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A Bored President Prepares People For Change

If this is the part where you wait for me to summarize what President Isaias Afwerki said, I regret to say that I have been scooped by Web 2.0 (again.) A commenter on youtube (Wedi Germen) expressed it succinctly: “ኣየ ወዲ ኣፎም ብሪ፥ ጀሚርና እምበር ፈጺምና ትብል ቃል ኣይትሞልቆካን”. Ah, Son of Afom, my precious: “we started” is the word you use, never “we finished.” Credit where credit is due: President Isaias Afwerki showed great solidarity with the people of Eritrea: he was just as bored and pained by his speech as we were. Duty calls: I will cover what he did and didn’t say; there may even be some news for those of you who have memorized the Isaias Afwerki Bullshit Generator

But before we do: Happy May 24th! Happy Victory Day! Or whatever you decide to call it–Independence Day!–because you are–wait for it–FREE! That’s the whole point, isn’t it? In the United States, nobody says “Happy Independence Day” but “Happy 4th of July”, and no lesser American than its second president, John Adams boycotted the celebration because he didn’t like the fact that it was celebrated on that day. (He was probably a Weyane.) One of the greatest speeches by one of the greatest African Americans is that by Frederick Douglas and it is called “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” (clearly a weyane.)  Somebody who refuses to celebrate the day can do so on many grounds including Eritrea’s culture: it is customary for people who are in grief not to celebrate.  And the government that Isaias Afwerki presides over gives us daily reasons to grieve–and they are of Biblical scale.  So, enough with demands for conformism: that it be called a special combination of inherited words and celebrated in a proscribed way or, alternatively, shaming those who want to celebrate it: it’s not fitting a free people.  I will celebrate it tomorrow with the young, although my friend Saleh G Johar thinks it is unseemly for us 50-something to do so.

Wait, you are asking: isn’t it Ramadan? How are you going to go out dancing in Ramadan? Well, my good friends in the Government of Eritrea inspired me by sharing a video of the residents of Akhria and Mai Anbessa who were eating and dancing in Ramadan with their children in prison. Now that is patriotism: here!

Back to President Isaias Afwerki’s address. It is a mercifully short speech and it has two parts.

Part 1 is bemoaning history: how the bipolar, unipolar, multipolar world has wronged us for over 70 years. Now this is perfectly consistent with what all the great African freedom fighters–Sekou Toure, Samora Machal, Patrice Lumumba–gave a few years before or after their country’s liberation. But to give the same speech twenty-seven years later shows lack of imagination and growth. Or terrible speechwriters.  Moreover, even if one insists on giving the speech–presumably because the neo-colonialist are attempting to colonize us–why does it have to be so boring? A public speaker who has some care of his or her audience would calibrate his or her speech based on their reaction but an obsessive person gives the same speech although, in this one, he was either in pain or bored by it all.

There was one breaking news that sneaked in: I will write it in Tigrinya (in EPLF Tigrinya where each sentence is a paragraph long) and then translate it so people can argue with me and explain that’s not what he meant. Here goes:

ሓያላን ዓለም ዝባሃሉን ናይ ዞባና ጎብለላት ኢና ባሃልትን: ሓንከርትን: መጋበርያታቶምን: በብዝመስሎም ኣጃንዳታትን ጸወታትን ኣብዝሓለፈ ልዕሊ 75 ዓመታት ዝፈጠሩልና ብድሆታት ኣብ ዝኽርታትና ስለዘሎ: ናይ መጻኢ ሲናርዮታት ዝትፋላለዮ ድብልቕ ወይ ምጽንባር ኣጀንዳታት; ብጥንቃቐ ተገንዚብና; ናይ ጉዕዞና መርሓ ጎደናታት ክንቅይስ ጉቡእ እዩ፥፥ ኣብ ኩሉ ተኽእሎታት ግን ኣእዳውና ኣጣሚርና ክንዕዘብ ዘይኮነ ብዘይ ዘውጊ ብንጥፈት ክንዋሳእ ድሉውነትና ምሕያል ኣብ ቦትኡ ክህሉ እዩ::

Because the challenges created by the agendas and whims of the purported super powers, the self-proclaimed dominant destabilizers, and their hirelings over the past 75 years are in our memories, we will carefully observe future scenarios and hybridized or alloyed agendas and it is a must for us to plot our journey’s roadmap. But within all our capabilities, its not for us to fold our arms and wait, but strengthening our readiness to participate actively and without bias will be in its place

What does “without bias” mean? It means if PFDJ reconciles with Weyane and you start crying, you are showing bias. If Isaias gives Trump (with whom, apparently, we can speak of “our shared values”) a base in Marsa Teklai and you start crying “imperialists!”, “neo-colonialiasm!”, you are showing bias. If Isaias reconciles with the Emir of Qatar and you express your shock about the Muslim Brotherhood, you are biased.  Just be a good little PFDJ and obey the directive because there is a new roadmap. This is your test and if you fail, you will be instantly lumped with us as anti-Eritrea, and it is getting crowded here.  It is straight from Stalin’s School of Testing Loyalty of the Loyalists, so please just do what you are told.   You are saying, “well, my cousin is Minister so-and-so, and my wife’s uncle is Colonel so-and-so: they would have told me!” Before you fight your family, know this: they just learned of the new policy along with me and you. So, be kind.

Part 2 is the grocery list or what the youtube commenter called ጀሚርና but never ፈጺምና. So, take your pen and notepad out because these are Eritrea’s 3-5 Year Plan, and they have been so for the last 23 to 25 years, so please pay respect to tradition:

1. Water conservation and equitable distribution plus technology, which will lead to superior agricultural output,
2. Fishing, or setting the foundation for that sector,
3. Industrialization via improvement in all energy sources beginning by improving electrical,

4. Infrastructure and speeding up the slow-moving housing sector,
5. Improving public transportation,
6. Accelerating fiscal and monetary reforms, which have already been initiated,
7. Reassess and restructure local governance,
8. Education – curriculum, teachers, trainers, and required capital expenditure
9. To facilitate more participation from Diaspora Eritreans.

I know what you are thinking: what happened to number 10? I told you: he was bored. But you are also saying: what’s wrong with that list? Nothing! It is the same list you would create if you were suddenly transformed to being the president. It is the same list that Somalia’s Formajio gave and it is the same one that Uganda’s Museveni gave.

Here’s what is missing:

In none of President Isaias Afwerki’s speeches (ever) are the Eritrean people anything but a blob. He pays tribute to no-one by name: not the ones who preceded him, nor his contemporaries, nor those who follow him. The only name which is allowed to be uttered in public is kbur president and fekhamat al-reis. This is in stark contrast to any independent day address anywhere in this world. There is no acknowledgement of anyone by name, any organization (except EPLF/PFDJ) by name. There is no one who has been promoted, nobody who has been given clemency. Nobody is forgiven.  .

There are no allies and distinguished guests from foreign countries present. Only Eritreans and C-list foreign celebrities: teachers of elementary schools and tourist on budget. On the dais, it is Isaias Afwerki and his 27 vice presidents. Two civilians (the number 2 in the ruling party and the 2 in the government, theoretically) and 25 old men in grey uniforms (and one woman who wears traditional attire once a year because that’s the only way we will know she is a Muslim) whose positions are rotated arbitrarily. The former Defense Minister, Sebhat Ephrem (we don’t have a current Defense Minister, for several years now, because of…no war no peace? Why not) was seated in the third row behind the third row.

There are no specifics. What has happened between May 24, 2017 and May 24, 2018? What is the unemployment rate now? What is the GDP growth? What is inflation rate: going up or down? What are out biggest challenges? What are our biggest triumphs? What is it that we believe in other than that we will defeat our enemies, but we must be unbiased because our enemies can be our friends, and our friends, our enemies?

And finally, there is no talk of the institutions of law and democracy: no constitution, no electoral law, no timetable for elections.  He used the word justice once and he spat it out. (Don’t make me give you the minute mark.  (7:55)

The drama was left for the Cultural Department under the able manipulative hands of Zemehret Yohannes. Officially the theme this year is “vision by toiling” but in reality, it is “Never Mind Akhria And That Troublesome School Headmaster.” So, lots of feel-good stories: here is how the mass organizations prevailed in Barka. And this is how we did it with the Afar. Here is a girl from Nakfa visiting Asmara.  Look at us–“my people, let’s be one!” sang the singer in Tigre language. So, there: disperse, nothing to see here and get busy dancing! The show returns in August for the festivals. Before then, we may be lucky enough to know what ብዘይ ዘውጊ gives us.  Meanwhile, conform or be un-Eritrean.

Happy May 24th, Eritrea.

About Salyounis

Saleh Younis (SAAY) has been writing about Eritrea since 1994 when he published "Eritrean Exponent", a quarterly print journal. His writing has been published in several media outlets including Dehai, Eritrean Studies Review, Visafric, Asmarino and, of course, Awate where his column has appeared since the launch of the website in 2000. Focusing on political, economic, educational policies, he approaches his writing from the perspective of the individual citizens' civil liberties and how collectivist governments and overbearing organizations trample all over it in pursuit of their interests. SAAY is the president and CEO of a college with a focus in sound arts and video games and his writing often veers to music critique. He has an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA from St Mary's College.

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  • DreadFool

    Selam, good article, ” C-list foreign celebrities: teachers of elementary schools and tourist on budget” LOL so true

  • Aron

    Hi George,
    It is very hard to respond to guys like you. To borrow a phrase from berhe in rEsi dorho line of thinking, you say anything negative against nsu you aren’t Eritrean. These days that is very old, tired and sad. By the way your insinuating I am from tigray don’t bother me at all because I consider it my country though they took it away from us by simply scratching a line on a stupid paper. Tigraway is a badge of honor for me.
    As far as what eplf did my brother you are preaching to a choir. You know you can praise eplf with out badmouthing tplf. They are complementary.
    Aron the habesha and agazi

  • Abi

    Hi Hope Nefse
    What is funny is one of your nicknames is “Truth”. You tell lies.
    The other nickname is ” observer”. You never observe.
    The other nickname is ” train”. You are a slow camel.
    The other is ” Jemal”( one of your cousins who died). I don’t know what to say on this one.
    I will get back to you as soon as I remember the rest of the Hope versions.

    You want me trust you? Nah

    • Hope

      GUAD Abi:
      U r not even close to Teddy!
      U r busted badly!
      I already proved to u and to the Forum my HONESTY and TRUTHFULLNESS by admitting that I used *Truth and Jemal tempotarily after the Mod bloked me as Hope!

      Only God knows how many nicks u have used roaming around the Eri Websites to trash and demonize Eritreans!

      Go to where u belong to as u cannot play around with Ertreans anymore!

      By now u should know better about Eritreans after they put Dr Abiy as yout Leader!

  • Hayat Adem

    Hello Kibur Ras Abi,Eprdf torched the country for the 27 yrs, so you said. Is that true though?
    Eprdf took power from the Derg. Derg was torching all villages and towns.
    Eprdf registered double digit inclusive growth for decades. Eprdf torched poverty.
    Eprdf braved millenia old Egyptian trap and held the bull by the Horn to tame Abay for a good use.
    Eprdf introduced for the first time in Ethiopian history competitive politics, elections, pluralism, federalism though much is needed to improve them.
    Eprdf preserved the hegemonic role of Ethiopia in Africa and its visibilty globally.
    Eprdf fended off the many climatic calamities from evolving to catastrophic famine…. among others
    Ras Abi, it is always healthy for Ethiopians to look for a better and more competent party than Eprdf but denying all the registered good results is so uncool.
    I think Abiy is not the guy who can uphold the good policies, nor correct Eprdf’s weaknesses nor is he competent enough to introduce transformative packages to the country.
    Nothing is wrong with me. Don’t reprimand me for the good intentions and wishes I have for Ethiopia. If you can convince me on that what he is doing is necessary and positive, then I will have no qualms supporting him. And I was objectively trying to get his essence. I found him very phoney, cosmological, and serving non-Ethiopian forces. I am the same Hayat but not just comfortable with the required character quality as well as the juvenile acts of the new guy.
    Hayat

    • FishMilk

      Hi Hayat Adem. If everything which you have said about the TPLF/EPRDF is true, then why is Ethiopia currently in a State of Emergency? Macabre humour at its best when you assert that the ‘EPRDF introduced for the first time in Ethiopian history competitive politics, elections, etc…

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi Fishmilk,
        Either challenge the facts I reported or embrace them. Don’t give unrelated arguments. For example, Eritrea is not under SoE. But Eritrea never exprienced any of the positive records I listed for Ethiopia

        • FishMilk

          Hi Hayet Adem. A huge fundamental difference in our messaging: I am simply not claiming fictitious, exaggerated and astonishingly unbelievable achievements under PIA/PFDJ like you are for Ethiopia under TPLF/EPRDF regime. Do you not consider it factual that Ethiopia is currently under a self-declared State of Emergency?

          • Hayat Adem

            FishMilk,
            How fictitious is a fish milk?

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hayat Adem. FishMilk is right up there with mess taken directly from a large plastic barrels at Hagere Selam.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. As Ethiopia is the most populated landlocked country in the world, it would make sense, diplomatically and economically, for Eritrea someday in the future, to avail Ethiopia special tariffs and port use options (not custodial purview) for Assab port. For any special arrangement to be contemplated, it is of course necessary for Ethiopia to first withdraw from Badme. To recall that when Eritrea lost the International Court decision on the major Hanish Islands, it did respect the Rule of Law and simply withdrew and there is absolutely no reason for Ethiopia not to do the same in regards to Badme. PM Abiy, you must respect Rule of Law and order the TPLF to withdraw from Badme.

  • FishMilk

    Hi all. Three commonalities amongst most haters of PIA/PJDJ to include more than 90% of commenters here: 1) Downplay significance of Badme; 2) Refuse to discuss ongoing Ethiopian military offensives on Eritrea, and 3) Refuse to discuss Ethiopia’s deliberate economic strangulation strategy against Eritrea. Instead, PIA/PFDJ haters wish to only focus on complete removal of PIA/PFDJ regime, using the TPLF and EPRDF to assist them, without having any idea what comes in the aftermath. They do not wish to discuss any possible solutions for Eritrea under the PIA/PFDJ regime which can bring relief to its citizens. Also, as most PIA/PFDJ haters here are living in the diaspora, notably the U.S., Canada and Western countries, they will refuse to discuss the negative role that their host country plays against Eritrea.

  • Hayat Adem

    Hope,
    Maybe you don’t see your own contradiction. But I see it. And I will show you where exactly that is and hoping to help you see how you are unknowingly married with so many broken thoughts. Then, you may do yourself a favor and spare us in the process.
    – you said you never supported IA or his crimes. That means you don’t condone his crimes. That is one.
    – you also said that you don’t chastise him for his crimes. That means you do condone or do support his crimes. That is another.
    – you said you try to call a spade a spade.
    Here you have them. Blame it on the language if that helps. But I will always question your intentions.

  • Hope

    Selamat Guad Abinet:
    Packing to visit the Gonder Univ/GCMS-Gonder College of Medical Sciences, the former Tena College, and Lake Tana and Gorgora Resorts soon.
    You are welcome to join me.
    Here is the FACT U et al have missed all along :
    It was, and has been, PIA:
    -Who has stood for ONE and STRONG ETHIOPIA
    -Who liberated you from the shackles of brutal Col Menghistu Hailemariam thru the Gallant EPLF
    -Who remotely advised and monitored Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali to become the PM of Ethiopia.
    -Who was the Initiator and Agitator of the Querro Revolution
    -Who was and has been the Engineer and Financier of the OMN and the ESAT

  • Aron

    Hi Hope,
    In all that you didn’t show any collaboration with tplf. They worked with him to free the country as they should and arguably nsu was the best freedom fighter who led very disciplined army against a large army until independence and I understand he had to do a lot of unsavory things to secure Eritrea freedom including collaborating with tplf.
    After independence he turned on his people that’s where my beef is. I am proud Eritrean who doesn’t believe in the current border.i believe in a bigger Eritrea.
    Second I don’t want the eplf to collapse as I think it is our freedom guarantor. I just want a gov’t that is law abiding and nsu removed from within or govt changed and edf intact.
    Hope and blink nebsitat, I am agazi habesha tigrigna very proud of my roots and belong in none of fm classification. If you think we are new creatures and a joke think again. We are as old nation as they come and once we find a true leader of the people finito. Give it time and you’ll be laughing ear to ear.
    Aron the habesha.

    • Hope

      Selamat Aron:
      Your opinion and to have Citizenship of your choice is well respected provided that you DO NOT force Hope and blink to join your obsolete and rotten Agenda of Agazian State.
      Eritrea is made up of 9-10 Ethnic /Social Groups ,who made UP in return a nation called Eritrea and call themselves Eritreans, NOT Agazians….NEVER….but there will be, as it has been, a nation called Eritrea and people called Eritreans.

      • Aron

        Hi Hope,
        It is semantics really what both of us saying is the same.i agree we have 9 nations / social groups and when you extend our border further south you still will have nine social groups. If you hate the word agazi, no worries Eritrea will suffice. I don’t know what is in the name and never said let’s call it agazi nation
        I said I am agazi (geez descendant)
        Aron the habesha..

    • Hope

      Selam Aron:

      U declared and said:

      “In all that you didn’t show any collaboration with tplf”.

      What if PMMZ testifies to your face from his Grave to prove to U what I said to U?

      Hint:

      ” mesaria biccha saihon,Ghenzebachin sewwim ghezanibetal”.

      “We bought,Not only armaments but also “Human Beings”-read “Mercenaries” with our $$$$”.

      Courtesy of PMMZ.

      Note:

      Make no mistake that I wish/wished that PIA was ousted in 1998 so as to avoid the 20 yrs old mess we have gone thru-provided that the intention of the Opportunist and Flip-floppi9ng TPLF in collaborating with the mercenaries was to stop the invasion and the destruction.

      But who in his/her right mind would trust the TPLF Janda tho?

  • @george

    Deer fishandmilk 🙂
    Himmm…I don’t know if I agree with your post. You are assuming a lot of things. Your first assumption is that the GOE/PIA is oppressing or is brutal, that is just preposterous, you are repeating a made up story by Eritrea’s enemies. 2nd is most of the people that are on this website have there own agenda. I am sure you have noticed them, many are openly Ethiopians, some pretend to be Eritreans and I am sure you know them. Others genuinely want union with Ethiopia that is fine but they are like just obsessed with it. They are in disbelief or are unable to accept the separation. And finally there are people who for what ever reason do not like PIA and this gr 1oup the worst than WOYANE they are the most determine of to tarnish the image of Eritrea by any means necessary just because they do not like PIA. Eritreans are maturing they are evolving and learning. That is what the opposition are not getting it. Sometimes I wonder if they are really opposing. I even wonder if some of the actually work for the GOE. They are so bad so detach it makes you wonder, what the hell are they talking about. It is really funny what they post here, it seems like they are showing of how ”intellectual” they are by quoting some random white guy. Who cares. 150 years ago Europeans where coming up with calculus while today our educated are writing about dead white people. They can’t even write about real life challenging issues that affect our people back home. No creative suggestion how the government can mitigate the indefinite service or income generating schemes to help people back home. Zero innovation. Who is going to listen to you if the country you admire is the shortsighted, visionless that squandered 50 billion in the last 30 years not to mention the opportunity cost of for both countries. Boycotted Eritrea’s port that was almost free and pay Djibouti 1billon a year. Think about that for a sec, you have a government who spends a borrowed money to pay for stuff they can get it for free while they have 20 million of there people starving every year FOR THE LAST 27 YEAR. That alone is enough for the Eritrean people to support there government instead you the “opposition” who warship Ethiopia.
    YOURS

    • Abi

      Hi @george
      Why should Ethiopia use Eritrean ports? Eritrea is not a reliable partner to do business with.
      With more and more ports popping up around The Great Nation of Ethiopia, your ports should be left alone I disturbed until kingdom comes.
      The best solution is to return your land ,cut the umbilical cord once again , build the longest and highest wall the human race ever seen (of course with your expenses), lock the gate, throw the keys in the Red Sea, and forgot about each other for the next 100 years.
      Peace at last!!!

      • @george

        Dear Abi,
        One of the few people I enjoy reading on this website, you’re not only entertaining but you’re honest and straightforward I love that. Getting to the point. I think you may have misunderstood me. I, for one glad that Ethiopia is not using Eritrea port. You got too much drama for Eritrean taste. Stay where you are we doing just fine. As you can see it does not make difference to us at all. But it makes a lot of difference to you. You spending billions, you could have used feed your people people and develop. Your country have been in crisis for a long time and is not developing. Any development he made you borrowed massive amount of dollars. Any economic gain from here on will be neutralized by the amount of debt you have to pay. Keeping you weaker position position for decades to come. Most importantly, your leaders have not seem to learn, they’re very slow to recognize game. It took tplf 27 years to recognize they have other ports than Djibouti. You should have been using other ports 20 years ago not now when it’s too late. As a matter of fact I think after the interview of p i a was ESAT,. Tplf recognize wait a minute we got other post we can use . I really truly feel sorry for Ethiopia. As far as building walls don’t worry about it you already build the wall in our heart we would never never trust anybody from Ethiopia anymore we’re done.

        • Abi

          Hi @george
          Glad to find myself in your exclusive membership list.
          Now, you sound a rookie and terrible Salesman.
          As always you are curious as to why Ethiopia spends billions for port use instead of using the abandoned and rusting port that is temporarily located in Eritrea. I say take it easy bro, ለሁሉም ጊዜ አለው!!
          your concern about the wellbeing of Ethiopia and her starving people is greatly appreciated.
          I like to remain in your fav list.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam abi
        Since there is nothing to gain from tg , how about if i tell u most ethiopian will like to see a win win relationship with eritrea and cut the damaged umbilical cord with tg since there is nothing good comes out of it.
        I mean if u see it on the other side the rest of ethiopia benefit a lot from eri.
        But nothing from u tg.

      • Selam Abi,

        The problem is that it will not be easy to build a wall on a virtually demarcated border, because according to experts, virtual demarcation is said to be a legal nonsense, and therefore, nobody knows where exactly the border runs and where to build the wall.

        In addition, when i read that PMAAA had phoned IA and he did not answer his call, i thought it was fake news. There are some people who say that the call did happen. It is also said that the gov. of saudi arabia also called IA after PMAAA’s request, and again he did not answer.

        What do you think is required to make the demigod talk to the mortals? With dia in power your wall seems a possibility.

