Setting the Record Straight: An Open Letter to Jihan Kahssay

September 19, 2013

Dear Miss Jihan Kahssay,

I write to you today regarding two particularly concerning articles, which you recently penned in different mediums regarding a conference held by Eritrean youth at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). The first piece was published on September 13, 2013 on Awate.com under the title “Brainwashing The Young: YPFDJ Panelists Redefine Human Rights.”  The second piece was published two days later as a letter to the editor in The California Aggie, a UC Davis daily newspaper, under the title “Letter to the Editor: Eritrean campus conference.” As I do with all new articles written by unfamiliar authors, I read both of yours with an open mind and heart in the hopes of gaining some new perspective, even if the containing views run starkly counter to my own. After reading both of your articles, however, it became clear to me that your work was not only based on serious factual errors but also served as defamation of my character and those of others.

The first article initially came to my attention on the day it was published via friends on social media who explained that my name was mentioned in the article. Prior to opening the link, I couldn’t help but grow concerned about the article’s factuality as it was published to Awate.com, which has long been known for its pattern of publishing material based on rumors and lies. For example, consider that the website, which was described in recently leaked emails from Stratfor Global Intelligence as “Eritrean opposition, Islamist, Ethiopia-friendly,” was caught lying about the death of the Eritrean president just last year and did not issue any apology to its readers for the error. However, I gave your piece the benefit of the doubt as your name was unfamiliar and I considered that you may have reluctantly published it to the website due to limited publishing options.

You started off the Awate.com article by describing Eritrea as the “North Korea of Africa,” citing the work of someone who has never visited Eritrea. Conversely, as someone who actually has visited the nation on multiple occasions, I can assure you that I saw no cult of personality, no speeches about a nuclear program, no wide-scale famine, or no signs of dependence on China for food aid and survival. I did, however, catch a glimpse of some of the 100,000+ annual tourists, who I often found aimlessly strolling down the streets of Asmara and or drinking cappuccinos while sitting al fresco at one of the many café’s lining Freedom Avenue. I should also mention that even the Addis Ababa-based AFP reporter Jenny Vaughn, who actually did visit Eritrea, recently admitted that “Eritrea is not the ‘open air’ prison or the ‘North Korea of Africa,’ as it has been crudely labeled in the past by its enemies.” I certainly wouldn’t go as far as labeling you Eritrea’s “enemy” since we’re just getting acquainted and you may be the hapless victim of propaganda or, as your article’s title ironically suggests, “brainwashing.” However, it seems that saying that you’re brainwashed without truly knowing you amounts to mere name-calling and I was raised to treat strangers with respect. Be that as it may, I kindly suggest that you witness the truth for yourself by visiting Eritrea and sharing your experiences instead of deferring to pundits.

Next, your article goes on to explain that the Young People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (YPFDJ) was holding a conference at UC Davis, which you “affectionately” describe as a progressive school. You then state that the host of the event is the “Eritrean ruling party, which is to say the government.” This statement is false on two levels.

First off, there are no parties in Eritrea but there is instead a broad-based popular movement called the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), which is currently leading a provisional government tasked with steering the nation as it transitions towards a fully developed and institutionalized participatory democracy from which genuine political parties can eventually form. YPFDJ takes inspiration from the PFDJ movement and has the mission, as you rightfully state,  “to build a strong, conscious and patriotic Eritrean youth movement.” You may perhaps disagree with what PFDJ and the government truly is, which is completely fine, but the reality is that you do not even afford your readers with descriptions of what these entities themselves claim to be, as clearly outlined in the Eritrean National Charter.

Second, the organizers of the event, who I personally know, are Eritrean-American youth and student volunteers that are neither paid by the Eritrean state nor obligated to fulfill any directives given by the State. It may come as a bit of a surprise to the misinformed that such voluntary service to Eritrea and support of its government is widespread in the diaspora but the truth, as even a 2013 V.I.C.E. article reluctantly concedes, is that “there is still a significant amount of support for [President] Isaias in the Eritrean diaspora.” Therefore, it is erroneous for you to claim that the conference was hosted by either the Eritrean “government” or a “ruling party.” The fact of the matter is that all the unpaid volunteers, which you failed to acknowledge as the true conference planners, worked very closely and frequently with UC Davis’ Conferences & Event Services staff. In fact these same volunteers along with the Eritrean-American communities across North America raised funds to cover the conference expenses through various means that include car washes, benefit dinners, and other events.

Next, your article claims that you attended the conference after an invitation from “conference organizers.” Although all youth are welcome to attend the conference so long as they fulfill the registration guidelines, it appears that there has been no official endorsement of your invitation by any of the conference organizers. I know this because I personally asked them. In fact, two of the organizers revealed to me that they know exactly who you are; that you walked in uninvited and unregistered on Friday, August 30 during the session entitled “Human Rights and Eritrea’s Image.” According to their account, one of the members caught you standing in the back because you had no conference t-shirt, no official registration lanyard and were wearing regular street clothes. You explained that you were a UC Davis student from Oakland, CA, who coincidentally walked in on the session and was interested in taking part in the rest of the conference. They also noted that you were instructed to follow-up with a member in charge of registration, who told you how to officially register. They said you actually visited the conference premises at two different times—unregistered both times. After being caught the second time, you left and were never to be seen again. That’s their account.

What you may not know is that everything that conference planners told me has been caught on video because the experience of the Eritrean community, which has been a victim of sporadic illegal acts over the last decade (vandalism of Oakland community center, fire-bombings in Sweden, disruption of public seminars by intruders, etc.), led YPFDJ to videotape most of the conference premises as a precautionary measure. The audience, outside area, lobbies, and other areas were taped. Not only are you seen standing in the back of Freeborn Hall but you are also seen walking in and out of the venue. By walking in unregistered, you violated the policies of YPFDJ, which rented out the venue for the weekend. Of greater concern to you, however, is the fact that you violated UC Davis policies stipulated in the contract with the organizers. I’ve been told that the organizers have yet to take official actions with university authorities, as they are often reluctant to needlessly put other Eritreans in professional or academic jeopardy. However, I’m told that your case is still being carefully reviewed. Aside from a legal breach, your alleged actions are the subject of great shame in Eritrean culture. As the saying goes, “keyte’adime zimetse key’tsegebe kede” (“The uninvited guest leaves the party hungry”).

