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  1. 4 points
    The recently upgraded Hagreisa land database registry is actually part of a larger project by Somaliland Gov't and SolidBlock Inc. The project will be using state of art block-chain based database to register land titles and other key assets.
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    The jin-whispering loomaooyaan is currently on suicide-watch, no one knows what he will do to himself or his loved ones when DP-World officially opens the expansion
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    Oodweyne They can't keep up. Befuddled, bemused and bewildered by Somaliland’s growing gravitas at international diplomacy. While they play tiddlywinks with Mudulood this and Dhuusomareeb 2.4 that. At least they're a curious bunch.
  4. 4 points
    This is great improvement.The land database in Somaliland has been a consistent headache and cause for a lot of troubles including missing files, disputes etc. The introduction of GIS system will greatly simplify while at the same time is more secure and more reliable.
  5. 4 points
    I mean lets be honest, following Somaliland is one thing they do well. They just have to remember that it is not a good tactic when we are on opposite sides of a battle
  6. 4 points
    The geopolitical significance of Somaliland's coast is the primary reason that made the Somali Republic relevant during the cold war, it appears the world is waking up to this old reality, and Somaliland has been playing a sublime diplomatic game recently. Great to see young intellectuals of Muqdisho refusing to be baited by embittered faqash bigots and supporting their brotherly state of Somaliland; its a win win for all.. well, maybe not the defeated lot but who cares about them anyway
  7. 4 points
    Well, not to stereotype, but the Chinese are known to be very industrious people
  8. 4 points
    Ilhaan is also with white man now
  9. 4 points
    And when they are training our navy and Air force it will be reported as a "Latin American" and an "Eastern European" country respectively
  10. 3 points
    Projects that will be finalised This year. 1. Burco - Ceerigaabo Road - 300 km of fully locally funded paved road will be finished in September 2020. This road has already cut the travel time between Burco and Ceerigaabo by half. People now can have their breakfast in Hargeisa and have lunch in Ceerigaabo. A tremendous improvement. 2. Berbera corridor Road - 200km modern highway that will connect Berbera to the trading town of Togwachale will be completed by October this year. 3. Berbera Port expansion - the new 400m Berbera Port Container Terminal will be completed by October this year 4. Berbera International Airport - the newly refurbished with new 4km runway, will be opened later in the year. Projects that will be turning sod in 2020 1. Hargeisa - Burco Road via Oodweine, funded by African Development Bank and Somaliland Government, this 180km hinterland road will cut travel time between Hargeisa and Burco by 1/2. The current road via Berbera is total length 300km. The new road via Oodweine will be 180km. Travellers will be saving over 100km of fuel expense and a lot of time. This road will also help cut time to far Eastern regions i.e. time to reach Ceerigaabo will be further cut. 2. Djibouti - Jigjiga Road via Borama, also Funded by Africa Development Bank, this is 250km Road that will link Djibouti and Jigjiga passing through Borama. 3. Drill babe Drill - The first Oil well of many will get drilled this year. 4. Ceerigaabo - Mait Road - a 30km steep downhill/uphill road that winds down through Daallo Mountains and crosses Tabca Pass. This road will cut travel time to and from coastal communities. 5. Mait Fishing Port - A port that will serve as an economic hub for Sanaag regions to tab into the rich fishing seas on its shore.
  11. 3 points
    Census in 2021 Somaliland: Governemnt Reveals Plans for Population Census MENAFN.COM <br /><span class=wp-caption-text>Somaliland planning minister revealed planned census at parliament in Hargeisa</span> <p>Somalilandsun: The government of Somaliland has announced...
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    Japan named a scholar who teaches in China as its new ambassador.
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  16. 3 points
    Well, looking at things from a broader perspective, one gets the sense that the notion of: "shake the trees and see what falls out of it", can be the apt "truism" that comes to mind in here. And this is what Somaliland has been up to lately at least in terms of her diplomatic engagement with the wider world and with very consequential states in the International Community (IC). And top of that, Mr. Trump, had just signed an all-important "Act of Congress" intending to "safeguard" the independence of Taiwan and all those who are her "friends", and who, in turn, may end up under the cross-hair of the bullying tactics of the PRC. Moreover, I expect the UK will do a similar move, subsequently, in the sense of making a diplomatic open position in regards to "Taiwan and her friends". And in particular, that will be the case, since, UK is already at logger-head with PRC on the Hong-Kong (HK) issue, given that Beijing had reneged on the deal UK had signed with them back in 1984 that was known as the "Sino-British Agreement" in regards to how HK will be administered when it will be returned back to Beijing from 1997 onward. All in all, "Taiwan and her old and new friends" have the "diplomatic wind", behind them, it seems. And we will soon see how the game gets to be played out. This means I shall leave it to the collection of the haggard strugglers around here, who are not any the wiser at all, to determine as to who would fit in, nicely, the alleged "Taiwan's friends" in here, in which the West is passing laws and "diplomatic demarche", in order to just protect their interests and their nation's independence against the bully-boy-tactics of the PRC.
