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Calling Out PM Abiy’s Bluffs

Arguably, there are few people in the world who yearn for peace like Eritreans. However, peace has been always elusive. For centuries, the export of mayhem to the north, from parts of Ethiopia, had remained constant with adverse effects on Eritreans. Unfortunately, in that aspect, so far, Dr. Abiy hasn’t fared any better than his predecessors.

Not A Fuzzy History

For Eritreans, it was only during the Italian occupation of Eritrea that the Ethiopian expansionist ambitions were curbed. In the last years of the nineteenth-century* Eritreans had to choose the lesser evil, between two occupational forces: Ethiopian and Italian. Therefore, placed in such a precarious situation, they had to make a choice.

Emperor Haile Selassie found a golden opportunity in the bi-polar world dominated by the USA and the Soviet Union when the two superpowers began to jump at each other’s throats immediately after WWII.

Throughout history, Eritreans had developed a dynamic model of coexistence where they accepted their diversity and lived in relative peace. Alas, the Ethiopian feudal lords had to use the only governing method they perfected: divide and rule, sparking religious strife, and regional conflicts. The flagrant aggression of the early 1960s initiated by Emperor Haile Selassie led to a bloody thirty-year war—the Derg had taken the baton after the first half of the thirty years and continued to pursue the same scorched earth policy that wreaked havoc in Eritrea. That phase of suffering ended with the defeat (DEFEAT) of the Derg in 1991. However, the elusive peace continued to stay out of reach as the ostensibly Ethnophile Isaias Afwerki took power.

The Eritrean president has realized that Eritreans will not forgive him for the misery he caused them. Therefore, he became more reckless as he is incapable to reconcile with the Eritrean people or bring about reform.  While we believe people can redeem themselves, Isaias cannot escape accountability for the crimes he committed in the last 40 years—and it is inconceivable he could have a place or a role in the future that Eritreans wish for.  So, in trying to avoid the day of reckoning, he has accepted the lifeline PM Abiy has provided him. It is that mindset that Dr. Abiy is exploiting in an unrefined manner and is aggressing on Eritrean sovereignty. But he is not alone; he has collaborators, mainly the UAE rulers who see Eritrea as a stepping stone to expand their imperialist ambitions, evidently, with disastrous humanitarian consequences as exemplified by the war it is waging in Yemen.

PM Abiy’s Dog Whistle Politics

So far, PM Abiy’s disregard for the rights of Eritreans has been in direct contradictions to what he preaches to his people. He certainly is aware why thousands of youth are escaping from Eritrea. However, he cannot claim to be ignorant about Isaias violations because sooner or later, he has to deal with the inevitable change–and Eritreans will not forgive him for his complicity in prolonging their sufferings.

PM Abiy has been acting and pretending as if Eritrea is a territory up for the grabs as illustrated by the following:

  1. In August 2018, Dr. Abiy met a UAE official and announced his plan to build an oil pipeline running from Assab (Eritrea) to Addis Ababa. In a flagrant disrespect for Eritrean sovereignty, the Ethiopian and the UAE announced the project totally ignoring the fact that the country has owners.
  2. In June 2018, Dr. Abiy has his eyes on the Red Sea and is planning to establish an Ethiopian naval force from scratch. Leaving the territorial implications and rights of Eritreans aside, it’s doubtful if Ethiopia has the needed financial resources to bring Abiy’s dream into fruition.
  3. On January 21, 2019, PM Abiy made a similar announcement of his plans to build a railway line running from Massawa (Eritrea) to Ethiopia, again, totally ignoring the fact that Eritrea is a sovereignty country. He didn’t mention it even in passing. That can only mean that he doesn’t believe Eritreans should have a say in such undertakings, or, everything can be concluded with a dictator who acts on his own, on his whims and mood.
  4. Preposterously, in January 2019, the “peaceful PM” announced in Davos that he doesn’t think Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia need separate embassies to represent them in other countries, instead, he said, they could one embassy to represent four of them. Also, he said there is no need for four different armed forces to defend them separately, they can have one defense force.  PM Abiy takes Eritrea as another Ethiopian Killil, a region, and all it needs is a local police force.
  5. On February 2, 2019, in a speech in the Ethiopian parliament, PM Abiy stated, “Let alone Ethiopia breaking up, even the ones that have separated [Eritrea] will be returned. It’s only a matter of time. We’re only going to get bigger & stronger. I have no doubts about that.” It’s safe to conclude that the country he is so sure to return to the bosom of Ethiopia is Eritrea—it’s the only country that fought to regain its independence and break off the forced unity with Ethiopia.
  6. In the last few months, some Ethiopian elements and groups have been peddling a provocative map annexing Eritrea to Ethiopia. The map that promotes aggression on Eritrea has been tweeted by the Ethiopian embassy in the UK, which later issued a shy apology following a protest by outraged Eritreans that uncharacteristically including supporters of the Isaias regime. Remembering the loss incurred due to the war over the village of Badme. Incidentally, that war where about 100,000 lives were lost, was heated up over a map.

Such provocations are being taken seriously. Unfortunately, the culprits are groups loyal to Haile Selassie and Derg, forces that Eritreans fought for decades to defeat, who has been rehabilitated by PM Abiy.

The above lofty textbook ambitions are juicy for media consumption, but in reality, they are fairy tales, a feel-good statement aimed at creating a larger than life persona, idealistic, even when they are impractical and amateurish.  Many Eritreans are highly skeptical of the dreams, though they wish PM Abiy all the best as long as his ambitions are not accomplished at the expense of the Eritreans people.

The Eritrean skepticism is rooted in the deep financial and economic crises Ethiopia is facing. By his own admission, PM Abiy stated that it would take ten years for Ethiopia to solve its hard currency shortages. Financial support from Saudi Arabia and UAE have strings attached to them and are limited.  Over the last two years, Isaias oil-rich patrons (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE) have not invested significantly in Eritrea and given the drop of oil prices, it is unlikely they will invest heavily in Ethiopia. Last September, China restructured Ethiopia’s $42 billion debt after Ethiopia failed to meet three debt payment obligations in early 2018.

In addition, Ethiopia, despite its alarmingly growing population, the job market has not expanded to absorb the youth, especially those who are graduating from the tens of colleges in the country.

Moreover, the current Ethiopian ethnic entrepreneurship patronage system was proved to be prone to corruptions and unworkable in Ethiopia, let alone to work regionally or compete in today’s global economy. It is the same patronage system, based on EPRDF economic policies, that PM Abiy described as “corrupt in the head,” –still not disavowed by its beneficiaries– the ruling coalition.

Simply put, the required financial means, critical governance structures, and operational experience to execute Abiy’s much-talked-about plans are simply not there.

The Double Edged Sword of Media Hype

Ethiopia has its own gargantuan problems that Eritreans truly hope it finds a way to resolve. However, the fact that its problems hidden behind the favorable international media ambivalence that Dr. Abiy is enjoying might not last long, and as the recent Saudi tragedy over the case of Jamal Khashogji illustrates, one wrong move could easily undo all the PR efforts designed to cultivate a favorable public image.

In 1974,  when the BBC aired footage of starving Ethiopian children and reports by Jonathan Dimbleby, it did not take long for the international community to abandon Haile Selassie.

In the mid-nineties, after the US army retreated from Somalia, the international media subscribed to the Clinton Administration’s search for a success story in Africa. That act led to its inaction in preventing the Rwanda massacre, yet it described the regional despots as Renaissance leaders. It did not take long for these leaders to ignite a disastrous war whose aftershock is still being felt in the region.

Buried beneath the media hype, many Ethiopians are consuming themselves; unrest in Harrer, between the Amhara and Benshangul regions, between the Amhara and Tigray regions, between the Somali and Oromo regions, between the Somali and Afar regions, coupled with the insurrection of the Oromo in western Ethiopia. These are not signs of stability. According to the UNCHR and other reports, over 3 million Ethiopians have been internally displaced since PM Abiy took office in April of 2018.

While the Ethiopian government media has been largely ignoring the humanitarian crises, the Ethiopian private media, which is largely controlled by ethnic-based political organizations, either amplifies or downplays the events depending on partisan interests.

Often times, international media attention greatly influences the attraction and the flight of capital investment into a country or out of it. Hence, it is a double edged sword–it can easily help create a reputation as it can also easily destroy those who misuse it, or abuse it, or simply do not understand it.

Responsible media and public relations campaign are necessary tools, not an end, to articulate any credible vision. However, governing should not be confused with a public relations exercise supported by fanfare, media blitzes, and smart crafty headlines. At the same time, the media is not totally influenced by rosy and big vocabularies. Buzzwords, big words, and eloquent speeches are temporary gains that could leave an uplifting impression on people’s minds and win them over in partisan rivalries for a limited time.

Final Words

Once again, PM Abiy better remember that Eritrea had been consistently an Achilles’ heel for of his predecessors and unless he fully recognizes and unequivocally states that Eritrea as an independent and sovereign state, his fate will be that of his predecessors. We believe the political alliance he forged with Isaias, whose sole aim is to destroy his arch-enemy the TPLF, will not help his efforts to solve the daunting economic and political challenges Ethiopia faces today. Nor will he be able to diffuse the current ethnic conflicts raging across Ethiopia; he cannot have a role in helping to keep Ethiopian unity. The recently renewed ethnic tensions coupled with the strong reactions to Jowar Mohamed’s statements criticizing the meddling of Isaias in Ethiopian internal affairs are foreboding cues of things to come.

We are calling PM Abiy’s bluffs to remind Eritreans not to fall for the psychological warfare aimed at undermining our sovereignty as free people. PM Abiy needs to remember that it is only Isaias who is being trapped in the quagmire he created for himself.  It is only Isaias, not the Eritrean people, who is beholden to him for his newly found relevance.

Through time tested resilience, Eritreans will continue to assert their legitimate rights, now and in a post-Isaias era, irrespective who is in power in Ethiopia.

*an earlier error, eighteenth century, has been corrected to read nineteenth century.

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  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Ahlan All Awates,

    A very interesting video to be watched by all true Eritreans.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-ap2b55BIY

    Al-Arabi

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; i wish all of you; Eritreans and Ethiopians alike should understand what this enlightened Ethiopian. He said it and nothing more nothing less.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ee3xJOIZHo

    • Haile S.

      ሰላም ኒትሪክ፡

      ጽቡቕ ተዛሪቡ። ግና ንዕኡ ጥራሕ ዝበርሃሉ እንድሕሪ ኢልካዮ፡ እዞም ዝተረፍና ዝዓወረና፡ ከመይ ጌሩ ክበርሃልና ኢልካ ትሓስብ? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Paulos

      Nitrikay,

      Is that you? Just messin with you 😂.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam Nitricc
      What is this guy talking about? just yesterday ethiopia signed a 4 billion dollar final deal with Djibouti, to the construction of gas/oil pipeline that connect ethiopia with Djibouti port, what is that tell u? definitely it tells u , ethiopia doesn’t have any hidden agenda to reverse eritrea independence. What ethiopia need is mainly peace .
      the map and flag issues r just individual rights, it is just hard to control it .
      Anyways the guy in the video is like the saying, “bell knocks itself up and cry”, he doesn’t like the new relationship between eri and ethio, that is all.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Teddy; i used think you are up to date and following things in real time. forget about China and Djibouti things are far more serious and dangerous. it is only a matter of time before Ethiopia hands over everything to China. listen the first few minutes of this take and you get the picture.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpCApU_hzlg

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam Nitricc
          but i was talking about eri-ethio relationship, that the first video that u posted it .
          I know all about youtubers like andafta, zhabesh and all , most of them r affiliated with the epdf itself and it’s just youtube, not reality. They doing diversion, “quchite mefeter” and so on.
          I didnt listen it.

  • Selam All,
    Where politics has failed, will the economy succeed? As we are discussing the dangers to eritrean independence and sovereignty, trade is flourishing at the borders between ethiopia and eritrea. Borders seem to have reopened, the exchange rate of birr and nakfa to the dollar decided and tracks loaded with goods crossing the borders. Is the economy disentangling itself from politics, and instead of politics deciding the economy, is it possible to say that the economy may decide the future ethio-eritrean politics? Is the economy going to be the driving force where politics has miserably failed over the last two decades?

    • Hayat Adem

      Hi Horizon,
      This is worth discussing. In a developed world, the economy dictates for long term political goals. In poor regions like ours, politics dictates the day for short economic gains.
      The border trade you mentioned is more of an informal social market transaction than anything close to real economy. The Ethio Eritrean relations can only be sustained by a long term strategic rethinking around the economic natural interdependence and political harmonization. That can only happen after selfless strategic thinkers take center stage in the political leadership of both sides. That requires the removal of PFDJ and the political maturity of the Ethiopian leadership. You can’t dream of such a good thing when you have a gangster click in Asmara and a disingenuous leadership in Addis.

      • Blink

        Dear Hayat
        Who do you have in store for such dream ? I mean you guys have tried everything with Meles and some policyholders of his thereafter and the result was disaster for both people .

        The trade in the border is filled with 09 guys plus some weyane luckies , it is not even a trade between two countries , it looks like roping with smile for the sake of it . The trade is still a problem for many reasons.Petroleum is still being shipped to Eritrea and I have to ask if this is seen positive ?

        • Amanuel

          Hi Blink & GitSAtSE
          What wrong with you guys? You can’t live off on blaming TPLF for ever. It is time to address the real problem in Eritrea. The centre point is that political settlement is fundamental to economic success. Until we have a political settlement where all Eritreans can contribute and elect their representatives, any economic success will not be only short lived but also benefit only the few.

          • Peace!

            Hi Amanuel,

            You made a good point. But I really don’t understand your obsession with others people business. ናይቶም ኣብ ቮት እንዳገበሩ ዘርስኑኻ ዘለው ይገድድ. People have every right to express their opinion.

            Peace!

          • Amanuel

            Hi Peace
            I don’t understand your comment. I am not stopping people from expressing their opinion. I am challenging their opinion of the blame game and inviting them to address the real Eritrean problem. Is Eritrean Issue other people’s business? I am sorry this is awate forum when every one can express their opinion respectfully.

          • Peace!

            Hi Amanuel,

            My point is this is a diversified forum: there are people who praise TPLF 24/7, praise PFDJ, despise TPLF and PFDJ, honor Dr Abiy, in ELF/EPLF ሓሸውየ, and so on… apparently it is normal for people to focus on what they think a potential threat or interest to their political views. The best approach is to find a common ground and debate on something worth of your time rather than trying to dictate them.

            Peace!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Peace,

            You have hidden for a long time under the cover of opposition. At present, it is very difficult to hide yourself. Those who are voting by their legs are driven from their homes by the Gonderye, the Ethiopian, to evacuate Eritrea from her people. At present, it is not difficult to discern the true from fake Eritrean.

            Al-Arabi

          • Blink

            Dear Hameed
            Is that a joke ? I mean come on , you can blame peace for things that you privately discovered but to question peace about his Identity is simply rude . Rude , in a sense very rude . He has been here long enough for every one to know his Eritrean nationalistic stand . You are not really in a position to question anyone forget about peace. I say this simply from a neutral point.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Blink,

            Who is rude? I will tell you who are the rude guys: The rude guys are those who defend criminals, suppress our people, trade with sovereignty, divert our people from their real fight. The rude are those who implement “Divide and Rule” program upon the people of Eritrea. The crude are those who usurp the rights of the people Your job, Mr Blink, in this form to DIVIDE and DIVERT the people of Eritrea. Anyone could go back and read your comments could understand your job given to you from the ill-mannered. This confirms for all Eritreans that the regime DIVIDES and DIVERTS our people with plan. If you don’t believe me go and read comments of this group. You will find them all function systematically under these two tasks “DIVIDE and DIVERT”.

            I am in a position to judge and any Eritrean too until we all elect a body that question and judge for us. All Eritreans are in a position of responsibility at this point of time to question and judge until they elect a body that represents them all.

            Al-Arabi

          • Blink

            Dear Hameed
            You didn’t read or you have short memory.

            1. I despise dividing Eritreans based on Ethinic , religion and region . Ask who was entertaining an Afars state opposition groups for the past 18 years ,
            2. Ask who wrote ELL manifesto and so many things in this forum
            3. Ask who opposed opposition based on Agazinas and Islamists
            4. Ask who opposed reform of PFDJ and advocated for total removal of PFDJ
            5. Ask who opposed weyane hand in Eritrean opposition leadership arm twisting .

            People like you has been bashing the highlanders especially the Tigrinja speakers and people like me has been asking you to stop it because it is against the main vision of the opposition but you did not listen , here we are without their full support on our side and on the opposite side of this Issias dumping the country at his wish . You played your cards and get zero results. Many smart people advocated against the bashing of a sizable population in Eritrea but the few didn’t listen , now they get to defend day and night for the product of their own . Your bashing against the highlanders got fruit to lunatics like agazinas and now you try to get out of it by accusing the people who told you so .

            You see you guys just don’t see on your own failures .

          • Peace!

            Mr True Original/Organic Eritrean,

            ጥረ ከይንብለካ ምዕባይና ኢኻ ትመስል ግን ቅድሚ ምጽሓፍካ ቁሩብ ሕስብ እንተበልካ ይሓይሽ. ኣብዚ ሩም ኩሉ ሓደ ዕላማ ዘለዎ ከይመስለካ. ሰዲዱለይዶ በለት ሳንዳይ 🙂

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Al Arabi,

            ኣብዚ’ኣ ተጋጊኻ፣ ዓቢ ሰብ [Peace] ዲዕ ዝበለ ተቓዋማይ እዩ። ግን ሓንቲ ወያነ ትባሃል ሕማም ክሩምቲ ኣላቶ። ሓደ ዶ/ር ኣብይ ኣሕመድ ዝባሃል ዴንቲስታ ረኺቡ እዛ ተሕመካ ዘላ ኩሩምቲ ክሰደልካ እየ ኢሉ እነሀልካ ንኣስታት ሸሞንተ ወርሒ ዝኸውን ክሳብ ናይ ሳእኑ ጎማ ዝሓቅቕ ኣማላሊስዎ፣ ለካ ተራኣኻስ ኢቲ ሓኪም’የ ባሃላይ ሓደ ፋንፋሮነ ካምባና ኾይኑ ጸኒሑ። ብሕርቃን ዝኣክል ሓንቲ ወያነ ማርካ ዘለዋ punching bag ገዚኡ ኣብ ቤዝመንት ናይ ገዝኡ ከምዛ ሓኪም ዝኣዘዘሉ ንጉሆ ንጉሆ ነታ punching bag የሀርማ’ሎ።

          • Peace!

            Paulosay,

            ኖኖኖ ብጀካ ንወዲ ሲላ ንማንም ኣብ ነብሰይ ኣይቕርብን እየ ሻዕቢያን ወያነን ጻዕዳ ጋውን ተኽዲኖም ዝተጻወትለይ ይኣኽለኒ.

            Peace!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Paulos,

            As far as he is in line with those who attempt to distract the Eritrean people day in and day out, he should shoulder the results of his wrong stance. In front of all of us the ones who are gambling with sovereignty of Eritrea openly are the Gonderye and Night Hyena. I hope, Dr. Paulos, you advise him if he has ears that hear, eyes that see and mind that judges properly to fight from the right trenches. Woyane is a field of distraction not the right fight of the people of Eritrea. If Peace is real opposition he should not fall in the main plan of our enemies: “Divide and Rule” and “Distract”. I think, it is not my mistake. He should blame himself for the reaction he has gotten from me.

            Al-Arabi

      • Selamat Hayat Adem.

        Correction:

        You I and our TPLF “can’t dream of such a good thing when you have a gangster click in Asmara and a disingenuous leadership in Addis.”

        Further correction:
        The Eritrean opposition elite lock and step following the visionary leadership of TPLF “can’t dream of such a good thing when you have a gangster click in Asmara and a disingenuous leadership in Addis.”

        Thank you for the confirmation of the official stance from the horses mouth itself that is the TPLF. I do admire your diligent dispensation of your delegated duties here at Awate. bzeyy beAkhis Chew neyy blu.

        tSAtSE
        tSAt

        • Hayat Adem

          Hello tSatSe,
          You are welcome. But what did I confirm? Who is the horse?
          But I will forgive you for all the sinsssss becaus you said this: bzeyy beAkhis Chew neyy blu.

      • Paulos

        Hayata,

        It wasn’t with out reason that we have academic discipline known as “Political Economy.” I don’t even understand how people try to see economics in isolation from politics. They are both two sides of a coin so to speak.

        For instance, before economic policy, we have public policy which reflects the political fundamentals of a nation whether the working policy is say, command economy, open market economy or mix economy where the second one is more or less the most viable in most nations. And we have a chimera of economic policy in Eritrea which can not find its place in any “isms” school of thought.

        • Peace!

          Paulosay,

          Agreed. It is the “political economy” stupid. What happen to Eritrea’s growing economy in the early 90s is a painful example. Unless there’s a solid political settlement that invites investors, provides working freedom for all citizens, and helps create opportunities for expanding markets, it is hard for almost any economic progress to sustain. እዚ ወዲ ክንደይ ቴምቦ በጺሑ ኣብዛ ሕልሚ ኣዘክሮ እንዶ

          Peace!

          • Paulos

            ሰላም ዓቢሰብ,

            ቴምቦ ኣዘኪርካኒ፣ ኣሻኻኻት ዓለም’ከ ትዝክሮዶ? እንታይ’ዮም ዝብሉ ዓዲ’ምሓራ—ልጅነቴ ልጅነቴ ማርና ወተቴ—ናይ ቁልዕነትና ኣዘኪርካና። Age of innocence, as they say! Wish I could go back.

      • Hi Hayat Adem,

        You seem to see the basic but nevertheless significance to the local population economic process taking place at the borders with too much skepticism and i would dare to say with a nihilistic attitude as if it is valueless. In reality it does not start and end at the borders, and it goes beyond that, with the possibility to grow further as time passes.The point is that if it is affecting the life of the people in a positive way, and if it is a good beginning or not, and if it will have a positive influence on the political landscape within and between the two countries. It was not about abolishing politics as some try to say, but if the economic process can bring a change in politics of the region from a zero sum game to a win win situation.

        Remember, this is a breakthrough after two decades of life behind the iron curtain, at least as much as eritrea is concerned. You have a preconceived and biased opinion about the ethiopian pm with nothing to support it, which is immaterial. Nevertheless, as long as you cannot affect a change in eritrea at least in the immediate future, how long do you think eritreans have to wait until you come up with the perfect formula of philosopher kings ruling both countries.

        Is it possible to bring change in eritrea, while the economy is functioning? The philosophy of causing crisis so that people will rise up against the regime has failed as we saw over the last two decades. No worse social or economic crisis could come than we have already seen, and there is no force up to now that has put the regime’s political power in doubt, or to be seen in the horizon. I will ask again, for how long do you think the region should wait? Almost a generation has been affected.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Hi Horizon,

          Please, keep your heaven for your people who are starving, and free your country from donation for substitute of being mercenaries for the interests of Israel and the white. You have to go a long way to free yourselves from this trap; may be about three centuries to reach where the developed countries have reached. The problem is they will not wait for you. After three centuries they may be one thousand years ahead of you. It seems, there is no hope to develop. The natural plan is to arrive at doomsday without any changes.

          You are intimidating Eritreans by suppression of Isaias or they have to choose Ethiopia to swim in honey; do you really mean it. You could put all your intimidation and aspiration on your table for peoples who don’t know Ethiopia, the miserable country with 3000 years of fake history, but not to the people of Eritrea.

          Your king was an intimate friend of Satan. Once he requested from Satan to build for him a bridge from Biyassa to the White House. Satan replied that it is very difficult to build such kind of a bridge if you have any other request I am ready. The king requested from him to fix minds of his subjects. Satan replied, ” Your majesty, do you want the bidge one-way or double-way?

          Al-Arabi

        • Hayat Adem

          Dear Horizon,
          You need to be reminded of how you started this thread. You presented as if you saw something big coming as an economic unlocking just from the border market. I didn’t belittle it for itself but it says not much into the economy of both countries.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Hi Horizon,

      Political settlement has priority. What economic builds in decades, politics could destroy within weeks.

      You think Eritreans fought for “TIF ENJERA”, but you are totally mistaken, my friend. It appears you don’t know Eritreans. Eritreans don’t sacrifice with their values and humane nature in exchange of raw meat.

      Al-Arabi

    • Abraham H.

      Hi Horizon, why do you think the main trading route, the central border between Eritrea and Ethiopia is closed? It doesn’t make sense for a certain Tigrayan trader in northern, central or eastern Tigray to drive all the way to western Tigray via Humera to deliver their goods to Eritrea, does it? Same is also true about Eritrean traders. This kind of weird policy is to be found only in the DIA-mafia group and his Abiy counterpart.

    • Peace!

      Hi Horizon,

      There is a huge difference between economic incentives for political settlements and political settlements for sustainable economic growth. Let’s just hope the latter is currently taking place otherwise any progress is likely to be ውሃ ቅዳ ውሃ መልስ.

      Peace!

  • Lamek

    Consolino, not sure whether to believe this or not but it’s quite good prediction. You know how sometimes someone would predict something and it turns out good but it happened for the wrong reasons. In this case, even the reasons are very close to the facts. ST’s reasoning that he doesn’t see the other big threat to Eritrea, amhara chauvenists, is quite surprising though.

  • Rule of Law

    Greetings
    PM Abiy’s primary objective is promoting peace with the Eritrean regime irrespective what political ideology the PFDJ pursues which unilaterally serves his country’s interest and If the Eritrean opposition expects Dr. Abiy to influence the political dynamics within the Eritrean regime at the expense of everything that he has achieved so far, not only will this spoil the party but also will prove dangerous that it can take the current relationship between the two governments back to square one i.e the no-war-no-peace situation. The moment Isayas notices the slightest attempt by Dr. Abiy trying to influence change to the current regime in Eritrea, he will snap and shut his doors and no power of persuasion can bring him back to the table thereafter. The only entity who can bring about CHANGE in Eritrea is none other than Eritreans themselves as no one is gonna fight their fight. As the youth in Ethiopia brought the TPLF regime on its knees Eritrean youth might as well try the same method to force PFDJ out of power.

    “Once again, PM Abiy better remember that Eritrea had been consistently an Achilles’ heel for of his predecessors and unless he fully recognizes and unequivocally states that Eritrea as an independent and sovereign state, his fate will be that of his predecessors.”

    I am not sure what this airy statement is all about but I think the author of this article is trying to vent his frustration on Dr. Abiy accusing him with totally irrelevant rumors that the PM is somehow trying to annex Eritrea. Unless someone is naive Eritrea is a sovereign state who happened to be a member of the United Nations and no force on earth can change this truth. Secondly, What of the fate of PM Abiy’s predecessors? As far as I know Hailemariam Desalegn resigned at his own accord, Meles Zenawi died of natural causes and Mengistu Hailemariam was forced to flee his country by the TPLF and last, Haileselassie was dethroned by his own army generals. So which past political events in Ethiopia could the above threat be befitting? Talk about substandard article! goodness…

  • Lamek

    Hello dear author:

    Here is a crucial statement you made:

    “The Eritrean president has realized that Eritreans will not forgive him for the misery he caused them. Therefore, he became more reckless as he is incapable to reconcile with the Eritrean people or bring about reform.”

    I have tried to make these argument too but not as well as you have. But what comes first: reconciliation or forgiveness? If IA genuinely stretched out his hands for reconciliation, you think the Eritrean people would not forgive him? I know he doesn’t have the humility nor the courage to admit the right thing to do is to bring himself in the public court and let the people judge him but I think one may argue that as long as he leaves and goes as far away as possible, many if not most Eritreans would be happy for a fresh start.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Ahlan All Awates,

    I think it is nice to enjoy in your weekend with Fejir Tigre song (The Dawn).

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

    Al-Arabi

    • Haile S.

      Selam Hamid,

      Lovely! Whenever I see these type of Tigre dance with the head laid back and showing the neck and the upper chest, I think of the courtship of birds. Several species of birds do that. For example, the Bustard. Is there particularity you or anyone else can share relative to this type of dance?

      My suggestion of music today is Menkem Yemane Barya
      https://youtu.be/-a4wGBC80DQ

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. ‘The party and Tigray people are severely divided. The old guard, who are in their 60’s and 70s, who have amassed wealth by plundering Ethiopia and now have nowhere to turn, have retreated to Tigray kellile. The young party leaders are full of fury and bewilderment, and their tactics are frantic adaptations to day-to-day changing circumstances. The Tigray peasantry, which has paid dearly to bring changes in Ethiopia, which had been ignored and neglected when things were going well for the TPLF leadership, is now asked to be the TPLF’s fallback. The educated urban Tigrayans feel beleaguered and their cosmopolitan life style threatened.The old guard, which feels especially threatened by the peaceful rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, try to impede the progress by spreading fear and xenophobia and by inciting acts of sabotage. In early January 2019, they incited youngsters, women and children to roadblock Ethiopian armed forces who were withdrawing from the border with Eritrea per the two countries peace agreement.’.

    • Semere Tesfai

      Selam FishMilk, GitSAtSE, Horizon and all

      Very informative and very thought provoking discussion. Please allow me to interject and say few things that I’ve been saying here for many years . And this is my take on the issues.

