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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:  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 ( 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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The 55th and 16th Anniversary: Happy Awate Day

01 Sep 2016 Awate Team Comments (70)

The image we chose today to commemorate the 55th anniversary of September 1, 1961, as well as’s 16th birthday,…

Know Your Enemy And Thyself: Act Accordingly

29 Aug 2016 Amanuel Hidrat Comments (98)

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you…

Manal Younus: An Example In The Peach State

25 Aug 2016 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (9)

Emperors, wannabe-emperors, and petty-dictators name significant edifices, avenues, school and the like after their names or the causes they advance.…

A Defenseless Regime With Indefensible Record

22 Aug 2016 Yohannes Zerai Comments (22)

July 1st this year marked the culmination of a four-year, UN-mandated investigation into human rights violations in Eritrea whereupon the…




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