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Issue 660 -- 28th Feb - 06th March, 2015

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Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Hargeysa Mayor Speaks At Mosque

Former Minister Of Fisheries Speaks On Sillanyo’s Corruption

Local and Regional Affairs

Ship With Weapons Released By Somaliland Government

Somalia's Remittance Crisis Eclipses News Of First US Ambassador Since 1991

Longest-Held Pirate Captives Released

Radio Journalists Given Hefty Fines In Somalia, One Still Detained

EXCLUSIVE: Canada Helping Brits Buy ‘Bosnian’ And ‘Somali’ Targets For Shooting Practice

The Reciprocity Of Radicalization: Somalia’s Race For Power

Somali Entrepreneur Raises $100 Million For Money Transfer Startup WorldRemit

Editorial

American And Saudi Focus On Their Interests Helped In The Houthi Takeover Of Sana

Features & Commentary

The Economist Explains: Why Shabab Poses Little Threat To American Malls

The Oscar-Nominated 'Pirate' Working To Bring Good Fortune To Somalia

Meet The Boss: Ismail Ahmed, Founder, Worldremit

With Grit And Girded By College Possible, Young Immigrant Makes His Way

International News

Opinion

What Is Jihad And Who Are The Terrorists In The Sight Of God?

My Volunteer Experience At Hargeysa School Of Social Work, University Of Hargeysa

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Opposition Parties Reject Government Term Extension

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 28, 2015 (SL Times) – The two opposition parties UCID and WADANI announced that they would not accept any extension of the current government’s period in office.

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Upper House Member Passes Away

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 28, 2015 (SL Times) – Abdillahi Ibrahim Hirsi (Dhugad), a member of the house of elders passed away in Hargeysa.

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Today (March 4, 2015), the European Union (EU) and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) launched a new 3 year Somali program aiming at the use and dissemination of renewable energies. Through the "Somali Energy Transformation" (SET) project, more than 100.000 households will have access to sustainable and affordable energy services in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia.
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Berbera, Somaliland, February 28, 2015 (SL Times) – Somaliland authorities released a ship illegally carrying weapons within the country’s territorial waters.

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A crackdown on transfers to Somalia to block Al Shabaab funding has had a major impact on Somali-American communities. Lawmakers are working on a contingency plan to prevent a potential humanitarian crisis.

By Johnny Magdaleno
For the last three weeks, Ali Eishe has been scrambling to find a way to send money to his nieces and nephews in Somalia.
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Taken hostage at sea by Somali pirates on the 18 April 2010, four crewmen of the FV Prantalay 12 vessel were finally released by their captors on 25 February and handed over to the Somali Regional Administration in Galmudug, according to the Vienna-based UN Information Service (UNIS).
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Nairobi, March 3, 2014--A Somali court in Mogadishu on Sunday convicted one journalist of public incitement and two others of publishing false news and imposed harsh fines on them, according to news reports. The journalists are out of prison, but a fourth is still being detained, the reports said.

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By Brett Ruskin
HALIFAX – British soldiers training in Canada will soon be firing at foam targets with names like “Bosnian Male RPG” and “Somali Male AK 47″.
A notice of procurement published on the Government of Canada’s website on Feb. 24 shows an order for 650 of the targets with ethnic descriptions that some are calling offensive.

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Salomé Ietter, Translated By Marie-Caroline Trichet
The new but restructuring Somali Government team will have to face the challenge of bringing peace back to a country divided by 20 years of uninterrupted civil war. In other words, they have to win the war against al-Shabaab, the main Islamist group opposing the regime. It is an excessive challenge, one of which the chances of success seem limited against rampant corruption and a weak legitimacy that worsens the decline of the fight against terrorism.

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WorldRemit, a London-based online money transfer service that lets people send money to friends and family in other countries, has raised $100m in a Series B funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), with participation from existing investor Accel Partners.
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Headlines

Statement On The Dialogue Between Somaliland And Somalia

Press Release from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Somaliland
High-level delegation representing the Government of the Republic of Somaliland traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to participate in the next round of talks with the Federal Government of Somalia, as envisaged by the communiqué signed in Djibouti in December 2014 by the Presidents of Somaliland and Somalia.
 

