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Meles Zenawi: A Life Spent Fighting Poverty

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

“Our first enemy is poverty and backwardness.”Meles Zenawi Meles joined the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as a young student to struggle for the right and equality of his people. He was one of the prominent leaders who contributed to the downfall of the Ethiopian military regime, the DERG. After …

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Tewekel On The River Nile: Review The Conventions

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

Appearing on Al Jazeera’s “Behind The News”, Mohammed Taha Tewekel, an Eritrean regional political analyst, called for reviewing of the 1929 agreements between the United Kingdom and its colonies regarding the River Nile. Furthermore, argued Tewekel, the agreement signed between the Lower Nile countries of  Egypt and Sudan in 1959 …

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Unfiltered Notes: Where Are We And Where Are We Headed?

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

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 …

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The Risks And Challenges Facing The Youth Movements

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

No doubt many of us are glad when the youth make fast strides towards establishing a united and independent movement that will enable them to fully utilise the great potential they possess and effectively channel it to accelerate the national struggle for democratic change. Naturally, relationships between the older and …

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“Baito Baitona”: The Debrezeit Dialogue Forum

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

It was my first participation in a big Eritrean gathering of various youth organizations and diverse individuals: refugees, students, journalists, writers, artists and opposition leaders; and I met my Facebook and media acquaintances from all over the world and reminisced our school experiences and all the ups and downs of …

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Reflection On The Bishoftu “Youth Dialogue Forum”

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

The preparations The first time I heard about the idea of planning to hold a youth conference in Ethiopia and other sectorial conferences was during the seminar of  Eritrean intellectuals, professionals and other interested individuals held in Ethiopia in September 2011. It means the idea precedes the Eritrean National Conference …

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Undemocratic: Youth Organizations vs. Youth Conference Organizers

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

Indeed, the Eritrean Youth Conference in Ethiopia is extraordinary, but what inspired me to write today is Dr. Mohamed Kher Omer’s facebook message to Kiros Yohannes and others  concerning the conference. I want to thank Dr. Mohamed Kheir Omer for his advice, his valuable information and his continuous articles at awate.com. …

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Eritrea: Where The Victims Are Villains

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

I am livid – absolutely livid, in fact!!  The reason for my anger has to do mainly with the last three comments made by S. Temelso, Y. Kahsai and A. Hidrat in response to my article of June 30, 2012 (www.awate.com) in which the Eritrean people are labeled as cowards, …

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The Eritrean Holocaust: Sweet Revenge of the Old Fox

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

Long ago in our youth, when we were intoxicated with Marxist thinking, we were made to believe that the masses were the true drivers of history and not individual leaders.  The latter were seen not as ordinary mortals but as the hand, the very embodiment of history, of society, of …

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The Eritrean Holocaust — And How To Stop It

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

Preface This is a serious attempt to first describe and explain the present situation in Eritrea and the nature of its political leadership.  It then tries to suggest some simple but effective solutions which may have far reaching consequences for the future of the country and the region within a …

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Eritrea: A Dissection Of The Opposition

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

The current Eritrean opposition organisations are offshoots of the mainstream politics of either the ELF or the EPLF; both organisations had a distinct political experience, stemming from different social and cultural background that contributed in creating separate trends that greatly impacted the course of the Eritrean history and general developments …

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The Referendum: A Matter Of Perspective

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

I was reading the excellent article by Mr. Mesfin Araya on the trajectory of the Eritrean nationalism when of all the points he raised, a point that had always struck me as odd, the one about the referendum, was the one the least talked about and least analyzed by any …

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Eritrean Youth And Their Political Positions

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

These are my reflections on why some of the Eritrean youth are either supporters of the regime or politically indifferent. Youth is a social sector defined by an age group normally ranging from 15-35 but the regime extends the upper limit to 40 or more to suite its manipulative purposes. …

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Notes On The Historical Trajectory of Eritrean Nationalism

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

Eritrea—which was once an Italian colony, a British protectorate, and briefly an autonomous region before it was reduced to a mere province of Ethiopia—became in 1993 an independent nation-state, redefining post-colonial African map, hopefully not setting a dangerous precedence. The history of over thirty years of bloody armed struggle had …

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National Unity Existing Only As Virtual Reality

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

The question of national unity is of a paramount importance and to a great extent, the way it is resolved would determine the preservation and continuation of Eritrea as an integral united nation. Eritrean history clearly demonstrates that we have thoroughly and fundamentally failed in resolving that and other important …

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Unfiltered Notes: Rays Of Hope With EYSC’s Freedom Friday

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

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: http://eysc.net/pr/arbi_harnet_voicemessage.WMA).  Could we be witnessing a long …

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