Report: Kenyan officials, Al-Shabaab involved in smuggling network

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Kenyan civil and military officials are highly involved in a sugar smuggling network, according to a study report by a Kenya based organization. The trade is worth between $200 million and $400 million, according to the report by Journalists For Justice, a project of International Commission of Jurists. The report […]

ISIS getting more clout with Al Shabaab members [+Video]

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(Harry Farley – Christian Today) Support for ISIS appears to be growing as a new video, purportedly released by Al Shabaab, shows 50 fighters pledging their allegiance to the radical militant group. Al Shabaab, the Somalian Islamist group, has previously been an affiliate of al Qaeda who have denounced the […]

Can Ethiopia Survive Its Own War On Terror?

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(Christina Goldbaumnov – Ozy.com) On April 2, as I waited in a doctor’s office near Nairobi, the anchor of Kenya’s morning news broadcast began reporting what would prove to be a horrific attack on Garissa University by the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab. As the early news trickled in, some people […]

Somalia threatened by illegal fishermen after the pirates

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(Catrina Stewart in Eyl – The Guardian) Five years ago, the isolated outpost of Eyl was Somalia’s most notorious pirate lair. Perched above the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean, the ramshackle town played host to wheeling and dealing pirate kingpins who would roar through the rutted streets in tinted […]

Movements of, Ripostes to Radicalism in the Horn of Africa

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1. Background Garissa University College attack in Kenya left close to 150 young students massacred by al Shabaab. Hundreds of people have been holding a candle-lit vigil in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to remember the victims of last week’s attack at Garissa University College by al-Shabab gunmen. A temporary shrine of […]

Security in the Horn of Africa and the Islamic State

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(Asamnew D. Gizaw) ISIL represents the greatest terror of our time. It can also be a grand threat to countries that are located in the potentially volatile region of the Horn of Africa. The region, which has recently shown positive developments in economic and security spheres, can relapse into civil […]

Ethiopia’s Engagement in Somalia, a necessity

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(Gebre Selassie Araya) Scholars studying conflict agree that internal conflicts have different categories based on their causes and dimensions. These categories include conflicts triggered by ‘bad domestic problems’, such as socio-economic and political grievances; conflicts based on ethnicity and geographical disputes; conflicts at ‘mass-level’, with external actors at stake. The […]

Canadian gov’t ‘delaying’ transfer of terror convict from Ethiopia

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(Debra Black) Ottawa has dropped the ball in the prison-transfer of a Canadian citizen serving a life sentence in Ethiopia, according to Said Maktal, a cousin of the prisoner. Maktal criticizes Ottawa of not vigorously pursuing the transfer, saying that new minister of foreign affairs has no interest in his […]

MasterCard sets up shop in Somalia, starts issuing Credit Cards

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(Matina Stevis) MasterCard Worldwide this week started issuing credit cards in Somalia in a bid to tap the $1.6 billion annual remittances business that has been disrupted by U.S. and U.K. banks suspending their services on fears of inadvertently being involved in money laundering or terrorist financing. MasterCard is linking […]

Ethiopia, Somalia among highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic | Save the Children

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Almost 30 countries are highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic jeopardising the future of millions of children, warns Save the Children in its new report A Wake Up Call: lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems.  The report ranks the world’s poorest countries on the state of their health […]

Somalia: A Federal System in the Making

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(…..and Ethiopia’s role in the eye of Somali people) Somalia positioned in the horn of Africa has been swayed by deadly war for the last over two decades. After the demise of the totalitarian communist president Siad Barre, the country was taken into civil war by various clan based war […]

Eritrea wants an Arab-only summit on Red Sea security

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Eritrea deems the presence of foreign marines and bases as destabilizing to Red Sea and has been urging for a summit of coastal countries – spearheaded by Egypt and exclusive of Israel. The revelation came in a remark made by the Eritrean ambassador in Cairo speaking at a meeting with […]

Is ISIS allied to or influencing African Jihadi Groups?

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(Hassan M. Abukar) In August 2014, Africa’s spy chiefs met in Nairobi as part of the African Union’s Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA). They expressed deep concern about the growing threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the likelihood that the radical […]

EU increases aid, as Ethiopia becomes Africa’s largest refugee-host

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Press releaseThe European Commission’s Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) BrusselsOctober 23, 2014 EU increases humanitarian funding for refugees The European Commission is providing an additional €5 million to respond to the needs of the growing number of refugees in Ethiopia. The country has become the largest refugee-hosting nation […]