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PFDJ’s Art of Deception

A cultural troupe overflew Mekele, where it could have enjoyed much excitement from bigger and more lively audience. But this 60-person contingent was ordered to impress the Amhara, Isaias’ new allies. The claimed objective of this programme. To ‘celebrate the peace and friendship agreement and develop cultural exchange between the …

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Who is More Racist?

“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast stone at her.” John 8:7 One random Saturday morning, I was having a cup of coffee with a friend in a Starbucks stores. As usual, I was having my black coffee Grande, which is the medium size by Starbucks standards, …

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Eritrea The Opposite Pull by Abyssinians and Arabs

Often, awate.com  publishes articles that do not share its values which is mainly promoting tolerance, civility, struggle against injustice, and the respect of right of citizens. To promote a civilized debate, we established the Awate Forum where we encourage readers to challenge published articles, editorials, and other items that we publish. …

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Peering into the Cagey Politics of the Horn of Africa

The summit that leaders of Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia held in the Ethiopian cities of Gondar and Bahir Dar in early November is a landmark event in the evolving politics of Africa’s Horn Region. The event’s significance derives not so much from the meeting’s own merits as from the clues it …

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David and Goliath Not a Myth

As a reaction to what appeared on Negarit yesterday under the title,  “Eritrea, the not-so-tiny-Tiny Country”, Haile S., an active awate forum member made the comments below that we found worthy of more exposure. Haile built on what appeared on Negarit and expounded on it with additional, and new, explanations regarding what ails Eritrea. His …

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Is This What We Really Want?

[This is an article written by TeKa, and Ethiopian sed that germinated in Eritrea. TeKa shares his life story loaded with some advise to his Ethiopian compatriots–Editor] My name is TeKa, an Ethiopian born and raised, mainly, in Asmara, Eritrea. I am not a writer (you can tell), I am …

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A Prophesy Finally Fulfilled in Eritrea

I was in high school when I learned of the prophecy. I shook my head. I pooh-poohed it. Untenable, I murmured as I sat hearing the prophecy delivered with confidence. But I am not talking about the prophecy of prophet Isaiah, who proclaimed, “a virgin will conceive and beget a …

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Mayday, Mayday! Eritrea is sinking!

Dear Eritreans, I am the son of Eritrean bred parents. I was born, raised, and educated in Ethiopia until my college years. During my childhood, I was sent to visit Eritrea for a few months. For all intents and purposes, I did not know Eritrea and its people very well. …

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Negarit #21- Riddle — ኣዝግኑኒ

Reading time 5 minutes A family. A microcosm of an Eritrean family. Love, hope, and despair. Weddings, childbirths, and death… and burial services. This family is so used to the last one, living on the foothill of Qatsetai, whose top was a Christian orthodox burial ground. It is a place …

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Towards a Mature and Meaningful Exchange!

Open exchange of ideas and perspectives is the foundation of a healthy, vibrant and tolerant society. Societies that promote open exchange are more likely to foster common understanding, a better appreciation of other perspectives and welcome creative and critical thinking. The effectiveness of any exchange in a society will depend, …

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The Abiy Phenomenon

How volatile human affairs are!   A couple of decades ago, who would have thought the wave of democratization that swept the globe after the collapse of the Soviet Union would suffer such a reversal in such a short time? The world had seemed to be moving inexorably towards freedom and …

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The Game Is Over!

The speech delivered by the president of Eritrea, Mr. Isaias Afwerki, on Martyrs’ day – June 20, 2018 – was a much anticipated speech. The speech came shortly after the peace overtures made by the new prime minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed. Expectation were abound that the speech of …

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