Inform, Inspire, Embolden. Reconcile!

Saleh Younis (SAAY) has been writing about Eritrea since 1994 when he published "Eritrean Exponent", a quarterly print journal. His writing has been published in several media outlets including Dehai, Eritrean Studies Review, Visafric, Asmarino and, of course, Awate where his column has appeared since the launch of the website in 2000. Focusing on political, economic, educational policies, he approaches his writing from the perspective of the individual citizens' civil liberties and how collectivist governments and overbearing organizations trample all over it in pursuit of their interests. SAAY is the president and CEO of a college with a focus in sound arts and video games and his writing often veers to music critique. He has an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA from St Mary's College.

Afro-Pessimism, Optimism, Realism And Eritrea

Much of the scholarship that deals with African development can be categorized as Afro-pessimist, Afro-optimist or Afro-realist.  To-date, the case for pessimism had been easier to make: Africa is so far behind on nearly every metric, and it has been stuck there for so long, and it is growing at such lackluster rates, it is hard…

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How To Win Eritrea’s “Political Legitimacy” Argument

Since 1991, the debate between Eritrean regime supporters and the opposition has been that of legitimacy. Back in the 1990s, the arguments were crude. The opposition would ask “who elected you to lead me?” and the regime spokesperson would answer: “And who elected me to fight for your independence?” Ah, good times. The State was…

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Breaking Through Our Dejavu of Disasters

You could spend a lifetime marveling at the criminality of the Eritrean government, if you were not so awestruck by its stupidity.  I am saying the Eritrean government because using its substitute—Isaias Afwerki, Isaias Afwerki regime, PFDJ—will get in the way of my argument here.   In any event, I will come to that near the…

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Yohannes Tikabo and the King’s Men

This is the story of Yohannes Tikabo and Yosief Ghebrehiwet.  More accurately, about their beliefs. Two Eritreans, with varying degrees of enthusiasm for their particular identity. First things first:  I am and have been a fan of Yohannes Tikabo ever since Zemen.Actually, before Zemen: I go back to the days “Tarik alewo iti Gobo.”To the…

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The Essence of Isaiasism: Forced Labor

First of all, yes, when awate 7.0 is launched (1/1/14), we will have a blog for Haile the Great (and all our contributors) so that they can post their pieces directly and people don’t have to fish for content in the comments section.  This edition of Nahda started out as a response to his announcement–that…

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Isaias: Too Strange to Captain Our Ship of State

Shore but only a kilometer away, Shoes new, untraveled, for a new day, Fire on deck,  60-foot of God’s acre. Black dots, tearless eyes, Slippery arms, sudden goodbyes,  Took wing soaked in water. Tides, tides, tides, tiny dots in tiny crates, Tears now to tide us over.  Your ethics professor is an atheist.  He is…

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The Riddle of The Unpredictable

We are faced with the Liar’s Riddle.  Two doors, one guarded by a compulsive liar, one guarded by a compulsive truth-teller.  One door leads to heaven, one to hell.  The guards are identical twins.  Your objective is to go to heaven. If you could ask one, and only one question, who would you ask it…

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نداء لفك الارتباط مع اسياس افورقي والتعاطي مع الخيارات البديلة

هذه ترجمة للنص الكامل لكلمة الاستاذ صالح يونس في الجلسة التى نظمها  بعض نشطاء حقوق الانسان الارتريين والدوليين وتضمن الحضور عدد من الارتريين ، والاصدقاء ، مسئولي الملف الافريقي في الامم المتحدة ، البعثة الالمانية ، والمبعوثة الخاصة لحقوق الانسان في إرتريا السيدة شيلا كيثاروث ، وعقدت الجلسة في نيونيورك يوم الخميس 24/10/2013م. الضيوف الكرام…

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Dictatorship: a Rational Choice –Until It is Not

“Rational choice theory”, proposed by economists to describe market economies, has been adopted in criminology, religion and, of course, political science. Essentially, the theory assumes that, prior to every decision, people make cost-benefit analysis because they are “self-interested, purposeful, maximizing being.”  Of course, what I consider rational you will consider absurd and the sum total…

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Anti Racism Demonstration: Dresden Remembers Khalid

17 Jan 2015 awatestaff Comments (19)

On Saturday January 17, 2015, thousands of Germans and immigrants marched in an anti racism demonstration that was carried out…

Never Were Never Will Be Bedfellows

15 Jan 2015 awatestaff Comments (448)

The following comment was posted at Awate Forum by Hayat Adem. There were plenty, more dramatic, and more shocking tests that…

An Eritrean Opposition Group Claims To Have killed…

13 Jan 2015 Gedab News Comments (34)

In a statement it issued, an Eritrean opposition group known as United Eritrean Democratic Front (UEDF) said that its elements…

Political Pluralism Eritrean Style

12 Jan 2015 Saleh Younis Comments (27)

Somewhere in Northern Eritrea, by the islands of Scylla, Isaias Afwerki was crowned Emperor of Eritrea. He flew over to…

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