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An Appeal to Dr. Tedros Adhanom: Kassala in Distress

To Dr. Tedros Adhanom,
Director General of the World Health Organization

September 25, 2018

Dear Dr. Adhanom,

This is an appeal to you as a director general of the World Health Organization—please consider it a distress call on behalf of our people in Eastern Sudan.

The mosquito-borne chikungunya epidemic is spreading fast and it is already spreading to the surroundings infecting people in many towns and villages in the region. Worse, it has spread to the Eritrean refugee camps. As you know, the refugees have already been dealing for many years they were abandoned by their government and the United Nations. We believe the people of the region and the refugees deserve a quick humanitarian assistance to cope with the epidemic that has put them in a serious peril.

Awate.com sources indicate over ten-thousand people are already infected and the number is growing. So far, at least 115 people have died of the epidemic and more are dying on a daily basis.

A few days ago, the Sudanese minister of health determined that the epidemic is in its final stages, however, we believe it is in its initial stages and spreading fast. There are reports about several cases that were detected in far cities, including Khartoum.

As we write this appeal to you, sick people are flooding the already poor health service centres in Kassala where people are sleeping on the floor hoping to get help. In some cases, entire families are lingering at the centres as if waiting to die.

Dear Dr Tedros, we are aware that Kassala and other inflicted towns are not yet quarantined. People are moving in and out on buses and other vehicles. In short, we believe the precaution taken by the Sudanese authorities are too little and exposes the region to more infections. Sadly, some health centres could only provide some “Panadol” pills to fight such a deadly epidemic!

Thank you, sir,

Saleh Johar
Editor and publisher, awate.com
Member of the Awate Team

Note: Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Click here to learn about Chikungunya 

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  • Selam Hope,

    Thanks a lot for this deeply felt and extensive response. I brought the “title” thing because, i have not come to awate.com with my real name, picture and title, and i feel somehow uneasy. Moreover, there is the danger that “title and entitlement” may mix and spoil our discussion in the forum. What you, i and any reasonable person expects is respectful discussion despite our disagreements on different issues, much more than anything else. In my opinion, in this virtual world, what i write and say are the things that represent me. Therefore, no reason really to apologize for no damage was done and you gave me the title out of genuine feeling.

    About the the plan to “integrate” eritreans into the ethiopian society by the medemir philosophy, i really doubt it is so. Eritreans feeling at home in ethiopia and ethiopians accepting them as equal citizens has always been there before the medemir slogan and even after eritrean independence. A good example is what MS said in his last video. “I have a very good ethiopian friend next to me” which shows trust. From what i understood, he has passed through but never lived in ethiopia.

    “I feel a proud ethiopian, we are all ethiopians” have been said by eritreans at different times. There are eritrean refugees who leave sudan and come to ethiopia for security reasons. Every ethiopian was not happy when woyane kicked out all eritrean out of ethiopia. Indeed there were some eritreans that were a security concern for ethiopia, but not every eritrean. People-to-people feeling is completely different from that of the elites, and there is this bond that seems to withstand time and propaganda. One thing is for sure, ethiopians and eritreans cannot continue as enemies.

    Thanks again.

  • Berhe Y

    Hi George,

    I don’t like American government policies on Africa or any western countries more than you do.

    But I can’t accept to be oppressed by my own government worse than those who suppose to be worst leaders that we suppose to have.

    I can’t accept the fact that 15 year old girl is thrown in jail for 6 years and no body knows about. Same for the journalist, sane for the former party members and sane for everyone else.

    Are you saying they are jailed because of America? How do you feel if it was your own daughter, your father, your mother, your brother, your sister is one of those people.

    Let me agree with you, elections will not bring democracy. But it doesn’t matter, unless it’s started then we will never have a government that’s accountable.

    How do you expect someone goes to Eritrea and invest all they have to serve their people, and there is no garantee or the policy of the government that no body can argue against or question or challenge.

    The Eritrean government can suspend the elections, multi party elections, free press etc if it wants too. Let them declare they are a one party communist regime if they want to.

    But they have to leave the people alone, to live their lives.

    Syria is Syria not because of the west, but because of the Assad family and how they ruled the country for 60 years.
    Hint: all the countries that become victims of the west “interference” are those ruled by dictators. Simple.

    Tell me one country the west toppled which was democratic and succeeded.

    I can garantee you that IA will become a puppet of America not in long distance future.

    Berhe

  • Nitricc

    Hey Aman; freedom doesn’t bring success; however, success brings freedom. don’t you agree?

  • Berhe Y

    Hi @george,

    You don’t think then the Eritrean government should be prudent to avoid that outcome.

    The GoE has run out of excuses now that the boarder is no longer an issue. The only way to move forward and protect it self is to make drastic political reform and transition to democratic government and institutions, not because what the evil empire want but because the Eritrean people deserve it.

    Berhe

    • haileTG

      Hi Berhe,

      And the natural question is that why Eritrean regime be a target of that? Why not any other regime with its country name starting with E ? PFDJ does not think it is making it self a meal for the empire by making a meal out of the Eritrean people’s misery itself in the first place. Couldn’t it respect the people so others respect it?

      • Berhe Y

        Hi HaileTG,

        Exactly. But georgi is worried about the faith of his god that he worship IA. He doesn’t care about Eritrean people misery.

        He thinks because IA has opened up, he will be st risk of being exploited. There is a good reason he brought Gadaffi as an example. He think Ghadaffi would have been better off while he was sanctioned and closed of from the world instead of opening up when he made a deal with the west.

        He sees not the Eritrean people revolt in the horizon aided by the “evil empire”, which will lead to his ultimate demise.

        Berhe

      • Acria

        Selam haileTG,
        Well said. That has been my question all along! Instead of building our war torn country, the Eritrean regime has been fighting with every neighbor conceivable. They did harbor Ethiopian opposition groups and possibly supported Al-Shabab to destabilize Ethiopia. These people even suppressed their own kind. Instead of crying wolf at the UN, the PFDJ should make legitimate efforts to make peace with the Eritrean people. Institute the constitution, establish rule of law, make elections, invite the opposition, release all political and conscientious prisoners, and I will be the first person to loudly call for lifting the sanctions.

        Instead of blaming the sanctions for our bad situation, have the courage to say that the main cause of Eritrean problem is the maladministration of Eritrea by people in the PFDJ who have no clue how to administer civilians. Hand over your power grip to elected civilian authority. I am encouraged by the peace process, as that has been the desire of all peace loving Eritrean all along; but, what is taking you so long to have peace with your OWN people? What have you been doing since 1991? Yes, there was obstacle for peace in 1998-2000. At least two years after that war, you should have started the reconstruction and the peace process with Eritreans. How long are we going to wait for real peace inside Eritrea?

  • Mez

    Good day Hope,

    “….better than….combined in size and quality…”

    1) With all due respect–don’t lie.
    1.1) this will take us no where.

    Thanks

  • Selam Hope,

    Do you remember the “third way” advocated by clinton and blair, amalgamating the good from both systems, capitalism and communism, and implementing it as the new system of government. It was similar to the midway party you are suggesting. I do not remember the details. Maybe saay has some idea about it. It was abandoned, most probably it was not compatible with the neo-liberalism of the west.

    For olf elites it was never about power within ethiopia, which they will be forced to share with others, but about absolute and permanent power in their hands with which they can lord on the oromo people forever. If it were, they should not complain about power now – they have self rule and it is an oromo who is at arat killo palace. It is the land that matters, the border from where they can start to rule independent oromia and call it their personal property.

    Have you noticed (i wish i am mistaken) that you do not see ethiopian flag in an oromo gathering, as if it has been prohibited. If you look at gatherings in amhara, tigray and other regional states the ethiopian flag is everywhere.

    What do you make of bekele gerba and others declaring support for the change, coming to ethiopia, and soon after singing the old olf song. They have come to dismantle ethiopia from within and not because they believe in the medemir call. They want to exploit democratic rights to fulfill their anti-ethiopian dream.

    Hope, let me ask you this, what do you think of the last increase in eritreans crossing the border. A lady was lamenting that eritreans are leaving their country in droves, while foreigners are walking in the streets of eritrean cities. These so called foreigners are ethiopians, few hundreds of them, while at the same time hundreds of thousands of eritreans are walking in the streets of ethiopian cities, and no ethiopian calls them foreigners. Do you see any difference in how eritreans inside and outside of the country see the reality on the ground? I am not sure if it was lemma megersa, who said that he had not expected that eritrea and eritreans have been abandoned by the regime to such extent, and nothing seems to have changed over the last two decades.

    Onlf asking for referendum and olf singing its old song of secession show how ታጥቦ ጭቃዎች፣ they really are. Their disingenuity lies in their belief that they can dismantle ethiopia by working from within. This is the way they see democracy, to serve their selfish ulterior motives, and not to use democracy for the good of the people.

    P.S. (Hope, You told us you are an md. Sorry, i do not like to use titles, especially on the virtual world, because they keep people apart. I wish you do the same. Thanks).

  • ‘Gheteb

    Eritrea, The US And Sanctions

    Greetings!!

    Pretty much the majority of countries are calling for the lifting of the sanction imposed in Eritrea. Specially, countries of the Horn region are making the clarion call for the removal of the sanction imposed on Eritrea. With Djibouti about to normalize its relation with Eritrea, the only country showing opposition to the lifting of the sanction is probably the US and may be one or two other countries.

    Well, here is a Tweet by Assistant Secretary Of State For African Affairs, Tibor Nagay:

    ” Tibor Nagy
    @AsstSecStateAF

    Pleased to welcome #Eritrea delegation led by @ministersaleh to Washington. Eritrea has a vital role in expanding peace, security, and prosperity in the Horn of Africa. Ongoing regional reforms can bring stability and opportunity to the people of Eritrea and beyond”.

    The question now is that will the US continue its opposition of the lifting of the sanction in the face of the all the calls specially from countries of the Horn calling for the lifting of sanction on Eritrea.

    • Nowinc

      Gheteb,
      I will write a letter to Mr Nagy asking him what about the US embassy employees that were kidnapped in 2001 by the shifta delegation he is welcoming.

      • Acria

        Selam Gheteb,
        They will be released; but, it will not be on the news. It is somewhat a distress for PFDJ and its supporters to admit that they have been causing injustices to their follow citizens.

        • Hope

          Acria:
          No worries!
          We have the VOA,the Aljazira,the BBC,Martin Plaut, the EBC and the FANA BC of Ethiopia

    • Hayat Adem

      Gheteb,
      The question now is will the US and other powerful countries put on enough pressure to free innocent and young Eritreans such as Ciham from its donjons.

    • Amanuel

      Hi ‘Gheteb
      I hope you should know by now that IA has other easier and quicker options to please the USA. That is either to bring to court of law or release state department workers and us citizens in his dungeon. That is as simple as that.

      • Hope

        Selam Aman:
        Probably that is going to be the case:
        Release of the US Citizens including Ciham,who is also a US Citizen.

        Mr.Nagy sounds “ optimistic” by his “Welcoming” remarks on the visit of the Eritrean Delegation.
        And we will “ cry” by saying :”why now and why not 16 yrs ago?
        Simple answer:
        That is the Modus Operandi of IA.
        Like when “The the Sun rose in Baduma”,he called Clinton and Kofi Annan in the Middle of the night!

        But what about the other innocent ones as well as the Political Prisoners and the Prisoners of Conscience ?
        Time will tell…soon.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Hope
          I think this embargo was self inflicted and IA pushed for it.
          Based on Dr Andebrhan book the offer was there ages ago. It is just IA being stubborn and may he wants to use It politically, i.e., captivate people like you hence, didn’t take it.

          • Hope

            Selam Aman:
            It is so funny u tried to implicate Hope as a blind supporter forge PUA as if Hope was not the one,boldly forwarding to your face in a crystal clear way the probable Evil Agenda and Conspiracies by the same Dude you are telling Hope to be his god!

  • AMAN

    Shalom
    Dear Awate Opposition s to the regime.
    If such is the case then the fault is mostly yours than to the regime unless
    there was something you had been hiding from the public on the media of discussions like this one.
    Because the priority of the rallying agenda for the opposition should have been National security and defending the nation first than demanding liberalism of rights of free speech and/or democracy and elections.
    I thought the agendas prioritized and advocated by the two camps were reversed and misplaced.
    I also think that Nation’s security agenda comes first than social and
    civil rights issues sometimes affect
    ing or curtailing it when it is at war
    with another nation.
    Or may be we were not at war at all
    with Ethiopia and it’s ruling regime
    the woyane the last 20 or so years
    contrary to what we understood or
    what has been told to us .
    May be Awate was confusing and
    telling the diasporas the lie as if serving them the truth.

  • ‘Gheteb

    Eritrea and The Prospects Of Economic Revitalization

    Greetings!!

    The recent ministerial cabinet meeting in Asmara articulated the planned economic action plan in most of the Eritrean economic sectors. In the meeting, it was revealed that the FUNDING will come from domestic sources ( Eritrean) and from foreign sources ( mostly GCC capital). Expect a huge capital infusion from KSA and UAE. Kuwait may join in in the not too distant future.

    Well, don’t forget the tripartite venture in the Red Sea that is going to include Russia, UAE and Eritrea with the projected Russian logistical hub in the Assab/Tio area, the oil pipeline that is to connect Ethiopia with Assab and the revitalization of the Assab Refinery.

    And, now comes this:

    ” The Saudi’s are exploring two options to build a 40-kilometre bridge or tunnel for connecting Gwadar with Muscat and Oman at the mouth of Strait of Hormuz at one end and link its industrial city of Jazan with Eritrea’s Massawa region via a 440 km tunnel across the Red Sea”.

    That was according to a report by a Pakistani news paper “PakistanToday”.

    Now, I hope you see why I keep saying that Eritrea’s economic prospects looks good.

    • Mez

      Dear ‘Gheteb, Mayor of Adulis:

      Every thing may give sence except “….Jazan with Eritrea’s Massawa region via a 440 km tunnel….”

      This will be an economic suicide.

      Thanks

      • ‘Gheteb

        Selam Mez,

        You are saying that the projected tunnel that is to connect Massawa to the industrial city of Jazan via a 440 km tunnel “will be an economic suicide”, well, all I have to say is: how so and why?

        I think we may need to look at the rationale why the Saudis are proposing the construction of this tunnel in the first place. Per the Pakistani newspaper, “Dawn”, it is reported that the Saudis are looking for ways of diversifying the routes of their oil deliveries because of Iranian concerns such as route blockades and other obstacles. Here is a lengthy quote from the article:

        ” They said Riyadh had been looking for diversifying its trade routes, including for oil supplies because of its tension with Qatar and Iran”.

        The point here is DIVERSIFICATION of trade routes for KSA.

        • Mez

          Dear ‘Gheteb,

          1) I have no idea where to start and how to respond.
          1.1) there is no single srategic economic merit compared to the debt, what is going to come on Eritrea.
          2) the outlook for this is by far much worest than the past three decades experimentation of “we know all socioeconomic laws & market rules best”.

          Thanks

    • Haile WM

      here comes the neo Abyssinian fundamentalist, gone are the times where you were a anti-Abyssinian crusader 😀 oh by the way selamat Geteb

      • ‘Gheteb

        Selam Haile WM,

        Yeah, right. Go ahead and call me anything here. It is your prerogative and I have no quarrel with it. But I need to remind you that the proposed tunnel connecting the Eritrean port of Massawa with the industrial city of Jazan would NOT be named “The Abyssinian Tunnel”. Simply, it won’t. There you have it for all of your huffing and puffing.

        • Abi

          Hi Haile WM
          Good to see you back.
          Let us all hope there is a gaslight ( ኩራዝ ) at the southern end of this 400 km long pipe dream or tunnel dream in this case.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Abi,

            Sorry again. The tunnel is not going to be named “The Abyssinian tunnel”. Not for any other reason, but simply because you don’t even know the very definition of the word “Habesha” or “Abyssinia”. You DON’T, but you not only call yourself a Habesha, but you also want others to call themselves Habesha. What an insanity!

            You can grouse all you want and you can holler all your he goat ( Yefyel Wetete) wailings, but Eritrea is not only an independent country, but it is the center of gravity of the Horn of Africa. Deal with it.

            You still don’t believe me? Well, call the representatives from your Amhara Killil who visited Eritrea recently to pay homage to non other than PIA.

          • Abi

            Hi ጊንጡ Gheteb
            I am hoping to see a flicker of light at the end of the longest tunnel/pipe ever dreamed.
            As you know I’m a staunch supporter of Eritrean Independence. I’m hoping to build the longest and tallest wall at the border. My problem is you are drilling under it.
            I like the role Eritrea is playing as a center of gravity. I hope and pray this proposed tunnel doesn’t negatively impact its gravitational force. We don’t need a magic carpet in the tunnel.

            The Amara delegates in Asmara promised PIA that they will send thousands and thousands of Amaras to celebrate the next Independence Day on Godana Harinet.
            The way the people are fleeing away from the country is so alarming that PIA will be left alone with only his neighbors አደይ ነፃነትና ልጃቸው አይተ ባህሩ to celebrate Independence Day.

            እባቡ አቢ

          • Haile WM

            Abiye,

            are you the same Abi ? I mean not not the prime minister right ? LOL i was wondering were were you…. i saw you wondering around the “competitors website”.. nice to see you back… zemene Abi MeTTa

        • Saleh Johar

          Hi Gheteb,

          Indeed, it will never be called Abyssinian tunnel. I agree with you. But it will also not be called anything because it will not be realized. First, a simple google will tell us that the Red Sea, where the voodoo-inspired tunnel will presumably be built is over 2000 meters in depth (at an average). It’s just not doable. If it were, the construction will take a century to build—this is not the depth of the 20kms English channel. Even if Saudi Arabia and its allies are sold to the highest bidder, the revenue cannot cover the cost.

          2. The hot-air Saudi city, NEOM, was supposed to cost $500 billion.–it is a PR exercise that collapsed before it started.

          3. The other hot-air channel rumour spread as a threat to cut off the Qatari peninsula (since changed to Oman, Muscat, halewlew, will not see a single shovel and spade.

          4. Why do I say this? Saudi Arabia has, for the first time, borrowed money to cover a shortage in balancing its budget. The war in Yemen is doing its deeds

          My dear Gheteb, though I have a serious difference with your views regarding the situation at home, I never questioned your intelligence. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed you would just post such a nonsense without scrutinizing the rumour. How come?

          • haileTG

            Hi SGJ,

            China will be completing its underwater tunnel that is being constructed between two of its port cities. At 123 km length and 10m diameter, it is expected to become world’s longest. It is expected that the final bill will exceed 225bn Yen. It is due to be completed by 2026.

          • Saleh Johar

            Ahlan HaileTG,
            I have read about it but the depth is no where close to the Red Sea. Besides, chaina has what it takes, including money, know-how and resources. Saudi has none of these. My point is that what they are spreading is a pipe dream. But then I also heard the Ethiopian investors will build a tunnel from Asab Qey bahrachin, through the cape of good hope to Washington, DC. Good news 🙂

          • haileTG

            Selamat SGJ

            Given this tunnel would be by far the longest and deepest, that would put China’s record to shame, I would have agreed it wouldn’t be possible. Yet, with PFDJ and its extensive dam building expertise, I would hold my breath, yet can’t rule it out. Shaebia eko nska aytfeltomn eka:-)

          • Saleh Johar

            Haile TG,
            Yeah, the genius that builds a swimming pool at Adi Halo is capable of building the eight wonder of the world 🙂

          • Aligaz G

            Saleh,

            I am not sure why you keep dragging us (keybahirachin group) back to the red sea. We gave it to you guys 27 yrs ago. Here are two salient observations about the keybahirachin group – first we don’t swim second as proud highlanders we are afraid of heights. Finally and we won’t compromise on this – the new tunnel will be called kerro tunnel as kerro are the only ones who can dig this giant hole bare hands. Naturally the terminus will be Jowar’s new home in Bole. Everything is already in the laptop.

            cheers

          • Saleh Johar

            Aligaz
            Not Kerro, its equivalent to the west, they seem to be the most obsessed 🙂 I am not dragging anyone but they keep showing us their dream irredentist map, on your face. And I can’t help but be scared of the bloody chauvinists. Then it will be our turn to dig a tunnel to Tana and suck all your water. That is a deal. But how is a highlander afraid of heights, do you mean to say lowlanders? So my friend Jawar has a new home in Bole, Finfine, or Bole Addis Ababa 🙂 And I will pray the laptop is infected with an unforgiving virus. I mean it.

          • Aligaz G

            Saleh,

            One of the first things I realized when I moved back was how afraid people in Addis are of heights. Also nobody swims. And yes Super J is ensconced in a bole villa sans pool naturally. We bloody chauvinists are keeping busy clearing Tana from foreign invaders right now.

          • Saleh Johar

            Aligaz,
            You mean you are no more going to keep your promise of providing corner store for Eri investors planning to set up wefcho bet businesses 🙂 I am a witness to the promise, here.

          • Aligaz G

            Saleh,

            A better offer can be arranged but then you would have to bring your own supply of paper bags. All the necessary info will be sent to you in advance. Do you have followers with flags?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saleh Johar
            I have seen a lot kind of ethiopia( abbissnia and wronge internal)map here in awate.
            And i can tell u this there is no “1 ethiopia” organized poltical parties that claim eritrea is ethiopia or “keybahirachin” right now.
            I know u know there r parties who say keybahirachin in ethiopia but they not bloody chauvinist:).
            Eri and ethio border is already demarcated on a map and it’s on the process of demarcation, so don’t be scared.

          • Aligaz G

            Tedros,

            Saleh is a delicate flower and needs lots of reassurance. Why don’t you send him a lucky blanket? We can set up a GoFundMe account.

          • haileTG

            Yeah SGJ..Aligaz is onto something with the highland syndrome. Around soon after the border war ended decades ago, a friend of mine from Shewa of central Ethiopia, who was highly educated man that he was/is, told me that réconciliation between the warring parties will take long time. I asked why he thought that of course. He said that both leaderships are of highland region. People native to highland regions are shorter in stature and their breathing is shorter gasps due to pressure gradient of that altituted he continued. Thus he says, the physical side gives rise to a psychological small man’s syndrom or inferiority complex and the breathing pattern gives rise to short tempers he concluded. Hmm I was scratching my head at the time, not too willing to agree, but the conflict sure continues…

          • Aligaz G

            haile,

            I would doublecheck the Shoan theory if I were you. Ignoring the fact that Isaias is on the tall side the syndrome you are describing sounds like the Napoleonic complex crossed with hyperventilation. The former is incurable the latter is solved by breathing slowly into a paper bag.

          • haileTG

            Selam Aligaz,

            Exactly! IA is tall and that is why he is the only Eritrean on the peace table. All the other shorter ministers called in sick to avoid beefing up his entrourag when he went to addis. Also, his short counterparts in Tigray are fuming with his cutting his Ethio visit short without stopping in Tigray. It took a tall southern Ethiopian with long breathing pattern in PMAA to get him on board. Yet I some what like the paper bag idea😃

          • Aligaz G

            haile,

            But then if you see a guy sucking on a brown paper bag at a stop light in Addis that would be me. So maybe your highlander theory works. In fact the only time I start panicking is when I lose my brown paper bag.

          • saay7

            Abu SelaH:

            The Saudis are big at conceiving big projects. Well, at least bigger than whatever UAE and Qatar have. This year only (forgetting all prior year’s biggest ever ever ever white elephant projects*), did Saudis said:

            1. They have prepared its biggest government budget ever (261 billion);
            2. They are building the world’s tallest building (1 km long, which will be taller than the world tallest Dubai Burj Khalifa, a more 2727 feet);
            3. They are building a mega city that is 3 times as big as New York.

            Where is the money coming from? Some banker told them that if Aramco, “the world’s most profitable company” was a publicly traded company, it would be bigger than Apple, whose market cap is 1 trillion dollars. So, you know the rest and it’s detailed in every lefty’s favorite book: “Confessions of an Economic Hiam.”

            When all is said and done, there is that little engineering challenge you presented: the world record for the deepest tunnel is in one of the Scandinavian countries, less than 300 meters. The Saudis (b’izn allah) are going to defy this: wikipedia says at its shallowest it is 490 m and at its deepest it is 3,040 m, with an average depth of 490 m. So they will miraculously just shefef shefef the shallowest parts:)

            The Red Sea is also called the Erythrean Sea and the tunnel will be called the Mussie Tunnel: it will replicate the biblical story of slaves running away from the Pharoah.

            By the way, speaking of white elephants, do you remember that the first Eritrea-Yemen war was supposed to be triggered partly due to….Saudi Arabia was going to build a casino at Dahlak which ran counter to Yemeni plans of building its own resort (The Economist cruelly called it “Whore War” because this was 1996 and magazines could be that stupid then.” We lost 12 Eritreans, Yemenis lost 15 and in the arbitration, most of Greater Hanish Islands were awarded to Yemen. We had no moment to ask why did we go to war if we are going to lose in arbitration because by the time judgement was rendered, we were in another war this time with Ethiopia.

            saay

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Saay,
            I heard “white elephant” for the first time in Saudi Arabia and I saw dozens of white residential towers that stayed empty for over a decade. The Saudis didn’t like it because it didn’t allow for segregating men and woman and the complex would be a place for bad behaviors, you know fisq. Since then, the Saudis kept low profile and prudent foreign policy until the recently. Now they are spending what they have and what they think they have though their treasury is so empty. Berewrew. It but there are suckers who would buy any rumor and make us a laughing stock.

        • Haile WM

          Selamat Gheteb,
          The tunnel may not be called “The Abyssinian Tunnel” but i have a suggestion on the matter… how About the (E?)Utopian tunnel ?

          in any case I will inform “Bangladesh today” about the rumour and madote.com will inform you…

    • Ayneta

      Gheteb:

      Have you realized that this is the first time you have not abused us with some of your notorious, constipated, good-for-nothing jargons? Your Thesaurus button was not working or is this your true self? I am amazed to see you writing in a common, ordinary semantics. I am afraid you will have Jargon-withdrawal if you continue writing in this fashion.

      • ‘Gheteb

        Ayneta,

        Not really. I got an urgent email from your introductory ESL class teacher and she said that you are mightily struggling in her class. That is why I have to dumb it down to your ESL level. If I were you, I would rather concentrate not to flunk this class. If you can’t pass this class, your ESL teacher recommends that you communicate in Tigrigna next time. Got it?

        • Paulos

          Gheteb,

          It is my understanding that ESL stands for “English as a Second Language” and every immigrant whose first language is not English sign in for the program. I am just curious, are you saying that, English is your first language and you were never an immigrant?

          • haileTG

            Hey Paulos,

            The usage of ESL as acronyme for those types of language classes was modified some time ago to be known as EAL English as an Additional Language. It was determined that it was politically incorrect to impose an alian language as some people’s second language when it was not. Thus Additional was used to replace the wording. It think this is fair, No?

          • Paulos

            Selam HaileTG,

            He never needed it as an additional language? ናይ’ዚ ሰብ’ዚ ጥርሑ ገረወኛ ትዕቢትን ቦሮቕሮቕን ዘረባ የብሉን።

            Some of the best Eritreans with a remarkable command of the English language that I know of are Beyan, Sal and Semere T. to mention but a few and they hardly ever shoot down people with less command of the language. In fact, they humble themselves in tune with the culture they grew up in.

          • haileTG

            ጳውሎሳይ,
            ዘራጊ ማይ ከሎ ጽሩይ ማይ ኣይስተን ከምዝብሃል እዚ ን 27 ዓመት ንሃገርና ጽቡቕ ከይትርእይ ዓይና ዘንቆራ ዘራጊቶ ኢሰያስ ናብ ብሕታዊት ነፋሪት ተሰቒሉ ዝርሕርሓሉ ግዜ በጺሕና ስለዘሎና፣ ኣሕዋት ደቂ ሃገር ከም ንቡር ተኸባቢሮም፡ ተወሓሒጦም፡ ተሳንዮም፡ ተፋቒሮም ኢሂን ምሂን ዝበሃሃልሉ ፉሕ ፉሕ ዝብል ክቢ መጋርያ ይእጎድ ስለዘሎ፣ ካብ ዝተጸበናዮ ኣይነውሕን’ዩ፣ ኩሉ ናብ ልቡ ክምለስ’ዩ።

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ሰላም ሃይላት,

            አንታ ሃይላት ናትካ ተስፋስ መወዳእታ የብሉን። ግንከአ ወዲሰብ ብተስፋ ይነብር እንድዩ ዝበሃል: ከምቲ አፍካ ይግበረልና:: ንተስፋ መታን ግሁድ ክግበርከአ ዘይስልኪ ጸዓት የድልዮ:: እቲ ሕጽረታትና ኸአ አብኡ ከይኮነ አይተርፍን እዩ::

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ኤማ፡
            ተስፋ ኣይትቑረጽ፣

            ድኻ ብሕልሙ ጸባ እንተዘይሰቲ
            እንተ-ዘይቅርፍዶ በስናኑ፡ ረጒድ ሕብስቲ
            ብር ከይብለ ምኸደ ካይጸንሐ ሳልስቲ

            ድኻ ድኻ ኮይኑ ኣይተርፍን
            ሓደ ጊዜ ዕሩቕ ድኻ፡ ሓደ ጊዜ መስፍን
            ተራኡ ይበጽሕ ሓደ ጊዜ ተፈጥራዊ ፍትሒ ንኽሰፍን።

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ሰላም ሃይላት

            ‘ተስፋ’ ኩሉ ግዜ አብ አንፈታት ናይቶም ኣብቲ ባይታ ዝራአዩ ዘለው ገለ አወታዊ ተርእዮታት ይሙርከስ:: ብወገነይ ንተስፋ ዝህቡ አዎንታዊ ተርእዮታት ጎሊሆም ይረአዩ አለው አይብልን። እሞ ብወገንካ ነቶም ዘይራእይኑ ዘለው አንፈታት ተስፋ ቁሩብዶ ምሓበርካኒ?

