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Month: October 2009

Mining in Eritrea

MiningThe consequences of the mining in the developing world are significant and diverse. These consequences span the political to economic, which of course may have dire social consequences as well. Of course, well managed, the discovery and exploitation of a natural resource need not be negative. This phenomena is well noted in academia however it has only recently started to gain traction in the “real world.”

Eritrea Suggests New Villians

In an interview this week with Reuters, the Eritrean President commented on the situation in Somalia. For the past month or so interest in this conflict has waned, however, Western interest in the Eritrean connection has risen. The Government of Eritrea for some time has refuted and dismissed accusations suggesting they have been sending arms to Somalia by the US State Department, and United Nations Security Council. As of late, the UK has added its voice to this discordant chorus, and today a new bit of information has come forth. Apparently (according to the UN Security Council) Eritrea is providing $200,000 – $500,000 dollars a month to Somalia.1


  1. Eritrea blames Somalia’s neighbours for violence  

Ethiopia’s Eyebrow Raising Behavior

Over the weekend the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, raised the eyebrows of regional and international leaders, not to mention Eritreans and Ethiopians worldwide. To the Ethiopian Parliament, “to proceed [with] full border demarcation […] Eritrea, the options are two – either the regime changes its existing ill-ideologies or must be ousted.”1 Further, he continues, “We believe in dialogue, we have actually knocked on the door many times and they haven’t responded.”2


  1. Removal of Eritrean government would end border row – Ethiopia’s Zenawi  

  2. Ethiopia’s Meles in outburst over Eritrea