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Russia to Build Military Bases in 6 African Countries

“The speculative report is an utterly false and mere extension of a covert and pathetic smear campaign” – Eritrea’s Minister of Information

Russia was “contractually assured” it would be allowed to build military bases in Eritrea, the Central African Republic, Egypt, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Sudan. (Photo: Russian Defense Ministry)

BY TESFANEWS*

Russia is moving to expand its sphere of influence in Africa through new military bases in a move military experts say is aimed at building a military force in the form of a Russian-type AFRICOM capable of competing with the role the US military command in Africa (US AFRICOM) plays. Continue reading Russia to Build Military Bases in 6 African Countries

China may Assert Control of Djibouti Port, U.S. General Fears

Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, fears heavily indebted Djibouti government may relinquish authority of key U.S. military port in the country to China after seizing it from DP World of the UAE last week. (Nathan Herring/Army)

BY TRAVIS J TRITTEN | WASHINGTON EXAMINER

The United States is concerned and watching closely whether China will make a move to control a seaport in Africa that services the hub of American military operations on the continent, the general in charge of U.S. forces in Africa said on Tuesday. Continue reading China may Assert Control of Djibouti Port, U.S. General Fears

Qatar Withdraw May Endanger U.S. Forces in Djibouti

How on earth Qatar’s withdrawal of its peacekeeping force from the disputed Eritrea and Djibouti border endangers U.S. forces stationed in Djibouti? (Photo: VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO VIA GETTY IMAGES)

BY JOSEPH HAMMOND

An obscure border conflict between two nations in the Horn of Africa may threaten America’s only permanent military base on that continent.

The current crisis was sparked in June when Qatar suddenly withdrew the peacekeeping force it has maintained in a disputed region along the Eritrean-Djibouti border after both feuding nations announced their support for Saudia Arabia, the UAE and other regional powers that have criticized Qatar for its alleged support of terrorist groups. Continue reading Qatar Withdraw May Endanger U.S. Forces in Djibouti

Washington’s Closest Ally on the Horn of Africa Has a Terrible Human Rights Record

Tiny Djibouti is a key U.S. ally in the war on terror. Its president, however, is a highly repressive tyrant with dismal record on human rights, democratic governance, and the rule of law. Washington, as it always do with tyrant allies, stays silent.

By Jeffrey Smith | for Foreign Policy,

On the Horn of Africa, tucked between quarrelsome neighbors who receive the lion’s share of the regional spotlight, lies the nondescript and mostly forgotten Republic of Djibouti. The country rarely makes its way into international headlines — and this is exactly what the government and its allies, namely the United States, prefer. Washington has been content to keep its close collaboration with the government in Djibouti City under the radar, thereby avoiding the need to publicly defend its alliance with a highly repressive regime. Continue reading Washington’s Closest Ally on the Horn of Africa Has a Terrible Human Rights Record

U.S. Sets Stage for Libya-Style Regime Change in Eritrea?

By Glen Ford | BAR Executive Editor

The United States is methodically setting the stage for a so-called “humanitarian” military intervention against the small northeast African nation of Eritrea, under legal pretexts much like those used to justify NATO’s war of regime change against Libya, in 2011. As in Libya, the U.S. has hijacked the United Nations human rights apparatus to claim a “responsibility to protect” (R2P) Eritrea’s citizens from alleged abuses by their own government. War and regime change are the intended result. Continue reading U.S. Sets Stage for Libya-Style Regime Change in Eritrea?

Chinese Military Giving US Troops the Boot in Djibouti

Not Welcome Anymore. The US is about to lose one of its strategic military base in Djibouti to China. (© Sputnik/ Ramil Sitdikov)

By Sputnik News,

The Chinese military is about to give its American counterpart the boot in the tiny country of Djibouti – the strategically critical entrance from the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea located in the Horn of Africa.

The United States is about to lose one of its military installations in the Republic of Djibouti, America’s largest permanent military base in Africa and the home to more than 4,000 US personnel.

The government of the tiny country has seemingly had a change of heart and now wants to host a Chinese military contingent of about 10,000 instead. Continue reading Chinese Military Giving US Troops the Boot in Djibouti