After lying about the fact that you were invited, you went on to state that you “studied, researched and worked with international human rights law” and that “it was quite serendipitous that [you] happened to sit in on the human rights presentation.” I find it quite miraculous that, of the 95 total hours spanning the conference, you just so happened to walk-in on a 45 minute human rights session. The odds of that occurring purely by chance is 0.7 percent (7/1000). Add in the fact that UC Davis is the largest campus in the UC system (7,309 acres) in America’s most populous state and it becomes nearly impossible for me to believe that an Eritrean-American with a background in international law just so happened to serendipitously walk into a session on human rights in Eritrea. I was also informed by the conference planners, who spoke with you, that you had a copy of the conference itinerary booklet in your hand. This suggests that you came to the conference with a very specific and preset agenda.

Your article moves on to indicate that this year’s conference broke with YPFDJ tradition in that it was not held in “major metropolitan areas with substantial dissenting diaspora communities.” Ironically, this conference venue was much more urban that the many of past conferences. This fact was made obvious to the serial conference attendees and veterans who noticed full bars on their cell phones and ate in a dining hall alongside non-members—namely, UC Davis students—which was not the case with the last three conferences. Most of these veteran conference goers will tell you that five of past nine conferences—with the exception of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th, which were held in the D.C. Metro area—were located at venues that were surrounded by 360 degrees of forest and wilderness. Not this one, however,  which is exactly why it was relatively easy for you to walk right on in.

So what exactly was your impression of the human rights session while you were trespassing? Well, it seems your article claims that the session promoted “indoctrination,” “rhetorical sidestepping on critical issues” and “brainwashing” of youth. I can state with confidence that all of the above are false since I was among the four panelists, as you later indicate in your article. As conference videotapes will attest, my concluding statement to the youth touched on my personal journey in discovering the truth about Eritrea and I challenged all youth to read the news daily and think critically about what they read. To indoctrinate and brainwash is to do the exact opposite:  to promote uncritical thinking. Therefore, how is it that the other panelists and I were brainwashing and indoctrinating youth as you claim?

You also state that “panelists denied outright the occurrence of human rights events of significant proportions.” None of the panelists denied—nor endorsed—the existence of human rights “events,” whatever that means. Assuming that you meant “abuses,” suffice it to say that there exists no government on this planet that is not in breach of some human rights. The truth is that we simply asked our audience to consider a more holistic interpretation of human rights that extends beyond the myopic focus on Civil and Political (CP) rights—as exhibited by hegemons like the US—and includes the equally important Economic, Social and Cultural (ESC) rights. We even outlined the great breadth and diversity of ESC rights relative to CP rights that are stipulated in the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Let me remind you that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) clearly states “that all human rights are universal, indivisible, interrelated, interdependent and mutually reinforcing and that all human rights must be treated in a fair and equal manner on the same footing and with the same emphasis.”

Even in spite of the equality among rights, OHCHR still makes the observation that “no social phenomenon is as comprehensive in its assault on human rights as poverty.” If you don’t believe this is true, just ask yourself why African Americans, whom followed the path of W.E.B. Dubois (demanded civil rights) as opposed to that of Booker T. Washington (demanded economic rights before civil rights), are still effectively disenfranchised and trapped in a state of destitution that renders them effectively unable to enjoy the fruits of their civil freedoms. Perhaps they put the cart before the horse. In any case, does it not make the slightest bit of sense why panelists would express to the audience that focusing exclusively on the Eritrean government’s record on CP rights, which will always be a work in progress, while ignoring ESC rights goes against both historical experience as well as the wise words vis-à-vis poverty by the OHCHR, the world’s preeminent human rights body?

Your article recalls words used by panelists to describe human rights. You then state that “this selection of words is more closely associated with collective and national rights than the rights of individuals.” How is it that words like “dignity” and “justice,” among the four mentioned, confer greater association with national as opposed to individual rights? Is it not the case that people seek individual freedom so that they can have the dignity to make their own decisions rather than those dictated under tyranny? Without justice how can one preserve anyone’s individual rights? Clearly, these terms and ideas are critical for individual rights. In fact, these words were so integral to human rights that both of them are included in the very first sentence of the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which had its own dedicated slide in our presentation: “Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Clearly these words are important.

Just for the sake of argument lets us even assume that you are right that the words “justice” and “dignity” had a preference for national rights over individual rights. We must still consider that Eritrea’s national culture may preferentially value national rights (or “state rights”) over individual rights.  If this is true, who are you—or myself for that matter—to say that individual rights should be given greater precedence against the Eritrean people’s wishes? It’s a well-known fact that Eritrea as well as most non-Western nations (particularly the Global South) tend to place greater emphasis on the community and less on the individual (as the African proverb goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”).

To simply default to the right of the individual over that of the nation amounts to a form of cultural imperialism. It is for this very reason that international law, set by the Western-centric Great Powers following World War II, placed greater emphasis on substantive law over procedural law such that the law preferentially protected individual rights at the expense of state rights and effectively reduced requirements for evidence by individuals claiming abuses  by the state. Therefore, is it not understandable why such laws may be culturally incongruent among Eritreans, many of which—whether we agree with it or not—share a culture of martyrdom for the sake of “the community” or “the nation”? Is it not understandable for the panelists to ask the audience to simply consider that Eritreans recognize the importance procedural law, in line with their indigenous culture? However, it could be the case that your Western upbringing may have instilled in you an unconscious aversion towards the Eritrean values that YPFDJ works tirelessly to preserve. This aversion to even the most widely accepted Eritrean values was made starkly obvious to me after your article crudely described a  “skit honoring the freedom fighters (or ‘martyrs’)” as a sort of tactic to get the audience “primed to experience a sense of gratitude for not living during the time of colonization and occupation, thereby drawing attention away from the severe human rights violations that are taking place today in Eritrea.” It actually hurt me to read these words written by a young, and probably bright, Eritrean.

It should also be emphasized now, if it wasn’t emphasized enough during the session, that the overwhelming focus on substantive law at the expense of procedural law isn’t only out of touch with our Eritrean customs but it is also illogical and unjust, particularly against smaller states without great international influence. Consider for example that unverifiable claims by nameless and faceless asylum-seekers are brought to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) under their confidential complaint procedure (1503 procedure). Do you honestly believe that their words—presented to the UN HRC by non-independent, U.S. State Department-funded NGO’s like Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW)— should simply go unverified, taken at face value, and accepted without critical analysis? In response to this question, the panelists encouraged their audience to demand hard evidence and think critically about all claims instead of simply taking at face value all the unverifiable human rights abuse claims by alleged victims. It must be noted that your article’s spouting off of a laundry list of unverifiable human rights allegations by AI and HRW, both of which were not present in Eritrea to investigate the truth of any claims, will not suffice as hard evidence of human rights violations (Note: both NGOs were expelled after failing to meet regulations regarding transparency of external finances). Encouraging the world to take an approach of blind acceptance and downplaying procedural law may even worsen any existing abuses by governments. It may draw their energies and resources into a inefficient and dysfunctional system when energy and resources can instead be spent by citizens, like you and me, on pushing the governments to use their energies to genuinely address outstanding human rights issues and by providing them with the legal know-how such that they can effectively accomplish this goal.

