Look Who’s Criticizing the UN!

first_imgFor many years Eritrea was part of Ethiopia. After going through a series of colonizations, including Italian until World War II, and the British, who captured Eritrea in 1941 it became federated with Ethiopia in 1952. Eritrea became an Ethiopian province in 1962. A civil war broke out against the Ethiopian government, led by rebel groups who opposed the union and demanded independence for Eritrea. When in 1991 the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front deposed the country’s communist dictator Mengistu Haile Merriam, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, without Mengistu’s troops to battle against, gained control of Asmara, the Eritrean capital, and formed a provisional government. In 1993 a referendum on Eritrean independence was held, supported by the United Nations and the new Ethiopian government. The voters opted for independence and Ethiopia recognized Eritrea’s sovereignty on May 3, 1993 and sought a new era of cooperation between the two countries.But this did not last. The two countries soon started fighting each other over border demarcations. The United Nations later accused Eritrea of attacking Ethiopia.But after achieving sovereignty, the leadership of Eritrea’s war for independence soon turned on its people, its neighbors, and its own professed ideals. Isaias Afwerki, the guerilla commander and now Eritrea’s president, proved repressive, authoritarian, with a penchant for war. After its liberation from being a province of Ethiopia, an Eritrean constitution was adopted but never implemented. Elections were never held, and civil liberties never fully allowed. Skirmishes with Yemen and Djibouti ensued, as did a temporary break in relations with Sudan. Years later Eritrean announced support for Islamist rebels in Somalia, for which the United Nations Security Council in 2009 imposed an arms embargo and other sanctions on Eritrea.The grave and persistent repression of President Afwerki against his own people has quickly and effectively changed the hopeful tide that Eritrea’s newly found sovereignty had begun. In the beginning, hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, scattered all over the world, especially in Ethiopia, returned home to help rebuild their country. But President Afwerki turned against his own people, beating them, jailing them without trial for years and murdering them for no reason. This has once more proven the truism of a headline Time Magazine published in 1975: “In Africa, things always go backward.” Today and over the past several years, most of the same Eritreans who flocked back to help rebuild their newly sovereign nation have been fleeing the country, seeking refuge anywhere they can be welcomed, even if in the most excruciating conditions. Thousands, especially young, bright Eritreans, are fleeing the country every month, when they can get away, but many, especially those trying to go to Ethiopia, are shot on the spot.Worse yet, thousands of Eritreans are drowning in the Mediterranean in a fatal attempt to enter Europe.United Nations has lately been very critical of the Eritrean Government over it’s mistreatment of it’s citizens; but that government has been heavily critical of the UN for this.How can an African leader, particularly President Afwerki, be so mean-spirited, so inhumane, so wicked to his own people? What is he trying to accomplish? There is nothing he can do to gain anyone’s respect around the world—nor do we think he even cares. But to what avail? Why would a leader be determined to take his own country through the dark ages of despair, hopelessness, retrogression and death, in the same way Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor did Liberia?We call on the United Nations, all the leading governments of the world—the United States, the People’s Republic of China, the African Union, the European Union—to bring pressure to bear on President Afwerki and Eritrea to change their ways, return to sanity and stop mistreating their own people. If they refuse, then economic and trade sanctions should be imposed to intensify the pressure.Maybe that will work but failing that, pressure should continue to be mounted against this despicable regime until positive change can come about.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New Stoke boss Gary Rowett sends message to wantaway stars

first_imgNew Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has sent a message to the club’s wantaway stars as he prepares to start work on getting the club back in the Premier League.The Potters boss only wants to work with players totally committed to the cause, with a number linked with a move away from the relegated side – including Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool.The relegated Potters have already started to plan for life outside the top flight, releasing former England defender Glen Johnson and midfielder Stephen Ireland, while Austrian centre-back Kevin Wimmer has joined Bundesliga club Hannover.Rowett hopes to be able to retain captain Ryan Shawcross and midfielder Joe Allen but the Championship club are also looking to strengthen, with a surprise move for striker Benik Afobe – less than a week after he joined Wolves from Bournemouth for £10million – in the offing.Switzerland midfielder Shaqiri, meanwhile, says “it is no secret” he will leave Stoke this summer, with Liverpool reportedly ready to stump up £12million for him.Rowett made it clear just what he expects from his squad when the issue was raised during Thursday’s press conference following his first week at the bet365 Stadium.“No player will leave the club that is contractually with the club unless the club feel it is a good deal and the right deal for them,” the Stoke manager said.“That is the most important thing, but on the flip side to that, if players say they want to leave, then I want to work with players that want to be at the club.“I want to put players on the pitch next season that want to be in a different league and understand the challenges of that league.“I want players who are committed to Stoke City – and if players want to leave, I will try and find the best solution to make that happen if that is the case.”Rowett refused to be drawn on specific transfer targets but is determined to only sign the right calibre of player.“There will be changes made before the start of the season, quite a few I would imagine, and we are already working hard to identify the quality of player that we would like to bring into the club,” he said, quoted on the club’s website.“I think when you look at some of the players that we have been linked with – and at this stage of the summer I could look at 100, probably five are true, the others will be agent-led.“It’s the nature of the business, but the standard of some of the players we’ve been linked with are the standard we want to bring to the club, for sure.”Rowett added: “In my opinion we should be trying to sign the type of player that, age-wise, fit the profile we are after and are good enough to play in this division and also the division above should we achieve our goal.” Gary Rowett is aiming to take Stoke straight back up to the Premier League 1last_img read more

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