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The president of Red Sea and World Press Publishing talked to Minia of the Tigrigna service about the political influence of the career of Dr. Jordan Gebre-Medhin, a member of the African studies faculty of Northwestern University, who died in early December.

Jordan was the author of the 1989 book, "Peasants and Nationalism: Critique of Ethiopian Studies," which many believe fueled the struggle for Eritrea’s independence. The book was the first major challenge to claims casting Eritrea as a subsidiary of Ethiopia, its neighbor in northeast Africa. The book provoked heated debate among political factions and drew favorable reviews from other scholars. Eritrea won independence from Ethiopia in 1993.

Kassahun Chekol, his publisher and longtime friend of Jordan, called him an intellectual powerhouse, a committed nationalist and a dedicated pan-Africanist. The Boston Globe published an article on its web site calling him “a towering teacher and the first faculty member in Northeastern's University African-American studies department to earn tenure.” Dr. Tseggai Isaac, a political scientist at the University of Missouri, also praised Jordan’s contributions to Eritrea and to political science. "He was a gentle giant, an affable personality with dignity, yet kind and gracious," said Dr.Tseggai.

Jordan passed away in the first week of December at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was 64.


African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra called President Abdullahi Yusuf’s resignation as president of Somalia a necessary act of self-sacrifice. In a telephone interview with VOA’s Peter Heinlein, Lamamra said the Somali leader had become an obstacle to efforts to bring stability to the lawless Horn of Africa nation.

Lamamra said Yusuf’s decision clears the way for actions that could prevent the country from descending into chaos as Ethiopian troops withdraw. It could permit creation of a broader-based government of national unity, as called for in an accord signed in Djibouti in October with moderate Islamists from the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia.

“Yusuf may have come himself to the conclusion that his presence as head of state would not serve the cause of peace and reconciliation in Somalia,” Lamamra said, “and he may have felt he eventually became part of the problem rather than part of the solution…and in political life, individuals have to make sacrifice when it comes to the supreme interests of the country.”

Ethiopia previously announced plans to withdraw more than 3,000 troops supporting the United Nations-backed transitional government. The Ethiopian pullout leaves only a 3,400-strong African Union peacekeeping force, leading to fears that the increasingly weak government would collapse and be replaced by Islamic extremists.

Lamamra says he also expects the United Nations Security Council to act within 48 hours to pledge what he calls ‘a very concrete logistical package’ that would strengthen the A.U. peacekeeping force known as AMISOM. He tells VOA a vote of support from Security Council would encourage greater African troop contributions, in the hope that the force would eventually become a blue-helmeted U.N. force.

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