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Issue 652 -- 9th - 15th August, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

UN Security Council On Historical Visit To Somalia

The Reality Behind Sillanyo’s Misrepresentations

Somaliland: An Oasis Of Stability Makes Its Case For Independence

IGAD Representative Visits Somaliland

Hargeysa International Book Fair

Sillanyo’s Airport Fiasco

Awdal Traditional Leaders Meet With Businessmen About Lughaya Port

Somaliland Protests Moves By Somalia To Encroach On Maritime Boundaries

Somaliland, Oil And Security

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

The Question Is Not Whether Sillanyo Will Get Term Extension But Whether He Will Finish This Term

Features & Commentary

The Ghost Nations You Never Knew Existed

Father Of Finnish Jihadi: "Deceased Extremist Cousin May Have Radicalized My Son"

The World's Most Dangerous Place

International News

Erdogan Takes Turkish Presidency

Israel, Palestinians Launch New Three-Day Truce

Opinion

Why Journalists Are Not Safe Reporting From Puntland And 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

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,
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Headlines

UN Security Council On Historical Visit To Somalia

By Ambassador Sir Mark Lyall-Grant
Throughout my career, I have had a strong interest in Africa: its complexities, richness and challenges.

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The Reality Behind Sillanyo’s Misrepresentations

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 9, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland president Ahmed Sillanyo returned to the country after spending about 20 days abroad.

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Somaliland: An Oasis Of Stability Makes Its Case For Independence

Mohamed Yonis, foreign minister of Somaliland, argues that his autonomous province deserves independence from Somalia. "We are a de facto independent state for 23 years and we have established our own institutions and government," he said. "We cannot be part of a failed state."

By Michael Coleman
Mention the word Somalia and many Americans think of a lawless Horn of Africa nation beset by poverty, piracy, conflict and perhaps even the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, recreated in vivid, dramatic detail in the film “Black Hawk Down.”

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IGAD Representative Visits Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 9, 2014 (SL Times) – IGAD Representative, Muhammad Abdi Affey arrived in Somaliland. He met with the government and the Chairman of the Upper House Suleiman Mohamoud Adam.

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Hargeysa International Book Fair

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 9, 2014 (SL Times) – The Hargeysa International Book Fair opened this week.

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Sillanyo’s Airport Fiasco

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 9, 2014 (SL Times) – President Ahmed Sillanyo landed at Egal International Airport after a visit to the UK and immediately he was embroiled in a new fiasco.

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Awdal Traditional Leaders Meet With Businessmen About Lughaya Port

Borama, Somaliland, August 9, 2014 (SL Times) – Awdal traditional leaders met with businessmen about collecting funds for the construction of the Lughaya port.

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Somaliland Protests Moves By Somalia To Encroach On Maritime Boundaries

Press Release
The Republic of Somaliland has lodged a formal protest with the UN Secretary-General against Somalia’s recent declaration of an Exclusive Economic Zone, which it sees as a violation of its sovereignty.

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Somaliland, Oil And Security

By Rachel Williamson
Hargeysa, Somaliland - The proposed deployment of armed contingents to protect oil installations in the Republic of Somaliland risks further destabilizing a region rife with disputes over sovereignty, boundaries and oil concessions.

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International News

Erdogan Takes Turkish Presidency

Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters after his victory

By Daniel Dombey in Istanbul
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, won the country’s first direct election for president on Sunday, in a triumph for his bid to bolster his powers and change the country’s system of government.

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Israel, Palestinians Launch New Three-Day Truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel and the Palestinians held their fire early on Monday at the start of a new 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt that took effect at 2100 GMT.
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Features & Commentary

The Ghost Nations You Never Knew Existed

By Laura Secorun Palet
August 13, 2014.
Why you should care
Some people — would-be nations — strive for independence and international recognition for years, but never receive it.

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Father Of Finnish Jihadi: "Deceased Extremist Cousin May Have Radicalized My Son"

The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) estimates that there are about 200 people in Finland who have contacts with violent groups abroad.

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The World's Most Dangerous Place

I’ve recently finished reading a highly interesting book – The World’s Most Dangerous Place – by James Fergusson.
So where is this “world’s most dangerous place”, you ask? Syria? Iraq? Gaza, which would get my vote? Well, not according to the book. The subtitle says it all: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia.

[The author admits that the title is controversial and that the Somalis he’d talked to don’t like it. I wouldn’t, too, if I were a Somali. I wouldn’t even though I am not a Somali, because to anyone except the blind and deaf, there are far more dangerous places to be right now.]

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Tweets by @SomalilandTimes

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

The Question Is Not Whether Sillanyo Will Get Term Extension But Whether He Will Finish This Term

There has been some hints and leaks that President Ahmed Sillanyo wants an extension of his term so that he would have some extra time in office before the presidential election. This just goes to show how divorced from reality are those stage-managing Sillanyo, for the question facing Sillanyo at this point is not whether his term should be extended or not, but whether he will be able to finish his current term. What makes us say this? Several factors have converged that have put into question whether Sillanyo would be able to finish his term.

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OPINION

Why Journalists Are Not Safe Reporting From Puntland And Somaliland?

By Ahmed Abdi
Reporting from Somaliland and Puntland is getting more and more dangerous because people on power have misunderstood the truer role of the media today.
Media coverage helps people for many directions including the prevention of famine and diseases, promotes the awareness of economic, health care and quality education, enhances social integration, and connects the region to the globe-because of the number of media options is large, and therefore offers us many opportunities-from whatever role and to whatever audience we are communicating, and the media shapes the democracy.

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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.

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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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