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Building Democracy in Eritrea     

It is long overdue to discuss the need for building democracy in Eritrea, a country which has the notoriety of being perhaps the only country in Africa that does not have a functioning constitution, a legitimate/elected government, or legitimate and functioning governance institutions that ensure accountability. Since gaining independence, Eritrea has been ruled by a militaristic one-man dictatorship that believes in using force to resolve conflicts/disputes internal and external rather than pursuing legal and peaceful means. Besides being known for its use of cruel extra-legal measures to silence any and all critics, let alone opponents, inside, the Eritrean regime has also the notoriety of forcing Eritrea to become the only country in Africa to have been at war, directly or indirectly, at some time or another, with every one of its neighbors!

Generally speaking, other liberation movements that won independence or liberation through an armed struggle have also established one-party dictatorships with varying degrees of accountability to the general public. A key characteristic of the political parties that were established by these movements is that they controlled armies, police and justice institutions, and it was these institutions that also became institutions of the state. The distinction between institutions of the party, the government and the sate disappeared. In such countries, building democracy with public institutions independent of direct control by political parties is an outcome that is yet to materialize. In this Eritrea is perhaps unique only in degrees.

Eritrea’s particular history and experience of decolonization have contributed to the unique nature of governance that has been established there – a one man rather than one party dictatorship. To a large extent, the basis for this was, in my opinion, the nature of the struggle we had to wage: A struggle against a much bigger and stronger Ethiopia supported by the African continent and both the West and the East – a peculiar characteristic.

The enemy we had to fight was so formidable that getting rid of it consumed the major part of our energy, and we did not exert much effort to adequately plan and prepare for what and how to build once our enemy was defeated. Indeed, we built a very efficient fighting machine in the EPLF with absolute discipline and a hierarchical system with an effective military.

Despite the prevailing rhetoric during the struggle, however, the EPLF did not encourage debate and discussion to develop concrete ideas about our future after independence and establish institutions or safeguards to ensure their implementation. What was our strength during the struggle thus became our weakness after independence! For better or for worse, those of us who participated in the heroic struggle of the Eritrean people for independence contributed to the development of the dictatorship we have now. One can perhaps see a similar parallel in the Arab Spring countries where people were united against very formidable regimes determined to destroy what they hated but did not spend enough time and energy to articulate and organize for what they wanted to replace them by. The result has been somewhat similar – even worse (chaos) in some situations.

I believe that in building democracy in Eritrea, our particular history and its legacy need to be taken into consideration. I would suggest that in thinking about how to move forward, we consider going back to what we could and should have done in 1991 immediately after liberation: Call for a national conference of representatives of the Eritrean people that would decide on a transitional arrangement to ensure an inclusive process of building participatory democracy in the country. I believe only such a process can prevent destructive violence. Such a process has been pursued in other parts of the continent with a fair degree of success, though unfortunately only after violent confrontations with much destruction.

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  • mokie berhe

    Salam everyone. To the extent that opposition groups fail to avail a cohesive and transparent political platform (to include proposed leadership composition) and continue to refuse to criticize and hold the TPLF accountable for its past and present wrongful actions, they will simply remain unable to garner the trust and support amongst diaspora Eritreans and more importantly, amongst Eritreans living in Eritrea. Eritrea’s opposition has nobody to blame but itself in so long as it continues with its unconvincing political narrative which fails to include an explanation for what it specifically wishes to accomplish and by whom at its leadership realm. For example, do opposition groups wish to replace the PIA/PFDJ regime with a truly secular form Government? Are they proposing western style democratic governance, African socialism governance, democratic socialism, or other? And, what will be the term of such governance? Will it be of a transitional/interim form?

  • Selamat Forum,

    My friend George doesn’t get it. What are the odds you meet a friend and tell him about the Beggar story you have just watched. He then responds with a Beggar story of his produced in Eritrea. At first you think your friend is yanking your chain and you determine for sure it is another Beggar story and so you listen to the story. Why are they telling so many Beggar stories? Is their art a reflection of their reality?

    There is a Beggar in a village, town or city I don’t know which because I not seen the video my self, The Beggar has a daughter. The daughter has a suitor, a doctor by profession who is in love with the Beggar’s daughter. The doctor asks the beggar for the daughter’s hand in marriage. The Beggar thought it over and agreed to give his blessings for the marriage but on the one condition. The condition he gave is for the doctor to beg for a living for the next two and a half month. The doctor and his kin folk talked over the Beggar’s condition and decided to accept the condition but for half of the time the Beggar requested. That is the doctor will be a Beggar for only one month.

    When asked why the Beggar wanted the doctor be a beggar, the beggar said so that the doctor would not abuse his daughter by calling her a beggar’s daughter. The begging experience will teach the doctor to respect the beggar. After only two weeks of the doctor begging has passed, the Beggar had a change of heart. The beggar sent message to the doctor telling him it is not necessary for the doctor to be a Beggar. The doctor can return to being a doctor.

    The doctor also had change of mind. Realizing he is better of as a beggar than a doctor, he sent work back to the beggar telling him the doctor does not mind being a beggar for a little while longer. The doctor will complete the month as a beggar.

    The message:

    In Eritrea not only do we have beggars with daughters we also have doctors who are beggars and prefer begging than being a doctor because it is more lucrative. The more beggar’s story being broadcast as entertainment the more Eritrea is thinking about it’s true reality. Had there been advances and growth in the standard of living and quality of life in Eritrea, the more Eritrea is removed from the thought of Beggars and other subjects or topics would be have occupied the art or the entertainment productions.

    My friend George thinks IA is the doctor and PM AA is the Beggar with a daughter and the Weyane are the daughter. But I will spare every one the break down and thought process of George. There was a Raguu pasta sauce commercial. Referring to the flavors and aroma of the sauce the commercial end with the slogan “Its in there!” Its in the DATA!

    tSAtSE

    • Gerogee

      Dear g

      Pitbull, Not the ugly dog, but the American hiphop/rapper. You remind me of him. Whenever he run out of rhyme/English words, he run out English ryhm he blubber some Spanish stuff 😁…..what is your point sir. You watched some clip of tplf cadres will have looted millions from poor Ethiopians and you want to tell us the success of Tigray. Ethiopia have 7000 millionaires, what are the chance of some of them being tplf? Some say 90% of them are tplf. And I tend to believe that. So you saw them on TV and you want to do a comparison of Eritrea with Tigray. It’s not lost to you for the last 60 70 years we’ve been at War. The war did not end when Woyne was stopped.

      The no peace no war was a business for woyane. A money making machine. 200 k Ethiopian soldiers posted in Tigray. 90% of the top brass military are and were from Tigray. You’re smart guy, that’s a big money making machine, that’s like having an ATM was in less money supply. That brought in huge economic injection into Tigray. On the other hand Eritrea how to spend its meager resources defending the country. You see how it doesn’t add up. You got to have a little bit of common sense to figure this out.

  • Mez

    Dear All,

    I like this news piece from today:

    “ASMARA, Eritrea (CNS) — Eritrea’s bishops have called for a comprehensive truth and reconciliation plan to be set up and urged that hate speech be banned in the effort to achieve peace.”

    Thanks

    • Blink

      Dear Mez
      Who decides what is hate speech? Let’s say you describe the perfect description of religious people and I am sure they will not like it and push their blind supporters to call it a hate speech. Now how can a man who believe that someone before almost 2000 years Jesus was born from a virgin lady with out any contact with a man , and the 1400 years later some part of the god thing believe a man traveled with special horse to the stratosphere and even have something with the moon .

      Hate speech, waw .

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Blink,

        This news and the message is not about any religeon and one believe.

        It’s about a call of “truth and reconciliation” the Catholic Bishops made to the Eritrean government.

        I know you know this very well and I don’t know why you wanted to divert the message.

        Good job Eritrean Catholic bishops. That’s what is expected from you. Now we wanted to see the Orthodox and the Muslim and Protestant leaders to do the same.

        BTW, have you see the enda of Arbi Siqlet? We are getting there soon it will be demonstrations by the people at large.

        Berhe

        • Blink

          Dear Berhe
          What you mean ? Have you seen the Arbi siqlet thing ? I didn’t get it . You know I do not really give any attention to religious people at all.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            It was not religious thing. So the government posted advertising the prices of BegiE (ship) and others..at very good price in anticipation of “saving the public from greedy merchants” I think..and posted all over the city.

            This was to distruct people from using the day “Arbi Siqlet” and “JimAt” as a means to protest the regime…and people instead went to the market to shop for those “cheap abagiE”.

            At it turned out, there was no actual Abagie but a ploy ..anyway go see news from Assena TV including Video clip of the whole event..

            The people are no longer afraid of the authorities any more and the police are not taking confrontation with the people.

            Jende the comedian use to say in the early 90s..

            አብ አርያ ሪጎለ ኢና ዘለና indicating Eritrea liberation is very soon.

            Now we can also say

            አብ አርያ ሪጎለ ኢና ዘለና to remove IA and PFDJ for good.

            Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            Oh I completely missed your point , well I think it is the Catholics who can loudly say such . The Akria school thing was just about girls covering , Sheria and the orthodox was all about their internal affairs.

            We shall wait and see what happens but until now the key is on the opposition to compromise and look forward without that nothing matters because the inside forces looks to look after perfect opportunity.

        • Hope

          Spot on Berhe!

          Am not sure what Blink is trying to make out of that timely but a past due and Golden Call .

          This is their follow up call,a THIRD ONE ,in fact,including the famous one called “Where is Your Brother” call and one from Segheneiti by ABBA Tekhlemicael,I believe,last Summer!

          Where are those” cowardly” Leaders of the other Faiths/Denominations and the other Major Religion( Islamic Leaders)!

          Proud of my Catholic Church and its Bold Leadership and to be part of their Genuine and Truthful Movement!

          But Action,ACTION,ACTION!

          How and in what way?

          We needed a Comprehensive ,an All Inclusive and a Universal Strategy !

          As the Catholic Bishops Conference opened the door for Truth and Reconciliation,we need to come together with a new SPIRIT of Fraternity and Unity for a common ground with a universally acceptable approach rather than Region and Religion based Approaches and Meetings.

          To neutralize the suspicion, and to strengthen our UNITY,I think we need to have a well organized, an ALL INCLUSIVE Global and Local Meetings that include the Religious Leaders,Civic Societies,Activists,Intellectuals and Professionals as well as Politicians,Women and Youth Orgs included .

          Why do we care about Region and Religion at this moment?

          The issue is not about Region and Religion based Politics and abuses but about Basic and Universal Human Rights Principles and TRUTH and Reconciliation; Justice and Constitutional Governance.!

          Sad that we are still living in 1960 s and 1970s!

          Just my naive thought!

          • abdella

            salam hope
            Are you sure you calling us cowards?

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Hope,

            It seems, Hope possesses a very small memory. Where was Hope when Al-Diya school was demonstrating in Asmara? I think, it is good to refresh his memory.

            I understand your endeavor to provoke and DIVIDE the people of Eritrea, but this time there is no way for that. You have just to wait for the Hazo Hazo moments, which will not be very far.

            Note: Isaias will escape, when he feels that all preparation for Hazo Hazo is complete. I advise him to do it early, because everything might change suddenly and there will be no chance of escape.

            Al-Arabi

          • Hope

            Ya Arabi:
            I have to respond this time due to your COWARDLY bravado.
            Eritrea will be in trouble if Fanatics and Extremists like U are to lead us.
            You twisted my quoted word.
            Blink answered your question.
            But here is the fact:
            The leaderships of both the Tewahdo Eri Chruch and Islam are picked up and sponsored by the Regime.
            Hence, they have no hamot to protest and stand for Justice like the Independent Catholic Church has been doing, there fore, the quoted word “COWARDLY” is used by Hope.
            As a matter of fact,I should NOT have quoted it.
            That is the bitter Truth the cowards like al Arabi should swallow.
            .

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Hope,

            You have to conceive that cowards abuse innocent people. It is understood by all humanity that a coward person torments the weak, when he gets a chance of holding power. It is, of course, contrary to courageous people who stand by the side of the weak and innocents. They always work for justice to prevail.

            Your stand by the side of criminals and you hate justice. This portrays plainly that you are a coward person. If you don’t believe what I have said above, go read and ask experts, but I understand you know yourself that you are a coward person. The only thing that consoles you and makes you feel, to some extent, a brave man by supporting and backing criminals. You think a criminal is the most courageous person in the world.

            Al-Arabi

          • abdella

            salam hope
            Again you calling us have no hamot
            let me ask you this question. are there priests from your denomination in jail? if not why ? if there are what is their percentage comparing to meshaykh and tewado priests.

      • Mez

        Dear Blink,

        A question for you, Sir,

        How comfortable are you with Sciences?

        • Nitricc

          Hey Mez; what is Sciences?

          • Mez

            Hi Sir Nitricc,

            Good question.

            1) A sort of: Sciences are collections of objective social and natural happenings (processes) studys.

            2) Due to the inherent variability of factors, some call them as guesstimates.

            3) due to item #2) sciences coexist with religious doctrines, virtually, hand in hand in any given society.

            Thanks

        • Blink

          Dear Mez
          Well science has nothing to do with free speech, Freedom of speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, and here you brought a religious person seeking to silence people from talking so that he can reconcile and that I believe is a testimony to his weird world and that by itself is against justice . For me religion is not compatible with science and I think and fair person would have such view as both represent incompatible ways of viewing the world.

    • Gerogee

      Dear Mez

      I know you are one dimensional and a sucker for the mainstream media. The most likely reason why the catholic church ( the pedophile Church) speaking is to provoke the Eritrean government into arresting them. So that they can bring in their bigger Mafia which is United Nation into action against Eritrea. To legitimize their invasion. Most of you guys are so clueless to remember the first thing the Ethiopian prime minister did was make a military pact with Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya. Now this will be use as illegitimate forced to invade Eritrea, should the green light comes in from United Nation and USA. They’re trying to find any pretext to condemn and finally invade Eritrea. MEZ, you are stuck in the 80s. You fail to see the bigger agenda. You dismiss past transgressions by US, by omission in your several postings. You seem like you live in a some kind of bubble. I think you need to open your eyes and start making points that make sense.

      • Mez

        Good Day Dear Gerogee,

        May be you are correct.

        May be not.

        Your view about the regional Dynamics is skewed at best.

        No evidence at all from your side.

      • Hope

        Selam George:
        Welcome back:
        “The CONFUSED and the LOST SOUL George said:
        “The most likely reason why the catholic church ( the xxxxxx Church) speaking is to provoke the Eritrean government into arresting them. So that they can bring in their bigger Mafia which is United Nation into action against Eritrea. To legitimize their invasion. Most of you guys are so clueless to remember the first thing the Ethiopian prime minister did was make a military pact with Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya. Now this will be use as illegitimate forced to invade Eritrea, should the green light comes in from United Nation and USA. They’re trying to find any pretext to condemn and finally invade Eritrea
        .
        Anta SebAy TiuUy Tsilul dikha?
        Do you know the Teaching of the Catholic Church about Social Justice per the Golden Rules of the New testament?
        You may accuse the Catholic Clergy for their brutal scandals ,which is still below the rate of the Community, as Human Beings,,but you cannot demonize the True Teaching of the Church as a Rep of Jesus Christ.
        Why and how in the world the Declaration of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Eritrea can be considered as a Conspiracy to set up for the INVASION of Eritrea by setting up themselves to be Jailed so that the West will invade Eritrea.?
        Dude, either you a very SICK man or totally uniformed pseudo-Intellectual living in a different world.
        What The Bishops are talking about is about TRUTH and Reconciliation…based on historical facts and the facts on the ground.
        Are you saying that we do NOT need National Reconciliation and that there is Justice and there is NO lack of Truth in Eritrea?
        Have you been to Eritrea?
        Do you have any relatives or friends ,who need Justice or who are suffering in the Jails without a single day in Court?
        I doubt it since you might have smuggled them by spending your lifetime earning for their safety and you might have some lucrative business or Villas at home…..

        • Gerogee

          Dear hope

          Let’s investigate the Catholic Church. Let’s see what their history was and is. The Catholic Church has been and is accused of many atrocities. Many thousands of thousands of young boys have been molested maybe hundreds of thousands. Instead of speaking up about the abused kids the Catholic church has been always quiet. When they were told about child molesters instead of doing the right thing and hand them over to the authority that usually transferred him to another country and perpetuating the molestations. Think about that for a second young man an organization its very existence is to preach love and yet they can’t even tell the truth they can’t even protect the innocent children. The Catholic Church have always been an arm of the American Empire. Do you actually think the Catholic Church worries about you so much they want to reconcile? What are we reconciling anyway? Who are we reconciling with? How about they do some house cleaning? Perhaps maybe we should investigate the Catholic Church in Eritrea? What are the chances of somebody is being molested at the Catholic church in Eritrea right now ? very high? I think it’s time to turn the table around and maybe start investigating the Catholic Church itself.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Gerigee,
            You said, “ What are the chances of somebody is being molested at the Catholic church in Eritrea right now ? very high? I think it’s time to turn the table around and maybe start investigating the Catholic Church itself.”

            Would you consider changing “catholic” to any other religious institution and see it from a neutral perspective? What you do not know you do not know and the accusations against the Catholic Church you leveled can apply to any other entity. Also, I think you should stop super imposing crimes committed in different societies and in the context of other countries’ political feuds to Eritrea. Have some respect…. at least wisdom to refrain from such irresponsible and bigoted attitudes.

  • Selamat Forum,

    As a whole meaning if we consider all of us collectively as one unit, i.e. members of a discussion group, a forum who were invited to address, to create an atmosphere for serious thought, to be innovative, to implicitly or explicitly give well thought out serious suggestions for, and to discuss with sanity and rational the topic of Building Democracy in Eritrea we have are together a miserable failure. We have only proved out self as the rigid, stubborn with an insane commitment to our respective staunch spoiler points of view varied respective perspectives and stuck for decades to the same fox holes we dug for ourselves decades ago. For over two decades we as a whole have only reaffirmed our sorry state locality and uncompromising positions. All this will be illustrated when we all migrate to the next article provided space where we rinse and repeat and regurgitate repeating the same cycle. I have in mind a comedy skit, a production of Eritrea under the Eri-TV scheme for now.

    If you see the above cover picture of the Ambassador Haile Menkerios there are a line of worker ants on a mission to build habitat and FORAGE for necessities marching in a single line. I presumed the meaning and symbolism but also I couldn’t help but associate my nick name which I always sign at the bottom of my usually very long comments. I invite and encourage you to believe read this current comment all the way until the you reach signature tSAtSE. I promise you will learn and be enlightened and learn one thing or two about how your minds are being screwed with.

    Before I start with what I have in mind to share with you all in this very long comment, I will say this about what I know exists in the concept of building democracy, the suggested topic or endeavor we will return to a little later. In a democracy there usually is an election of sorts. In an election people present and have various choices of candidates. Under the theme of Building Democracy in Eritrea, the Ambassador was suggested as a viable qualified select choice candidate to lead perhaps to solicit from other folks present to reveal their presently active and well positioned to have an immediate impact selection of future leaders. Rather than expand the pool of choices and commence the building of democracy, sadly the forum ‘s upper echelon lead the contraction and negative diversion of the suggested topic by striking first furiously with their unproductive very vile and negative campaigning of character assassinations to stifle and stunt an other wise well intentioned initiative from taking root. Then followed the barrage of the same usual monotonous non constructive attitudes with same old tired irrational individual opinions as well as the passionate from the deeply scared side discussions of the incessant personal attacks. But I have digressed enough already from what I would like to share right now.

    A couple of days ago I was doing some serious internet surfing navigation and opening the suggested youtube videos which are from Eritrean and Ethiopian media outlets including VOA. Other than the music and life of Nipsey Hussle I generally avoid to entertainment videos sticking to my focus on the serious political issues broadcast from mentioned above sources. At one moment thinking I could use a lough I opened a link to a comedy skit produced in Eritrea, perhaps it is a popular video and you may have seen it. I will describe its premise for its declared purpose to generate laughter from its viewers and then follow with my analysis of what it in reality reveals for me.

    It is a four part video of three individuals on the road inside a red car in mint new condition that is of very recent, as late as 2018 or 2019, Toyota or Nissan model. The protagonists are a beggar and two best buds who cross one another path at a drive through tea shop and or eatery somewhere in the city of Asmara Eritrea. The title of the skit Lemea, a modern young Asmarinos bastardization of the Tigrigna word Lemanay meaning Beggar. Before The beggar Lemea approaches the two best buds parked sipping tea where the driver incessantly bores his buddy with his latest “Donna” romantic escapades, the antagonist is seen wandering the very quite depopulated Asmara streets, walking and meandering to and fro the side walk entertaining himself silly child like maneuverings infants do like marching forwards and backwards towards a certain direction and with a stick he picked up scratching and drumming walls and gates of the houses he traversed until he suddenly approaches two seemingly lovers sitting inside a white car parked on the side of the the street. He obtrusively sticks his head deep inside the passenger side’s widely opened window and repeats the customary salutations to two as he inspects with his widely open eyes the back seats, front seats, the dashboard and all around the car. He then shocks further the unsuspecting couple with his scripted pitch of begging money for his transportation from Asmara to Massawa for the purposes of tending to an urgent matter he must attend. He is rewarded with on Nakfa which he ends up spitting on and placing it on the forehead of the female passenger. Before the aggravated male driver exits and pummels or beats the ungrateful beggar, our “Lemea” walks a way determined to collect alms from unsuspecting generous folks. Moments later he is seen as he once again obtrusively approaching parked cars at the tea shop by our other two protagonists. The passenger viewing the beggar “Lemea’s” from the windshield instructs the driver of his methods and both await him with a strategy they concocted with the purpose of teaching the beggar an unforgettable lesson. He approaches their car with the same m.o. and the two rather than donate a small amount of Nakfa to the beggar, they invite him to sit in the back where they entrap him against his will. We are then taken on the very picturesque very long road from the border of Asmara all the way to the shores of Massawa where we see sail boats hoisted high up on the edge of the sea.

