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Issue 658 -- 22nd - 28th November, 2014

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Ali Guray: A Day Will Come When Basha Awil Is A Wanted Criminal

Government Planning To Hit Media Even Harder

Leaders Of Opposition Parties Decry The Government’s Assaults On The Media

France 24 On Somaliland Independence, Media Repression

Somaliland President Meets Nairobi-Based French Ambassador

Ganey Arts Staff Detained By Government

Government Arbitrarily Cancels Media Licenses

Somaliland Government Confiscates FM Radio

Local and Regional Affairs

An Open Letter From Somaliland Focus (UK) Concerning Media Freedom In Somaliland‏

Media Day Marked In Somaliland

Somaliland Migrants Dying For A Life In Europe

Leveraging State-Building In Somalia: Learning From Somaliland’s Non-Roadmap

How British Firm Bribed African Officials To Get Tenders On Election Material

Long-Term Plan To Boost Somalian Fisheries

Understanding And Engaging Local Level Governance In Fragile States

How Much General Knowledge Is Needed?

Fourteen Somali Men Guilty Of Running Bristol Child Sex Ring

The Man In No Man's Land: Photographer Narayan Mahon's 'Lands In Limbo' Opens At MMOCA

Editorial

Sillanyo An Invalid President Taking The Country Down With Him

Features & Commentary

Thinking Beyond Roadmaps In Somalia

Somalia - The Big Picture, The Ugly Truth

Piracy In Africa: The Ungoverned Seas

International News

Bristol Somali Sex Abuse Gang: Race "Not A Relevant Factor"

Obama: The Only People With The Right To Object To Immigration Are Native Americans

Opinion

Sillanyo Drives Somaliland Into Black Hole

Hell Hath No Fury

President Sillanyo: Somaliland’s Next Dictator In The Making

Communiqué: High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF)

Somaliland Oil Prospects: How Transparency Avoids Resource Curse

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

An Open Letter From Somaliland Focus (UK) Concerning Media Freedom In Somaliland‏

H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Sillanyo
President, Republic of Somaliland (cc: Mr Abdullahi Mohamed Dahir, Information Minister)
16th November 2014
Re: Media freedom in Somaliland: the arrest of reporters from Horn Cable TV and SomSat TV

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Media Day Marked In Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Media day was marked in Somaliland on Nov 9th. The event which took place at Haraf Hotel attracted representatives from the media, civil society, opposition figures, and the Dialogue Forum.

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Somaliland Migrants Dying For A Life In Europe

Produced by Naomi Lloyd
Researcher & cameraman Abdi Bidhan Dahir, freelance journalist in Hargeysa

Every year, thousands of migrants risk their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Africa into Europe.

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Leveraging State-Building In Somalia: Learning From Somaliland’s Non-Roadmap

By Dr Dominik Balthasar
Hope and optimism accompanied the installation of the new Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in September 2012, but today, the administration appears to be drifting towards failure once again. Al-Shabaab remains far from defeated, social fragmentation within Somalia is on the rise, and while corruption continues unabated, political infighting paralyzes the country.

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How British Firm Bribed African Officials To Get Tenders On Election Material

Nairobi (Kenya) - A case filed in the United Kingdom against a printing firm has exposed rings of corrupt public officials in Kenya, Ghana, Somaliland and Mauritania, who are reported to have received thousands of dollars in bribes to influence the award of tenders.
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Long-Term Plan To Boost Somalian Fisheries

MEP will assess fisheries with the potential for sustainable harvesting and the associated onshore support infrastructure required
UK-based fisheries consultancy, MacAlister Elliott and Partners (MEP), is working to develop a long-term plan aimed at boosting economic growth for fisheries in Somalia and Somaliland.
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Understanding And Engaging Local Level Governance In Fragile States

By Nick Branson – Analysis
Understanding and engaging local level governance in fragile states Based on a talk by Ken Menkhaus
Ken Menkhaus is Professor of Political Science at Davidson College, with nearly thirty years of research experience in the Horn of Africa.

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How Much General Knowledge Is Needed?

