Tag Archives: Somalia

23 dead, more than 30 wounded in Mogadishu hotel attack

29 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by ABCNews
 
Exactly 15 days after the last major truck-bomb attack, a suicide truck bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued other attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest.
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Ethiopia on the brink. Everyone has failed Somalia— its politicos, Horn nations, AU, UN, the West bear huge responsibilities, TPLF most of all! PART I (1)

27 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

    The following introductory paragraphs are intended to serve as a curtain raiser for the articles that would follow it in the weeks to come.

    The main conclusion is its open and honest claim that Somalia could have been up and running long ago, if the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the forces it commands within Somalia — including all sorts of shady Somalia militias — have not been allowed to become authors and contributors of Somalia’s continuing tragedy.

    In that, the individual articles provide tissues forming the conclusion’s muscle.

    While engaging Al-Shabaab as everyone’s enemy, probably as a convenient cover for the top military leadership’s goal(s), these bad apples within the TPLF and their allies’ preoccupation has been their own superior position inside Somalia and Ethiopia. This perception assumes TPLF’s continuity in power in Ethiopia, which takes among others pacifying Somalia and keeping it weaker.
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ኢትዮጵያና ሶማሊያ አል ሸባብን ለማጥፋት የሚደረገውን ዘመቻ አጠናክሮ ለማስቀጠል ተስማሙ! ይህ አባባል እውነት ነውን?

24 Oct

የአዘጋጁ አስተያየት፡

    የውይይታቸውን ዝርዝር ይዘት አልተነገረንም። ግን እንደሚመስለን ከሆን፣ የዚህ ዜና ርዕስ “ሶማልያ ኢትዮጵያ ጦሯን ከአሚሶም ሥር እንድታደርግና ከአልሻባብ ጋር የሚደረገው ትግል እንዲጠናከር ሶማልያ ጠየቀች” ማለት አልነበረበትም ወይ?

    ከሥር በመካከላቸው ያለውን ችግር እንደተከታተለ አምድ፣ በሶማልያም ሆነ በአሚሶም በኩል ያለባቸው ችግር የኢትዮጵያ ጦር ከሰላም አስከባሪው ኃይል ጋር አብሮ ለመሥራት ፈቃደኛ አልመሆን ነው! ጦሩ እንደልቡ ይወጣል ይገባል፣ ለምን እንዲህ አልተባበር ባይ መሆን ዓላማውን አጠራጣሪ ኃይል አድርጎታል፤ — ምንም እንኳ ከአልሸባብ ጋር ብዙ ጊዜ መፋለሙ ቢታወቅም!

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Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

16 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jason Burke, The Guardian
 

The death toll in the bombing that hit the centre of Mogadishu on Saturday continues to rise, with more than 300 people now believed to have been killed and hundreds more seriously injured.

The scale of the loss makes the attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.
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Ethiopia must let Somalia determine its own fate

1 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jamal Osman*
 
Somalia will not be able to assert itself and prosper until Ethiopia stops meddling in its affairs. Western nations also need to reevaluate their support of the Ethiopian regime if they ever want to see peace in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia has long been a thorn in the side of Somalia, a troublesome neighbour, and an obstacle to regional peace.
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How the NSA built a secret surveillance network for Ethiopia

14 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Nick Turse, The Intercept, based on the Snowden Archive (The SIDTODAY Files)
 

The NSA refused to comment on whether Lion’s Pride continues to eavesdrop on the region, but no evidence suggests it was ever shut down. There is, however, good reason to believe that U.S. efforts have strengthened the hand of the Ethiopian government. And a decade and a half after it was launched, Ethiopia’s human rights record remains as dismal as ever.

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“A WARM FRIENDSHIP connects the Ethiopian and American people,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced earlier this year. “We remain committed to working with Ethiopia to foster liberty, democracy, economic growth, protection of human rights, and the rule of law.”

Indeed, the website for the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia is marked by press releases touting U.S. aid for farmers and support for public health infrastructure in that East African nation. “Ethiopia remains among the most effective development partners, particularly in the areas of health care, education, and food security,” says the State Department.
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Alert: Prolonged drought drives a food security Emergency in Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia

7 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Fews.Net
 
A major food security Emergency is expected to continue in the Horn of Africa into early 2018, following very poor performance of the March to June 2017 Gu/long rains, the second consecutive below-average season in many areas. The regeneration of pasture and water resources for pastoralists has been well below normal in southeastern Ethiopia, central Somalia, and northern Kenya, and July harvest prospects are very poor in most areas of southern Somalia. These factors are likely to sustain high humanitarian assistance needs across the Horn of Africa, and drive a continuation of Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity in southeastern Ethiopia and Somalia. In addition, Somalia continues to face a risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5). Improved humanitarian access in Somalia, and urgent, sustained assistance in Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia, is needed to mitigate very high levels of acute malnutrition and the threat of loss of life.
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Famine ‘largest humanitarian crisis in history of UN’

11 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

UN humanitarian chief says 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria face starvation and famine.

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries at risk of starvation and famine, the UN humanitarian chief has said.
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