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Calling For An Eritrean Resolve

A country whose situation is becoming worse by the day. A people who are so exhausted of simply watching as their social cohesion is being eroded. A regime that convinced Eritreans that it will never change. A president who has never said an encouraging word in all his speeches and interviews. A president who never spelled a word of reconciliation, or ever assured his people to be hopeful. A political culture that is defined by arrogance and brigandage not diplomacy and statesmanship. Officials who are so arrogant they embarrass the humble Eritreans. Cult followers who like to ignite wars and confrontation they or their children will never fight. Egoist individuals who directly or indirectly promote sectarian, regional, and partisan discourses and poison healthy debates. A fragmented opposition that has so far failed to inspire the people. Neighbor countries who complicate the Eritreans situation and who do not seem to be interested in ameliorating it. Such is the situation of Eritrea. It’s bleak. Eritreans are used to hardships and calamities, and that will not weaken their resolve, but it reminds them of the urgency of the matter.

The political organizations that are stationed in Ethiopia are in a precarious situation. While one side of the opposition is busy attempting a hostile takeover of the leadership of the opposition, the other side has failed to take decisive action to move on. That crippling drama is all happening under the ever-watchful eyes of the “Sanaa Forum.” As a result, the perception of the common Eritrean activist about Ethiopia is not improving. Meanwhile, the relation of the common Eritrean activist with the Eritrean opposition is not improving. And for a long time, these two damaging issues are the main problems that the Eritrean opposition has been handling haphazardly.

And as usual, that, and other issues, are the causes for today’s edition of The Pencil.

Internal vs. External Change

Whenever the topic of changing the repressive system of governance is discussed among Eritreans, two divergent and controversial views are raised: change carried out by internal forces vs. one affected by external forces. No doubt the regime has succeeded in paralyzing the two camps into complete inaction. Ironically, a chunk of the Eritrean opposition (in its broader definition), still seems to play by the PFDJ rules—if not by choice, due to lingering behaviors.

The Eritrea regime believes that those who support and internally controlled change (by the people and/or the army), are lackeys of the USA, Ethiopia, or any other country the regime is attacking at a given time. The USA and “Weyane” (Ethiopia) have been occupying the top of its most-hated list for a long time.  However, the PFDJ leaders’ “hate” is basically an expression of the grudges they hold against their arch-rival, the TPLF, which is the major partner in the Ethiopian ruling EPRDF coalition, while the USA is often times referred to as CIA, or, simply by a wild card like “Susan Rice”, for example.

Undoubtedly, a considerable number of Eritreans strongly oppose any Ethiopian intervention in their country’s affairs. However, the emphasis on the almost two-decades long militant objection to the intervention, is more of an imagined intrvention than real. Likewise, the regime has effectively used the Weyane-scarecrow to freeze a considerable chunk of Eritreans into inaction. Ironically, the regime hosts an array of Ethiopian opposition groups with political goals that unfavorably eye Eritrean territories and sovereignty. Worse, these forces are the political inheritors of the old Ethiopian regimes that Eritreans fought for decades to rid them off their country. Clearly, for the PFDJ, its supporters, its sympathizers, and those it holds hostage or blackmail through personal interests, the rejection of Ethiopian intervention in Eritrean affairs is not driven by principles, it is rather an attempt to have their names in the safe security list of the regime. That way they ensure their meager investments are secure, they can visit or vacation in Eritrea and return without being molested by the regime’s security.

The above mentioned Eritrean segment also faces a moral dilemma: they do not utter a word of objection to the regime’s horrific treatment of the Eritrean population. On the contrary, they blame the opposition for tiny and insignificant skirmishes and accuse it for promoting civil war, and “killing our brothers”! They never criticize the regime, but they repeat whatever it approves of to secure the needed blessing by its security officers and host of worldwide spies.

It is even worse: the same group would openly outsource solutions for the Eritrean crisis to foreigners without feeling guilty, but they would be enraged by the idea of Ethiopia funding some opposition elements. Ironically, many of them are beneficiaries and are funded by Western countries in the guise of…many facades.  This website holds that unless it is Eritrean money, the Ethiopian Birr, the US$, and any other currency is equally external, it’s foreign. There can’t be a difference between a British, an American, or an Ethiopian donor. Equally, there is no difference between Italian, Sudanese, Egyptian, Ethiopian, or Belgian intervention. If one is willing to accept funds from any other country, there is no plausible explanation why they cannot accept it from Ethiopia.

And the Awate Team says this without any fear of repercussions—this website has never received funds from outside sources apart from the funds provided by its founders, its supporters, and its closest friends. In short, it’s purely Eritrean funded. It is also important to note that even if we asked for funds, we are not likely to be offered any; simply, we do not fit the special criteria of the known funders who usually approach others with offers: “can we help?”  No one is saying that to awate.com. At any rate, we are in the middle of a fundraising to collect $12,000, of which we have already collected roughly a third.

The Past Due Change in Eritrea

It would be honorable for Eritreans to save their country on their own instead of risking the carrying a feeling of humiliation for years to come if they remain spectators in what happens to their country. If the repressive situation lingers on, it is likely that others would be forced to intervene to protect their interest. Neither the Syrians, or the Libyans, or the Somalis, or the Iraqis wanted to be immersed in the bloody situation they are in. It is not the people’s choice but the choice of those who can. Unfortunately, the PFDJ is busy trying to find more creative and more effective ways to engulf Eritrea in chaos. It’s busy devising ways to fully emasculate the people and completely own their will, choice, and freedoms. At this juncture of the Eritrean history, the only honorable way would be for the brave to take charge and bring about a solution. If a so-called national army cannot defend the rights of its citizens, what is it? If a so-called national army becomes a tool and an enabler of a repressive regime, does it deserve loyalty at all?

Armies protect the sovereignty of their countries and their people–they are supposed to protect the sovereignty of the people and their territories, not the interests of repressive regimes. If an army chooses to ignore the cries of the people and considers its primary task the protection of a cruel regime, then it has consciously decided to be the enemy of the people.

Thus far, Eritreans have maintained goodwill and great respect for their armed forces, the army that is considered the inheritor of the great Eritrean liberation forces. This immense respect should not be taken for granted and the army needs to reciprocate, to pay back for a fraction of that loyalty. Importantly, it should live up to the fame and dedication of its precursor—it has a name and a history to protect.

Peripheral Issues

What the UN and other institutions are doing is not something insignificant, it is relevant to Eritrea. However, any activity that is not controlled by Eritreans is simply peripheral. This is important to spell; the recent developments and the way many in the opposition treated the COiE activities as a vital and critical milestone is an example! First, it should be known that this is a station on the long journey of the struggle and we should not expect to achieve anything more than exposing the regime and isolating it: Initially from the few gullible supporters it still maintains, and secondly, from the few foreign sponsors and careerists. Considerable success has been achieved in both aspects and that deserves to be celebrated. However, no national activity should be totally outsourced—be it politics or law. That should strictly remain in Eritrean hands.

Going forward, emotions should be shunned from the Eritrean struggle. The struggle against the PFDJ regime should be based on realistic considerations and expected possible outcomes. Furthermore, the opposition should stop considering every station as the final station on the journey. To attain victory, Eritreans would need to align all their forces along clearly defined goals: justice is the natural rallying point. So far it has worked for the opposition. Amateurs should be kept under leash; the embarrassment they cause the opposition is more damaging compared to the marginal benefit they bring to it. The opposition needs to stop treating the activities of the struggle as an entertainment, or as a pastime. It’s not done for fun, it is a serious hard work, it is not a platform for ego trips and red carpet type parading.

In Geneva, there was a considerable presence of professional activists, presentable individuals who had their skills and talents by the grip, but that was not enough. That wouldn’t have happened if every little entity (and individual) was busy with self-promotion at the expense of the grand project. It was the opposite of that. And that is what the organized opposition needs to compete on and adopt. For without a developed, functional political parties, the final result of this struggle might be disastrous. The conclusion is: there is no going back to Isaias and his bunch of enforcers, the regime is beyond redemption.

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  • Amde

    Selam Nitricc,

    Wow that fake outrage for dying Ethiopians could power a new Hirgiggo 2. You asked me to wake up – I think you need a nap.

    Do you even know what non-violent resistance is? It doesn’t refer to the violence meted out by the powers that be.

    I actually decided to respond to you for your “protect his (Tsadqan) own investment” statement. I say so what if he is. Thank God for that. It makes him what is called a “stakeholder” in case you have never come across this word. As an Ethiopian he is as much a “stakeholder” as the pissed off peasant who was robbed of his farmland for fake “development” excuses. One should be afraid – very afraid – of people who feel they have nothing to lose. He is responding in a rational manner (even if it may be out of self interest), and I can almost guarantee you that he has a large constituency.

    I would be mad if he writes to suggest intensification of repression just so he can “protect his investment.” Where would your fake outrage be then, hmmm?

    Amde

    • Nitricc

      Amde; frankly i don’t give a flying you know what if you respond me or not. I am simply expressing my view. Having said that why is he, your so-called general speaking out now? why not last year? why not a year before? how many generals do you know who own a bear brewing factory? And yes, “We are seeing in real time the power of non-violent resistance” means no dies and the facts is people died. are you denying that lives was lost?

      • Amde

        Nitricc,

        Why not last year? Hell I don’t know. Maybe he chose the best time to maximize Nitricc-irritation. Why don’t you ask him? Myself – I say better late than never.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All, i was going to leave the Ethiopian matter alone and move on but then i read this from the desperate website to pull me back to it.
    “The Necessity of Aseb Port to Ethiopia
    [Ethiopia was powerful only when it had full access to and control over the Red sea.]

    “I am writing this article with heart breaking news that the Eritrean government has leased our Aseb Port out to our strategic enemies who never want Ethiopia to survive as a nation. I want to share you my sincere feeling that we have a national and moral responsibility to pressure the government in power to bring the port back and unlock our country from political and economic insecurity.”
    you can read the rest of the garbage if you are interested. my point is how dumb or how desperate are they to come up with such futile article? the reason is obvious, to divert the attention of the Ethiopians; isn’t too late? besides is not General Tsadkan answer the question; he said simply TPLF have no capability to do anything about it. at least it wasn’t posted under Oromian name. lol most articles are written under Oromian name; who are they fooling? No worries about Asab; when a responsible and peace loving government comes to power in Ethiopia; Asab is going no where and the Ethiopians can use Asab to full extend of the port.

    • A.Osman

      Hi Nitricc,

      Earlier today I saw a FB message about marathon and decided to check as I have not been much interested to follow it all. It was a disappointment to see a Muzungu beating our Eritrean runner Ghirmay, but maybe he had the order to chase both Ethiopian and USA enemies rather than being chased.

      What I found puzzling was the Ethiopian runner with crossed hands sign as he was finishing. Now I know what it meant…lol. I got a lot to catch up….Is he going to return home of seek asylum after that gesture?

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37150673

      Regards
      AOsman

      • Dear AOsman,

        I was not sure what to make of it. He was right in showing to the world community the injustice that exists inside Ethiopia, but giving it a tribal color was to me a disappointment.

        Some people play their cards too well. An Oromo political dissenter, an Olympic silver medalist and a good candidate that could be easily adopted by a country that is hungry for a medal in international competitions, all fit very well in the puzzle.

        I am not saying in any way that TPLF/EPRDF should not be condemned infront of the international community in the strongest terms possible, for the criminal killings it has carried out all over Ethiopia, nevertheless, the absence of a voice that includes all ethiopians who are also victims, undermines the political message, at least in the eyes of other ethiopians.

        One Ethiopia with its diverse people who live together in peace, freedom, and equality; standing against domination by one ethnic group, free of corruption etc, is the way forward. Only with solidarity and united struggle can injustice be defeated. That was the message I found missing, and that is the weaknesses of ethiopians.

        • A.Osman

          Dear Horizon,

          I was not even aware that the gesture represents a specific ethnic group, I have not been following the intense debate here, nor been following developements in Ethiopia since April. So you think he is doing it for his selfish plan – to get guaranteed asylum?

          For me rather than having thousands protest to be heard by the international community at the risk of things going out of control and seeing lives lost, I find one man in an important world event sending the message of protest admirable.

          The government should back off and start to listen to those who are opposing it, this protest has stayed too long, it seems it is building momentum over time and I hope it does reach a point of no return as the whole region will suffer it’s consequences.

          Regards
          AOsman

          • Dear AOsman,
            What I am trying to say is that the current Ethiopian problem should not be seen as an Oromo problem only, but that of all ethiopians irrespective of ethnic group. No one ethnic group alone can solve the Ethiopian problem, and as long as they do not understand this, there will be no permanent solution.

            (Explaining his actions, Lilesa said: “The Ethiopian government are killing the Oromo people and taking their land and resources so the Oromo people are protesting and I support the protest as I am Oromo.
            “The Ethiopian government is killing my people so I stand with all protests anywhere as Oromo is my tribe. My relatives are in prison and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed. I raised my hands to support with the Oromo protest.” (BBC).)

            He should have become the ambassador of all the victimized people of Ethiopia (Oromos, Anuaks, Amharas, Afars and others), irrespective of ethnic group. Today he could have become an icon of a united Ethiopia. This is my point, more than if he acted or not from a safe position.

          • A.Osman

            Hi Horizon,
            I usually read the article before sharing a link, in this instance the title and the picture were enough and I did not note the point you were making. OK you made a fair point, we usually debate similar issues within the Eritrean context…even though I might agree with you on achiving a common goal, I usually find it difficult to criticise a wronged person or an oppressed group on how they should frame their complaint. The burden to do right should be placed on the one who holds power, the real key holder to peace and security. If there is genuine effort on the government to resolve the problem, spoilers will not have an upper hand…maybe I am naive.

