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Help’ is hurting Somalia


01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 By JASON DITZ SAN FRANCISCO Some of the chaos and bloodshed of everyday life on the streets of Mogadishu was visited on the Ugandan capital [on July 12]. As the bodies of innocents ripped apart while they watched the World Cup final are buried and the burnt … Continue reading

Djibouti shouldn’t be a hiding place for the renowned criminals


 The horn of African region is full of many heinous crimes that have been committed in the name of the national security everywhere you look at it, with conjunction of the US so-called War-On-Terror, but what would be the result if the state itself isn’t internationally recognized like self-declared Somaliland, it is a new frontier … Continue reading

Steel Vises, Clenched Fists and Closing Walls (Part I)


Alemayehu G. Mariam Professor of political science, CSU San Bernardino Posted: July 26, 2010 01:40 AM Note: This is the first installment in a series of commentaries I intend to offer on U.S. foreign policy (or lack thereof as some would argue) in Ethiopia. In this piece, I explore the human rights rhetoric in U.S. … Continue reading

Steel Vises, Clenched Fists and Closing Walls, (Part II)


Alemayehu G. Mariam Professor of political science, CSU San Bernardino Posted: August 2, 2010 02:04 AM Steel Vises, Clenched Fists and Closing Walls, (Part II) Note: This is the second installment in a series of commentaries I intend to offer on U.S. foreign policy (or lack thereof as some would argue) in Ethiopia. In this … Continue reading

Steel Vises, Clenched Fists and Closing Walls (Part III)


Alemayehu G. Mariam Professor of political science, CSU San Bernardino Posted: August 2, 2010 02:04 AM Note: This is the third installment in a series of commentaries I intend to offer on U.S. foreign policy (or lack thereof as some would argue) in Ethiopia. In this piece, I argue that while some credit is due … Continue reading

AFRICOM’s $6 billion fiasco in Djibouti


 ASMARA, Eritrea — The USA African Command (AFRICOM) is building their new African megabase in the tiny Horn of African country of Djibouti. The first phase is costing $2 billion, according to reports, and eventually another $4 billion will be spent. This latest expansion of USA imperial might, this time on African soil, is turning … Continue reading

US Behind Invasion of Eritrea


Tiny Eritrea, population 3 and 1/2 million people, has been invaded by Ethiopia, population 60 million plus. Presently, there are almost 1 million Eritrean refugees driven from their homes and farms, many into the desert, with no shelter, little food or water, with over half of them being children under 5 years of age. Up … Continue reading

Ethiopia uncomfortable with dependency on Djibouti port alone


By Tesfa-alem Tekle May 3, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Landlocked Ethiopia this week admitted the nation’s high dependency to only Djibouti port has become a big concern to her as the volume of its fast growing import-export trade keeps booming with time. In a nine-month performance report it presented to the House of Peoples’ Representatives … Continue reading

National Interest Before Personal One.


The parallel government is to blame in this particular area of economic disaster in our country; 1- Chasing Mr. Boreh out of the country created an atmosphere of fear for the Middle Eastern investors, Boreh’s absence were felt in Djibouti and beyond as the IMF report indicates. 2- The former manager of investment bureau and current minister in … Continue reading

Djibouti Freight Monopoly Raises Tension With Ethiopia


A new chapter has opened in the ongoing dispute between Ethiopia and the government of Djibouti over Ethiopia’s access to Djibouti’s sea port. BMI still holds the view that Ethiopia is in a weak position because of its reliance on Djibouti’s port sector, and that with major international shipping players operating at the port the … Continue reading