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Three Eritrean Opposition Entities Form A Coalition

After a long discussion between the Eritrean opposition organizations, three entities announced the formation of Eritrean National Coalition (ENC). On Friday September 10, 2021, the announcement named “September Declaration” was formally made public in a Zoom conference where hundreds of Eritreans from all over the world attended. The members of …

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Awate.com and Negarit 2021 Fundraising Drive

https://gofund.me/823dd2b7 Since the launch of awate.com on Sept.1, 2000, it has been a labor of love and a volunteer driven effort. Today, remembering the struggle we carried out, it makes me proud that, together with my colleagues, we have invested so much sweat and emotions on it sacrificing our careers, …

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المجلس الوطنى الاريتري يساند مبادرة حكومة المنفى

المجلس الوطنى الاريتري للتغيير الديموقراطي ، المعروف أيضًا باسم “بايتو” أو “مجلس” باللغة التيغرينيا والعربية على التوالي  ، هو تحالف من الأحزاب السياسية الإري .ومنظمات المجتمع المدني والكيانات الأخرى غير المنتسبة     يُعرف المبادرون لفكرة “حكومة المنفى” باسم فريق العمل الوطني.  ذكر رئيس المجلس الوطني الارتري للتغيير الديموقراطي في رسالته  أنه …

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Minelik and Mlelikh

Does God consider those who reject slavery as sinners? However, many offshoot narrations from the original divine books promote slavery in different forms. They could have been acceptable practices in ancient times, but they are repulsing by the moral standards of today. As far as religions are concerned, their timeless …

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Grave Human Rights Violation in Aksum

Disclaimer: This report is issued by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission which is established by the Ethiopian Government  Investigation into Grave Human Rights Violations in Aksum City Report on Preliminary Findings Introduction In its January and February, 2021 reports on the human rights situation in Tigray, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission …

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A Tribute to My Friend Adhanom

On Friday, February 19, 2021, Adhanom Gebremariam passed away in the USA. His funeral will be held on Saturday February 17, 2021. Adhanom was a veteran of the Eritrean struggle. As a senior commander in the army, Adhanom commanded and fought gallantly in major battles of the struggle era. After …

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Eritreans in Ethiopia Fear for Their Safety

Several Eritrean opposition members who live in Ethiopia have been facing harassment and fear since the Ethiopian Civil wars intensified. Some members whose organizations had varying degree of presence in Ethiopia. However, since Isaias Afwerki and Abiy Ahmed made a pact in in July 2018, they have been living in …

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The Horn of Africa: From Unitarianism to Medemerism

Sifting through endless mazes of social media outlets to find a discourse that engages one’s intellectual faculty requires ample patience and restraints of the highest order. The attendant subject matter, namely, The Horn of Africa, is no exception in that it has proliferated in magnitude, in volume, proportional to the …

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Do Ethiopian Love Their Country?

It’s safe to say Ethiopians love their country more than their people. In fact, the ever warring political and military elite do not seem to mind eradicating the people and destroying the country and as long they are assured of ruling the rubble that’s left behind. Eight-hundred years of governing …

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Ethiopian War Exhibit In Triangles

Triangle-shaped structures are sturdy but also simple. In 1998-2000 war broker around the Eritrean village of Baddme, in the area the Ethiopians called Yirga Triangle. And today the initial devastating results of the current Ethiopian ethnic war is seen in a triangle whose three corners are the towns of Humera …

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To the West or to the East?

News coming from Sudan indicate that high level consultations are still continuing between the the tripartite Sudanese government and the PFDJ, the Eritrean ruling party. According to unconfirmed news, a delegation will fly out of Eritrea to continue discussions on political and intelligence operations. The delegation is expected to include …

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The Moody Government Closed Italian Schools

After months old wrangling with the school administration, the Eritrean government finally closed the Italian schools in Eritrea. The school bell, “Sadly remains silent for the first time in 103 years in the Italian school of Asmara” as an Italian writer put it. But the fate of the Italian school …

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Dam On The River Nile

The Horn of Africa region saw two weeks of hectic travels. And Eritrean officials travelled the most. If the leaders were enrolled in a travel-miles program they would have accumulated so many travel credit. On June 25, Isaias visited Sudan and met Abdelfattah AlBurhan, the Chairman of the Transitional Military …

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David Copperfield, Isaias, and Dahlan

For more than two weeks, Eritrean activists guessed and speculated about the whereabouts of Isaias Afwerki. The unelected ruler of Eritrea was not seen in public for a long time. But a few days ago, curiosity seemed to have come to an end when Isaias made a four-minute appearance in a …

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