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Djibouti Protests Yemen Media’s Gulf Cup Politics

This year, the Gulf Cup is being hosted by Yemen and the games are played in Aden. Given the political relationship of Yemen to the Gulf nations, no head of state was willing to attend the opening ceremony.  To avoid this public embarrassment, Yemeni president Ali Abdella Saleh went calling on …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies: Part 3

Four years ago, the United States imposed travel restrictions on Eritrean diplomats and consular staff in retaliation for the Eritrean government’s restriction on the movement of American consulate staff in Eritrea, and the opening and inspection of diplomatic pouches.  The Eritrean embassy staff were restricted to remain within a 25 …

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Formal Split: EPDP Wing Reorganizes Itself

 November 23, 2010: In a meeting held today, an Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) wing reorganized itself and elected an eleven-members executive body. Dr. Tesfai Sebhatu was elected as chairman and Haj Abdenur as vice chairman. The Eritrean People’s Movement (EPM), the Eritrean People’s Party (EPP) and the Eritrean Democratic Party (EDP)  had formed …

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Turmoil In EPDP

Less than a year after it was formed, the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), which was formed on January 1, 2010 by the merger of three political groups, has expelled the members of one of the parties and is undergoing an organizational crisis. The move was triggered by a fissure …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies: Part 2

Over fifty ambassadors, consuls and embassy workers are roaming the streets of Eritrea, frozen—a term used to describe party members who receive pay but have no responsibilities. The Eritrean regime prefers to have the families of diplomats appointed abroad to stay inside Eritrea as a collateral against diplomats abandoning their …

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Was An “Extraordinary Threat” To US National Security Visiting DC?

Unconfirmed reports (now confirmed, minutes after this news was published) indicate that on September 25th, Yemane Gebreab, special advisor to Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki, held a meeting at the Eritrean Cultural and Community Center (ECCC) in Washington, DC. Along with 10 individuals, Yemane Gebreab was described as an “extraordinary threat” …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies

Question by Swedish Journalist, Donald Boström:  Given what you said, have you thought about closing your embassy in Sweden and leave Sweden? Answer by Eritrean president, Isaias Afwerki: I care more about our Eritrean group in Sweden, which is large and active, than on our embassy. Why do we need …

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Naud: The Living Legend Passes Away

On September 16, 2010, the legendary leader Mohammed Said Naud passed away in Asmara Eritrea where he has been living since he returned to Eritrea in 1991 just after the Ethiopian forces were pushed out of Eritrea. He was seventy four years old. The Eritrean ruling party’s website annopunced his death in two-sentences only: “Veteran …

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Eritrea: A Long Way From Getting Sanctions Lifted

On December 23, 2009, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution (S/RES/1907) to impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on Eritrea for two reasons: (a) its refusal to comply with prior UNSC resolution (S/RES/1862 of January14, 2009) mandating it to engage in dialogue with Djibouti to resolve …

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Eritrea, NCDC & The Sana’a Forum

Following the recently concluded national conference of Eritreans, the government of Eritrea has lodged a complaint with Sudan and Yemen for sending their representatives to attend the event which was hosted by Ethiopia at its capital. Sudan and Yemen are members of the Sana’a Forum for Cooperation whose charter includes …

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National Conference Elects A 53-Member Commission

Commission To Organize A Conference And Draft Transitional Constitution Towards A National Assembly Gedab News: (August 9, 2010) The National Conference for Democratic Change  (NCDC) concluded   its  session today, August 9, 2010, by electing a 53-member Commission for Democratic Change in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference began on July …

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Preparation for the National Conference Finalized

Gedab News, (Addis Ababa, July 21, 2010): The long-awaited Eritrean national congress, dubbed as the National Conference for Democratic Change (NCDC), is scheduled to convene on July 30, 2010 in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.  About three hundred and fifty representatives, the most diverse gathering of Eritreans ever convened in decades, are expected …

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EDA: Glitches & Deadlock Resurface

Gedab News (June 21, 2010): Almost a week after the mediation talks between the designated representatives of the opposition umbrella group of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) and one of its member organizations, the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) ended, neither the EDA nor the EPDP has issued a statement declaring …

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Eritrean Security Arrests Hundreds Of Citizens

In late May and early June, security officials of the Eritrean regime rounded hundreds of Eritreans in Asmara and the southern Red Sea provinces of Eritrea. Among those confirmed to have been arrested in Asmara are: Abdu Abduselam (well-known football player), Abdurahman Huruy, Abdurehim Abdulwasie, Hussein Said, Selahadin Abdulhay, Suraj …

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Qatari Forces Deployed On The Eritrean-Djibouti Border

Gedab News,(June 2, 2010): Qatari mediators brokered an agreement between the Djiboutian and the Eritrean governments after months of shuttle diplomacy. Qatar has deployed its forces on the border between the two countries starting late Tuesday night; and by Wednesday morning, the forces had been deployed on the entire disputed …

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Eight EDA Member Organization Agree To Unite Their Military Wings

Gedab News,(May 9, 2010): On May 4, 2010, eight member organizations of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA), an umbrella organization of Eritrean opposition forces, signed a memorandum of understanding to unify their military wings under one command. . The eight signatories are:   (1) Eritrean Federal Democratic Movement (EFDM); (2) …

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Ambassador Yamamoto Heading To Eritrea

Gedab News has learned that Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary to the US Secretary of State, will fly to Asmara next week to meet with Eritrean authorities. If accurate, this would be a turning point in the relationship between the governments of Eritrea and the United States which has been …

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Eritrea Annuls All Passports; Issues New Ones

Gedab News (April 18, 2010): Cash strapped and facing sanctions and asset-freezes, the Government of Eritrea has issued an order to its embassies to annul all Eritrean Passports and to require Eritrean passport-holders to apply for new ones by paying USD $200 (for expatriates) and Nakfa 3000 for Eritrean residents. …

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