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Declare State Of National Urgency (military takeover) in Ethiopia: Remove Abiy Ahmed,

  1. In general

In light of the barbaric and horrifying murders, rapes, dehumanizing treatments and looting of ethnic minorities in the suburbs of Addis Ababa on two consecutive days of 15 and 16 of September 2018, much has been written by journalists, and heart wrenching statements were also made by individuals who lived through the horrors. Similar attacks on minorities had been the characteristic feature of PM Abiy Ahmed’s reign of ineffective governance since his ascendance to the premiership “throne” on 2 April 2018. He has made “fantastic” speeches like mena to the hungry ears of millions of Ethiopians who were used to the diatribe of uninspiring dry speeches of former Prime Ministers from the EPRDF coalition successive governments. In no way such hunger endorses the inept government of Abiy Ahmed now.

I see Abiy Ahmed jetting around the World in an ultramodern Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787; specifically engaged in high profile international flights to the United States (Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, and Washington DC), to the Arab World (Abu Dhabi, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia), and to neighboring African States (Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland and Sudan). He seems to love flying on some unnecessary pretexts. It seems also that the people around him, such as Demeke Mekonnen, encourage him to do that for in his absence they do their corrupt deeds. In my calculation after researching Airports rental charges around the world (Reagan, Los Angeles, Minnesota Airports and other Airports in Africa and the Middle East) and lost revenue for the B787s, Abiy Ahmed has wasted the equivalent of over fifteen million dollars in lost revenue and out of pocket expenses for the B787s, landing and takeoff fees, airport parking fees for the planes, etc. Please, someone tell this peasant that Boeing Jetliners are not toys and to stop abusing his Premiership using national property in such wasteful manners.

TPLF should consider primary elections for its members that would like to be elected to state or federal parliament

PM Abiy Ahmed has failed in his most important and sacred duty as a leader of protecting and securing the welfare of Ethiopians that were brutally murdered in like Ashewa Meda and Burayu et cetera in the suburban towns and communities of Addis Ababa by Oromos who seem to have been instigated by the recent arrivals of OLF leadership and by Jawar Mohammed and his group and also by local Oromo politicians, such as Bekele Gerba who had formatted, agitated even directly or indirectly ordered the massacre of minorities living in so called Oromo Kilil. What was Abiy Ahmed doing when such massacre was taking place right under his Palace Gates? He was in Jedda signing some agreement, whose content the Ethiopian public or its Representatives do not know about, with Issaias Afeworki under the gaze of their new patron the brutish Saudi king Salman bin Abdul-Aziz. It is to be remembered that years back when Salman was Governor of Riyadh (1965-2011) tens of thousands of Ethiopians were hunted down as illegal immigrants and some were murdered, and some thrown into jail and inhumanly tortured et cetera. He was also engaged in subversive activities assisting terroristic political groups, including the ELF, EPLF of Issaias Afeworki, fighting against the Government of Emperor Haile Selassie and all succeeding Ethiopian Governments to this day. I do not trust scorpions.

Both the Oromo Kilil police and the Federal Police did not do any degree of protection to the Ethiopians being murdered, raped, and their property being looted. I suspect that some members of the security forces of Oromo Kilil might be some of the brutal attackers. However, they were eager to shoot non-Oromos demonstrating against the previous days massacres incommunities around Addis Ababa. At any rate, listening to the Federal Police Commissioner General Zeynu Jemal’s excuses for their failure to protect the victims is sickening.

When people were demonstrating against the massacre, the Police shot and killed five individuals and wounding several others. Zeynu lied claiming that the victims were attacking the security forces, and his lie was exposed by eyewitness account, by individuals who were at the area when the five innocent civilians were shot to death. Zeynu must resign or must be fired immediately. This form of behavior illustrates the rotting system we have under Abiy Ahmed where he had stacked his governmental offices with Oromos and Moslems with less than a percent from other ethnic groups and Orthodox Christians. I invite you to check the list of his Ministers, newly appointed Ambassadors, and newly installed Officials of government Agencies and you will see my point how he is staking Governmental Officials with Oromos and Moslems. I am for proportionate distribution of governmental appointments.

Yes, Abiy Ahmed lies all the time eclipsing even President Donald Trump. Abiy lied both by omission of necessary reports to the people of Ethiopia, and also lied by presenting false hopes and polarizing rhetoric on morality and offering Ethiopians unreachable ideals. For example, the Ethiopian public has no idea what he or his surrogates are agreeing to in such international agreements he or his surrogates are signing in Addis Ababa, Asmara, Jedda, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, et cetera. He blames former TPLF leaders and other unnamed groups as the causes behind the current turmoil and the displacement of millions of minorities in Somali, Oromo, and Amhara Kilils. The problem is Abiy Ahmed himself, for he does not seem to know what he is supposed to do at home as a leader providing proper leadership.

