facebook feed fist header movement-text refugee-movement-text twitter youtube
Uncategorized

U.S. Sets Stage for Libya-Like Regime Change in Eritrea, “Africa’s Cuba”

The U.S. is moving towards war against Eritrea, a fiercely independent African nation of only six million people. Washington has deployed its UN “human rights” proxies to justify another “humanitarian” military intervention, remarkably like the UN-sanctioned aggression against Libya, in 2011. The UN panel charges Eritrea with “enslaving” and murdering its own people – a pack of imperial lies. Obama is set to add another war to his bloody legacy.

“Eritrea’s fierce independence has put it in imperialism’s crosshairs.”

The United States is methodically setting the stage for a so-called “humanitarian” military intervention against the small northeast African nation of Eritrea, under legal pretexts much like those used to justify NATO’s war of regime change against Libya, in 2011. As in Libya, the U.S. has hijacked the United Nations human rights apparatus to claim a “responsibility to protect” (R2P) Eritrea’s citizens from alleged abuses by their own government. War and regime change are the intended result.

Washington engineered UN sanctions against Eritrea, beginning in 2009, on the patently bogus charge that Eritrea’s determinedly secular government provided “political, financial and logistical support” to Islamist Shabaab fighters in Somalia. Islamic jihadism is anathema to Eritrea, whose population of six million on the shores of the Red Sea is about evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. But few people in the United States knew Eritrea existed, much less its secular revolutionary history and politics. The lies stuck, as did the sanctions, even after the UN Human Rights Council conceded there was no further evidence of Eritrean aid to the Shabaab.

A three-person UN panel now alleges that Eritrea is a lawless state that has committed “crimes against humanity,” enslaving up to 400,000 people and engaging in murder, forced disappearances, rape and torture. Mark Smith, the Australian chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, demands that Eritrea be put on trial before the International Criminal Court, a body that has indicted only Africans – and only those that were on the wrong side of U.S. foreign policy – since its creation in 2002. Smith laid the legal groundwork for the overthrow of the Eritrean government:

There is no genuine prospect of the Eritrean judicial system holding perpetrators to account in a fair and transparent manner. The perpetrators of these crimes must face justice and the victims’ voices must be heard. The international community should now take steps, including using the International Criminal Court [ICC], national courts and other available mechanisms, to ensure there is accountability for the atrocities being committed in Eritrea.

The UN commission demands that Eritrea be put on trial before the International Criminal Court, a body that has indicted only Africans.

In February of 2011, the United Nations Security Council, led by the U.S., Britain and France, referred the case against Libya to the ICC, to provide a criminal justice rationale for the military assault that was already underway against Muammar Gaddafi’s government. This time, Washington has instructed its UN proxies to give “humanitarian” legal cover in advance for an attack on Eritrea. The demonization campaign is built around two Big Lies: one, that Eritrea’s system of national service – a form of draft, which is the right of all nations – amounts to “slavery”; and two, that domestic oppression in Eritrea is a prime source of African refugees to Europe, with the tiny nation allegedly accounting for more cross-continental emigration than every other country except war-ravaged Syria.

National service in Eritrea, as in many other countries, includes not only military duty on the front lines with Ethiopia – which still occupies parts of Eritrea in clear violation of an international arbitration agreement – but also labor in public works projects as well as service in health and education infrastructures. (Most teachers in Eritrea, for example, are national service workers.) Lots of folks would call that socialism or nation-building – which is how the Eritreans see it.

The Eritreans defend extended national service on grounds of necessity, citing an existential threat from the Ethiopian military, backed to the hilt by Washington. Economic sanctions have also necessitated that Eritrea mobilize the population to develop its own national resources. However, self-reliance is also a cornerstone of Eritrean domestic development policy, and seen as central to maintaining true national sovereignty and independence. Eritrea rejects foreign “aid” and entanglements with structures of international capital, and is one of only two nations in Africa that has no relationship with AFRICOM, the U.S. military command on the continent (Zimbabwe is the other).

It is insane to believe that little Eritrea, with only six million people, has set more people to flight than neighboring Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in the world, with a population 15 times greater.

Eritrea’s fierce independence has put it in imperialism’s crosshairs. Eritrea is “Africa’s Cuba” – and the United States treats it as such in a striking variety of ways. Indeed, the other Big Lie against Eritrea – that it is the second largest contributor to the waves of refugees risking life and limb to reach Europe – is directly related to European immigration policies, urged on them by the U.S., that put Eritrea in much the same bind as U.S. policy towards Cuba.

