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#Afroptimistic Sunday: (T)Horn of #Africa Edition

Looking at the #Ethiopia|n War in Tigray & the ensuing carnage--death, dismemberment, displacement--& #Eritrea|s "self-defense" foray, there is not much to be optimistic about, but there could be if we act as Citizens of the Horn
The Horn of #Africa has no citizens, just subjects.

Citizens are free and, collectively, own sovereignty. They hire and fire their leaders.

Subjects are powerless, looking up to The Sovereign, who demands total obedience. Dissent results in disappearance, death, exile.
While this is true of all the nations in the Horn of Africa, this thread is about #Ethiopia and #Eritrea, who have not been able to extricate themselves from wars (declared and undeclared) since at least 1961. It's from the perspective of a member of the #Eritrean opposition....
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Just learnt the term "restorative justice," which is academic lingo for revenge, retroactively. So AOC agreed to speak at #PeaceNow Rabin memorial. Peace Now is the foremost advocate of an independent Palestinian state next to #Israel.
But then a Palestinian mob said that #Rabin called for breaking Palestinian bones, hence AOC withdrew. I told a Palestinian that after Rabin said what he said, he and Arafat decided to let bygones be bygones, shook on it, and shared a Nobel Peace Prize.
Palestinians said: Sorry to disappoint you, "but I'm against the segregationist two state solution." So "two state" is now bad and Rabin, the icon of peace and two state who was killed by an anti-peace wacko, are not good? What is left? Hamas and its one state solution.
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1/21 From the very beginning #Israel planned to usurp #Palestine
#OsloPeace didn't manage to dismantle a single Settlement,to the contrary, #Israel started taking more #Palestinian Land
During the 7 yrs following #Oslo,the Settler Population within the #WestBank increased by 90%
2/21 Following Intl pressure to stop Settlements #Israel began new tactics,under the pretext of natural growth,they expanded & fattened,the existing settlements & connected them to each other & to Israel
Slicing the land blocking any possibility of a contiguous #Palestinian State
3/21 #Israeli Settlements along with their Road Network & Security Zones, occupy about 42% of Palestinian Land.
Roads btw Settlements can only be traveled by Settlers,the basic Human Right of Freedom of Movement within ones Home Country has been taken away from the #Palestinians
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