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A First: Qatari Prime Minister Visits Ethiopia

– The Qatari Prime Minister: “Ethiopia is important to us and we seek to enhance cooperation with it.” – Qatar Affirms its support for the Syrian people – The Ethiopian Prime Minister hails Qatar’s efforts to promote peace in the region Addis Ababa (AlSharq) Nov. 5, 2012, Report by Mohammed …

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Eritrean Churches: Mute And Without opinion

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

“The church must be the guide and the critic of the State and never its tool.” writes Dr Martin Luther King Jr, outraged by the silence of many churches regarding racial injustice of his time. The church, or any religious institution for that matter, should not hope to earn favors …

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Zenawi: Memorable Personal Landmarks

Melles Zenawi the Ethiopian Prime Minister was snatched by death on August 20, 2012 at the age of 57; he is survived by three children.  The Ethiopian government has announced that a state funeral ceremony will be held on the 2nd of September. Over the years I have met Melles repeatedly, …

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

A popular beer advertisement in my Country goes like this: “My name is Joe and I am Canadian!” Molson, the company that produces the beer “Molson Canadian” has cleverly crafted a commercial that can appeal to many Canadians. This is the sort of nationalism I can drink for, hypothetically speaking …

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Dear Prime Minister Meles

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

I wish I could discuss the contents of this letter with you in person; unfortunately, that is now impossible because of your untimely death. Dear Prime Minister, in 1991 soon after your triumphant arrival inAddis Ababa, I watched you debate the question ofEritrea’s independence with Professors Endrias Eshete and Mesfin …

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Meles Zenawe : A Matter Of Perspective

Human rights lawyer vs. trained healer

Meles Zenawe is dead. Long live Meles Zenaw! Looking back at his life one can with no exaggeration say that Meles was no ordinary human being. Meles was an institution. With the exception of the great Mandela, Meles had no intellectual equal inAfrica’s leadership pool. He was not only a …

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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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