      • Natom Habom

        selam abi
        we should not deal in buisness with Ethiopian ever again
        the whole dankalia is a military zone ,sealed for ever
        Eritrea survived without the brutal dog that bit the hand that feed him
        zemene akahida muluq ila keida .the sky is our limit no need for Ethiopia

    • FishMilk

      Hi @George. The important thing is that we are both nationalists and we agree on most main points.. And yes, we clearly know who most commenters are here: 1) Ethiopians, 2) Unionists, 3) Paid TPLF trolls, 4) People from Tigray who grew up in Eritrea, 5) Derg soldiers or Derg babies, 6) Ethiopians married to Eritreans, and 7) Those who simply want PIA/PFDJ to be overthrown (i.e. disgruntled ELF cadre or religious fundamentalists). These posers will at all costs try to minimise the importance of Ethiopia’s illegal occupation of Badme and avoid talking about the damage that Ethiopia’s economic isolationist strategy inflicts on normal everyday Eritreans. While I am definitely not in favour of an overthrow of the PIA/PFDJ regime, as I believe that would be disastrous, I do believe that pressure needs to be exerted on the GoE to make significant reforms to include a functional judiciary/due process and for the country to open up to small-medium scale foreign investment. But you are right in that very few here wish to talk about real solutions to Eritrea’s current problems and instead are more than happy to sleep in bed with the TPLF in the meantime.

    • Haile S.

      Selam @george,
      In your response to FishMilk, you said “….. 2nd is most of the people that are on this website have their own agenda. I am sure you have noticed them, many are openly Ethiopians….” as if you are the only eritrean in this forum. Such phraseology of putting people into one basket with the objective of wanting to damp them into irrelevance is actually the strategy that has been and is being followed by the president you are defending and by his leadership. It is a failed strategy. There is nothing wrong in individuals having agendas when the agenda of the leadership is not a consensual democratic agenda of the country’s people and constituents. Most of the agendas of the people you are autracising here can be summarized into one agenda, i.e. an agenda of rule of law. The other agenda(s) that you want to attribute and give an upper hand is just a cover to suffocate the real agenda professed by most of the people in this forum. Your accusation of … they quote a random white guy … doesn’t make sense at all. I prefer to quote an unknown dead white guy. I have nothing to quote from my eritreas president other than his words of insults, anger, frustration and down-looking of his citizens. Leadership is about encouraging your citizens, talking good, listening, trusting your citizens, giving direction and delegating with able people, building instituitions and guaranteeing their normal function. Who do you want me to quote? A president who talks of new plans without head and tail every 24th of May? Just last week he said he will implicate diaspora eritreans in nation building, an empty talk of the past renewed this year. He doesn’t need to announce that. He just need to release what is in the grip of his hand, those chained without charges, he jusy need to show a real will to normality and eritrean diaspora will flock to their country thereafter. No need for his empty plans. 27 years if empty words need to end. Who do you want me to quote? The secretary of a party who claims we were writing books when europe was in dark ages. Yes we use to write, but if I quote Ezana’s stone inscription of 4th century or Zera-Yacob and Weldehiwet of 16 hundreds, you are going to accuse me of being an Ethiopian. @george, I am not going to refrain from quoting them when the subject dictates, but for now let me quote un “unknown” white guy, a dead one, unfortunately, one of the prominent if not the top social critic, linguist and philosopher, Roland Barthes. In his book Mythology, chapter African Grammar he says this analysing the axiomatic language used by french colonist to undermine those Agerians and Morrocans fighting for their freedom. He analyses words. It is all about labeling, about using axiomatic language, here are example, my own translation:
      – Bande (bandit, outlaws, ሽፍታ) – when the french government talks about the fighters it says “we cannot discuss with these outlaws”. But when the bandits are the french colonists who fight the algerians, the government designates them as the “french communities”…
      – Dishonour – a french official talking “it is dishonouring to the muslim population to consider these people (the bandits representatives) as their representatives to come to France for a talk, it is equally dishonouring France”. How about dishonouring the colonized people? Isn’t this dishonouring the word dishonour itself?
      – Destiny – a french official talking “we understand, we need to give a real independence to the algerian people whose destiny was linked to ours”. Destiny here is presented as if it was Gods will, not the military conquest.
      @george you are using words in the same way as illustrated above. If we all together are to find a solution to eritreas problems, we need to do it frankly. You are in this forum like many of us who genuinely participate in talking to each other because the regime doesn’t allow it in our own country. Leave stretching the bad veil the regime uses!

      • Paulos

        Hailat,

        This really is at your best. Brilliant! Thank you!

  • Aron

    Hi Hope,
    Even if Haile asked for his resignation how does that equal with collaborating with tplf. If all of them didn’t want him as their leader that only means they lost confidence in nsu leadership and loosing confidence is not a crime.

    Hope nebsi, if you were issuer of Eritrean citizenship I would have worried but until that time I’ll not argue with you my being Eritrean.
    Aron the habesha.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. The simple truth of the matter is that President Isaias continues to survive because of violence and oppression and in that he has firmly established legitimation, repression and co-optation inside of Eritrea. Comparisons that you are making between PM Abiy and President Isaias are not only TOTALLY futile for they are VERY counterproductive. President Isaias has largely been able to entrench legitimation of his/PFDJ authoritarian hold on power by appealing to the nationalist instincts of Eritreans living inside of Eritrea and playing the nationalist card in regards to Eritrea’s ‘Evil Neighbour’ Ethiopia and its accomplice the U.S.A. So, every time that oppositionists boast about the achievements of PM Abiy, they are simply adding fuel to President Isaias’s legitimation by adversely touching upon nationalist sentiment of Eritreans living inside of Eritrea.

  • Paulos

    ሰለም ሆፕ,

    This is Yemane Gebreab foretold: ንዓና ከምዚ ኣብይ ኣሕመድ ዝገበሮ ክንገብር ቀሊል እዩ:: ነገር ግን ኣብ ናይ ኣምስሉ ወይካኣ ኣብ ናይ ንኣኸደመቲ ዝግበር ምሕጓስ ፀወታ ስለዘየለና ኣብ ዘይከውን ምህውታት ክንኣቱ ኣይንደልን ኢና::

    • iSem

      Hi P:
      you remember our discussion new PM and how he can pull the Molla card with others?
      Yemane is lying, he cannot do what PAAA is doing. He cannot release dead prisoners: go ahead Monkey release Haile D, Sherifo, Aster F, Berhane G, Ogbe etc, maybe he can release the nay hadera prisoners who were taken captive for personal reasons
      History is repeating verbatim on PFDJ: kedmeti woyane is beating them again: just like the ghedli era TPLF was not ayni yebley sni yebley in disappearing dissidents like Ghidey and Argewai, it released its G-15 and it is doing he same and it is good gesture and is a signal, but i hope he doe snot over do it with Mengistu, not to torture him but to bring him to justice, make him an example of how rule of law works, try him etc
      PFDJ, no you cannot do what Ethio is doing as u could not do it what MZ did with his G-15 and what TPLF did with its menkae, TPLF has left u to the dust, it first convinced you to help u get rid of ur brothers in the ELF and because no good did goes unpaid, tplf used u in Addis and when u over did it with them to corrupt the economy they almost sent u to Sahel in 1998
      I know the ELF this is anachronism to some, but zereb zerba,, and everything is related as I always say PFDJ did not just suffer amentia 2001, whatever it is doing is in its DNA, hard coded, the bird gotta fly and the river gotta flow down stream, the apple gotta fall down ward

      • blink

        Dear isem
        The current government has nothing to do with TPLF . Just to remind you sir Abi is the PM of Qero and other Ethiopian activists not for the weyane cry babies.

  • Hayat Adem

    Hope,
    You are interesting. For now, PM Abiy is pardoning and releasing Ethiopian prisoners. What that invokes to the reasonable mind is to hope for PIA to follow example and release all Eritrean prisoners that no one knows what they did and were held under the worst conditions without charges. But now you skipped that and you are hoping Abiy give it to IA. What would be PM Abiy pardoning PIA for? As you know PIA needs to seek that pardon from the Eritrean people and more importantly from his victims. But yet, do you think PIA’s crimes against Eritreans are really pardonable?

    • Hope

      Selamat Gual AboyAdem:
      I wish you could use your sharp, indomitable and unique mind with honesty rationality and w/o Bias.
      back to your points:
      -My sarcasm was that Dr Abiy will definitely vacate Baduma in a surprise and PIA will be shocked. And then Dr Abiy will not beg PIA for any dialogue.
      he might “pardon” him for his destabilizing effort against Ethiopia,to even though the truth of the matter seems to be that PIA has been involved in helping Dr Abiy to have done/achieved what he has achieved thus far…as The G-7 “Terrorists”, the OMN and its “Terrorist” CEO,Mohamed Jowar and the ESAT and its “Terrorist” Hosts have been fully sponsored by none but PIA.
      PIA will NEVER pardon any one…let alone his Opponents, who threatened his existence in collaboration with the TPLF.
      Absolutely, the Eri people could and will pardon him but he will never give us that opportunity of National Reconciliation and Dialogue as these are the very principles he stands against due to his very nature of being a Cultist and Sadist….unless the Angels take over the devils. The Spiritual Power,I mean.

      • Aron

        Hi Hope,
        “PIA will NEVER pardon any one…let alone his Opponents, who threatened his existence in collaboration with the TPLF.” Can you prove or provide any evidence to this serious charge you leveled against those who fought all their lives for freedom.
        Aron

        • blink

          Dear Aron
          He is just joking with the new creatures.

          • Aron

            Hi blink,
            Who is joking about what new creatures.
            Aron the habesha.

          • blink

            Dear Aron
            Hope is joking about the new creatures of the Agazian nicknamed Habesha plus their weyane hut.

          • Aron

            Hi my brother blink,
            You always say Woyane this and Woyane that. You notice I don’t get involved and comment in Ethiopian issues as Ethiopias are able to handle their own issues. Since you think i am Woyane what can i say other than you are abusing me.i can handle it I am a big boy.
            Dear blink nebsi, fyi Woyane mobilised the entire tigray and the rest of Ethiopia to resist the worst dictator in Ethiopian history and won pretty much and kicked out the derg partnering with eplf.
            It paved a way in Ethiopian politics for power transition without killing each other. It knows how to give and take. It knows to admit fault and to recognize danger. It knows how to lose gracefully and bide it’s time. It knows when and how to forgive. It also knows how and when to kill sneakily and investigate its own misdeeds publicly and accept responsibility. It sounds like a lot more fair than what we got. My problem with Woyane is they are too petty about the border issue and they should have looked at the bigger picture. I don’t say this to annoy you but i hope there would be no border between Eritrea and tigray.
            Aron the habesha.

          • blink

            Dear Aron
            You are a decent man and brave man to eliminate the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea just by clicking the Habesha cooked Opium . Weyane has been the masters of tricking and twicking , just don’t forget that the destiny of Dergi was done by Eritreans in its 16 years in power . Dergi military power was all but in Eritrea and the heavy lifting was done by us .

          • Aron

            Hi blink,
            As you already know I don’t take away from anyones achievement leave alone eplf which i consider mine and hold in high regard. I have defended eplf from revisionists and those who argue with hindsight from their comfort zones many times. I’ve no dispute on your eplf description above. As a matter of fact I don’t ever remember commenting on Ethiopian issues other than in passing that I was born and raised on Addis because Ethiopian lssiues are for Ethiopian.

            The point I was making, you and others, some intentionally, through out the day trying to give black eye to the Woyane or tplf who were on our side unnecessarily. Woyane isn’t an Angel to be sure but they are doing a lot better than what we got in responding and accommodating their people’s demands.
            Dear blink, as far as the border goes it was made by folks who were against our interest. What was made by man can be changed by man. It is not written on a stone. I don’t know when but it’ll happen.
            Aron the habesha.

    • iSem

      Hi princess Hayat
      Give credit to Hope, he contradicts himself from his long standing belief that Ethio started the war and PIA was defending his country. PIA’s corrupting the ethio economy, printing counterfeit money,undermining with black market hard currenty, the list is endless. These crimes need pardoning.
      Spot on PIA crime on Eritreans Hope may have ignored PIA crimes and his anguished hope to canonize and cleanse PIA crimes got the better of him and admitted PIA crimes against ethiop: a quantum leap for Hop:-)e, a baby step for Eritreans, even if it was inadvertently, because if it was on reflection, Hope could not hae skipped PIA crimes against Eritreans. it maybe also mean that Hope intuitively knows that PIA cannot produced dead prisoners

      • Hope

        Selam Cousin Sem:
        Mechem.classic zeraghito ikha.
        I know u are a Joker but let me correct U for the sake of the naïve:
        -Hope never supported nor chastised PIA and his crimes.
        -Hope NEVER contradicts about this and that but tries to call the spade a spade
        -PIA NEVER started the war but mismanaged it and over-reacted to the TPLF provocations
        -It was the TPLF Janda that ,in the worst way possible,abused,sabotaged,stole and mismanaged our money(the $2 Billion worth Birr loss simply PIA/Eritrea printed its own Nacfa-deservedly and legitimately; the $28 Billion unaccountable Nacfa was due to the TPLF’s mess with our Nacfa(ask saay and kibrom)….
        -Eritrea/PIA, understandably and deservedly, used and ‘abused” the Birr vs USD in a black market in order to stand on its feet in 1990s,which is insignificant compared to our human and material damaged and human losses incurred upon us for over a half centuatry worth of a $ trillion.

        • Hayat Adem

          Dear Hope,
          You are also funny, very funny as in naïve. Who else can say these lines one after the other:
          “-Hope never supported nor chastised PIA and his crimes.
          -Hope NEVER contradicts about this and that but tries to call the spade a spade”
          Hope contradicts himself in the first sentence. Hope claims to never contradict himself in the 2nd sentence.

  • Selam Abi nebsi,
    Thank you. It was only to avoid digression to the usual unfruitful discussion that I confessed ignorance about Ethiopian affairs. Otherwise, a decently informed citizen of the Horn knows or even should know what is going on there. Paraphrasing the famous saying about France, one can say if Ethiopia sneezes the Horn of Africa catches a cold.
    cheers

    • Abi

      Hi Samuel nefsu
      avoiding confrontation by playing dumb is Just genius! Well played, Sir!

  • ሰላማት ኣብይ፣
    አንካዋን ብደናና ከ ሁሉ ጤንነትህ ተመለስክ።

    ታውቃለ ዎርነር ወንድሞች? ኣይደል? ከ ኣውራ ጉንዳን ላይ የ ሰለሞን ደሴ ያውቅ ሰው የለም።
    አንዴ ኣሆን ደ ሞ መስማችን ፨ Solomon Islands is like the Thousand Islands… from the thousand take five and do the permutations. Did the Warriors win?
    SEVENs every where Seven before an OCTAVE.

    tSAtSE

    • saay7

      Hey tSatse:

      Yeah it was Cavs in 7, Warriors in 7 and I am guess the finals will be decided in game 7. But who will win? Ice-Cube (in video below) says 11 follows 7. And who is the most famous Jersey 11 between warriors and cavaliers? It’s Klay Thompson.

      Today was a good day.

      https://youtu.be/h4UqMyldS7Q

      saay

      • Admiral,

        Ice cube says 7 then 11 because it is a crap shoot. As you already know it takes to dice cubes to play the the game of craps. As a facilitator local chapter and a Nigga With Attitude, NWA, you should know the 11. Loosing is not an option and #11 Klay Thomson a Warrior extraordinary fo sho! but like Curry they like B.O not BLUE BLACK enough. Wait wait…hold your horses:

        You should read the letters correspondence between Fermat and Pascal circa 1654. It is about future events and ao best of five, in this case seven games, interrupted and how would the correct accounting of dividing the pot was negotiated, Based on this I will stay consistent with [8] an octave and [12^2] to broaden minds as I we predict mathematical who wins on SEVEN.
        The [8] and [144] are the Sixth and Tenth of the Rabbits counter Fibonacci sequence. You are right there will be game 7 on the finals as Seven follows Six and Twice a Sixth Squared is 144.
        The Warriors were given their golden state ratio or ወርቃዊት ምቅሊት immediately after their blow out win on game 3 by 49 points, 7 squared points. It was determined then and agreed upon that they should go to the finals MATHEMATICALY… you know like based on the precients reporting election results and projecting the winner only 5% of voters choice counted. The concession speech …

        We have Rabbit 3 due to the event game 3
        5% from gambling taxes revenue for all States in addition to Vegas
        7 sqd 49 blow out and the One to one as in ONE TWO ONE squaring, relevance to events future
        the [8] an octave precedes 12 sqd [144] which are the sixth and tenth generation of mantile..
        and Fermat along with Pascal’s mathematics, based on the 2-1’s correct prediction is WARRIORS in GAME 7 without a DOUBT and with out BIAS.
        አት ሓደ ዘውግ አንት ‘ሎኒ ዎርየርስ ን ካቫሌርስ ኣብ ሸውዓተ ክዕወቱሎም፡ ኢዚ ዝስዕብ ኢዩ፥ ከቨን ዱራንት! Kevin Durant!!! Black enough! 2nd RING MATTERS!

        tSAtSE

        • saay7

          Selamat GiAnt:

          I think what you are saying is: the NBA is rigged? If so, I think I owe my son an apology. Or at listen more attentively when he gives me his rationale. 🙂 He was very unimpressed by my 7-7-7 prediction.

          saay

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Saay,

            I agree. NBA, Hockey, Baseball and may be even foot ball, basically all north American sports (with exception of soccer) are rigged. They want to extend the entertainment part and maximize the profit and justify the exuberant pay for the players and their agents.

            Personally as far as sports goes, I only watch seriously the world cut and the European cup. If I can I would have included the African cup as well. Foot ball that is…ok may be the tour as well, because I am from Eritrea, I can spend hours looking at the bike race.

            Berhe

          • Selamat Admiral,

            No, you don’t owe your son an apology or an inheritance. You have every right to still believe in Santa Clause,
            I am skipping all rational including vortex mathematics… but I will remind you of the new format of the mid seasons All Star game. Whose team were the teams. East West is so Cold War…. and yeah remember KDs defection to play on LeBron El Rey de Francia Jaime…
            11 sqd is 121 as in 1 two 1 or 1 to 1… it follows, SEVEN’s HEAVEN, the Royal wedding to read Milton’s I mean Haw Beyan’s Hell… The protogonists– she is BLACK yo.

            tSAtSE

          • Admiral,
            On a second thought or furthermore:
            Have you considered 7-1/4-7-1/2,7-7-1/4-7…..73/4 up an octave? In terms of total minutes that is. What if O.T. the 5th period every game goes? Major1, Minor3rd, Major5th and7th Diminished chords sequence with plenty of arpegios…..
            iWaW1 CavL1, each with 1 though opposing polarities on the electromagnetic fields. Magnetism as in high speed bullet trains… hover crafts elongated.

            tSAtSE

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam@george
    If u wanna live in delusion what u seeing will help u to live like that.
    But the system is more beneficial for none tplf than tigrai. And there is no way tplf can do everything what is going on in ethiopia by himself. Even tplf can’t survive without the help of other members of eprdf in tigrai .tplf used to have a big power inside eprdf prior1998 but after that it is gradually degraded to almost to its size.
    But for some weird reason some people want to live as such.

    • @george

      Dear ted
      I don’t know what your definition of power is, from what I see, the security structure and the financial structure is in The Firm hand of tplf. I’m sure there are opportunist and front man that helped the tplf organization. My point is that when one speaks of power in Ethiopia is in The Firm hand of tplf.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam@goerge
        1st,U have to know how the federal system of ethiopia work.
        2nd, what u hearing in social media and ebc not necessarily mean true.
        3,the reality on the ground don’t show what u saying.

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Saay,
    I don’t know how many more boring speeches of the bored president you will have to endure! But you must take comfort in knowing you are serving us well.
    Presidents of any sort, no matter how dummier they are, are not affordable to ignore. When they are not engagingly interesting, it is a curse to the citizen. And when they are not considerately patriotic, it is a curse to the land. When a president is both, it is more than a singular curse to a singular victim. It becomes Eritrea.
    We have a president who ruled like a king for 27 yrs and he speaks like he is starting them now.
    What exactly are you celebrating, Mahmuday, unless you are mistaking sacrifice for victory? Would you be the same fired up tegadalay if you knew ahead this would be what you were getting us?
    Hayat

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hayat,

      Your words: “When they (presidents) are not engagingly interesting, it is a curse to the citizen. And when they are not considerately patriotic, it is a curse to the land. When a president is both, it is more than a singular curse to a singular victim. It becomes Eritrea.” You are damn good. You are correct, that the despot is a curse both to us (the people) and to the land Eritrea. The Eritrean people are scared by his shadow inside of Eritrea and by the echo of his voice outside of Eritrea.

      Regards

    • saay7

      Hayat:

      If they actually brought microphones to the Cabinet meetings, I would cover that too because in Eritrea, Isaias The Man is the State of Eritrea. After they told us The Man Is The State (“Nehna Nsu Nsu Nehna”) by giving him unlimited powers for indefinite periods, the PFDJites feign surprise when we follow every move he makes, every cough medicine he takes, every disappearance act he fakes, and every wince of pain he displays.

      “We have a president who ruled like a king for 27 yrs and he speaks like he is starting them now.” Indeed, Hayat: we are trapped in a terrible scene from “Fifty First Dates” where one of the characters has some sort of brain injury or amnesia and forgets he has made the World War II, Cold War, unipolar, multipolar, Huntington, Fukuyama, hegemon speech 101 times and his flunkies are too terrified to tell him he is a bore.

      saay

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Hayat,

      Glad to have you back; your inputs were very much missed.

      You have driven home the point I tried to make yesterday about saay7’s patience and ability to listen or read what the despot says every now and then with unimaginable incredulity and sort them out for the reader. Many of us still fail to make any sense about what the man says; and in my case I had stopped long ago to listen to what he say.

      You have summed up with incisive precision the curse Eritrea has become under his despotism. The worst part of it all is that we Eritreans seem to have lost direction in finding common ground to enable ourselves to restore sanity to Eritrea by getting rid of the dictatorship.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Ismail AA. You mention that “Eritreans seem to have lost direction in finding common ground to enable ourselves to restore sanity to Eritrea by getting rid or the dictatorship”. In regard to your comment, if there maybe a flaw in this opposition thought process in that it only focuses on removing the dictatorship instead of also looking at possibilities to work with/thru the dictatorship?

        • Ismail AA

          Selam FishMilk,

          How about the other end of the argument? Don’t you think the onus should normally (in politics) be on the regime’s side as an incumbent to first at least recognize existence of the opposition? Then the end of the argument you have cited would be fair, and the opposition would be blamed for not responding.

          But wait a minute, even then (regime refusing to accept existence of opposition), I am witness to the fact that early on several weighty opposition organizations took the initiative of endorsing the EPLF as a de facto government in the transition to formation of a national government. Many declaration were issued to that effect and to engage.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. Sorry, but you simply skirted my question instead of answering it. Obviously, strategies to work with/thru an aging dictatorship have to evolve over time. Opposition organisations endorsing the EPLF as Eritrea’s de facto Government back in the early 90s has little to do with oppositions strategies of today.

