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In Defense of Tamrat Negera

If I were to empty and free myself of affection, sentiments, anger, concern and all sorts of feelings; that is if I could turn myself into pure reason, I would find that the Ethiopian Journalist, Tamrat Negara, who brought on himself, undeservedly, the wrath of many Eritreans is a real friend of Eritrea, and those who attacked him may have been confused and led astray by following their emotions and sentiments.

There is an Arabic proverb which states that- a friend is the one who speaks the truth to your face, not the one who believes you- I yield myself to this saying and such being the case, I consider Mr. Negera a friend of Eritrea.

Mr. Negera has, in a frank and straight forward style, listed the evils that created and keep creating havoc in Eritrea today. He named names and pointed fingers to the culprit describing the Eritrean reality in a raw language and without a flinch.

Mr. Negera stated that neither Haile Selassie’s regime nor the Derg expelled Eritreans at the height of their war, it was their brother Melles Zenawi who did that.

I agree and you too have to agree! It is the truth!

“Much abuses and horrors where perpetrated by the regimes of Haile Selassie and that of the Derg but neither excised kidneys of Eritreans to manage its affairs, it was the Eritrean regime who did that, not us” Mr. Negera continued saying.

I agree and you too have to agree! It is the truth!

“The Derg regime may have violated places of worship in Ethiopia but what happens to places of worship and people of faith at the hands of the Eritrean regime is unparalleled. It is the Eritrean regime who imprisons Eritreans in metal containers in the wilderness, not us.” Mr. Negera adds.

I agree and you too have to agree! It is the truth!

“In contrast to the Derg’s generous policy of facilitating the entry of Eritreans to the Ethiopian university, regardless that it was for buying loyalties, the University of Asmara, was closed by the Eritrean regime, not by us,” says Mr. Negera.

I agree and you too have to agree! It is the truth!

“Eritrea is a country without banks and if there is any, no customer may have access to his money,” says Mr. Negera.

I agree and you, too, have to agree, it is the truth.

“Ethiopia needs no declaration of war to capture Eritrea, Ethiopians may March to Eritrea without firing a shot while brushing their teeth at the same time. All who can put a fight are outside Eritrea,” says Mr. Negera.

I agree that this is how far the Eritrean regime macerated and weakened Eritrea, and you have to agree, it is the truth.

Unless we want to hold back and conceal the truth from ourselves, we have to accept as true and accurate, all the points concerning the reality on the ground in Eritrea as raised by the Ethiopian journalist.

Mr. Negera’s words are words of a bold man belying a power-hungry clown, Abiy Ahmed, who since his domination of the Ethiopian political center-stage didn’t save an opportunity to lie about the Eritrean reality and never missed a chance to rehabilitate and enable his friend the tyrant of Eritrea. Abiy Ahmed who would stop at nothing and would go as far as stooping so low, for the love of his comrade in the quest for power –Isaias Afewerki, as to put an international peace organization’s forum in embarrassment by his ridiculous attempt of smuggling a warmongering and internationally indicted criminal, Isaias Afwerki, into the peace prize qualification which the very forum had denied him beforehand.

To dislike the machinations of the sycophant Abiy and the bold words of Mr. Negera at the same time is a contradiction in terms, if not outright paranoia.

The provocative and troubling parts of Mr. Negera’s pronouncements such as the creation by Ethiopia of an Ethiopian Gaza strip in Eritrea may be explained in either of two ways. In the movie “Zorba the Greek”, there was a lonely and beautiful old lady who was respected by all of her neighbors throughout, but when at her deathbed and before she dies everybody started stealing and plundering her furniture. This is the case with Eritrea as seen by Mr. Negera–a lady at her deathbed, and what would a neighbor do to a lonely dying lady except inheriting her. What a neighbor does by his acquired inheritance henceforth is his own business even if it is the creation of his own Gaza in Eritrea.

If Eritrea is indeed dying as it seems to be (unless Eritreans give it a kiss of life) blaming and attacking Mr. Negera for displaying his human nature in the quality of acquiring of owner-less property is futile and bears no fruit.

But the Ethiopian journalist shows no sophistication in his speculations at this juncture, he didn’t consider everything while speculating, for example, that Ethiopia is not Israel, by far and Eritrea is not Gaza strip either and by as much.

The alternative explanation of Mr. Negera’s excesses is the assumption that he is not only a friend of Eritrea but a caring, sophisticated friend who took irony into his hands to make his friends, the Eritreans, feel the sting and wake up to do something by way of saving their country from the expected destiny, a destiny he so clearly and dazzlingly he depicted.

The indication which qualifies this alternative explanation to probable is displayed in the fact that the Eritrean regime has responded to Mr. Negera’s interview through its ambassador in Japan. A regime that stops at no criticism and responds to nothing is this time responding, it must have been painful. But I like that and you should like it too.

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  • Samuel

    Selam Horizon,
    You said “which shows that tplf has become toothless”. I guarantee you you don’t know TPLF even 10%.
    TPLF has been in politics for about 45 years, it has led the most sophisticated military capability for 17 years (comparing the enemy), it has led a country with 100 million population for 27 years with impressive economic record (compare to previous regimes, you can deny however you want), it has produced the most talented military leaders in the country, still continuing to produce. It has several experience in international relations. TPLF has an impressive record in organizing a society to specific cause.

    To assume TPLF won’t be important political player in Ethiopia shows me your weakness to analyze OBJECTIVELY. If you are a political operative I can understand your subjective analysis, however if you are independent minded then you won’t get into that conclusion. No matter how you slice it and dice it, Americans say “might makes right”, at the end of the day to have an impact in Ethiopia, even in East Africa you should have political and military experience and strength.
    My two cents:
    Silence and patience isn’t the sign of weakness. Just to give you a hint, the Ethiopian people has been bombarded false narrative for 27 years by the Menelik camp media (ESAT and others), thus it is wise to let all actors from inside and outside do whatever they want until they cross the redline (breaking the constitution), then we will all see what comes next.
    Just FYI, before TPLF left the center it has debated the different consequences of EPRDF and the country at large. If you remember, they have discussed in closed door for 37 days, they have debated every detail and the different scenario the next PM can do, thus whatever is happening today is part of the calculated assumptions.

    Don’t try to preach PMAA is better to Tigray people.
    • Road from Addis Ababa to Tigray has been closed for more than a 22 months, PMAA has said nothing, does it show he cares about Tigray? No, it doesn’t.
    • He said Ethiopians were in darkness for 27 years, so they are seeing the light now? More people has been killed in 2 years than Hailemariam and Meles Admin combined. More people has been displaced.
    • Derg didn’t lose the war, really? What is even the need to talk about Derg unless you are trying to discourage Tigray struggle. The bravery of Tigrians and Eritreans during Derg regime is unquestionable. What about appreciating the sacrifice?
    • Tigrian officials are being targeted but he kept his silence. Where is the love?

    Tigray people aren’t that dormant, they don’t forget their past (Menelik, HS and Derg), they know what’s happening in the country, they can see the chess moves by the center, thus absorbing a hit temporarily is part of the game. In life there is priority, Tigray will do what is best to survive the wicked plan of the PMAA.

    Thanks,

  • Tamrat Negera, did say it all right, what we “Eritreans” miserably failed to disclose. Time to wake up, and notice the fault lines of Eritrea as a nation. Better still, it is high time for Eritrea to claim its place as an Ethiopian Kilil.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት ዓዋተ

    ኢትዮጵያ
    ሓንቲ ሃገር ትመስል ክትርእያ
    ተሰኒዓ ዝተሰርሐት ብሕርያ

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    ሓንቲ ሃገር ኣይክኾናን ከቶ

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    ኣብ ክንዲ ዝብሉ ሰገጥ
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    ይግበሮ!

    ወዲ ኦሮምያ
    ፈዓራ ‘ኳ ነይብሉ ኣብ ስንዕቲ-ኢትዮጵያ
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    ‘ታ ዓጽሚ ንዑኡ ትስቡሕ ስጋ ግን ንበዓል መኩርያ
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    የ ሰንሰለት ሰው

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    ኤረትራን-ሶማልን ክዓርፋየን ካብ ሁከት

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    ክንጥርዞ ንኣምብሬዛ ናብ ዓዲ ጓሓላሉ

    ንሕናን ሶማልን ሰላም ክንረክብ
    ኦሮምያ ኢዱን-እግሩን ክእክብ

    ‘ቶም ሰብ ጎጃም ጎንደር
    ኢዶምን እግሮምን ኣኪቦም ኮፍ ‘ያ ምበር
    ዓቕሚ ዘየለ ደኣ ንታይ ክግበር?

    ትግራይ ናታ
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    ስተ-ወ-ብላዕ ‘ዛ ጋዓቶም!

  • bardavidi

    Hi….Burhan……..Yes, The Truth is a Bitter pill to swallow……….Not all but, unfortunately most of what he said is Factual and Truth………..No one else expelled Eritreans like Isaias and also Meles to some extent………He is right when talking about Isaias destroying the Economy that both the Derg and Haile did not even achieve despite trials not to mention the Shutting down of the only University to starve the Youth of Education and Future what others did not……..no one else had even considered the Scrapping of Assab,s Cranes to salvage Yards in Asia……….He was emboldened by these destructive actions of Isaias when he suggested that Eritrea should not be allowed more than a Police force with Sticks for enforcement………He has a personal grudge against Eritreans that he blames for the Death of his father………He needs a reminder his father was an invader and that is why he Died and that is the other side of the Equation…………Ill will he harbors against us…….Thus advice rejected on the Rebound…….He needs some attention due to his personal problems but this is not the way to get it…………..Responses have been overwhelmingly against his opinion from both sides to put matters to Rest……..Selah

  • Nitricc

    Hi all; I don’t why all this hoopla because one grudge driven individual said something out of grudge. His name is Tamrat, because his father was a solder in Eritrea, Afabet and his wife was pregnant and told his wife, I am in Eritrea and we are about to make a big miracle i.e. I want you to name my son, Tamrat. His father never made the miracle and he died in Afabet, never made it home. So, Tamrat is obsessed with Eritrea and he is filled with revenge and grudge. He openly said, my father’s blood can’t be shade for nothing. The good thing is he fat to pick arms and fight and the bad thing is, Ethiopia still have people with that kind of mentality and stupidity. But Eritrea have people like Burhan Ali who defend garbages. Shame on you.