      1. – For million reasons, Eritrean independence and Eritrean sovereignty will never be challenged or reversed by any neighboring power in the near future – Ethiopia or other regional power – never. But there will always be threat for Eritrea’s national security, Eritrea’s stability, and Eritrea’s economic viability both from the North and from the South. Therefore, we Eritreans will always sleep with one eye wide open – pointing our guns ether to our South or to our North. The reason:

      2. – Eritrea is a buffer state nesting between two irreconcilable cultures, faiths and powers competing for resources and dominance in our region: namely the Abyssinian power with Western support and Arabian power supported by sympathetic Muslim countries. Neutrality and non-alignment policy would have been the ideal policy for Eritrea. But Eritrea is too poor, too weak, and too small to dictate and adapt independent neutral national policy. Therefore, Eritrea has constantly to adapt flexible policy(ies) that goes with the flow (that serve its national interest at any given time).

      3. – The current Ethio-Eritrean rapprochement is as safe to us Eritreans as it can be. Not because I trust the judgement of Isaias Afewerki’s PFDJ or Prime Minister Abiy’s governing team, but because all the stakeholders to our North and to our South are not threatened by the current Ethio-Eritrean rapprochement – in fact are supportive of it. And that in itself tells a story. And that makes the Ethio-Eritrean rapprochement a balanced move that threatens nobody.

      4. – Ethiopian threat to Eritrea is diminishing by the day – today approaching to a point of non existent. Yes, few Ethiopian ultranationalists are salivating Red Sea and chanting Ethio-Eritrean UNITY by misinterpreting the meaning of the current Ethio-Eritrean Rapprochement Policy (as oppose to the ‘no war no peace’ Woyane policy that existed). But, as always, all the salivating Red Sea crowd, and all the chanting Eritrean unity with moma Ethiopia commotions are coming, only from the usual 35% Ethiopian population – Amara and Tigrean Elite – which they have their own bigger issues within them to tackle. The 65% other Ethiopians don’t care about the Ethio-Eritrean Unity prescribed by these two Ethnic elites.

      5. – Today, more than ever, the Amara and Tigrean elite are losing power and influence in Ethiopian politics. The Woyanes are currently Killil power contained in Meqele (their power eroding and diminishing by the day even in Tigray) with a negligible political influence in Addis. The Amara’s priority at this time is to revive their political dominance, by creating a strong Amara dominated political party in order to ascend to the helm of power. And from there to influence and shape Ethiopian’s internal and external policies – which is just a dream at this point. Therefore, claiming Ethiopia is trying to reverse Eritrean independence, or claiming today’s Ethiopia is a threat to Eritrean sovereignty, simply because of the propaganda that is being disseminated by the few vocal lose cannons from Amara and Tigrean elite – is just a misplaced concern.

      6. – Ethio-Eritrean close relation is inversely proportional to the distance between Asmara and the dominant Ethiopian ethnic in Addis (Menelik Palace). Today, we’ve the Oromos in Menelik Palace, and for us Eritreans, things couldn’t have gotten any better than that. We’ve to make this work. We’ve a reliable partner in Menelik palace. We’ve to help the vision of the Abiy team succeed. The Woyanes are shocked to the core, disoriented, and in disarray. The Amaras are decades away from building a dominant political party that galvanize all Ethiopians to put them at the helm. Therefore, the Ethiopian threat that is being propagated by the Eritrean opposition and their Woyane handlers at this point is, a non existent threat intended for political consumption.

      7. – At this point, we all Eritreans – opposition and PFDJ supporters alike, should pressure the Abiy and PFDJ governments, to put heavy pressure on the Woyanes to demarcate the Ethio-Eritrean border. For far too long, against any advice and plea by Eritreans, Ethiopians, and the international community, the Woyanes have been resettling Tigreans in sovereign Eritrean territories by misleading them. Now the harsh reality will smack them in the face: they will tell their people they were lying to them all these years. They will tell their people they have to vacate or they have live as Eritreans. And one can only imagine, what that would do to the popularity and unity of the Woyane political organization.

      8. – And the sad story of the Eritrean opposition never ends. Today as we speak, again, siding with the dying Woyanes, they are parroting Woyane talking points.

      Semere Tesfai

      • Paulos

        ሰላም ኣቶ ሰመረ,

        ኢሳያስ ዝባሃል ፍልሖ ብዘየናስሕ መገዲ ንኤርትራ ይበልዓ’ሎ፣ መጀመርታ ናብኡ ኣቕልብ ድሕሪኡ ነቲ ኣብ ላዕሊ ዝገለጽካዮ ፋንታዝያ ከም ህልው ኩነታት ኢልካ ክትምጉት ትኽእል።

        • Semere Tesfai

          Selam Paulos

          “ኢሳያስ ዝባሃል ፍልሖ ብዘየናስሕ መገዲ ንኤርትራ ይበልዓ’ሎ፣ መጀመርታ ናብኡ ኣቕልብ ድሕሪኡ ነቲ ኣብ ላዕሊ ዝገለጽካዮ ፋንታዝያ ከም ህልው ኩነታት ኢልካ ክትምጉት ትኽእል”

          Fighting to end Isaias rule and building on a lasting Ethio-Eritrean relations are not mutually exclusive; you don’t have to stop one to pursue the other; one doesn’t have to love Woyane and believe their lies to fight Isaias – you/we can do both.

          By the way, do you consider yourself as an Eritrean? You’ve flip flapped on that many times – just curious!

          Semere Tesfai

          • FishMilk

            Hi Semere Testai. You have mentioned a point of paramount importunity in that fighting to end PIA’s rule and building on lasting Ethio-Eritrean relations are not mutually exclusive. And, I believe that most now fully recognize this as the positive forward path to follow.

          • aklilu zere

            Good day Tesfai.

            As long as Isaias is in power and actively alive nothing is predictable. He is a one man wreaking machine- run way train. His unpredictability was and is the sole source and energy of his “successes”. If he is no-more then anything is possible because there will be sufficient reason to believe that our neighbors want to live in peace, harmony and mutual respect with us.

        • Consolation

          Selamat
          ምስ ወየንቲ
          ቶም ሰረቅቲ
          ቶም ጠለምቲ
          ዝገበርኩም ልፍንቲ
          ናይ ከደምቲ ከደምቲ
          ንተገዓርኩም
          መን ይሰምዓኩም

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Consolation,

            The noose is tightening around your necks. It is a matter of time and you will endeavor to flee Eritrea in a hurry like Woyanes in Ethiopia.

            Al-Arabi

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Consolation

            ዓገብ!
            ኣይፋልካን ጽንዓት
            ኣይትግፋዕ ግፉዓት

            የሕዋትካ ንድዮም
            ኣይርሕቁኻ ኣይትርሕቖም

            ዘይምቅዳው ዝነበረ ‘ንዳእሉ
            መዓስ ኣባና ተጀሚሩ

            ነገሩ
            ላም ሓዊ ወለደት
            ከይትሓቑፎ ነደደት
            ክይትርሕርሖ ወላዲት ኮነት
            ኮይኑ
            ንስለ ሕዉነት
            ንስለ ሓድነት
            ንስለ ብሩህ መጻኢ ሂወት

            ምስ ቅሑር ልብና
            ምስ ሕሙም ከብድና
            ልቢ የዕቢና
            ሕርቃንና ሓቢእና

            ኣብ መጋባኣያ ዓዋተ

            እሂን ምሂን ንበሃሃል
            መታን ክምትማሊ ከንቃተል

            ሰመረ ተስፋይ

          • Paulos

            ሰላም ኣቶ ሰመረ,

            ኣገናዕ! ኣገናዕ! ለባም ዘረባ፣ God bless!

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Paulos

            “ኣገናዕ! ኣገናዕ! ለባም ዘረባ፣ God bless!”

            ጳውሎሳይ፡ ቀዳመ-ሰንበት ‘ዩ፡ ሓንቲ ብሓቂ ዝተገብረት ሕካያ ዓድና ክሕክየካ።

            መርዓት፡ ተመርዕያ በቕሊ ተወጢሓ (ሰሪራ) ንእንዳሕሞኣ እንዳኸደት፡ ኣብ ፍርቒ መንገዲ ጣ ጥ ኣቢላ ትጠርጠልካ። ጥራጣ ኩሉ ስለዝሰመዖ፡ ወዮ ተጎርቢቱ ሒዝዋ ዝነበረ ዓርኪ ርእሲ፡ መታን ከይትሓፍር ኢሉ “ኣጆኺ፡ ኣጆኺ ዝሓብተይ፡ ሕጅውን ድ ገ ሚ” በላ። እታ መዓት ካኣ፡ ዘይጎረሐት ህጻን ቆልዓ ስለዝነበረት፡ ደጊማ ጣ ጥ ኣበለጥ። ኩልዕም ጥቓኣ ዝነበሩ ድማ ከምዛ ዘይሰምዑ ስቕ በሉ።

            ንቑሩብ ግዜ ምስ ተጓዕዙ ድማ፡ እንንደገና እታ መርዓት ነቲ ተጎርቢቱ ሒዝዋ ዝነበረ ዓርኪ ርእሲ፡ ሕጂኸ ክደግም ዶ ኢላ ሓተተቶ። እቲ ዓርኪ ርእሲ ድማ ትቕብል እቢሉ፡ ሕጅስ ‘ባ ኣብዛሓቶ ከይብሉኺ በላ። ብኣኣ ድማ፡ ስጋብ ሎሚ እታ ‘ታ መርዓት ዝጠረጠትላ ቦታ፡ ኣብዝሓቶ ተባሂላ ትጽዋዕ ኣላ ንብለካ።

            እዚኣ ተረሲዕካ፡ ሞት ትረስዕካ፡

            ሕጂ ድማ፡ ናእዳ ኣይተብዝሓለይ፡ “እሞ ክደግምዶ” ከይብለካ።

            ሰመረ ተስፋይ

          • Paulos

            ሰላም ኣቶ ሰመረ,

            ናእዳ ኣየብዛሕኩልካን ምኽንያቱ እቲ ዝለገስካዮ ማዕዳ ልቦና ዝመልኦ ከቢድ ማዕዳ ነቲ ሓድሽ ወለዶ ስለዝኾነ። ክትንኣድን ክትምስገንን ይግባኣካ።

            ህዝብና ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ሓላል ጥዑም ፈሪሃ እዝግሄር ዘለዎ ህዝቢ እዩ፣ ነገርግን ናይ ጊዜን ዕድልን ነገር ኮይኑ ጽቡቕ ኣይረኸበን፣ ንሕና’ውን እቶም ኣብ ስደት ዘለና ክንቀስን ኣይካኣልናን፣ ኣብ ነንሕደሕድና ንናሃሃር፣ ነገር ግን ኣብ ውሽጥና ክፍኣት የብልናን ካብ ጥዑም ህዝቢ ስለ ዝተወለድና፣ እነሀለኳ ኣነን ንስኻን ዓንተቦ ቁሩብ ተናሃሂርና ኔርና ሕጂ’ኻኣ በቲ ጥዑም ዕላልካ ኣስሒቕካኒ፣ እዚ’ዩ እቲ ሃብትናን ሃገራዊ ጸጋናን፣ ርሑቕ ኣይኮነን’ካኣ ክርህውን ክወግሕን’ዩ!

          • Haile S.

            Selam Semere,

            Beautiful! I have been thinking since an hour about the following too:

            ቂምታ
            ንግደፋ እዛ ቂምታ
            ኣብ መንጎና ኮፍ ዝበለት ኩዒታ
            ዕለት ንዕለት ንውስኸላ ነሕብጣ
            ብጸርፊ ሕብሪ-ምልካይ ሽምጠጣ
            ጥዕምቶ’ዶ ክብላ ምቅርቲ ፍንጣጣ
            ደስ ተብለ ንግዚኡ ክትሓካ ክትመልጣ
            ፍሽኽ፡ ጠሰስ ተብለ፡ ትህበካ ጊዜያዊ ደስታ
            ወይ’ዛ ቂምታ! ከም ሃብቲ ክትሕዛ ክትዓብጣ
            ኣብ ክንዲ ንድርብያ፡ ትሰድድ ሱር መሰረታ
            ነፍሲ-ወከፍና ንባዕልና እስከ ንሕተታ
            ከመይ ኢላ እያ ውሽጥና ተሰሪታ
            ከመይ ኢልና’ኸ ንቡንቁራ ነፋጥጣ
            ብሓንቲ መስመር ንድምስሳ ንሕንጥጣ
            እስኪ ትስእ ኢልና ንወንን መዓንጣ

          • Paulos

            ሃይላት,

            ከም ትፈልጦ ቂም ምሓዝ ንጥዕናና ከማን ጽቡቕ ኣይኮነን።

          • Rule of Law

            “ልፍንቲ” ዶ’ይኮነትን ንሻዕቢያ ካብ ሞት ዘድሓነታ? ትዝክርዶ ቀይ ኮከብ ዋላ ሻውዓይ ወራር?

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Semere Tesfai,

        I agree with you that threat to our independence and sovereignty is remote. Not for the reasons you stated, but for the resilience of the Eritrean people and their patriotism. Those who might err and miscalculate inspite of the restraints international law provides them, they would do better to themselves to begin with if they desisted from testing the resove of the Eritrean people. This applies to dreamsers on both sides of the border, especially the domestic part of them.

        The only burden our people have is a despot and his regime. The risk this constitutes is real. Nothing would restrain the despot to transact Eritrea and its lofty national interest and its values to highest bidder in exchange of his sick ego and insatiable thirst for self-importance which is infinitely bigger than his competences in many senses of the term. Erase him from the equation, then any threat to Eritrea’s can be ruled out to a near zero chance.

        One more point. Your take on how Eritrea should pursue its interest within the north-south threat scenario you have imagined does not make sense. You are suggesting our country should act as a pawn and be moved around in accordance to the whims of a dominant power at a particular stage in the rivalry between the power in the north versus south and the reverse would be true. Our state, liberated from the current absolutism, reconciled to itself and building a real nation-state under democratic system of law and order fit for solidifying national unity, it can become a player in the region and act as indispensable bridge for positive role between the south and north or east and west.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Ismailo,

          “Erase him (Issayas) from the equation, then any threat to Eritrea’s can be ruled out to a near zero chance.” Very, very true, brother.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Hi Semere Tesfai,

        As usual your opinions are built on illusion. You are utterly isolated from facts on the ground. You regard delusion as existent and facts as fictional. Everything is reversed in your world.

        In your comment you say TPLF is, “The Woyanes are currently Killil power contained in Meqele (their power eroding and diminishing by the day even in Tigray) with a negligible political influence in Addis. ”

        At the end of your comment you tell us, “At this point, we all Eritreans – opposition and PFDJ supporters alike, should pressure the Abiy and PFDJ governments, to put heavy pressure on the Woyanes to demarcate the Ethio-Eritrean border.”

        Here Semere Tesfai plays the ROLE of distracting Eritreans from their principal cause and enemy. He endeavors to pave way for the despot and Dr. Meddamar to execute their projects smoothly.

        Semere Tefaia comment above incarnates an example of diverting Eritreans to marginal issues. This is one of the ploys of the regime to undermine Eritreans.

        Al-Arabi

      • sara

        Mr.Semere
        are this about “Truth Quotes” ?//

      • Amanuel

        Hi Ato Semere
        Do you really believe demarcation is holiday back change in Eritrea? This is a cagey excuse to allow the status quo to continue. By now I hope you got it that the boarder issue was not the cause for the last war. Even you have heared it from the horse mouth (IA) that he said “ it is meaningless to discuss about demarcation now” and also Abiy said it is not a priority.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Interesting article has been released by IRIN titled ‘Power shift creates new tensions and Tigrayan fears in Ethiopia’.

  • Selam All,

    Now that the hot debate about the sovereignty of eritrea seems to have abated, let me ask this questions: who is really the enemy of the sovereignty of eritrea? Is it still ethiopia? What do you say about the dictatorial regime in eritrea for which eritrean elites are directly and indirectly responsible (all of them in both camps, the so-called just seekers or the opposition and supporters) for its creation and continued existence that has broken the social fabric of the eritrean society, stagnated the economy over the last two decades, condemned the young to an open ended military service that forced them to flee their country and deprived the country of its human capital that has made eritrea almost a failed state, or/and the opposition some of whom are ready to throw eritrea and her people into the red sea if she ever finds herself under ethiopian leaders, even though they revere and worship some of them, leader like mz, and call him the great and decisive leader, unless of course they believe that he never existed an ethiopian.

    How do you really imagine eritrea in 10-20 yrs time from now? Do you expect that eritrea could exist as a normal country by antagonizing and confronting ethiopia, and by being scared of any rapprochement with her? How do you imagine her, a land without its people, while in front of your eyes the people are leaving the land and fleeing in all directions? In the land of their enemy eritreans get a peace of mind, they go to schools and they start to hope, while some elites abhor to see this development, because they believe that it undermines eritrean sovereignty.

    To the disappointment of the eritrean elites, another crime the ethiopian government is doing is that it does not treat eritreans differently from its own people, and it has not alienated and disappointed them. It opened its arms and accepted them, so that this generation of eritreans do not become the lost generation, condemned and underrated by their elites, who revere the land and do not seem to care much for the people, beyond the known rhetoric. Otherwise how could they say ‘better to be drowned in the red sea than getting involved with ethiopian leaders’ for there will never be ethiopia without ethiopian leaders, which adds up to saying, never get involved with ethiopia ever. How can the elites demand from the people to be blind and deaf, simply because they hate ethiopia? If they loved the people their hate for ethiopia would not have blinded and deafened them to such extent to the plight of eritreans.

    Unfortunately, eritrean elites are consumed with identity politics, and they would rather sacrifice the people to keep this identity as clear and clean as it could be. Simply, it is futile, because of the historic, traditional, cultural and linguistic mix over millennia (at least as much as the highlanders are concerned, and even the afars and kunamas and others who straddle the borders), the overflow of the one to the other and vise versa cannot be denied.

    The new enemy is called pm Abiy. It goes without saying, that for some the enemy of tplf is the enemy of eritrea and the enemy of eritrea is the enemy of tplf. That is the way things are pushed again nowadays and they would hope to see. In 1991, the scorpion rod to arat kilo palace on the back of the frog, and this time over, could it be to greater tigray? Who is the guy who likes to say, we should sleep with one eye open? The enablers are within and they are not going to come from the outside.

    Can ethiopians and eritreans find the middle way that could help them cooperate for the sake of the people by forgetting their short-sighted ego, or is it going to be the fittest should survive?

    • FishMilk

      Hi Horizon. Answers to your questions are easy:

      1) Absolutely nobody poses a threat to Eritrea’s sovereignty
      2) The dictatorial regime in Eritrea, like any Government in any country, will come
      to pass
      3) Eritrea will always exist; after more than a quarter of a century and running, this
      is a mundane issue
      4) It is to the benefit of Eritrea, like any other country to peacefully co-exist with its
      neighboring countries

      Please do not try to assert that Ethiopians and Eritreans are one-in-the-same. Identity politics? Historic, traditional, cultural and linguistic mix over millennia? Sorry, but more than 2/3rd of Ethiopia’s population (i.e. Oromo, Somali, Gamo, Anuak, Sidama, Welaita,etc) have very little in common with Eritreans over the past millennia.

      • Selam FM,

        We agree then that eritrean independence and sovereignty is in no danger from anybody, especially from ethiopia. Therefore, when some eritreans say that eritrea’s sovereignty is in danger from pm Abiy, it is a distorted conclusion, meant to block the rapprochement between the two countries. The new development between the two countries could bring a positive result after all. By extension, those who are angry because tplf lost power in ethiopia, are opposed to the new rapprochement and cooperation between ethiopia and eritrea, and they will do everything in their power so that it fails.

        Ethiopians and eritreans are not identical, but we cannot deny that they have many similarities, however we deny it. Nevertheless, that does not mean that they should be one country. The germanic people formed the federal republic of germany, while austria became an independent nation. The beginning and the end is not necessarily the same. The same holds true in our case as well. Both people can live in peace and cooperate as others are doing.

        Sometimes emulating others, for example the relation between canada and the usa, could help the belligerent atmosphere that exists for about half a century between ethiopia and eritrea. Canada is situated next to a super power, but it has no reason to be afraid of it even though they might have some minor border problems. It is more or less possible to say that canada and the usa will never find themselves on the opposing shores. Canada is not arming to defend itself from the usa, and about 75% of its trade is with the usa. It sees both cases as an advantage and not as a drawback.

        In the first case it does not have to arm itself like russia, because it is distrustful of its neighbor, (it does not have the economic power even if it wants to), and the money that it would have spent on arming itself goes to economic development, and in addition, the big usa market has catapulted its economy, and it is exploiting it by having a very good relation.

        If i may ask, can eritrea think in the same manner? Could the new beginning lead in this direction, and those who vehemently oppose cooperation are on the wrong side? Canada’s sovereignty is in no way in danger. Could it be the same if we replace canada and the usa with eritrea and ethiopia, of course, at a much much lower level of development? The principle remains the same.

    • Selamat Horizon,

      You dive in with your paint brush illustrating to Eritreans the dire circumstances their country has been and still is. Your intention or main objective is to induce hate – to induce in the Eritrean psyche, as of now, a hate for own self. You paint a picture of an Eritrea that is detestable. You regurgitated the literature, hims and hums of the past two decades repeating the familiar bible the dire conditions and consequences for the Eritrean in his own homeland – from the propaganda machines some or most of which was headquartered in Ethiopia. I will not argue the authenticity or whether what you have described as Eritrea including the present is indeed fact but I will let you consider the following:

      1. Repeat a lie a thousand times and it becomes the truth to many.
      2. Perhaps believing the safeguarding of the sovereignty of Eritrea as the utmost priority, the majority of Eritreans accepted as a necessary sacrifice the living under the conditions you have regurgitated with insincerity. Perhaps the majority of Eritreans were content, happy, and actively were rebuilding their war torn nation with the means available to them.
      3. The conditions you insincerely regurgitated were also, in significant part, the designs engineered by TPLF’s Ethiopia. The isolation and suffocation of Eritrea with its policy of “no war – no peace”, to undermine Eritrea’s sovereignty TPLF’s Ethiopia deserves a very large share of credit in creating dire circumstances in the first place. It created Eritrean refugees and then implemented the 2nd phase of its strategy in order to accomplish its main objective which is to undermine Eritrean sovereignty. It handed the Eritrean refugees carrots after utilizing the stick to force some of the Eritreans on the edge, endowed with very little capacity of tolerating the inconveniences of war, to abandon their posts and become refugees. The carrot and the stick which you are now at liberty to regurgitated insincerely for the continuation of your same same narrative and objective – to undermine Eritrean sovereignty. The truth of the matter however may very well be the farthest from what you are describing. My friend, perhaps things are not what they seem – the dynamics of which we can even go further and break down.

      4. You accuse Eritreans of having hatred for Ethiopia and you appear to be indignant sighting all the carrots, peace of mind, education etc Ethiopia has afforded for the Eritreans in Ethiopia. How can you be certain it is hatred for Ethiopia that is instilled in the Eritrean. You are simply miss reading your uncalibrated instruments and arrived at the wrong conclusion of the Eritrean is full of hatred for Ethiopia. Could it be LOVE? Could it be that the cause for the fanaticism and numerous irrational narratives the Eritrean elites are peddling currently be love. All that you have been witnessing recently in dismay, the thoughts and actions by the Eritrean, could it possibly not be due to hatred for Ethiopia, Rather could it be it is as a result of love for self a love for Eritrea. Could it be that what you perceive as Eritrean hatred for Ethiopia is in fact Eritrean love for Eritrea. Love of self. I am quite sure you posses self love. And so does the Eritrean love Eritrea as you Ethiopia love Ethiopia. There is no hatred whatsoever my friend. You are just a man with an objective formulating and fine-tuning, the same futile formula for the undermining of Eritrean sovereignty. What you are implying as ungrateful Eritreans towards Ethiopia, as a result of your huge misperception perhaps, I recognize it to be the genuine love Eritreans have for their home nation Eritrea. There is no hatred for Ethiopia by an Eritrean any more. Though you painstakingly labored to give us a picture of an unlovable Eritrea by Eritreans by focusing on the recent Eritrean past, Today the majority of Eritreans prefer not to look backward and feel hatred for their Eritrea nor are Today Eritreans feeling hatred for Ethiopia. Today, Dear Horizon, the majority of Eritreans are FORWARD LOOKING and love equally both Ethiopia and Eritrea and are grateful for these new conditions and welcome wholeheartedly the rapprochement.
      5. I do agree with you however on the miscalculation of certain Eritrean elites that are towing the narrative of anti rapprochement anti PM Abbie which coincidentally is in line with the TPLF elite. The Eritrean opposition elite are miscalculating and are on the wrong side with their anti PM Abbie and rapprochement approach. They should wholeheartedly welcome the rapprochement along with all its stages theatrical dramas since it is the best thing that has happened for both Eritreans and Ethiopians. Scientifically it will be argued and presented to these Eritrean Opposition current trend of thought, actions and narratives is in fact a strategy that will undermine Eritrean sovereignty. They Yohanns Zerai’s and unfortunately the Awate dot coms, and the Ayya Amanuel Hidrat are, perhaps without their knowledge or intention, having a stance and instant narratives that does undermine Eritrean Sovereignty in a major way. (When they react and inquire I will be glad to present a more polished theory so that they wake up.) The Eritrean Opposition elite should be putting pressure on the TPLF elite to accept and implement the border decision and immediate demarcation if they are to be consistent with prioritizing Eritrean sovereignty.

      So I will close by answering the question you presented “Who is threatening and undermining Eritrean sovereignty at present?”
      No no IT IS NOT ISAIAS and his clique
      Definitely NOT PM Abbie
      I tell you my best educated estimate of who are at the moment undermining Eritrea’s sovereignty. It is the TPLF, the Eritrean Opposition Elite and for sure one other dignified Ethiopian who loves his country Ethiopia and abhors the idea of anything independent and separate nation Eritrea – a certain clever Ethiopian active Awate forum participant with nick Horizon. For your objective you should be satisfied with the current stances of the TPLF and the Eritrean Opposition Elite. Only you don’t quite see it at the moment….. I an Eritrean LOVE you my brother Horizon.
      FORWARD LOOKING WE ARE and SHOUKD ALL BE!

      tSAtSE

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Selie,

        What did Ayya Amanuel Hidrat’s stands undermine Eritrean Sovereignty? Since the senseless border started, I vindicated by all the positions I took (a) I campaigned against the war in all the Eritrean meetings, telling them no matter how far you are ready to make a war, at the end of the day the border issue can only be resolved at the table (b) I was for the US/Ruwanda proposal to save the Eritrean lives (c) while I stood with the verdict of EEBC, I was for the leaders to come to a round table to resolve their differences (d) I am now for adjustment of some pieces of land on Central zone (ours given to them and theirs given to us). Finally, the Eritrean Government fall in to the proposal of Ethiopians to sit in a round table for a talk before the border is demarcated, for which they have been refusing for two decades. So Solomon what is my sin against Eritrea sovereignty on these stands?

        • Selamat Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

          You have done all that and there is no sin to speak of there. You are however accumulating very fast a very grave sin with this obsession and bias you are propagating regarding the current Ethiopian PM Abbie which I will explain as we proceed.

          First I will speak of the antimatter that is and should be the ELF and Eritrean opposition. Though I have great admiration and respect for you as my older brother, you would have to agree and convince yourself not to view me as the teenager tabula raza of long ago. By doing so, you are taking an unfair advantage of the wise guiding agent guiding the young and gullible me. In these engagements I am initiating you would have to view me as the fifty years old man who has been tossed and tumbled around by life’s up and down experiences. Though I do am not as learned as you and I have great respect for your knowledge I will be demanding the interaction to be on equal footing. If I were to say you are wrong Ayya Amanuel Hidrat, or you have no basis for your claims Ayya AH etc… it is not out of disrespect or anything remotely close to it. I would like you for a change to change your paradigm.

          You have heard of the concept of thoughts attracting into reality our desires. This constant obsession of you presenting PM Abbie and his intentions to abrogate Eritrean sovereignty are nothing but your thoughts which will attract that which you are saying don’t want into being the reality faster than you think. I will polish and elaborate this point furthermore and would like you to just think of it for now. More importantly I will be pressing my equating the ELF and the Eritrean Opposition as the antimatter our universe Eritrea has produced. This will take time but the time is now for a paradigm shift on your part. Consider it as the rude boy saying to his father to be silent so that he speaks– abbey tsinaH Anne kizareb… maybe just maybe we need it now.

          tSAtSE

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Selie,

            Debate with respect. I am happy for engaging me with respect. Keep that and fight for what you believe without going to personalities. I look forward to see you coming with “matter” and “antimatter” arguments, and we shell see if it gives sense with the subject at hand.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi GitSAtSE,

            “This constant obsession of you presenting PM Abbie and his intentions to abrogate Eritrean sovereignty are nothing but your thoughts which will attract that which you are saying don’t want into being the reality faster than you think.”

            The Great Scientist GitSAtSE, on what assumption of facts did you build your conclusion that Dr. Meddamar is an angel and savior who will never touch the sovereignty of Eritrea? Secondly, do you consider Isaias an Eritrean after his plain declaration that he is an Ethiopian?