Alas, after forcing my way through the nauseating constellation of factual errors in your article, I finally arrived at the section in which you mention me by name. You falsely label me as a “self-proclaimed activist” in spite of the fact that such a proclamation was never made. At any point during the session, did you hear me say that I’m an activist? If not, then you lied once again. Your article proceeds to say that I “blatantly denied the occurrence of human trafficking in the Sinai desert or attempted military coup of January 2013.” You emphasize that my message to the audience was that “human trafficking of Eritreans is not happening in the Sinai desert.” Much like your claims that I flatly denied human rights abuses, I found this to be an outright lie and defamation of my character. Contrary to your claims, I actually explained to the audience multiple times throughout my portion of the presentation that human trafficking was as old as history and that it occurs all around the world—including the Sinai.

The reality is that you have mentioned me, in print, by name and field of academic study, deliberately lying about my regard for human suffering, which effectively tarnishes my public reputation, exposes me to contempt, and places my professional future at risk of injury. As such, you are defaming me and, sadly, questions of legal recourse against another Eritrean may now enter the discussion. I must stress that there is video evidence to back up my claims that you are deliberately lying about what I said as well as the fact that you broke university regulations. There are also additional charges and items of evidence for those charges, which I do not wish to openly discuss for your professional sake and for undisclosed legal reasons. Once again, it pains me to even consider taking action against a fellow Eritrean, who seems quite well accomplished and may still be an asset to our community one day, but your case must be considered in the name of upholding justice, absent your efforts to resolve this quietly. Without pursuing justice how can we enjoy and exercise the aforementioned individual freedoms, which you value so dearly? I digress, however.

The truth about my positions on human trafficking of Eritreans in relation to human rights and on the alleged “coup” attempt have both been well documented on my blog. Regarding the former, I cited 134 references for any critical thinker to carefully analyze and to come to their own conclusions about the human trafficking of Eritreans. The latter also has numerous external links and screenshots of social media publications to show how baseless claims of an Eritrean coup d’état propagated on social media were able to make it within less than 24 hours onto to the pages of the world’s largest circulating newspaper, the New York Times. Instead of citing and challenging the aforementioned works, which was the primary basis of my segment of the panel presentation, you instead chose to simply dismiss my arguments as “conspiracy theories of re-occupation and neo-imperialism.”

In regard to so-called “conspiracy theories,” let us turn to the words of Professor Noam Chomsky: “If something comes along that you don’t like, there are a few sort of four-letter words that you can use to push it out of the sphere of discussion…but if you’re an educated person what you use are complicated words like ‘conspiracy theory’ or ‘Marxist’.” Additionally, “re-occupation” is not a theory about some pending event but is actually an established fact as of 2008. As a recent AFP article wrote, “Ethiopia still occupies land ruled by a UN-backed court as belonging to Eritrea.” Furthermore, your use of the word “neo-imperialism” shows your ignorance of my views and of Africa’s ongoing struggle with imperialism. I don’t even know what “neo-imperialism” is, honestly. However, I suspect that in your haste to brand me as a purveyor of, as you claim, the “’them-versus-us’ rhetoric of radicalism,” you unwittingly created a somewhat entertaining portmanteau of anti-imperial buzzwords—neo-colonialism and imperialism. The buzzword that you were likely looking for is “neo-colonialism,” which Kwame Nkrumah, one of modern Africa’s most celebrated heroes, dubbed as “the final stage of imperialism.” Given that you’re an African-American who attends one of a collection of historic universities that turned the Bay Area into a bastion of American radicalism and progressivism, I find it absolutely deplorable that you deem neo-colonialism as a conspiracy theory. What an absolute shame.

Moving on to your segment on the presentation by fellow co-panelist Ms. Sophia Tesfamariam, you express disagreement with her criticism of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth. In contrast to Ms. Sophia, who pointed out that the Special Rapporteur was unfit to accurately and impartially report on the human rights situation in Eritrea, you state in reference to Ms. Keetharuth that “there would probably be few qualified candidates for the position than one who has extensively studied human rights in Eritrea.” What you fail to mention or perhaps even recognize is that Ms. Keetharuth has never been to Eritrea. Thus, how is it that she could have “extensively studied human rights in Eritrea” without ever witnessing the ground realities? Additionally, Ms. Keetharuth’s bias was revealed to the UN HRC when her report’s data on human rights in Eritrea was discovered to come almost exclusively from asylum seekers dwelling in two countries that have active and/or unresolved conflicts with Eritrea—Ethiopia and Djibouti. Much more information can be found in E-SMART’s latest report regarding Mrs. Keetharuth and the human rights situation in Eritrea. The report even highlights how the Special Rapporteur’s previous employer, AI, went as far quoting visiting foreigners in a report after they complained that “we had to eat by our hand” in order to make the case that the human rights condition in Eritrea was dismal. How can an Eritrean, who was likely raised to eat with their right hand, take biased AI reports or Ms. Keetharuth seriously? It simply boggles my mind.

Reaching the end of your Awate.com article, I must say I was truly disgusted by the dizzying number of lies, misrepresentations, misquotations, (unconscious) assaults on displays of Eritrean patriotism, and defamation of characters. I was less surprised to find almost the same lies regurgitated two days later in more condensed form in a letter to the editor of the California Aggie. Thus, I feel no need to comment on this any further except to say that you have misguided your unsuspecting UC Davis colleagues, who may have potentially assisted in easing our people’s suffering through engagement but may now instead turn their efforts towards other nations where they feel they can actually make more of difference. Propagating misunderstanding via our pens kills our people. When I considered the potential consequences of your actions and writing, I felt compelled to look into what could motivate such maliciousness and/or misunderstanding from a seemingly bright young Eritrean. Thus, I took to the web.

