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PFDJ Leaders Chewing on Fifty-Years Old Grudges

A few days ago, I watched a documentary type of video where Alamin Mohammed Saeed and General Abraha Kassa were host commentators. I picked three points from the video: one positive, one negative, and a third annoying. 1) I was glad to hear they talked about the fascist Agazian groupies, the first time PFDJ officials publicly commented on the issue, 2) the negative point is their unnecessary dwelling in the seventies and using language of that era 50 years later—I don’t have to agree or disagree with them here but if you argue alone, you certainly win. What you whined about is not history, it’s partisan politics from the 1970s. Enough of that already! And the annoying part is the oversized jacket of Abraha Kassa. I will come to that later.

It’s amazing how the chief of the Eritrean intelligence apparatus General Abraha Kassa and his deputy Simon Gebredingel are rarely  mentioned unlike the rest of the PFDJ senior officers, at whom Eritrean resistance forces lash continuously. The two are on top of the security apparatus that overlooks the imprisoning and jailing of Eritreans, but their names are hardly mentioned, why is that? I am looking for an answer.

Alamin Mohammed Saeed has been left alone since he was seriously ill for many years. Also, few know his current title—I think he was the secretary of the PFDJ, but I doubt if that is the case now! The good thing is he didn’t appear in a jacket twice his size.

But what is wrong with the generals? Why can’t they take care of their appearance—aren’t soldiers (generals at that) supposed to be Sharpe, well dressed? Don’t they parade soldiers and critique the way they dress… throughout the history of military culture? I think the jacket Abraha Kassa had on belonged to Andre the giant, the ramose French wrestler.

Abraha Kassa outdid Filipos in wearing an oversized jacket–last time I criticized General Filipos’ oversized jacket and a few people were mad. They said, ‘they are strugglers, they care less about dressing up, they are humble people. Is that true? Are they humble? Okay. Let’s see

How Frugal and selfless are the PFDJ leaders?

First, they are no more tegadelti (combatants of the struggle era), they are soldiers. Eritreans finished the conventional tegadelti era in 1991, including the generals. And if they die, they die, they pass away, like everybody else. Describe it in any way you want but they are not martyred. Soldiers are killed in action and Eritreans soldiers, like any other soldier in the world, get killed and die. True, Eritreans buried many martyrs though many others didn’t even get proper burial rites. Let’s end this sanctification of living people; we know where it has brought us.

For those who try hard to present the generals and other senior officers as divine beings, as if not interested in worldly things, cut that out. Are they not interested only in the way they dress up or on other things?

It’s common knowledge they like big shiny new cars, they like big villas, large furniture and large gadgets like television. They also like to send their children to the best schools; they slaughter animals regularly and feast on good food. And if they get sick, they travel abroad for medication—they are never in want of money. I think all of that is worldly greed and they are humans, not angels.

But now we need to sympathize with them: the Italian school, where they send their deqi Ayni maAar children to, is closed. Are they taking the school from the Italians and making it a special school for the elite of the regime and a few others? We will see. But don’t ever think they are commoners simply because they dress shabbily.

Let’s see Warren Buffet? The guy is so rich I doubt if he knows his net worth. It’s known his net worth is $82.3 billion dollars, the 7th richest man in the world. He lives in a house he bought in 1957 in Omaha, for $31,000. He dresses badly even compared against an elementary school teacher. But appearance doesn’t tell you if someone is rich or poor like in the case of Eritrean leaders.

Corruption in many faces

In the nineties I worked at a bank. One day the LC department head came to my office and curiously asked why Eritrea a free country deals in Ethiopian Birr and through an Ethiopian bank. I tried to explain but I don’t think he understood or believed me. However, I took the opportunity and asked him about the LC in question. It was a back to back LC and the beneficiary was a Kuwait company acting as a cover for an Eritrean who lived in Kuwait and was close to the Eritrean ruling party. I dug deeper and found out it smelled of corruption. The bank where I worked at didn’t accept back to back LCs.

A transaction between a Japanese buyer and Eritrea went through three middlemen in three different countries. Each kept a fraction of the original transaction amount.

For those who do not understand it, let me explain in a simple way:

Japan agreed to buy Eritrean scrape metal for 20 million dollars; the Japanese buyer opened an LC for the benefit of a person who lived in Holland. He kept $2mil and opened a back to back LC for the benefit of a person in Kuwait who in turn kept his $3mil cut and used the LC as a guarantee and opened another back to back LC of $15 mil to a person in Dubai who kept $3 mil and using the guarantee of the back to back LC, he opens an LC for $12 mil for the Eritrean beneficiary, the PFDJ.