    There are beautiful helicopter shots every now and then of the beautiful serene scenery of the winding roads, crossings of entire towns like Nefasit, Dongolo, GindaE and Embatkala. We are entreated to the actual scenery of these towns, their interspersed greenery surrounding the homes as our lone car drives fast past them. These dusty towns are devoid of and people or any human activity. The beggar repeatedly begs the two to stop the car so that he can embark in these towns and beg the town folks house to house so that he can return to Asmara. The two grudgingly refuse and continue to drive him all the way to Massawa consistent with his original reason for begging. The viewer is treated to a magnificent view of the beautiful land of Eritrea from various camera angles from inside a shining new car as well as helicopter shots of breathtaking high clifs and drops from the highlands of Asmara all the way to Massawa.

    Our three protagonists are young and youthful in age with average age in the late twenties to early thirties. There is no meaningful conversation between the three other than the grudge utterances of begging to be set free from the car on a very long road trip.
    Begging and threatening back and forth without any sane of meaningful reflections or meaningful conversations the three youth traverse nearly the entire country passing lifeless towns as they zoom and enter a seemingly empty port city of Massawa.

    My curiosity and inquisitiveness patiently viewed all four parts of the video production. I was not entertained as much as I was enlightened of the reality of life for those Eritreans passing time and surviving in all the sleepy towns and cities of Eritrea. In this realistic metaphor where art reflects reality, the young Eritrean man in the prime of his life is seen wandering through the life less city of Asmara very bored due to the lack of meaningful activity available and without means for the survival and sustenance of life he resorts to begging for a living. Worst is the depiction of two contemporaries of the beggar equals as bored if not more bored than the beggar who have reached the limits of being bored with their monotonous repetitive dialogues without meaningful vibrant activities available they abandon their parked tea shop gazing from a parked car to drive over seven hours in order to grudgingly drive their fellow bored occupation less youth expressing their frustrations with anger. Unplanned trip across country by three occupation less in the prime of their life bored frustrated and very angry to one another. I saw a similar un entertaining comedy video where the protagonists are individuals betting on everything from how many yellow or red cards the referee in the soccer match will hand out to whether or not Messi will score etc… Jobless unemployed men betting thousands of Nakfa on soccer matches inside empty without customers other than the two of them.

    It dawned on me all of a sudden our Beggar Lemea film production was just shot in the months preceding May. Where the concern of the Eritrean vacationers is only the beautiful picturesque breath taking land of Eritrea with their main destination spot is the pearl that is Massawa. Never mind the missing population and be descentisized and have no feeling for the remaining beggars without meaningful purpose in life and with decent occupations. There is no meaningful conversations you will have with these withering away their meaningless life. The beautiful land is solely for you from far away lands to explore and enjoy with the hidden additional cost to you of the small alms and donations for the young and bored Eritrean youth beggars. It is May and empty ghost country Eritrea awaits your arrival packed with Euros and dollars.

    Then I searched for vibrant active healthy youth who are at the prime of their life. Actively participating in various sectors and professions of life in Eritrea. I studied the news feeds from Eri-TV, and I searched documentaries in search of a vibrant and age group late twenties to late forties. They are non existent and all you get is a huge sad empty void. The people are no where to be seen, Disappeared and enslaved far away from their communities. There are no activities to report on. No national projects, no building and planning and a people’s centered national conversations for planning and investing for the future. It is as if the entire country is in a deep sleepy coma.

    Next I crossed the border and opened the video links of news feeds, interviews and documentaries from inside of Tigray. In only one news broadcast I observed several news
    worthy items for the purposes of informing the population of Tigray to remain active participants and builders of their society. All the news items highlight the educated young professionals in various fields speaking with confidence and individual autonomy about relevant societal matters. In nearly six to seven news items, it is the youth educated professionals active duty where they question and constructively criticize government and other civil servants with professional demeanor are providing the response from the government including the successes, the limitations, the shortcomings etc.. but certainly an all peoples with full participation vibrant society. One news item takes us on a granite rock deposit somewhere in Tigray. It depicts youth full Tigrayan leaders hosting international committed investors interested to due real business with the locals. The people are being informed about their national raw resources and the potential gains for the people when they decide to trade with these foreign investors. I thought about the Potash potential in Eritrea and how the locals are not informed or involved. Another new item dealt with an entire village in Tigray State that was promised compensation and relocation from their land due to a road designed to pass on top of their village or infrastructure issues. The poor village was the recipient of slow response from the government. The entire village organizes and addresses the proper institutions and channels to be rectified as it openly criticizes the government and makes its demands known for immediate rectification. We see vibrant youthful government representative professionals addressing and tending to the issue. The controversial drama of the village and all the institutionalized mechanisms of addressing the issues by the healthy and vibrant people heavy participatory Tigrayan society is broadcast by the free press and modernized media outlets.

    Then I saw an interview of the relatively young head of state of Tigray killil. The interview was regarding Eritrea and the ongoing negotiations including the unilaterally close borders between Tigray and Eritrea. The reason behind the unilateral closure of the borders started to present itself to me. Those at the helm of the Eritrean regime are afraid of the averse effects on their person due to the glaring quality and standard of life difference between the respective states youthful and on the prime age of their life. I will only say that much regarding the interview for now…. but do similar compare and contrast on your own and with scientific extrapolation comeback and tell me how well my homeland and its subjugated people is doing.

    It is May… or simply tell of your behind the colorful flags and shining lights and fireworks observe and have a meaningful conversation with your fellow countrymen and countrywomen. Don’t worry they will only tell you what you want to hear as they are very aware your main focus and concern is the breathtaking land of theirs in which they are relegated to be beggars and non participants. Continue to soothe your self with the vacations in May and false narratives until there will be no more a land left for your vacation destination. Sure your few Nakfas the alms and donations you grudgingly give to the people inside Eritrea is received with thanks as it is needed. Amlakh ybarkhkum…

    tSAtSE

    • Ismail AA

      Selam tSAtSE,

      I think the compare and contrast endeavor you have pursued is valid. That is why change in Eritrea is long overdue. But the premise of the discussion, which as you have stated, is the failure of this forum to host the line of thinking (in methodology and substance) you have cover in this long post, I could not see what the forum and its managers could do or should have done beyond opening uncensored space to whoever wanted to make his/her voice heard. Of course, the moderators have unabridged right to participate in their individual capacity.

      This is one point, but in regard to selection of Haile Menkerios and the concerns and hurdles you have expressed the opinions and views have posed, I would say it is just political and normal such for such initiatives to generate them. Elements floated to lead a destiny of a nation is not mean or ephemeral matter. People should engage in meticulous scrutiny. Sober and ambitious selected individuals confident of competence and impeccability of background resumes should in fact welcome scrutiny and testing evaluative critisms.

    • Mez

      Dear tSAtSE,

      A lot of informative stuff.

      Thank you

    • Gerogee

      Dear G

      Did you

      1. Changed your psych? Switch to a new kind of drug? Or experimental medicine? Or did Obamacare dropped you? You lost your medical insurance? Or skip a couple of days? What is wrong with you bro? First off you melted like a butter on a Fool’s hand few weeks ago when you’re dealing with the softest guy on this website, Berhe. You have one of the weakest epic meltdown ever in this website. Then just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse you start becoming the biggest megaphone of Woyane. You know you made sense why you where posting that random gibberish stuff. And for God’s sakes what is your pride? How can you possibly be buddy-buddy with Poulos? And then for a guy who claims to be mathematician you have no common sense when you trying to compare that development between the two beverage rienda a dependent for life Tigray. For your information since 1972, Tigray has been on a constant food aid from United Nation. That should be enough for you to just work on. I hope you’ll reply with you to apologize to Eritrean and Ethiopian. Anyting will be just a waste of your breath.

    • Kaleb

      Hi GitSAtSE,
      I like your observational analysis, I do the same thing as well. I like to observe and have my own judgment. It takes time but it gives you the organic view of the subject matter (politics, economy, the situation in general). That kind of observational analysis helps to develop objectivity.

    • Gerogee

      Dear G.

      I’m extremely saddened and disappointed by your recent post. Your post indicate you lack the basic fundamental understanding of past history and current situation. You post a very shallow analysis of events. You are willing to accept a so-called movement that only exists in your imagination as a the way forward for Eritrea. For a guy who claims to be mathematician you sure are quick to believe a movement that only exists in the minds of tplf Cadre. You’re willing to hand over Eritrea to an individual who was working for United Nation,Mankorios. The very organization that denied us right for 60 years. The very organization that facilitated the invasion of Eritrea. The very organization who ignore our plight. The very organization was silent for the past t 20 years when our land was occupied. Yet here you are sitting in your comfortable west accuse our leaders. Cheering on the sideline.Have you forgotten millions of Iraqis died based on a lie? Do you see ICC trying to prosecute George Bush? And yet you are here to convict our leaders that fought for our freedom for 40 years.

      And the worst part, using your fancy words, you try to compare an independent Eritrea that is being built by Eritreans to a state that only exists because of Aid. That’s right Aid. There is no organic economy in Tigray. Forget Tigray, the very existence of Ethiopian things on cash injections from World bank. Look it up. Every year Ethiopia gets 3billon in the form of Aid.

  • Blink

    Dear All
    The London conference was a go together for the Eritrean fat cats , the fat cats zoom in to a place were there is more fat cats party , most of the fat cats sing one song and that is how to embezzle the little kitty mother . They have been in such circle for almost 28 years . It was just a go together party and nothing more .
    Bereket habtesilassia from the get is always a hailesilassie servant and a beneficiary of everything that goes against Eritrea . The Norwegian professor is a known fat cat who shines in meeting African leaders in small rooms and post them in his Facebook account to show off . Kjettle knows nothing about Eritrea , he doesn’t care about Eritrea too , what he care is how much he has in his private scam campany , the South African so called journalist of BBC is a known fat cat who lives from the mouth of hangry African kids , second he is a known lair . Third these in the picture are responsible one way or the other for everything that goes wrong in the opposition.

    Awate forumers and the articles are in deep dark about the sweden scavengers too , Bayto of 2011 awasa is quite different from the bayto of sweden and their financial backers are completely forgotten by awate team article writers and so do by SG frog lights . Who is financing Bayto ? Dodging. important questions while they run after power is a crime of the century. Bayto are a dark Voldemort too , While we have many who are not in the list , the Eritrean people knows many of his Dolores Umridge are protected from public eye by a serious garment that will die one day .

    The PFDJ wheel can’t get away by garnering more Euro or dollars I’m the west and certainly not by Arab money too , so in order for the youth to go their own way the old sofa warmers and fat cats of NGO needs to come to the light by fair journalism if we have any .

    • Ayneta

      Dear Blink:
      From your comments, you are probably an ex-tegadali who is insecure about possible change that may come from non-EPLF. You seem to belittle every initiative towards catalyzing change in the country. I don’t know what change means to you, but from the look of it, you are ok with present status quo unless Eritrea is visibly fragmented, even then you will still expect PFDJ to enact the required change. Sad!

      • Blink

        Dear Ayneta
        You can ask for more but my comments are about the fat cats and if you are in support of these fat cats show us here , My kind of change is a change without blinding the public and trashing compromise within opposition. My choice is to have a compromise with all oppositions in between for the sake building a democratic society, PFDJ can’t bring anything meaningful change in Eritrea, their time is long overdue but the opposition figures I mean the old once are also in the same level of urgency , we need a new faces and new ideas , we just can’t stay away to see old games play with the new generation.

  • Gerogee

    Dear all

    Haile Menkorios is the Chalibi of Eritrea. Chalibi was Iraq born exile who sold his sole to the devil, Zionist controlled US. He was the man CIA used as an excuse to distroy and kill a million Iraq people. Haile Menkorios is a very, very suspect individual. First he was able to get a job after he betrayed Eritrea. Getting a job at the UN, in high level position is really amazing. He must had someone/somebody was looking out for him. It is no secret that US, through its influence probably gave him the position as a payment for his servitude.

    Speaking of servitude, the London conference is sponsord by another NGO called Institute of commonwealth studies. I have no doubt it is a front for CIA/MI6. Martin Pault, the notorious anti-Eritrean and a lier is also a member of Institute of commonwealth. Think about it for a second why would the institute spend thousands to help Eritreans when they never tried to help Eritreans in the past.

    • Ayneta

      Merhaba Goergee
      Isaiass is being sponsored by Saudi and UAE, does that make him a stooge? From your comments, it does.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Ahlan Awates,

    THE LONDON CONFERENCE AND DESPOTS’ MAKERS

    In civilized nations, when a minister makes a minor mistake, he resigns from his position. In cursed nations, the minister who makes a mistake takes the front seat to create another worse mess. The people of Eritrea deserve to enter from misery to misery, because they don’t put aside those leaders who participated in catastrophic decisions or witnessed and participated in its implementation.

    Most of those who took part in London Conference are the very people who created Isaias. Not only this, they fled from the country, leaving behind them the people of Eritrea suffer under the cruelty of Isaias. Any responsible person sacrifices himself to rectify his mistakes, but cowards flee nations and leave behind them innocents who believed they are in trustworthy hands.

    For any sane and national person, priority of the stage is to make researches and debate how to bring Eritreans under one revolutionary congress. Under this inclusive body could be prepared all arrangements before and after the demise of Isaias. Why do London attendees started from the last phase, as our Egyptian brothers say,””جيبها من الآخر? These guys know all the steps, but what concern them is a group of Eritreans, not all the people Eritrea. In the past as a group they crowned Isaias to become a monster who made all the cowards flee from the country, except the people of Eritrea who are facing the monster alone.

    Amanuel Iyassu endeavored to convince us ,during his interview with Dr. Brekhet H., that the intention of the London conference is to put studies for future democratic Eritrea. He has forgotten, in London Yiakil gathering, his lecture about the importance of one leadership for all. The London Yiakil gathering emboldened him to tell us how essential is to have a common leadership, for the success of our struggle and building of new democratic nation. Mr. Amanuel Iyassue apprehends well that we hate PFDJ apologists for their lying and denial of anything, they are void of honest. It is shame to practice the same like the PFDJs. He should have been courageous enough and honest to inform his audience that the London conference was a grave mistake. In last week London Yiakil gathering, he was speaking about unity of Eritreans, but in his London conference unity was evaporated from the scene. He didn’t ask those who participated in the conference: Why are you only one color? Why do you convene your conference without prelude, and why was it secret and selective? Could we call the London conference a Diaspora secret party similar to that of EPLF? Truly, Amanuel Iyassue proved that he is not an honest journalist.

    The first pillars, values, of democracy are honesty and justice for all. If any person misses these values, he is not a democratic person. The people of Eritrea practices these values, for centuries, without researches and conferences. Isaias became a dictator, because all those who were around him, starting from Dr. Berekhet, were not honest people. They don’t believe in justice at all. Dr. Brekhet claims that the constitution he has written is derived from the opinions of the Eritrean people, but, believe me, he is not honest.

    THE LONDON CONFERENCE WAS THE GATHERING OF THE SICK MINDSETS. GOD SAVE ERITREA FROM THEM.

    Al-Arabi

  • iSem

    Wedi Saleh’s Torch of Liberty that does not exist.

    Hi All:
    MS: I read your reply and then I reread your FB entry, I as so gentle in my first rebut to you, contrary to your allegation of.” unbound false accusation”
    MS in his last FB blog remind us about the need to abandon family, friends, if their political believes(principles) do no match ours. But what does that mean? It means if you question anything about Eritrea (read PFDJ) you have relinquished your principles and Eritrean steadfastness and so you are to be unfriended, and blood relatives are to be isolated, spouses to be divorced, children to be disowned. Not earth shattering idea. In Wedi Saleh’s parlance or a parlance has learned it is called: ምንጻል
    And in 2001 PFDJ in Toronto declared that “we should isolate those who do not support our government in the case against G15 and we should not attend their weddings, their mourning, their funerals.”
    Most ridiculous thing WS said in this last FB entry was his called for calm conversation, a leisurely debate, one that is un rushed, not urgent. Let us take our time, calm down, there is no urgency.
    Nay, we should have passionate, urgent, furious conversation. It is emergency
    It even gest worse, WS was so generous and said, we have to keep the torch of liberty burning. Liberty? ማዕዳ ለጊስልና Wedi Saleh.

    In a country where north of 20,000 political prisons are held in secret places and those who die are buried in secret in the dead of the nigh, in mass graves, a country where a soldier arrests you and leaves you for ሕድሪ prisoners, like an item and the citizen is left languish for years. A country where three generations of family, e.g Ciham’s family are arrested because an adult loved one decided to abandoned the regime. A country where founding fathers and mother are in Ela-Ero: a new prison in the hottest part of the country, custom built to inflict max pain to them and WS has the audacity to lecture us with his smug attitude to “burn the torch of liberty.” We have to ignite the torch of liberty. Unless, in a Freudian slip, he is telling us to commit arson on the torch of liberty by “burning the torch of liberty”.
    All these he called “temporary hiccup,” It is not a hiccup, it is an existential threat.

    If you readers are wondering why I am furious it is because: At a time when Eritreans are at the cusp of turning against the terrorist regime of PFDJ, WS is calling for calm, and that all our troubles are hiccups, a bump in our smooth throats and that it will wither away on its own, no need for cure.

    • Paulos

      Semerile,

      Remember “Titanic”? There is this particular scene where the cinematographer zooming-on the music band who kept on playing to the end with a straight face while everyone was rushing and jumping of the ship to save their lives. Of course, the band didn’t take the collusion course with a huge iceberg for a small bump or a hiccup but probably tried to ease the panicky passengers which is dubbed stupidity of the century when they sunk into the deep sea along the ship.

      • iSem

        Hi Paulo
        Yea, I remember. Even when they were told it is mathematical certaity

      • Consolation

        Yep Dottore,

        The Weyanes have been kicked out of Addis and are now holed in Meqele. Yet you still are hoping for them to carry you to Asmara. At what point does it sink in that Eritrea has emerged victorious in the 20 year war against Tigrayan perfidy?

        • Selamat Consolation,

          Unlike Merkebna the ship which has sunk deep into an abyss the Weyanes are taking advantage of their current political predicament to calmly focus and diligently work for the benefit of the people of Tigray. The Weyane or the TPLF do not do this only out of their own benevolence, but also they seem to have managed to unit their people by creating an all peoples mass participation. The people of Tigray themselves are involved by openly demanding their mandated service to meet alleviate the peoples needs from their government and diligently in cooperation with the government through the legal available institutionalized and continually solidifying structure are actively working to achieve significant and register successes. Theirs is a much healthier and vibrant buzzing with activity of a healthy interdependent society of state government. They are perfectly content with their current confident role with regard to the federal system they themselves engineered. Now that they are enabled to be more intimately closer and amongst their people they are more tuned with a range of concerns from their constituents, the people of Tigray, they are registering greater success by a people a very vivid heavy participatory government in the State of Tigray. And where as TPLF’s Merkeb is sailing and creating its own winds force for their state’s smooth sailing, Denmarkino AArkey Professor Paulos is making the point of how Pirates who hijacked Merkebna proved to be incompetent captains and failures in their ability to navigate and as a result have caused the sinking of the ship while you the band members play the same old tired non harmonized non melodic fun of shrieking sounds which is music to only your ears that is falsely soothing only the fools like you. You see at least the band playing in sinking Titanic are very cognizant of their ship impending and very imminent doom and have elected to consciously remain in service. There is no consciousness to speak of in your case.

          “Merkebna Wagga nayy Harinet iyyu abb Qalssi ” blared the mega phones of the EPLF once upon a time. There are no megaphones but voiceless and imageless stagnant absent of any vibrations of movement and activity by a healthy Eritrean people of all ages in Eritrea is the reality of Eritrea today. From the one and only media outlet distant camera focused images of nearly empty land scapes as well as dilapidated depopulated Eritrean city and town centers, absolutely zero closeup of any independent, autonomous people who express themselves with confidence and the eloquence, who are in absolutely zero participation in the non existing building of their stand still society. Without a legislative body of the people’s elected representatives national Eritrean Assembly, without a functioning judiciary and a national constitution, without strong institutions of new innovations and organized thought the visible filing apart aging empty buildings, un maintained poorly engineered zigzagy asphalted roads and absent of any aesthetically pleasing geometrical cross streets with broken traffic posts directing the gone missing and ghost habitants. It is all evident from the poor quality productions of Eritrean media’s production of both news and entertainment reflecting the true less than very poor existence of the stagnant society oppressed under the tyranny visionless and selfish PFDJ tyrannical regime – suffering with extreme freeze the ship sinking fast because it has indeed crashed into the “iceberg.”

