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News Analysis
Written by Kjetil Tronvoll & Goitom Gebreluel Wed - 16 Oct

Is the Horn of Africa facing another collapsing state?

Just as the Horn of Africa is witnessing the slow restoration of one collapsed state - after more than two decades of anarchic conditions in Somalia - it may be facing the collapse of another.

The small country of Eritrea, only 20 years after gaining independence from Ethiopia, has emerged as one of the largest sources of refugees in Africa - as well as one of the most militarised societies in the world. It is increasingly displaying signs of withering state structures and an unsustainable humanitarian situation.

Although Eritrea is sometimes referred to as the North Korea of Africa, a more appropriate point of comparison may be Somalia and its descent into civil war. The already fragile security conditions in Eritrea's neighbouring states means that its collapse could have major implications for regional stability.

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Press Release
Written by Release Eritrea Tue - 15 Oct

Lampedusa survivors’ grief is beyond description

(Lampedusa 14-10-2013) Survivors of last week’s shipwreck, that claimed the lived of 359 Eritreans,  off the cost of Lampedusa are finding it really difficult to cope with their experiences, and their grief is proving too overwhelming for those trying to offer support to them.

A volunteer from the human rights charity, Release Eritrea, at the Island disclosed that the survivors and the families of the victims in the Island are grieving ever so bitterly and their grief is worsened by the uncertainties over the funeral arrangements.

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Time Machine
Written by London Eritrean Community Sat - 12 Oct

Eritrean Community in London Opens a Book of Condolences for Victims of Lampadusa

(London 11-10-13) Eritreans living in London and the surround opened a book of condolences and are holding a three day long community event to commemorate the victims of Lampadusa and in solidarity with their friends and families.

The event that was held outside the Eritrean embassy in London,  was opened in the presence of community elders and religious leaders was attended by Eritreans from all walks of life who braved adverse weather to attend.

Speaking at the even Abba Shinoda of the Eritrean Orthodox Church stated: ‘even at this dark hour and despite the fact that it still looks unbearable God would provide leadership and guidance to Eritreans’

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Press Release
Written by Release Eritrea Wed - 09 Oct

Ethiopian Authorities Shoot at Refugees at Mai Ayni and Adiharush

(Shire 08-10-2013) Refugee  Community leaders in camps in Ethiopia have reported that Ethiopian Federal police have opened fire at protesting refugees, it is feared that there have been fatalities among the wounded. 

Home to many thousands of Eritrean refugees, Mai Ayni and Adiharush are United Nations refugee camps situated close to the border with Eritrea.  With their residents far exceeding their capacities, and growing by the week as more Eritreans arrive, conditions in the camps have been deteriorating for some time.

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Press Release
Written by Arbi Harnet Tue - 08 Oct

Asmara has become a city of wailing and sorrow

Members of the Movement reported that the situation in Asmara is very sad and although there isn’t any official announcements people are finding about the fate of their loved ones through their own networks and holding private memorials and many people are visiting each other to comfort those bereaved.

One member of the team recounted his experience by saying: ‘I have already visited six families, everyone is distraught, even the families of the survivors are in shock, these are very dark times indeed’

Another member recounted how for some families it is a multiple loss, ‘one woman we visited has three members of her family missing and presumed dead now, she is simply inconsolable they were very young too’

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Civic society
Written by Afeworki Paulos Mon - 07 Oct

Communiqué of the Exploratory Meeting of Eritreans for Facilitating National Dialogue

An exploratory meeting of a group of concerned Eritrean academics and civic association leaders was held on August 16 and 17, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel (1700 Jefferson Davis Highway), in Arlington, Virginia. The purpose of the meeting was underscored by the necessity and urgency to identify the major obstacles to consolidating the struggle against the Eritrean dictatorship, and to exchange views on the challenges that lie ahead pertaining to how to build a democratic order once the dictatorship is removed from power. Core to the meeting was how to ultimately bring the various political and civic forces in the Eritrean Diaspora together in a national conference to constructively formulate shared principles and objectives to further the cause of unity and chart a road map to achieve a democratic political system in the country. ...

