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Kiros Yohannes Pays Tribute to Saleh Gadi

I was moved and elated to read Kiros Yohannes poem on Saleh Gadi; it is a fitting tribute. Kiros Yohannes believes that we should not wait to express our appreciation and respect for the giants, who walk among us, till they are no longer with us. For the last few …

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Cold War Ended, Hot War Continues

The 20th century is very much defined by the cold war that continued from 1947 to 1991. For Eritreans however, that period was not cold at all, it was a never-ending cycle of violence, bloodshed and social displacement. In 1991 the general mood was optimistic as the end of the …

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The Intellectual Leader Osman Saleh Sabbe

All Eritrean martyrs have a story behind them. In addition, we have the disabled, crippled and deformed survivors to remind Eritreans of the hell they went through. Eritreans need them. Yes, they need them around… for they need to be reminded about the sufferings and the price they had to pay for self-determination and …

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Ethiopia And the Ghosts Of The Ancien-Regime

For the last few weeks, a spate of heightened unrest engulfed the Ethiopian Oromiya region protesting against urban encroachment on farmlands and expressing fear instigated by land-grabbing investments. Simultaneously, another unrest was raging in the Amhara region; it is related to the identity demands of the Qmant people. In both areas …

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Kebire, The Father Of Eritrean Martyrs

In the forties, when Kebire was assassinated, Eritreans were divided into two major political blocs: one advocating unity with Ethiopia and another opting for independence. Each bloc believed to own the truth and fiercely struggled to destroy the other bloc. In the process, Eritreans lost Eritrea, which slipped between their …

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Isaias’ Eritrea: No Official Is Safe

Like all countries ruled by totalitarian regimes, life in Eritrea revolves around the interest of the ruling party which monopolizes the national resources and equates the fate of the nation to its fate. Worse, the beleaguered Eritreans have no voice save for those in exile. Sports, national Radio, television, theaters, …

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The March To War (Archives-2005)

(The following is from the archives, it appeared on November 5, 2005.) “I have to state with much regret that your good self, and the Security Council, has forfeited your relevance on the very issues raised in a rather habitual manner, in your letter.” The above is an excerpt from a letter …

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The Ethiopian-Eritrean Intelligence War

It has been fifteen years since the bloody border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia ended in 2000. Since then, though the guns has been silenced, and occasional sporadic and limited clashes continued, thousands of Eritrean youth cross the border heading towards Ethiopian refugee camps from where they continue the arduous …

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September 1, Happy Double Awate Day

If nations do not have symbols, they create them. National symbols help solidify a common identity and strengthen unity. Every nation does gives attention to symbols, including the ancient Greeks who created “national mythos”. Some nations go as far as creating fictional narratives and heroes as symbols or created symbols …

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A Glance To The Past, A Focus On The Future

Eritreans have a myriad of unresolved internal issues to worry about external ones. However, all of the problems and crisis hindering the creation of an effective opposition force to unseat the tyrant is not totally their fault. Frustration has been building among Eritreans who feel like they are adding water …

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PFDJ’s Quotable Quotes From Ten Years Ago

The following quotes were first published on September 1, 2005. They were collected between Sept. 2004 and Sept. 2005 EXISTENTIALISM & OTHER UNSOLVED MYSTERIES “Netom Halewa emmo men yu kHlwom? (And who is going to watch over the watchdog?). As you can see, we have reached a stage where those …

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Help Keep The Lights On!

Updated July 14, 2014: On June 28, 2015, we issued a public appeal to support awate.com under the title, “Help Keep The Lights On!” which is appended below. Today we reporting on the activities of the 17 days, since the appeal was published. As of July 14, 2015, only ten people …

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Awate2020 Project survey Results

In March 2015 we carried out a survey to check the public perception of awate.com and its performance. The survey was part of an exercise to institutionalize the activities of awate.com, in the “Awate2020” project in preparation for the establishment of “Awate Center” which will be launched soon. The survey was …

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Eritreans Declare Initial Victory In Geneva

Freedom and justice loving Eritreans declared initial victory against repression in Geneva; future opposition activities, and confrontation with the regime of Isaias Afwerki, will be measured against the victory of June 26, 2015, which has become the yardstick. The Geneva rally has represented the true face of Eritrea; no such diverse crowd of …

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AlBashir Sticks Out His Tongue At The ICC

AlBashir was not the only one, South Africa also stuck its tongue out at the ICC, so did many African leaders, including dictators who naturally want to see the ICC close shop. On Saturday, AlBashir had arrived in South Africa to attend the African Union summit; the summit concluded on …

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EXCERPTS FROM THE PENCIL: Sept. 2000 – Sept. 2001

The following are editorial excerpts from The Pencil covering the first year of awate.com’s life, between September 2000 to September 2001. This archive file was first published on September 1, 2001. Incidentally, we are still trying to restore our archives so that it can be easily accessible, but the task …

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On Eritrea’s Independence Day Ten Years Ago

On May 28, 2005, on the occasion of Eritreans Independence Day anniversary, the following editorial appeared on awate.com under the title, “The Hidden Picture of Eritrea Under PFDJ” What has changed, or what will change under the current Eritrean rulers is everybody’s guess. But this may help to remind people what …

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