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The Political and Economic Similarities of Singapore, Cuba and Eritrea

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.

The political and economic differences are obvious but their similarities can also be summed up as being founded and led by corruption-free leaders who live and have lived a simple life.

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.

In the pre-Cold War era, this ideology was known as socialism. In fact, to this day, these three countries are, for the most part, following socialist policies, while acknowledging the role of the free market, or laissez-faire economic policy, unlike communist countries in the past. Continue reading The Political and Economic Similarities of Singapore, Cuba and Eritrea

Cuba and Eritrea Health Ministers Sign Cooperation Agreements

Eritrean delegation headed by Minister Amina Nurhussein at the International Convention on Public Health in Havana – Cuba Salud 2015

By TesfaNews,

ERITREA and Cuba signed on Thursday (23) a cooperation agreement in Havana on the sidelines of the International Convention on Public Health.

Ms. Amina Nurhusien, Minister of Health of Eritrea, and Roberto Morales, member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and Minister of Public Health (Minsap) signed the agreement.  Continue reading Cuba and Eritrea Health Ministers Sign Cooperation Agreements

A Tale of Three U.S. Sanctions: One in Africa, Two in the Americas

In its decade of existence, the AU has little to show for itself. Its “uselessness” is evident not only in its political impotence and economic ineptitude but also in its failure to defend African common positions in achieving peace and security.

By OEA,

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

The Summit of the Americas: Is Africa Watching?

The 7th Summit of the Americas, Panama April 10-11

By Ray Ja,

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?

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

If it is a right policy on Cuba so is for Eritrea

Dear President Obama,

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

Moving Beyond Isolation and Sanctions to Dialogue and Engagement: From Cuba to Eritrea

The United States does not have independent cause to support isolation of Eritrea. If ending of sanctions against Cuba is the ‘right thing to do’, the same is true of ending sanctions against Eritrea. Time to pursue a policy of engagement.

By Dr. Samuel Mahaffy,

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.

We need to go a step further.  It is time to question the effectiveness of sanctions and isolation as an attempted strategy to leverage changes in behavior in governments with which we may disagree.  Continue reading Moving Beyond Isolation and Sanctions to Dialogue and Engagement: From Cuba to Eritrea