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Qatar: Al Jazeera in the Middle

Though the diplomatic crisis in the Arabian Gulf seemed to be moving fast, it was headed to a predetermined destination: a standstill. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were set to punish Qatar, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council that was born in 1976 and that is now crippled …

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Eritrean Businesses: Between Loyalists and Others

In recent months, the Eritrean government has been carrying out a heightened surveillance on the Eritrean commercial sector, and reports of spies working for the security departments is focused on merchants and traders suspected of transacting in cash, in violation of the government directive that requires them to deal in checks …

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Apologies And Appeal

Dear Awate friends and supporters, First, our apologies for the service interruption during the weekend. This is the first time since its launching that awate.com has been offline for such a long time; it was very frustrating to us as it is to you. Our apologies again because we failed …

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Undercover Lobbyist Rethinking Eritrea

The Atlantic Council (AC), an American Think Tank, is hosting a seminar, aptly entitled, “Rethinking Eritrea.” There is no Eritrean in the list of panelists, unless Dan Connell, a longtime friend of Eritrea is considered one. The meeting is scheduled for today, December 8, 2016, in Washington, DC, for the …

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Ahmed Suwera: An Honorable Man Departs

Today, the Khartoum sun didn’t shine on the selfless Ahmed Suwera. He departed this world leaving behind a legacy of a dignified and inspirational life despite old age and neglect. The country for which he spent all his life was not welcoming. It has become a private ranch for a …

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Canadian Court To Rule On Nevsun’s Use Of Slave Labor

A Canadian court will decide this week if it can proceed with trying a case filed by three Eritreans against Nevsun Resources, a  mining company that is extracting minerals in partnership with the Eritrean government in the Western part of the country. The court will rule if a Canadian court has jurisdiction …

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Toronto Forms Friends of awate.com

Press release In an event held on September 24, 2016, “Friends of awate,com” group was formed in Toronto, Canada. Eritrean-Canadians and Eritreans attended the event that included lectures, entertainments and light dinner. In an opening speech, Mr. Abdulwasie Suleiman applauded awate.com’s professionalism and dedication, and emphasized that the website deserves public support to …

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Invitation By Friends Of Awate.com In Toronto

The fundraising event is a caring initiative by dedicated friends of awate.com to form a permanent group in Toronto, Canada to support awate.com. We add our voice to theirs to invite all friends, beneficiaries of the services of awate.com over the years, and all supporters to attend the event. Place: …

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Testimony of Khaled Beshir, Ph.D.

Testimony of Khaled Beshir, Ph.D. Board Member, Awate Foundation Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM Hearing before the House Committee on foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations “Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat” Thank you Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Bass, and Members of …

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Testimony Of Fr. Athanasius Habtu Ghebre-Ab, Ph.D.

Fr. Athanasius Habtu Ghebre-Ab, Ph.D. Director of External Relations, The Canonical Diaspora Diocese of the Eritrean Orthodox Church (North America, Europe and the Middle East) September 14, 2016 COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat The Honorable …

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The 55th and 16th Anniversary: Happy Awate Day

The image we chose today to commemorate the 55th anniversary of September 1, 1961, as well as awate.com’s 16th birthday, is a work by Suleiman Bekhit, the renowned Eritrean-Swedish artist. Of the so many variations of the iconic image of Hamid Idris Awate on a horseback, that we and others …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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