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Issue 642 -- 17th - 23rd May, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Kenya To Open Diplomatic Office In Somaliland

Sillanyo’s Son-In-Law Spends $30,000 On Kidnapping Haatuf Journalists

Parliament Should Investigate Government Fraud And Embezzlement

Minister Of Minerals Creates Environmental Disaster In Sanag

Somaliland Doctors And Nurses Take Courses In Tanzania

Minister Of Health Provides Water To Buhoodle

Somaliland Sees Drop In Maternal Mortality

Letter To AU: It’s Time To Recognize Somaliland As An Independent Country And AU Member – President Sillanyo

Somaliland: A Different Kind of Independence Day

Local and Regional Affairs

Somaliland President Makes His Fourth State Of The Nation Address

Lupita Nyong'o, Boyfriend K'naan Get Affectionate On Brooklyn Dinner Date

US Renews Lease For Drone Base In Djibouti For Tactical Reasons

Malaysia Probes Alleged Somali Militant Activity

UN Official Warns Of Worsening Food Insecurity In Somalia

Somali MPs Demand President Quit, Threaten Impeachment

South Sudan Rivals Kiir And Machar Agree Peace Deal

President Guelleh Calls On Somali Diaspora To Invest Djibouti

FBI Hunts San Diego Man Suspected Of Helping Al Qaeda-Tied Group In Somalia

China Opens Multi-Billion-Shilling Purse For Kenyan Projects

Editorial

Sillanyo’s Kidnapping Of Haatuf Journalists

Features & Commentary

A Modest Proposal For A Plebiscite To Resolve The Status Of The Republic Of Somaliland

Security In Kenya: Little Law, Less Order

Going Beyond The Arms Trade Treaty To Secure Peace In Africa

International News

Australian Warship Seizes Heroin In Large Drug Bust Close To Somalia

Nairobi Terror Attack Leaves 12 Dead

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

Somaliland President Makes His Fourth State Of The Nation Address

Last week, President Ahmed Mohammed Mohamoud Sillanyo gave his fourth State of the Nation address to a joint session of the Somaliland Parliament, the upper House of the Guurti and the lower House of Representatives.

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Lupita Nyong'o, Boyfriend K'naan Get Affectionate On Brooklyn Dinner Date

Lupita Nyong'o and boyfriend K'naan enjoyed an affectionate dinner date in BrooklynCredit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic

A romance grows in Brooklyn! Lupita Nyong'o and boyfriend K'naan may have been shy about taking their relationship public at first, but they certainly weren't trying to hide anything when they went out to dinner in Brooklyn last week.

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US Renews Lease For Drone Base In Djibouti For Tactical Reasons

By Kells Hetherington
WASHINGTON (VR) — The Pentagon has just signed a new 10-year lease agreement with Djibouti in order to keep the only American military base in sub-Saharan Africa open.

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Malaysia Probes Alleged Somali Militant Activity

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police are investigating whether Al Qaeda linked Somali rebels were seeking to set up a base in the Southeast Asian country after a suspected insurgent was arrested, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.

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UN Official Warns Of Worsening Food Insecurity In Somalia

UNITED NATIONS -- The UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini on Friday warned that without immediate action, the Horn of Africa country's fragile food security situation could worsen in the coming months,

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Somali MPs Demand President Quit, Threaten Impeachment

Mogadishu, Somalia – More than 100 Somali lawmakers have signed a letter demanding the president resign for failing to improve security and meet other promises, threatening to impeach him if he does not quit.
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South Sudan Rivals Kiir And Machar Agree Peace Deal

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed a peace deal after a five-month conflict.

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President Guelleh Calls On Somali Diaspora To Invest Djibouti

Djibouti President, Ismail Omar Guelleh, has called on the Somali Diaspora in the US to invest his country.

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FBI Hunts San Diego Man Suspected Of Helping Al Qaeda-Tied Group In Somalia

It's been more than a year since a former UC San Diego engineering student — once described as sweet and friendly — made it to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list.

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China Opens Multi-Billion-Shilling Purse For Kenyan Projects

Kenya: China has opened a multibillion-shilling purse to fund various trade deals that will culminate in the signing of 17 memoranda of understanding and agreements.
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Headlines

Somaliland: Obsolete Laws Used To Persecute Two Detained Journalists

Paris, France, May 20, 2014 – Reporters Without Borders condemns the unfairness of the proceedings to which Yusuf Abdi Gabobe, the owner and founder of the newspaper Haatuf, and Ahmed Ali Egeh, the editor of its Somali-language version, are being subjected in Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland.

Gabobe and Egeh have been held since 10 May, when they were arrested and appeared in court for allegedly libeling two government ministers, while the newspaper has been closed since 7 April.

