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Issue 638 -- 19th - 25th April, 2014

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Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Sillanyo’s Government Orders Internet Companies To Block Haatuf And Somaliland Times

Swedish Ambassador Meets With Yusuf Abdi Gabobe

Somaliland Military Enter Taleex Then Leave

Somtel Starts Blocking Internet And Mobile Services From Haatuf Ahead Of The Court Ban

Kenya And Somalia's Government Hand A Propaganda Coup To Al-Shabaab

UK’s Minister For Africa Arrives In Hargeysa

Is Somaliland A Model For Regional Development?

Lib Dems Submit Motion On Somaliland’s Right To Be Recognized As A Sovereign State

Local and Regional Affairs

University Students Demonstrate Against Fee Hikes

UK’s FCO Advice Against All But Essential Travel To The Cities of Hargeysa and Berbera

Edna Adan: Inaugural Recipient Of The Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award

Maalim Ready To Defend His Statement If Prosecuted

Barclays Settles Dispute With Money Transfer Company Dahabshiil

Criminalization Will Not Stop FGM In East Africa

A Plan To Revolutionize The Horn Of Africa — Starting With 5,000 Animal Skins

Somaliland Apologizes After Detained Ethiopian Diplomats

Wajir Businessman Sets Up First Islamic Insurance For Herders

ISS: Somalia - Why Orthodox Aid Policy Must Give Way To Battlefield Reality

Editorial

Somaliland President Needs To Clean His Act Before It’s Too Late

Features & Commentary

Somaliland Dispatch: 'I’m A Cutter And I’ll Take A Razor To My Daughter In The Holidays'

United States: Implications Of U.S. Sanctions Program On Intellectual Property Owners

The US’s Invasion Of Africa That Nobody Knows About

International News

Somaliland President Says, “If We Are Granted International Recognition During My Presidency, We Would Put On The Biggest Celebration The World Has Ever Seen”

Kiev Promises Russian Language Status Choice As Military Op Enters ‘Inactive Phase’

Opinion

Tower Hamlet’s Labor Party Moyoral Candidate Pledges To Recognize Somaliland If Elected

Somaliland Is New Source Of Rare Earth Elements: Science And Security Of Fusion Minerals

Our Dear Country of Somaliland is in the Grips of Multi-Faceted Crises

Somaliland Needs Real Change

Article 32: Freedom Of Public Demonstration, Express Of Opinion, Press And Other Media

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

University Students Demonstrate Against Fee Hikes

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 19, 2014 (SL Times) – Students at the University of Hargeysa demonstrated against the university's increase in tuition. Riot police reacted violently to the demonstration by beating and arresting the demonstrators.

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UK’s FCO Advice Against All But Essential Travel To The Cities of Hargeysa and Berbera

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland except for the cities of Hargeysa and Berbera to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel. Any British nationals in areas of Somalia to which the FCO advise against all travel should leave.

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Edna Adan: Inaugural Recipient Of The Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award

Honoring a Leader in Global Women’s Health
Philadelphia, PA (April 18, 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.

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Maalim Ready To Defend His Statement If Prosecuted

Former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim accompanied by his lawyer Harun Ndubi have recorded a statement at the Anti Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU).

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Barclays Settles Dispute With Money Transfer Company Dahabshiil

LONDON-- Barclays PLC settled a legal dispute with one of Africa's largest money transfer companies after the British bank was accused of unfairly trying to shut down its bank account.

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Criminalization Will Not Stop FGM In East Africa

An Oxford University study has found that criminalization of female genital mutilation in Ethiopia has lead to underground circumcisions. Social norms, not just the law, need to change
Kirrily Pells and Lorriann Robinson
Since female genital mutilation (FGM) has been outlawed in Ethiopia, some rural families have been holding clandestine circumcisions, said parents at confidential focus group discussions in Ethiopia for Oxford University's Young Lives study.
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A Plan To Revolutionize The Horn Of Africa — Starting With 5,000 Animal Skins

Stabilizing one of the most dangerous regions in the world from the ground up
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Len Tiahlo vividly recalls a flight he took more than a decade ago that had to make an emergency landing on a dirt strip serving as a runway outside the tiny enclave of Jijiga in eastern Ethiopia.

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Somaliland Apologizes After Detained Ethiopian Diplomats

Somaliland officials apologized for the detention of Ethiopian government personnel, who were previously deemed spies turned out to be “diplomatic staff”.
Earlier, Somaliland media reported that: Somaliland’s authorities arrested intelligence & plain clothes police officers from Ethiopia at Kalabaid center some few kilometers from the border town of Togwajale.

