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Could Somalia’s biggest terror attack in history see a turnaround in combating al-Shabaab?

FROM ISS BY OMAR S MAHMOOD AND GUSTAVO DE CARVALHO The attack in central Mogadishu on 14 October that killed more than 350 people has not drawn much attention from traditional or social media. Despite being the largest terror attack in Somali history, the now-common supportive hashtags disseminated globally after such deadly incidents – such as #PrayforMogadishu – […]

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Eritrea’s Military Got Help From U.A.E., Foreign Firms, UN Says

By Nizar Manek November 12, 2017, 12:53 AM EST Gulf nation reportedly setting up base in Horn of Africa Assistance would violate eight-year UN arms embargo on Eritrea Emirati armed forces show their skills during a military show at the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. […]

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Eritrea backing armed groups against Ethiopia and Djibouti – U.N. experts

From Africa News Dear readers, Stay tuned for our next editorial, “Eritrea is not a place, it is a people.” Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban A United Nations report says Eritrea’s continued support for some anti-government elements continue to heighten security in the Horn of Africa region. The activities of the said groups are intended at […]

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What Trump’s stance on Africa means for continental security efforts

From the Institute of Security Studies America’s preference for cost-saving at the UN while pursuing bilateral approaches is affecting African peacekeeping. 06 NOV 2017  /  BY OMAR S MAHMOOD AND NDUBUISI CHRISTIAN ANI When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States (US) in January, many wondered what his administration’s policy towards Africa would be. Ten months later, it […]

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Eritrea: UN expert urges world not to turn its back on people fleeing unending human rights abuses

GENEVA (27 October 2017) – The people of Eritrea are suffering unending brutal human rights violations, and thousands continue walking for days in a desperate bid to reach the borders with neighbouring countries, the UN General Assembly has heard. Special Rapporteur Sheila B. Keetharuth listed multiple severe violations of people’s human rights, pleading with the […]

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Somalia Bombing Exposed the Security Cracks That Have Allowed Al-Shabab to Thrive

From World Politics Review On Oct. 14, a huge truck bombing in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killed at least 350 people, the deadliest act of terrorism in the country’s history. The manner and scale of the attack reveal much about the security situation in Somalia and the ongoing war against the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. In an email […]

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No War, No Peace, No Matter

By The Strathink Editorial Team Ethiopia-Eritrea relations today are no better than they were seventeen years ago with the signing of the Algiers Peace Agreement. It is a relationship defined by no war, no peace. Periodically fighting erupts along areas on the border—not enough to declare escalation but enough to remind everyone that all is […]

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Seven Things the New U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Should Know About Ethiopia

by The Strathink Editorial Team U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed career foreign service officer Michael Raynor as the new U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia. Ambassador Raynor, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, is no stranger to Africa. He served as Ambassador to Benin and executive director to the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs. He […]

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Kenyan police to flood streets as country braces for election violence

From The Guardian Tuesday’s poll pits incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta against veteran challenger Raila Odinga  Pastors from 20 churches in Eldoret, Kenya, march and pray for peaceful elections. Photograph: Jennifer Huxta/AFP/Getty Images Jason Burke in Nairobi Monday 7 August 2017 12.45 EDTFirst published on Monday 7 August 2017 03.31 EDT An estimated 180,000 police officers and members of the security forces […]

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Congressman Chris Smith’s Change of Heart: A Shift in U.S. Policy Towards Ethiopia

Editor’s note: Go to 13:33 to listen to the Chairman’s statement. By the Strathink Editorial Team An amendment offered by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, to House Resolution 128 has signaled an important shift in U.S. policy towards Ethiopia. […]

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