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Issue 640 -- 3rd - 9th May, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

After Shutting Three Newspapers And A TV Station, Sillanyo Says He Is A Champion Of The Press

Journalist’s Association Says Sillanyo’s Actions Against Haatuf Are Illegal

Jamal Ali Hussein: Kulmiye Spent $800,000 Of The Public’s Money On Its Conference

South African Delegation Arrives In Somaliland

Kenyan Officials Visit Somaliland

East Africa: Kerry Urges Press Freedom In Ethiopia, Warns On Genocide In South Sudan (Document)

Freedom Of The Press 2014: Media Freedom Hits Decade Low

Somaliland: Wisdom And Insight From A Founding Father

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 Justice: A Toy In The Hands Of The Government And An Embarrassment

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

Free The Press! Release All Jailed Journalists On World Press Freedom Day

FLIGHT MH370 MYSTERY: What Was In Missing Tons Of Cargo?

Opinion

Somaliland Is New Source Of Rare Earth Elements: While Al-Shabaab Is Searching For Science

The Price Of Legacy: Mohammed Ibrahim Egal

Special Military Suggestions For The Commander In Chief

The White Crow (Xuunsho)

Somaliland: Relishing Hargeysa Social Loop, Deported You To Europe!!

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”.

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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

After Shutting Three Newspapers And A TV Station, Sillanyo Says He Is A Champion Of The Press

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 3, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s government has gotten in the habit of making so many unsubstantiated claims that it is getting harder and harder to take it seriously.

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Journalist’s Association Says Sillanyo’s Actions Against Haatuf Are Illegal

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 3, 2014 (SL Times) – In an interview with Radio Hillaac, the Vice-Chairman of Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA), Muhammad Abdi Urad described the government’s desire to try Haatuf on criminal charges as illegal.

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Jamal Ali Hussein: Kulmiye Spent $800,000 Of The Public’s Money On Its Conference

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 3, 2014 (SL Times) – UCID’s presidential nominee, Jamal Ali Hussein has accused the governing Kulmiye of spending $800,000 of the public purse on its conference which was held in Hargeysa’s Mansoor Hotel.

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South African Delegation Arrives In Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 3, 2014 (SL Times) – A South African delegation led by Dr. Gate Mills arrived in Hargeysa this week. After meeting with Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo, the delegation held a joint press conference with Somaliland’s foreign minister, Muhammad Bihi Yonis.

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Kenyan Officials Visit Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 3, 2014 (SL Times) – Four Kenyan government officials paid a visit to Somaliland.
The purpose of the visit was to look at the feasibility of opening a Kenyan diplomatic office in Hargeysa.

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East Africa: Kerry Urges Press Freedom In Ethiopia, Warns On Genocide In South Sudan (Document)

Press Availability in Addis Ababa

Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the press in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 1, 2014:
SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I'm really pleased to be back in Africa and to be back in Addis Ababa, a city of enormous energy, and in a country that is really changing and on the move. I had a series of very productive meetings this morning with my foreign minister counterparts and African Union counterparts, and also have just concluded a meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam.
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Freedom Of The Press 2014: Media Freedom Hits Decade Low

Global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade, according to a Freedom House report released on 1 May 2014. The decline was driven in part by major regression in several Middle Eastern states, including Egypt, Libya, and Jordan; marked setbacks in Turkey, Ukraine, and a number of countries in East Africa; and deterioration in the relatively open media environment of the United States.
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Somaliland: Wisdom And Insight From A Founding Father

03/05/2014
In remembrance to the late Egal who passed away exactly the same day as today twelve years ago in South Africa. I hereby share with fellow Somalilanders’ ‘a food for thought’, wisdom from President Egal’s unique mind. Egal was the founding father and the architect who engineered the modern day democratic Somaliland. He served two terms between 1993 to 2001 as a president of post conflict Somaliland when his died a hospital in South Africa.

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International News

Free The Press! Release All Jailed Journalists On World Press Freedom Day

Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu is serving a five-year prison sentence for “promoting terrorism”

On World Press Freedom Day, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is highlighting 10 emblematic cases of journalists in prison, silenced by authorities in retaliation for their work. CPJ is calling on authorities to release these journalists, as well as all others being held in relation to their work.
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FLIGHT MH370 MYSTERY: What Was In Missing Tons Of Cargo?

MYSTERY surrounds the cargo of flight MH370 as it emerged last night some items in the hold weren't listed on the official manifest before the plane took off.
By Jessica Haworth
Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport is still missing after it disappeared off the radar on March 8, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members.
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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.

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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.

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The US’s Invasion Of Africa That Nobody Knows About

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 Justice: A Toy In The Hands Of The Government And An Embarrassment

Here we go again. Somaliland government has shown one more time that the justice system is a toy in its hands that it can use anyway it wants any time it wants. The latest example of this is the Hargeysa regional court’s request that Haatuf journalists show for trial. Any court system that is worth the name usually delivers a court summon to the defendants. Hargeysa’s court did not do that. Instead it announced in the radio. Furthermore, the summon is supposed to mention what the person is being charged with and who is the plaintiff. The announcement neither mentioned what the case against the defendants is nor who is the person making those accusations.

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OPINION

Somaliland Is New Source Of Rare Earth Elements: While Al-Shabaab Is Searching For Science

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.

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The Price Of Legacy: Mohammed Ibrahim Egal

In any nation, there are citizens who recall and appreciate the life day’s legacy of the people who contribute the good cause and make difference to the lives of others.

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Special Military Suggestions For The Commander In Chief

Brigade General Abdullahi H. Jama Allas
Somaliland army chief of staff

Once I read and understood the essence of the Somaliland Times weekly newspaper editorial media network group issued article of 5th April 2014, in which they addressed to the government about how necessary to strengthen our defense forces as soon as possible, as I really been impressed the idea as too imperative issue. Because it will naturally be a work of great importance and promise for this nation of purpose in accordance to how things are going in this region nowadays.
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The White Crow (Xuunsho)

Yusuf Deyr, Edmonton, Canada
Mr. Benedict Arnood from the Cedar Tree Institute said, my friends of many years views, did not offend me, what offends me most was their beliefs that I had no right to my independent, moderate views, and that I should just shut up and leave the future coarse of the country to them alone. Because they know better.

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Somaliland: Relishing Hargeysa Social Loop, Deported You To Europe!!

Hearing morning birds singing beautiful songs and hearing those melody sounds. The weather is so pleasant and cannot be compared to anywhere else in Africa, you don’t want to get out of your bed , the alarm is your enemy, suddenly you hear a voice in your head ”time to work” as the young and old get on with it. You drive the most contemporary car in the town, you are famous among your society and work for an INGO/UN, and they are the best salary payers in Somaliland.

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