The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea and recommends that U.S. citizens defer all travel there. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 24, 2010, updates information on security incidents, and reminds U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Eritrea.Full Text
The "travel warning" that raised more questions about its timing and its purpose.
"Deteriorating economic conditions (the lack of availability of household items on the common market; government rations of goods such as flour, sugar, and cooking oil; and rapid price inflation of those few items which may still be found in stores) within Eritrea have led to a noticeable increase in crime, particularly within Asmara."??
Now, church buildings and evangelists are being targeted for attack. Indeed, thousands of Muslims have razed five churches and the homes of two evangelists in Asendabo, Ethiopia in recent days. International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that Muslim attackers continued to burn down churches even after federal police were brought in.
Saturday, 5th March: DHUSAMAREB (Sh. M. Network) – Military forces from neighboring Ethiopia have reached at and set up temporary bases the districts of Guriel and Dhusamareb in Galgudud region in central Somalia.
Officials from Somalia’s moderate Ahlu Sunna Waljama’, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the presence of Ethiopian military in central Somalia tonight.
The officials said the forces entered the Galgudud region from the district of Balanbal.
But, the reason of their arrival there is still unclear. About 800 fighters of Ahlu Sunna, who were recently completed a training course by Ethiopian instructors inside Ethiopia were deployed in one camp and supplied both heavy and light guns.
It is said the fighters are ready to take on Al shabaab movement in Galgudud region.
Saturday, 5th March: MOGADISHU (Sh. M. Network) – Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the president of the transitional federal government of Somalia on Saturday night admitted the Somali army got logistical support from Ethiopian military when they retook the border town of Belet-hawo in Gedo region in southern Somalia.
In a joint pres conference by the president and his prime minister, Ahmed said that Somali government is overnight controlling Belet-hawo, calling for Somali army to continue anti Al shabaab fighting.
Sending a message to Al shabaab, the president said that Al shabaab fighters have government doors open to defect and join them.
For his part, Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed Farmajo, the prime minister of Somalia told reporters about the reasons behind imposing ban on Al shabaab controlled seaports in southern Somalia.
On 11 March 2011, interested Eritreans and their friends from all over Europe are requested to take part in a demonstration in front of the UN Headquarters in Geneva demanding world attention and support to Eritrean refugees kept hostage by human traffickers in the Sinai Desert of Egypt and those asylum seekers stranded in Libya.
The deteriorating situation in Libya has not only caused the killing of thousands of protesting civilians but has also put the lives of transiting refugees in great danger. In the last few years, Libya has become one of the main transiting routes for Africans fleeing their countries in search of safety or better life. Many of these are Eritreans fleeing an open-ended compulsory military service that has been a major cause of great suffering in Eritrea
Concerned with the impact of the events unfolding in Libya and the alarming reports that some have already been killed while
- Commercial Production Achieved on Schedule and Under Budget
- Producing Over 1,000 Ounces Per Day
- Produced 40,000 Ounces of Gold to Date
- Recoveries Higher Than Expected
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - 02/22/11) -Nevsun Resources Ltd.(TSX:NSU-News)(AMEX:NSU-News) is very pleased to announce that theBisha Minein Eritrea has reached commercial production. Commercial production marks the completion of project development, commissioning and operational ramp-up of the mine and processing plant. The operation is currentlyproducing goldat a rate in excess of 1,000 ounces per day.
The commissioning of the plant commenced in late October, with first gold pour in late December and a progressive ramp up thereafter. Plant throughput averaged approximately 5,250 tonnes per day over the last 30 days, with a peak of 6,560 tonnes per day, well above schedule. Recoveries are also higher than planned, averaging 89% over the last 30 days. During the commissioning phase, Bisha has produced approximately 40,000 ounces of gold
As of late, the world is witnessing economic and political explosions in various parts of the globe that apparently appear to be new phenomenon but in essence were beneath the surface. Such upsurge of popular uprising in the beginning of 2011, especially in North Africa and the Middle East is becoming the main focus of international media outlets. However, as the reports being disseminated by various international media organs not only mainly concentrate on daily events but their analyses are also in tune with their overt or covert agendas, their coverage does not at all portray complete and accurate picture of the real situation.
Under such circumstance, it is of vital importance to read the actual state of affairs as regards international
As mentioned in the first part of this article, the current stage in world history is characterized with monopoly and marginalization in different parts of the world in conflict with mounting popular resistance. It is a historic junction in which people all over the world are demanding social justice and coexistence in harmony. Although popular opposition manifested in various corners has distinctive feature of its own in one way or the other, the overall cause, however, is not that different from one another. Hence, in order to have profound understanding of this basic fact, it is imperative to identify the decisive factors that determine the stability of a given nation and society.
Reportage EPDP 1st ALL-Europe Conference February 18-19, 2011 Frankfurt, Germany
EPDP 1st All-Europe Conference, hosted by German EPDP members, was concluded after two-day lengthy deliberations on a number of party and national issues,
Statement of the EPDP All-Europe Conference
All-Europe Conference of the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) was successfully conducted between 18 and 19 February 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany, with 125 participants representing Party branches from many parts of Europe.