          On the other hand do your self a favor and with your own eyes and ears observe in detail that which is available to you at your arm’s reach the access of independent free press, public mass media, vibrant public and commercial institutions designed with thought, solidly already in existence and established and the continuing building of more people’s institutions is there for you to see the TPLF’s society. A society that has given birth for multiple political parties. Unlike your sinking ship the TPLF is at home both literally and figuratively working with their people’s full and very vivid participation. Just compare the quantity, quality, force of impact, frequency of the motions of the people and machinery in Ethiopia’s State of Tigray and the polar opposite of the Eritrean society by studying each’s respective media outlets. Most of all if you are very honest with your self, you will start giving the due respect of the TPLF and the society of Tigray in general to be exemplar and a positive influence for the Eritrean society. And if you are wise you will see Tigray as a source of future support for Eritrea.

          You need to wakeup from your falls delusions and realize the true reason for an awakened person’s true perception of a strong Weyane by far very advanced and organized than the PFDJ sinking Merkeb. Gnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

          “Merkebna Wagga Nayy Harinet iyyu abb Qalsiiiiiiii”
          Izzi neAAna Hzbi Eritrea iyyu!

          I to the power of n —> there is false consolation to only yourself.
          wake up and scientifically explore.

          tSAtSE

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam iSem
      Starting today and until you come to your senses, I will pick up parts of your replies in which you falsify and will call them for what they are: LIES. I would not want to disappoint my friend Nitrickay in engaging you, but I love to take the bull by its horns. And I will make sure you get that. The next article may appear on Hadas Ertra or tesfanews just to make sure folks like you do not have the capability of influencing me. As I say it, again and again, to remind individuals like you, I feel great when Wayanistas get infuriated. That means I’m on the right track. Remember the two signposts that guide me? Yep, they are the extreme Wayanistas and extreme PFDJistas. You are mad because I called my cousin not to regurgitate the propaganda that your spiritual leader (Yosief G/Hiwet) and his disciples, the zealots at “Bruh mEXAei”. Your futile attempts to shut me up, or influence my thinking, is laughable. Many before you tried it but failed. For today:
      You wrote, ” MS in his last FB blog reminds us about the need to abandon family, friends, if their political believes(principles) do no match ours. But what does that mean? It means if you question anything about Eritrea (read PFDJ) you have relinquished your principles and Eritrean steadfastness and so you are to be unfriended, and blood relatives are to be isolated, spouses to be divorced, children to be disowned.”
      My response: A complete lie, it is a typical and cheap demonizing tactic. I was responding to the following:”24 ግንቦት ሽፈቱ ዘውዲ ዝድፍአለ መዓልቲ እያ።
      ስለ ዚ ን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣይ እንታዩ እያ ግን ን ሽፈቱ ን ደገፍቱ መዓልቲ ነጽነቶም እያ”
      I understand you consider May 24 a calamity. Last year this time we were having a similar conversation which triggered me to write an article on the essence of May.
      To come to the point, I know celebrating May 24, induces headaches to you. Get a bottle of Tylenol ready. The majority of Eritreans will observe and honor it while doubling their commitment to making it even brighter. More headaches to come, buckle up. As you said in the past, you and your company mourn May 24, we will celebrate it. If you need a black suit, I will ship it to you.
      It is sad that one wants to discuss more pressing issues, yet you keep dragging me to self-evident matters. However, if you choose to fabricate and falsify stuff just to blackmail and discourage me, you will be sorry. Now, we know you are mad because I criticized someone who said May 24 belongs to bandits. Well, that is great, iSem. You keep making my job easy.

      • iSem

        Hi WS:
        Let me say your job will not be easy, your write in Hadas and Tesfanews and FB and if your write to canonize and mislead, it will not be easy for you, Your news digs are hugging you, I say to that Ya hilelek Mahmud Saleh once was Serrih, Mahmud Saleh Osman was once a man. Latey he underwent surgery, surgery by the very able Yemane Moneky
        About demonizing May 24, it is a lie Mahmuday, it is kidnapped, repeat like after me like azmatch in Zematch;s song. 🙂
        Every Eritrean knows that May 24 is Eritrean independence day, even the Woyanay MZ believed in May 24, let alone an Eritrean like me, But you are dodging. Are you telling me that PFDJ did not hijack May 24. Let us burn the torch of Liberty
        If you have any sense left, join the Yiakil movement, use your pen to advocate on behalf of the voiceless in Ela- Ero, if you have burned your memory, I can list the names of freedom fighter in the dungeons.
        You have no case, you are against history.

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Ahlan iSem
          No more fooling, no more schooling, my friend. You are the last one to lecture me on my comrades…here, you have been working to tarnish the legacy for which they had fought, sometimes calling them “killers” and sometimes bandits. Keep reafing YosiefGH guidelines, your spiritual leader. No more kuda Areza, readers can judge. More headache-inducing events to come. I have my compass, i don’t hitchhike floating rhymes.

          • Hope

            Ahlen Wed Ad:
            Why are you wasting your precious time with a LOSER and a de facto “defector” ;and who HAS NO Moral ground to accuse someone ,who sacrificed his entire life?
            Refer him to Gen Nittric.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Hope
            I am to slow to let “friends” go, dear Hope, and ones I do so, I don’t have a second guess. I’m approaching that limit (as in mathematics).
            I understand yours and Nitrickay’s frustration, believe me, I get it.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear MS,

            Why do you keep bringing YG in your argument? If iSem is quoting him or he is using him as a reference then you should but otherwise, I don’t think it’s right to bring him. iSem is probably one of the most read ERITREAN when it comes to politics, he can recite letters of Abraham Lincoln in memory let alone to be influenced by YG and others. He makes his own statement and just challenge him alone without including YG and others.

            He has written his views in the open like everyone else, may not be to the liking of everyone but one should argue for his own.

            1) Someone I respect and trust here in AT has told me that, YG is a nice person and he does and love and care for Eritrea like everyone else. I have no doubt to think otherwise but I take his views as difference of opinion. BTW, I don’t endorse his views, as a matter of fact I think it’s unbecessary distraction from our real fight for democracy.

            2) I know iSem over 20 years, and I can assure you he is no weyanay. In fact he has never set foot in Tigray. What ever he says and writes is out if his real conviction but he needs nothing from weyane or anyone else. I know he is one of the most savvy and successful Eritrean where I live.

            I am not asking you to take my words for it, and I am it her defending him, but I thought I state the facts that I know about. Having said that, I don’t endorse his argument he is having with you.

            With respect,
            Berhe

        • Blink

          Dear Isem
          ቁሩብ ዓይኒ ሕፍረት የብልካን ድዩ ? ከመይ ኢልካ ዲኻ ዓቢኻ ? የኸፍኣለይ እዩ ዘይትብል . You are just a mini circuit that can be replaced by one single reverse and here you are bragging about many things , is there anything that you shouldn’t do? I mean you are around one circle. Substandard at birth and a weird thing in the childhood journey do play serious mark in the old ages .

          • iSem

            Oh, Blink:
            I did not think u speak Tigrinya u speak it without accent as well, Welldone
            I told you Blinkay that you guys, supporters of PFDJ are sub human to me. What I wrote about, MS dodged it and brought YG, poor YG if it was up you guys you will stone him to death for speaking
            I challenge MS’s unstable stand on justice and he has nothing to say except bring YG, and that he loves his disappeared comrades and you What I wrote about are absolute truth. MS does not need your defense and by the way, if I had to choose between you and MS, I will choose MS, hands down
            And nice try to shame me by saying የኸፍኣለይ እዩ ዘይትብል. I repeat I do not get intimidated by supporters of human traffickers and you are bringing my up brining, you have not clue about it, let me tell, I did not grow up in bar or ghetto and I have family with deep roots in Eritrea and that is where I drive my convictions anchored in truth. It does not mean I do not err or get pulled to hyperbole, but I am way, way, way better human being than you, I can assure you because your comments and stand betray you.
            For all I know Blink, until you tell as your name, where you live, to me you might be one of the people who profit from the human trafficking that Eritreans pay to in Europe or maybe one of the beneficiaries of it in Asmara. So you are not here to debate and before you corrupted MS, he was here to debate and his articles about music, politics prove that. If you cannot wrap your head around what I am saying about MS, it is because you cannot hold opposing ideas, you are either on or off, a tell-tell sigh of robotics
            Stau awayn when MS and I are debating or arguing. Ok for your own safetly, because your brain will fry.

          • Blink

            Dear isem
            Tigrinja is not my mother language and I try to do my best when ever I try the language, you should admire me for trying though I may not good at it . ጭሩ ብዓቕማ ትሕንጎም እዩ :: accent , come on you should have heard me speak then , I mean writing can be mustered by searching the Geez Alphabetical order .
            Let’s come back to the point ,
            It is just MS giving you too much time unless you are not that much important to address with . Your upbringing do have a foot print on you and that has nothing to do with the roots you have in Eritrea , you are the guy who laughed at Eritrean national anthem and praised the Canadian one , you are the one who defend weyane crimes by deflecting topics of debates and here you are abusing MS the great who is a more free man , MS support base is from all walk of lives Eritreans while you and your princess as well as YG support base is a weyane orginal morning.

            I am not beneficial of anything, I am very well to do person and that is all based on my merit . You on the other hand who migrated to Sudan while looking a dying neighbor, you keep accusing with out any prove , you have done this for a long period of time , I think your problem is a cosmetic branding. I asked you to bring one single sentence from my comments that correlate with your accusations still you didn’t get one word .Why are you and your alike calling for my name , Why do not ask hayat to do the same ? Is that because she is your princess and also helping you attack EPLF history and abusing others who stand their ground , reason out your comments.

            When I accuse people , I quote them and even bring their comments with dates , you should do the same .

          • Nitricc

            I am way, way, way better human being than you,

            Hey Blink; I was I was reading what the A-hole animal; Semere wrote to you and I just couldn’t believe how stupid and narcissist he is. He thinks he is it. The truth is he was in Sudan working tea shop where it happens; then he lied to his azz and he got resettlement to Canada where he become addicted to welfare. His greatest accomplishment and adventure is visiting Brazil hahahahahahahahahaha I am not kidding you. Dude, this animal is the stupid one. The good thing is we know who this animal is.
            I mean this animal is old but never differentiates the good from the bad. He told you he didn’t grow up in a bar or ghetto but the truth he grow up in tea shops of Sudan and if you ask me I rather grow up in anywhere but the tea shopes of Arabs. The is a very good reason why he is. However I am very disappointed with MS. why contest with a Pig?

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam The great Gen.Nit.
            I know you are disappointed for continuing to engage him, but I have to do it even if I get dirty. Hippocrates and leaky folks need not lecture us on integrity. Folks who get their energy from wallowing in YosiefGH world need not patronise me about justice and fairness. You see how thin-skinned he is. He calls us subhumans just because we disagree with his wild concoctions. More headaches to come, isem, and May 24 will not stop from coming, get ready to put on the black garb.

          • iSem

            Ahlen MS:
            haha, yes, the act of God cannot be stop even by the Alfan Omegan IA: May 24 will for ever come. I agree. We agree:-)
            As bro Ayneta said, you keep bringing YG, to disappoint you, I have no communication with YG. No, I lied: I had one public in communication at Asmarino when he wrote about Degen’s interview, I corrected him and he replied saying I was wrong.
            But you keep referring to him, this shows his ideas scare u, he free thinking, because you are against it by virtue of your association with PFDJ. This is called regression
            If you mean PFDJ by WE, then No, you do not disagree with the Eritrean people, you are annihilating them. simple. PFDJ is annihilating them. So do not even try to spin, PFDJ difference from us, oh how I love difference, PFDJ does not differ from us in opinion in the same way Dergi did not differ from us politically

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Blink
            I don’t think iSem will engage you in good faith. Let’s see if he will answer your challenge. You wrote, ” I asked you to bring one single sentence from my comments that correlate with your accusations still you didn’t get one word.” That is a great challenge. Look how he characterizes people who differ with him: subhuman!!!! And he preaches us justice, democracy and what not!! Ajaib biela Shaib.
            The problem with iSem is that he rashes to accusations simply because he could not man up to say sorry. I challenged him multiple times and he dodges all my challenges, yet he comes and accuses me of dodging his questions! Ajaib biela Shaib

          • iSem

            MS:
            Now, do you consider the PFDJ and the rest pf people is political difference? And that is your thing, your way of branding PFDJ as a political thinking that we are differing with. No MS, if u beleive so, you shoould also believe that Dergi differed from the Ghedli only politically. PFDJ as time has proved us right, is an Existential threat to the Sovereignty of Eritrea and painting it with flashy colours will not change the rotten nature of PFDJ. Futile. Hilmi eyu. I said that before and I say it more now as PFDJ gives me more prove of that. You are the evidence guy, you want seal, evidence of that: go interview Eritreans inside Eritrea, forget the “800 Africans” that lied to the UN

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam iSem
            According to my intact judgement, even the Dergs and Wayanes were/are not subhumans. They were barbaric systems manned by humans. It is human who acts devilishly. When you characterize humans as “subhumans”, that is very dangerous, my friend. The next step of such mental disposition is to treat all those whse politics you don’t like. Wow! I expect such a foolhardy pronouncement only from a deranged mind, not from someone who pretends to be fighting for justice. Thank you for making my job easy.
            Now, could you answer Blink’s question? Your wild ideas are more destructive than PFDJ’s national charter. You get that? I told you many times that compared to the wayane/YG breeds, PFDJ is a lesser evil to Eritrea. I’m not shy or scared to articulate my positions. OK. HlKlK ayfetun. I have always told you the majority of PFDJ are patriots. Wayane/YG ideas are alien. PFDJ is a national entity. I said last year and repeated it several time that PFDJ has the chance to lead the nation and get it cross this crucial juncture to constitutionalism and institutionalism or will be swept away by the Eritrean people. That has been my position. I know it is too much to digest for some who have been addicted to TPLF-facilitated quick solution, but that is just the reality in front of us. Now, could you answer Blink’s challenge?

          • iSem

            Merhaba MS;
            I see little improvement here, build on it, you called PFDJ evil, albeit, “lesser”.
            Now as to Blik: do not go there, I delineate u from Blink, so do not conflate MS with Blink
            Now, stop bringing YG, he is not in this debate. priactise what you claim/preach and speak truth.,YG is not the issue here
            Now stop calling and spinning the difference between PFDJ and us as political. It is not, they have demonstrated to destroy us and they have abdicated their chances to redeem themselves and the straw that you are latching into, your anguished dream about PFDJ reforming will come to haunt you, you will be disappointed (Blink save this too). My friend, PFDJ has consistently disappointed you and it will push and to do so until every Eritrean who is for sovereignty has left and the Qitwas ruling Eritrea. And you are enabler, if not yet, you are sliding to it

            You keep saying Woyane, Mahmuday, do you miss them so much? Who introduced Eritreans to Woyane. I think you miss them so much, you still crave your unholy alliance with them. I never mentioned TPLF or YG and you keep bringing them in every comment, avoiding the larger issue of how PFDJ has put our country on the verge of destruction. I may make your job easier to attack me by calling me TPLF and YG and stuff like that but it will got hotter for you, it will smolder as you become more radicallized to the point we will confuse you with ST( Sophia Tesfamariam). This is not Shabiat or Haddas or Tefanews

          • iSem

            Blink:
            You have no idea how I went to sudan and you might as well be well to do person: and I suspect before by siding with Dergi and now with PFDJ, there are well to do ppl of that nature, actually these kind of ppl are the only well to do people, because any honest person who tries to do honest business or work cannot be well to do person in Dergi and PFDj. yes u got it I am equating PFDJ and Dergi
            Oh, I do not have video of your crimes, it is circumstantial, u support PFDJ as gleaned from your comments here and PFDJ is implicated with human trafficking. Not by me, but by 800 Eritreans

      • Ayneta

        Merhaba Mahmuday:
        With each of your comments, you are sounding more of a gossiper than a factual commentator as many of us have come to know you here. Like most PFDJ stooges, you keep on reverting to name calling. I don’t understand why you keep on mentioning YG in your comments, like a woman who cites the name of her first lover in her sleep every night, to the chagrin of her current partner. Semere has never endorsed or cited YG in his comments. I think I know why you keep on inserting YG in your comments: it is because you have no substantive ideas to gloat about. Semere has asked you very pertinent questions, but your answer is to call him YG apologist. You can do better than that, just answer his questions.

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Dear Ayneta And BerheY
          Ayneta, you know that I usually avoid responding to you and that is not because I hate you. It is because your comments are often personal. I know you hate ghedli or, at least, detest talking things related to it. I am sure you have reasons for that. I respect your position. Believe me, I do believe the Eritrea I aspire to see should accommodate ideas such as the ones you believe in. My problem is when people cherry-pick episodes to make a point, for cheap political propaganda. In that case, I feel a responsibility tom try to highlight the parts that people like YosiefGH leave out; I try to put things within context; I try to explain the complex nature of problems we attack. And for that I’m called a PFDJ stooge. I hope you don’t consider my reply condescending or lecturing you. I’m talking to you with open heart, without any grudges.
          As far as iSem is concerned, there is much to be said. Suffice to say, that we have direct connections and I have never held back my feelings and anxieties from him; we talk without reservations; we agree on what we agree on and leave aside things that we don’t agree on. I’m baffled by his recent attacks, because he knows my positions, from comments I have been making publicly and/or from private conversations we have had. I don’t know why he insinuates I have made a sudden change. I made explicit stat3ments to individuals in this forum that I could never be part of the opposition that has been active for the last 20+ years simply because I see it as an entity that complicated Eritrean political discourse. Also, I see it as an entity that has served Wayane’s excuses to continue on its belligerence. I have my own idea of what an opposition should look like. Thus, I follow signs that emanate from my heart. You may call me PFDJista. That is fine with me.
          I am responding out of respect, otherwise, I would not want to dwell on defending myself. Do not hesitate to say whatever you want to say about me, I’m OK. Just be fair and accurate. That’s all.
          Regards.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan MS,

            The signs of brokenness is plain. It is the opposition of all the people of Eritrea; the rest entities are followers of this great people.

            Al-Arabi

    • Consolation

      ሎሚይኮነን ምስ ኣርከበ እርጋን
      ኢግሪ ምስ ኣተወ፥ መቓብር ምዉታን
      ቀደምዩ ብሰማንያታት ጀሚሩ ቲ ዕብዳን
      ትሓኤ ምስ ኣተወት፥ ጠቕሊላ ንሱዳን፥፥

      እወ ሽዑ ኡዩ ጀሚሩ ቲ ጽላለ
      ካድር ጀብሃ ፈቀድኡ ምስኮብለለ
      ዓጋቲ ስኢኑ ከም ኣድጊ ምስ ሃለለ
      መኣዝኑ ስሒቱ፥ ከም ዕቡድ ምስፈለለ

      ከምዚ ሕጂ እወ ይዝከረና
      እልፊ ሓንጀ መንጂ ከይሓፈሩ ክብሉና
      ሻዕብያ ናጻ ካብ ተውጽኦ መሬትና
      ምስ ደርጊ ምንባር ይሕሾ ህዝብና፥፥

      እወ ሽዑ ዩ ሓሞቶም ዝፈሰሰ
      ሽዑዩ ኤርትራውንቶም ዝሃሰሰ
      እወ ሽዑዩ ጥልመት ዝተጠንስ
      ካድር ጀብሃ ሽዑዩ ዝተረመሰ::

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam consolation,

        ጉልባብካ ቀሊዕካ ኣብ ቃልዕ ወጺእካ’ዶ ከምዚ ትብሎ ዘለኻ ክትብል ትኽእል? ካብ ጓዳጉድ ወኻሩ ዝወጸ መቃልሕ ኮይኑ እዩ ዝስመዓና ዘሎ:: በጃኻ እታ ርእስኻ አቀልቅል አብላ እቲ ድምጽኻ ብንጹር ክንሰምዖ:: ጀብሃውያን ደአ ተሓቢኦም መዓስ ይዛረቡ ኾይኖም:: ንእምነቶም ኣብ ቃልዕ ወጺኦም እንድዮም ዘቃልሕዎ::

      • iSem

        Consolation:
        You are deflecting, we are not talking about ELF, and you come out of the blue and you mention ELF,
        You may think I have something to do with ELF, you are hearing voices
        Now your poem is rhyming, but it is not art
        And since you remembered ELF then let me tell you this: if they said that to you, they are right because you conspired with TPLF, otherwise known as Woyane,lead by MZ, Siye to destroy a national front and you have to be ashamed of it.and then you followed them to sudan and murdered them in dark alleys, yes I agree you guys have no difference than the Dergi

        • Consolation

          Selamat

          I have never ever heard anyone throw their shining furniture and replace it with what they collected from the garbage dump. Yet you expect the Eritrean people to throw ou their shining leaders who have performed miracles, liberated Eritrea twice and replace t hem with the garbage that has been serving Weyane for the past twenty years. That is wht the poem is all about; about the insanity that stared in the 1980’s. The insanity that made the same people refuse to vote in the referendum. The insanity that drove them to the Weyane during the 1998-2000 war. The isanity that has turned them into weyane servant for the past 20years. The insanity that makes them come up with the most stupid propaganda that Shaebia is selling Eritrea. At some point they have to say enough to the Hasehwye!

