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Negarit 86: ሓደ ብሓደ – واحد بواحد 1 – 1

Two teams of players wearing Christian and Muslim shirts had a match; it ended with and even score: 1 to 1

In the last few weeks, the self-appointed zealot players showed their dedication to their religion–may God receive them in heaven, when they die, hopefully after a long life. They had a match where the referee whistled the end of the game and declared the match even, 1-1. The players rejected the referee’s decision, while the rest of us watched the unentertaining game. However, unsatisfied with the result, their fans are still grumbling because they wanted a clear win. However, as bystanders we neither lost nor won since it was not our match!

Noticeably, the circular after-match is still going in circles as if God asked them for support to defend his religion. It’s a boring game forced on us.

Fortunately, I have good news for both Christians and Muslims. Muslims were 1,500,000 souls, now their numbers grew to 1,500,001. The same with Christians, their 2,200,000 population grew to 2,200,001. And even growth though I don’t have the latest number of converts to and from both each group to the other. I will inform you when the census is published.

But there was a virtual version of the game on Facebook and the “friends” in many pages are complaining the about the referee. In the virtual of Facebook, the game and wagering was managed by voluntarily self-appointed judges—who are like bouncers at dance clubs—are still debating the results. At the same time, the fans are still at it, rejecting the referee’s decision, claiming the FIFA has not approved the results, it was not officially published on newspapers, and other excuses of that nature. I asked some of them why depend on newspapers when they have Facebook? Newspapers are supposed to be for the illiterate. But they wouldn’t change their mind.

A few of them accused me for not taking a position on the game: why didn’t you declare your position when so-and-so was insulting Christians? Why didn’t you say something when so-and-so was badmouthing Muslims? You were nowhere to be seen, it’s ambivalence…

In the legal world, people go to a court if they want to change their names. If someone wants to see a property, they announce their intention in official papers and the courts provide a time window to see if there are objectors. For instance, if someone wants to change their name to Saleh Johar, of course I will go to the court and tell them no one can have that name, it is mine. If someone claims ownership to a property on sale, they can argue the property was an inheritance from their parents, or they have owned in a gambling, and the seller is actually trying to sell a property they do not own. Then the court will decide.

But now the Facebook bouncers (or noisemakers) are asking us why we didn’t take a position when individuals bickered and fought over trivial matters.

One Facebook judge berated me for not making my position on some foolish verbal and test duel. You were absent from “the struggle,” he said! In surprise I asked him who gives him the authority to tell me what to do? And who does he think that I have to formally tell him of any position that I take?

I calmly told him that I had waited for his joining the struggle against oppression for 20 or 30 years and he should wait for me until I acquire the same level of consciousness as himself. I have waited for too long and he should at least give me some time. Usually, many individuals claim they were in the opposition in spirit, but I have no skills required to see the supernatural feeling of people!

There was even one of them bouncers who told me I was a PFDJ supporter!

Really? If I am a PFDJ supporter what are you? What is the nature of the PFDJ itself if I am its supporter? Such is the confusion and mediocrity of some who claim to be human rights political activists. But when scratched, all their bigotry and racism appear in its dullest form. I wish the Facebook bouncers stop acting as if they are priests, and that their Facebook pages are confession booths.

Eritrean activists are sick and tired of Arrivistic, Agazian bigots and racists, extremists, reactionary unionists, and the Isaias crowd. And it’s difficult to fight in multiple fronts. I wish they would stop the medieval frontal attacks and consider setting an appointment to fight so that we the true freedom seekers can face them in clean duels–one after the other. As it is, they are so loud, and no one is able to listen to what they are saying. It’s all a confused cacophony.

George Floyd

Since George Floyd was murdered by the police in camera, the world conscience has awakened from its slumber. But how does the slaying of George Floyd affect the Eritrean and Ethiopian communities?

A remark widely attributed to king Haile Selassie is alive in the psyche of most Abyssinians. The king is believed to have declared that Abyssinians are not black since they carry middle Eastern and Solomonic blood—he bases his claim on a myth that tells him he is the progeny of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba! And our general attitude to African Americans is not gracious—some of our remarks might be mistaken with a remark coming from a fascist skin-head member. In short, some Abyssinians feel they are superiors to black Americans because they see some light shades in their skin. I wish they come out of that foolishness and realize that if you are American and black, any combination of shades, you are African American.

