Author: Patrick Tryba

Ethiopia Rejects Sudan’s Offer To Mediate The Tigray War

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has recalled his country’s ambassador from Addis Ababa, only days after Ethiopia rejected Sudan’s offer to mediate the Tigray War. The conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia erupted last November after national military camps were attacked by the regional governing party. Since then, Ethiopian

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Tigray War Extends into another Region for the First Time

For the first time since the conflict began eight months ago, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has entered another region in Ethiopia. Fighting began on July 17th, and forces were still fighting on Monday. The spokesman for the Tigrayan forces, Getachew Reda, has stated that the TPLF is more

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Taliban Extend An Olive Branch After Recent Offensives

Days before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Taliban’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhunzada, has called for a “political settlement” to the war in Afghanistan. Since foreign powers announced their departure earlier this year, the Taliban have been sweeping across the country. This statement comes during a weekend of talks

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Deadliest Terrorist Attack In Burkina Faso Since 2015

On 3 June at 2:00 a.m. in a Burkina Faso village, 138 people were killed by an armed group. Thought to be linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL, the group injured another 40 people and drove 7,000 families out of their homes to seek shelter. The market was burned and buildings

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Mali’s M5 Opposition Gets Another Chance In The Spotlight

After a flurry of action in May — a cabinet reshuffle, the second coup d’etat in nine months, and the suspension of Mali from the AU and ECOWAS, it now seems that things may be settling down. With Mali collecting itself, it now looks that the main opposition group (M5)

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Denmark Joins The Security Force “Traffic Jam” In The Sahel

Stretching nearly six thousand kilometres across the African continent from Senegal to Eritrea, the Sahel forms a belt of political and geographic transition. Consisting of Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, and parts of Nigeria and Cameroon, over 121 million people call the Sahel their home. It’s here, in Mali,

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Mali Announces Promised Election Amid Strike, Popular Discontent

The interim Malian government has announced elections for February 2022, preceded by a constitutional referendum in October of this year. This announcement follows through on the government’s promise to hold elections within an 18-month timespan of the military coup last August. Due to poor governance and corruption, and amid economic

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Lebanon’s Elites Continue Political Deadlock

Lovingly described as “the Titanic minus the orchestra” by French Foreign Minister Le Drian, Lebanon’s failure to form a new administration almost a year after the dissolution of its last, has drawn international ire—and sharp one-liners. During a recent visit by Le Drian to Beirut, he commented that Lebanon’s political

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Colombia’s Crackdown On Protests

Red handkerchiefs began appearing in the windows of Colombian homes a few weeks into the pandemic, last year. Signifying that the household was going hungry, they were soon seen by the thousands. At the end of April this year, President Duque’s government passed a tax reform that would increase the

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Biden To Pull Out Of Afghanistan By September 11

By September 11th—on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks—all American and NATO forces will be pulled out of Afghanistan. This will mean the removal of 2,500 U.S. counterterrorism troops along with over 7,000 NATO forces. A withdrawal of troops has positive connotations for a generational war that has been

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Talks Of Ceasefire In Ethiopia

Nearly five months ago, conflict erupted in northern Ethiopia. A media blackout had all but smothered any information coming out of the country, with calls for a ceasefire falling on deaf years in late November of last year. While the U.S. calls for a ceasefire were once again ignored last

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