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Of Kings And Bandits: A Book Review

As the title of the book insinuates, “Of Kings And Bandits” is a story – actually many artfully crafted stories – seemingly set to challenge the conventional wisdom and debunk widely accepted versions of history of Abysinia, by exploring tales and legends of “great kings” who ascend to power illegitimately, of viceroys and their lackeys who invade, pillage and kill; and of course, of bandits who are royalty in the hearts of their people. One people’s bandit is another’s freedom fighter.…

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What The US Should Do About Eritrea

In 2006, US-backed Ethiopia invaded Somalia and removed from power the Islamic Courts Union, which it perceived as a brewing threat.  To the United States, it was another extension of the global war on terror and it openly backed the invasion, claiming that the Islamic Courts were harboring terrorists responsible for the bombing of US…

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The Two Eritreas

Eritreans who live abroad know this very familiar drill. An inquisitive person asks “Where are you from?” and we proudly say “Eritrea” and get ready for that confused look that nine out of ten people give us. Never heard of our tiny country? No problem. Out comes our plethora of geographic references; East Africa, Red…

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Eritrea 2010: Shaping Our Future

National Reconciliation Conference.  There is a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Citizens coming together to shed their differences, rectify mistakes, forgive transgressions, vow to make amends and bravely face their destiny to live in harmony and in a spirit of brotherly love. Henceforth, let us usher a new era where every citizen feels she/he…

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We Cannot Afford to Be Divided

Finally the dream of the faithful Eritreans is approaching and it will come true. My happiness heightened when three opposition groups took a vital positive initiative and united. That is what an honest Eritrean wishes. That is what many were waiting for years, to join the struggle for freedom and justice. If we go back and…

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The Audacity of Supporting America’s Policy

There is a proverb that goes something like this: “A thief believes everybody steals.”  How convenient! – for the thief, that is. We have an equivalent one in Tigrigna: “zebene wra wra nebsKa ayteEbra”. Hmmm, we can only say that dishonest rationalization knows no limits. It doesn’t make the thievery any less repulsive, but comes handy…

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The Audacity of Supporting America’s Policy

There is a proverb that goes something like this: “A thief believes everybody steals.”  How convenient! – for the thief, that is. We have an equivalent one in Tigrigna: “zebene wra wra nebsKa ayteEbra”. Hmmm, we can only say that dishonest rationalization knows no limits. It doesn’t make the thievery any less repulsive, but comes handy…

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Time For Unconventional Ideas

“Why do some ideas thrive while others die?” asks a great book by two geeky brothers (Chip and Dan Heath). The authors then explore the “stickiness” factor of ideas that have flourished or floundered over time.  Why do we tune out important information that may have significant impact over our lives but easily let in…

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Tears On-Demand

Life is precious. We all have but one life to live. And when anyone’s life ends abruptly and before it is due, we feel beaten. So many deferred dreams left undone, so much love left unexpressed and this time, there are no tomorrows. You would think with so much suffering, death and dying, by now,…

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Aster & Sherifo: My Parents Who Have Disappeared…

13 Sep 2014 Ibrahim Mahmoud Ahmed Sherifo Comments (15)

My name is Ibrahim Mahmoud Ahmed Sherifo. I am the son of two veteran fighters of the Eritrean revolution -…

Is Sweden Now Relevant to The Eritrean Regime?

11 Sep 2014 Gedab News Comments (32)

In an interview conducted by the Swedish journalist Donald Boström in 2009, Isaias Afwerki considered Sweden insignificant and questioned: “Why…

Isaias Arrives In Cairo To An Arab League…

09 Sep 2014 Gedab News Comments (424)

In a press release issued on Sept. 7, 2014, the League of Arab States meeting, held at the level of…

Gallantry at Halhal

08 Sep 2014 awatestaff Comments (19)

[The following is chapter 20 from Saleh "Gadi" Johar's book, "Of Kings and Bandits." Today it is being presented to…

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