Eritrea: The Case For Sanctions?

A Report that pictures Eritrea as 'The Super Power' of the Horn of Africa

By Filmon Tesfay,

In its latest report, the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (SEMG) formally presented its very damning case against Eritrea. It went at great lengths to provide documentary evidence, complete with over 300 pages of annexes replete with pictures, “official Eritrean documentation”, etc.

Most readers simply glossed over the report and went lazily to its heart and substance. It sets the tune by strongly asserting that Eritrean involvement in Somalia continues to represent a small but troubling part of the overall equation. Asmara’s continuing relationship with Al-Shabaab, for example, appears designed to legitimize and embolden the group rather than to curb its extremist orientation or encourage its participation in a political process. Moreover, Eritrean involvement in Somalia reflects a broader pattern of intelligence and special operations activity, including training, financial and logistical support to armed opposition groups in Djibouti, Ethiopia, the Sudan and possibly Uganda in violation of Security Council resolution 1907 (2009).[1] Continue reading

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Eritrea: The Case For Sanctions?

A Report that pictures Eritrea as 'The Super Power' of the Horn of Africa

By Filmon Tesfay,

In its latest report, the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (SEMG) formally presented its very damning case against Eritrea. It went at great lengths to provide documentary evidence, complete with over 300 pages of annexes replete with pictures, “official Eritrean documentation”, etc.

Most readers simply glossed over the report and went lazily to its heart and substance. It sets the tune by strongly asserting that Eritrean involvement in Somalia continues to represent a small but troubling part of the overall equation. Asmara’s continuing relationship with Al-Shabaab, for example, appears designed to legitimize and embolden the group rather than to curb its extremist orientation or encourage its participation in a political process. Moreover, Eritrean involvement in Somalia reflects a broader pattern of intelligence and special operations activity, including training, financial and logistical support to armed opposition groups in Djibouti, Ethiopia, the Sudan and possibly Uganda in violation of Security Council resolution 1907 (2009).[1] Continue reading

Eritrea: The Case For Sanctions?

A Report that pictures Eritrea as 'The Super Power' of the Horn of Africa

By Filmon Tesfay,

In its latest report, the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (SEMG) formally presented its very damning case against Eritrea. It went at great lengths to provide documentary evidence, complete with over 300 pages of annexes replete with pictures, “official Eritrean documentation”, etc.

Most readers simply glossed over the report and went lazily to its heart and substance. It sets the tune by strongly asserting that Eritrean involvement in Somalia continues to represent a small but troubling part of the overall equation. Asmara’s continuing relationship with Al-Shabaab, for example, appears designed to legitimize and embolden the group rather than to curb its extremist orientation or encourage its participation in a political process. Moreover, Eritrean involvement in Somalia reflects a broader pattern of intelligence and special operations activity, including training, financial and logistical support to armed opposition groups in Djibouti, Ethiopia, the Sudan and possibly Uganda in violation of Security Council resolution 1907 (2009).[1] Continue reading