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“You Get The Leader You Deserve”?

As Isaias repeatedly reminds us, we are still a primitive subsistence society, but he forgets his system has shackled us in that state unable to break free. But if he was a caring enlightened leader, we could have advanced incrementally, not regressed to where we are now. We are living in the state we lived many decades ago and ended up with a despicable government and leaders.

A pessimist Arabic saying goes,  كما تكونوا يولى عليكم
Kema tekoonu yewella aleykum. You get leaders that you deserve.

True, Eritreans are stuck in a primitive situation under a primitive government but they deserve a brutal leader. They don’t deserve a life of jumping from one war to another.

The world is witnessing the atrocities happening in Ethiopia, particularly in Tigray—it’s appalling to subject any human being to such cruelty where soldiers shoot wounded civilians to finish them off instead of giving them emergency medical care. Soldiers who lack basic humanity to respect POWs at a time the world boasts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention. I doubt if the soldiers know that such protocols exist, or were informed about the rules of engagement to sparing civilians in a war .

Bad leaders corrupt societies. Cruel larders spread cruelty among civilians and soldiers alike. How else would Eritrean soldiers put in jail underage children and watch them grow old in prison? Unfortunately, that is the bumpy road towards building a true nation state.

The Nation State

How did Italy manage to unite Eritrea as a state while the PFDJ couldn’t even keep what they found, properly? They argue that they united the nation by saying, “we died together.” True, but the PFDJ squandered the gains of the sacrifices. And now, 140 years after the creation of their country, Eritreans are struggling to rid themselves of injustice and the suffocating political culture created by the PFDJ. At the center of it is the issue of representation,

Eritrea had regions, now it has Zobas… what are the Eritrean zobas and what are their confines?

Eritrea is an East African country; any map shows its boundaries. It has no territories outside its known confines. However, a big chunk of its people lives in exile, in the Diaspora. Many are confused and unable to differentiate between their Eritrean origin and the current citizenship other countries they carry. Worse, many think their place of residence is an extension of the Eritrean territories.

For instance, if there is an election and two brothers live in separate places: Sweden and the USA. When it comes to representation, if the brother in Sweden is elected, does he represent his brother who lives in the USA? When it comes to geographical representation, where the Diaspora lives scattered everywhere, residence places are not Eritrean electoral districts. This confusion has contributed to more fragmentation among the diverse opposition elements.

Some individuals and groups extrapolated the Eritrean regions in the Diaspora. Thus, they deepened the division along regional and sectarian lines, and it is further exasperated by the lack of leadership that Eritreans suffer from. Of course, the major culprit is the PFDJ because it helps it extort money from the diaspora, that it considers a cash-cow, and to intimidates and blackmail many into submission. The PFDJ never left a positive influence that nurtures unity among Eritrean social components. On the contrary, it thrives in disunity to use its divide-and-rule tactics to weaken any opposition to its dictatorship. That is why Eritreans need a unity government…

Let’s see how a unity government can help us advance as a people…

Unity Government

Mature countries respect for the rule of law, human life, freedom. They have proper rules and regulation, proper legal procedures, courts, police, and court that monopolizes decision to punish citizens. etc. Absence of discipline leads to chaos, anarchy and damages a society. But we do not have any of that and that’s why we are in the quest for a democratic system in Eritrea.

This quest has no entry barrier, there are no verifications or screening in a popular struggle; anyone can join to integrity and honesty or can infiltrate and create chaos among the ranks. Some form parties but at a certain moment that should require laws and regulations—what is a political party? Do we have a law that regulate and license that based on a common understanding?

Chaos does not produce systems but will lead to the repeat of the PFDJ experience where there is no accountability or transparency. And that invites injustice, unfairness, corruption, nepotism and instability. Lives of citizens becomes cheap; parents lose their rights over their children and their properties and freedoms. In such a situation, a power vacuum certainly leads to bloody confrontations and clashes? That is where Eritreans inside Eritrea and the security forces bear the responsibility.

What should you do to support the unity government?

