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Dear YPFDJ: Understanding PFDJ: Doublethink

Chapter 1: Double Think

I have seen your pictures and most of you appear to be the age of my daughter. Clearly, it is impossible for me to be angry at you. What I will try to do is share information with you–do what you will with it. The information will focus on the value system of the party you are named after, People’s Front for Democracy & Justice (PFDJ), and how it completely contradicts the value system you cherish or, living in liberal democracies, should cherish. Today’s topic will be “doublethink.”

To understand the party you are named after, PFDJ, you must read George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” It is about a totalitarian government which controls information, including history, very tightly; is in a constant state of war, naming countries friends and enemies in alternating years; manipulates the populace psychologically–by distracting them with pleasures of the flesh (porn in Orwell’s “1984” and endless dances–“gwayla”– in PFDJ’s Eritrea) and physically, by telling them when to wake up, when to work, when to line up for essentials, when to move (moving permit; remorse letters) and when and how to get coupons from the “fair market” to feed their families but only if they are Eritreans in good standing.  To enable it to do this, it uses “newspeak”–war is peace (we have no problem with Djibouti, we have nothing to do with Ethiopian rebels, we are not helping Somali armed groups), freedom is slavery (Western democracy does not value human dignity), ignorance is strength (you should never read opposition websites and you will be a patriot) –and, my topic for this essay, “doublethink.” I will use a recent article which appeared at Tesfanews.com (a pro-government website) to illustrate this, but let’s first borrow from Orwell to define “doublethink”:

“The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies—all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

You know the two contradictory beliefs you hold in your head: we need due process, but Eritrean prisoners don’t.  Ah, but I am embarrassing you and that’s not my intention.  My focus is on PFDJ and not YPFDJ.  Let’s see how doublethink was applied at Tesfanews.com article. (I won’t link to it because I usually don’t link to gutter articles.  Sorry, not sorry.  Plus it is in Tigrinya and I doubt most of you can read it.  No offense.)

The article is the usual “Who Is So-and-So?” that the PFDJ is fond of: whenever an Eritrean dares take a stand against the government, the Oppo-Research Department (as it were) of the PFDJ will be activated and we will immediately learn of totally unverifiable information on the subject.  The more shocking it is, the stickier it is.  The negative bio-research falls under three categories: (1) the subject is really not an Eritrean. His parentage is (always, always) from Ethiopia; (2) the subject is working for Ethiopia, the CIA, Islamists or all of the above; (3) the subject has questionable morals: s/he is a thief, a wanted person, a philanderer, a bastard, a child-abuser, and a homosexual (back when that had some mileage.) Sometimes, if the person is a triple threat, he or she will be accused of all of the above.

The person making the accusation (always online, the new venue for anonymous rumor-mongering) is almost always someone using a screen name; occasionally, we will get the fenj-regach, like the hapless Sophia Tesfamariam (ah, the regrets that await her in her deathbed!) to do it out in the open, but that is very rarely. This is in keeping with PFDJ’s “culture”–they think if they use the word “culture” it gives it some kind of respectability–of disregarding all norms of due process and decency.

Who Is So and So: The MO of PFDJ

On to the article at Tesfanews, the National Enquirer of PFDJ.  In this case, the subject of “Who Is So and So” happens to be Kibrom Dafla, a former member of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF)–you know, the organization whose yellow star you wave at your rallies–the precursor to People’s Front for Democracy & Justice (PFDJ), Eritrea’s ruling party. He left the party–which is to say, given that we are talking about Eritrea and you can’t leave the party and be a civilian minding your own business in the country, he left the country in 2012, a country he spent a lifetime liberating (exactly during the time your parents asked for asylum in Europe and were conceiving you). While with the EPLF, he was in the economic department, stationed in Europe; after independence, he held a series of posts including manager of Himbol, the Treasurer in the Ministry of Finance, and, before he left, the General Manager of Eritrean Airlines.

Look at his bio and I will give you one guess as to what he stands accused of. Exactly.  Your Front is incredibly, boringly, predictable.  

Since he left, he has been giving a series of interviews to assenna.com and smerr (Paltalk) expounding on the nature of the PFDJ–his series on why the Eritrean Airlines went defunct was particularly illuminating (listen to it and you will understand why Eritrea will never have a functioning Eritrean Airlines, ever) and he has a show on the Paris-based Radio Erena. All of these the government ignored.  He was only captured by their radar when he became the organizing force behind the movement that interrupted the YPFDJ (your) festival in The Netherlands. He and his team did this by (a) understanding the law of The Netherlands; (b) accurately describing what the Il Padrone (Yemane Gebreab, the guy who comes to lecture you using Marxist lingo he memorized in the 1970s) had said in previous addresses to the YPFDJ (you.)

Back to the doublethink. To appreciate the doublethink applied here, we must know the following:

(1) According to PFDJ “culture”, Minister Petros Solomon is, to borrow another Orwellian term, an “unperson.” A member of the G-15, he hasn’t been heard of since September 18, 2001 when government security officers used another PFDJ “culture”–you are needed or “tdle alekha” as they call it–and hauled him to prison. (I am sure you have heard of his kids, their grandmother, his wife Aster Yohannes’ family (wife also disappeared) making appeals to your conscience that you couldn’t hear over the gwayla songs.)  Since then, he has been the subject of yet another PFDJ culture–establishing guilt not in a court of law but via public opinion which is under the total control of the PFDJ. (And by that I mean one person: Isaias Afwerki.) Since September 18, 2001, his name is mentioned only by, us,  the Eritrean opposition: as far as PFDJ and its apologists (and you, YPFDJ, its satellite) are concerned, he doesn’t exist. He is an “unperson”: erased from history.

(2) The PFDJ, via its chairman (who is also the President of the Republic of Eritrea, which is not a republic), is on record as saying that something everybody knows about–freezing someone by paying him/her wage but giving him/her no job or duties, sometimes for years–doesn’t exist. Freezing, “mdskal” as it is known in Tigrinya, is something I have never heard of, said the president.  In an interview with the media.  With a straight face.  

Now on to a translation of an excerpt from “Who Is Kibrom Dafla” which appeared at Eritrea’s National Enquirer, tesfanews.

“…On the eve of [Eritrea’s] independence, Kibrom Dafla was directed to return to the field [from Europe where he was stationed as a procurer for the EPLF’s Economics Department], and he did. At the time, the director of security and intelligence of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front and a member of its Central Committee was combatant Petros Solomon. Petros Solomon dealt with the issue wisely and told him, “Everybody makes mistakes. But your case might be a bit more grave, because [what you are accused of] is no trivial issue. We didn’t expect you to return to the field. The leadership has accepted the step you have taken [to return to the field.] Until you are told of the outcome, you will remain at Erareb.” And with this, he [Kibrom] received no penalty and no work assignment: he remained frozen for two years.

How do we know any of this is true? The author of the piece is a certain Zerai Solomon, a name not familiar to the Central Committee. We don’t: and that’s the point. It is deeply ingrained in the “culture” of the PFDJ to malign, defame, isolate “enemies”–none of which require truth. But notice the doublethink: for the purposes of this article, we are allowed to unforget the unperson Petros Solomon and unforget the long-practiced PFDJ tradition of “freezing”–psychological punishment–so that when thawed the person is so grateful he or she becomes an even more zealot party hack. (See also: Ambassador Estifanos.)

What’s important is that once this mission is accomplished–once all of you hate Kibrom Dafla and, by extension, anyone who shares his worldview–you will be asked to do another doublethink: to forget you ever heard of Petros Solomon or that “freezing” of human beings goes on all the time in the party you are named after.

To forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed….Is this what you signed up for?  Is this the political organization you want to devote your life to?  If all you are in is for Eritrea, Eritrean identity, Eritrean pride, you should know that the gatekeeper for all that isn’t, and can never be, the PFDJ because all it has done since its creation is to suppress, disappear, dehumanize and exile Eritreans.

To be continued.

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  • Belina Seare

    Hello Salyounis!

    I am a young Eritrean, 23 to be exact, and enjoyed your piece! A family member of mine shared this article with me and I would identify myself as an “aspiring activist” in the human rights struggle in Eritrea. I feel the need to identify this way because I am still educating myself about the political history of Eritrea and the region of East Afrika, as well as seeking out resources to understand the current social/political/economic situation.

    From my perspective, as a young Eritrean who has grown up in the states with a limited ability to speak Tygrinya (currently working on that), some of your subliminal messages were a bit discouraging, even though they weren’t necessarily directed at someone with my political views about Eritrea. As someone who has grown up with a feeling of cultural/identity crisis due to not having grown up in Eritrea and . I feel like it would be more effective to invite Eritreans (especially younger folks who are still under-educated about the issues within Eritrea) instead of shaming them for something that is largely out of their control. Generally speaking, we Eritreans who were born outside of Eritrea and in the West, are privileged to have grown up with plentiful resources, opportunities, and the ability to live comfortable (however, this is not the reality for every Eritrean ). This is everything our parents imagined for us as they left Eritrea, right?

    Well, whether you, my parents, or any other Eritrean parent/guardian could have foreseen this, there is a deep and devastating identity crisis that 1st and 2nd generation children of immigrants experience that causes a lot of guilt and isolation from the culture, and the byproduct of that is a disengagement with the political/socio-economic issues of the country. Along with the politicization, or lack there of, in the home, what you spent a lot of time doing in this article was not mindful of this and I think moving forward, it’d be better to keep this in mind.

    My apologies for making any assumptions, I truly want to build with folks like yourself. I know Eritreas downfall hurts all of us, regardless of where we fall on the political, social, or economic spectrum.

    • Nitricc

      HI Belina: I can’t agree more with you and even more here is the point that matter older Eritrean generation who ignore, forget and downplay completely. You said,
      ” Well, whether you, my parents, or any other Eritrean parent/guardian could have foreseen this, there is a deep and devastating identity crisis that 1st and 2nd generation children of immigrants experience that causes a lot of guilt and isolation from the culture, and the byproduct of that is a disengagement with the political/socio-economic issues of the country.”
      Amen to that. But I don’t think they will understand it through. Thank you for brining it to them.

    • saay7

      Selam Belina:

      Thanks for reading and your input. I don’t know what I can do about the “subliminal” messages and I am sorry you felt condescended to which was not the intention.

      That many see the YPFDJ as a way to enhance their sense of belonging is understood and debated in these pages often. And we would welcome your contribution to it.

      saay

  • tes

    Dear saay7,

    This article has brought us on the same platform where we can talk on many relevant issues. And what you wrote in your comment in response to iSem is what the gist of my message is whenever I talk about PFDJ and YPFDJ. To quote what you put:

    There was a comment Tes wrote about YPFDJ. I don’t know when it was and I can’t quote it verbatim but it was something to the effect that they are not zombies but, they–at least their leaders–are well versed and politically indoctrinated to a PFDJ socio-politico-economic worldview. When I heard this, which was contrary to what I had heard, I did some research and found the information Tes provided to be very valid.

