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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Why Eritrea’s Border With Ethiopia Is a Conflict Zone

Now, Eritrea has blamed Ethiopia for clashes in the Tsorona region, about halfway along the border. The reported clashes have raised the specter of conflict in a region where tension is always high.

Is the EU attempting to protect the Eritrean dictatorship?

European Union appears set on defending one of Africa's most notorious dictatorships. A UN investigation into whether Eritrea's regime's human rights abuses are so severe that they constitute crimes against humanity is due to be released on 8 June but senior EU officials are already attempting to downplay its findings.
"This is deeply disturbing," says Marie-Christine Vergiat, Left Front French MEP who is a member of the European Parliament's Human Rights Committee. "We have been warning the Commission for months about the situation in the Horn of Africa and especially in Eritrea – without any results."


It's Bad in Eritrea, but Not That Bad - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — On June 8, a special U.N. commission released a report accusing the leadership of Eritrea of crimes against humanity. It cites cases of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture, rape and extrajudicial killing. It claims that up to 400,000 Eritreans have been enslaved in a vast conscription program, forced to work in the army or the bureaucracy for next to nothing, often for a decade or more.

Report on Abuses in Eritrea Draws Demonstrators, Heated Emotions

This week, thousands of Eritreans gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, to both support and protest a new U.N. report alleging that the leaders of the Eritrean government have committed crimes against humanity.
Elsewhere, hundreds of Eritrean refugees gathered outside African Union headquarters in neighboring Ethiopia to protest the alleged crimes back home.

Robert Mugabe threatens to maim and murder protestors | The Zimbabwe Mail

Mugabe threatens to main and murder any protestor against his regime


Maersk: South Africa’s container trade falls

China’s economic slowdown, the slump in commodity prices, dwindling consumer spending power and the drought negatively affected South Africa’s container trade in the first quarter of this year, according to Matthew Conroy, the trade manager at Maersk Line Southern Africa.

Conroy said import and export markets had declined year on year by 8 percent and 12 percent, respectively. He said the 2016 first quarter Maersk trade report showed economic restraints and less demand for South Africa’s commodities negatively affected trade levels.

The weakening import market was mainly due to a 13 percent decline in imports from Asia. “This trade lane represents about 45 percent of total imports into South Africa and is dominated by manufactured goods, which are on the decline due to lower consumer consumption in South Africa. Looking forward, we do not expect import trade to improve drastically very soon as there are no clear signs of an economic recovery, which is ultimately what is required to fuel incremental consumer spend,” Conroy said.