It is insane to believe that little Eritrea, with only six million people, has set more people to flight than neighboring Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in the world, now in the throes of a devastating drought, with a population 15 times greater; or neighboring Sudan, also desperately poor and afflicted by multiple wars, with 40 million people; or nearby Somalia, a nation without a state, inhabited by 10 million people. Indeed, economic, political and war refugees from all across Africa claim to be Eritrean because, unlike citizens of any other African country, Eritrean refugees are afforded special status on arrival in Europe as presumptive political refugees who might face torture if returned home. As with U.S. Cuba policy, the Eritrean exception was designed to weaken and destabilize the country through a brain and human resource drain. Inevitably, however, the policy has made Eritrean identification papers the hottest selling documents on the streets of Khartoum and other refugee gathering points. Europe is awash, as is Israel, with fake Eritreans fleeing various military, political and economic catastrophes – most of them rooted in Euro-American foreign destabilization policies and the global capitalist Race to the Bottom.

If Latin Americans could pass for Cubans, the populations of U.S. “Little Havanas” would number in the tens of millions, full of Hondurans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Mexicans.

“Economic, political and war refugees from all across Africa claim to be Eritrean.”

Ethiopians pass most easily as Eritreans, since millions of them share the same ethnic background. About half of Eritreans are Tigrayan, the ethnic group that is the fourth largest in Ethiopia and dominates the ruling party in Addis Ababa. The Austrian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Andreas Melan, last year estimated that “among the thousands of Eritrean migrants in Europe, 30 to 40 percent are Ethiopians.” That may be an underestimate. And many more “Eritreans” actually hail from as far away as West Africa.

The Eritrean ambassador to Israel believes that Ethiopians account for half of the purported Eritreans seeking refugee status in that country. “They know the Eritreans automatically receive a six-month visa, so they pretend to be Eritrean,” said the ambassador.

The Eritrean refugee scam is an open secret all across Europe, and is well known to the American and European governments. The Big Lie is maintained to serve imperial purposes, and will now be deployed to justify an armed assault on Eritrea as an alleged mass enslaver and rogue nation. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea will submit its manufactured findings to the Human Rights Council on June 21, setting the imperial lynch mob in motion.

They know the Eritreans automatically receive a six-month visa, so they pretend to be Eritrean.”

Eritrea cannot expect a fair hearing from a UN apparatus that is puppeteered from Washington. As the Eritrean government stated in its preliminary response to the UN commission’s charges:

The purposes of national service in Eritrea are clearly stated in a legal proclamation of 1994 and are three-fold: national defense, economic and social development and national integration.  The service is not indefinite although for a time and in certain cases it has been prolonged due the already explained existential threat of war.

The commission based its findings on the testimony of about 800 (alleged) Eritreans interviewed in various foreign cities, while ignoring the 42,000 Eritrean expatriates that have petitioned the world body to lift sanctions against their home country.

The UN panel is ignoring what is “effectively a continuing state of war with Ethiopia, the illegal occupation of Eritrean territory which constitutes a flagrant violation of human rights, repeated armed aggression, sanctions and mistaken policies that consider almost all Eritreans asylum-seekers,” said Eritrean government spokesperson Yemane Gebreab. That’s a diplomatic way of putting it. By referring the case to the International Criminal Court, and implicitly threatening military action against Eritrea, the commission has become a warmonger.

On Monday, the New York Times reported that thousands of Ethiopian and Eritrean troops were rushing towards the disputed border, the site of heavy artillery duels. The Times quoted an Eritrean dissident living in Sweden as their expert of the moment. “If there is a war, or the rumor of a war, it could be a way for the Eritrean government to get support and divert attention,” said the dissident. The newspaper also relayed a Twitter message from an Eritrean American in his homeland’s capital. “Here in Asmara, it’s peaceful despite #EthiopianAttacks against #Eritrea on the Tsorona front. And you wonder why there’s national service?”

President Obama seems intent on adding War #8 to his imperial legacy.