A cursory Google search of your name landed me on IntLawGrrls.com, which contained an article entitled “Introducing Jihan A. Kahssay.” The piece explains that you are Eritrean, that you worked in Ethiopia to resettle refugees in partnership with UNHCR, and that you authored an introductory post for the website. Interestingly, the article goes on to state that “Jihan dedicates her post to Zewditu I…who reigned as Empress of Ethiopia.” Quoting your post, the article writes, “Empress Zewditu held the title of ‘The Queen of Kings,’ and was the first woman head of an internationally recognized state in Africa. Under her rule, Ethiopia entered the League of Nations and abolished slavery.” I found this to be quite repulsive coming from someone who calls themselves Eritrean. Although the Empress may have nominally abolished slavery for public consumption, the truth is that the practice continued unhindered long beyond her rule and many Eritreans consequently joined their Oromo counterparts in becoming the victims of abductions and slavery after the illegal annexation of their nation. The Empress’ measure was merely for international show such that Ethiopia could win favor within the League of Nations and continue practicing the lucrative and unjust practice with even less public scrutiny. One would think that an Eritrean who is supposedly concerned about her people falling prey to human trafficking, which has been called the “modern slavery,” would be cognizant of and would point out the historical realities surrounding Eritrean and African enslavement. It also wouldn’t hurt for such a person to look internally for inspiration—though not exclusively—from Eritrea, whose rich history has been deliberately and systematically undermined by successive regimes ruling its hegemonic southern neighbor. Though you and I aren’t technically obligated to do anything for Eritrea we all know that there’s an unwritten responsibility to use our every seemingly small opportunity to usher the critical mass of world attention necessary to curb our nation’s perpetually ongoing marginalization, which perpetuates issues like human rights. Touching examples of this abound. Just consider Eritrean cyclist Meron Russom’s words when recently asked by an AFP reporter about his career plans he explained that his “aim is to introduce our country to the world” and that he races “because of our people.”

As seen with Meron, a sense of Eritreaness and obligation to Eritrea is a powerful motivator of what we say and how we act in matters involving Eritrea. When it sometimes comes to questioning someone’s Eritreaness after they raise an argument about anything Eritrean, I generally prefer to avoid sharing my answer to that question for fear that it may serve as an ad hominem attack. However, when someone makes a bold statement of questionable Eritreaness via their own argument—in their own writing—I feel that I’m obligated to simply present that fact and let others be the judge. Though your Awate.com article harped on about the Eritrean government’s role in sponsoring the conference, I found it interesting that you went on to state that “there were very few people in Davis…to protest, witness or even notice what Eritrea was doing in Freeborn Hall.” Notice that you didn’t say “what the Eritrean government was doing” or “what brainwashed Eritrean youth were doing.” Instead, you said “what Eritrea was doing.” In other words, the conference was the work of Eritrea rather than the government. Thus, why would an Eritrean who is for Eritrea encourage the protest of work by Eritrea or by any of its manifestations? Honest error? Perhaps. Freudian slip of your fingers on the keyboard? Perhaps. I will let you be the judge but suffice it to say that your article is riddled with constant and subtle—almost unconscious—signs of a deflated sense of national pride that can only be described as self-defeating.

Finally, I would like to point out that UC Davis, contrary to your opinion, was a natural venue for the conference. As you state, the university is “progressive, liberal, eco-conscious, and bike-friendly.” If free education and free healthcare isn’t progressive and liberal then I don’t know what is. I also think Eritrea’s remarkably low carbon footprint, pristine coastline, and numerous alternative energy investments place the nation at the forefront of eco-consciousness. Lastly, everyone knows that Eritreans love their bikes. In fact, the AFP article that quoted Meron,  dubbed Eritrea as a “cycling-mad Horn of Africa state.”  Therefore, it seems that UC Davis was a natural venue for a broad-based, popular movement of Eritrean youth.

It’s a painful shame that you chose to misconstrue the facts about the conference and about individuals like myself. I would have preferred that you approach me personally so that we could share divergent perspectives or even debate in the name of our community and personal growth. Perhaps we could have even found fresh alternatives to the conference that better serve our nation, if we jointly saw fit. As the freedom fighters used to say, “Aynfelale!” (“Let’s not be torn asunder!”). When both of us succeed, we all succeed. Therefore, I sincerely hope that you favor Eritrean unity over division and take all the necessary measures to resolve this issue quietly. I do not wish to escalate this issue and put you at any unnecessary risk. However, the ball is not in my court and I await your actions. I want to make it very clear that Eritrean youth, such as those in YPFDJ and other nationalist organizations, are increasingly refusing to sit quiet in the face of such brazen transgressions.

In spite of your actions, I continue to assume the best in you and feel that you may have been a victim of misunderstanding, which in turn may have cultivated the internal angst that sent you down a hasty and misguided path. I can only guess the real motivation of your actions but if your intent was to spoil a fruitful gathering or its public image, it’s clear that such plans have failed. If those were indeed your plans, then the irony of your piece—and similar ones that have come before it—is that it will likely serve the opposite of its intended aim of casting doubt on YPFDJ’s credibility. It will instead serve to remind members and non-members of the pitiful extents at which misguided individuals or Eritrea’s detractors will go to meet misinformed aims or personal ambitions at the expense of Eritrea. Therefore, I would like to send you a bittersweet thank you for further galvanizing our youth and reminding them that the price of freedom is their eternal vigilance.

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60 thoughts on “Setting the Record Straight: An Open Letter to Jihan Kahssay

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  3. Why don’t you publish the video of the panel discussion on human rights? Then everybody could decide for themselves how it was presented!

    • Bene Abel,

      I agree! But don’t hold your breath because no meeting conducted under Isaias guidance will be ever willingly shared with the public. It’s no different than the many PFDJ cabinet meetings of which we’re only allowed to see the pictures and meeting summaries that contain no detail about our country’s affairs management. Compare that to the live broadcast of many opposition meetings; a glimpse into a rudimentary contribution to transparency and free speech. The Simones and Sophias fully enjoy the freedoms that come by virtue of their residency in western countries yet for some bizarre reason they believe the Eritrean people does not deserve the same .

      • Eribella aka Selam Kidane

        what compelled you to give yourself an alias? Are you ashamed of yourself? You ought to be, cos you are shameful!

        (Just so you know, you aren’t fooling anyone)

  4. Dear Simone,

    The only record that really matters is the one that was disclosed by president Isaias himself in his recent interview. According to him, no significant economic or development progress has been achieved in Eritrea in the past 22 years due to lack of sustainable source of energy. Try to wrap your head around such revelations!

    There is really no point of “catching a glimpse of some of the 100,000+ annual tourists”. As the standard of living for the Eritrean people has fallen to pre- independence levels, tourism is not fairing better and is at an all-time low, so much so that even staunch supporters of the regime no longer have the stomach to withstand total blackout of basic services such as water, electricity and telephone, and have chosen to forgo trips to Eritrea this past summer.