بيان صادر عن حزب الشعب الديمقراطي الإرتري إقليم أوروبا عقد ممثلو حزب الشعب الديمقراطي الإرتري عن فروع إقليم أوروبا مؤتمرا تداوليا في الفترة من 18-19 فبراير 2011 في مدينة فرانكفورت الألمانية. وبعد تقييم تجربة العام من تأسيس الحزب والتوقف أمام كل القضايا
By The International Task Force on Eritrea, London,
February 21, 2011
A sad and distressful story has come recently to our
attention. It is the heartbreaking story of a 7-year-old
Eritrean child abducted in 2010 from her mother while fleeing
from Eritrea on the way to the Sudan. The name of the abducted
child is Hiyab Eyob. She was born in Eritrea after her father
was forced to flee the country to start life in exile. He now lives as a political refugee in Vancouver, Canada.
At the moment, Hiyab’s mother remains stranded in the Sudan, but needless to say, both she and the father are emotionally crushed and waiting helplessly for a miracle to happen and be reunited with their beloved child.
Chandigarh, INDIA (PTI) — A group of Indian farmers in Punjab today said that they are going to grow pulses and oilseeds on 5,000 hectares of land in Ethiopia and import their farm produce to India.
“We will start cultivating 5,000 hectares of land in Ethiopia from September this year and plan to cultivate pulses, oil seeds, sugarcane and maize which are always in short supply (in India),” Confederation of Potato Seed Farmers (POSCON) secretary general Jang Bahadur Singh Sangha said here today.
A threat to the sovereignty of Eritrea and the Unity of its people or a Venue for Democratic Change?
Tsegezab Gebregergis, London, February 16, 2010
“Who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever”. Chinese proverb.
This article describes the AA Convention that was held from 31st July to 9th August, 2010, in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Its express purpose is to discuss and analyse the legitimacy, legality and immediate and long-term consequences and dangers associated with the Addis Ababa Convention (Waela).
Police use tear gas to disperse thousands demonstrating in East African nation
to demand Ismail Omar Guelleh step down.
Last Modified:18 Feb 2011 19:13 GMT
Thousands of demonstrators have rallied in the East African nation of Djibouti to demand that president Ismail Omar Guelleh resign, the latest in a series of demonstrations spurred on by political protests across Africa and the Middle East.
Amid a tight police deployment, the demonstrators gathered at a stadium on Friday with the intention of staying there until their demands were met.
But the demonstration escalated into clashes after dusk, as authorities used batons and tear gas against stone-throwing protesters.
Guelleh has served two terms and faces an election in April, but critics are concerned by changes he made to the constitution last year that scrapped a two-term limit.
Asmara, 17 February 2011 – The President of Sudan, Field Marshal Omar Hassan Al-Beshir conducted a one-day working visit in Eritrea. President Isaias Afwerki accorded him official welcome on arrival at the Asmara International Airport.
In a meeting at the State Palace, the two leaders held discussion focusing on bilateral relations, enhancing mutual cooperation and regional as well as international issues of mutual interest.
In briefings they gave to local and international media outlets following the meeting, Presidents Isaias and Omar Al-Beshir pointed out that their discussion was a continuation of the regular consultations
and exchanging of views between the two countries and leaders.
Addis on the Brink of spontaneous protests while
regime Tightening the screws preventively?
"....Tightening the screws preventively. Decimated and discredited, the old parliamentary opposition can no longer play its role of a barometer of the real state of public opinion.
Meles Zenawi is consequently very attentive to the slightest sign of discontent among the urban population.
He tries to defuse unease while at the same time preparing "decisive government action ” in case spontaneous protest movements break out in Addis Ababa.
Last week the police summoned the troublesome journalist Eskinder Nega to warn him against inciting Ethiopians to follow the Tunisian and Egyptian examples.
For their part, the courts confiscated the funds of two local NGO’s - Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRC) and Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) - while
EPRDF officials toured the capital’s Kebele (neighbourhoods) to warn parents against letting their offspring take part in possible street demonstrations.
The reception of opposition radio and television channels based abroad is scrambled with the help of Chinese specialists, and
access to Internet web sites critical of the EPRDF is blocked. Meanwhile,
the security around the Prime Minister’s residence has been strengthened, just in case! .." ION 2-19-2011
"decisive government action” in case spontaneous protest movements break out in Addis Ababa. Meles Zenawi ION 2/19/2011
Addis on the Brink?
Meles wants to avoid hunger riots
The governing EPRDF party’s unopposed domination of the country’s institutions does not insure Prime Minister Meles Zenawi against the dangerous social tensions that are building up in Ethiopia. Particularly as the price of staples went through the roof in January, coincidentally just at the time when the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt were breaking out. But the situation here is quite different. The supervision of the population by the EPRDF and the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s rapid decision to re-impose State control on the prices of staples went some way to defusing consumer discontent before it spilled out into the streets. But for how much longer? Particularly as social conflicts are also looming in the countryside, in the wake of the massive sales of land to foreign companies whose agricultural production is intended for export at a time when Ethiopia is calling for international aid to help it feed 2.8 million citizens.
