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Issue 654 -- 23rd - 30th August, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Yusuf Abdi Gabobe Tells Nicholas Kay UN Policies Destabilize Somaliland, Criticizes Lack Of UN Support For Independent Media

Parliamentarian Saeed Elmi Roble Accuses Government Of Treason

Demonstration In Burao

Minister Of Oil And Minerals Awards $2.5 Million To His In-Law

Journalist Union Condemns Somaliland Government Media Ban

After UN’s Kay Says Somaliland Is For Federalism, & Independence, Unclear

Franchise Opportunity: Western Union In Somaliland

Djibouti President Unharmed After Shooting Leaves Three Injured

Local and Regional Affairs

A Marriage Proposal Turns Sinister In This Excerpt From Jonny Steinberg’s New Book, A Man Of Good Hope

The REAL DEMOCRACY RANKINGS; Or Why African Presidents Rarely Lose Elections

Somaliland Turns To University Of Notre Dame

UN Spends Millions On Security Programs For Terror-Afflicted Somalia Without Overseeing Results, Study Says

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

Sillanyo’s Criminal Schemes Exposed

Features & Commentary

Building A Literary Tradition In A Land With No Alphabet

Somaliland: An Oasis Of Tranquility In A Chaotic And Dysfunctional Neighborhood

Hargeysa, Bustling Capital Of A Country Free Of Aid

International News

BT Alleged To Have Supplied High-Speed Fiber-Optic Cable To Aid US Drone Strikes

Turkey's Erdogan Sworn In As President, Consolidates Power

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

A Marriage Proposal Turns Sinister In This Excerpt From Jonny Steinberg’s New Book, A Man Of Good Hope

By Jean on Aug 28th, 2014
Read an excerpt from Jonny Steinberg’s eagerly-awaited new book, A Man of Good Hope.
The extract concerns Asad Abdullahi, a Somali refugee who made his way to Johannesburg, South Africa, and a proposal of marriage he makes in order to take revenge on a woman with beautiful eyes.
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Asad has little memory of the wedding in Addis Ababa where he met his future wife, but he remembers every moment of the car journey home. The imam who performed the ceremony was in the passenger seat. Three people were in the back: Asad in one corner, a friend of Asad’s named Abdirashid in the middle, and a friend of the bride’s, a woman named Foosiya, in the other corner.

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The REAL DEMOCRACY RANKINGS; Or Why African Presidents Rarely Lose Elections

Christine Mungai
THIS week, former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano has controversially argued that two terms are “not enough” for an African president to get anything meaningful done.
Speaking to a Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) lawyers’ forum in scenic Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Chissano said he did not ascribe to the doctrine of two terms for African presidents.

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Somaliland Turns To University Of Notre Dame

The independent state of Somaliland’s transformation into a multiparty democracy is being helped along by experts at the US University of Notre Dame.
“One goal of the Somaliland government is to have honest, respected elections,” says biometrics expert Kevin Bowyer. “Toward this end, they want to create a fraud-free voter registration list. They have turned to biometrics as a means to generate such a list.”

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UN Spends Millions On Security Programs For Terror-Afflicted Somalia Without Overseeing Results, Study Says

EXCLUSIVE: The United Nations Development Program, the U.N.’s flagship anti-poverty agency, spent tens of millions to make terrorism-battered Somalia safer, but never verified that the work was done, or even that its government partners had the capacity to do their jobs, according to a scathing internal auditors’ report.

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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

Yusuf Abdi Gabobe Tells Nicholas Kay UN Policies Destabilize Somaliland, Criticizes Lack Of UN Support For Independent Media

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 23, 2014 (SL Times) – The Chairman of Haatuf Media, Yusuf Abdi Gabobe told UN Representative, Nicholas Kay, that UN policies since 1991 have consistently undermined the stability and progress of Somaliland, and that those policies have invariably led to confrontations between UN Representatives and the people of Somaliland.

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Parliamentarian Saeed Elmi Roble Accuses Government Of Treason

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 23, 2014 (SL Times) – In an interview with Geeska newspaper, Parliamentarian Saeed Elmi Roble flayed Somaliland’s government, accusing it of among other things, compromising the country’s sovereignty.

