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Towards a Mature and Meaningful Exchange!

Open exchange of ideas and perspectives is the foundation of a healthy, vibrant and tolerant society. Societies that promote open exchange are more likely to foster common understanding, a better appreciation of other perspectives and welcome creative and critical thinking. The effectiveness of any exchange in a society will depend, …

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Why Eritreans Must Support Berhane Abrehe

Recently we saw some books published, it’s a humble attempt to add to the efforts of reviving Eritrean literature, and uncovering history. That we consider a promising development. A few weeks ago, Mr. Semere Beyene, the SBS journalist launched a book entitled “Hulfet”, then Mr. Hailesellassie Woldu launched his much-awaited …

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Happy Brick Day to You

[This was the maiden awate.com editorial, “The Pencil” that appeared on September 1, 2000. The first day of the launch published the following articles: 1. A Call to End the Awate Era  By Saleh Younis, Sept. 1, 2000 2. Freedom of Expression – By Dawit Mesfin, Sept. 1, 2000 3. If …

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Pm Abiy and the Rehabilitation of Dictators

Just as Eritreans were reeling from the bizarre remarks Isaias Afeworki made during his visit to Ethiopia on July 14, they were stunned by another man who claims to be a prophet, a healer, and an exorcist ranting about how the Gospel will be victorious, in front of the Asmara …

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Prime Minister Abiy’s Call Triggers Cautious Optimism

In our editorial published a month ago (1), we reiterated our long-standing position on the need for an end to the hostility between Eritrea and Ethiopia. We also hoped Isaias Afwerki would reconsider PM Abiy Ahmed’s proffer for peace rather than take a dismissive position as stated by his spokesperson tweeting …

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Ethiopian Airlines Will Resume Flights to Asmara

This morning, the Ethiopian prime minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed concluded a two-day visit to Asmara after signing several agreements. The major item of his talks in Eritrea was a peace agreement, though its content was on the table since 2004. However, the Eritrean government had refused to dialogue with the Ethiopian government insisting the …

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Eritrea: Ruling Party and Children’s Rights

In a news it released on its website, the Eritrean ruling party (PFDJ) said it concluded a seminar where the topic was children’s rights. The news indicated the two-day seminar was held between 12-13 April 2018 and claimed, “encouraging results have been registered in the country in implementation of Children’s …

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Isaias-Saudi-UAE Alliance: Tails Trying to Wag the World

This is an Eritrean perspective, but probably it reflects the views of all victims alike. And Eritrea is ruled by a ruthless tyrant and complacent neighbors. Now regional countries are conspiring against Eritreans. That is more than a double whammy, it’s quintet interest arrayed against the interest of Eritreans. Isaias …

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Awate Team’s Accolade to Yoel Lino and Fanus

Another effective broadcaster is on the rise. Another voice that doesn’t know fatigue is now gracing the pages of this website. Another voice of hope and defiance will keep echoing within the ranks of all people of goodwill. That voice belongs to Yoel Lino—a fully rounded, culturally literate, and intelligent …

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Djibouti Annuls Dubai Ports Concession Contract

In a press release issued on Thursday, the Djiboutian government said, it “has decided to proceed with the unilateral termination, with immediate effect, of the concession contract awarded to DP World for the operation of the Doreleh Container Terminal (DCT).” In 2006, Dubai Ports World (DPW) signed a 30-year concession …

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Prime Minister Resigns: Ethiopia Moves Towards the Third Republic

In what many observers expected, yesterday the Ethiopian television announced the Ethiopian Prime Minister resigned from his position. Hilemariam was elected by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) as a successor to the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Melles Zenawi, who died in August 2012. Until his election as prime …

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Support Awate.com – Report #2:

The Awate Team is grateful for the positive responses to the “Support Awate.com” fundraising call. We hope the enthusiasm is kept alive until we meet our goal. As of today, we are closer to reaching 50% of our goal and hoping to receive the pledged amounts soon. Until then, we …

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Announcing Awate IGAD Forum

Dear friends, Two days ago, we launched the 2018 fundraising entitled “Support Awate.com” campaign which will continue for some time. The response during the last two days has been encouraging to the extent that it inspired us so much we have decided to announce one of our enhancement plans ahead …

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Dear friends and readers of Awate.com

The political situation in the immediate neighborhood of Eritrea is becoming increasingly risky, and the situations inside Eritrea are calling on all citizens to do their utmost to stop the regime that continues to destroy the fabric of our society.  There have been episodic resistances in that regard, the most …

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Did the Eritrean Regime Embrace Wahabism?

The State of Qatar, until recently one of the main financiers and patron of the Isaias Afwerki regime, is now its enemy, together with Iran and Turkey, the triad that the Eritrean regime alleges they promote the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. The shift began two years ago. In March …

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Eritrean FM Appears Without His Chaperone

The “National Council of Eritrean-Americans” organized a seminar in which Osman Saleh, the Eritrean Foreign Minister, and Yemane Ghebreab, “adviser” of the Eritrean president, were supposed to be the guest speakers. The widely-advertised seminar was planned for Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the Double Tree Hotel in Crystal City, VA. …

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Eritrean Economy: Increased Control of Real Estate

A few weeks before the summer of 2017, the Eritrean ruling party increased its control of rental properties that are owned by individuals. In continuation of its “draconian decisions, the government of Eritrea is now setting the rental prices that landlords should charge for their properties.” Until the beginning of …

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