Of course, such attitude is only prevalent among some of the older generation; and for groups that discriminate even their village neighbors, its source might not be that evil but still it is evil. Not only evil, it is a stupid and ignorant attitude to have.

But for the young, who go through the same experience as any other African American kid, harassment, discrimination, and putdowns, their parents’ attitude is very offending. Check with your children and see how they feel—every time an older person makes a bad comment, they cringe and feel hurt.

It’s about time that Eritreans and Ethiopians realized they are African Americans in the USA, and hyphenated Africans elsewhere. That’s if they acquire the citizenship of the countries where they reside. However, there is an exception. I always say that the racial and religious attitudes of the Arabs is identical to that of the Abyssinians, but many do not believe me. Exhibit one: the Arabs are fond of using the word Abid (slave) epithet on any black person, while Abyssinians comfortably call those with darker complexion, Baria (Slave).

It’s time that we eradicated this kind of thought from our thinking if not from the face of the earth.

Finally, in spite of all the noise, the confusion, we will reclaim our national pride. Soon we will see the dawn of liberation, and the cacophony will be stopped—it is just we lack rule of law because justice and freedom are the filters we need. Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have that, but we are pursuing it. We will have it very soon.

 

 

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 awate.com. 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 Awate.com 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 awate.com 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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  • Simon Kaleab

    Saleh G.,

    A typo: it should be “dawn of liberation” instead of “down of liberation”.

  • Hashela

    Selam Horizon

    If my post disgusted you, then it has served its purpose and I hope that by now you develop understanding and sympathy for those who are disgusted by your Solomonic xxxxx and ‘Ethiopian gene” (Ethiopian exceptionalism).

    With regard to history, it is written by the victor. Until recently, we have been suffocated and disgusted by your “3000 year” fairy tale. Now, history is being rewritten! It is not about replacing a myth by an other myth. It is about getting rid of a myth that was part and parcel of “rationalization” for adventurism and subjugation. If you consider the quest for a peaceful and mutually beneficial co-existence of two sovereign nation states, then let it be a “myth”.

    • Selam Hashella
      If you are disgusted with Ethiopian history and everything Ethiopian that is your problem and not that of Ethiopians. It doesn’t mean that they don’t have the right to it, because you do not like it. Why should you care.
      It is not part of your history. Some Ethiopians accept it as their history, and it is up to them whether you like it or not. If you have a grudge with past history, just ignore it. Don’t demand from others to do your wish, because it will not happen.
      Peaceful coexistence will not be on your terms, you should know that. It will be the result of mutual respect. You can’t dictate your terms on Ethiopia. No way.
      You were talking about Ethiopian women in the middle East in a derogatory way in your previous post. Be sure, the fate of eritrean women is not different in any way imaginable from that of ethiopian women. It is the product of your blind hatred. You live in a glass House and yet you throw stones.
      You see, sometimes, it takes a herculean effort to overcome hatred. You are stuck with hating old and gone ghosts of the past. It helps forget the present day tyrants.
      If the ethiopian gene is your new problem on top of the so-called solomonic dynasty, although it is not different from the genes of all the peoples of the region, nobody can help you about it. No one forces historians and scientists from saying whatever they think, because it happens to be sour to the taste of some people.
      Finally, Ethiopians are not known for fake exceptionalism and arrogant bravado.

      • Hashela

        Selam Horizon

        “You can’t dictate your terms on Ethiopia. No way”
        Oh yes, despite the “ዘረፍ ዘረፍ” of Ethiopia’s exceptionalism, Eritrea dictated you the term. Shelve your ‘የኣሳብ ጥያቄ”። Get over it!

