Matthew McClearn of the Canadian Business Magazine Attacks Eritrea – White Washes Slavery

Who is this Matthew McClearn and what is it that he presumes to know about Eritrea, the people and leadership? Labeling their hard work and sacrifice as “slavery”, a term used only by those who want to white wash slavery and all that it entails, says more about him than it does about Eritrea or her people.

The gallant Eritrean young men and women are not slaves and should never be labeled as such-by anyone, least of all by those responsible for the decades long pain and suffering of the Eritrean people.
The gallant Eritrean young men and women are not slaves and should never be labeled as such-by anyone, least of all by those responsible for the decades long pain and suffering of the Eritrean people.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

WHEN an acquaintance at the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry sent me an advance copy of the article, “The Slaves of Eritrea”, written by Matthew McClearn for the Canadian Business Magazine (understand he also sent a copy to the Canadian Embassy in Ethiopia), I did not find anything new… at least not something worth sharing. My acquaintance labeled the journalist as another “dedeb ferenji” – dumb foreigner – taken for a ride by the Woyane regime. I disagree with that label. I believe Matthew McClearn knew what he was writing and should be held to account by “every tax-paying Canadian citizen”. 

The article’s intentions are transparent and McClearn is certainly not doing this because he gives a hoot about Eritrea’s youth, rather, he seems to be doing the bidding on behalf of the minority regime in Ethiopia and others who are intent on vilifying the government of Eritrea and its people for ulterior political agendas.

It should be recalled that a recent document leaked by from the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry calls for an increase in anti-Eritrea propaganda and activities to strengthen the illegal sanctions against Eritrea. Eritrea’s mining sector has been targeted by the regime in Ethiopia and its handlers who have left no stones unturned to stop its development. McClearn attempts to use unsuspecting “tax paying Canadian citizens” to do its bidding by claiming they are profiting from “slavery in a far off land”.

Slavery?

Slavery is also the subject of an award winning movie, “12 years a slave” and it has rightfully triggered discussions on this historical human tragedy, which has contributed to the irreparable and permanent scarring of generations of Africans and their descendants. A timely movie that needs to be seen by all, as slavery and all its ugliness seems to have been forgotten, and worse the prevailing attitude today seems to be to white wash this event in history, supposedly to ease the conscience of those who perpetrated this injustice and benefited/profited the most from it.

From where I sit, white washing slavery is as egregious as denying the holocaust. Africans and their descendants may not have the resources to demand reparations and African Americans may not have the resources to build the United States National Slavery Museum , but they can certainly set the record straight and not allow the memories of those who were hunted down and sold like animals, bound to ships and transferred to white owned plantations in faraway lands, to be forgotten or hidden from future generations of Africans. Every African, no matter his country of origin, should be incensed at the white washing of slavery by those of European descent, and the mentally enslaved co-opted Africans in their employ.

To ignore history is to repeat it….

In 2003, officials in California asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms “master” and “slave” on computer equipment, saying such terms are “unacceptable” and “offensive” . In the computer industry, “master” and “slave” are terms used to refer to primary and secondary hard disk drives and are terms that are also “used in other industries”. If these officials found it discriminatory, offensive and unacceptable to use such terms on computer and other equipment, inanimate objects with no feelings, with no culture, history, traditions, principles etc. Every Eritrean should reject McClearn and his ilk, who somehow believe it is okay to label a gallant hard working people with rich cultures, traditions, principles and values as slaves…just because they do not conform to western ideals on service and community.

But what has that got to do with Eritrea?

Why is it okay to label thousands of Eritrean youth who are rebuilding their war torn nation as “slaves”? Their enormous contributions to their people and beloved nation cannot be compensated in dollars and cents. Nor can the pride and dignity, love and respect garnered from their fellow Eritreans and other Africans, be taken away by such ugly labels. Eritrea may not have the resources to fight such ugliness in the western media day after day, but her citizens everywhere can stand up and reject the offensive and derogatory labels being used to label their hard working compatriots at home.

The latest report on Eritrea by a certain Matthew McClearn of the Canadian Business Magazine is an example of someone who has chosen to use this derogatory and demeaning term to label Eritreans working at a mine run by a Canadian company in Eritrea. His intention was to shame the company and “every tax-paying Canadian citizens”, by pretending to care more about the well-being of the Eritreans who work there then their own people and government. He was not calling on “every tax-paying Canadian citizen” to donate funds to compensate the workers, rather, he is calling on his fellow citizens to put an end to the mining sector, their very livelihood and the life line of their beloved nation. A mine that has endured much hardship and sacrifice to build. Who is Matthew McClearn and what is it that he presumes to know about Eritrea, the people and leadership?

As far as I know, he has never visited the country, never spoken to any one of the many members of the Diaspora Eritrean-Canadian Community, but has instead chosen to speak to a few “anonymous” individuals who have provided him with information to fit his pre-conceived narrative on a country and people he knows nothing about. I don’t know if he uses the term to provoke his readers to read his posts, or if he really means to white wash slavery – by labeling hard working persons as slaves.

Slavery is about being hunted down, captured against your will, being shipped, beaten and sold like cattle. It’s about being stripped of your dignity and pride, it’s about separation, distress, degradation, emasculation, pain and suffering. It is the greatest human rights violation against a nation and its people and it is an issue that should not be taken lightly, it should weigh on our conscience and not allow it to be trivialized. It is offensive to label hard working Eritreans as “slaves”. Obviously, it is a term that is being used by some western NGOs and their lackeys for political consumption- faux compassion and sympathy, but Eritreans should not sit back and accept such denigrating language-no matter what their political stance.

Matthew McClearn labels Eritreans who are working to develop their war torn nation for little or no wages as being “slaves”, and calls on “every tax-paying Canadian citizen” to help him in his bid to arrest Eritrea’s development – especially the mining sector which is providing the nation with some income. On the one hand, McClearn sheds crocodile tears for the Eritrean youth who he claims are not compensated for their hard work, only to turn around and call on “every tax paying Canadian citizen” to help him shut down the only mine operating in Eritrea today.

He wants “every tax-paying Canadian citizen” to help him pressure Nevsun, a Canadian company operating Eritrea’s Bisha Mines to stop its work there.

It seems Mathew McClearn of the Canadian Business Magazine hope to stop Nevsum from operating in Eritrea, with the hopes that it will somehow retard Eritrea’s progress and ease the collective conscience of “every tax paying Canadian citizen”. Who are these citizens? Could they possibly include the thousands of Eritrean Canadians who now call Canada their adopted home? Has McClearn and his ilk bothered to consult them and their views on Bisha and other development projects in Eritrea? Why would McClearn jeopardize his own reputation and that of Canadian Business Magazine with such deliberate and malicious misrepresentation of the reality in Eritrea? Using fictitious anonymous informants and hiding the true identity of those responsible for the negative media campaign against Eritrea, the very same known anti-Eritrea groups and individuals, McClearn has produced the ugliest report to date on the young nation and its proud citizens.

McClearn in his report on Eritrea takes swipes at national construction companies in Eritrea, undermining their capacity and minimizing their role in the construction of one of the best mines in Sub-Saharan Africa. From where I sit, Eritrea’s self-reliant attitude and policy bothers him. He cannot fathom that an African nation can produce such quality work and do it by utilizing its own human and material resources. Instead of being proud of their achievements, McClearn and his ilk are determined to have Eritreans bow their heads in shame, for not asking for alms, for not begging, for not relying on western NGOs, for working hard, for using their creativity and ingenuity, for making the sacrifices necessary to rebuild their beloved nation.