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Demonstration In Burao

Burao, Somaliland, August 23, 2014 (SL Times) – A large demonstration took place in the Koosaar section of Burao, Qaran news reported. The demonstration was in protest of a severe water shortage which was caused by Mayor Aw Murad’s decision to end the services of a water truck that used to provide water for the residents of that area.

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Minister Of Oil And Minerals Awards $2.5 Million To His In-Law

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 23, 2014 (SL Times) – The malfeasance and corruption of the Minister of Oil and Minerals, Hussein Abdi Du'ale, seems to have no end. One would have thought that with the numerous revelations of his shady deals with oil and minerals companies, unreported signature bonuses, and outright embezzlement, he would change or may be even temper his ways.

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Journalist Union Condemns Somaliland Government Media Ban

Hargeysa, Somaliland, August 23, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland Journalist Union (SSJW) condemned the government’s banning of newspapers and other media. The Journalist Union called the banning of media a “new policy” which the government has decided to pursue in place of imprisoning journalists who exposes government corruption and abuse of power.

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After UN’s Kay Says Somaliland Is For Federalism, & Independence, Unclear

MATTHEW RUSSELL LEE
OVERVIEW
Aspiring to independence, Somaliland has refused to accept the UN Political Office on Somalia, but did agree to and accept a visit from UN official Nicholas Kay. Understandably, Kay would like Somaliland to agree to federalism within Somalia. But wishing does not make it so. Kay answered this reporter’s question by tweeting back, “In Hargeysa I heard firm commitment to Somaliland’s independence & also support for Somalia’s state-building progress.” But to the follow-up, that independence does not equal federalism, there has as yet been no answer. There should be.

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Franchise Opportunity: Western Union In Somaliland

Somaliland's economy is based on remittances from abroad -- which are good business, too. So why is the money-transfer industry under threat?

By Michela Wrong
Hargeysa, Somaliland — Halima Mohamed, an expert on infectious diseases, was working on a primary-health project in the town of Erigavo in eastern Somaliland when she began feeling ill. "I realized I'd caught pneumonia," she says. "The drugs I needed were available, but expensive, and I didn't have the cash on me."

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Djibouti President Unharmed After Shooting Leaves Three Injured

Djiboutian President Ismael Omar Guelleh was unharmed in a shooting at the Horn of Africa country’s main airport in the capital that left three people wounded, Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said.

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International News

BT Alleged To Have Supplied High-Speed Fiber-Optic Cable To Aid US Drone Strikes

BT says $23m circuit linking US hub with base for unmanned craft in Djibouti is general purpose, not a special military system

Juliette Garside
The government has been asked to investigate whether BT is aiding drone strikes with a specially built military internet cable connecting US air force facilities in Northamptonshire to a base for unmanned craft in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.

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Turkey's Erdogan Sworn In As President, Consolidates Power

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

Building A Literary Tradition In A Land With No Alphabet

By Conrad Heine
Hargeysa, Somaliland (CNN) -- In 1856, British explorer Richard Burton described Somalia as a nation of poets. It may seem an unlikely moniker for a country that has since become defined by piracy, state collapse, and the many horrors unleashed by Al-Shabaab -- the Islamic extremists who control much of the country.

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Somaliland: An Oasis Of Tranquility In A Chaotic And Dysfunctional Neighborhood

By Rasna Warah
When I tell people that I have just returned from an international book fair and literary festival in Hargeysa, their reaction is usually one of incredulity.

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Hargeysa, Bustling Capital Of A Country Free Of Aid

IN SUMMARY
Life in Hargeysa confirms to some extent that, good intentions aside, the smothering of poor countries with often wanted but not needed, sometimes misconceived and misdirected aid by charity-minded outsiders stunts local creativity and breeds a damaging dependency mentality that one observes in much of independent Africa

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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 Criminal Schemes Exposed

With its term in office ending, the frequency and seriousness of crimes committed by Sillanyo’s government has picked up. These crimes are not limited to one aspect of government or even a couple of ministers but go to the heart of Sillanyo’s governing system. Enough time has passed now to describe the arrangement that Sillanyo and those around him have come up with and which they thought would let them get away with their criminal enterprise. The arrangement in a way is very simple, and one part of it was outlined by Kulmiye’s own Parliamentarian, Saeed Elmi Roble, among others. It is based on a deal with the international community whereby the government discards the country’s quest for international recognition in return for an increase in foreign aid.

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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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