After observing the attempts reading the New York Times article titled “It’s Bad in Eritrea, but Not That Bad”, I sensed something fishy and did little research on the possible connection between the Eritrean Regime, Nevsun Resources and the author’s institutional affiliation; i.e., The Atlantic Council.
The author of that article, Bronwyn Bruton, is the deputy director of the African Center The Atlantic Council. And, the Atlantic Council have been busy trying to white wash the internationally recognized human rights violations of the Eritrean regime.
In the financial report of the Atlantic Council, Nevsun Resources is listed as one of the big donors of the institution. Nevsun Resources is listed with those who donate from 100,000- 249,999 USD.
The temporal finding: I hate to use the term but it is called ‘Intellectual Prostitution’ and Corporate Interest. It works as follows:
1. Nevsun Resources is involved in mining sector in Eritrea and the Eritrean regime provides cheap labor (The Never Ending National Service) to Nevsun. The Eritrean regime gets huge sum of money.
2. For continual profit the Eritrean regime must survive to continue the National Service ( Modern Day Slavery)
3. Nevsun is accused and criticised by Right groups about its involvement in modern slavery.
4. To cover its involvement in the most scandalous modern slavery Nevsun Resources provides the Atlantic Center significant amount of money every year and the center defends the interests of the Company in all possible terms.
That is what is Bronwyn Bruton, the Deputy Director of the African center of the Atlantic Council is doing. She tries to defend the indefensible.
5. The Eritrean regime, Nevsun Resources and The Atlantic Council profits out of the Eritrean youth plight and slave labour.