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Issue 643 -- 24th - 30th May, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

President Ahmed Sillanyo’s Health And Age Raised By BBC Journalist

More Evidence Of Government Conspiracy Against Haatuf

Terrorists Ecstatic About Yusuf Gabobe’s Imprisonment

Somaliland Government Constitutional Violations Reaching Boiling Point

Consultation Forum, UCID And Wadani Urge Release Of Haatuf Journalists

Somaliland Marks 'Independence,' Urges Recognition

Bristol: Rally Celebrates Homeland Of Somaliland

Borama Henley Friendship Committee

Local and Regional Affairs

18 Dead In Shabaab Attack On Somali Parliament

U.S. Banking Crackdown Stings Somalia

Somalia: Senior Al-Shabaab Commander Vows To Take Holy War To Kenya

Aid Agencies Urge U.S. To Ease Restrictions On Money Transfers To Somalia

Jacka Resources Cashed Up To Progress African Oil And Gas Work

Somalia In Banana Export Trial To Qatar

Somalia: Unfair Trials In Military Courts

FBI: Man Provides False Qualifications, Hired By Crystal Lake-Based Charity To Help Free Somalia Hostages

Briefing To The Security Council By Ambassador Nicholas Kay, Special Representative Of The Secretary-General (SRSG) For Somalia

The Nile Is A Symbol Of Cooperation And Collaboration

Editorial

Sillanyo And The Lessons Not Learned

Features & Commentary

Taking The Nation’s Pulse: Somalilanders On Independence And Recognition

Somaliland Has Embraced Mobile Money – But At What Price?

Bringing It Home

International News

Secret Evidence Finally Aired In Al Jazeera English Trial

Ukraine Abusing Position As Gas Transit Country, Says Putin

Opinion

Let Somaliland Decide Its Fate

23 Anniversary Of The Republic Of Somaliland’s Independence Celebrations

Somaliland Demands Recognition

Re-Examining Somaliland’s Relations With Neighboring States

Somaliland: May 18; A Day Of Reflection

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

18 Dead In Shabaab Attack On Somali Parliament

Mogadishu - More than 18 people were killed Saturday in an attack by radical Islamist group al-Shabaab on the Somali parliament, security officials said.

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U.S. Banking Crackdown Stings Somalia

By Ryan Tracy
Earlier this month, Said Malin, president of Amaana Money Transfer Co. in Minneapolis, received an unexpected letter from his bank.
"Due to the ever-changing regulatory requirements and expenses," the account of Mr. Malin's business will be closed on June 20, Merchants Bank of California wrote.
"They didn't tell us a single violation or a single thing we had done" wrong, Mr. Malin said. His company processes about $3.5 million in transactions a month, about one-third of which goes to Somalia, more than any other foreign country. "Unless we find [another] bank, we will be out of business," he said.

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Somalia: Senior Al-Shabaab Commander Vows To Take Holy War To Kenya

A senior commander of the Islamist group al-Shabaab has declared that its holy war will move to the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
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Aid Agencies Urge U.S. To Ease Restrictions On Money Transfers To Somalia

NAIROBI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Two international aid agencies on Wednesday called on the U.S. government to ease restrictions on money transfers to Somalia.
Adeso, an African charity and development agency, and Oxfam International expressed concern that thousands of families across the Horn of Africa nation are under threat due to the recently announced closures of money transfer companies' bank accounts in the United States.

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Jacka Resources Cashed Up To Progress African Oil And Gas Work

Jacka Resources (ASX:JKA) has raised $2.85 million to repay debt and fund further development and exploration for its African oil and gas projects.
Proceeds from the fully underwritten Entitlement Offer are in addition to its recent $1 million placement as well as US$12 million farm-out of its remaining 15% interest in the Odewayne Block in Somaliland to Sterling Energy (LON:SEY).

