.....(Hal-ku-dhigyo Dhaxal-gal Noqday) = ..... President, C/raxmaan A. Cali: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland dib ayay ula soo Noqotay Qaran-nimadeedii sidaa awgeed, waa dal xor ah oo gooni u taagan maanta (18/05/1991) laga bilaabo''...>>>>> President, Maxamad I.Cigaal:''Jiritaanka Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland'' Waa mid waafaqsan xeerasha u-degsan Caalamka! Sidaa darteed, waa Qaran xaq u leh in Aduunku aqoonsado''...>>>>> President, Daahir R. Kaahin: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland waa dal diimuqraadi ah oo caalamka ka sugaya Ictiraafkiisa''...>>>>> President, Axmed M. Siilaanyo: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland, Boqol sano haday ku qaadanayso helista Ictiraafkeedu way Sugaysaa! Mar dambena la midoobi mayso Somalia-Italia''.....[***** Ha Jirto J.Somaliland Oo Ha Joogto Waligeed *****].....

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Oil and gas exploration activities in Somaliland

- Somaliland – a country in the horn of Africa – has become a hotspot in oil and gas exploration activities in East Africa. Somaliland’s exciting geological and geopolitical significance has led international oil and gas companies to snap up onshore and offshore exploration licenses making it the new frontier in oil and gas exploration in the region.

TGS–NOPEC Geophysical Company has been at the forefront of oil and gas exploration activities, from the offshore acquisition of, approximately, 5,100 km of 2-D seismic, gravity, and magnetic data, to the onshore acquisition of 34,000 kilometers of high-resolution aeromagnetic data covering all Somaliland’s oil basins. The processing and the interpretation of TGS data has been completed which provided the structural elements of the area and will cause the subsequent development of leads and plays.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Heartfelt tribute to councillor who gave years to his community

- Penketh and Cuerdley councillor Allin Dirir sadly died on July 22 following a stroke. The ‘much loved’ husband, dad and granddad leaves behind his wife Cllr Linda Dirir, son Adam, and daughters Leila, Sareda and Sophia. 

Allin’s early political life started when he was 16 after he was voted as the youngest leader of a political party in his home country of Somaliland. After studying at Alexandria University in Egypt and becoming fluent in several languages, he travelled to the UK to take up a place at Lancaster University.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Somalia is a different story from Somaliland

- Today most of the South Somalia is ruled by IGAD, AU, UN, the powerless government of Somalia controls the Capital City of Mogadishu by less than 10% of the city. The International community suggested that Somaliland government should negotiate with the shaky and powerless government in Mogadishu over its independence.  

The ongoing Talks between Somaliland and the powerless government of Mogadishu had finally collapsed after Somalia's inclusion of officials of Somaliland nationality in its delegation. Both sides agreed before that it would not be included representatives who originated from Somaliland, but Mogadishu deliberately included its delegation people who Somalilanders believe that they are mercenaries and are criminals from their own country.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

REFLECTIONS ON BERBERA PORT CONCESSION AGREEMENT IN ANTICPATION OF CHANGINGES IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

- The Berbera Tripartite Concession Agreement which Somaliland entered with the DP World of the United Arab Emirates and the Ethiopian Government is hailed by many Horn of Africa international analysts as a game changer: for Ethiopia as a major breakthrough in securing a stake to the strategic Berbera Port; for Somaliland in opening its first major inlet to the global economy and in creating a significant potential to break the political deadlock for its quest for international recognition, and for the Emirates, it is a major achievement in its drive to project as a regional power in the Horn of Africa & Middle East geopolitical overlap. Internally in Somaliland, the deal attracted a lot of controversy in the beginning, mainly due to the lack of transparency in its incubation period, and perhaps because the financial figure mentioned in the deal (US$ 442 million), was below the expectation of the Somaliland people.

Friday, August 3, 2018

So, why is Somaliland Africa's most successful non-country?

- When I told a friend recently that I was going to Hargeisa, he looked at me in a way that told me immediately that he had no clue what I was talking about. He eventually asked: “Where is that?”

Many asked me this same question in 2014 when I first went to Hargeisa.

So in many ways, here in East Africa, as elsewhere in the world, I suppose, Hargeisa remains an unknown quantity nearly 30 years since Somaliland, the country whose capital city it is, broke away from the rest of Somalia and declared itself independent.

DP-World: Somaliland investment

- DP World has a number of investments in East Africa, including one in Berbera, Somaliland. The region's self-proclaimed independence remains unrecognized by any country or international organization. 

 

However, Bin Sulayem told CNBC that "he had no issue in investing with the autonomous government in Somaliland and there was no need to go through the official Somali government. 

 

"The argument between Somaliland and Somalia clearly recognizes that the economic activity in the region belongs to Somaliland. What we have done is within the law."

Friday, July 27, 2018

Somaliland eyes key Red Sea trade role with Berbera port

- The soporific seaside town of Berbera is slowly changing as it takes on a major role on the Red Sea shipping route, allowing breakaway Somaliland to dream of prosperity and even recognition.

