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Canadian teen brothers jailed in Somaliland

Two Mississauga teens have been jailed in Africa for more than a month, their father says, since taking a summer trip to visit their grandmother. Mohamed Noor sent sons Liiban, 18, and Jamal, 15, to Somaliland in June. The Canadian-born brothers had never been to the tiny East African territory, an autonomous region within the […]

September 21st, 2013 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

In the self-declared state of Somaliland, ‘aid’ is a dirty word

As the crowd chants, “Give us recognition!” the world’s most quixotic Independence Day parade marches through the dusty streets of Hargeisa. There are gymnasts and circus performers, flag-festooned camels, mounted police on colourfully tasselled horses, a convoy of rocket launchers and red-bereted soldiers with old rifles and Kalashnikovs. The spectators roar. Women ululate. Marshals use […]

September 21st, 2013 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

Meet Abdulrahim Elmi, a Somaliland Dickens hero who personifies his new nation

Educated, successful young Somalis from the diaspora are flocking back to Somaliland to contribute. Now the only thing the country lacks is international recognition Hargeisa, Somaliland: Is there a modern Charles Dickens in the house, seeking a contemporary equivalent of Oliver Twist or David Copperfield? Abdulrahim Elmi’s story would be a good place to start. […]

September 12th, 2013 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

Africa’s happiest countries……Somaliland#?

Angola is Africa’s happiest country, according to a new global survey of 156 countries released Monday. The southern African country surprisingly toppled last year’s leader, the perennial African paradise of Mauritius, according to the World Happiness Report 2013. This will likely generate debate given the perception of Angola as having high corruption and inequality levels, […]

September 11th, 2013 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

Mo Farah held by US customs on suspicion of being a terrorist as he returned to family home for Christmas

Team GB’s Olympic hero Mo Farah’s two gold medals could not prevent him being held by US customs officials on suspicion of terrorism as he returned home to Portland, Oregon for Christmas. Farah, who won a 5,000m and 10,000m double at London 2012, was detained for questioning after the US border force saw he was […]

December 31st, 2012 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

UN approves Mali military intervention

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved plans for an African-led military intervention in Mali aimed at reunifying the embattled North African state. The resolution, approved in New York on Thursday afternoon, calls for political reconciliation, elections and the training of the country’s security forces before any operation is launched to reclaim Mali’s northern areas. […]

December 21st, 2012 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

International observers comment on Somaliland elections

International election observers have congratulated Somaliland on a largely peaceful and transparent expression of democratic will in its local elections – but have also expressed concern at weaknesses in safeguards against multiple voting. The team of 50 observers from 17 countries was assembled by Progressio, DPU and Somaliland Focus (UK) to observe Somaliland’s local council […]

December 5th, 2012 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

Energy Juniors Eye Somaliland Oil Potential

Three foreign oil juniors are set to begin exploration in Somaliland by next year, as the rush on East African hydrocarbon largesse extends to the riskiest venues of the Horn. There’s one small problem, though: Somaliland has not been recognized since it declared independence from Somalia in 1991. That, however, is a minor detail as […]

December 4th, 2012 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

Polls in Somaliland ‘transparent’: observers

Local elections in the self-declared nation of Somaliland were “largely peaceful and transparent”, international observers said Monday, but noted concern at “weaknesses in safeguards against multiple voting.” Council elections across the northern Somali region, a rare area of relative stability compared to war-torn southern Somalia, took place on November 28, with over 2,300 candidates contesting […]

December 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

Somaliland rises from the rubble of Somalia

Matthew Newsome Hargeisa As Somalia starts to emerge from its quagmire of instability and chaos, 20 years of relative peace and stability are starting to pay dividends for its close neighbour Somaliland, as this November it struck its first major oil deal since seceding from Somalia in 1991. Anglo-Turkish company Genel Energy received its licence […]

December 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Current Affairs,News In English | Read More »

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