Thursday 19 April 2018
(Shabait 05/27/13)
President Isaias Afwerki and Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela, Administrator of Sudanese Red Sea region, held talks at the State Hall today, 26 May. During the meeting the two sides conducted extensive discussions on ways of developing relations as well as reinforcing the historical ties and implementation of the already existing agreements. After the meeting, Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela told Erina that the meeting with President Isaias Adwerki was aimed at reinforcing the relationship of the two countries and people, and on linking the two countries with land transportation in accordance wit the agreement previously reached as well as on ways to strengthen cultural and tourism ties. It is to be recalled that Dr. Mohammed Tahir Ela participated in the 22...
(Shabait 05/27/13)
During the celebrations they conducted in connection with the 22nd Independence Day, Eritreans living in different countries expressed that national holidays are symbols of harmony and unity of the Eritrean people. Speaking on the occasion conducted in Kuwait in which Ambassadors of different countries and other invited guests were present, Mr. Osman Saleh, chairperson of Eritrean community, indicated that the specialty of the event lies on the fact that it is being celebrated at a time when anti-Eritrea agendas have ended up in utter failure and that the economic development achieved in the past 22 years of independence are vivid indicators for the bright future of the country. The participants on their part expressed readiness to back up national development...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(RFI(EN) 05/24/13)
Eritrea celebrates its 20th anniversary of independence on Friday with state-run media describing festivities across the country. But Amnesty International has decried the alleged human rights abuses committed by the one-party government run by President Isaias Afewerki, asserting that some 10,000 people are being held in jails. Read more here: http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20130523-Eritrea-20th-anniversary-haunt...
(Shabait 05/24/13)
Asmara — Dr. Mohamed Morsy, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal, and President Pranab Mukherjee of India, respectively sent messages of congratulations in connection with the 22nd Independence Day anniversary. In their respective messages, the leaders wished President Isaias good health, as well as peace and prosperity to the Eritrean people. Moreover, President Mukherjee expressed conviction that bilateral ties between Eritrea and India would be fostered in a way that benefits the two nations and their peoples.
(The Toronto Star 05/23/13)
Canada is investigating allegations that Eritrea's consulate in Toronto has continued to solicit money from Eritrean-Canadians despite the government's warnings to stop. The Eritrean government is still collecting taxes from expatriates in Canada to bankroll its military regime, despite being warned by the Department of Foreign Affairs to stop, a human rights group alleges. New documents appear to show the Consulate General of Eritrea in Toronto has been imposing a 2 per cent income tax and a national defence fee of up to $500 on Eritrean-Canadians as recently as January. According to the Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Canada, the tax and fee are collected in exchange for standard documents such as visas, passports or birth certificates. Canada warned Eritrea...
(Global post 05/22/13)
TORONTO — Canada is investigating allegations that Eritrea’s diplomatic mission in Toronto has continued soliciting money for the East African regime’s military despite being warned by the Department of Foreign Affairs to stop. The RCMP and Foreign Affairs are reviewing new evidence that appears to show the Consulate General of Eritrea has been imposing a fee of up to $500 on Eritrean-Canadians to meet the country’s national defence needs. The fundraising scheme would be illegal since Eritrea is the subject of United Nations Security Council sanctions. Canada insisted in September that Eritrea either cease soliciting such payments or recall its consul, Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael. But nine months later, evidence gathered by an Eritrean-Canadian human rights group shows the practice...
(CBC News 05/22/13)
There are calls to expel Eritrea's top diplomat in Canada because he presides over a system that's milking money from the Eritrean community in this country. Evidence obtained by CBC News suggests Consul Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael is again soliciting taxes despite a threat by Canada eight months ago not to renew his credentials if he kept at it. But one Eritrean in Toronto, who has asked not to be identified, tells the CBC it was business as usual just a few weeks later when he had to pay. "You have to go to the consulate and they arrange how you have to pay the money. They want two per cent … they don't give you a reason. You have...
(News24 05/22/13)
Nairobi - While 20 years ago Eritreans danced to celebrate their newly gained independence, on May 24 this year few have much to smile about other than fond memories of happier times. "There is so much to be proud about as a nation," said Emmanuel Tesfai, a former fighter who battled during the 30-year war to win his country's freedom from Ethiopia. "But there is no space for political freedom in the country today," he said, speaking from exile in Kenya. Criticism is high of Eritrea's human rights situation because of the absence of freedom of speech and the repression of religious minorities. Many Eritreans flee first across the dangerous border into Sudan, and end up either in refugee camps...
(Shabait 05/22/13)
Barentu — The 22nd Independence anniversary Day was celebrated in Gash Barka region on May 20 at a regional level. During the occasion in which Mr. Al-Amin Mohammed-Seid, Secrtary of the PFDJ, Ministers, Army Commanders, heads of national associations as well as thousands of Nationals took part, Mr. Mohammed Hamid, Administrator of the region, said that regardless of the external conspiracies to deter the country's economic development the people and Government of Eritrea are registering significant achievements without being hostage to such conspiracies. He further out lined the development programs implemented during the past years of independence and that expansion of educational and health services, judicious use of land and water, increased agricultural produce, improved administrative mechanism, ensuring safety and...
(Shabait 05/21/13)
Barentu — Reports indicated that programs in connection with Independence Day observance are continuing with patriotic fervor in all sub-zones of Gash-Barka region. Accordingly, an exhibition has been opened in Barentu city by the Administrator of the region, Mr. Mohammed Hamd, highlighting the region's cultural diversity vis-à-vis the accomplished development activities, while cycling tournaments were conducted among the 8 sub-zones. Mr. Rezene Abraha, chairman of the region's holidays coordinating committee, disclosed that the celebrations at regional level would continue for 2 days adequately depicting the current theme: "Eritrea - Shield of Resilience and Nobility of Work." Among the participants, Ms. Halima Mohammed-Seid, Mr. Mohammed-Osman Ahmed and Mr. Hamd Osman asserted that such colorful celebrations attest to the way nationals deeply...
