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News
Written by Sami Hidri Sat - 11 Jan

African migrants want world community to take notice of their plight

Israeli vigilantes are taking matters into their own hands and committing crimes against the migrants. Cutting all water and electric power supply to the residencies of the migrants is one of the ploys being used. A five-storey building inhabited by refugees has had its supplies cut off by the landlord in retaliation to the ongoing protests. Biniam, an Eritrean man who lives in the building, said the matter had been reported to the town hall and the police. He added the officials were not forthcoming in assisting the migrants with the issue.

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 08 Jan

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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Press Release
Written by HRCE Tue - 07 Jan

African Asylum Seekers in Israel strike against Israel's unjust new immigration law and policy.

On 10th December 2013, the Knesset passed a revised law for detention of African asylum seekers. ...

According to the new law, anybody crossing Israel's border without a permit will be detained for a year and then transferred to an "open facility" that resembles a prison. The facility, which is located in a remote area in the desert, is managed by the Prison Authority, and all residents have to report for roll call three times a day, essentially making it  impossible to leave. Since the facility is not officially considered a prison, there is no judicial oversight and migrants can be kept there without any time limit.

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News
Written by 972mag.com Sun - 05 Jan

African asylum seekers strike to demand rights, hold unprecedented rally in Tel Aviv

Over 20,000 asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea, assembled in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square Sunday morning to demand recognition as refugees. Across Israel, asylum seekers went on a three-day strike, and more protests were planned.

In recent weeks, the government stepped up the arrest and imprisonment of African asylum seekers who entered the state without permits. Several months ago, Israel’s High Court of Justice struck down a law authorizing the state to lock up for three years any person who entered the country illegally, and in some cases, indefinitely. But last month the Knesset passed a new law, authorizing the state to hold asylum seekers in prison for a year. A new “open” holding facility named “Holot” began operating in the desert, where asylum seekers can be held indefinitely until their eventual deportation.

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News
Written by Eden Tedla Sun - 05 Jan

A Call to the Israeli Government and to the World

It has been a while since the Israeli Government began rounding up African refugees and putting them in jail without trial for indefinite amount of time. About 60% of these happen to be refugees from Eritrea. Eritreans are forced to leave their country to escape government oppression and did not chose to be refugees.

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News
Written by Feruz Kaissy Wed - 01 Jan

Dire conditions and forced conscription hold the answers to Eritrea's refugee crisis, new campaign claims.

The, Stop National Service Slavery in Eritrea Campaign launches today (January 1st) in Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, UK  and Italy. The campaign links Eritrean born activists across Europe and will call upon local governments to recognise the oppressive regime in Eritrea, which is responsible for the mass exodus of 18,000 citizens, who risk their lives trying to escape.

The campaign will last six months and will culminate in Geneva in June, where the group will appeal the UN Human Rights Council to intervene in Eritrea. Organizers of the campaign state:‘ we have seen the boat disaster in Lampedusa in October, we continue to be devastated by the heinous acts committed against our brothers and sisters in Libya and the Sinai Desert, in Tel Aviv and the refugee camps across the region in the Horn of Africa young Eritreans continue to suffer, all this is because they can’t live freely in their own homes, we want the enslaving of young Eritreans to stop and we appeal for the world to recognize the National Service as the slavery it is’.

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Press Release
Written by Arbi Harnet Tue - 24 Dec

MeqaleH forto... is on the streets of Asmara right now

MeqaleH forto... is on the streets of Asmara right now... this edition focuses on human rights to mark interntaional human rights day on the 10th of December.

Credit goes to the dedicated editorial team in Asmara and here in the diaspora, special thanks to our guest writers and all those who helped in making this possible. But as always our utmost respect and admiration to our distributors in Eritrea. http://tinyurl.com/Arbi-Harnet

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News
Written by BEN HARTMAN Mon - 23 Dec

Eritrean Embassy offering advice how to make illegal money transfers

Migrants make claims day after brawl involving dozens of Eritrean regime opponents and supporters at Kibbutz Kinneret.

