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Issue 656 -- 4th - 10th October, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

President Sillanyo Rules Out Possibility Of Somalia Reunification

Oil Ministers’ Brother-In-Law Complains About His Share Of The Loot

President Ahmed Sillanyo Lies About His Age

Former Vice President Condemns Government Killing Of Civilians

Norway Proposes To Help Somaliland

Danish Ambassador Visits Somaliland

Somaliland And Ethiopia Discuss The Mutual Relations Between The Two Countries

Computer Science Professor Aids Somaliland’s Election

Local and Regional Affairs

Fighting Maternal And Infant Mortality In Somaliland

ICP Asks Turkish FM Of Somaliland & S. Sudan, Answers On Somalia & Sudan

Italian Woman In Malta Accuses Two Somali Men Of Rape

Somali Woman Caught Selling Banned Khat Drug At Church Road

Missing Yusra Hussein Showed No Sign Of Radicalization, Family And Friends Say

Monkey Cage: Well-Governed Failed States? Not An Oxymoron!

Al-Shabaab Withdraws From Strategic South Somalia City

Muslims In Minnesota Weigh Whether To Expel Or Engage At-Risk Youth

Edgware Teenager Creates Exhibition About Somali History

Thoughts On Storytelling For Somalia Retreat And Adventures In Wales And London

Editorial

Somaliland Government Mired In Scandals

Features & Commentary

New Nations, Living In Limbo

Separatism In Africa: Why Can’t We Do It Peacefully?

Annual Hargeysa International Book Fair And Cultural Centre: Diaspora Imports That Are Pushing The Arts To The Fore In Somaliland

International News

In Saudi Arabia, Muslims Pray On Climax Of Hajj

Calif. Bank Reverses Course On Somali Money Transfers

Opinion

Breaking Barricades: A Wedding Restores My Hope In Somali Cultural Festivity

Somaliland Finally Decides Citizenship Proof

Inexorableness Of Democratic Elections If Need Peace And Development

The Death Of A Terrorist: A Turning Point?

Somaliland – Time For Another Referendum?

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Fighting Maternal And Infant Mortality In Somaliland

Students at Edna Adan Hospital

By Edna Adan Hospital Foundation
This week, the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convenes in New York City to examine 20 years of actions taken by governments to improve people’s lives and address population issues. The Head of State reaffirmed ‘their commitments to place people at the centre of development.’ Africa has 12% of the global population and accounts for half of all maternal and infant deaths. Somaliland, located in the Horn of Africa and with a population of 3.5 million has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world.

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ICP Asks Turkish FM Of Somaliland & S. Sudan, Answers On Somalia & Sudan

By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS -- Mediation should be what the UN is all about, so when Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu along with his Finnish counterpart Erkki Tuomioja took questions on the topic on September 26, Inner City Press asked about Turkey's role in Somaliland, and about IGAD's mediation in South Sudan.

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Italian Woman In Malta Accuses Two Somali Men Of Rape

An Italian woman has accused two Somali men in Malta of rape, the Courts heard today.
Allegedly, the rape took place last year in March, when, according to the woman, a car drove up to her in Blata l-Bajda. A man then exited the car and quickly grabbed her, she said. She stated that she was immediately relieved of her mobile phone, with her brother on the line, and was driven to Hal Far.

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Somali Woman Caught Selling Banned Khat Drug At Church Road

London - A Somali woman was caught yesterday selling banned substance after police raided her business. Witnesses told Medeshi that huge amount of dried leafs of Khat drug was found in a restaurant at Church road, in Harlesden. The restaurant offers Halal food and fruits in the menu shown on the sign board while illegal khat was being sold inside.

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Missing Yusra Hussein Showed No Sign Of Radicalization, Family And Friends Say

Parents and Bristol community left shocked after the 15-year-old left for Syria, as counter-terrorism police continue search for her

Counter-terrorism police believe Yusra Hussein is almost certainly in Syria, one of many teenagers who have left western countries to join Islamist fighters. Photograph: AP

Steven Morris
Faiza Barre shook her head as she recalled the moment Yusra Hussein’s mother revealed that the 15-year-old had disappeared. “I told her not to worry. I told her she’d be home soon. Teenagers are always going off by themselves or meeting friends without telling their parents. I wasn’t concerned.”
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Monkey Cage: Well-Governed Failed States? Not An Oxymoron!

A woman gives a Somali girl drops of polio vaccine in Somaliland during a round of emergency vaccinations in November 2013 (A. Makundi/UNICEF)

By Stephen D. Krasner and Thomas Risse
The rise of yet another transnational terrorist organization – the Islamic State – has once again put failing and failed states into the limelight. We usually connect failed states with utter governance breakdown. Failed states are supposed to be safe havens for terrorists, where anarchy, violence and chaos reign. This is the conventional wisdom.
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Al-Shabaab Withdraws From Strategic South Somalia City

MOGADISHU (AA) – Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militant group has withdrawn from the strategic port of Barawa – its last stronghold in the Lower Shebelle region – as government troops backed by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) advance on the city, a local official has said.

