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Solidarity in the times of COVID-19 or: the misnomer of ‘social distancing’ (when the issue is physical contact)

As a traveller who lives between the UK and mainland Europe, now being in a half-locked down Berlin, I can see the myriad ways in which the Corona virus will accelerate changes to lifestyle and biographies – changes that were … Continue reading

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Unhappy performatives of statehood: What we can learn from Austin about the disfunctionality of Eritrean politics

Sometimes things come back in circles in unexpected ways: I started my university career as a Masters student at the Freie Universität Berlin in West-Berlin in 1980s. The wall was still up and West-Berlin was a laboratory for alternative life-styles. … Continue reading

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Sorry we miss you? … perhaps not any longer: the first step of actual Brexit

After a painful more than three years – at least for EU citizens who had decided to live and work in the UK following EU freedom of movement rules, finally it is over, sort of. Brexit, at least the formal … Continue reading

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The long legacies of dictatorship: Chile as a beacon of hope once again?

On 4 December 1970 Salvador Allende won a democratic election in Chile. He won on a programme that would not have raised eyebrows in any of the social-democratic welfare states of Northern Europe for example, a programme that promised to … Continue reading

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Eritrea and Ethiopia: The illusive peace dividend

Much has been written about the illusive peace dividend for Eritrea in the wake of Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed having received the Nobel Peace price – in addition to all that could be said about developments within Ethiopia … Continue reading

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In spite of everything: Congratulations to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Nobel Committee

On the morning when it was announced that Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed would receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, I sat in a Café in Manchester’s Northern Quarter with Hannah. Hannah (not her real name) is an Eritrean … Continue reading

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Black Lives in the White City: Expat Eritreans in Tel Aviv

One of the main problem of our time is migration, we are being told. The Brexit vote to leave the EU seems to have been strongly related to migration fears. When people speak about migration, they usually do not think … Continue reading

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