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Archives: Reasons To Doubt Reliability of ICG’s Report

Today’s archive material is a Gedab News report from November 8, 2007. Since then, at least once every year, an imminent military confrontation between Eritrea and Ethiopia was expected based of reports and rumors. And since the last war stopped [in 2000], the two countries are still going through a no-war-no-peace situation, while the Eritreans opposition still remains in disarray due to its own incompetence and hindrances of different external forces executing king-making projects (The Awate Team, June 2, 2017).


Since the Eritrea-Ethiopia Peace Agreement of 2001, there has not been a period where one side or another has not warned of the dangers of a breakout of war between Eritrea and Ethiopia.  Indeed, given the proximity of the two battle-tested armies; the poisonous political environment between the two governments; the inability of UN Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE) to carry out its mandate fully; the inability of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) to carry out its mandate fully and other factors make any announcement of potential war seem credible. However, it is also true that the claim “war is imminent” has been used for political ends whenever it serves the interests of authoritarian governments and it is important that their claims be scrutinized—even when it seems to be buttressed by prestigious organizations like the International Crisis Group (ICG.)

Reason for Pause

Politicians use war for political ends.  Whenever the possibility or likelihood of war is raised, President Isaias Afwerki has been fraying the nerves of Eritreans so long as it serves his interest.  Sometimes, he claims that “war is imminent”.  Sometimes, he downplays the likelihood of war to a point where he describes it as impossible.  He never gives facts, evidence or explanations for his prophesies—they are declarations that achieve their desired goal: mobilize his followers towards whatever the goal of the moment is. Sometimes it is fundraising; sometimes it is merely to change the subject from irritating questions like long bread lines and generals shooting at each other.

Most Eritreans have learned to ignore the state media and to rely on independent sources for their news and information. Lately, there have been a slew of reports all projecting war within weeks and all citing the International Crisis Group as their primary source.
The ICG has a reputation for reliability and quality work—but is it always right?  Who authored the piece that carries its name? Was it written recently or was it written a while ago and updated recently? These are questions we have asked of ICG that we hope to receive answers for. We hope the ICG will be transparent about its report-writing process and what, if any, role was played by one of its senior advisors, Mr. Andeberhan Woldegiorgis.

Andeberhan Woldegirogis

ICG lists Andeberhan Woldegiorgis as a senior advisor who is based out of the Nairobi, Kenya office. What his role was in writing the report is highly relevant because (a) he had, until recently, held senior positions in the Eritrean regime and (b) he has a history of alarmism.

Mr. Andeberhan Woldegiorgis held the following positions with the Eritrean regime:

2002–2006:  Ambassador to Belgium, the EU, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Spain,
2000–2002:  Commissioner for Coordination – United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE)
1997–1999:  Ambassador to Congo and Envoy to Great Lakes region
1995–1999: Ambassador to Belgium, the EU, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK, and Permanent Representative to UNESCO and the International Maritime Organization.

What is noteworthy about Andeberhan Woldegiorgis is that, unlike his predecessors who left the PFDJ, he has yet to renounce the party or show remorse for his role in the creation of Eritrea’s full-fledged dictatorship. He simply left quietly through the revolving door of government to the NGO world, with nary a word for his shameful role with the PFDJ. Indeed, he was one of the coordinators of the so-called Hizbawi Mekete (popular challenges) that were held in Europe where the PFDJ envoys did all they could to shift the attention of the people from democracy and human rights to the dangers posed by Eritrea’s so-called “internal and external enemies.”  It would not be surprising if an individual with such a history was serving the same purpose, albeit now for a different employer.

Equally important is his alarmist history when he was Eritrea’s Commissioner for Co-ordination to UNMEE. One episode stands out: in 2001, he wrote a complaint to the UN claiming that 250 Ethiopian soldiers held a military attack at the Eritrea’s police and militia forces in Gegew on November 30, 2001.  The UN investigated the matter and concluded that “The Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) between Eritrea and Ethiopia is said to be calm and stable, despite accusations of violations.”

It should be noted here that awate.com is not making any claims to having any knowledge on whether the likelihood of war between Eritrea and Ethiopia is less or more than it was a month ago or a year ago. We do not think it is coincidental that some of Eritrea’s armed groups (barely mentioned in the ICG report) have recently accelerated their military campaigns. The point is that if the recent news reports about the imminence of war are entirely based on the ICG report and if Andebheran Woldegiorgis had a hand in penning the ICG report, then there is every reason to believe that the report is trumped up and written to meet the political objectives of Eritrea’s ruling party—a party that he has failed to disassociate from. It should be studied more critically before the inevitability of war becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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  • BM

    Andeberhan has always been opportunist , irresponsible and insensitive towards others.He is regionalist and megalomaniac. He will always be remembered at least for his damages to UOA and the current youth movements (I believe the establishment of MEDREK has been a stumbling block for the youth movement. He invented it to divide the youth..EYSC , EYSNS , Bologna…etc). A wise man would have worked hard to bring the youth organisations together not a heavily funded MEDREK that pays/profits its owners- Andeberhan and his likes.

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam Hailemariam Tesfai,
    .
    It appears it is a very debilitating and discouraging state of affairs to see prominent opposition leaders malign and mistreat each other in such a wide and public way.
    Everyone watching and witnessing all this in public rightly assume that in private within the smaller inner circles it must be more potent and worse.
    Time and again getting together only to break apart with multiple accusations and enemy lists.
    .
    Is it any wonder that a substantial section of Eritreans support and defend the PFDJ or IA, to some extent recognizing the deformity.
    The opposition, the only single solitary issue they all agree upon is the departure of IA one way or another. For an objective observer looking in from outside, it appears that they all wanted him out of the way so that they have the field (meda) for their open battles, civil wars complete with war lords.
    If I was an Eritrean, I would have chosen IA too. The other available practical options looks bleak.
    .
    Where am I wrong?
    .
    Mr. K.H

  • Sahay Erican

    Dear Hailemariam,

    Individuals like you are endangered species…very hard to find. God bless you.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All, The other day I heard Lebron saying that ” it is tough to be a black person in America” and I thought about it for short time and I said to my self, I know to be black is tough but to Muslim is much tougher. I think it will even be toughest if Trump going to stay in power for any extended time. His believe against Muslim is polarizing, Americans are coming billboards insulting Muslims. Here is in INDey a billboard read insulting and degrading the religion Islam. where are we heading? what is chance in coexistence despite our differences and believes? what would be the Trump effect on religion of Islam and the people of Muslim. Scary!

    ” The all black billboard has a headline of “The Perfect Man.” Underneath are six bullet points to describe that man. These points include “married a 6-year-old,” “slave owner & dealer” and “13 wives, 11 at one time.”

    At the bottom of the billboard in yellow sits the words “Educate Truthophobes.” A search of Truthophobes At the bottom of the billboard in yellow sits the words “Educate Truthophobes.”

  • Abraham H.

    Selam All, with the ongoing diplomatic tension in the Gulf region and the ban on the Qatar Airways not to use the Saudi and Emirati airspaces; I happened to look at the route map of the Ethiopian Airlines. From the map I could see that a number of flights do cross Eritrean airspace. My question to those in the know: does Ethiopian Airlines pay overflight fees to the PFDJ regime for using Eritrean airspace?

    • KBT

      Selamat kulukhum
      To the eritrean government please.

      • Abraham H.

        Selam KBT, it is probably doing a favor to call it a pfdj regime; what is pfdj by the way? Has it any leadership/maekelay shimagile any longer? When was its central council /maekelay shimagile convened a meeting; wasn’t it some 17 years ago? When did it conduct any Congress; wasn’t it in 1994, 23 years ago, a congress that destroyed the old eplf and transformed it to one-man show of pfdj?
        Until there is a system in Eritrea that works for Eritreans and not against them, i would not call it a government. Probably I should have called it a mafioso group of Isayas, which fits it better.

        • Thomas

          Selam Abraham,

          That was funny, this “KBT” thing is not ashamed of anything. “Fewsi Hinki/Hifran” tewegi’u e’u mesleni, hahahaha………..

          • KBT

            Selamat Thomas
            I am glad you like my entertaining then about mafia and gangs you must talking about TPLF her.
            It’s not shabia that is in trouble my friend condemn by all.

          • Thomas

            Hi KBT,

            I hate to call you Kebt “KBT” but I agree it completely describes you. You made an excellent choice in naming yourself, NO Diggity on that:)

          • KBT

            selama Thomas
            it s ok brother my government don t have any pay share in this propaganda network but yours spend millions to sponsors
            network like this ,that why you and that abi can insult and denigrate eritrea and it people as you wish ,

          • Thomas

            Selam KBT,
            So, I am an Ethiopian now? Aye bial al gefif tigbru!! You decided to take my Eritrean citizenship because I am not KBT? Aye deki arbi’a deki Alula tigebru. Hahaha

          • Kebessa

            KBT,
            Thomas is not Ethiopian. He just wishes he was born Ethiopian. Big difference between the two.

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Hey was born maybe in eritrea from tigray origin but everything indicate in his comments that he is not Eritrean.

          • blink

            Dear KBT
            Did you guys know each other? For me any one who wish to be Ethiopian and sing weyane propaganda is Ethiopian and has no business talking to Eritreans about Eritreans issues.

        • KBT

          Selamat
          You can call it whatever you want
          There is no another alternative, for know eritrea need him, and look he keep eritrea safe, against all odds he stood he stood his ground ,never stretch his hand to ask help, while in the other the so called democratic woyane with all military, economic, diplomatic aid he could achieve nothing, in fact he is collapsing,

          • Abraham H.

            Selam KBT, “There is no another alternative…”; of course, there lots of alternatives, unless you are blinded to equate Eritrean people with DIA. And what odds are you talking about; as far as we know the biggest challenge faced by Eritrea after its independence was the border war with Ethiopia; which was the making of DIA to begin with, but was overcome thanks to the Eritrean people’s collective effort and sacrifices. If things went according to DIA’s plans, Assab would been under Ethiopain control, no one knows for how long.
            I want to remind you and your likes to stop equating Eritrea with DIA; it is the people as a whole who make up a nation. And you cannot continue to suffocate the Eritrean people citing unfounded ‘odds’ just for the sake of clinging to power indefinitly, using scare-tactics, as if the whole world is arrayed agianst the Eritrean people,
            Border issue is not a reason to keep the country under indefinite emergency; it is not a reason to disband whatever existed of the ‘people’s representative organs’ and institutions, putting unlimited hindrances on the people so that the trader cannot trade freely, the farmer cannot farm freely, even the people cannot move freely from place to place. I also want to remind you that it is the Eritrean people who keep the peace of their nation; not DIA as you have been brainwashed to believe.

