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Eritrea: Gedab Reports (Aug 26, 2000 – Aug 21, 2001)

The following are condensed one-year worth of Gedab Reports. Human beings are forgetful by nature, and we though this report will help refresh the memories of those who are interested in Eritreans affairs, and serve as a crush course for those who do not know about the Eritrean predicament. The following intro paragraph …

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Correcting the Focus of Eritrea Focus

An “Open Letter” by Mr.  Habte Hagos of Focus Eritrea was sent to awate.com to express his disagreement with our Gedab News report titled, “The London Conference Stirs Controversy” regarding the “Building Democracy in Eritrea” conference that was held in London on April 22-24, 2019. The following is Awate Team’s …

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Sudan: Dress Rehearsal for Change in Eritrea

The Horn of Africa is still in turmoil and the earth is moving under the feet of the incompetent regimes of the region. Alas, the rulers seem to be in a race to outdo each other on how fast they can turn their countries into rubble and sit on the …

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All Accused Parties Respond to Eritrean Allegations

Reactions continue regarding the allegation by the Eritrean government accusing Sudan, Qatar, Turkey, and the Eritrean Ulema League of “acts of subversion” against Eritrea. In a statement released today, the Eritrean Ulema League (EUL) considered the Eritrean accusation as “irresponsible and baseless.” It also said its activities are limited to educational …

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Eritrea Accuses Turkey, Qatar and Sudan

In a press statement released today, the Eritrean Ministry of Information accused Turkey of conducting “acts of subversion” against Eritrea. In addition, it accused Qatar of collaboration by providing “funding and operational services … in collusion with the Sudanese regime which allowed its territories to be used for the nefarious …

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Three-Legged Stool: Team Lemma, Loses Its Luster

At the beginning, avid admirers considered it pure gold, now they are startled, Team Lemma has lost its luster. Also, unbeknownst to many, it’s the Isaias stool that is wobbling after it lost its third leg. Just like the stool had three legs, Team Lemma also had three major members: …

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EU, UN, US: 10-15 Million Ethiopians Need Food Assistance

After reeling in from the 2015-2016 catastrophic drought, the worst in 50 years according to USAID [1], that depleted food stocks and left millions on need for food aid, Ethiopia is facing yet another humanitarian crisis that is causing millions to leave their homes. The state-controlled and the highly partisan …

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Calling Out PM Abiy’s Bluffs

Arguably, there are few people in the world who yearn for peace like Eritreans. However, peace has been always elusive. For centuries, the export of mayhem to the north, from parts of Ethiopia, had remained constant with adverse effects on Eritreans. Unfortunately, in that aspect, so far, Dr. Abiy hasn’t …

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Eritreans in Ethiopia Could Pay a Price, Again

The EPRDF ruling party of Ethiopia, which was dominated by the TPLF and its allies, has been completely decimated except in name. The political chaos started as soon as PM Abiy launched a realignment of the EPRDF member parties and assembled a new coalition sidelining several parties, mainly the TPLF. …

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Eritrean Intelligence Establishes Bases in Ethiopia

Eritreans living in Ethiopia are feeling threatened by the presence of several PFDJ operative in the country. The militarized Ethiopian-Eritrean border was opened last summer after two decades when the Ethiopian prime minister and the president of the Eritrean ruling party reached an agreement. Details of the agreement are still …

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An Intimate Report: Year-End Fundraising Campaign

Dear colleagues and friends of Awate.com, This is our first report for the Year-End Fundraising Campaign that we launched last week. First, we thank the few who reacted to the call immediately, we are grateful to you all. We hope the rest of you will also react and help. At …

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His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed, PM of Ethiopia

His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dear Dr. Abiy, Your Excellency, so far, you managed to give Ethiopia a powerful jolt of a positive energy while giving an energetic boost to the politics of the region. You admirably kept the momentum and direction of Ethiopian politics …

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Saudi Dissident Journalist Allegedly Murdered in Turkey

On a March 29,2018 editorial we speculated that if the Saudi heir apparent Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS, so baptized by Thomas Friedman), succeeds in disbanding the religious police, curtailing the power of the religious authority, and allowing women to drive, it would be a welcome change. However, we expressed skepticism …

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A Call to The Moderates of The Horn Of Africa 

[Editor’s note: This editorial was first published on Oct 22, 2003, we thought it might help readers to remember and reflect on how the last 15 affected the lives of Eritreans and their country.]  There is an old Eritreans saying: when the leg is hurt, the eye weeps. A similar proverb exists …

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An Appeal to Dr. Tedros Adhanom: Kassala in Distress

To Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization September 25, 2018 Dear Dr. Adhanom, This is an appeal to you as a director general of the World Health Organization—please consider it a distress call on behalf of our people in Eastern Sudan. The mosquito-borne chikungunya epidemic is …

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