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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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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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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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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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Calling Out the Haters: Africa thought again and chose Dr. Tedros

By the Strathink Editorial Team Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) made history. For the first time, an African was elected to lead the U.N.’s premier global health institution. This was also the first time member countries elected the person to lead. One of Africa’s own—Dr. Tedros Adhanom—is set to lead a critically important […]

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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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Ethiopian wins race to be next leader of UN health agency

 From ABC News By JAMEY KEATEN AND MARIA CHENG, ASSOCIATED PRESS GENEVA — May 23, 2017 The Associated PressDr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, from Ethiopia, candidate to the position of Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), leaves after delivering a 15-minute speech during the 70th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the […]

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Let’s Call the Attack on Dr. Tedros by Its Proper Name: Colonialism

The transparency of recent accusations against Dr. Tedros Adhanom, one of two leading candidates for the position of Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), is all too clear. It reflects the desperation of those who seek to undermine the candidacy of Dr. Tedros. Why? There are two likely suspects—those who are mired in […]

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