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Issue 645 -- 21st - 27th June, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Absurd Jail Terms Passed On Newspaper’s Owner And Its Editor

UCID Presidential Candidate Urges Parliament To Look Into Agreements With Oil And Minerals Companies

SSJW Press Release: Freedom Of Speech Under Attack In Somaliland

Local and Regional Affairs

EUCAP Nestor Strengthens Foothold In Somaliland

Exclusive Interview With Abderrazaq Noor, The Man Behind Somali Kitchen

Statement On The Situation In Eastern Somaliland

UN Says Oil Search In Northern Somalia Risks Stoking Tension

UK Khat Ban Likely To Create Innovative Black Market For Drug

FBI Investigates City’s Somali Community

Africa Comes To Parliament With Debate In The Commons

Editorial

Sillanyo Unmasked

Features & Commentary

How Africa Can Beat Terrorism

Port Challenges In East Africa Afford A Golden Opportunity For Berbera

Somaliland’s First Wind Farm

International News

Opinion

Somaliland: It’s About The Elections, Stupid!

Is Britain Turning Its Back On The World’s Refugees?

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

British MI6 To Visit Former Somaliland Deputy Security Minister In Mandhera Prison

A delegation from the UK is expected in the coming days to visit the former deputy security minister Abdullah Aboker in Mandhera prison.

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Defense Forces Chief Operations Commander Calls On President Sillanyo To Reshuffle Cabinet

Somaliland Defense Forces Chief Operations Commander Brigadier General Abdilahi Jama Allas has urged President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud Sillanyo to restructure his government in order to gain the hearts & minds of public support and which will also pave the way for winning the upcoming elections in 2015.
He added that President Ahmed Sillanyo is true leader but there are members in his government that have shortsighted political views and with vested interests.

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Intermediate and High school exams started on June 21st 2014 throughout Somaliland.
According to the Minister of Education Hon Zamzam Abdi Aden, a total of 21, 099 students (7779 high school students and 13320 intermediate students) sat for the exams in all regions in Somaliland.

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The Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Behi Yonis, and EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Etienne de Poncins, signed an agreement to set out the basis for further development of cooperative relations and activities between Somaliland and EUCAP Nestor.

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By Hamdi Khalif
His accent is an endearing blend of Aussie and East African influences. His cooking is a testament to the many worlds he inhabits.

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Following A Joint Session, the President, the Chairman of the Guurti, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chairman of the Political Parties Provided an update on the Situation in the Eastern regions of the Country.
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By Ilya Gridneff
Two semi-autonomous areas of northern Somalia have largely avoided the violence that’s plagued the rest of the country for decades.

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By Neil Carrier
In a few days the 60 year old legal importation into the UK of the stimulant substance known widely as khat will be brought to an end, as the substance is added to Class C of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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By Shivani Garg Patel
Samahope's Dr. Shukri and Dr. Naima are the first ever female doctors at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital.

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By Neil Carrier
In a few days the 60 year old legal importation into the UK of the stimulant substance known widely as khat will be brought to an end, as the substance is added to Class C of the Misuse of Drugs Act. While its earliest importation was of relatively small quantities sold in Yemeni parts of British cities, the rise of the Somali population in the 1990s and 2000s had increased its importation greatly:
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Headlines

Absurd Jail Terms Passed On Newspaper’s Owner And Its Editor

Haatuf, a Somali-language newspaper based in Hargeysa, the capital of the Republic of Somaliland, has had a tough time this year. It has been raided by the police and prevented from publishing. And now its owner and editor have been given illegal jail terms.

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Sham Trial Of Haatuf Reporters Resumed

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 21, 2014 (SL Times) – The trial of the two Haatuf journalists Yusuf Abdi Gabobe and Ahmed Ali Ige was resumed under very tight security this week.

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President’s Family Orders Judge To Hand Stiff Sentence To Haatuf Journalists

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 21, 2014 (SL Times) – A leaked report says that the government has ordered the judge in charge of Haatuf’s case to convict the journalists and hand them a stiff sentence which combines a jail term, monetary fine, and the suspension of Haatuf and the Somaliland Times from publication for several months.

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Jamal Ali Hussein Promises To Hold Demonstrations If Government Continues Kangaroo Trial Of Journalists

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 21, 2014 (SL Times) – UCID candidate for the presidency, Jamal Ali Hussein attended the trial of Haatuf journalists.

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Demonstrations In Berbera In Support Of Haatuf And Dan Iyo Duco

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 21, 2014 (SL Times) – Demonstrations in support of Haatuf took place in Sahil region, especially Berbera, reported Qarannews.

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UCID Presidential Candidate Urges Parliament To Look Into Agreements With Oil And Minerals Companies

Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 21, 2014 (SL Times) – In an interview with Geeska Afrika newspaper, UCID’s presidential candidate, Jamal Ali Hussein, urged Somaliland parliament to hold a hearing and question the minister of oil and minerals, Hussein Abdi Duale, about the agreements that he had inked with foreign companies.