          • KBT

            Selamat
            You talking rubbish
            , where you there at assab a the time of war ?? Who is the commander in chief of the eritrean army ?? Isn’t the president ,do you think you can seduce eritrean with lie.
            Killing you said ??? Any evidence? ??
            Tell me what was your experience in eritrea?
            Mean happened to you in eritrea ?? If you are eritrean off course and i doubt that
            It’s ok they keep following us wherever we go by claiming that they are eritrean anyway
            You have no argument than lie and propaganda, just answer my questions if you can

  • Nitricc

    Greetings Hailemariam; I find your point, criticism and input to be fair and reasonable. However; I am shaking my head when you declared ” Andeberhan is a better fighter than Mesfn Hagos….” really?

    • Hailemariam Tesfai

      Dear Nitricc-Selam

      I am not surprised by your response… “really?”, and my answer is not “yes, don’t you know that?” I am neither judging, nor trying to accurately rate their level of commitment to the cause or their heroism in the past 40 years. They all have done their part in history, and may be more than the ones judging them now. I am only comparing their actions, and their level of engagements in the past 5-7 years. Myself, or my organization was not a direct beneficiary of the funds distributed by Andeberhan, but Awate team and other participants of Nairobi were! Medrek had evolved from its initial “EPLF Revival” theme when they started few years ago. The funders of their movement-Medrek may also require him to be inclusive in their mission. Both Andeberhan and the Nairobi group are guilty of conducting an exclusive conference in Nairobi that invited only organizations favored by the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (Kidan) and its consultants like Awate foundation who played by their own admission an important role in facilitating the conference. The problem came about when the outcome disproportionately benefited Medrek propelling them to gain an automatic diplomatic recognition by the Ethiopian government while EDA and Awate team coming home empty handed only to find their abandoned Baito HQ closed.

      In order to avoid the repetition of such outcomes, Andeberhan and Medrek have to abandon the deeply ingrained belief that “Only they-and no one else” can bring about change in Eritrea! Medrek have to realize that the Politico-Militaristic culture of their ex-organization utilized to liberate Eritrea failed to secure a free and peaceful nation with democratic institutions. This time they have to be humble enough to work with diverse political organizations with a common goal of removing the authoritarian system and hand over power to the people through transitional government. My advice to Awate team is to stop obsessively targeting and destroying people’s characters, civic organizations like CDRiE, EFND, EGS, and now Medrek while promoting political organizations of your liking. Andeberhan was first Crowned by you and now demoted when expectations were not fulfilled.

      • Nitricc

        Greetings Hailemariam and I thank for your response. if you have said from the get-go that your comparison was targeting the last 5 to 7 years, then I wouldn’t have even bothered you with a comment. I have spend enormous amount of time and energy in studying the military wing of EPLF; and the unfairness to ward the contributions of Mesfin Hagose, when it comes to the military wing is depressing and unjust. That was the reason I reacted to your take. I know you might say how about all the unjust things went on in our Gedli? I can only understanding it, after all it is Gedli; nothing but misery, nothing but suffering, nothing but untold sacrifices, what is there to study? I shake my head whenever I read people saying there was no rights in Gedli and the gedli was undemocratic, really? how is that possible Gedli and democracy to exist side by side and be successful? what those people they failed to understand is that there was never democratic practices in Gedli and there will never be any democratic practices as long as the gedli generation exists and in power. One way or the other, the Gedli generation will display what they know how. On your own take, you admired Andebrhan and he even wrote a book but when it comes to be democratic and be respectful individuals rights, he resort to what he knows, Gedli. point, why did he excluded Awates’ Gadi from the conference? who gave him the right to exclude anyone from the business of the nation? You get my drift.

  • Thomas

    Selam Awatistas,
    The following events are currently brewing around the horn. After sum set-backs, the minister from Sudan has been visited Egypt. Now, it is clear that Egypt and Sudan are having some deplomatic issues (may include accusation of one-group supporting opposition groups of the other and also about the unsettled border Issues). How is this relevant to Eritrea. Well, thanks to Dictator Issayas where there is trouple in the region, he makes sure Eritrea is immersed deeply in it. There is already Ethio-Egypt troublesome and confrontation Nile river set back, guess what Issayas blindly is employed by Egypt. Ethiopia is already Issayas enemy, but what will be his relation ship with Sudan. What are the immediate border nation os Eritrea: Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt and by Sea/Yemen. If these all these countries happen to like and support Egypt, what will the status of Issayas and Egypt be? Forget the Egyptians, because they are powerful and can defend their nation themselves. After all, they don’t seem to have a border with Ethiopia. So, may be their boot soldiers have to first land in Eritrea with the dictator’s permission to cross over Ethiopia’s land. Are these wars inevitable or are they far fetched?

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Thomas,

      I am afraid, may be because the only thing we Eritreans know or remember is war, we seem to throw the word “full blown war” as if it’s a soccer match.

      The UN Security Council plays a big role in avoiding war. Most of the time it fails, when one of those nations are involved and because of their veto power, no body can stop them.

      Other than that, they do pretty good job stopping.

      That said, when was the hast time there was”full blown out war” between member nations with exception of Eritrea / Ethiopia ?

      May be between Uganda / Tanzania during Idi Amin or Ethiopia / Somalia.

      Sudan is basically to side with Ethiopia or else if gets flooded if it sided with Egypt if there is ever a conflict between Ethiopia / Egypt.

      Other that pure pride
      Berhe

      • Abi

        Hawuna Berhe
        First of all there is no war in soccer unless it is a Milan derby. Or may be Hamassein is playing Qdus Giorgis. ( ፈረሰኛው ጊዮርጊስ ይቅር ይበላችሁ)

        Now to a less important stuff. Why do you think Sudan will be flooded?

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Abi,

          Egypt will benefit nothing unless it destroys the dam ( assuming that’s why ) it goes to war.

          By doing so, the water that’s collected in the dam has to go somewhere, to Khartoum.

          The Ethiopians are smart enough to know where to put the dam. Yagere saw 🙂 everyday that goes by Egypt does nothing it becomes difficult for it. I think it’s already too late now to do anything.

          Berhe

          • Selam Berhe Y.,

            The wrong assumption many people make is to think that egypt can destroy easily the dam at this stage the construction phase has reached, because most dams are constructed in such a way that they can withstand some level of bombing. Even if they destroy the dam, what then? Egypt has to make sure that ethiopia does nothing on the nile in the future, which is impossible for egypt to achieve. Ethiopia will no more be obliged to any international laws and obligations, because ethiopia’s right are not respected. Egypt will be forced to live to prevent ethiopia from using the nile, and you can imagine the economic, political and social impact on egypt of such policy.
            Therefore, egypt has no other option than to work with ethiopia for a win-win outcome on the nile. This is not the nineteenth or early twentieth century, when pax britannica ruled the world, during which british hegemony was everywhere, and britain could take herself whatever she wanted, or give away other people’s resources to friends and acquaintances.
            Fortunately, the ethiopian renaissance dam has been made a national symbol, because all ethiopians, irrespective of geographical location and ethnicity, have been made stakeholders, and they are ready to defend the symbol of their future economic development and a better life, except the lost souls who call ethiopian dams ‘the damned dams’. You may have heard of such ethiopians.
            Finally, one can imagine that whoever stands with the enemy becomes enemy number-one, and is dealt with accordingly. In this feud eritrea can only be neutral.

        • Thomas

          Selam Abi,

          I did not want to smile but you forced me when you wrote, “Now to a less important stuff. Why do you think Sudan will be flooded?”. So, talking about soccer is more important than talking about the very important and highly invested dam being engineered in your own country. Trust me, Abi it is a big deal:)

          • Abi

            Tommy Tommy Tommy
            You know I was messing with Hawuna Berhe.
            You know I’ve been saying the DAM is our way of getting rid of poverty.
            The DAM is my dabo! I don’t let anybody to get in between me and my dabo. I’m a hungry person waiting for the DAM to bring me plenty of DABO!!!

          • Selam Abi,
            Do you think that the renaissance dam could be the source of ‘dabo’ for the eritrean people too, in the future? One of the reasons fdi comes to ethiopia is the availability of cheap electricity. If eritrea has the same access to cheap ethiopian electricity, don’t you think that this will attract fdi to eritrea, and set in motion eritrea’s industry and her overall development?

          • Abi

            Hi Horizon
            It should be depending on whether Eritrea is 1000% with us or not. 1000% loyalty is a must.
            There is no middle ground or neutrality.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Horizon,

            I am sure Eritrea will benefit, and for sure Ethiopia will get back in return seven folds.

            I doubt Eritrea is the best place for FDI investments, related to manufacturing as Ethiopia is trying to establish itself. With energy I think the man power is key factor. Eritrea does not have the population to be able for the companies to establish investment in Eritrea.

            How ever other than the usual house hold electrical needs, Eritrea could benefit in the mining sector in western Eritrea. But most benefit for Eritrea would be the tourism industry when it develops its coastline and build resorts. It needs electricity and air conditioned luxury hotels.

            Abi,
            Ethiopia will do what benefits Ethiopia first, Eritrea and others are all secondary.

            Berhe

      • Thomas

        Hi Berhe,

        Trust me, Eritrea can only be saved by some miracle. If Sudan supports the Addis government and isolates itself from the mafia running our country, our opposition group/the military brunch will get the opportunity to use two fronts to topple the bloody mafias in Asmara. Most of all, with Sudan and Ethiopia helping us because they have two because Egypt will be a threat to both. We will then be able to corner the mafias/ruts in right within their holes:)

        • Berhe Y

          Selam Thomas,

          I am not in favour of any military or use of force to make regime change in our country, for a simple reason:

          1) It’s very costly, both in human and destruction. Basically you are fighting the enemy (the regime) on what’s best at, the opposition doesn’t.

          2) no matter how much you think the regime is hated by the people, if foreign forces are involved, it’s easy to turn it its advantage and get the public support it needs.

          3) no body can garantee what will follow will be better, if there is no organized power to take over. Eg Iraq. Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, all this countries went through change forced by external forces and non of them are able to pull through.

