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Recognizing The Games Dictators Play

Have you ever wondered why dictators loom so large in all our history books and why they are so often mythologized and eulogized despite the horrors they unleash? Fear of punishment may explain the submissiveness but what explains the fascination many people have or have had with dictators past and present? More close to home:…

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There Are No Shortcuts To Struggle for Freedom!

In times of great distress (social, economic, or political), nations sprout two types of people: the panicky and the resolute. The panicky as the name implies are those that lose hope, courage, or confidence when “the going gets tough” and whose hopelessness deepens as the struggle drags on. They lack vision, courage, and stick-to-itiveness. Every…

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Pondering Democracy

One of the most astonishing phenomena of recent history is the rapidity with which former communist countries forsook communism to flock to democracy.  If success can be measured by popularity, democracy has been the most successful. According to Freedom House, 118 out of 195 countries are electoral democracies–the highest percentage since 1989[i]. From Africa to…

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Eritrean conditions: Reflections On Independence Day

May 24, 1991.  Independence Day!  The memory may have faded but few will forget the joy they felt when they first witnessed or heard about the triumphant march of battle-weary EPLF soldiers into the streets of Asmara.  Across the board, Eritreans were ecstatically happy and the dancing and celebration would continue for several days. Even…

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Yosief’s Circular Journey In Search Of Ethiopia

 Yosief’s Circular Journey in search of Ethiopia: an identity Crisis or just plain mischief? When I suggested ignoring Yosief Ghebrehiwet in my last article[1], I had no idea that he had already netted quite a few disciples or that his views were spreading. Since then, I learned from many quarters including from comments on my…

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Operation Forto: A Prelude To A Final Showdown?

If you return to awate after a few weeks or even a few days it is hard to catch up but skimming quickly through some of the discussions that passed, the most outlandish was that triggered by Yosief Ghebrehiwet who unabashedly declared that the struggle for independence had been useless! Yosief writes eloquently and cleverly…

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As You Head To The Conference…

The conference is almost here!  In a few days, hundreds of Eritreans from all over the world representing all kinds of political organizations and civil associations will converge in Addis to participate in what will surely be recorded in Eritrean history as an important milestone.  The grand gathering will attempt to tie up all the…

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An Initiative To Form An Eritrean Muslim Council

14 May 2015 Gedab News Comments (11)

Gedab News learned that a  group of Eritrean sheikhs and scholars are in a three-day conference in Turkey; they are expected…

Ambassador Yusuf Mohamed Ismail “Bari Bari”: 1960-2015

12 May 2015 Elsa Chyrum Comments (16)

A Somali Hero and Champion of Human Rights The tragic death of an extraordinary and valiant diplomat who fought for numerous…

Come And See (What We Want You To…

09 May 2015 Salyounis Comments (712)

The good news is that the Eritrean opposition and the Eritrean government have started talking to one another. The bad…

Australia: Beyene Semere of SBS Radio Interviews Saleh…

08 May 2015 awatestaff Comments (9)

On Wednesday May 6, 2015, Beyene Semere of SBS conducted an interview with the Saleh "Gadi" Johar. Beyene Semere is the…

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