A recent article with a cynical title by Seifeselassie Gebre listed twenty-five serious treasonous errors committed by PM Abiy Ahmed. Any one of them could be cause for impeaching Abiy Ahmed from his post and replace him with someone capable and patriotic and not serving the interest of an ethnic group and/or Arabs. [see 25 Greatest Achievements of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Past 5 Months, Tigrai Online, 19 sept 2018.

25 Greatest Achievements of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Look at one such item for impeachment: “(25) there is a narcissist Prime Minister who is more concerned about his personal fame and self-aggrandizement than the peace and stability of his Country and the security and welfare of his people and who is busy making useless and non-stop domestic and foreign visits (shirshirs) while his people are being slaughtered by armed thugs and terrorists, our domestic “ISIS” and his Country is being burned.”

The removal of PM Abiy Ahmed from office is necessary and legitimate in order to save Ethiopia from lasting damage and disintegration.

  1. Military Takeover is a Must

In these bleak Ethiopian days, I am deeply moved by the massacre and uprooting of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians that I feel I should have fought for power to lead Ethiopia into the mold of the Great Axumite Empire in control of the Horn and Yemen to the Persian Gulf and all of Somalia, Djibouti, and the expanse south to South Africa. As you can read here, I am very frustrated that our Ethiopia decade after decade ends up in the gutter, for We are surrounded with mediocrity, little minds, and disgusting sycophantic intellectuals. My apologies for my ranting, but if you read between the lines of my writings there is great love and admiration for the truly remarkable ancient people that maintained a national identity in freedom and sovereignty throughout human history i.e. We Ethiopians including the recent super nationalists.

I am now fully in support of for military takeover and a declaration of state of urgency and the arrest of all the terrorist leaders of OLF, ONLF, some of ANDM and OPDO leaders directly involved in ethnic cleansing and murders and looting and destruction of property. Jawar and his Group are of special concern for he/they are foreign agents of Arabs and Egypt blatantly still instigating genocide of non-Oromos in Oromo Kilil. Some of the corrupt former leaders of TPLF who have looted great wealth and drove Tigrai into the gutter as the least developed part of Ethiopia must be removed from power.

It is unbelievable that such TPLF leaders did absolutely nothing for Tigrai for the last twenty-seven years worth mentioning though they looted billions for themselves. They did not even solve basic needs, such as proper drinking water sources for Mekelle, Axum, Adwa et cetera while they were developing Oromia, Sidama-Awasa, Addis Ababa et cetera in order to loot hundreds of millions of dollars or equivalent as contractors, vendors et cetera for themselves and their families. They could not even fix the dome of the small chapel (which is completely peeling off) where the Ark of the Covenant is housed. What is tragic is that they could have looted no less by developing Tigrai too, but they have inherent self-hate that seems to be historic too. Dr Debretsion and Memher Muluwork seem to be the only individuals with a degree of integrity and serious concern for people that I trust could bring about national solutions not only for Tigrai Kilil but to the wider needs of the Ethiopian People. The best that could be done under such corrupted Organization to save Ethiopia is to elect new TPLF Leaders without delay.

It was Tigrian warlords [and the TPLF included of late] that devastated Tigrai fighting each other or as agents of two or three Ethiopian Emperors in power at different times [Emperor Menelik and Empress Zewditu and Emperor Haile Selassie]. How often had Amhara Leaders attacked Tigrai? Maybe a couple of times in such a long history. Thus, blaming Amharas in general for such underdevelopment of Tigrai is misplaced and untrue. A little history lesson here is appropriate now. The word “Tigrai” is first recorded representing a small group of petitioners from a little enclave in north Agame as indicated in the Chronicle of Emperor Amdetsion.

The territory under the “Reese Mequanent” itself was much larger than the present day Tigrai Kilil that then included all of Armacheho, Qimante, Semien, Wolkit-Segede, Lasta-Wag, all of Raya and Azebo including Zoble and all the way to Lake Haik near Dessie. What is designated now as Tigrai is a recent reductionist creation by Lij Iyasu when he created his Father as King of Tigrai and Wollo.

