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Ethiopia: The ‘Crack Cocaine’ of TPLF Generals

TPLF General and strategists have never been accused of being 'geniuses'.
TPLF General and strategists have never been accused of being ‘geniuses’.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

Successive Ethiopian regimes have spent billions of dollars and sacrificed hundreds of thousands of their soldiers to try to control the Eritrean people by force and claim the Red Sea coastline. Despite all the blood and treasure spent on that effort, they have never succeeded in subjugating the Eritrean people. But just like a “crack cocaine” addict they can’t get off it. Continue reading Ethiopia: The ‘Crack Cocaine’ of TPLF Generals

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

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

Examining the West’s Misguided Approach to the Horn of Africa

U.S. and international community’s unwavering support for and appeasement of Ethiopia being directly complicit in the mass crimes, transgressions, and reign of terror perpetrated by the Ethiopian government in the region. This misguided policy approach has largely failed to achieve its objectives and instead only served to stunt regional development and destabilize the entire Horn of Africa through contributing to unnecessary rivalry, conflict, and insecurity.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion, PhD

Last week, a 61-page human rights report about Ethiopia was released, detailing the government’s heavy-handed response to large and widespread anti-government protests and dissent over political and economic inclusion.

According to the report, “Such a Brutal Crackdown: Killings and Arrests in Response to Ethiopia’s Oromo Protests“, during the widespread protests, largely arising within the Oromia region, Ethiopian security forces have resorted to excessive and unnecessary lethal force and mass arrests, engaged in the harsh, ruthless mistreatment of those in detention, and restricted access to information. Estimates suggest that over 400 protesters or others have been killed by security forces, while tens of thousands more have been arrested. Continue reading Examining the West’s Misguided Approach to the Horn of Africa

Africa’s Hottest Frozen Border Boils Over

Hundreds of soldiers just died in the worst flare-up between Ethiopia and Eritrea since their 1998-2000 war. Could a return to open conflict be around the corner?

By Michael Wrong | for Foreign Policy,

Some events come out of the blue, as surprising as thunderbolts. Others feel like confirmations of dour predictions, as grindingly inevitable as winter’s onset. The outbreak of heavy fighting between Eritrean and Ethiopian troops on their mutual border on June 12, which is reported to have left hundreds dead, falls into the latter category. No one should be surprised. And some mea culpas are in order. Continue reading Africa’s Hottest Frozen Border Boils Over