Tightening the screws preventively. Decimated and discredited, the old parliamentary opposition can no longer play its role of a barometer of the real state of public opinion. Meles Zenawi is consequently very attentive to the slightest sign of discontent among the urban population. He tries to defuse unease while at the same time preparing "decisive government action ” in case spontaneous protest movements break out in Addis Ababa. Last week the police summoned the troublesome journalist Eskinder Nega to warn him against inciting Ethiopians to follow the Tunisian and Egyptian examples. For their part, the courts confiscated the funds of two local NGO’s - Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRC) and Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) - while EPRDF officials toured the capital’s Kebele (neighbourhoods) to warn parents against letting their offspring take part in possible street demonstrations. The reception of opposition radio and television channels based abroad is scrambled with the help of Chinese specialists, and access to Internet web sites critical of the EPRDF is blocked. Meanwhile, the security around the Prime Minister’s residence has been strengthened, just in case!
The President raises his voice. The political cohesion of the Ethiopian executive team is even starting to fray at the edges. A very rare event, President Girma Wolde-Giorgis distanced himself from Meles Zenawi’s land policy. On 20 December 2010, he wrote to the Minister of Agriculture, Tefera Argaw, to ask him to go back on his decision to attribute the Indian company Verdanta Harvest Plc, 3010 hectares in a protected forest zone in the Gambella region, in the western part of the country. This area has already been affected by sale of land to foreign companies. In his letter in the Amharic language, which has been seen by The Indian Ocean Newsletter, he reminded Tefera Argaw of Ethiopia’s international undertakings in the negotiations on climate change. But the presidential role is purely honorific and Tefera Argaw took no notice of this advice. Instead, he continued to propose selling vast areas of Ethiopian land to Indian companies. On the other hand, the local officials of the Mejenger district who drew the President’s attention to this affair were dismissed.
Reinforcements on the Djibouti border. The government in Addis Ababa is not indifferent to Djibouti's concerns over the increasing level of political unrest in its country. Meetings have been held between officials from Djibouti and Ethiopian defence ministries. The former want support from the latter in order to avoid any attacks by FRUD rebels during the election period. The Ethiopian army has already reinforced its manning on the Djibouti border on the Moussa Ali side. In return, it obtained the extradition of Ethiopians who had fled to Djibouti and are considered ONLF (armed opposition) sympathisers. Nevertheless, the diplomatic interests of the two neighbours could well diverge on one point: Eritrea. Meles Zenawi gives the impression of wanting to resume negotiation with the government in Asmara so that it can stop backing Ethiopian OLF and ONLF rebels. Djibouti, on the other hand, wants to strengthen its anti-Eritrea propaganda, claiming that this country arms the FRUD.
MADISON, WIS. - With tens of thousands of protesters jamming the Capitol and many Wisconsin schools closed for a third day, state troopers were enlisted Friday in the hunt for 14 Democratic state senators whose...
MANAMA, BAHRAIN - The widened unrest in the Middle East took a more violent turn Friday as US-allied governments in Yemen and Bahrain opened fire on their citizens, prompting Britain and France to announce a halt in arms sales.
BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Bahraini troops have fired on anti-government demonstrators, just a day after several people were killed when a protest camp was forcibly removed in the capital, Manama.
It has been known for quite some time now that the future of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) and the relationship among its members has been hanging by a thread. This institution, survived up to now by erecting layers of false democratic struggle, has now finally come to face the inevitable.
This inevitability became known when the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) withdrew its membership from EDA,
Eritrea won its independence militarily against all the odds, thanks to the gallant EPLF fighters and following a referendum, its independence was legally recognised by the International Community against the wishes of its enemies, thanks to the wisdom of the EPLF leadership. Eritrea survived as an economically viable and politically independent nation in a volatile region in spite of all the conspiracies, sabotages and conflicts and is set to achieve food security and holistic development in 2011 thanks to its people inside the country and in the Diaspora. The icing on Eritrea’s 20th birthday cake is expected to be delicious, thanks to Eritrea’s natural resources such as fish, gold, silver, zinc, copper, lead, cement, potash etc.
كتبت مقالاً فى يناير الماضى تحت عنوان (اسقطوا تحالف النفايات ... جحور الفتن ) والذى نشر فى (( مسكرم )) وهى مشكورة ولم ينشر فى المواقع التى ارسلت اليها ذلك المقال ويبدو أن اصحابها من أهل الجحور إياها وبعض المواقع التى لم تنشره كنت احسبها مستقلة وتخدم الاعلام الحر والنزيه ولكن فى الحقيقة لم تكن تلك المواقع إلا بوق لأولئك الفاشلين والمرضى والعاجزين عن التفريق بين الحق والباطل اولئك الذين أعمى الله بصائرهم وقلوبهم بأنهم لا يفقهون وحسبما علمت من قبل أيام معدودات أن أولئك القائمين على تلك المواقع هم من فئات الذين هاجرو مستغلين كفاح ونضال الشباب الاريترى بحثاً عن رغد العيش عبر قصص وهمية وأكاذيب
Now we know WHY Al Jazeera was kicked out of Ethiopia..