This week, Eric has an in-depth conversation with independent journalist Thomas Mountain. They discuss the current political situation in Ethiopia, grounding the discussion in a historical framework that informs an understanding of the politics of today. Eric and Tom examine the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as some of the internal issues in Eritrea such as education, democracy, and poverty reduction. Mountain provides his analysis as someone living in Eritrea and who is familiar not only with the politics of the country, but the daily lives of its citizens. Also, the two break down the imperialist nature of the mission in Somalia and some of the historical background to the continued conflict there. Additionally, Eric and Tom also provide a detailed analysis of the war in Mali and the imperial agendas of France and the US in the region.
Thomas Mountain is the most widely distributed independent journalist in Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. His work can be found at intrepidreport.com and his interviews for Press TV and Russia Today are readily available online.