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Major Dawit Woldegiorgis: More Of Red Tears

The following article was published in July 2, 2009, as a response for Shaleqa Dawit Woldegiorgis’ article “The way forward for Ethiopia and Eritrea” which appeared four days earlier on Ethiomedia on June 29, 2009. I decided to publish it because Dawit’s article has been brought again in the Internet for discussion. I would like to…

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Bologna, Italy, 2013: “Eritrean Solutions for Eritrean Problems”

Since the last Bologna Forum conference in Oakland, followed by Miriam September’s article, The Genius in a Lamp: ‘Eritrean Solutions to Eritrean Problems’, debates centered around EYSC’s slogan, “Eritrean Solutions for Eritrean Problems”, have been going on. I decided to republish the following which was published in Sep, 2013, right after the Bologna Forum conference…

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Eritrea: A Picture and 1001 Words

Hopefully the person who sent me the above picture in 2001, would come out and be recognized; unfortunately I don’t remember who it was! I received the picture 14 years ago when awate.com was one-year old, and I believe it first appeared in the Internet accompanying the article below that I wrote on June 2,…

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Language and Religion In Eritrean Politics (Archive)

(The following was presented at a panel discussion under the theme “Eritrea’s Path towards Democracy: Dialogue on Constitutional Issues”. The event was held at the Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, Maryland, on June 25, 2011; the organizers of the event assigned the topic to the presenter. It’s being republished to shed light on the topic as…

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Scent of Lemon: An Example Of Refined Eritrean Song

My taste in music is unusual, not many songs please me. My aversion to saxophones is unmatched, but I love wooden instruments, the traditional flute, the Andean reed zambona, fisarmonica, Congo drums, rebaba, and the violin. The saxophone, however, scares me more than the sight of a Black Mamba snake. I wish Eritrean musicians introduce…

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Beware Of Warmongers

If you notice, most fires of war are fueled by those who would not be burned by it. To them, it is just like a movie, you cheer one side against the other and no matter who wins, you forget about it the moment you see another movie. The violence in movies is make-believe, the…

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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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UN Extends Arms Embargo On Eritrea

11 Nov 2016 Gedab News Comments (7)

On November 5, 2016, the UN Security Council renewed the arms embargo it slapped Eritrea with since 2009 (resolution 1907). Ten…

“Mistirawit Debdabbe” To Obama

08 Nov 2008 Saleh "Gadi" Johar No comments

Congratulation to all Obama supporters; in the last three days before the election, I was afraid he would be Swift-boated.…

Isaias' “Mistirawit Debdabbe” To Donald Trump

09 Nov 2016 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (12)

Eight years ago, on November 8, 2008, I published Isaias’ congratulatory letter to the then president elect, Obama. Today I…

Tweedledum & Tweedledee: lqqi chflqqi

11 Jun 2007 Saleh "Gadi" Johar No comments

Tweedeldum and Tweedeldee are characters in an old poem by the English poet John Byrom. Over time, the characters were…

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