          3) best option is though organized resistance to force the system to crumble from within. Eg Serbia, Tunisia, Egypt, Burma,

          Going back to Sudan:

          Sudan will only benefit from the dam.
          1) the dam will control the flow of water, so there will not be flooding during heavy season
          2) it will have constant flow even in shortage of water because the collected water in the dam
          3) it will get cheaper electricity

          For all the benefit it get, it’s not worth for Sudan to make military confrontation by siding with Ethiopia. The fight is between Egypt / Ethiopia and it can afford to be in the sideline for them to figure it out. But it can justify the support of the dam for its own economic and other advantage that Egypt will be hard pressed to provide alternative. Ethiopia does not need Sudan military support, its more than happy that it got the political support to justify the project.

          Sudan will not be in confrontation with the Asmara regime. It’s has sensitive issue on the east that the regime can exploit and i doubt its military capability is enough to make a dent to the regime.

          It will be playing in the middle, like it’s been doing for years, appease the regime and allow the opposition to operate.

          Personally this is much ado about nothing.

          Egypt knows that the dam will not after it at all, Ethiopia was very careful with its plan, at the end, the excess water that flows to the Mediterranean is probably will be minimized (and what’s evaporates in the Aswan dam reservoir), at least when the dam gets full after the first few years.

          But it wants to appear that it’s doing something so it gets the support of the public for political reason.

          Eritrea really don’t lose anything and it may have much to gain by the dam. It will benefit with cheap electricity specially for the western part of Eritrea, its bread basket.

          It should just stay neutral and let Ethiopia / Egypt figure it out.

          If I was the Eritrean government I would just say, not that I am expert in this kind of things:

          “Eritrea has no position to support or not support the dam as it’s not directly affects. How ever Eritrea urges the parties that are affected the most to do all in their power to make sure the project does not have impact to the public and the environment. Eritrea is confident that the parties will find an amicable and practical solution that benefit them and their population”

          Berhe

          • Thomas

            Hi Berhe,

            Disqus has held my response. It is on pending approval. I hope it is released.

          • Abi

            Hawuna Berhe
            This is what you said which made me shake my head

            Let Ethiopia and Egypt fight it out. If Ethiopia came out the winner, Eritrea will get cheap electricity. If Egypt wins, Eritrea will lose nothing.
            You are a master of Doublethink.
            Sudan will be with Ethiopia and it will be rewarded with plenty of cheap electricity with a minor restriction from selling it to some countries who remained on the side of Egypt or remained neutral.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abi,

            No doublethink at all man. You just see things from completely different angle, I was thinking from the topic at hand that Eritrea is sided with Egypt and war and stuff.

            All I try to say is:
            1) Eritrea has no business in interfering
            2) It has no power even if it supports Ethiopia or Egypt.

            The two countries should resolve their issue in a workable way and it’s good for everyone.

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Selamat Berhe:

            The danger here is that we have two countries (Ethiopia and Egypt) who have a lot in common, i.e., same destructive psychological make-up. I say this with no malice and zero intention to offend anyone:

            1. All their grand achievements are ancient. Egypt calls itself “Um Adunya” (Mother of Civilization) and Ethiopia calls itself as Mother of PanAfricanism and Protected by God. (The biblical prophecy of ‘Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.’ has been given the most militant interpretation by some. (I am looking at you Ben from Ethiopiafirst. com)

            2. Both countries have a tendency to define themselves by wars they fight and they always win their wars (according to them.) Or if they lose them, which is rare, it was some conspiracy. Egypt is a little better here: after the 1967 war which it lost its president (Gemal Abdunasser) offered to resign and was asked by the people to remain in power due to massive goodwill he had accumulated. I wonder is there is a single incident of a ruler voluntarily relinquishing power in Ethiopia.

            3. Egypt has never looked at a map of Africa: it considers its location there as completely accidental as it is part of the Middle East. A belief encouraged by those who created the term “sub-Saharan Africa” which is a different way of saying Black Africa. So the territorial dispute between Egypt and Sudan will go along predictable lines: sub-Sahara Africa on the side of Sudan and the Middleeast supporting Egypt. All uncritically.

            4. On the merits of the case (Nile waters) there is really nothing to debate: Ethiopia is right and Egypt is wrong. I have no idea why IA has vested himself so heavily on being on the wrong side of history. It’s remarkably petty to hold a view that contradicts all facts and evidence simply because you don’t like the people who are right.

            saay

          • Nitricc

            Hey SAAY; it is not about right and wrong and it is all about weak Vs strong. It is true, Ethiopia have the right and it is only just to use her waters as it wonted but it is not about Right and Justice. it ia about force; Egypt is way much stronger than the Ethiopians. The Ethiopian air force none existence and the Ethiopian army so divisive and polarized by internal ethnic politics, the army can’t even defeat few men in a pick trick in flap shoes. Point; there will be military conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt. It is the matter of time. Egypt have zero respect for Ethiopia to materialize any peaceful settlement regarding the issue between them.

          • Mez

            Dear Nitricc,

            I see your point on the weakness of the Ethiopian army; the 50,000 man strong Egyptian army, with all the flying objects it has, is not doing–in the Sinai Desert–better either. If you look further on the other side of the Red Sea, a couple of countries are fighting the illusive insurgence…It looks to me this is the contemporary trend.

            So Nitricc, further thinking is needed to bust Saay’s logic.

            Thanks

          • blink

            Dear Nitricc
            Is there any indication that War will broke out between Ethiopia and Egypt? Can the Egypt Air Force bomb the dam with mother of all bombs ? If Egypt start war with Ethiopia, I think it will be a blessing to weyane and their cronies, they can use Egypt the same they used Eritrea to their advantage of controlling Ethiopia for centuries . Ethiopia is in emergency due to the ethnic unrest, if weyane did not find any outside provocation to extend their rule , it will be the end of their reign.

            They need war at this time be it for win or substantial lose , because with out war they can not continue. Egypt is in a dire economic constraints , the general is ruling Egypt by iron feisty security apparatus. I do not know how Egypt move with Trump but they look ok to the opposite of their view of Syria .
            Ethiopia’s current problem especially under the current administration looks a ship with out guiding . Meles left it with people who fear each other . If your economic growth is above 10% for 20 years and is growing , how on earth you have 10 million people with dire need of food aid? There must be something like the 2003 account thefts of the 1.5 billion birr of the federal central bank did.

            My question is why are all quite to saay digg on Ethiopia “they supposed to say to him “a PFDJ propagandist cadre. I have never seen any challenge to saay when he take a shoot at weyane. He enjoy the freedom of truth.

          • Nitricc,
            This is much more your dream than an informed comment. If military gadgets and the number of soldiers could win a war, then, the americans could have won in vietnam. To attack an army that is in a defensive position, it is said that you need a 10:1 ratio of soldiers to be able to launch an attack. Just imagine the human cost for the aggressor.
            Your dia/pfdj made the same mistake in 1998, when they attacked ethiopia, hoping that ethiopians will turn against woyane, and they had the biggest surprise of their life, when the ethiopian army overran 30% of the eritrean land and it was only 50 km away from asmara, and your regime lost its luster then and it has not yet recovered.
            If according to you egypt thinks that ethiopians will not fight united to defend the dam they are paying for, be sure, egyptian soldiers will be forced to remove their boots, so that they can be able to run away faster, as they did in the sinai desert, during the arab-israeli war. Your wish and dream is nothing to the egyptians. They know very well that they will come out losers militarily and politically, and therefore, they are not going to do what you dream for. You will be waiting for that day until old age, and it will never come. By then dia/pfdj will be forgotten.

          • Abi

            Hi Horizon
            The most decorated Egyptian Generals have never seen a real war. They only played “Call of Duty ” on the army provided Play Station.
            BTW the Egyptian soldiers don’t have to run to save their lives. They hire people like Nitricc to carry them.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            Egypt has been busy (albeit the economic downturn) purchasing military equipments, helicopter carriers, warships, submarines and fighter jets, including aircraft carriers, from France and Germany.

            There is room to suspect it’s intentions…

            Berhe

          • Mez

            Dear Berhe,

            I would guss, it has more to do with the Arab Spring and proper Middle East geopolitics.

            After a decade or so, all these toys will be obsolete anyhow. Unwise investment–probably.

            Thanks

          • Thomas

            Selam Berhe,

            I just tried to change some stuff in my Disqus account and it deleted all my comments as you can see all my postings showing “comment deleted”. Long story, I was never intending to delete my comment, but I have to tell you I will get back with you on why I think is fighting the Issayas regime violently is the timely solution.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Thomas,

            I think I read your comments…let’s leave it there..we can agree to disagree on this one:)

            Berhe

          • KBT

            Selamat kulukhum
            Sorry but we don’t need ethiopian electricity, first also they have their owns problems of electricity, water, food, hunger, tell them do deal with the own problems let alone supply eritrea , and whoever win or loose we don’t care eritrea can defend itself and no need for open war TPLF is already in in its knee.

  • Solomon

    Right on! It could still relevant today! Eritreans should not have any faith in such people.

    • RaAi Tes

      Solomon, I disagree with your judgement. You do not have enough incriminating information to make that kind of judgement. It is always prudent to delay judgement. What evidence do you have to exclusively reject him from participating in any political discourse. We do not need to be emotional with these matters. Only when one is convinced with a wrong doing, we can give judgement. To be frank with you, I am very grateful for most of what our ex fighters (elders) did for Eritrea. They left their education and family to fight for Eritrean independence. I wish today’s youth (including me) had the courage to sacrifice our luxury life and die for our country. So please we need to keep our judgmental impulses in control and learn from people like Andeberhan and other fighters. They successfully closed one chapter of our history—-independence. Let us do the remaining part with care and respect to each other. Enough stupidity. The life and future of country is in dire situation.

  • Abi

    Hi All
    This article reminds me of the first episode of “House of Cards” where Underwood killed the nomination of Secretary of States while looking innocent.
    Is Andebrhan expected to be the future president of Eritrea?
    I can imagine the Awate Team saying “እቺ ባቄላ ያደረች እንደሆን አትቆረጠምም”. That was ten years ago. What I could never understand is why reposting it now?