          • Haile S.

            ስላም ኤማ፡
            ዝራአ ዘሎ ኣብ ሃገርና ባይታ
            ንሕጂ ይመስል ናይ ቀደም ባሬታ
            መሪቱ ነዂሉ ክኽፈትዩ ክጽንቀቕ ስክፍታ

            ካብ ሙማት ንመውት ኣሎና እንዳበልና
            ምህላው ይሓይሽ ኣሎና ምስ ተስፋና።

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Gheteb,

      Just now the picture of Gheteb has completed to me, that he is “an empty drum sounds more”. Saudi Arabia wishes to have an access to the Arabian Sea through Al-Mahara in Yemen in order to export her petroleum in case the Stait of Hurmuz is blocked. Concerning her petrol export through the Red Sea, she has already Yanbu Industrial port which is connected with Eastern Saudi Arabia through pipelines; therefore, Saudi Arabia has no problem of exporting her petroleum through the Red Sea.to the Western world and parts Africa. Now, let me ask Gheteb for what purpose do Saudi Arabia build a bridge or a tunnel 440 km long from Jizan to Massawa? Is the purpose to provide Isaias with petrol and goods? I don’t see any economical benefit in building such kind of bridge or tunnel to Massawa, it is costly and with zero profit.

      Saudi Arabia may think to build a bridge or a tunnel across the shortest location in the Red Sea which is BabAlmandab to connect Djibouti with Yemen. The distance of the bridge or tunnel will not exceed more than 15 to 20 km. Such kind of bridge may assist in the movement of goods from the Gulf States to Africa and vice-versa.

      I guess Gheteb is one of the goose who think Eritrea’s petroleum flows to Saudi Arabia, the desert, since Eritrea is a highland. My friend, Saudi Arabia petroleum wheels are in the Eastern part of Saudi Arabia not in the West of Saudi Arabia.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Hameed,

        The tunnel is for IA escape route to S.A. in the event that he is toppled:). What’s few billions of dollars…

        Berhe

        • Selam Berhe Y.,

          Any idea if the “king salman bridge” that was planned to connect saudi arabia with egypt has been constructed or not? It was expected to cost 3-4 bn$, not too much money for saudi arabia.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Horizon,

            Please read SGJ response to Gheteb.

            IA and Abiy are there to milk their money like all others are doing, Egypt, US, Canada and others. They will be happy to take their money and waste it (as US did with 100 billion arms deal, Canada 15 billion deal) and many others that I don’t know.

            Besides the technical challenge, I don’t know the economic viability. It’s not like a lot of rich people in Africa.

            Berhe

          • Acria

            Selam Berhe,
            The richness in Africa is not in its people (viewed externally); rather, in its natural resources. Welcome to the second stage of the ‘scramble for Africa’.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Acria,

            I agree with you. I actually think they never left, they just left governments and leaders that continue to serve their interests. West Africa and the former French Colonies as an example.

            My point is, if SA is interested in resources and other things from African and build a tunnel to transport it, first that resources needs to come to Eritrea, which I doubt it make sense, because they can transport the same goods from each respected countries to the see and then it gets where ever needs to get.

            Berhe

          • Hope

            Selam Berhe:
            Come on guys,it could be a simple PR Gimmick ,kind of a Diplomatic War against Qatar and Iran.
            The Saudis will do anything crazy for crazy purposes.

            Isn’t dumb to purchase a $200 billion worth of outdated US Weapons just to appease Trump and so that the Saudi s will not be sanctioned or penalized for the 9/11 tragedy?

            But still we were told that Saudi Arabia can confidently survive 100% guaranteed for the next 30 yrs by manipulating its oil business.
            And its GDP is?

            As long as we Eritreans can get something out of it with a minimum collateral damage,why should we worry about what they say and do?

    • Acria

      Selam Gheteb,

      Certainly, people with money will try to invest in Eritrea. The problem is our workforce is diminished. All the youth is trying to get out of Eritrea ( just within a couple of days more than 15, 000 Eritreans crossed to Ethiopia to be refugees!). My projection is that only in Assab ( may be Massawa) will the economy be active in terms of importing and exporting to and from Ethiopia respectively. The rest of the country may not be a magnet for investment.

      If I were to invest in Eritrea, I will open small shops (gas stations, car/truck repair shops, mini marts, etc.) and inns along the route of Assab and Ethiopia. Most of them will be located within Ethiopia as they have stable government. Eritrea for small investors? We have been burned before, so we will wait for the leap of faith. For now, Eritrea is for members of the PFDJ (Red Sea Corporation and others) , foreign (UAE, KSA, Russia, Ethiopia), and big corporations ( e.g. the Bisha Mining ).

  • AMAN

    Shalom …… part iii
    Because that is why I often times think
    about them /you as hidden enablers than
    Opposition behind the cover of pen name
    who often try to use the use and throw
    method of Stalin’s political machine.
    Thus, it is obvious that there was and
    still there is a behind the scene deal
    between ” IA” and his ” Opposition”
    supported by the UEA, KSA etc…
    against the people and those those who
    struggle for them or the country.
    Yet you all try to smear and intimidate
    them for their struggle of defending them

  • AMAN

    Shalom
    continued…
    Or they may be hiding themselves in a closet because of fear and cowardice
    protecting their personal and political
    self and agendas from the wrath of IA
    and the woyanes while they already know
    what was going on and waiting the
    proper time when the mess is cleared by
    some sacrificial lambs or scapegoats.
    Otherwise, how do you explain their actions of conforming while opposing.

  • AMAN

    Shalom
    .
    Awates readers
    .
    LoL I am so surprised to see so many
    people who can read and write well here
    on your site , they didn’t understand or
    knew at all the real purpose of post war
    Pfdj or IA politics and the role being
    plaid by his media outlets and his 03
    propaganda skills. They were simply
    serving his agendas and being played
    by his game and maneuver looking like
    herds themselves while calling other so.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; this is very informative interview. he told it as it is.

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

    • Kokhob Selam

      Nice Nitr

      What he is talking is very true and you have a point on this…What make me mad was the same.They are very cleaver front and I have more experience than you do..Nice.. You were supporting EPLF and that is again confusing. What does that mean? TPLF was once with EPLF and really that is very strange, Isn’t very strange Nitricc?

      KS,,

      • Nitricc

        Hey KS; Just for the record: I was supporting Eritrea on her dark days and those days are over and her survival is assured; I support no one. My biggest fear was, The Eritrean government getting toppled by external forces such as TPLF thugs and ordered straight from Mekele. Now that is possibility is dead, if you want give power to Abraham Issias or Brehe or even Semere Ewur. Once the nation is secure, the rest can be worked out. In the mean time, I am just having fun with battle of Amara vs Oromo vs Tigriyans. It is a mess. It gets better they all soon going to have conference. You talk about showdown.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Nowinc,

    This is valid issue when due consideration is taken of norms and procedures that govern relations between sovereign nations. But do you think there is such a government in Eritrea? It’s a one-man regime that a supremo runs at his whims through a military-spynetwerk cartel whose members handsomely share the spoils they garner from the poor resources of the country.

    The Ethiopian side know this but pressing transient needs impel them to make the best of the situation, and prepare for the day the despot changes gears and stir trouble as usual.

    At the present, the despot thinks he benefits on two counts. One using the removal of tension on the border and confuse the internal scene, and secondly relieves himself of responsibility of easying acute scarcities by letting consumer goods coming in. On bigger level he calculates how his chances will shape up on the regional political and leadership gamble. On this issue he might be betting on the goodwill of the Ethiopians. If the betting on the latter aborts, it will stir his ego and implodes to trigger his accustomed wrath which will play on both domestic and regional arenas. At that point, the Ethiopians will have to take good stock of the measures they have recently taken in noticeable rush. Despots are unpredictable, especially when it involves an aging dictator as the one in Eritrea.

  • T. Kifle

    Dear Awatistas,
    I found the following analysis by Nahusenay Belay thought provoking and probably be useful to the ongoing discussion here.
    የኦሮሞ ፖለቲካን እንዴት እንየው? አፍታትተን ስንመለከተው

    የ 4 ደቂቃ ንባብ

    አሁን ፌዴራላዊ መንግስቱን መቆጣጠር የቻለዉ የኦሮሞ ኤሊት፡ የአጀንዳ ቀረፃና አካሄድ ስልት በቅድመ ድርጊት ታግዞ በመከወን የሚገለፅ “መሪነት” ነው፡፡ ሊደረግ የታሠበዉን ድርጊት ትንሽ ነው ለማስባል ከፍ ያለ አስደንጋጭ አጀንዳ ቀድሞ በመልቀቅ የተፈለገውን ሃሳብ ቅቡል የማድረግ ስልት ነው፡፡ ይህ አካሄድ ጥሩ መገለጫው “ለሠማዩ ወርውር፡ ጣሪያዉን እንድትመታ” አይነት ነው፡፡ለፌዴራላዊ መንግስት ቁጥጥሩ ከዚህ ቀደምቶቹ የኢትዮጵያ የፓለቲካ ኃይሎች አንፃር የተለየ ዉጣዉረድ ነበረበት ለማለት አይቻልም ፡፡ ስልጣኑን ለመቆጣጠር “ደም አፋሰንበታል” ቢሉም ስልጣን በደም ቅብብል በተለመደበት አገር የኦሮሞ ልሒቃን ሂደት ወጣትን አደራጅቶ ከማሳመፅ አልፎ እዚህ ግባ የሚባል አስተዋፅኦ አድርገናል ለማለት እሚያስችል ድፍረት አይኖራቸዉም።

    በዋናነት ጉዳዩ በ17 ወታደራዊ ትግል ማዕከላዊ መንግስት የያዘዉን ህወሓት የመታገል በመሆኑ፡ የህወሓት ባላንጣዎችን የማሰባሰብ ወዳጅና ደጋፊን የማስወገድ ስልት ተግባራዊ የማድረግ ሂደት ነው ያለው፡፡ ከዚህ አኳያ ማዕከላዊ መንግስቱን ለመቆጣጠር የሚጠቀሙባቸው መንገዶች ብዙ ናቸዉ፡፡

    #1) ብዐዴን የኃይል ሚዛን ፊትአዉራሪ

    ይህ ብዐዴንን ተጠቅሞ (ህወሓትን የጋራ ባላንጣ በማድረግ) የስልጣን ዓላማን ማሳካት የዓላማዉ ቀዳሚ ስትራቴጂ ነው!

    የኦህዴድና ብዐዴን ትብብር የመርህና ርዕዮተዓለምን መሠረት ያደረገ አጋርነት ሳይሆን በድፍን “የጋራ ጠላትን የመፋለም” ቁርኝት ነው፡፡ በዚህም ህወሓትን ከፌዴራላዊ መንግስት ቁጥጥር ውጭ የማድረግ ሂደቱን ማሳካት ነው፡፡ ከሞላ ጎደል ተሳክቷል ብለው ያስባሉ! እዚህ ላይ የእነ አብይ ግብ መንግስት መያዝ ነው የእነ ደመቀ ግን ህወሓትን ዞር ማድረግ ነዉ፡፡ የኦህዴድ ረጅም ግብ ነው፡ የብዐዴን አጭር ነዉ፡፡ይህ አጋርነት እንዲፀናም “ኦሮማራ” የሚል ፕሮጀክት ይፋ ሆነ፡፡ ብአዴን ከራሱ ስኬት ይልቅ የህወሓት ዉድቀት የሚያስደስተው ሳዲስት ፓርቲ እንዲሆን የለፉም አልጠፉም።

    #ሀ, ‘ኦሮማራ’ የኃይል ሚዛን ማሳመሪያ

    በኦህዴድ የተያዘዉ የማዕከላዊ መንግሥት ስልጣን እስኪረጋና ሙሉ ቁጥጥር እስኪረጋገጥ ደግሞ ኦሮማራን መጠበቅና መንከባከብ ደግሞ በዋናነት የሰሜን አቢሲኒያ ጥንታዊ አጋር ህዝቦችን ‘ለመለያየት’ የሚረዳ እንዲሆን ተደርጎ ይቀነቀናል፡፡ ዳርዊን እንደሚለው ግዝያዊ ፀብ የሚበረታው በቅርብ ዘመዶች መሃከል ነው፤ ይህን የተረዳ ሰው በግዜው ባይኖርም። ጅምሩ ‘በጣና ኬኛ’ እንደገናም በለማ መገርሳ የባህርዳር ጉዞ ይፋ የሆነ ነው፡፡ ይህ ሞቶ ላጀበዉ አጋርነት ደግሞ ቀድሞ የተገነባው የፀረ ትግራይ ቅራኔ ትልቅ ድጋፍ ሆነ፡፡ ይህንን አጋርነት የሚገዳደር ምልክት የታየበት የአማራና ትግራይ የአገር ሽማግሌዎች ስብሰባን ተከትሎ የተሠጠዉ ምላሽ፡ ‘የኦሮማራን’ ተፈላጊነት ያሳየ ነበር፡፡

    በመጀመሪያ በጎንደር ይካሄዳል የተባለ “የትግራይ እና አማራ ጉባኤ” ይፋ ሲደረግ በከፍተኛ ፍጥነት (በሶስት ቀን የድንገት ዝግጅት) “ለማ ባህርዳር ይጓዛል” የሚል ፕሮግራም ይፋ ሆነ፡፡ በ3 ቀን ጥናት ተሠራ ተብሎ ከአማራና ትግራይ ጉባኤ ቀድሞ “ኦሮማራ” ተቀነቀነ፡፡ ሳምንት ዘግይቶ የአማራና ትግራይ የአገር ሽማግሌዎች ጉባኤ በሚካሄድበት ቀን ደግሞ “የኦዳ አዉቶብስ ምረቃ ዝግጅት” በማቅረብ፡ ዶ/ር ነጋሶን ተጋባዥ በማድረግ ከአመራሩ ጋር በማሳየት ትኩረት ከጎንደር መድረክ ይልቅ በነነጋሶ መታደም እንዲሳብ ለማድረግ ተሠራ፡፡ ይህ ቁማር ኦሮምያ ኢኮኖሚክ ሪቮሊሽን ተብሎ የተወራለት ስሙም ጭምር ቶሎ የከሰመ ፓኬጅ አንድ አካል ነው።

    ከዚያ ወዲህ በሚፈጠሩ አሳዛኝ ክስተቶች ሁሉ ተጠያቂነትን ለመሸሽ “የአማራና የኦሮሞን ህዝብ ለማጋጨት የፈለጉ ኃይሎች የፈጠሩት ነው” የሚል አሰልቺ ፕሮፖጋንዳ ይለቃሉ፡፡ አሁን በኢትዮጵያ ከዝናብ ወቅት በላይ ለማና አብይ የሚሰጡት መልስ በጣም ተገማች ከመሆኑ የተነሳ ህዝቡ በሆነ ጉዳይ ሊሉት የሚፈልጉት ነገር ቀድሞ እየገመተ ተቸግሯል። በተገኘዉ አጋጣሚ ሁሉ ይህ አግላይና ጊዜያዊ “የኦሮማራ” ጥበቃ ጠንክሮ የሚሠራበት ነው:: ለዚህ ሲባል የአንድ ወቅቱ የናረ አጀንዳ “የኦሮሚያ ከአዲስአበባ ልዩ ጥቅም” ከአጀንነት እንዲዘገይም ተደርጓል፡፡

    #ለ, የኦሮሚያ ልዩ ጥቅም አጀንዳን ማቆየት

    አዲስአበባ በኦሮሚያ ክልል መሀል የምትገኝ ከመሆኗ ጋር በተያያዘ ከክልሉ ጋር ቁርኝት ይኖራታል፡፡ በተለይም ክልሉ ከከተማዉ የሚጠቀመዉ ጉዳይ መኖሩ እንዳለ ሆኖ ከተማው ግን ከክልሉ የሚጠቀመው የተፈጥሮ ሃብት መኖሩን የህገመንግስቱ ድንጋጌ ተገንዝቧል፡፡ ይህም በዋናነት በገበያ ዋጋ የሚመራው እንዳለ ሆኖ ከገበያም ውጭ የውሃ አቅርቦትና መሠል የተፈጥሮ ሃብቶች ምንጭ ኦሮሚያ ነው፡፡ ህገመንግስቱም ይህን ታሳቢ አድርጎ “..ከተፈጥሮ ሃብት አጠቃቀም ጋር በተያያዘ የኦሮሚያ ልዩ ጥቅም ይጠበቃል..ዝርዝሩም በህግ ይወሰናል” ይላል:: የኦሮሚያ ልሒቃን ግን ጉዳዩን ከተፈጥሮ ሃብትና ህገመንግስታዊ መንፈሱ በወጣ መንገድ የከተማውን ሉዓላዊ ስልጣን በሚጋፋ የማንነትና የባለቤትነት ጉዳይ አድርገው ረቂቅ አቀረቡ፡፡ ይህ በከተማው ሰፊ ህዝብ ያለዉን የአማራና ሌሎች ልሂቃንን አስቆጥቷል፡፡ ብአዴን ለኦሮማራ ሲል ባላየ ባልሰማ አልፎታል፤ ለዚህም ነው ከአማርው ሊህቅ ከሃዲ የሚል ስም የተለጠፈለት።

    እናም በዚህ አጀንዳ ቸኩሎ መግፋት “የኦሮማራ” ትብብርን ስለሚያደናቅፍ የማቆየት ስልት ተነደፈ፡፡ ምክንያቱም ህወሓትን እስከመጨረሻው “ገድለህ” ስጋት የሌለበት ቁጥጥር እስኪረጋገጥ የኦሮማራ ትብብር የግድ መሠንበት አለበት፡፡ ለዚያ ነው ለማ “አውሬውን አቆሰልነው እንጂ ገና አልገደልነውም” ያለው ÷ አብይም ፅፎታል በሚባለዉ መፅሐፍ “ጠላትን እስከመጨረሻው እስክታሰናብተው ድረስ በብልሃት መንቀሳቀስ አለብህ” የሚለው። አሁን የትናንቱን የአማራና ትግራይ የምክክር መድረክ መጀመር፡ የአማራና ትግራይ የፖለቲካ ኃይሎች መቀራረብ መፍጠር ለኦሮሚያ ልሒቃን የጠራራ ፀሐይ መብረቅ ነው፡፡ ስለዚህም የኤርትራ ምክረሃሳብ ታክሎበት ትግራይና አማራ የትጥቅ ግጭት ውስጥ እንዲሞካከሩም ይፈለጋል፡፡ “የህወሓት ፍፃሜ እስኪረጋገጥ” ይቀጥላል፡፡ የኦህዴድ መንግስታዊ ቁጥጥሩን የሚያደናቅፈው የትግራይ እና የአማራ ፖለቲካ ኃይል ትብብር በመሆኑ ይህ እንዲፈጠር በፍፁም አይፈለግም፡፡ የዚህ ስጋት ምንጭ የሚሆን ተቆርቋሪነት ምናልባትም ከአማራው ወገን እንዳይመጣም ብሔርተኝነቱን ማለዘብ ይፈለጋል፡፡

    #ሐ, የአማራ ብሔርተኝነትን ማለዘብ

    ከምንግዜውም በላይ ገኖ የወጣው የአማራነት ሚናን ያነገበዉ የአማራ ብሔርተኝነት ከሞላጎደል የኦሮሞ ኤሊት የስጋት ምንጭ ነው፡፡ ኣብይ ኣህመድም ስጋቱን በይፋ ገልጿል፡፡ ከዚህ ኣንፃር ልሒቃኑን በማቀፍ ትብብር ያለው ብሔርተኝነት እንዳይሆንና “ለዉጡን” እንዳያደናቅፍ ብዐዴን የቤት ስራ ወስዷል፡፡ እንደነ ታማኝ ያሉ ግለሰቦችም “አማራው የሚያምርበት ኢትዮጵያዊነት ነው” የሚል ማደንዘዣ መርፌ ይዘው እንዲቀሰቅሱ የቤት ስራ ወስደዋል፡፡ ታማኝ ከግንቦት ሰባት እኩል ለኩል የአብይን ፀረ የአማራ ብሄርተኝነት አጀንዳ ለማራገብ ሽር ጉድ እያለ ነው።

    2) ሌሎች አጋሮችን ማደራጀት

    ፌዴራላዊ መንግስት ቁጥጥር ህወሓትን የሚቃወሙትን የማደራጀትና የመጠቀም ስራው እንዳለ ሆኖ በወዳጅነት የተፈረጁትን መለወጥና ማንሳት አንዱ ስልት ነው፡፡ ለዚህም የህወሓት ወዳጆች አንድ በአንድ ተነቅለዋል፡፡

    #ሀ, ሶማሌ

    በወሠን ደም አፋሳሽ ግጭት ከኦዴፓ ጋር ቅራኔ ውስጥ የነበረዉ የሶማሌ ክልል ከፍተኛ አመራር በወታደራዊ ጣልቃ ገብነት ጭምር በመብት ጥሰት ተከሶ እስር ቤት ገብቷል፡፡ ሙሉ ለሙሉ አፍቃሬ ኦህዴድ የሆነ፡ ህወሓትን በማብጠልጠል የሚታወቅ ኃይል ይዞታል፡፡ለአብይ ያለው ታማኝነት ያሳየዉም በመለስ ዜናዊ ስም ተሰይሞ የነበረው የክልሉ ሪፈራል ሆስፒታል ስም መቀየር፣ የክልሉ መዝሙር ሞቓዲሹ ነክ ወደሆነው የድሮ መዝሙር መቀየር እንዲሁም ታላቋን ሱማልያ ታሳቢ ወዳደረገው ባንዲራ መቀየር ነው። አብይ ሕገ መንግስትን ጥሶ በመፈንቅለ መንግስት የሾመው ሙስጠፋ ዑመር ሶማሊዎች “ብቸኛ ፀረ ትግራይ ዉለታ ቢስ ሶማሌ” ብለው ይጠሩታል።

    #ለ, ደኢህዴን

    በአፍቃሬ ህወሓትነት የተጠረጠረው የደኢህዴን አመራርም ራሱ አብይ ጣልቃ ገብቶ በግጭት ለሰው እልቂት ምክንያት በመሆናችሁ ስልጣን ልቀቁ በማለቱ የድርጅቱና የክልሉ አመራር በሙሉ ተወግዷል ፡፡ በምትኩም የአብይ አህመድ ትዉልድ አካባቢ ጅማ ተወልዳለች፡ ካድሬነትም በኦህዴድ ዉስጥ የጀመረች ናት የምትባለው ሙፈሪያት ካሚል ተመርጣ “የቲም ለማ አባል” ተደረገች፡፡ የጅማዋ ልጅ ዙርያ አሁን የማናነሳው መዓት ጣጣ አለ። ስንት ደም የፈሰሰበትና የተፈናቀሉበት የኦሮሚያ አመራር ግን “በለውጥ አመራርነት” ይሞካሻል፡፡

    #ሐ, ቀጣዮቹ ተረኞች

    ቀጣዩ ሂደት በአፋር ፡ ቤኒሻንጉል እና ጋምቤላ “በህወሓት ነፃነታችንን አግኝተናል” የሚሉ ደጋፊዎች ፈንታ የአብይ ታዛዥ ለማስቀመጥ እየተሠራ ነው፡፡ አመራር ዝግጅትና ማፍረሻ እየተሠራ ነው፡፡

    ሐ.1 አፋር

    የአፋሩ ፕሬዚዳንት ሓጂ ስዩም ልክ እንደሌሎች በርካታ ብሄር ብሄረሰቦች የአፋር ህዝብ በህወሓት ትግል ለመጣው ለዉጥ ከፈተኛ አክብሮት ያለዉና በመርህ ደረጃ ከህወሓት ጋር የሚሰለፍ መሆኑ ግልፅ ነው። አብይ ሶማሊ ላይ በቀላሉ ያሳካው ወታደራዊ መፈንቅለ መንግስት አፋር ላይ ሊያደርገው አልቻለም። ባለፈው ወር አብይ እና የአፋር መንግስት ከፈተኛ ቅራኔ ዉስጥ ገብተዋል። አብይ ሓጂ ስዮምን “ሪፎርም አድርግ” ሲለው፣ ሓጂ ስዩምም “ሪፎርም ሁሌም ስናደርግ ነበር፣ አሁንም እያደረግን ነው፣ ማወቅ ከፈለግክ ግን ይሄው” ብሎ ክልሉ ለሁኔታው የሚሆነዉን ያካሄደውን ሪፎርም በማሳወቅ መልክ ላክ። ሆኖም አብይ የፈለገው የበራሕሌው ሓጂ ስዮም ትግራይን ስለሚያከብር በሌላ ፀረ ትግራይ መቀየር አለበት የሚለው ፍላጎት ነበርና እንደ ታማኝ ምንጮቼ አብይ ሓጂ ስዩምን “አሁኑኑ ብትወርድስ?” እንዳለዉና ሓጂ ስዩምም “የምሾመዉም የምወርደዉም በአፋር ህዝብና በፓርቲየ ዉሳኔ ነው፣ ስርዓቱ ፌዴራላዊ መሆኑ አትርሳ” እንዳለው ተገንዝብያለሁ። አሁን አብይ ወደ ኦሮምያ ከተጠጉ የአፋር አከባቢዎች ወጣቶችን በማነሳሳት ክልላዊ መፈንቅለ መንግስት ለማድረግ ከፍተኛ ኢንቨስትመንት እያደረገ ነው። አሁንም ዓላማው ትግራይ ያለ ወዳጅ ማስቀረትና ህወሓትን ማምበርከክ ነው።

    ሐ.2 ቤንሻንጉል

    መስከረም አስራ ስድስት አራት ከፍተኛ የክልሉ አመራሮች ተገድለዋል። እነዚህ ከፈተኛ አመራሮች በፌዴራላዊ ስርዓቱ የማይደራደሩና በአብይ እየተደረገ ያለው የጉልበት ጣልቃ ገብነት በግልፅና በጥብቅ የሚቃወሙ ሰዎች ነበሩ። የአብይ ምስል እንዳይሰቀል ያደረጉና አቋማቸዉን ለአብይ ጭምር በግልፅ ያሳወቁ፣ አብይ ፀረ ብዝሃነት ነው የሚል የጋራ አቋም የነበራቸው ሰዎች ናቸው፤ ልክ እንደ ፕሬዝዳንቱ። የክልሉ ፕሬዚዳንት ቀኝ እጅ የሚባሉ አራት አመራሮች “በኦነግ ሰራዊት በተደራጀ ሃይል ተገደሉ” ተባለ እንጂ ኦነግ እነዚህን የሚገድልበት ምክንያት የለዉም። ኦህዴድ በኦነግ ላይ ከወጠነው የስም ማጥፋት ዘመቻ አካል ነው። በተለመደ መንገድ የቤንሻንጉል ክልል መንግስት ለሕገ መንግስቱ ጠበቃና ለፌዴራል ስርዓቱ ዘብ መሆኑ ለአብይ አልተመቸም፤ የህወሓት አጋር ተደርጎ ስለታየ ከሚወገዱ ዝርዝር ዉስጥ የገባው ከ 4 ወራት በፊት ነው። አሁን በሆይሆይታና በሚድያ ግፊት አብይ ለራሱ የሚመች አሻንጉሊት ለማስቀመጥ ከጫፍ ደርሷል። የቤንሻንጉል ህዝብና ከፈተኛ አመራር ግን አራቱ የክልሉ ሟች አመራር ማን ሊገድለው እንደሚችል አዉቋል።

    #3. ዋና አማካሪዎች: ኤርትራ and et al

    የድህንነቱ ሰራተኛ የነበሩት ለማ እና አብይ በየሳምንቱ ከሻዕብያ ይሰነዘር የነበረው የሽብር ጥቃት እነሱን ጨምሮ የኢትዮጵያ የፀጥታ ክፍል ምን ያህል ዋጋ እንደከፈለ ያዉቁታል። አቶ ለማም ኤርትራ እየሰለጠነ ይመጣ የነበረዉን የኦነግ ሃይል ሳይሰለቻቸው በማሰር በአስር ሺዎች እስር ቤት በመዳጎን ይታወቃሉ። አሁን ነገር ሁሉ ተገልብጦ፣ ኢትዮጵያን ከሽብር አደጋ ሲከላከል የነበረው የፀጥታ አካል ወንጀለኛ፣ ፖሊስ በዳይ የሻዕብያ መንግስት ቁንጮ ኢሳያስ ካባ የሚደረብለት ጀግና ለመሆን በቃ። እዚህም ሌላ ስልት አልተጠቀሙም፤ ህወሓትን የሚጠላ ወዳጅ ሲሆን ህወሓትን የሚወድ ደግሞ ጠላት በሚል መርህ ነው ሂወታቸዉን ላገራቸው የሰጡ ተሳዳጅ፣ ፀረ ኢትዮጵያ ተወዳጅ የሆነው። ኢሳያስ “ወያኔ እኔ ነኝ የማዉቀው፣ ተንኮለኞች ናቸው። በትንሹ ለሃምሳ አመት ነው የሚያሰሉት። እናንተ ከምትረዱት በላይ ወያነ ዉስብስብ ነው፤ እኛን ያደቀቀን ወያነ ነው፤ ስለዚ እንዴት እንደምትይዝዋቸው ልምከራቹህ” እንዳለ ሙሉ ማስረጃ አለኝ። ኢሳያስ ቀጥታ ትእዛዝ እየሰጠ ዉሳኔዎች እያስወሰነ ስለመሆኑ አንዳንድ የምዕራባዉያን ዲፕሎማቶችን ራሱ ማስደንገጡ ይታወቃል። ኢሳያስ ከርቀት ሊበትናት ያልቻላትን ኢትዮጵያ በቅርብ ርቀት እየመራት ስለመሆኑ የሚጠራጠር የቅርብ ታዛቢ አይኖርም። ኤርትራ ዋነኛዋ የኢትዮጵያ ፖለቲካ መዘዉር ማእከል ሆናለች። ምናልባትም ከአራት ኪሎ በላይ።