(Shabait 05/17/13)
Asmara — The 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Eritrea and the People's Republic of China (PRC) was commemorated yesterday at the Chinese Embassy in the presence of President Isaias Afwerki, senior Eritrean government and PFDJ officials, as well as invited guests. Speaking on the occasion, the Chinese Ambassador to Eritrea, Mr. Niu Qing, said that the similarity of both countries in terms of culture and historical background has enabled them to foster diplomatic ties based on mutual respect and partnership. He further pointed out that the development programs jointly accomplished in Eritrea over the past 20 years in the domains of infrastructure, education, health, mining and others attest to this. Also speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador...
(Sudan Tribune 05/17/13)
ADDIS ABABA) - The United Nations special rapporteur on Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, said the human rights situation in the reclusive Red Sea nation remained “unacceptable”, calling for the country to be closely monitored. Keetharuth made the comments following a visit to Ethiopia and Djibouti as part of her mission to assess the human rights situation in Eritrea. Keetharuth was forced to carry out her mission by talking to Eritrean refugees being sheltered in neighbouring countries, after authorities in Asmara refused her entry into the country. During a 10-day visit to Ethiopia and Djibouti, Keetharuth collected first-hand information directly from Eritrean refugees, with the UN human rights expert stressing the need to improve the human rights situation in the East...
(Shabait 05/17/13)
In its meeting today, the Cabinet of Ministers held discussion regarding the all-round preparations underway for this year’s rainy season vis-à-vis weather forecast and the necessary resources thereof. In opening remarks, President Isaias Afwerki underscored the imperative of not resorting to undue reliance on rain-fed farming, and thus lay emphasis on lasting solution through expanding irrigation farming and addressing prevailing challenges. Moreover, he emphasized the significance of voluntary settlement in irrigation sites and reinforcement of productivity in other sectors to this end, besides the vitality of exerting integrated endeavors on the part of Administrations and pertinent bodies. Noting the need for resorting to irrigation farming at the earliest time possible while at the same time making optimum use of rain...
(Shabait 05/16/13)
Asmara — Institutions in the Central region which would take part on Independence Day observances have reportedly made ample preparations for carnival shows, due to be staged on the 21st and 22nd this month along the streets of Asmara. Mr. Abel Ainalem and Mr. Petros Berhe from Segen Construction Company and Asmara Flowers respectively noted the vitality of such shows in depicting the nation's progress over the past 2 decades, and thereby promoting the right image of the country. Likewise, Mr. Zerabrukh, Artist, and Mr. Yasin Mohammed, owner of Semhar Tannery, said that an event of this type is good opportunity for the promotion of products, besides the fact that it adds color to the celebrations. Ms. Tekh'a Tesfamichael, chairman...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/15/13)
Australia-based South Boulder Mines has handed the reclusive state of Eritrea an increased stake in its Colluli potash mine under the terms of a new joint venture agreement, the miner said in a statement. South Boulder, which had held a 90 percent stake in the potash project, said it and the Eritrean Mining Corporation (ENAMCO) would now each hold a 50 percent stake of a newly formed company, Colluli Mining Share Company. South Boulder said last year the asset held 1.08 billion tonnes of 18 percent grade - or 194 million tonnes of contained potash. In a statement dated May 14, the miner called the agreement a "major milestone" which would help advance discussions with potential investors. No-one from the...
(The Economist 05/15/13)
ERITREANS are engaging in a popular new pastime on Friday nights. In arguably Africa's most paranoid police state, the quietly rebellious stay home and wait for the phone to ring. The draw is the faint possibility of a subversive voice on the other end of the line. The chosen few will hear a minute of recorded seditious suggestions such as: “Start asking questions”, or “Don't take this lying down”—stirring stuff in Africa's answer to North Korea. The calls are part of a campaign called “Freedom Friday”, which its organisers in the Eritrean diaspora hope will be a small step towards breaking the silence in their country. The effort began two years ago when a brave soul smuggled out a telephone...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(Capital Eritrea 05/13/13)
In its May 2013 Regional Economic Outlook, Building Momentum in a Multi-Speed World, the IMF said that the near-term outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains broadly positive, with growth projected to accelerate modestly to around 5½ percent in 2013–14, following a year of strong growth in 2012. The favorable prospects partly reflect the gradually improving outlook for the global economy with investment in export-oriented sectors being the important driver of growth. “The positive outlook for the region is conditional on the implementation of sound macroeconomic policies, although the necessary policy mix differs across countries,” Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF’s African Department, said. “Given the presence of risk, fast-growing countries with low policy buffers should give priority to rebuilding...
(Asmarino Independent 05/13/13)
The following is an excerpt of accumulated questions sent by interested Eritreans at various times to the editorial section of the America Team to be answered by Mr. John Stauffer, president of the America Team for Displaced Eritreans. Mr. John Stauffer, 70, is an American who since 2004 has been working continuously to help asylum-seeking Eritreans get refuge and assist them in living a stable life wherever they are relocated. Mr. Stauffer is a retiree after 38 years of honorable work in U.S. industry, and has after retirement dedicated all his time working day and night to help Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers with advocacy and covering pertinent expenses often with his own resources. No wonder, today, many Eritreans call...

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