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  • ahmed saleh March 27, 2014

    I think It is logic when we compare Menghistu verses Issayas to look on their personality . It is true to say Issayas is
    the worst leader in Eritrean history . He is antagonist , heartless , arrogant , maniac , psychopath …….. you name it .
    He took the country down to its knee for darkness . For more than 20 years he couldn’t lead the people without great distress
    from his hostilities inside within his people and hostilities outside with neighboring countries . When people said Menghistu
    was better than the current regime , it is understandable argument not to get offended because it is true . But at the same
    time that doesn’t mean Ethiopian occupation was great like some they try to convince us with deceptive information .

  • monicasalguero March 27, 2014

    ኣማኑኤል ሓወይ፡ ሐንቋዕ ኤሪትራ፡ ሓቐኛኝ ለዋሀን ዘጋ ረኸበት.
    ሕንቋዕ ድማ ናይቶም ንዓመታት ሕሰም ኢሳያስን ሰር ኣቱን ዘጋለጹ የሕዋትካ ዓንድማእከል ኮንካ.
    ሓይለ መንፈስ ቕዱስ ካባኻ ኣይፈለ.

  • monicasalguero March 27, 2014

    የሕዋት፡ ጊዜ ኣይንቅተል ንሕበር ንበገስ . መንእሰይ ይጠፈእን ይጠምን ይጽለልን ኣሎ. ኤዚ ወዳሃንኩም.

  • monicasalguero March 27, 2014

    ደጀን! ጸባ ሰቲኻ ኣስቲኻና. ነቶም ሓየርቲ አምላክ ዓይኖም ይድፈነልካ. አሜን!

  • Yerhiwo March 27, 2014

    Congratualtion Dejen Jigna…I hope you are in safe place! One HGDEF supporter in Oakland was not lucky….she has been jailed since May 2012. KTVU news had a segment on her. Dictator Wedi Medhin Berad was exposed on the TV. Please watch it!

  • Mike March 28, 2014

    Another signs of the terrifying days in Eritrea to come – Reminder of the late Derge time frame. At this point – No one knows what goes in the Eritrean system and the system has no checks and balance and just runs with no breaks. That is what we have now in Eritrea – Good thing the pilot is making his way to safety. He must be a highly priced person. What will he expose? Interesting…..

    Lost culture, but gained state Chaos.
    Lost generation, instead we made our fathers carry arms to “guard the nation”.
    Lost development, instead we have crumbling state.
    Lost faith, but we gained sense of disgust and search for new “god”.
    Lost respect, instead gained disarray with the young and old.
    Lost fairness, instead gained injustice and production of jail houses at every corner.
    Lost a golden moment to chart our destiny, instead we are back to the dark ages.
    Lost Leaders, instead gained hearts of thieves.
    Lost the Diaspora, instead we gained new breed that is blind to the plight of their own people.
    Lost and swallowed by the ocean, but gained no real empathy from the world and failed also as Eritreans to question collectively the our own System in Eritrea .
    Lost innocent Lives in the hands of nomadic tribes of Sinai, instead we gained rapes, fatherless children, and body parts highly priced in the black market.
    Lost our direction, instead we gained too many “would be” opposition camps.
    Lost unity, and lost the only and only one Eritreans had – Pride.
    Lost the fabric and identity of the Eritrean culture, instead borrowed and extracted world culture.
    Lost our young in the name of “our land”, instead we got the Arabs taking the Hunnish Islands and the Ethiopians holding on to Badme, and what is to come also Djibouti to hold on to another piece of land.
    Lost all that Eritrean fabric to the newly emerged “Sawa” culture, and we added slave labor in extracting the riches of Eritrea.
    Lost yesterday’s heroes, instead we gained those “same heroes” entangled in abuse of their own rape of their own –

    The story is still untold and unfolding but our lives go on. I must say there is hope that we have not lost, I think. I am a believer our newly galvanized sisters will be the glue to bringing changes and Assenna will work as the medium to lasting peace and change in Eritrea. God bless Eritrea!

