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September 1: Man Meets Moment

If you want to know why this website is named awate.com; if you want to know why Hamid Idris Awate is venerated by millions of Eritreans as the Father of the Eritrean Revolution; if you want to know why September 1 (Fath mn September or Bahti Meskerem) is a holiday celebrated by Eritreans, all you…

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Ethiopia: Be Wary Of Senior-Junior Partnerships

Ethiopia has hosted the Eritrean opposition political parties since 1999 when the Alliance of Eritrean National Forces (AENF) the precursor to the present Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) was formed. Then, as now, the EDA was made up of exiled Eritrean organizations who were based in Sudan, Europe and Ethiopia and many had, for many reasons,…

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2001-2011: Eritrea’s Wasted Decade

If Eritrea was a democratic republic and all the fronts, movements, groups were political parties, the Eritrean people would have voted “No Confidence” on every single one of them. Eritrea’s self-imposed ruling party, the PFDJ, spent an entire decade in a futile effort to get the world to pay attention to the 2002 border demarcation…

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Eritrea’s National Congress: Avoid Failure Of Imagination

There are many tragedies in recent history—9/11, Somalia, the mess in the Congo—that could have been foreseen by smart people but weren’t.  Such failure to predict what is predictable is called “failure of imagination.” And this could happen in Eritrea. The State of Eritrea is giving warning signs that it is about to implode. Future generations…

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September 1 Is The Answer: “Peaceful Or Armed”

September 1, 1961 is the day that 14 poorly-armed Eritreans led by Hamid Idris Awate engaged the Ethiopian army in battle and forced its withdrawal from Mt. Adal, Eritrea. The 14 Eritreans were the entirety of the Eritrean Liberation Army (ELA) of the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), which had been founded a year earlier. Mt…

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EPDP: Squandering A Legacy

The Eritrean People’s Democratic Party or EPDP (the one which is led by Mr. Woldeyesus Ammar) is having its organizational congress as we write this. Instead of sending the customary, the politically correct and mostly empty “congratulatory telegram”, we think it would be more meaningful to the party, to its members, to our readers and…

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On Sanctioning The Eritrean Regime

On December 23, 2009, the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on Eritrea over “its role in Somalia” and  its“refusal to withdraw troops following conflict with Djibouti.”  This may be a good time to remind all that only Qaddaffi was opposed to the sanctions.  The UNSC Resolution 1907 “stipulates arms embargo, travel restrictions, asset freezes” on…

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Addis Abeba 2011: It’s 2002 All Over Again

Addis Abeba, 2002. The Eritrean alliance of opposition organizations is discussing the fate of the Eritrean Liberation Front-Revolutionary Council (ELF-RC), which had been split into two wings. One wing, led by the late Seyoum Ogbamichael, stages a walk-out: subsequently, in the bitterness and recriminations that ensue after the split, the Seyoum Ogbamichael-led ELF-RC, describes the…

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2010: A Turning Point In Eritrean Politics

This website has been observing and reporting on the state of Eritrean opposition for the last ten years.  In our view, the event with the most impact on the development in Eritrean opposition over the last ten years happened this year in Addis Abeba:  the convening of the National Congress for Democratic Change (NCDC).  2010 is…

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The Birth Of Despotism

23 Dec 2003 Aklilu Zere No comments

I believe it was a telltale sign for what was to become an everyday act of terror and cruelty. If…

Power To The Spirit Of Adi Keih

18 Mar 2015 Awate Team Comments (111)

Food. Clothing. Shelter. These are basic economic needs of human beings. Land. Labor. Capital. These are basic factors of production.…

A Covenant of Eritrean Nationalities

14 Jul 2010 awatestaff No comments

Prepared by Herui T. Bairu Introduction In my name and on behalf of the Eritrean Congress Party, I apologize for the humiliation…

Eritrea: Land Proclamation No 58/1994

16 Jan 2015 Awate Team No comments

PART II - 1 PART II -- CORRECTED TRANSLATION OF LAND PROCLAMATION PROCLAMATION NO. 58/1994 A PROCLAMATION TO REFORM THE SYSTEM OF LAND…

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