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Issue 216 / 11th March 2006
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This Week's Somaliland News

Headlines

Images Depicting Prophet Mohamed ‎Printed In Grade 1 Text Book‎

Somaliland Parliament Speaker Received By ‎His UK Counterpart, Major Political Parties   

Somaliland Forum’s Position Paper On The Somali JNA‎‎‎‎

Baidoa Show Continues

The shame of African and UN Diplomacies on the Continent‎‎

United Nations Rights Expert Welcomes Release Of ‎UNICEF Staff Member Abducted In Somalia

Regional Affairs

Miner Claims It's All Peace In Land Of Punt

Ikran Hagi Daud Arrives In Washington DC‎

Ethiopia Benefits From Agricultural Exports To Somalia‎

Modern Airport Under Construction In Ethiopia's Eastern ‎Border Town‎

Polisario Destroys Mines In W. Sahara - Group‎‎‎

Eritrea, Italy In Tit-For-Tat Diplomatic Fallout

WFP Says Lack Of Funds For Kenya Drought Will ‎Lead To Human Tragedy

Indian Ship Hijacked In Somalia‎

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Seattle Muslim Groups Unite To Pray For Peace‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

Top Islamist Blames U.S. For Somali Mayhem‎‎

Murder Inquiry Cites Racial Element

Benn Calls For Immediate Aid For Africa Food ‎Crisis From New Humanitarian Fund‎

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The Case For Unitary Government’ By Mrs. Edna Adan ‎Ismail Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Republic Of Somaliland

Meeting The Specific Needs Of Women In War

On A Dagger's Edge‎‎

A Tribute To African Heroines In Communities

Dramatic Warning About Khat Misuse

Case Study Report

The Ticking Bomb:‎ The Educational Underachievement of Somali Children in the British Schools

Opinions

SLD Financial Rules Require All Revenues To Be Brought To ‎Account On The Books Maintained By The Accountant General...‎‎

About These Old Men……. A Reply To Ali Marshall‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎

'To a Friend on His Election ' ‎


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
By Somalilandtimes network

By Jamie Freed

Sydney, Australia, March 6, 2006 – RANGE Resources has attempted to quell investor concerns about its latest exploration play, claiming Somalia's semi-autonomous state of Puntland contains a wealth of minerals and few security problems.

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By Somalilandtimes network

Press Release March 6, 2006

Honorable Ikran Hagi Daud Warsme, a member of Somaliland’s newly elected House of Representatives, arrived in Washington DC on Monday, March 6, 2006 to attend a three-day International Women’s Convention hosted by International Republican Institute (IRI), which will discuss democracy, gender and governance issues.

The IRI, at the initiative of the Somaliland Policy and Reconstruction Institute (SOPRI), invited honorable Ikran to the convention. SOPRI is coordinating her travel plans within the United States. Hon. Ikran was received at the airport by IRI officials and members of the Somaliland community in Washington DC.


Ethiopia Benefits From Agricultural Exports To Somalia‎

By Somalilandtimes network

ADDIS ABABA, March 8, 2006 -- Ethiopia said Wednesday it has garnered over 36 million U.S. dollars from the export of various agricultural produces to neighboring Somalia in the past eight months since July last year.

Amare Gebremariam, senior official with the Ethiopian Customs Authority, told journalists that the stated sum of revenue is collected from the export of live animals, animal products and khat.

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Modern Airport Under Construction In Ethiopia's Eastern ‎Border Town‎

ADDIS ABABA, Mar 7, 2006 -- The construction of an international airport with over 60 million birr (6.91 million U.S. dollars) allocated by the Ethiopian government was well underway in the eastern border town Jijiga, capital of the Somali state, officials said.

Project coordinator Million Getachew told journalists on Tuesday that the airport, being constructed on 53 hectares of land at an area 12 km away from Jijiga, was expected to be finalized in 20 months.

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Polisario Destroys Mines In W. Sahara - Group‎‎‎

By Somalilandtimes network

ALGIERS, Mar 3, 2006 – Western Sahara's independence movement has started destroying its landmines in a boost for efforts to enlist "non-state" armed forces in the drive to abolish the weapon, a humanitarian group said on Friday.

The Geneva Call group said in a statement that engineers of the Polisario Front, which opposes Moroccan control of the territory, destroyed 3,321 anti-personnel landmines last month in front of United Nations and other international observers.

