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Djibouti and Isaias Afwerki’s Secret Visit To Qatar

Barring any last-minute changes,  Isaias Afwerki is paying an unpublicized visit to Qatar on Tuesday to meet with its Emir to discuss the stalled Eritrea-Djibouti border agreement. According to our sources, Djibouti’s president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, who was also invited, has indicated that he will not show up unless Qatar …

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Eritrea and Syria: Doha Pulls On Isaias Afwerki’s Leash

The League of Arab States, which has officially offered the Syrian seat to the opposition coalition (“National Coalition”), held a ceremony at the Syrian embassy in Doha, Qatar to mark the event and participating in the ceremonies was Eritrean Ambassador to Qatar, Ali Ibrahim Al-Uqud. Eritrea is not a member …

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Under Pressure, Sudan Admits Its Human Trafficking Problem

Last month,  Sudan’s Minister of State, Mebrouk Selim Mubarek, declared that human traffickers are active in Eastern Sudan and they number in the hundreds. That was the first time a Sudanese official openly acknowledged that it has become a hub for human traffickers. Mebrouk, who owes his position to Eritrean …

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Iranian Defector Says Al Quds Leader Met With Isaias Afwerki

An Iranian translator who recently defected to the West says that Qassim Suleymani, the leader of Iran’s paramilitary force, Al Quds, met with Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki on May 20, 1998. According to the translator, Ahmed Hashemi, the discussions between Qassim Suleymani and Isaias Afwerki–which was also attended by Iran’s …

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Omar Al Beshir Visits Isaias Afwerki

Sudan’s President, Omar Al Bashir, paid a visit to Isaias Afwerki in Asmara today.  Accompanying Al Bashir were Sudan’s Defense Minister and Intelligence Chief.   Isaias Afwerki, as usual, broke with protocol and was not accompanied by his defense minister or chief of intelligence.  The “working visit” lasted a day and …

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Eritreans In Israel Protest Outside Eritrean Embassy

Around 150 Eritrean asylum seekers protested outside the Eritrean embassy in Ramat Gan on Friday morning, in a show of solidarity with Eritrean political prisoners and a group of army officers who staged a failed coup in Asmara last month. Speaking in English, asylum seeker Isayas Teklebrhan gave a speech …

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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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