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Cold War Ended, Hot War Continues

The 20th century is very much defined by the cold war that continued from 1947 to 1991. For Eritreans however, that period was not cold at all, it was a never-ending cycle of violence, bloodshed and social displacement. In 1991 the general mood was optimistic as the end of the cold war introduced alluring terms like globalization and liberalization of markets, but that turned out to be misnomers for the intensive activities of monopolizing of resources. In addition, it ushered wars fought in many countries that were led into destitution by the bad governance of tyrants and warlords: Afghanistan, Congo, Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan. A little over ten-years later, the circle of fires expanded with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Soon, mayhem in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria followed; miraculously only Tunisia survived. Regrettably, the wars gave birth to the Islamic State-ISIS. Worse, the bloodshed and destruction didn’t stop: Yemen was relentlessly pushed into an insane violence and destitution. The Middle East and East Africa was left asking: is this any better than the cold war? Isn’t Russia resuscitating its blood-thirst by its militaristic postures in the old Soviet republics, for instance, in Crimea, and now is bombing the day light out of Syria?

For Eritreans, the cold war was always a bloody red-hot war; their 1991 only heralded a second phase of violence, repression, and destitution cause by a local tyrant.

Cold or hot, Eritrea always suffered from the repercussions and manifestations of the endless Israeli-Arab conflicts. It has been played by the two sides and continues to be. This time, the Eritrean misfortune is being fanned by men in their twilight years, unhinged men who pose as intellectuals when obviously they would snugly fit behind an Amsterdam glass window.

Eritreans have been struggling to rid their country of the ruthless rule of Isaias Afwerki, a man more suited to be a medieval warlord than a head of state. He has been treating Eritrea as his private property and plunging it in one battle after another. His insignificant lobbying trip to Saudi Arabia in April of last years took a life of its own; a drop of water was worked on tirelessly to make it a torrent. That torrent is the Isaias’ latest escapade, his involvement in the affairs of Yemen. The Saudis had finally opened the crack in their door and hired him as a mercenary, just like he lobbied to be a hired mercenary for George Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Unfortunately, Eritreans will pay for his adventures long after he is gone.

As if what Eritreans are going through is not enough, many are dismayed by the recent PR-article written by Mr. Louis Mazel,  the US Chief of Mission in Eritrea. It is unbecoming for a US official to follow on the footsteps of the discredited Iqbal Jhazbhay, the South African ambassador to Eritrea who acts more like a lobbyist for the Eritrean regime than a foreign diplomat. We hope the American diplomat would refrain from emboldening a repressive regime.

Eritrea In-between

Eritrea continually stars in the narrations reflecting the Arab paranoia in one hand, and the narration of extremist Abyssinian-Israeli paranoia on the other; the boring and conflicting narrations are continuing in endless sequels.

In the sixties, Israel sided with Haile Sellassie’s Ethiopia to help him quash the Eritrean struggle for self-determination. After the overthrow of his regime, and the subsequent shift of the Ethiopian military junta to the Warsaw Pact, Israel’s presence was reduced but remained just below the surface. Throughout the seventies and eighties of the last century, and to this date with less intensity, Arab paranoia is still raging. While extremists like Herman Cohen peddle Arabphobia to  Abyssinians, Arab extremists peddle an opposite narration. They claim that Israel maintains a military base in the red sea islands of Eritrean. One story even claims Israel has a communication base on top of Mt. Soira, the highest point in Eritrea. If Israel has anything on Mt. Soira, where the local shepherds take their goats to graze on its slopes, it must be manned by ghosts. As for the Islands, honest people who can do basic research would discover they are mostly uninhabitable, except the main culprit, Dahlak Island and two other islands, which can hardly sustain basic life. That lie of Israeli presence in Eritrean waters has been kept alive by Arabs who masquerade as political analysts. Lucky for them, they have their equivalent in pro-Israel Western “analysts.” First let’s see an Arab sample.

Dr. Abdella Al-Nefisi

For decades, Dr. Abdella Al-Nefisi of Kuwait has made a career peddling the story of Israeli presence in the Eritrean Red Sea islands. For instance, in June 11, 2011, with a straight face he told the following to AlArabia Television :

“Believe it or not, [he picks his notebook computer to show a map of the Red Sea and continues] here, there are 126 islands belonging to Eritrea—Isaias Afwerki—and he leased some of them to Israel … and Israel uses them as pastures for goats and the like. All the meat that Israel eats comes from these islands. But Iran, it leased a few islands, maybe three islands—out of the 126 islands—the [Iranian] revoluionary guards usethem as camps to train the [Yemeni] Houthis, and to train the shite youth from the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries. And the revolutionary guards have offices in Asmara—three offices in Asmara—to manage this issue….”

Of course, there are quite a few who are equally inflicted with paranoia and believe the so-sure statement of Dr. Al-Nefisi. The YouTube world is full of his hallucinations and fantastic imaginations—some worse than the one quoted above. And such ill-intended rumors harm Eritrea as a country; the police state that Isaias created cannot defend the national interest of the country. The nature of the repressive, closed pariah state that Isaias lords over encourages such rumors that result in far reaching consequences.

Dr. Herman Cohen

Dr. Al-Nafisi found a colleague, someone to assist him gnaw at Eritrea—both are cynical, vindictive warmongers. Dr, A-lNefisi’s colleague is the American Herman Cohen, the man who loves tyrants and promotes injustices for a living.

A major achievement by the EPLF in 1991 absolves it of the many grievances Eritreans might have against the organization of the liberation struggle era. Cohen and his boss G. Bush never wanted Eritrea to be free and in fact at the London Conference, Cohen tried to stall the advance of the Eritrean forces towards Asmara in May 24, 1991. He tried to convince the leaders to leave the Derg’s Second Revolutionary Command intact, fully armed forces in the capital city. He wanted the Derg forces to remain in control while Eritrean forces to enter Asmara. He planned to delay their entry until the EPRDF forces control Addis Ababa—and that would have complicated and changed the dynamics that led to the declaration of Eritrean victory on May 24, 1991. The matter would have gone into blackmailing, threats, and endless negotiations to ensure that Eritrea remained under Ethiopian control. However, the Eritreans were alert of Cohen’s mischief and made a surprise entry into Asmara defeating the remaining Derg forces in Eritrea. It was a fait-accompli and Cohen had to deal with the reality that followed. Since then, Cohen  was treated like a leper by both the victorious Ethiopian and the Eritrea governments. And for a man who claims in his professional bio that  “he ended the Ethiopian civil war,” it’s not an easy slap.

Shamelessly, Cohen claims it was not the 60,000 people who sacrificed themselves for the independence of Eritrea who did it, not the decades long struggle did it. Cohen did it single-handedly!

In an article in his AlNahda column entitled “Mzungu Herman Cohen Witesplains Africa”, Saleh Younis wrote this about Cohen:

“… Cohen is a relic of the Cold War era. He comes from a period of time where American diplomats had no compulsion about advising an African country to annex another African country as he, admittedly, did in advising Senegal to annex The Gambia.”

In December 2013, Cohen authored an article entitled “Time to Bring Eritrea in from the Cold”. In no time, Isaias Afwerki whom Cohen wanted to be brought in from the cold mocked Cohen and boasted that Eritrea (which he equates with himself) was never in the cold to begin with. But Cohen, the President and CEO of “Cohen and Woods “international”, had to write that article, it is part of his assignment after the Eritrean regime hired him to lobby for it in the USA. He promised to use his network, his old mates, and bring Isaias in from the cold—never mind the millions of Eritreans whom Cohen condemns to stay in the cold.

