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Old-style Dictator undermining Djbouti’s potential

17 January 2019 by THE EDITOR Embezzlement of public funds, money laundering, foreign property deals – for many years, these crimes were associated with African dictators accused of taking aid money and investment in their country back out to European capitals, spending millions of dollars on themselves and their families to the detriment of their people. In many cases, these leaders have been...

Deadly Nairobi attack comes as U.S. military ramps up airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia

THE WASHINGTON POST AFRICA 17 January 2019 by MAX BEARAK Kenyan police officers return from the scene inside a business complex in Nairobi, a day after attackers stormed the compound. (Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) NAIROBI — When the Somali extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for this week’s 19-hour siege of a Nairobi complex that left at least 21 dead, it said the attack was...

Ethiopia allows almost 1 million refugees to leave camps and work

REUTERS 17 January 2019 by NITA BHALLA NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ethiopia passed a law on Thursday giving almost 1 million refugees the right to work and live outside of camps, in a move praised for providing them with more dignity and reducing reliance on foreign aid. Home to Africa’s second largest refugee population after Uganda, Ethiopia hosts more than 900,000 people who have fled conflict, drought and persecution in neighboring countries such as South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea. The refugees – many of whom sought refuge decades ago and have children born...

US sounds alarm about China’s military and economic inroads in Indo-Pacific

THE TIMES OF INDIA 16 January 2019 by  RAJAT PANDIT Highlights The US Pentagon says Beijing also “completed” over $20 billion of military sales and transfers a s a component of its foreign policy just between 2012 and 2016 to become the world’s fifth largest arms supplier Pakistan, on its part, is getting eight Yuan-class diesel-electric submarines, two Type-054A multi-role frigates...

The great game in the Horn of Africa

TRT WORLD 16 January 2019 by MEHARI TADDELE MARU The Horn of Africa appears to be geared towards a new order set off by global competition over strategic interests. The Horn of Africa appears to be gearing towards a new order set off by a global competition of strategic interest by great powers in Africa. In addition to internal political upheavals, the competition is precipitated by a struggle...

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Russia in Africa: Is it becoming a key player?

BBC NEWS 9 January 2019 by KUMAR MALHOTRA Foreign military personnel inspect equipment at a Russian defence show Russia’s recent activities in Sudan and the Central African Republic have been the subject of intense speculation. That’s because along with renewed economic ties, private Russian military contractors are reported to have been active in both countries. This is particularly...

Ethiopia-Eritrea border boom as peace takes hold

BBC NEWS 9 January 2019 People come to Adigrat to stock up on all sorts of items The sun had just risen but the market in Adigrat was already coming alive when I went to visit. Dozens of makeshift stalls lined the street where a group of women traders were sifting chickpeas. In another place an elderly man was removing chickens from cages and placing them outside his shop. You can buy almost anything...

MAERSK Line Begins Operations In Mogadishu Port

HORSEED MEDIA 8 January 2019 Danish shipping line services MAERSK has begun operating in Somali’s Mogadishu Port. Mogadishu Port management announced that the shipping company started operations at the port on Saturday last week. The port administration said on this was a major development for their port and will create both business and employment for the people of Somalia. In a statement, the...

Global Engagement With Africa Continued to Surge in 2018

CHATHAM HOUSE 8 January 2019 by DR ALEX VINES OBE Xi Jinping at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing in September 2018. Photo: Getty Images. There is no doubt that 2019 will see a quickening of renewed international competition in Africa. China is now Africa’s leading trading partner and India, Russia and others are increasing their involvement, whereas the European Union is treading...

UK, Russia and UAE scramble to set up military bases in Somaliland

DAILY NATION 8 January 2019 Somaliand President Mouse Bihi holding talks with UK’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson at the presidential palace in Hargeisa, Somaliand, at the weekend. PHOTO | COURTESY In Summary UK keen on building new military bases around the world after Brexit. Russia wants a 1,500 man base to support its warships and hunter-killer submarines. The United Arab Emirates is...