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For #IWD2020 Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, highlights 25 Women Political Prisoners in #Egypt, #Russia, #China, #Iran, #Turkey, #Burundi, #Saudi Arabia, the #Philippines, and #Eritrea
“In #Egypt, President Sisi has attempted to quash dissent and consolidate control by wrongfully imprisoning human rights defenders.”

- Mahienour el-Masry, a human rights lawyer
- Esraa Abdel Fattah, a human rights activist and reporter
“In #Russia, President Putin’s government utilizes politically-motivated imprisonment to bolster its power by cracking down on journalists, human rights advocates, religious minorities, Ukrainian citizens, and civil society advocates.”

- Yulia Tsetkova, LGBT activist
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After handing #Kenya's KDF the MOST HUMILIATING military defeat (in Kenya's & AMISOM's history) in #ElAdde, Somalia; #AlShabaab has SUCCEEDED in using 4GW (Asymmetric Warfare) to create a CLIMATE OF COLLAPSE in North East Kenya. Teachers have FLED & refuse POSTING in N.E.Kenya.
Feeble-minded Leadership
Kenya is a nation where Islamists kill its civilians & security personnel, while the government (GoK) seeks solution from Islamists
2. UIC & Feeble-Minded Leadership

In 2006, somali terrorist group, Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), defeated CIA-backed secular warlords & established a SHARIA Kirtarchy in Mogadishu. Ethiopia sought to contain this Islamist threat, but Kenya refused to SUPPORT Zenawi's initiative
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(1/10) This is a report card on #Eritrea Prez Isaias Afwerki considered by himself & NNNN as a political architect of the Horn of Africa. From #Somalia, #Sudan, #SouthSudan, #Djibouti, to #Ethiopia, he has wasted #Eritrean treasury grooming satellite orgs. All for nothing.
(2/10) #SouthSudan: The #SPLA had members who were for secession & members for reforming Sudan and remaining part of it. Despite Isaias Afwerki's cries, the secessionist won and they proved it in a referendum where 99% voted for independence. Isaias didn't attend the ceremony.
(3/10) #Darfur Sudan: Although #Eritrea has no border with West Sudan, Isaias inserted himself &, along with #Qatar (now enemy state) conducted a long and useless effort, including hosting armed Darfuri rebels. In the intra #Sudan reconciliation now, he has no role or influence.
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Today, the expanded #MuslimBan went into effect, impacting 300 million people. The list of countries banned in part or in full, includes Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Yemen, and Venezuela.
#Burma was added to the expanded #MuslimBan. Burma's population is 57 million of which 4% are Muslim - including the Rohingya Muslims who have been heavily targeted by the government. All immigrants from Burma are barred, except ‘Special Immigrants’
#Eritrea, another country added to the #MuslimBan as part of the #AfricanBan has a population of 6 million of which 50% are Muslim. All immigrants from Eritrea are barred, except ‘Special Immigrants.'
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1/ If, as this thread by @yashar suggests, the #US airstrikes in #Baghdad, #Iraq lead to #Iran violently retaliating worldwide, one region of immediate concern could be the Horn of Africa.
@yashar 2/ There is latent Muslim Brotherhood presence in #Sudan, Iranian nationals have been arrested in #Kenya multiple times in recent years attempting to carry out attacks, and Iranian weapons flow across the Gulf of Aden into #Somalia.
@yashar 3/ Regarding #Kenya, in 2016 two #Iran ian nationals and their Kenyan driver were accused of planning an attack on #Israel's embassy in #Nairobi:…
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1. Black ppl, no matter where we come from, experience racism - and that racism shapes our life chances. In this edition of our meme series, we’re looking @ #BlackImmigrants and how laws & policies have devastating effects on foreign-born Black ppl here in the U.S.

A thread...
2. The US Census notes there are around 4.2M Black immigrants in the U.S., & of that number, about 600K are #undocumented. For these Black ppl, living @ the intersection of immigration & race, bias, racism, and criminalization make their experiences uniquely difficult. Examples…
3. After #HurricaneDorian devastated the #Bahamas, Black folks living there found it difficult to seek refuge in the U.S.. Bahamians were denied entry into the U.S. & the current admin. has refused to extend Temporary Protected Status* to the Bahamas.
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1. #Yemen #UN Group of Eminent Experts just released second annual report.

