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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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The Eritrean Covenant: An Embodiment Of A Shared Future

Neither ethnicity nor religion has any genetic basis. This confirms that there is nothing coded in any one ethnic or religious group that goes, “this human has to monopolize power and resources while that should be marginalized and silenced.” But the realities in our world are totally different. Social injustice …

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Dr Bereket Habteselassie: From The Unknown To The Uncertain

It is now more than 35 years since I first met Dr. Bereket in Baghdad/Iraq. He was very energetic, articulate, physically and mentally active (still he is fortunately – touch wood).  Since then I had been following his contributions, lectures, participations in regional and international forums and seminars.   That …

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Orphans Dining At The Miscreant’s Table

Self-identification is an essential facet of self-determination; a reviving society habitually pursues the quest for self-identification. Responding to the collective question of “who are we” construes a stumbling projection for any community to define its cherished common values, to collectively counter social wrenches, to regain deprived rights and chart its …

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State, Religion and Ethno-Regional Politics

Sign of the Times   On August 1, 2009, I happened to be in Washington DC, visiting a family friend who was in hospital following a serious surgery. As I was about to leave the hospital, a brother of the patient and a man I have known for many years …

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Reflections On Semere Tesfai’s article

I paused reflect after reading Semere Tesfai’s article (Ali Salim’s Land Argument: A Mirage of Power Ambition (awate December 10, 2009), in which he challenges Ustaz Ali Salim who have been debating about the mother of all our issues and problems, with transparency and clarity that most Tigrigna intellectuals (the …

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