The Eritrean Embassy in Israel is advising migrants in Israel how to transfer money back to Eritrea through a bank account in Germany, contrary to Israeli law, which forbids such transfers, a group of Eritrean migrants said at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

The migrants called the press conference the morning after a brawl involving dozens of regime opponents and supporters at an event organized by the embassy at Kibbutz Kinneret on Saturday, in which over a dozen people were wounded and around 15 arrested. They said that the embassy gave instructions to migrants about how to transfer money and also advertised real estate in Eritrea, telling them that it was a good opportunity for them to build a house back in their home country.

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News
Written by Elad Benari Sun - 22 Dec

Brawl Breaks Out During Eritrean Ambassador's Speech

A massive brawl broke out on Saturday during a visit by the Eritrean ambassador to Israel to the northern part of the country.

The ambassador attended a gathering in a kibbutz near the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) where he gave a speech. As he was speaking, an argument broke out among Eritreans who were in the crowd and began attacking one another.

The argument was between supporters and opponents of the current government in Eritrea. As the fighting escalated, some of the Eritreans tried to attack the ambassador, who was taken by police officers to a safe location.

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News Analysis
Written by MATINA STEVIS and DEBORAH BALL Sat - 21 Dec

Behind Lampedusa Shipwreck: A Journey of Perils and Profits

"I had friends, close friends, people I'd traveled with from Eritrea, who drowned when I survived," he said.

Mr. Yohannes's journey and the Lampedusa shipwreck are emblematic of the perils and profits of a people-smuggling operation stretching across Africa and beyond to Europe. It is an expanding route in the global, $6 billion migrant-smuggling business that is becoming better organized by black marketers, and more lucrative, experts say. The low risks and high profits have left smugglers undeterred by crackdown attempts.

A coast guard vessel patrols the Mediterranean. Massimo Berruti/AgenceVU for the for The Wall Street Journal

On Friday, EU leaders are expected to sign off on a number of new proposals—including beefing up patrols of the Mediterranean and revisiting the idea of allowing refugees to apply for asylum from abroad—in a fresh bid to tackle the problem.

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Writers Corner
Written by Samuel NA Thu - 19 Dec

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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Civic society
Written by Eritreans for Facilitating National Dialogue Tue - 10 Dec

EFND: Statement of Clarification Regarding Our Mission.

We acknowledge with great appreciation the various encouraging messages of solidarity we have received since we released our first communiqué several months ago. As many of you have expressed in your communications, we agree that further clarification of our mission is warranted to avoid confusion. Our sole aim is to facilitate civilized and constructive dialog among Eritreans to help build a better foundation for Eritrea’s future.

This requires forging a common strategy for a common purpose. So, our mission is to help to narrow the differences in outlook or means of opposition to the repressive regime among various groups in the Eritrean Diaspora community, which share the same or similar objectives. As Sigmund Freud cautioned well over a century ago, the narcissism of minor differences can often become a stumbling block on the road to building mutual trust, confidence, and consensus.  So, overcoming the narcissism of minor differences in politics is the first—and yet crucial-step to building national unity of means and ends.

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Buying Time
Written by Herman J. 'Hank' Cohen Tue - 17 Dec

Time to Bring Eritrea in From the Cold

The Obama administration accused the Eritrean Government of allowing the transit of arms to Al-Shabab - the reason for this alleged support being that Eritrea wanted to help an enemy of Ethiopia, thereby putting pressure on its neighbour to implement the arbitration decision.

In 2009, Senior Etritrean officials met in Rome with the American Permanent Representative to the UN, Susan Rice, and the US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Ambassador Johnny Carson.

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Writers Corner
Written by Walta Kiflezghi Tue - 17 Dec

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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Press Release
Written by HRW Fri - 13 Dec

Human Rights Watch submission to the Universal Periodic Review

Eritrea refuses to address the serious human rights violations that force thousands of Eritreans to flee their country every year. These denials have a high price. In early October 2013, 466 migrants and asylum seekers, most of them Eritrean, drowned when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean.  These victims are a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of Eritreans who have fled Eritrea in the past decade.

