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Gloomy Clouds Over the Horn of Africa

Abdella Hamdouk: Last year, the Sudanese Sovereignty Council appointed Abdella Hamdouk as a prime minister. He was sworn in on 21 August 2019. Roughly seven months later, on Monday, March 9, 2020, Hamdouk survived an assassination attempt when an explosion in Khartoum went off and damaged his car as he …

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Eritrea’s Isaias and His Nervous Travels

The unclear, haphazard political maneuvering of Isaias Afwerki’s government continues to expose Eritrea to unnecessary and risky situations. Saudi Arabia On 13 January 2020, the Eritrean Ministry of Information  criticized a Saudi Arabian official for stating his country’s  “efforts to resolve differences between brothers in Africa” and asserted “the Kingdom has harnessed …

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Launching the 2020 Awate Fundraising Drive

Dear Friends of awate, This is the most unpleasant time for us because we have to announce the launch of our 2020 Fundraising drive. We are hoping our call will resonate with all friends of awate. Last year was the first time since this website was launched that we met …

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Abiy Ahmed and the Return of Theocracy to Ethiopia

In modern history, Ethiopians and Eritreans went through decades of violent confrontations. In 1991, the pre-final confrontation between the two governments ended with the removal of the Derge regime, and both countries breathed a sigh of relief, believing the bloodshed, the injustice, and the disrespect of citizens would be over. And they …

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Gennene Debebe Reincanated in Keren

In the mid-seventies, a young boy attended a concert of a band assembled by General Werqu, the commander of the Ethiopian occupational army that spread from Karrora, to Umhager and Keren. The concert was held at Forto, where the young boy was jailed a few months earlier. Grudgingly returning to …

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Eritrea-Ethiopia: Ambassadors Without Credentials

On July 2018, Ethiopian officials announced that Redwan Hussein was appointed as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Eritrea, while the appointment of Semere Russom as Eritrea’s ambassador to Ethiopia was announced in a tweet by Yemane Gebremeskel, Eritrea’s minister of information. However, after more than a year, none of the two ambassadors has …

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PM Abiy Has “Innovative Projects” to Deport Asylum-Seekers

President Donald Trump could save millions of dollars by seeking advice from the Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed (who discovered an innovative way to deport migrants) instead of wasting money building a costly wall on the border with Mexico. Details are still scanty, but recently Abiy Ahmed suggested ways to help …

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Egypt-Ethiopia: The Nile Water Crisis Resurfaces Again

The embattled Egyptian president AlSisi has resuscitated the Nile water crisis with Ethiopia. The differences over Ethiopia’s Great Renaissance Dam (GERD) that started in 2011, has sometimes bubbled and in other times erupted to the surface. When it did, it was often downplayed by occasional diplomatic niceties or escalated through media …

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Abu Dhabi to Khartoum Line Through Asmara

Four days after returning from Abu Dhabi where he met Mohammed Bin Zaid of the UAE,  on Monday, September 9, Isaias Afwerki traveled to Sudan for a two-day visit where he met General Al Burhan and other officials. In a statement issued after the visit, the Sudanese foreign minister said …

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PFDJ Militia in Norway Exposed

In recent years, the number of Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers in Europe has increased drastically. Most of them claim to have escaped from the harsh indefinite military service imposed on them by the, “Peoples’ Front for Democracy and Justice” (PFDJ), the Eritrean ruling party. The unelected PFDJ government has …

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Sudan: Omar Al Bashir Faces The Natural Fate

Since the end of the colonization period, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa region has been a fertile ground for breeding dictators. Its countries seemed perpetually locked up in a competition on who produces the worst dictator. Surprisingly, the endless neck to neck race didn’t produce a single …

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الدستور الانتقالي لجمهورية السودان الديمقراطية الفدرالية

الدستور الانتقالي الباب الأول أحكام عامة المادة 1 – تسمي هذه الوثيقة دستور جمهورية السودان الإنتقالي ويعمل بها من تاريخ التوافق عليها وتوقيعها بواسطة القوي السياسية. ومدة سريانها طيلة الفترة الانتقالية المحددة وفق المادة 4 من هذا الدستور. المادة 2 – السودان جمهورية ديموقراطية فدرالية حديثة موحدة ذات سيادة علي …

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Last Appeal: 2019 Fundraising Campaign

Dear Friends, Thank you for your support, but here we are making our last appeal for 2019. This time, the campaign, though not consistent, was very long. It has been doing it for seven months and it is time to wrap up this year’s campaign before we get into 2020. Firstly, we …

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(2005 Archives) Eritrea: The Land, The People

The following, with a link to the actual data, was first published in April 28, 2005 Explore Eritrea: The Land, The People ; Linked here: See The 1997 Population Database Dictatorships fear information and they take great measures to hide it, censor it and disfigure it.  They control the media; they arrest or …

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Dr. Abiy and the African Union Succeed in Sudan

After months of tense negotiations, leaders of the Sudanese opposition alliance and Sudan’s Transitional Council (TMC) signed the Political Accord today in Khartoum. Talks will continue on the second document known as The Constitutional Declaration. Both sides expressed their gratitude to the African Union and the Ethiopian mediators for their …

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Sudan: The Kandaka Revolution

The current Sudanese protest is exceptionally significant due to women whose participation is unprecedented all over the world. For all intents and purposes, it could be dubbed the Womens’ Revolution—the Kandakas. In addition to burgeoning the numbers of the protesters, the Sudanese women have inspired many people in the region. …

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Eulogizing Ali Mohammed Said Berhatu

On June 25, 2019,  Ali Mohammed Said Berhatu, a relentless patriot, a veteran of the struggle for the independence of Eritrea passed away silently in London. As many of his peers, he exhaled his last breath thousands of miles away from home, his country that he wished to retire and …

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Documentary – awate.com: The Journey – ዓዋተ: እቲ ጉዕዞ- عواتي: المسيرة

This is a production of Zantana Productions, a friend of awate.com. It’s a brief history of awate.com–its goals, aspirations, trepidations, and hopes. Please join us in thanking Zantana Productions for the superb job. Note: this production was conceived, initiated, and produced by Zantana Productions. As you know, awate is a labor …

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Ethiopia: Coup d’état redefined

Last Saturday, for a few hours the ancient city of Bahir-Dar, the Amhara state capital, became the most famous city in Ethiopia, then the relatively modern city of Addis Ababa, the national capital, stole the limelight. By early Sunday morning, the two seats of political powers finished in a tie …

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