We need to do the following:

  1. Good will, positivity, and optimism are essential attitudes. Strict self-discipline and realizing that forming a government is a task of the political parties—whether they are weak or strong, whether we like them or not is immaterial at this stage and one can only run with what is available keeping in mind that developing and strengthening them is a collective responsibility.
  2. Many wish to inject the political parties with new blood but forget to pave the path through which the new blood would walk to gradually assume leadership. It’s important for wishes to be practical. No one is going to spread a red-carpet for the new blood to walk through. They must walk the road and be willing to challenge the bumps and hindrances on the road.
  3. Citizen should identify the role they are qualified to play and do their part. Writers, artists, lawyers, journalists, educators, social organizers, fundraisers, and campaigners to support the political parties in creating the planned a unity government.
  4. Since the current struggle needs robust organizations, all individuals should join their preferred partis and be involved heavily in the day-to-day activities to get recognition, climb the ladder of leadership and contribute to the struggle in a concerted manner.
  5. Civil organizations should open dialogue, form alliances or merge with others to form strong organization.

This is a call for all, the time of screaming alone, each from a different hill will never create enough echo or have an impact.

Who owns the Eritrean security forces and public services?

Finally, the Eritrean army is not a PFDJ army, but the rulers control it just like any tyrannical system. If anyone considers the Eritrean army an enemy, they are wrong. The army is not composed of alien individuals, but by Eritreans—except for the corrupt enablers of dictatorship, “they are us and we are them.” The opposition is against all sorts of injustice, particularly institution that must be restructured, purified of criminals based on universally accepted procedures in proper courts. Any hinderance to restoring the dignity of the citizens must be removed, obstacles to the development of the Eritrean spirt, entrepreneurship, hard work should be removed. No sweat should be she without compensation. No blood should be shed outside known, legitimate missions like protecting the land and its people as discussed and decided by dully elected representative.

That is the only way Eritrea can spread its wings and fly high… stay there with pride for all humanity to see and marvel at. It will be a reality, and the journey has already started… join the march towards freedom, peace and a time where the nightmares of the last 30 years become only a distant, disturbing memory that Eritrean will occasionally reminisce and laugh about when they compare it with their promising reality, living in fear-free, prosperous nation.

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • Brhan

    Salam Saleh,
    Thanks for the article and episode
    On # 2 ( on how we can help the unity government). I find it like catch 22 , so , the solution, is to be pragmatic to balance between, “they must walk the road” “also the need of a new blood”. We really need the new blood specially in these days. They have many qualties: they are free from one of our past’s negative attitudes, such as divisiveness. Also, they, they more IT savvy to do the zooming, robocall and etc.

    I believe our consensus we have in a meeting, for example, electing a civic movement board, will decide if we can omit the first choice and implement the later. As you know we have the same problem when it comes to the issue of women’s participation as well as to the issue of having boards that reflect the diversity of Eritrea.

    • Saleh Johar

      Ahlan Brhan,
      I don’t think it is all black and white–there are good and bad in any age group. And as far as new blood is concerned, I prefer the organic way, and it is a two way street. The receiving end should have the spirit of renewal and acceptance and the approaching force of the young should walk the walk. Then things happen naturally not by purging or resisting. And nature has its own way of clearing that path. If all these factors are put together, there will have be an organic progression. Thanks

  • said

    Great power politics
    The old 19 century imperialists British and French , the new imperial 21 century “scramble” for Africa. Uncle Sam, Russian Bear and Chinese Dragon, Competition Is Coming to Africa and all are poised to gobble up Africa. (US.AFRICOM) Russia
    signing military deals with at least 19 countries since 2014 including Sudan…Its mercenary companies, including the Wagner Group, Libya has become a theater for proxy warfare between Russia, Turkey, backing opposite sides new Russia Bolshevik -China communist strategic partnership. And capitalist Western Christian culture as an obstacle to communist social emancipation
    and the Franco-U.S.-Anglo coalition literally lit Libya ? Those merchants of death, war industry –
    “Africa is burning – call the arsonists’ fire brigade!” nothing have changed

    First independent report into Xinjiang genocide.According to an independent report by more than 50 global experts in human rights, war crimes and international law.
    The released report on Tuesday by the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy think tank in Washington DC, claimed the Chinese government “bears state responsibility for an ongoing genocide against the Uyghur in breach of the (UN) Genocide Convention.”