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Eritrea, Italy In Tit-For-Tat Diplomatic Fallout

By Somalilandtimes network

By Ed Harris

ASMARA, Mar 9, 2006 (Reuters) - Eritrea has expelled a top Italian envoy to Asmara and Italy has responded in kind, an Eritrean official said on Thursday.

Eritrea expelled Italian diplomat Ludovico Serra from Eritrea on Monday.

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Fishermen Appeal For Help Over Foreign Fishing Ships‎‎

NAIROBI, March 9, 2006 – Fishermen in Somalia have appealed to the United Nations and the international community to help them rid the country's southern shores of foreign ships allegedly engaged in illegal fishing.

Describing the activity as "economic terrorism", Somali fishermen told IRIN on Thursday that the ships were not only plundering the fish but were also dumping rubbish and oil into the sea. They complained the Somali government was not strong enough to stop it.

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WFP Says Lack Of Funds For Kenya Drought Will ‎Lead To Human Tragedy

By Somalilandtimes network

News Release

NAIROBI, March 5, 2006 – Following his visit to the epicenter of the Horn of Africa drought in northeastern Kenya, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that the human death toll could rise in the coming months without sufficient donations to head off a disaster.

WFP Executive Director James Morris said WFP was running out of food for 3.5 million Kenyans in need of emergency assistance identified by a comprehensive assessment by the Government of Kenya, WFP and other UN agencies and partners in January.

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Indian Ship Hijacked In Somalia

By Somalilandtimes network

New Delhi, March 7, 2006 – An Indian ship Bhaktisagar, which was sailing from Porbandar to Dubai via Somalia, has been hijacked in the Somalian waters along with its 22 crew members including captain Razzak Isak.


 
Headlines

Images Depicting Prophet Mohamed ‎Printed In Grade 1 Text Book‎

By Somalilandtimes network

Hargeysa, Somaliland , March 11, 2006 – Drawings depicting Prophet Mohamed (SCW) had been printed in a school textbook meant for grade one pupils.

The drawings depicting prophet Mohamed appear in pages 42 and 43 of the Islamic education textbook for the first grade.

Islamic religion prohibits the depiction of the prophet Mohamed in any way, shape or form.


Somaliland Parliament Speaker Received By ‎His UK Counterpart, Major Political Parties    

Pakistani prime-minister Shoukat Aziz (centre) and Speaker of Somaliland’s House of Representatives, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi (Erro) (right) and Labour MP Alun Michael of Cardiff.

By Somalilandtimes network

London, March 11, 2006 – The speaker of Somaliland parliament Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi (Erro) held separate talks in London Thursday with officials from Britain’s 3 major political parties; Labor, the Conservatives and the Liberals.

On Wednesday, Abdirahman Erro met with the acting speaker of the British House of Commons, Ms Sylvia Heal in London .

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By Somalilandtimes network

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 4, 2006 – The House of Representatives is likely to introduce drastic amendments to the government’s budget bill when it come the floor for debate next Monday.

Most of House members have already voiced criticism against the bill as containing fundamental flaws that must be addressed.

In a last week report to the House, the select committee on Financial Affairs had expressed concerns over a number of flaws in the budget such as the lack of a breakdown of government revenues to regional, district and ministerial levels, the lack of public account statements corresponding to the financial information submitted to the legislature and the unavailability of verifiable figures on the numbers of government employees and members of the security forces as well.

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By Somalilandtimes network

March 8, 2006  

Somaliland Forum accepts the general premise behind the Somali Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) of finding effective ways of assisting Somalis find a way out of the disintegration of the Somali state. We understand the process of the Somali Joint Needs Assessment could provide a rational for improving the peace, stability and progress of the Horn.

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By Somalilandtimes network

Baidoa, Somalia, March 11, 2006 – Somalia’s “parliamentarians” met again this week. The only item that has been agreed upon was to set-up various committees to tackle different issues. But underneath the façade, the depressing reality in Baidoa was evident. “Somalia's 'city of death' shocks speaker”, wrote the IOL. But that was only the beginning. A few days ago, Sharif Hasan “the speaker” was threatened and blocked from leaving his residence and his guests were turned back by some of warlord Habasade’s disgruntled militia. Roadblocks or isbaaro as southern Somalis call them, are common in Baidoa. Armed robberies, especially, if you have a mobile phone, are frequent.