Matthew McClearn begins his article, “Slavery in Eritrea”, with a description of Bisha:

“…The 150 kilometers that separate the Bisha mine from the Eritrean capital takes four hours to drive. Whereas Asmara is a bustling city of 650,000 filled with 1930s colonial Italian architecture, Bisha lies amid an expansive desert of rolling, ochre tinged sand and scrubs…”

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Had he done his homework, Matthew McClearn would have known that Bisha, like the villages of Ona and Adi Ibrahim, is one of the villages burnt to the ground by the Ethiopian regime.

The so-called human rights “activists” who are burning the midnight oil to prevent the Bisha mines from being developed may have forgotten the people of Bisha, Adi Ibrahim and Ona, but the government and people of Eritrea, and especially the young men and women working to develop the Bisha mine, have not. In a solemn oath to all those who perished it that place, and in villages and towns across Eritrea, the youth are shouldering their responsibilities with great pride and dignity. These gallant young men and women are not slaves and should never be labeled as such-by anyone, least of all by those responsible for the decades long pain and suffering of the Eritrean people.

Bisha is one of the villages in Eritrea that is developing fast and the mining activities are also part of this new development. In Bisha, new schools, new clinics and new roads have been built in honor of all those who died in the bitter struggle to liberate Eritrea from the clutches of successive brutal colonialists, Ethiopia being the last. Understanding Eritrea’s development strategy requires knowledge of Eritrea’s rich history, and Eritrea’s diverse cultures, norms and social traditions. Non-pecuniary motivations such as love of people and service to country, self-reliance, dignity and self-esteem, values cultivated during the long 30-year bitter struggle for Eritrea’s independence, remain the driving force and guiding principles today, as they did then.

These uniquely Eritrean notions have yet to be captured in western economic models produced by the Bretton Woods Institutions and imposed on Africans. As in all the other projects underway throughout the country, the Bisha Mine is not only going to provide for Bisha and the surrounding villages, it will also contribute to the development of Eritrea’s internal talent and capacity. If McClearn wants to talk about slavery, he is welcome to do so, but not to whitewash it and point his bloody fingers at Eritrea and Eritreans who are working to rebuild their war torn nation with virtually no assistance. Honoring those who gave their lives for Eritrea’s freedom is an honorable profession-NOT slavery.

Feigning concern for “every tax-paying Canadian citizen”, in whose name he presumes to write his audacious and insulting piece on Eritrea, McClearn shows his utter disdain for Africans in general and the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia in particular. His incoherent tirades against the proud people of Eritrea, labeling their hard work and sacrifice as “slavery”, a term used only by those who want to white wash slavery and all that it entails, says more about him then it does about Eritrea or her people. No doubt that the minority regime in Ethiopia is behind the scenes author of the piece. It is also the regime that has sponsored the so-called activists that are gallivanting the globe trying to strangulate Eritrea’s budding economy.

They are the manufacturers of the evidence and the disseminators of the lies about a nation a people they have chosen to betray for a few pieces of silver. Nothing worse than having racist and condescending self-serving western groups denigrating the people of Eritrea and their courageous stance on nation building, but is made worse by the few mentally enslaved Eritreans, who are repeating the insults against their own brethren.

McClearn in his report on Eritrea mentions the role of the Canadian Embassy in Ethiopia in perpetuating this ugly narrative on Eritrea. He wrote:

“…Canadian officials knew earlier than most about allegations of forced labor at Bisha… In an email to colleagues in January 2012 Ethiopia Consul Christopher Hull wrote that reports about mining firms in Eritrea “being forced to use conscripts and prison labor” match what we are being told here…”

What else did Christopher Hull expect from the Ethiopians who have campaigned to stop the building of the Bisha Mine?

Bisha was also the first place that terrorist groups operating out of Ethiopia targeted in its early days. Mr. Timothy Nutt, a British national, who worked for Nevsun was murdered in cold blood by terrorists trained and financed by Ethiopia. In its 17 April 2003 announcement, Nevsun said the following:

“…. Nevsun Resources Ltd. regrets to announce the death of a consulting geologist, Timothy Nutt, who was working on the Company’s Bisha property in Eritrea. The Company expresses its deepest sympathies to Mr. Nutt’s family…The Company has been advised by the Government of Eritrea that an investigation into the tragic death is in process. The Government has acted swiftly to ensure security in the area and the Minister of Mines has emphasized the Government’s support to Nevsun’s continuing work in the country. The Company has been advised that all Government officials have been shocked by this tragic incident… Senior management is in country meeting directly with Government officials to deal with this matter and ongoing business. Nevsun remains committed to its projects in Eritrea and will continue with its planned drilling program as previously announced…”

The Eritrean Islamic Jihad (EIJ), which claimed responsibility for the cold blooded murder of Mr. Timothy Nutt operates under the umbrella of the so-called Eritrean National Alliance (in Ethiopia). Over a decade later, Ethiopia is still trying to undermine the Bisha Mines and Nevsun’s operations there and is now enlisting the help of “every tax-paying Canadian citizen”. The intention then, as it is today is to present Eritrea as economically unviable.

Suffice it to mention the May 2009 Wikileak cable “Ethiopia to the P-5: Time For Eritrea Sanctions”- which clearly shows Ethiopia’s intentions vis a vis the Eritrean mines and what it wanted Canada to do:

“…Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin on May 22 called in the UNSC P-5 Ambassadors to urge them to follow-up on the Inter Governmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) May 20 call for Security Council sanctions against Eritrea…In a separate meeting with the P-5 ambassadors on May 25, Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Tekeda Alemu said he planned to travel to New York on May 29 to press the UNSC on Eritrea in person…Canada, he said, through its mining concessions, would soon be providing Eritrea with hundreds of millions of dollars, and he commented that “if you think Eritrea is a problem now with no economy, wait until it is flush with cash…”

The illegal sanctions, the vilification campaign against the National Service program, the Warsay Yikaalo program for development etc. etc. are all part and parcel of this evil agenda to strangulate Eritrea’s economy-as if that would advance that of Ethiopia’s. No self-respecting Canadian Embassy official in Ethiopia should allow himself or herself to be used in that manner. It behooves all to use their time and energy investigating Ethiopia’s human rights record, the genocides in Gambela, Ogaden and Oromia regions, the marginalization of the Afar region where over 13 Canadian have signed contracts to mine potash, gold etc. There is no need for “every tax paying Canadian citizen” to lose sleep over Eritrea.

Bisha, like the many development projects in Eritrea is a symbol of Eritrea’s young men and women, who are making their own marks in Eritrea’s proud history of sacrifice and commitment by preserving and enhancing Eritrea’s cherished and long held values of Determination, Hope, Trust, Unity and Magnanimity. The spectacular historical achievements by Eritrea’s youth will be the untold stories of our times. These days, the reports coming from western institutions, and the various media in their employ, seem to center on exaggerated, fabricated, erroneous, unsubstantiated claims from disgruntled runaway diplomats, defeatists, disengaged elitists, mercenary defectors, or from coached “refugees” seeking asylum in the West. Their sole mission (raison d’etre) being to paint a gloomy picture of Eritrea and its people, undermine the people of Eritrea’s pursuit of development.

