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“Non-Conformist Eritrea”: Extending the Conversation

Understanding Eritrea
Understanding Eritrea. Rather than focusing on a single perspective and restricting the discourse and narrative of Eritrea, a broader range of views and perspectives should be encouraged toward promoting constructive dialogue, increasing accuracy, enhancing reliability, and enriching overall understanding.


I recently read the article, Non-Conformist Eritrea, authored by Ms. Ruby Sandhu, an international human rights lawyer. The article was well-written, thoughtful and perceptive, full of detail, balanced, and offered important background and context about Eritrea. Continue reading “Non-Conformist Eritrea”: Extending the Conversation

South Sudan Bans Employment of Foreign Workers, Orders Replacement by Locals

A ban on employment of all foreigners? South Sudan’s government issues a circular giving one month’s notice to NGOs to stop employing foreigners in ‘critical positions’. It reads: “All non-governmental organisations” must tell “all the aliens working with them in all the positions to cease working.”


AUTHORITIES in South Sudan announced Tuesday a ban on foreign workers, including aid agency staff, and ordered their jobs to be given to locals.

There was no immediate explanation for the ban, which comes as NGOs warn of a looming famine caused by nine months of civil war in the country, which is heavily dependent on foreign aid.

A government statement, published in several newspapers, ordered “all non-governmental organisations, private companies, banks, insurance companies, telecommunication companies, petroleum companies, hotels and lodges working in South Sudan (…) to notify all the aliens working with them in all the positions to cease working as from 15th October.”  Continue reading South Sudan Bans Employment of Foreign Workers, Orders Replacement by Locals

ኤርትራዊ ኣይትተሃመል፡ ሓርገጽ’ውን ክውሕጠካ እንዳደልለየ’ዩ እንዳምቧሀቐ ዝነብዕ (Part-I)

ኤርትራዊ ሕጂው’ን ኣይትተሃመል

ጉጅለ ተጸናጸንቲ እከይ ውዲታት፡

ኣቲ ንኤርትራ ዶባታ ኣነጺሩ፡ ከም ሃገር ዝሰረታ ፋሺሽት ኢጣልያ፡ ብናይ ኪዳን ሓይልታት ኣብ ድሮ ምስዓሩ፡ ሓንቲ ካብተን ናይ ኪዳን ሓይልታት ኣባል ዝኾነት እንግሊዝ፡ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ሰማይ ሰማይ ብዝበራ ነፈርቲ ገይራ፡ ከምዚ ዝስዕብ ትሕዝቶ ዘለዎ ወረቓቕቲ ብሰማያት ኤርትራ ናብ መሬት ኤርትራ ዘርጊሓ፡ ናብ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ከም ዝበጽሕ ገይራ ነይራ። ትሕዝቶ መልእኽቲ ናይ ዝተዘርገሐ ወረቓቕቲ ኸአ ከምዚ ዝብል ኢዩ ነይሩ፦  Continue reading ኤርትራዊ ኣይትተሃመል፡ ሓርገጽ’ውን ክውሕጠካ እንዳደልለየ’ዩ እንዳምቧሀቐ ዝነብዕ (Part-I)

Africa: We Don’t Want Aid

Africa: We don’t Want Aid. Thanks.   Europe: No, No you don’t understand you need Aid.

How would you develop any country when the dream of the majority of its youth and elite is not entrepreneurship, innovation, education and self-sufficiency, but the dream to have a job with a humanitarian organization or to get their project financed by some International aid Agency or proxy.

By Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN,

THE most fierce defendants of Aid to Africa are now mostly non-Africans, while most Africans are asking to stop it.

Take the example of one small East African nation Eritrea. They declared self-reliance and shut all NGOs and relief organization offices.

They refused to accept aid. Since then they’ve started building their country and have good results.  Continue reading Africa: We Don’t Want Aid

Human Rights Watch: American Empire’s Favorite NGO

World’s leading human rights group has deep ties to U.S. corporate and state sectors

By Keane Bhatt,

Over more than a decade, the rise of the left in Latin American governance has led to remarkable advances in poverty alleviation, regional integration, and a reassertion of sovereignty and independence. The United States has been antagonistic toward the new left governments, and has concurrently pursued a bellicose foreign policy, in many cases blithely dismissive of international law.

So why has Human Rights Watch (HRW)—despite proclaiming itself “one of the world’s leading independent organizations” on human rights —so consistently paralleled U.S. positions and policies?  Continue reading Human Rights Watch: American Empire’s Favorite NGO

Norway Embassy in Eritrea Closed

The decision to close the Embassy was also influenced by the fact that Eritrea asked Norway to discontinue all its development activities in the country since 2011.

No Norwegian development assistance request since 2011 prompt closure

By Norway Embassy-Sudan,

The closure of the Norwegian Embassy in Eritrea on 30 June represents the end of a chapter in Norwegian–Eritrean relations.

The first diplomatic relations between Norway and Eritrea were established on 14 March 1994. In April 1995, an honorary consulate was established in Asmara; in June 1996 Eritrea was designated a priority partner country; and on 8 December 2003 an embassy was established in Asmara.  Continue reading Norway Embassy in Eritrea Closed