Japan covered the first order of $20, which became $18 in the Netherlands, $15 in Kuwait and $12 in Dubai. Each of the collaborators in the three countries kept a part totaling $8 mil in custody for whoever was swindling in Eritrea. The PFDJ loads the $20 mill scrape metal to japan for $12 mil.

The above is overly simplistic, but the fraud involved serious scheduling less the LC expires; it also required meticulous planning of shipping routes to avoid schedule conflicts of product delivery date agreements, LC transactions, etc.

Such fraud has drastically changed since 911 when most banks adopted strict scrutiny procedures of transaction to prevent funds from reaching illegal and terrorist groups.

That’s why I laugh whenever I hear how frugal and honest the leaders are.

Fumigating Our Culture

Why is our culture inactive when It comes to fighting for our rights? Why is it no one asks about the prisoners and no one tried to free or make enough noise to free them? We just cry at western capitals and we talk mostly to each other about our pain. We cry at each other’s shoulders. Why are many people who used to be so excited when they met Deroue Sheriff and others, and now they don’t even remember them, or worse, they say they deserve what they got. On the flip side, some of the prisoners are not even remembered because they were hated—they trampled over the dignity of many Eritreans and now many people do not have any respect or sympathy for them.

Some Eritreans produced a footage about a brave assassination operation they carried out against Eritrean government supporter in Addis Ababa. Apparently, the group is in Eritrea, probably in Asmara, right on the same streets with the PFDJ officials! Yet, they went to Addis Ababa to kill some collaborators and regime spies. I wish they save us more embarrassments: people do not whistle their way when driving to kill someone, they would be nervous. People who  want to record and document their operation do not use handheld phones to shoot a footage; they use fixed windshield camera grips—every car has one. And who died? It’s complicated and depends on who tells the story. I do not believe any of that.

But it got better—soon someone claimed the driver of Beyene Russom, the Eritreans ambassador to Kenya, was found dead in his car. A day later a copycat took news and spread it. However, in the process racing against time, he made a mistake: Beyene Russom became Semere Russom the ambassador in Ethiopia. But who cares, they are both ambassadors, and both have similar second names. As for the difference between Nairobi and Addis Ababa, both are capital cities of African countries

The Eritrean struggle doesn’t need lies, it has enough true oppression for justification. The suffering of Eritreans is enough, there is no need for propaganda. I wish individuals and small-time operators restrained themselves when they get the urge to act as intelligence officers, they suck at that. Have mercy.

NB: the above is a trsnscript of Negarit 101 on my YouTube channel

 

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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  • Abi

    Hello All
    What is this rushing to recruit Teg Vet Mahmud in your respective camps?
    Can’t you guys just say hello and leave your recruiting business for another day?

    • David Samson

      Selam Abi,
      Flip-floops do not stay on the same position as they can move either direction at any moment with out notice. So, you are right to guard members off and not to rush to recruit them to their camps.

    • Consolation

      Hi Abi,

      It is clear that it is getting very lonely around here. Thus, it is not surprising that any arrival, especially one that has been hoped for as Ato Haile tells us when he declares that Ato Amanuel has been rewarded, should generate excitement and commotion. Unlike the terror of Robinson Crusoe, who was stranded in an Island for years and lived alone, when he saw footprints in the beach, Mahmoud’s arrival is generating joy because he has already signalled that he has made a u-turn.

      • Abi

        Consolation
        I’ve noticed the build up before his arrival. Some have already written him የፍቅር ደብዳቤ with a signing bonus.
        I don’t read Tigrinya but I’m sure someone must have offered him his daughter as a signing bonus.
        “We pay competitive salary and a generous benefit “ says one of the advertisements…
        Pick me, pick me, pick me…
        እዋይ!
        ኧረ ተረጋጉ

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Ustaz Mahmud,
    Welcome home ustazna al aziz. Sincerely, you have been enormously missed. I had the honor of exchanging views with you at times hard and loud but with dignity and respect. Welcome again, sir.

  • Brhan

    Hi all good news
    Saleh “Gadi” Johar named PEN Eritrea’s 2020 Freedom of Expression Award Winner
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QINkygM9MKQ
    https://peneritrea.com

    Saleh congratulations. You desreve it. Mabrook.እንኳዕ ኣሐጎሰካ. Congratulations

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear all,

      I am very happy— እንኳዕ ኣሐጎሰካ —-
      “Staff (Sept. 18, 2020): Awate.com’s founding editor, novelist, and activist, Saleh “Gadi” Johar …..”

