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Issue 655 -- 6th - 12th September, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Somalia's Al Shabaab Confirm Leader Killed By US Strike, Name New Head

UCID Leaders Urge Government To Lift The Ban On Haatuf And The Somaliland Times

Parliamentarian Rayte Warns Against Government Suppression Of The Press And Term Extension

Somaliland Armed Forces Clear Khatumo From Sah-Dheer

British Deputy National Security Head Visits Somaliland

Somaliland Ministers Fly To Addis Ababa

Iris Register To Eyedentify Voting Fraud In Somaliland

Remittances, Compliance And Financial Crime

Local and Regional Affairs

Statement From Al-Shabaab Leadership

EcoCash Accounts For More Than 60% Of WorldRemit Transfers To Zimbabwe

Finn Aims To Be First Female President Of Somalia

Somalia Removes Security Chief, Warns Of Al Shabaab Retaliation

Al-Shabaab's Finances: The Militant Group Gets Funding From Local Businesses, Sources Abroad

International Art Exchange Wraps Up In Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia And Hargeysa, Somaliland

Post Museveni: A Roadmap For Removing Dictatorship And Restoring Democracy In Uganda

Lesson Of The ‘Mad Mullah,’ The Original Beheading Jihadist

Somaliland: Revisiting Hargeysa (6)

Scots Independence Poll Puts ‘Yes’ Campaign Ahead At 51%

Editorial

Sillanyo And Company Must Be Held Accountable For Their Crimes

Features & Commentary

Indian Ocean With Simon Reeve

Somaliland: An Inspiring Book Fair, A Raft Of Challenges

Good Books In A Bad Neighborhood: Dispatches From The Hargeysa International Book Festival

International News

Al-Shabaab's New Leader A Devout, Ruthless Hardliner, Sources Say

19-Year-Old Woman Leaves St. Paul For Syria To Fight For ISIS

Opinion

Unrecognized Somaliland Is Beyond The Pale

Somaliland—American Warlord Led Rebels Vow To Use Suicide Bombers, Attack Bridges & Transportation System

Nicholas Kay’s Multifaceted Mission To Somalia: Is He In A Grave Peril Of The Region?

Stop Entertaining UN Bureaucrats

The Status Of Ostrich In Somaliland

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Statement From Al-Shabaab Leadership

Below is the complete statement from Al-Shabaab’s leadership after the death of their Amir Ahmed Abdi Godane who was killed in a US air strike on September 1, 2014.
“With hearts full of content with the decree of Allaah and certain of His promise, we send our heartfelt condolences to our beloved Muslim Ummah in general, and its Mujahideen vanguards in particular, chief among them the Commander of the Faithful, Mullah Muhammad ‘Umar and our Shaykh

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EcoCash Accounts For More Than 60% Of WorldRemit Transfers To Zimbabwe

LONDON – More than 60% of all money transfers sent to Zimbabwe through WorldRemit are now received on EcoCash.

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Finn Aims To Be First Female President Of Somalia

A Finn of Somali origin wants to run as a candidate in the Somali presidential election in 2016. Fadumo Dayib is currently studying public administration at Harvard, but she thinks that Somalia is now ready for a female president.
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Somalia Removes Security Chief, Warns Of Al Shabaab Retaliation

Somalia replaced its national security director on Sunday and put its army on alert for retaliation after the Islamist militant group al Shabaab confirmed its leader had been killed in a U.S. air strike.

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Al-Shabaab's Finances: The Militant Group Gets Funding From Local Businesses, Sources Abroad

A complex finance network that includes everything from fake charities to kidnapping has supported the East African militant group al-Shabaab's activities over the past few years.
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International Art Exchange Wraps Up In Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia And Hargeysa, Somaliland

By Ebony Iman Dallas
After a 12-hour flight from Washington, DC across the Atlantic Ocean, parts of Europe and the Sahara, we finally landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This may seem like a long and exhausting trek, however the world is much more connected, and smaller than I previously thought. Completely by chance, I ended up on this flight with a good friend and Oklahoma native on his way to Mozambique. It’s a very small world after all.
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Post Museveni: A Roadmap For Removing Dictatorship And Restoring Democracy In Uganda

By Eric Kashambuzi
Political marriage of convenience hasn’t worked in Uganda.
Pressure is building up for the opposition at home and abroad to come together and remove Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Movement (NRM) from power and establish a new government.