    • Burhan Ali

      Ahlen all and Nitricc

      What is wrong with you people? You know you can’t bar people from dreaming, Tamrat has dreamt and dreams are not subject to criticism for they are neither statements of truth nor falsehood; the rest of his words are statements of truth and these are the words we should dwell upon.
      What should concern you is the words of truth about your home, not to yelling on a man because he dreamt. Of course you can do that, you can blame the man for dreaming and forget the other who is causing the mayhem.
      Yours, like the other, so called professor, the clueless Gaim Kebreab, is to want us wail and moan on the dreams of a man and forget our reality.
      It seems like you and Gaim are suggesting the usual PFDJ balsam: GUAILA. I smell the rat on you and Gaim.

      • Teodros Alem

        selam burhan ali
        Bademe is not a dream and i don’t see assab will be different and will be a dream.

        • Burhan Ali

          Yes, that is precise, he is not a gov official and I add that there are many like-minded others, may be thousands or tens of thousands of them. Are you then suggesting to go after each one of them and forget our immediate ailment, forget the guy who is busy undoing our nation? this is like an advice coming directly from Issayas Afeworki’s mouth, are you doing his bidding? in fact that makes me include the probable Idea that this Negera guy could possibly be an Issayas mole created to divert the attention and to sap the energy of his resisters! get angry on this Negera and the next Negera is just at the corner. And please stop playing this broken record of Badme we all know what happened and know the idiot who started it.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam buran
            u r contradicting urself.
            generally what Tamrat said is, “eritrea’s defence capability and economy is so weak, and if ethiopia start a war with eritrea, because of access to the sea(assab), there is nobody in eritrea to stop the ethiopian army. he also said eritrea is isolated from the international community and ethiopia is wining heart and mind of the arab countries over eritrea and ethiopia can easily isolate eritrea further”.
            and u agree with tamrat on, eri is weak, isolated, very weak military, and so on, right? and at the same time , u think tamrat is dreaming because there is no way ethiopia will have access to sea (assab). when in fact ethiopia is still occupying badema.
            by the way, am ethiopian and i don’t know who u r.

          • Burhan Ali

            Selam Tedros

            No Tedros, I am not contradicting myself! It is you who is trying to impose contradiction on me by reaching to random conclusions not included in my argument.I didn’t say ‘that because Tamrat is not a government official, there is no way that Ethiopia can conquer Assab’ I didn’t say that anywhere in my article, you are making that up and you are not very good at that. There is no cause-effect relation between ‘Tamrat being not a gov official and the ‘conquering or the not conquering of Eritrea and Ethiopia’; this relation is established by you only, what I can say is that what Tamrat wished will not bind or commit the Ethiopian State, simply because he is not speaking for the that State. But let me tell you here that there are few things which should not be mixed and confused; these are that what Tamrat said about Eritrea now being militarily weak is a fact that Eritreans are not missing without the need for Tamrat to tell them. The other fact is that his rambles about walking into Eritrea are in reality day dreams, Ethiopia is not in position to conquer anybody it is a patchwork of a nation on the brink of explosion, and at best, it will remain so for a long time to come; its existential maladies are not curable overnight. Don’t forget also that Eritrea’s population was, at most, half of what it was when the Revolution of 1961 started. And let me add to it and inform you that when that revolution started it did start by a few immigrants, refugees and exiles who fled Janhoy’s iron-clad fist. there was not even a weak Army then, and no trained fighters, it was the will, and it will remain the will for ever. .

          • iSem

            Hi Ustaz Burhan:
            we cannot coat on our past success of rag-tag army ending up “liberating” Eritrea. Eri revolution as you know it better than me started at he right time where it was fashionable to do revolutions. Now that will have been broken by PFDJ and the time is not right. Let say Ethiopia which is not Israel becomes and by help from their stooge IA annexes Eri, do you think the millions Eritreans exile will be shocked and go back to the jungle to liberate Eritrea again. I will bet against it, they will start shouting from here, and the Nitriccs will actually support IA, many of them will tell a different narrative to justify IA and even canonize him, they will tell us that the whole purpose of Ghedli was to go to the mother. Demographics have changed, times have changed, will has changed, martyrdom has been trashed because has produced death, drowning, humiliation If we want to keep Eritrea and its history, then we must innovate new ways of fighting as our past glory, some of it fiction will not help us reclaim our dreams, and the odyssey that has started with a few men with will power may irrevocably vanish.
            But Tamarat has told us the truth and Eritreans for the most part have again showed they are incapable of handing the truth. I am not sure if Tamarat is a friend, but he told the truth, told us the dreams of his country and his dreams are not in his sleep, he dreams awake and dreamers of day are dangerous as they will act on their dreams (Lawrence of Arabia)

          • Burhan Ali

            Selam iSem

            You cannot reason out from ‘time have changed’ to the conclusion we have to give up and kiss Ethiopia’s hands and feet. when things change other things also change even by staying the same for they will be unfamiliar to those which changed. you also seem to have overlooked that for Ethiopia too, things will have to be not unchanged if its old dreams are still kept near the heart. if you still want to compare change against change don’t forget that Ethiopia now as compared to 1961 is far more unstable and fragmented. This will stay so for many years to come. The ailment is structural and it will not go away overnight. Do you still think that Ethiopia has not changed? it has changed, but to which direction is left to time for an answer>

          • Teodros Alem

            selam burhan
            ethiopia has changed and changed so fast for better or worse but still can occupied badema and that was the context of the argument.

          • Nitricc

            we cannot coat on our past success

            Hi Semere; what do you mean WE? you never had a past, present nor future. You contributed nothing i.e. you should feel some shame when you include yourself on something you have nothing to do with.
            I see no difference between you and a pig in Zimmerman’s farm. what have you done? please!!!!!

          • iSem

            Dear private Nitricc:
            I am so proud I have not contributed to the crimes of PFDJ
            And I have a past, present, a city I call home in Eritrea, a village I call home in Eritrea, decent pedigree with extended family and deeply rooted history in some parts of Eritrea, and the extended Eritrean family, I came to know their culture, their language and I can fit in in the rural and urban highlands and rural and urban lowlands. Unghetosized, that is. Worry about Nitricc, the identity-less, whose only solace is derived from hugging PFDJ to feel good and create artificial identity. Fake identity.

          • Selam iSem,

            Repeating history is the worst thing to do. It has failed in the past and it will fail again. In the 1950s, at least part of the eritrean population was for union with ethiopia, the main reason ethiopian leaders opted for it and accepted the union. If the whole eritrean population was against union at the time, it would have not taken place.
            Annexation is not really a scenario that can be entertained, even if eritrea is weak at this stage. Eritreans will not accept it and the world community will not accept it. Look at what happened with invading somalia. It gave birth to al shabab. It shouldn’t be repeated in eritrea.
            Force has no place, unless under one condition, although even that seems more or less impossible. That is, if eritrea makes a similar mistake as in 1998, and I wouldn’t think that it would dare. If such thing happens, ethiopia will be forced to occupy assab, and she can defend her actions by calling on the danger she faces in her security and the wellbeing of her economy, leaving eritrea in general for eritreans to sort out things for themselves. For the local afar population, ethiopia with about 1.5mn afars is more palatable than eritrea. In addition, assab as the afar regional state capital, is attractive to them.
            Therefore, I don’t think that tamrat’s extreme opinion has any logical base or is applicable. When confrontations and perpetual antagonism has sapped power and substance out of the two people, as it has already done more or less, they may reach a consensus of one sort or another that will serve both people.

          • iSem

            Hi Horizon:
            Thanks for the well crafted comment and you are correct Here is my poorly crafted comment. I am not talking about Ethiopia marching and forcibly occupying Eri and as you said that will be unacceptable to the international community and the unrest it may create for Ethiopia and the region is unpalatable. But Ethiopia has with the help of IA may not need the use force and Eritreans are impotent to do anything about: they have failed to defend their honor in the face of IA’s humiliation Mostly, the gist of your comment hankers on sane thinking. There is no sane thinking inside Eritrea. Eritrea has failed under our watchful eyes, if Ethiopia can somehow quell the issues and remain united and Eritreans do not remove IA/PFDJ within reasonable time, then Ethiopia will never worry about sea access ever. In that case we will have a perpetual, full-fledged totalitarian like NK in Eritrea.
            Force may not have a place, but he annexation I envisage is not an obvious one, but it is contingent on Ethiopia stabilizing, and Eritrea under IA. The demographic destruction in Eritrea is scary, from psychological, to labor market, human capital to its economic implication in the future. There is some good sign in the diaspora where it seems to me that some have understood IA designs and his bad dreams for Eritrea and Tamarat’s thinking may not be widespread, I take your word for it, but what he said is the truth and if someone runs with it, it is possibility and Eritreans could not do anything about except say ENOUGH. Because the reality inside Eritrea does not match the ENOUGH outrage. Inside and outside forces are not synchronized.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear iSem and Horizon,

            Please read saay article on eritrea digest titled “The Conspiracy – The Isaias-Abiy Race To Confederate Eritrea”.

            I say saay is spot on, and the recent developments is in line with that. For example, during the mesqel celebration in Bahir Dar and Addis Abeba, they have full 10 feet size of Ethiopian map. In addis abeba, I think they even have the map on the ground and they have a ship docked.