  • Selam All,

    The ethiopian gene (that of the whole region), could be characterized as the mold, if i can say so. Hence the term, “we are all ethiopians”, as said at the last NPP ceremony. The region was traversed by different people, and the genes of the people of the region is said to be diverse. In addition, it seems that the source of the movement of mankind out of africa, when they first set foot out of the continent 50-70K years ago to populate the planet, seems to have started somewhere here.
    Some years ago genetic studies of the people of ethiopia by the university of Cambridge, showed gene flow about 3000 yrs ago from the regions of the Levant to the horn of africa, which coincides with the story of king solomon and the queen of sheba. It is said that the people who came back to the horn of africa constituted about 25% of the local population about 3000 yrs ago. They said that, after all, the story of the king and the queen may not have been a myth.
    In addition, I think that they found that the people of the region have up to 40% of their genes caucasion, while more than 60% is african. This, of course, doesn’t make ethiopians and eritreans white, but black africans.
    I remember the story of HS, who was said to have been asked by a reporter during his visit to the white house how he felt that he was the first black leader who entered the white house. It had been said that his response was that he was not black. It had become a big issue among afro-americans. The explanation given as i remember, was that he was referring to the solomonic dynasty, and what he said did not include the ethiopian people but the dynasty.
    I brought these points with the belief that there could be people who have knowledge on the subject, so that they could add their opinion and refine the topic.

    • Saleh Johar

      Horizon,
      I agree wigh you–even Adam’s and eve’s gene could be Eritrean 🙂

      Genealogy as a science is open for theories and rebuttals, etc. The problem arises when it is politicized. that is what the Solomon dynasty did to the region throughout its 700 or so years of sorry history. By the way, i carry the gene of the Queen of Sheba, so there is no one more qualified than me about that gene 🙂 Haile Selassie could have been the descendant of a peasant from God-knows-where and “usurped” my ancestors gene. If you come a thousand years from now, you will find my claim an established myth. how about that?

    • Hashela

      Hi Horizon

      it is unfortunate that occasionally you contaminate this valued space with fecal leaks, called amhara ethno-fascism.

      Regarding the center of modern human, the timing and direction of modern human spread, there are new insights with which you seem not to be familiar. The new study places the center in the Okavanko Delta which is in today’s Botswana (Nature, volume 575, pages185–189, 2019). Is the finding of this relatively comprehensive study definitive. Most likely not. But it adds nuance, complexity, and spatial heterogeneity to the origin of modern humans and the timing and direction of modern human migration.

      I could give you a state-of-the-art and detailed account of paleo-anthropology ( the research of modern human origin) in our region, including the role of orbital and tectonic driven climate changes in co-shaping the evolution of homonins to which the modern human belongs. For now, I refuse to do so, because I sense a semi-transparent insincerity in your last paragraph. It is a cover-up for you “ehtiopian gene” narrative.

      With regard to your Queen Seba. There is another (hypothetical) scenario which unfortunately has a modern analog! It is possible that she was a poor housemaid working in the Near East. Physically and mentally abused, she came back to her homeland with an unwanted infant. Robbed of her little saving by her relatives, she was shunned by her family and lived in utter destitution. Because his bright skin complex, her sun was declared as a bridge to a spatially distant kingdom by the Debteras who knew that their king was suffering from a deeply-rooted inferiority complex emanating from perceived interior nature of dark-skinned people. It is in this context that Haile Sellasse (I never learned to type his name correctly!), when he was visiting the USA, denied his black root!

      Black Lives Matter!

      • Saleh Johar

        dengeg Hashela,
        what are you saying? 1) you are blaspheming by calling the Queen of Sheba a maid, and 2) How dare you belittle my ancesteress (is that a word?) I told you I carry her gene (could it belong to the infant you mentioned?), and 3) you just made a reservation for a place in hell by insulting the so-called Solomonic dynasty seyume egzabher savage warlords. three counts!

        • Hashela

          Saleh
          As long as you don’t ban me from the paradise called “Awate”, I happily accept a corner in the heavenly hell since I know it does not exist

          • Saleh Johar

            Wo Hashela,
            Ms HaileS endo grbrb abziHka! May He not paint us with your wind ንፉስኩም ኣይልከየና 🙂

            Actually, I don’t care about he’ll, just don’t tell me heaven doesn’t exist because that is where I am going

          • Hashela

            Saleh

            ወዲ 80 ዓመት ምስ በጻሕኩ፣ ምሉቕ ኢለ ንማይርም ድዓሪት ከይደ ንሓምሳ ዓመታት ደኸውን ሞባእ ክህብ’የ።

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ሓሸላን ሳልሕን፡

            ሓሸላ፡ መንግስተ ሰማይ ብጉቦ ይትረፍካ!
            ሳልሕ፡ ናባና ከም’ትመጽእ እፈልጥ’የ ጸምዩካ
            እንተዘይመጻኻ ክኣ ግድን ንጨውየካ

