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ENCDC To Hold Its Congress In Addis Ababa

After it stayed stuck in an impasse for almost four years, the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) said it will hold its second congress in December 2016. Fifteen opposition organizations are committed to holding the second congress.

The Hawassa congress where the ENCDC was elected, was the largest Eritrean congress after independence of Eritrea. Over 500 delegates from all over the world attended the congress. However, the ENCDC was marred by crisis that started soon after the conclusion of the congress.

The second congress of the ENCDC was postponed and delayed many times since 2014, the year it was expected to be held. The delay was mainly caused by the refusal of six organizations that considered the ENCDC “dead and illegitimate” in several statements that seem to show their disinterest in the Hawassa formed umbrella.

Several mediation efforts by Eritreans individuals and groups failed to resolve the difference between the two groups that still remain divided on how to move ahead.

While some Eritreans blame the six-groups as spoilers who wish to control the agenda of the opposition in what resembles “hostile takeover moves”, the six-organizations accuse the ENCDC for being rigid and unyielding. In addition, some Eritreans blame the Ethiopian handlers at the Sana’a Forum for favoring, and emboldening one group at the expense of the other.

According to an observer, “the seeds that were sown at the Hawassa congress are now thorny trees that are preventing the holding of the congress…many people had warned of these consequences at that congress but were ignored.”

It has been many months since the group of six entities rejected any negotiations with the ENCDC despite the fact that the latter has accommodated many of their grievances regarding the the documents of the preparatory committee of the congress which were amended in response.

Members and supporters of the ENCDC residing all over the world have been pressuring the ENCDC to hold its second congress since 2014 while Ethiopian authorities sternly warned the ENCDC to resolve its differences with the six-entities to be able to hold a congress in Ethiopia. Though it was not stated clearly, “the demand of the authorities implied the ENCDC would not be allowed to hold its congress unless the six-entities participated in it, and that is why many believe the Ethiopians are favoring the six-entities.”

However, the ENCDC stated that, “attendance in the congress is voluntary and no one should be coerced or begged to attend, but the door will be left open in case the six-organizations reconsider their position and decide to attend, provided it’s not decided in the last minute.”

In the last few weeks, the Ethiopian authorities have indicated their readiness to provide security and visa facilities to support the ENCDC hold its congress and that they will make a final attempt to mediate between the two groups without hindering the ENCDC’s process of preparation for the congress.

Since last year, the ENCDC members and supporters have been excreting pressure on the fifteen organizations that are mostly stationed in Ethiopia to plan to hold virtual regional congresses and one final face to face meeting of persons elected in the regional virtual congresses.

Last year Medrek, an upstart Eritrean movement with reasonable funds to spare, was approached to help the ENCDC to resolve its funding problems. That approach led to the Nairobi conference of November 2015 where members of the ENCDC and other organizations attended.

Medrek didn’t reply to a question whether it was planning to financially support the ENCDC to hold its congress. However, Medrek is not likely to help since it is soliciting funds from its donors for a meeting in which it I planning to bring all opposition groups.

An ENCDC supporter said, “we have to fund the congress on our own, otherwise we will always be subservient to fund providers and the dictation that comes with it.”

Ethiopian authorities will not provide any financial support to the ENCDC which estimates the cost of the congress to be around, “$220,000 to pay for food, lodging, and other expenses, excluding travel expenses to Ethiopia.”

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  • Thomas D

    Selamat Berhe,
    I welcome if Ethiopia is willing to topple the DIA’s regime. I predict there will be a surprise attack from Ethiopia and that will end the suffering of our people. Let’s see how and why attack by Ethiopia is imminent and possible. It is possible the weyane will end up finishing the dictatorial regime ruling in Eritrea for the following reasons:

    a) The presence of the growing armed Ethiopian oppositions. This is similar to the runaway of the Somalia Islamic court in Eritrea in the past. The regime in Eritrea was supporting the Somali group and the Oromo liberation front (OLF). The Oromo group were said to have used Somalia to attack Ethiopia.
    b) a) Triggered Ethiopia to invade Somalia and they removed the threat of Islamic court though they were latter replaced by Alshebab
    c) The unrest in Ethiopia activated by the propaganda of the Ethiopian oppositions in Eritrea will remain as we know the regime in Eritrea cannot stop doing what it is good for
    d) Ethiopians will come to understand that their main enemy who is working day in and day out to disunite them is the regime in Eritrea not the weyanes.
    e) Ethiopians are 100 million; and they can recruit over 200K soldiers in one day easily.
    f) They surely know there is almost no one to stand in the front to fight to protect the brutal regime in Eritrea

    Why would I support the attack by Ethiopia to remove the regime in Asmara?
    a) Because it is the quickest way to solve our current predicament (in and out operation). The other alternative would be to wait for too long and see our nation going to directions Somalia was going (civil war and more). And the only tool the dictator uses is divide us even more so as to stay in power. So, we will not have our Eritrea to talk about………
    b) Ethiopia can disintegrate as the Eritrean regime is working hard to see this. Eritrea cannot survive peacefully while the ethiopians are fighting among each other. Eritrea cannot benefit from this and the chaos can move to Eritrea
    c) I do not trust the Ethiopian opposition groups working with the regime in Eritrea because they have never accepted Eritrea’s independence. I only think that they are there to attack the weyane because they think that the weyanes sold Eritrea. I can easily tell this from Abi’s comments on this forum:)
    d) I am free man and I can express opinion and live peacefully 🙂
    e) I don’t care what other might think about me:)

  • Solomon


    Kahriba yblnan.

    dHri kndey feQidka’s Kwarenti as a punchline… Where is Hope these days. You might get a laugh. For give me for you lost me at Asayas’s hot seat with neon AurduQan….


    • Peace!

      Hi Solomon,

      ሓደ ሓደ ግዜ ሰሓቕ ኣድላይ እዪ ዳሓር ካኣ እዚኣ ዋዛ ምስ ቁም ነገር ምስቲ ናይ ዓድና ኩነታት ትኽይድ እያ፦ገመድ ናይ ኮሬንቲ ከማን ክውሕዶም እንድሑር እታ ትምነያ ተስፍ ክትርከብ እንተኾይና: እቲ ዘሕዝን ግን ከምዚ ዝሪኦ ዘለኹ ብዙሕ ኣግማድ ከየድልየና ኣይተርፍን እዩ።


      • Kokhob Selam

        ክቡር Peace,
        ብሰሓቕ ከብደይ ቆሲሉ!
        ጽዓት ሓይሊ ኤለክትሪክ ዘይምህላው ጥራይ ‘ውን ኣይኮነን ንባዕሉ እቲ ንሓስ ብክሻታት ተጠትሊሉ ኣበይ ይኸይድ ከምዘሎ እትሕብር ቁም ነገራዊት ዋዛ እያ :: ኣብ ‘ዛ ዋዛ ኣቶ ኤስያስ ትዋሕ ኢሉ እዩ ብሰሓቕ ዝዛዝሞ : ሓጎስ ክሻ ድማ ሞሳ ከምዝግበኦ ሓሲብሉ ክኸውን ግድን እዩ ::

        ከምቲ ኣቀዲመ ዘዕለልኩኾም ዕድመ ንስዋን ቢራን ዊስኪን – ጀነራላት ሃገርና መስተ ኣብ ምግምጣል ድኣ እምበር መንግስቲ ኣብ ምግምጣል ኣድሂቦም ኣይፍልጡን እዮም : ሃ ሃ ሃ :

  • Desata Tella


    ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ተወጢኑሉ ንዝነበረ
    “ስትራተጂካዉ” ምዝላቕ ካብ ICC ኣይተጠቕመሉን!

    ብዛዕባ ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቂ ድኽመት መሪሕነት (ዕሸልነት ኣተሓሳስባ) ኣቐድም ኣቢለኳ እፈልጥ እንተነበርኩ ዝያዳ ንኽፈልጦ ዝደረኸንስ ድሕሪ ዝጸሓፍኩሉ ደብዳቤ ንድሕነቱን ንድሕነት ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብ ግምት ዘእተወ እዩ ነይሩ። ጉጅለ ህግደፍ ኣብዚ ሕጂ ወርዲዎ ዘሎ ወጥሪ ንኸይወድቕን ህዝብና ንኽርህዎ ኣብ ግምት ዘእተወ ንዝተዋህቦ ሕዉነታዊ ምኽሪ [ህዝቡ ይቕረ] ንኽብለሉ “ሕትኡ” ናብ ህዝቢ ብዘይምቕራቡን ዕሽሽ ስለዝበሎን ኣብ ጀነቫ ተጸባጺብና ኢሳይስን ጉጅለኡን ብ ICC ፍርዶም ንኽረኽቡ ኣብ ዉሳኔ ተበጺሑ ኣሎ።

    “ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብዝተፈላለየ መንገዲ ዘኣኽሎ ምኽሩ ለጊሱ እዩ “

    “ዘኣኽለና መኺርና ኢና ኣይሰምዕን ንዝበለ ግና መከራ ይምከሮ”

  • Desata Tella

    ክልተ መናቱ!

    [ተቓዋሚ ደጋፊ] እንታይ እዩ እቲ ጉድካ፤
    ይሰርሕ ኣለኹ ዲኻ ትብል ዘለኻ ወይስ ዘረባ ተወልፍካ፤
    ትሰርሕ እንተሊኻ እንታይ ኢኻ ኣብ ባይታ ቀይርካ፤
    ምስራሕ ማለትኮ ገለ ለውጢ ምስ ተምጽእ እዩ ኣብ ሕብረተሰብካ፤
    ህዝብን ሃገርን ክትረብሕዶ ኣይኮነትን እያ ነይራ ሕልምኻ፤
    ግና ኣይከኣልካን ንኹሉ ትስእኖ ኣለኻ ተዓሽኻ፤
    ህግደፍ ኩን ተቓዋሚ ብዘየገድስ ንወላ ሓደ ኣይጠቐምካን ኢኻ፤
    ኣይኮነንዶ ንሕብረተሰብ ኣይተድሕናን ኢኻ ነታ ነብስኻ፤
    ነካይዳኻ ብኹለንተንኡ ቀይሮ ኣይት ስነፍ ኣጆኻ፤
    ስመር ሓደ ኹን ኣበጁ ሂወትካ ጊዜኻ፤
    እታ “ሃገር” እኮ ሓደ እያ ትብጸሓካ ንኹልኻ፤

    ዓወት ንደለይቲ ፍትሒ!

  • Desata Tella


    ከመይ ነበረ “ጥምጥም”

    ከመይ ነበረ ናይ ጀንቫ ግጥም፤
    ሃቂንካዶ ኔርካ ሓቀይ ክትገጥም፤
    እሞ ከመይ ረኺብካይ እቲ ጥምጥም፤
    ባዓል ሞንኪ ካብ ኮኑ ዝወኪልካ፤
    ኣይ ሽዑ እንድዩ እቲ ኳና ዝፈረሰካ፤
    ፕሮፈሰር በሃለይ እንድዩ ዝጠለመካ፤
    ኣይረድ እንደኣሉ ወሪዱካ፤
    ብዛዕባ ገበንኩም እንተሓተቱ፤
    ክንዮ ማዕዶ ትጥምቱ፤
    ኣይ ሽዑ እንድዩ ሕልናኹም ሞይቱ፤
    ጭፍራ ህግደፍ ኣገመ ከም ሓጺን ዝመረተ፤
    ብሚድያን ፌስቦክን ብዙሕ ሃዉተተ፤
    ኣብ መወዳእትኡስ ተረደኦ ደኣ ከምዝሞተ፤
    ጭፍራ ተረፈት ብዙሕ ዓፊራ ፤
    ሽዑ እንድዩ ኩሉ ዝተወጃበራ፤
    ኣብ ቲቪ ኤረ ብዙሕ ጊዒራ፤
    ተረፈት ደኣኒ ብኹሉ ከሲራ፤
    ጸጊባ ሓደረት ደላይት ፍትሒ ተደሪራ፤
    ብዓለምና ዓጊብና ሓደርና ንሓቂ መስኪራ፤

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Desta,

      Good job!

      • Kokhob Selam

        ነይረ እወ ኣብ ኣብ ቲ ቅሉዕ ግጥም ;-
        ግንቦት ሰቨን ኣብ ጎነይ ክዕደም :-
        ሕፍር በልኩ ሽዑ ዘይከምቀደም :-
        ሕልናይ ወቂሱኒ ምስ በልኩ ትም ::

        ኣይግድን እወ ጀኔቫስ ሓፊረ ;-
        ካብ ቲ ስእሊ ተሓቢ አ ነይረ :-
        ርእሰይ ታሕቲ ክሳደይ ሰቢረ :-
        ግዱድ እንድየ መሰሉ ተቀብረ ::

        ሓሳውን ስንቅን እናሓደረ ቅላዕ :-
        ሓቅን ንግሆን ጸጸኒሑ ኹላዕ :-
        ተዋረድኩ ምስ ህግደፍ ከዳዕ :-
        ጎዲኡኒ ምባለይ ሸብዳዳዕ ::

        ኣታ ኣነስ ጅሆ ተታሒዘ እምበሪ ;-
        ከይወረስ ፈሪሐ እቲ ገዛ ምድሪ :-
        ምተረፈኒ መን ኣሎ ነባሪ :-
        ዕድመ ዝደፋእኩ ከያዲ ናብ ቀብሪ ::

        ይቅረ ሓፋሽ ደላይ ፍትሒ ህዝቢ :-
        ምሕረት ሃቡ ብስርዓት ብደንቢ :-
        ኣጥርየ ኣለኹ ልቦና ምስ ቀልቢ :-
        ሰላም በሉ ናይ ረቢ ይዓቢ ::

        ናይ እዝጊ እወ ናይ ቲ ልዑል ኣምላኽ:-
        ዝሓለፈ ጌጋይ ይተሓኸኽ :-
        ዕርቂ ይኹን ሰላም ትበል በለኽ :-
        ፈጣሪና ሃገርና ይባርኽ ::

  • Nitricc

    Greetings people! Whenever I stop by just to get my fix; there is nothing new to read. It is all the usual PIA sucks; Eritrea is dying; our people are suffering; our youth are fleeing. Ethiopia is approaching the USA economically while Eritrea collapsing etc etc etc. why not talk, discuss and debate about the current events of the world or even the country you are residing in? I do understand this is Eritrean web-site and the primary issue should be what concerns Eritrea but ignoring the world is showing your ignorance.
    If you live in the USA; there are many events that are interesting and some are simply tragic that a decent human should discuss about.

    Cavs defeated the worriers the NBA finals with historical win for Cavs, doing what no other team able to do coming down from 3 to one deficit while worriers went down with historical collapse; an absolute chock! Now one talked about it.

    Police shooting the innocent man in Minnesota.

