In one of his debates with Socrates, Thrasymachus alleges that “justice is nothing else than the interest of the stronger.” Shifting thousands of miles away and thousands of years forward from ancient Greece, recent events at the United Nations seem to aptly reflect his point.
Specifically, last week, Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Pressrevealed that Egypt, the next president of the UN Security Council, proposed a Council trip to Somalia, Egypt, and Eritrea. However, the US balked at the inclusion of Eritrea – according to Inner City Press, the US “does not want a Council trip to include Eritrea,” – leading to the likelihood that the visit to Eritrea will be dropped. Continue reading Justice and The Horn of Africa→
Tanja R. Müller from the School of Environment and Development, Global Development Institute, and Humanitarian and Conﬂict Response Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK have the following interrogation against the geopolitics and narratives of oppression in relation to Eritrea and how those feed into a wider conceptualization that regards Eritrea as the main source of instability in the Horn of Africa.
Two seemingly unrelated events occurred in mid 2015 that in different ways relate to the public representation of Eritrea and its function within the wider geopolitical context of the Horn of Africa. The ﬁrst was the publication of the Report of the detailed ﬁndings of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea in June 2015 by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC 2015) that in its summary suggests human rights violations in Eritrea mayconstitute crimes against humanity (the ‘may’ has disappeared in most media coverage where those alleged crimes are taken as facts). Continue reading Representing Eritrea: Geopolitics and Narratives of Oppression→