            እዛ እትርእይዋ ምቅርቲ ሓፋሽ እዛ ኹላ
            ቦት’ኣ ኣብቲ ምዉቕ ቦታ’ዩ ምሳይ ምስ ሓሸላ

            እንድዒ ናይ Emma ዘኣማኑኤል
            መኹሰይ እናበለ ከየታልል

            ኣንታ እንታይ ገበርኩ ተላዕሉኒ
            ጽድቂ ኣዛሪብኩም ተሕጥኡኒ

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ሰላም ሃይላት,

            ደፊእካ ደፋፊእካ ከተናዛዝነኒ ኢኻ ደሊኻ:። ኣብ በይንና ጥራይ ኢየ ዝገብሮ:: ድሕርዚ ቅልውላው ለበዳ ኮረና ቫይሩስ ምስተሳዕረ: ንፓሪስ ክበጽሓካ ምስ መጻእኩ: እቲ ኑዛዝየይ ክነግረካ እየ::

          • Kokhob Selam

            Brother Pro .Amanuel,

            I was not around to welcome you..Now is the to say welcome to our awate.com..Sorry, then you know as I have talked to you— three days before..Just to say that you welcome..

            “ደፊእካ ደፋፊእካ ከተናዛዝነኒ ኢኻ ደሊኻ” -ድሕርዚ ቅልውላው ለበዳ ኮረና ቫይሩስ ምስተሳዕረ: ንፓሪስ ክበጽሓካ ምስ መጻእኩ” Do you have a plan to visit him?

            KS,,

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Kokhobay,

            Hailat is one of the few whom I want to see them in person and have a personal ዕላል on a host of issues. I hope will do it one day. Kokhobay, stay healthy. Will call you brother.

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Emma,

            Me too. I will surprise you one day in N.Y. The last time I was there, I didn’t have enough time to visit Guggenheim. We will go there together.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            Great, if you do it before me I look forward to it.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Emma,

            Same here. I may surprise you in N.Y. before. Guggenheim is on my next visit. We may go together if you like impressionist and post impressionist art.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Pro. Amanuel and Haile,

            You both will see each other, I know, that will be materialized I think that wish of everyone in this site.

            Hopefully we will see each other soon in our beloved nation God willing. Not only you but even the entire nation will see that..This is out my jealousy (Qudus) . ቅዱስ ቅንኣት::please repeat it by repeating may join the energy. Yes,,collective prayer can give the powerful result…. please say it now and let us Waite for that nice day. I will celebrate in advance..

            KS,,

          • Sultan M.G.

            Selam Prof Aman Hidrat!
            My deepest condolence for the loss of yours!
            RIP!
            May the Lord bless you and all your family members with strength during this tough and trying time !
            In my prayers!

          • Abi

            Hashela
            ስሙልኝ ሃሸላ ሲያሰማ እሮሮ
            በፀባይ ጉድለት ከሲኦል ተባሮ
            ሲኦልን አፋጅቶ ከኃይለ ተባብሮ
            ከገነት ተባሮ ከሰይጣን ጋር መክሮ

            ወይ ዘንድሮ! ምን ይሰማ ጆሮ!

      • Simon Kaleab

        Hashela,

        “Black Lives Matter” is a racist slogan.

        All Lives Matter!

        It is also a hypocritical anarchist slogan as the death of black policemen and the burning down of black businesses are not counted.

        Am I spoiling your fake party?

        • Hashela

          Selam Simon

          Some are as predictable as the weather of deserts. About 7 days ago, I wrote this comment to you:

          “With horror and dismay, we await your inevitable re-emergence from the dark space that is usually reserved for fringe elements within the far-right movements.”

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            So, this is your best reply. Taking cover in Ad Hominem fallacy.

            It is nice to know you have surrendered without a fight.

          • Hashela

            Simon

            I am fighting you by denying you the fight that you are craving for!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            Nice one.

            Rationalising cowardice.

          • Hashela

            Simon
            you are our digital hero!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            Tell us more about yourself.

