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Archive: Eritrean Opposition Warns of All-Out Confrontation

On Monday, October 3, 1994, Arab news International published excerpts of an interview it carried out with Abdo Abdulla, the then secretary-general of the Eritrean Liberation Front–Revolutionary Council (ELF-RC). We are publishing it here to remind our readers about the issues in the early years after the independence of Eritrea.
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ARAB NEWS INTERNATIONAL
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1994

By Abdul Wahab Bashir
Arab News Staff

JEDDAH, Oct.2 – An Eritrean opposition group has warned that the growing discontent over failure by the government to address the pressing issues facing the infant state could led an all-confrontation between them and the ruling party.

Abdo Abdullah, secretary-general of the Eritrean Liberation Front – Revolutionary Council – (ELF-RC) executive committee, said attempts by the government of President [Isaias Afwerki] to reject altogether or marginalize any role by political groups outside the ruling People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) amounts to a “declaration of war” against its opponents.

“The ruling front gave itself the right to form a political but denied this privilege to all other Eritrean liberation Fronts which have actively participated in the liberation war,” Abdullah told Arab News in an interview.

He said the PFDJ which succeeded the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPDJ) is seeking to mould the Eritrean society and reshape it according to its own drawn political agenda.

“They (the ruling party) have committed gross human rights violations, imprisoned political activists, including some of the ELF-RC senior members, and are seeking to divide the country into supporters and opponents while denying those who do not belong to the PFDJ their basic rights.

Asked about the course they will pursue to press the government into accepting political pluralism and whether they agree with other opposition groups who advocate armed struggle, Abdullah replied that the ELF-RC had never contemplated restoring to violence.

“As a matter of principle, our policy rejects restoring to armed action for a number of considerations. No Eritrean should be allowed to raise arms against a fellow Eritrean because if this happened there will be no winners or losers but victims.  The Eritreans who fought long battles (against the Ethiopian) to gain their independence have had enough. But it is unfortunate that by rejecting dialogue and seeking to consolidate its grip on power the government is pushing matters to the brink.

In an earlier interview, Al-Amin Saeed, secretary-general of PFDJ, reiterate the government’s commitment to political pluralism but said the transition the country is undergoing at present does not allow political rivalries and instability.

Saeed said the PFDJ in not seeking to impose an authoritarian regime.  The political future of the Eritrean has to be worked out after the country’s first constitution is approved, he said, adding that every Eritrean is invited to take part in this process.

Comment on these statement on whether the ELF could return home to work from within the country, Abdullah said what the government is saying in public is in clear contradiction to reality.

“Practically, the regime is waging a war on its opponents.  There are hundreds of prisoners from our organisation in government jails for simply wanting to express their political views and make them heard by the people.”

Abdullah said the Constitution Commission set up by the government to outline the future for the country is not qualified to undertake such a mission because its members are drawn from the PFDJ and its sympathizers.

The government says the proposed constitution will be put before an elected parliament within two years from now.

On the economic future of Eritrea, Abdullah said it is deteriorating as a result of the prevailing instability.  Foreign investors are still reluctant to come to the country and even wealthy Eritreans in Europe and the United Sates are not enthusiastic about doing business in Eritrea.

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  • Paulos

    ሃይላት,

    ኣለኻዶ? ገዛ ግዒዘ’ለኹ፣ ኣብታ ሓንቲ ገዛ ንኮኾባይ ዝረበሽናዮ ኮይኑ ተሰሚዑኒ።

    እሞ ሓዝ በል ነቕ ዘይትብል ሕቶ ሒዘልካ መጼ’ለኹ ብልኬቶን ብተገዳምን ዕጽውጽው ዝበለት’ያ ትመስል እሞ ትርጉማ ክትፈትሓ ተስፋ ‘ገብር። ከምትፈልጦ ሎም’ምዕልቲ ባሕቲ ሰነ እዩ፣ እታ ሕቶይ ድማ እታ ባሕቲ ትብል ቃል ሱር ትርጉማ ክትሕብረና እዩ። የቐኔል’ና!

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear. Dr Paulos,

      “ኣለኻዶ? ገዛ ግዒዘ’ለኹ፣ ኣብታ ሓንቲ ገዛ ” ዘይበልኩ፤ ተሓጉሰ እምበር፤ ወዮ እኳ ድኣ ቡን በረካ:

      let me say something about, and I think Haile will come,,

      “እግዚኣብሔር ባዕሉ ትእምርቲ ክህበኩም’ዩ፡ እነሆ ድንግል ክትጠንስ ወዲ’ውን ክትወልድ’ያ ስሙ’ውን ኣማኑኤል ክትሰምዮ ኢያ”

      KS,,

      • Haile S.

        ሰላም ኮኸብ፡

        ጳውሎስ ተምበርኪኹ እዩ ዘሎ። በዚ ኣጋጣሚ ሓፍ በል፡ መቕጻዕቲ ወዲእካ ኢኻ እብሎ።

        ኮኸብ የቕንየለይ። ግና ንኣይ ንሓጥያተኛ’ሲ ምስ ንጹህ ኣማኑኤል ተወዳድረኒ ካይትህሉ!

