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Eritrean Resistance Forces Need An Effective Umbrella

After almost a year-long polarization, the National Council (NC) of the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) will convene an emergency meeting in Ethiopia from December 15 to 19, 2014. The NC is composed of 127 members, 19 of whom are not available: some have resigned, some have died and some are unreachable. On December 1,…

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This is an appeal that appeared in June of this year; it’s being republished again since last week and will continue to appear on top every week.. Dear Friends of awate.com, It would be nice to have a deep pocketed sponsor to fund your activities. If we had one we wouldn’t solicit your help publicly.…

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Eritrea’s Compulsory “National Service”: 18 and Life

On November 23rd, Tesfa News website reported that the charge d’affairs of the Eritrean embassy to the United States, Mr. Berhane Gebrehiwet, had told a gathering of Eritreans from the United States that Eritrea’s compulsory national service, where Eritreans have been pressed for military and “national development” service for over a decade,  would be restored to its original…

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Danish Doublespeak Report On Eritrea

The “Country of Origin Information unit of the Danish Immigration Service (DIS) sent a mission to both Eritrea and Ethiopia to gather information and make a report” for use in the asylum determination process of Eritrean asylum seekers. What comes glaringly in the report is that the “information gatherers” presented the views of those who…

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Nevsun’s Militarized Commerce And Slave Labor In Eritrea

In a response to a Bloomberg News report that QKR Corporation was in talks with Nevsun and close to making a $1-billion bid, on Nov. 20, 2014, Nevsun disclosed that it “recently received from various parties expressions of interest on a potential corporate transaction“. It added, “Nevsun does not intend to comment further on potential…

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Eritrean Embassy In Saudi Arabia: Nightclubs Unincorporated

It is a well-known fact that the Eritrean ruling party monopolizes the entire Eritrean economy, including the smuggling business. Hundreds of containers arrive at Massawa and they are declared transit goods destined for the Sudan. But somehow, the goods find their way to Eritrean retail outlets, mainly distributed from Tessenei, through the wholesale trade which…

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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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Ona: Nine-Meter Shroud

13 Apr 2015 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (476)

As we push towards reconciliation, we have to expose the wounds of the past that always pop-up to hinder the…

Around fifty thousand Eritreans are stranded in Yemen

10 Apr 2015 Gedab News Comments (407)

Over 200,000 African refugees still remain stranded in Yemen, they are predominantly Somalis, Eritreans and Ethiopians. Chinese, Pakistani and Indian ships…

Archives: What Would Isaias Do? Peaceful Or Violent…

08 Apr 2015 awatestaff Comments (10)

The following was published in June 14, 2007 under the title "What Would Isaias Do?" Since then, the issues that…

The Revolutionary Tesfamariam Woldemariam And SAUA

06 Apr 2015 Chefena Hailemariam Comments (25)

In memory of a young revolutionary SAUA has nothing to do with SAWA, the military camp that gained notoriety associated with…

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