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Issue 659 -- 24th - 30th January, 2015

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Somaliland Asks For Recognition

Recognizing Somaliland As Independent

2014 The Worst Year For Press Freedom In Somaliland

Yusuf A. Gabobe: Those Who Were In The Way Of Mohammed Rashid’s Struggle Will Pay For What They Did

President’s Son-In-Law Illicitly Given Contract

Somaliland’s Government-Created Millionaires

Saeed Roble: The Only Thing This Government Cares About Is Making Money

Local and Regional Affairs

Stephen Doughty MP Praises Work Of Cardiff’s Diaspora Communities From Somaliland & Yemen

Shakespeare’s Tragedy Of Hamlet In Hargeysa Somaliland

Somaliland Local Midwives Get Web-Based Training At Dalarna University

Somalia: Limited Progress In Protecting Civilians

Al Shabaab Commander Captured In Somalia

U.S. Bank Ending Of Somali Money Transfers To Have 'Catastrophic' Impact

U.S. Carried Out Strike In Somalia Against Senior Shabaab Leader

Ethiopia: State Of Somalia Got Second MFI

How A Trafficked Somali Migrant Was Rescued In Libya

Summary Of 'Somaliland's Political Transition'

Editorial

Sillanyo’s Legacy Of Corruption And Selling Out The Country

Features & Commentary

Dr. Edna: Somaliland A World-Neglected Democracy

Revisiting The Place You Fled In Fear

Gollis University’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plans

Stockholm To Contribute The Beautification And Planning Of Hargeysa Infrastructure System

International News

Islamic State Shows Burning Of Hostage, Jordan Vows Revenge

New Cold War: US, Russia Fight Over Europe's Energy Future

Opinion

Somaliland: Nation Denied To Exist

Turkey’s Slumping Popularity In Somaliland

The Political Economy Of Turkey And Mogadishu Uncertainty

Somaliland: Patriots Proud Of Peace

Ahmed Sillanyo And The Press

A Voice From Awdal Says Zamzam Abdi Adan Is A Beacon Of Hope For Somaliland Education

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Stephen Doughty MP, Praises Work Of Cardiff’s Diaspora Communities From Somaliland & Yemen

Stephen Doughty MP spoke in Parliament this week, and praised the work of Cardiff’s diaspora communities, and that of Penarth groups working on international development issues.

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Shakespeare’s Tragedy Of Hamlet In Hargeysa Somaliland

World famous Shakespeare’s Globe theatre company stops over in Somaliland to perform Hamlet: Press Release
Redsea Cultural Foundation is delighted to host Shakespeare’s Globe for the performance of one of the greatest English language plays ever written – Shakespeare’s sublime story of treachery and revenge, The Tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Hamlet plays in Hargeysa on January 29th, 2015.

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Somaliland Local Midwives Get Web-Based Training At Dalarna University

The Horn of Africa is one of the poorest regions in the world with a very high infant and maternal mortality.
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Somalia: Limited Progress In Protecting Civilians

Opportunities Lost to Rein in Abusive Armed Groups

(Nairobi, January 29, 2015) – The Somali government made limited progress in 2014 in protecting civilians from abusive armed forces in the country’s long conflict, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.

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Al Shabaab Commander Captured In Somalia

Olow Barow was wounded while fighting near Fidow in the Middle Shabelle region

Mogadishu, Somalia, February 3, 2015 – Somali authorities on Tuesday announced the capture of a senior commander of the Al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia's Middle Shabelle region.
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U.S. Bank Ending Of Somali Money Transfers To Have 'Catastrophic' Impact

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A decision by a U.S. bank to stop doing business with companies that transfer money from Somalis living in the United States to families back home could have a "catastrophic" impact on the fragile Horn of Africa country, development groups said.
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U.S. Carried Out Strike In Somalia Against Senior Shabaab Leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States carried out a drone strike in Somalia against a senior leader from the militant group al Shabaab, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, adding that, if successful, it represented a significant blow.

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Ethiopia: State Of Somalia Got Second MFI

One of Ethiopia’s nine states, Somalia State, got its second micro finance institution (MFI) which is dubbed Rays MFI. The institution is going extend loan with an interest rate ranging from 10 percent to 20 percent.

