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Awate.com and Negarit 2021 Fundraising Drive

https://gofund.me/823dd2b7
Since the launch of awate.com on Sept.1, 2000, it has been a labor of love and a volunteer driven effort. Today, remembering the struggle we carried out, it makes me proud that, together with my colleagues, we have invested so much sweat and emotions on it sacrificing our careers, personal financial growth, and at the expense of our families who travelled the journey with us.

This September, awate.com is celebrating its 21st anniversary, in tandem with the 60th anniversary of the Eritrean Armed Struggle. Happy Sixtieth and 21st Anniversary.

Unfortunately, the objectives we set to achieve 21 years ago, our goal to see peace, freedom, and justice in our country, is not yet realized. However, we hope we will celebrate our Silver Jubilee in Eritrea after the end of the PFDJ oppression, when Eritrea will be a serene home embracing all its citizens–unsegmented and unfragmented, but a cohesive nation bonded by the national identity of Eritreanism.

To help in achieving the above lofty goals, since its inception awate.com has been providing its usual services with dedication and exemplary patriotism. And everything we do at awate.com, including the programs of the three-year old Negarit, is part of the productivity of the awate family. But all of that doesn’t come for free. It requires an investment from our meager resources, our time, and the other unattended individual interests.

AS you know, we stopped our fundraising drive that we announced on Feb 2020 after the world was hit by the Corona pandemic. We are now restarting it after almost two years and freezing.

Today, allow me to announce the start of our fundraising drive for 2021 by appealing to all our friends, supporters, and loyal readers and listeners. You always gave us the morale support; but now we need your material support.

The Awate Team has toiled for years inspiring, emboldening, and informing many, and it will not mind doing it all over again, though if we have to do it, we hope it would be in a different circumstance, in a free Eritrea.

Over the years, the sad lessons we learned is that our political culture is inflicted by frustrating partisan, clannish, tribalist, and sectarian ailments. For instance, if we compare awate.com to other similar institutions, we will easily discover the difference. Awate.com is the poorest and the least subsidized operation because it doesn’t appeal to any sub-national constituency and doesn’t rely on deep-pocketed foreign funders. That’s why it could not establish a satellite station or expand its programming, as others do. But limitation of resources had never limited our services.Unfortunately, Awate.com, the trailblazers in Eritrean media, doesn’t have the required financial support to embark on projects that requires heavy funding.

Awate.com lacks the commitment of a cohesive segment of our people because it doesn’t appeal, overtly or covertly, to sub-national sentiments. Its mission has always been Eritrea-focused. It remains so. And it will remain so in the future. Had it appeased a certain sect, tribe, region or political position, at the expense of the Eritrean national interest, it would have secured the full support from different segments. However, its principles are dedicated to pursuing the interest of an undivided Eritrea. Sadly, it’s natural that divided constituencies would have divided loyalties. In short, we are left alone with a few dedicated patriots, the majority of whom do not even think awate.com needs their material support.

Some years ago, we set our yearly budget at a humble $12,000. However, we only reached that target in 2018 with a little surplus. In 2021, we still carry arrears from previous years and that is loaded in our credit cards: $19,000 on the red. Therefore, in this drive, we are aiming for to raise $19000, including the yearly $12,000 budget for 2021.

Kindly remember that we have never received a single cent of funding from outside sources as many activists do. We never received support for the advancement of the interest of a specific social group. The little support that we get is provided by Eritreans who believe in the national goals that awate.com advances. We hope you will all contribute to alleviate the financial burden that the Awate Team has been carrying.

Such an undertaking requires large number of people to chip in. For instance, $19,000 can be raised in a matter of days if 190 people contributed $100 each, or 280 contributed $50 each, or 1900 contributed $10 each. The users and friends of awate.com and Negarit combined are in the tens of thousands; we have the numbers, what’s needed is action. Please contribute generously.

Finally, we would like to express our special appreciation for the support that we get from the few dedicated friends and supporters: Friends of Awate in Australia; the India graduates; an exceptionally generous man living in Africa; and several individuals some of whom have been extremely generous. As we celebrate September 1, our double anniversary, we are grateful for all those who stood with us.

Thank you in advance and Happy September 1st.

The following are ways to help you contribute:

1. Credit and Debit Cards : Below the “Support awate.com” icon on the frontpage, there is a form through which you can make your donation.

2. PAYPAL: Click the Orange Paypal icon and make your donations. Your contributions will appear on your bank statement as “Paypal*awate.com”.

3. Bank Transfer:
Account Name: Awate.com
Bank: Bank Of America,
Acct #: 29570 76732
Swift ID: BOFAUS3N

4. Other Payments: Contact us at for another alternative payment transfer methods.

5. Please share this page in your circles and help spread make the drive successful.

6. Also, please contribute as generously as you can and we appreciate your support in advance.

Thank you.
Awate Team

NB: we apologize this page had many typos and errors that we have corrected. WE made a scheduling mistake and it was published in its draft form. 

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  • Haile S.

    Selam Awate people

    While fund raising, lets also raise phraseologies that irritate to hear getting repeated by many in the media. Don’t you get tired of the hearing ማለት’ዩ at every turn of a sentence in tigrigna discourses?

    ማለት’ዩ እንታይ ማለት’ዩ? እንድዒ!……

    ሳልሕ ጆሃር ትግርኛ ክዛረብ ከሎ፡ ማለት’ዩ ዘይምጥቃሙ እንታይ ማለት’ዩ? ማለተይ’ሲ፡ ማለት’ዩ ዘይጥቀም ትግርኛ ተዛራቢ ትግርኛ ማለት’ዩ ብሕልፊ ካብዞም ቅዓዮታት ኤርትራውያን ሰብ-media፡ ማለት’ሲ ኣይሰማዕኩን ማለት’ዩ።

    ማለተይ’ሲ ብዙሕ ኣይትቕንኡ፡ መብዛሕትኹም ትግርኛ ስለዘይትጽሕፉ ወይ ስለዘይትቐርጹ ማለት’ዩ፡ ማለት’ዩ ትጥቀሙን ዘይትጥቀሙን ክፍለጥ ኣይክእልን እየ ማለት’ዩ።

    ሳልሕ ግና፡ ማለት’ዩ ኣብ 143 Negarit X (ዝረብሖ) ብ 20 ደቓይቕ ማለት’ዩ፡ ን2860 ደቓይቕ ወይ ክኣ ን48 ሰዓታት ማለት’ዩ ካየቋረጸ፡ ማይ ካይሰተየ፡ እኽሊ ካይለኸፈ ማለት’ዩ ንእንኮ ሰከንድ ካይደቀሰ ኣብ ዝገበሮ መደረ ማለት’ዩ ክብል ሰሚዔዮ ኣይፈልጥን ማለት’ዩ።

    ስለዚ ማለተይ ሳልሕ ማለት’ዩ ዘይምጥቃሙ እንታይ ማለት’ዩ?

    1 – ካብዞም ሰብ ቀደም ስለዝኾነ (ከምዚ ኸማይ 🤔)
    2 – ከረን ስለዝዓበየ
    3 – ንማለት’ዩ allergy ስለዘለዎ
    4 – ቋንቋ ትግርኛ ስከዝመልኽ፡ ሓገዝ ማለት’ዩ ስለዘይደሊ
    5 – ሓላፍነት ወሲዱ ስለዝዛረብ
    6 – ዝብሎ ንማለት’ዩ ስከዘይድርቢ
    7 – ትግርኝኡ ምቁር ኮይኑ፡ መቛሰዪ ጨው ስለዘየድልዎ

    መረጻ ከምድላይኩም!

    • ሃይለ ሰ,
      ሓንቲ ቪድዯ ወሲድካለይ ! እዚኣ ዳኣ ምቅርቲ እንድያ ነራ::
      በል ትጽላኣኒ ካልአይቲ ክህበካ:
      ይኸይድ ማለትዯ:: ደሓር ደው ይብል ማለት’ዩ:: ማይ ይሰቲ ማለት’ዩ…
      first person speaking as if it’s a second person. It’s awful

    • Saleh Johar

      ሃይለ ሰ,
      ሓንቲ ቪድዯ ወሲድካለይ ! እዚኣ ዳኣ ምቅርቲ እንድያ ነራ::
      በል ትጽላኣኒ ካልአይቲ ክህበካ:
      ይኸይድ ማለትዯ:: ደሓር ደው ይብል ማለት’ዩ:: ማይ ይሰቲ ማለት’ዩ…
      first person speaking as if it’s a second person. It’s awful

      • Haile S.

        ሰላም ሰላም ሳሊሒኖ፡

        ዝተረፈ ይኣኽለካ፡ መዓት ካልእ ኣሎ። ሕጂ ንምሳለ ኢለ ክጠቅስ ክብል፡ መሊሰ ካይውድኣልካ። ድሮ’ኳ ሓንቲ መሊቛትኒ 😁

  • Dear Friends,
    You might have noticed the website was down for hours until late morning. We apologize for the mishap. There was s chance we could have lost the domain name; now it’s resolved. Rain or shine, the awate torch will keep its flames. The frantic attempts to sabotage the website will not bear fruit. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you all. Awate Team

  • Haile S.

    ሰላም ሰብ ዓወተ

    እዋይ ጸልማት እዋይ ይሔው፡ እዋይ ቁሪ
    ካብዚ ኹሉ ሙቐት፡ ካብ እዚ ኹሉ ዳህሪ
    ስኣን ዓዓቕምኻ ምውጻእ 🏺 ብንእሽቶ ጻዕሪ !!
    በሉ
    እዛ ናይ ሎሚ ድቕድቕ ጸልማት እስኪ ትኹነና መበራበሪ

    • Saleh Johar

      ሰላም ሃይል ሰ,
      ኣይትሰንብድ: ዓቢ ሽግር ኣጋጢሙ ነሩ: ብቅልጡፍ ስለ ዘርከብናሉ ተፈቲሑ:: domain name ተመንጢልና ነርና ድሒንና ሳላ ጸሎት ኩም:-)

      • Berhe Y

        Selam Saleh,

        Glad to hear. Haile S. ድአ ካብ መዓስ ጸሎት ጀሚሩ:)

        በዛ ናይ ሎሚ ጉዳይሲ ጸሎት ይጅምር ግዲ ይኸውን::

        • Saleh Johar

          በርሀ!
          ክጽሊ እንድዩ ዝሓድር ግዲ! መርገም ዝደለኻ ትመስል -፡)

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ሳልሕ፡

            ክጽሊ እዩ ዝሓድር ኢልካ ነውሪ ካይተዛርበኒ! ግደፍ! ኩሉ ጸሎት!

            ዝኾነ ኮይኑ፡ ለሚንካዮ፡ ንዓወተ ዘይዓጹ ወይ ዝኸፍት ኣባጅጎ እንተድኣ ሃልዩ፡ እጽሊ! ሽግር የለም።

          • Saleh Johar

            ሃይለ ሰ,
            ሓንቲ ቪድዯ ወሲድካለይ ! እዚኣ ዳኣ ምቅርቲ እንድያ ነራ::
            በል ትጽላኣኒ ካልአይቲ ክህበካ:
            ይኸይድ ማለትዯ:: ደሓር ደው ይብል ማለት’ዩ:: ማይ ይሰቲ ማለት’ዩ…
            first person speaking as if it’s a second person. It’s awful

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    All,
    It is about time to spill the bitter truth.
    It has been few days and looking at the goFundme’s contribution is disappointing so far. I know some of them are contributing thru other means but I was hoping to see way better than this. No wonder we are in this depressing situation.
    So far, all I see is $3,671. What the heck is wrong with us? It is pathetic to say the list. Maybe it is about time Awate to list the names or nicks who contribute so far and how much.
    Delayti fitHi my A**

    • Saleh Johar

      MM,
      Don’t be frustrated, we have been going through this from day one. Those who act are a fraction of the friend and users of awate.com. There is only the sound of crickets on all contribution channels. We planned to make the first report last Monday, but we know our people do not act quickly. We are still waiting hoping to make a good report. Patience and hope. This coming week will be a real indicator. Do you think we should close shop until we finish the fundraising? We are not doing that even if we have get a new get shift job to sustain it. However, it’s interesting to know that a few contributed generously —about 42 people. Let’s hope the rest will act soon.

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        Saleh,
        42 people out of those so called ~a million Deleyti Fithi? It is even worse.
        My intention is not to close the shop at all. I thought this should wake up the sleepers and do something to the pretenders.
        If somehow Awate.com had to close the shop, the pretenders would suffer more than the others, I assume. If that happened, I would really be depressed btw [maybe be I am one of the pretenders? You never know.]
        I was expecting way more than this and just frustrated. Sorry.

  • Halaf Mengedi

    Selam Awetawian,
    I am wondering what is Haile TG reading into the current situation? I think you have been rooting for Woyane to make it to 4-Kilo? I might be totally wrong :). Hailuwa, i was following your hint to stay put in “mikinay tirah minikay” modus operandi. Ignore all the noises and stop by when there is a significant development. I would love to hear your insight.

    Any one else who would cares to share his/her thoughts why TDF seems to be on a retreat? What exactly changed in the ground to bring about this change of direction? I really feel sad for all the young souls perishing in this stupid war. A simple round-table political solution seems to be mission impossible for these stone heads on both sides of the conflict.

    It is neither to defend Tigray nor to destroy “Junta Woyane”. Woyane (TDF is just a marketing trick to make Woyane looks sexy) showed it’s true color once they had the upper hand. They did not seem to care about peace or well being of the starving population of Tigray. The resources and time spend to expand the war to Afar and Amhara regions would have served the people of Tigray better otherwise. Or at least liberate western Tigran and open the corridor to Sudan. Perhaps, relapse of the 27 years at the helm at 4-Kilo was a much attractive option. May God help the people of Tigray to live in peace again soon.

    Halaf Mengedi

    • Hashela

      Selam Halaf Megedi

      It seems that the TPLF expedition was and is driven mainly by revenge (ሕነ ምፍዳይ) against and humiliation of the Amara leadership and population. Based on their conduct, one is forced to believe that all the other things such as taking care of the Tigrayan population and paving a way for a durable political solution are secondary.

      • Peace!

        Hi Hashela,

        “Taking care of the Tigrayan population and paving a way for a durable political solution are secondary at best.”

        The sad fact is TPLF never works for the interest of its own people nor has a clear purpose and direction. Even the relentless looting failed to deliver a drinking-water.

        Peace!

    • Abi

      Hello Halaf Mengedi
      Glad to see you back.
      I don’t know what ኃይልሽ has been reading for the last several years. Definitely not what is happening on the ground. My guess is that he is reading the back of የጫት ቅጠል before he consumed it.
      Lately, Everything has been blurry for his eyes.

    • haileTG

      Selamat HM,

      Happy Qudus Yohannes and AT fundraiser season! Good to hear from you:-)

      Just a little clarification, it is a far cry for me to root for any one side in the Ethiopian conflict, but whatever happens I wouldn’t root for IA.

      Now, it is best to stick with “Miknay Tiray” because nothing is pointing towards a peaceful resolution of this crazy war.

      I have few opinions on the withdrawal from Afar, but it is as always, an opinion.

      Militarily:

      1 – It makes sense to re-locate to the more concentrated battle zones in Amhara.

      2 – It makes sense as per #1 and renewed use of Arial bombardment, to avoid the flatlands of Afar into the mountainous regions of Amhara

      3 – It is a withdrawal because there were not much reported fighting in the area as per Bacha Debele’s update last week where he said thousands were killed in Wollo and Gondar fronts. He made no mention of Afar fronts.

      4 – If it was a result of military engagement, ENDF would most likely have engaged. But as per all reports from pro-PMAA sources, it was claimed that it was the Afar militia. That doesn’t point to major war leading to significant territorial loss.

      Politically:

      1 – The one call by outsiders (UN and others) is for TDF to withdraw from other regions. TDF can justify invasion of Amhara because Amhara are still in Western Tigray (as per the FDRE constitutional map of regions). So, outsiders will now call to mutual withdrawal both sides than complicating it with holding Afar lands.

      2 – TDF had said that its reason for holding Afar woredas was to go to Mille. If that is not a priority now due to heavy battles in parts of Wollo and Gondar, there is no valid reason to stay there.

      Overall, the withdrawal is not such a bad idea. It shortens TDF frontlines, it counterbalances the increased pressure in Amhara due to reported Eritrean entry to free up ENDF and Amhara forces from Western Tigray, and now its reported involvement in other Amhara regions (not confirmed yet).

      ENDF and Amhara forces have put up repeated and large scale offensives to cut off TDF supply corridors. So far they have not made any inroads, TDF seems to be holding off and maintaining its supply corridor.

      We need to wait to see the outcome of the current battles to see if ENDF would succeed to cut off TDF lines or TDF would benefit from ENDF’s losses in that regard.

      Hence, Mikinay Tiray:-)

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selma Hailat-TG,

        Hailat, your assessment on the withdrawal of TDF from the Afar region is perfect from a military strategy point of view. When the enemy outnumbered your fighting forces, you narrowed the number of fronts you engage your enemy. And TDF is precisely doing that, focusing on the Dessie and Gonder fronts only. The fun of Abiy Ahmed do not understand adjustments while the war is going, nor do they understand what withdrawal entails. Knowing the strength of your enemy you lay down your strategy and determine your engagement when, where, and how. This war will go for years if they don’t come on a round table. I don’t know what TDF will respond, but Abiy’s regime accepted to be mediated by the president of South Sudan. And yes, Tray Mikinay.

        Regard

        • haileTG

          Selamat Aman,

          That is true, as I respect that you speak from experience most of us don’t have here in that area. The funny thing is that GR said to the media that the Ethiopian side didn’t know they withdrew for days and only figured it out today:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            TDF did not leave Afar. It was buried!!!!!!
            GR is still waiting for his conscripts to make it home. The Afaris got a different idea.

      • Abi

        ኃይልዬ
        You spin this thing out of control my head is hurting.
        Let me remind you of some facts here
        Two weeks ago GR declared that his country decided not to go further towards ደሴ because he loves the people over there. He said he regrouped his conscripts to attack the Afar lands. Today, he is saying exactly the opposite.
        አንተም እሱን ተከትለህ እራስህ ዞረ!!
        ድሮም አውሎ ንፋስ መከተል ውጤቱ ይሄው ነው::

        • haileTG

          Hey Abuchu,

          I was laughing crazy last time when a military reporter told ESAT the other day that Woldiya story is yalteregageTe alubalta. PMAA is not sure if it still controls Weldiya. Tabot yizen enafalg:)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            The best thing you can do for the confused ጌቾ is sending him a well calibrated GPS that will help him find his current location. There is nothing you can do about his destinations. አፋር :ደሴ :ባህር ዳር : ጎንደር :አዲስ … They don’t make GPS for የህልም መንገደኞች::

            “ህልምሽም ቅዥት ነው” አለ ዘፋኝ

  • Peace!

    Hi All,

    Getachew Reda. “We were not defeated. There was no fighting in Afar so we made troop movements from there to the highlands in adjoining Amhara region,” perhaps he didn’t realize we live in a digital world.

    Abraha Desta, member of Arena party, said ” We were told there is no such thing TDF” ouch!

    Dr. Debretsion is still sending letters to countries urging them to put pressure on Dr. Abiy to dialogue while Getachew Reda threating Amhara region and food shortage consuming innocent Tigrean lives.

    Regrouping in Mekele turned into chaos as ordinary Tigrayans are asking what is next and when is it gong to end. probably this time the people of Tigray won’t let the the leaders retreat to dedebit again.

    The final hope for TPLF is for Egypt to drag itself in another quagmire and make the war a regional war, such a move would invite Turkey to play on the side of Ethiopia.

    Peace!

  • said

    Greetings,

    China’s Liberating Formula of Win-Win in north Africa countries like Algeria is Starting in Earnest.

    is quite amazing, rather thrilling to witness China take strident steps, wasting no time, moving forward in extending its reach under the Framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to Arab countries of Western Asia and North Africa after having thus far succeeded in making major inroads into Pakistan in Southern Asia and in Western Asia.
    one is very encouraged to see China after its successful initiative thus far in extending the framework of the BRI into committed countries such as in Algeria with the conclusion ,of the visit of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Algeria as he already a visited to Egypt.
    I do not supports China on the issues related to Taiwan, Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on his turn announced after a cordial meeting with Wang Yi in Algiers that Algeria is ready to deepen cooperation with China in various fields under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China is already involved with Algeria in three major infrastructural projects including the construction of the largest port in Northern Algeria that would be considered one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean that is currently underway. This in addition to two other major projects including the construction of a major railway system and close cooperation in the field of energy. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has dismissed financial support from the ‘IMF or other foreign banks’, arguing, most rightfully, that external borrowing undermines Sovereign foreign policy. Instead, ‘friendly countries’ – particularly China – will step in as required. President Tebboune proposed “Building a New Algeria” last year. As China would like to share its own development experience, support Chinese enterprises to continue participating in the economic and social construction in Algeria.

