A report out of Russia claims Eritrea is in violation of UN arms embargo on war-torn Sudan where over 200-thousand innocent Darfurians have lost their lives. In the meantime, last minute fundraising projects are underway in the West as such activities may soon be banned under new UN sanctions against Eritrean leaders.
Omar Jabir is one of the most forthright Eritrean critics of the unelected rulers in Asmara. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Omar Jabir has very harsh words against the regime’s refusal to call for emergency food aid although the UN says close to 70 percent of the population is malnourished.
Q & A: Eritrea’s food shortage amid calls for UN sanctions
Eritrea is in the spotlight again following the killing on September 17 of 17 African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu by Al-Shabab militants who the African Union and the UN allege are supported by Eritrea. AU member states are pressuring the UN to sanction the Eritrean government. In July, an AU summit in Libya unanimously voted to punish Eritrea for “escalating” the Somali crisis.
Issa Shivji, Mwalimu Nyerere professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, interviews Bereket Habte Selassie, an observer and participant in African politics for almost five decades. From the first All Africa People’s Conference in 1958, to the ‘doubt’ and ‘desperation’ of the current African reality, Selassie provides a thoughtful perspective on the history Pan-Africanism, as well as advice for the future of the African Union. This interview first appeared in Pan-African journal Chemchemi.
Interview with Opposition Leader, Mesfin Hagos