    4) ኢትዮጵያዊነትን በማቀንቀን መጠርጠርን መፋቅ

    በቅርብ ጊዜ የኢትዮጵያ ታሪክ እነ ለማ በሄዱበት አሃዳዊነትና ህብረ ብሄራዊ ኢትዮጵያዊነትን አጀንዳ ያደረገ የኦሮሞ ኤሊት ወይንም ድርጅት አይታወቅም፡፡ ኦሮሞነትን በማቀንቀን የተሳከለትም የለም፡፡ እናም የለማና አብይ ቡድን ዛሬም ኦሮሞነትን ለብቻው በማቀንቀን ስህተትን አልደገሙም፡፡ እሱ የጓዳ አጀንዳ ነው፡፡

    ይልቁንም “ኢትዮጵያዊነትን” በመስበክ ወትሮም በህወሓት ቅራኔ ውስጥ እንዳለ የሚሰማዉን “የዜጋ ብሔርተኛዉን” ስሜትና ቀልብ መቆጣጠር ነው፡፡ በዚህም በስደት የኖሩ ሁሉም ድርጅቶች፡ አንዳንዶች ከመቃብር ተቀስቅሰው አገራቸው መግባት ቻሉ፡፡ ማረፍያ (constituency) የሌለው የብሔር ፖለቲካ ተቃዋሚ ኃይል አብይ አህመድና ለማ መገርሳን “የኢትዮጵያ አምላክ” ያወረዳቸዉ ሙሴዎች አድርጎ ተመለከተ፡፡ ከ “ኢትዮጵያዊነት” አስተሳሰብ አኳያ እንደነሱ ጥብቅ “የዜጋ ብሔርተኛ” ከኦሮሞው ወገን በሌለበት፡ ሁለቱን የኦሮሞ መሪዎች አነገሰ፡፡ ለሰማዩ ወርዉር እንዲልም “ምስራቅ አፍሪካ አንድ ይሆናልም” አሉት፡፡ ሚስኪኑም ዋለለ።

    እነሱም ይህን ስስ ብልት ቀድመው በመረዳት: የኖሩበትን አገር “ኢትዮጵያዊነት ሱስ ነው” አሉ፡፡ አዳሜ ልቡ ተሠቀለ፡፡ ለአንዳንድ የብሔር ፖለቲካ ተቃዋሚዎችማ አብይና ለማ እልም ያሉ ብሔርተኞች ሆነው ሳለ የብሔር ፌደራሊዝሙን የሚያፈርሱበትን ቀን በመጠባበቅ አነገሳቸው፡፡ የጎጃም ሰው አልተገናኝቶም የሚለው አይነት ያለመናበብ ተፈጠረ።

    “የዜጋ ብሔርተኛው” እነ አብይና ለማን የኢህአዴግ አባልነታቸው እስኪጠፋ ድረስ፡ የፌዴራል ስርዓቱ የፈረሰ እስኪመስል በህሊናው የሳለዉን አግላይ “ኢትዮጵያዊነትን” ተጋተ፡፡ ለዚህም የሠላምና የፍቅር አምባሳደር አደረጋቸው፡፡ ባልዋሉበት የአሃዳዊነት ወይንም ኢትዮጵያዊነት ሰባኪ መስለው ቀረቡ፡፡ የስልጣን ይገባናል መነሻዉ “ብዙ ነን: ኦሮሞ በልኩ ተጠቃሚ አልሆነም፡ ወዘተ..” እንዳልነበር “የኢትዮጵያዊነት” ጠበቃ ነን ትረካ ታወጀ፡፡ “ኦሮሞ አቃፊ ነው፡ እኛም የኢትዮጵያ ጠበቃ” ስለተባለ ምንም ቢከሰት ህወሓት ይወገድ እንጂ ማንንም አያስወቅስም የሚል ያተፃፈ ህግ ነገሰ።

    ስለዚህ ለ “አንድነት” ኃይሉ ኦሮሚያም ሆነ ኢትዮጵያ ላይ የፈለገው በደል ቢፈፀም እነ አብይን አይመለከትም፡ ኦሮሞን አይመለከትም ሆነ፡፡ “ቲም ለማም” ህቡዕ ማንነቱ የማይታወቅ ኃይልን ደጋግሞ በመዉቀስ ከደሙ ንፁህ ነን ማለትን ተለማመደው፡፡ አሻሚ ትርጉም በሚሰጡ ዉንጀላዎች ራሱን ለመደበቅ ብዙም ግዜና ገንዘብ አልፈጀበትም።

    #ሀ) ኦሮሞን የሚመለከተዉ ምን ሲሆን ነው?

    -የኦሮሚያ አመራር እየመራ በዚህ አገር ሰፊ የአደባባይ ግፍ ተፈፅሟል፡፡ ግፍ እናወግዛለን ባሉበት፡ የግፍ ምድር ማስተዳደር ጀመሩ ግን ሁሌም ባለቤቱ የማይታወቅ ኃይል ነው የሚወቀሰው፡፡ አመራሩን ይቅርና በቃ ኦሮሞን አይመለከትም እየተባለ የንፁሃን ደም ፈሰሰ፡፡ “የተደመረ” ነዉና እንደ አብዲ ኤሌ አይታሰርም ወይም እንደ ደሴ ዳልኬ አይባረርም፤ ዋናው “መደመር” ነው።

    – በነቀምት በጠራራ ፀሐይ ሰው በሞላበት አደባባይ ሰው በድንጋይ ተቀጥቅጠቀ ሲገደል፡ ኦሮሞን አይመለከትም ። የወሊሶ ከንቲባ በልጁና በሚስቱ ፊት በሂወት እያለ ሲቃጠል እንኳን በክህደት ሌላ ጥፋተኛ ይፈለግለታል።

    – በአወዳይ የሶማሊ ተወላጆች በአደባባይ ሲታረዱ ኦሮሞን አይመለከትም

    – ምዕራብ ሐረርጌ ከፖሊስ ጣቢያ የተጠለሉ ከ60 በላይ ሶማሌዎች ታርደው ተቃጥለው ጉድጓድ ተጥለዉም ኦሮሞን አይመለከትም

    – በሻሸመኔ በሰው ልጅታሪክ ሆኖ የማያዉቅ ህዝብ ተሰብሰቦ ለፍቶ አዳሪ ተዘቅዝቆ ተሰቅሎ እየተገደለ ኦሮሞን አይመለከትም

    – በጉጂ ከ800ሺህ በላይ ጌዲዮ ተፈናቅሎ፡ ኦሮሞን አይመለከትም

    – በቡራዩ ንፁሀን የገጀራ እራት ሆነው ፡ ሺህዎች ዋና ከተማዉ አፍንጫ ላይ ተፈናቅለው አሮሞን ወይንም ቄሮን አይመለከትም ፡፡ ግን ደግሞ የይቅርታ ቡድን ወደ ጋሞ ይላካል፡፡

    – በአጭር ጊዜ ውስጥ ከነሶርያ ጋር የሚያስጠራ የውስጥ መፈናቀል ተከስቶ፡ የሚወራው ስላለፈው “የ27 ዓመት የጨለማ ጊዜ” እንጂ የነኣብይን አመራር አይመለከትም ፡፡

    – በርካታ የትግራይ ልዋጭ እና መወልወያና መጥረግያ ሻጮች፣ የጉልትና የአነስተኛና የሆቴል ባለቤቶች፣ የመስኖ እርሻ ባለቤቶች ሲዘረፉ “የወምበዴ ድርጊት እንጂ ኦሮሞን አይወክልም” ተባለ።

    – ስንት የአማራ አርሶአደሮች ሰብላቸው ተቃጥሎ ተፈናቅለው ጉዳዩ “ኦሮማራን ለማፈረስ የሚሰሩ ናቸው” እንጂ ኦሮሞን አይመለከትም፡፡ብአዴንም ከአማራው ደህንነት ይልቅ ስልጣን ይበልጥባታል እና ዝምታን መረጠች።

    5) “ኦሮሞነት ከፖለቲካ አስተሳሰብ በላይ ነዉ!”

    ልክ ነው ይበልጣል፡፡ የኦሮሞ ልሒቃን ከላይ እንዳልነው ከሞላ ጎደል ባለፈዉ መቶ ዓመታት ውስጥ “የኢትዮጵያዊነት” አቀንቃኝ ተብለው የሚፈረጁ አይደለም፡፡ ኦሮሞነት የፖለቲካ ኣስተሳሰባቸው ምሰሶ ነዉ ፡፡ የአንዳንዶች ትዝብት ግን እንዳዉም ከማንነት የተነሳ “ኦሮሞዉ ሁሉ ልክ ነው” በሚል የሚያንፀባርቁ እንዳሉ ይጠቅሳሉ፡፡ እናም ከፖለቲካ አስተሳሰብና ርዕዮተ ዓለም ይልቅ ብሔራዊ ማንነት መለኪያ ሆኖ ይስተዋላል፡፡ የፖለቲካ ድርጅቶቹ ልዩነቱም የአስተሳሰብ አይደለም፡፡

    ለአብነትም ራሱ አቶ ለማ መገርሳ በፀጥታ አስተዳደር ኃላፊነት በነበረበት ወቅት በኦነግነት ሲያስራቸው የነበሩና ድርጅታዊ አባልነት ያልነበራቸዉን ለኦህዴድ በከፍተኛ አመራርነት መሾሙ፡ ድርጅቱም ወደ ከፍተኛ አመራርነት ያመጣቸው በፖለቲካ አስተሳሰብ መለኪያ ሳይሆን በኦሮሞነት መሆኑ ነዉ፡፡ አሁን ደግሞ በተለያየ ሁኔታ በውጭ አገር የነበረ የኦሮሞ የፖለቲካ ልሒቃን ወደ አገራቸው መጥተው ለመሰብሰብ ችለዋል፡፡ ሁሉንም ኦሮሞነት ያግባባቸዋል፡፡ ለነ ለማና አብይ ግን ጠንካራ የኦሮሞ አክራሪ ጠበቃዎች ወደ ህዝባቸው የተሰባሰቡበት ብቻ ሳይሆን ከእንግዲህ ወዲያ የየትኛውም ወገን ኤሊት የኦሮሞ አጀንዳ ዘዋሪ እንደማይሆን ማረጋገጫ ነው፡፡ አብይም ” ለኦሮሞ የፖለቲካ ድርጅቶች የስልጣን ወንበር ማካፈል፡ ሲያስፈልግም እስከመልቀቅ እንሄዳለን፡፡ ከጠላቶች ስር የሚርመጠመጡት ግን ከጠላት ለይተን አናያቸውም ::” በማለት በትግራይ የኦነግ አቀባበልን ትኩረት ያደረገ መልዕክት ሰጠ፡፡ ጠላት ሳይሆን ተፎካካሪ ብለን እንጥራቸው ያለዉን ሃሳብ በዜሮ አባዛው። እናም “ሰብሰብ በሉ” ተብለው ከሁለትና ሶስት በላይ ፓርቲ መኖሩ እንደማይጠቅም “ተግባብተው” የነ በቀለ ገርባዉ ኦፌኮ ከኦነግ ለመቀላቀል ንግግር ጀምሯል፡፡ በፀብ ከኦነግ የተለየው የነሌንጮ ODF ፀቡን ትቶ በጋራ መግለጫ እስከመስጠት ሄዷል፡፡ አብይም በአንድ ወቅት በኦሮሞ ትግል የሚያደንቀው ኦነግን እንደሆነ ገልጿል ይባላል፡፡ ምክንያቱም ጉዳዩ ከፖለቲካ ሰልፍ በላይ ነው፡፡ Colonization የሰበከዉ ኦነግም ዛሬ መገንጠል ኣላልኩም ሲል ክዷል፡፡

    ከኢትዮጵያ የአንድነትና ፍቅር ስብከቱ በፊት የነበረዉን ቅስቀሳና ንግግር ላስታወሰ ግን ዋናው አጀንዳ ኦሮሞን በልኩ የስልጣንና ጥቅም ባለቤት ማድረግ እንደሆነ ግልፅ ነው፡፡ የዚህ ማሳረጊያ የአዲስአበባ ባለቤትነት ማረጋገጥ መሆኑ ግን ግልፅ ነው፡፡ የዘገየዉ የልዩ ጥቅም አጀንዳም መደላድል ሲበጅለት የቆየ ነው፡፡

    6. ሰፈራና ቤት ግንባታ

    የአዲስአበባ ልዩ ጥቅም አጀንዳ ውይይት ፊት ከመምጣቱ በፊት እንዲዘገይ የተደረገው ኦሮማራን ለመጠበቅ ኣንዱ ጉዳይ ሆኖ፡ በቂ ዝግጅት ማድረግም ዋናው ስልት ነው፡፡ለዚህም በዋናነት የአዲስ አበባን ዲሞግራፊ ማናጋት ዋናው ስራ ነው፡፡ የኦሮሞ ከተማ የሚሆነው በኦሮሞ ቁጥጥር ስር መሆኑን በህዝቡ ሚናና ድርሻ ማረጋገጥ ሲቻል ነው፡፡ “ኦሮሞን በማፈናቀል በሌሎች ተይዛለች” ለምትባለው ከተማ የቁጭት መወጫው ኦሮሞው የላቀ ድርሻ መያዙ ሲረጋገጥ ነው፡፡ ለዚህ ነው የተቀናጀ ማስተር ፕላን ተቃውሞ የገጠመው፡፡ አቶ ኩማ እንዳለው ግን “ፕላኑ የሚመለስበት ወቅት አለ”፡፡ ለዚህ አንዱ ስራም በከተማው ዙሪያ ሰዎችን ማስፈር ነው፡፡ እናም በሶማሌ አዋሳኝ በተፈጠረው ግጭት የተፈናቀሉ 1 ሚሊዮን ኦሮሞዎች አሉ በሚል (በርግጥ ሶማሊ ውስጥ የሚኖረው ኦሮሞ በ 1999 ዓ.ም 20 ሺ 263 ሰው ነበር፣አሁን ተፈናቀለ የተባለው ቁጥር 1 ሚልየን ነው:: እንግዲህ በዚህ ዓመት እና መፈናቀል ደረሰ በተባለበት ግዜ ያለው አስራ አንድ አመት ነው። እናም ሃያ ሺ የነበረው የኦሮሞ ቁጥር በዓለም ታይቶ በማያዉቅ ሁኔታ በአስራ አንድ ዓመት ወደ አንድ ሚልየን ተጠጋ ማለት ነው።) የተሰራው ስራ የማስፈር ፕሮግራም ነው፡፡

    ይህ ከምስራቅ ኢትዮጵያ የተፈናቀሉትን በፊንፊኔ ዙሪያ የማስፈር ፕሮግራም ዓላማው የዲሞግራፊ ባላንስ ነው፡፡ ከምስራቅ ኦሮሚያ አንስቶ ፊንፊኔ ዙሪያ ማምጣት ግቡ መርዳት ብቻ አይደለም፡፡ በቢሊዮን ገንዘብ ተሰብስቦ (አሁንም ድረስ ቀጥሏል): በ12 ከተሞች በመቶ ሺህ ሰዎች ከምስራቅ ኦሮሚያ ቀያቸው ለቀዉ በልዩ ዞን ማስፈር ተችሏል ፡፡ ለፕሮጀክቱ የባንክ ብድር ያንገራገሩ የመንግስት ባንኮች ኃላፊዎችም ተነስተዋል (የንግድ ባንክ ከፈተኛ አመራር ጨምሮ) ፡፡ አሁን የትኬት ሽያጩም የባንክ ብድሩም ቀጥሏል ፡፡ የቤት ግንባታዉንና ገንዘብ ማሰባሰቡንም የሙስሊም ኮሚቴ ነን የሚሉ አካላት በኮሚቴነት የሚፈፅሙት መሆኑ ሌላም ጥያቄ እንዲመጣ ይጋብዛል፡፡ በአዲስ አበባ ዙርያ እየተሰራ ያለዉን ሸፍጥ በሌላ ፁሁፍ እመለስበታለሁ። በየዋህ ተመልካች ፊት አለም አቀፍ ሃይማኖትና ብሄር ነክ ሴራ እየተሰራ ነው።

    የዚሁ የቅድመ ልዩ ጥቅም ዝግጅት አካል በአክራሪ ብሔርተኝነት የሚታወቅ ሰው ከተማዉን እንዲመራ ተመርጧል፡፡ በ1993 የAAU የተማሪዎች አመፅ በከተማዉ ጉዳይ ተባሮ የነበረ እንደሆነ የሚነገርለት በተቀናጀ ማስተር ፕላን እቅድ ዋና ተቃዋሚ የነበረ ሰው የከተማዉን ምርጫ በማራዘም የከተማዉ ምክር ቤት አባል ሳይሆን የከተማ ቻርተሩ ተሻሽሎ እንዲሾም ተደርጓል፡፡ የሹመት ሂደቱን “.. እስከምርጫው የሚቆይ ጊዜያዊ አመራር ነው” መባሉም በሁለቱ ዓመት የፊንፊኔን ባለቤትነት የማረጋገጥ ዝግጅቱን ዳር የማድረስ ሚና ነው፡፡ አሁንም በከተማው ልማት ለተፈናቀሉ አርሶአደሮች በሚል የ56ሺህ ቤቶች ግንባታ ተጀምሯል፡፡ አሁንም የመሬት ኦዲት ተደርጓል ፡ የህንፃ ኦዲት ተደርጓል፡ የመንግስት ቤት ኦዲት ተደርጓል ፡፡ የድርሻና ባለቤትነት ዴታ ይገኝበታል፡ ለቀጣይ ማስተካከያ ምቹ ሆኗል፡፡ ቀጣይ ቤቶቹ ፡ መሬትና የግንባታ ቦታ እንዴትና ለማን ይሰጣል የሚለዉ የሚታይ ነዉ፡፡ በዚሁ መሃል የፍላጎት ጥቆማዎች ተከስተዋል ፡፡ ፋና እንደዘገበው ትላንት ም/ከንቲባ ታከለ ኡማ 6400 የኦሮሞን ወጣት በአዲስ አበባ ሰብስበው በሚያናግሩበት ሰዓት የተነሳው “የመሬት ይሰጠን” ጥያቄ የከተማው አስተዳደር መልስ ይሰጥበታል ብሏል። የሚገርመው ነገር ይህንን ዜና የከንቲባው ፌስቡክ ፔጅ ዉይይቱ “ከኢትዮጵያ ወጣቶች” ብሎ ነበር የዘገበው። ፋናም በትእዛዝ ኦሪጅናሉን ዜና ኤዲት አድርጎታል፤ እድሜ ለስክሪን ሾት ዋናዉን ይዘነዋል። በፍተሻና በአፍሳ የከተማው ነዋሪ የማሸማቀቅ ስራ ተጠናክሮ የቀጠለበት ግዜ መሆኑ አይረሳ።

    7. የልዩ ጥቅም አጀንዳ ዋዜማ

    የከተማውና የፖለቲካው ሂደት ቀጥሎ “የዜጋ ብሔርተኞችን” ፍላጎትና የወደፊት ነገር ጠቋሚ ነገር የኦነግ አቀባበል እና የቡራዩ ክስተትን ተከትሎ መጥቷል፡፡ይህ በአጭሩ እንበልተው።

    #ሀ, የቡራዩ መልእክት

    ከቡራዩ ክስተት ጋር በተያያዘ የኦሮሞ ፖለቲከኞችን ፍላጎት የሚጋፋ “አደገኛ” ጥቆማ ታይቷል፡፡ ከሞቱት ሰዎች በላይ የተደቀነው ተግዳሮት ነገን ጠቋሚ ነዉ፡፡ “ኦህዴድ ከአዲስአበባ ይውጣ ፡ አዲስአበባ ለነዋሪዎቹ ” ተባለ፡፡ ከዚያም ወጣቱ ታፍሶ ተለቀመ፡፡ የከተማው ከንቲባ ኦዴፓ፣ ፌዴራል ኦዴፓ እንዲሁም ኦሮምያ ኦዴፓ ሆነው ምን ዓይነት ድርድር እንደሚኖር እግዚሄር ያሳያቹህ።

    #ለ, አፈሳውና የአንድነት ፖለቲካ ቀርቃር

    አዲስአበባ “የአንድነት” ኃይሉ ብቸኛ ማረፊያ ብትሆንም፡ ከቡራዩ ጋር ተያይዞ ንቁ ተሠላፊዎቹ ተለቅመው ታስረው በከተማው ጉዳይ በቀጣይ በሚደረገው ነገር ውስጥ ተቃውሞ “እንዳይደገማቸው” የሚያደርግ “እርምት” እየተወሠደ ነው፡፡ ይህም “የዜጋ ብሔርተኛዉን” ቅርቃር ውስጥ የሚከት ነው፡፡

    #ሐ, የ 5ቱ ኦሮሞ ድርጅቶች ጥቆማ

    ይህ በእንዲህ እያለም 5 የኦሮሞ ድርጅቶች “ለሰማዩ ወርዉር፡ ጣሪያውን እንድታገኝ” በሚለው ብሒል፡ የልዩ ጥቅም ይዘት ላይ ክርክርን የሚቀንስና የአጀንዳዉን ዋዜማ ጠቋሚ፡ “አዲስአበባ የኦሮሞ ነች” አዋጅ አወጡ፡፡ በኦሮሞ ጉዳይ ልዩነት ስለሌለ OLF እና የሌንጮ ODF ፀባቸዉን ትተው (የሌንጮ ቡድን ወለጋ ብሄድ ኦነግ ይገድለናል ብሎ ከሆቴል ባልወጣበት ሆኔታ) በአዲስ አበባ ጉዳይ የጋራ መግለጫ ሰጡ፡፡ ቀጥሎ በተለመደው የድራማ ክዋኔም ODP በኢህአዴግ መድረክ ይዞት ይመጣል፡፡ ይህ ከነአብይ እውቅና ውጭ የሆነ ባለመሆኑ፡ በቀጣይ ከስደት የተመለሠው ሊሂቅ በአጀንዳ ቀረፃ፡ እነ ለማ በማስፈፀም የሚኖራቸዉን ትብብር ጠቋሚ ነው፡፡ የአዲስ አበባ ጉዳይ ኦህዴድ ከልዩ ጥቅም ወደ ባለቤትነት አሳድጎታል። የታከለ ኡማ ዋና ተልእኮም ይሄ ይመስላል።

    መዳረሻዉ ምንድን ነዉ?

    የሚተነበይ ቢሆንም የኦሮሞ ሁለንተናዊተፅዕኖ ማረጋገጥ የቅርቡ ግቡ ነው፡፡ ክስተቶችን ገጣጥመን በመዋቅራዊ ይዘታቸው አንጥረን ካላየን በማራኪ ንግግሮችና በስሜታዊ ገለፃዎች ታዉረን ከመወናበድ አንድንም፤ በዝርዝር ካላሰብን ሃገራችንም ነበር የመሆን እድልዋ የሰፋ ይሆናል። ህወሓትን በዚህ ሁሉ አሻጥር ማሸነፍ ካልቻልን “ህወሓትን ከኢህአደግ በማገድ” ሃገሪትዋን እንደፈለግን ማድረግ አለብን የሚለው አማራጭ በሰዎቹ ጠረጴዛ መኖሩ ግን ይገርማል።

    በጨዋ ደምብ እንወያይ።

    አመሰግናለሁ።

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam T. Kifle,

      Thank you for this analysis by Nahusenay Belay. Down on this comment section I mentioned your name in a somewhat of a criticism mode. Lo behold, the ink wasn’t dry when I read what you brought us. I appreciate it. I know I have to do a couple of more readings to digest the content.
      Thanks again.

      Mr. K.H

      • Paulos

        Selam Ato Kim Hanna,

        I just commented on Fantination’s earlier comment before I read T. Kifle and Ethiopians who are sworn enemies of TPLF have no idea what is coming to them. Isaias is Abiy’s top adviser and he consults him in such a way on how to destroy TPLF and eventually creating a fractured Ethiopia. Sad!

        • Lamek

          Paulos, in the end it is the Tigrayans who feel and act like more Ethiopiawian now than the Amharas and most certainly than the Oromos. Plus Abiy Ahmed is not what meets the eye, he is a wolf in a sheep’s skin. ANDM better be careful because once he is finished with TPLF, he will route them out of Addis, saying Finfine is Oromo Land. He will then get to IA if he is still alive by then. I don’t like this guy. I don’t like anyone who conspires with a brutal dictator like IA. Abiy also doesn’t know IA is a professional sycophant. When all said and done, those two will remain and one will cut the other’s throat, both are snakes.

          • Aligaz G

            Lamek,

            There is an Arab saying:
            Me against my brothers. Me and my brothers against my cousins. Me and my brothers and my cousins against the world.

    • Nitricc

      Hey T-Kifle; you tricked me, 4 minutes reading? I red but i am not sure if i understood everything. So, TPLF was hacked by team Lemma and now the Amara is also hacked. hahahahahaha. I am not sure where this thing is going. I think you guys start thinking about article 39. I mean how are you going to coexist with this people under the current situation? Problems are getting deep.

      • Paulos

        Nitrikay,

        What did I tell you yesterday? Pay attention!

    • haileTG

      ጤና ይስጥልን ጌታ! ምነው 4 ደቂቃ ይፈጃል ኣላለም እንዴ፡ ወይስ በ 4 ደቂቃ ትፈጃላቹ ነው… haha just kidding buddy

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam t. Kifle
      I start reading ur post above and give up in the middle because it is full of nonesense.
      The simple fact and the realities r, if u see ethiopia poltics only through ethnicity and only in social and economic terms ,tigrai is nothing but a minority with a very little influence in ethiopia poltics, less than sedamo(an ethnic in southern ethiopia)can influence.
      I think tplf military superiority was the one makes u guys think nonesense and it is over now , i said better come to ur sense before it getting late.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi TKifle,
      It was a 4 mnt reading you or the author forgot to put a 0 after the 4 🙂 or, maybe I am a slow reader. !

      • T. Kifle

        dear Saleh Gadiji,

        it seems i misled readers. it is he who put the time tag.
        🙂

        • Kaddis

          Selam T. Kifle,

          There are many viable cautions forwarded by the author. Many
          we knew – knowing OPDO came to power in coordination with the protest leaders. The protest leaders didn’t hide they are after dismantling the administration, regardless of the risks of anarchy etc…the writer elaborated to what extent, including killing, ethnic conflict etc…are being used. Fair enough.

          One big omission here and in many TPLF sympathised writings is
          – what was the option to get rid of the most humiliating repression we went/are going through; that is a system of corruption and criminality which are feeding each other.

          A repressed society doesn’t have the option but to try and
          hope the change is better than the status quo.

          This comes from an Ethiopian who tries to understand TPLF/ EPRDF success and challenges of 27 years in its entirety

          I genuinely would like to hear if there were options.

  • Haile S.

    ሰላም ንኹሉኹም፡
    ክብሮም እንቋዕ ብደሓን ተመለስካ። ምዝሙር ናትካን ናይ መኹስን ምስ ኣንበብኩ፡ ኣነ ዝዘርጎ እምበር ዝውስኾ ዝእርሞ ነይብለይ በልኩ። ግና ሓንቲ ግጥሚ ከስምዓኩም። ትማሊ ንበይነይ ኮፍ ኢለ dictator ብትግርኛ ንምንታይ ውልቀ-መላኺ ዝብሃል? ሓደ dictator ብውልቁ ድዩ ዝሰርሕ፡ እናበልኩ ክመራመር፡ ነዛ ትስዕብ ግጥሚ ጻሕጊረ።

    ውልቀ-መላኺ ዶ ሊቀ-መላኺ?