    Police shooting the innocent man in Louisiana.

    Ex-Marine shooting 4 police officers in Dallas.

    Ex-marine shooting 3 police officers in Baton Rouge.

    The absolute tragedy of Nice; France.

    The dangerous coup attempt in Turkey.

    The up-rising of Gonder ….

    I mean the list goes on and on.

    My point is, why not diversified view and ideas to the world? This little kid is more aware than you are!

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Netircay,

      where do you get all those news daily! what unlucky people are they? we never hear such type of news from Eritrea except people died in Mediterranean sea and deserts of Sahara or the Up rising of Godnder was planed by Eritrean government and Ginbot7 or Sherifo is dead in prison 27 young Eritrean army members managed to escape to Ethiopia etc..I mean only nonsense information ..

      I saw the kids, are their parents in prison? did they see bright future like our Eritrean kids who are in refuge camps?

      The dangerous coup attempt in Turkey. why is that ? it is good those army officers are not from Eritrea. Ha ha ha ዓበይቲ ሞከንናት ኤርትራ ቢራ እምበር ምግምጣል መንግስቲ ኣይፍትንዎን እዮም :: don’t worry Saay7 is not reading, he is collecting statistics.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Awatistas,

    EFND, EGS, and PMEJNA have jointly released an open letter to Dr. Asmerom Legesse, one of our Erudites, who become the lipistic of the despot and vocal defender of the regime. Dr. Asmerom in the clip attached, denied the COI report and call upon all Eritrean intellectuals to work together to desmiss and discredit the report.
    Below is the link of the open letter that is released by the joint civil societies in respond to his remark in the clip.


    • iSem

      Hi Emma:
      I remember Dr. Legesse from his chants of “I am an Eritrean, I am an Eritrean, I am an Eritrean” when IA came to the USA in 1989. The Dr. was so smitten by the military skill of EPLF that he crashed a private conversation among strangers chanting, “I am an Eritrean, I am an Eritrean”. Leaving aside whether EPLF conducted scientific warfare a suicide type of attacks against the occupier, I wish he would say the same, when 300 Eritreans drowned in the high sea, when the organs if women and children were harvested.

      Dr. Legesse is Dr. Mengel of Eritrea. Someone shared a video of him giggling, laughing from ear to ear and boasting that he lives in the house he was born in, against leaving aside his support to PFDJ, his giddiness and laughter given the difficult times strikes me as unhinged, eve Yemane G when talking about the current situation and G-15 talks with some sadness in his voice, the would say, “this are difficulty times in our nation” and his heavy heart comes through, you can hear the undertones that he is torn and hurt
      Dr. Legesse also said that when he left to Addis to study for a university, the Ethiopians did not even have a screw driver, and they called the screw driver he carried with him “ytebnjja….”, basically his idea of technological advances is a screw driver which was introuded by Italians, and I think someone asked him what do you guys call screw drive in Eritrea

      • Yebio Woldemariam

        …And that is the irony. The guy did not have name for it in his native language. Che bruta….

      • Berhe Y

        Hi iSem,

        I even heard him repeat the same joke years later. It was at a dinner table in Toronto, around 2000, when he was touring advocating for the displaced with Paulos / or Petros Beatai, for they had an NGO organization they founded.

        What he said was what the Ethiopians called screw driver “yTebenja mefchiya”.

        If I recall, he didn’t sound as too supportive of the regime and how they handled diplomacy. He told us, when he had a meeting scheduled at the UN in New York, and when he had meeting scheduled at the state department and the Canadian parliament to present his findings about the deported Eritreans, the Eritrean government wouldn’t grant license for his NGO and it was really difficult for him to communicate with out side world as an independent. And they finally granted him, just days before his invitation was about to expire and he didn’t know why…

        I am pretty sure there was his interview with the private papers, the same time the G-15 were doing and he did seem to be in favor of the reform movement. I don’t know to what extent he criticized the PFDJ government but for sure by him appearing in those private papers he sure have crossed the line of PFDJ.

        It a shame that he is willing to lend hand to a brutal dictator who is at war with his people. It would have been nice if he stayed doing his research “that he told me he was documenting Eritrean traditional laws” which will be a much more important service he could have done for this country, if he chose to remain neutral and live in the country.


      • Nitricc

        Semere; you always amaze me with your high caliber intelligent and your dazzling IQ . It is my hope and for the sake of change; you talk about ideas and solving problems, one day, rather than the ear bending and stupid gossiping about people and obsessing with rape. You are disgraced to humanity. Now, what the hell do you care what the guy has to say about his country?
        “It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip,for they speak of persons instead of things”

    • Lamek

      Hi Aman, this man is a tenured professor? What a disgrace! I like the response given by the organizations you mentioned. This paragraph below should send a chilling message to the ‘not good’ professor:

      “As much as we abhor Naizghi Kiflu’s role, you know he was unfairly denied burial rights in his homeland, because the very person he served so well did not allow it. Isaias’s message was not to Naizghi’s corpse. It was to the living dead, essentially saying if I can do that to someone who served me so well, you don’t want to see what I can do to you. The disabled war veterans were massacred in 1994 to convey a similar message — i.e. if disabled veterans are not safe, no one is. In this environment of fear and terror, loyalty does not buy you anything. All it takes is for one sadistic person to conclude you have outlived your usefulness. God help you when that day comes because loyalty and prior service are totally irrelevant. It is use-and-throw at its crudest — the insanity so complete, the oppressive power so absolute and petty, even a corpse is not spared. This repulsive junta is what you have embraced and chosen to serve. Sadly, all at the expense of your own people.”

    • Ismail AA

      Ahlen Amanuel,
      Thank you for the link to the open letter. It could have been a useful alert to a person who could have erred due to lack of awareness. But Dr. Legesse played his role as duty to the dictatorship in full conscience because he fully knows our people’s predicament. He has been called by his commitment to the regime’s interest at a time it needed his service most. By the way, I do not think he is alone in that role. Our people are unfortunate because the larger segment of the educated class did not fulfil the role expect of them as an elite that should have constituted the cream of society that should have raised the banner of justice and liberty on behalf of their people. I should dare add at this point that there is nothing most disdainful than seeing intellectuals and learned men and women taking position in the ranks of tormentors of their own people.
      Ismail AA

    • Kokhob Selam

      ክቡር ብጻይ ኣማኑኤል :

      ተደጋጊሙ ዝረኣ – ሓደ ካብ ኣገርምቲ ተርእዮታት እዩ ናይ ገለ ምሁራትና ዘንባዕ መርገጽ እዩ :: ገለ ‘ሞ ኸኣ ፍጹም ካብ ‘ቶም ዝሓለፉ ደገፍቲ ህግደፍ ምሁራት ዘይተሞከሩ ምዃኖም እዩ ዘሕዝን :: ሕጂ ዃ ይሓይሽ :: ‘ሞ ዓገብ ዝብል ካብ ልበይ ዝፈልፈለ መልእኽቲ ዶ ከሕልፍ !

      . . . እንተርከባ ጉዕዞ . . . . ..

      ላንጋ ላንጋ ማእከል ዝረገጸት :-
      ብቁንጣሮ ምህሮ እምብዛ ተዓበየት :-
      ሽንጠይ ርኣዩለይ ትልሎ እናመጸት :-
      ኣይፋልክን በሉለይ ገለ እንተሰምዐት ::

      ፍልጠት ድኣ በይኑ – ሓሶት ተኸዲኑ :-
      መዓስ ጠቂምዎም ነቶም ዝፈርዓኑ :-
      ከይንዕዘበኪ ሓያል እዩ ዘመኑ :-
      ክልተ መልሓስ ሕማቅ እዩ ጠረኑ ::

      ኢልኩም ምኸርዋ ግዜ ከይሓለፋ :-
      ኣትኪላ ከይሓዘት ኣጉል ተንሳፊፋ ::

      ሰባት ንዝሓርዱ ክንዲ ምባል ዓገብ :-
      ኣብዝን ኣብትን ምባል ንምንታይ እዩ ዘብዘብ::

      መዓስ ሸቐጥመቀጥቐ ኮይኑ ‘ሞ ዕዳጋ :-
      ህዝብና እንዳጸነተ ምዃኝ ላንጋ ላንጋ :-
      ኣይፋልክንን ኣሕዋት በልወን ሕደጋ :-
      ቀሊኽን ኣይትብለዓ ናይ ዕሸልክን ዳንጋ ::

      ገለ እንታይ ይፍለጥ ልቢ እንተገበራ :-
      እንተርከባ ጉዕዞ ከይ ኣተና ኣስመራ ::

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        መርሓባ ኮኸባይ

        እዚ ተርእዮ ናይ ምሁራትና ሐድሽ ተርእዮ አብ ኤርትራ ጥራይ ዝተኸስተ ሕብረተ-ሰብአዊ ኹነት አይኮነን:: ምሁራት አብ ጦብላሕታ ደርባዊ መበቆላቶም ዝተመርኮሰ አሰላለፋ ተወዲቦም ክቃለሱ ዝነበረን ዘሎን እዩ:: ስለዚ’ዩ ገለ ሙሁራት ንለውጣዊ ቃልሲ ይመርሑ: ገለ ሙሁራት ከአ ንህልው ስርዓት ይከላኸሉ:: ናይ ኤርትራ ሙሁራት ከአ ካብዚ አሰላለፍ’ዚ ወጻኢ ክኾኑ አይክእሉን’ዮም:: እቶም ናይ ለውጢ ሐይልታት እምበአር ነዚ ናይ ምሁራዊ ባህርያት አለልዮም ንህዝብና ምሕባር ሐደ ካብቲ ብዙሕ ክሰርሕዎ ዘለዎም ጉዳያት’ዩ:: ስለዚ ዶክተር አስመሮምን ብጾቱን ከአ ጸረ-ፍትሕን ጸረ-ለውጥን ስለዝኾኑ ምስቲ ጨቋኒ ስርዓት ተሰሊፎም ክቃለሱና ደርባዊ ባህርያቶም እዩ::

        ሰናይ መዓልቲ
        አማኑኤል ሕድራት

        • Kokhob Selam

          መርሃባ ክቡር ኣማኑኤል

          እወ ሓቂ :: ዝገርመኒ ዘሎ ግን ሃገርና ሲ ብደረጃ ታሪኽን ቁጠባዊ ስርርዕን ንጹር መስመር ደርብታት ኣብ ቃልሲ ዘርኣዮ ጽልዎ እዚ ዝበሃል ብዘይምዃኑን :- ዝበዝሕ ምሁር እዛ ሃገር መቦቆሉ ካብ ሓረስታይን ሸቃላይን ሕ- ሰብ ዝተጠርየ ብምዃኑ እዩ :: ዳሕራይ ከኣ ምሁር እዛ ሃገር ሕጂ ብህይወት ዘሎ ዳርጋ ኣብ ዘመን ሃገራዊ ተጋድሎን ድሕሪኡ ድማ ሃገር ኣብ ትሒቲ ገባቲ ስርዓት ምስ ኣተወት ዝቦቆለ ብምዃኑ ብመንጽር ገድላዊት መነጽር ክሪኦ እንከለኹ ብቀጥታን ብተዛዋርን እዚ ምሁር እዛ ሃገር ህይወት ናይ በጃ ዝሓለፉ ደቂ መሬት እውድ ብዃምኑ ከቢድ ሓላፍነት ተሰሚዕዎ ኣብ ጎኒ ሰብ ሓቂ ደው ክብል ኢኻ ትጽበዮ ::

          ምሁር ሓደ ስራሕ ከይተጀመረ ኣብ ዝወጽእ መደብ- ዕዮን ኣተጋግብርኡን ክህልዎ ዝኽእል ግደ ቀሊል ኣይኮነን : ግን ከኣ እቲ ዝዓበየ ኣገዳሲ ጉዳይ ወድዕ ኣብ ምቅያር ጥራይ ዘይኮነስ ብዘይተሳትፍኡ ውን እንተኾነ ኣብ ባይታ ብዘሎ መትዖታት ጉዳያት ናበይ ገጸም ከምዝኸዱ ክፈልጥ ዘጸግሞ ኣይመስለንን :: ንኣብነት ሃገርና ቅዋማዊት ሃገር ክትከውን ምዃና ፍጹምን ዘይጠራጥር ምዃኑ ብዙሕ ዘካትዕ ኣይኮነን :: እሞ ሓደ ምሁር ነዚ እንዳፈለጠ ታሪኹ ኣብ ጸረ ቅዋምን ሰላምን ምዕባለን መስመር ሕልክስክስ ምባል ሲ ትጽበዮ ተርእዮ ኣይኮነን – ብፍላይ እኳ ኣብ ክውንነት ሃገርና :: እንታይ እሞ – ወይ ዛ ዓለም !

  • Desata Tella


    ኣብ ሃገራዊ በዓል ምስታፍ “ዉልቃዊ መሰል” ምስ ተቓዋሚ ወይ ደጋፊ ዘተኣሳስር የብሉን!

    ናይ ሓደ ሰብ መምዘኒ ደጋፍን ተቓዋምን ምኻኑ፥ ዝኽተሎም ስነ ሓሳባትን ተግባራቱን ከምኡዉን ንድሕረ ባይትኡን ዝዳህሰሰ ነገራት ኣብ ግመት ብምእታዉ ብዘንጸባርቆም ባህርያት ምስ ዝምዘን ክኸዉን እይግባእ! ሓደ ሰብ ሃገራዊ ባዓላት ናይ ምብዓል ኣበይ ቦታ ወይ ምስ መን ኮይኑ የብዕል ብዘየገድስ “ዉልቃዊ መሰሉ” ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ “ንናይ ገዛእ ርእሱ ሕልና” ዝምልከት ጉዳይ እዩ። ስለዚ ናይ ሓደ ዉልቀሰብ መሰል ክትንክፉ መሰል ዝሃበኩም ሰብ የለን ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ መሰል እዉን የብልኩምን እዩ።

    መዓልቲ ናጽነት ይኹን መዓልቲ ስውኣት ኤርትራ ምስ ደገፍቲ ህግደፍ ይኹን ምስ ተቓወምቱ ኮይንካ ናይ ምብዓል ዉልቃዊ መሰልካን ምስ ናይ ዝኾነ ጸግዒ ምሓዝ ዘርኢ መለክዒ ፈጺሙ ክኸውን ኣይኽእልን ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ምኽኑይ ክገብሮ ዝኽእል ምኽንያት እዉን የለን እዩ። ሰንኮፍ ርእሲ (ድኹም ኣተሓሳስባ) ሒዞም ዝጓዓዙ ደገፍቲ ይኹኑ ተቓወምቲ ነዚ ዘይምኹኑይ ኣተሓሳስባን ኣረኣእያን ከወግድዎ ይግባ። ዝኾነ ኤርትራዊ ዜጋ በዓል ናጽነትን መዓልቲ ስውኣትን ስጋብ ዝቐረባ ጊዜ ምስ ህግደፍ ዘብዕሎ ዝነበረ ክነሱ ሕጂ ከዋራዝዮ ዝኽእል ነጥቢ የለን ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ካብ ሓቂ ዝረቐ ምኻኑዉን ክበርሃልና ይግባእ። ነዚ ኣልዒለዮ ዘለኹ ነጥብታት ክኣምነሉ ዘይኽእል ሰንኮፍ ርእሲ ዘለዎ ተቓዋሚ እየ ባሃሊ እንተሎ ግና ንሱ እዉን ቅድሚ ሕጂ ኣብ ህግደፍ ዝገብሮም ዝነበረ ሃገራዊ ባዓላት ኣብ ሃገርና ከም ኩሉ ዜጋ ይሳተፍ ስለዝነበረ ብገበን ተሓታታይ ክኸዉን ከምዝኽእል ክፈልጥ ይግባእ።

    ምስትውዓል የድሊ!