In a letter he wrote to his government on January 2015, Berhane Gebrehiwot, the Eritrean Chargé D’affaires in Washington, DC, wrote:

“[Cohen] had also promised to publish an article similar to the previous one and was also tasked to assess the position of the State Department and, whenever he got the opportunity, to work and positively influence US policy on Eritrea.”

Indeed, the lobbyist would do anything for money, regardless of the suffering he causes Eritreans. And his strategy is built on besmirching the name of Ambassador Susan Rice claiming she is the cause of the rift between the USA and Eritrea, and whom he blames for leaving Isaias out in the cold.

Unfortunately, Eritrean justice seekers cannot afford to hire Cohen as a lobbyist. They can only appeal to the conscience of the world to at least stay neutral—if they cannot help them get rid of their tormentor whose regime is being investigated for possible crimes against humanity. Obviously, Cohen will try to trash the 484-page findings that the UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea submitted to the UN security council a few months ago.

At long last, Cohen did write the article he promised to write, and recently he cried wolf: “The Red Sea Is Slipping into Total Arab Control.”  And it is the sort of article that borders on racial incitment—all for money. Cohen started his article with a condescending attention grabber:

“Hey, all you Abyssinians out there. While you are wasting time squabbling with each other and not talking to each other, the governments of the Arabian Peninsula are eating your lunch.”

Hopefully Cohen knows what he is doing. Simply put—and racially speaking—Abyssinians are basically the Ethiopians of Tigray and Amhara regions—roughly 5 million and 20 million people respectively. However, what Cohen conveniently forgot is that the population of Ethiopia is about 100 million people. He consciously chose to play the historical Ethiophile race-card and addressed his audience, “Hey, Abyssinians.” He didn’t address the Oromo, Somali, Sidama, Afari, or other social groups who are almost three-quarters of Ethiopians. The same card that Haile Sellassie cleverly used to advance his hegemonic ambitions came handy. To give you more context, Cohen is addressing the Brown part of the rough map above; the green and yellow parts are disposable. It is that simple for him. Check here for a basic definition of Cohen’s Abyssinia.

For Eritreans, whose population comprises of roughly equal number of Abyssinian and non-Abyssinian sections, the message couldn’t be more evil. That kind of classification has other connotations; Cohen was certainly not addressing the Abyssinian Muslims, let alone the Muslims of other races in both countries. Would another Rwanda satiate his thirst?

At any rate, if anyone thinks the sectarian and racial divisions in the region are purely the making of its inhabitants, they can’t be any further than the truth. Between Dr. Al-Nefisi and Dr. Cohen’s, the attempt to keep Eritreans and Ethiopians in perpetual disarray and mistrust is mischievously being advanced in technicolor.

Based on the above, there is still a dilemma: do you believe Dr. Al-Nafisi who claims Eritrea is under the wings of Israel, or believe Cohen who claims it is under the wings of the Arabs? And is that even humanly possible, or doable at all?

If Eritreans are able to pull out that trick and stay safely snug between the two mortal enemies, then they should be allowed to run Israel and Palestine and bring the debilitating crisis in the region to an end. But then, wouldn’t the two doctors be out of business?

Afterthought

The historical Christian-Jew conflict of the past centuries is no more—Christians have done untold, and possibly unrepeatable, atrocities against the Jews, capping it with the atrocities of Hitler’s Nazis. Thanks to the “modern” configuration, guilty-ridden Christians are now the sugar-daddies of Israel, no more its monstrous enemies. At the end of WW2, Christian Europe tried to remedy its atrocious past by getting rid of European and Russian Jews and helped them establish the state Israel, far away from Europe. Since then, the conflict has basically become a conflict between Zionists and Arabs. And the duo (Al-Nafisi’s and  Cohen) want to export that conflict to yet another spot: Eritrea. How would that play in a volatile region plagued with the many colors of sanctioned and entrepreneurial terrorism and extremism?

An answer to that would help the Dr. Al-Nefisi’s and Dr. Cohen’s of the world to make peace with themselves and with the helpless people. It will also provide the mad ruler of Eritrea less fuel to perpetuate his cruelty against Eritreans.

 

 

 

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  • Aron

    Dear Salih, I pray you be well and wish you speedy recovery. God bless.
    Aron

  • adarob

    Rebena yashfik akeena wa habibna Saleh. (Ikeet tesrereka) inshaallah terja3 Lena besalama.

  • Hope

    Selam The Fighter,SGJ:
    Sorry to hear this but happy that you are recovering.
    My thoughts and Prayers for you and your family,as always!
    God has His plans for you-to keep you STRONGER than ever..
    He will never forsake you…Eti Zeihissu Kalu’,zeitelim kidanu!
    Keep up the FAITH and the HOPE, Big Bro…
    Feel well!

    • Abi

      Hope Gerageru
      Lemin aytamem lemin ayreta
      Zinjero siTebq Tewatna mata
      Simun siqeyayir andandu weslata
      Lelaw sizebanen milasun siyaftata
      Sekaram milasun siquwaTir sifeta
      Egziabher yimarew yemayisanew geta!
      Antem bebekulih betselotih berta
      Tishal endehone kandandu Awatista.

  • anyee raya

    Rebena yashfik i am on your side with prayers. Insha’Allah you will get better my brother. remember you are a leader your followers needs you, so stay strong.

  • Music Novice

    Get well soon Saleh, so that we can debate more (in a relaxed way).

    “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear awate friends,

    ሳ -ልሕ ኣቦ ዕርቂ ፍልልይ ሰባሪ –
    ል -ቦና ዝዕጥቁ ኣንቃሒ መሃሪ –
    ሕ -ልና ምስልውሃት ናብ ወለዶ ኣስጋሪ –
    ጀ- ማሪ እሂም ብሂም ብሓልዮት ብፍቅሪ –
    ው -ርዙይ ብዓል ግርማ ባህልታት ኣኽባሪ –
    ሃ- ርኮትኮት ብሃሊ ዝዕወት ብጻዕሪ –
    ር- ግቢት ሰላም ኢኻ ንበርልና ሕድሪ ::

    ናይ መጀመርያ ፊደላ ንታሕቲ ሳልሕ ጆውሃር ይንበቡ::

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Saleh,

    I am sorry to hear that but glad to know you are doing better. Wish you speedy recovery. Amlak misaKa yiKun.

    Berhe

    • Nitricc

      Hey Berhe, i don’t have facebook and all that but what happened to SG? what are you guys talking about? what going on with SG?

      • Ted

        Hi, Nitricc, SJ had heart attack, i myself heard the sad news from Abrham Hanibal. We wish him well.

        • Nitricc

          Hey Ted thanks my man. i am really sorry to hear the news but once he makes it the first step alive, he is the a natural fighter. i do believe any illness is a matter of attitude and no one is well suited for that. he is a definition of survival.
          SG; i am not worry about you. just take your time coming back.

  • tes

    Dear Awate Readers,

    And my dearest big brother Saleh Johar,

    I just read a shocking but thanks to God not bad news of what happened to Saleh Johar. Normally he replies a facebook message I sent within short time but for almost one week I didn’t get a reply. Then I wrote again today in case and worrying to some extent for why he didn’t reply as usual.

    Oh then, i just read his shocking news on his facebook page.

    Thanks he is recovering. In fact for this two days I was feeling something unusual. When two hearts are open no matter how far they are they exchange messages. I think this [what happened to SGJ] was what I was feeling in an unusual way.

