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Vol 54 No 17

Published 23rd August 2013


The diaspora strikes back

Asmara’s diplomatic isolation, rising opposition confidence in the diaspora and a continuing hard line from the UN put the regime under stress

Cracks in the revolutionary façade of the ever-secretive People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) may be appearing, after January’s failed coup and concerted challenges to the tax on exiles (AC Vol 54 No 4, Issayas staggers a little). Yet immense royalties from a mining boom may make the diaspora tax increasingly irrelevant.

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