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Fears over African migrants held by Sinai Bedouin

31 December 2010 Human rights groups say Bedouin smuggling gangs are holding over a hundred African migrants for ransom in the Sinai desert. The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes has had rare access to smugglers close to the Israeli border. Dusk is falling across the desert as we arrive at our rendezvous. It has taken five hours […]

Sudan — A nation divided: Eritrea and Ethiopia’s proxy war

Part 6  Saturday 25 December 2010 / by KASSAHUN  Eritrea’s importance in the Horn of Africa regional politics is dictated more by its strategic location along the Red Sea than its wealth. Despite talks of gold discovery, Eritrea is one the world’s poorest countries with an economy that was further bankrupted by a costly and […]

Thousands in Tel Aviv protest plan for refugee detention facility

Israelis march through Tel Aviv for refugees’ rights; refugees also march carrying signs reading ‘Torture and persecution in Eritrea, detention facility in Israel.’ By Ilan Lior   Thousands of Israelis marched through the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday morning in protest against a government plan to construct a massive detention facility for foreigners infiltrating […]

Eritrean leader says Zenawi tried to assassinate him, WikiLeaks reveals

By PETER LEFTIE pmutibo@ke.nationmedia.comPosted Friday, December 17 2010 at 20:06 Eritrean strongman Isaias Afeworki was nearly assassinated while on his way back to Asmara after a family holiday in Kenya, secret American diplomatic cables have revealed. The secret cables posted online by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks accuse Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, a one time ally of Afeworki in Addis Ababa’s […]

Case studies: African migrants smuggled into Israel

16 December 2010 Last updated at 12:31 GMT African migrants in Israel are worried after the government announced plans for a large new detention centre in the southern Negev desert and started work on a barrier to seal off the border with Egypt. Officials say more than 35,000 people have crossed the Sinai to enter […]

US warned Eritrea of ‘strong and swift’ response to terror

By EA writer  (email the author) Posted Monday, December 13 2010 at 17:34 The United States repeatedly warned Eritrea last year that it would be held accountable for any attack on the US by Somalia’s Al Shabaab militants, a leaked diplomatic cable reveals. Eritrea is in a very perilous situation, US ambassador Ronald McMullen is said to have told government […]

US embassy cables: Eritrea attempts ‘charm offensive’ to woo Obama, Wednesday 8 December 2010 21.30 GMT Monday, 09 February 2009, 14:53 S E C R E T ASMARA 000047 DEPARTMENT FOR AF/EX AND AF/E EO 12958 DECL: 02/02/2019 TAGS PREL, PTER, ECON, ER SUBJECT: AN ERITREAN OVERTURE TO THE UNITED STATES REF: ASMARA 35 Classified By: Ambassador Ronald K. McMullen for reason 1.4(d)  1. […]

WikiLeaks: Football, gold and grilled sheep innards in Eritrea

By Tim Lister, CNN December 9, 2010 — Updated 1136 GMT (1936 HKT) (CNN) — In Eritrea, as in most of east Africa, football — or soccer — is a passion. But so dire is its economic and political situation that its best players, in fact the whole national team, defected in 2009 while at […]

Eritrean head of state visits Cairo to discuss regional issues

Staff Thu, 02/12/2010 – 14:11 President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday met with his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki, in Cairo to discuss African and Middle Eastern issues and bilateral relations. No other officials were present, sources close to the president told Al-Masry Al-Youm. Afwerki last visited Egypt in May. The meeting comes amid deteriorating relations between […]

Many expats feel fleeced by their diplomatic missions

By IBRAHIM NAFFEE | ARAB NEWS Published: Nov 25, 2010 00:20 Updated: Nov 25, 2010 00:20 JEDDAH: Many expatriate workers say they are being fleeced by their own consulates that impose taxes on their income. They claim the consulates will not renew passports unless their respective citizens pay a fixed tax. An expatriate cannot live […]

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