          • Ismail AA

            Dear FishMilk,

            Bear with me for a moment. I was responding to your question about the opposition “only focus[ing] on removing the dictatorship, instead of also looking at possibilities to work with/thru the dictatorship?”. I just wanted you to reflect on why the possibility of working “with/thru” the dictatorship became impossible. You and I know it takes two or more to working with one another.

            Even today, if as you might wish, the opposition would come up with strategies to work with or via the dictatorship, do you think, in you fair mind, the regime would say: o’kay, I will recognize you and please come back to the country and let us draw a common program on how to work together? Stances that shun such a bitter reality are actually doing nothing more than replaying propaganda gimmicks that surrogates of the regime exercise when the regime moves them through remote control whenever it deems necessary.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA and thanks for your reply. In working with/thru a dictatorship we know there are no givens and engagement efforts/strategies should entail minimum risk. Take for example, openly engaging the PFDJ on small-medium scale private foreign investment possibilities in Eritrea, which could possibly result in much needed local jobs and serve to broaden the PFDJs limited communications with the West with a positive slant. Such strategy, could entail media coverage of communications attempts with selected Eritrean Embassies which would be engaged. The worst result of such efforts would be to prove that the PFDJ’s claim that it encourages and has a conducive private investment climate, as overtly incorrect.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Hayat,
      We are counting your strikes!
      Never disappear like that–at least ask for permission to do that 🙂

  • Selam All,

    What do you say of the “Malian Spiderman”, an illegal immigrant, who saved the life of a four year old child hanging from a balcony on the fourth floor in Paris?
    He was invited to the Elysee Palace by President Macron, and awarded with French citizenship, a medal for courage and a place in the fire service. The world is speaking about him.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Horizon,

      The Malian youth has demonstrated what being human means. There is no other way of understanding human-ness better than seeing a human being risking his own life to save the life of fellow human being. He had touched any living conscience watching that scene.

  • Dear Awate forumers,
    I just read a report by Addis Standard of the release of Andergache Tsige. The charge for which he was sentenced to death was, mutatis mutandis, similar to the charge leveled against the G-15 – working with the enemy of the state. (in the cadre training it gives biannually in Nakfa, the PFDJ has Ahferom Tewelde read a 40-50 page indictment against the G-15 for secretly meeting with Weyane and agreeing to the ouster of IA as a quid pro quo for peace). PFDJ and its goons never get tired of badmouthing ‘Weyane’ but one cant dispute the loathed ‘Weyane’ or its reformed self under Abiy Ahmed is infinitely better and civilised that the PFDJ.

    Samuel

    • @george

      Dear Samuel

      Nope. Not even. Woyane is not reforming . Woyane is incapable of anything constructive The most likely scenario and I am sure many would agree with me is that the order to release the prisoner came from the masters, the global mafia , WORLD BANK, USA, AND UK.
      yours

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam@george
        woyane is 1/4 of eprdf. Definitely eprdf is reformed but still needs to be more reformed .

      • Selam George,
        I know where you are coming from. But, one should be a bit sophisticated than declaring a conjectural or conspiracist statement. I am sure you can’t back your point with any verifiable evidence. At any rate, that is beside the moral point that I was trying to bring home in my post. The point is, whether it is doing it under duress or willingly, EPRDF is setting prisoners free while (your?) PFDJ is keeping people – old and young, former freedom fighter snd civilians etc – in its hellish prison sites. እንድሕር ኣብ ናይ መከተ ኣኼባ ትሳተፍ ኮይንካ ‘ኣንቱም ተሕፉራ ኣለኹም ካብ ወያነ ክትሓምቁ’ በሎም ኢኻ to whomever runs your meetings.

        cheers

        • @george

          Dear Samuel,
          WOW, that was fast, wait a minute. You supposed to be a humble-neutral-rational academician. Who was writing about Eritreans school curriculum.i Now, you are admiring TPLF and calling me PFDJ. Geez I would expect you to wait a little bit before you revile yourself. What happened to your advise to me about learning from each other. Wye gud. I wish I know some tigrian proverb. Somebody help me. I like ABI more every day, at least he is true to himself.
          Yours george
          .

          • Selam Giorgis,
            I am not to be blamed for what you supposed me to be. For sure, I am neither a goody-two-shoes fence-sitter nor a servant of le savoir pouvoir. I speak my mind! I also don’t feel obliged to tell you that you missed my point if you think it was all about “admiring TPLF and calling you PFDJ” (I thought you identified yourself as PFDJ supporter. if that is not the case, worry not. I wont address you as such).

        • FishMilk

          Hi Samuel. With or without PM Abiy, soft moves such as the release of prisoners was unavoidable as core TPLF economic existence demanded so. You also need to look beyond the gloss and see just who has been released and who has not. Anyways, I too like George, am a bit bewildered (but not really) as to why many here wish to herald changes under PM Abiy’s watch as prematurely positive. PM Abiy has yet to take a single hard action!

          • Selam Hawey,
            I am not an expert in Ethiopian politics. Knowing my limitation, I said nothing about the reasons behind EPRDF’s decision to release prisoners – thousands of them! (In Oromia alone, close to 40 thousand people were released). Reading these reports confirms to me two things: One, EPRDF has been excessive in its handling of political opponents- the sheer number of the prisoners it is releasing is a clear testament to that; Two, Releasing all these people – whatever the reason behind it- is a great step in the right direction. Now, Ethiopian affairs is as familiar as the affairs of Solomon Islands to me. The point that I was trying to make in my post is simple: while the EPRDF releases a political prisoner who used to lead an armed movement stationed in an ‘enemy’ state, the PFDJ still holds people whom it charged without any shred of evidence of cooperating with the enemy. You do not see a difference?

          • FishMilk

            Hi Samuel. Why make a negative comparison for Eritrea with Ethiopia? Why not another African country like Ghana or Liberia? For those of us who see Ethiopia as an illegal occupier and enemy of Eritrea, we simply see such Ethio-Eri comparisons as lacking neutral originality and supportive of TPLF and unionists interests.

          • Selam Samuel,

            There is also another explanation for the large number of prisoners in ethiopia. Ethiopians were never docile and they were opposing the authoritarian government with every chance they got. Secondly, the change did not come by itself, but after a big sacrifice, and Eprdf was forced to concede change, and change was not a goodwill move from its side. Nevertheless, everybody supports the release of prisoners and the change that has come to the country.

          • @george

            Dear fishandmilk,

            Deer, fishandmilk…. I think that would be awesome dietary plan. Deer meat is supposed to be good for you and fish and milk well they’re all so good. Anyway notice, our friend Samuel said, ” I’m familiar with Ethiopian politics of Solomon Islands ….”…. and yet he knows how many people were released and who’s released from Ethiopian prison…. oh lordy lordy lordy why am I doing this to myself Christ… you know I get opposing Eritrean government, I don’t get what Worship in Ethiopia has to do with opposing Eritrea I don’t get it
            Yrs

          • Mez

            Good Day @george,

            What’s up!

            Get confused, or you get bad geschmack about the clear voice of Sami?

            Thanks

          • @george

            Dear Mez,
            Hardly, just enjoying how fast the so called academia man mutated to woyane propaganda machine and Eritrea basher. Sami, escalated it faster than I expected. Yegrmena ! Yegermena! What can you do mez? Just watch the clown show unfold.
            YOURS

          • Mez

            Greetings @George,

            My guess is “it may be too early to call” and award him with such an unmatched palace title–eventhough it could very soon be abolished.

            Thanks

      • Selamat @george,

        ዝባን ሕጊ! ዝባን ዕስራን ኣርባዕተን ዕንቀጽ ሓሙሽተ።
        Without Bias is the new mandate… see the ቀደማዊ ፊርስቲ ኣት & ኣብ ጆርጅ ናብ ኤርትራ።

        ዝባን ሕጊ። ብዘይ ዘውግ ስርሕ ጻድቃን ጸዲቑ ኢዩ።

        ወርቃዊት ምቅሊት፨
        ጻጸ

    • saay7

      Samuel:

      So if we equate the cadre school with a grand jury, biannually (or every two years or twice a year), the government reads the charges to the grand jury….then, instead of the grand jury returning an indictment so that a full trial can be convened where the accused can defend themselves, it follows it with another grand jury of cadres (handpicked for their malleability) to listen to the charges.

      So many lives wasted, so many people hurt.

      I am happy for the families of Andargachew and Eskinder Negga.

      saay

      • Sal,
        As is customary in the PFDJ land, one becomes a member of the grand jury of cadres not out of conviction. They force people to go there. Yours truly went there twice while he was a student. But, yes one shudders to think of the number of lives the PFDJ has wasted just like that without any shred of legal process.

        • saay7

          Samuel:

          The PFDJ is such an irony-free-zone, it wouldn’t surprise me if this part of the “consciousness-raising” curriculum is immediately followed by introduction to Eritrea’s customary laws where the accuser, the accused, the wisemen, the sentencing is all done under the shade of a tree.

          saay

          • Sal,
            You guessed right. So much of the lectures is a paean to ‘civilised’ Eritrean culture – its fair customary laws, its reasonable and wise conflict resolution mechanism, etc. Since the PFDJ does not have a sense of shame, it claims to be the guardian and embodiment of this ‘civilised’ culture.

            En passant, one of the amazing things I heard in Nakfa is Ahferom Tewelde quoting Ecclesiastes 8 that says “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (ገበነኛ ምእንቲ ገበኑ እንተዘይተቀጺዑስ ልቢ ንጹህ ንገበን ይናፍቅ) when asked about the harsh treatment of the PFDJ metes out to prisoners.

          • saay7

            Samuel:

            So, lets summarize what we learned today. Eritrea has such a civilized culture, no cost is too high to protect it, including the use of very uncivilized and primitive methods. Straight from the “we had to bomb the village to save it” book of the absurd.

            Are there any females in the cadre school who point out to the “civilized” customary law and say, in an even but respectful tone, “what the fu{$ are you talking about?”

            saay

          • Sal,
            Protecting the ‘civilised culture’ by all means necessary was openly admitted. Again, one of the poignant statements I still remember is a one made by General Abrha Kassa who said, paraphrasing, “ምእንቲ ሃገራዊ ድሕነት ንቀትል እወ።”

            In a true misogynist fashion that imaginary female cadre would be told “hey where were you when we were talking about the Eritrean revolution waging a multiple war one of which was against misogynistic culture.”

          • saay7

            Samuel:

            Uggg…ok, we are depressing each other. Speaking of misogyny, let me look at camera 2 now and address Eyob and Amde:

            Hey, guys, you have a show called Feta Daily which is modeled after the Daily Buzz. It is the sort of show your PM would love (it is full of happy talk and psychobabble.) Anyway, and this is where you need to help your country, they had a video entitled ሴቶች ስለምን በድብርት ይጠቃሉ? መፍትሄውስ? Come on, guys. As Spiderman was told, with hegemonic powers come great responsibilities:

            https://youtu.be/8WP5HNt6aUA

            saay

          • Kokhob Selam

            ክቡር ሳልሕ :-

            ግዜ — ከመይ ትረክብ ወደይ ? ኣካ ተርክበሉ ንኽሉ !!!!

            KS,,

          • saay7

            Kokhob:

            Lots of driving in California. Lots. So if it is audio I listen while driving. If it is video, I watch while driving but I am a responsible driver so I do it only when there are no cops around.

            saay

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear saay7,

            No, please don’t do that..

            We are waiting to see you as saay7..and as great man of our times..

            KS,,

          • Amde

            Saay,

            Dammit I interrupted a Korean action-comedy flick to check out this “show” and it turns out it is just one of the many Youtube channels around.

            The answer is easy: setoch be dibbirt yemiTequt is due to too much abyotawi dimokrasi.

            Why do you think “respect women” is a major plank of the new Abiyist approach? Surely that is rhetorical anti-misogyny at its best?

          • As you were Sire Pillar Amde,

            Ever heard of “Me too” with a hashtag in front and a factorial in the back of it #METOO! … almost sounds like your metoshi satoshi,,
            Ever heard of Bill Cosby and the downfall of some Holywood Director mogul.
            With a Dash of salt take the PM in da PM. Psy101
            tSAtSE

          • Selamat Saay7,

            Happy Memorial Day. I can imagine how your grill must be looking like. It is customary and patriotic to barbecue on the the last Monday in the month of May. Oh wait you are fasting and will be lighting up your grill after كسر الصيام – ፈጡር።

            There are Twelve keys or half notes. Each equally separated in an octave with the value equal to (2)^(1/12). The عشرة ዓሸራ Tenth or AAshera number in the Fibonacci sequence is 144 equal to 12^2. ( ዓሰርተ ኽልተ ተረበዐ ወይ ናይ 144 ትርብዕብዕ ዓሰርተ ክልተ ዓሰርተ ክልተ ኢዩ። The Major SEVENTH from [21] reached 27 and from HERE SEVEN to [34].
            I submit: A) Admiral Saay7 is a relative of a Rabbit, Bugs Bunny for example. ሳይ7 ዘመዳይ ዘመድ ጓል ኣኮይ ነገር፥ ጓል ሓወ’ቦይ ማተርያል፡ ብሓፈሽኡ ዘመድ ማንቲለ ኢዩ። መታፊዚካዊ ልዮናርዶ ፊቦናቺ ከምዝሓበረና። ብልከዕ መተፊዝካዊ ኢማንዌል ካንት– Ref Fibonacci & Kant
            B) Saay7 is into the dark art of materialism as yours truly and all of you and us are. MATERIALISIM and Zmdinaism circa 4,320 BC & Tuning A440 to 432 Hertz an octave hier 864
            C) Saay7 is BORED as is very BORED Dictatorship of Isayas Afeworki, as are Amde, Ema, blink DkinoP^2. The only ONE not BORED is ፕራይም ሚንስተር ኣብይ ኣሕመድ፥

            ፕሩፍ ቁጽሪ ዘመድ ናይ ነገር ኣምብብ። [Note the subtitles of the buety of geometry we pursue rather than relying on the false tangible maters. YES we are MATERIALISTS and Mater maters just like our cousin gual material…]

            1. ብዛዕባ ዝምደና ቁሩብ ከዕልልካ ‘ስከ ጽን ኣቢልካ የዒንትኻ ስምዓኒ። ዘመድ ዘመድ ሲ ዘመድ ኢዩ፡ ዘመድ ተረበዐ ወይ ዘመድ^2 ዘመድ ካብ ኮነ፡ ሱር ተረበ ዘመድ ኢዩ። ኣብ ለዕሊ ኢዚ፡ ኣብ ኣቆጻጽራ ተረበዐን ሱር ተረበዐን 1 ኢዩ ( ዘመድ^2 = ዘመድ፡ ዘመድ^(1/2) = ዘመድ፡ ዘመድ = 1)
            2. ቀንዲ ወይ ቆመና ዘመድ ኩሉ ጓል ሓቦኻ ነገር(ን) ጓል ኣኮኻ ማተርያል(ን) ኢየን። ኣብዚ
            ኣብዚ ከተስተውዕል ዘለካ፡ ሓንቲ ጓል ኢያ፥ ስላዚ ሓቦኻን ኣኮኻን ሓደ ኢዩ። ከም ጣዓመቱ ኣብ አተዋህበት ምዕልቲ፡ ክጽውዓካ ኾሎ፥ ሓንሳአ ወዲሓፍተይ ሓንሳአ ወዲ ሓዋይ ክብል ንሓፍቱን ሓውን ኣደብሊቑ ንዓኻ ወን ሓዊሱ ይድብልቕ። ፎርሙላ ምድብላቕ ፋክቶርያል (ፋክት= ርግጽ/ሓቂ/ጽኑዕ) ስለዚ ምድብላቕ = ርግጻውነት / ወይ ምድብላቕ = ነ! (ን ኣብነት፡ 3 ድብለቓ = 3 ርግጻውነት = 3! = 3*2*1 = 6)
            3. ከደባልቐካ ከዳናግርካ ኢለ ኣይኮንኩን ኣላዕላይ። አንታይ ደኣ ከመይ ኢላ ጓል ሓ/ኣ ነገር/ማተርያል ቡዙሓት ከም ዝኾኑ ኣዝማዳ፡ ዳርጋ ኹሉ፡ ዳርጋ ሓደ ብጭብጥነት ማተማቲካል ፕሩፍ፡ ከዘኻኽረካ ኢለ ኢየ። ጓል ሓ/ኣ ነገር ዘመድ ኩሉ፡ ተዝሚድ ንኹሉ ተዛምድ። ማተርያሊዝም ወይ ነገራውነት ኩሉ ከም ሓደ፥ ሓደ ከም ኩሉ፥ ነባርን ሃላውን ኣብ ኩሉ ግዜ ኢዩ ‘ሞ፡ ዘመደይ ዝምደናና ብ ጓል ሓወቦናን ኣኮናን ነገር/ማተርያል ከም ዝኾነ ተገንዘብ። (ማተርያሊዝም፡ ኢንተርኮነተድነስ ነፖቲዝም ወዘተ ዕሙቕ ትርጉሞም ብዘይ ዘውግ ከም ካብ መጥባሕቲ ጸንጺያ/ጻጸ ስብሒ ወይ ዝሃጠረ ስጋ ሰስቡሑ ውጺት ንኽሰብ። ስጋኻ ስጋና ጓል ሓወ’ቦን/ኣኮና ማተርያል፡ ስለዚ ኢና ስጋይ ስጋኻ ንብለላ። ልክዕ ኣሎኻ ን ጓል ማተርያል ገዲፍና ንዘቲ ክትብል።
            4. ኣብ መንጎ ዕላልካ ምስ ሳሙኤል (ብ ነገር/ማተርያል ምስ ኢማኑኤል ካንት I.K. የዛምዳና ኣሎ ሳሚ) ብዛዕባ ናይ ህግደፍ ካድራትን፡ ተራ ደቀ’ንስትዮ ምስ መሰላት ዝዝውትር ዝጸንሐን ዘሎን ዝቕጽልን ኣር’አስቲ መሰል ደቀንስትዮ ኣስተውዒለሉ። ([ሀ] ፕራይም ሚንስተር ኣብይ ኣሕመድ ተዘርበሉ ዝጣበቐሉ ዝቐነየ ኣር’አስቲ፡ መሰል ጓል ኣንስተይቲ [ሐ] ምኒስተር ዓሊ ሰዒድ ፋሕቲሩ ከም አንደገና ልዕሊ ምድሪ ኣሪዩ ብዛዕባ ቆመና ዘመድ ኩላትና ጓል ሓ/ኣ ና ነገር/ማተርያል ንሳ ሙኻናን፥ ኣገዳስነት አንታውነታ (ኤርትራውነት ይንበብ) ዝሃቦ ኣስተምህሮ [ለ] ኣቶ ሳልሕ “ጆሃር” ጋዲ ዘድመቐልና ዳስ አወ النجاة جدة ሓቦባና አትፈትወና ዓባይና ነጃት፥ ጓል ሓ/ኣ ማተርያል/ነገር ኣረጋጊጹልና ክፋል በኽፋል ኣንዳ ኣደባለቐ። [ረ] ፒላር ዓምደ Pillar Amde’s ስልቲ ህጁም ህልው ኩነታት ኢትዮጵያ ብዝተፋላልየ መርበብ ናይ ወረ ማዕከናት ቻነላት፡ ኣዝማዱ ኣዝማድይ መ አነ ኢዮብ፥ ሓያት፥ ዕውር ኣይሰም ወዘተ ብሰንኪ ዘመድና ጓል ማተርያል/ነገር መኸተ ክልተ መኸተ ሓደ ተዘሪብካሉ ኣይውዳ’አን።
            ስለዚ መተማቲካል ጭብጥነት ናይ ወርቃዊት ምቅሊት፡ ኣገዳስነቱን ምድብላቕ ኣቆጻጽራ ኣቶ ልዮናርዶ ፊቦናቺ 1, 1, 2, 3, [5], 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144.።

            Mathematical proof and significance of The Golden Ration and Leonardo Fibonacci LEADS us to the SEVENTH Key the FIFTH

            አቲ ዝውሰድክዎ ካብ ደብለቓ ጽሑፍካ ሓምሽይቲ ቅድሚ ሽሞንተ። ማለተይ The main take away from your fabulous presentation is the Fifth before the octave … yeah Re:Harmonics PMAA and DIA

            [5] ብዘይ ዝውግ ፐርሟተሽን ወይ ድብልቕልቕታ ዓለምናን ከባቢናን፥ ሕጂ ውን ከም ትማል ምስ (ህ) ግደፎ ዘውግ “ንኺድ ጥራይ። ብዘይ ዝውግ ዘመዳይ Denmarkino AArkey Professor Paul. Maybe just maybe in spite his vast experience of the Permutations, G15 for example [Six choose Two permutation = (6!/(4!*2!))= 15) and 6 choose 2 combination = 30…) the Dictatorship of Isayas Afeworki is due to the leaving out from the permutation the top Chair of PFDJ; The seat of the Presidency. ፕረሲደንትና ብዘይ ዘውግ ንነብሱ ኣብ ኣደብልቓ ከ’አትዋ ንላቦን ንምሕጸንን።

            ዘመን ዘመና ዘመድናمربع squared ተርበዐ ።።፡ ወርቃዊት ምቅሊት ፈክቶርያል!!!!

            [21] (7) 27 (7) [34] 2X + Y = 27 < Major7th X is
            Abbu AAshera Weapon X – Evolution!

            PS: The Brother Malcolm X read the entire dictionary.. Read TWO to initiate EFFORT.

            AmEritrean GitSAtSE Counter Narrative 2018 ነሳፍህ ነሳፍሕ፡ (ህ) ግደፍ "ንኺድ ጥራይ።" ብዘይ ዘውግ።
            ጻጸ

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay & Samuel,

            Please continue your back and forth conversation. We are getting some insights from the cadres school of PFDJites. Samuel, let me give you a little disclosure. Ahferom was my colleague when he was in ELF. He was also one of the establishment of EDM way before Hiruy hijacked it. So I am interested to know what was/is their tactics in brainwashing the minds of Eritrean people.

            Regards

          • Haile S.

            Selam Samuel,
            It fits into what a french revolutionary, Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud, said during his trial before getting guillotined by his comrades in 1793: Like Saturn, the revolution devors its children (La revolution est comme Saturne, elle devore ses enfants). This was hyper-used by the communist revolutionaries including previous regime ኣብዮት ልጆችዋን ትበላለች. The present, our own, continues doing it in another form.

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            Glad to see you back. And some say, kin cannibalism started with a Revolution.

          • Haile S.

            Thank you again Paul,
            I had replied to your thoughts about me in my reply to Mahmoud’s comment yesterday. Best.

          • Mez

            Dear Samuel,

            You reminded me of a documentary film about the key middle and upper echelon functionaries of the “SS TRUPPE” in Nazi-Germany.The most interesting thing about the SS apparatus is, all those SS-people were graduates of Universities in diverse subject matter disciplines–that, way before the 1933 power accession by Hitler.