            Regards
            AOsman

          • Dear AOsman,

            The ball is in TPLF/EPRDF court. The Ethiopian government is under the scrutiny of history, the Ethiopian society and the world community, and the only way forward is to do the right thing. It cannot continue to rule the way it did without solving the grievances of the people, which itself now accepts that they do exist.

            The government of the USA has sent a clear message that the path the Ethiopian government is following is self-defeating and it should change course. It has also stressed the fact that Ethiopia is an important partner in the region, that the USA stands to help the development of the country, and Ethiopia should not forget that she has many external enemies, and she should have internal peace to be able to face external enemies. I am sure the messages coming from other friendly countries will not be any different. The Ethiopian government has therefore the historic obligation to listen to these messages coming from all directions, and at the same time, it is up to the Ethiopian people to show unity of purpose and solidarity, if they are going to have any relevance and be able to achieve their goal for freedom and democracy. Ulterior motives that work under the surface have no place in the struggle.

          • Amde

            Selam A Osman,

            The gesture does not represent a specific ethnic group. It just represents the non-violent method of protest. But Oromo youth have been along this non-violent path longer (at least since Nov 2015) than the Gonder and other Amara youth who have joined in relatively later.

            I admire the guy. Like Horizon said, I would have preferred if he had mentioned other communities as well, but the truth of the matter is there have been significantly more killings and imprisonment in Oromo areas than elsewhere. The major reason is that their protest has been going on longer. But another reason is that a lot of the protests are happening in smaller towns out of the view of the international community. And that of course means the security services are emboldened t act with even more impunity. Places like Gonder and Baher Dar where much of the Amara protests have shown up are not only much larger cities but they are also on popular tourist routes so there is some visibility which constrains security services.

            Amde

      • Nitricc

        Hey Aosman; I thought what he did was heroic act. With one moment he let the world know about the predicament of his people in his country. What he did was better than personal victory. He might lose his sliver but he will
        have no problem gaining an asylum from countries of his choice. I am just hoping Grmay of Eritrea who finished fourth will be the beneficiaries ranking 3rd. I hope he will refuse it. First he didn’t earn it and most importantly, he should show solidarity with people of Oromo with what is happening to them. If isn’t enough you they live like this picture illustrates but they have gunned down.

        https://scontent-bru2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/12514006_10102098405944463_1912171121211274593_o.jpg

        • A.Osman

          Hi Nitricc,

          Sport and Politics don’t mix..hmm

          You reminded of a funny FB clip that I was watching few days back of a football match between Celtic (Scotish) vs an Israeli team. The Celtic team came with Palestinian flag and were chanting…I think it happened a number of times before and the poor club gets penalised for the behaviour of its fan.

          I agree with you, Girmay should refuse if he has the option as it not one he deserves. For what it is worth, DIA may even instruct him not to keep the news on spotlight.

          Regards
          AOsman

      • Tesfa

        AOsman:
        He already has sought for Asylum,if u missed it!
        Bad or good,none of my business.
        I wish him the best.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Nitricc,
      .
      You cannot have it both ways, Nittric. Pay attention.
      .
      I have not read the article but I agree with you. Now, so that you and me agree on matters like this in the future, please validate and accept these 2 foundational statements.
      .
      TPLF/EPRDF recognizes the Eritrean map as it is.
      .
      PIA supported Ethiopian opposition in Asmara and this author believe in annexing part of the Eritrean territory.
      .
      Now, who do you support? It is that simple. If you try to muddy the water and not answer the question, you would be recognized as the biggest toothless Awatista ever, and you know how many toothless……
      .
      Mr. K.H

      • Thomas D

        Hi KH,

        It has been a long time since I come to suspect that Nitricc himself is a member of G-7. This also includes peace and may be Bleak as well. These people do not really care for the futurity of Eritrea as long as the current government of Ethiopia is replaced by the likes of Birhanu Nega or his likes. Now KH, I see your questions are very important for Nitricc cannot directly answer because he would be exposed to everyone who has been following him. Nitricc and his kinds are not really Eritreans. If they are Eritreans, they could be part of the deported Eritreans. How come someone who cares for his country does not care about the dark cloud in the shaping which could bring us back to pre-independence/1991 era. The real Eritreans worry to see the kinds of Birhanu Nega coming to power because I am sure if they do they will come to declare wars to try to retake our own port of Assab. I am sure Ethiopia will never benefit from fighting a wrong war again, but the kinds of Birhane will work the A**S off to achieve their evil motives…………….

        • blink

          Dear Thomas
          It is just amusing how you ride freely over people. You keep labelling people for no reason and no prove of any . G-7 or what ever Ethiopian opposition are surprisingly superior to Our movement by their media savvy , organizational charter and also their vision. They are giving the Ethiopian people a clear vision and they at ,least sit and talk to each other and are far polite than ours. The fact that ESAT to be their only out let is also prove how they channel their ideas.
          There real Eritreans would better work with themselves than harbouring EPRDF dying dog , while you defend the EPRDF, the Ethiopian people are just telling the elite by killing governmental organisation by just sitting at home. You are a very lousy man with big mouth for nothing. You are just here as any one else to say what ever your empty head has to offer.

          • Thomas D

            Dear Bleak,

            Look, it is clear you have no vision for our people or our nation when you spent 24/7 talking only about Ethiopian government. You want the ethiopians not interfere in the business of Eritreans, but you are encouraging blood shades or civil war in Ethiopia. It is strange especially when you fail to differentiate or purposely pursue for the agenda of Birhanu Nega’s likes agenda. It is even more disturbing when the same Birhanu nega was pushing for the forcefully taking over of our Assab. To me it is more clear that:
            a) You want to see the EPRDF toppled and replaced by the likes of Birhanu Nega NOT too long ago. This is with the absolute knowledge of Birhanu Nega’s stand on Eritrea and her ports and the land lacked Ethiopia issues.
            b) G-7 leading ethiopia will surely followed by another war of Ethio-Eritrea to decide on the faith of assab. The dictator in Asmara and the G-7 know this very well, but it is the only means of survival for both. The dictator will stay in power until Ethiopia is transitioned and Birhanu leadership will stay for another 17 years talking about “Key Bahir’Achin Bedemachin” and killing more ethioians and Eritreans. The same agenda you and your friends to envision for the reason it has become clearer and clearer to all.
            c) This implies you either have hidden agenda or is to benefit from whatever is going to come or you are just in your revenge mood.

            Exposing your real motive will continue, no one is to be fooled here. Fighting to uncover the truth is always fun!!

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            A, I do not support G-7 or Dr. Asseb person nor do they need my support either they are simply on top of their game (shaking the mighty EPRDF to their knees.
            B, I do no have the motive to see Ethiopia on civil war nor do i support such thing
            C, You have no idea how i oppose the criminal in Asmara but what i do not do is labelling people for no reason.
            I am just telling your open mouth is not credible and does not hold any water at all. For me any date that EPRDF or PFDJ fall is my best day. I am open to see any of the two fall to ashes .

          • Thomas D

            Dear Bleak,

            Ok, sounds good. Now, you said want to see the EPRDF fall. After the EPRDF government falls, there variables that you should have to be aware of if you are an Eritrean and feel the painful situation my people are going through. The most thing that I am (if you are an Eritrean should) afraid of at this point is that:
            a) Country of 100 million people is sitting next to Eritrea and the people of this country have issues of ethnicity. That is the Oromo people have been fighting for over 50 years to create the state of Oromo. The Amhara people want to be seen in the Amhara kinds house all the time. As usual, the other minority groups will keep crying for power sharing and respect of human rights all the time.
            b) You tend to open your big mouth about Eritrean Opposition disunity, but you have NO idea about the Ethiopian opposition groups and their unresolved differences. Most seem not to know what they really want out of the change. That they do not have a clear written agenda except their hate for the current party because most of the party members happen to be Tigrain Ethnic.
            c) You said, “The fact that ESAT to be their (meaning all Ethiopians?) only out let is also prove how they channel their ideas” I don’t know why you brought ESAT as the only media of Ethiopian opposition when you have hundreds of Ethiopian opposition websites who happen to have different or conflicting views amount each other (some see returning Eritrea as a solution for Ethiopia, some want to be independence from Ethiopia (ONEG (OROMO), ONF (OGADEN), AFAR etc), other ethnics want to control power, some believe in federation and others want confederation. So, either you are naive or you are not open minded to see all actors involved..

          • Tesfa

            Selam Thomas D:

            Dihri mai nab be’ati….?

            Keep crying…It is too late now.

            -Where were you along with your TPLF Junta for the last 15 years, when the TPLF has worked relentlessly to make Eritrea and Eritreans to collapse overnight by all means possible with a full support and back up of its masters?

            -Where were you when the TPLF Gang declared officially to break down the back of the ED and the Highlanders and Christians as they are the back bone of the PFDJ?

            Our only wish is to wish the same as the TPLF gang wished to/for Eritrea and Eritreans.

            That is the first step–strategically and tactically speaking speaking.

            That the TPLF Gang should be weeded out “Em Ghetse Midr” for once and for all.

            Then let what ever comes, come up and we shall deal with it.–kem-ametsatsiuu’…

            Be it Prof Birhanu or its Ghinbot -7 and the old new chauvinists, they have no power under any circumstance to claim Aseb or any piece of Eritrea for that matter, as Eritrea, its Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity are well defined and delineated and is part of the UN Body as a Nation.

            They were welcome to use our p[orts per the International Laws and Norms.

            Aseb will never be another Crimea and Eritrea is NOT another Ukraine either.

            Eritrea has become STRONGER than ever and has stood firm and TALLER than ever….as a ding MIGHT as we speak. Nation, not to mention its economic Power potential, which has become a REALITY as we speak.

            The sky is the limit now….

            -The best Potash under the sun, which will take more than 300 years to —-take care of it

            -The more than 50 years of Mine Life of the Precious Metals Mining

            -The Multibillion Top Tourism and Fishing Industry

            -The cleanest and the cheapest Clean Energy but the most lucrative Red Sea Dam.

            Of utmost importance, the huge and diverse Human Resources Potential from all over the world-

            Did you learn that the SAWA boys invented a Drone of its kind at the SAWA Training Center…?

            What about driving and riding a heavy duty Machinery remotely via a smart phone?

          • Thomas D

            Dear Hope/less,

            I am not going to dignify your “hatew-ketew or bela below” above with a response!!

          • Tesfa

            Greetings Ato Thomas D.

            Am glad that U got my message.

            I care less about any response to my comments.

            Am only here to express my views and opinions and at times ,to challenge few hypocrites and to straighten few facts.

            In the event,if u deny the above facts about Eritrea and ERITREANS,,U cannot be an ERITREAN !

            FYI:

            Your TPLF Junta is desperately begging Finland and some other EU Countries to normalize relations.with Eritrea,the same tiny nation called the “N Korea of Africa” and the allegedly collapsing nation,which has been set up,sabotaged,demonized,sanctioned,threatened and what not,by the same Regime now begging for a Life Support.

            Yirda’kum!

            Good luck.!!!

          • Thomas D

            Hi Hope,

            Refer to my response to you above. Thank you!

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            1, i did not say they (Ethiopian opposition) have one vision and i did not say the agree on every thing.
            2. i do not care or even care to imagine what happen after the minority regime fall apart , what i know for sure is , Ethiopia is not going to be Ruwanda and it is not going to be open civil war either.
            3. i did not claim to be the expert of Ethiopian opposition , but what i can see from your comment above is , you know every inch of Ethiopian opposition parties only from a memo of EPRDF given to their internet cadres.
            4. You also forget what will happen if suddenly DIA dies and we have no clear leader on the opposition
            5. I do not think also the Oromo people are going for independent if they get what is theirs by right
            6. I do not see and can’t find any prove the Amhara are also demanding to be KINGS of Ethiopia ( your idea has no prove or what so ever. A lie spoken by EPRDF is not true by the Amahara people
            7. First you claimed as if they are tags , or Eritrea as a reason for the uprsing ( which is totally false
            At last please, leave me at your next defaming game ,as it happens i know it from get go , “you have no interest for justice nor do you have the interest of Eritreans .

          • Thomas D

            Hey Bleak,

            You never answered any of the questions or commented in response of the given comments. The “I did not say that or this bluff” can be disproved by referring to your postings on this very page. You cannot even answer what the status of Eritrea will be after the demise of the TPLF/EPRDF? Who will be the next players in Ethiopia to work for a diplomacy with Eritrea? The derg leftovers like Professors Mesfin or Birhanu? Who do you have in your mind? I see you enjoying the current upraising in Ethiopia more than the Ethiopian opposition group themselves? I would not have minded if you had to tell me one single to celebrate? I am talking about the solution of NO Peace No war situation? For the Eritrea’s economy depends on Ethiopia and vise versa could harvest from the same. That is what I am concerned about? What is the interest that Eritrea will get out of the change in Ethiopia if non of the ethiopian party seem to be happy with the separation of Eritrea/loss of Sea access? You see I am talking about the uncertainty that is clouding around the horizon.

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            I think you did not read the last sentence , it says please leave me on your next defaming game. No one is an informed how bad EPRDF is to any one in the region. Just sing the song of death .The Eritrean economy is not suffering due to Ethiopian regime , it is suffering due to a stone age system implemented by PFDJ. If the time comes no one is going to dare even to question Eritreas importance . by the way any Ethiopian opposition is working for better Ethiopia not like the current one. please print new memo based on realities .

