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An Office Full Of Mice

Today I feel like throwing a thousand proverbs. Why not, we have an ample supply of anecdotes and other sayings that embody folk wisdom. They lend their use to the most boring writers and speakers. And whenever ideas betray me, I use them; they are handy fillers for a marathon …

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Isaias: A Cult Leader Surrenders

On December 20, 2011, reporting on the meeting of the Eritrean regime’s so-called Cabinet of Ministers, Asmelash, the mouthpiece of the regime recited (among many other personal declarations of Isaias) that the tyrant had given new directives to his servile cabinet ministers. This is what Asmelash reported: “…President Isaias continued, …

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A Congress By The Hawassa Lake

What is in a name? Awasa is a name many considered correct. I found out that it is a corrupted form of Hawassa, which is how its natives call it: Awasa is probably some corruption of the name by some “neftegna” based on the convenience of another language; and it …

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“This Too Shall Pass”: Time For Real Outrage

According to Abrahamic religions, the Sinai Peninsula (and Jebel Mussa or Mount Moses), is where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, the first set of rules of ethics and worship that still shape the moral values of much of humanity. One of the commandments is Thou Shalt Not Kill, (according …

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First Europe, Then Addis Congress

I am accustomed to always report to my readers whenever I return from my travels. Here is my report covering a four-week tour to Europe that started  towards the end of September. I delivered speeches in Birmingham, London (UK) followed by Frankfurt (Germany), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and finally two speeches …

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The Sun Never Sets On The Eritrean Empire

[This is a speech given on July 20, 2011, at a gathering organized by Eritreans in Las Vegas, Nevada.] A lot of you might think that Eritrea is that small country hugging the western shores of the Red Sea; but you couldn’t be more mistaken. Eritreans have filled the four …

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Addis Ababa And Djibouti: Mannequin And Plastic

In the last edition of Negarit, I lamented the sad situation of Assab, and the sadder situation of the people of that region who are denied job opportunities in their own country by a reckless policy of the dictator and his enablers. I was going to leave it at that, …

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Unusual: Imagining Asseb Through Djibouti

As much as I try to stay focused on Eritrean issues, the spirit of the Horn Of Africa pulls me towards it; and the last two months have been phenomenally busy for me. Whenever I sit down to write about something, another thing comes up, and then another, and another. …

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Facts For The Gossip League

If it wasn’t spoiled for me, I had intended to give my readers a light reportage about my trip to Djibouti (April 3 to 10) and Ethiopia (April 10 to 27). I will do that soon after I take care of a small glitch and do some cleaning up. I …

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Post “Liberation” Struggle For Liberation

(This is a speech delivered on Saturday February 19, 2011, at a meeting hosted by the People’s Committee for National Congress of Greater Los Angeles—Saleh Gadi Johar) The title of the topic that I was asked to talk about by the organizers of the event is ‘Post Liberation Movement’; but …

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The Endangered Brown Frog Of Eritrea

I swear I never intended to write about any NGO or Ngdet (in the plural) after the one I wrote in April of 2010, but I was not so inspired that I had to do it again. Blame it on a certain scholar, Sga Aboy ille—he made one stupid comment too many, …

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An Eritrean Year Of So Many Alis

Ali Copter When the helicopter first appeared in the Eritrean lowlands, the people mispronounced its name. It became Ali Copter. But that presented a problem to women who were married to men named Ali since tradition dictated that they not utter their husband¹s name under any condition. They had to …

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The Lizard’s Tail

Once I saw an American neighbor’s kid showing off his chameleon that crawled on his hands. The father was proudly smiling because his son was so happy with the pet that he bought him for his birthday. I saw the chameleon turn its skin into different shades and hues, I …

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Good News, Bad News And Ngst Hanna

Today I have bad news, good news and anger, but first, let me begin with the good news. Good News #1: My friend Adhanom Gebremariam was sick, bedridden for weeks in a hospital where the doctors tried on him all their knives, cutting, his abdomen, sewing it again, only to …

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Of Kings And Bandits

Today’s Negarit is somewhat of a commercial; Negarit has begotten negaritmedia.com. And Negarit Media has begotten its first book, ‘Of Kings And Bandits.’ What led into all of that?   Four of every five people I know have urged me to write a book; I know what it takes to …

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Like An Aged Wine

In the last edition of Negarit, I promised to write about the issue of official languages in Eritrea. I have kept my promise. As usual, a short story will hopefully put you in a relaxed mood as you read this rather long article.   A drunken violinist, a Wata, had …

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Ngdet London, Kahsa Weyane

Let’s begin with a traditional scene. Two spouses quarrel and friends intervene. The husband is pressured to ask for forgiveness. He brings home a fat chicken, the wife cooks it for lunch and they resolve their issues over a zigni derho meal. The husband brought some gifts as well: a …

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The Torch Is Dead, Long Live the Torch

Fresh breeze came from the south carrying subtle smell of animal dung and wild flowers as a mother agonized delivering her second baby. She has been laboring for hours when finally the baby came into this world, the few women in the house let out sharp ululations, twelve times, a …

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Ufficio Lavoro, Worker’s Union & Labor Party

A laborer, a worker and a proletariat may be interchangeable words, if you are innocent. But as you progress from one to the other, you notice that the involvement of the politicians who claim to speak on behalf of labor ranges from zero to one hundred percent; from the practical …

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Milk Moustaches And Awate.com

For a few months now, I have been unconsciously humming an old children’s rhyme: shuf’el kedis gllet adebu; shereb leben wemesah shenebu… It is a story of a cat that slurps milk meant for a baby and then licks its whiskers clean as if nothing happened, while the hungry baby …

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