Matthew McClearn and his Ethiopian sources want to divert the attention of “every tax-paying Canadian citizen” and to prevent them from knowing the extent to which Ethiopia and her handlers have gone to strangulate Eritrea’s budding economy. The 12- yearlong campaign to divert attention away from Ethiopia’s lawlessness and occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories, the trafficking of Eritrea’s youth with the hopes of draining the nation’s capacity, the rapes and tortures of Eritreans in Ethiopians and UNHCR camps, the selling of Eritrean children born in those camps is just a drop in the bucket of the crimes committed by the minority regime and its handlers against the people of Eritrea. Targeting Canadian mining companies to malign and vilify is an elaborate ugly scheme well known to American and Canadian officials, as the WikiLeaks documents have shown. But most importantly, it is known to the people of Eritrea everywhere and they have rejected this evil.

Instead of educating Canadians on Eritrea’s self-reliant nation building efforts, that is making tremendous strides, instead of celebrating Eritrea’s successes and emulating them, as some African states are doing today, McClearn and his ilk insist on insulting Eritreans. He ought to know that Eritrea remains one of a few Countries in sub-Saharan Africa that is on track to meet or exceed 7 out of the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals-Ethiopia (MDGs)-thanks to the sacrifices and hard work of its people. Despite being the highest recipient of Canadian aid and billions from the US, EU and others, Ethiopia remains at the bottom of all human development indices… yet McClearn wants “every tax-paying Canadian citizen” to be concerned about Eritrea-misplaced concerns if you ask me…

While some apologists for the minority regime avail themselves to participate in the nauseating propaganda ploys and gimmicks, it is the people of Ethiopia that are bearing the brunt of such arrogance. The latest report by McClearn does not serve the interests of any Canadian citizen, it is a piece written to accommodate the regime in Ethiopia and its handlers in yet another futile quest to arrest Eritrea’s economic development. The minority regime’s cadres have long targeted Eritrea’s mining sector and have done everything to stop its progress. From sponsoring terrorists who have killed geologists working in the Bisha mines to producing YouTube “documentaries”, the regime in Ethiopia and its handlers have gone to great lengths to undermine the Bisha project and those who work there.

Ignoring independent reports and facts on the mining sector in Eritrea, journalists like McClearn insist on fabricating far-fetched sensational narratives on the young nation and its leadership. The psychological warfare against the people of Eritrea continues. Nevsun, the Canadian company targeted by McClearn and also by the regime in Ethiopia and its mercenaries, released its corporate responsibility report on 10 April 2014. The main highlights of the independent report were:

•  Safety record: Excellent – zero lost time injuries in the year
•  Community: Well engaged and maximizing local opportunities for employment
•  Environment: Land use, biodiversity studies, water & waste management, mine closure planning
•  Employees: Human rights assessment, fair treatment, benefits, training & localization
•  Government related remittances: $129 million in 2013 and $548 million since Bisha went into production in 2011

“…Nevsun, partnered with the Eritrean National Mining Corporation (ENAMCO), operates the Bisha Mine (Bisha) providing tangible benefits to the people of Eritrea. Bisha is the only producing mine in Eritrea and plays a significant role in the Eritrean economy. Beyond employment, Bisha provides opportunities for training, supply chain enhancements and improved community infrastructure. Financially, Bisha provides significant cash flow to the State of Eritrea by way of income taxes, royalties, employment taxes and ownership dividends….”

It is not my intention to do a line by line rebuttal of McClearn’s racist attack on Eritrea and its people, but suffice to mention a few inconsistencies in his report.

McClearn relies on an anonymous “informant” now living in Canada, for his narrative on Eritrea. Of all the names of Eritreans that he could have used for his anonymous informant, McClearn chooses the name “Awate”. After presenting this informants views, McClearn tells us that this informant NEVER worked at the Bisha Mine. So why should “every tax paying Canadian citizen” take the words of an anonymous informant with an ax to grind?

Not only is this an insult to the intelligence of the Canadian and Eritrean people, it exposes McClearn’s contempt for Eritreans and is an insult to use the name “Awate”, associated with the great Eritrean freedom fighter Hamid Idris Awate, on a runaway mentally enslaved defector who is hiding in Canada and insulting a people and nation he abandoned. McClearn is asking “every tax-paying Canadian citizen” to get their facts on Eritrea, not from the law abiding vibrant Eritrean Canadian Community, but rather from a faceless and nameless fugitive from the law, and a liar at that.

The informant in McClearn’s “cut and paste” article on Eritrea was used to denigrate his own nation and people-what could be more enslaving than that? To hate his nation and people and to believe that being in high school at the age of thirty, and manning a parking toll booth in Canada is the best thing that could happen to him is, emasculation of the worst kind…yet McClearn wants his readers to believe that working hard and sacrificing for your own county is slavery-that hiding in foreign cities, begging for alms and denigrating your own country and people for crumbs is somehow liberating. In my humble opinion that is an insult to the intelligence of “every tax-paying Canadian citizen”.

McClearn tells his targeted audience, “every tax-paying Canadian citizen”, that informants are labeled as “traitor” for running away from Eritrea’s National Service. That, is categorically false. There are hundreds of young men and women who have left their country of origin and settled in Canada and other countries. The only ones that fit the label of “traitor” are those who insist on insulting the people and government of Eritrea in a bid to cover up their own weaknesses and criminal behaviors. Traitors are the liars that congregate at “human rights” offices in the West to peddle their stories for alms. Traitors are those who burn and sabotage Diaspora Eritrean Community Centers, lie about Eritreans in the Diaspora, prevent Eritreans from participating in the rebuilding of their war torn nation and work with the minority regime to undermine Eritrea’s development. So if the shoe fits…

McClearn goes to great lengths to portray the people of Eritrea and their leadership in a negative light. He tells his readers that “refugees may be imprisoned without trial, tortured, or simply shot dead at the border”, only to turn around and tell his readers that his informant is one the thousands that leave Eritrea to go to Ethiopia and Sudan-one of the walking dead? If they are shot at the border, how are the thousands making it to Canada and other western nations?

What would happen to a Canadian that refused to stop at the border and show proper documentation when leaving or entering Canada? What happens to a port runner- someone who doesn’t stop at the border station? McClearn’s case is typical of the racist and condescending journalists that insist on portraying Africans as savage and inhumane, an example of those who insist on “looking at the speck of sawdust in the eyes of others while ignoring the plank in his own eye”.

First of all, refugees are people that take refuge in other countries, so if they are being “imprisoned without trial, tortured and simply shot at the border”, he must be referring to those who are being subjected to inhumane treatment in the refugee camps established by UNHCR and Ethiopia in the border areas, where youth from Eritrea are lured with promises of a better life and “visas” to the west. He must be referring to those who enter the United States and Canada illegally. It is a fact that there are thousands of refugees detained in western nations, including Canada. According to the Fahamu Refugee Program :

“…More and more refugees and asylum seekers are detained around the world, often in conditions below international standards, and denied their basic rights, including access to asylum… Thousands and thousands of refugees and asylum seekers are detained in the following places: removal centres; privately and publicly-run immigration detention facilities; jails; prisons; police stations; airports; hotels; ships; shipping containers; and, closed refugee camps. They are being held upon arrival in a country, pending a final immigration decision, or while awaiting removal from the country….Worldwide, immigration and asylum decisions may take months or years, during which time men, women and children can languish in often overcrowded and unhygienic conditions…”

Let us take a look at what the Global Detention Project says about detention of refugees and asylum seekers in Canada and what the cost to “every tax-paying Canadian citizen” is:

“…Authorities detained all 492 asylum seekers, including 63 women and 49 children, for several months at a cost of several million dollars… Many of Canada’s detention practices compare unfavourably to those of other key destination countries…for example, although there are widely recognized international human rights norms against using criminal facilities for the purposes of immigration detention, Canada remains one of only a handful of major industrialized countries to make widespread—and, in the case of Canada, increasing—use of prisons to confine non-citizens in administrative detention, where immigration detainees tend to be mixed with the regular prison population… ”

McClearn must know that Ethiopia, “a strategic and security ally for Western governments”, remains the biggest recipient of development aid in Africa. It now receives approximately US$3.5 billion in long-term development assistance each year. Donor policies do not appear to have been significantly affected by the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.

