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Issue 650 -- 26th July - 1st August, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Eid And The Ailing, Absent, President

UCID Deputy Chairman Says Government Released Haatuf Journalists To Mollify Donors

More Allegations Of Corruption Against The Minister Of Oil And Minerals

Puntland’s President Shames Sillanyo

Vice President Admits Arrests Of Suspected Terrorists, Says Borders Will Be Opened

What Does President Sillanyo’s Unwillingness To Hold Press Conferences Say About Him?

Somaliland First Lady Addresses the Girls Summit 2014 In London

Somaliland Government Leads Public Sector Reforms And Successful Functional Reviews!

Local and Regional Affairs

Women Shepherds In Somaliland Determined To Change Their Odds

US Federal Aviation Administration: No Flights Warning For Ethiopia

Somali Activist, Singer Remembered In Minnesota For Her Bravery

Seattle Somalis Worry Arrests Could Hinder How They Send Home Money

Japan To Post Intelligence Officer At SDF Base In Djibouti

Worldremit Launches Transfers To Indosat Dompetku Mobile Money In Indonesia

Summary Of Somalia Briefing: Threats To Food Security & Remittances

Al Shabaab In East Africa

Judges Grant Secret Court Hearings

Somali Cabinet Discuss Restructuring Diplomatic Missions

Editorial

Sillanyo’s Cheap Maneuver To Keep The Ban On Haatuf And The Somaliland Times

Features & Commentary

In Loving Memory Of Sado Ali Warsame

The Untold Story Of Yurub Abdi

U.S. Policy On Somalia Ignores Facts On The Ground: Ali Mohamed

International News

Gaza Residents See No Joy In Muslim Eid Holiday

The Secret Report That Helps Israelis To Hide Facts

Opinion

Kurdistan Independence: Gleam Of Hope For Somaliland

Mr Gury, Mr Dahir And The Radio

The Mismatch Interests On Tribal Politics In Somalia

An Open Letter To The International Community

Sustainability Of Somaliland Elections

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Women Shepherds In Somaliland Determined To Change Their Odds

Water is a central concern year round in Somaliland, a self-declared autonomous state in northern Somalia.
Over a third of households in Somaliland's urban areas do not have access to clean drinking water and the proportion is far higher in rural areas, the UN says.

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US Federal Aviation Administration: No Flights Warning For Ethiopia

The US Embassy in Addis Ababa notified that there have been no recent warnings by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) for flights in and out of Addis Ababa. According to the statement, the last warning issued by the FAA predates June 18, 2000, cessation of hostilities between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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Somali Activist, Singer Remembered In Minnesota For Her Bravery

Somali singer, poet and political activist was remembered in her adopted home of Minnesota by those whose lives she touched.
Saado Ali Warsame’s songs and poems urged unity in a country known for its tumult and division. Between the lines, they also reflected a political activism for change that propelled her to become one of the first women in Somalia’s parliament.

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Seattle Somalis Worry Arrests Could Hinder How They Send Home Money

By AMY RADIL
A Somali immigrant living in Kent was arrested Wednesday on charges of fundraising for the Somali insurgent group Al-Shabaab. Her arrest could cast more suspicion on the system Somalis use to send money home.

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Japan To Post Intelligence Officer At SDF Base In Djibouti

NAIROBI – The government plans to station an intelligence officer at the Self-Defense Forces base in Djibouti to deal with antipiracy operations and gather information on terrorist activities and other security matters, a source familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said Saturday.
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Worldremit Launches Transfers To Indosat Dompetku Mobile Money In Indonesia

Account holders will receive money in minutes

Online money transfer service WorldRemit is now offering customers the ability to send funds to friends and family in Indonesia who use Indosat’s Dompetku Mobile Money service.
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Summary Of Somalia Briefing: Threats To Food Security & Remittances

On 14 July 2014, Africa Research Institute, Adeso and ODI hosted a ‘Somalia Briefing’ panel discussion with Degan Ali (Executive Director, Adeso) Sara Pantuliano (Director, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI) and Abdirashid Duale (Chief Executive, Dahabshiil). Read on for an overview of the three key topics covered: food insecurity, remittances and counter-terrorism legislation.

