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Eritrea 20th Birthday: Time For Reflection!

“Those languishing in prison, those just out of prison, and the relatively free…” -A ‘’deranged’’ lady’s demographic classification of the Eritrean population into three groups.   (Adi-Keih, 2005) A profoundly dismayed, sad, outraged, and silently suffering society with in Eritrea is in a state of what might be called ‘’cerebral cortex …

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Rumors Of War- A Call To All Higdefites

It never occurred to me that a Higdefite would be concerned about the national security of Eritrea. I believed then, and I still do, that Isaias is bent to destroy Eritrea with the active collaboration of his followers. I told the Higdefite that I was surprised and why. In a normal situation, it is not difficult to predict how he would react. He would dismiss me as Weyane! He would even try to intimidate me—they try it with all, until they learn that there are some combatants, who do not let themselves to be intimidated into silence!

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Eritrea & Egypt: State Vs. Regime Security

A man came to my office at the Paradiso Campus of the University of Asmara, showed me his ID card, placed a revolver on the desk in front of me, and asked to use the phone; he called his headquarters report that he was with me. He then began questioning …

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Fighting for France: A Matter of Perspective

Ghadafi is still in power. It is amazing that he is still in power considering the amount of firepower and the number of forces arrayed against him. I have always wanted Ghadafi to disappear even more than I had wanted Isaise to disappear even though I am and never was …

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A political Tsunami

A Tsunami of popular upheavals has hit the region and on its way it has swept two of the most brutal and deeply entrenched dictatorial regimes: Bin Ali of Tunisia and Mubarak of Egypt. Others will hopefully follow them soon, Inshaa Allah. The unabated waves are still spreading over, shaking …

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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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