    • Kokhob Selam

      ክቡር Desata Tella , SELAM !

      ” ምስትብሃል የድሊ ” ዶ በልካ ? ግርም ግርም:: ንምዃኑ ነዚ ርኢቶ ቅድሚ ምሃብካ እንታይ ኮን እዩ ጠንቂ ኮይኑ ኣለዓዒልካ ? መቸም ካብ ሰናይን ጽቡቕ ናይምርኣይ ድልየትን ክኸውን ተስፋ ይገብር :: እሞ ፍቃድካ እንተኾይኑ ገለ ሓቅታት እዮም ዝብሎም ነጥብታት ኣብዚ ጉዳይ ዶ ኣንፍስ ከብል !!

      ርኤኻ ዝሓወይ : – እቲ እወ ንነጻነት ዝብል መርገጽ ክውሰድ ኣብ ምድላው እንከለና ኣብ ትሕቲ ‘ዚ መሪሕነት ህግሓኤ ክኸውን ስክፍታ ካብ ዝነበሮም ውሑዳት ሰባት እየ :: ብውሕዱ እዚ እወ ንነጻነት ዝብል መርገጽ እቲ ኣብ ስልጣን ዘሎ መሪሕነት ከም ንሱ በይኑ ክመርሕ ነድምጽ ከምዘየለና ክበርሃሉ ድልየት ነይሩኒ :: ኣብ ቲ ግዜ ቲ እዚ ዝዓየነቱ ጠለብ ኣይኮነን ኣብ ግብሪ ክውዕልስ ሰማዒ ዝረክብ ውን ኣይነበረን :: እንተገዲዱ ድማ ሰፍ ዘይብል ሓደጋ ዘኽፍል ውን እዩ ዝነበረ :: ብድሕሪኡ ዘሎ ብዓላትን ዳንኬራን ሓደ ያዕ ካብ ዝበልዎ ሰባት ኮይነ እየ ቀጺለዮ :: ምናልባት እታ ዝሓሸ ስምዒት ምስ ሰብ ዳንኬራ ዘራኸበትኒ ድማ እታ ውሳነ ባድመ ነይራ ብተዛማዲ ኣዘራርባ ::

      ማሪቲን ኒምሌር እቲ ብናዚያውያን እተኣሰረ ቀሺ ዝብሎ እነሆ:-

      “ናዝያውያን መጀምርያ ንኣይሁዳውያን ኣሳደዱ – ኣነ ግን ኣይሁድ ኣይነበርኩን እሞ ኣይተቃወምኩን : ዳሕራይ ንካቶሊካውያን ኣሳደዱ- ኣነ ግን ካቶሊክ ኣይነበርኩን ተቃውሞ ውን ኣየስማዕኩን :- ቀጺሎም ንማሕበር ሸቃሎ ኣሳደዱ – እዚ ውን ንዓይ ኣይምልከተንን ስለዚ ኣይተቃወምኩን:- ቀጺሎም ናባይ መጹ ‘ሞ ንዓይ ንምድሓን ዝቃወም ዝተረፍ ግን ኣይነበረን ”

      እዚ ቀሺን እቶም ካልኦትን ኣይሁዳውያን ክጥቅዑ እንከለው ተሓባብሮም እንተዝምክቱ ነይሮም በብተራ ኣይምተወድኡን ነይሮም :: ንሕና ደቂ ኤርትራ ‘ሞ ድማ ህግደፍ ዘዝበለዖም ብዝበለዖም ክተርፉ ዳንኬራን ካዕካዕ ኢና ንውስኸሉ ዝነበርና :: እቲ ልዕሊ ኩሉ እቲ ዘገርም እቲ መእሰርትን መቅተልን ጸለመን ናብ ሓደ ቅጻል ሕ- ሰብ ወይ ሃይማኖት ዘይኮነስ ንኹሉ ‘ውን ዘጠቃለለ ምንባሩ እዩ:: በቲ ግቡእ ንብሓደ እዋን ሓደ ዓይነት ወጽዓ ክገጥመካ እንከሎ ብሓደ ክትገጥሞ ምተገበአ ” በጊዕ ዲና ክንሓርደልኩም ” ምስ በለ “ካዕ ካዕ ጫብ ጫብ ጫብ ” ” ወይ ወዲ ኣፎም ወላሒ ሓቂ እዩ ዝዛረብ ” “እዚኦም ነፒክ ኒክ ካብ ሃገረ ዝወጹ እዮም ” ምስ በለ ” ካዕ ካዕ ጫብ ጫብ ጫብ ” እዚ ኩሉ ድማ ኣብ ልዕሊ ኣሕዋትካን ደቅኻን መዓት እናወረደ እዩ – በቃ ሓውሲ ጽላለ :: ንጀበርቲ ክባጭወሎም እንከሎ እቶም ጀበርቲ ኣብቲ ኣኼባ ዝነበሩ “ካዕ ካዕ ካዕ ወላሂ ‘ባ ሓቁ !ሰብኣይ !”

      እቲ ጽቡቕ ግን ዘይከም ናዝያውያን እቲ መጥቃዕቲ ንኹሉ ብሓደ ግዜ ዝወርድ ምህላው እዩ :- ተመስገን ኣምላኽ!! ስለዚ እቶም ሰብ ሓቂ ካብ ኩሉ ሕብረተሰብ – እቶም መንደልሓቅትን ሕሱራትን ውን ካብ ኩሉ ሕብረተሰብ – ምስ ኮነ እዋእ ካብ ኩናት ሕድ ሕድ ድሒና : ሕጂ ኩላ ዋይ ዋይ ትብል ኣላ !

      ኩሉ ‘ቲ ነዚ ስርዓት ዘገልግል ዝነበረ ድማ — ተጋግየ — ስለ ዘይትወሓጠሉ ኩሉ ገበናት ንሓደ ሰብ ኣሰኪሙ ቦሮቅሮቅ ክብል ይስማዕ:: እቲ ጸገም ድማ ወላ ከምተቃዋማይ ኮይኑ ደው ክብል ዘይምኽኣሉ እዩ :: ሕሉፍ ጌጋታትን ገበናትን ምስ ‘ዚ ሕጂ ክሕዞ ዝደልዮ ዘሎ መርገጽ ክሳነ ስለ ዘይክእል ድማ ምስምሳት የብዝሕ : ኣማስይኡ ድማ ኣብ ብርኪ ህግደፍ ተንበርኪኹ በጃኹም ክምዚ ግበሩ ዶ ከምዚ ግበሩ እናበለ ሕስረት ኣብ ልዕሊ ሕስርት ይጉልበብ:: ውዮ እቲ ጉዳይ ቀሊል ክንሱ ዘይተደላይ ቀልባዕባዕ የሪኢ ::

      እቲ እንኮ መተዓረቂ ድማ ተጋጋጊና ምባል እዩ :: ንስውኣትን ስንኩላትን ሓቀኛታትን ልቢ ዘረስርስን – እምነት ክህሉ በር ዝኸፍትን እንኮ ምርጫ ምንሳሕ እዩ :: ተጋጊና ምባል ግን ሰውራውነት- ቆራጽ ናይ ለውጢ ተበግሶን -ክንዮን ልዕልን ኣብ ኩናት ምስታፍ ትብዓት ዝሓትት ጉዳይ እዩ ::

      ኣበየናይ ዓመት ምስ ‘ዚ መንግስቲ ሳዕሲዕካ ሰብ ከይተኣስረን ከይተጨውየን ከይተሰደን ሓሊፋ? ህግደፍ ዝበሃል ስርዓት መጸ እምበር ኣየነተን መዓልቲ ደቂ ሰብ ሰላም ሓዲሮም እዪም ሞ ክት ስዕስዕ ? ኣብ ቀብሪ ዶ ጓይላ ይትከል እዩ ? እዚ መንግስቲ ድኣ እሞ መን ድዮ ዘጋግዮ ዘሎ ! እዚ ስርዓት ኮ ሎሚ ተገምጢሉ ኣባላቱ እንተዝእሰሩ ነጻ ክበሃሉ እዩ ዘለዎም – ምኽንያቱ ንህልውነኦም ተሳዕሲዑ እዩ :- ተደሪፉ እዩ : – ተገጢሙ እዩ :– በል ወገነይ ክእለትን ዓቅምን ድኣ ፈጣሪ ይዓድልካ እምበር ዝስዕሳዓሉ ዘመን ሲ ኣይተበጽሐን :: ብዝኾነ ከም ፕሮቫን ልምምድን ውሰዶ እሞ ኣብ ዓወት የራኽበና ::

      • Solomon

        Selamat Kokhob S,

        And when they came for me there was no one left to stand up.for me said the Reverend Martin N.

        There is an all out overt and covert offensive going on right now by the thugs post this COI/ICC Eritrea.

        The more THEY think they are digging the grave to bury the truth, the more these very grave diggers are. descending into it to bury the ugly lies for good and never to breath the fresh air of Eritrea. ({Catalyst…})

        It is an all out cleansing offensive…the military minded simplicity thinking amazes yours truly… Even the demobilized needs further MENTAL demobilization to EMANCIPATE themselves from MENTAL SLAVERY as the Bob perscribed for their redemption. ({Catalyst. TrenchTOWN)}

        Speaking of the hypocryts who abandoned the Towns with Trenches “smirkkk”:)

        Your quote reminded me of my struggle with the Just War Theorist. Nativity I can plead, but it is hypocracy I admit it now Kokhobay.

        Ewe nestewEil. Hji grum kone.

        Segeney NewaH ksada wala qua… NtSinsuay an Genet nezelalem knebrr ile imbilta teHambele tenefaHkula
        YaIiie zbEi iti Adina eti sbuH selefa, terab nay brJuwa kebda, kota kulu yEtSimtan anguAn mstom tokhalu enda agayetse kemzeyQraTimo kHalfa niAAs, ksada riEsa Tray ab tHti meriet TQebrr.
        Weyza gezaf meAkor!

        You are right Kokhobay, I see your Embasoira tesekimom, and I raise three more rocks/stones as largre as Emba Tokhilo, Emba Hade Denden as well as Emba Derho in addition for they ” tedebirom” yQreita kHatu. For the trust to return.

        … ({Catalyst})

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear SELE,

          OMG! what have you done here? … ({Catalyst}) Ha ha ha …let me put the art below..

          …………..ይፈለጥ ጉዳቶም……………
          ናብ ሰማይ ጠሚተ ክንዮ ኣድማስ:-
          ኣቶኪረ ይርኢ ‘ታ ወርሒ ክትሕምብስ:-
          ወይ ክእለት ፈጣሪ ሪኢኻ ዘይጭረስ :-
          ሕጊ- ፈለግ ገይሩ እዚ ህዋ ከይፈርስ::

          ነዚ ዘማለአ – ባህርይ ኣማዓርዩ:-
          ተመስገነ ይኹን ላዕላይ ፈጣሪ እዩ:-
          ፈጣሪ ክንሱ ዝገብር ድላዩ:-
          ምርጫ ሂቡና ጽቡቅ ሕማ ቅ መምዩ::

          ንሱ ‘ ኳ ኩሉ ዝከኣሎ ዝሃበና መ ሰል:-
          ሕግን ስርዓትን ኣውሪዱልና ዕድል :-
          እንታይ እዩ ህግደፍ ህዝብና ዝብድል:-
          ብዘይ ሕጊ ፍርዲ ዝኣስር ዝቀትል::

          እናበልኩ ይሓስብ እሞ ድሓር ትዝ ኢሉኒ:-
          ናይ ደገፍቱ ነ ገር ኣ ዝዩ ገሪሚ ኒ::
          ብሕጊ ብስርዓት ዶ ኣይኮኑ ተውሊዶም:-
          ቃል ኪዳን ዝኣሰሩ ኣደ ምስ ኣበኦም:-
          ብዘይ ሕጊ ክመሓደሩ ንምንታይ መሪጾም:-
          ………….ገለ ‘ ኳ ኣሎ ይፈለጥ ጉዳቶም !!!
          Kokhob Selam

    • tes

      Dear Desta Tella,

      I think you are missing the essence of Independence and Martyrs Day when it comes its meaning according to pfdj definition. According to them, independence is just freeing the land from foreign occupiers and those who paid their preicious life is are just for this purpose. When such entities are downgraded to this narrow and corrupted/betrayed definition then what the people call Independence or Martyrs Day is completely different.

      I may agree with you that celebrating these days can be upto the individual. But there must be a clear distiniction and no confusion. I feel sorry for those innocent who consider it the same but equally I am conscious on the propaganda diffused constantly by the central intelligence that tries to increase the number of participants in their days.

      I am calling therefore not to mix the days the people give definition and what pffj calls it.