            Al-Arabi

    • Haile S.

      Selam Horizon,

      You are back to your well known hypothesis charging “Eritrean Elites” as an answer to the question you asked. You used the old well known cracks, and you discovered new once in the phraseology of one or two who expressed their wish for Harakiri in the red-sea if events reverse. You wanted to extend this later crack to everybody and everywhere. For you, one becomes some, some become many when you want to demolish the wall. You pushed into every crack to undo the wall, instead of talking to the wall.
      Horizon, you are also part of the other wall, the Ethiopian wall facing Eritrea. The Ethiopian wall is also full of cracks, perhaps more gaping cracks than Eritrea’s. And Ethiopian Elites don’t fair better, but it is well understood that you are speaking from their side, I absolutely agree with you Melles-Z (MZ) was neither far-sited nor decisive when it comes to bringing peace, prosperity and development for the region. He was burning his neighboring forest to keep his domain green. He assembled the whole cracked Ethiopian Elite to invade the Eritrean wall. His genius did it in a clack of fingers in appamearing to the Ethiopian media whom he was the elusive ‘Getachew Assefa’ before, and the whole Ethiopian Elite fell for it. The prosperity he wanted was at the destruction and ashes of others. Are Ethiopians generous, yes you bet. But the generosity you talked about giving opportunity to some Eritreans is an opportunist generosity started by MZ in his famous strategy of drying the sea to fish tons. And lets hope PMAA’s is not in that line of opportunism.
      Now, back to the question you first asked. The enemy of Eritrea are those that dream of undoing it, like MZ wanted to do. Eritrean’s fear as discussed in the recent articles is with some gullible Ethiopians subtly calling PMAA to do his previous predecessor did, to come friendly and change cloth suddenly. And the words he throws to apparently please these gullibles is not reassuring.
      Instead of the Ethiopian and Eritrean walls preoccupying themselves whose cracks are ready for a small push, let’s hope they meet at the corner and solidify their standing. There was a question and answer that we played at AAU when we were freshmen. Question: what does a wall say to a wall? The answer: meet me at the corner.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Ahlan Haile, S.

        Logic in its best embellishment, loftiness and eloquence, “Question: what does a wall say to a wall? The answer: meet me at the corner.”

        Al-Arabi

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Hailat,

        Meles was not for the war. The parliament declared for the war. He voted against it. He lost his voice in the parliament. He was not like our despot who controls everything and who pulls citizens to all kinds of wars according his whims. When the “body” that declares war declared, he has no any alternative but to execute. His sins was only on the deportation of Eritreans. And he apologized for that. That is it. Hailat, can we stand on the facts as history recorded it. No justification that he was for the war, except he followed the “constitutional power” of the parliament. Why is difficult to say the truth, Hailat? Aren’t we fighting to have a leader who follow the constitutional order only? Aren’t we crying and fighting to have a leader who follows a constitutional order – a leader who follows by the “letters and spirit” of the constitutional laws of a nation?

        • Haile S.

          Selam Emma,

          Truth! The truth you are talking about is the one that is spread by those who take it from the laundry and want to keep his legacy clean except the blemish that no laundry can cleanse. A man who deliberately abstain to say whether Badme or Baduma is a stone, a village or a whole region, a man who was coordinating his diplomatic manoeuver for the war and left his adversary to simply surrender is definitely not a Marionette that executes. May be he didn’t vote for the war, but he did everything to go for the war. What difference does it make if one abstains or even vote against after doing everything for the vote to succeed? Admittedly, he is clever to wash his hands like ‘Ponce Pilate’.
          Yes, the fight in Eritrea is for constitutional administration whose process was cut short, among others, by the very man we are talking about. But this very man and his constitutional mockery are not the examples to follow.

        • Selamat Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

          To whom do we credit the policy that came to be known as “no war – no peace” which significantly undermined Eritrea’s sovereignty? Meles Zenawi would have been justified to declare war on Eritrea soon after the Badime flareup. His most unforgivable sin is in not being decisive enough to end the border war by implementing immediately the final and binding agreement he himself and his administration signed. More than the border war losses was the losses Eritrea incurred as a result of the strangulation strategy Meles engineered. All to undermine Eritrean sovereignty. The losses from the border war itself would have turned into assets soon after the secession of hostilities. Eritreans would would have, as they did after the liberation war, utilized their martyrs as inspirational assets. The losses Eritrea incurred from the “no war – no peace” situation however nearly killed Eritrea as a nation and may take a very long time to repair since the world of material comfort or lack thereof tends to corrupt the incorruptible.

          I know you want even remotely consider it but the current Ethiopian PM Abbie is the most visionary leader Africa has seen in its history. There are lots of wrong conclusions you have come to regarding the PM Abbie by taking his comments out of context. Some responded to you by categorizing his comments as “gafs.” The fact of the matter though is that the PM Abbie comments you recently have been amplifying and highlighting are not only gafs but are consistent with his thoughts and vision for Ethiopia, Eritrea and the region and there is absolutely nothing wrong with them. He can go as far as declaring his intention to reunite Eritrea with Ethiopia per his vision and I would see absolutely nothing wrong with it.
          The details of my arguments will follow with the introduction of mater, antimatter, dark matter, dark energy, the strong nuclear force, the weak electromagnetic force and gravity etc… From the Big Bang of September 1st, 1961 our universe that is Eritrea in its first few minutes produced mater and antimatter. The mater was EPLF and antimatter the ELF. The antimatter, i.e. the ELF without any explanation disappeared from existence and perhaps became the dark mater and dark energy that accelerates the expansion of our universe that is Eritrea. The analogy will make clear my proposition of what I think all Eritreans should do given our current circumstances and history. For the physics Denmarkino AArkey Professor Paul will do the checking. STAY TUNED AND ENGAGE for your stances and narrative of late, Ayya Amanuel Hidrat and that of those who propagate the same are anti Eritrea including the justice we all seek.
          Meles was the devil engineer an PM Abbie is the savior.

          tSAtSE

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Selie,

            Four take home points for you:

            (a) Regarding as to whether Meles was for the war, read my response to Hailat.

            (b) regarding the “no war no peace” it is because the despot refuse to sit in a round table before the border is demarcated. Now the despot change his position and he sat without demarcation (no question for those who were singing with him “no talk without demarcation”).

            (c) You have said: “He can go as far as declaring his intention to reunite Eritrea with Ethiopia per his vision and I would see absolutely nothing wrong with it.“ That is why I have a problem with him and called him out a bogus leader who do not understand the history of Eritrean people, our determination and resilience to defend our sovereignty.

            (d) You call to the PM a “savior” I call him an “evil man” incarnated in the mind of our devil Issayas. A friend of a devil can not be a savior. He the sucker of the Eritrean aspiration.

          • Nitricc

            b) regarding the “no war no peace” it is because the despot refuse to sit in a round table before the border is demarcated. Now the despot change his position and he sat without demarcation (no question for those who were singing with him “no talk without demarcation”).

            Hey Aman-H: Some times I wonder your moral remits. If the truth needs to be told it your Midget who tried to be smart and avoid to accept the final and binding decision of the court. Your dead midget never accepted and why should Eritrea sit in the table? The reason Eritrea accept this time around is because Ethiopia accepted the final and binding as is with out no preconditions. I mean, I know you love that guy, the midget but don’t you ought to your self to tell the truth? Wow.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Nitrickay,

            What truth? I will refer you to my reply to Peace. That was my stand and, I sleep with clean conscience. Never contribute to the senseless war. I fought against it.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Aman-H: the truth is just that. You may have opposed the war, who wouldn’t but you should have being fair with the outcome of the court proceedings. There was war; Oakey you opposed the war but what to follow after the war is where you are losing your credibility. It is The Tigray Eritreans who refused to honor what they agree for and you still blaming the Government of Eritrea. Why can’t you blame the WEYANE for their stupid game, the game who cost Eritrea dearly; the VERY game finally that brought down the TPLF thugs. I understand you opposed the war but you neglected the court’s verdict. It is the TPLF thugs who refused to accept the final and binding not PIA and Not Eritrea. I understand your feeling to PMZZ but it shouldn’t come at the expense of your credibility. Again it is the TPLF and Melles who refused to implement the peace NOT PIA, Not Eritrea. How hard is to
            understand this fact

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Nitrickay,

            You are not reading my comment attentively. I said (a) I support th EEBC ruling (b) I support siting on round table to talk on the implemtation of the ruling (d) I support swapping of land on central region (ours given to them and theirs to us), because the ruling permits if both sides agree. Please read me carefully before you criticize. Second, I wrote an article at asmarino.com welcoming the ruling of EEBC.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Aman-H: I get that but you are failing to call out who failed to accept the final and binding verdict. If PMMZ and the TPLF thus has accepted as PMAA have done; there will be no argument. If it wasn’t for PMMZ evil plan; it could have avoided many loses Eritrea has endured. The TPLF thugs decision is not to accept the fainal and binding agreement and the plan was simple; create no war no peace situation, open refugee comp in the borders and sit back watch Eritrea dying slow death. That was the plan. And my complaint to you is that you haven’t called out the TPLF thugs for failing to accept the deal they have signed, the final and binding as it is. In order to sit in table; the Thugs has to accept the deal with out any precondition. Why did Eritrea did it now? because the Ethiopian PM came out and say ” Ethiopia accepts the final and binding agreement” with out ifs and buts. the end of story. Again I know you like Melles but it shouldn’t;t come at your own expenses. He was wrong and the rest of TPLF are wrong. You can’t; I repeat, you can’t blame PIA for one second. that is all I am saying.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Nitrickay,

            Even if I put it in a digestible form to understand it, You can’t. You know the Eritrean Government position. It is: “we don’t sit and talk before it is demarcated.” Unlike, the government of Eritrea, I was and am for sitting on table to discuss to resolve the concern of the people on “the central region” by both sides of the river, as I put it on point-d in my earlier response. If you don’t understand that, I can’t help you. It is a matter of position, and that is my position.

          • Selamat Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

            As I am constrained with time, it will be a day or so for me to address you extensively with the composition I have in mind, In the mean time, I will be responding briefly to some commentary, so don’t take it as if I have given up on it. Here I will address your (b) of the take home list above:

            It was a general consensus by the Eritrean Opposition elite that Isaias Afeworki would reject PM Abbie’s rapprochement initiative. The opposition initially were praising PM Abbie’s announcement of accepting the border ruling without preconditions and welcomed him as the usher of a new era but were betting Isaias Afeworki would not return in kind the Ethiopian PM’s gestures of good will. Isaias Afeworki took his time to decide and when he did it almost seemed that his decision was out of spite for the Eritrean Opposition and decided to go ahead and welcome Ethiopia’s new prime ministers initiative – that is he did exactly opposite what the Eritrean Opposition was predicting and betting on. Then after TPLF’s preemptive sabotaging of the new development, they orchastrated in Tigray Killil mass demonstrations by the border Ethiopian citizens to reject their own federal government’s decisive leadership. And the tunes of the Eritrean Opposition elite fell in line with the TPLF’s official position on PM Abbie’s policy and readiness to implement.
            Take home for you:
            Whether Isaias Afeworki was willing or not willing to sit on the round table prior to the PM’s rapprochement initiative matters not at all. You Ayya Amanuel Hidrat and the Eritrean Opposition elite ought to be more forward looking and forward acting. The immediate actions and narrative or strategy of how to oppose Issaias should not have been the amplification of TPLF’s refusal and further sabotaging the rapprochement of the two nations. Isaias, early or late, is now present at the round table to end the god forsaken long border war AND THE TPLF IS REFUSING TO ACCOMODATE THE PROGRESSIVE NEW DEVELOPMENT FOR BOTH NATIONS. The Eritrean Opposition elite should then immediately stand up for what is right and condemn the TPLF spoilers.
            Ayya Amanuel Hidrat you have a tendency of skipping the pertinent arguments from those that debate you, not for the sake of debating mind you but to progress forward and find pragmatic resolutions. I have been and mentioning this point and you are yet to acknowledge let alone present your rebuttal against it. Should the Eritrean Opposition elite be putting pressure on the TPLF elite to be a good sport and cease their stubbornness of prolonging an un necessary point of contention on territories that are insignificant in the grand scheme of all things considered? Do you really think there would be a significant difference on the livelihoods of the border citizens whether they are part of Eritrea or Ethiopia. The arbitration by the highest of juris prudence scholars this globe can offer was FAIR TO BOTH, BALANCED FINAL AND BINDING. You keep repeating the same mundane “the despot did this the despot did that” and move not an iota of an inch towards the final resolution of bringing justice to Eritrea. Are you not confident of Eritreans coming to the resolution of bringing justice peace and prosperity on their own, peaceful or otherwise, when the monkey wrench on their back that has been placed by the TPLF is removed? If you do answer all these questions or even one I will be shocked. You have been professing your non confidence of the Eritrean People, and I will be fishing your statements and quoting you, for quite sometime now. Do you really think that the Eritrean People will be passive towards the breach of national sovereignty and not react to Isaias’ sale or personal reunification of Eritrea with Ethiopia? Do you really think any Eritrean will be content with experiencing an Eritrea that only saw the rule of Isaias and PFDJ? Do you really think that Isaias with his meglomaniac ego would be content for his legacy to be that of the looser who sold his nation by reversing the sovereignty of Eritrea?
            At the very least answer me these: Is the TPLF sabotaging the peaceful ending of the borer war with its current maneuverings and distribution of the cynical narrative by delegating such to the Eritrean Opposition elite such as yourself possibly but certainly the likes of Yohanns Zerai?

            (c) The PM knows very well and is well versed of Eritrea’s and Ethiopia’s history. His formulation up to his ideal desire to eliminate any division between Eritrea and Ethiopia is genuine and commendable. Should the desire to unite or I should say reunite both countries arise by the majority of both countries, you are not naive enough that it would be done haphazardly prior to the settling of the major significant enmity sees resolution? Even if the consensus to reunite is reached through popular participation, you can bet the bank it would be only after the delimitation and demarcation of Eritrea’s and Ethiopia’s sovereign territories. I am afraid the scare mongering and hyping up of the inconsequential drama is running wild amongst the Eritrean Opposition elite.
            This is or these are only the tip of the iceberg of the observations and poignant points that will be made going forward. It is hoped that you Ayya Amanel Hidrat, one who said on several occasions he hates MuQzumZam will stop the constant “our despot our despot” muqzumzam of your own and address the arguments head on for a change. Don’t get me wrong there is no love lost by me towards Isaias Afeworki, the GoE and the PFDJ. I would not trust to return to my country until there is a change or rule of law. Since the start of border war and particularly since September 18th, 2001 until now and until justice and liberty is restored in Eritrea my positions remains solid and I am in opposition. And with good rest I will be making a more coherent and polished arguments, not for the sake of making arguments. but for you and the Eritrean Opposition elite to address them head on. Other wise your choice and fate will be that of antimatter, dark matter and dark energy in the our universe that is Eritrea – which I will explain and elaborate the analogy extensively.

            tSAtSE

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi GitSAtSE,

            At present, all regime apologists hand the stick from the middle. They don’t have the courage to speak openly. A typical example, you have GitSAtSE comment above.

            Al-Arabi

          • Hameed Al-Arabi,

            For sure I ain’t an apologist. SuQ like traH awahlil. I have bearly made the pertinent points. Don’t distract with your labeling. My stand with regards to the regime in the past, present and future you can trust is SOLID. Libi yhabka ayteEgergr.

            tSAtSE

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi GitSAtSE,

            I know your past and present stand with the regime is SOLID. In the future depends on “TIF ENJERA” that will arrive from Addis Ababa and other interests. Your big problem at present: The bosses are speaking openly without handing the stick from the middle. Whom do you want to believe the people of Eritrea, the bosses or GitSAtSE?

            Al-Arabi

        • Hayat Adem

          Dearest Emma,
          I am sympathetic to the Great Meles. I beleived he had big thoughts for Ethiopia and started big transformations. I sometimes think he migh have overworked himself to death to pull Ethiopia out of such lowly situation to greatness, and he registered dramatic successes. I feel sad though: I don’t believe Ethiopians see the real greatness and dedication of him as a nationalist leader or they think their petty egos are larger than the truth. One day, there will be enough sane minds realizing to appreciate him for what he was and what he gave and tried to do for his people. The AU gave the Ethiopian government a permission and two spots for Hailessilassie and Meles to erect statue for their respective contributions for Africanism and the Union. Look what the Ethiopians did: they built one for Hailessilassie and left the other.
          Meles had a great vision and plan for the entire region and Africa, as well. He was known for standing his ground against the global exploiters and predators. In that front as well, I don’t believe he is credited enough for what he was and he did for the region. It made me puke when some folks try to put psychopathic men like Isayas and Meles in the same scale and share the blame between them. People must start seeing clear about events and facts that are not that hidden. What does it take to speak to the truth other than being true to yourself?
          The best way to judge Meles was to have imagined his place. On the one hand, IA was at his highest inflation to show his muscle. Meles won a vote decision at the TPLF EC months prior the May invasion by IA. During that decision, there were people at the EC of TPLF who alerted the Committee that IA would launch an aggression and invade Tigray and advised that preparation for defense should be made in time. Meles argued against that assessment that it would never happen. Failing up on convincing each other, they had to vote. Meles’ side won 5 to 4. So, on that marginal difference, it was decided that there was no need to get prepared.
          As such, it was not even reported to the EPRDF platform. It is so funny they had to vote on that. How do you vote on such an issue?! Maybe TPLF was addicted to vote decisions. If there were strong thoughts and feelings about a war coming from the north, I would deploy enough personnel and resources to tight monitor it and report back for reanalysis, instead of voting on a likelihood of a war. Bizarre!
          Then the feared and the predicted war of aggression came contrary to what Meles and his vote-friends thought. Meles got it wrong, and the country was invaded by a friend and a neighbor. It must have scared Meles of its political consequence and it was a miracle he survived that crisis.
          May 6 to 12: After the invasion of Badime and its environs, Meles wanted to talk to Isayas and probably beg him to pull back. Coincidence or planned, there were three IA officials led by Monkey in Addis for regular bilateral talks when IA ordered his Army to cross. So, as soon as Meles was informed about what was unfolding, he asked to meet Monkey and his Team personally. But, they were already gone, left Addis, one day before the incident. Meles, tried to call IA directly but to no avail. He tried through Ambassador Girma, IA was not reachable. He was told IA was out of country. He asked Girma to find a way to reach him. Girma, so it seemed, was dragging his feet. Political pressure was mounting against Meles by the hour. His country is invaded on his watch and he let his country caught unprepared. His opponents like Siye and Asrat were outspoken about it and tried to warn but they lost it to a marginal vote. It turned out they were damn right about it.
          Now Badime is invaded by a regular army of northerly neighbor and the local administrations were crushed and dislodged. Meles was still not telling the nation about the crisis. He was trying to reach Isayas. They told him he was in Saudi at the time and difficult to reach. What leader would order his soldiers to invade a country and go dark? Meles must have thought it was a deliberate act to expose him to a crisis. But it was true he didn’t want the war to happen for two big reasons: it was pointless for the two war-worn fraternal people to fight; he was also caught ill-prepared. He tried to warn IA which was through Monkey to him through Girma that he had no choice but to take it to the parliament. IA was still unreachable, uncallable or just gaming about it so carelessly. He wanted to put Meles in an impossible situation and come to him weak and begging.
          IA must have taken the I-will-tell-parliament thingy as no more bluffing. Why do I think so? Because 1) IA, after going dark for days, reacted immediately out of nowhere after the fact and tried to calm the Ethiopian government and offered to meet face to face to talk things through (the cat was out of the bag already) and 2) IA has told us a million times how unfortunate and unnecessary escalation it was to take the case to a parliament while it could have been handled wiser in closed sessions.
          To be fair to the Ethiopians, the Ethiopian parliament didn’t declare war. I think we innocently get it wrong whenever we revisit the story. What they did was they asked the Eritrean forces to pull back to where they were 6 days ago immediately and without preconditions. That is fundamentally different from declaring a war. Why don’t we start speaking just the truth and pick it from there. They just asked for a pull back. If IA heeded with a statement of assuring to do so and even took a month to actually pull back, we would never have had a war. Instead, the Eritrean government denied of its acts of aggression.
          After 3 weeks, the Eritrean government wanted to take advantage of the Ethiopians unpreparedness and escalated the war on three fronts: wanted to push the Mereb-Setit front deep into Shire, gained some more command heights; wanted to push the central front upto Adigrat, gained new holds including past Zalanbessa and all Saho; wanted to cut off the Djibouti supply line but lost on that front leaving many of the commando division trapped and captured.
          Then a long lull.
          US Rwanda proposal was rejected by IA
          Air raid moratorium was signed and held for a year or so.
          AU mediation was being heckled by IA
          Badime was retaken by Ethiopia; Ethiopia’s offensive at the Tsorena Front failed.
          AU Framework Agreement was signed by both
          AU Peace Modality was signed by both
          AU Technical Arrangement (TA) was okayed by Eritrea but rejected by Ethiopia.
          Trouble revisited Meles again. He supported to sign the TA. His opponents were furious at him that he dared to sign TA that allowed the rest of the occupied Ethiopian territories (Zalanbessa, Aiga, Alietena) stay under the Eritrean forces control). TPLF CC voted again on the matter. Meles came out a minority (13 to 17). The issue was taken to the other EPRDF parties and voted. No one else supported Meles except DR Kassu Illala from the South. Meles left with a TPLF minority vote and won only one vote from the rest of EPRDF council memebrs. That was the only very risky last chance to stop the war from going to the final offensive and Meles took it and lost. That clearly posed danger to Meles’ political life. I am informed the fact that a central command of 6 people was immediately formed where all members had equal weight of voice in all the decisions of war. Meles was counted as only one vote in the 6. This was against the constitution. His power as a commander in chief was stolen and compromised as a result of his strong stands against the war in the start, in the middle or in the end of the 1998-2000. He was also accused of aborting the Ethiopian military advance prematurely by his opponents. Read Asrat’s book.
          We must be able to appreciate what that man had risked and gone through to avoid a war imposed on his country by an insensitive and bullying opponent.
          Hayat

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hayat Adem. You package a complete book of lies and gross misrepresentations. I had attended the May 1998 meetings in Addis Ababa and was with Girma Asmerom up until the time that we were both deported. I had also attended the earlier meetings held in Shire in 1997, which were aimed at de-escalating border problems which had already been fomenting for some time. Your identity is crystal clear and I do not need to ask what motivates your actions.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi FishMilk,
            Thanks for letting us know that you were part of Girma’s team. My accounts are mainly from other trusted sources. But if you were a first hand witness, I encourage you to tell us what you exactly know and which part of what I said is wrong.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hayat Adem. I was with team Eritrea, still am and always will be. Your team colors burn red and yellow with a tilting star. Go humor yourself.

          • Desbele

            Hi FishMilk ,

            I read some of the accounts Hayat wrote in Negasso Gidada’s book(former Ethiopian President) -የነጋሶ መንገድ. For example, about the 13 to 17 vote. We can at least agree that TPLF vote for decisions and rule by the majority.
            Now , you telling us that you were in Girma’s pfdj team:
            can you cite a single incident where there was a vote among Eritrean politicians in any major national issues , like from the war on Yemen to Ethiopia? who voted for what? Does IA ever accepted the majority’s vote even if he is against?
            Who were, by the way, the six colonels killed in 1997/98 that drive DIA to instigate war?
            Do you or your comrades has ever vote in anything in Eritrean issues? Or do you just execute a one man dream however erratic it is ?? Lets learn , tell us the truth if as you said, you were on the ground during this time. Till then we will go by the EEBC verdict that DIA instigated the war which haunts us to date.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Desbele,
            These hypocrites, they never questioned as to why the despot gave Badme TPLF in 1982, till that fateful day May 6, 1998, as narrated by one of the founders of the village Badme?

          • Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

            Briefly: “These hypocrites” is not a positive vote of confidence towards your fellow Eritrean citizens – An example1

            “…gave Badme to be administered by TPLF in 1982./..” Not forward looking and lacks the focus on the circumstances as they stand now. Muqzumzam tebiziH alokha Ayya Amanuel Hidrat – An example2

            And there are plenty more which I will fish on your general attitude towards your people. You often say “the Eritrean people and especially the young generation does not have the will to fight for their rights or to defend the nation.” Are you aware that your are telling and inviting PM Abbie and the Ethiopians can pretty much do what they want to Eritrea by telling them there is no Eritrean people to speak off? You are inviting them to undermine Eritrean sovereignty by telling them that the Eritrean people are hypocrites, unprincipled lacking self respect. Your efforts I am perceiving as you are working diligently towards the re annexation of Eritrea by Ethiopia. Maybe you don’t realize it but soon I will give you a thousand example of how you Ayya Amanuel Hidrat is undermining Eritrean sovereignty.

            Sorry not so brief…

            tSAtSE

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Solomon,

            (a) HGDFites are a true hypocrite enablers of the despot. Take it or leave it, but that is a fact.

            (b) Badme was given to TPLF in 1982 until he ignited until he ignited the border war in 1998. Take it or leave it, but that is fact.

            (c) the border war was avoidable, the arrogant despot lead us to a destructive war that costed us a lot of lives. Take it or leave it, but that is fact

            (d) To expose the action and inaction of the despot is not against our sovereignty.

            (e) if you support the PM of Ethiopia to the extent by saying: “He can go as far as declaring his intention to reunite Eritrea with Ethiopia per his vision and I would see absolutely nothing wrong with it.“ Then, you can not accuse me of undermining our sovereignty just for telling the facts, while the fact you don’t have a problem if the PM goes his vision to the extent of uniting Eritrea with Ethiopia. At least with that position it doesn’t make you a defender of Eritrean Sovereignty nor does it give to right to criticize others on sovereignty of Eritrea.

          • Selamat Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

            This time we shall not pass these most important and urgent issues by “taking it” or “leaving it.” Don’t be in such a hurry to take your marbles and exit the pertinent contest. Brace your self for a long honest and sincere debate on how we Eritreans ought to move forward given the current variables now. It is the All Stars Weekend and the GW Warriors have five starters, I believe the max from any team, representing this year. I am mentioning this to say that I will skip this joyful of entertainment to be aired nationally this entire weekend so that I prioritize and deliver the composition I promised you. The composition is not necessarily for your approval out of respect for an elder brother, it is a campaign to undo your destructive narratives for Eritreans and Eritrea’s sovereignty so that you and folks with similar futile strategies do not continue to mislead the people of Eritrea. I do not approach as if I possess the entire truth as well as with the belief that you Ayya Amanuel Hidrat do not posses any truth in your stances. Ghandi’s spirit and principle of Satyagrha is my guide which is that we all posses part of the entire truth and the total sum of our truth makes the entire truth. So for now I will address your (a) – (e) as briefly as I can below in reverse order as it will give me a chance to share with you a very difficult chapter of my life to serve as back ground. This prelude to my personal proposals as Eritreans The Way Forward [All Eritreans!] could make you “leave it” and walk away with your marbles and that will be not only alright with yours truly but it will be also an inconsequential act of an inconsequential individual, that is Ayya Amanuel Hidrat. I would like you to think about a familiar word to you in chemistry the terms Matter and Antimatter and the rest we will leave it to the reader to choose the right path.

            For now onward with your ‘intimidations’ tonal “take it or leave it” list:

            (a) Leave it. From six figured salary consulting career to becoming homeless and sleeping in the streets of Oakland and Berkeley penniless. For a long time I blamed the “PFDJ hypocrites enablers”, with good reason, but I realize now it was the wrong view and attitude not only because “they knew not what they were doing” but also in retrospect they had good cause for their actions.
            For the sake of the Eritrea’s sovereignty and the restoration of the rule of law, the restoration of justice and liberty for the Eritrean in Eritrea, it is nighttime to reconcile and forgive one another and not hold to any grudges, not look back to 1982 or ’78. Qimta qim teHangiTna tSeAAn aykonen meftiHi rahwan qisanetn n Hzbi Eritrea. [Matter and Antimatter annihilate one another as you know from your Alchemy practice.] The Admiral SaliH Younis gave me a brotherly advise back when I was an associate of Americas upper echelon consulting firm, His suggestion was these two words: “Keep foraging.” He was warning me and preferred that I stay away from the imminent ferocious intra Eritrean fight that was about to ensue. He knew I would suffer greatly and I did. I can claim no Eritrean suffered more than myself because I advocated Eritrean dialogue and was very critical of the EPLF/PFDJ. This has to do with the fact that I did not use or hide behind a nick name, in fact I used my full name and nick tSAtSE which dates back to 1978 when I rubbed elbows with the SRs, Kishas, Ameres etc… They came after me in full force and with vengeance I believed BUT I realize now that was not the case. I should be with great Qimta and unforgiving considering what I have suffered which I barely touch upon here…You can confirm the above by asking the Admiral of his early recollection of me and his brotherly suggestion to “Keep Foraging” and to leave the fight for those that are ready and prepared for it (like himself very committed.) So NO Ayya Amanuel Hidrat, HGDF are NOT the “hypocrites enablers of the despot.” Your are wrong and “leave it” is my final answer – You and I and other Eritreans were meeting in secret to dialogue on Eritrea’s way forward in NYC days after September 18th, 2001 – marched in opposition to the PFDJ in Washington DC with the Berakhi’s and Memhir Tsige ELF Tg Teklay of the Bronx and our own SaliH Johar Ghadi. Was there from the get go in opposition to HGDF and Isaias Afeworki and still now oppose them politically. Only now the Eritrean Opposition elite are wrong with their narrative, futile strategy and utter confuse fragmented and disorganized approach, And I shall present my case, ready to stand corrected for I believe Ayya Amanuel Hidrat should be the first to lead the necessary paradigm shift. You have no choice but to take my argumentation to be constructed just for you. NoE n qim qimta mHaz a burden you have been carrying for nearly five decades. FORGIVENESS but steadfastness on your political opposition towards your brethren, Look forward given the current circumstances as they are now. [Matter and Antimatter annihilate as yo very well know Ayya.]

