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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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Abebe Gellaw’s Strange Journey into Fantasy

By The Strathink Editorial Team There is a painful irony in criticizing the vacuousness of non-Ethiopian analysts of Ethiopian affairs. Although one may fundamentally disagree with analysts like Rene LeFort or John Markham, there is an undeniable weightiness to their reasoning that leaves questions in the readers’ minds. This is intellectual discourse. And then you […]

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Kenyan police to flood streets as country braces for election violence

From The Guardian Tuesday’s poll pits incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta against veteran challenger Raila Odinga  Pastors from 20 churches in Eldoret, Kenya, march and pray for peaceful elections. Photograph: Jennifer Huxta/AFP/Getty Images Jason Burke in Nairobi Monday 7 August 2017 12.45 EDTFirst published on Monday 7 August 2017 03.31 EDT An estimated 180,000 police officers and members of the security forces […]

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Eritrea Extorts UK Refugees to Fund Somalia’s al-Shabaab Islamist Fighters [SPECIAL REPORT]

From the International Business Times By Gianluca Mezzofiore Members of Somalia’s al-Shabaab militant group on a desert drill (Reuters) Eritreans living in the UK are being forced by their own government to pay a “diaspora tax” that ultimately funds the secretive country’s network of influence in the Horn of Africa, including supporting the al-Shabaab group of […]

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Who are Eritrea’s foreign friends?

by Leonard Vincent and Martin Plaut Introduction You might think that a regime that incarcerates and tortures its citizens – regularly; that holds its people in complete subjection – would be cold-shouldered.[1] You might think that a government that is held by a United Nations Commission to have been guilty crimes against humanity would not […]

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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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New York Times Correspondent Jeffry Gettleman’s Tribute to Himself: Another Paean to the White Man in Africa

By the Strathink Editorial Team New York Times East Africa Bureau Chief Jeffrey Gettleman loves Africa. We know this because he titled his book “Love, Africa.” “Love, Africa” is a memoir about Jeffrey Gettleman’s rise as a journalist—and what a story. The thrills and chills of a Pulitzer prize winning journalist chasing a dream of […]

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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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