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Berhane Becomes the First Casualty of the Jeddah Agreement

This morning, former minister Berhane Abrehe, who authored two books and publicly challenged Isaias Afwerki,  warning him to avoid signing any national agreements before consulting the Eritrean parliament, was arrested in Asmara. His wife has been in jail for almost a year.

The arrest was expected since many observers thought it was imminent. His arrest was timed with the arrival of Isaias from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after signing a yet-unknown agreement with the Ethiopian prime minister.

The signing ceremony was concluded under the auspices of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.

Over the last three weeks, while many Eritreans hoped Berhane’s move would galvanize Eritreans, others saw it as a futile grandstanding in the face of Isaias’ expected wrath.

Abraham, Isaias’ son

Last week Isaias took his son Abraham to the border opening ceremony at Zalaambess, one of the bloodiest scenes during the last war between Ethiopia and Eritrea that ended in 2000. Abraham attended the ceremony in the company of the Eritrean delegation which included ministers and other senior officials. On Sunday, Abraham was also present at the Jeddah ceremony accompanying his father, though he has no formal position in the Eritrean government.

Eritrea and Ethiopia are neither members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (ICO) nor the Arab League (AL) and it’s not known in what capacity the Saudi monarch assumed the responsibility of hosting the signing of the agreement in which he invited António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General,  Moussa Faki, the Secretary of the African Union, and other dignitaries. Paul Kagame, the current chair of the African Union (AU) was not present at the signing ceremony.  In December 2000, when Eritrea signed the Algiers peace agreement in Algeria, Abdulaziz Bouteflika was the chair of the African Union.

Both Eritrea and Ethiopia belong to the African Union and Ethiopia is a founding member of Organization of African Union, the forerunner of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which was founded in 1963

Historically, African countries pushed back any meddling in African affairs by other countries, and many diplomats are wondering why Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are meddling in inter-African affairs while the AU and the UN are limited to an observer role.

Saudi-Emirate Positioning

Meanwhile, the Saudi monarch had taken serious steps to limit the role of his son Mohammed Bin Salman, who almost made his father, the king, irrelevant. The push by prominent Saudis is believed to have come due to their disapproval of the regional politics in which Saudi Arabia is perceived as a junior partner to the United Arab Emirates, in the coalition that Saudi Arabia assembled to fight what it considers an Iranian influence in Yemen.

The Saudi establishment has convinced the monarch to curtail the activities of his son and assume full control of the kingdom’s affairs. His son, the Saudi Arabian heir apparent, is perceived to be playing a junior role in the affairs of the Gulf and Horn of Africa under Mohammed Bin Zayed, the UAE heir apparent. Many Saudis believe the perception undermines the Saudi leadership and prestige

Mohammed Bin Zaid, the UAE heir apparent, did not attend the Jeddah ceremony; his brother, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the foreign minister, attended the ceremony representing the UAE.

In what seemed to be an assertion of leadership, On Sunday, the Saudi King awarded Isaias Afwerki and Abiy Ahmed with The Order of King Abdulaziz. Two months ago, Mohammed Bin Zaid had awarded Isaias and Abiy Ahmed with the Order of Zayed, the highest civil honor in the UAE.

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  • Aligaz G

    Dear gebremedhin,

    I haven’t read your posts before so I cannot respond one way or another. But I must ask you to please stop reading what I write. Obviously it’s not good for you.

  • Aligaz G

    Ayneta,

    As far as I know if a person pays taxes then he is entitled to whatever benefits. You wrote he didn’t pay a penny. Anyway not my fight just pointing tax payer rights if one lives in a democracy.

    • Nitricc

      Hey Aligaz; People likes of Ayneta; have so much hate for PIA, it extends to everyone including the innocent Eritrean. The reason Ayanta wanted the Eritrean youth to flee is nothing but in hope to make PIA look bad. Did you see how evil they are. if PIA and PMMA should win the noble prize; Ayneta is the first one to jump over the bridge.

      • Aligaz G

        Hey Nitricc,

        Glad to hear from you. Some really ticked off people are looking for you. Why don’t you talk to them?

        • Nitricc

          Hi Aligaz; they are pissed of because they are addicted to welfare and the concept of working and building your nation to them is a headache. If not, who will be opposed to the idea for the youth to stay home and being part of their society? I have seen Eritreans in Israel all they do the whole day is hanging out in Shisha, smoking and tea shops arguing about nothing. It will be very hard to revive those people in a work force. They are not only wasting their lives but their work ethic is dead. like some people on this forum.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Algaz G.

      I don’t think it’s lost in you but I think Ayneta is talking about the freedom someone else paid, as a result that he is enjoying. Yes, the Americans paid with their lives so that the country is government by constitutions and laws that everyone is benefiting from.

      The point is, it would be nice if Nitricc can trade places with those Eritrean who is accusing them of wasting their lives instead of serving and stay slaves for PFDJ.

      Berhe

      • Aligaz G

        Berhe,

        Many countries have standing professional armies. Nowadays there doesn’t seem to be much honor accorded to those who served. For example Donald Trump was a draft dodger par excellence and now he is the commander in chief. The only thing Donald has ever paid for his country are taxes (just like nitricc) and he’s probably cheated on those (not sure about nitricc) but he is president. This my friend is the beauty of living in a democracy.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Algaz,

          If you understand Tigrina, you are focusing on what we call ጋል ነገር. That is, instead of focusing on the real issue (that is Eritrean leaving their countries and the reason for it) you are focusing about the “Rights and Privileges, Eritrean Naturalized American Nitricc he has).

          I don’t think anyone cares for what he is entitled to do in US. Sure he can even run for the president if the constitutions allows it.

          The point is, how he is determining his fellow Eritreans for wanting to have the same privileges and rights that he is enjoying in the US (Away from Eritrea) that he wanted them to remain in PFDJ Eritrea and be slaves of the regime.

          Berhe

          • Aligaz G

            Berhe,

            Actually the discussion went like this * nitricc how dare you sit in the west when you didn’t pay a cent * In this case a cent being either blood or money. This my friend is how my portion of the discussion started. But lucky for you can discuss directly with Nitricc yourself.

          • David Samson

            Selam Aligaz,
            It is not about money.
            It is very simple: “Practice what you preach”. If you live in a democratic country with full- rights, at least wish the same for people whom you have just left behind.

          • Aligaz G

            David,

            I know it’s not about money please read the exchanges. It’s about rights in the west and accusations of hypocrisy. I addressed the rights part and got hammered about the hypocrisy part.

      • Nitricc

        Berhe; I know you are slow but I never knew you are this dumb.
        “Eritrean who is accusing them of wasting their lives”

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei Ayenta.
    A good deal of the money which made the lab possible is from people Nitricc make fun of. If the choice was easy to stay at home and join that lab or settle in the west and get work permission Nitricc could have made sens.

    An old statics said that out of 100 who left home for the Europe only 10% makes it. That include staying in Europe asylum center for indefinite time.

    • Nitricc

      Mitku; what are you saying?

    • haileTG

      Hi Mitiku,

      Speaking of statistics, let’s take the global scale. 80% of world population lives on less than $10 perday. 50 % lives on less than $2.50 and that is appx 3billion ppl. 40% of mankind also lives on less than $1.25 perday. That is known as extreme poverty. Now, immigration can’t possibly take 80% of humanity. Not even the 50 % which are almost 4 billion. In actual fact, there is no connection between poverty and immigration to the west. The only reason the west takes immigration is to maintain working age population in those societies. Immigration was not planned or intended to aliviate poverty at all. The only way poverty will decline is by the work done in the poor country.

      • Aligaz G

        haile,

        Are you saying poverty is not the most important driver for migration?

        • Lamek

          Aligaz, in the case of Eritreans, it is a little complicated. You have to separate the exodus periods. During the Dergue era, people mainly left in protest of the Ethiopian rule over Eritrea or for fear of prosecution due to biherawi witidirna dodging. There were some families who left in search of better living standard.

          After the Ethio-Eritrea border war of 1998-2000, Eritreans started leaving in protest to the so-called wefri warsay-yikaalo which basically made national service indefinite in length. These non-ending national service manifested itself in the form of lots of poverty and hardship for most families. In my mind, the people were not protesting necessarily the politics of the national service itself but rather the resulting poverty. A lot of the youth left to help improve their families lives. Very few of them will tell you that they left because their voice was muted, or they were not allowed to protest, or they wanted elections, etc. Nearly all of them will tell you, they left to help their mother raise their smaller siblings. In other words, the migration is a consequence of the economic hardship that surfaced due to the government’s misguided political decisions. There is a significant number, needless to say, that could not lead a proper family life raising their kids as they were in their stations full time not seeing their kids for months and years in some cases. But I don’t think that is the majority that ends up crossing the border.

          Why are a ton of the youth still going to Ethiopia crossing the border while there appears to be hope that peace is prevailing and that sooner or later justice may follow? A lot of analysts here are saying that is because the migrants have not seen any signs of life improving in Eritrea proper.

          • Aligaz G

            Lamek,

            I agree with you that there may be other drivers such as major catastrophes, wars, a horrible dictator etc but in the end the vast majority of migrants to the west are economic migrants. They don’t return when things are better. The acute driver may be different for Eritrea as your dictator is running some sort of a horrible experiment. But Eritreans in their prime earning years will not opt to return even if things normalize.

          • Lamek

            Aligaz, G.,

            Mr. Haile makes a good point in his ‘lack of security’ analysis. I think that answers my question as to why people are leaving in droves now even when it would appear like there is going to be no war at least in the foreseeable future and things are much better now than a few months ago. If you call any Eritrean person in Eritrea, they will tell you that ‘ewae hijis mis tesfana ena.’ But then where does this lack of security come from if many people are now more hopeful than they were just a few months ago? My conclusion is that Eritreans in Eritrea are not looking for constitution or election. They need to have security like Mr. Haile said – food security, national security, economic security and they don’t have that at this time. Once they achieve these, maybe they will demand political reforms but I don’t see that being a resounding drive at this time. But Mr. Saleh Johar will tell you to go to metahit and find out what the people’s grievances over there.

        • haileTG

          Aligaz,

          That is interesting question. Security, personal and societal, presumed opportunities and means to do so are the main drivers of immigration. If poverty was the main driver, God forbid, there would have been a stampede which would have killed off all the destination countries. The staggering size of the poverty line and below population is mind blowing…something like 6 billion! Imagine they all get on the move??? Are the Asian phd holders in poverty when they make up a good portion of migrants? It is a subtle issue to understand. One needs to delve beneath propaganda conditioning to grasp the reality of it. As a final thought, Is the world more poorer or more insecure at this time than in the past…it can still feed us 10 times over if resources are distributed fairly. But systems of oppression create insecurity and this insecurity is misunderstood as poverty.

          • Aligaz G

            haile,

            The host countries now tend to look at all migrants as economic unless proven otherwise. Look Eriteans are not economic migrants but I am speaking in general terms. Factoring out all catastrophes etc I believe if you have any two countries the migration pattern will inevitably follow economic lines. Brits and Americans move to Dubai for the money not for democracy.

          • haileTG

            Aligaz,
            Poverty is a well defined state of income and living standards. Insecurity is having poor outlook on long term prospecte of life under certain conditions. The latter type is what fuels immigration and the intention is better and secure life conditions. Those in actual poverty will usually get dislodged from their countries by war and conflict. No body boards a plane on empty stomach hoping to have dinner in America. Also, the actual people in poverty simply couldn’t be handled by immigration. Being economic migrant means looking for better conditions not escaping dire situations of poverty. Even many Ethiopians I meet as new to the west come with PHD or at least a degree or high school completed. Many Eritreans are also skilled and different backgrounds. How many migrants from utter poverty striken situation do you meet. How did we immigrate? Hunger??

          • Aligaz G

            haile,

            Even the PhDs you mentioned are considered economic migrants. Don’t deliberately inject abject poverty into the discussion. Economic migration is a fact. Look if you really want to understand the scale of the problem just sit in the Bole airport parking lot and count the maids flying to the gulf. The old Bole or Bale stuff doesn’t fly anymore. Btw it might be cheaper now to fly out of Bole than to pay smugglers to take you to Europe.

          • haileTG

            Aligaz

            I think your question was if I consider poverty not to be the root cause of migration. My answer is: no, poverty isn’t but insecurity is. You brought as example those with economic insecurity. Which proves the case. Can you find people in actual poverty moving enmass further than boarder towns of next door countries? I am using the formal meaning of poverty here and only injecting it because that is exactly what you asked me to do. If you are using generic meaning of poverty from your usage, we might be talking past each other.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aligaz,

            Eritreans are not economic migrants or refugees. Rather they are political migrants or refugees. Generally their lives insecurity made them to leave their country. And you know it very well.

          • Aligaz G

            Amanuel,

            Eritreans are political migrants or refugees. I agree. I said so before you made me. Thanks for reading what I wrote.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam aman h
            Most of eritrean r economic migrants, ur kind of so called pathetic egocentric politicians, the previous eprdf gov and the eri gov itself r the one created economic stagnation in eri.
            If it is otherwise most of eri refugees will not be sympathetic to the gov of eri after they left eri.
            That is what i learn from the refugees themselves and from people who knows eri.

  • Aligaz G

    Ayneta,

    If Nitricc pays taxes and votes and follows societal norms then as a law abiding citizen he is entitled to all benefits. Are you saying otherwise?

    • Amanuel

      Aligaz G

      Are you saying he pays Eritrean taxes and votes in Eritrea? Just to spell out the question for you. Nitricc is criticising Eritrean youth for leaving the country, and Ayneta is telling him you don’t qualify to criticise them, which I agree.

      May be you don’t know but Nitricc pledged to complete Eritrean military services ages ago, but it remains a talk until he walks the walk.

      • Paulos

        Selam Amanuel,

        Nitrikay has been saying to everyone in this Forum [since he joined that is] the following Client Eastwood’s famous punchline:

        “Listen punk. To me you’re nothin’ but dogs*t, you understand? And a lot of things can happen to a dogsh*t. It can be scrapped up with a shovel off the ground. It can dry up and blow away in the wind. Or it can be stepped on and squashed. So take my advice and be careful where the dog sh*ts ya!”

      • Aligaz G

        Amanuel,

        I have no idea if he pays taxes or votes in Eritrea. Why don’t you tell me why you are so upset?

      • Nitricc

        Amanuel; I am sorry but you are simply a liar. I have never said I will go to Sawa to complete my national military service, NEVER! stop you it. I did say whenever I am complete; I will transform Sawa.
        Again, if you choose to be ignorant be that but what I have said was, the Eritreans are bagging in Tigray could have gave their life a little meaning by staying hope learning some skills. There is a difference between criticizing and feeling sorry for them. But what do you know about dignity?

        • Nowinc

          Nitricc,
          Yes you did!! You said you plan to go and finish national service. Unlock your account and I will find it. Just don’t delete it. Don’t delete evidence! Don’t!

          • Nitricc

            Nowin; you are a lier and loser; show the evidence to your readers; I don’t work 7-11 like you and i have a dream and a plan for my people and nation. it hurts me to be questioned with people like you. And yes, when the time comes i will serve with great pride. losser! you are nothing but a TPLF thug.

  • Hope

    Guad Abinet:

    You put it exactly the Oppodite way albeit deliberately !
    Here is are the plain fact(s):

    It is Sunday so that you can ENJOY to the max, Hope’s Hopping:

    -Check the time period from 1991-1997 as how much Eritrea and Eritreans built their country from ASHES and after 60 yrs old Colonal Destruction,within 7 yrs !

    Consult President Clinton,who declared Eritrea ,which became and to be the HOPE of Africa.

    -CONTRARY to your fake and biased assertion,despite the UNHEARD of overt and covert Evil and Destructive Agenda and deeds through and by all means possible under the Sun including but NOT limited to,Sanctions ,Sabotages of all kinds,the policies of no War No Peace Isolation,Containment,Real Threats of Regime Change and overt and covert attempts of invasions and provocations ,all kinds of wars including an attempt to divide Eritreans based on Ethnicity,Religion ,Tribe and Region based divisive Politics,etc….,that TINY nation and the Yike’Alo or CAN DO people,NOT ONLY have survived all the Tsunamis from the right and the left but also :

    -Outshined above and outsmarted all the Evil Actors ;and rather over-achieved way better ,have stood TALLER,STRONGER and have walked and are walking with their two feet FIRMLY,way better ECONOMICALLY,Politically,Militarily,and diplomatically and what not,than the same enemies and mercenaries ,who worked hard day and night to make that TINY nation called Eritrea and the CAN DO people called Eritreans fail and collapse !

    Be honest and Brave and tell me any nation and people let alone third world nation or people that has achieved these UNACHIEVABLE things and who made the IMPOSDIBLE ,POSSIBLE against all ODDs with no Zerrai or support !

    This happens ONLY in Eritrea and the temporary hiccups shall whither away and the Yike’Alo people shall reclaim what belongs to them and shall lead the lead in all fronts and shall remain the LIGHT and HOPE of Africa and beyond!

    For the sake of Honesty and for God’s sake:

    Who freed Ethiopia and Ethiopians from the BRUTAL and Murderer Col Menghistu and who saved Ethiopia from collapsing over night 4 months ago?

    Consult Mitiku Melesse!

    Cheers buddy!

    With respect and best regards ,

    Your Abyotawi Guad,Hope the Hopper!

    Fikir Yashenifal!

    Viva and Long live Ethio-Eritrea Peace and Economic Meddemer!

    Awte Ni Hizbi Ertran Etiopian!!

    Widket ni Hanquelti Selamin HAbarawi Biltsjghinan Mihzinetin!

  • Blink

    Dear Girmay
    Bravo you have done your homework for gossip contest . What kind of smuggling is that ? The fact is you as a TPLF one was rooting for the lose of Eritreans and with that Eritrea and now what ? No more 4 kilo and no more looting, you can not loot from Eritrea because you know who play that trade looting game well . Since you have nine calculators and you put the 8 and play with the ninth, I am going to tell you what you can do with the 8.

    Just for fun and at least you can have . Tiger wood won the USPGA CHAMPIONSHIP .

    Now what ?

