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Unfiltered Notes: The Day After

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” — MLK I remember the face of one compassionate Italian mayor – full of sadness for people she didn’t know – clearly showing her deeper humanity. This was last October when the world mourned the Lampadusa tragedy where over 360 Eritreans…

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Unfiltered Notes: Eritrea’s Second Chance

First, a true story for some perspective. From their school days, my brother remembers Jemil as a gentle fellow who stayed out of trouble. Then Jemil’s never-to-be-messed-with line was crossed when a popular Ethiopian general slapped him in a public place in Addis sometime in the mid-1990s. Jemil went out, came back with a gun…

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Unfiltered Notes: “I Am Thinking Now”

After a fulfilling career at Microsoft, Patrick Awuah returned to his native Ghana to start Ashesi University with the goal of cultivating ethical leadership and innovative thinking for a new Africa. A month after starting the project, he received an email from a student which he says almost moved him to tears. The student’s email…

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Unfiltered Notes: Where Are We And Where Are We Headed?

21 years after Eritrea’s geographic sovereignty, the things that really matter — like individual freedoms, economic vibrancy, quality education and Eritrea’s long term viability as a respected member in the community of nations still lag far behind. Measured against the high hopes Eritreans had in 1991, the disappointments are far too many; accomplishments scanty little.…

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Unfiltered Notes: Rays Of Hope With EYSC’s Freedom Friday

It is refreshing to see EYSC’s (Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change) Freedom Friday initiative launched with the stated goal of eradicating dictatorship in Eritrea. According to EYSC, 10,000 robocalls and 2000 personal calls have been made so far (listen to recorded message here: http://eysc.net/pr/arbi_harnet_voicemessage.WMA).  Could we be witnessing a long overdue tipping point building up…

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Eritrea At A Crossroads: The People And A Disgraced Regime

If Eritrea is to have a better future, the regime that has been actively dimming that future has to go. I love Aklilu Zere’s writings but this article (http://www.ehrea.org/birth.php) from 2003 in particular, still rings in my head. It paints a clear picture of how Isaias and his murderous ways have been continuously destroying lives…

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ENCDC To Hold Its Congress In Addis Ababa

13 Jul 2016 Awate Team Comments (96)

After it stayed stuck in an impasse for almost four years, the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) said…

Grassroots View: The Discourse of Martyrdom and Sovereignty

07 Jul 2016 Chefena Hailemariam Comments (6)

Introductory note: This article is based on my contribution to a panel discussion on the 14th of May 2016 organized to…

The Genesis Of Eritrea's Slavery Project

05 Jul 2016 Awate Team Comments (131)

This an article from the archives. It was first published by the Awate Team on October 23, 2007. Many developments…

Did Gov of Eritrea Really Dodge UN Accountability?

09 Jul 2016 Salyounis Comments (76)

Since June 8, when the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Human Rights in Eritrea filed a report concluding that "there…

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