            (b) Leave it! As it is irrelevant and inconsequential. This generation of Eritreans prefers looking forward. A short story: Two monks arrive at a river bank that was fast and over flowing. As they prepared to cross the river a curvaceous damsel in distress arrives at the river bank squeeking sounds of struggle alerting the two monks that she will need their assistance to do so. One monk picks her up and lifts her high up above his head and the three cross safely to the other side. The monk puts the damsel gently and the two monks continued their journey in silence and sacred contemplations. After 38 hours suddenly the other monk says to the monk who carried the damsel, nearly shouting, “I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU TOUCHED THAT WOMAN!” to which the brother monk responded: “Brother! are you still carrying that woman 40 hours later? I dropped her as soon as we crossed the river on the river bank.” And so Ayya Amanuel Hidrat, are you still carrying Badime of 82. Look forward as of now Badume2019. [Antimatter and Matter annihilate as you very well know.]

            (c0 leave it! And by now you can extrapolate as “leave it” seems to be trending. Besides dHre Baytayyn nay felesti nbababatn buzuH znebebn zezenaAkan I have written plenty for you as I prepare the real pragmatic resolution oriented argumentation, Again not necessarily solely for Ayya Amanuel to read, Ayya Amanuel can choose to “leave it” and inconsequential decision as it may very well be.

            tSAtSE

          • Desbele

            Selam Aman,

            It just is futile to debate lackeys who permanently delegated a dictator do the thinking for them. Sadly too many of them in Eritrea!

          • Haile S.

            Selam Desbele,

            It is never okay to insult and paint ‘the too many’ with lackeys and hypocrites. What do get from doing that?

          • Desbele

            Selam Haile,
            I dont believe DIA havoc happened without thousands of enablers – especially the elite. It is not an insult it is a fact. Too many Eritreans just outsourced their thinking for the never wrong dictator. It is “too many” for me that thousands collaborate with such an evil man!

          • Selamat Desbele,

            It may very well be hundreds of thousands if not millions collaborated not just a mere thousands. You are grossly underestimating the Eritreans. But stay tuned for these debates will be raging for weeks. Your cheer leading and urgent reinforcement appearance was predicted long before you jotted a single word on this thread. Save some energy you will need it.

            tSAtSE

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat

            “These hypocrites (PFDJ supporters and sympathizers) , they never questioned as to why the despot (Isaias Afewerqi) gave Badme TPLF in 1982….

            When others lie I can let it slide looking the other way; but not when you do. Please stop it! Please don’t let your hate of Isias and PFDJ blind your judgement.

            You know you don’t have a winning argument in your claim

            Semere Tesfai.

          • Blink

            Dear Semere Tesfai
            Mr Amanuel will do everything on his power to rewrite history on his favor and that kind of mind set up will not even consider possible defeat as he feels he is releasing his decades old hate . The man openly was advocating for people first and go to hell with land just as the height of weyane power in 4 kilo and now suddenly he is not even religious enough to at least consider some people may have memorized his stance on this specific issue.

            What do they call the prescriptions given to the sleep deprived people?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Semere,

            What did I lie? Are you saying Badme was not under TPLF from 1982 to 1998. Okay and enjoy this YouTube. Learn some history, if your mind is ready for that.

            https://youtu.be/co4zGHVCW3w

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat

            Aman: challenge accepted. I hope you’ve more than the video clip you presented to make your case.

            I hate to steal the spotlight from the current discussion – a constructive discussion about how to move forward. Again, I hate to change the current topic into a past history argument. So……..

            Please let’s wait at least a day or two until the comments on this topic gets slow or let’s debate on your “EPLF handed Badme to Woyane in 1982” arguments on related topic. Either way I’m ready any day. Word!

            Semere Tesfai

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Semere,

            I really don’t like to talk about the past history at this juncture while the despot is taking the nation and its people in a path that eventually affect our sovereignty. But when destructors start to blackmail you, you will be obliged to defend stoically your personality and challenge them with facts by going back to history. You characterize my argument as a lie, instead arguing to disprove it. Then, I have to bring the historical proof for it. And I did. Semere, as an ELF veteran you know the history of the alliance of EPLF-TPLF, and you know Badme was left for TPLF after they push out ELF until 1998. Why this factuaI Statement call it a lie, I don’t know it. I will leave it for you.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat

            You said:

            A. – “These hypocrites (PFDJ supporters and sympathizers) , they never questioned as to why the despot (Isaias Afewerqi) gave Badme TPLF in 1982….”

            B. – “I really don’t like to talk about the past history at this juncture while the despot is taking the nation and its people in a path that eventually affect our sovereignty.”

            C. – “You (Semere Tesfai) characterized my argument as a lie, instead arguing to disprove it. Semere, as an ELF veteran you know the history of the alliance of EPLF-TPLF, and you know Badme was left for TPLF after they push out ELF until 1998. Why this factuaI Statement call it a lie, I don’t know”

            Aman: No offence but your claim that “the despot (Isaias Afewerki) gave Badme to TPLF in 1982….” is factually wrong.

            But again, if you believe you have a winning argument, if you believe the topic would add value to our current political discussion, if you are willing to argue about the issue, let me know and I will write an article on the front page of Awate to make a case for my argument – so we all could debate about it in great depth.

            But if you believe there is no point arguing about Badmes’s past, let’s leave it at that and you don’t have to respond.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Hayat

            “The AU gave the Ethiopian government a permission and two spots for Hailessilassie and Meles to erect statue for their respective contributions for Africanism and the Union. Look what the Ethiopians did: they built one for Hailessilassie and left the other”

            Probably the Ethiopians are reserving the other spot for Isaias Afewerqi 🙂

            Semere Tesfai

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Semere,
            Funny but not unthinkable. The Ethiopians are bizarrely rediscovering a new love for Isaias. What are they saying in him what can’t see? Meles fought for Ethiopia and Africa. IA fought Ethiopia and Africa. Meles lifted Ethiopia out miserable situation. IA ruined Eritrea. It is a yawning contrast.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Semere Tesfai,

            For reasons you did not state or wanted to tell. They would do it if he would offer Eritrea for sale to them, and gives dreamers on both sides of the border glimmer of hope to undo Eritrea’s independence.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam hayat
            if u read urself what u said about meles as an ethiopian, u will know meles was the worst enemy of ethiopia. reread what u said about meles and try to analyze him from ethiopians perspective, u will see how meles was anti-ethiopia person. he is not just dictator and a killer like mengistu but he also hate ethiopia.

          • Hayat Adem

            Teodros,
            “As an Ethiopia?”
            Hahahaha…:)
            And you are telling me you are one? Give me a break! I know exactly who you are. But, you are mostly harmless… and will let things stay the way they are until you exhaust yourself.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam hayat
            Iam who i said. I am! am not here to harm anybody, am just telling what i think is true and the right thing.

          • Hayat Adem

            Teodros,
            You are nothing what you said you are. And I exactly know who exactly and what exactly you are. But you are not my problem for now.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam hayat
            i told u! Since u guys r lying 24/7 , that doesn’t mean everybody do that. i told u, iam who i said iam!

          • Hayat Adem

            Teodros,
            I know who you are. Atleast. Can you get that into your thick head?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam hayat
            ur paranoid thick head is the one makes u think the way u think.
            u r delusional.

          • Selamat Hayat Adem,

            Waiting for MaHmuday’s facts check of the above. You understand the dilemma of taking anything you say as gospel, right?

            tSAtSE

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Sele,
            Consider them as facts until proven otherwise. Mahmuday is not the best pick for checking facts. Mahmuday thinks the clock has to be rewinded to 1997. Well the EECC ruled it is 1998 and Eritrea commited agression. When EPLF blocked a road access for hungry Tigrayans trying to reach Sudan, he blamed TPLF for not building that road of access in time. When he condemns deportation of Eritreans from Ethiopia, he denies the deportations committed on Ethiopians in 1991 and in 1998.

          • Blink

            Dear Hayat
            Here is the facts supported by picture and even it can be found as video too , https://youtu.be/pCCK4HxHQHw

            TPLF sold aid to buy weapons. It is just a fact

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam the great Xaxe
            [ also lease see my previous reply to ወያነይቲ ሓብተይ፡ Hayat Adem [the greatista]

            Hayat’s referencs are Asrat Gebru’s book, known anti-Eritrean former TPLF leaders, and of course, her buddy, the mysterious AG.
            MZ was a cunning politician who used the EPLF to stabilize Ethiopia, then used Ethiopian sentiments to pressure Eritrea militarily and economically. Look how dishonest she is. The arbitrary court did not accept Ethiopia’s accusation that Eritrea had invaded Ethiopia. It is there for everyone to see. The war had started long before May 1998 when Meles refused to pull back his forces from Eritrean sovereign territory. When asked by the Eritrean government about the Greater map of Tigray or the eviction of Eritrean villages from their rightful lands, and about the provocations the Tigray administration was creating, he would reply saying they were the fault of local leaders, etc, etc.
            The final demarcation of the border showed that Eritrea was within its territory. That is the fact. The final border decision mostly laid along the line where Eritrea had claimed the boundary should have been.
            The issue of blocking drought food is a smokescreen for the mismanagement and stealing of funds by the TPLF. It is estimated that the TPLF gathered about 100 million dollars for the draught and most of the fund was allocated to the coffers of the secret party commonly know as Malelit (Marxist Leninist League of Tigray).
            Have you heard from NGOs which sponsored the relief aid about the accusation the TPLF throws to the EPLF? Although the distribution was delegated to the fronts, the NGOs coordinated and facilitated interstate or interagency crossings. According to a few people I have contacted who had firsthand information about these issues, I know the food was passing through Eritrea. However, the TPLF would have to follow security instructions, because the area was a closed military zone. You may remember the battles around Tesseney/Barentu, infiltrations of anti-EPLF elements (ELF-splinter groups) that were active in that area), etc.
            In conclusion, all the above belong to the past. The border was demarcated and virtually delimited. The Ethiopian PM and EPRDF EC declared the acceptance of the Algiers Peace Agreement and the EEBC ruling. This is in spite of Hayat&Co decrying they were null and void. Let us focus on what has an immediate effect on peace. The force that is affecting the peace rapprochement and the stabilization of Ethiopia is the group of wanted individuals which is hiding in Tigray. That group hel the TPLF hostage and the TPLF, in turn, is holding the people of Tigray hostage. We will see how things move forward.
            Regards.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Mahmuday,
            I will address one issue and then I will not come back to the issue. Please stop repeating stuff that don’t make sense at all.
            TPLF was doing the impossible to save its people facing the 1984 famine. I wish you hear stories from fighters involved in building the road to Sudan in a desperate emergency work day and night trying to outpace real death carnages. This was one very powerful human story I have ever heard.
            A year ago, I met a Tplf fighter called Bisirat by accidental path crossing. We became friends afterwards. During the drought time under discussion, He was working in the Tembien area. He was one of the people who were actively organizing the people to move to Sudan. Now the people see him as their hero and savior. They even have a song in praise of him, “Bisirat Kifli Hizbina”.
            The story goes like this: Derg saw a good opportunity and was so happy the drought hit hard the Tplf base area. Tplf proposed to the Derg to agree to a ceasefire and allow safe humanitarian operations in the area. Tplf gave gurantee of safety to Dawit Gebregiorgis’ agency to povide relief in Tplf controlled area. Derg instead asked for the people to come to the government controlled area. Tplf agreed to that too out of desperation. What happened then was the unimaginable. Derg did two things: they took the younger ones away to to south and south west of Ethiopia in the name of resettlement program. They kept all the older and the childrent at camps like Korem and left them perishing in masses without out food and medicine. It was a horrible scene.
            Then Tplf decided to mobilize people to Sudan using the only passage route that existed there via the Eplf controlled territory. Eplf blocked it. Then Tplf stopped eveything else and used all their resources at their disposal to save the people and build a new road. They were able to get more than one million people across the border.
            One thing TPLF did worth remembering is after the rains came back, they didn’t leave the peasants in the Sudanese camps. They brought them back to their farm lands in a very orderly manner. Does remind of the million lowlanders you left behind in Sudanese lands to date?
            Let me ask you now to view this one minute video of Meles Zenawi then speaking to BBC about that fateful situation and let me know if you can still degnify the nonsensical stuff of alleging Tplf was profitting from the drought and say what you were saying about the Tplf and drought victim Tigreans makes sense.
            https://youtu.be/-bDQadYSCW4
            Why can’t you be a straight shooter like the Tegadalai you claim to be and give an honest testimony? After all, the weyenti are much closer to you than to me both in ideology and experience. Why do you have to say things like you don’t know the truth? How good political and moral capital would it have been now if Eplf allowed that passage and saved some lives? The purpose of revisiting past mistakes is to take lessons and avoid repeating them. Or is it not?

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Mahmuday,
            Please don’t give simplistic explanations that don’t fit your league. Leave those to people like greasy Nitricc and blank Blink.Don’t tell us IA was vindicated because Badime was later ruled for Eritrea. EEBC didn’t gave its ruling based on what was occupied by whom on the days leading to the May crisis. EEBC ruling was despite whatever was occupied not because of. Even the Ethiopian government was saying then that “pull back first and negotiate or deal for whatever territorial claims you have by peaceful means. You don’t simply order your army to occupy and dismantle neighboring administrations and claim it as yours. Do not ever ever bring this argument again please. Eritrea occupied not just Badime but all Irob, Zalanbessa and more. EEBC didn’t rule all these places for Eritrea. Also, EEBC ruled many of the tSorena area for Ethiopia while it is being occupied by Eritrea. As to who started the war and when, it is clearly spelled by the decisions rendered by EECC. So, speak to that if you have alternative facts. By my book, protecting Eritrea and protecting IA are two different things. You can protect Eritrea by staying principled and stop covering up for criminals and gangsters.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Hayat
            Thank you for the replies (two for one, you are so generous when it comes to defending the TPLF clique).
            1. Try to separate the legitimate struggle of the Tigray people from the small elitist clique that had led it. As far as I know, in all its internal and external communique, the EPLF had always made a distinction between the just struggle of the Tigray people, the TPLF as an organization, and the hostile agendas peddled by the leaders of the TPLF. TIgrian farmers in the environs of Shelalo and Sheraro were sharing relief aid distributed by the EPLF.
            1. I was not far away from the said route but I was not directly involved in and am not privy to what was going on between the two fronts in terms of communications for facilitating relief aid. The Shelalo-Kasala route was closed for a brief period when the whole zone was plunged into bloody battles.
            2. The TPLF had a functioning route on the other side of the Mereb, it had been using that route, please don’t dish out here what you heard from anti-Eritrea elements of the TPLF elites and cadres.
            3. The relief started in 1984, and the road was briefly closed in 1986. The NGO running the operations were aware of it; the TPLF was aware of it; the NGOs did not complain about it, but the TPLF mischaracterized the security action taken by the EPLF to cover up its crimes against humanity. In many instances when quick solutions were sought, the NGOs would provide cash and the organizations would buy the grain from local markets., mostly from Sudan. There you have thousands of peasants dying of hunger and the TPLF was in a frenzy of diverting funds, sometimes posing as merchants, selling sacks of sands hidden among grain sacks. This is something that many Sudanese actors and the intelligence community knew. Also, You know that the BBC did an investigation on the TPLF relief operation and gave us a window to the stealing frenzy, thus rendering Meles Zenawi lamentation crocodile tears.
            4. As I indicated in my previous reply, TPLF saw an opportunity to bring farmers into areas it had controlled ostensibly to use them as human and economic resources once they stabilized the drought situation. It also saw a direct benefit from sharing the relief aid that would go to the farmers (in cash or food). That is why it called on villages the Deg controlled to switch sides to the TPLF controlled areas without any preparation. This is the drama, my friend, as the former TPLF boss, Aregawi Berhe, puts it. You can’t be more TPLF than the TPLF boss.
            5. You said TPLF brought back millions of refugee farmers from the camps in Sudan when the rainy season began and asked me “Does remind of the million lowlanders you left behind in Sudanese lands to date? ”
            Well, Hayat, there were no millions who fled to Sudan during the 1984/85. Of course, some families may have crossed to the border but not in that number or close to it. Here is how things looked on my side during those trying years: The EPLF fighters were sharing their ration with the communities around them. The Highlands/behind enemy lines posed challenges until the relief aid came in but there too the local EPLF administrations were buying grains from available markets. Once the relief crossed into Eritrea, there was a well-prepared network of distributing the food, even by trucking it behind enemy lines. The millions you raised were fled for their lives from their burned villages during the Haileselassie era, something you refuse to come to terms with.
            6. Regarding the EEBC ruling, no need to revisit it. It is up for everyone to check it out. Of course, in some sectors lands have been switched sides, but for the most part, the decision agrees more with what Eritrea had claimed than with that which the Ethiopian side had argued for.
            Always, good to engage you.
            ካብ ሻዕብያይ(ዊ) ሓውኺ

          • Nitricc

            Nostalgia is setting in. Your midget good at one thing, that is at destroying Eritrea. But the brave people of Ethiopia and the Brave PIA; they are not only survived the evil of the midget but they destroy the midget and its empire. Whenever I see your Tigryan brothers and sisters begging PIA to come to visit your country Tigray, I can’t help it but scratch my head. Do you guys know what pride and dignity is? Or
            what shame and disgracefulness is? Hayat; I wish your midget would come back for 24 hours to see the mess he left and to observe the strong union of Eritrea. so strong PIA is walking on the streets of Addis, Bahrdar, Awassa wherever he wants while TPLF thugs are remain prisoners of Mekelle.

          • Hayat Adem

            Nitricc,
            I despise IA. I see him as psychopathic and a blood thirsty criminal. don’t like IA being invited to Mekele where he bombed elementary school kids. But you have so much respect for him, right? You should be happy when the man you respect so much is invited and degnified in Tigray. Do you want them to hate and despise him for ever? The Tigreans want to forgive him; they have been hosting and treating fleeing soldiers from Eritrea. They were giving free education for Warsais. Maybe they are doing the samething for IA. I can’t be happy on seeing Isaias being invited by the people who were greatly wronged by him. But since you love him, you should be happy about it. You coming out to the front so puzzled because your man was invited is mind boggling.

          • Nitricc

            Hayat: I know this days every Tigrayn memory too short and confused. If not; if you haven’t committed the day light robbery against Eritreans and didn’t kick out Eritreans because you didn’t like the color of their eyes; well things could have been different. The Eritreans you mentioned getting assistance from your government; that is just a trick to get aid from UN and from the rest of your masters. The people’s mobility in Tigray is well documented. You take your own people from around Abi-Adi and sroundings and move them to Shire and register them as Eritrean refugee. Do you how many of your people ( Tigryans) settled in the west in the name of an Eritrean? Don’t even start me. Even here; look at you?

          • Hayat Adem

            Nitricc,
            Make your point. Do want Tigray to host your IA or not? Don’t worry, he will not if he doesn’t want it. BTW, he was already at Zalanbessa. So, if goes there, it will be 2nd time. Or Dbretsion may come to Asmara first. In any case IA is moreof a liability than Asset, just like he has become dead weight on the back of Eritreans.

          • Blink

            Dear Nitricc
            Meles name is already removed from all people except from weyane guys and she is the arc of weyane defenders, the Amhara despise Meles as a genocider , Oromo’s despise him as a thief while the Somalians see him as evil from the ground and Eritreans see Meles a cheap evil creature, so whatever she has does not really matter .

          • Alex

            Hi Hayat,
            You are good at re-writing history and no sane Eritrean will believe you Pro TPLF or Meles article as fact. We know what happen in 1998 when our gallant soldiers were killed by TPLF that triggered the war. We were vindicated by EEBC decision and TPLF was lying to the Ethiopian people and the whole world badme was Ethiopian land.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hayat,

            Ethiopia will never see like him. A leader who brought an economic transformation to his country that ultimate mitigate the destitute lives of the ordinary Ethiopian people. A leader who brought a big economic leap in the history of the country. It is unfortunate to watch all those economic strides and the progress they have made under his leadership being halted after his death. Ethiopia will never see a leader whose life had been consumed to alleviate the hardship of the poor Ethiopians.

            The economic and infra-structural achievement of Ethiopia is admired even by the standard of PFDJites, as you heard it from the PFDJ operative, Dr Berhe, in a PFDJ paltalk, when he visited Addis recently. He said when he landed in Addis, he felt as if he was walking in one of the American cities. In other words, he was indirectly witnessing the economic growth of Ethiopia under the leadership MZ, when he mentioned about the industrial park of Awassa, the housing development, the infra-structural highways, the introduction of light trains in the city, the new railways from Djibouti to Addis, and the on going construction to Mekele, and the heavy military equipment industry that produce tanks and air fighters. All those achievements are under the leadership of MZ.

            If you remember his memorable answer to reporters question, as they enter the city, as to what he wants to accomplish, and he said: “to have the poor Ethiopians three meals a day”. If you also remember the question he asked to Dr Eleni Gebremedhin when she wanted to introduce Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) in her country, he asked her What will this ECX will help to the ordinary Ethiopian people? You see Hayat, the man sees everything in context of how it brings impacts to the lives of ordinary Ethiopian people. Such leaders are very rare to find in the world we live in.

            And if you see the despot we have, anything he does is how to make worse the misery of our people. A leader who is the antithesis to the value of MZ by all counts. By keeping our young in to modern slavery, he is making them to leave the country in droves even after the so called bogus peace agreement driven by external forces. He is emptying the productive force of the nation, in attempt to do all kinds of conspiracy against the nation and its people. He is implementing the dictum of HS, that he pronounced some decades ago. What they need is the “land and the sea” and not the people.

        • Peace!

          Hi Emma,

          “The parliament declared for the war.” Are you serious? Well, in that case the 100% election win every five year was a reflection of true democracy and balance of power.

          Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace (Abi-debate),

            Whether it is true democracy or not, the Issue is did the parliament declared war? Yes they did. And Meles voted against it. That is fact. The parliament wasn’t composed of Tigrian only. You know the electoral composition of the Ethiopian parliament. Dominating the executive body of the governing body does not translate to domination of the Parliament. The painful mistake that Meles and his government does against our people is the deportation of our people. The rest is, once both governments was purposely engaged in a senseless war of domination, for which they have admitted after the fact, the burden of the pain as a result of the war, was accrued on the back of the two brotherly people. So every one of us have to ask our conscience, what did I do to stop the senseless? Did I contribute to the senseless war that brought death, lose of property, and displacement of our people? I have fought to stop the war drama before it happen and never contribute to the war effort for the bloody senseless war. This is on their record, the PFDJ operatives will tell you that. Now rather than crying after the fact, what did we do to stop it before it happen?

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            What do you mean “Whether it is true democracy or not, the Issue is did the parliament declared war? Sounds similar to whether the fake parliament declared war and gave a blank check to Meles or not, Meles, as a leader, was responsible for wars, tortures, lootings committed under his watch. It just do make any sense for the parliament to take the blame for declaring war, and Meles takes credit for ending the war. Or, Gebru Asrat and his expansionist collogues were not aware of the ghost parliament when they tried to persuade Meles to go all the way to Asmara? My point is that what Meles did to Ethiopians should be left to Ethiopians, but, as Eritreans, apologizing for heinous crimes will set a bad example for future Eritrea. A future Eritrea should not allow a fake parliament, and a fake leader that appoint himself prime minister for life after exhausted his presidential term.

            Peace!

          • Blink

            Dear Peace
            Meles declared war and that’s the fact the guy denying. Meles was and still is an evil man who conspired to kill Eritrea as we know it . He failed .

          • Desbele

            Hi Blink,
            What Meles failed on DIA succeed. Do you think Eritreans are thriving just because they pay you 5k usd to leave their land?

    • Blink

      Dear Horizon
      First Eritrean sovereignty is at a rock solid stand , second the elite has never been in the walk of putting Eritrea up , the elite are all traders just like the old time be it from opposition or PFDJ . You have wrong picture about who is who in Eritrea . Don’t mind the stressed and defeated opposition elite activists , don’t mind the PFDJ few people blubbers because Eritreans from all walk of life are just beyond what you put here . A country under dictator doesn’t mean it lost it’s sovereignty, Ethiopian people are poor just as Eritreans and the elite from both sides don’t hold the sovereignty issue .

      You said at one line if Eritrea is at an Ethiopian hand and that is offensively idiotic view of the old shewa guys , you should have thought about that before you put it . Eritrea will continue to be a country just like Ethiopia . The relationship between the two countries will continue to be a political capital for many especially for Ethiopian leaders as before and Eritreans will be just beyond the old Gonder or shewa gangas game from time to time . The Eritreans opposition love for Meles was just for the sake of getting power in Eritrea through Ethiopian foot soldiers nothing else .

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Thank you

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Yohannes,

      You said: “To a confident population, the only value of the past (or of history) is the lesson and wisdom that can be drawn from it.”

      The above sounds upbeat and pleasant to the ear. Now, let us go back to the tricky details of reality on the ground: what are the lessons that have been learnt?

      The A to Z of guerrilla liberation movement victory fruits:
      – Cambodia, millions murdered
      – Cuba, hundreds of thousands disappeared and still rotting in jail
      – China, millions killed during the ‘Great Leap Forward’ and the ‘Cultural Revolution’
      – Vietnam, millions butchered in cold blood
      – Korea, millions being wasted and being rewarded with starvation and cannibalism.

      Even though the Eritrean scenario is a child’s play, in its scale and depth of brutality compared to the above examples, Eritreans were fanatically glorifying and eulogising their guerrilla movements. We reap what we sow!

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Simon,

        While there is nothing wrong to glorify and eulogize the heroism of our guerilla movement, I could agree with you on the “silence and rationalizing” the crimes committed by the fronts back then and by the regime now. An example of the shameless utterances they make “እንተይ ዘይብድሉ ነይሮም መንግስትና ነዚ ስጉምቲ’ዚ አይምወሰደሎምን ነይሩ::” ህዝብና ሰዓቢ እምበር ሓታትን ወጣርን ኣይኮነን::

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Ahlan Amanuel Hidrat,

          Peoples always need well-cultivated elites who could make scholarly researches and pave the right and safe way to the people to move forward to the right direction. Eritrean elites are weak in this field, because they don’t give it much importance. We need at least one center of social and political studies.

          Al-Arabi

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Dear Simon,

        I totally agree with the first part of your comment listing cases where actions that wrought untold misery and human suffering, atrocities and butchery were committed in the name of “liberation struggles” and “popular revolutions”. Your statement regarding the forces that you placed under the “child’s play” category is also very true because what they — the systems headed by former rebel leaders the likes of Isaias, Melles, Museveni, Kagame — brought to their people are mostly dictatorship, oppression, poverty, conflict and war.

        The point I tried to make in my earlier comment is that people (as individuals and as a society) must take ownership of ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ aspects of their past, learn the lessons that all of these experiences have to offer and move on to build a better world for themselves — obviously by (i) condemning “the bad and the ugly” and vowing not to see them repeated, and (ii) embracing the “good” and expanding/perfecting them to promote peace, justice and prosperity.

        The situations, conditions and events listed in your comment and which both you and I abhor are “the bad and the ugly” aspects of the histories of the concerned societies. You and I have learned the lesson of their repugnance and have condemned them; the concerned societies must, of course, do far more than that, by accepting collective responsibility for those aspects and taking concrete actions of ensuring that they will NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!! But if, instead, people opt for dwelling in the past and regurgitating the details of their history, they would simply be opening the path to their society’s self-destruction!

        I however disagree with your last statement: “We reap what we sow!” In my opinion, that assertion is highly judgemental, and applying it to an entire society is unwarranted and simply unfair.

        Thank you for engaging.

      • Blink

        Dear SK
        The Dergi generals would disagree with you . Plus Vietnam especially the great Hochi man city would take you to court martial. Any way EPLF and ELF WERE and will always remembered the best army that dislodge Ethiopian leaders from their sits and that includes the dishonesty Ethiopian historians . Let’s stop there .

    • aklilu zere

      Yes good brother Yohannes.

      Our nationhood, our sovereignty, our independence is irreducible, irreversible, irrevocable reality thus sacrosanct and non-negotiable.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Ahlan Moderator,

    You mean, no need to call spade, spade. You want people to shy away from spoilers and traitors. It seems, your choice is to massage them. My friend, I think, we are from two different schools. Again, your remark is not in its place.