Uncategorized

german wide movement / refugee-struggle / Uncategorized

Call out for big Non-Citizen meeting 6.-7. September 2016 in Munich

Non-Citizens, Refugees and Supporters are invited to join us and become part of the movement! The issue of refugee´s struggle was perhaps always injustice; We left out home countries because of having inhuman laws, injustice kingdom systems have broken the system for a common person life. Life is cheaper than anything, politics is business, religion… Read more »

Featured

german wide movement / Knowledges / News / Support/Solidarity

Conference on the Sudanese refugees’ situation in Germany (31 January at 21:00 on Skype)

Update 3 On 31/1/2021 at 21:00 we have a continuation of a workshop about Sudanese refugees from Schaumberg/Niedersachsen online to discuss the refugee’s situation. This is the 4th workshop now. We are not going to be silent, until the deportation is stopped, until the isolation of refugees is broken, and until the primary, secondary, and universal… Read more »

picture of demonstration banner against lager and deportation
Daily Resistance Newspaper / News

Daily Resistance Monthly Editorial Meeting continues on July, 9

On July 9, 2018, the current editorial team of >Daily Resistance< will continue its new monthly meeting. It is the third in a series of social and working get-togethers that tries to bring together people who want to share their ideas about the newspaper, who want to contribute and who want to work on upcoming… Read more »

berlin news / Demo / News / oplatz / School / Support/Solidarity

Kundgebung & Demo zur Räumung der Ohlauer/GHS, 11.01.2018, 7:45

Räumung der GHS am 11.01.2018 – Solidarität mit den Bewohner_innen. Eviction of GHS, 11.01.2018 – Call for solidarity Die Chronologie der GHS auf Deutsch und Englisch Pressestatement der Nachbarschaftsinitiative Ohlauer Straße (NIO), 19.7.2017: Wir kennen die beteiligten Menschen, wir respektieren die Umstände, wir erinnern die Absprachen Solidaritätsaufruf Andere Zustände ermöglichen (*aze) ____ DEUTSCH (English, French,… Read more »

Demo Ohlauerstr.

Recent

Demo / deportations / News / oplatz / Support/Solidarity / Videos

Kundgebung: #FreeChristophe – Stop Deportation, 18. April, 14 Uhr

Christophe befindet sich seit dem 16.03.21 in einem Abschiebeknast in Hamburg. In wenigen Wochen droht ihm eine Abschiebung nach Mali. Am Sonntag dem 18. April um 14 Uhr gibt es eine Kundgebung in Berlin auf dem Oranienplatz. Wir fordern Christophes sofortige Freilassung und ein Bleiberecht für Alle! Wir freuen uns auf jedes (maskierte) Gesicht! FreeChristophe… Read more »

berlin news / Demo / deportations / News

Demo Against Border Profiteers, 17. April, 14 Uhr

von No Border Assembly Every day, companies are profiting from the neocolonial and racist migration regime with its borders, surveillance and deportations. The offices and headquarters of such companies can be found right in the heart of Berlin. Nevertheless, barely anyone draws attention to that, while the German government tries to disguise and hide their… Read more »

Demo / deportations / News

Kundgebung vor der Ausländerbehörde in Eberswalde: Stop Duldung!!! 13. April, 12 Uhr

Aufruf von der Gruppe ‚Barnim für Alle‘ Wir in der Gruppe „Barnim für alle“ laden ein, am Dienstag, den 13. April ab 12:00 mit uns vor der Ausländerbehörde in Eberswalde zu Demonstrieren. Wir kritisieren die Verstöße und die Ungerechtigkeiten, denen Asylsuchende im Landkreis Barnim und in ganz Brandenburg systematisch ausgesetzt sind. Aufgrund des bewussten Drucks… Read more »

berlin news / Demo / deportations / News

Kundgebung: Stoppt die Abschiebung nach Afghanistan

von No Border Assembly 18:00 BER Flughafen, Terminal 5 (Willy-Brandt-Straße), Berlin Am Mittwoch plant Deutschland erneut eine Massenabschiebung nach Afghanistan. Diesmal startet der Charterflug vom Berliner Flughafen. Wir rufen alle auf, ihre Solidarität in die Tat umzusetzen: Stoppt die Abschiebung! Abschiebungen nach Afghanistan starten in der Regel gegen 21:00 Uhr in der Nacht. Falls erforderlich,… Read more »

berlin news / deportations / Karawane / News

Warnung: Nächster Abschiebetermin vermutlich am 07.04.21 geplant

vom Bayerischer Flüchtlingsrat Nach aktuellen Informationen geht der Bayerische Flüchtlingsrat davon aus, dass die nächste Sammelabschiebung nach Afghanistan vermutlich am Mittwoch, den 7. April 2021 vom Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld stattfinden wird. Ausreisepflichtigen Afghanen wird geraten, dringend eine Beratungsstelle oder eine:n Rechtsanwält:in aufzusuchen. Mehr Infos zum geplanten Flug Warnung: Sammelabschiebung nach Afghanistan am 7.4.21 Nach aktuellen Informationen… Read more »