          • Thomas D

            Hi Bleak,
            You sound like “netselay habuni sebaiti” though. You cannot back up anything except the anger you have with the wayene. You sound you personal matters with them because I don’t see any substance in your argument except acting like crying baby. Good luck with your attitude, mamai:

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            personal issues with weyane ???, oh , i think you forget one thing and that is how childish you sound on comparing a single person to have personal issue with weyane . Egrika tehaxibika eske dekis , sakit weshleklek gidefo.

          • Thomas D

            Hi Bleak,

            No, who is “Weshleklek”? The personal who is begging Amaharas/Oromo people to revolt against the TPLF (another Ethiopians) and encouraging the former to crush the latter or the person who want to focus and challenge problems in his own house? Who is really “Weshlak” Bleak, tell me now? Aren’t you the one who is going into the neighbors houses “Tetakus zeleka/ki”? I know you Higdefs do not know what the word “shame” means, but I did not know you could go to this level! What an embarrassment!!

          • blink

            Dear Tormas
            I would not choose the TORMAS thing but it fits perfectly . I can not help to find out that you are Ethiopian on the pay list of EPRDF. cash is moving from all central Ethiopia to mekelle , who would have thought such thing in a very short period of time.

            On the Eritrean issue , well lets see , what is on the reality and what is on papers after that we can see what you have to say. I told you , my wish list includes PFDJ and EPRDF on the same group of things to be dumped or crush to ashes. I am always open to see PFDJ to be crushed out from Eritrea . Any thing bad against PFDJ is a welcome news for me. If DIA died today i would normally offer my money for you to travel to Eritrea and vist Asseb once. What could it be possibly the reason for me to wish both Governments to be destroyed once for all and never return ? simply justice.

          • Thomas D

            Hi Bleak,

            While moving your hands around angrily, did you hit your nose and it start bleeding? I can see you are in a bad shape, I am a humanitarian so I sympathize with your state. You still are going around avoiding the questions that I wanted to you to answer. However, I understand that you are “washlak” and you would not know anything other than being “Weshlak”. Since you are just an empty pocket just making noises, I set my record straight and decided to leave you with that. Take care of yourself:)

          • blink

            Dear Tormas
            The nick name i gave you must hit you hard , oh sorry to spell it for you . I am simply not your match on that , i can pack you in the smallest term possible ever packed , You have been hammering people above your level for just raising the concern of the Ethiopian people, You called every one coward and so many names ,I am not Mr. nice or humble person like Mr.Mahamud Saleh . With your hypocrite attitude you are not welcomed to be on the list of honest Ethiopians nor Eritreans .

          • Thomas D

            Hi Bleak,

            It is not my fault that you hit your nose so bad and it is still bleeding. I don’t want you to take your life. I know your future is not that bright as such your nick. I knew this from the outset thus spelled your nick right for you. Now, I don’t deserve this after teaching you all the lesson you craved for:)

          • Peace!

            Dear Blik,

            Ezie Washleklek Zeitigedfo Eka…I had similar problem and wasted my time, just cut the hypocrite loose. We have long way to go, very sad!

            Peace!

          • blink

            Dear Peace
            I accept your plea .

          • Peace!

            Selam Blik,

            It has been a very difficult time for our pro TPLF compatriots that now the Ethiopian people are speaking out against injustice and showing their readiness to pay whatever it takes to win the battle. It is too obvious TPLF is loosing ground so bad every day to the extent even athletes are now joining the struggle and calling for TPLF free Ethiopia and refusing to go back and live under the oppressive regime. Ironically despite the Ethiopian people are feeding, sheltering and educating our refugees, supporting our opposition groups and justice seekers financially and materially, and now when it comes to showing solidarity with the Ethiopian justice seekers, all of sudden it is not our ,TPLFites, business as if every support is coming from TPLF’s pocket. Sadly enough, things are business as usual call names, bash, and whine. NO courage to talk about how, in what way, and to what extent it will effect the struggle against PFDJ and the region in general.

            Peace!

          • blink

            Dear Peace
            Yes , it is totally foul on poor people , can’t imagine , can you imagine YG as well as some paltolk room of Eritreans plus some attentions seekers of Agaazian people to just cry fool. They are trying Every thing and yet they fail. Thomas is just having hard time to see his bosses fail badly in front of the world. All Abay weldu’s paltolk room and facebook groups are trying every corner and yet they fail badly . We told them long time ago that , ERITREA IS NOT ONLY TIGRINJA OR HABESHA THING. We are more than that and they would not figur it out . Bad time to be in the burner

          • Peace!

            Selam Blink,

            እሱ እንድዩ ዘብክየኒ ዘሎ በለት። The equation to solving Eritrean problem is pretty much straight forward: change by the people for the people. How hard is it for some people to understand? عظيم

            Peace!

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Kim,

        You have said “this author believe in annexing part of the Eritrean territory.” When you say this author, it means kim yourself. Why are you believing on annexation of part of Eritrean territory? Remember Annexation is taking by force that is not legitimately yours. Just to make it clear. Can you elaborate your statement as to why you believe on pertpetual seige mentality?

        regards
        Amanuel Hidrat

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Amanuel Hidrat,
          .
          Oh my God, it sounds like that.
          The author I am referring to is the author of the article, Nitricc, quoted from. I do not have a position that is different from EPRDF on this particular issue.
          .
          Thanks for pointing out the unintended sloppy meaning I left in the post. Nitricc always gets me into trouble. I hope he does not veer that way and go Zeraf Zeraf on me to avoid answering my question to him.
          .
          Mr. K.H

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi Toothless K.H.
        How would Nitricc answer KH’s question when he is in his best mood.
        ‘[I thought you started being toothy and stopped kissing TPLF’s behind. You are not there yet. Don’t be confused. Whether the TPLF stays or the opposition comes, Eritrea’s map is secure as long as IA is there. IA at 70 may some times break some eggs but you should know that he is 70. I don’t care what a 70 years old man does; whether he breaks or eggs. What is important right now is removing TPLF and defend the innocent Amharas. TPLF represents 6% minority people. Why do you guys let the TPLF rule and kill the Amharas and the Oromos?]’

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Hayat Adem,
          .
          I read your post in a hurry at first without reading the brackets and thought, holly macro, H.A went finally insane after all the battles.
          On the second reading, I gained back my composure. What a mischief.
          .
          I know Nitricc is going to surprise you one day. I will wait for his reply hoping.
          .
          Mr. K.H

          • Hayat Adem

            The Honorable KH,
            Trust me, I might fail to add values and contribute more… but come Kingdom’sor Nitricc’s day, always trust that i will be there with a minimum sanity.

      • Nitricc

        Hi KIM: I think I need some clarification regarding your inquiry. The toothless author is a Tigryan TPLF thug from Ethiopia. So, your take is a little confusing. anyway, let me try from what I understood. you said ..

        “TPLF/EPRDF recognizes the Eritrean map as it is.”

        Technically not true! TPLF thugs are in Eritrea’s rightful land; besides if you are talking back in 1990”s TPLF had no choice but support Eritrean independent. They weren’t sure how the people of Ethiopia react to the minority regime to be and TPLF needed every support they can get from Eritrea. The Eritrean fighters didn’t leave Addis till 1996. Once TPLF felt in control, they tried to retake Assab in 1998 Ethio-Eritrea war. So, sure they do recognize the Eritrean map. They were forced to recognize.

        “PIA supported Ethiopian opposition in Asmara and this author believe in annexing part of the Eritrean territory. Now, who do you support?”

        Well, first the author is a TPLF thug from Addis
        http://aigaforum.com/article2016/The-Necessity-of-Aseb-Port.pdf.

        Not an Ethiopian opposition from Asmara. But even that, there one glaring point you seem to miss. Who ever comes to lead Ethiopia; no matter who will never try to take Assab by force. First, Eritrea is a member
        the UN community within defined borders and government. Using force will not do it. Even if they succeed occupying Asab; they will not live in peace, they know that. So, I don’t believe there Ethiopian oppositions who believe annexing Assab from Eritrea. The reason where Ethiopia is right now is no accident. Any leader who comes in by now has learned that force will not work. If indeed they try force; well as usual Eritrea and Eritreans will teach them one more time. My choice is simple one, I support Ethiopian opposition. TPLF can’t solve neither militarily nor peacefully the problem with Eritrea. So, I want see what the opposition will brings. Considering the name of Ethiopia is rapidly disappearing fast and being substituted by ethnic and Tribal, all I hear is Amara, Oromo and Tigre; the division so deep and so dangerous, no opposition will make Assab its priority. Of course; there will be a new chapter between Eritrea and Ethiopia. As much as Ethiopia knows not to mess with Eritrea forcibly, equally, Eritrea also knows you can’t chock 100 million people next door. I do believe both people have learned a very valuable lesson from the past 20 years. So, I choice Ethiopian opposition, at least there is a very good chance for new beginning; if not, there is always Eritrea’s army who do the job of teaching that once has thought them. TPLF /EPDRF can’t have respect and peace with their own people, how am I to expect a peaceful existence from them? A nation has to in peace within itself before it can live in peace with anyone.

        .

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Nitricc,
          .
          The EPLF’s fighters didn’t leave Addis till 1996. If that statement is correct on the facts, I now understand and it clarifies to me, Abi’s positions on several topics of the past. However, you on the other hand, went technical on me that I was not anticipating. I have to wait for another opportune moment to convince you that EPRDF is not your enemy, and that your enemy is standing next to you.
          .
          You are consistently proving the theory of that Scientist, Professor, Doctor and Philosopher, Hayat Adem, when it comes to the behavior of that certain foot soldier, Nitricc. You have to give me something to mitigate the theory.
          .
          Mr. K.H

        • Hayat Adem

          Hi KH,
          I’m becoming obsessed with Nitricc until Mahmuday comes back. And I think I can help you in translating English to English sso that you don’t go to bed without knowing what he is saying.
          1) TPLF recognized the current map of Eritrea only because it was forced to (1991-1998)
          2) TPLF “technically” stopped recognizing the map of Eritrea since 1998 because it still occupies parts of Eritrea.
          3) TPLF wanted and tried to take Assab but was unable to do so thanks to the Eritrean army.
          4) Ethiopia is no more to be, so Eritrea will deal with Tigray, Amhara and Oromia separately and as such there won’t be one strong opposition front Eritrea worries about becoming a new threat in place of TPLF.
          5) Although they may have interest on Assab, the opposition are too weak for Eritrea to be threatened by them.
          6) The Eritrean army has always given one lesson at all times and it will always give it when necessary when it comes to defending Assab, so no worries if the push comes to shove, there is last defense line.
          7) Don’t forget that there is always the UN that is expected to step in when its member’s right is violated.
          8) I prefer the Ethiopian opposition to TPLF because they are the only chance for a new beginnings.
          9) “Ethiopia knows not to mess with Eritrea forcibly”
          10) “Eritrea also knows you can’t chock 100 million people next door.”
          *You cannot NOT expect contradictions from Nitricc, but this is crazy. And that is hes best well collected answer for which he took adequate time to address. We call this 3D contradictions. TPLF contradicts TPLF. Ethiopia contradicts Ethiopia. The past contradicts the present and the future. We see Nitricc saying for the first time the toothless UN can rescue Eritrea.We also see him declaring the fragmentation of Ethiopia and then preferring the opposition on the new beginnings of the ashes of Ethiopia. He also says the fact that Eritrea cannot sustain the coastal blockade and in the same sentence Ethiopia should behave in not messing up with Eritrea. It is logically impossible and almost inhumanly undoable to carry all those contradictory ideas in one head. But it was possible for the 3-D Nitricc because of one of the following:
          Either he is brilliant and he is doing on purpose to achieve something that we haven’t known of yet. If it is this one, he is truly above the pay grade of all of us here and I only have to admire him for such kind of sophistication which is even difficult to understand let alone author. My appeal is: please simplify it for us so that we take home at least something from your wisdom. OR, or: he lacks basic sorting capabilities of ideas and he may be of a personality trait bordering the R-word. If he is very close to the border, then he needs our sympathy not criticism. But if he is safely on pre-R border and he can still understand basics, it must occur to him that he can look cool when he takes what he can chew. It is okay to lack sophistication but there is a better way and – “ignorance with style”- and there is a hope to get out of that with some work, of course. Nothing replaces the hard work that needs to be done: acute observation, acute listening and reading and disciplined thinking. This formula helped me a lot. I consider myself a late joiner to our history and politics in the region. And those who know me admire me for learning and catching fast though still a long way to go.

