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Eritrea-Ethiopia On June 20, 2018: Martyrs’ Day Observances

That the wisdom of PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia being evident by now is to state the obvious. His rapid response to the Asmara regime when it pronounced it was sending a team to negotiate peace between the two neighboring countries is obvious that the man is as genuine as they come. What is also obvious is the generational gap in substance and leadership style, which couldn’t be any starker than that of Ethiopia when compared to our “self-anointed ruler” for the last three decades. To get an adequate picture of the two speeches, textual and contextual analysis must be invoked. In a country like Ethiopia where patriotism and nationalism have had deep roots in the psyche of the population for generations, no wise leader would attempt to just erase that powerful force with a strike of one speech. He has to maintain some measure of nationalism catchphrase to put the people at ease, keep them in their elements. Otherwise, he runs the risk of losing the overwhelming public support that he enjoys without which he cannot transition or lead his people to the greener pastures. Thusly, he is gently introducing notions of Pan Africanism.

Those who mindfully listen to PM Abiy Ahmed, variants of Pan Africanism concepts are subtly inculcated seemingly fleetingly in his speeches. For example, in the first speech PM Abiy gave when accepting the Algiers Agreement without any condition and extended the olive branch to the regime in Eritrea, he called it by its rightful name, the Pan Africanism (PA). In subsequent speeches, however, concepts of PA come in a form of economic cooperation with neighboring countries like Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, etc. Or as in the response he gave to a question that was asked by his colleague during the parliamentary session in which the issue of border peace with Eritrea was discussed; his concepts of PA are getting more pronounced by the day. Now, he is openly saying these borders are nothing than artificially demarcated by colonizers.

How different is PM Abiy’s leadership style than his predecessors?

The proof is right there in the putting. Whereas the previous two PMs gave a lip service to the Algiers Agreement by simply stating they agreed to it in principle, but talks must resume to flesh-out details, PM Abiy’s approach was hammering the border issue not only through rhetoric but by following it with deeds. The corollary to such dogged insistence is what we are already seeing on the ground in real terms showing results. One will be wise to remember, TPLF, under the late Meles Zenawi’s leadership, sold Ethiopians the war of 1998 using nationalism and patriotism as the motif, most Ethiopians were on board instantly. At that point, most Ethiopians lined up with the TPLF led government. So, the half-hearted lip-service from the late PM Meles Zenawi and former PM Hailemariam stems from that mindset that informed their political arrogance equivalent to their foes in Eritrea.  Both – Ethiopia & Eritrea – operated under the rubric of nationalism run amok. For example, the uprooting of the peoples of the two countries becoming casualties of jingoism colored with arrogance on steroids is a case in point. Such being the unfortunate and sad recent experiences between the two countries, seemingly in whispers now, PM Abiy is introducing the concepts of pan-Africanism and thereby slowing down the hyper-nationalism and hyper-jingoism rhetoric.

PM Abiy’s Ethiopia knows he has one potent-potion that he can use to taper-down these nationalistic and patriotic rhetorical devices that served the previous PMs of Ethiopia and that continues to serve the regime in Eritrea. Of the few nations in the continent that can carry that message of Africanism effectively and with credibility is Ethiopia; its history positions it to lead the rest of the Horn of Africa and hopefully beyond via the vehicle of Pan Africanism.

So, now, in his recent speech to the Parliament and subsequent speeches, PM Abiy is adding notions of the border not only as arbitraries but that they were the outcome of colonizers (ቀኝ ገዢዎች) – The artificial nature of the borders in Africa he has called it by its rightful name. These kinds of elaborated schemes and articulating it convincingly as he invoked the people by their identities giving them their humanity. Highlighting when necessary such that of Oromos who live on both sides of borders in Ethiopia and Kenya. How these nationals vote on both sides of the border because these people, for all intents and purposes, are one and the same. Little by little PM Abiy is playing the educator-in-chief as he elucidates to the public the damage the Scramble for Africa that Europeans have wrought. And that we are foolishly continuing to fight and kill each other for the arbitrary demarcation that the colonialists designed. He is essentially saying these are nothing more than fools’ errands hatched for us by alien entities and to keep killing each other when we can use the simple economic arithmetic of addition instead of division. Using the former we will all prosper and following the latter, we will be poorer. Effectively, this is just a variation of ‘united we stand, divided we fall’ theory akin to what Pan Africanism (PA) is all about. Lacking such an understanding has paid a handsome dividend for the West and lack of appropriating the concepts of Pan Africanism continues to wreak havoc all over Africa and beyond.