    .

    I think at this time we can reconcile for our political differences. And it will not be hard to talk again on the concept of Weed-them Out”. I didn’t agree with Amanuel Hidrat’s concept of “Dismantling PFDJ” for many reasons. PFDJ for me is divided into two:

    1. Its Ideology – which has to be defeated – recently I revisited YG for his incredible contribution to destory it(not on his revisionist work of our collective history and denial of the cause that forced us to start armed struggle -this is my anti-YG position)

    2. PFDJ Cadres – those highly trained Cadres – that I was trained to be a junior Cadre – there are more than 3 levels to be a fully trained Cadre – that includes Secret works and Complec business management networks) – those that need to be “Weeded-Out”.

    This is how today PFDJ is structured.

    In total, there are 8 Zones/Zobas – unlike 6 Administrative zobas of the government.

    1. Six Administrative zones
    2. Zone Higher Education, Sawa and vocational training centers (most sensitive zone watched closely)
    3. Diaspora Zone (for exploitation, spying and brainwashing)

    All these 8 zones have head of Social Affairs, Economic affairs and Political Affairs.

    Side note

    Longtime before, when Mahyedin Shengeb was NUEYS head – NUEYS was relatively democratic and liberal in many areas. After Shengeb left – DIA and Yemane Gebreab dismantled NUEYS establishments and came out with alternative Youth WIng. Now NUEYS is completely controlled by PFDJ and YPFDJ members are head-officers. I know this because in my short service days as Head of PFDJ Branch in our college – almost 6 months – I assumed a full power over NUEYS College branch and a strong influence on day to day college administration activity under a direct contact with Zoba PFDJ. I could say a lot about this – let me do it next time.

    PFDJ is a system that need to be removed.

    Another thing that I feel happy is when you mentioned Liberal Democracy. To quote:

    The information will focus on the value system of the party you are named after, People’s Front for Democracy & Justice (PFDJ), and how it completely contradicts the value system you cherish or, living in liberal democracies, should cherish.

    .

    Not only PFDJ many in the opposition camp are benefitting the value system of Liberal democrats while they are extreme nationalists, fascists, socialists(mixed with nationalism), Fanatics, etc.

    We need to fight back all value systems that will not help us to fight for human dignity.

    tes

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam tes,
      .
      I am taking a little risk here, but it hasn’t stopped me before. Here it goes, tes, be kind.
      .
      You have written a valid points of view augmented with 1st hand knowledge to discuss with your compatriots. For those of us sitting on the fence looking in, the talk of weeding out and language of that sort is a self defeating and/or restrictive approach to attain the goal you aspire.
      .
      Viewed particularly from the vantage point of the diaspora population with the same set of information available to everyone, I think it is incumbent upon you, and think alike friends of yours, to include everyone, except few known Gov. officials. (I said FEW Gov. officials)
      I think, for example, every Eritrean should dance and participate at the Independence day festivities. To do otherwise is to give the current rulers a major weapon system to discredit opponents, by simply displaying the optics to all Eritrean patriots. That optic always blurs the line of Eritrea, Government, PFDJ. I believe, the only problem you have is with PFDJ. Then why leave the field “meda” exclusively to PFDJ when Eritrea is being celebrated.
      .
      I think you and other opposition members have to participate in every festivities and to somehow engage your dancing partner in the most effective way possible to persuade with the real facts. After all, information and the facts on the ground are on your side.
      After reading this article of double speak and your post, it is my humble opinion that this big wall that was built and maintained can only be mitigated by engaging everyone. In order to tear down the wall with minimum damage, you have to remove it brick by brick.
      .
      As I said, tes, be kind.
      .
      Mr. K.H

      • tes

        Selam Kim Hanna,

        It is very hard for me to be kind with you and indeed you took major risk. Let me tell you this:

        I will not participate in dancing festives of independence day. I will rather sit and contemplate. Independence Day will force me back to 1961 and then all along those hard days. While contemplating I will remember this:

        1. Farmers joined the armed struggle so that to remove occupiers. Now, is their farm land free of occupiers? What is the difference between PFDJ and other occupiers?

        2. Workers joined the armed struggle so that that willl work without exploitation while living from the income they get from. Now where are they? Why May 1?

        3. Business people joined the armed struggle so that they can do business freely by following regulations. Now what is the business environment?

        4. I will remember those students who joined the armed struggle

        5. I will remember those educated

        6. I will remember those broken families.

        7. I will remember those promised freedoms to live

        Etc.

        Look, you are advising me to danse. Leave me alone[order] to contemplate. leave me alone. Let the whole be silent. I don’t want to be disturbed.

        tes

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam tes,
          .
          I am sorry you feel that way. I wish one of your friends will rephrase my offending comment to let you know that I am not against you or you goal.
          .
          Mr. K.H

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      • Selamat Kim Hana,

        Your comment to tes, allow me to utilize to give a glimpse of a time period.

        Month after September 18th, 2001, A day of of infamy… Eritrean Public Forum, was budding everywhere in the States. Originally, the founding members were splinters from he diaspora community centers based unified Eritreans approach for the reconstruction both their homeland and their ordinary lives. These folks found it necessary to found the Forum and confront the Eritrean Purge of 918 by “FEW Gov. officials. There It did not take long though for the overpowering of the old systems to render it ineffective if not dead on arrival. The shocking narrative from my first hand participation, (as an elected branch officer) and observations 17 years later, per Aya Amanuels suggestion, shall be revealed in essay or format. There are parallels between ENASA of 1979 and the EPF, just like SPIKES or bursts in the stock market graphic charts, and their causes as well as subsequent effects that need to be elaborated on for the emphasis of the COMMON SENSE approach. I believe you are addressing tes with this common sense approach in mind.
        There is outstanding questions from Aya Ismael AA regarding Mengisteab of ENASA and the 1979 approach that I will incorporate into my comments a little later. Indeed Mr. K.H. the tearing down of the wall with minimum damage in our case is by removing it brick by brick as you have aptly put it. Thank you.

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  • Saleh Johar

    Hi Berhe,
    Just ask him what does a citizen do when he is oppressed, or what should he do in his book? Should he fight back or take it silently?

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Saleh,

      He is Isayas wey mot. He doesn’t care if Eritrea and the people burn to ash as long as IA is in power.

      He told us many times, reminds me the saying “hgdef zbeluKa giberom wey Adom gidefelom”.

      I could not wait what will he do when IA, like all humans before him departs.

      There is time for everything.

      Berhe

  • MS

    Salsa at ALL, SAAY, GiXaxe, iSem, at al
    1. No question this is another brilliant article. In my humble evaluation, this falls within the class of articles such as TewgaH’mo where the writer had run through personal retrospection and chose to change direction, a strategic shift in his personal views. The author is known for his moderate takes of matters, and his pragmatic reading of Eritrean politics; he is known for his keen observation, his detail-oriented (data driven) Hatatas, etc. He was among those who argued against the generalized categorization of “Kebero Junkies”; he is among those who argued that we better provide alternative agendas that appeal and compete rather than chasing PFDJ’s programs, etc. In short, he has been advocating that we should look inward and find our strengths from the evaluation we do on ourselves rather than blaming others…etcetera…etcetera.. Therefore, this is his latest endeavor in crystallizing this belief- communicating directly to YPFDJ…I fully commend him, our great SAAY….Great article indeed.
    2. I do make distinction between:
    A/ the REALLY young YPFDJ, born and raised in Diaspora, who have no clue what’s going on in Eritrea; to them ERI-TV is a sort of Mtv…as SAAY has correctly identified, I Was hinting to the idea that the crowding around YPFDJ’s events by our young people is due to our weakness more than it is due to the prowess of PFDJ goons. If we had created a more appealing image, activities and events that are at the same time targeting the regime, I’m sure those young people would have rallied around the opposition theme. PFDJ has a streamlined and clear messages that understand the aspiration of young people; it taps into the human conditions such as altruism, serving community, common good, bright future, United Eritrea…they explain that Eritrea is passing through tough time, but that is imposed to it because it is a special nation (one that stands firm on its unique values of staying independent of its political choice, which the superpowers find it to be against their bullying policies, etc); they tell them that they are the ambassadors of their country….these young people Disadvantaged in understanding what is going on in the country. They compare the activities, programs, praises they receive from PFDJ with the marginalization they experience in their native countries; they get a sense of purpose and belonging to a greater cause….so they rally around PFDJ. They are taken from our homes while their parents are arguing in coffee shops in Tigrigna; few of them have the opportunity of being raised by parents who understand the culture into which these kids are born; few of them have the luxury of having parents who could help them navigate the cultural clash they experience at home and in their environment (school, peers…); most of them are born to parents who try to raise them contrary to the parenting they observe in their environment…
    B/ Young people who left the country fleeing but then get disappointed when they see the opposition landscape
    C/Cultish diehards, in their 40s and 50s, and may be in their 60s, who intermingle with these young people by applying heavy cosmetics, some of them are opportunists who know what is going on in the country, know what needs to be done, but stay in the cacophony for personal ego or gain.
    D/ The general populace who join events such as the celebration of Independence Day (commonly known as the silent majority); fade up of both the PFDJ and the opposition, and due to the lack of a stirring leadership and program, they are in a “wait and see” mode.
    In my humble opinion:
    3. AB and D are candidates for such articles and they should be reached in a sober and intelligent ways. Category C is a waste of time as the Tigrigna saying goes, ” Enda ra’eye zAwere Enda sem’Ee qbero [sorry if I have broken the saying]”. Future articles should be tailored with the understanding that these categories exists within those so called YPFDJ, and other PFDJ sponsored events.
    Regards

    • saay7

      Hala MaHmuday:

      Thanks for the very kind words.

      I will keep it short: regarding category 2C (the die hard cultists), what are they doing in an org whose names begins with “Young”?
      Are they the political shepherds to ensure political discipline and not straying too far?

      saay

      • iSem

        Hi Saay, you welcome:-)
        To answer your question: the same way Shengebe was in the youth union while he was neither a youth nor a student, the same way Saleh Shakuki was there
        A boy called Saleh AA Younis once said, “same, same but different”, when writing to defend Saleh from the false accusation of Sophie Tesfamariam

      • MS

        Ahlan SAAY
        I will make a follow up comment in relation to this question, I’m traveling for the most part of the day.

