Why Egypt is concerned about Sudan-Turkey deal over Suakin island?

(Mohamed Abdel Maguid - Egypt Today) Egypt has watched very carefully Sudan’s decision to lease its Suakin Island…

Opinion

Why Egypt is concerned about Sudan-Turkey deal over Suakin island?

(Mohamed Abdel Maguid - Egypt Today) Egypt has watched very carefully Sudan’s decision to lease its Suakin Island in Red Sea to Turkey as Cairo experiences intense relations with Ankara and Khartoum over several political issues. The deal…

Preventing civil war and state failure in Ethiopia

Photo - Ethiopia's Simien Mountains

(Tesfai Hailu) Opposition groups prone to taking orders from Minnesota and Washington D.C. are once again counting their chicken before they hatch; typically blowing their own horns; yet again announcing the demise of the regime; re-writing EPRDF’s obituary,…

New Political Tactics of Somalia to Destabilize Somaliland’s Independence

In the past 27 years, Somaliland managed to display an enviable measure of peace and stability. It has been pointed out as an oasis of stability in a chaotic region. Somaliland has been a member of UNPO since 2004…

Somaliland: Proposals to Improve Value of Government and Win Trust of Citizens   

Map - The Horn of Africa region

(Mohammed Farah) 1. Digging Roots of Mistrust between the Government and Citizens Somaliland has come across challenges to achieve grassroots of development, functioning institutions and  democratic governance. Lessons learned from different authorities over the last two decades highlighted…

Egypt and Ethiopia clash over huge River Nile dam

(Heba Saleh and John Aglionby - Financial Times) Nothing illustrates the extent of Egypt’s dependence on the Nile as much as an aerial view of the country. Amid vast deserts, the river and its cultivated banks appears a narrow green…

​Winning the People’s Trust: The Challenge for Somaliland Leaders

Every government pledges many things to its people before it comes to power. The people elect them based on their pledges, credentials, and sometimes because they simply want to do away with the government in power. The newly…

​Somali Region’s Liyu Police: Challenging the Media Bias 

(Hafsa Mohammed) Did you know that every region in Ethiopia has its own police force? Probably not, unfortunately. According to the constitution, it is every region’s responsibility “to establish and administer a state police force, and to maintain…

​Ethiopia’s battle with Non-State Dictatorial Forces 

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(Abey Zewde) It’s unheard of!  It is unbelievable! It’s beyond imagination!  It’s hard to explain! Indeed it’s a puzzling reality that a Non-State Dictatorial and Tyrannical forces exist inside a sovereign and aspiring Democratic developing nation like Ethiopia…

​Somalilander’s high expectations with new Government in office

(Muse Jeeh) Following the successful transfer of power between the two presidents in Somaliland on December 13th, 2017, it is going to be the first time that Somalilanders hear from their leaders that government officials have to register…

Jawar Mohamed and USA’s Interest in Ethiopia

A demagogue activist who is religiously and ethnically divisive and hate preacher, hosted by United State, which is paradoxically a great nation characterized by a paragon of democracy, should overhaul its stand and must not be a hiding…

News

Puntland accuses Somaliland of “naked invasion”

Map - Tukaraq, Sool region, Somaliland-Puntland border

The president of Puntland, the semi-autonomous region of Somalia, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas spoke about the escalating tension with Somaliland. Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday night, he accused Somaliland for attacking his territory and pledged…

Somaliland and Puntland forces clashed in Tukaraq, Sool region

Map - Tukaraq, Sool region, Somaliland-Puntland border

Somaliland military defense forces clashed with Puntland forces on Monday in Tukaraq village which lies 35 km from Garowe. The fighting between the two sides involving heavy artillery began early morning of Monday and continued until midday and…

The EPRDF ExeCom Statement in 15 points

The executive committee of EPRDF (Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front) held one of its highly anticipated meetings in recent years from Dec. 12 to Dec. 29. The marathon meeting was concluded with about 2500 words long statement, released…

Oromia, Somali forces withdraw from common borders

Map - Maeso & Babile areas, Oromia-Somali regions border

Oromia and Ethio-Somali regions have started withdrawing police and militia from their common borders, according to sources in the area. In the past few days, the police and militia of the two regions were observed pulling back from…

Mass graves found in Gadulo, says Ethio-Somali president

Photo - Daru Labu and Hawi Gudina woreda, Oromia, Ethiopia

Two mass graves and 48 bodies of Somalis killed in Gadulo, Oromia region, has been recovered, according to an account of Ethio-Somali region president. Last Friday, several dozens of ethnic Somalis were killed in Gadulo, Daru Leba woreda,…

Several dozens Somalis killed in Gadulo, Daru Labu, West Hararghe

Photo - Daru Labu and Hawi Gudina woreda, Oromia, Ethiopia

Scores of people killed on Friday in the deadliest incident of the Oromia-Somali region conflict in the year. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn issued a statement condemning as "mass killing". At least 60 ethnic Somalis were killed in Gadulo…

