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Awate.com Was Hacked

Since September 1, 2000, when this website was launched operating on a shoestring budget, we have been battling the ill-wishes of the PFDJ and its choir, as well as the random attacks from hackers who do that for a hobby. In many ways, it is a lot like battling fires …

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Al Hiwar-Saleh Johar Interview: English Transcription

Saleh Gadi Johar, publisher of awate.com, was interviewed live in the studios of Al Hiwar TV, in London, UK, on 9/27/11.  The interview, which was conducted in Arabic, is available in two short videos (part 1, and part 2) on youtube and at awate.com (in the video tab.)    To ensure …

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Isaias Afwerki & The UN: Will He Or Won’t He?

The 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, September 13. The cheerleading squad of the PFDJ has been building up expectations that Isaias Afwerki, the self-declared president of Eritrea, will attend the session. Will he or won’t he? Is there any significance to his …

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Good Luck To The Seminar, Godspeed To The Attendees

A diverse group of Eritreans are getting together to discuss issues that Eritreans talk about every day: how to bring about the end of the PFDJ tyranny promptly and what to replace it with—i.e, how should we govern ourselves. This has gotten some Eritreans—the excitable among us, the malicious among us, …

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Behind The Eritrean Regime’s Panicked Reaction

According to the Eritrean regime, the United States has pressured Pakistan to abort a pending aircraft lease and management deal it was negotiating with Eritrea. Citing an un-named “senior Foreign Ministry official”, the Eritrean state media claimed that “Washington is resorting to such illegal acts as part of its hostile …

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Abdella Idris: The Cause Is Bigger Than The Man

It was a long way from Barka, Eritrea to London, UK.  An Eritrean born in the humble village of Shelab, Gerabit in Barka La’al, in March 1944, died in London on April 29, 2011, after he succumbed to an illness that had him bed-ridden for a decade, and he was …

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The Arab Spring Inspires The Eritrean Spring

Throughout the month of May, and as early as March and April, Eritrean communities throughout the world have staged peaceful rallies to mark the 20th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence by protesting against 20 years of dictatorship that Eritrea has been suffering under the un-elected regime of Isaias Afwerki and his …

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20 Years of indignity: Recklessly Gambling With Eritrean Lives

A government’s first responsibility is to protect the safety and security of the citizens.  Everything else—literacy rates, mortality rates, progress, prosperity, roads paved and dams constructed—are a distant second: without safety and security, they are all infrastructures built on sand. A government which spares the people senseless wars—or goes to …

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20 Years Of Indignity: Introduction

For over a month now, the People’s Front for Democracy & Justice (PFDJ), Eritrea’s ruling regime and the sole party allowed in the country, has been celebrating its own “achievements” and how the last 20 years of its uncontested rule have been “20 years of dignity.”  Since there is no opposition …

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Eritrean People: 20 Years of Indignity – A Series

The unelected regime of Isaias Afwerki has been in power since 1991.   Over the years, Isaias Afwerki may have changed his title from Secretary General to President; the ruling party may have changed its name from Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) to People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ); the …

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Eritrea: US State Department Report 2010

There were credible reports that several military conscripts died following torture and beatings. Security forces tortured and beat army deserters, draft evaders, persons living near mining camps, persons attempting to flee the country without travel documents, and members of certain religious groups. Examples of torture and mistreatment include: prolonged sun exposure in temperatures of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit; the binding of hands, elbows, and feet for extended periods of time; forcing inmates to walk barefoot on sharp objects; overcrowded conditions; extreme temperature fluctuations caused by confinement in crowded and unventilated metal shipping containers in the desert; extreme temperatures and lack of sanitation resulting from detention in crowded cement-lined underground pits without ventilation or sanitation; suspension from trees with arms tied behind back, a technique known as "almaz" (diamond); and being placed face down with hands tied to feet outside in the desert, a technique known as the "helicopter," while pouring sugar on detainees to attract biting insects.

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Eritrea: Amnesty International Report 2010

The authorities interrogated, tortured and otherwise ill-treated critics of the government in an attempt to deter dissenting opinion. Prisoners were often whipped, kicked or tied with ropes in painful positions for prolonged periods. Prison conditions were dire. Many prisoners were held in underground cells or shipping containers and denied access to daylight. Conditions were overcrowded, damp and unhygienic. Prisoners were frequently exposed to the sun for extended periods of time, or locked in metal shipping containers, which magnified extremes of heat and cold. Religious prisoners reportedly died in custody as a result of harsh conditions and ill-treatment, or from lack of medical care for treatable diseases.

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Flawed Elections Are Better Than No Elections

The supporters of dictatorship (including the supporters of Isaias Afwerki’s one-man rule) often state that it is better to have no elections than “sham elections.” Djibouti is scheduled to hold presidential elections on April 8, 2011.  The current president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, who has been Djibouti’s president since May 8, …

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Fox News Gets It Wrong On Eritrea

In a news article entitled “Eritrea to UN: Take This Aid And Shove It”, foxnews.com characterizes a letter from Berhane Abrehe, Eritrea’s Minister of Finance, to Dr. Mamadou Diallo, the UN Resident/Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Asmara, as a case of Eritrea offering a “stinging rebuff” to the United Nations. While this description …

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