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Semantic Eritrea Posts

What is Ethiopia’s UN Ambassador Scared of?

Ambassador Tekeda Alemu’s comments, arguing that former Ambassador Herman J. Cohen’s piece ┬áis mistaken, aims to diminish the possibility of normalization. Although normalization of relations is in the long-term benefit of both Eritrea and Ethiopia, the short term gain to Ethiopia drives current policy. Amb. Tekeda, in arguing that Eritrea is the intrasigent actor, makes assertions meant to diminsh the credibility of former Amb. Cohen’s piece.

Peace in the African Union Must Start with the Host

Ethiopia is the host nation of the African Union. One of the African Union’s stated goals has been “to promote unity and solidarity among African states.”1 This laudable goal has been opposed not in words, but in action by the host nation, Ethiopia. Ethiopia has embarked on a decades long course of action contrary to not only the principles of the African Union, but to International law.


  1. The African Union in a Nutshell 

Eritrea’s Struggle to Invest in Democracy and the Economy While Remaining Sovereign

I disagreed with roughly the first half of responses. My disagreement is not with the inherent basis of the proponents argument, but rather with what I interpret the lack of comprehensiveness. The two major criticisms are based on “democracy” and the economic argument. (Note: this turned to a short essay – sorry! – if you would like to see my opinion on the soccer team though, skip to the last paragraph.)

Balancing Society

I believe in individual rights, however, this can often lead to the tyranny of one. The privilege of the individual may conflict with that of the community in which s/he lives, and in this case, a balance must be struck. A balance between the community and the individual is the oldest problem of governance; ought the community yield to the individual – to the harm of the many – or should the individual yield to the community (one for all; fraternity)?