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Press Release
Written by Solomon G Assefaw Mon - 07 Oct

Eritreans in Oakland, CA held Candle Light Vigil for Italy Boat Victims

Eritreans from all over the Bay Area frustrated over the news and these images immediately rallied together to honor the victims found dead off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy.  Most of the victims have yet to be identified, yet several reports indicate that majority of the victims were young Eritreans in search of a better life. Stories and pictures of the victims are slowly emerging on Facebook and other news sources. 

More than 100 American-Eritreans gathered at the intersection of Telegraph and 51st street in Oakland, CA for Saturday’s vigil to pray, light candles, show support for all the families and friends of the victims.  The people gathered were mourning the loss of young lives with all their dreams and hopes.  Several were moved to tears as speakers provided details of the accident. Others who attended the candlelight hope that this is a wake up call for all Eritreans.

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Press Release
Written by EYSC Sat - 05 Oct

EYSC Appeals for Proper Burials of Eritrean Victims of the Tragic Shipwreck off Lampedusa, Italy

The Eritrean government, through its Embassy in Rome, to fully cooperate with the world community and give these citizens of Eritrea a final resting place in their homeland.

Eritreans everywhere to come together at this hour of need to not only pray and remember the recent victims but to continue to get involved and seek a solution so that we don’t continue to witness senseless loses of innocent lives. We call upon all Eritreans to condemn the dictatorial PFDJ regime whose policies are causing Eritrean to escape and become victims of tragedies.

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Press Release
Written by Arbi Harnet Sat - 05 Oct

Freedom Friday Calls a National Days of Mourning in Eritrea

(Asmara 04-10-2013) Freedom Friday Movement has called for a three day National Mourning in Eritrea starting from Friday 11th October, to mourn the victims of the Lampadusa Disaster that claimed the lives of several hundred people many of whom are believed to be Eritreans.

A ship carrying about 500 migrants - mostly from Eritrea and Somalia set sail from the Libyan port of Misrata, however the boat began taking on water when its motor stopped working as it neared Lampedusa early on Thursday morn-ing, some of those on board then reportedly set fire to try to attract the atten-tion of passing ships, but it all went wrong, when the fire spread to the rest of the boat. The boat is thought to have capsized when everyone moved to one side.

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News
Written by BBC Fri - 04 Oct

Italy boat sinking: Hundreds feared dead off Lampedusa

At least 130 African migrants have died and many more are missing after a boat carrying them to Europe sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

A total of 103 bodies have been recovered and more have been found inside the wreck, coast guards say.

Passengers reportedly threw themselves into the sea when a fire broke out on board. More than 150 of the migrants have been rescued.

Most of those on board were from Eritrea and Somalia, said the UN.

The boat was believed to have been carrying up to 500 people at the time and some 200 of them are unaccounted for.

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Press Release
Written by CSW and HRCE Thu - 19 Sep

Eritrea: CSW and HRCE call for targeted sanctions on anniversary of arrests

Khataza Gondwe, CSW’s Africa and Middle East Team Leader said: “The treatment meted out to these prisoners is an affront to human dignity and a violation of Eritrea’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the African Charter.  These people peacefully requested a free and democratic Eritrea where the rule of law was upheld, yet for the last twelve years they have been held in deliberately life-threatening conditions where fifteen may have died and others are reportedly close to death.  Time is of the essence. CSW echoes the call for sanctions targeting key individuals within the Eritrean government with a view to securing compliance with the African Commission decisions that stipulate the immediate release of these prisoners.”

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Press Release
Written by Arbi Harnet Wed - 18 Sep

An underground Independent Newspaper launched in Eritrea

(Asmara,  Sept 18 2013) Freedom Friday Movement (Arbi Harnet), announced today that their underground newspaper started circulations on the streets of Asmara today, 12 years after the day the government banned all privately owned new papers and arrested journalists and proprietors.

MeqaleH Forto (Echoes of Forto), is said to have been inspired by the attempted coup on January 21 this year. The paper is written by a small team located both inside the country and in the Eritrean diaspora, whilst the dissemination is carried out entirely by members of the team inside the country using informal links and networks.