    As a private citizen. I am not a “leftists” and opposed to Stalin Bolshevik and Mao communist ideology and Chinese domination of ethnic minority . In many parts of our world we were affected by communism. The good thing is when the Soviet Union finally imploded and the Cold War officially ended. USA “the last superpower,” the ultimate superpower in history it had a military supper power beyond compare and an economy that was the heartland of a globalized system and Russia was a communist wreck. China was from the hell of the Maoist communist years. As often passive Europe was dependent on the U.S. and that a military considered beyond compare. not Russia or Communist China to compare .and new cold war gradually started with China emerging economically and it will face American superpower?. And with a rising China is evidently on the horizon;

    Chinese Communists are land imperialist at the core. Just how did Uighurs Muslims speaking a Turkic language ever ended up as part of China is quite intriguing with the slightest familiarity with Ethiopian history would instinctively you will understand that . if you don’t mind my mixing my metaphors here Just like king Menelik expanded to Oromo land to south of the present Ethiopia . China’s colonization of Xinjiang? So what’s the difference between Ethiopia and China .The Qing dynasty annexed East Turkistan in 1759, henceforth to be called Xinjiang, or new territory. the Qing reconquered Xinjiang around 1880..
    Qing forcibly assimilate the native population. The Mandarin language would become official just as Amara became official in Ethiopia . since the Han population remained small in Xinjiang
    Amhara in the south of Ethiopia ,Likely the Uighurs Muslims continued to enjoy relative freedom and were able to stay in touch with others living in the “number stans countries bordering Xinjiang ”.
    Like other “stans” along the Czarist empire’s south, the population was Muslim and formerly ruled by the Mongols for hundreds of years. While Russia was able to annex Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan in the second half of the 19th century, East Turkistan was just out of reach. Due to geographical happenstance, the Uighurs became Chinese subjects.
    the New Silk Road.

    As reported City of lost mosques: how Suzhou tells the story of China’s Islamic past
    clear that these Islamic communities enjoyed the favour of the emperors – especially during the Tang (618-907 AD), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. Islam was looked on favourably by the imperial court because of its ethics, which – as far as the emperors were concerned – promoted harmonious and peaceful relations between the diverse peoples in the imperial territories.
    City of lost mosques: how Suzhou tells the story of China’s Islamic past (

    • said

      As reported , the link below . In land of Godless. Once upon a time. Islam was considered by many in the west to have the potential to become the national religion in China – which would have made China the biggest Islamic country in the world.
      And the fact that Islam was once highly regarded by Chinese emperors. Especially during the Tang (618-907 AD), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. Islam was looked on favourably by the imperial court because of its Ethics, which – as far as the emperors were concerned – Promoted Harmonious and Peaceful relations between the Diverse Peoples in the imperial territories.
      The City of lost mosques: how Suzhou tells the story of China’s Islamic past .please find link to website the conversation ,under the title
      City of lost mosques: how Suzhou tells the story of China’s Islamic past (

    • Reclaim Abyssinia

      Dear Said,

      Thank you for this great write up as usual. I always finger point at the global arms merchants, and suppliers of the devastating armament to our region by the USSR such as from AK-47 to cluster munition.
      What about our own history of warriors, what do you think of the historical warrior and war lords zone of our region?
      I don’t do that much of history, and I can not speak of the history of the devastating war in Abyssinia for the past god knows whatever years, but I extracted the below content from the journal of Route to Abyssinia (1867), and I wouldn’t mind hearing your opinion on this matter, including the current war undertaking based on Abyssinia history. Has current Eritrea ever ruled current north Ethiopia in Abyssinian history? Maybe this might be a candidate for “The great Drum”