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Alewana (ኣለዋና!)
Written by Made Woman Magazine Wed - 11 Dec

Azie Tesfai: FORTUNED CULTURE

Azie Tesfai is an Eritrean American philanthropic entrepreneur. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

While Azie was raised in Los Angeles, she traveled back to Africa to visit family that still lives in Eritrea and Ethiopia. In many ways, her multinational upbringing and heightened sense of awareness informed the decision to start Fortuned Culture.

Being from a third world country, Azie hopes to highlight the positive and negative realities of peoples that are otherwise wrongly represented. It is her vision to use Fortuned Culture's jewelry pieces as a representation of those realities, with a focus on featuring rich cultural backgrounds, creating happiness, inspiring hope and provoking change.

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Writers Corner
Written by Julie Wed - 11 Dec

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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Alewuna
Written by Abdu Habib and Woldegebriel Hago Tue - 10 Dec

The Unnoticed Unique Eritrean-Canadian Photojournalist

At a time we Eritreans are going through difficult times and sad news is by no means scarce, it is necessary and national obligation to appreciate and highlight any good news and achievements, instead of turning a blind eye to national assets and their extraordinary performance. In November 2013 an aspiring, bright, energetic and very positive Eritrean artist got recognized and received an award of appreciation here in Toronto, Canada. Furthermore, in 2011 his photography was selected by City Guide Toronto and by Skill for Change Toronto, whereas in 2012 by International Toronto Jazz Festival for Exhibition.

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News
Written by Gianluca Mezzofiore Mon - 09 Dec

EXCLUSIVE: Eritrea's Football Coach Omer Ahmed and Eight Players Defect to Kenya During Cecafa Cup

"Our main concern is safety, that's why we are seeking UN protection," the player told IBTimes UK. "Once we are protected and safe, we can go to a democratic and safe country."

The men also fear backlash back at home, where they have left family and children.

"We are really scared and anything scares us at the moment. We want people to know and sympathise with us," he said.

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News Analysis
Written by Kjetil Tronvoll & Goitom Gebreluel Sun - 08 Dec

Ethiopia and Eritrea: Brothers at war no more

It is very possible that the EPRDF will hand over the symbolic town of Bademe to Eritrea - which was awarded to the latter by the EEBC - but it can only get away with such a move domestically by selling it as a necessary sacrifice for a comprehensive and durable peace. The fact that the individuals leading the current Ethiopian government did not take part in the decision-making processes of the border war and subsequent peace agreement means that they are less constrained by the commitments of their predecessors.

For President Afwerki, on the other hand, the stakes are much higher. In fact, resolving the stalemate is likely to create more challenges than benefits to his personal power base. ...

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Eritrea: Dispatches from Team Arbi Harnet Asmara: General Manjus and his blood drenched castle

In Eritrea crime pays, and in this case it paid the owner of this house handsomely. The family who live in this house in Asmara’s central district (Kebabi: Makel Ketema) at number near  Godena Sematat (Martyr’s Street) street number 1A 175/175-2/4  never know the pressures of electricity outages, their house is powered by generators that seem to supply endless power that illuminates their luxurious residence in the frequently dark Asmara nights.

They don’t seem to have any trouble in powering their exclusive cars (the son owns a dark blue Toyota Rav 4)  and younger members of the family don’t even seem to be bothered by the frequent giffas (raids) targeting other youngsters their age.

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Eritrea: Who is Brigader General Tekle Kiflay?

AKA: MANJUS

Date of birth: 1956

place of birth: Tseazega

Educational background 10th grade

Rank
Birgeder general

Salary 3700 Nkf (including allowance)

Hobby: Big time Gambler, drunkard, womanizer, contraband trader. AND NOW ACCUSED OF HUMAN TRAFFICING

Languages English understands but not fluent Arabic can communicate

Joined EPLF Late 1973

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News
Written by GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE Thu - 05 Dec

Manjus: Eritrean Kalashnikov Smuggler and Human Trafficking Mastermind

In October 2013, there were several reports of the abduction of 211 children from Sawa Military Camp, for whom a ransom of $10,000 was demanded per child.

Manjus' counterparts in Sudan are Mabrouk Mubarak Salim and Hamid Abdallah.

