Eritrea is the most demonized and sanctioned African country. Why? It’s not human rights abuses because there are far worse governments the U.S. supports. Eritrea also has better social indicators of health care and education than its pro-U.S. counterparts. Washington’s real problem with Eritrea is that it’s an independent country that refuses to be a client state that serves Western interests.

To help break it down, Rania Khalek was joined by Eugene Puryear, a journalist for Breakthrough News and host of The Punch Out podcast.

This clip is from a longer interview with Eugene on the conflict in Ethiopia. You can watch the full episode here:

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