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Somalia In Banana Export Trial To Qatar

Somalia has launched an ambitious economic drive through the export of a shipment of bananas to the Gulf state of Qatar, the largest in the country’s history, APA can report Friday.
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Somalia: Unfair Trials In Military Courts

Government, Donors Should Accelerate Justice Reforms
(Nairobi, May 22, 2014) – Somalia’s military courts since 2011 have tried hundreds of people beyond the courts’ legal mandate or in proceedings that fall short of international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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FBI: Man Provides False Qualifications, Hired By Crystal Lake-Based Charity To Help Free Somalia Hostages

A federal grand jury this past week indicted a 34-year-old California man in Rockford for allegations he defrauded Crystal Lake-based International Aid Services-USA Inc. out of $30,000.
William J. Burley, of Yucaipa, Calif., is charged with three counts of wire fraud in the case.
Authorities say Burley provided false qualifications to be hired by IAS and IAS America for a job that required him to travel to Somalia to try and rescue three IAS employee who had been kidnapped, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation press release.

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Briefing To The Security Council By Ambassador Nicholas Kay, Special Representative Of The Secretary-General (SRSG) For Somalia

Mr President,
Members of the Security Council,

Thank you for this opportunity to brief the Council and for your continued and united support for Somalia. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) completes its first year of work on the 3rd of June.

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The Nile Is A Symbol Of Cooperation And Collaboration

Dr. Tedros Adhanom
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
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Headlines

President Ahmed Sillanyo’s Health And Age Raised By BBC Journalist

London, UK, May 24, 2014 (SL Times) – The famous BBC journalist Dan Damon brought the issue of President Ahmed Sillanyo’s advanced age and ailing health front and center when he asked Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Bihi Yonis, about the president’s health problems and what preparations are being made for a transition in power to someone else.

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More Evidence Of Government Conspiracy Against Haatuf

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 24, 2014 (SL Times) – In a previous issue we pointed out that the government’s jailing of Haatuf journalists was not the product of what transpired in court but was a pre-planned conspiracy between the judicial and executive branches of Somaliland’s government.

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Terrorists Ecstatic About Yusuf Gabobe’s Imprisonment

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 24, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s religious extremists are very happy these days about the jailing of Haatuf founder and editor-in-chief, Yusuf Abdi Gabobe. They have been reported to have been exchanging greetings and shouting “Nasr, Nasr (victory, victory).”

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Somaliland Government Constitutional Violations Reaching Boiling Point

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 24, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland government’s continued constitutional violations have put tremendous strain on people to the point that many of them are on the verge of losing patience with it. There is palpable anger at the government that could lead to a violent explosion.

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Consultation Forum, UCID And Wadani Urge Release Of Haatuf Journalists

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 24, 2014 (SL Times) – The Consultation Forum and the two opposition parties UCID and Wadani condemned yet again Somaliland government’s assault on the freedom of expression and called for the immediate release of the imprisoned journalists.

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Somaliland Marks 'Independence,' Urges Recognition

Somaliland on Sunday marked 23 years since declaring independence from Somalia, urging recognition by the African Union and the international community.
"The African Union should no longer put off recognizing Somaliland as an independent country and full member," President Ahmed Mohammed Sillanyo said in his speech to mark the day.

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Bristol: Rally Celebrates Homeland Of Somaliland

AROUND 2,000 members of the Somali community converged on College Green for a rally in celebration of their homeland.
Somaliland is a self-declared independent state internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.

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Borama Henley Friendship Committee

THE association is arranging an exhibition called Borama Comes to Henley at the Old Fire Station Gallery from June 5 to 10.
This is a follow-up to last year’s visit by Somaliland’s second lady and to show the people of Henley how Borama lives and to display some artefacts.

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International News

Secret Evidence Finally Aired In Al Jazeera English Trial

Press Release: Al Jazeera
The evidence hitherto withheld by the Egyptian prosecutor in the trial of the three Al Jazeera English journalists has finally been aired in court.
The prosecutor had previously tried to charge the defense $170,000 to access it, but they were forced to exhibit the supposedly incriminating material at today’s latest hearing.

