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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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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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Living In The Cracks Of Fringe Politics

06 Jun 2016 Tesfalem Araya Comments (16)

Eritrea is in one dark corner. While the level and pattern of our experiences might be unique to us, the…

The Day of Reckoning

04 Jun 2016 Yohannes Zerai Comments (55)

It will have been a year on June 23rd since the UN-appointed Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (COIE) presented its…

Zerom The Liberator

02 Jun 2016 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (67)

Now that the endless “silver jubilee celebrations in Eritrea are over, and the epic trip of the torch that remained…

Rebirth of Eritrea: Beyond the Oppressed Mind

31 May 2016 Tesfalem Araya Comments (62)

On 24 May Eritrea turned 25--a quarter of a century--a Silver Jubilee! I salute and honour all those patriots (from…

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