A #response to Professor Joel Brinkley: #Eritrea has a remarkable story to tell

Eritrea Modernization

By Yemane Abselom

Professor Joel Brinkley wrote an article on the San Francisco Chronicle under the title “Eritrea, the most repressive nation on Earth”, on April 29, 2012. When Joel Brinkley, a professor of journalism at Stanford University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, writes on Eritrea, one hopes it would be an original piece that explores the complex issues in depth. However, the contents of his column were nothing but a copy and paste of several reports that have misleading information on Eritrea and a complete avoidance of current and recent events that lead us to where we are today. Professor Brinkley has chosen to ignore the elephant in the room and he expects us to do the same.

It is true Eritrea won its independence in 1991, after waging a 30 years long and bitter struggle for independence. Between 1991 and 1998, before the war with Ethiopia broke out, Eritrea under the current leadership had won many accolades, including the New York Times, his former employer. What changed between 1998 to the present? Visit Yemane Abselom’s Blog to read the rest.

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