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The Abiy and Isaias Relation Is Being Tested

Two weeks ago  the Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) aborted negotiations with the Sudanese alliance, known as the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF), on Monday, June 3, 2019, the TMC violently dispersed the demonstrators, killing over a hundred people and wounding dozens more.

The killings coincided with the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre where Chinese peaceful democracy protesters were gunned down by the People’s Army.  June 30, 1989 would also have been the 30th anniversary since Omar Bashir assumed power in Sudan.

The bloody assault on the DFCF was led by the Rapid Response Forces (Janjaweed) that is under the command of General Hmedti who has previously made public threats against the forces of change.

Following the crackdown, the African Union (AU) issued a statement calling “for an immediate and transparent investigation in order to hold all those responsible [to be] accountable…. [and urged the] Transitional Military Council to protect the civilians from further harm.”

Earlier on April 30, 2019, the AU had “demanded all Sudanese stakeholders to urgently resume negotiations in order to … pave the way for a civilian-led Transitional Authority.”

The AU also called “on all international partners to reinforce common efforts towards the immediate cessation of the violence and rapid resumption of negotiations for a political settlement.”

Following the June 3, 2019 raid, the AU suspended Sudan’s membership from the continental organization and called for all sides to return to the negotiations table.

Last Friday, PM Abiy Ahmed arrived in Khartoum and met with the representatives of the DFCF and members of the TMC. General Hmedti, the vice chairman of the TMC, who is allegedly responsible for the violent crackdown on the protesters was conspicuously absent from the meeting.

Though not much is known about the results of PM Abiy’s talks, the forces of change accepted PM Abiy’s mediation, but insisted that any negotiation should lead to a transfer of power to civilian rule.  To lead the mediation efforts, PM Abiy had appointed Ambassador Mohamed Derir as his personal to Sudan. Ambassador Mohamed Derir is a former Ethiopian minister of culture and has also served as an ambassador to Egypt, where he led the negotiation with Egypt over the Nile water.

PM Abiy’s spokeswoman indicated that Ethiopia’s mediation is part of, and in support of, the AU mediation.

However, three days ago, Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has called for a general strike that was supposed to continue until the TMC relinquishes power to a civilian government. And the street of Khartoum has been mostly empty with very light traffic. Also, the SPA has called for an international investigation into the massacres at Khartoum to hold those who ordered the raid accountable.

The international community and human rights groups have condemned the violent crackdown.

Today Ambassador Mahmoud Derir stated that the two sides have reached an agreement to resume negotiations on forming a transitional council, and consequently, the DFCF has agreed to halt the general strike and civil disobedience.

Involvement of Isaias Afwerki

On June 3, 2019, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki had strongly condemned the violence that erupted in Sudan in which many civilians were killed or injured.

In reaction to the AU statement, on June 5, 2019, the Eritrean government issued a press release in which it criticized, “the inherent flaws that have afflicted the African Union since its inception; its failure to meet the aspirations of the African people.”

The statement added, “efforts exerted towards reforming the AU have not succeeded to date,” without explaining the efforts though it expressed its perplexity over the AU’s “unwitting role to provide suitable pretexts for external intervention,” criticizing “the AU’s posturing on the events unfolding in Sudan,” which it characterized as “vivid illustration of this deplorable state of affairs.”

The Government of Eritrea also requested the AU “to refrain from internationalizing and exacerbating the situation in Sudan.”

Now that PM Abiy’s office indicated his mediations are in support of the AU efforts, it is not known whether Isaias Afwerki will condemn the Ethiopian mediation.

In the last, Isaias Afwerki was very critical of the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia where he played “a spoiler role with the help of Libyan funds”. In 2009 he was accused of supporting the Al-Shabaab armed group and the accusation led to a UN Security Council sanction that was enforced against the Eritrean government until late last year when it was lifted with the support of PM Abiy Ahmed.

Now that Ghaddafi of Libya is dead and Libya in turmoil, Isaias’ government has become an ally of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the two countries that are believed to be bankrolling the Sudanese Military Council.

According to the New York Times, “Since the Arab uprisings of 2011, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have used their considerable resources to promote authoritarian governments run by military strongmen in the region.” And though the Isaias government objects to the involvement of the AU in an African affair, it didn’t mention anything about the interferences of the regional countries, mainly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in Sudanese affairs.

The chairman of the Military Council, “General al-Burhan has been overseeing Sudan’s more than 10,000 ground troops in Yemen. These troops include thousands of militiamen from the Rapid Security Forces headed by General [Hmedti].” Sudan is actively involved in the Saudi-UAE war on Yemen.

On Saturday, Isaias Afwerki arrived in Cairo, where he met president Al-Sisi; the two “called on the Sudanese people to address the demands of the transition period with responsibility and to resist undue external meddling.” Both Al-Sisi and Isaias Afwerki are allies of SaudiArabia and the UAE, the two oil-rich countries that provides them with financial and military support.

Relations between PM Abiy and Isaias

Regional observers suspect that the diametrically opposed approaches of PM Abiy and Isaias in resolving regional conflicts is being tested in Sudan. While PM Abiy’s initiative calls for the countries of the region to cooperate with regional and international organizations to resolve conflicts, Isaias Afwerki has been criticizing any foreign involvement save the one by Saudi Arabia and the UAE which he didn’t mention. The observers also suspect Isaias will resort to his old way of playing a spoiler role in Sudan as he did in Somalia for decades.

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  • Amanuel

    Hi All
    Tigrina is my mother language and I think understand it very well but I can’t make sense of IA today’s speech. I think he is loosing it.
    Tigrina was his strength. I remember my friend who teaches Tigrina at university level telling me that he wished IA was a Tigrina teacher and he would definitely attended IA’s class.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Amanuel; there are two kinds of Tigrigna. May be some one should translate you to other Tigrigna. hahahahahaha

    • Paulos

      Selam Aman,

      At a risk of taking him out of a context, he seems to pull YG on us when he said, ….ኬድና ኬድና ናብቲ ቀነዲ መንነትና ክንምለስ ኣለና….

      • Consolation

        Hello dottore,

        You are taking him out of context . But why invoke YG when you yourself, as an admirer of Tigrayans and Meles zenawi, fit your allusions. In any case, every time I read a comment from you, i remember Leo Tolstoys; famous quote “A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.”

        • Paulos

          Consolation,

          That is a good one. Never heard that before. Thanks for the quote even though hard to believe it was said by Tolstoy.

    • Consolation

      Hello Amanuel,

      Your mother tongue may be Tigrigna but that is not a guarantee that you will understand advanced Tigrigna. Have a positive attitude and assure you that everytime you listen to a speech of PIA you will learn some new Tigrigna word, phrase or concept tht your mother never taught you.

      • Amanuel

        Hi consolation
        I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but for your information my Tigrinya is advanced. Coming to your king recent speech it sounds like a google translation from another language.

        • Consolation

          Hello,

          You are blowing your own trumpet. Your initial comment was that you did not understand the speech. Nitric had probably the correct assessment of why? Talk is cheap; what is keeping you from demonstrating your ability. Prove your claim or forever remain silent!

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Amanuel,

      I didn’t know there is Tigrinya course of university level. What type of text book they actually cover or is it a research type. I didn’t even think there was Tigrinya at high school level. I hope someone can shed some light, I will be very much interested to find the curriculum and they books they use.

      As to the president Tigrinya, I think it’s quite exaggerated. I can’t stand listening or reading his speech. For someone who is suppose to be master of the language, there isn’t a single moment in history that I recall any speech he gave or phrase he coined that’s worthy of a quote.

      All that I can remember is associated with negative reinforcement that is dark and bleak and gives no hope to the future.

      Now compare that with say Yemane Barya song NeSanet, as Saay put it our independence song.

      This guy
      1) nay wudub hashewye aykhlweban eyu.
      2) May aykonen zmeSue seb eyu nab may zKeyd
      3) Qicha srnay mblaE malet Hnqaqe eyu.

      Please someone help. Forget about doing good, has he ever said anything good.

      Berhe

      • Amanuel

        Hi Berhe Y,
        My friend was teaching it at SOAS a couple years ago. I think it was part of the African Studies course. Not sure if it is still available now.

        As per IA Tigrinya knowledge, I was describing his knowledge to transfer his message whether it was positive or negative. My friend is an expert in Tigrinya and he despises IA for all the crimes he committed against the Eritrean people but he admires his Tigrinya to the extent that he would attended his (IA’s) class, had he would been teaching it.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Amanuel,

          Your friend is entitled to call himself a Tigrinya language “expert” even though I highly doubt, without really reading / knowing his “expert works”.

          Off course we can agree to disagree on IA knowledge of the Tigrinya language. For me it’s not only the message but his whole knowledge of Tigrinya and the way he speaks it, writes is really “put me to sleep”. I could not read a sentence without trying to fall asleep, I think it’s a

          • Alex

            Hi Berhe,
            You are obsessed with PIA. I am worried he may be your worst nightmare. Amanuel was talking about his friend admiration for PIA Tigrinya and you jumped from no were to argue about it.

  • sara

    selamat all..
    good news, going from kassala to tesenei is now open, and people are moving back and forth, and going forward the talk in sudan is eritrea should help the stand off in Khartoum,
    no one except eritrea knows sudan and Sudanese politics ever since sudans independence, eritreans are the closest in many aspects to sudanese people, actually if
    the situation stabilizes , the first thing the government should do is to work towards some kind of special/special relationship of eritrea/sudan that goes towards some kind of integration.
    all neighbors have issues with sudan, whether political, borders,water, etc … the only country bordering sudan that does not have any issues as stated above is eritrea.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi sara,

      Good to hear the boarder is opened and people and business is flowing. It’s always good to see the people benefit from any deal.

      However, I think we need to hold on to any type of “integration” talk, even thought. I think it’s premature and to be honest, every time I hear the word, from those who say integration with Ethiopia and now you are saying with Sudan, I can’t help it but ask WHY?

      Are we not capable of running our country in our own? None of these neighbor countries (Ethiopia, Sudan, SA, Yemen and Djibouti) are a model, free and democratic countries that we DIE to integrate with.

      Canada and the US have the largest boarder in the world. They also are one of the closest people in terms of everything, including trade, language, culture etc, yet they are not integrated in any reasonable way other than controlled agreements (movement of people, goods and free trade (at business level)) etc. They have been neighbors for over 200 years and still don’t think “integration” is to the best advantage of the “Canadian” people, the smaller partner. Canada with about 10% of the US population has managed to do better than the US in almost every index…

      The huge problem when we talk about integration is, the balance of power. Unless the parties are equal and have similar power, what ever integration is deemed to fail. The EU, with the advanced European societies and governments experiment of integration is not working too well, because power is concentrated in Germany, France and other large powers and those smaller countries (like Greece, Portugal) have been suffering because of the hard policy of the larger countries.

      Eritrea has nothing to gain from any integration with Ethiopia or Sudan. All it should do is, follow the international accepted rules and be a good neighbor without interfering with anyone internal affairs and work towards robust economic and other trade that benefit the two countries.

      No political, economic or other integration…if anything, I hope Eritrea aspire to join the common wealth of countries and have the highest standard for democracy, human rights, economic policy etc…that’s what we should aim not going from one dictatorship to another dictatorship who are no better than ours.

      I truly believe that Eritrea has the best chance at achieving that rather than trying to go into fry with countries who are divided among ethnic and other divisions.

      We need to be selfish and look after our selves first before we think of others.

      Berhe

      • sara

        Ato Berhe,
        first i brought that to share with my compatriots , now we are easily moving
        between kassala and tesenei, as many were concerned this may deteriorate into something unkown…. second i thought many would be interested to know how things are moving in sudan and the talk among sudanese is infavour of eritrea as neighbor and sisterly/brotherly country. a while ago, there was agitation against eritrea, but now things are going in the right direction.
        as for the eritrea should not think about its neighbors and stay away from them, well. you have the right to think and say so…. but..but many also are thinking differently….
        sudan is the coloseset to eritrea and if we are going to prosper and have peace we should have some kind of relation ship with sudan.
        actually, ato .. berhe… there are many reasons that make sense why is it so for many eritreans and sudanese…
        – eritrea and sudan never have gone to war
        -sudan has been the second home to many eritreans for many years.
        -sudan was the safe heaven for our SEWRA… and its needs.
        -there is no land water border dispute-
        -many eritreans have 2nd citizenship of sudan.
        – many sudanese have similar language/culture to eritreans.
        – eritreans do not need visa to go to sudan
        – eritreans never been deported from sudan.
        now, Ato berhe , compare this with xxxxxxx… and you will at least
        think why not…
        i can give you many reasons , but will keep this to avoid filling the commentary section.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Sara,
          I do not disagree to all what you said. I never said Eritrea does not need to have relationship with Sudan. I started with that, any relationship that brings the people and the economy and allow free flow is good. So no disagreement there and what you listed.

          My response was to what you said with Integration.

          the first thing the government should do is to work towards some kind of special/special relationship of eritrea/sudan that goes towards some kind of integration..

          May be my understanding is not correct but what do you mean by integration, economic, political, boarder. Integration and relationship are two different thing so you need to be specific.

          Sure Eritrea should have the relationship you described with Sudan with all it’s neighbors, no matter what happened in the past. But I do not like any integration at this point in time as I see no value for Eritrea and for Sudan. When I think of Integration, I think of the EU integration, common currency, common boarders, common passport etc.

          Berhe

          • sara

            Dear Ato Berhe,
            sorry if i didn’t made it clear to you and others, but the point is this is the mood in sudan at the moment,maybe its an expression of the people considering sudans current situation, but the truth of the matter is if we are going to talk about eritreas relations with its neighbors no one matches sudanse proximity in all aspects not to think about special relationship to an extent of integration in all forms as the example you brought of EU.
            do you know how many eritreans (including those with tween citizenship) live in sudan? a big factor for some kind of integration.

          • sara

            ato, berhe…
            the net will be off afterwork .. no net outside these days..
            will respond tomorow …in case .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Sara,

            I hope Sudan get out of the current crisis peacefully and successfully. A democratic institution is very important for having such bold political moves. What I am saying, I have doubt the relationship ERITREAN and Sudanese people have is like you said the best.

            My worry is the political condition in both countries, who the people have no control (at least up to now) and the people have no idea and the government are not accountable.

            Until the political culture matured, any talk or action if integration needs to be handled very carefully and with lots of study and upon the advice of the experts from both countries.

            Because it will defiantly lead to conflict that gets out of hand.

            Sudan GDP is 170 billion and I don’t know what Eritrea is but no more than 5. They are not at equal level to have any possibility that politically this can work.

            But starting with open boarders (without visa but proper ID), proper trade etc should be the gist we should work towards before anything else at this moment.

            I am worried that SA, GCC, Egypt and Eritrea would want Sudan to be led by another general and never support it to be free, independent and democratic,

            Berhe

  • Ayneta

    Dear Awate:
    Whatever story emerging about IA holing talks with the opposition is straight laughable. Knowing IA and his inflated ego as seen over decades, such meeting is not only fabricated rumor, but also realistically impossible. The guy doesn’t have a single bone in his body for dialogue and consensus-he just doesn’t have it. And he is too old and unbelievably spoiled to grow that kind of bone now. I would not bet a single dime on this emerging BS.

    • Paulos

      Ayneta,

      BS it is then. Let’s keep the spirit of ይኣክል alive in the meantime!

      • Haile S.

        Paul, Ayneta, Berhe …

        Guys what better proof do you want? Ismail AA & Emma sneaked out quietly from here under the pretext of going to the sandy Atlantic shores. Rumour has it Mahmoud was the newly-found link accompany them to Addis.

        P.S. shshsh…t! Keep this top secret for yourselves 🙂 :-).

        • Paulos

          Ha ha Hailat,

          Genius they say is figuring out the obvious. How in the h*ll did we miss that!

          ሰብ ገዳብ ተኾኑ ከምዛትሪኦም ከቲቶምና፣ Thanks Hailat for connecting the dots.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Haile,

          If you say MS ስሳ አላታ አዛ ነገር ማለት’ዩ፡፡

          Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            In fact, it is a smart combination. Emma is a straight shooter and on the other hand Ismail is calmer with a diplomatic demeanour. Muhamuday is there not to mediate per se but to keep the conniving Weyanes at bay.

          • Berhe Y

            አላ ፓዎሎ ነብሲ፡

            ሓንሳብ ሓንሳብሲ፡ እቲ ዘለካ ርህሩህ አተሓሳስባ ከም ክርስቶስ “ብየማን እንተጸፍዓካስ፡ ጸጋማይካ ሃቦ” ዝብል ከም ዘለዎ ገርካ ኢኻ ከተተግብሮ ትደሊ፡፡

            አነስ ሓንሳብ ሓንሳብ፡ ምናልባትዶ ካብቶም ፍራተሎ ኮሎጆ ላሳለ ዝነበሩ እሞ ዝገደፍ ዶ ይኸውን ይብል፡፡

            ትማሊ ትማሊ ነዘን ዝርካበን “እንዳ ደናግል ክሊኒክ” ብዘይካ ንህዝቢ አገልግሎት ካልእ ጠቅሚ ዘይብለን እንዳ መንጠለስ፡ ምስ አብ ርሑቅ ዝሰፈሩ “ተቃወምቲ” ክዛተ፡፡

            ንበቦ አስኪ አቲ ዝተዛረቦ አብ መዓልቲ ስውአት፡፡ መልአከ ሞት፡

            በርሀ

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            Remember, when he was desperate and cornered, he negotiated with Dergue in Atlanta for some sort of political solution and one should not be surprised if he does that this time around as he sees what is coming to him. ይኣክል is a serious threat to date.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo Arkey,

            I wish I can find the article of Anthony Lake but if I am not mistaken, Haile Drue was in Atlanta during the negotiation with Dergue. Anthony Lake who wrote an article for the Boston Globe I think said “There is no Eritrean who understand the power of negotiation as Haile Drue was” and I truly believe it and it has proven to be true.

            What happened in Atlanta was, EPLF had the upper hand and they were going along with the demand of the US and show that they are open to peaceful. Their long term goal was not join Ethiopia or make peace with Ethiopia but to gain in diplomacy and to gain recognition as a future prospect of government. Derg was finished at the time and no matter who negotiate with them, they were falling down as the moral of army was very low and they had no backing financial and military to continue the war (because of Soviet Collapsed). Haile DureE understood this very well and he went along and it has paid off, when Eritrea declared independence that the US is one of the first who recognized it. So I don’t think the example applies here.

            The example, I think when he rushed to accept the agreement that he refused when Ethiopia penetrated deep inside Eritrea and save his own self is probably more applicable. But in that scenario he had almost his power and he had no choice but to accept.

            The yiAkl movement is not there yet, it has not cornered IA to be able to accept / negotiate yet. What he is doing (if true that is) buying time and want to crack the yiAkl and disintegrate it.

            Remember he tried with his accusation of Sudan, Qatar and Turkey and wants to make it religious organized resistance but that failed.

            ዙር ፈንቅል will be a true test where things stand..

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            Great points. Thanks.

          • Gerogee

            Paulos Paulos

            PIA was desperate when he negotiated with DERG in Atlanta?

            1. How do you know he was desperate?

            2. I thought DERG was cornered.

          • Paulos

            ገርግስ,

            In principle, I agree. Negotiation is the best way to avoid war. To avoid war and opting to negotiate when you are cornered is however, a hard sell unless otherwise you offer something the enemy can not refuse.

          • Gerogee

            Paulos

            The question remains how was EPLF cornered and forced to negotiate in Atlanta? It doesn’t jive with the established history.

          • Paulos

            ገርግስ,

            I take that back. I was wrong.

          • Hope

            Nittrikay and Georgia:
            Until Mahmuday shows up with his Sword,here is the fact:
            The EPLF and its Leadership that I know:

            A)STOOD UP STRONGER AND FIRMER when Eric Honecker of Socialist Germany backed up with the then USSR threatened them either to surrender or else to be destroyed

            B)The good Doc should also be reminded about what the same EPLF and its Leadership did during and after the Red Star Campaign thru its SIX OFFENSIVES aka shidishte werarat

            C)We know what happened then after:

            The Nadew Destruction
            The Fenkil Operation etc..,
            The Shire Endasillasie RESCUE OPERATION to save the TPLF.
            This is NOT to mention the miraculous way of the same Eritrea and the same Leadership coming out the dole/Inko Winners after frustrating all the Super Powers and burying 20 ft under ground all the evil designers and the same enemies, who tried their best to isolate,to corner ,sanction and destroy the same Eritrea ,Eritreans and its Leadership!

          • Nitricc

            What happened in Atlanta was, EPLF had the upper hand and they were going along with the demand of the US and show that they are open to peaceful

            Berhe

            Remember, when he was desperate and cornered, he negotiated with Dergue in Atlanta for some sort of political solution and one should not be surprised

            Paulos
            I mean for the sake of history; don’t confuse us. Witch one is it? The truth, please.

          • Gerogee

            Dear Nitric

            Notice how Paulos says “Isays cornered ” not EPLF.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Brehe; I don’t think you are well versed to understand the magnitude of crimes goes behind the name of religion and religious institutions. Ask why and learn from what is happening to Ethiopian children under religious institution. Do you just live like a pig, eat, sleep and drink, No thinking?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            There is nothing wrong with religion or the teaching of religion. There is nothing wrong to live to the teaching of Jesus Chris or Mohammed (PBUH). What ever problem there is associated with humans and those who use religion to do harm.

            You are the pig who do not know the difference. What happened to what you hoped to hear from devil Isayas Afworki just yesterday.

            Are you going to wait for another year?

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; Just you are too naïve. Like I have said follow what is happening in Ethiopia to the children by foreign religion institutions. When ever you hear news, ask why that news is news instead of accepting as is. Regarding PIA, Yha I am waiting for that super delayed 2nd interview. Listen, hate the man all you want but he is not dummy or loser. he is a winner and he will go out as a winner.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            I don’t need to read the news in Ethiopia to know if religion is good or not. We have been practicing in for over 1000 years in Eritrea and we don’t need to read any news if it’s good or bad for our people.

            BTW, I never said anything about religious and why you keep bringing it up, hangol derho. All I said was a reference from Jesus teaching…that’s all.

            I know IA is not dummy but he is EVIL. EVIL towards the Eritrean people.

            መሽክናይ ንትሪክ፤ ዓመት ዓመት ከን ንግደት ክጽበ ክነብር

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; No he makes mistakes but no a devil. His contribution to creating a nation is simply epic. If you were a normal person, you should feel guilt and shame for not doing half of what he has done. You are just good for shouting Yiakil, knowing your children are safe and you don’t give a hot if half of Eritrean children are dead as long as PIA is out. You see the difference. I want this thing to be done peacefully. Unlike you I don’t wish any child to die and any mother to shade her tears. The irony is I don’t even have a child and still I am more sympathetic to children than you are, you talk about evil? check yourself.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            Why don’t you tell me what good he has done for any Eritrean mothers and Eritrean children since he come to power. I call him Evil because all his deeds are evil. May be you do not understand what it means to lose your child because you have none, I do. I care about what happened to the mothers who have lost their children and I want this nightmare to end.

            I don’t expect the solution to come from someone who intentionally have created it.

            What I can and what I should do is immaterial. I am a citizen of the country called Eritrea and as such I expect my country and government not only ask of my obligation but also of my rights as a citizen. Isayas is just another person and another like me. He doesn’t own me and he doesn’t own the country. Those who died did it for Eritrea and it’s people and not for Isayas.

            Have you own children, then you know what it means.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            I am a citizen of the country called Eritrea and as such I expect my country and government not only ask of my obligation but also of my rights as a citizen.

            Berhe; you are Canadian! the end of story. You have NO rights in Eritrea, Simpl!!!!

          • Berhe Y

            Nitricc,

            This is you have, nothing else.

            How about telling that to Tiffany Hadish.

            Berhe

        • Berhe Y

          ሰላም ሃይላት፡

          ከምዚ ንስኻን ደቂ ዓድኻን ትብሎዎ “ካብ ጨባ ዘይተረኸበስ ካብ ማይ ጨባ” እዩ ነገሩ ናይ ሳጥናኤል ኢሰያስ፡፡

          ቀልዓለም ዘይብሉ “ጽንዓት ብጽንዓት ንልምዓት” said in his speech. Nothing really change, same old same.

          I actually like this better than any “talks” with the regime as no body can possible expect anything positive from this regime if one has “no upper hand”, so until our yiAkl movement has upper hand any talk or negotiation should be put to hold.

          ዙረ ፈንቕል!

          በርሀ

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም በርሀ፡

            ሓቅኻ ትማሊ “ጽንዓት ብጽንዓት ንልምዓት” እናበለ ሎሚ ዝጥወ ኣይኮነን። በቲ ካልእ ወገን እንተርኣኻዮ ክኣ ትማሊ ዝበሎ ሎሚ ዝዝክሮ ኣይኮነን።
            ዝኾነ ኮይኑ ተስፋ ኣይንቁረጽ። ከማኻትኩም እዚ ዝተወረ ወረ ሓቂ ኣይመስለንን ኣይተዋሕጠለይን። ግና እንተኾነ ክኣ ጽቡቕ። መን ይፈልጥ ኣቢይ ነቲ ኣብ ሃገሩ ዝገበሮ ለውጢ፡ ሓደ ዕስሪት እኳ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዘይትፍትን ኢሉ እንድሕሪ ኣእሚንዎ፡ ሕማቕ ኣይኮነን። ሓዲሽ መንገዲ ክትሰርሕ እንድሕሪ ኰንካ ብንእሽተይ ጀሚርካ እንዳጸረግካ እዩ። እቲ መሰረታዊ ለውጢ ንሱ ወሳኒ ኮይኑ ኣብ ዝጸንሓሉ ኩነታት ክመጽእ ኣይክእልን እዩ። ከመይ ገይሩ ካብዚ ከም ዝእለ ንምዝርራብ ፍቓደይና እንተኾይኑ ግና፡ ምዝርራብ ጽቡቕ እዩ።

          • Berhe Y

            ዝከበርካ ሃይላት፡

            ሰላምን ጽብቅ ድልየትን እዚ ኩሉ ዝደልዮ ስለ ዝኾነ፡ ዋላውን ምድግጋሙ ዘድሊ አይኮነን፡፡ ተስፋ ምግባር እውን አድላዩ እዩ፡፡

            እንታይ ማለተይ እየ፡ ተስፋ ተርኺቡ ኢሉ ወረ የናፍስ እሞ፡ ነቲ ናይ ይአክል ማዕበል ንምዕጋትን ፡ ንምድንጋርን ዝኾነ ኮይኑ ስለ ዝተሰማዓኒ እየ፡፡

            ንአቢ ሰሚዑ ለውጢ እንተርገረ እሞ መርሓባ፡፡

            በርሀ

  • Alex

    Hi Gedeb,
    Were are the TPLF sympathizers who were telling us the last 3-4 weeks the relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea are in the rocks. We see today pictures of FM Osman, PMAA and yemane gebreab smiling in addis while planting tree outside his PMAA office.

    • Paulos

      Alex,

      Do you actually expect them to pose for a picture with a long face and uprooting a tree instead? It doesn’t mean anything but of course, Monkey throws at you a candy for he knows what makes you happy and what doesn’t.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Paulo,

        I read some news as well, it read “The Eritrean Government officials came to deliver a message of condolence from President Isaias Afwerki and to deliberate upon the one-year peace journey taken between the two countries.”. Is that suppose for the passing of the PM father?

        They have to deliver in person ? Wouldn’t a phone call from the president more appropriate ?

        And to celebrate one year anniversary of peace.

        Berhe

        • Paulos

          Selam Berhino,

          If the news in fact holds water, it is a huge victory for the ይኣክል movement but if course, the regime will sell it as part of the ongoing reform in Ethiopia and this time around as “promised” in Eritrea as well.