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Lesson Of The ‘Mad Mullah,’ The Original Beheading Jihadist

By Amir Taheri
Is President Obama repeating the mistake of Britain’s liberal Prime Minister Anthony Asquith in dealing with jihadists a century ago?

While expressing shock and grief about the beheading of two American hostages by the Islamic State monsters, Obama has insisted he would not go beyond a token role in defeating the forces of the self-styled Caliph Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Somaliland: Revisiting Hargeysa (6)

By Chuma Nwokolo
One of the things I liked about Hargeysa was the color of their stone. I will explain: the local stones are quarried and used extensively on street walls and houses, creating a restful collage for the eyes to browse.

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Scots Independence Poll Puts ‘Yes’ Campaign Ahead At 51%

Scotland’s nationalists overtook opponents of independence in an opinion poll for the first time this year, sparking a government promise of more powers for the Scottish parliament less than two weeks before the country votes on whether to break up the 307-year-old U.K.
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Headlines

Somalia's Al Shabaab Confirm Leader Killed By US Strike, Name New Head

Mogadishu, Somalia — Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabaab, named a new leader Saturday after confirming the killing of their previous leader by a U.S. airstrike, a commander of the group said.

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UCID Leaders Urge Government To Lift The Ban On Haatuf And The Somaliland Times

Hargeysa, Somaliland, September 6, 2014 (SL Times) – UCID party presidential candidate Jamal Ali Hussein and vice presidential candidate Abdirashid Muhammad Matan, as well as UCID’s third Deputy Chairman Ali Muhammad Yusuf (Ali Guray) visited the Chairman of Haatuf Media Network, Yusuf Abdi Gabobe at his home last week.

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Parliamentarian Rayte Warns Against Government Suppression Of The Press And Term Extension

Hargeysa, Somaliland, September 6, 2014 (SL Times) – In an interview with Geeska newspaper, Parliamentarian Ibrahim Jama Rayte said the government has lost its direction and that this loss of direction has resulted in a bleak situation facing the country on both the domestic as well as the international fronts.

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Somaliland Armed Forces Clear Khatumo From Sah-Dheer

Sah-Dheer, Somaliland, September 6, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland armed forces entered Sah-dheer without much resistance as the Khatumo group that was meeting there to set up a regional administration retreated and crossed the border into Ethiopia.

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British Deputy National Security Head Visits Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, September 6, 2014 (SL Times) – Mr. Julian Miller, the deputy head of National Security paid a brief visit to Somaliland. Mr Miller met with President Ahmed Sillanyo during his visit to Hargeisa.

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Somaliland Ministers Fly To Addis Ababa

Hargeysa, Somaliland, September 6, 2014 (SL Times) – The Ministers of interior, Ali Waran Adde and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Muhammad Bihi Yonis, flew to Addis Ababa. There has been no official government announcement on the reason for the visit.

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Iris Register To Eyedentify Voting Fraud In Somaliland

By Lakshmi Sandhana
THE eyes have it. Somaliland's election commission is trialing an iris-based biometric system that it hopes will put an end to duplicate registrations. This would make it one of the most advanced voter registration systems on the planet.

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Remittances, Compliance And Financial Crime

By Kafia Ahmed
Over the past decades, remittances have been the single largest contributor of life saving money to Somalia. Of the approximately $1.3 billion sent to Somalia every year in remittances, $350-400 million of that goes to Somaliland, helping over 40% of the population meet their basic needs.

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International News

Al-Shabaab's New Leader A Devout, Ruthless Hardliner, Sources Say

The new leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab rebels is thought to be a devout and ruthless hardliner who was one of the most trusted lieutenants of the group's late chief, according to experts and analysts.
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19-Year-Old Woman Leaves St. Paul For Syria To Fight For ISIS

The latest person to leave Minnesota and travel to Syria to fight for ISIS is a 19-year-old Somali woman who had been living in St. Paul. It's a troubling development considering recruiting in Somali communities has been limited to men in the past. Now women appear to be the new targets.
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Features & Commentary

Indian Ocean With Simon Reeve

SERIES 1 - 3. KENYA TO SOMALILAND

Review by: David Butcher
Just because Simon Reeve breezes around, high-fiving locals and cracking jokes, don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s a lightweight. The moment you begin to worry this series might lapse into sun-dappled travelogue, he’ll alight on a weighty local issue and find a human way to tell the story.

