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Dr. Bereket Habteselasse

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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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Eritreans Must Unite To Overthrow The Dictatorship

As Eritreans, we find ourselves at a cross-road. Our nation is going through a traumatic time; our people are suffering under a tyrannical regime, led by a narcissistic creature. No offense to army sergeants, but as one Sudanese leader put it, Isaias “has the mentality of an army sergeant who …

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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 …

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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 …

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State, Religion and Ethno-Regional Politics

Sign of the Times   On August 1, 2009, I happened to be in Washington DC, visiting a family friend who was in hospital following a serious surgery. As I was about to leave the hospital, a brother of the patient and a man I have known for many years …

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