        • Kokhob Selam

          ሰላም ክቡር ሃያላት ,

          “ጳውሎስ ተምበርኪኹ እዩ ዘሎ” ወዮ ወዮ:–

          ኣይፋል፥ መን እሞ ከም እየሱስ ? ኣይተካብድ ሃያላት ::

          “ግና ንኣይ ንሓጥያተኛ’ሲ ምስ ንጹህ ኣማኑኤል ተወዳድረኒ ካይትህሉ!” No, I am unable to do that ..Just comparing to human- beings , you are among the first class.

          KS,,

      • Paulos

        ሰላም ኮኾባይ,

        Thank you so much for the warm hospitality and for being the light we always need among us. God bless Sir!

    • Haile S.

      ሰላም ጳውል (Paul),

      መጀመርታ ሎሚ ባሕቲ ሰነ፡ ነይኮነ፡ ዘይሰምዖ ነይብለይ ወይ ኣነ ዕደ ኣነ። ክኒል ዳውን፡ big time!

      ሎሚ ባሕቲ June እዩ። ከምቲ ካልኣይ ክፍሊ ከለኹ መምህር ቃልኣብ፡ መስከረም January, ጥቅምቲ February, ሕዳር March …. ሓምለ November, ነሓሰ December, ጳጉመን ኣብ ጸዓዱ የለን ኢሉ ዝምህረና ዝነበረ፡ ዳርጋ ጌርካዮ እኮ!

      ባሕቲ ካብ ብሓተ ዝብል መሰረታዊ ቃል ዝመጸ ይመስለኒ። ብሓተ፡ ባሕታዊ means alone, only one, solitary. The first day of the month is one, alone it is not proceeded by another. It is the first and only one of the month that doesn’t have a second.
      I wait to see if others gave a different idea.

      • Paulos

        ሰላም ሃይላት,

        ኣንታ እንታይ ጌረካ በቃ ኣብ ግዜ እርጋነይ ዓይኒ ብርከይ ብቕርጥማት ተወዲኤ እንዳሃለኹ ነዚ ክነንያ ከም ኩረመለ እንዳበላዕክዎ እንዳዋዓልኩ’ሲ ክኒል ዳውን ክትብለኒ፣ የግዳስ እዛ መቕጻዕቲ ናብ ሓምሳ ግዜ መኾስ ምልዓል ቀይረለየ፣ ንሳ እያ ታዓቕመይ።

        It does make perfect sense. Thank you. Aya Saleh or ኢንጂኔረ can not dispute your explanation. But isn’t today June 1st as in ባሕቲ ሰነ?

        ቁሩብ digress ከገብር እሞ ሐደ ነገር ከዕልለካ። ሓደ ጥልያን መንእሰይ እሞኻኣ ብጣዕሚ በሊሕ ከምዚከማኻ Paolo Giordino ዝተባህለ ጋና ኣብ ንእስነቱ ብ-Theoretical Physics Ph.D ዝወሰደ፣ ሓንቲ ልብ-ወለድ “The Solitude Life of Prime Numbers” ትብል መጽሓፍ ጸሓፈ።

        The book has been so far sold over a million copies and is translated into over thirty languages. He says, he has always been fascinated by the rather mystery “nature” and profound implication of Prime Numbers. As you know, Prime Numbers can only be divided by one and by themselves. Not only that, what makes them lonely or if I could use ብሓታውያን is that they are forever separated by Even Numbers between them. There is 4 between 3 and 5 for instance. This kind of cruel separation in fact gets wider and bigger as one counts towards larger numbers into infinity.

        If great discoveries and geniuses in Science and Philosophy were stamped by eccentrics and loners [ብሓታውያን] as in Newton, Kant and later on Dirac, for instance, perhaps Prime Numbers could be up to something as well. Giordino believes. And I strongly agree.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Paul,

          Funny and beautiful! Thank you.

          On ባሕቲ ሰነ, which comes next week, I was splitting hair to punish you.

          On translating the first Habesha month by the first European calendar month, it actually happened to my best childhood friend, not to me, in a school in Edaga-Hamus.

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            I got you. Now I understand. In fact, that is really smart when you think about it. It would make more sense if ባሕቲ is to mean for ግእዝ Calendar.

            Was it at ቅዱስ ጳውሎስ or ኣግኣዝያን your friend got punished? Incidentally, there was this English teacher at ቅዱስ ጳውሎስ who taught students by composing the months in a year and the 26 alphabets in music lest they forget them. This was in the early 80s.

          • Haile S.

            Paul,

            ቤት ትምህርቲ እንዳ ሽወደን!

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            My childhood fondest memories. My grand-parents lived in that area for ages and I used to go there every weekend. Great architecture and serene compound.