Abdallah, a wealthy Karthoum-based businessman, is described by the UN experts as an "asset for both the Sudanese and Eritrean intelligence services, who has kinship ties to border police monitoring the Sudan-Eritrea border".

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News
Written by Heidi Fortes Thu - 05 Dec

2013 IPFA WINNERS: DESSALE BEREKHET ABRAHAM, MEBRAHTU TECLESION BERHE AND RUTH ZECARIAS GHEBRE

The country’s current, and so far only, president, Isaias Afewerki was elected when Eritrea gained full independence in 1993. During his rule, the president has come under scrutiny for failing to implement democratic reforms, and in 2001 he During the 2001 shutdown of the private press, several journalists were rounded up and arbitrarily detained in state-run prisons. Seven of these journalists have reportedly died, either due to the appalling conditions or because they took their own lives. Another group of journalists was arrested and jailed in 2009, and four more were jailed in 2011. As of the beginning of 2013, there are about 30 journalists imprisoned in Eritrea.

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books
Written by eepa Thu - 05 Dec

The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond

The report, by Prof. Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos and Prof. Conny Rijken, focuses on the trafficking of refugees from the Horn of Africa who are targeted by criminal networks for extortion and exploitation. The report looks at the experiences of the refugees who have fled their countries looking for safety and security.

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Articles

Article
Written by Woldu Tecke Mon - 21 Jul

Isaias Afewerki: the Founding Father of Modern Slave Eritrea

Isaias Afewerki: the Founding Father of Modern Slave Eritrea

PIA truly has been and still is modern slave Eritrea’s “indispensable dictator.” The essential man not only betraying our dreams but also in successfully destroying our unity and identity for the last 23 years. ...

PIA is critical in designing the collapse of the Eritrean state. With his great skills as a divider and with his extraordinary tactics of misleading, Eritrea today is on its way to a 21st century failed state. It is a record of failed leadership he will always be remembered as the worst dictator the world will ever witness. He is a disgrace to our society and to the country as a whole.

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Wed - 16 Jul

Dejen’s Syndrome: the Contradictions of the Eritrean Mind

Dejen’s Syndrome: the Contradictions of the Eritrean Mind

Eritreans are first and foremost prisoners of their minds. ... We can, in fact, say that Dejen was actually locked up in multiple prisons, the one inserted into the other like a Russian doll. It took him four years to conduct an escape from the prison in his head, the one that held him hostage to the system. Only when he escaped from this mind-prison, as he gave up on the system, was he able to entertain an escape from the physical prison. And all of this was to flee from the nation, as hundreds of thousands of Eritreans have already been doing, however less spectacular their escapes might be. To fight back against the system requires an altogether different state of mind: he has to free himself from being a hostage of the revolutionary past that has made him deny agency to his oppressors. ...

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Article
Written by Seyoum Tesfaye Sat - 12 Jul

Decolonizing the mind: A shift in thinking

Decolonizing the mind: A shift in thinking

I believe the noble endeavor to collect and document the history of ELF and its gallant fighters is one of the most constructive undertakings in present day Eritrean Diaspora. I intend to present my observation of the process and its implication in the near future. I have been lucky enough to attend the second and third reunion held in Atlanta since it was open for the public. I felt I was in an open university with an insight into the nature of the liberation front that had the capability to transform former Eritrean commandos at the service of the Ethiopian government into liberation fighters. This achievement and other thousands of heroic deeds have to be recorded in detail and made a part of the true National History Archive.

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Article
Written by Ararat Iyob Sat - 05 Jul

“Holy Prison” Mariam Gembi before the Blue Terror there was……….

“Holy Prison” Mariam Gembi before the Blue Terror there was……….

Two of them took me to a part of the building that used to be a 'mogogo' (a separate room for making injera).  There they made me put my hands, tied, under my feet and inserted a wooden pole through my legs. They hoisted me up and put me upside down making my bare feet 'at arm’s length. The investigator started looking for a stick. One of them took what I think was a hard stick with plastic rope around it and asked if I had anything more to say. “No”. Then he started beating the soles of my feet. I started to scream but they put a piece of cloth on my mouth. I started to choke. ...