    • Paulos

      Blink,

      That I agree. Tiger Woods rocks! Super happy for him. The lesson is, never, never, ever give up!

    • Girmay

      Hello Blink, I am not suprised that you have a pocket list of hateful messages.
      Yesterday your propaganda was that Tigreans have disease. Many people in this forum called you out on that. Then you stayed up all night you said a Tigrean buisnessman is out to get the Eritreans. So Eritreans stay out.
      Then today you said long time ago Tigray feudals arrested another Tigringa feudal of Eritrea .
      You see Blink, everybody that come to this forum could see your exact intentions. We are not 9 years olds.
      I am not going to play the Tplf and Eplf political games and debates. That has been exhausted.
      You tried to brag about contraband prowess, this is not what I dream of Eritrea.
      As a Tigrean, Ethiopian , I drram of an Eritrea that will be like South Korea or one of the small Asian Tigers. I dream of an Eritrea that will prosper and keep its family .
      For Tigray this is a win win situation. Even if Tigray fails to be one of the Asian Tigers, if Eritrea becomes industrialized, I will rather immigrate to Eritrea than loosing my family cultural heritages in the ghettos of America and Europe.
      Blink you are an old dude with smuggling operations. Tigringa people broke the border of hate and seperation and you are in panic mode to build psychological seperation. Dude give up it wont work.
      As of Tiger wood winning, he can go to the moon. I really don’t care. You seem to be excited about Tiger winning, but you try to burn the peace that has won in the borders of Ethiopia and Eritrea. I think this is shallowness .
      What is your next lie?

      • Blink

        Dear Girmay
        This peace is acceptable for me because Eritreans will not die for nothing except horrible mistake and backstabbing of your fathers . The majority of Ethiopians don’t want to die as you requested so do their attitude to Eritrea is far better than yours . So for this reason I am with you advocating for peace even though I don’t like it was done by the dictator.
        Now back to you .
        Which calculator are you using now ? I and many believe you have 9 and very hard to use all at once even not two at once . We are used to all yours .., and we have perfected all the nine , this is not as old time that you can go your way by saying nice words and good wishes as you already did for centuries. What you don’t understand is sir ,the times have Changed so do we . Your peace bla bla has been debunked as lies and we have seen you guys jump to the air believing Badme is bigger than Eritrea and we have seen you guys send fake priests begging for peace on behalf of TPLF, we know perfectly clear backstabbing is the way you do things , you tired for 20 years sometimes by paying some horrible goons as opposition and sometimes for shouting as Agazians , we have exclusively mastered your game. The facts.
        1. Tigray has alsmost 2% HIV
        2. Tigray has Hunger
        3. TPLF known for backstabbing
        4. Looting and burning Eritrean agricultural lands
        5. Destroying Eritrean martyrs cemetery
        6. Deportationing by our eye color through horrible and inhuman ways
        7. Taking Eritrean villas in Addis and Mekele.

        The list can be extended at your request.

      • Natom Habom

        selam Girmay
        It was announceed by the tigray regional health bureau and voa
        no denial please ,you guys hurt us with many thing so dont hurt us again with your disease ,,someone need to shut the border and build a wall like china ,disease ,expired product ,fake nakfa,selling product in bahti meskerem,public provocation with their ugly flag and so on see already began ,they are mad ,all their agenda of agazian with billion of dollard of lobby and sanction etc.. collapsed in one day ,

        • Paulos

          Natom Habom,

          Tigrai has one of the highest HIV new cases as in incidence and prevalence in Ethiopia. Somali Kilil has the lowest if you care to know. The problem is one doesn’t have to present the facts in a demeaning way. One needs to be civil. That’s all.

          • Natom Habom

            selam paulos
            this is why we worry ,our peoples despite poverty the government made a wonderful job on health care ,conclusion our people are very healthy ,we dont want to be infected ,ጉድ ኡኮ ዩ ፣በኣል ንስኩም ዝኣለምኩሞ ማእቀብ
            ዘይፈተንኩሞ ውዲት የለን ሂጂ ከኣ ህማምን ጎሃፍን
            ተምጹልና ኣለኩም ፣በዚ ከኣ ዘርእነት ከምዚ ምዝራብ ትብሉ
            ኢንታይ ክንጽውኣኩም ኣመሪካን

          • Paulos

            Natom,

            ስቕ ኢልካ ዓጀውጀው ኣይትበል ዓጃው።

        • Mitiku Melesse

          Hei All.
          I got all what I missed in Tesfanews. It has been years since i was there.

      • Hope

        Selam Ghirmay:
        Let me try it again as my comments are either blocked or deleted.
        Thank for your “New Policy on /towards Eritrea and Eritreans”
        But remember :
        We forgive but NEVER forget as human beings and victims.
        We cannot just forget overnight the TPLF’s Policies of “Yesterday and yesteryear” of DESTROYING Eritrea and Eritreans!
        But we welcome your new and constructive gesture of peace and working together!

  • Nitricc

    Hi All i was watching this short documentary about the Eritrean youth and i can’t help but think of the Eritrean youth who are wasting their life in the streets of France and in the refugee comps of Ethiopia. They could have stayed home and be productive part of their society. When every settles, i see hope for Eritrea. the young female Eritreans look good with that military uniform. stay home is the order of the day.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llPvPXmqJuw

  • Blink

    Dear awate readers
    I am not going to be racist nor do I entertain that at all but if saying the truth becomes bigotry then we need to see what is racist. To say few points of the traders .
    In Mekele there is a big warehouse which full of Glossy pasta and Vita water , this warehouse store expired or bad products that the Tigray kilil find it un acceptable to be sold to the publi but what a surprise to find out these two products to see them loaded to Eritrean markets as a gesture of opening the border .

    Why would a bad products be allowed to be stored in Tigray and then allowed to be shipped to Eritrea ? Any guess from the so called lunatics Agazian and so too the YG products of unionists mantra ?

    3 Eritrean traders who bought edible oil which was packed with good time shelf time on the carton and thetraders bought almost 60 tones which will be three small 20” container found out that 90% of this oil was expired before 3 months and when the Dekemhare administration found out they directed the three tracks back to Tigray and the owners are now battling out with their suppliers in Mekele .

    Is there any word that seems racist to any one in the awate small group correction department of Paulos ? Say it now because I will apologize and delet the comment before I bother the Moderator which is I don’t want .

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam abi
    U trying so hard to open the old wound on both side and keep the hate alive, that is the lowest of low.
    What a sick person u r. Eritrea is independent country and it is good for ethiopia by any measurement .
    If u don’t like it, u and ur family can join eri if they allowed u. u r sick.

  • Peace!

    Hi All,

    The number of Eritreans fleeing to Ethiopia has increased dramatically as the hope for reform or meaningful change is fading. እንታይ መርገሙ እዩ::

    https://www.facebook.com/100000121984970/posts/2611764082170966/

    Peace!

    • Paulos

      Selam Abi Seb,

      The link doesn’t show anything just a bland Facebook page.

    • Natom Habom

      selam peace
      where did you get that ?any evidence or just propaganda ??
      this is the same ill wish anti Eritrea and even look at the mexican
      it doesnt incriminate their government

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei All.
      The agreement said two nations and one people. We will return 10 times in kind.

  • Blink

    Dear Hope
    Thanks for understanding my comment. I was trying to explain the problem but since I am in the minority so people like Paulos who used filthy words on many occasions are labeling me as racist. Amusing that they try to hide the truth under the pretext of labeling me as Racist or hater of Tigrinya which is false.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Blink,

      I was beginning to like the changes in you. However, as they say in Amharic, taTbo chika, you went backward again.

      Just for the sake of fairness to yourself, scroll up few comments up to your own post, it is the one the moderator was giving you a warning on.

      Don’t you think, it is the Abesha version of a Trumpian description of people. It oozes deep sense of dislike of people that ironically resemble you, speak your language and exactly look like you. No other group of people in the world is closer in every aspect, period.
      What do you call such a behavior from you?

      Mr. K.H

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei KH

        Siblings rivalry in its ugliest form,

    • Hope

      Selamat Blink:
      I completely agree with you and with your factual comments and the response to me.
      Do not expect few “hypocrites” to be “nice” to you and to accept the bitter truth.

      My only piece of a brotherly advice to you as I pointed out to you before,is that it is not necessary for you to comment in a way people will misunderstand or misperceive you.

      State the facts in a smooth tone and diplomatic language and in general terms not addressed to specific people or neighbors so that people will not twist your factual reports .

      Even your opponent ,Berhe ,is being convinced by your factual and timely reports.

      Beyond that,people like U ,Gheteb,Gen Nittric ,Semere Tesfay and Vets like FishMilk and Mahmuday are essential for this Forum to neutralize and counter-balance the unfair and toxic propaganda against Eritrea and Eritreans unleashed to us by our neighbors,our Pseudo-Opposition Groups,the biased and “blind” and “ deaf” Political Commentators .

      Keep going Bro ;and NEVER kneel down except when SHOOTING @ those LOSERS and our devilish enemies acting like Angels and when you pray,if you believe in God!

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam Abi,

    It is natural for people to move from place to place inside their country or the world around them due to natural disasters, dictators or wars. Eritreans had moved in hundreds of thousands to the Sudan and far world in the sixties of last century due to barbaric attacks from Ethiopia. Being refugees didn’t prevent them from struggling against Ethiopian occupation till they had driven out the Ethiopian army from their country holding a disgraceful defeat. Displacement of peoples is not a phenomenon confined to Eritreans only; it could happen in any country in the world. For example: Syrians have left their country in millions due to war in their country. This doesn’t imply that Syrian sovereignty is evaporated from the surface of the world.

    I think it is natural for Eritreans to escape from the dictator in their country through any outlet they think it will lead them to safe haven. It is likewise natural for little minds to be happy with episodes they don’t know its profound significance.

    Al-Arabi

  • Saleh Johar

    Abi,
    You can’t put together anything. You just stir hate and promote disarray. By the way, you are not the center of the world but it’s bottom. Whether you can put anything in a book is not my concern. Just learn decency. It’s one word you need to put in your mind.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam ras Abi,
    You never fail to amuse yourself before you do others in this forum. Eritrea had become Eritrea generations before your appearance in this world was celebrated. If I were you I would worry more about the future of Habesha jingoism than future of our independence. I am afraid the trend in your country is moving towrards narrowing the space for unbriddled and idle chauvinists.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei Girma.
    As to Blink i can not add more. What he said is self explanatory.
    But what i am curious is you. You try to undermine the pfdj and tplf 27 years politic which lead to the war as political circumstances without the blessing of the tigrinya people.

    I repeat my question to you what was the role of pfdj and tplf for the war and its consequences? And who are the majority of the members of the two parties? If you are supporter of tplf or its victory then maybe you remember your own people in Eritrea after tplf lost its private limited company called Ethiopia. I hope you explain my questions explaining line by line the way you do to Blink.

    When I say the tigrinya peole are one people the name i got was you dergist, you neftegna, you want a free port etc.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei Girmay.

    Can you say about the war waged by PFDJ and TPLF on Tigrinya peoples/people?
    When Dr Abiy started the peace initiation he got strong opposition from both parties. And soon pfdj accepted the tplf went as far as sabotaging it? I want to hear you on this one. Many Tigrinya people are strong supporter of the two parties.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei Hope.
    You said ”This is NOT politics or bigotry but a serious expression of a VERY SERIOUS Public Health Concern.”

    And the videos and comments tell us goods are flooding from Tigray to Eritrea and mass exodus to Tigray. Are you worried the eritreans bring HIV or spread HIV to tigrians or what? I find it confusing.

    Or are you talking about the economical advantage the Tigrians getting in the new Eritrea and the disadvantaged Eritreans trying their chance in Ethiopia?

    People are not direct these days. They say one thing and mean very different.

    The Eritrean health officers did not come to this HIV statistics you have mentioned. They reached by teaching people. That education wont disappear just because the border is opened.

    Conclusion. No it is not politics. It is pure Bigotry.

    • Blink

      Dear Mitiku
      You know there is not enough food in Ethiopia to feed the people plus Tigray is one of the poorest of the poorest region in Ethiopia. Tigray is a dray land . The goods are coming from far far away from Tigray. Tigray is just a transition place nothing more nothing less. Tigray has almost 2% HIV . The looting thing I don’t need to mention anything.

      • David Samson

        Selam Blink,

        Over the last 27-years, Tigray’s landscape has transformed beyond recognition.
        I am not referring to industry, but agriculture. It is one of the regions in Sub-Sahara to have won awards for reversing desertification. What Eritrea has to show off?”Ades”. Look at the physical conditions of EDF– most of them are less 1.50 cm tall.

        • Blink

          Dear David
          The looting period is over and with that many things to be drained. May be you are reading to the cooked numbers which was devalued to next zero by the TPLF leaders in some occasions. Just jump to this video of 12:18 and listen to the man who is telling the truth about food shortages in Tigray. Tigray is not the hub for Teff nor does it has a running agricultural market for coffee that Eritrea needs if it may .

          https://youtu.be/bos78JfyRAI

          • Hope

            Selam Blink:
            I think people should pay attention to the gentleman speaking in an Eritrean style Dialect/Tigrinya style by the name Ayte ZeAmliko from the 9th-14th minute.
            He is to the point,even though a bit exaggerated and a belated- DIHRI MAI NAB b’atti KIND OF BRAVADO, but better late than never though.
            Read or listen to this:
            “Let us solve the Eritrean problem FIRST and FOREMOST since if the Eritrean problem is solved,all the Tigray problems shall be solved” ;and he was and is RIGHT and to the point based on the current facts on the ground.
            But guess what?
            Without generalizing and targeting the entire people, this is a typical “nefahito” style mumbo-jumbo we have been used to as if the same people were not rallying behind the TPLF Janda to destroy Eritrea and its economy and to nullify the Eri Independence and identity, in their very own words.
            Case in point, Ayte T kifle comes to my mind when he told us CONFIDENTLY and UNequivocally as to why they(the TPLF and Tigreyans) should deal with a Dying Regime and collapsing nation and with those with an ID Crisis!
            This is NOT to mention what the TOL and Aiga Forum have been propagating negatively about Eritrea and Eritreans and predicting that,that tiny nation and its ID-less people shall fail and collapse overnight as a nation and as a people until few months ago but ONLY to turn into ” Angels” overnight now-a-days telling us that we are brothers and sisters, God bless them!
            Granted, at he end of the day,”zeben ghirinbid mai niAkeb” and betri hakki tiketin ember aitisiberin” kem zitebahle,the hardcore FACT and the BITTER TRUTH of the matter are/ is that,despite all kinds of EVIL agenda, threats,sabotages,sanctions,the policies of Isolations and Containment and the Tsunamis of all kinds and against all ODDs from within and from outside, that it is,(has been and SHALL be) Eritrea and Eritreans, their economy and their ID that:
            -have prevailed, out-shined, out-smarted any EVIL agenda/Forces and nations around, beyond any one’s imagination
            -have stood and walking TALLER,and STRONGER than ever and than any African or any other third world nation I am aware of.
            Let us praise and THANK the Lord,my people and my nation!
            The left over/ziterefe minimum hiccups and challenges ewin kehalif eyu/shall wither away, provided we tighten our belts,be more patient and work together in UINSON.

          • Natom Habom

            SELAM HOPE
            tell me honestly you are one of them right ?
            sneaky boy

          • Hope

            Selam Natom habom or Maynard havens?
            Anta seb’Ay ti’uuy tsilul dikha?
            What language do u understand better?
            Amharic ?
            U sound like an Amiche!

          • haileTG

            Selam Hope

            Maynard havens?? Elaborate please…

          • Natom Habom

            selam hope
            why you mad calm down bro ,jesus christ
            I was just curious ,your thing of flip flopping just annoying
            I must be wrong relax we have already many hyena
            dont be like them

          • Hope

            Selam Amiche/Natom Habbom:
            Disclaimer :
            Am not a Politician but a naive Citizen trying to undrstandsvthe complicated Ethio-Eritrea Mumbo-Jumbo Politics .
            Flip-flopping ?
            May be I am at times when needed.
            I tend to go with the flow.
            I side with truth mostly.
            Ex:
            I acknowledge and I side with the “Brutal PFDJ Gov” when I feel that it is doing a better job sometimes and this is mainly to acknowledge the GOOD job of the Eritreans at home despite that they have no resources and conducive environment to achieve what they /Eritrea have achieved.
            Hint:
            -Seven Colleges in SEVEN yrs irrespective of their “ quality” and International Standard,which will take time and resources to improve(Haile TG,take a deep breath and relax and listen to Alex)

            -Building more than FIVE MODERATE Sized Dams and more than 80 small sized but effiecinet Dams/Water catchment Schemes

            -Success in Public Health Care and Primary Care(HIV ,TB,and Malaria, Eradication)that,most third world nations never achieved in 60 yrs of their independence

            -Close to 80-100 % Literacy Rate even better than some developed Nations

            -Provision of Clean Water to 80% of the Eri Population

            -Creating SAWA and it’s growing Vocational Training Centers irrespective of its “ ugly” history and mismgt

            -Keeping Eritrea alive and kicking despite internal and external chaos and obstacles,that were intended to totally destroy Eritrea as a Nation!

            But that doesn’t mean that the PFDJ should be admired or should be free from
            Criticism.

            Not at all;and is far from that.

            While I admit that Eritrea and Eritreans and the PFDJ have gone through HELL to the extent of close to their extinction and destruction due to the joint Evil Agenda and Deed by our enemies,the PFDJ Gov should be criticized and challenged as well for:

            -The horrible chaotic and erratic governance and its messy diplomatic hegemony until recently,which seems to have learned and doing much better -one of credits I am giving it now.

            -The mismgt of the National Service

            -Lack of strengthening of the Basic Institutions,rather destroying them

            -The total banning of the Private Sector of the Economy and the Financial mess it created

            -The unjustifiable dragging of implementing the Constitution and lack of Basic Human Rights and lack of basic Laws,Institutions and Rules that has/have contributed tremendously to our mess.

