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Issue 467/ 8th-14th January 2011


Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

Front Page

News Headlines

Upper House Member Asks President Geele To Support Somaliland

Somaliland Will Transfer Military Supplies From Impounded Plane To The UN

Local and Regional Affairs

Many Sudanese Leave North For South Ahead Of Sunday’s Vote

Uranium Being Smuggled Via EA To Iran - Wikileaks
Somalia's Al-Shabaab Bans Mixed-Sex Handshakes
 UN Refugee Agency Warns On Greek Anti-Migrant Fence
Ethiopian Tax Authorities Gets First Shipment Security Scanners


A Positive Example From Somaliland’s Colonial Past

Features & Commentary

International News


Debunking Common Fallacies about Who Abandoned Somali Unity
SSC Terror Boss Stranded In Dubai


Somaliland Says Shabaab Ties Claim A Smokescreen

Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 8, 2011 (SL Times) – The government Somaliland said on Monday the neighboring Somali province of Puntland had linked it with the al Shabaab rebel group in order to divert attention away from its creation of a large army.

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Kuwait City

Washington, January 8, 2011 — The US government said Friday it has offered its services to an American held in Kuwait and who reportedly alleges he was beaten by security agents inquiring about his trips to Somalia and Yemen.
Gulet Mohamed, a 19-year-old born in Somalia, was detained at an airport in Kuwait when he traveled there last month to renew his visa, according to The Washington Post which quoted his lawyer Gadeir Abbas.

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Southern Sudanese who recently returned from northern Sudan receive food rations from the World Food Program in the southern capital of Juba on Friday, Jan. 7, 2010.

Geneva, Switzerland, January 8, 2011 – The United Nations refugee agency reports the number of southerners leaving northern Sudan ahead of Sunday’s independence referendum has doubled since mid-December. The UNHCR says the returnees are leaving because they are uncertain about what might happen to them should independence be declared.

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The reactor building of Iran’s nuclear power plant at Bushehr, 1,245km south of Tehran. Photo/FILE

Nairobi, Kenya, January 8, 2011 – Secret messages published by WikiLeaks show great concern on the part of US diplomats with alleged smuggling of uranium from poorly secured mines and nuclear facilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Mogadishu, Somalia, January 8, 2011 – Men and women have been banned from shaking hands in a district of Somalia controlled by the Islamist group al-Shabaab.
Under the ban imposed in the southern town of Jowhar, men and women who are not related are also barred from walking together or chatting in public.

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By Stephanie Nebehay
GENEVA, January 8, 2011 – The U.N. refugee agency voiced concern on Friday that Greece's proposed 12.5 km-long fence at its border with Turkey will shut out asylum-seekers fleeing violence and abuse in their troubled homelands.

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ERCA starts receiving 51 Chinese security inspection machines worth 30 million dollars
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 8, 2011 – The first 14 security machines out of a total of 51 machines ordered at a cost of 30 million dollars by the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) from Nuctech, a Chinese company specializing in the research and development of security inspection technology, arrived two weeks ago.
The money for the purchase of the equipment was secured from the China Export and Import Bank through an agreement between the bank and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), signed in August 2010.

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Breaking News

Voting Is Peaceful in South Sudan Despite Border Clashes

Western diplomats say Somaliland probably has the strongest case to be recognized as a nation

Long lines formed Sunday at polling places in Juba, in southern Sudan, for a referendum on independence. The voting, which will continue through the week, was reported to be going smoothly.


JUBA, Sudan — As voters continued flooding the polls on Monday for a landmark referendum on southern Sudan’s independence, officials said more than 40 people had been killed over the weekend in intense skirmishes in a contested area along Sudan’s north-south border.

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South Sudan And The Redrawing Of African Borders

Independent South Sudan Is Expected To Grant Diplomatic Recognition To Somaliland

Charles Tannock is Coordinator for the European Conservatives and Reformists on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.

Strasbourg, Germany, January 8, 2011 – Outlining Sudan’s troubled past marked by violent clashes of the Arab Muslim North and the African Christian South, Charles Tannock MEP supports South Sudan’s independence, which could also increase international recognition to Somaliland.

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To Fight Somali Piracy, Find A Government To Work With

Globe Editorial
As a step toward restoring order in Somalia, a former nation-state that disintegrated in 1991, the international community should explore ways of granting limited recognition to the part of it known as Somaliland. The world is giving disproportionate effort to propping up a putative national government that controls only a few neighborhoods in Mogadishu, Somalia’s former capital, and which is called transitional; “artificial” would be more accurate. It would be wiser to build upon the stability of Somaliland.

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Somaliland’s First Lady Makes Surprise Visit To SOS Orphanage

Somaliland's first lady Amina-Weris visited to the SOS orphanage in Hargeysa

Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 8, 2011 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s first lady, Amina Sheikh Muhammad Jirde (Amina Weris) made a previously unannounced visit to the SOS orphanage in Hargeysa.
This is was the first visit to the orphanage by a Somaliland first lady, and the children at the orphanage as well as the administrators of the orphanage were elated when they saw the first lady in their midst.

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Somaliland Journalists Depart For Southern Sudan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 8, 2011 (SL Times) – A group of Somaliland journalists have left the country for South Sudan’s capital Jubba to report on the coming January 9th referendum in which the Southern Sudanese will vote on whether they would remain part of Sudan or separate from it.
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Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 8, 2011 (SL Times) – The Chairman of the Upper House’s Committee on Community Affairs, Mr Abdilqadir Muhammad Hassan (Indho-indho), appealed to Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh to assist Somaliland in its pursuit of political and economic progress.

