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Today's forecasts for #NorthAfrica, and the #HornOfAfrica follow.

This 1st image shows the monsoon spreading westwards across the Bay of Bengal. I think it is relevant to the rains in Africa but you will need to wait till the final tweet to see how.

#Ethiopia #Sudan #GERD #Nile
The strength of the West African Monsoon continues to grow as you can see in the animation above. During the current active period (See also #EuropeBigWet) the Sahara is forecast to reach a point where there is water over most of the great desert. Here are 10d rainfall forecasts.
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“This does seem to be a longer-term strategic aim to establish a relatively permanent presence,” said Jeremy Binnie, the Mideast editor at the open-source intelligence company Janes who has followed construction on #Mayun for years.
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apnews.com/article/myster…
It’s “possibly not justabout the #Yemen war and you’ve got to see the shipping situation as fairly key there.”
The apparent decision by the Emiratis to resume building the air base comes after the UAE dismantled parts of a military base it ran in the East African nation of
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#Eritrea as a staging ground for its #Yemen campaign.
While the Horn of Africa “has become a dangerous place” for the Emiratis due to competitors and local war risks, #Mayun has a small population and offers a valuable site for monitoring the Red Sea, said Eleonora Ardemagni,
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9 facts people tend to forget about the operation in #Tigray:
TPLF had rejected many calls for dialogue w/ the gov't, mocked efforts of #Ethiopia's respected elders & PM @AbiyAhmedAli. But some still think talks w/ the defunct group would be a magic wand to pacify Tigray. (1/9)
#TPLF launched several rockets to cities of the #Amhara Regional State & #Eritrea’s capital city-#Asmara. And yet misguided media narratives pictured both forces as belligerents. (2/9)
The #Ethiopia|n gov't has been busy rebuilding destroyed infrastructures by the #TPLF but the remnants of the group have continued to destroying infrastructures with renewed zeal as a major strategy of their “struggle” for the people of Tigray. (3/9)
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With Cyclone #Yaas soaking up all the moisture east of the #MiddleEast and #HornOfAfrica it was a relatively calm day. Albeit not without another intense set of storms along the Red Sea Coast in the Jinzan mountains.

Today's rainfall forecasts follow.
The days began relatively quiet on the #WestAfricanMonsoon front thanks to Cyclone #Yaas. This image shows a strip from the Libyan Coast across the Sahara down to the Congo.
And it remained fairly quiet over the great forests of equatorial Africa today. But further West over the Ivory Coast and the West Sahara the #WestAfricaWaterPlume continued to pump water vapour across the Sahara into Europe.
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#YEMEN:#UAE builds secret air base on strategic #Mayon Island in #Yemen: AP

The UAE is continuing to building a secret air base on the strategic #Mayon_Island in #Yemen, according to the US Associated Press (AP)’s report.
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The agency quoted officials in the #Saudi-backed exiled Hadi government affirmed the #UAE is standing behind the construction of the air base on the volcanic Mayon Island in the Bab al-Mandab strait, although it announced in 2019 the withdrawal of its forces from the
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military coalition led by #Saudi.

Jeremy Binnie, Middle East editor at the “Janes” intelligence company, which has been following construction work on Mayon Island for years, said that building the base means that there is a “long-term strategic goal to establish a permanent
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TPLF-loyalists should understand that selective justice is injustice. You can empathise with civilians in Tigray, mass-raped and massacred and also highlight crimes committed by the TPLF, who ruled #Ethiopia for nearly three decades but now designated as a terrorist group. 1/
TPLF and other rebels fought a bloody war to bring down the Derg Regime. Led by Meles, they had 27-long-years to create strong institutions - that would have protected citizens and themselves.
Instead, Meles and his accomplices run Ethiopia and the Horn like a mafia state. 2/
Immediately, they started targeting community leaders; politicians, intellectuals, elders and anyone who questioned their rule. They hanged, slaughtered and executed people in front of their families. Often, they would display the victims’ bodies at centre towns. 3/
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My response to #USA Senate, if I were #Ethiopia 😂
The Senate says
1) calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities in the Tigray Region of #Ethiopia;

Me: Good idea: Tell #TPLF to disarm

(2) condemns in the strongest terms all violence against civilians;

Me: everyone agres
(3) calls on the Govt of #Eritrea to immediately & fully withdraw its military forces from #Ethiopia,

Me: They already said they are withdrawing, but has to be done carefully.
(3 cont) condemns in the strongest terms any human rights violations, murder, looting, rape, & other crimes committed by the Eritrean military or any other forces in the Tigray Region or elsewhere in #Ethiopia;

Me: incidents should be investigated, but this is #TPLF propaganda.
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Today is shaping up to be a huge day for thunderstorms across the Arabian Peninsula, #NileBasin and Horn of Africa.