    So who is the target audience for your piece? Not the Eritrean people living inside Eritrea for sure. They have no access to the internet and surely need no diaspora regime supporter to tell them about their living conditions and the purported economic and development progress so many of you diaspora operatives gloat about. And definitely not those Eritreans that are opposing Isaias’ rule in response to the call of their conscience. But if you’re trying to dupe the YPFDJ youth further, I doubt you will make a lasting impression. The youth is generally plastic and the YPFDJ is not immune to the call of despair leaking through Isaias’ tightly controlled information web. YPFDJ youth will come around and join hands with the youth living in Eritrea to take its rightful place in history by protecting the right of the Eritrean people to live in peace and with full enjoyment of basic human rights which are conspicuously lacking under Isaias’ brutal rule.

    It is obvious that many of you Isaias’ operatives are at loss to explain claims made in Isaias’ interview, and have chosen instead to pretend the interview never happened in the hope it will blow over soon. Not so. The cat is out of the bag about Isaias planned collusion with weyane and his biggest betrayal yet of the Eritrean people. Still, I suggest you listen to his interview carefully and tailor your talking points accordingly. At least you will not appear as disconnected and intellectually dishonest as you do in the above piece. Good luck!

    • Hari Bella
      Don’t forget what happened to Eritrea and it’s people in the last 15 years, thanks to you, like you and weyane, that is the destruction of economic growing, the death of beloved ones. You are fooling yourself sitting abroad, probably you my not have any relative living in Eritrea so you don’t care about the people.

      • Ok, you definitely are not current with Isaias’ latest instructions. Let me be of help to you. He did not blame weyane or the US as he usually does. He blamed electricity and the only veiled mention of weyane was when he said that leaving the border dispute aside there is nobody that can stop him from purchasing electricity from the Ethiopian millennium dam, and alluded that he has agreements in the offing on that. Your president is already coddling with weyane and is no longer using them as excuse for his failures. I hope this will help you catch up with your propaganda homework.

      • Rahel Ghebre,

        The narrow mindedness of this girl ‘Eribella’ is nothing but astonishing.

        Now this is all PIA said…….

        1) ”Luck of electrcity has been a hindren to eceonomic growth”

        2) If the boarder issue is resolved (which Ethiopia is the sole obstecal) then Eritrea would not have any issue purchasing electricity (as any commodity) provided it works out to be cost effective.

        Now, what is wrong with this two statments?

        The first statment, only a buffone would disagree. The second statment is thinking ‘pragmatic’ and ‘diplomatic’ approach.

        Only a twisted mind kind find fault from this logical statments.

        Eribella, I think something is wrong with the way her brain processes information. One minuite she is complaining people are suffering from luck of power, but then she flip and belittle solutions. Hypocrite!!

  5. Simon Tesfamiriam:

    Thank you for your post, so carefully written. As someone who was born and raised in Eritrea and today works actively with the Eritrean community in the U.S., I appreciate every effort to present accurate information on Eritrea which will support its progress and development. My experience of the diaspora community from Eritrea in the U.S is this: 1) The community makes great contributions to cities and communities in the U.S. 2) While the Eritrean community recognizes the struggles, the missteps and the successes of the Eritrean movement to independence, there is a wide-shared respect for the Eritrean government and a wish to see the country develop its own pathway to both autonomy and prosperity.

    It is my considered perspective that it is time to move into respectful dialogue within the U.S. toward Eritrea, its people, and its government. It is my hope that the great resources I see in the Eritrean community in the U.S. will find their way back to support progress in Eritrea and will help to restore relationships that have been wounded during very difficult times.

    I believe the coming years may be an exciting and I hope peaceful time for Eritrea in which we can remember and celebrate the unique strengths and gifts of this extraordinary country and culture.

    Respectfully,

    Samuel Mahaffy, Ph.D.

  6. Dear Simon,

    This was a fantastic post. It was incredibly well referenced, well written, and informative. I am an Eritrean in Georgia, and I am (sadly) not as involved with the Eritrean community as I want to be. It is so rare to read such a refreshing posting about Eritrea. Keep up the good work, many of us are cheering you on!

    Melia

  7. Eribella,

    From beginning to end your post is an utter nonsesnse of a raving luntaic. I travel to Eritrea on a regular bases, once a year for a period of a month to be precises, my last trip Feb 2013.

    Among your many rediculous claims and defermations, let me pull you on your reference to electricity blackout. It is true, given Eritreas luck of power plant and the increased usage from the growing urbansation of villages, it is been neccessary to ration electricity so other vital infrustructure like hospitals and manufactures are not hampered. But this doesn’t amount to blackout as you have described it. There may be a power cut for an hour or so lasting no more than 2 hours at most. FYI, most countries in the horn suffer from chronic power cuts, a minster of electricity for one of this countries has been dubbed the ministry for darkness.

    In addition, President IA has been fortright and honest in his explanation as to the reason for the problem. In case you are too deaf to hear it, he explained the luck of the power was due to the necessity to power Massawa cement factory wchich was operating full time to produce cement requiered for building the necessary infrustructure like housing, schools and more importantly export the cement in order to generate the much need foreign currency requiered to buy medicine and hospital equipments. The alternative of not doing that (not rationing electricity to power the cement factory)is imported cement inflated at price, which even you would agree is bad economics.

    So Eribella, before you engage in misinformation, I you ought to get your facts right.

    • This is how the evils are trying to influence or draw the country economic policy in a way they get benefits from while damaging the nation.
      Even HGDEF-MENDEF paves the streets with gold, I can not and will not cheer, b/c of their very bad record. How about taking legal mesaures to secure our basic human rights.

    • Daniel,

      I too travel to vacation spots regularly, but in the frenzy of sightseeing and fancy meals I rarely pause to think about the lives of the poor locals. The beles that they are, that’s how PFD jsupporters like yourself behave when they travel to Eritrea.

      You can dismiss all reports about the dire situation Eritrea is facing under your president and display your Marie Antoinette’s syndrome in the open.
      The reality back in Eritrea will not change through denial and dynamic propaganda. But if you consider electricity service that operates on an average of once per week normal and deny that telephone and water services are in the same shape, and you further gloss over the untold hardship the Eritrean people is enduring, here is my clinical proposal. Cut off your electrical, water and telephone services for one week and don’t buy bread (a staple that is no longer available in Eritrea) to see how it feels. You see, we are not talking about cake here, we’re talking about injera. Because most mogogos’ are electric, Eritreans can’t schedule to bake their main sustenance on a regular basis, and after waiting in vain for the electricity, they are often forced to throw away their bihuk. Don’t even start me on the cost of rent which runs ~2000NK for a small apartment usually with shared bathroom. Mind you, the average pay in Eritrea (again according to Isaias) is 400-500NK. Now do you math.

