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Operation Forto: A Prelude To A Final Showdown?

If you return to awate after a few weeks or even a few days it is hard to catch up but skimming quickly through some of the discussions that passed, the most outlandish was that triggered by Yosief Ghebrehiwet who unabashedly declared that the struggle for independence had been useless! Yosief writes eloquently and cleverly…

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Remembering September 1

If you think you know the history of Eritrea, here is a pop quiz: when did Eritrea’s armed struggle for liberation really begin? Was it on 9/1/1961 when Awate fired his first shot as many Eritreans believe or late October 1961 when my late uncle joined the revolution? If you answered 9/1/1961, you would be…

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A Short-lived Democracy That Never Was

Two men surveyed the scene in Eritrea from afar. One saw (or thought he saw) a new era of freedom and prosperity and turned to his companion with tears in his eyes and said “how lucky we are to finally witness the birth of a free and democratic Eritrea”   His companion who was peering…

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Elites, Isaias, EPLF, And The Eritrean people

It is always better to look ahead than to look back; better to propose solutions than to lament the past but the future is so inexorably linked to the present, the present so intimately intertwined to our past, that to ignore the past is to guarantee future failure.  As George Santayana once put it “those…

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A Nation ready To Explode!

As I was passing by the brilliant young Eritrean who sells hotdogs near where I work, I noticed that he took off the picture of president Obama that always hang on his stand. When I asked him why he said he was mad at him for breaking many of the promises he voted him for. …

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Reason And Faith: Are They Mutually Exclusive?

Since his debut back in May 25, Amanuel Sahle has enriched Awate.com with several eloquent and highly readable articles.  In its introductory piece, Awate.com said about him that “he spends most of his time reading on and writing about social and philosophical issues”.  What awate.com failed to mention is that he also doubles as a…

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Are Muslims or Muslim Societies Prone to Violence?

06 Apr 2017 Ismail Omer-Ali Comments (157)

I want to highlight three points in this article. First, I want to underscore the obvious fact that killing of…

Abreha The Adulisian And The Soi-Disant Agazians

07 Apr 2017 "Gheteb" Comments (242)

As an introduction and in an effort of rendering a general overview, here is a thumbnail account of a man named…

Ciham's Fifth Birthday Inside Isaias' Jail, More Arrests

03 Apr 2017 Awate Team Comments (162)

Today, April 4, 2017, Ciham Ali Abdu turns twenty inside an Eritrean prison. She was fifteen years old when she…

Ethiopian Ultimatum, Eritrean Incompetence

29 Mar 2017 Awate Team Comments (342)

Since it held a congress in Hawassa in 2011, the Eritrean National Congress for Democratic Change (ENCDC) has been in…

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