          That said however, Isaias is clear on what he is to offer, that is, on how covertly not only to kill the ይኣክል movement but on how to scr*w the Opposition as well. In the meantime, the Opposition has to be crystal clear on what to offer as well. First thing first, saving lives as in empty the entire prisons in Eritrea not the next day but the day the negotiation takes place. The rest will follow through.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            I don’t think IA will give in this soon. It’s never the nature of dictators to read the sentiment of the public and IA is no different. They always wait until it’s too late. IA could have seized the moment after peace with Ethiopia and show something but nothing come about, in fact, he made things a lot worse.

            I have also read the message from PMAAA to IA on the occasion of rememberabce day. It’s ironic that an Ethiopia PM send such letter fir the death which is caused by former Ethiopian leaders. To be honest, it’s an insult. The right thing would have been for Ethiopia to apologize for all the destruction and death it has caused and find a way to compensate.

            Berhe

    • Peace!

      Hi Alex,

      Perhaps it means PFDJ is in a serious panic otherwise planting a tree at this stage doesn’t make sense. Keep it up awate.com, let them read the diagnostics.

      Peace!

  • Paulos

    ሰላም Gedab News,

    ሓንቲ ንእሽተይ ግን ዓሟቕ ናይ ገዛ ዕዮ’ዶ ክንህበኩም? ሓደ ወረ ከም ንፋስ ይውንጨፍ ኣሎ’ሞ ሓቅነቱ ከተረጋግጹልና ደሊና ኔርና።

    እቲ ወረ ከምዚ ዝስዕብ እዩ—መንግስቲ ኢሳያስ ምስ ናይ ኤርትራ ውሱናት ተቓወምቲ ውድባት ብናይ ኢትዮጵያ መንጎኛነት ዝርርብ ኣብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ይገብር ኣሎ ዝብል እዩ። ሓቅነት ዘለዎ’ዶ ይመስለኩም? የቐኔልና።

    • Nitricc

      Hey P; to add to your point; this is the first time that manyTPLF officials i have seen on current EPDRF meeting in Addis and at the same time happen to be Eritrean delegation to visit Addis after long absent. I am guessing this time around something is cooking. However; what PIA says tomorrow is key. I am feeling something good.

      • Paulos

        Nitrikay,

        Constructive engagement in good faith should be welcomed. In the mean time, we wait and see.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Paulo,

          I am really doubtful about the news and if it happened, it’s a ploy to buy time and divide and divert the momentum that the “yiakle” has created.

          I don’t think there is any opposition individuals or groups (specially from those in Ethiopia) can actually claim are behind it and can speak on its behalf.

          The yiAkl message is quite clear. As Saay put in in his FB, the priority of ERITREAN people are:

          1) Isayas and his enablers to resign.
          2) national reconciliation
          3) constitutionalism and rule of law
          4) release prisoners
          5) end conscription

          This is what he needs to do and there is no need to meet with any opposition or otherwise to discuss.

          If there is any hope and he really means change, he should start with #4 at tomorrow speech. Anything short of that is business as usual.

          Berhe

    • Saleh Johar

      Never in a race to break (literally break) news, but to fully bake it before presenting the news. Two days late but it’s now on the frontpage 🙂

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Dear All,

    It seems that President Isaias is being abandoned even by his patrons and supposed “allies.” As shown in the below excerpts (from the Sudanese media and Eritrean government’s Press Statement), Egypt and Eritrea have adopted diametrically opposed political/diplomatic positions on the ongoing political crisis in the Sudan — this, only a few days after President Isaias had traveled to Cairo to consult with one of his bosses ostensibly on coordinating the “Alliance’s” policy towards the Sudan! True to character, President Isaias stands alone isolated in his usual extremism, arrogance, inflexibility and …. and …… and …. !!

    Thank you

    “In view of the historic and robust bondage between the peoples of Eritrea and the Sudan, the Eritrean people have also been victimized by the negative consequences of the regime’s reckless and destructive policies. This is indeed why war was declared on the Eritrean people without any justification whatsoever. The border between the two countries was then closed whimsically using the “declaration of emergency” as a pretext. In the circumstances, the Government of Eritrea expresses its admiration and support to the patience and patriotism of the Sudanese people. Aware of its obligations that stem from the historic ties of the two peoples, the Government of Eritrea pledges its full and unequivocal support to the Transitional Military Council in its efforts to shoulder its responsibilities at this crucial phase of transition. [Emphasis mine]”

    (Excerpted From: Press Statement, Ministry of Information, Asmara, 14 June 2019.)

    “The Egyptian Ambassador to Khartoum, Hosam Issa, affirmed that his country supports Sudan and stand alongside the Sudanese brothers, without bias, to restore stability and realize the aspirations of the Sudanee revolution.
    The Egyptian diplomat who met Tuesday a number of the leaders of the of the Forces of Declaration of Freedom and Change (FDFC), has pointed out that Egypt, from its position as the current charman [sic] of the African Union and as a sister country to the Sudanese people and has historical ties with Sudan, appreciates the importance of the role of the regional partners of Sudan, including neighboring countries, IGAD and the Toika, [sic] in supporting the Sudanese brothers and understanding the positions expressed by the FDFC.”
    He expressed the Egyptian keenness to listen to FDFC vision on the role thatcould [sic] be played by the countries and Sudan regional partners in support of the demands of the Sudanease people during the meeting of the regional partners scheduled to be hed during June 20 This is contrary to what is circulted [sic] on some media media that Egypt supports Sudanese side on the expense of another.”

    (Excerpted From: Sudanese Media Center, Top News, June 19, 2019)

    • Hope

      Selam Yahannes:
      I think we are playing games with some languages here– with some diplomatic and political languages.
      Cair and the UAE are taking Diplomatic language but PIA as usual is …talking Belligerence/Hilikh as usual but am NOT sure that PIA would dare to ignore the very engine behind the Popular Revolution.
      The Military Council and the Opposition visited the UAE and the UAE responded to both diplomatically.
      :

      • Gerogee

        Dear Hope
        Guys like YZ are not creative force. It is really sad. The way out of this mess is to by sharing and educating each other on business opportunity in Eritrea. Sharing our experiences. As to encourage others to invest.

        Even if all our enemies disappear tomorrow, we, Eritreans will still be left behind. The border opening has shown our weaknesses.

        • Paulos

          ገርግስ,

          Investment in Isaias’ Eritrea? You got to be kiddin me!

          Here are the basics: Political Institutions guarantee the protection of private ownership. What guarantee do you have in Isaias’ Eritrea where there are no political institutions that would otherwise protect your property? Zilch and nada as in absolute zero! Dig?

          • Gerogee

            Paulos

            Since you have interest in many variety of things. I don’t know if you’re familiar with it. There’s a place in South America, is called the no man’s land. It’s the landmass that borders Paraguay Brazil and another country I forgot the name. There’s no political institution. Read about it. It’s very interesting. I think you’ll find it interesting 2.

          • Paulos

            ገርግስ,

            Sure thing. Will do. Thanks.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Gorgée ሰላም ምዕጎ*,

          Do you know the story of the King Lion? One day it was announced he was bed-ridden and all animals were called to come enquire about his well being. The astute monkey was observing from far. She noticed that all animals were going in, but no one was coming out, not even a skeleton. እዚኣ’ሲ ነገር ኣላታ ኢላ ዝመጸ ድኣ ይምጽኣኒ፡ ናብ ዱረይ እሕክል እምበር፡ ኣብዚኣ’ሲ ኣይኣቱን፡ ቢላ ተረፈት ይብሃል።
          Even us the useless diaspora you are thinking of have learned something from the monkey. We are not going in untill we see those prisoners coming out of that dungeon, even as a skeleton on a stick or on stretchers.

          Gorgée in french means ምዕጎ or a mouth-full of a drink. For those who enjoy reading in french, there is a book entitled “La Première Gorgée de bière” or the first mouth-full of beer, sold in millions of copies by a well known french author, Philipe Delerm. I recommend you.

          • Gerogee

            Dear Haile. S.

            Even though I disagree with your politics (too vocabulary challenged to find a better word). I think you are one opposition I don’t mind voting for.

            But but I disagree on this one. Your parable is way off.

            1. Prisoners or no prisoners you got million people that need a better life.

            2. You don’t miss out on opportunity that can both lucrative for you at the same time help others.

            3. If we don’t do l,it others will do it, we Eritreans will be on the side line. Remember economic power us also political power.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Gerogee,

            Thank you for the vote of confidence.
            1 – prisoners was the priority, but there are other issues. If one does not respect few, he cannot respect the millions.
            2 – ደሮን ሲያታልልዋት በመጫኛ ጫኗት
            3 – yes, but guess who is preventing us to do it?

          • Gerogee

            Dear Haile

            There are challenges. No one is denying. On the second one although I speak Amharic fluently I don’t understand it. On the third one nobody is preventing you except the limitation you put yourself in your head. Where there is a will there is a way.

        • Mez

          Good day Gerogee,

          You said ” The border opening has shown our weaknesses”

          What you said is a powerful statement to ignore.

          You mean it or a typo error? If so, please throw some beef to it.

          Thanks

          • Gerogee

            Hi mez

            Let me elaborate.
            1. Local, indigenous people have no established network with out side world. In business network is very important.

            2. The sanction was actually an opportunity. To establish domestic /diaspora driven investments. We missed that. And we still waiting. There will always be Tigray and its mentality. We just need to bypass it. They don’t make or break. Just ignore them.

            3. We, Both Eritreans and east Africa in general are still on consumer mentality. Buy China, use.

            4. Very limited currency flow.

            5. Labor shortage. General docile mentality. No problem solving attitudes.

    • Mez

      Dear Yohannes Z,

      Regarding the Sudan:
      1) successive news information are indicating that Egypt, Eritrea, and the triple gcc-guys have the same reference base–leaning more towards the army,
      2) Ethiopia/ AU–more visibly hedged by the US–are looking somewhat more civilian inclusive dynamics,
      3) of course, only our pia is vocal againest the sole superpower–as they show up this time in Sudan; very bad habit of pia, I have to say.

      Thanks

      • Selam Mez,

        I am afraid that power alignment doesn’t seem to favor a future civilian government in the sudan. The usa will use again its card of stability before democracy. It is bound by its economic interest in the ksa and the uae. For the sake of peace with israel it will be on the side of egypt. In addition, the usa wants to drive out russia and turkey, the other two players in the sudan.

        The troika has every reason to see a military regime ruling sudan. They do not want the muslim brotherhood playing any important role again, especially now after the death of their leader morsi, and they do not want sudan, an important contributor to the war of genocide in yemen, to be the weakest link in the chain of authoritarianism in the region.

        Who remains on the side of the people of sudan? The AU and ethiopia; two weak entities that do not have the power to decide anything important.

        Can the military and civilians share power? That looks impossible to me. Or, a weak civilian government manipulated by the military? I do not know. What then? It will be unfair for the people of sudan if the revolution is hijacked as in egypt and another military regime comes to power, that is going to oppress the people.

        • Mez

          Hi Horizon,

          Your comments are very far reaching.
          I think this time:

          1) Egypt is too weak to single handedly manipulate the Sudanese affairs like it did in the time of Gamal Abdul Nasser, in the late 1950ies.

          2) the contemporary regional dynamics looks that all gcc actors plus Israel, plus to lesser extent Egypt (it has no other options but to accept what the others say) are now more and more converging towards a new regional political consensus.

          3) Turky is using the political Islam card extensively; we have to see where it is going to land.

          4) China do have huge investments in the Sudan; it may choose stability with civilian blend…
          5) Russia has no big investment there, so it may adjust itself to the new reality very easily.

          ….

          Thanks

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Dear Mez and Hope,

        To be clear, let me start by start by stating the obvious: In formulating the views I expressed in my last comment, I did not benefit from any information that you guys don’t have. All I have done is I read the official statements that the governments of Eritrea and Egypt issued to express their respective views and/or positions on the situation in the Sudan and sections of which I quoted verbatim in my earlier comment. Next, I considered the tangible, practical and action-based aspects of those statements — not “playing games with some language” as Hope put it — to reach my tentative conclusions about where things seem to stand.

        Initially I had frankly expected IA to toe the line and conform with official “Saudi Alliance” policy on the matter. But the incongruence of positions taken by Eritrea vs Egypt (and possibly the other members of the “Alliance”) is out there for all to see! — not just in words, but in concrete action.

        In general and essentially, the situation in the Sudan involves two contending parties — a group of senior military officers and a broad-based popular movement — who are vying for state power, and have been engaged in an on-again off-again negotiations interspersed with periods of confrontation and violence. Nations and multilateral organizations in and outside of Africa have seemingly remained, at least publicly, neutral. Most have counselled restraint, urged peaceful and negotiated solution to the crisis and engaged in (or pushed for) mediation. However, it is an open secret that most if not all of these entities do surely support one side or the other in the crisis for reasons of their own.

        It is here that I found President Isaias’s position to be both isolationist and arrogant, to say the least. Let’s quickly see how he handled the Sudanese issue.

        1. IA extended official invitation to General El-Burhan (Chairman of Sudan’s TMC) to visit Eritrea.
        2. IA and his government paid the General all the honors that are accorded to a head of state who is on a state visit to another country. These included (i) being welcomed at the airport by the head of state of the host country, (ii) the rolling out of a red carpet for the visitor, (iii) the walk-past introduction of the visitor to the welcoming dignitaries of the host government, (iv) inspection of the Honor Guard by the visitor, and (v) an official motorcade in which the two leaders took a joint ride to the Palace/State-House for a photo-op and a meeting.
        3. During the visit, IA and General El-Burhan concluded what are, in effect, government-to-government agreements involving cooperation between the two countries and opening of hitherto closed common border.
        4. Finally putting the icing on the cake, and perhaps determined not to leave anyone with the slightest doubt as to what he was doing and where he was headed, IA officially declared his position on the Sudanese crisis in these words: “Aware of its obligations that stem from the historic ties of the two peoples, the Government of Eritrea pledges its full and unequivocal support to the Transitional Military Council in its efforts to shoulder its responsibilities at this crucial phase of transition.”

        In the final analysis, Isaias’s actions are not going to mean much! But in theory and at the level of international diplomacy, it is true that, by taking a much publicized unilateral action, he has arrogantly attempted to undermine the efforts of the international community for whom efforts at mediation and reconciliation are still ongoing as a “consensus approach” to the Sudanese problem.

        Does one need to say more!

        Thank you

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; it is amazing how PMAA single handily killed ESAT. PMAA from a get go publicly showered with some praises few of the journalists and that all it took to kill the entire ESAT. I am Assuming PMAA wanted to kill ESAT in order to hand the upper hand to the Oromo news outlet OMN-Jawar. I don’t know where this Ethiopian change is going but as long as there is Dr. Brhanu Nega; I don’t see anything good. ESAT is destroyed by PMAA and Br Birhanu RIP ESAT.

    • Gerogee

      Dear Nitric

      I hate to disagree. My take, Abyi most definitely came to power with the help of US, state department. Remember Donald Yamamoto? So, Abyi have no ethnic Agenda in my opinion. His main task is..

      1. Diffuse the tension by allowing “other” ethnic groups to have a chance. Election etc.

      2. Pave the way for multi national cooperation to come and do “business”

      3. To affect change in the region, particularly Eritrea. You can see he is allowing characters like Haile Menkorios to have a spot light.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Gerogee; PMAA is very confusing person. But one sure thing about him is that he does not like and tolerate criticism. And those guys who were ESAT reporters started to question PMAA moves and he didn’t like that. I don’t if you are noticing it but I see many similarities between PIA and PMAA.

        • Gerogee

          Dear Nitric

          I am very grateful that the tension between Eritrea and Ethiopia gone down. This has created both opportunity and challenges. The challenges are enormous.

          1. Woyane is Extremely desperate. And they are distractive forces. They are notoriously shortsighted. They have nothing except their treacherous self. The only option they have is to ” be” with Eritrea by hook or crook. Even Ethiopians know this.

          2. The Devil US, US is trying it’s hard for regime change. But they want Eritreans to do it. They know if they do it it would not look good. They know Eritreans are super Patriots. They are trying there best to topple GOE.

          3. The economy. We Eritreatheir diaspora should be at the forefront. We should not just be digital patriot. We have to show we mean business.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam gerogee
            i think u need to know some facts if u want to make sense. 1st , u need to stop blinking and come out of ur fantasaizing false dream. 2nd, u need to know how the gov of ethiopia function and works. 3rd, u need to know how the eprdf party function and works. 4th, u need to know how the relationship between 2 sovereign countries function and works , and only than u can …….
            but i know u don’t because u not gonna stop blinking and u love to live in a dream, u hate reality.

          • Gerogee

            Dear Ted

            I actually like u better when u attack Aman, Hayte and Paulos. I don’t like you when you attack me. I am the only person that is stating
            the actual and factual.

            1. What do you mean blinking. This is George aka georgee, PIA worshippers

            2. I don’t know how the Ethiopian government functions. what are you saying? But, in reference to what?

            3. Eprdf? Say what? What is that got to do with what I posted above?

            4. 2 sovereign nations? In a true definition has Ethiopia been a sovereign Nation in the last 30 years?

          • Teodros Alem

            selam gerogee
            1, i actually like u only when u make sense.
            2, until u know a little how they function, u will have hard time making sense.
            3, if u don’t know a little about how eprdf function, u will not make sense when u talk about the gov of ethiopia, ethio-eri relationship and so on.
            4, u need to know the difference between influence and sovereignty.
            5, stop blinking and face the reality.
            6, u need to know the relationship between “tileho” and blink.

          • Gerogee

            Dear Ted

            I admit I have very little knowledge of Ethiopia politics. However, I know that US have huge interest in Ethiopia. US is the ALPHA AND OMEGA if both major domestic issues and definitely your foreign interests.

            The best example I can give you is the invasion of Somalia and Eritrea. I know, I know this is so out of touch you will most likely call me a conspiracy theorist. However, if you take your time to study history. Specially Latin and South America you will see almost identical situations.

            I do not know why you give so much weight to Ethiopia domestic political machinations. It was farce. It was basically Woyane doing every trick on the book to stay afloat to stay on power at the same time to appease the donor community so they can keep getting CASH.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam gerogee
            it may varie from country to country but US have interest and influence in all over the world, US might have some influence in shaping ethiopia’s relationship with Somalia or eritrea but to say US is the one behind every thing on those relationships is just “tela bet” blinking, nothing else.
            ur remark on woyane shows, not just u don’t know how eprdf and ethio gov works and function but u don’t even know what power means.
            ur way is not the way to feed “tileho”, it been tried for so long and the end result is sinking in red sea. need to come out from day dreaming and face reality.

          • Gerogee

            Selam Ted

            I am not surprised that you are dismissing the extent of US influence in your country. It will take time but you will get there.

            Most of your reply are highly condensed. You need elaborate in detail. Dismissing it with out explaining not interesting and is pointless. For example you dismissal of Woyane power with out explaining.

            You keep saying that I don’t know how EPRDF works. You are right,I don’t know. But, what is there to know? To me, as an outsider, it is a make belief organization. Its sole purpose is to appease the donor community. Nothing more. I am sure there are intricacies that I may not know. But, I can come to logical conclusion in that it was a gimmick.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam gerogee
            by the way ur current name is much better than the previous, what is gerogee means? Is it tigreya george?
            the problem with u is like i said before u r on purpose living in day dream and how can u talk about or hate/love about the thing u don’t have any idea? I know u will never stop blinking.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Gerogee; I agree no one wants to live in conflict, however; there is a trade of. Sure, the economy will improve and there will be more movements of people and when people move spend money and make money, I get that but you should consider and be ready to face the ills social life that will be imported to Eritrea. Personally I don’t like what I see in Ethiopia, socially and their values. The Ethiopians are as confused as ever. They are trying to copy and paste the westerners social ills, I have great concern those ills will be transplanted in to Eritrea’s society. Few months ago, I watched a clip where 22 years old young man beating a man well in his 60 years old. If this kind of behavior doesn’t concern you, I don’t what will. Of course you have this Shisha coupling with Khat that will exterminate the youth’s mental toughness and passion for purposeful future. So, it is true very advantageous economically but Eritrean people and government must do their diligent work to avoid what is we are witnessing in Ethiopia.

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    When I was a kid, this particular writing on a huge wide cemented wall got stuck with me particularly when I felt at ease reading without any difficulty. It read, “ዝባን መንግስቲ ኣብዚ ምሻን ክልኩል እዩ.” It was a white paint on a gray wall. I don’t think the owners of the big house had to get a permit from the Municipality to have that kind of piece of “Law” into their own hands but warned the public believing that the State is the supreme arbiter in public conflicts and protector of private property as well.

    Consider the reverse however, when the State is turning into not only predatory but the public particularly the young spreads graffitis on sporadic walls and bus shelters which reads ይኣክል in protest and in a daring warning to the State! More over, as the recent news echoed the confiscation of the Catholic Church’s clinics by the regime in Eritrea, the regime is relentless in crackdown on any subversive activities where the Catholic Church to its credit is historically a voice and a refugee to the oppressed and the closure of the Clinics could as well be a suspicion of the regime to that effect.

    When the regime is feeling the heat more than ever, the graffiti is gaining traction by international news outlets including CNN, BBC and DW among others as in our African brothers and sisters standing up with us and for us as well. Who would have thought we would come this far where with patience they say, one can empty an ocean with a table spoon. “Hope is a good thing, perhaps the best of all good things” says a line in “Shawshank Redemption.” Very true!

    • Amanuel

      Hi Dr Paulos
      ይኣክል is gaining traction. Look at the number of new songs coming out against the regime by famous singers.
      I have been told that the night guards in Asmara were ordered to clear any flyers before down.

      Speaking of the the “ዝባን መንግስቲ ኣብዚ ምሻን ኩልኩል እዩ” you remind me of a joke about it. You may know it but I will put it for a laugh.
      It was during the early 80s a Derg cadre was having a meeting with villagers from the outskirts of Asmara. Once he finished the meeting, he requested an old man to stand up and asked him if he knew any revolutionary slogans. The man replied no. The Cadre” have you been to Asmara?” The man replied, yes I go there for shopping. The cadre when you going next? The man next week. The cadre there are a lot of them in Asmara walls please memories some and next time we have meeting you will tell us. The man did as he was told in Asmara and in the next meeting when he was asked to shout the slogan he shouted “ዝባን መንግስቲ ኣብዚ ምሻን ኩልኩል እዩ”

      • Paulos

        Selam Aman,

        You are killing me! 😂😂😂. That is so funny! No I didn’t know that. Thank you for the laugh.

        We have never been this close to see the end of tyranny in Eritrea. I bet Isaias is already thinking in terms of a fall back plan, should the inevitable happens before he knew it. He will flee. He is not going to fight back for he is a coward.

        • Gerogee

          Paulos

          A coward is one who pretends to be somebody else.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Dr Paulos
          I wish it was as simple as that. The man is stubborn and he enjoys being challenged. It is like a game for him and he still has some cards to play with. My worst fear is that he will try to drag the country to a civil war. As you know he is not short of support from some criminal elements in the Army and that is enough for him to create havoc.

          • Paulos

            Selam Aman,

            I say, civil war is very unlikely given the socio-political history of Eritrea.

            If we look at the civil wars that had broken out in nations through out history, more often than not the cause was either ethnic, sectarian, religious or economically driven as in the US civil war. In light of that, we have none of that where the huge social capital at our own disposal is the sucrifice we all paid for independence and it is that strong bond that ties the knot and dwarfs any potential schism with in the people.

            My conviction is that, he will flee either to UAE or SA and will try to destabilize the country from afar and hoping to come back to power. That in fact is not entirely impossible where the possibility for him to come back lies if we focus on triviality as in who is assuming power and who is not instead of focusing on ideas that work in tandem with a strong political will and commitment to run the nation efficiently and effectively where the people are the ultimate sovereign.

          • Amanuel

            Hi Dr Paulos
            I understand that civil war in a wider context might be unlikely, but considering the problems we have a long regional & religion lines, he can manipulate them on the long run. One example is the Forto incident that straight away it was linked to Muslim movement.

            As for him fleeing, I am afraid I don’t see that happening in the near future as there is no credible threat from the army and security people or from “the troika” who are trying to be the king makers in our region.

  • Paulos

    Selam Abi Seb,

    Perhaps Isaias was double daring Wel-Wel when he abused Eritrea for over a quarter of a century where the “ወይልኡ ዝተንከፋ” expired in oblivion. Little did Wel-Wel know that the guards at the gate have lost their mojo long ago when they opted a life anywhere but in Eritrea. Enemies at the gate have it easy instead!

    • Peace!

      Hi Paulosay,

      That is the point precisely. I am sure he thought the people will never let the country down. እንታይ እዩ ወሪዱና ምስበልኩዎ ንሓደ እዚኣ ጆክ ነጊሩኒ

      ቅድም ይብሉኻ ሰብ ካብ ሰማይ ክወርድ እንከሎ ኣባጅጎ ንኹሉ ደድላዩ እንዳሃበ እዩ ኣውሪድዎ

      ኣሜርካውያን እንታይ ትደለዩ ምስበሎም?
      ምዕባለ ትምህርቲ ሓይሊ ኢሎሞ
      ሕራይ እንኩም ኺዱ ውረዱ ኢሉዎም

      ንጃፖንያውን ከምኡ

      ን ቻይናውያን ከምኡ

      ንራሻውያን ከምኡ

      ሪጋ ኢርትራውያን በጺሑ: እንታይ ትደልዩ ምስበሎም ናብ ቋይቂ ተቐይሩ ምስምማዕ ኣብዮም ዋዕ ዋዕ ኮይና ሰማይ ብምልእታ

      ኣድክም ምሰበልዎ በሉ ከምኣ ኢልኩም ውረዱ ኡሉዎም ..ስጋብ ሕጂ እነሃልካ ይብለካ

      Peace!

      • Paulos

        Selam Abi Seb,

        I am still laughing. Thanks for the joke. We need to hung out. You are da dude wid crackin them jokes as them say it in da hood. Of course in Asmara when the cruel man is gone.

        On a serious note though, we wouldn’t have any hang ups about his involvement in Sudan or if he sides with this or that, as long as he takes that kind of action after consulting with an elected ባይቶ or other political institutions but the guy not only does it on his own way but in whim as well If not ንኻልኦት ብምኽዳም! What a pathetic loser.

        • Peace!

          Paulosay,

          What do you expect from a brutal dictator? I think he is doing what he needs to do to survive. The blame goes to us, the people, for betraying the country and those who paid their precious life and dying in countless prisons for the country and people. I mean how bad or worse deterioration has to be before United Eritreans rescue this poor country. ዋና ዘይብላ ሃገር ረኺቡ ድላዩ ይገብራ ኣሎ.

          Peace!

      • Saleh Johar

        Peace,
        So sad but good enough to be considered true, even when it is not. It reminded me of a Lebanese joke I heard long ago. It’s about God distributing religions to the Lebanese and what each sect got –so hilarious. Remember, the joke was made in the late seventies during the Lebanese civil wars. I can’t say it here because it could offend some people. I will tell you if we meet somehow.

      • Haben

        Here is another interesting joke about Eritrean man who died and went to the gates of heaven looking for his name:
        ጊላይ: ስመይ እስከ ርአየለይ አብ መዝገብ በሎ ነቲ ሐላዊ ማእዕጾ መንግስተ ሰማይ
        ሐላዊ ማእዕጾ መንግስተ ሰማይ: ስምካ ኣብዚ የለን:ናብ ግሃንም ኬድካ ሕተት በሎ
        ጊላይ: ስመይ አብ መንግስተ ሰማይ ሲኢነዮ: እስከ አብዚ ርአየለይ ይብሎ
        ሐላዊ ማእዕጾ ግሃንም: አብዚ ክረኸቦ አይክአልኩን ስምካ: ካበየናይ ሃገር ኢኻ መጺኢኻ በሎ
        ጊላይ: ካብ ኤርትራ ኢሉ መለሰሉ
        ሐላዊ ማእዕጾ ግሃንም: ካብኡ ዝዓቢ ግሃንም የለን ኬድ ናበኡ ተመለስ በሎ ይብሃል

        ወድሃንኩም፣ ብሩክ ሰንበት

        • Peace!