    Dictator፥
    ይብሃል ውልቀ-መላኺ
    ብሕልሙ ናይ ህዝቢ ተለኣኺ
    ብሓቂ ግና፡ ድልየት ህዝቢ፡ ሃላኺ
    ኣነ-ብሃልነቱ፡ ዑብ-ትኪ፡ ትንፋስ ዓባኺ
    ዝመስለና ንሱ ጥራይ ንውልቁ ዘማሪ ሰባኺ?
    ንግምቶ ንበይኑ ዝውንን ዘይብሉ ተወሳኺ?
    ‘ታ ሓቂ ግና፥
    ዝተዓጀበ እዩ ብብዙሕ መውደኽደኺ
    ካብኡ ዘይሓምቕ ተኸላኻሊ ዋልታ ተሓላቒ

    እወ ኣለዎ ዓንዲ ሕቆ ደጋፊ፥
    ኣብ ክሳዱ ዘቐምጦ ዝሕንግሮ
    ዝምግቦ ዘቀባጥረሉ እርሩ እረሮ
    ንምእራም፡ ጌጋ ምባል፡ ዘሕፍሮ
    ኣብ ክንዲ ብስርሑ ብፍርሂ ዘኽብሮ
    ኣብ ክንዲ ብጽብቑ ብሕማቑ ዝዝክሮ
    ብነጻ ዘውጽኦ ዘይኮነ ብዝቐየዶ ብዝኣሰሮ
    ኣብ ላግጺ እምበር፡ ኣብ ሓቂ ዘረባ ዘይደፍሮ
    ወይ ጀግና፡ ከምኡ መን ኣሎ፡ እንዳበለ ዘቐብጥሮ
    ካብ ካልኦት ኣረምቲ ዝኣልዮ ዝቕይዶ ዝሓጽሮ
    ብእሺ፡ ሕራይ ጥራይ፡ ኢ-ሃገራዊነት ዝምህሮ
    ነዊሕ ጊዜ ኮይኑ፥
    ተበላጺ ዝኾነሉ ፖሊቲካዊ መንሽሮ
    ምሁር ዝሓምቀሉ ዝደናገሮ
    ዝሰንፈሉ እንዳፈለጠ ዝድንቁሮ
    ዝብለሉ፡ ፈትዩ ኣይፈትዩ፡ ጎይታይ መዓሮ
    ዝሰማማዕ ምስ መን-ፍለጥ-ኢሉካ-ንተመሃሮ

    ውልቀ-መላኺ፡ ናይ ውልቂ? NO
    ብውልቁ ‘ተዝኸውን ጽቡቕ ነይሩ
    ብቐሊሉ ምስተቐየደ ብሓጺሩ
    ምስተሓድገ መዓርጉ ዕጥቁ ዝናሩ
    ኣይምገበረን ዕላማኡ ዝደለዮ ንሓዋሩ
    ሓደ ክልተ ጊዜ ‘ምበር ኣይምሰረረን ወትሩ
    ምስነፈረ፡ ብር-ምስበለ፡ ምስተፈለጦ በይኑ ምጽሕታሩ

    ወጹብ!
    ‘ሊቅ’ ንዘይምባል ድዩ፡ ‘ውልቀ’ ተመሪጹ?
    ሓላፍነት ንሓደ ክድርበ፡ ተሓንጺጹ?
    ጽድቂ ንብዙሃን፡ ሓጥያት ንሓደ ቁርጹ!
    በይኑ ምኸኣለ’ዶ ክነብር ፈሊጹ ቆሪጹ
    ሊቅ እንተዘይከውን’ዶ ከቢድ ነይሩ ምግሳጹ?
    ንሊቅ እዚ ድሙ እናበልካ፡ እንሆ ኰንና ኣናጹ

    ሊቀ-መላኺ፥
    ሊቀ- ድኣ ንበሎ ንሃቦ ናቱ
    ኣይንኽልኣዮ እታ እንኮ ክእለቱ
    ኣነ እየ ዝፈልጥ ድልየትኩም፡ ጥራይ ሃብቱ
    እወ ንስኻ ትፈልጥ ዝብሃል፡ ብተኸተልቱ
    ንዕኡ ክርእዩ ኣተሓሳስብኦም ዝስሕቱ፡ መሳርሕቱ
    ንሱ ጻድቕ፡ ንሳቶም ሓጢኣን፡ ዘእምን ነዕርኽቱ
    ክኸውን ኣለዎ ሊቅ፡ ዘንገስዎ ንሕልፈቱ
    ንዑ ንመኻኸር ብሓንሳብ ንስራሕ፡ ጸላኢቱ
    ዝመቓቕል፡ ገባርን ሓዳግን፡ ንብጾቱ ብብጾቱ
    ዘየማቕል ዘየቕርብ ዘየማሓላልፍ ምውቕቲ ዓራቱ
    ዓራቱ ዝተሃንጸት ብእሙናት ስዓብቱ ደገፍቱ ኣመንቱ
    ሊቀ-መለኽቲ ክበሃል ኣለዎ፡ ዝተደገፈ ብተደቆስቱ።

    • haileTG

      ሰላማት ውልቀ-ሞኽሲ ዓዋታዊ፡)

      ግሩም ግጥሚ ዕራርቦ-ሰሙን (weekend)! መቸም እቲ ሓሳብ ንምርምር ወይ ግድል ዝዕድም እንድዩ፡ ንእሽቶ ወስ ክብለላ። ውልቀ ወይ ውልቐ ምናልባሽ ካብ ወለ’ቀ ኣምሓርኛ ለ- የሚደመጥ ኮይኑ ወለቐ መሰስ በለ ወጸ ተፈልየ ቢልና እንተሓዝናዮ፡ ውልቐ-መላኺ ካብ መማልኽቱ ናብ ዓዲ ሓሎ ውልቕ ኢሉ ዝእዝዝ ዝምእዝዝ መሳርሕቱ ክሕዝዎ ዘይክእሉ ክኾውን’ዶ ምኸኣለ። ሙልቀ-መላኺ ድማ ከምቶም ኩሎም ከምኡ ሞሊቑ ምስከደ። ዘይወለቐ ዳሕራይ ነይሞለቐ ኢልና’ውን ምስኣ እትኸይድ ምስላ ምሰራሕናላ።

      • Haile S.

        ሰላማት ሞኽሲ፡
        ውልቀ-ሞኽሲ! ብጣዕሚ ጥዕምቲ ቃል። እምበኣር ውልቀ-ሞኽሰይ፡ ምምርማር ኣየስእነና። ኣነሲ እዛ ውልቀ-መላኺ ኣብ ትግርኛ መዝገበ-ቓላት ናይ ኣቶ ተክአ ተስፋይ ምስስኣንኩዋ፡ መሊሱ እቲ ምምርማር ተኣታትዩኒ። ተክአ ኣብ ርሑቕ ዓለም ዝርከብ ነገራት ኣብ መጽሓፉ ከም Yak (ብዕራይ ናይ በዓል Nepal) ወሲኹ ክነሱ፡ ነዛ ‘ውልቀ’ ተርጒሙ፡ ‘ውልቀ-መላኺ’ ከም ምሳለ ካየቕረበ ምሕላፉ፡ እዛ ቓል መኣስ ብመን ከምዝተማህዘት ኣሕቲቱኒ። ሕጂ ንስኻ ምቅርቲ ምሳለ እንሆ ኣምጺእካ።

        • Kbrom

          ሰላማት መለኽቲ ቋንቋ ትግርኛ ሃይለታት እነሆ እስኪ እታ ቁንጣሮ ናተይ።

          መላዂ ዝብል ቅጽል ልዕሊ ዓቕሙዩ

          እቲ ቀደም ኣብ ጉስነት
          ሿኪ ተወሰጥ ክንጻወት
          ብኹልንትንኡ ዝሃጠረ
          ንኽብሪ ጎደቦን ነብሱን ዝዓጠቐ ስረ
          ኢዩ መላኺ ወለዶና ዝበሃል ዝነበረ

          ቅልስን ክርፍስን ሓሊኹ ዘውድቕ
          በእምሮ በሲሉ መሳትኡ ዘሕምቕ
          ኣብ ወፈራን ዳስን ብስርሑ ዝደምቕ
          ኣብ ትሕቲ ሕጊ እንዳባ በያታቱ ዝምረቕ

          ንሱዩ መላኺ ንብሎ ዝነበርና
          ኣብ ክሊ እቲ ባህልና

          እዚ መላኺ ትብልዎ ዘለኹም
          ምልስ ኢልኩም ሞ’ፈትሽዎ ኢኹም
          ንመን ገጢሙ ኢዩሞ ንመን ኣሕሚቑ
          ዘይቆልዓ ሰበይቲ ኢዩ ብሑጓ ኣሕቂቑ
          ኣበየናይ ጽላል ሕጊ ኢዩሞ ኣብሪኹ
          ዘይሕጊ ኣሲሩዩ ንጹሃት ድሂኹ

          ዘይከም መላኺ ዓድና
          ኣብ ወፈራ ህድሞ ክሳተፍ ከሎ ነይረአና
          የግዳስ ዋርሳይ ዝብል ግዴታ ፈጢሩ
          ጎይታን ጊላን ኢዩ ፈጢሩ
          መረበቱ ዝሰርሑሉ ጽላሉ

          ስሊዚ!
          ነዚ ብስቃይ መሳኪን ዝሑጎስ
          ንሬሳ ጉድጓድ ሜትሮ ዘስእን
          ምስ ምዉታን ዝበኣስ
          ውልቀመላኺ ዝብል ቅጽል ክቡርዩ ኣይዓቅሙን
          ‘ሳዲስት’ በልዎ ንዕኡን ተግባሩን ዝምጥን

  • Kbrom

    Selam deqi Ertra

    ከም እኒ ሃይለ ቲጂ፥ ኮኮብ ሰላም፥ ኣብረሀት፤ ሃይለ፡ እስማዒሎም፡ኣማኑኤል፡ ማሕሙዳይ ዝኣመሰሉ ክኢላታትና ሃገራዊ መዝሙር ንክውንነት ብዘንጸባርቕ ደጊምኩም ኣሪምኩም ጸሓፍዋ እንተዝበሃሉስ፡

    ክሳብ እቶም ክኢላታትና ዝጽህፉ እዞም ተልመዴናት ከምዚ ኢልና መጻናሕናኩም

    ኤርትራ ኤርትራ ኤርትራ
    መራሕታ ጠሊሞሞ ሕድራ
    ናጽነታ ተቐይሩ ናብ መከራ

    መዋእል ነኺሱ ኣብ ዕላማ
    ሰንደቓ ክብረታ ዝሰለማ
    ባርነት ኮይኑ ደበሱ
    ብንዕቀትን ብደዐን ተረሚሱ

    ኤርትራ ኤርትራ
    ኣብ ዓለም ስደት ኮይኑ ምስላ

    ናጽነት ዘምጸአ ልዑል ኒሕ
    ንብልጽግና መታን ከይሰርሕ
    ተባሪሩ ካብ ዓዱ ብዘሰቅቕ
    እነሆ ፈቐድኡ ይሓቅቕ

    የግዳስ ሓሸኣ እዛ ሃገር
    በሪኻ ኣብ ሰማያት ክትነብር
    እዞም ደቃ ብስቓያ እንሓፍር
    ብሓባር ንስራሕ ምልኪ ንስዓር
    መብጸዓ ሰማእታት መታን ኪኽበር

    ሽዑ ኢና ነስተማቕራ
    ነታ ሓቐኛ መዝሙራ
    ክንብል ዓው ኢልና ብሓበራ
    ኣብ ዓለም ጨቢጣቶ ግቡእ ክብራ
    ብሓርነት ኣውሒስቶ ሰናድራ

    • Abrehet Yosief

      Selam Kibrom
      Eklti kemzelata. Aytwseka aytnikeya. But I fear it might be sang only outside Eritrea. It seems the final exodus out of Eritrea is unfolding. A young mother was asked by Swedish TV in Rama what she was looking for. The response was “Away from Eritrea.”

      • Kbrom

        Abrehet Haftey

        The problem I think is that Eritrean people still do not understand how conspirer PIA is. The reason he opened ትhe border wide is to let go those who are at the verge of explosion and up rising. He knows after demoralisation of the borders people will turn their face to him and start asking questions and rights, especially those who are members of EDF. To ease this tension, especially from those who are highly frustrated he opened the border so they can disappear. ልክዕ ከምዚ እንጅነሪታት ሓጽቢ ክሰርሑ ከለዉ ጸቕጢ ከይበዝሕሞ መንደቕ ከየፍርስ መተንፈሲ ኢሎም ማይ ንግዳም መፍሰሲ ዝገብሩሉ፡ እዚ ክፉእ ሰብኣይ ንሰብ ኢዩ ዝጥቀመሉ።

        ክኢላታት ሓጽቢ Calculating the centre of pressure ኢሎም x (ti , WLi) = x (ti−1 ) + b (WLi−1 )ΔWL ይቕምሩ እዚ ተንኮለኛ ድማ easing the centre of pressure from the Eritrean youth ኢሉ ክፋእ ይቅምር።

    • Blink

      Dear kibrom

      What happened to the C-130 with Egyptian soldiers with it ? Remember also the Sabe thing. Back to Eritrean Anthem, it is infact one of the best Anthems unless someone is a serial gossip about things he has no clue. The Anthem has nothing to do with the current situation.

    • haileTG

      Haha Kibromay,

      ኤርትራ ኤርትራ ኤርትራ
      ግሩም ስሉም ባሕረ-ምድራ
      ፍቕሪ ስኒት መዝሙራ
      ገድሊ ጽንዓት’ዩ ሓወልቲ ክብራ

      ኤርትራኻ ኤርትራኺ ኤርትራና
      ዘይንሳ መን’ዶ ኣሎና
      ትወድቕ ትትንስእ ብኣና

      ኤርትራ ራእይ ሰላም
      ንኣህዛብ ኣብዛ ዓለም
      ኤርትራ ራእይ ፍቕሪ
      ኣብ ልበይ ንበሪ
      ኤርትራ መትከል ሓቂ
      ናይ ጉዕዞይ ሓያል ስንቂ

      ኤርትራ ኤርትራ ኤርትራ
      ግሩም ስሉም ባሕረ-ምድራ
      ፍቕሪ ስኒት መዝሙራ
      ገድሊ ጽንዓት’ዩ ሓወልቲ ክብራ! x2

    • Ismail AA

      ሰላም ክብሮማይ፣
      ድሕሪ ኣብረሀትን ሃይሊያትን እንታይ ክብል። ይርሓሰና ኢልካ ምሕላፍዩ።

  • Kaddis

    Selam Hope,
    I’m happy for the rapprochement. All the things you say to happen in a sustainable way, it needs rule of laws and regulations. My biggest contention with saay was denying the confiscation of transiting goods in Assab during the war. The business community has a list and Kibour Genna was the head of chamber of commerce, still active in politics.
    It’s still an issue here.
    Let’s hope for the best during this Thanksgiving Day 🙂

    • saay7

      Selamat Kaddis:

      Who is this saay you speak of and have I met him?

      Honestly I don’t remember saying that. One of the “add insult to injury” of our stupid war is that there was supposed to be an AU chaired investigation to get to the root of the conflict. But they put the criminals (IA and Meles) in charge of the investigation so it never happened. So decades from now, our great grandkids will be just as confused as we are about the issue.

      saay

      • Kaddis

        Selam Saay,
        Great to hear from you and well done on your advocacy.
        Yes, you made a passing remark claiming the UN investigation said there was no confiscation. Anyways, I raised it just to show the amount of work needs to sell Assab to the business community here. Assab didn’t even make it to the front page of Addis Fortune, Ethiopian FT 🙂

        • saay7

          Selamat Kaddis:

          Ah, I see now. Yeah, the claims commission (whose verdict was also final and binding but nobody wants to talk about that) said that Eritreans and Ethiopians did terrible things to one another and oh well the net amount that Eritrea owes Ethiopia is minor. I tell everybody who brags about how “civilized” Eritrea and Ethiopia are and how there is nothing to fear in civil wars because we are “civilized” is: read the claims each made against the other and the verdict of the judges. It’s very humbling whether you claim to be Axumite, Adulisian, Ethiopian or Eritrean.

          saay

          • Eyob Medhane

            Sal,
            እንደው ምን ይሻልሀል? መጨቃጨቅ ስትወድ.. 🙂 በዚሁ ከቀጠልክ my recommendation to you is በክብር ብትሰናበት ይሻላል.. 🙂

            Having said that two of my most favorite Eritrean singers, Orion Saleh and Yohannes Habte’ab came up with this really superb song. The song is fluffy “We love peace you should love it too” Kind of song, with some added Ethiopian flavor, which definately not Orion’s style. But, I couldn’t help wondering how much Eritrean singers will be a serious challenge to Ethiopian singers, now they are directly in competition for the same market. They will be a VERY VERY VERY tough competition…Before Sunday is run out on me, let me post the song here. I seriously urge you to watch it…
            https://youtu.be/qynUX1oPvnI

          • saay7

            Eyob:

            One short word: meh.

            When music evangelizes what’s permitted, its propaganda. Entertaining at best.

            When it reveals suppressed truth, its art.

            This is art – and to help you with your Tigrinya lessons, I have written the lyrics just for you. So now you can sing along. Long after the bubble music you shared is forgotten, when people are trying to understand how the tide change and Eritreans asserted themselves, look for clues in this song by the great Abrar Osman.

            https://youtu.be/LX4uAuAyfrM

            It’s a long song so when it gets really good at:
            5:03

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ኤረይ ናትኪስ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ናትኪስ ኤረይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ኤረይ ናትኪስ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ናትኪስ ኤረይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣህህህህህህህሃ
            ሄህህህህህህህህየየየይ

            ሕልሞም ተብንንዬ
            ተስፋ ተቕርጽዮም
            ተኣምር ሰሪሕኪ
            ኣለኹ ትብልዮም

            ዘገርም!

            ከም ብጭልፋ ኣልዒልካሉ
            ዘይነጽፍ ባሕሪ
            መሊስኪ ትመልኢ
            ትፈርዪ: ትፈጥሪ

            ዘገርም!

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ኤረይ ናትኪስ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ናትኪስ ኤረይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ኤረይ ናትኪስ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ናትኪስ ኤረይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ትቕጽሊ ድማ
            ትደምቂ መሊስኪ
            ነዚ ኹሉ ውዲት
            ሸርሒታት በዲህኪ

            ዘገርም!

            ካብ ዘየሎ ትህልዊ
            ከም ነጎዳ በርቂ
            መሰስ ተብልዮ
            ዝትቐብረ ሓቂ

            ዘገርም!

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ኤረይ ናትኪስ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ናትኪስ ኤረይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ኤረይ ናትኪስ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ናትኪስ ኤረይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ብድድ ኢልኪ ድማ
            እከይዮም ትገጥምዮ
            ኩለ ፈተኔኦም
            ከንቶ ትገብርዮ

            ዘገርም!

            ቦሎኽ እወ ትብሊ
            ዘገርምዩ ናትኪ
            በቲ ልሙድ ቅያ
            ብልሓት ተፈጥሮኺ

            ዘገርም!

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ኤረይ ናትኪስ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ናትኪስ ኤረይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ኣየየየይ የየየየ
            ኣየየየይ

            ኣይይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም
            ናትኪስ ኤረይ ዘገርም ዩ ዘገርም

            ይኣክል ንበል ኩሉና
            ኩሉና!
            ንፍትሒን ንሰላምን ኢና
            ኩሉና!
            ይኣክል ንበል ኩሉና
            ኩሉና
            ንልዕልና ሕግን ንቅዋም ኢና
            ኩሉና!

            ይኣክል ንበል ኩሉና
            ኩሉና!
            ንራህዋን ንዕብየትን ኢና
            ኩሉና!
            ኩሉናኣኣእኣኣኣ

            ይኣክል ንበል ኩሉና
            ኩሉና!
            ንስኒትን ንውህደት ኢና
            ኩሉና!
            ኩሉናኣኣኣኣኣ

            ይኣክል ንበል ኩሉና
            ኩሉና!
            ንሓበንን ንኩርዓትን ኢና

            ዘገርም!
            ዘገርም!

            ዘገርም!
            ዘገርም!

            ናናናናናና

            ወገነይ ወገንካ
            ኔው በሎ!
            ኔው በሎ!

            ዓሌተይ ዓሌትካ
            ኔው በሎ!
            ኔው በሎ!

            ከበሳ መታሕት
            ኔው በሎ!
            ኔው በሎ!

            እምነተይ እምነትካ
            ኔው በሎ!
            ኔው በሎ!

            ውድበይ ውድብካ
            ኔው በሎ!
            ኔው በሎ!

            ሰልፈይዶ ሰልፍኻ
            ኔው በሎ!
            ኔው በሎ!

            ዝዝውሮ ‘ለዎ
            ኣስተውዕል ኣስተውዕል
            ኣስተውዕል ኣስተውዕል!

            ንጸላኢ ኣይትሃቦ ዕድል
            ንጸላኢ ኣይትሃቦ ዕድል
            ንኣምሳሉ ኣይትሃቦ ዕድል!

            ነቲ እኩይ ውዲታት ዘዋፍር
            ንቲ ድጉል ጽልኢ ዘሳውር

            ኣብ ክሳድ ሓዝ ኣብ መስመርካ ቀጥ በል
            ኣብ ጏል ነገር ግዜኻ ኣይትቕተል
            ኣይይይይይይይይይይይይይይይ
            ኣየየየየየየየይ

          • Kaddis

            Hi Saay – true.

            Even Lij Eyassu’s attempt to “get back” Assab through Turks and Germany didn’t work; if you believe the BBC of course 🙂

            if interested (google) How Ethiopian prince scuppered Germany’s WW1 plans

            Currently, I see some friends in Kombolcha got excited about the route to Assab is open. Lets hope all goes well

    • Blink

      Kaddis
      Still an issue, are you joking? You guys deported 90,000 Eritreans with their bank account , households , companies and many millions on the transportation held by you guys . Do you have any estimate how much money Eritreans lost in Ethiopia ? Haven’t you any shame at all ?

      • Kaddis

        Hi Blink
        Are you saying the Ethiopians who lost their shipment in Assab are the same people who gained from Eritreans deportation?

  • Kbrom

    Dear all

    Who would you dedicate to this song if you were asked to mention only one person. Just to make your life easy the title of the song is ሰብ ንኸብዱ ጥራይ ኣይኮነን ዝነብር ብበሃር ድምጻዊ ኣልኣሚን ዓብዱለጢፍ።

    You are allowed to answer a ፓውሎስ ኖኖ style reply
    ጥያቄ፡ ከሁሉም ዘፋኖች የማን ኣፍ ይሰፋል፡
    መልስ፡ መልስ የለኝም ምክንያቱ መልሲ ቢሰጥ ከማህሙድ ኣህመድ እጣላለሁ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX5II-Vxn-k

    • ‘Gheteb

      Kbrom,

      What has become of the Hyper-imaginative stringer of this Forum? Where are all those unconfirmed reports, rumors and endless hearsay that you were pounding out uninterruptedly?

      It seems your political wares of peddling unconfirmed reports that you were gathering from the tea shops and coffee shops have failed to turn any political gains as in going bankrupt?

      Back to reality and back to square one where you have reverted to the old form of peddling some hoary and antediluvian political items, yet again in the futile hope of scoring some political points against the PFDJ. How does one spell H O P E L E S S?

      • Kbrom

        ሰላምን ጥዕናን ንዓኻ ይኹን

        I noticed your post without greeting, I believe we need to start our posts with modest greetings even when addressing someone with all the difference in the world.

        OK, re: Hyper-imaginative stringer. Where do you want me to start ሓው ገህተብ። Please feel free to pick one of the below topics or any other topic you would like to discuss.

        Lemma Megersa and PIA?
        What happened to IGAD and PIA?
        Formajo and PIA?
        What is happening between G7 and Oromo?
        Abraham IA with PIA himself?
        Bashir and PIA?
        PIA and the new top advisors?
        PIA and Mohamed bin Salman and Mohamed bin Zayid?
        PIA and Djibouti?
        PIA and Eritrea’s embassy in Addis?
        PIA and Game Over?
        and other topics depending where our civilised discussion takes us?

        • ‘Gheteb

          Selam Kbrom,

          You are ‘reporting’ that:

          ” It is said the money from both MbS and MbZ given to PIA has reached close to one billion. The more money flow, the more PIA is thinking about his family future, the more personal control he needs. PIA has assigned a certain Sudanes by a name Dr Awad to manage his property and financial accounts . This man is working with AiA, in fact last week PIA instructed him and his son to convert the cash into diamond and gold. Both Dr Awad and AiA are traveling to central and West Africa to buy diamond and gold”.

          Both “Mbs and Mbz” had given PIA “close to one billion”? Now the question that a sane mind would ask is: how did you come across that info? Did PIA share with others his personal fortune? And, if so why would he did so as he is not known to be a person who speaks freely about himself? That would make one to seriously doubt the veracity of your claim here as it doesn’t ring true.

          Given that what do you have to say in defense of such an outlandish claim?

          • Paulos

            Gheteb,

            As the adage has it, “Beggars keep secrets, givers are with ants in their pants.”

          • Kbrom

            Dear Ghetheb

            In mid 70s whenever we asked the leaders of African countries to support the Eritrean revolution, the answer we used to get was, this is an Ethiopian internal affairs. At that time, I remember the great diplomat Osman Saleh Sabe telling the African leaders ‘this is like seeing a hyena eating your goat and when you ask the hyena why it did what it did its answer being, once finished swallowing it, the goat’s case is now an internal matter.

            Anyways, thank you for asking a good ‘internal affairs’ question. I was asked the same ‘sane’ question the ration behind the ‘sane’ question being if PIA did not tell us, it is not true, when I reported the following:

            UAE is taking over Assab
            PIA asked Nevsun to put his share (estimated 300 million USD) in kind (Gold)
            BA has published a book
            PIA has said Ethiopia will be given unlimited access of port os Asseb and Massawa
            PIA is being micro managed by MbS on a daily basis, via telephone calls
            AiA is highly involved in all money transaction UAE, KSA

            I will tell you what I got, and its absolutely your undeniable right to wait until PIA tells you about its ‘internal’ or to use your words ‘personal fortune’ and plan.

            Now asking you ‘sane question is my turn:

            Have you ever heard PIA officially informing the Eritrean people about UAE’s presence in Assab, let alone the details of the agreement or why he thinks the ‘no dialogue before demarcation’ policy. Would any ‘sane’ person expect a president who did not bother to tell its people about giant sovereign decisions to tell him/her about personal fortunes. Wouldn’t a person, even with the least sense of self honour, feel offended when its countries sovereign issues are being transferred into one persons backyard garden.

            Can you confirm or deny that a Sudanese person by the name Dr Awad is not working as economic and financial advisor to PIA.

            Thanks for your time

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Gheteb,

            In order to criticize others and appear to some extent rational, first give us statistical report about the government budget at least from 2000 to 2015. I don’t want to ask you about the present year and the last two years, because enemies may hamper your developments. I think, you don’t have a face to criticize others and request for a proof until you give the people of Eritrea a full report about the budget of their government. Do the Eritrean people deserve to know their government budget? Choose either Yes or No.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Kibrom,

      During the Derg rule Paulo ኞኞ was asked: At the time of Haile Sellase if a person had insulted the government, he was imprisoned. What will happen to a person who insults the Derg? Paulos answered, ” የፍየል ወጦጦ ዘፈን ይዘፍንበሃል”.

    • Saleh Johar

      Ahlan Kibrom
      You reminded me of one such anecdote from Sudan

      Asha Falatiya was a famous Sudanese singer–an interviewer asked her, on air, if it was true she was illiterate?
      She answered, “wellahi ana w’Ibrahim AlKashif akhuya, la negra w’la nektib.” (I and my brother Ibrahim Al Kasif neither read nor write.) Ibrahim was another famous singer of the time.

      On the other topic, Good luck talking to feliTu zdeqese… 🙂

      • Kbrom

        Hello Johar

        Hahaha that is funny. You reminded me what General WUCHU ውጩ has reportedly said. When he came to USA in 1991 some one asked WUCHU what surprised him most in USA to which WUCHUU replied I was taken completely by surprise to see 3 years old kids speaking english ዋይ ትኾርምየኒ ደቂ 3 ዓመት ቆልዑ ሕንጫላት እንግሊሽ ቆርጠምጠም ይብላ!

        On the other topic wish me not only good luck but to have a thick skin.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Kbrom,

      Do you want, “ምክራየ ግተቅወ” to hide my whereabouts?

      Al-Arabi

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Kbrom,

      Glad to you back. It’s been quite long since I enjoyed your contributions. In the couple of days I wasn’t logging in. But I see now you had to wrestle with formidable feat the monsters back home unleash from time to time. Time seems to be doing what nature has designed to do. The despot who thought he could defy the working of time appears to has occurred to him that he is in fact running out of time before he could finish his treacherous mission. All the signs indicate he is acting in the space of the second half of the last quarter of his life. If not this, how can one understand the rush with his son and unimaginable free abdication of prerogatives to an Ethiopian leader, as well as some leaders in the Arabian Peninsula.The good thing is those guys act more realistic than the despot. I think he shall end up as disappointed man. The Eritrean people have long sealled their fate as sovereign with blood and sweat.

      • Kbrom

        Ismail Abi Seb

        Very true, the man is trying to play hard in We’t AdayQ, nevertheless it is too late. He lived, will die and be remembered as one of the cruelest sadists in the world.

        One head of state who visited recently to Eritrea described PIA as impulsive, dishonest, manipulative person, with a manufactured superficial charm and glibness. He also observed that PIA is in poor health with signs of noticeable tremor even when his hands are at chair hand rest, profuse sweating, frequent and excessive thirst.

        As detached as he is, PIA believes that he is at the helm of the regional dynamics. In recent cabinet meeting, PIA presented a work paper which elaborates that he is the one who is leading the regional changes and that his priority is to secure Ethiopia’s political stability and then create a new horn of Africa. He said that he will redesign IGAD and its organisational charter. He informed the meeting that he refused to attend the *recent IGAD meeting because he did not want to give IGAD the honour of his presence whilst it is still in its old structure formed by Weyane. And the insanity goes on and on and on………….

        * There was a rather dramatic plan by PMAA in recent IGAD’s summit to 1) welcome Eritrea’s rejoining with exaggerated fanfare, 2) sign the peace treaty between south sudanese rivals and 3) reconcile PIA and Bashir.

        PIA cancelled his trip to the summit in the eleventh hour when allegedly he was instructed by MbZ of Abudhabi not to accept the reconciliation invitation with Sudan because UAE believes Bashir will/has to go and his deputy should takeover.

        • Ismail AA

          Dear Kbrom,

          The burden of the Eritrean people is that his deifiers have ceased to believe he is human being though some are slowly recuperating and realizing that the man is indeed acting in borrowed time, which as normal being born and raised in believing cultures, he should have used to atone for his past crimes and follies. It’s the hubris stupid.

          I alluded to burden of the Eritrean people because his legacy is not going to be light. Didn’t you learn your elders and mine say ኣድግስ ካብታ ምማታ ምግታታ.

          • Kbrom

            Dear Ismail

            Indeed as they say ሕማቕ ዘበንሲ ካብታ እትገብረካ እታ እትሓድገልካ። But on the positive note even ንሕና ንሱ are coming to their terms when PIA despicably told them ኣነ ኣነ denying them even the disgrace of ንሕና ንሱ. ዘይወግሕ መሲልዋስ ኣብ ቦኽራ ትጽሕጽሕ ይብሉ ኣቦታት ኩሎም እቶም ዘይወግሕ መሲልዎም ቦኽራ ዘበላሸዉን ዝተበላሸዉን ምጥዓስ ከሚሮም ኣለዉ።

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Selam Kibrim
          I imagine PM Abiy and his wife compare notes on how they handle their new babies. She on her new foster baby, and he on IA.