  17. 3 points
    Prof Faratoon is in Ankara, Turkey. He will be holding talks with officials from Turkey's Foreign Affairs. Somaliland: FM Arrives in Turkey | Somaliland Standard SOMALILANDSTANDARD.COM The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Somaliland arrived in Turkey for talks with his Turkish officials at the ministry of foreign affairs. Somaliland’s Foreign Minister, Yasin Haji …
  18. 3 points
    A beautifully captivating song speaking from the heart, defining as to who we are and how we see ourselves regardless of what any collection of nay-sayers may be minded to say about us. Sidaa-daraateed, qalbigii Somaliland ka bukow kan ku bugso oo dabiib kuu noqey. Ama suntii ku disha kuu noqey.
  19. 3 points
    Mashruuca Biyo-galinta magaaladda Hargeisa oo shanta degmo ee magaaladda ka socda.
  20. 3 points
    Hello; Roughly 20 years ago I remember this beggar from Baidoa nearly lost it when President Riyaale expelled from Somaliland a couple of hundred Professional beggars from Baidoa and it seems he’s still bitter about it. Sadly in my absence from SOL no one bothered to set him straight so I will try to play the devils advocate here and break the sad news to him knowing fully well how obstinate beggars are. President Biixi does not chew qaad, smoke or drink. I know your beggers mind can’t and won’t grasp that but it’s a FACT. However I can’t say the same for your Fellow beggars back home in Baidoa and among the few in the diaspora. 75% of the income your folks earn begging in Mogadishu is spent on those 2 vices. both alcohol and qaad have become a favorite pastime in Baidoa enjoyed by many of the locals. Even the former chief beggar Jawari was an alcoholic. Excuse me if I forgot my manners but one can’t but help kick an obtuse beggar once in a while. good to see the old folks who I knew from many many years ago btw.
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    Nah, I will pass it. And I am sure of it there are bound to be one or two "hungry-and-donkey-legged-looter" from Deyniile, who is cooling his sniffling self in Bristol, since there is a distinct "lack of opportunities to pilfer" those age-old English's counties underground electrical wires. Hence, I reckon, he will make a killing out there in Mogadishu. So, let me see if I could give him the heads up about this sort of exciting chance to loot that seems to have opened itself, from Villa Somalia, all of a sudden.
  23. 3 points
    Berbera and Zeila, two of the Horn of Africa’s ancient trading cities, have long attracted the interest of global powers because of their strategic location near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. This location makes Somaliland’s coastal ports among the region’s most valuable real estate and an alternative to Djibouti as a key player in terms of trade, development, energy, and water security for the Red Sea and Horn of Africa. Richard Burton, the British explorer, recognized the importance of Berbera port back in 1896, writing: In the first place, Berbera is the true key of the Red Sea, the centre of East African traffic, and the only safe place for shipping upon the western Eritrean shore, from Suez to Guardafui. Backed by lands capable of cultivation, and by hills covered with pine and other valuable trees, enjoying a comparatively temperate climate, with a regular although thin monsoon, this harbour has been coveted by many a foreign conqueror. Circumstances have thrown it as it were into our arms, and, if we refuse the chance, another and a rival nation will not be so blind. A new geopolitical rivalry in the Red Sea Somaliland’s ports still remain the object of international interest and rivalry today, although the foreign powers involved have changed. On July 1, according to an official statement, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said Taiwan had agreed to establish ties with Somaliland based on “friendship and a shared commitment to common values of freedom, democracy, justice, and the rule of law." Less than a week later, however, Somalia’s federal government, led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, aligned itself with China to prevent a Taiwanese-Somaliland nexus that would have clear geopolitical ramifications for the Horn of Africa. While China and Somalia rebuffed and condemned the new strategic bilateral ties between Somaliland and Taiwan, the U.S. National Security Council has blessed Taiwan’s venture into East Africa, sending a clear message to China that the U.S. stands with Taiwan. This is a significant blow to the Chinese government, which has used its international influence and “development-trap diplomacy” in recent decades to rally support among African and Middle Eastern states for its efforts to suppress Taiwan’s presence in the international sphere. Egypt, Ethiopia, and Somaliland On July 12, a high-level delegation from Egypt traveled to Somaliland. Although an Egyptian delegation had visited in 2019, angering Somalia, this year’s trip comes at a critical time as Ethiopia and Egypt have locked horns in their dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The Egyptian delegation’s visit prompted protests from the Ethiopian government, and Egypt's growing bilateral ties and cooperation with Somaliland are giving Ethiopia GERD problems of its own — as in gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is important to note that Ethiopia has a 19 percent stake in the port of Berbera, which is managed by the UAE’s DP World with a 51 percent stake, while Somaliland holds 30 percent. In May 2019, Ethiopia signed its first military cooperation agreement with France, which covers joint air cooperation and includes assistance for Ethiopia’s efforts to build up its naval forces — although where the landlocked country plans to dock these naval forces remains unclear. Joking aside, Ethiopia’s naval endeavors are driven by two main factors: first, concerns over the future of Djibouti’s port, which the IMF categorizes as at a “high risk of debt distress,” comparable to the Sri Lankan port of Hambantota, which was built with Chinese financing and which Beijing took control of after Colombo failed to meet its debt obligations; and second, to protect 11 state-owned commercial vessels managed by the Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE). Scramble for fragile Somaliland Although Somaliland is relatively peaceful compared