          Haben,

          Good one. Speaking of ግሃንም ኢሰያስ, ሂትለር, ቡሽ ግሃንም ኣትዮም ድሕሪ ብዙሕ ግዜ ንዓዶም ቴሌፎን ክድዉሉ ተፈቒዱሎም: ምስደወሉ ድማ ከክፊሊቶም (Bill) ተቐቢሎም:: ናይ ኢሰያስ bill እቲ ዝሓሰረ (extremely cheaper) ኮይኑ ተረኺቡ. ቡሽ ምስካላኣዩ ንምንታይ ንሕና ቡዙሕ ንኸፍል ኢሎም complain ምስገበሩ: ናይ ኢሰያስ local call ስለዝኾነ እዩ ተባሂሎም.

          Peace!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Peace,

            You are right. Isaias is the permanent resident of hell, as it is the fate of any spoiler in the earth. Isaias incarnates evil in life.

            Al-Arabi

  • Hope

    Selam Wedi Abeiti/Peace:
    Not sure if I got you.
    If your point is about that,that Dude’s ‘erratic” behavior by siding with the GCC,well,I see it from a temporary national security interest point of view since practically siding with them is the ONLY leverage we might have considering the near past destructive role of the CIAs,the Mossads,the TPLFs,ect..
    Staying Neutral and /or siding with the AU,which literally means acting against the GCC and Cairo,which in return,PIA in particular and Eritrea and Eritreans in general might be cornered,in my opinion per Geo-Politics 101,not per Justice and Truth point of view,which dope NOT exist in this world.

    Did you read Cohen’s twitter?
    The Zionist State might be behind the GCC and Cairo’s stance.
    Peace,Geo-Politics is the dirtiest thing you can imagine.
    It is so obvious as to why the GCC and Cairo are behind the Transitional Military Council of the Sudan.
    PIA is ONLY following suit and executing their behind the scene agenda for obvious reasons as PIA and Eritrea shall be the perpetual victims if Qatar and Turkey sneak into the Sudan Business.

    • Peace!

      Hi Hope,

      I understand but the thing is what did we gain, have gained, or are we gaining? Isn’t geopolitics about INTEREST? ኣይከሰርናን is an insult to the people and the country.

      Peace!

      • Gerogee

        Peace

        You said ” what did we gain …?” It depends what you are trying to “gain”. There are two ways to “gain”

        1. U go get it. For example, PIA went to the desert and fought Ethiopia and help get Eritrea its Freedom.

        OR

        2. Sit and moan and grone until thy kingdom come. While you cracking jokes with Woyane worshippers.

        The choice is yours.

        • Peace!

          Hi George,

          That’s easy, thank you.

          1- Eritrea is a country, not a personal property for nobody regardless.

          2- Speaking up against brutality is absolute and moral duty. Time and place are irrelevant.

          My turn to ask you a question:
          Which position would you prefer:

          1 ኣብደገ ኮይኑ ዘጣቕዕ
          2 ኣብ ደገ ኮይኑ ዓገብ ዝብል

          Peace!

          • Gerogee

            Peace

            I am not quite sure about your reply. You probably defaulted to cryptic mode as to avoid facing the truth.

            Take 100 % responsibility for your actions. That’s what people who make things happen do.

            You, on the other hand retreating to what you know best, complaining.

            Like I said go and do it

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Peace,

            What’s do cryptic about what you asked him? I don’t think Georgee read any ERITREAN languages. I doubt even if he speaks. I think he is like those new born Christians who wanted to convert everyone, that he learned all about Eritrea from the yPFDJ brain washing seminars:).

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            Oh wow, you back. I wonder why. I am at MOD, minister of disinformation. I am working double since blink is not around. Have you noticed I am always around. Every day all day 🙂 My mission is to distract, and discombobulate.

            Anyway, what are you blabbering about? What ypfdj?. I will be honored to be with Eritrean patriot as long as I am not with Woyane worshippers. Do you know 3 months go by before I see habash?

            But I am very interested in your take about how technology can help improve our economy. And the short coming of the GOE in communicating business opportunity.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Georgee,

            I am at a event this weekend where I have a lot of ideal time.

            Look Georgee I am happy to share and contribute what I know and what I think that will benefit the ERITREAN people and the Eritrean economy.

            I think jumping to technology, like becoming users of technology, latest cars, latest telephone, latest shows, latest high tech apps, like banking etc. have little or no use to help imporove the economy. Instead, they suck real dollars out of the economy and we become just mare consumers to the west.

            How ever Eritrea can invest a lot in infrastructure, free internet access and ramp up its education system, where students can learn a lot in the digital economy and become inventors and programmes rather than just consumers. I would declare, Open source should be the only software and hardware allowed to operate in the country, if we don’t have we have to use what ever ways avaible to build it (including hiring short consultants) if needed for specific projects. It saves a lot of money abd most importantly it forces people to be inventive. South Korea is a good country to study how they become to what they are today. There is one South American country (forgot the name) who eliminated commercial software all together. Linux should be the default OS.

            Here is a good free software that’s suitable for education with limited internet access.

            https://endlessos.com

            Please share with who ever you think can benefit from. But I must warn you, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t exoect to develop as in using technology and at the same time expect to keep the education in dire condition and keeping people in the dark.

            Second point I would like to suggest is, instead of looking to find excuses and blame others for all our problems (Israel, US, Weyane, West, UN, AU, etc) let’s find solution to our own problems and accept the facts honestly. HabaEi Quslu HabaEi Fewsu. One who hides his disease, hides his cure.

            For example, yesterday you try to explain why Eritreans leave their country. You try to paint it’s due to economic reason and envy because what others have been able to ahieve so there is a lot of appeal. That may be true in the short term, like any country goes through hardship / war but it can’t be a long term no solution problem. The government have responsibility to solve it, honesty it’s simple.

            Here is what ERITREAN governmebt decides to do.

            1) end indefinite national services and stick to the term limit
            2) once one meets the obligation, the government gives rights to free movement including giving passport to travel where ever one wish to travel. If thousands of people leave, it’s up to them and they can leave. They finger print them as they obtain their passports so they know who is ERITREAN citizen or not.
            3) they accept any or all ERITREAN deported from foreign countries and welcome them to return, no questions asked, unless following proper legal means.

            In other words, this frees Eritreans from getting blanket refugee status and trust me the west could not have been happy to deport them. It will create some inconvenience for some but the exsodos will be solved.

            The government can negotiate a resettlement deal on behave of those Eritreans from the western countries that can help kick start the economy. For example, to help them venture in tourism industry, that would be the easiest thing to start.

            May be enough fir today. But honesty Georgee, IA is Hasad (someone with evil eye) he does not want to see Eritreans prosper and live in peace.

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            I am trying to reel you in 🙂 slowly. I don’t think you get me at all

            1. I believe 100 % in taking responsibility.

            2. Eritrea should have been in a lot more position than we are now.

            3. But, but you are making a major mistake in dismissing the external enemies. Are they are caused as a result of PIA. And that US and other are not negatively affecting Eritrea and Eritreans. That would be irresponsible, and reckless. You are trying to ignore an established fact that regime change is active and regime change is done for the sole benefit of US. And that regime change would not happen if PIA was there.

            This kind of debate sucks creative energy. You will not dislodge me or other Eritreans. I will go further and say your motivation will be questioned when you blindly accept UN and other international organizations who allowed illegal sanctions. It is abundantly clear and it was discovered that UN workers were caught exchanging emails that encourages regime change.

            It is one thing to oppose the government but to collaborate with an entity that ignore our plight and not even mentioned the guilty party with the illegal occupying government.

            Come on Berhe. They never said anything to Ethiopia to this day. It is dishonest on your part. It defines logic.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Hope,

      A question: Why does Isaias ignore Africans and make friendship with the Arabs, specially GCC?

      Al-Arabi

  • Gerogee

    Dear all

    Paulos said Meles Zenawi is his HERO. That is interesting. I mean, how is it a guy like Paulos can make such a profound statement and the rest of you guy so called formers say nothing? How? Talk about hypocrisy.

    I like Paulos. He is an easy target. An example to point at. A man we, worshippers of PIA can point to and say, you see the so called opposition are a bunch of Woyanes. He makes it easy for us. I have a lot of respect for him. Because he just couldn’t live in shame. He can’t take it anymore. He is out and Proud!!!

  • Gerogee

    Dear all (except Woyane)

    I am developing an economic model. Even better than one developed by GOE. It is actually so easy and simple that even Berhe, the smartest guy in the forum have inadvertently mentioned it…stay tuned.

  • Gerogee

    Dear all

    Breaking news!…

    Massive protests in Asmara. It is reported that 14 people have been shot. Countless people have been injured. There are also reports of mutiny in the army. Several Eritrean soldiers have crossed to Ethiopia. The US state department have issued statement “we condemn the killing of innocent people ” the US has sent an envoy to Ethiopia. Kenya and igad have also called for fact finding mission to go to Eritrea.

    Now BBC is reporting that Eritrean deaths squad is going house to house arresting young men.

    African Union has asked United Nations to investigate the incident.

    Meanwhile British government has call emergency security council meetings.

    The UNITED Nations security council has demanded Eritrea allow UN fact finding mission in to Eritrea.

    Since Eritrea refused to allow UN officials from entering Eritrea. UN has imposed no fly zone for humanitarian assistance. The no fly Zone will be enforced by coalition of SAUDI AND DUBAI…

    Heavy fighting has been reported at the border of Eritrea and Ethiopia. It is not clear what Ethiopia motive is.

    The Ethiopian government have admitted that there is fighting but claimed it was started by Eritrean government.

    The security council have approved a humanitarian intervention is needed to protect women and children. As such African rapid response teams have been dispatched to Djibouti.

    Pentagon officials have admitted that US Airforce has been giving support to the African led coalition forces.

    It is reported that the coalition forces have reached the outskirts of the capital city Asmara.

    In the meantime the newly formed Eritrean government have convines its first ever meeting at the historic city Axium.

    In its declaration the newly for formed Eritrean government has made statement, that both Ethiopia and Eritrea are very similar and decided that it will be part of Ethiopia.

    • Paulos

      George,

      You missed out one crucial fact of the news: The people hanged Isaias the menace upside down right at ጎደና ሓርነት!

      • Gerogee

        Paulos

        Never!

        • Paulos

          George,

          The last leader of a country who was hanged upside down was Benito Mussolini and what is even more interesting about it is that, a year or so ago before the hanging, his ardent supporters were saying, “Never” at the question if he was going to be tried for all the crimes he had committed. Little did they know that, the sound of inevitability caught up with them as it is now with Isaias the sadist.

          • Gerogee

            Paulos

            He is our sadist. And I will replace him.!

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dr Paulos,

        We can borrow the classical French guillotine to cut his head both as punishment and to send a message for future tyrant to be.

        • Paulos

          Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

          The entire continent is waiting for that day and perhaps the whole world! The guy is evil through and through.

          • Gerogee

            Paulos

            What do you call sending 120 human beings to a minefield to their death?

            1. Cake walk

            2. Stroll in the park

            3. Population reduction

            4. Cost effectiveness

            5. Composting

          • Paulos

            George,

            Sure thing brother. Sure thing.

    • Haile WM

      Gherghish,
      put down whatever you smoking, whether is ganja or jinjibil, it’s not good for your mental health.

      • Gerogee

        Dear Haile. WM

        Himmm, I never really paid attention to you. I have read some of your exchange with Nitriic. You did not impress me. You are not even worth my retarded reply 😀.

        Let’s start with your name. Haile. WM

        Hemume Woyane Messenger. And let’s reply to your question. No, I don’t take anything. I won’t let anything control me. 2nd. I was just reminding people that things can drastically change. Right before our eye, Eritrea can be gone. I need not remind you what happened to Syria, Somalia and Libya.

        Xanax, it is highly recommended to characters like you, envious filled Woyane.

        • Haile WM

          dear Gherghish,

          you must be an intelligent chap, and by the highest standard of PFDJ, you posses a binary intelligence i.e. woyane and non woyane intelligence. everything that goes out of this scope you can’t comprehend. 0 and 1.
          you are impressing me a lot Gherghish.
          Keep up the good binary work 😉

          • Paulos

            Selam Haile,

            Man, that is ingenious! Weyane, non-Weyane binary intelligence. Brilliant!

          • Gerogee

            Dear Haile (Woyaneti messenger)

            You they say great minds think a like. It’s like PIA bad Woyane good, right

    • Hope

      hahaha Georgio:
      A Classic Modus Operandi of the Western Colonialists and their mercenaries.

  • Hope

    Breaking New!
    The Chairman of the Transitional Military Council of the Sudan just returned home from visiting Asmera!
    Immediately then after,the Eri-Sudanese Border has just opened completely!

    Berhino and Horizon:
    Go figure it out!
    Yep,that DUDE knows what he is talking about .
    No permanent friends but INTEREST!
    No room for the Qatari-Turkish sponsored Muslim Brotherhood!

    • Gerogee

      Hope

      Hate to disagree. The US is on a to something. This purely my assessment.

      1. The US knows PIA health, he was treated by Qataris etc…they know he won’t be around long.

      2. They are playing nice so when the time comes they can insert there man…Haile Menkorkrios comes to mind. Remember he was and is testing the water. It is not random . The 7min BBC short video about PIA background

      3. African intellectual…which is a code word people who have been bought…

      I can go on and on…they are little by little trying to crack the Eritrean unity.

      If you really want to know how far the US wants Eritrea, Just ask Eritrean refugees, specially if they are family. They will tell you things that would spin your head. By the way these are kids that openly criticize PIA and his generals.

      For example, they ask you if you had driving license or drove a car. If you say yes they then they want to know who you were driving for, meaning if you were a driver for a high ranking officer, you would immediately be questioned, by TPLF officer disguised as translator. Then US officials, homeland security officials, a female, at the time…if you are really interesting by guys that fly “tibishua helicopter” the small helicopter.
      I forgot they ask for the cell phone number of your immediate commander.

      Here is the sad and scary thing the GOE doesn’t seem to have learned its lesson. We are highly compromised.

      • Hope

        Selam George:
        I agree with what you said specially when you courageously said:

        “Here is the sad and scary thing the GOE doesn’t seem to have learned its lesson. We are highly compromised”.

        Well,my follow up question is :

        What shall/SHOULD we do then as CONCERNED CITIZENS or what should the PFDJ /IA’s Govt do then before it is too late by repeating same mistakes over and over and yet expecting a different result(INSANITY by defn)??

        The answer is given to you in my previous long response.
        Your usual litany or lamentation about the role of the CIA,the African Intellectuals,the AU,the IGAD,etc…is understandable,which I read at the TN,where they went banana cursing the messengers rather than focusing on the messages.

        I also read the lame and irrelevant response of the PFDJ to the Letter of the African Intellectuals.

        Let us focus on their messages,NOT the messengers:
        What they are saying is truthful and factual.
        let us get the message and do our home work before it is to late.
        The past is the past and t an enemy is an enemy and do NOT expect anything thing positive or constructive from your enemies.

        with all due respect Gergio,this is NOT to impress you but to reaffirm to you that I have been there,have seen that and have done that as a former Yellow Card Holding PFDJista that what you and other pro-PFDJ cadres and Gangs are doing is a familiar and a common treacherous defensive propaganda through character assassination of the messengers.

    • Paulos

      Selam Dr. Hope,

      The only time Isaias stops shooting in his foot is when he is reloading his gun. Nothing good comes out of the chronically loser dude. And this time around ain’t an exception either.

    • Selam Hope,

      Let’s forget about what you wrote in your other post. I haven’t read it due to the time difference. If it is indecent it is really immaterial, if not, so much the better. We don’t come to awate to solve the ethio-eritrean problem or to win a war. It is mainly to discuss the ethio-eritrean politics. Our discussion after all is not going to bring an iota of change in the politics of both countries, because we are ordinary citizens unknown to both governments. Who cares what Horizon and Hope say? If we make it decent, it shows our civility and maturity. Therefore, i am ready to continue to engage you, i guad Horizon. Remember, you gave me Abi’s title, and he will not be happy with that.

      Now, to the issue you brought. I do not think that IA is playing any important role in the sudanese crisis. He is functioning as an intermediary between the troika and the military council, conveying messages to and fro. He had been to cairo, and most probably he came back with a message for the military council. Be sure the troika do not want to be seen standing with the military and they would rather choose to work from behind the scene. IA, of course, doesn’t give a dime for what others say. I doubt that the civilian council from the opposite side will take him as an independent peace broker.

      “No permanent friends but INTEREST!” you said, but you forget that this is not a naive world, but a world full of cut-throat politics. From the clever guy to becoming the big victim, is not far away. The prize that comes out of serving others is sometimes gravely paid. If you are saying that a civilian government is a muslim brotherhood government, then IA is clearly standing with al-sisi, who came to power by using the same card, when he deposed the democratically elected government and brought dictatorship, the worst type for that as many say. Will the civilian council trust IA? I doubt.

      Therefore, there is nothing to rejoice about. It is simply a pattern of being involved in the wrong way in other people’s business, while dumping completely other more important issues back home. The opening of the borders doesn’t mean much either, when one considers his unpredictable nature. This time it is sudan that is opening the borders and not IA. Let’s hope he will not close it.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Ahlan Horizon,

        The military council doesn’t require Isaias mediation. They have an excellent connection with the troika as well as the opposition. Both sides, the military and opposition are under the troika. The only part that is outside the troika are the people of Sudan.

        Isaias is very scary from the situation in the Sudan. He mostly dreads that things may go wrong in the Sudan like that in Libbia. First Isaias went to Al-Sisi to get news about Sudan and pacify himself. I guess the visit to Cairo didn’t give him much satisfaction and rest, therefore he invited Al-Burhan to visit Asmara. This is the second time that Isaias becomes terrified and sees the total failure of his project that he worked to accomplish five decades.

        Al-Arabi

  • Yohannes Zerai

    DearAll,

    In my earlier comment on the current thread, I had tried to point out that Isaias Afewerki’s political thinking and alignment vis-à-vis the current upheaval in the Sudan are guided not by such lofty ideals as rationality, legality, justice, national interest, etc. but rather by convenience, opportunism, egotistical considerations and vindictiveness.

    But these kinds of outlooks, decisions and actions have been the staples, rather than anomalies of his politics during his three-decade dictatorial rule of Eritrea. Isaias may not want to admit it or, worse, may not even realize it given his screwed-up mental state; but the path he has taken in politics and governance have invariably led to nothing but contradictions and outright lies as well as his own defeats and humiliations.

    It suffices to briefly consider his handling of a couple of national-interest issues to show what a fraud Isaias really is. Following Eritrea’s formal independence in 1993, he declared a fake policy of “self-reliance” as the guiding “principle” of his governance philosophy. Few years later, he even arrogantly urged African leaders to “learn from his example.” But in actual fact, there has not been a single year during his 28-year-rule of Eritrea when Isaias Afeworki did not have an ARAB BOSS looking over his shoulders; a boss who told him what to do and “funded” him for his services! — the successive Custodians of the ‘House of Saud’ (Saudi), the Al-Thanis (Qatari), the Al-Nahyans, (Emirati), the Gaddafis, the Mubaraks, the El-Sisis have all played that role at one time or another!!!

    Early in his dictatorial rule too, Isaias had declared that “Eritrea or any part of it are not for sale, and we are not going to ever allow anyone to have a military base in our country.” In reality, it has been almost 4 years since the Saudis and Emiratis have been basking in the warm sea waters off the Red Sea coast of Assab and environs and having fun in the sweltering sun of the area! Earlier rumors and unconfirmed reports had it that the Israelis, the Iranians or perhaps both had — simultaneously or at different times — clandestinely enjoyed the same privileges at different locations along Eritrea’s Red Sea coast.

    It won’t surprise me one bit if those suspicions will have proved true when Isaias departs the scene. We see the KSA/UAE owning a base in Eritrea today; it is not far-fetched to believe that some other countries are likely to have done the same in the 20 years before them. Be that as it may, what should really matter at this stage is that Isaias’s assertions and “principled positions” have been proven, time and again, to be nothing but deceit and hogwash!

    A careful reading of Eritrea’s post-independence history shows that the guy is a hypocritical humbug who has fooled so many for so long, but is now self-exposing his cruel, evil, deceptive and thuggish characteristics at an amazing rate and in so many dramatic ways as he FAST APPROACHES HIS INEVITABLE DEMISE!! It is possible that Eritrea’s misfortune lay in the fact that this lunatic was kept caged and on a tight leash for more than 15 years by the international community. It is now obvious that, were he left alone from the beginning, he would have self-destructed a long time ago!

    Oh, well! What now?

    While it is true that precious time has, indeed, been unnecessarily wasted, there should be no regrets about the past since the long-deferred self-destruction is bound to happen sooner than we think!

    Thank you

    • Nitricc

      Hi YZ; speaking of thusggishness; how come you never criticize or speak negatively about the original thugs, the TPLF? You know that you never uttered anything about them, why not? what is your agenda and motives? hmmmmmm.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Nitrickay,

        Cultivate your ability to match his caliber and his scope of knowledge on the subject at hand, then you can debate with him than throwing your temper tantrum at him. The subject at hand is the “political upheaval in Sudan” and the external actors who are trying to influence the outcome.

        • Gerogee

          Dear Aman

          How can you dispense advice when you are the one that needs it. You are here admiring Woyane. A very dishonest organization. A shortsighted and very distractive thugs.

          Nitric applys common sense to come to his conclusions. He is smart and intuitive.

          You on the other hand could careless about Eritrea. You have openly suggested a Woyane invasion of Eritrea. A very reckless idea. I know you gone try to reply by saying “surgical”.

          Amanuel we are post debate. The line has been drawn. There is no point to debate. The likes of Zeri are doing the bedding for Woyane

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Gerogee,

            “Nitric applys common sense to come to his conclusions. He is smart and intuitive.” what? really?

            How do you say so when he even don’t know the story of TPLF?

            He is not matching the good Aman single point..you all must know that Amuni was fighting against that front long back..

            KS,,

          • Gerogee

            Hi KS

            You are always cheering for Woyane worshippers. Let’s get back to the statement you made about Nittric not knowing TPLF. KS, what is there to know about them? There deeds are in full display. There evil acts are now costing the lives of innocent Ethiopians, Somalis and Eritreans. What language to you want us to use for you to understand that we are disgusted by them?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Hi Gerogee.

            At least, remember what I am saying is really what I have seen..Practically, I have seen him long back when he (Amuni) was fighting but not Nitric..

            It is nice to debate ideas not arguing (but we should be honest and real.) ..

            KS,,

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ኮኸብ፡

            ክላኸፍ ፍቐደለይ
            ዋጥነት ሒዙኒ እንድኣለይ

            እንታይሞ እንታይሞ
            ወዲ ሕድራት ወዲ ዘሞ
            በዓል ጉልጉል ባድመ ሃዘሞ
            ቀደም ንወያነ እንተዝስዕሮም’ሞ
            እዝጊ ምገረሞ፡ ንሰብ መስደመሞ
            ኤርትራ ኣይምተረፈትን ዘርሞ ዘርሞ
            እንታይሞ እንታይሞ፡ እንታይሞ እንታይሞ

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi George,

            I have said it many times that I haven’t support TPLF. But I did support the administration of PMZ and the governing party EPRDF. Now let me compare and contrast our positions on the Ethiopian politics and their leaders.

            I know the ruling party in Ethiopia till this date is EPRDF and their Prime ministers are from EPRDF For fact. I talk from the book. But you on the other side believe if the PM is from the Oromo it is the government of Oromo. Similarly if he is from Tigray and other coalition front you see it that way. You talk out of the book. So we can’t even debate on the success and failure of EPRDF. PM Abiy and PM Hailemariam are the leaders of EPRDF. However your politics work, you are not talking by their official political book and how they run their elections. All the policy of their leaders is the policy of EPRDF. Any argument outside of that framework are baseless and unproductive for engagement. Is it clear for you now? Don’t waste your time in accusing me for something it isn’t my position. Since I don’t live in the past, I will not bring your unholy alliance with TPLF against myself and the organization I belong with. Right George?

          • Gerogee

            Aman

            I understand you want to look at things “objectively”. That is good and fine in the universe that have to be yet discovered.

            1. call people by there right name. For example, Prime Minister Zenawi should be called Crook minister zerafi….this will help you see thing in there right perspective. Now repeat after me…C-r-o-o–k M-I-n-I-n-s-t-r zerafi. There you go. It was not hard, was it? It is so easy even Berhe can do it.😀

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi George,

            Once you understood me that I see issues objectively, that is more than enough for me. The rest of your demand from me is simply politicking. I haven’t learned politics by spoon feeding as you did from your demigod. I have learned from my own free will in “a political environment” that allows the freedom to accept and reject any ideological philosophy. You can see us and read us on the nature of our debate to those who came from the same environments speaking without fear objectively on the truth.

          • Gerogee

            Aman

            There is nothing that indicates you have any kind of realistic understanding of how “politics” work. Any one that admires Woyane midget need a heavy dosage of Adderall.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Georgee,

            “Crook minister zerafi” you know how we would say this in Tigrina..”እተን አጣል እሞ ወሲዶመን፡ ጸርፊ ግን ዝገድፍናሎም የብልናን፡፡”, while they talk your land all you can do is utter some insult word.

            I think you are working 24 hrs a day trying to deflect the attention from what’s going on inside Eritrean and the pressure the dictator is in. The UN, the AU, African intellectuals, the Diaspora yiAkl, and most importantly coverage on BBC and CNN “The social media campaign that aims to topple leader of ‘Africa’s North Korea'” of the #yiAkl from from inside Eritrea.

            This is what driving you crazy and keeping you up all night. I know you knowledge of Eritrea language rough so I will help you with some translation..

            ሳዋ ይአክል sawa yiaKl #enough Sawa
            ዙር ፈንቅል Zure Fenqil “Round of [sawa] to uproot [the PFDJ]” Uproot”
            ሳዋ አይንወርድን sawa ayniwerdin we are not going to Sawa

            #yiAkl ዙር ፈንቅል!!!

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Dear Berhe

            UN

            AU

            African “irrelevants”

            They are your assurance? Well you are in a good company. It tell a lot about you. You are amplifying your ignorance and recklessness. It speaks volumes about your level of desperation.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Gerogee,

            If they were irrelevant, you wouldn’t think your dictator would go bananas over the Sudanese revolution. I never said, they are our assurance but an important addition to the struggle of our people. The support and recognition of the international community is important, it will help us propel in the next phase of our struggle. No body is depending on them to do the jobs for us…

            No desperation at all, our people have shown that they are quite patient to topple the dictator without taking any short cuts…he wants violence but we refused.

            Look how pathetic your god is…wasn’t he a month ago accusing “Sudan ” of Islamic extremism trying to undermine his government with Qatar and Turkey…Now what happened to the same Sudan government (the same Al Bashir General) that he has invited with open arms.

            You know why he is in Eritrea, because IA is like a drug smuggler for the drug dealers. It goes like this… SA and UAE send money to Egypt…and Egypt pass it on to IA and he pass it on to the Sudan janjeweed general…

            The war on civilians will intensify in the next few days and weeks..that’s the legacy of IA, angel of death መለአከ ሞት. I hope the Sudanese people are ready and prepared to preempt to stop what’s prepared for them…

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            “We don’t depend on them” himm, didn’t your so called movement got paid to have a “meeting ” in London. Think about it for a second, your movement is so pathetic that a foriegn entity paid for your transportation, hotel, food and God knows what. How low can you get.

            This shows that you have no traction. It is not Eritrean movement. It is a regime change agenda by a foriegn government. If Eritrea means that much to you, you would not paid to have a meeting.