          Nitricc Kim Hanna • an hour ago
          Hi KIM: I think I need some clarification regarding your inquiry. The toothless author is a Tigryan TPLF thug from Ethiopia. So, your take is a little confusing. anyway, let me try from what I understood. you said ..
          “TPLF/EPRDF recognizes the Eritrean map as it is.”
          Technically not true! TPLF thugs are in Eritrea’s rightful land; besides if you are talking back in 1990”s TPLF had no choice but support Eritrean independent. They weren’t sure how the people of Ethiopia react to the minority regime to be and TPLF needed every support they can get from Eritrea. The Eritrean fighters didn’t leave Addis till 1996. Once TPLF felt in control, they tried to retake Assab in 1998 Ethio-Eritrea war. So, sure they do recognize the Eritrean map. They were forced to recognize.
          “PIA supported Ethiopian opposition in Asmara and this author believe in annexing part of the Eritrean territory. Now, who do you support?”
          Well, first the author is a TPLF thug from Addis
          http://aigaforum.com/article20….
          Not an Ethiopian opposition from Asmara. But even that, there one glaring point you seem to miss. Who ever comes to lead Ethiopia; no matter who will never try to take Assab by force. First, Eritrea is a member
          the UN community within defined borders and government. Using force will not do it. Even if they succeed occupying Asab; they will not live in peace, they know that. So, I don’t believe there Ethiopian oppositions who believe annexing Assab from Eritrea. The reason where Ethiopia is right now is no accident. Any leader who comes in by now has learned that force will not work. If indeed they try force; well as usual Eritrea and Eritreans will teach them one more time. My choice is simple one, I support Ethiopian opposition. TPLF can’t solve neither militarily nor peacefully the problem with Eritrea. So, I want see what the opposition will brings. Considering the name of Ethiopia is rapidly disappearing fast and being substituted by ethnic and Tribal, all I hear is Amara, Oromo and Tigre; the division so deep and so dangerous, no opposition will make Assab its priority. Of course; there will be a new chapter between Eritrea and Ethiopia. As much as Ethiopia knows not to mess with Eritrea forcibly, equally, Eritrea also knows you can’t chock 100 million people next door. I do believe both people have learned a very valuable lesson from the past 20 years. So, I choice Ethiopian opposition, at least there is a very good chance for new beginning; if not, there is always Eritrea’s army who do the job of teaching that once has thought them. TPLF /EPDRF can’t have respect and peace with their own people, how am I to expect a peaceful existence from them? A nation has to in peace within itself before it can live in peace with anyone

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Hayat Adem,
            .
            Wow! I have few acquaintances who spout some of the TPLF allergy symptoms exhibited by Nitricc. They are Ethiopian opposition. However, seeing through the floodlight you put on Nitricc, I am seeing a different monster at this time. I don’t know what else I need but I am almost ready to file him under “F” category where there is no hope.
            .
            I have to tell you that Mahmoud Saleh was placed in a coffin with screws on all sides. If he comes out like Houdini and starts to swing again, I would be very surprised. I have given up on him. There is an Amharic saying that roughly goes that.. you cannot wake someone who is pretending to be asleep. I was always hoping my Nitricc is really in deep sleep, but I just noticed a movement in his eyes lids.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • blink

            Dear K.M
            are you stil in denial about the Ethiopian people’s call for justice _, You know last time you told me not to buy what the Ethiopian protesters say because “it is tainted ,they are tags ” ,oh rain just for now.
            The situation room of hayat is just boiling over and over . She was defending EPRDF the mighty of a developmental state ,while exerting the 10% growth , oh who can forget the Anversary of TPLF in tigrai , one year ago ( i forgot the time) . What Mahamud saleh said is true and I can not imagine any of you have the slightest scale to match his view . A chameleon has no time to remember ,what color does it has just before she land to the grey area. You know she is in hurry to save her life.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam blink,
            .
            Slow down, you are too excited. You are foaming at the mouth with anticipation of Ethiopia’s demise.
            .
            Did I ever mention to anyone that we had a 3,000 thousand history. I just said that to exasperate the foaming, take it easy.
            Mr. K.H

          • Nitricc

            Ato KIM; i don’t know how you following the situation but i let you listen this clip. at least have some dignity for your own people. Hayat is telling if TPLF is not in power then Ethiopia will disintegrate to ashes. why is it Mr KIM? there are no other Ethiopians they can lead Ethiopia? I hate to break it to you but Ethiopia is already there. Amazing to see you reduced to this.save your country; kissing a known dedebit behind will do you no good. At least open your eyes.

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

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Nitricc,
            .
            I listened and watched the Youtube attachment you provided. I watched it for few minutes. I am sorry you are spending your time on people insulting each other and disseminating it to a wider audience. The sign of the times. You are not learning anything from it. At least Mahmud Saleh read the General’s article of recent days to spin it, this youtube cannot be spin. It is like you and me sparing in cyberspace.
            .
            There are problems in Ethiopia. They will be solved in the order of difficulty and availability of resources. The disintegration of Ethiopia (God forbid) is not in the cards, sorry to disappoint you.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Nitricc

            Hi KIM cool; now follow how the tragedy proceed in Rwanda. do your homework. I refuse to believe that the Ethiopians will get that point but be careful; your Tigryan people are being very irresponsible. i was going to show the other evidence how things are hitting up but i believe you get my point. You are on a brink of a civil war! do you see that?

          • Yoty Topy

            Hi Nitricc ,
            Your opinion on Ethiopian matters carries as much currency as that of condom dispenser machine in the Vatican (Moot). The same issues were talked 25 15,10, 5 years ago and we still continue to talk about this ‘doomsday’ revelation. In that same time , a generation of Eritreans’ life expectancy has been shaved by 5 years according to some estimates.

            You know , growing up, I remember Eritreans to be tall, strong and confident but now ,after years of abuse under the hands of an aberration of a movement, they look withered and beaten down. What is your response to that ? You waste most of your time regurgitating ESAT talking points here.

            The saddening part is that with shortsighted individual’s such as yours and former Baathists who are keeping scores for a revenge , the nightmare will continue for the Eritrean people long after IA’s regime has gone.

            Whatever the outcome might be for Tigray people , they still have 25 years of progress they can bask on.

            What have you got ?

          • Nitricc

            Hey YT; say what you want but last night i witnessed with sadness the 4th years of your good for nothing PMMZ anniversary. The great leader of yours left you and your country in the brink of civil war. i wonder what is progress and I question what is greatness? i have no ill will towards of the people of Tigray but i can’t be dishonest to my self. I have said it, if you are a true Tigryan, you must understand governments come and go and do the right thing, stand with people of Ethiopia and oppose the killings. at the end of the day, you are 6% of the population and there is no way you can have it your way in the land of 94%. i know the thinking, if Eritreans they can stand and defeat the Ethiopians, why not the Tigryans but the truth is you are not Eritreans. take that to the banks.

          • Yoty Topy

            Hi Nitricc,

            What has numbers got to do with anything ? It is that kind of linear and two dimensional way of thinking that has led to a deferred promise for an entire generation of Eritreans. Eritrea is 98% a homogeneous nation and what has that accomplished? The numbers don’t just support that 6% of the population can wield its will with impunity for that long. Stop drinking the ESAT Kool-Aid . There is a lot of compromise and coalition building that has enabled for the Front to outlive its foes’ prediction of its demise.

            There are many wonderful forummers and opinions cited in this website that are always advocating for an improved political atmosphere in Ethiopia and a friendly relations in a post IA order but you are not ONE.

          • Tesfa

            Selam Hayat:
            The fact that you have gone bannana that far and spent that much time on Nittric’s simple assertions and basic facts tells it all.
            Aside his acceptable rhetoric,wouldn’t you agree with the basic facts he stated,irrespective of the role of the toothless and inept UN?
            I know U told us that the TPLF or Ethiopia can do any thing it wants if it wants including taking over Aseb and even Eritrea by any means and under any circumstance since Eritrea and ERITREANS have no energy or ability to defend themselves,while knowing fully that they have tried but to fail miserably !
            Don’t you believe that the USA can do anything ,at any time and under any circumstance against Canada including invading and annexing it?

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Tesfa,
            .
            Your last sentence and question is perplexing to me. What is your point?
            .
            Since you brought it up,
            I always asked myself why Canada has Air Force and Army with tanks and the like. Are they afraid of the invasion of Eskimos or what?
            .
            As far as Hayat’s English to English translation comment, I will be surprised if she answers you. She is allergic to toothless-ness comments. I will tell you that she was addressing it to me that my hope and high expectation of Nitricc is misplaced. I am beginning to see her point.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Tesfa,
            BTW, what a clonal similarity between You and Hope both in name and in content. Okay, so if I worked hard on analyzing Nitricc and gave you back something, you should thank me for that. That mustnot be called “going banana”. It is a generous service. It sounds like you are not appreciative if someone looks hard in to the cracks of a view, if that view is something that you favor. That doesn’t make you a free thinker but a conformist. FYI, you only need a chicken brain to identify Nitricc’s yawning cracks. He is just nothing but a crack but like I said that could be by design or destiny. Neither of them are a virtue.

            Now to your points: did you have a point?
            “Aside his acceptable rhetoric, wouldn’t you agree with the basic facts he stated, irrespective of the role of the toothless and inept UN?”

            Aside his rhetoric, okay… I leave out his rhetoric per your advice. Oh no, I made an error, I noticed you said “his acceptable rhetoric”? The rhetoric from Nitricc is, according to you, acceptable but you don’t want to dwell on it for now. Right? Okay fair enough. But you did something there: you endorsed them. That means you want to give him a blanket support on his rhetoric but you don’t want to expose him for discussion on those claims: Aside from his ACCEPTABLE rhetoric. Smart! You did both things: you expressed support and you closed it off from further discussion. And I’m heeding you here with the same spirit: Aside from his SELF CONTRADICTING rhetoric, we move on.

            “Basic facts!” What basic facts? Name one. You can’t name, just one fact, basic or none basic, in his usual hatewketew that he was able to say without contradicting himself except one: the fact that Eritrea is a UN member.

            Lets see one of his other “basic facts”. He said TPLF only accepts Eritrea’s sovereignty as a fact of force. And he strengthened this assertion by adding that the Eritrean army alone has always guaranteed Eritrea’s territorial integrity. A line later or earlier, he negated both “basic facts” by saying TPLF “technically” never accepted Eritrea’s sovereign territory and the Eritrean army never was able to secure Eritrea’s sovereign territory because the TPLF army is sitting in an Eritrean territory today. That is what he exactly said. And that is what you are supporting him for instead of helping him clean his hate-filled chest and booger-stuffed head. What does that make you, Tesfa? Beware, you don’t have to support the wrong side but more importantly, you don’t have to jump to a confused wagon. There is no need. It is okay to support people when they are right and challenge them when they are not. Life easier that way: follow the facts and apply logic. That is it. Invite Nitricc and all the rest of us to meet you there: in the house of facts and logic.

            I like your last question: “Don’t you believe that the USA can do anything ,at any time and under any circumstance against Canada including invading and annexing it?”
            Yes and yes. But it can doesn’t mean it should. I never said Ethiopia should use force against Eritrea either. In fact, I am the farthest person from that view. But Canada is not a problem to itself nor to the US. If Canada to itself what Eritrea is now, the US would never choose to be a side looker. And Candaians would be the first to ask for help from the US. What is a good neighbor for then?
            I like this mention of yours because that is my mantra model for Ethiopia and Eritrea. In fact, I would argue, if it was about history and interdependence, Ethiopia and Eritrea can take pride in even becoming closer than any other two nations in the entire world. For that to happen, there is much work to be done. One obstacles these false notion of investment in promoting difference, including presenting pure lies and manufactured stories. You and I must contribute towards building the kind of trust and mutualism USA and Canada have come to build.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Hayat,

            Do you think if Hope changed his nickname to Tesfa will automitically avoid his contradictions and his ambivalences, so far we know him very well? Personslities can not be learned, they are our traits that explains who we are. Whatever personalties you read from Hope or Tesfa are those petsonslities that made Hope or Tesfa who is. For instance let me give you an example of myself: I am not a humorous man by nature as part of my petsonalty. That is why I am not comfortable when people did when we are in serious issue debate. I do not think you will miss this, but just to state it.

            Regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Tesfa

            Selam Vet Aman Hidrat,aka Wed Memhir Hidrat:

            I advise you to grow up and move on.We are not in 70s any more.

            I wish you attended the EPDP sponsored Trust Building/Reconciliation Conference, not that you are not aware of the facts discussed but to make you aware and remind you that we are moving on,man.

            No more Politics and Grudges of the 70s and early 80s…The ELF and the EPLF are gone for good.

            As far as my nick is concerned, I officially notified the Mod and the Forum to change it by saying: Tesfa=Hope.-for only a simple fact that my nick Hope has been blocked for ever either by Disqus and /or the Mod,for whatever reason.

            Again,let us move on…

          • Tesfa

            Again Dear Mr Aman Hidrat:

            Careful of what you say:

            “However, the US/Canada border issue interestingly does serve to your argument rather to himself.”
            For God’s sake,who said what and envisioned about this noble cause and who messed it up?
            U seem to not grasp things as evidenced by gross misunderstanding of what Mr Kim said above.
            In the event, if you need more clarity:
            It was PIA,who openly declared for the US-Canadian and beyond style of Co-existence but it was your “hero”,who messed up things, which led us to the current mess.
            Moreover, Guad Abi is my eye-witness account /for Hope/ for envisioning such a noble cause of Ethio-Eritrean Co-existence.
            Guess what what?
            I will be the first one to set on my feet to GCMS,now Gonder Univ and Tana Univ(Bahirdar Univ) the moment the TPLF is pronounced ” deceased” so as to pay my past-due GCMS Alumni Fees.
            I guarantee you that the Ethio-Eri Relationship will be way better than that of early 1990s and the Ersi will flood Addis and Sderie and the Ethiopians will flood the Piccola Roam/Roam de Africa and the Aseband Massawa Beaches–over-night afte rthe TPLF(not thetigreyans)is pronounced deceased.
            Mark my word.
            Helen Meles and Vet Berekhet MenghisteAb will rock Addis and Mekele like in 1960s and Teddy Afro and Aster Aweke are ready to rock Asmera per their early request,which is so far blocked by the TPLF Gang….
            Go and figure it out.
            .

          • Berhe Y

            Dear AH and Hayat,

            America and Canada had their share of wars and invasion, the last one being in 1812 (over 200 years ago). I heard sometime ago that Canada decided to move the capital from Kingston to Ottawa after the war of 1812, anticipating further American invasion. Ottawa being in a valley where it’s not as vulnerable as Kingston which is located in lake Ontario. Canadians build a long man made canal named Rideau Canal which connects Ottawa to lake Ontario and the City of Kingston, which was chosen to fend of Americans who come to invade the capital.