            The celebration in Bahir Dar, where among others the Eritrean ambassador to Ethiopia, Semere Rusom was present with the mayor of Bahir Dar. I don’t know if the map with the picture was in display during his attendance.

            There is no reaction or response from the Eritrean government or the Federal Ethiopian government.

            I think this is a preparation what they two leaders are cooking.

            Berhe

          • iSem

            Thanks BY:
            I just had a look at and saay wrote this a year go. I will read it again to refresh and also for new things.
            IA mission accomplished and if IA is not removed in time this will come to pass before his passing.
            Starting from his Kangew conspiracy to what he told the higher echelons on the eve of Eri liberation to what he said as far as 1993 re confederation to what he is doing now, it all makes sense.
            And the Eri resolve that ustaz Burhan talks about that even our friend saay bragged about will be tested if that happens. Eri bravery and resolve will be tested if they avert this not for May 24, 1991.

          • saay7

            Hey iSem:

            There have to be Eritreans for there to be Eritrean resolve. I read one estimate that since the Eritrea Ethiopia normalization of relations, over half a million Eritreans migrated to Ethiopia. Not just to bordering Tigray but all the way South to Ethiopia’s border with Kenya.

            Each for his own reasons, the Ethiopian PM and Eritrean prez do not cover this in their State media.

            This is the race. You couple that with the completion of the de-institutionalization in Eritrea (not even the toothless Cabinet of Ministers is meeting) and Isaias “I am done pretending: screw it” (he never visited Sebhat Ephrem while he was being hospitalized in Asmara or Abu Dhabi), and you combine it with his lemming followers, what do you have?

            PS: most of Eritrea’s ambassadors are either recalled home or so absolutely nothing that a country’s embassy does: they spent their time talking to themselves (meeting with the lemming NNNN about investments that will never happen…)

            saay

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            Can you think of any leader in Africa in modern times who had so much control over his people as Isaias does? This is simply extraordinary. I suggest you use 4N as opposed to NNNN 😂.

            4N=NNNN
            4= NNNN/N
            4=NNN
            1=NNN/4
            4*1=[NNN/4]*4
            4=NNN
            1=NNN/4
            .
            .
            .
            .
            Illogical.

          • Saleh Johar

            Paulos,
            This is the math I can handle. Why not N+N+N+N=4N? 🙂

          • Paulos

            Ayay,

            I guess it is a matter of perspective. If you ask Abiy Ahmed, he would say ተደሚሮም’ዮም and if you ask Isaias Afwerki, he would say, ተራቢሖም’ዮም and if you ask Sal, he would say neither, they are just scr*wed up.

          • Selam Berhe Y.,

            Thanks a lot for the link. Saay has described in detail the things that have taken place since the peace agreement to support his conclusion that ‘Confederation’ is brewing between the two countries with the support of both leaders. Indeed, if one joins the dots, it is not outfetched to say so. What bothers me though, is that if the two leaders are the sole players or not. The European Union has every reason to support such an outcome, due to the flow of refugees from the horn of Africa. The Gulf States and Saudi Arabia seem to be the other players, but i can’t say what they will get out of it.

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            Isaias Afwerki is a master of psychological manipulation and what he is doing is precisely that when he is getting us used to seeing the old map of Ethiopia till we take it as a normal when not long ago he forbade us to listen to Amharic music or songs.

            The disparity in extremes attests to the facts that the present charade fits his narrative as he aims to bring back Eritrea to Ethiopia’s fold. In his mind, he sees it clearly where we are a mere hiccups and Abiy is a means to an end when Isaias’ life long dream has always been to preside over where his immediate ancestors are from—Ethiopia. He would do anything and everything to make his dreams realized.

          • Nitricc

            Please read saay article on eritrea digest titled “The Conspiracy – The Isaias-Abiy Race To Confederate Eritrea”.

            Hi Berhe; I know you very well but remember when you guaranteed that PIA will be gone by 2020. So, I am not surprised if you believe armchair so called politicians. Now do you have to believe everything you read? Just to remind you, Eritrea is a nation member of the united nation with a flag and government. PIA will be hanged in downtown Asmara before he confederate Eritrea with backward Ethiopia. hell NO!! I have no problem with working with Ethiopians and some form of economic integration. my advice to you is, don’t believe anything you read, think before you spit out everything you read.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            I don’t know when I said that, but I should be hopeful that he go soon. It’s better Hope than your every year prediction that he going to release political prisoners.

            So you believe IA is illegitimate leader, what ever he does on behalf of Eritrea is all illegal, accepting ambassadors, signing loans, etc.

            The UN doesn’t care as long as there is a party in Eritrea (another side) who is signing the deal willingly. That’s why I think, the UN gave a blind eye, because we have representative of the ERITREAN parliament (Asfaha Woldemichael).

            Do I have a reason to believe what Saay have written. I do, because I have been reading him for 25 years now, and he is always, I mean always, spot on and very hard to argue with.

            People like you, i.e. IA robots can turn easily, and he can twist you which ever direction or angle he wants.

            Look how far you have stretched, every time IA hypnotize you.

            Let me ask you this :

            1) why are not outraged with all the things that’s going:

            – we are the same people
            – dr. Abiy is our leader
            – dr. Abiy is given all powers
            – Eritrean ambassador attends mesqel celebration with a map of Ethiopia that includes all Eritrea.

            People can do what ever they like, but government officials (mayor, ambassador) represent city and country.

            If they keep quite, it means they endorse it. There should be official statement from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

            Don’t you think so?

            Personally, any agreement that relieve the Eritrean people misery and bring them peace and prosperity, so long as it’s done openly, and endorsed by people who represent us, I have no problem.

            What I can’t accept is, half of the ERITREAN people is in exile, and we go into a deal and surrender our country and our land while the people remain exiled, arrested and its the play ground of IA and his robots,

            So you finally went to Eritrea? Two months not bad.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            1) why are not outraged with all the things that’s going:
            – we are the same people
            – dr. Abiy is our leader
            – dr. Abiy is given all powers
            – Eritrean ambassador attends mesqel celebration with a map of Ethiopia that includes all Eritrea.

            Hi Berhe I guess you don’t the man. PIA is very vindictive and grudge driven person and he was saying all those things meant to aggravate and discomfort the TPLF thugs and honestly, it worked. So don’t pay attention to those meaningless words. The truth is Abiy can’t even lead his country let alone to lead anther country. One thing I failed to understand is how can Eritrea confederate with Ethiopia while Ethiopia her self is going sideways? It is clear as a day Tigray is heading to Somalia land and god knows what going to happen. My point is all this talk is nothing but people do it to fill time. And no I didn’t go to Eritrea. I was in Japan, South Korea and Thailand for work. I am hoping next year is the year to go Eritrea. will see.
            ;

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitric,

            At least you agree that this guy very vindictive and I want to add very cruel human being. For example why he arrested Ciam Ali a teenage girl. I hope one day he gets what he deserves.

            And I hope you visit Eritrea and you experience yourself what our country and our people are going under this man and what it could have been.

            I really hope nothing of this confederation, federation or whatever this evil man is cooking happens.

            We need to get a break and build our own country, our own economy, our own justice system, our own political system without involving others. There is nothing that we can gain at this point.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hey Berhe; the time here and PIA’s time is up. the big question what will follow next is major. I have no doubt Eritreans will built their own country but Eritrea needs strong peace-time leader. If see what is going on in Ethiopia; PMAA is weak and incapable of leading and he is going take the country down. I don’t know why the Ethiopians can’t see it. they are talking about Eritrea 24/7 while their country is on fir. the funny part is while the Ethiopians talking about Eritrea; the Arabs are deep inside Ethiopia and overtook the country thanks for PMAA and few billion dollars. The Arabs are deep and deep in the country’s business. no one is talking……

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            You might have read what Saay have been writing for years.
            There is one exchange with me where he said “ the best option for Eritrea is confederation with Ethiopia”. I asked him to explain further with no success. He only said “ he pleaded the 5th”.
            Please pay attention!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            I think he replied to you, maybe you didn’t pay attention. You are too slow:) these days. Saay is being pragmatic I think.

            Abi:
            Economies of scale.
            saay

            I personally do not see any problem, what ever arrangements the two countries make so long as it’s done by the consent and approval of the Eritrean people.

            Here is an interview Saleh Johan had with PMMZ, in 2011. These two are Eritrea’s heavy weight when it comes to sovereignty but they are also very pragmatic people. I would say the entire Eritrean population wish is the same, give the people a break and let us build our economy positively.

            Berhe

            http://awate.com/awate-com-interview-meles-zenawi-sizes-up-the-region/

            Djibouti, Eritrea & Ethiopia

            20. Last week I was in Djibouti and I visited the port facilities, the container storage, car storage, oil tank farms and dry cargo facilities. I also visited Bilbela, a town that seems to thrive on business from the Ethiopian drivers and the general Ethiopia-Djibouti business and the transport trucks that pass through it. I also saw thousands of Ethiopian trucks in that area. My question is: how much business is Djibouti getting from Eritrea? And if what happened ten years ago didn’t happen, how much of that business do you estimate would have been the share of Eritrean ports? And, if the political situation in Eritrea changed and there was a liberal, business-friendly government there, how much of this do you think Eritrea would regain…I mean, including Massawa, which is more convenient to the northern part of Ethiopia.

            Quite a lot. The current prospects in Ethiopia now are such that even if we had Eritrean ports as key ports, we will still be needing Djibouti. So, while we have not given up on the hope of normalization between these two countries, Eritrea and Ethiopia, nevertheless, we are convinced that even with normalization, Asseb and Massawa, and a few other ports like Tio, will just not be enough. So we are investing heavily in Djibouti. We are going to build a new railway from Addis to Djibouti. We are going to build a new railway system from the north to Tajura—a new port will be built in Tajura [old Djibouti port]. In the short run, all of that business, 80% of that business would have gone to Asseb and a small percentage would have gone to Massawa, but now it is completely diverted to Djibouti.