Ignore the diminutive Gedu Andargachew and the obese Demeke Mekonnen’s intrigues to devalue and denigrate Tigrians and the TPLF pitting Amharas against Tigrians. Thus, I urge Tigrians to think of Amhara people as family for none are closer than the two historic rivals, and I urge both communities to create more meaningful bonding, for you must save Ethiopia from Arab destructive campaign and from local barbarians. If the rest of Ethiopia is in turmoil, Tigrai cannot be safe. And if Tigrai is in turmoil, the rest of Ethiopia cannot be stable. There is such need for mutually beneficial cooperative effort as your responsibilities. Ignore the recent leaking of the boots of OLF terrorist fighters marching triumphantly through Tigrai Kilil with reception of goodwill by the TPLF Leadership even waving the divisive flag of the OLF by Sebhat Nega and others. Shameful.

  1. How to Safeguard Minorities

These past five months most of us, with internet access, have watched graphically depicted horrendous genocidal crimes committed against peaceful minorities in Amhara, Oromo, and Somali Kilils by organized thugs of the majority population. There is no doubt that Ethiopia is populated by diverse distinct ethnic groups with a range of unequal social and economic development with latent and manifest hostilities to each other. We have seen videos, read heart wrenching accounts of murder and human degradation of minorities living in Oromo Kilil, and to lesser extent in Amhara and Somali Kilils. The one Kilil that is clear of such murderous orgy is the Tigrai Kilil where there is law and order and where minorities are protected from any molestations.

It is important more than ever to arm minorities living in hostile Kilils and provide them with Federal protective enclaves within any hostile Kilils especially in Oromo Kilil and Somali Kilil. There should be early warning systems organized by minorities and systems of detecting subversive internet communications. In fact, I urge the Ethiopian Government to collect and ban all private iPhones in such hostile Kilils and even shut down such satellite services in such urban encroaching rural areas.

Conclusion

It is an existential necessity right now to take over the Ethiopian Government by the Military and remove or impeach Abiy Ahmed and the Amhara and Oromo Kilil Governors. One must move into Addis Ababa a segment of the Ethiopian Military special force to protect major economic institutions such as the Ethiopian Airlines, Banks, International Organizations, Embassies, Diplomats, and the general population. It is an existential necessity to take preemptive actions against the terrorist political movements that had entered Ethiopia through Abiy Ahmed’s policy of forgiveness and “medemer” that was rubberstamped by the House of Representatives. I suggest arresting OLF and ONLF Leaders, Arab agents such as Jawar Mohammed, and homegrown local Oromo violent secessionist Leaders such as Bekele Gerba, et cetera will create temporary upheavals, but their removal from public participation would allow long term benefit and stability to Ethiopia and the region.

It is of no consequence to round up the street thugs and criminals [seven hundred in recent report] that attack minorities when the real instigators of the mob-crimes are free and organizing further unrest and genocidal attacks on non-Oromos. I believe the best defense against terrorist criminals is to organize a defensive force, weaponize oneself by getting armed and carry out sustained drills neighborhood by neighborhood for such future confrontations. Do not listen neither to the flowery speeches of Abiy Ahmed nor expect protection form Abiy Ahmed or his Government. Abiy Ahmed is full of himself, intoxicated by his own words and devoid of real empathy for the suffering of others. He is the most narcissistic leader Ethiopia ever experienced. Long live Historic Ethiopia.

Families bury victims as #Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 225

Africa-Times: Burials started Sunday of the 224 people who died when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania’s State broadcaster said Sunday.

The bodies of 172 people who died in the boat tragedy have been identified, Tanzania’s Minister of Works, Transport and Communication Isack Kamwelwe said. The bodies of 37 others have not been identified, he told the broadcaster.

On Saturday rescuers found a survivor two days after the tragedy. The man was identified as an engineer of the ferry who had locked himself in the engine room. Video footage showed the man, barefoot and head lolling, being carried quickly along a busy street by medical workers and military personnel as a siren wailed. His condition was not immediately known.

No further survivors were likely to be found and search efforts had ended, Defense Minister Venance Mabeyo told reporters at the scene. He said officials would continue working to identify the dead. However, the total number of deaths may never be known as no one is sure how many people were on the overcrowded ferry, which officials said had a capacity of 101.

The boat tipped over as people returning from a busy market day with their goods prepared to disembark, while horrified fishermen and others watched.

At least 40 people were rescued, officials said.

President John Magufuli has ordered the arrests of those responsible. He said the ferry captain already had been detained after leaving the steering to someone who wasn’t properly trained, The Citizen newspaper reported.

“This is a great disaster for our nation,” Magufuli told the nation in a televised address, announcing four days of national mourning

Ethiopia bloodshed at least 88 were killed

Africa Times: At least 88 people were killed during a weekend of ethnic violence in Ethiopia’s capital, an Amnesty International researcher told AFP on Wednesday, citing a figure more than double the government estimate of 23 dead.

