Eritrea

ZALA ANBESSA, ETHIOPIA:  An Ethiopian soldier mans an observation post facing the Temporary Security Zone on the Eritrean border at the northern town of Zala Anbessa in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, 19 November 2005. The United Nations mission to the Horn of Africa on Friday reported increasing movement of troops along the tense border between Ethiopia and Eritrea. UN Mission spokeswoman Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainte said the situation along the frontier "remains tense and potentially volatile." AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI  (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Rehabilitation of Africa’s Most Isolated Dictatorship

Eritrea is coming in from the cold. Could that spark a shooting war with Ethiopia?

AMARA, ERITREA:  Eritrean children play 07 June 1991 on an Ethiopian army tank. The roadside was destroyed by Eritrean Liberation Front (EPLF) rebels in the battle for Amara, the capital city of Eritrea, that fell 20 May to EPLF rebels after 17 years of war. (Photo credit should read )

Africa’s Hottest Frozen Border Boils Over

Hundreds of soldiers just died in the worst flare-up between Ethiopia and Eritrea since their 1998-2000 war. Could a return to open conflict be around the corner?

Moroccan protesters hold placards and shout slogans in the capital Rabat, on March 13, 2016, during a demonstration against statements made by the United Nations chief earlier in the week regarding the Western Sahara, a disputed territory between Morocco and the Polisario Front, following his visit to a camp for refugees from the territory.
Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Rabat to protest against UN chief Ban Ki-moon's "lack of neutrality" over Western Sahara. The UN has been trying to oversee an independence referendum for Western Sahara since 1992 after a ceasefire was reached to end a war that broke out when Morocco sent its forces to the former Spanish territory in 1975. The Algerian-backed Polisario Front is seeking independence for the territory, a demand ruled out by Morocco which argues for a broad autonomy for the territory under its sovereignty. Earlier this month Ban visited a camp in Algeria for refugees from Western Sahara as part of a regional tour and spoke of a "human tragedy". He also announced plans to re-launch UN-sponsored talks between Rabat and the Polisario Front.

On March 8, the Moroccan government, in a statement issued by the foreign ministry, accused Ban of speaking out of line and of allegedly using the word "occupation" to describe the status of Western Sahara. / AFP / FADEL SENNA        (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Just Say No to Another Failed State in Africa

It is never a good idea to make broad generalizations about Africa.

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North Korea on the Red Sea: Why Thousands of Migrants Are Fleeing Eritrea

A new U.N. report describes a regime built on torture, domestic spy networks, and mass conscription.

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Stranded at the Headwaters of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Before risking deadly deserts and a perilous Mediterranean crossing, the first steps of a desperate attempt at a new life cross Sudan.

A boat carring Tunisian migrants enters

When Migrants Flee Progress, Not War

Nearly one-fifth of people crossing the Mediterranean are leaving a country touted for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Turns out, a better life requires more than a U.N. checklist.

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