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International Community Is Misleading Somaliland

By Abdulaziz Al-Mutairi
Republic of Somaliland is not breaking away region of Somalia, as the international community see, instead Somaliland declared independence on 26/6/1960 from Britain and more than 30 countries recognizes as new an independent government.

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The Next Round Of Talks Between Somaliland And Somalia Fail To Start In Istanbul

The next round of talks between Somaliland and Somalia in Istanbul, due to start on Sunday (March 1) after a couple of days postponement, appear to have been postponed again. The Somali Federal Government delegation led by Interior Minister Abdirahman Mohamed Odowa and the Somaliland delegation led by Foreign Minister Mohamed Bihi Yonis arrived in Istanbul at the weekend.

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Ethiopia’s TACON Completes Somaliland’s New Airport Terminal And Fence With 80m Br

TACON completed the airport as well as the fence while turning a mere three million Br profit for a year’s work.
Tekleberhan Ambaye Construction Plc (TACON) has completed the construction of its first out-of-country contract of Berbera International Airport terminal and 12Km perimeter fence at a cost of 80 million Birr in Somaliland gaining a profit of only three million Br.

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Hargeysa Mayor Speaks At Mosque

Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 28, 2015 (SL Times) – Hargeysa’s Mayor Abdirahman Mohamoud Aidid (Soltelko) addressed congregants at Ali Matan mosque located in the middle of Hargeysa.

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Borama, Somaliland, February 28, 2015 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s former Minister of Fisheries criticized the rampant corruption in Ahmed Sillanyo’s government and shed light on how it mismanaged Awdal and the eastern regions.

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Edna Adan stresses importance of perseverance to achieve educational goals
Minneapolis—March 3, 2015—Edna Adan, former foreign minister and Somali first lady, addressed more than 1,050 graduates and 4,600 guests, faculty, administration and staff attending Walden University’s 53rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center near Orlando.

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-Berbera, Port Sudan become handy alternatives

For two years, the Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA) was commissioning a national logistics strategy which among other things incorporated a well laid out plan to develop ports in foreign soils; mostly in Somaliland and the Sudan. And now, the authority is getting ready to implement this strategy.

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International News

PLO To End Historic Israeli Security Agreement

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has decided to end a security co-operation agreement with Israel which dates back to the Oslo Accords of 1993.
The PLO is the representative body for Palestinians and its decisions are binding for the Palestinian Authority.

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Egyptian Navy Checking Vessels For Weapons

The Egyptian Navy has launched random checks for weapons on board vessels calling at Egyptian Red Sea ports or transiting the Suez Canal as the country bolsters maritime security efforts amid growing threats to the safety of ships transiting the canal.
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Features & Commentary

By T.M. | Nairobi
IN LATE February Somalia’s al-Qaeda-aligned Islamic militants posted a new propaganda video online. The Shabaab said the 76-minute film would reveal the true story behind its September 2013 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, which killed at least 67 people. Instead it provided a handful of unsubstantiated claims, re-hashed Kenya’s woeful mishandling of the attack and plagiarized HBO and Al-Jazeera documentaries with abandon. The film concluded with a call-to-action directed at “Muslim brothers, particularly those in the West” to emulate the Westgate assault by attacking a series of “American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world”. Malls and retail districts in Minnesota, Edmonton, London and Paris were named, but is Shabaab actually capable of striking in the West?

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By Daisy Carrington and Colin Hancock
Bosaso, Somalia – In 2013, Barkhad Abdi shot to fame for his portrayal of a Somali pirate in the blockbuster film "Captain Phillips".

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By Kate Douglas
Ismail Ahmed, founder and CEO, WorldRemit
1. What was your first job?

It was working for a World Bank agricultural development project when I was still living in Hargeysa [capital of Somaliland]. That ultimately led to me gaining a World Bank scholarship to study in the UK.

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By Beth Hawkins
When Walid Abubakar began thinking about paying for college, he budgeted for textbooks, transportation, living expenses — all of the usual stuff. And then he thought long and hard about the $300 to $400 a month he has been sending his family in Ethiopia.

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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.

