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A Look at Eritrea, an Isolated African Nation [know your third world hellholes]
ABC News ^ | October 8, 2013 | RODNEY MUHUMUZA By The Associated Press

Posted on 10/10/2013 3:09:38 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

Eritrea declared independence in 1993 following a United Nations-backed referendum in which Eritreans voted to break away from Ethiopia. Eritrea's pro-independence leaders fought a guerrilla war against Ethiopia that ended in 1991. Relations between landlocked Ethiopia and Eritrea, which has a Red Sea coastline, have since remained tense, with both countries' armies occasionally clashing over an undefined common border. From May 1998 to June 2000, the neighbors fought a costly and bloody war over a disputed border territory. Both countries continue to accuse each other of supporting armed groups across the border.

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Eritrea has long been accused of fomenting violence in Somalia in part to keep its archrival Ethiopia, which shares a long border with Somalia, concerned about conditions there. Increasingly isolated, Eritrea is under sanctions imposed by the African Union and the U.N. In late 2011 the U.N. Security Council expanded an arms embargo against Afworki's regime. Earlier this year the Obama administration blacklisted Eritrea's intelligence chief and a senior military official for their alleged roles in providing financial and logistical support to the al-Qaida-linked Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab. Eritrea's government denies the charges.

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TOPICS: Reference
KEYWORDS: alshabaab; eritrea; iran; somalia; sudan
This is the country that supplies arms to Al Shabaab, the group responsible for the Kenya mall massacre.
1 posted on 10/10/2013 3:09:38 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
At least they kicked those horrible white male colonists out. They're going to be achieving their full potential some time soon, I'm sure.

Or maybe... maybe...

Maybe what we're seeing today is their full potential.

2 posted on 10/10/2013 3:12:19 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Pan_Yan

That country exists solely because its founders were fighting communists. Yet another example of why allies are not necessarily friends.


3 posted on 10/10/2013 3:24:22 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Steely Tom

Actually, they kicked out black communists. Their war on the marxist Mengistu regime is the cause of the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s.


4 posted on 10/10/2013 3:25:59 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888
That country exists solely because its founders were fighting communists.

Yes, but their president spent a couple of years being trained in China, making the waters even murkier.

5 posted on 10/10/2013 3:26:37 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

That part of the world is beyond murky. I’d describe the waters as more opaque than a black hole.


6 posted on 10/10/2013 3:29:04 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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bfl


7 posted on 10/10/2013 3:29:31 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Squawk 8888; JerseyanExile
Eritrea actually edged out North Korea for bottom spot on the Press Freedom Index.

(Hattip to JerseyanExile for the link)

8 posted on 10/10/2013 3:34:20 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Guess I can strike Eritrea off my bucket list...


9 posted on 10/10/2013 4:02:57 PM PDT by Popman (Liberal wars are about killing people for humanitarian reasons...)
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To: Squawk 8888
Eritrea had been an Italian colony while Ethiopia remained independent--the country's name comes from the Italian name for the Red Sea. After WWII was placed in a "federation" with Ethiopia, but then Ethiopia annexed it outright. From that point on (1962) the Eritreans fought for their independence. From 1975 on they were fighting a Marxist regime in Ethiopia.

Eritrea is more than 40% Christian (over 50% Muslim with a few percent traditional African religions). They only allow a few recognized religions to be practiced and persecute the others (e.g., Jehovah's Witnesses).

Because of their long struggle for independence, there was some hope in 1993 when they became independent that they might be a little more successful than the average African country (which existed as such because European colonialists drew lines on a map), but their record the last 20 years has been one of the worst, including a senseless war with Ethiopia. The per capita income is one of the lowest. One of the few bright spots is that their HIV rate is one of the lowest in Africa (0.8%).

10 posted on 10/10/2013 4:11:06 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

They have some beautiful women there.

Don’t you hate it when a beautiful country with a nice coastline turns into a total $hi¥hole.


11 posted on 10/10/2013 4:25:49 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (President Stompyfeet....Priceless.)
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To: Pan_Yan

I worked for several years with a fellow from Eritrea. He fought for Eritrea’s independence and felt betrayed by the dictator he helped put into power. He has to pay $5,000 a year or they will jail his parents. He is also a flaming liberal and voted for Obama and has not spoken to me since I talked smack about Obama on Facebook even tho I helped him get his job and had heated but friendly political discussions with him nearly every day for several years.


12 posted on 10/10/2013 4:32:30 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)

A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)
Iran Deploys Troops, Ballistic Missiles To Eritrea

13 posted on 10/10/2013 8:11:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Pan_Yan.


14 posted on 10/10/2013 8:11:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Manic_Episode

You’d have thought he would’ve learned after the first dictator he helped put into power. No sympathy here.


15 posted on 10/10/2013 11:54:19 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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