      • Desata Tella


        ክቡር ሃውና: tes

        ጽሑፍካ ክሪኦ ፈቲነ እንተኾነ ግና ኣብ ኣበሃህላኻ ገለ ጉድለት ከስተብህል ኪኢለ። መዓልቲ ናጽነትን መዓልቲ ስዉኣትን ናይ ምኽባር ዉልቃዊ መሰለን ናይ ሞራል ህቶን ምኻኑ ክልቴና ካብ ተረዳዳእና ንምንታይ ኣብ ካሊእ ጓል መንገዲ ህግደፍ ንመዓልቲ ናጽነት ትርጉም ዝህብዎ ኣብዝብል ምኹንይ ዘይኮነ ነገራት ጸቒጥና ክንዛረብ ንፍትን ኣለና። እዚ ህግደፍ ዝህብዎ ትርጉም ዝብል ንዕኦምን ነቶም ኣብኡ ከይዶም ዝሳተፉን ዘጣቕዑን ንግደፈሎም ምኽንያቱ ንሶም ኣብኡ ስለዛኣምኑ ድዩስ ካሊእ ምኽንያት ኣለዎም እዩ ንአኦም ዝምልከት ጉዳይ እዩ። ንሕና ብወገና ማለት ኣብቲ ደላይ ፍትሒ ንመዓልቲ ናጽነትን መዓልቲ ስዋኣትን ዝህብዎ ትርጉም ነኣምን ኣብዚ ተጸምቢርና ብዓላትና ነኽብር በሃላይ እየ።


      • Desata Tella


        ክቡር ሃውና: tes

        ጽሑፍካ ክሪኦ ፈቲነ እንተኾነ ግና ኣብ ኣበሃህላኻ ገለ ጉድለት ከስተብህል ኪኢለ። መዓልቲ ናጽነትን መዓልቲ ስዉኣትን ናይ ምኽባር ዉልቃዊ መሰለን ናይ ሞራል ሕቶን ምኻኑ ክልቴና ካብ ተረዳዳእና፥ ንምንታይ ኣብ ካሊእ ጓል መንገዲ ህግደፍ ንመዓልቲ ናጽነት ትርጉም ዝህብዎ ኣብዝብል ምኹንይ ዘይኮነ ነገራት ጸቒጥና ክንዛረብ ንፍትን ኣለና። እዚ ህግደፍ ዝህብዎ ትርጉም ዝብል ንዕኦምን ነቶም ኣብኡ ከይዶም ዝሳተፉን ዘጣቕዑን ንግደፈሎም ምኽንያቱ ንሶም ኣብኡ ስለዛኣምኑ ድዩስ ካሊእ ምኽንያት ኣለዎም እዩ ንአኦም ዝምልከት ጉዳይ እዩ። ንሕና ብወገና ማለት ኣብቲ ደላይ ፍትሒ ንመዓልቲ ናጽነትን መዓልቲ ስዋኣትን ዝህብዎ ትርጉም ነኣምን ኣብዚ ተጸምቢርና ብዓላትና ነኽብር በሃላይ እየ።


  • G. Gebru

    Dear Awate forum participants,
    May pease and God’s blessing be with you.

    As a nation we have hoisted our flag and regardless of its emergens and type we have a ruling click that we refer as a government. Said that so far what we see and expriens as people is that old mentality of political and social division and discord which I personaly think is the main cause that is creating suspetion and mistrust among us not to come together.

    Therefore, if the present day of handling our cause is leading us to no where I think it is time to turn our face to the root cause that reached us where we are today. That is before it is to late and that is before we loose the few educate elderly fathers we have to assess the political and social discourse of the 1940s and 1950s up to the start of the 1961 military struggle and come to a sort of unifying solution that free us from blaming each other. አብረው የፈሱት አይገማም እንደሚባለው።


    • Solomon

      Selamat G.Gebru,

      How I have reached to these two translations of your last sentence, God help me, so Since I got there, you can all tell me how we all reached there.

      “Abrew ye fesut aygemam endemibalew.”
      Translation #1. Those who spilt togethet do not split.
      (Easy enough: spilt # split – ili – lil. It -ilt – LIT) ({Catalist)}

      Translation #2. Those who farted together is hard to assess as they say.

      So which fesut? Or should I say Who fesut? Gemgam kenaCHu

      Amesegeinal eh.

      • G. Gebru

        Dear Solomon selam.
        መሆን የነበረበት ተማክረው የፈሱት አይገማም ነውና እቅርታ ።
        The message I wanted to pass to my readers was that what ever we do in unision will save us from negative back lash.

  • said

    While NO Lost Love for Erdogan, Nascent Turkish Democracy Is Proven Deep Rooted
    As I remain convinced that Turkish strong President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, founder of the powerful ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, has been instrumental in causing much of the serious Middle Eastern security problems and political instabilities in the region, the failure of the attempted coups d’état by some elements of the Turkish army is a great welcome. This, as the last thing one hopes for a nascent democracy in one of the major countries of the Middle East to be aborted and plucked out in the bud.

    Had the coup d’état attempt by the military in Turkey had succeeded; this would have marked a huge reverse to the march towards a transition to Democratic Civilian Rule in one of the major countries in the Middle East. This, undoubtedly, would have cast a gloom and doom to the future of all attempts at democratic rule in centuries enduring dictatorial rule in nearly all Middle Eastern countries.

    What so encouraging with the failure of the coup d’état attempt in Turkey is the feeling that Democracy and the functioning of democratic institutions in a country that for long was susceptible to army interventions are now striking deep roots in Turkey. It is quite assuring, finally, that the Rule of Law of a nascent democracy as in the case of Turkey, is, finally prevailing and that the military remained confined to where it belongs, restricted to the army Barracks.

    The sight of the popular uprising in the streets of Istanbul and Ankara defying the rolling tanks of the mutineers of the Turkish army reflected a very strong positive message, i.e. irrespective of the popularity of a freely elected President and government. It showed that having tasted the freedoms of electing their political representatives in a pluralistic democracy, the people were determined to fight to preserve that right and resist all attempts by adventurous interest factions to hijack that right from the Turkish people.

    As the rule of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has proven disastrous in foreign policy to the Middle East and foremost the Arab world, the return of the Rule of the Juntas, as the case in Egypt, would have destroyed once and for all any ambitious attempts by the Turkish people to founding a tradition of a functioning democracy, and for many decades to come.

    Watching the dismal contrast in Egypt, with a renegade General and his military junta staging a coup d’état against a freely elected President – the only freely elected ruler of Egypt’s entire history – Turkey would have faced the same disruptive and disastrous consequences at all levels; i.e. political, economic and security, that Egypt is currently experiencing under the Junta rule. What the well-meaning Egyptians have overlooked back on July 4, 2013 when celebrating the return of the rule of a deeply corrupt military, was, in essence, regardless of the ideological orientation of a freely elected President and the inevitable hiccups of a nascent democratic process, the burying of a Democratic Process and the worsening of political life for generations to come.

    However, for one to be fair, and possibly in that to give small credit to the mutineers of the Turkish army that, unlike in the case of the ruling Junta in Egypt, the mutineers in Turkey appeared refrained of engaging in the slaughter rampage against the uprising masses as was the case with their counterparts of the Egyptian Junta that never showed qualms in brutally putting down public protests as a Junta –Ruled Egypt continues to be ruled with an iron fist rendering the country a virtually ruthlessly run police state

    • Dear Said,
      Although what you said is true, the things we saw in Turkey recently might not be only the struggle between democracy and a military coup d’etat (dictatorship), with democracy coming out a winner. I think that it is more complicated than that. Erdogan himself is
      . a dictator, who happens to be an enemy of the press, puts in prison teanagers for saying innocent things about him, strong-handed against the Kurds, etc
      . He is a very ambitious and arrogant person, who dreams to become the modern Sultan and sees himself as the person who would bring back the great Ottoman Empire on the ashes of the Middle Eastern countries. He built for himself a palace at the cost of $600m and he sits on a golden throne,
      . He is an Islamist, and those who came out were mainly his Islamist supporters and members of the extreme right, not really democrats, but people who have the same aspirations with Erdogan,
      . The military does not seem to be united on deposing Erdogan. It looks like that it was the action of a minority group within the military, and much more, the West does not seem to have a hand in the whole afair, and does not think that it is time for Erdogan to go.
      Therefore, the struggle between the Kemalist military organization, which wants Turkey to remain part of the Western world, and the Islamists, who want to see again the great Ottoman Empire, will continue. Democracy in Turkey is thus illusive.

      • said

        Hi Horizon
        Erdogan is obsessed with Mustapha Kemal Ataturk, Erdogan’s paranoia is that Turkey might returning to the old Turkey . Turkey has a long history of military coups in 1960, 1971,1980 and 1997a soft coup, forcing an Islamist party out of office. Turks awoken on Friday night to a new nightmare in Turkish political history. But defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has since vowed to cleanse the Gulenist movement, Fethullah Gulen, a reclusive spiritual leader exiled in Pennsylvania , The Gulenists, once Erdogan’s friends, now supposedly sought to undermine the government through their proxies in various institutions of the state. the army a, judges, police officers will be sacked, demoted ,jailed and relocated. And will treated treasonists of state . There is no going back to Ottoman empire ,the 21th-century belong to china, the days if Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent the longest-ruling who ruled over the Golden Age in Turkish culture, art, politics . is in history books as President Tayyip Erdogan just wanted to remind Turks to relive Turks in their by gone era and to dream of the of the imperial times of the pre-20th-century empire.
        The presidential palace with more than a thousand rooms just symbolic and remainder of Ottoman empire and waist of money.

  • Abraham H.

    Selam All,
    Personally i do not see any hope from these so called g15 or g6 who have no merit to show except meaningless infighting. Their power struggle could be best described as that of two bald men fighting over a comb. Many of these groups see at Medrek with suspicion and were in fact questioning the funding source of the group; and now, shamelessly, they are begging Medrek to fund their conference. Simply hopeless, sorry thosse of awatistas who identify themselves with these imbecile groups. The solution to our problem is emboldening the people and popular uprising. At least we have to take a slight lesson from the pro-democracy Turkish people who challenged tanks and heavily armed coup makers with their bare hands.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Abraham H.

      we all give our views regarding the fund.. see bellow. But Hey remember those all are politicians and the finance help request may not be true or may not mean they don’t have that amount. It might have other reasons and we shall see soon. But you see Abraham what ever their aim is they are already in political arena and have ignored their personal life. some are even old as the edge of those in the PFDJ head.

      I am sure you know what I am to say in next line but it might be even more condensed.. see, if we are against PFDJ then it is also our weakness in history that has resulted to have such corrupted group.. it is not only PFDJ’s responsibility. It is the same if we have weak opposition it is still our problem. This is what everyone of us should understand. just imagine by now opposition is supposed to be leading the nation if they have good style of struggle – it is you and me who failed.

      now, if you think popular uprising is the solution then give us the way on how to do it, teach us putting in to consideration the reality in Eritrea.

  • tes

    Dear All,

    If these 15 organizations are not able to finance this 220,000 USD, I think they need to reconsider their either their strategy or their supporters position. Normally political organizations have a system of generating their financial needs and hence to run what is planned. In the Eritrean opposition case I believe that there is public rs crisis on this issue. In fact it is not limited to these political powers but in all areas.

    My understanding is that if these organizations are unable to finance their needs by any means through a staregy designed for such purpose their future is very blurred and going to be dependent on exploitation of public resources. In act not to be different from that of PFDJ economic policies: Nationalization and Exploitation of private and public resources.

    Very scaring governance of the future.

    In general I have a serious concern on this issue within the opposition camp. Hopefully to produce an article sooner.


    • Solomon

      Selamat tes, HTG, KS…

      Consistent with the pessimistic/hopeless Opposition orgs we have AND the indomitable/unsurmountable PFDJ party GoE, there are two presumptions the comments thus far are perhaps errineusly making regarding the ENCDC 2017 congress and the $220K sum mentioned in the report:
      1. That the $200K is infact the total cost for the event and NOT what could be short in addition what these 15 organizations have already earmarked or budgeted. According to HTG’s math and number of “staunch” supporters and given the Four years plus between 1st and 2nd congreses, even at 1980s $10 Monthly membership dues of the then Eritrean Fronts, trust you all there is or should be in excess of the amount. Exactly $2K = (4*120 – 440) * 500. Now judging from Eritrean events KJ shindigs and festivals entrance fees of $50 or more, we can safely say that if not quantuple, Monthly fees Today should at least quadroople especially given the DIRE ICU state Eritrean Opposition Pontifs have been narating for Two decades. Also, since GoE opposed Eritreans and or Opposition members have abstained from paying the Two Percent Diaspora tax, Two Percent of their income TIMES TWO for good measure and to resolve their malcontent as quickly and efficiently as possible COULD OR SHOULD have been their annual dues to existing Opposition Organuzations OR to build and PAY a FULL TIME brightest minds this generation Eritrea has to offer. Another factor that should support the existence of a large liquid assets by the opposition is the absence of armaments purchase expences the the liberation fronts certainly had. (I need to get to my second point if it comes to me when I type the 2. Perhaps Nitric is right AND I DO “go off the wall. I got carried away with this1 BUT there are theories and conclusions I will make soon…)
      2. (I forgot what what the 2nd presumption was…I suppose I will just make up Two brand new ones.)
      3. Given the loss of the expected gain of UNHRC referring GoE to the ICC, how is it that the numerous brilliant and learned Eritrean minds with all the opportunities they have wreseled for themselves and their full knowledge of their deprived brethren they have left with the burden of protecting the people and preserving their/our sacred Eritrea, FAILED to realise that the ENCDC is taking a timely gage of Eritreans in POST COI/ICC with regards to the continuation of the pursuit of JUSTICE and Democratic/Human Rights in Eritrea. Will the Opposition oriented Eritresns , the Change Seekers and or Justice Seekers continue their resolve OR due to perhaps the changing tides in favor of GoE/PFDJ, as the UNHRC meek deliverance is being perceived at least by Pro Eris AND THEN SOME, now start to reinvest their withheld Opposition Monthly Obligations and the Two Percent Diaspora tax since their exiled for thec purpises of obtaining ONLY THE CHANGE they sought all along. And that change was unconciously perhaps to UNSEAT the liberation era diaspora who was THE FINANCIAL, MATERIAL, MORAL and many physical (Two notable names among numerous selfless Eritreans in Ethiopuan occupied Eritrea, that come to mind are Atto WoldeAb Woldemariam who coined Btsay/Btseyti with the EPLF and Marty Dr. Futsum Gebreslasie with the ELF) BACK BONE of the pursuit of Eritrea Libre! (Now can we talk about HTG’s CS Vs. JS. Sadly the Justice Seekers and THEIR REAL GRIEVIANCES which fueled the Seidici of 1977 like close to victory could have been just a means to an end for the Change Seekers. Their End Game may have been to Change the EPLF’s PFDJ diaspora that to THIS DAY suffered the most indignation from two fronts. (A lot MORE on THIS later. EnshAlah..oh yeah for those language inhibited, I mean Godwilling.)
      4. (What number am I on any way?) Homage to my favorite actor/comedian The Late Robin Williams! In The movie Good Morning Vietnam, as a Radio DJ, says something to this effect: Hey Ho Chi Minh, If you want to fight justvl come out of the Bush! And though as a Christian and a Baptist Deciple at that though I could use the word UNSPIRIT, I won’t. Robin Williams character continues in a voice and spirit of San Francisco: “And what’s with the camaflauge green uniforms any way” he asks the HoChiMinh guerilla fighters, then suggests a rather bright and gay Gucci colors for them. ( Now berhe Yeman is getting Antsy or tSaTsy with my #4’s sasyness. iSEM please hand your fellow Maple Leaf the NenfitFilter! George Lucas and I await you both in the Presidio! General! COMMME TO THE DARK SIDE! And take me on with the CHALENGE! Lest I 007 on ya! And sing “Eidle Aloney, Gmbarr Aloney an Hzbawi Gmmbarrrr! Zeselefeni!” Hey Nitric Bud!!!! I still Don’t like ya Bub Ah DO Live ya!!!! My segway.

