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Issue 651 -- 2nd - 8th August, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Somaliland Government Assaults On The Media Continues

Sheikh Adan Siiro Advises The Government To Mend Its Ways

The Sillanyos’ Alien Practices

Somalia Prime Minister Looking Forward To Talks With Somaliland

Hawd Diaspora Call For Release Of Balligubadle Media’s Editor

Call For Action-Restoring SONSAF To Its Noble Cause

Sillanyo Now Complaining About UN Intervention That Haatuf Warned Him About

Somalia's Police Boss Called 'War Criminal' In Canada

Local and Regional Affairs

Kenya Launches Giant Port Construction With $480m Deal

WHO: Ebola Moving Faster Than Control Efforts

No U.S. Intent To Engage In Africa Militarily – Susan Rice

New Law Will Restore A Financial Lifeline To Somalia

Worldremit Introduces Baht Transfers To Thailand

Secretary-General Appoints Omar Abdi Of Canada Deputy Executive Director Of United Nations Children’s Fund

Jon Rogers Rules Out Return To Bristol’s City Hall

Three Al-Shabaab Members Executed By Firing Squad for Presidential Palace Attack

Former Islamic Radical Turned MI5 Agent Morten Storm's Life To Be Turned Into Spy Movie By Bourne-Trilogy Director

Late To The Party, Obama Seeks Bigger U.S. Africa Role

Editorial

Sillanyo Needs To Tell The Truth About His Illness

Features & Commentary

Message II: Go Where Others Fear To Tread, But With Humor 

The Most Mysterious Tribe On Earth

Hani Garabyare's Journey From Somalia To The Senate

International News

Israel Strikes Another UN School Sheltering 3,000 Gaza Refugees

Israel Set To ‘Cleanse’ Palestinians, Torpedo Two-State Solution - Middle East Expert

Opinion

Challenges Of Tribalism In Somaliland

Chewing Khat: Reflections On The Somali Male Food And Social Life

Somalia's Constitutional Review Commission Will Bring What?

Why Is Statehood So Popular?

Can An Independent Kurdistan Reshape The Middle East?

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Kenya Launches Giant Port Construction With $480m Deal

Nairobi (AFP) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched Friday a construction deal for the first berths in a proposed multi-billion dollar port, the day after ordering vast tracts of "stolen" land be repossessed.

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WHO: Ebola Moving Faster Than Control Efforts

CONAKRY, Guinea — An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.

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No U.S. Intent To Engage In Africa Militarily – Susan Rice

Washington does not intend to engage in Africa militarily to resolve the continent’s conflicts but is boosting efforts to train peacekeepers, a senior US official said Wednesday.
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New Law Will Restore A Financial Lifeline To Somalia

A bill passed Friday by the U.S. Senate may soon make it easier for Somali-Americans to again wire money to relatives in east Africa.

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Worldremit Introduces Baht Transfers To Thailand

London, United Kingdom – Online money transfer service WorldRemit is introducing the ability to send money to Thailand in Baht, the local currency.
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Secretary-General Appoints Omar Abdi Of Canada Deputy Executive Director Of United Nations Children’s Fund

NEW YORK, 1 August 2014— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Omar Abdi, a Canadian national born in Somalia, as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
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Jon Rogers Rules Out Return To Bristol’s City Hall

The Liberal Democrat who ran to become Bristol’s first elected mayor will not try to regain his council seat in Ashley ward next year, the party said yesterday.

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Three Al-Shabaab Members Executed By Firing Squad For Presidential Palace Attack

Three al-Shabaab members accused of being involved in a terrorist attack on the presidential palace in Mogadishu have been executed by firing squad.

