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Somalia: Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmaajo” elected president

Thursday, February 9, 2017 @ 12:11 am

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a former Somali prime minister and dual Somalia-U.S. citizen, was elected president of Somalia after two rounds of voting by the country’s newly selected parliament. The departing president, Hassan Sheikh [...]

US ends economic embargo on Sudan

Sunday, January 15, 2017 @ 3:41 am

(Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee – Associated Press) The Obama administration announced Friday the end of a U.S. economic embargo on Sudan, lifting trade and financial sanctions in an eleventh-hour push to expand ties with the long-estranged [...]

Ethiopia’s crisis: Things fall apart: Will the center hold?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 3:46 am

(René Lefort) Almost exactly a year ago, Ethiopia entered its worst crisis since the arrival of the regime in 1991. Last month, a state of emergency was proclaimed. These two events have generated a flood of commentary and analysis. A few key [...]

Hate speech, ethnic tension ahead of Kenya’s 2017 elections

Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 5:11 pm

(Peter Alingo) As Kenya prepares for elections next year, the political die seems already cast. With the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) facing off against the ruling Jubilee Coalition, the political temperature is rising. Political [...]

Djiboutian General Soubagleh appointed as Commander of AMISOM

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

(Press release – AMISOM) Mogadishu, 19 July 2016 – The new Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia Lt. General Osman Noor Soubagleh has formally assumed office. Lt. General Soubagleh who replaces Lt. General Jonathan Rono [...]

Egypt asks Israeli help on Ethiopian Renaissance dam

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is reported to have asked the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to intervene and help solve his country’s dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam crisis. The Al-Araby [...]

Swiss MPs discuss Eritrean refugees “illicit trips” to Asmara

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

(Swissinfo.ch and agencies, with input from Stefania Summermatter) As a United Nations report accuses Eritrean leaders of crimes against humanity, some Eritreans who have been granted asylum in Switzerland are being accused of illicitly returning [...]

UN Inquiry finds Crimes Against Humanity in Eritrea

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 @ 4:37 pm

Geneva (8 June 2016) – Crimes against humanity have been committed in a widespread and systematic manner in Eritrean detention facilities, military training camps and other locations across the country over the past 25 years, according to a [...]

UK Foreign Minister: Andargachew Tsege is not being ill-treated

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 @ 10:03 pm

Press release of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of United Kingdom Andargachew Tsege’s case was top of the agenda when the Foreign Secretary visited Ethiopia on Wednesday 1 June 2016 Philip Hammond pressed for progress when he met both [...]

Africa and the Jihadist Threat

Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ 4:08 am

(Olusegun Obasanjo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Wolfgang Ischinger) The list of places in Europe and Africa that have suffered from jihadist terrorism is rapidly growing: the seaside town of Grand-Bassam in Côte d’Ivoire, nightspots in [...]
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