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South Sudan Buys Weapons Amid Famine: UN

“We have not bought arms for the last of two-three years” – Government Spokesman

At least half – “and likely substantially more” – of the country’s budget expenditures are devoted to security including arms purchases, according a confidential UN report.

BY AFP

South Sudan’s government is spending its oil revenue on weapons as the country descends into a famine largely caused by Juba’s military operations, according to a confidential UN report.

The report seen by AFP on Friday calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan – a measure backed by the United States but rejected by the Security Council during a vote in December.

“Weapons continue to flow into South Sudan from diverse sources, often with the coordination of neighboring countries,” said the report by a panel of experts. Continue reading South Sudan Buys Weapons Amid Famine: UN

Anatomy of the Lie: Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States

Before it was proven wrong, Eritrea was consistently accused of harboring Iranian and Israeli military base on its ports. Now a new trend of unsubstantiated allegations is trying to gain currency and that is Eritrea’s involvement in the Saudi led war against the Houthi in Yemen. But a lie only travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Ever read a news report and get the feeling that something simply does not add up? Seems to be a lot of “stories” in cyberspace nowadays that simply don’t make sense-and some are being reported by what the public considered “credible” and “reliable” outfits.

One such story that is trying to gain traction is the unsubstantiated allegations about Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. In the past we have seen reports about Israel and Iran bases being established in Eritrean ports. These stories were posted by Ethiopia’s surrogates and in some cases western intelligence agencies, and have been proven to be categorically false. Today, cross checking of facts and separating comments from fact seem to be non-existent. Continue reading Anatomy of the Lie: Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States

After Major Fact Finding Mission, Denmark Tightens Restrictions on Eritreans

The Danish Immigration Service spent three weeks in Eritrea on a fact finding mission. The delegation, therefore, concludes that ” The main reasons for the Eritrean youth migrations are the prolonged National Service, the social and economic situation in the country including the prospects for a better life in Europe or a combination of both.” In other words, not becuase of Human Right issues in the country. Period!

By The Local,

A MASSIVE increase in refugees from Eritrea earlier this year led Denmark to put a halt to asylum for Eritreans until the Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen) could evaluate the reason for the sharp uptick.

The results of the Immigration Service’s investigation have now been delivered to the Justice Ministry and Eritreans will once again be eligible for asylum in Denmark – but under much tougher criteria than before. Continue reading After Major Fact Finding Mission, Denmark Tightens Restrictions on Eritreans

South Sudan: Both Sides Committed ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

A UN public report on the gross violations of human rights in South Sudan suggests that there are gross violations of human rights in massive scale by both parties of the conflict as the violence quickly escalate into a cycles of revenge.

The report prepared by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) blames both the government and rebels highlighting the tribal or ethnic nature of the violence perpetrated by both Nuer and Dinka soldiers and militia.

By BBC News,

BOTH sides in South Sudan’s conflict have committed crimes against humanity, including mass killings, sexual slavery and gang-rape, a UN report says.

The “widespread and systematic” atrocities were carried out in homes, hospitals, mosques, churches and UN compounds, it added.

The report called for those responsible to be held accountable. Continue reading South Sudan: Both Sides Committed ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

Ethiopia and Kenya help Dismember Somalia

A new deal has recognised Jubaland, a strip of land in southern Somalia and bordering on Kenya and Ethiopia, as yet another quasi-independent entity in the region.

Under the dubious deal, Jubaland will operate as a self-governing entity for six months with a new name – Juba Administration

By Martin Plaut,

After nine days of late night meetings and plenty of arm-twisting, the fragile government of Somalia was finally forced to accept that a further slice of its territory had slipped beyond its control. The deal, signed in Addis Ababa, recognised Jubaland as yet another quasi-independent entity. This strip of land in southern Somalia and bordering on Kenya and Ethiopia, it is the illegitimate heir of both of these countries.

Jubaland is of critical importance to the whole of southern Somalia. Trade through the port and airport of Kismaayo is a lifeline for the region. Continue reading Ethiopia and Kenya help Dismember Somalia