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Constructive Ambiguity And Eritrea’s Bad Choices

One of the most memorable revelations of Dejen Ande Hishel, the Eritrean Air Force pilot who escaped after 15 years of arrest without charges, was his realization (four years into his arrest) that, in Eritrea, to ask the government, “what are the charges against me?” is to commit a crime because your question is slandering…

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Why Isaias Afwerki Invalidated the 1997 Constitution

On May 24, marking the 23rd anniversary of Eritrea’s independence, President Isaias Afwerki had this to say near the conclusion of his address: “Within the framework of our tasks of nation building, the political infrastructure assumes a vital role as a vehicle to advance our overall objectives. We have gleaned important lessons and experiences from…

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When Even Good News Is Given A Shrug

On behalf of myself and all awatistas (whether you like it or not), I would like to congratulate Nigerians and Ghanians for waking up one Monday morning (let’s assume it was Monday) and learning that they no longer belong to the dreaded “low income” country but the up-and-coming “low middle income” country. Yay! Please join…

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The Engagement Party

In mid-December 2013, Hank Cohen argued that it was time for the US to rethink its policy towards Eritrea and there was over-reaction everywhere. Some in the opposition were alarmed by this, and some in the Isaiasist camp were thrilled:     The argument in itself is not surprising, particularly given the publication where Cohen’s…

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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 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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Our New Culture of Victimhood and Voyeurism

Virgil, Dante, Sartre, Milton and James Joyce all took turns describing hell.  But it took an Eritrean, Mulugeta, to surpass them all.  It is just what we Eritreans do, we are special.  This is what hell is like: “Mulugeta said if he wanted to see his daughters, the traffickers would bring the girls to him…

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Eritrea, Africa: The Last Big Man Standing

[As I write this, I haven’t heard Isaias Afwerki’s speech. If history is a guide, he will blame his predecessor for the mess who, in turn, will blame his predecessor all the way back to whoever has been presiding over Eritrea since 1991. Oh, wait, he is his own predecessor.  Never mind: did you enjoy…

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The Report Card On Eritrea’s Turtle Economy

What is the role of governments? That is: when should a government’s coercive power be used? The answer is on a continuum: on the one side is a classic libertarian view which argues that the only time a government’s coercive power should be used is to protect the private property of citizens (Locke) and/or to…

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An Initiative To Form An Eritrean Muslim Council

14 May 2015 Gedab News Comments (11)

Gedab News learned that a  group of Eritrean sheikhs and scholars are in a three-day conference in Turkey; they are expected…

Ambassador Yusuf Mohamed Ismail “Bari Bari”: 1960-2015

12 May 2015 Elsa Chyrum Comments (16)

A Somali Hero and Champion of Human Rights The tragic death of an extraordinary and valiant diplomat who fought for numerous…

Come And See (What We Want You To…

09 May 2015 Salyounis Comments (712)

The good news is that the Eritrean opposition and the Eritrean government have started talking to one another. The bad…

Australia: Beyene Semere of SBS Radio Interviews Saleh…

08 May 2015 awatestaff Comments (9)

On Wednesday May 6, 2015, Beyene Semere of SBS conducted an interview with the Saleh "Gadi" Johar. Beyene Semere is the…

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