    • MerHaba MaHmud “The Best” SaleH,

      “Some things are apt to summon thought, while others are not… Apt [are] those that strike the sense at the time as their opposites, (Republic 524d)

      Part Two will more than likely address on how categories 2) AB and D. Though 2C, you say is a waste of time, apparently its felt dominance needs a methodically or “tailored” series of 1/2Xarticles, 1/4Xarticles, 1/8Xarticles…

      “For the heavens” The Sirens mounted on rims of our “Planetary Whorls” each sing, one note, so that “from all eight is produced the accord of a single harmony” (Republic 617b)

      As I see it, as of this moment, your 2C is also governing by setting the agenda and tone for us in opposition. A futile continuation of PFDJ’s significantly weakened tight grip on YPFDJ. The YPFDJ must take control from these sooner than later for the sake of the A,B,D and even a much much more greater reasonSSSS.

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      bYmHarka neza hnTishewey HAYKU. b17! afanweni.

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      Qn: I know I should look it up but I am asking this rhetorical question for a reason: Any relations between these 2words, cosmetics and cosmology?

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  • Idris Ali

    Hi all Aawate forum readers
    Salamat ustaz Saleh Y
    Thank you for your well written article in which you expose the mindset of this Group which call themtself( PFDJ) (زورا وبهتانا)a political party ,while they are merely a Shefta Gange. How can a political party stay 23 years without holding Conference , revising its political programm and renewing its leadership in all levels and still called a party?.2/3 of the elected leadership of the party are either dead or perishing in prisons. can the PFDJests ask thier leadership about this very essential things in the life of every pupolar ,democratic and projustice party?

  • Stefanos Temelso

    Hi all, I know Kubrom Dafla very well because he was head of continental commerce and he was responsible for our branch. Kubrom was coming to the filed since he was posted first in Beirut and then in Rome since 1978. But he never stayed in the field for more than a week at the maximum. After the so called independence he was transferred to Asmara but he was not assigned for some months after which he was assigned to the PFDJ and later to the Ministry of Finance and so on. Now that he is hammering the PFDJ where it hurts they began to create laughable stories by claiming he was in detention etc etc. Let say for example he was detained. Everybody must know that 95% of those detained in the filed were detained for dubious and unjust reasons like so and so is anti democratic leadership, he is tainted with menkae or yemin element, (ANXAR DEMOKRASYAWI MAEKELNET, XLWA MENKAE WEY YEMIN ALEWO etc). So, this way or that way PFDJ’s blackmail is simply a trash as usual. They are simply doing this so as to solace their thugs. But, their supporters also know that it is unfounded because they Kubrom very sincerely and there are even some who contact him secretly as to what they must do to push the regime down the cliff. This is the reality on the ground, but Yemane and co. seem not to know this or ignore it until their demise. Let’s just wait, we will see more.

    • Semere Tesfai

      Selam Stefanos Temelso

      “After the so called independence”?

      Are Serious?

      If Isaias is gone would Eritrean independence be an independence?

      Semere Tesfai

      • Berhe Y

        Selam Semere T.

        You are good at picking gaul neger. You know exactly what he meant, the country is independent and the people are NOT. So it’s independence for tre land and nit the people. Are you independent and free if you live in Eritrea today. You don’t need to answer.

        Yes, when Isayas is gone and his PFDJ regime is dismantled and replaced by democratically elected leader and government, then the count try and the people will be independent.

        A country that does not allow the burial of its loyal citizen, how on earth can you call it independent.

        Berhe

        • Semere Tesfai

          SElam Berhe Y

          Opposing the PFDJ government by any Eritrean citizen is one thing, and questioning
          (doubting) the independence of Eritrea is quiet different – smells Hayat to me!

          Semere Tesfai

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Semere T.

            Again, Gual Neger, you like to forget the elephant in the room and focus on something trivial. (now let’s see you will spend the rest of the day challenging what I said “trivial”.

            Eritrea today is a slave camp, and this is based on Eritreans testimony and based on the UN commission of inquiry.

            Do you call that an independent country…

            Let’s not compare Eritrea to Sweden…let’s stay in our region…Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ruwanda, Uganda…

            Do you see Eritreans are equal or more independent than the citizens of these countries…

            Do you think Eritreans are independent and free to move compared that the citizens of these countries…

            As to Stephanos Temelso, based on what he said, he was in the front line for Eritrea independence. Who am I to question him?

            Like I said (and you will ignore again), Eritrea can’t even allow burial of Naizghi Kiflu….the most loyal and brutal member of the regime…what’s enough for you to see the PFDJ for what it is…

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawuna Berhe
            You said Naizghi Kiflu was the most loyal and brutal member of the regime. Why are you defending him?

          • Thomas

            Hi Abi,

            I know your country men and women respect a dead person regardless of his deeds when he/she was alive. This has to do with respect to the family of the dead person. You know it is a tradition thing:) I am sure you share that tradition. If that is not the case, why do you choose to visit to someone house after that someone departs the world? This is whether you were fond of the dead person or not. Again, we do this because we are humans as simple as that.

          • Abi

            Tommy
            Read Berhe’s comment if you can and compare it with yours.
            ” Torn between two lovers ”
            You like movies?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            I am not defending him or his actions, I would not care if he get the death sentence.

            I used him as an example, in this called “independent Eritrea”, let alone ordinary citizens, even the most loyal to the regime (fallout with the owners of the country IA and his PFDJ), they can’t get a burial services.

            No body has the right to take away anyone citizenship, even that person is happen to be criminal (he should get his days in court and sentence by independent court). If a country does not defend the rights of its “criminals” that it’s not a country that’s worth calling it independent or free.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawuna Berhe
            So you don’t care about the people but you use him to score some brownie points.
            Sad times. Don’t you say?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            Obviously you do not get my point. I am not scoring any point the argument I make is Eritrea is not an independent and free country for the citizens. Semere argued other wise and I tried to give him an example.

            Now do I personally care about Naizgi Kiflu. No I don’t because he was criminal like the rest of PFDJ and he was responsible for the many problems Eritrea has today, including the shutting down the news papers, arresting the top leader and the journalists.

            Do I really care what happened to this guy? No.

            But he is a citizen and he has every right like all other citizens to live and get burial in his own country.

            Do you understand what I mean?

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawuna Berhe
            Yes I do understand what you mean. Nobody understands you like I do.
            You don’t care about the person. You care about his body.
            You are trying to travel some political miles on the back of a dead person.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abi,

            I don’t think you understand what the rule of law means.

            What I feel about an individual (be as average citizen or someone with power and authority) is immaterial, but everyone is equal under the rule of law. Even criminals and murders are equal under the rule of law. The law decides what should happen to such people.

            I will make the same argument even we were talking about IA.

            Berhe

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Abi,
            Allow you to ask you a few questions:
            1. What is wrong in trying to score political points in a political struggle when you enemy is using political points?
            2. Would you drop your gun when the enemy is facing you with a gun because you do not condone violence?
            3. Aren’t you always trying to score political points by misusing any comment that an Eritrean makes where your (known) goals are so obvious for anyone to understand?
            4. Will you stop using comments of others to twist it to serve your motive?
            5. Will you come with your own original ideas instead of plagiarizing comments of others?
            6. Why are you so obsessed with vilifying Eritreans, and extrapolating your hate of individual interlocutors to those who did nothing to you except for being Eritreans ?

            Please stop being Traz neTwq as far as Eritrean issues are concerned and realize they are not in a football game but life and death struggle.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Abi

            According to the opposition book, any PFDJ/YPFDJ member who died, arrested, or who fled the country is a hero, a democratic, a patriot……

            Case in point: Ali Abdu, Andebrhan Weldegergis, Mesfin Hagos, Petros Solomon, Mehret Eyob, Naizgi Kiflu…… But if they are alive walking on the streets of Asmara, they are fascists that need to be weeded out with the teenage YPFDJits.

            Do you get it? If you don’t, let me know – so my Amara wife can translate it to you in Amharic:-)

            ኣማችካ ሠመረ ተስፋይ

          • Abi

            “Selam Semere T
            Yes Yes ብለናል ነገሩ ገብቶናል”

          • Haile S.

            Hi Abi,
            ጎረቤትህ በነጻነቱ ሲሻማ፡
            ኣፍህን ይዘህ የኔ ብለህ ስማ።

          • Abi

            Gashe
            Do you want Abi’s response or Abiyotawi response?

          • Haile S.

            Hi Abi,
            I prefer Abi’s language. Is the difference the yotawi? I had enough of the Guad, the khaki and the Blue Completa a la N-Korea (does anybody remember about BTW?).

          • Abi

            Hi Gashe
            I remember that ugly uniform .
            When it was first introduced those government employees whose salary was over $500 birr were forced to wear it. Also, those guadoch were happily decorated themselves with it.
            You remember the nickname to the uniform? ” እንከባበር!”
            ነፃነት ፍለጋ ምንድን ነው ሁከቱ
            እኛ እንስጣችሁ ከነምርቃቱ

          • Haile S.

            Hi Abi,
            Interesting! It was a show off for earnings, የደሞዝ መለዮ።

          • Kokhob Selam

            Abi ,
            well said “Yes Yes ብለናል ነገሩ ገብቶናል”

          • Haile S.

            Selam ኮኸብ ሰላም፡
            ንፍሓያ ግጥሚ ጥሩምባኻ
            Silence ኣይምልከትን ንኣኻ
            ብቓላት ደብሳ ከይትግንፍል ጀበናኻ።

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            Wow! you didn’t forget the Amharic language. Your comment is always short to the point. I love it.

          • Haile S.

            Thank you Emma,
            You were spoiled by starting school in your mother language.

            ካነ’ኣቢና ከነ’ውብነሽ የዋለ
            በየቡናቤቱ ያውደለደለ
            ጎድን ኣይቀር ጥሬውን የዘለዘለ
            ሌላም ይማራል አንኳን ኣማርኛው ሰምና ወርቅ ያዘለ።

          • Paulos

            Selam Haile,

            Just curious, how many languages do you speak?

          • Haile S.

            Hi Paulos,
            Not a lot, just 4 most probably less than you; Tigrigna, Amharic, English and French. For the rest I use google translate. I am far from being a multilingual person.
            Très amicalement
            Haile

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Haile S,

            Now , I remember just one year back someone ask the same question -once up on time.. just when I was healthy… now that My brain is empty.. I will not be able to challenge.. you no more ..
            can use my Jebena page ?

          • Paulos

            Selam Haile,

            That is actually a lot given the number of people in our society who are at ease with more than three languages. If you randomly ask Eritreans in Diaspora or in Eritrea, I would be surprised if you find who speak more than three languages. I am not saying knowing a few here and there sentences which can get them by but who speak with proficiency.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulo,

            You have really high expectation:(. I just did a random search and found below.

            People who speak three languages are 13% of the world polulation.

            Haile S. will be the 3% and SGJ will be in the 1%.

