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The Beauty And Complexity Of Diversity

Alem was not even ten when he joined the Tzebah (meaning dawn—a name given to the young of the ELF). Tzebah was a project set up to indoctrinate the young generation with Marxist ideology and was administered by the Union of Eritrean Youth under the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF); and …

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An Eritrean Diplomats’ Guide To South Sudan

Introduction of the issue It is said that diplomacy is the art of persuasion, and together with money and military force an ability to persuade sets a Government’s power to shape the unraveling of international events to meet its own interests. Persuasion is an art requiring myriad alliances – not …

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Expecting Aguagudom (ኣጓጉዶም):A Play Act (VII)

Setting: Misyam, Seraye (Zoba Debub), Eritrea  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 Abdella Wed-Sudan Hizb Aljemahir Zewdi Andemariam Gual Bashay ?????????? Najib A Khasay Hargets …

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The Struggle Ahead: A Matter of Perspective

It is amazing that Ghadafi is still in power. There can only be two explanations for this.  The firs is either his children are still loyal to him—remember when he told the World. ‘My Beable love me, all my Beable they love me”, nobody believed him. Even the hapless Susan …

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When You Wield Your Sword

Following the collapse of the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) in the early eighties, I came across an Arabic poem, written by a Saudi poet whose name I can’t recall right now. The poem describes adolescent love:   سلام عليك                                      يذيب الجليد يبث اليك                                         شجون فؤادي ويزرع                                           في راحتيك الورود . . .. …

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The Fall Of Gazafi & The Eritrean-Libyan Relations (Part II)

If one were to re-compose an old Eritrean Tigrinya song to describe how many times the Eritrean President has visited Libya in the last decade, one of the verses would read like this: ‘Tezewery nefarit tezewereyeTribolin-Asmaran kuynu mezawereye’ (Fly Airplane, fly, the Asmara Tripoli journey has become an entertainment).   Part …

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Positive Engagement

The dictator and his different faces (PFDJ, YPFDJ and his media outlets including meskerem.net), have, for years now, and for obvious reasons, waged  and  still continue to wage defaming campaigns against the opposition with the  intention of undermining its resolve and at the same time defeat its self confidence. Also, …

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PFDJ Understands Only Force

Before I proceed to the main subject of this article, I would like to congratulate the Tunisian and Egyptian people for waging a successful revolutions and ousting the longtime dictators, thus being able to decide the future of their nations. The audacious popular uprising that emerged in Tunisia indeed inspired …

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Middle East Quagmire: A Matter Of Perspective

Ghadafi has refused to go. He claims he holds no elected Office. That is no news.  Libyans never had elections since independence anyway. So the issue of him resigning is absurd. He is not a head of State.  He is the Head of his own creation, ‘The Jamharia.’ Unlike Isaias, …

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The Fall Of Gazafi And The Eritrean-Libyan Relations

“I was the one who created Libya and I will be the one to destroy it.” Qazafi as cited in The Economist1 “Mercenaries, Eritrean mercenaries!” they shouted and attacked Eritreans every here. Word spread by the agents of the regime that Eritreans were behind the failed coup attempt. Eritreans were …

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Towards The National Conference

I don’t want to dwell in the details of who said what or whose position was  the correct one. It suffices to say that the EDA with all its 11 member organizations was part of the discord/conflict that resulted in EPDP’s boycotting the  Addis conference in the past  and then …

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At The Crossroad (3rd & Final Part)

‘’They are capable of loving only the dead.’’ A. Pushkin The new mantra for the just ended 21st Anniversary of Massawa’s liberation goes: ‘’Fenkel: Apiary of Eritrea’s Independence’’. Sounds cute and clever. Full of meaning. Intelligent. Nationalistic. I am sorry if I am being a spoiler, but frankly, after twenty …

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Building Democracy And Democratic Institutions In Eritrea

(This is a speech presented at the Eritrean Civic Society Public Meeting organized by the People’s Committee for National Congress of Greater Los Angeles, CA, February 19, 2011. Dr. Afeworki Paulos teaches African politics and International Relations at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to his teaching, he also serves as  Assistant to …

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Expecting Aguagudom (ኣጎጉዶም): A Play-Act VI

Characters’ Name  Sobriquet Party/Affiliation Yemane Baliho  Wedi-Baliho Selfi-Swa Mohamed Birhan Imam   Wedi-Zemzem  Selfi-Alamel Abdella A zerom Wed-Inharish  Selfi-Gebil Amanuel ReDae Wedi-Tiebe  Selfi-L’fnti Tirhas Kindya Trishi(Gual ‘Gbitan) Demit Eritrea Mohamed I Abdella Wed-Sudan  Hizb Aljemahir Zewdi Andemariam Gual Bashay ???? Najib A Khahsay Hargets  Selfi-Abaeka Dr. Basilios Angesom Gnogno Selfi-Bun Osmano …

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Two Out: Who Is No. 3?

The Tunisian people have taken to the streets and succeeded in deposing a dictator, and the popular uprising in Egypt has forced the modern pharaoh to make three consecutive concessions within a week. For the first time in 30 years he appointed a vice-president (we do not have one in …

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Eritreans Must Unite To Overthrow The Dictatorship

As Eritreans, we find ourselves at a cross-road. Our nation is going through a traumatic time; our people are suffering under a tyrannical regime, led by a narcissistic creature. No offense to army sergeants, but as one Sudanese leader put it, Isaias “has the mentality of an army sergeant who …

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At The Crossroads (Part II)

A chilly Mediterranean wind is blowing across the stale political landscape of Africa’s Arab north, and it has turned a new page, and a new chapter has just begun. In Tunisia an iron fist that ruled for 23 years was unraveled a few days back by popular unarmed street strikes. …

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Un Peace Keeping Operations: Between A Rock And A Hard Place

I. Introduction Peace keeping is one of the most important works undertaken by the United Nations Organization, involving enormous financial burden and the use of military forces coming from different countries.  Peacekeeping has become one of the functions for which the United Nations has become well-known, with the blue helmets …

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