McClearn must not know much about slavery, because if he did, he would not lend his name to such a piece, and become himself another apologist for a reckless, lawless minority regime in Ethiopia that is being propped up by “every tax-paying Canadian citizen”. The anti-slavery Walk Free Foundation according to a Reuters 13 October 2013 report, “Ethiopia has the highest number of people in ‘modern slavery’ said the following:

“…It found that 10 countries accounted for 76 percent of the 29.8 million people living in slavery: India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh…Modern slavery was defined as human trafficking, forced labour, and practices such as debt bondage, forced marriage, and the sale or exploitation of children…”

A report done by an Ethiopian site reported the following in 2011:

“…studies conducted in Dire Dawa, Shashemene, Awassa, and three other towns of the country indicate that the problem of child trafficking is very serious…According to a 2003 study, about one thousand children were trafficked via Dire Dawa to countries of the Middle East. The majority of those children were girls, most of whom were forced to be prostitutes after leaving the country… Children are trafficked into prostitution, to provide cheap or unpaid labor, and to work as domestic servants or beggars. The ages of these children are usually between 10 and 18, and their trafficking is from the country to urban centers and from cities to the country. Boys are often expected to work in activities such as herding cattle in rural areas and in the weaving industry in Addis Ababa and other major towns. Girls are expected to take responsibilities for domestic chores, childcare, and looking after the sick, and to work as prostitutes…”

McClearn and his handlers want to absolve the minority regime in Ethiopia of its crimes against humanity, its flagrant violation of international law and occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories. But the facts are there for everyone to see. Ethiopia is the single highest recipient of Canadian aid in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiopia continues to be a major recipient of Canadian aid. If he were concerned about “every tax-paying Canadian citizen” essentially propping up the regime in Ethiopia, McClearn should have called attention to the gross human rights violations taking place in Ethiopia today, under the watchful eye of the Canadian Embassy in Ethiopia, instead of penning his unsubstantiated hate filled tirades against the State of Eritrea and its hardworking magnanimous population.

If he is sincerely concerned about raising the consciousness of “every tax-paying Canadian citizen”, McClearn ought to be exposing the genocides being committed against the people in the Amhara, Gambela, Ogaden and Oromia regions of Ethiopia today. Instead of wasting his reader’s time with unsubstantiated gossip and hearsay from nameless and faceless runaway “informants”, to undermine the Eritrean mining sector and the work being done by Eritrean youth, he ought to study the effects of the land grab and resettlement and “villagization” programs have on the people of Ethiopia, a country where over 13 Canadian mining companies-SMP/TXS composite members- have signed contracts with the genocidal lawless regime ruling Ethiopia with an iron fist today.

Since its inception, Eritrea’s national service program and role of the youth in Eritrea’s economic development have been deliberately and maliciously maligned, and misrepresented by the mercenary minority regime in Ethiopia, the western NGOs and their miscreant foot soldiers in the Eritrean Quislings League (EQL) who slavishly echo the prepared anti-Eritrea rhetoric, in exchange for pitiful stipends. Building Eritrea’s military capability was never the sole objective of Eritrea’s National Service Program. In 1995, 4 years into Eritrea’s independence and a year after the referendum, it was not military capacity that consumed the minds of Eritreans; rather, it was the daunting task of nation building.

The 1995 Proclamation of National Service lists its main objective as being “the creation of a new generation characterized by love of work and discipline, and to foster national unity and equal participation of the people in the development of Eritrea’s economy”. Surely, McClearn must know that slavery is exploitation of the labor of others for self-economic or political gain-and cannot be labeled slavery when nationals of any country sacrifice life and limb for the betterment of their own lives and that of their fellow countrymen. It is rather unfortunate that western diplomacy has stooped to such low levels, where an entire people are demonized in order to advance certain political and corporate interests.

Luckily, the Canadian government recognizes slavery for what it is.

On 22 June 2006, newly-elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper rose in the House of Commons and apologized for Canada’s treatment of Chinese immigrants between 1885 and 1947. He said:

“…On behalf of all Canadians and the Government of Canada, we offer a full apology to Chinese Canadians for the Head Tax and express our deepest sorrow for the subsequent exclusion of Chinese immigrants…For over six decades, these race-based financial measures, aimed solely at the Chinese, were implemented with deliberation by the Canadian state. This was a grave injustice, and one we are morally obligated to acknowledge…”

Mathew McClearn must know that the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) that he and his countrymen enjoy today was built on the backs of Chinese and European migrants-called “coolies” and “navies” who:

“…received between $1 and $2.50 per day, but had to pay for his own food, clothing, transportation to the job site, mail and medical care. After 2-1/2 months of hard labour, they could net as little as $16. Chinese laborers in British Columbia made only between 75 cents and $1.25 a day, paid in rice mats, and not including expenses, leaving barely anything to send home. They did the most dangerous construction jobs, such as working with explosives to clear tunnels through rock… The families of the Chinese who were killed received no compensation, or even notification of loss of life. Many of the men who survived did not have enough money to return to their families in China, although Chinese labour contractors had promised that as part of their responsibilities… Many spent years in isolated and often poor conditions. Yet the Chinese were hard working and played a key role in building the Western stretch of the railway; even some boys as young as twelve years old served as tea-boys…”

That is what can be considered as slavery…

Mathew McClearn deliberately omits the names of those who were brought to testify against the State of Eritrea at the standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development in 2012. Every “tax-paying Canadian citizen” has the right to know who they are.

One of them is Elsa Chyrum, a self-professed “human rights” activist whose NGO, Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE) is financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). This “human rights activist” works closely with the Governments of Djibouti and Ethiopia. She and other “activists” have lured Eritrean youth out of Eritrea. Believing they have a brighter future and will be settled in western nations by these activists and their handlers, the youth who leave Eritrea are now settled in “refugee camps” established along the Eritrea Ethiopia border, in what has now become a lucrative business for the UNHCR and the regime in Ethiopia. Elsa Chyrum and her partners travel frequently to these camps, on behalf of her handlers, to gather information to be used against the State of Eritrea and its people.

The other individual who addressed the Canadian legislators is a runaway defector names Aaron Berhane, a recipient of recipient of a CJFE Journalists in Distress Grant and other financial awards from various Canadian and American NGOs, someone who has also made it his forte to denigrate every Eritrean institution in the country and malign the contributions of the Eritrean Diaspora and the youth of Eritrea. After leaving Eritrea illegally, he smuggled his wife and children and brought them to Canada. Today, he is engaged with Meron Estifanos, Elsa Chyrum and Dan Connell in the trafficking of Eritrea’s youth. He is an active member of EYSC and has conducted seminars and workshops with Dan Connell of Freedom House in Canada and elsewhere. Most notably, he has engaged in the intimidation, harassment and terrorizing of the hard working Eritrean-Canadian Community and defiling their reputation through the local media.

These are the two “witnesses” who McClearn says “cast the Eritrean government in a profoundly negative light”. They did as they were paid to do…nothing more, nothing less. They have no presence in Eritrea and no constituents in the vast Eritrean Diaspora Community. These information peddlers are living off the backs of “tax paying Canadian citizens”. Had McClearn bothered to speak to the many vibrant, productive Eritrean communities made up of hardworking honest and exemplary “tax-paying Canadian citizens”, he would have learned the truth and saved himself and his magazine from the embarrassment and rebuke that will surely follow.