    Al-Arabi

  • said

    Greeting
    From day one EPLF/PFDJ started fear mongering, We’ve been held up and arrested , often without having done anything to justify such treatment. we have being victimized, demoralized, traumatized, stigmatized, vandalized, demonized, polarized, intercepted, dubbed extremists ,accessed, spied on, searched, shot at, shackled , intimidated, muzzled, shoved, pushed around, prodded, tortured, poked, tasered, traumatized, trussed up ,lied, labeled, tricked, subjected , punched , kicked, cursed , jailed and name calling of all sorts . EPLF/PFDJ policy is to renders innocent Eritrean people guilty before we’ve even been charged of anything , let alone convicted, of any wrongdoing. Suspicion is enough. EPLF/PFDJ hard core selected and trusted by NUS secretly and were well organised, determined, fearless, violent punch of tags . today We’ve had our private property possessions seized and stolen framers land and wreaking havoc on our people.
    They knew what they were doing to our people ,enslave them and make them obedient and We’ve been silenced, and forced to conform to NUS wishes and We’ve been subjected treated like his farm guinea pigs,. EPLF/PFDJ used all the above much more sinister and not mention how Eritrean jail are . and some are to dia and left to molder in jail Eritrean .
    sadly our people ndid not know what to do and think of them. They outraged at what has been done to our people and the country. This nation belongs to all of us: each and every one of us .EPLF/PFDJ successful political establishment built on the ruins of a collective dream for a free and open Eritrea people and built on death number of Eritrean fronts is just one element , many deaths of top political leaders disappeared over night ,they were great men, men who were revered and countless number Tegadelty whose tragic death are unknown till today. Eritreans at large have been mourning for the last 28 years .one learn from history of the French revolution of 1789 and the American revolution of 1775
    EPLF founded mainly on the principal of tyranny of the communist and fascist of Russian revolution of 1917 and the Moist Chinese revolution of 1949 – the murderous EPLF/PFDJ regime in Eritrea are made of identical cloth of Moist and Stalinist criminal regime
    For good or bad which inspired a number of other popular uprisings, including the Cuban revolution of 1953, the Algerian revolution of 1954 and others. EPLF/PLDJ which became its exclusive totally beneficiary of nation resources , EPLF/PLDJ intently and initially in the outside look and impression gave a particularly universal expression of that have been of an entirely different character and disposition. We know today what Awful dark regime and paradoxical inheritor perils of postcolonial Derge regime. After these events, the postcolonial was not disappeared nor cured and delivered from any and all ideological delusions of a total EPLF/PFDJ revolution. Eritrean dream seeking , a democratic sovereignty in the new born nation , EPLF/PLDJ decentred and dismantled it their in no time . There were no delusions about the totality of their outcome. EPLF/PFDJ reminiscent of the politburo and illegitimate state apparatus violently suppressing the democratic will of Eritrean people . EPLF/PFDJ will be defeated and the will power of the people is ever lasting and this new nation has withstood not only the tyranny and brutality of the regime and We sacrificed, We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reason and we never beat our chest. We’ve had our freedoms but turned inside out by NUS/PFDJ,
    but many successful regime went to bin of garbage so will they .

    Eritrean people 30 year struggle , with their vast and expansive political culture, will overcome them all as they walk towards a future only Eritrean people will write history again for themselves. The standoff between the daily realities of a normative life in Eritrea as people face treacheries of this congested front of animus coming their way is historically bent towards the defeat of the enemy of Eritrea NUS and the commonweal of national sovereignty.
    Credit to all Eritrean people succeeded of 1961 -1991 and truly succeeded in liberating an entire nation from the calamities of Ethiopian colonization but sadly present regime lead by NUS /PFDJ destroyed and devoured it completely , established a brutal dictatorship , and in the process delivered Eritrean people awakened any and all delusions about NUS regime legitimacy is tarnished and gone . NUS final goal want to embarrass and join with Mama Ethiopia and toady Eritrea finds itself in a similar predicament of 1961 . for Eritrean people should not sleepwalking into oblivion and our people need to wake up before it is too late. Eritrean are living in such a period today. The situation is far from hopeless. There are many steps can be taking first and utmost step to defending Eritrea from its enemies, internally NUS /PFDJ and his cohort and external, is to recognise the magnitude of the threat Ethiopia it represent. The second is to awaken the sleeping vast majority and mobilise it to defend sovereign and independence and the dream and values on which the Eritrean struggle was founded in 1961. If we let go ,Otherwise, the dream of sovereign and independence could become second time a 21st-century bad nightmare. Eritrea is independent belongs to those of us who love freedom and justices enough to stand and fight for it.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Ahlan Moderator,

    The expression you have deleted is a political term with the word political. I think, your remark is not in its place..

    Al-Arabi

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    [Please help us decrease the volume of moderation tasks. If you use any bad word, your comments will be quarantined and we have to go and moderate it. If you are careful with the words you use, you would help lower the volume of work.//Moderation]

    Ahlan All Awates,

    THE SPIDER’S WEB OF ISAIAS CRUMBLING HISTORICAL MOMENTS

    It is very critical and timely to flashback and track down history of our enemies. This follow-up will assist us to recognize the tools they have utilized to undermine the people of Eritrea. Eritrean enemies have amounted to the extent of degrading Eritreans openly in front of the world. Both Dr. Meddamar and Isaias are trading with the sovereignty of Eritrea while the real stakeholders are watching. The tools Eritrean enemies have chiefly employed to incapacitate Eritreans are: divide and rule, fake history, assassination and mass annihilation.

    A- Haile Silasse divided the people of Eritrea into two segments, Muslims and Christians, through his agents, phonies (ቅዳሓት), and succeeded in achieving his goals.

    B- Isaias benefited from Haile Silasse partition and developed it more to the extent of ailing even professionals to recognize and manage them. Isaias has begun his division with Nihnan Alamanan which is similar to that of Haile Silasse, but more cunning. In his next step he divided the people of Eritrea at least to fourteen segments besides that Haile Silasse fabricated. After independence, he added new ramifications: (1) supporters and opposition (2) youth and old, (3) Addis and non-Addis groups, (4) pro-armed opposition and peaceful opposition, (5) silent majority and activists, (6) diaspora and the people inside Eritrea, (7) sale-outs and non-sale-outs, (8) patriots and non-patriots, (9) nationalists and non-nationalists, (10) defenders of Eritrean borders and non-defenders, etc. The supporters principally distracted from national requirements by trivial and marginal issues, such as border demarcation, TPLF, etc.

    Isaias and his cohorts choose one of these divisions according to the demand of the situation. Sometimes slow down their game when the situation is very scary as they are doing these days; they catch the pole from middle to beguile Eritreans, and to make things hazy until they execute their annexation smoothly. They exploit (ክውዒ ብማንካ ክዝሕል ብኢድካ) method perfectly since a long time ago; they are experts in such sorts of ploys. The old partitions besides the new ones have made Eritreans to lose their right position; they lost their whereabouts. At present, they have spotted their right position and commenced to move towards it to carry out the move that makes the difference.

    Isaias has three groups of cadres: The main cadres are Ethiopians born and raised in Eritrea. The second group of cadres are Eritreans who are political xxxxxxx, and the third group are simply deaf persons in a ceremony; they are directed and utilized wherever the regime has special mission.

    I think, Eritreans could recognize any guy whatever form of mask he uses through prior alluded to or similar divisions. The moment they sense that he employs one of these partitions, they should question right away his identity, and will find him falls in one of the three categories of cadres. At present, it is very easy for true Eritreans to spot them instantly without any difficulties.

    Al-Arabi

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Yesterday Moderator,

      In the future, I will evade the system and make my comments pass smoothly.

      Al-Arabi

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Ahlan Moderator,

        Question: Am I violating your disqus, firewalls, etc.?

        Al-Arabi

  • Freekid

    [Begin your comments with a salutation. It’s the rule here//moderator]

    The difference in the coming election from past elections is that there is a good chance it will being free and fair. Past elections were not free/outright rigged. Therefore, we have not had a government with proper mandate to this day.

    Regarding your question, the mandate should be and is to political parties. A party runs on several agendas. One of those agendas could be reforming the federal system, which would require constitutional amendment. If elected, the parties job is to execute the peoples will, whoever the party elects to the executive branch.

    But it’s true that the way parties are organized currently is problematic. Most of them are organized along ethnic lines. But we must remember Ethiopia is a fledgling democracy. The previous autocratic government hasn’t allowed for proper dialogue and exchange of ideas. I believe parties will start to come together and have national agendas instead of ethnic ones under a proper democratic system.

    Lastly, I don’t believe people want a presidential system. I think our parliamentary system is much more democratic and accountable than presidential systems, do you not agree

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Thank you Moderator, now I know the problem.

  • said

    Greetings,
    Every time I read an article and comments I get to feel some kind of warning that this or that comments from activist or sort a kind diaspora former politician or affiliate of EPLF/PFDJ, they are controlled opposition or pretend to be , meaning someone who pretends to oppose the PFDJ while covertly serving it. If you’ve been involved in any kind of anti- PFDJ activism for any length of time, you’ve most probably encountered this self proclaimed opposition yourself. They are heavily infiltrated in many Eritrean society and secretly working for their master NUS. This obvious trend of spaying and infiltration is known to have continued into the current day with all the Eritrean movements past and present .At large we’d be ignorant not to assume that this has been at least as rampant in Awate site comments where remnants of EPLF/PFDJ organize and disseminate ideas and information to discredit . Almost invariably in these awate comment ,discussions, by common folks, intellectuals, pundits, and pro regime government are present Eritrean are extremely vigilant about prominent opposition figures in dissident diaspora circles, and it’s understandable that Eritrean feel worried and paranoid. Over and over again we seeing Eritrean Front crumple and diapered from the field and opposition anti-IA/PFDJ ,Eritrean opposition movements fizzled or sadly rendered incapable and impotent, often seemingly with the help of people we once trusted, and it’s hard not to get frustrated and become suspicious of anyone who starts shining bright in ant Eritrean regime. Sadly Eritrean opposition have been accused at different times of being a plant for no reason other than to discredit them . they are not a plant for anybody or Eritrean regime. As long as regime agencies remain opaque and unaccountable there will never be a way to know who might be secretly working for Eritrean regime . What I can know is what I’ve learned about the ways of disinformation and lying about what we know about the nature of Eritrean regime and when someone comments and says something which highlights those lies. One therefore pay close attention and you see solely to the fabricated comments and message, and I do not give no attention to what may or may not be the hidden underlying agenda of the messenger. We have tiny minority of veterans of EPLF willing to utter their rubbish here . Time spent in field of war fielded and life and is kind a form of EPLF Commonest servitude to NUS, sadly like any war a prolonged exposure to combat ,for some leaves them broken mentally , spiritually scarred for life by trauma and often so numb you have difficulty connecting with others, and the last thing war does is make you a man. With all the respect for Eritrean people who spent the rest of their life fighting against Ethiopian war machine. Eritrean people once toppled the largest military in Africa . also brought joyous moment a historical awakening to Eritrean people that till today shapes the collective consciousness of this newly born nation to this present day. That this deep consciousness continues to manifest itself in different forms of dissent and civic engagement from inside and diaspora . After independence young Eritrean stopped buying into the toxic patriotism that leads Eritrean fight destructive, ultimately pointless wars with neighbouring countries. and this notion of Eritrean blind nationalism and ultra patriotism. It’s so prevalent that it’s, in some ways, if it’s not fought every day it will continue despite the lessons before us.

    the notion that IA is working hard remake societies in his own image. NUS leadership of Dictatorship from past and present todays that for most our people are crying loud in silence of deep regret are very commonly to heard all over the country, in rural areas as well as in capital c. These sad faces and voices are silent heard on the streets of Azamara s and small towns, among the downtrodden and tiny affluent classes alike. The discontent is also echoed and encouraged
    repression, cultural , social religious alienation and economic hardship and Those grievances are daily fact, This is not a secret. The promises of the EPLF/PFDJ ,falsely sought to shore up the nation’s right of self-determination and human rights ,was meant to happen and the realities of everyday life in the country. Long are gone the days of dream to come. with no correspondence with the realty and facts of life. The disillusionment of Eritrean hard core Leftist with both the Soviet Bolshevik and the Chinese Moist experiments. Naïve Eritrean intellectuals and pundits, trying to bring commonest dilogy and ideas of utopia and that was increasingly synonymous with totalitarianism and the reign of oppression . Eritrean as people were dreaming that they could build a just nation, the short live spirit engulfed the entire nation and brought with it an enduring sense of great empowerment and sense of achievement . the pride in dignity with which Eritrean people asserted themselves, and the determination manifested in their short history-making and created a new nation that continues to exercise its freedom ,independence , Justice, equality, equity, audacity, creativity, and confidence. With IA and his cohort that dream , vernacular sounds long time passé .dead and obsolete. what we have EPLF/PFDJ is what we get IA Crypto Eritrean . a costly leap into Ethiopian messy world and of great an predictable and uncertainty situation ,Eritrea should steer clear from Ethiopia . IA Crypto Eritrean want to guide his flock to follow him with no question asked ,just quietly and obediently followe his lead with our eyes closed, our mind shut down, and mouths shut.
    Eritrean independence left deep legacy of fundamental transformation of the way our people see Eritrea and Ethiopia , relate to ourselves and to others , be it far and near , understand our demand ,the rights and full responsibilities, and one day sooner or later we will hold those in PFDJ power will answer and they will be accountable for what they done to Eritrean people . There is no question that the leap Eritrean have took in 1961 and those who believed and continue to believe in our people that strong courage and human dignity cannot be buried and burdened by no means of fear and obedience no matter from where it comes.

    • Brhan

      Well said Said,
      Your concern in the middle of the first paragraph is addressed by hard working members of the opposition group in the West and their outreach to governments of the western countries has resulted in punishing severely the regime: no more intimidation otherwise the regime reps are paying high prices including getting persona non grata
      In now days the regimes most meetings are public when they are conducted and this in shabite.com….It is like the meetings of mafia where meetings are called in codes.
      So what can they do ..they come to awate.com and show their propaganda.
      Let them come at least they can tell us what the government they support want to hide …I did welcome one of them by the name Mahmoud Saleh…

    • aklilu zere

      Good day Said.

      It is the reversal of fortunes: there was time we used aliases though naturally and actually, afraid of the “long arm” of our enemies. Now it is their turn. Their voices are voices of apparitions – of the living dead. By their free will they became creatures of shadows- wraiths just like their master nsu.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Aklilu,

        Good to see. In the past I have thought about that and the EPLF “Secret Party” come to mind. There was this video I saw on youtube, where a certain probably leftist professor from Holland I think gave about the secret organization of EPLF and the leadership (the 15 inside leadership). He talked about how the made all decisions and everything that’s repeated and told comes directly from those central leaders, where IA being the grand leader. The professor said, out of the 15, except for IA, most of them are dead, exiled or in prison and he is the only one left.

        The one that are close to him now, the likes of Hagos Kisha or Yemane monkey are those he selected carefully and will never challenge his authority and he can dispose them at will.

        You are probably one of the few who exposed IA and his inner workings but probably a lot is missing.

        What I am was puzzled sometimes is, why we have not tried to search and expose the “secret party” and how it’s organized, how members are selected and if it’s still operating today. And can someone leave from the party and get to live another day?

        I think those ghost that we speak about, in my opinion are still operating within and outside Eritrea and are the main reason who are holding back in our progress.

        Berhe

        • aklilu zere

          Good day Berhe.

          Yes ghosts will always be present among the living.

          Nsu- the master of darkness- had many shadows. We call these shadows the banal evils. In the past they came and went ; in the present they are and will be gone. Nsu- the Mogoroth-watches his estate [darkness] carefully. Even in that shadowy universe there is intense competition. For sure, Yemane dreams to occupy nsu’s position but he is carefully watched. So is Kisha. And look at Sebhat! The wraith like creature!

          The “secret party” you mentioned is nothing but void. And void does not have explanation. It is Nothingness! An entity that has no independent existence. In order to exist it needs to corrupt, to infect
          The Good.

          In Eritrea it found a fertile ground: the good people of Eritrea: trustful, stoic, friendly, kind, humble…….

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Aklilu,

            Thank you. You said

            “The “secret party” you mentioned is nothing but void. And void does not have explanation. It is Nothingness! An entity that has no independent existence. ”

            Ok the secret party may no longer exist and for the time of it’s existence it was probably controlled by Nsu, it’s his vehicle of control.

            Now the party may be gone but the modus opreandi as my friend calls, is it dead?

            I think in our engagment with IA, be it the Menkae, yemen, ELF in meda, ELF-RC, Tegadelti in 1992, Akale Sinkulan, Romedan M.Nur, Biteweded, Oqbe Abreha, G-15, G-13, the University Students, Wedi Ali and even now Berhane Abrehe….

            We all wanted to reason with him…while he never reasoned with any of us. EVER.

            We all down play his intentions and always giving him the doubt and try to change his mind and reason. No body I know off attempted to take the same or equal reaction like he does…and when the is remote possibility, he folds back and reason (like he did with Tegadeliti, like what he did with ELF, like what he did with G15) and probably he did with MenkaE when he turn around and attack with vengeance with no mercy. His script does change and will never changes in the future.

            Now I see the same type of campaign….”Enough” or “ይአክል” although encouraging but sounds to me, that we are still pleading / begging him to change. Which will never happen.

            So going back to my original thought….in the city you live for example, how is the PFDJ insiders organized? Where do they get their orders from? Why haven’t there been any leak except very few (at YPFDJ) of what’s discussed, what’s implemented. How are those members vetted to get in and once they get in, why they stay loyal to the very end????

            People say, benefit this or that as an example, but those I know, have nothing to benefit from being loyal to the regime. I believe there is a hierarchy and those at the lower do not know what’s above them and it goes on….it’s a pyramid setup and any order that come from above no body questions but implement.

            It’s the questions that alludes me for a long time and I have never come across a reasonable answer including from those relatives of mine.

            Berhe

      • said

        Greeting, Aklilu Zere
        I totally agree with you. One is at lost how describe the ruthless NUS and his regime as the history unfolding in front of our eyes for some time now.

        The only sadness’s that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with the noise; like diseases that are treated superficially and foolishly, they just withdraw and after a short interval break out again all the more terribly; and gather inside us and are life, are life that is unlived, rejected, lost, life that we can die of.
        — Rainer Maria Rilke

        We have fallen back into the Dark Ages. It’s more essential than ever to understand how IA got to rule Eritrea singlehandedly and who put him there. Then we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The life of Eritreans translates into nothing in the Eritrea system of value the agency of death. The only thing collective madness of PFDJ understand is brutality. When they rain down death … that is the fate they demand. malevolent, inhuman, devoid of compassion and Empathy ,devoid of human face, heart and blood .We are used to the bad news we have been deluged with bad, even mortifying, news, and for 26 years, the mind reels in bafflement as the spirit sinks. Despair seems an apt response to events one cannot reconcile, of circumstances of which one cannot gain perspective nor control. have been catastrophic and apocalyptic.,
        On wanders how NUS want Eritrean to follow his foot step and some how rejoins ,when our memory still fresh from Ethiopian oppression. IA his military hierarchy who planned and initiated Eritrean Civil War with TPLF military support in defeating ELF , EPLF won it easily with some internal help from ELF , and IA then went on to rule as Head of State ,as dictator in Eritrea for 28 years. Eritrean they were already traumatized during long struggle for independence and after the war due to its resistance to Ethiopian colonization . Eritrean civilians still talk about what they saw and experienced when Ethiopian soldiers came into their villages and killed and bombed civilians mercilessly . Tens of thousands people get killed randomly and many Wounded, and were looked after by their families support , relatives or by the their villages community if they had no children.
        The dead were buried everywhere, without proper ritual or coffins. The Ethiopian soldiers came to Eritrea to conduct ugly war, and kill people. That means they were the war aggressors. The puppet soldiers were also Eritrean commandos but they were truly Ethiopianized and for love his royal king HSLS and Today replaced by NUS , they took order and listened to the Ethiopian monarch and took up arms against their own very people. For those sellout soldiers. Eritrean do not have sympathy. Many Eritrean children have no fathers. The Ethiopian killed a generation. Eritrean had war for three generations. Ethiopian soldiers killed brutally, indiscriminately. Ethiopian soldiers starved and killed their own people ; Eritrean People are hunted about their wartime experiences. It affects large part of civilians far more and far longer than freedom fighters and combatants per say . with no period relief and after independence blood shed continue to this day . The war ended 29 years ago in victory for our Eritrean people, but Eritrea cities remains many part of Eritrea devastated like Massawa and near by villages same goes for many part of Eritrea . We say that victory cannot match our suffering. After all, Ethiopian sent their soldiers their with the intent to destroy all, burn villages , and kill all innocent lives . They destroyed the land. Speaking of the land .what did Eritrean regime do to rehabilitate and rebuild with destroyed city’s ,towns and villages.? what did Eritrean regime do to rehabilitate and help Eritrean civilians and Tegadelty combatants . what did Eritrean regime will do to gain do to rehabilitate and rebuild the nation ,The Answer more of the same .NADA

        IA and his tag politburo. Who engaged in the mass murder of civilians for the purpose of “destroying eliminating and cleansing his opponent ” and the societies of those PFDJ believed to be of an inferior ethnic race do not hold government position. and others not in line with PFDJ regime. Thousands of innocent Eritrean people who were tortured or sent to the prison for no reason. Many were murdered, disappeared, imprisoned, sent to labour camps .Eritrean people suffered enormously ,yes for being Eritrean. Economically poor and disenfranchised during these 28 years and it is an eternity periods. Eritrean people are very resilient and very patient and must not mean that Eritrean people should let the IA sickening dictator’s toxic continue to rule ,his day is near the end how ever we see it.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Said,
          Could you pls elaborate this sentence: “EPLF won it easily with some internal help from ELF.” What internal help they get from ELF?

          • said

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat

            I would not pretend to know more than the veteran of ELF like your self . My quotation in regard EPLF won it easily with some internal help from ELF. There were Moles and spy working inside ELF organization in behave of EPLF and some of them later on joined EPLF leadership and they were rewarded and this was obvious for any observer.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Unofficial dialogue now ongoing between PFDJ and key western political asylum host country(s) regarding possible relocation of high-profile prisoners (i.e. G15). Efforts which have not yet yielded positive rejoinder, will continue thru Friday. Strategy did not anticipate repartee with PFDJ but intends to plant a seed of thought for consideration.

    • Brhan

      Hi FishMilk,
      1) This is must be a lie
      2) If not then it is dangerous..because asylum seeking process is limited to the asylum seeker and his lawyer…if you FishMilk are the lawyer or you know the issue between the lawyer and the asylum seeker , what you are doing is breaching the confidentiality agreement. By this you can be taken to court …so be careful of what you write
      3) FishMilk you are here only to destruct

      • Lamek

        Hi brhan. Didn’t FM also say there was a bombshell report exposing everybody who received weyane money? I wonder who ate that report? This guy is just here to distract like you said. The case of G15 can only be opened over IA’s dead body because unfortunately most of them are assumed deceased. IA is trapped because he can only be in two situations – in absolute power or dead. If he loses his absolute control, then he has to account for the high profile G15 and other countless innocent Eritreans he caused anguish on. Coward as he is, he has never faced real accountability for anything and nothing will change that.

    • Nitricc

      Unofficial dialogue now ongoing between PFDJ and key western political asylum host country(s) regarding possible relocation of high-profile prisoners (i.e. G15). Efforts which have not yet yielded positive rejoinder, will continue thru Friday.

      Greetings Fishmilk; I am truly disturbed by your piece of news. What is the need for G-15 to relocate any where? If you ask me, the government of Eritrea should show some kinds bones before it to late. The G-15 and the journalists must be free immediately. The government of Eritrea should offer an apology and find them a nice retirement facility to lead a normal life, whatever it is left, till they die. Those people are the once who paid every thing to free their country and they were held for 19 years with out any due process, worst the government who arrested them for 19 years with out due process wants to ship them away to some western countries? at this age? after what has happened to them? Well, I have a point to share with PIA and his government. Any thing short of releasing and freeing the G-15 and journalists with some kind compensating to continue their life inside the country; anything else it doesn’t end well for you. The people of Eritrea tolerated everything you have done because they knew what was at stake but now; NO MORE! Simply put, free the G-15 and the journalists; you have given a deadline, May 24 2019.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Nitrickay,

        Don’t believe anything that comes up from this guy. They are all lies to distract the on going debate on the Editorial piece of Awate team. He posted many lies as rumors in this forum, and none of them are proved to be true news or info. None at all.

        • FishMilk

          Hi Amanuel Hidrat. Debate what? An editorial piece which offers absolutely zero -nada- practical solutions in response to much needed PIA/PFDJ transparency and accountability and seems instead to be anchored to ancient history and the character assasination of PM Abiy? Is that not a distraction in itself? Talk about a preoccupation with Ethiopia! Attention should instead be focused on the home-front and dealing with issues such as prisoner release.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Fishmilk,

            We can do both. Te secure the release of the prisoners by finding a way to neutralize the despot and to secure the safety of our sovereignty by exposing the conspiracy of the two leaders. And our struggle is exactly that as we stand today. There will be no release of prisoners as far as the despot is alive. No further debate on this issue and the struggle is clear. Just don’t distract us. If you have hope from the despot to release the prisoners, go and convince the supporters of the despot. You don’t have to convince us on the evil man what he does and he doesn’t.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. Sorry, I just cannot buy into the conspiracy theory as it simply has no logic. Waiting for PIA to pass from natural or unnatural causes, could entail a lot of time. Strategies which entail complete removal of the PIA/PFDJ regime, run a high risk of anarchy and extensive harm to innocent civilians. Political ambience and expectations inside of Eritrea have dramatically changed over the past few months. Opening of borders, has inadvertently and substantially, politically weakened PIA’s position to continue business as normal . Timing is prime for positive change to occur, but from within and not from outside. The only monkey’s wrench which is remaining is the TPLF’s refusal to cooperate with withdrawal and demarcation processes. So, if you wish to be preoccupied with Ethiopia, best that you narrow your focus on the TPLF.

          • Amanuel

            Hi FM
            Are you saying demarcation is holding back change in Eritrea? Yes, it will be helpful but it is not so important as the threat of war is gone. Further more it is the responsibility of the F. Government to deliver it. From Abiy’s and IA interviews we have been told it is not a priority for now.
            If Abiy is interested in delivering it he has to put the right kind of pressure on TPLF. For example opening as the same time another boundary problem with Amhara is not helpful and provide them an excuse not to cooperate on either of them. What do you think should be the priority to Abiy considering “The Medemer” slogan? Having a commission to decided on boundaries between regions, while preaching united Ethiopia or deliver what he has promised and signed up for with Eritrea?
            Change in Eritrea and demarcation are not related and it is just an excuse for the status quo to continue.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel. No, that is not what I am saying. The PIA/PFDJ regime is solely accountable for allowing/encouraging positive change/reforms to occur in Eritrea. What I am saying is that what ‘he said-she said’ (in the case of verbal discussions), will in the end will not matter but rather content of the Peace Agreement signed by PIA and PM Abiy, which clearly stipulates withdrawal/demarcation. At any given time in this regard, unless full implementation of the Peace Agreement is affected by Ethiopia, PIA can rightly cry foul. All possible excuses for PIA/PFDJ maintaining the status quo need to be removed as soon as possible.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Amanuel H.,

            Safety of our sovereignty?

            If Ethiopia had been technologically and economically successful like the USA and Germany or an in demand resource rich like Saudi Arabia, would there haven an Eritrean armed struggle?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Simon,

            Why not Simon? The Vietnamese have done it against the mighty US with heavy casualties. The Algerians have done it against the mighty French, with heavy casualties (one million casualties). The Eritreans (my generation) have done against the Ethiopians “well armed to the teeth” by the US at one time and by the Soviet Union at another. At the end of the day the “determination, courage, fighting spirit, and readiness for ultimate sacrifice” of the people is the decisive factor than “heaps of armaments” in winning wars. I might be wrong, but I don’t see those qualities in our young generation.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Ammanuel H.,

            The Americans inherited Vietnam from the French because they were idealists, they wanted to fight global communism and establish democracy [a good cause], but they were let down by their own cowardly politicians and the corrupt South Vietnamese leadership. In any case, the Americans and the Vietnamese do not only NOT share a border, but they are culturally poles apart.

            The French were in Algeria to steal Algeria’s resources, and they deserved the beating they received.

            The Eritrean and Ethiopian case is totally dissimilar. The Ethiopians were, on the main, claiming the Eritreans to be their long lost angry blood brothers to lay a claim to the land.