            Berhe

            Trilingual: A person speaking three languages fluently (13% of world population)
            Multilingual: A person who speaks more than two languages, but used often for four languages or more (3% of world population speak more than 4 languages)

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhe,

            That’s really interesting. I actually didn’t know that. Thanks for the info. Can we do sampling say former Tegadelties where one would expect them to speak at least three languages—Tigrinya, Amharic, English and Arabic. Maybe Mohamuday can shed some light on it. Moreover, since the realization of European Union and when borderless Europe came into being, one would expect any given European citizen to know more than two languages to the very least. That said, the data you came across seems to be a bit modest. What say you Berhe?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            I don’t know to the accuracy, I just searched just being curious. See below since I can’t post the link.

            In Canada for example the majority of English Canadians do not speak French. How ever most French Canadians speak English. My basic observation is that, the minority in any society tend to learn other language (at least to those in power, as means of a need).

            If you look at our region, I have to find any Amhara person (at least those in centre like AA) speak any other Ethiopian language.

            Where as those in Eritrea, Tigray, Harer etc majority of them speak Amharic, it was a need.

            In today Eritrea I don’t think those who speak Tigrinya speak other languages (except English).

            I guess and assume majority people who speak Tigre, probably speak Tigrinya now.

            Considering Africa and Asia and Latin American countries (who most are pure), learning second language like English becomes a necessity. In places like India, their native, Hindi and English is quite common.

            So I think the numbers make sense to me.

            Berhe

            ——-
            How many languages do you speak? Are you monolingual, bilingual, trilingual, multilingual, or polyglot? After reading this article, we would appreciate sharing your experience with us, by commenting below, especially if you speak more than one language. Let’s start by looking at the definition first:

            Monolingual: A person knowing only one language (40% of world population)
            Bilingual: A person using or able to use two languages especially with equal fluency (43% of world population)
            Trilingual: A person speaking three languages fluently (13% of world population)
            Multilingual: A person who speaks more than two languages, but used often for four languages or more (3% of world population speak more than 4 languages)
            Polyglot: Someone with a high degree of proficiency in several languages (less than 1‰ of world population speak 5 languages fluently)

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhe,

            That’s actually very smart point where you said, in Addis for instance people don’t bother to learn other languages for obvious reasons but others do learn Amharic. And what you said about French Canadians makes perfect sense as well. My understanding however was that, most Eritreans particularly those who were born after independence do speak and write Arabic. Don’t they?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            I do not think so.

            May be tes can elaborate more.

            Berhe

          • Berhe Y

            Hi About you Paulos,

            Are you with the 1% percent, I can guess you are with the 13%. AT is not bad, I can just count, SG, Haile S., Ismael AA, MS, iSem, tes

            Berhe

          • Berhe Y

            How can I forget Fanti the greatest…may be saay too…although I don’t his Tigre and Arabic

          • Abi

            Hi Berhe
            When are you going to pay attention?
            There was a link by Vet Mahmud about Saay a while back. In that link you can find everything you need to know about Saaytanish. Languages, education, shoe size (14), type of car , pet (camel) , future plans,….

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhe,

            I speak Italian and can wiggle through French as well. The thing with those Romance languages is that, if you know one, it becomes less harder to muster the others. That said, I will say this and it will land me in trouble with some Awatistas. In my opinion, Amharic is the most beautiful language there is. And equally beautiful is Tigrait (Tigre). I wish I could speak the latter.

          • Haile S.

            Hi Paulos,
            I agree Amharic is the most beautiful language ….., but after Tigrigna. ኣዲኣ ገዲፋስ ሓውቲ እኖኣ ትናፍቕ።

          • Paulos

            Selam Haile,

            Funny. I disagree. Tigrinya abuses the vocal cords and it might get atrophied because of it. Glad our jaws didn’t get bigger because of that as per the now defunct “Phrenology.” Tigrinya as they say is good for ጸርፊ and ቆይቂ.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            By your reason, you are giving Ras Abi, justification why he never bothered to learn Tigrinya.

            From what I can tell, you are of the same generation as I. And our generation, grew up during the Derg times and we never had proper Tigrinya schooling at all. All we learned is spoken language and never had the opportunity (with except few) to study the language.

            Our parents are for the most part who come to Asmara when they were young to work during the Italian times and they have adapted the asmarino tigrina. So we never learned it in school, we never learned it at home in its pure form.

            To make it worse the gedli generation (specially eplf) abused it so much to sound and feel the basic that they have butchered it (with so many Alain concepts that I have no idea what it means). A lot of people disagree and the grand chief (IA) give him lots of credit for making it “pure”.

            I can say I had a little bit unique experience, as I grew up with someone (haleqa) who use to work for my father. He spoke the languege in its purest form and when I heard the video of (Shiek Siraj is it) he reminded me of him.

            I don’t know if you had a chance to go but next time you go to ERITREAN Orthodox Church, and notice if the priest is, sort of hagreseb kind and pay attention a little closer. If he says “ok” even once he doesn’t count :).

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawuna Berhe
            Every Amharic speaker speaks Tigrinya when drunk . You don’t learn Tigrinya . It comes naturally after the ale.

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhe,

            What I like about you is that you always bring valid points to the issue at hand and I equally agree with what you said. I remember my lowest grade in the matriculation exam was Amharic simply because not only that I was never bothered to study it but typical of my generation (you and I are of the same age) I grew up accepting that it was the language of the “enemy.” Of course, now I regret it but again I didn’t or we didn’t know any better. That said, to come back to the point you pointed out, perhaps we don’t know Tigrinya the language of our forefathers in its pristine form where it got adulterated by the vagaries of history among others. Please educate us and keep bringing your mature points. Thank you.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Paulos,
            .
            Paulos, let me address you as Saint Paulos for the moment at this emotional state. You are absolutely right. You wont get any trouble from this Awatista member but praise for your courage.
            .
            You know what, when was the last time you laughed really hard, I mean deep authentic laugh, purely from the way the language was used to express a joke, an idea or a story. It was during your interactions with compatriots using that Amharic language.
            All the laughter you experience in other languages is o.k as o.k goes but never makes you cry involuntarily as Amharic does.
            .
            I am pretty sure other mother tongue languages may elicit the same feeling, and that is fair enough, but Amharic is mine and yours.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • sara

            selam Haile,
            4 are a lot to muster but since you are into linguals ,will be good if you also add Arabic and make them 5 .

          • Haile S.

            Hi Sara,
            You are absolutely right. I need to delve into that, time permitting. Knowing Arabic is a great asset for amateurish history Gurus like me, in addition to being my national language.

          • sara

            Dear-Haile,
            thank you for heeding my call, my suggestion was out of true social aspect not political
            as the future of Eritrea is tide up with the Mideast rather than else where.
            imagine, by the year 2030 , majority of our people will have some one from their family who live in the Arab world and going back home if you have to enjoy the socio-culturral aspect of the good eritrean social life,it will be mostly inter connected through Arab language and culture.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Sara,
            I agree with your analysis. We are not going to graft Eritrea some where else. We need to graft ourselves to the reality. My answer was genuine.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            “We need to graft ourselves to the reality” is marked for quotation. A single sentence that explains a lot.

            Regards

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            Indeed I am from the generation who were fed at schools with “non fat milk nutritions” distributed from US during the Kennedy presidency. You are also right that I am from the generation who were taught all the subject in Tigrigna up to 5th grade. Until up to 6th grade we had a three semister school year, where we start Amharic as subject in the 2nd semister our 5th grade school year. So your comment is spot on.

            Second, you excel the “debtera” Abi in your poetic Amharic language. In the democratic Eritrea you will be dispatched as Amassador of Eritrea to Ethiopia.

            Regards

          • Haile S.

            Thank you Emma for the complement,
            If I go to Addis on any official mission, I am afraid I will go to the places I knew in my earlier life. Do you remember weTeTo endaboy Andu, where aboy Andu’s Mule borrowed by his wide for one Satuday market refuses to heed to the wife’s direction and takes her to abiy Andu’s concubine’s swa house and the later comes out saying እእእልልል አዋይ መጺኹም አምበኣር።

          • Paulos

            Selam Haile,

            ወጠጦ ‘ዳቦይዓንደ is classic and full of funny anecdotes. I am actually getting fuzzy about some of the stories in it. One funny story whether it is or not goes something like this. While he was on a plane, he got into an argument with a passenger and said to him, do you wanna step outside and handle it like a man? It was while the plane was in a cruising altitude.

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            ምነው ወዳጄ ባልንጀራዬን ከባለአጋሬ ጠምደህ አመጣህብኝ?
            “ከኑግ የተገኘህ ሰሊጥ አብረህ ተወቀጥ” እንዳይሆን ጉዳዩን ንቀን ትተነዋል::

          • Tzigereda

            Selam Semere,
            According to your PFDJ book an eritrean is either a hero or a traitor (you become a traitor as soon as you oppose the eritrean government) but never a citizen. There lies the problem. A citizen should have the right to criticise a government, a citizen should have the right to be brought to court what ever crime he might have done. As simple as that. What is the use of the whole twisting?

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Tzigereda

            “According to your PFDJ book……”

            PFDJ book is not my book. In my entire life – never been EPLF fighter, never been member of EPLF mass organizations, never been PFDJ membership card holder……

            To the rest of your comment……. I don’t have any problem with it.

            Semere Tesfai

          • iSem

            BY:
            Semere has his own definition of independence and citizenship
            Independence is being rule by your own, no matter if they are killers like the foreigner, it is better to enslaved by your own is Sem T’s definition of independence
            And you know his definition of citizenship
            But to some of us Eritrea has its piece of close in the UN, the hoisted flag, its currency but still it is not liberated, it is independence of Ethiopia. or Eri separated from Ethiopia and to begin with Eri was not under colonization when Ethiopia, it was under a tyranny, and now it is under tyranny, same thing with different name and soon some people will celebrate their captivity.
            The struggle as intimated by Saediya in 1968, after the HS army looted villages to mothers in Solomuna was for liberty and dignity not to hoist a flag, to liberated stones and barren land.
            I am sure if you asked Semere in 1982 when his clothes were soaked in blood from the civil war would nothave said he was fighting for removing the Ethiopians, he would have said the following:
            To be self ruled and on the rubbles of Dergi to build a free country that subservient to rule of law, but 35 years on, he has been gripped by majority takes all

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam ISem

            I got a question for you. What have we learned (should we learn) from Barka LaElay (1972), Gereger (1972), Weki-Zager (1974), Hashenit (1979) and from 1980 and 1981.

            How long should we repeat the same thing hoping to get different result?

            Semere Tesfai

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Berhe Y

            “Do you call that (Eritrea) an independent country……?” Absolutely!

            But I got a question for you. Let’s say Isaias is gone for good – and you didn’t like the government that followed, and the government after that, and the one after that………. would Eritrea ever be independent?

            Semere Tesfai

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi SemereT,
            ..and what does Hayat smell?

          • Abi

            You smell like a Queen!
            Coco Chanel Mademoiselle to be exact.

