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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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The National Council And EDA’s Fate

Well before the National Congress for Democratic Change convened in November 2011, questions were being asked about the future of one of its key constituents—the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA). Would it continue as it was? Would it change to accommodate the new political and organizational reality that was to emerge …

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Evaluation Of The ENCDC Held In Hawassa

A General Evaluation of the Eritrean National Congress for Democratic Change (ENCDC) held in Hawassa 21-30 Nov. 2011) by Eritreans for Democracy, Justice and Equality (EDJE) Summary: The convening of the National Congress marked the culmination of extensive preparations that lasted over a year. The process was based on the …

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The Digital Age. A Matter Of Perspective

The other day I asked my son to get me a ‘smart phone’. One of those Blackberries: i-pads, i-pods, or i–phones. He looked at me quizzically and asked, ‘Why would you want a smart phone?’ I said I want to look hip. I want to look modern. I want to …

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On Semere Tesfai’s Disagreeable Thoughts

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

In his latest article, instead of enlightening and informing us about our united and great people, who have been denied freedom, subjected and oppressed for very long time, Semere came with a disagreeable article. His characterization of the 600 opposition members who congregated at Awassa and EDA, as Islamists and Ethnic Organizations …

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A Response To Hailemariam Tesfay: “Ich verstehe nur noch Bahnhof”

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

“Ich verstehe nur noch  Bahnhof” (pronounced ‘ESH Feshtehe nur nok banhof,’) is a German Expression usually uttered to show that ‘You don’t understand something and don’t really care either.’ In recent years, this expression has also been used to mean that one cannot understand acoustically what the other person is saying. …

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Kmbob: A Refined Eritrean Art Form

This is a beautiful clip from Western Eritrea criticizing modern Eritrean songs and comparing today’s music, artists and the characters that accompany them with the dignified, refined music of  other giants of Eritrean artists [the singer admires Ogbagaber, Yemane Barya, Hamed Wed Sheik, Wed Amir, and Abrar Osman.] The sarcastic and intelligent …

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Expecting Aguagudom (ኣጓጉዶም) A Play

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

By: Wedi Batuta Act (IIX) This a play by Wedi Batuta. So far seven parts (Act 1 – 7) have been published, this is Act 8. Character’s Name                  Sobriquet                        Party/Affiliation Yemane Baliho                 Wedi-Baliho                 Selfi-Swa Mohamed Birhan Imam     Wedi-Zemzem             Selfi-Alamel Abdela A Zerom              Wed-Inharish               Selfi-Gebil Amanuel ReDae               Wedi-Tiebe                  Selfi-L’fnti Tirhas Kindya                 Trishi (Gual ‘Gbitan)       Demit Eritrea Mohammed I …

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Need For Change Of Attitude By Eritreans

Attitude is little thing that makes a big difference—Winston Churchill What is attitude? According to Wikipedia, attitude is the evaluation and associated belief and behavior towards some objects. It is not stable and because of the communication and behavior of the people, it is subject to change by social influence. …

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