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Ethiopian Confused – Part 1

Every once in a while an Eritrean or an Ethiopian makes a foolish oversight (more often an Ethiopian than an Eritrean) about the commonality and shared history. To the casual observer, or even one who had read a book on the issue it would seem to be an obvious error, however the same story consistently comes up. This time it has come from a member of the Ethiopian opposition: Dr. Yacob Hailemariam insists that “[Ethiopia] must regain her port Asseb.”1 His academic credentials notwithstanding, he misses a rather important bit of evidence regarding his counter-factual statement.


  1. Ethiopia must take back Eritrea’s Assab port says Opposition leader Yacob 

Mamdani Wrong on Eritrea

Mahmood Mamdani in a paper discussing citizenship and South Sudan uses Eritrea as evidence. Unfortunately his evidence is deeply flawed, and although it does not fundamentally alter the basis of his conclusions, they show tremendous oversight on his part. Of course, his contention regarding unity is critical, “Anyone interested in creating unity must recognise the importance of politics and persuasion … “1


  1. Transcript from talk given on 17 March 2011 

Calling out Neal Conan of Talk of the Nation

Every once in a while a slip up at NPR riles me up. The other day, on Talk of the Nation, it Neal Conan slipped up, immediately followed by his guest, Princeton Lyman (Special Envoy to South Sudan, US).  Specifically Neal stated, “We saw Eritrea break away from Ethiopia some years ago, now, South Sudan breaking away from Sudan.” The implication here of course is that Eritrea and Ethiopia were one country  and that Eritrea split away.

Ethiopia, Eritrea’s Shadow?

Eritrea and Ethiopia are intensely proud nations with long and colorful histories. Neither has been entirely within its current borders, both expanding and contracting. In fact, if you were to look at a map of the region 3,000 years ago it would be starkly different, just as 2,000 or 1,000 or even 500 years back. For the past one hundred and fifty years though it seems as though Ethiopia has not been running parallel with Eritrea, but rather in its shadow.

RSADO at Odds With the Revolution

Why the organization, self-described as, “Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization,” (RSADO) seems to be anything but. When Eritreans voted in the referendum (by a margin of 99.98%), they voted to make independent the “nation” of Eritrea. Further, this “nation” was legally defined as a unitary state, not a confederate state as the RSADO declaration implies.1


  1. Eritrea’s exiled Afar opposition deny they intend to secede