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Inquest Into The Lampedusa Migrant Boat Disaster

lampedusa boat disaster

The tragic boat accident of October 3, 2013, which claimed the lives of 366 young Eritreans off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa,has been coming for a long time. Warning signs, in the form of human skeleton, have been piling up in the Mediterranean Sea bed for years. …

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UPR: Eritrean Regime’s Abuses Reviewed

Summary presented by “Rodab” at Awate Forum: On the hot seat @ the UPR gathering. Nations from around the world are taking our regime to task. The following are some of the challenging questions (the complete list is at the UPR website): The Netherlands Can the government of Eritrea indicate …

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Eritrea: The Suppression of God

Collected thoughts here and unfinished ideas there; quoted materials saved somewhere in the hard drive or somewhere in some thumb drives long abandoned. The mind furiously searches for those items whose time has come for developing into one readable note or perhaps into one piece worth contemplating for.  Ismail Omer …

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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 …

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Badme: An Eritrean Opposition Deathbed

[Editor’s note: we received a clarification from Semere. Comments are now reactivated. We will explain the issue soon.] There’s no nice way to say this. The anti EPLF/PFDJ opposition that was led by the Ghedli generation for over three decades is laying on its deathbed waiting the inevitable. And there …

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We Knew it Was Wrong…

We knew it was wrong…we just didn‘t know its name was slavery… “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” Abraham Lincoln, speech, Mar. 17, 1865 I‘ve been tamed to accept servitude and captivity systematically for quite a long …

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Winter Blues And Another Year In Transition

A Prologue to Winter Blues And Another Year In Transition A friend called me up seeking for help looking for a bit of information But despite the focusing and the serious concentration Nowadays, however, without concealment or beautification My memory, ailing as it is was not helpful and flashing in …

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Eritrea’s Succession Plan

Eritrea’s Succession Plan: Mentoring Emerging Leadership to Build Civil Society I was writing this article when the Lampedusa tragedy unfolded and I had to divert my attention and venting my frustration in my earlier article. Such tragic turn of events should jolt us out of slumber and complacency as many …

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Eritrea: The Federal Arrangement Farce

Often, I am accused of factoring out Ethiopia’s violence in my account of how the Eritrean revolution (ghedli) came to be. There are three types of “violence” the accusers have in mind: a)  that Haile Selassie unilaterally abrogated the federal arrangement, a systematic violence that targeted both the autonomy and …

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Bridging The Divide: Muslim and Christian Eritreans in Orange County

Introduction: The dominance of Tigrinya speaking Christians and their in­volvement in the various sectors of community-based, orga­nizational activities representing Eritreans in Los Angeles, if not throughout the United States, make it appear as though Eritrea is a homogenous country composed predominantly of Tigrinya-speaking Christians (Woldemikael 1996; Hepner 2003). There are, …

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Afwerki and Al-Bashir: Unholy Matrimony

Port Sudan: 27 November 2013 In a ceremony dubbed as one of the most romantic weddings of the year, Eritrea’s Afewerki and Sudan’s Al-Bashir at last exchanged wedding vows in an outdoor ceremony at the gardens of Port Sudan trade center. The wedding was officiated by the highest spiritual guides …

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Eritrean Parallel Religious Lines

The roots and branches of Eritrean Diaspora seems to point to the mistrust that lingers stemming from their religious parallel lines – Christianism vs. Islamism – any other isms can amicably be ameliorated once this colossal issue is handled with sensitivity, care, and tenderness it so deserves. The other roots …

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Samrawit: A Book Review

Samrawit is an Arabic novel written by the Eritrean novelist Hajji Jabir who works as a journalist in Aljazeera Channel. The novel is in its third edition and it won the 2012 Al-Sharqa (Arab Emirates) Arab Creativity prize. “Searching for Eritrea” is the subject matter of the novel. Apparently Hajji …

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Lampedusa Tragedy: Need to Address the Root Cause

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

On Thursday 3 October, about an hour before mid night, I received a call from BBC World Service Radio asking if I was willing to give live interview during news broadcasting at 3am (2am GMT). As I was travelling to Germany early morning the next day (4th October), I agreed …

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Ethiopia: Time to Remove Isaias’ Skirt Cover

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

While the world mourns with moral outrage about the tragic death Eritreans and other African refugees in two shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea last week, the Eritreans government is busy blocking out its media or deflecting its propaganda by stating: “This is by far the greatest opportunity the enemies of …

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The Enigma of The Bologna Conference

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

This article is systematically produced to entertain with different perspectives about Bologna Conference based on content analysis and empirical data done with the intention to develop a ground for healthy political discussion and debate among Eritreans regardless their political thoughts. We should view this article keeping in mind that there …

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