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Eritrean Tewahdo Church Excommunicates Two Persons

Introduction by the translator (Semere T Habtemariam): In the absence of civic associations, communitarian and religious organizations usually fill the gap; and that is the case in Eritrea. The recent pastoral letter of the Catholic Church of Eritrea, the Solidarity letter of the North American Diocese of the Tewahdo Church and now the letter of…

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Andebrhan Welde Giorgis’ Book: A Commentary

Title: Eritrea At A Crossroads: A Narrative of Triumph, Betrayal and Hope Author: Andebrhan Welde Giorgis Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co. ISBN: 978-1-62857-331-2 Pages: 661 Price: $36.50 Website: http://sbprabooks.com/AndebrhanWeldeGiorgis Eritrea At a Crossroads is a compelling story of people who had waged an epic struggle for self-determination and succeeded, albeit for a short…

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Eritrean Orthodox Diocese Supports Catholic Bishops’ Letter

The Eritrean Orthodox Church’s Statement (Translated into English by Semere T Habtemariam) In a statement issued on the occasion of Eritrea’s Martyrs’ Memorial Day, June 20th, the Arch Diocese of North America of the Eritrean Orthodox Church expressed its unequivocal support for the Year-of-Faith’s Pastoral Letter of the four bishops of the Eritrean Catholic Church.…

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Kiros Yohannes: Poet Extraordinaire

My late brother Dawit had asserted that his favorite singer, Bereket Menghisteab, is irreplaceable. Occasionally and upon the insistence of younger siblings who ganged-up on him, he had conceded grudgingly: if there is anyone who might have succeeded in attaining that same level of vocal talent and excellence, then it has to be Dawit Efem.…

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We, The People, Own It!

My 13 year old nephew once told me that all democratically elected presidents should convene a plenary session to pass a resolution that will forbid all dictators from calling themselves presidents. Oftentimes, it takes a child to let us know that “the emperor” is naked. Perhaps it is this recognition that made the prophet Isaiah…

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Hope From Pretoria

In a culture that is not strong on expressing gratitude the word “yeqenyeley” has evolved to mean, “Thank you,” but its initial use seems to be more selfish and self-serving. It is simply used to express a wish of re-using an item again and again. The more accurate, refined and noble word “temesgen” is used…

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Tesfay W. Degiga’s Eulogy for Ahmed Nasser

Tesfay W. Degiga’s Eulogy for Ahmed Nasser In Memorial Service held in Oakland, California, on April 6, 2014 (Translated from Tigrinya by Semere T Habtemariam) When the news of the martyrdom of Tegadalay Ahmed Nasser was heard, Eritreans, from all the corners of the world, have found the news utterly shocking; we all have been…

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He Doesn’t Hate you; He despises You

My mother was in her late teens when she came to our village as a young bride. She has an incredible memory and recalls events with great details. Over the years, that has given me the opportunity to develop intimate portraits of all the giants and dwarfs who made our village life truly idyllic—where small…

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Eritrea's Compulsory "National Service": 18 and Life

02 Dec 2014 Awate Team Comments (100)

On November 23rd, Tesfa News website reported that the charge d'affairs of the Eritrean embassy to the United States, Mr. Berhane…

Nevsun Settles Two Fraudulent Class Action Lawsuits For…

01 Dec 2014 Gedab News Comments (2)

In June 2014, Gedab News reported that Nevsun, the Canadian mining company operating in Eritrea, approved a multi-million class action…

How To Win Eritrea's "Political Legitimacy" Argument

29 Nov 2014 Salyounis Comments (106)

Since 1991, the debate between Eritrean regime supporters and the opposition has been that of legitimacy. Back in the 1990s,…

Danish Doublespeak Report On Eritrea

27 Nov 2014 Awate Team Comments (93)

The "Country of Origin Information unit of the Danish Immigration Service (DIS) sent a mission to both Eritrea and Ethiopia…

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