    • Ismail AA

      Selam gashe abi,
      ኣንተ ደግሞ፡ ባለ ሹል ጥርሶች ከተገነስ?።

      • Abi

        Gashe Ismail
        በወላቆች አገር የምን ጥርስ ነው የምታወራው?
        ጥርስ ድሮ ቀረ!

    • Sahay Erican

      Dear Abi,

      I am sure you have a good understanding of Eritteans and their backward political discourse by now. Welcome to the reverse walking Eritrean politics. It is the most retarded, most ancient, most, self destructive and most borning one.

      Dr. Andebrhan was not an important person in PFDJ’s reign. Ali Abdu, the brother of Saay, was the eyes and ears of Isaias Afeworki. Did you read an article written about him in this website since he left the regime some years ago?

      • Abi

        Hi Sahay
        May be it is because Ali Abdu is not actively involved in the Eritrean politics yet. I think Andebrhan is in the front seat of Eritrean politics.
        What is really interesting is when Ato Saleh told us his ordeals at the Kenya meeting where he was told by Andebrhan to leave the conference, he didn’t mention this article which was written about 8 years prior. Now it all makes sense why there is a rift between the two giants in Eritrean politics.

        BTW, Andebrhan looks good in that photoshop.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam gash abi,
          Zewdun new fotown yasqonejew? benegerashn, gashe abi, bepoletica alem rasu berasun yemigerf ayteh semteh taqaeh wey?
          Yqrta yemwlbet bota geez fidel sle lelew new be ferenj fidel yexafkut.

          • Abi

            Selam Gashe Ismail
            እራሱን በራሱ የሚገርፍ አይቼ ሰምቼ እንደሆን ነው የምትጠይቀኝ? ምነው ወዳጄ እንዲህ ጉድ ታደርገኛለህ? አሁን ኤርትራዊ አይቼ አላውቅም ብል ማን ያምነኛል?

          • Ismail AA

            Selam gash abi,
            ወዳጄ፡ የምን ጨዋታ ትልኛለህ፥ ገና ስራ ዓልም ነው ያለሁ። ደግሞ ስለ ድልድል ካነሳህ ያ ከየድሮው ራስ መኮነን ድልድል በስተላይ የነበሩ ሰባ ደረጃዎች ገና ኣሉ ወይስ የከተማው የእግር ጉዞኞች ኣፈረስዋቸው?

          • Abi

            Selam Gashe Ismail
            ደረጃዎቹማ ዘፈን እየተዘፈነላቸው ነው:: አልሰማህም እንዴ?
            ደግሞ የምን የእግር ጉዞ ነው? በፈጣኑ በባቡር ሽር ነው እንጂ!
            በቃ ምን አለፋህ ሙልቅቅ ብለናል ነው የምልህ::

  • blink

    Dear Berhe
    Just to correct you sir , Andebrhan has nothing to do with firing of UOA lectures . This is a pure lie , the man was in that process. Second can you say more about his role with ENA ?

    • Mez

      Dear Blink,

      1991 – ‘93 President, University of Asmara.

      That was him.

      • blink

        Dear Mez
        Why can’t you challenge the article’s main reason to come after 10 years? For me that is the main thing than the CV of the doctor.

        • Mez

          Dear Blink; OK let me try,

          As to me, two basic things to ask are:

          1) is this person a public figure of Eritrea?

          2) is awate-com tackling Eritrean contemporary and historical events (political, economic….)?

          Now Blink, if your answer is yes to both, then the lead journalist, at awate forum, could raise any issues any time irrespective of the event or personality.

          Why are you against the discussion of events, or people’s activity whose impact is immense.

          You see this guy had some negative contribution on the initiation of the embargo against Eritrea.

          I don’t also like that he lied about his schooling while a kid and young (high school, first college….).

          Further he should come out himself and defend, clarify things as to what was then–that any time he want– It is his responsibility. For example the Asmara University 1992/93 is case in point; he can write thousands of pages about how thing were then since he left the government. If you think he is just there to fill the place without any power or entitlement to do the job, then my friend since that time–he is an ugly man just fulfilling his ego, a sort of a blood suckerer of the nation with a compromised intellectual integrity.

          There is no such a thing you can feed false information in situation one, and true in situation two. It doesn’t work like this for a public figure like this gentle man.

          PS:
          too much bashing of the awate-com will bring no intellectual merit for the forum; be it Kenya thing, or religious inclination.

          Thanks

          • blink

            Dear Mez
            Intellectual merit?? Come on there’s nothing of such thing about this. I am not bashing the website too, I am just questioning the motive behind digging of a 10 years old thing. Look we can say many things about many individuals in the opposition but who is to benefit? We have so much to debate albeit about such . We can blame the man at its due and Awate did this before 10 years .

          • Mez

            Dear Blink,

            I believe I understood your point of view; you have a valid point.

            The bottom line is, we have to have common denominator.

            1) we want to serve the people
            2) we want to build a prosperous nation
            3) we want rule of law

            All the above three required HONESTY. There us also what is called professional INTEGRITY .

            Now, if the gentleman is not willing to talk about the past wrongdoings as discussed above–after-the-fact–

            What is the purpose of me and you talking here.

            We seem to be on different frequency.

            Thanks

    • Sahay Erican

      Dear blink,

      I like your courage to challenge and question. You said, “Why awate.com is attacking the man?” It is not the website that is attacking the man. It is the owners that are attacking the man. Several commenters have already expressed their disappointment with the article, and the writers are nowhere to be seen.

      I am also surprised there are still some gullible members of the opposition who think the good doctor had fired the UOA lecturers. You know what the regime supporters say when they see something bad thing happening in Eritrea? “መሳርሕቲ እኮ እዩ ስኢኑ (referring to Isaias): ሰረቕቲ በዚሖሞ።” The truth is that nothing is done without the order or blessing of Isaias Afeworki.

      • Berhe Y

        Selam Sehay,

        So as president of AU he had no role for the firing of staff. What kind of twisted world do you live in. If he had nothing to do, wouldn’t you expect him to resign in protest? That’s is how things work, at least in the educated class, Harvard in his case.

        Berhe

        • Sahay Erican

          Dear Berhe,

          You never fail to amaize me. Did you also say in another thread that the highland Eriteans started to name their kids as “Shemainesh, belainesh, Tsehaynesh, etc” to show their desire to unite with Ethiopa?

          How much do you know about the history of the highland Eritreans? I think I offerred you a brotherly advice before not open your mouth if you don’t know much about a subject.

          Now let me talk about the doctor under discussion. You are comparing lecturers from Harvard with lecturers like Dr. Andebrhan from Asmara University. That is like comparing an apple with an orange. The American lecturers are fully protected under the American law. You and I know what would happen to the doctor if he was to refuse the order from his superiors. The AU was fully funded by the government, and the government had full power to lay off people. You cannot expect the doctor to resign because some people were laid off.

          Do you think every leader should have resigned (left gedli) since the creation of the barbaric Shaebia and the PFDJ mafia every time Isaias took an unlawful act?

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Sahay,

            I am an

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Sehay,

            I am an ERITREAN highlander born nd raised in Asmara and lived all my life as one. I have relative who were born during the federation / before times who are name “Ethiopia”. I also know a lot name which rhyme with “nesh”. Unless you tell me it’s geez, that’s the observation that I made and can think of why. I have never heard anyone name their children since the ghedli / Derg time like that, because “nesh” is considered enemy. Why don’t you correct me and tell me the true history if you have one.

            Yes he could have resigned. A man educated from Harvard does not need to bow down to a dictator wanna be and allow him to use him for his evil actions, unless he was part and Parcel of the same plan.

            Suppose what you said is correct, that he had no power and he had no hand. When he left his post, the honorable thing to is, apologize and explain exactly what happened and redeem himself.

            I am not trying to pick on him, or something directly happpeded to me personally. No not at all.

            But it’s the same pattern with people like him who enablers of the regime that the dictator become the monster that he is today. And none of these former EPLF leaders own their role in helping destroying our country and people..

            Berhe

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Berhe Y,
            .
            Sorry to intrude, but your expectation and statement of “protest and resign” seems to me out of character for you. It does not make sense. It is almost like saying why wouldn’t he sign his own death warrant. Usually such things are uttered by highly educated and completely westernized relatives.
            .
            Perhaps President IA is a kinder and gentler dictator than Mengistu.
            Dictators of that caliber, worth their salt, don’t allow exhibition of contention in any form if they want to survive. People are watching them too.
            There are people who disappeared without a trace because the dictator didn’t like the way someone looked at him.
            .
            You are right, once they are out of reach, they can explain their roles and apologize if necessary. I think we need to be careful of wholesale judgments of folks who escaped the lions den, because we never were in their shoes.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Abi

            Hi Kim
            Hawuna Berhe is the most misinformed person who ever lived. He expected the doctor to resign from his position in protest against IA.
            Under a dictatorship you don’t resign and live. You resign you better leave.
            BTW, do you know this person was governor of the bank of Eritrea? Do you also know that this same person was a bank robber?
            It looks like if you successfully robbed a bank you will be promoted to be a bank governor.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam gash abi,
            ሰላም ነህ? ጠፋህብኝ እኮ ኣንድ ጥያቄ ልጠይቅህ ስፈልግህ። የዶክተሩን ነገር ተውና፡ ኢዮሜዲያ ትከያ ትከታተል ኣልህ ኦይ? የጃንሆይ ኦሮሞንትስ ኣውቅ ነበር። የበላይ ዘለቀ ኣሮምነት ግን ግራ ገባኝ። እስቲ የተከበሩ ፕሮፈሶር መስፍን ኦዲዮ ኣዳምጥና ንገረን።

          • Abi

            Selam Gashe Ismail
            ሰላም አይደለሁም አቢ ነኝ:: ስሜም ተዘነጋህ? እድሜ ክፉ!
            የበላይ ዘለቀ ኦሮሞ መሆን እንዴት ይደንቃል? ኦሮሞ እኮ ግዛቱ ሰፊ ነው:: ደግሞስ ማን ያልተዋለደ አለ?