            Also, way after the completion of the WW-II, people who were active in that organization (i chat with quite a number of them) still have the line of thinking “Germany lost the war”; and not so much talking (or acceptance) about the cause-and-effect situation that Hitler started the war, and at the end the war destroyed Germany. Now, we know the WW-II forcefully ended every thing about National Socialists (NAtionallesoZIalisten).

            One can observe certain resemblance between them and PFDJ in Eritrea.

            Removing PFDJ by a means of a) war is way destructive and unhelpful in many ways, with unintended consequences, b) “economic collapse” is also not quite straight forward, because the predominant population is living in a subsistance-economy as in most African countries, c) the high population growth pressure (as every where on the continent) could be one good pressure aspect (for a politicall change) but is a slowly moving process. d) technology and social media extensive use may create an alternative way to communicate and act. But that is also a slow process taking its own time. The best hope for now is the biological dictation of life, as time passes.

            Thanks

          • Selam Mez,
            Comparison is the stuff of analysis but I prefer erring on the side of caution when it comes to drawing historical parallel (probably it is the historian in me which is trained to usually look for the historical particularity that prevents me from hasty comparisons). Thus, even though i acknowledge that there might be common principles around which authoritarian power operates, I am not sure if Nazi Germany is an apt historical example through which we can understand the PFDJ and its operations.

          • Paulos

            Selam Samuel,

            I certainly don’t pretend to be a historian where you are the resident-expert. As you have aptly put it, I don’t see any similarity between Nazi Germany and PFDJ including the intellectual foundation. Perhaps the apt comparison is Totalitarianism.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Mez,

            I do not know how Samuel would read them, but the options you have listed for ending the PFDJ dictatorship left me pondering whether the sense they portend is what the despot at the helm wishes day in and day out because such scenarios would grant him chance to stay until his creators decides his breath.

            I do not really think the Eritrean people have become to that extent bereft of creativity and would succumb to such a fatalistic fait accompli. This is what “… best hope for now is the biological dictation of life” suggests.

            Moreover, I am not sure the Nazi Germany premise you have cited could be compatible with the Eritrean situation to led us draw the conclusions you have listed – or perhaps I didn’t get what is intended.

          • Mez

            Dear Ismail,

            My thought is emanated from observation of the day to day routines inside the country; and how busy Sudan and Ethiopia are with themselves.

            I don’t think I am missing the target by big margin.

            PS: about the SS, it is on Netflix.

            Thanks

          • Selam Mez,
            Comparison is the stuff of analysis but I prefer erring on the side of caution when it comes to drawing historical parallel (probably it is the historian in me which is trained to usually look for the historical particularity that prevents me from hasty comparisons). Thus, even though i acknowledge that there might be common principles around which authoritarian power operates, I am not sure if Nazi Germany is an apt historical example through which we can understand the PFDJ and its operations.

      • Paulos

        Happy Monday Sal,

        They say, misty eyes always turn into a smile. Hang in there, hang in there brother! It’s almost over.

    • Paulos

      ሰላም ሳሚኤል,

      ወዲሰብ ብተስፋ እዩ ዝነብር ብብስራት እዩ ዝነብር ቆልዓ ምስተወልደ ወለዲ እንኳዕ ሓጎሰኩም ይባሃሉ ከምኡኻኣ ምስዓበየ ትምህርቱ ምስወደአ ኣብጽቡቕ ደረጃ ምስበጽሐ ሐዳር ምስገበረ ምስወለደ እንኳዕ ሓጎሰኩም ይባሃሉ::

      ብኣንጻሩ ዝተረግመን እግዚኣቢሄር ዘይዓደሎ ሰብ ሰብ ጽቡቕ ነገር ክብሰር ከሎ ዓይኑ ደም ይመልእ ነቲ ጽቡቕ ዝሰምዐ ሕማቕ ክረክብ ይምነየሉ::

      ኣቶ ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ናይ ጸልማት ልኡኽ ስለ ዝኾነ እዩ ኻኣ ሰብ ሕማቕ ክረክብ ከሎ ልቡ ዝፍሳህ ብኸምኡ እዩ ኻኣ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ፪፯ ዓመት ጥዑም ብስራት ዘየበሰረ:: ነገርግን ኩሉ ጊዜ ጸልማት ክስዕር ስለዘይክእል ክወግሕ እዩ::

      • Dear Paul,
        In the social sciences, they teach us not to psychologise or anthropologise political actions. They say that obscures and mystifies, to borrow a phrase from Nietzsche, a human all too human affair. ideologically and analytically, i lean to the left and prefer a materialist explanation to things. But, frankly whenever i think of our situation I can’t easily brash off the idea that there is mysteriously evil dimension to the political violence and cruelty the PFDJ exhibits. The way the PFDJ treats its political adversaries is simply not intelligible. So, yes, your understanding of our situation as a duel between ‘evil and good’ is not beyond the pale of plausible explanations.

        • Paulos

          Selam Samuel,

          The ultimate manifestation of evil is not the transition of human from existence to nonexistent, rather it is when one destroys the human spirit. And that is the ultimate crime.

          Vengence is limited to an individual realm but fair-justice transcends the Left or Right political disposition and it is equally redistributed to citizens. As such, if the philosophical underpinnings of justice is deterrence, the power be can exude clemency for the common good. Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin’s security chief once said, “Give me one man for a day and I will make him say that he is the King of England.” That is the face of evil where Ato Isaias Afwerki is not an exception.

        • Simon Kaleab

          The main motives for violence, political or not, are one or more of the following: money, sexual lust, and power.

    • Amde

      Selam Samuel,

      Not verified yet. He has been in the “he is released” state since yesterday – but no-one has reported seeing him.

      It is not a good sign – it suggests there is not much consensus at the top, and protocols have not been worked out. My guess is he will be driven straight to the airport and on a plane to London. Hopefully I will be proven wrong.

      • saay7

        Amde:

        The Andarcachew case is one of the ugliest faces of globalism. He is in Yemen (pre-collapse Yemen) en-route to Eritrea and because Yemen and Ethiopia had a mutual security agreement they arrest and surrender him to Ethiopia, where his org is listed as a terrorist org under ATP. (This, despite the fact that his organization is not listed as a terrorist org by the UN, US and the UK where he lives.)

        I was in Egypt a few months ago and the US passport does not shield you from that line which says “birthplace” and the Egyptian immigration basically holds your passport while they do a background check to see if your name appears in any of the most wanted list of all the countries they are allied with. As people behind me were being processed, and as I waited for my passport, I couldn’t even google whether Eritrea had just signed a mutual defense agreement with Egypt because there was no wifi and I wasn’t going to roam. So the lesson is: if you suspect you are in some Wanted list of an authoritarian state, don’t go for the cheapest flights but one where you know what each transit is and the transit country better have an ok human rights record. The standard State Department warning is we will fight for you, except if you are going to your country of birth. Weasels.

        saay

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Saay,

          So, do you mean Eritrea has signed mutual defense agreement with Egypt? Your advise is helpful for those who travel often to be aware of such kind of agreements to spare their lives from being caught by the traps of authoritarian regimes.

          • saay7

            Emma:

            U misunderstood me probably because I didn’t explain it right. What I am saying is that even if you have a US or Canadian passport, immigration officers at airports go by “country of birth” and because yours (mine and almost everyone reading) will show Eritrea or Ethiopia, then you now have to consider all sorts of Mickey Mouse anti-terrorism agreement that the country you are visiting may have entered with Eritrea or Ethiopia. And if they detain you, or refuse you entrance, or in the extreme cases like that of Andarkachew, hand you over to Eritrea or Ethiopia, your adopted country can do nothing but write letters of concern (which is what UK did with her citizen.). The irony is that that “national security conscious” countries will release foreigners within months (as the gov of Eritrea did with the British “spies” with “poison tipped darts” caught in Massawa, remember?) but they won’t pardon or release their own citizens.

            saay

        • blink

          Dear saay
          Did you freak out at the waiting time of few seconds? I experienced such delima too and I think PFDJ don’t have such kind of network unless you took money from them .

          • saay7

            Blink:

            In the immortal words of T’Challa, “i nevuh freeez” or freak out.

            Speaking of which (and I am sorry Amde to interrupt your k-pop concert), but I will need you as a character witness: at the Black Lives Matter chapter meeting I chair, I said that Black Panther is a terrible movie with cardboard characters and a simpleton story. And the BLM wants to kick me out and I need a recommendation letter that I am very black.

            saay

          • Amde

            Ok T’Challa,

            It was better than k-pop.. It had fake assassins, very very unsuccessful actors, blood, gore, knife fights, cute girls, crazy grandmas. I am annoyed you interrupted me so that is why I cannot vouch for your “very” blackness.

            You blackness is alright, but what you have against Black Panther? It is a superhero movie with black characters. If you love the genre, you love the movie. I thought the “X is the real Wakanda” campaignettes were a bit over wrought. But it was a good superhero movie.

            But still wouldn’t you agree that the Wakanda story can be mirrored in the Adwa/Menelik story? A powerful kingdom, which supposedly had the means to free fellow africans from European bondage but chose not to in order to protect itself? And thus generations later has to face the consequences of the choices made?

            Amde

          • blink

            Dear Amde
            I thought Spartans are from Ethiopia and specifically from Adwa and their leader was Menelik. Damt Amde how on earth this is going to impress our children. I did not watch Black panther .

          • Amde

            blink,

            You have to watch it. Let me tell you a true “Black Panther – the movie” story.

            I have an Ethiopian friend who has two young and bright kids. They got a scholarship at a white liberal and expensive private school. This school is quite conscientious in telling the history of slavery and colonialism, so much so that his daughter is getting upset and angry at “why white people are so bad to black people”. It is the paradox of a white-guilt curriculum creating a black consciousness in an African immigrant’s daughter who is otherwise living in comfortable upper middle class circumstances. The parents don’t allow TV at home – just quite reading.

            So, the father asked me if we can watch the movie together so he can determine if it is appropriate for his daughter. We went, and the movie is nice and the vicarious satisfaction from the back audience is entertaining. If you were born and grew up Black in America, the movie means very different to you than if you came here as an adult.

            In any case, his opinion after watching the movie was that it was inappropriate for his daughter. Too hot for his radicalizing daughter (and she is barely ten).

            Amde

          • Mez

            Dear Amde,

            A very interesting situation about the boisterous girl.

            The best way for her (and her careful parents) is to follow a policy of “slow” and consistent exposure of her to the real world state of affairs.

            The other important aspect is, in such a situation to sit down together and let her (also her parents) have an extensive “self reflection” discussion–as much as needed to even-out and internalize the topic.
            Thanks

          • Amde

            Selam Mez,

            It is an interesting story because the white school’s pro-black radicalism puts the parents in a bind. They will have to find a way saying that black people do bad things too – but their personal efforts will have to balance out the school’s organized curriculum. This is the polar opposite problem that most black and black immigrant parents have where the black experience is written out of or very tangentially treated in history and social study classrooms.

            Honestly reminds me of a black feminist college professor I had i college. It was interesting and rather pitiful to see her idealistic views change after a summer in Kenya. And Kenya was and continues to be a decent government.

            Amde

          • Mez

            Hi Amde,

            These types of problems are not unusual, especially when dealing with freshman students.

            What we do is an extensive time (in writing and verbal) of reflection and selfreflection, as much as time allows. The shortcoming of this method is well known: it consumes time. Budget accordingly.

            Thanks

          • Selamat Pillar Amde,

            “Wachu talking about Willis?” Different strokes for different folks. The Admiral is Black alright. The Blackest and da Badest!
            I started the movies a total of nearly five times and due to “bootleg dvds, a set of two discs… I only watch bootleg movies, what is available to the masses. Each time but the last time I finished the movie. As I am saying different strokes for different folks; I am with the Admiral.
            I would produce Arnold and Willis doing a Wendy’s commercial, the sister can be Wendy in freckles. In this commercial for Black Lives Matter I would have Arnold and Willis shout “WHERE IS THE BEEF? Yo Wendy whae da beef at yo?” And then Ethiopian Runner Genzebe (or is her name Mezgebe, she just won the 5k see Saays share..) would run with a BLACK glove on her left arm as she is chased by a Black Panther… and Saay7 would pop up with a Silver sparkling glove on his right hand to fade away with a Moon Walk like Michael Jackson..
            Without Bias yeah Homie Ma Nigga Saay7 is BLACK to the core yo!!!

            Sire Amde STAY BLACK! don’t be wack yo. ብዘይ ዘውግ፡ ወርቃዊት ምቅሊት!

            tSAtSE

          • Amde

            Mr ፃፀstic….

            If you expectin’ Da Beef from a Marvel’s Superhero movie.. you wack ma brotha.

            I love ur suggestions though. But allow me to adjust..

            Genzebe Dibaba has bar none the classiest awesomest twitter feed of any Abesha running. One of the awesome Dibaba Sisters.. She is definitely working on her image and she got style by the bucket whether running stretching or just eating.

            So, she should be running after the Panther and leaping onto it.. not running from it. She rideth the Panther.

            Saay7 moonwalking with upclenched fist? Well, I would pay not just መቶሺ ሳቶሺ but ሁለት መቶሺ ሳቶሺ። He ain’t got to do it in no movie neither…

            Amde

          • saay7

            Selamat Amde:

            Yeah, what tSatSe said ⏫ or is it ⏬

            Can you imagine being so good at what you do, so dominant at it, that when the commentator is commenting he describes the entire thing in relation to you? That’s Genzebe: from start to finish it’s Genzebe, Genzebe, Genzebe. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Even when what’s her name (sorry) moved ahead of her the comment was how long can she be ahead of her. And then the finish. Mo Farah has a strong finish game but you can tell he is working and in pain. Genzebe just switches gears and boom all the elite athletes look like amateurs. It’s like the scene from Amadeus when Salieri is looking at the obscene Wolfgang Mozart and asking God, “why, God, why?”

            Ah moon dancing. Or any dancing. This requires losing yourself in the moment and it’s hard to do for some people cursed with extreme case of self-consciousness and a loud inner critic. Your satoshi is safe Amde. Speaking of: did you hear about the next ex-Asst Sec for African Affairs who replaced yamomoto. Next ex because Trump will fire him. But he was the US ambassador to Ethiopia.

            saay

          • Amde

            Loooll

            Saay (I hope you are on ዋርዲያ duty ’cause Looll is not a greeting)

            I have seen ur videos man, I don’t see a man who is “cursed with extreme case of self-consciousness and a loud inner critic. ”

            I laughed at your Salieri reference. Amadeus is one of my favorite movies, and I could so sympathise with him.

            You would make a heck of a sport commentator my friend. Now I have to watch the clip again, and imagine you narrating it.

            Yes Genzebe is awesome. I am thrilled for her as I think she has a genuine shot at making buckets of sports endorsement money too.

            I believe the Ambassador you speak of is Tibor Nagy. That is as Hungarian a name as አበበ ከበደ is for the generic Amara. Haha. Hope he gets his shot before Trump starts asking him..”Yes, but where are you reeaallyyy from.” I saw a magazine cover today from ShegerTimes, with Lemma as Moses one side of the RedSea and Abiy as Joshua on the other. Shame I can’t post it – it is definitely fuel for the “Abiy gives me the creeps” crowd. Ambassador Tibor missed his chance to hobnob with the blessed and the anointed.

            Eagerly waiting your piece on the phone call not picked up by el-Presidente AfWerqi.

            Amde

          • saay7

            Amde:

            Well, public speaking doesn’t count: that’s performance art and somebody else is doing it, not saay. But dancing? Impossible to do unless adult beverages are involved and they haven’t been for a while.

            Yeah, Nagy Kebede 🙂 He has two strikes against him: he worked in the Obama and Romney campaigns. And as an immigrant he will probably be talking about American values and human rights; so yep he will be axed.

            Sheger Times must be running out of ideas because I think they did Moses splitting the Red Sea when Lema was the rage, no?

            IA has rejected calls from Hillary Clinton and gotten Eritrean sanctioned so what’s an upstart Abiy calling and getting “the subscriber you have called is unavailable; please don’t ever try this number again” message 🙂

            saay

          • Alex

            Hi Saay,
            I agree with you in that PIA should have talked to Hillary Clinton to explain Eritrea point of view regarding the accusation they are supporting al shabaab. But what is the benefit talking to PMAA when he knows what his government need to do before discussion can happen between the two countries. I think he is doing this as public stunt by asking to speak with PIA before the border demarcation.

          • saay7

            Alex:

            My understanding is that is the UAE Emir who was initiating the call with PMAA present. But even if the call is from PMAA, you talke the call to reiterate your point: congratulations on your premiership! we would be happy to talk to you about ways and means you will comply with an irreversible court ruling.

            Saay

          • halafi mengedi

            Saay,

            IA better play smart here with UAE and KSA. He has given them strong military presence in fringe (physically) part of the country, and if conditions are right, they could easily cordon off that area and hand it over to whomever they like including Eth (quite plausible scenario, Socotra island comes to mind).

            hm

          • Eyob Medhane

            Sal,

            How about Gina Haspel? The new CIA director? She also started her career in the 80s in Ethiopia.

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gina_Haspel

            Apparently, working in Ethiopia is almost guaranteed for higher position at State Department and US government 😉

          • saay7

            Eyob:

            Why do you make things so easy for me:

            Is that where she learned to torture people?

            🥊

            saay

          • Abi

            First round
            Saay 3
            Eyob 0
            ( unexpected punch from a fasting fighter)
            Coming soon Second round !

          • Eyob Medhane

            Abishu,

            እስቲ አሁን ይሄ ከጿሚ ይጠበቃል?

            I am waiting a right time to strike back… 🙂

          • Abi

            Eyobe
            “Revenge is sweeter when served cold ” or something like that.
            Take your time and think harder. He is a challenging opponent. ( just playing the devil’s advocate.)

          • saay7

            Amde:

            Oh. Wait, you are serious. My imagination is not that wild; I will pass your question to tSatSe, he is better than me in abstractions.

            Did I mention it’s not a good movie and that you agree and I can prove it? Here’s the Deadpool test: you come home, turn on TV, it’s playing: would you watch it? No. Same question about Deadpool. Exactly.

            saay

          • Abi

            Hi Saay
            I’ll do everything not to watch this movie. Superhero movies are not my thing. I rather watch ” Fifty First Dates ” and watch a love drama.
            Warriors will win.
            Cavs- Warriors!
            My Guinness is already cold.
            So far you got the two 7s right. 777? Now that is very Saaytanic!
            ሰባቱ አጋንንት !

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Saay,

          Thank you for the heads up. Although I don’t agree the case of Andargaachew was due to globalism but countries which have no rule of law and under autocratic governments.

          The US or Sweden wanted to extradite Julian Assange out of London and so far they couldn’t because the courts have stopped them.

          If it was for globalization, I am sure they would been able to ship him off long time ago.

          As to the case of Andargachew, I think it’s too bad he is been sent off to England. Although it’s better option to him, his family and his cause, I think it would been a great opportunity to reconcile with the current administration and lead to positive outcome.

          Berhe

          • saay7

            Selamat Berhe:

            By “globalization”, what I mean is: let me put it this way. In “Hey Joe”, Jimi Hendrix sang about how he committed a crime of passion and now he was heading way down south to Mexico. He was sure he was untouchable because he told us “goodbye everybody.” Now, the good part of globalization is that criminals can’t cross borders and not pay for their crime. The bad part of globalization is that the dictators’s club can write extreme laws that penalize political dissent and make deals of “my criminal is your criminal.”

            Andargachew was, once upon a time, a respectable politcal leader. But after the election thievery of May 2005, he was radicalized (that’s why his movement is named after the election day) and I believe his pardon is the State acknowledging its role in radicalizing him. Otherwise, if one goes by the book, establishing an armed group in a neighboring country with whom your state is at war for the purpose of violent overthrowal of your government is the textbook definition of sedition whose punishment is severe. Countries find either a legal solution for this, or a political solution (like Somalia with Al-Shabab ex-fighters, or Ethiopia with Andargachew) or, in the case of Eritrea, you find neither a political nor a legal solution: you just create a purgatory where you disappear people for decades. Just consider the case of Bitweded: his case is that of refusing to obey orders and then criticizing the policies and practices of those who gave him the order. And they have disappeared him for as long as he fought to make the country possible.

            On Asange, I think the reason most Western states do not extradite Americans to the US is because the US is one of the few countries in the industrialized West that has the death penalty. Of course the people escaping know this when they escape.

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay,

            Come on Saay! how could you interpret the good will of the government as admittance of the government of radicalizing him? For any good will of governments we always see it as a sign of weakness from an opposition stand. Isn’t it Saay?

          • saay7

            Emma:

            I believe I said the Ethiopian government had the option to pursue a legal or political remedy and they opted for the latter.

            Berhe, I don’t think the Ethio gov can treat him the way it treated the other oppo leaders (whose organizations pledged to work within the system and met with PMAA) because his org is in Eritrea still calling for armed revolution and I don’t think he has the power (or probably the desire) to tell them to lay down their arms. Even if he did, they wouldn’t listen. And even if they listened, they are captives who cannot leave Eritrea unless they shoot their way out as Molla did. Part of the great reportage of SEMG is the adventures of Ethio oppo in Eritrea who get arrested, disappeared just like any Eritrean. For all purposes they are Eritreans in PFDJs Eritrea 🙂

            saay

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            That’s the more reason for him and his groups to eventually reconcile. For example, if there was an attempt from the Ethiopian government to genuine believe to turn the chapter, and reconcile at least from their point of view, forgiving him and giving him option and leave the door open for him to come back as a political party or individual and participate in the process.

            For example, I remember Dr. Berhanu Nega said in one of his videos that if the government wants to reconcile / negotiate they were open but it has to be done in transparent way (instead of hidden tactics they use to delay or as tactic).

            It’s not unusual a government can make peace with armed group who was it’s adversary if there is a desire to do so.

            FARC of Columbia was recent example where it ceased to be an armed group and lay down it’s arms and changed to a political organization.

            As far as their position in Eritrea and what their future might be, is beside the point. They (Ethiopian and G7) should not make their future political decision based on what IA does or does not do.

            The down side I see is that, G7, I think in my opinion, got really radicalized (specially ESAT) after the arrest of Andargachew. Before that, ESAT for the most part acted like their were not in support of the armed side of the government. So yeah, I agree with you, the Ethiopian government has a lot to do for them to be radicalized and saw no option other then arms.,

            If this is left as is, and he is send to exile, may be his activity will continue and nothing really changes in the long term.

            Berhe

          • Selam Berhe Y.,

            When the ethiopian government is opening the door of reconciliation wide open, releases one of the G7 leaders who was on a death row, and other opposition groups are responding to the call and are going to ethiopia for a dialogue, then insisting on armed struggle is a bankrupt policy that will undermine G7’s relevance.

            At least from what G7 leaders said up to now, it was tplf’s political and economic dominance, its dictatorial rule, the absence of open political space, vote rigging, and the incarcerations and killings that were taking place, that were the main reasons it opposed the government and started the armed struggle. All these have started to change.

