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Eritrea’s Feigned Longing for Peace

President Isaias Afwerki sealed border crossings not only because the outflow of Eritrean citizens to Ethiopia intensified, but peace, generally speaking, is not working for him. Bestowing the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize on PM Abiy Ahmed while leaving out his counterpart, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, was a noticeable insult …

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Mai Ule (ማይ ኡለ) : A Play — ACT (II)

ACT (II) CHARACTERS  Ahmed Mohammed Nur Hillal  (ኣሕመድ መሓመድ ኑር ሂላል) — Abu Hillal Abubaker Mohammed Hassen Gadi (ኣቡበከር መሓመድ ሓሰን ቓዲ) — Abu Fanun  Hassen Hummed Amir (ሓሰን ሑመድ ኣሚር)  — Abu Hassen Ahmed Saleh Alqeysi (ኣሕመድ ሳልሕ ኣልቀይሲ) — Abu Ahmed  Sulieman Hindi (ሱለይማን ህንዲ)  — Abu Hindi MihreteAb (ምሕረተኣብ)   —   Al Assed (The Lion) …

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Beyond Isaias, Beyond Yiakl!

For many years the international community has repeatedly condemned the PFDJ regime for continuing to commit systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations against his people. Our Eritrean intellectuals including previous supporters of the regime have realized that Isaias is a paranoid, narcissistic, power-hungry, and vain leader who would not accept …

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Division In The Name Of God!

I was born and raised in Eritrea until I was in my teen years. Since then, I have been living outside of my country for about four decades. My late father was a government official so I had the opportunity to live in Asmara, Massawa, Aseb, and Dekamhare (Akele Guzay). …

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Negarit 61: Are We Sabeans?

Some people believe belonging to a certain race makes them superior to others. Unfortunately, that racist and bigoted outlook of humanity is the basis for the inflated perception of self-worth. Sadly, living in ignorance under brutal warlords for ages, the psyche of certain races is thus shaped and it has religiously maintained …

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Mai Ule (ማይ ኡለ): A Play

ACT (I) CHARACTERS  Ahmed Hillal  (ኣሕመድ ሂላል) Abubeker Mohammed Hassen (ኣቡበከር መሓመድ ሓሰን) Hassen Mohammed Amir (ሓሰን መሓመድ ኣሚር) Ahmed Alqeysi (ኣሕመድ ኣልቀይሲ) Sulieman Hindi (ሱለይማን ህንዲ) MihreteAb (ምሕረተኣብ) SETTING:  She’eb (ሽዕብ)  and environs, mid to late 1971. SCENE: Mai Ule (ማይ ኡለ) river and the hills, mountains in its …

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Defining the Malilya Syndrome

If you are a Tigrinya reader, with no knowledge of Arabic language and with no membership in any of the Eritrean Arabic languages groups on social media, chanting “Yakil”, kindly move to the next article, this reading will guaranteed be a waste of your time. Let me also inform you …

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Macbeth: A Noble Man and a Witch

Once upon a time, a witch encountered a noble man and told him that he will be a king one day. The noble man shared this bewitching prophecy with his wife. His wife pressured him to murder the king now to claim the prophesied kingdom. This was from Shakespeare’s play …

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25 Years of Disappearance, a Tragedy of a Man or a Nation?

  May 1991 was an extraordinary year for all Eritreans. It was the year in which Asmara was liberated and Mengistu’s army was routed. Eritreans were ecstatic, they saw the fruition of their 30 years of struggle and the fulfillment of their dream. Discussions were abound among Eritreans in diaspora …

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Nobel, a Juxtaposition of Leaders

The Nobel Prize website Summarized the rationale behind the awarding of its prize of 2019 to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in these words: “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” Laureates of the past There …

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Post-DC Voices and Identity Politics (Part II)

Introductory note “Countering dominant and hegemonic narratives is the flip-side of being complicit” (Michel Bamberg 2004). [i] In my part I, I promised that I was going to do rhetorical analysis on DC Yiakil Boito based on (mis)representation its detractors.  Given the gravity the of the subject and its consequences …

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Post-DC Voices and Identity Politics (Part I)

Introduction “ይኣክል” or “Enough” is a dynamic grassroots based process around which Eritreans globally are getting organized to make their voices heard and stand up against tyranny. Undoubtedly, the movement is marking visible gains world-wide as the fields of mobilisation get wider with  renewed revolutionary fervour.  But everything has not …

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The Eritrea’s Enough/Yi’akil Movement – A Way Forward

Since the Enough/Yi’akil campaign was launched about seven months ago, the campaign has garnered support from Eritreans across the world, including from inside Eritrea. The campaign is a grassroots public movement that has no affiliation with established opposition political parties or groups. The campaign is aimed at bringing about peace, …

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The Challenges of Fair Representation in Eritrean Politics

In early 2019, two Eritrean political events took place within a short period of time. The first was a London conference jointly organized by an NGO group, Eritrea Focus, and Institute of Commonwealth Studies. The second was the national congress of the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC), held …

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Africa’s Generation 6

In a bid to stay ahead, industrial countries have entered the race to conquering 5G technology. If you are a tech buff, like me, you must have heard, read and/or watched something about the mad competition between countries and companies to master 5G technology and monopolize its market. Some countries …

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