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Somaliland hosts G40 women’s conference

Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security in the Greater Horn of Africa

HARGEISA — The First Lady of Somaliland Amina Sheikh Mohamed Waris inaugurated an international conference on the theme of “Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security in the Greater Horn of Africa” on Friday in Hargeisa. The high-level mission held in the premises of Ambassador Hotel brought together 40 women known as G40 from 8 countries […]


Turkey challenges Iran in Somalia

Turkey’s relatively newfound interest in engaging with Somalia was triggered by a combination of different events, from the extension of humanitarian assistance during a time of great famine to the desire to establish a foothold in a strategic location so as to benefit from future trade deals. Not only have a number of Turkish government […]


Somaliand deserves sovereignty

Colourful crowds marched, walked, or danced along Independence Avenue in Hargeisa (AFP, Pete Chonka)

By Timothy A. Ridout WASHINGTON Somaliland, in northwestern Somalia, is not experiencing famine. Nor will it. Like southern Somalia, Somaliland has been hit hard by drought and there are food shortages, but famine will not occur. It is a functioning democracy and, as economist Amartya Sen has explained, democracies do not have famines. Despite being […]


Somaliland: Time Of Trial

The Horn of Africa’s unsought status as one of the most volatile regions in the world is underlined by the deep-rooted conflict in Somalia and the endemic tension between Ethiopia and Eritrea. This makes even more impressive and welcome the progress of the self-declared independent state of Somaliland in creating a stable, rules-based government. However, […]


US Navy holds 6 suspected pirates after battle

DUBAI, 10 April 2010 (Somalilandpress) – A U.S. warship captured six suspected pirates Saturday after a battle off the Horn of Africa — the Navy’s third direct encounter with seafaring bandits in less than two weeks. The Navy has taken at least 21 suspected pirates since March 31 in the violence-plagued waters off Somalia and […]


Setting the record Straight – Interview with the Former NEC Chairman

ADDIS ABABA (Somalilandpress) — Following disputes over the conducting of elections in Somaliland which were initially slated for September 2009, Sub-Saharan Informer’s Samson haileyesus caught up with Mr. Jama Mohamoud Omar, previous chairman of Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) and discussed with him on the crisis leading up to the political stalemate, the challenges, roles […]


Israel Eyes New Alliances In Africa

Tel-Aviv, 9 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – Israel is struggling to keep its diplomatic friends in Africa as Iran makes a determined effort to expand its influence there, making the continent an emerging theater in the Iran-Israel confrontation. But these days the Jewish state has a new ally, Kenya, which wants Israeli help to fight the […]


‘Somaliland Can Not Be Recognized As an Independent State’ – TFG

Mogadishu, 7 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – The authorities of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia have said that the breakaway republic of Somaliland can not be recognized as an independent state, just as Israel said recently it gave identification to Somaliland administration, officials told Shabelle radio on Thursday. Abdiwahid Abdi Gonjeh, the deputy prime minister […]


Wetang’ula Wants Maalim’s Conduct Investigated

Nairobi, 1 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – For the first time in the country’s history, Parliament will investigate a Deputy Speaker for his activities while on official duty abroad. Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula has written to Parliament’s Defence and Foreign Relations Committee to investigate Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim’s activities on a tour of Somaliland in […]


International Experts Say Somaliland’s Recognition Will Assist In Strengthening Accountability In Regions That Are Now Pirate Infected

Cambridge, 3 February 2010 (Somalilandpress) – A group of twenty-five scholars, diplomats, lawyers, military officers, shipping industry officials, and other experts on maritime piracy and Somalia from nine nations who convened at the Harvard Kennedy School in December 2009 have recommended that one of the ways of exerting control over and reducing the threat from […]


Eritrea’s Repayment Of Its Fraternal Debt To The Somali People

HARGEISA, 12 November 2009 (Somalilandpress) – I have just read Sophia Tesfamariam’s diatribe of character assassination and vilification against Professor Peter Pham on American Chronicle entitled “ETHIOPIA-Meles Zenawi’s latest ´Intellectual for Hire´ Exposes Himself” and dated 23 October 2009. Ms Tesfamariam’s rant does not merit discussion here and Professor Pham’s credentials, objectivity and work are […]


Without Free Movement, East Africa Will Keep Marking Time

HARGEISA, 16 August 2009 (Somalilandpress) – IN recent weeks, Nairobi has hosted two crucial meetings that touched on pertinent issues that deal with wealth creation. The East African Investment Forum was as important at the AGOA gathering that followed it in quick succession. Whereas AGOA included 38 African countries that export to the United States […]


Will there be new US Actions in the Horn?

Aug 06 (SomalilandPress)-The US Secretary of State is making Her first Official visit to Africa and initial observations are that Mrs. Clinton is doing remarkably well in this capacity. Her First stop was in Kenya and this was where two major concerns of the Obama Administration were being addressed. We all remember back in January […]


Somaliland: A Democracy in the Horn of Africa

Hargeisa, 14 July 2009 (Somalilandpress) – According to some recent articles, quoted from a report from Human Rights Watch presented in Hargeisa, the capital city “Somaliland, “cautions that Somaliland is at a crucial juncture after an unlikely recent history of democratic progress and relative stability in the Horn of Africa. Somaliland is in danger of […]


All African Borders Rose from Colonial Borders

Hargeisa, 14 July 2009 (Somalilandpress) – The Somali Sections of VOA and BBC Radios sometimes hold political debates on Somaliland cause and its quest for diplomatic recognition. Some participants in the debates raise insincere arguments about the legitimacy of Somaliland national borders calling it “Colonial Borders.” These individuals are either ignorant of the historical origin […]