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Press Release
Written by AEJE Wed - 18 Sep

Association of Eritrean Journalists: "Silence is betrayal"

For many Eritreans September is remembered as a month of pride and sorrow. It was a month that marked the start of Eritrea’s armed struggle that ultimately culminated in its independence. It was also a month that marked the start of an era of one man rule and political liquidation. However, for the Association of Eritrean Journalists in Exile (AEJE), it’s a month remembered in bitterness every single day with a double tragedy. In one way, it was a month where the thriving private newspapers were made to be shut down on September 18, 2001 and to make things even worse the regime decided to incarcerate all the editorial board members thereby to vanish in the wilderness of Era’Ero prison, a prison regarded by many of us, as the modern day Nazi Concentration Camp. Consequently, according to a credible eyewitness account of a former prison guard, several of our colleagues are presumed dead, as a result of their torture wounds and lack of proper medical attention.

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Press Release
Written by Yebio Woldemariam Tue - 17 Sep

Israeli Supreme Court: Administrative detention violates the Basic Law, Human Dignity and Freedom

Today the Israeli Supreme Court showed its most human side of it by ordering the right wing dominated Israeli government to release all prisoners within 90 days of the ruling. ICER is delighted to see justice is done. The forces behind the law suit are Israeli NGOs involved in human rights and refugees issues.  Without their work refugees would have rotten in high tech Israeli prison for eternity. The other scenario is that the EPLF government would have proposed to take them back but need monies for their rehabilitation a blood money they will never see or touch. Mind you, when Isaias Afwerki talked about refugees in his last interview he never mentioned Sinai but more bizarrely he stressed on the imperative of compensating the young refugees.  We all should be grateful for the men and women in Israel who fought on our behalf.

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Press Release
Written by EYSC Tue - 17 Sep

Bologna Summit 2013 Outcomes

It is true that the theme “Eritrean Solutions for Eritrean Problems” has gripped the attention of the Eritrean political landscape for a while and has been a subject of heated and educational debates. However, in spite of some contentious arguments in the cyberspace based on misinterpreted meaning of the theme before the actual event, for those who attended the summit its meaning was very clear. For the Eritreans who gathered in Bologna from all over Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia, the theme meant that they have the moral and patriotic duty to take initiatives that will help solve their country’s problems. The fact that the summit was conducted within an inviting, calm and cordial atmosphere is indeed a testament to this basic understanding.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Sat - 14 Sep

1991: Parricide in Eritrea

In the Persian epic “Shahnamah”, and particularly in the story of “Rostam and Sohrab”, the tragic tale of a fight between the father, Rostam, and the son, Sohrab has been beautifully recounted for all humanity. ...

In kebesa Eritrea, the duel was between two generations. The mentors of the violent enterprise left for the mountains accusing their parents of being backward, and sell-outs. Decades of violence later, they arrived as conquerors with the surviving fathers at their feet. Defeated, scared and awed at the same time; their beliefs and traditions trounced; the fathers kneeled down to wash their prodigal children’s feet. In this instance, the slaying was unmistakably vindictive.

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Article
Written by Seyoum Tesfaye Wed - 11 Sep

Five Hours of Marathon Gibberish

... Presidents of the largest and most complicated economy speak less than an hour to make their report. Yet we have the unreformed diehard communist taking the airwave to spout some of the most senseless rhetoric to pollute Eritrean ears worldwide.

Why do tyrants like Isaias speak too long and so much Gibberish?

The easiest and the shortest answer is to cover up their failure as a leader, to divert the people’s mind, to be the center of attention and to find relevancy as the people come to grip with the tyrants true nature and purge them out of their heart and mind. Castor is an excellent example of this behavior. Castro gave a 7 hours and 10 minutes speech on February 1986 to the third Congress of the Cuban Communist Party. On September 1977 Pol Pot of Cambodia spoke for 5 hours on the radio. According to the Guardian of September 24, 2007, the late Venezuela Chavez spoke for a record 8 hours, Fortunately Castro is retired; Pol Pot and Chavez have left the political scene. How long before our collective curse is removed so that our people do not have to endure this mental torture?

