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Democracy according to Eritrea’s Afwerki, then and now

“On the 27th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence, Isaias Afwerki should remember what he once said about democracy.” featured by Abraham Zere on Aljazeera.   Today marks the 27th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence, hard-won after a 30-year war with Ethiopia. On this day, as we rightfully celebrate, we should also reflect on the overall state of […]

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This World Poetry Day Help Free Imprisoned Eritrean Poet and Journalist, Amanuel Asrat

Amanuel Asrat, is an award-winning Eritrean poet, critic, songwriter, and editor-in-chief of the leading newspaper ዘመን (Zemen, meaning The Times), has been detained incommunicado for over 16 years. Asrat was arrested at his home on the morning of 23 September 2001 amid a crackdown on state and private media. Other independent journalists, opposition politicians and students […]

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Eritrea: a muzzled state

Sixteen years on from the crackdown on dissent in Eritrea, English PEN is proud to launch a special report by writer-in-residence Eyob Teklay Ghilazghy Eritrea: a muzzled state (Exceprted from English Pen) “Today marks the sixteen-year anniversary of the crackdown on dissent in Eritrea, in which twelve journalists were arrested for their free expression work. […]

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Woldeab Woldemariam, a Visionary Eritrean Patriot, Biography

By Dawit Mesfin* Now I know why a monument has been erected for Alexander Pushkin, the renowned Russian poet, in the heart of Asmara, while the country’s first independence campaigner, one who co-fathered Eritrea alongside Ibrahim Sultan and other nationalists of the 1940s, is brushed aside. Although my primary objective is to evoke a picture […]

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