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Written by Selam Kidane Fri - 04 Feb

So what is wrong with the Ethiopian Card then?

... I would still worry about PFDJ turning this on its head and convincing people that they are yet again being victimised… that so tried and tested song and dance routine… remember Dulles?… remember the UN? Remember the OAU? Remember the UN again? Remember Hague? Remember res 1907? If there is a litany that the PFDJ has perfected it is this one where every one starting with IA and every minister that is allowed to talk (all two of them) and every minister that is not a minister and then every PFDJ official, all of them residing outside Eritrea proper and every YPFDJ (provided it is near beles season) can recite this perfectly and without a clear visible war looming against them… point a gun in their direction and few tanks… we run the risk of making a victim out of PFDJ the perpetrator …

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Article
Written by Paulos Nathnael Tue - 01 Feb

The Revolution Will Be Televised, May Be

Since Yosief is asking for evidence of any viability of peaceful and non-violent resistance in Eritrea, and trashing the concept as a result, let me turn the table and ask him the following: What evidence is there that (1) Ethiopia is willing to do Yosief's or the opposition's bidding  and invade Eritrea in order to get rid of Isaias Afwerki's regime , and, most importantly, (2) what evidence do Yosief and those who advocate for intervention have that  Ethiopia,  assuming they would be able to depose the current regime, would peacefully and willingly hand over power to Eritreans and get out of Eritrea? I do not question Ethiopia's and TPLF sincerity in regards to their stated policy towards Eritrea's sovereignty. But what guarantees do we have against any outcome of a military intervention?

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Article
Written by Seyoum Tesfaye Thu - 27 Jan

The Wrong Question and the Wrong Prescription

The desire to expedite solutions and a certain level of political exaggerations are understandable but in the final analysis: short cuts will cut us short. We created the monster in Eritrea and it is our responsibility to bring an end to it. With all due respect you started your wonderful article with the wrong question. The question for those of us who are firmly committed to nonviolent struggle is: What is that Eritreans have to do to replicate their own version of the Tunisian Revolution?  Far from the immediate headline and opinion pages we need to go deep into understanding the substance and mechanism of how this kind of peaceful struggle unfolds. What is particular about the Tunisian revolution?  Education and technology have a role to play but are they a prerequisite for people’s uprising?  Do Revolutions always start in the capital cities'? Did the Tunisian Diaspora created, commanded and manage this revolution? Did the Tunisian ask for Egyptian government's intervention? Do people who want to get rid of a hard authoritarian encourage illiberal democrats or soft authoritarians to intervene on their behalf? What kind of political and civil work was done ahead of the rupture for daring demonstrator to put a flower in the muzzle of the policeman's gun?  

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Wed - 26 Jan

Why the Tunisian Revolution Cannot Be Replicated in Eritrea

... the Isaias regime is a great liability to the Eritrean people not only because it is brutally repressive, but also unbelievably dumb. Its cost-benefit analysis in whatever it does to secure its safety is rather alarming: it prefers to gamble away the whole futurity of the nation just to avoid any potential dissent. There is no better example of this than the way it has been treating its youth, the very future of the nation, to see the extent to which it would go to secure its safety in the capital.

As in any country of the third world kind found in Africa, there is this pragmatic guidance that every dictator follows: whoever controls the capital controls the nation. In the Eritrean case, what is astounding is the draconian measure that the regime took to make sure that no kind of uprising would be spearheaded from Asmara: it evicted almost the whole young generation out of the city!

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News Analysis
Written by Gregory R. Copley Thu - 03 Feb

Strategic ramifications of the Egyptian crisis

Equally importantly, the interregnum in Egypt will mean a cessation of Cairo's support for Eritrea and the proxy war which Eritrea facilitates but which others, particularly Egypt, pay against Ethiopia through the arming, logistics, training, etc., of anti-Ethiopian groups such as the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), etc. Overall security of the Red Sea states and SLOC: Egypt has been vital to sustaining the tenuous viability of the state of Eritrea, because Cairo regarded Eritrean loyalty as a key means of sustaining Egyptian power projection into the Red Sea (and ensuring the security of the Red Sea/Suez Sea Lane of Communication), and to deny such access to Israel. Absent Egyptian support, the Eritrean Government of President Isayas Afewerke will begin to feel its isolation and economic deprivation, and may well, on its own, accelerate new pressures for conflict with Ethiopia to distract local populations from the growing deprivation in the country.