            Hayat having said that, I don’t know why and for what reason you are spending so much energy and time to dance around the Ethiopian internal issue. In my opinion before any sort of union/confederation/ or relation ship established between the two countries, I think a regular neighborly relationship is better. Both countries have an internal issue they need to sort out (issue of democracy, although not the same degree).

            M.S. and few others mentioned the essay of General Tsadkan, unless you have challenge with Tigriana and Amharic, I thought you would give it some thought and provide your view. To summarize I think he said, the current challenges of the Ethiopian government is that, since 2005 the government was narrowing the civil liberties, freedoms and rights of the citizens from what was envisioned in the constitution, instead of expanding and opening up. The executive, legislative and judicial division of the government have been in total control of the government and those in power, with no independent mechanism to control and fight with. The government being the largest employer, it’s creating favoritism, corruption and nepotism that’s getting out of control.

            And he has some suggestions how to move forward, like having free and fair election where all opposition participants have equal access to resources etc…and the current ruling party willing to accept the results of the election.

            I think it would be beneficially if you can have some intelligent take in such topics that will have great consequences rather than responding endlessly to people who have absolutely no power to do anything.

            Berhe

          • Hayat Adem

            Yes Berhe,
            1) Indeed, I’ve read the generals article, heeding you, Mahmuday and others who encouraged me to read it. Thanks for that and I think I benefited a lot. It was also a point of discussion in one coffee table I found myself being part of, so I had a chnace to reflect on some of his points on that table too.
            I’m good at Tig and not so at Amharic. Interestingly, I found the General’s Amharic version easier for me than his Tig. I fully read is the Amharic. But they are the same in message.
            2) The Gneral has dealt at length the many Ethiopian hanging key issues.
            3) By the way, you are right to say that I am talking a lot on the Ethiopian* issues lately. But most of them came re-actively. I initiated not many Ethiopian issues for discussion here. Almost all of them are in reaction to what others said. I also have a foundational motive. I’ve stated time and again, Eritrea’s nationhood is a political reality that any thinking today and in the future must start from. There is no other ground to start except the one I said. Saying that: I want to drive three principled departures that I also believe in, Firstly, I do believe Eritrea and Ethiopia must cooperate and integrate not just to advance common interest and maximize benefits but as a matter of fate. Second, today’s setting and framing of understanding the relationship of the two is negatively polluted at a zero-sum perception where fire on one of them is being seen as a shower of manna for the other. I call this the utmost evil and stupidity. But, I also think cursing it day and night is not enough. I have to do to contribute to fight it. Third, the notion of co-existence without normalization and that the two can afford to avoid relationship, too,equally drives me crazy. As we know, the two countries are poor and backward. They are both resource challenged both at the infrastructure, brain and technology levels. I see them both as roommates where one of them deaf and the other blind. It is the relational part that makes them a full player, and when they opt to go separate ways, it is like embracing a voluntary disability. So, I took it as my own personal mission to work against this voluntary disability as hard as I can, and I genuinely invite you to join me on this noble mission.
            4) Tsadkan dealt with three issues: TPLF/EPRDF’s political malpractices and inherent weakness; the Tigray people and the way out of the looming crisis. I think he is spot on on the first one. By hindsight (remember: hindsight is a resource for the wise), he said TPLF/EPRDF mishandled a lot of political issues preferring force/coercion/monopoly to law/compromise/reconciliation. I think, he sounded fair and well informed on the many things he said. He knows all the events and decisions from a close range because he was part of it; and he is analyzing them from a longer range now as a free thinker. He has the tools and the knowledge and a real concern (non-personal). Who can be perfectly positioned to say those things he said more than he is to question him?.The least one can do is listen to him seriously and carefully. I only have minor questions: for example, he said the way OLF was pushed was undemocratic and wrong. I applaud him on stating that boldly. But his assertion Ethiopia would have fared better today if OLF was around was not well argued. Was OLF a uniter or polarizer? was it a force of freedom and democracy or a winger and slacker; how much of today’s crisis is attributed to OLF’s departure etc? But these are what if questions and they don’t matter as such. because, if OLF was illegally pushed out, that is it. It’s just illegal. In fact, Tsadikan could extend his point by calling any representative force of the then OLF should be re-invited to the table of power or to the playground with apology and compensation for the lost time. If you say what what Tsadikan said, that should be the logical conclusion. The same about the TPLF leaders purged. If it was illegal, then it is illegal. And if someone in Tsadkan’s person admits that, then he shouldn’t stop short on the remedy and redress.
            His 2nd issue is about Tigreans and Tigray. That is really a matter of perspective, which means post-facts and post-analysis. I respectfully differ from his take on that point. I hope you will not be blaming for trying to be more Tigrean, like Mahmuday did the other day. This has nothing to be pretending to be one or the other. Tsadkan doesn’t believe Tigreans are being favored more at the expense of others, in fact he asserted to the contrary. Then, according to him, that means, Tigreans are being targeted for no fault or no good reason. That means they are being wronged. That is injustice on a whole mass of people. Tsadkan should have addressed his criticism on those who are targeting Tigreans. No amount amount of bad behavior from th government officials and leaders should translate to the innocent people from which these officials came from. It should be the same even in the past of Ethiopia and in other countries. For example, Mengistu’s fascism must not be seen s having anything to do with the Amhara. Isaias crime have nothing to do with his Tigrean origin. Tigrean people security cannot be fetched from a good behaving TPLF or any other group. It should be from the default setting of the fact that they are people and justice and the constitution.
            On the way for ward and his recommendations: I should agree with him and add one more. He should have included the Eritrean factor into his solution package. Resolving the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea and transitioning to normalization and cooperation must be seen as part of Ethiopia’s solution, as much as it is Eritrea’s.
            ——-
            * Have noticed you contradicting you: you accused me of dwelling on Ethiopian issue too much and then you invited me to discuss Tsadkan which is totally about Ethiopia.

          • Amde

            Selam Hayat,

            I think General Tsadqan’s piece is wonderful. I also suspect that he is speaking for a lot of people within TPLF who right now may not be ready to go public with these sentiments.

            But do you know what else is wonderful? We are seeing in real time the power of non-violent resistance. I was listening to a speech an Oromo elder gave to an audience of Ethiopians in Seattle. He made an interesting observation. He said (I paraphrase) “Our children accomplished in nine months what the OLF couldn’t in forty years…. we have brought our struggle from Moyale to Wollo, from Harar to Wellega.” Despite the imprisoning and killings, sabotages, property destruction etc.., by and large these protests have grown by espousing and internalizing non-violent means.

            Gonder and Bahir Dar (two of the country’s biggest cities) are effectively out of government control, still fundamentally via non-violent methods, and not due to a guerilla army.

            I see the birth of a new generation of politicians and leaders that did not get their credibility in guerilla warfare. I don’t think even the opposition parties know what is truly going on, let alone have any semblance of control.

            The nonviolent method is also a huge blessing for EPRDF/TPLF if they are wise enough to seize it. General Tsadqan’s paper signifies there are at least some elements that do.

            Despite the hundred and one things that could go wrong, this is a truly revolutionary point in our history. As much as the daily details are maddening, saddening and anxiety inducing, when viewed along a historical arc, I think this period could quite possibly be one of the country’s best. I remain very upbeat.

            I think for Eritreans who oppose PFDJ, irrespective of whether one if pro TPLF or not, it would be a great service to try and understand how these youth were able to accomplish what they have so far in such a relatively short period of time. Tes was right in congratulating the youth for casting off their fear. How they did it, and how they sustained it is the real story, and if the youth of Eritrea can emulate it, this can be one of the best gift Ethiopians gave to Eritrea,

            Amde

          • blink

            Dear Amde
            I hope we can learn from this open school of the Ethiopian youths , I really do . The problem with our(Eritrean organisations is that the youths are lead by “MR. I know ” people. I am hopeful the dying EPRDF will change course and give table discussion a chance. I am certain Ethiopia will go far better than some are predicting in the news because the another choice is just evil. EPRDF monkeys should sit and open the door wide for discussions and then leave the room . I personally do not wish to see EPRDF or PFDJ continue to share power with the new leaders. Both of them are not for their respective people . They should and must be dumped once for all. Tsadkanom ,kishaoom , all of them are just evil people. They must and will go.

          • Amde

            Selam blink,

            I am actually hoping EPRDF the institution emphasizes the “D” in its name and accept it cannot have a monopoly forever on power at all levels. I don’t necessarily want it to go. Ethiopia is so vast EPRDF can legitimately win legislative and executive power in many weredas, towns, regions and still have many other opposition parties share in the bounty. (My personal opinion…It will take a drubbing in the first free election for sure ….lol.. but it will be a smaller but more honest organization in the election after that … assuming it survives) It just needs to grow out of this old convenient Leninist culture of “dictatorship of the X”.

            Amde

          • Thomas D

            Hi Amde,

            Your made a very important point when you said, “I am actually hoping EPRDF the institution emphasizes the “D” in its name and accept it cannot have a monopoly forever on power at all
            levels. I don’t necessarily want it to go. Ethiopia is so vast EPRDF can legitimately win legislative and executive power in many weredas,towns, regions and still have many other opposition parties share in the bounty.” Power-sharing and involving all citizens as part and parcel to elect their leaders, the participation of Ethiopians and all progressive opposition party is crucial for the country’s unit. As EPRDF has worked very hard to advance Ethiopia’s interest in the economic sector, they somehow need to have wide open gate to accommodate all opposition parties. We all know that this is a very difficult work to achieve, but a very important task that cannot be avoided. Equally important is showing transparency in the way governing, educate people to fight corruption at all sectors, awareness of rights and responsibilities/establish programs to reach out the society to educate them on constitutional rights. To do achieve this, the power of the media and press should never be undermined.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Amde,

            I agree that this is quite something happening in Ethiopia. I have been saying the non-violent way of struggle is a lot more effective and a lot less costly and a lot more likely to lead to democracy. A lot of people interpret it as if one is surrendering the ability to fight but on the other hand it strength those who are fighting with knowledge. When I saw the hand sign a while ago, I suspect that’s what they were doing. I read a while ago how the students brought Milosivic ovic using Opter in Serbia and how those leaders have been spreading their method in the rest of Eastern Europe, Ukraine with the Orange Revolution and Egypt with the spring revolution.

            Gene Sharp book, from dictator ship to democracy has been translated to many languages including Tigrina. Dr. Daniel Rezene, one of the key activist with the COI movement translated the book 10 years ago. And Eritrean students in SA created a framework of means of resistance. Both got very little support and acceptance, specially within the traditional opposition groups either intentionally or unintentionally.

            I think there is Freedom Friday in Eritrea who tries to apply the method, the robo calls, and there are inside cells who spread the method of resistance inside the country but to a limited degree.

            I sympathize the Eritrean case is quite difficult to operate. IA first order of business was to close the university back in 2001 when they showed sign of resistance, since then the students and the young are made to run for their lives. They are not in any position to organize, agitate or oppose any of the government actions and if they do it’s very limited.

            In case of Eritrea I think the key factor is how the people overcome the fear and being obedient to the regime. If this can be learned from the young Ethiopians, and many others then it will be wonderful.

            For Ethiopia the condition is quite ripe for such peaceful resistance and the students are taking full advantage. I hope the leaders see that change is really inevitable and the sooner they take positive action the better for their long term success, before others can spoil it and turn the situation out of control.

            Berhe

          • Amde

            Selam Berhe,

            One very important factor that is different in Ethiopia is the internal “rebellion” of the non-TPLF parties within EPRDF, specifically the ANDM and OPDO. Many rank and file cadres and functionaries have had simmering discomfort for years with the status quo of TPLF dominance. I believe these youth protests couldn’t have continued this long and reached this level without at least some level of acquiescence if not out right support from ANDM and OPDO local leaders.

            The official central EPRDF line from Addis during last year’s Oromo protests and this year’s Amara protests was essentially the same, i.e. to say “We have rent-seekers/narrow-nationalists/chauvinists within us, We will have to clean ourselves of these elements.” There is no reflection on policy or execution, it is just more of blaming it on bad apples. The action they will thus take is predictable – purges and jailings.- and just as ineffectual I have yet to hear them say one coherent word about the land policy, or about the Welqayit issues.

            I don’t know if there is such an equivalent element in Eritrea but the message seems to be to figure out ways of exacerbating the internal fissures within the ruling regime and exploit it. Easy for me to say of course.

            Amde

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Amde,

            There is no similar conditions in Eritrea b/c the whole youth are either in the army or in the so called endless national service. In my Eritrea nonviolence is impractical wish where there is no objective reality on the ground. In Ethiopia there is the right to domenstrate and to voice for their grievances, however limited it is. They can exercise within their constititional rights. Now the grievances came to the surface, and the government should address them quickly before it adversely affect the stability and security of your nation. But one thing should be clear that looting and vandalism are not the tools of nonviolence struggle.

            Regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Amanuel H.,

            Before I spend time discussing why peaceful non-violent resistance is the best option. I want to know your thoughts as you seem to think that’s a viable option in Eritrea.

            So the question becomes, what type of struggle do you think is viable for Eritrea and why do you think it’s the best option?

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            There is no room for nonviolence in Eritrea, as far as our youth are out of our towns and cities entapred in the modern slavery. Our youth are not escaping towards our towns and cities but rather away from the nation taking all the riskies. These are indicators for calling other options. Both “nonviolence” and “change from inside” are not the driving strategy for our Eritrea as we know currently. That doesn ‘t mean I do not like them, it is just on the practicality that allows for change as we speak. My article will deal for it. So I will leave it as is for now.

