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Issue 653 -- 16th - 22nd August, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Danish Minister Discusses The End Of Government Ban On Newspapers

Sillanyo’s Government Still Angling For Term Extension

The Chairman Of The Supreme Court Attacks The Media, Whitewashes Corrupt Legal System

Khatumo Group Elects Ali Khalif Galaydh

Former Vice President Calls For Ending Talks With Somalia

Ophir Heads For Somaliland Exit

DNO Denies Somaliland Exit

From Leppävaara To War-Torn Syria

Local and Regional Affairs

Another Golden Double For Mohamed Farah

UN Envoy Visits Somaliland, Pledges UN Support For Peace And Progress

Working In Somaliland – A Land Of Possibilities

Somaliland – “Outside My Front Door”

Postcard From Hargeysa

Biometrics Expert Is Helping To Ensure An Honest Election In Somaliland

UCID Party: Statement On The Forthcoming Somaliland And Somalia Meetings In Turkey

An Official Communique Released By The Dir Nation’s G21 Committee

Worldremit Launches In Jordan And Gulf States

Somali Pirate Kingpin Arrested: Security Sources

Editorial

Somaliland Government Disarray Puts Country In Danger

Features & Commentary

In With The New

Mobile Money Will Shake Up Banks

International Finance: “Somalia Is Different”

International News

U.S. Staged Secret Operation Into Syria In Failed Bid To Rescue Americans

Netanyahu: All Hamas Members Legitimate Targets For Israeli Attacks

Opinion

Somaliland: Puntland Leader’s Terror Accusations Crossed the Line

Shall We let Political Thugs Ruin Dear Somaliland?

Somalia: Ignoring The Facts On The Ground

United Nations Meddling Threatens Somaliland Sovereignty

It Is Time For Africa To Use Drone Technology For Their Commercial And Military Purposes

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Another Golden Double For Mohamed Farah

Britain’s Mohamed Farah completes the long distance double at the European Championships on Sunday
ZURICH — When it comes to big competition dominance, Mohamed Farah proved again he is the gold standard.

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UN Envoy Visits Somaliland, Pledges UN Support For Peace And Progress

United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)
PRESS STATEMENT 41/2014 For Immediate Release

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, arrived in Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland, this morning and pledged to step up UN support.

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Working In Somaliland – A Land Of Possibilities

Forum committee member, midwifery, and nursing teacher Gillian Barber represents the RCN on the Council of the International Confederation of Midwives. Here, she writes about a new project she has taken on in Africa.
A world of difference
I am standing in a meeting room, surrounded by 20 veiled nurse teachers and a few midwives from Somalia and Puntland. Fans try to cool the hot air. We are trying out role-play and drama as teaching methods and discussing evidence for practice. The teachers come from areas that are highly dangerous for them and the women they care for. Older ones were trained as midwives before Somalia’s civil war in 1991; most younger women are nurses with some maternity care training.

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Somaliland – “Outside My Front Door”

By The Travel Camel
The Fajr or pre-dawn Islamic prayer call from the nearby mosque breaks the hush of the dark streets. I was already awake before it commenced, for my week long stay had already accustomed to not being asleep at this time. I lay in bed for a while longer before I hauled myself over to my laptop to check the Internet.

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Postcard From Hargeysa

Harvey Morris
A week-long international book fair that attracted writers from Africa, Europe and North America has just wound up in Somaliland, an arid and sparsely populated statelet on the Horn of Africa that has struggled unsuccessfully to gain world recognition since declaring independence in 1991.
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Biometrics Expert Is Helping To Ensure An Honest Election In Somaliland

By William G. Gilroy
Mention the name Somaliland, and most people will have images from the movies "Black Hawk Down" and "Captain Phillips" spring to mind. However, those images are more correctly associated with Somalia, not Somaliland, which is an independent state that is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.
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UCID Party: Statement On The Forthcoming Somaliland And Somalia Meetings In Turkey

The following is the UCID statement on the forthcoming meeting between the governments of Republic of Somaliland and that of the Federal Republic of Somalia-proper:

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An Official Communiqué Released By The Dir Nation’s G21 Committee

Attention: - To IGAD, African Union, Arab League, and European Union.
Press release dispatched by the Executive Committee of the Dir Nation, G21 related to territories of Somalia (previous Italian Colony), Somaliland, Djibouti Republic, Somali – Ethiopian and Kenyan Regions.

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Worldremit Launches In Jordan And Gulf States

London. WorldRemit - the online money transfer provider - today announced the launch of its first services in Jordan and the Gulf States of Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.
Customers are now able to send a mobile airtime recharge to friends and family in more than 70 countries around the world using their computer, smartphone or tablet.

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Somali Pirate Kingpin Arrested: Security Sources

MOGADISHU--Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources said Tuesday.
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Headlines

Danish Minister Discusses The End Of Government Ban On Newspapers

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 16, 2014 (SL Times) – The Danish Minister of Trade and Development, Mr Jensen Mogens visited Somaliland this week.

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Sillanyo’s Government Still Angling For Term Extension

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 16, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland government continued its maneuvers to get its term in office extended. As usual the government denies that it wants to extend its term, but at the same time, it is encouraging others to push for extending its term.

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The Chairman Of The Supreme Court Attacks The Media, Whitewashes Corrupt Legal System

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 16, 2014 (SL Times) – The Chairman of the Supreme Court, Yusuf Ismail, had nothing but praise for Somaliland’s legal system this week. He said they do an excellent job and though the media give a wrong picture about them they would not let such unfounded criticism affect them.