Another source involved in the investigation, who saw and counted the corpses, told AFP a total of 88 people had been killed, mostly in the city’s western suburbs.

“The 65 cases are from Burayu, Ashewa Meda, Kolfe and Kirkos,” said the source on condition of anonymity, referring to three western areas and one in the centre.

The victims were either stabbed or died after being beaten with sticks and rocks. None had been shot and the toll does not include five alleged looters killed by police on Monday.

Fisseha Tekle, a Nairobi-based researcher with Amnesty International, said he had compiled a similar tally of 58 dead.

Residents told Amnesty International they saw “eight dead bodies on Friday, 21 on Saturday, on Sunday they saw about 11 people and on Monday the number of dead bodies they’ve seen were 18,” Fisseha said.

Government spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

The violence began last week in the run-up to Saturday’s return of the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front, a rebel group that returned to Ethiopia following political reforms introduced by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

It is time for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to resign from power now

Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali should resign from power right away because he is not fit to lead Ethiopia

Africa times: Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali should resign from power right away because he is not fit to lead Ethiopia. In less than six months Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed turned Ethiopia to a failed state. All mega projects like the GERD are stopped since he came to power.

Ethiopia is in danger of disintegration more than any time in its history because the prime minister lacks strategic thinking and he is working for foreign powers not for the Ethiopian people. Abiy Ahmed is not an honest leader he is hiding his true intentions for the country. He is secretly working with Gedu Andargachew and Demeke Mekonnen to destroy the federal system, and bring back the imperial system back to Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is showing signs of becoming the worst dictator ever seen in Ethiopia. The recent ugly events around and inside Addis Ababa are most likely the works of his team as a precursor for declaring state of emergency and eventually establish a military rule

The true character of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed comes out as pressure mounts from instability in Ethiopia

The naive prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali is running out of time and he is rejected by the population of the whole country.

Africa times
The young naive new Ethiopian prime minister miscalculated to pick a fight with the Tigrai people and the Tigria state government. Barely four months to his administration he seems lost and does not know what to do about the growing conflicts in Ethiopia.

Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed Ali is trying to attach himself to famous terrorist, civil activists, or well known personalities because he lacks self confidence on himself. He is desperately trying to become a King of Ethiopia to fulfill the wish of his mother at any cost. That is why he does not have a clear national agenda and he has abandoned the EPRDF policy and principles.

If you watch him carefully Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed Ali is getting more angry when he speaks. The charm and smile has been replaced by anger and frown. God forgive us, but when people like this get bad, they really become worst because every opposition they encounter is obstacle to their goal, in this case becoming a real King of Ethiopia which is impossible without a blood and not to mention out of time.

Tigrai Online will bit Abiy Ahmed will declare a State of Emergency or he will follow his predecessors and resign.

The Tigrai people and the Tigrai state government are not banging, Dawud Ibsa Ayana and his Oromo Liberation Front are sweeping Western Oromia and the rest of the country is up on flames.

Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF will demand a referendum on self-determination for Somali region

ONLF will demand a referendum on self-determination for Somali region

Afrika-times According to a news report by Bloomberg published today the Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF will demand a referendum on self-determination for Somali region. Bloomberg quoted ONLF foreign secretary Ahmed Yassin Abdi as saying

We want to achieve self-determination recognized by international law under the current Ethiopian constitution,” Ahmed Yassin Abdi, the ONLF’s foreign secretary, said by phone from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. “We want our people to have a right to decide.” He said his group has no preconditions for the talks. The region’s new president expressed support for greater autonomy.

The Somali regional state has been in a great turmoil since the federal government illegally removed the president of the state from power and arrested him. There was no due process for removing the president and other other high state officials. Sure there has been trouble in the region in connection with border issues with other states, but not worst than what happened in the regional state of Amhara when they uprooted thousands of Tigrai origin civilians from their houses and business and many lost their lives killed by armed thugs.

Here is the url for the Bloomberg article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-16/rebels-in-gas-rich-east-ethiopia-to-seek-self-determination-vote

The killing field: Extraordinary images of Al-Shabaab’s Somali stadium of death

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The gunmen were determined to drain every last drop of blood for the land they were being forced to cede in the heart of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

There had already been months of fighting in the surrounding streets as African Union (AU) troops, deployed to bring peace to this most blighted of cities, advanced street by street.

Gunfights at the time had raged for days across narrow alleyways. On one side were soldiers from the Ugandan army, sent as the main component of the AU force. On the other, followers of al-Shabaab, the extremist al-Qa’ida-linked body that had sought to enforce its hard-line interpretation of Islamic law on the city.