to Somalia, its lack of international recognition makes it fragile and susceptible to being drawn into regional disputes as it seeks allies, bilateral ties, and eventual recognition. This has been the case with the Gulf states, where it has sided with the UAE and Saudi Arabia. In part as a result of this fragility and desire to secure more allies and improve bilateral ties, Somaliland now finds itself in the middle of multiple disputes among other states, including Ethiopia and Egypt and China and Taiwan. Taken together, the current domestic instability in Ethiopia and its tensions with Egypt over the GERD, combined with the global superpower competition in the Horn of Africa and Red Sea, are a recipe for conflict that could trigger the largest refugee influx in African history. This could destabilize Somaliland and with it key international maritime trade routes, making it vulnerable to insecurity and terrorism that directly affects both Ethiopia and Djibouti, with which it shares its western border. To reduce future geopolitical uncertainty and security risk in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, it’s in the best interest of the international community to take the following steps: Consider recognizing Somaliland; Praise Taiwan-Somaliland relations instead of giving in to Chinese pressure and potentially keeping at bay Russia, which also has a keen interest in establishing a military base at Berbera port; and Include Somaliland in the Red Sea Council and help it develop its own navy. Guled Ahmed is a Non-Resident Scholar with MEI, a renewable energy and water infrastructure expert, and an entrepreneur. The views expressed in this piece are his own. https://www.mei.edu/blog/somalilands-ports-horn-africas-most-valuable-real-estate
  24. 3 points
    ETHIOPIA LANDS IN SOMALILAND WITH GOODIES, AS EGYPT CHECKS OUT. An Ethiopian delegation led by Finance minister Ahmed Shide has arrived in Hargeisa the capital of Somaliland to discuss bilateral relations. This just a week after a team from Egypt held talks with the Somaliland government mooting plans to set up a military base in the north west regions of the country, a move that has seemingly not gone down well with authorities in Addis Ababa who are in a diplomatic spat with Cairo over the River Nile. Somaliland has offered to mediate between Ethiopia and Egypt in their friction over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam along the Blue Nile, arguing that the impasse can be amicably solved through dialogue. Somaliland Deputy Foreign Affairs minister Liban Youssouf Osman said the two nations should consider having a dialogue for the sake of unity. Ethiopia is Somaliland’s key ally in the horn of Africa. The two countries have partnered with the DP World and the government of the United Arab Emirates to rebuild the port of Berbera which plays a key role in the maritime connections between the horn and the middle east. Ethiopia owns 19 per cent shares of the Berbera Port, Somaliland has 30 per cent while DP World enjoys a 51 per cent stake. The UAE and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Construction are also building a 250-kilometre dual carriageway between the city of Berbera and the Ethiopian border town of Togwajale. While there has been suspicion Ethiopia is angling towards Somalia especially in the talks between the two countries initiated by the United States and hosted by Djibouti, the two (Ethiopia and Somaliland) remain key development partners. The last fortnight has seen Somaliland go full throttle to build new alignments, signing a pact that has seen the country enter into diplomatic partnership with Taiwan and the latest agreements with Egypt as it continues to push for international recognition. The new relationships have not gone down well with China on one side who are unhappy with the deals with Taiwan and Ethiopia over the indulgence with Egypt. But Somaliland says Egypt is crucial to her international recognition quest. “Egypt can play a major role in our international recognition, as it is a major country in Africa and the Arab World, which can help push our case for recognition in both the African Union and Arab League,” Liban Youssouf Osman The Ethiopian delegation will therefore be out to stamp itself as Somaliland’s key partner in the attractive Horn of Africa region. Somaliland remains internationally unrecognised, but the traffic into the country remains on a high. Source: EABW NEWS Share
  25. 3 points
    Galbeedi, I doubt that whether you heard this before, but I will have you know that the "lunatic asylums" in the world over are full of people like you. And in particular, people who are truly a "legend in their own minds", who are only waiting for the right time or the precise opportune moment to dazzle the rest of mankind with their "sheer brilliance". Hence, it would be amiss of me were I not to say to you: "mate, don't quit your day job in the hope of thinking that you will make a killing as a historian of the tragic Somali saga". For the fact that matter is that what you just have written up in here is part "Calaacal Ina-Gumeed" and part "fiction of the cheapest kind". Hence, firstly, I shall leave it well alone without saying too much of a comment about the part in which you are indulging your usual "Calaacal Ina-Gumeed". Given that most folks in here of SOL know that the minute SNM or Somaliland gets to be mentioned around this parish, your innate "wounded psyche" gets to be triggered. And then, lo and behold, the usual bile of "festering spleen and the venomous tripe" in which you harbor for the then SNM and for Somaliland, gets to be let go. Like so much of fountain-like torrent that had been let loose. And no doubt about it, that, you would be wearing your usual "blue diric" as you proceed to sit in front of your computer and indulge that business of emptying your putrid soul onto us in here of SOL. However, as I already said it this sort of a typical "Calaacal Ina-Gumeed" in which we have come to be accustomed to it from your pen is nothing to write home about it other than the fact of noticing it that it's the usual forte in which you are very good at it. So, no change there, I am afraid. But be that as it may, I must still say that the more interesting part of your meretriciously and mendacious "write-up" is the one that is the "fictional part", which is your usual "bastardized history" about SNM and about Somaliland, in which you tiresomely never get too old to regurgitate around in here for our benefit, as if we all are your hapless and captive audience. And by that, I mean in this order of these following points. 