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Issue 455/ 16th - 22nd October 2010


Suicide bombers strike in Somaliland

Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

Front Page

News Headlines

Sanag Elders Succeed In Releasing Nation Link Staff

Local and Regional Affairs

UN Says More Countries Must Help Prosecute Pirates

Media Groups Condemn Suspension Of Broadcaster In Somaliland

Somali President Names New Prime Minister

Three More Arrests In Man's Falling Death

Army Civil Affairs Teams Attend Issa Chief Wedding

Ethiopia Signs Peace Deal With Ogaden Rebel Faction


International Donors Must Live Up To Their Promises Or Shoulder The Consequences

Features & Commentary

Somalis Create Their Global Commercial Hub In Nairobi’s Eastleigh Estate

International News


Ethio-Somaliland Relations Post-1991: Challenges And Opportunities – Part Five
President Sillanyo’s New Attorney General Defends The Innocent From A Powerful Judiciary


Analysis: Missed Opportunities In Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya, October 16, 2010 — Weak leadership and internal divisions have prevented Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) from exploiting splits among its Islamist insurgent enemies, say analysts.

Al-Shabaab and Hisbul-Islam insurgents have, in the past two months, intensified attacks against government forces and allied African Union (AU) troops. Clashes in Mogadishu between 1 and 3 October, for example, left at least 50 people dead and 174 wounded, according to local human rights organizations.

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MINNEAPOLIS, October 16, 2010 —A Somali-born Canadian citizen who admitted he attended Al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and lectures by Osama bin Laden is out of U.S. federal prison and has been deported to Canada.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 37-year-old Mohammed Abdullah Warsame (pronounced war-SAHM’-ee) was released from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., Friday morning. He was immediately turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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An American naval speed boat patrols near the sides of the mother naval warship MV USS Princeton at the port of Mombasa, Kenya Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 soon after the ship docked in Mombasa.


NAIROBI, Kenya, October 16, 2010 -- More countries must help Kenya to prosecute Somali pirates, a top U.N. official said Tuesday, amid concerns that Kenya could be used as a dumping ground for the sea bandits who target ships for millions of dollars in ransoms.

The secretary-general's special adviser on piracy law, Jack Lang, said Kenya's concerns are understandable and it may want to renegotiate its agreements to take pirate suspects. The country currently has some 136 pirates among its 53,000 prison inmates.

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Michael Onyiego

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 16, 2010 -- With investors and the international community looking to increase ties with Somaliland, the recent suspension of a London-based broadcaster has media freedom groups questioning the breakaway government's commitment to democracy.
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MOGADISHU, Somalia, October 16, 2010 — The president of Somalia named a new prime minister on Thursday, bringing into the government a first-time politician.

Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed replaces Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who had a long-running feud with President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed. Ahmed resigned last month.

Mohamed will be asked to name a Cabinet as soon as possible.

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By Jeremy Warren,

Police have now charged five men with manslaughter in connection with the death of Ahmed Mohamud, the man who police believe fell to his death from a sixth-floor apartment balcony in downtown Saskatoon.

Three suspects were arrested in Saskatoon Thursday while Malcolm Herman, 21, appeared in provincial court, charged with manslaughter and robbery.

When he was arrested, Herman was already in custody at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre's remand unit on charges unrelated to the investigation.

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Press Release: Miscellaneous Announcements
Cambridge University Press is sending thousands of primary school books to 12 African countries in partnership with Book Aid International, to provide school books to some of the world's most deprived areas.
School libraries in Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Somalia (Puntland, Somaliland), Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe will each receive 50-100 copies of each book donated, ensuring that whole classrooms of school children will be able to learn from them.

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Army Civil Affairs Teams Attend Issa Chief Wedding

By U.S. Army Specialist Sheri Carter
DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia, October 16, 2010 - U.S. Army 418th Civil Affairs Charlie team (second row from front) sits in the VIP section at Ugaas Mustafe Maxamed Ibraahim's wedding celebration September 23, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Steffan Fritz)
DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia, Oct 14, 2010— A U.S. Army 418th Civil Affairs Team (Charlie Company) was invited by the tribal Chief (Ugaas) of Issa, Mustafe Maxamed Ibraahim, to attend his wedding celebration September 23, 2010.

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Ethiopia Signs Peace Deal With Ogaden Rebel Faction

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 16, 2010 – Ethiopia signed a peace deal on Tuesday to end 20 years of war with a rebel faction that has comprised the main threat to foreign oil and gas firms in the disputed Ogaden region, both sides said.

Abay Tsehaye, national security adviser to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, welcomed the signing of the deal as something that would strengthen unity in the Horn of Africa country.
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Somali In Minn. Muslims Condemn 'Extreme Views' Of Local Imam

By Laura Yuen
St. Paul, Minn. — Muslims in Minnesota's Somali community are condemning what they believe to be extreme views espoused by both a Twin Cities imam and the operator of a local Somali website.
Upset that the two men publicly derided Islamic spiritual leaders as "infidels" for attending a recent interfaith service, followers of Islam and its peaceful tenets have rallied to speak out.

