What’s in a name? European Imperialism and the Re-Naming of Africa

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(Ali A. Mazrui and Andrew D. White) In July 2011 the Nile Valley gave birth to a new Republic. The old Sudan was partitioned, and a new African state was born. It was called “the Republic of South Sudan.” Was a historic opportunity missed for naming it after the River […]

South Sudan, Egypt Ink $26 Million in Bilateral Deals

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(Philip Aleu) South Sudan and Egypt have signed agreements worth $26.6 million to launch water and technical development projects in South Sudan, a high-ranking official in President Salva Kiir’s office has said. The deals were signed last week during a visit by Mr. Kiir to Cairo, Awan Riak, the Minister […]

The Spillover effect of South Sudan in Gambella, Ethiopia

''Map - Juba,South-Sudan and Gambella, Ethiopia

(Dereje Feyissa) Refugee influx and ethnic conflicts Gambella is one of the most conflict-ridden regions in Ethiopia. One of the most contentious issues is the politics of numbers that has locked two of the region’s major ethnic groups, the Anuak and the Nuer, into conflict[1]. Both have a cross-border settlement […]

Text of IGAD’s 15 days ultimatum to S.Sudanese factions

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Intergovernmental Authority on Development Resolutions by the 28th Extraordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and GovernmentAddis Ababa7 November 2014 The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held its 28th Extra-Ordinary Summit on 6th and 7th November 2014 at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, under the […]

Rights groups and ICG call for arms embargo on South Sudan

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Human Rights watch urged Horn of Africa’s nations to lobby for arms embargo on South Sudan. HRW cited a petition signed by “more than 50 South Sudanese and international human rights and humanitarian organizations”. The statement came as regional leaders gather in Addis Ababa for a summit of the regional […]

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 […]

Briefing: South Sudan heads towards famine

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(IRIN) More than a third of South Sudan’s population is at risk of severe food insecurity as a result of the ongoing conflict, and the international community, NGOs and local organizations are sounding the alarm over an impending famine. Since December when the country’s feuding leaders, President Salva Kiir Mayardit […]

Five key takeaways from PM Hailemariam Desalegne’s latest presser

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Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne held a press conference on Friday, for a third time in ten months. Here are five key takeaways from the presser: 1. Salary adjustment and inflation The Premier argued that the recent signs of commodity price rise, which followed the announcement of civil servants salary adjustment, […]

Dr. Costantinos at UN Security Council: The role of African Polities in IDPs saga

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Testimony on the Plight of Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in Africa and the imperative to Engage African States according to the Kampala Convention on the Protection and Assistance to IDPs. Venue: UN Security CouncilNew York, May 30, 2014. Speaker: Costantinos Berhutesfa Costantinos, PhD – Trustee, Africa Humanitarian Action, www.africahumanitarian.org. Professor […]

Analysis: South Sudan conflict destabilizes Ethiopia’s regional strategy

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(Harry Verhoeven) If the past century’s dominant image of Ethiopia was that of an impoverished, war-torn state, epitomized by the horrendous 1984-1985 famine in Tigray and Wollo provinces, the early 21st-century picture of the country is surely exemplified by the construction of the biggest infrastructure project anywhere in Africa: Mere […]

Ethiopia threatens to withdraw peace-keeping troops from Abyei

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The Ethiopian government has warned it may not continue to provide military support to the peacekeeping mission in the oil producing Abyei region, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. According to an internal report by the United Nations, which Sudan Tribune has seen, the Ethiopian government said […]

Ethiopian PM to S.Sudan leaders: Sign peace deal today, or else I’ll arrest you.

''President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar and Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn - at the peace deal signing in Addis Ababa

* ‘Since you’ve come, you have to sign (today) for a ceasefire – not tomorrow – in order to stop the death happening in the field.’ * ‘I will not even give you one day, let alone seven days. I will not even give you one day,’ Hailemariam Desalegn, the […]

S. Sudan: President, Rebel leader Agree on Immediate Truce

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(William Davison) South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace accord that seeks to end more than five months of fighting, as they met for the first time since the clashes began. The agreement signed in Ethiopia’s capital late yesterday commits the sides to “cease […]

South Sudan’s Kiir Agrees to Meet Rival as UN Weighs Options

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(Nicole Gaouette, William Davison and Sangwon Yoon) South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir agreed to hold talks with rebel leader Riek Machar, as the United Nations Security Council is seeking to end a four-month conflict mired in ethnic violence. Kiir, who met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the […]

EU says African force only way to stop South Sudan killing

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(William Davison) An East African force charged with preventing fresh fighting in South Sudan could have its first troops in the country in a month, the European Union’s regional envoy said. The United Nations Security Council in two weeks may consider approving “several battalions” of troops from neighboring countries to […]