    China appears well set to synergize the “Belt and Road Initiative” with the vision of a “New Algeria.” As our region their countries long torn by war ,it time to join Algeria Drive in the future following on the steps already taken by many countries in the increasing reorientation of their economies towards China, tapping into China’s BRI Framework and technological leads; a major shift, a new era of true liberalism, reassertion of State Sovereignty and respect of the national independence of nations will usher in a more peaceful and a more just world. However, this new reorientation initiative towards China can further be enhanced within the win-win framework with the our region dying private sectors chipping in taking the lead to identify new important niches where the Private sector can play the catalyst to expedite the process and render the break of bondage of our region economies, thus the entire sociopolitical tutelage of the our region world to the West, a true reality

  • said

    Selam Semere Tesfai,

    What a great advice ?

    Ethiopian Department of Defiance and Ethiopian Federal Army is “urgently explore[ing] all options” to seriously consider your free advice . The Supreme Marshal Semere Tesfai, , a self-proclaimed, a Veteran of Eritrean front and great war strategist that defeated the mighty Ethiopian imperial Army. And his sincere desire to build up an Ethiopian Federal Army and may be Ethiopian air force also, and that could fight on its own without EDF, to spear Eritrean lives ,what a brilliant Supreme Marshal Tesfai, , and he will chart a foreign policy that might bring it into alignment with Eritrea But The Supreme Marshal Tesfai, ,he an intellectual and pragmatic politician and charismatic revolutionary. don’t just take my word for it, read his writing , He is not a dreamer to have imagined his idea thorough, in reforming Ethiopian Federal Army for the ongoing war , and not abolishing the war.
    He does not supports the ending of the war, he is not for peace, reconciliation and the resolution. He does not have a moral authority to see more sacrifice tens of thousands of innocent lives , and he is indifference to the people who were being killed in Ethiopia every where . We don’t even know the exact number of civilians who were killed. Marshal Semere idea is that it is morally permissible to sacrifice the lives of some for the benefit of others. The triumphant TPLF/TDF got drunk on their premature victory and he wanted to them a lesson .

    Semere Tasfia not like those Aggazain, he is good a Christian churchgoers, But who cares for those who are being killed by the troops as part of their “Sunday service.” They will be sacrificed for the greater good and glorious cause , how many dead It take ,it didn’t matter for Semere Tasfia .Those lives just for another day didn’t matter. Marshal Semere, It is not difficult to find a more evil notion than that . By way he is advising a priest a Pentecostals PM AA and your advice has being well received ,stay in tone . Semere Tasfia is not delusional and not trying to make a buck, may be to appointed an Ambassadorial position in Asmara. There is much appreciation for his efforts by PM AA .

    The Supreme Marshal I wished He told us he was considering moving back to his home country Eritrea to help with the rebuilding to come and to give his advice to DIA . I’m ashamed to admit I am not wondering to go back .
    Eritrea was colonized by the declining Ethiopian empire ,so many of you have certain expertise Anyone who might help with additional information or just about anything—is welcome contribution .Just make sure non of your advice should include . Harm Tigrayan people ,No violations of human rights. Or to threaten or harm powerless people in distress. TPLF enters Eritrea national consciousness occasionally and at times fleetingly — and always in the context of WAR. and also it is about intractable militarism and wars .

    I invites readers to consider these events not from where you live far away but from war theater in Ethiopia/Tigray itself. or just imagine you do . Advice by Eritrean veteran gesture is a gift. Given the media’s disinterest in Tigray civil war and its neighboring region , it is difficult for those of us living in the continental United States and Europe to access the experiences of these place like Tigray ’ Tigrayan people residents. Those experiences are relevant to any number of urgent, public conversations here and elsewhere. Many of EPLF veteran they know TPLF very well ,some may be they trained and armed them. But for ELF veteran is an option , are rarely invited to the table to speak about their experience with TPLF , you do not need to give an advice how to conduct aa military operations unless you know all the fact in the ground and it is morally wrong for some . Id you do. This makes pollical offering all the more a blessing. Such an approach allows readers to explore enormous information by tuning into the ways that Tigrayan people ,who are now vulnerable ,as they experience them and the region too .do not mention the power of Ethiopian Federal Army over strength of TPLF, and it is about living over letting live, Do not add more burning spices to conflicts, driven by belligerent military powers that threaten to boil over and swallow those who do not figure in the calculations of policy makers or mad generals of both side. .

    resonate with our people, and the struggle for social justice, always feeling as though I hadn’t caught what I was after, never sure if what I wanted to say was within the reach of words. Or words I can come up with, anyway.

    I hesitate to begin this piece. For me it inconceivable to deal with the TPLP, much less to become their friend, The TPLF anti-democratic and they are not champion of freedom at all ,And they are brutally repressive. TPLF brought calamities to Tigrayan people , I wrought in this regard many times .I am for Tigrayan people .I am against the senseless war and because there is just so much death in our region and dehumanizing the people is part of it . I am opposed to military aggression against Tigrayan people, Amhara people and Afar people . Tigrayan people It is time to look ahead and double their efforts to persuade the TPLF/TDF that it is in their best interest to work with Addis Ababa . And it is your national interests will be better served. I resonate with our people, and the struggle for social justice, always feeling as though I hadn’t caught what I was after, never sure if what I wanted to say was within the reach of words. Or words I can come up with, anyway.

    I’ve written things under the same circumstance before, it is about defending the vulnerable, War is about death and loss, I try to offers readers precious insights on universally human themes that will do . what and can we learn from the past and present major war.

    Churchill said, “We must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Churchill also called the British and French military operations in northern France and Belgium that led up to Dunkirk, “a colossal military disaster.

    Marshal Semere also could easily give an advice to Joe Biden and a lesson that the US should learn, I will you give you publicly evaluable information. In World War Two, there was one flag officer (General or Admiral) to 6,000 troops. In US today, there is one flag officer for every 1,400 troops. Way too much ?
    Marshal Semere you agree with me You military record and you have the right military training courses and great CV that is very attractive . But more important you have years of combat experience., that real something . I am no war strategist ,just some common sense .That More generals don’t mean better advice for the Commander-in-Chief.

    Marshal Semere you about the two senior people in the Pentagon ,they are all over the news day and night – The Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley. They had many opportunities to lead men in combat in their early years as junior officers like little island Grenada, and the oil rich Kuwait, unlike you ,they both have avoided any chance to lead men into the heat of battle,this is not Vietnam .

    Unlike your CV . As you know and my be he know Milley personality and personally .At any rate The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the senior military officer and the chief military advisor to the president Joe, was initially an assistant Battalion Maintenance Officer for an armored unit with the 82nd Airborne. Although the 82nd was in the conflict in Panama, Milley’s unit isn’t listed as being in combat,you can dig for yourself at the time he has a Combat Infantryman Badge. He wears a Ranger tab because he went to Ranger school, but he never was a part of the 75th Ranger Regiment but not a real Ranger . and even a member of the Special Forces. Austin a black officer, has a record that is a lot worse than Milley’s ,he need your help trust he was shuttling between staffs to fill diversity quotas, He has Ranger Tab, although he isn’t a Ranger,just imagine and he conceded that his plan to train Syrians to fight the radical was not successful. that would have being your cup of tea. I am a Tea person ,may be we have something in common

    Marshal Semere Compare these two to the US general in charge of the war to recapture Kuwait, I am suure you know General Norman Schwarzkopf. He served in combat in Vietnam as a junior officer. He was ,West Pont to volunteer to go to Vietnam ,like you, he was involved in heavy combat several times – including braving heavy Viet Cong fire to personally bring in injured solders. That is real solder, your kind of man . you need to train new war method to Ethiopian Federal Army ,you forgot to mention .

    General Norman , he gained a reputation as a combat commander who led his troops in battle and fought in the center of the action. Like you did against Ethiopian junta Army He won three Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts for being wounded in combat. Marshal Semere you need to all General names in Ethiopian Army and their experience commanding large unit in combat in Tigray civil war ,some how they failed , just make sure you do not include Generals that have Eritrean blood in their hand, is that a treason in my book ,before he give any of your second advice .you are highly qualified to give advice to Joe Biden,just write him and tell him victory goes to those who can hold ground ,not the air above .make sure your advice to goes first to president and then to the Secretary of Defense, and then to the combat commander.
    Marshal Semere it is time you help Biden ,as reported the American people know that America has suffered a serious defeat. Biden’s favorability ratings have plummeted in the last two weeks and polls show that many Americans think Biden should resign. Can you imagine that, non our leaders would that.
    Did you Biden’s declining mental health, so harry up, Senility doesn’t improve. It only gets worse. You know China, and Russia will test US and you are very familiar with China, and Russia you had you training there

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      Said,
      What’s your point man? After reading your long comment, this could be summoned in one line. Say it clearly. Why this all ሸንኮለል?
      I have a reason why I respect Semere T. and Dongolo, even though I don’t agree with their stands.
      Why isn’t most of the opposition’s comment that clear? They try to appease for no reason. This tells me lack of self confidence [with the exclusion of Prof. Emma & iSem]. The rest, they seem to have it both ways. It is a turn off and that’s why the opposition case is moving nowhere.
      Don’t be a chicken.

      • haileTG

        Hey MM,

        Understood how you feel. Just to offer an alternative view here, although I have no position on any named individual. If you have things one way, you end up with the carnage we are witnessing. Having it both ways may be aiming broadly, trying to include everyone the best possible way. I am not agreeing/disagreeing on the people you mentioned, except Brhan. He is usually few on opinions and more on sharing facts. A great gentleman. Thanks MM, I hope you take it the way it is intended and don’t leave us again:-)

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Selamat haileTG,
          We need to learn to say things as it is. When things are wrong, we should say it is definitely wrong. Period. No sugar coating.
          If not, we are no way in par with the ultimate enemy, hgdf.
          Think about it…how many more years do we want hgdf to become legitimate? We have super sharp people on our side but still fail to understand the mechanism of hgdf. Why is that?
          I would definitely say lack of courage and honesty. Please don’t tell me ንጸመም…for how long?

          • haileTG

            Merhaba MM,

            PFDJ can’t be sugar coated even if one uses the finest of brushes known to man. It is an organization that has point blank declared that it would sacrifice Eritrean lives to protect Ethiopian unity and prevent TPLF from coming to power in Ethiopia (in other words, it wants to protect Ethiopian unity by removing the citizen rights of one section). It would have been joke of the century if it wasn’t for the fact that it also intends to cause the loss of life of thousands of Eritreans and potentially inflaming the country into a devastating war.

            Now to the darker side of things and I say this with the same measure of sadness any decent Eritrean feels: all Eritreans are duly informed and aware of the situation. That includes everyone at home and in the diaspora. Nobody can be said to fail to understand this mechanism, we are all fully onboard. The darker side is therefore to do with the reaction. In this age of multiple satellite opposition radio and TV zooming Eritrea 24/7 and diaspora Eritreans are following minute information on almost real-time like social media, an uneasy silence has descended on the people. Bitterly divided, mutually suspicious, plenty of narrow subnational sentiments and generally deciding to jump ship at this most critical and dangerous time of the nation.

            We need deep reflection, it is not a matter of saying it one way or the other or ንጸመም. Our country, not just political system is hanging by the threads. How do we bridge the gap?

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat haileTG,
            How do we bridge the gap? You said…
            It is when clearly say a spade is a spade.
            When we clearly say people like the hypocrite Andebrhan is a traitor. How can he he say Eritrea has a right to invade another country? Why isn’t overwhelming condemnation from us when he say this?
            When Dr. Asfefaw said ንጸመም, why isn’t not much noise over this. ንጸመም for how long? Until the depletion of Eritrean people?
            Why are we talking about the possibility of TPLF invading our county while we clearly invading theirs?
            Why are my martrys’ sister & brothers kids in support of the Amhara killers while their parents died to free Eritrea from them?
            Above all, why are we aging as immigrants in foreign lands when clearly want to go back home but we can’t?
            Above all, why is Eritrea dyeing in front of our eyes?
            Why do some people need to be polite to these arrogant, dull, and criminal hgdf supporters?
            Why?

          • haileTG

            Merhaba MM,

            All those points and questions are right. We need to admit that there was no common voice in the opposition to begin with and now it has suffered an almost fatal blow. PFDJ is an extremely nasty enemy of the Eritrean people and state. I say nasty because it has managed to co-opt many Eritreans to do harm to their own fundamental interests. How it did that may be for the history books, but the outcome is glaring. Things are so bad, we got to the point of not knowing who is who. Some people are being kicked out of some opposition movement for suspicious activities, such as taking pictures with Yemane (Monkey), despite claiming to be opposition. It doesn’t help when others conflate condemnation of the Tigray war with ethnicity and tell Eritreans that their history and future is not contiguous but one and the same with Tigray. That doesn’t speak well to national cohesion. That is enough for the diaspora, what about those at home? Are they not aware? Do they not care? Do they support what is holding them hostage to poverty, migration and needless deaths and distractions? Do they not know any better? Are they too afraid?

            Dear MM, we call and continue to call a spade, even more than that we are calling a sub-machinegun, quite needlessly I may add. But it is not working. Traitor is a word passed around like a Chinese Ping Pong ball among Eritreans, so much so it has lost all meanings. Andebrhan was called traitor for years now, sometimes even undeserving individuals have been called traitors. We are trying to find some one to call a patriot, that is proving rare. What could be the problem? Do we have a curse or something? I hope not (but again who knows with a country locking up a Pope for life, without a crime).

          • Berhe Y

            Hi MM,

            Let me speak for myself. I want HGDF and IA gone. I also want Eritrea to stay as one country and as one people which is at peace with all her neighbours, including Tigray. I do not support Eritrea involvement in Tigray other than self defense, if its necessary within the rules of engagement as per United Nations.
            Because IA is involved in Tigray as an Eritrean I don’t want TDF or TPLF involve in Eritrea. This is selfish I know but I am selfish for the interest of my country and my people. If others want TPLF to get involved, let them be. But do not force “love TDF” on my throat and don’t call me “PFDJ or IA supporter” because I did not say “I love TDF”

            If you want to know why I don’t love TPLF or their politics, please watch falafasa last three videos in order titled:

            1. ዓቢዱ
            2. ጥባሕ ጥባሕ ብጣሕ ብጣሕ ኮይና
            3. እንታይ እዩ ዕላማ ካብዚ ኩሉ ድራማ

            He articulated very well, than I can ever said and I agree with his analysis and views fully.

            Eritrea is not dying, thanks to her people. It will rise one day, as long as her people stay united (the most majority, which I believe still are).

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት በርሀ
            When you say you care for Eritrea,
            ገዛይ ኣብ ግብሪ
            ገዛኻ ኣብ ትዮሪ ኴና

          • Berhe Y

            Hi MM,

            That’s why you are an engineer.

            The architect comes up with conceptual (theory) and the engineer ( implement – ግብሪ).

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hey Berhe,
            Good one!
            You may have a point here 🙂

          • Abi

            MM
            Unlike their parents, Your nieces and nephews are supporting their neighbors, The Mighty Amharas.
            Definitely, the current generation is a whole lot smarter than the previous ones.
            Now that is what I call መደማመር!!!!
            ተደማምሮ ጠላት መቀናነስ!!!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Abi,

            How could the Amara be a “mighty” when they can not stand the war by themselves? Aren’t they on s-o-s call to get hands from all the Ethiopian social forces? Even that is not found enough to meet the challenges. They further extended their demand to their neighbor counties through the central government. I think the word “mighty” is improperly used.

            Regard

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Amanuel
            ሰሞኑን ሲጠፉብን ሊናፍቁኝ ነበር:: በደህና ነው?

            What you failed to realize is the fact that the Mighty Amharas are using the unfortunate situation to unite and bring all Ethiopians together. What you also conveniently forgot is the fact that it was the Amhara ፋኖዎች that uprooted and chased the weyanes all the way to the Dedebit caves.
            I’m sure you have learned that the TDF conscripts are buried in the Afar lands. None of them returned back to ሃገረ ትግራይ!! The Gonder farmers are pleading with the government for የወያኔን ሬሳ የመቅበር ዘመቻ:: They could not farm their lands due to the scattered bodies everywhere.
            I’ve warned you before that this ሂሳብ ማወራረድ ቅብጠት is sending the TDF conscripts farther from their base. They are not returning alive to their cursed ሃገረ ትግራይ:: At the end of the ሂሳብ ማወራረድ Tigray population will be reduced by more than half with no male and female over the age of ten.
            As you have already noticed, እምበር ተንከባላዮች are littering major cities in the west.
            Game Over!!! ብሏል ኢሱ ኬኛ!!!

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            What a coincidence! Nieces, Nephew, Martyrs, and Eritrea pop out when TPLF defeated. I guess when they brag about Tekotatern, perhaps they use robots:)

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Hello Peace
            እምበር ተንበርካኪ: እምበር ተንከባላይ
            አጭበርባሪ ትውልድ ከሃገረ ትግራይ
            ተቆጣጥሪና አማራ! ተቆጣጥሪና አፋር
            የወያኔ ጭፍራ ትንሽ የማያፍር
            በህልሙም በውኑ ህዝቡን ሲያጭበረብር
            አማራ ዘንድ ሄደ በቁሙ ሊቀበር
            አፋር በረሃ ውስጥ ቀልጦ ከስሞ ሊቀር
            እምበር እምበር እምበር
            ጎረቤት ተጋሩ ኧረ ትንሽ እፈር!!!

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            የዛሬም ለየት ያለ ነው ጥቁር ጨርቅ ነው የለበሱ ባንዲራ ኣይደለም ስፎክሩ እንዳልሰነበቱ::

            Peace!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Peace,
            To you, these words are alien.

          • Peace!

            MM,

            ንዚኣ ዲኻ ስጋብ ማዓስ ክንጽመም ትብል ዝነበርካ ኣነ ካኣ ሃጽ ኢልካ ንሜዳ ትወርድ መሲሉኒ ነይሩ 😂

            ክልተ ኣሕዋተይ ስለዘሰዋእኩ ትግርኛ ናተይ እዩ ኤርትራ ናተይ እያ ትግራይ ትስዕር ዘይበለ ህግደፍ እዩ ንዘውረድኩዎ ግጥሚ downvote ዝገበሮ ህግደፍ እዩ😂 ጥረ ኢካ መንቸም:) እቲ ካልእከ ባምቡላ ድዩ ኣስዊኡ?

            ስምዓኒ እዚኣ MM ትኽብደካ ኣላ መስለኒ ናብ M&M (as baby candy) እንተማሓየሽናያ እንታይ ይመስለካ:)

            Peace!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Peace [or should I say war, that fits you perfectly]
            Your family have never sacrificed for independence and neither this time to protect this evil guy’s power.
            You are part of the evil empire and you will have your day in future court. Believe it, you will be easily detected [your IP address is easily recoverable] who you you are when the criminal hgdf is gone.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            I thought my neighbors were the Sudanese, Tigrayan, Ethiopian Afar & Djibouti guys. Since when was the Amhara guys became my neighbor?

      • said

        Hi.MM
        First do yourself a favor skip my comment . Just Keep doing your daily silly poem that does not resonate with me as reader and what make you think you are qualified to make a point about my writing .
        what make Semere T who is not qualified to give an advice to PMAA is point and point is clear, it does need your input is point and you are missing the point and it was not intended to be serous text is point . War is not a game. The duplicate sentence was done by mistake and Thank your for advice which you did not get the point . when I write seriously, like below opinion about The Future of America!.
        I commented about former President Barak Obama on a full hour special program of CNN presented by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and I wrote about it in length and I challenge you to comment about it, you can’t ?is point

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Said,
          You still making no sense at all. Try again. A lot doesn’t really translate to a useful meaning. Get to the point, mate.

          • said

            Hi MM
            Firsts read what you said me not too long enough, that you envoy my written, and remind me if i am right ,but that is beside the point your approval disapproval do not mean nothing to me ,that is not say , Clearly you are not lacking in intelligence or moral integrity . PM AA does not need Semer advice PM AA is smart enough to send TPLF to Mekelle. PMAA does not need any advice from an amateur . PM AA who pulled the rug from under TPLF in 2018. TPLF ends up exactly as they had been before the war started ,back in Tigray?
            My take , I am critical in my article about Semere T advice,he is not qualified and I don’t respond in format you are familiar with debunking or refuting as per your average critic you respect .I disagree or I agree with this in number # 5 or 6 . I am completely critical of Semere T .
            I understand your expectation and disappointment. You didn’t realise my opinion questioning Semere T who is you to give an advice PM AA. .I could only up the ante much higher the advice .i add more about common humanity or human fallibility and what have you .