Brief Textual and Contextual Analysis from the Home Turf

Now, consider the 20th June speech from home turf. Any man who appreciates presidents like Trump, which is how the speech began, is a man who has not only the propensity for a dictatorship but is a bona fide tyrant to the core. The kicker is he has the temerity to denigrate the previous administrations of the US, which is his typical style of pointing fingers of blame to the outside world without apportioning any responsibilities to himself as a de facto leader. Likewise, he does the same with Ethiopia’s two previous two administrations to elevate PM Abiy.

This kind of rhetorical strategy is geared to two kinds of audiences inside Eritrea and the diaspora supporters of the regime. On the former, he is appeasing the ultra-nationalists who would continue to buy his rhetoric that will give face-saving mechanism where they can fool themselves into believing all the misery of the last 18 years were not of the regime’s own making. As such, it was worth the undue and the irresponsible damage the man and his cohorts have caused on the country and its people. Rather, it was the outside world that always tries to pummel Eritrea, but, by golly, against all odds, Eritreans always prevail. The same sentiment serves a similar purpose on those who are in the diaspora who have been blindly supporting the regime; yet another face-saving mechanism so they may continue to believe in the wisdom of the man, and the hooray reaches feverish pitch as we have been made to witness. Ironically, some in diaspora are already breaking ranks from the opposition and joining the chorus, ready to bow to the very defective structure that brought the untold and endless miseries to Eritreans and continues to do so as we speak.

In the context of this article taking an opportunity to delineate and unambiguously what must be stated is this: There needs to be a clear distinction when it comes to nationalism and patriotism. Those who spared their lives between 1961 to1991 irrespective of what the circumstances were in which they paid the ultimate price for the nation-state yet to be born; those who felt duty-bound to defend their nascent nation between 1998 to 2000 were martyrs all the same. They were patriotic to the core and should be remembered as such. The worrisome part is those who take refuge and invoke patriotism when they should resort to reason. Some wrap themselves under the flag others under the territorial integrity hymn to spew their hate of a people who otherwise are brethren with whom they have had a long history of blood ties. To be sure, there is a time when one should wave a flag; scream “my country right or wrong”; defend the homeland from foreign invasion to the death. Eighteen years later, for the regime in Eritrea to come out and spew a gut level hate toward a Front with whom he made a Faustian bargain and brilliantly forced one of the most powerful armies of its time is something worthy of finding a reconciling tone. A leader who came to power by default and a man who had shown no interest in the welfare of his people cannot be expected to show any hint of magnanimity, so the two-bordering population may go back to the way they lived their lives. To pin one’s hope on a leadership-by-bulldozing is not only destructive but irresponsible to the core. The kind of a homemade tyrant we have is evilly capable of using jingoism to a hilt because it does the trick, He is a scoundrel and a good snake oil salesman to the core. A scoundrel will use Tigrayan people as his boogie men to stay in power if he has to. The false narrative of patriotism that spews from the PFDJ-land is nothing but a refuge for these handful rogues. There is nothing these thugs can say that will make one believe they are patriots like the thousands upon thousands who genuinely loved their country, have been and continue to be because they cared and continue to care about Eritrea and its people. Just as the same can be said about the way that the young Eritrean men and women were when they went to the battlefield to protect the sovereignty of the nascent nation.

Cautionary Note to PM Abiy

Unlike Abebe Bekila’s marathon in Japan or subsequent marathons that Ethiopians have won, this political marathon PM Abiy is taking has real-life implications. The magnificent and impromptu demonstration in support of PM Abiy that we observed a few days ago, though historic and fantastic, it, however, needs to be soberly analyzed and assessed. What if PM Abiy was harmed! Imagine the chaos that would’ve ensued. This is not to minimize the death of the innocents, but harm to PM Abiy would’ve unraveled the country, if not destabilizing it entirely. All of the incessant and non-stop actions without giving the public a chance to process it, the pace of changes taking place can be, not only dizzying but disorienting. This is not to say PM Abiy should go at a snail pace – like you know who – but just give people a chance to theorize.