The mental enslavement of Eritrea’s youth who are being smuggled and trafficked across the Saharan desert and the Sinai, across the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean buy individuals and groups professing to be “human rights” activists is what journalists like McClearn need to investigate and call upon the United Nations to do the same. National Service in Eritrea is NOT slavery. It enriches the society, instils rich values and principles, strong work ethics, self-reliance and a great sense of productivity. What McClearn labels as “slavery” is for the majority of the Eritrean youth, work in fulfillment of their solemn promises, not just to the people of Eritrea, but to the thousands who sacrificed their lives for Eritrea’s independence

Seems Matthew McClearn wants of “every tax-paying citizen” to join him and his ilk in the denigration of Eritrea and its citizens. Instead of instilling pride and dignity in the hearts and minds of Eritreans residing in Canada, he is contributing to the xenophobia and racist attitudes such as those he conveys in his hodge podge report, which says nothing about the mining sector in Eritrea, the work done by exemplary Canadian companies such as Nevsun and the people and government of Eritrea. As he stated in the beginning of his article, the rumors about Eritrea, “unproven allegations now receiving widespread publicity-were still just that-rumors and hearsay. Each and “every tax-paying Canadian citizen” deserves better…

“…Though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried…Only by embracing necessity can we preserve a degree of freedom in an obdurate world…To imagine that one’s life would somehow be better, freer, and happier in some more advanced society than the one in which providence has placed one, is to fail at self-reliance…” (From the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson).

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66 thoughts on “Matthew McClearn of the Canadian Business Magazine Attacks Eritrea – White Washes Slavery

  1. Can you give me a term other than slavery, a person who is put in a national service for 14 years, with almost no salary (the money given doesn't cover bread expense for a week).

    1. 65 % african people they have hard time to find daily bread in your opinion does slavery is the right term to call 65% african people you better know more than that.

    2. Yoel,
      I would not call it slavery, but then again I am a rational person. I would also NOT call someone working a low paying job a "Wage slave", but there are people that have and do, most notably Sothern defenders of African American slavery. You can read more about it here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wage_slavery (Before the American Civil War, Southern defenders of African American slavery invoked the concept of wage slavery to favorably compare the condition of their slaves to workers in the North.)
      I would also not call the US Military Stop-Loss Policy "slavery", but there are people that do. Here is link to a WikiTalk/Discussion about the topic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AStop-loss_pol… and here is link explaining what the Stop-Loss Policy is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop-loss_policy.
      Mathew Mclearn is no different than the white southern slave defenders who invoked the term "wage slavery" in order to try and compare favorably to workers (not slaves) in the north. It is just a form of deceptive propaganda and unfortunately some people will fall for it.

    3. I have a relative that works in Bisha mine and he is extremely happy to be working there, he is not a slave and I would like to see Mathew Mclearn call him that to his face. I also have several relatives who are in National Service and have been in it for over 6 years; they are also not slaves and would be offended to be regarded as though they were. I really wish I could get Mathew Mclearn to have a sit down with some of my relatives so that he could explain to them why he thinks they are slaves. This man is a coward and a joke. What kind of nonsense are you talking about, my family members in national service make more than enough money for bread, tea, and the occasional drink at the club so don’t try to spread your LIES on this forum.
      All of these people working against the best interest of Eritrea who claim to be Eritrean or humanitarians are very shortsighted. I can assure you that their actions are tallied, noted, and will never be forgotten. All things done in darkness eventually come to light.

    4. It is like the marshale plan to Europe when it was destroyed by the Germans in the ww11.The Eruropeans where working for 18 hours with out pay getting only food rations to reconstract their cities and countries. Why was that not called slavery? Noel if you do not know history go to school and shut up your smelly mouth.

    5. nole i am sure you are one of kondaf ageme or the who have ID crises. your master weyane and USA have left no stone unturned to stop our development but they can not. agame kondaf we know from the begnning very hassad ( greede) ppl you are the ppl like you have not interested to work have ability to say bla bla bla. if you are a man show your self in media . do try to be hero inside computer. you are a rat not a human bing. HOLY GOD BLESS DEAR PR. ISAYAS AFEWORKI AND PPL OF ERITREA FOREVER. AMEN HALELUYA.

    6. My brother has been in national service from a day one,He realizes it is his turn to build and protect Eritrea,since his elders sacrificed to hand him independent Eritrea. Noel who the hell are you to comment about Eritreans doing the right things.

        1. Now that you are red ripe is this all you have to support your ideology,you weak scumbag slave of the west keep on cleaning the toilet,once you can't do that they will throw you and replace with other idiot like you.

  2. First would be good to know who Matthew McClean is? I am sure he is getting paid to write about Eritrea with out knowing the history of the hero eritrean people. I wish he did enough research how the Eritrean people got independence from western backed black African powerfully military. The EPLF fighters did not get paid a penny for therty years, but the Eritrean people had a believe independence was going to come in. However, the westerns and the Ethiopian jundas did not see that was coming.

    The Woyane and westerners did not learn from the past. This all will be over soon. The Woyane Junda will be out from power soon. Eritrea and Ethiopia will be good neighbors again. The Eritrean citizens will enjoy life.

    One thing I learned from this article is that Matthew is not a professional journalist. Journalism is about studying enough about what you will write. Matthew ask what happen in Addis last week, the Woyane is the one who is arresting nine jornalists and bloggers at one time, I am not mentioning the fourty five people from the oposition party, how about Eskinder Nega and Riot, by the way have you read the billions of dollar which was missing from the Ethiopian Banks. If you want to make money, you can write ten articles about the situation in Ethiopia.

    The reason the Woyane paid you money to write this article is that they would like to see the Eritrean armed force to go to wark force and grab more Eritrean land. If you really like to see our youngsters have a regular life, let Ethiopia binded by the Algers agreement and you will see what would happen. For your information every one is getting paid in Eritrea. Are they getting paid enough? No one is getting paid enough even the leaders.
    Do enough research to find out what we achieved so far with out the western aid.

  3. @Noel:
    I am going to give you the benefit of not labeling you as an Anti-Eritrean Leadership.
    So if you really want to know the definition of slavery, you have ample choices to educate yourself, e.g.
    (1) Get a history book on African Slaves by the USA or or any other western countries
    (2) Google videos on Black American slaves
    (2) Talk to any (preferably black American) American historian
    I do not think you should wait for an answer from our Sophia who is busy working on behalf of Eritreans.

  4. Thank You Sofian and Tesfanews. Never let anyone get away with it any more. Although I want to say Enough is Enough with those people, I know nobody is going to stop the Camel come high or low.

  5. Slavery have many forms, and every master is not the same! Eritrean youth could not make their own decisions after serving 18 months as the declaration, but serve indefinetly for several years for decades and maybe 20 years !!!! So what do you want to call it the illegal force of using and draining the youth all their core years in Agelglot? Constructing villas of generals and colonels, and the young women becoming the mistresses of the high ranking military officials? Hold your cross or your moon, and say the right thing! Modern or old or mix, what is happening to Eritreans by HGDEF and Isayas is the worst nightmare and that is why we have theEritrean youth Exodus!!!! Talk your heart and not dam politics to defend the oppressor Isayas and his puppets!!!

