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Another Leader of The Eritrean Opposition Forces Died

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Abubaker Suleiman, the secretary of the Executive committee of the Eritrean Federal Movement (EFM), died in Khartoum, Sudan, and was buried there. The soft spoken Abubaker is remembered by his intellectual depth, and his humble and respectful demeanor. Born in Agordat in 1955, he traveled to Kassela to finish his…

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Abdullahi “Farmaajo” Elected as President of Somalia

Abdullahi Mohammed “Formaajo”, a dual citizen of Somalia and the USA was elected president of Somalia on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in the third round. For roughly a year between 2010-2011, Formaajo had served as prime minister of Somalia. Together with Hassan Sheikh Hassan, the outgoing president, they are credited for bringing Somalia this far…

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Suleiman Adam Suleiman Passed Away in Cairo

A veteran of the struggle for the liberation of Eritrea, and an active member of the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), Suleiman Adam Suleiman passed away today, Wednesday, February 8. 2017. A member of the ELF until his death, Mr. Suleiman didn’t stop struggling for the freedom of the Eritrean people and he never returned to his…

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Ghost Entourage Accompanies Isaias Afwerki to Abu Dhabi

On January 2, 2017, Isaias Afwerki, the Eritrean president, arrived in Abu Dhabi, and held a meeting with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. According to UAE news reports, the Abu Dhabi meeting “focused…

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Eritrean Ministry of Information At War With Foreign Media

Six days ago, Abdulrahman Al-Rashid, the previous editor of Alsharq Al-Awsat, who now maintains a column in the newspaper stated that “the Saudi minister Ahmed Al-Khatib visiting the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam appears to have been an excuse for a media exchange that turned the relationship between Riyadh and Cairo from an intimate one to one where…

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Qatar Airways Suspends Flight to Asmara

Amid fanfare and propaganda, in August, 2014, Qatar Airways announced it will launch a twice weekly flight to Asmara starting December 5, of the same year. The launching of the flight was considered a concession to appease Isaias Afwerki the ruler of Eritrea who continually frustrated Qatar’s mediation effort to resolve the border issue between…

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Ethiopian PM on a State Visit to Saudi Arabia

Bringing what seems an end to an almost two-year old speculation about worsening relations between Ethiopia and the Arab Gulf countries, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is on the second day of a state visit to Saudi Arabia. However, diplomatic relations in the region are generally unstable and may change with any new development. On Sunday,…

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UN Extends Arms Embargo On Eritrea

On November 5, 2016, the UN Security Council renewed the arms embargo it slapped Eritrea with since 2009 (resolution 1907). Ten member states voted for the resolution while five (Angola, China, Egypt, Russian Federation, and Venezuela) abstained. The Security Council also extended the mandate of the UN Somalia-Eritrea Minoring Group (SEMG) until December 15, 2017…

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UN Group Names Two Eritrean Pilots Missing In Italy

In  a report is issued on 31 October 2016, the UN Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group (UNSEMG) stated that two Eritrean Airforce captains didn’t report to the Italian Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea after their travel to Italy. According to the report, those who are granted visa by the embassy to visit Italy are required to report to…

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Hailemariam’s New Cabinet Includes Three Women

In a drastic overhaul of his government, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemarian Desalegn formed a new cabinet of 30 ministers. All previous ministers except nine left the cabinet. On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the Ethiopian parliament approved the new appointments to the cabinet which is believed to be the most ethnically diverse cabinet in the history…

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We Must Be Able to Look Like The…

30 May 2017 Awate Team Comments (51)

“We must be able to look like the Tigre…” Solomon Berhe, chief of the PFDJ chapter in Dallas, Texas. Since May 24,…

Eritrea’s Flawed Beginning in 1991: How It Contributed…

24 May 2017 Woldeyesus Ammar Comments (273)

(This paper was presented a year ago at a conference in Geneva entitled:  "Eritrea at Silver Jubilee: Stocktaking on the…

Woldeab Woldemariam, a Visionary Eritrean Patriot, Biography

22 May 2017 Dawit Mesfin Comments (150)

Now I know why a monument has been erected for Alexander Pushkin, the renowned Russian poet, in the heart of Asmara,…

Eritrean Businesses: Between Loyalists and Others

17 May 2017 awatestaff Comments (19)

In recent months, the Eritrean government has been carrying out a heightened surveillance on the Eritrean commercial sector, and reports of…

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