            So PM AA may believe in unfettered power of the Holy Spirit. He believes in all kind magic dreams and including that of his mother . He does not Semer advice, may be an advice from US preachers that came to Ethiopia spreading a prosperity gospel that taught people they could pray their way out of their dire poverty, The rise in Pentecostal Christianity in Ethiopia and new convert believed in the truth of the Bible is not an issue , and the continuation of the spiritual gifts granted to the early Christians, such as tongues, healing Prosperity and Prophecy is the issue . Some rejected dry liturgy and inherited tradition, and looked to the New Testament for a model of the church. Many in Pentecostal believed that a return to the authentic church outlined in the gospels would lead to its worldwide restoration, which in turn would pave the way for Christ’s second coming.
            Pentecostal Christianity had influenced and exemplified, PM AA to create his Pentecostalism Prosperity Party.

          • Abi

            Hello said
            You sound just a little bit more smarter if you stay out of the things you have got no clue about. Why do you bring religious convictions in your debates?

          • said

            Hi Abi
            Your note is well taking . I am not against freedom of religion . Organized religion, which provided a sense of community and solace to some in a hostile world In US we have Evangelical white supremacist ideologist that supported Triumph and Bush before . They believe European civilization is being undermined. And the American way of life is endangered, white Christian conservative backers of former Pres. Trump who adhere to the great replacement theory. Their great fear is of Black Americans as well as other people of color, Violent white nationalists believe they are ensuring the survival of their own race through violence against other ethnicities. a is one reason for fueling the ultranationalist and populist movements of the far right. What else can explain the violence on the right against, Black and Brown people, Evangelical white has at its base right-wing behavior and tenets. Talk about the repression of women! Some maniacal right-wing fascists, recently Texas enacted a draconian abortion law and the US Supreme Court let that law stand through its lethal inaction, Evangelical white belief that it’s God’s plan facing the pandemic without vaccination .
            In the beginning of Thatcherism and Reaganism, attacked Unionism, they brought globalization, where capital sought the cheapest sources of labor and materials. As result US Communities decayed. And many manufacturing have long since disappeared.
            One have to be careful not to let Neoliberal to come Ethiopia via wide open door . out of my observations, The outcome may be inevitable consequence of blind historic forces and fact not to be ignored

      • Peace!

        Hi MM,

        Not sure what do you mean by “The rest” ደብረ ታቡር ተታሒዛ ኢልካዶ ከበሮ ክትሃርም ኣይቀነኻን–ሒጂ ድኣ እንታይ ተረኽበ ወላስ እቲ ምንክብላል ኣብዚ ገዛውን ኣሎ እዩ:)

        ከምዚ ትብሎ ዘለኻ ምስ በዘሔ እቶም ለባማት ጹቡቕ ጌሮም ኣስሚሮሙላ እዮም:

        ጸረ ህግደፍ ክኸውን ህውሓት ከፍቅር ኣለኒ ዝብል ዱኹም ኣታሓሳስባ ናይቶም ዱወ ጆኮ ዝጻወቱ ስልቲ እዩ::

        Peace!

        • haileTG

          Selamat Peace,

          Just listened to an excellent interview with Mr. Ahmed Y Mohammed of EANC (Afar Congress). He says his organization is working with TDF. Do you consider the Afar situation and his arguments ዱኹም ኣታሓሳስባ? He also shares a gruesome killings and mass burial that was done to his very own relatives by PFDJ. Would you say that is ናይቶም ዱወ ጆኮ ዝጻወቱ ስልቲ እዩ?

          It is worth hearing what he has to say though.

          • Peace!

            Hi Hailuwa,

            ሓቁ እዩ Haile S ኣታ ስዋ ናዓኻ ከም ዝጥዕመካ ኢኻ ትጸምቋ ክብለካ:) You just took words out of my comment and insert them into yours to fit the narrative. And despite that You proved my point that I do not have to sympathize with TPLF to believe what you just wrote, and I do not need to listen interviews when I myself is a victim.

            እቲ ኣታሓሳስባ ድማ ዱኹም ጥራይ ዘይኮነ ፉሹል ኮይኑ ፈሺሉ ድማ ተሪፍ. ኤረትራዊያን ከምቶም ለባማት ተጋሩ ዓዶም የሕሊፎም ክህቡ ድሉዋት ኣይኮኑን ዝብል መደምደምታ እዩ ዘለኒ:

            Peace!

          • haileTG

            Haha Peace,

            That is called politics what I did. You weren’t any different either, Shefef elkaya neta hito:-) Are Eritrean Afar giving away Eritrea? Let me sample my suwa now:-)

          • Peace!

            Hi Hailuwa,

            ምስ እታ sample ትኸይድ ሓንቲ ጆክ ክነግረካ

            እሰያስ ኣብ ገርግሱም እንዳ ሓንበሰ ይጥሕል እሞ ካብቶም ዓጀብቱ ሓደ ዮናስ ዝባሃል ቲፎ ኣትዮ ኣውጺእዎ ምስ ወጸ ንእሰያስ ኣውጺኤዮ እንተልካ ህወትካ ቅበጻ ምስ በሎ ንሱ ድማ ትቕብል ኣቢሉ ኖኖኖኖኖኖ ንሰኻ እምበር ዮናስ ኣውጺኡኒ ከይትብል ኢለዎ ንብለካ

            ስጋብ ኣብዚ ኢና ተባጺሕና ዘለና

            Peace!

          • haileTG

            Haha…nice one! Thanks

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          ሰላም
          ካብ ኢትዮጵያ ተሰጒግና ዝብል ቃልሲ ‘ንዶ ግደፍ።
          ስድራይ ንምሕራር ኤረትራ ተሰዊ ኦም ክንሶም: ሕጂ ደቆም ምእንቲ ኣምሓራ ከይትፍርስ ክቃለሱ ክሰምዕ ይነብዕ።
          ንዓኻን ከማኻን ግን ኣይንታይኩምን። መግለጺ ናይ ህግደፍ ድማ ዚ ‘ዩ። ክትወራዘዩ ኣንጻር ህግደፍ ‘ና ምባል ሽፋን ከምዘይኮነ ተረድኡ።
          መትከል-ኣልቦ ዝበሃል ከምዚ ‘ዩ።

          • Peace!

            MM

            Enough with ክልተ ኣሕዋተይ ስለዘሰዋእኩ ትግርኛ ናተይ እዩ ኤርትራ ናተይ እያ ትግራይ ትስዕር ዘይበለ ህግደፍ እዩ

            በጃኻ ተሰተር
            Peace!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Peace,
            Well, that’s the truth. You have no feeling because you are not losing no one in this senseless war. Wya are my family dying to protect the Amhara lunatics? These are the enemy. Period.

  • Peace!

    Selam all

    BBC admits report on alleged chemical attack in Douma included serious flaws and false allegations, thanks to the whistleblower. BBC, CNN, Aljazeera, Reuters, and other for profit media have nothing to do with independent journalism but manufacturing consent and make money. Thank God the current generation is aware of their malicious motives, and soon their stooge TPLF won’t be as good boy as used to be.

    Peace!

    • Saleh Johar

      Peace,
      The problem Bilen is that the “for profit” news organization are antidote to the propaganda-heavy official media. That’s the choice. In our case, we know what we started to have 20 years ago and what that was replaced with—all suffocating PFDJ media:-)

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate forum participants:

    A very sad tale of two people from today’s news:

    Sudan summoned Ethiopia’s envoy after 29 bodies found in river
    The bodies were found between July 26 and August 8 on the Sudanese side of the Setit River, says Sudan’s foreign ministry.*

    Ethiopia: Officials accuse Tigray forces of killing 120 civilians
    Local officials in Amhara region say victims were ‘innocent farmers’, express fear death toll might be higher.*

    Unless A. Ahmed Ali listens to the world’s leaders ( with the exception of DIA), the bloodshed will continue. Recently, Kenya, representing Africa and Sudan, representing IGAD called A. Ahmed Ali to sit for peace with TPLF but he is giving them deaf ears.

    *Al Jazeera English

  • Semere Tesfai

    Selam All

    Words of wisdom every African should know by heart

    “The success of Abiy [Ethiopia] is directly proportional to the high pitched crying of the Mega news outlets [Western Corporate Media] and their megaphone carrying transmitters [hired locals] at አዋተ ዶት ኮም.” professor ራስ ኣቢ. Amen

    Well, well, well. The Tigrean war Generals at the Awate Situation-Room are mute. They have tasked their TDF war victory briefings, and their never-ending lies and deceit, to the Awate flunkies. And the Awate flunkies are doing exactly what they have been doing all their life: lose at every turn.

    Now let me get serious. And please allow me (a) to make some predictions and (b) to give unsolicited advice to the Ethiopian government

    Dr. Abiy: I hope, at least someone at your close circle reads my unsolicited advice:

    !. – From 2018-2020, thanks to your wisdom and leadership, you put the Woyanes at a vegetative state. In November 2020 the Woyanes committed suicide. Today, the four decade old Woyanes (1975-2018) and, the Greater Tigray dream is dead and buried six feet under. Of course ideas don’t die. And the objective here is not to kill Woyane ideas. The objective is to make Woyane dreams and ambitions the opinion of fringe groups. Therefore, you won. Act like a winner. Don’t talk about the Woyanes. They are are on the rearview mirror of the Ethiopian and Horn politics. They are not worthy of your attention.

    2. – No matter how tempting, the Ethiopian Federal Army and the Ethiopian Federal Authorities must stay away from directly occupying or administering any Tigrean territory. All Tigrean affairs – administering, policing, justice system, prison system, security works, food aid, cultural and education affairs…….should be handled by Tigreans.

    3. Believe in your hear of hearts Tigreans are Ethiopians. Believing Tigreans are Ethiopians – love them, help them, defend them, listen to their pain, meet with them more often, let them speak-up their mind and express their emotions. Knowing them at a personal level, listening to their pain, working with them closely will make you a great leader, and it will make your job easier

    4. – Make a secured hospitable places for displaced Tigreans in Humera/Wolqait Region in the West and, in the Afar and Raya Region in the South. A hospitable place for millions of Tigreans where they can stay at a safe peaceful and dignified place until this current storm withers away. Work day and night to narrow the gap between the Amara and Tigrean people, and to bring the two people closer to each other – starting from the grass-root level. Using your position and the influence of your office, work day and night, against narrow ethnoliguistic politics. Make your objective – Ethiopian Administrative Regions (Killils) to be Killils that are home to every faith, every ethnic, and every gender, and every age group. Killils with maximum diversity in every way – not to happen sometime in the distant future, but to make it a reality while you’re in office.

    5. – Recruit tens of thousands of Tigreans into the Ethiopian Federal forces. Recruit another tens of thousands young Tigrean militias – that are well armed, well funded, well connected to the Federal Government, and militarily well supported – along the whole Tigrean borders. The Tigrean militia forces should take the lead in fighting any battle against Woyane that takes along the Tigrean borders – along the Amara/ Afar/Eritrea border areas. Of course with close coordination and close consultation with Federal Authorities. The Objective of winning the Tigray war, the objective of defeating the Woyanes, should be by the efforts and great sacrifices of the Tigrean people and Tigrean militia forces at the border – not by the federal forces and, Amara Afars Oromo Wolayta…… militia forces.

    6. – In this fight, there are two ways the Woyanes can win. And they are (a) if the Ethiopian government got itself into a muddy quagmire of occupation a never-ending guerilla warfare and (b) if the Woyanes managed to isolate the Tigrean people from the Ethiopian people and government. That’s why the Ethiopian government should spend its energy and its meager resources on (a) at recruiting Tigrean forces at the Federal and local level and (b) on winning the hearts and minds of the Tigrean people.

    At the end of the day, the winner of this war is going to be the one who managed to win the hearts and minds of the Tigrean people.

    7. – The people of the Horn Region have a stake and a shared interest at the outcome of this war. The people of the whole Horn Region want to see the demise of the Woyanes. The woyanes were the enemies of the whole Ethiopian people – the Tigrean people, the Amara people, the Afar people, the Oromo people, the Somali (Ogaden) people…….. The Woyanes were the enemies of the Eritrean people, the Somali people, the south Sudanese people, the Kenyan people. The people of the Horn Region wants to see these mercenaries on its rearview mirror and move on.

    8. Soon, the Woyanes organization (TDF) will break down into smaller factions with antagonistic worldviews – pro Tigrean independence, pro union with Ethiopia, for Ethnic Federalism, against Ethnic Federalism, for PP, against, PP……. And as a result diverging opinions, a bloody civil war among Tigreans would be inevitable – of course unless the Ethiopia Federal Government falls to their level and make it an ethnnolinguistic regional war

    Semere Tesfai

    • haileTG

      Selamat Semere,

      ገዛ ተጋጊኻ ሰመረ ዓርከይ!! This room ናይ ዝኸፈሉ እያ! Next door እንዳ ዶቶረ ጀነራል ተኽለብርሃን ውሰዳ እዛ ጽሕፍቲ። እዋእ! ኣብ እንዳ ዉራይ’ዶ ዘው ኢልካ ይእቶ’ዩ?? በሓደ ኣፊቱ!…haha just kidding you…

      I only agree with #3. The rest, not so much.

      Remember, the universe only cooperates with: truth, creation and earnestness. Integration is the way of truth and honesty. Your desire and action must be complementary for life to lend you a hand. Doing good to weaken is contradictory motion and success will not follow.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Semere Tesfai,

      One is, of course, entitled to state an opinion in whatever way he might choose. Nevertheless, after reading the points you stated, and posing on your item # 5, you sound like one talking in an imperial era in which strained powers had resorted to strategies and tactics that pitted the subjugated people against one another – the infamous divide-and-rule policies. The call was: let them slaughter themselves by themselves.
      Even Emperor Hailesellassie did not miss that expediency and imperial ploy. Didn’t he recruit thousands of Eritrea’s youths, and predominantly from one socio-ethnic component, and feeding them propaganda with sectarian underpinnings, and let them lose on ordinary peasants to kill, burn and destroy part of their own people. At this wrong era, thus, you want to advice Dr. Abiy and his government to try what had been tried and failed.!!

      • Dongolo

        Selam Ismail AA. As you have said, one is of course, entitled to state an opinion in whatever way he might choose. Nevertheless, what you are taking issue with (divide et impera) is no different than what the TPLF had brutally exercised over the past three decades. In the case of the TPLF, many here -silence has implies consent (qui tacet consentire videtur)- sat on the sidelines not uttering a word of concern in regards to the TPLF’s horrific behavior….not even when matters came to a full boiling point. In any political system wherein bureaucracy exists, you will find divide et impera, albeit at various levels of magnitude.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Dongolo,

          You are right that ‘divide and conquer’ is, was and will remain a modus operandi to which those who seek power or exercise resort to. I should surmise that you understand what we,here in this forum, do is expressing personal opinions. Not engaging in value or action judgement in favor or against some one or the other. I simply commented on what our brother Semere had stated as a personal opnion to which he is entitled. So, I just couldn’t understand why you wanted to involve the TPLF in the discussion since we are not in the business of appraising what it did or not did not do in the past. The issue is whether it is judicious for some one to advice a government to recruit and deploy sons and daughters of a community to fight and kill the sons and daughters of the same community as an expediency to subdue it to submission. It is a question of right and wrong for a person wanting to judge from a perspective of morality.

          • haileTG

            Selamat Ismai,

            Your clarity yibel zebl eyu!!

            I think you need to break down our current quagmire in the wider opposition, in one main article. If anyone should do it, it is hard to find a second, except you. I will close with US army recruiting ad: Your Country Needs You! (The graphic is an imposing general with this gesture 👉) 🙂

          • Dongolo

            Selam Ismail AA. Moral universalism? Regarding the TPLF, you say that ‘we are not in the business of appraising what it did or not did in the past’. Yes indeed, but why not, for we have every reason to. Even when the TPLF was illegally occupying Eritrean land and doing everything possible to eliminate Eritrea (as it continues to do), many here refused to speak up regarding ‘morality’. Yet since PMAA came to power, the attack has been relentless.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dongolo,

            You and I could not still see eye to eye on an essential point. I am arguing that participants in this forum are entitled to posting an opinion purely on a level of an individual person. No one represents any other one or group in whatever form or manner. Just like what you and I are doing. On the other hand, you are requiring others should have voiced an opinion on what you judged or believed at one time not right, which you stretched to one of the sides in a conflict. The bottom line here is that it is absolutely the prerogative of the opinion owner to express it in one way or the other.

            Please understand that I am not condoning or negating what the TPLF did or did not do. I own my opinion on that matte; and do not dare to use this space to censure others for not supporting what I uphold or stand for. I hope the point is clear.

          • Saleh Johar

            Ahlan Ismail,
            Your comment about is a long lecture condensed in a few lines. I hope Dongolo makes some use of it. Thank you my friend.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Saleh Johar. You say ‘long lecture condensed in a few lines….hope Dongolo makes some use of it’..Lowdy, Lowdy…..sounds a bit condescending.

          • Saleh Johar

            No Dongolo,
            Sorry if you felt that way. I didn’t mean it like that. I meant a useful point, like a friendly nudge. Nothing more.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Saleh Johar and many thanks for your comment; no problems whatsoever and I understand. On the side, believe that you might enjoy he book ‘The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi’ by Richard Grant. Normally, I don’t listen much that audibles but did on this one to get the British twang.

          • Dongolo

            Selam AA. Freedom to express personal opinions (within spurious boundaries as Nitricc serves a case in point) is a completely separate matter from referencing the Emperor (in this particular discussion) as an example of moral turpitude, whilst the TPLF (elephant in the room in this case) serves as a far more recent and cogent example.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dongola,

            Dear Dongola, I do not usually relish a debate or discussion taking a back-and-forth course. But all I am saying is that be it under the former Emperor, the current Ethiopia government, TPLF or any other entity exercising power and committed to perpetuating it, a call to using part of a community to subdue another part of itself is morally reprehensive. I believe, at least in retrospect, you may not conscientiously condone the recruitment and deployment of the Israeli trained commando forces to destroy part of your own population. It follows; thus, I do not understand why an alien supporter of the current Ethiopian government would volunteer to advice it to use part of the Tigrayan youth to fight and subdue their brothers and sisters just because a political expediency calls for it

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            If these guys call the use of one community against another community, it means they were condoning the Eritrean commandos barbaric act against the Eritrean Muslim lowlanders – killing them, burning their agnets (አግነት), taking their livestocks. The logic infers that their current political behavior reflects their past deeds and positions in the Eritrean context, as it was part of our history in the Sixities. The logic will dictate us to believe that, if they are fine with this call in Tigray, they were okay with our past. Our words and actions tells who we are.

            Regard

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aman,

            Glad to have you back in this forum. Incidentally, I hope the effects of the recent flood waters in your area have been ameliorated.
            Furthermore, it is an inherent folly to see victims of foreign oppressors’ malicious divide and conquer policies turn around and become its champions just because it serves their need to overcome, or prevail on, what they consider an challenging adversary. It is a nasty paradox that empties morality of its humane essence.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            ለብዘበን ወጺእናያ ከም ውጻእ መዓት። My town was affected by tornado, flooding, and falling trees. Mine is okay anyway.

            Back to your point: when politics is contaminated by hate, actors as well as followers don’t seek political resolutions. They resort in to ናይ ጓሶት ቁርቁስ፣ ኤሕሙቅኒ ኤሕሚቄዮ ዘዓይነቱ without any concern on its impact on the lives of their citizens. Look how some of our fellow Eritreans; they do not even have any concern Eritreans to die in the ethnic war of Ethiopia. When someone asked why our niece and nephews die in this war, they reacted this way: “ Nephew, Martyrs, and Eritrea pop out when TPLF defeated.” ኣቦይ ሰጉጎምለይ ኢልካስ ናይ ኤርትራውያን መስዋእቲ አብዘይ ሃገሮም ከም ቅዱስ ዝወስድዎ። ዘገርም እዩ።

            Regards

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            Your two comments in response to Dongolo’s comments are crispy and are to the point. Now, since we own our individual opinions that has no any consequences or influence on what is going on in Tigray and Ethiopia, I have come to characterize the nature of the war as the war between Ethiopia and Tigray a “former state” of Ethiopia. Two fundamental reasons why I call Tigray a former state of Ethiopia:

            (a) The Federal government of Ethiopia in alliance with foreign forces attack it’s own state, committed ethnic cleansing, looted properties of Tigrians, vandalized churches and Mosques, gang raped tigrian women’s as if Tigray is not member of the state.

            (b) The barbaric act in itself anger the tigrian oeople, the youth men and women the old, the educated professionals and academicians , the farmers, the retired and active military officers, flooded to the mountains to join their own government to resist and protect their own state from the invaders. As a result a “new cause” has become in the offing as a driving force from the war and their sacrifices – the struggle for a statehood. We are observing and hearing new terms as a slogan in their politico-military war against Ethiopia and their alliances, such as “Hagere Tigray, Tigray tisaer referendum, liberate Tigray” – all this indications and their commitment to the cause made me to rethink politically and call Tigray as former state of Ethiopia though the legal aspect of it will take up and down process depending on the status of the other states.