      I could go on and list the prices for grocery etc., but there is no point. The fact that you support Isaias from a distance is a testament that you’re not all that convinced that Eritrea is well enough for you to make it your permanent residence. For your likes, defending every crime and blunder your president commits equals to patriotism. It’s for that reason that you fail to call him to account for sending 20000 plus youth to their death in a senseless war he sparked to strengthen his grip on power and for mismanaging Eritrean national security, economy, development, education, health, human rights, etc. Every nation has its share of hypocrites. Isaias’ supporters are Eritrea’s share..

      • Oh dear, so you take your vacation anywhere and everywhere except yEritrea and then you have the audacity to insult those of us who do? What a shining example of patriot you really are! Rather than shed crocodile tears from afar, how about you brave the power cuts and ‘dire situations’ to see conditions in the homeland for yourself like the rest of us, rather than relying on ‘reports’ and hearsay from questionable sources and professional fabricators? Or is Eritrea to backward to step foot for our diva Eribella?

        And please stop deluding yourself to think you know the reality in Eritrea as you haven’t got the faintest of idea. All you are doing is regurgitate lies and fabrications. As for your Marie Antoinette’s syndrome analogy, I don’t know what is implied there, except an attempt by you to make yourself sound sophisticated as a cover for your ignorance. One is not impressed!

        As your for your rant about telephone, electricity, water….since all your aligation is based on hearsay, I wouldn’t even bother wasting my time trying to enlighten you. you carry on gobbling all the biased propoganda ‘report’ your heart’s conten. If you are unwilling to accept Eritrea is an impoverised third world country only in existance for the last 22 years, then nobody can help you.

        Indeed I support the indomitable President Isaias Afewerki with all my being, defender of his people and servant of his nation. So thank you for complimenting me by refering to him as ‘My President’, because it is.

  8. To all:
    For the sake of not to be too negative, I will give this piece a –D. My fellow brothers and sisters please rate this article at the beginning of your comments just for the heck of it. It is kind of a gift paper wrapped piece of rock not a chocolate. The vultures just can’t stop themselves from salivating about this delicious loaf of bread coming from the Eritrean kitchens into their nostrils wherever they are.

  9. Dear Simon,
    There is no better reporting than this with full arguements. Well done, keep on writting.
    Many of us can learn a lot from it especially the young generations.
    Kubrom from Germany

      • daniel ,

        The “patriotism” card is very silly particularly when it is played online. It is even sillier that you expect every single Eritrean to subscribe to your misguided loyalty toward the most brutal dictator of modern times. The minute a sensible Eritrean dares to challenge Isaias’ failed policies the likes of you go on a rampage revoking identities, as if identity is something that can be erased at whim. Hilarious! But if independence heroes (indisputably Eritrean unlike you know who) have been labeled “traitors” and made to disappear, the rest of us in the opposition do not get terribly offended if our identity is questioned by the johnny-come-lately. The Eritrean people know who we are and are fed-up of audacious new comers who discovered Eritrea late into their adulthood and use it solely to inflate their ego or line their pockets with profits obtained through slave labor. weylekum deki-hadish meteraas imber, nhnas metaabytna yfeltuna!

        As per my source of news, I promise to abandon assenna,com and switch to shabait.com as soon as you help me understand the content/meaning of the following in detail:

        ‘Meeting organized by PFDJ focusing on reorganization and assignment concludes adopting resolutions and action programs ‘

        1. What does reorganization and assignment entail? Departments? People? Responsibilities?
        2. What are the resolutions and action programs that have been adopted?

        Asante (for those raised in Tanzania)

        http://www.shabait.com/news/local-news/14735-meeting-organized-by-pfdj-focusing-on-reorganization-and-assignment-concludes-adopting-resolutions-and-action-programs-

  10. Bravo Simon, bravo! For way too long, these blathering mercenaries of misinformation and slander have taken advantage of the Eritrean peoples civilized and cultural inclination of remaining quite, to spread their increasingly bizarre (desperate?) lies with impunity. And though a quite resolution to our problems is always preferable, you and others like you who have began to directly confront them have shown that when we stand, we stand with force. Great work.

  11. What a carefully researched and written paper. Dear Simon, I was not astonished about the facts that you laid down as they are always there for anyone willing to use their senses correctly. What really impressed me was the wisdom you showed in not been sidetracked to the aim of the defamatory “article” by the so called Jihan.

    Jihan,
    If your defamation was due to been an innocent victim of disinformation, then now is the time to approach the writer and learn from his knowledge and experience of Eritrea and its current geopolitical situation. Do not be embarrassed by your mistakes. Mistakes are the best practical lessons. However, if you are a recruited bad-mouthier then be ready to celebrate your layoff as you will not appease your recruiters enough to stay in your job.

  12. For all government supporters that refer to any criticism of the Eritrean government as lies: you cannot claim anything is a lie when the Eritrean government absolutely restricts the free flow of information and ideas inside Eritrea. You cannot blindly call your opponents deceitful when you create the condition that prevents them from proving there position. But that itself is their point, the creation and maintenance of that condition. The lack of transparency, freedom of expression, political and economic participation. Truth is an affirmative defense to defamation, you cannot create a condition that prohibits truth from being ascertained while asserting a claim of defamation. To do so is to create an irreparable imbalance that does not serve justice or intelligent debate. It is the ultimate kangaroo court.

    An example would be how it is claimed that Sheila B. Keetharuth is not qualified to make a report on the human rights situation in Eritrea because she has never been there, when the Eritrean government has barred her entrance. Now, I’m not saying that she would have made a balanced or impartial report if she had been granted entry into the country, but you cannot use her government imposed absence as a reason why she cannot criticize that very government.

    I find it odd that many Eritrean youth in the US are quite comfortable with critiquing the US government (which is much deserved and an event I participate in quite regularly), but cannot muster an iota of courage to criticize a government that subjects their own people to mismanagement at the minimum, and outright oppression at the worst. When a party, person or entity is the sole and absolute master of a particular environment, it is seems ridiculous to not offer any criticism of that actor for the condition of that environment which they control.

    • To Harinet,

      Unlike some quarters Eritrean youth in America don’t have the compulsive need to criticise just for the hell of it. They are too wise and too informed to engage in nonsense.

  13. To Harinet

    No, we praise achievments, as well as confronting challenges, unlike the armchair professors like yourself who contribute nothing tangable except to spew utter nonsense.

  14. Thank you, thank you, and thank you Mr Simon. As the saying goes, the camel keeps marching, while the dogs keep barking. Eritreans should continue marching and give timely responces, as you have done here beautifully, to either knowingly or unknowingly misinformed bothers and sisters. Long live Eritrea and Glory to our fallen Martyrs.

