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Plastic Bag Bans in Africa – Reality or Fantasy?

Plastic Bag Bans in Africa – Reality or Fantasy?

Tunisia and Kenya recently joined the ranks of African countries banning the use of plastic bags – but poor waste management and a mentality of littering make the prospect of a plastic waste-free society unrealistic. Plastic bags are used daily across Africa – the bans are hoped to tackle the pervasive problem of waste. In […]

A Close Look at Ethiopia-Eritrea Relations

A Close Look at Ethiopia-Eritrea Relations

Talking about the current Ethio-Eritrea relations, though sensitive, seems to attract people from both sides. I say sensitive, because of the unsettled case of the Badime border issue. I cannot tell you with full certainty what exactly triggered the war between the two countries. We have repeatedly heard from the Ethiopian government that the Eritrean […]

Remembering the Eritrean Dream On Independence Day

Remembering the Eritrean Dream On Independence Day

Twenty-six years ago today, Eritrea’s 30-year war of independence against Ethiopia ended with Eritrean freedom fighters marching to the capital, Asmara. Unfortunately, it took less than a decade for the grand hopes and ideals that Eritreans initially had for the future of their country to evaporate into thin air. The international media has limited access […]

Sudan and Ethiopia on alert for Egyptian military strike

Sudan and Ethiopia on alert for Egyptian military strike

Sudanese and Ethiopian forces operating on the border between the two countries are in place to prepare for any offensive that Egypt might launch against Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on the River Nile, intelligence and security sources in Khartoum have revealed to MEMO. The two armies have been alerted that the Egyptian air force now has […]

United States Imposes New Sanctions on Eritrea’s Navy Over North Korea Links

United States Imposes New Sanctions on Eritrea’s Navy Over North Korea Links

Eritrea has once again found itself on the wrong side of international norms as a U.N. report accused the East African country of violating an arms embargo by buying military communications equipment from North Korea. This marks the third consecutive year that Eritrea has been named by the U.N. panel monitoring sanctions on North Korea, […]

Face to Face With the Eritrean Exodus Into Ethiopia

Face to Face With the Eritrean Exodus Into Ethiopia

Under the early morning sun in the most northern region of Ethiopia a motley group of Eritrean men, women and children arrive dusty and tired at the end of a journey – and at the start of another. After crossing the border under cover of darkness (leaving Eritrea without authorisation is a crime punishable by […]

Lack of Access to Work for Refugees Undermining Efforts to Prevent Secondary Migration – New Report

Lack of Access to Work for Refugees Undermining Efforts to Prevent Secondary Migration – New Report

Efforts to reduce irregular and dangerous secondary migration among Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia are being undermined by the fact they are not allowed to work legally, a new report by the Overseas Development Institute has found. Researchers at the UK’s leading think-tank on international development have found that while donor-funded policy measures such as livelihood […]

European Union’s Double Standard Policy Towards Eritrea

European Union’s Double Standard Policy Towards Eritrea

It is no secret that the west especially, European Union has been playing double- standard politics towards the rest. Their hypocrisy has been tested practically in Eritrea in the last 20 years. What makes it irony is that the EU claims it stands for humanity but what it does in reality is the other way […]

Faith and Money From the Middle East Fuelling Tensions in the Horn of Africa

Faith and Money From the Middle East Fuelling Tensions in the Horn of Africa

Relations between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula go back centuries, with trade playing a key component in binding their people together. Religion has also played a part. The expansion of Wahhabism – the interpretation of Islam propagated by Saudi Arabia – has been funded by the massive oil wealth of the kingdom. […]

President Isaias Afwerki Explains Eritrea’s Stance On Key Regional and Global Issues

President Isaias Afwerki Explains Eritrea’s Stance On Key Regional and Global Issues

In the second day of his interview with national media outlets on Saturday evening, President Isaias Afwerki dwelt mostly on important regional and global issues. President Isaias also described in greater detail current urban housing problems and the GOE’s planned schemes that are aimed at addressing, incrementally, the prevailing acute shortages in the capital and […]

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