E-SMART Documents

ERITREA: US SCAPEGOAT FOR SOMALIA DEBACLE

E-SMART Member (July 6, 2012) Yesterday the U.S. Treasury Department froze the assets of two Eritrean government officials ostensibly because "The United States is determined to target those who are responsible for the ongoing bloodshed and instability in Somalia," said Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director Adam J. Szubin.


This begs the question: who is responsible for the bloodshed and instability in Somalia?

UN/US Sanctions on Eritrea: Latest Chapter in a Long History of Injustice

The paper takes a close look at Eritrea's relations with both the US and the UN over the last six decades in an attempt to make sense of the December 23, 2009 UN Security Council decision to impose sanctions on this young African nation based on groundless charges. A careful analysis of the historical records shows an unmistakable pattern of betrayals of and injustice against the people of Eritrea by the West in general and the US in particular, as well as the United Nations and the African Union (formerly Organization of African Union (OAU). The analysis reveals in a stark way that U.S. foreign policy for the Horn of Africa has been generally devoid of fairness and justice--always skewed to favor Ethiopia, and always at the expense of the region in general, and especially Eritrea and the Eritrean people in particular.

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