      5. Dr. Sara Uqbayy! Lead NorthrjaQa Front attack on ENCDC by alluding the ineptness of their internal squabbles and bikkeringssss! With a rather Professorial and Dignified Queen’s English Tone! (Much like my most respected educaters Rohd Scholar Professor Newton Garver, Dean of Philosophy at SUNY Buffalo. All peace loving should look up and read him —Nicaragua, the Sandanistas and Colenel Oliver North/President Ronald Reagan USA role. Excellent case study for Post COI/ICC Eritrea of Today. Where President Charter overseas the peaceful and fair elections handover of AK Powered The Purge crazed Sandanistas to Power to the People. And the AKs buried in the ground yet visible as a grim reminder of the brother against brother blood spilled for decades. Pre Samoza, Nicaragua Libre by the Sandanistas, The Purgec AND Oli North Contras and “I threw a Rock at IraQ and I Ran I ran Iran…M16…. Nitric you little devil little Bro! I still don’t like ya! But I do love you. You are sooo right, I do go off the walk.) So, our inevitable future Eritrean People’s choice–People’s Power elect, the great statesman HaileTG responds mildly having at the G15 ENCDC in need of funds.. Perhaps, consering to give the go ahead to his Medrek’s Kisha counterpart to write the check. Let the subservient TOOoo Medrekh… . .. Begin! HTG you got my vote man. In fact, I am nominating you to be my beliloved Eritrean people’s future President! On one MUST condition!!!! Equitable JUTICE to ALL Eritreans! Equitable! Belated Welcome to the Justice Seekers! You were scaring me with your ” Weyane or Ethiopia’s armed forces superiority over Eritrea’s when I first was reading and wondering about you. Now I want you to be my President should I return to Eritrea. After, Obama , I am content with the USA. A decade ago Professor Saay I nominated openly for Eritrea’s top post. Saay does love me but I know fo sho! He doesn’t like me. Just, the same, I happen to agree with General iSEM! Saay is SOFT! God save us from the Hawks like Trump and General iSEM calling on the “Gentlemen of SaHil” To COMMEEE TO THE DARK SIDE!
      BY(tSAtSy), HTG, SaraOqbayPalin, Saay KS and all! In This Post COI/ICC Eritrea

      Sharpen your PENCILS!
      Topic: JS Vs. CS.
      Jambo Sana Nairobi! SjG.

      I will be back to get back in track what I intentionaly veered of track. Little tomato to big tomato’s says : Ketchup!
      Gentlemen of SaHil! Come to The Light! Barks Abay!! I am with ELL- Hilet Sudan iyu bahkey hzbey!
      Dedicated to my fellow tSAtSy berhe Yeman:
      Strategucawit SaHil Dejennnnaa, mebegesit ya nab kulu kurnaAt Hagerna…

      MaHmooday.. Baburay baburaye…
      Tara Kha iyu Medrekh! Nitric keytedererka Hadirka. Ewe SeIrka(kum) But IA is no more President little Bro! Don’t cry I will explain. As soon as! Nanu Nanu! Gggoooooodc Morning Vietnam!” If you want to fight, come out of the Bush!”
      General! MenFeeetFilter!

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear tSatSe,
        ያረቢ!!! ያፈርሓቲ ! ከመይ ዝበለ ትዕግስቲ እዩ ዘለካ ጭርቃኑን ቁምነገሩን ድብልቕልቕ -ጭፍልቕልቕ ኣቢልካ ብምሕጸረ ሓረግ ኣነባቢርካ ተቅርብ ወይ ሰሌ ኣንታ ጻጸ ! ንዓ እንዶ ግዳ ንህቢ ኩነልና :- Ha ha ha..

        • Solomon

          Selamat Kokhob Selamat,

          I was commanded to stop by America’s Giants by Artist’s mural on the wall of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Berkeley. His/her/their rendition of Mount Rushmore and America’s Creed.

          Kokhobay, thank you for your kind words, I though I know I am not deserving. All glory is to the Creator.

          The command to stop was with big, bald four letter word – HOPE! on the lower right corner of the wall painting, eye level for all elementary tSAtSe students. Then the Giants with their message captioned appeared, right to left in the following order: Poet Maya Angelou, President Barack Obama, The Reverend Dr. And Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Leader Brothet Malcom X, Civil Rights, Labor Leader and Vietnam Veteran Ceasar Chavez and the painting was anchored by Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks.
          I will choose to share, for now, the caption next to Rosa Park’s likeness the Artists anchored these Giants for the purposes of “Let the children lead the way, Teach them well…”
          The caption: “Live your life as a Model.”

          —— —— —-
          Wegeney, I am equally sending out the “niA ndo” call to you and all Kokhb Selam nkmerHu (in order to lead) tSibaH (Tomorrow).
          I will read you Dear Poet extraordinair Kokhob Selam! And as a segway, directed by all the words I read on the wall last night, particularly: “Live your life as a Model.”

          My young Brother nemesis Nitric will fight me until we are both “toothless” despite both of us being on the same side on this point: Respect for education AND Professor SaliH Younis and The Pencil. The ChirQan, Saay taught us as well!
          Saay7! Yeah man. “The School of Hard Knocks” necessitates respect Sir. To veere it back on track and to utilize one of my favorite actors Robin Williams and quote from a scene: “Oh Captain my Captain.”

          Nitric will agree Kokhobay. Aware University And The Pencil.


      • tes

        Dear Solomon,

        Lots of strong inputs but shabianized with your special catalyst ingredients. What I like your take most is the way you produce the reaction.

        Dear big brother, as I can read from your lines, your heart seems broken apart by the betrayal of EPLF for the people. In this regard what I would like to see is a complete divorce of your dominant eplfite ideology and embrace humanity. Only then you can regenerate your broken heart.

        With deep respect!


    • Peace!

      Dearest tes,

      Welcome to the club, don’t worry I won’t call you closet PFDJ because you have bashed PFDJ more than enough:)

      Seriously though this is exactly what I have been asking that what is the exact ROLE of justice seekers living in diaspora? I mean obviously dropping thousands of comments at every opposition platforms hasn’t helped the opposition groups nor galvanized people to rally behind them. There is nothing embarrassing than fifteen, not one, opposition groups are too broke to hold a convention. Very sad!


      • Kokhob Selam

        …. መነ እዩ ተሓታቲ ….
        ጎበዛይ ኮፍ ኢሉ ኣቦ በጊዕ ጠብሑ :-
        ካራ ምስ ለከመ ስጋኡ ምስ ስብሑ :-
        ካብ ማዕዶ ክጥምት ክጫረቕ ጸኒሑ :-
        “ኣቦ ኣይከኣልካን ” ምባሉ ምንብሑ ::
        ከመይ ኢሉ የምሕረሉ ከመይ ከ ይወሓጠሉ:-
        ሓልፍነቱ ዶ ኣይነበረን ክሰርሖ ንባዕሉ ::
        ዝሓለፈ ሓሊፉ ናይ መጻኢ ንሕሰብ
        ኣብ ስራሕ ተኻፈል እጅገኻ ሰብስብ

      • tes


        Sure we are in a different world. My concern is not to dash the opposition camp as you always do but to remind a shortage they have on empowering their financial needs through a means that can give them freedom of conducting their programs. And for this, first and foremost I acknowledged their strategy (whatever it js ) and giving a recognition for all of them. Here is where we diffet.

        Dear Peace!, you have consistently dismissed the role of the opposition group and you never recognized them. You dismiss everything they do and are hopeless for their future. You have no input for their strength rather playing a negative role by labelling then as closates of what you call “woayen”.

        No way to be on your line.


        • Peace!

          Dearest tes,

          It is not about dismissing or accepting, but rather it is about identifying weaknesses and addressing them for betters result. Now, as you may know, considering the country’s size and number of populations, there are too many opposition groups fighting for the same cause which confusing people to understand their vision and give their moral and financial support. My position is clear that I do not believe positive change will come from outside. If your position is the opposite, then by now, you should know the group you support and the vision it advocates.


  • iSem

    Hi All:
    Turkey in Turmoil:
    The fledgling democracy that Turkey is under threat, basically a country in Europe is conducting a coup. This is what happens when trained killers (soldiers) are not subservient to the law and the “elected” body is not cleansed from the sectarian and religious toxins.
    And in this chaos dictator ISIS, dictator of the region smirk, Thee president’s heavy handedness seems to have pissed of the military when he marshalled them, and when the military men do have real power, not mere decorations they can facilitate the coup for better or worse. Lamek was right when her ruled out a military coupe I Eritrea as a means of a change

    • Yoty Topy

      Hi iSem,
      While it looks like the coup will fail , I for one would have loved for this charlatan to be removed from office . These are men who make mockery of a representative government. Once they get elected via the ballots them they march on to harassing the opposition. Elections to these people mean that they have the mandate to arrest, imprison and exile opposition groups . Election by themselves are not the end result of democracy. After elections there is the bigger mandate of listening to the other half of the electorate that hasn’t voted for you . The thing happened in Egypt when Morsi thought it upon himself that winning election meant he has a free reign to banish any decent. I really fail to see the connection to the Eritrean cause .If anything , it is the complacency of the army that has given a free pass to run this country as his own serfdom.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Semere,

      The current event in Turkey reminds me the argument I made against the concept of “democratic coup” by Ozan O. Varol, a prescription put forward for our problem by our own Saay. My argument was, a coup by definition could not and would not have a democratic a characterstics and nor could be a transition to drmocracy. Look Turkey was one of the contextual and exemplary country for Varol and our own Saay’s argument.

      There is no a country that saffered with a series of coups, and in every exit of their coup, even if they allow a civilian government, the army never failed to assure their institutional entrenchment to protect their interest. It is because of that nature of institutional marraige that they could make coup at anytime and at such frequency. The current scenario will not be different than those of the past. In democracy the people have the legitimate power to change governments. In an army entrenched institution, the army has legitimate power to change governments. The current event in Turkey will not be different from the past. Coups are not predictable and unpredictable event do not bring democratic transitions and the public could not hold it in check.

      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Ismail AA

        Ahlen Amanuel,
        It is generally true that military interventions cannot translate to democratic transformation. Military rule whose core value is regimentation of all aspects of life is not compatible with democracy and its norms and values. This has been proven by many experiences especially in the so called developing or underdeveloped countries. I recall you have cited in one of your previous postings some representative examples. The best that could come out from military rules is that under economic and social pressure caused by failure and corruptions the military may step aside to the margins and rule from behind the curtain with carefully installed pseudo-democratically elected civilian government. That was what went on in countries like Egypt, South Korea and several others in Africa and Latin America. The military simply remains nearby and come back when ever its interest sees threat on the horizon as you have mentioned.
        But sometimes military interventions could become the last resort option in countries where the societies suffer from underdevelopment and concomitant lack of conscious and organized civil society. This could be resorted on just to avoid the worst be that either civil war or catastrophic civil disorder due to economic and social reasons. I mean results of failed and corrupt political order. Moreover, military intervention might be reluctantly demanded when a country has formidable and well organized civil society groups but lacks capacity to initial successful change and transition to democratic order. In such a case, the military could be encouraged to intervene and get rid of another military rule. That is using military officers against their own military officers who grabbed power previously. Here the risk would be that the civil society and political organizations and parties fail to unit and stir the new military rulers to exit and allow introduction of democratic process.
        In the case of Turkey we know that the people there have had chronic military coup fatigue. The attempt of yesterday was mainly confronted by nearly unanimous rejection by the bases of the ruling part as well as the opposition parties including the ultra-nationalists. Moreover, the leaders of the rebels appeared to had not established consensus among the various segments of the military. Above all, I think they did not coordinate with the Americans and NATO because no coup had succeeded before without the green like from the Americans. It seems that either they were in hurry lest they be exposed or dangerous scheme happened in the ranks of the plotters. When looked from an observers angle, this one differs from classical staging of coups where the military moves at dawn and take arrests the top leaders of seating government, takes control of principal seats of power, establishes a new authority and issue declaration dismissing parliament and revoking the constitution or what ever. This time in Turkey we saw none of these. They simply moved in late afternoon and closed exits points of the country and sent troops to some public gathering terminals such as squares. They left the government establishment and its department in tact. The president, prime minister and speaker of parliament were free and not hindered to mobilize their supporters which started to pour into the streets in the evening hours and overwhelmed the soldiers and forced them to leave their positions.
        With best regards,
        Ismail AA

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Merhaba Ismailo,

          Thank you for your input. However, my argument was and is, that a coup has never been a “democratic” in nature nor will it give a path to democratic transition. But I will not be against coup in an authoritarian states where all the alternative path of popular movements for democratic changes are closed and the oppression becomes beyond the threshold of endurance. Sometimes it is incumbent to make a relative choices in life between two undemocratic paths. What I totally disagree is to make compromises before they reach the compromising table and painting the undemocratic path democratic. For instance to paint a coup as “democratic coup.” A democratic process is not only a constitutionalism for a constitutionalized government could be also an authoritarian regime. Here are the distinctions: To have a constitution is one thing and to have a democratic governance is another thing.

          Now, Turkey appears to be a modern state with political pluralism especially when the AKP party came to power on a trilogy of promises (promote freedom, end poverty, and end of corruption) under Erdogan leadership. He move the country away from the control of its old secular elites and tried to defang the power of the military. Anytime that happens it ensue titanic bloody coup. The Turkey military is too powerful to go un noticed without interference when it comes with their interest.

          Kemal sought to exclude the army from open involvement in party politics. His aim was “not only to prevent the military from exercising direct political influence, but also to protect the military from the everyday struggles of the political arena. In 1923 he passed a law that push out the elected officers in the parliament. Ataturk’s removal of the army from politics was never quite complete, because he also saw the role of army as the guardian of the secular republic[ Gagri Yildirim, 2003]. Yildirim’s statement in itself infers that even if the army is not involved in party politics, they are in the Turkish politics indirectly to “throne and dethrone” political leaders through coups and memorandums as they see it fit. Therefore anything the military involved directly or indirectly into the politics of a nation or have institutional embedment anchor into the politics of a nation, always the military will control the politics and the process of any kind of transition that secure the interest of the military.

          The current coup attempts for now seems to be foiled, but the power of struggle between the army and the civilians will continue with the kind of constitutional arrangement they have, and as far as the army see itself as a guardian of the republic and its principles, they will continue to intervene at any moment in the future.