    May you recover sooner bing brother.

    tes

  • V.F.

    Dear Saleh, I am terribly sorry to hear the news. My prayers are with you and I hope you recover fully and quickly. Stay strong. Mental and psychological strength is half the battle and a strong person that you are and with the help of the Almighty, I am confident that you will be out and about very soon.

  • sara

    Sheeafa wo alafia, abu rahwa.

  • PTS

    Dear Saleh,
    I don’t know where folks are getting the news from but if you are sick I wish you full and speedy recovery.

    • Abraham Hanibal

      Dear PTS,

      I’ve seen the sad news about the illness of our brother Saleh on his facebook page. Quite shocking to see him in the intensive care unit, though he says he is doing better now.

      • PTS

        Abraham,
        Owwww…..I didn’t know it was that serious. He is a good guy and I hope he is in a much better situation now.
        Thanks for the info. You certainly are better informed.
        P.S. Speaking of informed, have you heard anything about the salary increase (other than the link I sent)?

        • Abraham Hanibal

          Selam PTS,
          I don’t think I’m better informed than the average person who frequents the Eritrean web-sites. Regarding the planed salary increase, I only heard of it from what came from the PFDJ cabinet meeting recently. Btw, I’ve not seen your link, could you repost it again? Thanks.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Selam PTS,
            Never mind, I’ve seen the link now, thanks again.

  • AOsman

    Dear Saleh,

    الحمد لله على السلامة

    Just saw the news, shocking indeed. May Allah give you a speedy recovery. Give yourself plenty of rest, you need it.

    Regards
    AOsman

  • Semere Tesfai

    Selam Saleh Johar

    Indeed it’s shocking news. Saleh, I wish you speedy recovery and hope to hear from you soon. Take care.

    Semere Tesfai

  • Peace!

    My dear Saleh Johar

    Wishing you the best!!!!!

    Pace!

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Saleh Johar,

    It is a shocking news. But I am glad that you are on the recovery process. I wish you fast recovery.

    Amanuel Hidrat

  • Tzigereda

    Dear Saleh Johar,
    Wishing you best!

  • Abraham Hanibal

    Selam Kubur Saleh Johar,

    Sorry to hear that you have recently experienced a heart attack; however glad to hear that you are recovering now. May Allah be with you, wish you full recovery.

    • Hayat Adem

      Can someone share and inform us about his situations? Wish him well as well.
      Hayat

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Dear Hayat
        Just talked to SAAY, and he said that the great fighter is recovering well. Let’s keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

        • Abi

          HI Mahmud
          Thanks for the current info. I hope he will come back stronger soon.

        • Ted

          Hi the Greatest. Let me share what they call what doesn’t kill you make you stronger story. A family member of mine experienced the same condition as of our SJ. He stayed in the hospital for a few days and what we saw was a complete life changing moment for him and people around him. He did major changes in his life style; diet, exercise and most importantly he credited for his improvement managing stressful situation and enjoying family and friends. He feels healthier never felt before in long time. I wish SJ the best and confident he join us here stronger than before.
          PS. Please cut loose the stressors(SA);-) especially in this season when it is gloomy and rainy where you live.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear Ted
            Thanks for the uplifting story. Let’s keep the forum light and mellow as an awatista therapy effect…haha… SA? He is becoming Sahel romantic… Qoy becha!!!

        • Hayat Adem

          That ls so wonderful, Mahmuday. Thanks a lot.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Saleh Johar,
    I have seen the news in face book. you know how much we all love you and how much we care. the once around are better than those far like me in facing the situation. please let us know how you are doing every time you get chance to open this site. My the almighty keep you healthy? Amen.

  • Rahwa T

    Dear Saleh Johar,
    Great to hear that you are recovering from your illness. We are curious to see you fully recovered and strong. Wishing you all the best with your health. May Good be with you!

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Rahwa T,
      please be here with us – from this post one understands that you are reading everything. You know how much you mean to us, start posting your views. all my love to you.

      • Rahwa T

        Dearest Kokhob,

        Once a connection is established to this house, it is difficult to break the tie. At least that is what I feel at present and I am regularly visiting the site and reading my favorites. I am enjoying your posts, kokhobay. It was a real pleasure to see our great sis, Hayat Adem. Thanks you, KS, I will take this opportunity to say Happy New Year to you and all awatista.

        • Peace!

          Dear Rahwa T,

          How is the war on terror going?

          Peace!

          • Rahwa T

            Selam Peace,
            You are better information than me.

          • Peace!

            Selam Rahwa,

            Sorry I was going to ask you if you did get a chance to check the latest The Washington Post editorial about ” Ethiopia silences its critic with deadly crackdown on dissent”

            In the mean time here is the summary: “Ethiopia has long been celebrated by the United States for its economic growth and its willingness to engage in the battle against the Somali extremist group al-Shabab. Generous U.S. aid has been granted. But the EPRDF regime, which won 100 percent of parlimentary seats in last year’s elections, is not interested in democratic reform or human rights. It continues to clamp down on independent media and censor information. The country remains among Africa’s most prolific jailers of journalists.”

            Thank you for having faith in me:)

            ሐውኺ peace!

          • Rahwa T

            Dear Peace,
            I like your last Tigrigna word. Thanks, the rest is what our Sheger friends call “zibaznki”.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Happy New Year to you too.
          I know we are one family here in awate. thank you.

  • T..T.

    To Awate moderators,

    A request to limit AMAN’s postings, please.

    Honestly, sincere inputs, even if the cruelest, are not dangerous and defacing because they are posted once. But repeated insincerity combined with arrogance is a clear humiliation to all. Most of all boring and in some cases nasty when facts are deliberately distorted.

    • Ted

      Hi TT. really? May be it is this you don’t like “The only solution for us Eritreans is to engage Ethiopia at the central level and not killils individually whether its is Tigray, Amhara or Oromo and whether one is in power and the other is not” It is brilliant policy if you care to know what we need do to have sustainable peace between the two countries. Period.

      • T..T.

        Hi Ted,

        Just put aside your fear and be mouthed reasonably, then you will see that stubbornness and empty pride is the only thing that is taking you back to square one of “no war, no peace.”

        Secondly, the only problem of Eritrea and its people is Isayas and his removal is the solution to all problems including your fear of your shadows, your fear of your neighbors, and your fear of everything around you. Therefore, the one-size-fit for all solutions to the problems of Eritrea is removal of the person, Isayas, who hats Eritrea and its people.

        • Ted

          Hi TT, it is not the fear of my neighbours but the reality that Eritrea live their hostility day in day out including squatting on our land. We don’t have problem for ” one-size-fit for all solutions” You are way off, IA is part of the problem but not the only problem. How come you don’t like Aman’s point that you need him reprimanded;could it be this- ” it is to bad that the TPLF is corrupting the youth by teaching them hate against other ethnic groups and nationalities like the Oromos and Amharas in Ethiopia which is alien to Eritrean society and social values.