            Unlike you and some others, I do not have the desperation to declare from the roof-top anything about my qualifications or about what I do.

          • Hashela

            Simon

            you don’t need to tell us. You are a regional commander of the AgAzian armed forces. With you as a commander, the future of AgAzia is as bright as an exploding star!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            So, you are refusing to reply to my original assertions. You prefer distraction with fake allegations.

            You are not going to win the argument against me. I know that your strategy is to hang on until the Moderator comes to your rescue.

          • Hashela

            ሲሞን

            ሕጂ ምድሪ እንዳ መሰየ ስለ ዝኽይድ ደሎ፡ ኣመት ገዛኻ ግበር። ጽባሕ ሰኑይ ስለ ዝኾነ ንስራሕካ ተደሎ። ሰላም ምሸት!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            Best wishes.

          • Hashela

            ሲሞን

            ግርም ሕጂ ‘ዝሓወይ። እዛ ናይ ትራምፕ ሕማም ክኣ ማጮሎት ወሲድና፣ በርበረ ዓጢንና ከነውጽኣልካ ኢና።

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            Try to be objective.

            Trump is an outsider, He is disrupting the ideology of the corrupt political elites. It is not business as usual any more.

            He is defending the forgotten and ignored American working class (black, white, brown, yellow).

          • Hashela

            ሲሞን

            ሕጂ ዝቡቕ ተዛሪብካ። እስከ ሕጂ እሓጉሰኒ ብትግሪኛ መልሰለይ!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            I do not have Ge’ez software, In addition, my Tigrinya is not sophisticated., But I can understand MM’s poems,

            On Trump, look how the Media have ganged up against him from day one. They’ve become the opposition, I support the underdog.

            Saying that, Trump could use more diplomatic language, He is not as crafty as the straight faced lying and crooked politicians.

          • Hashela

            Simon

            No problem. So you must be relatively young, born in Diaspora!?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            Born in Ethiopia.

            Bye for now.

          • Hashela

            Simon
            Ethiopia is diaspora!. Was nice chatting with you, seriously!

          • Sultan M.G.

            Simon:
            Grew up in Ethiopia?
            No big deal… I grew in Ethiopia too …
            Lesson 101 on Trump:
            -he had lied about 21,000 times this far
            -He hates Obama since he is black
            -He calls Mecicans idiots, rapists , killers , drug curtails
            -Hd calls nations HIV carriers
            -He calls Nigerians as baboons, who should go back to their huts
            -Muslims are Terrorists
            -He calls the Neo-Nazi KKK and the Brutal Police very nice people
            -He declared saying:
            A) First shoot then ask later and advised the spoil each to be more aggressive and brutal, hence there have complied this far very well!

            B)” I can kill in any one in NY Street and can walk FREE”!!

            -He dehumanizes women

            -He is the Divider-In-Chief
            -His Chief of Staff labeled him as
            “someone with an IQ of a 4th grader”!
            -He curses and demonizes dead people( called George Floyd… a drug addict and drug dealer and demonized War Hero and Patriot John McCain
            Etc..
            And yet,you CONFIRMED to us that you are a Trump Student!
            By logic 101/ deduction,it might sound that you could be or “u are a womanizer“ , racist , a bigot, aBro-nazi, a killer, who can walk FREE , an islamophobe and anti Mexicans, and anti-Blacks..
            Hope not!

          • Lebam

            Selam, Sultan. It is easy to spot a house n**ge*. Simon Kaleab and his ilk have next to no support from blacks, and that is the truth.

            I must thank the Americans and people all over the world that are protesting. Thanks to them we are getting rid of racists in power, media and other outlets.

            Thank you!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Lebam,

            You are looking from the wrong end of the telescope. Turn it around and look in the direction of the Democrats in Congress.

            What do you see? Champagne drinking socialists and their house Ns.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hope/Sultan,

            If you believe what you are saying, take Trump to court. Better still, do not vote for him. Do not worry, nobody is going to knock on your door after midnight, as they do in Eritrea.

            Your Obama, twice voted to power by a ‘racist{?)’ country, was given a Nobel Peace prize for the sake of diversity.

            His achievement : gay and transgender comedy freak show. Are you more proud now?