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Al Shabaab In East Africa

By James Miller
Multiple crises throughout the world—in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, and now Israel—have pulled attention from growing violence in East Africa. Al Qaeda’s group in Somalia, al Shabaab, now has an operational reach that covers all of the Horn of Africa.

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Judges Grant Secret Court Hearings

Secret court hearings were granted by judges to the Government in at least three of its five attempts to secure them during the first year of controversial new laws being in place.

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Somali Cabinet Discuss Restructuring Diplomatic Missions

In a special meeting in the capital Mogadishu Somali cabinet have discussed to how restructure country’s embassies and diplomatic missions abroad.
Foreign minister Abdirahmen Beileh whose ministry tabled the idea in the cabinet meeting has told the media that they agreed to limit the number of working embassies to 31 with 3 diplomatic staff each.
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Headlines

Creating New Businesses, Jobs And A Better Future In Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 29, 2014 – Changing professions from orthopedic surgeon to camel farmer may not seem like progress, but for Dr. Ismail Ali, it was an opportunity to blend science with tradition and enjoy a rural lifestyle away from urban sprawl.

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Eid And The Ailing, Absent, President

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 26, 2014 (SL Times) – As the holy month of Ramadan winds down and approaches its end, Somalilanders are getting ready to celebrate the Eid. This is the first time in Somaliland’s history where Eid arrives with the president abroad.

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UCID Deputy Chairman Says Government Released Haatuf Journalists To Mollify Donors

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 26, 2014 (SL Times) – UCID third Deputy Chairman, Ali Muhammad Yusuf (Cali Guray) commented in his Facebook on why President Ahmed Sillanyo decided to release Haatuf and Somaliland Times journalists from prison.

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More Allegations Of Corruption Against The Minister Of Oil And Minerals

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 26, 2014 (SL Times) – The Information Secretary of the opposition party UCID, Mr Yuusuf Kayse Abdillahi, accused the Minister Oil and Minerals, Hussein Abdi Duale, of allowing a private company to export 1.5 Tons of minerals from Somaliland without informing Parliament or the Upper House which by law are supposed to approve all contracts that the government enters with foreign companies.

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Puntland’s President Shames Sillanyo

Garowe, Somalia, July 26, 2014 (SL Times) – President Ahmed Sillanyo’s treatment of the independent press is so nasty and vicious that even our neighbor Puntland is beginning to look better than Somaliland when it comes to how its president deals with the press. A good example is an incident that took place recently when the President of Puntland Abdiweli Gass went to brief parliament.

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Vice President Admits Arrests Of Suspected Terrorists, Says Borders Will Be Opened

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 26, 2014 (SL Times) – In a recent interview on national television, Somaliland Vice President Abdirahman Abdillahi Isma’il (Zayla’i) admitted that they have in custody a number of suspected terrorists and that investigations are still going on.

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What Does President Sillanyo’s Unwillingness To Hold Press Conferences Say About Him?

By Nasir Adan Mohamed (Nawa)
Somaliland’s presidential spokesman called the media for a hasty gathering early in the morning. Members of the media representing the various Somali-speaking TV stations rushed to the presidential palace with their cameras.

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Somaliland First Lady Addresses the Girls Summit 2014 In London

“The Government of Somaliland is making a concerted effort to galvanize all elements of our society to participate in the fight against FGM”

We must continue the fight so that our daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters are not faced with the same abhorrent practices suffered by earlier generations. We must cherish and respect our girls across the world, they are, after all, our future.
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Somaliland Government Leads Public Sector Reforms And Successful Functional Reviews!

Senior government officials, civil society representatives and international partners met in Nairobi on Thursday to discuss the findings of a series of intensive functional reviews of key ministries in Somaliland.

