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Are Somaliland, Puntland ready for war over land?

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Somaliland and Puntland’s dispute over land stretching from the Gulf of Aden to the Ethiopian border risks escalating into open war.

The self-declared republic of Somaliland and autonomous Puntland are locked in a standoff over Sool and Sanaag areas, leading to deadly clashes since the start of 2018 after both sides massed soldiers in the contested areas.

The International Crisis Group said the military standoff could escalate as troops are moved close to Tukaraq, a town that straddles a highway and trade corridor linking Sool and Sanaag to eastern Ethiopia.

The ICG, which researches conflict, said the dispute risks creating space for Al Shabaab insurgents and an Islamic State branch in Puntland.

Somaliland and Puntland have since 1998 vied for control of…

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Our View: Why we need to tell the real Civil War story

Support for the center is growing, but not without great difficulty in the African-American community, where many leaders remain skeptical about what …
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The carnage cabaret: Tate’s high-octane tribute to Africa’s forgotten war dead | Art and design

A steady rain beats down on the steel roof of a rehearsal hall at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, filling the cavernous space with a tinny thrum. Inside, The Head and the Load, a kaleidoscopic tableau of carefully controlled chaos, deftly steered by William Kentridge, has been going through its first-ever dry run; but the rain has brought things to a momentary halt.

“It appears we have some competition,” the South African artist says, wearily emerging on stage to address the small audience assembled for the piece’s run-through. “This is going to be slow, I’m afraid.”

Kentridge is accustomed to challenges, and over a decades-long career that’s produced an array of complex works ranging from drawing and painting to film and opera, no one could accuse him of…

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Sierra Leone war criminal back from Rwanda

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The commander of a Sierra Leone militia alleged to have hacked civilians to death and burnt others alive has returned from Rwanda to serve the rest of his sentence at home, a UN-backed court said on Monday.

Allieu Kondewa helped lead the pro-government Civil Defence Forces (CDF), a notorious paramilitary unit which recruited traditional hunters to fight rebels during the brutal 1991-2002 civil war in the west African state.

He was convicted in 2007 of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, issuing collective punishment and recruiting child soldiers.

He spent nearly 10 years in prison in Rwanda under a special agreement as war-ravaged Sierra Leone did not have proper detention facilities.

He returned to Sierra Leone on Sunday to serve out the last five…

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War, High Tariffs and Nationalisation – their Cost to Africa’s Climate – World

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

Africa’s political instability, its armed conflicts and regulatory issues are placing at risk investment needed to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the continent.

“A renewable energy developer or investor faces increased risk that their returns and earnings could decline as a result of political change, such as terrorism, expropriation (dispossession of property for public use), and sovereign breach of contract,” Dereje Senshaw, the principal specialist at Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), told IPS. He added that credit, market and technological risks were also obstacles towards reducing GHG emissions.

According to International Monetary Fund and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development papers, green…

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Behind the secret U.S. war in Africa

American special operations teams are playing a more direct role in military actions against suspected terrorists in Africa than the Pentagon has publicly acknowledged, planning and participating in combat raids by African troops in multiple countries including Somalia, Kenya, Tunisia and Niger, under a set of classified programs.

In repeated public statements, military spokespeople have said the American role in Africa is limited to “advising and assisting” other militaries. But for at least five years, Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other commandos operating under a little-understood authority have planned and controlled certain missions, putting them in charge of their African partner forces.

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