            -Total monopoly of the economy including kiosks

            -The devastating secondary impacts and collateral damages of the above misgovernance contributing to the PUSH FACTORS(Socio-cultural and political mess and the unheard of the Exodus)

            Note:
            Am FULLY aware and COGNIZANT of the Pull factors and the devastating role of the external factors directly and contributing to the PUSH FACTORS!
            (Sabotages,sanctions,Policies of Isolation,Containment,the Evil Agenda of No War No Peace Status,Threats of Regime Change and Provocations of Invasion of Eritrea,deliberate NON-Compliance to the International Law,and worse,fully backed by the Western Colonialists),etc…

            But my criticism of the PFDJ Gov on this issue is that it failed to do its home work to minimize those damages.

            Continued:

            -Mismgt of the entire Education System in general and that of the Higher Education as testified by none but its own Officials like Prof Tadesse Mehari and the Founders of the Post-Grad School of Medicine,Surgery,Pediatrics and Ob-Gyn

            -The yesteday’s History of mishandling the so called Border War without going into theccontroverdial details that should be left to the unbiased Historians.

            All these or most of them could have been avoided or minimized if there was a functional National Assembly or Cabinet but rather, all the decisions that have led or contributed to our mess or aggravated our mess due to the EXTERNAL INTERFERENCES ,were and have been made and executed by ONE Dictator,a fact no one can refute or deny including by the Executor himself !

            So,how can supporting the GoE and giving it some credit when due and criticizing it for its failures,weaknesses and crimes based on facts and when needed makes one, a Flip-Flopper?

            As I said repeatedly,I am NOT a Politician to to be fixated on one thing or to stick to a certain Party or Group but an Independent Thinker and Citizen.

            If that makes one a flip-flopper,let it be!
            Tihhim Zibele Dimma yitahaghom ghiddi!
            Sorry!

            Am entitled to my opinion and to have my choices …., and to be respected as such and accordingly !

        • Paulos

          Selam David,

          Years ago, I used to follow some of the political debates on Paltalk. I don’t anymore. There was one thing that really hit me profoundly in a negative way in this particular day.

          An Eritrean woman, I believe from one of the Scandinavian countries got on the mic and said, ክልተ ቖልዑ ሓደ ኤርትራዊ እቲ ሓደ’ኻኣ ዓጋመ ኣብ ኣፍደገ ገዛይ መጽዮም ተዝልምኑኒ ነቲ ኤርትራዊ ቖልዓ ዝብላዕ ምሃብክዎ ነቲ ዓጋመ ቖልዓ ግን ዝብላዕ ምኸላእክዎ!

          Just imagine, she was saying the despicable stuff about little starving kids. This was way before underage kids started flocking to Tigrai from Eritrea. She is a grown-up woman. One needs to feel sorry for those kind of people for their heart is in darkness. Hate is such a powerful thing, it destroys a person’s life and those around that person as well. Misery they say, loves company and we need to learn to stay away.

    • Hope

      Selam Mitiku:
      I was addressing the issue at hand and responding to Blink and his opponents or his idea’s refuters!

      If your question is about Eritreans doing or “ contributing” negatively to the Ethiopians,my answer is YES as Eritreans are NOT perfect but even at risk due to the risk they are exposed to from…!

      As far as the Econmics of it is concerned,I would care less as long as it is going to be mutual and I have been an ADVOCATE of mutualy benefiting from each other in a balanced and fair way!

      As far as the current PIA’s of approach the Ethio-Eritrea Peace deal is concerned ,it seems obvious that the Ethiopians shall benefit more from the deal as PIA has given and provided Ethiopia and Ethiopians with EVERY THING Ethiopia asked for and things are going in Ethiopia’s terms as eloquently alluded and stated by none but Prof Dr SAAY as well as Yosef Ghebrehiwot.

      The topic is about Eritreans being the Targets ,not as beneficiaries.

      The covert and overt message of the Seven Articles of the Peace and Friendship Agreements between Ethiopia and Eritrea sound to protect more Ethiopia’s and PIA’s sole interest where Ethiopia shall protect PIA and his son to the maximum so that Ethiopia and Ethiopians shall get the BEST out of the Agreement.

      But time will tell and I will be patient for the next 6 months.

      But based on current circumstantial evidence,there sound to be a reason or a coded message when PIA and Dr Abiy signed for Security and Defense Pact,where Ethiopia can interfere in Eritrea’s Internal Affairs when needed to keep PIA and his son in Power in order to execute and keep Ethiopi’s interest to the max!

      And at the end of the day,as long as PIA is NOT going :

      -to release the Political Prisoners and the Prisoners of Conscience and the innocent people including Teens

      -implement the Constitution

      -Strengthen our Institutions

      -Declare Amnesty

      -Declare Economic Reform

      -Allow the return of our Refugees and Free Movement of people

      -Improve and modify the National Service

      Then our FEAR will remain real and YG’s prediction will be accurate and will be recorded as a serious history !

      Conclusion:

      This is NOT politics or bigotry but real issue and real concern to /for us Eritreans and we need to be better united in the strongest possible way so as to address and challenge these real issues and concerns so as to reclaim what belongs to us and to get the best out of this Peace Deal as we have fought for it and paid the BIGGEST PRICE and sacrifice second to none!

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selamat Professor Hope,

        This is one of your bests! You have packed several kumneger (that is ‘qumneger’, in case Sir Amde is reading).

        September 1 (11), our leaders, other officials, and both armies were celebrating the opening of the borders. We also noticed that thousands of people participated in that event.

        All things considered, that day was the happiest day since 1993. Now, ask your self: why didn’t PIA release at least some of the prisoners to make the celebration even more pleasant?

        Just imagine how coleus and sociopath a person would have to be to derive his/her pleasure from the suffering of others to this extent.

        What is more, PFDJ’s recent reasons are not even that complicated really. It is simply behaving like a mean and stubborn child with a gun. There are no big thoughts here at all.

        What if PIA is “saving” the prisoners for his son to release once he is handed power, to give him a “good start” as a gesture or symbol of “reform” to at least defuse some potential opposition?

        • haileTG

          Hi Fanti

          We also need to remember that the detained are very stubborn type. IA had tried many times to have them apologize. They turned him down from uncomfirmed sources. A well known one is the Patriarche of the EOC. PFDJ almost celebrated his release and tried to sneak in their lie that he reconciled by admiting fault. The failed and Abona has stood his ground. The same with the political one too. These are tough people who went through tough life. Even PFDJ generals were like that once upon a time. Somewhat, however, IA managed to corrupt them to their current docile and small time looters who keep looking the other way as their entire nation is unloaded into refugee camps and death and misery.

          • Natom Habom

            selam haile
            abet hassot abet hassot iway beal kulu nifelit
            it wont work even if you try 100 times to set fires
            whether they are tough or not their place is there ,

        • Selam Fanti Ghana,

          DIA is the product of a blind and limitless trust and reverence by eritreans as if he were divine and untouchable. They made him believe that he is indeed a superhuman chosen by God like the past Abyssinian emperors to lord over eritreans. In addition, he may say to himself “you owe me everything, country and independence, and i owe you nothing, and therefore, i have every right imaginable over you’.

          Still worse is that he has made eritreans to lose the inherent instinct of ‘fight’ and he has replaced it totally to ‘flight’ only. Just look at what he did in addis, touching his heart and throwing kisses to ethiopians, while at the same time he keeps thousands of prisoners, men, women and children, in the many prisons all over eritrea. If it were an ethiopian leader or any other leader for that matter, the country would have been on fire. What we see today happening in eritrea is, on one side, it is the result of decades of inaction and on the other, the result of worshiping a mortal. Still unfortunate is the fact that their are people who call his failures achievements, and his blunder a big success.

          In my opinion, dictators do not abdicate their thrones until their demise when nature forces them. There are people who say that dictators are like pigs, they believe that everybody carries a knife to cut their throat whenever possible, and that is the reason that they are devoid of compassion. Nevertheless, they can be forced to change provided that they remain on the throne.

          I doubt that he is keeping prisoners so that his son would release them to gain the love of his people, which he himself is condescending, Up to now he has given us the impression that he will live to rule at least as old as mugabe if not more, which means another twenty years. Old age will catch upon him, by then almost all eritreans may have left the land, and he will be known as ‘a leader who rules a country without its people’, as long as there is nobody to force him to abdicate power, or snatch it with force from his iron grip. If it is about his good will, one has to have the patience until that day.

          There are some eritreans and tplf stooges who are waiting (for godot) for the collapse of the ethiopian state to heal their own failures and frustrations. Most probably, that day will never come, and there is a possibility that IA may be charmed enough by PMAA to imitate his actions.

  • Nitricc

    Hi all; take a break from the BS politics and who do you think right on this debate; i am with my girl. she is good and have a point. And to those who are knacking the Eritrean education, eat you heart out. they are 10th graders and observe their english mastery. There is hope and to my girl; that is precisely i need my hand to the fertile land of Gojjam.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08SobvqJmqc

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; I was watching this clip and i am pleased to see such decent chemistry lab in Eritrea however; i am surprised to see the student are not wearing PPE; protective personal equipment. None of them are wearing goggles or gloves. How do you contact the school. I can donate or provide the most important thing in chemistry lab, goggles. It is a rule to wear goggles in a chemistry lab. Is anyone know who the dean is? or how to contact them?
    I mean how is possible to have such decent chem-laboratory, yet no one is wearing goggles?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVaGHETOeRIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVaGHETOeRI

    • Paulos

      Nitrikay,

      Hope next time, when ወዲ ዓቤ and ወዲ ባዓታይ interview ክቡር ብረዚደንት ሃገረ ኤርትራ bring the issue of gloves and goggles up:

      ወዲ ዓቤ: ክቡር ብረዚደንት እዛ ትቕጽል ሕቶይ ብዛዕባ ኣብ ስነ-ቕመም ዝረአ ዘሎ ሕጽረት ናይ ጓንቲን ናይ ሓደጋ መካላኸሊ መነጸር እዩ’ሞ ብዛዕባ’ዚ መግለጺ ክት’ህበና።

      ክቡር ብረዚደንት: እወ ሕጂ…ቀዳማይ ነገር ንምንታይ’ዩ መነጸር ዘድሊ? ባትላሜራ ወይ’ካኣ ‘ድራውሊኮ እንተኾይኑ ዝማሃርዎ ዘለው ግዜ ፈሊና ከም’ሓደ ኣርእስቲ ካልእ ግዜ ክንዛረበሉ ንኽእል ኢና። ብዛዕባ ጓንቲ እንተኾይኑ ኤርትራ ናብ ካናዳ ተቐይራ’ያ ዳኣ ዘይትብሉና ኩላህና ጓንቲ ክንገብር፣ ተዘይኮይኑ እዚ መነጸር ጎዲሉና ጓንቲ የብልናን ዝባሃል ጨለ ዘረባ ምህውታት ይባሃል።

      • Nitricc

        Hey P; all it takes is a splash of Nitric acid, never mined, change that to splash of H2SO4 lol; I don’t want implicate as hazardous to myself. seriously though; it takes so little things for someone to lose their eyesight. I tell you though the lab is not that bad. I think there is some progress. Now to my point; do you who the dean is or contact person. I can help.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Dr Paulos &Nitrickay,

        I think from the interview the students are making analyses of inorganic compound in an analytical chemistry lab (a) quanlitative analyses to find out the elements that form the unknown compound (b) quantitative analyses to determine the quantity of each element in the compound.

        I am glad to see young Eritreans doing laboratory activities. But I have observed to things from the video (a) the lab is too crowded where they are dealing with many toxic agents (b) without going into details, the lab clearly shows shortage of laboratory equipments. No politics to it. It is simple observation from my background.

        • Paulos

          Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

          I didn’t watch the video [sorry Nitrikay.] For some reason, I don’t have patience for videos. As you said it, I suspect it is the basic stuff as in buffering solutions when say HCl reacts with NaOH where the titration is done till the student observers the change in color [I think it is supposed to turn into purple?] then the theoretical and experimental results are compared. The lab assistant grades the student based on the margin of error between the expected and the actual result. Certainly HCl is pretty abrasive for it is a strong acid but again gloves and goggles are standard in any lab-setting. Hope Nitrikay reaches out the Dean and send them the stuff they need.

          • Natom Habom

            selam paulos
            if it was something horrible happen ,you would have watched it to the end but when it come of good thing you have no patience ,you must be the devil then ,we need to exorcise awate forum

          • Paulos

            Natom Habom,

            What is the matter with you people these days? I don’t watch videos. Hardly if ever. Give me written stuff and would read it forever. Chill!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Natom Habom,

            After all this marathon of denials and deadly panting, it is inevitable, you will harvest mirage and heartbreak. The reason is truth eternally wins. Whatever you exercise doesn’t change this fact. If you don’t believe visit history.

          • Natom Habom

            selam hameed
            honestly I dont know what you are talking about ,all the failure are getting paranoia ,like they want to bit anyone .
            hameed calm down brother ,everything will be ok just go home stay calm close window and door ,get a nice rope and hung yourself ,brotherly advice
            love you

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Natom Habom,

            A person only fails when he quits to try again in a fresh way. You know and exercise one method the whole of your life and you will end up a double zero. I understand you are addicted to one system, practised it thirty times and failed to recognize there is no progress. Such kinds of fat-witted guys will end their life in a catastrophic way. My message is to inform you old tricks will never work in our contemporary world. The game for worn ploys is over.

          • Natom Habom

            selam hameed
            so you knew a multi party system before in Eritrea ?
            sorry didnt know I might be in a coma as you said ,
            so you said you ll never quite and you will try new method to fight the SHABIA ,like what typing your laptop in your belly,or sitting on floor of go to the park
            a say ANA HAMEED AL ARABI wala yikewuf wala yikaf ,so we should be in panic we dont know where to go the great Hameed is online now heeelp.
            hameed be humble first

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Natom Habom,

            Laptop is the beginning not the end. A natural person, first thinks then acts. In some conditions, as you are, a person transforms to an action machine, that is, the thinking part is done by the boss. The god sends the action machine or you can call it a human robot to a certain mission. The robot doesn’t know exactly where it is, it just performs the action assigned to it. It is wonderful to blame others for fighting by laptop, at the time you forget what you are doing here by your laptop. Don’t you think this is a big hole in your thinking? You smirch others for laptop and your mission is fighting by using laptop.

            I am amazed that you utilized in your comment above multi-party. My friend, multi-party is a horror for savages and sadists, but it is a blessing for civilized people. Individuals deprived of their humanity and integrity don’t like multi-party, a colorful society. They have high allergy from multi-party and the other opinion.

            The most wonder of wonders I have gotten in your comment is the word “humble”. My friend, do you know what it signifies? The first traits of a humble person is he respects the rights of others. Do you respect the rights of others to speak about humbleness? I think you are the last person to utter about humbleness.

          • Natom Habom

            selam hameed
            its you that claim fighting a government not me I am just her to enjoy the dummy people like you that claim typing is a fight with well armed government ,the right for other is well respected in my country that is why people live in harmony even your boss American acknowledged about that
            what you claim is the right to use hate speech based on ethnic and religion even your mentor the United State don t allow that as they claim they are the champion for democracy ,why then Eritrea would have to accept that knowing the consequence that will bring ,
            The will be a some party in the future mostly if they are clean from foreign lobby and interference ,you see Eritrea dont fear people like you dummy ,but those behind you ,you are nothing but a tool to those who feed you,and trained you or advice you ,
            I am no humble hameed but far beyond compare to you ,your envy ,jealousy and hate is killing you ,for me I dont care you are no different from those south mereb I think why the pattern ,you will root in that corner for the rest of your life for nothing or be a good Eritrean and contribute for the well being of your homeland ,the choice is yours .
            cheers

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Natom Habom,

            You say, “I am just her to enjoy the dummy people like you that claim typing is a fight with well armed government”. This shows you are an idle person with no duty and responsibility to hold. If you are wasting your time with dummies, then you are a dummy.

            You also say, “the right for other is well respected ….”, and “I am no humble hameed but far beyond compare to you”. And I will expose you to your own words to see for yourself and explore how far you are decadent. People speak about assisting distressed people and you speak about politics. Don’t those people have the right to live? That comment of yours proves your lack of respect to other peoples rights. If you do not sympathize with sick and the weak, where is your claimed humbleness? Now, I leave you to read your comment and compare it with your claims above.

            “Natom Habom • 6 hours ago
            selam awate
            you dont have all anti eritrea coalition emergency service ,to help them
            like pfdj around the world instead of always begging ,because this is not us for god sake
            we will be honored to help ,if it is really for help though or just to use name of our people for political pros%#@ to always bring the attention to Eritrea ,we see a new campaign of vilification already started as we expected when our country is struggling in a diplomatic battle to lift the sanction ,the suffering of our people is your game card after all ,we are no surprise this why you got fund and support from them ,wish you good luck
            for us Eritrea should not be defeated what ever it take it will stand it ground’.

          • Natom Habom

            selam hameed
            spare me your empty bravado ,tell me when was the last time you helped any Eritrean in distress many of them sleep in the street of Europe and many other nationality ,we are all human after all Eritrean are special creation ,so hammed you that hope to expel highlander from lowlander now you respect for them ,well who m I to judge , maybe you are generous person .then god bless you

        • Blink

          Dear Mr.Amanuel
          Why do not you send some equipment then ? Sending school equipment doesn’t slow your opposition to PFDJ infact it helps you push your agenda . You and the doctor are known for bashing without sending helping hand . People like you are known to accuse the young as useless and looking at us with bird eye while going to summer holidays across the world. I see people bragging about lavish marriages of their relatives and yet young Eritreans as young as 12 years on the streets of western cities and yet you and like you used them for political games .

    • Abrehet Yosief

      Selam Nitricc
      The Dean of Chemistry Department is Tewelde Sahle (the one interviewed at 5:58). The Eritrean Embassy in the country you live in will be able to guide you on how to contact the college.

      • Nitricc

        Hey Abrehet: Thank you very much! you are such resourceful person.