      KS,,

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Hello awatistats the greatistas
    Greetings to all of you, again.. I know…I know, you are gping to ask me how much of sweets I brought with me from the other world. Plenty. Just be patient until I figure out how to ship the packages out.
    Coming to the video of the two bosses, or a boss and half, or however one sees the appearance of the two gentlemen, I could not finish watching the entire video. I stopped this video 4 times and I will have to finish it. I subjected myself to the boring and overused narrative, the familiar descriptive language, and so on, in an attempt to extract materials for my next article. Remember, I have continued writing articles; it just happened to be on the other world. Anyway….Where have they been the past two years?

    I think they’re out now to deflect the calls for change. Although the calls for change have a ling history, I think, Eritreans are getting their acts together better than ever, and the bosses are feeling the heat. At any rate, had both bosses ( or 1&1/2 bosses) been telling those stories to their grandchildren from their retirement retreat, it would have made sense. Otherwise, regurgitating over-recycled narrations could only mean to heighten the alertness of Eritreans of an ever-impending danger ( I call it ሑሕ ወያነ በልዓካ) so that the regime could deflate the pressure it senses. This presentation could have been delivered by high schoolers or low ranking cadres.
    Anyway, have a great w/end.

    • Abi

      Hello Teg Vet Mahmud
      Glad to see you back.
      How are the boys?

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Mahmud,

      Glad to hear from you. I have seen your last two videos, one on assena and the other on meskerm. I am really proud of you and I am glad that you have spoken your true feelings.

      Today incidentally is the dark sept 18, where people like Beraki and the journalist were disappeared by this sadistic group.

      This morning I was listening the interview of (Ariam I think here name) she was only 3 months when her father Dawit Habtemariam (one of the journalist from Meqalih), she is 19 years now in Germany and studying in healthcare.

      What a sunshine to listen to hear and to see her beautiful smile and how much her father must feel proud, not only her but many of the young who are carrying the burden and fighting the regime.

      If I am not mistaken, I think you asked in one of your videos looking for the interview of the G-15 or something. I think if you are not aware, look for a guy names Samson Solomon, who also lives in Germany, he is a son of Solomon Habtom, who you may know. He worked in telecommunication and he was arrested in 2002 and died while he was in detention. His son is carrying the struggle of his father and his uncle (Uqbe Abreha). I believe he compiled all the interview of the G-15 and published it in a book.

      Berhe

    • Haile S.

      ሰላም ማሕሙድ፡

      እንቋዕ ድሓን ተመለስካ። ኤማ ተቐሊቱ። ዝተረፈ ነገር ድሓር ነርክበሉ።

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Mahmud Saleh,

      It is nice to hear from you. I echo what Ismail AA said.
      I hope to learn more about your reflection on the changes taking place in our world and the changes in you as the result.
      Welcome back to your cousin’s home.

      Mr. K.H

    • Semere Tesfai

      Selam Mahmud Saleh

      Good to hear from you my prime minister and welcome home.
      You know, just last week, as I was reading this Awate article about the “annoying oversized jackets” of PFDJ big shots, from the comment section, I learned that you’ve become a rockstar of the Eritrean cyberworld. Well, speaking of jackets………….

      Impressed by the news, I visited Meskerem – which I hardly do – to conform the news personally. And there you were with a brand new jacket looking elegant as always. I hope the new jacket fits well and I hope that’s a keeper.

      Again welcome home.

      Semere Tesfai

      • Consolation

        Hi Semere,

        When speaking of jackets, we should remember that there are straight jackets. And the worst of them are the self inflicted.

        ግፍሒ ወይ ጽበት ጃኬት ኣይኮነን ዘገድስ
        ሕብሩ ቀይሕ ኮኾቡ ብጫ ምዃኑዩ ዘባእስ
        ሕሉፍ ታሪኽካ ዘሕስር ዘህስስ ዝድምስስ
        ኣብ ዘለኻያ ዘስጥም መሓውርካ ዘልምስ።

        Click the link to see what a straight jacketed person looks like
        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ac/Straitjacket-rear.jpg/1200px-Straitjacket-rear.jpg

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Mahmuday,

      Welcome to your warm home, that you have been enjoying it without reservation, to exchange your views for the “nation” we paid so much and for the “people” we love so dearly. At this point, I will not say beyond welcome, but as we proceed our debate, there will be many issues we are going tackle side by side. Glad to see you back brother, as you have promised me few days ago,

      regards

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam Saleh G,

    During the old days, there were type of clothing brought to Dire Dawa (DD) via Djibouti. In the ever humourous lingo of DD, these oversized outfits were called ‘Nebs Yimar’ in Amharic. There were also locally made sandals that go with them, made from discarded truck tyres, they were named ‘Kus Umo’ in Arabic.