        • Saleh Johar

          Paulos and HaileS,
          You are way back. The solitude was solved by shop keeper in Keren, he used to sell half os a sandwitch sprinkled with shiro powder and a spoonful of sesame oil @ Half price whic was 7.5 cents. Usually customers paid the balance on the second order in days or weeks , 8 cents. If he lived long enough I think he would have found a better solution on how to split one cent.

          • Paulos

            Aya Saleh,

            That is so funny! The unsung genius in Keren it is! You need to write Paolo Giordino. I am sure he will be stunned.

  • selam people,
    Eritrea lives under tyranny, worse still, it lives besieged by the “old OppositionS” the unproductive lot of them, first established by negative principles. Today’s, I feel the people may be rewarded the all time lost peace by the new movement “yiAkl” establishing positively and from the woumbs of Ertirea.

  • Peekaboo

    If Eritreans were unhappy, they’d overthrow Isaias by now. The military has all the power, so why don’t they do it like Zim did Mugabe?

    • Brhan

      Hello Peekaboo,

      The influx of Eritreans to Ethiopia and the Sudan, doesn’t tell they are unhappy?
      The thousands and thousands who are in unlimited harsh and slave type national services doesn’t tell they and their families are unhappy?
      The thousands who are languishing in prisons without trials doesn’t tell that Eritreans unhappy.
      What else do you want?

      • Peekaboo

        Yes I know they are unhappy. What I mean is why don’t they do anything about it? The military has all the power to overthrow the demon.

        • Brhan

          Hello Peeakboo.
          I can answer to your question in two points?
          1) What are you doing? What I am doing? Are you standing in plain in English with or against the regime
          2) If you are standing against the regime, like me , then, that by itself, an action that will overthrow the regime.
          Thanks

          • Abi

            Hello Brhan
            So you think standing against the regime alone will overthrow it?
            How about staring at the regime to expedite its downfall?
            Just asking…

          • Brhan

            Hello Abi,

            I was trying to say to Peekaboo that we as individuals have to do our part first…can be standing and/or staring as you stated. The nutshell when it comes to fight the dictatorial regime , first we have to ask ourselves individually ” what am I doing” .Finger pointing doesn’t work. Big or little , every step against the regime ( standing or staring including) is significant than doing nothing or being silent.

            I hope I answered to your question.

          • Abi

            Hello Brhan
            I was just playing Peekaboo with you.
            Now, if you choose to “stand”, “stare” and ask yourself “what you are doing”, the best place will be in front of a mirror.

          • Brhan

            Hello Abi
            Ask yourself what you can do for your country and not the opposite..JFK
            እንቁላል ኣሉ…ቀስ በቀስ በእግሩ ይሮጣል ( ይሄዳል)

          • Abi

            Hello Brhan
            ምነው ግራ ታጋባኛለህ ወዳጄ?
            እንቁላል እንኳ በአቅሙ ቀስ በቀስ በእግሩ ሲሮጥ አንተን ምን አቁሞ አስቀረህ? አሁንም እኮ አላማህ መቆም( standing) ነው እንጂ እንደ እንቁላል ቀስ በቀስ መራመድ አልመስልህ አለኝ:: የኔ ነገር ተሳሳትኩ እንዴ?

          • Brhan

            Yaw Abi Ende Wetru….. Tesasatk!

          • Abi

            Hello Brhan
            አሁንም ትሳይትኩ!
            እኔም መሳሳቴን ጠርጥሬያለሁ::
            አንዳንዴ እንኳ በስህተትም ቢሆን ትክክል የማልሆንበት ምክንያት አይገባኝም::

        • TL

          Because the men are weak and lack drive. Which is why Eritrean women are now starting to marry white men and other men.

          • Mokie Berhe

            WhatsUp TL. Sorry Bro but you got it all wrong. Those you talk about are actually TPLF pretending to be Eritreans. By the way, do you work for the Minneapolis community relations department?

          • NewDawn

            Selam mokie berhe, it’s very much a common thing in america, as the younger crowd and diaspora as whole becomes diluted and their affiliation with eritrea weakens as time passes by. Finding an eritrean that was raised outside of Eritrea and that speaks good tigrinya is incredibly hard. Compounded with the fact eritreans are scattered throughout the diaspora and not concentrated like ethiopians in dc, you will find eri women and men marrying out alot more frequently. I dont agree with TL’s assertion that it is caused by eritrean mens weakness and lack of drive. The dc community that was once strong, is deeply damaged. You will find eritrean women marrying other ethnicities at high rates now.

          • Abi

            NewDawn
            የሚቀጥለው ትውልድ ኤርትራዊ ሃምሣ በሃምሳ (50/50) የተቀላቀለ ነው የሚሆነው:: ከዛ ቀጥሎ የሚመጣው 25/75 ይሆናል:: ከዛ በመቀጠል የሚመጣው ትውልድ …

            ወደፊት ያልተቀላቀለ, ጥራቱን የጠበቀ, ታጥቦ የተቀሸረ, አንደኛ ደረጃ ኤርትራዊ ለማግኘት ገዳማትን መጎብኘት ግድ ይላል::

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            ኣንተ ነገረኛ! That is so funny. I am still laughing. 😂😂😂.