    Could anyone one from a Pro gov. please come up with we gained story from the government side?

  • Hazhaz March 28, 2014

    On his recent well reasoned article, Eritrea’s best mind, Yosief Gheberehiwet, writes on:
    “The Eritrean Oblomov: Loving Asmara the Superfluous Way”

    This is an excerpt taken from:

    The golden age of Asmara

    Here is a fact that the nationalists would undoubtedly have a hard time to swallow: the golden age of Asmara happens to be neither in the Italian era nor in the Independence era; those golden years happen to fall exactly on the reign of Haile Selassie, starting to build up in the 50s to reach its apex in the 60s, only to abruptly end in the early 70s when ghedli showed up at the doorsteps of Asmara in full force. What then explains this riddle, since it doesn’t fit at all with the narrative that the nationalists have been telling the masses? This question has special relevance because the ghedli generation’s concept of modernity was entirely shaped from the impressions that this colonial city had left on them. In fact, it was with the saving of “Asmara civilization” in their mind that they went through hell for 50 years. Where from came this perceived threat? Did Asmara have it so bad during the Haile Selassie era to warrant 50 years of insanity?

    To begin with, why can’t we say that Asmara’s golden age was during the Italian colonial era, given that it was after all the Italians that built it? There are two major reasons: First and foremost, as pointed above, Asmara remained a small sleepy little town for much of the colonial era; it was only when Italy decided to invade Ethiopia that Asmara abruptly mushroomed five folds in the last six years. If there was no vibrant Asmara for much of the colonial era to begin with, one cannot talk of a “golden age” of a city that was never there. And, second, if we are to confine ourselves to the last six years, there were three things bedsides its brief “age” that would make a mockery out of these perceived golden years. First, that the entire growth was motivated by the invasion of Ethiopia tells us that the lifeline for this growth has nothing to do with Eritrea. That is to say, it wouldn’t have been a sustainable “golden age” if it were to remain confined to Eritrea only. Second, the demography of the city was rapidly turning Italian: while in the early 30s the Italian population in Asmara was about 3,000 out of the city’s total population of 18,000 (about 17 percent), by 1938 it has mushroomed into 53,000 out of the total population of 98,000 (about 53 percent)8. That is, with the increase of the Italian population from 17 percent to 53 percent of the city’s population in those six years, the Italianization of Asmara, per policy of Fascist Italy, had started in earnest at this time. And, third, besides those years being “war years” into which Eritreans were disproportionately conscripted, those also happen to be the years remembered for the severity of the Fascist imposed apartheid system, most strictly enforced in Asmara. While the Italians occupied bella Asmara, the natives were relegated to the shanty towns of Aba-Shawul, Gheza-Berhanu, Haidsh-Adi, etc. That doesn’t mean that all was rosy before Fascism. In fact, the apartheid system in Asmara was already in place in 1909 (in schools) and 1916 (in residential areas), long before the Fascists came to enforce their own harsher versions.9

    If so, even though most of the landmarks that were to be associated with the art deco architecture of modernist Asmara were built then, the era can hardly be said to have been “golden” for the natives. After all, segregated Asmara symbolized colonial oppression at its starkest. Not only where the natives living in segregated ghettos, but they were also working in segregated jobs, mainly consisting of the most risky and menial types: askaris, manual workers of the lowest type, maids, prostitutes, etc. Hence, it can hardly be said that our fathers were so proud of colonial Asmara as to tie their identity to it, as their children were about to do when the Italians were gone. The irony is that Asmara turned “golden” for the natives (including the ghedli generation) during the 50s and 60s, when the indigenization of Asmara was made possible. At the end of Italian era, more than 50 percent of the population was Italian. At the end of the Haile Selassie era, the native population had increased more than six folds to reach more than a quarter of a million. That is to say, the natives took over their city in its demographic, economic and cultural sense during Haile Selassie era.