            21. Can you give me some figures, the value of this business?

            I do not have exact figures at hand, but I will be surprised if the net income of Djibouti were to be less than half a billion dollar or so.

            22. Do you think that this business is lost forever by the Eritrean ports or Eritrea would be able to regain these lost opportunities under normal situation?

            It is going to regain it precisely because the demand of the Ethiopian economy is going to go beyond the capacity of Tajura and Djibouti to take care of the requirements of Ethiopia. For example, we are beginning to develop the potassium resources in the Afar region of Ethiopia—that is millions of tons per year that need to be transported. Technically, the closest port to this is not even Asseb, it is Tio. You could develop it into a big port. So under normal situation, Eritrea could regain most of these businesses and develop new businesses as well.

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            No he did not. His reply was taking sabbatical.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            That was a reply to your question? So let me ask you, what do you think he meant when he said “Economies of scale.” to your question. I don’t know how that could mean “I am taking the fifth?”. You know I am slow.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            ወንድምዓለም ምነው አልገባህ አለ?
            This is what The Great Saay said when I asked for explanation: “ I am pleading the fifth “. That was his exact response ወዲ አደይ.

          • Saleh Johar

            Abi,
            I hear you calling my name. Please help me refresh my memory…. but if I repost an article every time someone agitates me, awate will become like facebook, frequency wise. If you count how many times you agitate me, it will be totally different 🙂

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            Berhe has already attached the link.
            ኤርትራ ወደቦቿን በሚገባ ባለመጠቀሟ የተሰማዎትን ቁጭት ንዴትና የተስፋ መቁረጥ ስሜትዎን የገለፁበት መፃፅፍ ነው::
            Some of us value your writings so highly that we remember it years after graduation.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Ras Abi,
            Did I write that? I had to dig and read it again. It was out of my mind. Thank you for wasting my time 🙂

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            Imagine how much time I wasted reading most of your comments and articles? I demand a refund!
            Thank you

          • iSem

            Hi BY:
            I have to ask you like I asked Abi;
            what do you mean the consent of the people?
            Consent cannot happen in a void, it cannot happen in current Eri. If today PFDJ holds referendum and people vote for confederation, is that the consent of the people?
            The firs order of any Eritrean worth his salt must be to return Eri to normalcy, reclaim our dignity and establish rule of law and some crucial inst. then they can even do confederation with Itlay, it does not matter

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            You see, you are thinking rational. IA is not rational person, if he was rational person, he would never have put Eritrea to all the misery we have gone through.

            In 1991, what you are asking (which was asked by every Eritrean from around the world), in 1990. You should know this because if you remember, I borrowed from you the Sagem megazine of his interview from 1990.

            There was this one question I think a guy named Abdela or something from Sudan who asked him “ህዝባዊ ግንባር ከምዚ ሜዳ ኤርትራ ብሒትዎ ዘሎ፡ ድሕሪ ነጻነት ከ ንመንግስቲ ኤርትራ ክብሕቶ ድዩ፡፡” and few other question along that line, democracy, rule of law etc. In 1994 during the meeting he had with the Eritreans in Diaspora in washington DC, where they were trying to raise money for rehabilitation or something. “ንስኻ ገንዘብ ስጋብ ትረክብ ዲኻ፡ ምስ ህዝቢ ሕቶን መልሲን ትገብር ዘለኻ፡፡ እተን ዘድልያኻ ገንዘብ ምስ ገበርካ፡ እዚ ሕቶን መልስን ክቕጽል ድዩ?”
            Even in 2001 he had an interview with the private press for four hours, when the national assembly voted to have election in Dec 2001. እንታይ ይመስለካ፡ ሓደ ፕረሲደንቲ ንኽልተ እዋን ጥራሕ እዩ ክመርሕ ዝኽእል፡፡

            In all those example, he gave perfect lip service answer, assuring the people that he is committed to democracy, the rule of law, freedom of express etc.

            The problem is the world doesn’t care if the parliament he creates that would serve him “free and fair”. They only do, if it is against their interests, other than that, it’s up to the Eritrean people what sort of government they want to be ruled under.

            And there will be plenty of NGO who will be quick to certify the vote, referendum, parliament regardless if it’s write or not.

            Let’s look at Cremeria for example. Putin supported some locals and they suppose to hold “referendum” and they decided to join Russia instead.

            Ukraine who is a strong allay to EU (depending who is in power) got the backing of Germany and others to try to punish Russia with sanctions and stuff but eventually they seem to not care as much. If it wasn’t for Ukraine, I don’t think Russia would have any resistance.

            The difference is, there is some sort of “legitimacy” that is given to it, and I think the US under Trump will soon recognize it.
            Now how hard it will be fix that?

            Eritrea is not the same case, but if Eritreans (even those who support IA and PFDJ only) give it legitimacy, I think the world will look the other way and wouldn’t care much and we have to pay the price…

            Berhe

          • iSem

            Hi BY: And I agree with this analyses of yours. I was not expecting IA to create even fake due process to go through the consent. What I meant was for those who think this config is pragmatic. I am not saying you are one of them as I know your general thinking and also saw your comment to Private nitricc about prisons and people in exile et. My thinking is this: no matter how long this takes, we have a responsibility to erect institutions and through them we can do anything, so instead of us thinking, ok, we have been through this and if confederation removes our suffering then even if IA does it, it is ok. First thing remove PFDJ and IA then establish institution, basic ones then decide our fate, whatever it becomes. If Abiy (Abi Ahmed and not AbiNet of Awate. The alter has proved to be smart and lately also mellowed down and also has shunned one liners LOL) is smart then he should avoid this IA bate like a plague, not that Eritreans will go to Sahel and fight it like they did before, but that will not create stability in his troubled country. So to those who wept about the trashing of Ghedli, stop debating if this is good or bad, feasible or not and go back o basics: establishing rule of law. My issue is with those in the opposition who are entertaining this as least damaging process. IA may sale this to some highlanders, but now if the lowlanders have not also sold, if the spirit of Awate and Sultan are still alive then, this cannot pass

          • iSem

            Hi Abi
            You are not joking?

          • Abi

            Hi iSem
            I’m serious.

          • saay7

            Selam Abi:

            Ere beslasse. You are misremembering things, I think. It is true that when I wrote this:

            The second thing to say about this is that, on the merits, this may very well be the best arrangement for Eritreans and Ethiopians, but that’s hardly the point. The third thing to say about it, which will be the focus of this article, is that the author’s objection to it is that it is being done, at least from the perspective of Eritreans, very secretly and without consulting the people.

            …. you were the only one to pay attention to it. What the article is saying is: there is a secret deal happening, both parties know it’s very unpopular with Eritreans and that’s why they are racing in secret. So to me, discussing whether it’s good or bad for Eritrea and Ethiopia (and what my personal opinions about it are) is far less important than that it is happening without the consent of the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia. You would think that was the one message of Ghedli but apparently not.

            saay

          • Abi

            Hello Saay
            በተሰቀለው!!!
            1 glad to see you
            2 I almost always pay attention when you breathe
            3 I always like you
            4 If I didn’t understand any concept እባክዎ ማብራራት አይዘንጉ
            5 Go Kansas Chiefs!
            6 አይቀየሙ

          • saay7

            Abi:

            It’s impossible to be a Pan-African and not hope for a way that all these African countries whose boundaries are made by Europeans in Berlin rise over it and find a way to work together. When this is regional integration, confederation, federation it doesn’t matter AS LONG AS IT IS THE EXPRESSED INTEREST of the people and nothing short of a referendum will do.

            There is plenty of evidence that this is what Isaias wanted in 1991, a desire frustrated by the people and the G15 and he is now racing to making it happen while we are at our weakest and the useless NNNN will bless whatever he does.

            49ers all the way.

            saay

          • Abi

            Hello Saay
            Do you know the expression የመሸበት ነጋዴ?
            የመሸበት ነጋዴ ቀኑ ሲመሽ, ገበያው ሲነሳ ተለምኖ ያልሸጠውን ለምኖ በርካሽ ይሸጠዋል::
            ብልህ ሸማች አይቸኩልም:: ዋጋ ሲረክስ, ገዢ ሲጠፋ ቀስ ብሎ በርካሽ ይገዛዋል::

            In case we are going to this confederation thing, it is only Ethiopians should have the right to vote on it. It should be in our terms.
            It is getting late…
            Vote schedule
            Eritrea—— 1993
            Ethiopia— 2023
            Eritrea— 2053
            Ethiopia— 2083

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            That is so funny. As we say it, ኣይትሳኣን!

          • Abi

            Paul
            What does that mean?
            Don’t keep me waiting

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            I am not sure how to say it in Amharic or in English for that matter. Maybe the closest I can think of is ንሩልን but that sounds a bit awkward too.

          • Abi

            Paul
            ኑርልን?
            That is so sweet of you. Thanks.
            እኖርልሃለሁ::

          • Selam Abi,
            It seems a good idea. The new generation will decide for itself and would not be forced to live under the decision of others. Older generations can change their mind, if they want to. Everybody maybe happy. In the habesha world everything is possible.