    1. Efrem,
      Everything you said is a bold face lie. You can’t substantiate any of your claims. You are just spewing a bunch of nonsense. Eritrean youth are making decisions every day, deciding what field they want to study what school they want to go to etc.. You are a faceless, nameless, coward using the comment section of internet articles as a soap box to spread your lies. My sister was in national service for 8 years and she was never the mistress of some general or colonel. You are full of shit. You liars are all over the internet spreading lies, gossip, and relying on and hearsay from a bunch of losers. Everything you said is a lie.

    2. There is an exodus of youth from every country in the horn of Africa. Is HGDEF to be blamed for that too. Why are 10s of thousands of Ethiopians leaving every month, they have no National Service yet they are leaving to be slaves in Arab lands by the 10s of thousands. I will be very ashamed if you are an Eritrean and especially if you are an Eritrean male.

    3. Efrem
      You are repeating what weyane cadres and sell out are saying. So you are weyane or a sell out please find your place this is Eritran web site. Dokoro. Kelbi

      1. Info, Oh Mr. or probably Miss. Info. , First I'm Efrem I'm not hiding under Ms. Info. like you, I was in Service for 13 years unlike you, I know and I'm a walking witness of the cruelty and corruption of the officers in the Agelglot. I don't know if your sister is hiding the truth from you, a bullish cadre! Tell me the credibility and the legality of the indefinite Service against the declared and legal 18 months? Next, Do you even know what exodus stands for? You think what is happening to the youth in Eritrea is normal like other countries? You need a thorough examination of deficiency!!!
        You should be sick and an opportunist anti-nationalist propagandist individual l!!!
        Mihret Yewrdelka !!!

        1. Mr Karicare,

          You are wrong. They tell you it is illegal, you accept it! Any government has the right to adjust its rules as it fits the conditions of the country. Eritrea's national security has been in danger since 1998. Its enemy has declared its intention many times. It would be irresponsible for the Eritrean government to not mobilize its citizens and keep them ready as long as the danger to the sovereignty of the nation has not been removed. These psychological warriors would have been the first to criticize the government if it had sent all the national service men and women home and the Weyane attacked.

          Unfortunately some gullible individuals like you seem to be buying it. They are telling you it is slavery so that you abandon your duty and leave your country with the ultimate aim being to discourage Eritreans to resist them. If you are really Eritrean, I doubt you do not understand that especially after serving and having experienced the enemy's hostility for 13 year as you say (I still doubt the veracity of your claim). It would be better for you to not repeat the enemy propaganda. You should rather direct your anger towards the Weyane who have been unrelenting in attacking your country on every angle and at every opportunity, thus requiring your nation to be indefinitely on the alert!

          Above all, there is no law and there cannot be any law that interprets a population's effort to ensure its survival, better its lives, protect its hard won independence and sovereignty, etc as slavery! It is a gimmick that is aimed at having us surrender!

          For anyone who does not get it yet, the Weyane and its masters cannot have the luxury of refusing to honor their treaty obligations, impose extreme hardship on us and try to block every move we undertake to defend ourselves and to meet the challenges they throw at us through illegal means! They may call it all they want, it is still self-defense!

          1. MIK, yes I agree a government can make adjustments to its policy, no problem, but the problem is a government has to declare its ammendments clearly, the people have the right to know! Here we are not talking about one year or two years we are talking about life time MIK! There is a better and open way than candid and unnecessary enforcement against your own people. Why do you think the youth running and are fade up and hopeless because of the undeclared policy and failure of transparency and crimes against human respect! Each one of us LOVE Eritrea! Listen carefuly,This is our home work and don't include our enemy Woyane or theCIA here! Self criticism is very important and necessary before blaming others always!!! Let us clean our house and respect our own nationals, let us hear the voice of our own people! The youth , the mothers and the fathers! Let us dry their tears and hear their heart beats! STOP preaching lies, stand for the people, stand for Eritrea, and do not advocate for individuals or parties and companies!!! They are politicians and liars far away from nationalism!!!

          2. Karicare/Efrem, go shed your crocodile tears somewhere else. You just made a post directed at me insinuating that my sister was raped or molested while in National Service and that she is probably too scared to tell me. The delusional narrative you have created in your mind (and truly believe) regarding my sister is very telling, coupled with your most recent post it is clear to me that you have some sort of savior complex. A savior complex is a psychological condition in which people feel the need to save other people (even when those people do not need to be saved ie… my sister). If the comments that you have written are your real beliefs and not some form of directed propaganda, then you really need to seek counseling.

          3. Mr Karicare,

            So, according to you how and when should the Weyane threat be faced? Never? They are not a threat at all? After we destroy ourselves on smaller, some of them nonexistent issues?

            Why not bring the Weyane and the CIA? The events did not happen in a vacuum.They are part of the equation! If the Weyane did not pursue its belligerent agenda, if it had accepted and implemented the EEBC awards, if it were not intent on regime change, if it did not have the support of the US, if the US did not influence the UN Security Council into inaction, if they had not concocted sanctions to weaken us, . . .we would not have needed our precious resources on alert for all this time! Blame you said? After they do all this and more, the Weyane and its lackey oppositions are agitating our own youth telling them to blame their own government as the source of their predicament! How can one miss that this? Is it not part of the game?

            If there are any challenges at all, they can be dealt with as appropriately as can be done according to their urgency. Right now defending the hard won independence is the primary task. You and others like you should put your priorities straight!

            The more I read your reply, the doubtful I am you are Eritrean. Shame on you for taking us as fools.

        2. Karicare/Efrem,
          Who do you think you are fooling? Your first name does not reveal anything about your real identity and Efrem is about as common a name in Eritrea as Steve is in the US. You are following up lies with more lies. You were never in National Service. You are just an anonymous internet troll.

          1. Who said Woyane is not a threat at all? You are trying to make a mountain out of a sand!
            What I said is we can do both simolteniously, but split it accordingly and outline smart moves to avoid confusion and destruction !!!! Do our home work and defend the country?
            Now if you could read me better between the lines, there is no war but cold war (no war no peace ) and we don't need all our youth and elder fathers in the army to paralize the nation!
            The war is over long time ago! Badme is Eritrean and will remain Eritrean Territory!! Period, it is only a matter of time and the right situation to come. You are creating and living in in your own pnoria and fear! Wake up Info/MIC… What is the hidden agenda here behind???
            Be honest and let us build Eritrea, don't keep it hostage? Release the the man powerto work , learn, construct and trade freely. That is why our brothers and sisters fought the longest and fiersest war of Africa !!! These is how we defend the hard won independence MIC…. Let us implement the peoples constitution, free political prisoners, reconcile and make peace among Eritreans. I don't think I am fooling you, open your eyes!!!

          2. Selemuna, you are marginalizing the threat from Woyane by attempting to equate it to a grain of sand and at the same time accusing me of being paranoid. The issue with Weyane and the reason why Eritrea has to remain vigilant (not paranoid or hyper vigilant) has nothing to do with Badme. You have absolutely no idea what is going on in Eritrea or Ethiopia and you are in no position to speak on behalf of the freedom fighters who sacrificed a lot to bring independence to Eritrea. The current government in Eritrea is doing a lot more than protecting the country and I am proud of the many accomplishments gained in health and education under these extenuating circumstances. You can try to paint whatever picture you want about the situation in Eritrea to suit your own beliefs, I would not expect less from someone like you. You have made a lot of false claims/opinions in your comment to me as though they were facts. Who said Eritrea is paralyzed, Eritrea is progressing not only in the fields of education and health but the economy is growing as well and a lot of youth are gaining new skills which will continue to be used even after the dust settles, so to speak.