            Regards
            Ananuel Hidrat

          • Berhe Y

            Dear AH,

            Looking forward to read your article. I am not sure how much familiar you are with the subject, but if you haven’t I urge you to read Gene Sharp book and see how other viable options, like military confrontation are really the worst type to bring about lasting change, to transform to democracy (the purpose is not ONLY about regime change but to bring democratic change).

            I sense that you are totally convinced that this will never work in Eritrea, and I hope you give a lot of thought before you make up your mind. Since we are talking what will happen in the future we can’t be all certain absolutely.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            I have read Gene Shsrp ‘s book early 2000 when Abraham MIT (RIP) told me to read it. I have written articles on “civil obidience ” in four parts based on his approach at that time before the regime evolved into a complete totalitarian regime. Now we have a realities that are not condicive for civil disobidience where the forces of change “our youth” are leaving the nation in droves. who by the way will be against peaceful change if the objective realities permits. Change will not come without sacrifice and commitments. A voilent regime can only be removed by violent force. If the Eritrean people are not ready for that we will live humiliated for unknown decades. So I will share my view with my fellow Eritreans the strategy of change from outside to inside as oppose to the conventional way we always hear change from inside. Do you think the Gene Sharp approach will work in North Korea and China? If yes why does not happen? If no then our realities are not different from their realities generally.

            Regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Berhe Y

            Dear AH,

            Sorry if I want to drag this a little longer instead of waiting patiently. I did not read your article from 2000 and I hope to see them again.

            Let me ask you, do you think peaceful resistance has been tried and executed in Eritrea fully? Dr. Birhanu Nega use to say, may be he still say it, a violent regime can be removed only through violence and that believe led him to Asamara and Isayas. But if Ethiopian youth have proved otherwise and his method, even though a lot of fan fair will absolutely amount to anything.

            I am not saying you are saying this, but people who are against peaceful resistance, in my opinion confuse with peaceful surrounder, as if it me. ans, to ask and beg the regime that’s oppressing you to change his means.

            It’s actually a warfare but instead of using arms, people use knowledge and information to weaken the regime within.

            In case of Eritrea, I believe there are 1000 and 1000 of Eritreans either in the army or that of the administration or that of the prison system, who are as fed up and as sick of the regime in Eritrea and would want to see him removed. Reason being, those all that were tried, be it the Tegadelti demonstration, the Mai Habar, the G13, the G15, Asmara University students demonstration, Wedi Ali rebellion etc, were done without having a clear strategy what the end goals are. They were isolated incidents, which have no backup plans to move them forward….

            Peaceful resistance is a strategy that has framework to achieve it’s goals, that is to remove the system. It involves the youth to be educated, people with the regime to be convinced and look the other way, in the police force, in the military, in the administration etc.. and the regime is weaken from within.

            Eritrea is a perfect example for that type of system. I agree the youth are trapped and the only way they see out of the trap they are in is, to escape from the country. But it’s because Eritrean youth are less courageous but because they do not see any other alternative means.

            Syria is a perfect example, when the demonstrations started, they were doing really well. Then the movement changed from peaceful to armed resistance, and the rest is history. Now that we have the benefit of seeing things, what method of resistance would have benefited the Syrian people?

            Let me answer the question would Gene Sharp method work in China and N. Korea. The answer is YES absolutely. Is it easy, NO. In case of China it has worked really well, the whole Tainamien square demonstration was peaceful resistance. China didn’t become a real democracy, but the movement has changed the country for good. In case of N. Korea it is difficult primary because of the security apparatus of the regime and the geographical location makes extremely difficult for the change. I am sure with time that regime will collapse as well. But like everything else, peaceful resistance does not grantee that it will work all the time but history has shown that it has worked most of the time.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Berhe,

            Whether the youth are less courageous or the system is too stiff and brutal to make a domenistration, that is the objective reality in our nation. We can not explain the brutality of the regime more than the youth who are leaving the nation. We heard their report in the CIO report. We can not create reality inside Eritrea by making domenistration in the diaspora unless the other tools are applied concomitantly. The struggle demands real cofrontation against the evil regime and its institutions. You can not make peaceful change with this regime.

            Second, the one time attempt at tainamien square in china did not bring justice and democracy for the chinese people after they face the tanks – that movement is died for good and will not happen again. The army is the army of the party and they will foil it with a harsh attack.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear AH,

            I don’t think we are on the same page when we say peaceful resistance. You said “I don’t think you can make peaceful change with the regime”. If I understood you correctly, you are saying we have to make and come up with peaceful resolution with the regime. The G15, the university students, wedi Ali etc, we’re all calling for peaceful resolution, like release prisoners, implement constitution etc, without forcing the regime to have any incentive/threat to change.

            Peaceful resistance is not quite the same, it’s warfare but instead of using arms, you use knowledge and power to weaken the system to force it to collapse.

            I believe the Eritrean regime has lots of weakness, peaceful resistance use those weakness and exploit them.

            So the first require my for peaceful resistance is, to come up with a frame work with specific guide to empower the youth, the civil servants, the sawa recruits etc, armed with information in how to revolt against the system.

            For example raising the cross arms in case of Ethiopia is a perfect example how the organizers have come up to unite the youth, the doctors, etc.

            Berhe

          • Thomas D

            Hi Berhe,

            It is just a dream to expect upraising resembling to that of Ethiopian type in Eritrea. This is considering:

            a) everyone whose age between 17- 50 old is a military. If you happen to see a few young people in asmara, they are a) not fit for a military b) those hiding/runaways “zikoblelu” c) those privileged d) species working for the government
            b) The core of ruling by fear is by spreading spies through out the big cities. You cannot trust anyone unless you want to serve jail time.
            c) Lesson learned from those who tried upraising and who were crushed immediately: a) Asmara University Students in 2001 b) Wedi Ali c) Disabled veterans d) The G-15 e) the recent escape attempt of the conscripts and got shot at in the middle of Asmara.
            d) The systematic intimidating campaign by the government controlled media as the main too. I never watch Eri-TV but visit meskerem.net and see what the regime airs everyday. The TV program has only one agenda and that is to air what was done pre-1991/gedli:
            Shadshai/Selahta werrar; bottle of Selina/batsie, Af’abet and all the mother of wars:) If this is not enough, you have Syria, Afganistan, Libya, Yemen and other nation who happen to have civil wars. If that is not enough, they have the diaspora kobero Jankis singing Nihna Nisu and you know how confusing that could be:)
            It is all systematically making the people to live in fear what could happen tomorrow. Remember, it used to be very difficult for us operating from foreign nations let alone someone to think of demonstrating from with in. I can only imagine DIA bringing those tanks to disperse or run-over the demonstrators.

          • Thomas D

            Hi Berhe,

            It is just a dream to expect upraising resembling to that of Ethiopian type in Eritrea. This is considering:

            a) everyone whose age between 17- 50 old is a military. If you happen to see a few young people in asmara, they are a) not fit for a military b)those hiding/runaways “zikoblelu” c) those privileged d) species working for the government b) The core of ruling by fear is by spreading
            spies through out the big cities. You cannot trust anyone unless you want to serve jail time.
            c) Lesson learned from those who tried upraising and who were crushed immediately: a) Asmara University Students in 2001 b) Wedi Ali c) Disabled veterans d) The G-15 e) the recent escape attempt of the conscripts and got shot at in the middle of Asmara. d) The systematic intimidating campaign by the government controlled media as the main too. I never watch Eri-TV but visit meskerem.net and see what the regime airs everyday. The TV program has only one agenda and that is to air what was done pre-1991/gedli: Shadshai/Selahta werrar; bottle of Selina/batsie, Af’abet and all the mother of wars:)
            If this is not enough, you have Syria, Afganistan, Libya, Yemen and other nation who happen to have civil wars. If that is not enough, they have the diaspora kobero Jankis singing Nihna Nisu and you know how confusing that could be:) It is all systematically making the people to live in fear what could happen tomorrow. Remember, it used to be very difficult for us operating from foreign nations let alone someone to think of demonstrating from with in. I can only imagine DIA bringing those tanks to disperse or run-over the demonstrators.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Thomas D.

            I understand your skepticism and I fully understand where you coming from. The question I would ask you is, how do we suppose to get rid of the dictator at home, as you have point it out our chances of succeeding is remotely impossible?

            I think this is inline of what the great awatista like Yohannes, Ismael AA and Amanuel H are discussing?

            Personally instead of making up our mind and saying that, any solution is not workable in Eritrea, we should be open minded enough to entertain, brain storm each ideas and discuss and analyse the cost benefits and find a path that would take us to the desired outcome.

            As you said, if the young are all recruited to Sawa, why can’t be Sawa be a fertile ground for recruiting people which oppose the regime. Why can’t the people who are in charge of Sawa be turned to be double agents who appear to be working for the regime but at the same time they are working in dismantling the regime? Why is it impossible to think that those who are in charge of the police and security can’t be turned and work on behalf of the people?

            Is it really impossible to exploit those weakness in the system? The Egypt or Oromo demonstrations are not spontaneous events that happened without proper planning. If it was you would have chaos that turn the demonstrations into something else that goes out of control. The fact that the demonstrators remained peaceful no matter what was thrown at them, beating, shooting, etc…didn’t happen without proper planning and execution. It’s well thought out strategy and the leaders are well trained to execute them. It’s what those green movements or those who disrupt world leaders economic summit tactics that are used.

            No system, let alone an autocratic system like in Eritrea will allow anyone to demonstrate peacefully and allow it to raise it’s concern. If it does its not an autocratic system by it’s nature. The fact that the demonstrations in Ethiopia and in Egypt or Ukraine successes is not because the regime are willing to entertain the idea but it’s the well planned and well executed peaceful resistance by those who organize it.

            In case of Ukraine, Serbia, they use to do the demonstrations / seat-in in shifts, where half of them go to sleep and rest while the other half were demonstrating, they had coffee and food supply and distribution schedules (because it was cold) so people are not fatigued over time.

            Once the authority, the security forces and those in military higher up see their options, a crack creates in the ruling elite and division of ideas start to emerge. The military leaders come to their senses and they rebel any shut or kill order and they stand with people (that’s what is hoped at the end of the day) and they turn against the leader and they ask them to step down.

            That’s the classic non-violent resistance works….it’s war fare but instead of using arms and bullets, use people power and information and knowledge.

            Berhe

          • Thomas D

            Dear Brother Berhe,

            I wanted to agree with all points you have outlined. I cannot even begin to tell you that you have very important points there and they are very convincing. Eritrea cannot afford more killings of her sons and daughters any more. Furthermore, guns rarely solve problems. Unfortunately, with the population density of under 6M, Eritrea is not blessed to have sort of mass raising in Egypt or Ethiopia. That is what why DIA seems so confident to tell us that he will not step down for 3-4 decades. Our people have only given two option to either fight or flight. Unfortunately, with the highest number of migrating people per population we have become the #1 in the world. The only enemy DIA was afraid of was the Ethiopian regime. It looks like that threat is being disrupted by the upraising in Ethiopia. I am never worried to find support from our neighbors. If DIA says that he can be pushed to Sahil and he will make a comeback. Having a sovereign country, there is absolutely no force who would break the united EDF of Eritrea. This is to say Eritrea in her current defense capacity, we could be overpowered even the thinnest Djibouti:)

            Conclusion: I am for toppling DIA regime by any means possible. I guarantee you there is nothing worst that can come to the honorable people of Eritrea. The worst enemy that we did not anticipate is siting in the middle of our nation.

          • Solomon

            Selamat Berhe Yeman,

            Hold on there buddy!

            Dr. Daniel Rezene??? Freedom Friday???
            You ain’t exactly been forthright… We are on the other thread…We will closely scrutinize all and define as well: Non Violence – of the Overt and Covert.
            You did not answer my question? What do you mean by people who do not have power to do any thing? Are you speaking of Nitricc? I will not give it all away just yet.
            How about we do a bank robbery aye???
            Gene Wilder and Richard Pryorb in:
            https://www.google.com/search?q=stir+crazy+movie&oq=Stir+Craze&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j0l3.17825j0j4&client=ms-android-metropcs-us&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#imgrc=RiqdcG_5S2D-wM%3A
            tSAtSE

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Solomon,

            I am looking at my discus notification and I do not have a reply from you. May be I missed something.

            Can you please elaborate what you are referring to?

            Thanks
            Berhe

          • Dear Amde,

            Although Ethiopia is at a crossroads, I think that the direction she should follow is clear for all ethiopians. If ethiopians follow the road of confrontation, the result will be a zero sum game for every body. There will be only losers and no winners, and therefore no one really wants to see chaos and the loss of all the things that have been achieved up to now.

            What I am worried about is the Diaspora Ethiopians, some of which are from the old generation, who seem to remember only the old Ethiopia due to old age, and the young Diaspora born ethiopians who do not seem to know much about Ethiopia. The first can only be spoilers, while the second could easily be educated to become proud ethiopians, who want to see a prosperous and democratic Ethiopia. These group of ethiopians are not infected with the virus of power mongering as the oldies. Change therefore should come from within the country, and not imposed from outside by powermongers.

            I do not doubt that at the end of the day the TPLF/EPRDF government will compromise and take positive measures that will appease but will not completely solve all the grievances. This is the time when they have to retreat, if they are really a responsible group of people.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Horizon you said ” This is the time when they have to retreat, if they are really a responsible group of people.” you think?