            If these factors are no more the main stumbling points with the incumbent ethiopian government, what could be the reason for avoiding peaceful struggle, unless G7’s plan is to ascend to power through force? Therefore, with armed struggle G7 can convince nobody anymore, and the only way to stay relevant is to accept the call, and go to addis for dialogue. If they fail to reach agreement, they have to give a good explanation to the people why the negotiations failed.

          • Amde

            Selam Horizon,

            G7 does not fit into the EPRDF/TPLF ethnic dogma. The current federal setup, and constitution does not envision a G7 as a viable political entity. They have convinced themselves its constituency is just Amaras. But it is broader than that. So we will see how they deal with it.

            Today it was also reported the cases against Berhanu Nega and Jawar and the two big media organizations ESAT and OMN were discontinued.

            It doesn’t look there is EPRDF consensus on the freeing of prisoners, the pardoning and so forth. Some TPLF stalwarts are floating the ” dictator” epithet at Abiy. Position papers on what EPRDF is supposed to be are being trialed. A few weeks ago there was a 25 page document that asserted TPLF has cleansed itself but ANDM and OPDO need to go through thorough cleansing of the various EPRDF defined sins (ጠባብነት, ትምክህተኝነት, ኪራይ ሰብሳቢነት, ኒዮሊበራልነት, መርህ አልባ ግንኙነት ወዘተ).
            Nothing has come of that one. A new paper has also just appeared that says EPRDF should not be saying it is FOR the peasants (ገበሬ) class since it has declared itself as having the goal of transitioning the country into middle income based on a capitalist model. Such a model typically has a goal of reducing the farmer’s demographic share and slowly grow the urban and industry/services occupied share. Under this paper’s view, EPRDF has misalignment between policies and objectives.

            The upcoming EPRDF congress is shaping to be a critical one, but just like the local and municipal elections were postponed, I would not be surprised if it too is not postponed. Otherwise, I see a split forming between an EPRDF-Classic vs EPRDF-Abiyist. This year has been wildly interesting and continues to be so almost on a daily basis.

            Amde

          • Selam Amde,

            Another great input. Thanks a lot.

            In my opinion, tplf’s dogma of ethno-nationalism does not seem to have a long life, at least in its strict form as it is today. Many are seeing its shortcomings, especially oromos (very significant) and amharas, of course. The strongest voice against tplf narrow ethno-nationalism is coming from nowhere else but the eprdf’s first man, the present pm, who seems to be the archpriest of the unifying pan-ethiopian nationalism, which can accommodate ethnic nationalism within its premises, thus unifying the people of ethiopia. They can create a great nation together, but only unstable and unsustainable mini-states if divided. This way it is possible to fight ethnic fanaticism and regional authoritarianism, as we see in the somali regional state today, and as we used to see in oromia in the past.

            Eprdf is quietly and gradually being metamorphosed, to the disappointment of the known knowns. Nevertheless, opdo and andm, the two main power bases of the present pm, do not seem to have much problem with it, for the eprdf is the brainchild of tplf. Few will regret if it is replaced with a more liberal, democratic and inclusive organization, and i do not say that it should stop to exist.

            Tplf is not going to give up power so easily without trying to undermine Dr. Abiy’s administration, but this time, the best it could do is to be part of the whole. Trying to be against the majority by mobilizing proxies and whatever, which will not take it far in the new power struggle, will be a big mistake.

            Without saying that the other parties do not need deep cleansing and sanitisation, even the River Nile cannot cleanse tplf, let alone some gimgema and apologies. The crimes it committed and allowed to be committed have left scars that take time to heal, some may never heal. What ethiopians want to see is a new tplf which is an equal and positive participant in the future political, economic, and social struggle for a better future mainly for the people and not for any elites.

            The peasant class that is going to undergo the biggest change as technology gradually encroaches on subsistence mode of agricultural production is unavoidable. Job creation in urban centers as people are forced to move from rural to urban centers (two-third of the human population is going to live in cities in about 50 yrs time), should be the major aim of development. Only about 3% of the american population are farmers and it is said that about 200m chinese move between rural and urban centers every year. Therefore, it is impossible to have 80% of the population of ethiopia farmers and at the same time try to become a developed country.

            Finally, in my opinion, the split in the eprdf has already occured, fortunately it is not chaotic. They have to form a consensus in which they have to understand that the status quo and the old modus operandi cannot and should not continue, and they have to change themselves first, if they want to change the country. The eprdf cannot be servant to two masters; the ethiopian people and its elitist and individualistic interests.

          • Amde

            Selam Horizon,

            My read is Ethnic politics is here to stay for quite a while. All that has happened really is that OPDO has become the lead beak in the internal pecking order. What is great is that a fascinating game of electoral competition is being set up within Oromia. Even with everything that Team Lemma has accomplished so far, the consensus within Oromia is that OPDO is likely to lose to Merera’s OFC by large margin. If you see the return of ODF (former OLF) from that perspective, you can see there is a cynical purpose of diluting the OFC vote. Still some time to go yet of course, but OPDO is working really hard to prepare for that competition.

            There is no evidence any of the other EPRDF parties are anywhere close to allowing political competition in their “territory”. Forget TPLF – it is protecting its Federal turf, but otherwise hunkering down. ANDM is universally considered inept, and most likely to die once a relatively competent Amara ethnic organization shows up. It is just hopelessly split, shows no signs of even envisioning any sort of readiness to compete in a free election. I would bet money on ANDM dying first. It is not evident yet that there is a notable organized single opposition in the Southern region. From what I can tell, they are at best positioned as the decisive swing vote.

            Those within EPRDF that do not like the Team Lemma fresh air are paradoxically seeing the possibility of free elections clipping OPDO’s wings. As long as the other parties hobble real opposition withing their respective regions, the power of OPDO will be severely diminished in the 2020 election. OPDO’s option is to find ideological allies within the rest of EPRDF, I am sure there are allies, but whether they are in any significant number and in significant positions is not known yet.

            There is just too much going on to expect the August/September congress will resolve anything. Remember one of the items under consideration was the possibility of merging into one. That would presume some sort of ideological coherence. In January’s EPRDF leadership meeting they had a group of issues identified and task forces nominated. Pretty much all of the task forces have now been dissolved. It is a game of every man for himself at this point.

            Amde

          • Selam Amde,

            The political development in ethiopia is again at a breakneck speed, and it is becoming difficult to follow and foresee what is going to happen next. We may see a plethora of political parties in the next elections and we might not know what each one of them is representing, and if they are ideologically, nationally or ethnically oriented.

            What will become of the eprdf, the small satellite ethnic parties, and those returning back home will be difficult to know. BN of G7 from what i understood is telling his constituency about “change in tactics”, which could be interpreted as “forget armed struggle, you may find me in addis”.

            A broken up eprdf into its components is somehow frightening to imagine (not really out fetched), because it is going to be against the cohesion of the country, and in this case, the satellite parties may not find it easy to choose with whom to cooperate. This is the main reason i want to see the eprdf intact, and with time and in the new environment that has developed, it may gradually become a single ideology- and class-oriented party, forfeiting its ethnic colors. Anyway, interesting things are going to happen in the immediate future.

          • Mez

            Dear Amde,

            Your reasoning implies that the election of PM-AAA and the whole dynamic surrounding it (before and after) is a sort of “maybe, or could be” type of political happening. It looks to me it was/is “must be, or have to be”. EPRDF and the hard core TPLF have no better option than this. Remember, the “revolutionary” part of “revolutionary democracy” concept is as good as dead (with Meles?); as a result the EPRDF has to stick primarily on the concept of democracy for its successfull political survival. You have also to see the scale of social disorder: close to 1.6million people are displaced internally in the last three years.

            Knowing the constituency of Lema and Abiy, there is no way Merara could over run them; that may happen probably around Ambo only. The sooner the political space is widening (to accomodate diverse views), the more the ruling EPRDF going to accumulate “political capital, ideological clout, leadership quality” unmatched with any one of the will be party. If there will be an election in 6 months from now (with all openness, and transparency) EPRDF will most likely win 60% or more of the vote.

            I don’t like your notion of “…cynical purpose ….”. If political opening happens as expected, there will be hundreds of “just-make-then-to-break” type of political alliance; that is generally part and parcel of a political gsme. Lencho does have an immense political experience (life-long). His party most likely be a good competitor.

            Thanks

          • Amde

            Selam Mez,

            Interesting point, but I guess we will have to see. Agree EPRDF had no choice but to embrace change but I don’t sense this is something accepted by all the Sisters, nor within significant inter and intra factions. They probably think the Abiy/Lemma period is a necessary interregnum to pacify the restive natives.

            I think it will be hard to see 60% EPRDF win in an open election. One has to go party by party, region by region.

            It is rather exciting to discuss political competition along the ballot path.

            Amde

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Horizon,

            I actually saw the video and his release and the public reaction and celebration. It’s was really a victory to the Ethiopian people and I am glad he was able to enjoy that moment with his people and his parents. That’s what I had in mind, instead of being whisked away to airport and deport him.

            The Ethiopian government even gets more credit, that I heard on VOA that they drop the charges of zee.Berhanu, Jawer and also the remove the ban on ESAT and OMN.

            The PM is doing remarkable job keeping his promise.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            I need to know ur opinion about the recent disagreement between esfna groups to invite or not invite pm AAA to the tournament. Most people want him to come and deliver a speech to the event but some more affiliated with g7 rejected it . so can we say eritrea gov have a role in it? I want Saay7 opinion?

          • saay7

            Teodros:

            I am for any meeting, with anyone, unconditionally. You can provide or withhold support based on conditions, but in my opinion, nobody should set conditions to meet.

            For example, the Ethiopian American Professional Network accepted PMAA’s call for participation in nation building but gave their conditions for supporting his government (it is conditional love, something I wish the Eritrean mekhete boys of DC would learn.) There is a video of the summary on facebook. Warning: it is read by an irrationally attractive woman so don’t be sexist and pay attention to the words. And I am directing that to Abi, Amde and Eyob.

            saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            Agree that since no agreement existed between them so i agree nobody should set a conditions to meet.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay,

            So Abu Salah, if they opted political remedy, which you and me will agree, we simply take it as is, than rationalize it to mean otherwise. I wish our despot took such steps to accept it as is without playing any kind of politics.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            I agree to all that you said. In case of Andargachew, I actually think his case was similar to many others, and I was hoping it will be used as a means to reconcile and the country politics, as the case of other Oromo leaders.

            Berhe

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam saay,

            I wonder what this all mean for the “Rule of Law” culture in Ethiopia such as it was.
            I am not talking about Andargatchew and co.
            There are prisoners convicted for murder that are being released on the pretext of political prisoner tag. This wholesale pardon makes a mockery of the law. Not to mention the victims and their families or the morale of those who worked the case. They were individually tried and convicted and it seems to me to at least review the cases individually on the merit prior to their release. If any one of the released individuals commit another crime, whose responsibility is it?
            I read somewhere that even Mengistu Hailemariam (it could be fake news) might be welcome in Addis.

            I am somewhat uneasy about such Libertarian-ism taking hold in the current leadership. I have been holding my fingers crossed looking for signs and it appears I have to stay that way for a while.

            Mr. K.H

          • saay7

            Mr KH:

            You are worried the pendulum has swung too far when it has barely swung.

            To bring about this change that has seen many released from prisons, hundreds if not thousands of Ethiopian youth died in protests, were arrested, tortured (per UN investigative bodies and US Congress) and ostracized because the megaphone of the State called them traitors and terrorists. I remember when PMHD, when asked questions about Zone 9, dismissed them as terrorists. They, too, have families who suffered. So my friend, the pendulum has barely swung and has some ways to go before start worrying that there is too much liberty and not enough security.

            saay

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam saay,

            Thanks for your response.
            I hope the pendulum swings between liberty and security only and no further.

            Mr. K.H

          • Mez

            Good Day Kim,

            Your points are well articulated and important.

            If you look the whole dynamics under PM-AAA as mini political realignment (not a full scale revolution), then it gives sence. What he is doing seems like a political reset, aiming for the better. If you observe closely, all the state institutions are more or less in “Good or ok” condition.

            For all practical political purposes, if he keeps the momentum and do the reforms (anticipated or not anticipated) even faster–the reward will be even better for EPRDF and for the whole country.

            Thanks

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Mez,

            I liked the view you expressed. It makes sense.

            In fact I would say that a little sacrifice of the “rule of law” to gain more on the political front might be prudent. One has to stabilize and build political capital to move forward and solve the developmental problems.

            I will go on keeping my fingers crossed, hope no deformity sets in.

            Mr. K.H

          • saay7

            Mr KH:

            You have forced me to use my least favorite phrase: “time will tell.” Another way of saying “I don’t know.”

            But if you are into gleaning meaning from words and their sequence, remember when PMAA was in one of his “We da boss” tour, when paying tribute to those who paid with their lives to make his premiership possible, the order is: first the protestors, then the national security enforcers. By 2020, some “law and order” type of guy may be the new star depending on what happens between now and then. Abiy is such a shape-shifting creature he may become one by then.

            saay

          • Hayat Adem

            Saay,
            That is too long for many people, me included. If I were advising the Eprdf leadership, they should remove him from party chairmanship in the next Conference. He can remain head of government representing another party and not Eprdf. I am not making any good sense of him in that context. He is out of party tune in many ways, sort of icing the cake in its negative sense.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hayat,

            How is that possible without creating a constitution crisis? If EPRDF removes him from party chairmanship, which means they have no confidence, then how can he be a leader if he doesn’t meet the threshold of “vote of confidence”.

            I think what he is doing is wonderful. What ever he is doing does not take away the legacy of the party and the key contribution of TPLF to get to this stage.

            After his inauguration speech, I was following the discussion. And one Ethiopian calling to some talk show I think, he said, describing his speech “ጸረ የለለው” speech.

            And it’s an ambitious goal, and that will set the country to its next phase of progress.

            For example, one can make an argument about the case of Andargachew Tsige, his involvement with G7, his travel to Eritrea etc..all can be considered against the country interests…

            Before his arrest I don’t think too many people knew him or support him as much. He was just like another opposition leader in exile, just like the others G7, at least for me. By arresting, abducting him, they have made him a hero and created a lot of problem for themselves.

            As far as I know ESAT was semi-moderate until that moment, before they turned all out opposition.

            So if one has to make an honest assessment, the actions and reactions of the EPRDF security apparatus, one needs to be honest in the outcome.

            In other words, I think the PM have made the whole G7 movement irrelevant or relevant and positive contributors to the country.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hayat & Berhe,

            In a multiparty political system, the head of the government is the leader of the party until the end of the term. Since he is elected by EPRDF to run the government and to lead the party, they can not remove him from the leadership of the party until the coming election cycle.

            Whether he will keep the unity of the front-party or work to its split (which will bring unpredictable chaos and disintegration) he has given the key to run the “state” and the “party”. One hopes to resign like PMHD gracefully when he can not manage the unity of the country and the unity of the ruling party.

            A leader should not be always dictated by the demand of the public, as their demands will continue endlessly without taking in to consideration the realities of the nation as a whole. A leader should be a visionary and at the same time decisive in maintaining the unity and security of the nation. You can not lead a country by flowery speeches and good wills. He should maintain the unity of the party that brought him in to power in order to implement his vision and the progress achieved by his predecessors. If not, he will be remembered as a leader who lost the steering wheel in the middle of uncontrollable spontaneous social movements. In my view the split of EPRDF will lead to the disintegration of the nation. He should be very careful on what he want to accomplish and how to do it.

          • saay7

            Emma:

            It looks like Bloomberg has been reading our discussion comparing Ethiopia with China as a “civilization state.”

            Read today’s Bloomberg article entitled: ” Ethiopia Already Is The ‘China of Africa.'” I checked the byline and it is not Eyob so it is safe to read it.

            My favorite put-down of the article was a one-liner by some funny dude (it wasn’t me): “lol! Ethiopia is the Ethiopia of Africa.”

            But it is a good read because journalists tire of reporting bad news and occasionally an editor says, “find me some good news!”

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aya-AdiU,

            Thank you. I will try to read it after work. Saleh, I like this new concept “civilization state”. If Ethiopians are really into it, they will be extracted from the current crises.

          • Mez

            Dear Saay, there are actually three interrelated articles on the topic, almost st the same time.

            Thanks

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Abu Salah (Saay),

            I am back to you after reading Bloomberg’s article on Ethiopia, that you told me to read early this morning. The title: “Ethiopia already is the China of Africa” by Tyler Cowen. To justify his argument, Tyler reasoned out his premises as follows: “ they share fast (economic) growth, a strong national history, and a sense that the future will be great. Both countries feel secure about their pasts and have a definite vision for their futures. Both countries believe that they are destined to be great.”

            Tyler’s assessments has the elements of truth, if Ethiopians elites can put a harness to their insatiable power mongering and stop their political squabbles, in order to continue the blue print for economic growth, that Meles has left for them. His economic vision gave Ethiopia an impressive industrial and infrastructural take-off in the last two decades and had changed the psychological fear of Ethiopians from being land locked by showing alternative to face the challenges.

            Any detour from that trajectory will disprove Tyler’s argument and the prospect of Ethiopia from being the “China of Africa.” The current Ethiopian leaders must maintain the vision and the progress that are achieved by their predecessors.

            Regards

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam aman h
            1,U worship meles who considered by majority of ethiopia as unelected dictator and u claim to be advocating democracy in eritrea. That is funny and that makes u funny.
            2,most ethiopian and fact will tell u that meles’s and his group wage war on ethiopia is the main reason why ethiopia is poor in the first place. Meles war on ethiopia is nothing to do with democracy. He is no different than the previous dictator and before him except he is a dictator who hate his own country.
            3. Only u and dictatorial behavior people like u believe China is a role model, people with moral values will disagree with u .
            4, if u think tplf vision is good, u can apply it to tigrai(tplf constituency)and nobody bother u.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Teodros Alem,

            Let me ask you one question. Please give me a direct answer.

            Meles died in office. His funeral was televised live.
            I am sure you have seen the country wide turn out of average folks from Gonder to Jimma and from Jijjiga to Debre Berhan. They wept as if they lost a family member. Do you remember that and if you do how do you reconcile your above statements with their grief ?

            If you tell me, like my old friend did, that the folks were paid for their tears, I will simply shake my head and move on. Life is too short.

            Mr. K.H

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam k h
            What u said above show u have no clue about ethiopians culture.
            And there was nobody waiting when meles body arrived from Europe untill people saw azab cry live on tv. I know u don’t know what am talking about and look at azab crying style and u will have a little hint about what was going on and the culture.

          • blink

            Dear Kim
            Unless they are forced or paid , the claim by some people who accuse the election as fake is simply a false one made by Oromo and Amhara activists in the diaspora and so do the terrorist act of all was all but true .As per your understanding EPRDF won 100% of the election and the killings in 2005 was a fabricated propaganda by enemies of the state , that is what you are saying. Meles was the architect of prison and killings. He has to be remembered as the most evil man of the 21 century.

          • Abi

            Hello Ato Amanual
            You said ” the split of eprdf will lead to the disintegration of the country “.
            Really?
            At least you are very polite in scaring the heck out of your readers.
            The Great Nation of Ethiopia will be stronger and more united without the divisive policies of eprdf led by the ventriloquist TPLF.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ras Abi,

            Welcome back. I can only tell you my wishes, and that is, Ethiopia to come out successfully from the current crises. The unity and stability of Ethiopia is paramount than anything, not only to Ethiopia, but to the whole of the region. I just expressed my worries like Kim.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam abi
            U should read what aman h said within its context and read it as “the split of tigrai from ethiopia” instead of the disintegration of ethiopia and i can guaranty u nobody scared because of it . dream on.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear AH,

            We don’t know the mechanics of the votes that he got to be leader of the party which made him leader of the country. Unless there is some thing else we do not know, he must have won the majority of the party to become the leader.

            Are you suggesting that he making all this reform because of public pressure? First of all, I don’t think there is anything wrong if a government changes it’s policy because of public demand. It happens all the time, in France 1968 for example. It’s the demands of 9 million people demonstrating for weeks that forced the government to dissolve and implement the changes people were demanding etc. Did it disintegrate France, not at all but instead it has made the country more open and better in the long term.

            That’s enough of a mandate to run the country because majority of his party voted for him. And as such, he is going with his agenda of implementing his ideas and plans. This could create a split in the party (with those who didn’t vote for him) but it doesn’t really matter if there is a split or not as long as he has the support of the majority of the party.

            To expect him to resign because his party is split (big assumption) is totally does not make sense. It’s politics and it’s expected, and there is nothing wrong with it.

            But to expect the country to disintegrate because the party is split, is I don’t think merit reason or even should be expected. The fact that, EPRDF to have 100% of the parliament is as ridiculous as one can expect to have in the first place. For example if they get 60%, it would be considered a landslide win in any other democratic countries.

            P.S. Please keep in mind that, all the crisis the country endured, is as the a result of the government actions / inaction that started with 2005 elections.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Berhe (Abi-Seb),

            We are only giving our reading. Hence can we leave it by saying, let us agree to disagree.

          • Selam Amaniel H.,

            Personally, i would have liked to see the alliances within the eprdf as it is today, and if the eprdf can manage a scenario like the tplf party that may want to be an independent party in the ethiopian parliament.

            I think that there is a big difference between PMHMD and PMAAA, as much as their support base within the eprdf coalition is concerned. PMAAA has the full support of the opdo and andm, and i think that he attracts the bigger portion of the third party in the eprdf coalition. The things he is doing up to now do not happen in a vacuum, but directly and indirectly approved by those who support him. All the opposition seems to come from tplf’s side only and not from the rest of the parties.

            PMAAA is a problem only for tplf, and i do not think that tplf has anymore the power to force the pm to resign or lose the vote of confidence within the eprdf coalition, because even if tplf withdraws its support, still he has the majority of the votes, and his position as the head of the party is secure at least for the time being. At this stage there no possibility that he will face the fate of PMHMD from one tplf party that opposes him.

            The unity of the party cannot be at any cost, even by succumbing to tplf blackmail. Supposing that tplf wants to go as far as becoming an independent party in the ethiopian parliament, who will lose? I believe that it will be tplf, and the rest of the eprdf can manage with little damage. Exit by tplf does not mean the disintegration of the eprdf and that of the country. What about going all the way to independence? It could have been possible if independence is as simple as packing and going home, but it is not.

            Yes, a leader cannot always follow public opinion, nevertheless it can not ignore it either. A leader cannot be visionary unless he feels the heartbeat of his people, and this is the thing dictators miss. Dr. Abiy tries to show that he is the pm of the people, and not that of the elites or that of an ethnic group, and i hope he continues as such.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Horizon,

            So the unity of OPDO and ANDM is what it matters within EPRDF and if the rest of the alliance withdrew, it doesn’t matter. Is that what you are trying to say? And the alliance of the two is what it matters for the unity of Ethiopia. Is that what you are trying to convey? If it is so, we shall see how the realities unfold.

