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The Black Hole That Devoured Light (Archives)

This article by Aklilu Zere first appeared on Branna column, on Jan 14, 2010 The following are Thoughts of wisdom from Paulo Coelho in “Brida”: In life, each person or group of people can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, …

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The Good Tegadalit

 As the saying goes, “Behind every successful man, there is a strong, brave, wise and hardworking woman”, it is also true without an iota of doubt: behind the successful Eritrean Gedli, there was a strong, wise, courageous, selfless, resilient and hardworking Tegadalit This article is incomplete and imperfect. And the …

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22 Questions

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill …

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Reversal Of Fortune

“Courage in a vilified enemy is a despicable discovery.” By David Mitchel Events are happening so fast for those who choose stagnation. But change is governed by its own dynamic laws and no human force can stop it. In reverse chronological order the following events unfolded recently: PDFJ thugs were …

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How About Now?

The seed that was planted last year in Addis has germinated and has started growing. It is growing healthy and robust. If I were the farmer or the Gardner I will be a satisfied person. That is my answer to my question. Will this satisfy the curious reader? I don’t …

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The Fish That Divided The People: A Novelette

“Some people weave burlap into the fabric of our lives, and some weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the whole picture beautiful and unique” a proverb. I do not know now, but in my time and hundreds of years back, fish was not part of the highlanders’ diet. The …

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An Almost Forgotten Article

This article was the only article that I wrote in 2004 but was not posted on Awate.com because it violated a tenet: multiple posting. I had posted it on Gebeel and Dekebat websites and I just remembered it when I read Semere Tesfai’s recent posting. Here it is being reposted …

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Discriminate barbarity and the era of Exodus: Part 3 of 3

(Discriminate barbarity: Part 1 and Part 2) As the strugglers grew in numbers their task also grew in quantity, quality and complexities, needing new approaches and new strategies. As a Gardner knows the plant he tends, those who started the struggle thought they knew the struggle no matter how the …

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Discriminate Barbarity And The Era Of Exodus: Part 2 of 3

(Discriminate Barbarity And The Era Of Exodus: Part 1 of 3) The king of Ethiopia chose to have friendship with both the Arabs and the Israelis. To please the Israelis, he bashed the Arabs. To please the Arabs he suppressed the Ethiopian Jews called the Falashas. Both the Arabs and …

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Discriminate Barbarity And The Era Of Exodus (1 of 3)

“A Glass house dweller” …Instead of not throwing stones, I try to throw stones in pairs. For every one I throw at someone else’s glass house, I try to throw one at the equivalent place on my house. . ..By throwing stones at my house, I discover the weaker windows, …

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Eritreans’ “Picnic” To Death

“They will come back. They are going for a picnic. They will come back one day.” – Isaias Afwerki, interview with Reuters, October 21, 2009 As I try to write this article, my heart feels heavy; my hands numb, my blood curdle and my brain oscillate faster than a Hadron …

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The Era Of Chaos: The Mistake Of The King

(This is the third and final part of a series title : The Era Of Chaos. Links to previous parts are provided at the bottom of this article) The king missed something, he directed his efforts only towards the men. The fundamental mistake of the king was to try to exploit …

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The Era Of Chaos: The Flag

In the previous portion, we read that the British trained and formed a local police force and made sure that the force they should not interfere or get involved in politics. In cities and towns carried guns but batons, on the countryside they carried guns. They were village men with …

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The Era Of Chaos: Colonizers And Women

“Ah my friend, ‘its true” cried old Natty Bumppo, slapping his knee. “A man cannot know hisself if he don’t know where he came from.” Jacob Franklin Templeton The following is a narrative of a man born in the era of chaos. It is a long narrative seen through his …

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Infestation Of Psycho Spiritual Malaise

“…….I don’t know how it is today, but in the not-too-distant past, there were distinguished people to whom abusing and denigrating victims afforded feeling similar to those of the Marquis de Sade and the marquise de Brinsvilliers. I think that there is something in these sensations that, in these people, …

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How About Then?

Unmasking a Confidence Trickster: By Franz Kafka     …And my companion subscribed to it in his own name and-with a smile-in mine too, stretched his right arm up along the wall and leaned his cheek upon it, shutting his eyes.    But I did not wait to see the …

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Educating (Not Amusing) A Sensitive Reader

G. Ande is uncivilized because he stole information that was not freely given to him by me. He might have understood my articles the wrong way (none of my business) but when he went public with his erroneous, vulgar and divisive interpretation (my business) I have no choice but to …

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Food & Eating Etiquettes In Kebesa

People eat to live or to enjoy food if they are from the lands of abundance, but not in Kebesa. Eritrean highlanders ate to survive. They would do anything to survive and preserve their being because they valued the sanctity of life. They feared and hated death and they abhorred …

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