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Article
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 11 Sep

The ruins of a crushed dream

The best thing that can happen to an Eritrean dream is to only be a victim of pfdj’s brutality…that fact has become the Eritrean reality of this wretched generation… Even after surviving Sinai and overcoming reality as ‘unwanted infiltrators’ in Israel Eritreans remain victims of a regime that squandered their youth and vitality and then snuffed out the light of their dreams… for nothing will now change the reality that has scattered them in every direction and delivered them into the hands of evil, the type of which the world still continues to not grasp. ...

Our reality of the victims of pfdj’s barbaric grip on our young nation (a nation of the young too)… who can only hope to be survivors of brutes who deal in human life and those who deny others the protection that they themselves were accorded when they were brutalised like we are being brutalised now.

The story begins where it ends really… ‘what is the meaning of life?’

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Article
Written by Mussie Izaz Sun - 08 Sep

Religious Parties Should Be Banned in Eritrea

Future Eritrea must not entertain political parties based on religion, tribe or regional affiliations. We should include it in our constitution that such parties will have no credence and acceptability in a  democratic and viable Eritrea. How could we allow political parties that represent a segment of our society and preclude others in their organization? As a Christian, who in his/her right mind join an Islamic party that advocates sharia laws? None. Hence, Islamic oriented political parties will recruit and represent only Moslems prohibiting Christian citizens from their membership. Such parties should not be allowed to exist in Eritrea be they Islamic or Christian organizations. A party must have an open membership principles and hence, should not have rules that segregate any Eritrean on race, religion, tribal affiliations and regional sectors. Any political party registered in Eritrea should embrace the entire people of Eritrea as a whole and should represent everyone else without any discrimination.

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Interview
Written by Susanne Berger Sat - 07 Sep

Interview with Dan Connell: Political prisoners

What is in your mind the best and most important thing the E.U. and Sweden can do to try to win Dawit Isaak's freedom? What is the worst thing they can do to try to win his release?

D.C.: I frankly doubt they will release anyone as whoever gets out will be able to tell the story of prison conditions and who else is in them today.... I also worry that focusing on a single political prisoner sets up a situation where the character and practice of the regime is no longer the issue. At this point, with Isaias’s grip on power more tenuous than it has been in decades, it is important to reach out (quietly) to the next tier of leaders to emphasize how important it is for political prisoners to be released if Eritrea’s future relations with the international community are to improve. This is also important to convey in the public sphere as a general principle, so that potential opposition to Isaias whom we don't know about—for example, second-tier officers in the EDF (Eritrean Defense Force) —get the message. The worst thing to do would be to allow the regime and its inner circle to think the world has forgotten about them.

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Thu - 05 Sep

(II) The Self-Colonizing Mission: Names for Collective Identity

The wall in between

Just a light scarf on her head
and she feels different –
so says the mirror on the wall.
But she has to carry that wall everywhere
to keep that difference.   

The headscarf, the hijab, the niqab, the chador, etc, as light as they seem on a haberdashery scale, are meant to do a lot of heavy lifting – as heavy as building up a permanent wall of identity that separates oneself from the other. It is not pure coincidence that as the individual identity keeps disappearing with more and more invasive attire covering the face (that unique manifestation of individual identity), effacing it to an almost disappearing point in the process, the collective identity that that face wants to identify itself with, be it Islam or Arab, gets more and more pronounced. The picture that evolves is, literally, that of a collective identity swallowing up the individual, as it makes ever-encroaching undue claims on the self-colonized – the very antithesis of what modernity is all about.

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Article
Written by Selam Kidane Tue - 03 Sep

Mistaking Slogans for Solutions

The conclusion to the conferences in Akaki, Awasa and Bologna are identical (at least based on the meskerem.net report of the concluding remarks from Bologna)… we will reconvene and include those that haven’t been included this time round… yet there is no effort to understand why they were not included in the first place….

We need to learn to look each other in the eye… we need to be challenged to reconcile (really reconcile) our differences and we desperately need to stop practicing parallel movements and pull our struggle into a single coherent movement for change in Eritrea!

Step one: learning to work with those you wouldn't otherwise work with! So my dear friends at EYSC-G will have to talk to their friends at EYSC-NA before next year’s tournament if we are to call off next year’s event and that sure will move us an incy wincey bit closer to a solution to some of our Eritrean problems…

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Article
Written by Seyoum Tesfaye Sat - 31 Aug

“Eritrean Solutions for Eritrean Problems”: A Xenophobic or a Rational Nationalist Slogan?

