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Why is Eritrea the world’s fastest-emptying nation?

The UN likens Eritrea’s forced conscription – sometimes for decades at a time – to slavery. Hundreds of thousands have fled. Here’s why. Photo by: AP Eritrea has been consistently one of the top five biggest source of refugees in Europe for the last decade. Since the Eritrean government began indefinite national service in 2002, hundreds […]

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Eritrea: Anecdotes of indefinite anarchy

From al Jazeera A pastiche of daily encounters illuminating the disfigured Dadaist reality of present-day Eritrea. Anecdotes like these have been the new normal in Eritrea for over adecade now, writes Zere [AP] by Abraham T Zere @abraham_zere Abraham T Zere is the executive director of PEN Eritrea in exile. If available at all, facts […]

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AFRICA’S NORTH KOREA: REPORTING FROM ERITREA, THE LAND OF NO JOURNALISTS

From Newsweek BY CONOR GAFFEY ON 6/12/17 AT 6:38 AM  On September 18, 2001, as the world reeled from the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York and international attention focused on the United States, the president of a tiny African country decided journalists were no longer needed in his country. Isaias Afwerki, the president of […]

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DISPATCH The Rehabilitation of Africa’s Most Isolated Dictatorship

FROM FOREIGN POLICY Eritrea is coming in from the cold. Could that spark a shooting war with Ethiopia? ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Two recent and seemingly incongruous events may one day be seen as symbolic turning points for Eritrea, an authoritarian, one-party state often referred to as Africa’s hermit kingdom. The first was a bloody […]

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Testing the waters: Somaliland dives into the international arena

From The Messenger By Jason Patinkin for The Messenger With a sea breeze to his back, Ali Farah Negeye greets the lunch crowd at the Al Xayat restaurant in the Somaliland port city of Berbera. For the last fifteen years, he’s served lemonade and fried barracuda to a steady stream of regulars, who debate the […]

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Despite talk of good relations, security concerns darken Egypt-Sudan ties

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir meet ahead of the signing of a number of agreements between the two countries at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Oct. 5, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) CAIRO — In an interview with Al Arabiya TV in early February, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused […]

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Can Military Might Alone Defeat al-Shabaab?

March 21, 2017by Mustafa Bananay A Somali woman walks past a soldier protecting a nomad settlement at Sadumay. Somalia, December 1, 2014 (Sipa/Associated Press) Developing a “security pact” to tackle insurgent jihadists al-Shabaab, who continue to stifle state-building efforts, is one of the key agenda items at the upcoming high-level conference on Somalia scheduled for […]

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Famine Declared in South Sudan: This should be the end of the line for Kiir and Machar

Last month the U.N. declared a famine in two parts of South Sudan and warned that nearly half the population—some 5.5 million people—is in urgent need of food assistance. According to a recent U.N. report, “The bulk of evidence suggests that the famine … has resulted from protracted conflict and, in particular, the cumulative toll […]

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Eritrea’s Perpetual Winter

By The Strathink Editorial Team Last week there were reports that 20 members of a rebel movement—known as the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM)—had been captured while attempting to attack the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The dam, now close to completion, is expected to quadruple Ethiopia’s current electricity and export […]

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South Sudan’s Man-Made Famine

From Foreign Policy The country’s warring leaders have left their citizens with two options – flee or starve. BY SIOBHÁN O’GRADY PALORINYA, Uganda – The bloodstain outside Peresi Saima’s house told her what she already knew. Still, she pushed the door to her home open just far enough to see her dead husband’s body slumped […]

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