Indho Warns Against Commencing Oil Explorations Without Prior Legislative Approval And Community Consultations

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 5, 2014 (SL Times) – Parliamentarian Abdul-Qadir Mohamed Indho has warned against the commencement of oil exploration operations in eastern Somaliland without prior legislative approval and community consultations.

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Somaliland Hails British Step Forward In Independence Bid

LONDON — A city in Britain has become the first to officially recognize Somaliland’s claim to independence. The vote -- which is purely symbolic and carries no legal weight -- is nevertheless being hailed by Somaliland leaders as a big step forward in their decades-long campaign to break away from Somalia.

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Sheffield City Recognizes Somaliland

Sheffield, UK, April 5, 2014 (SL Times) – The Sheffield City Council voted to recognize Somaliland as an independent state. Several prominent personalities such as MPs, ministers, and ambassadors took part in the event.
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Australian, Norwegian, Dutch And UN Officials Visit Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 5, 2014 (SL Times) – A delegation of Australian, European and UN officials came to Somaliland this week. They were welcomed at the airport by the Minister of Justice, Hussein Ahmed Aidid.
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Somaliland Recognition Campaign Gears Up

Malmo, Sweden, April 5, 2014 (SL Times) – A group of Somalilanders in the city of Malmö, Sweden, have a started a world-wide campaign for Somaliland's recognition.

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International News

International Recognition Of Somaliland Will Boost Its Economy

As African leaders gather in Brussels for the EU-Africa summit, the foreign minister of Somaliland writes that despite substantial help from the EU, the country still faces important economic hurdles on its path to development, which could be remedied partly by international recognition.
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Malaysia MH370: Who Has Means & Motive To Take A Plane Full Of People?

By Tony Gosling
Enough in the way of misstatements, contradictions and other evidence has emerged from the developing story of ‘lost’ Malaysian Airlines flight 370 to form a case for its disappearance being orchestrated by the West's Military Industrial Complex.
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Features & Commentary

Tourism Can Drive Sustainable Economic Growth In Somaliland

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

On Thursday, March 27, at the Somaliland Imperial Hotel in Hargeysa, Dunira Strategy and local partner Horn Heritage presented the findings and recommendations of their Comic Relief-funded feasibility study. This research sought to explore heritage tourism as a driver of sustainable economic growth in Somaliland. The findings were delivered to the Minister of Sports, Youth and Tourism and his officials, along with experts, technical advisors, national media, and key stakeholders from the tourism sector.

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Had You Ever Heard Of? Historic Fact: Somaliland

Somalia is best known for civil war, extreme poverty, lack of governance, corruption, piracy and the development of Islamic extremism. Somalia is best known for being a failed State. However, this country has a northern territory, Somaliland, a self-proclaimed independent State, that is all the opposite.

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Somalia And Somaliland: Now Or Never?

By Jonas Jelinek
In January this year, Somaliland and Somalia signed the Istanbul Communiqué committing themselves to mutual cooperation and peaceful resolution of their relationship, which has been on rocks ever since Somaliland proclaimed independence more than 22 years ago. As much as the international community wants to be optimistic about the recent development in the horn of Africa, the completely opposite reaction of Somalia’s and Somaliland’s governments to the peace memorandum suggests the rift between the two has only got bigger during the last two decades. If Somalia wants Somaliland back, it is a now or never situation.

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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 Should Strengthen Its Military

This week the Italian government delivered weapons to Somalia’s federal government. Similarly, last month the US handed Somalia’s government a load of weaponry. In addition to this, Somalia’s government has been buying weaponry on its own from various sources. It is very likely that much of these weapons have ended up in al-Shabaab’s hands as happened many times before. But regardless of whether these weapons stay with Somalia’s government or end in al-Shabaab’s hands, the accumulation of weaponry by either Somalia’s government or al-Shabaab upsets the military balance in the area to Somaliland’s detriment and thus poses a long-term threat to Somaliland given that both Somalia’s government and al-Shabaab claim that Somaliland belongs to them.

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OPINION

A British Teacher’s Heroism Versus Al Shabaab’s Barbarism

By Bashir Goth
Recently the British Daily Mail carried the amazing story of a British teacher, Ray Coe, 53, who donated a kidney to his young student, a Muslim girl, Alya Ahmed Ali, 13. The story was emailed to me by a friend who also said in his email: “What would Al Shabaab say about this act?” he added: “Before Allah, isn’t it better to save a life than kill one.” My reply to him after reading the story was: “Al Shabaab would probably demand the girl be killed as she now carries an infidel’s organ in her body.” This is not an exaggeration as one would not expect a better response from a group that makes it their duty to extinguish life and everything beautiful in it.

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Another Tale: History Gives Counsel (1)

Abdisalam Yassin
In the coming tales, I will present to the reader the advice given by famous historical personalities about politics and government. The advice that these thinkers and sages give is in the form of quotes some of which have become proverbs in many languages.

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Basic Rules For Judging Fairness: Distributive, Procedural, And Transactional Justice

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

By Kelif Abdi Sh. Mohamoud.
Deciding whether we have been treated fairly in our relations with others can be quite tricky. First, we rarely have all the information needed to make such a judgment accurately. Second, even if we did , perceived fairness is in the of the beholder, so is subjects in group settings indicates that, in general, we make these judgments by focusing on three distinct aspects or rules.
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Welcome To Sheffield

The Star
It’s very easy to get caught up in arguments about immigration, or asylum, or refugees.
Simply raising the topic in a debate immediately puts each side on the defensive.
One wishing to extol the virtues of people with differing cultures coming together for the common good and the other tip-toeing around the topic and not wishing to offend while stating the case that left uncontrolled it can cause more problems than it solves.

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Sun, Sea, Sand And Some VERY Scary Locals! On The Tourist Trail In Somaliland

By Ruth Styles
It's the home of Al Shabaab, pirates and a civil war that has ground on for almost three decades but for some intrepid tourists, Somalia, or to be specific, the breakaway region of Somaliland, has become the perfect place for a holiday.

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