#KSA #SaudiArabia #Yemen #Oman #Iraq #Kuwait

#Ethiopia #Sudan #Eritrea #Somalia #SouthSudan #Uganda

#ArabianStorms #DesertRain
Live weather radar of #ArabianStorms across The Arabian Peninsula. /2
Inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah Muslim pilgrims and the @HolyKaaba. /3
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I hv a fairly interesting story of a taxi ride I had a couple nights back. I rode it from Washington National Airport to my home because I didn’t want to wait for Lyft. Upon entering the vehicle I’m usually the first to greet & engage w/ the driver.
This time I was met by an individual who was equally acknowledging and willing to converse. We exchanged small talk for a few abt how business was now tht an ease on lockdown started & ppl were flying more.
He explained how he knew of several cab drivers who contracted COVID & were no longer alive. Pleasantries continued to be exchanged between us; expressing ideas of gratefulness for life, not taking things for granted, etc...
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This 2019 article, written a year before the ethnofascist #TPLF launched war on #Ethiopia, exposes the rampant #rape &sexual violence that #women of #Tigray suffered from the rapist TPLF gang. The defeated criminal TPLF "men" are continuing their rape now!
africanfeminism.com/yikono-campaig…
2) In this video clip from 2018 brodacast of #Tigray's DW-TV, a #Tigrayan woman recounts the horrible mysogynistic culture in Tigray under #TPLF, where #rape & sexual violence against Tigray's #women is a commonplace occurence, & 60% of Tigrayan womem are victims of rape.
#Yikono
3) #Tigrayan feminist @meazaG_, speaking to #TigrayMediaHouse in 2019, over a year before the war, explained the horrific level of #rape in #Tigray's society. She said men regularly kick & oppress women every night.Tigray ppl were victims of #TPLF. #TPLFcrimes
#Eritrea #Ethiopia
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1/. QUESTION: What’s the worst day of the year for dictators, despots & populist autocrats?

ANSWER: April 7

Tomorrow, @amnesty release our annual 2020/21 report covering the state of #HumanRights in 149 countries

JOURNALISTS: For a copy or to an interview👉 press@amnesty.org
“How's life in your country?"
"We can't complain"

This cartoon was about #Turkey but it also applies to:
#Myanmar
#China
#SaudiArabia
#NorthKorea
#Syria
#Egypt
#Turkmenistan
#Eritrea
#Yemen
#Uzbekistan
#CAR
#Vietnam
#Sudan
#Iraq
#Bahrain
#Belarus
#Bangladesh
#Laos
#Somalia etc.
“I don’t care if they respect me, so long as they fear me.” (Caligula)

At @amnesty we don’t respect dictators, autocrats & human rights abusers

We don’t fear them either

As we publish Annual Report, here’s a guide for dictators human on ‘how to respond’ amnesty.org/en/latest/news…
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One Question Not Asked In 4 Months:

How many young #Ethiopia|ns & #Eritrea|ns enlisted or conscripted in the ENDF, ASF, TDF, EDF have been killed in the stupid war? Until we ask, and insist on an answer, the war will not stop. #HowManyDied?
If are comforted by the lullabies of your side (whichever side you are on),remember the 98-00 #Eritrea-#Ethiopia “border war” was 24 months of standstill interrupted by 1 month (cumulative) of battle. 100,00 young lives perished then! The current war is 4 months of non-stop war.
The horrific violations against civilians, including children 👇🏾will be accounted for because there are reporters and advocacy groups that will insist on it. But how will those addicted to claiming they won disclose what the cost of the “winning” was and who will make them?
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It’s #FatuousFriday: just back from Planet NNNN, with its alternative facts, and I am here to share with my compats. Since everything Isaias touches turns to ashes, the promising political career of @AbiyAhmedAli is facing the abyss too. But, hey: war is peace and peace is war Image
More “War Is Peace, Peace Is War”: According to the “Abiy Is Our Leader #Eritrea Is Our Country”mob from #Ethiopia, joined by Isaiaists, when 🇺🇸 and EU call for end to war, it is warmongering! Image
Walking is the new #Eritrea|n accomplishment, according to the #PFDJ. Plus it’s good for the environment in a country with the most expensive fuel in the world. Pass it on. Image
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🇪🇷🇪🇹#Ethiopia said #Eritrea has agreed to withdraw forces from the #Tigray region, almost five months after fighting broke out.