            በነገራችን ላይ ጥሩ ዳኛ መሆንህን እመሰክራለሁ:: ውስጥህ ሰላም ነው:: ምራቁን ዋጥ ያረገ ውስጡም ሰላም የሰፈነበት ዳኛ በማቀቄ ክብርና ድንፋታ እየተሰማኝ ነው::
            ረጅም እድሜ ከሙሉ ጤና ጋር እመኛለሁ::
            ረቢ ሲያኬኙ

          • Ismail AA

            Selam gashe abi,
            እንዴ፡ መወለድና መዛመድ እማ የኖረና ነባሪ ነው። ስለ በላይ ግራ የገባኝ የሄ ሁሉ ስዘፈንለት ስለ ትውልዱ ኣዝማሬዎችና ደራሲዎች ኣድምን ቃል ኣላሰነበቡንም፡ ኣላሳሙንም። ስለ ስምህ ክሆነ ደግሞ፡ እስቲ ሞደርን ልሆን ብየኮ ነው። ወጣተቹ ኣምስት ግዜ ሰላም ነህ ኣይባባሉም እንዴ። ምን ሆንክ ጓዴ ዘመናዊነትን ነፈግከኝ።

          • Abi

            Selam Gashe Ismail
            ሰላም ነው? አሸወይና ነው?
            ማን ወንድ ነው ዘመናዊነት የሚነፍግህ?
            ይመችህ ጌትዬ!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear K.H and Abi,

            Abi, the most misinformed person who ever lived? Really….

            Kim, perhaps a little context would have helped explain my comments.

            I do think we should expect at least explain their role and have a fresh start if they are trying to shape our future and be part of our politics. But I don’t think we should just accept them to be our leaders, because they are qualified, as if nothing happened.

            They we will never learn to correct the past mistakes and they will continue to do the same mistakes again. Establishing credibility is very important to build trust.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawuna Berhe
            The problem I see with you is you left the country at a very young age. I grew up under in dictatorship where you don’t say ” NO” or “WHY”. The moment you refused orders from above you are gone for good. Try to say no to IA and see if you survive a week or two . I know a former Tegadalay who made it to be a deputy minister in Eritrea. He has been frozen for years because he extended his stay in USA by couple of weeks.
            You need a crush course in ” Introduction to Dictatorship “.
            BTW, you know I always say it is easier and safer to reform than to uproot or dismantle .
            You remove the top layers and you will do fine.

            Did you enjoy the Champions League final?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abi,

            I will try to give context to my comments another time.

            I did not see the champions league. Too many weekend activities and do not have time for sports unless it’s late when the kids are sleeping.

            As for foot ball, I have only limited myself to follow the Euro and World Cup no time follow what happens in between.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawuna Berhe
            I understand if your weekend is busy specially with young children. Been there done that!
            I’m almost done with all those activities. I tell you it is worth every minute of your time. Enjoy the moment now. You will never get it back.

            When it comes to soccer I prefer club games than national team games. Can’t wait 4 years to watch games.

          • blink

            Dear Abi
            Who robbed a bank ? I am asking you to help me more

        • blink

          Dear Berhe
          Will you say about all ministers??

          • Berhe Y

            Dear blink,

            Off course. If they leave and mind their business and have nothing to do with Eritrea and it’s politics then it’s fair let them leave in peace.

            The minute they come back and wanted to shape our politics and our lives, then they should be questioned.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear Berhe
            I agree with the some part , but we have been like that sir , the first people to organize like Adhanom and others just come and acted to their knowledge, look at our opposition leaders all of them old Ex jebha , Ex PFDJ . we are may be unlucky people to that effect. Mr. Saleh , Mr . Amanuel, Mr. Ismael …. all of them ex ELF who complain about EPLF and Mr.MS EPLF member defended his all time in this forum and our opposition is just rooted in such format.

            But my question is why do the editors jump on the man and slice him to pieces?

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Berhe Y., I think it is not news for you that in Eritrea it is even not allowed to resign? Resigning your post in some form of protest is considered committing a grave mistake by the Isayas junta, and you may be locked up for life. Eritrea is not a natural place to be.

          • Mez

            Dear Abraham,

            So what you are saying is: under current Eritrean government, you continue doing things even though you know they are wrong?

            And you gave as a reason 1) personal safety and b) avoid from being jailed.

            And you approve that this is ok!

            What a surprise Abraham the biblical; you could do more.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Mez, I’m simply stating the fact: Eritrea is run under militaristic rule; you’ve to do what you are told, or else…It is the same way of doing things as in back in Sahel. If our leaders were courageous enough, and we were also so to follow suit, I don’t think we would have succumbed to such a low, where one man could decide upon our entire affairs. How could I approve of this when I say “Eritrea is not a natural place to be”? We know that many PFDJ officials who had the chance to vacate their positions and abandon the regime have done so whenever they had the opportunity; for example, a travel abroad, even in this case risking a backlash towards their families.

          • Mez

            Yes Dear Abraham,

            This is the CORE problem in the nation building undertaking. The more we get transparent, the better the nation will be. Accepting it as a norm is the worst thing one may do to the Nation.

            Thanks

      • blink

        Dear sahay
        Every one knows all these people ( ministries, university leaders, military leaders.. all of them ) can do nothing. The process is simply isaias talks and others do what he told them. Eritrea is a one man show.

    • Berhe Y

      Selam Blink,

      Who was the president of AU the time ?

      This what I don’t understand sometimes about us Eritreans. Those people who are in power have responsibility and they need to accountable for all the decisions that’s made while they are in power.

      If he was not the president of the UA at the time and he had nothing to do with it, then I apologize for falsely accusing him. But I know for fact, when he was the president of Asmara Univeristy (the first president of the university) he named Isayas Afrewirki to be the chancellor of the Universuty without consulting the board (who suppose to be responsible for such things), where the ERITREAN president never bothered to attend even one commencement ceremony, but on the other hand never missed the sawa graduation.

      If he had nothing to do during the firing of the university, the suspension of the university, while he was the president, then he should have resigned and move on with his life. With power comes responsibility, you don’t just seat there and do nothing and later say, it wasn’t me. I think it’s reasonable to expect from educated people like him, even if there is a price for it, you do it. That’s called principle and Intergrity.

      I have not read his book and have never attended his seminar or heard any of his interview if he had ever had one. All I know is he was hardcore enabler of the Isayas regime. As his involvement during ESNA, he like all others who sided with Isayas and didn’t condomn the killing of the Menkae group, the civil war and many others related to the ugly side of the front.

      I don’t know what his role is and I don’t know what he is currently doing, but he would have to own all past including the mistakes he made and was involved in. And he would make all possible ways to bring people together and make peace and help in the fight of the regime.

      I really don’t know, may be all those pfdj insiders have sworn an outh of secrecy but they are never to tell what happened in the regime / front past, with few exception majority of them.

      Berhe

      • blink

        Dear Berhe
        There is one guy who come to this forum and he know about the firing process more than any one because he was in the middle of it and I hope he comment before I say any thing. But to think the doctor did such is just outside the issue. Again why do Awate editors bring such article at this time ? That is the main thing we have to ask, is this a vendetta or a pay back or to challenge the doctor current tour ? I do not think they are educating us too.

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Awate staff, or is it Awate team? Never mind, may be both are the same, the introduction is signed by Awate team, while the Gedab news item from 2007 is written by Awate staff. I must say it is really disheartening to read this kind of personal attack on this otherwise, in my opinion, reputable website.
    In the introduction you wrote “And since the last war stopped in 2002, the two countries are still going through a no-war-no-peace situation, while the Eritreans opposition still remains in disarray due to its own incompetence and hindrances of different external…”. First I want to correct you, the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia ended officially on June, 2000, through the signing of the cessation of hostilities agreement, and not in 2002 as you wrote. Second, you are becoming part and parcel of what you called “incompetence” of the opposition groups when you engage in such kind of cheap character assassination of someone who is part of the camp working against the Isayas dictatorship to bring a better future for Eritreans.

    • tes

      Selam Abraham H.,

      I think this article written 10 years before is irrelevant to bring it today. If there are circumstances that expose Andebrhan’s activities today in relation to his time with the dictatorial regime they have to say it directly. I believe AT are fearless to write what they feel a threat to today’s political discourses. If Andebrhan is repeating the same mistake, he has to be exposed. Otherwise it is simply a conspiracy theory that will create confusion and mistrust within the opposition camp. Personally I didn’t get the objective of bringing this article at this time. If I will go to the conspiracy theory, then Andebrehan is an Agent of PFDJ at this time. If he is Awate Staff should not be timid.

      tes

      • Abraham H.

        Selam Tes, agreed, except I dont’ get it when you wrote ” If I will go to the conspiracy theory, then Andebrehan is an Agent of PFDJ at this time”, because it somewhat contravenes your message about not to dwell on conspiracy theories.

  • blink

    Dear all
    is this picture politically beneficial for the opposition or it is a pay back thing , I think once you call yourself a mature one, it can not be good to go back and act foolish. Why at this time ? Your target is an open thing but what is the necessity of such thing. Yes the man is giving speeches and conferences at this time , actually he is better than these in sofa dreaming , Give us a break lets move on forward. It is shameful and simple distress to Eritreans looking for justice . Why are we in such cycle ?

    • RaAi Tes

      Blink, I agree with your assessment. I am very disappointed with Awate’s stuff. I can clearly see they have a personal issue with Andeberhan. They may not like him. That is perfectly fine. But it is not mature to use a webpage like Awate,com for a personal vendetta. It is a reflection of our political discourse. Too much personal skirmish, but few mature leadership.

      • Mez

        Greetings Raai,

        Who knows, probably he could have had refused to stamp–for some of them– a visa;

        or was not willing to enter with them a diamond business–while ambassador in the DRC.

        Thanks

        • blink

          Dear Mez
          No actually this is a sinister motive to slash some one in to pieces by accusing him of double talking. Second I think ,it is a politically motivated article. Why do they go down to such level at this time? Do we really need it (Eritreans who cry for a sensible opposition) can’t be happy by such thing. The editors motive is simply not good . It lacks every thing .

          It can be the Kenya thing, it can be also other thing but I am believing such move is politically motivated. The man has many followers and can hit this article as a smear campaign against his political views. I personally think such article can only help the dictator by crushing .

          Third what is the purpose of this? You have to ask what could it be the reason to digg out old article at this time ? This is shame because it doesn’t serve the Eritreans looking for better way of disagreeing and solve differences. This is a vendetta and it is not healthy. The only reasonable answer to this article is just to mount equal accusations against this website owners and editors but at what price ? And who will benefit from accusing this website , well the only beneficiary is the dictator in Asmara. I hope the doctor move beyond this childishness.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam blink,

            “No ,actually this is a sinister motive to slash some one in to pieces by accusing him of double talking.”