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How A Trafficked Somali Migrant Was Rescued In Libya

When 21-year-old Fartuun* left Somaliland 15 months ago, she weighed 60 kilos. Today, at 25 kilos, she is a pale reflection of the vibrant girl who left home in 2013 to seek her fortune in Europe. But now she’s home safe after an ordeal that took her from her village to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and eventually, Libya.
“Fartuun made the return trip to Somaliland from Libya with an IOM medical escort, because she is paralyzed from her waist down and is not able to walk without support,” said IOM Libya’s Dr. Aladin Abukashim.

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Summary Of 'Somaliland's Political Transition'

Summary of "Somaliland's Political Transition" Event with Dr Michael Walls
On Thursday 4th December 2014, Dr Michael Walls spoke about the successes and challenges facing Somaliland's democratic transition to mark the launch of his new publication for ARI: "Statebuilding in the Somali region: Compromise, competition and representation".
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Headlines

A Tribute To Late Mohamed-Rashid Muhumed Farah: The Champion Of The Modern Day Journalism In Somaliland

Late Mohamed-Rashid was a qualified, capable and competent journalist of exceptional courage and unsurpassed passion for the Inky Fraternity.

By Abdirahman Ahmed Shunuf
Mohamed-Rashid Muhumed Farah died on the 29th of December 2014 following complications from a neck injury sustained from a car accident near the port city of Berbera.

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Somaliland Asks For Recognition

‘Independent’ nation a small success in troubled Horn of Africa

Andy Carling
While Somalia has been in the headlines for a very long time, the former British protectorate to the north has been quietly building a functioning state, although one that has not been recognized as such.

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Recognizing Somaliland As Independent

By Kanar Talabani
The recent referendum on Scottish independence, as well as affecting UK and European politics, has had farther reaching influence globally.

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2014 The Worst Year For Press Freedom In Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 24, 2015 (SL Times) – Freedom of the press suffered some terrible blows in the past year.

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Yusuf A. Gabobe: Those Who Were In The Way Of Mohammed Rashid’s Struggle Will Pay For What They Did

London, UK, January 24, 2015 (SL Times) – The Publisher of Haatuf and the Somaliland Times, Yusuf Abdi Gabobe, offered his condolences to the family of Mohammed Rashid Muhummed Farah Alin, the former General Secretary of the Somaliland Media Organization, SOLJA.

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President’s Son-In-Law Illicitly Given Contract

Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 24, 2015 (SL Times) – The President’s son-in-law Bashe Awil was given a contract for building the ministry of minerals without bidding or even formally applying for it.

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Somaliland’s Government-Created Millionaires

Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 24, 2015 (SL Times) – One unmistakable characteristic of the current Somaliland government is that it has given rise to a new group of people who through corruption involving fraudulent contracts, kickbacks, bribes, shady oil deals and other illicit activities, have become very wealthy, some even millionaires.
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Saeed Roble: The Only Thing This Government Cares About Is Making Money

Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 24, 2015 (SL Times) – Saeed Ilmi Roble, a member of parliament, bemoaned the condition of human rights in the country.

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International News

Islamic State Shows Burning Of Hostage, Jordan Vows Revenge

AMMAN, Jordan - Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday appearing to show a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive, and Jordan promised to avenge his death.
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New Cold War: US, Russia Fight Over Europe's Energy Future

WASHINGTON — The United States and Russia are once more locked in what could be a generation-defining conflict, and Europe is yet again the core battleground. But this Cold War reprise isn't about military supremacy.
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Features & Commentary

Dr. Edna: Somaliland A World-Neglected Democracy

Dr. Edna Aden delivered the following speech at a conference at the EU foreign affairs committee on the world democracy day.
Your Excellences,
On this day which is designated ‘World Democracy Day’, I present the Honorable Members of this House the case of the people of Somaliland who until now have been denied their Democratic Human Rights to Self-Determination.

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Revisiting The Place You Fled In Fear

Rachel Pieh Jones
Hargeysa — As soon as the Jubba Airways plane lands I fold in on myself. I tug on my black scarf with fringes and a maroon hem, settle it over the masar that already tightly conceals my curly blond hair.