            Eritrea police of non interference is actually have been proven time and again. If u care to pay attention, Ethiopian invasion of Somalia led to more disasters and it is still not resolved.
            1. Afganistan 20 +years

            2. Iraq..16years

            3. Stray

            4. Libya

            5. Yemen

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Gerogee,

            Do you actually think our people are some 3 years old that you can full them with Candy? Do you have that much contempt to our people that they don’t know the difference?

            Can you open the PFDJ books and show us where it’s source of money is to run it’s evil against our people? Gadaffi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, illegal arms brokering deal, the Tamil tigers, the mining using slave labor, illegal PFDJ tax, UN, EU and US development aid…

            What’s the problem for Eritrean opposition to get some funds to hold meetings, to stage demonstrations, to fight the regime using non violent means..it’s all kosher, in fact it’s not enough.

            If you want to avoid these, the simple answer would be for the dictator to hold democratic elections and if he gets the mandate by the people (majority) then he will be FREE to rule. Anything less than that, he makes / force people to use, I will say and I will repeat, “What ever means necessary”.

            I know you listed some of the less successful means of removing the regime…I personally advocate for the non violent means because they are less costly and more successful.

            But how convenient you forgot to list those that are very, very successful..

            1) Serbia
            2) Tunisia
            3) Egypt
            4) Ukraine
            5) Sudan

            just to name a few.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            First of, congrats on Raptors history maker victory!

            Second, this guy George is absolutely clueless and a certified mor*n. ሀ እንዳበልካዮ መ ዝብል ሰብ’ዩ። You better ignore him.

          • Gerogee

            Paulos

            A Woyane worshippers calling me morons ha ha ha…..I am cracking up😀

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            Thank you. It was crazy, I took the day off after watching the game and parting last night. Had some time to kill.

            I thought Nitic was Hangol derho but never seen anyone like him.

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            I know it’s hard for you but think for a second. Poulos has openly said “Meles is my Hero”

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Gerogee,

            I don’t known when he said it, so what. What Melles did for the people of Tigray and Ethiopia is much to be admired, specially the economic progress.

            What has IA has done for Eritrea, remotely close?

            Don’t tell me, Ethiopians are starving, this or that… but how much the population grew… how much the economy grew… how many universities, hospitals, collages, infrastructure etc was build, roads, etc.

            Ethiopia GDP from less than 5 billion in 1991, it’s over 140 billion dollars today. Population from 50 million to over 100 million…

            Can you tell me what’s Eritrea GDP now and how much was it in 1991.

            Sure he could have done better in the political space.,,, but economically speaking, nothing short of a miracle.

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            You made an interesting case about your beloved Woyaneti. First, I want to congratulate you on your coming out and declaring dedebit mind set.

            Let’s see Woyane economic miracle. One must ask a very simple and yet very important question. How is Ethiopia today?

            1.Doea the Average college graduate can get a job?

            2. Why is water and electricity being rationed in the capital city?

            3. How is Ethiopia external debt?

            4. Is Ethiopia able to produce enough food to feed its people.

            5. How is it that 65% of its budget is paid for by World bank.

            6. Since 1970s to this day why Ethiopia have 20 million people on the brink of death?

            7. How is it Ethiopia can not stand on its own?

            8. If Ethiopia was and is growing how is it that they had to borrow 1billion from Abu Dhabi?

            9. Can you name any innovation from Ethiopia in the last 30 years?

            10. 1.4 million Tigray people are on food aid? How so?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Georgee,

            Can you tell me what I asked you about Eritrea?

            What’s Eritrea GDP now? What’s Eritrea GDP in 1991-3?

            What’s Eritrea’s population now? What was Eritrea population?

            It’s simple to understand Ethiopia’s problems. The population growth is out pacing the economic growth. Had the population growth was relatively modest, I think all those deficient that you listed would have been managed better.

            Speaking of Melles, I think he would have handled the current affairs since 2012 much better that HD or Abiy.

            Now back to you, what has Isayas achieved in the last 20 years? Other than Adi Halo?

            BTW, have you heard about Denaday?

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            “I think meles would have handle it better than HD and PAA” Yes you are right,

            1. He would have now down thousand people. Remember 2005 election? He killed easy 500+people in a matter of 2 hours.

            2. Then you declared himself 99% winner.

            GDP, GDP you keep throwing the acronym as if it means anything to the average person anywhere, not just Ethiopia. The question is has that GDP translated to a tangible progress for the average Ethiopian. Has it developed Ethiopia where it can stand on it’s own? Can the Ethiopian government pay for it self? The answer is no.

            3. In real terms it can be argued, considering the amount of money that was given to them. It was an epic failure.

            4. Do the math. Add all the money they have gotten from the time of guerrilla war where they swiendle money from NGO to now. And compare that to what they gotten out you will see…what I am talking about.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Georgee,

            Ok I believe to everything you said.

            Now answer: what has Isayas done for ERITREAN people in the last 20 years.

            Just one example at least. You have nothing….

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; as usual you are back to it. in the last 20 years PIA fend off invasion by your master TPLF; in which TPLF agenda was to make Eritrea just like Somalia. The plan was to get rid of PIA, install pupate government that shall be ordered from Mekelle and see back and watch Eritreans eat each other out. That was the plan, you fool. And that plan was foiled by none but by the people of Eritrea and their leader. Not only that did you know how many dams constructed during no war no peace and sanction years? I know those things don’t meant to you because you don’t know what hard work is and its satisfactions. After all you live in Canada, no one should blame you for not knowing.

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            1st I like to say thank you for engaging me in a civilized way. You know I am one of the most humble people I know. Now let’s get back to the question that you asked what has Isays has done for Eritrean?

            The primary responsibility of any government is protecting the country from outsiders who wish to harm us or worst coloniz us .As commander in chief he protected Eritrea so I can have a country called Eritrea.

            Could he have done more? The answer is very much so. As a matter of fact all Eritreans collectively have failed regardless of the external treat.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Georgee,

            You are welcome. Aboy Fiqadu naElom yineau.

            In other words he did NOTHING in the last 20 years.

            Thanks
            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi George,

            I saw a sign of change of heart in you in this comment. A good sign if you don’t flip back again. I think the treatment enhanced cognitive induction to change your moods. You will be loved brother. I will be glad to find my lost sheep.

          • Gerogee

            Oh Aman

            What statement made you think that?

          • Kaleb

            Hi Berhe,
            I guarantee you will never get an answer to your question without the word “TPLF”. IA and his sympathizers reminds me the “Family guy” mayoral debate episode (to become Mayor of Quahog). Lois, one of the final runners, for any kind of question the voters asked her, her response was “9-11” (Nine Eleven), repeating 9-11. It’s funny, please watch the link below, it is less than 2 minutes. The implication being IA and his sympathizers are now repeating the word “TPLF, T-P-L-F” in every sentence for every sensitive question they have been encountered.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm3d43HLyTI

            1. Why the political space still closed?
            TPLF…
            2. Why political prisoners have not yet released?
            TPLF…
            3. Why we don’t have elections?
            TPLF…
            4. Is IA a dictator?
            TPLF…
            5. Why the economy in bad shape?
            TPLF…

            That implies, as long as TPLF is functioning Eritreans don’t deserve to have democratic government, democratic institutions and growing economy.

            The first step to reconcile with the past is to admit mistakes has been done without externalizing the matter, ask forgiveness , then start moving to the right direction.

            Thanks,

          • Gerogee

            Bereh

            Tamil Tigers? Ouch! and you believe that? Ha ha ha….😀😀😀 Berhe, listen, why stop there, maybe Colombian NARCOs…MS13, crips and bloods ? Ha ha….I swear you are pulling my legs. There is no way you are that gullible. No…I refuse to believe that. I think you are auditioning for universes gullible guy😀

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            I just noticed you listed countries that you think have ” successfu” government change.

            1. I was only mentioning countries that were forced up on regime change. As in regime change induced by the Evil Empire.

            2. 2nd the countries that you listed as “successful” needs elaboration. For example take look at Egypt. Removing Mubarak may have been “good” because he have outlived his usefulness to USA. Maybe Al sisy may not be good for the ordinary Egyptian. He maybe a useful, planted and cultivated American mole. You just never know

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Georgee,

            It’s quite simple really. Democracy is the best type of government there is. It’s proven for the last 200 plus year and every nation that made strive towards it has done well. There is no Africa, Asia or European thing. It’s global.

            The US or Isreae or what ever conspiracy that you dream about, can’t do much in a democratic governments, even if they do the outcome is ineffective.

            By the same token, no dictator ship has been successful in any country or society in the long term.

            We as Eritreas should try to strive towards democratic institution, because a country is a lot more than single individual.

            Question for you: what happens to Eritrea if Isayas drops dead tomorrow?

            Should Eritrea disappear with him?

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            There are a lot of us who will replace him.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Yohannes,

      When one reads your first comment and this one as continuation of it, which are breathtaking geopolitical analysis, then one could wonder as to why you didn’t integrate and weave them in to an article, to be placed in the front page of Awate. If I were you, I wouldn’t let them to disappear in the forest of Awate comments. Excellent analysis. Keep your geopolitical analysis.

      Thank you.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Aman.

        Yes,,, really..I was thinking the same..He could do that just only expanding..Nice…

        KS..

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Selam Amanuel and Kokhob Selam,

        Thank you both for the appreciation and encouragement.

        It is interesting, is it not, that the two of you independently thought that I should have combined (or still should combine) my last two expanded comments into a full-fledged article — the same idea that came to my mind, but not until I was halfway through typing in the second comment and still foresaw the need for a third one if I were to complete my comment on the thread!! I knew that each of the two related comments was already a long “Hateta”, and my decision to post my comment in ‘parts’ had resulted from my desperate attempt to avoid making my overall comment a “Super Hateta” if I were to post it in one piece! At any rate, posting a third long “Hateta” would have been crazy; and so, I told myself “Enough, stop it right there!”

        It was at that moment that it dawned on me I could have planned from the outset to present my views in an article, rather than in multiple lengthy comments. But, that was that! I now have to think if I want to put my comments together and expand their contents into an article. But, whatever I will end up doing with the idea, thank you both for suggesting it.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate,

    Today a political prisoner has died in Eritrea. His name is Saeed Mohamed Ali Saeed. The 32 years old is from Akhriya and have been languishing in Ala prison. He was arrested in 31 October 2017 during the Al Dia’a School peaceful demonstration.

    The late Haji Mussa passed away in the same situation.

    The regime has a policy not to provide health care to political prisoner until they diet in a hospital.

    May Allah bless him and give to his family Iman!

    • Amanuel

      Dear Brhan
      My condolences to his family and friends. RIP.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Amanuel; how do you know this is true? Because somebody posted something and the must true, huh? You people are amazing and feel sorry for your kind, a weakest link.

    • Paulos

      Selam Brhan,

      May he rest in peace and may God give his family comfort and all the strength they need in this difficult time.

  • Hope

    Hello the GN:

    Forgive me for duplicating the post for the sake of clarification of my points/opinion.

    1)”The statement added, “efforts exerted towards reforming the AU have not succeeded to date,” without explaining the efforts though it expressed its perplexity over the AU’s “unwitting role to provide suitable pretexts for external intervention,” criticizing “the AU’s posturing on the events unfolding in Sudan,” which it characterized as “vivid illustration of this deplorable state of affairs.”

    Please, read history about the OAU and now the AU and its ineptness and dysfunctional status for 70 yrs or–since it inception. in generl and its failure in the cases of Somalia,Libya and specially on Eritrea as recent as yesterday,when it allowed the dead-for-good PMMZ and its mercenary clique to do what ever it wanted to do on Eritrea and Eritreans and you should be the FIRST one to join the GoE to criticize the AU..

    You know better than your audience.

    2)”The Government of Eritrea also requested the AU “to refrain from internationalizing and exacerbating the situation in Sudan.”

    Again ,you know EXACTLY what that quote means and what it stands for.

    3)”Now that PM Abiy’s office indicated his mediations are in support of the AU efforts, it is not known whether Isaias Afwerki will condemn the Ethiopian mediation.”

    Please,avoid insulting the Intelligence and the well informed Forumers here in general and Eritreans in particular.
    What both PIA and Dr AAA said are the same in spirit and approach.
    The key word here is ” Internationalizing”.

    I know PIA might be trying to “appease” his ” Bosses” in Cairo and the GCC.,,but his stand has been the same for ever.
    Dr AAA is doing thing per his own initiative and as the IGAD President of the year.
    Both PIA and DR AA might have talked under ground as well.

    The role of Cairo and the GCC might have emanated based on Sudan’s membership of the Arab league and of the GCC Coalition…and for simple strategic and geo-political reasons,which they/ we cannot avoid or blame them for obvious reasons..

    4)”In the last, Isaias Afwerki was very critical of the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia where he played “a spoiler role with the help of Libyan funds”. In 2009 he was accused of supporting the Al-Shabaab armed group and the accusation led to a UN Security Council sanction that was enforced against the Eritrean government until late last year when it was lifted with the support of PM Abiy Ahmed.
    Now that Ghaddafi of Libya is dead and Libya in turmoil, Isaias’ government has become an ally of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the two countries that are believed to be bankrolling the Sudanese Military Council.”

    I found this very interesting analysis and allegation but,as usual,you shied away from stating the brutal fact that it was the GoE/PIA,who came up with the most realistic and Practical solutions for Somalis and the Somalis,which was messed up after the DEVIL and its mercenaries intervened,which you conveniently and deliberately avoided to state as that fact you AVOIDED is part and parcel of the old news and analysis you attempted to compile /make.

    • Gerogee

      Hope

      Excellence and very detailed analysis. I’m a dad it’s very clear thinking also. Thank you

      • Hope

        Thanks George!
        Disclaimer:
        For the most part,I agree with your balanced comments and in fact,some here thought Georgevwas the same as Hope due to our similar views specially on issues like :
        -the role of the CIA and its empire and mercenaries
        -the TPLF GANG and the status of its mercenaries ,our so called TPLF sponsored Opposition Groups
        -The National Security Interest of Eritrea
        But here are few facts we need to be close to:
        -That the above history, factors and enemies should not be obstacles to:
        -The UNCONDITIONAL Declaration of Amnesty and National Reconciliation to be followed by
        1)The implementation of our inclusive and modified Constitution and all of its Provisions(I agree that the Election part of it should be the last phase )
        a)Freedom of Economy-the Private Sector
        b) Freedom of Regulated Movement
        c)Freedom of Regulated Freedom of Speech and Assembly
        d) Relative Freedom of Religion per the applicable Law of the Land
        e) Freedom of Education

        2)The Demarcation issue vis-a-vis the confusing and flip-flopping comments of PIA

        3)The UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE of Political Prisoners and the prisoners of Conscience
        -This should follow after National Reconciliation and Amnesty are declared thru a Legal Reconciliation Committee ,which should include a National Commission for Compensation and Healing Committee
        If S Africa and its people achieved it,why not Eritrea and Eritreans?
        The problem is that your Hero,PIA is NOT ready for the above Noble Cause for reason known to him and probably for obvious reason -like FEAR of Retaliation and loss of power, like all Dictators do!

        • Gerogee

          Hope

          I am the same guy. Can’t you tell by my none-speller a** lol
          But…but…here is a the thing…can you really have all those things with a guy like

          1. Paulos

          2. Amanuel Hidrat

          3. How about shifty guy like Ismail AA…I mean what kind of country we gonna have?

  • mokie berhe

    Salam all. Two days after his meeting with PMAA, Debrestion has stated that ‘The people of Tigray have developed a sentiment for secession due to deliberate ethnic attack targeting Tigray’. Whilst, Abraha Desta, leader of Arena Tigray, in a Facebook post, said that the TPLF has worked on secessionist sentiment in Tigray so as to enhance TPLF’s importance as bargaining power. Amdom Gebreslasie, also an Arena Party official, criticized Debretsion’s statement by saying that ‘The people of Tigray will not raise the secession agenda for the sake of one criminal family’.

    • Selam mokie berhe,

      Secession will never be the demand of the people of Tigray. It is that of tplf, and even then as a ploy to blackmail for political bargaining purposes, and not because it believes that it is an easy job to do. Dr. Debretsion wants to show that the people of tigray and tplf are the same. If you have watched the questions the pm was asked by the ordinary tigrayan and tplf activists, they tell a lot. One cannot conclude any sentiment towards secession from the people. In addition, the joyful way the ordinary people received the pm is also a proof that secession is not in their mind. It is better that tplf does not try to use secession as its last card, because it will take it no where.

      No ethnic group is immune from ethnic attacks as the result of ethnic federalism. It started with the amharas and it has reached where it is today. Secession is not the remedy, but to teach ethnic groups that the rights of other doesn’t stop at ethnic administrative borders, and all ethiopians have equal right to live freely and safely anywhere they like within the borders of the country, in any ethnic state.

      Ethnic identity on ID cards should be prohibited by law asap. There is one internationally recognized identity, the ethiopian identity, and ethnic identity should be manifested in the language, tradition and culture, and not in the ID card. We know what happened in rwanda, and those who intimidated ethiopians with the rwanda-like genocide have no place anymore.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All when the African intellectuals wrote the letter for PIA, I was wondering what the reason behind that. I mean, there are more pressing issues to be concern and need attention than wasting time on the president of Eritrea. There are problems and it is the business of the Eritrean people to deal with it, not the concern and business of corrupted and paid agents of African so-called intellectuals. However; I love the answer of the government of Eritrea.

    Due to the travesty of justice and flagrant breaches of international law at
    various junctures of their history, the people of Eritrea were compelled to pay enormous sacrifices in the past 60 years. The human toll has been staggering and unparalleled relative to the small size of Eritrea’s population. These figures say it all: 65,000 freedom fighters martyred in the three-decades long liberation war (1961-1991); more than 20,000 of Eritrea’s best sons and daughters lost their lives in the subsequent border war (1998-2000) as well as its sequel in the past two decades as Ethiopia pursued wanton policies of belligerence and “regime change”. June is thus a month of somber reflection on the myriad injustices that were meted on Eritrea by a constellation of major powers and their local surrogates for over six decades. It is a month of commemoration for the high price paid and arduous trajectory blazed simply because Eritrea’s inalienable national rights were perceived as incompatible with, and had to be compromised on, the altar of “higher” geostrategic interests of major global powers. In all these difficult decades, “voices of conscience” in the wider international community – and especially African voices; official or otherwise – were conspicuous for their absence and deafening silence.

    • Haile WM

      hello Nitricc,

      please help me understand, why do you even care ? your main target is TPLF not the “so-calledintellectuals who could focus like you do in TPLF…. or famine in the tibet, or maybe narcos in the Nicaragua 🙂

      IA is like tsemam hade derfu, the same cry me a river he played on for the last 20 years. enough of this bullshit. Yiakil.

      • Paulos

        Selam Haile WM,

        Thing is, even if the AU or other African intellectuals had extended their support during the armed struggle for independence, Isaias wouldn’t have thought much about them due to the racist “Italian Colonial Complex” in him.

        And now when our brothers and sisters of the African continent stand with us and for us in our dire moment calling out tyranny, Isaias pulls ጨለ ዘረባ where his good for nothing sycophants regurgitate ad nauseam.

        • Gerogee

          Paulos Paulos

          Please don’t do! it please do not stoop that low. I know you have the capacity to be honest Peter but you choose dishonesty every time when it comes to Eritrea! First off you do not know how he would have responded to our African Brothers! Second please don’t insult our intelligence. The so-called intellectuals are dishonest most likely bought by the empire. There’s a lot of publicly found evidence that when the zionists control American Empire wants to promote their agenda they use local, indigenous people. For God’s how come they don’t ask you to appear to leave the land that is occupied right now! Right now as we speak Ethiopia is violating international law. How about they send a letter, how about they go visit the land that is occupied by Ethiopian government and asked Ethiopian government to leave our land.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam George,

            “How about they send a letter. how about they go visit the land that is occupied by Ethiopian government and asked Ethiopian government to leave our land.”

            Because the “human right issue” is more serious than a piece of land that could be resolved after his removal. How about that George? They gave priority to the lives of our fellow Eritreans who are in dire situation.

          • Gerogee

            Aman

            Please give me a little credit and/or apply some common sense.

            1. When I said land it is understood in the land their people oh, those are Eritrean citizens that have been forced to live under foreign occupation.

            2. Occupying a land forcefully that belong to others implies you will use Force to occupy Moreland. Creating instability.

            3. It’s not just the land, there are other issues that needs to be dealt. For example, landmines have to be removed.

          • Paulos

            ገርግስ,

            You are blurting out words don’t mean much as in “Empire” or this and that.

            The African brothers and sisters tried to reach out to Isaias simply because it is their moral obligation to stand up for their follow African citizens. And most of all, Isaias is an embarrassment to the continent when he singlehandedly reduced a once the hope of Africa into the number one refugee producer. Can’t you people understand what the lunatic and sadistic guy is doing to Eritrea? Or are you that d*mb and st*pid?

          • Gerogee

            Paulos

            Dishonesty a trademark of weak people. African Union couldn’t even build a meeting place for them self. That’s an embarrassment. Lunatic is sitting and doing nothing when 15 million Congo people die. Lunatic is selling your land to a China for Penney’s on a dollar. Embarrassment is allowing the Chinese to come take over your land and prevent others from making money. And embarrassment is having 200,000 Chinese living in Zambia. What! An embarrassment is you there parroting the talking point of our oppressors. You’re too slow for this game bro, go to your Wikipedia and post some random article, boring at that

          • Paulos

            Sure thing brother. Sure thing.

          • Kaleb

            Hi Gerogee/George,
            Can you explain me what has Eritrea and Eritreans benefited from IA and PFDJ regime in the last 28 years? Remember that Eritrea is sovereign country, Eritrean problems can only be solved by Eritreans. Thus, tell me in your right mind what has IA and PFDJ regime has achieved in the last 28 years. Why do we have to defend them? I am not asking you to tell me the TPLF related excuses, give me a rational reason why Eritrea has become one man country who is a despot and a killer. I really want to understand your mind set, can you respond honestly the following questions?
            1. Do you agree that IA is a dictator and brutal?
            2. If yes, what are the ways to remove the despot?
            3. What has IA and PFDJ regime has achieved in the last 28 years. Please stop TPLF and Ethiopia as excuse, try to explain outside those excuses.
            4. Opening political space in the country isn’t about Ethiopia’s business or TPLF business, it is up to Eritreans and the Eritrea government, thus what has IA and PFDJ done so far in this regard?
            5. Prisoners are not released yet, why?

          • Gerogee

            Kalan

            I’m going to give you an honest answer. And I hope you don’t get offended. I think you may not be Eritrean. That doesn’t matter I’m still going to give you my honest answer.

            I said you may not be Eritrean because every Eritrean appreciates that we have a country we can call home. The first priority of a government is make sure the country stays sovereign. There u have it. We have a country we can go to. We have place our parents can live peacefully.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam George,

            (a) we have a place our parents can live peacefully.

            (b) He is ‘single handedly led’ the most formidable gorillas fighting force and got our freedom.

            A country known by the exodus of its young can not be a place where our parents live peacefully by all accounts. As to the leadership of EPLF is concerned that it was lead single handedly by Issayas, I will leave it to Mahmuday, Amanuel and others to respond to you. What I know is an organization can not be owned and lead by a single leader no matter what and however his role was in the protracted war of liberation. It is a preposterous claims to say the least.

          • Gerogee

            Aman

            Lets say you are an 25 years Eritrean and u saw your child hood friend who just came from Germany getting married in Asmara. And here you are barely making it. And the only thing that would stop you from getting married and living a nice life is crossing the border to Ethiopia. What would you do?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi George,

            You have said:

            “the only thing that would stop you from getting married and living a nice life is crossing the border to Ethiopia.”

            These is wrong perceptions about Ethiopia at least until 2012. There were many young Eritreans who are married doing like the average Ethiopian people who lived in Addis. I have seen them doing fine. So don’t fool yourself.

            The problem in fact is inside Eritrea where our young generation are forced in to a modern slavery, where there is no end sight of that misery for decades. The only choice they have left with is to leave the country in droves in all directions in search of freedom.

          • Gerogee

            Aman

            Let’s try this

            1. Say you are an IT graduate in Kenya. Somebody tell you hey if you go to Tanzania and you claim you are oppressed and you can get a visa to USA, no question asked, and you know if you go to USA you can make $45 per hour what would you do?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi George,

            There is always migration especially the highly educated class which has nothing to do with oppression in the entire world. Their education give them mobility anywhere. But the Eritrean case is not the same in the last three decades. It is the modern slavery in the name of national service that drove them in exodus to leave the country. So George your example does not serve your argument and your denial about the dire situation of our young generation.

          • Kaleb

            Hi George,
            You said: “I said you may not be Eritrean because every Eritrean appreciates that we have a country we can call home”. Wow, because we oppose and hate the despot dearly you are characterizing who is Eritrean who isn’t? if you think IA and people like him are Eritreans then that tells me whether you are TRUE Eritrean or not. I am not going to get into person matters. In short, “YES I AM ERITREAN”. Remember that the qualification to be an Eritrean is not about worshiping the cruel dictatorship IA and PFDJ regime. There are many who paid high price for the sovereignty of Eritrea, however because of brutal dictator they are behind bars in their own land/home. The land they fought for is now full of prisoners. How many freedom fighters are behind bars? What does “home” mean to you when thousands of freedom fighters are being thrown into prison for the very reason they fought for, “FREEDOM”.
            Stop playing those cards. Fight for Truth. Truth Will Set You Free.

            Thanks,

          • Gerogee

            Kaleb

            Perhaps you misunderstood my intention for asking you, if you are Eritrean. I should have said are you smart Eritrean? Because nobody in his right mind would ask a question about Eritrean president. Only those ignorant, tribalistic clannish sick individuals would ask a question such as yours. unless you were born yesterday you already know what happened to us in the last 20 years. before you go on blabber about nothing. Let me tell you something. I’m a firm believer in taking 100% responsibility for anything that happens to you and how you respond to it.

          • Kaleb

            Hi George,
            You said “I should have said are you smart Eritrean? Because nobody in his right mind would ask a question about Eritrean president”. That shows me your cognitive intelligence.
            I will leave it to you to choose between “sweet lie OR bitter TRUTH”. Good luck Sr.

            Thanks,

          • Desbele

            Selam Kaleb,
            I recommend a book by Bob Altemeyer – The Authoritarians. It identifies the psychological makeup of authoritarian followers and their leaders. The three most distinct characters i remember are : Conventionalism, Submissiveness and aggression.
            You will never get a rational response from either Gerogee or others who litter this forum defending a tyrant whose actions may even exceed previous monsters the world witness. The good hope about these lackeys is that they easily flip position once their demigod is gone.

          • Gerogee

            Desbel

            What are you talkin about? You making up story as you go. What kind of crime has Eritrean president committed that exceed previous monster the world has seen? Name one. you are the absolute horrible irrational individual here. No wonder, Nitrric flips on u guys. You are dishonest individual along with others. That’s a repulsive personality. How’s African going to move forward with people like you!

          • Paulos

            ገርግስ,

            For once, we have never heard of any leader of any country who denied the entry of the remains of not only a citizen but a Tegadalai for no reason but personal grudges—Naizgi Kiflu.

            More over, we have never heard of any leader of any country who promises of no harm what so ever to a woman, Tegadalit, a mother and a wife when she asked Isaias for a permission to get back to her young children who had already lost a father to an unknown prison. Taking Isaias for his words, the woman, Tegadalit, mother and a wife flew back to Asmara and to the shock of her awaiting children, she was taken away to the unknown right from the airport—Aster Yohannes. These are just the tip of the iceberg!

      • Nitricc

        Hi Haile; where was they when Eritrea burned to ashes and Eritreans massacred while the children over run by tanks, ALIVE! where was they? the who hell are they? what is to them anything about Eritrea? Please!!!!

