Are Gulf powers pushing for the unification of the Horn of Africa under the leadership of Ethiopia, and the “De-Turkification” of Somalia?
Despite Yemen’s vicious war, a vigorous kidnapping and torture-for-ransom industry, and threats of deportation by Yemenis and Saudis, Ethiopians and Somalis continue to travel to Yemen hoping to reach the Gulf.
A meeting of the Nile Basin states called by Ugandan President Museveni broke down, a reflection of growing Egyptian-Ethiopian tensions. Egypt meanwhile is boosting military cooperation with Eritrea.
The lease on the only permanent US military base in Africa, Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is $63M a year. China, building its own facility at the other end of the Gulf of Tadjoura, gets a bargain at $20M
A major issue is Egypt’s entrenched culture of racism against black Africans. However, there is now more than US$8 billion of Egyptian investment in the rest of Africa and it contributes a hefty 12.5% of the AU’s budget
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