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US, Australia anger over Chinese military

cajnews AFRICA April 25 2018 WASHINGTON and Canberra have raised alarm over Beijing’s naval ambitions in Africa and the Pacific, with one senator warning it could “place US security at risk”. Reports of a Chinese plan for military expansion across the developing world have come under attack after an Australian newspaper claimed Vanuatu was in talks with Beijing about hosting troops on the...

The risks of ‘One Belt, One Road’ for China’s neighbors

The Japan Times April 24 2018 In March, the Center for Global Development, a U.S. think tank based in Washington, published a fascinating report. It claimed that China was posing a severe risk to the finances of a number of countries as a result of its aid activities and excessive lending. The report went on to list seven specific countries whose finances are at serious risk: Mongolia, Laos, Kyrgyzstan,...

En aparté avec…Larry André Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis d’Amérique à Djibouti

La Nation 23 Avril 2018 Le nouvel ambassadeur des Etats-Unis d’Amérique accrédité en République de Djibouti,  Larry André, nous a accordé une interview dans laquelle il passe en revue les relations privilégiées qui existent entre les deux pays et qui mettent l’accent « sur la sécurité, la prospérité et la gouvernance. »  Touché par l’hospitalité et la  vivacité  de notre...

Yamamoto heads to Djibouti after rare Eritrea visit

AFRICA TIMES 23 April 2018 Senior United States official for African Affairs Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto, the country’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, is making a rare visit to the politically isolated Eritrea Monday before moving on to Djibouti and Ethiopia. In Asmara, Yamamoto is meeting with U.S. embassy staff as well as the wider diplomatic community, and visiting with Eritrean government...

Djibouti intrigue deepens

WorldCargo News 23 April 2018 The dispute between the government of Djibouti and DP World runs on and on. The Dubai firm says that it still regards its concession to operate Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) as being in force, although its employees have been forced to leave the country DP World argues that the government “unlawfully seized control of the terminal” on 22nd February and it has...

Regional news

Escaping the Hydra’s Grip: Exiled African leaders Fight to Reform their Countries

The news has been full lately of autocratic leaders willing to go to any lengths to cling to power. The Maldives is daily sinking deeper into a political crisis that has seen protesters and opposition politicians arrested, international lawyers detained and deported, and the Supreme Court’s chief justice sacked. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) teeters on the edge of tragic chaos and...

Grace Mugabe absent from S.Africa summit as assault claim lingers

The East African 20 August 2017 Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first lady. PHOTO | FILE By AFP Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear Saturday at a summit in South Africa attended by her husband, an event overshadowed by her effort to obtain diplomatic immunity over assault allegations. The wife of President Robert Mugabe has not been seen since being accused of attacking...

Go west for democracy, stay east for the economy

NTV 14 August 2017 Since the July 2015 vote in Burundi, all the East African Community countries except South Sudan have had elections. The latest were Rwanda on August 4, and then Kenya a few hours ago on August 8. In all the elections, except Rwanda, the Oppositions rejected the result as rigged. Of course the opposite is also a possibility. That the incumbents win honestly and the Opposition,...

Anti-Zuma vote will be done in secret, says SA Speaker

The East African 7 August 2017 South Africa’s Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete. PHOTO | AFRICA REVIEW In Summary President Zuma faces his eighth motion of no confidence The ANC said they have no doubt that this “frivolous motion” will fail like the previous seven. The call for the motion of no confidence came after President Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet on March...

US delivers last choppers to Kenya Air Force

The East African 20 July 2017 The last two of eight Bell Huey II helicopters that were delivered by the US on July 19, 2017 to the Kenya Air Force. The helicopters have an exceptional capacity to operate in hot and high-elevation environments. PHOTO | COURTESY In Summary Six similar choppers were delivered on December 2, 2016, and are being used to deploy rapid response units to and from...