          • Abi

            ዻውሎሲ
            While NewDawn ቀኑ ሲጨልምበት more and more Ethiopians are heading to Eritrea to protect and defend አስመራ ፅቡቅቲ.
            ለእህቶቻችን ዘብ እንቆማለን !

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam NewDawn,

            Eritreans are paralysed by mutual distrust, lack of cohesion, and war/revolution fatigue.

            After the inevitable expiry of the current regime [just be patient, what are few more years, we have already waited for almost 60 years], let us outsource the administration to European technocrats.

            Pause for a while and think about it, you know this makes sense.

          • NewDawn

            Selam Kaleab, ‘let us outsource the administration to European technocrats’. Are you calling for full blown colonialism or quasi-colonialism as a possible solution following PFDJ’s departure from Eritrea. It would be of great assistance if you expressed the exact details and terms of this ‘administration.’

            The diaspora has always been a player in Eritrea and will be for the foreseeable future, i think we ought to find ways that allows us to be more cohesive. The absence of pfdj will greatly help us in this endeavour. Seen as how those disgusting thugs managed to swarm their way into Sweden and other Scandinavian countries and created a wedge in peaceful communities there.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam NewDawn,

            The division within the diaspora community is worse.

            A non-political and a non-religious group of experienced technocrats, who can run the entire system efficiently and impartially, for a fee, is the safest alternative. There is nothing to lose by trying.

          • NewDawn

            Selam Kaleab, How about creating a think tank organisation, that attracts and brings forward Eritreans from all disciplines together. Where the objective is finding solutions. The Laws that govern this organisation will be to remain respectful and listen to others, no matter what their saying.

            We can even bring in non-Eritrean technocrats into the fold in whatever way, if that suffices . Some may join for the intellectual challenge and not be fussed by money. Some may ask for fees, for which if there credentials and ability line up, there will be no issuing in paying them for their services.

            I and many others i assume will not take kindly to full blown administration being left in the hand of foreigners. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” We will forge our own path.

          • David Samson

            Selam NewDawn,

            I do not know if you follow football (Soccer). If you look at African teams in the world cup, their coaches are most likely to be Europeans. Why? One may think that Africans coaches are not good enough. This is probably not true; there are many good African
            coaches. What is not disputable however is European coaches do not come with baggage. They are not seen through the eyes of ethnicity. They pick the right player and team based on merit.

            The idea of Eritrean technocrats is the same trap. As soon as Eritrean gather, you must apply quotas based on ethnicity, religion, even region. We take political correctness and positive discrimination (Affirmative action) to the extreme.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi David,

            I think the example you used for soccer players, not totally accurate if a European person is a coach. For example.

            1) France during the 1998 world cup had a lot of French players who were of different ethnicity other than French like like Zidane, Tiresghe, Jorkayeff, Thuram and others. The French media and the public I think made a mockery of them, and some even label them, they can’t even sing the national anthem.

            When the won the cup for the first time, the coach refused to speak to any media and he said “he will never forgive the way they characterize those players” or something.

            Players like Zidane are worshiped in France today like gods and what they brought to the French football.

            2) Germany during the 1996 world cup. When they brought Kingsman to coach the team, where he was living in America he picked a lot of young players with good talent. And few were from Turkish, African, and other ethnicity. They mocked him and his selection, and he quite / refused to come back and coach the team after a decent performance in that year. The same team ended up dominating the world stage where their talent showed in the subsequent years.

            3) I can imagine the US Olympic team in the 70s was probably looked very “white” compared today.

            I generally think, this is normal human behavior no matter where we look at. It just takes time to develop and mature as people get educated and more exposed to other cultures.

            Berhe

          • David Samson

            Selam Berhe,
            Europeans left tribalism in the 19th century while Africans are still stuck with it. I did not want to use the word “Tribal”, instead opted for “Ethnicity”. In general, in Europe there is no concept of Ethnic diversity; they, by in large, are unitary societies, though through migration this might be not the case anymore. In fact, In France there is no concept of “Ethnicity”; French law prohibits the publication of data based on religion and ethnic origin.

            You have missed my main point. Let my hit my point with
            examples. Ethiopia has over 83 tribes. Oops! I mean nationalities. If you were to make a team from 83 tribes, and the coach is an Ethiopian, you will leave many unsatisfied unless you can pick up an equal number from each tribe. This works in paper, but can you make a good winning team? I very much doubt. Robel the “Whale”
            was selected for his physic and swimming ability and was nothing to do with favouritism. In Nigeria, selecting a team is fraught with immense difficult. Why? Because despite coaches might select players based on merits, as soon as the team fails to win
            a trophy, recrimination begins. He has not selected this player or that player because of nepotism and favouritism is the main talking point. I have many Nigerian friends and watched football competition together. This topic is part of everyday
            conversation. If, on the other hand, they appoint European coach, the issues of nepotism and favouritism do not exist, failure or success is purely judged on an outcome.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi David,

            I did not miss your point, but I still doubt Europeans will be ok if they are coached by an African. You said European have no concept of ethnicity. May be the coaching stuff do not but ethnicity is still relevant in Europe may be to a lessor degree. The Swedish born Eritrea was insulted as being “black” when playing in Ukraine I think recently. A fans throw at black players bananas etc.

