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‘It’s Time to Get Tough on Eritrea’

‘It’s Time to Get Tough on Eritrea’

In the course of the all-embracing efforts to pursue regional integration in the Horn, the Eritrean regime’s belligerent behaviour towards it neighbours and its unholy marriage with insurgents is posing threats to regional stability and peace. The Asmara regime’s recent incursion in the disputed area along the Djibouti border is raising a red flag. And […]

U.S. President, Donald Trump Hosts Two Chibok Girls

U.S. President, Donald Trump Hosts Two Chibok Girls

The U.S. President, Donald Trump, and his daughter, Ivanka, met with two Chibok girls, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu on June 27 at the White House. Bishara, 20, and Pogu, 19 were among 57 girls who escaped from Boko Haram in Borno by jumping off the back of a truck in 2014. The 57 were […]

‘Disproportionate emphasis’ on security would undercut sustaining peace in Sahel

‘Disproportionate emphasis’ on security would undercut sustaining peace in Sahel

The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the need to “avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security” when carrying out a strategy to help Africa’s Sahel region achieve sustained peace and development. “Given the trans-border and multidimensional nature of instability in the Sahel region, there can be no purely military solution,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed […]

More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda

More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda

A ‘Solidarity Summit’ for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some $358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced today. UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, that it was a “good starting point” although the international conference was looking to raise $2 billion. Hosted by President Yoweri Museveni and the […]

No Wall for Ethiopia, Rather an Open Door – Even for Its Enemy

No Wall for Ethiopia, Rather an Open Door – Even for Its Enemy

It’s one thing to read about the exodus of souls flowing out of Eritrea, it’s quite another to look into the tired eyes, surrounded by dust and grime, of a 14-year-old Eritrean girl who’s just arrived on the Ethiopian side of the shared border. She is carrying a scruffy plastic bag. Inside are a few […]

Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East

Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East

China recently established a military base in Djibouti. Little is known about the base except that it may have capacity to house up to 10 000 troops. The military base has attracted much international attention, with little understanding of either Djibouti or China’s motives. Turning 40 years old on 27 June, Djibouti – which has […]

South Sudan’s Riek Machar Pleads With Museveni Over House Arrest

South Sudan’s Riek Machar Pleads With Museveni Over House Arrest

The former mediator between the Uganda government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Betty Bigombe, has run into the first hurdle in her new assignment to reconcile the warring parties in South Sudan. President Museveni recently appointed Bigombe, 64, as his technical advisor on the South Sudan Peace Initiative. Bigombe’s last public office was that […]

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

The African Union is calling for calm as border tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea intensify. The rising threat of unrest is further fallout from the diplomatic crisis embroiling Qatar. A decades-long border dispute in the Doumeira region that, on occasion, had turned violent, was dampened in 2010 when the two sides agreed to let Qatar […]

Idi Amin’s Concrete Boat Sinks During Launch

Idi Amin’s Concrete Boat Sinks During Launch

During his presidency, Idi Amin very much wanted to show off the military strength of the Ugandan army, and how it was going to bomb Cape Town in South Africa to teach the apartheid regime of Pieter Botha a lesson. During the 1975 Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Kampala, the guests were treated […]

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

As the Gulf crisis enters its third week, the decision to cut or downgrade diplomatic ties with Qatar by nine African countries could have a long-term impact on the nationals of those countries, analysts warned. “This is not good for Africa. This is rush decision-making and taking sides in a crisis that the leaders have […]

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