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Wajir Businessman Sets Up First Islamic Insurance For Herders

WAJIR, Kenya – The son of a camel herder, Hassan Bashir knows how tough traditional life in Kenya's arid north is, where pastoralists rely on livestock herds surviving boom and bust cycles of drought.

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ISS: Somalia - Why Orthodox Aid Policy Must Give Way To Battlefield Reality

Written by ISS Africa, Thursday, 17 April 2014
Jens Mjaugedal, Special Envoy of Norway to Somalia, is frustrated… which is hardly surprising given his mission to try to turn Somalia, which has officially been the world’s most failed state for many years, into a success.
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Headlines

Sillanyo’s Government Orders Internet Companies To Block Haatuf And Somaliland Times

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 19, 2014 (SL Times) – The head of Hargeysa regional court Faysal Dhago-dhago sent a letter to the internet companies Somtel, Telesom and African Online to block the Somaliland public's accessibility to Haatuf (www.haatuf.net) and Somaliland Times (somalilandtimes.net) websites.

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Swedish Ambassador Meets With Yusuf Abdi Gabobe

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 19, 2014 (SL Times) – The Swedish ambassador to Somalia, Mikael Lindvall, who is based in Kenya and whose writ also covers Somaliland, met with the publisher of Haatuf Media Network, Yusuf Abdi Gaboobe, the Somali language newspaper Geeska reported.

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Somaliland Military Enter Taleex Then Leave

Taleex, Somaliland, April 19, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s military took the town of Taleex this week.  Somaliland Defense Minister, Ahmed Haji Aali (Cadami) said Somaliland army’s entry into Taleex does not mean that they captured anything, it only means that the army went to a part of their country.

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Somtel Starts Blocking Internet And Mobile Services From Haatuf Ahead Of The Court Ban

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 19, 2014 (SL Times) – Somtel, the Dahabshill-owned telecommunication company, started blocking phone calls and internet service from Haatuf Media Network offices and staff members ahead of last Wednesday's court order shutting down the sites of Haatuf (www.haatuf.net), a Somali language daily, and The Somaliland Times (somalilandtimes.net) an English weekly.

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Kenya And Somalia's Government Hand A Propaganda Coup To Al-Shabaab

Nairobi, Kenya, April 19, 2014 (SL Times) – Reports coming from Kenyan indicate that the Kenyan authorities have arrested thousands of Somalis whom it claims are there illegally. The arrests, however, include many who were there legally, even citizens who many not have had their legal papers with them.

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UK’s Minister For Africa Arrives In Hargeysa

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 19, 2014 (SL Times) – UK’s Minister of Africa, a Mark Simmons, arrived in Hargeysa where he held talks with Somaliland’s government. Speaking to the press after the meeting, Mark Simmons said they had discussed cooperation between Somaliland and the UK, economic aid, and the tensions between Somaliland and Puntland.
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Is Somaliland A Model For Regional Development?

Christopher Solomon
Somaliland is a thriving and relatively stable part of a region plagued by crime and political violence and offers many investment opportunities. Could the breakaway region become a blueprint for development in Somalia?
In 1991, the northern enclave of Somaliland separated from the rest of Somalia after the collapse of Siyad Barre’s authoritarian regime. Somaliland established its own currency and its government has transitioned through several peaceful elections. The autonomous region is struggling to gain international de jure recognition, but that may change soon.

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Lib Dems Submit Motion On Somaliland’s Right To Be Recognized As A Sovereign State

The Liberal Democrat group have submitted a motion to be moved by Councilor Christian Martin (Clifton East) on the right of Somaliland to be recognized as a sovereign state, the motion is outlined below:
“This council believes that Somaliland – where more than 10,000 people now in Bristol originated – should be recognized as a sovereign state.

Somalilanders make a significant contribution to our city and the council notes that members of this community in Bristol would strongly urge us to support growing pressure to recognize their country as independent, allowing it a seat at the United Nations.

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International News

Somaliland - A Model For Development Or Clan Identity Dressed As A Nation?

Somaliland President Says, “If We Are Granted International Recognition During My Presidency, We Would Put On The Biggest Celebration The World Has Ever Seen”

This article is written by Terje Vigtel, Former Director of Norwegian Volunteer Service, Ambassador to Zambia and Director of Norad’s Civil Society Department.