    • Natom Habom

      selam nitricc
      that is eritrean lover of its people and country ,
      helping his struggling homeland is a blessing my friend ,those people around dont understand the difficulty our country faced for the last 20 years ,they never contributed themselves but lobbied on behalf of all Eritrean to block remittance and 2% tax payment by the very patriot hard working eritrean to strangulate our people for the youth to flee so they can dance in their name for political means
      God bless

  • Amanuel

    Hi Abi
    Is Abi short for Abyot?
    The current economic crises is man made. IA has been working hard to kill Eritrea as a nation. Some to mention
    1) Created the border war to halt the economic, human and political development
    2) He kicked all small business from Eritrea, hence Eritreans had to work in S. Sudan, Angola and Uganda
    3) Due to his open ended military service he pushed all young out the country
    4) By asocieting him self with Al Shebab he gave the UNSC no choice but to impose Army Embargo and some economic sanctions, which weaken Eritrean defence capability.

    Please don’t underestimate the Eritrean people’s resilance. I hope it won’t come to that but if it does they are capable of restoring their sovereignty. Any agreement or annexation with out the approval of the people is bound to fail like the last one. Your Janhoy miscalculated and annexed Eritrea and you know what happened. If Abiy didn’t learned from that and conspiring with IA to do the same, mengedu cheArk yaDrglet.

    • Abi

      Hello Amanual
      Abi is short for Ras Abiyotawi!
      I’ve heard a great deal about the resilience and exceptionalism of the Eritrean people. I’m just eagerly waiting to see it in action. For example resisting the dictator at home in unison than running away…
      Please don’t tell me you beat derg or the king. I’m more interested to talk about here and now than old times.
      Ras Abi

      • Amanuel

        Hi Abyotawi
        I have nothing to add but say if you guys can’t learn from history mengedu cheArk yaDrglachu.

        • Aligaz G

          Amanuel,

          What if they gave a war and nobody came? A hokey 60’s slogan I know. But seriously why do you feel condemned to repeat history?

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei Amanuel.
      Do we count that change in 30 years for different experiment?

  • saay7

    Sir Amde

    I read ur piece with my continental breakfast.

    Are you saying there is a continental divide between continental breakfast and buffet? If continental describes abundance (laughter) why does it describe minimalism (breakfast)?

    Too much coffee…now I am incontinent.

    So you are saying Ed McMahons job description had two words: continental laughter?

    saay

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Sir Amde,

    First, I am glad to have you in this vibrant Awate forum, not only because of a dignified and respectful person you are, but also you are a great teacher in many aspects in this forum.

    Second, I hadn’t any clue about it and it’s history. This is a lesson in itself and thank you very much.

    Regards

  • Peace!

    Abish,

    1 Next time you visit Eritrea, make sure you have a valid visa.

    2 Visit NAKFA where hundreds of thousands Ethiopian soldiers buried and pay a genuine respect and apologize on behalf of your Emperors.

    Peace!

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Yes Peace
      Abi does that because he is Ethiopian. And Eritreans flooding to Ethiopia without valid visa because the soldiers Abi visiting have paid the necessary sacrifice. It has been like this always.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam ras Abi,

    I hope you’re not too Abyssinian to really think you believe nations pay blood and sweat for “hoax independence”. If you’re pinning hope on what you witness on the border crossing posts as omens that would signal reversing history, we should only blame perpetual dream that will never come true. One thing is that we are witnessing a preface of a new book heralding the old Ethiopia stretches its hands to the north changing to Ethiopia stretches its hand to the south from its center at Finfine. The good advice would be to leave Eritrea and it’s sovereignty alone.

  • David Samson

    Selam Amde,
    Do you know the world record holder in laughing is an Ethiopian block? In fact, I did attach his clips on this site last week.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; what i don’t understand is why are the Eritreans flacking to Ethiopia. I mean who wants to here?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygr1kyB3HXM

    • Selam Nitricc,

      This is not the first time jawar mohammed is using fake pictures and videos that are extremely gruesome in order to provoke the reaction of his qeerro followers. It is his modus operandi, very deceitful, immoral, a tribalist and an islamist, who is among the main enemies of ethiopia. PMAA should not trust this person even for a second. He is a very ambitious fool who does not have an iota of trustworthiness in his nature. Once a hater, always a hater, and he must be controlled before he does a big damage to the country.

      • David Samson

        Selam Horizon
        This Jowar chap appears to be a loose cannon. He is full of himself; he boasted that he single handily brought down the previous admin.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam horizon
        What about u ? Reread what u have said about him and judge ur own lies for yourself. I know u have got no followers at all but u have to know that u guys r no different.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Horizon: He already did. when he was asked about the massacre of Burayu; he responded How about the 43 Oromo who are killed in Saris! The police commander of the are supposed be the Oromo were killed, said there was no death, not even a single person was killed. This guy is taking you to absolute civil war single handedly. ESAT and OMN are on head-on direct collision. This is really dangerous. What is even more concerning is, Kaddis said, you can’t blame Jawar without including PMAA; that comment of Kaddis horrified me. What do you think PMAA; where is he talking this country?

  • Semere Tesfai

    ሰላም ጓድ ኣቢ

    1. – “This traffic jam reminds me of an article I read in early 90s on ጦቢያ መጽሔት ኤርትራ ተገንጥላ በኢኮኖሚ ትሞታለች ወይም ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ተመልሳ በፖለቲካ ትሞታለች።
    This is what YG called a “larger space ” that Eritreans need to survive and thrive. Looks like YG read the same article. INDEPENDENCE HOAX EXPOSED!!!!!!!!!!!”

    ጓድ: You haven’t even seen the traffic jam on the port cities/towns of Serdo-Bure-Assab, Adwa-Rama-Adi-QuAla, Yirga-Badme, and Humera Um-Hajer. But…….. Well……….

    It was precisely with that mindset (“Eritreans need Ethiopia to survive and thrive mindset”), your GREAT LEADER told the Ethiopian people that it is prudent and well thought-out policy to let ‘Ethiopia lose an eye as long Eritrea loses both eyes’.

    Now, after experimenting your Great Leader’s policy for twenty long years to “EXPOSE ERITREAN INDEPENDENCE AS HOAX”, look where your Ethiopia is today.

    Anyway, no surprise on our end. It is YOU and gun toting ነፍጠኞች like you in mind that we Eritreans……………

    ALWAYS SLEEP WITH ONE EYE WIDE OPEN……….
    You’re welcome.

    2. – Now looking forward, tell me which one you want to see.
    A. -“This current traffic jam (that is reminding you of an article you read in early 90s on ጦቢያ መጽሔት…………. ጤፋችን፡ ቡናችን፡ ቆዳችን በኤርትራውያን ተሰረቀ…… which was a pretext for an all-out war) or

    B. – Assab, SenAfe, Tserona, Adi-Quala, Badme and Humera to serve as Command Centers for fighter jets and big guns of your “natural enemies”. Because………

    IF WE CAN’T BE YOUR FRIENDS, WE CAN ONLY BE FRIENDS OF YOUR ‘NATURAL ENEMIES’.

    Semere Tesfai

    • Abi

      Hi Semere T
      Hold on to your scary thoughts. I will get back to you on Halloween night.

      • Blink

        Dear Abi
        When ever you travel to Eritrea pls call these people from Ethiopia. The fact that Eritreans at their worst situation in 1980 were too nice Dergi soldiers and they were to nice to them again in 1999 .

        Just take a look at these kids
        https://youtu.be/HsSdHIw2ms8

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei Semret.
      This time is the time you were supposed to appreciate YG.

      But coming to your analysis assuming a great scholar like YG based his knowledge on one periodical editorial is that the reason million Eritreans have left Eritrea for good?

      Is the leaders or the people of Eritrea proving the point of YG. Or both?

      • Blink

        Dear Mitiku
        How is YG a scholar ? I mean can you refer people to his paperwork he produced for any department in University ? I heard he applied for philosophy in CA and got rejected second he wrote rubbish articles in awate , asmarino and all his articles were from his small life experience in far away of the old ( seraye) region in Eritrea. He has zero experience of ELF and EPLF , his sources were Addis based unionist who were bragging about the winning of Hailesilassie and then Dergi , YG is like an ungrateful little kid who happens to find ears of the TPLF goons. Now boom he miserably got his views buried below TPLF and some keybahrachin lunatics. Million times to be born as Eritrean who defied the meaning of Resliance .

        • Aligaz G

          Blink,

          Two questions. What is your definition of a scholar? And is it true “Team Blink” consists of scholars from wildly divergent backgrounds. Just curious. Btw you should continue posting up to the minute updates of conditions at the border crossings. They are actually quite inoffensive and informative. Many people think the unregulated crossings will soon be stopped.

          • Blink

            Dear Ayneta
            It seems you agree with my description of YG . Back to your question. At some point of my school years I used to be mentioned as scholar because I was a university student holding a scholarship but that is not the definition I am looking at in the YG thing . Scholar for me in this case will be like someone who is a specialist in a particular branch of study, especially the humanities like let’s say YG specificallized in studying Eritreans across ethnic lines or any thing similar. YG has zero paper on this . And let’s see it from politics views too , YG has zero knowledge of ELF , EPLF and other Eritrean movements before the two . He is simply a guy full of Mr.Dawit the Eritrean administration boss in Eritrea at the Ethiopian colonization time. He is a pal talk gossip guy who loves to bash Eritreans when ever he see it and that is called intelligence dishonesty just like wicked guy playing a parasite role .

            Third definition will be as of my understanding as a person who is highly educated but that is way way beyond YG as he is not .

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Blink,

            I am not sure I should answer as this post was addressed to Ayneta. But pressing on regardless – since YG is definitely not a scholar we should probably ignore him but I wouldn’t mind a succinct summary of why he is despised by you. We Ethiopians generally don’t have a good grasp of what he’s about.

          • Blink

            Dear Aligaz
            First I apologize for the mistake of name . Back to YG , the guy has no best idea or interest for the Eritreans in general. Here are my clear points about YG
            1. He complains and alleges the Tigrinya are being used to guard Eritrea on behave of the others.
            2. He feels Eritrea is better served as part of Ethiopia than being a country
            3. He was also advocating for Ethiopian boots to remove PFDJ ( boom)
            4.He paints ELF and EPLF as a killing machine that specializes on killing the Tigrinya
            5. He is more or less a Hailesilassie lunatic who feels that Hailesilassie was good to Eritrea.

            The lists are made from his endless articles memory.

  • said

    Greetings,
    moderator sorry it take out the first one
    Eritrea Not Fair to Keep Beating on a dead Corps; Time to Think Outside the Box peace agreement

    The Socio-Political, Socio-Economic Situation in Eritrea, to an uninformed observer in my category, Does Not on appearance bear that the Eritreans continue to indulge in the futile self-defeating Recriminating like the old Gossip reminiscent of the Byzantine Debate right before the imminent fall of Constantinople.
    Eritrea and the Eritreans, most regrettably, appear to be paying for sins long tolerated, socio-political and socio-economic challenges that the Eritreans Intelligentsia and IA and chosen few cohort Eritreans governing elites continued to overlook; never faced up to in a serious, consistent and in a collective fashion persistent and recurring existential challenges as Eritreans kept sweeping these challenges under the carpet, pretending they miraculously would just vanish or somehow self-regulate.
    Put bluntly, however – never maliciously as end of the day I am a caring member of the Eritrean citizenry – The IA Eritrean Regime for decades outplayed the role of a subservient vassal to dubious counterproductive Western/US hegemonic Designs; failed to establish clear and committal rules for equal treatment of citizenry, in distinct bias towards certain ethnicities to the exclusiveness of the other; and, sustenance of absolute rule of IA with continuing absence of genuine political reforms and the establishment of the rule of a true representative democracy.
    Eritrea, in its current deep existential predicament continues to play the Ostrich delinquent in the Establishing of a Salvation Plan around a consensual Social Contract to facing up Eritrea’s enduring existential challenges. A Salvation Plan that is creative, daring, bold and forthcoming.
    Eritrea -, an absolute dictatorship rule by decree, is inherently lacking in transparency and independent systems of accountability along with whatever ineffective facades of apparent popular representations – continues to beat around the bush with misguiding glazing slogans; shy of addressing and getting to the core of Eritrea’s enduring predicaments. However, in the process, Eritrea s predicaments are only rendered more complex; more challenging and defying easy solution.
    Eritrea lived so long hand-in-hand to face up the consequences of the inevitable of unjustifiable appeasements; subservience of a precarious Sovereignty and a long tradition of sweeping mounting challenges deep under the carpet.
    Note. Time to Think Outside the Box peace agreement.
    As regular readers know, I hold most regime supporter Eritreans be it Muslim and Christians or theist in very low regard and, in my view, justifiably so. They have come to represent the antithesis of the main two faith of good news Gospel message and Muslim, they are best defined by lowest kind of human , hatred of others, hypocrisy, lies and greed. Thus, it is a pleasant surprise to find some Muslim and Christians support for regime (sadly, most will ignore the message, they suppress the common good in favor of an immoral agenda Of IA.) Time have come and they must choose and let their faith guide them toward regime public servants who govern for the good of all people. As Christians followers of Jesus and Muslims, it should be clearly plain to that this one man’s dictator beliefs are not aligned with theirs.
    Many are out of topics as oddly out of touch, and occasionally more arrogant than informing or even charming. Some try to play an outsized role in non-event opinion. The message opinion. that it is important to choose sides carefully in the ebb and flow of history, Despite the euphoria that accompanied the September 2018 signing of the Jeddah Accords. On would like to see from many prominent Eritreans who should call IA to task for his rush to sign what it is termed a “real flawed agreement.” Yes, one see more of the joyful celebrations I’d watched on television and read about and The spontaneous moment. Naturally most of our People thought this was the beginning of a new era. Some will think it is a high peak of optimism and hope and they think “It was miraculous,” Such stubborn facts on the ground stood in the way of the seemingly overwhelming optimism generated by that “peace of the brave by PMAA,” symbolized by PMAA and IA. Hand shake was enough for many. New era of peace and prosperity and it possible we were witnessing the end of two generations of bloodshed and trauma over .Eritrean are for peace there is no doubt Already, however, there are dissenters and list will grow. The question worth asking on this Jeddah of those unknowing terms accords. What it is to celebrate and be content with Ethiopia and Eritrea took one step towards normalising their relations on September 17, when IA Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed a peace agreement of Jeddah, the details of which have not been publicised yet and on ask why not detail and publicly manifested .It all started in June we have seeing and been marked by symbolic visit and events, including official state-visits by both leaders. During IA visit to Addis Ababa on July 14, the dictator speeches, politically sell out and foolishly declared to PMAA “You are our Leader now”. This was a dream to Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) they could not believe their what they heard. In this context nothing is new .In his first visit to Ethiopia in1993 IA declared that after economic integration, the two countries could move towards political integration. Meles Zenawi has always have no doubt with IA true intention and goals his old body and TPLF and EPRDF they were convinced this was inevitable and only time will and it arrived with cover of peace.
    for many Eritrean there was a lot of ‘we know (Mama Ethiopia)’ you better than you know us . some Ethiopian felt like they had it all figured out Eritrea all of a sadden PMAA would soon learn that he did not have it all figured out Eritrea. But it appears PMAA does not know where else to turn, other than IA. Watching history repeat itself in Ethiopia is truly unsettling. Just as occurred n once but hopefully not twice with Eritrea, Eritrea is now allowing Ethiopia to go wilding across Eritrea sad and scant 27 years after having done with Ethiopia. Will regime and these people ever learn? Hard core supporters simply ignored the entire matter and chose to lie in the sun on and beach of Massawa. Selling out Eritrean sovereign and core values and interests to Ethiopia is so exhausting, you see. Is one thing to be pro peace. It certainly can’t be that they think Ethiopia is too strong to attack. Signs of Ethiopia weakness are everywhere. That the economy will languish in recession for years and Ethiopia will meet the aspiration of its growing population, it can not even complete 75% of the DAME. Nor can Ethiopia military power justifiably be intimidating Eritrea spicily taking Tigray equation out . So the only things that can explain Eritrea ’s failure to act in its interest are ignorance, cowardice and stupidity, and above all a total inability to remember our own history with Ethiopia was never being benefitable to Eritrea. These same sorts of events took place when Eritrea was faced with Mama Ethiopia Haile Selassie. Unionist lovingly and essentially decided to just surrender to high highness. Some opportunist they pursued a course of appeasement, while Mama Ethiopia of course actively supported the annexation and thirty maniac years to come. One would have thought that the long road to independence that followed would have permanently at very least educated Eritrean and even IA minion about their foolish folly agreement, but recent events show that this is not the case, they have no say. and it does not appear that they learned their lesson from those experiences. Mother Ethiopia is a nation for long time that and for second biggest worthy invasion since 1960th has grabbed land by force in the case Eritrea. Obviously today some they have to adapt to that. Sadly, and shamefully on bodies of Eritrean heroes, non-equal peace it opened old wounds while still shedding new light on the painful events and acts of betrayal that have shaped recent Eritrean history. Peace of PMAA detail we do not know Through all of the twists and turns of this period is being sold, the culprits are many. For 18 years Ethiopian and especially fascinating were: the ERPDF internal debates that took place in PM Meles cabinet meetings and how, at times, they would don a diplomatic mask of accommodation, while clinging to their firm refusal to surrender to boarder agreement. their cowering in the face of his belligerence. Well, here we are in 2018, 27 years after independence. The Eritrean true dream of real liberty and freedom and independent state is not only unrealized but is most likely unrealizable and a away to go. They have only themselves to thank for digging this hole. By not Preventing IA goals realized

  • Saleh Johar

    HI Yohannes,
    Abiy’s biggest “sin” is empowering the violent and chauvinist remnants of the imperialists. They are the ones we call colonizers if any one wants to doubts that at all.

  • Blink

    Dear Girmay
    I am sorry you feel that way , the truth is Girmay I can’t help but to state the truth as I see it , I believe you understand what I mean . I mean no harm .

    • David Samson

      Selam Blink,
      Benjamin Disraeli.
      “There are three-types of lies: pure, white and statistics.”
      statistics is not truth. It is data used to make a point. I could have also argued that the number of HIV positive might be higher in Eritrea than Tigray. But this will lead us to another argument: how and where did I get my data from?