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One of their final bastions was Mogadishu stadium, once the centre for Somalia’s national football team. Even when all the surrounding streets in the district had been cleared, the militiamen holed up there refused to surrender – requiring the soldiers to clear it one corridor and one stand at a time.

The devastation this battle caused can be seen in every bullet hole that peppers the structure. At its entrance way, gaping holes mark where shells had struck.

Even after the stadium was cleared, there had been one last shocking surprise. As African Union troops celebrated their victory and wandered inside, there was a gunshot and a soldier fell, shot between the eyes. An al-Shabaab fighter had hidden in a ventilation shaft to secure one last victim.

Qatari Tribes writes to Human Rights Commissioner on Violation of Human Rights

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Qatar comes under scrutiny when the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights received a letter on Monday regarding discrimination from the Qatari Regime. The tribe is not just a small group but rather a well known, powerful and large tribe residing in Qatar.

The Al Ghurfan tribe filed an official complaint to the Arab Federation For Human Rights and requested the federation to refer the complaint to UN Human Rights council about the violations committed by the Qatar regime against its very own members.

The tribe then approached the UN to charge the Qatari Authorities with Human Rights violation because they have been subject to torture, racial discrimination, treated as prisoners, put to death and even denied of their rights to Qatari citizenship and denied to return their homeland when they travelled outside.

The tribe ( Al Ghurfan clan ) have substantial proof of such arbitrary acts to more than 54 members of their tribes. The members of the clan claimed they started facing such treatment ever since they opposed the Qatari regime’s destabilising policies and in relation to the dispute between Qatar’s neighbouring states. They estimate this behaviour from the Qatari authorities to

Qatari authorities had revoked citizenship of another tribe called the Al Murrah tribe, while 6000 members of Al Ghurfan were forcibly displaced, confiscated properties, called for systematic persecution against all clans that belonged to larger tribes such as senior members of the Shaml al-Hawajer tribe and famous poet Mohammed al-Marri belonging to the al-Murrah tribe, majority of the members were deprived of national rights.

The delegation that is representing the tribe has said “Through your unique mandate to promote and protect human rights, we ask your esteemed commission to see and stand up to the suffering of our citizens who have been deprived of their citizenship in Qatar and to the crimes committed against them and to alleviate the conditions and suffering of our displaced people in the villages and deserts of border areas in neighboring countries”

Support from neighbours

Hearing the case of the Al Ghorfan Clan, EOHR also known as the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights announced solidarity in regards to their case and said that the Al Ghorfan tribe makes up about 40 percent of the people of Qatar and are indigenous to the country.

EOHR stated that they believe in universality of human rights principles and need to establish and maintain those rights in the Arab region. With the country’s support they addressed the letter to United Nations High Commissioner the President of the Arab Federation informed the commission to protect the members of the tribes and pursued to restore their lost rights and punish the Qatari regime for the misconduct with their own citizens.

The Tribe received support from the World Aid Organization in New York when they adopted their case and declared their solidarity with the tribe;s case.

The World Aid Organization collectively sought to raise the awareness of the international community and shoulder the tribe with humanitarian support and that it will follow up with them on the status .

The Head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, Hafez Abu Seada “The Egyptian Organization calls upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her excellency Mrs. Michel Bachelet, to open an extensive investigation into this tragedy. EOHR also calls upon Mrs. Bachelet to assist it in its efforts to restore the rights of the clan of Al Ghofran as indigenous inhabitants who have been robbed of their nationalities and forcefully displaced enmasse for political reasons, in violation of all international human rights instruments. Finally EOHR expresses its readiness to provide any documents or evidence that the honorable Commission may need in any of the efforts we hope it will take to stop the suffering of the people of forgiveness.”

Dating back to 2017…

The matter on deprivation of unfair detention and unscrupulous behaviours towards tribes was the agenda of the conference held by Qataris that were exiled in London, September. At that time the tribe called on the United Nations Commissioner’s Office and tried to regain their rights.

The tribe described their ordeals to the High Commission and requested them to stand up against the suffering of the citizens who were denied the right to their own homeland and that they would alleviate the conditions of suffering and help them regain their displaced villages.

The requested the council to not only resolve the matter at hand but also create a path where people of the clan did not fear the government and tolerate oppression in silence to protect their parents, relatives back home in Qatar.

