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Eritrea 2013: A Retrospective Featured

In the Eritrean Calendar, 2013 was Two Major Events bookended by dozens of mostly horrible events. The two major events were the Mutiny of January 2013 (“Forto”, January 21) and the Drowning of 366 Eritreans (“Lampedusa”, October 5.) The Isaias regime in Asmara described the former, “Forto”, as if it was a sting operation it…

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“If You Want Us to End Our Armed struggle…”

September 1, 1961 is often described as the day Hamid Idris Awate “fired shots at Mt Adal” which makes it sound like it was some sort of spontaneous, celebratory and symbolic gunfire.  In truth, September 1 (Bahti meskerem in Tigrinya or FatiH mn September in Arabic) is the day Hamid Idris Awate led a small…

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Government Bullying A Citizen: A Personal Testimony

In North America, Europe and, to some extent, Australia, the Eritrean ruling regime, PFDJ, does not wield as much power and its intimidation campaigns are not as effective as they used to be. This is because Eritreans in North America, Europe and Australia are not dependent on the PFDJ for residence and work permits. In…

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Nevsun Resources: Slave Labor At Bisha Mine

On April 9, 2012, Awate.com (Gedab News) reported that a class action lawsuits have been filed against Nevsun Resources [i] Below is a summary of a securities fraud class action lawsuit brought on behalf of those who purchased the common shares of Nevsun between March 28, 2011 and February 6, 2012 inclusive, against Nevsun Mining…

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US Report: Eritrea Among World’s Worst In Human Trafficking

The United States Department of State has issued its annual “Trafficking In Persons” country report where it classifies Eritrea as a “Tier 3″ nation, a dubious distinction Eritrea’s had for five consecutive years. The State Department attributes this to the Eritrean government’s “strict exit control procedures and limited issuance of passports and exit visas” which…

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Cry Me A River (Nile): Egyptians Embrace Their Inner-African

On June 3, Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi convened Egyptian dignitaries—opposition party leaders, clerics, civil society—to evaluate his report and to discuss Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and what Egypt’s response should be. The meeting was televised (live, according to a recording by Egypt Radar); apparently, some of those attending the meeting did not appear to be aware…

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Human Trafficking & the Single Focus on Its Inhumane Aspects

Since 2001, Eritreans have added new words to their exile vocabulary. They have new words for new destinations and new graveyards: Lampedusa, Italy.  Calais, France.  Almeria, Spain. Tel Aviv, Israel.  They have new entry points to further destinations: the Tijuana-San Diego border.  The Quebec-Vermont border.  The Buffalo-Ontario border.  They have traveled to countries no Eritrean…

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Eritrea’s Dismal Human Development Report

The United Nations has published its 2013 Human Development Report (HDR) and Eritrea ranks number 181 in the world, that is, 7th from the bottom. With a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.351, Eritrea is ahead of only 6 mostly war-torn African nations: Niger, Congo, Mozambique, Chad, Burkino Faso and Mali. The HDI is a…

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Reviewing the Reviewers: In Defense of Bereket Habte-Selassie

For their Christmas present, Dr. Bereket Habte-Selassie’s colleagues received a 48-page “book review” of his books.  The reviewers,  Asaminew Ewnetun and Aradom Fedai Haqi, took 48 pages to say:  this colleague of yours whom you know as a scholar, a professor of African and Afro-American studies, a Pan African and with a resume as varied as…

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Canada: FM John Baird Warns Eritrean Consulate

10 Jul 2014 Gedab News Comments (51)

In a strongly worded statement, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird warned the Eritrean consulate in Canada to stop collecting taxes…

Gissen, Germany, Bans PFDJ Festival

10 Jul 2014 Gedab News Comments (4)

Following the example of the belated decision by the Italian city of Bologna to ban Eritrean government sponsored festivals, Giessen,…

Betrayal And Predicament Of An Eritrean Artist

09 Jul 2014 Beyan Negash Comments (4)

“During the struggle era I was also painting, telling the story of the struggle, the culture of the people…

Italy Still Serenading The Eritrean Dictator

08 Jul 2014 Awate Team Comments (12)

On July 2nd, 2014, Italy's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lapo Pistelli, met President Isaias Afwerki in Asmara, and Ethiopian…

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