  • said

    Greetings,
    Eritrea Not Fair to Keep Beating on a dead Corps; Time to Think Outside the Box peace agreement

    The Socio-Political, Socio-Economic Situation in Eritrea, to an uninformed observer in my category, Does Not on appearance bear that the Eritreans continue to indulge in the futile self-defeating Recriminating like the old Gossip reminiscent of the Byzantine Debate right before the imminent fall of Constantinople.
    Eritrea and the Eritreans, most regrettably, appear to be paying for sins long tolerated, socio-political and socio-economic challenges that the Eritreans Intelligentsia and IA and chosen few cohort Eritreans governing elites continued to overlook; never faced up to in a serious, consistent and in a collective fashion persistent and recurring existential challenges as Eritreans kept sweeping these challenges under the carpet, pretending they miraculously would just vanish or somehow self-regulate.
    Put bluntly, however – never maliciously as end of the day I am a caring member of the Eritrean citizenry – The IA Eritrean Regime for decades outplayed the role of a subservient vassal to dubious counterproductive Western/US hegemonic Designs; failed to establish clear and committal rules for equal treatment of citizenry, in distinct bias towards certain ethnicities to the exclusiveness of the other; and, sustenance of absolute rule of IA with continuing absence of genuine political reforms and the establishment of the rule of a true representative democracy.
    Eritrea, in its current deep existential predicament continues to play the Ostrich delinquent in the Establishing of a Salvation Plan around a consensual Social Contract to facing up Eritrea’s enduring existential challenges. A Salvation Plan that is creative, daring, bold and forthcoming.
    Eritrea -, an absolute dictatorship rule by decree, is inherently lacking in transparency and independent systems of accountability along with whatever ineffective facades of apparent popular representations – continues to beat around the bush with misguiding glazing slogans; shy of addressing and getting to the core of Eritrea’s enduring predicaments. However, in the process, Eritrea s predicaments are only rendered more complex; more challenging and defying easy solution.
    Eritrea lived so long hand-in-hand to face up the consequences of the inevitable of unjustifiable appeasements; subservience of a precarious Sovereignty and a long tradition of sweeping mounting challenges deep under the carpet.
    Note. Time to Think Outside the Box peace agreement.
    As regular readers know, I hold most regime supporter Eritreans be it Muslim and Christians or theist in very low regard and, in my view, justifiably so. They have come to represent the antithesis of the main two faith of good news Gospel message and Muslim, they are best defined by lowest kind of human , hatred of others, hypocrisy, lies and greed. Thus, it is a pleasant surprise to find some Muslim and Christians support for regime (sadly, most will ignore the message, they suppress the common good in favor of an immoral agenda Of IA.) Time have come and they must choose and let their faith guide them toward regime public servants who govern for the good of all people. As Christians followers of Jesus and Muslims, it should be clearly plain to that this one man’s dictator beliefs are not aligned with theirs.
    Many are out of topics as oddly out of touch, and occasionally more arrogant than informing or even charming. Some try to play an outsized role in non-event opinion. The message opinion. that it is important to choose sides carefully in the ebb and flow of history, Despite the euphoria that accompanied the September 2018 signing of the Jeddah Accords. On would like to see from many prominent Eritreans who should call IA Arafat to task for his rush to sign what it is termed a “real flawed agreement.” Yes, one see more of the joyful celebrations I’d watched on television and read about and The spontaneous moment. Naturally most of our People thought this was the beginning of a new era. Some will think it is a high peak of optimism and hope and they think “It was miraculous,” Such stubborn facts on the ground stood in the way of the seemingly overwhelming optimism generated by that “peace of the brave by PMAA,” symbolized by PMAA and IA. Hand shake was enough for many. New era of peace and prosperity and it it possible we were witnessing the end of two generations of bloodshed and trauma over .Eritrean are for peace there is no doubt Already, however, there are dissenters and list will grow. The question worth asking on this Jeddah of those unknowing terms accords. What it is to celebrate and be content with Ethiopia and Eritrea took one step towards normalising their relations on September 17, when IA Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed a peace agreement of Jeddah, the details of which have not been publicised yet and on ask why not detail and publicly manifested .It all started in June we have seeing and been marked by symbolic visit and events, including official state-visits by both leaders. During IA visit to Addis Ababa on July 14, the dictator speeches, politically sell out and foolishly declared to PMAA “You are our Leader now”. This was a dream to Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) they could not believe their what they heard. In this context nothing is new .In his first visit to Ethiopia in1993 IA declared that after economic integration, the two countries could move towards political integration. Meles Zenawi has always have no doubt with IA true intention and goals his old body and TPLF and EPRDF they were convinced this was inevitable and only time will and it arrived with cover of peace.
    for many Eritrean there was a lot of ‘we know (Mama Ethiopia)’ you better than you know us . some Ethiopian felt like they had it all figured out Eritrea all of a sadden PMAA would soon learn that he did not have it all figured out Eritrea. But it appears PMAA does not know where else to turn, other than IA. Watching history repeat itself in Ethiopia is truly unsettling. Just as occurred n once but hopefully not twice with Eritrea, Eritrea is now allowing Ethiopia to go wilding across Eritrea sad and scant 27 years after having done with Ethiopia. Will regime and these people ever learn? Hard core supporters simply ignored the entire matter and chose to lie in the sun on and beach of Massawa. Selling out Eritrean sovereign and core values and interests to Ethiopia is so exhausting, you see. Is one thing to be pro peace. It certainly can’t be that they think Ethiopia is too strong to attack. Signs of Ethiopia weakness are everywhere. That the economy will languish in recession for years and Ethiopia will meet the aspiration of its growing population, it can not even complete 75% of the DAME. Nor can Ethiopia military power justifiably be intimidating Eritrea spicily taking Tigray equation out . So the only things that can explain Eritrea ’s failure to act in its interest are ignorance, cowardice and stupidity, and above all a total inability to remember our own history with Ethiopia was never being benefitable to Eritrea. These same sorts of events took place when Eritrea was faced with Mama Ethiopia Haile Selassie. Unionist lovingly and essentially decided to just surrender to high highness. Some opportunist they pursued a course of appeasement, while Mama Ethiopia of course actively supported the annexation and thirty maniac years to come. One would have thought that the long road to independence that followed would have permanently at very least educated Eritrean and even IA minion about their foolish folly agreement, but recent events show that this is not the case, they have no say. and it does not appear that they learned their lesson from those experiences. Mother Ethiopia is a nation for long time that and for second biggest worthy invasion since 1960th has grabbed land by force in the case Eritrea. Obviously today some they have to adapt to that. Sadly, and shamefully on bodies of Eritrean heroes, non-equal peace it opened old wounds while still shedding new light on the painful events and acts of betrayal that have shaped recent Eritrean history. Peace of PMAA detail we do not know Through all of the twists and turns of this period is being sold, the culprits are many. For 18 years Ethiopian and especially fascinating were: the ERPDF internal debates that took place in PM Meles cabinet meetings and how, at times, they would don a diplomatic mask of accommodation, while clinging to their firm refusal to surrender to boarder agreement. their cowering in the face of his belligerence. Well, here we are in 2018, 27 years after independence. The Eritrean true dream of real liberty and freedom and independent state is not only unrealized but is most likely unrealizable and a away to go. Regime and their supporter and they have only themselves to thank for digging this big hole. By not Preventing IA goals being realized

  • Peace!

    Abish,

    “ህዝቡን ነፃ ላወጣ ህጄ ህዝቡን እራሱ ነፃ ኣወጣኝ” Dr Berhanu Nega

    Things has changed, and the long oppressed Ethiopians are now too educated to die for nonsense Emperior ambitions. Those days are over!! ኣርፈህ ተቀምጠህ ቤት ያፈራውን መብላት ብቻ ነው::

    Peace!

    • Saleh Johar

      Aha Peace!
      This guy is the last of the irredentists pretending to be cool. The Qey Bahrachin mob

      • Peace!

        Hi Salih,

        Too bad! ግን የዛሬ ዘራፍ የትም ኣይደርስም unless another Game Over scenario is brewing for the seating dictator at home given he seems determined only to save his live and legacy at the expense of the country and its people. ኣይከሰርናን is a very loaded word with significant shocking implications.

        Peace!

  • Fanti Ghana

    Selam Abisha,

    For the first time since his election, PM Abiy commented a few days ago in a truly politician fashion in response to some off camera reporter. What he said was what I always believed to be true.

    He said something about either we all form mini-states and spend our days inline to beg China (to feed ourselves) or we combine our efforts and resources and become a formidable force. He was referring to the combined potential economic power of Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and etc. I loved it. Sudan already agrees with the idea and I believe Somalia also did a while back.

    Very hopeful future!

    • Paulos

      Selam Fantination,

      Practical and real problems need practical solutions. First and foremost, the nations in the Horn need to clean up their houses particularly Eritrea where the regime doesn’t have an iota of respect to its own people much less to dream big as in a lofty idea of “stronger together.”

      Perhaps, Abiy needs to man-up and stand up to Isaias if he is truly for exalted ideas. If Isaias is telling the former leaders of Ethiopia as in the fool Desalegn to kick out the old guards as per Berekhet, why can’t Abiy tell Isaias on what to do as in releasing political prisoners, for instance.

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selamat Dr. Paulos,

        I kind of understand PM Abiy’s dilemma. I think he knows that the slightest gesture that could be viewed as criticism would make PIA hit the roof, and undoubtedly, he would take it out on the people.

        PMAA needs to gain momentum and trust of all Ethiopians and most of Eritreans before he can confront PIA. At this stage even some sections of Ethiopians are not clear on what to make of him. His balancing act so far has been exemplary under the circumstances, but he is not as powerless as some may think.

        Besides, imagine a peace loving nations surrounded PIA! Either he will self distract or he will simply expire unnoticed. I am not saying this with absolute conviction because I know underestimating PIA’s resolve is a mistake, but I strongly believe that he is losing grip but there is no one he can hold responsible for it.

        • Selam Fanti Ghana,

          PMAA ‘confronting PIA’ is not a good idea, because it may aggravate him and make him retract into his shell, and that will be too bad for the eritrean people. Some people call pm Abiy a preacher, ‘peace, love, kindness, medemir and all the rest’, without being a weak leader who cannot use force if necessary.

          In my opinion, IA should not be made to lose trust in the ethiopian pm, especially, he should not be made to feel inferior due to his big narcissism. This is the only way to calm down and make IA humane. With his policy of appeasement, PMAA has already achieved a lot within ethiopia without using force. In the same way he may succeed to convince the eritrean leader that he should change.

          I am sure that pm Abiy has discussed with IA the issue of political prisoners and eritrea’s internal problems in general. Nevertheless, he does not want to be pushy and he wants IA to act in his own good time. It is better late than never. Moreover, most probably IA wants to be sure that the rapprochement has succeeded before he makes his move of changing his policy within eritrea.

      • Mez

        Dear Paulos,

        Have you heard the concept of “parallel computing–also called multi-tasking”

        Thanks

      • Hasot

        Hi Pilatos
        So much worry about TPLF
        Debretsion,Bereket and now Poulos
        Your comparison is out of whack
        Use real guys and gals who are true fighters do deseve freedom

        • Aligaz G

          Hasot,

          You are right TPLF has not released prisoners so far or even admitted torturing. Just recently the Rwandan dictator released 2000 prisoners I suspect in anticipation of the pressure that will come on all dictators in the region because of Abiy’s actions. Anyone who has raised children will tell you actions speak louder than words.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Salam Hasot,

          Hasont is very active and in action. It is Hasot mingled with Eshinet, a brand product from Adi Hlim.

    • Abi

      Fantastic
      Abyachin said ተሰልፈን ቻይናን እንለምናለን
      Funny we keep talking about democracy independence sovereignty BS while the people are creating a traffic jam ( it is more of a stampede) to cross a border that should never been created.
      I just wish the good for nothing diasporas stay out of the people’s business.

      In case you missed it ( since you never paid attention to details) Saay7 said Eritrea benefits greatly with confederation with Ethiopia. He said this with great confidence. I said Saay What!!!!!

    • Amanuel

      Hi Fanti
      This is a noble idea, however is this a rhetoric or a serious one? Because all the countries mentioned are in a mess internally and with out getting the fandamentals right at home it is impossible to build such a bigger ecomomic power. They don’t have the necessary institution to carry out this big task. Abiy is talking about big idea but his people are killing each other. He needs to do his home work first.
      Look the EU countries with all their strong institutions, struggling to keep it together.
      Let’s get the basics right with in our countries first and then we can think about the bigger picture.

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selamat Amanuel,

        “Let’s get the basics right with in our countries first and then we can think about the bigger picture.”

        That makes sense but that also is the problem. It is sort of a paradox. We need strong economy to successfully democratize, but then again, we need sufficient democracy to economically succeed.

        Some problems just cannot be solved the traditional way, bottom up, so all alternatives has to be explored.

        I had one interesting observation long ago about African Unity, and surprisingly, I never met any African who does not jump with enthusiasm to the idea of “United Africa” while at the same time vigorously supporting their respective tribe in a fight with a neighboring tribe.

        I strongly believe that we, Africans, need to think as continental as possible to solve most of our local problems. The more of us are in the pot, the less pointed our arrows become toward one another.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Yes Fanti.
      That has been the people doing in our region all the time. But using creating small states and begging for them is more profitable for the gun holders for the time being.

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Abi, this has nothing to do with ‘independence hoax’, etc. It is what neighboring peoples are supposed to do under normal circumstances; i.e. movement of people, goods, and services across the border in a complementary manner.

    • Saleh Johar

      Abraham,
      Abi doesn’t understand good neighborliness. He is for a relation like the one we demolished. And he still thinks he can reverse that.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    SALAM AMAN,

    You didn’t make any mistake. You are liberator, border guarder, hero, and whatever you like to add. You have rich history and culture that we lack totally. You have full right to say what you have uttered. All mistakes lie upon us; we admit we have made grave mistakes that will never be forgiven. I hope you are happy now at least to some extent.

    Al-Arabi

  • Paulos

    Abinism,

    Glad you like it. Thank you. Sure thing, Amde as they say it in da hood is smooth talkin, slow walkin, cool dude.

  • Blink

    Dear Ayneta
    Since when do you guys care for data ? Is not the history book open for anyone?

  • Blink

    Dear Eritreans
    The shipment of of horrible things from Tigray like HIV , Drug and other things should be the one thing that has to worry Eritreans. Tigray is high in HIV and other diseases are simply beyond guess in the kilil. The two people on the border has been the cause for war and other shameful staff .

    • Amanuel

      Hi Blink
      I suggest you should see your doctor (a mental heath one).

      • Paulos

        Selam Amanuel,

        I always believed that this Forum carries some degree of class where people maintain civility and respect for others. I get reminded by Trump’s infamous and racist remarks when he said, “They bring drugs…..” Hope moderators take notice otherwise why would one want waste his time reading garbage.

    • David Samson

      Selam Blink

      “The two people on the border has been the cause for war and other shameful staff”

      You are making an outrageous claim.

      They are rather the victims of wars perpetuated by their elites. They have lived peacefully side-by-side for millennia. They did not have the notion of borders until the arrival of outsiders.

      • Blink

        Dear David
        Since when is the peace side by side ? I recall all they have up until now is about killings, looting and horrible things to say infront of you .

        • David Samson

          Selam Blink,
          You should make it clear which wars have these people started? You should quote the dates and times of wars.

    • gebremedhin yohannes

      Salm Blink
      I have never seen an insensitive bigotry, immature, sick comment about this peace loving people, if there is any body who cares for you thy should commit you in a mental health institution, you really are insane and sick probably you need ECT, may be then you will have an insight as what is going on.
      on the other end if you don’t like what is going on you can hung your self , from now on things are going to go forward no way people like who are sick mentally would drag the condition back.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Blink,

      I think there is another blink in the command center shift today. There has to be so many blink who work on shifts 24/7.

      Berhe

    • haileTG

      Hi Blink,

      Of course I don’t believe that what you state is credible but let’s accept it for argument’s sake. So if your brother is sick you are supposed to help and care for them. If he has quarel to mediate him for peace. Running away is a no brainer. If they are not sick now, they may get sick in the future only God knows. But peace means standing shoulder to shoulder come rain or shine. How is that for starters?

    • Aron

      Hi blink,
      Here you are allowed to insult an entire people and disseminate hatred yet again. I do not know why I responded to you but maybe it is because I read the responses to your comment that made me read your comment. Lately I was in the habit of skipping comments of three or so guys because it has no value except venom and pure hate.

      In any case if you stop referring the tigrignas as two people it’ll be less ulcer or anxiety medicine for you. The proof is as soon as they get a chance you can’t separate them at all. I told you many times there is no border between Eritrea and Tigrai. You taught that was a bad joke. My boy the proof is in the pudding. The border was made by the enemies of Tigrinya to divide and concur. To be specific by minilic and outsiders. As much you try to raise artificial separation, it is blowing back at your face.

      You make so many hateful and generalized ugly criticisms about the agazian habesha tigrigna people, I am wondering who do you call your self or can you tell us what race or ethnicity you are so we can respond to your good behaving and peaceful people. You are hiding under this anonymous garb to abuse. Have some balls and show your hateful face. The “Berlin” Wall is crumbling in our area my friend. I don’t want you to harm yourself because unity is inevitable. Get used to it. Counseling is recommended. You spend too much time online indicating you don’t work. If you are broke I am willing to contribute to your counseling.
      Aron the habesha agazi ze bihere tigrigna.

    • Mez

      Dear Blink, you seems a little bit confused–about what peace means.

      Check this one: http://www.eastafro.com/2018/09/21/video-trucks-on-eritrea-and-ethiopia-border-crossing-serha-zalambesa/

  • Aligaz G

    Abi,

    You are really painting with a broad brush. Our aspiration is to be a democratic nation and they also claim likewise so we should be natural allies. None of the individuals (including you btw) I am exchanging ideas with on this forum are known to me personally therefore I am not interesting in personal attacks. The engagement and testing of positions is key not so much the back and forth sparring. Is the opposition viable? Is it democratic? Is it organized? Are they aware of our concerns? Do we understand their concerns? Can we encourage them in a positive way and vice versa? At the end of the day if we cannot be induced to speak honestly in an anonymous setting then all hope is lost.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Here is a nice reflection of Eritrea and Tigray residents from their recent trip to each other’s places. The report starts at 17:45 and is less than 10 mins in total. Listen especially how the young Eritreans found the experience (as most must huve been toddlers during the border conflict).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uZw2IJGHVg

    • Lamek

      Selam Haile, I know many so called Eritreans residing in the western hemisphere hate to hear this but the Tigrinya people in Eritrea and those in Tigray have no difference whatsoever. Exactly the same people. My point is what these individuals said is very natural. It should not surprise anybody. If this fact was recognized in the Horn of Africa, we would not have much of the problems we have today. IA is working day and night to make sure that the Tigrinya speaking people on each side of the Mereb stay as far apart from each other as possible. He seems to have lost sight of his lifelong mission in the last few weeks when he left the border open. People in Eritrea are flocking to Tigray in droves. I wish the exodus was the opposite direction.