            You are making an extreme example (where they have to select only 11 players) to represent a nation of over 100 million people. I do think, Ethiopians would care less who is in the national team, as long as who ever is selected end up wining. And Ethiopians as an example have shown, no matter who the person is, they come out and support as one people in the successive Olympics events.

            The whale issue is just the official are corrupt and I don’t think there is any Ethiopian would care if the guy was the best who represented the country. He was in, because some corrupt official made him happen.

            The reason I am responding is, I think the example you are using to send a message that, Africans/ Eritrean are in capable of governing themselves therefor it’s best Europeans come and govern for them.

            Why the the EU has 700 plus members if ethnicity have no role.

            I think France is probably one of the most racist country that’s left in Europe. They deny rights of other ethnic region, is not because they care about being one, but they would rather see the people assimilated and become French and their culture.

            In Canada, the French people are the champions, French, culture, language, etc…when they are in the minority which they don’t care in France because they are the majority.

            The bottom line is, there is no body going to solve Africa/Eritrean problems except the people themselves.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            I think you are missing a major point here. Eritreans in general succeed and accomplish better when ruled by outsiders. The success rate of Eritreans skyrocketed in education, business,…during the King and Derg times.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Abi,

            Did Ethiopians excel during the king and the derg?

            We are talking about governance, stay on topic.

          • Brhan

            Hello Abi,
            You know your problem is that you do not know Eritrea. You only know one part of it because the King( ንጉስ ለያይተህ ግዛ) made you do that. Do you know a place called Metahit in Eritrea and what happened to its people during the king? I will be very happy if you do your home work and I am sure you are smart, you will excel and I will give you A+… በል እሺ ኣሳየን!

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            A+ is above my grade.
            አይንህ እስከተሸፈነ ድረስ ምንም ነገር ላሳይህ አልችልም:: መጀመርያ አይንህን የጋረደብህን ሞራ ግፈፍና ሁሉም ነገር በግልፅ ይታይሃል::
            ግራም ነፈሰ ቀኝ , ቐቤሳም ሆነ መታሕት , ክርስትያንም ሆነ እስላም የሰው አገር ሰው ሲያስተዳድራቸው እጅግ የበለጠ ውጤታማ እንደሚሆኑ በወሬ ሳይሆን በግብር አሳይተዋል::
            አይንህን ጨፍነህ ልትክደው አይቻልህም ምክንያቱም ኤርትራውያን በንግድና ኢንዱስትሪ, በህዝብና ጭነት ማመላለሻ ዘርፍ, የከባድና ቀላል ተሽከርካሪዎች ባለጋራዦች, መለዋወጫ አስመጪና አከፋፋዮች, ….ስንቱን ልዘርዝርልህ?
            በሌላ በኩል ደግሞ የመንግስት ባለስልጣናት, የከፍተኛ ትምህርት ተቋማት መምህራንና ሃላፊዎች, ሚኒስትሮች, የህክምና ባለሙያዎች…የቱን አንስቼ የቱን ልተወው!

            በነገራችን ላይ ጀርመናዊው ክሊንስማን በ1996 ለባየር ሙኒክ ይጫወት ነበር:: አሰልጣኝ አልነበረም::
            ሌላ ጊዜ ስለኳስ ከመፃፍህ በፊት በኔ ደጅ እለፍ:: የፈረንሳዩ ቲም ጉዳይም ስህተት አለበት:: የ2006 ታሪክ ነው::
            ገንዘብካ:)

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            I corrected the date to 2006.

            As to the French team, may be I was wrong about the year but that’s even worst because 2006 was way after 1998, where they won the cup for the first time.

            I watch soccer every two years, Euro cup and World Cup. I think I can match your talent on that. But everyday / weekend club games, sorry just nit much time.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            It is an addiction. There is no cure for it.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            I think it’s a good addiction and you should be proud of. There is this Indian guy, turbin wearing, named Nav Bhatia, who is nicknamed Toronto Superfan. Thus guy never missed a single Toronto Raptors game in the franchise history and he has court seat right behind the net. I think he or mire popular as Drake in the basket ball community. One day I attended at an event and he said, “I don’t gamble, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t womenize but I raptorize:). Check out his TED talks, such interesting guy.

            When I was young and .,, I use to wake up early to watch Formula1 and the Tour. I was super fan of Liverpool and I stopped premier league football when they stopped being contenders for championship, we go back long time, during Ian Rush, John Burns. This whole Arsenal glory just went over my head and I have yes idea, what happened twenty for the past twenty years until I see Liverpool made a comeback.

