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Issue 390/ 18th - 24th July 2009

 

Suicide bombers strike in Somaliland

 

Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

Front Page

News Headlines

Somaliland Political Parties & Electoral Commission Agree On Code Of Conduct

Habsade Leads Delegation Of Las Anod Elders On Borama Visit

Somaliland Government Says Ceelbardaale Is A Military Zone

Somaliland Government Jails Horyaal Journalists & Suspends Horn Cable TV

Ministry Of Education Officials Questioned

Somaliland’s Community Leaders Appeal For Calm In Ceelbardaale

Islamic And Traditional Medicine In Somaliland

Mental Illness Center Receives $1500 Donation

Gaashan Defeats Nation Link In Basketball

Dahabshiil Employees Awarded Certificates After Receiving Training On Anti Money Laundering Compliance

Somaliland Government Accused Of Suffocating Freedom Of Speech

U.S. Urges Release Of Journalists In Somaliland

Local and Regional Affairs

Donors Threaten Somaliland With Funding Axe Unless It Replaces Election Commissioners

Clashes Displace Hundreds Of Families In Somaliland

Two Journalists Arrested Amid Growing Crackdown On Media – RSF

Somaliland: Fragile Democracy Under Threat

Letter To Congressman Donald M. Payne By The Somaliland Forum

Anti-racist football team member is killed in crash

Somalis In Britain Find Their Voice At Last

Somalia: Police detain a Chinese bicyclist

Funds For Basic Humanitarian Needs In Somalia Insufficient- Warns UN Humanitarian Agency

Kidnapped French Agents Held By Hardline Militia

French Hostages Given To Al Qaeda-Linked Somali Group

Tragic loss for FURD

Somali terrorism conspiracy case unsealed

Aid agencies need $11 million to provide water and sanitation to displaced Somalis – UN

Top UN envoy hopes for return to stability in Somali capital

Forgotten Somalia

Minnesota Woman Says Missing Son Killed In Somalia

Neighbors May Be Reaping From Somalia Unrest

Editorial

Time To Show That No One Is Above The Law

Features & Commentary

Somaliland: What Somalia Could Be

Somaliland's Addict Economy

A Call To Jihad, Answered In America

AFGHANISTAN: When the War is Unwinnable

NO AGREEMENT YET ON CLIMATE CHANGE FOR ASIA

The end of “de facto states”

Transport Delays For Food Aid Continue

Hillary Clinton's 6-Month Checkup

Praying For Return Of Mother Trapped 8 Weeks In Kenya

International News

 

South Africa Tests AIDS Vaccine

Powerful Iranian Cleric Says Country In Crisis

Iraq Restricts U.S. Forces

Opinion

How Foreigners and Some Somalis have Made Somalia A Pariah of the International Community

Somaliland Election's Formidable Challenges: Terrorism, Tribalism

Reflections Of Our Trip To Saudi Arabia

All African Borders Rose From Colonial Borders

Somaliland: A Democracy in the Horn of Africa.

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 – Somaliland’s major financial donors said on Tuesday, they have halted financing Somaliland’s democratization process and threatened to completely cut off election funding unless the “incompetent and corrupt” election commissioners are replaced immediately.
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An adandoned village: Hundreds of families have been displaced following clashes between two clans over ownership of Elberdale farmland in Gabiley region - file photo

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 – At least 700 families in Somaliland have been displaced following clashes between two clans over ownership of Elberdale farmland in Gabiley region, local officials said.
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Paris, July 18, 2009 – Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the arrest of two journalists and the closure of a TV station in Somaliland and the beatings which several journalists received from police in the northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland.
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Electoral Crisis Underscores Broader Human Rights Concerns

Georgia Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch

For Immediate Release

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 – The Somaliland government’s disregard for the law and democratic processes threatens the territory’s nascent democracy, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on July 13, 2009. The administration of President Dahir Riyale Kahin has committed human rights violations and generated a dangerous electoral crisis.