The tribe at that time also said the National Human Rights Commission of Qatar was doing more harm then good and becoming an obstacle in receiving justice as the commission of Qatar mostly covers up evidence and spreads false information

Djibouti ‘Shocked’ By Somalia’s Position on Eritrea Sanctions

Djibouti ‘Shocked’ By Somalia’s Position on Eritrea Sanctions
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africatimes| August 1, 2018

Djibouti has formally responded to a recent call by Somalia that United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on Eritrea be lifted. According to Djibouti it was ‘deeply shocked’ by that position.

Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on a three-day official visit to Asmara said the sanctions imposed since 2009 had to be lifted given the current political and diplomatic developments in the Horn of Africa region.

But in a statement in reaction to the Somali president’s view, the Djiboutian Embassy in Somalia wrote in an August 1, 2018 statement:

… it is unacceptable to see our brotherly Somalia supporting Eritrea which is occupying part of our territory and still denying having Djiboutian prisonsers.

“As a sovereign state, there is no doubt that Somalia has the right to establish diplomatic relations with the countries of the region, however, it is unacceptable to see our brotherly Somalia supporting Eritrea which is occupying part of our territory and still denying having Djiboutian prisonsers.”

It continued that the wiser line of action would have been for President Mohamed to call for peaceful resolution of the border crisis that has strained relations between the two neighbours.

The statement accused Somalia of historic less support of Djibouti which it said had led to blinded supported for Eritrea plus an advocacy that Eritrea be free despite its stubborn nature.

“We will not tolerate with ruthless talks while our young men and women are yet here defending Somalia’s peace and stability,” the statement concluded.

Eritrea’s 2009 UN sanctions, Gulf crisis and Doumeira impasse

An arms embargo imposed on Eritrea since 2009 was chiefly to do with its alleged support for Somali insurgent group Al-Shabaab but also because of its agression against Djibouti and refusal to enter any form of mediation over the disputed regions.

The disputed land in question is the Dumeira mountain and Dumeira island which Djibouti claims is being illegally occupied by Eritrea. The issue of Eritrea’s continued holding of Djiboutian prisoners has also been central to the dispute.

The last time tensions between the two came to the fore was in June 2017 when Qatar withdrew its peacekeeping force in the area at the height of the Gulf Crisis. Djibouti at the time accused Asmara of deploying soldiers to the disputed areas.

Djibouti ‘shocked’ by Somalia’s position on Eritrea sanctions

Eritrea has been in the news recently over the peace deal it entered into with neighbouring Ethiopia after two decades of severed ties and hostility over a border ruling. Addis Ababa through PM Abiy accepted to respect the 2002 border ruling and by that agreed to restore all ties with Eritrea.

Abiy signed a five-point end of war agreement with Eritrean leader Isaias Afwerki during a historic visit to Asmara. Afwerki reciprocated the gesture with a three-day visit to Addis Ababa.

Source: http://www.africanews.com/2018/08/01/djibouti-shocked-by-somalia-s-position-on-eritrea-sanctions/

La Russie «pour établir la base de Somaliland» comme Poutine complote la suprématie navale

La Russie «pour établir la base de Somaliland» comme Poutine complote la suprématie navale

sa carte montre où la Russie veut localiser sa base navale dans une région de plus en plus militarisée par les puissances régionales et mondiales
La base de la base se trouve dans la corne de l’Afrique stratégiquement importante et offrirait la possibilité de projeter de l’énergie à travers le Moyen-Orient et des voies de navigation vers et depuis le canal de Suez.

La RUSSIE prépare une base navale en pleine mutation dans un Etat d’Afrique de l’est en voie d’expansion afin d’étendre considérablement sa puissance militaire au Moyen-Orient, selon des rapports.

Des pourparlers sont en cours entre Moscou et les dirigeants du Somaliland pour une base de 1 500 hommes afin d’aider ses navires de guerre et ses sous-marins chasseurs-chasseurs à opérer dans cette région instable et ses voies maritimes achalandées transportant la plupart des marchandises européennes.

L’emplacement supposé de la base est en dehors de la ville de Zeila, dans la république autoproclamée du Somaliland.

Il est également à la frontière avec Djibouti – à proximité de l’emplacement de la première base à l’étranger de la Chine dans les temps modernes qui a ouvert l’année dernière.

Les Émirats arabes unis construisent également une base militaire à Berbera dans ce qui est – et a toujours été – une position clé pour projeter le pouvoir dans une région instable.

“Les Etats-Unis et la Chine ont tous les deux des installations militaires à Djibouti, et il ne serait pas surprenant que la Russie veuille aussi des installations là-bas.

“La Russie a récemment prolongé son bail sur son installation navale à Tartous en Syrie et le développement d’une installation au Somaliland pourrait être vu comme une tentative de construire une marine d’eau bleue.

