#Eritrea is littered with make-shift prisons most of whose inhabitants never saw a day in court. Opposing it is minimum requirement of citizens.
Aug 27 • 36 tweets • 9 min read
Writing for state website @shabait, Bana Negusse articulates #Eritrea’ ruling party interpretation of history (1941-present): the rage it feels against 🇺🇸informs Eritrean foreign policy; and the 20-years of consequences of said policy.
Green. Red. Yellow. 143-5-3. Even #China, #Russias alleged BFF, abstains, not cross all the way to crazy town to endorse forceful annexation: an anathema to #Eritrea|s recent birth pangs. The excuse is worse than the act: the devil (America) made #Russia do it.
Mar 16 • 12 tweets • 10 min read
In another tweet which I will append below, I write about the dizzying diplomacy that #Eritrea#Sudan#Somalia#SouthSudan are going thru. Here, I am going to include momentous changes all happening at once. A New World Order?
“Last week, #SaudiArabia and #Iran announced that they would reëstablish diplomatic relations after seven years of severed ties. The two nations pledged to reopen their embassies and also agreed to begin coöperating in areas such as security and trade.”
Mar 11 • 30 tweets • 9 min read
1. Disclosure: I am on record as having said Statecraft is very hard. So critique of #Eritrea prez is within context of “statecraft is hard, but he makes it harder.” Let’s discuss today’s show (not interview) whose topics covered role of investment, including FDI, in economy. 2. Of the many levers used for economic development and which ones to prioritize, choosing is hard because everything is a priority in subsistence economies. Economics not being a hard science (and even its social science status being questionable) it’s a lot of trial and error.
Mar 9 • 7 tweets • 6 min read
At Qatar, in response to #Eritrean opposition leader Isaias Afwerki who keeps trashing all the achievement of his government, Ambassador Sophia outlines all of them. Speaking of Qatar…. shabait.com/2023/03/08/sta…
2010: After two years of denying it had any disputes with #Djibouti and getting sanctioned for its refusal to mediate the dispute, #Eritrea accepts Qatar mediation for its dispute with #Djibouti
#Eritrea|s ambassador to #Sudan has been #Eritrea|s ambassador to #Sudan for 20 years and he has been saying the same thing he has been saying for 20 years: enemies, መኸተ, war….
Seminar to nationals in Khartoum – Eritrea Ministry Of Information shabait.com/2022/08/29/sem…
… the ruling party’s decay is not just at the chairman (Isaias) level but also like him, since 1994:
Political director: Yemane Gebreab
Economic director: Hagos Ghebrehiwet
National Security: Abraha Kassa
Cultural Affairs: Zemehret Yohannes
Secretary: Alamin Mohammed Seid
Aug 28, 2022 • 19 tweets • 7 min read
When you combine these two:
1. A government which disowns its people the minute they show any sign of independence.
2. An opposition that is not able to prove itself as viable entity with organizational discipline.
You get an embittered, misled, disenfranchised youth.
This is what has happened to #Eritrea|ns: youth were, via perpetual war and indefinite conscription, forced labor and economic paralysis, losing agency over their own life, forced to leave their county: 608,000 by 2019:
How many young #Ethiopia|ns & #Eritrea|ns enlisted or conscripted in the ENDF, ASF, TDF, EDF have been killed in the stupid war? Until we ask, and insist on an answer, the war will not stop. #HowManyDied?
If are comforted by the lullabies of your side (whichever side you are on),remember the 98-00 #Eritrea-#Ethiopia “border war” was 24 months of standstill interrupted by 1 month (cumulative) of battle. 100,00 young lives perished then! The current war is 4 months of non-stop war.
Mar 26, 2021 • 9 tweets • 8 min read
It’s #FatuousFriday: just back from Planet NNNN, with its alternative facts, and I am here to share with my compats. Since everything Isaias touches turns to ashes, the promising political career of @AbiyAhmedAli is facing the abyss too. But, hey: war is peace and peace is war
More “War Is Peace, Peace Is War”: According to the “Abiy Is Our Leader #Eritrea Is Our Country”mob from #Ethiopia, joined by Isaiaists, when 🇺🇸 and EU call for end to war, it is warmongering!
Short @AbiyAhmedAli: We defeated #TPLF (june tah) completely & #Eritrea is in #Ethiopia only because we are at war with TPLF whom we have defeated completely 4 month ago. Mayyybe our soldiers & Isaias did a little raping here and there but TPLF ATTACKED NORTHERN COMMAND!
(2) #Eritrea|ns have made a very strong argument as to why they cannot withdraw from sovereign #Ethiopia|n territories, because they fear being attacked by #TPLF (who I have totally annihilated) and I must say I find their arguments compelling. The war is to catch 12 people.
Looking at the #Ethiopia|n War in Tigray & the ensuing carnage--death, dismemberment, displacement--& #Eritrea|s "self-defense" foray, there is not much to be optimistic about, but there could be if we act as Citizens of the Horn
The Horn of #Africa has no citizens, just subjects.
Citizens are free and, collectively, own sovereignty. They hire and fire their leaders.
Subjects are powerless, looking up to The Sovereign, who demands total obedience. Dissent results in disappearance, death, exile.
Dec 4, 2020 • 18 tweets • 13 min read
Mesfin Hagos (founding member of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (#EPLF) in the 1970s who served as Minister of Defense in the 1990s), the most authoritative voice on #Eritrea|n military affairs, reveals the extent of #Eritrean involvement in the #Ethiopia|n war.
(2/18) In an address to his country’s parliament on November 30, 2020, #Ethiopia’s Prime Minister confirmed #Eritrea|n support to his ongoing war against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (#TPLF), the regional government of the northern regional state of Tigray...
Feb 23, 2020 • 15 tweets • 15 min read
(1/10) This is a report card on #Eritrea Prez Isaias Afwerki considered by himself & NNNN as a political architect of the Horn of Africa. From #Somalia, #Sudan, #SouthSudan, #Djibouti, to #Ethiopia, he has wasted #Eritrean treasury grooming satellite orgs. All for nothing.
(2/10) #SouthSudan: The #SPLA had members who were for secession & members for reforming Sudan and remaining part of it. Despite Isaias Afwerki's cries, the secessionist won and they proved it in a referendum where 99% voted for independence. Isaias didn't attend the ceremony.