Category Archives: Bereket Kidane

Meles Zenawi’s Decision to Build Renaissance Dam was Out of Emotion: President Isaias

Meles Zenawi and Renaissance Dam
Renaissance Dam was born out of emotions and frustration by the late PM when he felt offended by the Egyptian’s dismissal of him in 1993. He vowed to President Isaias of Eritrea that he will bring Egypt and Sudan to their knees using the Nile as a weapon.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

President Isaias Afewerki in his January 2016 interview with local journalists broadcast on Eri-TV described the late Ethiopian leader’s decision to build the Renaissance Dam as an emotional one and not well-thought-out.

President Isaias recounted how in 1993, while attending the OAU Conference in Cairo, the late Meles Zenawi had mentioned to him that he was going to “show the Arabs” because he felt slighted by Egyptian officials. Continue reading Meles Zenawi’s Decision to Build Renaissance Dam was Out of Emotion: President Isaias

Eritrea: Long Live September 1st

“September 1st, 2015 is the 54th anniversary of the liberation struggle, reminds us of mammoth sacrifices our people made to assert nationhood against all odds” – @hawelti

BY BEREKET KIDANE

September 1st is the anniversary of the first shot fired in the armed struggle for Eritrea’s independence popularly known as “ghedli” in Tigrigna or “Sawra” in Arabic. The pivotal shot was fired by Hamid Idriss Awate and his men on September 1, 1961, at a place called Mount Adal, between Agordat and Tesseney, in Western Eritrea. The day’s events are generally referred to as the first military engagement between Eritrean combatants and the Ethiopian Army. Continue reading Eritrea: Long Live September 1st