            Regards

          • Saleh Johar

            Dongolo,
            Don’t you think both ruling parties are similarly inflicted with the aim of eradicating the other? They have been doing it for so many years, do you want that to continue indefinitely? And you think it will unless the approach changes to be pro people?

          • Dongolo

            Selam Saleh Johar. I would agree with your assertion post 1998. Given that said, a lot of controlling cards within the hand of the TPLF which could have been played to mitigate further unnecessary conflict, were never laid down.

          • Dongolo

            Selam AA. Freedom to express personal opinions (within spurious boundaries as Nitricc serves a case in point), is a completely separate matter from referencing the Emperor as an example of moral turpitude (within the subject discussion), whilst the TPLF (elephant in the room in this case) is a far more recent and cogent example.

    • Peace!

      Hi Semere

      What about the 30B looted money, and the generals responsible for the death of thousands Ethiopians including Tigreyans?

      On number 5, that’s exactly what Meles did for 27 years for his divide and rule strategy, and it backfired immensely. Now, the Somalis, the Oromos, the Afars, the Sidamas, the Amharas, and other Ethiopians are sending their kids to wipeout TPLF ones for all so they won’t have to face the brutal killing, torture, and looting again.

      One of the reasons, I think, why Abiy failed to run Tigray during the eight month war was that he tried to impose prosperity party values on Tigray people. He should have listened to Tigrayans and elect their own representatives.

      Peace!

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Peace,

        What about the 30B looted money, and the generals responsible for the death of thousands Ethiopians including Tigreyans?

        I think this is just exaggerated number to be honest. Ethiopia exports does not about to 2 Billion dollars on best years, how does one able to wipe out all that money?

        Even the total debt is about 50 billion dollars, for a country of 100 million people it means nothing compared to how much public companies are evaluated today.

        If there was legitimate case of looted money, the country as being member of the international community, has the legal means to recover most of its assets.

        Now how much has Abiy has spend to fight this war and how much will it cost going forward?

        Abiy has no moral or legal ground to impose his “prosperity or medener” on anybody, it’s just a political party and who ever chose to support can join him.

        I have to say, Semere have got this well.

        I hope he also advices the PFDJ government to do the same.

        • haileTG

          Selam Berhe,

          I have to say, Semere have got this well.

          I hope he also advices the PFDJ government to do the same.

          Logically and priority wise, I have nothing to add to the above.

        • Peace!

          Hi Berhino,

          Well, no one knows the exact figure of the looted money including the millions outstanding loans. But one thing for sure it is material for poor Ethiopians and putting effort to recover to whatever extent can’t hurt, perhaps exerting pressure on the lenders might lead to some sort of settlement.

          Speaking of looted money, Eritreans, too, are victims. TPLF encouraged its cadres to take over Eritrean businesses and properties, and promise them financial support with loans. Yes, they did without mercy and shame.

          The war is no longer Abiy’s war; it is Ethiopians war, thanks to Junta. The young are flocking to the training camps in thousands.

          I agree. No one has the right to impose anything on people against their willing.

          Peace!

        • Brhan

          Hi Berhe,
          Do you mean Medemer for Medener?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Brhan,

            Yes, I meant Medemer.

            Thanks

    • Abi

      ሰላም ወንድም አማች
      I strongly disagree with your #3.
      There should be no babysitting the ungrateful Tigreans any longer. They only understand the whipping until delete the ሂሳብ ማወራረድ out of their nonexistent minds.
      Abiy or Ethiopians in general don’t need to earn Tigrean trust nor do they need to win their hearts and minds .
      What hearts?
      What minds?
      Why? Why? Why?

      • Saleh Johar

        Abi,
        You might have got Ben up on your country to the extent that you think it has become impotent and cannot solve its social problems within itself. What if you wipe out Tigray, do you think that’s the last problem you have to deal with? Don’t you think this was, is, and will remain how Ethiopian should lives it’s socio-political problems? I think Ethiopia has dozens of ethnic, regional, and clan segments. There are enough eruptions that worry far away people. Shouldn’t you worry about that approach that can possibly fragment Ethiopia to oblivion? Why the confrontational attitude that leads only to more bloodshed and mayhem! You are educated enough to be the voice of reason… I think.

        • Abi

          Selam Ato Saleh
          Peace will reign in Ethiopia and the horn region with the total elimination of the Tplf/TDF and all their full time and part time supporting actors.

          • haileTG

            Hey Guad Abi!

            In that case

            1- would it not be better to advocate for expedient, negotiated separation of Tigray from the union peacefully?

            2 – when you say total elimination of their full time and part time supporters, don’t you think you’re biting more than you can chew? Yihie chifin yale yefano Esabie yiqrbh, I am not their only sponsor, that could mean the entire US, Israel Egypt alliance and of Alula Solomon’s fb friends. BTW I heard a big Belom! is coming soon:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ምን ሆንክብኝ ወዳጄ???
            1- እኔ እኮ ቶሎ ቅራቅንቧችሁን ሸክፋችሁ አምልጡ ብዬ መክሬ ነበር:: የሚሰማ አልተገኘም እንጂ ኃይልዬ!! ልባቸውን ጥጋብ ደፍኖት መች የአዋቂ ምክር ይሰማሉ!
            አትሰንብች የተባለች አይጥ እሰው አገር ክልትው ብላ ቀረች:: እርግማን ነው ወዳጄ!
            2- ትግላችን ከመከላከል ወደ ማጥቃት ተሸጋግሯል!!
            ኃይልዬ you confused the “big Belom” with the thunderous wet farts coming out of those TDF thugs who consumed የአማራ ሊጥ and አብሲት::

          • Saleh Johar

            ኣቢ: ተጠንቀቅ:: ጥቁር ድመት ውለድ ብየ እንዳልረግምህ 🙂

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            የእርስዎ ምርቃትዎ እንጂ እርግማንዎ አይደርስም::

          • Hashela

            Abi

            Nima Elbagir said

            “CNN obtained the draft forensic report into the bodies on the Sitit, We’ve updated with quotes. A Key finding; some victims were executed months prior and piled on each other. In a mass grave/storage facility.

            Hint: Sino truck, Afar Front.

          • Abi

            Hello Hashela
            You are confusing me to the extent that you left me in a dark. Now I know how it feels like to live like Brhan.
            Journalistic ethos, well-balanced nature, hopefully, details, …. You associated all these noble characteristics with the person who remained in the dark and comfortably sitting in the weyanes armpits.
            Let us be serious sometimes.

            I have been warning those awatista who are blinded by የወያኔ ፍቅር that finding mass graves is going to be a daily occurrence in ሀገረ ትግራይ:: The Sino trucks have been loading dead weyanes for months now.
            ሀገረ ትግራይ sounds great!!

          • Hashela

            Abi

            With all the helping hands we are lending to Ethiopia, you want to punish us with a Feral Cat Republic of Tigray as a neighbor? Please keep your eternally restive northern province with you.

          • Abi

            Hashela
            You are on record refusing a huge potential for a new water treatment facility, landfill and many environmentally friendly facilities.
            I need a different buyer.

          • Peace!

            Hi Hashela,

            It is not a time for integrity and we will sort out the ethics later. Let’s just keep going with the destructive rather dangerous values and defeat PFDJ. Ezi Eyu Zebkiena Zelo

            Peace!

          • Hashela

            Selam Peace

            እው: ናበይ ብዘይ’ገድስ ንኺድ ጥራሕ!

  • said

    Greetings ,

    The Future of America!

    As I watched some time back this summer former President Barak Obama on a full hour special program of CNN presented by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, I felt very heart broken for the Young Black American chaps on Obama’s empowerment and revitalization program of the American blacks in America’s down run black ghettos and American Black Communities. The telling stories of the Black kids on the show of the horror personal stories they experience on a daily basis that are typical nowadays with ALL black Americans (representing more than 15% of the total American Population), makes one’s hair sticks), bodes ill for the future harmonious coexistence of communities in the U.S. Black kids on the Anderes Cooper’s show, ranging between 14 and 25 years of age, spoke relating heart wrenching stories of real situations on how they fear for their lives every time they step out of their homes as they frequently stopped by a discriminating police force, by a predominately most brutal and racist American Police Force; stopping black Americans without any justifying reasons, simply only on the mere Racial Profiling basis and suspicions. However, as these black kids are relating their stories, beside the violence plaguing American urban neighborhoods and the American public schools (Drug gangs and simple mentally deranged White Americans engaged in mass killings – Reported thus far this year 240 mass killings accidents that took place in America with readily acquired Assault weapons subject of the most relaxed rules and laws governing the acquisition of deadly weapons in America). Watching that program last night and as my heart ached for the innocent American blacks, I felt a great love and great admiration for Barack Obama for his patient endeavors to try empower the downtrodden lot of the youth of the Black American Community, an endeavor entailed with incredible odds. I felt great sympathy and admiration for President Obama’s noble dedication to America’s social problems and the impossible task in trying to uplift his folks in the Black American Community that looks to me more and more of a dead end.

    My pain was compounded with the full realization of Obama’s IMPOSSIBLE mission, a drop in a bucket, in an Unsolvable Endemic Problem plaguing the American society, this, as perpetuated and perpetrated by an unjust White Supremacist Neoliberal System, a general racist Oligarchy that are increasingly in full control of the Americans’ lives, America’s Future, and, the American Destiny. White Supremacist Neoliberals are fighting a merciless, an all-out nasty rearguard battles to remain indefinitely in Full Control of the American reality, the American Agenda. The American Neoliberal Oligarchy of predominately American WASPs are only enacting laws to further inch them closer to fully wield power back from the Democrats as early as November of next year at the next forthcoming Midterm American elections. Ironically, I felt the parallel of the plight of the American Blacks and the American Minorities in General dealing with the Neoliberal WASP establishment.

    The Second news item that made me think deeply how the American Divide would only get worse moving forward is the Republican Legislators’ intransigence to frustrate President Biden’s ambitious direly warranted Reform and Economic Revitalization programs as they are hitting a stonewall of Republicans’ intransigence and a renegade Fifth Columnist Democratic, Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin. Senator Manchin is standing firm on the side of the White Supremacist Republicans forestalling any progress in the Biden’s ambitious agenda as time is of the essence. This, especially with regards to the drive by the Democrats to cause a passage in Congress of Biden’s original $2.3 trillion Infrastructure package that the Democrats built huge hopes that its passage in its entire original form would hugely enhance the Democrats’ chances of a sweeping landslide victory in the next year’s Midterm elections.

    Biden’s ambitious plans of reforms and the revitalization of America socioeconomically appear to me to be now faltering, going downhill to no where as Biden appears to me increasingly, with the Trump fellows lurking in the shadows, that Joe Biden could end up being a “One Term U.S. President.”

    The Republicans’ earnest drive to pave the grounds to win the next elections is devolving to so many American states, especially large ones like Florida and Texas, which are controlled by Republican governorships and legislatures, that are leaving nothing to chance passing and increasingly enacting restrictive voting laws and rules, including flagrant Gerrymandering, that prejudice against future Democrats’ wins that would make it very difficult for American Democrats to garner future majorities at the state-levels to win future American elections at all levels. As said differently, albeit, for American minorities to ever enjoy a tipping voice. American divide is only getting worse that with the liberal gun laws, it is not all that farfetched that America would, as the American divide further deepens, America will be more prone in the future to violence; the eruption of wide civil disobedience if not an outright protracted forms of Civil War(s)

  • Peace!

    ሰላም ሰብ ዓዋተ,

    ዘመነ ግሪንቢጥ ማይ ንዓቐብ ከም ዝብሃል ንምንታይ ሐደ ሐደ ኤርትራዊያን ንTDF ከም ካፊኖል ከውሕጡና ላዕልን ታሕትን ዝብሉ ዘለው ንባዕሎም እቶም ተጋሩ ወላ TPLF/TDF ይጨፍጭፈና ብጏኖት ኣይቅየርን እዩ ኢሎም መስዎእቲ እንዳ ኸፈሉ እንከለው??

    ካብተን ማንጁስ መሓሪ የውሃንስ ምኽሪ ንህዝቢ ትግራይ ዝሃበን ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ቃለ መጠይቕ: ወላ ሽሕ ግዜ ህውሓት ጸረ ህዝቢ ትኹን ብጏኖት ክትቅየር ኣይነፍቅድን ኢና ትግራዋይ ካኣ ሱቕ ኢሉ ክርእይ የብሉን ህዉሓት ሕማቕ እንተገይራ ምስኣ ንተሓሳሰብ እዚ ናህና principle እዩ ኢሉ ጹቡቕ ገይሩ ኣስሚሩላ ኣሎ::

    Peace!

    • Hashela

      Selam Peace

      As I stated previously, the pro-TPLF opposition reached peak of its moral and intellectual bankruptcy

      PS: I worry that we are buying in to the emergency cosmetic surgery of TPLF to “TDF”. There is not “TDF”. It is TPLF.

      • Peace!

        Hi Hashela,

        TPLF is losing legitimacy and has not moral ground to dictate the rest of the groups. From now on, all parties are responsible as far as the fate of Tigray people is concerned. If TPLF doesn’t represent the interest of their people, this is the right time to make the right decision.

        Peace!

        • Hashela

          Hi Peace

          In a normal world, your analysis and prognosis would make sense.
          Whether this kind of transformation is happening right now in a high indoctrinated Tigrayan population time will tell. I remain skeptical!

          That said, the senseless sacrifice of Tigrayan youth should worry every Tigrayan. Until now I have not heard what the overarching goal of the TPLF’s war is, other than re-imposing a minority dictatorship which is unlikely to be achieved.
          As Samuel alluded, TPLF and their supporters are not ready submit themself to a majority rule within Ethiopian Federal System.

          • Peace!

            Hi Hashels,

            I see TDF as a new TPLF uniform for carrying out its bosses errands at the expense of poor Tigrean kids. That is the fact on the ground, and the Tigray people cannot afford to keep dying for nothing. In his last interview, Dr. Debretsion was shaking when asked about the purpose and direction of the ongoing war.

            Peace!

    • haileTG

      Selamat Peace,

      Here is a situation riddle:) Suppose a pick pocketer grabs your wallet and legs it. You obviously start to chase him and he is running very fast. As he runs, he knocks down someone else and the person gets up and starts to chase him as well. Now,

      1 – would you stop chasing him because there is someone else now chasing him?

      2 – If you continue chasing him, does it change your reason for chasing him into the other guy’s reason for chasing him?

      3 – Is the other guy chasing him to get your wallet?

      4 – If the other guy gets him first, will you give him the wallet?

      Please give your own answers because guad Abi has been failed this course and might trick you into pretending he knows the right answers. He is attending remedial classes:-)

      • Peace!

        Hi Hailuwa,

        I can see that scenario more clearly in a car accident. If I, hopefully not, involved in a Hit and Ran chain accident, I would just ask other drivers for license plate and bring him to court:)

        Peace!

        • haileTG

          Haha Peace,

          That is a cop out:-) Has Abichu been around again? 🙂

      • Haile S.

        Selam MoKsi,

        ዓርከተይ፡ መቸም እዛ ስዋ ንዓኹም ከምጥዕመኩም ጌርኩም ኢኹም ትጸምቁዋ! How about if the knocked guy was the guy who stole your car or broke into your house the day before?

        • haileTG

          Hey Moxi!

          እናጠዓመ ኸደ:-)

          So, would you:

          1 – prioritize your wallet with the drivers license in it?

          2 – prioritize the knocked guy who isn’t driving your car at that time?

          I also assume that your car’s key is lost in the fall and the knocked guy is locked out anyway 🙂

          • Haile S.

            ሞክሲ፡

            ኣሕጽር ኣቢለ፡
            ክርስቶስ ትንሳኤ ሙታን፡ ኣሰሮ ለሰይጣን።
            ኣንታ ጽቡቕ ገበሮ፡ ኣበይ’ከ ረኸቦ!

      • Abi

        ኃይልሽ
        Save yourself from all these troubles and keep your hands in your own pockets.
        I learned this in the remedial classes:-)

  • said

    Greetings,

    I wanted to share some thoughts with you on our region and I wanted to talk about reflection too and some modest solution ,and there is no easy way out ? This what is happing in our region ? The government’s culpability in spreading misery and throughout our region is main issue without exception the people had suffered from endless wars between ethnicity and regional and fiefdoms throughout Ethiopia long, colossal history. At least for the last hundred years all the regime that ruled Ethiopia and inflicting untold horror stores and military junta with a penchant for cruelty. War casualties, costs, democracy and civilians, be damned .Our region , Not even for a brief time, they experienced a surge in freedom ,human rights and democratic reforms?

    Now it should go without saying that Ethiopia should have never colonized Eritrea period. It should have done so 70 years ago. But the hard truth to swallow for so many of Ethiopian is that it should have never been there in the first place. Not twenty 60 ago. The same for TPLF 20 ago. Should left Badeam and they accomplished nothing other more death to Eritrean communities that they destroyed . If we have being a free country long time ago and without Ethiopia ruling us and committed heinous war crimes . In the face of tens of thousands of lives lost and deliberate killing of civilians, Hundred of Millions of dollars spent, and countless Eritrean communities destroyed, all Ethiopia have accomplished is killing a lot of innocent people and making Ethiopia a failed state in the processes ,and they having nothing to show for, but to what end . Imagine without costly Ethiopia invasion and colonization , ,It was horrendous but ephemeral, that the insanity should have stopped long time ago.
    True, blundering Ethiopian invasion and interventions in Eritrean internal afters that ignored new Eritrean political particularity, historical context.
    And new local identity Eritreanes . The reckless 1961 invasion Ethiopian and subsequently what followed is well known have left enormous destruction and addressed briefly here. Eritrea would have being a deferent country who knows. And the same can be said for Ethiopian imperial incursion – nest. For Ethiopian to take this time to do some hard reflecting. Reflect on their own country and dream Ethiopia could have being like other nations they dream off to be .Is never late , Unfortunately for Eritrean and the Ethiopian that include Tigray TPLF , Amhara and Tigray supremacists still vie for mastery Ethiopia and it is one reason for the civil war in Ethiopia. Ethiopia still at war with itself where as populations are trapped in desolate landscapes of despotism and reginal paramilitarism and
    where varieties of tyranny and TPLF militia and others keep feeding off each other in a sort of infernal symbiosis on going till today they learned nothing ? we have dictators and stupid leaders whose idea of a plan is to keep indiscriminately bombing innocent civilians and has taught us a thing,

    To break the collective amnesia that has Ethiopia ensnared ,or you will more doomed to go through this again and again like biblical Revelation kind of scenario. May be priest Abiy will understand better, a religious freaks have seized control of Ethiopia ,he knows much better what I am alluding to.
    Let me give you a quotation .The reasons aren’t complicated: Empires don’t encourage critical self-reflection about imperial aggression. The reason is captured in first line of the English writer Stephen Spender’s poem “Ultima Ratio Regum” (the Latin phrase translates as “the last argument of kings”): “The guns spell money’s ultimate reason.”

    In our region the products Haile TG listed in his script below and looking for an answer ,what has become self-evident and mostly unchallenged and the polarizing issues of the day, place them in context, if we organize our society; diversity and inclusion is the Answer ,then we have positive outcome, and valued policy to ameliorate division . it is not our differing values, beliefs, moral codes, and to embrace “diversity.” And to believe functioning liberal democracy is the (Answer ) and to make sure representation of a more honest and inclusive diversity, towards a more equal society, is all that matters. ,in this case polarization will be tempered. In retrospect, it’s hard to imagine how that wouldn’t be the case. At end, the outcome is all that matters. We’re “being divided.” in failed state and many issues are left undeveloped. , in our region everything is about ethnicity ,region, religion, religious bigotry, urban , privileged elite, class society, poor, rich, famine, refugees fleeing their homes for fear of death, tribe, subtribes, non-tribal, language , kin , clan, minorities, inequality, gender, identarian left or right , seeking autonomy, separatist, opposed factions, nationality, political Party and some are destructive toward their own. endless cycle of poverty and exploitation, which has always been thus, and more like civil war and the mass killing .innocent youth as cannon fodder. In nutshell ,we all have similar stories — whether we ’re aware of them yet or not.

    Let me quote Hermann Goering, a right-wing member of the Nazi’s. During the Nuremberg Trials Goering said what every militarist politician knows to be true . ‘Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.’

    Adolf Hitler knew what he was talking about when he said: ‘What good fortune for those in power that the people do not think…It gives us a very special, secret pleasure to see how unaware the people around us are of what is really happening to them…Through clever and constant application of propaganda people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.’
    “Recall that Hitler also said: ‘The fascist state must not forget that all means must serve the ends; it must not let itself be confused by the drivel about so-called freedom of the press…it must make sure that (the media) is placed in the service of the state.’ We can learn not to repeat to what happened to the German ?

