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Somalis make a living in the harshest of natural environments. (Photo/Hassan Hirsi/World Bank).

Life In Somalia Is Extremely Tough, So How Do They Survive? That’s The $1.4 Billion Question

One in five Somali households receive remittances. Without that, many of them would fall into poverty.


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The music is no longer playing in South Sudan. (Photo/UNMISS/Flickr).

About Jaw-Jaw And War War In Long-Suffering South Sudan

Although the big tent worked in the early days of independence when President Salva Kiir could buy off opponents, it is now failing, as the economy flat-lines.


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Nelson Mandela Statue, in front of South African Embassy under construction, Washington, DC. (Photo/ Flickr/ Ted Eytan)

How An African Passport Could Answer The ‘African Predicament’: That Of Independence Without Freedom

Visa and immigration officials at the gates of major embassies seem to have great talent and insatiable penchant for choreographic, inane demonstrations of power.


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Overlooking the Red Sea: After prevaricating for some time, Eritrea, which until then had good relations with Qatar, fell into line with the Saudis and broke ties with Qatar. (Photo/ Flickr/ Andrea Moroni)

Uncertainty Across The Red Sea: Qatar’s Conflict With Its Neighbours Sets The Horn Of Africa On Edge

Qatar had been a generous donor to Eritrea. UAE and Saudi Arabia have been using the Eritrean port of Assab in their war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The recent upheavals appear to have fallen well for Ethiopia