"Witnesses say soldiers and militia target civilians and use rape as a weapon." @MariaG_N reports from #Tigray⤵️

#TigrayCrisis
@MariaG_N 🇪🇹Across #Tigray, more than half a million people were forced to flee their homes. Thousands were able to find refuge in the regional capital Mek’ele.

🎤"We don’t have enough water, food, or clothes, we’re not receiving any help from the government," says a man displaced⤵️
@MariaG_N 🇪🇹🇪🇷Many survivors speak of massacres and accuse #Eritrean soldiers.

During a religious celebration in a #Tigray village, more than 150 people were killed by members of the Eritrean army, residents say.

🎤"All of those killed were like my own family.”⤵️
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Happy Friday: #Ethiopia|ns & “fellow #Eritreans across the border”! After 4 months of lies & denials, and less than a week after @ChrisCoons delivered the @POTUS msg that #Ethiopia is committing “systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing” in #Tigray, @PMEthiopia folds like a card: Image
The move came less than a week after @AbiyAhmedAli chose the parliament as his venue to admit what the whole world, except a few in #Eritrea|s NNNN Party #PFDJ and #Ethiopia|s Abiy Cult, knew: #Eritrean|s have been fighting inside #Tigray with knowledge & approval of @PMEthiopia Image
Now, there is only one country in the world whose media has not shared the news that #Eritrean|s are fighting in #Ethiopia and its leader has agreed to withdraw its troops. The country? Hint: its state media slogan is “serving the truth.” Image
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Frantic defamation campaigns against #Eritrea have been ramped up in last couple of days. Cases in point: i) Spurious allegation of "Eritrean troop deployment in al-Fashiqa triangle" deliberately floated to create rift between Eritrea & Sudan.
ii) The "preliminary findings" issued by the Ethiopian HRC is equally astounding for the fallacious allegations it peddles as well as timing. What is mind-boggling in this whole sordid affair is the variations/mutations the fabricated story has undergone in the past few weeks
The first fabricated narrative - issued sometime last January - alleged that "massacre of 800 civilians occurred" on St. Mary of Zion Day during the annual festivity in the compounds of the Church as Eritrean soldiers tried to steal/take to Eritrea the "historic Arc of Covenant"
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Short @AbiyAhmedAli: We defeated #TPLF (june tah) completely & #Eritrea is in #Ethiopia only because we are at war with TPLF whom we have defeated completely 4 month ago. Mayyybe our soldiers & Isaias did a little raping here and there but TPLF ATTACKED NORTHERN COMMAND!
(2) #Eritrea|ns have made a very strong argument as to why they cannot withdraw from sovereign #Ethiopia|n territories, because they fear being attacked by #TPLF (who I have totally annihilated) and I must say I find their arguments compelling. The war is to catch 12 people.
(3) The call for us to withdraw #Amhara Special Forces from #Tigray is like me telling the US: Colorado National Guard cannot be dispatched to California in a state of emergency. Everybody knows Colorado ethnics & California ethnics are analogous to Tigray-Amhara ethnies.
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There is a well funded, coordinated effort 2 destabilize #Ethiopia & de-legitimize its Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed @PMEthiopia @PMAbiy. BUT, here r the undisputed FACTS, all done apart from & in addition 2 his NOBLE actions 4 which he was awarded #NobelPeacePrize: #1 @PMAbiy made
half of all his TOP cabinet ministers WOMEN! Yes, unlike the USA and other "developed" western nations, #Ethiopia actually demands half its population actually RUN THE COUNTRY! and you can thank @PMAbiy for this courageous act! #2 After 27 yrs of tyrany under the TPLF, @PMAbiy
released ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS and unbanned all political parties AND news outlets. Sound like a failed despot to you??? NO! In fact when he was awarded the @NobelPrize none of this was mentioned because his heroism with regard to peace with #Eritrea was enough to earn it, #3
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#EU #Brussels #Sanctions

