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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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Eritrea-Ethiopia Cold War Heats Up, But War Drums Silent

In contrast to their 1998-2000 “border war,” where intermittent but deadly clashes were preceded by long taunts, the Eritrean and Ethiopian governments seem to have adopted, for different reasons, a policy of resuming their military clashes silently, while re-aligning each other’s exiled opposition. In the last week of April the …

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The Case Of Stateless Arabs With Eritrean Passports

Ten years ago, in early 2001, the Eritrean Embassy in Kuwait advertised the availability of Eritrean passports.  The targeted group for the sales of passports were a sector of Kuwait residents known as Bedoun (Arabic for “without”) who do not have papers to prove their country of origin or citizenship.  …

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Eritrea’s Tyrant Reappears On TV After A 30-Day Absence

Thirty days to the day, Eritrea’s dictator Isaias Afwerki re-appeared on state TV to counter rumors that he is seriously sick or dying. Heavily made up and wearing an over-sized short-sleeved shirt, light blue pants and sandals, the relaxed-looked Eritrean president was animated in his condemnation of the myriad of …

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The Unusual Absence Of Isaias Afwerki

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki has not made a public appearance since March 28, 2012 when he received the credentials of the incoming ambassador from South Africa. Given that his appearance is the daily diet of the State media, this has, understandably, fueled speculation that he is either seriously ill or …

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