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Issue 648 -- 12th - 18th July, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Former Vice President Urges Release Of Haatuf Journalists

Possible Delay In Somaliland’s President Ahmed Sillanyo’s Hospitalization Trip To The UK

Jamal Ali Hussein: We Can No Longer Keep Silent About The Situation In Somaliland

House Speaker Urges Government To Listen To The People And Free Journalists

Former Head Of Intelligence Exposes Sillanyo’s Government

Interview With Robert Wiren, Author Of "Somaliland Quarantined Country"

Monkey Cage: Road Building, Not State Building, Can Solve The Somali Pirate Problem

On Somalia, After Al Shabaab Attack UNSC Asks Funds For Army

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

Somaliland’s Government Continues Its Corruption And Tribalism Even In The Month Of Ramadan

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

A Changing Map: How 'Small Wars' Are Redrawing Africa's Borders

Africa As We Know Her Might Soon Be History Thanks To Rebels, Minerals, And Drugs

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

Former Vice President Urges Release Of Haatuf Journalists

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 12, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s former Vice president and Head of Xaqsoor political group, Hassan Isse Jama, issued a press release in which he denounced the government’s imprisonment of Haatuf journalists and the closure of Haatuf and Hubaal newspapers. He called the government’s action with the regard to these newspapers a clear violation that cannot be hidden (dulmi cad oo aan la qarin Karin).

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Possible Delay In Somaliland’s President Ahmed Sillanyo’s Hospitalization Trip To The UK

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 12, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s president Ahmed Sillanyo was expected to be flown to the United Kingdom for hospitalization, several media outlets reported with some reporting that an advance team led by his son-in-law Bashe Awil is in Ethiopia making arrangements for the trip. But more recent accounts said the trip was postponed due to reservations about the government’s security policies and the rising tensions within the country.

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Jamal Ali Hussein: We Can No Longer Keep Silent About The Situation In Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 12, 2014 (SL Times) – UCID presidential candidate Jamal Ali Hussein held a press conference which consisted of elaborating on six issues.
At the beginning of the conference he said although he was reluctant to talk about political matters during the holy month of Ramadan, yet he felt compelled to speak up because of the deteriorating situation in the country.

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House Speaker Urges Government To Listen To The People And Free Journalists

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 12, 2014 (SL Times) – Haddhwanaagnews caught up with the Chairman of Wadani who is also the Speaker of parliament Mr Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi (Irro) this week and interviewed him about several important issues such as the closure of the borders with neighboring countries, the president’s health and the imprisonment of journalists.

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Former Head Of Intelligence Exposes Sillanyo’s Government

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 12, 2014 (SL Times) – In a wide ranging interview with Ramaasnews, the former head of Somaliland’s intelligence service, Mohammed Nur Hersi, gave damning details about the current government’s extensive failure in protecting and maintaining the country’s security.

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Interview With Robert Wiren, Author Of "Somaliland Quarantined Country"

Somaliland is there a ghost state? Since the civil war of 1991, this country of four million people separated from Somalia, said its total independence and managed to protect the Shabaab Islamists. But despite his success, he is not recognized by any other state. Why the stigma? French journalist Robert Wiren published by Karthala Somaliland quarantined country. He is the guest of RFI.

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Monkey Cage: Road Building, Not State Building, Can Solve The Somali Pirate Problem

Even if pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia are now only sporadic, piracy is still a latent problem which inflicts high costs on international trade. The estimated cost of piracy in 2013 was somewhere between $3 and $3.2 billion. Shipping companies continue to spend huge amounts of money on safety measures and additional fuel to increase transit speed, while international navies patrol the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin.
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On Somalia, After Al Shabaab Attack UNSC Asks Funds For Army

Nicholas Kay: “At the moment we're absolutely clear obviously on the international legal position vis-a-vis Somaliland”

UNITED NATIONS, July 11 -- After another Al Shabaab attack in Mogadishu, the UN Security Council got a briefing on July 11 from its envoy Nicholas Kay, then issued the following statement:

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International News

A Changing Map: How 'Small Wars' Are Redrawing Africa's Borders

From jihadists in violent quest of a Pax-Islamica or armed rebels carving up enclaves, the new violence is steadily loosening the control of states.
While southern Africa is enjoying an impressive long run of peace, other parts of the continent are increasingly threatened by an upsurge in “small wars”, and old borders and the unitary nation-state are under tremendous pressure from the new breed of insurgents.

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Africa As We Know Her Might Soon Be History Thanks To Rebels, Minerals, And Drugs

The discovery of new riches in the soil might lead to secession, or encourage regions to cooperate. It’s not yet clear which trend will prevail.
The increase in “small wars” in Africa has lately been dominating the news out of the continent, but at this point they are happening mostly in ill-governed peripheries and contested borderlands.
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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

Somaliland’s Government Continues Its Corruption And Tribalism Even In The Month Of Ramadan

Saved by the bell is a common expression used to describe someone who is in serious trouble but who escapes harm or injury due to the intervention of someone else or some other event. In that sense the month of Ramadan was like a bell that momentarily got Somaliland’s government out of a very tight corner. So many problems had converged together, problems such as the split within the ruling Kulmiye party, the closing of the country’s borders with Djibouti and Ethiopia, the closing of Haatuf newspaper and the imprisonment of Haatuf journalists, and the public disgust with the corruption and family rule of the government. Tensions were building up and conditions were reaching the boiling point.

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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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