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Eritrea 2014: Isaias Afwerki & His Musical Chair

The last time Eritrea’s ruling (and sole legal) party had an organizational congress was in February 1994, over twenty years

Italy Still Serenading The Eritrean Dictator

On July 2nd, 2014, Italy’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lapo Pistelli, met President Isaias Afwerki in Asmara, and Ethiopian

Sunridge CEO: 99% Of Eritreans Support Our Operations

It has always been the mission of to work hard to inform its readers on everything the government of

Eritrean Catholic Bishops Ask: “Where Is Your Brother?”

In a spiritually embellished letter, four Eritrean Catholic bishops issued a letter addressed to the Eritrean people. In the 38-page

Dejen Ande Hishel: The Prison Breaker

On February 27, 2014, Dejen Ande Hishel, 38, an Eritrean fighter-jet (Mig-29) pilot and trainer, escaped from a maximum-security Eritrean

Awate Video of the month: “A message to Bresident Obama”

On January 29, 2014 we presented to you, Awate Video of the Month: “Breaking News!” In the same spirit, today

Wikaw Iz Without General Uqbe

EriTV has a slogan: Serving The Truth. Yet, the government-owned national television and its sister outlets rarely engage in serving

An Interview With An Eritrean Icon: Ahmed M. Nasser

This interview with Ahmed Nasser was conducted by Saleh Younis. It was published at on January 29, 2001. We

WiA: Testimony of University of Asmara Students

This article was originally published by on September 12, 2005. It is’s translation (from English) of a testimony

Eritrean Airlines: An Eritrean Story

If there is one entity that symbolizes Eritrea, it must be Eritrean Airlines. It is its metaphor for something that

From Moscow With Lies: Yemane Gebreab Interview

Yemane Gebreab, presidential adviser and director of Eritrea’s ruling (and sole legal) party was part of an Eritrean delegation–headed by

Awate Video of the Month: “Breaking News!”

If you are drinking, put it down: if you watch this while drinking, you will spurt it out and make

Awate 7.0 – Preliminary Report

So we were 10 days behind schedule, but awate 7.0 is here.  As we said earlier, the changes are going

Eritrea 2013: A Retrospective

In the Eritrean Calendar, 2013 was Two Major Events bookended by dozens of mostly horrible events. The two major events

Awate 7.0: Status Update

Dear Awatistas: First of all, Awatista is a knock-off of Sandanista. We are not lefties, but we are revolutionaries, thus

Agrigento Memorial Service: Monday 21 October 2013

Information Pack for Agrigento Memorial Service On Monday 21 October at 4 PM in the afternoon there will be a

Lampedusa and the Eritrean Journey for Dignity

After much criticism, the YPFDJ,  the youth satellite of Eritrea’s ruling party, PFDJ, visited Lampedusa, a south Italian island whose

Isaias Regime and Lampedusa: A Week Late, A Weak Explanation

Since hundreds of Eritreans perished off the coast of Lampedusa on October 3, there has been a stark contrast between

Eritrea: Hazardous to Eritreans

Yes, it is almost entirely the Eritrean regime’s fault. If you have no family in Eritrea, no connection to Eritrea,

The Chronology of Eritrea’s Reform Movement (2000-2001)

On December 5, 2002, the Awate Team published an article entitled “The Chronology of The Reform Movement”, which we introduced