1 - Gen. Morgan was transferred to the 26th division of the Somali Army (which was the section of the army that was responsible for what was then known as the Northern part of the Somali Republic) in the summer of 1985. And he replaced Gen. Gaani, who was losing very badly at the fight against the SNM's insurgents, especially, those that were going on in the country's side and the border's districts or areas. 2 - True, he - Gen. Morgan - was an over-promoted wastrel and a slothful playboy, not to say nothing about him being a heavy drinker, bordering on loucheness on his part. And he was also much given with the idea of keep flying back and forth between Hargeisa and Mogadishu with the then daily Somali Airline services between those two cities, so that he can dance the nights away in Mogadisbu's nightclubs, like Curuba's hotel and Club 54 disco hall and others that had disco places. Whilst, he used to go back to Hargeisa by Saturday morning. Especially, given, the fact that in those old days of the mid-1980s to the break-out of the war in 1988 in the north of the country, Hargeisa was a bit of a "conservative city" back then. And was, of course, under a brutal army's occupation where basic folks of the city were essentially ordered to observe a "strict no movement's curfews" from mid-afternoon of every freaking day. So there were no discos or night-clubs (or even of any bright city's night-life) of any kind, just so that one, if he so dire, could while away the usual festive Friday nights in Hargeisa, as there was in plenty of those sort of things to be had in Mogadishu in those old days. Moreover, Gen. Morgan was also rather good at "sexual perversion" of young girls. Which is why he tried to stage some sort of a "beauty contest" for the young girls of the city. And, of course, the Islamic Ulema of the city went bananas and into an uproar about it. So Gen. Siad Barre (when he heard about it) had sent an order for him to cancel the whole "sexual freak show", in which Gen. Morgan was planning to stage there in Hargeisa. 3 - By the time SNM arrived in Burco by force on 27 of May of 1988, the army was depleted from most of Togdheer's countryside, especially in most districts on the border's areas (i.e,. Durukhsi, Oodweyne, Laan-Mulaaxo, all of daad-madheedh border's districts - all HY territory of Togdheer's region). And these districts were, in effect, in the hands of the SNM's forces and specifically, they were under the control of Col. Ahmed Mire, and Col. Ibrahim Ahmed of the SNM. Similarly, all of HJ's countryside districts of Sool and Togdheer regions were also under the control of Col. Mahamed Kahin by that time. So there was no major effort on the part of SNM's forces to fight their way to arrive at in Burco from the border. It was almost an open territory from the border all the way to the center of Burco city. In other words, it was easier to do it since there was no larger army in the middle of the country-side to stop the SNM's insurgency arriving at the major cities of the North such as Burco and Hargeisa. This is also why it was easy for them to all of a sudden come into the cities in a so short of a time without encountering along the way any resistance from the alleged army of the Republic. And that was the case, doubly, as soon as Col. Ibrahim Dheere of the then SNM took over the major armament fort of the 26th Division, which was based at Cadaadley on 26th of May. For this fort, which was also an army's garrison headquarter, was essentially the place in which they used to keep the mechanized pieces of the army, in terms of it being their storage center, particularly such as for the tanks, APCs, BM's Rocket-Launchers, and the gun-mounted-pick-up trucks, in which usually Somalis called the "Cabdi Bille". 4 - By the time the SNM was literally engaging in a hand to hand fierce battle in the cities (Hargeisa, Burco, Gabiley, Sheikh, Ceerigaabo, and the rest of the territories of the Beeshe-Dhexe apart from Berbera, which was heavily fortified), it was too late for the army to stop them, or to even evict them. The element of surprise and the initiative already laid with the then SNM's insurgents. And that, in turn, meant, Gen. Morgan had to ask what to do about the situation he had in his hand, up the chain of command in Mogadishu. And the answer (specifically from Gen. Siad Barre and Gen. Cali Samatar) was that he was ordered to level these cities to the ground whilst using the Somali's air-force that were stationed, both, in Hargeisa and in Berbera (as well as those from Bali-Dogle airbase in the south of the country in Bay region). As well as being ordered to use the heavy artillery, especially the BM's rocket launchers, which were the deadly fire-powers that made Hargeisa synonymous with Hiroshima on a bad day. Of course, he - Gen. Morgan - did it with gusto. But still, that wasn't good enough to dislodge the SNM from the Northern region altogether, especially from the country's side. So Gen. Siad Barre and Gen. Cali Samatar kept on rotating one general after another general to be the commander of the 26th division after they relieved Gen. Morgan of his command in late 1988. And they did that in the hope that these generals will do the job (in which they all failed, by the way) till late 1989, whereby they settled on Gen. Cabdicasiis Cali Barre (i.e., a close relative of Gen. Siad Barre). And he in turn was given the "simple order", which was to keep the cities in the government's hand and leave the rest alone to the SNM. And, that, of course, made the Somalia's army in the north like so much of a "surrounded garrisons" (i.e., basically a sitting ducks), like the manner in which the German's sixth army was surrounded in Stalingrad of late 1942, which in turn made them as an army that was in a "closed locked-pincer", surrounded, by the then Soviet's red army. And hence, you can say that Somalia's 26th army division in the then North of the country could not win any other way other than to completely destroy the cities in which they were garrisoned in. And whilst they were at it, they even bombed the hapless and fleeing civilians who were trying to run away with their lives to Ethiopia's