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To: Congressman Donald Payne, Chairman
Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, District of Columbia 20515
Dear Mr. Chairman,

Somaliland Forum thanks you greatly for your genuine concern for the suffering people of Somalia. As Somalia’s neighbor, Somaliland is equally pleased that you urged the many Somalia factions to focus on the needs of the Somali people while respecting the peace, security and governance of their country. It is our hope they heed your concerns.

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Sheffield, South Yorkshire, July 18, 2009 – A PIONEERING Sheffield project dedicated to breaking down racial and cultural barriers through football was devastated this week by the death of one of its young players in a motorway crash on the way home from a tournament in Italy.
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Fiona Hamilton and Sean O’Neill
London, July 18, 2009 – Today at evening, tens of thousands of families across Britain will gather around their television sets, shunning the BBC and commercial channels in favor of Universal TV, the Somali community’s most popular forum.
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Lee Yue Zhong was on world tour with his bicycle

Garowe, July 18, 2009 – On Friday, the Police in Garowe, the capital of autonomous region of Puntland State of Somalia, detained a Chinese national, who came to Somalia on a bicycle.

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Funds For Basic Humanitarian Needs In Somalia Insufficient- Warns UN Humanitarian Agency

NAIROBI, July 18, 2009 – The Health and Water, Sanitation '&' Hygiene (WASH) clusters of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are below 20 % funded in the 2009 Consolidated Appeal for Somalia, said UN OCHA Somalia in its latest update on the security, displacement, access and humanitarian response in Somalia where the civil strife is having devastating effect on the social services infrastructure, particularly health, in the South/Central regions.

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Kidnapped French Agents Held By Hardline Militia

PARIS, July 18, 2009 – Two French agents kidnapped in Somalia are now held by the Shabaab Islamist militia and talks to free them will be difficult, Somali Social Affairs Minister Mohammed Ali Ibrahim told France 24 television on Friday.

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French Hostages Given To Al Qaeda-Linked Somali Group

MOGADISHU, July 18, 2009 – Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab movement has taken possession of both French hostages seized in Mogadishu after winning a tussle with another rebel group holding one of them, insurgent sources said on Friday.

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Tragic loss for FURD

Tue 14 Jul 2009
Sheffield United were devastated to hear the news of the accidental death of one young man and serious injuries to others of one of FURD's junior football teams on Monday..

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Somali terrorism conspiracy case unsealed

Abdifitah Yusef Isse and Salah Ahmed

In a July 13, 2009 booking photo provided by the Anoka Couty Sheriff, Salah Osman Ahmed is shown. Ahmed is one of two men accused of supporting terrorism in a grand jury indictment unsealed Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Anoka County Sheriff,ho)

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Aid agencies need $11 million to provide water and sanitation to displaced Somalis – UN

 

Orphaned and vulnerable children are suffering the most in the ongoing conflict in Somalia

14 July 2009 – Aid agencies in Somalia are appealing for $11 million to provide the hundreds of people displaced by fighting in the capital with emergency water and sanitation programmes, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

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Top UN envoy hopes for return to stability in Somali capital

   

A group of IDPs in Mogadishu

13 July 2009 – Following gains made by Somali secu13 July 2009 – Following gains made by Somali security forces over the weekend, the top United Nations envoy to the war-torn Horn of Africa nation voiced hope today that stability can soon return to the beleaguered capital Mogadishu.

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Forgotten Somalia

 

Cassandra Clifford
DC Human Rights Examiner

July 15, 1:04 AM
The fragmented country of Somalia is no stranger to conflict and the last two years of fighting has increasingly taken a toll on the lives of everyone in the country, especially the children.

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Minnesota Woman Says Missing Son Killed In Somalia

MINNEAPOLIS, July 13, 2009 (AP) — A 20-year-old man believed by his family to have been killed in his native Somalia "had no clue" what the country was really like when he left his home in Minneapolis to fight there, his mother said Sunday.

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Neighbors May Be Reaping From Somalia Unrest

By George Omondi  (email the author)

Nairobi, July 18, 2009 – A tepid response by neighboring states to the spiraling conflict in Somalia has sparked fresh speculations that those fanning the war enjoy secret support from governments in the region.