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Former Islamic Radical Turned MI5 Agent Morten Storm's Life To Be Turned Into Spy Movie By Bourne-Trilogy Director

By Richard Spillett And Sara Malm
The life of a former Jihadist who became a double-agent for MI5 is set to be turned into a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Late To The Party, Obama Seeks Bigger U.S. Africa Role

CAMP LEMONNIER Djibouti/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Ask Major-General Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., the top U.S. military officer in Africa, how he thinks U.S. and European-backed African troops are faring in their war on Islamist militants in Somalia, and his answer comes back smartly: "Pretty darn good!".
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Headlines

Somaliland Government Assaults On The Media Continues

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 2, 2014 (SL Times) – This week Somaliland’s government moved against three more media outlets: Balligubadle Media, Universal TV and Ogaal Newspaper. The government detained Ahmed Adan Roble, the editor of Balligubadle Media.

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Sheikh Adan Siiro Advises The Government To Mend Its Ways

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 2, 2014 (SL Times) – In his Eid al-Fitr sermon Sheikh Adan Haji Mohamoud (Adan Siiro) gave valuable advice to the government and people of Somaliland.

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The Sillanyos’ Alien Practices

London, UK, August 2, 2014 (SL Times) – By now it is widely known that President Ahmed Sillanyo has introduced into Somaliland’s political culture a number of destructive practices that are alien to Somaliland’s culture.

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Somalia Prime Minister Looking Forward To Talks With Somaliland

Mogadishu, Somalia, August 2, 2014 (SL Times) – Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said the talks between Somaliland and Somalia have reached a very good stage and are going to resume soon, Geeska reported.

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Hawd Diaspora Call For Release Of Balligubadle Media’s Editor

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 2, 2014 (SL Times) – Members of the diaspora who hail from Hawd region have condemned the detention of the editor of Balligubadle Media, Ahmed Adan Roble, reported Hadhwanaagnews.

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Call For Action-Restoring SONSAF To Its Noble Cause

By Somaliland Journalist Association (SOLJA)
Dear Partners
Despite the legacy left by the thirty years (30yrs) of Siyad Barre's dictatorial and despotic regime, restoring the rights of freedom of media and expression was a task of huge challenges. Siyad Barre was toppled in 1991 and Somaliland with withdrew from the union an embarked a process of state building BUT the regime's administrative and bureaucratic culture of oppression remains intact with its hardcore implementer (except Siyad Barre) still being the dominating force in public service arena.

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Sillanyo Now Complaining About UN Intervention That Haatuf Warned Him About

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 2, 2014 (SL Times) - Somaliland minister of minerals and the minister of defense have recently voiced complaints about UN intervention in oil exploration in Somaliland. All we have to say is that these two ministers have a lot of chutzpah in doing so.
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Somalia's Police Boss Called 'War Criminal' In Canada

Somalia's deputy minister of National Security Ibraahim Yarow Isaaq, center, is flanked by police commissioner Gen. Mohammed Hassan Ismail, left, and his predecessor Gen. Abdihakim Saacid during the formal handover of the office on July 20 in Mogadishu.

By: Michelle Shephard
Mogadishu’s new police commissioner was once wanted in Canada as a “war criminal” after a refugee and immigration board concluded he was “responsible for the ruthless torture of prisoners” while serving with Somalia’s police force during the 1980s.

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International News

Israel Strikes Another UN School Sheltering 3,000 Gaza Refugees

A wounded Palestinian boy calls for help as people try to evacuate him from under the rubble of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Rafah on Sunday. (Source: Reuters)

Gaza/Jerusalem, Palestine, August 4, 2014 – An Israeli air strike killed 10 people and wounded about 30 on Sunday in a UN-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said, as dozens died in Israeli shelling of the enclave and Hamas fired rockets at Israel.
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Israel Set To ‘Cleanse’ Palestinians, Torpedo Two-State Solution - Middle East Expert

DUBLIN – A world respected expert on peace and conflict resolution has told RIA Novosti he believes Israel is preparing to “cleanse” the country and “push the Palestinian people into the sea.”

“The Israeli agenda is very clearly to push Palestinians into the sea and to cleanse Israel of all Palestinians because they can’t possibly go for a one-state solution whenever there is such a big population of Palestinians,” Ian White, a Middle East expert with extensive conflict resolution experience, told RIA Novosti.
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Features & Commentary

Message II: Go Where Others Fear To Tread, But With Humor

By Hideyuki Takano - Nonfiction writer
This is the fourth installment of the “Message” series. Today’s interviewee is nonfiction writer Hideyuki Takano, who travels to remote regions around the world and relates his unusual experiences in a unique, entertaining style.
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I recently wrote about Somaliland, a self-declared independent state in eastern Africa.

