Saturday, December 14, 2002

Col.C/llaahi Yusuf oo ciidamdadiisa ugu baaqay in ay u diyaar garoobaan dagaal daba dheeraada.
Jen. Cadde Muuse oo sheegay inuu rabo inuu Puntland ka xoreeyeo ninka uu ku tilmaamay kelidii taliyaha Col. Cabdillahi Yusuf
Nine Aliens Fined Sh400,000 for Illegal StayNAIROBI--Nine foreigners who were arrested at Kilindini port on suspicion they were terrorists were yesterday fined a total of Sh450,000 for being in the country illegally.

Chief Magistrate, Mrs Hellen Okwengu, ordered the nine to serve one year in jail if they fail to raise the fine. The accused are Dur Mohamed, 59, Captain Mohamed Abdulkadir, 36, Chief Engineer Mohamed Abubakar, 30, Abdullahi Yusuf Abdi, 25, Abdul Majid Issa, 25, and Ghulam Nadi Ahmed, 38.

Puntland minister reportedly leaves Las Anod for lack of support
Dec 12 2002 BBC Monitoring Service - The minister of internal affairs of the Puntland administration [northeastern Somalia], who himself hails from Laas Caanood town and visited there recently, left the town yesterday unexpectedly and returned to Garoowe, the administrative HQ of Puntland.

Friday, December 13, 2002

The Somaliland Community in the UAE expresses outrage at aggression of the tribal enclave of Puntland on Somaliland:
Dec 13 2002 The Somaliland Community in the UAE - Responding to the naked aggression launched by the militia of the tribal enclave of Puntland on the territorial integrity of Somaliland on December 6, 2002;
Madaxweyne Rayaale oo fagaaraha khayriyada khudbad ka jeediyay.
Dec 13 2002 Hargeysa, Somaliland (Somaliland Net) - Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland Md.Daahir Rayaale Kaahin aya xaalad deg deg ah (State of Emergency Law) ku soo rogay gobolka Sool ee Somaliland isla markaana sheegay in aanay doorasho ka dhacayn inta xaaladaasi uu gobolku ku jiro marka laga reebo Degmada Caynabo.
SOMALIA: Security Council welcomes peace talks
NAIROBI, 13 Dec 2002 (IRIN) - The UN Security Council has hailed ongoing regional efforts to reach a lasting settlement to the situation in Somalia.

ETHIOPIA: Ruling coalition to hold televised debates with opposition
ADDIS ABABA, 13 Dec 2002 (IRIN) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is to face opposition leaders and academics in a series of televised debates.
ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Pledge to ensure speedy border demarcation
ADDIS ABABA, 13 Dec 2002 (IRIN) - Ethiopia and Eritrea have said they will leave “no stone unturned” in enforcing speedy demarcation of the new border, the UN’s newly appointed Force Commander announced on Friday.

Thursday, December 12, 2002

President Kahin returns to a tumultous welcome in Hargeisa; renames Hargeisa Airport as Egal Airport
Dec 12 2002 Somaliland President Dahir Riyale Kahin and a large delegation he was leading in a visit to Somaliland's eastern and central districts, returned to Hargeysa today at 11.30 p.m.
A cloned Arab?
A controversial Italian embryologist claims to be about to clone the first human -- an Arab baby, reports Samia Nkrumah from Rome.
Moi Vows Not to Rule From Behind the Scenes
NAIROBI--Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, 78, who has led his country for the past 24 years, addressed the nation, Thursday, in his final Independence Day celebrations as head of state. And, in what many Kenyans have called a surprisingly conciliatory speech from a normally combative Moi, he asked for unity and forgiveness from those he had wronged during his long stewardship as president.

Salvaging Somalia’s Chance For Peace
After more than a decade as the only country in the world totally devoid of a functioning central government and no less than twenty unsuccessful national-level peace initiatives since 1991, the Eldoret Declaration has raised hopes that resolution of the Somali crisis may now be within reach.
the process, however, still faces considerable difficulties. A combination of mismanagement, regional rivalry, insufficient outside political support and financial constraints have brought the talks to the verge of collapse. Could it be salvaged?
Read the full report by International Crisis Group (ICG).

Piety and Cash Focus of Islamic Koran Contests
Wed December 11, 2002 12:47 PM ET
By Tom Perry
CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters) - Youssef Mohammad had barely learned to read and write when, aged 4, he decided to memorize all 114 chapters of Islam's holy scripture, the Koran.

Powell Pledges to Promote Democracy in Middle East
Thu December 12, 2002 02:17 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged on Thursday to intensify U.S. efforts to promote democracy in the Middle East, where Washington has often been accused of supporting authoritarian leaders.
"No Where To Go" famine hits hard Somali Region of Ethiopia.
SHINILE, 12 Dec 2002 (IRIN) - Hassen Farah stands in a dry, sandy 100-foot wide riverbed in southeastern Ethiopia. “Everywhere you look it is dry,” says the 54-year-old pastoralist. “Everywhere.”

In Shinile, in Ethiopia's Somali region, they have already given a name to this current drought. They call it "nowhere to go".

“This is worse than before,” says Hassen. “In the past we could travel with our animals to get water. Even in the worst times. But everywhere you go it is dry now. There is nothing for the animals to eat and without them we are nothing. We depend on our animals.” Read more

Military base in Horn of Africa key in war on terror, Rumsfeld saysCAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - (KRT) - Bulldozers are helping to transform an old French airfield into a major U.S. military installation that could be used for raids against followers of Osama bin Laden and other anti-terrorist operations for years to come.

