NBC NEWS 10 December 2018 by DAN DE LUCE & COURTNEY KUBE Beijing has made deep inroads across the continent and now Russia is also trying to plant...

THE INTERCEPT 1 December 2018 by NICK TURSE Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to the media at the Pentagon on...

MERCURY 30 November 2018 Russia is stepping up its political and military presence in Africa. Already the European giant has upped its military ties to the majority of Africa’s nations, including Ethiopia, Libya, Niger and Chad. It’s upped its political influence in Zimbabwe, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is working on oil and gas projects...

NEWSWEEK 18 November 2018 by TOM O’CONNOR Russia and China have embarked on increasing their military presence in Africa, where the U.S. recently announced it would withdraw some troops in order to counter its two top rivals abroad. As war rages between the government and rival rebel movements in the Central African Republic, Russia has set out to play a larger role...

CHANNEL NEWSASIA 13 November 2018 UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Wednesday to lift a nearly decade-old arms embargo and targeted sanctions on Eritrea, diplomats said, after the country’s rapprochement with Ethiopia and thawing of relations with Djibouti. Diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the 15-member council...

THE ARAB WEEKLY 4 November 2018 by FRANCIS GHILES The trend of greater Chinese economic presence across the Middle East is there for all to see. Wide-ranging...

IOL BUSINESS REPORT 17 September 2018 SIYABONGA HADEBE the IMF and World Bank had already left and also not concerned about the damaged they had caused....

BLOOMBERG 14 September 2018 Country emerging from isolation after Ethiopia rapprochement Closer ties being forged with U.A.E., Russia, Saudi Arabia Eritrea is casting off its reputation as a hermit state and pushing to become a key player in one of the world’s most strategically important regions. Decades of eschewing international cooperation by the...

ASIA TIMES 10 September 2018 For nearly 10 years, Beijing has been tightening its grip on strategic zones within its sphere of influence, notably in the South China Sea. Now, according to the Pentagon’s 2018 annual report on China’s military power, that buildup is coming of age: the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has ramped up not only its land army but also its...

THE GUARDIAN 11 September 2018 Kremlin officials are offering arms and military services deals in exchange for diplomatic support and mineral extraction...