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Epic Fail: Isias Afwerki Tries To Diminish “Forto 2013″

The news that members of the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF) took over the Ministry of Information building (located at Forto, Asmara) on January 21; announced on air their demand for constitutional government and release of political prisoners, and occupied it for nearly 8 hours was so huge that, within days, there were no fewer than…

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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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If You Love Your Country, Reform It

04 Apr 2015 Daniel G. Mikael Comments (14)

Let’s start with the word itself: Reform, a word often misused and misunderstood. The truth is, when it comes to…

NEW: Network of Eritrean Women Into The Second…

03 Apr 2015 awatestaff Comments (11)

After so many years of struggle, Eritrea is still a crude patriarchal society. Little has improved on the rights of…

اطفؤا قناديل الرعب

01 Jan 2014 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (2)

حين أمطرت السماء خيراتها، رائحة البارود من حولنا، قابله وابل من دوى القنابل، والرعد ومع البرق ، صورة وأنعكاس ، فنظرات إلى…

Put Off The Lanterns of Terror

31 Mar 2015 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (452)

This is a bribe, in a nice way, the legitimate kind of bribe. I thought of offering it in preparation…

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