            Don’t you think that if the Ethiopians were rich and successful and had tact, that Eritreans would not have minded speaking Amharic?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Simon,

            It is not only our “historical right to self determination” that propelled us to fight through armed struggle, but also their barbaric action on our population by consecutive Ethiopian regimes. The Amhara ruling regime of Ethiopia were barbaric not only to us, they were also barbaric to the people of Tigray, Oromo, and Somali, that caused the launching of multiple ethnic liberation fronts in the 70s. Actually, the Shoan ruling class has created all the mistrusts among the Ethiopian “social groups” to the extent unable to form a united resistance against the central government in the 70s. It is the outcome of the continuous mistrust that lead them to the current Federal arrangement after the fall of the Derg regime. From my assessment, there is nothing that hold them together than the current Federal arrangements with this deep mistrust/hate of each other. So back to your question, the current realities are created by the nature of the regimes of that era, and Eritreans have opted their “independence” and that history has found its closure. The “ifs ” you presented haven’t had realities on the ground, and for Ethiopians it was a lost of opportunities when they abrogated the Federal arrangements. We Eritreans have paid a heavy price for our cause. At this point we will keep our patriot’s words – better to be drowned in the Red Sea than to be entangled with the Ethiopian rulers.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            My apologies if I have read you wrong but Simon’s hypothetical contention is valid in the sense that, one of the intellectual thrust Eritreans exude to buttress the cause for independence was, they didn’t want to be part of a backward Ethiopia.

            In light of that, Simon asks, would they had an incentive to demand for independence if Ethiopia was a wealthy and advanced country on par with US or any other Western European countries.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            I suspect the same thing, but I don’t want to answer on speculation basis. I chose to tackle the explicit meaning of the question. If his question was to imply the way you saw it, then here is my answer to it:

            “Backwardness” has never been part of our literatures produced for our diplomatic argument nor was part of our political orientation for the rank and files of our army in the field, as part of our cause in our struggle. May be it could come up in an informal set of argument with Ethiopians on one and one bases to induce anger on the them. That is one of the expressions of Eritrean arrogance. Otherwise, there is no such official argument as basis for our cause. After all except Asmara the city built “by and for” Italians during the 60 years of colonizing Eritrea, the rest part of Eritrea is not better than the lives of Ethiopians. I don’t believe on that bogus argument that might have been uttered by some arrogant Eritreans. We had a history of being colonized like all African countries which is apart from the Ethiopian history that legitimize our quest for independence. Other than that it is a talk of the streets.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Amanuel H.,

            Woldeab Woldemariam, one of the symbols of Eritrean independence struggle, is reported to have used the ‘backwardness’ argument. Am I wrong?

          • Haile S.

            Srlam Simon,
            Alow me to say this on the subject. There is comprehensive publication on what WelWel wrote. I am not sure if he said that. I can check quickly later and come with some of his quotes. What I remember is, in his series on the newspaper, for exampke ኤርትራ ንመን? He was admonishing those who considered Eritrea as made of Gold telling them Eritrea is one of the poorest countries in the world and the interests of US, UK, Eth is for reasons he analysed and argued objectively and not for ‘its Gold’.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Simon,

            I haven’t heard about him saying that. Actually, in early of his political life, he was arguing for “Tigray-tigrini” to be tied by Federal arrangement with the rest of Ethiopia. A man with that line of thinking does not give sense to me to have said that. But in politics nothing is ruled out. My grandfather who is from the same church of religious denomination has told me that he had said “we Eritreans have agree to disagree”. But when he was asked after Independence, he denied it. So who knows he might had said it. In any case whether he said it or not, those kind of argument were not factual to even use it as a cause. Imagine Simon, if we hadn’t a “history of colonization” and if “backwardness” was the only cause for our struggle, that in itself only is not justifiable to separate from Ethiopia. Myself, I wouldn’t join with such bogus argument to separate Eritrea from Ethiopia. The only thing that made to join our struggle was “history” and the “barbaric act” of the Ethiopian rulers. Those who believe on that bogus argument are only the chauvinist group of Eritreans.

          • Mez

            Good day Amanuem H:

            Great Amanuel, point blank and to the core of our challenge. It is crystal clear and straight forward; I admire your great statement:

            “Myself,…. such bogus argument to separate Eritrea from Ethiopia. The only thing that made me to join our struggle was “history of colonization” and the “barbaric act” of the Ethiopian rulers…..”

            I feel like “reborn” in the sense of “debate and discuss” for the benefit of everyone.

            Thanks again.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Simon,

            I am back on what I promised you this morning. I skimmed over all 4 series of Welwel’s ኤርትራ ንመን series on ሰሙናዊ ጋዜጣ in 1947. These are the chapters where he talked a lot about Ethiopia.
            Welwel was a member of ማሕበር ፍቕሪ ሃገር. After he left them, he was in consultation with other independentist parties and involved in extending the British mandate to give time for … as he explains partially below. I chose this quote to show whatever he could have said, some words, can be taken out of context wrongly interpreted and used by those who want to demonize him and by extension demonizing Eritrea and Eritreans. How can one forget Weyane’s propaganda of disinformation either themselves or through their surrogates to undermine and kill the nation from its roots.
            As you see here, Welwel had only respect and admiration for Ethiopia.
            ብ 1945 ናይ’ዛ ዳሕረወይቲ ማሕበር ብጾተይን ኣነን፡ ናይ ምአንግስታት ረድኤት ን15 ዓመት ክንልምን ከሎና፡ እቲ ሓደን ንጹህን ዝኾነ ዕላማናን ሃረርታናን፡ ንጥቕሚ እዛ እነፍቕራ ሃገርና ኢትዮጵያ፡ ከምኡውን ንጥቕሚ ኤርታን ኤርትራውያንን ጥራይ ኢዩ ዝነበረ’እምበር፡ ንቡዙሓት ሓመይቲ ኸም ዝመሰላቶም ብገንዘብ ወጻእተኛ ተዓዲግና ወይስ ብምኽረ ባዕዲ ተመሪሕና ከቶ ኣይገበርናዮን። ንጥቕሚ ኢትዮጵያ ክብል ከሎኹ፡ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ደኽያን ድኺምቲ ካብቲ ክብረታዊ ስደታ ብኡብኡ እተመልሰት፡ ነቲ ብወረርቲ ኢጣልያውያን እተበታተነትን እተዛራረወትን ስጋውን መንፈሳውን ኣገልግሎት ሕዝባ ንምእርናብ ከኣ ከኣ ልዕልቲ ፖለቲካውን ኤኮኖሚካውን ሓይላ እትጋደል መንግስቲ ኢያ ዝነበረት እሞ፡ በተን 15 ዓመታት ቈጸራስ ምናልባሽ ምጥጣእ ዕዮኣ ትፍጽም እሞ ንኤርትራ’ውን ብግቡእ ንምቕባል ሓይልን ክእለትን ዶኾን ትረክብ ማለተይ ኢየ።…

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Paulos,

            Thank you.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam aman
            One point, the fact is the highland eritreans was the one initiating for abrogation of the fedral arrangement .
            to begin with, they weren’t even intersted on the fedral arrangement, most of highlanders were for a total unity.
            the highland commandos were the one did the havoc in the first days of the armed struggle. That is the fact.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            You see your ignorance glares here. Let us reverse your mindset and ask the following question: If Eritrea is a land-locked and poor country like South-Sudan, would these hyenas care about Eritrea? They care about the land and sea of Eritrea not about her people. Always receiver will never be donator.

            Al-Arabi

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            Your questions smells phony, phony. ፎእ!

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            You are a typical poor student. When you are in an exam room, you answer the question, no matter how tricky they are. I can picture you being very agitated now.

            Do not create a diversion.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            Your picturing system is very very poor. It appears, you are using the Stone Age picturing system. You need to go to school again to understand the 21st century. Your kind of ignorance is called a “Complex Ignorance”. You deem you know but you know nothing.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            You are a waste of time. To you, defeat is victory, ignorance is knowledge. By the way, how many years did you spend in those primitive schools where the clock runs backwards? A year spent there is equivalent to -5 years in normal society.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            I endeavor to brainstorm you if I succeed to activate your mindset. If my comments do not move you, then you have a big problem. Think about it.

            Al-Arabi

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Simon,

            You are saying “if” which amounts to nothing. If Ethiopia was advanced like those countries you mentioned, then it would not have resorted to abolishing a treaty it signed in the first place, thus no need for armed struggle.

            The armed struggle was the last resort when all peaceful means were tried, 58-61.

            Berhe

          • Haile S.

            Selam Berhe,

            That is exactly what I was preparing to say. The reason has never been about richness and poverty or their versions. This is a pure propaganda bolstered by Weyane in their recent adventures to demonize Eritrea and Eritreans.
            If I can add, if Ethiopia was let alone rich like the mentioned countries, even it was as rich as an average country-X, perhaps it wouldn’t have forgotten the presence of Italians on its north. Perhaps instead of discussing for decades (Menelik through HHI) for some kind of protectorate with Italy and almost falling for it, it would have asked them to leave by hook or crook. At least France wouldn’t have abandoned Ethiopia for some Italian concession in Libya/Tunisia area and let Ethiopia get invaded in 1935 and history would have been different. The ifs and perhapses can down the history that let Eritrea go more and more far from the center of Ethiopian administration over the centuries.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam berhe
            ethiopia abolished the federal arrangement and that was why eritrea started armed struggle rhetoric can be translated, if ethiopia didn’t abolished the federal arrangement, eritrea could have stayed as part of ethiopia and it also mean it is ok for eritrea to be part of fedral ethiopia. this kind of rhetoric after 28 years of independence, will lead these two countries where they were 58 years ago to 3rd rounds of war.

          • Brhan

            Hello Teodros,
            Thanks for your input and I believe Ethiopia now must learn from that experience otherwise , Ogaden can follow the steps of Eritrea

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam brhan
            if ogaden separated from ethiopia am sure they will not talk about if ethiopia could have done this or that, we wouldn’t be separated from ethiopia nonesense talk. there is a big confusion, so big.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            The federal arrangement was suppose to be for 10 years, 1952-1962. At the end of the term Eritreans would have decided their own fate by referendum.

            What that choice would have been no body knows, I doubt it would have been anything to do with Ethiopia, based on the past years.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            Reread ur own first respond to simon and u will know why i said what i said, i was talking about the rhetoric that say ” because of the abolishment of the federation, eri started armed struggle talk, after 28 years,
            but i know most of the highland was in support of abolishing the federation and i know the armed struggle started before the abolishment of the federation.
            The whole point is lets us not repeat same mistake over and over again like ..

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            I did not say there were no Eritrean who wanted to unite with Ethiopia or that did not support the annaxatuin of Eritrea.

            But that’s not the same as all Eritreans wanted or the most majority did. May be they were, no body knows because no referendum took place to decide. That mistake is what it got us to 30 years of war.

            I don’t know why we will need to repeat the same mistake again, that you keep referring. IA is not speaking on behalf of ERITREAN people, he is just run away train and doing everything in his own for his own sake.

            Ethiopian PM and other Ethiopian should not be stupid to take IA words and actions and commit another mistake.

            And this article is all about that.

            Berhe

          • Brhan

            Hello Simon ,
            England was rich so it was better for Ghanna to remain under its rule…is that what I am hearing from you

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Brhan,

            You are assuming that the cultural, historical, and political relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea is similar to the relationship between an alien European coloniser [Britain] and Ghana. Utter nonsense.

          • Selamat Simon Kaleab,

            How is European culture “alien”? It is a human culture. All of the world’s or human’s culture, history and politics are very similar. All over the world existed the rulers and the ruled. Ethiopia had it’s kings or queens, the negus negast and the British had their kings and queens.
            Just consider your personal culture, and probably living in England,
            do you really feel you are living in an “alien” world amongst aliens? I found you counter argument to Brhan ludicrous, absurd and outrageous.

            Eritreans found the Ethiopians to be alien occupiers and decided to evict them by venturing into the arduous armed struggle. They succeeded. Thats history now. But if one was to consider your implied suggestions, Ethiopia is still poor, underdeveloped and unstable. So your implication that Eritreans would choose to be part of a rich neighbor falls short yet again.

            Pretty soon, after making your living for decades in the West or Europe, you will more than likely assimilated with the culture and mannerisms and will stand up and declare you are indeed an ALIEN to your Ethiopia. There is only one world history and human culture my friend. They don’t vary much.

            tSAtSE

      • FishMilk

        Hi Nitricc. I agree with with you 100%. Political and religious prisoners should be immediately released. And, criminal cases should be timely and transparently processed. There are simply no excuses to do otherwise.

      • Paulos

        Nitrikay,

        This guy is a heap of BS!

      • FishMilk

        Hi Nitricc. Just to add that the important mission of Jean Asselborn to Eritrea is underway.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Such an unhinged loosey-goosey article, when does one really start? When the article mentions that ‘While we believe people can redeem themselves, Isaias cannot escape accountability for the crimes he committed in the last 40 years’ it is evident that old business and grudges against the EPLF are serving as the motivational base for the supernatural narrative that ensues. And again, not a single forward-looking practical and reality-based solution, is advanced. Please stop the PM Abiy character assassination for its looks extremely juvenile.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All: It is clear from reading the above article, that many here, suffer from ‘TPLFitus Syndrome’, which is a very rare combination of retained primitive reflexes, exacerbated by an acute sensory processing disorder, which results in pathological altered states of consciousness. Worry not! As there are several tilted yellow star practitioners here in the form of witch doctors, shamans, and and kahunas ready to extend their services.

  • Haile WM

    Hello all,

    it’s astounding not to see the elephant in room and go chasing for mice . Eritrea has a huge problem to address i.e. Iseyas Aferki and his ruling clique the PFDJ, but it seems we are obsessed by Emmama Etiobia in the vest of TPLF, Woyane, Abi and hailesilasie statue.

    Abi is true to his nature, a sellout ex-woyane who was woyane from his inception, was part of the woyane ruling class, he was part of the abusing process of the EPRDF system in Ethiopia and ultimately he came to power thanks to woyane .
    Abi is part of the Ethiopian current dilemma. The quagmire TPLF has put Ethiopia dividing the land along ethnic lines will have huge impact and it will take the necessary time to heal.

    As Eritreans we have an elephant in the room, Iseyas and PFDJ. I would worry about our immediate threat. Our sovereignty was never given to us on a golden plate. we fought for it and if necessary we are to defend it from any external threat.

    No matter what the situation will evolve to, the question should be: what will happen to Eritrea internally ?

    Let’s assume TPLF dissolves and the border is demarcated and Abi stays out of Eritrean business, will we still wait for Iseyas and PFDJ to give power back to the people ? free our prisoners ? let our youth free from indefinite sawa ? allow our productive Eritreans back to work in Eritrea ? allow families to be reunited ?
    I really doubt Iseyas will do any of that.
    the real fight is not against Ethiopia it’s against our main tormentor; our home bred monster, and once he is gone avoiding other home bred monsters.

    • Brhan

      Selam Haile, Tsaba Ste…That is what i have been saying and there are others too who echoed the same point
      1) In one way awate.com is doing as what they say bending the iron while it is hot..PFJD is trying to market this new rapprochement ( debated officially only in Ethiopia ) as deal done and here it is challenged that it is not unless it is done with transparency , within legitimate institution
      2)the PFJD , while trying to stamp the rapprochement, is attempting to make it as an achievement that it more important than anything else, thus when the crowd are focusing only on it they will be forgetting its human right abuses, disgrace to rule of law , constitution, freedom of speech…in another way the rapprochement is used to destruct people on those issues
      3) So while I agree with your point, I also agree with awate.com approach to the issue because again bending the iron while it is hot…but I also call awate.com to balance its work between challenging the current agenda and the real Eritrea agendas that you raised

  • Selam All,

    No eritrean is afraid of Ethiopian tanks rolling into Eritrea. They are certain about this. Some eritrean die-hard tplf supporters among them in the past asked for such things to happen and Ethiopians said, No. Someday eritreans should join the dots and find the true answer for this.

    What scares most those who oppose the ethiopian pm, are the things happening by themselves, things beyond their control, that happen after the peace agreement, open borders, the beginning of trade, the free movement of people and goods, the possible use of the ports, etc. Paradoxically, they think that these things undermine Eritrean sovereignty.

    It seems that roles have changed. Contrary to the regime in Asmara the opposition now seems to see Eritrea sovereignty only behind closed borders, walled ports and cities with no connection to ethiopia. Tomorrow, who knows, it could be opposing the disbanding of the majority of the young languishing in a lifetime military service, which they may say puts in danger the country’s sovereignty, because these young men and women may also find themselves south of the mereb.

    After three decades of enslavement it is natural that people want to travel, trade, and breath fresh air. Their thoughts had always been away, and only their body was there, thanks to those who by hating ethiopia committed a crime on their own people. The vociferous eritrean diaspora don’t want to risk their comfort and replace those who are leaving the open prison. Nevertheless, they are more or less prescribing what the regime did up to now, close the doors and leave things as they used to be, because peace, cooperation, and economic integration are putting in danger Eritrea’s sovereignty, unless it is strictly as they imagine it. I doubt if they know what they imagine, beyond their narrow nationalism, which does not serve the ordinary eritrean. Only border demarcation could dissipate their fears and bring prosperity.

    Nothing of the things said by PMAA are unknown to the regime in Asmara, hence it did not react, and what eritrean elites say does not hold water. The ethiopian pm would not stand at the side of the italian pm and say to the world community that italy has agreed to fund the feasibility studies for the addis-massawa railway, or speak of a common embassy, defense force or currency, etc, unless the three leaders know it.

    For some the aim is to kill two birds with one stone. PM Abiy’s endeavor they believe is to save dia and at the same time control eritrea through him, things that exist only in their minds, and the other target being, to save their darling tplf, as much as the die-hard tplf supporters are concerned. In their opinion, these are the two main crimes of the ethiopian pm for which they condemned him. The majority of eritreans ascended the bandwagon later on influenced by the tplf spokesmen and women.

    Finally none of what the ethiopian pm says is the product of his imagination, but things discussed by the three leaders. The ethiopian pm, the eritrean pm and the somali leader are under the radar of the eu, usa and the gulf states, and of course, russia, iran and turkey looking from the opposite side from a distance. The eu does not want more refugees coming from the horn. They are already skeptical of the Sisi’s autocracy and dictatorship which is worse than that of Mubarek and there is a fear that he may create egyptian refugees flooding europe by making egypt a failed state because of injustice, extrajudicial killings and the dire economy, and the gcc countries hope that the horn area and beyond becomes their future bread basket, and for trump any solution is a good solution because he does not care as long as there is no oil and the billions of dollars.

    There are two solutions; either to add value to what has started to happen between ethiopia and eritrea and the whole region, or become a big impediment to a prosperous future of the peoples of the horn, keep the region a volatile area of wars, destruction and misfortune, so that the ego of narrow nationalists is served.

  • Freekid

    I don’t know where you got the 3 millions displaced people figure from. In any case, Ethiopia has announced majority of IDPs have returned to their homes

    https://fanabc.com/english/2019/02/over-a-million-displaced-people-return-back-to-their-villages-says-ministry-of-peace/

    • Hayat Adem

      Freekid,
      Nothing can be farther from the truth.

      • Freekid

        I await your sources/proof

        • Hayat Adem

          Dear Freekid,
          1) Are the conflicts and fightings settled?
          2) Are the confrontations and the security situation in the country improved?
          3) Do they have now stronger stablized and strengthened local and federal governments?
          4) Did we see a political settlment and a closure to all the cuases of the destablization that was taking place?
          The amswer to all those questions is not only “no” but a stronger one.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam hayat a
            No u wrong, everything is in the right direction and improving.
            Don’t forget the last 26 and half years systematic division, 46 billion loan and so on. It needs time to clean all the dirt.
            The people r so happy now days.

          • Freekid

            1. For the most part, yes.
            2. Yes
            3. More than ever. Previous regional governments were mere puppets. Created strong division between governments and the people. There is more trust now between the people and their governments
            4. Yes. All political parties have returned. The trouble makers (OLF) have reached settlements and disarmed. ONLF has disarmed. The rest are operating peacefully. Concerns that need constitutional amendments shall be resolved only after the election in 2 years time and the government receives proper mandate from the people.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Freekid,

            Words matter and You said: “ the government receives proper mandate from the people.”

            (a) How did they get that proper mandate?

            (b) What was the process of getting that “proper mandate” until the amendments will happen?

            (c) Isn’t your “current constitution” the guiding document for governing your people?

            (d) Are you saying they will not exercise their power as deemed in the existing constitution?

            (e) Does a popular movement give a mandate without a legitimate due process?

            When you address these questions, I might have a follow up questions depending on your answers,

          • Freekid

            a) The current government, although popular, has not received proper mandate from the people.
            b) Only through free and fair election can the government receive proper mandate. The election is in about 2 year time
            c) Yes. But there are articles in the constitution that are divisive and might require amendment, like in any democratic country. However, the current government cannot carry out these mandates without discussing and people voting on it
            e) No. This is exactly my point.

            “Concerns that need constitutional amendments shall be resolved only after the election in 2 years time and the government receives proper mandate from the people.”

          • Hayat Adem

            Freekid,
            I like your pen name. Continue being free and graduate from remaining a kid.
            Very recently, the Ethiopian government for the first time asked UNHCR to help and get involved in managing the IDP crisis in Ethiopia. That shows how overwhelmed they are by the situation. Normally, UNHCR don’t want to manage IDPs as a matter of mandate and priority. This one was too big and too consequential to ignore it. So, unless you want to keep yourself blind, this crisis is far from over.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hayat Adem. You are simply wrong. UNHCR’s mandate is to protect and assist everyone who has been affected by forced displacement, including IDPs. And, it is certainly not the first time that UNHCR has been requested to assist IDPs in Ethiopia or in many other countries.

          • Freekid

            Understand that you’re calling Ethiopias Ministry of Peace liars. Who should i believe. So far you haven’t presented any concrete evidence that shows there are 3 million IDPs. So yes i’m blind, to unsubstantiated claims.

            In any case, if you have a link to the UNHCR story please post it.

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Freekid,
            No, you are wrong. I didn’t call them liars. I was reacting to what you said earlier that most of IDPs were back in their homes. They didn’t say that or I haven’t read or heard their report on that. I don’t have a link on UNHCR. I was told by a friend who works for them.

          • Freekid

            I’ve posted a link in first post that proves exactly what i was saying. I’ll post the link again here

            https://fanabc.com/english/2019/02/over-a-million-displaced-people-return-back-to-their-villages-says-ministry-of-peace/

          • Freekid
          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Freekid,
            So now what are you saying? Awate said the IDPs are 3m. You said 1m are settled back. And then you said, most are back. In the link Selam Minister didn’t say anything about the total number nor what percentage 9f the IDPs were helped back. Reconcile your thoughts and claims before putting up wrong allegations on others.

          • Freekid

            I never conceded to your bogus 3 million number.

            The official figure was around 1.2 million.

            My stance hasn’t changed one bit in this conversation.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Freekid,

            Do you know how to address people. Moderators have told you many times to follow the rule of the forum. What is your problem with that? Is it a contempt to your encounters?

          • Hayat Adem

            Freekid,
            Okay, good to know. Bogus or not, I didn’t bring any figure here.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam freekid
      There was no morethan 90 thousand displaced people at a time in the first place.
      It is all the usual youtube, ebc, fana scary tactics and showing nobody will come out Winer game.

    • Mez

      Hi Freekid,

      1) Yes, the number around 3 million internally displaced people in Ethiopia is correct; but this number includes those displaced people since the Year 2015 or around that area until now.
      2) There are also some stubborn local problems among rural communities in some parts of the country. The major root causes are mostly structural; this needs more attention and investment on Education & access to basic infrastructures.

      Thanks

  • Brhan

    Dear awate.com
    Where are the Ethiopians?
    In these forum in particular and the website, one is so proud, to see diverse Eritreans commenting.
    What I believe missing is that of Ethiopia…they seem to be mainly Amhara. but I have not heard of Somali, Afar, or Oromo , for example. Does this mean that Ethiopia is not a concern to them? It is good to read their say , they might have different perspective to the issues related to Eritrea and Ethiopia which they are (part of)..

    • Mez

      Hi Birhan,

      1) you said: ” … I have not heard of Somali, Afar, or Oromo…”.

      It looks you borrowed some thoughts from tplf?!

      2) are you ok with ethnic profiling?

      3) shall every contributor put his ethnicity in brackets at the end?

      It may be a topic to expand on and discuss.

      Thanks

      • Brhan

        Hi Mez,
        Thanks for commenting to my input. I would like to answer to your questions;
        1) unless you are giving the credit to TPLF, the movement of these people to struggle for their rights started before TPLF
        2) Ethnic profiling…I am not but you seem to be…but you are, the proof is you jumped to relate my comment to TPLF thoughts . When people jump and say you are doing that because you are so and so , they are profiling…
        3) it is up to the contributor to say who is …this a free forum…but you are changing the topic..Sometimes .you can tell a person where he is coming from
        Thanks

        • Mez

          Hi Birhan,

          What you raised before is a basic problem everywhere.

          Don’t assume flip-flop would do the trick.

          Thanks

          • Brhan

            Hi Mez
            I thought we are going to discuss…I din not expect you to cut it short like this …anyways this forum is alive and we might collide in another episode..lol

      • sara

        Mez, Dear..
        i was also wondering along those lines you raised , good points to ask!

  • Selamat iSEM,

    Oh your resurfacing confirms the return of the TPLFites with vengeance.

    I skipped your usual nonsense. Tell your TPLF to demarcate – only then can Eritrean sovereignty be secured for good.

    tSAtSE

  • Gerogee

    Dear all,

    Yes it’s me, George, nightmare to take Eritreans.

    My take…

    1. Those who are crying sovergnity today we’re praying for Woyan invasions yesterday. You can’t be trusted. You have no integrity. We can see through you.

    2. Why foucus on About SPEECH, and ignore Woyane words and ACTIONS. Woyane is physically preventing normalization. Physically, as in very determined. Which one is more dangerous.

    3. Since the opposition think Woyane cares for Eritreans sovergnity we Eritreans do not have to worry. Hey, according to your logic Woyan can stop Ethiopia aggression.

    4. Eritreans have built a bond and strategic alliance with Oromia, Amhar, and other entities. They know Eritreans mean no harm. And are willing to allow ASSAB AND MASSAWA be used.

    5. Woyane is more dangerous. More evil. More desperate. Woyane got the resources. Woyane has trained thousand of Cadre. Those cadres dream of looting Ethiopia has been cut short. Woyane cadres are hungry and angry. Woyane got at least 20 thousand cadres with a net worth of 200 thousand and above.

    The “L” in TPLF stand of liberation. what are they liberating. Every Woyane know the ultimate goal is a weak Eritreans and ASSAB in it’s hands. How can anyone who call himself, think Woyan is less dangerous than Abiy.

    • Brhan

      Hi Georgee
      You mean that there are no men ወንድ in Ethiopia except the Woyne?

      • Gerogee

        Dear Bethany

        Woyane has never been brave or smart, but short-sighted, opportunistic parasites. No original idea except envy, greed and utter stupidity. Going to war to take others property doesn’t require bravity. Funny in the process you spectacularly exposed yourselves. Thanks.

        • Brhan

          Gerogee , in this forum I see a lot Ethiopians complain about TPLF, and I assume you are an ethiopian…my question has been…how did TPLF a minority managed to do what you have said to the majority and still impacting according to your comments….if not as you have mentioned it i.e.TPLF doesn’t need a comment numbered from 1 to 5
          Either it is strong and that why you are talking a lot about it or weak then you do not have even to say a word about it…ካለ እሳት ጭስ የለም ይባል የለ

          • Gerogee

            Berhan

            I like your jokes, ha ha. Me Ethiopian. Do not divert the topic at hand with your amateurish, timid posts. I listed as to why Woyane is more a treat to stability and sovergnity of Eritreans than Ethiopians.
            1. Ethiopians came out in millions to see PIA.

            2. Woyane came out 6 times to oppose the peace process.

            3. Woyane tryed to stop Ethiopian Force’s from moving from Eritrean border.

            4. Woyane still wants to create any Tigray

            Now who do you think is a spoiler.

          • Brhan

            Thanks you like my jokes…but the fact that you come again and again with Woyane Woyane shows that this group must be significant other wise we won’t have discussions about it n this forum…Either it is significant and you will talk about it again and again or if you think it is not I won’t see you commenting about even a word ..so the choice is yours

    • Paulos

      ገረግስ,

      ወያነ ምሳና ተዋዲቖም’ዮም፣ ወያነ ኣብ ግዜ ብረታዊ ቓልሲ ኣብ ሜዳ ኤርትራ ኣንጻር ደርግ ዝተገብረ ቓልሲ ተሰዊኦም’ዮም፣ ኣብ ልእላውነትና ጽኑዕ እምነት ኣለዎም። ህዝቢ ትግራይ ሓውናን ፈታዊናን ሓላይናን ኣብ ግዜ ጸበባና ምሳና ጠጠው ዝብል ህዝቢ እዩ። ነዚ ሓቅ’ዚ ክንክሕዶ ዓገብ እዩ።

      • Alex

        Hi Paulos,
        Yes TPLF died in Eritrea as EPLF died in Ethiopia against a common enemy. But what you forget to mention is TPLF deported more than 80K Eritreans, worked hard to destroy the country with the help of the west with sanction and intentionally refused to honour the EEBC verdict they signed as final and binding for 16 years. I have news for you after coming a week ago from Eritrea, majority people I spoke in Eritrea have the same felling regarding TPLF.