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The Most Mysterious Tribe On Earth

Despite the downfall of a brutal dictatorship, which sought to destroy them, life is still getting worse for Somalia’s shunned Yibir people. Sean Williams meets the world’s most mysterious tribe, as it faces extinction.
IT'S BEDLAM in the Yibir village when the ancient fertility ceremony begins. But as a spew of sickly incense smoke rises from the old lady’s carefully-placed clay cups, silence falls.

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Hani Garabyare's Journey From Somalia To The Senate

By Bridget Bowman
When Hani Garabyare was a little girl, she prayed that she would be an American.
The 27-year-old Somali native is now a U.S. citizen and finds herself walking up Capitol Hill each day to work in the Senate.

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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 Needs To Tell The Truth About His Illness

Reports recently appeared in the media claiming that President Ahmed Sillanyo is seriously ill and is about to pass away. The government’s reaction followed the usual pattern when the issue of the president’s health is brought up or when the government is criticized. The government issued sharp denials. The journalist who reported it was detained. The president was hurriedly brought out and was shown greeting a few handpicked supporters to convey the impression that he is alright. The president spoke briefly about how Somaliland is a democracy, how tolerant he is, then added that he pardoned those who gave false information about his health.

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OPINION

Challenges Of Tribalism In Somaliland

By Abdirahman Ibrahim Abdilahi
A tribe is a group of people who have a common origin, language, culture and sometimes geographical area. Tribalism is the selfish exercise of this commonness to deny or deprive others who are not of the same tribe of their rights and access to opportunities and resources in order. It is the act of privileging those from one’s tribe be it in social, public or economic decisions and discriminating against all others solely on the ground of their clans.

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Chewing Khat: Reflections On The Somali Male Food And Social Life

By Dr. M.Bali
"When you chew Khat, you are on the top of the planet, but after you spit it out, the planet is on the top of you".
Khat is defined as the leaves and young shoots of Catha edulis, an ever-green shrub of the family Celestraceae. People in East Africa and southern part of the Arabian Peninsula customarily chew leaves to produce a state of euphoria and stimulation.
Khat leaves contain psychoactive ingredients known as Cathinone, which is structurally and chemically similar to d-amphetamine, and Cathine, a milder form of Cathinone. Fresh leaves contain both ingredients; those left unrefrigerated beyond 48 hours would contain only Cathine which explains users' preference for fresh leaves. This is because Cathinone, the most potent active principle of Khat, is chemically unstable.

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Somalia's Constitutional Review Commission Will Bring What?

Mohamud Aden Samatar
Somalia’s parliament members endorsed the Constitutional Review commission on 06/19/2014, the commission task will be to review the constitution, particularly how clan federalism based constitution can be applied in Somalia, for future member states and existing mini- sub clan states like Puntland/Majerten, Galmudug/Sa’ad Habar-gidir, Hemin-Heb/Saleban Habar-gidir and Jubbaland/Ogaden and also how demarcation of boundaries will be implemented for each Somalia's sub-clan.
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Why Is Statehood So Popular?

By Tanisha M. Fazal and Ryan Griffiths
From Scotland to Syria to Somalia, various groups are seeking to create independent states. The Scots will vote on independence this September. Kurds in northern Syria and Iraq have revived their hopes for an independent Kurdistan as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) envisions redrawing the map of the Middle East. And tribal leaders in northwest Somalia govern the territory they claim more effectively than the internationally-recognized Federal Government of Somalia controls the south.

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Can An Independent Kurdistan Reshape The Middle East?

By Jonathan Foreman
When Isis militants stormed the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, the disastrous fragility of Iraq’s armed forces was laid bare. It also ignited a process that may lead to the setting up of the world’s first independent Kurdish state.

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