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Eritrea: A Missed Opportunity?

Time for the U.S. to wake up to the reality that the strategy of isolating Eritrea simply has not worked for that it should be pronounced as ineffective and abandoned.
Time for the U.S. to wake up to the reality that the strategy of isolating Eritrea simply has not worked for that it should be pronounced as ineffective and abandoned.

By Dr. Samuel Mahaffy,

IN the same week that Japan sent a delegation to Eritrea, laying the groundwork for a new embassy there, the U.S. State Department issued a new travel warning about Eritrea painting a grim picture of Eritrea as an unstable and dangerous country. As the global community continues to open to both diplomatic missions in Eritrea and exploration of economic and trade opportunities, the question must be asked: “Is the continuing effort by the U.S. to isolate and paint a negative picture of Eritrea misguided?

It appears to be very much the case that invisiblizing Eritrea is not contributing to peace and stability in the Horn of Africa or improving bilateral relations.  Continue reading Eritrea: A Missed Opportunity?

U.S. Africa Leaders Summit: Invite Eritrea! Dialogue Begins with Inclusion not Exclusion

The Policy of exclusion and isolation has not borne any fruit. The exclusion of Eritrea from the upcoming U.S. Africa Leaders Summit is misguided, inappropriate and does not serve the cause of peace and prosperity in the Horn of Africa.

By Samuel Mahaffy (Ph.D),

THE singular exclusion of Eritrea from the invitation of African leaders to participate in the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. is misguided, inappropriate and does not serve the cause of peace and prosperity in the Horn of Africa.

The Summit, called by President Obama to be held in August 2014, is an historic opportunity for dialogue. We commend President Obama for taking this historic step. The exclusion of Eritrea from the dialogue process is unfortunate. Hank Cohen, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs has pointed out that it is “time to bring Eritrea in from the cold.”  Continue reading U.S. Africa Leaders Summit: Invite Eritrea! Dialogue Begins with Inclusion not Exclusion

Secretary John Kerry Congratulate Eritrea on National Day

Happy Independence Anniversary

By U.S. Department of State,

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 27, 2014

On behalf of the American people, I welcome the opportunity to send my warmest wishes to the people of Eritrea on the 23rd anniversary of your independence which took place May 24.

Know that the government and people of the United States stand beside you in your continued search for the promise of a free, prosperous, and democratic Eritrea.  Continue reading Secretary John Kerry Congratulate Eritrea on National Day

Eritrea – Ethiopia Virtual Demarcation is Legal and Enforceable

The only means to peace. Enforcing the Eritrea – Ethiopia Boundary Commission’s demarcation decisions and calling on Ethiopia to vacate from sovereign Eritrean territories

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

It is hypocritical of the US Administration and its allies, to preach about the rule of law and human rights, while it has abused its international diplomatic and military influence to undermine the rights of the Eritrean people to live in peace within their own internationally recognized borders. It is also hypocritical to raise issues such as “prolonged national service”, “right to leave their country”, “excessive militarization” etc. etc. while it has encouraged the 12-year long occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories.

Surely, the US and its allies cannot possibly believe that they are better poised to know what the people of Eritrea want and need…as there is no track record to prove it. There is instead a 100 year long and bloody history of subjugation and terror, of gross violations of their human rights, a denial of their rights to self-determination and independence, as they appeased successive Ethiopian regimes. Continue reading Eritrea – Ethiopia Virtual Demarcation is Legal and Enforceable

State Department Slams Ethiopia on Human Rights

Forget Democracy. In Ethiopia today, there is a Thugocracy: a government of thieves, for thieves, by thieves

By AIM,

The U.S. government on Friday commended activists, citizens  and journalists for their courage in advocating for universal human rights and expressed concern over the heightened crackdown on civil liberties, rebuking several countries for shrinking the space for journalists and activists.

In its 36th annual report of human rights practices around the world, the State Department criticized the increased suppression of freedoms of expression, assembly, association and religion. The report said governments continued to repress or attack the means by which individuals organize and “demand better performance from their rulers” by instituting new impending laws throughout 2012.  Continue reading State Department Slams Ethiopia on Human Rights

Senior Israeli Official Rejects UN Monitoring Charges against Eritrea

“I served 17 years ago as Ambassador to Ethiopia. One of the things I learned in the region is that lying is a justified means to achieve greater opportunities.” – Ambassador Avi Granton

“Israel had no knowledge of Eritrean arms entering Sinai … and … reports of human trafficking and torture in the Sinai were grossly exaggerated.” Amb. Avi Granot

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

These are words of a senior Israeli diplomat on Africa, Ambassador Avi Granot, who is the head of the Africa Division in Israel’s foreign ministry. He was responding to the latest SEMG’s (Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group) outrageous allegation that “Eritrea is in the business of trafficking weapons and persons to Sinai via the Sudan.”

LYING IS JUSTIFIED

Why is the SEMG willing to throw all sorts of lies and misrepresentations to demonize Eritrea? Ambassador Avi Granot hit the nail on the head with these words: Continue reading Senior Israeli Official Rejects UN Monitoring Charges against Eritrea