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Reclaiming Eritrea After 19 Years Of Tyranny

19 years ago today (May 24th), Eritrean freedom fighters liberated Eritrea from Ethiopian occupation. The Eritrean people, who had been waging a struggle for liberation since 1961, when the Ethiopian government of Haile Selassie was in its last stages of flouting the Eritrea-Ethiopia Federation of 1952, breathed a sigh of relief. After all, for 40…

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Eritrean Sanction: A Self-Inflicted Wound

When it comes to the UNSC’s decision to impose targeted sanctions on the Eritrean regime, there are two narratives being presented. One, advanced by the supporters and apologists for the regime, is that the Eritrean government is being targeted because it threatens the world order with its “good example”: a domestic policy of self-reliance and a…

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Eritrea Slouching Towards Another Confrontation

All UN resolutions are non-binding, except when they are not. The Isaias regime has spent 17 years of miscalculation trying to figure out which is which, and there is fresh evidence that the issue is still beyond its grasp. On June 10 -11, 2008, Eritrea and Djibouti engaged in a skirmish at their common border. …

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UNSC Sanctions: Targeted And Well Deserved

The United Nations is an imperfect institution with imprecise tools. It celebrates the dignity of man and the universality of rights; yet it says that five superpower countries—US, Russian Federation, UK, France and China—have rights that supercede those of the rest of the world. It is a club where friendship or animosity to a superpower…

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Yes To Targeted Sanctions

Shortly after September 11, 2001, every tyrant in the world wanted to cash-in on the justified rage of the United States and tried to align himself with the United States and to classify his political opponents as “terrorists.”  At the forefront of this campaign was the Eritrean regime and its foot-soldiers who lobbied hard to…

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EU’s NGOs & Their Viceroys

On October 29th, Gedab News reported about the November 9-10 conference on aligning EU and US policies towards Eritrea.  We entitled the piece  “Engagement and Exclusion: US, EU & Eritrea.”  The piece was almost entirely about the EU and US and almost in passing mentioned the Eritreans who will be attending.  Some thought that the “engagement and exclusion”…

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Practice Diversity, Don’t Preach It

Do the Eritrean regime’s policies impact all Eritrean segments equally or are they, depending on the policy, impacting one segment more disproportionately than others?  If this is the case, is it intentionally so? And, whether it is so or not, is it prudent politics to discuss it or it is just a distraction that will…

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Eritrea: The Network Of Prisons

This is a list containing prisons in Eritrea where the government keeps prisoners of conscience. It is certainly not an exhaustive list of all the prisons in the country where thousands are kept without formal charges and without visitation rights. Those who die in those prisons are unceremoniously buried by the prison wardens and the government rarely notifies…

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Can’t Have Reconciliation Without Truth

Every once in a while, we are required to take a step back and explain to our readers what the mission of awate.com is and why what we do falls within the objectives of the mission. We do not expect all our readers and/or supporters to concur with what we do—but we do hope that they…

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A Mission Accomplished; A Dream Interrupted

May 24, 1991 is the collective achievement of generations of brave Eritreans going back to the 1940s, who dared to dream the impossible, culminating in the Eritrean People’s Liberation Army (EPLA) riding its tanks in victory in Asmara to the boisterous applause of a grateful and elated nation. So, it is right and appropriate that…

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Eritrea At A Crossroads: A Book By Andeberhan…

18 Oct 2014 Asfaha Woldemichael Comments (34)

The 660 – page book is written by the scholar, fighter, statesman, Ambassador Andebrhan  Welde Giorgis, where he eloquently exposes…

The Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea: How Did…

17 Oct 2014 The COI-Eritrea Team Comments (18)

If one were to take a glance at the Eritrean history pages that desperately await an objective scribe and flip…

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Eritrea Watches The Houthi Advance In Yemen

15 Oct 2014 Gedab News Comments (211)

On Monday September 22, 2014, the Yemeni capital city, Sana'a, fell to the Houthi rebels with relatively little media coverage.…

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