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Gollis University’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plans

What does it take for an organization – any organization (say, a business, an educational institution, or a non-profit organization) to reach its optimal goal?

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Stockholm To Contribute The Beautification And Planning Of Hargeysa Infrastructure System

On January 10, 2015, Hargeysa Mayor Abdirahman Mohamoud Aidied has received a delegation led by the Secretary General of the Municipality of Sweden's capital city, as the Chairman of Hargeysa local council disclosed his desire that Stockholm municipality will contribute their experience to the development and the beautification of Somaliland's capital city, Hargeysa.

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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


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 Legacy Of Corruption And Selling Out The Country

Certain behaviors and policies are so strongly ingrained in Sillanyo’s administration, it looks like it will stay with it till the bitter end. These destructive practices are too many to enumerate, so we will only cite a few.
To begin with, Sillanyo’s government is still trying to use various delay tactics in order to postpone the elections. Second, Ahmed Sillanyo and company continue to treat the country as a private company or an NGO owned by Sillanyo, his family and cronies who appropriate government resources whether it is foreign aid, public land, contracts and bonuses from oil companies as well as other various shady schemes. Sillanyo and his acolytes are so immersed in these get rich quick enterprises that they have abdicated their responsibilities toward the country’s sovereignty.

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OPINION

Somaliland: Nation Denied To Exist

By; Mohamud Aden Samatar
1. First to become a nation based on AU and UN definitions or Charters, you have to have an internationally recognized boundaries created by a European colonizers, and also had gained your independence from that particular colonizer.

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Turkey’s Slumping Popularity In Somaliland

By: Robleh Mohamud Lafcanbe
As Turkey seeks to increase their influence in the Horn of Africa, their image in the Republic of Somaliland is rapidly deteriorating.
Two weeks ago, Turkey’s polarizing President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, embarked on a tour of the Horn of Africa, visiting Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia – leaving out Somaliland on his itinerary.
Why didn’t President Erdogan visit Somaliland?

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The Political Economy Of Turkey And Mogadishu Uncertainty

Mohamed Hagi Mohamoud
Introduction
Currently, Turkey is the 18th richest country on earth. It is a full member of the G20, and one of the founding members of the Organization for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC). The country has many economic industries like shipbuilding, automotive, food production, textiles, agriculture, finance, tourism, construction along with worthy infrastructure and energy power. It also has well approved and viable economic relations with the highly developed countries like US, UK, Germany, France, Italy and China. Strategically the country benefited its geographic locations of the two major continents of Europe in the Southeast ‘Known as Eastern Thrace’ and Western Asia as well as its rich history as well as the civilization of the Ottoman Empire.
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Somaliland: Patriots Proud Of Peace

Christopher Adams
The Business Herald’s markets and banking reporter.

Somaliland has become a bastion of democracy and stability compared with Mogadishu and other areas in the war-torn south, writes Christopher Adams.
From the back seat it appears as if the bus has been taken over by multicolored ghosts. The clothing worn by the women of Ethiopia's eastern Somali region comes in a range of vivid hues and flows from head to toe, giving my fellow passengers an almost ethereal appearance as they sit rigid in their seats.

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Ahmed Sillanyo And The Press

By Adan H Iman
For the past one year, President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Sillanyo) has emerged, of all the leaders who ruled Somaliland since its founding, as the most sensitive and intolerant to media criticism. Events that can lead to the imprisonment of reporters and the shuttering of newspaper offices and the banning of TV channels to broadcast into Somaliland include covering a public demonstration, or publishing or airing stories that are critical to the administration.

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A Voice From Awdal Says Zamzam Abdi Adan Is A Beacon Of Hope For Somaliland Education

We ‘‘Somalilanders’’ belong the same region of Somaliland that must unite its perceptions and its ways of conducts. Acting on this point, the ultimate vision of all well established societies is to make different perceptions with different people close together. Really, our different views are not predators to one another, but could be intimate friends that could accept and complement one another. This could happen only if the governmental sectors of Somaliland serve for the society transparent administration. If this happens, Somaliland can create a common view that empowers the sense of unity of society.

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Editor in Chief: Yusuf Abdi Gabobe. Mobile phone [+252 2 4428575]. E-mail: [email protected]


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