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Sat - 28 Jun

The Vaccaro momentum: building an organisation and developing a strategy and plan of action

The Vaccaro momentum: building an organisation and developing a strategy and plan of action

What is amazing about Tewolde Tesfamariam (Wedi Vaccaro) is that he was able to attract large number of listeners to come to listen to him. It is fundamentally important to acknowledge that, it is because people have related to him, to what he was saying, his approach, his simplicity, commitment and selflessness.  They shared his dreams for unity, justice and democratic Eritrea. And also of his genuine concern that the opposition is too fragmented to put up united and effective resistance to repression, even though the objective condition for change is ripe.

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Wed - 25 Jun

Catholic Bishops Sounding the “Extinction” Alarm in Eritrea

Catholic Bishops Sounding the “Extinction” Alarm in Eritrea

It seems to me that the problem of Eritrea has long ago stopped being political or even humanitarian; it has become a subject matter for “pure mathematics” to handle. Provide any fourth-grader who knows his addition with the figures of all those who are fleeing the nation in mass exodus per month/year and the years it takes in Eritrean minds to realize they are heading towards extinction, he would figure it out in few minutes when the cataclysmic end would be arriving. For lack of a fourth-grader head, uncluttered with revolutionary and nationalistic rhetoric, a nation is being lost. ...

With no such revolutionary or nationalistic malaise clouding their eyes, the Bishops are telling us in no unclear terms that such extinction is in fact in the making. What makes the Pastoral Letter unique is that it is the first time any Eritrean organization, be it religious or secular, to have focused on the existential predicament of the nation with such intensity. ...

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Article
Written by Resoum Kidane Mon - 23 Jun

Commemorating June 20th Martyrs' Day

Commemorating June 20th Martyrs' Day

The 20th of June is a day of commemoration for all those who sacrificed their lives for the Eritrean struggle for independence, and for those who lost their lives in the 1998-2000 border conflict with Ethiopia. It is also a commemoration day for all those political prisoners who lost their life in prison or were executed by the Ethiopian regime during the liberation struggle.

The same day is also an honour and a day of commemoration for all civilians, who were killed in Asmara during the demonstrations in 1958 and for all civilians who became the victims of the Ethiopian government atrocities between 1962-1991.

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Article
Written by Ghirmay Yebio Fri - 20 Jun

A few words on the "Pastoral Letter" by the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea

A few words on the

The pastoral letter by the four Catholic Bishops of Eritrea, can be called more of a "letter of Lamentation" which describes the situation in which the nation finds itself. ...

While commendable in being the first of its kind to come out of one of the established churches of Eritrea,  nonetheless it remains still a letter of Lamentation only and does not propose a solution to the problem.  It appears to emphasizes on collective blame rather than finger-pointing at the Asmara regime which is the solely responsible of the social and political crisis in the nation. It blames no one in particular and everyone in General.

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Article
Written by Zeineb Ali Fri - 20 Jun

The Catholic Bishops’ statement: How is it going down in the annals of history?

The Catholic Bishops’ statement: How is it going down in the annals of history?

Some might argue that the bishops represent the Catholic Church only. I do not believe this is the case. They are the voice of the voiceless. They represent all highlanders and lowlanders, Muslims and Christian, and men and women. They are echoing the views of the young and the old. They are reiterating the sentiments of the majority – both inside Eritrea and the diaspora. They are ready to pay dearly for speaking the truth and for leading the people on the right path to salvation.

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Article
Written by Tewelde Stephanos Sun - 15 Jun

Unfiltered Notes: Are we losing the deeper message of Eritrea’s courageous Catholic Bishops?

Unfiltered Notes: Are we losing the deeper message of Eritrea’s courageous Catholic Bishops?

That is not the whole story, however. Could a one-man empire last this long if we had heeded the Bishops’ deeper lesson? Did we honestly stick with the spirit of their question - “where is my brother”? What was our response when the disabled veterans were mercilessly mowed down or when so many people were herded to prison, some never to be heard from again? Except for very few brave souls, like our Catholic Bishops, we have all failed to do the right thing and that is why the regime has thrived this long.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Fri - 13 Jun

The Eritrean Revolution’s Rule of Conduct: Ask Not About Your Brother

The Eritrean Revolution’s Rule of Conduct: Ask Not About Your Brother

 

... True, the communities in Eritrea had throughout their long history the “Fear of God”, and to an admirable degree, the respect for traditional laws. However, these attributes were abruptly and violently made to wither over the long period of ghedli hegemony. All the “social capital” the traditional communities had was degraded and trampled down by the ghedli operatives. The period was, in other words, “a dejen of error” [1] and anticipated the current social malaise.

