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→
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→
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.
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→