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Eritrean Regime Rounds Up Suspects Behind The Siege

1. As we reported yesterday, while the Eritrean regime publicly downplays the Monday siege of Eritrea’s Ministry of Information (MoI), it has cast a wide net to arrest anyone it suspects of having anything to do with the one-day occupation of the MoI building, aka “Forto” or “enda zena” and …

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The Uprising In Eritrea: A Prologue, Not An Epilogue

A day after young soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information and held in captivity the employees of the ministry, resulting in the state television, Eri-TV, to go off-air, Eritreans have more questions than answers. Who were the soldiers? Did they really hold the Ministry of Information employees captive? Who was …

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Eritrean Strongman Asks Qatar To Mediate Dispute With Ethiopia

Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki has asked Qatar to mediate his long-standing feud with “arch-rival” Ethiopia.   This message was communicated to the new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalgn, by Qatar, while the Ethiopian prime minister was conducting a state visit. Isaias Afwerki has offered to attend mediation talks without any …

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Eritrea’s National Council Suspends Qernelios’ Membership

In its annual meeting in Addis Abeba, Eritrea’s National Council (aka Bayto or Mejlis) has suspended the membership of the Democratic Movement for the Liberation of the Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK) and its chairman, Qernelios Esman. The decision to suspend the membership of DMLEK until the next congress was passed by …

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Eritrea Requests Turkish Mediation

At the request of Eritrea, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmed Ogle, is expected to arrive in Asmara soon to help reconcile the Eritrean regime with the Somali government. The minister will be flying in from one of the regional countries after Ethiopia denied him permission to fly directly to Asmara …

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Egypt Trades Four Eritreans For One Egyptian Captain

A ship captain, Mohammed Esmat AlHlaisi, who has been detained in Eritrea since February and accused of being  a CIA agent, was returned to his home country after Egypt agreed to Eritrea’s request to deport back four Eritrean asylum-seekers, according to Al Wafd newspaper. What follows below is largely sourced from …

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Is This The Beginning Of The End For The Eritrean Regime?

Gedab News: Although Eritrea has been ruled under an undeclared state of emergency for 14 years, recent developments lend credence to the view that the Eritrean regime is cracking under the pressure: two Eritrean pilots defected to Saudi Arabia; the militarization of Eritrea’s civilians has intensified; Ethiopia’s March foray into …

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Qatar Appoints Its Ambassador To Ethiopia

Ethiopia, which had severed its diplomatic relations with Qatar in April 2008, is renewing them by accrediting a new Qatari ambassador to Ethiopia. Ambassador Hamad Al Rumeihi, the diplomat appointed to head the Qatari embassy in Addis Ababa has already arrived there. He was received at the airport by Arab …

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Saudis Intercept “Horn of Africa” Aircraft

On Tuesday, two Saudi F-15 fighter planes intercepted “an unidentified aircraft coming from the Horn of Africa [and] flying at a low level,” according to Saudi Arabian Arabic website, Jazan News. The Saudi website didn’t mention its sources and did not provide additional details but said the authorities will treat …

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80 Eritrea-Bound Lorries With Contraband Intercepted By Sudanese Officials

Sudanese law-enforcement officials in Kassala State bordering Eritrea foiled a smuggling operation that involved around 80 vehicles, including lorries and pickups, according to Sudan’s alrakoba.net. The smuggling convoy that was heading to Eritrea was intercepted in West Kassala. When the convoy refused to stop, Sudanese officers fired bullets, punctured the tires …

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Ethiopia’s Ruling Coalition Elects New Chairman

The Central Committee of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a coalition of parties which dominates Ethiopia’s parliament, has elected Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn as its chairman. Given the overwhelming dominance of EPRDF within Ethiopia’s parliament–it controls all but two of the 547 seats– Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn is expected to be …

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Is Dead

awate.com has learned from its sources in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is dead. The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Hailemariam Desalegen, who is also Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, has assumed the position of Prime Minister. There are now indications that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has not made …

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Eritrean Students Conference Commences In Ethiopia

The Eritrean students conference opened on Monday August 13, 2012 in Addis Ababa at the Arat Kilo university campus. The attendees are estimated to be around 450 . Unlike previous meetings, cell phones were not allowed in the Arat Kilo conference. Dr. Yusuf Berhanu and Mr. Yohannes Asmelash, the chairman …

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Ethiopia Organizing (Yet) Another Eritrean Conference

Gedab News has learned that an Eritrean students conference is expected to be held in Ethiopia beginning on Monday August 13, 2012. The seminar is expected to be attended by over three-hundred people and it was conceived by, organized by, and will be held under the auspices of, the Ethiopian …

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Security Council Extends Mandate Of Monitoring Group On Eritrea

Condemning the continuing flow of “weapons and ammunition supplies to and through Somalia and Eritrea”, the Security Council has extended the mandate of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea for 13 months—through August 25, 2013—directing all Member States “including Eritrea” to co-operate with the Monitoring Group and instructing the …

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UN Monitoring Report: Eritrea Still Violating UN Resolutions

The Eritrean regime is behind a “clandestine exercise” of a “criminal networks” to smuggle weapons and people out of Eritrea and once the “migrants are routinely taken hostage, tortured, raped or killed” with their kidnappers demanding up to $40,000 in ransom, it facilitates the negotiations and mediation to manage the …

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