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Adem Melekin: Eulogy To A Patriot

About eight years ago, I interviewed a man many, including myself, consider a giant in the struggle for Eritrean independence. This is what I wrote in the introduction to the interview that was published on April 11, 2005:[i] Some people find themselves in a storm and struggle to get out; others search for a storm…

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When You Are Down…

To the unaware, the horrible stories about life in Eritrea would seem mere exaggerations; those who have no idea about the cruelty of the PFDJ rule would be tempted to brush it off.  But the stories are just the tip of a huge pile of more harrowing tales. A man I know had a relative…

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Wise Barber, Ravens And Machiato…

Usually, I report to my readers immediately after I return from a travel or an event. This edition of Negarit was delayed a lot, first due to the pressures of making up for lost time, then attending to stuff as result of the server breakdown that had to be fixed (archives still in the process).…

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Human Rights And Challenges In The Horn Of Africa

  1. The Hon. Adam Bandt Federal MP, Cr Grant Miles, Maribyrnong council, her excellence representative of Botswana Ms. HEDDIE GOLDBERG, his Hon. Consul General Of the federal Republic of Somalia, Yanis Hashi; Mr. Chin Tan, Chairperson, VMC; Assistant commissioner Commander Ashley Dickinson Vic Police; Commander Scott Lee AFP; religious and African community leaders and…

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The Simple Pleasures Of Holidays

I always liked Christmas season and I associated it with chocolate. When I was a child, every Christmas season, my father would bring us Toblerone chocolates and Pane Tone, courtesy of his Italian business associates in Asmara who distributed those goodies to their agents and distributors; I grew up thinking those goodies were made for…

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Gual Neger And Gual Megedi

First, let me congratulate my fellow Eritreans, specially the victims of the human trafficking crime; what we already knew is now official and Major General Teklai Manjus has been formally identified as the  man who runs the trafficking empire. The UN monitoring group on Somalia and Eritrea has done an excellent job. I would also…

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The Bshftu Fountain Of Youth

Originally Debre Zeit was called Bshftu after the name of a lake in the town. The last time I was there, I was having lunch at the balcony of the Ras Hotel when I saw an indigenous religious rituals on the other side of Lake Bshftu, and accidentally I got involved in a chat with…

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A Wretched Eritrean In Qatar: Reportage

This is a rather long reportage on my recent trip to Qatar and I will tell you my impressions of the state, and particularly its politics and diplomacy; my impressions of what it takes to have an impact with Al Jazeera; the situation of Eritreans who live there; and maybe tell you about whatever happened…

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Eritrea: Words and A Goat Brain

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” That is from the bible, just in case. But the bible is ancient, and thanks to the modernizing factor of the PFDJ, we should have another bible: “After the beginning there was another Word, and the Word was…

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Securing Common Understanding On Our Core Issues

25 Jan 2016 Dr. Ibrahim Sirage Ahmedin Comments (136)

Securing Common Understanding on our Core Issues - National Language, Land Proclamation, Refugee Repatriation, Ethnic and Minority Issues, Developing Human…

The Prayers Of Good People

21 Jan 2016 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (140)

Mr. Johar! Mr. Johar! It was Big Bird calling my name; I could see the bright red mouth when it opened…

Of Water, Women and Wind: The Three Ws…

19 Jan 2016 Semere Andom Comments (58)

Semere Andom, the child of the Ontario water, wiring from Toronto--fresh is its breeze! The Water Isaias Afwerki told Eritreans that water…

The Shingrwa Of Eritrean Politics

17 Jan 2016 Yohannes Abraham Comments (84)

Just to make things clear first: ‘Shingrwa’ was the American idol of Eritrea, and the word which is borrowed from…

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