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Muslims In Minnesota Weigh Whether To Expel Or Engage At-Risk Youth

Ahmed Ismail, a soccer coach, runs the West Bank Athletic Club in Minneapolis. His players practice near a large Somali community where young people have been recruited to fight in overseas conflicts. Craig Lassig/AP

By Gene Demby
There's a common argument around Muslim extremism that calls for moderate Muslims to denounce and condemn radical adherents of Islam. Many folks push back on that idea by pointing out that Islam isn't a monolith, that there are well north of a billion Muslims in the world, and that it's wrong to conflate the small number of dangerous radicals with everyone who belongs to the faith.

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Edgware Teenager Creates Exhibition About Somali History

Teenager creates exhibition about Somali history

A teenager has helped make history by creating an exhibition about the Somali community in north London.
Nikolett Peteri, who lives in Edgware, spent six weeks at a workshop to prepare her for the mammoth task of interviewing Somali’s living in the borough of Brent.

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Thoughts On Storytelling For Somalia Retreat And Adventures In Wales And London

Hodan Ibrahim
It has felt like 1 years worth of growing has been done in just one week.
I was selected to be a part of a groundbreaking project run by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and UK-based partner Radical Middle Way with The Institute of Narrative Growth called “Storytelling for Somalia”, A retreat for journalists, change makers and creatives from the Somali diaspora on September 15th-19th.

It was a co-lab on journalism and story with 30 creative change makers from across the Somali diaspora ranging from writers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, creatives, journalists and it was designed to facilitate collaborations and conversations amongst its members. There were trainings on investigative journalism, story as a global health strategy, evening fire side chats with the great Dr. Fuad Nahdi, field trips to visit key communities and community figures and learn about the history of the Somali diaspora within Cardiff, Wales and United Kingdom in general.
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Headlines

President Sillanyo Rules Out Possibility Of Somalia Reunification

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 4, 2014 (SL Times) – After Somalia President Hassan Shiekh Mohamud’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he promised that Somalia would be reunified by 2016, Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud Sillanyo clarified that his government would not countenance this option.

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Oil Ministers’ Brother-In-Law Complains About His Share Of The Loot

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 4, 2014 (SL Times) – The on-going and endless corruption saga of Somaliland’s oil minister, Hussein Abdi Duale, took a new turn recently with the minister’s brother-in-law (Saeed Hassan Sheekeeye) now complaining that he did not get the proper cut from the money from the public relations campaign that was designed to convince people of the benefits of cooperating with oil exploration activities.

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President Ahmed Sillanyo Lies About His Age

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 4, 2014 (SL Times) – In yet another case of blatant fraud, President Ahmed Sillanyo shaved 6 years from his age.

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Former Vice President Condemns Government Killing Of Civilians

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 4, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s former Vice president, Hassan Isse Jama, condemned the lack of restraint on the part of police and the habitual killing of civilians.

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Norway Proposes To Help Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 4, 2014 (SL Times) – According to the Kenya-based Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Jens Mjaugeal, Norway is ready to help Somaliland in its talks with Somalia and in managing its natural resources.

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Danish Ambassador Visits Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 4, 2014 (SL Times) – Nairobi-based Danish Ambassador, Geert Aagaard Andersen visited Somaliland last week.

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Somaliland And Ethiopia Discuss The Mutual Relations Between The Two Countries

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 4, 2014 – Ethiopian Foreign Affairs State Minister Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos discussed on Tuesday with Mohammud Hashi Abdi, Minister of Civil Aviation and Air Transport of Somaliland.
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Computer Science Professor Aids Somaliland’s Election

The government of Somaliland asked Notre Dame computer science professor Kevin Bowyer with graduate students Amanda Sgroi and Estefan Ortiz to use their iris recognition biometric research to improve the legitimacy of their elections.

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International News

In Saudi Arabia, Muslims Pray On Climax Of Hajj

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia — Some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered Friday at a desert hill near Mecca in Saudi Arabia in an act of faith and repentance during the climactic emotional and spiritual moment of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
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Calif. Bank Reverses Course On Somali Money Transfers

By Kevin Wack
A small West Coast bank that caused alarm with its plan to stop serving a raft of Somali money transmitters has now reversed that decision, according to the chairman of the Somali-American Money Services Association.
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Features & Commentary

New Nations, Living In Limbo

By Jonathan Blaustein
There are corners of the globe where breakaway countries exist in geopolitical purgatory, embraced by their would-be leaders yet unrecognized by the international community.

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Separatism In Africa: Why Can’t We Do It Peacefully?