          • Abi

            Selam Horizon
            አንዳንዴም ከእብዶች ምክር አይታጣም::

          • Selam Nitricc,

            You said that you have no problem with economic integration with backward ethiopia, Are you not worried that economic integration could suck you into confederation at one point, as you move through free trade, customs union, single market, etc.. What if it ends up in political union. You see ethiopia may sneak in through the back door.
            The european union started as an economic union and it has moved to political union, with the same politico-economic policy for all countries, and other things. Don’t you think that it is better to keep a safe distance. After all two economies that differ so much (ethiopia with a gdp of about 105 bn$ and eritrea about 7bn$), may not have a smooth progress.
            The way the people of asmara received pm Abiy speaks differently from what you say. Don’t rule out that they may come out full force to support the confederation and make IA a hero, instead of hanging him in downtown asmara.
            Therefore, better you say that the hearts and minds of both people, ethiopians and eritreans, are not fully in to the confederation, despite what the two leaders may want, rather than saying that your problem is confederation with a backward country, while ethiopia is not a backward country compared to eritrea.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Horizon. First is first and I am not sure if Ethiopia will exist as Ethiopia we know. There are extremely complicated problems. Simply put, the Tigray killil and TPLF can bring down Ethiopia. to make matters worst PMAA, cleaned the house by firing the few Tigryans in his cabinet. So, before you can sneak thorough the back door, let’s make sure there is a door to be sneaking through. Regarding the reception of the people Asmara for PMAA is nothing but politics. All the show was to stick it to the TPLF. People keep forgetting; TPLF has done serious crimes against the people of Eritrea.So When PMAA came to Asmera, it was just that sticking it to Tigray and TPLF. The same thing when PIA went to Addis he got huge reception but not of love for PIA but out of hate to Tigryans and TPLF.i say back ward for reason. I have watched clips that people in Ethiopia slaughtered like a got. Dude, it is 20th century and you have people getting their throat slit by a piece of metal. I have never heard that happened in Eritrea. So, please there is no even comparison. when I say economic integration; you pay to use Assab and Massawa and we pay and take whatever you have. nothing more nothing less.

          • Selam Nitricc,

            I don’t think that tplf will continue to be an important destabilizing factor in ethiopia anymore. You see PP is becoming impatient with tplf and showing its teeth at last, by pulling out the wrong people and replacing them with its own.
            The so-called federalists do not seem to follow tplf any more. Tplf officials are consumed much more in showing their strength in how much millions of birr they spend on their whisky, rather than confronting the center. Today Tigrayans have reached the stage when they can dare block roads to mekelle, which shows that tplf has become toothless, as you say. The looted money is dwindling, and it may not be enough to waste it on the destabilization of ethiopia. Time is running out for tplf.
            Maybe the two governments wanted to infuriate and isolate tplf, but the sentiment of the people was genuine, in my opinion.
            You could be right when we have people like jawar, an extremist islamist, who had said in the past that his group will cut off the head of christians if they dare raise their head in his region, and became the reason for the death of 86 innocent people due to his false call for help. Nevertheless, these people are the exception and not the rule, and they do not represent the ethiopian people.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Horizon; I agree there is a problem and PMAA is equipped to solve the problem at hand. In my mind, Jawar will cause more damage than anyone in Ethiopia. True, TPLF will never sleep till death to cause havoc in Ethiopia, however at one point it will run out gas. But Jawar; he will not rest till he claims power, even if that means by destroying PMAA. On the other hand PMAA loves the power, the show and attention and he will fight to the end. Now, when you have two people with kind of mentality, it is extremely dangerous. We sow the sample. last time PMAA tried to subdue Jawar, Jawar went on killing spree. to make the matter worst, PMAA apologized to Jawar. I think you can gauge my concern.

          • Peace!

            Hi Horizon,

            If you have been watching the news, your cousins are burning mosque and confiscating muslim owned businesses while the Amara Killil police watching them in silent. Perhaps your ጥምባታም brain is too hypocritical to make a logical sense. The Minilik era will never come back, may be you should find his head and give him a proper funeral.

            Peace!

          • Selam Peace,
            Usually, i avoid having any thing to do with rotten souls who insult people because of their opinion. As long as there are extremist Islamists who slaughter innocent Christians, burn churches, kill priests, etc, no one should be silent about it. If mosques are burnt, it is an unfortunate lesson learnt from those extremists whom you never condemn and to whose actions you are blind. Nevertheless, it should be condemned without a second thought wherever extremism may come from. You can live with your disgusting character. Adios forever, whatever you may say in the future. I can’t waste my time with people like you.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Nitricc
            what is backward means? It means directed behind or having made less than normal progress, so ethiopia is by any measurement is ahead of eritrea, be it education, infrastructure, developed poltical and Democratic culture and so on.even ethiopians in the diaspora r more successful than eri diaspora.
            2, what is that ethiopia needs from eritrea other than access to sea? Nothing, she might enter confederation or what ever deal with eritrea for the sake of getting access to sea peacefully , other than that there is nothing ethiopia needs from eritrea.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            Let me give you the definition of confederation and then we can debate the feasibilities of it between Eritrea and Ethiopia (a) taking in to consideration the nature of government they have (b) their political ideologies they stood for (c) their economy policy they have (d) their relationship with the international communities. Here the definition:

            [A] “Confederation is a system in which states agree to form a ‘national government’, but maintain their sovereignty.”

            [B] Confederation is also known a ‘federation’ of ‘sovereign nations’ normally designed to have a political and economic integration in dealing with domestic development and international relations.”

            So check out the compatibility of the two states to see the feasibilities of the concept on the ground.

          • iSem

            Hi memhir Emma;

            Thanks for framing/clarifying the confederation configuration Here is the problem: we have just moved on to debate the only option IA/PFDJ offered us without engaging us and instead of outright shaming it; we seem to be debating whether it is feasible or good for Eri. I do not know about others but to me, its feasibility or if is better for us debate is a travesty. This arrangement sounds like the offer in the fifties and also sounds to me like the UK where separate countries were united to form the nation state of UK or even the same like Canada or USA, the states and provinces are not sovereign per se, but they retain their identity and interest. So ነዚ ክትግዕታ A ክንድዚ ትርህጻ. We could have done it then, but the people rejected it because it was devoid of rule of law and dignity
            Eritreans even before HS annulled the federation rejected any association with Ethiopia, not because of backwardness as some backward people are saying here, but because of the prevailing and budding national identity that was viewed distinct from Ethiopia. Now for PDJ to take us to this road before we first erecting institutions and rule of law is a failure of the dream and of Ghedli and next time someone calls ghedli and the waste that it was in every measure must be respected and listened to. Everyone who says that IA and EPLF never had Eritrean aspiration in mind when they wasted people’s time must be listened to. For our the sake or our mental sanity to seek facts and truth. Eritreans aspiration has failed, the G15 has failed and we all failed if this thing takes place outside of Eritrean institution, rule of law. That is what we should debate not whether this will work or where it is good for us. We have not reached there yet.
            ባርያ ተሸይጠ ኢሉ ይሓዝን፡ ሸያጥ ባርያ ድማ ገንዘብ ውሒዱኒ ኢሉ ይሕዛን ይብሉ ዓድና. I know, many here are content what EPLF and IA and PFDJ gave them, a “liberated” Eritrea, a place they can call home, the Palestinians would dream about that they will tell us, they look at PFDJ’s flag and marvel how Eritrea is among the nation states of the world hoisting its flag amid other nations. I call that low bar dream and dumb. So Emma, I urge you not give your view on whether the confederation is good or if it will survive more than 8 years, rather to use your Ghedli experience and writing skills to tell those who have ears that Eritreans must be like the salve who agonizes about the fact that he is being sold instead of how much he/she has fetched.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Sem,

            I will argue with no stone left unturned, that Confederation is not compatible and feasible for the two countries . By doing so, I will argue against the conspiracy of our despot who is working not only against the “sovereignty of our country” but also against the “sovereignty of our people”. We can not let him without fighting back. ገና ክንዋደቅ ኢና ኣጆኻ::

          • Teodros Alem

            selam burhan
            1,U said that tamrat is dreaming, in a way that tamrat’s idea will never be materialized.
            2, ethiopia is in a position to occupy bademe and still occupying it, that show and the rest of all what u said is nothing but zeraf zeraf.

      • Nitricc

        Hey Burhan; I don’t think he is dreaming. Gagging from the reaction of Tegaru; it is possible Tamrat was paid by the TPLF to say those things and to rattle Eritreans to the point to Eritreans to ease their suspicions toward Tigryans. All I am hearing from Tegaru is, ” Tamirat we will bury you with our Eritrean bothers” others said, ” you have to get to us before you cross to Eritrea” I mean the Tigryans are at Tamirat’s throat. I am leaning he was paid. Tamirat is too dumb to come up with those BS.

        • Burhan Ali

          Dear Nitricc

          Once more, you are at it, you want to take the horse to stagnant and toxic waters; you cannot! what have Tegaru to do with it? this echoes the tyrant’s argument, and now also, I smell the rat! for all possibilities it may be that IA was the one who could have paid Tamrat, why? to make Eritreans say what you just are saying, and most importantly rally around him those of his power base who were shaken off his lousy camp.

          • Nitricc

            I smell the rat! for all possibilities it may be that IA was the one who could have paid Tamrat,

            Greetings Burhan; sometimes we need to apply commonsense. if it was you, would pay the denqoro Tamrat to say what he has said about PIA? I mean the guy unloaded on PIA with nastiness. So, PIA couldn’t pay the pig, rather TPLF is possible. TPLF are getting desperate in every corner and they need anything from the Eritreans for support. Like I have said, the Tigryans response to the Donqoro was amazing. may be just may be, this all could be one big drama.

