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The Fear Of The Other Side

Things are going downhill and it seems as if we are going to walk on steep cliffs. I wish this will not happen. Opposition movements are multiple with a range of political formulas. Yet we have witnessed the emergence of new ones and perhaps more will be coming in the …

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Internal factors in the issue of land, equity and Language

Recently there have been a number of articles written about the problems of land, equity and Arabic in Eritrea.     Most of the writers have blamed Eritrea’s dictator for the problems, thus referring only to an external factor. However, I believe that there are also internal factors involved, and …

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My Understanding Of A National Conference

A national conference that measures up to its name should reflect the compatibility of that with the composition of its participants, the goals and tasks set, the results achieved and the mechanism and means adopted. Reality is so complex to squeeze and fit into a rigid pattern or criteria set …

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Eritreans On The Run: Trends, Profiles & Destinations

According to the UNHCR, there were 15. 2 million refugees1 and more than 922,000 individual claims for asylum or refugee status registered worldwide in 2009.      Eighty percent of all world refugees are hosted in developing countries of which the major refugee hosting countries are Pakistan (1.7 million), Iran …

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Who Is To Blame?

Are some of the issues that are recently raised in a number of articles a tip of an iceberg, or they are tiny ripples in a cup that will ultimately vanish? Are they objective manifestations of a grim reality that some of us didn’t notice? Are they subjective issues which …

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Promoting National Unity And Co-existence In Eritrea

Promoting National Unity, Cultural And Religious Co-existence In Eritrea     Nowadays, the Eritrean arena is full of political contradictions that reflect the historical, cultural, religious, social and other accumulated issues that express the sum of the Eritrean situation. It represents all of the country’s factions and communities that are …

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Hgi Endaba: The Laws of our Ancestors

Megedi ArbiAa: Part I   In the small but highly diversified ethnic and cultural make up of the Eritrean population, there is something called Hgi Endaba which literally means the laws and or customs inherited from our ancestors. In the Christian/ Tygrina/highland population category, the word “Mother Land” is rarely …

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Reflections On The Eritrean Youth

What comes to our mind when the term youth is raised? Where does the position of the Eritrean youth lie when it comes to meet the general characteristics and uniqueness of a particular age group? What is the position of the youths from the existing opposition camp? I tried to …

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What Type Of Unity?

Eritrea‘s current geographical borders, and the people within that Domain, had not emerged through a natural process of development to form a nation state. Like most African states, Eritrea is an outcome of a colonial scramble in search of raw materials and new markets which the then developing economies of …

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Realisation One’s Wrong Deed Is A Virtue

Really an astonishing and a historical revelation was made by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in one of his last election campaigns. He definitely has a strong ethnic, cultural and (until recently) political ties with the kebesa community in Eritrea that no one can deny. Thus, no reasonable person can …

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“Majority Rule” and “Minority Rights”

I have great respect for Semere Tesfai for boldly articulating his views. There are crucial points that he and I are in complete concurrence, in particular his analysis of not resorting to group rights to solve Eritrea’s problems; that is the main crux of his analysis. I believe the solution …

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Pilgrimage to Gamla Stan: Reflections from Stockholm

Last week I was in Stockholm, invited together with three colleagues from Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia to address a conference on ‘Democratisation in the Horn of Africa: Processes and Results,’ that was arranged by the ‘Network for Peace in the Horn of Africa,’ an entity that is based there. What …

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Education not Incarceration: Build Schools not Prisons

Education is central to Eritrean culture. During the 30 year revolutionary struggle Eritrean nationalists made a conscious effort to formally educate the villages they sought refuge in. Amongst a chaotic backdrop of air raids and gunfire, mobile workshops and literacy programs were run to empower local women, children and potential fighters (Rena, 2007; Pool, 1997). In the hearts and …

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Spirit of Unquestioned Domination Should be Defeated

“Look in the mirror, and don’t be tempted to equate transient domination witheither intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival.”(Stephen Jay Gould, September 1941-May 2002)   As Eritrean communities and citizens, it is very difficult for us to see the mistaken assumptions we have when it comes to people who …

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Activities In Toronto, Canada

   TORONTO ACTION is a coalition of civic and political organizations, namely EriForum, Qalna, and the Toronto Branch of EDA A contingency of Toronto Action setup a picket line on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the foot of a high rise building, where the repressive Eritrean regime maintains an office …

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Eritrean Forum For Human Rights-Special Issue

SPECIAL EDITION ISAIAS AFWERKI’S RESUME AS PRESIDENT OF ERITREA   Honour the spirit of the Martyrs. Speak, act and fight for those who have no voice.   1993:            Only two months after independence, Isaias orders the forced transport of 12, 000 disabled freedom fighters to concentration camps outside of Asmara. …

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