  • Abi

    Hope Nefse
    You know my father ‘s best friend was the dean of that medical school for a long time.
    I’m sure you know Dr Malede. They met at American university at Beirut. I’m definitely sure you know Dr Gebresilassie and Dr Dehab. Don’t ask for details. ( some of your high achievers )
    Guad Abiyot
    Esepa central committee

  • AMAN

    Dear Awates
    Greetings to all,
    By the way,
    Who owns owns the Federal agenda ? Eritrea or Tigray ?
    Who fought for its defence and sanctity against His & the Dergue ? Eritrea or Ethiopia ?
    Who paid the bigger share of sacrifice to liberate Ethiopia by fighting the HSI & Dergue
    regimes neck to neck ? Eritreans or Tigrians ?
    So
    Should this victory that ultimately lead to peace and brought up the new political platform
    mainly by Eritrean struggle be acknowledged by Ethiopians or not ? Or
    Should it be allowed to be stolen by the TPLF like it happened in 1974 by the Dergue ?
    Your Answers please !
    In my opinion, the TPLF & PFDJ have already disqualified their legitimacy by distrubing
    the existed peace and bringing back the pre 1991 situation again – a betrayal to the sacrifices
    and victories of the Eritrean/Ethiopian peoples.
    So they should leave the scene ASAP if the feel patriotic !!!

  • Dis Donc

    Dear hope,
    please rewrite it again. I’d like to read it.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Senay,
    don’t talk about Massawa now, If Arabs know about it they will also buy it – business is business. Lol !

    • Senay Selam

      Lol, You’re cold. But not Massawa, they can come and chill for a discount though. 🙂 I want Eritrea to continue forging our strong alliance with Saudi and arab states. Our economic future lies in strong partnership with them.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Senay,
        so why don’t we sale the entire nation then? Hey, Ethiopians may pay more. let everyone put his price..Lol.

        Mengstu must be laughing. he use to say “…….” put your word.

        • Senay Selam

          Ethiopians can’t even afford feeding their people let alone lease our ports and my support for being strong allies of GCC also doesn’t mean selling Eritrea. If we are going to survive in this contentious area called horn of Africa we need to pick our friends wisely 😉

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Senay,
            we have discussed about it in awate – it is boring to talk about it again and again with the same way we did. let’s just put this aside and talk about our “government” even what you are saying is okay –

            is our “government” legal to decide such a big decision? do you think really Arabs are not aware that what we have is a corrupted and illegal group but not a government? do you think (if not for some tactical and temporary reason) Arabs will believe a group that changes his stand every morning? do you think Iran is sleeping and not watching every move? do you think Afar people will not come with their guns? are just few questions to ask you.

          • Senay Selam

            We might disagree on the basis of the legality of the government to take this action but as far as allies is concerned, it has always been tactical. We can only look after our interest as much as they are looking after their best interest. Besides alliances shift and when it no longer works in our interest we are free to re-arrange our alliance. Do you rather form alliance with our sworn enemy Ethiopia than GCC ?

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Awate friends,

    His excellency, what plans had about our ports, watch and hear,
    ክቡር ፕረዚደንት ብዛዕባ ወደባትና እንታይ ኢሉ ነይሩ ?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGV5MgxE17U

    • tes

      Dear KS,

      I didn’t know that you have this my respect for our dear president. Lol

      tes

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear tes,
        I am for those who fail at their bad times. Lol. born to cry!
        tes, if you don’t know Kokhob who the hell will really know him? by the way do you watch the link?

        • tes

          Dear KS,

          Yes I spent the 10 minutes of my time there. It is very sad.

          You see the good president has thousands of plans. Unfortunately he spent two years of his time just to finish one dam. The dam that was designed by 5th year civil engineers in cooperation with Segen construction project (I was a kind of advisor to the students and even I was present in their defenese time).

          It is shame to this good president, a president who failed to believe his own engineers produced from EIT on each for minimum 300 to 400 engineers; Shame to him.

          Did I say a president, pardon, I mean DIA. Copy DIA and replace all the presidents. An assignment.

          tes

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear tes,
            sorry for your ten minutes. But you need to see some comedy some time.

          • V.F.

            Dear KS, tes could use a nice date too with that comedy. Let’s task Abi for this one.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear V.F,

            Abo is replacement of pawleos Negno. his mind is sharp and fast to reply and sure if he is reading this, he will come and put one entertaining poem in Amharic but Latin alphabet –

            ኣልፋቤቱን ትቶ ኦሜጋን ኣፍቅሮ :-
            ላቲን ለምዶቦታል ፊደል ተበድሮ ::

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            Fidelin bebdir fiqirin bedube
            Wurdet new zendro woy gude! Woy gude!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Abo,

            ፍቅርማ ፍቅር ኣይሸጡት ኣይበደሩት :-
            የግዚሄር ስጦታ ነጻ ነው ካመኑት ::

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            Yamlak siTota new yesemay bereket
            Habtam deha aylim fiqir yeyaze elet
            Fiqir yizot neber yih yegna Tesfiti
            Selam ketebalech Asmarino tsbuqti
            Gina min yadergal neger ayawqibet
            Esmalehu bilo nifT leqeleqat.
            Ljitu hedalech altemelesechim
            Endeqome qere Tes yegna wendim
            Angetun defa Tes aqereqere
            Megbiya altegegnem endamarew qere.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Abo,

            ከተስፋም ተስፋ ነው ተስፋ የብርሃኑ :-
            ኣትጥላው ውደደው ፍቅር ነው ዘመኑ ::

            ፍቅር ያስማማል ተስፋም ኣብነት ነው :-
            ኣብነትም ተስፋ ፈጣሪ የባረከው ::

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            Betsehay Birhan Tesfachin Teftobin
            Bemata tegegne Kokob abrtolin
            Selam endayaTa fiqir endaygodlew
            Tesfahin satqorT qes bileh mikerew

          • Abi

            VF
            Min bedelkuh? I rather give you EnToTo than sign up for this impossible task.
            He is asymptote. YiTege ayneke in Amharic. What is in Tigrigna?

      • Semere Andom

        Hi Tes and KS;
        I hope one of these people is writing a book about how they prepare for the interview, how meticulous they prepare, not to challenge IA but not to ask the wrong question They look so terrified especially Paulos Netabai and and Abbe. The only guy who looks calm is the one with the shaved head.

        • Kokhob Selam

          really yes Semere,

          መን ከ ከብዶም ረገጾም ? እዋእ ኣነስ ይገርመኒ ኳ እዩ :: በል እስከ ብራዕድን ሹቅራረን ኣብ ‘ዛ ሓጻር ህወት ሲ እንታይ ይበሃል — ኮሪዕካን ከቢርካን ምንባር ይከኣል እንድዩ : እንተዘይተኻኢሉ ከም ኣንበሳ እናኖቆኻ ናብ መቃብር ምውራድ ሲ ክብረት እንድዮ ::

  • AOsman

    Dear Abyssinia,

    Thank you for sharing. A bright lady with a universal and powerful message.

    Regards
    AOsman

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Abyssinia,
    l am in peace and love when I heard this young lady. Ah, such young is talking about respect, love and peace all together.

  • AOsman

    Selamat Hope,

    Far from it, I enjoyed his response (not bothered with what he had to say about me) and want him to be part of the awatista family – as guest anyone can comment with a nick he can still keep his anonymity. Anyway let me throw this to you….Mr Cohen is the messenger of DIA and guest tried to shoot at the message, fine. DIA was talking about confederation early 90s and apart from the conflict with Woyane he still seems to be talking about cooperation in recent interview (start at 20:00 of link). Is he compromising national sovereignty?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fymKmsy7yhw&feature=youtu.be&t=1001

    Regards
    AOsman

  • Admas

    At last Eritrea has found hope in a young girl called Heben, she does not only give Eritrea hope but exposed the rotten state of mind within Gedlhi generation…..that is it! the young are fed-up of the empty ultra nationalism that has produced nothing but endless misery….better late than never i guess…..