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Hargeysa, Somaliland, January 8, 2011 (SL Times) – Somaliland’s government announced that it will transfer the military supplies that were on a Puntland bound airplane to the United Nations.

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An-26. Photo: RIA Novosti

Juba, Southern Sudan, January 8, 2011 (SL Times) – Excitement is building in southern Sudan for the historic independence referendum that begins Sunday and is expected to split Africa's largest country in two.
Hundreds of southern Sudanese marched in the regional capital of Juba Friday, singing, dancing, and chanting slogans calling for an independent south Sudan.

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UN Envoy Calls For Lifting Of Aid Restrictions On Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya, January 8, 2011 – The top United Nations envoy for Somalia on Thursday urged that restrictions on aid delivery, partly owing to a rejection of Western assistance by Islamic militants, be lifted so that those who need help amid an impending drought can receive it.
The Horn of Africa nation is already facing a dire humanitarian crisis in which 3.2 million people, more than 40 percent of the population, is in need of aid.

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Al-Shabaab Desertions Increase In Southern Somalia

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 9 Issue: 1
By: Muhyadin Ahmed Roble

Disgruntled al-Shabaab fighters are increasingly deserting the radical Islamist group after years of fighting for the movement in southern Somalia. The deserters are mainly from southern Somalia’s Hawiye clan, while the movement’s current leader, Shaykh Ahmad Abdi Godane “Abu Zubayr,” hails from the Isaaq clan in Somaliland, a largely peaceful, de facto independent state in northern Somalia. Most of the absconders fled from southern Somalia to neighboring countries while others joined the troops of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

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On Sunday the people of Southern Sudan will vote on whether to become an independent nation. There is every indication they will vote in favor of cutting their links with Khartoum and become Africa's 54th state. BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut considers whether this will increase demands from other African regions for independence.
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A referendum on secession for South Sudan seems very likely to happen, and the people seem certain to say yes

Juba, Southern Sudan, January 8, 2011 – ONLY weeks ago, international observers and local politicians were outdoing each other with predictions of the horrors to befall South Sudan around the time of its independence referendum. There was talk of mass rape, armed incursions from the north, even a resumption of full-scale civil war. Some reckoned the vote on January 9th would not take place at all.

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By Stephanie Hanson

New York, January 8, 2011 — More than a month after its presidential election, Ivory Coast remains in political crisis. The incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, refuses to leave office, though the official vote count shows that he lost to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.
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Some fear referendum on southern secession will be touchstone for separatists across continent

David Smith in Johannesburg

If south Sudan, why not south Nigeria, or north Ivory Coast, or multiple Congos? The Sudanese vote has implications for all of Africa, signalling that the borders drawn by colonial cartographers are no longer sacrosanct. Some fear it may spur the balkanisation of the continent.

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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

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


A Positive Example From Somaliland’s Colonial Past

During the struggle for independence, it was common among colonized people to condemn colonial administrations and to see nothing good about them. Upon the arrival of independence and the fervor of newly discovered nationalism by the formerly colonized, the cries of condemnation of the colonialists grew even louder.

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1969 Military Coup In Somalia Part LVIII

By Dr. Mohamed-Rashiid Sh. Hassan, Hargeysa, Somaliland

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

Oral Literature, Islam and State

Literature in Pre-independence Period and its Islamic Dimension Continued ...

Another example: the height of the Somaliland struggle for independence in 1950-1960 Abdillahi Qarshe, Somalilander nationalist and great platonic poet, singer and musician, applied a similar metaphorical imagery when he recited a song starting with the following lines:

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Gleams Of Hope Among The Clouds: Prospects For The Horn Of Africa 2011

By Ahmed M.I. Egal
The Horn of Africa region (HOA) has always been strategically important as a vital conduit of east-west and north-south trade, and this has been evidenced by the efforts of global powers to either control the region or maintain cordial relations with rulers there.

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A Successful 2010 For Somaliland Democracy

On June 26, 2010 Somaliland hold presidential election for second time in history. The presidential election process was a symbol for the degree of democracy for many people around the world. Therefore it was an opportunity for Somaliland people to show the world that the nation is committed to the chosen path of democracy, peace, reconciliation and market economy.
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Debunking Common Fallacies about Who Abandoned Somali Unity

Dear Mohamed Heebaan,
I read your opinion entitled, “The Somaliland Agenda and its Inherent Vulnerability”, posted on wardheernews site.

The thing is: there are a couple of fallacies in your argument, which make your article unworthy reading.
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SSC Terror Boss Stranded In Dubai

By Adam Olad
Saleban Esse Ahmed, the leader of the infamous Al-Shabaab-linked terrorist group known by its Somali Acronym, SSC, could not believe his luck at being given a platform by the BBC Somali radio service last week to spew out his hate and talk to his fellow terrorists back home.

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Somaliland Times Newspaper: Publisher Haatuf Media Network, Published in Hargeysa, Somalilandnd

Editor in Chief: Yusuf Abdi Gabobe.

Assist-Editor: Abdifatah M Aideed

Somaliland Times Web Editor, Media and Technology specialist: Abdullah Mohamed Ahmed

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