The primary responsibility is reserved for EYSC to go beyond initiating the Bologna Summit and address all outstanding and possible concerns in a palatable manner. Leadership demands having the skill to minimize unnecessary residual conflicts that will block future win-win relationships among all those who are struggling to usher in justice and democracy for the people of Eritrea. With all their refined digital campaigning (political marketing) skill EYSC could have done a better job in presenting the intent and overall desired outcome of the summit thus minimizing the magnitude of polarizing interpretive (subjective) narrative that is saturating the Diaspora media. In short they could have done a better ground work. Over stressing ones position is not necessarily an explanation but subliminally taking a defensive position.

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Article
Written by Smuel Negusse Thu - 29 Aug

The problem is not that they changed, but remained the same

Therefore, for many Fighters it was not so outrageous that there was absolutely no democracy in Ghedli and that the line between dis-obedience and treason did not exist then. The problem is that this Ghedli-machine took power in 1991 and did not change. In-fact independence was just a massive expansion of the Ghedli military organization. At independence the Ghedli military organization simply “acquired” the nation.

The problem is not that they changed after independence; the problem is that they did not change.

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Article
Written by Tewelde Stephanos Mon - 26 Aug

Unfiltered Notes: Pessimism Is Not an Option

From all indications, Eritrea appears to be a country without people. Sure, it has about 5 million inhabitants. But disempowered and dispirited, the inhabitants have so far refused to behave as people. We have resorted to small but ineffective regional or religious factions allowing ourselves to become easy prey for all sorts of vultures. Save very few brave souls, we have the tendency to obey any orders from the tyrant of the day, no matter how ridiculous (‘give me 50,000 nakfa or I will jail your elderly father’). In addition to modern-day slavery at home, this culture of extreme obedience and self cacooning has manifested itself in other undesirable ways too – one of which is the astronomical prices human traffickers demand from Eritreans only.

Normally, the sort of indiscriminate oppression the regime levels against its own people should have resulted in a united opposition to uproot it. But we are more divided than ever. Even the “youth” movements are infected with the divisive virus of the older generation dimming the light at the end of tunnel a bit more. The hope was that as the old folks die off, their divisive legacy would die with them. As it seems, the regime is more likely to fall under its own dead weight than through active demand for freedom. ...

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Articles

Article
Written by Samuel N. Wed - 23 Apr

Eritrea:The authorized version of events

Eritrea:The authorized version of events

The Eritrean government propaganda are so outrageous that even the hardcore government supporters have to tune-down government propaganda in an effort to make the claims seem less stupid.

Even critics often moderate many of the government’s claims just to make them reasonable enough to be critiqued (for the claims are silly beyond that possible to criticize).

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Article
Written by Tewelde Stephanos Sun - 20 Apr

Unfiltered Notes: Justice Seeker’s Pledge – ‘be nice to other justice seekers’

Unfiltered Notes: Justice Seeker’s Pledge – ‘be nice to other justice seekers’

Such opposite views are prevalent in today’s Eritrea. For those focusing on negatives (camp A), partial truths are exaggerated to conclude Eritrea’s independence was a mistake. For camp A Eritrea was dead on arrival. It is a helpless (I can’t do anything) and hopeless (it can’t be done) mindset that simply stands by waiting for an “I told you so” moment.

The things camp A lists to reach its pessimistic conclusions may well be true. But it is definitely not the whole truth because Eritrea is more than its highland component. Ignoring Eritrea is more than its Muslim component, there is also camp A’s other half that wants to Arabize Eritrea. Fortunately, these two faces of camp A, although very vocal, are not representative of their respective communities. And that is why I still believe there is hope for Eritrea.

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Article
Written by Asihel Betsuamlak Thu - 10 Apr

People Centered Bottom-Up Approach of Uniting: Eritrean Democratic and Civic Resistance

People Centered Bottom-Up Approach of Uniting:  Eritrean Democratic and Civic Resistance

Top-down attempts of unity and alliances were undergoing for the last decade and half with little or no results. Politico-military culture, fragmentation and top-down approaches have been hindering the resistance from achieving the desired unity for democratic change.   Using people centered, citizen owned and civic driven effective bottom-up approach of uniting and organizing Eritrean democratic and civic resistance is urgently needed. The bottom-up approach with its civic and democratic tenets and practices will help transform the outdated politico-military culture into civic and democratic culture by building civic capacity of Eritrean citizens and their institutions.

