Archive | Djibouti

Djibouti Is Hot

How a forgotten sandlot of a country became a hub of international power games. By Monte Reel | March 23, 2016 Photographs by Guillaume Bonn/INSTITUTE Bloomberg News The bartender measures a shot of Johnnie Walker Red Label in a steel jigger and dumps it over ice. A waitress sets the glass on a tray and […]

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Africa’s $700 Billion Problem Waiting to Happen

The Horn of Africa region is central to the world’s maritime trade. It’s also beginning to fall apart. BY ALEX DE WAAL Back in 2002, Meles Zenawi, then prime minister of Ethiopia, drafted a foreign policy and national security white paper for his country. Before finalizing it, he confided to me a “nightmare scenario” — […]

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China Setting up Shop Next to Key U.S. Drone Base in Africa

Foreign Policy BY PAUL MCLEARY Not content to build new military airstrips on a string of artificial islands in the South China Sea, Beijing is branching out even further, having just secured basing rights next door to Washington’s most important drone base in Africa. The eastern African nation of Djibouti has long been a critical component […]

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Somalia: Why is Al-Shabaab Still A Potent Threat?

International Crisis Group By Abdul Khalif & Cedric Barnes | @CedricHoA This year, the armed Islamist extremist group Al-Shabaab has notched up a series of bloody successes against both Somali targets and the African Union peace-enforcement mission AMISOM. Meanwhile, the international community has been busy cajoling principals of the Somali federal and state governments into […]

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With China’s Naval Base, Djibouti Could Become ‘Africa’s Singapore’

From International Business Times BY  MORGAN WINSOR  @MORGANWINSOR   General view of a tourist village in Obock, Djibouti on Feb. 10, 2008. PHOTO: JOSE CENDON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES  Skiffs sit on April 12, 2015, on a beach in Obock, a small port town in northern Djibouti where China is expected to soon begin building its first oversea military outpost. PHOTO: TONY […]

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Horn of Africa States Follow Gulf into the Yemen War

From The International Crisis Group Magnus Taylor, The Africa Report | 25 Jan 2016 In the Horn, where cash-strapped regimes often teeter on the brink of financial survival and alliances are made and broken with bewildering regularity, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has found willing partners as Saudi-Iranian tensions escalate. In the commercial melting pot […]

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America’s secret war on ISIL: The African military operation you’ll never hear about

The U.S. Air Force recently “neutralized” 69 enemy combatants — and has taken meticulous steps to cover its tracks This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. On October 7th, at an “undisclosed location” somewhere in “Southwest Asia,” men wearing different types of camouflage and dun-colored boots gathered before a black backdrop adorned with Arabic script.  They were […]

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Can Ethiopia’s railway bring peace to Somalia?

By Mary HarperAfrica editor, BBC World Service News, Addis Ababa Image copyrightEthiopian Railway Corporation “We decided to open the railway early because of the drought, the worst in decades,” says Getachew Betru, chief executive of the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC). It is a Saturday, but this thoughtful, intelligent man is busy working. Except for the […]

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Ethiopia accuses Eritrea over Yemen crisis

  By Yemane Negash, Reporter Recent reports show that Eritrea is officially involved in the Yemeni crisis allowing the Saudi-led Arab coalition to use its Assab port, airspace and territorial waters in fighting the Houthi rebels. A high official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, who wants to remain anonymous, told The Reporter that […]

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The E.U.’s Response to the Eritrean Refugee Crisis: Compromising the Red Sea at What Cost?

Europe’s Refugee Crisis The European Union (E.U.) is struggling to respond to the recent surge of refugees from Syria, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Albania, Iraq, Pakistan, Eritrea, Serbia, Ukraine and Nigeria. [1] War, poverty and repressive conditions are the three biggest drivers of migration for the people risking their lives to flee the inhospitable conditions at home. […]

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