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Human Rights Watch 2013 Report: Eritrea

Eritrea is one of the world’s most repressive and closed countries. The government of President Isaias Afewerki has effectively banned the independent press. Journalists languish in detention, as do officials who question Isaias’s leadership; many have died in jail. No civil society organizations are allowed to exist. Arbitrary arrest of …

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Dejen DC: Forto 2013 – Updated

Eritreans for constitutional governance and democracy demonstrate outside the Eritrean Embassy in Washington, DC. The Eritrean Embassy spokesperson, Freweini Abraham, overreacts (just a tad) and describes the peaceful attempt of peaceful people to ask for peaceful change in Eritrea as if it was somebody attacking Dejen DC. Read her instant …

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More Arrests Confirmed

The Eritrean regime has arrested Suleiman Hajj and Jaber Dere’e. Suleiman Hajj was the mayor of the city of Mendefera, and the deputy to the regional administrator of the South Zone (“Zoba Debub”), Mustapha Nurhussein. Mustapha, along with Abdella Jaber, who was the Director of Organizational Affairs for the ruling …

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Expressen Gets Its Wrong

By: saay The online edition of Swedish newspaper Expressen has an article with the heading (in Swedish) “Ministern bekräftar: Har lämnat regimen”. Google translate assures me that this means “Minister confirms: Has left the regime.” The article carries the byline of “Kassem Hamadé” who says that he got all this …

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No, Sunridge CEO Michael Hopley Is Not A “Useful Idiot”

In political jargon, “useful idiot” is a pejorative term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they do not understand, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause. That’s the wikipedia definition of “useful idiot” which is always attributed to VI Lenin. But Sunridge …

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Aljazeera Interviews “May 24 Youth Movement” Rep

Following up on the occupation of the Eritrean embassy in Egypt, Al Jazeera (Arabic) had a brief interview with a representative (Hamed Al Ajab) of the “May 24th Youth Movement”, which is based in Cairo, Egypt. After the Aljazeera journalist gave an introduction to the events of January 21 and …

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Ciao Roma: Eritreans In Italy Occupy Eritrean Embassy

Eritreans for change have been paying a visit to Eritrean embassies…and not to pay the mandatory 2% but to demand change in the way Eritrea is being governed. Topping their list for change is the resignation of self-declared president, Isaias Afwerki, the release of political prisoners, and replacement of rule …

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Egypt Answers The Call: Forto 2013

The “May 24th Movement”, Eritrean youth calling for freedom and democracy in Eritrea, stormed the Eritrean embassy in Cairo, Egypt. A statement from May 24th on the “Eritreans For Action” and “Eritrean Youth for Solidary and Change” pages reads: May24 youth movement are conducting a demo now from 7am cairo …

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January 21: As Told By Official Isaias Afwerki Apologists

On January 28, a representative from the pro-Isaias regime “Eritrean community” in the US made the following “official” announcement at a Paltalk room (Eritrean unity worldwide-EPLF 1).  What follows is a summary of the 9-minute audio presentation in Tigrinya.  Words in brackets are ours. 1. On January 21, at 10:00 …

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UNHCR Calls For Help To Stop Abduction In East Sudan

On January 25, briefing reporters from the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming described the dire circumstances in the Shegerab refugee camp of Eastern Sudan, which hosts tens of thousands of refugees, and the “rising incidents of abductions and disappearances of mainly Eritrean refugees.” UNHCR reports that …

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Leaders of Banned Churches Hunted, Arrested

The Christian News Network, a US-based news and information provider, reported yesterday that the Eritrean regime has arrested 10 leaders of Christian denominations who were officially banned in 2002.  The report says that the arrests started on Thursday the 17th of January and it quotes a source who explains that …

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January 21: A Closer Look

It’s much bigger than we thought. The events of January 21st, the takeover of Eritrea’s Ministry of Information by members of Eritrea’s military for twelve hours, cannot be understood properly unless one has been following Eritrea’s exiled opposition media for the preceding 3-4 months.  These include the Paltalk rooms in …

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Achtung: Forto 2013 in Frankfurt

From Eritrean activists for democracy and human rights in Frankfurt, Germany: “After some heated exchange, the group of activists were asked by police to make their way downstairs into the lobby for a major body search operation (to ensure that the visit had been one of peaceful intent). One activist …

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Down (Literally) With Nevsun

Schadenfreude  (ˈʃaːdənfrɔydə) (noun): “malicious joy in the misfortunes of others,” 1922, from Ger., lit. “damage-joy,” from schaden “damage, harm, injury” (see scathe) + freude, from O.H.G. frewida “joy,” from fro “happy,” lit. “hopping for joy,” from P.Gmc. *frawa- (see frolic). Application: I feel a delicious sense of schadenfreude when Nevsun …

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