The EU Council agreed today to implement restrictive sanctions on eleven persons and four entities who are responsible for severe human rights violations and abuses in different countries around the world.
These 15 designations are part of the first larger set of listings under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, which also included the naming of four #Russian individuals earlier this month.
The sanctions demonstrate the EU's firm commitment to uphold human rights and take concrete measures against those who violate or abuse them. The violations targeted today include the large-scale arbitrary detentions of, in particular, #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang in #China,
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Thread on the smuggler Medhanie Yehdego Mered.
The first time I heard the name Medhanie  was in 2010 when I was contacted by family members whose loved ones were held hostage in Sinai, I was told by a group of 30 Eritreans (age 16-30) from the same/nearby villages in #Eritrea.
The group of 30 wanted to go to Israel and were looking for smugglers who could smuggle them, and often when choosing a smuggler you try to find a smuggler that you know or someone from your village thinking you are in good hands.
The group found three fixers from their villages (Medhanie, Mihreteab and John), the three would gather as many as they could and would make a deal with Sudanese/Egyptian smugglers. Once the refugees/migrants reach Sinai near the Israeli border
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#Eritrea #Tigray Thread 1:

#Ethiopia: Lies, Damn Lies, Jeff Pearce (@ jeffpropulsion) & ENA.

So Jeff Pearce spoke for a "few minutes by phone" with Seife Deribe of ENA, and writes that Axum Massacre is FAKE, and many "Ethiopians" are sharing this article as evidence.
#Ethiopia #Eritrea #Tigray Thread 2
Not only is this mind numbing out right lie based on ENA's CEO, but Jeff's whole article is based on "few minutes" of phone conversation with Seife Deribe of ENA. FEW MINUTES! That is the whole Jeff's research! "Few Minutes"
#Ethiopia #Tigray Thread 3:
This is about hundreds of innocent lives that have been killed by #Eritrean army. There are VERIFIED videos, burial sites with satellites & eyewitness accounts. Here is a detailed investigation with Photos, Satellite images, amnesty.org/en/documents/a…
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On p 5 of @Amnesty report alleging @Axum massacre, it says ““This briefing is based on 11 days of research by Amnesty International at the refugee reception center in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, in January 2021, as well as on numerous phone interviews with witnesses in Axum”.
Those are the words in the @amnesty report, not mine. So here are the conclusions we can make from that statement: First, no personnel or “investigators” from @Amnesty visited or saw first hand the city of Axum either shortly after the alleged 28-29 November “massacre” NOR
did they visit the “crime scene” before writing their report! They based an accusation of a massacre in one of the world’s holiest Christian cities on phone interviews! Not one photo, video, copy of text message, phone records of people calling for help or to report the incident.
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This piece by @JDevermont of @CSIS is a prime example of the arrogant, misinformed, & condescending foreign policy thinking that seems to be guiding @JoeBiden's team on #Ethiopia and its law-enforcement operations in #Tigray.

Some Thoughts:

thehill.com/opinion/nation…
The author remarks that "US regional security interests" have been threatened. His reasons?

(1) #Ethiopia's redeployment of its peacekeeping troops from Somalia & South Sudan to #Tigray

(2) The border conflict caused by #Sudan's incursion into disputed territory.
#Ethiopia undertook its military offensive in November because *its own* domestic security interests were compromised by the #TPLF, an ethnic-extremist militant group which attacked a federal army base & massacred hundreds of national army soldiers in the dead of night.
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UN Memo: "leadership in Ethiopia’s Tigray region deserves much of the blame for provoking the federal government’s bloody offensive against the Tigrayans"..."crackdown may have been justified" #Ethiopia #Somalia #Eritrea #Africa
UN Memo (contd): points to TPLF provoking Eth govt by attacking and seizing Northern Command in what would have been an “act of war everywhere in the world, and one that typically triggers military response in defense of any nation" #Ethiopia #Somalia #Eritrea #Africa
UN Memo (contd): says int. comm. has failed to address TPLF provocations over the past two years, including its opposition to govt. reforms and refusal to engage in political talks with the govt. #Ethiopia #Somalia #Eritrea #Africa
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