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,…

Teddy Afro: ‘Because of our government, our country is divided’

The Guardian The musician’s latest album, with songs hailing Ethiopia’s glorious past, is the fastest-selling record in the country’s history. But his political views have made him enemies at home  Teddy Afro … somewhat unintentionally, a flag-waver for the Ethiopian opposition. Photograph: Mulugeta Ayene/AP Tewodros Kassahun’s manager meets me on a quiet suburban road inside…

WHY IS EPRDF APPEASING THE OROMO EXTREMIST ELITES?

By Yared Gizaw The Oromo extremist elites have repeatedly told us that their vision for Ethiopia is as follows: Option 1: Recreate/restructure Ethiopia under the domination of Oromos’ in which: – Oromo language and culture to be dominant with “Wake Fatah” as dominant religion. – New name and flag for Ethiopia – Addis Ababa (Finfine) the…

How Egypt Is Slowly Losing Its Hold Over the Nile River?

WPR By Julian Hattem For millennia, the Nile River has served as the backbone of Egypt, the lifeblood of its people. Gradually, though, the land of the pharaohs is losing its grip. Late last month, Uganda hosted the first ever heads-of-state summit aimed at resolving disagreements over the waters of the Nile. But it produced…

Former President Mubarak considered using Tu-160 to destroy Ethiopian dam

Egyptindependent An unverified voice recording attributed to Egypt’s Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak has generated great controversy among Egyptian social media users. The recording, which surfaced on a Facebook page titled ‘Ana Asef Ya Rais’ [‘I’m sorry Mr. President’], featured statements from Mubarak on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam ‘GERD’. Mubarak relinquished power in 2011 following…