    • Fanti Ghana

      Selamat Haile TG,

      Among many touching videos I watched the whole week, this one also says volumes.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iySv9pA6gxI

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei, Fanti. Nice clip and music.
        What was the reason for the war? I really forgot it.

        • Blink

          Dear Mitiku
          It was Meles’ s call and all the reasons died with him but don’t forget these people you see smiling dancing will one day pick the gun because that’s who they are . You know how they do it.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Blink.
            You contradict yourself. You say all the reasons died with him and at the same time you carry on the dead man war slogan.

          • Blink

            Dear Mitiku
            It is like a habit for them but for them to go with it they need a clicker like Meles.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Mitiku,

          Pure and simple stupidity. It was a stupid war to begin with but the so called “no-war-no-peace” was even worst. I hope that we have learned a lesson and that we will appreciate peace more than we did before.

      • haileTG

        Merhaba Fanti,

        This looks mother of trafic jam event for the area. It probably never seen such trafic ever. Senay megesha y’gberelom:)

      • Selam Fanti Ghana,

        This is unbelievable. One notices empty trucks moving in one direction, and loaded trucks in the opposite direction. Can you tell us the direction of flow of commodities? If it is as i suspect, then how is it possible to stop the tide, when there is no alternative to this? Whether we like it or not, history is being made, and it seems that going back will be extremely difficult.

        • haileTG

          Hi Horizon,

          ’till Fanti comes back, my guess is that most commodity is heading up to Eritrea. Those empty one are either Tigrayan traders returning after their their outbound trip or Eritrean traders coming for supplies. With the closure of the Sudanese border, this must have relieved many pressure in Eritrea.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Horizon,

          A friend from Asmara told another friend here a couple of days ago that price of Teff fell from 5000 to 2000 Nakfa almost over night. This trade is emotion driven more than profit, so I would imagine that it will stabilize quickly if not already.

          The direction of travel is confusing. I believe most of these vehicles are on round trip phase because the licenses are mostly Ethiopian. However, the camera is southbound beyond doubt.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Fanti Ghana,

            Eritrea is not a poor country, but it was made intentionally by Isaias a needy country. In the past Eritrea was exporting to Ethiopia quality goods. Precisely, alone Eritrean fish and salt export to Ethiopia will surpass Ethiopian export to Eritrea.

            Al-Arabi

      • Abraham H.

        Selam Fanti G, thanks for the clip. It is when I watch such kind of renewed trade activities that I really understand that peace, at least between the two countries, has finally arived. I think, we have now moved to a new era, and those of us Eritreans who have been active in the opposition to the DIA regime in all its forms have to access the situation anew, and devise ways and means how we could capitalise on the new reality.

  • Hope

    Hello Sll:
    Asmera Rose popped up with her embarrassing and treacherous tweet responding to Prof Tesfa Ghebremedhin telling him that :
    -Eritreans are always United and no body has the right to advise to be united
    -Ethiopia-Eritrea demarcation is already demarcated and only transfer of administration is what is left forgetting what PIA said in Addis
    Not sure why saay redponded to her at least by proxy.
    I tried to put the following response but the TN keeps deleting my comments and insults me like a street boy using embarrassing street and vulgar labguage,Enda Siwwa,indeed!
    Selam xxxxxx xxxxx xxxx:

    “To call Prof Tesfa’s comment or concern is but an uncalled one as he has a legitimate right and reason to express his concern based on the facts on the ground and tons of circumstantial Evidence.
    The GoE and its mouthpieces sndvdurtigates have an obligation to clarify things upfront to avoid such concerns.

    -PIA signed all the agreements unilaterally without consulting the Cabinet,if there is a real one-we are being told,the modus operandi of PIA ,which has to the mess and chaos we are in,at least partially.

    A)The handling of the Adi Murug Incident
    B)the initial border skirmishes,the silencing of the suffering of our people at the border

    C)the initiation and mishandling of the entire war
    D)The sidelining and alienation of our top Diplomats and Commanders when we needed them the most

    E)The chaotic and erratic Economic Policy-if there is a real one at all ,besides banning of the Private Economy and the Private Education System

    F)The unilateral Erratic Diplomatic decisions that has cost us a lot

    G) The stubborn decision not to have a Dialogue in the name of border demarcation but only to have one with and Ethiopia’s Terms

    H)Lack of any sign of building the messed up institutions and implementation of the ratified but killed Constitution or that of “ Our Own Constitution” that we were promised to be ratified three yrs ago despite the efffective Peace Deal with Ethiopia .
    No sign of releasing the Prisoners of conscience and the Political Prisoners including innocent Teens

    -PIA and his Diplomats or Reps made confusing statements using a confusing languages about Unity or integration with Ethiopia

    -The effective new psychological warfare against Eritrea and Eritreans by our enemies

    -Lack of proper and timely communication of the GoE to and with the stakeholders/Eritreans that has kept us in darkness and forced us to be suspicious and to make conspiracy theories and or to be victims of Conspiracy Theorists.”!

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Hope.
      Dont you think this man is superman doing all these by himself?
      Or is there a better alternative than too share power with him?

  • Hope

    Guad Abisha:
    Did u watch Young Asmarino few days ago chanting:”Fikir Yashenifal,Tedemirenal”!
    If the Killer Derghi Members are pardoned, forgiven and are welcome and allowed to live in Addis ,why can not those few TRAITORS be pardoned and welcome as long as they join the MEDDEMER Club!

    The only thing they should do is sign “ Nai Taisa wereket” and pay 2% .

  • Blink

    Dear Readers
    The TPLF payed guys are looking for problem and three people were caught shouting death to shaebia with a TPLF flag at their hand fully drank with a looted money wired to them by the TPLF gangs .

    Check this out , https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e28b7eb33ffbd1c0fe08922a149b6bad929498d378939cbf7900367310f3ae7c.jpg

    • Alex

      Hi Blink,
      It is their inferiority complex that is making them to show TPLF flag in down town Asmara.

      • Blink

        Dear Alex

        I wonder how can they really do such things while people celebrate the peace but just like you said , some people from Eritrea saying Bozy , Hizy jokingly makes some Tigrians angry .

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Salam Blink,

          In Zalambesa your god was sitting under Weyane flag; the guy took a photo holding all to see in the middle of Asmara. Next time, they will hang it in your NOSE. Celebrate with your cousins or your cousins are the Amhara.

    • Acria

      Selam Blink,
      Welcome to Medemer and freedom of speech: to outsiders only. This guy is proudly showing that he is from Tigray. I say welcome neighbor.

      • Abraham H.

        Dear Acria, imagine what would happen to an Eritrean waving the former flag of Eritrea, the one with green olive branch on blue background, in the same street as this guy?

        • Acria

          Selam Abraham H.,
          Freedom of speech/expression is only reserved for outsiders. I’m not going to forget what happened to the late Ato Haji Musa and Mr. Abrehe Berhane. Let’s not also forget that it has been 17 years this week since free press was banned in Eritrea, the only country in Africa without one!

    • abdulworld

      Hello Blink,
      Why do you waste your time with this noise…
      So, flag is just rag… just ask him for his tigray passport..
      How does he spoil anything… I would be more impressed if he
      was carrying a nobel prize in physics and he completed all research in university in tigray.. or if he was computer scientist who came up programming called Axum..
      His behavior belongs in mental high school..

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Blink,

      May be you missed it but we saw that picture last week and it was posted.

      I see no harm for this guy to take his picture in Asmara with Tigray flag.

      He is just showing as proof that he is from Tigray and he visited Asmara.

      What’s wrong with it? Do you need to have money wired to you to get drunk? I wake up in the morning and I want to hear death of PFDJ / Shaebia. So what … didn’t the president declared in public, in front of thousands “Game over”.

      Berhe

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Blink
      YOu have to learn to live with this flag as long as you have Tigrai as your neighbor. Tigrai has decided that the Ethiopian flag is a symbol the relation Tigray has with rest. Meaning Tigray can change that flag any time to nothing or with a new relation like Eritrean Federal Republic for example. So what ever way you see it the tigray flag will be posted all over Asmara soon.

      • Blink

        Dear Mitiku
        You know if they were nice just like the Sudanese it would not matter but these people have trust deficiencies way way from ages up until now and that is the problem. I believe Eritreans who aspires for honest relationship with the Tigrians need to dig deep in to their history books because Tigray has nothing to offer unless it is with Ethiopia. Infact Tigray is the poorest among all and it needs a 27 years of looting to stay relevant. If the Amhara kilil get the welkait and other places to their fall Mekele can only be good for backstabbing.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Kaddis,

    I found your take in this entry useful recap of matters that have been discussed in this forum. The point you raised in relation to possible tilt to alignment of forces that could influence unity in near future when the current shake up of EPRDF power center settles down has drew my attention to thoughts I had exchanged with some Ethiopian friends in this forum.

    Those who want or aspire to rally the contending forces around the historical Habesha centered ethio-centricism, will have heavy burden of history to account for before they will be able to secure bargaining role in development of ideas that shape up post EPRDF Ethiopia with which the emerging ethno-social demographic force can endorse and live with. I think in view of such transfomative political conditions the burden of post Menelik II impact of history could tilt the Tegrian elites toward finding place and accommodation within the alignment rallying smaller ethno-demographic forces around the Oromo dominated center built on overhauled federalism as opposed to the past Amhara-Tigrian centralist center. This will suggest formidable challenge to Amhara elites who may find compromising centralization of authority in favor of entities along ethnic fault lines difficult to endorse.

    Their aspired bet at the present seem to be the Abij-Lemma duo to be able to stir the country toward some sort of centralization of power and administration that ethnic frontiers and craft a governance system built on citizens’ rights and duties. But, considering the volatility of released stakes in reconstruction of future Ethiopia and efforts and leadership the situation demand, it is to be seen how the current leaders would find their way.

    I think the outcome of the 9th Congress of the OPDO in Jimma and change of leadership and format of political operation will be a good indicator of the direction things may take. It will be interesting how the other stakeholders in the larger Oromo constituency will respond. The new and substantial force in this Oromo affair is the OLF and its broad rural base with its long combat-political campsign history behind it. Bekele Gerba’s OFC appeared to had read politics with the OLF on board and what that would mean in determination of future political fortunes.

    • Kaddis

      Gash Ismail,
      True Abiy and Lemma seems trying to bring all to the centre. I hope the unity camp will not force them to take sides. What I found intriguing is the Oromo elites are taking the new freedom as a victory for the potential to excercise their sociopolitical/cultural restraint. Not necessarily by Woyané but the Amharic Unity camp.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Kaddis,

        I agree with your follow up observation that Abij-Lemma outlook appears to be persuading the maximalist stakeholders to allow them as current wielders of authority in the land to trim the myriad ambitions in order to fit them in a new sufficiently wide construct on which national unity could be buit. But it seems they are being, will continue to be, challenged by ability to make the construct viable and sellable to constituencies on the one hand, and uniting the Oromo constituency behind themselves as a catalyst, on the other.

        Furthermore, I am not sure, whether or not the Amhara Unity camp would be able to settle for less than the stakes power and history had accorded them in the past. Failure on this score could make your fear of pushing Abij and Lemma take side may come true. Moreover, attention has not been paid yet to the potential the smaller, but strategically positioned, constituencies such as Tigrai, Afar and Somalis could constitute in influencing the Oromo-Amhara power equations.

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Awatista, here are some of the recent scenes of happines as neighbors across the border finally meet and enjoy the peace together.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME8QrEZAamk

    • Abrehet Yosief

      Selam Abraham H.

      See this one as well. It is the mereb bridge crossing.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78mt1HXQfN4

      • Abraham H.

        Selam Abrehet Yosief, what is so weird with all these is none of these celebrations are being shown to the Eritrean people on Eri-tv, imagine, there are officials from Eritrea together with their army who are being greeted by the Ethiopians. Even when DIA himslef went to Zalambessa together with Abiy to open the border, the momentous event was not shown on Eritrean tv. What does one make out of this; this kind of weirdness happens only in DIA’s Eritrea.

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Abraham H. Wedey Buruk
          I guess EriTv is reserved for very important documentary films. Recently they had a show about a monkey that herds goats. I kid you not.
          Joking aside, are you sure? Perhaps not in the news segment but in other shows may be?

          • saay7

            Selam Abrehet:

            The two most emotional events—the opening to Zalambesa and crossing the Mereb bridge to Rama—of tearful family reunifications, music, dances, Eritrean soldiers mingling with Ethiopian soldiers, were not covered by Eri-TV except as news items (with no audio of the celebrations.)

            Why? Because they are in Tigray. The dumbos at PFDJ really thought they could bypass Tigray and have peace with the rest of Ethiopia and therefore anything that contradicts that must not be shown on Eri-TV. It will be covered by Tigray TV, Ethiopian TV, Deutche Welle, VOA, BBC….but never by EriTV.

            Here’s a TV drama produced by the cultural department of PFFJ. Notice what Peace with Ethiopia and normalization means to them: Eritrean visits his brother in Shashemene, goes shopping in Raya and Dessie and on his way back home, he will stop by Mekele.

            Go to the 18:25 mark here:

            https://youtu.be/xsjy_G0gvi8

            To make the farce even more absurd, the main character in the show, Sandiego, in real life, went to Mekele. I don’t know if that made it to Eri-TV.

            saay

          • Selamat Admiral,

            The more revealing starts on 26:57. Sofia takes out life insurance policy — Nay Ertra Gujile. Job prospect for those of us actuarialy inclined.
            I do get your point…NesafiH time, you think?

            tSAtSE

          • saay7

            Ah, Tsatse The Mystic:

            Yeah, nesafiH. Feel free to kick like a mule.

            A man decides after seventy years
            That what he goes there for, is to unlock the door
            While those around him criticize and sleep
            And through a fractal on a breaking wall
            I see you my friend, and touch your face again
            Miracles will happen as we trip

            Seal wrote the lyrics after he saw the Berlin Wall crumble. Bonus: the song came out in 1991.

            saay

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam GitSAtSE,
            Insurance companies are great at keeping statistics. After you had your shahi in Asmara, the next thing you should do is visit NICE office and check the numbers they keep track of. It should be interesting.

          • Selamat Abrehet Yosief,

            Since arbitrary arrest is a contingent event in an Eritrean’s life, I wonder if there is a market for such a policy as the demand would be high. Don’t you think?

            tSAtSE

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam GitSAtSE
            It is the only insurance available, there is no pension scheme. So I imagine they would have a good number of clients. The NICE financial statement for 2017 indicates that 1% of the premium collected is for life insurance. But the actuarial calculations would be interesting. Officially arbitrary arrest doesn’t take place. It would be difficult for the Insurance corporation to put it in their calculation. When a loved one is missing over three years, it is possible to get a “lost” or “deceased” judgement passed. I wonder if that event would qualify for a beneficiary to be collect compensation.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay,

            The “Dumbos at PFDJ” was in their mind to build a bridge that bypass the Tigray Kelil. But realities dictated them otherwise, and finally the despot has to stood with Dr Debretsion to cut the 🎀 ribbon for peace at the border. The “Damobos at PFDJ” always give us “a dose of National laughter” to borrow Amde’s expression, if there is at all such thing.

          • David Samson

            Selam Emma,

            Have you also noticed the scale of stubbornness on both leaders? IA was not only in a mood to make a speech, but his demeanour said it all.
            It is often customary to begin a speech by a leader using titles of the honourable guests. The good DR being stubborn and unable to hide his feelings skipped: Dear Mr President

            On my scale of stubbornness, IA gets 10 out of 10 whereas the good DR is down to 5.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Dave,

            Yes I did. But at least Dr Debretsion has mentioned the brotherhood of the two people who bleed and died together both inside Eritrea and Ethiopia to defeat and dismantle the Derg regime – a historical reflection to remind (to the people of both sides who participate the occasion) the “hate and love” of the two organizations in their joint long political discourse. That in itself will help in the rapprochement of the two sides of the river. No question that both leaders had planted the enmities of the two brotherly people in the last twenty years.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Saay,
            It must be confusing times for those in censor office. What is allowed, how much of it is allowed? It is not clear. The same goes on the border. It is cute to see the soldiers using a notebook with properly ruled lines registering who goes in and out. A solution proposed by a commander who is used to saying no to everything. How will they reconcile the books if a truck enters through SerHa/ Zalambessa but then exits through Mereb Kisad IiQa/Rama? If they restrict everything, they risk “men ilukum”, if they let everything free, there will be the inevitable “entay tigebru nierkum”. The shameless Hagerawi Dihnet is warning Eritreans not to go to Addis for fear of ethinc violence. He also posted a picture of a warning against consuming bottled water and pasta imported from Ethiopia. The warning is issued by the “Branch of Law and Order in Zoba Maekel”. Hard to read that name with a straight face.

          • saay7

            Selam Abrehet:

            While we were talking about news covered by Tigray TV but not EriTV, we are missing a whole universe of individual minicasts posted in social media. There is one I saw of entire families of Eritreans who have abandoned their villages in Eritrea and have created makeshift places huddled under a tree.

            There was a Bloomberg article shared here of a reporter interviewing the Yemane’s and Leul about demobilization and reform and they were saying “give us a little time to figure things out.” People who gave them 27 Years and their ugly record don’t want to give them one more day and it speaks to the government’s level of incompetence (there is no evil genius behind the curtain) of the government and they are just improvising.

            saay

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam saay,

            The phase 2 aspect of the movement of people might not even be necessarily by design. The effect is the same.
            There were times in recent past, some young Eritreans crossed the boarder at the risk of being shot dead. It took a real motivation to risk once life.