          • Sultan M.G.

            Simon:
            Obama did his best beyond the LGBT rights to change America for good :
            -Drafted laws:
            A)To Improve Criminal Justice
            B) To Create Health for All Americans
            C) To create an Economy and Tax Reform for all Americans
            D)A comprehensive Immigration Reform like Reagan-did so that the 10 million hard working undocumented immigrants can get a legal status and contribute to the American Economy through a reasonable $$ penalty besides paying taxes , which in return improve the unity and safety of the USA by screening out the few illegal criminal immigrants
            E) To create Equal Justice for all Americans
            Etc..,
            Guess who blocked all the above ?
            The racist and Supremacist Repunlicans in the Congress and the Senste!
            Was Obama a perfect Leader?
            Nah, he was not!
            I “ hated” him for his destructive foreign policies on Somalia,Eritrea and Yemen!
            And partially blamed him for not doing his best to improve the Black America even though the Racist Republicans in the Congress and the Senate blocked him from doing so!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hope/Sultan,

            Any evidence for your claims?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            You are flip-flopping.

            You edited a word to alter the meaning of your post.

          • Hashela

            Simon

            A lonely Vietnamese monk said:

            “ Hello solitude! How are you today? Come, spend the day with me”

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela,

            The flip-flopper.

            You are not alone, relax. Fauci will keep you company.

        • Nitricc

          I think you are stupid white trash. You are stupid. what is worst is when a black worthless African, like your self trying to be white person. No A-hole, you are just another black garbage. You are nothing but a confused Dgital weyane BS. F-off. losser.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            You support dictatorship in Eritrea, you laugh at Eritreans who drown in the Sea, and at the same time you pretend to support Black victims of police brutality.

            How can you hold such contradictory ideas simultaneously in your little brain?

            The simple fact is, you are trying to protect your meagre investment in PFDJland.

            By the way, you need to go to night school, and do not forget to take your father with you.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Great Saleh..

    Thank you very much for this..I watched it as soon as you you uploaded it..

    KS,,

    • Saleh Johar

      Mehaba Kokeb,
      I know that sharp people are watching and that is why I feel too much pressure to make it watchable. Thank you

  • Brhan

    Thanks Ustaz,
    It was the funniest episode and I can share with your when a friend from Sahel whom I helped him speak in Tigrinya and among the words was “ገበረ” and its usage and the word is like what we say in Arabic سلاح ذو حدين so for him it was difficult to say ‘ Did you do that” for it remindes him the other meaning.
    Back to the points of discussion:
    1) On Eri- Social media talkers….Coming from Journalism field I am among those who call quality journalsim and this issue have become a global issue, where now days there is a lot of conversation with regard to tackling with social media, specially with its platform that host hate speech. Our support to quality journalism is viral and that is why I support this website. Also, I know about thei Eri- social media talkers from third party source. I have no time to waste. I will be glad to attend if they conduct face to face meeting ( impossible due to COVID 19) but I know they do not have the guts to do. I appreciated your apperance in public meeting Saleh, and this , I believe is due to effort to lead quality journalism.
    Last but not least these hate speech talkers remind me of some one who has ዛር…and when his or her Zar comes ( የ/ተጉርዕ). Once they are done they come out ( usually they don’t but hide) and pretend that they are fine peopl but are not.

    2) On Habesah and Black or Afro American issue
    I would like to share with you this : https://www.academia.edu/15997144/Not_Black_but_Habasha_Ethiopians_and_Eritreans_in_American_Society

    I C A N ‘ T B R E A T H! George Floyd

    • Hashela

      Selam Brhan

      Thank you for the link to the paper. It was an interesting read, though I was a bit disappointed by the lack of quantifiable data. The Eritrean community and Ethiopian community in Washington D.C. and surrounds appear to be large enough to allow a statistically quantifiable, anonymized, randomized sampling. As the author emphasized, I think Washington D.C is an anomaly and, as a results, the conclusion may be less representative. Nonetheless, an interesting observation and consistent with the general perception how Amhara and Tigrina speaking Eritreans see themselves.

      Many of these communities and specially these with a university education seem to be oblivious that the rights and privileges they enjoy in America are the results of a multi-century old struggle carried out by African-Americans.