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AFRICANGLOBE- The Egyptian military said the vessel will be used to protect Egypt’s national security, protect its economic interests and ensure safe and free navigation of the Suez Canal and other regions. According to a statement by the Egyptian military, the vessels have a range of 11 000 nautical miles, a top speed of 21 knots and displacement of 1 400 tonnes. Egypt said the Type 209/1400s will be able to launch missiles and torpedoes – it is believed they will be fitted with Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
AFRICANGLOBE - Many political analysts argue that Egypt, much like the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, have a hidden agenda to destabilizing Ethiopia (the biggest power in the Horn), Islamize, then take control of the geopolitical and economic advantages of regional ports, as the region is strategically located close to three major continents (Middle East, Europe and Northern America). However, the emergence of a stronger Ethiopia in the Horn region has put a dent in that aspiration. After all, if the objective is to conquer the region, then the most important power of that region must be weakened and destabilized.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia said Monday that "foreign enemies" like Egypt were behind an unprecedented wave of protests that has prompted the government to declare a six-month state of emergency. Ethiopia's government is facing the biggest challenge of its 25 years in power, with anti-government protests spreading.
AFRICANGLOBE - 54 percent of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is completed, The government has given top priority to the project, which would be an engine for the industrialization of the country. A collaborative project of the public and the government, the dam is of immense use to the growth of the economy,
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have signed a deal with two French consultancy firms to study the anticipated impact of a massive hydroelectric dam -- currently being built on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile River -- on downstream states. The $4.2-billion dam -- expected to generate up to 6,000 megawatts of power -- is currently under construction on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile near the Sudanese border.
AFRICANGLOBE - “Egypt is the gift of the Nile,” says Herodotus. Egypt could have been part of the desert without the Nile. The same thing can be applied on the Tigris and Euphrates. These two rivers were responsible for the making of the alluvial plain and the fertile soil in Iraq. It is also a historical fact that Egypt and Iraq were some of the first people who practiced agriculture, and the first populations that resided in settlements as well.
AFRICANGLOBE - Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is reported to have asked the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to intervene and help solve his country’s dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam.
AFRICANGLOBE - Egypt's foreign ministry has said it will launch an investigation into claims that one of its diplomats publicly referred to Africans as "slaves and dogs" during a United Nations meeting held last week in Nairobi, Kenya. The controversy comes as a setback for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at a time when his administration is courting closer political and business ties with the African continent.
AFRICANGLOBE - Did you know? Muslim Arabs started the African slave trade in the 8th century. Females made up the majority of Africans taken to Muslim countries and were used as sex slaves. Males were used as cannon fodder slave soldiers or castrated and used by wealthy Muslim to guard their possessions. Turkey only banned African slavery in 1908. Saudi Arabia did not ban African slavery until 1962. In Saudi Arabia, Blacks are called “abed,” which means “slave” and has negative racial connotations. Saudi Arabian society is a racial caste system.