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International News

Gaza Residents See No Joy In Muslim Eid Holiday

Gaza, Palestine, July 28, 2014 – One of the most joyous days in the Muslim calendar, the holiday of Eid al-Fitr was marked on Monday by tears and sorrow in the Gaza Strip, left battered by three weeks of merciless fighting between Israel and Hamas Islamists.
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The Secret Report That Helps Israelis To Hide Facts

Patrick Cockburn
Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government spokesmen such as Mark Regev appear slicker and less aggressive than their predecessors, who were often visibly indifferent to how many Palestinians were killed.
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Features & Commentary

In Loving Memory Of Sado Ali Warsame

By Mohamed Hagi
Born in Buuhoodle in northwestern Somalia, Sado Ali Warsame was discovered in 1973 by Said Salah Ahmed, the esteemed Somali playwright, poet, and professor.

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The Untold Story Of Yurub Abdi

By Dr. Abdirahman Jiciir
Dr. Ali staggers out of Room No. 5, his breathing shallow as he tries to maintain an emotionless stance, a subtle task that nonetheless proves too difficult for the genial doctor.
He turns back and blurts out, 'Where will they go to?' to his students, a gaAng of eight under observation, as they in turn observe the patients cooped up in the mental ward.

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U.S. Policy On Somalia Ignores Facts On The Ground: Ali Mohamed

The Obama administration recently announced that the United States will appoint an ambassador to Somalia for the first time in two decades. But the new ambassador will not be posted in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu — where insecurity prevails. And the Pentagon has also acknowledged deploying a team of military advisers to war-torn Somalia, to assist Somali and other African troops battle the Somali extremist group, al-Shabaab.

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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 Cheap Maneuver To Keep The Ban On Haatuf And The Somaliland Times

We previously warned that Somaliland government’s claim that it had pardoned Haatuf Media could be a maneuver to defuse the tension that was building up in the country around this and other issues and throw a bone to the international community while at the same time keep intact the government’s repression of the independent press. Well, it turned out that the government’s move was exactly that cheap maneuver that we warned against. To summarize what happened: the government initially gave the impression that the so-called pardon meant Haatuf and Somaliland Times journalists were released from jail, the fines were dropped, and the newspapers would resume publication. But as the days went by it became the clear that although the journalists were out of jail, the newspapers continued to be occupied by police.

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OPINION

Kurdistan Independence: Gleam Of Hope For Somaliland

By Mohamed Abdilahi Duale
During the last several weeks, it has become clear that the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan has been fervently debated in the political circles of the international community. This came after ISIS militants occupied many strategic towns in Iraq and the Iraqi military was not able to protect Iraqi citizens from the militants, and collapsed eventually. And after Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi’s autonomous region of Kurdistan had officially announced that there will be a referendum for independence in the coming months.

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Mr Gury, Mr Dahir And The Radio

When Abdi Deeqsi (Abdi Sinimo) had his truck broke down in the middle of the Giriyad desert, near Zeila, he could have been bored when he began to softly tap with his fingers on an empty drum as well humming a rhythm tone. When he skillfully added a verses, it was the birth of Somali songs, known as “Balwo”.

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The Mismatch Interests On Tribal Politics In Somalia

By Mohamed Hagi Mohamoud
27 July 2014
Introduction
Somalia, a domicile of inferno, analytically corrupt, where immoral and ethical dishonest are all on primed. A home of piracy and a self-haven of International Terrorism, all at once this Failed State procures admiration, veneration and respect from the most Liberal States of the world, such as the United States and Britain. Beyond belief, after twenty three years of antagonistic, intimidating and nerve–racking hostilities between Southern Somali clans.
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An Open Letter To The International Community

With a myriad of dramatic crises from Gaza to the Ukraine vying for our attention it is little wonder that certain issues fail to register either in the media or in our list of priorities. Drought and famine by their very nature tend to be incremental and thus invariably lack the impact factor until things are almost too late.

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Sustainability Of Somaliland Elections

Abdirahman Mohamed Sh. Abdilahi (Guray)
Abstract

Somaliland declared itself as an independent state in 1991, after the collapse of the dictatorial regime of Somalia in 1991. Somaliland, de-facto state fulfilled the conditions required by state as enshrined in Montevideo Convention, succeeded in building peace and state at the bottom, transformed from traditional way of governance to multi party system and democracy in the Horn of Africa.

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