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Admas,
      it is not the Gedli. Gedli had and have also similar people. in fact Eritreans Gedli was also for peace and love. and still it is for peace as you can see the battle between PFDJ and justice lovers. peace only can be found in justice.

    • Dis Donc

      Dear Admas,
      Why has to, every failings of PFDJ, be assigned to Ghedli? Ghedli somewhat succeded in Ethiopia!! In our case it has only been delayed or hijacked.

      • Admas

        I was responding in relation to the video Haben made, in which she clearly stated the self inflated ego and the mythical opinion Eritreans have about themselves and others, all product of Gedlhi era propoganda…plus, if it wasn’t for Gedlhi brainwash and given the magnitued to which Gedlhi chif Afwerqe is abusing Eritreans, you should have shown as much courage if not more as the one you did against mengistu but the truth is most eritresns are threading a fine line beteen offending Gedlhi and freeing themselves from the worst oppressor of it’s kind…so you can not discount Gedlhi and it’s impact on the way Eritreans percieve the world and make right or wrong dicisions based on their perceptions….your action or lack of it says it all…After all, it was hate that drove your Gedlhi, not the acual quest for freedom…wasting 30 years of ours and yourselves just to free oneself from one oppressive Habesha and live under worse oppressive Habesha can not be defended at least in 21st century without being too irrational or immotional, which is why logic has no place in a way Eritreans see the world and I guise the kind of attitude the young Eritrean girl criticized about her sociaty is a result of all that..A result of 30 years of war propoganda and myth construction…myths that couldn’t stand changes cos it had no foundation….it’s foundation was lies and it can only be sustained with more lies which is why you will never know the truth….until, well…..when it is too late…

        • Dis Donc

          Dear Admas,
          1. First of all I must say good day to you as well.
          2. I do not want to play elite here but goodness, man. Which school did you go to? Have you really read your own writings?
          3. There are number of credible reasons why Eritreans fought for freedom. Amongst all is for sefl-determination, which your own beloved country’s democracy is based upon. Now, tell me again as to why is Eritrea any different? Please do not bring the human element of it.

          • Admas

            Nowhere in my writing did I question the need for self ditermination, rather the bases and the nature in which the people were mislead to believe the unbelievable….at your request I leave the human side aside, the disportpotyional level of hate campaighn against a whole people of a nation particularly l “Amharu” and so on, but didn’t your Gedli insult it’s own people by simply asking them wither they are slaves or free people”natsnet or barnet”…democrayicaly insulted i guise….so the argument here isn’t wither self determination is legit or not, or not even wither you have told the people the truth or not, it is about how your lies affected their thinking…perhaps what the young generation Eritreans like haben are beginning to question. ..as for which school I went to, definitely not Sawa…

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Admas,
            አንተ ስድ አደግ አትሆኑ:: በሰላምታ ጀምር:: (Have mercy on my Amharic, eventhough I grew up in Ethiopia, I was born in Sudan. Add to that 27+ years since leaving Addis.) Lol the Sawa come back was a good one.

            So if you don’t have a problem about the sefl determination question what are you talking about? What is the people subjected to, lie or not? As for the hate, I told you that it is a human element. Expand it a little so that we can discuss about it very well.

          • Nitricc

            sefl-determination,

            * self-determination

      • Nitricc

        Hey Dis Donc; I wouldn’t say hijacked but absolutely delayed! we can say hijacked if, there was a constitution implemented and shredded to pieces; if we had an election and rigged to the bone in favor of some one. if we had one Ethnic group dominating over the other, then, only then we can say hijacked. but as it stands; only “Delayed” explains the situations we are in. as much as we lost and terrible things happened during this no war no peace period; i believe Eritrea will emerge, clearer, cleaner, stronger and safer at the end of the day.

  • V.F.

    Hi Abysinnia, being a typical impatient habesha, I wanted to stop watching many times at the beginning and it kept getting more and more interesting and next thing I know, I watched the whole video. For the benefit of others, I will make an intro here: Haben is a young Eritrean woman (probably 20 years old, she looks younger but that mind is not very young). In this video, she narrates her religious upbringing simultaneously at the Orthodox church (Sunday School) and the Catholic School (M-F academic) in Segheneiti. She mentions the first time she heard of pente and how she dealt with it initially. She speaks of the negative environment she grew up in, where being different is not tolerated, specially ethnically and religiously. She learns that the whole world is not as in the open-roof prison like Eritrea. She meets people very different from her and adopts tolerance and respect and love for everyone else. Towards the end, she speaks of her experience in Europe and how we need a transformation in our mindsets to be tolerant of others not like us. Very powerful message from a very young person. Our elders are completely regressing and the young are progressing. I guess it is a good sign.

    Video highly recommended for the following people:

    1. Nitricc
    2. Hope
    3. Abi
    4. Peace
    5. Ted
    6. Tesfaberhan

    • Abyssinia

      Hi V.F.,

      Thank you for the intro. I admit at the beginning, I was also about to stop. It gets interesting from the 11th minute mark. The message gets stronger and stronger towards the end. She says she will return to Eritrea, but then asks that, if the Eritrea that she knew is there, why she would want to go back (ፅባሕ ኤርትራ ክምለስ እየ። አዛ ዝሓሃለፈት ኤርትራ እንተሃልያ ግን ንምንታይ ኣነ ልዓደይ ይምለስ?) She articulates the hate atmosphere that she grew up in, how she learned to hate Tigrayans/Ethiopians from TV, radio, newspaper, and just people around her (ቲቪ እንተኸፈትኩ ሕማቕ ናቶም እሰምዕ፣ ጋዜጣ እንተንበብኩ ሕማቕ ናቶም፣ ህማቕ ናቶም ተነጊሩኒ እየ ዓብየ። )

      The depth of the brainwashing, ignorance and hate that she grew up in is vivid when she said “ቐደም ሓደ ትግራዋይ ‘ሀዚ’ ኢሉ እንተተናጊሩ ‘ኣሃሃ’ ኢለ እስሕቕ ኔረ”። She says that the generation after independence is screwed up (deformed). She reproved her audience that, as they pompously denigrate Tigrayans/Ethiopians (ተጋሩ፣ ተጋሩ፣ ዓጋመ፣ ዓጋመ, ዓጋመ, ዓጋመ), when they flee Eritrea and they paradoxically end up in Tigray/Ethiopia, the Tigrayans host them with generosity and kindness. She admonishes them to be grateful for that, and then she pointed here index finger, with earnest, sincerity and authority, asked her audience thus” if it was us with the mentality (hate) that we grew up with, what would we have done to them, brothers/sisters?”. It is powerful! It is uplifting to see that this young girl has broken free from the psychical and mental bondage she grew up in and decided to speak up the truth to power to lift her people from the Eritrean darkness of hate, ignorance and empty pride.

      • Dis Donc

        Dear Abysinia,
        I think that the majority of Eritreans here share yours and hers views, barring few, of course. I have always wondered why Eritreans and Tigrayans are at each others throats. I would like to know why? If anyone can explain to me. There is a big divide between these people that I had witnessed in my life time. I am asking the other way around, this time around.

        • Abyssinia

          Hi Dis Donc,
          This hate is only one-directional: from Eritreans to Tigrayans. There is no hate from Tigrayans to Eritreans. Ordinary Tigrayans would never tell an Eritrean from a Tigrayan, let alone hate them. So it is up to Eritreans to answer your question. One thing is for sure, this hate will kill the Eritreans (Kebessa’s mainly) as it does now, but we fear that this dangerous hatred can spill over to the region, and damage all of us. I am honest with you, I fear about this plaque .

