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Peter Pedroncelli, 10:14 am AFKI Original
Africa is home to some of the strongest militaries in the world, with one North African country in particular featuring in the top 10 of the global list. Global Firepower produces an annual military ranking that takes into account 50 factors to determine a list of the most powerful armies in the world from a selection of 133 countries. Here are the 13 African countries with the strongest militaries.
Staff, 1:02 pm
It may be surprising to learn that North Korea has long fostered diplomatic, economic and military relations with various African countries. These relations have thrived even after widespread international condemnation following its first nuclear test in 2006. An Africa pivot may be the only option left for the country as China -— its traditional ally — increasingly distances itself. Following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test over the weekend, the U.N. warned members to “redouble efforts” to enforce existing sanctions.
Dana Sanchez, 12:25 pm AFKI Original
Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, some members of the international community including the U.S. have accused Iran’s government of sponsoring terrorism. South Africa is not one of the accusers. On the contrary, South Africa is expanding trade and defense commitments with the Islamic republic, with plans to expand tourism ties between the two countries. A potential loss of tourists to the U.S. from Muslim-majority countries could be South Africa’s gain as President Donald Trump attempts a travel ban and threatens to tear up the Iran nuclear deal.
Dana Sanchez, 11:09 am
ECOWAS is credited with persuading Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh to give up power. If there’s a lesson to be learned, it’s that it takes some external persuasion to remove a dictator. “Forget Trump,” a commentator said. “We in Africa were watching the Gambia and the drama there as African leadership for once, stood up to a tyrant and insisted he respect the outcome of an election.” This regional intervention represents a paradigm shift in African governance, an exiled Zimbabwean judge said. It’s no longer dictatorship as usual in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 5:24 pm
Fidel Castro was no angel. He ran Cuba with “a strong arm and dodgy economic policies,” but for many in Africa, the Cuban leader was a friend in need. Castro is credited with helping pit Russia against the U.S. in a war in Angola that brought about the beginning of the end of apartheid. It wasn’t just about independence from colonialists but also from the perceived injustices of capitalism. “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating,” Castro said.
Dana Sanchez, 2:33 pm
China and Pakistan have successfully developed several military aircraft together, and the partnership is now actively courting African countries to buy their JF-17 fighter jets. “There is a clear scope for co-operation on the African continent and a lot of potential in Africa,” said Pakistan’s minister of defense production. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Pakistan as a “mother-ship of terrorism” at a summit of BRICS members — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. China defended Pakistan at the summit, underway in India.
Dana Sanchez, 11:31 am
SA authorities pursued nine Chinese fishing vessels over the weekend in marine protected waters, detained one, then on Monday welcomed a Chinese destroyer to the Simon’s Town naval base for a friendly four-day visit. “It is going to be interesting to see how this is explained away,” said an online commentator. The Chinese fishing fleet makes headlines in many parts of the world. Their activities are designed to stay below the threshold of conflict, but gradually assert claims that other countries dispute, said a U.S. defense official.
Staff, 12:06 am
The U.S. should remain watchful of other countries’ growing influence in Africa. China’s need to protect its large investments in volatile areas of the continent resulted in changing its traditional non-interference policy in African countries’ internal affairs. Africa has more than enough opportunity for all, but nations such as China and Russia, which frequently challenge U.S. interests in other parts of the world, are likely to follow the same playbook in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 9:08 am
“Our presence…was never meant to be permanent,” a U.S. official said. Ethiopia and the U.S. are allies in East Africa fighting Islamic extremists despite Ethiopia’s history of human rights issues. The Obama administration has tried to avoid deploying troops to Somalia since the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” debacle in which 18 Americans were killed when two U.S. military helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu.
Staff, 12:31 pm
Egypt’s economy is close to overtaking South Africa’s as the second-largest African economy — a shock for some economists and a dramatic change from 2014. Egypt’s gross domestic product is expected to reach $315 billion this year, just a fraction behind the $317 billion of South Africa, according to Renaissance Capital.
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