“Au cours de la dernière décennie, l’activité navale russe a augmenté dans les océans Atlantique, Méditerranéen et Indien, et ailleurs.”

Dr Foxall a déclaré que la doctrine navale russe, adoptée en 2017, promeut une vision de la marine russe en tant que force mondiale qui restera la deuxième plus puissante marine au monde, après les États-Unis, au cours de la prochaine décennie.

La Russie commande déjà une force navale puissante positionnée dans la mer Baltique
Selon les médias somaliens, Qarannews , la Russie propose un accord où elle reconnaîtra la république sécessionniste du Somaliland en échange d’être autorisée à établir la base.

La base navale compterait 1 500 personnes, des destroyers de service, des frégates et des sous-marins.

Au cours des dix dernières années, la Russie a étendu la portée de sa flotte de la mer Noire.

Dans ce cadre, elle a sécurisé sa base en Crimée en annexant la région à l’Ukraine en 2014 et rétabli une base dans le port syrien de Tartous – grâce au soutien de Poutine au dictateur Bachar al-Assad.

Tout vient au milieu des tensions croissantes avec les puissances occidentales.

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères de Poutine, Sergueï Lavrov, a comparé aujourd’hui le climat politique actuel à la guerre froide.

Les commentaires effrayants sont venus après que les Etats – Unis, la France et le Royaume-Uni ont lancé des frappes sur des sites en Syrie qui auraient été liés aux attaques meurtrières de guerre chimique contre Douma.

Image satellite montrant la base navale syrienne russe dans le port de Tartus la semaine dernière.
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Au cours de l’attaque samedi matin, les forces russes basées en Syrie se sont abstenues d’abattre des missiles de croisière avec leurs redoutables unités de défense antiaérienne S-400 qui sont situées à sa base.

En décembre de l’année dernière, Poutine a signé une loi ratifiant un accord permettant à la Russie d’étendre ses opérations à son installation portuaire de Tartus, qui est la seule base navale de Moscou en Méditerranée.

Les travaux de dragage et les nouveaux piliers permettront de loger jusqu’à 11 navires de guerre, ainsi que le plus grand croiseur de cuir russe, le Pyotr Velikiy.

Un navire Alligator-atterrissage a été repéré dans le Bosphore dimanche, alors qu’il était censé se rendre à la base syrienne dimanche.

La semaine dernière, avant l’attaque des missiles, un sous-marin britannique a été pris au piège dans une poursuite tendue de “chat et souris” par les sous-marins russes chasseurs furtifs qui seraient basés à Tartous.

Deux frégates russes et un avion anti-sous-marin auraient été à la recherche du HMS Astute alors qu’il manoeuvrait pour placer ses missiles de croisière Tomahawk à portée des sites chimiques d’Assad.

Plus tôt ce mois-ci, la Royal Navy a ouvert une base, le HMS Jufair, dans le pays du Moyen-Orient de Bahreïn, le premier nouveau port d’outre-mer de Grande-Bretagne depuis un demi-siècle.

SOURCE: Shakir Essa senior journalist Ex-UN news Agency’sFB_IMG_1524107074948

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is ending a military training programme in Somalia and also sanctioned all government authorities, in response to the seizure of millions of dollars …

UAE terminates programme to train Somalia’s military

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Somalia’s relations with UAE are strained by dispute between Qatar and Saudi as Mogadishu has refused to take sides

Ugandan forces at African Union Mission in Somalia base outside Mogadishu last week (

The United Arab Emirates is ending a military training programme in Somalia in response to the seizure of millions of dollars and the temporary holding of a UAE plane by Somali security forces last week.

Tensions between Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi have been on the rise since the Somali government condemned Emirati plans to build a military base in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland.

The UAE has trained hundreds of troops since 2014 as part of an effort boosted by an African Union mission to defeat a militant campaign by al-Shabaab and secure the country for the government backed by Western nations, Turkey and the United Nations.

Somalia had announced disbanding the programme from its side a few days earlier.

The government will take over paying and training the soldiers in the programme, Defence Minister Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman told Somalia’s state news agency SONNA on Wednesday.

Analysts say Somalia’s relations with UAE are strained by a dispute between Qatar and Saudi because Mogadishu has refused to take sides.

Arab states have strong trading links with and influence in Somalia, but that is offset by the sway of Qatar and its ally Turkey, one of Somalia’s biggest foreign investors.

“The UAE has decided to disband its military training programme in Somalia which started in 2014 to build the capabilities of the Somali army,” said the statement on the UAE’s state news agency WAM.