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Libyan Warning over South Sudan Secession Criticized

Peter Clottey
Juba, Sudan, October 16, 2010 – A former south Sudanese envoy has rejected Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi suggestions over the weekend that south Sudan’s secession will be a disease that will spread throughout Africa.
Ambassador John Andruga Duku told VOA this is yet another attempt by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to derail south Sudan’s the scheduled 9th January referendum.

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Dr. Adna Participates In Conference About Women’s Health In California

Long Beach, October 16, 2010 — Dr. Edna Aden Ismail participated in number of conference about infant morality and women’s health in California. Before she arrived to Long Beach, near Los Angeles, Dr. Edna was feature speaker in a conference about Human Rights and Women’s health in University of California, Santa Barbra. Dr. Adna has been praised over her efforts to reduce infant mortality in Somaliland and establish basis of medical care.

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Homemade African Aircraft Are Salvagepunk Cool (Even If They're Not 100% Airworthy)

In the last couple years, amateur engineers from Africa have built DIY planes and helicopters out of recycled parts.

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This Much I Know: Mo Farah

The athlete, 27, on training with Kenyans, learning English from scratch, and how marriage has changed him

Emma John

The African running culture is completely different to the British one. Out there everyone runs, no matter who. Here everyone knows about football and we're all talking about the Premiership, but there they are always talking about athletics.
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Djibouti: Building Peace Through Trade and Transshipment

Djibouti president, Ismail Omer Guelleh (bottom-right] and Dorelah Container Terminal at Djibouti

Djibouti, October 16, 2010 (SL Times) – When Djiboutian president Ismail Omer Guelleh came to power in 1999 as a result of multi-party elections, his country’s prospects generally looked bleak. The government was unable to pay salaries to its employees let alone meet its wider social obligations.

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US eyes Somaliland as answer to Mogadishu's woes

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct ,13. 2010, gymnasts perform at a trade fair in Hargeysa, Somaliland. Somaliland officials say the U.S. and the international community have wasted too much time and money on Mogadishu instead of supporting a struggling but democratically elected government in Somaliland. (AP Photo/Jason Straziuso)

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 16, 2010 — A new six-story office building will soon house a $1 billion-a-year business. The recently elected president has appointed smart people and won the admiration of the international community. Gunfire is nowhere to be heard.
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Somaliland President Meets With International Donors

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 16, 2010 (SL Times) – A large delegation of international donors visited Somaliland this week.
The delegation held talks with Somaliland President Ahmed Sillanyo on a host of issues.
The donor’s delegation also toured the 5th Somaliland Trade fair that has opened this week in Hargeysa, met with civil society organizations as well as the managements of Somaliland’s companies such as SOMTEL and Dahabshil.
The Chairman of Dahabshil Money Transfer Company, Mr. Abdirashid Muhammad Saeed briefed the delegation on the worldwide services of the company such as money transfer, E banking, and wireless internet.

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Minister Of Fisheries And Ports Appeals For Help Against Piracy

Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 16, 2010 (SL Times) – Somaliland Minister of Fisheries and Ports Management, Dr. Muhammad Yasin Hassan (Dayr) appealed to Somaliland’s public, especially the ones who live in coastal areas to inform the coast guards of any people involved in suspicious activities such as illegal fishing and piracy in Somaliland’s waters.
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Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 16, 2010 (SL Times) – Clan elders from Hargeysa held a dinner celebration to honor the success of eastern Sanag traditional leaders in releasing Nation Link staff who were abducted in that region.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, October 16, 2010 (SL Times) – A Soccer tournament to honor the memory of Abdillahi Abdi Omar, the deceased principal of Sheikh Madar Elementary and Middle School, were held in Hargeysa.

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British Security Worker Kidnapped In Somalia

Islamic gunmen patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia. A Briton working for Save the Children has been kidnapped in the country. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Briton working for UK charity Save the Children taken by armed men in Adado

Xan Rice

Nairobi, Kenya, October 16, 2010 – A British security consultant working for a UK charity was kidnapped last night by gunmen in a Somali town near the Ethiopian border.

He had been contracted by Save the Children to assess whether it was safe for the group to resume aid operations in the area. His Somali fixer was also kidnapped, but was reportedly released today.
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Remaking The Somali State: A Renewed Building-Block Approach

Executive summary

The record of externally sponsored statebuilding initiatives in Somalia since 1991 is one of failure. Most of these initiatives have sought to restore a unitary state, an effort that has been unsuccessful and will not happen in the immediate future. This report calls for a different way forward – a return to a "building-block" approach to statebuilding, guided by a pragmatic outlook that transfers power to local authorities and civil society. This is not a new idea, for it has been discussed ever since the end of colonial rule in Somalia. The two-stage idea is to break up the territory into smaller pieces – "building-blocks" – that can more effectively be managed by local authorities; then, when these become working polities, reunite them under a decentralized, federal or even confederal structure.

