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Sanctions on Eritrea: Will They Or Won’t They?

1. It’s sanctions season, and the question is “will they or won’t they?”  Will the UN Security Council (UNSC) extend sanctions on the State of Eritrea or will they lift it?  We will have more information in June when the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (SEMG) publishes its report …

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Seventeen Years in Prison without Charge

The person profiled* in this edition is Haj Mohammed Ali Mahmoud, a citizen from the town of Gelluy, commonly pronounced as Geluj, in the Gash Barka area. Haj Mohammed was arrested in the year 2000 in Asmara, and there is no trace of him since he disappeared seventeen years ago. …

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The Death of Mihret Eyob as an Illustration

The Eritrean tragedy is not obscure to anyone who follows current events; there is an international awareness about the thousands of prisoners of conscience in the country. And Eritreans know that the awareness about their plight is a result of a dedicated and resilient struggle by people of goodwill, and …

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ERITAS: PFDJ Sues Veldhoven Mayor at the UN

The Eritrean government has announced that it has sent formal, ground-breaking legal memorandum to the Office of the Special Rapporteur, Ms. Shiela Keetartuh to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UN-HRC) at the next meeting. The 22-paged memorandum’s main objective is to take the decisions of the Mayor …

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Hitting the Enemy Where It Hurts the Most

An issue that often comes up in political discussions on Eritrea is whether political change in the country will be achieved through the efforts of domestic forces/elements or those of the exiled opposition movement. A general sense of ongoing debate on the subject seems to suggest that current political opinions …

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Eritrean Prisoners: Judge Mranet as a Sample

The 14th of April is when the Prisoners’ Day is commemorated. It’s a day that Eritreans remember their prisoners to spread awareness of the plight of their loved ones, and they remember so many of them. Some who grew old in the dungeons of the cruel Eritrean regime, others rumored …

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Djibouti Accuses Eritrea at the Security Council

In a press release issued today April 13, Ambassador Mohamed Siad Doualeh, the permanent representative of Djibouti to the United Nations addressed the Security Council on the situation in Somalia. The Ambassador said, “we share the Chair’s assessment that Al-Shabaab continues to pose a serious threat to peace and security …

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Eritrean Dictator Uses the Netherlands as an Outpost

Reports from the Netherlands indicate that the Dutch government is anxious about the visit of Yemane Gebreab, the Eritreans president’s adviser, who has entered the Netherlands with a Schengen visa. PFDJ, the only and unelected Eritrean ruling party since 1993 has an affiliate international organization known as YPFDJ that supports …

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Funeral Ceremony Held for Egyptian Terrorist Victims

Amid tight security arrangements, and guarded by nervous armed Egyptian officers, funeral services were held for the victims of the two terrorist attacks that targeted churches in Tanta and Alexandria. Attendance at the funeral ceremonies was limited to the relatives of the victims and church officials. A Sunday morning terrorist …

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Abreha The Adulisian And The Soi-Disant Agazians

As an introduction and in an effort of rendering a general overview, here is a thumbnail account of a man named Abreha who ruled Yemen sometime in the time span 531-565 AD. The Abyssinian historical mythology claims that Abreha was an Axumite Abyssinian who  led a military campaign of King Kaleb of …

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Are Muslims or Muslim Societies Prone to Violence?

I want to highlight three points in this article. First, I want to underscore the obvious fact that killing of innocents or terrorism is a universal problem and not a “Muslim problem”. Second, I want to present data from official sources to show that things are not always what they …

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