          • Selam Amanuel H.,

            It is only tplf that is the problem here, and not the other parties. Tplf cannot go on blackmailing the eprdf and ethiopia forever. If it chooses to continue to become the problem of the eprdf and not part of the solution, it does not mean that the rest should leave their fate or the fate of the country in a precarious situation, because there is a blackmailer.

            We have been told for so long that tplf can make or break ethiopia at will, unless it has uncontested permanent power till kingdom come. I think that it is going too far. After more than a quarter century of absolute tplf rule, a person from another ethnic group is put at the helm of power, and he is attacked relentlessly.

            There will be no different reality. Ethiopia is going to stay around.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Horizon,

            There were reasons as to the formation of a “front party” of an alliances of the then existing parties, when TPLF entered the city victorious against Derg. The reasons and the situations that dictate them to do it at that time, will still remain as quintessential for the continuity of EPRDF to maintain the the equilibrium of the social groups.

            The Ethiopian parties are made up of a homogenous social group advocating for the interest of their social groups. Therefore, one has to be reminded, in a situation like that a single party can’t rally the entire population to run the state. It is impossible reality. In such scenario, the only possible political remedy is the formation of a “front-party” of alliances to keep the unity of the people and the nation. This was the reasons and facts that dictated them then, and will still remain true EPRDF the necessity to exist and continue to run the business of the nation. Even the competing parties that will exist in the forth coming election, must come with a compositions of alliance to win the necessary seats that gives them the office of premiership to govern the country. That is precisely the reality of Ethiopian politics. Without that there is no remedy to the crises.

          • Selam Amanuel H.,

            In tplf’s ethnic federalism FORTUNATELY no one ethnic group has the absolute majority, and there is no other way than to form alliances in order to rule the nation. Moreover, in 1991 there was no way tplf could get acceptance by the people, and it had to gather minor and impotent ethnic parties around itself to get legitimacy, and to rule the country through these proxies.

            In politics i do not believe that there is a thing we can call quintessential. It is equivalent to one party-one group permanent domination. We have to accept that the same political situation that existed in 1991 does not exist for a long time now in ethiopia. Not only the different ethnic parties have passed their teething period, they have become full grown up adults and they do not need anymore a babysitter or a boss who continues to shape them according to his wish. This is what the last change showed, and which tplf should have accepted with grace.

            A revolutionary “front party” of the 1990s could still continue to exist for tplf, which calls itself even today a liberation front, but not for the rest, and a front party in my opinion shows a leftist and a dominating political arrangement. This is what existed upto now, and which is supposed to continue, and the remaining parties are refusing to continue to exist under such situation, where equality of the alliances is not reflected in the army, the security, the economy and generally in every phase and level of government, where the federal government is dominated by one party (tplf), and the regional parties are manipulated by the same party.

            Who wants this situation to continue, except the main actor? Equality of the coalition parties, democratic procedures within the party and a free and a strong voice for all is what is missed in the eprdf, for the sake of party discipline, which of course works for tplf. There is no one party perpetual power domination in democracy, while the rest are only spectators and enablers. Dr. Abiy came to prove this, and he should have been accept without complaint, especially by tplf.

            Finally, in the countries of the eu, for example, very few parties get the absolute majority and the resultant government most of the time is the result of a coalition of different parties. Supposing that every eprdf party runs independently for elections, could they form a coalition government afterwards. I think that they can, and the eprdf does nothing differently.

            Even then, why do i choose the eprdf to continue the coalition? It is because there is experience. Nevertheless, it is a must that it is democratic and it is a coalition of equal partners.

          • Mez

            Dear Horizon,
            “…PMAAA is a problem only for tplf…”

            I think the other way around: PM–AAA is the correct pick in the best interest of TPLF at this time.

            Thanks

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Mez,

            I agree with you, he is the best thing that happened for them at this point. But those who are opposing him, I don’t think they will understand that. What they see is how much they lost.

            That’s usually the problem with power. It blinds you until it’s too late.

            Berhe

          • Mez

            Hi Berhe,

            “…problem with power…” well said, Sir.

            One of my best school-mate ever is now my annoying antagonist (since he came close to power). I ended up just sending some holiday money for holidays. Too bad to talk-&-too bad to ignore.

            Thanks

          • Hope

            Spot on ,Mez:
            :”A face-saving tactic”.
            The best option /path for the Ethiopians in general and for the Tigreyans in particular.

          • Mez

            Hi Hope,

            NOT AT ALL.

            Thanks

          • saay7

            Selam Hayat:

            This is a legitimate question so please take the time to elucidate. What is something positive the EPRDF stands for that you think Abiy is not displaying?

            saay

          • Hayat Adem

            Dearest Saay,
            Many but what stands out more than others is Eprdf’s princpiled stands on all strategic issues. I also like its revolutionary nationalist stands and its pro poor inclusive growth policy. Right now 3A tends to be throwing the baby away and saving the bath water.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam hayat
            1st, did u hear what he said when tplf arrested him at first? U guessed it wrong.
            2, what makes u think tplf can remove opdo? Removing Abiy need the ability to remove him.
            3. Do u know how dr AAA came to power in the first place?
            The problem in future ethiopia is psychological difference between u people and the rest of ethiopia . i don’t think they can live together as neighbor let alone in 1 country with this kind of two completely different mindset.the future will be difficult because of this .

          • blink

            Dear Teodrose
            You know when TPLF goons like the Queen of Abi got a problem they are good to go to shadows and you can read how she is against everything that the man is doing. TPLF has been arresting, killing and destroying families under the pretext of Terrorism law by Meles . Meles was the father of prisons in Ethiopia. Abyi released hundreds of people every month, I mean thousands more are on the waiting list . Let the old ship built by weyane get destroyed once for ever.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam blink
            In my opinion if u see it in a flip side, what dr AAA Reform did is save tplf from total collapse from the face of the earth for some extent.
            The way i see it tplf and it’s supporters need to learn how to live with other people and avoid my way or the highway thinking , unless it is a matter of time and things will change and the consequence will be bad not just for tplf but the ordinary tigrai people.
            Or use artical 39.

          • Mez

            Dear Hayat,

            For what reasonable purpose?

          • Hayat Adem

            Look Mezgebe,
            Reallyvquick:
            Is 3A consolidating his party? That is not what I am reading.
            Is he mobilizing Ethiopians for a better purpose and task? No, if you agree with me most real Ethiopians are in the Kills, and not in the diaspora.
            Is he tackling or readying himself to tackle the very real problems of Ethiopia face on? Nope, if you agree with me in the list of the very real problems of the country.
            3A came to power through the back door cracks of the Eprdf leadership, not through the front door of hard work and proven performance. In fact, he represented a region under crisis and paralysis.
            And now what is he doing? His priority has become serving and dancing for the liberal powers of the West and the noisy Ethiopian diaspora.
            Ethiopian economy is in a very bad shape for the first time in a decade or so and he is not doing any thing to fix it. The game changing Ethiopian mega projects are at risk of collapse and he is not doing anything to rescue them. Ethiopian kililis are drifting and drifting apart. The coalition is at a speedy fragmentation. There is no an opposition party to fill the vacuum from sudden fall apart of the ruling party.
            The west is picking Ethiopia as its preferred battle ground against China over controlling Africa.
            Egypt is craving for a field day over the whole situation.
            The only things 3A should have done to improve the situation should have been about revitalizing his Front, strengthending the rule of law, delivering good governance, creating and generating jobs for the young, completing the started mega projects while starting new ones.
            All he is doing attacking the very core values of his own power base like it is an enemy. Ethiopians should develop wisdom on seeing what is coming. Save this great nation from fumbling.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hayat Adem. Is ‘serving and dancing for liberal powers of the West and the noisy Ethiopian diaspora’ any worse than a Government that is totally controlled by, and completely placates to, TPLF interests? That aside, I agree with you that PM Abiy has not done anything substantive. The numero uno issue in Ethiopia is land custodianship (TPLF has stolen everything) and for that PM Abiy has yet to lift a finger!

          • blink

            Dear FM
            Are you suggesting that Meles was not dancing to liberal powers ? Meles was a certified liberal power dancer ever to be a leader from the 3000 thing. Hayat is a weyane cadre and she is just angry because Meles built playing game is falling down than she expected.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Blink. In that regard, Meles would have hands down won the Dancing with the Stars competition! ..of course we are speaking of the dwarf competition category only…

          • Mez

            Good Day Hayat,

            All the strong sides of EPRDF were/are indicating towards sustainable: good governance, pro-poor economic growth, sustained peace and security, inclusive socioeconomic system, political space for all citizens & political movements. That all within the constitutional framework; under law and order for all.

            If you observe closely the happenings over the past few years: rule of law, political openings, self correction within reasonable time frame are all missing.

            EPRDF needs self correction especially in the areas of transparency, accountability, rule of law applied on itself. If you spend enough time on the subject, you will notice that THE EPRDF COALLITION PARTIES ARE BECOMMING (especially lately unfortunately) the fertile ecosystem for corruption, structured economic crime, and nepotism to say the least. They became also more and more unresponsive to new and dynamic socioeconomic realities on the ground.

            For all those bad trends to get corrected, PM-AAA is the best option for all.

            Thanks

          • Hayat Adem

            Dearest Mez,
            I agree with all the points you brought here above as colossal weaknesses of the EPRDF. I also agree with the possible solutions you hinted for the party to overcome them. My issue will be Abiy is not the kind of guy to lead this reform and his early actions clearly show a juvenile approach for entrenched and complex socio-political problems. The wisest in the party should rise up to take the torch from the wrong hands before it is too late. I do mean it.
            Hayat

          • saay7

            Selamat Hayat and Mez:

            I submit to you that all the failings of EPRDF that Mez identified and Hayat agreed with are what the IT people describe as “its a feature and not a bug.” It’s part of its essence and not an exception. If you describe your ideology as “revolutionary democracy”, you are, by definition, going to assume a paternalistic approach (to protect the poor from those whom you are identified as exploiters) and this will present opportunities for monopoly (including information monopoly) which will inevitably lead to corruption. If you add to the the belief that not all citizens are equal (some sacrificed more than others and are entitled to a recompense of sorts) and that these people who sacrificed are your comrades (his brother saved my brother in the battle of whatever), then you have enabled the culture of impunity.

            So this is where we are in Africa. The one man rule (Bog Manism) was tried and it failed. Then we introduced political pluralism and multi parties and because Africa, unlike Europe which birthed political pluralism) is not made up of nation-states but multinational-states, the political parties ended up becoming ethnic parties in all but name. EPRDFs contribution to African politics is to say, “ok, let’s stop pretending and call them ethnic parties.” Those who oppose EPRDF rule (like the recently released Andargachew)* are saying, no, that’s dangerous because instituting polarization on ethnic basis is dangerous to our unity. And I think somebody like Abiy is saying that we will make the transition from ethnic-politics to multi-national-party politics (recall his speech on how EPRDFs justifiable need to empower long neglected ethnies (ethnic identity) has come at some expense of Ethiopian identity) and its time to shift the balance.

            So the question is can a person who benefited from a system be the one to be trusted with dismantling it? Yes (see also de Klerk), but…..he gives me the same “this guy is phony” vibe he gives Hayat. But if all he will have accomplished is to empty out the prisons from people accused of trumped up charges in a country where dissent was treason, then his term will have been successful.

            Saay

            * Andargachew was interviewed by British TV and he said “we are not addicted to opposition”: we oppose to correct a wrong.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            Not sure the same interview but he also said, if the government is doing right we will collaborate with it.

            One more thing, I think PM is doing wonderful the way the government handled his whole release. Actually I saw a picture of Andargachew with the PM (which looks like in his office).

            Now I am really curious, what his PhD thesis was. I read something to do with “peace building”.

            Berhe

          • Mez

            Good Day Saay,

            Very insightful.

            Thanks

          • Amde

            Saay,

            Agree on your characterization of the issues as feature-not-bug.
            Nothing is more delicious to me to see Abiy is EPRDFs own chosen instrument. My fondest wish is EPRDF split along ideological lines between the Conservatives and Reformists. It is good for the politics of each region by giving people options in their killils, and it will bring the meto-be-meto Federal Parliament to life.

            Reality is it is more of a generational change. I bet you the reformers have a median of low 40s and the conservatives clock out around 60. So unless there is a coup in the next few months, we will see Meles’ much hyped metekakat take place with mass retirements and resignations and reassignments to less controversial posts.

            In any case, the speed and depth of the changes Abiy is showing does not suggest the clueless stumbling of a neophyte but the confidence of strong domestic and international backing.

            Amde

          • Mez

            Greetings Hayat,

            Two specific observations of mine: 1) the Anti Corruption Commission was established like way a while ago, (20 years ago…). See what it achieved; for all practical purposes NOTHING.
            2) A while ago, I was in Addis. One evening I saw news that the Head of the countries auditing authorities reporting that huge amount of money movement (in the government) NOT AUDITED. That for a couple of years. The next day I had an opportunity to meet (some one in the right place to initiate action) at the break time of a subject matter conference. I asked him about it, and how concerned he was. He literally laughed at it. I have still a messy feeling about that encounter.

            Summary: THERE is a compromise of INTEGRITY across EPRDF/ TPLF upper decission makers. At least 15% of them are in that category. So political opening and transparency with accountability are urgently needed. Probably PM-AAA is just addressing that.

            Thanks

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Mez,
            Those are acute observations. But 3A is doing nothing to address those real issues. He is doing something else.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam hayat
            The mian problem in ethiopia is communication disorder in order to correct the so called “psychological ethnic inequality”. It is purposely done by gov specially andm.
            The way to correct it is the way dr AAA doing it right now.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hayat,

            If what you are proposing materialize, that they remove the PM by force, you have no idea what that will entail.

            The Ethiopian people have now crossed the Rubicon, as you can see clearly in the way they greeted him in Addis.

            There is no fear to authority any more.

            To my surprise, I don’t know why they can’t record nice videos, they were singing sons of unity, including praising Tigray, Wello (they part that I heard).

            Berhe

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Berhe,
            Not by force, by vote of confidence.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hayat,

            It will creat a real political crisis, it should run its course and let the next election sort things out.

            You can’t assume the people will accept wholeheartedly and would not revolt in his support.

            It will be total miscalculation and will turn the country to military dictatorship.

            And over what reason exactly?????

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam k h
            am sure the majority of ethiopians disagree with u, if it is about criminals those who killed, torture the protesters and corrupted unelected officials should go to jail. Not the other way round.

          • blink

            Dear K.M
            who killed and who died, Lyu police are jumping here and there , Sibhat nega and his coos are dining there and there , almost all TPLF thugs are still holding to their bank account and yet you are crying fool for the poor farmers kids . Let the wheel of TPLF be crushed . I give my 5 star aproval to Abyi. Next step is to put the somali zone lunatic in to prison. Democracy can not be born by arresting the poor while leaving the rich and the corrupted once. I am hoping some thing dramatic . TPLF cadre are crying day and night and i say go on cry loud.

      • Selam Gashe Amde,
        You are right, despite the full swing preparation by family members, fans and friends to receive him in his family house, it seems he has not yet been released. It would be excellent if he is received in his family house and meet the people waiting for him. If that does not happen and is driven straight to the airport, it will still be infinitely better than his previous condition.

      • Solomon T.

        Selam Amde,

        I heard (from insiders!) that Andargachew was directly driven from the prison to the British Embassy in Addis today because he is a British citizen and doesn’t have Ethiopian visa to stay anywhere else in the country even for a few hours! They said he will leave the country on the earliest available flight.

        Solomon

        • Amde

          Selam Solomon,

          Thank you for the info. That seems plausible to me – just not verified by any of the Ginbot7 people online. Perhaps a bit disappointing to his families but maybe safer all around. I hope he gets to join his family sooner than later.

          Amde

    • Amanuel

      Hi Samuel
      The current or other two governments of EPRDF are more forgiving compared to the IA regime in Eritrea, for example the case of Derg leaders, and Qinijit (CUS) leaders. Having said that I don’t agree you comparing Andy Tsige to G-15. He was the opposition leader (considered terrorist by EPRDF government) and he doesn’t dispute that he was working to overthrow the EPRDF government by force, while the G15 disagreed with IA and criticised his leadership style but they were never accused of any crime and tried in any court of law. The 40-50 document Ahferom Tewelde read in Nakfa was a propaganda document prepared to brain wash the the trainees. It was not an indictment and shouldn’t be considered as one. As far as the law of the land (Eritrea) is concerned these people (G-15) are innocent and comparing them to Andy is character assassination.

      • Selam Amanuel,
        Apologies if I gave you the impression that I believe the G-15 are guilty as charged in PFDJ’s court of public opinion. Perhaps, i should have stated my point more clearly. The point I was trying to make was similar to the point you made in the first part of your comment.
        cheers

        • Amanuel

          No worries Samuel.
          I am also glad Andy is free and on his way to reunited with family.

      • Hope

        Selam Aman:
        U completely misunderstood/misread the Eliquent and the well-informed Samuel.
        U see how smart he is ?
        He humbly apologized to U for misreading him when it was U,Amanuel,that/who should have apologized to him!
        Cheers and welcome back!

    • Aron

      Hi sam,
      With all due respect l don’t see any similarities between Andy and g15. Andy right or wrong was a leader of an armed forces with the intention of overthrowing the gov’t of Ethiopia assisted by a country who is/was in war mind you with Ethiopia. G15 had done nothing even remotely similar in my opinion. If you know different please let me know. I’m always ready to learn.
      Aron the habesha.

      • Aron

        Hi sam,
        Please disregard my comment, I wrote it before I read your exchange with Aman.
        Aron the habesha.

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam abi
    I know u don’t know anything better than voodoo, deceiving, insult, twisted joke and stuff like this.

  • Eyob Medhane

    Abishu,

    So Awesome to hear from you. Four years? I am having trouble to remember what happened last week, man 😀 (kidding, of course I do) It’s so weird that someone is so comfortable to lable you without having even ቅጥ ያለው ንግግር።….ወይ ጊዜ

  • Selam Sal,
    This is a brilliant read. As usual Eritreans are asking the wrong question, debate it with their characteristic short-temper and ከልየና እስኪ tone and we are all dragged to it. Getting our questions right, setting different terms of debate other than those set by the regime or even some of our fellow opposition activists are imperative for elevating our discourse to a higher level.

    Samuel

  • Sarah Ogbay

    Selam Saleh,
    ግርም ትዕዝብቲ! Honestly the people are more bored than he was. መርአዪ ናይዚ ዘጠብጠብን ዝሕቱል ጣቕዒትን እዮም። At times it seemed that he paused waiting for an applause which never came through. Could this be a good sign of the end in sight?
    PS. I have a problem here. Maybe it is not only me. Every time I visit the Awate site there is this ‘thing’ with ‘like’, ‘Share’ etc. blocking first few words of every line; really is annoying! Any advice as to how I can remove it.ብኡነት ክሕርቐካ!

    • saay7

      Abrehet:

      In a previous life, I ran a school for sound engineering. And not to defend him but even The Rolling Stones at the pinnacle of their career can’t get loud reaction from an audience in an open field with terrible audio system. Maybe he should consider taking this indoors, to a more intimate gathering (say the Ministry of Education where the short-lived assembly used to meet) and save all the military pageantry for Sawa days. Clearly he is bored by it all: he even kept the poor ሰልፈኟ waiting.

      saay

      • Paulos

        Sal,

        I guess ጾም በርቲዓትካ’ላ መስለኒ. It is Dr. Sarah. Not Abrehet.

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Anta Paulos Hawey,
          ዘይሎሚ ሓሊፉለይ ምስ ልቃውንቲ ዘይተሰራዕኩሲ ትክሽሓኒ?

          • Paulos

            ሰላም ፍትውቲ ሓፍተይ,

            ኣነስ ሽምኪ ምስራኣኹ ሓፍተይሲ ሎሚ’ባ ተረኺባ ኢለ ተሓጒሸ ከብቅዕ እዚ Sal’ሲ እንታይ ገበርናዮ ዘህርፈና ኢለ ክእርሞ ፈቲነ::

          • Sarah Ogbay

            ሓደርኪ አብርሀት ሃፍተይ፣
            እምበር ሊቅነት! an honor to be mistaken for you, my sister!
            sarah

        • saay7

          Paulos, Sarah:

          My bad! Sorry Sarah: I screwed up, but it got Abrehet here. I should have known when I saw no proverbs that it wasn’t Abrehet 🙂

          saay

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Saay
            If you are missing some proverbs all you have to do is ask. They used to say ኣዋጅ ንጉስ ከም ሓዊ የሕርር፡ ከም ማይ የቑርር። i add ናይዚ ዓፋፍ ከኣ የደስክል።

          • Paulos

            ሓፍተይ,

            መሰታ ቀዳሞት ከይንብለኪ ምንኣስና ኾንኪ እንታይሞ ኽንብል ኣየ’ሊቅነት ኢልና ክንሓልፎ’ምበር::

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ሓደርኪ አብርሄት,

            እዚ ናትኪ ፈልፋሊ ምስላታት ክሰምዕ ከለኹ ሓደ መታዕብይተይ ዓርከይ የዘከረኒ:: ንሱ ኩሉ ግዜ ካብ ጸወታ አዕርኽቱ መሊቁ ናብ ባይቶ አቦታት ይኸይድ’ሞ: ፎቶግራፋዊ መዘከረ አእምሮ ስለዝነበሮ: ነቲ ክትዕን ነቲ ዝፈስስ ዝነበረ ምስላታትን: እንዳ አምጸኤ የስሕቅና ነይሩ:: እሞ ንስኺ ኸአ ናቱ ዓይነት ኳይንኪ ተሰሚዑኒ:: እዚ ናትኪ ጸጋ ምስላታት ንተማሃሮ ጥብቅነት የመኒ:: ብተወሳኺ ምስላታትካ ቀመም ንክትዓትና ከምዝኾኑ ከዛኻኽረኪ እፊቱ:: ንበርልና ዝሓብተይ::

            አማኑኤል

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Sarah,
      Thank you for raising those annoying or even irritating pop ups. I did raise the issue in the past but could not get any solution. Perhaps the moderators could think of some solution to centrally and locate them in one corner.

  • Eyob Medhane

    Sal,

    I got a different kins of speech, ke gorebet ager.. 🙂 Fine, It’s a bit flavored by Oprah’s self help book, but still… 🙂

    (Short translation)

    1) Be reflective and find your inner self.
    2)Love your neighbors, care for eachother, forgive one another.
    3)Read, learn seek knowledge
    4) Take care of your environment
    5)Respect, women in your lives (wife, mother, daughters)…..

    A far cry from Esayas speech, huh?

    Like other Ginbot 20 celebrations, no bravado..and stories from the bushes… 🙂

    I am getting misty eyes now..

    ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ዓብይ ግንቦት 20ን አስመልክቶ ያስተላለፋት ያልተለመደ ልዩ መልእክት
    ———————————————
    የተከበራችሁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች፤ እንኳን ለ27ኛው አመት የግንቦት 20 ድል በአል በሰላም አደረሳችሁ! 27ኛውን የግንቦት 20 የድል በዓል ስናከበር ከውስጣችንም ሆነ ከውጪያችን አስታርቀውን ለራሳችንም ሆነ ለሌላው አዎንታዊ እይታን በሚያስታጥቁን መልካም ተግባራት ታጅበን እንዲሆን ከዚህ በፊት ከነበረው በተጨማሪ የሚከተሉትን 6 ጉዳዮች በመከወን እንዲሆን ከተለየ ፍቅርና አክብሮት ጋር ጥሪዬን አቀርባለሁ፡:
    1ኛ ሀሉም ሰው ከራሱ ጋር ተፈላልጎ ለመገናኘት ግንቦት ሀያ የጥሞና ጊዜ እንዲሆን ወደራስ ተሰዶ ከራስ ጋር መገናኘትም ሆነ አለምን አነፍንፎ አጽናፋዊ መስተጋብር መፍጠር ዛሬያችንን በውል እንድንኖርም ሆነ ነጋችንን እንድናሳምር ለማድረግ ወሳኝ ነው፡፡ ከባቢን ለመረዳትም ሆነ ለመግራት ወደውስጣችን በመመልከት ከራስ ጋር በሚደረግ እርቅ እና የጥሞና ሰዓት ነፍሳችንን በአዎንታዊ ሀይል መሙላት እጅጉን ወሳኝ ልምምድ መሆን አለበት፡፡
    የአርበኝነት፣ የድል፣ የትግል እና የአይበገሬነታችን ተምሳሌት የሆኑ ብሄራዊ በአሎቻችንን በምናከብርበት ወቅት ከክበረ-በአልንት ባሻግር የአሸናፊነት ስነ-ልቦና ተላብሰን መሆን አለበት፡፡ ለራሳችን የጥሞና ጊዜ ኖሮን በዚህ መልካም የስሜት እና የመንፈስ እነጻ ልምምድ ውስጥ ራሳችንን በውል ለመረዳት እና ከራስ ጋር እርቅ ለማድረግ ምቹ መደላድል ይፈጥርልናል፤ ሰው ከምንም ነገር በፊት ከራሱ ጋር መታረቅ ይገባዋልና፡፡ ከራሱ ጋር የታረቀ ዜጋ ከየትኛውም ሃሳብ ሆነ- ከየቱም ግለሰብ ጋር ለመታረቅ በፍጹም አይቸገርም፡፡
    2ተኛ ይህን ክብረ በአል ስናከበር ከጎረቤቶቻችን እና ከቅርብ ሩቅ ወዳጆቻችን ጋርም ያሉ ክፍተቶችን በእርቅ እና በይቅርታ የማከም የጋራ ባህል እንዲኖረን በጽናት መስጠትን መለማመድ ይገባናል፡፡ ይህች የምንሳሳላት እና የምንወዳት ሀገራችን ሰላም የምትሆነው፣ ጋራ ሸንተረሯ የሞት ሲላ የሚዞረው ሳይሆን የሰላም ምሳሌዎቹ እርግቦች በጣፋጭ ዜማቸው ዙሪያ ገባው የሚደምቀው፣ ከራሳችን ጋር ስንታረቅ፤ ከወዳጅ ዘመድ ጋር ይቅር ስንባባል ብቻ ነው፡፡
    በመሆኑም ይህ የግንቦት 20 የድል በአልን በምናከብርበት ቀን በተለያዩ ምክንያቶች የተኳረፉ ወዳጆች፣ ጎረቤታሞች፣ የትዳር አጋሮች ወዘተ.. ይቅር በመባባል ሰላም እንዲያወርዱ በአክብሮት እጠይቃለሁ፡፡
    3ተኛ ውስጣዊ እርጋታና ጽናታችን ያልተሸራረፈ- ውጫዊ አረዳድና ተግባቦታችንም ያልተዛነፈ ሆኖ ከራስ እስከ ሀገር የሚዘልቅ ፍቅር እና ሰላም ይኖረን ዘንድ በአንድም ይሁን በሌላ ምክንያት ድጋፋችንን ከሚሹ ወገኖች ጎን መቆም እና የታመሙ ሰዎችንም መጠየቅ፣ የታረዙትን የማልበስና ደካሞችን በማገዝ ግንቦት 20ን ማክበር ይገባናል፡፡
    ከሀገራችን ሰማይ ስር በገጠርም ሆነ በከተማ፤ በየብስም ሆነ በውሀ፤ ከሜዳውም ሆነ ከተራራ፤ መሀልም ሆነ ዳር ላይ የሚሰፈው ሰላም የሚመነጨው ከእኛ እና በዙርያችን ካሉ ሰዎች አስተሳሰብ ውስጥ ነው፡፡ እኛ ያለነው እኛ እና ሌሎች አእምሮ ውስጥ በመሆኑ ከሁላችንም አእምሮ የሚፈልቁ መልካም ነገሮች ሁለንተናችንን መልካም ያደርጋሉ፡፡
    በመሆኑም የታመሙትን ስንጠይቅ- ደጋፊ ያጡ አዛውንቶችን ስናበላ/ስናጠጣ እና ስንደግፍ ለራሳችን ያለን ክብር አድጎ እና ሌሎችም ለኛ ያላቸው ፍቅር ተመንድጎ ሰላማችንን ያበዛዋል- ይህም በተራዛሚው ሀገር ቀኤያችንን፤ ውስጥ- ውጪያችንን ሰላም ያደርገዋል፡፡ ግንቦት 20ን ስናከብር በዚህ የመልካምነት፣ የፍቅር፣ የአብሮነት፣ እና የሰላም መታገጊያ ውስጥ እንዲሆን በዚህ አጋጣሚ ጥሪዬን አቀርባለሁ፡፡
    4ተኛ የሀገራችን ህዝብ የማንበብ፣ የመመርመር እና ከሚታየው ሁነት ጀርባ የሚኖረውን እውነት የማጥናት የዘመናት ልምምድ ያለው ህዝብ ነው፡፡ አሁን አሁን የሚታዩት እና ማህበረሰባችን ውስጥ የሚስተዋሉት አዝማሚያዎች ከትላንት ታሪካችን እና ከአያት ቅድመ አያቶቻችን የአንባቢ- ጠያቂነት አሻራችን ጋር የሚሰምር ባለመሆኑ አንባቢ ትውልድን ለመፍጠር ሁሉም ዜጋ እንደየ ዝንባሌ መሻቱ የማንበብን ክቡር ተግባር የህይወቱ አካል አድርጎ ሊይዝ ይገባል፡፡ የግንቦት ሀያ በአልን ስናከብርም በማንበብ እውቀትን በውስጣችን ለማሳባሰብ በመወሰን ቢሆን እጅጉን እናተርፋለን፡፡
    5ተኛ የማወቅ መሰልጠን- የማደግ መዘመን ልካችን የሚታወቀው ወይም የሚገለጠው ለአካባቢያችን በምንሰጠው ትኩረት- እንክብካቤ እና ንጽህና ልክ ነው፡፡ ቤታችን ምን ቢያምር እና ቢጸዳም አካባቢያችን እስካልጸዳ ድረስ የቤት- ጊቢያችን ውበት እና ጽዳት የሚሰጠን ዋጋ የዜሮ ብዜት ነው፡፡ በመሆኑም የበአል አከባበራችን አንዱ መልክ ከአካባቢ ጽዳት ጋር ቢሰናሰል ጠቀሜታው ብዙ ነው፡፡
    6ተኛ የዘመናዊነታችንና የስልጣኔያችን ዓይነተኛ ማሳያ ሊሆን የሚችለው ሀገራዊ እሴት ለሴቶች የምንሰጠው ክብር ነው፡፡ ማንኛውም ዜጋ እንደግለሰብም ይሁን እንደማህበረሰብ ነገን የተሻለ ለማድረግ በሚያደርጋቸው እንቅስቃሴ ውስጥ ለሴት እህቶቻችን የሚሰጠውን ክብር በማሳደግ መሆን ይገባል፡፡
    ቀኑን በዚህ መልኩ ከላይ በተጠቀሱት ተግባራት ያሉንን ሰዓታት ሸንሽነን በአሉን በምናከብርበት ሂደትም የግንቦት 20 ውሎ የሰራናቸውን ተግባራት የሚያመላክት እለታዊ የዉሎ ማስታወሻ በመያዝ ቀናችን ምን ያህል እንደተጠቀምንበት የማስተዋል ልምምዳችንን ማዳበር እንደሚገባን እንዳንዘነጋ በአጽንኦት አሳስባለሁ፡፡
    የተከበራችሁ የሀገሬ ህዝቦች፣ ከራስ ክብር እስከ ሀገር ፍቅር ሊያስታጥቁን የሚችሉ እነዚህን በጎ ልምምዶች የሁሌም መገለጫችን በማድረግ ዛሬ በጠንካራ መሰረት ላይ ማቆም ስንችል በእርግጠኝነት ነገ- ከዛሬ የተሻለች እንደምትሆን ማመን እንችላለን፡፡
    ዛሬ ያሉብን ማህበራዊ እና ግለሰባዊ ክፍተቶቻችን የሁሌም መሆን እንዳይችሉ የምናክማቸው እንደዚህ ባሉ አዎንታዊ ሀይልን በሚጨምሩልን ተግባራት በመሆኑ ይህንን ልምምዳችንን አጠናክረን እንድንቀጥል አደራ ለማለት እወዳለሁ፡፡
    “ኢትዮጵያ በልጆቿ ጥረት ታፍራ፣ ተከብራና በልጽጋ ለዘላለም ትኑር!” ፈጣሪ ኢትዮጵያንና ህዝቦቿን ይባርክ!

    • saay7

      Eyob:

      Is this an address by a Prime Minister or a man on his deathbed telling people the Meaning of Life? I am surprised he didn’t advise us to excercise and choose a healthy diet. In fact I was reminded (and so were you, Amde, admit it) of the last scene from Monty Pythons “The Meaning of Life” where they summarize its meaning. (It’s less than a minute: I insist you watch it)

      https://youtu.be/qBArMmngVH4

      saay

      • Eyob Medhane

        Sal,

        Really funny, but you’re so mean. It seems what you wanted is a progress report filled with bogus statistics, few insults directed at political opponents, bragging about bush war gorrilla fighters, condemning super powers and their spy agencies, shouting slogans and throwing up clinched fist, right? (Smh)

        • saay7

          Eyob:

          Here’s a peace pipe: Genzebe Dibaba doing her thing today at the 5,000 meter

          https://youtu.be/Kux5FEgBQQY

          saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam All
            Happy memorial day everyone .i invited the above genzebe and gidy video to watch it while celebrating.
            It reflect the day.

          • blink

            Dear Teodrose
            What memorial day is that ? I mean do the 58,000 USA army that perished in Vietnam count ? And what would the Iraqi families say ?
            By the way do the weyane have a list of martyrs?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam blink
            Take a look at the video starting from 10 min. It will explain itself and u will know the true meaning of filthy is accusing and insulating religion And those who disagree with u.

          • blink

            Dear Teodrose
            Which video? I don’t see any link sir .Forget about flithyness .I am just asking a legit question and you wanted me to go where?

      • Amde

        Saay,

        I would rephrase.. “Is this a chief executive or a shrink-in-chief?”

        Eyob says he is misty eyed, I burst out in uncontrolled laughter because they come way out of left field. You know of course humor works because of the surprise element. This message (it was apparently read out on TV, not a delivered speech) is so not-Ginbot20 one wonders wether he is planning on declaring it a secular-but-spiritualist holiday. It even ends with “ፈጣሪ ኢትዮጵያንና ህዝቦቿን ይባርክ!”, a phrase seemingly innocuous but for which a popular Addis FM station gets (used to be) raked over the coals by the EPRDF powers that be as symptomatic of “የድሮ ስርአት ናፋቂዎች።”

        The relevant Monty Python piece you are looking for is the song “Always look on the bright of life.” Right here for the curious…
        https://youtu.be/SJUhlRoBL8M

        I don’t think he is issuing meaningless phrases. I think he has a belief system, based on human capital, personal growth, and spirituality. He sounds so strange to us because he is signifying the 60s student era and their revolutionary offsprings are over. We don’t even have the vocabulary to understand and analyze him.

        I thought it was an Abiy thing, but I listened to this interview given by a Rev Dr. Gemechis Desta, owner of LTV channel, who says he is very close friends with both Lemma and Abiy. The guy lives in the US,but he was there as a guest at parliament and later at the palace on the Abiy inauguration day. He says Abiy asked them to pray for him, and the first lady Zinnash sang a song for him.

        This interview is rather long (hour and a half) but the relevant section starts at around minute 48 or so. https://youtu.be/ne4BCqmFTXU
        One hears echoes of Abiy rhetoric in his responses at this interview, which frankly for a religious channel was almost exclusively political.

        So if you add up Dr. Mehret, Dr. Gemechis and others, it is easy to see a definite, heavily Protestant + NewAgey world view.

        Might get stale, but so far I am enjoying the ride. I just don’t see how his worldview can be reconciled with that of the EPRDF we have known. You have to agree this is the best unpredictable drama going round right now.

        Amde

        • Paulos

          Selam Amde,

          I kinda like the PM dude. For real. Wish I could holla at him when I go next time to Addis so that I can BS about stuff so that I can squeeze into his circle of friends. Hope Awatistas are not saying ነጢርካ ኦክያለ.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Amde,

          I saw a video of the PM, I am tired of saying Dr. PMAAY so I will stick to the PM from now on.

          I think he was addressing his cabinet and was talking about how since he mother told him to be Negus, that he knew some day he will be. He told Samora, he says he even told Melles about it.

          I didn’t know if this was past video or something recent but he started talking about how he wanted to upgrade the presidential palace and make it like a tourist destination and build all of Ethiopia in one place.

          I think he visited Buckingham place and Disney EPCOT. He seems to get that idea. Nothing wrong with it.

          But this Negus thing, I don’t know, he meant it as a joke, but I think it’s way premature honestly. His cabinet, I can see, they were not all smiling and were probably thinking, what on earth is this guy talking about. Is he for real ?

          I think he should keep that joke until after he becomes former PM. Why does he think PM is the same as Negus (king).

          I was thinking of Hayat, how she must be cringing hearing him say all that nonsense:).

          Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            Since u guys r clueless but u think u know everything i know u don’t buy it but let me try to say a few thing again. Eprdf never release thier real conversation(meeting) vidoes.
            Unless a drame for propaganda purposes. This negus thing is directly targeting the oromo community and other none amara and tigrai community.
            Eprdf is doing psychological mind set (none is better than the other mind set).

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Tedros,

            We are buddies so I don’t argue with you ok:). You have no idea how much I apoericiate you. Saay knows really well:).

            So may be I am clueless that’s why I was confused. But didn’t you say that the PM is killing TPLF or EPRDF was dead or something.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            Never said tplf is dead but degraded tplf power in eprdf . Dr AAA is the chairman of eprdf.

          • Eyob Medhane

            Berhe,

            I think you misunderstood what he was trying to say on this one (not only you. Plenty of people did) He was telling his ministers to have a “go getter” attitude no matter what anyone misinterprate their motive. Should there be any positive thought in their minds, even a childhood wish to work at it. That was all the story was about. I think we all got used to a robotic uptight policy wonks and sloganiaring political leaders for the last 40 somthing years, his style is staggering us. I like his style and connection he is making with the general public.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam eyob
            We all know he is not a negus but pm. He said he told that to samora and meles .he(a soldier in meles time) even told to meles(a pm not a nigus with a communist kind of ideology) that may be there will be one nigus between them , he even said the 7th negus, minilik is the 1st nigus for eprdf ethiopia .his mother could have been telling him that he will be a nigus but He defiantly wants to talk about negus. Because of u guys am starting to think education could lead to ignorance.

          • Eyob Medhane

            Tedros,

            Who are “we guys” again? (Smh)

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam eyob
            Except SG, Saay7, Amde. Mez, MS, Nitricc and some other more. I did mean i agree with them all the time but they make sense.

          • Amde

            Hi Berhe,

            I love the whiplash he gives to the EPRDF bigwigs. What he says and how he says them are so different, but the public absolutely loves it. So a dilemma, But that particular meeting/lecture was cringe-inducing. I don’t know why they decided to air it. It doesn’t make the cabinet look good – but that is from my perspective.

            The interesting thing to me about the Negus thing is that he held on to it and worked on it. I am sure most of us have been told parental ambitions for us, but we go off on our own merry way instead. He apparently didn’t and here we are. It would be threatening if he believed he was a an actual monarch,but he has made repeated public points about having term limits and his life after public office. Otherwise it is too close for comfort with him being a religious man and possibly harboring the belief of divine intervention in his selection to the position.

            I didn’t think changing the palace into a museum was a controversial idea to be honest.

            Isn’t it strange Berhe? We have a Pentecratic government, with both houses of parliament headed by Muslim women, A PM advising the public to change a national political holiday in the middle of Ramadan to a day of personal reflection and forgiveness.

            Amde

          • Selam Amde,

            It is difficult to say that he had in mind of becoming emperor Abiy. Most probably, it is out of context like all the other things said about him. He might have said with the aim to show that even ordinary people can cherish to become anybody.

            The explanation given by a protestant pastor, a friend of the pm, is more explanatory. That Dr. Abiy did not come from a royal family, he was not second in line in a ruling political party like hmd, and he was not a liberation front leader who opted to come to power through the power of his gun, that he had an illusion of believing to become an emperor or a head of state in waiting.

            If like any young politician he had said in any ordinary discussion or meeting that he dreamed a dream, one should not take his words literally, for nobody can be sure of the future. Nevertheless, if he worked hard and opened opportunities for himself, that is something else. I am sure that he did not become the pm of ethiopia by mere wish.

        • Eyob Medhane

          Amde,

          I know everyone goes ga ga for Dr. Mihret and even a slight criticism of him could earn one to become an enemy of the public (and state) but he strikes me as phony as one come. Sorry, but the guy creeps the hell out of me. (There. I said it. Stone me at Mesqel Square) 🙂 He had this interview with Sal’s old best friend 😉 Solome Tadesse, where he placed the entire nation on his therapy couch. I know Ethiopia has a shortage of psycho therapist, but can we get a different one, please…pretty please…

          • Amde

            Selam Eyob,

            Ha…

            Is it him in particular, or the idea of a psychologist having the ear of the leader of the land? I mean conceptually, how is using a psychological perspective for social analysis different from having a Marxian perspective or ethnic perspective?

          • Eyob Medhane

            Amde,

            No. Just the dude. His condescending, “I am looking at you all little people down from my ivory tower” kind off attitude turns me off..

  • Ismail AA

    Dear all,

    First, thanks Dr. Paulos for your kind concern about those of us who took days off during the past week. Besides, commendation is due to Saleh Younis whose energy and patience is limitless in following the boredom par-excellence the despot’s talks represent every now and then, and use his skillful pen to make sense of the substance-void-substance of his speeches and churn out something worth criticizing in favor or against.

    Candidly, I had no appetite at all to jot these few remarks for the reason you will read in a moment. But I got incentive in Amanuel Hidrat’s brief characterization of the situation of which the inquisitive Paulos took keen note. Indeed, since “it is the way it is”, I thought it is worth telling others the way it is with me. But lest the detractors won’t spin my case, the way it is in my case is within the meaning of the blood and sweat we as citizens sacrificed as obligation to embody national independence by essentially concomitant freedoms and wellbeing.

    Independence day should have been annual moments for reflection on how united we are, reminisce the past, and renew hope that the present is on track towards better days for the nation. How many among us do feel that way except the currently in fashion claimed majority (!) that some conveniently usurp the the silent majority to the side of the feasting crowds forgetting that under despotism people who exist in virtual prison see their safety in celebrating and dancing to the whims of the despot and his enablers.

    Now then, yours truly have also my way of celebrating independence “… the way it is”. My date and hours of celebration happen months ahead. It is 11-12 a.m. of 6 January 1993: after waiting a year and many months waiting in a neighboring country to go back to the soil of a country I cherished to smell and feel. This was the hours of the day I walked in to a police station of a city in the country that granted me safety and residence, and with tears in my eyes tried to approach the man at the reception to tell him that I was there to ask ASYLUM – few words that I had never imagined to utter in the three decades and four month of my age at the time. May 24 of every year since then reminds me of that personal catastrophe.

    Of course, there is much that could be said and written about individual odysseys but of what use could that be! Perhaps the only reflection one could think of with measure of misgiving is imagining some among us trying to plot the current unenviable situation in so unjust way by juxtaposing David and Goliath on equal footing to make us believe that the opposition and the PFDJ do equally share the blame.

    • Paulos

      Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

      Glad you’re well. I tend to have an issue with the tone and talk of blaming the Opposition in tandem with the regime for all the mess we are in. I think we ought to own certain parameters to gauge if Opposition is equally to be blamed as well.

      For simplicity sake, if we measure the standing of both in terms of progress and regress as a function of time where resources to make it right hugely favours the regime as opposed to the Opposition, one can clearly see that with in the last twenty years or so the regime has regressed but the Opposition with all the challenges it encounters has progressed in leaps and bounds. To be more precise, the Opposition has gone from minority to a majority where the youth was on the fringes, say, twenty years ago. The Opposition deserves to be complimented not flogged.

      If one takes the frequent break up and make up of Opposition groups as a set back, it is a wrong assumption where it is a sign of maturity instead to say the least.

      To come back to the issue of dejected collective feelings about May 24 when it was supposed to be a day of joy and celebration, consider this: Let’s say, a mother of 9 children was living in an abusive household where the husband is cruel and violent. And the mother files for a divorce and after a lengthy court battle, she gets granted divorce and that day, she goes out with her kids to celebrate and that day becomes the beginning of a new and promising life.

      But years down the road, life for the children becomes much harder than when they were with their abusive father. They don’t want to go back to their father and every time they try to celebrate the day they got liberated from their abusive father, they get disillusioned for they don’t see the difference and the saint-turned-evil mother forcees them to show a pretence of celebrating the day lest the abusive father goes “I-told-you-so.”

      • Ismail AA

        Dear Dr. Paulos,

        Couldn’t have stated the issue any better. Unfortunately we have a nation with dispersed feelings on otherwise would have been nationally uniting occasions. The milestones in the span of our relatively short history should have cultivated in to coherent collective memories have been squandered to render us to be a nation with fractured soul and spirit. I am afraid the healing could be more costly than the endeavor we had invested to rid the land of occupation because we left the human being in bondage of authoritarianism.