          • iSem

            Consolation:
            You have no clue what you are talking about. All the poem and the comment can be summarized in one line: I have my enda tehanit and villa in Asmara and to save them I have to sing IA.
            We are not talking a bout ELF, I think your keep bringing the a serial killer who keeps items of his victims to remember the pleasure hs enjoyed when doing the did
            NO No madaam/sir EPLF and PFDJ are not shining stars, they are dimming starts

          • Paulos

            Consolation,

            I was listening earlier today to Professor Gaim Kibreab’s interview with Assenna-TV. And here is how he described the miracle that you are so proud of. He said, Adi-Grat is feeding Eritrea when it sends bread to the needy and hungry. Before you scratch your head looking for a word for it, let me help you out. It is called epic tragedy!

          • Consolation

            Selam,

            And I am supposed to be impressed when an opportunist like Gaim Kibreab speaks?

          • Paulos

            Consolation,

            No you are supposed to pay close attention to what he has to say. He is an academic whose expertise revolves around the dynamics of refugees including studying the reasons behind the pull and push factors as Eritreans opt to live anywhere but in Eritrea. Moreover, he collects data and infers a pattern by utilizing mathematical models and his findings are forwarded to policy makers where the public is made aware through public intellectuals as in journalists, writers, bloggers among others. That is how a structured information is disseminated to the public in any normal country where no one claims ownership of the truth but public opinion.

            And here we have a backward nation still stuck in ሳሕል where propaganda is confused with the truth and public opinion is stymied by a brute force. What a pity!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            Dr. Gaim is a sociologist. Actually, so far I haven’t seen a good Eritrean researcher like him. Out of the many books he authored, I read two of his books – “The Eritrean Dream deferred” and “ critical reflection of the war of Independence of Eritrea” a well researched books. I admire Dr Gaim. I have only one qualms to him. Few years ago (I think 2010 or 2011) as an expert in the study of refugees, I asked him to visit the four camps of Eritrean refugee in Ethiopia. He did not respond to my request and did not attempt to do it. I believe he was scared of blackmailing from the PFDJ lots. Anyway he will not escape from the derogatory insult of PFDJ. Other than that the man is one of the few intellectual assets of Eritrea.

            Regards

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            Knew that he has books to his credit but never got around them. I admire his courage for speaking out against tyranny and his effort to advocate for refugees when others opted to be lap dogs of the dictator. The days are around the corner where we all go back home and rebuild our nation bottom up using our yet untapped potential and human resources.

          • Haile S.

            Paul,
            ይዝከረካ እንተኾይኑ፡ ከም ቀደም ኣብ ሬድዮ ቃኘው ስቴሽንን ሬድዮ ኣስመራን ዝነበረ፡ ናይ ቨሮኒካ ሰሎሞን ‘ራህዋ ክመጽእዩ’ መሪጸልካ ኣለኹ። ደሊኻ ስምዓያ።

          • Paulos

            Yea sure. Thanks Hailat.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam consolation,

        Sorry, I heard you talking from a ghost’s cage. I am one of the ELF cadres you are hallucinating about (you can see I upvoted you). I challenge you head on. Muster some courage, come out from your cocoon and post exactly the poem as real person. Then, I will grace you, not as virtual creature with tongue and lips, but as real person the dignity of engaging in civilized debate -point by point – on the none sense your post contains.

        So, please be bold and respond to the challenge. Finally, bad news to you, dear. The ELF was and remain a national front of patriots not suspects like some of the demi-gods you worship. The ELF is an idea, and sensible people understand ideas do not die, and are conditions of mind set; they are not blood and flesh that decompose. Thus, the ELF exists and will exist. If you do not believe, you may ask your boss.

        NB: dear forumers, please pardon me for this unusual way of stating things. It’s not my character.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Ismailo,

          ናይዚኦም ነገር ገዲፍካ ተዛረብ:: እቲ ክንግዞቦ ዘለና አሕፋሪን አንዋርን ምስ ባዕዳውን ኮይኖም አንጻር ኣሕዋቶም ዝገብርዎ ቅትለት ኣብ ቃልዕ ወጺኦም ከዛርቦም አይክእልን’ዩ። ብሓቂ ከምቲ ዝበልካዮ እቲ “ሃገራውን ደሞክራስያ መትከላት” ጀብሃ ኣብ ሕብረት ሰብና ሰሪጹ ካብ ወለዶ ንወለዶ ዝተሳጋገረ አምር ስለዝኾነ: ንጨቆንቲ ገዛእቲ ህግደፍ እቲ ቀንዲ በዳሂ ስነሓሳብ ከምዝኾነ ንባዕሎምውን አይስሕትዎን እዮም:: ከምኡ ስለዝኾነ እኮእዩ ካልኦት ውድባት ንከይአትዋ ዝአገዱ:: ኣብ ዕላምኡ ዘይተአማመን “ፓለቲካዊ ሓይሊ” ኩሉ ብጎነጽ ስለዝደልዮ እዚ ኣብ ሃገርና ንርእዮ ዘለና ትርእዮ ርእሱ ዝኸአለ ምስክር’ዩ::

        • Consolation

          Selamat

          Being an ELF cadre ceased to be a badge of honor when ELF cadres held their third national conference in Gonder when Eritreans were defending their nation from the onslaught of the worst enemy that Eritrea faced.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Consolation (actually nameless)

            Sorry! ተጋጊየ ነይረ፣ ከም ሰብ ዓድና ኒሕ ዘለካ መሲሉኒ ነይሩ ዝበደህኩካ። ለካ ሓሞት ዘይብልካ መቛጸርቲ ኢካ።

            Anyway, for a last time, I want to tell you with fortitude and pride, I am one of the heroes like Siyoum Ogbamichael, Dr. Habte Tesfamariam, Ahmed Nasser, Abdalla Hassan, Osman Ohmammed, W/Ammar and many others who attended not third but 5th congress of the great ELF-RC (read:the undomitable ELF). Some of them were men who mentored your boss what commitment to patriotic national cause was. I am telling you all this because people like you should be told the way they should be. Not because I live in the past and its glory. But, you should learn that the badge of honor you mentioned has been indelibly engraved on the shoulders of our ELF heroes like inscription on steel plate. Learn to live with that, dear. And, consider this last note to you.

        • iSem

          Hi Ismail:
          You see the PFDJ have no respect even for the dead, until 1990 Consolation and his gangsters were hunting down ELF cadres and murdering them in dark streets with the help of TPLF and corruptd Sudanese officials, that is is MS is mad because TPLF does not do that dirty job for them now.
          And Consolation maybe hiding because he might be one of the hunters, so you challenge will be unanswered
          I do not understand why you are apologetic, you tone is the same. Good

          • Ismail AA

            Dear iSem,
            Such people are soul less and spirit less creatures who worship a macho. They should actually be pitied. They had forfeited their conscience and live according to the rhythm the whims and fantasies of their demigod operate. That is why they walk and speak without concealed identity.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Ahlan Consolation,

        The aim of your poem is to distract, Yiakil, the people of Eritrea from facing the despot. Zero hour is not far if you possess full human senses.

        The works of ELF and EPLF, and all between them are Eritrean works. We leave it for historians to deal with it, and to come back to us with their researches to become lessons, in democratic Eritrea, for our future generations. Eritreans are proud of their history that realized their independence. The Eritrean independence is accumulation of thought, plan, misery, homelessness, sweat and blood of all Eritreans.

        I want to remind you that your boss has joined a matured revolution. All sane and wise people know the labour of birth is the difficult phase.

        Al-Arabi

    • Hope

      iSem:

      If u r truly a savvy and truthful guy like your buddy,Berhe,”testified” here on your behalf,as well as an honest Eritrean,please address the below brutal and to the point SUMMARY by Consolation.

      Criticize those Opportunist Traitors and their FAILED Org,who betrayed the Eritreans by backstabbing the Genuine Struggle by siding with Derghi and bowed to the Derghi and East Germans to execute the Regional Autonomy of Eritrea!

      No need to talk about the sad history of the joint TPLF-EPLF operation for tactical and strategic reasons .

      Talk also about the Abdela Idris et al and their submissive and treasonous role against Eritrea and Eritreans!

      The EPLF accomplished its job and it was ,should have been ;and is and should be our job to accomplish the Phase one of our Struggle.

      We failed coz of our COLLECTIVE FAILURE,not coz of Mahmoud Salih and the 99.999% of his INNOCENT but BRAVE men and Women,who sacrificed their ENTIRE LIVES for the sake of others!

      If we think the Higdefs and Mendefs are the enemies of Eritrea, well u cannot blame for doing its job well!

      Blame ourselves for failing ourselves and for being our own enemies of ourselves !

  • Gerogee

    Dear Eritreans. My humble opinion, the fact. The London meeting was sponsored by an outside entity is very suspect. No Eritrean should accept an outside interference in our internal affairs.

  • Ismail Adam

    First of all, the call for the conference was very much selective (mainly highlanders with their peers of decision makers), other Eritrean components are second hand (if ever exist)

    “The formation of a new national body of representatives of the Eritrean people after the end of the current dictator will prevent the use of violence,” said Heli Menkerios,
    Sweet words, but what Heli Menkerios is doing now is the monopoly and denial of other parties that contradicts his proposal and confirms the lack of credibility that has already been lost. His methods may lead to undesirable consequences.
    Finally, Heli Menkerios is coming up with an action/approach after decades of non-sense! better late than never, but not in deceiving way as always.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Ismailo,

      Why do we (Eritreans) do have an excessive belief on the “Role of individuals” to the extent we see them as our saviors from any predicament? Did you notice that? Or is it me? Can your historical binocular zoom in to it and check if my observation has an element of it?

      Regard

      • Haile S.

        Selam Emma,

        Alow me to chip in awaiting Ismaill AA’s response.
        Emma, it is you. I think you were quick to attribute to Eritreans something perceived negative. We are not different from others, from our kins Ethiopians, for example. One example: until modern times, Abyssinians never had formal organized army. During wars, the king or king of king call for war (ክተት) and local leaders assemble their soldiers. Every able citizen of the concerned area is supposed to get ready immediately. Soldiers are answerable to their local leaders. If two kings are at war, at the slightest shift in force, wounding or defeat of the leader, the winner gets all. The soldiers of the defeated become the soldiers of the winner with retribution limited to few top leaders only. ዝበረቐ ጸሓይና ዝነገሰ ንጉስና። The proverb, though known in Eritrea, in practice, it was alk over Abyssinia. The enmity between leaders and kings was pernicious, but the wars were very brief and short to minimize the impact on the shaky livelihood of the populace. This was because there was no institutions that handle every aspect of life. The regional leaders were handlers of the law and order everything gravitated on them under full control. That is the reason why becoming an outlaw (ሽፍታ) was the only available means to revolt. Any apparent ‘specificity’ that appears specific to Eritrea is a reflexion of the recent disorder. Nothing inherently negative character exists that could be attributable to Eritreans only.

        • Mez

          Dear Haile S,
          The only conceivable difference is the Askari-experience (and the massive capital flow from Musoloni-italy to Eritrea) of the last century.

          Thanks

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hailat,

          I took the following points from your arguments:

          (a) From the feudal history “king of kings” of the Habesha people (that includes the Eritrean highland) by their natures are strictly follow the instruction of their leaders and adore their leaders who ever he is, whatever he believes. And hence
          ዝነገሰ ንጉስና ዝበረቀ ጸሓይና was the social etiquette to follow. Add to this the revered adage by the Eritrean people “better the devil you know than you don’t.”

          (b) the concept “the winner takes all” of that era still holds in the current of Eritrea. Everything only us. The power of politics, the economy, the military, the security apparatus belong to us. We rule you and you will be ruled.

          (c) During that era the king was everything to control and dictates the life of the ordinary people. And here we are living still in the same conundrum “our king” is completely controlling the livelihood of our people.

          I think inadvertently without knowing haven justified my observations. Finally, እዛ ንህዝብና አይትንቀፍ ዝዓይነቱ ዘረባ ግን አይግድን ሃይላት:: ከም ኩሉ ህዝቢ ዝንቀፍን ዘይንቀፍን ባህልን አዛራርባን ሓቁፍና ንጉዓዝ ህዝቢ ምኾና አይትረስዕ::

          Regards

          • Haile S.

            Emma,
            Answering you to the last paragraph: Based on you writings on Eritrean highlanders, you are merciless with them while you are merciful with their kins south of the border. For example, above you attribute a universal proverb to Eritreans (Add to this the revered adage by the Eritrean people “better the devil you know than you don’t.”). Voltaire did not copy from an Eritrean when he said “Mieux vaut un demon qu’on connait qu’un ange qu’on connait pas” with the same meaning as you quoted.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Haile,
            I have been reading about a deranged Islamist “scholar” who encouraged al Bashir to mow down the protesters by quoting a religious edict from an era hundreds of your ago. The orthodox religion (translated as Selefi in Arabic) Muslim and Christian teaching alike promote blind obedience to rulers and they find justification if they are tyrants with the excuse of avoiding Chaos. Such edicts are from deep religious edicts of early scholars who were there to serve authority. That deep seated belief is what needs to be challenged in our traditions that mostly contradict the religious aspiration for justice.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Hailat,

            Aha Hailat, it you see it my wording I didn’t say “ the revered Eritrean adage”. I said “ the revered adage by Eritreans. In the former wording it belongs to Eritrean onl. In the later wording it doesn’t imply as an Eritrean adage. Knowing the universality of the adage, I put it the way I worded it. You see Hailat, it would have been better to clear the “foggy perception” you have on me, in order to understand my comments.

            Second, I am not obliged to criticize the culture and way of life of the Ethiopians, because it does not affect my life and the life of my immediate Eritrean citizens. I am criticizing on the negative attitudes we have towards each other to improve the quality of life of our people. It is in such circumstances that you react negatively always with wrong perceptions. We will criticize each other, we will criticize our bad cultures and attitudes with the aim to improve them. Ezi-wodehanka.

            Regards

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Aman H,

        Like most oriental societies, our society is also patriarchal in culture a d traditions. From this infrastructural attitude emanated social organization based on the distribution of authority in pyramidal hierarchy. This can be imagined from bottom up, starting from family unit. Power and authority is expressed on all levels through exercising macho attitudes in attitude and practice.

        Just reflect on male-female relations in our own families. So, it is no wonder our political attitudes and tendencies reflect our cultural and social constructs. It is an individual and a male at the top of the social pyramid. Before the introduction of organized political cultures, the system was also adopted by religious hierarchies, which is almost universal across all denominations and faiths.

        As to the practical form in our cultures, in ourhighland regions especially, which geographically makes part of the Abysinian plateau, I fully endorse the brief contribution from our own Haile S. with deserved gratitude. Thank you Haile.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Ahlan Ustaz Ismail AA,

          The patriarchal culture to be believed and practiced by the common people could be swallowed, but it is a catastrophe when believed and practiced by those we expect them to be educated people. An education that doesn’t shift her holder to wisdom, practically he is not educated. Education should reflect on the practical life of the person who claim to be educated or he is not educated. He just passed over it without any massive effect on his childish beliefs.

          Al-Arabi

    • Blink

      Dear Ismail
      What about bayto of sweden , does it occur to you that Bayto of sweden was before London conference, bayto is about getting power while London was a go together for fat cats that simply don’t even have an agenda about Eritrea. Bayto on the other hand are about dividing the Eritreans across religion and with that affirmative action disease to get power. Some honesty would help .

  • Haile S.

    ሰላም ክቡር ኣምባሳደር፡

    ክቡር ኣምባሳደር ኣነ’ውን ከምሰበይ ብወገነይ ክብለካ
    እንቋዕ ብደሓን ኣብዚ መጻእካ
    ሻሽ ዝመስል ፈረስ ተወጢሕካ
    ሰማያዊን ቀይሕን ሃሪ ተኸዲንካ
    እንሆ ኣብ ገጽ ዓወተ ቅልቅል በልካ
    Guido Reni ዝሰኣሎ መልኣኽ መሲልካ
    ምኪኤል ኣንገርጋሪ ሰይጣን ተወሲድካ
    ትጽቢት ሰብ ከምተንብቦ እሞ እንሃልካ
    ንኢሳያስ ከተስምዖ ትሕቲ እግሪ ረጊጽካ
    ሕጂ ሕቶ ሰብ ብሕቶ ስለዝኾንካ
    ተወሳኺ ናተይ ገዲፈዮ ይትረፍካ

    ከማኻ ውሑዳት ኣይኮንኩምን የብዝሕኩም
    ጾመ-ልጓሙ ጾመ-ተግባር ይፍትሓልኩም
    ሓውኹም ዝኣሰሮ ምስጢር ትፈትሑ ይግበርኩም

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Ambassador Haile,
    Glad to meet you here. Thanks for the article. I am glad you are now rethinking the 1991-onwards. This feedback from me is to encourage you to rethink more and faster. If we are to hope for a good solution, then we must rethink how Eplf operated pre 1991 as well. The post 1991 is only a logical extention of the armed struggle as you alluded to. There must have been something wrong with the way Eplf was managing affairs during the armed struggle to have evolved to become a monster during the latter period.
    The other point is that your realization is to be cosidered positive but i am sure you also might have sensed it is coming a bit late.
    You could have said something on the excesses and strategic flaws of the Eplf during the armed struggle. You could have said something when Eplf/Pfdj fail to graduate to a democratized amd institutionalized state. You could have said something when IA massacred the disable veterans at MaiHabar. You could have said something when IA was opening hot wars left and right and allowing the Eritrean youth perish to defend the dictator’s ego.
    The only time you stood up against him was in and after 2001. And then, your resistance against IA was with a mysterious hesitance even after your comrades were jailed and vegetating in unknown dungeons. You drifted to personal causes.
    Now you are back in play despite your pace is too slow and late to fit into the Eritrean dynamics. It is good you have come to help even this late though. Better late than never is what they say. However, you have a lot 5o cover. You need to feel the urgency of saving some of your still alive colleagues before they perish all. But most importantly, you need to do more and faster to save Eritrea.

    • Selamat Hayat Adem,

      As you have great zeal for putting Tigray and the TPLF in the best light as possible and you are always preoccupied with this task, your motive to put in the worst light and to discredit the EPLF induced you to come out swinging at the Ambassador. This is because you have not given due consideration to the numerous mitigating and very real circumstances during every stage you are questioning, more like interrogating him on. Find other means to amuse and please your self with your occupation and love affair that is your darling TPLF. Don’t be hinderance to Eritreas forward progress and stop being a spoiler. Rest assured Eritreans have a much more better understandings of the mitigating circumstances and honest rational of all the actions taken or lack thereof by the Ambassador. Your one and only occupation to put make up and beautify your TPLF you have a right to but not at the expense of Eritrea’s future. Tainted by stated reasons I have provided is your comment above. Think of the love you have been pretending for Eritreans by your Tigray and the TPLF. Not evident above.

      tSAtSE

      • Kaleb

        Hi GitSAtSE,
        You seem to have preconceived notion that Hayat is TPLF sympathizer. Let’s assume that she is TPLF sympathizer, can you at least have moral high ground and respond her questions? Instead of focusing on her hidden agenda why don’t you focus on her concerns. You seem to be more interested to criticize than recognize her concerns. Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, what you can do is have moral high ground and discuss the issues.
        I read Hayat’s comment twice, I don’t think Hayat has mentioned anything about TPLF nor does she indicated about TPLF, she is asking or bringing a valid concerns. Honestly, blaming TPLF for 28 years didn’t work, thus I don’t think it will work this time either. With all due respect let’s focus on the message. Let’s all stop covering up “IA failures” by blaming neighbor countries or leaders or TPLF, etc, it doesn’t help at all. If you believe “Eritrea’s affairs will be solved by Eritreans” then stop using TPLF/Woyane as excuse.
        It is IA admin responsibility to protect and prosper Eritrea. IA failed to open up the democratic space in the country, he failed to grow the economy, he failed to have freedom of speech, he failed to have a working constitution. IA is a despot, thus how is this TPLF to blame? I have been visiting this site for more than three months now, I do see “blemish game” used as an excuse.
        I am sorry that I focused on you but I think it will be vital to focus on the issue instead of externalizing it. I don’t blame the high achieving student for my low grades even if the high achieving student is trying to be ahead of me by any means. When I was in college I used to say “I got A” when I score A value result, but I used to say “the teacher gave me C” when I score C value result.
        I strongly believe that the internal problems of Eritrea affairs are due to IA admin, there is no other reason to play. You can’t blame TPLF for 28 years and counting, at some point you have to look yourself and say “enough is enough”.
        I do agree with you that if anyone brings TPLF into the game then you have every right to respond accordingly. Let’s stay focus on the issue.

        • Selam Kaleb,

          I understand your concerns but mine is not preconceived and I agree with you. However, It is from a very long time of observation of Hayat hat I make my claim. Her criticism of the Ambassadors not to have challenged IA prior to independence during the armed struggle is an argument she always makes. Her attempts are to say the EPLF did not have just cause of positive intentions for the future, which translates to “there is no basis for the Eritrean Sewra.” Though she does not explicitly say it she is consistent to follow with a comparison of the polar opposite of the EPLF, the TPLF. In her expert abilities to communist in subtleties, I am quite sure she recognizes exactly my targeted in isolation only to her specific criticism.
          But I will take head to all of your positive general suggestions. Thanks.

          tSAtSE

  • Ayneta

    Dear Ambassador:

    Somehow I was happy to see your name. I was even happier I when read your article. Your premise fits with what I have steadily held for some time now: Our problem lies in our history, namely armed struggle. Aside from that, I wonder why you decided to show face now, not that I am not enthusiastic about it, but I am just curious why now. As an ex-fighter who fought for our country’s independence, I have deep respect for you. I couldn’t help but speculate why prominent people like you never challenged the regime in the past 2 decades that is so ravaging our beloved country, at least openly. Perhaps, you were busy with your personal life. But It seems you are back now. I hope you will be there as a mentor and model in the struggle for positive change in the country. You see, I have great confidence in our vibrant and dynamic youth, but guys like could be an asset to the spearhead the change processes. The last thing we want is chaotic and unmanaged change. I think that is the concern of many Eritrea’s including me. We need people like you who have the experience and position to help the youth manage the change processes. I truly hope I will see more of you and your likes in the future.