            It is not even a proper “slash”. It was a plastic knife that was used.

          • blink

            Dear Simon
            Still it hurts though, these people act as if they have the key to tell Eritreans what to do and whome to accuse, who to protect.. the list goes on and on.

      • blink

        Dear RaAi
        Yes the feud between you know .. may not be over but are not other ways to settle it ? What’s the reason behind must be questioned ? Wait for any comment from Awate forum elders and let’s assume also they did not comment about this, again why do you have to digg old article just to score few personal goals, this article is not only shameful but a very good reason to suspect. It is easy to clash but to settle could have been better for us. The doctor can go to a larger audience and tell his own stories about this and make a point too. We have people like Eyob and Ali salim too , do we have to run after them or after the doctor or after the dictator.

    • joseoph

      blink,

      awate stuff doesnot have a political agenda, it does only have a religious agenda.
      that is why Amb. Andebrhan excluded this group from the conference in kenia as he did not want to serve
      as platform for people with religious agendas.
      In order to be endorsed by awate group as an opposition leader ,you should have to memorise some quran verses by heart,
      and you should have once been in mekka for pilgrimage.

      • blink

        Dear Joseph
        I do not Know if Awate has a political group and I thought the Kenya issue was between saleh gadi and the doctor. But why do they even make such heinous move ? By the way I don’t believe they have religious agenda too. All in all this article is a lose and shameful at its best. How could such thing happen?

        • Saleh Johar

          Hi Blink,
          You seem to have missed the fact that what you considered an article is actually a news about current events as it was in 2007, ten years ago. People forget old events and awate often brings archive materials all the time. You are reacting ten years after the fact. So, put yourself in the time-frame of 2007, and then comment. If you do not want to do that, your comments are too late and too stale.

          • blink

            Dear Mr.saleh
            I read this in 2007 , but to tell you the truth I did not comment at that time. My question is sir why you digg 10 years old article at this time ? Are you trying to be Mr. Smart , I do not think so . Who are you educating about the doctor? Your motive is simply unacceptable to people who take this website to be serious, you complain about the opposition and yet you are playing with fire . Why at this time? why do not you digg out Ali salim article then ? Again this article has a sinister, heinous motive and it is a vendetta against the the man but do not worry you have your own preferences and others the same.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam blink,

            The awate news item said:

            “Equally important is his alarmist history when he was Eritrea’s Commissioner for Co-ordination to UNMEE. One episode stands out: in 2001, he wrote a complaint to the UN claiming that 250 Ethiopian soldiers held a military attack at the Eritrea’s police and militia forces in Gegew on November 30, 2001. The UN investigated the matter and concluded that“The Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) between Eritrea and Ethiopia is said to be calm and stable, despite accusations of violations.””

            Basically, what it is saying is that Andebrhan made few wrong assertions related to Eritrea in the past, therefore his assertions now cannot be reliable.

            Even if we assume that awate’s assumption is true, the conclusion is a logical fallacy.

            Furthermore, I know Andebrhan well since I had worked with him in Asmara. I conclude that, overall by any standards, despite some flaws, he is a very decent chap. But we all have our own flaws in our characters.

          • Robel Cali

            Hey Simon,

            He also has a good book you should check out called, “Eritrea at a Crossroads: A Narrative of Triumph, Betrayal and Hope”. A lot of his positions are what the government said it would do but hasn’t done.

            I don’t know him personally but his positions on Eritrea, especially regarding the military, economy and national language (spoiler alert he’s anti Arabic!) are really good.

      • ሰላማት ዮስየፍ፡

        አሞ ካብቶም ሃይማኖት ዘይብሎም የድሕነና። እቶ ዓንደብርሃን ወጋዲ ሃይማኖትውያን ኮይኑ፡ ሃይማኖት የብሉን ምስ ሃይማኖት ዘይብሎም ዲና ከንጸግዖ?

        ጻጸ

        • joseoph

          tsatse,
          religion is personal matter,,politics is a broad-public issue , so donot mix thiese two

          • Joseph,

            Yeah, I can see your “religion is personal” in full display. Pardon me my kettle is whistling….

            ጻጻ

  • Bini Tes

    Why is it necessary to pic Andeberhan? Awate stuff you might have a personal conflict with him. But you do not need to dwell in such personal character assassination. The expectation is very high from your webpage. Just leave him alone.

  • KBT

    Selamat kulukhum
    Eritrea have to start hostility to reclaime what is ours
    Despite its right Eritrea never warn for war in the parliament like in Ethiopia every years
    ( we will invade Eritrea, we will teach shabia ,regime change etc….)
    They monger for war ,maybe for their own internal politics still Eritrea have the right to be ready
    In case they try ,some of you maybe wish that to happen ,thinking,hopping for power ,
    Well woyane cannons even help himself and soon he will be gone

    • Mez

      HI KBT,

      let me add it up for you, in the last 26 years:
      1× with Yemen,
      1x with Djibouti,
      1x with Sudan,
      1x with its Southern …

      Now, you want more of it? Let God bring snow across the nation to COOL down.

      Thanks

      • Robel Cali

        Hi Mez

        Eritrea has been at war with only one country (Ethiopia) since independence and has gotten into minor skirmishes with Djibouti and Yemen. It has never fought Sudan.

        Ethiopia on the other hand, has been at war with Somalia, Eritrea, and has been in heavy to minor skirmishes with all its neighbors except for Djibouti because Djibouti is/was protected by the French.

        But beyond that, most countries have been in clashes/wars with their neighbors. This is the norm. I don’t know why this is always mentioned with regard to Eritrea as if its uniquely special to Eritrea.

        Currently, Ethiopia is at war with Somalia and Eritrea and within itself. And is in a cold war with Egypt. These are four fronts. Eritrea is only in a cold/hot war with TPLF. Now who is really the spoiler of the Horn of Africa?

        • Mez

          Dear Robel,
          to make the list complete, you may add the two Ethiopia Italian wars as part of the puzzle; within the last 100 years.

          Probably, I would say, there is no intra-country specific HOT war in the horn for now; if there was as you presented president Isaiyas would have been in Addis a while ago.

          Thanks

      • Selanat Mez

        Speaking of multiplication table , does sum some or mostly of it? Tongue twister ኣሲምቶቲካሊ close…

        ሄች ዳቡል ዩ ለኣስተማሪ መዝ።

        ጻጸ

        • Aron

          Hi Tsase,
          I never understood you in English n Tigrigna. Now I don’t understand you in Amharic.

          • ሰላም ኣሮን፡

            My sympathy.

            I seek not to be understood. My quest is to understand. Perhaps, this will ease your suffering.

            AmEritrean GitSAtSE Azilo40 Agnieya40 Kshafa40 CBP

            STANDING On 17! Abu Ashera Weapon X Evolution.

            ጻጸ

        • Mez

          Dear Gitsatse,

          God forbid multiplication of the tables; even the simple addition is catastrophic enough.

          Your’s loyal student,

          Thanks

      • KBT

        Selamat kulukhum
        To protect it sovereignty it will do whatever it take
        And their was no war just boundaries problems and have been solve long time ago
        But refuse to solve the problem and choose the war no peace situation and ill and malevolent agenda against Eritrea.

    • Brhan

      Hello KBT,
      Do we have a parliament?
      Thanks,

      • KBT

        Selamat kulukhum
        I said Eritrea never monger for war like Ethiopia ,you always twist word when you lack of argument.
        They think they are super power ,they believe to their own lie
        They are not a match to Eritrea let alone change the regime kkkk

        • Kokhob Selam

          Hi KBT,

          How you want to solve this “no war no peace ” climate? show me now !

          KS

          • Mez

            Dear Kokhob,

            He and his like, (previlaged from Palace Asmara) elites must work day and night to produce an atomic bomb for Eritrea.

            That is the only reliable way to tilt the geopolitics of the horn of Africa his way; to the likes of President Isaiyas.

          • KBT

            selamat
            what are you talking about , ask woyane they are the one that refuse
            to abide by the agrement they have signed ,
            so woyane must get out of our land and everythink will be solve

          • Kokhob Selam

            Hi KBT,

            Don’t say now about “Weyane “you guys only give reason ..Weyane is only outsider ..that can’t be reason to make things complicated ,,, to prolong PFDJ’s life spam when problems it is to examined internally..

          • KBT

            selamat kulukhum
            what do you mean internally ?
            yes he is outsider and he must leave ,so people can go back home
            and eritrea dispend the military and focus on other issus
            but to minimize the treat facing us and focus on something else will be wrong
            country before

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear KBT,

            ድሓን በል ልቢ ያሃብካ እንታይ ይበሃል ኮይኑ:-
            ሙኽዳድ ትገድፎ ብዕራይ ምስ ተሰብረ ቀርኑ ::

            Hi do you wonder when you read the above two stanza poet ? You shouldn’t…KBT there is one Jebena page read there..

        • Brhan

          Hi KBT
          This is what you said ” Despite its right Eritrea never warn for war in the parliament like in Ethiopia every years”. Can you explain to all what you mean in the parliament..is it former, or current or future parliament. An issue of parliament is the core issue in our discourse at awate.

          • KBT

            selamat
            sorry i tought it was one
            where every years he declare that he want to punish eritrea
            I am talking about your siclope president her ,
            the with 5 digit and he can t feed his people

  • michelda

    Hi all
    Something is up, Isais Aforki’s resent interview suggest, ether war other peace is coming.

    • Robel Cali

      Hi Michelda,

      There wont be any war. But if TPLF does start one out of desperation, I am 100% sure Egypt will intervene on the Eritrean side and will provide air cover.

      • michelda

        Hi robel
        It’s very very unlikely for Egypt to intervene. It’s simply not in their interest.

        • Robel Cali

          HI Michelda,

          They have been intervening in Eritrea and Ethiopia for 140 years.

          From what I’m hearing, Egypt and Eritrea signed a military pact. Egypt will provide air cover if TPLF invades again.

