Somalia elections: authorities must keep internet open, uphold freedom of press

Publicly assure the people, media organizations, and journalists of the Federal Republic of Somalia that the internet, including social media and other digital communication platforms, will remain open, accessible, inclusive, and secure across Somalia throughout the election and thereafter; Order internet service providers operating in the country to provide everyone with high-quality, secure, and unrestricted internet access throughout the election period
| Freedom of Expression, #KeepItOn, Censorship |

Djibouti Needs a Plan B for the Post-Guelleh Era

Deregulate SOEs. Djibouti has performed poorly in the ICT sector, despite its geostrategic location for global fiber-optic lines and its role as the main supplier to Ethiopia, Yemen, Somalia, and Somaliland. Consider selling a 50% share in the SOE telecom sector to the private sector to modernize and increase internet and mobile penetration access and know-how. If improved, the sector
| Djibouti, Economy/Business, Markets |

Africa: U.S.-Donated Vaccine Deliveries to Africa Set to Begin, With First Deliveries Planned To Burkina Faso, Djibouti, and Ethiopia

[GAVI] Geneva -- Following close collaboration between the African Union (AU)/ African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), COVAX and the United States Government, AU Member States are set to receive approximately 25 million COVID-19 vaccines to enhance coverage across the continent -- contributing to the AU target of vaccinating at least 60% of the African population. The shipments of these donated doses follow
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Ethiopia: Govt Rejects UN Rights Council Resolution, Calls EU Proposal 'Politically Motivated'

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a statement expressed disappointment at the resolution presented by the European Union on the situation of human rights in Tigray and was adopted at the 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council today. Ethiopia described the move as "politically motivated".
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DP World Defeats Djibouti Again for the 7th Time in Court Tribunal on Doraleh Terminal Dispute

Djibouti port operator had earlier terminated DP World contract and transferred shares Pursue all legal options DP World will “pursue all legal means” to defend its rights as shareholder and concessionaire in the Doraleh Container Terminal in the face of the Djibouti Government’s “blatant disregard for the rule of law and respect for binding commercial contracts”. Series of legal wins
| Djibouti, Economy/Business, UAE |

Somaliland – East Africa’s Ray of Hope in a Challenging Year for Democracy

A key tenet of President Joe Biden‘s foreign policy is cooperation with like-minded, democratic partners that share America’s goals. There has been no greater need than today for this new strategy, as conflicts simmer or flare up around the world. Over the past three decades, the world has witnessed change that few would have anticipated in 1991. Many countries across Africa
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland, Africa |

Can Somaliland Be Alternative for Russia’s Troubled Sudanese Naval Base Plans?

Sudan confirmed on Tuesday that it will review last year’s naval base agreement with Russia following speculation in April that the deal might be shelved. According to Chief of General Staff Muhammad Othman al-Hussein, who made the announcement while speaking to the Blue Nile TV channel, this is supposedly because “some of the document’s provisions entail certain harm for Sudan.” He
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland, Diplomacy |

Ethiopia: MSF Suspends Its Activities in Abi Adi, Adigrat and Axum

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Following the brutal murder of three of its staff in the Ethiopian region of Tigray on 24 June, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls for an immediate investigation into the killings and insists that aid workers are allowed to do their jobs in safety. In response to the killings, MSF announces the suspension of
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Ethiopia: UN Says Humanitarian Access in Tigray Improved, Govt Says Flights Permitted

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- The UNOCHA says that humanitarian access has improved within Tigray, with large areas now accessible, allowing humanitarian partners to gradually resume humanitarian operations including food distribution, water trucking, medical supplies and farming seeds. However, the resupply of humanitarian supplies is critically needed, as is that of fuel, on which humanitarian operations depend.
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Stigma and Business Failure: The story of Somali barbershop owner

I have a passion for the world of entrepreneurs. I tried many different types of business for many years, but my last one was different. In August 2020, I visited my native place, Abudwak district in Galmudug state. It was my second trip to the town since I moved to Mogadishu in 2014. Other than visiting my family, I had
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Africa: Summary of Statement by the Africa Group During the UN Security Council Session on Tigray

[Govt of Kenya] Uniyed Nations -- Speaking on behalf of the Africa Group #A3Plus1 [Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia plus Saint Vincent and the Grenadines]. Kenya Representative Martin Kimani @AmbMKimani addressed the UN Security Council during the debate on the situation in Tigray. Here is a summary of his remarks as presented by the Kenya UN Mission in a Twitter thread.
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Ethiopia: Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ethiopia and the Situation in Tigray