          Amanuel Hidrat

          • Michael Tesfamariam

            Agreed, democratically elected govts. should not be removed by a military elite no matter how they performed. The people who used their democratic right to put them in power should also use the same right to remove them from power like what happened tp Morsi of Egypt- though some people argue it was a ‘coup’. In some case I think the electorate should also bear the consequence of their action-like what happened in Germany when Hitler came to power through election but later turned to be against human race.

            Democracy does not have to be justified by election alone-it has got to be functional as well. I believe most Eritreans would not have bothered much about demanding Issais to go if he and his cronies had not chosen to be their enemy. Election alone cannot be used to measure quality of democracy in one nation.
            But I also believe that removing self-appointed liquidation squad like HGDEF by force -as it was tried back in 2013 does not have to be conflated with the coup which many people would consider it as unacceptable, because it would have misleading implications. I don’t know-there might be some other appropriate political terminology out there that could be used to define the kind of tactic used in Eritrea.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Michael,

            While I agree with most of your points you made, I would like to stress it again that a coup is always a coup, whether it is intended to remove a despot or for political ambition. There is no different kinds of coups, as any removing of head of state without due process is always a coup. A coup is always appropriate when citizens are suffocated with oppression and are left with no room to fight for and the military become sympathatic to the pain of the public at large. So there is no need of looking a new terminologocal name for the nature of coup you would like to happen in our nation.


          • Ismail AA

            Ahlen Amanuel,
            I think that there can’t be gainsaid that constitutionalism founded on popular base of a society is preferentially desirable within the framework of normal evolutionary process of transformation under reasonable benevolent system of rule where citizens of a nation lead their life free from authoritarian pressure. Moreover, the rule of military cannot be a path to democratic transformation. The nature of running of their affairs is regimental and dismissed under pressure from the military, the ideological core of them is contradictory to what the military believes its traditional role – preservation of secularism. Mr. Erdogan and his party’s vision is based on political Islam stretching from Moslem Brotherhood. The military and its supporters in NATO are always wary about the tendency towards so called Islamization of Turkey. This fear is worsening by Erdogan’s struggle to introduce disciplinary rather than libertarian. So, I do not dare to contradict your views about undemocratic nature of military take overs and unlikelihood of becoming threshold to democratic transition.
            Having said so I would like to applaud you for closely following the events in Turkey in the past few days. You have the facts in order as I do because I have also followed what went on from nearby. Furthermore, it is true that Kemal Ataturk did not let the army to interfere in civilian politics when he lead the Young Turks to success and established the Republic on the relics of the Old Ottoman Empire. But the problem he left to posterity was that constitutionally endorsing the military to play role of guarantor of the secular system he established. Here is the contradiction: when you give a powerful national institution with monopoly to weapons and resources of violence constitutional right to grib power whenever it deems necessary or serves its interests, it is impossible to guarantee the stability and continuation of a civilian democratic governance. And historical developments in Turkey had proven the results of Kemal’s arrangement. Turkey has been suffering from coups in the name of preservation of secularism. The problem still persists on and the events of the last few days should read be red in the same context.
            As to the role of the current ruling party and its forerunner under the late Arbakan whose government was also changes in the constitution that undermine the traditional role of the military. He wants to create a presidential system that allows him to overrule the military, and render him a sort of absolute presidential dictator.
            The party has so far successful due to its alliance with the traditional merchant class as well as the growing middle class due to the economic success Erdogan’s party has booked in last decade. The last coup was foiled more by the civilian classes who have been benefitting from the economic favorable conditions rather than the popularity of the president who has been at loggerheads with the press and the judicial segment of the country. This could be seen from the united stand of the opposition parties.
            Anyway, we would be learning in the coming days and months more about this important events in Turkey.
            With best regards,
            Ismail AA

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Ismail,

            Thank you for your political wisdom. You have enriched the subject with additional prospectives to widen our views. And I am glad we are in the same wave length on the subject matter.

            Amanuel Hidrat

        • Solomon

          Selamat said,

          Pardon the interjection in your conversation with Aya AH.
          I just wanted to emphasise what I understood from your response when you said that this coup de tat is not a classic coup….
          I will emphasise in by asking you a question:
          Can you go further to state that the rebeling soldiers were not attempting a coup and that they were in fact giving or forcing a dialogue/choice to all institutions including the military, government and people?

      • Solomon

        Selamat Aya Amanuel,

        Could you please clarify and or elaborate your following statement for me/us. It is sounding rather vague to yours truly possibly due to missing the reading your utility within that context.
        Allow me to use SaliHJG as a crutch first by recollecting his ChrawaTa anecdote when the passer by suggests to him, you must run along the wuHij river in order for you for the river to hear you. The current events in Turky is indeed very significant and… As in groups, for example the iSEM and Horizon Military Academic discussion etc…, is not lost on me as well as it’s importance to the articles and Awate University and Saay as well as yours and all intention of guiding discussions in the thread…(I.e. need to catch up on my global recent news feeds…)
        Your statement for clarity:
        “Look, Turkey was one of the contextual and exemplary country for Valor and our own Saay’s argument.”
        Perhaps we will see Saay appear to join you and said for a trialogue…triangle offense, triangulation NODES….for a full court hoops Dubs73 translation as well…..

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Merhaba Solmon,

          The proverbial saying told by SGJ is always true in the Eritrean politics. So we have to take it for grant to say it again and again not only to permeate in the mind of the public but also for those who were not in the process.

          Second, the statement you quoted and asked me for clarification is simple, and it means as follows: Turkey was one of the three exemplery countries where there is a claim or argument that the military coup gave way to democratic transition and therefore would like to call it democratic coup. What the military did in those countries was, they enacted new constitutional arrangement where the army allowed to have institutional entrenchment in the constitution to intervene at anytime as guardian of the republic and the principles. All the Turkish military coup history are emanated from that principles, the Kemalistic principles Kemalistic

          • Solomon

            Thank you Aya Amanuel,

            By the process I am understanding the political process which includes righting the wrongs of the undemocratic process… It is broke there fore in needs fixing. Come to think of it I do recall your discussions.
            I am rather preoccupied with some specific catalysts, but I do see the validity of the coup rejection. Process clarifying…Thanks you.

    • Dear iSem,
      I think that the Eritrean Defense Forces and the Armed Forces of Turkey are not comparable, especially from the point of view of the role they play in the politics of their respective counties. Simlar to the Egyptian military, theTurkish Armed Forces is a strong military-political institution that indirectly controls the polical life of the country. If there is some level of democracy or civilian rule, it is because the military wants it. That is why it intervenes with coup d’etas whenever it think that a Turkish president becomes too independent and out of their controls. In Eritrea, on the other hand, the military is controlled by the dictator, a marionette he play with as he wishes. Senior officers are serving the dictator within the system, and they have no opinion in the way the country is ruled. Therefore, unlike Turkey, a military coup cannot come from the top, which is part of the system, but from below, from the disgrantled young officers and soldiers and civilian who are suffering under the dictatorship. It is the only existing possibility.

  • said

    Freedom is about the freedom to think. In ’s case, it is about the freedom to think critically about Eritrean lives and politics any without retribution.
    15-member organizations, a large Eritrean contingent of opposition, one hope that the second congress of the ENCDC will start with a good will, with 15 organizations can easily Build workable program and a long-term relationship is key for success and unity . This requires by opposition mutual respect and trust. Over time, the relationship should develop to include elements of good faith, transparency, collaboration and recognition of each other’s capacities and constraints. An approach of partnership between the opposition parties – in which multiple opposition groups accommodate each other’s interests – is often necessary for higher goals and to arrive at a mutually favourable consensuses outcome. This approach has to culminated in successful political agendas and projects that enjoy broad opposition support.
    If history is a lesson Eritrean opposition if still fractious and divided than ever. It is doomed from the start. One wonders what would take to have a common goal to unite them and if they are blinded to Eritrea to the real cause of our problems. hoped Eritrean would never see, disunity. Apathy and helplessness will set in. enough damage was already done. This wasn’t the first time. In truth, this has been going on a long time. Mainly throughout the last decade. It is widespread disbelief and destroying our national pride and the will of the people that the opposition and diversity of Eritrean would not unite under common goal is hard to contemplate.
    One positive element for most of Eritrean Muslims and Christians had lived harmoniously for generations.
    Ethnic and religious differences should not take place on a political dimension, causing bitterness and enmity for Eritrean on a scale will be unknown and not acceptable.
    Tiny minority Eritrean might feel free to express their intolerance and outright hatred to word ethnic Eritrean opposition.
    Opposition should be Setting aside their differences of simplistic argument.
    How divisions were created. As in the past will always be where a tiny opposition group hopes and dream to control, advance their position at expense of others and hope to take over and rules Eritrea of tomorrow. If they ever succeeded the worst consequences to come to nation phase two, simply put the phase two of IA. It will only create greater desperation and animosity.
    Some opposition behave like dictatorships overtly refuse to adapt policy to changing political conditions and current opinions.

    opposition needs to reflect that. they need to be creative and work together.

    Some opposition vociferously defended their view It’s a clever and simplistic tactic and disturbing process. responding to their tiny audience. And appear to be acceptable in their tiny public discourse in blaming the others. only serve to multiply our divisions exponentially—pitting the one opposition group against the other opposition group for that matter versus everyone else. And it’s an insidious version of not acceptable disaster. When no real problem truly exists. Or with will fix it and with cooperation can be done. Opposition linked to each other interdependently rather than dependently.
    opposition would be suddenly become the “saviors” of the masses, disenfranchised and dispossessed Eritrean, failing dismally to address people’s aspiration needs,
    But nothing much changed. Some wonders and would be the opposition political puppets they are controlled and often hidden or planted .my guess.
    Eritrean Tagdelty it took generations long to liberate Eritrea from Ethiopian colonial tyranny of Dictator Mengusto , as it took before that their forefathers to liberate themselves from the tyrant absolute king monarch HSLS of Ethiopia.
    opposition should reject fear tactic and reject hate approaches of any kind.
    should be Working to bring and strengthen democracy and inclusiveness and basic human rights. Stand up for the justices. It is commonly said that Justice is or should be “blind”,
    In the Christian tradition St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that, among all human pursuits, “the pursuit of wisdom is more perfect, more noble, more full of joy” than any other human enterprise. Opposition will be needing a lot of wisdom.
    As a first baby step spirt of reconciliation and unity and work toward a broader awakening among all opposition should parties in the 21 century in the age of enlightenment and Reason and fast moving technology ; in which reasonable opposition group should and could reasonably agree how and why they’d achieve more common goals and advance their Couse in a spirit of more by cooperating than by competing , and compete for a common good .
    Perhaps you’ve heard the expression We have met the enemy and he is us. If “some opposition they should question themselves” seem like vicious aliens to the compatriot opposition, they should not be surprised that they just might seem that way to them? One wonder whenever, the subject of Eritrean internal policy issue, it seems complicated and massy, it feels like catastrophes comes up, immediately comes to mind opposition, they do not seems to get their act together . Who I am to judge them? I am not in their place.

    On should repeat the EPLF liberation movement that transitioned seamlessly out of the Sahel into Eritrean government. that paved the way for self-determination. But never has there been a group that has failed so spectacularly as the EPLF did as a government. Just in short twenty-five years since we celebrated independence from Ethiopian. Nothing to show for.
    Eritrean have discovered that their own rulers can be just as brutal as Ethiopian. This is foremost a failure of EPLF top leadership lead by DIA and are guilty of crimes against humanity. And should know that they will ultimately be held to account. DIA had little to show for the bankrupt nascent state.

    Most Eritrean naively were Ture to the word diehard believer in independence, freedom, democracy, and strong Eritrean economies that hoped will flourish. It did not take long time before Eritrean lives have being upside down, confused Shock, sorrow, fear; grief, sympathy, angary at the perpetrator of the new state, Since the independence in 1991 and the current state of collective anger, depression is a realty
    Yes our dictators have succeeded in renaming tens of their streets of Asmara. what an accomplishment.
    He never acted against well known traitors for working with the Ethiopians regime. many Eritrean were subjugated and sees them as reminders of repression and brutality demonstrated of gone Ethiopia era.
    But DIA acted against his compatriot cadre swiftly ingratitude for those of those who tirelessly worked closely with him give a hoot, with no intrinsic value as a human being, dispensable and worthless lives. don’t DIA state crimes actually do those same things to Eritrean with increased repression day out day in. Eritrean still headed down the same destructive path together.
    The awful repression that DIA imposed on innocent and defenseless Eritrean with complete impunity, that have brought death and serious suffering to huge numbers of
    Eritrean. DIA IS ACTING like Louis XIV’s famed phrase — whether or not the French king actually said it — “L’état, c’est moi” (“I am the state”)
    For most of us, we all recognize Eritrean are and could easily be part of indispensable elements of a decent and civilized society. One has to avoid essentially, when the Eritrean failed state system is so broken, at that stage people they may feel they have little left to lose, they turn on each other.
    A certain number of people are dispossessed. They lose identity, self-respect and hope.
    They begin to base their sense of self-worth on their tribe, not their behavior. They become mired in their resentments, spiraling deeper into the addiction of their own victimology. They fall for politicians who lie about the source of their problems and about how they can surmount them. Facts lose their meaning. ignorant Heat replaces reality.
    Once facts are unmoored, everything else is or unmoored, too. People who value humility and kindness in private life abandon those traits when they select leader in the common sphere. Hardened by a corrosive cynicism, they fall for morally deranged and ignorant

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear said,

      What about putting as an article! It seems to me you have good observing ability but you may need to put well arranged article..I thought. anyhow thank you.

      • said

        thank you and I appreciate your thought

  • Sahle T. Mikael

    Does it strike any one as an odd situation when this people are having their meeting “Congress” in Addis Ababa, the capital of our countries enemy, is it because Ethiopia is the center of democracy or is there another reason. perhaps it is organized by the Ethiopian government, granted we have problems within our country but to state you are fighting for your people while meeting in the capital of an enemy whose army is poised to attack is very sad, during our struggle for independence both ELF & EPLF had offices in Sudan as well as other friendly nations but never would I have expected to be in the enemy lap and call myself a freedom fighter. Ask your self this questions. 1, Why is Ethiopia hosting this CONGRESS? 2, Who does it benefit the most 3, What are the optics of meeting in Ethiopia…..

    • Nitricc

      Hi Sahle; you ask!

      1, Why is Ethiopia hosting this CONGRESS?

      A== IN TPLF’S HOPE one of the groups will do what they couldn’t do; unseat PIA!

      2, Who does it benefit the most?

      A==The benefit? Wouldn’t you like free vacation somewhere in Africa? Free air ticket; free food and free hotel; well it is obvious who benefits.