    Content wise, I couldn’t agree with your artcile. There is a zero goodness-of-fit between experiences of our armed struggle and current reality. We are trying to push an adult’s limp into an infant’s outfit. Either the limp will break or the outfit will pop. So we have to reconcile with our past if ever we will live in a peaceful tomorrow.

    • Paulos

      Selam Ayneta,

      I suspect, in fact I am more convinced than ever that Isaias will open the doors for a national dialogue sooner than we think. And it is a plus to have people like the Ambassador coming to the limelight who can engage him as they are contemporaries who came of age during the turbulent years of the nation. They are not new to each other.

      I hope I am not being overly optimistic but all signs indicate that Isaias doesn’t have any wild card left close to his chest except the harsh reality that he will have to swallow his pride and make peace. Moreover, the Ambassador and other pressure groups of his caliber are not demanding for a violent change but a soft landing if you will where national dialogue and reconciliation is the theme.

      • iSem

        Hi Paulo:
        Hai assolutammentte torto; il tuo; your optimism is clouding your impeccable judgment. Crime investigators look for MO and it is seldom that a serial killer changes his MO. It is in his DNA, So IA as serial killer cannot abandon his MO, but he may show some overtures that resemble like he is going to do what you indicate. But he will not. First there is nothing in it for me, there is no upside, the upside for IA the downside. and let me also disappoint again, I hate to disappoint, I hope you optimistically know that but there is no pressure group in Eritrea that can compel him to succumb. None Your optimism is based on logical sane thinking, but IA is not same human and the pressure group, the fictional pressure group does not exist, if ministers and Generals had real power, IA would have been challenge when he unceremonously arrested Bitweded, he would have pressured to resign when he ordered the shooting of the disable in 1994. I could go on and on, but you get point IA is the ilk of Gadafi and Saddam, they all end up dying like dogs. Some get lucky like Mengistu but his fate would have been the same he escaped in the nick of time. IA has castrated his ministers and veteran fighters and generals and when he is unable to rule he will tell them blank point Abraham I Afwerki Abraham will be president. It is that simple. And no one will raise a whisper, they will server him. And with access to money, and information and cruelty his son will terrorize the country,

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Ismailo,

          Generally speaking we Eritreans don’t have a measured of “hope” and “despair”in our Eritrean politics. We become easily hopeful and easily feel despaired with the spikes of events be it positive or negatives. Eritreans flactuate so fast between these two behavior attitudes. Since politics is unpredictable we must be careful how we project our hopes and how to fight our despair. Don’t you think so.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            I am not being excited like a little kid with a candy on site. It is my reading of events that are unfolding fast. Again, what I said is not based on hope or despair based on what someone has said or not said but on the reality that is taking shape which matters most. Shifting in principle and understanding the shifting of events and drawing a conclusion are two different things.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            My comment is addressing to our general behavior. We all exhibit to some degree that natural behavior. I am not singling you out. Just watch how we become hopeful on HM in joining to the movement of change (if he is joining at all) without scrutinizing his political and social attitudes to our social make ups. His role in threatening our social fabrics. One with “Ambassadorial credential” came to the scene with all his baggage, and then viola the hope spikes, as if we found a state machine driver to the promise land. What I can say is this spike of hope will subside and eclipsed when we find a man without principle and character. So Doctore don’t take it personal. Actually, you are one from those respectful individuals and we are alliance in the fight of our time.

            Regards

          • Selamat Denmarkino AArkey Professor Paulos,

            I am getting the exact same readings. The pressure cooker is definitely set on very high. Just a little more of catalysts. I don’t get how some are blind to utilizing the Ambassador as a very potent catalyst. It makes no sense these people are stuck on stupid as if they are scared for change.

            tSAtSE

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aman H,
            You bet, that is exactly the point I tried to make in reaction dear Dr. Paulos’ post to which he did kindly responded.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Dr. Paulos,

        I felt you have gone a step ahead of what gitSAtSE has been telling us in the past week or more. What has positively reinforced your confidence the despot might do what you are suspecting?

        When dark clouds hang far in the horizon during dry season, people who depend on the grace of nature speak with optimism the harvest next season will be bountiful, and start to contemplate on marrying the young among them. Due to the long draught of freedom and normalcy under despotism, we tend to pin extravagant hope on anything positive we see on the social and political horizon. Haile Menkerios seems to be case in point. I am afraid we might be reading too much about his appearance in absentia at the last conference in London. I can see him struggling to measure up to what freedom hungry people in this forum are awaiting from him. So, I prefer to wait and see.

        • Paulos

          Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA, Semerile and Ayneta,

          Isaias could be a serial killer but he is not stupid. He may have taken on a risky business when it comes to Eritrea but certainly not when it comes to his own life. More over, he is fortunate the fact that he is the last of the dictators who have been on the receiving end of the Spring movements, as such he still has the advantage of taking a different route than what the leaders of Tunisia, Libya or Egypt among others had taken.

          The argument that he is incapable of changing his heart remains a moot simply because he will not be changing because of a sudden grander vision dawned on him but because it is a critical moment for his survival.

          What is even remarkable is that, the call for change including the Ambassador’s article and the recent interview with Professor B. Habteselassie are centered on three key demands: Implement the Constitution, Release Political Prisoners and Demarcate the Border. No where does it call for his removal from power through violence or otherwise. And the stand taken reflects the murmuring heart of the “silent” majority of PFDJ as well. That is to say that, there is a certain call for unity across the board. And this is not lost on Isaias and its unprecedented magnitude as well. As such, he will open the door for a national dialogue for there is no other way out.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dr. Paulos,

            The possibility your keen intuition is putting forward cannot be disputed or ruled out the possibility in the light of available givens your referring to. But, my experience and follow up of the journey the monster has travelled imbues me to be cautious. As you know a shrewd absolutist despot that he is, monsters like him react when their positions is till tenable but also see the storm gathering on the horizon. His position after the humiliating military debacle in 2000 and the initiative former officials and men of stature took to alert him to the dire situation then, did not sway him to make allowance for his own sake. I doubt his nature and egoism would let do what you are suspecting this time around. Anyway, let wait and see.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Dr. Paulos,

            Let me start with the demand everyone is making, the yiAkle and everyone else, just to repeat what you said “Implement the Constitution, Release Political Prisoners and Demarcate the Border” .

            I think that’s the brilliant idea and it’s an argument that no one can dispute with. It’s directed at everyone one, the Ethiopians, the International community, the PFDJ supporters and I think including the opposition.

            It’s a poison pill that the people want Isayas to swallow.

            Will he do so?

            Suppose those things happen do you think this will absolve IA..for example with implementation of the constitution comes…freedom of expression, rights to go to court, to have political opposition, running for election etc…all not possible and favorable outcome for Isayas. This is in a sense calling for his removal (forced resignation).

            Suppose the negotiation happened, I don’t think the other side who ever that may be will compromise on these demands…but we know IA may want to agree to some..for example,

            1) Implement the constitution: give me time with some dead lines
            2) Release Political prisoners: I will release them all but give me amnesty
            3) Boarder demarcation: I have no problem, but get TPLF to cooperate

            So in all likely the only way out for him is to ask amnesty and safe path to leave the country. Like we say in tigrina

            ኪድ አይትበሎ ከም ዝኸይድ ግበሮ

            But I am afraid we should not let out guards down.. at least we need to finish out business before the next Ethiopian election.

            I don’t know what Dr. Abiy and Lema will do but they can skew Eritrea future if they give IA full support to protect him, and using his army for exchange to what ever they wanted.

            It will be easy for him to make up with TPLF and give them what ever they want and make peace with them giving them access to what ever and survive and make his son the next leader.

            So it’s important that we need to make sure:
            1) Ethiopia is better off without IA in power
            2) Eritrea will always be Ethiopia peaceful neighbor and others such as Sudan, Djibouti and the rest.
            3) The EU needs to know that there will NOT be any more refugees from Eritrea any more

            So the sooner we establish our legitimacy the sooner we need to win the support of our neighbors and the international community.

            So these politicians need to grow up and think what’s at stake but the people should never lose their guard and continue to press.

            Because that’s how he got out in 2001.

            Berhe

          • iSem

            BY;
            Good points, each one. But are saying Paulo’s assertion IA will make peace to save his skin or are you saying that he will dodge it by different tactics, including by support of Abiye? Tie all your point to a cogently and they will be powerful
            Paulo’s is right provided that the 50 year dictatorship IA enjoyed dud not damage his brain, rewrite it. It is almost sure that it has had not rewired his brain to act like most of dictators
            Of course he is not stupid and want to survive as long as he can, but I bet that he will not do it by negotiating peace with Eritreans, he will do that by making peace with Ethiopia and even TPLF as you say. He hates Eritreans so much, Paulo’s optimism is dangerous for the opposition because IA may make overtures to that effect and given our track record of not learning from history, it makes it dangerous. He will tred carefully like he did with the G15, he first divided them with Blata and others repenting and then gauged the backlash and was mute and then announced they were traitors then he acted, while they goofed in Inte Hotel instead of hashing plans how to react if he tried to arrest them, they know better no one escapes IA’s dungeons.
            IA was given many chances and 2001 was a big one and even his fake peace with Ethiopia was one too.
            Paul, do not even think about it, you are too rational, be less rational to win against IA;-)

          • Paulos

            Selam Semerile and Berhino,

            The G-15 put their trust on the people when they challenged Isaias head-on and it took almost 18 years for the people to lend a support to the Group where it is morphing into G-5000000.

            Isaias with all the power in his hand and immaculate deception in his heart was able to throw the G-15 into the dungeons but he can not do the same thing to G-5-million. The power has already shifted.

            Effectively, he is at the mercy of the people’s collective judgement and moral standing. What is at stake in this juncture is not to punish Isaias for what he did, rather the objective is to declare political and moral victory by coming together and transcending religious or ethnic divide as we start to think and plan for the years ahead beyond dictatorship.

            If we opt to get stuck in the past, we can not claim owning moral clarity and we can not claim to be any different than him. It is a must we own political will rooted in forgiveness and reconciliation for that is crucial if we are determined to write history any different than say Libya or Syria.

            Revenge, old and cold grudges do not belong to us. They belong to the likes of Isaias. We are way better than that. We are good people and decent people. We have to show the world one more time that, thirty years ago we defeated an enemy from without through blood and sweat and now we defeat an enemy from within armed with moral clarity rooted in forgiveness and magnanimity.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulo,

            I am not disputing with you and I want nothing but a country run by the rule of law. Hameed said the other day to Emma I think, we need a country that respects the right of its citizens and that includes criminals like IA. But if that law sets him free then let it be but if the law charges him with crime then let it be. As long as we do not take the law into our own hands then I have nothing to argue about the outcome. Those people that perish because of the brutality have a voice as well and we can’t pass judgement on their behalve. Justice is one and it’s blind and we have no reason to agree / disagree in its outcome. If justice leads to reconciliation, then let it be but we can’t compromise our principle afraid of what happened in Libia or Egypt.

            There is no ethnic or religious divide among the ERITREAN people. The people have shown us and they have been speaking in the thousands and their message is one and the same. Haji Musa, Abune Antonio’s, Aba Shinida or the catholic priests, the Muslim sheiks and elders, young, the old and everyone else saying the same thing,THE RULEof LAW.

            The problem is with those of us old timers, the opposition leaders, the PFDJ, the diaspora, the media and others who do NOT really have skin in the game DIRECTLY but this conceived thinking “we know it all” attitude just like those gathered in Sweden and London.

            So I think we should NOT give IA a breezing space.

            I can tell you, he will give them Assab and Massawa tomorrow and that will save them 2 billion in monthly payments ave they will deploy their entire army to protect him.

            And TPLF, Amhara, Oromo or who ever will be united to make us absolute like what the Jews did to the Palestinians.

            We can’t let this happen, we will just be a collateral damage to their ambition land let the craziness continue.

            Who is going to rescue us?

            Forget feeling sorry for IA and his regime, let’s finish the job and free our country and secure our boarders before it’s too late.

            Berhe

      • Ayneta

        Merhaba Puolos:
        I would not bet on IA relenting now, no matter what the pressure is. He will definitely re-strategize as usual and will try to doge the bullet. Whether he will be successful to stretch the rubber without breaking it, it is yet to be seen. The sheer silence that is hovering over his government means he is actively planning his next move. In my calculation, the moment he obliges to open up, that will be the beginning of the end for him. He knows this more than everyone. The guy has been at helmet of power for 45+ years. In his mind, it is either you play it rough or you get out, nothing in between.

      • Selamat Denmarikino AArkey Professor Paulos,

        The papers presented at the Eritrea Focus’ London Conference will be interesting to read. Along with the internal resistance that is increasingly gaining momentum, an exerted pressure from diaspora groups such as the Eritrea Focus is a must in order for the Eritreans to build democracy. Eritrean leading political leaders like the Ambassador have key roles that is custom made for them to play. There were two groups we dubbed G15. One is the wrongly incarcerated with out due process former Eritrean ministers and generals. The Ambassador Haile Menkerios is one of two who were part of this group but escaped that fate of the jailed. The level of the discontent and resistance against the dictator IA is at an all time high. I believe it is natural for Eritreans to have the same same deep respect for the Ambassador as they do for the incarcerated and disappeared former ministers. Eritreans are very cognizant of his Isaias forced exile and the experience of conflict resolution in the continent of Africa under the UN he gained as well as his internationally acknowledged Statesmanship is an added plus.

        Despite vetting and unnecessary vetting and scrutiny folks like Hayat Adem and Ayya Amanuel Hidrat are directing at the Ambassador, the Eritrean people have a strong yearning and confidence for the Ambassador to spearhead what would be a formidable resistance against the dictator Isaias. The current dire Eritrean circumstances may very well be forcing IA to “play his last card” and call for a national dialogue bud what is more important is for Ambassador Haile Menkerios to embark on the epic fight of his life time by initiating the face-offs with IA.

        The very first G15 however is the group of scholars in the diaspora who wrote and leaked a letter prior to the meeting they requested and IA honored. These were the last who organized as a group to put direct pressure on IA to make changes in Eritrea. Unfortunately, the pressure fizzled quickly, Theirs proved to be not an exerted effort at pressuring IA. The Eritrean dire conditions and circumstances now are very ripe and conducive for the Eritreans to accept, rally behind, and give support immediately to the pressures that should and must be exerted by The Eritrea Focus or other similar pressure groups in collaboration with one another. These groups in a united and well organized manner should leave no stone unturned. Through a relentless papers of scholarship based on the numerous disastrous data studies and analysis, these scholars should mount the right amount of pressure against IA. IA can be made to relent as he is failures and damages on Eritrea will be easily exposed. An even greater effort to educate and excite the Eritrean people inside Eritrea by such pressure groups.

        I am aware of many the many significant projects, such as the Eritrean migration and the Sinai or Libia horrors and the UNSC charges of torture and human rights abuse by the Eritrean regime did expose and frustrate the regime. These diaspora opposition activities, however, directed their messages towards the international community. Eritrea Focus and other pressure groups should focus all their efforts to effectively reach and illuminate Eritrean inside Eritrea as a first priority. Papers, media documentaries must be produced by selecting topics pertaining the very poor living standards and quality of life inside Eritrea as a direct consequence of the absence of democratic rule and the non existing valuable inputs and hands on involvement by the people on all national matters and every sector of life.

        A data driven comparative study of TPLF’s democratization efforts in Tigray and the active participation including freedom of expression afforded Tigrayans and the general living standards and quality of life in Tigray as compared to that Eritrea’s, for example can be scientifically extrapolated from their respective available media. A small sample that I have observed, educated me to the glaring significant difference in both quantity and quality of life in Eritrea as being stagnant and significantly trailing that of Tigray’s. For example Today I viewed news coverage from inside Tigray and in all of the handful six or seven presented items, the presence, development, hands on involvement and unity of the young Tigrayan leadership is very evident. A healthy continuity of a the society and the inevitable democratization and equitable distribution of resources in Tigray can be projected from the images and presentations of the media items. Even if it is state or the TPLF party media, then the same State controlled media in Eritrea still pails in comparison. The age group range of 20 to 50 in Eritrea has completely vanished and is absolutely no where to be seen. Eri-TV dares not to give this age group exposure or a voice. The EPLF product, today’s Eritrea, is by far substandard to that of the TPLF’s Tigray. A scientific paper solely based on data to educate and make aware to the Eritreans in Eritrea will have very positive effect. On my next industry I will dissect and analyze an entertainment production so that in order to paint a picture that should concern all of us. If a comparison with Tigray is hard to take, then we can choose another African society that is similar to Eritrea. The glaring differences and hard swallow very stagnant Eritrean society can prove to be the spark plugs that gets the engine going in order to build democracy in Eritrea.

        tSAtSE

        • Ismail AA

          Selam tSAtSE,

          Depite the length of your posts, I am one of the readers in this forum who read them to the last line. I observe the past couple of days since the Eritrea Focus event in London your emphasis shifting from what you have been reporting from inside the homeland to promotion(read: PR) campaign in favor of the conference.

          Now, here is a question: which one caused the other in this case – birth of Hizabwi Harnet or Eritrea Focus event?. Final judgement of the conference is something that is awaiting closer scrutiny. For some of us what is not yet known may be more crucial than what is already known. A look at the list of participants, their background and what they represented in the past as well as what they can represent in future in the context Eritrea’s affairs say pretty much. Personally, I wish if you could share final thoughts on the Hizbawi Harnet issue.

          • Selamat Ayya Ismail AA,

            The Hzbawi Tegadlo Harinet Eritea is continuing to organize and build effective strategies inside Eritrea. The occasion day of independence May 24th I believe will be quite eventful. The group gave certain directives to the diaspora and I am sure they following and observing the activities and developments as much as they possibly can. The link between inside Eritrea and the diaspora must be strengthened and the diaspora should focus all efforts on reaching out the movement inside Eritrea. Innovations for open communications channels between the two should be sought after right away. Unity of the demands and ultimate goal and in the messaging by the diaspora and the inside Eritrea movements is of the at most priority. Next will be the display of the strong solidarity between inside Eritreans and the diaspora. There are some distrusts that need to be ironed out.

            The barometer readings will steadily increase in first weeks of May.

            tSAtSE

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi TsaTse,
            I hate to interrupt your celebration but there is no hizbawi gnbar or qolqwal. Understandably there is agitation going on and people have reached the pinnacle of seriously thinking about challenging the situation. However, no such organized entity exists at this moment. I am saying this to help you avoid shock down the road. Sorry I had to do this to protect others who might buy into the non-existent organized movement. I am also sorry I can’t say more.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Saleh,

            Thanks. I am one of the people you hinted at. I hope our dear Solomon take note, and come up with what he precisely knows. Of course, nothing may be ruled out. He could be connected to his own sources. I have indicated in my exchanges with him that some of us have been smelling such things since some time back. It was this which kept me busy following his posts with diligence, aspiring to connect dots.

          • Saleh Johar

            Ismail,
            I am sure you remember in the early 2000 when some recent exiles believed they are the only ones connected to Eritrea and the rest were treated as if they hail from Siberia. Everybody has an uncle, an aunt, a friend, a relative, a colleague, etc. that was when I wrote “Terraro and their MP aunts” they all bragged, kab wshTi Aadi zmetseni werre….”. I believe anyone can be privy to crucial leads but due diligence is needed. And having worked in this affair for decades, I think I can discern such information slightly better than the average kab wshTi znetseni haberetta… the repercussions are serious to the struggle.

          • Selamat Ayya Saleh Johar,

            At times you are either ignorant or simply do not care of real “repercussions” you indirectly could be held as the guilty party for its manifestation. With a conversation that entails life or death, you are implying as if you are an scrupulous Informant for what you know to be a brutal regime that the information or the source regarding an imminent uprising inside Eritrea is from the ‘aunt’ ‘uncles’ ‘a friend, a relative….” It doesn’t escape you that some of us who do not hide behind a pen name when interacting in the open do infect have known “uncles” “aunts” …”relatives”… or they can easily be traced and thereby you are condemning them to grave dangers. Honestly, why is it for you to accept that the information you yourself have read and heard on ATV, read by Amanuel Iyasu is the only source thus far and some or myself are coupling that source and the language of the information read on ATV coupled with other trends I observed provided me the assertions I claim. Yet hear you are with absolutely zero regard for the well being of an entire particular family unit.