    • Saleh Johar

      Simon,
      I knew your anger concealed serious humor 🙂
      That was funny, I don’t if I laughed more at the Amharic or Arabic. Thanks for the laugh

      The tyre shoes were also used outside Eritrea. Haile can correct me but I think they were called “Beatles”

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Saleh,

        May be another name but if I remember correctly, they were called also Harambe.

        Berhe

        • Saleh Johar

          Yes Berhe, it was Harambe. Thanks

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Saleh Johar,

            I read somewhere, few years ago that a young Ethiopian lady was running a business producing these shoes by hand.
            It was marketed as an environment friendly shoes. In Europe and U.S people were applauding and buying the product in exclusive places as the “chic” thing to do for enlightened society. Why didn’t I think of that?

            Mr. K.H

      • Abi

        Selam Ato Saleh
        In Addis the shoe is called “በረባሶ”.

        • Saleh Johar

          Thanks Abi, never thought the topic will be this interesting. Keep them coming.

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Saleh G.,

        The clothes were called ‘Nebs Yimar’ (R.I.P.) because it was believed that they were taken off dead people.

        Congratulations, by the way.

  • Nitricc

    Greetings in loving memory of the great LT. I was reading Haile’s comments to Abrehat Yesof and the Tigrigna was harder than the usual. I said i wonder how google will translate and i gave it tried it, then the great LT came right back to me.
    Parts of Haile’s comment was this

    ሰላም ኣብርሀት ሓውተይ፡ ሓቅኺ፡ ኣብኡ እዩ ዝኸውን። ጐልጎል እዩ። ቅድሚ 12 ዓመት ከይደ ከለኹ፡ ሓደ ዘመድ፡ ተሰሪሖም ኣብ ጥቕሚ ዘይውዓሉ ናእሽቱ ፍብሪካታት፡ ድርጅታት ጎኒ ዓዲ ጓዕዳድ ኣዚሩኒ ነይሩ። ሓንቲ ዘይትርስዓኒ፡ ሕልፍ ኢልካ፡ ጎድኒ ዓዲ-ቀ ኣብ ጥቓ ጽርግያ እትርከብ ናይ ቆልዑ መዘናግዒ

    then google translation is……

    Hi there, Abu Bakr. Look at Golgol. For the past 12 years, he has been a relative of Tarihom Ab Tumumi Zeiwalu Naeshtu Factory. Hanti Zeitrsani Hilf Ilka Godni

    • Abi

      General
      The Greatest LT will always be remembered as Awate’s finest!
      There should be a compilation of his comments. I suggest SGJ bring it as a Negarit edition.

    • Haile S.

      Selam Nitricc,

      Very funny! Google-T has a serious problem by translating my dear sister Abrehet’s name to Abu Bakr. Google is doing like you and Abi, confusing Paulos for Paulette 🙂 🙂 :-).

      • Nitricc

        Hi Haile, i was trying to take few samples for accuracy and it is funny.
        Here is what KS said to Abiy

        ምነው ሰወች ለምን ስለ እናት ጥሩ ነገር ኣናስብም ለምንድነው እናታችን በሆድ መምልያ እምንሸጣት ኣረ ተው.. ኣብይ እኮ የጠቀመን ነገር የለም::

        And google said..

        Why don’t we think of something good about our mother? Why don’t we sell our mother’s stomach?

        lol “Why don’t we sell our mother’s stomach?”

      • Abi

        መምህር
        ዻውሎስ – አማርኛ
        ዻውሎሲ- ትግርኛ
        ዻውሌቲ – ፍቅርኛ
        ዻዺሎን – ወያንኛ
        ሁሉም ያስኬዳሉ 🙂

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear all,

    I was listing what this wonderful man said. But this is the 2nd time I am hearing it carefully.