    • To Harinet
      I don’t understand what or from what kind of information you have been restricted by the Eritrean government. Eritrea is a home to 6 million people and as we all know 10 percent of our population is busy on rebuilding our nation. Whatever happens in Eritrea reaches to every Eritrean in the matter of hours so to me I don’t know what you are really trying to KNOW about Eritrea And as Mrs. SHEILA B. KEETHARUTH , yeah she is not allowed to enter Eritrea after what she has done to us. If she already published her unfounded story about Eritrea from Addis Ababa and dijubuti why you bother again? If she really wanted to know the truth about Eritrea she could have asked for entry visa and then if Eritrean government denied her entry then it WOULD be a whole another story.

      • Well said Habtish,

        Can you believe he (Harinet) is more ingratiated to a mercenary the likes of Keetharuth? Gosh, if he was able to compose a post, you would have though he is intelligan enough to know, she is a fully paid up member of ‘human right’ fraternity and only faking concern because she is being paid to do so.

        The real advocates for the people of Eritreans is no one but Eritreans themselves, minus the few misguided beings the like of him who rather clap for self serving foreign entities. Wake up and smell the coffee Harinet.

      • Habtom,

        It’s Keetharuth’s words against Isaias’ and she has prevailed this time around. It was Isaias ‘ words against G15 and free press and he prevailed that time around. What goes around comes around. You see, dictators can bully in their own backyard, but if they export their bad habits abroad they will have a taste of their own medicine. Feel not sorry for an infamous criminal. Chose compassion for his victims.

      • You must be joking. With not one independent media outlet, not one free political party, without any independent civil organizations to investigate or gather information, how can you seriously even whisper that information is not restricted in the country. The fact that Eritreans know what is happening in the country is because the people themselves have had to adapt to the current blanket censorship. I’m not certain what you gain from turning a blind eye to such obvious problems. At least have the courage to support such a lack of freedom for some purpose. Others of your sort have done it. Its more noble than trying to convince other Eritreans that everything is going so grand. And since “what ever happens in Eritrea reaches every Eritrean,” we all know of the destruction the country has suffered under the current regime. So please stop telling us that the emperor has clothes, when we all see him for what he is.

  15. Eribella aka Selam Kidane,

    So you and your bunch of thugs classify yourself as ‘political opposition’ do you?

    lol…..You really are off your trolley woman!!

    • On last things Selam Kidane Aka Eribella,

      How comes you can come to a pro site and post a comment but we can not do the same on your sites such as Hassenna.com and asmarino? Don’t you think it is unfair and what are you afraid of? Admittedly, I haven’t been on your site for a long while. Has that changed?

      Just wondering really.

      • Funny you mention it, actually it is the other way around and you know it too. But if you’re insinuating that forums affiliated with Isaias are open to dissenting voices, you can bolster your claim by allowing dissenters to ask questions in your official meetings. I can hear you saying “dream on”, lol. By the way I didn’t know that this is a “supporter” website. Good to know. Will use every opportunity to be a thorn in your side:).

    • daniel daniel,
      Paranoid, huh? Although I do not mind to be mistaken for the brave jegna Eritrawit Selam Kidane, But I am not she. Give a good reason why Selam Kidane would use a pseudonym in this forum when she has been challenging the regime openly for over a decade now. Clearly, logical-thinking does not seem to abound in PFDJ’s paranoid world.

      • Well, you are hardley going to admitte, are you Selam kidane aka Eibella?

        But going back to my question, rather than try to skirt around my question why don’t you give me a straight answers? Here goes:

        How comes you lot can come and post a comment on our pro sites where as your sites, the likes of hassenna.com and asmarino don’t have the facility to do so. How come you don’t give people the opportunity to comment on a given publication? What are you affraide of?? It really is a straight forward question and please answer me directly, rather than talk mambo jambo.

        I’m waiting!

      • lol…Eribella, if you didn’t realise this (Red Sea Fisher ) is a pro government site,then you more igonrant than I previously thought. No wonder you think up is downside and East is West!

  16. “Everybody, ”

    Calling for sqorta (help), huh?

    The only thing that you ‘ve demonstrated during these past few days is that :(1) you’re unwilling or incapable of sharing your understanding of policies of the very government you purport to know and support, (2) you’re well trained in the tired and outdated PFDJ’s diversionary tactics of “when you’re asked questions, veer the conversation to irrelevant issues that have no bearing on the conversation” ( ad hominem; “you ‘re Selam Kidane, therefore, everything you say is invalid. So on so forth), (3) you can’t discern British from American English, (4) you have the tendency to repeat yourself like a parrot, perhaps you’re unaware that repetition does little to enhance your original point, and (5) you get stressed easily and resort to infantile behavior when corned.

    By now, I think I have wasted enough time with you!

  17. daniel ,

    One last thing. Here is a comment that had been “awaiting moderation” since yesterday, perhaps because of its length. Will divide it into two posts.

    1) daniel,

    Since you lack the ability to discern British from American English, and as long as you don’t mistake me for one of the PFDJ clueless bootlickers, I am granting your wish by assuming Selam’s identity. I hope Selam doesn’t read this.

    Now that we have that out of the way, can you shed your escape-artist cloak for a sec and help me understand the content/meaning of the following in detail:

    ‘Meeting organized by PFDJ focusing on reorganization and assignment concludes adopting resolutions and action programs ‘

    1. What does reorganization and assignment entail? Departments? People? Responsibilities?
    2. What are the resolutions and action programs that have been adopted?

    NB: I’ve noticed that shabait.com has quickly edited the empty link to populate it with more vague statements which raise more questions than answers. Therefore, my questions still stand and will patiently wait for your answers. Please no more vague language. A government worth its salt ought to be able to spell out its policies and regulations to the citizens. Don’t you agree?

    • All you did was copy and paste a very small subtext and ask me to explain it….lol. Even then, I don’t know what is confusing you? Here, I will breaking it down for you,

      1) PFDJ organised a meeting…..ok

      2) And on that meeting (organised by PFDJ) the core subject (focuse) was reorganisation and assignments (of a given department, government body…..)

      3) having had the meeting, the conclusion was to adopte a resolution and action plan (on the given Subject, departments, institution)

      Now you get it?? Anyways it is funny, you would get your panties in twist over nothing. It seems to me you suffer from an acute pedantic personality disorder!!

      It really is a very basic and straight forward statment. If you luck the basic skill to interpret simple sentence, I am afraid that is your short coming. But it is utterly hilarious you should talk, when your post is nothing but a of load of disjointed, meaningless, haphazard , crazy, mambo jambo…. I don’t think you are there in the head madam!!

      I get headache trying to make sense of what you right, and hand in heart I mean that!

