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Extremism Threatens Eritrea’s Transition to Democracy, Rule of Law, and Unity

The proliferation of extremist ideologies within the Eritrean diaspora community is not only a cause for concern due to the potential escalation of ethnic and religious tensions but also a significant impediment to Eritrea’s journey toward democracy and the establishment of the rule of law.

Extremist Ideologies and Their Impact on Democratic Transition

1. Undermining Pluralism: Extremist ideologies, often characterized by rigid and exclusionary worldviews, undermine the development of a diverse and inclusive political landscape, a cornerstone of successful democratization.

2. Stifling Civil Discourse: The polarizing nature of extremist rhetoric stifles constructive civil discourse and compromise, impeding the ability of different groups to engage meaningfully. Such discourse is essential for democratic processes.

3.Threat to Human Rights: Extremist ideologies often disregard fundamental human rights, including freedom of expression and assembly, eroding the foundations of a democratic society founded on principles of justice and equality.

A Recent Video as a Stark Example

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In a recent video, two individuals resorted to explicit threats against individuals and groups holding different political views and religious beliefs. The video is a chilling reminder of how extremist ideologies can manifest in calls for violence and hatred. Such content not only endangers individuals but also hampers Eritrea’s path to democracy, rule of law, and unity.

Global Lessons on the Impact of Extremism

1. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Violent ethnic and religious tensions, fueled by extremist rhetoric, obstructed the establishment of a functioning democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina for an extended period.

2. India and Pakistan: Persistent religious tensions, driven by extremist ideologies, have hindered democratic progress and peaceful coexistence between Hindus and Muslims in the region.

3.Sri Lanka: The Sri Lankan civil war, exacerbated by extremist ideologies, not only inflicted immense suffering but also delayed the nation’s democratic development, perpetuating instability.

4.Myanmar (Burma): Extremist ideologies have facilitated human rights abuses and ethnic conflict in Myanmar, severely obstructing the country’s transition to democracy.

Preserving Eritrea’s Democratic Aspirations

1. Community Education: Eritrean diaspora leaders and organizations must prioritize educating their communities about the perils of extremist ideologies. Promoting democratic values and principles is essential to cultivate a culture of tolerance and political inclusivity.

2. Media Responsibility: Social media platforms should take proactive measures to combat extremist content, preventing the spread of dangerous ideas. Collaborative efforts between tech companies and diaspora communities are pivotal.

3. Unity and Dialogue: Leaders within the Eritrean diaspora should emphasize unity, dialogue, and cooperation among Eritrean communities, irrespective of religious or ethnic backgrounds. Strengthening these bonds will fortify the collective pursuit of democracy.

4. International Support: The international community should extend support to diplomatic endeavors addressing the root causes of extremism in Eritrea. Promoting stability, democracy, and the rule of law is crucial in mitigating the influence of extremist ideologies.

Eritrea’s Diversity as a Strength

Eritrea’s rich ethnic and religious diversity can be a tremendous asset in its path toward democracy. Embracing this diversity and ensuring that all groups have a voice in the political process can foster innovation, cooperation, and inclusivity. Diversity can also serve as a safeguard against extremism by promoting understanding and tolerance among different communities.

In conclusion, the proliferation of extremist ideologies within the Eritrean diaspora poses a multifaceted threat, encompassing potential ethnic and religious tensions, while simultaneously obstructing Eritrea’s path toward democracy and the rule of law. The recent video serves as a stark example of the urgent need to address this issue. By actively countering extremist ideologies and harnessing the strength of its diversity, Eritrea can safeguard its democratic aspirations, ensuring a future marked by inclusivity, justice, and equality for all its citizens.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Take out the beam in your eye before attempting to remove the mote in your brother’s eye.

    “Matthew 7:3-5

    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

    Those are individual viewpoints, not those of “Brged Nhamedu’s” majority. Furthermore, many individuals are unsure whether the Bluewave movement has a command and control authority that uses a remote control. It does not; it is a global movement that is accountable to each location in which it works. You are deliberately or unconsciously committing fallacies and pushing your extreme views while supporting and promoting HGDEF’s goal and fiercely opposing the Brged Nhamedu Bluewave movement.

    Eritrean unity and the pursuit of justice, the rule of law, and democracy are inextricably linked; they are inseparable!

    In reality, by siding with Eritrea’s tyrannical dictatorship, you are still on the wrong side of history. As a result, you are no better than fanatics such as those mentioned above. Get a grip. You are a foot soldier and proxy for the PFDJ. How can you claim “Eritrean unity” without first rejecting and joining forces against the existing Eritrean apartheid? You can’t have it all! It is impossible to have your cake and eat it as well.

    This is not always an issue of perspective but of truth and reality, from which you are drifting more away by the day!

    Ghebrezghi Shimhalal 

      

    • Thank you for sharing the quote from Matthew 7:3-5, which reminds us of the importance of self-reflection before we pass judgment on others. It’s a valuable lesson that encourages us to approach discussions with humility and a desire for personal growth.

      In regards to the subsequent comments, it’s important to clarify that personal attacks and accusations do not align with the spirit of the biblical message. Instead of engaging in divisive rhetoric, let’s focus on the issues that concern us – Eritrean unity, justice, and democracy.

      Eritrean unity and the pursuit of justice are indeed inseparable, and it’s vital that we engage in constructive conversations to find solutions that benefit our community. We may have different viewpoints, but our common goal should be to create a better future for Eritrea.

