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Issue 657 -- 18th - 24th October, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Sillanyo’s Candidacy In Doubt

Businesses Urged To Seize Investment Opportunities In Somaliland

Health Trip Presented As Diplomacy

Speaker Of Parliament: No Extension Of The President’s Term

Government Prevents Celebration Of Veterans Day

UK Fact-Finding Mission In Somaliland

Somaliland Inspired By Scotland And Catalonia Independence Campaigns

EUCAP Nestor Trains Somaliland Coast Guard Officers

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

Sillanyo’s Shameful Legacy

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

Decorated Soldier Who Fought In 'Black Hawk Down' Battle In Somalia Dies At 52

Exploring The Relationship Between Art And Political Representation

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

Sillanyo’s Candidacy In Doubt

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 18, 2014 (SL Times) – New doubts were raised about the possibility of President Ahmed Sillanyo running for another presidential term.

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Businesses Urged To Seize Investment Opportunities In Somaliland

PRESS RELEASE
London, UK, October 14, 2014 — UK and Somaliland today co-hosted a business forum to promote trade and investment opportunities in Somaliland.
The UK and Somaliland rallied businesses to make the most of Somaliland's rich agricultural and investment opportunities to create a thriving economy and reduce its dependency on aid.

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Health Trip Presented As Diplomacy

London, UK, October 18, 2014 (SL Times) – President Ahmed Sillanyo continued his practice of going every few months to the UK to seek medical care and presenting it as an effort to promote Somaliland’s interests abroad.

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Speaker Of Parliament: No Extension Of The President’s Term

Gabiley, Somaliland, October 18, 2014 (SL Times) – The Speaker of Parliament Abdirahman Muhammad Abdillahi (Irro) who is also the presidential candidate of Wadani party visited the western regions of Gabiley and Awdal where he was warmly welcomed.

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Government Prevents Celebration Of Veterans Day

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 18, 2014 (SL Times) – Armed guards sent by Somaliland’s government prevented people from celebrating Veterans Day at Hido Dhawr cultural center. Many prominent Somalilanders were outraged by the government’s move, among them Hasan Gure Jama of the Dialogue Forum who called the government’s action unfortunate and said such action puts obstacles in the way of dialogue and working together.

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UK Fact-Finding Mission In Somaliland

Addis Ababa, 23 October 2014 (WIC) - A press statement issued by the Somaliland President’s Office on Monday (October 20) said Somaliland Vice President, Abdirahman Abddullahi Ismail "Saylici" and other ministers had met with a UK fact finding mission, headed by Lynne Featherstone, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary for International Development.

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Somaliland Inspired By Scotland And Catalonia Independence Campaigns

With its relative peace and natural resources, the breakaway state wants recognition of its independence from Somalia
Mark Anderson
Somaliland independence battle like Scotland or Catalonia, says president
The recent high-profile campaigns for Scottish and Catalonian independence have buoyed hopes that Somaliland could soon gain independence from Somalia, according to the president of the self-declared country.

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EUCAP Nestor Trains Somaliland Coast Guard Officers

The European Union maritime capacity building mission EUCAP Nestor has completed a two month long training course for Somaliland Coast Guard personnel.

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International News

Decorated Soldier Who Fought In 'Black Hawk Down' Battle In Somalia Dies At 52

A decorated solider involved in the battle in Somalia depicted by the film Black Hawk Down has died at the of 52.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert 'Bob' Gallagher, who parachuted into Panama during Operation Just Cause in 1989 and fought in Baghdad in 2003 passed away in Georgia earlier this month.

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Exploring The Relationship Between Art And Political Representation

From 17 to 19 October 2014, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization participated at the fourth edition of the New World Academy, organized by the New World Summit, as an educational platform that invites stateless political organizations to exchange with artists and students on the role of art and culture in political struggle. During this session, held at BAK (basis voor actuele kunstheld) in Utrecht, the focus was placed on the political movement called the National Liberation Movement of Azawad (MNLA).
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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

Sillanyo’s Shameful Legacy

The date for the presidential election is drawing closer which means the time for getting rid of this government is almost here. Upon its defeat in the coming elections, which seems very likely at this point, Sillanyo’s government will leave behind an ugly legacy. The following characteristics of that ugly legacy will particularly stand out:
1. Family rule: This is something that is utterly new to Somaliland and that was introduced by Sillanyo whereby individuals such as the president’s wife, son-in-law and other family members have a huge influence in the government’s decisions and actually have the final say in serious financial and political matters. The net effect of this is that instead of serving the public interest, the government was transformed into a moneymaking machine for the presidential family.

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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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