      • said

        Reclaim Abyssinia
        Thanks for your comments!
        As a Caveat, to begin with, I am a no authority on Ethiopia or for that matter any country , I am interested in China and the Chinese miraculous economic and technological revolutions. However, I consider myself, by virtue of an inquisitive mind and an insatiable curiosity for knowledge as an average person who had developed personal interest in our region and beyond , the Chinese story, possibly to a fault, which could have possibly rendered me equally biased and my objective judgment slightly skewed and blinded. No minced words!
        It quite a task what you asked me to do. I write often on issues of the day. Some time with contrarian perspective? I’m not very familiar with Abyssinia history in depth ,other than what you already know and being thought from one side , I can not even name one Ethiopian Historian, a household name. True’ history of Ethiopia as nation is happening now. Today history is folding in front of our eye, the war in Tigray is recording history ,how it will fold no one knowns and with its all humanitarian causes.
        I am not career politician. The fact is I’m not even a second and third -career politician, and I would really prefer not to wear any kind of label at all, I stop reading and listening to Abyssinia history and their assorted idiocies and lies long time ago ? It was always about control and power and war over other peoples land.

        Ethiopian history on which people future may well depend. As a result, they will cling to an increasingly irrelevant by gone past. As always, it’s complex. But ordinary people, poverty-stricken and hoping for the best future
        The country simply was built on feudal system. the Landlord Class, those Devils are still among us. Fed up with the conformist and closeted culture of Abyssinia history. and its relation to the confessional culture of medieval Christianity with all the respect to the faith . Ethiopian even as they divert attention from a dead past to which they remain still devoted., the twentieth century is gone for good. Don’t expect much to happen near future . past history and time to give the narratives of the twentieth century a decent and proper burial. Ethiopia needs to stop in endless wars, it is same old story, never end. Abiy and IA in advancing their own ambitions, Ethiopia and Eritrea already closely cooperate in the military sphere. This speaks to how much Abiy and IA trust one another. Their military cooperation I have previously speculated that such a scenario would be nightmarish for Eritrea .This on going war , “history of the present” is emerging and “uncharted landscape” that lies ahead. the History of the Present will profoundly impact relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the outcome would be completely counterproductive for Eritrea in long term. It can’t be known for sure, but it might very well be, It’ll remain to be seen what happens of course, Eritrean will find out soon enough what will ultimately happened, at least we know “Greater Tigray is dead ” there will be no contested area any more. Tigray plagued with war, locusts and drought. It’s been a living hell. Innocent people are paying the price Top TPLF leadership having unrealistic aspirations against the territorial integrity of Eritrea Was unrealistic. It acted against international laws and principles. Eritrea blessed with one of the longest continental coastline it will have a different future, that’s for sure

        As to the Horn people, a mass block of the world populations, that are in total disarray – suffering hugely from governance of an epistemology fraught with archaic religious narratives – the horn remain a target for a contrived divisive and destructive and continuous fragmentations, division and backwardness. Ironically, Ethiopia ‘ only hope for salvation – a nation utterly incapable of forging sociopolitical consensus, rational thinking and independent national will.

        Undoubtedly, I might be judged biased, my Judgment might be slanted and partially impaired, however, this remains my take, my reading of an evolving situation as the Fat Lady has not yet gave her performance

        • Reclaim Abyssinia

          Thanks, Said, That’s really clever. I love your way of writing/expression. I was not intended to ask a big task of you. It’s ok, I will let you off the hook this time but if you may allow me to pick your brain and ask another opinion of yours if it’s not too much trouble.

          I hope I’m right to call the current situation an ‘Archaic war of Abyssinia’. Since we already caught up to the current Archaic war, Do you think the Eritrean soldier should leave anytime soon from the north Tigray at all? I mean for the sake of future security.

          I am trying to come to term with my analysis of the past and future security of the region, and I sometimes think Eritrea should not leave north Tigray anytime soon.