          • Kbrom

            Abrehet mebrhit

            You are right, soon PMAA will find it difficult to handle PIA’s እሾኽ ጠባይ። In fact Lemma Megersa is reported to have said, he has never imagined that Eritrea has been destroyed to this extent. Lemma said ‘whenever we go to Eritrea to negotiate with PIA, he agrees on everything and even more but then there is not a single government institution, institutional capacity or government structure mechanism to implement’.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Kbrom,
            That has been the reaction of the few foreign agricultural investors who had visited the dams and irrigable land. Isaias would promise everything and then insist any signature or agreement has to be with him only. The investors couldn’t’ take the risk and never return after the first visit. The hollowed out ministries will not be to work on any of the new deals and infrastructural developments. Perhaps the new committees that have been promised to start work will have professionals from Ethiopia who would take the lead and eventually end up hiring from Ethiopia. The recent reports from the highway construction to Assab seem to be following that pattern.

        • Paulos

          Caro Kbrom,

          His recent pictures do not exude not even a semblance of an ill person. He looks pretty healthy. As for the tremor, who knows really but if anything he is holding his right hand with his left hand in the picture of the Cabinet of Ministers 😂.

  • ‘Gheteb

    Undeterred By All The Hullabaloo Of Its Detractors: Eritrea Soldiers On

    Greetings!!

    Yeah, the Eritrean political landscape is strewn with the usual hullabaloo ( ሃለውለው ፣ ቤላ ቤሎው) by the usual practitioners of political spins and peddlers of hearsays and made-up stories. That is to be expected and has surely become so ho-hum that it doesn’t resonate with Eritreans at large. The anti-PFDJ camp is so desperate these days that its political shenanigans has spectacularly failed to gain any political traction at all.

    From a politicized book to its highly politicized author; from a border openings to Eritreans crossing the Ethio-Eritrean border; from the faux reports that the PFDJ secretary general, Alamin Mohammed Seid’s rebellion against PIA to the recent Eritrean Cabinet meetings and the soon to be “launched” Assenna Satellite TV, a sentient Eritrean mind discerns not only the utter desperation of the anti-PFDJ camp, but also that all the fever pitch political activities of the anti-PFDJ camp has abysmally failed to make any political hay whatsoever.

    Eritrea and Eritreans of good will are eagerly awaiting the implementations of what was discussed in the recent cabinet meeting in the economic spheres while the detractors of the Eritrean government and the PFDJ can grouse and bellyache till the cows come home. In the meantime, Eritrea will soldier on!

    • Paulos

      Gheteb,

      Isn’t that sad that Birhane Abrehe is in prison though? First of all he is human. Second, he is Eritrean. Third, he is grand-father, a father, a husband, a brother and a son.

      • ‘Gheteb

        Paulos,

        Sure, Berhane Abrehe is all the things you mentioned and maybe even more. Remember Eritrea has LAWS and the Eritrean penal code explicitly specifies that it is illegal to call or incite for the overthrow of the government. And, that includes everyone, be it a former minister or fighter or every Paulos, Saleh or Qeshi Amannuel.

        BTW, what is it that you are mumbling about Yemane G/Meskel. Hawelti and his writing style? Could this be the case that felicitously captures the Tigrigna adage that ” ኣድጊ ዘይብሉስ በቅሊ ይንዕቕ” — He who doesn’t own a jackass belittles a mule–? I wonder!

        • Paulos

          Gheteb,

          A highly intelligent person like you twisting the reality into the whims of unhinged dictator is beyond tragedy. Sad!

          • ‘Gheteb

            Paulos,

            Forget about my intelligence or ignorance as that is not the bone of contention here.

            How did you come to the conclusion that I equate Eritrea to one and only one person, Isaias Afwerki, not to mention that I stand accused of “twisting reality into the whims of unhinged dictator”.

            By what bizarre mental alchemy you have reached that conclusion totally escapes me. For the record, though, it is my bedrock principle that Eritrea does NOT equal to Isaias Afwerki, whether you dub him as hinged or unhinged whatever.

          • Aligaz G

            Paulos,

            To begin with Intelligence is amoral and easily faked online. It is oftentimes a matter of purchasing a vocabulary building kit and then projectile vomiting as Saleh would say. Looking objectively at Gheteb’s clumsy “gaslight exercise” he’s just an amateur. He probably should upgrade his dictionary but that probably wouldn’t help in his case. I wouldn’t worry about this guy.

          • Selamat Aligaz G,

            No, Demarkino AArkey Professor Paulos’ assesment of Gheteb itii zeymetkelawi is somewhat right. Gheteb itii zeymetkelawi WAS infact endowed with ample intellect. What he lacks is gut and principle. He is now beating the drumbeat of those who tormented and persecuted him for so long and have now bought his services by holding hostage something miniscule that he values. It is sad really to see the transformation of one whose firey disections of injustice had great influence to be relegate ass brown nosing idiot sevant on display for his former close friends.

            tSAtSE

          • Aligaz G

            tSAtSE,

            Understood. Thanks for the correction. We all have families.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Tsatse “The Principled”,

            You said:

            ” have now bought his services by holding hostage something miniscule that he values”.

            Can you produce any evidence or proof to your wild allegations here? Hey, it is challenge and you need to raise up and offer your evidence here. This is not about pushing some keys of a keyboard piano somewhere in Broadway Ave. in New York, New York. I hope it is not the case that you end up blank as your memory files look awfully and dreadfully EMPTY!

            ዕስራን ሓደን ሚኒሶታ ኣቨኑ፣ ዶኩመንትታ ሚኒሶታ ኣቨኑ፣ ኣደራሽ ከፕን ሆል ትመስክር ።

            BTW, this half-wit nincompoop who sports the nick Aligaz G is miffed simply because the term I used “gaslight” is closely similar to Aligaz. I mean “gaz” and “gas”. Someone need to remind this Aligaz galoot to concentrate on removing the big log that is inextricably lodged in his eyes before worrying about the speck in the eyes of ‘Gheteb. What is more, is the fact that someone need to remind him in his native language about the proverbial frog that attempted to become a ዝሆን — elephant — to end up into smithereens after the inevitable explosion.

          • Aligaz G

            Gheteb,

            It took you more than a hour to respond. Not good. Your usage of gaslight was amateurish. Not good. But I now understand we are supposed to be adversarial so it’s all good. Btw you should work a bit more on your grammar. But overall you are doing ok.

            cheers

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Aligaz,

            I sometimes wonder about his style of writing and his effort to use some obscure words to communicate at the forum when everyday used words would do.
            I am curious. How is his Tigrinya, he doesn’t go geez on you guys does he?

            Mr. K.H

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Kim,

            Don’t worry about his vocabulary. They don’t carry any message to convince the rest of us.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Amanuel,

            The rest of “us” you say, speaking on behalf of others? I didn’t know that the rest of “us” attended Bronx Community College on Fordham Ave. and took ESL class with you. Or, did they?

            Why are you ‘dumbing down’ others to your level, which is horrendously bad? I thought misery loves company and I guess now I can safely say that dumb and dumber loves company,too.

            I told you that I am way out of your league and your “Qeshiness” keep forgetting what I told you some two years ago.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam ‘Gheteb,

            I promise to severely ignore you after this.
            A man has got to know his limitations. Why don’t you stick to your spell check, vocabulary and the glorious Adulisian history.
            Anything else you are lost in a twilight zone. Sorry for the lost potential.

            Mr. K.H

          • ‘Gheteb

            Mr. K.H,

            You still sound like a resident of a halfway house. The most common medium of communication in this Forum is English and not Tigrigna or your Amharic or G’eez.

            So, get used to the heat of the kitchen, even if your kitchen seems to be in a halfway house, or ship out of the kitchen and enroll in an ESL class in your neck of the woods.

            If you do that, I promise to send you ” Amsalu Aklilu “English-Amharic” dictionary, with the proviso that you will take your ESL classes seriously.

          • Aligaz G

            Mr. K.H,

            He’s a pompous jackass in any language. But enough about him – what is your take on the state of the 4 parties that make up EPRDF? I think we are at a critical moment.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aligaz,

            Though I should have awaited the response of the addressee (KM), I think you have raised a timely question that could turn to be critical as you stated. Those of us who watch developments Ethiopia let no opportunity pass away that helps us updating our information.

            I have been watching through the social media outlets the conference the EPRDF partner components have been holding. But, one cannot really rely on what people say through social media. It is important to get what those parties and movements have said and done in order to be able to guess which direction the wind would blowing when the EPRDF holds its congress.

            One of the questions that could be asked is whether pre-Abij and post Abij perceptions have changed or remained the same after the events the country has been witnessing: the return of the exile oppositions (OFL G-7 for instance) and the violence in various spots. The change of mood at the bigger conference could determine the political future of Dr. Abij. Inputs in this regard will be awaited with due interest.

          • Aligaz G

            Ismail,

            The political awareness of the people is extremely high. The feeling here is that the support for Abiy remains solid. There is negativity associated with the outbreaks of anarchy but there is a somewhat effective clampdown underway in response. Unfortunately authoritarianism seems to resonate best with the ill disciplined base. It seems to be a cultural need maybe because of the hierarchical nature of society.

          • Selam Aligaz,

            Until Mr. K. H. comes, let me say the following.

            The political alignment for the time being seems to be odp + andm on one side and tplf + olf on the other. plus/minus the smaller parties. Odp and andm seem to stand for ethiopian unity while olf and tplf for ethno-nationalism (ethnic federalism), in which ethnicism plays the major role thus undermining pan-ethiopian nationalism, tplf for hegemonic reasons over ethiopia, while olf to assert its power monopoly in oromia and secede from ethiopia. Olf does not seem to control the oromo people as in the past and ODP must be the major player in oromia.

            In my opinion olf and tplf will not travel a long distance together, because they do not have a common purpose, but an unholy alliance, each for its own purpose. The swords will come out soon. There is this rumor that olf and tplf are responsible for the latest development in ethiopia that resulted in the death of innocent citizens, tplf with the money and olf with the strike power.

            As things are at the moment it looks like that ethnicism and ethnic federalism as a system of government is attacked from many sides, because of the anarchic situation it has created, thus putting ethiopia as a country in difficult situation. Even if ethnic federalism is continued out of necessity, it should be revised in such a way that ethiopian unity is guaranteed, such as amending article 39.

            In addition the messages that come from the conferences of the different eprdf affiliated coalition parties are the support for ethiopian unity and peace with eritrea. Ethnic federalism is seen as the elephant in the room. Gradually, ethiopians may reach a consensus that at one point they should get rid of it and replace it with regional federalism. Many of us regret we supported ethnic federalism in the past.
            Finally, the eprdf party, has a better chance in the future as a coalition party than separate entities, whether in ethnic or regional federalism, and i think that they are aware of it.

          • Aligaz G

            Horizon,

            It seems the changes made in Bahir Dar are potentially the most radical. It looks like they are scrapping Revolutionary Democracy. It’s what you would called a committed step. Combining this with ODP’s already declared position that ethnic injustice is not the main political driver we may have reached a point of no return in the revolution. I wonder how the other 2 parties will maneuver to keep up with such fundamental changes. I think OLF is being undermined in a very quiet but systematic way as ODP is sucking the oxygen out of its issues so the current alliance with TPLF is probably a desperation move.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Horizon,

            I don’t think the real friction is ethnicity verses Ethiopian-ism as it may look from outside. For most part those in EPRDF are in the same page in the need to strengthen nationalism without sacrificing ethnicity rights, but the critical issue is regarding whether to continue with Democratic Revolution or succumb to Liberalism.

            EPRDF’s new motto is “National Unity for Comprehensive Prosperity” and there are no EPRDF members who are against it. However, there are two groups with “Ethiopiawinet” slogan and the difference seems fundamental.

            The Ethioiawinet as envisioned by the new EPRDF which includes some guarantee for ethnicity rights, and the Ethiopiawinet as being advanced by the likes of G7 and the ESAT group which seems unpractical at this stage. It advocates Ethiopiawinet over all other considerations although it promises to “allow” others to speak their mother tongue and advance their culture. It is backward looking, emotionally driven, and unpractical.

            So, the nationality discussion within EPRDF will be short and no disagreement is expected. A heated discussion will take place whether “liberalism” is needed and TPLF will fight tooth and nail against it until it is defeated or wins by a vote.

            After making an extensive investigation minus my own bias, I have determined the ratio of support for Liberalism vs. Democratic Revolution within EPRDF as follows.
            ODP = 65/35
            ADP = 75/25
            TPLF = 10/90
            South = 50/50

            PS:
            Ethiopianism was never an issue withing EPRDF; only the process on how to get there.

          • Paulos

            Fantination,

            Isaias is determined to destroy TPLF. It is as simple as that. He is not going to rest till his last breath till he sees TPLF is completely destroyed. All the talk either Liberalism or Revolutionary Democracy is a charade where a Presidential system will eventually erode the ethnic based Federalism. And remember, it is TPLF’s signature and the concerted campaign is to see every legacy of TPLF destroyed.

          • Selam Fanti Ghana,

            Liberalism (neo-liberalism) vs revolutionary democracy, the one standing for free market economy and the other for government lead (controlled) economy, or the so called developmental state, as i understand both seem to have their positive and negative sides. The one is immune from state control where the market is supposed to be the regulator and the state is expected to be inept, which makes a country (especially third world countries) open to exploitation, and the second that is bereaved of democracy leading to state corruption and even kleptocracy, are in a way the two sides of the same coin. Ethiopia passed through revolutionary democracy, and it knows very well what developmental state entails in the ethiopian experience.

            Liberalism (neo-liberasm) exposes a country to severe exploitation by western capital, e.g. venizuela, argentina, and others. In countries like china and south eastern asia, they could make developmental state work, because they implement capital punishment for those implicated in corruption.

            Revolutionary democracy with its state corruption authoritarianism and absence of democracy, brought ethiopia to where she is today. To me one way or the other ethiopia will be in a dilemma. I see the problem, but i am not in the position to suggest the right solution. We will see who will have the upper hand.

            Is it possible to be partially neo-liberal and partially developmental state? I have no idea.

          • Aligaz G

            Horizon,

            If you really want to see whether it is a must to pair a strong central authoritarian state with a developmental state economic regime, it is probably necessary to revisit what happened during the reconstruction era and beyond in post ww2 Europe. Eastern Euroupe pretty much went for centralized economies paired with dictatorships. Initial gains in industrialisation were strong but productivity and GDP growth plateaued early. The best performing economy was the former DDR and the best it could manage was the Tarbant. Western Europe initially combined democracy with central state led reconstruction which quickly crossed over to a more liberal economy. However the influence of the state remained strong in the economy. The vigorous “reintroduction” of the private sector into the economy lead to a sustainable and self renewing growth pattern. It is enough for our purposes to compare at reunification the above mentioned Tarbant with a Mercedes produced in West Germany. So basically it is a matter of timing when and how to liberalize the economy while the political system is just a rider economically. However the economically neutral political system extracts a dictatorship cost or a democratic benefit to the overall system so a very detailed cost benefit analysis must be done. To simplify concerning the timing of political liberalization, Meles would say in the next 100 yrs while Abiy says today. Concerning economic liberalization Meles would say 10-20 yrs while Abiy would say 3-5 yrs. Now looking at the upcoming week and the EPRDF convention, make no mistake voting for Abiy means voting against Revolutionary Democracy and a vote for the acceleration of economic liberalization. This stark choice is a huge shock to the entreched political economy and thus a watershed moment in the revolution.

          • Selam Aligaz,

            Choosing between liberalism and revolutionary democracy is at the same time choosing between china and the west. China has invested billions in infrastructures in ethiopia and many african countries. In about two decades china constructed in africa what the west did not do over the five centuries of exploitation and looting of africa’s natural resources and human power. It gave back nothing, but war and destruction and sold arms worth billions.

            I cannot think of a third world country that has been helped by the west to come out of its sorry state. There is no comparison whatsoever between what they did for western europe, especially west germany soon after wwii. That is the reason germans love americans so much.

            On the contrary, to keep africans in underdevelopment, indeed the west did its best. With wars and arms sell, economic hitmen, offshore hideouts of money illegally extracted out of third world countries, economic aid that was not meant to extricate them from poverty, etc, they have managed to keep africa in permanent poverty and backwardness. Democratic leaders were assassinated and bloodthirsty dictators armed, be it in the DRC or elsewhere.

            China seems to have won the hearts and minds of africans through infrastructures mainly, and africa is turning its back on the west. This has become worrisome for the west. They will do their best to win over countries who find themselves in a difficult economic situation. Ethiopia seems to have found unexpected friends in the gcc. Especially the uae standing on the side of the west, seems to oppose china’s influence in the region and its new silk road that connects china with the horn and beyond.

            Therefore, pm Abiy must take into consideration these multiple factors so that ethiopia will not find herself in the middle, and a loser for that. In conclusion, in my opinion, if the absence of democracy does not bring authoritarianism and if there weren’t rodents secretly gnawing at the economy, developmental state seems to be the right recipe for a third world country, based on the lesson learnt from south east asia.

          • Aligaz G

            Horizon,

            You are correct the relationship between China and Ethiopia is strategic and must be protected. However concerning the level and pace of Chinese investment, paradoxically the greater the pace of economic and political liberalization the greater the Chinese investment. In fact since Abiy announced his reforms the uptick in interest from Chinese firms has been significant and already several have signed. It is an open secret that any investor prefers to deal with nations that have an open economy and secure property rights. When Chinese say they prefer TPLF rule, what they are really saying is they prefer stability. And already the evidence is there that the new regime is in for the long haul so they are less and less concerned. What is also interesting is that because very few American companies have shown any interest in investing in Ethiopia so far, the US Gov is seriously considering increasing direct aid as “democracy dividend”. So it looks like the investment mix will be similar to the past for the short term but at a much higher tempo. But once privatization begins in earnest all bets are off.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selam Horizon & Aligaz G,

            I think you two have, more or less, exhausted this subject, but here is a little update to my earlier guesses on the fate of Revolutionary Democracy.

            TPLF and Southern Nation have already decided to continue with RD. While ADP is thinking about changing or keeping it, I don’t think ODP has shown its cards yet.

            RD’s fate in the nation will of course be decided by these two giants, but TPLF and SEPDM’s decision to continue with it 100% and if ODP and ADP at least keep a modified version of it, EPRDF may ultimately end up with the best of both worlds.

            Corruption has been and will continue to be our number one headache for the coming years. It is not just the theft or misuse of resources but the steps taken to hide the act including risking the nation’s existence as a whole.

          • saay7

            Fantiness:

            I was going to ask you what are the tenets of Revolutionary Democracy (Rev Dem) but it occurs to me I know more about Rev Dem (its a lot like my Democratic coup where the democracy is aspirational and the revolution is real) than I do about what is its replacement? Is it liberal democracy? Is that what the critics of Rev Dem want to replace it with? I suggest they call it “Ethiopian Democracy”: all you need is 200 meter green-yellow-red 🙂

            saay

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Saay,

            Liberalism: ሊበዘበዝም ሆነ ሊበዘብዝ የያንዳንዱ ኢትዮጵያዊ መብት የተጠበቀ ነው፤፤ Plus one huge flag.

            Revolutionary Democracy: መንግሥት የድሃና የጭቁን ህዝብ ጠበቃ መሆን ኣለበት፤፤ Plus a dozen or more flags.

            ግደፈና በጃኻ!

          • saay7

            His Fantiness:

            So confusing: “ሠ ንጉሥ” ለንጉሥ ብቻ ሳይሆን ለማንም “ባስራሰባት መርፌ በጠቀመዉ ባንዴራ” ይዞ የሚጮህም ነው? See what I did there? 🙂

            saay

          • Paulos

            Fantination,

            Shifting…..As it happened, Getachew Assefa [Former National Intelligence Chief], the man who was allegedly hiding in Meqele to evade the arrest warrant declared on him and who later on allegedly escaped to Sudan is elected to TPLF Central Committee including his younger brother Daniel.

            Thing is, he is elected to CC of EPRDF as well. He will have to participate in Hawassa for EPRDF Congress and only heaven knows how the showdown is going to pan out.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Dr. Paulos,

            I was wondering about that. I didn’t buy any of the “TPLF officials hiding in Mekele” claptrap to begin with, but if the “Getachew run away to Sudan” by the rumor mill, ESAT, is a total fabrication, they should publicly apologize.

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Fanti,

            Corruption is very hard to quantify let alone control and levels of corruption does not necessarily correlate with development per se. For example Israel, South Korea, Japan and China are considered very corrupt. Even the US has levels of corruption much higher then Western Europe. And European companies have much looser standard when operating outside Europe so corruption is also very difficult insulate. However presenting corruption as the main problem was a cynical maneuver by TPLF to avoid dealing with lack of democracy, human rights violations, systematic looting, tribalism etc. which are the manifestations of running a Marxist Leninist system in a multiethnic nation while being a tiny ethnic minority.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Aligaz,

            The question of my take on the 4 parties that make up the EPRDF: The simple and truthful answer about the question is …I don’t know.
            However, I have the benefit of reading Horizon comments below and decided that I would throw in my opinion too. I have had a hard time sifting through articles and reading fake and otherwise news to base my comments on hard facts.

            What I know is that EPRDF is the only viable political organization in Ethiopia at this time. OPD and ANDM are cooperating at the moment, so far so good.
            I know TPLF over the last 27 years have done bad and corrupt deeds. At the risk of being called a Woyane (I am not) they have contributed immensely to the well being of Ethiopia. Just a snap shot of where Ethiopia was and where Ethiopia is sufficient.
            I cannot dismiss all the contributions TPLF, particularly Meles made towards the current Ethiopia, where EPRDF flexible enough, to elect Abiy Ahmed as its leader without a civil war.

            To come back to the question of EPRDF and its make up, I hope they stand together for the good of the country as they have done and I think that is what will happen with minor/major adjustments.
            Each unit has its own developed structure and operational system. Each, as they have done in the past, must adopt to the new realty.

            What is the alternative? Oromo, because of their numerical size deciding to become the decider and ruler of Ethiopia with an iron fist? That will not happen, if it does the gates of hell will be opened. The Amhara don’t have that fervor in a united way to rule the country.

            The ethnic genie is out and it has to be dealt with in an open way for decades to come until its significance is reduced to the minimum. It can never be eliminated in a 200 years time frame.
            It is possible that a charismatic leader can rise up and change things. That could be good or bad, but is a very risky adventure like gambling or betting the bank.

            What is more likely than not is each member of EPRDF makes the necessary adjustments to keep it going primarily because the alternatives carry a huge unacceptable risks for all. They have dealt with each other for 27 years and know each other to the today.

            Don’t forget when I started to respond to your question I started with…I don’t know, that is still how I will end it. I am still reading modestly what I can and still not sure where it all is headed. To make it more difficult, the kind of people like T.Kifle don’t write as extensively and as widely as they should.
            Thus as The Donald would say we will see what happens.

            Mr. K.H

          • Aligaz G

            Mr. K.H,

            Thanks for the honest appraisal. We definitely need T Kifles but they have taken the phones from the guys in Bahir Dar so the only thing we can say is that they are still meeting. But there does seem to be some sort of drama taking place maybe a showdown. It should be an interesting week coming up.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aligaz, KM, Horizon, Fanti Jan and the rest,

            It’s wonderful to read sober and gentle discussion you have exchanged. Besides, it entertaining to watch how you as Ethiopian brothers to make good use of the space this forum offers.
            Thanking you all for the useful contributions that benefit people like me to update the cursory information we try to collect from here and there, I noted the point that the EPRDF is still viable governance entity if it can put its house in order along the contentious matters be it in terms of executable programs and guiding outlooks mentioned in the exchanges. Having said that, however, I would like to pose a couple of questions:

            1. Given that EPRDF is still an organization to reckon with in the next phases of governing the country, do you think it will have to open space for other stakeholders?

            2. As corollary to the question just posed, I was surprised none among the discussants mentioned the Afar and the Somali regions in spite of the fact these entities do constitute substantial demographic factor, besides the crucial geopolitical position they command. The question, thus, is would it not be important to the unity of the country in the first place and reinforcing the EPRDF to become more coherent and representative? I would love your thoughts on this.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Ismail AA,

            PMAA in one of his talks to parliament was preparing everyone that the composition of parliament will be different.
            He used the Israeli Knesset as an example to explain that few of its members (Arab Israelis) disagree in the basic tenant of the state of Israel. He mentioned other places too.

            His thrust was, let the voices of the people be heard. He mentioned that there are a minority in Oromia who believe in the independence of Oromia, and they should be heard.
            Others with their own different programs can participate. He said, we EPRDF, have to convince the people to stay in the majority.
            In my opinion this is well and good, we will see in 2020.

            There was a tradition in Africa that must be broken, a tradition of minority or weak political parties that come in with a ready made excuse and complaint of a rigged system. It plays out in many parts of Africa, sort of insurance policy against defeat.

            You mentioned Somali, Afar and the part they play in the future. I am not sure, I hope Amde, Eyob or others can shade light on that particularly since the events of the recent past.
            One thing I know is they are believers in the federal system and the constitution. Long time ago, Meles believed that will happen.

            Mr. K.H

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Kim Hanna,

            First, gratitude is due for sparing time to comment on my questions. Inviting you kindly to refer you to comments I post to Admassie and Amde – reason for me to humbly ask to read them, I give high consideration to your modest and honesty that all you inputs reflect.

            On the approach Dr. Abij has been operating whether within the Oromo entity or on the national scene, it’s admirable because it is an attempt to persuade all stakeholders to come to a common threshold that could serve as departure point to meaningful debate about what could serve the country better. It’s clear his efforts have been increasingly hitting snags as the euphoria of his mercurial rise had released. I do not really now how the congresses of the components of the coalition he leads would shape up, besides the challenges he has been facing within his own ethnic constituency.

          • Amde

            Selam Gash Ismael,

            “The question, thus, is would it not be important to the unity of the country in the first place and reinforcing the EPRDF to become more coherent and representative? ”

            I am not ashamed to say the EPRDF system is an abomination. Any expansion will simply erode our dead parliament even more.

            Who are the people making decisions in the country within EPRDF? We don’t know – we get a roster of names.

            But did they get consent of the governed? Some are elected parliamentarians, some are so despised by the people they supposedly represent that they incite lynch mobs, most are faceless nameless functionaries.

            Adding the Afar and Somali “leading parties” as full members of necessity will in principle mean every “ethnic group’s” designated party will have to given equal voice

            At this point EPRDF is a sly tool to delegitimize the idea of one-man-one-vote. It gives significantly higher political weight to demographically smaller units at the expense of the larger.

            It also makes them ( EPRDF components) institutionally resistant to the democratic voice. But that is a different discussion.

            In sum, Saay has the perfect word for it. It is a franchise. It is a franchise of one party dictatorships/states.

            I expect TPLF to be out of EPRDF in six months to a year.

            Amde

          • Ismail AA

            Selam gashe Amde,

            Thank you for popping at it and answering the question I had posed. Actually, I raised the question after following the interesting discussion fellow forumers had, and at one stage the viability of the EPRDF at this stage of the transition was necessary. If you remember, we had in the past talked about the cruciality of central authority in multi-ethnic cultural nations involved in experiences of transition from undemocratic to democratic governance systems which becomes, more often than not, pass through ups and downs that could test national unity. As student of history that had been expose to rudimentary knowledge of Ethiopian history, I always not let an opportunity pass without reminding my Ethiopian interlocutors about what happened in the past when authority at the center had collapsed. You might consider this as residual worry on my part and could prove me stuck in the past while Ethiopia has gone quite a distance to nullify the possibilities of menace to its nationhood as it stands now.

            Having freely digressed this far, let me scribble a couple of points on the idea of one-person-one vote versus group or cluster vote as in the current EPRDF formula or way of governing. You thought that the huge number of small ethnic entities represented under that umbrella would count to an overwhelming forces that would minimize or diminish the role of the larger units even if perhaps the larger ones conglomerate themselves.

            If in current Ethiopia a process is chosen where one-person-one vote would settle the distribution of power and sharing of resources under the present level of democratic maturity, no balance and check mechanism would stop the larger entities imposing their will through mobilization of their ethnic bases. If this would happen, for the smaller units it would return to the old system of domination and marginalization which the smaller units would not so easily condone except through brute force.

            Moreover, there is no guarantee the larger units would coalesce into benevolent forces prepared to give up fair share of the advantages power and authority offers. I think it would be historic if Ethiopia would prove an exception in this regard. One example is to look at where one-man-vote had brought South Africa under ANC and the larger units that dominate it. The larger units vs smaller units matter would degenerate to mutual negation of the negation kind of struggle that could fuel instability of the country. It’s indeed it would be an interesting period in Ethiopian political history if the elites would shoulder responsibility and come up with instruments and mechanism that could balance the future governance system.

            In closing, allow me to comment on the issue of the Afar and Somali. I think Ethiopians should consider these two constituencies or components not for their demographic weigh but the weigh their geo-strategic position accords them. To put it in more understandable way, lose of Eritrea could have reinforced in the minds of Ethiopians useful lesson of how politics should operate when it concerns the interests of the Afars and the Somalis. Realization of this would free any Ethiopian authority at the center from the burden of relying on force which always ends up as futile waste of resources and time. I mean to say active or potential irredentism would be resolved better by accommodation than force. As a footnote, I add that I am not sure exit of the TPLF from the EPRDF sooner or later would be liability or an asset to the rest of the components in particular or the politics of the country.

          • Amde

            Selam Gash Ismael,

            I understand the concern about the large vs the small, but that is the reason why we have a second house of parliament. The whole point of the US Senate is providing a lopsided edge to the smaller federal units. But the crucial difference is that the Senators are democratically elected, whereas in the EPRDF system they are “elected”.