refugee camps, across the border, for safety from their own cities. Finally, I do understand, why you talk about this sort of "bastardized history" about the then SNM and about Somaliland, in which you indulge in here. For you are a "political loser from a monumental fight and of a historical kind", which in turn was a fight that went against everything you believe in (or believed it then and still believe it now). And in that way, to be honest with you, your kind of ilk can be made "akin" to the sort of person who is no more different than the "haggardly old Nazis" who used to while away their time from the late 1940s till as late as early 1960s in some countries in South America. Whilst, they, in turn, keep on telling each other the "seductive fictions" that had it that their Nazi regime never lost a real fight, but it was the internal division of their regime that did them in. Or it was not wrong for them to have ever been a deep believers of the Nazi's agenda or Nazi ideology. And to boot, it was those who fought against them (i.e., namely the allied powers who destroyed the Nazi regime and the victorious resistance forces in the Nazi's Occupied European states) who were the ones who were on the wrong side of "grand history" of that period. But it was not them who were catastrophically wrong, according to their warped minds and defeated selves. Hence, all one can say to you in here, is that you are free to keep on telling yourself this sort of "wretched fiction", mate. For that is the nearest you will ever get back into the "very idea" of licking, contentedly, the "political boots" of that "defeated Faqash regime" of that era once again as you would wish to do it now. And more to the point, you, of course, will essentially while away your remaining years into a doddery of an old age of a bleak "Diasporic exile existence" in Canada. And never to be able to walk, confidently, again, in your homeland of Awdal region. Like so much of a free man who is taking the fresh air of his land. For, the matter of fact is that you, indeed, are truly and irreversibly "destined" to do just and precisely that, without having anything else to lessen your "historical defeat" other than to keep on really nursing morosely the "deep bitterness in your soul". Which, in turn, will accompany you as you aged disgracefully and rather dishonorably along the way, I am afraid.
  26. 3 points
    Somaliland Breaks Ranks And Defies China The African nation says no to foreign influence, including the U.S., with remarkable success. JULY 15, 2020 12:01 AM MICHAEL HORTON The unrecognized Republic of Somaliland recently did what few African states do: it defied China. On July 1, Somaliland and Taiwan, another nation not recognized by the United Nations, agreed to exchange ambassadors and open embassies in their respective capitals. The Chinese government is not accustomed to such rebuffs and has condemned the move by saying that Taiwan is undermining the territorial integrity of Somalia. Somaliland, like Taiwan, fulfills the requirements for statehood as laid out in the 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States. In the case of Somaliland, it was a British protectorate that was, albeit briefly, an independent country before it chose to enter into a union with Somalia, a former Italian colony. Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia in 1991 after fighting a brutal war against Somalia’s longtime dictator Siad Barre. Barre’s government engaged in genocide against Somalilanders, famously ordering his pilots to take off from Hargeisa’s airport, Somaliland’s capital and largest city, and bomb the city. When Somaliland declared its independence, Hargeisa was in ruins. Somalilanders have spent the last 30 years rebuilding their cities and, most importantly, establishing a functioning democracy. Even more than Taiwan, which has enjoyed US support, Somalilanders have rebuilt their country with little outside assistance. Unlike Somalia, which has received billions of dollars in aid over the last two decades, Somaliland largely relies on its own resources. This has fostered independence and resilience that influence the way Somaliland does everything from conducting foreign policy to successfully combatting terrorism. Defying China is the latest example of this independence. Somaliland occupies a strategic position along the Gulf of Aden. Somaliland’s port-city of Berbera has long been a global entrepôt. China’s interest in the port dates to the ninth century, when it was described by a Tang Dynasty poet, a connection that Chinese businessmen visiting Somaliland often point out. The growth of China’s influence in Africa, and especially in the Horn of Africa, has been nothing short of stunning. Over the past two decades, China has gone from being a minor player in the politics and economies of African countries to the dominant power in many of these nations. China’s influence is pervasive and persistent. Compared with U.S. foreign policy, China’s foreign policy is pragmatic and cost-effective. It uses a combination of cheap loans, aid, and, increasingly, military assistance, to secure its influence. Somaliland’s strategic location, stability, and potential oil and mineral wealth, all make the country attractive to the Chinese government and its state-backed companies. In the neighboring countries of Djibouti, where China established its first overseas military base, and Ethiopia, China has made itself the preeminent outside power. Somaliland, which desperately needs more foreign investment, should have been an easy target for China. It wasn’t. “We turn down offers from the Chinese every other month,” a senior official with Somaliland’s port authority told me on a recent visit to the country. “We have no problem doing business with the Chinese, but we aren’t going to give up any of our sovereignty,” the official said. Instead of giving into offers from China, Somaliland has defied the country by pursuing a relationship with Taiwan. Sovereignty and independence, even if most of the world does not recognize them, are paramount for most Somalilanders. Somalia is subject to the influence of numerous outside powers, namely Turkey, Qatar, and the U.S. In contrast, the government of Somaliland is determined to chart its own course. The government recently prevented the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from building a military