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Eritrea is Thriving Despite Attempts to “Isolate” It

despite isolation attempt, Eritrea thrive, albeit at great cost
There is a relentless attempt by the international community (read as the United States) to “isolate” Eritrea, but Eritrea is rather thriving, albeit at great cost. International “isolation” has helped Eritrea discover its hidden potentials and build on its social capital.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

The article “Eritrea – Paths Out of Isolation”, written by Annette Weber, a Senior Fellow of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, is not only replete with factual errors but also seems to miss the larger picture in its perception and discourse on the current realities in Eritrea.

In the first place, Eritrea’s “isolation” was not self-imposed; it was an elaborately designed effort by the US and its allies, France and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, from Eritrea’s National Service Program to the Diaspora Tax to Eritrea’s regional policies, Weber seems to have bought Ethiopia’s narrative on Eritrea: lock, stock, and barrel. Continue reading Eritrea is Thriving Despite Attempts to “Isolate” It

(Opinion) Eritrea – Paths Out of Isolation

The writer, Annette Weber, thinks that Eritrea should be reintegrated into Africa’s regional structures, especially those that focus on conflict mediation and economic development. Such a move, she argues, will help build trust and neutralize Eritrean narratives that stress Ethiopian aggression and international conspiracies.

By Annette Weber | for SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs),

Two decades after achieving independence from Ethiopia, Eritrea is back in the European headlines above –all for a wave of refugees arriving in Europe. At the same time, a recent United Nations Commission on Human Rights report accuses the Eritrean regime of gross human rights violations. Continue reading (Opinion) Eritrea – Paths Out of Isolation

Richiesta al Governo Italiano a revocare le ingiuste sanzioni all’Eritrea

Eritrea Merita l’incoraggiamento e il positivo coinvolgimento , sicuramente non sanzioni sulla base di menzogne.

By Comunità Eritrea in Italia,

La COM.ER.IT (Comunità Eritrea in Italia) invita il Governo Italiano ad impegnarsi perché vengano revocate le due risoluzioni del Consiglio di Sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite 1907 (2009) e 2023 (2011) imposte per sanzionare l’Eritrea e il suo popolo sulla base di accuse fabbricate ed orchestrate dal suo principale nemico: l’Etiopia.

Anche se il pretesto per le ingiuste sanzioni era quello di “portare” la pace e la sicurezza in Somalia, punire l’innocente Eritrea sulla base di false premesse, come gli ultimi cinque anni hanno dimostrato, non ha portato la pace in Somalia né la sicurezza nel Corno d’Africa. Le forze che hanno orchestrato menzogne contro l’Eritrea Continue reading Richiesta al Governo Italiano a revocare le ingiuste sanzioni all’Eritrea

Moving Beyond Isolation and Sanctions to Dialogue and Engagement: From Cuba to Eritrea

The United States does not have independent cause to support isolation of Eritrea. If ending of sanctions against Cuba is the ‘right thing to do’, the same is true of ending sanctions against Eritrea. Time to pursue a policy of engagement.

By Dr. Samuel Mahaffy,

PRESIDENT Obama correctly acknowledged today, in regard to U.S. sanctions against Cuba, that “isolation has not worked” and that it is time for a “new approach.”  He added:  “Our policies toward Cuba have gotten us nowhere.”

I commend President Obama for his courage in correcting course on an ill-conceived and ineffective policy.  I have great hope that the improvements of relationships between the United States and Cuba, will not only benefit the people of both nations, but also serve the interests of peace.

We need to go a step further.  It is time to question the effectiveness of sanctions and isolation as an attempted strategy to leverage changes in behavior in governments with which we may disagree.  Continue reading Moving Beyond Isolation and Sanctions to Dialogue and Engagement: From Cuba to Eritrea

A Delegation from Hungary Visiting Eritrea

Hungary ready for business with Eritrea. Welcome!

By TesfaNews,

A DELEGATION from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has arrived in Eritrea this week for a bilateral talk.

The delegation was led by Mr. Andrads Szabo, Head of the African Desk.

The delegation is currently holding a series of bilateral talks with a number of government ministries on investments, trade, technical cooperation and expansion of  tertiary education.

It was also agreed that a Hungarian business delegation will visit Eritrea soon. Continue reading A Delegation from Hungary Visiting Eritrea

Is President Obama’s Wind of “Change” Blowing Towards Eritrea?

President Obama today states that “our policies toward Cuba have gotten us nowhere.” The misguided and harmful policies towards Eritrea won’t get the U.S. anywhere either. Time to pursue a policy of engagement with Eritrea.

By Berhane Alazar,

LATELY, albeit somewhat belated, the wind of Obama’s once promised “Change” that never was, and under whose jargon Senator Barack Obama got help to win the highly contested US presidency, finally seems to have picked up some steam. From establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba today to, possibly, reclassifying the Palestinian Hamas faction as a “Nationalist” organization seems to have set the tone. Continue reading Is President Obama’s Wind of “Change” Blowing Towards Eritrea?