GEE recommend states strengthen their mandate at #UN Human Rights Council this month, incl. to collect + preserve evidence of abuse and report directly to HRC.

Thread below.…
2. After release of first report, #Yemen #UAE #Saudi #Egypt refused to cooperate with group.

Despite restrictions, GEE conducted >600 interviews w/ victims, witnesses and other sources, and examined a large volume of documentary and open-source material.
3. Legal context: non-international armed conflict between Houthis and GoY, with coalition as parties (tbd how UAE/Yemen battles impact in future).

Also note other non-international armed conflicts, incl between AQAP and GoY, with IHL applying to US actions against AQAP.
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This is an excerpt from #SerendipitysTrace, a book I wrote two years ago, a collection of poems and reflections. Read this as a thread.

History’s Malevolence

The middle ground is treacherous
Preaching unity to all sides dangerous
Creating consensus out of chaos
Is often laden with insults—profoundly onerous
It’s easier rebuilding the tower of Babel
But lend me an ear brethren and sisters
What if I told you history was malevolent
Facts rewritten by victors and conquerors
In order to split the masses into opponents
Propagating propaganda to prolong injustice
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~~Our master Bilal (ra) struggled with Arabic/Tajwid/Makharij?!

Debunking a folklore based on a fabrication (not reliable hadith!)~~

#Sahaba #Habasha #Habesha #Eritrea #Ethiopia
For those who want to watch me explaining it:

Here the two Rafidi clowns, the Park Runner and his brother the Tweezer using the same folklore belief (biLaL strUgGLed wiTh aRaBic/pRonuNciaTioN) and my response:

A famous (yet unauthentic) narration that is widely circulated (especially championed by Rafidah and Qadyanis to justify the failure of their leaders who haven't mastered basic Tajwid) is:

"The 'sin' (س) of Bilal is 'shin' (ش) in the hearing of God."
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Thread: As a refugee advocate & doing my radio program 'Voices of Eritrean Refugees' since 2008, I have met many refugees whose stories has given me many sleepless nights and had me often question humanity. I will try to share as many stories as I can.
1, Keshi Okbay (Priest Okbay) was a 36 years old man, comes from a very rural area in #Eritrea. After serving in the military service for many years he decided to leave the country and made it to #Sudan, he was then kidnapped at the border by a group of Rashida
1/1, they took him to a house and there he met 28 other kidnapped Eritrean refugees in they chained all 29 together and put them in a pick up truck and covered them with blankets and started driving. After 13 days they arrived in Sinai and sold the group at an auction.
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Dawit Habtemichael

Physics teacher at UOA, & Co-founder + editor of Meqalih newspaper.

A jovial, hard working individual who organised literary clubs, coached volleyball, & a sharp critical mind who scrutinised issues in #Eritrea|n society/govt in his column.

Abducted 2001
Amanuel Asrat

Zemen editor-in-chief, award-winning poet & songwriter.

Largely credited for #Eritrea|n poetry resurgence early 2000s. Most popular art critic of his time.

Unlike much Eritrean wartime poetry, he portrayed the ugly side of conflict.

Abducted 2001.
Idris Abu’Are

Author & journalist

Respected critical thinker known for his public readings & seminars on history of #Eritrea|n independence struggle.

Vocal in criticism of Govt conduct, he was abducted from his home in Oct 2001 after openly denouncing arrest of the G-15.
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18 yrs. It took EPLF 18 yrs from inception to liberation. 1973 - 91, EPLF - birthed from 3 splinter ELF groups - moulded into a highly progressive, egalitarian front that revolutionized #Eritrea. Plus an exceptionally disciplined, creative & invincible fighting force.

But most of all, EPLF was a Logistical Phenomenon. Mastering a detailed, complex & coordinated operation involving 10000s of #Eritrea|ns, facilities & supplies over decades.

