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Democracy according to Eritrea’s Afwerki, then and now

From al-Jazeera On the 27th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence, Isaias Afwerki should remember what he once said about democracy. by Abraham T Zere Isaias Afwerki is the first President of Eritrea, a position he has held since its independence in 1993 [Reuters] Today marks the 27th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence, hard-won after a 30-year war […]

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“Democracy is Not Easy”: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Ethiopia

“We encourage the Ethiopian people as well to maintain patience, maintain support for your government through this change or this transition but also through this journey of pursuing democracy which takes time and effort. Democracy is not easy, it takes a lot of work.” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson This week U.S. Secretary of […]

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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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Kenya Should Vote for Stable Politics

Bloomberg Editorial Board What matters isn’t so much who wins the upcoming elections, but how they win. By The Editors Let’s hope it works this time.  Photographer: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images On Aug. 8, Kenyans will choose a new president, as well as new governors, senators and members of parliament. Much as it matters that the best candidates […]

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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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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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