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Examining International Sanctions: The Case of Eritrea

Sanctions rarely achieve their objectives as they are more a tool to punish vulnerable states which resiliently refuse to adhere or succumb to bullying by the unscrupulous Powers.

By Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion,

During one of his debates with Socrates, Thrasymachus alleges that “justice is nothing else than the interest of the stronger.” For Eritreans (as well as many other regional observers), a clear reflection of this point are the ongoing sanctions imposed against the country. Not only do the sanctions lack basis and remain counterproductive, they reveal a long-existent and glaring double standard.

On 23 December 2009, the United Nations Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 1907 (2009) imposing a sanction regime against Eritrea. The pretexts for the sanctions were Eritrea’s alleged support for Al-Shabaab, a Somali terrorist group, and its dispute with neighbouring Djibouti. Shortly thereafter, in 2011, the sanctions were expanded through UNSC Resolution 2023 (2011), adopted by the Security Council during its 6674th meeting, held on 5 December 2011. Continue reading Examining International Sanctions: The Case of Eritrea

The Taylor Report with Thomas C. Mountain

By TesfaNews,

This week, The Taylor Report, a weekly radio talk show from Toronto, has an in-depth conversation with independent journalist Thomas C. Mountain. They discuss, among other things, about the current situation in Eritrea, the Commission of Inquiry report, the June 12 Ethiopia border attack, and climate change, grounding the discussion in a historical framework that informs an understanding of the regional political dynamics that comes with it.

Mountain also examine the coordinated media attack by the so called human right mobs against Eritrea,  as well as the internal political situation of Ethiopia.

Mountain provides his analysis as someone living in Eritrea and who is familiar not only with the politics of the country, but the daily lives of its citizens. Continue reading The Taylor Report with Thomas C. Mountain

Ethiopia Massing Troops, Heavy Weapons at Eritrea Border

The TPLF Army reportedly brought large numbers of troops and hundreds of pieces of heavy military hardware towards the Eritrean border. (Photo: Archive)

By ESAT News,

The Ethiopian TPLF Army has brought large numbers of troops and hundreds of pieces of military hardware to the northern part of the country near the Eritrean border, according to eyewitness accounts.

The witnesses said public transport buses, as per the instructions given by the regime, have been transporting large numbers of the army from south and central regions of the country to the north. Continue reading Ethiopia Massing Troops, Heavy Weapons at Eritrea Border

Eritrea Warns Ethiopia is Contemplating Full-scale War

“As we speak, Ethiopia is making preparations for a bigger military offensive and contemplating a full-scale war.” – Yemane Ghebreab

By Tom Miles | for Reuters,

Ethiopia is contemplating full-scale war against Eritrea, an Eritrean official told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday, as he defended his country against allegations of crimes against humanity.

Eritrean and Ethiopian troops clashed along their border on June 12. Each has accused the other of starting the hostilities.

Last week, Eritrea’s Foreign Ministry blamed the United States for playing a role, referring to “Washington’s instigation” of the attack by Ethiopian forces. Eritrea also said at least 200 Ethiopian troops were killed. Continue reading Eritrea Warns Ethiopia is Contemplating Full-scale War

TPLF to Write Its Own Awesome Obituary

Backward and Criminal. Tens of thousands of barely trained, barefoot TPLF militias were used in the war against Eritrea as minesweepers as TPLF commanders drove them forward wave upon wave, with the sole mission of blowing them up on minefields until they had cleared a path to the Eritrean front line for their infantry, armour and mechanized forces.

By Tazabi-1*,

After Eritrea, with its superior military skills, quashed Ethiopia’s TPLF’s invading army in May 1999 at the Tsorona Central Front, David Hirst of the Guardian wrote about the devastation and horror scene as, “if the conduct of war is a measure of a government’s fitness and ability to rule, then Tsorona is a terrible indictment of the TPLF.”

The strategy followed then by commanders of the second most populous nation in Africa was simple: Deploy tens of thousands of barely trained recruits and drove them forward to their certain death, wave upon wave, with the sole mission of blowing themselves up on minefields until they had cleared a path to the Eritrean front line for their infantry, armour and mechanized forces. Continue reading TPLF to Write Its Own Awesome Obituary

The TPLF Aggression Against Eritrea – a Rejoinder to Reinhardt Jacobsen’s Article

To Reinhardt Jacobsen: The first step in solving any problem is to recognizing there is one. The unresolved border demarcation, the occupation of sovereign Eritrean territory and the imposition of illegal sanctions are and none requires the redeployment of UN peacekeepers to get resolved.

By H.H. Gaber,

First and foremost this thoughtless and naked aggression by the minority regime of Ethiopia should be condemned by all peace loving and conscientious people all over the world. Causing loss of life and destruction wilfully and contemptuously is an act that should be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all. But, this voice should come even more so louder and clearer from those who are engaged in saving the lives of millions of Ethiopians suffering from perpetual hunger and malnutrition. Continue reading The TPLF Aggression Against Eritrea – a Rejoinder to Reinhardt Jacobsen’s Article

Ethiopia Admits it Sustained Heavy Casualties

Eritrea says it successfully repulsed the attack on the Tsorona Central Front with TPLF troops sustaining heavy casualties. Ethiopian government spokesman admits its forces suffered significant casualties [by the very fire it lit].
By TesfaNews,

The Eritrean government today announces that it successfully repulsed the surprise attack launched by Ethiopian TPLF troops on the Tsorona Central Front on Sunday with TPLF forces sustaining a significant lose.

Residents on the Ethiopian side reported they have seen hundreds of wounded Ethiopian soldiers taken to nearby hospitals, signifying the devastated outcome of the Eritrean response to this latest Ethiopian adventure.

Ethiopian government spokesman, Getachew Reda, who had initially claimed no knowledge of the fighting, told AFP its troops had in fact sustained significant casualties. Continue reading Ethiopia Admits it Sustained Heavy Casualties

Ethiopia Attacks Eritrea: Things to Understand

Even if the purpose and ramifications of this latest attack are yet to fully emerge, it is difficult to overlook the problematic role of the international community in the ongoing tensions plaguing the region. (Photo: Ethiopia’s great loss, Tsorona central front,1999)

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),

On Sunday, the Ethiopian government launched an attack against Eritrea on the Tsorona Central Front. According to a BBC report, “witnesses report hearing heavy gunfire and seeing Ethiopian troops and tanks heading towards Eritrean border.”

The region, located along the tense border between the two countries, was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the 1998-2000 Eritrea-Ethiopia war. Full details of yesterday’s attack are still being confirmed and its specific motives or ultimate aims remain unclear. Continue reading Ethiopia Attacks Eritrea: Things to Understand