Strategy, Ownership, Partners, Comms, Org, Inventory, Info, Plan, Mgmnt, Coordination, Execution.
Inhospitable mountains & deserts were carved into under unrelenting assaults behind trenches stretching 320km.:

Building underground homes; factories; schools, garages, halls, laboratories, hosiptal (7km long - worlds longest) etc for 10000s of #Eritrea|ns.
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Current 2018 members of UN Human Rights Council include:
•DR Congo
•Saudi Arabia
•United Arab Emirates
New members to be elected on Oct. 12 to UN Human Rights Council include:
• Eritrea
• Bahrain
• Somalia
• Cameroon
• Philippines
• Bangladesh
“Countries with poor human rights records like Saudi Arabia will never have a seat on the council again.”
—Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch, 2006
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#Ethiopia-#Eritrea:PM #AbiyAhmed makes unannounced visit to Port #Massawa & #Assab today, ETV & FanaBc said. It follows last night's announcement that an Ethiopian commercial ship was scheduled to dock in in port Massawa after 20 yrs. PM Abiy was welcomed by Pres. Isaias Afwerki.
Update: PM #AbiyAhmed visited port #Assab & the 71km long road which stretches from #Ethiopian border to the port. He is also expected to visit port of Massawa this afternoon

⏩Ethiopian commercial ship will dock today at #Massawa Port from #SaudiArabia…
Update: PM #AbiyAhmed will have two days of official visit to #Eritrea during which he will also travel to the capital #Asmara and "will hold extensive discussions with President Isaias Afwerki to assess and expedite implementation of the agreement of 9 July," @hawelti said.
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#Ethiopia -#Eritrea: Community leaders, elders, women and the youth from #Ethiopia's #Zalambessa city & its environs have crossed to #Senafe, a market city in the southern #Eritrea, as part of people-to-people diplomacy following recent rapprochement between the two countries.
Update: Watch a joyous reunion as the communities from #Zalamessa and #Senafe met. The 1998 - 2000 border war between #Eritrea & #Ethiopia resulted in border closure and heavy militarization on both sides. Both countries are now normalizing their relations. Vid. Senait Mebrahtu
በትግራይ ምስራቃዊ ዞን የጎሎመኻዳ ወረዳ የልዑካን ቡድን ኤርትራ ገባ…
ገብተዋል። ቡድኑ ወደ ሰርሓ ሲገባም የኤርትራ ወታደሮች አቀባበል እንዳደረጉላቸው የትግራይ ክልል ምስራቃዊ ዞን አስተዳደር ጽህፈት ቤት አስታውቋል።
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Thread: Updates and discussion on you know what region. #Ethiopia ...
With the downfall of former President Abdi Illey, numerous exiled members of the #Somali activism community are returning home to participate in the transition period debates and discussion. Crucial times these are.
Most have heard of Jawar's homecoming, but this man, Mustafa Omer, a renowned outspoken Somali democracy activist has returned to #Ethiopia after 11 years. He paid a steep price, the Abdi regime murdered his brother amd badly tortured his father in 2016 to silence him.
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During the civil war in #Ethiopia, the Marxist Mengistu regime --with the largest standing army in Africa-- used food as a weapon of war against Eritrean and Tigrayan rebels and their sympathizers. They waged a brutal starvation and bombing campaign against civilians for years.
The most characteristic feature of the war has been indiscriminate violence against civilians by the Ethiopian army and air force. The army deliberately killed and wounded tens of thousands of civilians and the air force bombed civilians and civilian targets. #Tigray #Eritrea
In both #Eritrea and #Tigray, aerial bombardment has caused massive loss of lives, property damage and displacement, and forced cross-border relief convoys to restrict movement to nighttime hours only. REST aid convoys and feeding centers were all targets of the bombing.
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This is my son and our first guest. J was 2 when he moved in- now, at nearly 5, he feels he has a big, Syrian brother. The love between the two of them is wonderful.
And this is my boy with one of our current guests, Y. Y and his wife and baby girl are from #Eritrea, so we have learned about East African politics, food, music and dancing.
Guests at @RefugeesAtHome come from 55 different countries- well, 54 and stateless. People often think of young, Muslim males from the Middle East; but people can seek safety from anywhere. They just need a reasonable fear of persecution, for a defined reason (race, sex etc)
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