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Daniel G. Mikael

Our National Hypnosis: April 27 vs May 24

Let’s start with a pop quiz. An easy one, I promise.  So easy, most Eritreans –children to adults– know the answer to this question, without even thinking.  Without thinking, eh? Usually, that doesn’t lead to enlightened conclusions; which is partly what this post is about, the unintended consequences of going …

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If You Love Your Country, Reform It

Let’s start with the word itself: Reform, a word often misused and misunderstood. The truth is, when it comes to Eritrea and Eritreans, the meaning of the word ‘reform’ depends on who you ask and the context of what one is talking about. In this case, when we are talking …

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Detoxifying Our Politics

It’s almost 2014 and Isaias Afeworki is still there, reigning over and ruining Eritrea. Change will come sooner or later. Of course it will! Sooner, if the movement for democratic change manages to quickly create an atmosphere ripe enough for those who can act, take a decisive action; or later, …

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Ethiopia: the Elephant in the Room

Suppose a patient walks into an emergency room with a big axe sticking out of his head. The medical staff is bewilderingly looking at this guy, perplexed at how on earth he is even alive.  They prepare to do something about this deadly axe and ask the victim how he …

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The Spirit Of Asmara

Let’s start with one of my favorite songs: “Asmera Shkor, Asmera Bella, men kwedadera!” by Aaron Abraham. It roughly translates to “Nothing compares to you, sweet, beautiful Asmara”. Love knows no bounds, indeed. Nothing compares to the one you love most. It is poetry and the words are simply meant …

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Eritrea: Anatomy Of A Revolution

Are we there yet? Has our Second Revolution started already? Is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? How far are we from the spark that will bring us closer to the destination?  The destination is not an end unto itself of course; it’s just …

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How To Defeat Isaias Afwerki

Just like any dysfunctional relationship among humans, dictatorships don’t just occur overnight. They take years of bending, twisting and breaking the normal, healthy, rules of human bonding. Bullying gives way to submission and before we know it, acute problems turn into chronic ailments. A bride and a groom who vowed …

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From Tahrir Square, To Godena Harnet

Warning: The following article may be offensive to some old men and other slow moving objects. “May you live in interesting times”, goes the ancient Chinese proverb. It is supposed to be a veiled curse – a prelude to “May you find what you are looking for”. We yet have …

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Eritrea: Ten More Years Of Dictatorship

Let’s get down right to it. Who among us honestly believes that the PFDJ regime will collapse or get toppled in the year 2011? How about 2012? Maybe? It’s a blind guess, isn’t it? Barring any unforeseen circumstances, there is little indication that the system is in an imminent danger …

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A Case For Dissolving The PFDJ

How is this for a rather crazy, absurd, naïve, unrealistic and outlandish idea? I believe next year’s National Conference for Democratic Change should be held in Asmara. Yes, Asmara as in Asmara, Eritrea. Calm down!…and hold your dismissive gestures please, for as one would expect, there are some fine prints–tiny …

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Every September, We will Remember

I saw Isaias Afwerki in person only on two occasions. The first one was in the summer of 1999 when he visited the United States and joined the Eritrean festival at an arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC.  The place was packed by as many as …

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Of Kings And Bandits: A Book Review

As the title of the book insinuates, “Of Kings And Bandits” is a story – actually many artfully crafted stories – seemingly set to challenge the conventional wisdom and debunk widely accepted versions of history of Abysinia, by exploring tales and legends of “great kings” who ascend to power illegitimately, of viceroys and their lackeys who invade, pillage and kill; and of course, of bandits who are royalty in the hearts of their people. One people’s bandit is another’s freedom fighter.

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What The US Should Do About Eritrea

In 2006, US-backed Ethiopia invaded Somalia and removed from power the Islamic Courts Union, which it perceived as a brewing threat.  To the United States, it was another extension of the global war on terror and it openly backed the invasion, claiming that the Islamic Courts were harboring terrorists responsible …

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The Two Eritreas

Eritreans who live abroad know this very familiar drill. An inquisitive person asks “Where are you from?” and we proudly say “Eritrea” and get ready for that confused look that nine out of ten people give us. Never heard of our tiny country? No problem. Out comes our plethora of …

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Eritrea 2010: Shaping Our Future

National Reconciliation Conference.  There is a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Citizens coming together to shed their differences, rectify mistakes, forgive transgressions, vow to make amends and bravely face their destiny to live in harmony and in a spirit of brotherly love. Henceforth, let us usher a new era …

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A Protest To Mend 50 Years Of Injustice And Unfairness

The entire hullabaloo about the ‘unjust’ and ‘unfair’ sanction is becoming a nightmare. Assuming the Resolution was hatched up in the US; this time one would fail to find the rational. We know the reasons behind the 1950s decision of the UN to federate Eritrea with Ethiopia, but can anyone …

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We Cannot Afford to Be Divided

Finally the dream of the faithful Eritreans is approaching and it will come true. My happiness heightened when three opposition groups took a vital positive initiative and united. That is what an honest Eritrean wishes. That is what many were waiting for years, to join the struggle for freedom and …

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The Audacity of Supporting America’s Policy

There is a proverb that goes something like this: “A thief believes everybody steals.”  How convenient! – for the thief, that is. We have an equivalent one in Tigrigna: “zebene wra wra nebsKa ayteEbra”. Hmmm, we can only say that dishonest rationalization knows no limits. It doesn’t make the thievery any …

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The Audacity of Supporting America’s Policy

There is a proverb that goes something like this: “A thief believes everybody steals.”  How convenient! – for the thief, that is. We have an equivalent one in Tigrigna: “zebene wra wra nebsKa ayteEbra”. Hmmm, we can only say that dishonest rationalization knows no limits. It doesn’t make the thievery any …

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Time For Unconventional Ideas

“Why do some ideas thrive while others die?” asks a great book by two geeky brothers (Chip and Dan Heath). The authors then explore the “stickiness” factor of ideas that have flourished or floundered over time.  Why do we tune out important information that may have significant impact over our …

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