  • Brhan

    Hello SAAY,
    It is a good message for YPF(DJ) members to rethink if for example the photos they took with the dictator and his cadre Yemane G/Ab were a big mistake, and they were fooled to do so.
    The European case with regard to YPFDJ members is phenomenon . Most of the members reside in Europe. The case is different in North America. What aspect and tactic is the regime exploiting and using respectively that the opposition fail to do so? I wish you cover this in your next issue.
    Thanks

    • saay7

      Selamat Brhan:

      YPFDJ was founded long AFTER 9/18: after the disappearance of G-15; the closing of the private press and arrest of journalists; the cancellation of elections and suspension of the constitution. How did a government who did all of these find followers who live in countries that cherish constitutions, rule of law, elections, due process and independent press?
      I think there are several reasons for this including the fact that many Eritreans–including our own Simon here–think Eritrea needs a strongman “for a while”; that the parents of the YPFDJ are supporters of the government. But the most powerful one, I think, is that one that Mahmud Saleh alluded it: the psychological appeal. PFDJ went straight to the Maslow Hierarchy of needs and targeted the psychological ones (need for belonging and need for self-esteem), something that the members of YPFDJ found lacking in their countries of birth in North America and Western Europe. Of course some guy named Ali Abdu also expanded the reach of Eri-TV all the way to them, making it easier for them to make a connection with the homeland (music videos!) without having to go to boring “community centers.”

      What the opposition failed to do? That is a very, very long list, isn’t it Brhan? How much time do you have.

      saay

  • Hayat Adem

    Selamat Everyone,
    That is really nice. I like it. Fantastic. Leaving Trump aside, I mean it.
    I have been looking for this kind of messages- purpose and audience specific. And i would say, it is a strategically critical demography to target. First, because PFDJ is captivating them by talking. Nothing else. They are not talking to them under the gun. They are just feeding infoganda onto them for the purpose of captive loyalism. If PFDJ could win them by telling them deceptive info and lies, it is not a hopeless thing to try to win them back or at least make them doubt by talking to them with facts and the truth.
    These are a demographic group over whom PFDJ has no physical control and blackmailing leverage. I would say, there maybe a late comer’s disadvantage, but i believe it is a fair game to be seriously considered for many reasons. First, any level of success is going to be painful to PFDJ and will put them on defensive. Secondly, I want to see the polarized confrontation in exile to die down. Don’t get me wrong, the incident in Veldhoven was a necessary shock and it will have its own place in our history. But I hate to see young Eritreans being left to PFDJ permanently. Thirdly, that is the only experimental field change seekers can exercise the trial and error of perfecting their messages to win people from the PFDJ camp. Fourth, it is easier to reason with youngsters who live in a democracy world about the hellish system PFDJ creats and runs. And more…
    Saay’s article does part of all these and beyond. Thanks Saay.

    • iSem

      Hi Hayat and Sal:
      I know, I know, Sal has not said in my face, although he will say it one day when I drive him crazy (fesh ms abelkwo), but I know he calls me pessimistic in chief or bad boy of awate in my back and because of that I have a bone to pick with Sal and my revenge is when all my prophecies about PFDJ and YPFDJ come true and we will settle our bets in his cigar store 🙂 one day inshaallah!
      Now, this article is beautiful in many levels, in prose, vision, tact, strategy. Trouble is, it has the wrong target, the YPFDJ and like any Eritrean, like any genuine Eritrean and my definition of Eritrean is not based on Semere Tesfay’s checklist so you know, the writer has not learned from history like the genuine Eritreans before him and hence he is hard-pressed to be angry at YPFDJ because he is assuming the YPFDJ (aptly named Hitler’s Youth) are normal youth like his daughter with ethics and decency. The similarity between Welet-Saleh and YPFDJ begins and ends at their age.
      PFDJ’s MO is to utilize smart, loud and outwardly patriotic people at the helm and then the rest it does not care, if they are mentally ghettoized, unreformed criminals, failures. Oh and softened by their age Sal was very kind and gracious to them when he said this: “…..by distracting them with pleasures of the flesh (porn in Orwell’s “1984” and endless dances–“gwayla”– in PFDJ’s Eritrea.”
      The article is the wrong medicine, notwithstanding its beauty, clarity, and devoid of self righteousness, of superiority, and laden with integrity and honesty and genuine need to inform, inspire and touch these fresh faced, but mentally senile kids, who cannot appreciate the liberties that is bestowed upon them by their home countries. Sal falls into the same erroneous Eritrean sensibility of , “there are our sons and daughters, they cannot possibility hurt us, the genuine Eritrean sensibility cannot fathom, is unable to grasp the concept that their own bretherne can do them harm and so they take the highest road possible and while they trek the less travelled road, the road that is not for the faint hearts, their so called brothers and sisters, sons and daughters will cut the shortest possible path and will do “kirreffu” 😉

      • Selamat iSEM,

        There you are. I missed you sincerely. I have an article in mind based on the wealth of volumes you have penned. And, who needs Gheteb. I am confident you will be willinglh my POW. The Enigmatic Mathematics, our common language, alone will get ya! My offer for your offer, more like an editors collaboration via Google Docs still stands. Saay 7 will be hardened soon enough. The brother is the only Eritrean who has broken through the glass sealing sort to speak. Long before you iSEM and “Queen” Hyatt Adem flanked Captain Saay7, AmEritrean was incubating and innovating in the basement of awate1.0+.

        Stored potential energy turning kinetic rather quickly…
        And who do I ask for purged portions of words neatly ten pounds in weight?/Any idea?/

        Rule of 69.3:: (1+I/4)^n/4.

        Let’s keep it the debate heavy on science and math

        Hola MCSM – Manhattan Center of Science and Mathematics HS
        E 116 Street and Pleasant on. Spanish Harlem, NYC.

        Be Optimistic iSEM.. WINNING! Winnining 21/2 Men! Winning!

        Ruleof72 Kishafa40.

        Thank you on numerous levels. You are resourceful indeed albeit with a very erroneous Narrative.

        I am Captain Saay7’s Key Maker from the Matrix.
        I will not allow you, YZ and Q.HA- The Hawks posers soften him. He is as HARD AS THEY COME!

        tSAtSE

        • Hayat Adem

          Hi tSatSe,
          …and why do you put my hard won title within a “quotation” always? Don’t ever pretend I haven’t noticed. A Queen is a Queen or none. In my colony, there is no room for doubting. This is totally unbecoming of an ant. Ants never doubt their queen. They are always duty minded and practice a perfected allegiance. Correct and redress the matter while you can before …

          • Haile S.

            Your Majesty,
            I thought these were the silhouette of your crown.
            your humble subject

      • saay7

        Hey Cuz iSem:

        I thought I called you the Bad Boy of awate directly not behind your back? 🙂

        I can’t add more to what Hayat said, but will anyway. That is: we in the Diaspora have a very good excuse for why we are not able to influence-to-action Eritreans youth in Eritrea. They live in a police state. All they are trying to do is escape a predator*

        But the Eritrean youth in the Diaspora, particularly in North America and Europe, well that we have a fighting chance with if we can present an alternative. One that satisfies their need to belong to something other than the “host country” while showing them that they don’t have to have dual values–one at home, and one for Eritrea. True, there is a cost they have to pay for this–the chance to visit Eritrea–but telling them that sacrificing today’s reward (visit home) for tomorrow’s reward (a peaceful democratic Eritrea) should be placed with the honorable tradition of Ghedli which is their legacy. Not saying it is easy but I am saying it’s worth the effort.

        Saay

        * there is a Wegahta TV documentary on what the predatory state is doing to Eritrean youth. Hundreds of hundreds of images of National Service members which shows their picture, name, age, and their military service identifier (division, batallion, etc.). All set to music on a loop playing patriotic songs. It’s haunting maddening aggravating…

  • Abi

    Hi All
    “Double Think”
    It can be roughly translated in Amharic like the following
    በአንድ እራስ ሁለት ምላስ
    This concept has been practiced and perfected by majority Eritreans for decades.
    In their struggle for independence, Eritreans used to say they were colonized by Ethiopia and at the same time they were bragging how they run the country ( Ethiopia) by controlling all aspects of government and business.
    It is generational double thinking! Why is it new all of a sudden?
    Just pass the torch!

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Abi,

      If you have nothing positive to contribute then, please keep it to your self.

      For a change, why can’t you be an idea guy (a problem solvers, solution finder), why don’t you write your own ideas, pleans, instead of picking on peoples comments and articles, criticizing day in and day out without contributing anything positive. Why don’t you in the front line for a change, to write something, to say something and then, may be then you will appreciate what feels like to be criticized day in and day out.

      Granted you have the right like everyone else to comment but it doesn’t hurt to be positive once in a while.

      Berhe

      • MerHaba B Y,

        Divergent qiyqi robbing the due respect and attention on Eritrea’s young. You expressed Teddy Afro and the arguments rather supperbly. Do not your irritation with anything PFDJ goad you to Qiyqa and diversionary tacktics.

        Abu Asher Weapon X Evilution The Narrative Imperative will take no prisoners. Once Bitten Twice Shy.
        Even if I have to become the “Nsu” of Eri Opposition.

        Regards,..
        tSAtSE
        2ueces

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Tsatse,

          Thanks I will remember that. I don’t know in why you write “Abu Asher or Abu Ashera” but my introduction of the word is sort of weird way.

          I heard it the first time in Asmara and every time you write it, it reminds me.

          Berhe

          • Berhe Yenan,

            Abu Ashera Jemari Sewra is my introduction. It is the Riffle Hamid Idris Awate and the early fighters utilized as they increased their weapons by ribbing Ethiopian Armories. Abi us right and PMMZ to deport them all was purely out if fear from Eritreans “Double Think.” Though within this context Saay7’s intet to.impower Young Eritreans by exposing doubletjinkets that are robbing or at the very least stagnating YPFDJ Full Potential. He has an ally here, as I intend to narate Elias Amere’s stories directly later. Because it is facts, true occurrences with good intent to impowered and also BECAUSE I CAN.

            tSAtSR

          • Berhe Y

            Dear TsaTse,

            Apparently Elias Amare is coming to Toronto to hold a seminar “hijiwn yPFDJ, we are yPFDJ and yPFDJ is us” slogan, apparently the topic is the challenge they faced in Holland.

            I mean these people, don’t they have something better to do. Is this really such an important topic that they can market it like “the Rally disrupted by Bernie supporters” as Trump called it.

            Can they just postpone the conference and hold it in Eritrea? How far is Eritrea from Holland another few hours of flight and the hotel is not as expensive if the flight cost the worry.

            Berhe

          • sara

            ato berhe
            Elias is coming to Toronto from Sudan not from Holland. he did give a seminar in kassala and Khartoum , i don’t know how he will connect with people in Toronto , but he did well in sudan. i think he knows well sudan like semere A.

          • Mez

            Dear Sara,

            I would say Toronto–Canada is quite a different animal than the Sudan.