      • By the way did you see your master Dan Connell getting humiliating by true Eritreans. Google it, it’s on youtube!!

        so funny

      • Eribella,

        Is this the publication that is causing you great confusion and discomfort? Here read it in its entirety, maybe then you won’t confussed to Easily.

        Meeting organized by PFDJ focusing on reorganization and assignment
        concludes adopting resolutions and action programs

        23.09.2013

        Asmara, 20 September 2013 – The meeting that was organized by the PFDJ and
        opened by President Isaias Afwerki concluded yesterday adopting resolutions
        and action programs.

        The meeting was conducted at the National Center for Organizational
        Excellence in Embatkala town with a view to upgrading leadership and
        management capacity on the basis of the political culture and experience of
        the People’s Front. In this connection, the participants held extensive
        discussion as regards ways and means of ensuring integrated work programs on
        the part of Government and PFDJ institutions in all Administrative regions,
        as well as the required measures towards effective implementation of the
        mapped out programs.

        Reports indicated that the meeting constitutes the first phase, and that it
        would continue in a bigger scope.

        The participants conducted wide-ranging discussion based on groups on the
        papers presented targeting higher political dynamism and efficient
        management. The agenda items of discussion involved diverse topics such as
        devising work directives, defining professional duties and responsibilities
        as well as institutional interrelations, scope of authority and
        accountability, in addition to the nurturing of youths who would assume work
        responsibility at all administrative levels, besides political, economic,
        cultural and social affairs of vital significance.

        In concluding remarks, Mr. Al-Amin Mohammed Seid, Secretary of the PFDJ,
        said that the meeting has created deep understanding pertaining to the
        prevailing objective political, economic and security situation in the
        country vis-�-vis the internal and external challenges. He further
        underlined that the initial meeting, coupled with future programs, is
        expected to lead to improved work performance, integration of program
        implementation and effectiveness.

        Mr. Al-Amin went on to emphasize the paramount importance of keeping intact
        the cherished leadership values of the People’s Front characterized with
        dedication, high awareness, initiative, flexibility, uprightness and esprit
        de corps, among others, so as to ensure successful outcome of the programs
        thus mapped out.

        It is to be recalled that Administrators, regional PFDJ heads, department
        heads of regional Administrations and sub-zonal Administrators took part in
        the 3-day meeting.

    • so the answer to your question,

      1. What does reorganization and assignment entail? Departments? People? Responsibilities?

      Answere: leadership and management .

      2. What are the resolutions and action programs that have been adopted?

      Answer:

      efficient management

      upgrading leadership and management capacity

      defining professional duties and responsibilities

      devising work directives, defining professional duties and responsibilities as well as institutional interrelations.

      Now, are you clear?

      However since when does a piece of ‘printed news’ equate to Government policies? Is there any level to how low you stoop to make the Government look bad? Wey gudeeee…….yegermena alo!!!!

  18. Didn’t work. will do it in three posts then.

    About your other question ‘ How comes you lot can come and post a comment on our pro sites where as your sites..”;

    Will illustrate your false claim through examples in the hope that you’ll stop your diversionary tactics (though I will not hold my breath):

    1. “መትከላዊ on September 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm said:
    ኣንታ ዕቡድ በያን፡
    ቁሩብከ ዘይትሓፍር? ኣደታትኩም ኣብ ኣባሻውል——ከለዋ፣ በዓል ንስኻ ከኣ ኣብ ትሕቲ ዓራት ዝዓበኹም ኣቦኹም መን ምኻኑ ዘይትፈልጡ ሰባት ስለ ዝኸንኩም ክብረት ናይ ሰብ የብልኩምን። ንክቡር ፕረሲደንት እንተ ኸነ ብመዓርጉ፣ እንተዘይከነ ከኣ ብዕድሚኡ ከተኽብሮ ምተገብኣካ ። ወዮ ደኣ ብውርደት ዝዓበኻ ሰብሲ ከመይ ገርካ ሰብ ከተኽብር ደኣምበር?”
    http://assenna.com/ምልካዊ-ስርዓት-ኢሳይያስ-ንሃማመተኤ-ከም/#comments

    I hope you read Tigrigna.
    —————————————–

  19. let me try 4

    2. “11 September at 03:37

    M W• Top commenter (signed in using Hotmail)
    Seyoum Tesfaye wrote:

    “I sincerely hope this is his last gibberish. Twenty-two years of this kind nauseating alien culture. I am anxiously waiting for the Voice of Forto to herald the end of this crude tyranny and bring sense of decency to Eritrean politics.”

    For accusing President Isaias of fostering “twenty-two years of alien culture” your propensity to latch on to alien culture, as evidenced by your remarks shown below, is extraordinary.

    . My president was at the top of his game today [June 6, 2013, Seyoum Tesfaye”]
    . Narcissistic lecture [September 11, 2013, Seyoum Tesfaye]
    . $4 billion GDP economy [September 11, 2013, Seyoum Tesfaye]
    . National psychological makeup [September 11, 2013, Seyoum Tesfaye]
    . The average of the average is 49:56 minutes [September 11, 2013, Seyoum Tesfaye]
    . The voice of FORTO [September 11, 2013, Seyoum Tesfaye]

  20. I know you are a lost soul, but I wish to let many here know that by a simple gesture on his neck, tomorrow, just tomorrow, President Isaias can prove you wrong.

    He was a young college student. Like everybody else on earth, he was deceived by the beguiling western philosophies. He did not invent the Islamic “eritrean revolution”; he joined it. ……………
    Reply •
    • 14 September at 20:56″
    http: // http://www.asmarino.com/articles/1853-five-hours-of-marathon-gibberish
    ——————————
    3. A sample of PFDJ zombies who have made awate.com their permanent residency “Mussie, Nitric and asmara 2” http: // awate.com/eritrea-over-10-000-prisoners-of-conscience/#comments Don’t forget to read the article, you might learn a thing or two.

    chaw

    • What are you on about girl?? My head is spinning trying to make sense of your nonsense. are you capable of write a coherent sentence? Dont know if you are trying to cram to much or what..but it is all to disjointed and you don’t make any sense! Just don’t throw words offhandedly. Sometimes less is more. You get it??

    • @ eribella, keep up the good work we need more people like you, I’m impressed you’re articulate, patient, knowledgeable, above all keeping hegdef mendef supprters straight what a task keep up the good work.

      • It’s hegdef who is kicking your sorry sellouts ass’s!

        Yesterday was hegdef, today is hegdef and tomorrow will be hegdef. You lot go and kiss TPLF’s boots. You have no useful purpose than to moan, complain, cry beach and whine like a baby…losers!

        Hegdef rules!

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