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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 …

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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 …

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Team Eritrea Granted Political Asylum In Uganda

(picture courtesy of BBC) The 15 Eritrean football players who had asked for political asylum in Uganda in December following their losing match to Rwanda have been granted political asylum, according to BBC. Of the 15 (including the team doctor) who were granted asylum, 2 returned to Eritrea, adds the …

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Isaias Afwerki Dismisses “January 21 Incident”

Eritrean strongman Isaias Afwerki dismissed the January 21 military takeover of his Ministry of Information as a minor incident orchestrated by “a handful” of individuals, an incident that he and his ministers, who were in a meeting within the confines here [presidential palace], discussed “all day.” The disclosures were made …

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Operation Forto 2013 Impacts Operation Fenkil 2013

The Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) waged Operation Fenkil on February 8, 1990.  By February 10, 1990, the military operation had achieved its mission: to liberate the port city of Massawa and to evict the occupying Ethiopian force– which lost about 8,000 soldiers in the 3-day battle.  The anniversary of …

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Behind Isaias Afwerki’s Crocodile Tears About Human Trafficking

Eritrea’s self-declared president sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to complain that Eritrea has been the “target of malicious and concerted practices of human trafficking” for the “past ten years or so” and since Eritrea has “statutory obligations as well as universal morale [sic] and humanitarian responsibilities” …

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What Did Bashir And Isaias Discuss?

On February 2, Sudan’s Omar Al Bashir was in Asmara for a one-day “working visit.”  This was, as we reported, the first visit to Eritrea by a foreign head of state since the developments of January 21, when members of Eritrean Defense Forces occupied Eritrea’s Ministry of Information for a …

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We Are Back (Kinda)

Thanks for your patience… awate.com is back..however, as you can see, we are missing a few articles, some articles, actually a whole lot of articles (April 2012 – December 12) that we are in the process of reconstructing. We have been through this before: it will take us a little …

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Rectification of Names

It is that time of year when we review the past and make pledges for the future. To take stock, to assess, to evaluate and then to act: to realign, to repurpose and redirect.  Eritrea is not a business and this is not a management course so we owe you …

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Remembering The Forgotten

An interview with Sultan Omer, Executive Director of RTHAR Relief, an NGO that caters to the needs of Eritrean refugees. The interview was conducted by Abdulkerim of Eri Adal television of Sweden. Part 1 Part2

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Awate’s Legacy: ELF 1977-78 Video (indexed)

The great service that youtube and social media provide is to facilitate the dissemination of history. Unfortunately, because the videos are sometimes not properly titled, tagged, described or indexed, they appear and then disappear without impact. Here’s a video documentary that French documentary-makers recorded over a two year period in Eritrea …

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awate.com v. PFDJ

1. On January 4, 2008, Sophia Tesfamariam, an Eritrean-American who has written many hit pieces against anyone whom she, or the tyrannical Eritrean regime she supports, identify as “enemy of Eritrea”, wrote an article that we consider excessive even by her standards. 2. The article, which was published in americanchroncile.com …

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US: Eritrea Among World’s Worst In Human Trafficking

This month, the US State Department issued its annual “Trafficking in Persons Report” and Eritrea is classified as Tier-3 (the worst of the worst).  Tier-3 countries are, according to the State Department, countries “whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s [Trafficking Victims Protection Act] minimum standards and are …

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Help Refugees In Sinai: Sign Petition

Over the last few years, our youth has been subjected to cruel treatment at home and extortion, murder and destitution in places to which they fled. The least we can do is publicise their plight and make concerned international entities aware of the situation in the hope thet they would take neccessary …

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Second Fundraising Report

Dear Friends of awate.com, In our second report we  would like to inform you that as April 5, 2012, you have donated a a total of $5,138.00 (five-thousand, one-hundred and thirty-eight dollars less 3.95% fee for donations made through paypal.) The donations are as follows: Europe ($1,480); Australia/New Zeland ($953); North America ($1,724); …

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Srryet Addis: Blatant Lie?

This is the last of a three-part series. On February 13, 2012 we presented the first part (He And His Objectives) and on March 7, 2012, we presented the second part, detailed testimonies contained in Gebremedhin Zegergis’ eye witness report which are, to our knowledge, the first detailed first-hand testimony …

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First Fundraising Report

Dear Friends of awate.com, On March 12, 2012, we launched our fundraising campaign and solicited your help. As you might know, sometimes awate.com has more than 7000 visits on a daily basis. It is our hope that enough readers will be generous enough at least to help maintain this website …

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The Enduring Power Of Haile Selassie’s Propaganda

Ever since September 1, 1961, when Hamid Idris Awate fired the first bullet from Mt. Adal heralding Eritrea’s revolution against the Ethiopian occupation, Emperor Haile Sellassie and his Eritrean allies have branded him as bandit (wenbedie) with a ragtag of Islamist and Arabist followers. The Ethiopian regime tried in vain …

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