        • Dear Ismail,

          This one deeply touched me: “It is 11-12 a.m. of 6 January 1993: after waiting a year and many months waiting in a neighboring country to go back to the soil of a country I cherished to smell and feel. This was the hours of the day I walked in to a police station of a city in the country that granted me safety and residence, and with tears in my eyes tried to approach the man at the reception to tell him that I was there to ask ASYLUM – few words that I had never imagined to utter in the three decades and four month of my age at the time. May 24 of every year since then reminds me of that personal catastrophe.” indeed this is Nakba. I am deeply sorry for that. Hope things will pan out well for all of us sooner.

          best,
          Samuel

  • Peace!

    Hi All,

    There is such thing called celebration for creating awareness, celebration for renewing commitment, celebration for educating the young, and celebrating for continual resistance. Opting out for nothing only validates May 24 belong to PFDJ and sends chilling messages to
    the poor kids in the opposition community in diaspora whom always accused of being ignorant for knowing nothing about their country.

    Peace!

    • Paulos

      Happy Sunday Abi Seb,

      Four words: We are all confused! And as Emma said it the other day, it is the way it is. Al Bashir pardons prisoners; PMAA pardons prisoners where Mengistu is holding his hopes high up and as the author of the article put it poignantly, no mention of historic individuals let alone pardoning prisoners. And the question remains, does it feel like celebrating given the above stated cruel realities?

      • Peace!

        Paulosay happy Sunday 2u2

        That’s true if only dancing and drinking are considered a celebration, or unless demanding the release of prisoners on May 24 doesn’t mount to celebration. I personally haven’t celebrated for years, and I don’t think I will ever regain my appetite to celebrate like I used to for countless obvious reasons. But my point is PFDJ will not rule Eritrea forever, but May 24 will be remembered for years to come, and we shall celebrate that day in away that fits our purpose and direction.

        Peace!

        • Paulos

          Selam Abi Seb,

          Isaias in his speech feeds us zero reason why May 24 is a historic day. Imagine if his speech starts with an enquiry where he says, is May 24 worth celebrating? Just imagine that! That means, he would have to go back in time and lay out why the struggle for independence was crucially imperative. It was imperative simply because, Eritreans wanted to own their own destiny including where the rights of every Eritrean is respected; Rule of Law becomes the law of the land among other crucial political institutions.

          Isaias won’t dare to pose those fundamental questions simply because, in its true sense, May 24 is limited only to its symbolic significance where the commentator from Hawaii confuses the illusion with reality.

          • saay7

            Paul:

            Zim had its first post-Mugabe Independence Day and the speech was nothing like the ones Mugabe gave. These First Fathers are (first heads of state after independence) are prisoners of their history…. too bad they didn’t read Alexander Crummell’s “THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FIRST FATHERS OF A COUNTRY FOR ITS FUTURE LIFE AND CHARACTER.” One hope’s Eritrea character is not shaped by Isaias but there are no guarantees in life.

            saay

          • FishMilk

            Hi saay7. Maybe that is because they are still in the aftermath of Menghistu’s birthday celebrations on May 21st. For he is still an active political advisor to the Zim Government.

          • saay7

            FishMilk:

            I know , but this was not a Mengistu speech. You can see for yourself here: he is inviting the West to observe elections, welcoming FDI, admitting mistakes, etc:

            https://reportfocusnews.com/2018/04/19/president-mnangagwas-independence-day-full-speech/

            saay

          • FishMilk

            Hi saay7.i was joking! By the way, while on a trip to Surabaya, Indonesia; a couple of years ago, was surprised to meet a few white former tobacco formers from Zim who told me that many former white tobacco farmers from Zim, once evicted by Mugabe, had started new careers in Indonesia, again growing tobacco.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Saay,

    After listening his speech for few years, I have stopped to listen his speeches. It is not only boring, but also there isn’t substance in it whatsoever, that gives hope to his subjects (our people). But, I always Waite a summary report from you, and you are thankful for that.

    A leader must be a person that gives hopes to the dreams of his people, whatever those dreams might be. But he isn’t. A leader should set his goals and be disciplined around those goals. But a compulsive-obsessive leader could not have a discipline around those goals he set forth. That is why “ጀሚርና እምበር ፈጺምና” ዘይብል ድስኩር ዓመት ካብ ዓመት ክዳጋገም ንሰምዕ:: A leader should be a loyal to his allies. But he isn’t. A leader should have listening ears to grievances of his people. But he isn’t. A leader should have a listening ear to his advisors. But he isn’t. So a leader who is identified by “isn’t” to all qualities of leadership could neither be prepared himself nor does he prepare his people for change. Actually, I sensed a disconnection of the “report and explanations” with the “title” that alludes changes and preparations. The only thing that Issayas is consistent against any kind of changes in the way he governed. So my question to you is, what makes to think that the despot is preparing our people for change? And for what kind of change is preparing the people?

    Second, I detested a hip of adjectives in one paragraph sentences. If I were him , I could have split the quoted tigrigna into four simple sentences to simplify for the consumption to his readers. Linguistic educators have a lot of homework to do on this subject.

    Third on the “bias” and “ifs” regarding switching alliances but keeping the domestic policies “as is” is not the change Eritreans should be prepared for. Because if change in foreign policy does not bring change in domestic policy, what good is good for the Eritrean people? The change in foreign policy will only stabilize his power and strengthening his party.

    Regards

    • saay7

      Emma:

      Maybe I am over-reading it but I think his announcement that he/his government will not quietly observe developments but actively work (ናይ መጻኢ ሲናርዮታት ዝትፋላለዮ ድብልቕ ወይ ምጽንባር ኣጀንዳታት; ብጥንቃቐ ተገንዚብና; ናይ ጉዕዞና መርሓ ጎደናታት ክንቅይስ ጉቡእ እዩ፥፥ ኣብ ኩሉ ተኽእሎታት ግን ኣእዳውና ኣጣሚርና ክንዕዘብ ዘይኮነ ብዘይ ዘውጊ ብንጥፈት ክንዋሳእ ድሉውነትና ምሕያል ኣብ ቦትኡ ክህሉ እዩ) to chart our road map is an indication that there will be surprises in terms of whom he will ally with. The context is: we have been played in the past, we won’t get played again. My prediction is an alliance with Trump (whom many of PFDJ/YPFDJ have been programmed to hate as the titular head of an evil empire.) So he is preparing them, not you and me because he could care less about you and me:)

      I agree with you on the compound sentences of IA, which is an EPLF/PFDJ thing. What is funny is they used to translate these paragraph-long Tigrinya sentences into English–without a semi-colon or a period. SGJ and I used to have a contest as to who can read an entire shabait sentence without running out of breath or taking a sip of water. This is part of PFDJ’s refusal to prioritize merit over loyalty otherwise they have so many people who are experts in the language.

      saay

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Merhaba Saay,

        Since you could read what in the mind of this sick man, let me ask you this:

        What is “ድብልቕ”?
        What does he want to say, when he said “ናይ መጻኢ ሲናርዮታት ዝትፋላለዮ ድብልቕ ወይ ምጽንባር ኣጀንዳታት”?

        Second, imagine when he reads this to the nation, to the average Eritrean people, it will dissipate in to thin air without understanding the message.

        • saay7

          Emma:

          Well! You are the chemist. What is a word that gives a negative connotation for mixture? I translated it as hybrid but a better word would be a mishmash:) I am just happy he didn’t say ድቓላ because you know how vulgar he is.

          saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Saay,

            The public has to learn “hybrid” is a science word (non-vulgar) that will be applicable in teaching reproduction and/or similar
            applications in our daily life.

            So in my vocabulary:
            Hybrid = ድቃላ and
            hybridization = ምድቃል

            Mixture = ድብልቅ and
            mixing = ምድብላቅ

            Regard

          • saay7

            Emma:

            Just so you know, shabait translated it as “permutations.”

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ክቡር ሓው ሳልሕ,

            ብኸመይ መንገዲ ደአሉ “ድብልቅ” permutation ዝኸውን? በዚ መንገዲዚ ቡዝሓት ኣብ አገልግሎት ህይወት ህዝብና ዝውዕሉ ዝነበሩ ቃላት: አገልግለቶም ቀይሮም ማለት’ዩ:: እህም ዘብል ጉዳይ እዩ: እንታይ ይገበር:: እዚ ግዳ ቀቀሊሉ:: እቲ ሽግር ኩሉ እቲ አሉታዊ ለውጥታት ዝግበር በዚ ስርዓት’ዚ: ከም “new normal” ተወሲዱ: ህዝቢ ሪዒዱ ይቅበሎ ምህላው’ዩ::

          • saay7

            ክቡር ኣቶ ኤማ:

            Well, in Arabic تحسین (Tahsin) means “to improve”. So, IA was saying something needs improvement and he said “ምሕሳን ዘድልዯ.” Just another day in IAs brain: everything in Eritrea, including language, must submit to his will. The man is bored.

            Saay

          • ሰላማት ኣያ ኣማናኤል፡

            ደብለቐ — ግ፥ [ምደብላቕ፣ ይድብልቕ፡ ይደብልቕ]
            1. ንኸልተ ወይ ብዙሕ ዝዓይነቱ ነገር ኣብ ሓደ ከም ዝተሓዋወስ፣ ሓንፈጸ። 2. ሕውስውስ ኣበለ፣ ከም ዚደናገር ገበረ፣ ሓብለቐ (ንዘረባ፡ ንወረ፡ ንኹነታት ወዘተ)

            Just to confirm you are right፡ ሓቆም ‘ዮም “በዓል ሓድሽ መተራስ ኣብ መንገዲ ይትራስ” ክብሉ።

            Permutations and combinations –> ብዘይ ዘውጊ // ወርቃዊት ምቅሊት!

            ጻጸ

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Solomon,

            I am glad we have the same understanding on it. I also want to tell you that I am enjoying your exchange with Dr Paulos. Keep up brother.

            Bias = ዘውግ
            Biased = ዘውገኛ
            Without bias = ብዘይ ዘውግ
            Fraction = ምቅሊት
            Permutation = ?

          • saay7

            Emma:

            According to Geez Experience, permutation is ልውጠ መስርዕ. But so we don’t get stuck discuss the daughter of material, let’s consider what Isaias is saying:

            We don’t know how the world will configure (another word for permutate) itself, and when it does, we are not just going to watch it with folded arms but react accordingly “without bias.” That is to say, if you think there are countries you think we will not be allied with, that’s just a bias you have: you need to relief yourself from it. The weird thing is that this “bias’ he is warning about is one that he created with his 17 year talk about various countries. In Eritrea’s short life, we have had Sudan as enemy, friend, and now as enemy; America was friend, enemy, soon to be friend (“without bias”); Ethiopia was friend now enemy; Djibouti was friend now enemy; Qatar was super friend now it is super enemy; Saudi Arabia was at arms length, and now it is a bosom buddy. And for those who say “sanctions don’t work”, the Somali government was just a surrogate and Al-Shabab were “stakeholders”; now the Somali government is recognized and Al-Shabab are never mentioned.

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Good morning Saay,

            Thank you for elaborating the thinking of the weird man. If it happened like what you are saying, switching allies and friends, say for instance, with Ethiopia and US, we shall see how his worshipers will react. I do not think the “Nisu Nihna” ጭፍራ will understood his ጥንግናግ መልእኽቲ::

  • Eritrea

    Salutations 😂

    You’re a weapon for PFDJ and Eritrean Muslims do not believe you are even a Muslim. So keep sowing seeds of hatred, but your wring never has represented Eritrean Muslims and never will. You are just a sad man who pushed his brother, niece and father under the bus.

  • MS

    Selam Dear SAAY
    Aloha All from Honolulu, Hawaii, not on a vacation, though. I’m three hours behind the mainland, the weather is not a typical Hawaiian, it is cloudy with occasional drizzling, and unfortunately, will remain the same for the day. Anyway, I’m not a surfer and not a beachgoer, a mere 500 meters away from where I’m staying. The sea breeze is invigorating, and the view is breathtaking. Why I can’t have that in Gurgusoom, and yet I’m called something unflattering- iSem I’m coming to you but within the realm of pure derdesha…
    Dear SAAY Happy Whatever!!!
    I enjoyed your article and as usual, I devoured it the way Gual Adem devours YG articles. My appreciation and respect are unshakable. That’s why I read your articles critically. I understand that time takes its toll and the weight bearing on you on a personal level could be imagined but not experienced. I stand with you for all justice-related matters. Politically, we often slight each other within an acceptable margin, though. With that introduction, I go to your article.
    Part one: How should people celebrate May 24?
    Call it victory day, or independence day, the majority of Eritreans have celebrated it colorfully. I’m sure you don’t need statistics because the celebrations are happening in your backyards. Has the opposition coordinated festivities, honoring the day? If yes, what is the ratio of Eritreans who attended the festivities arranged by PFDJ functionaries to those coordinated by opposition activists, if any? If lopsided, why?
    Yes, people have the right to close their doors and count “curse beads” as the faithful do with prayer beads (iSem has fine products displayed); they may remain silent or pick up placards and stage protests. Why is the criticism we have on PFDJ related to May 24? Does PFDJ own May 24? We have 365 days in a year. Why are those protests and demands pick energy on that day? On the other side, don’t you think those who celebrate the day do also have the right to celebrate it the way they feel fits the occasion? Are they conformists? Why are citizens who want to celebrate May 24, for its significance, called conformists, ultranationalists, kebero junkies, etc?
    When I do my thing, I have been reminded not to lump up all the elements of the opposition and that’s why I’m doing a FANTASTIC job at nitpicking the bad ones, as could be attested by iSem. Don’t you see there is a reason why people go to national celebrations but opt not to become members of the pfdj? What is the problem? Is it May 24, or how May 24 was misused and abused by Eritrean politicians and activists? Of course, one can curse May 24 and join the myriads of groups (absolutely, not you) that present it as the cause of the current predicament.
    I believe May 24 is an important day and the rest of bull shit is the result of the pursuit of wrong strategies by both the government and the opposition. The blame should rest on those two parties and not on May 24, and the right way is to rectify the course of history. The myth is that people who celebrate May 24 colorfully are less cognizant of what ought to be done. That is a myth created by folks who have promoted the notion that Eritreans’ close connection to their country and their love to defend it in any way possible have become hurdles to the so-called CHANGE, a slogan that has no specific definition. The curse, the bitterness should rest squarely on each of us, not on May 24. May 24 could only be as great as the purposeful efforts we do to perfect it. If it feels akale-godelo (handicapped), it is because of our handicapped or misguided efforts.
    Part two: Criticizing and lampooning IA and the powers that be.
    I enjoyed it. It is actually a duty before becoming a right to criticise authorities. You do good job there, and thanks for inventing the IABSG (IA Bull Shit Generator, it guides us to understand IA’s ever expanding vocabulary. That is the essence of twgaH’mo. But please, separate the ideals and essence of May 24, and the reality it has become. PFDJ has been constant, and your expectation for what IA would say and the metrics you posed are contradictary to the character of the man and his organization you well know and lampoon. You don’t expect water to yield butter (zbdet), no matter how hard and how long you churn it. But May 24 is not synonymous with PFDJ or IA’s rule. We celebrate it for what it was meant to be, we celebrate it for what it will surely reclaim, hopefully by the post-opposition-opposition.
    New words:
    Zewgi; translated by IABSG as bias
    New borrowed Tigrayet words
    Elamet: symbol/sign
    zelimu: rained (not sure if both existed inTigrigna. HaileS, please don’t use the new post PFDJ dictionaries because they are full of borrowed words or root of words.
    Happy New Independence Day; bzey QAl-Alem
    P/S= iSem’s postulate
    “Eritrea could not exist without Eritreans but Eritreans can exist without Eritrea.”
    Sure, the people dwelling in the geographic area we call Eritrea could exist without Eritrea, but then, they are no more Eritreans if Eritrea does not exist. Both should exist to keep the relation of the place and the people hence call them Eritreans.
    I know you enjoyed the derdesha which was written in hasty and full of typo-errors, but thanks, buddy. It was meant to be short post on Facebook, but then the thoughts came pouring. It was not meant to address all relevant issues.

    • saay7

      Hala MaHmuday!

      Aloha! You are not on vacation, you are not a beach-goer (I didn’t know that was possible for people to be not be beach-goers, I will have to reconsider Kennedy’s quote about our craving for it) and you don’t surf. So I assume you are in your hotel balcony?

      So, um, I think the sun blocked your screen because you missed this:

      So, enough with demands for conformism: that it be called a special combination of inherited words and celebrated in a proscribed way or, alternatively, shaming those who want to celebrate it: it’s not fitting a free people.

      Here at our home (awate), the ones who were doing the chastising are iSem, Blink and Semere T who was so nasty I had to downvote him. I don’t think I saw anyone chastise anyone for celebrating.

      I have no idea what percentage are attending vs not attending at all in the Diaspora. (I would guess the overwhelming majority don’t.) In Eritrea proper, I know the ኣመሓደርቲ ንኡስ ዞባ crack the whip to force people to attend the celebration, to contribute to the festivities, to show up wearing their very best clothes, to get their hair braided, to contribute, etc. So, celebration is proscribed. And then the celebration is in very large part used to promote the People’s Front.

      The rest, I think, I will leave to iSem because ዝተኣልኸ ኣለኩም 🙂

      And the phrase of the day is ብዘይ ዘውጊ: without bias.

      saay

      • MS

        Ahlan Saleh
        I got it, thanks. Derbeshbesh is expected with time zone change and dwindling amount of calorie which has mostly gone to iSem’s great hateta chastizing my great Hateta.
        Also, I was commenting on the state of affairs of Eri-diaspora. For Eritreans inside the country, I think it would be a mistake to generalize they are coerced to celebrate Independence Day.
        I understand such occasions are exploited for political purpose. Incumbent governments use them to justify or beautify their rule, and the opposition uses it to demonize the incumbent. That’s pretty much the standard. Of course, it is all about feeling, and each person could have differing feeling, reading and interpreting of the cause and effect of the issues we discuss.
        Have a beachless day.

        • saay7

          Hala MaHmuday:

          You and iSem deserve each other 😂

          The Eri-diaspora? Does that include the huge population in Sudan and the Middle East? Do you actually think the majority of Eritreans in Sudan celebrate independence day ? In the Middle East? Even in the US, do you really think “the majority” is out celebrating?

          In Eritrea, excluding for the stroll in Combushtato, every May 24th celebration (every single one) is organized by the PFDJ. Every ne’us zoba has an organizing committee that plans the details down to what people will wear, who will speak and what music will play. This is because organizing/planning outside the confines of PF is illegal. That is not indicative of a free people.

          But enjoy the sea breeze, buddy!

          saay

      • blink

        Dear saay
        I thought you are the most nationalist person ever to talk or write about Eritrea, but still I don’t know how you define nationalists in Eritreans terms. I don’t think I am a nationalist as you think . Saay there are people who take you as a guy with a gun pointed at anyone who question the existence of Eritrea and the only difference is sir you don’t have the circumstances of 1998 . Every single person I know attest that you are simply an Eritrean fighter that lives in USA.

        • saay7

          Blink:

          I should have put nationalist in quotation. Nationalist in quotation is someone who spends most of his (almost always his) time questioning the nationalism and patriotism of others.

          saay

          • blink

            Dear saay
            Since I myself don’t subscribe to the we are one people with the Ethiopians ,I make sure to question any one who say we are this and that and I normally nickname him or them as weyane goons , I didn’t say they are not Eritreans but it is not a coincidence that we have people with a transcription and copy of Asfaha weldemichale DNA who are willing to trash Eritrean founders and glorify weyane personalities , do you know their reason ? They don’t have a single reason except the failure of PFDJ which is not necessarily a good reason to dumb everything about Eritrea .

            I believe there were/are Eritreans who worked tirelessly for Ethiopia more than most Ethiopians did when it comes to Eritrea and Ethiopia relationships . I just don’t like them sir , by the way I thought I was writing under the radar .

            What did you do on May 24 after 7 o clock ? Tsehaytu Beraki passed , what happen to her body ?

          • saay7

            Blink:

            May 24th after 7 pm I was thinking: when will the sun set? I was actually on a business trip to So Cal and wondering: why do people live here?

            Ah, Tsehaytu. I have a story about the day Ethiopian MiGs bombed a concert the ELF cultural troupe was holding in Barka. But, I am not a great story-teller and I will mangle the details. So I will tell SGJ, who will tell you.

            saay

          • FishMilk

            Hi saay7. Why would anyone live in Cali? That question coming from a person that enjoys the slow and easy pace of life without pressure and lives 98% of the time outside of the U.S.. Without a need for work or family connections, here is my strange list of top 5 places to live in the U.S.: 1. Natchez, Mississippi; 2. Saint Simon’s Island, Georgia; 3. Madison, Wisconsin; 4. Port Saint Joe, Florida; and 5. Germantown, Tennessee.

    • Haile S.

      Selam Awatawian and Mahmoud,

      It is not easy to come back in Awate auditorium after missing the class for a week. You don’t know which door to use. Fortunately, Mahmoud opened the right small door for me. Thank you, Mahmoud. I haven’t read all comments except the few I stumbled upon.
      Paulos, thank you for asking my where-abouts and wellbeing. I was on vacation that took my full time, but not in Honolulu.
      Mahmoud, because of you I had to listen to all IA’s words. No comments for now, Saay7 have summed up the lengthy litany, though short in duration. You are absolutely right, when confronted with tigrigna words that I don’t know, I resort to available old and new dictionaries.
      – ዘውጊ – as also mentioned by forumers, ተካአ’s dictionary defines it as bias. The geez-english dictionary defines ዘውግ & ተዛውጎ as associate & association, respectively. Therefore it sounds like IA used the word in a ‘non-allied’ sense (ብዘይ ዘውጊ).
      – ዘሊሙ (zelimu) – I think this is a typo. You meant ዘኒሙ? That is what I heard. If it was ዘሊሙ then it means ጨቊኑ from ዘለመ or ጨቆነ, ዘለማ (ጭቆና)፡ ዘላምነ’ት (ጨቋኒ፡ ረጋጺ ምዃን) all from ተካአ’s dictionary.
      Best

    • هلا محمودى “الأفضل” صالح

      يوم ذكرى سعيد Happy Memorial Day.
      ዋሕዚ ማዕበል ላቫ አሳተጎመራዊ ትዕዝብትኻ ኣብ ሃዋይ አዛ ዜማን ደርፊ ናይ ቀደም ኣዘኪሩኒ፡

      “ህዝቦዊ ሰራዊት አሳተ ጎመራ ይወናጨፍ ኣሎ ኣብ ሜዳ ኤርትራ ሓራ ንኸውጸ’ኦ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኩሉ ብሓበራ!”
      Happy 24th on the 27th squared to you!

      ፍልፍል ላ
      ቭ ላቫ ተማላአ። ላቭ ኦፍ ላቫ!
      ጻጸ

  • Hasot

    Hasot
    Hi May 24th
    May 24th belongs to the our SuwAt
    Forget what the living person said or promising

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Hasot,

      “Forget what the living person said or promising”

      Now, tell me why SuwAt ?

      KS,,