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Understanding #EritreaAt25: A Crash Course on the A, B, C’s (Part-2)

Eritrea at 25
Here is a second part of the “crash course” series on the “A, B, C’s” of Eritrea, detailing some basics about the country, both to clear up misconceptions and provide a small glimpse about the importance of 25th Independence anniversary.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),

Eritrea is on the verge of turning 25. The Independence Torch is winding its way across the country, attracting large, enthusiastic, boisterous crowds and building up anticipation, while small towns and cities are busily and eagerly preparing for the celebration.

For decades, both during the protracted armed struggle and since the country’s unlikely independence, a broad array of analysts, commentators, and observers have inundated us with myopic, inaccurate, bleak, sensationalist, and politically-driven reports, analyses, and condemnations contending that Eritrea: would become (or is) a failed state; is too small or weak to be viable; is on the cusp of demise or implosion (e.g. “it’s going to blow”); is an isolated, hermit kingdom; and is a type of hell on earth. Continue reading Understanding #EritreaAt25: A Crash Course on the A, B, C’s (Part-2)

Violence in Tel Aviv as 1000s Celebrate Eritrean Independence

Violence breaks out as a handful of anti-government groups tried to gain access to the convention center where thousands of Eritrean migrants gathered to celebrate their country’s 25th independence day.

By David Rosenberg,

Violence broke out as thousands of illegal immigrants from Eritrean gathered on Friday at the Tel Aviv Convention Center to celebrate 25 years since their country gained independence.

The event, which was organized by the Eritrean embassy in Israel, drew supporters of the Eritrean government, while opponents of the current regime protested outside. Witnesses say brawls between pro- and anti-government Eritreans broke out near the entrance of the Convention Center. Continue reading Violence in Tel Aviv as 1000s Celebrate Eritrean Independence

A Look Back at The Battle of Nakfa

During the Silver Jubliee Anniversary month, it is important to commemorate all of the great battles that took place during the armed struggle for independence. The Battle of Nakfa that took place during the summer of 1979 was the most decisive of all wars the EPLF has ever had as losing that battle means losing the liberation struggle once and for all.

By Breket Kidane,

If you are an Eritrean, Nakfa is at or near the top as far as patriotic shrines go. So much so that the national currency was named after it to commemorate its historical and psychological importance to the armed struggle for Eritrea’s Independence.

Throughout the armed struggle for independence, Nakfa remained an Eritrean stronghold and never fell to the enemy. It was the headquarters of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF). Nakfa is where the EPLF’s network of underground hospitals, factories, garages, training centers and just about all of its infrastructure was located. Continue reading A Look Back at The Battle of Nakfa

Norway Immigration Minister Warns Eritrean Refugees Against Travel to Eritrea

DEAL WITH IT. “You can take Eritreans out of Eritrea but you can’t take the Eritrea out of Eritreans!”

By Norway Today,

When the regime in Eritrea [and Eritrea itself] this month marks 25 years [of independence], many Norwegian-Eritreans are expected to travel to Eritrea to celebrate. Those who travel are taking the risk of punishment, warns [the weird] immigration minister Sylvi Listhaug.

In May, thousands of Eritreans from all over Europe are expected to travel to Asmara, the Eritrean capital, NRK reported. They go to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a regime that the UN believes is one of the worst in terms of human rights [fu*k the UN]. Continue reading Norway Immigration Minister Warns Eritrean Refugees Against Travel to Eritrea

UCI Commissioner to the Tour of Eritrea 2016: Interview

“Tour of Eritrea 2016 was well organized and safety is incredible. I think that the standards of UCI have been fully met.” – Mr. Creig Awtry, UCI Commissioner for the Tour of Eritrea 2016

By Billion Temesghen,

For the edition of the Tour of Eritrea, Q & A has been travelling around the country alongside the riders, organizers and commissionaires. The Tour of Eritrea 2016 concluded on Saturday 23rd after five consecutive stages extending throughout the major cities and towns of Eritrea.

The tour was followed by a concluding race, the Asmara Circuit on the 24th, conducted in honor of the Silver Jubilee of the Eritrean independence.

Previously, on our Wednesday edition I talked to some young riders from several teams whom sparkled the Tour with their enthusiasm. This time Q & A gives you Mr. Commissionaire. Continue reading UCI Commissioner to the Tour of Eritrea 2016: Interview

The Torch of Independence’s Tour of Eritrea – Silver Jubilee Anniversary Series

The Torch of Independence is continuing its tour of Eritrea until it finally arrives in Asmara on Independence Day. Who will have the honor of lighting the torch?

By Bereket Kidane,

The Torch of Independence is continuing its tour of Eritrea. It was last seen in the Gash-Barka region somewhere near Barentu enthusiastically being greeted by the locals. It will continue to tour Eritrea until it finally arrives in Asmara on Independence Day to be ignited during the main ceremony at what’s become Eritrea’s national stadium, the former Cicero in Asmara. The only question is who will have the honor of lighting the torch?

In May of 1993 when Eritrea ended its de facto independence and became a de jure sovereign state, it was a certain tegadalay that had the honor of carrying the torch into the stadium and lighting it at the cauldron in an iconic moment for the brand new State of Eritrea. Continue reading The Torch of Independence’s Tour of Eritrea – Silver Jubilee Anniversary Series