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Somaliland: An Inspiring Book Fair, A Raft Of Challenges

By C.H. | Hargeysa, Somaliland
IN a scruffy hall off the dusty main thoroughfare of Somaliland’s capital, Nuruddin Farah, a Somalia-born novelist, is berating the audience at the Hargeisa International Book Fair over what he sees as the inherent cruelty of Somali society.

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Good Books In A Bad Neighborhood: Dispatches From The Hargeysa International Book Festival

By Ismail Einashe
Hargeysa, Somaliland – the dusty capital of Somaliland – is home to the Horn of Africa’s largest literary event. Now in its seventh year, the Hargeysa International Book Fair is a celebration of books, poetry, and the arts.

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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

Sillanyo And Company Must Be Held Accountable For Their Crimes

As the country begins entering an election mode, the opposition parties must make it clear that if they win the election they will hold the current government and their enablers responsible for the serious crimes they have committed in office. Two areas merit attention in this regard: corruption and constitutional violations. Interestingly, the current government started on this path when it first came into office by announcing that they had received an empty treasury from the previous government that was in substantial deficit and owed millions of dollars. But it soon became apparent that Sillanyo’s government was not serious about those claims and only made them to score some cheap points against the former government and to put itself on a moral pedestal.

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OPINION

Unrecognized Somaliland Is Beyond The Pale

By Mohamed Hagi Mohamoud
Background

After the decolonization of the most of African Nations from the European powers, only four States combined their sovereignty. Syria and Egypt Amalgamated for the formation of United Arab Republic. As luck would have it, the political union between the two countries short-lived and ended peacefully within three years. Conjointly, the people of Syria and Egypt live side by side tranquilly with a social and reciprocal economic cooperation. The other two Nation States were Somaliland and Somalia that formed the Somali Republic. Awkwardly, the political union long-lived more than 30 years with sassiness, injustice and genocide. Although, people of Somaliland regained their country back after an elongated lethal war, which resulted the forfeiture of lives, property and civilian casualties.

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Somaliland—American Warlord Led Rebels Vow To Use Suicide Bombers, Attack Bridges & Transportation System

By Dalmar Kahin
As the United Nations, European Union and United States’ envoys to Somaliland/Somalia demand Somaliland to release recently captured members of the violent rebel group known as Khatumo and pressure Somaliland to withdraw its security forces from eastern Sool province in Somaliland, the rebels and their leader, an American warmonger, vow to wage a Jihad war, send suicide bombers, attack bridges and transportation system. No kidding!

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Nicholas Kay’s Multifaceted Mission To Somalia: Is He In A Grave Peril Of The Region?

An Open Letter to the UN Secretary General, His Excellency, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon:
When I read the statement made by the head of the Un mission to Somalia, Mr Nicholas Kay on 29 August about Somaliland’s efforts to bring its most southern peripheries under its control, I had been expected to congratulate our government for owning up to its responsibility to provide security and stability to all of its citizen by eliminating the threat exposed from terrorism not only to Somaliland but regionally. He appears to be encouraging lawlessness and undermining our statehood when he said in it “all armed forced to withdraw SAAX DHEER”. It is a small border town to Ethiopian border in the Sool region.
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Stop Entertaining UN Bureaucrats

By Suleiman Egeh
Stop Entertaining Illegal, Weak and an Unelected So-Called United Nations Bureaucrat and His Elk when they visit the Republic of Somaliland: People Should demonstrate against this Illegal Bureaucrat and others who are so Hostile to Our Existence and Sovereignty

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The Status Of Ostrich In Somaliland

Mohamed Egeh Killeh
The Ostrich , Struchio camelus, which belongs to the family Struchionidaa of the order Struthioformes, is the largest living bird, flightless, two toes only on each foot, is only found in Africa. Heigh 7-8ft, 2-21/2 m.

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