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Abduction Of French Experts Confirms Somaliland Times Report On Tfg’s Infiltration By Terrorists & Corruption.

Asomali government soldier runs to posituon during fighting hardline islamist fighters in northern mogadisho

Mogadishu, Somalia, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – In last week’s editorial, the Somaliland Times pointed out that militias belonging to Somalia’s so-called Transitional Federal Government (TFG) are undisciplined, often switch to the side of their opponents, and have been infiltrated by terrorists. The Somaliland Times also described Somalia’s TFG as riddled with corruption.

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Somaliland Political Parties & Electoral Commission Agree On Code Of Conduct

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s three political parties (UDUB, KULMIYE, UCID), and the electoral commission signed an agreement in July 11, 2009 on a code of conduct for the presidential election that is scheduled for September 27, 2009.

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Habsade Leads Delegation Of Las Anod Elders On Borama Visit

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – A delegation of elders from Las Anod led by Muhammad Abdi Habasde arrived in Borama this week. Mr Habsade said the purpose of their visit was first of all to take part in the burial ceremony of the innocent civilians who were killed in the road that connects Borama and Hargeysa. Mr Habsade added, “what happened was something not seen before, and the responsibility resides on the individuals who did it, and I say to you to protect your good name and do not engage in similar acts.”
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Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Somaliland government ordered its police and military commanders to turn the area of conflict in Ceelbardaale into a military zone. There was a simmering conflict between two lineages in the area over land, which took an ominous turn when four travelers were taken from their vehicles and murdered.

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Hoyal Staffs

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Somaliland police jailed two Horyaal Radio journalists. Police officers took the two journalists from the office of Horyaal Radio in Hargeysa on July 13, 2009. The two journalists are the Director of the Radio, Muhammad Osman Mire (Sayid) and the head of the News Section, Ahmed Suleiman Dhuhul. The arrest of the two journalists was in contravention of the legal guidelines because it was done without a warrant. The government had accused the media of having incited the killings that took place in Ceelbardale.

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Ministry Of Education Officials Questioned

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Officials from Somaliland ministry of education appeared before parliament’s Community Affairs Subcommittee on July 9, 2009. The purpose of the hearing was to get a briefing on the current situation of education in the country and the ministry’s education policy.
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Somaliland’s Community Leaders Appeal For Calm In Ceelbardaale

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s community leaders both inside and outside the country appealed to the two sides in Ceelbardaale to end the conflict. The community leaders included businessmen, sultans, religious leaders and intellectuals. In a press conference in Hargeysa, the elders and community leaders condemned the murder of four travelers between Gabiley and Dila this week, and said it is both against the Islamic religion and Somaliland’s traditions. Among the participants were Sheekh Maxamed Aadan Axmed, Sheekh Yuusuf Adan Maxamed, Suldaan Xasan Warsame Shire, Suldaan Axmed Nuur Samaale and Suldaan Axmed Daakir.

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Islamic And Traditional Medicine In Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Sheikh Abdiqadir Arab Warsame Sheikh Jabir, one of Somaliland’s religious leaders talked for the first time about the Ihsan Herbal Center, a clinic located in Hargeysa that uses religious and herbal medicine to treat human diseases.
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Mental Illness Center Receives $1500 Donation

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Two Somaliland citizens who work in Sudan, donated $1500 to a center that takes care of the mentally ill. The two individuals who donated the money are Naima Ahmed Mumin Qudus who works for the UN and Dr. Yusuf who works in Darfur. The mental illness center is run by an organization called SAHAN.

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Gaashan Defeats Nation Link In Basketball

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Basketball competition between 6 top level teams started at Tima Adde grounds. The competition was sponsored by Telesom and was given the name Zaad service.

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Dahabshiil Employees Awarded Certificates After Receiving Training On Anti Money Laundering Compliance

Dahabshil Leaders

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Dahabshiil CEO, Mr. Abdirashid Duale, presented on Thursday certificates of competence to 21 officers from the Money Transfer Company on the successful completion of a two-day training seminar on Anti Money Laundering compliance, followed by a competence test held between June 15 and 16 at the company’s Operation’s Center in Hargeysa.

