The University of Beijing hosted a seminar last month to mark the anniversary of Egyptian writer Khalil Gibran’s 130th birthday. In it, Chinese researches stated that Gibran is the top Arab writer, and most popular among Chinese readers. Gibran’s works were first translated into Mandarin in the 1930s.
The Republic of Somaliland declared it’s independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 after a drawn-out conflict with the former ruler of Somalia, General Barre. As yet they have failed to convince the international community to back their independence despite their political stability and position as one of the most democratic regimes in East Africa. This is a collection of articles that focus on various development goals and strategies proposed by the Somaliland regime including the development of the capital Hargeisa, the port of Berbera and business deals with China.