    I am inviting to the great debater Mr, Cons to hear it…and all ,for the sake of understanding
    What is going on in this political field…

    KS,

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Saleh,

    “ቅርሕንቲ ዘጓማስዑ” indeed they are. ቅርሕንቲ ፈኸራ ዝተሓወሶ እምበር:: This is a classical of the EPLF political culture.

  • Dongolo

    Howdy all. Sad it is to be reduced to fashion police whilst donning gaudy ‘cover my baldness’ out-of-style caps and hair dye. Man….just shave it off! Much of what is said in this article is simply far off the mark (i.e. ‘they never want for money’) . It is in fact the ELF old boys who harbor grudges against the EPLF and PIA/PFDJ to the point that they simply cannot see, think or pee strait as they are only consumed with hate. Back 40 or so years ago, prior to becoming Cali democrats, they were all staunch backward thinking Socialists but they now preach the virtues and righteousness of American style democracy while adhering to the TPLF anti-corruption payroll guidance.

  • Haile S.

    Selamat Saleh,

    Well said and to the point messages. Let it dwell on our heart! ድሕሪ ማሪ ኣንቷይነት ክሒስካና 🙂

    Looking at the image before I read & heard your message, I asked myself who the 4-runners were. I asked myself, which 4 of the 5 or more former-tegadeltis you mentioned, fled the regime? I thought the change was coming! You didn’t make my self interrogation easy. Finally I got it. It was all about ownership, cars, villas and the shinny outfits.

    On villas, curiously, it appears that once they divided the beautiful Asmara villas among themselves, they don’t want to allow any one else to own simillar ones, unless it is a family, a close acquaintance or diehard pro-regime and rarely at that. That is likely the reason we don’t see new contruction for the last decades.

    Thank you for the lesson on corruption. I hope every one will run away from it like a plague. Small or big, it is debilitating our nation(s).

    • Nitricc

      Hi Haile; I have a question for you; what is the make and model of the vehicle in the background of the two gentleman?

      • Haile S.

        Hi Nitricc,
        Toyota 4Runner!

        • Nitricc

          Hey Haile; you identify the make correctly but when we get to the model, is it the same thing Toyota RAV4 and 4Runner? any way good job.

      • Abi

        General
        If you can’t identify this iconic SUV, you must be living in a camp driving a tank between your dormitory and the commissary.

        • Nitricc

          Hey Abiy if you looked up at the picture between SG’s upper shoulder and the guy; right at in between you will the the make of the car. I was challenging Haile in hoping he will miss it but no.

          • Abi

            General
            I think you are mixing Haile with Berhe or the ፋራ መሃንዲስ .

          • Nitricc

            Hi Abiy; i know right? Berhe has improved very much the only FARA left is Mehandis. I have never, in my life corresponded with a person who barge so much, never. Many times, people barge when something is missing form their life. they have to replace what is missing with barging and putting down others . that dude is F-up in the head. Something is wrong with him though.

          • Abi

            General
            I take full credit for Berhe’s impressive improvement.
            I’m working on the መሃንዲስ. I ask for patience.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Abiy; good luck with that. the reason what worked for you with Berhe is that Berhe is humble and sensitive. this person named Mahndis is different animal, he is low life. good luck with that. One must be humble the rest, it will fall in its places.

          • Abi

            General
            Thank you for your best wishes. I know it is going to be an extremely difficult and time consuming project.
            Any kind of help is greatly appreciated.

            Now, accepting suggestions…

          • Nitricc

            Hey Abiy; he is an old broken man. how are you going to fix that? The man down the hill in deep dream.

          • Abi

            General
            Here is the strategy to fix this tragedy:
            First I will send him to Samsung if they can do anything to fix the software. The problem is the manufacture that assembled him has been out of business for a while. Who can survive the competition with this kind of product? Think about it!
            In the mean time I will search for parts at antique stores and flea markets.
            I will report the progress periodically.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            My own AI design calibrates any drift, so no need for any external fix.
            BTW, you have downgraded yourself lately, to the point of reaching the sole-cell 55 yrs old baby.

            ምስ ኣድጊ ዝኸደስ ህላ ተ ዘይ ለመደ ጥራጥ ኣድጊ ለመደ ይብሉ ኔሮም ኣቦታትና። You can ask for those part time opponents for translation 🙂

          • Abi

            MM
            Looks like you are refusing guidance and counseling.

          • Consolation

            Hello MM.

            “ጎኒ ዓጋም ዝበቖለት ቆልቋል ክትነብዕ ትነበር” ክብሉኸ ሰሚዕካ’ዶ ትፈልጥ?