By Somalilandtimes network

By Elie Smith

What may come up in the minds of the majority could easily be the sad situation still going on in Western Sudan , however, that is not the worse case, even though it has just come to show what those who cared had always known (1). But the disgrace of African diplomacies and also that of the International community headed by the UN are manifest in the unsolved crisis in Somalia , Western Sahara , and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Somalia is or was a country located on a section of East Africa known as horn of Africa . It was a former Anglo-Italian protectorate which got its independence in 1960. Like most African newly created states, it got involved in the cold war rivalry


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Nairobi, Kenya, March 6, 2006 – The following statement was issued today by the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Ghanim Alnajjar:

I welcome news of the release of UNICEF staff member, Robert McCarthy, in Somalia on 2 March 2006. The United Nations and the international aid community must be allowed to work towards the protection and promotion of all human rights in Somalia, and I appeal to all authorities and groups concerned to ensure safe and secure conditions for their activities.

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International News

Seattle Muslim Groups Unite To Pray For Peace‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

By Somalilandtimes network

Students at the Islamic School of Seattle (from left) Yasmine Ahmach, 8, Nisma Gabobe, 8, (front, center) Rahma Mohammed, 9, (center, back) and Soondus Junejo, 9, during prayers at the school on Friday, February 24, 2006. Photo by Dan DeLong (February 25, 2006)

Seattle, WN, February 25, 2006 – About 80 Muslims of different sects gathered for prayer and a sermon Friday in Seattle, responding to sectarian violence in Iraq with a call for common worship.

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By Somalilandtimes network

MOGADISHU, March 4, 2006 – The United States has funded a new "anti-terror" coalition to fight Islamists in Mogadishu to avenge the killing of American soldiers there in the 1990s and to ensure anarchy persists, a leading Islamist has alleged.

In a rare interview, Sheikh Dahir Uweys, 61, who is on a U.S. list of most wanted terrorists, said Washington was still bitter over the deaths of 18 soldiers in lawless Somalia during a U.N. mission in the early 1990s that went sour.

Murder Inquiry Cites Racial Element

By Somalilandtimes network

London, UK, March 6, 2006 – Detectives claim the murder of a white man whose mother has Somali roots may have been racially-motivated.

Lee Phipps was found slumped on an elderly woman's doorstep after he was fatally stabbed, including a wound to the heart, on Thursday afternoon.

The blond 31-year-old lived with his mother Barbara Yusuf-Porter in King George Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, and both previously made a series of complaints about racial harassment.

Benn Calls For Immediate Aid For Africa Food ‎Crisis From New Humanitarian Fund‎

By Somalilandtimes network

Press Release - Department for International Development

New York, US, March 10, 2006 – Money from the multi-million dollar humanitarian crisis fund launched today (Thursday) by Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, should be released immediately to help save lives in the growing food crises in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, Hilary Benn, UK International Development Secretary, will urge the UN in New York today.

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Editorial

The current visit to Britain by the Somaliland parliament’s speaker, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi, has already helped Somaliland in gaining new influential friends in the British political establishment and in a number of other countries as well.

Officially, the purpose of the visit was for the Somaliland parliament speaker to participate in the last March 1, 2006 inauguration of the Welsh National Assembly – Senedd – in Cardiff . Besides Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Welsh leadership and the speaker of the House of Commons, the opening of the Senedd was attended by speakers and presidents of parliaments in 90 countries including Somaliland.

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Special Report


REPORT ON FAMILIARISATION TOUR TO SOMALILAND

In November 2005, the Centre for Human Rights began investigating the possibility of a third destination for the LLM field trip. The reasons for increasing the number of field trip destinations to include Somaliland include the following:

Somaliland is a state in the making; it would be ideal for students on the programme to have a first hand experience of this.