  • Brhan

    Dear AT team,

    In now days when you want to know about what is going on between Eritrea and Ethiopia from the perspective of their governments you have two outlets: Ethiopian TV with it its coverage to the Ethiopian parliament and Mahmud Saleh respectively

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam All
    1. Eritrea is an independent state, no shock-waves can sway that fact. Ethiopia is also an independent state that is going through tough time of cleaning up the divisive plots TPLF had planted. I’m confident it will overcome the current challenges and assume its historic place in the Horn of Africa.
    2. The current PM of Ethiopia has boldly stated he would accept, and respect the Algiers agreement and the EEBC verdict of the border. The agreement he signed clearly emphasize the sovereignty of Eritrea, and that Ethiopia will implement the border ruling (Jedah, article 4).
    3. having being driven out of power in Ethiopia, the TPLF junta is clearly playing the role of a spoiler, hankering to reclaim its lost prestige; it has openly challenged the Ethiopian PM to implement the EEBC border ruling; it has been challenging the PM to exercise his constitutional right to apprehend suspected criminals who are hiding in Tigray; its is working to offset the peace process between the two countries. The TPLF, unless reformed its stances, presents clear and imminent danger to the region.
    4. An Eritrean establishment that had presented Eritrea in the past as posing a regional threat to the region is now beating a dead horse, laying to the tune of Wayane. Eritrea is an independent nation and thanks to Dr. Abiy’s bold initiative to break the stalemate that existed between the two countries, created by the TPLF rogue junta, and the steadfastness of Eritreans at large, today the region is breathing fresh air of economic cooperation.
    5. Time will solve all the confusions when the two countries enter into a phase of implementing the agreements as two sovereign states. Eritrea is sovereign and capable of defending its rights; most Ethiopians are aware of this. Dr. Abiy actually brought the independence of Eritrea to the masses of Ethiopia, to the youth of Ethiopia in the streets of Addis Abeba, in the Millennium Hall, and in other Ethiopian regions. The few elites mired in the old expansionist mindset will not convince the young generation of Ethiopia. Time will kill them and kill their ambitions.
    6. Ethiopia is a sovereign nation, what it does in Ethiopia,including the erection of the statute of Emperor Haileselasie (the butcher of Eritrea) is its sovereign right as long as it has not declared war on us.
    7. The game is clear and it is over. I would not try to be more catholic than the pope. There is a people in Eritrea who fought back for their sovereign rights, and who endured endless conspiracies engineered by the TPLF, designed to break the will of Eritreans. Eritrea is not a delicate egg that could be broken by the pronouncements coming from any entity, be it as powerful as the PM. He knows that and most Eritreans will give him the benefit of the doubt until there is a clear hint that he is not different than the previous rulers of Ethiopia including the cunning MZ who went to his grave trying to see Eritrea disintegrated along ethnic and religious lines.
    8. Of the article is a food for thought for the known TPLF cadres embedded in this forum. And yes, they are seizing on it.
    9. Now, if this sounds PFDJ, it probably is because compared to the opposition, the PFDJ has been consistent on this matter. Eritreans may criticize it for domestic matters but not on this issue.
    10. The opposition would be served better if it called on the TPLF to come in line with the Ethiopian PM in accepting the unconditional status of the implementation of the Algiers and the EEBC ruling. I have not herd or seen any such statement, and don’t expect it because its fate has always been intertwined with that of the TPLF. That is why it has become irrelevant as far as the majority of Eritreans are concerned.

    • Hashela

      Dear Mahmud

      You are exaggerating the current power of TPLF and the danger it poses to Eritrea. The power of TPLF is reduced to the size commensurate to the population and the Killil it represents. To stay in power, it seems that PIA and PFDJ need to paint a dangerous TPLF and an angel-like Abiye.

      PM Abiye and his administration have repeatedly shown their contempt and disregard to a sovereign Eritrea. This is not new thing from Ethiopia. What makes it new is that PIA is openly working hand in hand with them to dsmantle Eritrea as sovereign nation. The signs are every where to see. Just open your eyes and ears. You chose to charaterize those signs as disorted and exaggerated gaffs and incidents.

      With regard to the border demarcation: PM Abiye has open expressed his astonishment that the Eritrean government hasn’t asked for the demarcation to precede. It seems it is not in the interest of the Eritrean government.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Hashela,

        You made a solid argument based on the facts. Good for your integrity. Characterizing the repeated signals that came out from the PM’s mouth as “gaffes” is simply dishonesty. If it would have been gaffes, the PM could have retracted them. He didn’t. Not even a single one from the multiple bluffing he did. Keep that line of argument and enlighten your fellow Eritreans. After all, I don’t believe those “words or phrases” are being said without the knowledge of the despot. Something is on the cooking, brother.

      • Gerogee

        Dear Hashela

        How do you think we got hear in the first place ? It is Woyan land grabbing policy. Duh. Do I have to remind you that? You are probably more educated than me. Apply some common sense and honesty, please.

        Hate to break it to you but your assessment of Woyane is wrong. Woyane is a determined distractive force. Woyane still harbor dreams of creating greater Tigray. They got nothing to lose. You can’t just minize there impact. They have a history of unrelenting appitate for distractions. You have to be extremely either naive or not smart to dismiss Woyane. You can oppose please make it look good. It is getting really old.

        • Hashela

          Gerogge

          ካብ ምህሮ አእምርዕ
          ብወግነይ ክኣ ክልቲኡ’ሎ

          • Haile S.

            Selam Hashela

            ወይ ግጥሚ! ወይ ቃላት ኣሰዃኹዓ፡ ሓወይ/ተይ ሓሸላ
            ኣብ ሓዊ ኣእትው ኣውጽእ ቢልካ ትጎስሞ ዒልቦ መሸላ

          • Hashela

            ሃይለ

            ሓሸላ፥ ዋና ክልተ ዱግሪ ኣብሞንጎኤን ማሕረሻ
            ተፈተነት ኣብ ጽላል ጋባ ምስ ሓላፊት ጋሻ
            ናመንነት ሕቶ ተመልሻ

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Hashela,

            ሓሸላ ሓወይ፡ ሰሚዔካ
            ካብ ወርቁ ካብ ሰሙ እንታይ ተሪፉካ
            ሳላ ግጥምኻ ከይኮለልና ፈሊጥናካ
            እንታይ ድ’ኣ ኣልዒልካያ እንዳጸሓፍኩልካ
            መልሲ ነዛ ደፋር ጽሑፍካ

            ወይ ግጥሚ ወይ ግጥሚ ወይ ግጥሚ
            ዘገርም ዘደንጹ ኣፍ ተሪፉ እዝኒ መጣመሚ

            ተመልሻ ኢልካ ሱዚኒኖ ኣዘኪርካኒ
            ከምዚ ከማይ ብእኡን ብጾቱን ትሕጎስ ይመስለኒ

            ማሕበር ዓወተ ስዋ በዚሑ ክመጽጽ ከሎ
            ንዓቶም እናርኣኹ’የ ብስሓቕ ዝቑሎ

            ደቀይ ቀደም ገና ትግርኛ ካይፈለጡ
            ሱዚኒኖ ኣብ እንዳ ስዋ እንዳ’ታ ሰንበቱ
            ርእየሞ ነይሮም ከምዚ ኸማይ ብስሓቕ ዝመቱ

            ሰንበቱ’የ ሰንበቱ ነዛ ውሓለ ሰንበቱ
            ክብልዋ ምስ ዋጥኡ፡ ስዋኺ ሃውቲቱ

            ስዋና እንሃለ ናህና ዝሃውተተ
            ንየማን እንተበልካ ንጸጋም ዝተጎተ

            በል ሓሸላየ ኣይተቋርጽ ምግጣም
            ከማኻ የብዝሓዮ ናይ ሓሳብ ናይ ቋንቋ ሃብታም

          • Hashela

            ሃይለ

            እዋኑ ክራማት’ዩ ኣብዚ ዓዲ
            ኣነ እንዳ ስዋ ግራት ክኣ ተዊሕጡ ብሮማዲ
            በዓልቲ-ቤት ቶቕዘምዝም ኣላ ኣብ እዋን ምኣዲ
            ካብ ምሳይ ትድቅስ ሓኪላ ኣብታ ንእሽቶ ንእዲ
            ዳኛ ክይትጸውዔ ወሲነ ክሓድጎ እንዳ ስዋ ምምልላስ ልምዲ
            ክብረት ይሃበለይ ነቶም ኣብዚ ዘለኹም ዓበይቲ ዓዲ

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Hashela,

            I love your Tigrigna. You make me feel walking and chatting with my old friends at my birth place. Reminiscing my old memories. Thank you for transporting me to my village.

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ሓሽላ፡

            ለተክርስቲና ዲኻ ኣኪብካ እንዳ ስዋ ዘይትፈቱ
            ብጌጋ ከይትድኣኒ፡ ዝመቐረትካ መሪጽካ ኣእቱ
            ኣነስ ሓልየለን’የ ንበዓል ወጊሑላ ንበዓል ሰንበቱ
            እንቋዕ ዓሰልካ ዝሓወይ ኣብኣ ኮነ ኣብዛ ዓዊቱ
            ሳላኻ ስዋ እሰቲ እኔኹ ብማዕዶ ብዘይ ጾማቚቱ

          • Hashela

            “ለተክርስቲና”!! Thank you for the laugh. I am writing this sentence (soon to be deleted) with tears of laugh in my eyes. Believe or not, I am married to ለተዩልያ!

          • Haile S.

            Hashela
            ሰላም ይኹን ንዓኣ (ሽማ ንዘይምድግጋም)!

          • Hashela

            ሰላም ሃይለ

            “ዝመቐረትካ መሪጽካ ኣእቱ” እንታይ ነገሩ
            ካን መለክዒ ትቐይሩ
            ቀደም መልክዕን ጦቓን እዩ ነይሩ
            ሎሚ ክኣ ብመቀረት ኣውሊዔን ተቐይሩ?

          • Haile S.

            Hashela,

            ኣንታ ወደይሺ ተዃቲኹካ ገለ ከተዛርበኒ
            ባህሊ ብምድፋር ኣብ ዓወተ ዘመዝገብኩዎ ካይኣኽለኒ

            መቐረት ብመልሓስ ጥራይ ኣይትግበሮ
            ብሓንጎል ኣቢሉ ካብ ኣፍ ዝወጽእ’ውን ጥዓሞ ቁጸሮ

            መልክዕ ኩሉ ሓደ ኮይኑ ቆርጫጭ ተሳኢና
            ምስ ተቖነነት ኣብ ድሕሪት ጸጉራ ዝጥምት ደበና
            ለቅባሉ ዝበሃል መጺኡ ዛውያ ኮይነን ናይ ኩላትና

            እቲ ጣቋ እሞ ካብኣን ለጊቡ ናባና
            ብዘይካ ታ’ግዓት ምኽሻን እንታይ ተሪፉና

    • Hayat Adem

      Ah Mahmuday,
      You are suffering from the arrivist syndrome. Arrivists always tend to overdo and overkill just because they think “the moment has arrived” but with an inbuilt-fear that a relapse is likely. But for a patriotic and fairminded nationalist Eritrean (which you are not), no Eritrean interest, be it political or economic, can be realized by sidelining or antagonizing the people of Tigray. That will always backfire. I don’t know what axes you have to grind about the Tigreans, but think straight with clarity for the sake Eritrean interests. Somethings are larger than petty selves. The discourse has to be about changing. You shouldn’t allow the sahilean mindset play it on you as the Sahilean mind always confuses victory over enemy with punishing the enemy, and gets obsessed with the latter even if it means a defeat in real sense.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Ahlen Hayat
        How are you my wayaneyti friend? Well, I feel good Hayat &co. hurl stones at me. That means I am at the right position and moving along the right direction. Remember my two signposts? They help me correct course. So, if Hayat is mad, it means I’m OK. And Hayat the “nationalist” is now lecturing me about Eritrean nationalism? Odd things happen here dear Hayat and I’m used to dealing with them. How is Dr. zebreQreQ (Debrexion) doing? Relax, things will clear up. I have good relations with peace-loving Tigrians and have defended them against unwarranted assaults. But I will keep my lazer-sharp focus on the small bloody clique of TPLF which has cost us a lot. Stay well.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Mahmuday,

          I am surprised about how young you look. It must be true that camel milk does wonders!

          “Dr. zebreQreQ” is calling your new found love to come and test Weyanay tsebel whenever they feel like it. Do you still have your sheda in case you feel like sacrificing for your friends?

          • Mahmud Saleh

            MarHaba Fanti
            You better stay out of this messy stuff; you have had a clear stand on the demarcation issue and have been respectful to us, and I will have to be careful not to dismay people like you. That is why in all my writings, I try to separate the small clique from the people of Tigray.

          • Paulos

            Selam Fantination,

            The other day, Debretsion the no-none-sense dude pulled “Sinn-Fein” [an old Irish word for “Ourselves Alone” which was a rallying slogan of Irish Republican Army”] on Abiy the charlatan and Gedu the coward when Debretsion contrary to some Weyane obsessed souls said that Weyanes’ relationship with Isaias and the Eritrean people is getting strong. We are stumped to say the least!

          • Peace!

            Hi Paulosay,

            Just yesterday you said Isayas is our problem we need to get rid of him, and now you are praising Debrexion for building a good relationship with him.

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Selam Abi Seb,

            As I said, I am perplexed. Debretsion says, bromans with Isaias is kicking and in a parallel universe Weyane is the villain and the evil of all evils.

            With in this some sort of Soap Opera however, we need a real perspective. And that is, the recognition with clarity that, the number one enemy of the Eritrean people is not Weyane. It is Isaias Afwerki. Let’s not lose focus!

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Dr. Paulos,

            It is true that TPLF is not made of all angels and we had and still have our fair share of short-sighted r’esi Akats, but for those who can manage to see beyond the curtains, our best chance for a lasting peace and harmony lays in our friendship and camaraderie.

            No organization is all bad really. The trick is in how to identify and work with the good parts of each and work with it for a common and long term good. ketelnayom, seArnayom may feed our egos but it will surely starve all of us to extinction in the long run.

          • sara

            Fanti Ghana / sir
            we love you the way you were, avoid to something somethings you are not known xxxxx… most know you as the Fanti the great.
            we want you for bad days.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat sarani,

            The love is mutual embeytey. Advice well taken and appreciated!

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear Fanti: Obviously, the moderator did not get it, or chose to distort my reply to you. So, I want to communicate with you directly.
            This is to make it clear that I never called on you not to participate in this forum. I called on you not to get into the messy situation that has been going on between Hayat Adem and myself; also between those who oppose Wayae policies towards Eritrea and those who try to present to us Wayane and its ideology as an alternative to PFDJ…U know the story. You have kept your integrity and my call was to remind you to stay out of the unhealthy relations that existed in this forum. I said that because you appeared to me as coming to support Hayat’s comical depiction of things.
            We all know how she bashed Eritrean history, sacrifices, and how she ignored, rejected or downplayed the atrocities committed by Ethiopian rulers in Eritrea and yet she gathered the temerity to pass as an Eritrean nationalist.
            The moderator chose to be selective in chastising me for “insulting” others. I can live with that because readers could tell who is harassing who and who is insulting who.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Mahmud,
            I would also like to say that that is the way I understood your comment when I read it, i.e for Fanti “not to get into the messy situation that has been going on between Hayat Adem and ‘yourself’ “. I am not here to dictate how the moderator moderates the forum, but to express how I understood the comment. Thanks

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam HaileS
            Thank you that’s exactly what I had in mind. Anyway, I understand how challenging it could be moderating this forum; particularly, if one has not had the triple espresso shots; or maybe, the tea-drinker was on duty. Anyway, መስኪናይ ፋንቲ ኣብ ዘይወዓሎ ኲናት ከይልከም ኢለ እየ።

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Mahmuday,

            I am so sorry that my attempt to joke with you ended in a semi-serious note. I understand why Moderator had to say what they said, but have no fear; I understood you the way you meant it, and there is no problem at all.

            In fact, I should be the one who needs to clarify my silly comment. Although I liked what Hayata said, I was not even remotely thinking about sides when I started to write. It was an attempt to chitchat and nothing more. All is well!

          • Nitricc

            Greetings Mahmuday; sorry my man; I had a little note for you but the Moda delete it. I don’t know what is up with this people but no one should endure with this kind of unreasonable abuse. SAD.

      • Peace!

        Hi Hayat,

        Just in case you don’t know Rahwa exhausted that old and dirty anti-semitism accusation. The people of Tigray have noting to do with crimes and lootings TPLF committed in Ethiopia, and are not responsible for deporting innocent Eritreans and waging a vicious war against Eritrea. It won’t even qualify you for bankruptcy.

        Peace!

      • Awash Lemma

        Dear Hayat
        Your criticism of Mahmud’s comments is based on a false premise – You claim he antagonised ‘the people of Tigray’, ‘the Tigreans’, etc.But he wrote about the ‘TPLF’/ ‘TPLF cadres’.
        The false claim of people that deliberately confuse readers is TPLF = Tirgai people.
        Now what do you say if one says PFDJ is the same as Eritrean people? Two errors in one go: you accuse Mahmud wrongly, and you think criticising TPLF is attacking Tirgai people.

        • Hayat Adem

          Guad Awash and Guad Peace,
          Are you sure, guys?
          I want you to remember that Mahmuday is not a novice guy. He is a very refined PFDJ politician. You can’t possibly expect him to say it straight: “I hate the people of Tigray” like you would expect Nitricc or Teodros doung it very foolishly.
          Now, are you guys familiar with the statistical concept called inference? It is the same thing like truth by other means. Let me walk you through.
          1) It is a fact that the PFDJ started the war on a brotherly people of Tigray. This is an established fact. Has Mahmuday ever condomned that? NO.
          2) It is true that EPLF blocked drought victims and veey famined weak people from Tigray on their way to Sudan to reach a humanitarian releif. As a result the Tplf had to consrruct a new road that took them three months to make it driveable. Because of that delay, it is reported close 100k people perished under the merciless weather and starvation, until reaching aid. Mahmuday was defending this action even after 15 years.
          3) Mahmuday accuses the TPLF for deporting Eritreans from Ethiopia to Eritrea. And he is right on that. It was Also, Ethiopian officials including Meles admitted of that mistake. But Mahmuday never uttered a word of sympathy about the Ethiopians deported in 1991, and in 1998. Mahmudsy never uttered a word of symphathy on the elementary school kids bombed in class. Who bombs kids that were in class and away from any military theaters? If it happened for some reason, sane minds say sorry and mive on. There is no such a thing in enda higdef.
          4) Mahmuday was outspoken on defending other people like Amhara and Oromo when he thought there were excesses of gov hands. And it wouldn’t matter whether he was wrong or right, he has to be commended for voicing against excesses in good faith. Tigreans were killed in Gondar and elsewhere. There were about 70k Tigrean IDPs. Mahmuday never ssid anything in their support.
          5) Think of this: Mahmuday has always been supporting IA for the larger part. But you have never seen him supporting IA and PFDJ this arrogantly, have you? The reason why he is hitting hard at Tplf is not because Tplf were worse to Ethiopians/Tigreans than PFDJ is to Eritreans. It is not even because he thinks Abiy is better for Tigreans than Meles or Hsilemariam was. He is simply protecting PFDJ at the expense of everyone else. He thinks that IA and PFDJ are having a cake walk. MAHMUDAY fears only one situation: it is only the people of Tigray and Tplf that could check IA.
          6) The people of Tigray did more than others in supporting the Eritrean cause, did more than others in supporting Eritrean refugees, did more than others to give education and free scholarship to Eritrean youngsters ( 2000). You would never see Mahmuday appreciating and praising such gesture.
          7) The reason both Mahmuday and IA are saying in support of PM Abiy are not necessarily they aee him as a better leader for Tigray/Ethiopia or Eritrea. All Abiy said was he accepted Algiers. Hailemariam said the same thing. Meles said the same thing. 3 of them said the same thing. The border issue never went beyond rhetoric to a demarcation phase in all the three. The only difference is Abiy seems to be undoing the TPLF legacy. That is what is exciting both Mahmuday and PFDJ in the same way and for the same reason.

          • Awash Lemma

            Dear Hayat
            Greatings, and thank you for your response. I can understand your points. But I’m afraid you didn’t address directly the issues I raised. For example, what were your views on equating TPLF with Tigrai people? (by extension PFDJ = Eritrean people)?. As you know, by definition any political front / party represents the political ideals of a fraction of the people in any country. Similar to people of any other society, It is fair to assume that it is likely that Tigreans are composed of people of various political persuasion Therefore, my argument was that it would be wrong to say TPLF and Tigrai people are one and the same.
            By the way, you write “….Now, are you guys familiar with the statistical concept called inference? It is the same thing like truth by other means. Let me walk you through…”. I’m very familiar with the statistical concept but I found nothing that looks like ‘statistical inference’. (may be it is useful to refer to the definition of the concept.)
            What you did is support your claims with some statistical figures. But, we all know that similar selective statistical figures can also be presented by people who support any other political group. That doesn’t prove much, let alone the truth.
            What I respectfully disagree with is the tendency to divert the debate from issues to individuals. I don’t know whether Mahmud is PFDJ supporter / advocate. For a moment let’s assume he is. So, what is wrong? In fact, it is not a bad thing at all to find people of such calibre exist within PFDJ supporter circles. In any case, wouldn’t you defend his right to express his views? Of course, as you also have the right to oppose / criticise his, or anybody’s views for that matter.
            On this juncture, allow me to say this: it is helpful if we remember the moto of this website, which stayed true to its objectives of “Inform, Inspire, Embolden, Reconcile”, and to thank immensely its Founder / Moderator. He enabled us, people of diverse background and views to meet in the forum and debate and learn from each other. In my experience this is the best managed forum. I’d observed that he is a true democrat, open minded, tolerant, objective, honest, principled, a patriot, and when he is challenged his responses are sharp, direct, to the point, respectful and clear with no-nonsense style: A combination of rare qualities. Big respect is due. If only we all had a fraction of these qualities.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hello your highness Gual Adem, the master Gymnast)
            You caught me today while I’m really pinned down on something important than our usual exchanges, not to say that I don’t enjoy your inputs no matter how deviated and crooked they are. Because, they are entertaining, to say the least. There are those who concoct the show, and there are those front-men/women who present it. I have long observed that you lack practical experience of the subjects you raise, but your Wayanay zeal pushes to the front. There is no question that you are a smart friend, and that you shoulder an essential role to bolster the morale of your subjects. There are just so many curious minds to satisfy and so many moral to uplift..and your highness, you have got to do what all it takes.
            Thanks but no thanks, I’m not a politician, much less a refined one. ካብ በልኪ ግን የቐንየለይ።
            Short replies to your false assertions. You are good at forming a thought, but the alchemy fails you simply because the ingredients that should give life to your opinion are not there. You seem to be exploiting the weakness of our memory that once SAAY discovered (or he read it somewhere) which is that some of us, no all of us, suffer from short-term memory. We have discussed the points you raised several times. Nevertheless, the genius you are, you forget that some of us don’t quickly forget things.
            Oh, the statistical inference thing, no wonder why statisticians are closely linked with politicians and activists (no harm intended to statisticians, please). Well, there is also something called bias. Anyway, let us leave it there.
            1. Eritrea did not start the war, Eritrea returned fire. TPLF had earlier entered Eritrean territories and refused to leave (Adi mrug, 1997). The TPLF led Tigray regional government incorporated large swaths of lands along the border in its 1997 “Greater Tigray Map); it forcibly uprooted Eritrean villages from their ancestral lands…if you don’t call these actions acts of war, it is because you are the familiar Hayat Adem.
            2. It is a categorical lie. It is well documented and narrated by former TPLF individuals that the TPLF used those victims for its organizational benefit. That is how sick those leaders were.
            2.1. TPLF had time to prepare for the famine
            2.2. While the EPLF was bogged down in a life or death continuous military engagements, the TPLF had been resting, conducting organizational conferences and seminars and blackmailing the EPLF. There was no cooperation between both organizations, and one should ask what was the TPLF doing when it had all those years to make the Tigray-Sudan connection that it had made in three months. The EPLF was preparing for the draught for years. The story of behind how TPLF and EPLF got access to massive food aid for distribution to the areas controlled by them is long, and one needs to do their own research. It is easily accessible. While the EPLF did a successful distribution of food, saving millions, the TPLF botched the operation by turning it into a cash machine. It lured hundreds of thousands of farmers who could have been helped by the NGOs in Derg-occupied areas into TPLF-controlled areas without preparations, sadly, many of them died in the process. There are stories into a story, dear friend.
            3. Again, it is not true. There was no mass deportation from Eritrea. All Ethiopian families left on their own volition and it had been done in coordination with the TPLF-led authority in Ethiopia and the Red Cross. Concerning, the bombing of Aider School, ther government of Eritrea issued its apology right away. War is not fun, dear Hayat. Let alone crude training aircraft, even state of the art combat planes do sometimes make errors. The bottom line is, it was not done deliberately. However, you are on the record downplaying the atrocities of Onna, and other villages including the bombing of Massawa where innocent people “were incinerated, barbaric war crimes that shocked the world. To your credit, you acknowledge the Hawzien (Tigray) bombing, and that is good. Also, you never condemned the razing of our martyrs’ graves by your junta and the bombing of our cities, the deliberate demolition of hospitals and hotels in the occupied areas. That is how “good” you are, Hayat XaEda, gual Adem (poor Adem…whatever that may be…
            4. #s 4 thru 7 don’t merit a reply. The critical readers know me and those who don’t want to read me will not understand me. I’m very comfortable. I have commented on all the issues you arose, and you are wrong unless you are lying.
            ብሩኽ መዓልቲ
            ሓውኺ ሻዕብያይ

          • Blink

            Dear MS
            Is there any chance that people like you can write a book or any kind of detailed information lists about Eritrea past and present in a PDF forum that can be accessed in the internet or as I said in the form of book ? The reason I am asking is sir , I think it will be a great service to the next generation. I mean if you can collect all your comments and wind them up with some kind of evidence based analysis And cooperate with like minded people , I hope you understand what I What to say .

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear Blink
            Thank you for the suggestion. It’s something that often comes to me by friends. Currently, many of us, including yourself, are seized with fleeting events. I hope once things return to normalcy, normalcy will return to us and motivate us to do more enduring works. For now, try to get Ahmed Taher Baduri’s book. It is said to be another best select. I’m waiting for the Camel to return from Hasmet (Eritrea) carrying my book.

      • Blink

        Dear Hayat
        You said No Eritrean interest can ab achieved by antagonizing the people of Tigrai , who said there must be Eritrean interest by antagonizing the Tigrai people ? Why are you so insensitive to honesty ? The people of Tigrai and TPLF are not mutually exclusive thing to hold for any fair minded person but you hayat who manufacture an Eritrean village ( destroyed by ELF and You are the one who wished bombing Asmera by your weyane , so can’t you see the difference between who you are and what you are saying at this time , why do you have this loose time ? We all know the truth about MS he never ever antagonized the people of Tigrai , infact he is on recited saying endless good things and wishing good things to the Tigria people and in general to the Ethiopians . ኣመል ምስ መግነዝ ከም ዝበሃል ንስኺ ናይ ሓሶት ምምሃዝ ክእለት ከም ሰናይ ውህበት ዝወስድኪ ሰብ ሕጂ ን ማሓመድ ሳልሕ ኢልኪ ሐቂ ክትዛረቢ ኣይትክእልን ::

        • Hayat Adem

          Blink,
          In fact it is you who is saying Tplf and the people are not exclusive to one another. “The people of Tigrai and TPLF are not mutually exclusive thing to hold for any fair minded person…”. It could be a slip of tongue but you said it. I do beleive the two are not the same by any stretch. So, you don’t have to come back to correct your statement. It is very obvious. However, that doesn’t mean people like you and Mahmuday care for the people of Tigray a y better than they care for Tplf. I gave you my reason why I think Mahmuday that way. Mahmufay is a careful spoken and seasoned politician. If I could pin him to his buried sins, yours is so easy to prove. I don’t see any thoughtfulness or sophistication in your utterances. You are here as part of the crowd with zero impact and I don’t mind your presence here at all.
          Every time you had to address me, you have been bringing this village. You are telling us I have manufactured the nonexistant village. Lets give it a closure today if that helps ease your life.
          1) I don’t claim I know every village.
          2) I didn’t create that village. I was quoting a published book by a historian called Shumet Sisagn on the burned down villages at the time. I got it from his book.
          3) When SGJ reacted that he knew no village of that kind, I preferred to beleive SGJ to Sishagn and dropped Signa’s claim.
          So, what will be fault here you think is: not knowing every village in MetaHit Eritrea? Or quoting a published book of a history scholar? Or doubting and correcting it on being alerted by a more knowledgeable person about Eritrean geography? or what?

        • Hayat Adem

          Blink,
          In fact it is you who is saying Tplf and the people are not exclusive to one another. “The people of Tigrai and TPLF are not mutually exclusive thing to hold for any fair minded person…”. It could be a slip of tongue but you said it. I do beleive the two are not the same by any stretch. So, you don’t have to come back to correct your statement. It is very obvious. However, that doesn’t mean people like you and Mahmuday care for the people of Tigray a y better than they care for Tplf. I gave you my reason why I think Mahmuday that way. Mahmufay is a careful spoken and seasoned politician. If I could pin him to his buried sins, yours is so easy to prove. I don’t see any thoughtfulness or sophistication in your utterances. You are here as part of the crowd with zero impact and I don’t mind your presence here at all.
          Every time you had to address me, you have been bringing this village. You are telling us I have manufactured the nonexistant village. Lets give it a closure today if that helps ease your life.
          1) I don’t claim I know every village.
          2) I didn’t create that village. I was quoting a published book by a historian called Shumet Sisagn on the burned down villages at the time. I got it from his book.
          3) When SGJ reacted that he knew no village of that kind, I preferred to beleive SGJ to Sishagn and dropped Signa’s claim.
          So, what will be fault here you think is: not knowing every village in MetaHit Eritrea? Or quoting a published book of a history scholar? Or doubting and correcting it on being alerted by a more knowledgeable person about Eritrean geography? or what?