            We should stop treating EPRDF as if it is a constitutional organ. It is just a coalition of parties who practice uncontested hegemony in their designated region. At the end of the day, each of them give each other a free hand to do whatever they want in their region.

            When it comes to the country, it only works when one of The Sisters is the Boss-of-Bosses. Otherwise it is chaos.

            A pretty accurate description of what transpired over the last two three years is that each if The Sisters directly mobilized or indirectly encouraged mob rule to unseat the Boss. You would think in a supposedly structured coalition with rules and a parliament nobody – leave alone the members of the ruling coalition – feels they have to deploy mobs to effect political change. But here we are.

            I will quote you an Amharic twitter post from one of the most astute observers of the Ethiopian political scene, and for me it perfectly captures the path we have been. This was actually posted just yesterday I think in reference to all the discussion about what will happen re the “new” ADP/ODP/EPRDF/SEPDM..

            “Abiye Teklemariam Megenta
            @abiyetk
            አይዲዮሎጂውን ተዉት:: ኢሕአዴግ አሁን የዘውግ ልሂቃን የጥቅም ድርድር የሚያደርጉበትና ሞኒተር የሚደራረጉበት መድረክ ነው:: ጸሎቴ የባርጌይን አቅማቸውን ለማሳየት በየወሩ ጃንጃዊድ መጫወታቸውን አቁመው ትንሽ ጊዜ የሚያስኼድ ሚዛን እንዲያገኙ ነው::”

            TRANSLATION::
            “Forget the ideology. EPRDF is now a platform for ethnic elites to negotiate benefits and monitor each other. My prayer is that they will pause from displaying their bargaining power by playing Janjaweed every month, and find some balance that will allow them to proceed for a while.”

            This rings true to me. Sounds crazy I know but what is the point of internet anonymity otherwise?

            TPLF staying or leaving – I think if one watches the news from ODP (former OPDO) and ADP (former ANDM), who revamped their organization with a new generation, and compare TPLF which changed nothing as far as I can tell, and the defiant note coming out of Meqele, one has to feel certain this coalition has no legs. I actually think they are better off leaving EPRDF and livening up Parliament with real debates. They can do service to the democracy cause.

            My fear is they will be enticed to play the mob game as well – they have the money, arms and connections to do it at a national stage and make a mess of it.
            Playing the mob game is something they all know is happening. But it has to be done with finesse. Poor Abdi Illey, after thinking to himself he has figured it out, started a youth group called “Heego”. It was supposed to be a Qerro-ish thing, but it was too late (personally I think his fate was sealed when Abiy became PM.) In any case, imagine an Abdi Illey getting into EPRDF and becoming the swing vote. I shudder to think.

            These next couple of weeks will be quite consequential and it is worth watching closely.

            Amde

          • Admassie

            Selam Ismail AA,

            Yes, if it pulls out from the mess it has got in to itself, EPRDF is the viable organization that can still govern the country. I beleive what holds the four members together are their stand to maintain:

            1. The current FEDERAL structure of the political administration.
            2. The existing DEVELOPMENTAL STATE political economy.
            3. Their representation to the RURAL population and the poor
            4. The commitment to the revolutionary DMOCRACY.

            Having said the aboves, my opinion to your first question: EPRDF must open the space for all who act peacefully. We all need to face the challange of exercising democracy and learn from the process.

            Unfortunately it has its own heavy price correlated to the political maturity of our citizens and here we are paying it. We are in this turmoil because every one in all sides failed to act responsibly in the 2005 election. No one cared then that the infant DEMOCRCY will be safocated to death as long as each one gets the winning power. After a decade of stubbornness it brings us to the verge of collapse.

            This is how closing the political space costs us and ,therefore, opening is not an option but it is a must. I hope we all learn from that past mistake.

            This time there are also new powers in the house and as long as EPRDF stays at the center, the extremes could be a fringe voices on the two polars.

            On your second point: I think currently most of the political organizations in the rest regions, particularly, from the Somalie and Afar have similar stand as EPRDF. I believe having those organizations as part of the coalition strengthens EPRDF’s representation in the country.

            Though I do not know the exact reason what holds EPRDF back from admitting the organizations, their ideological and organizational discipline and strength could not be to the expectation of EPRDF.

            Admassie A.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Admassie A.,

            I think you have captured the crux of the matter when the cruciality of central authority is objectively weighed against the outward pulling centrifugal forces. A 100 million strong nation that houses more 150 nations, nationalities and socio-cultural groups passing through fluid historic transition to choose and develop sustainable and legitimate governance system need to think and re-think the about the determinant role the center has. This is where Ethiopia finds itself at the present after costly phases of its existence following the fall of the imperial authority that kept going through use of force. The current situation would be, in my view of course, susceptible to accommodation than opting for what democracy could provide or deny. The genie is out of the bottle as one of fellow commenters had put it just a day back. One of the givens politician should realize is that the rural voting constituencies can no more be ignored or manipulated. The EPRDF is probably more popular in those areas than the urban settlements.

            I agree with you 100% the election of 2005 was a litmus test to the elites which they had squandered. Dr. Berhanu Nega had won the mayorial post of the Capital and the opposition parties had won the majority of the urban constituencies. Had they accepted and proceeded to build on those gains, the next and controversial election would have let us read a different version of the history of the past decades.

            Moreover, I should add that as you have aptly stated, the democratic game was lost due to win-it-all or lose-it-all mindsets that pollute the political set ups of the so called developing countries of the world. As I remember, the Ethiopian opposition forces were advised not to undermine the gains they had booked, which they latter regretted for the damages and waste of time the post-Derg democratization process had suffered. Dr. Abij’s so far successful effort is persuading those who squandered the gains in 2005 back to the same process by inviting them to seek their chances in the election of 2020.

          • Admassie

            Selam Ismail AA,

            Your note “…the democratic game was lost due to win-it-all or lose-it-all mindsets …” is spot on. In addition, when we differ from our opponents, we tend to take the difference to the extent of hate and will not rest until we destroy the idea including the beholder.

            As long as we throw away this cynicism, killing the other, and provided that it is true to its reform on democracy and corruption, EPRDF is the one viable for now. With all its faults, it has the experience and potential to lead and push the countries development to the next level as well as to protect the country’s policy sovereignty.

            Other oppositions has a crucial task. Unlike the yesteryears, we must have a vibrant parliament that check the executive branch and make it accountable.

            Admassie A.

          • Selamat Gheteb itii zeymetkelawi,

            Case in point: When did you apply for Natuaralized Citizen of the USofA? When did you get it? What was the reason for your rush to do so at the time you did it?

            If you can honestly answere these quenstions, at least to yourself, then perhaps we both could be aid to one another on curing one anothers’ amnesia? If you answere honestly then you will also have your: “Hey, it is challenge and you need to raise up and offer your evidence here”
            Speaking of Capen Hall files and “Qeshi Amanuel” bonus questions are for you to recollect the WHO that replaced your democratically elected leadership position? Was it a fair discarding of you as persona non grata and subsequent isolate and frustrate tacticks they deployed? Does the sound of your drumbeat now sound a lot like the familiar PFDJist oriented folks back then? What happened man? Did you go through a labotomy? Any who good luck with your otomys and logies…

            tSAtSE

          • ‘Gheteb

            Tsatse, “The Principled”,

            It seems like you have not gotten the monkey off your back, so to speak. Here you are confusing that Amanuel with Awate Forum’s “Qeshi Amanuel”, the bona fide TPLF man of the ‘Falulite’ emanations. I guess you refer to him as your “Aya Amanuel”. “Qeshi Amanuel” refers to that and not to the other Amanuel who was to deliver a knock out punch that would have rendered you unconscious had it not been for my intervention. I guess that a thorough licking would have improved your memories which is failing you so badly these days.

            Quit making up stuff here and I don’t make my political views based on some persons stupid acts. If you need any reminder, I am much, much more bigger than that in the way I see things pertaining Eritrea.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Gheteb,

            Tsatse is in a fight with the pompous paper tiger, it seems tsatse knows this guy very well; because, his reaction to to tsatse comment proves it. I guess tsatse holds the file of Gheteb, thus I join tsatse and request Gheteb to answer honestly the questions put to him by tsatse.

            Gheteb upto now is unable to swallow that Isaias doesn’t need him any more. I guess he suffers from some kind of dullness and inferiority complex. When a persons denies realities on the ground, he is really in a critical health condition. If he is intelligent, he would have understood well the present politics in the Horn of Africa and specially in Eritrea. This is the time of gross idleness; the entire band from top to bottom fired from Isaias company limited. Like it or not, Mr. Gheteb, Isaias doesn’t need your service, You are out of service, ደስክልካ in Tigrinia to tell you openly in your face.

          • Paulos

            Aligaz,

            He is intelligent guy and it certainly defies logic when one sees others like him fail to utilize their mental faculty not only when they defend the indefensible but they travel extra mile to show their loyalty to the man at the helm as well.

            Just imagine, he doesn’t even hesitate to say there is Law on the land when people live and un-live in a snap of a finger when they disappear into the unknown. If there is, as Sal eloquently put it, it is Rule by Law not Rule of Law.

            I don’t pretend to be an expert in Law but the basics dictate that Law is anchored in fairness with impartiality for the presumed guilty as well. As such, irrespective the gravity of the presumed crime, one deserves a due process in Law where it is nonexistent in Isaias’ Eritrea.

        • Selamat Gheteb itii zeymetkelawi,

          ” or Qeshi Amannuel.” Haha you have not forgoten your tormentor post Binhamton at Buffalo. You are now on Qeshi ZztSAzga’s drummers ensamble. Sad!

          tSAtSE

          • Hope

            Selam GiTsatse:
            I would probably stay away from bringing up some old personal issues and history or stories rather..
            Just criticize,challenge and refute your X-Friend’s ideas.

    • Hope

      Selam Wed Ad,Prof Gheteb:
      I am yours all the time, beyond your FUN.Your arguments and analysis are to the point,besides being Professional,Intellectual and Factual–and based on scientific and historical facts.
      My only concern:
      Your avoidance of the other facts.
      Case in point,you shy away from addressing the hot issues and legitimate questions we Eritreans have had at hand…
      -The issue of :
      a)Constitution,Political Prisoners including that of Birhane Abrehe and the INNOCENT Teens like Ciham Ali Abdu
      b)the way the Peace Deal and the Agreements with Ethiopia are being handled and executed
      c)The National Service
      d)The Economy and Education System
      e)The current unregulated exodus
      Ect..
      I wish you were able to address them in a very diplomatic and fairly personalized way as some naive and crooked people here are considering you like a PFDJ insider,not just a Supporter or an “Apologist”.
      Ex:
      Saying like:
      “I sincerely sympathize with Min Abrehe and his concerns but I disagree with his approach or…
      I sympathize with Innocence Teens like Cihahm and other Political Prisoners and the Prisoners of Conscience and I am of the opinion that they deserve to be released unconditionally and/or to be brought to real Justice/to the Court of Justice at least to have their say.
      I agree that the economic Policy and the National Service should be re-evaluated and improved.
      I am of the opinion that all Agreements and Deals should be transparent and should involve the Stakeholders-in one way of another…at least the Cabinet should debate and discuss about those serious issues of Natural Security Interest.”
      Did you say the Pseduo -Secretary Gen of the PFDJ,Mr Al’Amin Mohammed Said protested against its own PFDJ/and its de facto Real Gen Secretary,PIA?Haox and fake news ?
      Granted,even if it a hoax news,don’t or wouldn’t you agree with Al’Amin Mohammed said if he protested legitimately against the One-Man-System?
      But,over all though,I admire,cherish and support you when you defend Eritrea,Eritreans and their National Security Interest….except when you try to defend the entity that should not be defended,when in fact that entity should have been and should be criticized.
      Just my naive opinion.
      With respect.

  • Hope

    Selam Haw Abinet:
    I will hand-deliver the list when I arrive there in person.

  • Dear Awate Formuers:
    A couple of things;
    1. Amnesty international has launched a global petition calling for the release of Ciham Ali Abdu. Please take few seconds of your time to sign the petition if you have not done already. Find the link here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/eritrea-where-is-ciham-ali/
    And please circulate the petition to your circle of friends, families, co-workers, community organisations, local representatives etc.

    2. I have translated Yirgalem Fiseha’s testimony of her six years solitary confinement in PFDJ dungeons for Pen Eritrea. (not an excellent translation that matches her poignant prose but it at least communicates the basic facts of her prison experience). Check the first part here: http://www.peneritrea.com/blog/few-days-in-my-six-years-detention-in-mai-serwa

    • saay7

      Samuel:

      Thanks. The CNN story actually humanizes her and tells her story instead of just the essential ones we understandably focus on: it tells the story of Ciham between birth and disappearance and not just arrest to present. This is what we tend to do (again understandably) about victims of IA regime: we chronicle their arrests but not their background story. This make it for easy for the excuse-makers to make excuses (ምኽንያት ተዘይህልዎም ኣይምኣሰርዋን etc.)

      Here’s the link to her story and her young girl ambitions complete with childhood pics:

      https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/09/28/africa/ciham-ali-ahmed-eritrea-prison/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

      saay

      • MS

        Selam SAAY
        I share the agony, too. We’ve been a complacent nation for too long. I personally am sorry for not giving the human cost more attention. Stay strong.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Ustaz Mahmoud,

          Last couple of weeks I have followed your contributions through the facebook and YouTube. But this short entry touched me because you reminded me of the something I uphold in life: error is not inevitable, but hubris not to correct an error is folly that exposes moral infirmity. ” I personally am sorry for not giving the human cost more attention”. These few words seem be conventional, but speak volumes.

        • saay7

          Mahmouday:

          Everybody has your own “Twgahmo” date: mine was June 19, 2000; yours might be later, somebody else might be earlier or much earlier, someone else might be some day in the future. So it’s all good. One of the least attractive qualities of our opposition is when we have talent that can contribute, we demand 100% Agreement with our views. How’s that possible? I don’t agree with myself 100% of the time.

          There is something raw and urgent and authentic about your videos which I am following. Keep it up. Don’t stop while you wait for perfection: just relay it. Also since you said “Isaias may die by slipping and falling on a banana”, I want to let you know I am encouraging Ecuador to improve its relations with Eritrea.

          saay

          • Natom Habom

            selam saay
            you ecuador to improve relation with eritrea ,
            so low in politic ,and call isayas a monster ,if you look to yourself what you become ,a real monster full of hate ,it s a gift to our people that you are far away from them ,eritrea the kind and generous dont need this kind of behavior ,all this just for what ? who do you represent in your so called fight ? you never fight in the field ,never contributed for that country ,you are just western breed puppet that think he is someone relevant in eritrean affair ,like in syria ,irak ,libya ,your kind are the tools that western want to bring for our doom

    • saay7

      Samuel:

      I forgot to add: the petition is not to “kbur President…” or “kbrti Justice Minister…” as that probably will turn off people into saying “what’s the point?” The petition is to the US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs who, in his testimony to the US Congress (Chairman Smiths subcommittee on Africa) said that any US normalization of relationship with the Ogre Isaias will be predicated on his improvement of human rights records. This petition reminds him of his words, and reminds him that as State Department official his priority should be advocating for citizens like her.

      So please, all, sign the petition and have everyone you know sign it.

      saay

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Saay,

        It is the “complacency” of Eritrean people to value the “land” more than the “people” that lead despot and his enablers to do the cruelest action, even sending children below ages to prison who are not at fault. We feel sorry for not securing her release till this day. We are with you and with the rest of the family in this painful time. Stay strong my friend.

        • Lamek

          Mr. Amanuel, I don’t think there is such complacency inside Eritrea. One can make a well researched argument that Eritreans in Eritrea versus Eritreans in the western world are completely different creatures when it comes to IA and PFDJ.

          The Ethiopian style resistance or like that of the Arab spring requires very meticulous and long planning to materialize. In Eritrea, it’s extremely difficult to organize the people because every attempt is crushed at it’s infancy. The opposition has utterly failed in communicating with Eritreans inside Eritrea. They just fall prey to every PFDJ new tactic and are almost always reactionary. It’s the opposition to blame, not the Eritrean people.

    • ‘Gheteb

      Hi Samuel,

      What is the goal here? Do you want to secure the release of those who are incarcerated or do you want to use their imprisonment to make a political hay or score some political brownie points here?

      I don’t think that this is a wise political move if the intent is to secure the release of the imprisoned. However, my sixth sense is telling me that this is yet another attempt of trying to cynically manipulate the sad affairs of the incarcerated in the pursuit of achieving a political goal.

      I don’t believe even for split second that such a move will expedite the release of Ciham Ali Abdu. My fear is that she will become a pawn in the political tussle that she has never acquiesced to nor has any part of.

      The anti-PFDJ camp as its praxis demands loves to piggyback and ride the coattails of others and that even includes the IMMISERATIONS of others. Sad!

      • Selamat Gheteb itii zeymetkelawi,

        nmeShaTTa zweredka Eidaga maEdo kndey geziomikha PFDJ negado?

        Sam sAm saM sam SaM sAM SAm SAM! Thank you for the links? done it DONE IT.

        tSAtSE

        • ‘Gheteb

          Tsatse, “The Principled”,

          You have ‘incredibly’ forgotten “The Capen Hall Files” and ” The Minnesota Ave. Documents”. Time to seriously search your ‘memory files and that is if you have any?

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Gheteb,

            It is a case about an elephant threats Tsatse. He reminds him of his files and documents. The question is: Can Tsatse challenge the elephant?

            Al-Arabi

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selamat ‘Gheteb,

        You said “I don’t think that this is a wise political move if the intent is to secure the release of the imprisoned.”

        I am genuinely curious. What else is there to be done? She has not been sentenced, so one cannot just sit and wait, there is no bail set, she has not been seen or heard from for 5+ years.

        How likely do you think it is that she would be released if her father volunteers to come back and face whatever punishment?

        In short, what are you thinking regarding Ciham?

        • Selam Fanti Ghana,

          More or less he is saying that the unfortunate young girl landed in prison by her own, may be blown by the wind, for which the regime is not responsible. Again, if she remains incarcerated incognito for 5 yrs, instead of the usual six months when one tries to cross the border illegally, still it is not due to political reasons, simply she is forgotten as so many others are.

          Who can believe when he says it is the other side, the anti-pfdjs camp that politicizes the incarceration of an innocent young girl who tried to leave the country as hundreds of thousands of eritreans have done before and after her. It is always the other side that wants to use it to achieve a political goal, and not the regime. I am not sure if even the regime itself will use this line of defense to absolve itself from such an indisputable and criminal breach of human rights.

          How can one deny that she is already a political pawn, in the hands of the regime, and the main reason she has been thrown in prison and forgotten. Unfortunately, he doesn’t tell the anti-pfdj side, what is the method to expedite her release. Maybe all eritreans should be pfdjists, and in this way they may soften the heart of the dictator.

          It seems as if he is saying that if you want the regime to be humane and compassionate, don’t bother it, but pray, fast and use some holy water, because, dia is the earthly god in eritrea, untouchable by mortals.

        • Hayat Adem

          Dear S Fanti,
          This Gheteb is boringly fiendish. I wouldn’t attach any good to his name.
          “.. if the intent is to secure the release of the imprisoned.”
          It is like he knows deep inside that a child is at the hand of a determined criminal threatening a knife on the neck of the child using her as an hostage material with zero regard for the victim’s life. The criminal demands the police surroubdibg him to back off or else he will end the life of the child. It is a moment, the police have to comply not aggravate the mood of the criminal until they have a safer plan in place. The weakness of the police here is that they want the child to get out of the siege safely. The strength of the criminal is he has an innocent life he can harm at will if push comes shove and he would not hesitate to go that path if what he asked is not met.
          What Gheteb is telling us without intending to do so is that IA is no better than a criminal hostaging a child. In that sense, he is downgrading the regime to a running away criminal status, a status worse than most of us are even ready to tag it to.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Samuel,

      Thank you for the link. Done, and will send to friends and families do the same thing.

    • Blink

      Dear Mr.Samuel
      .I wish the girl got released because she has done nothing and she should be released from prison and be with her mother . My question is , Why would AI call for the release of one minister girl while hundreds of thousands who are from poor families rotte in PFDJ prison, why not for all ? Ali Abdu was an abuser who abused many for many years and here AI and CNN shouting for one , why is she special? Because she is the minister girl or because her relative have the connection. I think PFDJ would better served if they release her and people like her because they have done nothing. Remember Ali Abdu is a monster enjoying his life in the western world who supposed to be locked in prison . His silence really is part of his abusive behavior that lived with him. Remember Ali Abdu was a Disco specialist and was laughing at the miserable life of Eritreans . The man is a monster who happens to be even have friends from UN who advocate for him.

      The truth.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Nitricc,

        She is not special but a symbol of others like her. AI did for Petrie Solomo, Aster Yohannes, there was one for Dawit Isaac.

        AI does to humanize when when have the information about the detained.

        Your call for Eritrea government to release is not sincere because she is innocent but because the government is being shamed and exposed and you think it’s not worth it.

        Leave her father out of her case, she has nothing to do with. He is in democratic country where if you have a case you can bring him to court.

        Berhe

        • Blink

          Dear Berhe
          Is that so ? I disagree . He is bring protected and sheilded for so kong that You think people will forget .
          His child is a payback but I just don’t understand the reason for holding her . Remember Ali Abdu is a coward who emboldened the dictator. It was not long ago he was dancing in Asmera disco house with small girls and after abandoning his party lifestyle with PFDJ he is like a prisoner in the west , have you ever seen talking or advancing the opposition views ? Have you ever also read the UN personality who wrote to Australia government for his asylum papers support? I have never ever seen a coward like Ali Abdu who is hiding from his crime .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            You are going to spend 24 hrs diverting the attention i.e. signing the petition, to implicate her father.

            If AI is doing because of her father, all power to him. That’s what every father suppose to do, protect his child.

            I know criminal organization held family members hostage to after the person they want to target. But not governments who suppose to enforce laws.

            By just told us the ERITREAN government is using children as “pay back”. Sure what can one expect from a criminal government.

            As I said, you have all the means to go after the father.

            Now let me go and sign the petition and I have said enough on this.

            I know you enough when you work on 24?hr shift, it’s because you know the government of IA is squeezed in someway.

            Berhe

          • Natom Habom

            selam blink
            I heard that she come in Eritrea legally ,and try to leave illegaly by crossing the border with document ,how s that make her innocent
            by the way I completely agree with you she must be release ,but the people here are the problem by politicizing the subject ,I dont think they want herbto be release ,they just want to used her for politic game ,I remember the daughter of the journalist dawit issac attacking her uncle for that kind of behavior .we dont know the real game for what is going on but in the middle someone is suffering and that is wrong .

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Salam Blink,

        Watch how this very sick guy thinks. He is entirely deprived of rational thinking. Man every person is responsible for his deeds. Secondly, underage children are not accounted even for their deeds.

        Man, speak about the brutals who abuse and incarcerate children if you a iota of sense. You really lack coherence.

  • Paulos

    Selam Sal,

    Where are you these days? We haven’t seen you on the Forum for a while. Hope all is well with you. Just to say that, the other day I was saying to myself why you don’t bring Ciham’s case to the attention of the major news channels as in CNN or BBC and glad to see that CNN has picked up her story. Good job brother! Be strong!

    • saay7

      Paulos:

      ኣቤት! Or as our Ethio friends say አቤት! (Have no idea what they save ኣ for.)

      Thanks for asking. Been doing a little of this (blog) and a little of that (outreach, networking.). But I have been reading the forum selectively.

      I am sure you read the report of the “extensive” (1/2 day) meeting the Cabinet of Ministers had. It turns out the new excuse for not having a country generations of Eritreans suffered for is called “integrated effort” to foil “internal and external attempts to reverse the new developments in the region.”

      1991-1997: for Gods sake, we are a new country!
      1998-2000: for Gods sake, we are in a state of war!
      2000-2018: we are in a state of no-war, no-peace!
      Now-Consolidation of AiA: we have to protect this fragile peace!

      Is there anymore any question that Isaias Afwerki has betrayed his comrades and the Eritrean people? Is this what Eritreans had in mind when they struggled for decades to bring about an independent, self-ruled country?

      saay

      • Paulos

        Selam Sal,

        Glad you’re well. Your energy is commendable and remarkable. God bless!

        I am kinda lost in the “integrated effort.” What does it even mean? Really. If you could please expound on that.

        When I read the ሃገራዊ ድሕነት thread laced with a naked threat, ኣኽሊሉ ዘርአ came to mind when he punctuated the day despotism came to the scene. Thing is, they say, ጭሕሚ ዓርክኻ ክላጸ ጭሕምኻ ማይ ልኸይ። Are they going to wait for the men in black till they make them disappear? Don’t get it!

        • saay7

          Ha Paulos:

          I know what you are thinking and a couple of sharp Eritreans tweeted that as well. That’s one possibility. Equally likely is the awkward English of shabait. One of the many mysteries of the terrible government is why, when it has so many able English speaking true believers, it insists on being mediocre.

          saay

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            Thanks. Hawelti is kinda mini-Gheteb as he seems to impress da boss with lofty and loaded vocabulary.

            Shifting…..Muhamuday is rockin! Not sure if you’ve seen his crisp videos where he finally is saying that the King is naked!

          • Kbrom

            Caro Dottore

            Here are more Shabait.com style english.

            Touching this wire causes instant death. $ 200 fine apply.

            Wash and vacuum senior citizens for 15$

            The following notice النساء فقط ، الرجال غير مسموح بهم

            is translated in Jeddah as follows

            special women just are not allowed to enter the men never

          • Paulos

            Come stai caro Kbrom, spero che tutto sia a posto.

            We’re all holding our breaths for the guy at the helm is holding tight all the cards close to his chest. We are reduced to the “Speculating People.” Shabait has gone not only generic and at times hard to get clauses and entries in a paragraph but one suspects if it is all by design al’a Orwellian as in doublespeak.

      • Kbrom

        Dear saay

        Long time no see, however I have been following your posts as always i really enjoy to read your thesis styled well researched articles including your post in Eritrea digest. . One of the point that I strongly want you to check is your prediction about AiA. Do you really think there is an intention of throning AiA. If yes I strongly call you to revisit your evaluation. AiA is considered by PIA himself as the most useless person in the earth. Just remember the cliche ‘money can buy bed but not sleep’, etc, Put everything when it is about AiA, money can not buy ears and eyes, can not buy personality, can not cure intellectual disability, brain, sense oh human being…

        So you ask me what was AiA doing with him and the answer is – managing the huge incoming MONEY.

        It is said nowadays full attention of PIA is the warrant of his families future; this involves money. *Hagos Kisha is discarded now. It is said the money from both MbS and MbZ given to PIA has reached close to one billion. The more money flow, the more PIA is thinking about his family future, the more personal control he needs. PIA has assigned a certain Sudanes by a name Dr Awad to manage his property and financial accounts . This man is working with AiA, in fact last week PIA instructed him and his son to convert the cash into diamond and gold. Both Dr Awad and AiA are traveling to central and West Africa to buy diamond and gold.

        Another Berhane but the same Ministry of Finance, the current Minister of Finance Berhane Habtemariam is one of the ministers who is openly calling to challenge PIA. Behane is almost frozen after PIA ordered him to hand over the department of budget to Amin Hassen, department of treasury to a certain Ambassajer. This fallout came after the security forces reported to PIA that Berhane is openly criticising him saying that there is a shadow ministry of finance in president’s office – dejavu?.

        *Speaking about Kisha, he is reported to have said that it seems it is time to think about our family’s future.

        • saay7

          Selamat Kbrom:

          Welcome back buddy. Kbrom is back, MS is back and wait I am told I was gone so I guess welcome back to me.

          On AiA, I do not disagree with you that his reputation is that of a dim bulb (at least judging academically) but the question is: what other IAs other options to ensure that his grand kids are not going to meet the fate of 12% of Eritreans: exiled, die trying to go to exile or worse (from a hard core Abyssinian like him) live in Gulf Arab State?

          It is to prepare the kid for power. But, you say, the alligators may have been frightened while the alligator tamer was around: the minute he is gone, they will assert themselves. What if he can make sure to empower even bigger alligators (the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, with their base in Asab and Massawa)? The more I think about it, that extremely unusual video of Isaias hosting Abiy at his house (pretty sure not a single one of the Eritrean alligators has been invited there), with another unusual sight (AIA with mommy and daddy) was to: (a) let the MbSomething of UAE and Saudi Arabia that he has successor to the heir (MashaAllah, the oldest is a boy not a girl? mashaAllah!) and (b) to let the alligators know his son has a protector in Abiy. Abiy played the part of the humble protector perfectly.

          It doesn’t mean it will succeed; I am saying that’s the plan because all other alternatives present much biggest risk to his family and the loot (which dwarfs whatever the TPLF stole.)

          saay

  • Paulos

    Selam Now Inc,

    I don’t remember ዘይቲ ፓስተ፣ I remember ብርዮሽ for they were not only popular but people would usually have them with ካፑቺኖ።

    • Haile S.

      Hi Paul,
      Sorry, who would call Brioche ብርዮሽ? We use to call it ጭሕሚ ዓንተር, no?
      My grandpa, a highly respected priest use to call all caramella, ሽኳር. His favourites were ሽኳር and the sugar that remains on the bottom of coffee cup.

      • Paulos

        Selam Hailat,

        I think ጭሕሚ ዓንተር is different. It is a fried dough where they roll it over sugar till enough sugar sticks on. ብርዮሽ is kinda doughnut with a yellow creamy stripe on top.

        • Haile S.

          Hi Paul,
          I think all are variety of brioche, but you are right we applied it to those glossy once.

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            As you know, sugar was consumed big including by the adults and the elderly as well. Come to think of it, people didn’t seem to bother about diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Not sure why not.

          • Haile S.