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Somaliland Government Accused Of Suffocating Freedom Of Speech

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – Authorities of a leading Television in Somaliland have accused government of suffocating independent media outlets and freedom of expression in Somaliland.

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U.S. Urges Release Of Journalists In Somaliland

U.S. Embassy in Kenya - Press Release
Nairobi, Kenya, July 18, 2009 (SL Times) – The United States government condemns the recent arrests in Somaliland of Radio Horyaal journalists Mohamed Osman Mire and Ahmed Saleban Dhuhul, and the suspension of Horn Cable TV (HCTV). We call for the immediate release of the journalists, and we strongly urge that Horn Cable TV be allowed to resume broadcasting without impediment during this important, pre-election period.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

South Africa Tests AIDS Vaccine

South Africa Tests AIDS Vaccine Its Scientists Developed With Help From US
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jul. 19, 2009 – South Africa is launching clinical trials of the first AIDS vaccines created by a developing country, a feat by scientists who forged ahead even when some of their political leaders shocked the world with unscientific pronouncements about the disease.

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New Clashes In Iran, Tens Of Thousands In Opposition Hear Top Cleric Criticize Leadership

TEHRAN, Iran, Jul. 18, 2009 – In a sign of endurance for Iran's protest movement, demonstrators clashed with police Friday as one of the nation's most powerful clerics challenged the supreme leader during Muslim prayers, saying country was in crisis in the wake of a disputed election.

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American Officials See Link Between Limits, Spate of Attacks

U.S. military officials cite a recent surge in violence, such as this roadside bomb attack in Baghdad on July 2.

BAGHDAD, July 18, 2009 – The Iraqi government has moved to sharply restrict the movement and activities of U.S. forces in a new reading of a six-month-old U.S.-Iraqi security agreement that has startled American commanders and raised concerns about the safety of their troops.
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FEATURES AND COMMENTERY

PeterPham

By J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.
World Defense Review columnist

Published 16 Jul 09

It came as no surprise when Foreign Policy magazine and the Fund for Peace released their "Failed States Index 2009" three weeks ago that, once again, Somalia topped the rankings. What I reported two weeks ago about the country's "Transitional Federal Government" (TFG) continuing to lose what little ground it has left in the face of an onslaught from Islamist insurgents is even truer as the forces of al-Shabaab ("the youth"), the al-Qaeda-linked group formally designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the U.S. Department of State last year, and its allies, including the Hisbul al-Islamiyya ("Islamic party") group of Sheikh Hassan Dahir ‘Aweys, a figure who appears personally on both United States and United Nations antiterrorism sanctions lists, seize control of more and more neighborhoods in Mogadishu.
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Multimedia: Growth of khat chewing habit drains struggling economy.

Men and women load the khat into wheelbarrows to be taken to different khat stands around Hargeysa, Somaliland

Hargeysa, Somaliland, July 18, 2009 — Somalia’s economy is dominated by trade in khat, a narcotic banned in the U.S. and much of Europe.
Eye-popping, head-buzzing khat is loved by Somali men who chew the leaves for their stimulant effect. While most of war-torn Somalia's economy is moribund, khat does a bustling trade estimated at well over $50 million annually. Doctors warn, however, that the drug is not only a drain on limited Somali resources but is also destroying lives.
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More than 20 young Somali-Americans, many of them raised in Minneapolis, left the United States to join a militant Islamist group in Somalia.

By ANDREA ELLIOTT

MINNEAPOLIS, July 18, 2009 — The Carlson School of Management rises from the asphalt like a monument to capitalist ambition. Stock prices race across an electronic ticker near a sleek entrance and the atrium soars skyward, as if lifting the aspirations of its students. The school’s plucky motto is “Nowhere but here.”
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AFGHANISTAN: When the War is Unwinnable

Greg Mills, July 2009

As the West place more troops in Afghanistan, there are lessons to be learned from history. Avoid making the same mistakes that others made in the past, for otherwise the war will not be won.