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News
Written by Release Eritrea Tue - 01 Feb

Immigration Detainees in Egypt Fear for their Lives

Many police officers are said to be facing threats from the public and have gone into hiding leaving police stations unguarded. In the city of Rafa, Bedouins, are said to have, burnt down several police stations and are currently in charge of the prison cells, where many immigration detainees are being held.

We have received reports from reliable sources that some Eritrean prisoners have managed to escape from prison but are lost in the Sinai desert while attempting to cross into Israel. Some are still in prison fearing for their lives because they believe it is a matter of time before the Bedouins take them hostage for ransom.

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News
Written by Barnabas Aid and John Rossomando Mon - 31 Jan

Egypt Unrest: Muslim Brotherhood and Minority Christians

 

Many commentators have warned of a domino effect from Tunisia across the Arab world, as instability grows in Algeria, Lebanon, Yemen and Jordan. If Egypt were to be taken over by Islamists, the consequences for the region could be very serious. Global intelligence analyst George Friedman of Stratfor has warned: 

An Islamist Egypt would give dramatic impetus to radical Islam throughout the Arab world... The transformation of Egypt into an Islamist country would be the single most significant event we could imagine in the Islamic world, beyond an Iranian bomb. 

The protests in Egypt follow targeted attacks against the country's Christians, most notably the suicide bombing at a church in Alexandria on New Year's Day that killed at least 21 worshippers. Christians took to the streets in protest over the lack of protection and justice for their community. Their insecurity could only be increased under an Islamist regime, and in the worst case they could even be forced to flee the country en masse.  

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News
Written by Zachary Roth and Matt Richte Fri - 28 Jan

Egypt Unrest: Demo in the Streets and Internet Cutoff

Renesys, a Vermont-based company that tracks Internet traffic, said that just after midnight Cairo time, or 5 p.m. New York time, Egyptian authorities had succeeded in shutting down the country’s international access points.

“Almost nobody in Egypt has Internet connectivity, and there are no workarounds,” said Jim Cowie, the company’s chief technology officer. “I’ve never seen it happen at this scale.”

“In a fundamental sense, it’s as if you rewrote the map and they are no longer a country,” said Mr. Cowie. “I never thought it would happen to a country the size and scale of Egypt.”

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Writers Corner
Written by Petros Haile Mon - 24 Jan

"Absence of War"

reminding the relatives of the other side 

that their loved one's death

the cause for celebration to others

their sorrow & despair

becomes a joy to the "victors" 

no winner or looser 

absence of war does not translate to peace

we carry the scars to our grave 

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Sun - 23 Jan

Out in the wild

 

 

 

Having seen

Millions of birds

Flying in concert

Out in the wild 

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News
Written by NMG Sat - 22 Jan

Eritrea did it again! It came out dead last in African Presidents Index!

Obviously our own totalitarian leader Isaias Afworki didn’t disappoint us. Not only did he make it to the “Morgue” category with flying colors, he also ended up dead last within that category, with the poorest score imaginable – 12.14! No wonder the report describes it as “truly appalling performance”.

Under “Failures of this year”, here is what the Report says, “President Afworki continues to brutally repress free speech and thought with an iron fist. Eritrea has been deemed the country with the least press freedom in the world by Reports without Borders, more stifled even than North Korea – a remarkable ignominy. There is currently no privately owned media in the country.”

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Article
Written by Selam Kidane Thu - 20 Jan

Astroturfing Eritrean Politics

Faced by this seemingly immovable mountain of the challenge of building a real grassroots support, Eritrean organisations are often seen trying to circumvent via the sleazy route of the lazy route, endlessly recreating fake public opinions or fake groups promoting their motives as public opinions…Astroturfing Eritrean Politics! 

Astroturfing in politics is a campaign that uses/misuses the voices of either a specific demographic or a diverse group of people to push a political agenda, often without their full knowledge. Campaigns & Elections magazine defines astroturf as ... 