Muse Bihi sworn in as ​Somaliland’s new president

Photo - Muse Bihi, Ahmed Silanyo and Dahir Riyale, the new president and his predecessors [Photo - Muse Jeeh]

(Muse Jeeh) The new president of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi was inaugurated and sworn at the capital Hargeisa on Wednesday December 13, 2017, following the November polls widely acclaimed as peaceful and democratic one across the country. The…

Updated: Oromia president denounces as Chelenko’s death toll rises

Map - Eastern Ethiopia, Oromia and Somali regions

(Updated on the seventh paragraph with additional info about the deceased) Oromia president pledged quick inquiry, as the number of people killed due to a clash in the eastern town of Chelenko reached sixteen. Last Monday, federal security…

Student ​murders, ethnic tension in Ethiopian Universities

Tension escalated in Ethiopian universities, as four students got killed in three universities within a week. Wollega University On Monday (Dec. 11), around mid-night, two students of Wollega University, Shambu campus, were killed after being attacked in their dormitory.…

Sudan’s army pulled back amid tension on Ethio-Sudan border

Map - Ethiopia-Sudan common border

The military situation in Ethiopian and Sudan border descalated after Sudan withdrew its forces, a military source informed HornAffairs. Sudanese military soldiers had moved about 15 kilometers to Ethiopian side on Monday, according to the source at the…

Interviews

“You don’t need monopoly to shutdown the Internet”, Minister Debretsion Gebremichael[+Video]

Photo - Debretsion Gebremichael and HornAffairs' Daniel Berhane, Interview, June 2017

Government ownership of Ethio-telecom saved the country from the woes of privatized telecom, Minister Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD) claimed…

ICRC still denied access to Maekelawi, Somali region [+video]

Photo - ICRC Ethiopia headquarters

Ethiopia continues to limit prison access of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the head of delegation…

Amb. Wondimu: “History is replete with glories stumbling into debacles”

Photo – Wondimu Asamnew, Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia

Wondimu Asamnew is an Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia. He has been actively working to execute the heavy-handed missions…

Researcher: Hate, dangerous speech low among Ethiopian facebook users

Ethiopians' discussion on facebook is much more nuanced than perceived to be, according to a team of researchers…

Exclusive| Abay Tsehaye: Oromos know who robbed, maltreated them

Ethnic baiting targeting TPLF and Tigrayans in connection with the protests in Oromia is a diversionary tactic, said…

Ethiopia| Merera Gudina: “The gov’t is simply accusing left and right”

Deutsche Welle's interview with Merera Gudina (PhD), v/chair of Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum and Chair of Oromo…

Economy

Map - The Horn of Africa region

Somaliland: Proposals to Improve Value of Government and Win Trust of Citizens   

(Mohammed Farah) 1. Digging Roots of Mistrust between the Government and Citizens Somaliland has come…

Photo - Mekelle city, Tigray

Mekelle City should reconsider pulling the plug on struggling businesses

(Tesfai Hailu) As everyone who lives or paid a visit to Mekelle lately would notice,…

A house divided: How Saudi Crown Prince purged royal family rivals

(Samia Nakhoul, Angus McDowall, Stephen Kalin - Reuters) The first hint that something was amiss came in…

Saudi Arabia detains princes, billionairs, inc. al-Amoudi, freezes assets

(Compiled from Alarby reports) Saudi Arabia has detained 11 princes and 38 other businessmen, senior military officials…

Photo - Ethiopian Birr

Ethiopian Birr devalued by 15%

In the midst of a Forex currency crisis, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has…

Photo - Ethiopia's Tigray region

​Land Grabbing Cases in Mekelle & Wukro

(Haile Tessema) Residents of Mekelle and visitors to the regional capital would be familiar with…

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Addis Ababa for a state visit to Ethiopia on May 4, 2014. (Photo China News ServiceLiu Zhen)

Ethiopia’s distinct path to development, with help from China

Ethiopia is the most stable state in the dangerous neighbourhood of the Horn of Africa,…

Security

Why Egypt is concerned about Sudan-Turkey deal over Suakin island?

(Mohamed Abdel Maguid - Egypt Today) Egypt has watched very…

Map - Tukaraq, Sool region, Somaliland-Puntland border

Puntland accuses Somaliland of “naked invasion”

The president of Puntland, the semi-autonomous region of Somalia, Abdiweli…

Map - Tukaraq, Sool region, Somaliland-Puntland border

Somaliland and Puntland forces clashed in Tukaraq, Sool region

Somaliland military defense forces clashed with Puntland forces on Monday…

New Political Tactics of Somalia to Destabilize Somaliland’s Independence

In the past 27 years, Somaliland managed to display an…

Map - Maeso & Babile areas, Oromia-Somali regions border

Oromia, Somali forces withdraw from common borders

Oromia and Ethio-Somali regions have started withdrawing police and militia…

​Somali Region’s Liyu Police: Challenging the Media Bias 

(Hafsa Mohammed) Did you know that every region in Ethiopia…

Jawar Mohamed and USA’s Interest in Ethiopia

A demagogue activist who is religiously and ethnically divisive and…

Oromia

Photo - Ethiopia's Tigray region

Press Statement on the condition of mob violence against Tigrayans and other Ethiopian citizens