WESTERN GOVERNMENTS are pouring more troops into Afghanistan. But this strategy is doomed to fail unless they can master the far harder tasks of counter-insurgency, state-building and development. Winning the Afghan war is about politics, people and jobs.

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“Hostages To Peace”

Threats to human rights and democracy in Somaliland

Human Rights Watch Report | July 2009

Summary
Since declaring its independence from Somalia in 1991, Somaliland has set up its own government institutions, written its own laws and constitution, and held credible elections. No government in the world has yet recognized Somaliland's independence and for 18 years the territory has been left in legal limbo—a country that does not exist.

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Our Trip to Somaliland

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

Somaliland Electoral Laws Handbook
By Ibrahim Hashi Jama


Can't Get There From Here

Photo by Richard Lough.

Reporter Richard Lough

Jul. 04, 2009

The people of Somaliland face an intriguing dilemma: which passport to hold? Somaliland declared its independence from the country of Somalia 17 years ago. Now Somaliland has its own flag, its own national anthem and its own passport. But the international community refuses to recognize the breakaway region -- which means its passport isn't recognized either.

What's more, Somaliland's constitution forbids its citizens to hold a passport from Somalia. This catch-22 has spawned a black market, as Richard Lough discovered on the streets of Hargeysa.

 

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Ayaan Needs Facial Reconstruction

Here is the transcript of the forthcoming video where Edna Adan appeals to the world to get help for a young woman whose face was destroyed when she was shot - shot in the face when she was only two years old!

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EDITORIAL

Time To Show That No One Is Above The Law

“Four Somaliland citizens were pulled out of their vehicles and executed point blank.
The shockwaves from this cold-blooded murder were heard throughout Somaliland and beyond. Somalilanders could not believe that this kind of evil still exists within them. This is not the first time in recent history that inter-clan blood-letting takes place between Somaliland clans. But at least the last time it happened, it was in the Haud region of Ethiopia though the involved clans had Somaliland affiliation. This time it took place not too far from Somaliland’s capital, Hargeysa.

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OPINION

How Foreigners and Some Somalis have Made Somalia A Pariah of the International Community

By John Drysdale
One must make no mistake about it, the interests in Somalia of the United States and Ethiopia arise from their own respective concerns about the political and economic collapse of Somalia. Not the collapse itself but Ethiopia’s fear of Somalia’s Islamist penetration of Ethiopia, and America’s fear of Somalia becoming a redoubt for Al Qaida. Both these anxieties are real but they do not in themselves explain why Somalia has collapsed into one of the world’s most dangerous failed states and what, if anything, can be done about it.
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Somaliland Election's Formidable Challenges: Terrorism, Tribalism

By Dalmar Kahin
Evidently, Somaliland faces an internal and external diabolical traps—insidious booby traps. Both powerful and treacherous, terrorism and tribalism will not only derail the upcoming presidential election but will also evaporate the hope of winning recognition after September 2009 successful election. As terrorism takes its toll on innocent civilians and tribal feuds rage unabated in Gabiley region, fear and apprehension creep into the minds of many citizens. Fearful and uncertain about the future, many citizens question the authority's response to simmering conflicts on the verge of erupting like volcanoes but rarely receive answers.

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Reflections Of Our Trip To Saudi Arabia

 

Dr. Mohamed-Rashid Sheikh Hassan

It has been almost three weeks when I, and the chairman and the presidential candidate of the UCID party, Engineer Faisal Ali Waraabe left for Saudi Arabia for performing the Umra and meeting with Saudi authorities and with Somaliland communities in Saudi Arabia.
Hence, I would like to depict in a few words what we have seen there during our trip.

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All African Borders Rose From Colonial Borders

By Ibrahim Hassan Gagale
The Somali Sections of VOA and BBC Radios sometimes hold political debates on Somaliland cause and its quest for diplomatic recognition. Some participants in the debates raise insincere arguments about the legitimacy of Somaliland national borders calling it “Colonial Borders.”

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Somaliland: A Democracy in the Horn of Africa.

