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EPRDF: Might is Not Always Right!!!

To our readers: Strathink is pleased to present this personal reflection by Abebaye Tegen. We are always pleased to publish the thoughts of our readers and invite public discourse on these very important issues. Let us know what you think. A personal reflection for public discourse by abebayetegen@gmail.com The ruling party in Ethiopia, EPRDF, is in […]

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How to Win Back the Soul of the EPRDF: Leadership (Part 1)

By the Strathink Editorial Team “We cannot but feel deeply insulted that, at the dawn of the new millennium, ours is one of the poorest countries in the world,” he said, adding that “the darkness of poverty and backwardness” had dimmed the country’s once proud and powerful reputation. “A thousand years from now, when Ethiopians […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Democracy, Economy, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup, Policy Dialogue, Politics and Security13 Comments

What Can Isayas Afewerki Learn from Robert Mugabe?

The Strathink Editorial Team It should come as a surprise to no one that the removal of Robert Mugabe brings to mind the current rule of longtime strongman Isayas Afewerki of Eritrea. The commonalities between Mr. Mugabe and President Isayas are many. What are lessons to be learned from the rise and fall of a […]

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Time Waits for No Man—Even Isayas Afewerki

By The Strathink Editorial Team The new superhero movie, Thor: Ragnorok, is the story of Asgard, a fictional planet within the Marvel Comics universe. Ruled by a tyrant, the people of Asgard simply leave, unable to tolerate the vicissitudes of their cruel and destructive leader. In the end, Asgard, the planet, is destroyed by the […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Editorial, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup, Politics and Security, Regional Issues8 Comments

Eritrea backing armed groups against Ethiopia and Djibouti – U.N. experts

From Africa News Dear readers, Stay tuned for our next editorial, “Eritrea is not a place, it is a people.” Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban A United Nations report says Eritrea’s continued support for some anti-government elements continue to heighten security in the Horn of Africa region. The activities of the said groups are intended at […]

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American Hypocrisy: H.R. 128

by The Strathink Editorial Team U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado, is calling on Congress to put House Resolution (H.R.) 128 to a vote following legislative postponement last month. What is H.R. 128? The resolution calls for the U.S. Department of State to review security assistance for Ethiopia unless certain conditions are met […]

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Eritrea: UN expert urges world not to turn its back on people fleeing unending human rights abuses

GENEVA (27 October 2017) – The people of Eritrea are suffering unending brutal human rights violations, and thousands continue walking for days in a desperate bid to reach the borders with neighbouring countries, the UN General Assembly has heard. Special Rapporteur Sheila B. Keetharuth listed multiple severe violations of people’s human rights, pleading with the […]

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No War, No Peace, No Matter

By The Strathink Editorial Team Ethiopia-Eritrea relations today are no better than they were seventeen years ago with the signing of the Algiers Peace Agreement. It is a relationship defined by no war, no peace. Periodically fighting erupts along areas on the border—not enough to declare escalation but enough to remind everyone that all is […]

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Everyone in Eritrea is desperate to flee, including the President’s son

FROM AFRICA IS A COUNTRY OCTOBER 11, 2017 by ABRAHAM T. ZERE Image Credit: Joseph Bautista via Flickr Creative Commons In today’s Eritrea, there is no difference between the jailer and the jailed. The political culture is so violent and desperate that the president’s own son attempted to escape the country. President Isaias Afwerki’s erratic and mercurial temperament – he has been the head of a one-party dictatorship since independence […]

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Make Your Voice Heard on Senate Resolution 168

by the Strathink Editorial Team It is understandable why Senator Ben Cardin and his co-sponsors have proposed this unhelpful Senate Resolution 168. Maryland, the state Senator Cardin represents, is home to a large number of Ethiopian Americans. Other co-sponsors, such as Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, represent states with […]

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