        • Amanuel

          Hi Nitricc,
          Those atrocities were committed by Derg army, the enemy of Eritreans whom you guys are trying to sugar coat their crimes.
          The Eritrean people won’t expect any good from sworn enemy but after that all to get cruel treatment from your own children and government is quite shocking and inexcusable, hence the letter.

        • Haile WM

          hi Nitricc,

          you don’t really get right ? IA can play victim asking whoever questions about his lunatic behavior in oppressing HIS people, and everybody must be silent, African intellectuals, Eritrean intellectuals, his comrades now languishing in his prisons, the Eritrean people at large, nobody can ask him anything right ? he goes with same trite and re-trite rhetoric of “we endured blah blah”, when in reality it was the Eritrean people that he is oppressing, that endured every pain, the very same people he is crying on behalf every time someone questions him. Please please Nitricc grow some brain this time around. If you have balls ask him about part two interview he promised you. do not mingle with people how have no caliber to downplay.

          yours African Brother

          • Nitricc

            Hi Haile; of course PIA can and should be asked and held accountable with whatever have done or do. However; the questioning, the holding accountability should only come from Eritreans themselves. That is my firm take. I am tired of involving the UN, EU,USA you name it and there are all over Eritrea’s business, not to be out done, even the corrupted and lazy so called African intellectuals are in Eritrea’s business. The Eritrean people are more than capable handing themselves. The so-called African intellectuals
            should clean their house first and help their people and country before they dip their nose in Eritrea’s matters.
            Regarding the 2nd interview; it is coming. there is no other way out of this. the 2nd interview will give everything what is everybody waiting for, a clear and definitive road map and the releasing of the prisoners. He won’t mention anything about the prisoners but quietly, he will release them. Everything will be fine!!!

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Ahlan Nitricc,

          You asked, “where was they when Eritrea burned to ashes and Eritreans massacred while the children over run by tanks, ALIVE! where was they? ”

          In that period of time they were absent and didn’t stand by the side of the Eritrean people, but today they decided to stand by their side to help them. Is there any problem in their stand at present? Yesterday I was in need for help, but I didn’t get it. Today I am in need for assistance; is it wise to tell them you didn’t help me yesterday, therefore I don’t need your care at present? Really, this is the climax of ignorance.

          In the past, they didn’t stand by the beside of the people of Eritrea may be for many reasons. Some of it: we may we were weak to convey our cause to the world in the past. Also at present, it might be information technology has developed a lot and changed the world into a village. Today we could get details of an individual or a family within a click let alone of millions of people of a country. Therefore, don’t be amazed to get peoples stand beside the people of Eritrea. Mr. Nitricc, secrets period has ended, but the regime still lives in its olden times.

          The regime should answer on their accusations, not on their absence of the past.

          Al-Arabi

    • Haile S.

      Selam Nitricc,

      Responding to the intellectuals as quickly as the regime did is a great improvement. I wish it responded to similar calls by Eritreans in the same way. The details in the reply was as expected, no surprise at all. Having said that, the person/group who wrote it could have done it a little differently :-
      ……… we have been waiting for such cry of yours since the 60s, when many among you were children and youngsters, some not yet born, when we were in trenches across Eritrea with no such loud voice in the air to stop Hailesellassie’s & Mengustu’s bombs …….
      Nevertheless, you chose this moment when we, by obligation with no other choice, but to detain our comrades for security reason (ours and theirs) ……..
      All the prisoners are fine, kicking, playing soccer every day, some reading the prison notes of Wole Soyinka, trying to do like him. He is an inspiration person to our prisoners.

      Even so late, at this juncture of our history, you are welcome to visit us in groups or individually. And please remember to bring copies of Soyinka’s “The Man Died”.

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Dear All,

    President Isaias has voiced strong objections to the latest decision that the AU has taken on Sudan in response to the recent escalation of violence by the Transitional Military Council (TMC). In addition, he requested the organization to, in effect, “stop meddling” in the affairs of the country! But soon thereafter he demonstrated, in words as well as in action, his active support for the coordinated policy that KSA, UAE and Egypt — the troika to which Isaias Afewerki has long declared allegiance — have devised for troubled Sudan.

    When considering claims of interference in the affairs of a given nation, there are two critical factors that help define whether or not an act of interference has actually occurred: (i) the identity/status of the party which is claimed to be interfering (or poised to interfere), and (ii) the exact nature of the action being taken (or intended to be taken) and which is claimed to constitute interference. Thus, if we were to use the two factors above as a basis for quick evaluation of the two entities — the AU and the troika — and their respective Sudan-related positions/actions, the picture that emerges would look as follows:

    1. AU
    (a) Identity/Status: The AU is a 54-nation organization which Sudan has, for the last 60 years and to this day, remained a member of. Thus, the AU is Sudan’s own continental organization, NOT an ‘external force’.
    (b) Action Taken: The AU has not taken any direct action that materially affects any of the forces involved in Sudan’s political crisis. In suspending Sudan’s membership, what the AU has done is take:
    *- an institutional decision voted for unanimously by its Peace and Security Council representing all of its member states;
    *- based on the organization’s rules and regulations which Sudan, like any other member state, is signatory to;
    *- on a matter that is clearly one of the legitimate functions of the organization i.e., promoting peace and security in and between member states;
    *- after the military resorted to violence and killed between 61 and 103 unarmed protestors and in complete disregard of an earlier official AU warning to the TMC to resolve the country’s political crisis through peaceful means.

    2. The Troika
    a) Identity/Status: It is true that each member of the troika and Sudan itself are all members of the 22-nation Arab League. Nevertheless, in the case of the current political crisis in Sudan, the troika is acting on its own as a coalition and, obviously, represents no one but its members. For this reason, the troika is indeed an “external force” — in the true sense of the term — that is striving to dictate terms and conditions in the internal affairs of Sudan.
    b) Action Taken: The troika is using petro-dollars of two of its members to bankroll the TMC, thereby aiding and abetting the military establishment in its effort to quash the struggle of the people who have been heroically spilling their blood daily for freedom, democracy and justice. The troika is promoting these injustices just to advance its own strategic interest of preventing possible future alignment of the “New Sudan” with the troika’s rival “Qatar-Turkey-Iran” coalition — but to the detriment of the aspirations of the Sudanese people and the future of their country!

    It is in the face of these facts and realities that the sick-minded Isaias vociferously branded “illegal” what is, in fact, legal, legitimate and justified decision of the AU. All the while, he felt no shame at all to travel to Cairo two days later to pay homage to his Arab Lords for their yet another dangerous and opportunistic political foray into the African continent!
    (to be continued …)

    Thank you

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Yohannes,

      The term “Troika” is a very appropriate branding for the “Egypt-SA-UAE” alliance of interests and for the “Turkey-Iran-Qeter” coalition in the war of influence in the region. Second, the despot known as erratic spoiler, has no any leverage at this point to influence in shaping the outcome on the Sudanese political development. However, he has to act the way he is acting in order (a) as a political payback against the AU for expelling him from the continental organization for decades (b) to prevent Abiy’s attempt to reconcile the political antagonists (TMC & the drivers of change) in the current Sudanese unsettled political changes, in which he found it undesirable to its regime (c) since any agreement the despot enters is from a tactical point of view, he will project Abiy’s attempt in bringing the Sudanese political protagonist to the table, as a precursor to his departure from the Arab sponsored agreement between the two leaders. Issayas’s friendship is always for a short lived peace quest.

      Regards

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Hi Amanuel,

        I agree with all three key observations of your comment. With respect to the last one, i.e., Item (c), your observation is reinforced by various indications that the Sudanese crisis may be the ‘catalyst’ that would send an already frigid Abiy-Isaias relationship to a deep freeze. Who knows? The way things have been going thus far, it may not be long before we see the dictator lambasting PM Abiy, in his characteristic way, for ”interfering in the internal affairs of the Sudan”, or for his “youthful haste” to mediate!

        Alternatively, he may even start his own “project” of displacing PM Abiy in some sort of “mediation” and “befriending” competition! (I just read that the Chairman of Sudan’s TMC, General Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan “arrived in Asmara in mid-morning hours today” (June 14) on a working visit to Eritrea.) Regardless of the details of how things may turn out to be, indications are that the two leaders are drifting apart as they move forward with their respective incompatible agendas while leaving behind the very agreements they signed a few months ago.

        Finally and in hindsight, Isaias may have had something up his sleeve when he deliberately and (and in the eyes of many) stunningly avoided any mention of PM Abiy, Ethiopia or the peace agreement the two signed in his Independence Day address to the nation. Well, we will see what the next few weeks and months will bring.

        Thank you

    • Haile S.

      Selam Yohannes and all,

      Yohannes, allow me to use your interesting comment (this and the few past ones) as a springboard to jump to some general comments & questions for you to develop under this thread or in whatever other form you want. These apply to all Awate forumers as well.
      1 – The assessment by forumers here and particular by Eritreans of PMAA ranges from praising to puting him under the rag and vice versa & anything in between, frequently vacillated from one to the other and downgraded and upgraded depending on what PIA or his surrogates said. Frequently the commentators and their comments here give the impression that the PM automatically coughs whenever PIA sneezes or vice versa. Is PMAA the deciding factor for the much expected change in Eritrea, for Eritreans to spend their energy of analysis? Was PIA lifeline that much reduced to be regrettably saved by PMAA? Had this not happened, would PIA been out of the scene by now?
      2 – Within the Ethiopia we know before 1991, there seems to exist 3 countries. One is Ethiopia, a country that has anchored its existence and international standing in its actual boundary for around the last century and a quarter. The second is Eritrea, another recently independent country from the Ethiopia who still tries to anchor itself despite its nominal international recognition, but whose government and opposition never stopped to reflexively go back to Ethiopia for friendship or enmity in order to weaken or destroy each other. BTW, has Eritrea really extricated itself from Ethiopia? The third country is Tigray, a virtual country squeezed between the two, part and parcel of the Ethiopia, but whose ambition to follow its norther neighbour for independence never dies and that its freedom fighters have astutely cemented this possibilty in the constitution of their country. Eritreans government and its opposition treat and deal with these two neighboring countries (real and virtual) in the same way. In fact it looks like they cannot do anything with involving these yesterday “tormentors”. Eritreans government and its opposition talk about brotherhood relative to these two southern countries and rarely to between themselves as if they are Egyptians and Hittites to each other. How is it possible to finish the unfinished ውግእ ሓድሕድ? Is throwing all the responsibility on the regime bringing any solution? When is Eritrean stopping to suffer from the decades old bravado in pointing fingers of our regime and opposition at each other? When are these two entities starting to realize they have a country that need to preserve its unity and face its neighbors for genuine relationship without using them as an instrument to shoot at each other?

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Selam Haile S.

        Very powerful ideas (presented as questions) with profound implications for the future primarily of Eritrea but also of Ethiopia and perhaps even of the region. It is not difficult to realize that these questions are the product of a reasoned perspective that takes a fresh and bold look both at our recent past and at our present circumstances with an eye toward a better future for the country and its people. Indeed, one can see that imbedded in this perspective is not only willingness but also determination to confront issues that have previously been — wittingly or otherwise — largely ignored, evaded, glossed over or simply not recognized for their significance.

        The manner in which you presented the ideas and the profundity of the message they convey challenge the reader to take a hard look at the issues that confront us today and to strive to develop effective ways for addressing them. You have given us food for thought which will hopefully stimulate the mind, induce new thinking and eventually yield brilliant ideas that would bring at least partial solutions to some of the multiple problems we face as a society.

        Thank you for your critical thinking and well-timed concern for the common good of our people.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Yohannes &Hailat

        Yohannes’s comment made me to say few words on the popular saying for two interrelated and interconnected bodies or entities how they reacted in adversaries – which goes “when one sneezes the other coughs.” And if we see this axiom in relation to Haile’s baffling as to why we couldn’t focus on our issue only, has an unambiguous answer to it.

        Since the new development on the relationship of the two leaders of the two countries, there are many things that worries Eritreans from the utterances of the two leaders on the nature of the relationship they want to build. It is extremely worrisome, because the new messenger from Ethiopia knew the “instinct” of our despot and is trying to facilitate a path to satiate his ego and reconstitute a new Ethiopia by creating a new umbilical cord on the two countries.

        In such political scene, Eritreans should shot at the Ethiopian messenger (PM Abiy) as part of their strategic struggle for foiling the conspiracy against our sovereignty. So as far as the “virtual oneness” as claimed by both leaders exists, then when Issayas sneezes Abiy coughs or vise versa is real in the current Ethio-Eritrea relationships. For most Eritreans who react against the current agreement between the two leaders did in fact saw the danger that is coming to the sovereignty of our people and our land. Hence our debate will not focus inward only but also outwards (specifically Ethiopia). I know Haile has different outlook on the relationship of the two leaders, but the facts and their utterances speaks themselves that there are signs of danger to our sovereignty. Those who are concerned on the issue will target both leaders to foil the conspiracy.

        Regards

        • Haile S.

          Selam Emma,

          PMAA is not the first who is suspected to having “a design on Eritrea”. The previous pronounced designs for regime change (and the unpronounced replacement) were NOT more innocent, probably more dangerous, than the present one, only the signatories were different. My question was, are we stuck with these two alternatives? Is there a way we can consolidated without guillotining each other? Should the exemplary change happen through blood, and at that implicating foreign hands, or shall we try alternative ideas and strategies that bring us together? Why can’t we promote talking to each other than talking south?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Hailat,

            I know we have different views on the beast. You want to give amnesty to this criminal despot and I don’t, and hopefully the Eritrean people will not too.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Emma and All,

            Happy father’s day

            Emma, do you know that long long time ago the Axumite region was ruled by a dragon? It is a long story and there are several versions of it. But just briefly: a miserable woman living in Medebay got pregnant and went to the river to purify herself. But it happened that a python has just urinated there where she washed herself, and at the end this women gave birth to a python/dragon. The inhabitants asked her permission to kill it, but she refused as he was her child. Unfortunately he grew up so big, forced l, ruled and impoverished the inhabitants as he needed several cows at each meal. One day a man from Hamasien, whose name was Ghebgabo, coming to the area asks the inhabitants why they cannot kill this beast. They told him they couldn’t, but they promised they would make him their king for generations if he is able to kill the dragon himself. Ghebgabo organized the people and finally kills it himself. As they promised, the people made him their king and he ruled himself for 300 years (was buried in Axum, probably under one of the Steles) as well as several of his generations until the birth and reign of Makeda or Queen Azeb. The story continues, but let me stop here for the sake of the lesson.

            So Emma, if you become the second Hamasienay to kill a beast, we will make you our ruler for generations to come. Me, my tendency for amnesty prevents me from such heroism 🙂 🙂 :-).

          • Hashela

            Haile

            This is a beautiful story. I didn’t know that in our mythology dragons ( ኣርወ) play a role.
            Father’s Day: at the moment, I am locked in the family bedroom because my 10-years old daughter wants to treat me with a breakfast of her own creation.
            For sake of his kids and grand kids who certainly love him unconditionally,
            it is gracious and societally farsighted to allow the beast to escape.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Hashela,

            I added a reference. In the most popular oral version I knew since childhood, the dragon used to claim a virgin every year, like in other place’s mythology.

          • Hashela

            Thank you Haile for providing the source.

            With his preference and obsession for an annual tension, struggle, and pain, that dragon must be a true Eritrean!

          • Saleh Johar

            Hashela, Paulios, and HaileS

            Hashela,
            Did you carry a grandfather’s click to school? Impressuve teaching aid. I am sure those who were students at the time have learned how to lead a balanced life.

            Haile, I like the story and it could have its source in the old Abyssinian keep kings’ law if requesting a virgin girl from each of their vassals. You gave me a good lead to work on. Thank you ’

          • Paulos

            Hashela,

            It would be curious to know where the fascination if not the kind of obsession with the fire spewing Dragons originated including in this day and age from “Harry Potter” to “The Game of Thrones” as well.

            That said, if the legend in fact holds true, where in the Dragon’s body part would you say the combustion takes place?

          • Hashela

            Paulos

            This is an interesting and fascinating question that I am aboslutely not qualified to answer.

            It is likely that ‘universal’ mythologies are strong modulated by and adapted to regional circumstances and observations. It is certainly helpful to look at the regional wild zoology.
            The red spiting copra (Naja pallida)(መንደላይ) is home to East Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenia, Tanzania). It aims at your eyes and can spit several meters afar. The spit causes a feeling of an intense burning that can lead to blindness and leaves scars on the skin.

          • Paulos

            Hashela,

            Glad you found the question curious and interesting.

            Perhaps, we all have a bit or a mini Dragon in us sans the scaly wings where the “fire” producing protein in the human brain is called, “Pyrogen.” As you can see, the etymology of the word traces its roots in the Latin word “Pyro” which means fire. But of course, we don’t produce fire per se but the body gets heated up in a time of infection where the body in a bid to kill the invading microorganisms goes into a feverish mode. The paradox if not the counter-inintuitive is that, if the fever is there to help us fight the foreign entity, why do we take medications to lower the fever? That of course is beside the point.

            What is even more interesting is that, as much as the energy currency of the body as in ATP is produced in the Mitochondria, the Pyrogen sends signals to the Mitochondria to shut off the ATP production so that instead of ATP production, the Mitochondria produces a wasted energy as in heat. We interpret the heat as a fever.

            Here is something close to you: Heat as you know is not only a wasted product that was supposed to be part of the efficient work, it is in a sense what Entropy is all about as well. In a more philosophical sense, when the body is in crisis as in when it is fighting invaders, its Entropy increases when the precise definition of Entropy is “The increase in disorder of a closed system.”

            I sure don’t mean to go “Socrates” on you when I ask you a series of questions one over the other but why do we call it “መንደላይ?” ሃይላት ኣለኻ’ዶ?

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,

            ኣለኹ፡ ኣብ ፈተና እንዲኻ ኣእቲኻኒ :-). ኣብ ጽቡቕ ፈተና እዩ፡ ወቐሳ ኣይሰማዕካ። መጻሕፍቲ ክገናጽል ጸኒሐ።

            መንደላይ ንምንታይ? ጽቡቕ ሕቶ። ንመንደላይ ዝቐረቡ ቃላት እዞም ዝስዕቡ ምስ ትርጉሞም፥

            1 መንደለ ወይ ከኣ መንደላይ ኮነ = እኹል ሰብኣይ ኮነ፡ በጽሒ ኮነ ማነት እዩ።
            2 መንድሎ (መንደልቶ) = ቅትርቲ ዝኣትዎ ኣብ ነዊት ዘሎ ነዃል።

            እዘን ክልተ ቃላት ናይ ሽም ንመንደላይ ዝሃባ ክኾና ይኽእላ እየን። እዚ ተመን ርእሱ ኣቕኒዑ ሓፍ ኣቢሉ ዝጥምት ስለ ዝኾነ፡ ከም ስብእነትን በጽሒን ተቕጺሩ ክኸውን ይኽእል።
            ብመልክዕ ከኣ ካብ ክሳዱ ንላዕሊ ነታ ነዊት ነዃላት ዘለዋ ኣካል ናይ ነዊት ስለዝመስል፡ ካብታ ካልኣይቲ ቃል ዝመጸ ክኸውን ይኽእል።

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            We are truly blessed to have you in this Forum for you have been a great source of an otherwise scant material where most of us didn’t know it existed much less to know about the rare books at your disposal. Thank you. Really!

          • Hashela

            Haile

            I agree, it is not far fetched that the agility and aggressivity of መንደላይ (see my response to Paulos) is symbolically used to graphically depict the masculinity of youth (ጎበዛይ).

          • Hashela

            Paulos

            the term መንደላይ specifically refers to a mostly black, relatively long, very agile, agressive, venomous snake (ተመን). In contrat, ኣፍዑት is relatively short, thick, and slow moving one that belongs to the viper group.

          • Paulos

            Hashela,

            Good to know. Thanks for the info.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hashela,
            Is mendelay the black mamba I’d Southern Africa? I think I saw a snake that is like a littorina and moves both ways. Don’t take my word for it because I have bad experiences with snakes and dogs. Snakes were my main concern when I joined the struggle and as I suspected, they seem to have been following me. Hardly a week without encountering one 🙂 so, the lotto Tina snake could be a frightened child’s imagination but I swear I saw one crossing the shifshfi river bed across from AGIP. You can laught if you wish.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Hailat,

            Likewise, happy Father’s Day, brother.

            I enjoy every story you brought to this forum, Hailat. As far as you stick with us in this forum, we will sure learn many more. Actually, besides your career for living, you have great fascination in history and historical myths. I haven’t heard or read the history of Dragon in the Habesha land during the axumite empire.

            On our despot, unless he escape like Mengistu, the wrath of our youth will not let him from giving justice to his victims. If necessary, we will rent the historical French guillotine and you how to get it. There are many from our young to do the job and run the business of our country afterwards. Myself, I just want to see our dragon an ultimate submission to a guillotine choke.

            Hailat, see you in a week. I am in a voyage to the paradise islands taking off from our politics. Have a good one till then.

            Regards

          • Haile S.

            Selam Emma,

            Is this your father’s day gift? Enjoy your week. ሰሙን ካብ ናይ ሃይለ ነገር ዓሪፍካ 🙂 bonne vacances !

          • Nitricc

            You want to give him amnesty to this criminal despot and I don’t,

            And who are you?

          • Nitricc

            Hi Haile; I think it all parties will be served better if PIA ends like of Zimbabwe’s Mugabe. If not it could get messy. the end is here and it is up to PIA how he wants it to end. I would like to see ending like Mugabe, peacefully.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Nitricc,

            The most pressing issue is that he removes the ropes he tightened on Eritrea’s hands legs and neck. His Party (EPLF/PFDJ) has the obligation to pull itself together for a smooth transition first and foremost, and then decide whether to handle him to justice or protect him the way you mentioned or in another form. How they do these and how they handle their overt and buried secretes will determine their political future in Eritrea.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Haile; just want to ask: is there anyone among PFDJ who can take over in events of unexpected? I always thought that person was General Efrem Sibhat. He was my personal favorite PFDJ. But sadly he is hurting.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Nitricc,

            I am not versed at all in PFDJism, much less in EPLFism to mention names, but I see, like everybody, it is not the intellectual wings that are driving the party. They have been weakened and dispersed. The military wing has overtaken the intellectualism. When I said “obligation to pull itself together”, I was thinking of all these dispersed forces. I am saying this not by love or affiliation to the group, but just in the interest of the country as they are still a force to reckon.

          • Nitricc

            I am saying this not by love or affiliation to the group, but just in the interest of the country as they are still a force to reckon.

            Hey Haile; exactly that is the point. My fear is, if this things don’t transition with great care, then, the price could be to great for the nation to survive and to continue as a nation. Giving what has transpired in the last 20 something years and the external forces that are waiting to muddle, this thing is very risky.

      • Yohannes Zerai

        ሰላማት ሃይላት፣

        በል፡ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ መልእኽተይ ከምዘውካእኩልካ፡ ኣቐዲምካ ንዘቕረብካልና ሓሳባትን ሕቶታትን ብዝምልከት ይጠቕሙ ዶኾን ዝበልኩዎም ገለ ሓሳባት እንሆ “ፈይ” የብል ኣለኹ።

        I just had the chance to re-read your comment above thoroughly paying due attention to its details. This was something that was not possible for me to do the first time I read it when all I could manage was just to skim through the comment, get the gist of it and fire off a quick note acknowledging the need to try to address the issues raised.

        At the outset, I would like to note that your seemingly short and simple comment is, in fact, loaded with so many ideas, notions, issues, assumptions, perceptions and questions. As such, it is really impossible to adequately address all the points it raises in one go and with a short rejoinder. So, I will try to briefly — briefly, of course, in a relative sense! — express my views on the comment’s critical issues/questions, with a realization that each of them could be a topic for holding extensive discussions and/or writing a formal treatise.

        PART I
        1. a) Needless to say, it is perfectly normal for different individuals and groups to expound different opinions about a given leader, his/her accomplishments, and capabilities. What really matters is that opinions are of practical value only when they are supported by facts on the ground regarding those important factors: the leader’s accomplishments and capabilities.

        b) There is no denying that, as a leader of a large neighboring country, PM Abiy — and the country of Ethiopia itself, for that matter — can influence events in Eritrea not necessarily always, but certainly in many instances. However, even the influence they can exert under the best of circumstances cannot elevate them to the status of being “the deciding factor for the much expected change in Eritrea.” In Eritrea as in any other country, that role is reserved for the PEOPLE as I hope we all agree!

        c) As we now know for a fact, PM Abiy did not have a positive influence on the political realities in Eritrea particularly as relates to the promotion of democracy (mind you, I did not say establishment of democracy!) Reason: he simply chose not to! Afterall, his agenda was geared to pleasing Isaias and bringing him under his spell than to advancing reformist ideas in Eritrea. But that was okay; and there can be no quarrel with it since it was the prerogative of the Ethiopian prime minister to do as he sees fit in this particular case.

        d) No, there is no evidence that PM Abiy “saved” President Isaias from any trouble. If anything, PM Abiy added to his troubles by engaging in rhetoric that smacked of expansionism thereby arousing the wrath that the Eritrean people directed towards their treasonous dictator. Other than that, and in hindsight, the theatrics and fanfare which accompanied the brief political romance of the two leaders was nothing more than a ‘political show’. Indeed, it is now clear to everyone that the whole Abiy-Isaias affair was a short-lived distraction which had barely had an impact on Ethiopia’s long-term political trajectory. On the Eritrea’s side, there is no adequate basis to surmise that President Isaias would have “been out of the scene by now” had the affair not taken place. Rather, what is known with certainty is that the affair had caused anger and resentment among the population thereby triggering a fast-growing wave of popular protest which is undoubtedly going to hasten the dictator’s downfall.

        (To be continued in my next comment …)

        Thank you

      • Yohannes Zerai

        ( … Continued from my last comment)

        PART II

        2. (Again, to reiterate what I stated in the introduction above, I will try to be brief in addressing your comment’s Item #2 which is essentially a two-part question.)

        a) President Isaias is not only a cruel tyrant, but he is a very divisive and manipulative “person(?)” to a degree that is not easy to comprehend. His “Grand Plan” of clinging to power indefinitely is sustained by two strategies whose effective implementation he has mastered in the course of his 28-year-rule. Those strategies are: (i) fostering suspicion, discord and enmity among those who are close and loyal to him and who serve in positions of nominal authority at his pleasure, (ii) destroying national unity and social harmony by planting and nurturing sub-national sentiments within society so as to divide up Eritrea’s population on the basis of geographic region, religion, ethnicity and other superficial fault lines.

        Isaias and his henchmen have been implementing these strategies for at least the last 28 years and have perfected the art of driving wedges of misunderstanding and recriminations between segments of the population. The dictator initiated his strategy of “undermining national unity” in independent Eritrea by refusing to recognize the ELF and its successor groups/organizations, failing to acknowledge their contributions to the country’s liberation struggle and denying them political space in the new country. He perpetuated his relentless attacks on National Unity by making it the primary target of his notoriously cruel Security and Intelligence Service and its inhumane agents.

        For all those reasons and viewed against the background of these dirty and evil politics of the dictator, it is logically not difficult to see that the disunity, recriminations and in-fighting that we see in Eritrean society today will be NO MORE once (i) Isaias and his repugnant dictatorial system are relegated to the garbage heap of history, and (ii) Truth & Reconciliation effort is undertaken in a truly “liberated Eritrea” — a program of action that many Eritrean citizens and citizen-groups are studying, debating and developing in earnest at the moment.

        b) You wrote in your comment, “ … but whose [Eritrea’s] government and opposition never stopped to reflexively go back to Ethiopia for friendship or enmity in order to weaken or destroy each other.” You then wondered when the two Eritrean factions are going to (i) end their antagonisms against each other and (ii) realize they have a country which should “face its neighbors for genuine relationship without using them as an instrument to shoot at each other?”