Ahmed Kheyre, London
According to some recent articles, quoted from a report from Human Rights Watch presented in Hargeysa, the capital city "Somaliland, “cautions that Somaliland is at a crucial juncture after an unlikely recent history of democratic progress and relative stability in the Horn of Africa. Somaliland is in danger of losing its democratic and human rights gains…” according to a human rights group. Let us examine these statements in detail.

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FEATURES AND COMMENTERY

NO AGREEMENT YET ON CLIMATE CHANGE FOR ASIA

Dr. Terry Lacey
Development Economist

India and China did not agree to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the G8 recent meetings in Italy. Will new donors in the Gulf and the G20 support climate change with real additional money while the West recycles aid commitments? What does this mean for funding renewable energy in ASEAN and Asia?

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How One Youth Was Drawn To Jihad In Somalia

Like the Somali-American from Minnesota who was killed this weekend, Tawakal Ahmed was recruited through mosques in Kenya to fight for Islamic militants in Mogadishu

Some residents say Taqwa mosque, in Isiolo, central Kenya, preaches a radical version of Islam. Somali insurgents have been recruiting fighters from Kenya.Heba Aly

Isiolo, Kenya, July 18, 2009 – A smattering of wispy clouds dots the blue sky as white-robed worshipers trickle into Taqwa mosque for Friday prayers. Our car is parked outside the mosque, slightly hidden by a hedgerow of tangled savannah brush that defines the mosque's perimeter. A cool, dry wind blows across this arid town – refreshing against the equatorial heat, but leaving a blanket of dust on the whitewashed buildings.

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Somalia may become the world’s next extremist stronghold

Written by Michael Petrou
When a Maclean’s reporter reached Somali journalist Abdi Ahmed Abdul on his cellphone as he walked back to his home through the streets of Mogadishu, he quickly ended the call, apologizing later that evening by explaining that it would not be safe for him to be heard speaking English by members of al-Shabaab—the Islamist militia that controls much of the country and whose leadership has been linked to al-Qaeda. “I am scared,” Abdul said. “If they see me talking to somebody in English, I’d be in danger. If anybody is speaking in English, they think he is a spy. It means I am passing information to foreigners, what they call Christians or infidels, people they don’t like.”

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Will We Remember Somalia?

By Cassandra Clifford
Tuesday, July 14 1:55 am EST
The fragmented country of Somalia is no stranger to conflict and the last two years of fighting has increasingly taken a toll on the lives of everyone in the country, especially the children. Somalia is quite literally a raging battle ground, as fighting in the country continues, as insurgents exchange fire with the Somali government, Ethiopian troops and African Union peacekeepers.

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Nicu Popescu is research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in London, where he deals with the EU’s eastern neighbourhood and Russia.

For years the secessionist entities of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria have been refered to as “de facto states” and the conflicts around them - “frozen conflicts” (see previous posts on South Ossetia and Abkhazia).

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Transport Delays For Food Aid Continue

Project is now expected to light up its cable July 23,

By Michael Malakata
Nairobi, July 18, 2009 – The deployment of the much hyped and celebrated Sea Cable System (SEACOM) Africa cable in troubled Somali waters has been completed and the connection of the cable stations directly to Indiaand from India to Europe is expected ahead of its switch date this month.

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Hillary Clinton's 6-Month Checkup

Analysis: Secretary of State Still Finding her Way as Top Diplomat but her Political Instincts are Clearly Intact

US Foreign Secretary Hillary Clinton

By Charles Wolfson
OK, it is an artificial deadline but that hasn’t stopped questions from being asked about how Hillary Rodham Clinton is doing as America’s 67th secretary of state. After six months one can say in some cases it is the normal inside-the-beltway chatter, mere water cooler fodder for those who want to know who is up and who is down, especially since there is a new administration in town.

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Praying For Return Of Mother Trapped 8 Weeks In Kenya

Woman fears for safety as family, friends demand answers

Mohamed Asbscir with a photo of his mother, Suaad Hagi Mohamud, who is still trying to prove her identity after claims she used a false passport.

John Goddard
Toronto, July 18, 2009 – Strain marks the faces of family and friends as conditions deteriorate for a Toronto woman trapped in Kenya.

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