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Kenya To Open Diplomatic Office In Somaliland

Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Trade Principal Secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho. Kenya is set to open a diplomatic liaison office in Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland. PHOTO/WILLIAM OERI

By Isaac Ongiri
Nairobi, Kenya, May 17, 2014 -
Kenya is set to open a diplomatic liaison office in Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland.

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Sillanyo’s Son-In-Law Spends $30,000 On Kidnapping Haatuf Journalists

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 17, 2014 (SL Times) – According to Haatuf, Ahmed Sillanyo’s son-in-law, Bashe Awil spent $30,000 on the kidnapping and jailing Haatuf journalists.

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Parliament Should Investigate Government Fraud And Embezzlement

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 17, 2014 (SL Times) – The reports that Somaliland’s presidential family have moved public property to Mogadishu of all places makes it imperative that parliament form a committee to track down and document the public funds and properties that were misappropriated by the Sillanyo administration.

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Minister Of Minerals Creates Environmental Disaster In Sanag

Erigavo, Somaliland, May 17, 2014 (SL Times) – Elders in Somaliland’s Sanag region held a press conference in which they accused the Minister of Minerals, Hussein Abdi Duale, of ruining their natural environment.

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Somaliland Doctors And Nurses Take Courses In Tanzania

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 17, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland ministry of health sent two doctors and five nurses to Tanzania for further studies.

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Minister Of Health Provides Water To Buhoodle

Buhodle, Somaliland, May 17, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland Minister of Health Suleiman Ise Ahmed (Xagla Toosiye) continued his efforts to deliver tangible and essential services to the people of Buhodle.

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Somaliland Sees Drop In Maternal Mortality

By Alexandra George
Maternal and infant mortality are both slowly falling in Somaliland, according to figures from the Somaliland Nursing and Midwifery Association (SLNMA).

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Letter To AU: It’s Time To Recognize Somaliland As An Independent Country And AU Member – President Sillanyo

By Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Sillanyo), The President of Somaliland
IN SUMMARY

It is not the first time, of course, that our young country has asked the AU to take this momentous step. President Dahir Rayale Kahin, my predecessor, first applied in 2005.

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Somaliland: A Different Kind of Independence Day

Edna Adan Ismail, Former First Lady of Somalia
In the quest for independence, there are good days and there are bad days.

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International News

Australian Warship Seizes Heroin In Large Drug Bust Close To Somalia

This photo taken on Tuesday, May 13 and released by Australian Defense on Thursday, May 15 shows two rigid-hull inflatable boats from HMAS Darwin getting ready to board a suspicious vessel to conduct a search for illegal narcotics. (AFP)

SYDNEY -- An Australian warship has seized heroin with an estimated street value of AU$132 million (US$123 million) off the coast of Somalia, the defense department said Thursday.
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Nairobi Terror Attack Leaves 12 Dead

Two terror suspects were arrested after twin explosions left 12 people dead and more than 78 injured in Gikomba market, Nairobi, on Friday.
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Features & Commentary

A Modest Proposal For A Plebiscite To Resolve The Status Of The Republic Of Somaliland

By Nathan Albright
Proposal:

We hereby resolve to fix a date, as soon as possible, for an internationally supervised plebiscite throughout the territory of Somaliland to determine the will of its people to either remain as part of Somalia de jure or to be granted immediately fully recognized status as an independent state with all of the rights and responsibilities therein, including the freedom to set up a recognized military to defend its borders and territorial waters, and the right to join international organizations as it wishes in order to pursue its interests.

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Security In Kenya: Little Law, Less Order

Crime, terrorism and police abuse are all rising together

FIRST a van swerved down the motorway to Thika, then a police car. Coming to a stop 200 yards ahead, a man jumped out of the van and ran along the barrier in the middle, pursued by a policeman with his gun cocked.

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Going Beyond The Arms Trade Treaty To Secure Peace In Africa

WASHINGTON – Even as countries around the world have started to sign on to and ratify a landmark international treaty that would for the first time regulate the international trade in conventional weapons, experts here are warning that the treaty in itself will not be able to maintain peace and security in Africa.

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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

Sillanyo’s Kidnapping Of Haatuf Journalists

The lawyer for Haatuf Media called what happened at the Hargeysa court a kidnapping. He is right. The taking of Haatuf Media’s editor-in-chief Yusuf Abdi Gaboobe and the editor Ahmed Ali Ige to jail was nothing but a kidnapping, pure and simple. Yusuf Abdi Gabobe and Ahmed Ali Ige went to Hargeysa’s regional court in order to defend themselves from charges that they defamed ministers and the president’s son-in-law even though they had not received any summons. But since they knew they were on the right, they went to the court anyway even though others had warned them that the court was a trap to catch them. The signs that this was indeed a trap were all around. For one thing, there was a heavy police presence led by the RRU, an armed security unit that was trained with UK taxpayers’ money in anti-terrorism, not in curbing the freedom of the press.

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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.
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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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