            You know my friend iSem have no interest about any sport even during the World Cup and in the middle of the game he likes to talk about awate. One day he surprised me big time, he showed up wearing Italian Jersey. I was shocked, and I could understand the thought that he would go and spend money and buying Italian Jersey as a fan. So I told, somebody must have given you as a gift. He said no, I bought it.

            I said how come. He replied, I am Italian fun. Since when, and he said, since “testosterone”. It’s funny story and since he likes you, he likes your story about driving with you father and mother story, he may share it.

            That’s a long reply for a one liner:).

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            That Liverpool team from the 80s was amazing.
            iSem found that jersey on a clearance rack at a “going out of business “ sale . In case you remember Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup 2018. Only a person who has no clue what is going on in the sports world would buy that jersey. በነፃም ውድ ነው ይሉሃል እንዲህ ነው::
            I’m pleasantly surprised to know that iSem likes me:)
            Where is he hiding these days?
            Please say hello to him and Ato Amanuel.
            I’m tired of asking about Saay. Nobody seems to be worried about his unusual absence. His website is quiet as a ገዳም. Any idea?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            I will. Saay is doing good, he appears in Saleh latest negarit and as always full of life.
            Check out his Facebook page Saleh Younus, he is quite active.

            iSem will make a comeback after insuring his team which won 4 titles, only next to Brazil. I will make sure he reads this:).

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            Thanks. I don’t follow social media. I don’t have Facebook.
            I don’t check negarit since it is in Tigrinya.

          • Brhan

            Hello Abi,

            You are not only mixing between myself, Brhan and Berhe but also between what the the two of us i.e. Brhan and Berhe said. (መረቀን ወይስ…?)

            I know it will take time for you to recognize that the King systematically used not only the policy of divide and rule but also the policy of burn and destroy. The first step for you is to revisit your image about Eritrea and Eritreans vis a vis the king.

            I can suggest a book for you written by Saleh Gadi Johar “of kings and bandits”

            በል እንደገና ብርሃን ነኝ…በርሄ ኣይደለሁም…በነገራችን ላይ ስለኳሱ ነገር ለሱ ኣስተላልፍለት…

            ሰላም

          • Abi

            Hello Brhan
            በርሄ አልከው ብርሃን ሁሉም ያው ነው:: ላንዱ የተፃፈ ለሌላው ይደርሳል:: ምን ችግር አለው? መልዕክቱ እንደሆነ አንድና አንድ ነው::” ወዳጅህ ሲታማ ለኔ ብለህ ስማ ” ይባልም አይዶል?

            I’m editing “Of Kings and Bandits “. I’m almost done with the bandits. By the time I am done with it, you will find the bandits only on the title.

          • Brhan

            Hello Abi,
            I found a parallel :
            As it will take time for the whites in the US to recognize racism in the US it will take time for you to recognize racism of the King in Eritrea.

          • Abi

            Hello Brhan
            I told you several times during the King’s Empire Eritreans were the Prince and Princess . They were the cream!

          • Brhan

            Hello Abi
            Literaly not , so can you name two princes and three princesses?

          • Abi

            Brhan
            Don’t take it literally

          • Brhan

            Your “ቲርፍ ካላት ሌሚን ኣትሽጥዋትም” …can I take it literally?

          • Samuel

            Selam David Samson,
            Nepotism and favoritism has nothing to do with multi-ethnic society, it is an individual choice. It seems you are implying that homogeneous countries don’t have nepotism and favoritism.
            You don’t become corrupt person because you are from “this or that” ethnicity or race, it depends who you are as individual. Even homogeneous countries like Japan can have those diseases. Thus, let’s not try to frame it as if the issue is with multi-cultural society or geography/race related. Generally it’s up to the individual mindset and rule of law.

            For example USA has a great success in all sports except soccer, considering the wealth and size it never had a good soccer team that can win a world cup. Does it mean somehow it is related with nepotism and favoritism? Why not in other sports?
            To me it is related to the performance of the individual. There could be exceptions but its not the norm, nepotism and favoritism has nothing to do with multi-ethnic society.

            If your mindset is tuned with nepotism and favoritism then whether you call yourself as Japanese, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Oromo, Amhara, Tigraway or Hamasien it doesn’t matter really. The main thing is what is “inside” you? are you honest and impartial? Are you capable?

            IA’s dictatorial mindset has nothing to do with his ethnicity or race for that matter, he chose to be a dictator, he could have chosen to be a democratic leader who had laid a foundation to Eritrean democracy.

            Thanks,

          • Abi

            Sami nebsi
            Can’t believe to see you dispensing advice and lecture on nepotism and favoritism.
            ጅብ የማያውቁት አገር ሄዶ ቁርበት አንጥፉልኝ አለ ይላሉ አበው::

          • Hashela

            “ጅብ የማያውቁት አገር ሄዶ ቁርበት አንጥፉልኝ አለ ይላሉ አበው::” This is priceless!

