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Issue 647 -- 05th - 11th July, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Sheikh Adan Siiro Criticizes The Trial And Jailing Of Haatuf Journalists

Sheffield Women Question Minister Of Minerals’ Claims

Ali Waranadde Makes Nationalistic Noise To Divert From His Unpopularity

Youth Organization Condemns Sillanyo’s Government

Why Can't We Have Human Rights And Economic Growth? – Podcast Transcript

Shabaab Militants Storm Somalia Presidential Compound; President Unhurt

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

Who Is The President Of Somaliland?

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

Sheikh Adan Siiro Criticizes The Trial And Jailing Of Haatuf Journalists

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 5, 2014 (SL Times) – One of Somaliland’s prominent religious leaders, Sheikh Adan Haji MohamoudHiray (Adan Siiro) criticized the trial and jailing of Haatuf journalists.

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Somalilanders Comment On The Trial And Jailing Of Haatuf Journalists

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 5, 2014 (SL Times) – Many Somalilanders and some foreign personalities have commented on the unjust trial of Haatuf and Somaliland Times' journalists. Here are some quotes from what they said:

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Sheffield Women Question Minister Of Minerals’ Claims

Sheffield, UK, July 5, 2014 (SL Times) – If the Minister of Oil and Minerals. Hussein Abdi Duale, thought closing Haatuf Media and jailing its reporters means the issue of his corruption and embezzlement of public funds is now behind him and he is no longer under the microscope, he is very mistaken. The issue shows no signs of disappearing, and in addition to its local reverberations, it has acquired an international profile.

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Ali Waranadde Makes Nationalistic Noise To Divert From His Unpopularity

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 5, 2014 (SL Times) – Faced with a continuous drop in his public standing due to his failure in the security as well as other arenas, Somaliland’s Minister of Interior is resorting to gimmick to shore up his public image. First he announced that his government will issue electronic passports that Somalilanders could use to visit Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage.

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Youth Organization Condemns Sillanyo’s Government

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 5, 2014 (SL Times) – Curad, an organization of the Ahmed Sheikh Ishaq (Toljecle) clan has condemned the trial and jailing of Haatuf journalists. 

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Why Can't We Have Human Rights And Economic Growth? – Podcast Transcript

Hugh Muir talks to former World Bank economist William Easterly about how he changed his mind on the political ramifications of aid. Plus, how Somaliland defied the critics to become a democracy

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They revealed corruption in the president's family. Now, two Somali journalists sentenced to three and four years in prison.
Tor Arne Andreassen
A judge in Hargeysa in Somaliland sentenced Wednesday two journalists to long prison terms for having "spread false information" and "libel" against ministers in Somaliland and the son in law of the president of Somaliland, according to the Somali news media Horseed Media.

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Shabaab Militants Storm Somalia Presidential Compound; President Unhurt

By Chris Hufstader
It’s not a good idea to stop the legitimate flow of money to a country facing a food crisis.

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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.

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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

Who Is The President Of Somaliland?

Who is the president of Somaliland? This is a question that is frequently asked nowadays in Somaliland. The immediate and obvious answer is, of course, Ahmed Sillanyo is Somaliland’s elected president. However, there is a reason why this question keeps coming up, and the reason is this: because of Ahmed Sillanyo’s advanced age and health problems many Somalilanders doubt that he is actually in charge of his presidency. The issue of the president’s health and age was raised in a public and credible forum by a journalist of the BBC English service. But since then others have come out and expressed similar doubts, the latest one being the former head of Somaliland’s intelligence agency, General Mohammed Nur.

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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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