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam Nitricc
          Here is the things
          1, all world countries created from the dynamics of society, through occupation, separation, union and so on, east africa is not different.
          2, social dynamics will continue to create and shape countries future, example, even after eritrea, countries like south sudan has been created, Crimea has come to russia.
          3, ethiopia with a population of 110 million peoples and still counting and when ethiopia’s economy get bigger and bigger , she can’t sustain to continue as a country with out access to her own sea and ethiopia can’t protect her own interests by computing with other countries of the world, unless ethiopia is disintegrated in to pieces.
          4, ever country want the sovereignty to be respected and protected, that is way every country created a military as much they can. So no know things about it.
          5, i think we nedd to come up with a better plans, win win for both countries, like exchanging lands and so on.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Teddy; reading you made me laugh. What do you mean “access
            to her own sea” She doesn’t have one! Ethiopia has survived the last 27 years without Assab. If the peace with Eritrea holds on, Ethiopia have the chance to negotiate and I am sure the Eritreans will understand and show some heart, other than that Ethiopia could reach 210 million population and it is not Eritrea’s business.
            The government of Ethiopia has the responsibility to solve the port thing. There are many available options. The southern part of Ethiopia can use Kenyan port; the east can use Djibouti and Somalian ports. The north part can use Massawa while the center can use Assab port. Problem solved. I can’t understand the Ethiopian’s obsessions with Assab and Eritrea. Eritrea is gone!!! You can work with Eritrea, you can integrate your economy and exchange goods, that is as far as it will go. One thing the Ethiopians failed to understand is that they have no clue what the Eritreans has done to reclaim their country. Again negotiate peacefully, respect Eritrea’s territory and you shall get what you want. The point is, even if you capture Assab by sheer human wave, like you did on Badime; still you can never use it, Eritreans will not let you sleep. So, think peace and peace shall take-care everything. If Ethiopia continues to exist that is. Right now the Ethiopians should concentrate on their internal problems. It is getting very dangerous. Asseb is only useful if Ethiopia continues
            as one, if not, what for?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Nitricc
            I agree in most of what u said above, the reason why i try to show u, the importance of her own access to sea for ethiopia is because to avoid more war and destruction and to establish everlasting good relations between eri and ethio and because i believe u(Nitricc) have no any other baggage other than to protect ur own country interest.
            the available options that u said above , south can use kenya, East can use somalia and so on has been said by meles except assab.
            by the way the “gamo” fathers (cultural/relgion fathers) from south ethiopia is working to stabilize ethiopia, i hope they will succeed.

  • sara

    Dear sir
    i wish your article was in defense of Eritrea than to the ” eli may sema ” journalist…
    you told us one side of what he alluded only, how about his rudeness towards Eritreans and his dubious intention to Eritrea ?. //// for an average Eritrean reader you article is just a complimenting to what that persons has said about eritrea and eritreans.
    sorry sir– this time have to dawn vote your penning.

    • Peace!

      Hi Sara,

      The writer is saying nothing unusual about Tamrat’s empty rhetoric given the arrogance of all Ethiopian leaders including Meles Zenawi have been the same. And this has outraged the “Save -TPLF- First” group, or Agazians if you wish, and they are accusing their follow justice seeker for the audacity to expose Meles’s crime against Eritreans. Of course not that they deny the crimes rather their lame excuses is Hailesellassie was far worse and damaging.

      The point is rather such attitude and false pretense only accentuates the fact that the motive that led Eritreans to bend and lick Haileselassie’s boot when he came to burn villages, and the motive that led Eritreans to be complicit when Meles was dismantling the opposition camp to create his own still exists and that’s really bad.

      Peace!

    • Burhan Ali

      Selam Sara

      So you felt your pride was injured by what this- Oromo playing Amhara- guy said! But you seem to forget that we, Eritreans, are the boat people, the slaves of Bedouins in the deserts, organ spare parts for the rich, the food for the vultures in the wilderness of Libya, the food for the fish of the Mediterranean, the unwelcome, parasite in Europe and many other lands, the weak who can’t defend themselves, the object of PITY all over the world. And when one is pitied one can have no pride, and if, regardless, one thinks he has it, it is only illusion….illusion. So get real and let us concentrate on taking out the guy who is causing this hemorrhage of our pride (the Ethiopian has saidjust that) and until we do that and until that time, we have only shame and no pride at all. The only way to challenge this guy is not by making noises as you seem to suggest, it is by taking out the diablos sitting on top of our chests.

      • Abi

        Hello Burhan Ali
        What does “Oromo playing Amhara “ means ?

        • Burhan Ali

          Selam Abi
          Well, the term “Oromo plays Amhara” is a term describing any
          Oromo who, because of the newly found Oromo power, adopts the defunct Amhara projectsof hegemony; in fact, you can substitute any Ethiopian who hosts in himself the mania of taking over Eritrea and its Sea In this general statement: “X playing
          Amhara” and you get what I meant. So where does my racism come in this context come.I believe I am not being unfair to the Amhara, since, all the misery that has befallen Eritrea since 1952 was set in motion by their ominous rule and their only Ideology: we need Eritrea, it is a matter of life and death to us therefore we own it, the irony is that this is equivalent to the Egyptians saying: we need
          the Nile river, it is a matter of life and death to us therefore we own the Nile.

          • Abi

            Hello Burhan
            You have already exhausted the Amhara card . Now it is time to get creative and come up with something new. The Amhara card is like የተበላ ዕቁብ::

          • Teodros Alem

            abi
            I think u need to know the real meaning of racist.
            racist is usually against any other races different from him/her, not just against only one race.
            this people problem is ignorance + inferiority complex(created by nature and HSI and so on) +narrow tribalism.
            u can comfort them as much as u want but at the end of the day, nobody can solve thier problem except themselves.
            keep comforting them.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            selam ta,
            writing the first line might suffice since the rest is GIGO

          • Teodros Alem

            selam mm
            No , it wasn’t and u think it is GiGO , just because u r. …..b….d…..a…t..

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ቴድሮስ ነብሲ
            ካብዞም በዓል [ሰብ ብጫ-ታሴራ] ናይ ኤርትራ ‘ኺ መስለኒ 🙂

          • Teodros Alem

            mm
            Is that a beggar joke?

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            selam ta
            You got enough sugar for the day. Before I leave you though, ሓባል በልያ ከይቀደመትኪ, ጌርክያ!

          • Teodros Alem

            mm
            Am guessing u r insulting me using “semena work”, right?
            I can tell u this, u r a twisted rural beggar.
            I don’t why u changed the conversation to cursing and insulting.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi Abi,
            You meant to say [more on IC] መሃንዲስ?
            Any time someone mentions “the King and Derg times” መርዘነይ ትለዓለኒ. ኣንተ ሰውየ ግደፍ.
            BTW, your king & DMH were killing thousands and that’s what I remember not good times. We are reading two different brochures.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam mm
            i can understand why when eritreans specially lowland eritrean blame HSI, but u, i don’t because, it was mainly the drought that has been killing u by far morethan HSI and mengestu did. so u should mainly blame the drought and than them.

          • Paulos

            Tedros,

            I guess early onset dementia is kicking in. Are you saying that, draught killed more Eritreans than the King? Check to see who was more affected in 74 and 84.

          • Teodros Alem

            mm
            did i say eritreans? No,
            i told u i read one or two of ur beggar poems.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Doctore,

            Don’t take him seriously and don’t waste your time with him. Communicate with serious people only.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam aman h
            I don’t want her to communicate with me, there is nothing to gain or loss .but u, if u think being serious means being dictator or crooked or nonsense or saying my way or the highway or …..u r wronge.

          • iSem

            H Paul:
            And even if drought killed more people, who created the drought. I do no t have any idea of the 1974 drought (I have not read about it) but the 1984, I just arrived in Sudan and I saw its devastation. And it was avoidable, it was man made. To just get to Abi’s nerves, it was Amhara made, the equal opportunity killer, Dergi to be specific.
            The only thing that the Ethiopia has created in its storied 3000 existence.

          • Abi

            Hello iSem
            I love you too…

          • iSem

            Abi:
            thanks for taking with humor, that was some the intention so you know.

          • Abi

            Hello iSem
            I smell humor and sarcasm from a mile away.

          • Paulos

            Wow wow Abination,

            First time to see you losing your cool. ምን ተገኘ የኔ ወንድም? Leave the anger to us the hot-headed from the North and you stick with your ኣማራ እርር ብሎ እያለ ነው የሚስቀው evolutionary advantage for survival.

          • Abi

            Paul
            I’m more mad at you than the useless zombies. They are as good as dead.
            You should be the one taking the initiative to correct the hopeless racists.

  • Brhan

    Salam Alikum Ustaz,
    As usual you came with an article and made the river of this forum flow with streams
    But I have a say to this cycle puzzle that comes from time to time: who was better from Ethiopian rulers to Eritrea:
    1.Were the King and Mengistu better than Meles Zenawi.
    Let us start with the King: the people of high land will say Yes he was good, but the people of low land , No
    Mengistu: Both will say he was not good
    Meles Zenawi: Both will say he was bad ..remember he not only deported Eritreans but also invaded Eritrea: his troops destroyed properties and religious places in Barentu, Teseney, Guluj,
    So guys to close this cycle let us say when it comes to Eritrea all were bad.
    2. Negera is trying to be a far right person but failed because of his weird ideas. If he forms a party and makes his ideas his agenda , the only person who will follow him will be himself. So why not ignore him. We have ignored persons like him not only from Ethiopia but also from among us, Eritrea, because their weird talk has resulted nothing.
    3. The Eritrean regime is the enemy of its people but this does not mean that the Ethiopian rulers were better. They have never been. I know Ethiopia or Tigray to speak frankly is hosting Eritrean refugee but I believe the Tigray Kilil government sees this not only from humanitarian point of view but political interest too and the rest you know

    Again thanks Ustaz for your article …abarabiratna صحيتنا من النوم !

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      Hi Brhan, allow me to correct some errors of yours: [Let us start with the King: the people of high land will say Yes he was good, but the people of low land, No]
      Sir, this is not correct. All the Sahos, Jeberties, Catholics, etc were not in support of Janhoy and most of these people reside in Highland Eritrea. This is not small % btw.

      Also, it seems that you are using different compiler than most of us to translate what that Amhara wanna be Ormo guy, Tamrat.
      Just saying.