          In Ethiopia there is nothing like hating Eritreans at all. Nothing like that. I grew up during EPRDF rule in Tigray, I have never heard a single speech or utterance, by anyone, that degrades Eritreans. I was confronted with this hate once I came abroad, where I met Eritreans. I was shocked, literally, shocked by the amount of hate they harbored to Tigrayans, Ethiopians and to me personally. I did not see any human character in those people I met. I wish I had never met Eritrean people, I would never have seen the hatred.

          The Tigrayans have always said, and still say, Eritreans are our brothers, but this simple pure natural state of humans (loving other people) has been misunderstood by the shallow, brainwashed, pompous, self-hating kebessas as inferiority complex. Well, you know what, we will remain aware of the danger of the hatred next door, but we will never fall into that hatred ourselves. We know the root of the disease is the Italian indoctrination, but we wonder how entire society can buy to it and work to sustain it.

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Abysinia,
            Sorry to disappoint but the hate feeling is very mutual. I was on the receiving end of it, on many occassions. You need to dig deeper than scratching the surface. Believe me that you will find it somewhere. Everything has a beginning…

          • Ted

            Hi Abysinia, Physiological speaking, hate only hurts the one who harbors it. If what you saying is true, our Eritreans compatriots are the only losers. I don’t see no Tigrayans losing a night sleep moaning how Eritreans don’t love them, do you;-(? That being said there is understandable anger towards TPLF; for why they don’t leave our territory is one of them.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Dis Donc
          I think, the “believe”of the Tigryans that Eritreans “ put us down” is embedded deep in Tigryans psyche. I have seen many interesting debates among Eritreans and Tigryans, according my observation I am forced to conclude that this is the case. The question is how do you fix or reconcile with the people who thinks of themselves as such. I will not be surprised if this girl who is the subject of this discussion, a Tigryan girl who is pretending to be Eritrean. When ever they feel like they have to breathe; they always come in as an Eritrean. Anyway, till the Tigryans feel they are equal or better than Eritreans; there will never be any peace between the two.

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Dis Donc,
          .
          Let me add a little salt and pepper here to your discussions. I cannot explain the animosity, but here is influencing and contributing factors to be considered in the mix.
          .
          Tomorrow, if sons and daughters of Kebessa (Highland) and sons and daughters of Tigray, kissed and made up and declared their love for each other. The Amaras would be upset with jealous rage while the lowland (Muslim) Eritrea would go into murderous rage.
          .
          I may not be 100% correct about this. However, there is something here that cannot be easily dismissed. The politicians and opinion makers who always think of their survival first don’t want to go against it.
          .
          Mr. K.H

          • Nitricc

            Hey Kim; I agree the kissing up of Tigryans and highland Eritreans is the death sentence for the rest of Ethiopian and disadvantageous one to the lowlands of Eritreans, however, with the way Eritrean society is shaping up, bottom up system while the Ethiopian style is top bottom one i.e. it is worst for Ethiopia than for Eritrean lowlanders. having say that; it is for the good of the little people those two people, Tigryans and highlander Eritreans stay apart. for this reason that i oppose the reunion of those two people.

          • አዲስ

            Hi Kim Hanna,

            You said: “Tomorrow, if sons and daughters of Kebessa (Highland) and sons and daughters of Tigray, kissed and made up and declared their love for each other. The Amaras would be upset with jealous rage while the lowland (Muslim) Eritrea would go into murderous rage.”

            What a disgusting and vile thing thing to say. You ought to be ashamed of yourself but sadly you know no shame. You and your kinds are the one who are isolating the good and humble Tigray people from the rest of their country men and women.

            It’s obvious what you do. Instead of convincing people with ideas ( which you have very little of), the only way you see you can extend your stay on power is by spreading fear and mistrust between people. Yours is the type of politics we need to stand strongly against.

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • Nitricc

            Hey Addis; Kim just stated the facts and the truth. it may not be politically correct to say in this hypocrite world but in real time and facts in the grounds; there is nothing wrong what Kim is saying. absolutely nothing. look how the TPLF thugs are robing you now? you add the power of the highland Eritrean force to it, you finished. at times, let’s talk the truth.
            come-on Addis!

          • አዲስ

            Nitricc,

            Don’t sound like Trump. There’s a differnce between hate speech and avoiding political correctness. I don’t know about low land Eritreans and I don’t want to comment on something I have little knowledge of. But to come out and say “Amaras would be upset with jealous rage ” is factually wrong to begin with and filled with hate to create and maintain that division between the people of Tigray and Amara.

            If you can’t understand how TPLF legitimizes its power and convinces the people of Tigray as their only option by still scaring them with Amara hegemony, then you wouldn’t understand what Kim’s purpose in writing what he did.

            To repeat again, I don’t care about Kebesa this Kebesa that. There’s too much real problem in my country to spare another thought of highland Eritrean force which is at its lowest point as far as I understand. I am also not interested in chest trumping, bravado and ego of the rivalry between the elites of Tigray and Eritrea. I am interested in justice, rule of law, fair representation, economic advancment of the people of Ethiopia and in large that of the horn. These excercise of “Amara coming to get you, Oromo is going to swallow you, Tigre is going to form alliance with Eritrea” hasn’t bear any fruit to our people.

            So let’s ease up with the fear mongering and hate filled rhetoric and focus on the betterment of our respective countries. That way all the issue between the “hate” or whatever you call it between the two people of Tigray and Eritrea will properly be addressed once they are both fairly and democratically represented.

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Addis,

            what about having a peaceful moment. enjoy it.

            ………ሰላም ያቸንፋል……….

            ኣንድነት “ በሃይል” ብለው እያሰቡ:-
            ሰውን ኣስጨረሱት እያደባድቡ:-
            መቸ ጠቀሟቸው እልህ እና ጸቡ:-
            እነሱም ጠፉ ህዝቡንም ኣራቡ::

            ባለፈው ኣንጸጸት ማንም ኣይመልሰው :-
            ያለፍው ታሪክ ነው ሁሉም ለብጎ ነው:-
            ኣሁን ብቻ እንስራ ኣስበን ለመጪው:-
            ተለያይቶ መኖር ማንን ነው ሚብጀው:-
            ሁሉ ተባብሮ ነው ተፈጥሮን የሚያቸንፈው::

            ግን ህሉም ብየፊናዋ እንደሚፈለግ ሁሉ:-
            በየ ቦታው ይክበር ባገሩ በባህሉ:-
            ይቻላል:- ኣንድነት ደንበሩን ሳይዘሉ:-
            ይቻላል:- መጠቀም ሰዎችን ሳይገድሉ:-
            መስጠት ና መቀበል እየተቻቻሉ:-
            ብህግ ና ደንብ እየከፋፈሉ::

            ኣንድነት በሃይል ውድቀት ካስከተለ:-
            መለያየትም በሃይል ሰላም ከከለከለ:-
            ድብልቁ ጉዞ ቢሞከር ምን ኣለ:-

            ኣገር ኣገር ተብሎ ራሱን ኣስተታድሮ:-
            የወንድሙን ፍላጎት ይስጠው ተመካክሮ:-
            ወደቡ ይከፈት ኣይዝጋ ጎሮሮ:-
            ሃበሻ ይኑር ዘልዓለም ተባብሮ::

            ወደብ ኣልባነት ኢትዮጵያን ሲጎዳት:-
            ማን ነው የጠበቀ ኤርትራን ሊጠቅማት:-
            ኣላህ ኣይወደውም መቸ ፈቀድላት:-
            ኣሰብ ድሃ ሁና ግመልም ናቀቻት::

            6 ቢሊዮን ዶላር ኢትዮጵያ ምትከፍለው;-
            ሁለቱም ባደጉበት በተነሱ ፈጥነው:-
            በመከባበራቸው ዓለም ባከበራቸው:-
            ወንዱሙን ያላከበረ ሁሌ እንደ ረከሰ ነው::

            ቀረው ምን ይሆን ?

