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Qatar Airways Suspends Flight to Asmara

Amid fanfare and propaganda, in August, 2014, Qatar Airways announced it will launch a twice weekly flight to Asmara starting December 5, of the same year. The launching of the flight was considered a concession to appease Isaias Afwerki the ruler of Eritrea who continually frustrated Qatar’s mediation effort to resolve the border issue between…

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Ethiopian PM on a State Visit to Saudi Arabia

Bringing what seems an end to an almost two-year old speculation about worsening relations between Ethiopia and the Arab Gulf countries, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is on the second day of a state visit to Saudi Arabia. However, diplomatic relations in the region are generally unstable and may change with any new development. On Sunday,…

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UN Extends Arms Embargo On Eritrea

On November 5, 2016, the UN Security Council renewed the arms embargo it slapped Eritrea with since 2009 (resolution 1907). Ten member states voted for the resolution while five (Angola, China, Egypt, Russian Federation, and Venezuela) abstained. The Security Council also extended the mandate of the UN Somalia-Eritrea Minoring Group (SEMG) until December 15, 2017…

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UN Group Names Two Eritrean Pilots Missing In Italy

In  a report is issued on 31 October 2016, the UN Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group (UNSEMG) stated that two Eritrean Airforce captains didn’t report to the Italian Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea after their travel to Italy. According to the report, those who are granted visa by the embassy to visit Italy are required to report to…

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Hailemariam’s New Cabinet Includes Three Women

In a drastic overhaul of his government, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemarian Desalegn formed a new cabinet of 30 ministers. All previous ministers except nine left the cabinet. On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the Ethiopian parliament approved the new appointments to the cabinet which is believed to be the most ethnically diverse cabinet in the history…

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UNDP Provides Political Adviser To the PFDJ Political Adviser

Activists in Eritrea and other places accuse the policy specialist at the UNDP office in Asmara of doubling as a political adviser to the Eritrean regime. An official described the specialist as “UNDP’s political adviser to the PFDJ’s political adviser.” According to the sources, UNDP’s Mansoor Mirza is lobbying on behalf of the Eritrean ruling…

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Canadian Courts To Try Nevsun’s Slave Labor Case

Today, October 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of British Columbia cleared the way to try the lawsuit filed by Eritreans victims to be tried in Canada. The lawsuit was filed on November 2014 against Nevsun Resources Ltd, a Canadian mining company exploiting the Bisha mines in partnership with the Eritrean government. Nevsun uses forced labor…

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Yemane Gebreab, Number 7, Can’t Host Meetings In The US

On April 12, 2010, President Barack Obama signed an executive order, declaring, among other things, the following: I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the deterioration of the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia, and acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of…

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Debrom’s Longing for Home Wins Third Place

“Longing for Home” an oil painting of an Eritrean woman won third place in the competition organized by the Arab Forum for the Art in London, UK. Veteran artist Mahmoud Debrom painted the work in 1986 when he lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for many years before settling in London. A few weeks ago Eritreans…

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Gunmen Beat Up Eritrean Ambassador In Libya

Reports indicated that last Friday unknown gunmen barged into the Eritrean embassy in Tripoli, Libya and attacked Ambassador Abdellah Musa and his staff, they left them bleeding. The gunmen also took documents and different items, including the ambassadors’ personal effects, from the embassy premises. The news was reported by aljabha.net and adoulis.net and other sources.…

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UN Extends Arms Embargo On Eritrea

11 Nov 2016 Gedab News Comments (7)

On November 5, 2016, the UN Security Council renewed the arms embargo it slapped Eritrea with since 2009 (resolution 1907). Ten…

“Mistirawit Debdabbe” To Obama

08 Nov 2008 Saleh "Gadi" Johar No comments

Congratulation to all Obama supporters; in the last three days before the election, I was afraid he would be Swift-boated.…

Isaias' “Mistirawit Debdabbe” To Donald Trump

09 Nov 2016 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (12)

Eight years ago, on November 8, 2008, I published Isaias’ congratulatory letter to the then president elect, Obama. Today I…

Tweedledum & Tweedledee: lqqi chflqqi

11 Jun 2007 Saleh "Gadi" Johar No comments

Tweedeldum and Tweedeldee are characters in an old poem by the English poet John Byrom. Over time, the characters were…

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