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In The Blink Of An Eye

Verses on ‘Politics’ and on a Year Gone By Some graciously wished out of kindness and solidarity Had I contributed materials more often with regularity And not sparsely as is the case now claiming with sincerity “A situation which is depriving them the joy and felicity” From reading what they termed a gift from me,…

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Omar Jabir: A Wise Elder Departs

The passing of Omar Jabir is like the disappearance of a bright star from the Eritrean Revolutionary Firmament. As I have had occasion to declare in a posting in Awate a few years ago, Omar represents the soft side of the Eritrean character, a side that owns and uses empathy in his dealings with people.…

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Eyewitness Report: A Glance At The Situation In Eritrea

It has been a while since rationing of essential consumer items started in Eritrea. It has been since power became so scarce that Eritreans visiting home carry big quantities of candles. Tap water is almost nonexistent and the sanitation in Asmara and other towns is worrisome. Even with oil price have been dropping for months,…

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A Painful loss of A Great Fighter: The Death Of Omar Jabir

OBITUARY (Issued by Gulf News in Arabic and translated by Awatestaff.) Every soul will taste death. Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return. “ O reassured soul. Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him]. And enter among My [righteous] servants. And enter My Paradise. A Painful loss for…

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A Break From Politics: Jebena Presents Fairuz

For decades, the Lebanese singer, Fairuz, has remained one of the most known singers in the Middle East. Her romantic and patriotic songs, her soothing voice and dignified performance has earned her the love of many generations. To this day, very few singers have reached Firuz’s stature. Today we present to you one of Fairuz’s…

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My Genes Are Perfect; So Are Yours

Racist remarks against our region remind us that wars have cost us dearly. And we should think like winners; that we are backward because we have been subjected to circumstances of history which predestined us to find ourselves where we are, not because we are genetically condemned to suffer the backwardness we endure. The question…

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The World Looking At Eritrea And Ethiopia

Editor’s Note: Today’s sample is possibly a representative view of the rest of the world regarding Eritrea and Ethiopia. Sometimes, looking at yourself from the perspective of others, particularly in this age of interdependence and globalization, helps with proper self-assessment. We hope this will add to the ongoing heated debate between the citizens of both Eritrea…

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Sample Views On Ethiopian-Eritrean Relations

The following is a two part digest of some comments in two parts that appeared on the Awate Forum. The first part is by Abinet, an Ethiopian debater, while the next part is a comment by Shum, an Eritrean commentator. Abinet says: This has been my stand from day one. I always ask why fight…

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Afro-Pessimism, Optimism, Realism And Eritrea

24 Jan 2015 Salyounis Comments (205)

Much of the scholarship that deals with African development can be categorized as Afro-pessimist, Afro-optimist or Afro-realist.  To-date, the case…

Negarit Of The Broken PFDJ Pot

19 Jan 2015 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (161)

In reaction to an article about the Dresden demonstration in memory of the late Khaled Idris Bahray, and condemning his…

Leadership And The Geopolitics Of The Horn (Part-II)

24 Oct 2012 Amanuel Hidrat Comments (1)

Our struggle, instead belting with reassuring chorus to the weight, is indeed ram-shackled and directed into all wrong targets as…

Anti Racism Demonstration: Dresden Remembers Khalid

17 Jan 2015 awatestaff Comments (19)

On Saturday January 17, 2015, thousands of Germans and immigrants marched in an anti racism demonstration that was carried out…

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