            የኤርትራው ህዝብ ኣብዮትን ኣቀጣጥሎ:-
            ህግደፍን ሰብሮ ዲሞክራሲን ተክሎ:-
            ኣዲስ ጉዞ ሲጀምር ስርዓት ኣስተካክሎ:-
            ማየት ያስፈልጋል ኣሁኑኑ ቶሎ:-

            እና ሰላም ያቸንፋል ልብ ብለን ካስብነው
            ሁሉም ይደረሳል — ፈጣሪም ፍቅር ነው::

            ኮኾብ ሰላም

          • አዲስ

            Hi Kokhob,

            We all could use a peaceful moment or lots of it. Thanks.

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • AOsman

            Dear K.H,

            Rephrase it to

            Tomorrow, if sons and daughters of Kebessa (Highland) and sons and daughters of Tigray, kissed and made up and declared their love for each other. The Amaras and the lowland (Muslim) Eritrea would be happy as PEACE would prevail.

            Regards
            AOsman

          • Abi

            Heloooo Kim
            Would you like to reconsider the above comment? Never mind, it is the Korean Kim who committed.

          • Dear Kim Hanna,
            The most important thing that matters is not the newly-found love between Tigrayans
            and Eritreans, but what they want to do with it. If they want to form their own state or whatever, good for them. But, if that is to subdue other Ethiopians, be sure, they will fail big time. I do not think that the hate between the two is the side-effect of the common hate they had for Amharas, although it should have been for Amhara elites. If I ask you a similar question; what would Tigrayan elites feel if Amharas and Oromos find an unexpected sudden love? Therefore, we better see ethnic politics in Ethiopia as a calm pond, at least for the time being. Once you stir the waters, you will end up with unpleasant muddy water, that is no good to anybody.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Abyssinia,

        We Eritrean and Ethiopian people suffered a lot due to hate. it takes only less than a minute to understand hate is most of the time a is born as the result of anger and fear of something. I will not go deep about it but what I want to your attention is this question – how did this young lady managed to go out of the circle of hate? the is the fruitful question that we can benefit. Since we know how hate was cultivated on us we can also be able to cultivate love. hate can be easily replaced if we cooperate.

        Let’s start first within you and me. No single person can be closer to me than an Ethiopian. I have taken good experience even sometime examine it purposely. while every human is brother of every other man, but the once closer are the once relatives honestly speaking. go and see to other nations, and check it.

        • Abyssinia

          Hi Kokhob,
          I love you. I always did; you are a loving person and I have an immense respect for you, more so in that you have remained uncontaminated, a pure soul, in a Sea of hating people.

          ” how did this young lady managed to go out of the circle of hate?” I do not know how she did, but I am very happy she did and that is why I posted it. Call me whatever, but I have never seen a loving Eritrean in video or person, and I was not expecting to see one. That is why I was pleasantly surprised by this young girl.

          “You said “since we know how hate was cultivated on us we can also be able to cultivate love.” Do you really know how hate was cultivated in Eritreans? Can you tell me about that? I can’t agree more on cultivating love. Keep the loving posts coming Kokhob.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abyssinia,

            I have a lot of poems already on the same “back to love” “renewing love”creating love which will be only on this site soon. but enjoy this one for today.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAQh3BxA9g0

        • Nitricc

          Hi Kokhob, you said ” we Eritreans” why can’t you speak for your self? is it wise to speak for the me and the entire people of Eritrea? I know you are going to bend for the likes of Abisinya but if the people of Eritrea are hatful; they could have paid the due revenge to the hundreds of thousand soldiers who were captured at the of the war for independence. I know you lose your sense of right and wrong when it comes to TPLF but TPLF they don’t even represent their own people who the people brought them to power. there is hunger in Ethiopia as we speak and one of the hungry people are, the people of Tigray. but the Oromo and the Amhara thinks the people of Tigray have it all at the expenses of the rest of Ethiopia. TPLF is the most hate mongering and criminal entity that you choose to stand and support for. know, please speak for your self.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Yes Sir,
            we are not talking about those political parties, me and Abyssinia both are talking about our people. our people who should love each other but some are programmed by political parties. we are discussing how can we bring back love in our people. Join us and tell us the method of deleting the so called hate from the mind of those who hate each other. do you know the software that creates love and peace in the mind of human? I have one. send me your address and I will send it to you and you will sure you will start to live for love unconditionally.

    • Abi

      Hi Funny guy
      I don’t see you name in the above list. Your name should be there as you day dream to loot Ethiopia, as you grew up consuming hate to everyone else. Thanks for Abbysinia I was able to get some ideas from Haben’s speech. She is telling how hateful her environment was growing up. I believe it is the same for you and still continues producing bitter people.
      Your beloved Ghedli capitalized on the hate of Amharas . The current generation is capitalizing on the hate of Tigryans.
      You have to cleanse yourself from hatred first before you open your mouth. You are blinded by hate. Sorry.
      All I asked from you is to forget about us as we are almost forgot about you.
      All i need is peace. No badime, no assab, no integration, no cooperation, no interference, no ascending to EnToTo, above all no ride to Asmara on the back of our tanks.
      Which part of my blabbering you don’t like?
      Unless you’re suffering from brain freeze due to the “outside “cold, you should up vote me 10 times.
      Ethiopia for Abi
      Eritrean for VF
      Any problem?

      • Nitricc

        Hi Abi, yes there is a problem!
        Eritrea for VF
        Ethiopia for VF first and then for Abi.
        When are you going to get it?

        • Abi

          Hi General
          We live to learn. I’m getting the message.

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi Abi,
        Ethiopia for Abi; Eritrea for VF (Conflict) = Loss
        Ethiopia for Abi; Eritrea VF (Peace) = Stagnation
        Ethiopia+Eritrea for Abi and VF (Cooperation) = Dynamics (bigger dreams and opportunities)
        Hayat

        • Abi

          Come on sweetie
          How is one thing for peace and for conflict at the same time? I agree my way of peace might lead towards stagnation. Hey, better than demolition! The last time we cooperated , we killed 70,000 young people . Since we don’t know how to cooperate, better stay stagnant. For some immature people, the only reason they advocate for cooperation is for looting.

          Hayat for Ethiopia! Abi for Hayat. Problem solved.

        • Dear Hayat Adem,
          I vote for the last option. If Ethiopians and Eritreans cannot choose peace, they
          will inherit war, if they do not cooperate and work together, poverty will be their fate forever, and if they do not unite to be strong, they are doomed to fall preys to the vultures of the region. They better wakeup of their deep slumber and shake off their illusions. Let them do something right, just for once.

          • Abi

            Selam Horizon
            Can’t we be indifferent to each other. The opposite of peace is not necessarily war. Also, we don’t have be united to be strong. We are doing something right for the first time. Separate and survive than United and fight. I don’t understand this unity, brotherhood BS. It had never been a two way affair. It never worked in the past, it will never work in the future. Let’s move on.