[United States Mission to the United Nations] United Nations -- Thank you, Mr. President. And let me start by thanking our esteemed colleague from Estonia for chairing us last month in such an extraordinarily successful way. I'd also like to thank all the briefers for your comprehensive briefing on the ongoing crisis in Tigray. The United States deeply appreciates the
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Ethiopia: 'Opportunity Must Not Be Lost' - Five Former U.S. Ambassadors to Ethiopia on Events in Tigray

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -- This statement was provided to AllAfrica by five former American ambassadors who led U.S. representation in Ethiopia for 13 of the past 25 years. The career diplomats welcome the cease-fire declaration by the Ethiopian government and issue an urgent call for humanitarian relief to the strife-torn Tigray region.
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Somaliland’s Elections and Struggle to Break Free

This week on The Horn, Alan Boswell welcomes Dr. Mohamed Farah Hersi to discuss Somaliland’s evolving role in the Horn of Africa as it works to legitimise itself on the global stage following an unexpected outcome in a recent parliamentary election. Alan Boswell Senior Analyst, South Sudan By Dr. Mohamed Farah Hersi Director, Academy for Peace and Development in Somaliland
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland, Horn of Africa |

Ethiopia: Canada and the Atrocities in Tigray, Ethiopia - Scholars Respond to Policy Options

[African Arguments] Debating Ideas is a new section that aims to reflect the values and editorial ethos of the African Arguments book series, publishing engaged, often radical, scholarship, original and activist writing from within the African continent and beyond. It will offer debates and engagements, contexts and controversies, and reviews and responses flowing from the African Arguments books.
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China and Russia Quiet about US Past Genocides and Ongoing Genocide in the Middle East and Africa

Albert Einstein wrote that in 1950, even before the CIA operation Mongoose10 had completed its control over everyone of any appreciable importance in American media and sources of information and in much of Western Europe and on the other continents, see the lengthy article: Worldwide Propaganda Network Built by the C.I.A. 12/26/1977, The New Times.11,12 China is accused of cultural genocide in
| Assassinations, China, Genocide |

Disregarding History: Tigray and the Collapse of Evangelical Neoliberalism, by Oliver Boyd-Barrett

June 2021 Elections On June 21st Ethiopians headed to the polls. It was widely expected that the incumbent prime minister Abiy Ahmed would emerge the winner. 47 parties have participated in the general and regional elections. Abiy's Prosperity Party leads the chart on the number of registered candidates contesting for seats at the parliament with...
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Somaliland, DP World Open New Terminal at Berbera Port, Announce 2nd-Phase Expansion, Break Ground for Economic Zone

Our further expansion of the port in a second phase, and its integration with the special economic zone we are developing along the Berbera Corridor, reflects our confidence in Berbera and intent to develop it into a significant, world class centre of trade – Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World
| Africa, Economy/Business, Ethiopia |

Somaliland Republic Officially Launches Own Country Profile

“The Republic of Somaliland is not a small country, separated from a big country and also neither Somaliland is not part of the so-called Somalia Federalism but Somaliland existed in the past, exists in the present and will exist in the future. The greed of Somalia will never change the existence of Somaliland“, Dr Adna Adan added.
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland, Country Guide |

Scoop: Turkey Invites Russia to Take Part in Construction of Country’s Spaceport

Earlier this year, media reported that Ankara was planning to build a spaceport in Somalia as part of a $1 billion investment in the nation’s nascent space programme. Turkish authorities did not confirm this information, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did announce in February that Turkey would make a hard landing on the Moon by the year 2023.
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia, Human Rights, and The Internet

[Brookings] Washington, DC -- No African issue has absorbed as much time in the early months of the Biden administration as has the ongoing--and avoidable--tragedy in Ethiopia's Tigray province. President Biden was forceful and correct in calling for an end to the "large-scale human rights abuses" occurring in Tigray, including the widespread sexual violence and the need for Eritrean and
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Environmental degradation and lack of protective laws put Somalia’s ocean resources at risk

During the World Environment Day commemoration, local activists in Mogadishu said that marine pollution and various wastes dumped into the ocean continue to be a growing problem in Somalia. “Somalia has extensive marine resources that can be a useful for tackling food insecurity. Unfortunately, these resources are untapped,” said Ahmed Nur, a university lecturer on maritime law. “Hazardous waste dumping into
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East Africa: UNHCR Condemns Forced Return of Three Refugees From Djibouti to Ethiopia

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees expressed concerns over the reports of three individuals who were returned from Djibouti to Addis Ababa last week. The Ethiopian federal police commission said that the three individuals were members of TPLF who were apprehended by the Djibouti government. After the news was made public on May 31,
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Recognizing Somaliland’s Democratic Success

