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China ‘likely’ training pilots to target US, Pentagon report says

CNN Politics 17 August 2018 Washington (CNN): China is actively developing its fleet of long-range bombers and “likely” training its pilots for missions targeting the US, according to a new Pentagon report. “Over the last three years, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions...

Somalia president in Djibouti for talks amid diplomatic tension

Africa News 16 August 2018   Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo is in Djibouti on an official visit. The visit comes amid recent tensions of Somalia’s position on Eritrean sanctions. The presidency, Villa Somalia, tweeted photos of president Farmaajo’s arrival in Djibouti together with his delegation. They were met at the airport by the Djiboutian Prime Minister Abdoukader...

The U.S. Military Is Worried About China’s Moves in Africa

The National Interest 15 August 2018 The Pentagon and US State Department are reinforcing their commitment to African security and influence amid numerous reports of stepped up Chinese military and economic incursions into the region. The Pentagon aynd US State Department are reinforcing their commitment to African security and influence amid numerous reports of stepped up Chinese military and...

Djibouti Faces Dark Days to Come; Eritrean Ports, Pipeline Threaten Ethiopian Trade Lifeline

Modern Ghana 16 August 2018   Djibouti has been landlocked Ethiopia’s only access to the sea and depends of port taxes paid by Ethiopia for most of its income and with the Eritrean ports of Massawa and Assab on the Red Sea about to open finds itself faced with losing most of the Ethiopian trade it has enjoyed a monopoly on for the past twenty years. For a country of less than a million mostly...

EU NAVFOR mission operation commander visits Spanish MPRA in Djibouti

Port News 16 August 2018 EU NAVFOR’s Operation Commander, Major General Charlie Stickland visited the Spanish MPRA detachment in Djibouti to discuss the current operational climate and prominent issues, the EU mission official website said. Maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) provide naval assets with a variety of capabilities making EU NAVFOR resilient and agile. They do this by monitoring developments and providing maritime situational awareness, as well as imagery, intelligence, and surveillance. Major General Stickland, received a capability update on the equipment and aircraft...

Regional news

Ethiopia to allow privatisation of Ethiopian Airlines, telecoms

African Business 6 June 2018 Ethiopia will open its national carrier Ethiopian Airlines and state-owned telecom company to investors for the first time by selling minority stakes in the two firms. The move is part of a wider effort by Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to reform East Africa’s fastest growing economy, which is dominated by the state. Ahmed, in power since March 2018, has already reduced the role of Ethiopia’s powerful military in construction and similar projects, and lifted a state of emergency introduced after anti-government protests threatened to engulf the nation. The...

Ethiopia-Eritrea reconciliation project meets resistance from border communities

africanews 13 June 2018 The decision by Ethiopia’s ruling coalition to resolver a border dispute with Eritrea has met stiff resistance from members of Badme town which was the epicenter of the war that killed tens of thousands on both sides. The 36 member executive committee of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) announced on Tuesday that it would accept the December 2000 Algiers Agreement that was signed to restore peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea. But for many of Badme’s 15,000 residents, most of whom are veterans of the 1998-2000 conflict, the decision by premier...

Senate Tasks Gov’t to Put Acquired Port Land to Use

KT Press 11 June 2018 Rwandan Senate has given government up to six months to come up with a clear action plan and follow up on how to put to productivity port land the country acquired in Djibouti, Kenya and Tanzania. This task will see three ministries and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) convene to draft a plan on how Rwanda can profitably use 83.3 hectares of land. “We have resolved that in not more than six months we get a progress report on the agreement on Djibouti port and six months for government to give clear plan of how they will put the land  in Kenya and Tanzania to good...

When Peace is a Problem

New York Times 8 June 2018 If nature abhors a vacuum, politics abhors a military standoff, especially between two nations in one of the poorest, most volatile and most strategically sensitive regions of the world. And so there was much excitement when the government of Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it would fully accept the ruling of an international tribunal in the country’s boundary dispute...

Horn of Africa reeling from Cyclone Sagar

Business Ghana 23 May 2018 20,000 people were affected by flooding in Djibouti, more than 10,000 people were displaced in Somaliland, and homes and fishing boats were destroyed in Puntland. “This cyclone left a trail of destruction when it hit Puntland and Somaliland. The storm then continued to Djibouti, where it caused major flooding, not least in Djibouti city. This is the biggest storm to hit the region in years,” said Nigel Tricks, Regional Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council. The storm fist struck Somalia on Friday with damaging winds and heavy rains in Puntland. Farmers...