            Your discernment could be limited to your stubbornly held biases and you are on the same level of average as the next limited by biases doing his or her own discerning. I will next address thoroughly my take on the old article with updates you have just revived in the front page to discredit a bunch of people while begging the pardon of several prominent individual in attendance and gathered with the others who you may not even have any knowledge about. For now and if it pleases you do tell us specifically what “repercussions that are serious” do you foresee and what is the “struggle” exactly? And where is exactly this “struggle” located? The struggle you claim to have could very well be just another business plan not different from those you say are capitalizing or vacationing thanks the NGO funds. So let us audit and analyze all productions by Ayya Saleh Johar and products associated with SJG for the past several months to a year in order to identify this mystical possibly members only great struggle that you are a part of. Upon recognizing or doing our own discerning as to what a great struggle it is then and only then will we drop our guard and cease to do any struggling of our own. Under the next article and theme we shall explore all the counter “repercussions.”

            The only repercussion that are serious is your implication of people’s real family and friends who are innocent as though you are a volunteer informant planting the seed for a very possible unjust and evil deeds.

            tSAtSE

          • Selamat Ayya Saleh Johar,

            No one said there is “hizbawi gnbar or qolqwal.” According to the statement from the organized group the name is a compound of our to fronts, “Tegadlo” and “Hzbawi”. First words in ELF and EPLF. Perhaps it is you are projecting your aversion to “gnbar” and do not want an organized such a group to exist. The name is of the new organized front once again is: Hzbawi Tegadlo Harinet Eritrea.

            There is no celebrations to be had other than the commencement of yet another hard and dangerous struggle a head of all of us Eritreans. On all of my comments my message to all is for the diaspora organized resistance to take the initiative and give high priority to reach our and connect with ALL individuals and groups on the front lines inside Eritrea. It is more than just “…agitation…” and “…reached the pinnacle…” There are people sending messages stating their existence as organized group with activities of resistance from inside Eritrea.
            All I am asking for is for the Diaspora to inovativley build an “underground” solid network of communications directly with those on the front line. This time around the priority should be a focus on the frontlines inside Eritrea. The diaspora should look for ways of how they can strengthen the one and only change agent which is the activities and uprisings inside of Eritrea. The desired change cannot and will not happen with the diaspora only limiting their activity to have meetings, conferences and demonstration in far away lands. I am suggesting for more clandestine work from entities such as Gedab. Observe very attentively in the month of May.

            tSAtSE

        • Mez

          Good day tSAtSE,

          For comparative study, a more similar initial and boundary conditions (to Eritrea) will be the one with Djbouti.

          Thanks

      • Hope

        Hi Dottore:

        Very interesting but what an overrated optimism and positive attitude towards the PFDJ:/The old new EPRP Clique!). Naivety or sarcasm? That guy should have gone by now . No,he CANNOT be part of Reconciliation as he will mess up things! He should step down and either face justice or be forgiven and get rehabed in Shanghai or Dubai after handing over the Eritrean Wealth he is hiding as part of the Reconciliation Deal!
        The ONLY reason he has kept us hostages and killed the Constitution is coz he knows what he has done to Eritrea and Eritreans.
        Implementing the Constitution for the Regime means committing a serious suicide.
        He WILL NEVER EVER open the door for reconciliation until he is trapped between life and death situation like in the situation he called Bill Clinton in the middle of the night.
        There is ONLY one option or two:
        1)Either declare a GENUINE and Urgent National Reconciliation
        which seems to be an unlikely scenario as long as the Regime feels comfortable with the status quo and /or
        2)The Regime is FORCED to have no option but to give up
        The Enough movement sounds to be the latest and the most EFFECTIVE Strategy ever, provided it is owned, coordinated ,organized and led by Eritreans in a United and INCLUSIVE Way but not like the London or Sweden Conference way

  • Brhan

    Dear Ambassador,
    Thank for the article. And above all thank your for your input in the London conference. A right forward step that coincided with another brave stand of the Eritrean catholic popes
    Time to work has come
    Less talk and a lot of work for justice seekers
    Much talk and a lot of talk for PF(JD)s and their sympathizers
    yiAkil kifayah engough

  • iSem

    ሰይጣንሲ ጽብቕቲ ድስቲ ይሰርሕ ‘ም መኽደን ይርስዓላ: Respons to Mahmud Saleh
    MS took on FB to gloat about how he lost relatives and friends over his principled stance and in his latest post he shared an other lose: his nameless cousin who fought in EPLF and in 1998 against Ethiopia but now he conducted soul searching and abandoned PFDJ.
    So his cousin can understand clearly MS spoke to his nameless cousin in Tigrayit but then he quoted a Tigrinya singer and a Tigrinya song to elucidate that we should be steadfast. And he chose Zematch from all singers
    Every Eritrea know what May 24 signifies because we paid dearly and we do not need a PFDJ lackey to remind us about that. We also know that May 24 has been kidnapped: it destroyed Dergi Bandits and replaced them with Eritrean bandits, the PFDJ. When a veteran fighter like his nameless cousin who according to MS fought bravely for independence., dignity, liberty and fought again with valor to defend Eritrea and is so dismayed that he called PFDJ bandits installed on May 24, 1991, any person with a sense of integrity must also do soul searcung like MS’s nameless cousin. If this is not a fiction, then I say his cousin is spot on
    It is not about the date of May 24 when Eritrean’s 30 years old struggle came to fruition with blood that people question as MS wants us to say or believe— deliberately misleading us. Rather, many Eritreans and his brave nameless cousin are talking about the bandits at the helm now, who slithered through May 24, while we goofed. Mahmud by conflating these two issues is betraying May 24, though he paid homage to May 24, in his Isaiasique diction.
    MS wants to conflate abandoning the armed struggle (wedo gebba) with abandoning PFDJ. His cumulative and incremental canonizing of PFDJ and sanziizning their crimes, let us now in this forum dub MS as a mercenary of PFDJ. Because by not delineating that May 24, that sacred day that every Eritrea’s adore and PFDJ, the bandits who hijacked and bacterized the day and thus arguing that we should not touch PFDJ MS is insulting every justice seeker. He was careful but his deeper affection of PFDJ and by not clearly stating that PFDJ is hiding behind May 24, MS has established himself core PFDJ. Willfully, sagaciously, shrewdly

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Ahlan iSem
      Please know that you are becoming unbound in your false accusations, buddy. And my skin is thin for folks who lie. I hate liars and manipulators. There is no mutual project that connects us. People know us by what we write here. Criticism is fine, I like people who correct and criticize me objectively. I have no respect for people who lie and manipulate for the sole purpose of assassinating my character. The more I read your rejoinders the more I see your true colors. Believe me, I don’t do what I do for fun.
      My comment was hinged on the idea that we must separate May 24 and what has followed after that. May 24 is an historic benchmark, it belongs to all Eritreans not to the people my cousin call bandits. If you or my cousin (true cousin, BTW) think May 24 belong to bandits, every Eritrean worth his/her salt should make sure they tell you that is not the case. Whatever followed after that including Semere Andom’s wallowing in Yosief G/Hiwet’s world, or the absence of the kind of governance that measures up to the expectation of May 24, are all our collective faults. The remedy is not to declare that May 24 belongs to bandits but to work to make it the complete May 24 we all aspire to see it standing.
      I here paste the entire comment I posted on FB, including my cousin’s post that triggered my response.
      Finally, if you are for engagement, please stay away from baseless personal attacks. Thanks.
      ————————-
      The Essence of May 24/ መልእኽትን ክብደትን ግንቦት 24

      [ ክሳብ ክንድ’ዚ ጸወታ ኣየድልን)

      Principles matter, clarity of ideas matter; you have to be ready to confront your close friends and relatives if it comes to principles. I have lost many friends and relatives because of our differences in crucial political matters. Here, I bring my cousin who lost it all. He fought for the independence of Eritrea bravely; he fought in the last Ethio-Eritrean war to defend and preserve the independence he had fought for; he went through soul-searching in regard to the current situation, which, in itself, is not bad. However, I could not believe to read the following:

      “24 ግንቦት ሽፈቱ ዘውዲ ዝድፍአለ መዓልቲ እያ።
      ስለ ዚ ን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣይ እንታዩ እያ ግን ን ሽፈቱ ን ደገፍቱ መዓልቲ ነጽነቶም እያ”

      I thought, maybe, replying to him in his mother-tongue would cut into his heart and soul, so I did. If you don’t understand it, let me know. It is also a test to assess your Tigre language (Tigrayet) knowledge. My reply:

      “What happened to you? “ኢገበይካ ባቡር” ቤለው ሰብ ዐድ ከምሰል እሊ ከም ሰምዐው። ሚ ጀሬት ዲብካ? 24 ማዮ ዎ ሓድር ቴለል ስያሰት ዐድና ሚ ኣትማጸአቶም? ምስል ሰብ “ብሩህ መጻኢ” ሚ ኣትራከበተካ? ዐጃይብ ቤላ ሻይብ እላ ምን ረክበቶ። ኢፋልካ፡ ፍጠን ዎ ተሃጀክ፡ ለሓምቀ ኣርትዕ፡ ለኣከ ኣስኔ፡ ማዮ 24ላኪን መጂደት ታ፡ ኣምዕል ሓበን ታ፡ ኣምዕል ሹሃዳእ ኤረትርያ ታ፡ ኣምዕል ሓበን ኤረትርያ ታ፡ ኣምዕል ሸፈቲት ኢኮን። ሸፈቲት ለለሀርቦ ምና ታ። ካ ሽፍታይ ምን ጋእካ ኣመት ርሕካ ድሌ፡ ህረብ ምን ማዮ 24። ማዮ 24 እግል ኤረትርዪን ዎ ዐባይ ኤረትርያ ትኸስስ፡ ሚ ጀሬት ዲብካ? ሚዶል ቱ ሃውየትካ ለቀየርካ?
      Happy May 24! May 24 belongs to those who uphold its essence. What has May 24 got to do with anything you criticize about our current political situation? What made you agree with the folks in “Bruh mexaei”? Please, be careful of what you say; sober up; talk to improve what has gone wrong; talk to solidify the essence of May 24.

      May 24 signifies the day when bandits were made to flee away, for their life, from the face of our beloved country. It is a day that signified the cleansing of years of occupational traces. So, if you feel you are a bandit (Shifta), make sure you look for a hiding place, somewhere in the thick forests of WolQayt.

      Eritrea does not belong to bandits; such a dirty talk is not appropriate for May 24. May 24 belongs to those who believe in the greatness of Eritrea; it belongs to those who never second-guess its significance.

      May 24 calls us to be stronger; it reminds us to work towards fulfilling its ideals. May 24 is a gift from our martyrs. It calls upon us to keep the torch of liberty burning.

      The next phase of our struggle is one of making the ideals of May 24 keep burning, building a nation in which Eritreans are striving to meet their spiritual and material needs, where the rule of law reigns; where Eritrean ingenuity and potentials are unleashed; where Eritreans are truly proud of what they have accomplished; where Eritreans of all walks and political stripes contribute towards the betterment of their country.

      May 24 calls upon us to have a calm conversation. We should never be carried away by the temporary hiccups we experience. We should be able to see through and beyond the turbulence created by emotionalism. Any person who dares to spit in our face by declaring “May 24 belongs to bandits” should be confronted to account for his/her egregious offense directed to all of us, collectively.

      Finally, ኣባይካ ቤለያ፡ ዔብ!!
      “ኣብ መትከል ጽናዕ
      ኣፍሪ ተዋጋእ
      ንወዶ-ገባ
      ኣርክበን ኣባ”
      እብራሃም ዘማች፡ mid-1980s.”

      Note. Abraham Zemach song is cut out because the forum does not allow links on weekdays.

      • iSem

        MS:
        No, I am not lying. I believe that the 30 year struggle was carried to make 24 happen and The Right owners of the date is Eritrean people. But PFDJ hijacked it and now they use its benefits, they enrich themselves with it, they kill people its name. If some one steals your money, it does not rightfully belong time, you are the right owner does not drive benefit from the money, the thief does.
        But there is nothing in your FB entry to that effect
        Where is your principle and clarity on the issue of justice on the truth that about PFDJ, please do not point me to one of your comments 3 years ago. Where is it now?
        May 24 has now been kidnapped by PFDJ and the Eritrean people do not live its promise, the dignity that it was supposed usher, the liberty that the struggle happened. May 24 under th shacked of PFDJ, Eritrea resembles the Dergi days, May 24 under arrest by PFDJ the Eritrean citizen lives under terror, Do you agree? This is rhetorical because you do not have the principle to admit it, not the clarity, you will doge and meander.Prove me wring MS

      • Nitricc

        Mahumday the great: I am sorry but you are causing me unbearable pain. You are doing disservice carrying any kind of discussion with this animal. You are degrading your honored and revered self. How can you? This is a person who was helped by TPLF to cross the border to Sudan wearing women’s dress so he won’t fight the fight while you were there giving all. He feels respected when he gets attention from you. deep inside there is shame he feels for escaping like a little girl his tail between his legs. This shame and act of cowardliness can only be softened by attacking honorable people like yourselves. He is empty, delusional, coward and most of all lier. The question is why are you cheapening your worth and greatness by engeging with this person? Your greatness; you are doing disservice to your self and to us, who respect you dearly.

        • iSem

          Nitricc:
          The father figure you have lacked MS to fill,I applaud him but full fill that he has to tell you the hard cold truth of your imbecilic brain. Only and only then can he help you.

      • Ayneta

        Merhaba Mahmuday;
        I think you are trying to educate us about the obvious. No one denies the conceptual and sentimental significance of May 24, but on practical terms ( freedom, choice, economic prosperity, belongness etc), it has nothing to show, thus by extension, it is no more than a date when Eritrea was liberated from Ethiopian rule, no penny more no penny less. You can gloat about how May 24 was supposed to brings positive changes in the country, but that is for the academicians and intellectuals ( to which you belong). For the laymen like me who aspire to see a better today and tomorrow, May 24 has failed to deliver, unless you are trying to push your out-of-reality definition of May 24 down my throat.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; Mostly it is preferable for a change to make out its own leaders than a leader to make a change. A true change makes out its new leaders. So, for me, This ambassador or any one in his generation will not and couldn’t lead to a true change. They always reverse to what worked for them and way of solving problems. His generation has achieved the monumental achievements; and has solved their generational problem with great determination but for this new era and the set of problems for today’s Eritrea they are not equipped. No matter what; they will reverse to what they know and to what worked for them in the past. So, I rather see leaders of today’s generation. Although people like the Ambassador; could play vital role by advising, observing and guiding to bring a true change. So, I disprove the Ambassador’s move to lead the change. But if changes means just to get rid of PIA; I see why you want the Ambassador and it is your right but please don’t call it change.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Nitrickay,

      “I rather see leaders of today’s generation”. Spot on. I am advocating for It precisely.

      • Nitricc

        Hey AMAN-H; let’s say what if: how do you feel if PIA puts his son until power transfer to elected leader by the people? I am just wonder what and how people react. I think that PIA going to do. Some how he got to protect himself. I am not supporting the idea but what if. How do you and others feel.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Nitricc,
          He would be offering his son as sacrificial lamb in the way Siyidna Ibrahim did to his son Ismail. You should hope some one like you would save the poor despot’s son. Have forgotten what happened to Mubarak of Egypt when he floated to replace himself by his elder son, Jemal?

          • Nitricc

            Hey Ismail; I am just trying to think the peaceful resolution. What makes this thing harder is, as you have said it so correctly, in the absence of professional Army; unsetting PIA is very not only very difficult but dangerous. I mean if you ask me, if PIA can release the prisoners, implement the constitution and rule of law; he can stay in power. I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Nitricc,

            What you are saying is the despot is indispensable or a lesser evil to put it very mildly. In other words, the Eritrean people are so poorly placed to produce an alternative leader(s). Such an argument is extremely bereft of objectivity; it is in fact parachial and fatalistic in nature and reasoning.

            Is it viable to tell a people they do not have alternative to a vicious despot who has been tormenting them for decades based on raw logic called fear of the unknown? Such an attitude can only belong in the realm of futile bargain those who have stakes in the preservation of the status quo, which cannot be feasible.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Nitricc,
            You know that I like you despite your often twisted rational. Why do you think all the struggle is about the fate of Isaias ? It’s about justice, it’s about the nation. I think if you accept that a lot of confusion will be cleared for you.

          • Nitricc

            Why do you think all the struggle is about the fate of Isaias ?

            Hey SG; it is! It is about the fate of Isaias. Eritrea is as good as how Isaias’s fate is concluded. I am not going to pretend that I know more than you do about Eritrea but the way I see is, the PIA factor is not as easy as many of you see it. As much as how the opposition despise PIA; there are equally who will die for him. I think it is a good idea not to ignore His influence he has in Eritrean political landscape. My fear, understands the situation, needing
            the change for justice and rule of law; if not navigated carefully; I am afraid it won’t be that easy and smooth. Once disarray and confusion ensues in the name of change; the TPLF factor will destroy Eritrea if not for good but easily to Somalia. I am not saying this just to play the fear factor, rather just by analyzing the situation for the USA. So, at this moment, yes the struggle is
            about the fate of PIA and how he decides to leave Eritrea’s political power. just my take.

          • Hashela

            Hi Nitricc

            Assuming that you belong to the younger generation, I like the intergenerational, healthy and insightful exchanges you have with Saleh and Ismail.
            The tranformation of your stance from that of an ‘Isaiasist’ to a truely nationalist (in a positive sense) is also gratifying.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Hashela,

            I concur! It looks like General Nirtricc is going to have the last laugh after all. As opposed to the popular belief, he is the only one growing and changing especially this last year+-. Way to go Nitriccay!

          • Saleh Johar

            Nitricc,
            I add my voice to those who commended you. Indeed you are right. But I did not mean it the way you seem to have understood it. Of course, the fate of Isaias is a major hurdle and what you said it true. I meant to say, the struggle is not about him but for the entire Eritrea. He is just a hurdle in the march for establishing justice. I just want to warn all to focus on the trophy and not for a stone literally) that stands on the way. Thank you.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Dear Nitrickay
      I am so proud of you. You are better informed than most of your detractors. This comment is a gem and i hope to see people like you who have sound grounding in their history, undetstand the complexity of challenges we face and have a clarity of what needs to be done. Well said nitrickay.

    • Selamat Nitricc,

      I think Eritreans have a very deep from the heart need to see the previous Eritrean generation achieve and attain all the great ideals and goals of the Eritrean armed struggle. IA has failed miserably. It would be heart moving and inspirational to see all, some or one of the without due process incarcerated Eritrean heroes are set free and then lead the nation towards building democracy in Eritrea by reestablishing and reconvening Eritreans representatives of government, the National Assembly. If not them, an Eritrean veteran from the armed struggle, someone like Mahmud “The Best” Saleh be the the one to usher democracy in Eritrea. The Ambassador is one such veteran. Why wouldn’t it be a change. The Ambassador does not bear the responsibility of destroying Eritrea nearly as is the dictatorship in Eritrea. The Ambassador is calling for building democracy in Eritrea and has the qualification to be very instrumental if not lead the effort. Don’t you think Eritreans would love to see the Tegadalay fulfill the promise of the fighters and the Eritrean Martyrs? It may be just what Eritrea needs and is destined for.

      On another note, there are reports of open challenge to Yemane Monkey by the YPFDJ in the recent 15th gathering in London. The dissatisfaction and resistance of the YPFDJ will only get worst. There is lots of trouble brewing inside Eritrea and in the diaspora. The fantasy and dream like trance of the YPFDJ and those asleep Eritreans is turning quickly into a nightmare. Series effort and inputs is required from everyone. One thing is for sure, the dictator is definitely going down.

      tSAtSE

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam
    the ambassador said “i would suggest that in thinking about how to move forward, we consider going back to what we could and should have done in 1991 immediately after liberation”.
    The ambassador wants the future eritrea poltics to start by going back to 1991, not 1993 , he want the future eritrea poltics to start after liberation of eritrea from ethiopia regime, not after the independence of eritrea from ethiopia.
    I think this ambassador guy is trying to put ethiopia in eritrea mess for the 2nd times.
    I get a saying for him “fool me once shame on u. fool me twice shame on me”

    .

    • Selamat Tedros Alem,

      There you go again with your blabber. As an Eritrean it is 1991 that I consider to be the independence of Eritrea and not 1993. I barely remember 1993 as a significant year. Same with the Ambassador. You would have to be an Eritrean to overlook the technical you are nitpicking about. Nice try.,

      tSAtSE

      • Teodros Alem

        selam gitsatsa
        It doesn’t matter what u consider, what matter is the reality, which is eritrea became independent from ethiopia after the referendum in 1993 and 1993 was the year eritrea recognized as independent country by the UN, AU ….
        and re-read what the ambassador guy has said, he said , “immediately after liberation”, clearly he want to reconsider the “referendum” itself and i know u know what he has said in one of conference in addis.
        anyways, keep deceiving urself, if that solve ur problem.

        • Selam Teadros Alem,

          Even if it is the case that he want to reconsider referendum. He is within his right to advocate to us Eritrean what he may believe is better for Eritrea. It is up to the Eritrean people to either accept or reject it. As it stand I am telling you the majority of Eritreans do not interpret his statement of back to 1991 as your non Eritrean interpretation. He can even say let us go back to 1961. We know what he exactly means.
          I for one will not turn my back on competent Eritrean leaders such as the Ambassador just because some one perhaps with a sinister agenda wants to separate the Eritrean body from its head.
          I get your pardon but it matters a lot more my Eritrean thought and understanding a lot more than your sinister interpretations when it is regarding Eritrea. Which goes same for me regarding Ethiopia.