      • Brhan

        Hello Mhands
        As I have said I am with the saying that goes that all Ethiopian rulers were bad to Ethiopia but if you ask a highlander and low lander about Haile Slase then you will get different answers and you have said in your comment where you said with regard to high land certain group did not support him which means others did. But again I am against that I say ” let us say all were bad.

        And for Tamrat …let us not be obsessed by anscestory dogma… we have lost our time talking if Isays is Tigrean or Eritrean rather than what he says and does …I do not care if Tamart is Somali or Afar or Tigrean…he did not brag about it what he is bragging is his weird ideas so , for me I ignore him and for you to challenge his ideas and not waste time about his background puzzle

      • Abi

        Hello መሃንዲስ
        What does “ Amhara wannabe Oromo “ means?
        Is it possible for an Oromo to have his own ideas without being labeled Amhara?
        You are a disgusting racist.

    • Desbele

      Selam Brhan,
      ” According to a ruling by an international commission in The Hague, Eritrea broke international law and triggered the war by invading Ethiopia.[36]” .
      “Eritrea triggered the border war with Ethiopia when it attacked its neighbour in May 1998, an international commission in the Hague has ruled.
      Since there was no armed attack against Eritrea, its attack on Ethiopia could not be justified as lawful self-defence under the United Nations charter.

      Eritrea is now liable to compensate Ethiopia for damages caused, it said.”

      How does this statement sound to your claim that PMMZ of Ethiopia invade Eritrea ?

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Desbele,

        I think the ruling doesn’t necessary indicate that PMMZ was absolved. Sure if we look at the incident of May 6th, but what about the incident before that in 1997 of Adi Murug.

        Ethiopia was building roads, and deported Eritrean administration when it claimed that it needs to fight the Afra rebels from inside Eritrea.

        There is a letter that was send by IA to Melles which clearly indicate of that.

        Now, do you think the measure Melles took was proportional, as in going to parliament and declaring a “war”. I personally think IA started the war but Melles wanted to continue the war.

        Did he has other options, off course he had, specially after the 2nd offense when Ethiopia took back Badime, what was the rational to continue the war, where the most damage was done, at least on the Eritrean side.

        Melles used all excuse under the son to continue the war and he didn’t want to back down for the sake of peace. For example, on the last weekend before the war, the UNSC representatives lead by the US ambassador Holbroke when to both capitals.. the French ambassador who was part of the delegates said “Melles has invested so much for the war and he wanted a quick return for his investment”.

        And Melles true intentions have been revealed after he renegades the Algiers agreement that he signed. He was is not states man…at least not an honest statesman..and enough with this cra…p that he is politician etc…etc.. Eritreans have paid heavy price to help TPLF to come to power. Melles if anything he should have show restraint and maximum patience but he wanted to humiliate Eritrea and Eritrean pride and he did.

        What his government played in interfering in Eritrean opposition and creating infighting within each other was a calculated and well thought out plan, to make sure Eritrea is bleed and go through slow death….where eventually he was going to get can capture what’s left of her by installing a puppet government.

        Tamrat Negera plan is exactly what Melles plan was..he just didn’t live long enough to see it.

        So enough with those of us Eritreans who are trying to make him an angel specially for Eritrean people.

        Berhe

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Berhe,

          Adi Murig didn’t take us to a full fledged bloody war, but Badme is. Just for the record,

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Amanuel,

            I know, and that’s why I am giving the example.

            Eritrea should have gone to the UN and declared war when adi murug was invaded by Ethiopia.

            Berhe

        • Desbele

          Selam Berhe,
          My response was to Brhan’s claim that Ethiopia invaded Eritrea, Which according to EEBC is not true.
          “Since there was no armed attack against Eritrea, its attack on Ethiopia could not be justified as lawful self-defence under the United Nations charter.” Thats exactly the point. Building roads shouldnt force one to trigger war unless ofcourse it is Isaias megalomaniac.
          I was a member of 8th round national slavery. I have seen in my own naked eyes an ER ID of one of our unit members that explains that it is given in Badme, Ethiopia. No question that Badme was at the time administered by Ethio and the war started right there by none but Isaias. For me, it is to avoid implementation of the 1997 constitution. I am baffled you buy the story that Ethio building roads and expelling admin as a trigger point.Even with that no need to go to war but discuss in roundtable.
          I just dont have interest to discuss the dynamics of the war.True historians would one day make an account of it. For now , the truth and just the truth, Eritrea invaded Ethiopia and paying the price to date. And more , that decision was taken just by one sick man , DIA.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Desbele,

            I am not denying that IA ordered Eritrean defence to invade Badime. I know the fact that, IA has given Badime to TPLF for their support in fighting ELF.

            My response was not an indication of absolving IA and from responsibility from starting the war or defending him. Not at all.

            My response was, for those of US who wanted to make Melles Zenawi an Eritrean saviour and angle (not you).

            Eritrea should pay the consequence, well it did.

            My point is, IA or Eritrea never presented “clear and present danger” for Ethiopia. It was a boarder conflict and Ethiopia had the upper hand “diplomatically” to isolate Eritrea and evict it and avoid the escalation that it did.

            Off course we are talking in hindsight, it is easier said and than done.

            But the bombing of Asmara Airport while negotiation of US-Rwanda was happening is taking the war to different scale that what was necessary.

            Anyway…I am glad Satinael is gone and I can’t wait for other quraS sheyTan to go.

            Berhe

      • Paulos

        Selam Desbele,

        ናይ’ዞም ሰባት እዚኣቶም ዝገርም’ዩ! በትረይ ሃቡኒ ዘሕምቖ’ለኒ!

        Isaias sets the rule of the game and he beats them in his own game. No wonder he not only doesn’t have any respect for them, he doesn’t even think much of them.

        The world delivered its verdict on who started the war and yet they are defending the very man who is scr*wing them over and over again. They keep flogging the very man Meles the Lion who stood up for their independence, received their refugees with an open arms and apologized for all the wrong doings including for deporting Ethiopians of Eritrean origin. ፈሪሃ እዝጊሄር ኣበይ ኣሎ? The blight continues and could it be for that reason? Perhaps!

        • Berhe Y

          አንታ ዶተረ ቃውሎስ

          ናትካ እምበር ገሪሙና አሎ፡ አፋ ምሳይ ልባ ምስ ደበሳይ፡፡ አዲኣ ገዲፋስ ሓትኖአ ትናፍቅ እኾ ኮይኑ ናትካ ነገር፡፡

          አበው ይብሉ “ክሰርቐኒ ዝረኸብኩዎስ ዋላ እንተ ሃበኒ ነይአምኖ”። ሓደ ነገር አሎ ብፍላጥ ዲኻ ብዘይ ፍላጥ ትገብሮ፡፡

          1) መለስ ዜናዊ ናይ ሓቂ ፈታው ህዝቢ ኤርትራ እንተዝኸውን፡ ብዘይ ውዕል ሕደር እቲ ባዕሉ ዝፈረሞ ፍርዲ ክቅበል ነርዎ፡፡

          2) ሓዋርያ መለስ (ሳጥናኤል መለስ) አይወሓጠልናን እዩ እንተበልና፡ ሸይጣን ኢሰያስ ኢና ነምልኽ ማለት አይኮነን፡፡ እቲ ሓደ ሸይጣን እቲ ሓደ ከአ ሳጥናኤል፡፡ ኩሎም ሓደ፡፡

          3) ዕቅባ ድአ ክንደይ ሃገራት እኒድየን ሂበናና፡ ሱዳን፡ ኡጋንዳ፡ ከንያ ካበተን ክጥቀሳ ዝኸእላ፡፡ ግን እቶም ካልኦት፡ እዚ ገርና፡ ፍትወና፡ ዕበዱልና፡ አምልኹና አይበሉናን፡፡ ጽቡቅ ግበር ንመን ንማንም፡፡

          4) ዘረባኻ እኮ ሎሚስ ናይ ኢስያስ እንዳ ጠዓመ መጺኡ፡፡ እዚ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ናትካ ዶ እይኮነን፡ “እዚ ህዝቢ፡ እዚ ሃገር” እነዳ በልካ ከም ጎና ትጽውዖ፡፡ አበይ ከይዱኻ፡ ደቂ ዓደይ፡ ደቂ ሃገረይ፡፡

          እቶም ብግፍዒ ዝተሰጉ ኤርትራውያን እኮ፡ አሕዋትና እዮም፡ ብሂወቶም አለዉ፡ አይሞቱ አይሓመሙ፡፡ ይቅረ ኢሉ ትብል አለኻ፡ እንታይ ዓይነት ይቅረ ከማን ምኻና ንስኻ ክትደግማ ክተደጋግማ ትውዕል አለኻ እምበር፡ አነ ብወገናይ አይሰማዕኩዋን፡፡ እታ ዝበላ አነ ዝሰማዕኩዋ “it was not our finest hour” ብናተይ ትርጉም ድማ “ንሕበነሉ ስራሕ አይሰራሕናን”። ካብኡ ተሪፉ፡ ይቅረ ክበሃል ከሎ፡ ክልተ ነገራት ክማላእ አለዎ፡

          1) ነቲ ዝተበደለ፡ ብህጊ ጌርካ፡ ተጋጊና ዝወሰድናዮ ውሳና ትኽኽል አይነበረን፡፡ ይቅረ በሉልና፡፡

          2) ነቶም በቲ ዝወሰድናይ ስጉምቲ ፡ ዝተጎድኡን፡ ሓሰራ መከራ ዝረኸቡን፡ ኩሉ ንብረቶም መሊስና ዝግባእ ክሓስ ክንከፍል ኢና፡፡ “if they sell and their property, they are not allowed to take the money out of Ethiopia. They made the property in Ethiopia and it has to stay in Ethiopia”።

          እስከ እቲ ንስኻ ንበይንኻ ትፈልጦ ትመስል፡ ጽሑፍ እስኪ ሓብረና፡፡

          በቲ ኮይኑ በቲ፡ ዝገርልና ሕራይ ኢልና ኢና ተቀቢሊና፡፡ አቦው ከም ዝብልዎ፡ “ዝበሉኻ ግበረሎም ወይ ዓዶም ግደፈሎም” ኮይኑና እምበር፡ አማራጺ እንተዝህልወናስ፡ ሓደ መዓልቲ እዎን አይምሓደርናን፡፡

          ምስ ምሉእ አኽብሮት፡

          ሓውኻ በርሀ

      • Brhan

        Hello Desbele,
        I am not disputing the verdict by an international court. Who am I to oppose it. But you read my comment out of the context. We are talking of who is better Ethiopian ruler to Eritreans. I say none. And I gave examples how all are bad.
        You know Meles had not to go with his army as far as Teseney. When the army headed to Teseney , the poor people of Teseney have no one to protect them and they fled to the Sudan, while the Eritrean army retreated to safe zone.
        Do you think Meles was right to enter to sovereign Eritrean territories. If you say yes because Isayas did earlier to Ethiopia, do you think that the army was right to destroy properties and burn religious books in Barentu, Guluj and Teseney?