ETHIOPIA: Violence-wracked camp off limits to aid workers
DAR ES SALAAM, 12 December (IRIN) - A row has broken out between the Tanzanian government and some development partners over the control and disbursement of development funds.

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Somali telecom thrives despite US ban
JEDDAH, 12 December 2002 — The Somali telecommunication sector has remained strong despite the US government’s ban of Al-Barakaat Telecommunication Company for its suspected support to terrorism. Last November, the US government effectively removed Al-Barakaat, one of Somalia’s telecommunication companies, from service. Washington in fact cut the company’s links to the outside world.

Zenawi promises cooperation to combat Al-Ittihad in Somalia
When Mr Rumsfeld visited Addis Ababa, Mr Zenawi promised cooperation to combat increased terrorist activity, which he blamed on the an Islamist organisation, Al-Ittihad, based in Ethiopia's rival, Somalia.
Who will blink first?
America's reasons for and against an early attack on Iraq grow ever more complex, writes Julian Borger
Wednesday December 11, 2002
Off India, a genetic link to Africa
Nicholas Wade The New York Times
US releases Scuds bound for Yemen
SANAA (AFP)--The US has released a shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles that were seized last night on a ship bound for Yemen, the White House said this evening.
December 11, 2002

Homosexual killing and eating ritual shocks Germany
A man has confessed to murdering and eating a fellow homosexual who volunteered to be killed in one of the strangest murders in Germany in recent years, prosecutors said today.

Seized N.Korean Scud Ship Bound for Mideast -Spain
MADRID (Reuters) - A North Korean ship carrying hidden Scud missiles and about 85 drums of chemicals was bound for a Middle East port when it was intercepted in the Arabian Sea by Spanish warships, Spain said on Wednesday.
Wed December 11, 2002 07:17 AM ET
HORN OF AFRICA: Rumsfeld discusses terror threat during whirlwind tour
ASMARA/ADDIS ABABA, 11 Dec 2002 (IRIN) - US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew to Djibouti on Wednesday after agreeing with Ethiopia to coordinate the fight against terrorism.

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Somali Delegates Threaten to Abandon Peace Talks
NAIROBI--Somali delegates have threatened to withdraw from the Eldoret peace talks if the international community fails to stop attacks by Somaliland troops on the Puntland State.

Eritrea offers military help to US

ASMARA--The United States can have access to Eritrea's military bases as part of its war against terror, President Isaias Afewerki has said.
Israel Threatens to Launch Nuclear Attack on Islamic Sites

THERAN -- A high-ranking Israeli officer threatened that the Zionist regime would launch nuclear attack on Islamic holy sites in the Middle East, an Israeli newspaper said Sunday.
Mauritania 'still practising' slavery

‘if We Want To Save Africa, We Must Save Africa’s Women First’, Says Secretary-general
Watchdog: Anti-Islam, Anti-Semitism Rife in Europe
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Islamophobia and anti-Semitism fueled by the Sept. 11 attacks and the Middle East conflict are in danger of becoming acceptable in Europe, the European Union's racism watchdog warned Tuesday.

Monday, December 09, 2002

KENYA: Reward offered for arrest of terrorist suspects
NAIROBI, 9 Dec 2002 (IRIN) - Kenyan police on Monday announced a US $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of either of two men suspected of carrying out last month's failed missile attack on an Israeli airliner in Mombasa.
Anti-Puntland demos held in various districts
Dec 09 2002 A demonstration was today held by very many people at Hargeysa's Khayria Square.
The President was warmly received by the people of Ceerigaabo.
Dec 09 2002 The president of the republic of Somaliland, Hon Dahir Riyale Kahin, and a large delegation he was leading, arrived last night at 11 p.m. in Ceerigaabo - Sanaag regional HQ - after departing from Caynabo, Sool Region.
Bush described the Kenyan President as a prominent leader who had moved Kenya towards greater democracy as he plans to step down after the December 27 elections.
Close call in Kenya
Attacks in Kenya on an Israeli airliner and an Israeli-owned hotel focus attention once again on the African link in the United States-led war against terror, writes Gamal Nkrumah -Al Ahram Weekly
ERITREA-SUDAN: Bilateral normalisation talks may materialise
Somaliland is a peace-loving Country, never the less, willing and ready to defend its territorial integrity.
Dec 09 2002 SLF-EC-07-2002/2003 - PRESS RELEASE:
On 7th of December, 2002, the President of the Republic of Somaliland Hon. Dahir Rayale Kahin arrived on an official state visit in Laasanod, Sool, one of the six regions of Somaliland.
KENYA: Reward offered for arrest of terrorist suspectsIRIN

Sunday, December 08, 2002

Al Qaeda Claims Kenya Attacks, Vows More
Sun December 8, 2002 05:09 PM ET
DUBAI (Reuters) - The al Qaeda network has claimed responsibility for attacks on an Israeli airliner
and hotel in Kenya which killed 16 people and vowed even more "lethal" assaults against Israel and
its chief ally, the United States.

Horn Of African News Agency
Wife Beating Seen as Epidemic in U.S. Military
Somaliland President attacked in Sool region

Analysis: Tense times for Saudi Arabia
Djibouti chills out after terror warning
Ugandan woman stripped in city centre
Kenyan Muslim behind Mombassa terror attacks
Saddam sends apology to Kuwait for invasion
Meles links Somalis to Kenya attacks