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The Ruling Party Of Eritrea And Its Ethiopian Allies

On October 24, a website affiliated with the Eritrean ruling party carried a news item stating that, “The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Executive Committee today announced the removal of General Kemal Gelchu as its Chairman and purged him from the organization effective immediately.” An allegedly “OLF” official press release supporting the news was made available…

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An Interview With Dr. Berhan Ahmed

About 7700 miles away from his birthplace in Keren, Eritrea, Dr. Berhan Ahmed is now an established Australian politician and a social activist in Melbourne. The official website of “Voice for The West” introduces him as follows: “Berhan was born in Eritrea, studied agriculture at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, and came to Australia…

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The Lampedusa Tragedy: A Chronicle

Tomorrow, Eritreans all over the world will observe a day of remembrance for the victims of Lampedusa, the tragedy that shook their being on October 3, 2013. The tragedy was not the first incident where Eritreans died, but it was the first of its kind considering the fact that 366 people lost their lives in…

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A Call To The Moderates of The Horn Of Africa

This editorial first appeared on October 22, 2003, we think it is still relevant to our current situation and debates. For the responses we received for our call, check here. There is an old Eritreans saying: when the leg is hurt, the eye weeps. A similar proverb exists in Ethiopia. What is true for individuals…

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Awate.com’s Performance According To Google Analytics

Over the last few years, google Analytics has improved so much that managing and studying the statistics has become a task on its own. Though we looked at it lightly for many years, we never used it extensively due to access and other technical problems that we encountered. But since March of this year, when…

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Happy Awate Day: September 1, 2014

Today is Awate Day. It is the day on which we remember our hero Hamid Idris Awate who on September 1, 1961 raised his gun with determination, and started the Eritrean revolution that would rid Eritrea of Ethiopian occupation. His dream and that of his colleagues and followers was achieved in May 24, 1991. However,…

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Never Mind The Calf: Mind The Rustler

Africans in general, and Eritreans specifically, remain skeptical about the benefits of high profile summits, meetings, conventions, and discussions at the margins because, throughout their history, they have rarely seen tangible benefits from these “baptismal parties” that come and go. It was this sentiment that Eritrea’s State television, Eri-TV, was trying to exploit with its blistering…

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Awate.com: A Glitch And A Candle

Dear friends of awate.com, (…and readers) Starting from midnight on Tuesday, July 29th, until Thursday afternoon, July 31st, 2014, awate.com was down—a total of 36 hours. The shutdown was unforeseen and sudden and it happened as we were performing regular maintenance tasks; the server wouldn’t reboot. It took a total of around 30 man-hours to…

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Eritrea 2014: Isaias Afwerki & His Musical Chair

The last time Eritrea’s ruling (and sole legal) party had an organizational congress was in February 1994, over twenty years ago. This is remarkable even by its own low standards: During the full-fledged War of Independence, 10 years passed between its first congress in 1977 and second congress in 1987, and 7 years between its…

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Italy Still Serenading The Eritrean Dictator

On July 2nd, 2014, Italy’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lapo Pistelli, met President Isaias Afwerki in Asmara, and Ethiopian State Minister, Berhane Gebre-Kristos*, in Addis Ababa. The purpose of Pistelli’s visit to Asmara, as he explained, was to demonstrate to “President Isaias personally … that Italy is ready to show a new willingness that…

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Eritrea At A Crossroads: A Book By Andeberhan…

18 Oct 2014 Asfaha Woldemichael Comments (34)

The 660 – page book is written by the scholar, fighter, statesman, Ambassador Andebrhan  Welde Giorgis, where he eloquently exposes…

The Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea: How Did…

17 Oct 2014 The COI-Eritrea Team Comments (18)

If one were to take a glance at the Eritrean history pages that desperately await an objective scribe and flip…

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Eritrea Watches The Houthi Advance In Yemen

15 Oct 2014 Gedab News Comments (211)

On Monday September 22, 2014, the Yemeni capital city, Sana'a, fell to the Houthi rebels with relatively little media coverage.…

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