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Eritrea: The Final Push (Part I)

It is no secret that the PFDJ regime has long been dead and that whatever is left of its gaunt structure is teetering on the edges of a cliff waiting for the mercy of a final push. This may sound a bit ironic, but by the looks of it, even the dictator himself and his…

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Chauvinist Intransigence And The Spectre Of Secession

“If it wasn’t for my bad luck,” said the old blues singer, “I would have said I have no luck at all”. Talk about Eritrea’s bad luck or having no luck – whichever is worse. As if suffering under PFDJ’s tyranny wasn’t bad enough of a curse, the poor people are faced with yet another…

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A Wake-Up Call For The Exclusionists

If you ask any of the Eritrean opposition groups who built their organizations on the basis of their religious beliefs & convictions about the nature of their struggle, they will tell you that their mission is not about creating a Sharia-ruled state, but rather about upholding the basic human rights of their people who were…

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The Successful National Conference: A Crucial Milestone

Prior to the convening of the national conference, there were many pessimists who thought that there was no chance in hell that it would work. “ezi’om seb sirah ay’konun”, they purported, all the while having nothing to show for it themselves, except for arrogance and hollow bravado.   There were also some skeptics who in…

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A Successful National Conference: A Crucial Milestone

Prior to the convening of the national conference, there were many pessimists who thought that there was no chance in hell that it would work. “ezi’om seb srah ay’konun”, they purported, all the while having nothing to show for it themselves, except for arrogance and hollow bravado.    There were also some skeptics who in…

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On The Eve Of The National Conference

What do a Holocaust survivor, one who bore witness to human savagery at its worst and a Neo-Nazi skinhead who could hardly spell the name on his welfare cheque have in common? What could there possibly be to even suggest an inkling of commonality between such two individuals with the most contrasting set of values…

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Addis 2010: NCDC Participation And Issues (II)

After one of the group sessions, a Tigre speaking colleague who attended the conference remarked, “I do not like the Tigrinya word ግና ‘gnna’ (but).  Some Tigrinya speakers express excellent views and suddenly everything they had stated is spoiled after they utter the word ‘gnna.” We had an outspoken Tigrinya speaker in our group who…

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The Eritrean Covenant: What’s In It For You?

One of the most important documents which graced the pages of this genuine and un-apologetically patriotic website, Awate.com in the last few weeks, is our equivalent of the Magna Carta – the Eritrean Covenant, published by Majlis Ibrahim al-Mukhtar.     First and foremost, our heartfelt gratitude goes to all those who laboured so hard…

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Blaming The Victims: A cruel Irony

Early seventies Eritrea—a tumultuous time of great peril and apprehension.       The place: a mid-town teachers’ clubhouse in a Western metahit town.      The scene: a group of teachers seated around a table in a typical late afternoon after-school gathering, sipping mint-flavoured tea and having mundane conversations. And yes, chit-chatting on politics too,…

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