By DD Phiri
Thirteen years ago I was on a flight from Guatemala to Quito in Ecuador. As we approached the destination the crew made all announcements in Spanish which I did not understand.

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Fourteen Somali Men Guilty Of Running Bristol Child Sex Ring

By Agency
A judge questioned the wisdom of social workers placing a vulnerable teenage girl alone a flat and left almost unsupervised in inner city Bristol - leading to her being raped and prostituted by Somali drug dealers.

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The Man In No Man's Land: Photographer Narayan Mahon's 'Lands In Limbo' Opens At MMOCA

By Gayle Worland | Wisconsin State Journal
Heading into Somaliland, Narayan Mahon made sure he had an exit plan. He was entering a country unrecognized by the larger international community — a stretch of the Earth with no official ties to any other country, isolated yet determined, self-contained and alone.
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Headlines

Ali Guray: A Day Will Come When Basha Awil Is A Wanted Criminal

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 22, 2014 (SL Times) – The third Chairman of UCID, Ali Yusuf (Ali Guray) sharply criticized the government for its behind the scene attempts to delay the elections. He also condemned the government’s gross corruption and its relentless attacks on the press.

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Government Planning To Hit Media Even Harder

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 22, 2014 (SL Times) – A recent meeting of Somaliland’s ministers was entirely devoted to how to shackle the press even further and how to destroy the community organization Jiidali, Haatuf reported.

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Leaders Of Opposition Parties Decry The Government’s Assaults On The Media

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 22, 2014 (SL Times) – UCID’S presidential candidate, Jamal Ali Hussein, recently lambasted Sillanyo’s government for its dirty politics toward the media which based on suppressing the independent press while at the same time establishing bogus media whose purpose is to praise the government and to discredit the opposition.

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France 24 On Somaliland Independence, Media Repression

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 22, 2014 (SL Times) – France 24 had a segment on Somaliland that covered conditions in the country including the government’s suppression of the media.

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Somaliland President Meets Nairobi-Based French Ambassador

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland President met with the Nairobi-based French ambassador Remi Marechaux.

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Ganey Arts Staff Detained By Government

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Two of the staff of Ganey Arts, Hasan Ibrahim Nur and Abdifatah Abdillahi Hasan were detained this week by police in Hargeysa.

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Government Arbitrarily Cancels Media Licenses

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 22, 2014 (SL Times) – The ministry of information announced this week that it had canceled the licenses of some Somaliland-based news organizations.
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Somaliland Government Confiscates FM Radio

Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 22, 2014 (SL Times) – Somaliland police confiscated the equipment of an FM Radio that it said was broadcasting in Somaliland without permission.

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International News

Bristol Somali Sex Abuse Gang: Race "Not A Relevant Factor"

By Anira Khokhar
Yesterday Operation Brook concluded with convictions against the second group of men who were involved in Sexual Exploitation of young women, the reporting of the verdict has always been very biased, focusing on the ethnicity of these men, rather than the crime. This was also the case with the Rotherham verdicts.

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Obama: The Only People With The Right To Object To Immigration Are Native Americans

President Obama quite succinctly summed up the absurdity of the Republicans' issues with his immigration reform in Chicago yesterday, arguing that perhaps the only people who can legitimately be pissed off about illegal immigrants are Native Americans.
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Features & Commentary

Thinking Beyond Roadmaps In Somalia
Expanding Policy Options For State Building

By Dominik Balthasar
NOV 18, 2014
Progress toward building a viable, functioning state in Somalia appears to have stalled in the face of political infighting, corruption, and insecurity. With its mandate due to expire in 2016, the Federal Government of Somalia is in danger of missing a series of deadlines, agreed with the international community, to pass a permanent constitution and hold national elections. In this report, Dominik Balthasar of the European Union Institute for Security Studies examines whether these priorities are the right ones for a government struggling to win public legitimacy. Citing the example of Somaliland, which broke away from Somalia in 1991 to declare an independence yet to be recognized by the international community, the author shows that state building is an inherently messy, elite-driven process that does not—and should not—follow a set path. Examining Somaliland’s singular approach to building a state is instructive in helping Somalis and their international partners consider new approaches to their own, faltering project.

