Fetsum: Democracy or Hypocrisy? On Ambassador Andebrhan’s concept of dialogue and democracy!
I take full responsibility for this disclosure. It does not represent GI as I am doing it using my right to independently share information without distortion, although I remain a member of the movement since
I take full responsibility for this disclosure. It does not represent GI as I am doing it using my right to independently share information without distortion, although I remain a member of the movement since the time of its birth.
Frankly, I wish I could invest the rest of my time on my universal outlook of life from this point on and develop my pending book “SPIRITUAL ENGINEERING” using the Eritrean situation as the anchor of my spiritual journey. I feel like I am in cross-roads between Eritrean activism based on attachment with my roots and the universal condition of the human race based on detachment from anything. My spiritual journey would have been fantastic had we Eritreans been down to the point on the issue of unity and democracy; my objectives would, at least have blended well for me to produce more instead of seesawing between the two upshots that do not necessarily impact humanity with the same degree of potency. I don’t want to be in this situation. Life does not stick to the plan, however, and I am destined to live according to the flow without a better choice in sight.
But once upon a time in the GI diary, a representative communicated the following message with Ambassador Andebrhan with no feedback in response. He did it again hoping cooperation and support from the brother.
On 21 May 2016 at 05:00, Debessay, Araya wrote: “Dear Ambassador Andebrhan; we had sent you the message below on May 4, 2016. Unfortunately, we have not yet received your response. We are now writing again to urge you to give us your permission to put your name as a signatory of the “Urgent Letter to All Eritreans World-Wide.” Your willingness to lend your name as a signatory, we believe, will contribute to the success of the Global Initiative to Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement (GIEEGM). We believe you are supportive of the Grassroots initiative whose objective is to contribute to the efforts you and your colleagues at Medrik are doing to end the suffering of the Eritrean people. We are planning to make the “Urgent Call to All Eritreans World-wide” public on the eve of the 25th Anniversary of Eritrean independence. By being a signatory you are only indicating your moral support to the GIEEGM. You are not obligated to actively participate in the various groups listed on pages 5 & 6 of the draft we sent you on May 4, 2016. Please let us know if we have your permission to list you as a signatory ASAP. Thank you for your cooperation in advance. Hawka Araya on behalf of GIEEGM”
Ambassador Andebrhan: “Dear Prof. Araya; Thank you for your consecutive messages. I had anticipated your promised call prior to replying to your request. With all due respect, I am reluctant to grant your request in the firm belief that what is needed today is not the proliferation of initiatives, and the random radiation of negative energy, but the coalescence of effort based on a shared vision of the future of our country. Best regards, Andebrhan”
GI: “Dear Ambassador Andebrhan: Thank you for responding to my request albeit negatively. Of course, I do not question your right to decline our request to support the Global Initiative to Empower Eritrean Grassroots Movement (Global Initiative).
In your response, you stated, “I am reluctant to grant your request in the firm belief that what is needed today is not the proliferation of initiatives, and the random radiation of negative energy, but the coalescence of effort based on a shared vision of the future of our country.”
Please allow us to clarify the objective of the Global Initiative. As you very well know there is no Eritrean who is not saddened by the dismal situation in our country. And yet most Eritreans are at a loss on how to contribute to ending the suffering of our people and how to transition the country from dictatorship to democracy. The Global Initiative is meant to pave the way to all Eritreans to play a part in saving our beloved nation. The goal of Global Initiative is to elect legitimate Global Leaders using the grassroots approach which will involve all Eritreans in the Diaspora.
Hence, we think it is wrong to view the Global Initiative as unnecessary “proliferation of initiative” or as a “random radiation of negative energy.” Quite to the contrary, the Global Initiative is meant to channel the tremendous energy of Eritreans in the Diaspora by electing legitimate Global Leaders who will be able to unleash the collective energy and resources that has been fragmented until now. Hence, contributing to “the coalescence of effort based on a shared vision of the future of our country” that you want to see. For your information, the Global Initiative is gaining momentum as many justice seekers are joining the initiative.
Respectfully, Hawka Araya Debessay on behalf of Global Initiative”.
Ambassador Andebrhan: Tim.
As you know, I say what I feel despite the opinion of people about me because I am aging fast and have no time for pretension and Skifta as long as I can respectfully back up my opinion with facts. I am a strong believer of being challenged on the merit, specially when deciding to teach the public about any subject matter! An advocate of democracy is expected to stick with the notion for one can not say something and contradict it in practice unless in strictly subjective circumstances.