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    An interesting debate between the USA and Eritrea (links have been removed from both sections to comply with AT rules)


    Yemane G. Meskel
    @hawelti

    Washington Post is Woefully Wrong with its “Facts’’

    “The Washington Post is evidently entitled to take certain positions on the conflict in Tigray region of Ethiopia. But it cannot, in all honesty, twist facts & events to create a fictitious narrative”

    =======================================================

    U.S. Embassy Asmara Eritrea

    On the issue of how Eritrean forces have conducted themselves in northern Ethiopia, it comes down to whom you believe and deem credible: The Washington Post, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (see link below), the Nobel Prize-winning Amnesty International, The New York Times, the Ethiopian Attorney General (see link below), the Nobel Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (see link below), The Associated Press, the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, the BBC, CNN, etc., etc.…or the Eritrean Ministry of Information.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate Forum participants:

    Salva Kiir to Mediate Ethiopian Conflict

    By Chol Mawel – September 6, 2021
    Source Zehabesha.com

    • Abi

      Hello Brhan
      According to your reliable sources, TDF ከአፋር ክልል ተጠራርጎ ወጥቷል!!!!
      In other words, አይጧ አፋር በረሃ ውስጥ እንደ ቅቤ ቀልጣ ቀርታለች:: ጌም ኦቨር!!
      Source Zehabesha

      • Brhan

        Hello Abi,
        Thanks for sharing the news. You only forgot the date. ካብ መላእካ ጽደቕ Let me try this in Amharic ጻድቅ ለመሆን ለምን ኣትሞላም ( ኣትሞላውም)

        • Abi

          Hello Brhan
          ጻድቅ ለመሆን ሞክሬ አላውቅም::
          “ወያኔን ከወለደ የገደለው ጸደቀ”
          ጊዜ የማይሽረው ንግግር!! ደስ ያለህን ቀን ሙላበት:: ትጸድቃለህ!!

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    In a first of its kind in an international media, PMAA is described as a “pariah” in today’s CNN report titled “From Nobel laureate to global pariah: How the world got Abiy Ahmed and Ethiopia so wrong”[CNN]

    In the story, PMAA Nobel Peace Prize is scrutinized and were said to have “ignored signs and clues” as to the true intentions of “The Seventh King of Ethiopia” that the report highlights from PMAA’s notorious past gaffs. It notes “…he [PMAA] said [his mother] had told him at the age of seven that, despite his modest background, he would one day be the seventh king of Ethiopia. The remark was met with a round of laughter from his cabinet members, but Abiy’s belief in his mother’s prophecy was no joke.”

    The report recounts PMAA ascendancy in international stage by lamenting “The persona he cultivated, cemented in part through his many early accolades — being named African of the Year in 2018, one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, and one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers in 2019 — captivated the imagination of Ethiopians, the country’s large diaspora and the world. Many now feel betrayed, having lost any optimism about the future of the country, but others are still intent on retaining that glittering image of Abiy, reluctant to see the writing on the wall.”

    The report decries ‘ Eritrean troops are operating with impunity in Tigray, and there is little sign of a durable peace” pointing to PMAA’s failure to “…kick out Eritrean troops, who have supported Ethiopian forces in the conflict and stand accused of some of the most horrifying of the many atrocities in Tigray”

    • Abi

      ኃይልሽ
      Thanks for sharing this earth shattering information.
      Long Live His Majesty Abiy Ahmed, The Seventh King Of Ethiopia !!!

      • Peace!

        Abish,

        If this is coming from CNN and BBC, Dr. Abiy must be doing something right.

        Peace!

        • Abi

          Hello Peace
          The success of Abiy is directly proportional to the high pitched crying of the Mega news outlets and their megaphone carrying transmitters at አዋተ ዶት ኮም.
          የአልጀዚራው ተወካይ ሰሞኑን ጨለማ ውጦታል:: ኃይላችን ያለ የሌለውን ኃይል አሰባስቦ አቢቹ ላይ አዲስ ዙር ዘመቻ ከፍቷል::

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            ha..እቺ ናት ጨዋታ!! ብለህ ብለህ ሻዕብያ ጠራህብኝ ኣይደል? ቆይ ብቻ ኢሱ ሲወጣ ኣንተን ወጥ ሰርተን እንበላሃለን 🙂

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ተው አይሆንም!!!
            እኔን በልተህ በሆድ ቁርጠት እንዳትሞት:-)

          • Haile S.

            ኣንደም ኣደሩ ኣቢ፡

            ኣቢን የበላ ቅኔ ያወጣል!
            ቅኔ በቅኔ እንሆን ነበር

          • Abi

            ሊቀመኳስ
            I’m kind of busy this days working on my lawn and garden.
            As you know it is time to apply “ weed and feed” on the lawn and trimming the hedges.

          • Hashela

            Selam Abi

            Did you turn to an indigestible porcupine?
            Good to see you recovering from the shock that vibrated throughout our region.

          • Abi

            Hashela
            What do you cal the thorny fruit that looks like an angry porcupine ?
            It is always good to see you and read your extremely piercing አሽሙር::

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    “ነገር በምሳሌ፣ ጠጅ በብርሌ”

    Traditional Tigrigna and Amharic adages are as alive and kicking as those from any others cultures and languages. Adages help to concisely and memorably capture the inner workings in any situation. Let’s see some of these in the context of the current war in Erthiopia:

    PMAA: “የጅብ ችኩል፣ ቀንድ ይነክሳል” a hurried hyena tries to bite off a horn.

    PFDJ: “ዘይሓፍር ዱሙ’ስ ገብረማርያም ሽሙ” a shameless cat bestows a high sounding name as “Gebremariam” upon itself.

    One side of Eritrean Opposition: “ምእንቲ ሞጎጎ፣ ትሕለፍ ኣንጭዋ” let the mouse escape, if only to save the traditional injera baking stove.

    Second side of Eritrea Opposition: “ካብ ናይ ንዓመታ ደርሆ’ስ፣ ናይ ለብዘበን እንቋቕሖ” it is better to have today’s egg than to wait for it hatch and grow into next year’s hen.

    PMAA forced the war onto the Ethiopian people by wanting accelerated dismantling of EPRDF. He altered the set election date unconstitutionally, cut off the Tigray regional state from budgetary allocations, went after senior TPLF officials. The situation evolved into an open conflict starting with the NC and now turning the whole of Ethiopia into an intractable, industrial scale war among many warring factions.

    PFDJ/IA, one of the most repulsive despotic regime in the world, believes it has a responsibility to preserve the unity of Ethiopia. It spent the best of the last 20 years, arming, training and organizing ethnic factions of Ethiopian opposition groups. It is also a regime that has broken the unity of the Eritrean people into many factions through sheer terroristic and oppressive misrule of the country.

    One side of the Eritrean opposition says ንጸመም. It believes that taking the regime to task and opposing it vigorously for its destructive and devastating policies at this time would render Eritrea either ungovernable or TPLF will declare a colonial administrative territory in what is currently known as Eritrea. If the latter is true, Eritreans over 80 years of age will witness a third colonial master Tigray after the last two, namely Italy and Ethiopia.

    The second side of the Eritrean opposition believes that although the current debacle of IA/PFDJ would naturally progress into the latter’s weakening and eventual downfall, that is just a chick waiting to hatch. Rather, let’s use the current occasion to gain strength to push the regime to fall by force of arms.

    I know you’re all wondering whatever happened to the Amhara elites and the TPLF in all these? Well, theirs is መሬት እንተትግልበጥ፣ ኩዕንቲ ምጸገብና በለት ህበይ” meaning that a selfish monkey wished that if the world was to turn upside down, all the world’s berries would’ve fallen out and we could have eaten plenty! That is pretty obvious, no need to explain how it truly fits them. Both parties seem to be only advocating their own well being and I guess everyone is entitled to do so and accept the consequences.

    • Berhe Y

      Selam HaileTG,

      One side of the Eritrean opposition says ንጸመም. It believes that taking the regime to task and opposing it vigorously for its destructive and devastating policies at this time would render Eritrea either ungovernable or TPLF will declare a colonial administrative territory in what is currently known as Eritrea. If the latter is true, Eritreans over 80 years of age will witness a third colonial master Tigray after the last two, namely Italy and Ethiopia.

      አንታ ከመይ ኢልካ ኢኻ ነዚ ነገራት ትመጦ ትመጣጥጦ::

      TPLF ሲ ንኤርትራ colonize ክገብርዋ? I know the word ንጸመም was used by Dr. Asefaw but who is saying TPLF will be colonial master of Eritrea?

      Colonialism በቃ አሸኻኻት ዓለም ተቀይሩ ብንውሕ ዝበለ መስማር ገርካ ስምር ስምር??

      Let me add to your Adages. ነዳይሲ ናይ ልቡ ይሓልም, who ever is dreaming of that.

      Tigray doesn’t even have a country of its own (it’s own colony) to begin with let alone it can colonize other countries?

      And who even talks about colonialism let alone to make it practical in today’s world? ጣጥ ከየበላስ ቃቅ አበላ::

      I think TPLF should figure out how to save their people first before dreaming of colonizing other country.

      • haileTG

        Selamat Berhe,

        ኣንታ ናበይ ኢኻ ተብሎ ነዚ ምስላ፣ ትግራይ ክገዝኡና ደልዮም ዘይበልኩ! ናይታ ኣንጭዋ’ስ ነታ ህበይ ሂብካያ 😉

        So, if Tigray is not going to colonize us, what is the point of saying Eritrean solutions, by Eritreans? Unless we find somebody else to colonize us, we have no choice but solve our problems by ourselves. BTW the good Dr. Amanuel Mihretab said that “ወያነ እንተ ሓጊዞሙኻ፣ ንሳቶም እዮም ክገዝኡኻ”? Is there something lost in translation here??

        Again, the good adage I mentioned speaks, in a light sort of way, to the false dichotomy of Eritreans solving their problem and IA finding himself in hot waters with what he did in Tigray. Whatever he gets from Tigray as a push back has nothing to do with Eritreans solving their problem or postponing them. The IA-Tigray saga is a private issue, not a concern of Eritrean aspirations for rule of law. It is not a choice of either or, it is a twin train track headed to IA. Since, we both agree that no one will colonize us, then the colonial relic slogan of Eritrea for Eritreans needs an update… something like ካብ ተኾርሚኻ ደርሆ፣ ኣሳፊሕካ ሽሮ 🙂

        • Berhe Y

          Hi HaileTG,

          አንታ ሀይላት colonize ክገብርዋ ክትብል ከለኻስ ቁሩብ ሓላፍነት ተኽብደሎም አለኻ : ካብ ዓቅምም ንላዕሊ::

          I listened to Dr. Amanuel video and what he said. There is nothing wrong in what he said. I don’t think his usage of ክገዝኡኻ is referring to colonize us. I think he means is, if TPLF help us get rid of our dictator, they will be the once controlling / dictating our future, that’s how I understand what he means. I don’t know why his statement is related to being colonized by TPLF. For example, people say IA because he helped Abiy in the fight with TPLF, he us directing / controlling Ethiopian conflict. I think he means, that’s what TPLF would do and more.

          We need to remove the PFDJ not because we are afraid of TPLF but because he needs to be removed. We were (the opposition) were fighting PFDJ even when TPLF were in charge of Ethiopia. Even then we were divided in how we are going about bringing change.

          So Eritrean problems by Eritrean solution is not something new. I don’t know why this is related to TPLF or Tigray or what ever.

          All he is saying, we have to bring change in our own by our people. And that’s the right approach, and there is nothing wrong with it.

          • haileTG

            Merhaba Berhe,

            Firstly, just in case we run into misunderstanding, as a whole Dr. Amanuel is a great guy for whom I have much respect. I also think TPLF can not and will not colonize us.

            But, he said:

            “ንሳቶም ተሰኪሞም እንተእትዮሙኻ ንሳቶም እዮም ክገዝኡኻ። ነዚኣ ምንም መግለጺ ኣየድልያን እዩ…”

            “ነቲ ባሕሪ ናትና ኢሎም እንተወሲዶሞ፣ ኣነ ወዲ 68 ዓመት’የ ግን ክላሽን ሒዘ ክዋግኦም እየ…”

            “ዶባትና ብመግዛእቲ ዝተሓንጸጸ ስለዝኾነ፣ ኣብዚ ምንም ምትሕልላፍ ክግበር የብሉን…”

            So, you think this is not about colonialism or annexation??

            Yes, I agree we always have failed to come together. I also agree many issues lead us to be divided. As we are focusing on the current war, the fear from Eritrean by Eritrean mindset appears to be that they are afraid of colonialism. Not to mean TPLF intends to do so or has capacity to do so.

            As you said, we opposed the regime before the current conflict. On our journey, the regime enters into another conflict which doesn’t include our desire. If that conflict results in the regime being hunted or given mercy by its other enemies, it doesn’t put our nation at risk. Just the regime’s survival is at risk. We didn’t vote for the regime to support the attacks and bombardment of Yemen, if the Yemeni faction re-group and go after the regime, we can’t say Eritrean problems by Eritreans. If the regime helps Amhara to regain Sudanese seized lands and Sudan comes after it, we can’t say Eritrean problems by Eritreans to the Sudanese. In the same manner, the regime is involved in Tigray and Tigrayans seem to want to go after it, what problem does it have to us, except we don’t want war and better to remove the regime is make peace with our region? Unless we are worried that we may be colonized, we have no reason why we wouldn’t unite as Eritreans and focus on our issues. What happens to the regime as a result of its Tigray saga may shorten our path or it may not come to anything and we would still need to complete our journey. ኣንዊሔልካ:-)

          • Berhe Y

            Hi HaileTG,

            If TPLF wants to go after PFDJ, it can and it doesn’t need anyone approval to do so. It has to make her own assessment and take her own risks. The TPLF have vowed to break the back of EDF, may be not officially but through different ways. It may have its legitimate reasons.

            The problem is with those Eritreans who are openly interested inviting TDF to come and invade us, see SGJ negarit episode, to give the understanding from some Eritreans point of view including the Dr. you mentioned.

            Why do those Eritreans and the TPLF need the approval of all Eritress as bs to remove IA. ዝገብሲ ነዲኡ ነይነግር:: They can do what they need to do.

            Eritrea problems by Eritrean solution is clear. It’s not because they are afraid of Tigray colonization or what have you, but knowing the complexity and the problems that we will encounter of outsiders mess in our internal problems.

            That’s why I think this parallel universe don’t cross so it’s better we go our own ways. Too be honest, I think it’s the other side (NTTN) is losing sleep day and night talking about Eritrea and Tigray, while the other side is not saying much except responding to the provocation that’s coming and warning the other side.

            By the way, have you read Dr. Debrestiion, latest statement. I think it’s reasonable request but I doubt it will make a difference.
            I think, it’s meant for TPLF to get outside involved to help resolve the stalemate by pressuring Ethiopia and (Eritrea).

            – We call for the immediate and unconditional lifting of the siege on Tigray and demand for unfettered access for all humanitarian agencies to Tigray,

            – We call for an immediate, unconditional and verified withdrawal of Eritrean army and all forces from Amhara region including militia and vigilantes from Tigray to their prewar positions in order to return to status quo ante,

            – We call for an internationally sponsored and all-inclusive negotiation for cessation of hostility and ceasefire

          • haileTG

            Selam Berhe,

            I understand those divisions. I am also of the view that the current voices from Eritrean opposition on working with TDF is not as it is touted about. We have gone through such things many times: Kitet, Simmerr, and the rest. I think they don’t have an actual part on anything that is going on on the ground. TDF is making alliances with Agew, Oromo, Afar and other movements. It has never announced that it is aligning with any Eritrean movement.

            I read Dr. Debretsion’s document. My guess is that such is in response to recent pressure that seems to be mounting on TPLF to declare ceasefire unconditionally. In substance, it seems very similar to their position announced already.

            I also heard Amb. Berhane G/Kirstos on an Eritrean discussion forum (Teddy Press broadcasted it today). He distanced himself and the Tigray government and the people he represents from the infamous “Tibah Tibah” remark.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi HaileTG,

            I think the Amb Berhane (assuming he is from Tigray, didn’t hear the interview and I don’t who he is) distancing himself and TPLF is a good sign and a good progress.

            I don’t know the best way out. Dr. Debrestion gave dire humanitarian situation if aid doesn’t reach there in time. I briefly listened to some of speeches on ኢትዮጵያውነት ቀን to the guests, they don’t seem to back down but Abiy government to continue the war.

            Honestly I don’t see a way out, it will be a good war of attrition who can last longer.

            In Eritrea nothing will change and IA will be okay to leave things as they are and will manage as he has done before, unfortunately many young have died and will continue but he doesn’t care (now even his military) is on the same boat so it becomes a matter of survival.

            Ethiopia,
            As long as Abiy can manage to keep the economy going (even though it’s damaged) by getting other sponsors (China, Turkey, Iran, Russia etc) and replace US /EU then he will continue. I think Ethiopia can withstand (the majority people depend on farming) in the short / medium term. Unlike during the Derg times, the population (Amhara and I think Oromo as well) seem to back him up.

            Tigray
            I think the situation in Tigray will get worse if nothing changes soon. Compared to TPLF/EPLF fighting the derg, where they didn’t have the responsibility of running the government and the welfare of the people, they were able to last long. Even the cities and towns under the Derg, were the responsibility of the Ethiopian government for all basic needs. Tigray situation is different now, with no bankkng, no

          • haileTG

            Selam Berhe,

            Your assessment of potential scenarios sounds reasonable. I have two reasons that often discourage me from making predictions:

            1 – The unknowns

            2 – The unpredictable

            In as far as the unknowns are concerned, even if in the face of it we have three main actors, it is really not possible to say for sure as to who else is involved behind the scenes. These could be regional or global forces with varied interests. If there are such unknown forces, what is their motivation, what do they bring in to the conflict and to what extent is another variable that can twist our intuitive reading of the developing pattern.

            The unpredictable factors are also other variables that further complicate reasonable prediction. If you remember in the early stages of the conflict, many had written off any significant come back by the TPLF, much less dictate peace terms. I remember trying to convince a friend that so long as the people are mobilized, PMAA will have hard time to fully come victorious in the conflict. However, my friend was convinced that TDF with small arms and dispersed in the countryside, would be unlikely to pose any significant threat. He thought that gradually the people of Tigray will be tired of guerilla insurgency and go back to normal life. However, who would have expected that almost a year into the conflict, TDF have not only mechanized their war machinery but they are proving hard to dislodge from places they occupied on other regions? Despite, almost months of blockade, how is that they are still having fuel to run cars in their cities and using fuel on large battlefield movements? These are unpredictable turns of events that makes predicting potential scenarios difficult. But, from straight reading of the situation as described in the media, I think your predictions are valid.

      • said

        Selamat Berhe
        I full agree with your stamen (And who even talks about colonialism let alone to make it practical in today’s world? ጣጥ ከየበላስ ቃቅ አበላ:: I think TPLF should figure out how to save their people first before dreaming of colonizing other country ,)
        I have being saying time again TPLF priority should be to save their people first and TPLF should learn from their invasion to Somalia blunder

        This history lesson to remind TPLF that this civil war didn’t just happen. It was built in three decade of TPLF policy domestic mistakes and foreign policy. TPLF limped along indulging bloodlust in Somalia. what a willful act of destruction of Somalia. In a loud and clear commanding voice, TPLF were saying that Somalia is not a place for fundamentalists, and if you don’t like it, TPLF is going to tell on you. when TPLF was a key American ally against Somalia . TPLF were lulled into complacency, counting on a continued U.S. financial aid Even as TPLF found the fundamentalists hostile to its every wish and interest and costly invasion and presence in Somalia . Bad decision .Actually “blunders”. making with little regard for any consequences. TPLF involves never acknowledging Ethiopia ’s own economic and geopolitical interests in Somalia , above all, unutterably tragic. And proved to be just that: a dream. TPLF manifestly corrupt and incompetent to lead Ethiopia .TPLF could not see the calamities to come? What a stupidity in geopolitics, this was a pretty big one . TPLF continued delusion that it thought and acted like a global power in the region. What TPLF were experiencing in real time is the illusion of power and the inevitability of collapse . when you’re on a highway and the road ends, do you keep driving straight off the cliff? That continued until TPLF was overthrown and PMAA was installed. PMAA pulled the rug from under TPLF in 2018. TPLF ends up exactly as they had been before the war ,back in Tigray and tormented with no other place to go. Today TPLF could not feed its people and provide basic services. instead of atoning for their role in keeping most Tigrayan mired in poverty and famine . Tigray civil war consequence brought in cutting off desperately needed economic and humanitarian aid that was funding half of Tigrayan population . The takeaway here, of course, is that nothing has been learned .TPLF floundering in chaos of its own making and owes it to all those who lost their lives to not commit the same mistakes again .The answer cannot be more war . Overcoming war is probably as enormous an effort as waging it and the first step in ending war is seeing it for what it is. The time for change is now. It is time to stop the war and sue for peace was at hand and to find a way forward that ensured relative stability in all Ethiopia .

