Why Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict Is Dominating Africa Headline News

  Tensions in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have gone from talking about the potential for conflict into what is now the aftermath of a war between the country’s federal government in Addis Ababa and the regional government in Tigray. An estimated six million people live in the Tigray region.  Since fighting began on November 4,…

Cameroon Opposition Leader’s De Facto House Arrest Ends

YAOUNDE – Hundreds of supporters of Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto have gathered at his home after his months-long de facto house arrest suddenly ended. Heavily armed police stationed at his home since September 22 left on Tuesday, but authorities

12 Stories that Frame U.S.-Africa Relations under the Trump Administration

Americans are casting their votes in the November 3 election for those who would represent them at national and local levels. The stakes are especially high for the offices of the President, Senators, and the House of Representatives. While this is taking place, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of the relations between the United…

Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo – Clashes in the Sudan – Lead Africa Headlines

What is been described as a long-simmering Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is making Africa headline news after the discovery of cases of the disease at the border of the DRC and Uganda. The Ebola crisis in the DRC which began last August according to the World Health Organization (WHO) has…

After Military Takeover in Sudan – The BBC Rushes to Remind Us about Coups in Africa

I always thought the characterization of the African continent, sometimes by many smart, well-meaning journalists, and others, biased in their analysis, makes the continent appear as hell, the worst place to live in the eyes of the world. Narratives following the recent coup and ouster of long-time Sudanese leader Omar al Bashir help make my…

Sudan Coup, Fighting in Libya, Rwandan Genocide Remembrance – Lead Africa Headlines

Fighting in Libya Threatens Security in Entire Northern Africa Region In Libya, the news is not about progress in the country – it’s about instability there which helped push American troops out, albeit temporarily. It’s not clear where the U.S. troops, escaping the intense fighting in Tripoli, are relocating to. Eight years after former Libyan…

No Rest for the Weary in Zimbabwe

In yet another setback to bring lasting peace to Zimbabwe, Reuters News service reported Monday that there is deadlock in negotiations between the ruling ZANU PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) on the terms of implementation of the September 2008 power sharing agreement. Both sides are currently at a regional summit to…