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Wed - 09 Apr

Voices of Justice: Part 2

Voices of Justice: Part 2

Dr Sarah has explained the difficulties of researching in Eritrea. She said the University lacked an academic environment where research can be done freely.   She summarised her presentation as follows,   “Western writers and scholars failed to see the undemocratic culture of the Fronts. Eritrean Elites were blinded by nationalism and did not consider what post EPLF Eritrea will be.  Research is highly controlled by the Government especially if it is policy related to development and welfare.  Data is inaccessible in most cases.  Some scholars who support the Government externalize Eritrean problems and claim Ethiopia poses existential threat. ....

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Article
Written by Bereket Alazar Mon - 07 Apr

Emptying of a Nation

Emptying of a Nation

A nation is being literally killed without bullets fired - mass execution of the third kind. I am not being an alarmist: the facts at hand clearly are cataclysmic. When a nation with one of the smallest populations in Africa ends generating more boat people in the Mediterranean than a war ravaged and totally destroyed Syria with a much larger population, then one needs to sit down and ask the question, “What gives?” ... So you tell me my Eritrean folk, shouldn't we be all alarmed? Are we all Ok while watching Eritrea’s “painless” death? Or am I just fear mongering.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Fri - 04 Apr

Asmara Expo 69: the Lost Age of Industrialization in Eritrea

Asmara Expo 69: the Lost Age of Industrialization in Eritrea

The Eritrean armed struggle squandered the chance for economic take-off that Walter Rostow wrote so much about in the middle of the last century – an opportunity for industrialization that other nations such as South Korea, Singapore and Thailand used. Having missed the industrialization period during its ghedli sojourn, leaving itself with obsolete technology and uncompetitive products, it had to force itself into Ethiopia’s economy using the means of pressure and contraband, forgetting that they were fiercely opposed to the symbiotic relationship with the same entity in the past.

(Picture: Barattelo double-decked buses transporting workers in Asmara)

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Article
Written by Dr. Tadios Tesfu Wed - 02 Apr

A prelude of a quantum leap in Eritrean politics

A prelude of a quantum leap in Eritrean politics

By now, maybe you are expecting to read an April fool. Not at all, the Eritrean politics and quantum mechanics have common denominator. In both cases, the problems to be treated are very small but the frameworks of their solutions are sophisticated mathematics, due to their incompatible property concerning the classical natural law. Sometimes they function, but for sure, nobody understands why and how they function. The last but not the least, they function by chance. ...

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Article
Written by A Tesfamariam Mon - 31 Mar

Counting Eritrea’s Losses and the Immediate Challenges

Counting Eritrea’s Losses and the Immediate Challenges

The primary challenge that is faced by the Eritrean people is how to bring about the required regime change. While the actual change will come by the popular uprising from inside there is need for input from Eritreans in Diaspora. There is need for organized grass roots movement in communities in Diaspora. The UNITY of all the opposition forces outside the country is very essential to effectively support the forces of change inside the country. The outside force has the resources and the higher magnitude of communication skills that is required by the forces inside country. It has also the higher ability of mobilizing support from the International community. ...

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Mon - 24 Mar

The Eritrean Oblomov: Loving Asmara the Superfluous Way

The Eritrean Oblomov: Loving Asmara the Superfluous Way

Here is a fact that the nationalists would undoubtedly have a hard time to swallow: the Golden Age of Asmara happens to be neither in the Italian era nor in the Independence era; those golden years happen to fall exactly on the reign of Haile Selassie, starting to build up in the 50s to reach its apex in the 60s, only to abruptly end in the early 70s when ghedli showed up at the doorsteps of Asmara in full force. What then explains this riddle, since it doesn’t fit at all with the narrative that the nationalists have been telling the masses? This question has special relevance because the ghedli generation’s concept of modernity was entirely shaped from the impressions that this colonial city had left on them. In fact, it was with the saving of “Asmara civilization” in their mind that they went through hell for 50 years. ...