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Khatumo Group Elects Ali Khalif Galaydh

Saahdheer, Somaliland, August 16, 2014 (SL Times) – The Khatumo group has chosen parliamentarian Ali Khalif Galaydh as a regional president. This happened in a meeting at Saahdheer, Sool region.

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Former Vice President Calls For Ending Talks With Somalia

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 16, 2014 (SL Times) – In an interview with Geeska newspaper, the former Vice President Ahmed Yusuf Yasin described Somaliland’s talks with Somalia as futile and suggested Somaliland should pull out of those talks.

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Ophir Heads For Somaliland Exit

Eoin O'Cinneide
Ophir Energy is looking to quit its offshore Somaliland acreage, with the Africa-focused player also aiming to dispose of its interests off the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in Western Sahara.

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DNO Denies Somaliland Exit

Steve Marshall
DNO has categorically denied that it intends to pull out of Somaliland after a team working for the Norwegian independent reportedly came under fire in the Horn of Africa country.

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From Leppävaara To War-Torn Syria

Leppävaara, Finland, August 17, 2014 – Last year, Sayid Hussein Feisal Ali decided to leave Leppävaara, Espoo, to fight alongside jihadist militants in war-torn Syria.

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International News

U.S. Staged Secret Operation Into Syria In Failed Bid To Rescue Americans

U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials.
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Netanyahu: All Hamas Members Legitimate Targets For Israeli Attacks

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in a press conference in Tel Aviv that commanders of Palestinian armed groups are legitimate targets for Israeli attacks after an alleged assassination attempt on a Hamas chief killed his wife and daughter instead.
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Features & Commentary

In With The New

The Horn of Africa is throwing off its drought-afflicted, war-ravaged image, as Aidan Grange discovers
The image of the Horn of Africa (Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Djibouti) as a drought-afflicted, war-ravaged and piracy-ridden region is beginning to change. While problems still exist and political uncertainties in Somalia and Sudan and the increase in terrorist activities in Kenya are of concern, attention is increasingly focused on what needs to be done to generate economic growth, increase investment and employment opportunities and achieve social sustainability.

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Mobile Money Will Shake Up Banks

Matthew le Cordeur
Cape Town - Mobile money has fast-tracked socio-economic development in emerging markets and promoted freedom of choice and enterprise development, said Desere Orrill, MD of MobiMedia and CMO of the Ole! Media Group.

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International Finance: “Somalia Is Different”

In December 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice levied a $1.9 billion fine against HSBC Holdings PLC. The bank’s failure to enforce money-laundering controls had allowed illegal organizations to maneuver around U.S. banking laws .

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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 Government Disarray Puts Country In Danger

The disarray in Somaliland’s government is so glaring and so obvious one has to be either blind or delusional not to see it. Almost daily we see manifestations of it. The latest in this regard is the government’s mishandling of the clan conflict raging at the Balli Diriye Guleed in Burao. We also saw the defection of the heavyweight politician Ahmed Habsade from Somaliland to Puntland. Again, although it was widely known that Mr Habsade was unhappy with his treatment by the government, the government did nothing to ameliorate the situation.

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OPINION

Somaliland: Puntland Leader’s Terror Accusations Crossed the Line

By Dalmar Kahin
In January 2014, as the former Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (Gaas) campaigns for Puntland’s top leadership, many lay people including myself conclude prematurely that his election will mark a new dawn for Somalia, particularly for Puntland region. Arguably, no one deserves better to lead Puntland than a man of his caliber, a PhD holder in economics and former Somali prime minister. But something sinister, only expected from a local clan-oriented warmonger, dominates his election campaign: that is, resurrecting not Somalia, but reviving a clan identity between the Puntland people and the population in eastern regions of Sool and Sanag in Somaliland.

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Shall We let Political Thugs Ruin Dear Somaliland?

By Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye
Despite the further isolation and blockade Somalilanders face in their daily lives: unable to travel even for medical reasons because of the key decision makers are allegedly have links with militants destabilizing the region, Somaliland begun to enter new epoch of fragmentation as a result of mismanagement , widespread corruption, nepotism, cronyism, and all sort of social, religious ills.

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Somalia: Ignoring The Facts On The Ground

Ali Mohamed
The Obama administration recently announced that the US 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 Mogadishu – where insecurity prevails.
And the Pentagon has also acknowledged deploying a team of military advisors to the war torn Somalia, to assist Somali and other African troops battle against al-Shabaab. But this new expanding US involvement in Somalia’s conflict would do little to make a difference in Somalia or bolster the position of US backed beleaguered Somali government.
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United Nations Meddling Threatens Somaliland Sovereignty

This week, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Ambassador Nicolas Kay, will visit Somaliland, for talks with the Somaliland government. The reason Somaliland’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Yonis, gave Kay’s visit was “how Somaliland can get access to humanitarian and development aid…”
But the United Nations is using aid as a ploy to bring Somaliland under its control. And if the Somaliland people and their elected leaders cave in to the UN’s manipulations; Somaliland as we know might cease to exist.

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It Is Time For Africa To Use Drone Technology For Their Commercial And Military Purposes

By Ali Dhinbiil
Just a few countries now hold membership in the elite drone club, including the US, United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, Iran, Pakistan and China. Other countries, such as South Africa and India, are actively seeking to join. According to the RAND organization, however, another 23 countries “are developing or have developed” armed drones.

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