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The Somaliland Society of Independent Journalists and Writers (SSJW) is deeply concerned about the Somaliland government’s submission to parliament of a new press law that if adopted would severely strict freedom of expression.

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Since 27/7/2010, when the former President H.E. Dahir Rayale transferred power to H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Sillanyo, the current administration has been assaulting press freedom in Somaliland.
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MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — A journalist in Somalia's capital says a bomb planted under the car seat of a Somali reporter exploded and killed him.

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International News

Suarez: Hodgson Jibes Gave Me Extra Motivation To Hurt England

The Three Lions boss insisted the Uruguay star needed to prove himself at the World Cup before scoring two goals to set the country's elimination from the tournament in motion
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As ISIS Advances Toward Baghdad, A Call For Fighting Volunteers Is Answered

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- They answered the call by the thousands, some walking miles in sweltering heat to volunteer to fight an al Qaeda splinter group barreling towards the Iraqi capital.
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Features & Commentary

The past decade has seen a sharp rise in terrorism and extremism in Africa. Three main groups readily come to mind: al-Shabaab operating from Somalia in the east, Boko Haram from Nigeria in the west, and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) menacing the Sahel and Maghreb countries of the northwest.

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By Mark T Jones
The issue of ports in East Africa has long been an issue that has exercised policy makers, providers and clients alike. The three ports of Mombasa, Dar es Salaam and Berbera amply illustrate the current situation, one that is in some cases a cause for considerable frustration and in others reason for cautious optimism. Whilst some commentators may continue to ignore or overlook this part of Africa, the dynamics are such that when it comes to ports and all that goes with them East Africa and the Horn provides some fascinating insights into what is taking place.

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Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID,) the United States government has joined the self-declared Somaliland Administration in presenting a wind energy facility project to power the Hargeysa Egal International Airport.

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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 Unmasked

When Somalilanders voted for Ahmed Sillanyo they never thought they were voting for a president who would not be able to govern. They never thought that a clique of unelected individuals would be deciding the nation’s affairs on his behalf. They never thought that Sillanyo would turn out to be a vicious enemy of the free press. But that is the reality in Somaliland today.
Whether his advanced age failed him and let him fall into the hands of family members or whether it was a conscious decision on his part, the result is the same. The country was handed to a small circle of his family, his son-in-law and a few associates who are pillaging the treasury, signing away the country’s resources, and compromising the country’s sovereignty.

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OPINION

Somaliland: It’s About The Elections, Stupid!

By Ahmed M.I. Egal
The factional fighting in the ruling Kulmiye Party has turned into a very ugly and dangerous clan conflict with supporters of Muse Bihi, the party chairman, upset and angry at his treatment by the President, while supporters of the President are crowing about his victory over Muse. The details of the struggle for presidential candidature between Sillanyo and Muse Bihi is not particularly important except to Kulmiye supporters, but what is important to all Somalilanders is that this struggle has mutated into a clan conflict between the President’s kinsmen and Muse Bihi’s with their tacit acquiescence.

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Somaliland Borders Are Unalterable

The Officials and Surrogates of defacto Puntland Administration of Somalia routinely Claim in the Media that Somaliland Borders are “Colonial Borders”. This blind, habitual denial of Somaliland Republic Borders indicates that these Individuals are either Ignorant of the Historical Origin of the Current Borders of African states or intentionally mislead listeners for obsessively Pursuing Unattainable Clan-based Statehood that does not Exist in Africa or elsewhere.

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UK, EU, & US Send Wrong Message

Imagine if two communities were at each other’s throat in UK, or in EU countries, or in US. Worse yet, imagine if an armed, violent groups were wreaking havoc in parts of UK, or EU countries, or US. And imagine if the International community demands the UK, the EU, and the US to withdraw their forces in the conflict-ridden area. Astonishing, isn’t it? Well, that is exactly what the UK, EU, and US demand Somaliland to do, in response to Somaliland security forces’ arrival in Sool province of Somaliland, without firing a shot.
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Is Britain Turning Its Back On The World’s Refugees?

On World Refugee Day we asked Ismail Einashe, a former refugee from Somalia, to reflect on the situation for refugees in Britain today.
Britain’s recent failure to adequately respond to the Syrian refugee crisis is symbolic of wider shift of attitudes in the country. In the past few years there has been an appreciable hardening of attitudes, a lack of empathy for the plight of refugees and unhelpful confusion over the differences between refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants in the press and from politicians.

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Somaliland And The Means Of Politics

My name is Mohamed Hagi Mohamoud. I was the General Secretary of the Somaliland Coast guard for a year before I moved to the UK, and I was a Civil Servant, rather than a military man for that position. Earlier than that, I have been working with the International Non-Governmental Organizations, LNGOs and other UN organizations as an Executive Director, Programme Coordinator and independent consultant for more than nine years to pick up the pieces of my life.

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