HOW THE NSA BUILT A SECRET SURVEILLANCE NETWORK FOR ETHIOPIA

The Intercept “A WARM FRIENDSHIP connects the Ethiopian and American people,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced earlier this year. “We remain committed to working with Ethiopia to foster liberty, democracy, economic growth, protection of human rights, and the rule of law.” Indeed, the website for the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia is marked by press…

Why did Qatar leave the Djibouti-Eritrea border?

The renewed Djibouti-Eritrea border dispute is the first ripple effect of the Gulf crisis in Africa. Maintaining the 500-strong presence of Qatari armed troops in a remote area was a costly and largely thankless endeavour write Barakat and Milton [AP]by Sultan Barakat @BARAKAT_Sultan Sultan Barakat is the director of Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at…

China sends troops to Djibouti, establishes first overseas military base

By Brad Lendon and Steve George, CNN Story highlights “This base can support Chinese Navy to go farther,” Chinese paper says Djibouti has become host to several foreign military powers (CNN)China has dispatched troops to Djibouti in advance of formally establishing the country’s first overseas military base. Two Chinese Navy warships left the port of Zhanjiang on Tuesday,…

Egypt’s Nubians call for their right to return home

Aljazeera Successive governments have made a series of failed promises to compensate displaced Nubians for their losses. In 2014, the Egyptian government officially recognised the Nubians as an ethnic group and promised them the right to return to their homeland [Tara Todras-Whitehill/Getty Images] by Nicola Kelly As the call to prayer crackles through the village…

Why did Qatar leave the Djibouti-Eritrea border?

The renewed Djibouti-Eritrea border dispute is the first ripple effect of the Gulf crisis in Africa.   Maintaining the 500-strong presence of Qatari armed troops in a remote area was a costly and largely thankless endeavour write Barakat and Milton [AP] by Sultan Barakat @BARAKAT_Sultan Sultan Barakat is the director of Center for Conflict and Humanitarian…

US airstrike in Somalia under Trump’s new authoritie

ABC News The U.S. military has conducted its first offensive airstrike against the jihadist fundamentalist group al-Shabaab in Somalia, targeting the group under the new authorities given by the Trump administration in March that allows offensive airstrikes. “On June 11, at approximately 2 a.m. eastern daylight time, the Department of Defense conducted a strike operation…