I have always had a fascination with Africa – the fact that my first cousins Fr. Brendan Deenihan and the late Fr. Tony Geoghegan served as missionaries in South Africa and Zambia gave me an ongoing interest into in this geographically, socially and economically diverse continent. Continue reading Jimmy Deenihan: From the Dáil to Eritrea→
In October Germany is always celebrating the country’s reunification. This year it is the 27th anniversary. Most people are unaware that a unique anniversary is approaching: On August 13, 1961, the GDR began erecting the wall and on November 9, 1989, – exactly 10,315 days later – the wall came down. And soon the Wall will have been down as long as it was up.
Is it really possible? Yes, it is. A German paper did the calculations and determined that on February 5th, 2018, Berlin will have lived free of the Wall for as many days as it was forced to bear it.
Since 2014, the Italian government no longer cooperates with Eritrea, its former favorite colony. At the time, Lapo Pistelli, former Italian Deputy Foreign Minister, with the new wave of Eritrean immigrants on the Italian coasts, had been visiting Asmara to activate cooperation with Eritrea of mutual interest. Unfortunately, with the change of the Italian top ministers and with the exit of Pistelli from the scene, everything has been blocked, forgotten. Continue reading The Only Italian Government that Refuses to Support its Former Colony – Eritrea→
President Isaias Afwerki today received the credentials of 14 Ambassadors.
The Ambassadors are Mr. David Ward of UK, Mr. Stefano Pontesilli of Italy, Dr. Andreas Zimmer of Germany, Mr. Christian Manahl of the European Union, Mr. Mohammed R.H. Dukali of Libya, Mr. Paul Malok of South Sudan, Mr. Fabio Massimo Cantarelli of Malta, Mr. Shabib Jovaijari of Iran, Mr. Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui of Pakistan, Mr. Juan Gonzalez Barba of Spain, Mr. Ivan Zivikovik of Serbia, Mr. Dominique Rossetti of Canada, Mr. Morten Von Hanno Aasland of Norway and Dr. Batilda Salha Buriani of Tanzania. Continue reading President Isaias Afwerki Receives Credentials of 25 Ambassadors→
ACCORDING to the Wall Street Journal, “China’s annual trade with Africa is about $200 billion, about twice the volume of U.S.-Africa trade.” China has been investing on Africa’s infrastructures, building schools, hospitals, manufacturing-facilities, establishing markets, selling goods while unconditionally buying material and natural resources from Africa for some time now. China is truly the equal opportunity investor in Africa spending/dumping the US dollar in a fashion unseen in Africa ever. When African roads connect, the bridges and rail system will have China’s footprints. Continue reading Obama’s US Africa Leaders Summit, Dead on Arrival→
PRESIDENT Obama offered [the above] comments to blunt Congressional criticism following an inspector general’s report which concluded that the CIA improperly scanned the computers of Senate staffers looking into allegations of enhanced interrogation techniques by that agency. He cautioned Americans “not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had.” In the same breath, he instructed, “The character of our country has to be measured in part, not by what we do when things are easy, but what we do when things are hard.” Continue reading What’s the Value of American Values in Africa?→