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Issue 394

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News Headlines

Weapons Supplied To Somalia Government By The US Are Sold In Mogadishu Markets

The Shortest Man In Somaliland Leaves For Norway

Somaliland Parliament Says Suspension Of Voter Registration Illegal

Tostan Holds Conference On Women’s Genital Mutilation

UN Agencies Launch Next Round Of Child Health Initiative In Somaliland

An Interview With Ambassador Marika Fahlen, Sweden’s Special Envoy For The Horn Of Africa

Somalia Tells All Visitors To Seek Government Approval

Somaliland Government Controlled Media Used To Incite Extremism

Local and Regional Affairs

A CALL FOR DIALOGUE: To Hold A Free, Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election

East Africa: Ethiopia Takes Part in First East African Independent Producers Forum

Somalia Mosque Victims Belonged To Southern Punjab

Kenyan Court Drops Charges, Clears Way For Canadian Woman To Return Home

Al Shabaab Reportedly Beheads 4 Christians, Rips Gold Teeth From Locals' Mouths

2 Somali Women, Children Die In Fire

3rd Man Pleads Guilty In Missing Somalis Case

Man Gets 23 Years In Killing Of Somali Restaurant Cook

Athens Police Attack Somali Protesters

Libyans Kill 20 Somali Prisoners

Somalia: The Trouble with Puntland

Somali Insurgents Reject Government’s Olive Branch

Amnesty International Calls For Accountability And Safeguards On Arms Transfers To Somalia’s TFG

Eastern Africa Standby Force To Be Ready Next Year

Somali Islamists Pull Teeth From "Sinners": Residents

Communiqué: Conference With Former Senior Somali Military And Police Officers

Clinton And South African Discuss Somalia

Tribute To Ali Marshal


Western Countries Encourage Piracy By Paying Ransom

Features & Commentary

Somalia: The Center Cannot Hold

Incredible Journey of Somali Human Right Activist Waris Dirie – The Movie

Escape From Somaliland

Without Free Movement, East Africa Will Keep Marking Time

Clinton's Africa Trip Highlights Importance US Attaches To The Continent

What Was Siyad Barre's Relation To A Fundamentalist Christian Group?

Legal Brief On The Suspension Of The Voter Registration List

Mandela – Poem

AT THE MERCY OF SOMALI PIRATES: Hansa Stavanger Crew Describe Hostage Ordeal

Where Camels Once Trod, A Train Crosses Australia

Update: Independent Diplomat Responds

US Misguided In Moving To Arm Somalia, Say Analysts

President Isaias's Encounter With The Financial Times

Somalia: The Trouble With Puntland – Report

International News


Woman Who Tried To Kill Ford Released From Prison

A Short Guide To Tools For Citizen Journalists

Australian Camels Facing Slaughter

UN Human Rights Expert Sounds Alarm On Draft Media Laws In Venezuela

Poll Shows Afghan Vote Headed For Second Round

Bristol's World Cup Bid Brings Communities Together . . . On The Football Field


A Crucial Week For Somaliland: A Time For Action

Building Bridges For Somaliland University Student Outside And Inside The Country

Why I Fear For Somalia

Africa’s Best-Kept Secret “Somaliland” Is In Need For A Change!

Lost Faith In The System

Somalilanders Around The Globe: Vote For Change

Where There Is No Donor

Al-Shabaab: “The” Number One Enemy Of Islam And Somali People

President Riyale And The Election Commission Are The Reason Of The Election’s Bone Of Contention

Gen. Galaal Exposes War Criminals Organized By The UN And US

Washington, August 15, 2009 (SL Times) – General Muhammad Nur Galaal, a high ranking member of the now defunct Somali military, revealed to the press what went on in a meeting in Washington that brought together several top officials of Somalia’s former military dictatorship. Gen. Galaal who was one of the invitees to the congress said many of those attending the conference had committed massacres when they were in the military, and had he known that they were going to be in there, he would not have participated in the meeting.
Describing his impression of the meeting, Gen. Galaal said that these remnants of the former regime are still dreaming of the good old days when they lorded it over Somalis and are scheming to get back in power. Towards that end, they proposed a plan for the reconstitution of the Somali army by creating 9 battalions in 6 months. The plan also involves the invasion of Somaliland beginning at Lughaya and working their way southward until they takeover Mogadishu.
Gen. Galaal has only confirmed a view that is widely held among Somalis which is that despite the UN and US rhetoric about democracy and human rights, the UN and US often push aside considerations of democracy and human rights if they get in the way of achieving their interests. In this case, it so happens that the UN and the US see the former head of the terrorist Islamic Courts, Sheikh Sharif, who is now the head of the feeble Transitional Federal Government (TFG) as the right instrument to advance their interests, and that is why they are busy trying to devise ways to prop him up. Apparently they think the former military commanders, who were responsible for the collapse of Somalia in the first place can help them achieve their goals. But they are wrong.
An increasing number of Somalis have condemned the meeting as a last ditch attempt to bring war criminals back to power in Somalia. The most recent person to add his voice in protest was KULMIYE party’s first Vice chairman, Muse Bihi. In order to counter the growing anger among Somalis regarding UN and US actions of promoting war criminals, the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) released a communiqué in which it whitewashed the real intent of the meeting and what went on in its proceedings. Oddly enough, the US has not addressed the issue even though its fingerprints are all over the meeting, and representatives from the US Defense Department were present.
These military men are criminals and mass murderers and do not belong in a conference hall, but rather belong in courts and jail. Their head honcho, Gen. Muhammad Ali Samatar is by his own admission, the person who gave the orders for the destruction of the cities of Hargeysa and Buroa in 1988 and the killing of thousands of innocent civilians. Shame on the UN. Shame on the US.



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