            “ከተፍርሶ ንዝሓሰብካ ሃገር ከፍርሰካ እንተሓሰበ እውን ዝገርመኒ ኣይኮነን። እቲ ኣነ ኣጸቢቐ ዝፈልጦን ዝምስክሮን ግን ነቲ ኣብ ጊዜ ቃልሲ
            ዝነበረ ኵነታትን ነዚ ሎሚ ስርዓት ወያነ ዘካይዶን ዝገልጾን ዘሎ ኣገራሚ ነገራትን ጥራሕ ኢዩ።

            ስርዓት ወያነ ሰለስተ ቀንዲ ዕላማታት ነረንኦ። ሰለስቲኤን ከኣ ፈሽለናኦ።

            ብሕጽር ዝበል ኣገላልጻ ፡

            1. እቲ ብሔራት ኢትዮጵያ ኣብ ክንዲ ናባና ዝጥምቱ ነንሓድሕዶም ክዋግኡ ኢዮም ዝተባህለ ኣይሰርሔን። ኵሎም ጸረ ወያነ ተላዒሎም ኣለዉ።

            2. እቲ ንኤርትራ ዝኣወጁዎ ኣይሰላም ኣይኵናት እውን ብመጠኑ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሃገርናን ህዝብናን ሃስያ ዘውረደ’ኳ እንተዀነ ከምቲ ንሳቶም ዝተጸበዩዎ ንኤርትራ ክብትናን ከውድቓን ኣይከኣለን።

            3. እቲ ንኢትዮጵያውያን ነንሓድዶም እናዋቓዕና ብሰላም ሃገር ክንገዝእን ሃብትን ንብረትን ክንድልብን፡ ካብ የማን ጸጋም መሬት ዘሚትና ንትግራይና ከነዕብያን ከነሃብትማን ንኽእል ኢና ዝተባህለ እውን ሕልሚ ጥራሕ ኰይኑ ተሪፉ። በቲ ጥልመቶምን ናይ ሎሚ እምበር ናይ ትማሊ ዘይምዝካሮምን ከኣ ምስ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ምስ ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ እውን ደም ተኺሎም ንርኢ ኣሎና። ሎሚ ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ይኣኽለኩም ኣይንደልየኩምን ይብል ኣሎ። ወያነ ግን ሓቆም ኢዮም ካብ ጸልኡና ሎሚ ሃገር ብሓይሊ ክንገዝእን ሂወት ሰብ ብኸንቱ ከነጥፍእን ኣይግብኣናን ኢዩ ኢሎም ንኢትዮጵያ ብሰላም ክገድፉዋን ስልጣኖም ንህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ከረክቡን ማለት ዘይሕሰብ ኢዩ።”””

          • Nitricc,

            How is it possible that you think I am Tigrayan and you communicate with me in Tigriniya. I have said so many times that unfortunately i do not know the language. Abi is in a better position than me. His wife is Eritrean, and he could have found help in this case.

            Let me see why you have some doubt that I come from a concoct of ethnic groups that do not include the Tigriniya ethnic group as millions of Ethiopians. In your book if one condemns somebody (a political party that represents a certain ethnic group in this case), one should move in quickly for the kill, and even for the demise of whatever it represents. For you there is no middle way. Condemning fully the illegal actions and at the same time giving it a chance to correct itself and making it part of the solution, is simply unthinkable. Life is not black or white, and there is the in-between space, which Ethiopia should exploit to find a solution. Ethiopians know that the two poles will lead them to a disaster, and that is why unlike you we do not put Oromos and Amharas on one side and Tigrayans on the other.

            You should know that in Ethiopia we do not say, if you do not support this or the other, then you are not Ethiopian. Do you remember how many eritreans have lost their Eritrean identity by your decision, because they oppose the regime?

          • A.Osman

            Dear Horizon,

            I think the first words in Tigrigna that Abi learned are Embi and Ech

            At times out of laziness I used the ‘comment as guest’ option. Lately I noticed the guest option is not available, not sure if that was Hope’s issue that he considered a ban, but I suspect Abi is a victim of refusal to use a disqus account.

            Regards
            AOsman

          • Dear AOsman,

            Indeed, where is Abi? It is difficult to imagine that he is absent when so much discussion takes place on Ethiopian issues at awate.com. I hope he is OK.
            Regards

          • Hayat Adem

            Amde,
            Any books and articles, or and clips of discussions from you or any that you highly recommend friends to read, please? Your perspectives are amazing and they come effortlessly.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hayat,

            Thank you for taking the time to respond. If what I said sound contradictory, it was not my intention. I did not mean that you shouldn’t discuss or comment Ethiopian issue. What I said was, you are dancing around too much in the real issue and instead you are focusing in side issue, like Eritrea / Ethiopia issue or what Nitticc said or what done else said and avoiding the real issue, as in age real Tsadikan take or the recent Olympian protest etc.

            I am glad you took the time to respond, the Tigrina / Amharic thing was a joke. I too find the Amharic version easier, I didn’t read the Tigrina version. With EPLF/PFDJ Tigrina I get really lost in how they write the Tigrina that I use to.

            I can’t argue about the content and his take and your points of view. It’s all sound good to me, if there is an open heart and those in power want to do the right thing.

            I think the Eritrea / Ethiopia current or future relationship is important but I don’t think it’s that important to Ethiopia today. The reason I say this, I don’t think Ethiopia can actually make peace with Eritrea as long as IA is in power, or Eritrea would make peace as long as TPLF is in power, and I don’t think you don’t know that. In other words, the Eritrean people really have no say in the affairs of Ethiopia and Eritrea. If your message for the future Eritrean government, then I say by all means but we hope the be elected by the people and come to power, then it’s upto them to decide what the relationship should be. But I can tell you, there aren’t that many Eritreans who would be against this.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear Tesfa
            Hayat knows Nitricc long time ago and she does n’t need to tell to any one, who Ntricc is .But what she does is bend things until they change place and time. She is waiting the ball to be kicked from EPRDF bone. She is praying day and night this time will pass the same as 2005 .She does not want to say a word about EPRDF . What she dreamed is being hopeless from time to time. At least for us who knew them *ntricc and hayat long time ago ,is just entertaining , so you should thank her for playing an African circus .

      • Tesfa

        Ato Kim:

        First:

        Read the Article in question by a certain PhD Candidate TPLF Cadre and that of the TPLF Junta and its Leadership as well as the Tigreyan rhetoric and attitude at aigafroum and TOL then debate Nittric..

        Second:

        You have to prove that:”TPLF/EPRDF recognizes the Eritrean map as it is. to Ge Nittric based on the facts on the grounds,lectures,threats,etc–declared by the same TPLF you are supporting.
        Hint:
        -The TPLF Manifesto of 1970
        -The interview given by PMMZ to his Jewish -American/Zionist Bosses-in 1990
        -His rhetoric saying that Tigray shall.shoul dhave a Sea Access by hook or crook.
        -Gen Siyye Abreha’s “Prophetic Rhetoric” of 1990s saying that “There will be one more final war in the North”. like what Col Menghistu said that” Yemisraky Dil Be Semien Yideghemal” kind of rhetoric and gurra.
        -The 1997 Abay Tigray Map annexing a an Eri Sovereign Lands and the new Ethiopian Birr expressing the same
        -The unilateral invasion and “annexation” of Adi Murug-in Bada area–so as to be closer to Aseb(a-50-Km Rule?) there by claim Aseb using a weirdo International Laws—etc
        -The 2000 Aseb Front futile war and attempt to capture Aseb-in the very words of Dr Tekeda Alemu,the Ethiopian Amb to the UN in 2000 when he declared to the UN that Aseb became part pof Ethiopia followed by a Lavish and Exotic Celebrations were made by Ethiopians in Washington, DC to that effect–celebrating the Annexation of Aseb Port.–I was there!
        -The 15 yrs old nonstop gurra,threats and provocations, sanctions,sabotages,etc–by the same TPLF Junta fully backed up by its Western Super Powers to change the PFDJ regime and even to invade Eritrea.
        -Baduma is still under Abay Tigray Map and occupied.
        Third:
        Contrary to you ever changing and flip-flopping mantra,you are on record in this Super Eritrean Website named after the original Eritrean Hero saying boldly that “there is NO such thing called Independent Eritrea”.
        We are familiar with your treacherous TPLFs mindset.
        Hence, you have no moral ground to challenge or refute what Gen Nittric has repeatedly said, irrespective of his “Ignorance,Contradiction,Toothlessness”,etc”.

        • Nitricc

          Hey Tesfa; there is a saying I came to observe; when you drew something and you have no clue what it means, simply you tell people it is “abstract” the same thing is said in a political debate. When people are cornered and losing the debate they will ride “contradiction” card. Our friend KIM didn’t even understood what he asked and when I gave him an answer; he pulled the “contradiction” card, because he has no answer for me, worst he didn’t know who wrote the article. The article
          was written by a dedebit grad. Regarding Hayat; well it is a very bad time for her. I will be easy on her. What was amazing is; she was contradicting to what I was supposed contradicted. Go figure! I do understand though; she going through hard times. Every single bad thing she wished for Eritrea; it came back to her country.

    • Solomon

      Selamat Nitric,

      I will be honest with you by saying that “I am a Toys are us kid” and despite pushing fifty, I still don’t want to grow up. You probably don’t know the reference as I put you at least a decade younger than I by at least a decade to a decade and a half. But you are a grown man with responsibilities of your own and loved ones you handle diligently, I am quite sure.
      I have am also aware your strong sense of obligation to your and or your parents of country of birth Eritrea as well a steady and growing obligation to Ethiopia and all its people with very little differences from the Eritrean people, contrary to what we all have been conditioned and erroneously narated stories of non existing mountains large of differences due to a quite few millennium long history of conquorer warriors history of noblity, kings and king of kings culture of those certain, dominant, significant population in both Eritrea and Ethiopia that claim the Empire and Civilizations, of the Empire centered in present day Tigray province of Ethiopia. There were the strong warrior men of the ruling class and kings or queens courts, that indulged in their fighting prowess and their amassing of the spoils of war, and dispensed relatively just and written laws, though at their whim, depending on whether they it was a just king/queen and, inner nobelity of loyal enforcers of the kings/emperor’s wills and wishes. And then there were the rest of the ninety nine percent ruled peasants who wielded a sturdy stick to keep at bay those within their own family, villages men, women, young or old, who ever so slightly disturbed their peaceful solace of tilling the earth, or solitary peaceful spiritual contemplation of either physics or metaphysics, by their intrusion and according to their personality and by their spoken word or body language in introducing forth be it gossip or topics that is interests not in the remotest possibility to the one who raises the stick high above his shoulder in order to restore his moments peaceful and being one with with the environment as he or minded his or her own productive business. Norms of mutual respect amongst one another, accirding to age, experience and usefulness of their individual natural and honed abilities were naturally recognized and grew with community assemblies that were gender specific in bytos as well as all inclusive in places of religeous worship. The sturdy stick companions of our villager had slightly more leathal in cases where the village’s majority felt to stand up to unjust terrorizing and force yielding raids by the Kings/Queens/Emperor’s, or at times for the villagers joining the King’s warrior nights in to defend common territory and livelyhoods from far away lands nearly as identical as theirs who were on a warring crusade and encroaching with massive man and war armaments. The sturdy Stick companion and the few potent backups tucked away were also utilized against renegade shiftas from the Kings ranks, who went rougue and in opposition pursuing to overthrow the standing King yet pillaged at will the villager’s properties. And cattle raids from pastoralist and nomadic lowlanders of different ethnicities of both countries was sport that enriched the glutenous by both the noble and in good standing Kings not nights as well as the renegade outlaw shiftas. Both admired for their berevity of their ruthlessness and fearlessness, perhaps out of the innate fears of the peaceful villager whose main concern is to mind his own business and God’s in his selected and naturally defensive forts of the highlands or Kebesa Eritrea and Ethiopia.
      (This fitfit and slow introduction with an intended out flanking Dedebit’s General Hyatt Adam of her offensive on your formidable Dejen trenches is consistent with the pursuit of interstate peace, though it is my continuation of a declared an earlier declared war on our Roayal Lady Princes Hyatt Adam here on this virtual Arrd Awate. As the princess should be more concerned with restoring and maintaining a just and equitable law and order in Ardd Al Athuypia and leave our Shifta General Nitric of Eritrea’s Dejenn for us his brother’s to either mold according to our needs as we utilize his usefulness for us)
      I will continue this Solo Rambo warrior fighting the Dedebit demise, including his unintended love crush that naturally grew and is manifesting itself with his constant caveman aggressive serranading to the beautiful Lady General of Dedebit Princes Hyatt Adam. She seems to be responding to the Gentleman General Nitric’s virtual woeing with her very long long love letters addressed to him. Who knows, if both of their goals of “Kingdom come” or demise of either Dedebit or Dejen, then the third option is for their Union in Love will conquer all and just for both nations. Royalty by marriage is consistent with numerous kingdoms that ended mutualy destructive wars.
      Asmarinos and Mekelians do say: “FiQuri Habesha btSerfi, fiQuri Hindi bderfi.”
      I shall rehearse now my accordian, chirawaTTa, kirarr, guitar and keyboard instruments to play my role of Mariachi at the Third Renewal/remarriage of The Prince and Princess of Dejen and Dedebit respectfully. Honored and Royal guests will include The Kings and Queens of England, Jordan and Spain…

      So! So! Podemos.
      My time travel machine as far back as five millennia…
      Stay tuned..
      tSAtSE

  • Michael Tesfamariam

    Selamat all
    Thanks to awate team, really interesting article, deserve critical debate and discussions among Eritrean justice seekers. However, most of your readers seems to get bogged down with petty stuffs as in the previous article where hundreds of comments flooded in response to an outdated filthy narrative by Tesfation, a seek man whose goal is nothing but to attract attention. I believe silent would be the best treatment for people like him.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista

    The article above has a lot of food for thought. Imagine if IA the man was to be no more today. I.e. one way or the other. What would thing’s look like immediately after? This is purely hypothetical, of course looking realistically and shunning emotions.