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News
Written by Speroforum Fri - 21 Jan

Eritrea: WikiLeaks reveals systematic human rights abuses against Christians

The prisoner said he heard “the screams of people being tortured” and saw Eritrean security officials “bringing back badly bruised and bleeding detainees to the holding room.” He witnessed Eritrean security officials “beating a man with a rubber hose on his bare feet.” In another instance, he observed “a man sitting with his arms tied and raised behind his back. His feet were tied together and a wooden pole was placed beneath his knees.” 

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News
Written by Xinhua, AFP and IRIN Wed - 19 Jan

South Sudan Referendum

 

JUBA, Sudan — The once sleepy south Sudan town of Juba that hopes to become the world's newest national capital opted 97.5 percent for independence, preliminary results from a landmark vote showed Wednesday.

There were 211,018 votes cast for independence for the mainly Christian, African region against just 3,650 for continued unity with the mainly Arab, Muslim north, the head of Juba county referendum sub-committee, Timon Wani, announced to applause and cheers.  

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Time Machine
Written by E. Bevin Mon - 17 Jan

Disposal Of The Italian Colonies - April 1946

The National Archives, London - Historical Documents on Eritrea 

Please use your browser view facility to enlarge or zoom in and see a readable format of the document 

The National Archives in London contain millions of documents on various historical areas that span hundreds of years.  Eritrea was under the British Administration from 1941 to 1952.  

This section will, for the coming months, post archive documents from that period.  The contents of the collection range from the economic and political to administration and establishing order and managing social and tribal conflicts.  The amount of material in store is literally inexhaustible and might even keep this column open forever.  In the meantime however, Asmarino website will do its best to display documents whenever they are made available.  

Asmarino hopes that this collection will reveal yet another aspect of an ignored or long forgotten Eritrean history.  The documents speak for themselves and the reader is invited to make their own judgement.

Asmarino wishes to express its thanks to The National Archives - London. 

September 2010 

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News
Written by Al Jazeera Sat - 15 Jan

Tunisa's Ben Ali Flees Amid Unrest

 

"Last night the curfew was in place and the army was telling the people that it was there to protect them," she said.

Our correspondent said the feeling there was that "people had indeed woken up to a new era, after 23 years of Ben Ali's rule".

"There is a lot of apprehension, but at the same time total euphoria about the next step towards the democracy that they fought for so much."

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Article
Written by Nunu Kidane Thu - 13 Jan

Pan Africanism and the Eritrean Diaspora

Is it possible for us as Eritreans to consider entertaining concepts of Pan Africanism to expand our current state of political (social and cultural) impasse? What does it even mean, Pan Africanism? No, it does not call for us to drop our identification as Eritreans or pay total allegiance solely to our continental identity. It does not diminish a person’s sense of commitment to his/her people; or that one becomes a ‘dreamer’ who simply wishes that for a day when “Africa will unite” (a proposal which may have a nice sound but conceptually seems unattainable in a continent that is rife with national and ethnic divisions). As a political viewpoint and movement Pan Africanism calls us to understand the history of the global African diaspora and to consider ways that we can diminish our differences and work towards commonalities...  

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Tue - 11 Jan

Eritrea: Liberation Economy and the Peasants

On many occasion, the ghedli victors had said this: “Eritrea has nothing except its precious human resources.” Nobody but the gullible would believe this praise of words for the masses from the mostly urban elite who had nothing but contempt for the hagereseb. It is a high sounding phrase from a regime euphemistically confessing to have helped itself from loot of the peasants. The “human resource” here should be interpreted as the assets and labor of the farmers or the “social capital” commandeered during their bush wars. The violence in this frequently quoted phrase has been the deliberately crafted ruse in order to hide the violent and coercive nature of their relationship with the public, both in the ghedli period and its aftermath. In this instance, it is the state reluctantly alluding to the unique role of the social-insurance schemes, or its related resource known as “social capital”, in order to buttress the alleged popular support provided to it. 

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News
Written by EveryOne Group Thu - 13 Jan

CSW calls for effective action for Eritrean hostages in Sinai

For over two months the refugees and asylum seekers have been held in chains in purpose built facilities south of Rafah on Egypt’s border with Israel. Despite having paid US$2000 each for transfer to Israel, traffickers are torturing them in order to obtain an additional $8000 per person from their family and friends abroad. They are repeatedly beaten, branded like cattle, and are often deprived of food and water, forcing some to drink their own urine. Several men have been informed their organs will be harvested in lieu of payment, while women are repeatedly raped by numerous assailants. Italian NGO Agenzia Habeshia reports that on Saturday, four female hostages who are still unable to meet the ransom were once again subjected to gang-rape, while a pregnant woman was so badly beaten that she is now reported to be... 

