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Pirates Of The PFDJ

In 1976, when the Derg announced the change of King Haile Selassie’s birr in Ethiopia, the general public was reluctant to surrender the currency to the bank. People perceived the birr as a currency “guaranteed with gold” though by then the world had long dropped the system of defining the value of currency with gold.…

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Cold War Ended, Hot War Continues

The 20th century is very much defined by the cold war that continued from 1947 to 1991. For Eritreans however, that period was not cold at all, it was a never-ending cycle of violence, bloodshed and social displacement. In 1991 the general mood was optimistic as the end of the cold war introduced alluring terms like…

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Warships In Asseb: The agony Of Irrelevance

The claim that the United Arab Emirates has a military base in the Eritrean port of Asseb started out as a single, uncorroborated news report early this past summer and is ending the year being a major news story picked by many news agencies and UN investigators to the point that it is now an established fact.…

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The March To War (Archives-2005)

(The following is from the archives, it appeared on November 5, 2005.) “I have to state with much regret that your good self, and the Security Council, has forfeited your relevance on the very issues raised in a rather habitual manner, in your letter.” The above is an excerpt from a letter that Isaias Afwerki wrote UN’s…

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The Ethiopian-Eritrean Intelligence War

It has been fifteen years since the bloody border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia ended in 2000. Since then, though the guns has been silenced, and occasional sporadic and limited clashes continued, thousands of Eritrean youth cross the border heading towards Ethiopian refugee camps from where they continue the arduous journey to Europe and elsewhere.…

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A Glance To The Past, A Focus On The Future

Eritreans have a myriad of unresolved internal issues to worry about external ones. However, all of the problems and crisis hindering the creation of an effective opposition force to unseat the tyrant is not totally their fault. Frustration has been building among Eritreans who feel like they are adding water to a barrel with a…

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Eritreans Declare Initial Victory In Geneva

Freedom and justice loving Eritreans declared initial victory against repression in Geneva; future opposition activities, and confrontation with the regime of Isaias Afwerki, will be measured against the victory of June 26, 2015, which has become the yardstick. The Geneva rally has represented the true face of Eritrea; no such diverse crowd of Eritreans assembled in one place,…

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EXCERPTS FROM THE PENCIL: Sept. 2000 – Sept. 2001

The following are editorial excerpts from The Pencil covering the first year of awate.com’s life, between September 2000 to September 2001. This archive file was first published on September 1, 2001. Incidentally, we are still trying to restore our archives so that it can be easily accessible, but the task proved to be more difficult…

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Omer AlBashir Wins “The Sudanese Election”

On Thursday night Sudanese polling stations closed their doors after four days of voting. On Wednesday, the three-day election was extended by one more day due to low voter turnout. According to Sudanese official news, the results will be announced on the 27th of April 2015. However, no one is waiting for the announcement: the…

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The Shingrwa Of Eritrean Politics

17 Jan 2016 Yohannes Abraham Comments (84)

Just to make things clear first: ‘Shingrwa’ was the American idol of Eritrea, and the word which is borrowed from…

Pirates Of The PFDJ

14 Jan 2016 Awate Team Comments (306)

In 1976, when the Derg announced the change of King Haile Selassie's birr in Ethiopia, the general public was reluctant…

PFDJ Festival: Defections In Melbourne, Australia

13 Jan 2016 Gedab News Comments (144)

In a recent cycle of abandoning the Eritrean regime, the singer Aklilu Mebrahtu, and Yosief Amine, a saxophone player, have…

Kiros Yohannes Pays Tribute to Saleh Gadi

11 Jan 2016 Awate Team Comments (13)

I was moved and elated to read Kiros Yohannes poem on Saleh Gadi; it is a fitting tribute. Kiros Yohannes…

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