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Colonialism and Imperialism, In Just One Tweet

Gianluca Mezzofiore also illustrate colonial mentality over Eritrea
Gianluca Mezzofiore, a reporter with the UK International Business Times has promoted a myopic, clichéd, stereotyped discourse of Eritrea. His recent journalistic approach towards Eritrea also illustrate colonial mentality

By Ray Ja Fraser,

It was once said that the British had an imperial empire so vast, “upon it, the sun never set.” Yes, but only because God would never trust the British in the dark. What are imperialism and empire? One of the best descriptions comes from James Flory, the protagonist in George Orwell’s semi-autobiographical first novel, Burmese Days (1934), who in an unusual chat-up line, tries to woo a young woman with his thoughts on imperialism. The woman asks, “what is imperialism?” In response, Flory quips, “imperialism is going to other people’s countries…killing them…and stealing their things.” Succinct and to the point. Continue reading Colonialism and Imperialism, In Just One Tweet

Media Coverage of Eritrea’s Achievements: Allergic and Formulaic

The media has been allergic to any good news about Eritrea. Like a political tsunami, the story of Eritrean athletes at the Tour de France almost shuttered the misrepresentation created by the corporate media and the whole world once again started to see the true image of the country and its people through these young men.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

THIS has been an exciting week with Eritrea’s cyclists, Daniel Teclehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, who are not only making history as the very first Africans in the 102 year old history of the Tour de France, but are also forcing mainstream media into reluctantly acknowledging not just their presence on the Tour, but also their athletic excellence and sportsmanship. The mainstream media has been allergic to any good news about the State of Eritrea, its leadership or its people. This historic moment in cycling history, will also take note of the racism that is wittingly or unwittingly perpetuated by journalists and sportscasters, while it showcases Eritrea’s many talents…and successes. Continue reading Media Coverage of Eritrea’s Achievements: Allergic and Formulaic

Natnael Berhane Forgives Racist Cyclist

The Tour of Austria jury today decided not to kick out Belarussian rider Branislau Samoilau from the race after Natnael Berhane shows big heart and forgives the racist, jealous rider

By Reuters,

THE man who founded the first African team to race in the Tour de France said on Friday that racist abuse suffered by one of his riders could not deflect from its success in establishing Africa’s place in world cycling.

MTN-Qhubeka team founder Douglas Ryder said Eritrean Natnael Berhane was upset at being called a “n****r” by Belarussian Branislau Samoilau as they raced alongside each other, but had rejected suggestions he be disqualified. Continue reading Natnael Berhane Forgives Racist Cyclist

Say ‘NO’ to Racism in Cycling

Say NO to Racism in Cycling NOW and demand UCI to take punitive action on Branislau Samoilau for racially abusing Eritrean National Champion Natnael Berhane.

By Million G. Michael,

THE racial abuse aimed at Eritrea’s cycling Champion Natnael Berhane at Tour of Austria is unacceptable and it has to be condemned by all in strongest terms possible. The racism that plagued FIFA for years shouldn’t make its way into Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Continue reading Say ‘NO’ to Racism in Cycling

Top Black African Rider Natnael Berhane Racially Abused at Tour of Austria

While African team MTN-Qhubeka celebrated their first historic jersey at the Tour de France through Eritrean Daniel Teklehaomanot, his team-mate Natnael Berhane has been subjected to racism and racist slurs at the Tour of Austria

By TesfaNews,

THE first African team to compete in the Tour de France claim their black riders have been subjected to racism and bullying in the professional peloton.

The South African team’s principal, Doug Ryder, claimed that the incident was far from a one-off, alleging further racist abuse and bullying from within the peloton towards his riders.  Continue reading Top Black African Rider Natnael Berhane Racially Abused at Tour of Austria

Sweden Orders a Diplomat from Eritrea Embassy to Leave Country

First secretary of the Eritrean embassy in Sweden Mr. Tekle Mengstu

By TesfaNews,

AS the September 14 election exposes deep divisions in Sweden and opinion polls suggests the centre-left opposition extends a lead ahead of election, the center-right government took an unprecedented step to scapegoat Eritrea in the hope to win some badly needed votes. It had given the first secretary at the Eritrean embassy two days to leave the country.

A spokeswoman for the embassy, however, assure this reporter that despite the unusual decision from the government, the Embassy continues to provide service as usual.  Continue reading Sweden Orders a Diplomat from Eritrea Embassy to Leave Country