          For reasons, that is maybe similar to the USA stayed in Germany and Japan after WWII for good reasons, by doing so they have ensured the security of whatever.

          I sometimes believe Eritrea wrongfully left Ethiopia in a handshake in 1992, after destroying the biggest army in the region, leaving the country in an unpleasant situation. It took only five or six years for things to go wrong & to rebuild its army and make a comeback with a retribution attack and make the region unstable/made the entire region insecure. What do you think?


  • Reclaim Abyssinia

    Selamate Awate,

    #######My Country#############
    It’s my country, that left, my elderly without a penny
    It’s my country, that robed, my mother only money
    It’s my country, that jailed, and kidnapped my family
    It’s my countries, that mostly hates me, and loves me so rarely.
    My countries trained me, to love, and to carry
    To be there when it’s needed, and to never betray.
    Would it be wrong to love my country?
    Or am I being foolish, on the contrary?

    How would this poem sounds, if I replace ‘Country’ with ‘People’ I think it looks terrible and we will never trust ‘my people’ to be my government unless I am certain that will never happen again?

    “Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት ሳልሕ!

    መራሒና ንዓና ዝግባእ
    የግዳስ ዘይመረጽናዮ ንሕና?
    ክንዕዘቦ ብምባል ዓመታት የሕሊፍና
    ንብል መቸም ሓቂ ተዄኑ

    ደሓን! ኣብ ቀደም ኣይንንበር
    ዝሓለፈ ጌጋ ከም ተሞክሮ ንቝጸር

    ጣዕሳ ፋይዳ ‘ብሉን
    ሓመድና ነጊፍና ንመጻኢ ንመርሽ
    ጸላኢ ክተት ክብል
    ግዝያዊ መንግስቲ ንትከል
    ዘለና ሒዝና ንበገስ

    ዝተረፈ ኣብ መስርሕ ይዕረ
    ከምኡ ምስጀመርና ንሪአሉ ፍረ
    ዝብዝሕ ሓሳባት ኣበይ ይርከብ?
    ኣብ ቤት መቓብራት ዓለም ይእከብ

    ሓሳብሲ እንተተግብረ
    ‘ንታይ ፋይዳ ‘ለዎ ምስተቐብረ

    ሕጂ ድማ
    ሃየ ተበገስ! በዓል ስረ
    ንጠፋሻት ኣይትስማዕ
    ብላሽ ኣይተርፍን ‘ዩ
    ምስ ሰብ-ኣምት ዝመኸረ
    ምስ ሰብ-ሓቦ ዝመኸረ

  • Simon Kaleab


    You get leaders you deserve.

    Hannity blasts fake president Joe Biden:

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Simon,

      I thought you will find this comparison of China vs US of interest.


      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Berhe,

        China’s development in the last three decades is monumental. The snapshot comparison in the clip you provided us reflect everything about the overall development of the country. China with approximately 1.4 billion of population can not survive and develop with the US system of government. They are only away behind in modern military arsenals from the US. In other sphere of developments they are either equal or ahead of the US. So in a nutshell western liberalism can not feed to a big population like China. It is a matter of reality. Just compare India and China with almost “similar population” and different system, that in itself will give you a clue on what I am talking about.


        • Berhe Y

          Hi Emma,

          I was responding to Simon and to show him the reality today. The Chinese government may have found the balance but I think the hard work of the people, culture, education is mostly what to do with it. And Capitalism (free market) is really responsible for it rather than communism.

          I don’t agree the arguments of 1.4 billion or what Ethiopia say 100 million has legitimate merit. At the end of the day, each human beings want better life for themselves and their loved once.

          Japan has done well with democracy and development. South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong etc are good examples. And China can do the same I think.

          India is doing good but there is huge cultural baggage to overcome, such as cast system, treatment of women etc.

          I believe the Indian economy might be more robust and organic compared to the Chinese. China has huge dependency in the US and other economy and they can put it a lot of restrictions, which will be impactful to the economy. 10% growth is not sustainable and they have a lot of debt to finance the growth.

