Eritrea’s foreign Minister, Mr. Osman Saleh, held talks on August 23 in The Hague with the Netherlands counterpart, Mr. Bert Koenders, regarding the establishment of diplomatic relations and other topics.
The mainstream media has, of late, latched on to this queer “fascination” – obsession may be a more appropriate term – with Eritrea. I fully understand the “agitation”.
Eritrea is a very fascinating and mysterious place if you have never been to the country or do not hang out with Eritreans in the Diaspora. But that’s the secret of its beauty, discrete but proud at the same time, like its citizens.
Well, “to call a spade a spade” mainstream media’s fascination with Eritrea does not stem, by and large, from benign curiosity. This small nation has somehow attracted the ire of some big power and a kowtowing media seems to relish Eritrea-bashing as a perversely “entertaining” pass-time. As it is, new accusations are hatched almost incessantly to denigrate every facet of its social fabric and to chisel at Eritrea’s birth right of developing as a nation in its own way and at its own pace. Continue reading Rehabilitation and Recovery Tax (RRT): Why the Uproar?→
The unrelenting attempt by certain Swedish parliamentarians to criminalize the 2% Eritrea Recovery and Rehabilitation Tax Commonly known as the ‘Diaspora Tax’ has been rejected by the Swedish parliament, Riksdag, once and for all.
The controversy begins when the Justice committee, Justitieutskottet, voted two years ago on two motions tabled by Eritrean-Swed Parliamentarian Arhe Hamednaca (S) (motion 2012/13:Ju340) and by Fredrik Malm (FP) (motion 2013/14:Ju358) that proposes for a complete ban on taxation of Eritrean citizens resident in Sweden by Eritrea claiming that the practice amounted to extortion. They take the lopsided reports of the UN Monitoring Group at face value to back up their claims. Continue reading Swedish Parliament Rejects Ban on Eritrea Diaspora Tax→