        In Part (a) of my response above, I have presented my explanation on what it will take to have inter-factional antagonisms [Question (i)] finally resolved. The same explanation also answers, at least in part, Question (ii). The way the two Eritrean factions have been interacting with our southern neighbor(s) too, is a reflection of the malaise that is responsible for most of the things that have gone wrong in Eritrea, not least of which is the ‘regime vs opposition’ hostility that you speak of. But equally important is the need not to lose sight of the fact that Eritrea’s relationship with our southern neighbor(s) has certainly not been a one-way street! And rational minds would not try to put all the blame for the existing political mess in Eritrea entirely on Eritreans themselves. It is an established fact that our neighbors — both the real and the “virtual” ones — have taken maximum advantage of Eritrea’s political disarray in order to advance their agenda of ‘territorial aggrandisement and/or port acquisition’! In so doing, they have undeniably and sadly exacerbated the ordeal that the Eritrean people have been forced to go through!

        Regarding your reference to Eritrea’s need to “face its neighbors for genuine relationship”, I can only say the following. Talking to, and establishing genuine relationships with, a neighbor (or neighbors) — be it at the individual level or at the level of nations — is something that is not only desirable, logical and beneficial, but is also a critical requirement for worthwhile and meaningful existence. So sure, Eritrea should genuinely deal with its neighbors keeping, as it should, protection of its national interest as the chief guiding principle for all its actions and decisions. But it should also be realized that regardless of how genuine Eritrea’s best efforts will be in this regard, its relationships with its southern neighbors will remain tainted by the territorial claims that the latter seem to be determined to hang on to!

        Finally, it serves no purpose to try to speculate what such claims and associated irredentism will end up doing to their perpetrators. But as long as these claims are not sincerely and faithfully renounced for the good of all parties involved, a peaceful and democratic Eritrea will always have to live with the attendant low-level threat and should relate with its neighbors in good faith, but without ever letting its guard down!!

        Thank you

        • Haile S.

          Selam Yohannes,

          Thank you! Enlightening through and through. When I asked those questions, it was out of sudden eruption. But you came with waves of water and fresh breath to calm down my hot enquiring steam. Thank you for the deep and thoughtful responses. You took your time to respond point by point, explaining the true nature of what we call our leaser and the ephemeral fever that he stumbled us into. I agree with everything you said. His one-dimensional strategy to survive at the top has cost us all, reducing us to his incompetency. But as you precisely alluded, he is exposed and his end is coming fast. Whether deliberately done or not, the whirlwind (ዘራጊቶ) he initiated with his nemesis has exposed our ‘dragon’ to the sunlight. People saw him and are talking of him. We have more pointing fingers at him now more than ever. As our adage says it ደቂ ኣናጹ ክርኣያ ክብላ ይእረያ. Again thank you for these brightening responses, I will avoid repeated what you aptly said, just one thing. Like in the abyssinian tradition when there was no police or prison, the defendant and plaintiff (or a representative from a village in case of severe crime) called ቈረኛ, tied together by their ነጸላ or a chain were going or sent to the king or the highest representative in the area to present their case. Likewise, our leader and his nemesis, chained for peace (“የሰላም ቈረኞች”) went to the king, but instead of going to the right kings, their people, they missed the road and ended up in the neighbour king and came back separately each with their own individual wishes, one for a defeat of an enemy in his neighbours compound, the other to place his navy in the other’s sea., a weird exchange.
          Thank you, Yohannes. Please continue you invaluable inputs.

      • Hope

        Selamat Prof Dr.Haile S.
        Thank you a gazillion for expressing Hope in the most diplomatic but in “penetratingly brutal way” of telling the TRUTH as it is,the burning issue of our so called Opposition..
        Definition of ” Insanity”:
        ” Doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results”.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Hope,
          Than you!
          ተስፋ፡ ኣብ ጀርመን ዲኻ ትቕመጥ? ሽመት ኣብዚሕካለይ፡ ናይ ኤማን ናይ ጳውሎስን ድብትርና ደራሪብካኒ :-). በታ ስመይ ብዕርቃና ክትጽውዓኒ ደስ እዩ ዝብለኒ። ከምኣ ግበር በጃኻ!

          • Nitricc

            Hi Haile; hahahahaha I was saying the same thing. Hope remained me about the TPLF elites. When they get introduced, Doctor General so and so. And now when hope said Prof and Dr at the same time, I was laughing by remembering TPLF elites. Now, I am going to get you in trouble; what do you ask him if he lives in Germany? I mean do the Germens call Doctor-General?

          • Haile S.

            Nitricc,

            If Hashela, living in Germany has 2 doctorates and teaching at the university, we should address him:
            Herr professor doctor doctor Hashela…. . Lets wait for him to give us the longest honorifics.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor, Dr. Marshall, Admiral, Pope Hailat,

            My apologies for coming short of more well deserved accolades. Hope those suffice for today.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,

            ኣነስ Pope! ኣንታ ጳውሎስ፡ እቲ ትማሊ ኣብታ ጆክ ኣብ መዝገብ መንግስተ-ሰማይ የለኻን ተባሂሉ ብሰይፈ-ነበልባል ቅዱስ ጴጥሮስ ዝተባረረ እኮ ኣነ እየ።

          • Paulos

            ሃይላት,

            ኣይ’ግድን እምነት ናይ’ቶም ብሩኻት ወለድኻ ኣብ መንግስተ ሰማይ ከእትወካ እዩ፣ ግድ’ብልካን!

          • Haile S.

            ፓል፡
            ሎምስ ተዓጢቕካለይ ኢኻ ይመስለኒ! እንታይ ሓጥያት ፈጺመ ድኣ እየ ኣብ መንግስተ ሰማይ ዝኹነን። ለይትን ቀትርን መዝሙር ብመዝሙር ክውድስ ክጸምም። Fun ዘይብሉ፡ ቢራ ዘይብሉ፡ እሞ’ኽኣ ንዘለኣለም። እዛ ቦታ እዚኣስ ትትረፈኒ። ናብ ኤርትራ ድኣ እምለስ ኣምበር፡ እዛ ናትካ ምርቓስ ትትረፈኒ። የቕንየለይ ዝሓወይ። ብወገንካ ተጣዕሽካ እንተተመሊስካ ኽኣ ግርም 🙂 🙂

          • Nitricc

            Hey Haile, speaking of beer. I was debating with some one when I was told Ethiopia increased beer price by 45.4%. I said that good and she said that bad. We went through and through with no resolution. My point was, you don’t need beer to live and she said I am wrong. Am I? I agree nothing should be increased with that size but it is not something you need to survive.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Nitricc,

            I mentioned beer, because it is my favorite, but I wanted to say alcoholic drinks. BTW while waiting to hear from Abrehet, it is unusual for a lady to like beer, most are into wine & others. Practically, the answer to your question depends on who you ask, but biologically, of course you don’t need it. Socially, it looks like it is a must, at least for me and Paul. Paul is into Heineken, I am into whatever unusual mark available, but in general Belgian beer. My favorite la-chouffe, unfiltered, almost ጽራይ ስዋ. Having said that I am not a drinker with belly 🙂 . I do it with extreme moderation.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Haile; nothing wrong having few brew here and there. This lady friend is all out beer. I think mostly women after age of around 30 will turn up to wine but most start with beer. So our debate was based on economically as well us habitually. I don’t know but most young people like everywhere start with drinking beer. So, if beer is to expensive to get it, then, you can’t afford it i.e. you don’t drink.
            Her point; it is not about all work and school. People need to go out and chill, so there is no need for beer to be that expensive. that is drift of our argument. I can see her points too but the benefit greater, me thinks.

          • Selam Haile S.,

            Lately, it seems that alcohol-free beer is becoming fashionable and it is preferred by many. I personally drink a bottle of alcohol-free beer now and then, especially during the warm summer days. Some years ago, alcohol-free beer tasted awful, but now, it is completely different and enjoyable. Moreover, it does not have that somehow bitter taste characteristic of alcohol-containing beer. If one thinks that it is lady’s drink or if they think that it is for new mothers who are breastfeeding so that they produce adequate milk for their infants, because some obstetricians recommend it, they are making a mistake, because many europeans are gradually turning to alcohol-free beer for very good reasons.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Horizon and Saleh,

            Interesting input from both. My first and last experience with alcohol-free beer is more than two decades back when I came for vacation somewhere in the mid-west. Coming from France where you can buy your beer anywhere anytime, I went into a sort of restaurant/fast food and ordered food and asked for beer. I was looked at with a strange eyes for asking beer. I was told there is alcohol-free beer, but nothing else. So I did. I didn’t like it. From that day on I never order it again.
            Horizon, there is a tigrigna adage (ምግባር ምግባሩ ምንግርጋሩ) which grossly means (ካልቀረ ማድረጉ፡ “ማድረግረጉ” just invented the word), so I stayed on true beer.

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            I love them Beer but only either Heineken or Stella or maybe Sapporo. I had Beer sans alcohol ኣብ ናይ ጴንጠ መርዓ but of course one has to have respect for the host and stream with the flow.

            The first time that I got completely wasted was back in Asmara when I was almost 16 and it wasn’t experimenting with Beer but with ሜስ where I almost got addicted to it for I still think no alcoholic drink can beat or top ሜስ. And of course, I wouldn’t have signed up for heaven if I wasn’t sure it would be served up there 😂.

          • Haile S.

            ጳውሎስ፡

            ገርህኻ ድለ! በቃ ቢራ ኣሎ ኢልካስ፡ እንዳመዝሙረ-ዘይውዳእ ጸሎት ከተእትወኒ? ወዲ ዓድኻ ደቀምሓረ ሓማሸን መሺሉካ! ወዲ ድቀምሓረ ኣከለጉድጓድ እየ (people please allow us to joke about our banalities or stereotypes). As far as I remember most characters in the book ከነወግዓኩም’ዶ were from ደቀምሓረ ካርነሽም including the writer. He was in my neighborhood when I was a kindergartener. What better self depreciating exquisite lessons from an author do you want?

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            ካርነሽም* can be stereotyped but I would say, ደቀምሓረ is a bit of a stretch.

            I remember “ከነዋጋዓኩሞ.” Do you remember “መንዩ በደለኛ” or “ንመን’የ ዝነግሮ”? Not sure which one but I think one of the books was written by the late ኣርኣያ በላይ.

            *As you know, “Carne” is an Italian word for “Meat”, do you think the origin of “ካርነሽም” could have something to do with that?

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,

            Well, I might be talking from neighborhood jokes. I lived among the people from ደቀምሓረ ሓማሴን area and we use to attribute every joke in that book and others to the inhabitants of ደቀምሓረ.
            ከነውግዓኩም’ዶ was written by ዑቅባዝጊ የዕብዮ.
            መንዩ በደለኛ by ኣርኣያ በላይ.
            ንመን’የ ዝነግሮ by አበባ ተስፋጊዮርጊስ በዓታይ.
            ክስርነሽም ካብ Carne:-) 🙂 possible. You just gave me a homework finding its origin and that of ኣተሽም።

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            I didn’t know the book was by ኣበባ ባዓታይ. As it happened, my older brother is working on this particular project and he bought her latest book to help him with the project and he was telling me how a good writer she is and how he was deeply touched by her personal life experience.

            “Good people we knew and good people we lost along the way” goes one of Bob Marley’s timeless lyrics and it is eternally sad that we lost people like ኣርኣያ በላይ with such a caliber and talent in a young age. May he rest in peace!

          • Saleh Johar

            HaileS,
            Confession: the non-alcoholic beer invoked some memories. I had a lot to do with it 🙂

            In Saudi Arabia, The leading non-alcoholic beer used to be Moussey. I worked for a large beverage company as a marketing manager when the owners wanted a share of the market. They signed with a British company and acquired rights to produce Barbican beer. I was in charge of promoting it. To get the young, we introduced it with a lottery for skis which was unknown in Saudi Arabia. Coupled with a heavy advertising campaign, the market share of barbican grew drastically and in two years it was at par with the well established Moussey brand. Every now and then experts flew in from England to check the production and one of them gave an easy recipe how to turn it into regular beer. Soon, I don’t know how, but people were modifying their beer and the brand demand exploded.

            The fact is, it is not possible to have 100% alcohol free beer. It has a little alcohol in it due to fermentation. All you have to do is hasten it with a little yeast and you have it. There, my experience with that kind of beer.

          • Nitricc

            Hey SJ; just you know ; actually there is no different method to make none alcoholic beer. It is made the same as the normal beer. The only difference is, the alcoholic beer is bottled and the none alcoholic is heated so is to evaporate the alcohol. As you know alcohol has lower boiling point. Just for your info.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Nitricc,
            Thank you.

            I agree you are right. However, I was not talking about industrial scale production, but personal, easy, at home process. Then, what was required was not taking alcohol out of non-alcoholic beer (it didn’t have it to begin with). What was needed was to bring back the alcohol that chemists like you evaporated 🙂

          • Nitricc

            Hey SJ; you welcome and I will share a story with tomorrow. Right now i am running out of time.

    • Haile S.

      Selam again Yohannes,

      I am adding this anecdote (from the mentioned book) that goes with some of what I was trying to say this morning. You likely have heard it before 🙂 It is also a lesson on body parts names for those who don’t master tigrigna.

      ካብ ዛንታ ኣርብዓን ኣርባዕተን መጽሓፍ፡ ብይስሃቅ ተወልደ መድህን 1954 ኢት.

      ኣካላት ሰብ :
      ኣካላት ሰብ፡ ኣእጋር፡ ኣእዳው፡ ኣፍ፡ እዒንቲ፡ ነንሕድሕዶም ምርድድእ ተጸልኦም። ተተመኻኺሮም ድማ፡ ድሕሪሕጂ ኣይንተሓጋገዝ፡ ነፍሲወከፍ ኣካል ትሕድርቱ ጥራይ ይዕየ ቢሎም ተዘራረቡ። መፈላለይኦም እንሆ፣ ኣእጋር ነቶም ካልኦት ኣካላት፡ “ንሕና ንኣኻትኩም ወርትግ እንስከመኩም፡ ኣብ ኪዱ ዝበልኩምና እንኸደልኩም፡ ስለምንታይ እዩ? ምኻድ እንተደሊኹም መኽየዲ ምሃዙ እምበር፡ ንሕናስ ኣይኮነልናየ እዩ በሉ”
      ኣእዳው ክኣ፡ ንሕና ወርትግ እንዓየልኩም ስለምንታይ እዩ? መዓየዪ ኣእዳው እንተደሊኹም ባዕልኹም ኣእዳው ምሃዙ እምበር፡ ንሕናስ በይንና ኢና እንኸውን በሉ።
      ኣፍ፡ ኣነ’ስ ኣብዚ ዓሻ ተረኺበ ንኸስዐ ቀለብ ዝሔኽሉ፡ እዚስ ከቶ ዘይከውን እዩ። ከስዐ ኣፍ እንተ ደለየ ባዕሉ ይምሃዝ፡ እናበለ ኣዕዘምዘመ።
      ኣዒንቲ ድማ ብተርአን፡ እቲ ዘረባታት ብምስማዕ ገረመን። ንሳተን በይንና ርኣይትን ሓለውትን ናይ ኩሉ ሰብነት ብምዃነን፡ ኣውራ ሰብ ሞያ፡ ብዘይካአን ድማ ኩሉ ስርሓት ክም ዘይቀንዕ ተዛረባ።
      እቶም ዝተረፉ ኣካላት፡ ከም እኒ ርእሲ፡ ኣእዛን፡ ኣፍንጫ፡ መንከስ፡ ምዕጉርቲ፡ ግንባር፡ ከናፍር፡ ከበሮ ዓይኒ፡ ቅርኒብ ዓይኒ፡ ልሳን ትንሓግ፡ ጐሮሮ፡ ምንጋጋ፡ ኣስናን ኮራርምቲ፡ ሓንጎል፡ ክሳድ፡ መንኩም፡ ኣፍልቢ፡ ሳንቡእ፡ ሕቖ፡ ዝባን፡ ከብዲ፡ ጎድኒ፡ ምሕኩልቲ፡ ልቢ፡ ሳንቡእ፡ ከስዐ፡ ኣምዑት፡ ሽንፍላ ምሕኩልቲ፡ ጣፍያ፡ ላልሽ፡ ኩሊት፡ ምናት፡ ብርኪኢድ፡ ቅልጽም፡ ጉምቦ-ኢድ፡ ኣጻብዕ፡ ኣጻፍር፡ ዳህሰስቲ፡ ዝባን-ኢድ፡ ከብዲ-ኢድ፡ ዓብዓባይቶ፡ መመልከቲቶ፡ ማእከላይቶ፡ ቀለቤቶ፡ ሕንጥልሕንጥሊቶ፡ ሰለፍ፡ ብርኪ-ዳንጋ፡ በርቒቶ፡ ዓካዓካሪቶ፡ ዝባን-እግሪ፡ ከብዲ-እግሪ፡ ኣጻብዕ፡ ኣጻፍር፡ ካልኦት ዝተረፉ፡ ሞያኦም እናነገሩ፡ ኣገልግለቶም ገደፉ።
      ዳሕራዩ ከመይ ኮነ፣ ኣካላት ዘበሉ ኦአዕየኦም ምስ ሓደጉ፡ በብቕሩብ ሓመቑ፡ ደኸሙ፡ ንሞት ድማ ቐረቡ።
      ኣካላት ዘበሉ ኩላቶም ገጌኦም ኣስተውዓሉ። ሓዲቦም መኺሮም፡ ኣብ ናይ ቀደም ኣገልግለቶም ተመልሱ። እቲ ሓደ ኣካል ነቲ ሓደ ኣካል ሰሚሮም ተዓርቁን ተኣዘዙን እሞ፡ ከም ብሓድሽ ብርቱዕ ሓይልን ስጣንን ረኸቡ።

      እዚኣ ዎ ደሓንካ።

      • Saleh Johar

        HauleS,
        Thanks a lot. Particularly for the new anatomy words.

      • Paulos

        ሰላም ሃይላት,

        የቐንየልና ናይቲ ትምህርቲ ሓዘል ዕላልካ!

        ናይ ኣናቶሚ መምህረይ ዝነበረ ኣብ ናይ ፈለማ ክላስ ናይ ቀዳማይ ዓመት ዘዕለለና ዋዛ ምስ ቁም ነገር ኣዘኪርካኒ።

        ሓደ ማዓልቲ ይብል ንሱ፣ እተን ቀንዲ ኣካላት ናይ ነብስና ነንሕድሕደን ክትፍንናን ክናዓዓቓን ይጅምራ። ሐንጎል መጀመርያ ብዘይ ብኣይ ኩላትክን ዋጋ የብልክንን ይብል፣ ልቢ ትቕብል ኣቢሉ፣ ብዘይ ብኣይ እምበር ኩላትክን ክትነብራ ኣይትኽእላን ኢኽን ምኽንያቱ ነቲ ደም ጠጠው እንተ ኣቢለዮ ኩላትክን ክትሞታ ስለዝኾንክን ይብል። ሽዑዑ ሳምቡእ ትቕብል ኣቢሉ፣ ኣነ ምትንፋስ ጠጠው እንተቢለ ኩላትክን ክትሞታ ኢኽን ስለዚ ብዘይ ብኣይ ክትነብራ ኣይትኽእላን ኢኽን በለ። ድሕሪኡ ነዚ ኹሉ ታህዲድ ስቕ ኢሉ ዝሰምዕ ዝነበረ ማዓኮር፣ እንታይ ኢኹም ትብሉ ዘለኹም ኣነ እየ ብጣዕሚ ዝድለ ካብ ኩላትኩም ንላዕሊ ብዘይ ባኣይ ኢኹም ክትነብሩ ዘይትኽእሉ በሎም። ዳሓር ነዚ ዝሰምዑ ባዓል ሓንጎል፣ ልቢ፣ ሳምቡእን ኪርኪር እሎም ሳሓቑ፣ ክድህልዎ’ኻኣ ጀመሩ፣ ድሕሪኡ ማዓኮር ማራ ሓሪቑ፣ በላ ማዓልትኽን ተጸበያ መን ምዃነይ’ካኣ ከርእየክን እየ ኢሉ ፈከረሎም፣ ድሕሪኡ ማዓኮር ንኹሉ ዓጻጽዩ ስርሑ ንሓደ ሰሙን ደው ኣበለ፣ ዳሓር ተራኣኻ ሓንጎል፣ ልቢ፣ ሳምቡእ ብሕማቕ ጨና ዓቕሎም ጸበቦም፣ ድሕሪኡ ንማዓኮር ናብ ምልማን ኣተዉ፣ ኢቲ ብሉጽ ጥቕሙ ድማ ኣመኑሉ።

        • Haile S.

          Selamat Paul,

          ብዛዕባ መዓኮር ኣልዒልካ፡ ብዛዕባ ጎረቤቱ ከተዛርበና ክትተዃትኾና ድኣ ደሊኻ እምበር 🙂 ብዛዕባ ቆርበት ድኣ ዘይትዛረብ?

          ወይ ኣነ ቆርበት ወይ ኣነ ጀግና
          ጠርናፊ ኩሉኹም ሓላዊ ጥዕና
          ደጎል እንከለኹ ስኢነ እንኮ ምስጋና
          መልክዕኩም ግርማኹም እየ ናትኩም ባና

          እንተዘይሽፍኖ ስጋ ዝለበሰ ኣስከሬንኩም
          ሕስብ እሞ ኣብልዎ እንታይ ምመሰልኩም
          ንርኣዪ ጥራይ ዘይኮነ ንባዕልኹም መባህረኩም
          ወይ ኣነ
          ኣብ ቁሪ ዝቐይሓልኩም
          ኣብ ጽሓይ ዝጽልመልኩም
          ጸረ ኩሉ ኣባይ ዝድንድነኩም
          ንዓይ ሓሊፉ’ሲ መንዩ ዘጥቅዓኩም
          ምእንታኹም
          በትሪ እንተመጸ እህረመሉ
          ሴፍ እንተመጸ እሕረደሉ
          ጥይት እንተመጸ እነኹለሉ
          ንናህሪ ዘዝሕል ወይ ኣነ ጀግና ወይ ኣነ ጓሉ
          ቅንጥጥ ኢለ ዶ እሞ ክኸይድ ብኣኹም ኪርኪር ክስቀሉ!

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            Simply brilliant! Thank you.

            Skin, being the largest organ of the body is under-rated and under-appreciated as you have beautifully put it. More over, it is the only part of the body thst defines who we are as distinct races but sadly institutionalized racism as well. Again thank you.

        • Nitricc

          Hi P; you forgot the moral of the story. it goes like this…..:
          When The Body Was First Made, Who Was the Most Important
          One day, all the parts of the body were talking about who was most important.
          THE BRAIN SAID – “Since I control everything and do all the thinking, I am the most important therefore I should be boss.”
          THE FEET SAID – “Since I carry him everywhere he wants to go and get him in position to do what the brain wants, I am the most important.”
          THE EYES SAID – “Since I must look out for all of you and tell you where the danger lurks, I an the most important body part.”
          THE HANDS SAID – “Since I do all the work and earn all the money to keep the rest of you going, I am the most important.”
          f course, everyone got into the arguments and the heart, lungs, and ears all say the same thing. Finally, the axxxxxx spoke up and pointed that he was the most important even though the others didn’t know it. All the other laughed and laughed to think of an axxxxxx being boss. The axxxxx decided to prove the point and refused to function. Blocked up tight. Soon the brain was feverish, the eyes crossed and ached, the feet were too weak to walk, the hands hung limply at the sides, and the heart and lungs struggled to keep going. All pleaded with the xxxxxx to relent and agreed that the xxxxx was the most important and so it happened.
          Moral Of The Story.
          The MORAL of the story is that the network is the most important part of IT infrastructure but not everyone realises it. Or that the xxxxxxx always ends up being the boss!!!!

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Selam Haile S.,

        ሒዘካ ኣለኹ ሃይላት!

        ውርጹጽ ቃላትን፡ ትምህርቲ-ሓዘል ዛንታን፡ ቋንቋ እንግሊዝኛን፡ ቋንቋ ትግርኛን፡ ወዘተ… ተጠቒምካ እታ መልእኽቲ ከይተሸርፈታን ከይተቖርመመታን፣ ጨፍሊቕካን ጨፋሊቕካን፡ ደፊእካን ደፋፊእካን ብምልእታ ኣብ ርእሲ ኣንባቢ ከምእትኣቱስ ገርካ ኣለኻ። እንታይ’ሞ ገዲፍካ!!

        ሕጅስ፡ እቲ ተቐባሊ ሓንጎል ደኣ ዓቕሚ ረኺቡስ ናይቲ መልእኽቲ ሕመረት ይሰወጦ፡ ኣንጉዑ የስተማቕሮ፣ እዝጊ እንተፈቒዱ ከኣ መፍትሒ ዝኸውን ሓደ-ክልተ ሓሳባት ፈይ ንኸብል የብቅዓዮ’ምበር፣ ካባኻ ደኣ’ሞ እንታይ ዝተረፈ’ሎ!

        በል’ስከ ኣእዛንና፡ “እነሄ ሓሳብ፡ እነሄ ምኽሪ፡ ተቐበል መፍትሒ” ዝብሉ ኣንደበታት እንሰምዓሉ ሰናይ ቅነ-ክራማት ይግበረልና።

        ብሩኽ ምዕልቲ!!

    • Hope

      Selam Johnny:
      I wish you have said the same thing about what our Eritrea has gone through over the last 60yrs in general and the last 20 yrs in articular through the “HELP” of and /or silence of the same Gangs and groups you listed above.
      With all due respect,sir,you have been on RECORD siding with and regurgitating what the bloody enemies of Eritrea have done on/against Eritrea and Eritreans including petitioning for and EXECUTING the TPLF agenda against Eritrea based on your well articulated Articles and Comments HERE at awate.com.
      Get it real buddy,this is Geo-Politics 101 and National Security 101.

      • Gerogee

        Hope

        HAILE S. quietly and nicely cornered Yohannes Zeri. Please read the exchange between them. Yohannes gave non-answer answer.

        • Hope

          Selamgeorgio:
          I know and I NEVER miss Prof Dr Haile S.’s comments and i repeatedly acknowledged and appreciated his well intentioned ,educational and constructive comments as well quasi scientific ones with NO single “Human error” against others to my best knowledge and recall.
          I have learned from him and from his coded few wise words of advice–to me directly.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Hope & ገርግስ

            Hope, thank you for the nice words, really appreciate it. But you almost sanctified me. I am scratching the buds of the two wings, I am feeling it on my back like Padre Pio did on his palms 🙂 :-).

            ኣንታ ገርግስ, እንታይ ወሪፍዱካ ኣንጭዋ ክንተ ዓንዴል ጌርካዮ ዘረባኻ! ጥረን ፈተስን ከተባእስ?

          • Hashela

            selam Hope

            I fully concur with your assessment of Haile’s human quality. He is the ultimate role model from whom all people at this forum can learn immensely.

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Hashela,

            It is a two way process here. I learn immensely here from the young like you and from those not so young like me in this forum we are lucky to have. I admire young learned people like you. The best moments of my life was when I was finishing 12 grade myself and teaching 1st graders, then science to 4th graders in Asmara at the same time. Explaining how a pendulum works and going to class with a pendulum I prepared myself was the best souvenirs in life more than anything I attained thereafter.
            If PIA was a learner than a lesson giver, we would have been in much better place.

          • Paulos

            ሃይላት,

            ለካ እንዶ’ግዳ ወቓሕ ወቓሕ ኢልካኒ፣ ራብዓይ ክፍሊ ከለኹ ሓደ በሊሕ መንእሰይ ፐንድለም ሒዙ ናብ ክላስና እንዳ’መጸ ይምህረና ኔሩ።

            If you wonder where any of the students might be, ሓሸላ turned out to be a highly respected scientist when some of us disappointed you when we ended up being ናይ ጎደና ፈላስፋታት 😢.