            Thanks

          • iSem

            Hi Sara:
            Is this Elias Wodo-Gebba: (Aka Elias Amara)
            yes, he studied in Comboni, but I am not sure if he knows Sudan that well, but I am sure that he would never connect with the youth in Sudan now. These are the victims of PFDJ, survivors of shoot to kill, survivors of Rashaida kidnapping, survivors of the slave camp called sawa
            Ma huwwa miyyarik for success sara?

          • sara

            ya hala semir,
            balash tezaal akhi semir… i was just sharing what i heared last last Friday when i met family friends during an outing for the weekend near gebel Takka. maybe its aqawill.

          • Berhe Y

            hi Sara,

            I really do not care how this guys or any government representative connect with the people or not. The fact is, they are forcing people to leave their countries and exposing our young people, to so much hardship.

            So blaming those who demonstrate or cancel the meeting is really something else…that is beside the point.

            Berhe

      • Mez

        Dear Berhe,

        Abi sounds a little anoying–and an outlier; hit him hard by penning down your logic.

        People in the forum are eager to learn and chop-in too.

        Thanks

      • Abi

        Hawuna Berhe
        You couldn’t handle the truth. What was that movie by the great Jack Nicholson where he was playing a marine general? ” A few Good Men “?
        You can always skip my comments.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Abi,

          I wish you can handle the truth.

          Berhe

    • Selam Gash Abi,

      You are right as I suspect that even now it might be the case. Hold tight and him Billy Joel’s “Up town girl in a downtown world ” As I have said, Abu Ashera is based on the Principle Base1,: Our collective journey and effort is Greater. As a Kazanchis Arada a d Street Intelligence Cat, surely you recognize it without question,

      tSAtSE

      • Abi

        Hi Solomon
        You ain’t kidding! Although I don’t call myself arada I have spent a lot of time around Kazanchis.

    • Brhan

      Hello Abi,
      Did you live in Eritrea as a civilian or military person?
      Thanks

      • Abi

        Hi Brhan
        Never lived in the former province. Next question?

        • Peace!

          Abish,

          I think you have already answered the next question that you are not qualified to make such remark.

          ** Do you know jealousy gives you wrinkles:)

          Peace!

          • Abi

            Hi Peace
            Why do I have to live in Eritrea to know about Eritreans. You must be kidding. You ruled Ethiopia till 1998 where I lived all my life.
            What is to be jealous about?

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            Because a jealous persons always think negative and their thoughts are destructive toward others. And the excuse you gave to keep pretending as if you know the minds and hearts of majority Eritreans is ironically funny. 911 for reality check:)

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Hi Peace
            “911 for reality check”
            Nah. Try 1991 or 1993 for reality check.
            Better yet 1961-1998 for reality check.
            The era you ruled Ethiopia while being under colonization. How ironic!

          • Abraham H.

            Hi Abi, I agree with you on this colonization thing; how could a poorer nation colonize a more richer and technologically more advanced nation? Never seen in history.

          • Abi

            Hi Abraham
            You are slowly waking up.
            It is the same people who came from the ” more richer and more technologically advanced ” place perfected the art of double thinking.
            They called Ethiopia backward and a colonizer in the same breath.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi Abi, colonizer was wrong term; it was rather a vicious foreign occupier.

          • Abi

            Hi Abraham
            “vicious foreign occupier”
            Help me here
            You won the war in 1991
            Your referendum was 1993 (98%!)
            What percentage of Eritreans left Ethiopia before the border war? Logic dictates it should be at least 98% since they were living under the brutal and ” vicious foreign occupier”.
            I have more questions based on your answers.
            Thanks.
            To recap
            You have already said Ethiopia was backward . Eritrea was technologically advanced.
            You have also said Ethiopia was a vicious foreign occupier.

          • Thomas

            Hi Abi,

            You said, “Your referendum was 1993 (98%!)”. Correction: the result of the referendum was 99.8 NOT 98%. Again, 99.8% Vote Yes, 98% Voter Turnout.

          • Abi

            Tommy
            Thanks. 99.8%!!!!!
            I stand corrected. However, the question remains the same. What percentage of those Eritreans who voted for netsanet voluntarily left Ethiopia which is described as a backward and vicious occupier, by the Great Abraham Hannibal.
            Any idea? Give me some numbers.

          • Thomas

            Hi Abi,
            If Eritreans in great numbers had to stay in Sudan and that was after
            our independence, why should I be surprised for the Eritreans’ decision
            to stay in their former nation:) Remember, we were one nation and the
            Eritrean people had to live else where in Ethiopia, it will be a choice
            for an individual Eritrean to stay or live his/her country of residence.
            It is really a tough decision to make especially the tough love we
            have with our brothers and sisters across the border:)

          • Abi

            Tommy
            I’ll call back later. Try to come up with a better idea than this.

          • Paulos

            Selam Abraham,

            I am trying to understand your logic. How can a backward nation colonize a more advanced nation? I say the reverse should hold true where Eritrea was the colonizing force instead where it fought for thirty years not to get rid itself of Ethiopia but to get rid of Ethiopia.

          • Abi

            Hi Paul
            The title of the article is ” Double Thinking “.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi Paulos, are you telling me the 30-year Eritrean war for self-determination was a colonization of Ethiopia? Well, what else could I expect from a YG foot-soldier and one of the loud Ethiophiles in this forum?

          • Paulos

            Selam Abraham,

            Absolutely not. You said it yourself right where the struggle was for self determination not so much a struggle against colonialism. Simply because Eritrea was never colonized except for 60 years by Italy. Eritrea had been part of Ethiopia like the other provinces since forever if you will. The Eritrean people opted to be separated not again a justification based on historical realities but simply they wanted to be separated like the other provinces in Ethiopia with a full right if they want to be separated.

          • Selam Abraham H. and Abi,

            I believed and I still believe that you (A.H) are among those who live outside the eritrean-elites’-bubble world-view of the past; such as we are better, special people, superior, richer and technologically more advanced, etc that brought gedli with all its painful chapters. The new bubble, the famous euphoria after 1991, characterized by we are invincible, the can do everything people, the sky is our limit, we succeed against all odds, the quintessential and the pristine people, etc, brought the 1998-2000 war of destruction. I thought that the bubble has burst and eritreans are now living in the real world, and not in the world of their imagination, except the few, especially regime supporters.
            I do understand that sometimes it is difficult to chew and swallow abi’s comments. It is true that at the same time one can find gems in them. Of course, we ethiopians comment from somehow vantage point, and that could be our weakness. Abi, the stubborn gondere, (K.S. knows very well gonderes) does not change easily. How flavorless would his comments be if he starts writing as I do. What I would have liked to suggest is that a teaspoonful of sugar will help the medicine go down. I am sure Abi will not include regime supporters.

        • Peace!

          Abish,

          Former province?? Funny! It reminds me ከአንኮበርና ከጎንደር ተነስተው በየቦታው እየተኙ አራቸውን እያንጠበጠቡ መጥተው ነው ዛሬ አዲስ አበባ የኛ ናት ለማለት የበቁት። ሲባል ስምታሀል? በቃ ያደርክበት ቦታ ሁሉ የኔ ነው!

          Peace!

          • Abi

            Hi Peace
            አልሰማሁም
            አይሰማም
            ጨዋታ ጨምረሃል

        • Brhan

          Hi Abi,
          I am sorry Abi but this reality can be hard for you to swallow: Ethiopians have positive atitude towards Eritreans, even during hard times!

          • Abi

            Hi Brhan
            I know that Ethiopians always HAD a positive attitude towards Eritreans at all times. However, the reverse has never been always true.
            What else do you want me to swallow?

          • Brhan

            Then you are irrelevant

          • Abi

            Hi Brhan
            ተዋሪድና!!!

    • sara

      ato Abi,
      why do most of them disagree with you most of the time when ever you comment, and the irony is they share the language you speak Amharic.. , how is that?

      • Abi

        Sariti
        The problem is not semantics. Actually, Eritreans agree only when they disagree with me. That is ironic.

        • sara

          Ato abi,
          The other irony is, I am the only one who agrees with you on how we have to live as good neighbors.

      • Haile S.

        Hi Sara and all,
        ቋንቋ …. ሃብት ነው። Did Meskerem Beqele said that?.
        Sara, Abi is like the north american Snapping Turtle. Once he holds, he doesn’t let go. Abi has Eritrean independence between his molars (as we say in tigrigna) and he is not ready to open. May be he will if we invite him a Barka Cow zlzl one 24 May. He also has the carapace of a Galapagos Tortoise; nothing can penetrate it, even reason itself! Like GT, Abi is an endangered species, we need to conserve him here in Awate.

        • Abi

          Selam Gashe
          Do you know sea turtles live up to 100 years? ኃይሌን ያላየ ኤሊ ያደንቃል

          • Haile S.

            Hi Abi,
            እኔ ነቨርሲቲ ይገባሁት ዱሪ ሲወጣ
            ኣንተ የደረስከው ኣቢይ ከመጣ
            ምነው ኣስረጀኸኝ ባፍላው ልጅነቴ
            ጥርሴን ሳትመረምር እንደ በቅሎ መርሃቤቴ

          • Abi

            Hi Gashe
            እንዴት ነው ነገሩ?
            አንተ ታድያ ድግሪህንና ጡረታህን አንድ ላይ ብትቀበል ወጣት ልትሆን ኖሯል?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Abo,

            who said 100 years? ask kokhob about creature called turtles…

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            Tell me your turtle is older than 100 years and younger than you.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Abishy..

            How…
            twisted sentence you wrote?

  • Nitricc

    Hey SAAY, Well, I am not sure how to address the following take of yours. you said

    “Since he left, he has been giving a series of interviews to assenna.com and smerr (Paltalk) expounding on the nature of the PFDJ–his series on why the Eritrean Airlines went defunct was particularly illuminating (listen to it and you will understand why Eritrea will never have a functioning Eritrean Airlines, ever) and he has a show on the Paris-based Radio Erena. All of these the government ignored. He was only captured by their radar when he became the organizing force behind the movement that interrupted the YPFDJ (your) festival in The Netherlands”

    ” Eritrea will never have a functioning Eritrean Airlines, ever” really? wow! Okay, if the airline was led by this so Brainy person and the airline is failed, who is then to blame? I am just following your argument. He led it and it failed, where is the responsibility and accountability? if that is not enough, to say Eritrea will never have functioning airline is insult to the new and incoming generation who are committed to take this nation to the promised land. I know establishing and maintaining an airline is a tough business but never-ever? come-on SAAY show some fate to the upcoming generation.
    Regarding his action in Netherland, well, till I saw the clip, I had no idea who that person was and listening without knowing who he was, well, I was embarrassed such Eritrean existed. And I am not surprised the Airline is failed. But speaking of double think; if he is for justice, human right and the freedom to assembly why is he opposing if the same rights that dear to his hearts are exercised by others?

