Monthly Archives: February 2013

Saudi Arabia accuses Ethiopia of posing threats to Egypt, Sudan via Dam

[Sudan Tribune] Khartoum — A senior Saudi Arabian official unleashed a barrage of attack against Ethiopia saying that the Horn of Africa nation is posing a threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and Sudan.

“The [Grand] Renaissance dam has its capacity of flood waters reaching more than 70 billion cubic meters of water, and is located at an altitude of 700 meters and if it collapsed then Khartoum will drown completely and the impact will even reach the Aswan Dam,” the Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid Bin Sultan said at the meetings of the Arab Water Council in Cairo.

Saudi deputy defence minister Khalid Bin Sultan

“Egypt is the most affected party from the Ethiopian Renaissance dam because they have no alternative water source compared to other Nile Basin countries and the establishment of the dam 12 kilometers from the Sudanese border is for political plotting rather than for economic gain and constitutes a threat to Egyptian and Sudanese national security,” the Saudi official said.

Obama: Failing the African Spring?

Helen Epstein

President Barack Obama preparing to address Ghana’s parliament, Accra, Ghana, July 11, 2009

[http://www.nybooks.com/] America’s new drone base in the West African city of Niamey, Niger, announced by the White House on Friday, further expands our counter-terrorism activity in Africa. It’s also consistent with the militaristic emphasis of the Obama administration’s engagement with the continent. This may help contain the spread of jihadist violence in specific cases, but by failing to address persistent abuses of human rights by our African military allies, America is also undermining its own development investments that are intended to lift millions of people out of poverty and ensure the continent’s peace, stability, and economic growth.

How to Tackle the TPLF’s Theory of the Ethiopian Jihadists

By Teklemichael Abebe

The Trial and the Documentary

The documentary “Jihadawi Harekat, sponsored by the state-owned television and security forces in Ethiopia that I watched on youtube a week ago is indicative of the terrible political situation in Ethiopia. Basically, the documentary aims to convince the viewer that the “terrorism” witnessed in Afghanistan, Mali and Nigeria is coming to our own backyard through the Muslim activists who are presently on trial.

In one of the unedited parts of the documentary, a frightened, harmless-looking young man sits in a chair before his torturers/interrogators. He speaks with a soft low voice. When his voice betrays him, he gestures with his head. Whenever his interrogators raise their voices, change their tone or argue with him, he just nods in agreement as if to free himself from their torture or as if to rid himself of his tormentors. The young man looks exhausted and desperate. Comparing the last picture taken of him before his arrest to the picture in the documentary shows the suffering he has undergone over the last six months since his detention in late July, 2012.