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I Beg to Differ

There is a common trend in the discourse of Diaspora Eritreans that any activity or activism that operates inclusively amounts to acquiescing to or supporting the status quo in our homeland. I intend to argue that this is a misguided notion. I haven’t written publicly on any topic outside my field of expertise (biology) since…

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Nsu nHna, nHna nsu: We Are One And The Same

Several studies conducted on dictatorships of the last century indicate that there is a method to how dictators stay in power and how they ultimately fall[i]. Dictators stay in power by keeping the balance of what Sergei Guriev and Daniel Treisman call, “the dictatorship equilibrium[ii].” In some of these studies the most common types of…

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Eritrean Victims And An Illusive Justice

On April 14, Eritreans in the UK started a weekend of activities as Commemorating Eritrean prisoners of conscience. Many Eritreans attended the morning and evening sessions of events and Mesfin Hagos was one of the attendants.  Minor chaos ensued when a person publicly accused Mesfin as a perpetrator of the arrests and disappearances of Eritreans…

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It Feels Like Yesterday: It Is All Time’s Fault

In different parts of Eritrea some call it gizie, some call it hmmet, ewan, zemen, and some even call it kunetat. They are all talking about the mighty Time. In Tigrinya lexicon it seems everything is the fault of Time, everyone picks on it. Poor Time! “Time, you have changed on me, I cannot tread…

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An Ordeal Of A Citizen: Victims Of The Eritrean Regime

This testimony of a victim of the Eritrean regime enrages us. It is an assault on our humanity, it enrages even those who are deprived of the virtue of compassion. Still, the Eritrean regime frequently surpasses itself by breaking the record of injustices, and yet one more brutality is exposed, and more appalling injustice screams…

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Eritrea Asks: Are You Sure You Care Enough?

PART I I often feel perplexed by the mismatch I continually feel between our need for change and our efforts to bringing about this much talked about change. On the left side of this indeterminate Eritrean equation, we find a handful of corrupt generals, more than 300 prisons filled to capacity with uncharged prisoners, more…

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Our Lord Hades Is Bitter And Greedy

The following  is brought to you from the Awate Forum where it was posted by “Gogo” a few hours earlier. We brought it to the frontpage because we believe it gives an insight regarding the promise of salary increase that the Eritrean government gave but didn’t honor.”  –  Awatestaff That which has been is that…

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The Eritrean Woman: Reverie of an Emancipated Eritrean Man

First you need to start with the grand narrative that is constantly quoted to you condescendingly: Your 30% participation in Eritrean’s prolonged armed struggle. This is based on faulty math; it is based on the simplistic calculation of the female headcount divided by the total membership and then converted to a percentage. It does not…

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Living In The Cracks Of Fringe Politics

06 Jun 2016 Tesfalem Araya Comments (16)

Eritrea is in one dark corner. While the level and pattern of our experiences might be unique to us, the…

The Day of Reckoning

04 Jun 2016 Yohannes Zerai Comments (55)

It will have been a year on June 23rd since the UN-appointed Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (COIE) presented its…

Zerom The Liberator

02 Jun 2016 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (67)

Now that the endless “silver jubilee celebrations in Eritrea are over, and the epic trip of the torch that remained…

Rebirth of Eritrea: Beyond the Oppressed Mind

31 May 2016 Tesfalem Araya Comments (62)

On 24 May Eritrea turned 25--a quarter of a century--a Silver Jubilee! I salute and honour all those patriots (from…

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