In this situation, I release my opinion with sincere apology to GI for ‘leaking’ a “classified information” depending on how the movement approaches it, although I don’t feel that way at all. You can call me a loose-cannon, a whistle-blower or whatever you want but the public information disclosed here could have been accessed by any interested Eritrean willing to participate in the GI community through emails or open Paltalk sessions. It is, thus not a secret like how other groups do their business, needless saying I cannot see how we can communicate if we don’t take advantage of events to learn something from! How can we do it if we continue conforming to the culture of silence that has been hurting our society since the start of the independence struggle? What may then be the purpose of GI if not changing the destructive norms inherited from the culture and beyond?
In short GI claims to believe in transparency which makes it different from few groups in the resistance and the reason I joined it, yet it has to prove it in practice by informing the people about what is going on in the resistance without distortion and exaggeration!
Clear is that I was aware of the communication between GI and the Ambassador at the time of its actuality but did not bother sharing it with the people until something took place to agitate me in that direction. The question is what motivated me to disclose this material on my own without the consent of the GI community?
Motivation: Few days ago, Assenna posted the following advertisement in its Website:
“Public meeting with Ambassador Andebrhan Welde Giorgis: Dialogue on bringing Democratic change as we mark the 26thanniversary of the Eritrean Independence: Building a common knowledge of our history, a common understanding of our present and a shared vision of our future”
Comment: The Ambassador will visit few places in the US to conduct his speech on the advertised subject matter and here I am sharing my opinion with maximum respect to the brother, specifically based on criterion I consider extremely important for a rational mind to successfully transmit a message
in any situation across; CONSISTENCY based PRACTICALITY.
One has to be consistent with one’s message to make sense and publicly share objectives without a problem because the past haunts a person’s present unless the words are carefully chosen to consistently synchronize ideas with practical conviction. The effort becomes opportunistic, something for personal gain otherwise!
You cannot refuse dialogue with fellow Eritreans on common agenda and meet with the people on, ”Dialogue on bringing Democratic change” as the Ambassador advertised to do. Where is the practical reduction of the topics in line with the event? Would not it be better advertised as MONOLOGUE instead of DIALOGUING on the matter; considering the Ambassador’s rejection of dialogue with GI without adequate explanation and refusal to feedback on follow up appeal as witnessed in the communication? His action (refusal to dialogue with GI for common solution), thus terribly contradicts with what he claimed to do in his appearance with our people in different cities of the US.
Nor can you aim at “Building a common knowledge of our history, a common understanding of our present and a shared vision of our future” without willingness doing it with the people. How can this be practical if you refuse to do it with Eritrean groups that modestly approached you for it? How can common understanding of our history and the future be achieved by a group or an individual with strong tendency to navigate the Eritrean situation alone? What may the “random radiation of negative energy” be as the Ambassador responded to the modest GI initiative for working together with the group with his independence intact? How can the Ambassador prove that he was for “the coalescence of effort based on a shared vision of the future of our country” after arrogantly rejecting the GI’s appeal to share ideas for the future of the country? Can the concept of sharing be effectuated strictly in mono-directional communication from the speaker to the public?
One should not talk about “dialogue for democracy” after breaching the concept of democracy by rejecting other Eritreans ready to dialogue for the common cause, nor can there be a common agenda to be discussed from “I am the only solution; follow me or whatever” frame of mind except in monologous entertainment for democracy ambiance!
In conclusion, I wish the Ambassador success on what he claims to do without other Eritrean groups on the common agenda but the mouth can say anything and a person’s integrity depends on consistency reducing his/her words to action, which in this case appears off the wall, at least in my opinion. Things may change as a result of retrospective meditation but I don’t think the brother can impact the public on the subject matter (dialogue for common cause and democracy) from the angle of exclusiveness or practical negation. I have no idea how the appearance can help the resistance and what is expected from our people to be honest with all of you. Good luck Mr. Ambassador and I support you, but this was indeed the time for all of us to unify our resources and mobilize our people for global leadership with equal significance.
In so diffusing my opinion, I admire the GI community’s positive attitude to the Ambassador’s efforts and willingness to attend his speeches despite his negative reaction about the movement consistent to its positive and inclusive stand on the resistance over all, and I hope the brother will adjust his attitude to practically reflect his advertised upshot for dialogue and democratic Eritrea as soon as possible so we can together challenge the situation with down to earth relationship.