ethiopia-menelik

The history of Ethiopia in two maps

Want to grasp Ethiopian history in just two images? You could do worse than look at these maps. One shows the impact of Emperor Menelik II (17 August 1844 – 12 December 1913) and the expansion of Ethiopia after 1886.   The other shows what Benito Mussolini (29 July 1883 – 28 April 1945) held…

UAE base Assab

How Eritrea became a major UAE base

This fascinating article from the War on the Rocks website provides some important insights into the involvement of Eritrea in the Gulf’s military ambitions. Martin  West of Suez for the United Arab Emirates Alex Mello and Michael Knights September 2, 2016 Bases on the Horn of Africa serve Emirati power projection ambitions. Britain militarily withdrew…

Janjaweed

Will EU aid back the feared Janjaweed’s attacks on Eritrean refugees?

Fresh evidence has emerged of how the Sudanese government is deploying some of the most notorious para-militaries on the continent – the Janjaweed against the refugees. The source is Africa Monitors – a Ugandan based refugee monitoring network, with unique access to first hand testimonies. They report [see below] that the Janjaweed – rebranded the…