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Ukraine Abusing Position As Gas Transit Country, Says Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin describes the situation in Ukraine as “civil war” and says Kyiv is abusing its position as a gas transit country, which puts Europe’s gas supply at risk.
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Features & Commentary

Taking The Nation’s Pulse: Somalilanders On Independence And Recognition

Rachel Williamson
OVERVIEW

Somaliland’s capital Hargeysa was wreathed in flags and merchandise days before the Independence Day celebrations, but what of the rest of the country? I traveled west with three other journalists to the ‘second capital’ Borama and north to the major port town of Berbera to test the waters.

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Mobile money platform Zaad is booming in Somaliland, but there is concern its reliance on the dollar is damaging the economy

Somaliland's mobile money platform Zaad is proving popular among animal traders. Photograph: Gianluca Iazzolino for the Guardian

By Gianluca Iazzolino
Grasping his mobile phone, Abdirizak Yusuf Mahmoud prowls the Mohamud Haybe livestock market outside Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland. A camel catches his eye and the bargaining begins.

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Bringing It Home

Zaki Raheem explains why more diaspora investors are exploring business opportunities in Somaliland

Today Somaliland still remains one of the few places in the world with no commercial banking sector, and access to capital is a major constraint to private sector development. Photograph: DAI

By Zaki Raheem
Somaliland-born Hamsa Haji Hussein, who grew up in the United Kingdom, moved back in 2009 to a small farming community near the town of Burao in Somaliland. Inheriting his father's land, he set out to boost the 3,000 hectare (7410 acre) farm's productivity through livestock rearing.

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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

Sillanyo And The Lessons Not Learned

The issue of government corruption has surfaced strongly this last couple of weeks in the international media. First the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted of corruption and was handed a six-year jail sentence. Mind you, Mr Olmert committed those crimes before he became prime minister, but the Israeli judicial system still went after him and gave him a stiff sentence. Similarly, in Egypt, a country not known for holding its officials accountable has decided it is time that President Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal (his heir apparent before the dynasty’s downfall) and Ala’ paid for stealing public funds and sentenced the father to three years and each of the sons to four years in jail.

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OPINION

Let Somaliland Decide Its Fate

23 years after Somaliland declared independence, it is time for the rest of the world to accept that full sovereignty is the only viable solution.
By Ali Mohamed
The most important and underreported success story of the last two decades in the volatile Horn of Africa may be the emergence of Somaliland. Located in the north of Somalia, Somaliland first declared independence in 1960 (before it merged with Italian Somaliland to become Somalia) and again in 1991 following the collapse of Mohamed Siyad Barre’s military government. Then, in May 2001, its independence was asserted again through a nationwide referendum that saw 97.1% of the population voting in favor of autonomy.

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23 Anniversary Of The Republic Of Somaliland’s Independence Celebrations

Quotes.
“If ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our Liberties and gave us independence.” Thomas Jefferson
“Nothing is more precious than Independence and Liberty.”
By the legendary Revolutionary and freedom fighter Ho Chi Minh

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Somaliland Demands Recognition

By Aniis A Essa
In 1943 after the defeat of the Italian Colonies in East Africa a British Military administration took over all the Somali inhabited territories in the Horn of Africa
The international community has made several brave efforts to rescue and reconstruct the disintegrated State of Somalia. All these brave efforts had however failed and Somali proper still lies in ruins and is still a theatre for marauding warring militants.
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Re-Examining Somaliland’s Relations With Neighboring States

By Mohamed Abdilahi Duale & Saeed Mohamed Ahmed
1. INTRODUCTION
For many years, the Horn of Africa has been characterized by wars, anarchy, terrorism, piracy and instability. Amid the chaos and uncertainty in the region, Somaliland managed to maintain cordial relations with its neighboring countries. Somaliland has always accomplished its affairs in accordance with the large interest of the region.

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Somaliland: May 18; A Day Of Reflection

By: Asmahan Sheikh Mussa
I dedicate this short piece to all the men and women who lost their lives in the liberation of Somaliland from tyranny. To the brave heroes who perished and to those who are still alive; to those who were injured and those who still suffer from Post Traumatic War Syndrome. We neither hear their names nor do we pause to reflect on the magnitude of their sacrifice as millions enjoy the peace and stability that is synonymous with our Motherland. Today, I salute those who are alive and pray for those suffering and the martyrs.

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