A continent’s dwindling secessionists looked wistfully at Scotland

AFRICA embraces more than a thousand ethnic groups and languages lumped crudely together by colonial mapmakers.

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Annual Hargeysa International Book Fair And Cultural Centre: Diaspora Imports That Are Pushing The Arts To The Fore In Somaliland

As the Hargeysa Cultural Centre opens during the annual International Book Fair in Somaliland, LSE alumnus Giulia Liberatore highlights how diaspora is transforming a region with no access to IMF or World Bank loans.
“This country is the product of our imagination,” Edna Adan stated boldly, addressing a cheering crowd at the opening of the 7th Hargeysa International Book Fair.

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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 Mired In Scandals

It seems that Somaliland’s government cannot go on for a couple of weeks without plunging into a new scandal. The latest one is that of the awarding of the contract for the oil installations protection unit to a company that had failed in the first round of the selection.
The continuous scandals are prompted by the fact that Somaliland government has basically become a family business and is run not according to the principle of what is good for the country but what is good for the presidential family. The key players in the presidential family is the president’s wife, her son-in-law Bashe Awil and with the ailing octogenarian president acting more or less as a mere figurehead.

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OPINION

Breaking Barricades: A Wedding Restores My Hope In Somali Cultural Festivity

By Bashir Goth
It was one of the most refreshing and reassuring weddings I attended for a long time, almost over a quarter of a century. Refreshing because since the grip of extremist trends of Ideologies that shun everything that appears, tastes and sounds genuine and indigenous in local cultures and replaces it with its narrow and sterile interpretation that deprives all kinds of enjoyment, music and beauty from life, it was the first time I saw an inclusive wedding where all community members regardless of sex and age celebrated together the delight and festivities of a real Somali wedding.

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Somaliland Finally Decides Citizenship Proof

By Abdirahman Ibrahim Abdillahi
Civil registration is not new to Somaliland; it had been conducted under President Rayale but the operation had gone bad because both Id and Voter card were taken at the same time. This had led to violence as people were given the wrong impression about the civil registration ensuing failure of the system and corrective measures were set up to make sure that this time round the method adopted should not turn out to be a failure as it came around earlier.
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Kulmiye party is a success story and President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud is a reference model for leaders of Somaliland political parties as he endured tyranny perpetuated by former regime. He was not defeated, but admitted defeat that he was not deserved for the sake of the country and stood by the government for many years of extended period instituted by house of elders for another three years for incumbent president simply for the sake of the nation. He had tolerated irregularities in different forms and at different times and had never vowed or appealed for rescue from his tribe as he gave to the party policy because he had believed through party either he would win or defeated.

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Inexorableness Of Democratic Elections If Need Peace And Development

Mohamed Hagi Mohamoud
Free and fair elections are indispensable in comforting the consent of the governed, which is the substratum of democratic politics. Elections assist by means of the principal mechanism for decoding that consent into governmental authority.
Introduction
Democracy originated the term from the ancient Greece, which means ‘’rule by the people’’. This denotes that people choose their leaders to hold them accountable to their policies. In the democratic world, people decide and elect their representatives in parliament, they correspondingly decide to elect the Head of State at the national and local levels. By doing so in a democracy, there are contending political parties in place, they run elections to undertake political campaigns, which each and every political party wants to earn votes to win elections against other political parties. This is a system based on one man, one vote, where the People have absolute rights to vote who they want through or by means of free and fair elections.
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The Death Of A Terrorist: A Turning Point?

On Sep.1, 2014, [7th of Dhul-Qa’dah 1435 Hijri] Ahmed Godane, the “Sheikh of the Slaughterers,” was killed inside a small vehicle at an encampment just north of Barawe, 105 miles south of Mogadishu, where al-Shabaab trains its fighters, by U.S. drones and bombs. The Pentagon confirmed today he died as a result of the airstrike.
"Godane's removal is a major symbolic and operational loss to the largest al-Qaida affiliate in Africa and reflects years of painstaking work by our intelligence, military and law enforcement professionals," a White House statement said. "Even as this is an important step forward in the fight against al-Shabaab, the United States will continue to use the tools at our disposal - financial, diplomatic, intelligence and military - to address the threat that al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups pose to the United States and the American people," it added.

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Somaliland – Time For Another Referendum?

By: Robleh M. Lafcanbe
As we saw over the past couple months, the historic union of the United Kingdom was on the verge of splitting up as the people of Scotland decided to go the polls to vote on independence or to remain part of the UK. On the day of the referendum, An overwhelming 55% voted to remain within the UK and put an end to talks of Scotland becoming an independent country. Now that we’ve witnessed the impact of Scotland’s referendum, there is a window of opportunity for the Republic of Somaliland to dive in and take another giant step on the quest for internationally recognized statehood.

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