          We Eritreans say to you thanks but no thanks!

          tSAtSE

          • Teodros Alem

            selam gitsatse
            There is no eritrean or ethiopia interpretation here, he said is clearly.

          • Selam Teodros Alem,

            You are within your rights to insist as I am entitled to mine. Eritrea’s independence is on May 24, 1991. My recollection is the deep contemplations and celebrations fore weeks and months that followed May 24, 1991. It felt like we quenched a thirst that we thought was never would be able two. Nothing stands out in 1993 other the official raising of the flag at the UN. As far as Eritreans were concerned in 1993 we were two years into our independence. As an Ethiopian did you have the tiniest of hopes of Eritrea becoming part of Ethiopia again in 1993? Be honest.

            Any how we need all the very competent leadership we can have. We are not falling for your attempt at sowing discord between the people and the leaders.

            A good reason to go back and reflect what we could have done different in 1991 is: We Eritreans should have insisted for the EPLF to share the governance and rights to be co leaders of the new independent Eritrea Eritrea’s heroic liberation fighters of the ELF. From the get go in 1991, the ELF should have triumphantly entered Asmara to take its rightful seat next to the EPLF, As you can see we have paid tremendously for that error and now we have a golden opportunity at a second chance in this new chapter of the the new Eritrean book.
            I am certain of the Ambassadors intent. Work not much cousin!

            tSAtSE

          • Teodros Alem

            selam gitsatse
            I didn’t read what u wrote except the first line,
            the point is, he want the future eritrea poltics to start by going back to pre-referendum time which is 1991. and don’t forget he is a diplomat, which means, unlike u, he knows what comes out of ur mouth matters.

    • Peace!

      Hi TA,

      My understanding is when he said 1991, he is referring to domestic issue perhaps forming inclusive government and national reconciliation. 1993 was just a legal conclusion for kei Bahrachin people.

      Peace!

      • Teodros Alem

        selam peace
        1991 to 1993 was the time to facilitate referendum and to make liberated eritrea to make independent eritrea.

        • Peace!

          Hi TA,

          You are right it was. But the point here is the deferral of national reconciliation and other major domestic issues.

          Peace!

          • Teodros Alem

            selam.peace
            that includes reconsidering the referendum itself, that was why he said “immediately” . Re read what he has said.

    • Paulos

      Tedros,

      Man, do you ever think before you write or you just punch on the keyboard randomly like excited Monkey? Please!

      • Teodros Alem

        selam paulos
        U simply r pathetic clueless monkey, u idiots r only good at making mistakes over and over again.

    • iSem

      HI TA:
      So you do not think 1991 has anything to do with today’s situation?
      You do not think the myopic eradication of the federation has anytthing to do with the revolution, you nightmare was ignited
      You do not think, Dergi blood bath has nothing to do how you guys think and how we , Eritreans reacted to the blood bath?
      You do not think the burning of villages, killing of infants, looting has anything to do how the opportunity for our both people’s were squandered opportunity
      You want to have your Eritrea and massawa/Asseb and at the same time destroy them
      All these thing can be teaching moments lets generation repeat it, but you cannot deny that Ethiopian, HS and Dergi actually forced the people to revolt including Ethiopians
      Also let me tell you this: No Eritrean organization burned villages and killed Ethiopian civilians although they could. The irony is they killed their own

      • Teodros Alem

        selam isam
        The eritrea liberation war was about mainly to materialize independent eritrea. it was not just a war with the regime’s of ethiopia,
        aside ur exaggeration what u said happened in eritrea, happened in ethiopia too, by the regime’s of ethiopia.
        by the way i heard u and berhe where participant and organizer of Toronto g pride. i mean how u become intersted in poltics? most of u don’t.

        • iSem

          TA:
          No matter your ally in Eri,IA, you have to forget about Eritrea like your mothers breasts. You hear? Or you did not have mother and your dad breast fed you

          • Teodros Alem

            selam isem
            ally IA ?, u don’t know what u talking about.
            ur breast, dad, mom statement is topical g.

          • iSem

            TA;
            I think you should go and practice cannibalism. I am in politics because you guys came and tried to cannibalize us, use our salt and eat our cadavers. You know what I mean. That is what you do
            So as Berhe said mind your business and get civilized first

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam isem
            it is funny when a known cannibalize accused other of it. but again it is u saying that, u the proud g isem kesselawe .

          • iSem

            Anything bad that happened in Eri is because of you and hold your horses moron, your ass will be kicked in Eritrea, then you can have lots of human meat to feed on, that is what you care about

          • Teodros Alem

            selam isem
            Most bad that happened to highland eritrea is because ur pathetic slave maintality, that is the real reason and ur problem will be no more ethiopia problem and it will never, never, never never never never …..will be ethiopia”s internal problem again.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi TA,

      Why don’t you mind your own business. This is internal Eritrean matters, you should worry about your own country and people.

      Berhe

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam berhe
        good job berhe, i didn’t mind but i sensed this ambassador dude trying to pull ethiopia to ur mess for the 2nd time just like his fathers did.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi TA,

          Nothing to do with Ethiopia. 1991 is the real independence, 1993 is when the UN recognized Eritrea. It’s just technicalities which mean nothing for us Eritreans.

          The point the ambassador making is, we should have done this in 1991 after Eritrean liberation.

          BTW, our forfathers didn’t making a mess, it’s HS who made the mess. Read the book of the Ethiopian author, yertra guday.

          Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            selam berhe
            do i have to repute what the ambassador has said over and over again. and do i have to say.what i said again and again.
            reread what he has said and what i said.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            No I do need to reread what he said and what you said. 1991 / 1993 all mean the same thing….which is Eritrea was free from Ethiopia. the point he is saying, we should have had introduced democracy as soon as we freed Eritrea.

            It’s NOT going back to Ethiopia or having Ethiopia in the picture anywhere, which I think is what interests you.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            selam berhe
            he used the word “liberation” about 3 times and “independence” about 7 times. his message on both words r crystal clear .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            Please give it a break man. There is no going back to Ethiopia. You are not following what’s happening to IA “we are one people speech”. Haile M. must be the stupidest politician now if he thinks that, which we know he is not.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            selam berhe
            that is exactly what i want u to say and that is exactly what i want ,there is no going back to ethiopia.
            We, u and me agree on this one, so no need to argue with me, argue with ur ambassador dude , he is clearly trying to move back the time to 1991.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            I don’t know you really understand what happened in 1991?

            Do you think Eritrea and Ethiopia were together in 1991 after the removal of the Derg?

            If this is what you mean then I can understand. But Eritrea was free, totally I’m cintrol of its boarders, it’s economy, it’s sea and air space, etc.

            It was using Ethiopian birr because it didn’t have its own currency but it’s currency Nacfa was not ready until 1996 I think way after the referendum.

            So the reference is always when Derg was removed and Eritrea was in charge of their country. I celebrate Eritrea independence time an May 24 1991. And this didn’t change in 1993.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            selam berhe
            I didn’t read ur comment except the 1st line, we r talking about the article of the ambassador and his message is simple and clear and i don’t know what u gonna get by distorting his message? but what he said is crystal clear.

  • Paulos

    Selam Ambassador,

    Allow me to say the following on behalf of all the PFDJ supporters in this Forum: You failed to blame it on the evil and backstabbing Weyanes as they tried and still trying to overthrow the Eritrean government by putting people like you and the other Quislings on a payroll and your recent gimmick is not different either when the objectives are to disrupt the hard won peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia where your master–the backstabbing and evil Weyanes are hidding in Meqele unable to do it on their own. You will fail.

    • Lamek

      Paulos, you should begin by saying that the statement you made on behalf of the PFDJ is not your position (or that you are no PFDJista), lest his Excellency puts you in the wrong basket and ignores your comment. ill-advised comment needless to say because the PFDJ would not have stated it any better than you did for them.

      • Paulos

        Lamek,

        That is precisely my point. I wanted him to take it not as a joke for he is new to the Forum.

        • Lamek

          Paulos, you missed my point but it’s alright. Odds are he won’t even have time to check through comments.

    • Selamat Paulos,

      When the Ambassador delivered the devastating blow to PM Abbie that without the Eritrean people’s institutions knowledge and approval of any and all agreements between Eritrea and Ethiopia his efforts will be futile. Without Eritrea’s National Assembly’s stamp of approval any and all person to person agreements between IA and the PM will have no validity and merit in accordance with international laws and norms. Since the Ambassadors timely revealing to PM Abbie, not only did PM Abbie doubt him self and was perturbed to proceed with his and IA honeymooning, IA himself came to the realization that it was impossible to proceed with his destructive plans.

      No, I disagree. The PFDJ supporters witnessed the Ambassador Haile Menkerios save the day by his bringing the true feelings and desires of all Eritreans. I believe the PFDJ supporters view the Ambassador as their own as he is still part of Eritrea’s National Assembly without any criminal charges or other accusation against him. The PFDJ supporters NOW believe the Ambassador can single handedly set straight the dictator Isaias and force him to step down. The PFDJ supporters believe the Ambassador is an excellent example of a true Eritrean Statesman. The PFDJ supporters are tired of the dictatorship and lack of democracy in their nation that they love. It is also a new day for the PFDJ supporters. New chapter in a new book!

      tSAtSE

      • Paulos

        Selamat Tsatse Arkey,

        That is not what I read when PFDJ high-priests as in Yemane Charlie and Elias Amare put out vilifying words on a twitter about the recent London Conference. The twitter reads Quislings and Weyane stooges and that certainly is not endorsing the actions of Haile Menqerios and the other attendees.

        • Selamat Denmarkino AArkey Professor Paulos,

          I think we have different folks in mind when we are saying PFDJ supporters. The Yemane Charlie s and Elias Amare s are stooges and servants part of the dictator, his right and left hand. I had in mind ordinary Eritreans who genuinely due to their patriotism and ultra nationalism supported the dictator until he was completely exposed to be a detriment to Eritrea that is leading the nation to destructive ends. I have in mind those Eritrean for nationalist reasons that were the back bone of the PFDJ who like all of us are now desiring the immediate restoration of Eritrea’s people’s representatives-the National Assembly, rule of law and justice for the political prisoners. The patriotic Eritreans who for lack of political party choices in Eritrea were part of the PFDJ and who are now like everybody else yearning to build democracy in Eritrea.

          I have in mind patriotic Eritreans like Mahmud “The Best” Saleh, Nitricc, Blink and Millennium who can not deny hearing the Ambassador Haile Menkerios speak up for the Eritrean people directly to PM Abbie which made both the PM and IA realize that without the Eritrean people’s consent they can not and will not bargain and deal Eritrea’s future. Building democracy in Eritrea starts with giving due respect to the PFDJ majority membership and with an honest conversation with them. If the PFDJ supporters in the forum have any objections towards the Ambassador’s leadership role for the future of Eritrea or any opposition to building democracy in Eritrea then I invite them to confidently present their case now. I do not and will not underestimate the PFDJ supporter’s desire for a democratic Eritrea to be less than mine or yours. We are opening a new chapter in a new Eritrean book. We should not expect the same thing from the supporters of PFDJ. Non PFDJ Eritreans do not hold exclusive rights to democratize Eritrea. This is the time to discuss, differentiate and reconcile the non existent differences between us with regards to our desire for a democratic Eritrea.
          I do not condone your invitation of them to lock horns stubbornly with us the non PFDJ as nationalist and patriotic Eritrean as them. It is a new day. Believe this is the time you will pleasantly be surprised with a breath of fresh air and thought by the dwindling almost non existent PFDJ supporters. You should represent their true deep down desire for Eritrea and provoke them to think first and foremost about building democracy in Eritrea. You never know, maybe even the two individuals you mentioned are also redeemable. Think about it.,

          tSAtSE
          PS:Is Ayya Saleh Johar trying to tell me something, I just noticed it,

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi TsaTse,
        I think it is nice to be optimistic, but not boundless optimism. I suggest you save your over zealous reaction at anything you see to save yourself and others more disappointments. In short, put a thermostat fro your enthusiasm because it is such reactions that made Isaias. We have to give ourselves time before making the kind of statements you are making.

        • Selamat Ayya Saleh Johar,

          I hear you. But I think my statements are just fine for now and there is good rational for it. We Eritreans need to recognize the charismatic Eritrean figures at our disposal that can stand toe to toe against the dictator who also would have a great mass appeal. I wish, in addition to the Ambassador we all can identify and vet Eritrean leaders particularly those aged and tested with time and are full of wisdom.

          By the way, you probably predicted my zeal judging from your choice of the cover picture? Lots of tSAtSE think and believe the Ambassador can play even greater role. Were you thinking that in choosing the cover?

          tSAtSE

          • iSem

            Before your hot bath wears off, before your muse departs, let me tell you that no man, no human being can single-handedly change society: not men and women of science, not men and women of politics. None. It is the collective wisdom, the incremental contribution of many visionary people that makes a dent
            Take any thing that changed humanity from science to politics and you will find that the contribution of individuals was a big increment, something that tipped the balance on one or more dimension of the issue, but not the doing of one person at one single time
            You are welcome for this insight isem

    • Mez

      Dear Paulos,

      1) It is not as simple as you stated above; it is way more complex in every component and segment of activity.
      2) getting together and working on the “least minimum common ground” shall be the order of the day. I think this is the message of the writer.
      3) Mistakes were done everywhere and all along the decades; every one may want to focus now on the remedy–including you, Paulos.

      Thanks

      • Lamek

        Mez, thank you for that comment. Everyone indeed needs to come back down to earth.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Paulos,

      I don’t think it’s not lost in you that the PFDJ will say and do anything to stay in power. Can we just ignore them for a little while and focus on what that we can do. While we are at it, can you please forget the weyane as well as this has nothing to do with them.

      I am sure you appericiate the ambassador has a big role to play, in my opinion as a guiding/ advising figure and opening the doors of diplomatic mission to the higher offices. I don’t think he should be the centre figure in leading the change, unless that’s his wish.

      Having said that, I think we should take the opportunity to provide feedback to his article and find a way to get him engaged and find a way to make positive impact.

      Dear Ambassador,
      I am glad to see you engaged in ERITREAN politics and provide your positive contribution for the change and hope you will be a bridge that narrow the gap and help focus our struggle for change to democratic conclusion.

      Berhe

  • Your Excellency Ambassador Haile Menkerios,

    I am certain that I am speaking for every Awatista when I say it is an honor to have your direct thoughts for us to evaluate and continue the necessary discussion about building democracy to Eritrea. I especially want to thank you for the timing of your article for it is an indication for me of your very strong dedication and commitment to lead unite and lead Eritreans with the highest degree of efficacy and responsibility. You have now provided Awate forum the opportunity to redress the erroneous direction our discussions was heading immediately after news of the London Conference reached us. Indeed we Eritreans should focus on building a democracy in Eritrea.

    You give an excellent rational for the absence of democratic rule in Eritrea and I agree Eritrea being “unique only in degrees” from those nations who won their independence through an armed struggle. One degree of difference is the fact that Eritrea has been last to gain independence in the African continent and Eritreans, the revolutionary leaders in particular, confidently hoped and bragged that they have learned from the grave mistakes of those nations who became independent ahead of Eritrea. That Eritrea will not repeat the same mistakes and will govern a democratic and just Eritrea. However, Eritrea by far exceeded and surpassed all the failures and miss-government of those nations. And yet again there is a golden opportunity second chance for Eritrea to learn from all that has gone very wrong with the examples of the Arab Spring and the Sudan.

    Therefore efforts and initiatives of Eritrea Focus’ London Conference and the continued focused conversations and planning and commencing the building of democracy by all Eritreans without delay is indeed of the utmost high priority. I applaud Eritrea Focus for calling the initiating the conversation and call for its expansion and wider effective Eritrean participation in building democracy in Eritrea. No one will dispute that in order to implement and realize democracy in Eritrea, the brutal dictatorial regime in Eritrea must relinquish or be removed from power in Eritrea.

    I hold and have expressed before the following opinion about your Excellency Ambassador Haile Menkerios. I believe you Ambassador are positioned to single handedly challenge and oust from power the dictator Isaias Afeworki. I believe you are in possession of great weight to affect and effectively lead the Eritrean people to first rise up against they tyranny and then responsibly implement democratic rule. As you have concluded we Eritreans must consider our legacy and history, it is on the basis of this that I believe you Ambassador Haile Menkerios have the greatest role to challenge and remove the dictator. (Note to Ayya Amanuel Hidrat; Challenge and remove or oust from power the dictator; Not “compete.”)

    So I will ask you the following questions to close:
    What greater leadership role do you have planned? Are you willing to be the alternative and next head of state of Eritrea who will with wisdom and responsibility lead the Eritreans people to fulfill their promised Democratic rule in Eritrea? In my opinion there is no single Eritrean that is perfectly suited for the job. The Eritrean people will follow the very experiences and most senior Eritrean Statesman who is obligated to fulfill the Eritrean legacy.

    tSAtSE

  • Ismail AA

    Selam all,

    Indeed, it is 28 years overdue not only Eritrea’s need for fair system of governance which democracy is supposed to provide, but also deliberating on the nature and foundations of the state itself. The problem is not that we do not know the needs of the Eritrean and the problems it has been facing. The problem is that we are too late to talk about these crucial matters. I am using the pronoun “we” to say that the enlightened among the Eritrea’s elites have so far failed to shoulder responsibility.

    The good ambassador is one of them. But, to be blunt and candid, he and the segment he belongs to have been enablers of the dictator and the militaristic regime he has talk about in this post. I would agree that the background history that gave him the opportunity may hold partial rationales and truth. But what made Eritrea’s learnt classes to keep lips tight after the despot made his intentions clear, and instead continued to became enablers and public servants that helped him to lay down the pillars of the dictatorship.

    To be clear, I am out here to distribute blames and make fatalistic appeals. What I am trying to state is that the country is running of time, and those who are beginning to speak should try to make for the time lost. They should speak for the whole rather than falling back and speaking for a part or segment of the society in the name of special interests that stretch across culture, religion and other social peculiarities.

    I believe all failed projects and experiences so far should be abandoned, and search for what can work should be diligently and patriotically pursued. For me, the latest gathering in London and Sweden are futile attempts to re-do failed experiences that try to sell false hope. The alternative is honest and patriotic search for unifying national platform that rectify past mistakes and rally the vital forces of change that empower the people to build a nation and a state that serves citizens rather disfigured nation and state the get served by frightened subjects.

    • Selamat Ayya Ismail AA,

      How are the gathering in London and Sweden selling false hope? Isn’t the hope of Eritreans to build a democracy and justice for all? Gedab’s presentation of both events was full of errors and misinformation. I readily found some specific information Gedab told us was not available publicly. And the papers from the conference as well as future planned actions will published soon. The conversation will be expanded to all Eritreans. I am not understanding your out right rejection. Please give real and specific reasons. Why are you so confident the London Conference initiative to build democracy in Eritrea is same as the “re-do” failed experiences? The conditions, circumstances, time and level of awareness and frustration with the dictatorship by all Eritreans is not the same as those times. The demand for justice and democracy in Eritrea is at an all time high. What is the harm in reading a few more papers of scholarship and our giving attention and possibly support to folks that are stating they want to plan and act going forward?
      What do you mean by “the alternative is honest and patriotic…”? How are these folks from the London Conference not honest and patriotic? Please inform.
      Thank you.

      tSAtSE

      • Ismail AA

        Selam tSAtSE,

        Let me throw the question back to you. Would like to tell me how such segmentally representative gatherings have succeeded to sell true hope? Now, let me tell you what I meant by “false hope”. All of them, including the most recent one in London, approach the Eritrean public opinion by messages that they possess intentions and capabilities to rally the people behind them. But the matter melts away soon after the event.

        Morover, I can understand your point regarding the conference in London is to early to pronounce judgement on my part. However, precedents can provide reasonable indicators. Haven’t we seen similar gatherings in the past in which some of those who took part in the conference in London had attended with papers. Of course there is no harm in benefiting from studies and expertise those persons contribute. But they still remain academic. What the Eritrean people desperately need at the present are initiatives and efforts that can unite them, and enable them to get rid of the dictatorship. As to your last question, did I specifically state the gentlemen you mentioned were less or not patriotic? And, why didn’t also include in your question those who sat in Stockholm?

        • Selamat Ayya Ismail AA,

          Let me start with your last question first. The ENCDC gathering in Stockholm was not a gathering calling for or with initiative to Build Democracy in Eritrea. It was an organizational congress to revive itself and elect its leadership. There were not any information about their intended future planned actions from the only one link that I entered to learn more. Gedab news missed the opportunity to publicize their meeting by nearly two weeks. The error in hitching the Sweden gathering with the London Conference was a blatant error of judgement. Comparison and contrasting the two meetings is like comparing apples and oranges. The impression that I got is the Sweden gathering suddenly became important after the London Conference took place in order to emphasis or highlight Gedab’s perceived controversy. This article is consistent with the theme of the London Conference which is building democracy in Eritrea. Therefor in my comment I chose to stick with the gathering that explicitly stated building democracy methodically and with scholarship as its task. I do not necessarily favor one over the other.
          Let me state that I recognized one of the elected executive officers of the ENCDC as he was an activist with me against the Eritrean regime in circa 2001-2002 and was not then at all fond of his methods and chicanery. He was a cadre of the ELF. But that did not influence me in the above. The fact that no Eritrean media outlet, including Gedab/Awate, not covering the Sweden event a day or two after it occurred, however is very indicates the effectiveness of the organization at present time. It may very well be the same “failed re-do” event until the next congress. To be honest I also do not believe the ENCDC can effectively mobilize Eritreans at the present time to lead them towards effectively overthrowing the dictatorial regime. Until Sweden Congress, they have the burden of shaking the curse of receiving support from and being controlled by TPLF. It will take time for the current wave of Eritrean mobilization to gain their trust.