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Opinions

SLD Financial Rules Require All Revenues To Be Brought To ‎Account On The Books Maintained By The Accountant General...‎‎

In reviewing the budget document of 2006, one can easily gather that that H.E. the Minister of Finance seems to have ignored bluntly that he is the Principal Financial Adviser of the government and thus required to provide answers to questions raised on financial management by the House of Parliament or by the Economic Committee of Parliament on the spot. After all, he is being assisted by Senior Officers who are accountable to him from his Ministry, who actually prepared the document on his behalf without wasting time and effort. The Minister appears to have handle the question raised as if its answers requires an exhaustive research, although as reported by SLD websites the Minister spends most of his time on political campaign activities, so as to achieve the approval of the Budget from Parliament before submitting Final Accounts of previous years and provide answers to the queries raised by the Committee before end of March.

By Ahmed Hashi Dhimbiil

Our man from San-Jose doesn’t want to grow into a man of the Guurti, and, here I was, thinking that sagacity and coming close to Solomon’s virtues were what men sought after, as we all move towards that final betrayal – old age.

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By Nicholas Gordon

Congratulations on your victory

Over those who'd labor in your stead.

Now that you have won, the road ahead

Gives pause: for what good soul-elect can be

Respondent to such need? Or happily

Attendant on such pain? It's often said

Finding Somaliland‎‎‎

March 6, 2006 SIR - I refer to your recent article with the title, 'Wales strikes out on its own in its recognition of Somaliland', March 3, by your journalist Mr. Martin Shipton. He correctly points out most maps do not reflect Somaliland.

Mercifully, more recently, National Geographic has produced a map with Somaliland. Readers can locate Somaliland by visiting the website:

http://mapmachine.nationalgeo graphic.com/mapmachine/ viewandcustomize. html?themeId=p9300

IQBAL JHAZBHAY
University of South Africa, Pretoria
Source: THE WESTERN MAIL

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Case Study Report
The Ticking Bomb:‎ The Educational Underachievement of Somali Children in the British Schools

By Abdul Diriye

Despite constant attention from educational practitioners and policy makers, the underachievement of many ethnic minority pupils in British schools persists. There are countless studies relating to the academic achievement of ethnic minority students in general, however, it seems that the pupils of Somali origin have received less attention. This piece of writing examines the validity of the purported underachievement of Somali pupils in British schools. It also tries to explore the barriers facing the Somali pupils and the possible solutions.


FEATURES & COMMENTARY
The Case For Unitary Government’ By Mrs. Edna Adan ‎Ismail Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Republic Of Somaliland

By Somalilandtimes network

image

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I bring you greetings from the people and government of Somaliland and am honored to represent my country during this conference that is hosted by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and the British council.

Meeting The Specific Needs Of Women In War

ICRC Press release

Geneva, March 6, 2006 – Aiding victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, providing mother-and-child care in remote areas of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, giving courses to female detainees in Yemen to help them find their way in society after release – these are examples of the commitment shown by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to carefully assessing and meeting the specific needs of women in all aspects of its work.

By Somalilandtimes network

Yemen has become America's surprise ally in fighting terrorism. But can the Muslim nation survive its own struggle with endemic poverty and extremism?

OLD AND NEW. Young men wearing the jambiya, Yemen's traditional curved dagger, relax and watch satellite television in a barbershop in Sana.

By Kevin Whitelaw

SANA, YEMEN, March 13, 2006 – The roar from the shoulder-fired rocket echoes off the jagged peaks, followed by the steady crackling of automatic weapons. Systematically, the Yemeni snipers, prone against the dusty desert terrain, lay down cover fire for an assault on a cluster of tents believed to be a terrorist camp. Tufts of colored smoke mark the position of a ground assault team as the disciplined marksmen fire deeper into the camp.

A Tribute To African Heroines In Communities

By Somalilandtimes network

Women in Decision-making: Meeting challenges, Creating Change

By Nyaradzai Mugaragumbo-Gumbonzvanda

Rosemary called me five times this week encouraging me to write something for International Women’s Day, 2006. I was not sure what to write, say or dream about! Women in decision-making, public office, the numbers, the politics, the influence they have or do not have! I was not sure….I woke up inspired. Yes, I can indeed share my thoughts, dreams and give a eulogy to African heroines, and especially African women who continue to meet the challenges everyday, who are creating change and whose voices, views, energies and creativity is never recognized, counted or valued.

Dramatic Warning About Khat Misuse‎‎

Bunches of khat

London, UK, March 5, 2006 – Mahamed Hussein regularly chews khat, a mild stimulant popular with the Somali and Yemeni population.


      

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