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Somalia - The Big Picture, The Ugly Truth

By PD Lawton
The Somali have always been united by one language, Somali, and one religion, Islam. They are the Irish of Africa, the last to submit to colonialism. “It is this deep personal belief in belonging to the Somali nation handed down from father to son which has driven our people to fight against impossible odds, to endure defeat, only to fight again and again and again.”

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Piracy In Africa: The Ungoverned Seas

STICK-SLIM and still, Captain Lube sits in Lagos’s commercial fishing harbor, watching his crew clean a rusting shrimp trawler. He used to look forward to guiding them out to the rough Atlantic waters. But nowadays he has grown too afraid to venture far from the coast. Pirates infest west Africa’s seas, and he has seen many fellow captains kidnapped and sometimes killed. He has become jumpy; every approaching vessel might pose a danger. The trawling company for which he works says that attacks last year were “too many to count”.

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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 An Invalid President Taking The Country Down With Him

In our last editorial we pointed out that a plausible explanation for the failure of Somaliland’s current government to move the country’s quest for international recognition even one step forward is that President Ahmed Sillanyo had reached a gentleman’s understanding with the international community in which he has basically abandoned Somaliland’s quest for recognition in exchange for a small increase in foreign assistance to his government. We provided several pieces of evidence to support our contention. Mr Sillanyo unwittingly supplied more evidence that this is the case in an article by the Guardian while he was in the UK (https://somalilandtimes.net/sl/2014/658/9.shtml)

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OPINION

Sillanyo Drives Somaliland Into Black Hole

By Adan H Iman
Saturday, November 15, 2014, .will be remembered as a day of infamy.
It was supposed to be the day that President Ahmed Sillanyo engineers to remove the Speaker of the House of Representative and Chairman of the WADANI party Abdirahman Cirro from speakership. The motive: to put a compliant member at the speakership so that he can get an extension of his term in office and pass the necessary legislation.

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Hell Hath No Fury

By Ahmed M.I. Egal
The famous quotation from which the title of this piece is drawn is usually listed as “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” and it comes from a 17th century play penned by William Congreve called “The Mourning Bride”. The full quote is actually “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned
This phrase, in its totality, is extremely apropos for the relationship between the Sillanyo government and the people of Somaliland over which it rules with an increasingly brutal iron fist. The Somaliland public swept the Sillanyo regime into office with a massive margin in 2010 amid great expectations and even greater promises of what the septuagenarian political insider would deliver in economic advancement and international recognition.

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President Sillanyo: Somaliland’s Next Dictator In The Making

By Abdi Hussein Daud
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana
Certain democratically elected leaders transform gradually into dictators. History has repeatedly attested the blueprints for turning a democratic system into dictatorship. Such blueprints have been employed recurrently in different shapes and forms, some of which are gorier than others. Notwithstanding their brutalities, dictators have distinct characteristics.
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Communiqué: High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF)

Copenhagen – The first annual Ministerial High Level Partnership Forum was held in Copenhagen 19-20 November, co-chaired by HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Government of Somalia, and the United Nations, and hosted by the Government of Denmark. [Communiqué]
2. Fifty-six delegations gathered to review progress made since the Brussels Conference in September 2013, where the New Deal Somali Compact was endorsed, acknowledge challenges encountered in 2014, and identify priorities for 2015.

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Somaliland Oil Prospects: How Transparency Avoids Resource Curse

By Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye
Resource curse and poverty have been number one twin enemies in Africa rich with resources; their eradication isn’t an easy task. Publishwhatyoupay.org and Extractives Industry Transparency Initiatives (EITI) at the frontline of combating the resource curse launched intense campaign worldwide to proclaim the necessity of accountability: “Extractives Industry Transparency Initiatives (EITE) is global effort to apply theory that providing citizens with information about workings of powerful institutions— namely in this case, the payment of revenues of governments by oil, gas, and mining companies— can empower them to better influence the actions in these institutions in the public interest” (Diarmid, 2013). Somaliland nationals therefore need to know secretive deals done by Oil Minister behind closed doors.

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