The notorious Iraqi Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, better known as Comical Ali, and Nazi Germany’s Joseph Goebbels are distinctly remembered as two of history’s wickedest liars—par excellence.
It is fresh in our memory that Muhammad, a former Iraqi diplomat and politician, shot to global fame for his theatrical daily briefings fraught with lies and fabrications during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In one occasion as Baghdad was falling and artillery fire could be heard from a near distance, he famously told the media that Iraq is beating the US-led coalition. Continue reading Martin Plaut: A Contemptuous ‘Fellow’ Rivalling Comical Ali→
Countries are like people in many ways. Some years are more important than others. Some years drag and nothing much happens. In other years, a lot happens quickly and leaves you breathless. In 2018, Eritrea had one of those seminal years where too many things happened too quickly and its citizens were struggling to catch their breath. Continue reading Eritrea Lived 3 Years in One in 2018→
When a highly-motivated group of young Eritreans, organized by YPFDJ were gathering for an annual conference from across Europe with a youthful fervour and a sense of duty to themselves, their respective communities and the motherland, they came across an unpleasant surprise stashed in an Easter basket, not of the M & M chocolate bunny, but of an organized intimidation, packaged with “human rights” glossy wrap, by non-other than Mirjam Van Reisen and Martin Plaut. Continue reading Mirjam van Reisen and Martin Plaut: Incubators of Terror→
This past year has not been so kind to Ethiopia’s beleaguered, ruling regime, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). After rigging the 2015 parliamentary elections, the regime has faced incessant protest by Oromo and Amhara activists, which has led to thousands of deaths, mass incarceration, an internet ban, killing of foreigners and destruction of foreign firms, triggering the government to declare a state of emergency and drawing international condemnation. Continue reading Martin Plaut and Ethiopia’s Politics of Famine→
In his mission to misinform, thereby tarnish the image of Eritrea, Martin Plaut has yet organized another event titled “Africa’s most Repressive State” at University of London this week. He also used the event to sell his new book, ‘Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s most repressive state‘.
Martin Plaut has clearly thrown away any pretension of objective journalism. Despite his claim that the book is about understanding Eritrea, its content is a pure propaganda to misinform, misrepresent, and misconstruction of Eritrean history in order to fit his agenda. Continue reading Martin Plaut’s Assault on Eritrea Answered→