While Somalilanders were peacefully making their will clear at the ballot box, giving opposition parties control of Somaliland’s parliament, citizens in the rest of Somalia continued coping with a government that provides little in the way of security or services, depends on African Union peacekeepers and international aid.. Blog Post by Michelle Gavin Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somalia, Somaliland |

Ethiopia: UNHCR Concerned About Reports of Refugees Returned to Ethiopia From Djibouti

[UNHCR] Nairobi, Kenya -- UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about reports that three individuals, two of whom are recognized Ethiopian refugees in Djibouti were returned against their will to Addis Ababa last week. Upon learning of this action UNHCR immediately approached the Djiboutian authorities to raise its concerns about this breach of international law, and about the safety
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Ethiopia: U.S. Actions to Press for the Resolution of the Crisis in the Tigray Region

[State Department] The United States has deepening concerns about the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region as well as other threats to the sovereignty, national unity, and territorial integrity of Ethiopia. People in Tigray continue to suffer human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities, and urgently needed humanitarian relief is being blocked by the Ethiopian and Eritrean militaries as well as
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Ethiopia: United States' Actions to Press for the Resolution of the Crisis in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia

[State Department] The United States has deepening concerns about the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region as well as other threats to the sovereignty, national unity, and territorial integrity of Ethiopia. People in Tigray continue to suffer human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities, and urgently needed humanitarian relief is being blocked by the Ethiopian and Eritrean militaries as well as
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Voice of America Is Accused of Ignoring Government Atrocities in Ethiopia

For months, Patinkin complained to senior editors about bias in the news outlet’s Ethiopia coverage. In his resignation email last month, he called out “VOA’s pro-Abiy propaganda effort,” its failure to issue corrections for “false and biased reporting,” and its airing of “pro-government propaganda while ignoring atrocities blamed on pro-government forces.” Twelve other current and former VOA service chiefs, reporters,
| Special Investigations, World |

Somalia’s Elections: Failed Illegal Power Usurpation and the Way Forward

Trust-Building: the PM should restore trust and consensus-based approaches like broad consultations and commitments since the incumbent president failed to negotiate with Somalia’s political stakeholders. Diffusion and de-escalation of the rigidity between FGS, FMS and other political stakeholders. This requires strong and committed leadership. There should be a quick national dialogue to harmonise the past events and move forward. Since PM
| Opinion/Analysis, Somaliland, Farmaajo |

Ethiopia: U.S 'Gravely Concerned' About Denial of Humanitarian Access in Tigray Region

[State Department] The United States is gravely concerned by the increasing number of confirmed cases of military forces blocking humanitarian access to parts of the Tigray region. This unacceptable behavior places the 5.2 million people in the region in immediate need of humanitarian assistance at even greater risk. The United States unequivocally calls upon the Governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia
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The Huge Potential Qatar Airways Sees In Africa

Where could be next? Partners are crucial A mixed fleet enables growth While having fewer than 15% of flights to African destinations, narrowbodies, like this A320, are important for Qatar Airways. If Juba and Hargeisa happen, they’re likely to start with them. Photo: Getty Images. The end of the Qatar blockade has been significant for certain destinations, including Khartoum and Lagos, which have seen
| Economy/Business, Markets, Somaliland |

Ethiopia: Tigray Crisis - Many People in Rural Areas Are Cut Off From Aid, Says MSF

[MSF] When a small Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile team reached the Ethiopian village of Adiftaw for the first time in mid-March, they found the health post had been looted and partially destroyed. Medical files, broken equipment, and torn medicine packaging were strewn across the floors of every room. None of the beds had mattresses, and no medical
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Do You Know Where Your Grilling Charcoal Comes From?

Two men dropped their tools and fled on foot from an approaching motorbike. They abandoned their own motorcycle, yellow jugs of water, two hoes, and several charred lumps of wood. Nearby, wisps of smoke leaked from soil mounds. Further afield lay bare roots of freshly felled trees. They had been making charcoal, the same way people have done for years, stretching back into prehistory: Cut
| Apocalypse Soon, Nigeria, Climate Change |

Ethiopia: UNSC Calls for Scaled Up, Unfettered Humanitarian Access in Tigray

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- As part of a continuation of the UNSC meeting held on April 15 at a closed door meeting at the request of the US under Any other Business (AOB), members of the SC reached at a consensus and issued a statement calling for "a scaled up humanitarian response and unfettered humanitarian access to all people
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Puntland parliament rejects term extension by the federal government

A vote of a motion against the Somali parliament’s legislation was approved by 49 members of the Puntland parliament, with one opposed the move and two abstained. The Speaker of the Puntland House of Representatives has announced that the Puntland parliament has vehemently rejected a two-year extension of the federal government’s mandate, which expired months ago.
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Djibouti: U.S. Statement on Djibouti Presidential Elections