          • Haile S.

            Sekamat Paul,

            You made my day, “philosophe de boulevard”! Who can come up with the best analysis and understanding than the ‘street philosopher’, when in addition he/she has mastered another philosophies of natural sciences like you. Remember, look for the equivlantnt of philo What makes me sad is the impossibilities of communicating in lightness while wanting to passing the message of seriousness, the smooth and frictionless way of transmitting the knowledge, the natural way. The sad part of our days is that you need to adopt a certain seriousness, a tied-up up skin between the eyebrows (ቁጥዓ ዘለዎ ገጽ) to look serious. The look is much more important than the deed. When appearance overtakes true resemblance, comes the problem. In Eritrea, we need to do something we have never attempted before including originality!

          • Hashela

            Hi Paulos

            Provided with a scholar opportunity, nearly everybody can be an expert for a narrowly defined field, however only few have a broad and deep knowledge about nearly everthing. It seems you belong to them.

          • Paulos

            Hashela,

            If only one child in grade one and only one adult student in grade 12 stands out first out of say, on average 58 students, not everyone much less nearly all can be an expert in a narrowly defined field. Your sense of humility is not lost in us nonetheless.

            I may be acquainted with a bit of this and that but of course I can’t claim to own expert opinions in several fields of knowledge. You are better placed to know more than I do that is almost impossible to opine on several fields with a sense of authority but perhaps some of us may be good at explaining otherwise seemingly complex ideas in a much lighter threads. Again, thank you for those kind words.

  • Ayneta

    Dear Awate:
    The ephemeral bromance between Abby and IA is going to scramble like the vanishing smoke in the distance. They are starkly different in personality and overall demeanor. IA is sadistic with serious personality disorder who has been managing Eritrea like his inherited property with absolute authority. Abby , on the other hand, has a soft personality to the extent that it may disqualify him from being a fit leader to manage a chaotic country like Ethiopia. What we saw in the Sudan recently in terms of approach between the two leaders is testimony to the evolving wedge between the two leaders. Abby didn’t attend the may 24 celebration ( very strange for a leader who recently was received with fanfare like a celebrity in Asmara). There are evolving signs of trouble regarding Ethiopian airlines services to Eritrea .
    My guess is that the two leaders will eventually call it quits and IA will seek the help of TPLF to forge an alliance that will help him tighten his grip. For him, anything that will prolong his stay in power is welcome, even if it comes from the most unlikely hero, namely TPLF. Remember when Demhit were sent to Asmara to torture the young at the heart of the capital city? Don’t be surprised if he has a facelift and befriend TPLF/tigrai all of a sudden.

    • Alex

      Hi Ayneta,
      Were did you get the news that there are sign of trouble regarding Ethiopian Airlines services to Eritrea. First either you just pick the fake news circulating regarding Ethiopia Airlines service as face value. Ethiopian airlines is making money from the Asmara service since more than 90% of its customers are Eritrean diaspora or foreigners that pay through hard currency. They almost taking most of the business from Egypt air, Fly Dubai since both of this two airlines cut their flight to Asmara after a lot of people switch to Ethiopia airlines because of their service and short connection in addis. Ethiopia Airlines have only about 6 Million USD that they unable to repatriate based on shortage of USD in Eritrea. Eritrea will never forge an alliance with the backstabber TPLF and that is only dreamt by TPLF apologist..

      • Nitricc

        Ethiopian airlines is making money from the Asmara service since more than 90% of its customers are Eritrean diaspora or foreigners that pay through hard currency

        Hi Alex; even PMAA conformed that truth when he was addressing the people in Axsum. he said by many folds Ethiopia got more advantages from Eritrea than Eritrean did from Ethiopia. But let’s not ruined Ayaneta’s dream. He is typical TPLF thug.

        • Saleh Johar

          Oh Nitricc,
          It is the other way around. He was talking in the context of border trade, customs , etc. And basically what he said is: the trade route is mainly from Ethiopia to Eritrea.

          On the Airline: all ticket sales are in hard currency–everywhere, all airlines. So, Eritreans or anyone else buying tickets, must pay in in US unless they are buying the tickets from their respective countries where they pay ion local currency.

          • Nitricc

            Hey SJ; you are right, I was tying spin it to positivity. I really wish this thing between Ethiopia and Eritrea works. open the border with Sudan and normalize everything and do the same thing with Ethiopia, and then watch Eritrea kissing good bye to poverty and economic problems.

          • Saleh Johar

            Nitricc,
            Basically, you could have been trying to “spin” but to some of us it comes a deceitful bit of information. And you know deceit is better left to politicians and propagandists so that someone can expose the deceit 🙂 Why can’t you just stick to facts and if you have something to add, be honest and say I like it to be this way–or “it should be this way”. But if facts do not support your claim, and if it can be easily discovered, it is good to stay away from it because it reflects badly on your credibility. Hope that explains my view.

          • Nitricc

            NO,SJ! You just are spinning as much as me. We both are assuming what reaaly meant what PMAA said. I wasn’t in his head, so are you? PMAA only knows what he meant. So, deceiving will be tell you the wrong thing knowing the truth. So, let’s take it easy. Don’t act like you where in his head or knew what he really PMAA means.

          • Saleh Johar

            Nitricc,
            In that case, stick to what hew said, and that is what I advised you. I corrected you on the spin and for once Nitricc, accept something and be consistent. On your first comment you admitted the spin it. On the second, you are defending your spin. Which one is it? Anyway, this could be a cycle and I am disembarking here. Stay good

          • Nitricc

            Hey SJ; I admitted because I wasn’t sure what exactly Abiy trying to say. I spin the way I understood and you could be right they way you spin it. So, all I am saying since we both don’t know really PMAA meant, you can not accuse me for deceiving you. NO. I don’t and you don’t know, we both put our spin the way we understood. That is all, why can you understand that? In case, the definition of spin is the way thing someone understands what other people say. here you have it.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam Nitricc
            So r u saying the wellbeing or betterment of eritrea is determined by normalizing and opening border with ethiopia? i think every countries betterment is mainly depending on the ability of the people and gov of that particular country.

  • Abiy and Isaias relationship is a flaunt, self-serving interest that is based on covering the ill-based ruling systems and control. Abiy did tell us his mother prophesized that he would be king. Isaias covered behind the weak, angry oppositions encompassed with and by hate are meant to manipulate.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All the game is on. Tigray is waiting for permission from Eritrea. Once relationship is fernshed between Tigray and Eritrea; Tigray will exercise article 39 of the Ethiopian constitution. here is what Debrestion told Abiy, contrary to what TPLF foot solders predict.
    ” ‹‹በትግራይ ላይ ሆን ተብሎ ባነጣጠረ የዘር ጥቃት ሕዝቡ የመገንጠል ስሜት ውስጥ ገብቷል›› ደብረ ጽዮን ገብረ ሚካኤል (ዶ/ር)፣ የትግራይ ክልል ምክትል ፕሬዚዳንት”
    Translation! Unless TPLF is back to power, Tigray is gone!!!
    If that is not traumatic enough, hearing the above statement, another tigryan came out swinging and declared..

    “ለትግራይ፣ ለኢትዮጵያም ሆነ ለኤርትራ መፍትሄው ህወሃትን ከስልጣን ማባረር ነው” አብርሃ ደስታ!”
    Ladies and gentleman; let the show begun!!!!

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Nitricc,

      You report in this entry is more confusing than informative. On the one hand you say Tigrai asked Eritrea for permission and, thus, it is waiting the response; and then you say the relation between the two sides is yet to be “fernshed” ( read it as renewed) to enable Tigrai to invoke Article 39. But the sense of the quote from Debretsion does not calibrate with the message you tried to deliver. The content of the quote evolves on the meaning of the word “ስሜት”, which can be understood as feeling or mood. Politically and legally, mood and feeling do not translate to policy or practical trend. Therefore, I am afraid your message is lost in fogy rhetoric though you sought rescue in the opinion of another gentleman by the name Abreha Desta who thought the way out in dismissal of the TPLF from power, which sync with your position or better said the position of the despot in Eritrea. It would be good if you could edit and repost your statement.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Ismail; as always I posted my take on the run and I can see why it can be confusing. My bad! So, what I was trying to say was this…..
        There is an Tigryan organization who is trying and investing so much money in making peace between TPLF and the government of Eritrea. This organization asked the help of Ethiopian federal government i.e. PMAA to be involve. Many believe that the reason for PMAA to go Axsum was due too this request. As reports, PMAA is very happy to help and to be involved. So, knowing this and reading what Depretsion has to say, I figured what Deprestion said was a chilling warning for PMAA to finished the peace process or else. The Tigryans need the peace with Eritrea as a matter of survival and a leverage for Tigray to play with right to article 39 is when there is peace between Tigray and Eritrea. Right now. TPLF and even the people of Tigray feel they are surrounded by enemies all around and the peace with Eritrea is a must. I will be back latter and will finish my take……..

    • Ayneta

      Hi Nitricc:
      You are so blood thirsty. Look at you frisking around like a toddler upon hearing this seemingly dangerous evolving story which is not even verified. I bet you have been bored to death with the relatively quite atmosphere enacted with the peace deal with Ethio-Eritrea. Your warmonger attitude and insatiable appetite for anything war-like situation borders to sadism. Curb your enthusiasm. Conflicts and war are nothing to be taken lightly. Chill out bro.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Ayneta; let me ask you a question. Are you one of the few Eritreans that were entertained, recipients of free Air ticket, free hotels and free food all the way to Hawwassa by the TPLF thugs? You sound one of the bought foot solders and TPLF lover goons. Have some principals, Man!

      • Hope

        Aynom:
        Read what u wrote above and Alex’s Response to you!
        Nitric is quoting sources but you are making up stories.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Gedab News,

    Eritrea’s (under EPLF) is a member (perhaps the sole) of the “none-AU-movement” and IA is the combined Nehru & Tito of our continent, at least he wants to be. Thus as such Eritrea’s stance on the AU should not be expected to change on a fundamental issue that Eritrea thinks lead to taking such measures as isolation/sanction on Sudan by AU.
    In order Eritrea to go in-sync with AU, there should be a fanfare of reconciliation and “we are one minded Africa” by our duo first in Addis followed by IA at the AU head quarter. As Abiy formally accepted the international ruling, AU should recognize and accept its failures on Eritrea and on the continent.
    Regarding the role of this divergent stand on the “divergence” between IA and Abiy, it depends. They both or either one of them can use it as the drop of water that caused the vase to overflow, but it would as an informed decision not something that just erupted unexpectedly.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Ahlan Gedab news,

    The military council and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces are in the same camp. They are backed by the same regional and international powers. It is just a power sharing competition and fear of being kicked by the military similar to that of Al-Sisi. Definitely, they will agree in the near future and work together. The main aim of all sides is to hush the people of Sudan upheaval, whom they drove, most probably, to go out to streets.

    They, opposition and their allies, created or benefited from the economical hardships affected the people of Sudan to topple Al-Bashier regime.

    Isaias is afraid from gliding Sudan down to chaos.

    Al-Arabi

  • Selam All,

    There seems to be a pattern: IA always finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Somalia, Crimea, and now Sudan are some of the examples. Maybe “erratic behavior” is the right characterization as the ambassadors said. Egypt. KSA and UAE may lengthen his stay in power with the help of their petrodollars, but they will not help his country to stand on its own two feet, free and prosperous, because their main aim is domination and subjugation. These are countries who are working to be the dominant powers in the region with the help of their petrodollars. With today’s ethiopia, although equally poor, despite the fear mongering, i think that the two countries have the chance to work together in harmony, rather than with those who are not equal partners. Any way it is a matter of freedom of choice.

    What is IA’s plan for the future of his country, if he has any? He seems to feel comfortable in this club of authoritarian arab countries. It is said that IA thanked Al Sisi for the role he played in lifting the sanctions. I do not know if egypt played any important role in lifting the sanctions.

    If IA returns back to what he knows best; isolate himself, start undermining and destabilizing ethiopia again and dumps all the plans for cooperation that was declared by so much fanfare, what then? I think that ethiopia will be forced to reset her politics to the pre-rapprochement period and put ethio-eritrean relations in deep freeze again, a situation that is no good to any of the two countries, and it will be a big disappointment to the world community who are hoping for better days for the horn of africa. It takes two to tango. If he doesn’t want to extricate himself and his country from the deep crisis he has brought it into, as ethiopia is trying to do, and does not heed the call by african intellectuals, i think that a good chance for better days will be squandered.

    Mass social unrest as in ethiopia and sudan maybe what he hates the most, but he cannot avoid it by standing on the wrong side. The things he started with ethiopia, that of peaceful coexistence, economic integration and open borders are the things that will help him come out of the quagmire, and he might have a relatively peaceful last days, as long as he has no plan to transfer power to young and democratic eritreans. Nevertheless, he doesn’t seem to have such plans.

    • Amanuel

      Hi Horizon,
      I am glad you wake up to the reality. We have been telling you IA is not a reliable partner. In his political life a week is very, very long time, so he lives week by week. Nothing more. One example is the Qatar & KSA issues. One week he was with Qatar and then next with KSA. The “erratic behaviour” is spot on. I am speaking from experience. I have worked around him in the 90s.

      The rapprochement was not based on the fundament benefit to both people but on marriage of convenience “ክልተ ጎርሓት ሓሙኽሽቲ ስንቆም” and it was bound to fail sooner or later. Don’t get me wrong I want the relationship to get better but based on fundamental benefit to both people and with reliable partner (I am including Abiy here as he is not reliable as well). I was listing to reply to question about election in Axum and I find it very surprising when said there are countries haven’t had elections for about 30 years. Is that meant a jab to his old baddy IA? So soon.

      • Selam Amanuel,

        Unfortunately the only person ethiopia can talk to is IA, and there is no other alternative for the time being. We wish there were. Over the last twenty years nobody came up with that possibility. Despite his unpredictable behavior, if he comes back again, ethiopia has no choice but to work with him.

        The rapprochement was not perfect, nevertheless, it was better than nothing, especially when there is a dire situation and the status quo was no more bearable. It helped both countries to come out of the stagnation of no-war-no-peace as long as it lasted, unfortunately for very short.

        When you say fundamental benefits, it is up to the two leaders and governments to decide on that. Foreign policy can not be carried out by the whole nation. The worst thing is to close the doors, because it is possible to improve things along the way.

        I am not aware of the thirty years without elections brought up by pm Abiy at Axum, nevertheless, the coming elections whether they will be carried out on time or not is anybody’s guess. Census has been postponed again, millions still displaced, insecurity everywhere, etc, and the possibility to carry out peaceful, free-fair and democratic elections is extremely unlikely. I think that it is difficult to say that elections are a must and should not be transferred to another date as things stand and until they stabilize, unless the chaotic situation that would follow benefits different groups.

        Finally, the difficult question is where the other better option for eritrea is coming from, and for how long ethiopia would wait until it materializes. There seems to be nothing on the horizon. Ethiopia has to take what eritrea provides and sit at the negotiation table. Along the way, i think that it is possible to fix things. Inaction is worse.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Horizon
          In my opinion there was a missed opportunity during the last Ethiopian government regarding Eritrea. Their support was divisive and half hearted. The current government also made worst mistake for a short term benefit by rehabilitating IA. Ethiopians not only have the moral responsibility to support Eritrean struggle for justice & democracy but also for their own stability as well. You can’t live peacefully while your neighbour house is on fire.

          As per the Axum meeting it is there on all the reliable media outlets. Well not only the 30 year jab but the body language with Debretsion sends clear message to IA.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Amanuel,

            Eritrea is standing on its foot no matter how wobbly its legs are. The Eritrean people have to stand against their “dragon” by themselves. The problems is their deep discord and not daring to face their dragon innovatively. We have seen some glimpse of the iceberg problems between the different factions of the Eritrean opposition and their fragility even going down to the spontaneous ይኣክል movement. The Eritrean people and their vocal oppositions need to solve their core differences, come together and face him. That is the only guarantee to straighten the wobbly legs of the nation. Praying on Ethiopian “saints” past and present whose principal occupation is their own parish and letting your homework be done by a neighbour in moments of your self weakness would certainly end up in predictable disaster. We can only be generous to wish for the peace of our neighbour by taking care of our own, especially given the intricate antagonistic history of the two countries.

          • Nitricc

            Ethiopians not only have the moral responsibility to support Eritrean struggle for justice & democracy but also for their own stability as well.

            Hi Amanuel; you are even dumber that I thought. How is that Ethiopia have the moral responsibility to support Eritrea? Should I remained that Eritreans fought for 30 years to get away from Ethiopia and in the process Ethiopia left landlocked and now Ethiopians should come do your job for you? Ethiopia only have the moral responsibility for Ethiopia; the end of the story!!

          • Haben

            Dear Nitrric,
            I do concur with you on this one. It is childish to appeal to our long time nemesis for help. Eritrean issues can only be addressed by Eritreans. We have to roll our sleeve meet the demands of the time.

          • Amanuel

            Haben
            First Ethiopians & Ethiopia are two different things. My comment was to Horizon’s idea of Ethiopians can only deal with who ever is the leader Eritrea regardless. Whether we like it or not Ethiopians are our neighbours and their positive contribution to the Eritrean struggle for justice and democracy is very important for both countries to have lasting peace and cooperation.

          • Haben

            Dear Amanuel,
            How is that possible for Ethiopia to support Eritrea in the struggle for justice and democracy? We need to remember that Ethiopia is still a country in a mess. The best they can do is accept the ruling of the ECCB and they did it. It is our home work now to clean our house from the grip of IA.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Really! What did we get from HS, Mengie, Meles, Haile Mariam, Abiy…Isn’t that the reason why you and others are complaining about Abiy, or is it because TPLF’s retreating to Mekele is more painful than the misery Eritreans are enduring?

            It is not a secret Meles and his Ex Derg generals killed and deported Eritreans; TPLF led Ethiopia destroyed Eritrean Opposition groups; Gebru Asrat and his fanatics planned to invade Asmara; TPLF refuses to demarcate our border….it goes on. Has Debretsion contributed to Eritrean cause worth of your praising?

            Peace!

          • Amanuel

            Hi Peace
            I am sorry I have no idea what you are going about. All I said was Ethiopians need to learn from their past mistakes and support Eritreans struggle for justice and democracy for the benefit of both countries.

          • Peace!

            Hi Amanuel,

            Sir, I only gave you valid reasons why, when it comes to Eritrea, Ethiopia has continuously failed to play an integral role no matter who’s at the helm; in fact, such horrible experiences have only accentuated that the only way to bring Eritrea’s misery to an end is by curing its problems with its own solutions.

            And you are wrong building a wall has never crossed my mind plus the almighty power of TPLF will not allow you to even demarcate the border.

            Peace!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Peace, Amanuel and all,

            I think we are focusing too much on TPLF and Ethiopia and we are not appreciating the progress of the struggle against the PFDJ that our people are achieving. Just in the couple of weeks.

            – African intellectuals have send a letter to IA and wanted to visit Eritrea and fix the human rights crisis.

            – Many HR organizations from around the world had sent letter to the UH- HRC where Eritrea is a member.

            I saw a video of young ERITREAN graduate speech where he spoke about the human rights condition and said “yiAkl”. This is the type of message that our yPFDJ should emulate.

            There was AI campaign of Ciam and many young people were involved and spoke out. I heard there was attempts to get support from the late Nipsey Hussle and actress Tiffany Hadish (but she seems so PFDJ like) just fluff no substance.

            The PFDJ is withholding cash from Ethiopian airlines which shows the dire financial situation that it is in. If they can’t pay to the airlines, from the money they actually collected, I can imagine what their finincial situation looks like.

            TPLF / Abiy and Ethiopia

            I saw a couple of interview.
            1) Dawit Woldegiorgis
            2) Dr. Dereje Zeleke.

            It was related to Asseb. Both of them said unequivocally that the issue is a closed case and there is no chance in hell that any thing can be done about. Unless Eritrea willing give them over. Full Stop.

            This is the message and the reality that we all need to focus on. TPLF intention has never been clear to me but I don’t believe they wanted a peaceful and progressive and economically viable Eritrea. They wanted a weak, disintegrated play ground to do what ever they wanted and grow at the expenses of Eritreans. I don’t know why but that’s what they can only see progress for them. It’s bad, it’s ugly and there is not much we can do about it. The same way they disintegrate Somalia and help made her a play ground for them and the functions of the different war lords. Somalia is a revenue source for the TPLF dominated army. Peace keeping, security payment, terrorism, US and other funds … pathetic but true.

            I was discussed beyond believe when I heard the recorded conversation of the agazian leaders after they had a fallout with each other and how they spoke about TPLF and the support they had. Basically they wanted Eritrea Christians and Muslim population to go to war and destroy each other.

            NEVER.

            Ethiopia:
            I don’t know what’s wrong with the Ethiopian leaders but they cant seem to be fit to the peace loving Ethiopian people. All of them can only live and survive by undermine one another and never see their worth beyond their simple and very small and tiny ethnic race (real-time to the 6 billion of world population). It’s sad and unfortunately we have to live with them and I hope a day comes that they produce great leaders worthy of their people.

            Eritrea:
            I think the worst is over fir us Eritreans and from now on the best is to come. We have everything going for us, and we should be proud of our resilience, our hard work and our peace loving of each other to build a formidable and prosperous nation at peace with itself and with its neighbours.

            I think in Eritrea, we can honestly build a true liberal democratic nation.

            So in conclusion I think let’s focus on our own, count our blessing, and fight a dictator who is on a death bed and take our country to the promised land our martyred paid for.

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Hi Berhe

            I think you are so obsessed, so sickly obsessed with your tribal mentality even an Ethiopian Tedros Alem can see through you.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Georgee,

            What tribal mentality you are taking about that I am obsessed with, specifically in relation to Eritrea.

            If you are to mislead and create false allegation, at least be creative.

            Berhe

          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            Stop pretending. You know what time it is. Your kind will burn Eritrea to satisfy your clanish appetite.

            You go to panic mode when ever people ignore your sick obessetion of PIA. For your type, the narrow clan based politics the well being of Eritrea is secondary or worst not important at all.

            But, Ironically you have come up with brilliant Idea few weeks ago that can really transform Eritrea. Alas, you are blinded by your tribalist mentality. It is incurable.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Georgee,

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          • Gerogee

            Berhe

            Ha ha you calling me a liar. I know I got u. I know your type. Your type is too shifty with no center. Tribalism is your only motivation. You could careless about Eritrea. You will burn Eritrea to ashes to satisfy your shortsighted clanish appetite. You don’t have to say it in the open. But it is very transparent. Game recognizes Game.

            PIA commanded the commanders. He was the leader. Why do you make it easy for me to slaughter you like the gullible lamb that you are. You always display your ignorance like there is no tomorrow.

            Like I told you before you made a brilliant statement few weeks ago. But you are so obsessed with your reckless tribalism you don’t even know you made amazing solutions to our problem.

            “You can learn a lot from a dummy”

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Georgee,

            You are a liar and this is a proof. This does not make any difference but Isayas Grand mother (Medhin Berad) on her mother side, she comes from the same village as my grand mother in the Eritrean highlands (that’s the quarter Isayas got the rest is all from Tigray). Yemane Ghebreab (his father also comes from next door village) where my father hail from. It’s that close….

            But this does not change anything, i don’t oppose them for who they are but for what they do to our people and our country….that’s all.

            I don’t know what the “brilliant idea” that I said. I said many things like a lot of many other Eritreans with a lot of good ideas to our country. Not only good ideas but also real practical implementation plan to do many good things for our country as soon as the dictator is removed. It’s just a matter of time but the dictator will be removed.

            He will be removed, it’s just a matter of time.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            He is ERITREAN like everyone else, but based on his track record, his loyalty is somewhere else. The fact speaks for it self.

            The fact speaks for it self.
            Hi Berhe; sure do facts speak for it and PIA fought for Eritrea the last 50 years. what have you done? do you see how little and cheap you are?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitric,

            Yes he fought along side Eritreans so he gets to the throne and hand over Eritrea to Ethiopia.

            Why would he say to the Ethiopian prime minister

            “You will be our leader and I give you full authority to lead us”.
            “We are one people, everyone who thinks otherwise is one who doesn’t know our history”

            What does these statement means to you? You never commented on them….

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Once PIA was asked if he had any regrets in his long and purposeful life and after a brief silence while his face changed and his voice deepness, he said “the betrayal of the weyane and the opportunity that lost as a result” From that day on, I understood his hate to Weyane. So, when the peace came with PMAA; PIA has done everything to pay back the weyane. When he said what he said to PMAA; in mind he was roasting Humiliating the TPLF thugs and he was. That is all it was. And since you guys accuse PIA as being a dictator, he was showing that he is not what accused of by welling to give up power to PMAA — : )

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            So what I mean is, what does it means to you as an Eritrean when he said that.

            Is this how he wants to show/ prove to us that the is not a dictator by handing our country to a foreign leader, not only just another foreign leader, but a country we were at war for all IA life time ( born in 1946 and we have been in conflict with them since 1942) ever since they wanted to unite us.

            My thinking is, like his father and many others who wanted to force unite Eritrea, he was continuing the legacy of his for fathers.

            Berhe

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Nitricc,

            You quoted, “the betrayal of the weyane and the OPPORTUNITY THAT LOST AS A RESULT”. Mr. Nitricc, the opportunity that Isaias speaks about is the opportunity of his becoming KING on Ethiopia and EMPEROR of the Horn of Africa. He doesn’t mean development of Eritrea and Eritreans.

            The opportunity of the Eritrean development doesn’t rest in the hands of Woyane or any other entity. Eritrea’s development rests only in the hands of her people.

            Do you believe, Mr. Nitricc, Eritrean fate is tied with Woyane?

            Al-Arabi

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhe

            Can’t agree more, just reacting to the outrageous rather unconditional worshiping. TPLF has demonstrated in the last twenty-plus years that independent, stable and vibrant Eritrea is not in its best interest, and sadly, some Eritreans who are more loyal to Tigray than to their own country are in total complicit perhaps they think this is the right time that Eritrea is too vulnerable for such Helmi Derho . I remember Assenna.com interviewed an old guy forgot his name said: might not be an exact quote, Aslam Gosasat Eyom Ayedliyunan Eyom. That tells you the real dilemma we are facing goes far beyond dictatorship.

            Peace!

    • Gerogee

      I horizontal

      I really don’t know what to say how about your post. You make a lot of wrong assumptions based on information you got from mainstream media.

      1. You called eritrea’s president erratic. Where did you get that idea?. Certainly you didn’t come up with it. Seems like you allow others to form opinions for you. You got that idea from low-level operative of the state department. State Department is the pretty face of CIA! Now that we got that out of the way let’s go to Somalia situation. Contrary to you’re assumption. Right before the invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia it was a peaceful country, relatively speaking. It was on its way to become a nation. The mercenary midgets decided he would do the bidding for USA in invaded Somalia. At that time it was the largest humanitarian crisis 1 million people were displaced. Eritrea was against foreign intervention. That’s not erratic spirit that is common sense. Go look at what happened to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and finally Libya.

      And you said, Ethiopia wishes to have a better alternative than the current president of Eritrea! Really what have we done to you question mark you the one who keep coming to our land. You the one who send a hundred twenty thousand of your young men and women to be slaughtered for land that don’t even belong to you! You the one who’s not leaving our land! You the one who’s begging for food. For the last 75 years you’ve been on a food aid from foreign countries. You can’t even feed yourself! You are one of the highest HIV infected rate in Africa! You the one was selling babies!! You have 200,000 prostitutes in your capital city! 65% of your budget is a foreign 8 that means you cannot be a country without help. You only exist with the help of others. You got a million people displaced internally. You are one season away from starvation. If you miss rent one season you die! And you tell us that you wish to have a different leader. Check yourself out before you start talking about others you are the definition of a failed state.