            Paul,
            We are talking of few decades ago. At that time no one would bother of such health issues. In fact people’s perception of diabetes and asthma was as being diseases of the rich. When a poor had difficult respiration l, he thinks about cold and ሶዓል or ጠቢብ ሒዙኒ ይሓንቀኒ ኣሎ, but a rich would think እዛ ኣዝማ ክትጅምረኒ ደልያ.

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            You’re right. It was all ጠቢብ thingy and ዓንደሮቦ as well.

            As it happened, Type I diabetes is mostly prevalent in the Scandinavian countries where Finland has the highest followed by Sweden. There is an interesting theory why that is the case in that particular part of the world. In a sense, one can make the argument that, Type I is less prevalent in the tropics including in Eritrea.

  • Paulos

    ገርግስ/ገርግሽ,

    Sure thing brother, sure thing. We sit tight and watch for time is the ultimate judge.

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  • Reclaim Abyssinia

    Hello to Everyone,

    “…. President Isaias underlined on the need of integrated effort to confront any internal or external attempt to reverse the new developments emerging in the region.”

    Following that announcement, Does the president (IA) make any call to support the new change internally and externally at all, Like Abiy? Will, he ever does that? If not, I don’t think he will be able to hold on to the power as he did and move forward with the big picture of Abiy.

    Abiy mentioned that any change from Eritrea side can only be done by cooperation there will not be any other way! Which means there will always be some kind of pressure on him for improvement, I some how think some change will come slowly without any announcement. The same as like the opening of the boarder for the people to leave to Ethiopia
    This is a little “Getem” from me, for those who understand Amahric.

    ዘረ ቢሣ ዘረ አልባ

    የሁለት ጎሣ ዲቃላ

    አትሸወድ አትገዛ

    ቀበቶህን እንዳትፈታ::

    አያ ቂሎ ሞኛ ሞኞ

    መስሎት ነብር ወንድሞቹ

    ሲመቻቸው ከኤርትራዊ

    ሲከብዳቸው ከኢትዮዽያዊ:

    ወንድ መስለው ሢያቅራሩ

    ሒርግ-ሒጎን ሲደፍሩ:

    ቃልኪዳን ፈረሰ

    ንግሥተ-ሣባዊ እየተግበሰበሰ

    ትንሣኤውም ደረሰ

    Adulis ታሪኩን እያሰመለሰ

    ባሕረ ነጋሽ እየነገሰ:

    አይ የኔ ፈንታ የኔ ዕጣ

    ቁጭ ብዪ; ባሕሬ ሊመጣ?

    Thanks, RA

    • Kokhob Selam

      Yep RA,

      Thank you,,

      Why not in Jebena page?

      Everything will be okay. Think about what happened a year ago today. You probably can’t even remember. Some things that seem important now, won’t be in the future. Stay calm about it. Things always work out. Your life can suddenly change for the better. Nothing is impossible.

      KS,

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; today i am here to give Kaddis his props! as soon as the bombing of In Addis rally in support of PMAA, many of us excluding the usual TPLF junkies on this forum, including yours truly blamed TPLF for the bombing. The lone person who said not too fast ” this bombing can be carry out by different entity knowing TPLF will be implicated to the bombing” Sure enough Kaddis: you are absolutely right. It turns out, one of the Oromo organaztion is responsible for the bombing. What i don’t get is, Abiy and Lemma are Oromo and why an Oromo organization wants to kill an Oromo leader? I am having a second thought about the Oromos. Reading the five Oromo organizations press conference, i never though people like Bekele Gerba, a political science professor at University level can be that stupid and irresponsible. Anyway, I think Ethiopians are screwed, what do the Oromo want? Anyway i wish you the best. I am just here to give the credite Kaddis earned. Sir, you were right.

    • Paulos

      Nitrikay,

      Isaias sees Oromia as Eastern Sudan. And remember, OLF lived in Eritrea as in forever where Isaias invested so much on them. The rest is either you get scr*wed over or you swim faster than the tide. He can not do that in Tigrai when the rest of Ethiopia is reduced into pawn politics. Pay attention!

    • Aligaz G

      Nitricc,

      You might enjoy this by Kenneth Koch titled

      …One train may hide another (sign at a railroad crossing in Kenya)

      In a poem, one line may hide another line,
      As at a crossing, one train may hide another train.
      That is, if you are waiting to cross
      The tracks, wait to do it for one moment at
      Least after the first train is gone. And so when you read
      Wait until you have read the next line–
      Then it is safe to go on reading.
      In a family one sister may conceal another,
      So, when you are courting, it’s best to have them all in view …

      So Nitricc wait another 5 minutes because there just might be another sister

      cheers

    • Selam Nitricc,

      What we saw happening in addis and its surroundings and the denial by some extremist oromo leaders of the crime against minorities, and the declaration by the five amigos that addis ababa is an oromo city inhabited by illegal settlers, are the continuation of the attempt on the life of PMAA.

      It did not settle well with some extremist oromos that there are some of them who speak about ethiopian unity, the ethiopianness of oromos, etc., and he should be removed before he does irreversible damage to their power dream in an independent oromia. They even dared to wear the garb of a democrat and they came officially with a fanfare as if to support the change they did not believe in, and wanted to undermine. They are so dumb that they soon exposed themselves, and all ethiopians except the extremists are against them.

      We did not know they are so narrow-minded and foolish that we were beating around the bush to find out the culprits. University professor? There are people who are never really educated despite their title. They remain dumb, because of their selfish ulterior motives.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Nitricc,

      I recognize your paranoia has shifted from Eritrean ethnic groups, the tplf to Oromo. You are unstable, you are in trance. The people you endeavor to confront are way too big; you are a runt in front of them. Man, try to learn how to co-exist. Truly, you have proven that you are extremely immoderate and severely sick person. I hope the forum has recognized your insecure condition Good luck for your new errand that will ensue total crush and evaporation of extremism in you and your likes.

    • Kaddis

      Hi Nitric,

      The Ethiopian politics, also Eritrean to some extent, is predictable although a bit complicated.

      As expected OLF has a discipline issue as many African rebel groups and probably a faction on the loose.

      Add that to the three years local administration crippling struggle, minorities are at risk. You don’t need to take side on the regional elites competition and at times cooperation.
      It’s what the federalism is all about.
      Cheers,

    • Mez

      Good day Nitricc,

      Assuming that this attempt is by olf, an avalanche of additional questions would follow:

      1) who decided this at the highest level of the organization,
      2) who are the enabling countries with a full knowledge of it,
      3) why is that the pia didn’t intervene–lack of knowledge or will…

      Dear General, could you comment on this?

      Thanks

  • haileTG

    Hello Awatista,

    In a gathering of 15 individuals that was dubbed meeting of “cabinet of Ministers”, IA has yet again shown his hopeless incompetency and failure by using such a podium to issue threats before even congratulating the the protagonists of peace process for the turn of events.

    Regarding the existing internal situation and challenges encountered, President Isaias underlined on the need of integrated effort to confront any internal or external attempt to reverse the new developments emerging in the region.

    Of course, there was no explicit reference to his deafening drums of Final and Binding border demarcation. No reference to the indefinite national service, no reference to constitution or rule of law and no mention of the tens of thousands in jail for no crimes in over 350 haunted incarceration centers.

    Even the so called ministers were not all present and in a typical manner, their voices were deleted from the reportage. As always they were shown as lifeless, tired, gesturing their hands and appearing to listen with an empty gaze and demoralized. Few key individuals were missing too.

    Despite IA’s poor at attempt to skirt the prevailing situation as business as usual, the whole spectacle is nothing but the opposite.

    • Paulos

      HaileTG,

      I think all are present. No?

      • haileTG

        Haha Paulosay… Abraham is missing:)

        • Paulos

          HaileTG,

          It is anybody’s guess who the fall-guy[s] is going to be as the birth of despotism re-emerges.

          • haileTG

            Yeah Paulos, the only problem now is that the “fall-guys” have been helping when the previous fall-guys were put on the chopping board. They can only run or get chopped now.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam HaileTG,
            The informal MOI fb page “hagerawi dihnet” is stating that the president said he will now focus on internal issues and on those who used their power to steel and abuse. He hints some may flee or attempt to flee. I guess the ax is going to fall on some of the loyalists.

          • Paulos

            ሰላም ክብርቲ ሓፍተይ,

            If he in fact said it verbatim as HD put it, I can only imagine if the Cabinet members were sweating like there is no tomorrow for there was no guarantee for their safety including that very same day where any of them could’ve ended up anywhere but home.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo and all,

            Just for reflection, see when Saddam purged his party members in dramatic meeting and how he installed fear and total control.

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kLUktJbp2Ug

            I think this may have to do with Berhane’s books.

            Berhe

          • haileTG

            Selamat Abrehet,
            IMO IA is more afraid than the fear he is trying to instill. Any dictatorship must have an imaginary enemy to sell to the people. In other words, it is not possible to maintain dictatorship without imaginary enemy. The instant the dictator has no threat to dangle, his followers would veer to making demand. So, the fb page and the statement coming from the regime is in line with normal practice of a despot. If he really fancy himself as fighting malpractice, how about starting with Tekle Manjus the known human smuggler and suspected dealer in organ harvesting, arms trade and drugs.

  • Abraham H.

    Dear Awatistas, the nominal cabinet of ministers of the pfdj regime had a meeting today about the recent developments. One paragraph from the shabait website about the meeting reads:

    “Regarding the existing internal situation and challenges encountered, President Isaias underlined on the need of integrated effort to confront any internal or external attempt to reverse the new developments emerging in the region.”

    What is this meant to be? Is there any internal campaign against the new developments in the region, apart from that of minister Berhane Abrehe, for example; or are they just putting this to justify their action against Berhane Abrehe? It seems the regime is finally feeling the heat from change seeking Eritreans within the country and abroad, as well as the voices that have been criticising its untransparent dealings with neighboring countries. And what does it mean when the regime says, ‘need of integrated effort’?

    • Paulos

      Selam Abraham,

      Even if he says something to mean remotely significant, he is preaching to the choir so to speak. One would take it as something worth paying attention to if he was directly addressing the people.

      • Abrehet Yosief

        Selam Paulos,
        And the cabinet ministers asked “baba caramela amtiskalna kab jedah?”

        • Paulos

          ሓፍተይ,

          I suspect you grew up in Asmara and do you remember ደስታ ካራሜላ or ሌካሌካ?

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Paulos,
            I remember cicero and menta!

          • Paulos

            ሰላም ክብርቲ ሓፍተይ,

            I remember ቺቸሮ and ሜንታ as well. Its kinda funny ቺቸሮ didn’t have cover and we hardly got sick for any one would touch them either with bare hands or were open to the air. And they were pretty cheap too.

    • Consolation

      Hello Friend,

      My take is that he us speaking of internal and external to the region. Integrated effort speaks about regional efforts. So the question is who is likely to oppose the new developments? Internally, I would take the Weyane to be at the top. Extgernally, well, all those who oppose peace and who promote conflict.

    • David Samson

      Selam Abe,
      The meeting was all about loyalty test. I am delighted to announce that all ministers–without real portfolios– have passed their test with flying colours. They can now get on with the rest of their lives.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All What ever happened to Kbrom? He had some juicy gossips to add to your hallucinations and preposterousness.

    • Blink

      Dear Nitricc
      Kibrom , ahm , who knows if he is one of these with new nickname. I mean he can no longer use Kibrom as his hallucinations become zero and his head office of timetable for the Egyptians military become not true . Oh don’t even start the C-130 big air plane landing in sawa .

    • Fanti Ghana

      Selamat Gen. Nitricc,

      In the future, it is okay to admit that you miss Kibrom. Today, I will rephrase it for you.

      Hello Kibrom Anbesa! This is your brother Nitricc. Where are you these days? I really miss you and your well informed opinions. I hope you are okay, and please, come back soon.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Fanti,

        GeTimkayo aleKa. He wants him to give him inside information from the ministers meeting.

        BTW, how come you and Blink never fight:).
        Is this birds of the same feather thing …

        Berhe

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Berhe Y,

          We deki Barentu never fight with one another. Although blink is from a little up north from there, they breathe our air, and therefore, we have the same traits.

        • Blink

          Dear Berhe

          First, Fanti is a nice person plus good Eritrean and overall he is a guy with a golden rule for peace, so that’s why.

          Did you know what happens to evidence when the case doesn’t go to trail ? Ask any lawyer practitioner around. Damn people that’s why we have machine toothbrushes that can be used for 2 minuets efficiency at 90% and with manual hand tooth brush it takes 3 minuets and efficiency at 60% imagine what kind of hand these corrupt mind have.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            I meant Blink and Nutricc.

            Berhe

      • Nitricc

        Your Fitness; hahahahaha; this ” Hello Kibrom Anbesa! This is your brother Nitricc. Where are you these days? I really miss you and your well informed opinions.” I demand your sentence to be amended to ” Hello Kibrom Anbesa! This is your brother Nitricc. Where are you these days? I really miss you and your “well organized gossipy” hahahahaha.

    • Paulos

      Nitrikay,

      Kibrom remains spot on as Hagerawi D’hnet attests to that effect. Isaias has already started finger pointing. Read today’s Hagerawi D’hnet Facebook.

      • Nitricc

        Hey P; As long as people leave the country in doves; don’t expect any meaningful change. This situation was a prime time to apply the pressure on the governmnet but for freaking reason, people are leaving. I understand, when people are closed off for so long and the minute they are freed, i get that but this is depressing. Governments never change on their own but by people’s pressure. When the people leave so does the pressure. Having said that it is high time for the Eritrean government to do some change.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Nitricc.

          What a great time for peace !!! I am exited to read the above from you…

          KS,,

  • Blink

    Dear Hope
    Remember saay was quoting from the Book line after line but what they find out inside the book is simply beyond their own conclusions. Do you know what the book has to say about Ethiopia and TPLF in general .

  • Consolation

    Hello Nowinc

    oldinc Weyane may be replaced by newinc weyane but the writing is still the same. It spells GAME OVER. The only question is if Tigray itself is dead.

    For the past 27 years, they have been in the driving seat. Tigray was get That is now history. They are 6% and as such entitleing up to 25% of Ethiopia’s budget, equal with Oromia. That is history now. They are 6% of the dpeople of Ethiopia and as such entitled to just that. Does anyone think that Tigray will survive with that? So what do you thinkTigrayans will do the the daytime hayenas? There are already gathering storms. People are openly balaming t he thieves. Tigray is now a dirty word in Ethiopia and it will be a long time before Ethiopians forgive or forget.

    • Semere Tesfai

      Selam Consolation

      “For the past 27 years, Tigreans were getting up to 25% of Ethiopia’s budget, equal with Oromia. That is now history. So what do you think Tigrayans will say(do) now?”

      They will say the obvious: የሕዋት ኢና። And chances are, we will believe them. Again!!

      Semere Tesfai

  • Fanti Ghana

    Selamat Abisha,

    ወትውተህ ወትውተህ ልታናግረኝ ነው!

    You see, I was barely 14 when I found my self-surrounded with more than a dozen young Eritrean beautifies picking cotton in Aligider area. Although men and women work in separate fields by tradition, I was allowed to hang out with them because I was too young to be an issue. Those six months were practically heavenly and I have never been the same since. Thunderstruck, if you will. Now, you be the judge!

    • Abi

      Fantastic
      አይ ከንፈር መምጠጥ ሳታውቅበት!
      አይ ስታስተዛዝን!
      Its all good St Fantish.

    • Selam Fanti Ghana,

      On a different note, I think that the milestone development of the the tplf conference in meqele will be that at least 50% of senior officials will be replaced by younger politicians. Is that so, i am not sure. In addition, jawar mohammed seems to be in meqele to address the conference and maybe meqele university students as well. Somebody was saying that Dr. Debretsion had said that he will shoot down the airplane that carries jawar. Moreover, tplf seems ready to support the peace deal with eritrea. Do you expect to see major changes in the party?

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selam Horizon,

        I am sure the shooting down Jawar carrying plane is a made up staff, but yes, the changes in TPLF are going to be extensive and when added to the changes in ODP and ANDM too, we should expect a well organized and staffed EPRDF very soon.

        Rumors aside, TPLF’s support of the peace with Eritrea was never an issue. In fact, TPLF is supposed to have initiated it within EPRDF more than a year ago to begin with. Some people may have mistaken the nature of disagreements within EPRDF sister organizations and made a mountain out of it, but things are not as they seem looking outside in.

        There was a talk about EPRDF becoming a single front or similar repositioning by including other political parties, but it may depend on how much other organizations cooperate. All in all, we will come out of this much better and safer because I believe the worst is over.

  • Paulos

    Alex,

    Think again!

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam Hope,

    Tigrai TV has a reason for not reporting. The question should be: Why are the other Ethiopian TVs not reporting it? May be, they don’t want to spoil the honeymoon of Dr. Medemer and his bride.

  • Kaddis

    Hope,
    They don’t report why government subsidised commodities are being sold in a neighboring country (currency) as well. Very alarming how much trust you have on a gov media.
    Abi’s honeymoon then war cycle loading?

    • David Samson

      Selam Kaddis,

      You are right! We are on the dark. There are no critical views left. All the diasporas’ Opposition seemed to have joined the ‘Medemer’s party. Even the BBC regurgitates whatever has been reported in state media. God forbidding, the next major news we might hear is that there are some disagreements between the two countries and are heading for confrontations.

      • Kaddis

        Hi David,
        “Friendships and macaroni are best when they’re warm.” yelal Guragé 🙂
        I’m hopeful the regrouped tplf and a settled fed gov, the parliament will manage it with care
        Cheers,

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Kaddis,

      You don’t think Ethiopia is getting a fair deal overall?

      War is just a loaded word? What would be justification ? Few quintals of Berber and Teff?

      How is that those commodities subsidized ?

      Berhe

      • Kaddis

        Hi Berhe,
        I’m very happy for whatever that makes easy the life of both people. Both communities deserve the break. My fear is if the unregulated trade is part of the unregulated political agreements (no parliament review in Ethiopia) and the awkwardness of the every week gulf trips etc..a topic for another time
        .yes, wheat,sugar and edible oils are subsidised here..

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Kaddis,

          Good point. Indeed “unregulated trade and unregulated political agreements” by legitimate parliaments are worrisome. The most worrisome for Ethiopians should be when your government made trade agreements with unruled despot who dismantled the third pillar of government “the legislative body”. It was such kind of agreements that eventually lead us to a senseless war. History is always a reminder.

        • Blink

          Dear Kaddis
          Just for people to understand the point you are trying to make . How much edible oil do you think the Ethiopian market can supply to Eritrea ? Second how is that a malisian company price different to Red Sea corporation and to Ethiopian importers of oil ? And how much do the Ethiopian government subsidies these commodities? Many questions that can determine your point. The fact must be said here sugar is traded in London and American stock exchange and there are two types of sugar on the market , Eritrea imports two types and most of them are imported from Brazil and there is no sugar trade between Eritrea and Ethiopia on the border that can be seen on the eyes of state level not even on city market. The only material that can be beneficial to Eritrea are two things 1. Cement 2. Tendino and chilli Berbere , geso , teff ( optional) and another things . The fact is this unregulated market is just not in big scale and it will remain a lose to Ethiopian traders as the price will lead to negative accounting. Remember Ethiopia is going to save a big money by using Massawa port.

          • Kaddis

            Hi Blink,
            Geso sounds funny and me is a “maciato’ generation 🙂
            Assab port and Eritrea is not an economical decision. You should know by now it’s a desperate enemy neutralisation decision. That’s why it’s not regulated. We are just reminding all it needs to be started

          • Blink

            Dear Kaddis
            Yes , gesso is a weird thing but what can I say , I heard someone mentioning it . Asseb , come on the enemy neutralization thing is not true not even a thing . You know Abiy is a blessing to DIA and you know that. It is everything about economic issues, security has nothing to do with it. I heard Ethiopia will finance some sort of port project in Eritrea and get paid with the Service and for sure PFDJ. Companies will zoom in to Ethiopian markets as we all know. The TPLF old teeth are scratching their forehead just like the cat .

            Eritrean electronic traders are shipping big volume to Tigray and most Ethiopian traders at this hour like the man from Gojam or Jima are not getting big margin for their trade . It is just as Fanti said , celebration mood . Eritreans are refusing to exchange Nakfa at a rate of 1 to 1:35 against birr because they can not get the dollar below 15 nakfa against dollar and I believe these 3 days tarde is slowing down except for cement and Some other building materials.

  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam Everyone,
    We shouldn’t forget the main topic in this page. ARAHA.org has launched a fund raiser to assist with the current emergency. Please donate. I find them very professional and reliable.

    • Paulos

      Selam Abrehet,

      Thank you for the info. God bless!

  • Paulos

    The Lazarus effect? They sure didn’t look dead and buried to me when I watched the opening ceremony of the 13th Congress of the Game-Over land. The message delivered by representatives of political parties and members of EPRDF in fact resonates with the usual narrative where the Game-Overs are still in control of the steering wheel. As Sal would put it, something must give!

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Paulos, isn’t it mind boggling,, the ‘dead organization’ is holding its 13th Congress, while the ‘living one’, hgdef, which in fact, aided the tplf during its early years, had only 3 Congresses in its almost half a century existence. When was the last time the living dead pfdj central council had a meeting, 17 years ago, I guess. DIA is soon going to game-over his blind followers by disbanding pfdj and declaring a DIA dynasty, we are already seeying some signs with the appearance of his son in official gov meetings. When DIA, in 2014 could just discard a constitution which was the result of three years of hard work and extensive deliberations, just in a single sentence, declaring it as a stillborn document, (while getting applaud form his worshippers for job well-done), what is going to stop him from doing the same to the hollow pfdj org?

      • haileTG

        Hey Abraham,

        We may ask under whose watch is this happening? Putting aside Semere Tesfai’s tuta tuta… a nation’s armed forces are there to defend the country, people and constitution under the flag. Yet our army leaders are compromised to the core by banditry, criminality and common mischeif. How on earth can they claim national identity like Filipos was saying the other day when he himself is looting the nation to the bone…leaving it to be in name only!

        • Abraham H.

          Selam Haile TG, these highest ranking edf officials who have real power are just the servants of the dictator. For them Eritrean nationalism means unbridled loyalty to their master DIA. I really don’t know whether it has to do with that most of these generals, in fact, are illiterate, that they do not have any education that could have helped them see nationhood, rule of law, justice, etc, from other perspective. In exchange for their service, they get impunity from crimes and some crumbs thrown at them from the dictator’s spoils. Most of them with real power within the military and security have been nurtured by the dictator himself through the struggle era with the sole purpose of serving him without questions asked.

      • Paulos

        Selam Abraham,

        I absolutely agree. The guy got nothing to show for. A Swedish reporter from the border remarked when she said, “Eritrea can be emptied of people of working age.” Not sure if one should read that as “…can be emptied of revolting age” so that one can make sense of Isaias’ sinister motive where the blame is still on the Weyanes when they are said to be done and dealt with. It is just extraordinary to say the least.

    • Consolation

      Hello Sir,

      Funerals can get to be very spectacular, you know. I am not normally a betting operson, but I will bet that this 13’th meeting is the last of the Weyane, The drip drip effect of the crimes that these goons have committed in Ethiopia over the past 27 years will finish them. There is a great deal fo scandal that is coming, dottore.

      • Paulos

        Consolation,

        We will see!

      • haileTG

        Consolations bro! 😞

  • Selam Hope,

    I was impressed by an ethiopian merchant who said in a video i watched, that he came all the way from gojjam, (KS’s other love), and that prices are good for the time being, but they are following rapidly and soon they will be forced to trade at a loss.

    This shows that the people are driven out of the country due to the political uncertainty rather than anything else, for which the regime is responsible. It has done nothing up to now to show the people that it is not the same regime that enslaved them.

    This brings to mind what some eritreans say, that “the emperor wanted the land and not the people”. I am not sure if the real thing is happening now, before our own eyes.

    • Saleh Johar

      Horizon,
      Thank you for understanding our predicament. A little empathy goes a long way. As for the regime, it cannot “show the people that it is not the same regime that enslaved them” because it is. What is that they say about the Tiger and its spots…?

      Thank you again

    • Fanti Ghana

      Selam Horizon,

      I laughed my heart out when the merchant from Gojjam explained what he admired about Eritrea the most.

      “There are absolutely no thieves here, we are carrying a bag full of Nakfa, we are in the middle of nowhere, but there is no thief. I really admire that.”

      • haileTG

        Haha Fanti,

        I wonder what those watching in Gojam would say: “endiet yhonal..Eritrea endalech serqewat yele endie?”…😃

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Fanti,

        I am told that I am slow. What is the reason you “laughed your heart out” about his comment?

        I am asking in relation to what dr. Berhanu said, moral campass and all, if it affects Eritrea as well.

        Berhe

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Berhe Y,

          Well, have you seen the video? It is the way he said it mostly, but it just surprised me how common stealing or the threat of it would have to be in the place he was contrasting Eritrea with.

          Although I wouldn’t assume that he meant compared to Gojjam, he could have been thinking of Addis Ababa for all we know, but he had a smirk which looked like a reaction of an embarrassment to me.

          “Oh my God, my country is full of thieves” is what made me laugh.

          • Selam Fanti Ghana,

            Are there thieves in NK? The most logical answer is, very few of them.

            In a country like eritrea where people rot in prison for doing nothing, let alone for doing something illegal, where the regime is the law and constitution of the land, and where 1 in 5 is a spy, can anybody dare to steal or do something illegal? Is there a chance one can get away with it?

            I was asking myself, is it possible to say, people dare to be illegal, because they feel more free and they do not expect major consequences? Odd, nevertheless, this could be true to a certain extent. In dictatorial regime one feels unsafe because of the authoritarian government, and not from other members of society, as in democratic countries.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Horizon,

            You’re right. Theft related crimes in countries run with an iron fist is rare. As Hameed Al-Arabi would say, the thieving is reserved for the authorities in those regimes!

            However, Eritreans are relatively very decent. I recall very rare talks about pick pocketing here and there in Asmara when I was young but I don’t recall as many burglary or petty theft as much as when I was in other cities.

            PS:

            Let’s wait for Dr. Paulos for information regarding bar brawl in Eritrea.

          • Selam Fanti Ghana,

            Addis is a melting pot, where all the children of ethiopia are gathered and live together, each one with his/her unique character. Addis is a city of hustlers. This is one of the reasons that the declaration of the five oromo political parties could not be more foolish and idiotic, that addis is an oromo city, and more or less the 4mn dwellers are illegal settlers.

            I remember two cases. I was driving through merkato, and i had my car stopped at that moment, because of too many pedestrians, when an old woman came and fell in front of my car. Two or three people came and each one of them was shouting, “he killed my mother”, and they were even quarreling over whose mother she is. I locked the car doors and waited. Fortunately, a policeman came and advised me. Give her some money and go home, because they do it to everybody. Otherwise, i will spend the whole day with both of you. You should not come through this road again.

            The other one was again in mercato. As i was sitting in my car, a young, about ten years old kid approached me to sell a small tree in a flower pot he was carrying with him. I told him to go away, and yet he was insisting and becoming a nuisance. At last when i gave him the money, much more to get rid of him, i saw him running away like hell. Fortunately, it was not the times when people were scared of bombs. Nevertheless, i couldn’t understand. I was going nuts out of curiosity trying to explain, when i saw the small tree starting to lean over to one side. I tried to correct it when it came in to my hand. It had no roots.

            This is the beauty of addis, if you can call it as such. I still remember sometimes and laugh. Their ingenuity for survival is unthinkable by ordinary folks.

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Horizon,

            Driving in Ethiopia you should never ever hit or be hit by a pedestrian be it human or animal. Because it immediately turns into a major class warfare issue. Just because you have a car does that mean you can kill us and on and on. If you have any choice in the matter hit a tree or a pole otherwise hit another car and then immediately jump out and start claiming damage. You may even want to preemptively punch yourself in the face before climbing out because basically you are screwed.

          • David Samson

            Selam Fanti,

            Pick pocketing in Asmara was mostly concentrated in Shuk, particularly in MayAbaSahwl area

          • Paulos

            Selam Fantination,

            Caption of the Depression era of the 20s reads, “Spare a dime fella?” And the fella responds back when he said, “Was gonna ask you the same.” Decency is Eritreans’ signature among other virtues but one can miss the point if lack of thievery is taken for abundance in affluence. Something else lurks beneath the semblance.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Fanti, I would also say that, generally speaking, the crime level in Eritrea is very low when compared to other countries, near and far. This, in my view, is one of the best assets of our society despite all the hardship the people have gone through for decades. If there is anything that some foreign visitors take notice of , it is this culure of almost absence of crimes. The iron grip of the pfdj regime might have a limited role in this, but I would say it is mostly the inherent nature of our society.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Horizon,

            Do you think the PFDJ has something to do with it? Sometimes you make up your own mind based on bias and you take it as a fact. Do you think say during the Derg or HS times, Asmara was any different than it’s today?

            BTW praising Asmara doesn’t mean putting down other cities in Ethiopia. The guy spoke honestly what he saw, and I am that’s the case. And it has nothing to do with PFDJ or fear.

            Berhe

          • Haile S.

            Selam Horizon,
            Though said in a generalized sense, I don’t think the assertion that “where 1 in 5 is a spy” in Eritrea has any truth to it. I don’t mean to defend and stop what the deluge brought from the video, but first I have difficulty accepting 1.5 of my close family in Eritrea is a spy. Second to say that even what one consider’s a zombie can feel the pinchs or punchs one throws on him.

          • Selam Haile S.,

            If i remember well, the 1:5 was said by a tigrayan opposition politician when he compared tplf’s tigray and pfdj’s eritrea, who said that there was not much difference between the two as much as the policy they implement to control their respective people is concerned. This could be an over-statement, nevertheless, the outcome is that both people are more or less intimidated in the same manner into submission.