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News
Written by Shlomit Sharvit Thu - 13 Jan

Eritrean ambassador: We won't take infiltrators back

 

The ambassador also warned of a potential security threat. "When these people arrive in Sudan or the Sinai anyone can manipulate them into brining a bomb into Israel or performing acts of espionage. Thank God it hasn't happened yet. But I presented this problem before the government and warned it that we will not be held accountable should this happen." 

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Press Release
Written by LA Commission Sun - 09 Jan

Eritrean National Commission for Democratic Change

Eritreans in Los Angeles Ready for Change!  January Issue 2011

Background on the Eritrean National Conference for Democratic Change

ERITREAN NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE came from the four corners of the globe to the conference. According to one of the speakers, the conference was a manifestation of unity of purpose by all Eritreans.  Clearly, everyone in the Addis conference was there to commit themselves to foster a democratic change in Eritrea with a goal of organizing an On October 9, 2010, a large group of Eritreans gathered in a hotel conference room by the Los Angeles Airport and did  something that have never been done by Eritreans in Los Angeles before.

Like many new and first generation immigrants in the sunny and beautiful Los Angels, Eritreans here are easy going, laidback  people who are not easily persuaded to organize and demand change. But “change” is what they demanded on October 9, 2010. 

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Article
Written by S. Y. Sat - 08 Jan

Remembering the Journey to Wi’a Detention Camp

 

They finally took us to a stream which flows from the Eastern escarpment of the country to the Red sea. Before approaching the stream, Yirga’s condition was getting worse and worse, but nobody was giving any attention to the students who were dehydrated and fainting. Finally, we all arrived at the stream and immersed ourselves in the stream, but Yirga was not able to support himself to move from the river to the river bank. From that moment on wards, he lost his consciousness. We were there many students and tried to help him with all possible means we could … 

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagiorgis Thu - 06 Jan

EPLF is not the same as PFDJ and the Government of Eritrea: Part 2

I strongly believe that EPLF and ELF belong not only to the leaders alone but to all those who participated as fighters and all those civilians who served it directly or indirectly by contributing money or soliciting international diplomatic, financial and political support. And their sacrifice, heroism and commitment must be acknowledged. On this issue I do not compromise.

Some people used to ask me if I regret serving the EPLF which is more than 20 years.  My answered has always been I have no regret.  EPLF was just an instrument for liberation and not an end by itself. In 1975 I have witnessed the Ethiopian security forces in Asmara brutalizing the people. The whole town was gripped by fear. A security unit of the Ethiopian army called “Afagn” composed of elite members of ground forces, Air force and the Navy were kidnapping people particularly youth and put them to prison and shoot them. The youth were terrorized when the unit strangulated 6 or 7 people by piano wire; I don’t remember the exact number.   

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Written by Peggy A. Hoyle Thu - 06 Jan

The Eritrean National Identity: A Case Study

In this case, the national identity in question was the one promoted by the EPLF in motivating young Tigrinyans, Tigre, Saho, and others to exchange their lives for an Eritrean nation. In analyzing the Eritrean national identity, several particular component values will be examined, namely: ethical behavior, a belief in critical public speech, perseverance or steadfastness, an emphasis on the community over the individual, and a commitment to self-reliance. It cannot be overemphasized that these components may not necessarily be attached to individual Eritreans. Obviously, there are members of the Eritrean nation who are not steadfast or who will not speak critically in public. Rather, these are traits upheld by the national community—by Eritreanism. 

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Sat - 01 Jan

My Dream Homecoming

                                                                                         

                Tell my sisters to save me some dinner…

Tell my brothers to not lock the outer gates

Tell the logs to keep burning a bit longer

I am coming home tonight…

Just like last night

And the night before

I am coming home tonight

Just as I will tomorrow night

I am coming home again

 

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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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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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Writers Corner
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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Writers Corner
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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Writers Corner
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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