At the Berbera port, dozens of containers are stacked on a sun-scorched platform and a few cranes creakily transfer sacks of sorghum and other goods from a rusting cargo ship. The facilities are far from modern, but Somaliland hopes its position on one of the world’s busiest shipping routes will turn the state into a job-creating dynamo — and encourage international recognition 27-years after it split from Somalia.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Somaliland-UAE(Dubai): Trade Office (Xafiis Ganacsi)


- Xafiis Ganacsi ma yahay ama ma qaban karaa shaqo  diplomaasiyadeed?
 
Safaaradaha iyo xafiisyada diplomaasiyadeed ee joogtada ah, ee dalalka dunidan danwadaaga ku ahi is waydaarsadaan waxa ay ka koobanyihiin unugyo ama qaybo ay ugu muhiimsanyihiin;

1.     Qaybta ganacsiga.

2.     Qaybta militaryga.

3.     Qaybta dhaqanka

Xafiisyadan waxa ka hawlgala diplomaasiyiin loogu yeedho ku-qaybsanayaal, iyaga oo ka tirsan sifaaradda, haddana waa diplomaasiyiin u madax banaan hawlahooda shaqo si toos ahna u hoos taga madaxda ay shaqooyinkooda ku qaybsanyihiin sida, Wasiirka Ganacsiga, Gaashaandhiga, ama hiddaha iyo dhaqanka

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Book fair turns the page for literature in Somaliland

- Aged just 16, Abdishakur Mohamed confidently presented his latest work to the Hargeisa book fair, an event that has transformed Somaliland's literary scene over the past decade. Abdishakur spent four years writing "Ab-ka haleel" ("In the footsteps of our ancestors"), intended as a rebuttal of friends who he says were not "embracing their culture".

"Instead they see it as unimportant, and their Somali identity is in danger," he told AFP.

At the first annual event in 2008, organisers only exhibited a handful of books borrowed from friends and attracted just 200 visitors.
Read more;
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5984963/Book-fair-turns-page-literature-Somaliland.html 

Friday, July 20, 2018

When is a nation not a nation? Somaliland’s dream of independence

- When you are in Somaliland, there is never any question that you are in a real country. After all, the place has all the trappings of countryhood. When I arrived at the airport, a customs officer in a Somaliland uniform checked my Somaliland visa, issued by the Somaliland consulate in Washington DC. At the airport, there was a Somaliland flag. During my visit, I paid Somaliland shillings to drivers of cabs with Somaliland plates who took me to the offices of ministers of the Somaliland government.

But, according to the US Department of State, the United Nations, the African Union and every other government on Earth, I was not in Somaliland, a poor but stable and mostly functional country on the Horn of Africa. I was in Somalia.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Africa Watch report, “A Government at War with Its Own People”

- The Africa Watch report, A Government at War with Its Own People” estimated that roughly 50,000 to 60,000 people were killed between May of 1988 and the beginning of 1990.[xv] While it is unlikely that all of these deaths are civilian, with SNM membership estimated at only 10,000[xvi], it is clear that many civilians were killed, the large majority of which were Isaak. Deaths were inflicted through indiscriminate government bombing of the towns of Hargeisa and Burao. Civilians fleeing from fighting were strafed by government planes. 

Although the largest spike in killings is in May and August of 1988, the government’s Somali National Army (SNA) continued to target the Isaak community over many months through round-ups and mass executions of Isaak civilians at the town level.

Somaliland Uses Phones to Help Improve Schools

- Every month, the Somaliland Ministry of Education, based in Hargeisa, Somaliland’s capital, surveys tens of thousands of children and their parents on their mobile phones to monitor conditions in schools around the region. The parents’ and pupils’ feedback is collected in monthly reports called “community scorecards” that are shared with local officials and discussed at regular meetings with parents, administrators and others.

“Mobile phones are vital here. They are everything to us,” said Fatma Farah, 32, a mother of four who lives in Borama, a city on the Ethiopian border about 70 miles west of Hargeisa where around 200 families regularly use the service. Three of Fatma’s children are in primary school.
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Somaliland Trade Office-UAE: "War-Saxaafadeed"

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Madaxtooyada J.Somaliland; "WAR-SAXAAFADEED

               War-saxaafadeed:
Dabbaal-degga munaasibaddii 26-kii June 2018, madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland iyo shir-guddoonka guurtida iyo wakiilladu waxay ku caddeeyeen in, Somaliland diyaar u tahay xabbad joojin. Xukuumadda Somaliland waxay hore u aqbashay soo jeedinta Qaramada Midoobay iyo Beesha Caalamka ee xabbad joojinta Tuka-raq, Iyadoo dhulkeeda 70Km gudaha loogu jiro welibana lagula dagaallamayo xadkeeda gudahiisa.

Ergadii Garoowe;
Ergadii Garoowe tagtay waxay ahaayeen ergo iskood isugu xilqaamay xabbad-joojin, marti-qaadna ka helay dhiggooda Garoowe oo hore u yimi halkan.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Global Partnership for Education Approves a US$7.68 Million Grant to Strengthen Education in Somaliland

– The Global Partnership for Education’s Board of Directors approved a grant of US$7.68 million to support Somaliland’s efforts to extend quality education to more of its children.