Some heartfelt suggestions I read are worth not only noting, but also worth heeding to because the speed at which PM Abiy is traveling can get into a collision course, the outcome of which can end up hurting the country and its people: why jump when sprinting can do; why run when walking can do. PM Abiy, the educator-in-chief needs to give people time to process the changes that are taking place. Give the experts a chance to assess, analyze, and synthesize what’s taking place, which will help to inform their positions.

These are not ordinary times. Seemingly abruptly a political-monkey-wrench was dropped on our region that nobody saw coming. To say that we were caught by a surprise would be a mother of all understatements. What Ethiopia’s new PM, Dr. Abiy Ahmed has been doing for Ethiopians is awe inspiring. A brief overview of what has transpired since June 5th, 2018 should suffice for context. Addis Standard reported that Ethiopia has accepted the border agreement with Eritrea earlier this month. According to Addis Standard, “[a]fter a day-long meeting by the 36 Executive Committee members of the ruling EPRDF a statement released by the politburo said Ethiopia will fully accept December 12, 2000, Algiers Agreement, a peace agreement between the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia, which established a special boundary commission.” This news is now too old of a news, considering what has transpired since then as far as Ethiopia is concerned. Needless to say, a response from Eritrean regime was eagerly anticipated. Eritrea’s willingness to send a six-member-team to Addis to negotiate the peace agreement was announced two weeks after Ethiopia’s willingness to honor the agreement. This is certainly a step in the right direction. But, the nature of politics in Eritrea being what it is, cautious optimism is all that one can utter at this point. Any further analysis will be nothing more than conjectures, assumptions, and presumptions, which will only prove to be an exercise in futility.

Beyene Semere of SBS Radio interview of Dr. Mussie Tesafgiorgis on the border issue that was broadcast this morning was a wonderful treat to listen to. These are the educated lot whose voices have been rendered silent for far too long because of the boisterous few. And the void that the educated sector of our society left behind is creating a space for those loud-mouthed – ignorant – people to dominate the conversation. Please listen to the interview–this kind of conversation must happen if we are going to begin to see Eritrea of the future. Eritrea that is at peace with itself, with its own citizens, with its neighbors – Eritrea part of the global community.

NB:

Here are two comments from the Awate Forum, they succinctly captured what many are feeling about the looming danger the PM Abiy may unwittingly be subjecting himself, and in turn the country and the people he cares about:

“He is the leader of a section of this world, not the leader of “The City of God” if I could borrow St. Augustine. One of my favorite dictum of “Realism” goes: “Man owns immortality for his salvation here-after, the nation doesn’t own immortality for its salvation is here or never.” May God bless and protect the young PM!” (Paulos, 6/23/18)

“I would love to see a little slow down in the process of change not because I am being conservative due to my old age but wanted to share my two cents observation from Kurt Lewins book which eloquently elaborates the advantage of gradual change. If PMAA is to take a method of gradual change it will allow him to focus on some aspects of change in times where he feels the need to give time to let go of old habits.” (Kbrom, 6/24/18)

About Beyan Negash

Activist, a writer and I am a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Language, Literacy, and Culture at New Mexico State University (NMSU). I hold a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in TESOL from NMSU as well as a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from UCLA. My research interests are on colonial discourse and post-colonial theories and their hegemonic impact on patriarchy, cultural identity, literacy development, language acquisition as well as curriculum & citizenship. The geopolitics of the Horn of Africa interests me greatly. My writings tend to focus on Eritrea and Ethiopia. I have been writing opinion pieces at awate.com since its inception (1 September 2001).

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  • Saleh Johar

    Hi Abi,
    Hullet sost Derg era tankoch mereqebbet 🙂

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Awatista, the first priority of PM Abiy is to ensure the interests of his country and government. I think, however, he does understand the suffering of the Eritrean people under the ruthless dictator Isayas Afwerki was not due to the now ‘defunct’ ‘border dispute’, but to the malgovernance of the pfdj thugs. If PM Abiy continues to ignore the suffering of the Eritrean people and works entirely for his interests, then he risks the good will, love and support that he is now enjoying from the oppressed Eritrean people, at least from the Eritreans who are outside the realm of the pfdj regime.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Abraham; you said ” then he risks the good will, love and support that he is now enjoying from the oppressed Eritrean people” Really? Why do you think he gives a flying hoot about you and the rest likes of you? Dude, control your self, PMAA is a PM for Ethiopia and Ethiopians and he ought to the Ethiopians to work for what is the best interest of Ethiopia. What in the hell do you think he is going to care about you? What a toothless you are.

