Friday 20 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Allafrica 03/05/13)
The President of Eritrea’s Letter on Human Trafficking to The Secretary General of the UN We note that a letter signed by the President of Eritrea addressed to the Mr. Ban Ki-Moon informing the Secretary-General that “For the past ten years or so, Eritrea has remained to be a target of malicious and concerted practices of “human trafficking” and requested “the UN to launch an independent and transparent investigation of this abominable affair so as to bring to justice the culpable parties.” Since the letter has not been published in the official websites of the Government, we cannot fully establish its authenticity. However, since it was published in one of the pro-Government websites, and since it has not been contested...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/13)
Eritrea's President Isaias Afewerki sought on Monday to calm fears of unrest, and in his first reaction to the storming of the information ministry ago by dissident troops three weeks, blamed "bankrupt enemies" for being behind the attack. Eritrean soldiers, backed by tanks, took over the ministry on January 21 and obliged the director general of state television to appeal for all political prisoners to be freed. Calm soon returned in the capital, but Eritrean opposition activists in neighboring Ethiopia say there is growing dissent within the army, Africa's second biggest, over economic hardship. The incident sparked protests by exiled Eritreans in Europe, who briefly occupied embassies in London, Rome and other cities last month to express support for the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/13)
GARSEN, Kenya — Eritrea, a sliver of a nation in the Horn of Africa that is one of the most secretive and repressive countries in the world, was cast into confusion on Monday after mutinous soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information and took over the state-run television service, apparently in a coup attempt. According to several people with close contacts inside Eritrea, the coup attempt failed, with government troops quelling the would-be rebellion and no one rising up in the streets. But many analysts said it was only a matter of time before President Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea’s brash and steely leader for the past 20 years, is confronted again — and most likely from within. “There’s a lot of dissatisfaction...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/13)
o people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit . . . . . Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7: 16 – 20 ካብ እሾዂዶ ፍረወይኒ ይቕንጠብ ? ካብ ዳንዴርከ በለስዶ ይእረ ? ከምኡ ድማ እቲ ጽቡቕ ኦም ጽቡቕ ፍረ ይፈሪ ፡ እቲ ሕማቕ ኦም ከኣ ሕማቕ ፍረ ይፈሪ ። ጽቡቕ ኦም ክፉእ ፍረ ከፍሪ፡ ወይስ ክፉእ ኦም ጽቡቕ ፍረ ከፍሪ ኣይክእልን እዩ ። . . . . እምብኣርከስ ብፍሪኦም ከተለልይዎም ኢኹም ። ወንጌል ማቴዎስ 7: 16-20 Eritrea witnessed a small political tremor in the...
(Allafrica 02/28/13)
Uganda has granted asylum to the 15 players from the Eritrea football team and the team doctor who absconded in the country in December during the 2012 Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup. Apollo David Kazungu, the Commissioner for Refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda, said on Monday that the Refugee Eligibility Committee had found the group's claims valid and granted them refugee status. The Eritrean team had been eliminated in the tournament in the early stages after drawing with Zanzibar 0-0, losing 3-2 to Malawi and being beaten 2-0 by Rwanda in their last match on Saturday. Instead of boarding the next plane out of Uganda, 17 players and officials left their Sky Hotel reportedly to...
( 02/28/13)
While Islamist militants in Sinai remain a target of security operations, Eritrea complains to the UNSC that a shoot-to-kill policy is in force for African refugees illegally crossing into Israel. Eritrea has sent a complaint to the UN Security Council complaining about Egyptian security's shoot-to-kill policy of Eritrean refugees attempting to cross illegally Egyptian borders into Israel, diplomatic sources in New York tell Ahram Online. According to one source, the Eritrean complaint, which was signed by President Isaias Afewerki, suggested that Egyptian authorities are opting for a bloody approach to border control that, in the words of the letter, "violates human rights." This is the second complaint to be forwarded to the UN Security Council about Sinai in less than...

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