[Marxism] Fwd: Eritrea and the left | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jun 10 11:22:08 MDT 2016

A couple of articles in yesterday’s NY Times caught my eye. The first 
was titled “U.N. Accuses Eritrea’s Leaders of Crimes Against Humanity” 
and claimed that an inquiry had found government officials guilty of 
enslavement, imprisonment and disappearances, torture, rape and murder. 
The second was titled “Eritrean Accused of Trafficking Migrants Is 
Captured in Sudan, Italy Says” and identified him as the head of a 
smuggling ring responsible for 359 deaths when a vessel capsized off the 
Italian island of Lampedusa in 2013. Today’s NY Times has a follow-up 
article that says that the wrong man might have been arrested but there 
is no doubt about the fact that a boat did capsize and that 359 people 

Looking at the original report on the tragic accident (homicide more 
exactly), it states that most of the passengers were from Eritrea and 
Somalia. Somalia, a failed state, I can understand but Eritrea? Wasn’t 
that a country that had liberated itself from Ethiopia through the 
efforts of leftist guerrillas? If the U.N. was lying about human rights 
abuses in Eritrea, surely you could not falsify the nationalities of the 
drowned passengers. For that matter, emigration from Eritrea appears 
inexplicable given the fact that it is not plagued by war, jihadism and 
the crony capitalism that afflicts much of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2016/06/10/eritrea-and-the-left/

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