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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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A Moral Mandate To Liberate

At long last, the coming together of Eritreans to discuss ways and means of bringing about democratic change in Eritrea, a dream that had been conceptualized for over a decade, is finally here. Dubbed the National Conference for Democratic Change (NCDC), the convention started on July 30 and will resume for several days in the…

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Reclaiming Eritrea After 19 Years Of Tyranny

19 years ago today (May 24th), Eritrean freedom fighters liberated Eritrea from Ethiopian occupation. The Eritrean people, who had been waging a struggle for liberation since 1961, when the Ethiopian government of Haile Selassie was in its last stages of flouting the Eritrea-Ethiopia Federation of 1952, breathed a sigh of relief. After all, for 40…

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Minister Nesredin Bekit And More Red Tape On…

04 Dec 2014 Gedab News Comments (77)

Recently, President Isaias Afwerki silently appointed Nesredin Bekit as Minister of Trade and Industry in the Eritrean cabinet. Under the newly appointed…

Eritrea's Compulsory "National Service": 18 and Life

02 Dec 2014 Awate Team Comments (101)

On November 23rd, Tesfa News website reported that the charge d'affairs of the Eritrean embassy to the United States, Mr. Berhane…

Nevsun Settles Two Fraudulent Class Action Lawsuits For…

01 Dec 2014 Gedab News Comments (2)

In June 2014, Gedab News reported that Nevsun, the Canadian mining company operating in Eritrea, approved a multi-million class action…

How To Win Eritrea's "Political Legitimacy" Argument

29 Nov 2014 Salyounis Comments (106)

Since 1991, the debate between Eritrean regime supporters and the opposition has been that of legitimacy. Back in the 1990s,…

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