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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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A Conference Of The Willing!

­Unless those who have opted to dissent change course on short notice and rejoin the collective effort, the convening of the National Conference for Democratic Change (NCDC) in late July of this year appears to have become the business of the willing only. With the exception of one out of …

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Reflections On Gender And Nationalism In Eritrea

Each year, on the 24th of May Eritreans celebrate independence day. The celebration symbolises the spirit of freedom, peace as well as respect and dignity of the citizens of the country.  For Most Eritreans this day that marks the end of what they had suffered in subjugation and the end …

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Eritrean Law Society Held Talks With Human Rights Watch

As a continuation of its ongoing effort to meet and establish working partnership with different organizations that share its goals and objectives, the Eritrean Law Society met and held talks with Human Rights Watch.   On the part of ELS, the meeting was attended by chairman Michael Andegeorgis, Journalist Milkias …

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An Analysis Of The Crisis Of The Opposition

This article is written with the upcoming National Conference for Democratic Change as a background.    After a long hiatus from writing in the Internet sites except for transient events necessitated by the need to (1), I decided to write again. Since writing at this time, without addressing the issue …

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Truth Telling, Painful At That

Last Tuesday April 27th 2010, there was a conference held at the national press club in Washington DC. The event was organized by the press advocacy group reporters sans frontiers (rsf) and the national press club under the banner “truth tellers”. Eritrean independent journalist Milkias Mihretab Yohannes was the speaker …

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A Tale of Two Cities London Peace Conference

I was born and grew up in an ex-British colony– Eritrea, the first time I saw a British person was in my village, the Manager of the Agricultural scheme ( S.I.A.). I remember that even the local games we were playing as kids were of British background( cricket& Rugby). Then …

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Unmasked: Enforcers of Nehnan Alamanan

Political forces that are truly determined to change a social order, which is cruelly unjust, and build a fair society that enables the people to catch up with the civilized world, has a point of departure from which they should start their long journey.  The most logical point of departure …

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Healthy communication: A cornerstone for viable solution

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”   Oliver Wendell Holmes   Communication is the activity or process of expressing ideas and feelings or of giving people information; it is through different channels of communication that human beings create conflicts …

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Beyond Antipathy

Beyond Antipathy:  The Concluding Part of Religion, Nationalism and Ethno-regional Politics Much of the public discourse among Eritreans has been characterized by acrimonious exchange of tirades. The underlying spirit in such exchanges can be summed up as antipathy. A legacy of pseudo-Marxist ideology of “class struggle,” which was espoused by …

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A Matter of Perspective: Ali Salim, the Thorn in Our Side

In the recent past it seems to have become fashionable to write (debate perhaps will be a better word) about the ethnic, religious and cultural divide in Eritrea. I have in the past intermittently touched on this sensitive subject, specially when I become agitated as I always am, at what …

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London Peace Conference: A Hidden Agenda?

 received an invitation from the preparatory committee (PC) of the peace conference which is planned to convene in London May 21st and 23rd of 2010.   I did not receive a written agenda, but some friends told me that the issue of priority is: Eritrean—Eritrean dialogue. I found that interesting, …

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The Eritrean Covenant: A Serious Window for Dialogue

After reading the document known as The Eritrean Covenant which was issued by Mejlis Ibrahim Mukhtar and published on Awate.com (www.awate.com) on February 12, 2010; And after analyzing the contents of the Eritrean Covenant and discussing the aims and dimensions of the message. We, the undersigned, residents of the city …

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To Be Human: Perspectives From Norway

“We’re prisoners of war. Our dreams have been doctored. We belong to no where. We sail unanchored on troubled seas. We may never be allowed ashore. Our sorrows will never be sad enough. Our joys will never be happy enough. Our lives never important enough to matter.”  From the novel, …

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To Paulos Tesfagiorgis With Love: An Open Letter

The first time I got to know you personally was in Khartoum in the late 80s while I was engaged with a group of Eritreans in promoting the rights of Eritrean refugees. Though I came from an ELF background and had sympathy for the organisation, at that time I was …

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