        I hope you understand the context of my comment.

        • Desbele

          Selam Brhan,

          Blaming MZ for escalating the war DIA instigated is one thing blaming him for ‘invading’ is just false. I know some people in Teseney and other parts were punished by the DIA for staying behind while it was taken over by Ethio forces.
          I feel that those two points below establish big lies that have impeded diagnosing a problem and hence inform a reliable solution.
          1. Ethiopians blame MZ for making Ethio land locked – Big lie. Eri won its own independence
          2. Eritreans blame MZ for invading Eritrea : Big lie. Eritrea invaded Ethiopia.

  • Paulos

    Selam Burhan,

    If Tamrat has won a heart amidst the uproar and commotion to throw him onto the dungeon for daring to say the bitter “truth”, would you say then, it was all in vain? I am sure, at the back of his head, he had the struggle for independence when we thought it was our trophy and he says it was for naught and you seem to agree and perhaps you are a new convert who has seen the light at long last.

    • Burhan Ali

      Selam Paulos

      I think you are seeing the world around you through lenses
      of emotions and prejudice, otherwise how come you accuse me of things I didn’t
      even hint. I like to think of myself a nationalist as much as you are and if
      you didn’t understand what I said this time, it may be my fault and perhaps I
      should have said it in a clearer language and straight, direct style, but then
      I don’t think awate.com will publish it because it will be only two lines: 1) Negera has said the truth about our country
      2) but also showed his nasty wishes and hopes for our country) full stop.

      These two lines have said all there is to it, but this would make us miss what
      the words of Negera should teach us, we should learn from his words lessons
      that we seem to have forgotten. Obviously Negera was trying to reach his
      Ethiopian audience and he did well in reminding Ethiopians that what appears as the relations between the two countries is, in fact, a relation between two men. We, Eritreans have been that for some time now. and now it is Negera who has done our bidding for free, without us paying a dime. The rest of Mr. Negera’s words are simply soliloquies and a sort of what is termed as political muster*****.
      The most we can do about it is to take notice and consider this an early warning of probable ugly things which may happen to us if we fail to exorcise our demons. Now that is something to thank Negera for, but of course,not love him. Mr. Negera, may not be a friend of Eritrea but the effect of his words are medicinal, where can you find an enemy who tells you of his plans to chock you before laying his hands on your throat?

      This is in short what I meant by my article, sir. Last, we, Eritreans have to collect ourselves and deal with our tyrant before addressing Negera (as he himself put it), that can wait, not the fight against the tyrant! it seems that we have discovered a way for raising our individual egos on the scale of nationalism indirectly by belittling, putting down and accusing others, you just have done that.

  • Saleh Johar

    Ahlan Burhan
    You did well except you forgot the age-old saying “كلمة حق يراد بها باطل Kilmet Haq yuradu biha Batil” meaning (for those who might not know it), a word of truth intended to serve falsity.

    If these are our friends, “oh God, save us from our friends for we are able to deal with our enemies”!

    • Burhan Ali

      Selamat Ustaz Saleh,

      The Arabic saying you introduced is in full congruence with the context. you are right, will drives reason, in Nietzsche’s jargon.

      • Saleh Johar

        Ahlan Burhan,
        Glad you see it that way. But on Nietzche, do what I did. Done ever read his books again. His thought are so hypnotic they twist the mind. Dangerous guy he is. 🙂

        • Burhan Ali

          Selamat,

          I can’t he is my buddy since a long long time!

        • Paulos

          Selam Ayay,

          Nietzsche dangerous guy? Perhaps to teenagers but not to Burhan Ali whom I think is an adult 😂.

          Besides, kinda hard to say “read his books” for as you know his style was aphorism as opposed to prose where commentary books specifically on him did a great favour to the wider audience to get to know his intellectual acumen on rudimentary level.

          I personally do not agree with most of the stuff he wrote about but I admire his courage for stepping on uncharted territories so to speak.

  • iSem

    Tamarat Does not need defense, the Truth is his defense

    Dear Ustaz Burhan:
    I do not think that Tamarat is a friend of Eritrea. How so when he wishes to create a Gaza Strip in Eritrea. The metaphor of Gaza, the images that come to one’s mind when invoking Gaza is this: a place with organization like Hamas, a terrorist group which tortures its own citizens, and personalities like Arafat, who led the liberation movement but failed colossally to create institutions for his people that after his death, the assets of the organization of Al-Fatah was under his name. Besides, Gaza is a place where citizens are enslaved in their own home land by Hamas, a terrorist organization that brainwashes, its kids to commit suicide bombs to destroy Israel and themselves in the process, instead of emulating Israel for rule of law and prosperity that Israel has created in the desert. So he is not a friend of Eritrea. What is going on Ustaz Burahn?
    But being a friend of Eritrea and speaking the truth and standing for your country’s interest are two different things. Everything Tamarat said is the truth and only the truth, God helped him, I think.
    On HS and Derig not deporting Eritreans but MZ did. Now come on Ustaz, which is better, MZ did Eritreans a favor, he deported them to their country, the deported used to say, but now they have returned back to Ethiop. MZ did not burn their villages and commit red terror. Besides Eritreans were over due for that humiliation given their smarmy empty pride, after IA and PFD brainwashed them and fed them the false aura of invincibility, running hard currency black market and illegal business inside sovereign country of Ethio. I blame the suffering and looting that happened to the Eritreans in 1998 on PFDJ, Eritreans have to ask/challenge the mighty PFDJ that is “privy to even those who curse them behind closed doors”, for not protecting its citizens in Ethiopia. IA, PFDJ and their spies are responsible as much as MZ and TPLF, I suspect that IA and PFDJ profited from the loot and enriched themselves like they are doing with human trafficking. I wish MZ and TPLF rounded and arrested all the PFDJ spies and stooges and tried them for crimes against Ethiopia instead of wanton mass deportation. But HS and Derig crimes can only be compared what PFDJ is doing to us now. So, is true that MZ deported Eritreans but do not forget the Amhara led regimes that burned villages
    On what IA is committing against our people to render Eritrea a useless state, Tamarat is spot on and instead of whining about the truth Tamarat uttered and his dreams fir his country for sea access and for an Eritrea that poses no threat to Ethiopia, Eritreans must focus on their existential threat. PFJD. PFDJ. PFDJ. Tamarat told you the hard cold truth “deqi meriet”, deal with it.
    He told you his dreams for his country and that bad things his country can do to you with the help of IA, thank him. He is not your friend, but his message is the Truth, like the truth Jesus told you, like the truth Mohamed told you.
    What are your dreams for Eritrea and what are the bad things you want to do to those who want to sell Eritrea should be your preoccupations? Your obsession with the truth teller Tamart regarding all Eritrean shows you are having no clue about your nation and how it has been unraveling under PFDJ, just because you want to go back home.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Burhan,

    Your “You recuse!” instead of “I accuse!” Zola’s mirror image plea is remarkable. I agree with your ‘syllogism’. Should we now consider satisfying the needs of this suddenly erupting friend? The problem is, Eritrea, thanks to its careless regime has been a friend that gives-only, till it remains bare. This not-so-generous friend is asking straight for our leg this time! ድሕሪ ሰለፉ፡ እንታይ ተሪፉ!

    • Burhan Ali

      of course, not a generous friend or a friend at all, but the effect of his words is the effect of a friend’s who tell about things as they really are!

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Berhan,

    Thank you for your article. It nice you give it his interview a different view. I agree with your last statement:

    Ethiopia is not Israel, by far and Eritrea is not Gaza strip either and by as much.

    I hope you can comment on what he said:

    1) Ethiopian government had to write one page to the UN
    2) Ethiopia have to close all Eritrean embassy around the world (similar what China does to Taiwan)

    He also said,
    it doesn’t matter what the UN or anyone else says…

    Would like your view if there is such precedence and will this stand.

    I personally think, it’s just a wishful thinking and that there is no such possibility, legally, practically even military when it comes to it. But it can have negative influence in the relationship of both countries now and in the future.

    Berhe

    • Saleh Johar

      Berhe Y.
      The guy’s viewpoint is typical. Nothing new because we have heard it for decades. However, his tone and demeanor is so insulting and arrogant. Therefore, it contributes towards hindering any peaceful coexistence. At the end, wishes are for free and he comes as an ultra-nationalist who depends on threats and belittling Eritreans. He should be seen as a representative sample of all ultra-nationalists and supermacist elements. And he has to appease his perceived constituency by throwing red meat and talking their language.

      • sara

        amna saleh…
        3 seni – habkuka.