The three-year grant will support Somaliland’s Education Sector Strategic Plan 2018-2021 which aims to increase the enrollment of girls and boys from diverse and under-educated communities in primary and secondary schools, improve the quality of schooling through teacher skill training and better learning materials, and establish an effective system to gather and analyze education data to measure progress.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Somaliland, Horn of Africa – Exhaustive Travel Guide

- Somaliland: Although it’s not internationally recognized by the UN, it has protected and delimited land borders, its own military, its own president, its own currency, its own police. And it also proudly holds democratic elections since 1991. Basically, this country “that doesn’t exist” runs better than 2/3 of other African countries. This is a national pride and an example to the World. But even so, the United Nations (UN) doesn’t recognize it as a sovereign state. Somaliland borders Ethiopia, Djibouti and another region of Somalia called Land of Punt, or Puntland, famous for having over 400 people kidnapped and held captive by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. 

Having read this, you should now really want to travel to Somaliland, right? But don’t worry, I spent a week there. Everything was very quiet, no problems. I really loved it and wish to go back.
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Markets An Isolated Country (Somaliland) Runs on Mobile Money

HARGEISA, Somaliland—Hyperinflation and economic isolation have pushed this poor, breakaway republic closer to a virtual milestone than most other countries in the world: a cashless economy.

Mobile-money services have taken off over the past decade in Africa; 1 in 10 adults across the continent—about 100 million people—use them. In Kenya, Vodacom Group Ltd.’s VOD -2.12% groundbreaking service M-Pesa, broadly considered the first major and most successful mobile-money technology platform, counts 26 million users, roughly half the population. More than half of the world’s 282 mobile-money platforms are in sub-Saharan Africa, research by McKinsey & Co. shows.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The last innocent person to be hanged in Wales

- On September 3 1952, dad-of-three Mahmood Hussein Mattan was taken from his cell at Cardiff prison and executed for a murder he did not commit. He was the last person to ever be hanged in Cardiff and the final innocent person to be hanged in Wales.

Born in Somalia in 1923, Mahmood Mattan was a sailor and his job ended up taking him to Wales. That was when he met Laura Williams from the Rhondda Valley. 

The couple married just three months after meeting. The Somali seaman upset many people in the 1950s community of Butetown by marrying a Welsh woman.

Sheffield Mayor Magid Magid 'bans' Donald Trump from city

- Donald Trump has been 'banned' from the city of Sheffield by its new mayor - just ten days ahead of the US president's visit to the UK. Magid Magid labelled Trump a 'wasteman' and said there was no space for him to visit the city. Instead, the day of Trump's arrival on July 13 should be celebrated as Mexico Solidarity Day, Mr Magid said, as he wore a 'Trump is a Wasteman' t-shirt, teamed with green Doctor Martin boots.

Green Party councillor Magid Magid made the announcement on Twitter, citing Mr Trump's 'Muslim ban', the detention of children at the border, and withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement as reasons.
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Somaliland ambassador calls for unity as they fight for recognition

 "the ultimate objective for the past 27 years of the sparsely populated nation of four million people has been getting international recognition and Hemsi says it will remain so until they acquire it."

- The Ambassador of Somaliland in Uganda, Hemse Abdul said it’s high time, that the international community recognised Somaliland as an independent state to allow them deal with their problems effectively.

“We need to strongly unite for the welfare of our nation, peaceful coexistence and defence in a united voice as one wherever we are in the world,” Abdul said.

DP World assists 120,000 individuals. "..... Republic of Somaliland"

- Dubai, July 2 (BNA): A range of food donation drives were organised during this year’s Holy Month of Ramadan by global trade enabler, Dubai Ports (DP World) across its network to benefit more than 120,000 people in the UAE, Senegal, Indonesia, Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Mozambique and Republic of Somaliland.

These included the distribution of 34 tonnes of dates to schools and businesses in Djibouti and the Republic of Somaliland provided by the Dar Al Ber Society in Dubai; a traditional iftar or Ramadan fast-breaking meal for 200 orphans and the distribution of 700 food packs every day for three weeks in Surabaya, Indonesia; delivery of food to over 6,000 underprivileged children at eight schools in Senegal; the distribution of food parcels to remote areas of Djazair, Algeria; the distribution of 1,000 bags of groceries to the underprivileged in Sokhna, Egypt; and a food donation drive for a home for the elderly in Maputo, Mozambique.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

An Open letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister

"Acknowledge Contributions of Somaliland to Region, World."

 Dear Prime Minister,

- Imagine Agaro or Jimma town bombarded and destroyed by planes belonging to the Ethiopian Army whose whole and sole responsibility was to protect, not to bomb its people. What if MIG17 were to take off from the airport to bomb the town itself? What if you were in your mother’s womb and she could not even walk the distance between Jimma and Sudan-Ethiopia border to look for shelter and safety and to keep you survive inside her womb? Just visualize a situation where your mother could not even think that you would ever survive, because of the   planes’ shelling and soldiers slaughtering their fellow citizens in every corner of the Agaro streets? How would you feel if your mother’s efforts and patience helped you being born in a refugee camp in Sudan and becoming a Sudanese citizen?