base near the Port of Berbera, which is operated by UAE-based Dubai Ports World. Somaliland’s president, Musa Bihi Abdi, deftly renegotiated an agreement with the UAE that initially would have allowed the UAE to build a military base near Berbera. Instead, the new agreement will see the UAE invest in a civilian airport. “Neutrality is important to us,” President Bihi explained to me in an interview last fall. “We want good relations with all countries, but we won’t be anyone’s pawn. We have learned as a nation and people that we can only depend on ourselves. This is what is largely responsible for Somaliland’s stability.” President Bihi, an avid reader of history, referenced the U.S.’s own founding and George Washington’s and Thomas Jefferson’s calls for their new nation to avoid foreign entanglements while engaging in trade and commerce with all. “Somaliland has a long way to go with respect to development,” Bihi said, “but we must not allow the country to be drawn into the conflicts that plague this part of the world.” Somaliland may well pay a price for defying China and establishing relations with Taiwan, but the country’s determination to forge ahead on a path of its own choosing will undoubtedly continue to serve it well. The same determination and a similar approach to avoiding foreign entanglements served the U.S. well for much of its early history. However, rather than recognizing what Somalilanders have achieved with respect to governance and counter-terrorism, the U.S. continues to thwart attempts by Somaliland to gain international recognition. Instead of supporting a country that has achieved a high-degree of stability in a troubled region, the U.S. continues to spend hundreds of millions of dollars supporting the government of Somalia. Somalia is consistently ranked as the most corrupt nation in the world. There, al-Shabaab is resurgent despite the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars on counter-terrorism efforts. In contrast to Mogadishu, where most foreigners require security details if they leave the city’s “green zone,” Somaliland’s major cities are largely free of even petty crime. The U.S. would do well to learn from Somaliland’s successful efforts at combatting terrorism. It would also do well to relearn the importance of charting an independent course that avoids foreign entanglements. ************ Michael Horton is a foreign policy analyst who has written for numerous publications, including The National Interest, West Point CTC Sentinel, The Economist, and the Christian Science Monitor. ************ Source:- Somaliland Breaks Ranks and Defies China | The American Conservative WWW.THEAMERICANCONSERVATIVE.COM The African nation says no to foreign influence, including the U.S., with remarkable success.
  27. 3 points
    There also needs to be an urgent solution to the huge problem we have regarding fruit and vegetable production. Every year our farmers produce a lot of fresh organic fruits and vegetables in some of the seasons and the the markets get flooded with cheap produce in those seasons only therefore not making enough profits for the hardworking farmers. The government should implement a similar scheme for fruit and vegetable farmers whereby the government buys the excess produce and converts it into long shelf life foods. These processed foods can then be sold back in the markets recovering the initial cost of production and at the same time keeping our shops well stocked with cheap quality food. This is also the best way we can stop the sub-standard often expired food our traders import from the UAE, China, and other places.
  28. 3 points
    Agricultural development in Laascaanood:
  29. 3 points
    Djibout - Borama - Jigjiga Road Somaliland's Ministry of Transport & Roads Development
  30. 3 points
    Kenya's Raila Odinga is expected to arrive in Hargeisa soon. There are political movements in Nairobi in support for Somaliland. Mr. Raila Odinga is a strong supporter of Somaliland.
  31. 3 points
    Even what you have suggested, as wild a move as they are, doesn't amount to much at all. Probably the publicity this whole thing has generated so far for Somaliland, if quantified in dollar terms, is more benefiticial than anything China can do to harm Somaliland. From the outset, I can say that China, the country, the system, the way they do business or even engage others, is not compatible with Somaliland's. They are pro-dictatorship, they do not encourage civil liberty, accountability, free press etc. The things that are dear to anyone who has a thinking mind and cherishes freedom. Whereas, Taiwan is the polar opposite to the China-Way. The Taiwan Model is about openness, liberty, freedom, democracy, free press etc. All the things I want Somaliland to be and learn. The intangible benefits of this relationship is enormous. Just consider, Taiwan sending its election observers to Somaliland. That is in itself a benefit that China cannot provide. More over, I think Israel comes to mind of a country that has successfully reserved the trend. If in the 1970s, 80s countries were all severing diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, today it is different. Many African countries are reestablishing links with Israel. Even some Arab countries are openly or covertly doing so. Hence, this new relationship between Somaliland and Taiwan is much more deeper than many have grasped. It is a win-win relationship. Taiwan is selling its model and Somaliland is the perfect place to help create a reality of that model. A strong selling point for Taiwan to other countries, of what they are missing out. Hopefully reversing the trend.
  32. 3 points
    The Mandarin bit of what the guy is writing could be "they are not the pirates".
  33. 3 points
    Isn't it funny how even though they claim Somaliland is part of their country, they look to downplay any progress we make? If the locals in a tiny town in Awdal build a new school or a well, we are proud because that is our country. They can't hold their hatred for us long enough to convince anyone that they are driven by anything but entirely by xaasidnimo. If any part of Somalia had accomplished 1/1000th of what Somaliland has achieved, they would all be lining up to fellate that president like he was the second coming of their dear old Afweyne. I mean Farmaajo has basically repainted a wall and they proclaim him to be their saviour!!
