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WOLDEAB WOLDEMARIAM: A Biography of a Visionary Eritrean Patriot, by Dawit Mesfin

Review by Bereket Habte Selassie He spent a major part of his adult life fighting for freedom and human dignity, in a passionate struggle on behalf of his people, the forgotten people of Eritrea. His struggle was frequently a lonely one under bitterly disappointing circumstances—under conditions of mortal danger to his life and amid continued…

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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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Tyranny: Slavery Of the 21st century

04 Jan 2018 Neama Fkak Comments (39)

The last twenty-six years have been the most painful years for the Eritrean people. For more than two decades Eritreans…

A Somber New Years's Eve In Eritrea

01 Jan 2018 Gedab News Comments (161)

New Year’s Eve of 2018 has been the most somber night compared to how Eritreans celebrated the night in the…

Hajji Mussa: Awate.com 2017 Man of The Year

01 Jan 2018 awatestaff Comments (15)

On Friday, October 20, 2017, the Eritrean security forces arrested Hajji Mussa Mohamed Nur and scores of others from different…

The Hurt Locker: Film Review and Analysis

31 Dec 2017 Beyan Negash Comments (14)

In an era of the Internet, in the age of sound bites, and in the world of texts that collapse…

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