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China Deal Threatens Only American Military Base in Africa

US and Chinese bases side-by-side in the tiny Djibouti
US and Chinese bases side-by-side in the tiny Djibouti. The U.S. fear that will seriously compromise its own intelligence-gathering operations in the country. Pentagon is now calling Washington to relocate sensitive intelligence-gathering operations to more secure locations outside of Djibouti where they are better protected from interception by the Chinese. But where? to Eritrea?

By Con Coughlin | The Telegraph,

Attempts by China to increase its strategic involvement in East Africa have raised serious concerns about the future of one of America’s key intelligence-gathering posts on Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
Since the September 11 attacks in 2001, the US military’s Camp Lemonnier, which is located in the East African state of Djibouti, has become the centre for US terrorism operations in the region, gathering vital intelligence on al-Qaeda and Islamic State terror cells operating both in Africa and the Gulf region. Continue reading China Deal Threatens Only American Military Base in Africa

Time to Bring Eritrea in from the Cold

The US should agree to abstain rather than veto a resolution to lift Sanction on Eritrea– Herman Cohen, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa

“A normalization of relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia following the end of UN sanctions should follow with the normalization of relations with the United States that would open the door to military-to-military cooperation of the type that would enlist Eritrea in the war against Islamic terrorism in the Horn coming from across the Red Sea.” – Herman Cohen, Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1989 – 93)

By Herman Cohen,

After being part of Ethiopia for forty years, the people of Eritrea held a referendum in April 1993 and decided to establish an independent state.  The referendum took place in the aftermath of a thirty-year insurgency against two successive Ethiopian regimes waged by the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front (EPLF). At the same time, an allied insurgent group, the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), took over power in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, after the military collapse of the Soviet-supported regime headed by President Mengistu Haile Mariam. Continue reading Time to Bring Eritrea in from the Cold

Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear

“Jihadawi Harekat” is a smear campaign designed to vilify, malign, demean and marginalize Ethiopian Muslims

Century-old peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia is now under threat from the country’s minority rulers 

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

In December 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Ethiopia: Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?” contrasting two portraits of Ethiopia. At the time, the portrait painted by Transparency International (TI) (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity  (GFI) showed Ethiopia as a land blighted by  systemic corruption.

GFI reported that “Ethiopia, which has a per-capita GDP of just US$365, lost US$11.7 billion to illicit financial outflows between 2000 and 2009. In 2009, illicit money leaving the economy totaled US$3.26 billion, which is double the amount in each of the two previous years.” TI gave Ethiopia a score of  2.7 on the Corruption Index (on a scale of 0 – 10, where 0 means “highly corrupt” and 10 means “very clean”).  Continue reading Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear

Eritrean Envoy to the AU Pays Respect to the Deceased Meles Zenawi

Eritrea’s Deputy Ambassador to the AU, Biniam Berhe, signing the condolences book for Meles Zenawi on August 27, 2012

By Durame,

In an unexpected move, Eritrea extends its condolence to longtime rival Ethiopia after Meles Zenawi’s death, local reporters have said.

After days of silence, Eritrea’s Deputy Ambassador to the AU, Biniam Berhe, visited the Ethiopian National Palace on Monday, where the former prime minister’s coffin has been on display for mourners.

While at the National Palace, the young Eritrean diplomat signed the book of condolences on behalf of Eritrea, much to the surprise of many observers and security personal. Continue reading Eritrean Envoy to the AU Pays Respect to the Deceased Meles Zenawi