How can one measure US policy successes or failures? What are US interests in the Horn of Africa? How it is pursued and how effective is it? What did President Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia signal? Furthermore, can US interest in the HOA only be seen through the lenses of fighting terrorism? These are some of the questions on the minds of the people of the region and beyond.
On the surface there are no clear answers. The reality however, the US does not have a uniform Horn of Africa policy per se. US policies may appear to vary from country to country. However, a closer look reveals that the US does not have or, for that matter, need a country or region specific foreign policy thus far. Continue reading Obama’s US Horn Africa Policies Driven to the Ground→
IN RESPONSE to today’s comments by Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, in which she referred to Ethiopia as a democracy and the country’s upcoming elections free, fair, and credible, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Under Secretary Sherman’s comments today were woefully ignorant and counter-productive,” said Daniel Calingaert, executive vice president of Freedom House.
“Ethiopia remains one of the most undemocratic countries in Africa. By calling these elections credible, Sherman has tacitly endorsed the Ethiopian government’s complete disregard for the democratic rights of its citizens. This will only bolster the government’s confidence to continue its crackdown on dissenting voices.” Continue reading US Wrong to Endorse Ethiopia’s Elections→
RECENTLY, a 54-minute video “Ethiopia, A Failed State Documentary” was released on YouTube. The documentary presents evidence and analysis few Ethiopians would dare discuss openly because of the sheer nightmarish nature of the issues raised.
ETHIOPIA is at a crossroad. The internal social-economic and religious inter-relationship is in turmoil. Much of the conflict is along ethnic lines that have been ever growing since the current government’s grasp to power. The current government in Ethiopia has been in power for a total of almost 24 years, and it is based on a single ethnic minority group. The government has made sure to control all sectors of the country with its own ethnic group. The military, religious, and economic composition has always and still continues to revolve around the Tigray ethnic group. Continue reading U.S. Ignoring Ethiopia to Become a Failing State (Documentary)→
LAST December the people of the United States have witnessed an historic moment which gives them yet another opportunity to contemplate on the stark dichotomy in the complex dynamic of the US global role played by its various state institutions. The stunning US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the CIA has barely been digested by the general public before you announced a water shed policy change towards Cuba. Continue reading An Open Letter to President Barack Obama→
ERITREA is invisiblized by its detractors. U.S. foreign policy, Western strategic alliances and media propensity to cover Africa only when and where there is a dramatic crisis, conspire to invisiblize countries like Eritrea.
The scholar and linguist Noam Chomsky sees an insidious Western agenda in such invisiblization. In a book he co-authors with Andre Vltchek he suggests that “Western misinformation has been clearly targeting countries that have been refusing to succumb to Western dictate.”
Even significant achievements of Eritrea and its people are little noted in the Western press. When Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon this year, headline reports were that he was the first American since 1983 to win the race. Continue reading Visiblizing Eritrea→