          • Blink

            Dear Hayat
            , yes you are right about that TPLF thing, By the way the feeling about your in put is the same for me , you are valueless as far as Eritreans interests concern forget about Hayat as a person . You bring nothing to this table except a TPLF talking propaganda . But since you are popular with making stuff up , In this situation, you’ve concluded that the potential upside of a conversation is not worth the downside risk of conflict. The big mistake people make in this situation is indecision at that villages thing you run away without correcting it , You waste time feeling resentful about reality rather than simply accepting the assessment of lies you find in that book ,making a hard choice to either a) adapt to the insecure environment by securing your valuable skills of making up stuffs or b) move on and Get over it—if you’ve decided you aren’t going to speak up about your true skin accept responsibility for that choice because you just can’t run with this kind of horrible behavior but You don’t care really and many people do know that .As one door opens, everyone can be sure that you are going out the other one just as the thieves do.

            So you admit these villages were manufactured one , what about the book crediblity ? You see you open new door that you can not close but wanted to run away while open as far as you feel you hit your goal , at that time you failed to correct the story , go back see your reply about the nonsense villages you produced , the book you read was a reference that you used against ELF just to help your in line guy Tsehaye . Any way what happened to the bombers flying over Asmara, Any apologies? Hayat I see no reason for any meaningful honest opinion from you so what is the point holding to things you repeatedly think are important while they are full of lies .

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Blink,
            What?

          • Blink

            hayat
            So do they say .

    • Brhan

      Thanks Wedi Aboy Saleh…Walahi reyhtana ….I would like you to come with more info since the PF(JD) website hardly provide such analysis like yours. And please do not say your Catholic (pfjd) than the pope (pfjd capitano) because you are at least trying to shade the light while the pope is trying to hide the light.

    • Amanuel

      Hi MS
      I have nothing to say except feel sorry to see your comments defended by some one called him self Awash Lemma. That sums up every thing about your current position. You are sleeping with strategic Eritrean enemies.

      • Teodros Alem

        selam aman
        woyanes r strategic enemy of eritrea, not ethiopia.
        when the time comes ethiopia will apologize to lowland eritreans, they r in this mess because of wrong policy of “fetiha nigest” and the confused highland eritreans, haters can hate as much as they can and die .

      • Awash Lemma

        Hi Amanuel, the master of all diversions. Forget who supports or opposes this or that. Join the debate and provide your views on issues raised. It is so unfortunate, when you write it is more often about people, seldom the issues.

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Selam Awash
          Sorry for the late reply, you may guess why…life also has its diktat. The comment of Amanuel borders bigotry. He, apparently, thinks you are from the Amara people. One can Surmise from his words that he believes the Amara, in general, are sick people. His statement is a textbook example of prejudice and bigotry. I don’t know if he fell into that pit out of desperation to place me under bad light, or he thinks so, that is left for observation. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt.
          I have always highlighted that Eritreans do not hate Ethiopians in general, and Amara people, in particular; they hate rulers and governments who ravaged their life, including the lords of the TPLF. That was the core value during our struggle, and that has been the core value during the TPLF reign in Ethiopia.
          My observation is that Eritreans still blame the small TPLF clique and not the people of Tigray. I don’t know if you are from Amara, but I know you are a fine person, and that is what counts. I have good relations with all Ethiopians, and they are decent people. The problem is with few individuals like Hayat who crisscross the identity line several times per second. They are good examples of wave propagation. And then, you have others like our guy who throws unsubstantiated accusation from behind masks. However, that is the nature of forums like this one and don’t get discouraged.

          • Awash Lemma

            Selam Mahmud
            Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I’ve noted the characters of Amanuel and a few others in this forum. Unfortunately, they seem to lack the basic capacity and decency to evaluate and reflect upon oneself, a great gift endowed to humans.

            I agree with you that in general Ethiopians which ever ethnicity they hail from are fine people, as are Eritreans. I was fortunate to have grown up with young people of various backgrounds, mainly Oromos, Amharas, Gurages, Eritreans, and Tigreans, in a relatively metropolitan town in Ethiopia.

            I really have not found it necessary or important to say from which ethnicity I hail from but since your query is with good intentions I can tell you that I’m not an Amhara. Not that being Amhara is a bad thing. In fact I respect and love them as I do other peoples of our counties / region.

            Regards

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Awash Lemma,

            “they seem to lack the basic capacity and decency to evaluate and reflect upon oneself,”

            It appears according to your opinion one enjoys basic capacity and decency to evaluate and reflect when he considers, “I have given you all authority just guide us” as simple and acceptable joke. Gambling with a nation in such kind of degrading way is normal according to you, and you regard it as having the capacity of evaluation. Do you accept Abi Ahmed to tell Al-Sisi of Egypt or Fermajo of Somali in the same way that Isaias behaved?

            Al-Arabi

          • Awash Lemma

            Hi Hameedu

            Ha! True to character…. Master of all diversions. You are due for a quick promotion now. What about Commander in Chief of Masters of all diversions?

            I’ve never posted anything to do with the leaders you mentioned, ‘diplomatic protocols’, ‘sovereignty’.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Mahmud Saleh,

      The only job of this guy is to divert Eritreans from their main cause and enemy. Does he know about “divide and rule” the regime experiences? That issue is not clear for him, because it is for the insiders like Semere Tesfai. The issue that is very plain for him is diversion, his real job in all this Hashawiye.

      Mahmud regards EPLF as a HOLY BOOK and Isaias as a prophet. What remained from him is it to say, ” Isaias Peace Be Upon Him”.

      “الباقي له هو فقط أن يقول “إسياس صلى الله عليه وسلم”

      Al-Arabi

  • Mez

    Hi iSem,

    Instead of complaining this and that, please try to contribute something impactful as an african citizen. As you do, pia also don’t like AU.

    Every effort counts.

    Thanks

    • iSem

      Mez:
      I just contributed I suggested to create a new org for civilized African countries. And by civilized I mean countries that do not burn villages, cleanses ethnic groups, imprison dissidents. and does not build a monument for ethnic cleanser

  • Ato

    Awate Team: Accept my generous greetings…it wont cost you a hard currency LOL.

    Your obsession with Ethiopia and her PM is mind boggling and entertaining. To think of that the PM has a hidden agenda and intention to bring back Eritrea is outrageously childish & infantile at best. Only a person who is suffering from paranoia suspects PMAA as a dubious leader. “Why?” and “How?” is he going to reclaim Eritrea?…. are you expecting him to the roll the tanks and march on MekeLakeya Serawit to downtown Asmara LOL. / or may be the Arabs will handover Eritrea on silver platter to the PM hmmm. Seriously, you need help ! Afeworki is your problem – deal with him. Simple.

    The only reason that you guys are ranting and crying is straight forward … Ethiopians and their PM failed to do a dirty job for you – i.e. Removing Afeworki from power ! Get over it and move on. Eritrea is a country, and Ethiopia has every right to protect her interests & deal with a neighbouring country as see it fit & deemed appropriate. Whether your leader is evil or saint, it’s not our business. Gebito !!

    PMAA is a genius – you see, he has already convinced your Lion of the Nakfa as a hot winner….LOL …. then ” strike that hot piece of metal ” to bend it as you wish …LOL that’s my cool PM Abiy Ahemed.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Hi Ato,

      Your way of thinking has made me laugh. Truly, you have a typical hyena instinct the same as the Night Hyena your PM. only you are interested about the raw meat. You see your neighbors and all the world through your stomachs. I wonder your instinct or greediness didn’t direct you towards Djibouti, Somal or Kenya. The reason is you lack agents in those countries, but her in Eritrea we nurtured serpents that bite the hands that fed them. By the way, do you know that Isaias is an Ethiopian? You have to know, who deals with mafia is a mafia. Your PM is a mafia you just wait and he will give you a lesson how mafia works. The signs that he is a mafia are there now, but you need time to recognize them. It is better to concentrate on your problems and look to your interested in other places. The real stakeholders of Eritrea are telling you no and any pacts you make with Isaias is null and void. Isaias doesn’t represent Eritreans; he only represents himself and at the end of the day, he is your guy, an Ethiopian.

      Al-Arabi

    • Haile WM

      yeah sure Ato,

      is that the reason you and your likes(ex Woyanes and ex-Abyot TibeQa) are roaming Eritrean websites and forums ? Is it because you like to assure us about the intentions of Abi Ahmed? :-).
      We Eritreans are trying to mind on our business and the likes of you are trying to sell us either versions of the Ethiopian dream:

      A) the Aby Ahmed version of mdre genet Ethiopia (greater Ethiopia with one embassy and one defense force for all the horn of Africa.. [and I am not making up this :-)] )

      B) the TPLF version of small Lego like countries (greater Tigray in mind) that compose the mosaic called Ethiopia.

      this (in case you missed) is an Eritrean forum and excuse us if we dont want to choose any of the above…

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  • Hayat Adem

    Dear AT,
    I appreciate you for this article. It is powerful, loud and clear. There are minor factual errors the writers could have avoided. Silly errors like that leave you wishing the writers realized how wise it would have been to correct them or omit them. For example, the article claimed that PM Abiy was not any different from his predecessors. Is that true? If your concern is about the incessant encroachments to Eritrea’s sovereignty, PMHD never said or did anything close to what PM Abiy is doing. PMMZ and his TPLF comrades never questioned Eritrea’s independence. In fact, they bled to have it realized. Mengistu and Hailessilassie were operating under a different scenario where the belief was Eritrea was part of Ethiopia, and the world has known it that way for the large part. PM Abiy is operating under a different context and temptations. He should be singled out as such.
    Here is another factual error: “In the last years of the eighteenth-century Eritreans had to choose the lesser evil, between two occupational forces: Ethiopian and Italian. Therefore, placed in such a precarious situation, they had to make a choice.” First of all, the notion implied here is contemptible. It is like, two choices (Ethiopia Vs Italy) were given for Eritreans to pick and they had pick Italy over Ethiopia. That is wrong and the damaging implication it carries is very bad. There is also something else: speaking of Italian colonialism in any part of Africa before the 1880s is inaccurate. Also, there is no use or purpose in pushing the colonialism calendar back in time even if it were possible. In fact, as a matter of coincidence, I was reading an old historical note sent to me recently by a friend. This is from an old report by RaEsi Tessema Asberom et al., to the UN Commission in 1948. The note goes as follows:
    [Translatin from Tigrigna mine]
    “During Emperor Yohannes, no foreign state had ever dared to take any territory from Ethiopia. Italy started colonizing Eritrea only after Emperor Yohannes died. That happened because Minilik who succeeded Yohannes to rule Ethiopia sold out Eritrea for money. Everybody knows that whatever is sold cannot be returned. For that very reason, the current Ethiopian government has no right to say, ‘give me the land I sold 50 years ago back’. It is obvious the Ethiopian state would use force to get back Eritrea. It is so sad this government has cruelly repressed our brothers in Tigray. We Eritreans don’t want to suffer the same fate. The people of Tigray don’t get any health services. So is their education. We don’t see any signs of improvement to their living conditions. For these reasons, we Eritreans prefer to perish drowned to the Red Sea to accepting the Shoan oppression.”
    These were words spoken 80 years ago before the UN Commission by members of the Progressive Party, namely: RaEsi Tessema Asberom, Girazmach Seyoum Me’asho, Dejach Abreha Tessema, Azmach Kassu Melkie and Girazmach Beyene Kahsay.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hayat,

      To add to his exemplary patriotism you brought to light, RaEsi Tessema Asmerom is the only true Eritrean for “independent Eritrea” who voted against tying Eritrea with Ethiopia by Federation.

    • Hashela

      Hi Hayat
      you conveniently omitted the fact that during the 1998-2000 war PMMZ and his Tigrayan generals promised to the AmHara elites to “bring back” Assab to Ethiopia and tried hard to break through the Burie Front. Need a proof? Listen to the interviews of Lt. General Sadkan and a certain lady called Alganesh (a high ranking member of the TPLF leadership).

      • Nitricc

        Hi Hashela; do you really expect Hayat to tell you the truth? TPLF did everything to reverse the Eritrean independence. TPLF brought 80 million Ethiopian people’s resource and man power to break Eritrean spinal cord, not only the Eritreans foiled the TPLF’s evil intention but the brave Eritreans in due time broke TPLF’s spinal cord. This is the reason TPLF are crying and kneeling down on the feet of PIA.

        • Hashela

          Nitricc
          no, I don’t. But do you think silence is an option when TPLF cadres spread their lies?

        • Hashela

          Hi Nitricc

          PIA ordered the withdrawal of the Eritrean Forces from the Burie Front and give up the defense of Assab.
          Col. Saleh, the commander of Assab Front, refused to obey and the Eritrean Forces stood their ground soundly defeated the Ethiopian Offensives.

      • Haile S.

        Selam Hashela,
        Great point, as usual.

        ጽሑፍ በየን ተረኽበ ንኣቢይ ዝወቅስ
        ንኤርትራ ዝተባህለ፡ ካብ ዓለቕቲ ንኽቡንቁስ
        ኣብ ክንዲ ሒዙ ዘውጽኣ፡ መሊሱ ገይሮሞ ዝድርቁስ
        ገላቢጦሞ፡ ዘንጽህ ስምዒት ወያነ ዝቑርቁስ

        ወይ ጉድና የዋህ በዚሑ ኤርትራዊ
        ንወያነ ሓጊዙ 20 ዓመት ኣይበደሉን ዝጸዊ
        ንኣቢይ ዘጠንቕቅ ጽሑፍ፡ ገልቢጥካ፡ ንዑ ሓዝዎ ዘእዊ

      • Paulos

        Hashela,

        Aeschylus once famously said, “In war, the first casualty is truth.” Make what you will of the quote.

        • Hashela

          Paulos

          just listen to Lt. General SadKan and wayzero Alganesh.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Hashela,
            This is ahain for you and alk,

            ኤርትራ ኤርትራ ኤርትራ ተበዲልኪ
            ብየማን ብጸጋም ኩሉ ሕልኮ የእትወልኪ
            ንከርክቡ ነቲ ኣብ ስልጣን ዘሎ ዝሰረረኪ
            እንዳ’ርኣዩ ኣባኺ ኮፍ ኢሉ እግሩ እንዳሰደደልኪ

            ትማሊ ብጸላእቱ
            ሎሚ ብፈተውቱ
            እንታይ ነይርዎ ንኣኺ ጥራይ እንተዝጥምቱ
            ገዲፎም ንዓኺ ትመስሊ፡ ናብ ቂሞም ካብ ዘቋምቱ

            ኤርትራ ኤርትራ ተስፋ ኣይትቑረጺ
            ጀግና ኣይተወድአን ኣሎ ምሳኺ ዘፋጺ
            ዕድመ ንዝሓቖፈኪ፡ ዝደፈረኪ ሃራሚ ፈላጺ
            እታ ጀግና ጎርዞ፡ እቲ ጀግና ቆልዓ፡ ተስፋ ዘይቆራጺ
            እንተዘይህልወኪ፡ ምኾንኪ ንጎረቤት ሰራቒ ዓማጺ

            ቀደም ነበረ እሞ፡ ቀደም ነበረ እምበር
            ንድሕሪት ዝጎትት ናብ መሬት ዘእቱ ዝቐብር

            ንቕድሚት ዘይርኢ ተስፋ ዝቖረጸ ዝዛረቦ
            ንኣኺ ዝኸውን ኣይኮነን፡ እዩ ዘስንፈኪ ብጎቦ ብጎቦ

          • Hashela

            Haile
            This is a beautiful one! Thank you.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam hayat a
      The narration that said, because of the Italians arrival in eritrea, for the first time we got peace from ethiopia invasion is widely believed by eritreans spacially Muslims.
      When i was in egypt i heard these kind of history from a lot of eritreans.
      but i got a question for u ,why u think natives eritreans along with Italy army fought ethiopia at the battle of adwa?

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Teodros,

        They were soldiers who signed up for the job. So they had no choice but to go where their generals commanded them to go.

        Did the Eritrean civilians willingly participate to invade Ethiopia?

        Only the soldiers did and it has nothing to do with Eritrean population. For the same reason we don’t blame Ethiopian people except their generals and their leaders.

        Berhe

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam berhe
          Long time no see u. I was talking about the battle of adwa, not the second invasion(warera kelete), i was actually curious to know the eri soldiers in the Italian army understanding of ethiopia at the time, What they thinking at the time? Do u think, the soldiers think, they fought against thier own country as a “banda” or somebody else’s country? What about the civilians at the time thought about it?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            First you should ask why Menelik agreed to sign the treaty with Italians if Eritrea was part of Ethiopia.

            Second, Eritreans were recruited to the Italian army and were part of that army.

            They were send to Libya, I am Somalia and in case of Adwa to Ethiopia, and in 1935 as well.

            I don’t know what’s there to think, if you are a solidiers you are given the order and then you go.

            For sure they were not fighting against their own country because there was no country that existed called Ethiopia as we know it.

            Going and fighting in Adwa, I see nothing wrong about it. As Tigrayans, no long before that, with Alula, Wube and BaryaEu were wreaking havoc in Eritrea.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            I don’t know why menelik signed the treaty, i really don’t, maybe he didn’t think eritrea belongs to him or poltical calculation.
            So u think “they didn’t think they were fighting against their own country because there was no country that existed called ethiopia as we know it” that is excellent explanation but u need to be constant on ur thought.

    • Selamat Hayat Adem,

      Your TPLF can bring to a halt all conspiracies by accepting the border ruling and demarcating the border without any preconditions. Anything else that come out of TPLFites are considered to be the hoodwinking of clever mouthpieces.

      The article is the rehashing and spicing up of the previous article. It would best serve Eritrea if all these crocodile tears efforts were to consolidate and put pressure on the TPLF to DO THE RIGHT THING>

      tSAtSE

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Awate Team,

    Thank you for timely and wonderful article. I particularly like the title, calling PMAAA bluff.

    The boat has long sailed and Eritreans have recent memory that we will never forget.

    He can dream all he wanted but it should never be at the expense of Eritreans.

    Actually, I think it has woke up the giant within us and I have never seen so much positive hope, unity and genuine desire for change, with the message “Enough” or “ይአክል” and I don’t know what’s in Arabic but perhaps “kalas” sounds good. They are posting in their face book page with breaking the chain that shackled on them.

    Berhe

  • Haile S.

    Dear Awate team,

    My take of this article is: There is only one way of genuinely influencing Eritrea & Eritreans towards a regional integration or in a strong cooperation with Ethiopia, and that is through complete respect of Eritrea’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The attempts to short-circuit this has never worked in the past (Haile-Sellasie & Melles) and is not going to work today (Abiy) or tomorrow (…).

    One thing that is driving successive Ethiopian administration and certain of its elites to these tendencies is the tendency towards ownership, የኛ. Ethiopia owns the land that its inhabitants own, and no more. This tendency towards ownership that developed in Ethiopia during its modern expansion by Menelik physically, and subsequently mentally by all its leaders that followed, need to be restrained by Ethiopians themselves. Ethiopia can be depicted by its citizens as a mother, እናት (thus the silly insinuation of Eritreans as የናት ጡት ነካሾች), but she is the mother of the children under its territories, not a step mother of others. The game of axiomatic wording needs to end. Respecting Eritrea’s independence and its territories is NOT going to send Eritrea along its coastaline flying to the arctic. It will always be there and its strongest relationship will be with Ethiopia, geography oblige.

    Yes, Awate team, Abiy need to dilute his ambition with reality and restrain those who will turn against him lack of its realization.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Haile S.

      What I like about this editorial is, who really cares. Let them clean their house and let them care for their own people first before they think they can care for us.

      I saw on FB on the revealing of the “Statue of Haile Selassie” and some of the real supporters of the PM are calling is, what a sh…t job. I agree HS have a place in his country, Africa and I understand if they wanted to honor him but the statue done very crappy..I don’t know may be with time it will get to shine ……but doesn’t not look appealing.

      Berhe

      • Haile S.

        Selam Berhe,

        At the risque of derailing the current more important discussion to HSI, but to answer to your comment, I think the artists did their best to represent him as he looked and clothed at the time he was working for establishment of OAU. We can always reproach an artist because every eye is different, but I think they did good job. Those deceived may be because he didn’t have his medals and attires. The artists were right not to include them as his decorations did not have a place in matters of OAU. The color is to represent aging bronze; may be they let it age rapidly. My reproach is the bare grass surrounding. I hope they will add some low growing flowers and walkways.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Haile S.

          I agree, let’s leave it for them.

          Berhe

        • Nitricc

          We can always reproach an artist because every eye is different, but I think they did good job.

          Hi Haile; that the worst job I have seen; ever. That was a jock. If I was in charge in Ethiopia, I will stick a dynamite to it.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hailat,

      “ restrain those who will turn against him lack of its realization.” Ahmmmm! We shall see how it will turn out, for those Eritreans who jumped to his boat.

      • Haile S.

        Selam Emma,

        You added a sentence ‘In Eritrea, naïveté exhibits in all forms’. Are you referring to the naive IA or to those who hailed and expressed optimism here on Abiy for one or another reason?

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hailat,

          How could you miss this? It is for those who expressed their optimism on the surrogate of the despot – the PM of Ethiopia, who dreams to bring Eritrea to his domain.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Emma,

            I didn’t miss it, I wanted to be sure. The PM is here since close to a year. He did a lot of positive changes to his country. He is also verbally saying things that doesn’t respect the sovereignty of Eritrea. He didn’t yet do anything that his predecessor Melles and Co did close to 20 years bringing Eritrea to the ground through every avenue. There were naive Eritreans who had great hope on him too. I thought we would leave the grudges aside when discussing the future of our country. The present article is a precautionary call to the PM’s to halt his advances to Eritrean territories before he does something that his predecessor been doing for years.

    • Paulos

      ሰላም ሃይላት,

      ብናተይ ግምት እዚ ዘቕረብካዮ ደገፋዊ ሓሳብ ንናይ ዓዋተ ርእሰ-ዓንቀጽ፣ ሓደ መሰረታዊ ሕቶ ዝጠልብ ኮይኑ ይስማዓኒ፣ ንሱ’ኻኣ ንምንታይ እዩ ኣብይ ንስምዒትና ዝጎድእ ምልክታት ዘርኢ ዘሎ እንተ’ልና፣ እቲ መልሲ ንኽትግምቶ ከቢድ ኣይኮነን፣ ኣብይ ኣመና ስለዝናዓቐና ጥራሕ እዩ።

      ንምንታይ እዩ ንዒቑና እንተልና ድማ እቲ መልሱ እቲ መራሒና ንብሎ ኢሳያስ ስለዝናዓቐና ጥራሕ ስለዘይኮነስ ብጋህዲ ምስ ኣብይ ኮይኑ ስለዘባጨወልናን ዝሓጨጨልናን ዝናዓቐናን እዩ። ስለዚ ሰብ ማዓንጣን ሰብ ስረን እንተዳኣ ኾንና ዘሕምቖ’ለኒ በትረይ ሃቡኒ ዝዓይነቱ ናብ ኣብይን ትምክሕተኛታት ኣምሓራ ዘቕነዐ ተወደብ ክተት ዘይኮነ፣ ማዓንጣ እንድሕር ኣለና ኾይኑ ነቲ ቀንዲ ጸላኢና ኢሳያስ ብኽሳዱ ንሓዞ። እንተዘይ ኮይኑ ኣብይን ትምክሕተኛታት ኣምሓራ መመሊሶም እዮም ክንዕቑና!

      • Haile S.

        Selam Paul,

        Talking of Eritrea’s difficulties and getting undermined by all neighborhood, and now by our prime/foreign/transport minister Abiy, IA is the wall in the room. No doubt about it. I wouldn’t say the alpha, but certainly, he has become the omega of our problems.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        ሰላም ዶ/ር ጳውሎስ,

        ሰብ መዓንጣ ደኣ ሃገር ክፈጥሩልና ኩሎም ሓሊፎም እንድዮም:: እዞም ሕጂ ታሪፍና ዘለናደአ አብ ገዛና ኾይና ብሰላም “ለውጢ ብዘይደም” ክመጽእ እንጽበ እንዲና:: እቲ ዝገርም ከአ ኣብ መወዳእታ ዘየብሉ ትጽቢት ከለው ብዙሓት ዜጋታትና ይሃልቁ ምህላው’ዩ:: ዶክቶረ ሓሞት ተሳኢና ዘገርም’ዩ::

        • Paulos

          ሰላም ፖ/ር ኣ. ሕድራት,

          ናይ ብሓቂ ዘስደምም’ዩ፣ ሰብ ማዓንጣ ብዓል ዓፋ ሃሊቖም፣ ሰብ ስረ ብዓል ሸሪፎ ብመሕሉቕ ተኣሲሮም መጣቓዕቲ ጥሪሕ ዝተረፍና መላገጺ ባዓል ኣቢ ኮንና!

      • Desbele

        ሰላም ጳውሎስ
        ኣቢይ ህያብ እዩ ተቀቢሉ። እቲ ቁጠዐና ናብቲ ደመኛ ጸላኢ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዝኾነ ውልቀ መላኺ ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ እዩ ክኸውን ዝግብኦ።
        ጸላኢኻ ከይለለኻ ቃልሲ ይኹን ዓወት የለን።
        ብርግጽ ካርታ ተሓዊሳ ፤ ጨመዳ ;ደርጊ ኣይተሰዓርናን ኢሎም ; ጃንሆይ ሃወልቲ ተሃኒጹሉ: ኢልኻ ዓበድበድ ዋጋ የብሉን ጥራይ ዘይኮነ ቀዳምነታትና ዝምቡዕ ምዃኑ እዩ ዘርኢ.. ግፍዕን ዓመጽን ብ “ደቅና” ካብ ኮነ ደሓን ኣለና ዘስምእ እዩ ኣካይዳና
        ህልቂት ላምፐዱሳ፤ ዓመጽን ግፍዕን ካብ ኤርትራ ክሳብ ሲናይ ኮታስ ሕቶ ፍትሒ ንመላእ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ እዩ ናብ ሓባራዊ ቃልሲ ክድርኸና ዝግባእ.

  • Nitricc

    Greetings: PMAA knows well that force will never work when it comes to Eritrea and Eritreans. He knows that Eritrea is a sovereign nation, however, he has this vision that the
    greater horn-Africa that is led by Ethiopia. So, how can he bring Eritrea in his side? Like I have said, he knows war and force don’t work. What he thinks it will work is by seducing Eritreans in all-out effort. For instance; finding housing for rentals in Addis is a night mare and nonexistence since the peace and that is due to the free flow of Eritreans to Addis. Coupling with free education and free to work, PMAA thinks that will do the trick. It is like what PMMZ tried and failed; “just open a couple of refugee camp at the border and sit back and watch Eritrea die” that didn’t work so, this time around we are witnessing a new strategy. PMAA could have handled differently by reaffirming the Eritrean sovereignty and work and cooperate in all aspects till the borders become nothing but symbolic. But no, PMAA is playing right on the hands of TPLF and the so-called Agazians. TPLF has declared that the Amara and Oromo are coming to take your ports and the red sea while we are just seeking your love. However; I understand PMAA must calm the Ethiopians and nothing calms the nerves of Ethiopians than Eritrean ports and Eritrea. Let him do his thing, he is trying to keep his country together and he must pull every trick on the book.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Nitricc,

      Well, Eritreans are not prone to seduction. If Dr. Abij thinks that way, he will just fail before starting because his choice of marrying the despot’s need for survival to the hardships our people have been enduring under his authoritarian rule, and compelling them to disperse in all directions, is a non-starter. Maybe he is terribly out of touch with the depth of Eritrean patriotism and sensitivity to their national identity.

      Save the empty barrel noisy chauvinists on both sides of the borders, who dream to reset time to 1962, the aware Ethiopians do realize Eritrean patriotism and envy to their sovereignty today is not at least less than it had been in 1961. Any ruler in Ethiopia, today or any time down the road, would do better to his country by perusing the 30-years war archives before dreaming to turn back the clock and see an Ethiopian navy in Eritrea’s sovereign waters no matter who pays the cost. He or she should ask first whether Ethiopian mothers and fathers would agian afford another million of their sons killed and wound before embarking on dangerous course and tampering with Eritrea’s nationhood.

      • Nitricc

        Greetings Ismail: I agree with you that PMAA is not to be blamed alone. PIA’s actions during this peace process is something disturbing. God knows what PIA told PMAA in private but observing PMAA’s comments and actions, he is absolutely emboldened to the point of disrespecting Eritrea and Eritreans. What PMAA seems to forget is the heart of Eritreans and what their country means to them. I am all for working together but don’t intimidate me!!