About $9.6m in cash was taken from the UAE plane on 8 April, Somali police and government sources had said. The UAE said the money was to pay for salaries for Somali soldiers as part of an agreement between the two countries.

The UAE statement said the seizure incident contravened agreements signed by both countries.

WAM said the UAE has been paying the wages of 2,407 soldiers in addition to building training centres and a hospital. It also said the UAE was supervising a counter-piracy maritime police force in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland.

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Still, the UAE is building a military base in Somaliland and Mogadishu has objected to the project. Last month, the Somali government complained to the UN that the UAE’s military base is a “clear violation of international law”.

“The Federal Government of Somalia strongly condemns these blatant violations, and reaffirms that it will take the necessary measures deriving from its primary responsibility to defend the inviolability of the sovereignty and the unity of Somalia,” Somalia’s Ambassador to the UN Abukar Osman told the Security Council in March.

Reporter: Shakir Essa

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Riyadh aims to pressure Iran at Arab summit
Syria, Palestine to also figure prominently; Qatar crisis will not be discussed

Agencies
16:17 April 15, 2018

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s push for a tough stand against its arch-rival Iran is expected to dominate an Arab League summit on Sunday as regional tensions grow over the wars in Syria and Yemen.

The fate of occupied Jerusalem will also be on the summit’s agenda, as the United States prepares to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city after declaring it the capital of Israel.

Saudi Arabia, which is hosting the yearly summit in the Eastern Province city of Dhahran, is likely to seek Arab support to pile the pressure on Iran, analysts say. “The Saudis are going to push for a much harsher stance on Iran — not necessarily on the nuclear dossier per se, but on Iranian influence in the Arab countries, particularly Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen,” said Karim Bitar of the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Affairs.

The Saudis are going to push for a much harsher stance on Iran — not necessarily on the nuclear dossier per se, but on Iranian influence in the Arab countries, particularly Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

Iran’s influence is wielded through a land route of armed parties in the Middle East — the so-called “Shiite crescent” that cuts across the Arab world.

Iran has long been a supporter of Bashar Al Assad and backs Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, whose fighters are deployed in Syria alongside regime forces.

Iran also openly supports the Al Houthi militia in Yemen in their war against the Saudi-backed government.

And in Shiite-dominated Iraq, the Islamic republic backs armed groups and supports the government.

“Saudi Arabia has also reached out to Iraq to try and build ties and tackle militias there,” said Andreas Krieg, assistant professor of defence studies at King’s College London told AFP. “It’s definitely safe to say that Iran is the centrepiece of this summit.”

Syria

The summit will be attended by delegations from 21 of the Arab League’s 22-member states. Syria has been suspended from the organisation for seven years over Al Assad’s crackdown on protesters.

It comes as Saudi Arabia on Saturday expressed its full support for US-led strikes on Syrian regime military installations, saying they were a response to “regime crimes” against civilians.

“Saudi Arabia fully supports the strikes launched by the United States, France and Britain against Syria because they represent a response to the regime’s crimes,” a foreign ministry statement said.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have been key backers of Syrian opposition groups fighting Al Assad.

The summit is expected to release a statement on the suspected toxic gas attack, but it remains to be seen whether the Arab League will take any action as well.

Syria serves today as a major pivot between Saudi Arabia and its allies on the one hand, and Iran and Hezbollah on the other.

Each party in the conflict backs opposing sides but all agree that the country’s future cannot be decided solely by the Al Assad regime, whose troops have regained territory with Russia’s support.

“Certain regional powers previously determined to bring down the Syrian regime — particularly Saudi Arabia and Turkey — have now accepted the status quo, that Al Assad is staying,” Bitar said.

“Bashar’s Iranian patrons are also very well aware that their protege cannot run the show on his own and they are starting to accept the premise that they will have to negotiate spheres of influence in Syria territories”.

Qatar

Not on the table at the summit, according to Krieg, is Qatar, cut off from its Gulf allies over accusations of ties to Iran and support for Islamist extremists. On the eve of the summit, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir confirmed as much, saying a solution for Qatar would be found within the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council.

Palestine

The summit also comes after 33 Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded at the hands of Israeli occupation forces in mass protests along the Gaza border in recent weeks.

The protests are to continue until mid-May, around the time Washington is to move its embassy to occupied Jerusalem, which both Palestinians and Israelis claim as their capital.

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi has said she hopes the summit will lead to a resolution, and concrete action, supporting the Palestinian position on occupied Jerusalem.

Author source: Shakir Essa

A Senior Journalist and writer, Ex- UN news agency in #Africa, all views are my own. The Voice of voiceless
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