    Regards

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Ahlen HTG
      Good to hear from you. It’s the one million question. Hey Haylat, I thought you were working on it ha…ha…

      • haileTG

        Hey Mahmuday

        Ha ha… no doubt about it 🙂 As the reality of it is getting closer, we really need to hear from the stand point of a resolve oriented takers 🙂

  • Solomon

    Zkheberka Eritrawi Hawna Hope,

    In all honesty, I did not want you to withdraw in this forum at awate that you and many others have relentlessly expended energy even if it is to ride the the waves of time that had carried us to this point. Pardon, the unrefined attempt of poetic language for the purposes of attracting our regions younger generations to our collective societal issues.
    I agree with you on:
    1. Yes, we know the issues and yes have failed to address them well.
    There are acceptions to this , by seosned friends of ours that infact , for several years now have been less visible amongst us as they have embarked on building a “developed, functional, political party or parties, that I am confident, since their realization of acknowledged ” opposition weaknesses” took a bold stance in redirecting their road to success. I am quite sure, you and many of us are aware of the less visibility, and we miss dearly their contributions to the warmth they contributed to, during our collective growing pain years spanning… Names, like Beyan Negash, AOsman and and the respected Dr. Ishmael (who has graced this forum sporadically–more frequent recently, as the delegated Diplomat by his rapidly developing opposition party or coalition of parties, in an advisory or mediator role, when emotions flare up to the point of edging a full blown combustion, where and when the usual suspects–with their respective full due respect of course, inadvertantly “scratch one or the others old wounds” to a point of throwing all hands up and reaching the edges of mutual declarations of “irreconcilable differences” and then visibly sharpening their proverbial axes with only one eye of each eying the other…) are amongst these progressive opposition splinter groups. Due credit for that bold spark I give to the underappreciated, Mr. Younis, aka “Ali Salim”, (From University of Khartum), dared to shake the opposition Think Giants boat with his very articulate mind bending excercisses of philosophical contemplations questioning our collective Eritrean Reality. When, rejected and with band wagon effect ridiculed as a ” an intellectual nut case, with resilience and determination, he pushed even harder with his “U-Turn” Trilogy or more, until over the heads/minds of quite a significant as well as influential Freedom Riders the “Eureka” lightbulbs popped, one after another, and shined. Ultimately playing a significant progressive rolen not only with the mobilization and strengthening their Eritrean constituents Eritrean Resolve and enlightment/”mnQaH” but also reaching the strength point where the GoE/PFDJ party had been brought to their senses of actually not only sitting down on the negotiation table but also conceding to these said parties demands innl return for their significant contributions towards the strengthening the Eritrean State (sshh, not quite publicly admitted..it is deduced..)
    This progressive forward leap, whose catalyst Mr. Younis/”Ali Salim” agreed to disappear into the obscurity of working in the back office, perhaps on what matters most–the logistics.., has been publicly.announced as ELL, a recognition of the Eritrean Jeberty, albeit limited to MaHber(at) as opposed to BiHere Jeberty, and a few others one of which when a symposium gathering of Eritrean adherents of Islam endorsed to actively educate their diaspora children the Arabic Language amongst several other resolutions passed. And on New Years Day, post their publication, I stated to you Dear Hope my rude and unhappy new years day awakening upon reading your personal or organizational reaction to the announcement. Where another distinguished and delegated Diplomat of these developing and formidable partynl or coalition of parties, Mr. AOsman graced the forum of his influence range to maintain the gaps from widening as well as for the sake of the personal friendship bonds we have many of u have formed.He, used one word with perhaps his name skake’s efficacy, The Late Osman SaliH Sabe’s bright smile! “Chilax!!!”
    Now, while the Eritrean Politic’s, in the last several years developed into a progressive and more productive tiangle-offense formation of these three: GoE/PFDJ, The Addiss Abeba/ g12, and the Niroby, Kenny’s/g6 pod pluss the Civic Societies and Media, a very dangerous and negative un intended consequences was born and brewing in the Highlands of Kebesa/Tigrigna ancestoral lands now openly referred to as Agazien Land.
    From the get go the Duo that opposed and lead the relentless anti Mr. Younis/”Ali Salim” and and are Mr. Semere Andom/iSEM and the pioneer Mr. SaliH Johar Ghadi. Saay7 resigned with rather yet to be possibly stated utter disappointment.
    And the Weaknesses of these two Gentlemen’s lead weaker opposition group/party’s I will, God Willing, continue to paint, not out of Malice but out of a vested self interest.
    Speaking of such, some push for the progress, perhaps lead by Mr. MaHmood SaliH or Mederek was just budding with the appearance of impartial scholars such as Mr. Zerai and Dr. Chefena as well as the very lot less militant HTG.
    Until the captain of the “Dark side” “out flank them” Mr. Semere Andom with ample Intel perhaps from Abi, Hyatt and the like threw the very disive Tigray Tigrigni archaic, maybe, formula, into the mix. My first gut on hearing his sir name Andom and my association with “General” was right. SJG calls it “intra-Habesha” rivalry…. Aya Amanuel spelled it out above as The Eritrean Tigrigna problem…..
    iSEM best publicly respond to old “Stoner’s” legitimate grievances of my person, if we are to progress and strengthen our weak opposition to the PFDJ, barring the splinters who have moved on.
    I will address the mother of all oppositions the TPLF..To be continued…
    (The language of less sofistication if perhaps due to both lack or shortage of sofistry, I am trying, as well as what I consider to be my target audience/constituents, I.e. The SmEritrean GitSAtSE
    (( … Catalyst… Multiple Fronts…))

  • blink

    Dear awate forum family
    First I am personally greatful for Hayat`s presense and i really think you are doing great job on Your concern.
    So many people are searching for list below fromno.1 to 9 and we need your help to at least drop their GPS position
    but before you reply please pass this to Mr.Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Mr. Amanuel Hidrat
    Where are you Mr and the keeper every thing to do with Ethiopia . what happen to your good English skills ? , what could it be to keep you silent ? is justice a light passing through or a glass prism in which all colors can be seen ? is justice in Eritrea and Ethiopia has different value for you ? Or there are things that you say to yourself and to every body else differently ?
    a video for your friends like T.Kifle and Eyob to be entertained at the feast even though i catagorically reject the man on the video. it is one side of the story
    https://www.facebook.com/Ethiopian.DJ/videos/vb.182037128570741/1097959790311799/?type=2&theater

    People to watch at awate.com forum ,concering the current situation of EPRDF room
    1.Eyob
    2.T.Kifle
    3.K.M
    4. Semere Andom
    5.Kokob selam
    6. Rahwa .T
    7.T..T
    8. Sara ogubay
    9. Said
    10. The absense of Mr. Saleh jouhar is understood and it is technical not strategical decision for not giving us his valuable in Put. I personally do not blame you sir. Do not even drop one line
    11. Saay , owww he does n`t need to come , please do not come,all the southerners already know from 1998 and we will make sure your concern is present.

  • Asmerom

    Hi Desalegn
    You have a baseless contradictory conspiracy theory and for sure you are well ahead of Donald Trump. If you are capable why don’t you just comment on the article at hand .
    Thanks

  • Berhe Y

    Dear AT,

    I think you are within your rights to have an opinion in terms of brushing all funds within the same paint but I don’t think they are all equal.

    No group or individual have the right to dictate who organization or activist to get funding from. But as long as the funds are solicited in the name of Eritrean people and for the causes of Eritrea, I think it’s fair to say that any Eritrean should have a say.

    For example, the funding Isayas Afeworki provides to the Ethiopian opposition groups such as arms, military training, etc. And there is the funds provided by NED to support democratic institutions? Are you suggesting, these are the same, coming from external sources so they are equal? I don’t think so, I think the source of where the funds are coming and to what purpose is important.

    Looking at our case, I think if Ethiopia is funding it needs to be scrutinized and be questioned. The same way the other sources should go through the same process. But for example, if Ethiopia funds are geared towards military, and civil war, they will have different impact compared to other finds from NGO who are facilating Eritreans opposition to round table talks. Ethiopia funds needs to be questioned because there is unresolved issue between the two countries, where Ethiopia has refused to abide by.

    The other point is, where you said, we only solicit funds from Eritreans, and others do not offer us help. I think this statements is quite self depreciating and it doesn’t deserve merit to the principles and record the website holds. I don’t think it’s lost in you that, the corporate world, governments, NGO or private donors really work and function like that. Unless they really want something in return, I find it really hard to believe that the AT team doesn’t know how grantes normally distributed. First there is no money that’s unaccounted for floating around to be handed out. In order to be fair and transparent (at least those in west), they need to have proper procedures and guidelines with strict deadline to follow how grants can be applied and to what purpose. If the application meets the objective of the funding party then grant is given to the applicant. Same as scholarship is handed out to those who apply, unless one has the potential to be the number one pick, where grant providers will seek out, but for the most the student need to apply.

    For example here is the funding provided to HRC (Elsa Chirum) organization.

    One can make any comment or any judgement one wants if this grant was put to good use, but me personally I glad the she got the grants. Anyone like Elsa can work in corporate and earn 80K a year doing their job. But if she is spending the time working on Eritreas cause then she deserves to make a living to help support herself and her family. And I think this would make her commitment lasting and it will have a lasting effect on the change she is seeking. Now compare that wth the number of other countries get?

    I wish the AT team start to think that way, have budget to hire part time students to help manage the website, have the owners supplement done if their income with grants so they can dedicate more time and gave a balance in their work life, etc.

    And find a way to fund travel arrangements to hold seminars and public gathering to sell their ideas etc.

    They don’t have to say, because it’s coming from non Eritreans therefor it’s haram.

    Not only the AT should be funded, but also should be a leader in guiding other organization how to get funds it’s our tax money too.

    Berhe

    http://www.ned.org/region/africa/eritrea-2015/

    Human Rights Action
    Human Rights Concern – Eritrea
    $80,230
    To increase awareness of the human rights struggle in Eritrea, HRC-Eritrea will advocate with key international and regional human rights bodies, raise awareness on international mining companies and forced labor used at mining sites in Eritrea, and push for the cessation of the two percent tax levied on Eritrean diaspora.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Hi Berhe,

      Very interesting argument. And yes, all aids are not for good purposes. It depend on the nature of the project they are intended for. No need to be against aids by broad brushing as if all aids are intended for ill purposes.

      Regards

  • blink

    Dear awate staff
    Thanks , that is the only reason i come here ,because you people have the guts to say it and hold it firm. I wish you have more partners and i wish all activists are here to read and learn , I wish these in all pal-talk rooms and Facebook campaign come here and read this article. But on the military thing , what kind of military are you accusing ? a solider forced to build his boss house just in case he send him home to see his children and wife , a military leader with no structure , a soldier looking for way out , Eritrea does not have a military nor does it has any sense of entity. Eritrean military history is just history and that is it. They have history at their time so do the Romans , so does Edi Amin , You can not make any past history to come back and reign again. EPLF , ELF soldiers are gone for good and they have no one to inherit their heroesim , NONE.

    At any time any few solidiers with principle and vision can crush DIA army to ashes ,call it paid or any thing. Eritrea does not have any ,military that can protect its people nor sovereignty. What Eritrea has is a past history nothing more nothing less but the people are being feed by both (the Opposition , i mean few but bad once and PFDJ cronies) a very dangerous virus . You awatestaff know it and every body know it that , all bad people are speaking and have more airtime just to increase their followers and see personal glory .

    If awate.com continue to create such articles and challenge these who spoil our true fight , we will certainly win . I hope you increase the degree and time of the EMBOLDEN vision .

  • Solomon

    Selamat Awate,

    Time for the Modler and the ridlere!

    Ridle me this….
    tSAtSE

    • T..T.

      Hi Solomon tSAtSE,

      So, you are using coded language to give instructions to members of your H. Mekete (those in defense of the peace of the tyrant by the destruction of the Eritrean opposition).

      This insider helped with decoding jobs: the word “Ridlere” was decoded to stand for “go inputting nonsense”, and “Modler” for those “assigned to respond.”

      The tyrant and his PFDJ/PFDJY, who always remind their agents by telling them “OUR STRENGTH IS IN HOLDING ONTO OUR SECRETS,” require them (their agents) to depend on using codes to control the actions of their assigned agents. So guided by codes and empowered by false promises, the agents are left alone (in disconnection from the source of the instruction) and to be fully in charge of their own actions should they be exposed.

      • Solomon

        Selamat T.T.,

        Fair enough. Allow me to read the article fully as well as your engagement and I will respond as I stand accused of treason–for lack of a better word.
        For now think of the following quotes uttered by American Presidents spanning over a Century’s time period.
        1. “Trust but verify.” P R.R.
        2. “If I have made a friend of my enemy, have I not destroyed my enemy.” P. BF.
        Speaking of Benjamin’s and Cento… Allow me to use Hundred Nakfas worth as it equates a little more than two cents. To MaHmood SaliH, I stated I have two narrations that could fill volumes. I doubt you skipped it… But now that AT has moved as well as iSEM has reappeared as I was worried he has totally gone rogue from Afriqawit Vietnam to the Afriqawiy Cambodia’s “Killing Fields” as did Brando in Apocalypse Now. I was sincerely worried for him And he is certainly not deserving of the tar and feathering. To your credit T.T. you were one of the few that did not cast the proverbial stone.
        Your direct accusation of yours truly I fully understand if not fully appreciated. So after I have done what I have asked you for my allowance, I shall respond for optimal output from my Modler which unfortunately or not includes the ridler.
        tSAtSE

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