    • MerHaba KindishiH,,

      I see “The Best” and am sure Gheteb is close bye.

      MajmuAA, its a party now!

      Keep it G! One Thousand. I will bother Mr. Elias Amare for The Baily Papers my Self, probably over twitter or Tesfanewa forum. We have history! And The Standon17! It is On Like Onkey Kong. Don’t try to hide behind Saay7. His part one narrative not his best and he will.also feel not escape the wrath of X. Which he really shaped I’m the first place WITH [Unbound]

      tSAtSE

      • Nitricc

        Hey Tsatse; you know and i know that we will build Eritrea with “quantum optics”! Believe

        • Paulos

          Nitrikay,

          Are you familiar with the expression ነጢርካ ኦክያለ?

          • Berhe Y

            Paulo,

            Ask him in Amharic. The other day he didn’t know what “meqaSrti” means.

            Berhe

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Nitricc,

      If you would look for his interviews and paltalk speeches and discussions you would understand why the so called air line failed. I really recommend you to read or listen to what he had reported because I am sure you will understand how things are managed in Eritrea.

      One of the points I heard him stating was that the mere payment of outstanding (arrears) airport fares was unimaginably frustrating undertaking. For approval of a few thousand dollars he had to go through the whole cumbersome process.

      The relevant authority would tell him to ask the next level one, and this too would show him the way to next and so on and so forth until he would reach Hagos Kisha, and Hagos would tell him “neti sebay belo imber ane intay kgebreka”. Then, you have the headache of knocking at the door of the president’s secretary and that would take weeks. By that time the plane missed flights to the involved airports which meant loss of funds. So, I would not be so stone hearted not to sympathize with Kubrom and his ordeal.

      Regards

      • Nitricc

        Hey Ismail AA: I see what you are saying but my point was, i was taken when SAAY used the word “Never-ever” and that is what i was addressing to. To be honest with you, i have no idea how the Eritrean system work, i was simply displaying what i believe in a normal business responsibility, that is if you are the head of the of something then you are responsible whether the business is up or down and i was commenting from the viewpoint and personal believe. Thank you for suggested web-sites and interviews but at this point, i am struggling to find the time to say a word or two in awate.com but when i get the time, i will check it out.
        Regards!

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Nitricc, yes, “Eritrea will never have a functioning Eritrean Airlines, ever”, as long as the inept and above all ill-wisher DIA is in power in the country. Did you listen how he was belittling and downplaying the Asmara Airport, the biggest and capital city airport in the country about two years ago? When are you going to be convinced that DIA is working for the dismantlement of everything good in Eritrea?

      • Nitricc

        He Abraham; now i know after SAAY clarified his take. Thanks for your take.

    • saay7

      Hey Nitrricay:

      Been a long time. I considered it self explanatory but perhaps I should have included “as long as IA is president of Eritrea” in the article as to why Eritrea can’t and won’t have an airline that is in business for more a year or two.

      For details, I recommend you listen to its former GM, Kinrom Dafla, in his interviews with Smerrr and Assenna available on YouTube. The YPFDJ may have many brilliant people but for as long as IA insists on calling the shots on everything and continues to go from on blunder to another without learning from his mistakes (hard to do when he often says “we never make mistakes”) then it’s a lost cause.
      saay

      • Nitricc

        Hey SAAY; well i am glad for the clarification. I am relieved knowing that what you meant was during PIA’s rule. The reason I questioned your take is that I look very much up to you. I appreciate your resolve and the line of your reasoning and the differentiation of the government from the what is the best interest of the nation. I respect your ability to separate what is personal and what is national and the rest of the people of Eritrea. I am the first one to admit to you that our state of the union is not ideal and may be concerning but i guarantee you, we will fix it. As long as i consume oxygen, i promise you that Eritrea will be everything and more what we have paid for. I rather see and be welling Eritrea to disintegrate to pieces rather than see Eritrea is not worth her citizen’s of the daring sacrifices they have endured. we will make Eritrea worth of all the sacrifices. However, Time is everything, we must wait for our turn to carry our generational responsibility to the highest order. the point is when you have one life to spare, what would you do with it? I can’t think any better than make Eritrea the most viable nation to reflect the sacrifice of the Eritrean people. THE END!
        having said that the last ten days i spend touring Europe for work and I came to know that the Ethiopian government was reading my posts in awate.com. i know you remember that i was arguing that how the Ethiopian airline’s namely the dreamliner were named after the Chinese, “the great wall of china” and they were naming it after the Indian “Taj Mahal”, well, the Ethiopian government took my argument to the heart. i was in Dublin and and i saw Ethiopian dreamliner airplane and it was named “Addis Abeba” and within two days in London airport , i sow another ethiopian dreamliner named after “Melles” then after I landed in NY i saw another dreamliner named after Lalibela. You see, i have enough sense to knock some sense to nonsense Ethiopian leaders. Point? Believe that we got enough sense to make sensible Eritrea.

  • MS

    Selam Saleh (aka SAAY)
    We the YPFDJ (disclosure of signatories not necessary) have read your article, and everyone of us failed to get its gist. The reason seems to be in its sophistication. You see, we like simplified templates, yes just templates, who cares the nitty-gritty of those templates, just ready-made and easy to grasp slogans, which saves a lot of time for guayla (you know we love to dance, so please save us from wasting our time in trying to crack open your sophisticated analyses. Here is how our mindset operates:
    1. simple and upbeat slogans (Nsu nHna…; patriots versus wayane/CIA; Nationalists versus subnationalists…nKid Traay…eti genmel ykeyd eti kelbi…); easy ones, OK. We versus them, black and white, no gray areas…even the thing you call “double think” operates within this realm: you switch one thought/belief to play out the other, a binary operation…easy…even PFDJ cadres could understand it…
    2. We believe to know who our Nsu is. We bet you don’t know who your Nsu is. And that is the problem…You see, that makes sense…
    3. PFDJ makes us feel important, you know the marginalization and racism that exist in the western world…under PFDJ, we feel like we have found a cause to be involved in, to be active participants…we don’t know if the monkeys really consider us as active stakeholders in the things we talk about, but who cares…it’s the power we feel we have finally found and the euphoria that we care about…and the dances too; we love to dance. We dance when we hear people are shipped off to unmarked prisons without due process; we dance when there is news that hundreds of our compatriots could be perishing in the high seas…we dance. Do you guys provide us with Guaylas (dance concerts)? Do you guys make us feel important and involved…please let us know, and make it in simple templates….We love you; and it is an excellent article, still with a grain of double think (tsk,tsk).
    Yours from YPFDJ, who have no commitment to Eritrea.
    Excellent talk without

    • saay7

      Hala MaHmuday:

      There was a comment Tes wrote about YPFDJ. I don’t know when it was and I can’t quote it verbatim but it was something to the effect that they are not zombies but, they–at least their leaders–are well versed and politically indoctrinated to a PFDJ socio-politico-economic worldview. When I heard this, which was contrary to what I had heard, I did some research and the information Tes provided to be very valid.

      That being the case, well, hold on, let me first ask if that is your understanding too? If it is, don’t you think an effective way to deal with that is by presenting an alternative point-of-view that attempts to challenge their world view intellectually, although it can’t match the emotional (mdrey, Haleley, reemey) factor which is not my strong suit?

      The rest, I refer you to the posting by Hayat: she made a compelling case for why we have nothing to lose and everything to gain by not dismissive them as lost causes.

      saay

    • iSem

      Confessions of YPDJ ciitizen
      Dear tegadalai Neber MS,
      Dear tegadali kkewin zhalim Saleh
      We at the YPFDJ received your comment and your article. Both of you are wrong, like Dafla was wrong, like Smerr is wrong, like Wedi Ali was wrong, like the G15 were wrong, like the journalists were wrong, You followed suit and you misunderstood us as the said persons/groups have misunderstood our dear leader IA, like all of them underestimated PFDJ’ ambassador to the nation of YPFDJ, Yemane Moneky. And we like to be misunderstood, the more we are misunderstood the more the party, the binge drinking and whoring, the dancing, the donning of the jalabiya are protracted
      We are two kinds, the cream like those who debated Gadi and Sheilla after the UN report have some papers to brandish, some accolades to brag about and their choice is not by accident, I will not mention it in this message, but go and study these two and like a math puzzle the pattern will emerge and then follow the poof
      But the rest of us like the two are native to our western countries, we speak the language and we l know the culture of our counties like the palm of our hands, so we can identify with our western peers, we have nothing in common with you and your kids except maybe age, but we have no difference with the kids of the nations we call home during the day, so for most part we are not looking for belonging, rather were looking for prominence because most of us failed and it is not our fault, our parents were running to the EPLF meeting during our formative years, our mother to the Askalu M groups, what was their name? So we could not compete here, but we can shine in Eritrea, not because of our accomplishments but because of our dapper attrie and the whiff of the smell of the shampoo on our curly and afro hair
      We are not the sharpest knife in the drawer but we know the no party lasts for eternity and our party, our YPFDJ nation, the most diverse and multicultural nation and the ambassador of PFDJ will never last for ever and we are just enjoying and then Allah Karim. Do not be fooled, we also know that what the amb.Yemane tells us that we will inherit Eritrea is false and we do not believe any of it, we node, we smirk and we just move to the next dance, and the new trend in enjoying the flesh. Afterr that mot kem adam, while you split your hair how to get rid of PFDJ we would be gone to the next habit we will develop to please our pleasure seeking self and along the way if people are repressed, raped, or drawn or disappear for decades we careless.
      Even after PFDJ is removed, the YPFDJ nation will survive in some form, remember we diverse and scattered all over, like the Internet our route to form the nation YPFDJ is not one, so we can find our nitche in your new Eritrea, in the form of criminals, or busy buddies, whatever, we will figure it out later, but for now, life is short, the success in the western countries is long shot for us, blame our parents who run after EPLF meetings, so we have these nation, a new concept of a nation without borders, so we will not need military, your taxes will protect each country and by extension YPGFDJ is protected. Like Alcoholic anonymous we meet and we have each other and the transient words of the amb, to our nation,
      Long live the your misunderstanding

  • Selamat Saay7,

    I look forward to your part 2. The story regarding Kibrom Dafla you have shared, took me back to Khartum Telata,, the EPLF Office/Be it tSiHfet circa Year end 1978/79, For Two reasons.