          I personally think, the west will crush the Chinese economy into recession in the next 10 years (I know that’s a long time) but it will happen once they remove all the dependency from them (as it turned out during the pandemic).

          For example, the policy low interest abs listing the cap on inflation (pumping money to the economy i.e. devaluation of the US dollars will force China to follow suit).


          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            You miss totally my argument. I am not saying population is a merit in my argument. Rather what I was saying is “population is a burden” to a any “governmental system” to supply their “social and economic”needs, such as free education, free public health, infra structure…etc. Therefor, population is “not a plus” for social and economic development.

            The “system of government” matters a lot in my for a heavily populated nations. So in short Western liberal system can not feed and develop with 1.4 billion of population. Imagine if China had the US system, just imagine for a moment! It would have brought a great human disaster to manage it.

            Compare and contrast China and India with similar population and different government system, you will observe a huge difference between the two. Capitalism is only relevant for small population. Capitalism lose its bearing with the explosion of population and give away the path to the next socio-economic development to continue the survival of human being by distributing the scarce resources of the earth. You might not see in your age of life but the trend of the trajectory clearly indicate the path forward.


          • Berhe Y

            Hi Emma,

            I think human beings thrive with freedom and democracy. As I mentioned, China success comes about after the opened up and allowed some freedom to flourish.

            Under closed system like Moe China, I don’t think one can make a reasonable argument it was beneficial to the development of China economic growth.

            As to high population, there is a lot of study, contrary to long believe, depopulation is the greatest risk humanity facing, that is people not having enough children.

            But let’s leave it there and see how the showdown will be unfolded. I think China would have been served better if they continue to be an ally than adversary. And the correct president where he is in the path of shutting down the little freedom they start to enjoy, will make the people to find elsewhere for safety and security.


          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat brothers,
            There is a longer version of documentary episode on Amazon Prime about this but this should give a preview:
            Jim Rogers: California and Massachusetts Are More Communist Than China
            On Youtube

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            And yet they have different system however you try to explain it. You have to differentiate the two system, and you then will understand what I am talking about. Opening market only does not explain the entire power structure and its distributions, and above all the socio-economic relations within the society. Second ally of what? After all they don’t interfere in the politics of nations. Their relations with other nation is limited to economic, science and cultural things. They have learned from the fall of the Soviets.

            Third depopulation is a threat than the explosion of population to human survival. I don’t think so. But finally can the “US system” fed 1.4 billion while in every crises that occur people are lining for food bank. Never happened in the the European states nor in the Far East states. It can be okay for your generations, but not the foreseeable decades. Without distributing resources equitably the US system can’t stand the crises of the future. But as you said, let us stop here,


      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Berhe,

        The Communist dictatorship has two important economic strengths: a relatively docile, cheap labour force, and a huge domestic mass market. There’s is no evidence that China has shown scientific and technological innovations and creativity.

        Bill Maher should have joked (using Chinese accent) about China”s intellectual property theft, hackng, currency manipulation and unfair government subsidies to Chinese companies. But, this would have been considered politically incorrect. So, he chose a safer way.

        Can you imagine a Chinese comedian making critical jokes about the Communist dictatorship? Or making personal jokes about officials? A harmless Chinese joke could go like this: “Chairman Xi, your mother is too fat”, will land you in hot water.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Simon,

          The point what Bill is trying to make, while American political bickering (for no good reason, like Repeal Obama care etc) just like what you, Fox and the gangs do in constant basis and the left (cancel culture and political correctness on everything) China is eating America and world lunch.

          He is not saying China is better or they have better democracy. But the current political system in the US (no republican supported the 1.9 Trillion Stimulus, the largest since the depression) says a lot how deeply the country divided is (to the point of silliness).


          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Berhe,

            ObamaCare and some of its problems:

            -People are being forced to buy the wrong kind of insurance. …
            -People are being forced out of plans they want to keep. …
            -Premiums and deductibles are rising faster than wages. …
            -Low income employees are being forced to obtain insurance neither they nor their employers can afford.