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት ደባስ
            እወ ፈልጥ! 🙂

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            You are talking about premier and champions league right.

            Hi Nitric,
            As for the car, SJG is depicting I think is, to show the corruption of the Eritrean officials and “tegadelti” turned “gezaeti”. They own anything that the wish for and the SUV (Toyota Land Cruiser) is symbol of their corruption. That is, they wear oversized jackets but yet they own villas, Land Cruiser, satellite dish, blue label whisky or anything money can buy.

            But you instead thought it’s a trick question…you probably didn’t get it.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            As expected you got it wrong.
            Toyota 4Runner is not a sign of luxury by any stretch.

            Berhe, any little improvement you are showing is encouraging me to do more.
            Next class will be identifying luxury SUVs. Make , Model , initial quality, towing capacity, horsepower, torque,…

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            You are simpleton. I wasn’t guessing the exact model of the car and the article was not trivia question about the model of the car.

            I said SUV / Land Cruiser as a sign of corruption. Yes, Land Cruiser is what’s popular in Eritrea with the PFDJ military officers including the president.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            Displaying anger from time to time is part of the improvement process. You are angry because you failed to express your feelings in a proper way. Totally understandable.
            Next session will be on anger management.
            Until next session, please watch “Anger Management “ by Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello All,
            Images are supposed to suggest an idea. I think it should Ben as a broad suggestive image. But if you want to squeeze it, one can ask where was the picture taken? What year model is it? New or used? You can’t get the answers. But let me suggest an answer, it’s an internet car sale image probably from Texas. Irrelevant.

    • Abi

      መምህር
      If the Eritrean big shots are driving 4 Runners, I consider them extremely humble.
      What happened to the Land Cruisers?
      You can buy three 4 Runners for the price of one Land Cruiser.

  • Brhan

    Selmat Salih,

    The PF(DJ) have become old and the issue of transferring their power to the young has become like Catch 22 to them.

    In one way they have their own sons and daughters that they can trust to carry their ideology but transferring their power to them, like Abraham I Afewerki, will make it nepotisms at large. In another way they have the other young, the majority, who despise them and this due to their dictatorship. Dictatorship always comes with bad result. When you rule people by fear and intimidation, arrest, abuse and exploit, people will hate you and when you become old, people won’t tolerate and would like to see you thrown like a garbage.

    ዋርሳይ ከኣ ይብሉ. Correct me if I am wrong: The War-say are only for War. Have we seen a War-say minister or governor or ambassador since the independence.

    And about being elegant …Saleh, I believe, Yemane G/Meskel is following Negarit , including the one about General Philpos and Wedi Kasa attire? But in PF(DJ) cult , it is ok to listen to the one who criticize you but you have to do the opposite. If the one who criticize you says you look elegant , wear loose trouser and if he says you are wearing loose trouser , be elegant. So, implement the Arabic proverb كل الطرق تؤدي إلى روما . When you see them with loose trouser , tell them, they look elegant , believe me next time they will do the right thing.

    • Dongolo

      Selam Brhan. The ELF have become too old whilst many of the former EPLF are still in their 50s and early 60s and prime time to take on leadership roles.

      • Brhan

        Selam Dongolo
        I understand that it is very hard for you to say ” PF(DJ)”. I can’t blame you. PF(DJ)’s actions disgraced you. But ካብ ነበረኒ እናሃለኒ ክብሉ ኣይሰማዕካን ዲኻ?

  • Sultan

    Hello All:
    A bold and a great criticism even EXPOSE !
    I hope they remain alive and healthy until the Day of Judgement comes/arrives specially Gen Simon and Gen Philipos, along with few mid-level Officers, the alleged game players.
    AlAmin is no body per my resources.

    When I heard Gen Abreha Kassa testifying about the martyrdom of Ali Ibrahim after the demise of the Nadew Command publicly telling us that a Mig-23 missile directly and specifically shot singling out Ali( aka The General, being the most feared EPLF Commander in Sahil by the derghi))while he was walking in the middle of 2 of them,was but hilarious!
    It is possible but……I questioned it.
    Despite the derghi acknowledged about the bravery of this Special Commavder, the EPLF people on the top do not do so.
    Same goes for /about the story of Commander Ibrahim Affa, which Redie’ Mehari exposes “ too much /many Sad and Scary facts” about including the alleged role of Gen Phillipos and his Boss, whom the Muslim Community Leaders challenged both in Asmera after the liberation.