          3. I suspect you are not even a genuine person, you have commented to me under the name Efrem then the name Karicare and now you are using the name Selemuna. I addressed your other personalities Karicare and Efrem regarding his or her unfounded concern for my sister and instead of responding to that comment you are now posting a new comment directed at me and MIK under the name Selemuna. Like I said in my comment to your other personality, you should seriously seek help for your savior complex and multiple personality disorder.

          4. Info/MIC, you personlize issues so much and you're lost on the highway like a drunk driver! Keep the wheels steady! Eritrea needs reform and the leadership is outdated and corrupted!! Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see or you are blind folded follower.??? Where are the founders and the leaders of the Eritrean revolution ? Most are either in uncomunicado prison or killed, and many others are paranoid and silent pacist or left the country for good. You are no where and you were no where to know this!!! Where is the National Charter? Where did you hide it, are you sitting on it? You talk too much about your sister and relatives as you are a superhero or untouchable. That is funny, it tells me how disconnected and ignorant you are about Eritrea and the current situation. You need a depth research and not biased, one sided conclusion. Keep the balance, be an Eritrean and stop preaching lies and
            non existing propoganda machine work!!!

          5. Mr Karicare,
            So now you are Selemuna? Let it be!

            "There is a cold war," "The war is over a long time ago." Which one is it?" You are not even thinking like the fighter/soldier you have been claiming you were. Always ready! The Weyane has been waging live war as well as war by several other means. I do not need to enumerate those to you.

            You came here blaming our president and his colleagues, implying we should kill each other over what you call "our homework, " but said nothing about the Weyane's belligerence and its refusal to abide by its treaty obligations.You even suggested to me to leave the Weyane and "mawes" out of the discussion.

            Finally you get personal questioning Info's and my Eritrean-ness and that we have not even been to the homeland. Assume whatever you want; you do not need to have visited your homeland to know that defending Eritrea comes first especially considering that the price paid to liberate it and defend its sovereignty is too great. As for Eritrean-ness, why would we need to defend Eritrea, otherwise?

            Finally, I read between the lines– you take Eritreans for fools. At the minimum you are desperately trying to justify leaving your duty. However, you are most probably a Weyane who has been assigned or volunteered or even paid to talk us into handing you our country over. It doesn't matter where you are from, as long as you are spreading a Weyane propaganda, you are working for the Weyane, so you are a Weyane. The geographical area you came from or where your parents were born does not matter.

          6. So what matters to you is being in the west and clapping your hands and barking in the business you do't know but are a second-hand writer, It is so obvious you didn't put any practical effort!? even for one single day you didn't have the guts to give a glass of water for the thirsty throats of the fighters, let alone to carry a gun and live in the trenches for a couple of days! You are a coward and a liar! At this moment,Did you say there is a war going on in Eritrea and Ethiopia, and not a cold war? ?You don't want to numerate to me because you don't have an idea of what war is !!! MIC/Info, you may know war in a movie, so you are ignorant and you need to learn ahead of real war!!! you have no wound you have no skill or knowledge at all, you are war stranger indeed!!! At your final point, who do you think you are to give and deny Eritrean nationalism? What have you done to Eritrea than an Eritrean? Who do you think you are? Where do you come from? Info/MIC, the size of your being in this discussion is limited, try to grow and see afar!!!

          7. Mr Karicare,

            Efrem, Karicare, Selemuna: You have gotten even more personal. I am not going to answer to your tantrums. This short exchange has revealed a lot about you. Do you think I will be scared away because of your insults?

            I will still give you the benefit of the doubt in case you are indeed Eritrean; however, the truth of the matter is that it does not matter if you are Eritrean as long as your ideas are identical to the Weyane's.

            One thing the Weyane and you their hirelings are not getting is that we as a people, are not going to turn against our country! Do you truly think we will be convinced by the nonsense like the ones you have been writing? Do you truly think Eritreans will turn their guns against each other in favor of the Weyane? You must be a fool!

            It is much easier to tell your Weyane bosses that nothing is working and that Eritreans know who you are from the beginning of your postings. You have a much higher chance to convince them to gather their things and leave Eritrean territory than any of us!

          8. You see MIC? Info? Yo have no points or hard talking meaningful concrete substance to convince yourself, leave alone to make me think twice or any other Eritrean!!!
            You are so poor and weak and your only weapon of defense is labeling the facts with name calling!!! You call me woyane because there is nothing else you know to defend your arguments!!! Agame is your master Isayas from Tahtay Tselot ( not lealay Tselot ) which is a descendant of Tegaru 3rd generation, and who is surrounded by Tegaru guards who are controlling most key places! You sound one of them a sale out with hidden agenda dismantling pure nationals. You clearly understand what I'm saying and now this is becoming a street secret MIC?Info? By the way don't forget Woyane is also a creation of Isayas!!!

          9. Mr Karicare,

            Wegid! Hasawi! One more thing you revealed about yourself is that you are also a bigot. Ethiopians call people like you "gotegna"– a chauvinist of chauvinists, a super chauvinist who is bigoted against all but his corner of the village! And you talk about democracy, constitution, blah, blah, blah . . . ?! You have the audacity to tell us you want to overthrow Shaebia!?? You are not ashamed of inviting us to join you. Not with the kind of nonsense you are writing.

            Take a friendly advise, quit wasting your time and try to change yourself into a good citizen! Take that as a goal for bettering your life! You would do yourself a big favor!!!!!!!!

            You have not read "Agame" from either me or Info. I called you Weyane. The word Weyane is not an insult nor does it have a "gotegna" conotation. It is the name of the organization that is the principal ruler in Ethiopia. You know them.

            From your statements, I suspect they have you in one of the "gotegna" organizations they have built in their futile attempt to destroy Eritrea. When I use Weyane, it is to mean "belonging to the organization and the ideas and politics that it stands for." I am against them, not the people of Tigray!

            So, for me anyone led by the Weyane, anyone who supports the Weyane agenda for Eritrea, anyone who hopes to rule over Eritreans entering our territory sitting on the back of a Weyane tank, is a WEYANE! Anyone!

          10. No wonder you know much about Ethiopia!! Avery good clue of your identity! SHHH !! Abruck Ck… MIC/Info ! ! Now you are out of control, " Halilka kem Adgi Adigrat !!! " Sparks every where, Your nerves are in short circuit !!! Now you see you start to accept and believe you are Agame !!! You have no business in Eritrea, you are an assylum sicker 2nd generation pretending like wedebat. Full of complex and inferiority, if you imorove your conduct you might have a second chance and you will know who is Woyane, because it is in your bloodand flesh, Shetati !!! Leave Eritreans alone and mind your own Agame business, go back from where you come from, remember your origin, if you forget your true identity, Aite MIC?Info? No known home land, no clear ideology, no topic to continue discussion, Just Halali Adgi, just a lost soul, count your days until you are pushed beyond the borders, Tewelige Wahid !!! Sort your Woyane and Agame business you don't belong here!!! Control your speed, SHHH…..go out slowly !!!

          11. Go to your childhood memories? I'll push you far to the south, beyond Zalambesa, until you found your land of origin, Tewelije, Abzi Nere Abti Nere !! Hasawi !!!

          12. Now something seems clear, MIC !!!! Are you saying because of synchronized ideology, where ever you come from, eventhough KINIJIT, ANDNET, Ethiopia Tikdem, friended to Isayas, Tegaru serawit Isayas, if you own an office in Asmara, you are with free pass considered Eritrean??? No nationalism but ideology and interest makes you an Eritrean? You are seriously sick…. Yesdemim……Zemen Grimbith mai niaqeb!!!