          • Abi

            Hello Hashela
            ሳሚ ነብሲ ካዳመጥከው ገና ስለ ዲሞክራሲያዊ አስተዳደር ሁሉ ገለፃ ሊሰጥ ይዳዳዋል::

            ከደደቡት የደደቢት ማሌሊት ሌማት
            ከጃጁት ጅቦች የቀንም የሌሊት
            የቀራረማትን የዘር ፓለቲካ
            አዋተዎች አናት ላይ በድፍረት ሊያቦካ
            ሲቀባጥር እንደጅብ ሲያስካካ
            ሲደርሱበት ስቆ ከተሳካ ሰርቆ
            እውነታውን ቢያውቅም ከራሱ ደብቆ
            ሊሰብከን ከጀለው ወገቡን አጥብቆ
            የዘር ፖለቲካን እስካፍንጫው ታጥቆ
            በተዋሰው ቋንቋ ሁሉን ዘበራርቆ
            ሁሉን አውቅ ባይ በትእቢት ረቆ ተራቆ
            አንጎሉ ደርቆ ከድንጋይ ምላሱ ረዝሞ ከሸምበቆ

            ላያመልጥ ከራሥ አቢ መንጠቆ!!

          • Selam Abi and Hashela,
            Nepotism, cronyism and favoritism are characteristics of tplf rule. Even now, back in Mekelle, nepotism and cronyism are rampant. Families and friends are more equal than other Tigrayans. That is why people are in the streets.
            What we hear and read are tplf’s spin game and the war it has declared on truth and facts, which will convince nobody. Ethiopians do not have short memories, nor are they braindead, as some tplf supporters would like to think.
            People do not change. People become what they used to be before when they find themselves at the helm of power. Tplf was a group of corrupt and tribalist people before they came to power, during the time they were in power at the center, and today when they are at the periphery power. Nothing has changed or will change. It is in their nature.

          • Mokie Berhe

            Salam Horizon. In terms of nepotism, lest not forget the ‘Queen of Mega’ Azeb Mesfin.

          • Abi

            Hello Horizon
            When Tplf was looting the whole country, it didn’t matter which part of Tigray one comes from. There was plenty in the cookie jar. Now that the resources are limited, only those who hail from Adwa are allowed to touch the quickly drying resources.
            As one of the activists said ከባህር ዳርና አዲስ አበባ ተባረው ወደ ትግራይ መጥተዋል:: ከትግራይ ወደ አድዋ ከዚያም ወደ ደደቢት ቀጥሎም ወደ እስር ቤት እናስገባቸዋለን.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Abiy; did hear what Siyum Mesfin said about PMAA’s noble price? He said the nodal price committee are contemplating to take back the noble price award from PMAA and the committee come out debunk it. This shows be the character and desperation of the thugs. Don’t forget he took the whole Addis Abeba on a false celebration about Badime. Thankfully; the whole horn Africa about to get its freedom. TPLF is the cancer of the entire region.

          • Abi

            General
            He also said ኢትዮጵያውያን ግንቦት ሃያን ከቤታቸው ሆነው እያከበሩ ነው:: ይህ ግም ጃጅቷል::

          • Paulos

            Selam Samuel,

            Was watching the other day “Ethio Forum” interview with John Young the author of “Peasant Revolution in Ethiopia” and he said, there was far more nepotism and favouritism in Amara and Oromia region than in Tigrai.

            Is John Young TPLF CC or PB member? Because the truth of the matter is that, it is only the TPLF mafia that had robbed Ethiopia to its bones.

          • Samuel

            Selam Paulos,
            That’s exactly right, I forwarded the same video to a friend of mine who is a replica of Abi and Horizon (he never admits wrongdoings of previous regimes but he doesn’t take time to blame TPLF even when his light switch stops working).

            Don’t forget that Dr. Debrtsion is an acting President of Tigray Region, thus you can suspect who the President could be. When it comes to TPLF everything and anything is possible.

            Thanks,

          • Abi

            Paul +Sami
            ብቻውን ሲቆዝም አይቶ አይጡ
            ሊያፅናናው መጣለት ክንፈቢስ ድንቢጡ
            የተራረፈውን ተጋግዘው ሊግጡ
            በቁንጣን ሊቅበጠበጡ
            በተጨቆነው ላይ ሊያላግጡ
            የሌለ ጥርሳቸውን ሊያገጡ
            እውር አይናቸውን ሊያፈጡ
            ምነው እንዲህ ቀበጡ?

            ፈንቅል መጣባችሁ በጊዜ ፈርጥጡ!
            ሩጥ ሩጥ ድመቶች መጡ!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Berhe,

            David’s example uses COACHES, but you are talking about PLAYERS.

            Also, Fact check: there was no World Cup in 1996.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Simon,

            You are correct, the world cup in Germany was 2006 not 1996.
            So you think Europeans will have no problem if their coach is African. I would assume and I would think, they will have the same problems if not more problem if the coach is African.