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Investigation Suggests Kenya Has Ties With Piracy


Nairobi, Kenya, October 16, 2010 – The Daily Nation has ran investigations that suggest that Kenyan law firms, security, aviation and shipping firms are conducting business with pirates operating in the Indian Ocean as the former facilitate the ransom discussions and payment.

Somali pirates are being paid over USD 80 million as ransom every year, and it is thought that some of that amount goes through Kenya. 
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Before '08 Mumbai Attacks, U.S. Was Warned Key Figure In Plot Had Terror Ties

After a wave of coordinated terrorist attacks turned parts of Mumbai's financial district into a combat zone, officials in New Delhi, India, and Islamabad, Pakistan, grapple with the political and diplomatic fallout of India's deadliest terror attack in 15 years.


By Nicholas Kusnetz and Lisa Schwartz

Washington, October 16, 2010 – Three years before Pakistani terrorists struck Mumbai in 2008, federal agents in New York City investigated a tip that an American businessman was training in Pakistan with the group that later executed the attack.

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The previously undisclosed allegations against David Coleman Headley, who became a key figure in the plot that killed 166 people, came from his wife after a domestic dispute that resulted in his arrest in 2005.
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Huge Crowds Greet Ahmadinejad In Lebanon

APIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to the crowds from the sunroof of his SUV upon his arrival in Lebanon on Wednesday. Thousands of cheering Lebanese welcomed the Iranian President, throwing rose petals and sweets at his motorcade at the start of his visit.

Beirut, Lebanon, October 16, 2010 – Thousands of cheering Lebanese welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Lebanon on Wednesday, throwing rose petals and sweets at his motorcade during a visit that underscores the growing power of Tehran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah.

Mr Ahmadinejad renewed on Tehran’s support for Lebanon at the start of his two-day visit to the country but urged often factious leaders to work together for a united country.

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Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime aims to expose cult of personality surrounding the rise of the Führer

Curators at capital's Historical Museum hope display will show role of German society and illustrate that Hitler was only one aspect of Nazi system Link to this video

A groundbreaking exhibition about Adolf Hitler opens in Berlin tomorrow, the first time since the war that a major museum has explored the relationship between the Führer and the German nation.

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Former Somaliland minister

for Foreign Affairs,

Abdillahi Mohamed Dualleh

Ladies And Gentleman ,

I would like to welcome the distinguished parliamentary delegation from Germany. In addition I would like to thank this great institute (Institute of Peace and Security Studies) for inviting me to participate this forum .Many thanks to the organizers. And particularly to Messers Mulugeta Gebrehiwot of IPSS & Markus Koerner of APSP Respectively.

Somaliland’s Home Grown Experience: Nation Building Process

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By Richard C. Paddock

When Mohamed Ali Samantar came to the United States from war-torn Somalia in 1997, he hoped to live quietly in retirement in suburban Virginia. But thanks to a little-known San Francisco human rights group, the former Somali official instead became the focus of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court human rights case.
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Simon Kiladze

The XX century left many misunderstandings on the political map of the Caucasus. Territories of vague origin and legal status that are claiming independence and are pronouncing loudly that they are sovereign states and deserve to be treated with attention became even more odious.

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Guiding light: Karen Clarke with some of the children at Oaktree

David Cohen 
We give £5,000 to save an after-school club that gives 140 children a place to learn and helps them stay out of trouble on the streets

Karen Clarke sits like a rock in a storm as dozens of boisterous children clamour for her attention. She calls for quiet, helping 13-year-old Moises Guilherme to settle and focus on his science homework and then turns to the next eager face.

The children call her “Miss Karen” or “Hoyo”, meaning “mum” in Somali, and she is indeed like a strict but loving second mother to many of the children who attend her Oaktree after-school club on the South Acton Estate.

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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 Deserves International Recognitionn

I traveled to Somaliland in June of this year at the end of 2 difficult years of my life......
It was a little intimidating being there at the start (Somaliland is an unrecognized state within Somalia) but I found a people consumed with demonstrating their civility and peacefulness, in very testing circumstances.
Having been there and spent time with the Somalilanders, I believe Somaliland deserves International Recognition of its Independence and that Countries that will not accept the de facto separation from the mess that is Somalia need to be pressed for a fuller explanation as to why they wont support 20 years of peaceful growth in a very difficult region.