      Rather than making assumptions about each other’s affiliations, let’s work together to bridge our differences and address the challenges we face. Unity, after all, is a strength that can help us achieve our shared objectives.

      In the spirit of the Matthew 7:3-5 passage, let’s strive to first improve ourselves and our understanding of the issues, so that we can engage in a more productive and respectful dialogue. Together, we can make progress towards the positive change we all desire.

      Best regards,

  2. This is the global public square, and no one has the authority to own, manipulate, propagate, or function as a misinformation mule for tyranny.

    Just to be sure, I am not condoning the statements that the personalities mentioned above made. In fact, it is abhorrent and irresponsible. On the other hand, though, once again, in plain English, you as well as those you host must clean up your dirty houses as well. Nevertheless, I am not ashamed of using some Biblical truths to address my disagreements with the writer’s ideas and innuendoes.

    “Humility?” Do your activities in the open and behind the veil reflect that?

    It is you who is deflecting from taking responsibility on many other occasions, including on this website and other PFDJ sister YouTube channels, who continue echoing your denial of the facts in Eritrea and in support of Eritrea’s unhinged, megalomaniac, and ruthless dictator. Nothing is farther from this truth!

    How does engaging in such activities make you more patriotic than the rest of us?
    How much more of a stakeholder in Eritrea can you be than the rest of us?

    Justice seekers are not engaged in some type of angelic work. Fighting Eritrea’s monster and his foot soldiers does not require those who are protesting Eritrea’s evil system, and its misinformation mule networks to be humble but fight like hell. This revolution is not for cowards or neutralists, but for those who pursue truth, justice, accountability, and reconciliation to the end. If you are not with us, you are against us in this movement for justice. So, it is foolish to expect people to be nice to you by abdicating their moral responsibilities and falsifying facts and truth.

    What assumptions are you talking about? You are a proponent of tyranny in Eritrea. This is not a mystery to anybody!

    If you genuinely believe in what I already said, Eritrean unity and the pursuit of justice, the rule of law, and democracy are inextricably linked; they are inseparable!

    Once again, do your activities reflect that?

    I do not think so. I am also certain that, without any doubt, many rational Eritreans would agree with me on this matter. I am here to gain those who will listen and be rational beings and to rebuke those who are irrational, illogical, and unrepentant.

    If you tell the truth and are willing to die in a railroad, as our Eritrean proverb says, you have the absolute right to tell what it ought to be: nothing but the whole truth.

    When will you acknowledge the truth and realities that our people and country have been facing for over three decades?
    Do you have the same truth as many rational Eritreans do?
    What evidence do you have other than the many false narratives and rhetoric you echo on your website suggesting Eritrea and its people are well beyond our wildest expectations?

    The fact is that no rational person could ever provide any meaningful and measurable indexes of any type on all matters in the social, economic, and political arenas.

    You are acting in pretense.

    Your pseudonym Barnabas is still indicative of your art of manipulation, which no one is surprised about. This website is owned, run, and hosts Muslim ethnocentric personalities who consider hating Tigrayans as the highest form of Eritrean patriotism, while at the same time, they are not ashamed of being aligned with Eritrean-Ehiopia ultra-Unionists who continue supporting the status quo. This is the fact that you are operating behind the veil, deflecting the serious allegations, and not coming with the grips that our people face. Barnabas is a joker pseudonym for Abdu, Mohammed, or some other Fano character names.

    Doesn’t your website, through the people it operates with within the open and behind the veil, propagate extremism that threatens “Eritrea’s Transition to Democracy, Rule of Law, and Unity?”
    How do you know if the people you are accusing are Tigrayans or Eritreans?
    Do you have the authority to determine who can or cannot be Eritrean?

    Once again, look in the mirror, examine yourself, your activities, and the contradictions and consequences of the confusion you are creating on social media just because you have an outlet. It is the global public square, which you do not own. Beyond my natural freedom of expression, I am not making any assumptions about you or anyone else, but once again, your activities are a testament to the position and ideas you currently hold dear and close to your heart that you are a proponent of the regime hellbent on destroying our country and exterminating our people.

    You have been accusing and lumping all “Brged Nhamedu’s” as Tigrayan puppets when they are not. Even if there were some, would that make you happy if there were more Sudanese, Yemenis, and Afghans in the mix?

    I will make one more plea with your flawed reasoning:

    If you at least agree with some of the statements I previously stated, why are you still supporting the Eritrean regime and not fighting along with the current justice seekers or forming your own groups?

    I am sorry, but your responses do not address or attempt to rationally answer the questions that I am raising.

    Regards,
    Ghebrezghi Shimhalal Tikue

  3. It is sin sin to use biblical quotes to defend for unworthy terrorist group. The Eritrean government did not come to power by coup-detat. This is national democratic front which have payed huge sacrifice and has the right to administer the country as far as it is safe which does not treat the existence of Eritrea. Eritrea have seen only six years peace time to transform into constitutional and democratic government. The last 27 years we have seen national treat from the south mainly from the TPLF bandits. After the demise of TPLF their followers are continuing to destroy Eritrea in the name “Brigade n’Hamedu” holding the principles Tigray speaking and Moslems to disintegrate Eritrea. We have never heard any democratic or constitutional phrases in their actions except terrorist actions which is not HALAL to our dear martyrs.

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