  34. 3 points
    Taiwan trains counter-terrorism troops for Middle Eastern country Taiwan's 42-year-old MPSSC has already trained one group of recruits while another on hold due to pandemic, local media claims 3454 By Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer 2020/05/09 13:55 MPSSC in 2017. (Wikimedia Commons photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A high-ranking military official has claimed that a Middle Eastern country has inked a training agreement with Taiwan, according to a Liberty Times Net (LTN) exclusive story. Under the deal, Taiwan's Military Police Special Services Company (MPSSC), under the Military Police Command, is responsible for coaching the Middle Eastern country's counter-terrorism force. They will travel to Taiwan in groups for training that will enhance their knowledge, skill, and responsiveness in the war against terror. Similar to the United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets), the MPSSC was established in 1978 and has earned international acclaim for counter-terrorism operations and protecting high-ranking officials and ambassadors in Taiwan. It is also known for anti-hijacking and anti-sabotage operations. Taiwan is one of the few Asian countries capable of training special task forces and providing such services to other countries, according to LTN. It reported the first batch of trainees has concluded training and returned to home, while a second batch of recruits is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3930970?fbclid=IwAR0emABRyt6O1Tu0X9gkWMx7vMox2MgKtLVwCAOv3zIB_heUQwd_e2IfBps Rumours has it that it's Somaliland.
  35. 3 points
    Absolutely. He is a no frills man but doing a lot of work behind the scenes. Maalin ba dal ayaynu baraynaa qadaadweynta.
  36. 3 points
    kkk Cheeseman bilo ayaa u hadhay, maxay kale ayaad ka filanaysay?
  37. 3 points
    @galbeedi Somaliland Wins: 1. Somaliland demanded that for the talks to go ahead, they should not be left to Somalis alone in a meeting room. Rather, the IC community needs to be there as mediators and guarantors of the agreements. This has been checked [tick] 2. Somaliland demanded the talks be held as equals Somaliland and Somalia This has been checked [tick] 3. Somaliland demanded the talks must be between representatives of Somalia (what used to be Ex-Italians Somalia) and Somaliland. Checked [Ticked] -------------------------------- The following are still being discussed ... 4. Implement of previous agreements Somaliland says all the previous agreements need to be implemented before any serious talks can be opened about other more important issues. Somalia wants preconditions for those agreements. The mediators are on the side of Somaliland. As also tweeted by Turkish Ambassador, when he questioned about the faith of previous agreements. 5. Agreement on debt relief and World Bank/IMF new loans Somaliland is aware how the agreement between Somaliland/Somalia regarding the Airspace was one of the reasons why the UN ICAO handed over the Airspace back to Somali hands. However the Somalia Government backtracked from implementing the agreement. Considering that history of dishonesty from Mogadishu, any agreement with regards to WorldBank/IMF etc, will strong concessions on Mogadishu side attached to it. Whether Mogadishu walks away or not, that is not our issue.
  38. 3 points
    Kolka xooluhu kugu mudaharaadaan, waa laguu yaaba. .
  39. 3 points
    M0ooryan are those who left Baidoa to squat outside Mogadisho and who are cheap maids for hire whether by Farmajo or Alshabab to harm reer Mogadishu and their interests. I call on the above chief squatter to focus on his home and stop eyeing Xamar. Xamar belongs to reer xamar and not reer aflqaldan.
  40. 3 points
    Somaliland has the best case in africa legally really. It's just that lack of economic interest from western powers is the problem. But it has shown the world that Somaliland is here to stay and that no one in Somalia can change that. Deep inside most of the koonfurians know this to the 2 countries. Have been to seperate countries for almost 3 decades this will surpass the short lived union of 20 years. In the later half of afweyne reign somaliland was at war with Somalia. In the end runtay tegeysa.
  41. 3 points
    I love it when Somaliland is making the rest of us look like either we do not know the seriousness of the situation or we have no clue what to do where to start. We can't even brag about herd immunity since we are cowards. May Allah (swt) help the poor nomad. As for Somaliland, thank you for making the Somali part of the world.
  42. 3 points
    "Progress" is still on after a year of nothingness. Meantime, the reality and fact is: However, in marqaan marfishes from Muuse Muqayil and his little trolls: 1991 will certainly be a very interesting year. 1992 will certainly be a very interesting year. 1993 will certainly be a very interesting year. 1994 will certainly be a very interesting year. 1995 will certainly be a very interesting year. 1996 will certainly be a very interesting year. 1997 will certainly be a very interesting year. 1998 will certainly be a very interesting year. ..... And more than 20 years later, still: 2020 will certainly be a very interesting year. 2021 will certainly be a very interesting year.
  43. 3 points
    From looter's inc to intellectuals, what transformation.