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Article
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 19 Mar

R is for reform and R is for reality too…

R is for reform and R is for reality too…

Is positive change from within still possible in Eritrea?

…Yes it is and it might be the only viable way forward in Eritrea… there are one or two pragmatic up there in the inner circle…in Eritrea – people who do recognise that Eritrea is better off without the dictator, but they also know opposing the dictator can prove to be too costly (they have seen far too many purges)  and are hence looking for a way out… an easy way out to get rid of the dictator… if anyone can bring about any viable reform that would provide us some form of a launching pad to make things in Eritrea right again it can only be under the auspices of some pragmatic official… whether we like it or otherwise (and I am very much otherwise!)… such is the trouble with reality…

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Article
Written by Tariku Debrtesion Sat - 15 Mar

The Ethiopia Eritrea No War No Peace Situation has to End

The Ethiopia Eritrea No War No Peace Situation has to End

The Horn of Africa is the most conflict ridden region in the world. The people and the land are devastated by endless wars. The de facto no war no peace policy that has persisted between Ethiopia and Eritrea for the last 13 years affects the lives of millions in both countries and the stability of the whole region. Bringing this conflict to a peaceful resolution is of paramount importance.

The devastating 1998 - 2000 war between Ethiopia and Eritrea cost billions of dollars in infrastructure damage, missed investment opportunities and lost aid, claimed about 100,000 lives, and dislocated millions  of people. Instead of the end of the war bringing peace, for the last fourteen years the policy of both countries has been “no war no peace.”  As bad as open war is, an endless no war no peace situation is insufferable.

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Article
Written by Samuel N. Fri - 14 Mar

Globalization, Imitation and Eritrean Refugees

Globalization, Imitation and Eritrean Refugees

My overall impression of this paper is that I am disappointed. Almost every significant statement is followed by a sentence that ‘moderate’ it to a point that the statement loses its punch-line. The paper then takes off without notice of the challenge it has just presented to its statement.

In fact, after reading the first half of the paper, I had a strong suspicion that the manuscript has been edited to barely meet the requirement of the reviewers. If my suspicion is right then the first half of the paper is a battle ground between the author and the reviewers, where the author dodges the reviewers’ assault left and right.

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Wed - 12 Mar

Voices of Justice

Voices of Justice

I would like to express my thanks to the organisers Justice Africa, African Studies and the University of London for organising “Talking Eritrea”.  A series of events at the University of London- School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

The people of Eritrea are honoured by these extraordinary and well organised events.  Having a Government that has subjected the people of Eritrea to gross human rights violations and is mobilising some Diaspora supporters to defend its inhuman actions and intimidate all those who advocate for justice I thought our African brothers in the United Kingdom particularly Justice Africa have abandoned the people of Eritrea.

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Article
Written by Araya Debessay Mon - 10 Mar

The Role of Eritrean Scholars: the Duty to be Unbiased

The Role of Eritrean Scholars: the Duty to be Unbiased

I believe the Eritrean people expect Eritrean scholars to objectively and critically assess the ills of the nation and offer bold and constructive suggestions for the good of their country and the Eritrean people.  Eritrean scholars should assume this responsibility as their national duty and indeed as their obligation.

I also believe Eritrean scholars should not give a deaf ear and a blind eye to the suffering of their people. They should have the moral courage and intellectual integrity to speak on behalf of the voiceless and the oppressed.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Sat - 08 Mar

An Eritrean Story: A Late Apology to a Spinster Sister

An Eritrean Story: A Late Apology to a Spinster Sister

Imagine a canvass of a family gathered together in the typical small rooms in Asmera or other small towns soon after the independence of Eritrea. The family and the neighbors are serenading the surviving male fighters and the occasional guerrilla sister, both completely indifferent to their sister who “chose” to remain a spinster throughout the ghedli era. ...

In the crowd, almost everybody remembers and talks about the “martyrs” who fell in the war, but none of her prodigal siblings offer an apology for her sacrificed womb, which she has keened for untold years. None of her prodigal siblings offered their appreciation for the long and difficult years of care she bestowed on their already dead or aging parents with little means of the war economy. ...

