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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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Seven Things the New U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Should Know About Ethiopia

by The Strathink Editorial Team U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed career foreign service officer Michael Raynor as the new U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia. Ambassador Raynor, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, is no stranger to Africa. He served as Ambassador to Benin and executive director to the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs. He […]

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America Wasn’t Built for Humans

Dear readers, Given the events of the past few years, we thought we would publish this article from New York Magazine. What do you think? The Strathink Editorial Team FROM THE NEW YORK MAGAZINE Tribalism was an urge our Founding Fathers assumed we could overcome. And so it has become our greatest vulnerability. By Andrew Sullivan […]

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ETHIOPIA, A LONG-TERM US PARTNER IN PEACE AND SECURITY

From The Reporter 15 Jul, 2017 By Yonas Abiye 0 Comments  Chargé d’ Affaires of the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Peter Vrooman, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.  He began his career in 1991. His most recent posting was as the Spokesperson for the US Embassy in New Delhi.  Prior to that assignment, Peter worked as […]

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When Democracy is Messy: What Can Ethiopia Learn from the American Predicament?

By the Strathink Editorial Team Editors’ note: It is not often that one compares America’s 250+ years liberal democracy to a country like Ethiopia and its democracy of barely 25 years. However, America’s current crisis of democracy reminds us that democracy is messy and maybe still in its experimental stage as states grapple with a […]

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The UAE’s Military and Naval Reliance on Eritrea Makes the War in Yemen Even Riskier for the U.S.

 From Just Security By Rahma A. Hussein Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 9:50 AM   The Saudi-led coalition’s near three-year conflict in Yemen appears to be converging on the Houthi-controlled city of Hodeidah. Foreign diplomats, international humanitarian NGOs, and experts have rightly voiced concerns of the humanitarian disaster that would result if an operation to […]

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Open the Doors of Washington, D.C.’s Ethiopian Embassy

by the Strathink Editorial Team There is no question today that security for embassies is a high priority for governments around the world. Global terrorism is a threat to everyone. Embassies are highly visible symbols of a country’s government and stand as a convenient target for terrorist acts. However, despite several high profile acts of […]

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Dr. Tedros Adhanom for WHO DG: The Right Person at the Right Time

Next month the World Health Organization (WHO) will choose its new Director General. WHO, formed in 1948 with the portfolio of international health, is having its member nations vote for the new head for the first time in its history. This is a milestone for the organization as it tries to create an identity in […]

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Who Will Be Ethiopia’s First Woman Ambassador to the United States?

By the Strathink Editorial Team Ethiopia has had a strong diplomatic presence in Washington, D.C. since 1945, interrupted only from 1977-1992 when the U.S. and Ethiopia cut formal diplomatic relations. Since 1992, with the emergence of the EPRDF-led government, the Ethiopian embassy has had four ambassadors: Berhane Gebre-Christos, Kassahun Ayele, Samuel Assefa and Girma Birru. […]

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