  44. 3 points
    Galbeedi, Suldaanka, iyo Xerta kale, Markaan Xamar joogey ee aan jaamacadda lafoole ku jirey ayaan dharka waxaan ka meydhan jirey nin beesha "Unukaa-leh-goofley-Abgaal-ah", oo dharka gacanta ku meydhi jirey. Gaar ahaan ardeyda lafoole ku jirtey oo jamaacadda agteeda ayuu ku lahaa doobi lacag uu ka qaadan jirey oo dharka ayuu kuu meydhi jirey halkaas, dabadeedna wuu feerayn jirey, sida surwaaladda iyo shaadhadhka. Markaas kuwayaga reer waqooyiga ah ee jaamacadda lafoole ku jirey ayuu lacag ka urursan jirey oo ka fara-qabsan jirey, ileyn dadka kale ee magaaladda Xamar deganaa ee Jaamacadda ku jirey ee ay guryahooduna ay ku yaaleen magaaladda, dharkooda halkaas ayey ku soo meydhan jireene. Maalin maal-maha ka mid ah ayaan ugu imid "doobigisii" aniga oo dhar badan jiidaya si aan u idhaahdo dharkan ii maydh oo dabadeedna ii feeree, qiimo fiicana iigu samee, mar hadaan ahay iskaabulo (i.e, soolane) jaamacad ku jira. Markaas ayaan arkey isaga oo "shirib" ku heeleynaya oo shaqada iyo dharka uu meydhayey ku wada heeladaas. Markaas ayaan ku idhi waa maxay waxan aad akhrineyso ee aad ku dhawaaqeyso. Markaas ayuu yidhi: "Arey Qaldaan Aheeydaa, Mugoo Ma Fahmin Miyaa?" Markaas baan ku idhi waar yaahe waxan aad ku hadleyso garan maaye ii sheeg waxa aad ku daldalmeyso waxa ay yihiin. Markaas ayuu yidhi, "shirib" aa la dhahaa kan. Dabadeedna waxa aan idhi dee waayehee tafsiirkiisa isii. Markaas buu yidhi kan waxa la dhahaa: "Xamar-na Xisaab, Xaradheera-na Xoog". Dabadeedna waxa aan ku idhi ii macnee oo ii sheeg naxwaxa iyo waxa loola jeedo. Markaasu ayuu yidhi, Xamar dowlad baa ka dhisan (oo markaas waxa ay ku beegan tahay badhtamihii 1980s) oo xisaab iyo kala bax sharci ayaa yaala. Xaradheera-na wixii yidhi waa meel xoog lagu kala baxo. Markaas ayaan idhi yaa Xaradheere dega, reero ahaan. Dabadeedna wuxuu yidhi, "unuka iyo ILjeex" aa daga. Taas "midhaha" ah ee "shiribkiisii" ku jirey ee ahaa: "Xamar-na Xisaab, Xaradheera-na Xoog" ayaan soo xusuustaa markasta oo aan arko beesha Iljeex (i.e., HG) iyo ciyaartooda siyaasadeed ee aan dhamaadka laheyn. Sababta oo ah waa niman geesiyiin ah oo "Xoog" iyo muruq laba-quwadle ah ku kalabaxa. Mana jecla in aad "Xisaab" aad ula timaado. Waxaana dhici kartaba in ay adiga shaadhka ay kaa soo furtaan haddii aad xisaab ula timaado. Oo waliba ku darsoo adiga oo maqsuud ah, mar hadaan kabahiiba lagaala soo hadhin, ayaad kasoo tageysaa dhulka ay degaan haddii ay wax dan ahi ay kaa soo galaan halkaas. Taas oo ah sida "dhaqanka" laga yaqaano Xaradheere iyo gobollada ay degaan Markaas, xaajigan, afar-qooble ee Kheyre la yidhaahdo, shaadhkii iyo suitkii uu Norway kala yimid iyo wixii lacag ahaa ee uu Qatar ka helay ayey kasoo furteen. Ama waa ay kasoo furan doonaan hadii uu la sii joogo in muddo ah oo dambe. Oo ila-meereyso cajiib ah, oo aan dhamaad laheyn ayey u dhigayaan. Laakiin waxa aanba qabaa in ay ka xishoodeen oo ay tix-galiyeen shakhsiyadiisa, mar hadii aaney ku sameyn sidii ay yeeleen 1991 ee ay ku sameeyeen beeshiisa Deyniile dagta. Taas oo aheyd in "beesha" ay gabi ahaanteedba ay dhacaan oo ay Kuwait u bixiyaan. Maadaama Kuwait aheyd dal qanni ah oo si dhakhso ah oo fudud Saddam Xuseen ku qabsadey oo uu dhacay sanadkii 1990 bishiisii August. Markaas nimankan Iljeexda ee Galmudug degga, shaadhkaaga ka ilaasho, dowlad aad u dhisto hakuu dambeyse.
  45. 3 points
    Khayre has failed. Even a child knows that this Sufi outlaw was hungry for power. He knew his rule was over if elections took place in Galmudug. Farmaajo is also pushing a well known " Budhcad Badeed" named Qoor Qoor as the future leader. The best option is for Khayre and company to swallow their pride, accept defeat and keep Xaaf to rule until a real reconciliation takes place in Galmudug. If he keep insisting on his failed policy, Khayre will create three presidents within the three main sub clans of GAlmudug. Nin Saaxiibkay ah ayaa yidhi isagoo kaftamaya, " Reer Dayniile ayaa maamul HG u Samaynaya waxay ahayd riyo beena".
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    Adiga wax makusoo gaadheen mise tacabkaagii wuu khasaaray
  48. 3 points
    Do you think the Americans are unaware that Somaliland is just a smaller version of southern Somalia with just as much corruption, nepotism, mistrust among clans, violence, tribalism, religious extremism, etc?
  49. 3 points
    In all seriousness, the tragedy of Somalis is our small-mindedness. Men like Axmed Gurey, Sayidka, Sheikh Barsane and Nasiib Buundo fought in the name of Islam or in the name of their Somalis and fought against common. And history shows and no one Maryooley can deny, the armies they commanded hail from all Somalis. We can question their methods but their goals were clear. Their history is Somali history!
  50. 3 points


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