    • said

      Greetings, Haile TG,
      Every single Eritrean allied soldier who died in Ethiopia died in vain. They died fighting not for national security, freedom, or democracy, but for senseless war and for the idiotic geostrategic agendas of Ethiopian imperialists. This is also the reason every soldier and civilian was killed during ongoing war . I have asked myself how this can be happening once again. Ethiopia descended into civil war and chaos. conflict, and riven by inter-ethnic violence. But Tigray has shattered And once again Ethiopia army is now beating in retreat.
      Ethiopian Civil war. What has been the point of it all? And what has been the point of the rest of it, the disasters that followed Ethiopia military intervention and invasion in Tigray and that we watch closely the calamitous debacle unfolding in Tigray, Terrible though it has been, The end of a war ought to be a time to focus on peace. In Ethiopia this means bringing co-ordinated international pressure on PM AA and TPLF /TDF ,and to create as inclusive a government as possible and to protect the human rights of the Ethiopia population, We must, above all, seek to de-escalate the growing conflict between Ethiopia Army and TDF, military solutions rarely materialise and that the costs are often ruinously great.

      In Ethiopia everything is at stake, everything is at risk — and in the name of a brutal civil war so far, everything is going to hell. Plus — and again — ten months now and still has not solved the bloody civil war . Ethiopia military force has created havoc in Tigray and tens of thousands of civilian fatalities. And which led to chaos in Ethiopia . A constant feature of the disharmony and hate between Ethiopian government a “failed” state and hard core TPLF hegemonists and add to this Sadly, TPLF repetition of 27 years of incredible corruption that dominated life in Ethiopia is not forgotten and although TPLF leadership has interests beyond its own Tigray borders. TPLF leaders mendaciously hide their intention and decision and exaggerate threats to justify policies of war regarding Eritrea.

      DIA “boxed in” and TPLF is going to teach him a lesson is farfetched . Unfortunately, there does not appear to be any better today ,than past twenty years. And for 20 years a state of war with Eritrea , that’s exactly what the TPLF has done. This high-minded rhetoric came from the late PM MZ and TPLF top war monger generals, who justified every atrocity deep inside Eritrea . killings against an entire population that had no direct role in DAI war. I never heard one sentence from the late PM MZ and TPLF war monger generals, to express sympathy and regret for the innocent lives of Eritrean . And the damage inflicted by 20 years of occupation of Badema . no peace no war TPLF determined to maintain a status quo that is not maintainable Thus, Eritrea is a formidable and highly capable opponent; and its DIA leadership’s ability to capitalize on TPLF strategic errors. Like civil war in Tigray . what was need a superb diplomatic efforts are the answer to such war activities —TPLF should have made an efforts aimed at defusing tensions, easing military build-ups, and working toward peaceful competition — not war. and seek ways to peacefully coexist within Ethiopia. And not military might.

      Any forces living by the sword alone are defeated eventually by others’ swords and is being repeatedly recycled in Ethiopia and a certain path to disaster .Tigrayan people know this first hand . And their TPLF leaders) will wake up from their somnolence and realize that such a conflict can only resolve itself with disaster and distraction in Tigray. Said another way, TPLF and Ethiopia military are in grave danger of being the hand of their own demise

      TPLF should have choosing peace, “peace negotiations,” before the war started and not a “surrender talks.” ,TPLF made their chose to fight before the war or the use of force, fighting alone without local allies, let alone an allied government. and instead of coopting TPLF for a possible future role in an Ethiopia government. PMAA fails to recognize the limits of the Ethiopia military, which folded rapidly. And often killing more civilians than combatants, TPLF ,with discipline and cohesion . A “professional guerrillas” in a nutshell Ethiopia the entire country at war with itself and PMAA is in denial about what it had become. Ethiopia is an economic and social basket case, and Tigray dependent of food aid for it survival .It was a madness to go to war.

      I am not a military expert. But I am familiar with what it is like to live in a country run by DAI /PFDJ . In Eritrea the population has long been told that TPLF is the greatest challenge Eritrea faces. Not human right illiteracy, not justices , not dotmocracy , not poverty, not healthcare, but TPLF . TPLF is no doubt a dangerous to Eritrea and Amhara chauvinism. Also But I nonetheless I wish Eritrea had chosen its priorities differently. It is not simply a matter of resources, though resources are limited for overcoming the vast challenges our region faces.
      it is also a matter of focus, of attention, of priority . we do not have a respected and renowned thought leaders in our region that advocate for peace, justice, human rights, , etc..

      • haileTG

        Selamat Said,

        I am on board on the first and last paragraphs. The middle? Not so much:-) I don’t believe that TPLF is faultless, but it is part of one and the same conflict. All sides in Ethiopia can do well to move beyond the carnage. PMAA is on record that it will not enter into peace talks with a “terrorist” group. The same with the Amhara. So, there is no peaceful resolution in the horizon yet. We still don’t know how this war would eventually end. I don’t see any one side in an iron clad secure position. Many people will die, much of the impoverished populations of Ethiopia and Eritrea will get poorer and opportunities will be lost, till next time. This morning, I heard an Ethiopian diplomat saying that the war will continue until all the “fugitive” TPLF leaders are apprehended. And, any peace talks will be only on traditional setting among local people in Tigray. I think that is denial of facts on the ground and dereliction of duty of care for one’s own people. Ultimately, TPLF, as Ethiopians, are stakeholders in Ethiopian matters. All parties are out for their own power base, but the poor people will suffer for sure.

        • Abi

          ኃይልሽ
          Three weeks ago you were advising TDF to make it to Addis ASAP.
          የት ደረሳችሁ?

          • haileTG

            Hi Guad Abi,

            Have you been listening to Bacha again?? Didn’t I tell to stay away from that joker?:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ብጥለው ገለበጠኝ!! አለ ግራ የተጋባው
            You are the ones who attentively listen to the General . He said ,”STOP “ and you did.
            ኃይልዬ ጀነራሉ በህልምህም እየመጣ ሰላም አሳጣህሳ ወዳጄ!
            ፆምና ፀሎቱ አልሰራልህም:: እስቲ ይሻልህ እንደሁ የጳጉሜን ፀበል ሞክር::

            መስከርም ሲጠባ ወያኔ ጉድጓድ ሲገባ
            ኃይሌ በእንቅልፍ ልቡ ገባ አዲስ አበባ

      • Hashela

        Selam Said

        As always insightful and (at times) entertaining analysis

        It seems you have deep knowledge about TPLF mechanization and their threat to the entire region, including to the people they claim to represent.
        It may be premature to talk about a turning point of the war arena, but TPLF’s advance deep into Ethiopia’s heartland is stopped and they have experienced a serious loss that needs to be independently substantiated.

        My respect to the Amara people for foiling TPLF’s attempts to break through the Walkait/Humera Front.

        We will see whom the upcoming dry season (low level Tekeze flow) will favor!

        • said

          Selam Hashela

          Yes. The dynamics of the war are also shifting as the fighting escalates. Leaving aside the civil war .TPLF history speak for itself . I know I am simplifying these arguments for the purposes of making a point .I’d like to think most people most of the time now understand well that TPLF era during which they ruled and after, What happened to TPLF was this. I’m not so sure, though. The late PM MZ government’s main priority was to retain the power and wealth that came from aid, instead of given the aid fully it to poor people of Ethiopian. A corrupt authoritarians, failed to create equal multiethnic democracy in Ethiopia and no equal “justices” was maintained and to maintain their power and known their small number of the population ,they will be out numbered and out voted and in defiance of the majority of Ethiopian potential voters if there was a true election . Instead of nurturing the democratic impulses of Ethiopian ,that was never meant to be. the United States and the west has remained loyal to the late PM MZ, the new leader, no matter how corrupt, authoritarian, inept and brutal he has become. TPLF once in power entrenched situation It is the madness of folly to be come , to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, what mattered was power and only by making war come solution ; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf ,and TPLF sad choice of a variety of evils to go to war – that a ravaged Tigray – a depopulated Mekell city – habitations without safety, and people reduced to beggary and without hope. The collateral damage.list is long

          The United States and the west continued to financially support the new or the old Marxist TPLF government in Addis Ababa, but without supervision and accountability . TPLF through their self interest in material goals such as international recognition in 1991 was very important to them ,it come with foreign aid money, access to the banking world, etc. enormously benefited them , Food aid ended up on the black market as Ethiopian starved to death and mostly in Ogaden region and evidence of the collapse of Ethiopian society was everywhere. No matter how Ethiopian people were treated, the United States and the west never demanded serious reforms, Ethiopia has suffered from corrupt governments for some thirty years, and were handsomely paid in mega dollars to destroy their own country, if they believed to be true Ethiopian first and not Tigray first, having green paper we call ‘dollars’ and rife with profit for a few TPLF top cadre that graced the TPLF government .

          Aside from creating near total collapse of Ethiopia , financially in debt , economically ruined , socially and politically divided Ethiopia state , their misdeeds in order to pull the wool over the eyes of the populace did not work .TPLF leaders have eroded individual rights, and fed corruption and have serially restricted Ethiopia media from simply telling the truth. During 27 years of ruling Ethiopia, they shut down some newspapers and arrested some journalists who had the audacity to contradict TPLF statements to the public. This means that ordinary Ethiopians have less say. There was no way to bring freedom and true equitably and inclusively democracy in Ethiopia. TPLF “Divide and conquer” is a time-tested stratagem did not last long . TPLF had no staying power to rule Ethiopia. and it is “reversible,” but TPLF original sin was war against ELF. What TPLF did was instilling common purpose, banding together with EPLF and that also did not last. TPLF did not promote love of democracy, of justice, of equality , of virtue, of honor, of peace. TPLF feeds on power , aggression, fear, division and also hatred Eritrean people living peacefully in Addis whom they departed and in humanly wrongly . Eritrean justice seeker embrace cooperation and collaboration and especially compassion, as we care for those who have borne Tigray war’s burdens and embrace one another without rancor. Achieving a just and lasting peace, among ourselves and with all nations in our region . Nothing more than this—and nothing less—will suffice. One hope TPLF will heed and pursue real peace.

        • Peace!

          Hi Hashela,

          “TPLF’s advance deep into Ethiopia’s heartland is stopped and they have experienced a serious loss that needs to be independently substantiated.” Debretsion has sent letters to 52 countries urging to call dialogue, just recently TPLF refused ceasefire by putting countless preconditions. Something must have changed.

          Peace!

          • Hashela

            Selam Peace

            Not only that. More telling is that TPLF generals and foot soldiers here at Awate are unusually silent. No war front reportages and no military advance/strategy discussions like those Amanuel were generously sharing with us. The euphoria with which Amanuel was explaining us the climbing of Mount Lemalmo under Migbey’s leadership is very memorable.

          • Peace!

            Hi Hashela,

            This is the quote I normally revisit when I encounter, a Wela Tenfer Tel Eya narration from smart articulate people.

            „If you are emotionally attached to your tribe, religion or political leaning to the point that truth and justice become secondary considerations, your education and exposure is useless. If you cannot reason beyond petty sentiments, you are a liability.“

            It is sad they have been and are dragging the Eritrean cause for nothing but to defend TPLF. Now, we are told to embrace the outsourcing of our cause to TDF because they gave up on themselves.

            Peace!

          • Hashela

            Selam Peace

            The oppositions who work and sympathize with TPLF are the biggest gift for the IA regime.

          • Peace!

            Hi Hashela,

            Can’t agree more. And not only that TPLF destroyed the opposition camp in broad light and gave them its own version, no potential objection, never. Beseknki Nqux Y’nedid R’huse.

            Peace!

    • Abi

      ኃይልሽ
      “የእብድ ገላጋይ ድንጋይ ያቀብላል”

    • iSem

      Hi Haile TG:
      You are not getting it TPLF and Tigray cannot colonize Eritrea eve for one second. Why because of this:;መንዮም አዞም ሰባት
      ታሪኺ ክደግመልካ ዋርሳይ
      ክነግራካ ውላድ ሳዋ
      ቃታ አይጽረዪንክሳብ ሽዋ
      ተመሃሮ ዮም ነሮም ክሳብ ሽረ
      🙂
      And Dr. Amanuel, Dr. Asefaw and Andebrhan have not severed themselves from PFDJ all these years. Dr. Andbrhan eve went further and said that Eritrea has the right to be in the Tigray war.
      I said it before and I say it again, all these veterans are hypocrites. If it was kosher for TPLF to support one side in the Eritrean ghedli, which all these veterans were present and to my knowledge none of them have mentioned that dirty history even in passing as lesson’s learned and never to be repeated again. Now they are all over to pontificate on this issue.
      Look at it this way, they are saying Eritrea has the right to be in Tigray to secure its territories, which is helping Abiy, so by the same token and following the same logic TPLF should be in Eritrea helping Eritreans forces opposed to PFDJ to protect its territories from PFDJ. So they fail the logic test and they pass the hypocrisy test.
      Now, getting help from any one even Lucifer is not come colonize us, am not sure if that was what SGJ said.
      No Eritrean opposition ever said that it is ok for us to be colonized by Tigray, that is a lie. you get support from anyone PFDJ is getting support from Aiby so much so that PFDJ security people when to AA and arrested opposition members from their offices and IA was getting support TPF when he kidnapped opposition from AA and even business men that the late Milkias M wrote about. So this newly found hugging the sovereignty of Eritrea that does not exist, is shallow and those who are lying by saying that getting support from TPLF to remove PFDJ is the same as asking TPLF to colonize Eritrea are PFDJ supporters, they are just in the closet and one day you will see tem sign a petition that says we stand with our government.
      So how come TPLF did not colonize Eri when they helped EPLF or how come Eritrea did not colonize Ethiopia when Eritreans tanks were in Addis in 1991. You the silliness of this logic by the EPLF veterans and their supporters
      When Eritrean opposition collaborate with TPLF or whoever it is, I expect them to makes deals, stipulating the terms of the cooperation and tell us. IA made personal deal with Abiy and those accusing us as TPLF stooges clapped.
      And did Tanzania colonize Uganda when dictator Amin was defeated when his army collapsed. I could go on an don to destroy the PFDJ fear mongering logic

      • haileTG

        Merhaba iSem,

        Sometimes it is important for us to remember that it is futile to think of a thing being itself as a problem. I mean a potato being a potato isn’t really a problem, what you can make with it may present as a problem however. Eritreans are products of the some total of Eritrean experiences. There are many Eritreans of ELF product, EPLF product, Warsay/Agelglot product, mass migration products, diaspora opposition products, diaspora supporters product, Dergue products, regionalism products, religious fanatics products, mass arrests products, oppression products, sanction products, global isolation products, no war no peace products, woyane is the problem products, Tigray T’Ewet products, torture products, lack of free speech products, unconstitutional rule products, lack of election products, anger and resentment products, cycling championship products, marathon championship products, songs and poems products…

        What Eritreans are not is that of a people who don’t represent the experiences they went through collectively as a nation and prior to becoming a nation. The blockade of political space in the Eritrean arena at home and in the diaspora has resulted in a society that firmly looks inward, suspiciously monitors each other’s actions and words, paranoid and reactionary political environment. Those people you mentioned can be seen within this context. They are not alone in reflecting a particular experience of the nation that dominated their individual or group lives. Each one of us is tilted in their particular direction. That really is Eritrea being Eritrea. The question is how do we move it forward and who would be best suited to move it forward? When was the last time Eritreans discussed economic development in our wider region, which opposition have any relationship with regional and global actors in the spheres of political, economic and social relevant to Eritrea as a nation? Even the so called regime we have never does it beyond a mere propaganda.

        The Eritrean experience has been fear, oppression, isolation and violence. It is natural therefore all Eritrean matters are conducted in fear, oppression, isolation and violence to each other. Sure, I can say Dr. Amanuel and Dr. Asefaw haven’t really gone anywhere as far as Dr. Andebrhan who is on record justifying the Eritrean regime’s war adventure in the latest saga. Never mind that he could have even condemned it for not having Eritrean parliamentary approval [since the Bayto is disbanded by IA]. Even that very fact shows you how much a learned person like him can fall squarely within the walls of experiences he was subjected to in his words and actions.

        So, accepting that a potato is only a potato, we need to think what we can make with it to put it to good use. We are not going to find Eritreans who escaped abuse, whose minds are well trained to discern rights and responsibilities, whose tendencies are judicious and progressive in many respects and so forth. We didn’t have nor did we have an environment that fostered such an outcome. No reason to be disheartened, everyone in the world is on different stages of such trajectory. We can work our way out by capitalizing on opportunities and limiting losses and risks. But, ultimately, man is the product of his experiences and environment, good is good bad is bad none escape such a law. We can create a better citizen we wish to see by creating a better environment/experience that produces it.

        • said

          Selamat Haile TG
          What you said above can be said to so many countries, let alone our region . I wished before bidding the World the “Adieu” as one inches deeper in the Twilight of Age, that One Leaves posterity a “Better Life,” a More promising world, but, Alas, the Forces of Evil, always with different color of skins are Getting Only Deeper Entrenched as always with new embossed names and Facades. As by way of an example, a peaceful human rights and Activist, Journalist and justice, they gets literary killed in the day light in the most unimaginable of all heinous crimes ,by their country gangs of secret operatives under the direct command and with the direct expressed instructions of the strongest man of the land an where , And, yet, Justice is Aborted and the strongest man of the Land goes unscathed in “All Resumed ‘Business as Usual.” Ironically, the Most draconian system under the sun of that state, continues, undeterred and un-reprimanded by the so-called Western Democratic Powers in the carrying out with the policies of heinous violations of human rights within and without.

          That sure foretells of a World that appears increasingly beyond salvation with the “Il Capo di Tutti Capi,” It could be Russia ,China any countries . the United States of America, is only getting more bellicose, aggressive, more politically corrupt and imperialistically more hegemonic, free of all accountability, beyond the reach of the International law, continuing in playing havoc with the future of humanity and life on earth unhindered by a sense of guilt, remorse or any sense of repentance for Crimes committed and continue to be committed against Humanity. What’s worse than the sense of disappointment where the world is heading, is the “Disillusionments and False Promises of a Better Life Ahead” that one has lived believing in with the “Il Capo di Tutti Capi,” is Still in the Full Control of the levers of Power.

          • haileTG

            Selamat Said,

            That is true, I agree with your observations there. In addition, however, we need to guard against generalization induced complacency. What I I mean by that is even if a certain pattern or trend is true on a general level (applicable globally), we must make efforts to resolve it at our local level. For example, as you say, the forces of evil are pulling our collective growth back as body of humanity. That being the case, however, we should not infer our situation is common. In deed, our situation is unique, as you would agree. Our opposition to injustice is lacking momentum because we box people in categories. But, we need to be aware that we own those boxes. We may dismiss ex-EPLFs or Ex-ELF, we may dismiss the religious or the regionalists, we may dismiss those embittered by the regime’s cruelty on their families as angry mobs, we my dismiss the warsays who lost educational betterment as uneducated, we may dismiss our political leaders in the justice camp as incompetent… However, all those boxes are our boxes for good or worse. We can do well to engage them, persuade them and lead them in the right direction. By doing so, we create solutions to our local problems. Yes, the world is getting poorer, but our people are getting poorer because they are not given basic rights to work, trade and invest in their country. We need to resolve that at local level, and guard against the pitfall that such poverty is common to every country in the third world. I know that is not what you meant, but I thought I add this for the benefit of a general clarity.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Haile TG,

          “What Eritreans are not is that of a people who don’t represent the experiences they went through collectively as a nation and prior to becoming a nation”.

          This is the core of the inherent crisis we as a society in a political polity that was curved and dictated by alien forces of history have been existing through, and which we do not dare to speak about. The fact of the matter is the ethno-clan-tribal social mindsets – all enmeshed in religious protectionism – have transcended to haunt the existence of the political entity. This problem has been hopelessly bewildering and confusing any effort towards anything near nation building.

          In fact, I can argue, and have always been arguing, that what we have today, be that Isayas and his despotic system or any other small or big political formations, are products of as a divide and insular social and cultural enclaves. The thing is we do speak about them behind tightly closed doors without failing to make sure our children and the young grow upholding them.

          What were the rational and deep reasoning that had produced the Unionist Party or the Moslem League of the 1940s and 50s? Weren’t they the products of the divided insulated social and cultural formations that suspected and feared one another’s intentions? Did not this infect the national armed movement under the ELF to produce Isayas and his infamous manifesto that addressed the insulated attitudes and interests?. Of course, it goes without saying that such realities are not unique to Eritrea. Many societies in national states have either passed through them or are passing through them. What makes our own different is that it is stuck in calculated stagnation engineered by the current regime and its steward who has been ridding on the inherent social and cultural isolationist attitudes.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Isamail, MoKsi, and all

            Ismail, although you are the most experienced and educated Doctor in these matters and I agree 100% with your anamnesis, based on HTG’s desiderata, the thingamajigs he says we are suffering from if true, then we must be possessed by all kinds of Zars.

