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Eritrea-Ethiopia Cold War Heats Up, But War Drums Silent

In contrast to their 1998-2000 “border war,” where intermittent but deadly clashes were preceded by long taunts, the Eritrean and Ethiopian governments seem to have adopted, for different reasons, a policy of resuming their military clashes silently, while re-aligning each other’s exiled opposition. In the last week of April the …

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The Case Of Stateless Arabs With Eritrean Passports

Ten years ago, in early 2001, the Eritrean Embassy in Kuwait advertised the availability of Eritrean passports.  The targeted group for the sales of passports were a sector of Kuwait residents known as Bedoun (Arabic for “without”) who do not have papers to prove their country of origin or citizenship.  …

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Eritrea’s Tyrant Reappears On TV After A 30-Day Absence

Thirty days to the day, Eritrea’s dictator Isaias Afwerki re-appeared on state TV to counter rumors that he is seriously sick or dying. Heavily made up and wearing an over-sized short-sleeved shirt, light blue pants and sandals, the relaxed-looked Eritrean president was animated in his condemnation of the myriad of …

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The Unusual Absence Of Isaias Afwerki

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki has not made a public appearance since March 28, 2012 when he received the credentials of the incoming ambassador from South Africa. Given that his appearance is the daily diet of the State media, this has, understandably, fueled speculation that he is either seriously ill or …

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Saudi Arabia Implements UN Sanctions Against The Eritrean regime

Saudi Arabian authorities began implementing UN Sanctions Resolutions 1907 and 2023 against the Eritrean regime, according to Eritrean Nahda Party. The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a circular (# 512/3171) to all its member businesses instructing them to implement the UN security council sanctions against Eritrea. The chamber’s …

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Eritrean Strongman Blames Washington For Ethiopian Attack

Commenting for the first time about Ethiopia’s March 15th incursion into Eritrea, President Isaias Afwerki told Eritrean state media that the United States is behind the attack and that Eritrea would respond at its time and place of choosing. He made his comments in an interview with state television on …

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Eritreans In Europe: Using Law To Fight The Outlaw PFDJ

According to a statement issued by the Information Committee of ENCDC-Europe, on March 15, 2012, the Swedish Parliament received the report of its legal committee which, among other issues, contained a report on the 2% tax the Eritrean government collects from Swedish citizens of Eritrean ancestry. The motion to discuss …

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Nevsun Resources Buys Its Own Shares

To quell speculation amid escalating tensions between Eritrea and Ethiopia, Nevsun Resources buys back its own shares in an attempt to boost investor confidence. Nevsun Resources has been facing difficulties while its partner, the Eritrean government that expected high returns from the Bisha gold mine, is in shock watching its …

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Ethiopia Occupies Adi Tekhlai And Sheshebit

On Saturday morning March 17, 2012, Ethiopian forces made a second incursion inside Eritrean territories and attacked several Ethiopian opposition and Eritrean security camps. Though Ethiopia has, denied Saturday’s attack, Gedab News learned that, on Saturday, the Ethiopians have occupied the villages of Adi Teklai, Sheshebit and surroundings. These two …

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Eritrean Opposition On A Diplomatic Move

Taking advantage of the political environment following the Arab Spring, the Eritrean National Conference for Democratic Change (ENCDC) and its member organizations have been on an accelerated diplomatic activity in North Africa, Turkey and Europe. The activities of the Eritrean Islamic Party for Justice And Development (EIPJD) are the most …

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Ethiopia Attacks Military Bases Inside Eritrea

On March 16, the Ethiopian government announced that it had carried out raids 18 kilometers into Eritrea and that it had destroyed three Ethiopian “terrorist” bases in Ramida, Gelahbe, and Gimbi in the Afar region of Eritrea. The Ethiopian government also said that “several Shaebian [Eritrean] soldiers and anti-peace forces …

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Eritrean Opposition Figures Missing In Sudan

In mid-February, an Eritrean opposition figure, Mohammed Ali Ibrahim, a senior member of the Eritrean Peoples’ Democratic Party (EPDP), disappeared after he left his house in Kessala, Sudan. His whereabouts are not known yet. A few weeks before that, another opposition figure, Mahmoud Jibril, a senior member of the Eritrean …

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Ethiopian Rebels Release German Tourists

The Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF), a rebel group whose goal is to unite Afar nationalities of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti under one political entity, announced today that, on Monday,  it released two German citizens it had been holding since January 17, 2012. In a statement obtained by Gedab …

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Eritreans Opposition Register Diplomatic Scores

Since the beginning of this year, Eritrean resistance leaders have been conducting a series of diplomatic shuttles that were not possible before the changes that happened as a result of the Arab Spring and the congress that was concluded in Hawassa, Ethiopia on December 2, 2011. Last January, Dr. Yusuf …

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