      3 What are the optics of meeting in Ethiopia….

      A==The Topics are set by the Ethiopian government. No one can deviate from what the topic is set. They are told what to discuss, what toothless resolution to pass and who to elect as leaders. This all is pre-cooked
      and decided. and at the end “BeAwet Tezazimu” is closing remarks.
      here you have it, Anymore questions?

    • Yoty Topy

      Hi Sahle,
      Ethiopia nor its government is the ‘enemy’ of Eritreans . The enemy of Eritreans is the government in Asmara. If you are still making judgement under that misguided assumption then I am afraid you are looking at many years of impasse to come. Whether you like it or not if the Eritrean issue cannot be solved unless you address the nature of relations with the two countries. I think it is safe to say that these groups have come to appreciate this fact. More importantly, here is what I don’t understand : why should it matter whether it (the movement)is based in Addis, Kahrtoum as long as the end result is to affect change in the country.

      • Sahle T. Mikael

        The Ethiopian GOVERNMENT is an enemy of the State of Eritrea, to bring to your attention I would remind you that from the inception of the federation to our independence in 1991 it was an oppressive occupying force that oppressed and killed our people by the thousands that we had to fight a 30 year war and pay a high price for independence, and the current government have been as brutal as the last two. they have bombed our cities with their planes invaded our country and still occupy our land, during the border war they dug the bones of our fallen warriors and scattered them on the road. their battle cry have always been “We need Eritrea not its people” read their destruction of the village She’eb and the execution of the inhabitants of the village as well as over 30 years of systematic destruction and murder of our people. the Government of Ethiopia is a declared enemy of Eritrea.
        We have problems in Eritrea and we need to work together to solve them, but to expect the enemy has the best interest of our country is not a sound idea. receiving medicine from an enemy is to expect it to be poisonous. I am not against organizing but remember the quote “Be ware of Greeks baring gifts” they will do so to advance their agenda and not to benefit our country.
        It matters where a movement is based because the organizers will impose their agenda and those that fall under their spell will be subject to their decree and be nothing but puppets of the Ethiopian regime. if you don’t like the current Eritrean government then you would not have a government if it is made in Addis Ababa. they would simply impose their way and make us their subjects.
        I ask you to read the history of Ethiopian rule under Haile Selasie, Mengistu, Meles as well as the current government.
        I will share the atrocities of the Ethiopian government in coming posts.
        Peace to all Eritreans

  • Thomas D

    Hi Awate Forum/moderators,

    It is great that this website is performing really good in informing:

    – with news about our great people and lovely nation
    – letting us to debate issues of our concern and any issue for that matter
    – for being a front in our fight with worst dictatorship destroying our beloved nation and cleansing our people

    However, I have reservation on how you let some comments of your like pass and those you don’t agree with are deleted. I know this may sound unjustified allegation:) Here is my evidence, recently you have blocked my comment by stating that this website does not welcome or my comments are too harsh and are not alined with the guidelines of your website. Well, this sounds very strange to me. I can admit to you that my comments are bold also might sound a bit harsh, but so does Nitricc’s comments. Well, please do not let me to docuemt this to you because you will have his next comment to prove me right:) I advice against being selective on the comments that you receive from us. We are fighting the regime head to toe for the same reason so please try to understand this. This is a friendly open feed back from your brother. No hard feelings here.

  • Kokhob Selam

    ………..ተሳትፎ ሓፍሻ……………
    ጠንቂ ናይ ስቃይና ህግደፍ እንተኾይኑ:-
    ንህግደፍ ድኣ መን ኣምጸኦ ነበይኑ:-
    ካብ ‘ዛ ሃገር ደኸ ኣይኮነ ተሲኡ ሰሲኑ:-
    ሰብ ዝበልዕ ዘሎ ኣብሊሑ ኣስናኑ::

    ህግደፍ ካብ ህዝባዊ ግንባር እንተተፈጢሩ:-
    ህ.ግንባር ‘ ሲ ናይ ህዝቢ እንድዩ ነይሩ:-
    ይሕማቅ ይጸብቅ ስልጣን ተቆጻጺሩ:-
    ጌጋ ‘ዶ ኣይነበርን ምሕዛሉ ምጻሩ::

    ጠንቂ ናይ ‘ ዚ ኩሉ ኤስያስ እንተልናዮ:-
    ፍልይ ክእለት ዘለዎ ፈጣሪ ጌርናዮ:-
    ሓደ ውልቀ ሰብ እዩ ኣይንረስዓዮ:-
    ከመይ ገይሩ ወዲኡ ነዚ ኹሉ ዕዮ::

    ሓቂ ንምዝራብ
    ክንደይ ሰባት ነይሮም ዘገልገልዎ:-
    ሰብ ክጨውዮ ክቀትሉ ዝተማእዘዝዎ:-
    ኣርኪባ ቶም ግዳ ዋጋ ከፈልዎ:-
    ‘ምበር በይኑ ድኣ እንታይ ሓይሊ ኣለዎ:-
    ቦጅ ቧጅ እንድኣሉ ባዕሎም ‘ውን ዝብልዎ:-
    ግን ብሕማማቶም እዮም ዝተጸግዕዎ::

    እዚ መላኺ ስርዓት ዝተኣኻኸበ:-
    ነዊሕ ዝተጓዕዘ ብደም ዝዘቅበበ:-
    ነይሩ እዩ ጉድለታት ቀንዲ ዕድል ዝሃበ:-
    ጉድለታት መዝሚዙ እዩ ሓይሊ ዝደለበ:-

    ስለ ’ዚ:-
    እቲ ጌጋ ዘይሩ ዘይሩ ዝምለስ ካብ ኮነ:-
    ጌጋታትና ነዕሪ ንሱ እዩ ሕነ:-
    ህግደፍ ነይጸንሕ ቀደም ዝበርዓነ:-
    ብፍልልያትና እዩ ዝሳለ ዝቃነ::

    ተቃውምቲ ምኽሳስ ተለሚዱ ዘሎ:-
    ዕሽነት እዩ ሓወይ ግርህና ዝዓብለሎ;-
    ኣብ ክንዲ ምጽላም ብጎደለታት ዘሎ:-
    ባዕልኻ ተበገስ ሻምላኻ ኣልዕሎ::

    እወ ወገነይ ሓወይ ወዲ ዜጋ:-
    ስራሕ ‘ሞ ጽዓር ክትረኽበሉ ዋጋ:-
    ካብ ኢድ መላኺ ካብ ሓይል መንጋጋ::
    ፈንቂልካ ኣድሕና ሃገርካ እያ ጸጋ:-

    እታ ዑና ዑናና ርስቲ ዓደ ኣቦና:-
    ኣናጹ ከነጥፍእ ዶ ከነንድዶ ኮይና:-
    መጀመሬ ሕብረት ሓድነት ሰልፍና:-
    ኣትኪሉ ከይምክት ርሙስ ጸላኢና::

    ሓይሊ ጸላኢና ኣብ ኢድና እዩ ዘሎ:-
    ሓወይ ሕሰብ እሞ ጸገምና ነቅልሎ:-
    ፍልልያትን ኢዩ ዘናብሮ ዘሎ:-
    ከመይ ኢሉ ክነብር ንሕና ምስ እንዳሎ::

    ምክሳስ ኣቋርጽ ዘረባ ካብ ማዕዶ:-
    ህዝባዊ ዓመጽ እዩ ንምልኪ ዝውግዶ:-
    ቃልስኻ ዘርግሓዮ ኣይትጨማድዶ:-
    ተሳትፎ ሓፍሻካ ኣግፍሕ ኣዛምዶ::

    ኮኾብ ሰላም

    • yemane zecharias

      Hello Kokhob Selam,

      As usual, thank you for the beautiful poem and for the all-rounded message it conveys.

    • G. Gebru

      ክቡር ሃው ከምቲ ልሙድ ህውነታዊ ሰላምታይ ይብፃህካ።
      ተንቂ ናይዚ ኩሉ ኢሳያስ እንተልናዮ፣
      ፍሉይ ክእለት ዘለዎ ፈታሪ ጌርናዮ፣
      ሀደ ውልቀሰብ እዩ አይንረሳአዮ፣
      ከመይ ጌሩ ወዲኡ ነዚ ኩሉ እዮ።

      ኮከብ አነ ከአ ከምዚ ናትካ ክፍትን ኢየ።

      ብኪዳነምህረት በምኪኤል ይብሃል ከምዘይነበረ፣
      አቦታት መሻይክን ሞነክሴታ ትን ፀሎተኛታት ከምዘይ ተዘከረ፣
      ካብ ፈታሪ ሪሂቃን ረሲእካን ብቅልፅመይ ካብ ተባህለ፣
      እሳያስ ደአሞ እንታይ ዘይገበረ፣
      ከምቲ አቦታት ዘብለዎ ፈታሪ ነክቀፅኦ ዝደለየ ህዝብስ ልበ ደንዳና ገዛኢ ይህቦ ተባህለ፣
      ልበ ደንዳና እንታይ ማለት ኢዩ ከይትብለኒ፣
      ትእቢተኛ ትምክህተኛ ጨካን ማለት ኢዩ መስለኒ፣
      ኢሳያስ ከአ ካብዚ ሀሊፉ እንታይ ዝገበሮ አለዎ፣
      እዚ ሂዝናዮ ዘሎና መገዲ ካብዘይ ነፍኤ፣
      እስኪ ጋይላን ከበሮን ጃህራን ተእቢትን ትምክህትን አብ ተብፅህ ዘይብላ ብቅልፅምና ማለት ገዲፍና ንፈታሪና ከከም እምነትና መሀረና ወድአልና አብዝከውን አውድቀና ኢልና ብፀሎት እንተፈተና ተአራቂ ንክተአረቀና፣
      ኢዩ ዝመስለኒ ንኩላትና ዝህሸና።
      እዚ ወደሀንካ።

      • Kokhob Selam

        ክብረት ይሃበለይ ዝሓወይ G.Gebru

        እቲ ዘርኣኻዮ ሓቦ ዝድነቕ እዩ ::ግን ገለ ገለ መኣረምታ ኣለኒ: ንኣብነት ነታ ግጥሚ ናተይ ባዕልኻ ክትጽሕፋ ፈቲንካ: ነዚ ብምግባርካ ድማ ሃሲኻያ በዲልካያ: እቲ ምንታይ ‘ሲ ፊደላታ ቀይርካዮም : ከም ምኽሪ ናይ ካልኦት ጽሑፍ ምጥቃስ ከድልየካ እንከሎ ቀዲሕካ ኣጥብቅ ( copy and paste ) እዚ ድማ ንዓኻን ነቲ ጽሑፍን ካብ ሓደጋ የድሕን እዩ ::

        ብዛዕባ ግጥሚ ከነዕልሎ ዘለና ጉዳያት ክህሉ እዩ ተስፋ ይገብር ምቹእ ግዜ ክንረክብ ::

  • Ismail AA

    Selam all,
    A few things would prove the efficacy of the 15-member organizations that have been reported to have decided to hold the overdue second congress of the ENCDC:

    1. Can they assure their supporter of their unity and cohesion?
    2. Can they sell their commitment to hold genuinely democratic and transparent congress?
    3. Can they be committed to rendering the congress become a platform from which a trustworthy national opposition leadership would emerge, which could fill the existing leadership vacuum that has been haunting the grassroots obilizations which the recent mass demonstrations had manifested?
    4. Can they prove they would not be hamstrung by manoeuvres of the so called six-organizations as their sponsors?
    5. Can they establish determination to go ahead with their plans no matter what the host countries do or say?

    If those organizations would be able to answers these and similar questions, they would be in a better position to win hearts and minds of the expanding anti-regime justice seeker camp. Once this camp gets persuaded to see real representative and democratic national opposition leadership that is able to operate and manoeuvre within the framework of broader national interests and beyond the partisan interests of individual organizations, the vital forces of change would rally behind it. This means that the national project would set free from dependence on others for funds needed to hold the congress and resource for future activities because the bases would simply take it as their obligation to carry the financial burden in the same way citizens pay their taxes.

    Most importantly, the ENCDC or its member organizations should avoid repeating past mistakes. I mean dependence on aid from host country for congress expenses as well as running post congress operation. Experiences have abundantly
    demonstrated the danger of such mistakes – be it during pre or post liberation phases of our struggles, which as matter of fact is the same with experiences of movements elsewhere.
    Ismail AA

  • Sarah Ogbay

    Dear all,
    It is indeed discouraging to read that ENCDC would ask Medrek (Forum or Party?) for fund. Would ENCDC bow to medrek’s interests if it funds the congress? Where does Medrek’s financial strength come from? It is difficult to see any holy connection between these two entities.
    ENCDC has failed to rally the grassroots behind it. Instead its leadership opted to squabble and bicker in paltalk rooms and opposition websites. If the leadership was principled and committed it would not be begging from Ethiopia or Medrek to run a congress. I don’t think they woke up one morning and decided to have a second congress. It must have been in their short/long term plan. For Example, they could have used Geneva demonstration to raise fund etc. There was a lot the leadership could have done. But time was wasted in internal feud. Can this Council take us anywhere? I doubt it. But then anything is possible under the Sun!

    • Lamek

      Hello Sarah, there are only two ways that can bring change in Eritrea.

      1. A full fledged uprising within Eritrea, as in the Arab Spring.
      2. A direct attack from weyane.

      There is absolutely no other way. So you can forget Medrek, ENCDC, or whoever else. But the are useful for two things, namely helping organize mass demonstrations and awareness in the diaspora thereby stripping off PFDJ of its source of some hard currency and also helping PFDJ get further isolated as in what the Dutch govt has been doing and the US’s refusal probably has a little to do with opposition lobbying.

      But I hope you are not too naive to think that these opposition groups can do anything else. Most of them just want to put their names in the history books of Eritrea by holding some offices but in my mind aside from what I listed above, they are not very useful.

      • Peace!

        Hi Lamek,

        “A direct attack from weyane can bring change” Really? I mean what kind of change are you talking about? My friend it is good that you have mastered your grammar and your writing skill, and now it is time to read good history books and start to make some sense.


        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Peace,
          I do agree jobs should be done by us, Eritreans. don’t expect someone else will do for us as they have their own problem. Now, Ethiopians are busy in building their nation, and still they are facing internal problems and conflicts. they are so advanced, even they know PFDJ is sending and organizing enemies Ethiopians said external force is not the main cause and we should tackle it within. Yet, they know they should also reply to some extent to PFDJ and they seldom do that. If one day they will find it is important to take major action over PFDJ that will be only for their cause not for us. In this case it is up to the opposition on how to use it for their advantage.

