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The Eritrean Scream

This was going to be the second installment of the Eritrean Spring, of events from ten years ago, but comes now a horrific story in the here and now, an Eritrean Scream. We Eritreans have the capacity to be shocked still, which was a shock to me:  Over 200, nearly …

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Eritrean Spring: Oqbe Abraha Edition

This being ten years after 2001, I have been thinking a great deal about what happened in Eritrea ten years ago. Ten years ago, there was a conflict: on the one side, you had journalists, reformers, students, the elderly, ordinary citizens all politely and peacefully requesting modest changes; and on …

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To The East! To The East!

My New Year resolution (which usually lasts all of January) was to get all my news and entertainment from Eri-TV because I heard a true believer explain, with conviction, that Isu-TV provides him with all the entertainment, domestic and international news he needs because he just likes a source that …

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Isaias Afwerki And The Eritrean People (Part 3 of 3)

Does our different background translate to different “attitudes and subsequent behavior”? Does our religious, regional, ethnic identity trump our generic national identity? What is the emotive hierarchy among religious, regional and ethnic identities? Say anything negative about things you observe in your own ethnicity, region or religion and you are a self-hating whatever-you-are; say anything negative about somebody else's ethnicity, region and religion and you are dangerous and divisive. And silence was the norm. That stilted language of polite pretense, QelAlem, is our official language.

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Isaias Afwerki And The Eritrean People (Part 2 of 3)

To recap, in Part 1, this column argued that one of the primary reasons that Eritrea is in the mess it is in, is because of the Isaiasness of Isaias Afwerki. Thanks to wikileaks, the whole world is now getting a much more detailed, and frightening, glimpse of what every …

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Isaias Afwerki And The Eritrean People – Part 1

Would the same Isaias Afwerki, but born a Somali, be able to acquire and hold on to dictatorial power for decades in Somalia? Would any Eritrean who didn’t possess the traits of Isaias Afwerki but had strong dictatorial ambitions be able to acquire and hold on to dictatorial power in Eritrea for decades?

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Win, Lose Or Draw? ICG Always Says “Draw”

Consequently, the ICG reports were always famous for their string of non sequiturs. Their conclusions could never be supported by the premise. And the latest one, with or without Andeberhan, is no exception. So, whereas the government supporters are questioning the premise (without going to the details or bothering to present counter arguments), the real problem with the ICG report is, as always, its conclusions. Or, to paraphrase, Dr Ghidewon, it is really a case of Full Monty In, Half Assed Out. I won’t even bother with the acronym for that.

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Of Kings And Bandits: A Book Review

“Of Kings And Bandits” is described by its author as the story of Jemal, a young Eritrean boy who grows up in the “garrison town” of Keren, in the heart of Eritrea, in the crossfire between governmental and rebel forces. The title of the book harkens to Steinbeck’s Of Mice …

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From Each According To His Bahli…

On June 2nd, awate.com’s Gedab News broke the news (you are most welcome) that the government of Qatar brokered an agreement between the governments of Eritrea and Djibouti. It took five days (June 7th) for Somaliland (Somalilandpress.com) to confirm the news,  6 days (June 8th) for Qatar and Djibouti to …

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The Shitara Code

You know those kids who stood outside movie theatres and told the patrons that they were only 5 cents short of the admissions price and could they please get help when, in fact, all they had was 5 cents? You remember those who ate beles “ny sania”: standing in front …

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Neither A Blessing Nor A Short-Cut

Isaias Afwerki, the Muscle Man, model 1966, is a lot like the muscle cars of the 1960s: you never know whether it is a classic worthy of restoration or a piece of junk that should be sent to the junk yard.  For muscle cars you need mechanics and for muscle …

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Change We Can’t Believe In

Does the UN sanction (actually, santions) target the Eritrean regime or the State of Eritrea? To answer the question, let’s assume that the PFDJ is no longer the ruling party in Eritrea and that it has been replaced by a democratically elected government.    Let’s now look at the sanctions: (1) …

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“Wey Gud” Is Not A Good Strategy

Writing for dehai.org and, undoubtedly speaking for many Eritreans, the astute and well-read Ghidewon Abay Asmerom has dismissed the role of Uganda  in slapping sanctions on Eritrea as that of an unwitting ally of Ethiopia. “Such behavior henceforth should be called “the Uganda Syndrom[e],” he offered, and then, “As for …

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What Springs Eternal

My business partner just sued me for a $1,000,000.  He says we have a deal, detailed in a contract, in black and white, signed in front of witnesses and it is time for me to pay up. I have an airtight defense, so perfect that there is no chance I can …

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Injustice & The PFDJ Way

I was introduced to a young Eritrean: Vasco da Gama, was his name. Not his given name of course, but a tribute to his trek from Eritrea to the Land of Milk and Honey, crossing the length of two and half continents. Beware: the quickest way to clear a room …

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Let’s Build A Monument To Paranoia

I was introduced to a young Eritrean: Vasco da Gama, was his name. Not his given name of course, but a tribute to his trek from Eritrea to the Land of Milk and Honey, crossing the length of two and half continents. Beware: the quickest way to clear a room …

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Injustice & The PFDJ Way

Justice is derived from customs, culture, and faith, which in civilized societies, are codified into law. Ask a conservative American what his justice system is based on and he will say it is the Judeo-Christian ethic. Not so, will say a progressive American: only two of the Ten Commandments (“thou …

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Those Who Can’t, Diss

Many of my correspondents ask why I am focusing on the writings of Yosief Ghebrehiwot when we are both in what is loosely defined as the opposition camp.   Well, there are three major reasons.  Firstly, it is because I am a huge fan of Yosief particularly of his ability to …

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For The Man You Are

You are thirteen years old, and your father reads you a poem.  You are asked to memorize it, because there would be a test.  You don’t remember the test, but you remember part of the poem: I had a dream tonight As I felt asleep Oh, the touching sight Makes …

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