          • Dear Abi,
            Ethiopians and Eritreans do not live in two parallel universes. They have long borders and good or bad, past common history. They have failed in the past; but, it does
            not mean that they will always fail in the future. Whatever Eritreans do, will always affect us, as whatever we do will affect them, whether we live together or separated; and the problems of the two people did not happen in a vacuum, and they have cause and effect. If for example, Eritrea’s foreign policy and its alliances with the one or the other regional power affect us negatively, could we be indifferent?
            Past dreams and fantasies have been replaced by present day realities; and they should be a lesson to both people. We can deny reality, but it will continue to haunt us. If the measure is what some people say from a distance without being directly part and parcel of the people living within these two countries, we might have a distorted view of the wishes of the ordinary Ethiopian and Eritrean.

          • Abi

            Hi Horizon
            Eritrean has every right to make friends without affecting us. We should be smart enough to make more friends than Eritrea does. Why not ? I don’t think Eritrea will be a launching pad for real or perceived enemies. That will be very foolish. Let Eritrea make as many friends as possible. We can’t stop that. We should not stop that. Besides, Eritrea is not known to be a trusted friend. The game is making more and better friends.
            I can tell you the view of the ordinary Ethiopians in three words. NO MORE ERITREA.

          • Abyssinia

            Hi abi,
            We, at the border, are paying the burden of Ethio-Eritrea hostility. I know for many Ethiopians, Eritrea can be a no-issue, but there are people in the borders whose lives are ruined. Can you be kind enough to consider their situation? Do you think the federal government has the responsibility to support those affected by this inter-country hostility?

          • Abi

            Hi Abbysinia
            Are you kidding me? Who came to defend badime? It is Ethiopians from every corner of the country. Actually, IA made a deadly calculation . He thought Ethiopians will watch the two Tigryans fight. No Sir! I hope he learned a lasting lesson. As long as Tigry remained Ethiopian, we die protecting it.
            Case closed.

          • Abyssinia

            Hi Abi,
            I guess my post was not clear. I am talking about effect of the war and the no-war no-peace. Divided families, ghost towns, tense security, no business, no investment. Nobody wants to invest in an unsafe area.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aby, come on now. The reason every Ethiopian came to destroy Eritrea is not because they wanted to defend Tigryans, rather the Ethiopians reason for going war was to clean the bad test that was left in their mouth the way Eritrea separated from Ethiopia. It was nothing but revenge that was driven by grudge. In a way Eritrea defeated Ethiopia, Twice. If war to break out to day, do you think the Ethiopians will respond the same they did back then? I don’t think so! Ethiopians will never be united against Eritrea as they did in 1998 war. may be if Egypt attacked them. When it comes to Eritrea; that was Ethiopia’s last chance to subdue Eritrea and Eritrea prevailed. When I study the lineups, the strategy, the fire power and the Ethiopian human resources’ still couldn’t believe it how Eritrea withstand that much pressure and force.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Selam Abyssina,

            What do you think about the policy of the EPRDF gov regarding the border dispute with Eritrea? Don’t you think their non ncompliance with their peace-signature is one of the main reasons for what you called Ethiopians whose lives are ruined at the border? Don’t you think unconditional acceptance and implementation of the border ruling by both parties would have a considerable impact in the lives of “those affected by this inter-country hostility”? Now, don’t misunderstand me; I personally do not believe the crux of the matter is border issue. It has to do with a deep mistrust and irreconcileable hegemonic rivalry between those ruling the two countries. And, unfortunately, it seems both regimes are determined to take their infighting to the bitter end until one or both of them are gone. But despite this, it doesn’t hurt to alleviate the lives of those living in the borders by at least settling the border issue through final demarcation.

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            Come on!! ordinary Ethiopian are saying no more TPLF, not Eritrea. Why would you do that? Not fair at all. We Eritreans are hard working and peace loving people.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Hey Peace
            Where is my music? Don’t be cheap. You know my choice.

            “Ene eyewededkuwat esuwa eyeTelachign
            Simada agebachign”

          • Ted

            Hi Peace, to get him respond to your request, i present Eshiruru on your behalf, እርቀስ እንዳትሄ ጅ የልቤ ወዳጅ እስሩሩ ብየ ላባብላት እንጅ
            .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlquCCZzeSE

          • Abi

            Hi Ted
            Thanks. Eshururu is fine . What about a little whipping to go along with it?

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            Pending:
            FiQrih beretabign, teCHeneQe hodey
            Belik ayhonim woy, eney antenmewdedey
            FiQrih beretabign, teCHeneQe hodey
            Belik ayhonim woy, eney anten mewded

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Hi peace
            Yaltasebe engda yimeTal wey derso
            Enqlfe kayne lay hedwal temelso
            Ekesalehu enji emelemlalehu
            Fiqir manin gedlo emotiletalehu

            I see you like kuku . It’s been at least 20 years since I listened to this song.
            Thanks

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Abi,
            .
            “…..I don’t think Eritrea will be a launching pad for real or perceived enemies. That will be very foolish.”
            .
            Abi, do you want to reconsider that statement or let it go into the record as is?
            .
            Mr. K.H

    • Nitricc

      Dear VF, how do you know she is Eritrean? I will listen to it when you know how?

  • Pass the salt

    Thanks Aby,
    She is a bright young lady with the right mesages. I watched one of her other videos too and was impressed.

  • Music Novice

    Greetings AMAN,

    I suspect he is saying toboR, read backwards.

  • Abyssinia

    Hi Aman,
    Are you perhaps a bot?

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Hope,
    I have no respect ghedli as I truly believe it took Eritreans backward, not forward. The net balance we have gotten is sacrifice, sacrifuce and still sacrifice. I wish there were no conditions and excuses for the birth of ghedli. I wish Hailessilassie hadn’t written off the federation. I wish Dergi hadn’t intensfied pains on the people and motivared them ti embrace ghedli. So my misgivings on ghedli a the crazy ghedli. That all is out of my care for my people. Nothing personal. Tell me one thing ghedli has achieved better than any of the advancements Eritrea had during the Federation and I will be all ears. Otherwise, we should be on the same page.
    Hayat

  • tes

    Hope,

    You are then the god who barks while the justice seeking people are walking the walk.

    Were you also propagating in the same tone during your Esepa period?

    tes

    • Music Novice

      Greeting tes,

      There was a story I heard about a student at University of Asmara, long before your time, whose name I do not want to mention.

      This chap, while he was still a high school student during the Derg time, joined the notorious ESEPA, and through hard work (you know what I mean by ESEPA hard work?), he became the chairman of the school’s ESEPA committee. I was told that he was giving orders even to the teacher ESEPA members at the school, who were scared of him.

  • Music Novice

    Greetings Hope,

    The perpetual attention seeker. The way you and the unstable Guest talk is as if you are top-ranking Politburo members.

    Whatever you say has no practical effect, it is all empty wind, psychological release. Try to be modest.

  • Senay Selam

    As far as I know, there were two factions namely Meles-Sebhat faction and Tewolde-Siye faction. The Tewolde-Siye faction wanted to continue the war into Asseb but it was stopped by Meles. Also keep in mind that Meles mother is Eritrean and she voted in the referendum.

    Checkout the article below, it sheds a good light into the inner working of the TPLF.

    “Their support for the government during the Ethiopian-Eritrean war ended when Meles ordered the victorious Ethiopian army to stop short of occupying Asab. This opposition group has now been augmented by the Tewolde-Siye group’s supporters from Tigray who have met the PM’s envoys and Cadres with violent
    demonstrations all over the world particularly in North America.”

    http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1051&context=africancenter_icad_archive