          • Abi

            Hi Robel Cali
            It is Ethiopia not TPLF.
            Looonnngggg time ago (1998) when you were in kindergarten IA taught he was going to fight TPLF. He wanted to teach them a thing or two.
            20 years later you are repeating the same thing.
            One thing I agree with you is Egypt will give you air coverage from Cairo University.
            Anyway, I don’t expect IA to repeat the same mistake.
            There will be no war.
            The war is against poverty. We are busy fighting poverty. Please do not disturb.
            Thanks

          • Nitricc

            Hey, Abi, First of all tell the truth. it was your masters, the weyane who said ” we will teach Eritreans the lesson they will never forget” ” we will break their spinal cord” Don’t bend the truth just to appease the evil weyane. true, 20 years latter, who is in better position, Weyane or PIA? Even as we speak, there is no internet in your country, do you know why? because the students are taking exams and your weyane scared of the leak of the national exam, it happened last year and they can’t trust anyone and they killed the internet all together. The point is you don’t have a government so, take it easy on the GURA part.
            And Second, you can not going to war over something what is “state of mind”. In Africa in general and in Ethiopia in particular, poverty has become acceptable and a way of life. you don’t fight what is normal. Just hope Trump will help you out.

          • Mez

            Greetings Nitricc,

            I missed you for a while.

            Thanks

          • Nitricc

            Hey Mez; I am here running around and trying to make some time to make some troubles in awate-forum to no avail. I am just glad for a change some one missed me 🙂 Thanks Mez.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Abi, a question for your consideration: If the TPLF-dominated Ethiopian gov were to unleash a war against Eritrea, do you think it would get the support and enthusiasm of the Amaras, Oromos and the rest of Ethiopians as was the case in the last war?

          • Abi

            Hi Dear Abraham
            It is even more now than ever. If there is any war, Ethiopians are always ready to defend their country no matter who is ruling.
            I expect more enthusiasm than ever before.

          • Abraham H.

            Dear Abi, thanks for your feedback. I pray for no war. If war breaks out, it is not me or you or your kids who would pay the ultimate price; but rather the poor people and youth in the region.

          • Abi

            Hi Abraham
            I agree with you. We have to collectively fight to avoid war.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Abraham; you must be board out of your mind to ask this question. if Ethiopia or TPLF had any fantasy to defeat Eritrea, they had a window of opportunity at the last Ethio-Eritrea war. Take this and chew on it, Ethiopia and TPLF will never ever be as united, as strong and as patriotic as the last war against war. if they can not accomplished back then they will never accomplish anything against Eritrea going forward. That was their chance and once again Eritrea prevailed. let alone now that TPLF is disarray, the Ethiopians are confused and divided, there is no way they can accomplish anything let alone going to war.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Nitricc, ab kuinat zey weale belih yiblu b’Tigrinya. Kuinat ayemikihn’iyu.

          • Mez

            HI Nitric,

            Your observation is correct; the people South of the Mereb are really having more divergent view on various things than ever brfore.

            Every body seems to be more interested primarily on things what benefits him more; Declaration of a war is very hard now than ever.

            I hope the Generals in Asmara will not have a chance of knowing this,say, for the coming couple of decades; this way there will be no war at all.

            Thanks

          • Selam Abraham H,.
            The only way ethiopians would not support tplf is only if there is no war at all. Remember the bush-blair war against saddam hussein. It was a manufactured war, by a fake fact that saddam owned wmd. In the same way, if tplf comes with a fake news that a village in tigray was bombed to the ground by pfdj, the two countries will be in the middle of a raging war before anybody on the ethiopian side cares to question if the news was true or fase. Still worse, nobody will care afterwards. Therefore, the only guarantee is if there is never a war again.

          • Graviton

            Peace new?

            There is this funny, albeit, serious maneuver anti-Ethiopia Eritreans are spewing in our political melodrama. First was the amhara adgi (vs the rest), now is the tigrai agame(vs the rest) and God knows whose next. The common denominator is to divide and break the Ethiopian social fabric in a desperate attempt to dismantle the mother ship.

            Ask them why Ethiopian opposition forces based in Eritrea aren’t as successful as one would have expected given the current political climate? if there is anything that scares the demigod in the north, it is a united Ethiopia that those groups at his doorstep represent, and he knows the minute they set foot to Menilik palace he will be done.

            The best thing that ever happened to shabo is TPLF. If it wasn’t for its sympathizers within the tplf rank, our current conversation would have taken a different path. War isn’t in the best interest of shabo, cuz if it does, they will be done by the dinner.

          • Brhan

            Hello Abi,
            There are grievances from the Oromo, Amhara and Somali people towards the regime in Ethiopia. You can not just depict the agenda in Ethiopia is fighting poverty ( by the way it is everywhere, even IA says it). Unless these people are given their freedom and rights you will be disturbed, sorry.

          • Abi

            Hi Brhan
            Your heartfelt concerns regarding the Oromos, Amharas, Somalis and many other people is greatly appreciated.
            It is really encouraging to see an Eritrean protecting the Amharas .
            Yeqenyeley.

          • Brhan

            Hello Abi,
            You made it clear that you have a problem with the Amharas.

          • Abi

            Hi Brhan
            Tell me more. What is that clear for you?

          • Mez

            Dear Robel,

            the contemporary geopolitics of the area is not in favour of your suggestion. It did not add-up.

            If Egypt could do anything, then it was like a couple of years ago; now it is becoming very unlikely as the battle for Nile dominance–by Egypt–is being lost day after day.

            Let me ask: what would be the likely merit for Egypt participating in an Eritrea-Ethiopia war? I see nothing.

            Thanks

          • Robel Cali

            Hi Mez

            Egypt’s obsession with the Nile will pull it into a military confrontation with Ethiopia. All they need is a legitimate pretext like defending Eritrea from an Ethiopian invasion to intervene. They can’t forever occupy Ethiopia but they can establish a regime change that is favorable to their needs. Crippling air strikes coupled with an Oromo uprising part two and a push from Eritrea up north will have TPLF fleeing to the Sudan within a matter of months.

          • Mez

            HI Robel,

            What would Egypt benefit, in factual terms, from your line of thinking?

            Thanks

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Robel Cali,

            We are not fleeing to the Sudan. We surrender!

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Fanti Ghana,
            .
            I am glad Abi didn’t hear you.
            How do you expect us to depend on you when you talk like that, even in jest. You have to come down to Anko Ber, Shoa, that is past Gonder, to learn a little Zeraf Zeraf ideology. I am surprised you are ready to pass the torch without reaching the minimum 1st century mark.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Abi

            Hi Kim
            I have seen the comment. That was a perfect response to people like Robel Cali.
            I said to myself ” that is Fanti melti !!!”

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello KH, Abi & all of you who may be wondering about my prompt surrender,

            Imagine the confusion a surrender would cause to a force that has been specializing in defense only!

          • Ηι Robel Cali,
            Do you really think that outsourcing your war efforts against ethiopia to egypt and the oromo people will save dia/pfdj? Don’t you think that it is insulting their intelligence when you say, come and fight for our sake? Don’t call for a war you are not going to participate.
            Fifty years of war and destruction for the eritrean people, and demanding for more, so that dia and the pfdj may have their way, by sitting somewhere in the usa, does not make you a patriot, but a warmonger. For the sake of the ordinary eritrean, try to speak of peace, democracy and the rule of law in eritrea, if you care at all for them, more the you care for the regime. This will make you a real patriotic young eritrean.

          • Robel Cali

            Hello Horizon,

            Either you have reading comprehension issues or you like reading things that don’t exist but I never said Eritrea should start a war with Ethiopia. I said if there is an Ethiopian invasion of Eritrea, then Egyptian air strikes, Oromo unrest and Eritrean defense to the invasion are more than enough to collapse the warmongering regime in Ethiopia.

            The reality of things is only TPLF is itching for war with Eritrea. There is no appetite for war on the Eritrean side. The only thing stopping them is the lopsided humiliating beating they received last June by the Eritrean Defense Forces. In that battle, over 250 TPLF troops were killed, 600 injured, dozens captured — full retreat of Ethiopian army. It was a humiliating and lopsided defeat on the Tsorna front and one that shows the Ethiopian army is still in no position to start any wars with Eritrea.

          • Hi Robel Calli,
            Nothing much really to understand from your comment. It is the same old pfdj propaganda, scenarios and bravado you are repeating. The issue we are talking about is war. Whether you start it by standing shoulder to shoulder with the enemies of ethiopia, as you have always done so, or by giving them an air base or a naval base, or you force ethiopia to react proactively, it is all about war between ethiopia and eritrea. Nothing scientific about that.
            Sitting in the west, it seems that your only source of information is eri-tv, the beacon of the ultimate truth. What I am trying to tell you is to avoid war actively and not only with your words, and at the same time doing the opposite. If ever war is going to happen again between ethiopia and eritrea, it will be the last war dia-pfdj will ever fight again, because they will be history. No more soft spots in the hearts of tplf members for the regime in eritrea. You can accuse tplf a thousand times over, but it was MZ who saved the regime in asmara from annihilation in the last war, and now tplf lives to regret its blunder.
            I do not see why egypt and the oromo people (unless you mean the few hundreds that are stationed in eritrea with the olf), are going to fight for eritrea. Especially, as much as egypt is concerned, no one except regime supporters sees any reason why egypt would care to defend eritrea. The americans are giving defence umbrella for the ksa and gcc, because they are paid with abundant oil. Why do you have to depend on nonexistent friends and allies. If you remember well, during the crisis between ethiopia and egypt over the nile, dia flew to cairo to render his services. He was ignored. This is the reality on the ground, and not the scenarios you use either to terrorize or appease the eritrean people.
            For ethiopia the problem is not to kick out the regime in asmara, but how to handle the new situation afterwards. The opposition is not in a situation to face the regime and it is not a position to fill the power vacuum either, ethiopia is going to create with her actions. She will be forced to leave behind an eritrea in chaos, which will be worse. In addition, why bother to go to war, when the regime is self destroying. Why not just ‘sit and watch’, as it consumes itself.

          • Robel Cali

            Hello horizon

            After reading your response, I’ve come to the conclusion you’re an Ethiopian; probably Tigrayan.

            Little Meles didn’t save nothing. He was forced to go to the international courts because of the devastating causalities his military took by the Eritrean Defense Forces. Something like 60% of the Ethiopian military suffered casualties and was put out of action within 2 years of fighting with Eritrea. These ghastly figures are on par with the Soviet Union of WW2. Then again, these are numbers you see by any army that commits to the barbaric Human Wave tactic.

            If Ethiopia’s military is so great, as you’re pretending it is, then why can’t they defeat the ONLF, OLF and other rebel groups operating within their country? Why can’t they defeat teenage jihadists in Somalia?

