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The Irrelevance None-Citizen Citizens

When is a citizen a citizen?
Eritrea has prevailed thanks to its positive thinking and forward looking courageous citizens. At the same time, it has seen the abhorrent betrayal by groups of individuals claiming to be her children. Is it justifiable to allow people who have been tirelessly at work to the demise of the country take part as a citizen in its political affairs? When is a citizen a citizen?

By Russom Bahrinegash,

In the discourse of human behavior, there is a general assumption that strong self-serving disposition is what stimulates people to act the way they do. Certainly the pursuit of self-interest is alive and kicking and we see it ever-present albeit in different colours and shades.

On the other hand it is irrelevant whether this is right or wrong. What is relevant is whether one is able to a certain extent to override this predisposition and act in the interest of the collective to which he belongs. This brings us directly to the issue of the essence of citizenship. But what is citizenship and what does it entail?  Continue reading The Irrelevance None-Citizen Citizens

A Constitution for a Multinational Democratic State-Nation: The Case of Ethiopia

The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy together with Dr. Negaso Gidada organizes a presentation entitled “A Constitution for a Multinational Democratic State-Nation: The Case of Ethiopia”


EVER since the formation of the modern state of Ethiopia, the country’s diversity, represented by its roughly eighty ethnic groups, has defied common formulas for unity and democratic development. Regimes have come and gone, but the central question—whether to forge a nation-state, a multinational federation, or something else—has dominated Ethiopia’s political agenda for decades. Continue reading A Constitution for a Multinational Democratic State-Nation: The Case of Ethiopia

ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ኣብ ጉዳይ ቅዋም ኤርትራ

ቅዋም ከም ዘየለ ኩሉ ሰብ ዝፈልጦ ሓቂ ኢዩ ። ነቲ ኣብ ህላወና፡ ሉኣላውነትና፡ ዕብየትናን ልምዓትናን ከጋጥሙና ዝጸንሑ ብድሆታት ኣልዒለ’ውን መመኻነዪ ከምጽእ ኣይደልን እየ። ብግብሪ እንተ ርኢናዮ ግና እቲ ሰነድ ከይተኣወጀ ዝሞተ እዩ። ካብ ዝሓለፈ ተመኩሮን ዝተማህርናዮ ትምህርትን ኣብ ግምት ብምእታው ፡ ህይወት ናይ ነፍሲ ወከፍ ዜጋ ንምቕያር ዝሕግዝ፡ ዝዀነ ጋግ ንኸይፍጠር ዘረጋግጽ ስርዓተ መንግስቲ ክነዳሉ ኢና። በዚ መሰረት ድማ ንዕኡ ክዓምም ዝቖመ ሓደ ኣካል ስርሑ ጀሚሩ ኣሎ።


ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ፡ ብምኽንያት እንኣትዎ ዘሎና ሓድሽ ዓመት 2015 ኣብ ዘቤታዊ ጉዳያት ዘተኮረ ቃለ-መሕትት ምስ መራኸቢ ብዙሓን ሀገርና ኣካይዱ ኔሩ። ኣብቲ ብኤሪ-ቲቪን ድምጺ ሓፋሽ ኤርትራን ብቐጥታ ዝተፈነወ ቃለ መሕትት ፡ ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ንጉዳይ ቅዋም ኣመልኪቱ ንዝሓቦ መግለጺ ካብዚ ቀጺልና ከምዘለዎ ክነቅርቦ ኢና። Continue reading ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ኣብ ጉዳይ ቅዋም ኤርትራ

From Liberation to Governance: The Eritrean Experience

This presentation was delivered by Yemane Ghebremeskel, Director, Office of the President of Eritrea, and is intended to elaborate and highlight Eritrea’s views and perspectives on the putative controversies or conjectures that surround the central theme of the workshop, “From Liberation Movements to Government – Past legacies and the challenges of transition in Africa” jointly organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in cooperation with the South African think-tank, the Brenthurst Foundation in 2012. In light of the many narratives presented about Eritrea, its people and government by Ethiopia and its surrogates in the Eritrean Quislings League (EQL), some western anthropologists, NGO networks and the media, on the issue of governance and liberation movements, it is this author’s opinion that we ought to defer to those with first hand knowledge and experience.

By Yemane Ghebremeskel,

ONE vexing question that we have to address at the outset is whether standardized benchmarks and templates can be employed to assess and synthesize the individual experiences and perspectives so as to infer or formulate a generalized, even if approximated, theory.

I personally believe that the distinct historical and societal realities under which the various liberation movements were conceived and had to operate; the profound variations in the depth, maturity and relevance of the philosophical precepts that they espoused; the disparate dynamics of their internal political landscapes; as well as the specific and at times epochal external environments that influenced their trajectories both during and after liberation render the formulation of any generalized, approximated, theory an elusive task indeed. Continue reading From Liberation to Governance: The Eritrean Experience

S. Sudan Rejects Proposal to Scrap Vice-President Post

CONFUSION CONTINUES.  The IGAD led mediation is like going one step forward and two steps back. The question of maintaining or abolishing the VP post is the latest controversy among South Sudan warring parties. IGAD mediation only allows PM position for the rebels while the constitution places VP above the PM. Again, IGAD says the PM cannot run for President. Technically, IGAD made its own proposed medicine less attractive and now the rebels are eying the most controversial post – the VP post. Back to Square one? (Photo: Head of the rebel delegation, Taban Deng Gai, (L) and leader of the government’s delegation Nhial Deng Nhial)

By Sudan Tribune,

THE South Sudanese government said it would not yield to its armed opposition demands to have the vice-president’s position scrapped off and replaced with a prime minister.

Cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro said such a proposal was never tabled before government and mediators of the peace talks.

“The government delegation did not receive such proposal from IGAD. We only read it from the media reports attributing statements carrying such suggestions to the rebels, and I don’t I understand the basis of the proposal,” Lomuro said on Tuesday. Continue reading S. Sudan Rejects Proposal to Scrap Vice-President Post

Why I Left the Eritrean Opposition

One common characteristic among the so called ‘Eritrean Opposition’ is that they are all gamblers that gamble with everything Eritrea. They literally oppose anything Eritrean and the only time they celebrate is when something bad happens to the country or its citizens. They have less to do with bettering off the country or the people but more to do for Ethiopia to give what it couldn’t achieve in the battle ground.

By Ermias G,

AFTER watching the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, I naively joined the Eritrean opposition seeking a similar outcome in Eritrea. At the time, I thought the opposition was an alternative group that genuinely worked for the betterment of Eritrea and Eritreans. Unfortunately, from my experiences, it is nothing more than a dysfunctional organization that has less to do with bettering the country and people, and more to do about appeasing Ethiopia.  Continue reading Why I Left the Eritrean Opposition