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Neither Free, Nor Fair: Just “Playing The Game”

[We are working behind the scenes reviving the Tigrinya and Arabic sections of awate.com as well as reinstating the missing date from the archives. Until then, we present you this archived edition of The Pencil dated May 22, 2004. Awate Team]  Two years ago, almost to the day, UN’s IRIN interviewed Mr. Yemane Gebreab, PFDJ’s…

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The Genesis Of Eritrea’s Slavery Project

This an article from the archives. It was first published by the Awate Team on October 23, 2007. Many developments took place in the last decade since the article appeared, but the deteriorating situation was clearly evident since then. On this occasion we would like to acknowledge Ambassador Adhanom Gebremariam the first person to write extensively…

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Bronwyn Burton And Nevsun’s Gift

In replying to the questions of the French journalist and writer, Léonard Vincent, Nevsun resources admitted to offering a monetary “contribution to the Atlantic Council last year because [it was] impressed by their ongoing constructive work on Eritrea.” Mr. Vincent has asked whether Nevsun Resources, a Canadian mining company, has sponsored Ms. Bronwyn Bruton’s Atlantic…

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Ethiopia And the Ghosts Of The Ancien-Regime

For the last few weeks, a spate of heightened unrest engulfed the Ethiopian Oromiya region protesting against urban encroachment on farmlands and expressing fear instigated by land-grabbing investments. Simultaneously, another unrest was raging in the Amhara region; it is related to the identity demands of the Qmant people. In both areas scores of people lost their…

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Isaias’ Eritrea: No Official Is Safe

Like all countries ruled by totalitarian regimes, life in Eritrea revolves around the interest of the ruling party which monopolizes the national resources and equates the fate of the nation to its fate. Worse, the beleaguered Eritreans have no voice save for those in exile. Sports, national Radio, television, theaters, drama and music production are…

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PFDJ’s Quotable Quotes From Ten Years Ago

The following quotes were first published on September 1, 2005. They were collected between Sept. 2004 and Sept. 2005 EXISTENTIALISM & OTHER UNSOLVED MYSTERIES “Netom Halewa emmo men yu kHlwom? (And who is going to watch over the watchdog?). As you can see, we have reached a stage where those entrusted with patrolling the border…

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Daniel Teklehaimanot: King of the Mountains

On July 9, Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot, was named “King of the Mountains” and awarded the polka dotted jersey, after he accumulated the most points in the three-climbs sessions of Stage 6 of Tour de France’s 191.5 kilometer race. Daniel Teklehaimanot’s achievement is a first at other levels The team he races for, Team MTN-Qhubeka, is the first…

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Help Keep The Lights On!

Updated July 14, 2014: On June 28, 2015, we issued a public appeal to support awate.com under the title, “Help Keep The Lights On!” which is appended below. Today we reporting on the activities of the 17 days, since the appeal was published. As of July 14, 2015, only ten people responded to our appeal (excluding…

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Awate2020 Project survey Results

In March 2015 we carried out a survey to check the public perception of awate.com and its performance. The survey was part of an exercise to institutionalize the activities of awate.com, in the “Awate2020″ project in preparation for the establishment of “Awate Center” which will be launched soon. The survey was answered by 300 persons. Here…

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Eritrean Refugees Demonstrate In Tel Aviv

Until a few years ago, Israel was not a common destination for Eritreans, except a few elders who travel to Jerusalem for pilgrimage. Less than a decade ago, as life for Eritreans under the government became more daunting, where young people are subjected to indefinite conscription in the army that turns into long years of servitude and forced…

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The Agaiazians Have Testosterone Too!

02 Aug 2016 Semere Andom Comments (744)

A few days ago I stumbled on a new YouTube Phenomenon, The Agaiazian.tv, broadcast by an Eritrean named Tesfazion. Laden…

Gunmen Beat Up Eritrean Ambassador In Libya

31 Jul 2016 Gedab News Comments (8)

Reports indicated that last Friday unknown gunmen barged into the Eritrean embassy in Tripoli, Libya and attacked Ambassador Abdellah Musa…

Not Friends, Not Enemies - Just Nations With…

27 Jul 2016 Yohannes Zerai Comments (181)

Reviewing official statements on world perspective that the Government of Eritrea put out periodically over the last 15 years, one…

Review: Herui Tedla Bairu’s Book

25 Jul 2016 Semere T Habtemariam Comments (36)

Title: Eritrea and Ethiopia: A front row look at issues of conflict and the potential for a peaceful resolution. Author: Herui…

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