            And in June 2016, why was TPLF defeated in the biggest battle since the border war by Eritrea? By all accounts, that battle was a disaster for TPLF. Literally, the Ethiopian army was fleeing in complete disarray. Military vehicles were left, injured were left. There are pictures and videos that document the humiliating defeat. In day of fighting, over 250 TPLF troops were killed, 600 injured and dozens captured. And I think on the Eritrean side, something like 18 were killed and 35 injured. These are unsustainable losses TPLF took in just one day of full war combat. Now can you imagine how causalities would be even more lopsided if Egypt provided Eritrea with air cover? It’s game over for TPLF.

            I know you’re in denial as to why Egypt would intervene on the side of Eritrea well there’s this dam project called the Renaissance Dam that Egypt would like to see obliterated or at the very least, micro managed by their specialists. And since Ethiopia conducted this project in a very disrespectful and insensitive manner, Egypt certainly wants to teach TPLF a lesson for its major miscalculation. Outright bombing it would be bad for Egypt diplomatically speaking but intervining on the Eritrean side to stop a warmongering regime like TPLF gives it the legal pretext and diplomatic cover to obliterate the dam and implement a regime change.

            Lastly, if TPLF invades Eritrea again, I can assure you my Ethiopian Tigrayan friend that you will need to brush up on your Oromoniya because they will be your new overlords.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Robel Cali,
            .
            “Little Meles didn’t save nothing”
            Such ingratitude, such self imposed blindness, no cure for it. Meles was the only half Eritrean who carried the water for Eritrea at that time. The half Ethiopian, IA, was leading it to destruction.
            .
            Your hot air balloon is expanding. Before it floats out into outer space into oblivion, let me help you down to earth or common sense.
            .
            Chihuahua is a small dog.
            Rottweiler is a big dog.
            Chihuahua makes a lot of noise. Occasionally, in a clouded judgment, it charges the Rottweiler.
            Once the Rottweiler, annoyed, grabs the Chihuahua by the neck and shake it from side to side and lets it go, that should be the end of the story. Chihuahua should never charge the Rottweiler.
            .
            I hope Israel and Arab example is not brought up again, as your leader once did. There is a difference between an Israeli and an Arab. I do not and will not expand on that.
            However there is absolutely no difference between an Ethiopian and an Eritrean, none.
            .
            Therefore, size matters, it is the deciding factor.
            Just keep the Chihuahua and Rottweiler image in your head, each time you are tempted to make noises like this again.
            .
            Mr K.H

          • Abi

            Hi Mr Kim
            ምነው ብቻህን ታወራለህ?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear… Abi ,

            See Abi you, are you convinced ? “ምነው ብቻህን ታወራለህ?” Is KM talking alone? how do you understand that ?

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            ስላልገባኝ እኮ ነው መጠየቄ :: አንዳንድ ፃድቃን በኮኮብ ብርሃን ይመራሉ:: እኛን መሳይ ሃጥአን ግን ጨለማው ውጦናል:: ብንጠይቅ አይግረምዎ ውድ ኮኮባችን!

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Kokhob,
            .
            Luel Ras Abi caught me. Nothing escapes him. I tried to explain to him as best as I could.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Abi,
            .
            May I say reluctantly, that I was trying to keep Horizon company. I saw him talking to himself.
            .
            BTW: how long and what did you have to do to write in Amharic alphabet.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Selam Kim Hanna,

            “Meles was the only half eritrean who carried the water for eritrea at that time. The half ethiopian, IA, was leading it to destruction.” Added to this, “The chihuahua and rottweiler” analogy. Wow!
            Rational minds should draw a lesson or two from these. Unfortunately, to my big disappointment, not even the new generation of eritreans are going to do so.
            Machismo, bravado and living in a hot air balloon (as you very well said), and in permanent denial, living in one’s own virtual reality and having one’s own narratives, seem to be a common trait that affects even the young generation. Wishing and praying for the destruction of an enemy by forces from far away lands (egypt, in this case), approaches the sphere of black magic,
            Where is the young generation of enlightened eritreans, who will care for the people more than they care for the land, identity, false narratives and do not believe in demigods, etc; eritreans who live in the real world of their own people, and are ready to salvage whatever has remained to be salvaged, after more than fifty years of devastations due to wars and dictatorship, thanks to eritrean elites? True to the irrational dreams of the toxic portion of their predecessors, the young generation seems to be ready to carry the torches that brought the destructions.

          • Graviton

            Peace new?

            Last time i checked, we still control badme. And if there is anyone crying, its your useless shabo, licking its wound while begging for border demarcation and return of a land that was never its own. you fail miserably in your attempt to paint an image that Ethiopians are happy with shabo (except for the evil tplf), typical of a die hard shabo incapable of thinking for oneself except for whats been dictated from top to bottom.

            Remember this, tplf, is the only reason for your useless idiot to keep the statuesque.

          • Mez

            Dear Robel,
            Now that the Libyan desert is once more ready for spectacular show, you may want to advice the president in Asmara–to keep his word and–to stand by Egypt.
            Anyhow the Askari-army knew the Libyan desert too welleven even then; I see no problem to accomplish the mission.
            The reward could be two squadrons–one Rafael, and one F16–to do the trick in the south.
            How do you like that?
            sudanese-…

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Robel,

        For someone who is young and educated in the west, your thinking is completely in tune with the PFDJ propaganda (not real) talk. You know the kind of talk they talk in the pfdj centric meetings but they never repeat in the official government press or held press conference and say / read it.

        Didn’t you take some elective course on international laws at collage?

        Berhe

        • Robel Cali

          Hi Berhe,

          The Eritrean government is a million times more credible and responsible than the Eritrean opposition. Who are the opposition? A bunch of xenophobic bitter whiny men desperately clinging to bad ideas of the 1950s, that’s who.

          Challenge my ideas, stop trying to put labels on me.

          I’m telling you from what I’m hearing there is a military agreement between Egypt and Eritrea. The same way there is a military agreement between UAE and Eritrea (albeit much different). None of this information has ever been uttered by the government so there is no way my talking points are PFDJ. They still haven’t acknowledged there is a UAE navel base in Assab.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Robel,

            And the government is more credible how?

            I am not trying to put label on you but what you write here. Your powerful and credible Tigrinya this and Tigrinya that leaders, their own Tigrina people are running as far away as possible and perishing in the thousands in the process.

            It would have been easy to know who is credible and whose ideas are bad, if the PFDJ had the guts to hold an election.

            Anyway, what you said about Egypt to come to Eritrea aid is just a dream. How about you ask the Palestine people and what the Egyptians has offered to them, from the bombing of Israel.

            Berhe

          • Mez

            Dear Robel,

            You said: “…The Eritrean government is a million times more credible and responsible than the Eritrean opposition…..”

            May be, or probably not.

            I hope you are a man of reasoning and scientific curiosity.

            Why don’t you write journalistic or research paper and we debate on it.

            Then we could debate it the proper way.

            Thanks

          • Robel Cali

            Hello Mez,

            If I was not a man of reason and science, I would have never left my inherited religion (Orthodox) to become an agnostic atheist. I’m also not a nationalist anymore because my reasoning wont allow it anymore. I can’t say the same for many of you on here.

            The rest of your comment is too weird to even need a response. Peace.

          • Mez

            Good Day Robel,

            There is no causality in your response.

            Thanks

        • blink

          Dear Berh
          You supposed to say something about the article not reply to this guy lol , I am acting dictator!!! what do you think about the article? Can we pull Mr. Saleh to comment on this as a private person?? Not as owner or editor. I think it is simply fair to ask the man’s view.

        • KBT

          Selam berhe
          The west don’t write my history ,I am eritrean first i will always remember who I am and where I come from and honnor always for those who gave their I will never sold my soul for welfare and as eritrea we will endure together all challenge you come
          So if it’swestern thinking education that allows you to spin day and night against our people without any shred of evidence then good luck
          ,

          • Berhe Y

            Hi KBT,

            People like you are hypocrites. You go to Eritrea for vacation, and you enjoy as a tourist because the west affords you to work, earn and make a living.

            You will never trade your life in the west for less than 50 dollars a month and serve indefinitely with no future or no hope, denied from life, liberty and the Persuit of happiness that you have in the west.

            Don’t think Eritrea leader is sucrificing a thing, check his leaked swiss bank account, in the amount of over 700 million dollars.

            Berhe

          • KBT

            Selamat
            Please my friend you make me laugh, leak about issayas with 700 million, ,I told you if he wanted money it’s easy just bow down and be a sold out like, selling land of the poor to rich westerners, be their good lap dog, fake elections, fake constitution, land grabe, divide by fath and ethnicity. Typical you if you understand me.
            I contribute for my country fisicaly , materialy and moraly .
            This is how love your country not spinning, naming ,shaming against my country won’t change anything.
            He is the jewel crown of eritrea

          • Berhe Y

            Hi KBT,

            Let’s say you earn minimum wage or close to it in America. Say you make 1000 dollars a month, that’s 12,000 a year. After you pay your bills you have 400 left. Since you love your country so much, you give every saving you have that’s, 4800 a year, let’s say 5000 a year. If you do that for ten years, tgats 50,000. You on the other hand not even 1% compared

            Now ask yourself, how much money have you paid to your county in the last 10 years?

            I bet not even 500.

            You see a saws ERITREAN who serve his life at a minimum is giving, 5000 a year. You on the other hand not even 1% compared to him/her.

            Trade places then you will know.

            Berhe

          • KBT

            Selam berhe
            Are you calculating in based
            Hey you lack argument ,you are boring after all

          • KBT

            Selam berhe

            So you give $ 5000 what a wealthy man you are ,I envie you,

          • Abi

            Hi KBT
            Berhe did not say he gave $5000. He is referring to those Eritreans in slavery camps who are giving at least $ 5000 of free labor every year.

          • KBT

            Selam abi
            We are no slave to no one abi ,we were when your country use to rule us
            We are free nation,you and him are same family abi ,you don’t hide but him

          • Abi

            Hi KBT
            You ain’t kidding KBT! We are same family. In case you haven’t noticed I call him “Hawuna Berhe”. He is a long lost brother who has been misled by the smooth talking, angel looking former urban mass mobilizers.
            የቀበሮ ባህታዊ ያሳሳተው በግ

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