          On the other hand after thoroughly surfing the Eritrea Focus website, it was evident that the current YiAkil/Enough/Kifaya wave has been adapted as the efforts part of the Eritrea Focus group. At least that is the impression one gets from the extensive coverage and importance given to the YiAkil movement by Eritrea Focus. I do not believe without the deep expansion and momentum of YiAkil inside Eritrea, these diaspora wave of mobilization will be enough to effect change in Eritrea. But I do believe the YiAkil masses as it is closely coupled with the Eritrea Focus scholars are a lot more closer and better positioned to topple the dictatorial regime than are the ENCDC Sweden group. For the sake of building democracy however I call for the reaching out to the ENCDC to be included and play their role in building democracy in Eritrea. They themselves should also reach out and demand to take part in these efforts as opposed to remaining incognito and obscure. I will admit here that there may have been an element of secrecy on the part of the Eritrea Focus gathering prior to the London Conference.
          What matters now is that we discuss on ways to bring the two closer going forward. We can not and it is not up to us to outright dismiss either or both as not worthwhile events or efforts. At the very least, both groups have the right to continue and correct the errors from their past whether they committed them as a group or as individuals. They may have gained very valuable experience to restart and try once more with better planning and strategy. You will agree with me that time is of the essence in order to save Eritrea from further degradation and destruction. And in order to build democracy in Eritrea I am giving more consideration to the party that I believe is getting much closer to challenging and toppling the tyrannical regime in Eritrea. Then actively bridge the divides that may exist between them and the ENCDC or other Eritrean efforts because the ultimate goal is to build democracy in Eritrea. ENCDC or others will have the right to have their deserved representation in shaping Eritreas democracy post the riddance of the dictatorial regime. We can not afford to reject or slow down any effort by Eritreans in particular those that are visibly succeeding and making lots of noise.

          Question for you:
          With whom do you believe the YiAkil/Enough/Kifaya movement is affiliated? With the Eritrea Focus group or the ENCDC? Your honest answer is appreciated so that we can address any adverse negative consequence the answer may have. I believe the YiAkil movement for all practical purposes will fall under the umbrella of Eritrea Focus activities. Now how do we handle this instead of rejecting it as a derailing of the current wave or Eritreas powerful momentum which will be explosive as soon the Eritreans inside Eritrea rise up.

          I beg your pardon for my long reply. I wanted to be thorough and am hopeful there is clarity and little error of language in my comment. If you have read till this point I applaud your patience.

          tSAtSE

          • Ismail AA

            Selam tSAtSE,

            You bet! sure I did. I told you once I act nowadays like a diligent student to read what you have been posting. And, I thought I told you the reason. I am interested in goading you to organize and articulate what you know in a front page piece about the birth or still in last months of pregnancy movement inside Eritrea.The request holds on in accordance to the hint you have provided.

            Now, back to your rejoinder. You stated difference between the two events in London and Sweden. That is true, and I also indicated this in one of my entries here in this forum. But you tilted toward the conference in London and the owners of Eritrea Focus for the stated reason that their function aims building democracy in Eritrea, not in its own right, but as single beneficiary of democracy in the Continent.

            You stated, moreover, the fact that their theme is democracy, make the kifaya/yiAkel groups of change seekers feel more comfortable with Eritrea Focus, and thus, with the London conference than ENCDC people. Well, that could be the case. But, the question is: how do we know, and what are the scale to measure this. I can guess the spirit and logic you might be depending on to come up with that perception.

            And, one more point before I cut these lines short. There is no gainsaying about the need to take any force and initiative that can contribute toward promoting the cause of democracy. The ENCDC and Eritrea Focus could be candidates. But, my issue is whether their claim as forces would be feasible. I wish this would be the case. But previous experiences of such gatherings cannot allay concern and reservations. Just to repeat what I stated earlier, the presence of respected and accomplished professionals and experts at the London conference does not make them different from previous similar events.

            The democracy I aspire to witness in Eritrea before I depart to eternity is one that the refugees in the wretched camps in Sudan, Ethiopia and the stranded in Yemen can trust and can see hope of returning to their homeland. For us, democracy is not a source of aesthetic enjoyment of sort of life it promises. It source of salvation and end exile and relief from the pain the chains of despotism are causing to mothers, fathers, brothers and sistera and families by and large.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Ismailo,

      The Ambassador was one of the top enablers of the despot. He contributed to the grooming of the despot. Worse than that, he was and is always the voice of one segment. He despises the other part of our Eritrean segments. I abhor his views and his languages. I met this guy many times. He will never be out from the political culture he grew up and will never be clean from his pathological sickness of lies. He lied to divide our society in many instances. He stinks with social ills. He should not have a role in future Eritrea. Eritrea belongs to our young generation.

      • Paulos

        Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

        With all due respect, how are we going to move on and forward if we are still holding on to old grudges and bad tastes? Don’t you think mental clarity is a priority if we intend to see a forward looking Eritrea not a backward looking Eritrea? Where is the nobel spirit of reconciliation and magnanimity? The man is trying to make it right by stating his vision for future Eritrea. I believe we need to cut him some slack for the sake of tomorrow.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Dr Paulos,

          To argue that he is not a “uniting force” and hence he is unfit to lead a united Eritrea, has nothing to do with reconciliation and magnanimity. Both require different process. The Ambassador had bad mouthing and disparaging languages to our minorities as late as of 2014. I was speechless and angry when I hear him እዞም ጨሓማት (referring to our Muslim brothers) and ኢትኒካውያን (for our minorities) in a meeting, something you don’t expect from his stature. You see doctor, sometimes Education is meaningless for some. It does not serve them as basis for wisdom to help their people. This reminds me also another erudite Dr Mussie caught his email saying (ወዲዛ በላዒት ሳምቡሳ) a street language. People who use street languages are healers. You could disagree but I will fight against people who speaks disparaging languages that divide our society. We don’t need them in the leadership. Absolutely they are sick people.

          • Selamat Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

            How much milage are you going to get out of those words you keep repeating?

            Kabb behaliouo degamiouo. It is even worst for the one that repeats it than the one that said it. You should realize not only are your repetitive attempts are counter productive but you are inadvertently sowing division and miss trust amongst Eritreans. You are blinded by a grudge and don’t realize the damages you are contributing.

            You must look at the overall forward looking most successful road towards democracy we must take. Some times it is good to not repeat divisive language that agitate and distance some folks from their kin folks. Very Sad. :>(

            tSAtSE

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Solomon,

            Don’t be stupid. Aren’t you repeating again and again to promote him? Know what you are talking. The more you continue to promote him the more you look like him. Don’t be associate with such individuals.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            I don’t doubt whether he said those nasty words or not simply because I believe you for you are a man of integrity. That said however, we can not judge him now in 2019 for what he said in 2014. People change and grow as they learn from their past mistakes.

            I used to say the same nasty things as in እዞም ጫሓማት and used to call Tigreans ሓሳዳት ዓጋመ ቆማላት። And I regret to my bones for saying those bad words for years end. I learned and grew and now trying to make up for it by standing up for them when they are called names and their rights are violated. And I don’t expect people to judge me for what I said in the past but by my stands here and now.

            And I don’t think the good Ambassador is running for a public office but as a responsible citizen with a considerable influence, he is lending a support to the fledgling grassroots movement including charting ways on how to build a democratic nation at peace with her people and with herself as well. Let’s come together in this critical juncture of our history for we owe it to the future and certainly not to the past. And that is called character and political will as well.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dr Paulos,

            Yes it is excusable if we said it before we turn to an “adult-matured-educated” individuals. In politics it is not excusable when someone who is an adult and an educated of his stature to pronounce such disparaging language that goes to the fabric of our society. In short he can not be a unifying figure at all.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,

            If you start confessing you need to go to the end. I also imagine you saying እዞ ርጉማት ሰራየ፡ ስሮም ትቦንቆስ፡ ሰበረ ትስበሮ እግሮም። እዞም ርጉማት ኣከለ ዓጋመ፡ በላዕቲ ኩዕንቲ፡ ነንሕድህዶም ክጨናነዉ። እዞም ገንጋናት ብሌን (just imagine Hope:-) )። እዞም ዓኳራት ተኸደንቲ ጀለቢያ እዞም ግሩሃት ዓንሰባ…etc…etc, go on confess please! You might also have said ተዋህዶ ርእሲ ጉድጉዶ፡ ከኒሻ ብላይ ኪሻ፡ ኮተሊኽ ርእሲ መለሊኽ፡ please go on confess፡ make Awete the confessional!

            You reminded me of my childhood (+/-10) when we were going to the trinity church in ዕዳጋ ሓሙስ learning the bible and religious songs (መድሓኒት ተወልደዋል በቤተልሔም…). The preacher told us to repent whenever we can. One day coming out of a session, we gathered between close friends and one said, he is right, we are sinful, we need to repent. So we went not far from there to Galliano’s pyramid, we sat in circle breathing the fresh air, we decided to confess to the group one by one. We were trying to hammer out the gravest sin we committed. One started confessing for stealing bananas from the ካሴታ ባናና እንዳ ደናዳይ his mother brought and hid below a bed. The other for stealing ቕጫ without his mothers permission, I for stealing sugar to put it on the injera also stolen without my mothers permission… At the end our sins came to be about food. Of those friends, 1 was martyred 5 are alive all over western hemisphere.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            For God sake ቆሉዑ ኾይና ንብሎን ወይ ዝበልናዮን: ዓበይቲ-ትምህርቲ ቀሰም ኮይና ንብሎን ነኒበይኑ እዩ:: I am sure all the things you mentioned will not say it at this age and with the stature of your education. So sometimes we need to be fair and let us call it accordingly.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Emma,
            In my first paragraph, I was trying to go to the bottom of things beyond selective confession. If we are to put into consideration stature and education, then we should go beyond what has escaped the filter of someone at one time or mention it once when necessary. We should concentrate on what moves us ahead.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            So, those who have no good filters must borrow your filter when they try to communicate. Hailat, to be an educated person do also help you how to filter your thoughts. Education in itself is a filter what is go and bad for you and your society.

          • Haile S.

            Emma,
            The stature and education, you brought it, and you are in it. I didn’t bring it here. You are pulling the corollary beyond its tensile strength. ምሳኻ ክርፍስ ክሳብ ደም ፈሲሱ ዝውዳእ ኮይኑ ይስምዓኒ ኣሎ።

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            እንታይ ደም ደፋስስ አሎና:: እቲ ዕርፊ ኣብ ደስ ዝበለካ ከተትርሮን ከተፍክሶን እኮ ትኽእል ኢኻ:: እምበሺ ክተርር ከሎእዩ እቲ ዘለና ስነፍልጠት ተዘቁቁ ዝመጽእ:: አነ እሞ ከም ኣብቲ ሓጽቢ ፍልጠትካ (reservoir of knowledge) አትየ ዝመሃር ዘለኹ እዩ ዝስመዓኒ::

          • Haile S.

            Emma፡
            የቕንየለይ። እቲ ምምህሃር ብኽንተ ወገን እዩ። ካባኻ ንባዕለይ ዝማሃሩ ብዙሕ እዩ። ሓደ ሓደ ጊዜ ሰዓት ኣኺሉ ኢልና ዘይንፍደስ እዩ ኣበሃህላይ።

          • Millennium

            Hi Paulos:

            It looks it is reverse psychology at work here; in your effort to make up for all the bad things you had said against Tigrayans, you have swung too far to the other end of the pendulum, too far that you are actually unable to see the sins of TPLF. Trust me, I have never said any disparaging things against any group of people as long as I can remember (excepting political organizations).

            About the ambassador; at least you have confessed your past sins and you are telling us that those sentiments do not represent your current self; but how do you know that the ambassador has actually changed? did he say that? did he say, in a similar way that you are telling us here, that he used to harbour negative attitude towards the “chehamat” before but has changed since?

            Millennium

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Ustaz Hidrat,

            It is good you have given us feedback about Ambassador Menkorios and Dr. Mussie. First of all, I understood now why the Ambassador is clean from any hair. First of all the Ambassador should understand ጨሓማት is not an insult, it is a God given beauty of a man. Secondly, ሳምቡሳ is made of meat and flour. It is just a food not an insult. Really, it is amazing elites to be low to this level.

            The question is: Are these guys enlightened from their ignorance? If they are enlightened and come back to their senses, we should forgive them and give them chance to do good things. Regarding, most elites of EPLF enabled Isaias to be a dictator. I hope the Ambassador and Dr. Mussie to clear themselves from the allegations against them. If I meet Dr. Mussie, I will invite him to ሳምቡሳ; don’t be frightened from it. The whole world eats ሳምቡሳ except our good doctor. I think somebody, while he was a child, told him it is for Muslims. Believe me, my good doctor, it will never make you a Muslims. If ሳምቡሳ makes a Muslim I would have shoved it at your mouth by force. Do you like fish, Doctor? I hope to meet Ambassador Menkorios with my ጭሕሚ to frighten him.

            Al-Arabi

      • Selamat Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

        Sad to see that you are advocating for who to include and who to exclude from Eritrea’s future. Many accuse you and abhor your views on your prescription for Eritrea’s future and they advocate for your exclusion. Should we listen to those exclusionists and discard you as persona non grata? There is still a huge responsibility for both you and the Ambassador and your generation to play vital roles and right all the wrongs and mess you created. The young generation your speak off will not be set up by your uncleaned mess and bath in the mud your generation created consciously or unconsciously.

        Unless you have specific criminal acts committed by the Ambassador, which you have a right to file your grievances properly, the above statement of a personal grudges does not serve the progress of Eritreans to build democracy. Your statement smells horribly of character assassination by a disgruntled individual. Not acceptable to me personally.
        In this new chapter of the new Eritrean book the experiences and wisdom of those tested Eritrean leaders is very welcomed. ALL are welcomed.
        It is unbecoming of you to sling mud from the get go without giving effort to rebut the acceptable rational the Ambassador presented for the sake of the next and future generations of Eritrea.
        Really sad for your lack of leadership from an elders in your comment above.

        tSAtSE
        PS: I think SJG was expecting me to comment a lot under this article. Can you tell?

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Solomon,

          I am not excluding from the process, but for sure my message to you and the public is to inform that he has no the quality of leadership to unite the Eritrean people. A diplomat who says “እዞም ጨሓማት (referring to our Muslims) እዞም ኢትኒካውያን (for our aggrieved minorities)” is not fit for a leadership to our divided society. Eritrea needs an “individuals from the middle age of our young generation” who can heal our mistrusts to each other and bridge the two sections of our society. Enough with the Ghedli generation and their baggage.

          Second, my “prescription” will be objected by those who want to “dominate and rule by force”, and It will be welcomed by our “minorities” and the “aggrieved section” of our society, who are fighting for equitable power and fair representations. Our minorities can not be fooled and cheated at this time.

          • Selamat Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

            I am afraid I can’t take your word for the words or phrases you say the Ambassador uses. His peace and reconciliation in the African continent he did under the UN, I am quite sure exposed him to numerous ethnicities and religious diversity. I suspect you have other motivations. Besides let us focus on the Ambassador current effort to push us Eritreans to build democracy in Eritrea. Can not afford to blindly accept your negative misgiving towards Eritrean leadership that we are Eritreans are in dire need off. And I disagree with your prescription of young untested Eritrean leaders. There is significant value still for charismatic and full of wisdom accepted by the majority of Eritreans leaders such as his Excellency Ambassador Haile Menkerios.
            This is not the time for unsubstantiated acceptance of negative characterizations. You are entitled to what you believe. Sorry I am not buying anything you have said just like I do not buy that you Ayya Amanuel Hidrat are in the employ of the Weyane. You both have lots to contribute in my opinion,.

            tSAtSE

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Aman H,

        I knew Haile briefly in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1975 or 76 – do not remember precisely which year. I am sure he do not remember. It was the time of the calm the resolution adopted at the 2nd National Congress between the ELF and ELF-PLF, and the dialogue that went on with Saleh Sabbe, and which produced the Khartoum Agreement.
        Haile was called to the field, and never met him since. But, I followed his functions, especially when he represented the regime as ambassador in Ethiopia. His statements on behalf of Isayas in that capacity proved his impeccable loyalty to his boss. He had the trust to voice opinion on big matters. His words about meaninglesseness of borders and viability of confederation still ring in my ears. Anyway, I do not rule out people can change. He could be one who has changed for the good of the nation. About his attitude on social and cultural issues that divide our society, I cannot comment because my interaction with him was brief as I told you.

        • Hope

          Selam Ustaz Aman and Ismael
          Please,e re-mindful that we are in the 21 st century,not in the 70s.
          time to move on.
          Let us learn from the past so as to do better and thrive for the best today and tomorrow by learning from yesterday.
          e all sinned
          “Let him,who feels is free form sin cast the first stone unto her”.
          “They all walked back and Jesus LET HER GO FREE!
          Amb Haile M is a Human Being ,who gave up the best education (PHD Candidate with MA)and comfortable life in the USA but he chose to live a subhuman life for decades for the sake of others.
          .

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Hope,

            With due respect, I did not get your point. Did I say anything about HM not giving up his personal interest? Does it add anything to my credentials as former fighter if I tell you what I also gave up for the sake my people’s just cause? You volunteered to remind Amanuel H.and I whether we are realize that we are not living in previous century. I enjoy posts that reflect the author took time to re-read the content to him/her self to check what his post intend to communicate.

          • Hope

            Selam Ustaz Ismael:
            Respect is mutual more and more so goes to YOU,for obvious reasons.
            Apologies for the miscommunication.No intention to criticize but to express my dismay and frustration that we all have been ,one way or another cursing and character-assassination X-EPLF and X-PFDJ members, after they successfully and safely abandoned the Regime.for which we should rather have credited them and WELCOME them to join the Justice seekers Camp.
            What we have been doing is exactly the same ore than what the PFDJ does against its Opponents, calling them TPLF Agents and Quisling Groups,those,who legitimately opposed it and its hegemonic and reckless policies again Eritrea and Eritreans.
            Case in point,the latest tweet by Elias Amare!

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Hope, (he! your nickname reminds me of tes)

            Sorry, dear. I wrote response your post instantly (as a routine I rarely let pass a comment addressed to me without responding). But I did not realize Disqus had blocked it due to some internal error.

            Anyway, thank you for your post that reflected composure and decency. Incidentally, I would like to assure you that I am not a person impeded by past differences and discords when dealing with current issues. I had never let an opportunity slip away without exchanging views with many neighborhood, school and college friends who chose to join the PLF-EPLF and is segment that became EPLF. The regime’s current foreign minister is one of them.

            I do deal with the logic and circumstances that pertain to them, and not within past contexts. I am aware Eritreans discharged their obligations in the ranks of organizations of their choice. This gave us a nation in one state that embraces in its bosom the rich diversity our society. Sad that the despot and his enablers had turned that warm bosom of our nation to a hell to majority of our people.

            Now, thus, I have no prejudice against any former regime supporter of whatever status changing sides in favour of freedom and just. Haile Menkerios also qualifies to fit in that page of my book. The scale is sincerity and commitment to a future that caters for the needs of all segments of our society. I aspire a nation of loyal inhabitants in which the majority-minority concept loses meaning and melts into duty-rights of citizens dichotomy.

      • Peace!

        Hi Emma,

        See Emma ..when things are handled in a transparent manner, you get to ask questions, address your concerns, and ultimately, you make your mind. I think that’s exactly what you are doing, but the other day, when I asked for the information about the group assenna announced, your reply was pretty much please don’t ask that’s not how the game works. What if whoever is in charge of the group is worst than the man, Haile Menkerios, you ostensibly portraying him as continuation of PFDJ or criminal.

        Peace!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Peace,

          Brother “suspicion” and “catching Red handed” saying it, are two different things. Suspicion remains to be suspicion with no facts to even suspect it. What I am talking about the Ambassador are facts uttered in a meeting where I was part of the meeting. I live in “facts” and not in “suspicion”. In facts you remove the problem. In suspicion you can not remove the problem b/c suspicion are not facts. I hope I answered you question.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Obviously I was not talking about the facts you stated about HM nor disputing your claim rather my point was on the merit of transparency. I think it is good that you exploited transparency to expose him and that should be expanded to other individuals and groups.

            Peace!

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Ahlan Ambassador,

    “Call for a national conference of representatives of the Eritrean people that would decide on a transitional arrangement to ensure an inclusive process of building participatory democracy in the country. I believe only such a process can prevent destructive violence.” Yes, all Eritreans should work for bringing all of us around one table. The next step will be removing the regime and building democratic institutions.

    I think, dear Ambassador, when you recognize wrong practices you should be able to say it is not the right way, because piling of mistakes creates a huge burden. The present suffer and misery of Eritreans is the result of past mistakes. I wished in your article above to tell us that the London conference is wrong in timing, topic of discussion, representation and money spent. The resources spent in the conference should be spent for more urgent demands of the Eritrean people, which is the unity of Eritreans. Unity of Eritreans is the beginning of democracy, and the strong pillar of it, or it is democracy itself. Thank you Ambassador for your balanced article.

    Al-Arabi