Eritrea’s Customary Law

Professor Asmerom Legesse is a Eritrean intellectual who graduated from Harvard University but has chosen to side with the people instead of becoming the typical eltist pompous intellectual with self serving bourgeois interest that are about getting White acedemia world validation.

In this interview he speaks on Eritrean customary law and how the revolutionary EPLF embraced progressive communal practices

Often times revolutionary African movements or vanguard party make a mistake in assuming all native practices are reactionary but EPLF understood in preserving certain socialist oriented practices instead of following same path as Mao with cultural revolution and others path that had absolutist aim of eradicating all practices which ended badly for China

Eritrea’s customary law is a valuable asset
and we should be proud of our ancestors in cultivating the progressive practices

Professor Asmerom Legesse should be given a platform to present to the diaspora community on Eritrea’s customary laws and his views on implementing the traditional laws into the Eritrean constitution

Ogaden A Stateless State

Europeans felt they had a divine right to conquer and civilize Africa so did the Abyssinian and still do when they colonized the Oromo people and conquered their land.Abyssinia colonialism mirrors European perception and tactics from their historic take over of Eritrea,Oromia and Ogaden.
Abdirahman Mahdi is the European representative of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). He spoke on behalf of Shigut Geleta, Head of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Diplomatic Division. The ONLF and the OLF both fight for self-determination of respectively the Oromo and Ogaden populations of Ethiopia, currently controlled by a minority rule of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front. In their struggle against this regime, the ONLF and OLF work closely together.
This lecture addresses among other things the manner in which blacklisting a political movement as ‘terrorist’ functions as an ideological cover-up of the enforced administrative construct of the Ethiopian state. Apart from the Oromo, who represent the largest ethnic group in the country, many other peoples struggle for independence from the contested state such as the Ogaden. At what level can we argue that the state of Ethiopia even exists, when its main legitimacy seems to be based on its capacity to suppress the very political majorities that constitute it? The blacklisting of a people’s history thus becomes a way of evading confrontation with the criminal dimensions of the state itself.

 

Impact of Malcolm X on my consciousness

Repost from May 19th 2015

Reflective note on the impact of Malcolm X on my consciousness

The great Malcolm X would have turned 90 today and it is hard to imagine a world without Malcolm X.As an Eritrean I grow up with the mindset that being Eritrean is like being on an island alone and everyone else was somewhere else.I feel this is due to Eritrea’s history from the silence of Africa and not getting any support or understanding from black America during our struggle against Ethiopian colonialism.During my earlier years I never self identify myself as black due to the betrayal of Eritrea also I felt culturally out of place from the black experience.Never saw myself as separate from the black diaspora but had a deep disdain on being forced to identify as black because I felt it erases my Eritrean identity. I would get into fights at school and arguments when people called me “black” or “Ethiopian” as I was solely driven by letting people know I was Eritrean.

But as I matured politically I began to relate better to the black experience by understanding white supremacy impact on Eritrea. I now firmly identify myself as black racially and i wholeheartedly admire black America resiliency from the struggles of slavery,Jim crow,to present day institutionalized racism.

My transition in consciousness and how i view my identity and race throughout my life is influenced by The Autobiography of Malcolm X book.Sankofa Brown said it perfectly on Malcolm X impact “The greatest lesson I learned from Malcolm X was never be afraid to challenge your own logic, admit shortcomings, and seek to growth”.Political consciousness whether it is fined tuned on Eritrea only or the world is a everyday process as we should continuously question,evolve and admit when we are wrong. I love Malcolm X to my being and his thinking as he has awakened me to look at the world differently and that is the reason why I advocate better connection between black diaspora and Eritrea as our struggles are connected.

Happy Birthday to my hero!