            To get rid of our Zars, there are the usual three steps :

            1) The whip – መዓኮር፡ ኣፍልቢ ሕቕቆ ደም ክሳብ ዝሰርባ፡ ብጣሕ ብጣሕ ክሳብ ዝወጸን ምልፍላፍ. On the way, we will all be ብጡሓት፡ ነገር ቀለለ. If the zars don’t come out then :

            2) The amulet – not any amulet, the most efficient and feared by all Zars. It will not be easy to find it, neither in Gojjam nor in Tigray. It should be hidden somewhere in a closet of an Eritrean Debtera.
            If we are lucky and the Zars are repulsed by that amulet, then we have to thank the Zar for leaving us by consuming the famous concoct:

            3) The Concoct – consume the invariably efficient trick of the bellicose Zars, made of fresh droppings of birds and and other animals admixed with ash and carbon.

            ድሕሪኣ ሕውይ!

            After all these, no one is allowed to order yellow and red cloths. We had enough of it. Only green and may be blue!

          • haileTG

            Merhaba Moksi and Ismail!

            Moxi: A small mai digam is enough, don’t waste your money on those crazies:-)

            Seriously though, these aren’t just things desired for or hard to recall obscurity. But the very core of our stagnation or draining our energies circling the wagons.

            iSem says those people (3 × Dr. A) and “all these veterans” are hypocrites. I understand his frustration, but the veterans are the way they are (as he says) because Eritrea is the way it is. Don’t you hear things like these ELF are like this or that, these Tigrigna are like these or that, these Muslims are like this or that, these agelglot are like this or that?? Of course, we always hear it, in fact, we never move an inch beyond it. I think Ismail has hit the nail in the head when he says how it is hindering nation building.

            I had a unique maternal grandmother in a way that she was active in politics of her days as Andinet. Her husband, I was told was with the Progressives at the time. She passed away decades ago, during the Derg era. I once asked her why she didn’t support Shaebia, as I use to listen and follow politics through dimxi hafash at the time. Her reply was that all these Shaebia Jebha people are about making us Muslims, we are Christians. See what Ismail just told you, my grandmother was a religious woman who took qudus Qurban every Sunday. She considered Shaebia and Jebha as such owing to their Arabic name. Such had profound impact on larger scale during the armed struggle and how it unfolded.

            Now, moxi, I am asking for a way out of the circling wagons trap and start nation building by understanding that we are all products of what we went through (I am talking about us Eritreans and our journey specifically, not speaking in general case as it applies to the whole of humanity). Knowing and appreciating that could help us to see ourselves in the other and vis versa and working for common good.

            If you go to zaEgol wedi zaEgol, it will create more problems than it solves because those guys who operate them feed on your woos:-)

            Ismail: I totally agree, now the stagnation part is the 64 million dollar question. How do we break free, is there a precedent we can look for? Thanks!

          • Haile S.

            MoKsi,

            On your way out question, I will come later.

            In the mean time, consider telling us more about this Great grandmother. Was she ጓል ዝናሩ😊? Gual Znaru use to always wear ዙርያ ባንዴራ ኢትዮጵያ እድያቱ። The Progressives, Rabbita and others use to call the Ethiopian flag ኣድያት ጓል ዝናሩ። I like stories and history, please continue bringing them.

          • haileTG

            Haha Moxi,

            I heard the expression but didn’t know that was what it meant. No, my grandmother was more of a religious hardliner than political or nationalism. Her father was influential ex-orthodox priest who played a big role in the introduction of protestanism and led those new sect at the time. My understanding at the time was that the Arabic name of EPLF and ELF had much to do with her religious defensiveness. I might have shared this long time ago, but will share it with you too. There was a traditional horse riding attire she wore that we had in our home. An often repeated story with that was that she once went to Barentu on missionary work (Barentu has sizeable Kunama protestants). Upon her arrival, some other anti-andinet guys from the lowlands beat her up so bad, she had to be taken to hospital in Asmara. It was at this time that her girl power remembered proudly as she has turned back her husband (progressive) from visiting her:-) one thing we need to remember though, people were up front without much fear in those days. It seems there was less insecurities to declare one’s beliefs openly. In today’s environment, she would be totally lost. Her priest father was more into writing books, translations of Bible texts and setting up schools and not much involved in politics.

            That some I remember, now how was your grandmother like 🙂

          • Haile S.

            MoKsi,

            Thank a lot. That is the best gift story you can give me. Your grandma must have been the boss of Gual Znaru. Now I am starting to know you😁.

            My maternal grandma was a nun. What I remember is she praying for hours ኣዝጊዮ መሃረና ክርስቶስ፡ ምእንተ ማርያም መሃረና ክርስቶስ፡ ምእንተ ነብያት መሃረና ክርስቶስ፡ ምእንተ ጻድቃን መሃረና ክርስቶስ፡…. ምእንተ ገብርኤል….ምእንተ ሩፋኤል….ምእን ሳሙኤል… ምእንተ ሃና… ማንተ እያቄም…… Everyone in the bible was mentioned and I always wondered when she is going to stop. I never saw her falling asleep before me. And she is already praying when I wake up. If she was the pope of the Eritrean and/or the Ethiopian orthodox church, the present war wouldn’t have taken place.

          • Berhe Y

            Selam HaileTG,

            Is your grandma father Tewolde Medhin? It seems very close to his life story?

          • haileTG

            Good guess Berhe:-)

            A very close associate of Pastor Tewoldemedhin though. Now, If you push me, Moxi will figure it out, spare me this one:-) But you have closed in very sharply, one the high influencers of evangelism in Eritrea.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi HaileTG,

            ተማሒርካ አለኻ:: ኅይለ ሰ ተታሓሒዙካ አሎ: ስቅ ምባል ይሕሸኒ::

            I am not disputing your account but I find it a bit surprising to hear her reasons why.

            1) Arabic was a lot more common and more influential during that time (before federation) A lot of notable Eritreans in terms of wealth and prestige were Muslims and specially those from the Middle East particularly from Yemen and their presence. This dwindled down starting the federation and after successive Ethiopian governments and in the last 30 years during the PFDJ.

            2) Typically Jebha (ሓርነት) and Shaebia (ህዝባዊ) were mostly know by their Tigrinya names as suppose to the Arabic names in most Tigrinya speaking house holds. Jebha / Shaebia were popularized by the Derg during their slogan writing exercise in buildings and houses and repeating slogans during Meskeren . By then I would assume, like most Eritreans, she was totally displeased by the actions of TorSerawit after 1974 Revolution, and had forgiven Jebha and Shaebia 🙂 for whatever grievances she had, specially after they killed General Aman Andom, a notable Protestant.

          • haileTG

            Merhaba Berhe,

            Thanks for passing it off this time:-)

            Actually, you are right in a sense that the issue was much known and discussed about. Mind you she is of the same generation (may be slightly older) of Welwel – who is another giant of Geza Kenisha. Being in Andinet, she must have been exposed to such propaganda too. Even in this day and age, to any NNNN, opposition to their master means signing up to TPLF. To any of those not in one side of opposition, the other means closet PFDJ. Many still say Jebha nay aslam eya… Nihinan Elamanan has also projected such views. So Even if you are right that there were the right things that could have led her in right path, there was also another side that leads people on the wrong side. Wasn’t that what the Dr. General was alluding to about such stereotypes? But one thing we can say about that generation though is that they were open and open with each other about their aspirations and fears. The Muslim forefathers spoke openly and the Christian forefathers did the same. Nowadays, the context is completely different. Then it was an active, open political struggle, although interfered with by HS. Now, it is all confused, more like short cut, back street politics:-)

          • Brhan

            Hi Berhe,
            I just want you to know that the word Jebha in Arabic means ግንባር in Tigrigna. For ሓርነት it is ታሕሪር.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Brhan,

            Thank you, I did not know that.

            ELF (Eritrean Libration Front) and ተሓኤ (ተጋድሎ ሓርነት ኤርትራ).

            I thought ሓርነት was used as short for ELF.

            But if Jebha means gimbar, which part of ELF is the word Jebha refers to?

          • haileTG

            Hi Berhe,

            I know no Arabic, with such a grandmother, who would:-) But let me try and embarrass myself: ጀብሃ ሻዕቢያ ኣል ታሕሪር ኤሪትረያ – Hizbawi ginbar Harnet ertra??

          • Berhe Y

            Hi HaileTG,

            Thank you. Her father was fluent in Arabic so teHalalifuka:)

            I was asking, why ELF is refereed as Jebha?

          • Brhan

            Hi Berhe,

            The answer to your question is straightforward. ELF came before EPLF. The Eritrean students in Cairo, Egypt, established ELF, and their medium of communication at that time was Arabic. Thus it got its name: Jebha Al-Tahrir Eritrea. So if you see the first word is Jebha. As such, it will be easy for people to say the first word to indicate ELF. Like for the United States of America, we say the first two words, the US.

            Then came EPLF. It was a front like ELF. So to differentiate between the two fronts, people continued to call the former Jebha and the new one Shabiea.

            I hope this explains.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Brhan,

            Thank you. I think Ismail had explained well what I was asking and my confusion.

            What I was asking is, how is Jebha Al-Tahrir Eritrea translated to Tigrinya and became Tegadlo Harnet Eritrea.

            Should the correct translation then Ginbar Harnet Eritrea instead?

          • Brhan

            Hi Berhe,
            Literality, yes, but in this case, the translators might have found a reason that Tegadlo is more meaningful than Gnbar. But your question is valid, and I hope one day ELF veterans or historians shed light.

          • Saleh Johar

            Brhan,
            Maybe the translator, I believe it was Tekou Yehdega who translated it, was predisposed to think along tradition concept of Ghedli as in ghedle-sema’tat and that’s why we still use s’woe and shaheed— nouns acquired from our religious traditions. Gnbar and Jebhat (Front) is a modern concept. When your affairs are managed by feudal princes, kings and warlords, there is no place for the modern Front.

          • Brhan

            Selam haileTG Arkey,
            I will give you B but for A ፡ ኣልጀብሃ ኣልሻዕቢያ ሊታሕሪር ኤርትርያ
            Note that the ኣል in Arabic is the preposition ‘the'(definite article). In English we always the EPLF. But EPLF has become a brand. It is like the US. But US is common.

          • Saleh Johar

            Berhe,
            The Arabic name of ELF was Jebhet altaHreer aleritryia
            The name of EPLF was aljebha alshaAbiya ltaHreer eritryia

            The general command was called AlQitaada alAsma

            Amma became derogatory for QA after Isaias and others left it
            Jebha became deregatory foe ELF
            ShaEbiya was deregatory for Sabbe.
            Amma is still said deregatorily, Jebha was rehabilitated like the N word
            Shaabiya was rehabilitated when the designers of all that adopted it. You can guess why:-)

          • Hashela

            Selam Saleh

            When and where was the N word rehabilitated? Please don’t tell you listen to Rap music!

          • Saleh Johar

            Hashela,
            You are repeating what I said! What I meant is the fact that blacks use the N word to address each other, be it in rap music or in ghettos, which I think is immaterial. I neither supported nor opposed it.

          • Saleh Johar

            Berhe, you can’t guess:-)
            For a word to be used as a political punch, it had to be Arabic c. That’s why Qitadda Amma, general command, Teqlali meriHnnet became simply Amma

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Berhe,
            As can be noted, the Arabic and Tigrigna names give different linguistic meanings. If you translate the Tigrigna to English, you will get “struggle for the liberation of Eritrea”, or in Arabic ” al-kifah li-tahrir Eritrea”. The Arabic – Jabhat al- Tahrir Al- Eritrea – will translate to Tigrigna as “Gimbar Harnet Eretra”. An English version of the Arabic is easier to understand: Eritrean Liberation Front. The essence rests in the term “front”, which is lacking in the Tigrgna version. The organization was formed as neither a political party nor a movement. It was established to become an all inclusive or embracing, if you will, of all Eritreans as a nation who committed themselves to protracted armed struggle. Thus, as you can see, in the Arabic accent is lies on the terms “front” and “liberation”, while in the Tigrgna it is “struggle” and “liberation”, with ” liberation” a constant in both.
            As to popular references, Arabic speakers refer to ELF as “jabha” as short which is the “front’ in short. It has gone with time as a kind of household loving name to its committed followers, while taken belittling term to its detractors or nemesis. The same to ELF-PLF and later on EPLF. To its lovers it is “zibawe Harnet”, while to its nemesis simpy “shabia”. It is simply politicized public relations stunts.

          • woldu hadgu

            Hello haile TG:

            Well! there were five influential evangelists I recall: Qeshi Tewelde Medhin Gebremedhin; Haleqa Tewelde Medhin Gebru; Qeshi Marqos Girmai; Haile Michael Kidanu and the young Qeshi Gebre Ewostateos.

          • haileTG

            Merhaba WH,

            Yes, those and quite more:-) Have you come across Chief Adim Billa, the first Kunama Kenisha since 1910 onwards? But I will leave you with a clue, the 1933 Committee for the revision of the Tigrinya New Testament. Or the Beleza parish of 1897? Those you listed above were also very influential indeed. One interesting fact, the missionaries didn’t intend to evangelize in Eritrea when they first arrived. Actually, they were headed for a missionary work in Oromo, Ethiopia. However, due to heavy war in Ethiopia at the time they arrived and docked in Eritrea, they stayed there for a while. And a completely new plan developed from there. War in Ethiopia?? Some things never change:-)

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Haile-TG & Woldu,

            I was absent from this forum for more than a week. I just read the comments I missed from those days.

            Hailat: so you are from the erudite family of that era and you are carrying the tradition of your family. Good to hear that. So your grand grandfather is one of those who translate the Bible. May be my grandparents know them.

            Woldu: keshi Marquos is one of the first converted to evangelical church, in 1866 in the eastern lowland of Eritrea, around Massawa. When the missionaries came to the highland of Eritrea, my grandfather was one from the second batch who were converted from Orthodox Church, before the church split into two denominations, namely the evangelical and Lutheran church. I am familiar with the names you listed through my parents. Interestingly enough, most of the first and second batch of the converted individuals were priests from the Orthodox Church.

            Regard

          • haileTG

            Selamat Aman,

            Very likely! I once heard Hope [remember him] mention Amanuel Amdemichael to you (yes the ex-Derg official). Any relation to you?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            No! But we are from the same village. Aboy keshi Amdemicael is also from the third batch who were converted to Protestantism.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile S. and Haile TG.,

            Gentlemen, what an exchange of focused sharing of thoughts with refreshingly rich anecdotes. Keep the fountain open. It provoke minds to self ignition and tapping on learnt but forgotten gems people need to relate and understand common issues and matters.
            Dear Haile S., our problems are not only the existence of “zars” and demons that impede our aspirations to have our national polity evolve to pass threshold of the domains whose insulation walls and borders the “zars” have entrenchedly refusing to cross. Everyone of them want to keep his/her domain jealousy sealed off the other. In fact, if we, as the mainstream Eritreans, would muster across the board determination to get out of the defensive (ኒሕ) group thinking with in insulated inward looking social and cultural enclaves, l would argue we would have solved substantial portion of our national problems. I think it is the failure in this crucial matter that had been, and has been, curtailing every endeavor to reach even a modicum sense of collective national purpose we always overstate without commitment to what it basically requires. This is very easy to find out if one were to closely watch a few of the endless ” ብዓወት ተዛዚሙ” meetings and conferences our political arena saw. It will be easy to detect what aborts the initially intended purpose and efficacy: it is a demon called መን’ዩ ክመርሕ?!. And, the deeply held rationale is the inherent fear of taking the risk of exposing the so called values and norms the insulated domains are committed to preserve or safeguard. The “zar”is , thus, in the perception that coexistence is all fine and good so long I wield the power.

            Those “zar(s)”, dear Haile S., have proven immune to chick dropping or amulets. They demand no less than generations of sustained whipping through enlighting education. Experiences have been consistently bern proving that there appear hardly any other ways.

            Haile TG enquires what solution would there be to break the vicious circle. Well, there is actually none at the moment if we were to ponder and contemplate within the present formations among whom the most powerful and well-organized is the despot and his domain with the “zars and ginis”. If we would be lucky we would see the demise of the despot without washing the polity down the drainage. I am thing if the nation will be retained with the elements that made it a state: sovereign within the externally recognized frontiers. Then, at least we would be staying as the social and cultural insularities that we had been, and still are, and exist together avoiding the danger of dispersal. If we would, even grudgingly though, persuade ourselves we will have no choice save abiding by the verdict of history that coasced us into a fate of coexisting in one state with one another, and which made us to spill blood and sweat for decades and still counting, the new generation will have to device some ground zero level formula that may calm the “zars”, and set them on the path to responding to enlightening whips applied by education and common life under economic and germane innovations that can slowly but cautiously thin down the baundaries that insulate the social and cultural conservative domains.

            Now, haile TG asked what precedents can one think of that can reasonably put some harness on the unruly “zars” to allow laying down foundations
            for the dormantized elements of nation building process. I would say that some countries that pride themselves today on allround national advancements had transformed themselves from, perhaps, worse than “zars and demons” ridden periods of history. I live in one of the richest and religiously and associated diverse existence called The Netherlands. Its history is replete by bloody conflicts even due to trivial causes of who would control a parish church. But, the verdict of history had imposed on them to coexist and build their small country. Through education and livelihood under across social and cultural exclusivity boundaries economic development, they were able to weaken social and religious insularity.

            Sustained stability and expanding economy had gradually led to santization of isolationist and suspion driven conservativ political polarizations. Life and its sustainability jobs overshadowed the immaterial mindset driven provincialism translating to social and cultural preservation anomalies. The system the enlightened elites of the country and its societical educators adopted something they called socio-religious “pillars” of development. This was what discourse had come to know as Consociationalism, which I am sure many in this forum are familiar with. Its core was that it gave a long term space for former insulated enclaves to exist and thrive with freedom to autonomously pursue their religious and social norms and values through separate institutions such as schools, churches and peculiar ethos that grew to u universities and information tools like newspapers and radio transmissions. But, here is the strategy that kept the “zaras and gins” withi controllable limits: The liberated patriotic elites could establish unity among themselves to render the monarchy as symbolic unifying force under a national constitution which superceded on the national level all other enclaves in which special communal interests were legally allowed to function.

            Perhaps, enlightened Eritreans who are aware of the verdict of history that the social and cultural isolationist enclaves are in fact destined to coexist and prosper under the shadow of the current polity would do good to think on similar lines and device some applicable formula. One of the purposes such a thing serves is harnessing of the energy that generate the socio-special interest driven perception that only wielding power would ensure self-preservation under defensive religiously rationalized social and cultural isolationism, which a stable legally empowered state can guarantee.

            Sorry for freely digressing which I rarely do. I hope I didn’t bore you. If that will be the case, please skip what I have scribbled and save your time.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Ismail,

            Erudition at its best፡ admixed with disarming humor! Thank you. You made me laugh a lot.
            ኣይከሰርኩን!
            ከም ሓሜን ለፍሊፈ፡ ንእስማዒል ኣዛሪበ! በሉ ደሓር የራኽበና!

          • haileTG

            Selamat Ismail and Moxi!

            I have a small gift for you guys. As I mentioned, the great grandfather was into translating scriptures and preparing school curriculum books. I have typed up a paragraph from his Physiology book that he translated in 1928. I have omitted the punctuation of single serez that followed each word. Spellings are as it was valid in those days (letter usage). I included all other punctuation marks. So, enjoy a Tigrigna rarity written almost 100 years ago! Topic – Skeletal system:

            ኣነዳድቓ አካል ሰብኒ አውራ መገባብሮኡን

            አብ ሰውነት ሰብ ሰለስተ ነገር አሎ፥ ተሪርኒ፡ ሉምሉምኒ፡ ፈሳስን፡ ማለት ዓጽምን፡ ስጋን፡ ደምኒ።

            እቲ ተሪር ዝበልናዮ ዓጽምን ቈርጠምጠማን፡ ተተሐሒዙ ገረንገረ ይኸውን። እቲ ገሊኡ አዕጽምቲ ብግዳም ዚፍለጥ እዩ፡ እቲ ገሊኡ ግን ብረጐዲ፡ ጭዋዳታት ስለ እተኸድነ ብግዳም አይፍለጥኒ። ዓጽሚ ብጹሕ ሰብ ፪፻ ዚአክል እዩ፡ ናይ ሕጻን ግና ቈርጠምጠማ ዚፈላልዮ ስለ ዝኾነ ካብኡ ይበዝሕ እዩ። እቲ ገረንገረ ንሰብ ጽንዐትኒ መልክዕኒ ይህቦ ከም ዚወሳወስ ውን ይገብሮ። አብ ገለ ክፍልታቱ ድማ ከም ሳጹን ኮይኑ ነቲ ሉምሉም ነገር ይኽውሎ፤ ከም እኒ ሽኽና ርእስን ጐሎን። Translated to Tigrigna, 1928, Asmara

          • iSem

            HI HTG:
            this writing sounds like that of WelWel. It sounds familiar to my ears as WelWel wrote about sports and its effects on beauty: He said sports i snot only good for your health, it is good for looks, though it does not change your nose and eyes….

