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Eritrea: Cries of a Nation on the Brink of Evanescence

The last six months have seen a flurry of diplomatic activities involving most of the Horn-of-Africa countries and some member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). These activities which have included a series of mediation efforts, state visits, summit meetings, and bilateral agreements seem to herald a new phase of …

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Hastily Prepared Tripartite Meeting Wrapped Up

Objections by EPRDF bigwigs has delayed the long-planned visit by Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea to the Amara region of Ethiopia, which was announced over a month ago. Isaias visit also triggered criticism by Mohammed Jawar, the director of Oromo Media Network and a popular mobilizer among the Ethiopian youth. On …

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His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed, PM of Ethiopia

His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dear Dr. Abiy, Your Excellency, so far, you managed to give Ethiopia a powerful jolt of a positive energy while giving an energetic boost to the politics of the region. You admirably kept the momentum and direction of Ethiopian politics …

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Saudi Dissident Journalist Allegedly Murdered in Turkey

On a March 29,2018 editorial we speculated that if the Saudi heir apparent Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS, so baptized by Thomas Friedman), succeeds in disbanding the religious police, curtailing the power of the religious authority, and allowing women to drive, it would be a welcome change. However, we expressed skepticism …

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Berhane Becomes the First Casualty of the Jeddah Agreement

This morning, former minister Berhane Abrehe, who authored two books and publicly challenged Isaias Afwerki,  warning him to avoid signing any national agreements before consulting the Eritrean parliament, was arrested in Asmara. His wife has been in jail for almost a year. The arrest was expected since many observers thought …

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The Abiy Phenomenon

How volatile human affairs are!   A couple of decades ago, who would have thought the wave of democratization that swept the globe after the collapse of the Soviet Union would suffer such a reversal in such a short time? The world had seemed to be moving inexorably towards freedom and …

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Pm Abiy and the Rehabilitation of Dictators

Just as Eritreans were reeling from the bizarre remarks Isaias Afeworki made during his visit to Ethiopia on July 14, they were stunned by another man who claims to be a prophet, a healer, and an exorcist ranting about how the Gospel will be victorious, in front of the Asmara …

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Major Dawit Invites Me to Dr. Abiy’s Addition Class

If there is anything Eritreans and Ethiopians (and beyond) agree upon, it is the fact that PM Abiy has stirred a seemingly calm sea. Undoubtedly he has inspired many people—he even made the stiff Isaias giggle and behave like a teenager. Of course, he has embarked in a grand scheme …

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Prime Minister Abiy’s Call Triggers Cautious Optimism

In our editorial published a month ago (1), we reiterated our long-standing position on the need for an end to the hostility between Eritrea and Ethiopia. We also hoped Isaias Afwerki would reconsider PM Abiy Ahmed’s proffer for peace rather than take a dismissive position as stated by his spokesperson tweeting …

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Winds of Change… Are we ready?

“Unity of purpose brings purposeful citizens together and accords them leverage to effect meaningful change.” A new reality is unfolding! Are we ready? Winds of change are blowing… It appears the 20-year “no-war and no-peace” that defined the regime in Eritrea and its opposition is giving way for a new …

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Excerpts From Awate Discussion Forum

As editors, we frequently find comments that we believe could be brilliant articles if expanded. And we wonder: if the brilliant members of the Awate Discussion Forum could articulate their ideas in such a manner, as comments, what would they produce if they spent some time to present their ideas …

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Isaias-Saudi-UAE Alliance: Tails Trying to Wag the World

This is an Eritrean perspective, but probably it reflects the views of all victims alike. And Eritrea is ruled by a ruthless tyrant and complacent neighbors. Now regional countries are conspiring against Eritreans. That is more than a double whammy, it’s quintet interest arrayed against the interest of Eritreans. Isaias …

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A Citizen’s Letter to Isaias Afwerki

[The following is a letter penned by a person who lives in Eritrea. His name is withheld for his safety] …… To Isaias Afwerki Eritrea, March 13, 2018 Dear Isaias, You may not recognize me yet, but you are the cause of the scars I harbor and the anger with which …

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Acute Food Shortage In The Sahel Region of Eritrea

Reports from Northern Eritrea indicate the residents of the Sahel region are facing an acute shortage of foodstuff and other consumer items. Since the mid-1960s, the Northern Sahel region has hosted the bulk of the Eritrean liberation forces. Most of the war that raged against the Ethiopian occupation has been …

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EL AL Pilots And African Refugees And Asylum Seekers

Israeli pilots refused to take part in “the illegal and inhumane deportations of African refugees and asylum seekers from Israel. Pilots of EL AL, the Israeli national carrier refuse to cooperate with the deportations of refugees and asylum seekers who were not provided with proper and legal vetting of their …

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Eritrean Refugees in Israel and Reverse Operation Moses

on January 17, 2018, Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers and activist staged a mock slave auction outside the Knesset in Jerusalem to protest Israeli plans to deport them back to the country they escaped from or to third countries. While Israel offered Rwanda and Uganda to receive the asylees at $3500 …

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The Eritrean Government Admits Its Banking Blunder

In an unusual admission to problems it faces, in yesterday’s edition of Haddas Eritrea, a Tigrinya newspaper it owns, the Eritrean government issued an editorial entitled “Appropriate Correction.” The editorial raises more questions than it answers as it fails to restore the exceeding loss of confidence in the government-owned financial …

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Eritrean Depositors Lose Control of Their Funds

In a move reminiscent of past campaigns, over the last few weeks, the Isaias Afwerki’s government has arrested many people and sealed their businesses. Government sources indicated the reason for the far-reaching arrests is to investigate alleged crimes of corruption. The doors of at least 200 businesses in Asmara and …

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