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

American And Saudi Focus On Their Interests Helped In The Houthi Takeover Of Sana

A cursory look at western media coverage of Yemen these days will show that the primary interest of the west in Yemen, especially the US, is the fact that al-Qaida is active there. This does not mean that the US, and the west in general, have no other interests in Yemen. It does mean, however, that combating al-Qaida and the budding ISIS presence in Yemen is their primary consideration. Since this is the foremost western motivation, and since Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi was seen as someone who would continue Ali Abdalla Saleh’s policy of cooperation with the west against al-Qaida, the west endorsed the ascent of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power and his replacement of Ali Abdalla Saleh.

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OPINION

What Is Jihad And Who Are The Terrorists In The Sight Of God?

By Javed Anwar Takkar
A lot has been said under the law of 'Freedom of Speech and Expression' about Islam and the killing of French magazine's (Charlie Hebdo) staff in Paris after they published an insulting cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), one of the most beloved and holy Messengers of God according to Islamic faith. Jihad, Radical Islam and Terrorism have been the centre of this fierce discussion.
I felt the urgent need of explaining the basic faith and principals of Islam and characteristics and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, as the spell of this negative, hateful, abusive and provocative comments and discussion about Islam is pointing towards the fact that majority of people around the world including Muslims, especially youngsters have No or little knowledge of Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

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A Jihad Against Somali Music In The Land Of Freedom

“Whoever says that all music is prohibited let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.” - Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali.
Bashir Goth
While Daesh was burning the Jordanian pilot alive, Boko Haram creating killing fields in the villages and towns of Nigeria and neighboring countries, and Al Shabaab was executing Somali women by firing squads for committing no other crime than being the weakest and most defenseless members of society, a group of Somali Mullahs itched to do something equally dramatic but fortunately less earthshaking due to circumstances could find no better cause than waging a jihad against Somali music in North America and Europe.

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Conversation With A Fool

By Mohamud Tani
The Doctor: So you are a member of the Kulmiye party for almost about 10 years.
The Fool: That is about right.
The Doctor: So you are loyal to the Kulmiye Doctrine.
The Fool: I guess you are right.
The Doctor: Well, then you know what the name Kulmiye means.
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My Volunteer Experience At Hargeysa School Of Social Work, University Of Hargeysa

By Dr. Susie Young
The rows of listening students, the laptop and power point slides, may have been the familiar pattern of my last 20 years of life as a university lecturer. But partway through explaining some finer points of theory I was surprised by the amplified sound of a child’s voice coming from a nearby house reciting verses from the Koran. I’d grown used to the cockerel who crowed regularly outside the window, but this new voice was a sure reminder that Hargeysa University in Somaliland is a far cry from my Universities in England. Here I was, then, in the warmth of January sunshine and Hargeysa hospitality, offering my services to the University School of Social Work as a volunteer lecturer.

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A City Congested With Universities, Vehicles

Hussein Mohamed Yusuf
Dear Editor
The development and utilization of effective mechanisms for quality assurance and improvement are critical to successful higher education everywhere.
Every nation and its university graduates are competing in an environment shaped by its own local and national needs as well as international expectations and standards. The impacts of the latter are increasing. As a result, the success and competitiveness of graduates in tertiary institutions will be affected by those standards and expectations. Educators, policymakers, and faculty members would be well advised to assess their own tertiary systems in that context and strive to set appropriate standards of their own which also draw on and reflect the unique history, needs, and expectations of the nation.

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Somaliland: It Is Perfect Times To Tell The Truth

By Abdirahman Ibrahim Abdilahi
One of the major resources in Somaliland at the moment is enjoying with is the wealth provided by UN and INGO‘s which are residing mainly in Hargeysa. The prosperity should be distributed equally among the regions in order not to have unequal access to resources by the people in all regions of Somaliland. The UN and INGO give each year plenty of employment opportunities, Development projects, services including car rental and housing accommodations and investment in the form of funds to uplift the lives of the people and infrastructure to Hargeysa only and other people elsewhere in Somaliland including two that of Awdal do not get enough of their share. In fact the policy of the Somaliland government regarding economic development should show strong tendencies toward egalitarianism or else the disparities in the income between the people who live in Hargeysa and other regions of Somaliland will be wider in the years to come.

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