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Curse god and Die

‘Curse god and die’ has evolved from an imprudent advice of an embittered wife of a patient patriarch to ascent to be the chief foreign policy of Eritrea vis-à-vis the temporal god, the United States of America. Curse this god and say it as loud as you can, ‘Tekormika mot, AsfiHka mot! hade iyu Hilfetu!’ …

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The Fire Next Time

Muslim-Christian, Kebesa-Metahit, as we know is the only single most important issue since Eritreans gathered to mark the destiny of the nation: since 1941 till Now. All other issues, even those considered important like the border issue, the language issue, are child’s play compared to the very foundational nature of Eritrea. There is no Eritrea without…

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“I Want To Be A Sailor…”

  This short essay was written sometime in 2004.     If what we knew were the only guideposts for reality, the innocent knowledge before knowing the ugly truths and other side of the coin would be it. That other side hosts the grotesque, the depressing, the confusing, the deleterious…     “In Middle Ages—‘MaEkelay Zemen’—people…

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The Cruellest Decade: in Ten

The decade 2000-2010 hosted milestone events in Eritrea’s recent past; yet mostly disappointing. Coming on the heels of the optimism, pride and peace of 1990s, the decade 2000s, without question, has been a turbulent time for Eritrea and Eritreans. It is more reminiscent of our bloody past than the neighbourly decade. From ‘Salsay Werar’  in…

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The Kind Citizen and ‘Zemen’

I am launching a column in this venerable website, Awate.com. The column’s name is ‘the kind citizen.’ I choose this name because that is my vision for Eritrea, a nation of kind citizens. Citizens who pride in their histories and identities, who know and exercise their rights and duties (mainly rights in these times) and…

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The Shingrwa Of Eritrean Politics

17 Jan 2016 Yohannes Abraham Comments (84)

Just to make things clear first: ‘Shingrwa’ was the American idol of Eritrea, and the word which is borrowed from…

Pirates Of The PFDJ

14 Jan 2016 Awate Team Comments (305)

In 1976, when the Derg announced the change of King Haile Selassie's birr in Ethiopia, the general public was reluctant…

PFDJ Festival: Defections In Melbourne, Australia

13 Jan 2016 Gedab News Comments (144)

In a recent cycle of abandoning the Eritrean regime, the singer Aklilu Mebrahtu, and Yosief Amine, a saxophone player, have…

Kiros Yohannes Pays Tribute to Saleh Gadi

11 Jan 2016 Awate Team Comments (13)

I was moved and elated to read Kiros Yohannes poem on Saleh Gadi; it is a fitting tribute. Kiros Yohannes…

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