            Now the boarder appears to be open, the likelihood is more and more of these folks who felt that motivation and others who see what is happening through words of mouth, might take the same route before it closes or something. Flooding is possible.

            The 2nd point I want to make is some Awatistas have made it an art form to shine a negative light on their cousins to the south. There is not a day that passes without attempts to isolate Tigreans from the rest of Ethiopia is not made. Some commentators go beyond the normal insults to create divisions.

            It is ironic, isn’t it, that their countrymen Eritrean immigrants to Ethiopia will be referred to as Tigrean. The lay person in Addis, Jimma or Dire Dawa identify the “highland Eritreans” as a version of Tigray. They might even refer to them as the Asmara Tegres instead of Mekele Tigres, like the old days.

            Times might have changed but we all are not out of the woods yet. Hatred spread out will come back like a boomerang. It is one of those monumental errors being made for short term gains.

            Mr. K.H

          • saay7

            Selamat Mr KH:

            On your second point, I see it specially in social media, and it’s sad.

            For years, the Eritrean opposition, at considerable cost to its reputation, said that to be a patriot does not mean to say vile words of Ethiopia, Ethiopian, Tigray, tigrayans, etc.

            Now many in the Eritrean opposition are squandering this and allowing their anger (anger at see large number of Ethiopians cheer and embrace Eritrea’s tormentor, Isaias Afwerki) to give them permission to strike out.

            I can’t speak for the entire opposition (or even any of them); but I feel confident this website will continue to enforce its standards and insist on civilized behavior.

            saay

          • Selam Mr. K.M.,

            If we divide eritreans in to diaspora eritreans, the pfdj regime and the ordinary eritrean, we may reach a plausible explanation. The first two believe that tplf + tigray were their trojan horses that refused to take them all the way to achieve their hegemonic dreams. On the contrary, as much as ordinary eritreans are concerned, tigrayans are brother and sisters and their blood relatives.

            Tplf is now no more in power, and the divide between tplf, the political party of elite tigrayans, and tigrayans, the people, is getting blurred. Some people have a big brush and they are painting black everything tigrayan. What is odd is that their target is moving from tplf to tigray in general. This is a big mistake. Tigrayans were, and much worse, still are victimized by tplf that is now confined to its corner.

            At the same time, some eritreans (and tigrayans included), try to win each other’s support for some outlandish, extinct and most probably never existed mythical agaziland. When they can’t have the present and the real, they are advocating for a dreamland that exists only in their imagination. Why ethiopians and eritreans fail to understand the present and work hard to win the future is a mystery. They remain bogged in the vicious circle of war and destruction and hate and mistrust, that has kept them at the lowest levels f human development.

            Look as an example at what is happening in ethiopia. Under dictatorship ethiopians were complaining of their predicaments, and now, when they are given some democracy, they fail to differentiate it from anarchy. The fault is therefore not in our stars, but in the level of education, corrupted ambition, greed, and the culture of negative thinking.

          • haileTG

            Merhaba saay,

            I hope this counts overtime, I am in my weekend off chilling with Nitricc’s EriTV clips from master of illusions 🙂 I have a fb video for what you looking for. Hope it works:)

            https://www.facebook.com/190262571497385/videos/298012774123387/?hc_ref=ARR_fqQj8rAaMO3amc3U-WkHo7VGmBpTFPL40O1dQUuHRwk0rGCyA5Ajv9Mvof04Lyc&fref=gs&dti=154849368005547&hc_location=group

          • saay7

            Selamat Hailat TG:

            Yeah that’s the one.

            Everything about that video screams hopelessness. It has that “refugee camp in the making” bad vibe to it, with only two characters alive and moving:

            1. Children, who are not fully conscious of their space
            2. Documentarians, who are very much aware they have a ticket out of the hell-hole

            Something has to give.

            saay

          • haileTG

            Hey saay,

            What do you make of the children hiding their faces from the camera? Normally, children are excited to be on things like camera and photographs. That behavior is a symptom of child abuse. How harsh and terrifying must the regime’s handling must be to scar the children psychologically like that. Some are 7 and 8 year olds. That is extremely sensitive age for a child. Anything that happens at that and before that age is laid down to traumatize the person for a lifetime. Today many buses arrived, all filled with the same ghastly seen of mothers and children. Yes, something must give. As the reporter said the straight answer they give you is that there is nothing that changed for them. It was always about somebody else. Some one else’s rebel, someone else peace agreement, someone else politics and some one else this or that. For us, nothing changes, nothing is about us and the one way street to catastrophe seems to march regardless.

          • saay7

            Selamat HaileTG:

            That’s an excellent observation about the children; I had only seen the ones playing on the dirt road.

            There was a posting sent to me by a friend of the Tigray Chamber of Commerce arriving in Asmara today. The SUV had bumper stickers of the TPLF and EPLF organizational emblems, and flag draped doves (even our doves are nationalists) so it’s business as normal: the TPLF-controlled Tigrayan Chamber of Commerce will meet with the EPLF-controlled Eritrean Chamber of Commerce and get to the serious business of…. hustling.

            https://twitter.com/saayounis/status/1043918580192931840

            Something has got to give.

            saay

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Saay,

            What is this? Are they trying to revive a dead horse or this is part (subset) of Ethio-Eritrean economic relationship? Where is T.Kifle when you need him?

          • saay7

            Selamat Fanti:

            Leave T-Kifle alone: he told us he is done and he could care less.

            Erena Radio is reporting that Eritrean security officials numbering around 20, in six land cruisers have arrived in Addis Abeba, along with a list of Eritreans they want to pick up.

            So, yeah, it is early 1990s. Only difference is now there are people who will scream it so people later on don’t say, gee, I had no idea.

            saay

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            እንተዳኣ Abiy the fool የሕሊፉ ሂብዎም ብታሪኽ ክሕተት እዩ!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay,

            እዚ ሕጂ ዘሎ ኩነታት: ከይወገሖም ኮሎ ዝነበረ ሕልሞም እዩ:: ሕጅውን ከም ዓሚ (ከምቲ ናይ ተስዓታት) አጸግዓዮ እንዳበሉ አብ ፈቀዶ ቦታት ዘህሌቅዎ ዝነበሩ ተቃወምቲ ዜጋታትና: ክሃድንዎም ከምዝኾኑ ፉሉጥ’ዩ:: መንግስቲ አብይ ጸጥታ ህዝቡ ዘየራጋጌኤ: ጸጥታ ዜጋታት ክሕሉ ብቅዓት የብሉን:: ሕጂ ኩነታት ህዝብና አብ ኤርትራን አብ ኢትዮጵያን ፍልልይ ክህልዎ ዝኽእል አይመስለንን::

          • saay7

            Selam ኤማ

            ከም ሕልምኻ ‘ግበረልካ ኢልካ መርቐኒ ከመይ:

            እንትድኣ ኤርትራውያን ምጭዋይ ብፍቓድ ኣብይ ኮይኑ: እዚ ኹሉ ስብከት ኣብይ ብዛዕባ ፍቕሪ ይቕረ ምብህ ሃል: ስኒት ወዘተ ኩሉሙሉ ጃጅራን ምስላውን እዩ

            እንተድኣ ብዘይ ፍቓዱ ሃገር መዐንደሪ ስለያ ህግደፍ እንተድኣ ኮይና: ስልጣኑ ምሉእ ኣይኮነን: ካልኦትውን ክደፍርዎዮም ማለትዩ

            በዚ ኮይኑ በቲ ንመንግስቲ ኣብይ ሓንቲ መኽሰብ የብሉን:: ወላ እንተ ደልይዎ ዝትግበር ኣይመስለንን:: ኤርትራውያን ነዚ ምዕባለታት ይጽበዩ ነበሩ ዑቅባ ናብ ትግራይ ሓቲቶም ዶ ኾኑ? ኣብዚ ግዜ እታ ሓንቲ እንዳ ህግደፍ ዘይደፍርዋ ክልል ኢትዮፕያ ሃገረ ጌምኦቨር ትመስል::

            Saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Saay,

            I can’t agree more on your dream. Indeed the only safe area for Eritreans is the “game over” Kelil of Ethiopia. They were hospitable to the “Eritrean refugees” and will still remain hospitable to the “new influx of Eritreans” as we speak. No one will stay in this hell country of ours. When I saw the video of young Eritrean children at Zalambessa, hiding their faces with their hands for the obvious reasons all we know, I said wow, even under age children are scared from a government supposed to protect them.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Aman-H: how soon do you people forget. It the TPLF who killed the Eritrean opposition. I bet you if PIA asked the Tigray government to hand down some opposition figure, they comply happily. Besides, Abiy is not the head of the government; there are five government and in this confusing times of Ethiopia, i will net be surprised if PFDJ runs Addis wildly and unchecked.

          • Paulos

            Nitrikay,

            You’re spot on Isaias riding the three main Kilils. Gedu the fool of Amara, Desalegne the fool of Debub, Abiy the fool of Oromia sans Debretsion the acerbic of Tigrai. That is precisely the reason of the latter, Isaias says, “I could’ve been somebody, I could’ve been a contender” al’a Marlon Brando in “On The Waterfront.”

          • haileTG

            Haha Fanti,

            The horses are alive and kicking. It is the riders who died. Poor horse is running whichever way the dead weight is dragging it 🙂

          • Paulos

            Fantination,

            When Isaias said the two hyphenated words as in Game-Over on June 21st, someone must have heard him say something else instead as in–Scr*w-you! Not of course to TPLF but to the true believers.

          • haileTG

            Selamat Paulos,

            IA vs. His followers was more interesting than swearing. He actually played them with an intelligence driven high level critical thinking game plan. Remember, all intelligence is not good…devoid of love it is evil. With that said, IA played them to their greatest weakness. He kept quite. That sounds simple but for the one who knows the movement of the supporters mind, to wait for him to have a position, it was devestating game plan. He affected their mind into paralysis. Hence, doing this in their face after raising them with anti woyane nursery rymes all their political lives. The choice of news black out was smart but cruel at the same time.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Doc,

            Oh yes. Perhaps that “game over” is the cause for all the blackout of recent events from Eri-TV too.

            TPLF is poised to replace a good portion of its leadership with younger/newer blood very soon and perhaps, then, it will be easier for game over-ers to fake it along.

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            Something has to give you say. I say, it is understatement to say the least where day one of the 60s mass exodus in the making. As the Good Book has it, ዓይኒ ዘለዎ ይርአ እዝኒ ዘለዎ ይስማዕ፣ ሃገር ትጸንት ኣላ!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Haile TG,

            It is very very very sad to watch MIGRATION OF A NATION.

            Cry my beloved country; it is moments of breakdown, moments of vigorous rage.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Haile, the Amara are retiring Eritrean properties; don’t you think the TPLF thugs should do the same?

            https://twitter.com/Ethiopialiveupd/status/1043968802583707649/photo/1

          • haileTG

            Hi Nitricc
            The people are innocent on both sides. I know people who got the same back few years ago. It was Meles wh apologized and suggested compensation btw.

    • Nitricc

      Abraham; there is a rule when it comes posting links. Obviously you have no regard for rules. I am starting to understand why African leaders use force. Because they have no choice people don’t respect the rules. What a bunch of corrupt.

      • Abrehet Yosief

        Selam Nitricc,
        I think on Fridays it is allowed. If it is wrong, just tell us and we will delete it or the moderator will delete it. No need to condemn a continent.

        • Nitricc

          Hey ABrehet; just my observation and my take. You can post all you want. I really don’t care but just the concept of respecting rules are not uphold. Vibrant society can only be built with the respect to rule of law. It is the habit the problem. That is all!!!!!

          • Acria

            Selam Nitricc,
            It is the season of Medemer and all sorts of emotional drama. Definitely, the moderators will make an exception for Friday (Afternoon).

          • Nitricc

            Hey Acria; first let me give you props; I thank you for your civility and decency. I see what you saying. My Take is. i take awate.com seriously despite the rejection i get. this is the place i group with and i will challenge the owners of this website. I have dream, more precisely a plan; i will run SAWA one day and if i made exception, i will fail. The rule should be the rule. In my opinion, awate .com is giving us the test of our political engagement witch Eritreans never had one. We should challenge awate.com. They must stoop making exceptions. Exceptions will lead to corruption and preferences. So, that is my point. Eritrea paid so dearly to play games . If Fraiday are okay to post then awate team should come out and say it is okay to do so. that is all .I thank you sir. we are trying to set the playing field
            here. as always say” the rule of law is prefered over the law of the individual. Awate team let us know what are the rules so we can all play with it.

          • Acria

            Selam Nitricc,
            It was just my suggestion that Friday Afternoons could be an exception till the euphoria that is going on in the Horn of Africa dissipates. Life is full of exceptions. For example, where regular cars are not allowed to make left turn, emergency vehicles are exempted. Where regular youth is not exempted to serve in SAWA, I hope you will have the heart to exempt the youth that is the sole provider for his/her family. I definitely agree for the rule of law over the rule of the individual! That is what is missing in Hagerey Ertra.

        • Amde

          Hi Abrehet,

          Still laughing at “No need to blame a continent.”

          Helping myself to large dose o continental laughter.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Sir Amde,

            I am always amazed with your expressional phrases. “Continental laughter”! I couldn’t even distinguish between continental, regional, national, friendly, and families laughters. Would you mind please to say something about their differences?

    • Paulos

      Selam Abraham,

      Let me ask you an honest question. If these people are that close in terms of kinship and all, why would they need a border to separate them in the first place. It doesn’t really make sense, does it?

      • Acria

        Selam Dr. Paulos,

        Obviously it doesn’t make sense. We can’t transcend from the problems that arose during colonialism. Lack of education makes matters even worse. I would rather have an open border with our Tigrean brethren: they are tough, hardworking, and were significant in the fight for our independence. Most people forget the positive aspects our relationship with them and concentrate on what happened during the 1998-2000 war. Our DIA instigated the war, they were defending their country. The people of Tigray, like Eritreans, had it rough for generations. Let’s respect each other and open the border. Political shenanigan doesn’t have a place between these two neighbors. Yeker tabaBleNal! EnDiaWm Tedemerenal!

      • Abraham H.

        Dear Paulos, the border, like all African borders, is the result of European colonization. You are better situated than me to understand the historical background for the Eritrean armed struggle and the eventual referendum where Eritreans decided overwhelmingly to be a separate counrtry. Under normal, peaceful atmosphere, the border is simply going to be an artificial line, across which the two peoples are going to have unhindered contacts, just like the borders that exist between the Scandinavian countries, for example. As long as we are two separate countries, we have to mark the border so that we avoid some corrupt politicians sending us to destructive wars because of the unmarked border.

        • Paulos

          ሰላም ክቡራት ኣሕዋት ኣብራሃም, ኣኽርያ,

          I recognize the sensitivity of the issue and I would like to make it clear—Eritrea is a sovereign nation and there is no compromise on that. That said however, we need to follow what works, provided it respects the best interest of the people.

          As Akhria aptly put it, common history and most importantly a family tree transcends borders. For leaders to rise to the occasion and feel the heartbeat of the people however, it needs not only a leap of faith but political will as well. History is not about leaders. It is about people. And those who listen to the common people, own history. That is to say, if European Union started out with European Economic Commission circa 60 years ago, why can’t we have it the same while our respective identities are in place.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Paulos, I think what you are saying is the inevitable: we heading towards a tighter economic and security integration, not only between Eritrea and Ethiopia, but also in the larger Horn region. But, firstly, we have to have normally functioning governments within the constituent countries, in order for such grand scheme to function properly.

          • Paulos

            Selam Abraham,

            I absolutely agree!

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Salam Paulos,

        If this doesn’t make sense, then we have to draw new borders for all of Africa. What is your input, Dr. Paulos?

        • Paulos

          Selam Hameed,

          I am not saying unity or anything of that nature. Fascilitate ways where it becomes easy for the people to traverse back and forth where borders become mere formalities.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Dr. Paulos,

            It is Ok to facilitate peoples movement for both sides, but marking border is very important to avoid any border conflict in the future.

            If we are to adopt new borders, then we will have a new map of Ethiopia; Beni Shengol will join with South Sudan, Ogaden with Somal, Afar will have their own nation. Eritrea also will be divided into three parts.

          • Paulos

            Selam Hameed,

            I think the question we need to ask is not why nations go to war but why nations do not go to war. I sure don’t mean to lecture or anything but from a realistic point of view [as in Kissinger or Bolton], nations naturally view each other as hawks where strategic interest takes precedence over a lofty friendship, hence the dictum, “Nations do not have permanent friends but permanent interests.”

            That as it may, nations can not get engaged in a perpetual war. That is precisely the reason, history is replete with Treaties as in the “Peace Of Westphalia” in 1648, “The Versailles Treaty” in 1919 to mention but a few. The treaties punctuated the imperatives of compromise and the triumph of peace over war. To avoid any vagaries of war in the future, nations figured that they needed to clean up their houses as in implementing political institutions including Democratic ideals and principles. And it was said that, democracies do not go to war against each other.

            Point being, if Ethiopia and Eritrea are to learn from history, the determining factor to avoid any possibility of war is not placing stones or pillars on the common border but if they find a common political ideals they could share as in Democratic institutions so that future tensions could be discouraged and diffused.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Dr Paulos,

            In Arabic we say, “Address people according to their level of understanding”. It is good to reach peoples and governments of these two countries the stage of common political ideals, democratic institutions, and their peoples shift from killing innocents in the streets to the level of civilized human beings who abide by law and conceive no action is taken outside the law.

            As far as governments,parties and peoples are of these two countries in the savagery stage stones and pillars are crucial in the border between the two countries.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Arabi.
            In the NPNW era Ethiopia helped the Eri-Afar to be independent and the Eritrea helped Ethio-Afar to be independent. Meaning they both subconsciously admitted Afar must be independent. Imagine what Afar people do want?

            The logical thing to do is let the colonial line be there without hindering people movement and follow the logical development based on mutual growth.

