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Eritreans in Ethiopia Fear for Their Safety

Several Eritrean opposition members who live in Ethiopia have been facing harassment and fear since the Ethiopian Civil wars intensified. Some members whose organizations had varying degree of presence in Ethiopia. However, since Isaias Afwerki and Abiy Ahmed made a pact in in July 2018, they have been living in …

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The Horn of Africa: From Unitarianism to Medemerism

Sifting through endless mazes of social media outlets to find a discourse that engages one’s intellectual faculty requires ample patience and restraints of the highest order. The attendant subject matter, namely, The Horn of Africa, is no exception in that it has proliferated in magnitude, in volume, proportional to the …

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Do Ethiopian Love Their Country?

It’s safe to say Ethiopians love their country more than their people. In fact, the ever warring political and military elite do not seem to mind eradicating the people and destroying the country and as long they are assured of ruling the rubble that’s left behind. Eight-hundred years of governing …

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Ethiopian War Exhibit In Triangles

Triangle-shaped structures are sturdy but also simple. In 1998-2000 war broker around the Eritrean village of Baddme, in the area the Ethiopians called Yirga Triangle. And today the initial devastating results of the current Ethiopian ethnic war is seen in a triangle whose three corners are the towns of Humera …

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To the West or to the East?

News coming from Sudan indicate that high level consultations are still continuing between the the tripartite Sudanese government and the PFDJ, the Eritrean ruling party. According to unconfirmed news, a delegation will fly out of Eritrea to continue discussions on political and intelligence operations. The delegation is expected to include …

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The Moody Government Closed Italian Schools

After months old wrangling with the school administration, the Eritrean government finally closed the Italian schools in Eritrea. The school bell, “Sadly remains silent for the first time in 103 years in the Italian school of Asmara” as an Italian writer put it. But the fate of the Italian school …

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Dam On The River Nile

The Horn of Africa region saw two weeks of hectic travels. And Eritrean officials travelled the most. If the leaders were enrolled in a travel-miles program they would have accumulated so many travel credit. On June 25, Isaias visited Sudan and met Abdelfattah AlBurhan, the Chairman of the Transitional Military …

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David Copperfield, Isaias, and Dahlan

For more than two weeks, Eritrean activists guessed and speculated about the whereabouts of Isaias Afwerki. The unelected ruler of Eritrea was not seen in public for a long time. But a few days ago, curiosity seemed to have come to an end when Isaias made a four-minute appearance in a …

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Despite the Virus, Happy Birthday Ciham

The scientists baptized it Covid 19, but humanity couldn’t forget the original name with which the virus introduced itself: Corona. Let’s consider Covid 19 its nickname. Sometimes humanity is exposed to calamities that overshadow the previous one, or ones. The corona virus has paralyzed the social life of all people. It triggered a serious …

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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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