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Omar Jabir: A Wise Elder Departs

The passing of Omar Jabir is like the disappearance of a bright star from the Eritrean Revolutionary Firmament. As I have had occasion to declare in a posting in Awate a few years ago, Omar represents the soft side of the Eritrean character, a side that owns and uses empathy in his dealings with people.…

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An Open Letter To The Israeli Embassy

An Open letter to H.E. Mr. Ron Dermer, Ambassador of Israel to the United States of America Embassy of Israel, Washington D.C. Dear Ambassador Dermer, I am writing on behalf of thousands of Eritreans who are in Israel in conditions that raise serious concerns of human rights and humanitarian issues. They have been corralled and…

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Book Review: Paths To A Nation

Paths To The Nation: Islam, Community, and Early Nationalism in Eritrea, 1941-1961, By Joseph L. Venos. Review By Bereket Habte Selassie the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Introduction As I read this piece of work, with great interest, I was struck by two significant facts. First, of the top four leaders of Eritrean…

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Un Peace Keeping Operations: Between A Rock And A Hard Place

I. Introduction Peace keeping is one of the most important works undertaken by the United Nations Organization, involving enormous financial burden and the use of military forces coming from different countries.  Peacekeeping has become one of the functions for which the United Nations has become well-known, with the blue helmets of its forces patrolling areas…

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Beyond Antipathy

Beyond Antipathy:  The Concluding Part of Religion, Nationalism and Ethno-regional Politics Much of the public discourse among Eritreans has been characterized by acrimonious exchange of tirades. The underlying spirit in such exchanges can be summed up as antipathy. A legacy of pseudo-Marxist ideology of “class struggle,” which was espoused by a generation of Eritreans that…

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Archive: Ending Dialogue By Proxy

04 May 2017 Awate Team Comments (13)

Seventeen years after it was signed, the Algiers Eritrea-Ethiopia peace accord remained elusive. Fifteen years after the Eritrean Ethiopian Border…

Sanctions on Eritrea: Will They Or Won't They?

30 Apr 2017 Salyounis Comments (100)

1. It's sanctions season, and the question is "will they or won't they?"  Will the UN Security Council (UNSC) extend…

Seventeen Years in Prison without Charge

26 Apr 2017 awatestaff Comments (441)

The person profiled* in this edition is Haj Mohammed Ali Mahmoud, a citizen from the town of Gelluy, commonly pronounced…

The Death of Mihret Eyob as an Illustration

21 Apr 2017 Awate Team Comments (375)

The Eritrean tragedy is not obscure to anyone who follows current events; there is an international awareness about the thousands…

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