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Written by Gabriel Guangul Wed - 23 Apr

Eritrea - there you are

Eritrea - there you are

We are standing still; on our own

and there you are; so close

yet; so far away

farewell; to a journey in the unknown

 

The time has come

as it always does; for no one

but for us to join; in peace

in loving memory

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Written by Ararat Iyob Thu - 17 Apr

Serious People - II

Serious People - II

Well, He seems to

have decided to let hurricanes blow

new winds to penetrate

new routes, new waves

hailstorms hit pavements

the seas grow hot

and volcanoes boil

their sweat is carried

to the Red Sea home.

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Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 02 Apr

Ode to Yohanna’s Baby

Ode to Yohanna’s Baby

In

The small cramped quarters

A lone light bulb dangling above

A baby was born

Her bright intelligent eyes wide open

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Sun - 16 Mar

Figure Out

Figure Out

So self-righteous she was
She put everything right; in the wrong way

So obsessed with truth; he was
He had nothing left to say

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Writers Corner
Written by Ararat Iyob Wed - 12 Mar

Serious People - I

Serious People - I

Along the river Nile, I met the Flame Tree

its long limbs stretching to the sky

the blue hues along with clouds

became the canvas for its drawing

 

Its red-hot flames poked out from the greens

yellow flicker of burning sunshine

telling me that fire burns otherwise

soft petals glowing with color

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Mon - 10 Mar

Shadow

Shadow

broadcasting so heavy a shadow

a shield standing in front

light outcast

in the wild

 

a hunter

in the dark

light years away

a body mass of no weight

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Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 04 Feb

Passage

Passage

 

she hands her child

to a woman sitting beside

raise her as your own; she begs

soon after she saw the men; hands-on machetes

 

she became a statistic; number game ...

a faceless victim; a dead torch among many

... a warning

for a genocide in the making

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Sat - 01 Feb

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

 

That September we both left Eritrea

Seventeen hours later you were here

I was shot at on the border

Was sold, bought and resold

The map of that trip is scored on my back

Do you want to see? No I didn’t think you would

My best friend was maimed

The other one died in a cell

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Mon - 13 Jan

Twilight

Twilight

Gravitating to unregistered awareness
In fractured identities
In sleeping sickness
In morbid madness

Rising with eyes frozen; dead blank
Lifeless; zombie-like
Despite all signs of life; yet unborn
Just swimming; in the womb of the twilight zone

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Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 08 Jan

Refugee Go Home

Refugee Go Home

Like the River that passes through
I have no place to call my own
I stop where life wills ...
To let them take what they want ...
And dump what they willl ...
... Then on I will linger ...
Changing names along the way

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Written by Samuel NA Thu - 19 Dec

The Ten Commandments, PFDJ Style

The Ten Commandments, PFDJ Style

V. Honor your appointed officials, that your days may be peaceful in the land.

VI. You shall not murder. Aim shots below the knee.

VII. You shall not commit adultery. Lest you compete with your colonels and officials.

VIII. You shall not steal. The land and its fruits are consecrated to government.

IX. You shall not bear false witness. Why prolong your torture.

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Written by Walta Kiflezghi Tue - 17 Dec

Despair

Despair

Full circle once again

it's a depletion of life sources

Dead wrapped in seaweed

instead of a casket with roses

Abandoned in the desert sand

ripped of dignity and organs

Do you hear the cries

of the motherless children?

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Written by Julie Wed - 11 Dec

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony for Aster

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony for Aster

I send my angels to comfort Aster and my prayers for her freedom. I wear a bracelet that I made in her honor. As I take it off at night, and put it back on each morning, I send her my love. I know that one day we will again sit together on a beautiful outdoor patio and share our hearts over a cup of coffee. And when we get to the third round, the blessing round, we will pause and be grateful for the blessing of true friendship.

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Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 29 Oct

Gravity Unloaded

Gravity Unloaded

Stepping on thorns of sand
Breathless; for songs yet unsung
Ballads of untold sorrow; so bad
For that cursed land

Crippled memories rose; burning
For lives still floating
For the drowned and the freezing
With hearts broken; still bleeding

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Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 16 Oct

The Return Flight

The Return Flight

The Return Flight

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