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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?

ERITREA: The Naples of Africa

“I find Eritrea to be the Naples of Africa and Asmara unquestionably the most beautiful African capital city I have ever visited. Someone in the Eritrean anti-American propaganda department needs to be fired” – Paul

By Paul,

AFRICAN countries like Burundi and Somalia garner consistently negative press. Eritrea, on the other hand, garners consistently zero press.

Perhaps this is because the International Press Freedom Index ranks Eritrea’s freedom of press as dead last in the world — below that of even North Korea. It is not then entirely surprising that one of the first articles I find about the country describes it as the “North Korea of Africa”. Another discusses how Eritrea has the second largest standing army relative to general population, right behind North Korea. Continue reading ERITREA: The Naples of Africa

US Embassy Warns Al-Shabab Attacks in Ethiopia

Threat from Al-Shabaab against Ethiopia and western interests in Ethiopia

By U.S. Embassy (Addis Ababa),

THE U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa would like to remind U.S. citizens living or traveling in Ethiopia to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to enhance personal security.

The Embassy continues to receive credible threat reports of Al-Shabaab’s intent and capability to attack Ethiopia and western interests in Ethiopia.

In recent weeks, there have been several incursions along the Ethiopian-Somali border.

While there is no known specific information regarding the timing or location of an attack, we would like to remind U.S. citizens to be especially vigilant in areas where large numbers of U.S. and western citizens Continue reading US Embassy Warns Al-Shabab Attacks in Ethiopia

Explosions Rock Nairobi; Tourism Sector ‘on its Knees’

After a spat of attacks in different parts of the country by Islamist militants in retaliation for Kenya’s intervention in Somalia, countries like the U.S., UK, France and Australia issued a series of travel warnings.  President Kenyatta said, “We all have a responsibility to bring these attacks to an end. Tourism has been greatly affected by these terror activities. The industry which contributes 10 % to the GDP is virtually on its knees.”

Kenya tourism sector lost Sh5 billion following cancellations made between October and May 2014 owing to the travel advisory issued by the four western nations. The government called it “unfriendly acts”.

By Jason Straziuso,

TWO bombs exploded in a market in Kenya’s capital on Friday, killing 12 people and injuring 80 as hundreds of British tourists were evacuated from a coastal area where Islamic extremists have operated.

Nairobi Police Chief Benson Kibue, who announced the casualty figures, said two improvised explosive devices detonated in a market area near downtown Nairobi with one bomb damaging a mini-van used for public transportation.

TUI Travel, which owns the British tourism companies Thomson and First Choice, evacuated customers on flights Thursday and Friday and canceled all flights to the coastal city of Mombasa until October. The British government had urged British citizens to leave Mombasa and nearby beach towns.  Continue reading Explosions Rock Nairobi; Tourism Sector ‘on its Knees’