          Now, what Ethiopians will do is not in our hand.. if it was we could have convince them to leave Badme, the cause that is prolonging PFDJ’s life so far.. what we should do is our homework. And we should have clear stand on that,,enjoy this poem bellow,

          . . . . . ንድፈኣዮ !!!. . . . .
          ይብልዎ “ውረድ ውርድ!!” ካብ ስልጣን:-
          ወይ ዘይምብሳል ዕሽነት ወይ ዕብዳን :-
          መዓስ ደይብዎ ብጃዊ ብዕጣን :-
          ወይ ‘ውን ብቆጽሊ ብስርዓትን ምርጫን ::
          ክድይብ እንከሎ ክንደይ እዩ ኣሕሊፉ :-
          ክንደይ ጀግና እዩ ብገርሆም ኣርጊፉ :-
          ርእሲ ብርእሶም ኣጋሪፉ :-
          . . . . .. . . . . .. .ነገር ጠላሊፉ :-
          . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ኣዕጽምቲ ጸፋጺፉ :-
          . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ሰሪቁ ዘሪፉ :-
          . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ኣጥርዩ ዝድግፉ :-
          እሞ ምውርድ ዶ ቀሊል በቲ ዝደየቦ :-
          ዳግማይ እንጥፈኣ ክወርድ ነይዓጅቦ :-
          ነቲ ዓሻ እክእዝዞ ምስ ህዝቢ ከደባድቦ :-
          ምበር ቅዱስ ዶ ኾይኑ ንምሕረት ክሓስቦ :
          ይቅርሬታ ምስገበርናሉ ብባህሊ እንዳቦ :-
          ኣበይ እሞ !!! ሕሉፍ ገበናቱ ዓቅሉ እናጽበቦ :-
          ፍርሒ ኣንቀጥቂጡ – ዲያብሎስ እናጋለቦ ::
          እወ :-
          ብሰላም ዝደየበ ይወርድ ምናልባት :-
          ብሰላም የልግስ ብግርማ ብኽብረት :-
          እንተ ‘ቲ ዝደየበ ደም እናፋሰሰ :-
          ብሓይሊ ከይተረመሰ – ዕደ ኣልገሰ ::
          የግዳስ በቲ ዝደየቦ መእንቲ ከይወርድ :-
          በቲ ሓደ ሸነኽ ንድፈኣዮ ናብ ጉድጓድ ::
          ኮኾብ ሰላም 14/07/2014

          • Peace!

            Dear Kokobail,

            Thank you for the beautiful poem!

            The more you read; the more you get confused and saddened. I think the famous word “CHANGE” needs to be defined first before jumping into a discussion on how it should safely be achieved. It is rather shocking to see people think an invasion by a neighbor country can bring change, and perhaps this where the problem lies that people are not fighting for the same Eritrea. By the way, do they know TPLF itself is fighting for its life as the uprising flaring into full-scale and threatening all-out civil war?


          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Peace,

            Thank you for reading. Go ahead in describing “change” and I will definitely come back to you. Regarding TPLF I don’t know to others but I knew and I know what and how the party called TPLF works as I know also PFDJ. Don’t ask me about any provision that I master – I may not be good enough since most of the lessons I got are after the limit edge I should get all . But when comes to those political parties my knowledge is so deep I know every step they will take in advance.

          • Peace!

            Dear Kokobai,

            Sorry been a bit busy with Jummah prayer, following the ongoing coup in Turky, and I am in ATL for EMC convention. Anyways, when people preach for change, I usually think it is about defeating PFDJ and build a stable and democratic Eritrea that can be achieved only by its own people. Calling TPLF to do the job is simply shows people have no clue about history of the country and the consequence of direct invasion. Even TPLF will not do it because it is not interested on stable and democratic Eritrea.


          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear peace,
            we are all following what is going on in Turky, it seems the coup is failed.

            Now, I am no more interested to hear about TPLF from anyone in this universe. that is nonsense talk at this time. it is a hiding cave and let me tell you one truth if there is any development in Eritrea, that will change PFDJ it will never be worst than PFDJ. No bad will come to Eritrea than to be under illegal group. is that okay for you? I am sure you are from legal family and you have legal contract with you wife and wish the same for you country. Stop talking about TPLF and let you and me go armed now to remove PFDJ. if you don’t then let the devil come and remove PFDJ and keep quite.

          • Peace!

            Dearest Kokobai,

            The thing is the devil is not capable of doing anything productive except messing things up exactly as a real devil would indulge itself by not being good for itself, let alone to others.


          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Peace,
            So, what is the best! doing things honestly, isn’t it. that is another heroism , be in peace within and start thinking what is good,
            enjoy good morning Sir,

          • Hailemariam Tesfai

            Dear Awate team-Selam

            I liked this article better than the one that was written some three months ago which described the 6 opposition organizations as “six group entities” *” ጉጅለ ሹዱሽተ ህያዋት/ኣካላት ” “ستة كيانات مجموعة” while calling the other 15 as “15 political organizations”. Now the nomenclature was upgraded into “organizations”. which I say is a progress or change of heart that should be acknowledged. Besides, when asked who those fifteen organizations are, your answer included 2 of the 6 organizations and listed thirteen others. That was either distorted to deliberately mislead the public or it was an “uneducated guess”. Your description of the state of ENCDC is oversimplified, and you need to be honest with yourselves and the Eritrean people. We are all in a deep and complex dilemma, and Awate team taking side on the issue is only going to complicate the issue leading into a long term crisis and debility.

            We had 16,300 Justice, and democracy demonstrators in Geneva in June the 23rd in support of the inquiry commission, but there was no united opposition leadership to score a record against the regime. Whatever conference, or congress ENCDC or Medrekh, and or to use your own term other “entities” decide to hold, it better be a comprehensive, and last one that unites (includes) or all political organizations, civic societies, human right activists, and representative from all cities, and towns of the diaspora. Anything short of this will not succeed, and will complicate future events, and opportunities, and will also prolong the suffering of the people of Eritrea.

            Dear Awate brothers; I just wanted to drop, a short opinion, and I may not continue to debate and respond to the thread for I am planning to share my experience with the public in a short period of time. I am simply and honestly sharing my opinion. Thank you for the reflection, and announcement, but there is nothing in it to convince me that we can do better by repeating the same mistakes that brought us into such stagnation!

            *the google Arabic translation may not be exact”


      • Thomas D

        Hi Lamek,

        The truth is whether we like it or not, change is only coming if the weyaneg take action upon the Eritrean regime. That is the only way forward if change is needed to come very soon. With the scare tactics the regime is playing, it will take time for those naive once to understand and stay with the game and proactively respond to the regime’s tactics. So, my friends one day the weyaneg will be very angry and they will say once and for all “Hulum neger wede tor ginbar” and crush the regime mercilessly. This is the fact and I am telling you with bold print. You could try to tell me the weyanes do not have power to do this and all, but I know for sure they have the capacity to crush the dying regime in a very short time. Thank your for reading me.

      • Thomas D

        Hi Lamek,

        The truth is whether we like it or not, change is only coming if the weyaneg take action upon the Eritrean regime. That is the only way forward if change is needed to come very soon. With the scare tactics the regime is playing, it will take time for those naive once to understand and stay with the game and proactively respond to the regime’s tactics. So, my friends one day (I am hoping in a short time) the weyanes will be very angry and they will say once and for all “Hulum neger wede tor ginbar” and crush the regime mercilessly. This is the fact and I am telling you this with bold print. You could try to tell me the weyanes do not have power to do this and all, but I know for sure they have the capacity to crush the dying regime in a very short
        time. If the wyenes start fight the regime seriously even those who ethiopian opposition residing in Eritrea will join the weyanes. I know the mentalities of Ethiopians. There is nothing more annoying to them
        the regime in Eritrea. Thank your for reading me.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Thomas and Lamek,

        Can you try to justify this from the Ethiopian government perspective? What would be the gain / benefit from Ethiopia interests? Ethiopia being host and key member of AU, now member of SC, and lead in IGAD, representing Africa at G8 and aspiring to be middle income country with significant ambition developing its economy (towards major manufacturing because if it’s low energy, huge labor market, strategically positioned), it’s high tech development plan and world class Airline system. Yes it has challenged but if you two are head of the Ethiopian governments, NOT to mention the legal viability, and its ramifications (as to removing a UN recognized government)


      • haileTG

        Hi Lamek…my reply is pending. disques played up again:)

    • haileTG

      Selamat Sarah,

      It is hard to take seriously any organization as a “national” if it doesn’t have $220,000. Normally, I’d expect an organization that aspires such a grand position to be talking in terms of few million dollars. If there are 500 staunch supporters then the above target is $440 a person. Beyond that, fundraising should be a job that is properly taken care of. In all honesty this type of fund starvation is chronic across all organizations and communities. Where very few succeeded to make some progress, there is always someone to troll along and pocket the money for personal use. Money and material resources are obviously an organization’s security assets. ሓደ ለማኒ’ሲ ንግሆ እንዳለመነ ክኸይድ እንከሎ፡ ሓደ በዓል ፎርኖ ዝሓደረ ኬክ/ፓስተ ይተኹበሉ። እቲ ለማኒ ድማ “ዋእ ሎሚ ሮቡዕ’ኮ እዩ፡ እዚ ደኣ ናይ ጾም ዘይኮነ” ይብሎ። ወዮ በዓል ፎርኖ ውልዕ እሊዎ “እንተደሊኻ ጠንጥኖ’ዶ፡ ወይለይ ንግሆ ተንሲኤ ሕልበት ክወቕዓልካ ድማ ደሊኻ” ኢሉ ኣፋኒዎ ይብሉኺ። It is better to fund raise smartly and over a long term than in a confrontational and out of power and say type of way.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear haile TG,

        I really don’t know what is going on and I can’t swallow such an organization couldn’t manage such small amount. This shows there is admin problem problem – their movement is limited and they are not capable of handling the be cause. There are so many ways to let an organization be rich specially being a political organization. first the organization has taken years so far and it is not even a new since it is a collection of fronts and parties. It seems to me we as people should jump now and help them to make them strong in all fields – They are supposed to have even a business department also. the universe is rich and the party should play it correctly to have it’s part. Money should be a problem only in handling it and using it properly for peace and development of the nation buy by no means should a party has shortage at all. this what I believe.

        • haileTG

          Dear KS,

          You are spot on when you say ” Money should be a problem only in handling it and using it properly for peace and development of the nation…” The pervasive and chronic lack of finances does show that they are limited in their network, lacking in imagination and and poor organizationally. Small amounts like that can be raised through a coordinated campaigns of socials, auctions, direct contributions, small scale trade and marketing, public solicitation and services…. In the long term and for the organization’s day-to-day running, several solid sources of finance and other resources could be developed. Unfortunately, the approach is always unimaginative and I suspect the trust issue might also be a factor. Embezzlement is rather a serious problem throughout our society as a whole.

  • Ahmed Idris

    $220000 would have built 10 schools for rge Eritrean refugees in the Sudan. ..

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Ahemed Idris,

      Not bad Idea. but by investing this amount in making successful meeting and uniting all fronts and parties aren’t you preparing good ground to have thousands of schools in Eritrea? isn’t better to close the chapter of all ugly stories we face and let our people go back to their country.. Just I thought. ካን ዶ ህዝብና ኣብ መደበር ስደተኛታት እዩ ዘልኣለም ክነበር?

      how about asking, how much PFDJ is spending for spying and killing one man outside the nation? long history to be told. How about the amount those corrupted PFDJ leaders are using? Wait, how much is the price of one soul, who is lost in sea and deserts? thousands of questions to ask..

      the amount above is nothing if it is invested wisely – we should lift the moral of those who are trying their best to get solutions I think. after all their are Eritreans paying 2% still and that is a huge amount that let PFDJ survive, I hope you are not one of them.

  • Desata Tella


    ዕለት: 13/07/2016

    ሽግር ኤርትራዊያን ብምንታይ (ከመይ) ክፍታሕ ይግባእ?

    ንልዕሊ 25 ዓመታት ሰረት ሒዙ ዘሎ ሽግርን ጸገምን ኤርትራዊያን ብሰንኪ “ጉድለት ሕጋዊ ምሕደራ” ዓብይ ሃጓፍ ብኸመይ ይፈታሕ?

    ጸገምና ጉድለት ሕጋዊ ምሕደራ ካብ ኮነ

    * ኤርትራዊያን ሓበራዊ ዕላማና ንዘሎ “ግዕዙይን ዘይሕጋዉን ምሕደራ” ኣሊና ብቑዕ ዝኾነ ሕጋዊ ምሕደራ ብምቓም ሃገር ምህናጽን መነባብሮ ሕብረተሰብና ምምሕያሽን ክኸዉን ይግባእ።

    እዚ ዕላማዚ ንምትባር ኤርትራዊያን ኣብ ሓደ ተጠርኒፍና ዲና ክንሰርሕ ዝግባኣናስ?


    ዝተፈላለያ ዉድባትን ዝተፈላለየ ዕላማታትን ሒዝና “ስልጣን” ንምሓዝ እዩ ክንሰርሕ ዝግባእ?

    *ነዚ ሕቶዚ ግቡእ መልሲ ምስ እንህበሉ ጥራሕ እዩ መፍትሒ ወሪዱና ንዘሎ ሽግርን ጸገምን ክንረኽበሉ ንኽእል። ስለዚ ኩላትና ኤርትራዊያን ነዚ ገዳይዚ መልስና ክንህበሉ ይግባእ።

    ናተይ መልሲ ንጹር እዩ * ኤርትራዊያን ሓበራዊ ዕላማና ንዘሎ “ግዕዙይን ዘይሕጋዉን ምሕደራ” ኣሊና ብቑዕ ዝኾነ ሕጋዊ ምሕደራ ብምቓም ሃገር ምህናጽን መነባብሮ ሕብረተሰብና ምምሕያሽን ክኸዉን ይግባእ። እዚ ዕላማዚ ንምትባር ኤርትራዊያን ኣብ “ሓደ ተጠርኒፍና ንሓደ ዕላማ” ክንሰርሕ ይግባኣና ስለዚ ኣብ ሓደ መኣዲ ብምቕራብ ንህዝብና ወሪድዎ ዘሎ ኣዚዩ ሕሱም ዝኾነ ጸገም ሕብረተስብና ሽግርን ጸገማትን ንፍታሕ!

  • Michael Tesfamariam

    Well, $220,000 should have been spent in purchasing one Drone that could hit Asmara Palace.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Micheal Tesfamariam,

      Then what? say the Drone his the palace what will the mass again, will PFDJ go by doing so?

  • Solomon

    Selamat AT,

    Well, we aught to look for Osman SaliH Save THE SECOND. 220 Racks is a drop in a bucket. Missing a cup of coffee a day for a few days by the diasporas could take care of that. Then, ENCDC would be subservient to Eritreans. Heck, through a couple of KJ Jams. The JebabelAgdoHut would be the only drag force. But then, we have Medrekh plus the Six for another frontal attack and Smmmret we can hold at AdobHa in a later time.
    Two years to plan… Long term planning– not bad!