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The Ethiopian Regime Is Destabilizing the Horn of Africa Region

Yohannes Woldemariam | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Yohannes Woldemariam

In an ideal scenario, the brotherly people of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia, whose fates are intertwined by geography and history, need cooperation and trade between and within themselves based on mutual respect for basic human rights and due regard for the health of the environment.

Israeli Politicians Set the Stage For Murder of Eritrean Asylum Seeker

Yohannes Woldemariam | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Yohannes Woldemariam

Israeli racism towards African asylum seekers and the Bete Israel community (Ethiopian Jews) is blatant. In the hierarchy of dehumanization, African asylum seekers find themselves in the most wretched conditions in Israel.

A Testimony to Failed Autocracies: Eritrean Soccer Team Defects

James Dorsey | Posted 10.16.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Eritrea's national team has for all practical purposes defected after 10 of its players this week refused to return home following a World Cup qualifier in Botswana.

The Last Emperor -- The Fall of Haile Selassie

ADST | Posted 10.14.2015 | World

Few could be more considered more central to the modern history of Africa's longest independent nation, Ethiopia, than Emperor Haile Selassie. Regent from 1916-1930, he became emperor of Ethiopia on November 2, 1930 and ruled for nearly 45 years.

Acts of Loving Kindness & Profound Cruelty

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe two of the litmus tests by which we can judge any society are to investigate both the ways in which societies treat their children, and the ways in which they treat animals. In some countries around the world, we have clear evidence of the poaching of animals for their body parts, such as tusks and as trophies.

Finding Shelter

Nancy Farese | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Nancy Farese

The refugee story is both as big as the world, with nation-state boundaries being drawn by international powers dividing families, and as small as the individual child, orphaned by violence and brought to safety by another child or relative.

Young Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia Paint Grim Realities

Christian Fuchs | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

More than 130,000 Eritrean refugees have crossed the border to Ethiopia escape human rights abuses. Eritrean youth flee forced indefinite military conscription as well as torture at the hands of an oppressive government.

Religious Persecution On the Rise: Minorities Under Threat in the Middle East

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.25.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

With religious liberty under siege around the world, people of goodwill should stand for the rights of believers everywhere. Unpopular minority faiths are like the proverbial canary in the mine: When they die, further violations of human life and dignity inevitably are coming.

Top 5 Countries That Should Be on Obama's Itinerary

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Committee to Protect Journalists

In the past two days Ethiopia released six journalists from prison, an unprecedented development in one of Africa's most repressive countries for the media. The releases happened in advance of President Obama's trip to Ethiopia later this month.

A Public Challenge: Find Humanity in the Inhumane

John Prendergast | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
John Prendergast

By sharing heroes' stories, we honor them, and through them, promote faith in the power of good. When defiant, selfless individuals ignore their own safety and overcome their fears, they enable others to survive and thrive.

The Hermit in the Horn of Africa

Daniel Raphael | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Daniel Raphael

Northeast Africa is known as one of the more volatile regions in the world. The 'failed' states of South Sudan and Somalia are relatively well known and acknowledged for their instability, yet there are a variety of other actors in the region that are rarely heard from.

Heart-Wrenching Photos Show Migrants Being Hauled Away By Italian Police

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

By Eric Gaillard VENTIMIGLIA, Italy, June 16 (Reuters) - Police on Tuesday began hauling away mostly African migrants from makeshift c...

A Torture Survivor's Drawings Show The Hell This Country Has Become

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

In one small East African country, the rule of law has been replaced by the rule of fear. That was the conclusion of a yearlong investigation by t...

Report: Extrajudicial Killings, Torture, Sexual Slavery In Eritrea

Posted 06.09.2015 | World

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 8 (Reuters) - Eritrea may have committed crimes against humanity, a year-long U.N. human rights inquiry said in a report ...

Will It Take 10,000 Days in Prison for Europe to Hold Eritrea to Account?

Christophe Deloire | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Christophe Deloire

The European Union and Sweden must face up to the fact that this regime just plays for time without regard for human life and basic human values. Until now the international community has naively played along but, 14 years after the crackdown that put Isaak and so many others behind bars, it is time to stop.

No Place Left to Run

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Hibaaq Osman

"Europe is declaring war on smugglers" the EU's top migration official said last month. As the Mediterranean fills with boats and the bodies of migrants from Africa and the Arab world, it is inopportune language like this underlines how grave a situation we find ourselves in and how far away a humane solution seems.

Next Year in Jerusalem

Mark Hetfield | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Mark Hetfield

Maybe next year in Jerusalem, the government will start treating the African asylum seekers as human beings, as working taxpayers, as asylum seekers, as free people, and not as infiltrators. Let's pray for that at the seder table.

Jesuit Refugee Service accompanies refugees in Ethiopia

Christian Fuchs | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

(Washington, D.C.) August 28, 2014 -- The UN refugee agency reported this month that Ethiopia is now the largest host country of refugees in Africa, s...

The Global Crisis Of Child Labor, In 1 Map

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business

In much of the world, childhood means being forced to go to work. There are approximately 168 million child laborers around the world, according to...

Al Qaeda's Growing Influence in Central Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Judging from the gains made by both Al Shabab and Boko Haram over the past year, the CAR and its neighbors should be concerned.

Close the Torture Houses in North Sinai and Egypt

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Suzette Standring

Every day Meron Estafamos answers her phone with an aching heart. From torture houses in Egypt, Eritrean hostages plead for ransom on a captor's cell phone. Help me.

Egypt Cracks Down on Journalists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.01.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It was said in jest but a professor of politics at Egypt's Nile University warned journalists and anyone taking pictures not to do so after an escalat...

Education Provides Refugees Hope for a Better Future

Christian Fuchs | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

(Washington, D.C.) November 25, 2013 -- "Education is a key in combating the evil of hatred, violence and war. I'm ever more convinced of that," says ...

Needs of Eritrean Refugees Demand Attention

Curt Goering | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Curt Goering

Decades of instability in Eritrea have led to the current situation. Many refugees have experienced horrific treatment, first at the hands of their government, then on the long, dangerous journey to escape. Up to 3,000 flee to Sudan or Ethiopia each month.

Dozens Dead In Shipwreck Off The Coast Of Sicilian Island

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.03.2013 | World

ROME -- ROME (AP) — It was the third ship of the night to head toward the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa packed to the brim with migrants seeking ...