Turkey-UAE Rivalry in Somalia Raising Tensions

In Somalia, which already lacks a strong central government, the foreign military presence risks aggravating matters and contributing to the country’s disintegration BY MUSTAFA SALAMA | MIDDLE EAST EYE Late last month, Somalia called on the United Nations Security Council to halt the construction of a UAE military base in Somaliland. Somalia’s ambassador to the […]

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Has the time Come for Eritrea to Join the Arab League as a Full-member?

BY BEREKET KIDANE Since 2003, Eritrea has been an observer state at the Arab League, headquartered in Cairo.  But has the time come for Eritrea to upgrade its observer status to a full-member at the Arab League?  The Arab League is a regional organization with 22 members at present.  All of Eritrea’s neighbors on the […]

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Yemen War Adds to Rising Fears for Ships in Horn of Africa

BY JONATHAN SAUL | REUTERS Yemen’s worsening conflict is contributing to a spike in piracy in the region, with Somali pirates taking advantage of a reduced international naval presence and more readily available weaponry to carry out attacks. “The regional instability caused by Yemen is important,” Colonel Richard Cantrill, chief of staff with the European […]

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Somaliand Not Concerned by Ethiopian PM Comments: Minister

BY THE NATIONAL – SOMALILAND The government of the Republic of Somaliland [not yet recognized] has officially responded to statements made by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn last week during a joint press conference with Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, who was in the country on a state visit.

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Somaliland Agrees to UAE Military Base

Somaliland’s parliament has overwhelming approved a deal to allow the United Arab Emirates to establish an air and naval base in the port town of Berbera. By Abdi Guled | AP News, Somalia’s breakaway northern territory of Somaliland has said the United Arab Emirates can establish a military base in its territory. The Emirati government […]

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