I am amazed by the enthusiasm people from Somaliland have about their country. They point to the territory`s growing economy and the development of a democratic political system that works better than many others on the continent. But most important of all, they are proud of a society that has gone a long way in the restoration and maintenance of peace.
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Kiev Promises Russian Language Status Choice As Military Op Enters ‘Inactive Phase’

Kiev has promised to let the regions decide on the status of any languages on their own, calling for “peace and unity.” Troops remain in eastern Ukraine, although the military operation has been rendered “inactive.”
Ukraine’s coup-imposed acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa on Friday confirmed that the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” is continuing in eastern Ukrainian, despite the calls for de-escalation of the crisis stated in the four-side April-17 agreement between Ukraine, Russia, the US and the EU.
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Features & Commentary

Somaliland Dispatch: 'I’m A Cutter And I’ll Take A Razor To My Daughter In The Holidays'

No mercy: Cutter Khadija Geedi with her daughter at their home in the village of Baki in Somaliland

By Martin Bentham
The Somali cutter sat with her 10-year-old daughter beside her and explained calmly why she will take a razor blade to her this summer. “I am a circumciser,” she declared. “This young one I haven’t circumcised yet, but my other daughters are circumcised.

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United States: Implications Of U.S. Sanctions Program On Intellectual Property Owners

Article by E. Martín Enriquez
Lewis Roca Rothgerber

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31 C.F.R. § 501 et seq. The Office of Foreign Asset Control ("OFAC") at the Department of the Treasury manages the U.S. Sanctions Program.

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The US’s Invasion Of Africa That Nobody Knows About

The Obama administration has been slowly – and very quietly – peppering the U.S. military throughout the continent and putting hundreds of millions of dollars into the pockets of government contractors to build the necessary infrastructure for a permanent U.S. military presence.
By John Glaser for AntiWar.com
The U.S. is assembling the rudiments of imperial infrastructure throughout Africa, and hardly anybody knows about it.

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Tweets by @SomalilandTimes

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 President Needs To Clean His Act Before It’s Too Late

It has been more than a week now since the government’s takeover of Haatuf newspaper. Since then new revelations about the minister of minerals, Hussein Duale's corruption have come to light. The latest one is the minister’s misappropriation of $20000 which was supposed to have been used to defray some of the expenses incurred by Sheffield community’s campaign toward gaining recognition. In his press conference, the minister of minerals asked the rhetorical question, if I had appropriated millions of dollars as Haatuf claims, why would I descend to taking a mere $20000? In theory this seems like a logical question, but the truth is that he did descend to misappropriating the $20000, and this was confirmed by Sheffield community leaders (click here to watch a Sheffield community leader confirm that they had not received those funds).

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OPINION

Tower Hamlet’s Labor Party Moyoral Candidate Pledges To Recognize Somaliland If Elected

“Just like Sheffield, this is a victory for every Somalilander, but this is an example that shows how small campaign, by small number of people, can make a positive difference to our search for nationhood”.
As a member of the Labour party, I would like to share all Somalilanders that the Labour Party administration in Tower Hamlets is ready to follow suit of the positive Sheffield city council example and recognize Somaliland. This is a result numerous meetings between Somalilander members of Labour Party in Tower Hamlets who lobbied for the recognition of Somaliland, and the Labour party’s mayoral candidate John Biggs who finally confirmed that any future Labour administration led by him, will take a leading role in recognizing Somaliland.

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Somaliland Is New Source Of Rare Earth Elements: Science And Security Of Fusion Minerals

Somaliland stands at critical moment facing with several complex issues related to insecurity, and unable to protect people, infrastructure, organizations and foreign investments from terrorism threats.
Recent geological survey indicated that Somaliland has ample deposits of gemological period comprises; the Neogene to Quaternary, Oligocene, Paleocene to Eocene, Cretaceous, Jurassic marine deposits (prevailingly early to middle and late Jurassic), Triassic deposits, Magmatic; intrusive plutonium, and vulcanite. Formed over 6 billion years ago, uranium, a dense, silvery-white metal, was created “during the fiery lifetimes and explosive deaths in stars in the heavens around us,”

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Our Dear Country of Somaliland is in the Grips of Multi-Faceted Crises

Abdihalim Musa
Today, Somaliland our dear country is in the grips of multi-faceted crises. A crisis caused by hardship, Incompetence, Parochialism and systemic Corruption. This state of affairs must not endure any longer.
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Somaliland Needs Real Change

This thread is not whether Somaliland should go separate ways or join Somalia to make the perfect union, it is about people, good governance and development. The change, we in the diaspora are looking or propagating might not be achievable, but we should always push for a government for the people. I believe democracy is always the best option for a change.

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Article 32: Freedom Of Public Demonstration, Express Of Opinion, Press And Other Media

Every citizen shall have a freedom, in accordance with the law, to express his opinions orally, visually, artistically or in writing or in any other ways.
No person may be arrested, searched, or detained, except when caught in flagrante delicto or on the issue of a reasoned arrested warrant by a competent judge.
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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