        • Mitiku Melesse

          Arabi
          Why bother for all of Africa?
          Beside even the colonial lines have bridges and asphalts to crossing them. So what is your point?

      • Natom Habom

        selam paulos
        yeah little by little ,bringging tigray agazian to be fulfill under our nose
        keep going no need for frontier ,now we let the wolve in ,they think he cant be trown outside ,fool the world know who is anti peace for long time ,any way you cant live with us ,your place is with those you loot ,insult,stole their land ,destroy their unity ,create inter ethnic conflict so after all this seeking for a way out trough Eritrea ??NEVEEEEEEEEER
        you will live with them ,will serve them knowing you will be the most hated one for the hundred year to come

    • Selam Abraham,

      The problem has never been between the people (ethiopians and eritreans). It was between the elites, who wanted power and money, and they were (are) ready to sacrifice the people to achieve both. They call upon the superior human values of freedom and equality they do not believe in.

      What we see is the genuine and natural reaction of ordinary human beings. Borders were created to delimit sphere of influence and ownership and cage people, so that they serve the interest of the elites. This has been true throughout history. In our case, ethiopia and eritrea, alleged liberators turned to tormentors and looters as soon as they set foot in both countries.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei All.
      What ever political inclination you have you hold on what you see here and make it better. Sacrificing these people basic human nature to your advantage is sickness.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei, Kaddis.
    Which tplf principles? The looting or how to make ethnic groups hostile to one another? Make yourself clear. Or to loot first all the generals must be replaced by ethnic ormo?

    The unity is no more amhara’s property. The unity group is not vocal even in tplf’s time. The difference is the unity group united the country tplf use the unity to loot.

    • Kaddis

      Selam Mitiku,
      If you are on Facebook, read Anmut Abraham, ex ENN hardtalk* journo, page to find out what 40 years of undermining TPLF means

  • Nitricc

    Hey Kaddis; I don’t know much but if he is not stooped, one person will take Ethiopia to absolute civil war: That person is Jawar Mohamed. Take my word.

    • Kaddis

      Nitric hoy,
      You can’t accuse Jawar without Abiy. They have admitted of coordinating. Find his interview with LTV. We are living the post revolution violence.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Mass exodus? Numbers of Eritreans entering Ethiopia has spiked over recent days. Nobody seems to have a good grasp of the numbers, estimates ranging wildly from 300 to 1,000, but we should soon be hearing something from humanitarian agencies who have operations in Tigray region. I do know that UNHCR is already indicating that screening centers are being overwhelmed at this time. Does anyone have any information in this regard?

    • saay7

      Selamat FM:

      The info I read was that there was stoppage then curfew imposed.

      The mistake you are making is in thinking IA is making a mistake. In several interviews he had indicated that those who want to leave the country are a burden and good riddance to them. It’s not a bug but a feature.

      Don’t mean to piecemeal the book (maybe I will do a review) but in one of his chapters, Berhane Abrehe said that when the exodus of Eritreans was at its peak, he proposed at a Cabinet meeting that the government convene a special cabinet meeting just to discuss the issue and propose remedies and his idea was dismissed by IA and the other ministers had nothing to say.

      Saay

      • FishMilk

        Hi saay7. I was told that the border had been closed on the 19th but was again open yesterday with time restrictions for movement ‘to avoid motor accidents’. Have you seen the recent Twitter activity from Professor Mirjam van Reisen in regards to the exodus?

        • David Samson

          Hi FM,
          Do you mean the numbers you quoted are per day? Do you also know that there is now a new border between Mekele and the rest of Ethiopia? Many of those who arrived in Mekele are stuck in it.

          • FishMilk

            Hi David. Yes, those are daily figures! Though I have yet to see confirmation of the same from a reputable source such as a humanitarian agency. I am told that Eritreans are moving southward through Tigray by a number of routes.

          • David Samson

            Hi FM,
            Yes, it includes paying bribes and crossing through illegal means. To me, there is no free movement of people between the two countries. Majority of them went to travel to Addis but stuck in Tigray.

          • Solomon

            Selam David Samson
            There is no New border between Mekele and the rest of Ethiopia. It is business as usual, nothing has changed (at least until now) due to the change in the Ethio- Eritrea border. Eritreans area coming from Mekele even by Airplane.

          • David Samson

            Selam Solomon,

            A friend’s niece was stuck in Mekele last week. She was unable to move out of it. I do not know if the situation has changed since then.

          • Solomon

            Selam David.

            Maybe the problem is due to high movement of people, you can not get ticket for bus or plane at short notice. Any ways as we speak a lot of people specially children and youth who were not allowed legally to move out of Eritrea are coming in droves because there is rumor that some restrictions will be put in place shortly.

          • David Samson

            Selam Solomon,
            Since the border remains ONLY open for 10-days , many who were denied before use this window of opportunity– once in a life time– to make the most out of it. Goods on sale while stocks last scenario.

          • Nitricc

            HI David; you said ” the border remains open ONLY for 10-days” what about after 10 days? The Eritrean government should ask for visa to enter the country. Right now, no body know who is who. They rushed the whole thing.

          • Desbele

            Selam David,
            A friend fly to addis from Mekele on the 16th. She used ER ID.

          • David Samson

            Selam Desbele,
            Thanks! It is good to know Eritreans could depart for Addis using ID. How about those who are underage? My friend’s niece is travelling with two children.

          • Solomon

            Selam David,

            No body asks for ID when you travel by bus even for adults let alone for underage. I met today people who came from Mekele by bus via Afar. There is only check point for contraband.

          • Blink

            Dear David
            The road is also becoming dangerous by the day . I can tell you people are stack in mekele up until this evening and also for Eritreans in Addis you need passport or camp refugee papers and even with that many people are being rounded up
            And sent to camp.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam saay7 and FM,

        I think some are reading too much in the movement of Eritreans to the Ethiopian side of the borders subsequent to the opening of the crossing points.

        From my perspective, I take note of three categories:

        1. common border dwellers who had felt relieved of the burden of the war and 16 years long stalemate. The euphoric reaction is understandable as the spectacle in Zalambessa depicted.

        2. Eritreans who remained suffocated inside Eritrea for lack of money to pay for smuggling out of the country. Most of those who used to cross the borders had either relatives in diaspora to pay the cost or belonged to well connected new rich.

        3. Family members who were separated due to the expulsion of thousands of Eritreans by the EPRDF government. Many of these had properties in Ethiopia and want to see if they could retrieve them.

        The three groups will add up to quite a number though that is minute fraction of the Eritrean people. But the point that interest me, and many as well, is whether such a scenario can be seen as an indication of political mood that can warrant raising issues such as “confederation’ or resurrection of “irredentism” as some in this forum did.

        • FishMilk

          Hi Ismail AA and thanks for you comments. UNHCR reception/screening center data will tell a lot, for if numbers are significant, it would indicate a draw from your category No. 2, and possibly another category to include Eritrea’s military.

          • Blink

            Dear FM
            As of now the UNCR screening is almost zero and the people who are crossing are the people Ismail stated in numbers. The mood in the refugees camp is completely different from what you are expecting actually people with few money are leaving the camp in droves and the UNCR will probably give new direction about the overall camp related to Eritreans. House rent in Addis as well as appointments time to western embassies are being filled for almost the next 8 month and some are returning to Eritrea in order to avoid heavy house rent .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            Just curious how do you know all these.

            1) last week you told us the exchange rate, the cost of cement and taff
            2) today you know how many people resgisted at the UN
            3) you know how many people asking for visa in Addis and including the wait times
            4) you know how many people coming to Eritrea from Tigray coming and looking for labour jobs
            5) During the Acria school demonstration in Asmara, you told us the numbers and how the security / police are moving to discourse them.

            I take all you write as facts or close to, you are not making them up. The only way I can think off is, if you are running some command center operations and you have agents all over reporting back.

            Now you know now why I accuse you sometimes that you work at the presidents office:).

            Hats off to you. You must be like Jason Borne.

            Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            The prices of cements and other staff are all open for anyone. Second the Refugees thing because I have people in these places and the embassy thing , I just met few people who wanted to bring their family members like wife , underage children and like that and the thing they told me about the waiting for interview or DNA of their kids . So no command center here ok Berhe.

            The acria thing , come on I have family members in acria and people that were affected by the situation so here is also no command or agent just happens to be the place acria . If it was in other places in Asmera I would not know more than you.

            Now additional information, Eritreans who were outside the camp and were in Addis are also being shipped to the camp , call someone in Addis and he will tell you there was rounding up people.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            It’s amazing how much efforts you put to get information from inside. I tell you, I can’t stand making phone calls to Eritrea, even to my relatives. I just find the service so bad, I end up frustrated with the whole calling card stuff.

            Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            I have this long time habit calling to Eritrea and Ethiopia when ever any thing new by situation pop up in the PFDJ lollipop.I just did that in acria time . I can say I was one of the first who called to acria about the school protest and get confirmation that there was no one person died from shooting at that day . If anything happened in Asmara around acria , Keren and Afabet pls consult me for more information because I believe I can get it almost 70%.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            There is no way you would know and have accurate information by just calling one or two people.

            Anyway it doesn’t really matter, we have to continue to struggle until we have government that’s accountable to the people.

            The fact that killing didn’t happen in acria doesn’t absolve the government from all the crimes it’s commiting day and night, like when it arrested hiundreds teenage children after the funeral of Haji Musa.

            Berhe

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei, Berhe.
            You hit the right button because Blink’s incoherent replay says a lot.

          • Nitricc

            Ato Berhe; why are so gossipy like teenage girls. The guy posted what he wanted to post, read it, take it or leave it. Sometimes I wonder how some people function.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            ተሓጋሚ ከሎ ተሓዚ ይጠርጥ፡ እንታይ ገዲሹካ፡፡

            I have been nice to you because of what you wished for Sept 18. But as you know, it come and gone and the dictator instead of releasing he has detained Mr. Berhane.

            You should see and read the wonderful campaign Vannessa Berhe has been doing.

            Berhe

      • Desbele

        Selam Saay,
        I confirm the curfew. A friend who was denied exit for 20yrs was able to visit Mekele on the weekend.
        As per his witness, incoming vehicles through Zalambessa to Eritrea are checked by the Eritrean authorities at boarder. Mostly they check the buses and big trucks. He is not sure what they are checking. He used small car and just passed without check.
        They used to work 24/7 and the movement was day and night, but from Tuesday(?) they are closing at 6pm. and no vehichle is passing after 6pm. Hundreds of cars were stranded at the entrance to the Eritrean side waiting for the opening in the morning. I think the curfew is just at the entrance to the Eritrean territory. This is zalambessa route.
        The road is in excellent condition on the Ethio side, business booming and the Tigray youth are very welcoming.The Tigrayans are importing cement, Teff, building materials and taking from eritrea electronics. Exchange rate started 1;1 but is now changing 1Nakfa to 1.5 Birr.
        Black market rate of nakfa is moving to 1usd to 20nakfa.

        • Paulos

          Selam Desbele,

          I think they have started head counting as in every car coming in from Eritrea with people would have to register on how many people it is carrying and when it comes back, would be accountable about the people the driver brought along in the first place. Sounds kinda messy instead of issuing visa for instance.

          • saay7

            Paulos:

            There is a flaw in this brilliant PFDJ plan of interviewing the driver. The Matrix explains:

            Neo: “You can’t scare me with this Gestapo crap. I know my rights. I want my phone call.”
            Agent Smith: “Tell me, Mister Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to speak ?”

            saay

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            Very true, very true!

          • saay7

            Paulos:

            It’s all the oppositions fault. You see, Eritrea didn’t have peace with Ethiopia forcing it to have indefinite military conscription. This resulted in people naturally wanting to leave. But they still wouldn’t have left if the opposition hadn’t lied so much about the government leading to Europe to give asylum to Eritreans and emptying the nation.

            You are saying but now there is peace why are people still leaving. There are economic opportunities because of sanctions that were imposed on Eritrea because of the opposition.

            The opposition is to blame for everything. Haven’t seen so much power by so few dead people since the last epidemic that was caused by dead people (also imaginary epidemic.)

            saay

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            Do you remember when Bitweded Abraha’s video surfaced? The immediate campaign from the play-book was “It is not him.” The same thing with Birhane Abrehe. And now when brave Eritreans shout “Death to Shaebia”, in downtown Asmara, it is, blame it on drunk Tigreans. You can only imagine how far they can go to protect the man for all intents set out to destroy Eritrea. It is just incredible!

          • saay7

            Paulos:

            You can’t claim Bitweded Abraha as opposition because we have redefined the dictionary definition of opposition (one opposed to the policies and practices of the incumbent government) to mean somebody who is a traitor.

            Case closed, game over, daytime hyena (formerly nighttime bat), victory to the masses.

            saay

          • Saleh Johar

            Saay,
            You mean there is no epidemic? My understanding is there is one, two decades old and inflict the brain making it numb. Ask Paulos, he might have an exotic name for it.

          • Mez

            Dear Saay,

            Once it is verified that ” …the driver and his vehicle never returned”, …
            ……an escalatory phone call will have beeen made from palaso asmarino to Pmaaa office saying: hey my friend…I miss 20 Van’s, 5 busses….–who left Asmara full loaded. ….Please return them loaded…or chained …to prevent the 1998 scenario….

            The real challenge of being peaceful is comming in full swing.

            Thanks

          • Acria

            Selam saay7,
            Especially when vehicles are in huge demand in Addis and surrounding areas.

        • Blink

          Dear Desbele
          Just out of curiosity, are you the one with TPLF flag in Asmara street just in front of Ambassador hotel your back to cathedral? The Tigrian supporters of TPLF are knocking for problems in Asmara just on Tuesday some of them shouting fully drank and saying “death to shaebia “ . I guess the Korean dancer is sending people to sick problem and I have no idea how are these welcoming in mekele ?

        • Acria

          Selam Desbele,
          Sources from Asmara stated that this free movement is only for 10 days. After that, documentation in the form of an exit visa will be required to travel to Ethiopia. Back to the future!

          • Desbele

            Selam Acria,
            I hope it wont. Same forecast was made on the day of telephone line opening. But it still is open.

    • Abraham H.

      Dear FM, this is nothing new, it is a rule of nature. On the northern side of the border, you have an oppressed, impoverished, traumatised population, while on the other side you have a relatively free population with better opportunities, then what happens when you let the people move freely? These developments are the early signs of the eventual demise of the corrupt DIA rule.

    • Acria

      Selam FishMilk,

      It is up to Ethiopia to let Eritreans in or out of its sovereign space. The best thing our DIA can do, which should have been done a long time ago, is to let the borders open. If Eritreans have a means to go somewhere form Ethiopia, they will. Otherwise, they will be back voluntarily home. In either case, these false sense of peace ( to Eritreans at home) might make it harder for Eritrean asylum claimants, especially if there is a limit to military conscription (Officially there is, so don’t expect our DIA to announce anything that contradicts his practices). Israel is ready to deport about 27,000 Eritreans back home! On the other hand, if you arrest people like Mr. Abrehe Berhane and At Haji Musa, asylum claimants do have a legitimate reason, objective and/or subjective, to refuse to return home. In that case, they will be granted political asylum ( temporary or permanent depending on each case).

  • Reclaim Abyssinia

    Hi to All,

    I am reading a lot of articles on the internet about the power grab in Yemen by Iran, with the objective to control the strategic waterway in the Redsea (Bab el-Mandeb).

    I also learned that this is the most strategic place in world trade, and Eritrea & Ethiopia will be part of the power struggle to control the strait.

    If I may ask some question and your expert analysis:-

    1. To what extent do you think the benefit to Ethiopia and Eritrea will go.

    2. Do you think Yemen, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti, backed with Ethiopia military is the next strategic war that going to take place against Iran with the support of the King of the Redsea?

    3. Do you think the coming Ethiopia-Eritrea Navy is to become the sheriff of the Redsea for the Sultans? Is that pays well?

    4. Do you think Iran backed insurgents are already in South Ethiopia to cause chaos and unrest as they did in Libya, Lebanon, Somalia and some of the North Africa nations in the Mediterranean?

    5. As a result of all of this, how do you see the future of southern Ethiopia (Oromia, southern region & the minority ethnics) will unfold? Will they be neglected or looked after?

    6. Are we in the making of Sultan of the Redsea?

    @hayatadem:disqus I am not getting enough of your great post, please don’t cutdown posting.

    P.S Just before I go, I heard that Eritrea Ethiopia boarder is open for couple of weeks, people are traveling from both side only with ID card.

    Thank you all,
    RA

    • Amde

      Selam Reclaim Abyssinia

      I have been mulling the thought that Eritrea and Ethiopia may have been made (adjunct/observing/whatever….) members of the GCC, with a secret “Mutual Defense Pact”-ish document floating around.

      That would answer almost all the clues .. medals, moolah, medemer and so on..

      If that is the case, current Ethio/Erithrean leaders may have been given wide latitude in how they keep the restless natives sufficiently resty and keep the integration thing going.

      Amde

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei Amde.
        Is it possible for many ethio-eri peoples to think that peoples in both land couldn’t move and work in both lands without integration, federation, confederation whatever. What is wrong with people?

        What about a simple relationships that exist between the two peoples like using the opportunity they have seen and utilize to their best interest?

        • Amde

          Selam Mitiku,

          Sure they can.

          We are just discussing what appears to be a Hate to Love at Light Speed phenomenon and why the peninsula Arabs are so interested.

          You think the two Princes are competing to be the first to say “እኛም ተደምረናል”?

      • Reclaim Abyssinia

        Thanks for your concise reply.
        I love the idea of “the two Princes are competing to be the first to say “እኛም ተደምረናል””; 🙂
        I can imagine the restoration of “Garden city of Adulis”, seafood bonanza,

        How far do you think the new kingdom going to tract? I somehow don’t see it going any further than Gonder inclusive.

        I got this from some kind of bible website, apparently it’s relevant:-
        “He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushites in submission.”
        Cheers,
        RA

  • David Samson

    Hi Abi,
    You will be hard pressed to find many Trumps in Eritrea. Mama Ethiopia seems to produce many of them; one from each ethnic group.

    Here is one of them: Yonas Muluneh Yoni Magna.

    This chap has all the time in the world to vomit out his hate.