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Ethiopia Restructures Military, Set To Revive Navy

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia has restructured its army, the Ethiopian National Defense Force, ENDF, state affiliated media FBCreported on Thursday. According to the report, under the new measure, the ENDF’s regional command had been cut down to four from six. The new commands are Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Commands.

What Is Saudi Arabia Up To In The Horn Of Africa?

AFRICANGLOBE - The relationship between the United States and its longtime staunch ally in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, is on shifting ground. Why? Largely because U.S. foreign policy is focused less on the global war on terrorism and more on political and economic threats from the likes of China and Russia.

An Ethiopia-Backed Port Is Changing Power Dynamics In The Horn Of...

AFRICANGLOBE - When Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, Ethiopia became landlocked and therefore dependent on its neighbors—especially Djibouti—for access to international markets. This dependency has hampered Ethiopia’s aspiration to emerge as the uncontested regional power in the Horn of Africa. Recently, however, the ground has been shifting.

After Making Peace, Ethiopia And Eritrea Now Focus On Development

AFRICANGLOBE - President Isaias Afwerki and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sign the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia on 9 July 2018. The winds of change are blowing across the Horn of Africa following the signing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, of the 17 September peace agreement by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.

United States Reopens Embassy In Somalia

AFRICANGLOBE - The United States renewed a “permanent diplomatic presence” in Somalia, the State Department said, nearly 30 years after the US embassy closed as a civil war raged in the Horn of Africa country. 

Ethiopia Overtakes Dubai As Top Feeder Of Air Traffic To Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia has overtaken Dubai as a conduit for long-haul passengers to Africa, highlighting the success of the state airline’s expansion drive and the reforms of its new prime minister. Travel consultancy Forward Keys said on Wednesday Addis Ababa airport had increased the number of international transfer passengers to Africa for five years in a row, and in 2018 had surpassed Dubai, one of the world’s busiest airports, as the transfer hub for long-haul travel to the continent.

Abu Dhabi Firm To Launch $2b Development Project In Ethiopia

AFRICANGLOBE - The United Arab Emirates firm, the Eagle Hills, has launched an estimated $2 billion integrated community development project in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopia government will have 27 percent share in the project which includes malls, 4,000 apartment houses, three star hotels and recreation centres, according to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who launched the project Monday night.

Abiymania Is Sweeping Ethiopia

AFRICANGLOBE - Abiy Ahmed, was appointed by the ruling party as Prime Minister in April this year. Since then, Ethiopians have been captivated almost romantically by Prime Minister Abiy. I spent many hours in Addis analysing the Ethiopian political situation, including Abiymania. But Abiy also enjoys widespread admiration across Africa.

Ethiopia: Former Deputy Intelligence Chief Arrested

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia’s former deputy intelligence chief was arrested, Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said, the latest move targeting security officials for human rights abuses and corruption. 

Saudi Arabia To Build Military Base In Djibouti

AFRICANGLOBE - Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said a deal to build a Saudi military base in the country will happen “very soon.” “There are no hesitations on the deal and the delay is purely technical as such matters do take some time, and there are no political reasons behind it,” the minister said.

Eritrean Pilots Defect To Ethiopia With Fighter Jets

AFRICANGLOBE - Two Eritrean pilots have defected with their fighter jets to neighbouring Ethiopia, an Eritrean opposition group confirmed on Thursday, in a dramatic exit from one of the world’s most closed-off states.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: A Game-Changer For Nile Hydro-Politics

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia, contributing around 86% of the Nile water, has failed to make any use of its own resource. Now, in a major shift of emphasis and action, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is promoting justice for Ethiopia, and for all other users of the river.

Arab Countries Expanding Into Eritrea, And It’s No Good For Ethiopia...

AFRICANGLOBE - Qatar has taken the lead in destabilizing the Horn of Africa out of ideological and unipolar-loyalty reasons, and it’s using its “legal” presence in Eritrea to facilitate this. The War on Yemen provided the other main GCC states of Saudi Arabia and the UAE with a ‘plausible justification’ for also ‘getting in on the action’, knowing just as well as Qatar does that Eritrea is a ‘double-hinged’ state that can be used to simultaneously project maritime and continental influence, with the latter case being against Ethiopia.

Ethiopia-Eritrea Conflict: Is The U.S. Starting A Proxy War In Africa?

AFRICANGLOBE - Over the years, relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia have become very akin to a ticking time bomb, always ready to explode. On the 12th of June 2016, another timer went off as soldiers of both countries clashed at Tserona central front, an area located 75 kilometres south of the Eritrea’s capital, Asmara.

Eritrea Accuses Ethiopia Of Planning A Full-Scale War

AFRICANGLOBE - The government of Eritrea told the U.N. Human Rights Council that its neighbor Ethiopia is planning to launch a full scale war against its territory. Eritrean and Ethiopian troops recently clashed along their border. The countries are blaming one another for starting recent hostilities that included heavy border fighting around the Tserona central front, an area located south of the Eritrean capital, Asmara.

Israel Completes Construction Of Listening Post In Eritrea

AFRICANGLOBE - Israel has completed the construction of its largest listening post in the Red Sea Basin in efforts to monitor the movement of the Arab coalition involved in the Yemen conflict according to reports.