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 or go to original source:


International Donors Must Live Up To Their Promises Or Shoulder The Consequences

Somalilanders by and large have welcomed the arrival of the international donors’ delegation in Hargeysa. This is mostly because Somalilanders do not see the visit as just another routine visit by a foreign delegation in which Somaliland is praised but nothing is done, but view it as further manifestation of the international community’s decision to upgrade its engagement with Somaliland to a higher level than it has been for the last two decades.

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1969 Military Coup In Somalia Part XLVII

By Dr. Mohamed-Rashid Sh. Hassan

This is the Forty-seventh article of a series of articles that Dr. Mohamed-Rashid analyses the military coup and its legacy

Islam and The Emergence of the Nation-State Continued ...

The Islamization of knowledge continued ...

In 1975 when the military regime introduced their grand nationalisation policy, including private and foreign schools, thirty-seven Christian missionary schools existed in various parts of the country and they were nationalized. The regime had three objectives: Firstly, to get sympathy from the Muslim religious leaders who were critical to the regime’s embracement of atheist ideology, (Marxist-Leninist). Secondly, to have overall control of the country’s educational system and thirdly, to remove the influence of the Church. Despite the fact that these schools had existed in the country for a long-time, their influence on the wider population was very limited. Very few Somalis were converted to Christianity.

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A Case Of Historical Revisionism: That Night In Hargeysa

By Aw Farah Mohamed

This article uses facts and figures collected from the SNM and SSDF veterans, and eye-witness accounts from the time of these events.

This is a brief response to a series of articles printed by Wardheernews and signed by Abdulkadir Mohamoud. These two articles were printed on the 2nd and 6th of October 2010.

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Suspending Universal TV Turns More Light On Somaliland

By Mohammed Abdi Awciise Bahdoon  

“a peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.  ~Rita Mae Brown”

It’s a long overdue decision and we are with our minister to entirely ban The Universal TV off the air including their tainted and biased programs that had been aired so long and so often.  It’s a TV with concealed agenda, full of hypocrisy and determination to undermine Somaliland’s political success, its ambitious and also to amplify the Republic of Somaliland’s enemy programs. In addition, Universal TV was previously accused that, it broadcasted picture of prophet Muhammad(scw) and was banned from that regions namely South Somalia. 
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Ethio-Somaliland Relations Post-1991: Challenges And Opportunities – Part Five

Author: Nasir M.Ali  

Challenges and Obstacles to the Relationships

The extremism and jihadist ideology which is spreading over the Somali state may challenge and disturb the relations. Similarly, since Somaliland did not attain an international recognition, Somaliland is prone to face disenchantment from the community at the grassroots’ level. This may precipitate the persuasion of the people particularly the youth to join the hardliners camp, as they live between hope and despair almost 20 years.

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President Sillanyo’s New Attorney General Defends The Innocent From A Powerful Judiciary

John Drysdale

It was a moving spectacle to see. The Attorney General in action in his office determined to put Somaliland back on its two feet again. He had called two judges, one by telephone and one in person to his office near Godir, to examine their judicial conducts. They had both ordered the police to hold two suspects in custody. Suspects whom, it was alleged by the Judges had committed crimes. No criminal charges had been written on their charge sheets. The two persons worked for an NGO in Somaliland. The NGO had been accused by the court in February this year, but not accused IN court, of silently depriving a complainant of US$10,000 of compensation. The NGO’s legal advisor told the foreign Director of the NGO the case was illegal. The NGO Director stood his ground and declined to pay.

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Somalis Create Their Global Commercial Hub In Nairobi’s Eastleigh Estate

Remittances from the diaspora have also added to the fast-paced tempo of Somali businesses in Eastleigh. These money transfers are facilitated by a unique system known as Hawala. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI

Immediately you step-off the noisy and brightly colored public service minibuses, a blast of hot air mixed with dust flashes across your face and a din replaces the blaring music you’ve just left behind.

Welcome to Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate, you are now at the global commercial hub of Somali entrepreneurship.

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America Looks To Puntland And Somaliland

By Hussein Yusuf
The United States has been involved in Somalia since the early 1980s, first during the Cold War and then in 1992 during the country’s massive famine by launching the humanitarian mission Operation Restore Hope.

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Call For Fresh Thinking To Quell Terror Threat In Sahel

More joint intelligence-gathering, a crackdown on organised crime and a coordinated approach to kidnapping demands are needed to tackle Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) growing power, say analysts.

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Canadians Help Teen Tortured By Insurgents Escape Somalia

‎‎NAIROBI, KENYA—Abdul Hassan waits like an expectant father as he tracks the escape.

Ismael is on his way to the airport in Mogadishu.

Ismael has arrived.

Ismael’s plane has departed Somalia.

He is at the safe house. He will be in Nairobi soon.

Hassan, a Somali-born Canadian, has spent three sleepless nights and days, waiting for his phone to ring or beep with word that torture victim Ismael Khalif Abdulle had made it out.

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