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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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Testing the waters: Somaliland dives into the international arena

From The Messenger By Jason Patinkin for The Messenger With a sea breeze to his back, Ali Farah Negeye greets the lunch crowd at the Al Xayat restaurant in the Somaliland port city of Berbera. For the last fifteen years, he’s served lemonade and fried barracuda to a steady stream of regulars, who debate the […]

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Despite talk of good relations, security concerns darken Egypt-Sudan ties

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir meet ahead of the signing of a number of agreements between the two countries at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Oct. 5, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) CAIRO — In an interview with Al Arabiya TV in early February, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused […]

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How an American Bureaucrat Became President of Somalia

From Politico AP Photo He was a refugee who embraced U.S.-style democracy. Now’s he’s trying to bring it home. By TAYLOR GEE On the morning of February 8, a civil servant from Buffalo, New York—a Somali by birth but an American by choice—walked into a heavily guarded airplane hangar in the battle-scarred capital of his […]

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Return to Mogadishu: Trying to Reclaim a City for Its People

From the New York Times By JOSHUA HAMMERJAN. 6, 2017 Harding, one of a handful of foreign reporters who have visited Somalia on a regular basis in recent years, followed the charismatic Nur as he braved death threats and tried to revive the ruined city. Part on-the-ground war reporting, part investigative biography, Harding’s book captures […]

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Taking Stock of the Philosopher King’s success stories and hollow promises

Editor’s note: This piece is written by one of our guest contributors. by David Elias In the poorly written drama that is Eritrean politics, this is the time of the year when the dictator of Eritrea—the omniscient Isaias Afeworki—will start clogging the airwaves in the impoverished nation with longwinded tales of his regime’s “monumental success […]

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Ethiopia Opens Massive Gibe 3 Hydroelectric Dam on Omo River

By ELIAS MESERET, ASSOCIATED PRESS ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Dec 17, 2016, 12:36 PM E Ethiopia on Saturday officially opened the Gibe 3 hydroelectric dam, which is among the biggest in Africa, despite concerns by environmentalists about its impact downstream and upon neighboring countries. Ethiopia aims to produce 15,000 megawatts of electricity through its dams […]

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In Somalia, U.S. Escalates a Shadow War

By MARK MAZZETTI, JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and ERIC SCHMITTOCT. 16, 2016 Ugandan troops serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia in 2012. About 200 to 300 American Special Operations troops work with soldiers from African nations to carry out raids, senior American military officials said. Credit Reuters WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified a […]

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“Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat

The following is the text of the Atlantic Council’s Bronwyn Bruton testimony presented at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Africa. The title of the hearing was, “Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat.” Strathink will respond to this testimony shortly.   Bronwyn Bruton Deputy Director, Africa Center at the Atlantic Council Hearing Before the House […]

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Change Is On Its Way: Eight Things Eritreans Should Know

Strathink Editorial Team Recent events along the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea combined with the Eritrean President’s ill health have created a sense of unease within the Eritrean community. There is a feeling of uncertainty both inside Eritrea and among members of the Eritrean diaspora about a future without President Isayas. For twenty-five years, Isayas […]

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