...His comrades, among many, such as Petros Solomon, who was his prison inmate in Somalia, did not whisper,“Where Is My Brother”, until his turn to be a victim in September, 2001. The experience of others who joined the organization later is not different ...

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Article
Written by Daniel Teclegiorgis Fri - 06 Jun

(II) Fear to Phobia in the ambiguity of Eritrean image!

(II) Fear to Phobia in the ambiguity of Eritrean image!

No wonder fact of the matter is even though the dictator deserves a huge shame and blame, it is the reigning secretive world view too absorbed in promoting ideas of independence and self-reliance (ፈኸራን ጥረራን እንዳ ዝናን ባህታን) that bears accountability for all the mess. Accordingly it is not another battle type of Badme or slaying a dictator but a sort of creative battle of ideas that can evolve and improve the way out of the secretive world view in order to envision a better way for the management of relationships.

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Article
Written by Selam Kidane Thu - 05 Jun

Sophia Tesfamariam adds Insult to Eritrea’s Injury

Sophia Tesfamariam adds Insult to Eritrea’s Injury

But Sophia’s role – her only role seems to be whitewashing the gross violations perpetrated in Eritrea…just like the G15 are in EraEro, incommunicado for over a decade,  because the benevolent pfdj felt  they should be protected from the Eritrean masses and like the journalist were only denied the rights to live and work freely because the Eritrean public demanded so… the young people who perished in Lampedusa ended up in a sinking furnace because their rich, pompous families decided they’d send them on a lavish expedition out of the paradise called Eritrea!

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Article
Written by Bereket Berhane Wed - 04 Jun

The Bishoftu Initiative of the Eritrean Youth Forum: An Interrupted Expedition into the Elusive?

The Bishoftu Initiative of the Eritrean Youth Forum: An Interrupted Expedition into the Elusive?

As a final point, Bishoftu’s novel dream of bringing the diverse Eritrean youth forces closer seems, in many ways, to grow fainter and fainter by the day. But even if this initiative has so far proven elusive and is nowhere fully realized, we still have so much to learn from the course of events. And it is only by learning from our mistakes, making the necessary corrections, and adjusting our course that we can make the elusive possible. The journey has been interrupted and is still unfinished. Now the mission’s success or failure is going to depend on the will and perseverance of the sensible majority. And succeed they must, because the alternative is really unattractive and grim.

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Article
Written by Samuel N. Mon - 02 Jun

Accepting the gift, rejecting the giver: Eritrea’s independence dilemma

Accepting the gift, rejecting the giver: Eritrea’s independence dilemma

How does one accept the gift but reject the giver? The independence we so deserve was brought about by cruel and lawless bandits. This is at the heart of Eritreans’ dilemma.

The common Tigrinya saying “ተቐባል ሌባ”, meaning whoever accepts goods from a thief is a thief himself, is overly simplistic to explain our dilemma. The saying assumes the “goods” one is accepting or buying from the thief is not rightly his in the first place which makes the verdict relatively meaningful.

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 01 Jul

Textless Reign of Silence

Textless Reign of Silence

in a country called Eritrea

where nobody knows where

mobile phones find themselves

locked in prison cells

 

immobilized by security codes; button less

hacked to death; more or less

freedom itself is left speechless

unable to text; textless

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Thu - 05 Jun

Of Loose and Silent Tongues

Of Loose and Silent Tongues

security codes lie in wait

right beside the gate

holding the tongue hostage

blocking the air passage

 

stuck in the tunnels

inside rusty pipes and faulty valves

some words joined forces

just to make phrases

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Writers Corner
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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Writers Corner
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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Writers Corner
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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Writers Corner
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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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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Writers Corner
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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