The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS) vehemently condemns the ongoing mob violence targeting innocent Tigrean and other Ethiopian citizens living in…

Tigrayan students targeted in Metu University

Oromia special police singled out Tigrayan students for harassment in Metu University, located in south-western part of Ethiopia, on Saturday. Hagos Gebreegizabher,…

​Ethiopia: 9 killed in a communal clash in Benshangul-Gumuz

At least 9 people killed in a clash in Ethiopia's western region Benshangul-Gumuz. In Benshangul-Gumuz, Kamashi zone, Jaganfa woreda area, at least…

Ethiopia: Communal tension high in Jimma zone

Reports from residents of a village in Jima zone, Oromia region, of Ethiopia, indicate a growing risk of communal clash. The village…

Tigrayan businessmen targeted in Illubabor zone

The following report concerns Illubabor (Illuababora) zone of Oromia. It was first published on my facebook and twitter account on Friday, October…

​Ethiopia: OBN tv steps up inflamatory rhetoric

Inflamatory rhetoric increases in the official briadcaster of Ethiopia's Oromia region. Oromia Broadcasting Network (OBN) reported on Tuesday that tv, "a Tigrayan"…

Map - Camps of displaced Oromo citizens in Chinaksen, Harar, Dire Dawa

Fifty thousand displaced, evicted in Oromia-Somali crisis

About fifty thousands people fled Ethiopian-Somali regional state, following a clash with the neighboring state Oromia that left dozens dead and pressure…

Somaliland

Map - Tukaraq, Sool region, Somaliland-Puntland border

Puntland accuses Somaliland of “naked invasion”

The president of Puntland, the semi-autonomous region of Somalia, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas spoke about…

Map - Tukaraq, Sool region, Somaliland-Puntland border

Somaliland and Puntland forces clashed in Tukaraq, Sool region

Somaliland military defense forces clashed with Puntland forces on Monday in Tukaraq village which lies…

Photo - Somaliland President Bihi and Djibouti President Ismael Gileeh at Djibouti Airport VIP terminal

Somaliland’s President Bihi first visit to Djibouti

The president of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, leading a high level delegation arrived in Djibouti…

New Political Tactics of Somalia to Destabilize Somaliland’s Independence

In the past 27 years, Somaliland managed to display an enviable measure of peace and…

Map - The Horn of Africa region

Somaliland: Proposals to Improve Value of Government and Win Trust of Citizens   

(Mohammed Farah) 1. Digging Roots of Mistrust between the Government and Citizens Somaliland has come…

Eritrea

Map - Erta Ale, Afar, Ethiopia

An armed group from Eritrea kills a German in Erta Ale, Ethiopia

Armed men dispatched from Eritrea killed a German tourist in Erta Ale, northeast of Ethiopia on Sunday, according to HornAffairs sources. Erta…

Map - Red Sea coastal nations

The Rift in the GCC and Diplomatic Responses from the IGAD Region

David Hearst, a British expert on Middle East affairs, recently surprised the host of an Aljazeera TV program when he quipped that…

Photo - Asmara, Eritrea

The Rehabilitation of Africa’s Most Isolated Dictatorship

(Tom Gardner - Foreign Policy) Two recent and seemingly incongruous events may one day be seen as symbolic turning points for Eritrea,…

Photo - Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki, May 28, 2017

Pres. Isaias to UN SC – “Washington worked to drive a wedge between Ethiopians, Eritreans”

President Isaias Afeworki has sent messages to several Heads of State and Government urging them to use their influences in the UN…

Photo - Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki, May 28, 2017

Isaias Afeworki is winning in the no-war no-peace stalemate

This article attempts to analyze a post Isaias Afeworki’s Eritrea and about the revenge-oriented policy of President Isaias Afeworki against both Ethiopian and…

Press releases

Photo - Hawassa Industrial Park

Ethiopian PM visits Arvind’s Apparel factories at Hawassa Industrial Park

(Press release - Arvind Limited) Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn today visited Arvind Limited’s apparel manufacturing facilities at the Hawassa Industrial…

Map - The Horn of Africa region

International Partners visit drought-hit Horn of Africa, pledge support

(Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) International partners have made financial pledges in support of humanitarian response efforts in the drought-hit…

Photo - African Union Headquarters

Focus on Africa – G20 Africa Summit in Berlin

(Federal Foreign Office of Germany) The leading economies want to use a conference being held in Berlin on 12 and 13 June under the…

Map - The Horn of Africa region

U.S. strike against al-Shabaab logistics node

(U.S. Department of State) On June 11 at 2:20 am Eastern Standard Time, U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike in southern Somalia.…

Map - Djibouti and Gulf of Eden

Djibouti: IMF advices for lower PPP, as GDP grows 6.5 pc

On February 22, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Djibouti. Here is…