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Detoxifying Our Politics

It’s almost 2014 and Isaias Afeworki is still there, reigning over and ruining Eritrea. Change will come sooner or later. Of course it will! Sooner, if the movement for democratic change manages to quickly create an atmosphere ripe enough for those who can act, take a decisive action; or later, when nature takes its due…

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Ethiopia: the Elephant in the Room

Suppose a patient walks into an emergency room with a big axe sticking out of his head. The medical staff is bewilderingly looking at this guy, perplexed at how on earth he is even alive.  They prepare to do something about this deadly axe and ask the victim how he is feeling. He simply states…

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The Spirit Of Asmara

Let’s start with one of my favorite songs: “Asmera Shkor, Asmera Bella, men kwedadera!” by Aaron Abraham. It roughly translates to “Nothing compares to you, sweet, beautiful Asmara”. Love knows no bounds, indeed. Nothing compares to the one you love most. It is poetry and the words are simply meant to express deep affection for…

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Eritrea: Anatomy Of A Revolution

Are we there yet? Has our Second Revolution started already? Is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? How far are we from the spark that will bring us closer to the destination?  The destination is not an end unto itself of course; it’s just the beginning, the flash, the…

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How To Defeat Isaias Afwerki

Just like any dysfunctional relationship among humans, dictatorships don’t just occur overnight. They take years of bending, twisting and breaking the normal, healthy, rules of human bonding. Bullying gives way to submission and before we know it, acute problems turn into chronic ailments. A bride and a groom who vowed to love and hold each…

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From Tahrir Square, To Godena Harnet

Warning: The following article may be offensive to some old men and other slow moving objects. “May you live in interesting times”, goes the ancient Chinese proverb. It is supposed to be a veiled curse – a prelude to “May you find what you are looking for”. We yet have to discover the actual results…

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Eritrea: Ten More Years Of Dictatorship

Let’s get down right to it. Who among us honestly believes that the PFDJ regime will collapse or get toppled in the year 2011? How about 2012? Maybe? It’s a blind guess, isn’t it? Barring any unforeseen circumstances, there is little indication that the system is in an imminent danger of caving in. Yes; definitely…

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A Case For Dissolving The PFDJ

How is this for a rather crazy, absurd, naïve, unrealistic and outlandish idea? I believe next year’s National Conference for Democratic Change should be held in Asmara. Yes, Asmara as in Asmara, Eritrea. Calm down!…and hold your dismissive gestures please, for as one would expect, there are some fine prints–tiny conditions if you will–to this…

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Our Traditional Philosophers (Felasfas)

People tend to philosophize from time to time without knowing it. But not many are those who can formulate it in a way that can inspire people to follow them. Many are called to talk and to blabber; unfortunately few are chosen to attract disciples. But what is it that makes people to become philosophers?…

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Every September, We will Remember

I saw Isaias Afwerki in person only on two occasions. The first one was in the summer of 1999 when he visited the United States and joined the Eritrean festival at an arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC.  The place was packed by as many as ten thousand people, and the…

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Eritrea: Few Embassies, Many Chanceries

13 Oct 2014 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (36)

The democratic regime of Isaias Afwerki is known for its extensive informational (not propaganda) activities and thankfully it enjoys full…

A Coup In Eritrea: Reality Check

12 Oct 2014 Mahmud Saleh Comments (33)

I would like to thank Amanuel Hidrat for his well researched and educational article. I really appreciate the time and…

UN Sanctions On Eritrea Will Continue Indefinitely

10 Oct 2014 Gedab News Comments (123)

On May 23, 2014 Gedab News predicted that UN Sanctions against Eritrea will stay in limbo, today it has been…

Democratic Coup In Eritrea: Unrealistic Utopian Project

09 Oct 2014 Amanuel Hidrat Comments (76)

When you undertake a revolution, the difficulty is not to make it go; it is to…

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