Criticizing Eritrea for absence of free market economy is like tying a boxer’s hand behind his back, throwing him into the ring, and blaming him for losing.
By George F Tesfa,
Although each of these countries has a unique path of development from their founding, the political ideologies of their founding fathers are similar, to the point of being identical: equal access to education, health care, housing, and clean water through state ownership of most of the economy.
A CURSORY view of the responses of the continental organizations to three U.S. sanctions, one in Africa and the other two in the Americas, shows in a stark way the abysmal lack of independence among the African nations in setting their foreign policies.
The nations in question are Eritrea, Cuba and Venezuela. However, this is not about the targeted nations, and the purpose here is not to focus on the sanctions themselves. The focus here is on the responses of the nations and organizations of the two continents the targeted nations represent to the imposition of the sanctions by the United States — directly or through the United Nations. Continue reading A Tale of Three U.S. Sanctions: One in Africa, Two in the Americas→
LATER this week, the Summit of the Americas will take place in Panama. The meeting is being declared historic since it will be the first one attended by Cuba since 1962, when it was expelled from the Organization of American States (OAS), the event’s organizing body. For many reasons, the meeting will bring into clear view the differences between Latin America and Africa.
It will showcase a group of countries that stood by the side of Cuba during years of subversion by Empire. A region that created an organization – CELAC – that bans the inclusion of the imperialists, Canada and U.S., in response to their isolationist policies toward Cuba. Continue reading The Summit of the Americas: Is Africa Watching?→
LAST December the people of the United States have witnessed an historic moment which gives them yet another opportunity to contemplate on the stark dichotomy in the complex dynamic of the US global role played by its various state institutions. The stunning US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the CIA has barely been digested by the general public before you announced a water shed policy change towards Cuba. Continue reading An Open Letter to President Barack Obama→
PRESIDENT Obama correctly acknowledged today, in regard to U.S. sanctions against Cuba, that “isolation has not worked” and that it is time for a “new approach.” He added: “Our policies toward Cuba have gotten us nowhere.”
I commend President Obama for his courage in correcting course on an ill-conceived and ineffective policy. I have great hope that the improvements of relationships between the United States and Cuba, will not only benefit the people of both nations, but also serve the interests of peace.