      • I did not expect that my post would drive you crazy. Why so? IA is just a human being like you. He is not a divine entity that cannot be criticized or looked in the eyes. Are you aware that almost half a million of your people live in the country you painted with such dark colors, and thousands more are running away every month from the paradise you think exists under the rule of IA. Support him, but not blindly, wrong or right, rain or sunshine. Leave, at least a small corner in your brain that thinks good for the people, while the remaining part serves your demigod. IA cannot rule over trees and stones if you push out every Eritrean out of the country. The last rapprochement was good even for IA. It was a good chance to bring peace, keep Eritreans at home, release prisoners, revive the economy, return to the world community, etc, but you people do not seem to like the dividend for the people of Eritrea.

        • Gerogee

          Hi Horizontal

          Focus on the task at hand, please!. You said PIA is erratic. And you have nothing to back it up. You are repeating the talking point of Zion is controlled American Media Western media. Anybody that doesn’t get along with them it’s erratic. I mean would you call Obama erratic, because he’s responsible for the death of millions of people. You think it’s rationale to support Isis so they can fight a war against the Syrian government? And you said there are half a million Eritrean in Ethiopia? You such gullible I guarantee you 80% are from Tigray. What you don’t know and refuse to believe is that Eritrean refugees are are used as a source of income for tplf. The Eritrean refugees impact me directly unlike you. I have family members who ran away for a better life. But they never got a chance to come to the West because you’re tplf stole their ID and send its own people. You wouldn’t know that because you have no family members that directly get affected good all you know is what you read from CNN or BBC. Have you talked to an Eritrean refugee who made it to the West? Do you have a family member that was a refugee who came to United States as Eritrean? I have I spoke to them. The story that tell me is totally different story then the media present to you. You only know one side of the story! And mind you just guys do not like the current leader, PIA. But at the same time they know what tplf does, stealing Eritrean identity and sending his own people. It’s a public information it just the Western media choose to ignore because it doesn’t fit their narrative it’s not your fault it’s Eritrean people fault, we choose to dwell on stupid things instead of focusing in a bigger things. Like he gave me some advice I like to give you some advice. The sooner you realize you have a caucus for a country the better you try to resuscitate it

          • Forget about the bravado and living in a bubble. Your bubble burst a long time ago. Show us what you are worth by freeing prisoners, allowing the young to live a normal humanly life and not languishing in an open ended military service, and give your country a parliament, a budget as any normal country that is a member of the world community. You can’t prosper against any odds without a functioning economy, without the human power that is being lost everyday and by living behind closed borders. What you are saying are empty words that signify nothing. Try to live in the real world. That is when you may achieve something. Tomorrow will be better is an excuse to squander today, a self-serving ploy and a way of lying to oneself to avoid any responsibility.

          • Haben

            Dear Horizon,
            You have touched the nerves of George and the likes. They are here not to defend the Eritrean people or promote goodness; they are here to defend their creator IA. They live in their own world: a world that is full of bravado and slogans because they have no substance to offer to the Eritrean people.

            Regards

          • Gerogee

            Haben

            You didn’t touch any nerve! I’m actually having fun reminding him how pathetic his comments are. If you have any common sense you will see the conversation is about me reminding him the Genesis of where the word erratic came in reference to Eritrean president! I’m hoping instead of being defensive he will learn to form his own opinion instead of becoming a parrot to the zionists control media! Guy have the nerve to say that Ethiopia wish to have an alternative leader for Eritrea! Can you imagine that. A country for the last 65 years could not feed itself what kind of conversation we going to have with this guy. He’s the one who’s deluded that lives in a bubble he needs to be reminded. And I repeatedly asked him to go back to the topic at hand instead he go tangent I’ll talk about random stuff that’s not even part of the discussion. And here you are speaking American jargon psychobabble

          • Haben

            Dear George,
            you completely does not make sense. you better go to your Mekete paltalk and spew your ignorance.
            thanks.

          • Gerogee

            Haben

            Ignorance is parroting talking points from Zionist controlled media. I will be honored to be in mekete paltalk. I have yet to read anything the remotely resemble intelligent from you. You post weak and soft comments, and curl back to your cave like, the dimwit you are.

          • Haben

            Dear G,
            You just keep displaying your ignorance. Asking for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly, and above all the right to choose your own government is not Zionist. It is God given right and no body can take it away. But since you subscribe to the cult of Isiasisim, you are forgiven.

          • Gerogee

            Haben…what? Go back and read. Context matter. you keep talking about ignorance like you got some kind of thinking ability you not able even to understand what I just wrote a simple statement. You make a very soft move against me. That’s not going to work. You going to need a lot of more

          • Gerogee

            Hi horizontal

            Again you are detouring from the topic at hand. Focus on the statement you made. You are the one who lives In a Bubble World Bank and IMF created for you. What bravado are you good talking about you collapsed a year ago that’s undeniable . Your president stated in public you are a minutes away from collapsing . Did you forget your president got a billion dollars sent to him while he was sitting in his office by Abu Dhabi people?

            Normal life for our Brothers? Now you worry about our brothers? Can you imagine that an Ethiopian worried about Eritrean? Again what are you thinking? You had three hundred thousand soldiers eritrea’s borders. Where are we supposed to do? Your previous government decided it was a smart idea to sanction Eritrea. We couldn’t even send money to family back in Eritrea without being checked out. Your country was conspiring to choke Eritrea. You forgot the Sanaa fourm, Ethiopia, Yemen and Djbouti? Did you forget United States calling every investor to stay away from Eritrea? The constant treat of war from tplf? How do you create a functioning economy with this kind of non-stop treat from USA. Did you forget the illegal sanction? That was based on a lie?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Horizon,

            “Tomorrow will be better is an excuse to squander today, a self-serving ploy and a way of lying to oneself to avoid any responsibility.”

            That is what exactly he is doing to protect the evil man at the cost of our people. George will disappear with full of shame from the scene with the demise of his demigod.

          • Gerogee

            Hi adderall hidrat:)

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi George

            If you are badly in need of “Adderall” for cognitive enhancer (ADHD), I could help you anytime and anything under my disposal for that matter. Check you email, I sent you my phone number to discuss about your needs.

            Regards

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi George,

            I quoted Horizon’s statements and not your statements..

          • Nitricc

            Show us what you are worth by freeing prisoners, allowing the young to live a normal humanly life and not languishing in an open ended military service, and give your country a parliament, a budget as any normal country that is a member of the world community

            Horizon; the question is what to you? I am guessing you are proud of that 100% resulted election, are you? I rather have no election that your style. The Truth is whatever Eritrea is doing it worked, not only survived all evil sabotages by your TPLF thugs but alive and kicking. So, PIA or prisoners and military service is none of your business and I suggest you worry about your democratic country, so democratic, you rob banks on a broad day light and no one ask you a question. Is kind of democracy are you telling Eritrea should have? hahahah African mentality at its best. Dude wake up!

        • Hope

          Horizon:

          Dr. Horizon said:

          “The last rapprochement was good even for IA. It was a good chance to bring peace, keep Eritreans at home, release prisoners, revive the economy, return to the world community, etc, but you people do not seem to like the dividend for the people of Eritrea.”
          I ABSOLUTELY agree with you.

          But here is my “BEEF” with you about your latest “bravado” about the “Erratic” PIA:

          There is one FACT you cannot deny under any pretext or excuse:

          The EPLF then and now the PFD Gov led by PIA was and is NOW,who relived Ethiopia and Ethiopians from the murderer Col Menghistu and now saved Ethiopia and Ethiopians for collapsing over night due to the dirty and toxic ethnic federal System by none but your eternal enemy and existential THREAT,aka the TPLF.
          You were on record “litanizing” what I stated above and legitimately blaming the mercenary Pseudo Eritrean Opposition and its fake Intellectuals,sell out groups and Activists,who developed serious psychosomatic illnesses including Takosubu Cardiomyopathy/stress induced Acute MIs and Syndromes simply coz PIA stoke a peace deal with Dr AAA.

          I agree PIA might be an ERRATIC Leader bu to label him so by making a u-turn simply coz he did -not apparently-agree with the AU /Dr AAA is a bogus claim.

          What Dr AAA has done for the Sudan is a complimentary or supplementary gesture for what PIA and his alleged/presumed boss of the GCC did or said .
          PIA and the GCC did NOT and could NOT have supported the brutal Military Council and its activities.

          PIA and his GCC friends have a LEGITIMATE INTEREST to see the SUDAN and its people do their business the way it fits them considering the complex geopolitics of the Region.

          As far as PIA’s legitimate but seemingly undiplomatic statement on the AU is concerned,it is a historical FACT that the AU has never ever been an honest Broker but a corrupted one.
          Read history.

          Granted,PIA’s accurate Statement that the Sudan issue should NOT be internationalized but should be solved domestically and regionally is but a legitimate and correct one.

          Despite of his erratic behavior,the Dude knows exactly what he is talking about.

          This is the same Dude,who came up wit the most realistic and practical solution for the Somalis and their fragmented Country. but the rest is history as to what happened after the DEVIL and its mercenaries entered the house.
          That same DUDE is making a legitimate reference and interpolation based o history and facts/experience of the Horn and its Affairs.
          Go and figure it out.
          Finally,it is healthy, NOT a contrarian one,for both PIA and Dr AAA to have different opinions and approaches for the solution of the Sudan and and its people.
          Plus,how do you rule out that both PIA and Dr AAA might have talked about the solutions under ground?

          Haven’t both leaders made miracles overnight for the Horn?

          With all due respect Dr Horizon et al,don’t you know that the original Engineer and Pioneer of/for the noble cause of the IGAD was the same ‘Erratic” PIA?

          I wish PIA has done same effort to reconcile Eritrea and Eritreans,my biggest concern I have with him.

          Mark my word and take it for-granted that:
          Ethiopia cannot remain an Ethiopia we all know with out PIA.

          Cheers buddy!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            The dude does not know what he is talking about. As long as SA and UAE pay him money, he will say and do anything they asked him.

            Do you remember the statement he put out against Canada, when the Canadian FM, asked about the human right if a Saudi Canadian jailed in SA. And SA decided to break diplomatic ties with Canada and called thousands is Saudi students on student visa to abandon their school and leave.

            IA choose to out out a statement against Canada. If that’s not “erratic” what do you call erratic. As if CANADA is going to care about a dictator statement.

            He is doing the same thing now, against AU because they are speaking out against the millitary council, which is supported by SA and UAE, because they can’t do it themselves.

            Is this not erratic?

            Berhe

          • Hope

            Selam Berhe:

            You know my firm stand on the same DUDE you are misquoting me ;but you are dealing with HOPE,a seemingly flip-flopping guy, who tries to call the spade, a spade!

            Who would not blame the brutal Saudi Human Rights abuses?

            The leader of the so called Free World and the fake Champion of Democracy,the USA,has been the Leader of domestic and International MESS !

            It is the same “ Champion” of Human Rights ,which has been involved in the worst human rights abuses directly or by proxy for NO REASON but for sole interest and to humiliate Independent Nations.

            Who is behind the Saudi Brutal Kingdom and Zionist Recklessness against the MOST INNOCENT PALESTINIANS?

            Where was your puppet Canada when Eritrea and Eritreans were going through hell and existential threats?

            A country, which banned few $million from going to poor Eritrea and Eritreans from 2% LEGITIMATE REHAB TAX with a bogus and fake claim that,that few $100 thousand goes to Al Shebab , while making a $ billion from and thru its Mining Companies in Eritrea is called what, now?

            Isn’t the same Canada, which NEVER believed in the LEGIT ERITREAN ARMED STRUGGLE, which to that effect, blocked Independent and Sovereign Eritrea’s Diplomats in general and its FM in particular ?

            Wasn’t the same Canada the party of/to the indirect or direct exodus of Eritreans fully backed by the USA?

            Please,do not push me to call you with some special adjectives!

            Yes,the DUDE knows exactly what he is talking about and doing, in both negative and positive ways!

            He knows; and has known why and what he has done to Eritrea and Eritreans in both ways!

            Granted,his diplomatic maneuvering by making few appeasing statements about SA and Cairo as well as the decades old BEST Eritrean FRIEND ,the UAE ,is but a norm and acceptable in Diplomacy and Geopolitics 101 ,and more so ,for National Security Interest!

            What you get back matters more than what you give in in this crooked and unjust world!

            Let me be brutally honest and blunt here:

            Despite of “ERRATIC” behavior and LEADERSHIP ,that kind of a leader cannot and could NOT have SAVED a nation deemed to fail and to collapse thru all types of evil agendas and acts from right and left !

            Of utmost importance,the same ERRATIC LEADER ,despite his mistakes,crimes,failures and erratic behavior, that same ERRATIC DUDE, not only frustrated the Super Powers and their sophisticated Intelligence,Politics,Diplomacy,threats strategies and Fire Power for the last 60 yrs but has made them FAIL miserably and made them to BEG to to make deals!

            And what is even “ WORSE”, or the BEST thing is that same erratic dude buried his same enemies and the EVIL AXIS(es),which did their best to isolate and contain/corner him and his defenseless Country and YikeAlo PEOPLE 10 ft below the ground !

            Jointly,the same Sudan,the same Ethiopia,the same Yemen (and the little Jabooty),the same Uganda,the same AU ,the same IGAD included FAILED to bring him to his knees !

            To my best knowledge andvrecall NO other Leader or country EVER did what this “ TINY” Country and its ERRATIC Leader has done!

            It is beyond a miracle to say the least realistically and historically speaking!

            His main erratic behavior and MAJOR MISTAKE has /have been that he should have KEPT Eritrea and Eritreans UNITED and make them rally behind him and he could have done and achieved even more miracles!

            Unfortunately, he is ,NOT only a human being but a human being with some kind of personally disorders and some weird psychological problems .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            Nezi kitgEta do tirHtsa.

            If his beef with CANADA was for the way it handled Eritrea’s case it would be undesirable.

            But why Eritrea must get involved between issue of SA and Canada? And why does he care even, to support SA in the first place, specially on its human rights record.

            I have news for you, that’s going to make you flip everything you said about the dude. Now look what is doing to the Catholic Church and the many medical services they were providing. Please read the statements of those brave bishops.

            Berhe

          • Hope

            Selam Berhe:

            I am fully AWARE and have been so as to what and why the DUDE has done to my own Catholic Church,its few Clergies and Institutions.
            This has been cooked since he was in the Field since the Catholic Church has been and will be his NIGHTMARE;.and he has attempted any and every trick to humiliate the same Catholic Church for years.That DUDE told the Eastern African Catholic Church Vatican Rep few yrs ago that he would NOT tolerate the Catholic Church’s by bullying.
            he has renewed hsi BULLYING and threats against the Catholic Chruch of Eritrea for obvious reasons:
            Thre three consecutive Pastoral Letters/Sermons openly given by the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea
            a)The famous ‘Hawikha Abey Allo”/Where Is Your Brother Pastoral Letter”

            b)Fr/Abba Tesfamicael’s,penetrating Sermon in Serengeti last year(all here in awate .com archives)

            c)The latest and recent Follow Up Pastoral Letter by the same bold and BRAVE Eritrean Catholic Bishops.

            He was waiting for the right time and occasion.That DUDE told the same Eritrean Catholic Church to hand OVER all its schools including the St Joseph School of keren and the Holy Savior Major Seminary of Asmera besides refusing to give back The HUGE Cistercian Monastery (Enda sitawian) between Paradiso and Mai Temenai on keren Ave(Mengehdi keren),which I am glad that it became part of the Asmera univ),the Comboni and St Joseph Schools of Asmara including the ASMERA UNIVERISTY,which was soley built and managed by the Old Santa Familia of the Comboni Missionaries.

            I thought I told you that the same dude was the one,who refused to allow the Catholic Church,which offered him to build the BEST and World Class “The Catholic University of Eritrea”, in mid 1990s through its European Caritas any where in Eritrea to serve all Eritreans of all back grounds including Africans of all back ground,now being built in the Heart of Addis Abeba,Ethiopia as “The St Thomas Aquinas University”,considered to be one the largest and World Class Universities in the world,not just in Africa..

            He also blocked lots of Humanitarian Assistance Programs including Clinics,Health Centers,Water Projects and what not –in the remotest places of Eritrea from Gugne/Shambuko to Karora all the way to Aseb/Denkalia,in which have been part of those noble projects.

            He has blocked the completion of the third largest Catholic Cathedral in the world and the second Largest one in Africa after that one in Ivory Coast,in my home town of keren ,the St Michael cathedral for 20 yrs and only allowed us to build it after yrs of suspension by frustrating us here and there.
            That is why I cal him openly a SADIST,period.

            I am only debating favorably at times in the name of Eritrea when he does something that might partially benefit Eritrea by giving him a benefit of doubt so as to give him credit when he “deserves it” if at all he deserves one.

            But I still stand firm on my stance that he deserves credit for keeping Eritrea safe and to exist as a nation despite the tsunamis he and Eritrea and Eritreans have gone through.

            He could have been part of the tsunami and mess Eritrea and Eritreans have gone thru but to solely conclude that way and exclusively finger-point at him would be insulting the Intelligence.

            What is the problem with acknowledging that?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            I think you are the one who is Hamot albo.
            Here is what you are saying “ suppose there is a women who is physically and mentally abused and violently raped by a sadist person. In the process she gets pregnant. Then when asked what do you think about your abuser, she says I am suffering tremendously but I wouldn’t have a baby if it wasn’t for me”.

            The fact is, there are houndreds of men she could have that would respect her and still be good parent for her children. The women should have said, I wanted him to face justice and behind bars so he will never do this to another women again.

            You are like this abused women and you can’t seem to get enough of his abuse. Look at this brave priests, they do not even bothered to copy the president office in their letter. Surely they don’t think much about him and his power. You have what they call “Stockholm syndrome”.

            Nothing would have happened to Eritrea and nothing will happen to Eritrea when the sadist dictator is gone.

            Berhe

          • Selam Hope,

            The problem is that the whole world could be wrong but IA is always right. If he opposes the somali government supported by the UN, stands with putin on crimea while russia is sanctioned for it, and when he supports the so called troika who are pouring their petro-dollars on the side of the military against the people and IA flies to cairo to show his allegiance, etc, IA is always right and never wrong.

            We thought that he was going to do something right at last, i.e. bring peace and prosperity through the ethio-eritrean rapprochement, and we are not sure if he is making a U-turn or not according to his last behavior. If he is always right, then everything in eritrea is also right, and it is odd that people are complaining.

            Hope, we will continue to hear this myth “eplf saved you” even if it fought to destroy us. The truth is that if the ethiopian people were not fighting the bloody derg, you wouldn’t have come to say that. There will come a time when things will be put in the right perspective.

            You said, “PIA and the GCC did NOT and could NOT have supported the brutal Military Council and its activities.” Is it because they are democratic countries that have always stood on the side of democracy? Do you want to say that al-sisi, the crown prince and that of uae and IA are examples of democratic leaders that they could NOT support the military that could serve their geo-political interests? What about the genocide in yemen, the destabilization of lebanon, and the fact that they have invited and paid (one can’t rule out) trump for another catastrophic war with iran and destabilization of the whole region?

            The measure of honesty should not be what one gets out of it – honest when the AU supports one’s position and dishonest if it does not. It should be judged by non-partisan groups.

            “That same DUDE is making a legitimate reference and interpolation based on history and facts/experience of the Horn and its Affairs.” Why did he deny the AU and the world community his great knowledge by excluding himself?
            If as you said “Ethiopia cannot remain an Ethiopia we all know without PIA being alive”, well then, ethiopians have no choice but to pray that he lives forever. I am afraid most eritreans will hate ethiopians for that.

            Hope, leave out the accolades for IA and help him realize that opportunistic moves could at one point lead him to grave mistakes. Tell him that the last rapprochement was not that bad after all when there is nothing else in its place and he should not erase it.

          • Hope

            Selam Horizon :
            I never said;and would never say and will never say that PIA is always right!

            In fact he has been WRONG for the most part when it comes to Domestic Eritrean issues,the major beef I have had with his one-man System.
            I only reacted to your over-reaction in ref to the Sudan Crisis for your hectic and unjustifiable conclusions and judgements!
            The solutions the same “ Dude” forwarded to the previous Sudanese Crisis including:
            -Convincing Dr John Garang to delay the Referendum and Al Beshir for the best interest of the Sudan to stay united and storm
            -The East Sudan Crisis
            And his Golden Proposals for the crisis of Somalia and the Somalis
            His swift and practical proposals to get the Horn together along with Abiy
            -His successful diplomacy to join the GCC and to get out of the cold and finally burying all his enemies and the same evil axis which tried to corner,isolate,contain and sanctions him and the entire Eritrea and Eritrea and Eritreans and coming out the SOLE WINNER and standing TALLER over the graves of his enemies and walking STRONGER than ever ….,
            Cannot make that Dude to be an erratic man and leader!
            He cannot be perfect either as a human being trapped between life and death situation and considering his personality issues as well!

            Granted,here is my real STANCE about his neg role and failures on Domestic Eritrean Issues:

            -If he were right about the ELF-EPLF Joint Front and Reconciliation in 1977-78
            -If he did the right thing during 1991 Reconciliation Effort

            -If he did the right thing in 1994 and 1997 in tried to execute the EPLF Charter and ratified Constitution

            -If he insisted to be patient to the EPLF Provocation to resolve the border issue but after he missed that opportunity and if he accepted the US-Rwanda Proposal

            -If he listened to his Colleagues like Amb Beraki et al to go back pre-May 1999 status quo

            -if he diplomatically negotiated for the exit of the UNMEE…
            Etc…..
            And of utmost importance,if he used Dr AAA’s approach from the get to go to reconcile Eritrea and Eritreans and made us to be UNITED and to rally behind him,well,we would not have been where are now and rather we would have been a better Singapore or a better Israel or a better Swiss of Africa!

            But the world is as crooked and bad as bad as it seems!

            But it is unfair to exclusively blame the same dude fully knowing the other spoilers and enemies ……and the tsunami he survived to stay alive and to keep Eritrea as a Nation,which he did with flying colors…. irrespective of his erratic behavior,weaknesses,crimes and what not!
            But I say bulloni to those,who insist that all the problems in Eritrea have been coz of him and his erratic behavior fully knowing the facts!
            The tsunamis and existential threats Eritrea as a nation has gone thru is /are but beyond any one’s imagination.
            In fact,it is unbelievable as to how and why this TINY nation with only 5 million survived the unsurvivable !

            I responded to you only to react to your exaggerated overreaction simply coz PIA made his legit concern about internationalizing the Sudan Crisis.
            Traveling to Cairo for consultation as Dr AAA did to Khartoum cannot make him an Erratic person.
            I would agree with you if you called the inept and powerless and dysfunctional AU as an ERRATIC .Org!

          • Hope

            Hi Dr Horizon
            A coward one deleted my decent response to u.

          • Hope

            Selam Horizon :
            I never said;and would never say and will never say that PIA is always right!

            In fact he has been WRONG for the most part when it comes to Domestic Eritrean issues,the major beef I have had with his one-man System.
            I only reacted to your over-reaction in ref to the Sudan Crisis for your hectic and unjustifiable conclusions and judgements!
            The solutions the same “ Dude” forwarded to the previous Sudanese Crisis including:
            -Convincing Dr John Garang to delay the Referendum and Al Beshir for the best interest of the Sudan to stay united and storm
            -The East Sudan Crisis
            And his Golden Proposals for the crisis of Somalia and the Somalis
            His swift and practical proposals to get the Horn together along with Abiy
            -His successful diplomacy to join the GCC and to get out of the cold and finally burying all his enemies and the same evil axis which tried to corner,isolate,contain and sanctions him and the entire Eritrea and Eritrea and Eritreans and coming out the SOLE WINNER and standing TALLER over the graves of his enemies and walking STRONGER than ever ….,
            Cannot make that Dude to be an erratic man and leader!
            He cannot be perfect either as a human being trapped between life and death situation and considering his personality issues as well!

            Granted,here is my real STANCE about his neg role and failures on Domestic Eritrean Issues:

            -If he were right about the ELF-EPLF Joint Front and Reconciliation in 1977-78
            -If he did the right thing during 1991 Reconciliation Effort

            -If he did the right thing in 1994 and 1997 in tried to execute the EPLF Charter and ratified Constitution

            -If he insisted to be patient to the EPLF Provocation to resolve the border issue but after he missed that opportunity and if he accepted the US-Rwanda Proposal

            -If he listened to his Colleagues like Amb Beraki et al to go back pre-May 1999 status quo

            -if he diplomatically negotiated for the exit of the UNMEE…
            Etc…..
            And of utmost importance,if he used Dr AAA’s approach from the get to go to reconcile Eritrea and Eritreans and made us to be UNITED and to rally behind him,well,we would not have been where are now and rather we would have been a better Singapore or a better Israel or a better Swiss of Africa!

            But the world is as crooked and bad as bad as it seems!

            But it is unfair to exclusively blame the same dude fully knowing the other spoilers and enemies ……and the tsunami he survived to stay alive and to keep Eritrea as a Nation,which he did with flying colors…. irrespective of his erratic behavior,weaknesses,crimes and what not!
            But I say bulloni to those,who insist that all the problems in Eritrea have been coz of him and his erratic behavior fully knowing the facts!
            The tsunamis and existential threats Eritrea as a nation has gone thru is /are but beyond any one’s imagination.
            In fact,it is unbelievable as to how and why this TINY nation with only 5 million survived the unsurvivable !

            I responded to you only to react to your exaggerated overreaction simply coz PIA made his legit concern about internationalizing the Sudan Crisis.
            Traveling to Cairo for consultation as Dr AAA did to Khartoum cannot make him an Erratic person.
            I would agree with you if you called the inept and powerless and dysfunctional AU as an ERRATIC .Org!

    • Kokhob Selam

      Yes Dear Horizon,

      Now, you start understanding..You came to proper line..

      KS,,

  • Brhan

    Hello awate,

    Thanks as usual you are engaging us to discussion on current issues and here is my input to the topic:

    What does Eritrea, Egypt , Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates share in common: their rejection to multi party system. In it they see political parties a treat to their power. Look for example Libya. They are against the internationally recognized government formed from various political parities. They are supporting Khalifa Haftar a would be military dictator.

    Sudan: now it seems the military in unable to contempt the demonstrators and is in its way to share power with civilians.
    Ethiopia has come out from one party rule and heading to multi party system , at least that is what Abiy promising in the upcoming elections and this promise somehow is saving Ethiopia from turmoil for now at least.
    So Abiy and and Alburhan of Sudan ( even though it deported some opposition members to south sudan) are seeing the need to invite political opponents in power is the only way to keep their countries stable.
    Eritrea and the rest see differently : you can crash disobedience by fist and / or flous ( money!

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Hope,

      Please, don’t hallucinate here. If America wants to take Isaias out of Eritrea, they can do it within a short time. Isaias is not powerful than Gaddafi, Saddam and many leaders in the world who were taken by America. CIA debilitated USSR let the militia man, Isaias. Do you have a matured mind? Without doubt, you are imbecile.

      Al-Arabi

      • Brhan

        Abdulhameed, it is me Brhan

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Ahlan Brhan,

          Sorry, Brhan. you are not the intended person. Please, pass it to Hope. Thanks.

          Al-Arabi

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear All,

    What will be next ? Those two leaders, had different stand over Sudan leader ship..

    KS..

    • Dear Kokhob Selam,

      A people’s revolution is in danger of being hijacked by the military with the help of egypt, ksa, and uae. It is also at the center of a tug of war between russia + turkey on one side and the usa + uk on the other. Russia and turkey were friends of the al-bashir regime, and they were on the way to acquire military and naval bases in the sudan. The usa does not want this to happen with whatever government that may come out at the end. Hence they sent an envoy to sudan. Russia has a plan to infiltrate and influence african governments and erdogan, the the turkish dictator, has also a plan to reincarnate the ottoman empire. Let us wish the sudanese people that there will be no further bloodshed and a democratic civilian government will be their trophy at the end.