[State Department] The United States looks forward to working with the government of President Ismail Omar Guelleh and the people of Djibouti to advance our common interests following Djibouti's presidential election on April 9. We appreciate the work of the election observer missions from the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the League of Arab States, and the Intergovernmental
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#110: Famine in Ethiopia's Tigray - 'I have never documented anything as relentless & systematic as what we're seeing'

A report published by US-based the World Peace Foundation stresses the looming famine disaster in Ethiopia's Tigray if the fighting does not stop. Since the first foray into the Tigray by the Ethiopian government in Addis Ababa back in November, the following months have seen an entirely man-made humanitarian crisis unfold. This report documents how both Ethiopian and Eritrean elements in this
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Ethiopia: EU Envoy Off to Saudi Arabia, UAE En Route His Second Trip to Ethiopia to Discuss Crisis in Tigray

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Pekka Haavisto, Foreign Minister of Finland, and EU's envoy to Ethiopia mandated by the block's High Representative Josep Borrell, is on his way to the Kindom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates "for discussions on regional issues as well as the situation in Tigray," the EU said in a statement.
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Somalia: Somalia's Leaders Plan to Move Forward With Polls Following U.S. Call

[VOA] Mogadishu -- Somalia's government says it is making a commitment to conduct delayed presidential and parliamentary polls after the U.S. urged the leadership to hold transparent elections. On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said leaders should set aside "narrow political objectives" and "uphold their responsibilities to the people of Somalia."
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Ethiopia: Ethiopians Across the Globe Denounce Meddling in Domestic Affairs

[Ethiopian Herald] Over the last week, the Ethiopian Diaspora community has been made to the streets to express their concern on the intervention of superpowers in the internal affairs of their home country. Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans have been demonstrated in Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto, London, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Calgary denouncing TPLF & its disinformation campaign, and calling on the
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Ethiopia: Int'l Community Must Discern the Authetic Information

[Ethiopian Herald] In a statement published on Wednesday by the Office of the Prime Minister, Ethiopian government has renewed its commitment to rebuild Tigray state after the successful completion of the law enforcement operation in the state. Restoring the damaged infrastructural facilities, providing humanitarian aid to affected communities as well as allowing unhindered access to media personnel and relief workers
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Kenya: Maritime Border Row With Somalia Threat to Lapsset

[Nation] The ongoing Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor project that is billed to become East Africa's light to economic growth is walking a tightrope. Kenya is the third-largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Horn of Africa's top. But the ambitious Kenya Vision 2030 undertaking is likely to become a ghost project should Somalia extend its maritime boundary. The
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Federal Government Welcomes concerns shown by Brotherly Nations

The Federal Government of Somalia welcomes the concern shown by our brotherly nations and regional bodies to which Somalia is a member, who have released statements on the present political stalemate regarding the implementation of the election that are consistent with the position of the Federal Government of Somalia. The Federal Government of Somalia agrees, wholeheartedly, the need to finalizethe
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Somali Government welcomes the concern shown by our brotherly nations regarding the implementation of the election

Mogadishu (SONNA) :The Federal Government of Somalia welcomes the concern shown by our brotherly nations and regional bodies to which Somalia is a member, who have released statements on the present political stalemate regarding the implementation of the election that are consistent with the position of the Federal Government of Somalia. The Federal Government of Somalia agrees, wholeheartedly, the need
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Somali government guarantees its people peace and stability

Mogadishu (SONNA) :The Federal Government of Somalia has said that the ongoing protests in the country over the elections will not subvert the peace and progress gained thus far in the country. In a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government condemned the violence against members of the Somali Security Forces carried out by “security
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FIFA Regional Development Office inaugurated in Kigali

Kigali (SONNA) :The long-term development of football in east Africa received a substantial boost with the inauguration of a new FIFA Regional Development Office in Kigali, Rwanda, following a signature and opening ceremony that included FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from Rwanda, Vincent Biruta, the Minister of Sports, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju and
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Makhtar Diop Appointed IFC Managing Director and Executive Vice President

WASHINGTON (SONNA): World Bank Group President David Malpass today announced the appointment of Makhtar Diop as Managing Director and Executive Vice President to head the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank Group that advances economic development and improves the lives of people by encouraging growth of the private sector in developing countries. “Makhtar Diop has deep
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NATO, EU top leaders urge US, EU unity

BRUSSELS (SONNA): NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and top EU officials Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel encouraged strengthening ties between the bloc and the US on Friday. The trio of leaders welcomed new US President Joe Biden and endorsed opening a new chapter in transatlantic relations. “We must reinforce our unity that unity derives from our promise to defend
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