            The US is a perfect example, after the election of Obama, a lot of white nationalist have waken up and tearing the country apart.

            I think the problem is, people like you, David and the rest of us have giving up that as Africans we are not capable of finding a solution.

            Take Eritrea and Ethiopia as an example. If we do not have government at all, our countries and our people would have been served well.

            The problem is, with those politicians who are good for nothing. In Eritrea, you can fire the whole PFDJ apparatus tomorrow and the country will function.

            So I don’t think we even got to the ethnicity and race part…we have no government in the first place.

            Berhe

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam NewDawn and Paulos,

            At the present, it is clear for everyone to see that there is no glue that holds the different Eritrean communities together. Neither at the leadership nor at the grassroots level.

            There never was any unity that is organic. Let us stop repeating over used mantras for the sake of feel good effect.

            Federation failed. Independence failed miserably. Call back Italy, Britain and the UN. We do not need to cross land and sea to reach safety.

          • Paulos

            Selam Simon,

            You’re throwing in the towel before even getting into the ring. Defeatism doesn’t cut it and maybe you should stop commenting on issues that takes courage and realistic optimism. In short, shut the h*’ll up!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Paulos,

            You are blowing hot air, and you know it. All talk and no action. For the last, almost, 30 years Isaias has been telling you to get lost to Hades.

            What can you do about it?

            I can arrange a whip round for your one-way ticket to Asmara.

          • Haile S.

            Paul and Nitricc,

            Let me give you an unsolicited lesson of geography. If you guys decide to climb Mt Emba Soira when you visit Eritrea, it is just at 10 kms Crow’s fly from the town (Senafe) that you see at the header image of this article.

          • Paulos

            ሃይላት,

            ብዘይምኽንያት ኣይኮኑን ፈረንጂ ንሃገርና ቦሎፎን ናይ ኣፍሪቃ ኢሎማ!

          • David Samson

            Selam Haile,

            It seems to me we all are talking Greek to each other so let me divert to your interest.

            Legends have it on Emba Soira: Two priests from present-day
            Syria had lived in a monastery around the mountain, hence the name “Emba”. The name Soira was taken from Syria.

            Rama: You know India had many king dynasties and one of
            them was “Rama”. I have not found any material, but the name— found in Tigray—might be something to do with his visit.

            Do you know anything about Emba Soira and Rama, even a
            wild guess will do.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Dawit,

            Yes, we always divert from one subject to another. But, I hope you didn’t miss the reason for my own diversion to Emba Soira.
            On the origin of this name and Rama as well, let us defer it to Ismail AA, who likely will know. My wild wild guess based on the coming of priests and saints from Byzantine would be from the Romi or Romish people meaning eastern european and Byzantine who also happen to had military relationship when Abraha invaded the other side of the sea.
            Having said that, I am for looking the origin of names locally as much as possible, from local people, plants, animals or types of soil before going further. Like ከረን፡ ስላዕ ዳዕሮ፡ እምባ ደርሆ (one of the earliest towns to be identified in travellers geography manual) እምኒ ሓይሊ፡ ጽሑፍ እምኒ፡ እምባ ተኺሎ etc etc.

          • Nitricc

            I am convinced you are on some kinds of medication. I think you have mental health issues. What you have said is only written by mentally ill person, no healthy and worty person will say that. NO!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            This topic is above your pay grade.

            Go to the top of Mount Emba Soira and jump.

          • Paulos

            Selam Simon,

            When Margaret Thatcher came to power in the late 70s or early 80s, she stunned the world when she said, “There is no such a thing called society but individuals.” Her rather canonical assertion was of course, the axiomatic narrative of what it was to become Neo-Liberal economic and social dogma.

            What was missing in her calculus and perhaps deliberately left out to push for a Neo-Liberal agenda was the fundamental idea of “Social Capital.” Essentially, Social Capital describes the wealth of trust and reciprocity created with in social groups through networks of shared norms, values, tradition, set of faith and culture among other things.

            I agree with you when you said, Eritrean communities are inflicted with the malaise of mistrust but the mistrust is not systematic so to speak but a reflection of an institution that came to be known as PFDJ. That said however, PFDJ is not an ideology per se but a totalitarian machination rooted on lies and deception. As such, once it is gone, it won’t have a lasting print or enduring legacy where Eritreans will be resorting back to their age old Social Capital instead. Not only, Social Capital is an asset in waiting Eritreans to fall back on but an expertise as well in every conceivable academic and technical field which you seem to callously dismiss. The famous line in “Fields of Dreams” goes, “If you build it, they will come.”

            In the late 40s, given the prevailing reality back then, Eritreans perhaps had a valid reason to root and vote for the political party—“Pro-Italia” against the Unionist Party, Independent Block, the Liberal Progressive Party or the Islamic Block but in this day and age, to harp back to colonialism is unfortunate and self-depreciating to say the least.

          • TL

            Women want real men who fight for their country. Not men who run away and complain in the West.