  6. whay is SOFYA TESFAMARIAM west its time to respond to this garbege to this kind of people the good thing to do is ignor them because ABSBESHWO YEBLOMN if you respond to them you ignolge them so next time use your time for something important so SOFYA you are doing good job you are anight mare of this ENEMYS but dont west your time to respond them

  7. believe it or not, it is not matthew it is from the mongers called the NGO, reporters without borders
    these are the enemy of eritrea-you know how the tax-payers money they chop it, lets say canada
    gave ethiopia $100ml. and they take more than 85% but ethiopia signed for 100ml.other example
    there was a clerk working at the foreign ministry and he was in charge for the famine in ethiopia
    he asked at 55 early-retirement-he bought a villa in vancouver at the cost of $3.5ml.how-come? a
    clerk for the horn of africa. like matthew mclearn even his name must learn how to blacmail-not
    simply insult someone without knowing him.

  8. hi sofia tesfamariam you are doing agood job exposing this sellouts but it is not worth to respond to this nonsence no mater what you say they are not going to change THE ERITREAN people olredy know what is good & what is bad not some low life jornalist like MATTHOW MCCLERN to tell us so thank you for the job you doing

  9. we should not have to expect something else from an enemy.but i want say some thing that concerns the health of those who are working in a dam construction or in any kind of that sort.the working methods must be improved.to carry a stone on bare shoulders is very dangerous for the nerves and muscles.

    1. Gudguad, have you visited Bisha? No, I do not think so. If you have, you would have been impressed with the way that complex is operating. I couldn't believe what I saw; I thought I was in a First World mining operation. I was happy. You may not know that the Eritreans technicians and other employees have foreigners as co-workers. The way they received us as visitors and explained to us about the overall operation was very professional. This is an eye-witness report.

  10. It is very unfortunate to those blaspheming Eritrea for working to bring the economy, health, education, and other measures to the level of higher standard with the motto of Self Reliance. I wish they had the gut to say the truth and to give themselves a chance to witness the truth.
    Needless to say with all the garbage words and with all means of tangling including the unjust embargo, Eritrea will achieve the designed goal to reach that is the ultimate good for its citizen.

  11. Another garbage Canadian who don't know anything about Eritrea
    If talks more about Eritrea his seriously gonna get some trouble. Idiot stupid guy

  12. Mahmimet,
    Why dont you express what it is that you disagree with in her article like a mature adult, instead of writing short trashy comments. Sophia has sacrificed a lot more time and effort into helping her people than your ignorant ass has or will ever do.

  13. Cheap shot Mathew mcclern ! what about the Quebecans who are held against their will to freedom by your bigot and actual slave government, you should be ashamed yourslef to call people slaves who had worked so hard to better themselves .

  14. Information is reaching TesfaNews that McClearn was not writing the said report for anything after all. There is something in the offing by the way.

    Next week, May 6, for instance, there is a SEMINAR slated at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London under the title:

    Doing Good Business – The evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Eritrea

    Speakers: Todd Romaine, and Lloyd Lipsett.

    Organised by: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)

    Venue Details:

    Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
    Charles Clore House
    17 Russell Square
    London
    WC1B 5DR
    https://events.sas.ac.uk/events/view/16087

    The unfortunate McClearn might have gone banana after reading today’s surprising rebuttal from Sophia Tesfamariam before his fairy-tale report got published. Was he awaiting the publication to coincide with the seminar? What a bunch of Losers!

    Now, Gimbar London have something to do on May 6. They must flock to the venue and attend and challenge the lies in front of their sponsors.

    Way to go …..

  15. Okay deki Erei the waero Kbirty Sofie has done her part with the excellent article to expose this stupid Canadian who tried to defame Eritrea and Eritreans. And what is our part as Eritreans who love our counrtry to defend it. Is it enoughto read the article and give some comnents here only? I strongly believe we Eritreans all over the world be organized and demonstrate against this idiot good for nothing sub humane Candian and his handlers.

  16. how do you think we are growing? isn't it true that we are fleeing our nation because of the national service slavery? how would you manage if you were asked to replace warsay gedim in their place? have you ever imagine yourself to work for one day with out your will? do you think those in "wefri warsay ykealo" ever got a freedom to ask about their future?

    1. In the USA most students that graduates with a first-degree are burdened with a student loan of $70,000 and if they continue in a Law School, one again incurs $100,000. This financial burden, equivalent to a home-mortgage, before one even starts working is paid in several years. Life, for some, is unbearable with such a burden in their life after school. Do you consider those years they spend paying their loans "slavery". In Eritrea students are educated for free up to the doctoral level. I know some who have run out like you after getting educated for free with poor peasants' money. Are you also trying to tell us that those young people who spent years fighting in the Sahel were slaves? Now, that you have abandoned your nation, why don't you just shut up and go to school to learn instead of trying to demonize a free nation brought about by the free gift of blood, sweat and life of many young Eritreans who gave you also a country that you can call your own.

  17. About Eritrea,
    Current Govt is OK because he knows his goal
    Current most Youth are useless for they don't have goal except running not knowing were to go.
    Current mothers OH could not stand them,

  18. I can just imagine a feisty Eritrean just pouring her heart out! tell them how it is go on! ……..I'd rather back one of your kind rather than a thousand cowards, you are the epitome of what an Eritrean women fighter mean. This article evoked some emotion that I never wanted to express in the cyber world. It is time the incessant, baseless and utter rubbish accusations of everything and anything Eritrea and Eritreans is stopped! lets stand up together and defend our nation, all I see and hear from the wide world web is, mostly if not all the time, negative, when I know there is a lot going for my country. The fight continues, the past and the present struggle is nothing if one deeply think of where Eritrea is geographically located, i feel for the people who fall for the spin. wake up and irrespective of your support to the government of Eritrea defend your country then we will worry about the internal politics, this is not the time for division lets keep it together.

  19. WHo cares what the the guy said. and how much knowledge does he has about eritrea? …..blah blah…….
    when people starting talking bad about you, then we must doing something is right. for sure eritrea is going in the right direction. let them bark and keep yaping (we love you too )!!!!

  20. Sofia T. thanks big sister indeed for the analysis you write to Mr. mc learn who is simple an ethiopian regim puppet, as for Us, we know that the stick of truth never breaks..we are there..to uncover all their mask..

    Thanks again..victory to the Mass
    eternal memory to our marityris

  21. Since when is helping your country considered as slavery? Its very sad that you cant tell the diffrence between the truth and lie. You need to get your facts straight. Eritrea is the only country in Africa that is aginst USA and thus is why you are spreading lies about us, so you can brake us down, you want us to fight each other and turn us againts each other. Well that is not happening. We know what you are doing, we are a strong country with strong people. You can spread lies all day and you would still not break us.
    Thanks Sofia T for your analysis, you are a hero!

  22. whats is unclear to me is how are the "canadian tax payers" responsible? are they financing bisha selling the gold and giving it tous in canadian dollars as a good deed? sham if not shame is what comes to my mind. its my bisha my gold and i can do whatever i want with it, shall we say?

  23. The only time I invoke "slavery" anywhere is when person "A" is taking advantage of the labour of person "B" by paying "B" very low wages or no wages at all, or by making "B" work long hours, or by preventing "B" from continuing to provide the labour IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE THE PROFITS OF "A". Now, in order to assess whether there is "slavery" on the subject in question we have to find out if the labor of person "B" has enriched person "A". That is the heart of the matter.

  24. Are you out of your mind! So who is doing mining business in Eritrea? Are't they all Multinational Mining Co-operations?

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