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Perspective On Fessehaye Woldu’s Perspective

Last Thursday, a panel of 19 eminent people of the Global Commission on Drug Policy issued a report on the global war on drugs. The report concluded “the war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.” It further recommended to the Secretary General, …

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Obama Slays Osama, But Did The Terrorists Flee In Terror?

Abraham Lincoln towers in American history because, among many other accomplishments, he appealed to “the better angels of our nature.” Although he came to prominence almost a century after the Founding Fathers, he was, indeed, the last one of them.  He steered the nation amid the worst violence and brought …

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Not All Is Quite On The Nile Front

        Oh, old Pharaoh Moses asked you, “let my people go.” But, you turned a deaf ear, Ten plagues fell on every house and borough. The people found out That you were neither god nor savior And your power was far from thorough.   Oh, new Pharaoh …

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Wounded Nation : A Book Review

Rarely does one find a serious and intelligent book that is totally engaging, but the author of a new book, “Wounded Nation: How a Once Promising ERITREA was Betrayed and its Future Compromised,” did just that. “Wounded Nation” takes up on where the first volume, “The Crown and the Pen,” …

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Not A Whistle Through The Air

“Where are the groups? You ask for it in your imagination. But you must tell me where these groups are.”  The petty dictator of Eritrea rambling in an interview with a Swedish journalist. If one examines the last 50-60 years history of Third-World nations, one is bound to see a …

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Unity of Purpose

Change always involves trade-offs; and one only hopes that short-term costs will be compensated by long-term benefits. A lot has been said about the National Conference for Democratic Change (NCDC), but I chose to remain silent, because, for the most part, I have nothing that adds value to the “discourse.” …

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Of Kings And Bandits: A Book Review

The book, Of Kings And Bandits, tells the story of a young Eritrean boy, who was forced to choose between dying in dignity, free and brave, or dying in ignominy, humiliated and afraid. Jemal chose the former; and joined a band of “bandits”, otherwise known as freedom fighters, to defy …

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Of Kings And Bandits: A Book Review

The book, Of Kings And Bandits, tells the story of a young Eritrean boy, who was forced to choose between dying in dignity, free and brave, or dying in ignominy, humiliated and afraid. Jemal chose the former; and joined a band of “bandits”, otherwise known as freedom fighters, to defy …

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Stay Engaged, Be Relevant

A friend implores that those of us who write on Eritrean affairs, do so, from a middle-of-the-road perspective. I understand the appeal: the extreme is reprehensible and the middle-road is praiseworthy. To me the art of compromise, the art of navigating from the middle is the art of peace-making, and …

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What do the PFDJ and Procrusle have in common?

Procrusle was a famous robber who lived in the surroundings of ancient Athens, Greece. He gained notoriety by forcing his captives, tall or short, to lie down on his special couch. If the prisoners’ legs were too long, their limbs were chopped off, and if they were too short, they …

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Not In Our Name

The argument that talking about societal disparities would divert us from more pressing matters at hand is a bit shallow and immature. As a matter of fact, these issues should and must be the focus of our debate and the centerpiece of our struggle. If we have learned anything from …

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The Virtual Worship Of Unity Is A Ruse

The virtual worship of unity has proven to be a ruse of course; the real driving force has always been self-interest and the pursuit of power, which invariably comes at the expense of other groups. Many factions existed behind the façade of unity and with the first crack of freedom …

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The Virtual Worship Of Unity Is A Ruse

The virtual worship of unity has proven to be a ruse of course; the real driving force has always been self-interest and the pursuit of power, which invariably comes at the expense of other groups. Many factions existed behind the façade of unity and with the first crack of freedom …

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Eritrea Is Our Black Stone

He was only thirty five years of age at the time. But, his reputation for justice, impartiality and truthfulness was far and wide. He was widely known as Al Amin; the trustworthy. His real name was Mohammed, and five years later, after the incident I’ll tell in a second, he …

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