          • Blink

            Dear Horizon
            I agree both people are controlled by the parties and I think in Eritrea the party take the money but you will never see a luxury life for specific people . PFDJ military expenses are to the sky plus the spy circles are extremely financially stable. Remember 09 trade everything that comes to Eritrea and the only 09 can’t control is simply few things like goats . Theft in Eritrea after 1991 gradually go down due to the stiff punishment. There was a military training for Ficho ( underage) most of these people were pocket picking specialists but all end up become spies and other military people. Remember Eritreans also have very small cities I mean you can say the whole Eritrea live in 1/2 addis . The ratio 1:5 may be exaggerated but there are many spies in Eritrea’s major cities , they know everything about new people or their where about. Thieves can not survive in Eritrea for a day with out getting caught. People are also very very serious about theft . In Addis you cannot even take your IPHONE 7 X fancy on streets without looking all directions and this is due to overcrowding. Even the number of beggars in Addis are simply mind boggling, so theft can’t be like hard .

    • Hope

      Dr Horizon :
      Unfortunately,I have to agree with you at least partially that,that has been the case.

      YG pops up into my mind when he made that historical prediction during his interview with the SBS Radio of Australia along with SAAY!

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    Eritrea Hub [A website] is reporting that, 4000 Eritreans have crossed to Ethiopia with in the last five days. It went on to say that, if the trend continues, 20,000 a month will have crossed to Ethiopia. The numbers are darn alarming to say the least.

    • Abrehet Yosief

      Selam Paulos
      Perhaps the first influx is those who already had planned to cross for family reunion. Maybe the numbers will come down in the next two months. Mind you the cost of crossing, besides the life threatening risks, was $2k to $3k. I wonder what happens to the ones who already paid a smuggler and were waiting for the “tebeges” signal, when the borders opened? Is a refund possible? One couldnt take the case to the police afterall.

      • Saleh Johar

        Abrehet,
        I laughed hard. Refund? I am sure when they start thinking about paying compensation to those they arrested for too long, they might entertain the idea of a refund 🙂 Maybe a discounted refund for Christmas!

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Aya Saleh,
          Anta ayay blebamka. kiray geza kefilkum wutsu keyblom firaH.

      • Paulos

        Selam Abrehet,

        The refund stuff is funny. You’re actuarial person and I would assume you can offer your expertise a way out of the conundrum.

        I don’t think the flow will let up any time soon for the driving force seems to be anywhere but here.

        • Alex

          Hi Paulos,
          Abrehet gave you a plausible reason why so many people are crossing the border this days. The answer is mostly to reunite with family members who are already in diaspora. If some people think by registering in the refugee camps they can be easily immigrated to third countries they will find the reality soon since the west are not accepting as many refugee as 5-10 years ago. About your pessimistic view that the flow will net let up, talk to me in 2-3 month because once the reality hits in the refugee camp the people who will cross the border are the ones who have a better chance leaving Ethiopia to third countries for family reunion,scholarship etc.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Alex,
            I am glad to hear your optimistic view that, soon people will realize refugee camps are as bad as home and return.

          • Paulos

            Selam Abrehet,

            I am stumped. If you think they will go back after they have seen how horrible the refugee centers are, why did they leave Eritrea in the first place.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Paulos,
            Ever heard of sarcasm? Alex called your view “pessimistic” and proceeded to state that the flow of refugees will slow down once they realize it is all the same. He didn’t say the flow of refugees will slow down because things at home will improve or at a minimum be hopeful.

          • Alex

            Hi Paulos,
            Do not try to be simplistic. Based on what is reported 80% of the people who registered in the refugee camp in the last few days after the border is open are children and women. What it tell you is most of them are going for family reunion since they were unable to leave the country legally even if they have sponsorship from husband, father etc.

          • Paulos

            Alex,

            A man was told that he has cancer, he insisted he heard ulcer instead. It is ok. As you said, it is just family reunion stuff. I believe you. Time will tell.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Salam Abrehet Yosief,

        Sister, I have tried to swallow, “Perhaps the first influx is those who already had planned to cross for family reunion.”, but failed. How do people cross the border for family reunion to sleep in the streets of Zalambessa? I hope Dr. Paulos may have some medicine that assist swallowing it.

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Selam Hameed Al-Arabi,
          I don’t know who is and who is not sleeping on the streets. What I know is that (and as you can read from the relief reports) 80% are women and children, or unaccompanied children. A number of individuals who have been resettled as refugees or accepted as asylees in Europe, America and Australia, have the right to be reunited with their families. Unfortunately, the family members (including children over the age of three) need an exit visa to leave Eritrea legally. As a result, most family members cross the border after paying exorbitant amount to smugglers and at great risk. Several are arrested and after suffering prison, they are reluctant to try again. It is therefore logical those who have been waiting for an opportunity to cross will take the first opportunity to do so. Perhaps you misunderstood the word “family reunion” as families reuniting with their loved ones who reside in Ethiopia?

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Abrehet Yosief,

            Sister, most Eritreans have relatives in diaspora, that means, the escapees according to your logic have relatives who will immediately take them to a third country. I think, it is irrational, to say those who can pay exorbitant price to smugglers sleep in the streets of Zalambessa. I hope you explain it rationally at least to be swallowed without any difficult: How do people with abundant money and relatives in diaspora who give them a hand of aid promptly sleep in the streets for days or weeks?

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Hameed Al Arabi
            I shared what I know. I have no interest to convince you one way or another.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Abrehet Yosief,

            Thank you. I have also shared my point of view to illustrate what you have written lacks rationality and far from reality on the ground. Those who are sleeping in the streets of Zalambessa are escapees from the brutality of regime in Eritrea. The kids who were hiding their faces from the camera are stark proof.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Hameed Al-Arabi,
            I never disputed that the brutal and hopeless regime is the main cause.

      • Desbele

        Selam Abrehet,

        Usually money is paid after service is delivered. It was 6-7k to Sudan.
        A friend was negotiating for 10k through airport just 6 months before opening of the boarder. It failed @ immigration to his relief now his loved one is in Addis enjoying freedom.
        Shifta world at least in peoples movement seems over.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Salam Desbele,

          I guess I am speaking about those who are sleeping in the streets of Zalambessa not about individuals who joined their families. You see those with Ks of money and relatives do not sleep in the streets. I am speaking about the street dwellers majority.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Yes Awate.com and all ,

    What is the idea now?

    Let us be part of the world solution..
    Don’t you think so? We have to go ahead more than talking and ask officially to UN to help the people (of appeal to Kessela) to help them and let this site write the idea to DR.Tedros Adhanom…

    KS..

  • Paulos

    Selam Ayay,

    Forgot to mention…..

    Recently I read an article on CNN titled “Billionaires Reach For The Stars While World Suffers” by Columbia University Professor who was also a good friend of the late Meles Zenawi—Jeffrey Sachs.

    He appeals to the conscience of the super wealthy not to share their wealth with the needy but as he poignantly put it, a mere 1% of the billionaires’ net worth each year would amount to around 91 billion dollars, a sum that could ensure access to health care and education for the poorest children across the globe. Imagine, this is just 1% of their wealth!

    He went on to say that, “….around 5.6 million children under the age of five die each year because there is no clinic to safeguard their births, help them, if necessary, take their first breath, provide life-saving antibiotics to fend off respiratory infections, or ensure timely access to a one dollar dose of life-saving anti-malaria medicine in the event of an infective mosquito bites.”

    P.S. Please do not comment anything negative because I mentioned Meles. Yes, Tedros please back off!

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Paulos,

      I think the biggest harm that’s done to Africans (the poor) is by African leaders (elite ) rather than the reach billionaires.

      All those super rich billionaires, made their wealth for the most part by their own ingenuity and creativity. Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jack Ma, etc….

      No amount of aid that is given by the rich will alleviate the problems the poor countries face. The problem is, those African political leaders and including the elite, they are slaves of the west. All they think about it is, to take how much money out of their poor countries and hide it some where else in the west.

      If they send 91 billion, then they know 80 billions of that will be hidden somewhere else. So why should they throw away their hard earned money?

      The solution is for Africans to find their own solution and build their own billionaires to help the continent rise.

      African owns all the resources that the world needs..there is nothing African needs from the world that it can’t survive without. It’s idealistic view, but at least sub-Sahara Africa should be one country or some sort of federation…and remove all these boarders and divisions created by the the same western colonial powers to benefit them and build it’s own economy, develop it’s own projects without depending on the west….”

      Berhe

      • Paulos

        Selam Berhe,

        It is a valid argument. Jeffrey Sachs to his credit has addressed the issue of management which seems to have the bottleneck effect on the flow of the aid-fund in the said article and he finds a way around it where it can not be an excuse to stop the funds.

        On the issue of the African leaders are to be blamed, well, a whole lot of under-graduate courses are given every year where the issue is not only multifaceted ranging from Poli-Sci, Geography to History and Paleontology but it is too complicated to the extent of one opting to focus on how to solve the dire challenges as opposed to wasting time on finger pointing.

        If any thing, there was no a country called Nigeria prior to 1960 and there was no Iraq or Lebanon prior to World War I, for instance. Point being, if they are the products of the ugly legacy of Colonialism, the colonizers are equally to be blamed for all the mess they created which is still palpable to say the least.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Paulos,

          My point is, I don’t think the colonizers are expected to solve Africa problems no matter the good intention of some.

          Africa problems are primary politics i.e. the AU (that’s why I say leaders) do not have their destiny in their own hands.

          As far as I am concerned, Africa is still under colonialism.

          The whole reason the coloniazers went to Africa was to exploit its resources and better themselves economically by shifting for their own benefits.

          It’s the actors that are changed but the economic model is still the same. Africa gives them the resources, almost for free and they give us back paper money they print and control and they back it up its value with their scam virtual fictional values.

          Until Africa is able to control its money supply / demand and is able to fund its own projects without the dependency of the western powers, the problem will never be resolved.

          The system the colonizers they left behind, makes them they are still in charge.

          That’s what Ghandi has fought to change the Indian society to get away from dependency of the British, weaving and wearing the ethnic clothes Indians are able to produce themselves, eat their own food, and he crippled the British textile companies, until they found out it’s not possible to make profit and decided to leave. India shutdown its economy from outsiders, developed its education, until it has become a time where they have enough knowledge to do what ever they can at equal or better than the west, then they opened. Japan did it. China did it.

          Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhe,

            1. Structural Adjustment Program
            2. Corruption
            3. Rent Seeking.

            Structural Adjustment Program a blue print prescribed by World Bank and IMF among others whereby poor countries on the receiving ends are expected to deregulate, liberalize or privatize big economic institutions. New African leaders on the other hand opted for a different model as in Developmental State where heavy industries including financial institutions are run by the government al’a economic model of the Tiger Nations.

            Sure enough, the proponents of SAP wanted to twist arms but those who elected for DS, found a partner in China where the deal is no strings attached. With all its short-comings, Ethiopia, for instance proved the “Adults in the SAP room” wrong as the last 27 years is a testament to that effect.

            Corruption and Rent Seeking are a result of either total lack of or inefficient political institutions. As we have discussed it here in this Forum before, the main pillars of political institutions are: Rule of Law, Accountability and Transparency. The three institutions keep the State in check from getting too strong and by keeping each other from getting to powerful either.

            The question is, in nation building, which comes first? Economic prosperity or political institutions? Nigeria for instance, has generated over 400 billion dollars since the 1970s but it has one of the poorest citizens in the world. If it had given the priority of erecting political institutions prior to generating wealth, it would’ve been the Singapore of Africa. It is a matter of vision and setting priorities based on what works best.

          • Nitricc

            Hey P; you are missing something vary important on your list. you listed…
            “1. Structural Adjustment Program
            2. Corruption
            3. Rent Seeking.”
            # 1 Should be vision; if there is no vision nothing will work. Like they say, if you don’t know where you going any read will lead you there. So, I do believe the greatest problem for Africa’s problem is the absence of Vision.

        • David Samson

          Hi Paul,

          I have never forgotten what a French chap once told me: “If you Africans were so powerful, you could have done the same to us what we have done to you.”

          Why do you think a Lion chases an antelope in the Serengeti? It is called ‘Survival for fittest’. Africans can blame colonisation for all its own ills thy the kingdom comes down to earth. Most Africans want to live somewhere comfortable and tired of I have a cow in the sky……. fairy tale stories. Patriotism is out-of-date 20th century concept,and since the fall of communism, its market value has been depreciating faster than Nacfa .

          • Paulos

            Selam David,

            I find it to be a difficult question as to why Colonization took place. Certainly, one can rely on Text Books as they try to provide answers to the rather tough questions.

            Survival of the Fittest and other Scientific highlights can be too alluring when one seeks for answers but if anything matters the most, we have to find ways on how to solve the clear and present danger where hunger, epidemic and other blights are the real challenges.

          • David Samson

            Selam Paul,

            We can confidently predict what the King of Spain wanted: perhaps raw materials and some spice. Columbus was driven largely by adventure and rewards from the King. As a lion who does not see any reason to return to its base after it finds a meat in new land, the Europeans had found their meat and decided to stay in, though uninvited.
            You probably did not release it, but the difference between you and Columbus: timing— you are 700 years late.:)

          • Paulos

            Selam David,

            Very true. Those are straight from Text Books or Jared Diamond and others. The reason could’ve been something else. But for now, to ease the curious mind, we settle with and for the books in the shelves.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Paulos,
      I read the article a few days ago and it depressed me. Now I have to go back and read Keynes again. It seems everything about the economic model of the West is already expired. It needs a serious overhaul (maybe a revolution). The demand and supply and aggregate demand have run its course and it doesn’t work, I think.

      But I have a question: why did you mention Meles? Did you forget he is Weyane? Didn’t you see someone already berating me for not appealing to a PFDJ ambassador instead of the Weyane Dr Tedros Adhanom? BTW, can you help draft a letter of appeal to their loose cannon ambassador to Japan 🙂

      • Paulos

        Selam Ayay,

        As you know, economics is like a pendulum, it goes from one school of thought to either opposite and extreme to a mix where the latter is the case most of the time.

        Keyens vs Hayek, Keyens vs Friedman…someone vs someone. At the end of the day, what works for the majority is what matters. Thing is though, if a system rewards the strong and punishes the weak, the question would not be about a particular economic model but it would be a question of morality. As John Rawls put it in Theory of Justice, “Justice is the first virtue of Social Institutions.”

        P.S. You’re right, mentioning Meles or the Weyanes in good terms these days is losing friends in a minute. ግን እንታይ ክገብር ኢሊካኒ ኣመል ምስ መግነዝ ከም ዝባሃል….

      • Abrehet Yosief

        Selam Ustaaz
        I suspect the tweets from the ambassador in Japan are a result of efficient local staff. One with a sense of posting timely and accurate info without a grasp of the layered meaning of the events.

  • Reclaim Abyssinia

    Hi to all,
    I didn’t think researching and finding out the truth about Kessela refugee camp and ‘Chikungunya virus Epidemic’ will be very bitter and hurtful.
    I really don’t get it.., how could people get stripped off their God-given land and resource to go live in a camp, ተገፊፎም?

    Even living along the Coastline of 2,234 km should be able to provide a better life standard than a crowded camp and tent…. With that living circumstances..& follow by the journey across the Sahara…ወዘተ ተረፈ. I hope it helps I just contributed fifty for araha.
    Cheers,
    RA

    • haileTG

      Hi RA,

      I think the same question can be asked of the entire African population of 1.3 billion or even the entire pple of third world that are more than 6billion. Why is there diaspora populations in the world? Most poor countries have landscapes no less than paradise and natural resources under their feet no less than heaven itself. But why are they poor?

      • Reclaim Abyssinia

        Hi Haile,
        Sure it’s very understandable the opportunities/hope arise from western nations. I’m just furious about the sacrifice, condition and circumstance they have to go through in a hope of reaching the targeted nation/goal.

        Just to be clear I am not against the people that are waiting to go to Europe or USA.. eg. from Khartoum, etc (living reasonably affordable life by generating income or whatever).. but under these circumstances is just not an acceptable level of living standard for anyone, and I believe most of the long residence in the camp are ‘gebar’. I somehow believe they will better of in their country.
        Thanks,
        RA

        • haileTG

          selam RA,

          I get what you mean but the false promise of Western life situation is a time process that is only recognized by living it. Prior to setting off to the West, we often have misguided judgement about those things important for life. we reduce it to $ and start from there. It takes a while to figure it out that it is far better to be poor in your country than wealthy and isolated in exile.

          • Reclaim Abyssinia

            Selam brother Haile,
            Don’t get me started on that, by the time l realise that, it was too late! To take/leave the kids behind.
            Cheers,
            RA

  • Paulos

    Selam Ayay,

    Thank you for being a shoulder to those who need help the most. Thank you for being a voice for those who are neglected. God bless!

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei All.

    Kassala people dont know how ethnic based health care work. Dr Tedros expertise is based on ethnic based health system. When he won WHO office Ethiopia was 179th out of 181 countries in health care. But if one understands ethnic based health system then dr Tedros’s work was impressive because Tigrais’ health care was one of the best. The secrete is how to invest on one ethnic group robbing the rest. The west knows who is dr Tedros but who can be an ideal leader to promote the west interest in WHO? A south African health care leaders or a corrupt tplf dr?

    • Aligaz G

      Mitiku,

      Ethnic based health care system? Seriously? Are you really familiar with the health care situation in Ethiopia? Makes me ask when is the last time you went back for a visit?

  • Ismail AA

    Hayak Allah Saleh Johar,

    Thank you as conscientious Eritrean and as human being. You have never been late or failed to show admirers and shouldering duty as human and fidelity to your own principles in the service to good and fighting wrong. You have superbly used this outlet to raise of the voiceless true to its mission. The suffering in Kassala are truly the your target group as rights advocate and fellow human being. Perhaps adversaries could pause and contemplate on the worth this media outlet represents, and ask: have the Eritreans suffering in Kassala and other places something they call a government?
    Thank you, sir.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam Saleh Johar and Awate Team,

    Really, Kassala city and state are in suffer from the epidemic that widely spread. In many cases entire families are sick. As Awate explained it the only medicine available is panadol that its price has raised and may be scanty. Locals has already given the name KANKASHAH to the disease according to its symptoms. I hope Dr. Tedros Adhanom to instruct his organization to act quickly before it is too late and the epidemic spreads all over the region.

  • Natom Habom

    selam awate
    you dont have all anti eritrea coalition emergency service ,to help them
    like pfdj around the world instead of always begging ,because this is not us for god sake
    we will be honored to help ,if it is really for help though or just to use name of our people for political pros%#@ to always bring the attention to Eritrea ,we see a new campaign of vilification already started as we expected when our country is struggling in a diplomatic battle to lift the sanction ,the suffering of our people is your game card after all ,we are no surprise this why you got fund and support from them ,wish you good luck
    for us Eritrea should not be defeated what ever it take it will stand it ground

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Natom Habom,

      People are calling for help for sick and distressed region; you speak about politics. Really, you are a very sick person. Dear Saleh Johar, kindly call Dr. Tedros Adhanom to assist those mentally sick supporters of the regime in Eritrea.

      • Natom Habom

        SELAM HAMEED
        YES I SAID LET HELP EACH OTHER THAN CALLING AN ENEMY
        WHY CALLING ADHANOM WHY NOT CALLING ERITREAN EMBASSADOR OR FOR ONCE EXPLAIN LET LEAVE ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCE AND LET WORK TO SAVE OUR PEOPLE FROM LIBYA ,DO YOUTHINK SUPPORTER OF THE STATE WILL REFUSE TO YOU IF YOU REALLY CONCERN AND SERIOUS ,I AM SURE NOT ,BUT YOU CHOOSE AS ALWAYS TO CALL THE ENEMY FOR HELP ,WHO IS THE SICK HERE ??

        • Saleh Johar

          Natom Habom,
          You cannot be this ignorant! Dr Tedrs is the director general of the World Health Organization which is in charge of such issues. Call the Eritrean ambassador? To do what? To dismiss Dr Adhanom and take his job! Your thought process would be novel if it was not laughable. Now, who is politicising the issue? I will tell you what’s eating you up: Adhanom is from Tigrai and that is killing you. Grow up because you come as a crybaby.

          • haileTG

            Selam SGJ

            Notom is graduate of international politics from Hamelmalo 😃

          • Saleh Johar

            Haile TG.
            That explains it. These days the Hamelmalo and Nakfa cadre school graduates are wreaking havoc everywhere, particularly on Facebook. Someone sent me a clip this morning, a claim that Rabita Islamiyah was not founded by Ibrahim Sultan in Eritrea, but in Somalia by a Somali man. Therefore, according to the PFDJ graduate, Rabita was not an Eritrean organization–and he said it with such confidence you would think he must be so sure of his claim. You are right, the PFDJ cadre schools are to blame.

          • haileTG

            Haha SJ,

            PFDJ caught up early on with a seemingly simple but crucial concept: Ignorance has no doubt! Therefore, to eradicate any doubt (hence impart confidence:) one must eradicate knowledge. Simple, yet perfect..,

          • Natom Habom

            selam haile
            well if you were not ignorant but someone gifted with knowledge your tigray wouldn t be in this situation right now ,cornered and confuse ,you people would have predicted today and fixed the problem before it get out of hand ,as brainless and selfish ,you people just looting ethiopia like never before ,you are beneath our finger fits .you are hunted down in every corner and you never see it coming while you people busy undermining our country ,what worse than that .
            the world know who is dummy now .
            sheers

          • haileTG

            Selam Nati

            Relax please. I am not Tigrayan, I just look and speak like one. But I disagree with you that they are brainless and selfish. Far from it. My experience of the Tigray people is that they are the most intelligent, kind and fantastic people you can ever meet. Ah…now you make me wish I was from Tigray!

          • Natom Habom

            selam haile
            why are you ashame of your origin tigray ,who you think you fooling here ,do you think all this people in this forum are stupid ,ok then keep playing the game looser ,your time is over any way ,tplf is gone for good .

          • haileTG

            Hey nati,
            I can”t keep up with you. You’re faster than a cheetah. Forget Tigray, you’ll show up in Capetown if keep up this fast and wild chase…

    • Saleh Johar

      Selam Natom,

      Since you didn’t say who your “We” represents, I will assume it is the PFDJ. You wrote the following:

      “The suffering of our people is your game card after all ,we are no surprise this why you got fund and support from them ,wish you good luck.”

      This time I will not let you go off easily. I am kindly asking you, 1) to prove that we got “Fund and support from them.” from them and 2) explain to the readers here who “them” is. The sooner you reply the better.

      • Abrehet Yosief

        Selam Ustaaz
        Perhaps you can add a line on the article. Ask if WHO would consider distributing “mai chelot” to those who clearly need it.

        • Natom Habom

          selam abrehet
          I THINK YOU NEED IT MORE TO CLEAN ETHIOPIA FROM THE WOYANE VIRUS

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Natom Habom
            Calm down. You will get through this. Perhaps Papa Duvalier will provide you with a new enemy to hate. Or maybe circumstances are ready for Baby Doc to be introduced. Just hold on for a few more days.

          • Natom Habom

            selam abrehet
            well holding our breath ,waiting
            for now my number 1 enemy is dying slowly ,what a happiness
            the evil has been defeated,

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Natom Habom,
            Indeed the enemy is dying. I was following its death throes during its organizational congress. Thanks to the opening of the border, they were able to send “afe’rkibu” to Asmara. The cars that were sent had a banner that said “visit to Eritrea by wealthy tigrayans”.

          • Natom Habom

            selam abrehet
            you mean thieves tigrayan ,I agree

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Natom Habom
            In that case they were going on a piligrimage to the biggest shrine of thieves.

          • Natom Habom

            selam abrehet
            No they meet one in year in MEKELE to talk what they collected from the looting of poor Amhara and Oromo ,by the way they already started the meeting ,you can see them whining about their sitution with their grand master ALI BABA Debre sion ,
            Eritrea even your president was impressed by the simple life of the president ,but we see those around it s sad what can we do ,those cancer are back ,they look nice ,they will always one day stab us again ,sick people /

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Natom Habom
            Wela natka entehabuka ewen ayrde’akan. My president is in the grand palace of Abu Dhabi. Please tell me how he is doing.

          • Selamat Abrehet Yosief,

            Ahh Papa Doc, Baby Doc with all of their Tonton Macoute. These Tonton Macoute, like natom habom( sounds like tonton natom Mekhete…) who once are provided with the next eternal nemesis will become relentless and extreamly overbearing, I am afraid. This is the main cause that will guarantee the emptying of Eritrean citizens from their homeland. They will leave the land for thugs rising which are the Eritrean TonTon Macoute – pronounced Natom Habom om Mekhete.

            Should natural disaster like an earth quake is to occur, the massive hackings of limbs of millions of Eritreans would be prescribed I am sure similar to that what happened in Haiti unnecssarily.
            Brace yourself for Baby Doc in a month or two I GUARANTEE IT.

            tSAtSE

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam GitSAtSE,
            The predictions of a mathematician are more worrying than the regular shaqlot. I will start practicing, “Nihna Nsu minor. “

          • Paulos

            Tsatse Arkey,

            Hope Baby Doc will not sport a mustache. A rumor was going on when ወዲ ትኳቦ came up with a solo song ኣብምንታ’ዩ እዩ ‘ትሓይሉ ተበሉኒ…And it turned out, it was about Papa Doc for his ሓይሉ was in his mustache.

        • Saleh Johar

          Abrehet,
          That could work. I don’t think it would be less effective than Panadol 🙂

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Saleh,
            Mai Chelot was for the one suffering from pfdjites. Alas there is no medicine for chukungunya. They can only get pain/fever reducer. I went thru similar disease dungee fever or welcome as they call it backhome. It is pure agoney.

      • Natom Habom

        selem saleh johar
        when I said me ,I meant the majority hard working Eritrean that help each other than begging other to do something for them ,like in time of peace and war Eritrean stand together as in time of difficulty ,
        about fund and support from them well thank to wikileaks we know you got support from the cia cover national endowment for democracy,also you have western media platform ,human right support than only listen to one side and deny the other side what to say ,all her report were gossip and rumor couldn t proof anything and many western behaviour at time ,even American still holding hostage Eritrea under sanction ,it ok sir ,
        as you know Eritrea never afraid of opposition but what behind opposition an evil entity than want to dominate the world

        • Saleh Johar

          Nataom Habom,
          I am asking you–no, make that challenging you to prove we received funds from any outside sources apart for the little support we get from Eritreans on this website. Prove that we have outside funding be it from CIA, endowments for democracy, etc. Just prove that without beating around the bush. And please learn to say “I” and do not hide behind the imaginer “We”. Do it quick, please and know that I will not let you go away free with this accusation.

          • Natom Habom

            selam johar
            its not me ,I am no spy to go steal document ,it on the web site wikileaks release saying that opposition supported by cia and of course ethiopia
            there is even that show how you asked meles to intervene with his friend to sanction economically and to stop remittance from eritrean diaspora sending to their country isnt that evil when every one cry with crocodile tears when ,you (opposition) are the reason of all this mess .

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Natom Habom,

            Do you know the job of a government? Does a government mean to you hunting her people or protecting them? Can you answer, why the people are fleeing their country? Watch the latest videos at Zalambessa. I know you are going to come back to tell us, the refugees are traitors, because Tigrai people helped them.

            When a people of country are scattered in all corners of the world, my friend, the government is to blame not the opposition. Your argument could be rational when your savage government made a call to all the opposition and they refused to respond to the call of your government. Could you give me an example of a call from the side of your savage government.

            Yes, it is true, the people of Eritrea are in a distress condition, they deserve an assistance from the international community. Unfortunately, they stopped at condemning the atrocities of the mafia against the people of Eritrea without any assistance. The people of Eritrea are betrayed by the mafia and the international community. Even Dr. Medemer is making business on the tragedy of the Eritrean people.

          • Natom Habom

            selam hameed
            what happen,why didn t you follow my advice last time .
            I tought you already left ,ok I ll give another one go the a cliff ,take a long breath ,and jump brotherly advice
            love you

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Natom Habom,

            You know hanging or throwing yourself doesn’t happen suddenly. I think you have heard repeatedly that when a person makes suicide people question about the reason. In most of the cases you hear the guy was suffering from such and such. This affirms suicide doesn’t occur suddenly.

            I guess you have all the symptoms that lead down the cliff: lack of self-confidence, severe tension, depression and anxiety, severe conflict between verity and denial, you are a doer not initiator, thinking all the people are your enemies, too much suspicion, lack of sleep … etc. One of this is enough to lead you to a suicide. Think about a person who have a couple of them; certainly, that will be a confirmed flying down the cliff.

          • Saleh Johar

            Anta Natom,
            What is wrong with you? You swim deeper and drawn, hold on to the lifebuoy that I gave you. Apologize and call it a day. If you keep adding your lies, I will not be so nice–I have been nice for too long and you are influencing me badly. When did I ask Meles that question? Now you have another flat lie accusation to prove. I do not care what you read as long as it does not support your allegation to awate.com or me personally. Prove it or face the verdict of the awate forum members. Be careful, they might sentence severely, a deserved sentence for someone who lies and cannot prove his allegation.

          • Natom Habom

            selam johar
            I never said call the ambassador why are you twisting my world ,I do not care for your adhanom , I if he can, let him help them I wish he could help his people the same way ,
            and also I never mention you ,never said you said you spoke with meles I said OPPOSITION ,do you represent all opposition ,I am sure not .
            I dont lie to convince , I am confident dont spread propaganda lies as yourself with all do respect ,you will call me lier when you yourself speak the true for once .

  • Kokhob Selam

    Yes Dear SGL and awate,com

    Very nice message. We all awate.com participants loud to this message of yours,,

    “As we write this appeal to you, sick people are flooding the already poor health service centres in Kassala where people are sleeping on the floor hoping to get help. In some cases, entire families are lingering at the centres as if waiting to die”

    Thank you and you can send this to Dr. Adhanom, who is now the direct Representative WHO (world health organization)….

    KS,,