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Can Military Might Alone Defeat al-Shabaab?

March 21, 2017by Mustafa Bananay A Somali woman walks past a soldier protecting a nomad settlement at Sadumay. Somalia, December 1, 2014 (Sipa/Associated Press) Developing a “security pact” to tackle insurgent jihadists al-Shabaab, who continue to stifle state-building efforts, is one of the key agenda items at the upcoming high-level conference on Somalia scheduled for […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Politics and Security, Regional Issues, Somalia, Somaliland0 Comments

Famine Declared in South Sudan: This should be the end of the line for Kiir and Machar

Last month the U.N. declared a famine in two parts of South Sudan and warned that nearly half the population—some 5.5 million people—is in urgent need of food assistance. According to a recent U.N. report, “The bulk of evidence suggests that the famine … has resulted from protracted conflict and, in particular, the cumulative toll […]

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Eritrea’s Perpetual Winter

By The Strathink Editorial Team Last week there were reports that 20 members of a rebel movement—known as the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM)—had been captured while attempting to attack the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The dam, now close to completion, is expected to quadruple Ethiopia’s current electricity and export […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Economy, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup3 Comments

Response by William Davison to “A Tale of Two Journalists”

To our readers: Below you will find a response to our Opinion Matters piece, “A Tale of Two Journalists.” This response was written by Guardian journalist William Davison. We would like to thank Mr. Davison for his comments. They are fair and balanced and we appreciate the civility of the discourse. We take his criticisms […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Democracy, Editorial, Ethiopia, Uncategorized1 Comment

Response by Graham Peebles on A Tale of Two Journalists

To our readers: Graham Peebles has written a response to our Opinion Roundup piece, “A Tale of Two Journalists.” We publish it here. I could not find an e-mail address on your site for some reason, so I will leave my response to this insulting attack here. I leave William to reply to the unfounded […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Democracy, Economy, Ethiopia1 Comment

How an American Bureaucrat Became President of Somalia

From Politico AP Photo He was a refugee who embraced U.S.-style democracy. Now’s he’s trying to bring it home. By TAYLOR GEE On the morning of February 8, a civil servant from Buffalo, New York—a Somali by birth but an American by choice—walked into a heavily guarded airplane hangar in the battle-scarred capital of his […]

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A Tale of Two Journalists: Graham Peebles and William Davison on Ethiopia

By the Strathink Editorial Team Center stage in U.S. politics today is the role of the media. The new administration has declared the media “the opposition party” and the contentiousness between the government and the mainstream media has been unprecedented. Before continuing this editorial, and Strathink would like to point out that we are rigorous […]

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Posted in Countries, Democracy, Ethiopia, Regional Issues7 Comments

Ethiopia on the Recent National Election in Somalia

The Ethiopian Government’s policy towards the National Election of Somalia is and has been based on the principle of total respect for the voice of the Somali people.  In compliance with this guiding principle, the Government of Ethiopia is ready to work together with a president elected by the people of Somalia.  As a neighboring country with […]

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Ginbot 7 and the Ethiopian Diaspora: Next Steps

By the Strathink Editorial Team Berhanu Nega, leader of Ginbot 7, a self-described terrorist group committed to overthrowing the Ethiopian government “by any means necessary,” is back in the United States. Why? Presumably, the economist turned military commander of a 200-man army based in Asmara is here to raise money and the flagging hopes of […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Democracy, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup, Policy Dialogue, Politics and Security18 Comments

Former Prime Minister Is Elected President of Struggling Somalia

From the New York Times By JEFFREY GETTLEMANFEB. 8, 2017 Photo Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday after he was elected president of Somalia.CreditSaid Yusuf Warsame/European Pressphoto Agency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a former prime minister, was chosen on Wednesday as Somalia’s next president, capping a clan-based electoral process that had been widely criticized as corrupt even […]

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