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Awate.com’s Saleh Johar interviews Meles Zenawi (2008)

The following was first published in May 26, 2008. It’s the first ever interview with the late PM Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia by an Eritreans entity since 1997.  The file was lost around 2012 due to some server mishap. Thereafter, several people have asked us about it but we couldn’t find it until …

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Awate.com and Negarit 2021 Fundraising Drive

https://gofund.me/823dd2b7 Since the launch of awate.com on Sept.1, 2000, it has been a labor of love and a volunteer driven effort. Today, remembering the struggle we carried out, it makes me proud that, together with my colleagues, we have invested so much sweat and emotions on it sacrificing our careers, …

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Happy Awate Day: September 1, 2021

Today is Awate Day. It is the day on which we remember our hero Hamid Idris Awate who on September 1, 1961 raised his gun with determination, and started the Eritrean revolution that would rid Eritrea of Ethiopian occupation. His dream and that of his colleagues and followers was achieved …

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The Horn of Africa: From Unitarianism to Medemerism

Sifting through endless mazes of social media outlets to find a discourse that engages one’s intellectual faculty requires ample patience and restraints of the highest order. The attendant subject matter, namely, The Horn of Africa, is no exception in that it has proliferated in magnitude, in volume, proportional to the …

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The Lampedusa Tragedy: A Chronicle

[This was first published on October 2, 2014 @14:33] 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 …

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PEN Eritrea Names 2020 Freedom of Expression Award Winner

(Sept. 18, 2020): Awate.com’s founding editor, novelist, and activist, Saleh “Gadi” Johar has been named PEN Eritrea’s annual Freedom of Expression Award winner, a recognition that awards $1,000.00 and a trophy. The award ceremony was hosted virtually on Friday, September 18,  2020. On behalf of the award committee, Dr. Daniel R. …

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Launching the 2020 Awate Fundraising Drive

Dear Friends of awate, This is the most unpleasant time for us because we have to announce the launch of our 2020 Fundraising drive. We are hoping our call will resonate with all friends of awate. Last year was the first time since this website was launched that we met …

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Two Pictures of a Man Five Years Apart

The above is a composite image, part of which appeared with an editorial by the Awate Team in 2014 while the second part is a propaganda image widely distributed over the last few days. In Eritrea and in other parts of the world, the PFDJ has been busy celebrating the 25th …

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Last Appeal: 2019 Fundraising Campaign

Dear Friends, Thank you for your support, but here we are making our last appeal for 2019. This time, the campaign, though not consistent, was very long. It has been doing it for seven months and it is time to wrap up this year’s campaign before we get into 2020. Firstly, we …

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(2005 Archives) Eritrea: The Land, The People

The following, with a link to the actual data, was first published in April 28, 2005 Explore Eritrea: The Land, The People ; Linked here: See The 1997 Population Database Dictatorships fear information and they take great measures to hide it, censor it and disfigure it.  They control the media; they arrest or …

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Correcting the Focus of Eritrea Focus

An “Open Letter” by Mr.  Habte Hagos of Focus Eritrea was sent to awate.com to express his disagreement with our Gedab News report titled, “The London Conference Stirs Controversy” regarding the “Building Democracy in Eritrea” conference that was held in London on April 22-24, 2019. The following is Awate Team’s …

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EU, UN, US: 10-15 Million Ethiopians Need Food Assistance

After reeling in from the 2015-2016 catastrophic drought, the worst in 50 years according to USAID [1], that depleted food stocks and left millions on need for food aid, Ethiopia is facing yet another humanitarian crisis that is causing millions to leave their homes. The state-controlled and the highly partisan …

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An Intimate Report: Year-End Fundraising Campaign

Dear colleagues and friends of Awate.com, This is our first report for the Year-End Fundraising Campaign that we launched last week. First, we thank the few who reacted to the call immediately, we are grateful to you all. We hope the rest of you will also react and help. At …

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Archive: awate.com Interview: Meles Zenawi Sizes Up The Region

According to the Eritrean regime, we have been on the verge of collapse, for what...ten years now! And these ten years happen to be, in the eyes of a neutral observer, the golden years of Ethiopia. We have been growing at a double digit rate for seven, eight years now. The country is stable from end to end. Obviously we have our own challenges; we are still a very poor country.

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