“Christmas in Eritrea is one of the festivals of the country which is celebrated with great pomp and joy. Christmas in Eritrea is celebrated on two days. The first is celebrated on 25th December, while the second which is called Leddet or Geez Christmas, is celebrated on 7th January. On these two days, the inhabitants are in a merry mood.”

“Christmas in Eritrea is one of the festivals of the country which is celebrated with great pomp and joy. Christmas in Eritrea is celebrated on two days. The first is celebrated on 25th December, while the second which is called Leddet or Geez Christmas, is celebrated on 7th January. On these two days, the inhabitants are in a merry mood.”

Michael Abraha                                                                                                  

The international community is on the verge of meting out a collective punishment on the Eritrean political and military leadership. The proposed UN sanctions will be the harshest ever imposed on an African nation in recent memory. The Eritrean government says it is not concerned.

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Overshadowed by those with Ethiopia, almost always to Eritrea’s disadvantage. With the exception of a brief window in the 1990s, the US has seen Ethiopia as its primary strategic ally in the region and treated Eritrea as something of an afterthought to be sacrificed when its actions or interests ran counter to Ethiopia’s.

Michael Abraha

European and American officials are joining hands with Diaspora Eritrean politicians and activists aimed at ending relentless human rights abuses under a ruthless dictatorship in Eritrea. In a two-day conference beginning tomorrow in Brussels, delegates from the three sides will, among other things, discuss the urgent need to coordinate EU and US policies on Eritrea and the Horn Region.

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.

DrBereketIssa 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.

euEritrea 's situation has become of great concern to the EU since the border conflict with Ethiopia started in 1998. The majority of the Eritrean people is faced with arrant poverty and Eritrea's climate and geography render the people prone to food insecurity and hunger. The European Union remains deeply concerned that the government of Eritrea continues to severely violate basic human rights despite its obligations under domestic and international law.

TesfayThe European Union is considering continuing with its controversial development aid to Eritrea totaling 122-million Euros (154-million USD) this year. Widespread opposition is growing in view of unrelenting Eritrean government violation of human and democratic rights. The EU is also criticized for not requiring Eritrea to adhere to acceptable standards of transparency and accountability.  Reporters without Borders says the EU is handing over a blank check to the Eritrean government which is globally identified as authoritarian and extreme.  Civic and political groups have also expressed disappointment at EU’s continued support of the government.