          • haileTG

            Hey iSem,

            …and imagine that this was written when Welwel was about 23 years old as per his public record birth of date. I had few of Welwel’s academic school books in Tigrigna. One was Math and his use of language and calculation in Tigrigna was phenomenal. It feels like they are ancient civilizations we forgot about now. Read Hadas Eritrea to mourn the death of the Tigrigna language and its rigorous grammatical architecture:-(

          • Berhe Y

            Hi HaileTG,

            Are you saying WelWel is your great grandfather:)?

          • haileTG

            Hey Berhe…No No … qes bel ata sebAy:-)

            Welwel also wrote many educational materials, he was a true philosopher in my view. Woldeab Woldemariam was a devout Christian of the Protestant congregation. He was a teacher in Geza Kenisha at one time. The special thing about this was how he wrote Tigrigna text books.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Ismail, MoKsi et all,

            It is not easy to bring anything of significance once Ismail has added his synthesis and syntaxique of ideas on an issue. It is the case now.

            I have none to add to the way-out he presented. What I wanted to do was to go into our recently history starting our formation and reflect upon possible important elements that contributed to the damning listing you (HTG) enumerated. This is an ongoing reflexion that hopefully I will be able to put together soon.

            MoKsi, you also threw my nose away from the subject by bringing your possible link to either ወ/ሮs ኤልሳቤጥ ተወልደመድህን, ኣስካለማርያም የማነ or ተመርጻ ዑቕባዝጊ 3 of the 4 ኣርካናት ማሕበር ኣንድነት። The 4th being ወ/ሮ ጸሃይቱ (ጓል ዝናሩ) to whom you denied being related. I was taken by domestic chore and work this morning to persue my search, but don’t worry, I will, hopefully soon, catch this slippery freshwater electric eel called HGT.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam awate.com community,

    Why should you support this awate.com ? You may ask. I support this outlet, and its affiliates, because they give what money cannot buy from a government that runs around claiming to represent me. I support it because, unlike others of its kind, it is truly an open space for expressing my views on the painful affairs of my country freely. It gives me a chance to exchange my views with like-minded compatriots.

    Thus, what can it cost me to contribute a little I can afford to add up as a small fraction to the resources and capabilities the managers of this indispensable source of information and place of freedom need to continue serving the truth and exposing the falsehood upon which the dictatorship in our homeland thrives on.

    So, let us all mobilize ourselves in unison to enable this website to do what it has been doing since its launching with all the burdens and hostilities it has been facing. Our bottom line should be that not only those who seek freedom, but even those who support the regime and use this space to express their views should have equal stake in the work of this website and its free forum. The cents they may contribute provides them a freedom they cannot get from the government they support.

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    ክትልምዕ ናይ ወትሩ ቀጠልያ
    የድልያ ናትና
    ቁንጣሮ ምሃያ

    ኢደይ ኢድካ ንበል
    ቁሩብ ሂብና
    ብዙሕ ክንቅበል
    መኣዲ ዓዋተ ክስስን
    የእዳውና ፍትሕ ነብል
    እዚ ዶ በዚሑዋ ንዓዋተ
    ኣይመስለንን!

  • Brhan

    Hello Friends,

    I want you to join me in supporting awate.com financially for three reasons :

    Firstly, Awate.com is a website that works for Eritreans’ unity while celebrating our diversity. Secondly, it prioritizes Eritrea and Eritreans’ interests in rapidly regional and international political changes. Last but not least, the website is playing its role in making our dream of democratic Eritrea come true.

    • said

      Greetings, Br. Brhan

      I full agree with you and I made my modest contribution .

      Regards
      Said

      • Brhan

        Thanks Br. Said,
        Where there is unity there is always victory. – Publilius Syrus

  • Haile S.

    Selam Awate followers

    Why was I attracted and compelled to come to Awate, participate at its forum and listen to the beating of its Negarit?

    To get informed and inspired by my sisters brothers and colleagues about my country my region of origin, and in exchange give some of what I know. Negarit beats things that I don’t dare say by myself; therefore I encourage it. Awate forum is my Saloon at the corner of our street, where I walk a little, drop myself there, enjoy listening, observing and sometimes chatting. It is the best Parlour in the area. I try to do it every day. Once a year, I open my wallet and make an effort to help in order to keep the bar always open. So brothers, sisters and colleagues lets do what we can. Awate needs our collective help and make this fund raising happen!

    Haile S.

  • haileTG

    Selam Awatista, readers, followers and well wishers,

    It may be an oft neglected truth, but it is a huge accomplishment to state that awate.com is the only of its kind in the Eritrean diaspora political activism. Over the last two decades, Eritreans went to many websites to freely express their views. Dehai , Asmarino, Assenna, Awate, Visafric…and many more. As the political issues debated were charged and often went to extreme forms of exhausting exchanges, one by one each of those either restricted their audience or shut down. With that, the time tested wisdom of debating and discussing or Lizib in Tigrigna, became difficult to facilitate.

    On the hopeful side, however, awate.com stayed the course. It sure needed to commit time, effort and resources to weed out potential problems and yet preserve such a cherished venue for all. It is of humbling servitude that the awate team put in, in order to accomplish such important contribution to the struggle for justice. The believed in our cause, and they invested in it.

    Awate.com has announced a fundraising season in the last few days. In this day and age, where a fast food meal is over $10, nothing much more than that is what everyone is asked to dominate. The more, the better. However, it is small amount of money towards such a great cause, the preservation of talking and discussing venue for the Eritrean opposition. To preserve an institution, where even diaspora raised Eritreans can follow to understand their country’s concerns and views. A small amount, well planted.

    As, each plant needs water and tending to in order to blossom, awate time have done superbly to tend this unique and only remaining venue. The water ought to come from its users, followers and even those who support the principles of widening communication and not narrowing them.

    $10, $25, $50… is all that is needed, given publicly or anonymously, but with foresight and wisdom to uphold a fundamental principle emboldening, empowering and reconciling our people. Donate and put your mark.

    Thank you!

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate Forum friends
    A new CNN invistagtion:

    Men are marched out of prison camps. Then corpses float down the river

    By Nima Elbagir, Katie Polglase, Barbara Arvanitidis, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

    Updated 9:20 AM ET, Sun September 5, 2021

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/05/africa/ethiopia-tigray-humera-sudan-bodies-cmd-intl/index.html

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Here is Yonatan of radio erena with kiros Asfaha. They discuss his new song and the intense division among Eritreans following the start of the Tigray War. Note how this division is framed: among the diaspora themselves and between the diaspora who is in relative safety and those at home who are experiencing a worsening life circumstances due to the known oppression, the pandemic and now the war. Nice interview to listen to:

    https://youtu.be/D11aLymk8HU

    • Brhan

      ሰላም ሃይለ ዓርከይ

      ኪሮስ ኣስፈሃ፡ ሃለው መርሓባ ጀማዓ?
      መርሓባ ጀማዓ ( ካብ ኣስመራ)፡ መርሓባ ኪሮስ
      ኪ.ኣ. ፡ ደሓን ዶ?
      ጀማዓ፣ እንታይ ክድሕን….ወያነ ይኹን ኣምላኽ ይኹን ሰይጣን ይኹን ካብ ህግደፍ ዘየካርጀና!

  • Saleh Johar

    Hello all,
    Do you remember TsaTse? He has been busy…I will tell you about it below.

    Since the supply of news is scanty (or confusing) its has been slow. But at least it give us a break for the fundraising… until the news start to flow like the last nine months 🙂

    But TsaTse has been on a campaign of his own and he has been pestering me non-stop on the comments section on my Negarit channel. Here is the best sample of his non-stop defamation campaign:

    Did you not defend for the opposition to move from the Sudan to TPLF’s Ethiopia two decades ago? Typical flip flopping opportunist you are. 20 years ago you said it was wrong then or it was right then and now it should be right. Now you are lying when you said it was wrong then and it is wrong now. You were lead to marry the Eritrean resistance with Woyane. Open your archives…,,, tsatse

    He was just asked to respect the posting guidelines and he refused to heed the warnings, he was booted out. Now he is lingering on youtube just to insult and defame me. By the way, if you need flyswatters, they are cheap on Amazon,. I just ordered some 🙂

    • Ismail AA

      Selam SJ,
      It is sad, to say the least.

  • Saleh Johar

    Dear colleagues,
    Since the initial reaction is encouraging, I would like to suggest a promotional idea:
    What if everyone of you wrote a simple, brief message to the public that we can publish on our social media accounts on your behalf? If you do not mind, you can even share it directly from the forum through the social media icons. I suggest the message to 1) encourage all to participate since this is a public service and requires resources, 2) why should anyone support awate and Negarit, and 3) the stake has never been this concerning and if the Awate Team are up to the challenge or not… 4) any thing you deem important..

    If you agree, please start composing the short public messages. Otherwise, we will just pray

    We hope to have our first report by next week and we think those of you who have already acted… several in this forum by the way.

    Thank you all

    • haileTG

      SGJ,…good idea! Will do this later today.

  • haileTG

    Selamat AT!

    Another day, another $$, time to think loudly again:-)

    When we have traditional ዉራይ, everyone near and far must know about it. The modern word for it is Visibility:)

    Our Eritrea/Ethiopia populations seem to prefer and use often a gofundme for some reason, i.e. for all types of fundraisers nowadays. May be easy? Or something else? Not sure…

    1 – Negarit Youtube channel would be great to update its About section with the gofundme link

    2 – Each video description can also work well for promoting the link

    3 – Awate fb and related fb pages can also pin the drive on page top

    4 – Friendly websites (hard to find on our divided opposition camp) can also share it on their mediums.

    ከምዚኣ ገርኩም ውራይኩም ምዝርጋሕ፣ እንተዘየሎ ኣይሰማዕናን ኣይተዓደምናን ኢሎም ከይቅየሙኹም። ዉራይ ዓድና ብዙሕ’ዩ ጣጣኡ:-)

    • Saleh Johar

      Thanks HaileTG,
      Thanks for tireless feedback. ከማኻ ይብዝሑ!
      #1 will be don’t in this afternoon
      #2 is in the process
      #3 is already done and additional graphic will be added tonight
      #4 is a beautiful dream 🙂
      # 5 is being done since yesterday.

      The rest, if we start from this forum, the Mahber ShewAtte formula is the best. If each member shares it with seven, and they share it with equal number, it is even a bigger dream. But we are hoping for that kind of cooperation. This time, we will not stop for fear of annoying users and stakeholders who we hope will act. Thank you.

  • haileTG

    Selamat AT,

    I am just thinking loud here, why don’t AT also use gofundme as additional channel of contributions? No doubt you’ve your reasons, but thought that it has better functionality from fundraising marketing perspective and lower costs.

    • Saleh Johar

      Yes HaileS, you are ahead of us:-)
      Here’s the Gofund Me link
      https://gofund.me/823dd2b7

      • haileTG

        Great job AT!

        That is easy to share around and now just give it a prominent link on the front page! Will keep coming back:-)

        • Saleh Johar

          HaileS,
          It’s on the right side. We appreciate your help.

          • haileTG

            Hey SGJ,

            yeah…what a productive day!:-) Now, why do you keep seeing Moxi instead of my true self…you know he may be moxi but we don’t share last letters [nor his legendary historical acumen]…haha.

            Forget my PS. It looks super now!

          • Haile S.

            MoKsi,

            Saleh has been addressing with S since long. I deliberately abstained from protesting. It is a great name to have😁. Even Brhan use it when he refers to the great king Haileselassie🤔. ይታደሉታል!

          • haileTG

            Haha…anta rgum…OK Sal forget my protest, I will keep both…even better …haha

          • Saleh Johar

            Sorry two Hailes,
            Sorry for the mixup. Why don’t you two unite and call your team The Hailes, or smour genbar 🙂 Did I do that before this today? I hope I didn’t.

          • haileTG

            SGJ,

            We can’t unite just yet! He believes Eritrea’s southern border stops at Adwa, Adigrat and Axum. I am of the opposite stand, the real border should be just on the outskirts of Asmara:-) I use the map given to me by YG, he uses GY (General Atse Yowhannes):-)

          • Saleh Johar

            Okay HaileTG,
            Once you agree, I volunteer to draw your new map 🙂

          • Haile S.

            Selam MoKsi and Awate people

            MoKsi, on this one, I am reserving my ‘right to reply’ for another day. For now ተማሒርካ ኣለኻ!

            This morning, I visited YG at shabaitdotcom and saw an interesting post. BTW why are all YGs extremists and all Hailes TGs?😁

            You know that YG-shabait is the ኣፈ-ቀላጤ of every science, art, department or faculty that exists and doesn’t. I am longing to see him as a mathematician. Today he was a zoologist announcing the return of the unique Eritrean side-necked Turtle (Pelomedusa gehafie) first described in 1935 by Edward Ruppel. YG was not generous enough to mention this great German naturalist who lived in Abyssinia for decades and described every animal and plant of the country.

            The Asmara Toad (Sclerophrys asmarae) is also mentioned for pride sake because of its name.

            Question for you and all forum colleagues: please give tigrigna or tigre names that you know for Toad and Frog

          • Abi

            ሊቀመኳስ
            ጀነራል ኃይልሽ ስንቅና ትጥቅ ለሟሟላትና መመሪያ ለመቀበል ወደ ደደቢት ዩንበርስቲ አቅንተዋል::

          • haileTG

            Hey Abichu,

            ተው የድሮ ሥራዮን ኣታስታውሰኝ ባክህ። ኣሁን እኮ የራሳችን ትጥቅና ስንቅ ኣምራች ኢንዱስትሪያል ፓርክ ከፈትን ብለው ኣባረሩኝ። የትጋ ነው የከፈታቹ ብየ ስጠይቅ፣ ያው የፌደራል መከላከያና የኣማራ ልዩ ሃይል ነዋ ኣሉኝ። ወይ ጣጣ፣ ዘንድሮ ስራ ጠፋ:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ አርከይ
            እውነት ብለሃል ጌታው!
            ዘንድሮ የአማራ ሊጥና አብሲት መጠጣት ለምደው ስንቅ መቋጠር ምን ያስፈልጋል ? ለነገሩ የሚሰነቅስ ከየት ተገኝቶ ኃይልዬ?
            ትጥቁም እንደሆነ እንደ አደረጃጀቱ አንድ ለአምስት ነው:: አራቱ ሲሰው እምስተኛው ከነመሳሪያው ይማረካል::
            ዘንድሮ ጉድ ነው!

          • Haile S.

            Selam abi,

            ምን ነበር ሁሌ በሰበሰበ ስንቅ !
            ሰላም እኮ ሰፈነብን እኛም ኣስቀመጥነው ትጥቅ

            በሌላው በኩል ኣፋችን ምን ቀረው ሊፈነዳ
            ባለመናገር ጉንጫችን ኣርግዞ ሆኖብን ዕዳ

            አረ ቶሎ ቶሎ ብላችሁ ሰባስቡት ስንቁ
            በጃችሁ እንዳናልፍ ትንፋስ ነሥቶን የኣፍ ትጥቁ

          • Abi

            ሊቀመኳስ
            ዛሬ ስታሊን ምን እንዳለ ሰምተሃል?
            ወያኔ የጦር ሜዳ ውሎ ዜና ከገለፀልን ሳምንት አልፎናል ብሎት አረፈ!! የወሬው ስንቅ TMH አልቆበታል::
            TMH የወሬ ስንቁን ሲጨርስ ጀነራል ባጫ ዛሬ የጦር ሜዳውን ጉድ ዘረገፈው::
            ጉድ ፈላ ዘንድሮ!

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            Abraha Desta wrote መቀሌ እንደዚህ ጭር ብላ ኣታቅም የርሃብ ጉዳይ ያሳዝናል ነዳጅ ለታክሲም የለም

            This is sad the ordinary people are paying the price, of course not the cyber Generals. The Juntah is now too desperate calling for dialogue without a single precondition after thousands of poor kids vanished. It is a shame the Tigray people can’t stand up and save their kids.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Hello Peace
            The cyber Generals are unusually quiet these days. Our own General ኃይልሽ ወደ አዲስ የሚያደርገውን ጉዞ ሰርዞ ዛፍ ስር ቁጭ ብሎ የሃዘን እንጉርጉሮ እያሰማ ነው::
            General Aman , General iSem and the other ስም አይጠሩ የበታች ሹማምንት are still praying to see a disintegrated Ethiopia.

            What happened to the people of Tigray is not my problem anymore.
            I have already told to many of General friends in this forum that there will be no dialogue with the terrorists and ወራዳ የሊጥ ሌቦች::

          • haileTG

            Guad Abi and Peace,

            All your named generals were captured in the recent battles. I am the only one left, but I promise you [or trust me if Dongolo is with you] ኣመድ ልሼ እነሳለሁ። ኣንተም በኣከባቢህ ቤተክርስትያን ካለ ሂድና ኣመድ ላስ። ጠበልነቱ ተረጋግጥዋል:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            The other Generals are like “ሰው ቢቸግር” ጀነራሎች:: You are the real one!! At least you have watched two war movies in the past.
            ይህን አመድና ዱቄት መላስ ተወኝ አላልኩም?
            ተዋሪድና!

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            Here is the ultimate video, look how aid warehouses are being emptied in liberated and being democratized Amhara regions 🙂

            https://twitter.com/getachew_zeki/status/1434218460427403266

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            “ጥርሴስ ልማዱ ነው ሆዴን አታስቀው”
            “ልፋ ያለው በህልሙ ዳውላ ይሸከማል” ይባላል:: እናንተ ደግሞ ብላችሁ ለድራማ ኩንታል መሸከም ጀምራችሗል::
            https://youtu.be/Ry6-8rKXXx4

      • A.Osman

        Selam Saleh,

        Thank you for the link, done the contribution and will share with others.

        As Haile TG suggested, the go fund me link needs to be added to the main page, at least at the bottom options with PayPal et. al, if not more prominent somewhere in the main site with a window showing visual link to go fund me page/progress.

        Regards
        AOsman

        • Saleh Johar

          Thanks A.Osman,
          It’s already done…it’s on the right side. Thanks for your support.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Saleh,

        Done.

        Thank you

  • Peace!

    Hi Seb Awate,

    Done! And More to come!

    Peace!

  • Please share with your network:
    https://youtu.be/GYz7c976v1M

  • haileTG

    Happy Fundraiser AT! ኣይተስተዋሕዱወን 🙂

  • Hashela

    ደቂ ዓዋተ!

    ሃየ፣ ሻማ-ሻማ ንበላ!
    ኣነ ሕጂ እጃመይ ገይሬ! ንስኻ/ንስኺ’ኸ?

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate,

    Will do and also spread the word to friends using social media.

    La Aluta Continua!

  • Haile S.

    Good day Ismail and Awate people
    My contribution will follow too!

    በሉ ኣሕዋት ዓመት ዝያዳ ክንጣጥም ሓጊና
    ካይንዓብር ኢሉ ኮቪድ ካይሕዘና
    ክጽበ ዓወተ፡ ሎሚ ተቫክሲንና

    ብየማን ብጸጋም ብዙሕ ተታዂስና
    ከም ዓዲ ዘለዉ ኣሓትና ኣሕዋትና
    ጥይት ዘየላ’ምበር እንኮ ነይሓመቕና

    ዝተፈግአ እንድዒ! ዝሞተ ግን ነይብልና
    ዋእ! ዘይተሰምዐ እንተሃልዩ ይኽደነና
    ማለተይ እዩ ካብ መከራፍስትና
    ቁሩባት’ሲ ከይዶ’ዮም ካብ መቕርብና

    በሉ ባሕቲ ሓሊፋ ነንጥብ ክራይ በብዓቕምና
    ኣያየ በጃኻ፡ ጎርጉራ ጁባኻ፡ ካይተጸበና
    ኣብርሀት ክሳብ ትምለስ ካብ ሓለዋ ገደና

    ዋላ’ቶም ጽሑፍ ወስ ዘይተብሎ ሰብ ማዕዶ
    ተጻሒፋ ትውዳእ ዝመስለኩም ‘ዛ እንዶ
    ንዑ ሓቢርና ንመሃር ካብ ነጋዶ

    ኣመል ምስ መግነዝ፡ ተዛረብ ኢሉኒ እዋይ ጋዶ!
    እምበር እፈልጥ ከምዘይትጽበዩ ካባይ ምዕዶ

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Awate.com,
    Happy birth day and successful fundraising drive.
    Please anticipate my meager contribution soon.