    1. After The Eritrean Students Association of North America and Europe, (some you recognize perhaps like Tbe Late Abraham MIT + Azzezet, The Late Mustopha Saleh + Tikhha’s, Haregu, The Late Negga Haile + Sara etc, Hakim Snu and Genet …NYc.) Under the leadership of the Late MengiateAb, authered the book titled KedaE Mesmer condeming tbe EPLF leadrship and in nearly in unison walked out
    On the EPLF from the 1979 Washington, D.C. Congress leaving a stunned Hagos Kisha and a trickle loyalist In the auditoriun. The strongest and perhaps the backbone of the EPLF, was but a handfull with Eritrean Student Association of North America and Europe, regustering the stringest and organized opposition that vowed to challenge EPLF in a very organized way. Their charismatic leader Mengisteab sudden and trajic death ruled a suicide. I and several others would find Mengisteab’s suicide not credible. My basis being the narratives of the entirety of the followers describing an energetic, charismatic hopeful revolutionary who was embarking to change and lead a nation in a very organized way COULD NOT BE SIMULTANEIYSLY DEPRESSED to commit suicide by jumping out of NYC window onto spikes. At best, NYPD Blue have a cold case to reopen. Mengisteab and the ENASA’s split from and challenge to the EPLF leadership is the strongest and most formidable to date.
    On The EPLF’s Second and Unity
    (Semret) with ELF sagem of 1988, which yours truly tSAtSE and Mr. Elias Amare were elected to have the honor of privelage as delegates represent the Students Union in North Amerrica resurrected in 1987 since it ceased in 1979. Unfortunately, the EPLF leadership in it’s Second Congress murdered The Eritrean Student Union Association for good, under the pretext of the necessity to organize The Eritrean Youth. Hence, the Y in HaMaMeAe, the birth NUYE and later the YPFDJ. I will return to argue how due to the fear of The MengiateAb Lead ENASA Challenge of 79, the deliberate designs of NUYA and later the YPDJ was charted and rendered much much weaker than their predecessor STRONG that had significant effect on the EPLF’s leadership with sigmificantly larger rates of participation in the Armed Struggle by volunteering to serve, like the recently deceased Ambasafor Girma Asmerom, Ivy League Bowden Student Athlete graduate. Many like him, from NA and Europe, scholars joined Sewra and paid the ultimate sacrifice, like Dr. Martye Fetsum G.Slasie who joined ELF from Yugoslavia.
    YPFDJ org of Today deliberately designed to be weak or powerless so that it is relegated to annual picture opps of Solidarity from afar. Diaspora educated YPFDJ never to consider the thought to return and serve their indepebdent nation and the EPLF leadership feeling safe and powerful for a lifetime leadership position inspite of their archaich absent of creative innovation of dedicates YPFDJ leadership taking or challenging to take over the helm. I will expound later….

    I am simply driven by Stand17 and showing my agreements with Saay7’s narrative. There are however quite a few disagreements I have with Saay7 and particularly the Kibrom Dafla Saga. I am quite sure Gheteb, M”B”S our resident EPLF historians and others will lock and load and direct the Eritrean unity forward focused Narrative Imperative. As will I.

    I will share my first hand observations of the ENASA, the ELF exodus, early Orthodox Church, community center and the group dynamics, including the EPLF loyalists of the early 80s.

    As well as the resurrected from dead Stuxent Union in 1987, SUNY Buffalo ESA, Gheteb and The Baily Papers etc…

    In 1978, Khartum Telata was Staffed by Semere RuEsom, Kibrom (?), B Charlie , Nurse Askalu, Aboy Adem, Fasil. and a Few Others.

    Fasil was the the first Cadre to organize and form with 17 Original Red Flowers, I probably could list. Amongst the Original Seventeen were nearly the dozen, including Aster Sium, Tsigereda Dabur, Gual Digee, Tedros, Rezene who returned to meda in order ti fortify Dejen after, the strategic withdrawal 1978from Keren, Dekemhare etc. And Robel Afewirki, Paulo Afewirki, me tSAtSE, Alenseged, Issac were amongst the original 17 that ended up in either USA or Europe. Martirs WeiniHareg and her brother Martyr Awet and Jemal were also among the First 17 in K Telata, who returned to Meds later. The Original 17 grew to nearly hundreds Red Flowers and into an accedemic school as well due to the refugees exodus caused by the withdrawal due to Soviet and Iron Curtain bolstering of Derg’s Military Power. And Legendary Abraham Afewirki, greats Mussie Berhe, Senait Abraham, TiEgsti K. “Oval”, were as original as the first 17 as they joined us perhaps only weeks since formation. We sent off with celebratory singing and dancing numerous times those who honored The Red Flower Motto: “We shall pick up the arms our fallen heroes.” And those who opted for the lands of the imperialist and Zionists, left quietly without fanfare.

    Semere RuEsom and Kibrom (?) Interchangeably were jailed by the Sudanese because a parent sued for the return of their Child that honored the Red Flowers Code/Motto.

    I will discuss the main cause of ENASA’S challenge to EPLF field leadership who refused to condemn The USSR’s for contributing Eritrean People’s misery, refugee exodus, withdrawal all the way to the Sudanese Border after standing within reach of total indepebdence. I will however point out that the Kober EPLF office in Khartum, was with as many frequent, if not more, from North America and Europe as our Red Fliwetrs. These ENASA(/EU) graduates vountarilly returned to fight and or serve in logistics, therbye strengthening and advancing EPLF’S strategies for the methodical
    ibetatation of their land and peaples. Testament to the Strength of the Then Younv and Student Organization as compared to the deliberately designed to be weaker now YPFDJ.

    Saay7 ‘s The Kibrom Dafla Amsterdam Saga reminded me if B. Charlie’s storming out from the offices, into the compound and out into the street as both Semere Ruesom, and Kubrom (?) the other two senior Cadres chased in hot pursuit pleading for B. Charlie to stay, but to no avail. EPLF Cadre B. Charlie, immediately after his return from his trip to Europe and or N.America, (And in fact it was N.A. because my copy of EPLF: KedaE Mesmer and a message from my late Aunt Abeba may have been delivered by Cadre B Charlie. And my 4th grade teacher ELF veteran Memhr tsige confiscated or permanently borrowed my copy of KedaE Mesmer. Memhr Tsige would later be on the sane flight to USA on October 24th,1981. I was scheduled to fly in February of 1981. However, the Red Flowet Motto delayed tSAtSE by Eight Month. The name Kibrom reminded me of a rather, a
    More elegantly well dressed than average and aleays well msnacured tall lanky EPLF Cadre of Khartum Telata. I always wondered of his and Fasil’s whereabouts. More than likely returned and martyred for Eritrea’s Abu Aashera Just Cause Ghedli Rebelion. When Tesfay Adi Gombolo confronted Cadre Kibrom, who his me in safe EPLF houses in Umdurman, BaHri, Kober and Gireff, fearing Aboy Tesfay “Gimbolo” who was an EPLF to the core with two or three of his Sudanese born children returned to meda, Cadre Kibrom gave me the Value if Education and our EPLF’s putting weight on ONE PEN OVER A THIUSAND AK47s. ….And So, This Challenge to YPFDJ of utilizing your Peb and Voice to effect positive and progressive change us also a direct reminder to the Senere Ruesoms and more fro.m the tSAtSE’s Pen to ask Hagis Kisha, Elias, and more Petros Solimon
    and THE STABD ON 17! NARRATIVE IMPERRATIVE is for the Hope that is YPFDJ with the Cadre Kibrom of Telata weight if a Thousand Ak47s. With out fear and of course the cautious designs the thug enforcers were weaving. The Kibrom Dafla character attacks and other dangers will be overcome by the Abu Ashera Papers. The Science is a win Win. I will say that the Eritrean Opposition is as equally weak than the YPFDJ by design also and have practiced practically the same as the PFDJs tactics against individuals.

    The Stand on 17 is the win win formula for All Eritreans and Ethiopians. And certainly will capture all. The YPFDJ lead by awate’s KindishiH Nitric us advised to bring forth their best pens and autonomous individually liberated minds in defense and the syrengthening of their own power.

    Make a Stand on 17!
    Abu AAshera Weapon X Evolution.

    tSAtSE
    2ueces

    • Ismail AA

      Dear tSAtSE wedi hawey,
      Good that saay7 provoked you. You have broken a lot of ground. Thanks for the in put. Since I am contemporary to the story you have covered, some questions whose answers I could not get have been recurring frequently in my mind. Until I go back to your narrative and try to decipher and digest, here are two questions I would like you to comment on:
      1. Was Mengisteab the one who authored or co-authored the “In Defense of the Eritrean Revolution”?
      2. What was the role of Andeberhan Woldegiorgis in the split of ENASA; and was it true that “Nehnan Illamanan” was sent to USA and was translated to English and unilaterally published by Anderberhan and companions when the Late Woldeab Weldemariam and others adviced deffering publication in the hope that contacts that were underway which also had involved the Osman Saleh Sabbe could open the way to unification between PLF and ELF?
      Regards

  • blink

    Saay
    Good luck with that, you have to at least speak with them and then tell your experience. I know three YPFDJ and if I meet them on Monday morning , I blame my work place because we drive in the same high way and meet at petrol station. They are simply arrogant and some times intimidating. I greet them just for the sake of humanity. They are far more educated than the new arrivals, they know the western world more but feel obligated to harass people just for saying justice .I am always shocked to see such people support the dictator , some times I blame myself too. Who is to blame for such dangerous virus apart from Yemane ? What do the families say ? That Somalia or Ethiopian opposition thing oww ,

    • Am Ne

      Selam Blink,

      me too ..i know two YPFDJ…i already gave up cos their brain is very poisoned…they adore DIA&Monkey very much

      • blink

        Dear Am Ne
        The problem is that these arrogant have no interest on the well being of Eritreans. What they care is isaias and his cronies.Lets hope they reclaim their human nature.

    • Selamt Blink and Am Be,

      Who would the YPFDJ listen too. The old leftist lingo of Yemane or The Abu Ashera Pen. The YPFDJ are as thougtful and innovative, creativee as you. They have not been addressed with a well tinned narrative imprerative that is balanced. Even the by status limited perhaps Saay7 part 1 is short and hastely prepared. George Orwell’s The Burmese Days would have gotten thevYPFDJ’,s attention than the usual 1984 or Animal Farm monotonous narrative attack in the YPFDJ’s organization.

      Saay7 and I are in agreement on the purposely designed to be weak and unchallengimg will provide the historical background.

      Be Optimistic on 17! You two. I suppose Tesfa news I will be frequenting. I believe no one can stop me for asking for my my benefits that I am very vested in.

      Steer The Narrative yiu Two.
      All chicanaries and apathy I have Kishafa 40 40 first hand experience. Pick it up. If you are YPFDJ, I suspect Blink is, the. Say so and argue your stand point confidently.
      The DoueTalk or DiubleThink thesis if Saay7 and your previous thoughts blink I can utilize to back up my above stated suspicions.

      Make A Stand for Eritreans Unity, Dignity by demanding Justice for all on 171

      26 and a Fifth Marathons run shall culminate with Victory for all.

      Abu Ashera Weapon X Evolution.

      AmerGitSAtSE
      2ueces.

  • Am Ne

    Selam Saay,

    hope your Article open their eyes.

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