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Eritreans Mobilized For Justice In New York

First I would like to thank the organizers of the New York demonstration for showing their respect for humanity and saying no to injustice in Eritrea. The focus of my message is why this demonstration was vital and why it concerns all Eritreans and why they came together to send …

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Eritrean Youth: The Lost Generation

Many of us living overseas have conducted ourselves in such a way that we remained true to our Eritrean heritage. We unswervingly rallied behind the preservation of the very spirit that sustained the independence struggle. We, overwhelmed by the spirit of the ‘gedli’ era, cherished liberty as a heritage of …

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The Role of the Elite In Leading Their Communities

The following post appeared on September 1, 2016, on Ismael Gabayta’s facebook page. Awatestaff took the initiative and translated it into English for the benefit of its readers. The original Arabic content by Ismael was slightly altered to avoid Arabic verbosity and be better understood by the English reader. Omissions …

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Book Review: Loubet AlMaghzal By Haji Jabir

Title of the book: “Lubetu Almghzal”( The game of the spinning wheel) Author: Haji Jaber Language: Arabic Number of pages: 208 Published July 27th 2015 by Arab Cultural Center, Beirut, Lebanon. I read Haji Jaber’s third novel “Loubet Almaghzal” in which he narrates deeply and brilliantly about some diaries lost; diaries that …

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United States Policy On Eritrea: Any Prospects for Change?

The United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a subcommittee hearing titled ‘Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat’ on September 14, 2016. Participating in the hearing were a two-member panel of witnesses representing the State Department and a three-member panel of expert witnesses. Post-hearing reviews and analyses coming out of …

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A Very Untimely Article

The American 2016 Election: A white woman on the top, a white man at the bottom. Hilary Clinton is poised to become the first female president, but a white woman on the top with a white man at the bottom is not history making. It is not even history repeating …

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Testimony of Khaled Beshir, Ph.D.

Testimony of Khaled Beshir, Ph.D. Board Member, Awate Foundation Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM Hearing before the House Committee on foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations “Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat” Thank you Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Bass, and Members of …

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“Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat”

The US Congress’ Foreign Affairs Committee will have a hearing on Eritrea under the title, “Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat”. The sub-committee hearing will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 2 pm Eastern. We hope to be able to link the live stream of the hearing on Eritrea from …

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Challenges of Justice & Democracy In Ethiopia

Voices of justice and democracy are challenging modern Ethiopia. The adoption of “democracy” in the system of governance is becoming highly volatile in today’s political life. Despite its theoretical connotation and rationale, its notion has been devalued as a simple commodity that wishy-washy politicians sell to ordinary citizens. Instead of …

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Viewpoint: Events In Ethiopia

It has been over a year since the widespread public unrest erupted in the Oromia state of Ethiopia. This year, the simmering conflict between the Amara and Tigrai regions over parts of Welkait also erupted. While the Ethiopian government is now facing the two problems, Ethiopians and others are engaged …

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A Defenseless Regime With Indefensible Record

July 1st this year marked the culmination of a four-year, UN-mandated investigation into human rights violations in Eritrea whereupon the UN concluded that crimes against humanity have been committed by some government institutions and a confidential list of officials. The UN involvement in the case had its genesis in the …

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The Song That Emancipates Eritrean Women

Traditionally; most of the Tigriniya love songs hanker on the themes of interference by others, on one lover’s succumbing to the village gossip, “my love, do not believe the gossip, it is motivated by jealousy “. And many are lamentations about parents who refused to bless the courtship because of …

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The Agaiazians Have Testosterone Too!

A few days ago I stumbled on a new YouTube Phenomenon, The Agaiazian.tv, broadcast by an Eritrean named Tesfazion. Laden with the history of Tigray and Tigrinya, Tesfazion calls Eritrea a country needled out from the thin air, sewing the nine ethnic groups to create an artificial country by Vatican …

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Not Friends, Not Enemies – Just Nations With Interests

Reviewing official statements on world perspective that the Government of Eritrea put out periodically over the last 15 years, one would get the impression that the country of Eritrea is somehow the most coveted, yet the most hated and conspired-against nation in the world! Such an impression is bound to …

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Grassroots view: The Discourse of Martyrdom and Sovereignty (P2)

In Part I tried to show two separate narratives or discourses around martyrdom, sovereignty, and nationalism as represented by the dominant Party-State versus the grassroots or popular views. I also argued the Party-State’s intense propaganda that the population have been subjected to on its own, cannot explain why the majority …

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Tagging Isaias Afwerki: The Paranoid Dictator

When searching for a list of the world’s worst known dictators, Google returns clusters of 10, 13, 20, 25, 100 with repeated names including Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Kim Il Sung, Idi Amin Dada, Mengistu Hailemarian, Haileselassie, Robert Mugabe, Muammar Gaddafi, Kim John Il, Bashar Al-Assad, Fidel Castro, etc. …

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Jebena Presents Grafted Skin

A few days ago a loyal friend of awate.com sent us a link to a song that was recently released. An unusual piece of music by Amanuel Yohannes. It’s a song without any interruptions of brass instruments. A few days later, Amanuel Hidrat posted the song on the awate.com discussion …

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Living In The Cracks Of Fringe Politics

Eritrea is in one dark corner. While the level and pattern of our experiences might be unique to us, the consequences (the pain and loss) are virtually the same. We have had our fair share of colonial subjugation, occupation, and segregation. At the same time, as in many other societies, …

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