Thomas C. Mountain

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has won a share of one of the western world’s most prestigious awards, yet the residents of the capital Monrovia have not had running water for the full six years of her term in office, writes Thomas C. Mountain.

The latest editorial in your publication on the Zim elections lacks very important information and raises questions about the level of knowledge of the writers or establishes a very disturbing bias on their part.

To start with the government of Zimbabwe provided 3.1 billionZim dollars to the opposition to cover the costs of election campaigning, with the ruling part receiving 3.3bill. Why isn’t this mentioned anywhere? Shouldn’t this fact be made known to your readers so they can make ...read more

Eritrea is the only country in Africa to start winning the war against what Eritrean President Issias Aferwerki has listed as one of the major threats to Eritrean survival, HIV/AIDS, by reducing HIV/AIDS infection rates from 3% to 2.5%, as reported by Dr. Mary Polan of Stanford University School of Medicine at the Eritrean Festival in Oakland, CA on Friday, Aug. 13, 2004.

Having visited Eritrea a number of times to help operate on Eritrean women suffering from fistula, Dr. Polan spo...read more

The first thing one notices upon landing in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, is that the streets are clean. The people are friendly, dressed very smartly and there is no evidence of homelessness or beggars. This in a country of an annual per capita income of about $350. The streets of Asmara are safe to walk, even more so for "tilliano´s" or "sa´ada", white people, anywhere, anytime of day or night. Serious crime is rare, to the point of being non existent for most Eritreans. When you leave...read more