  • Blink

    Dear all
    Ethiopia will start exporting crude oil through Dijubuti pipe line . The PM just announced. The total number of dollars will be at 1 billion per year , enough to finalize some projects and enough to lose up some needed hard currency shortage done by TPLF .

    • Amde

      Selam blink,

      That would be nice, but I think what he announced was exploratory drilling for commercial viability. We are ways out from exporting crude.

      Natural gas through Djibouti will happen much sooner before crude.

      Amde

      • Blink

        Dear Amde
        It is a good news to the PM government and it can help the people in a great way too

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    Osman and Yemane visited the Industrial Park in Hawassa. Wonder if this was in script or in a spur of a moment. If Isaias okayed the green light for them to venture out, Asseb must be on the table. YG is almost spot on.

    • FishMilk

      Hi Paulos. You say that ‘Assab must be on the table. YG is almost spot on’. LOL. Assab has always been there for Ethiopia to use but it will FOREVER remain Eritrean. You TPLFites are really going crazy now that your swan song is being played. If you ever decide to leave your Western comfort, maybe you can open a KFC outlet in Adigrat and sell chicken on the go to Eritrean truckers passing by.

      • Paulos

        ሃለውለው ኣይትበል

        • @george

          Dear paulosina

          “Assab is an economic issue not political” PIA. You know, it is sometimes good just not to say anything. Your Woyane boycotted the ports, even when United Nation suggested that was the easiest way to bring much need aid food to Ethiopia. Of course you know the story, tplf rejected it, instead they opted, to use Djibouti port much more expensive and not to mention the slowest. But what can I say you and your friends Berhe….abrham …aman… like a gambler with a bad luck always missing the point and always propagating misinformation.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Fishmilk,

        If someone disagree with you or with the Eritrean government you simply call him “TPLFites”. Wow! You can’t debate on our issue without bringing TPLF. I am afraid how deep “TPLF” has affected to the psyche of some Eritreans. Please ተመን ዝረኤስ ብልሕጺ ተዳህለ አይተምስሎ ጉዳይና:: ኤርትራውያ ብዛዕባ ጸላእትና ዓጀውጀው አይንብልን ኢና:: አቦታትና እንታይ ይብሉ “ዝገብር ነዲኡ ነይነግር”:: When you call your own brothers and sisters who disagree with you “Wayne”, they will be feeling proud when their name is always floating in the Eritrean political vocabulary. For God sake please avoid it when we debate on the Eritrean issue. You are not helping to the Eritrean issue.

        • Abi

          Selam Ato Amanuel
          You need to translate all the Tigrinya part of your comment into English if you want Dr/Mr Fishmilk to understand the whole point.
          Had you paid close attention to Fishmilk, by now you would have learned that he doesn’t read Geez.
          How do I know this? Sometimes I pay attention!

        • FishMilk

          Hi Amanuel Hidrat. You say ‘Don’t make Eritrean bravery a laughing stock’? My Eritrean brothers and sisters are not people whose autonomous nervous system is set to: 1) Always denigrate anything Eritrean, 2) Always defend the TPLF, and 3) Always justify or glorify the TPLF. Any new to visitor to this website can immediately identify the large lot of TPLFites (including yourself) who are now grumbling and whining as your swan song plays out – ‘Hell hath no fury like a scorned TPLFite’.

          • Blink

            Dear FM
            Please bring someone to good with meditation skills because the guy is already on critical level due to the collapse of TPLF.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei Fish.
        Assab belongs to Afar nation.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dr Paulos,

      Of course everything is scripted from their boss, either arranged from the beginning or later consulted him,if it is okay with him to tour the industrial park. I am sure they will not take them to military industry like they did to the military officers of Mozambique and Burundi few last year. The border issue is already taken to the back of the burner. Yegermal.

      • Abi

        Selam Ato Amanuel
        I’m not surprised that you never paid attention to Ras Abi, the resident political analyst at awate. I told you before the border issue will be sitting on ” stay warm ” burner. Never get hot to the point of solving it or doesn’t get cold to the point of being forgotten. ምን ይገርማል ?
        Next stop for the delegates is GERD. As Haftna Abrehet predicted they will share their expertise on dam building.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Abi, i am sorry to break it to you but GERD is dead with arrival of 3BN dollars of the Arab countries. I thought you were” the resident political analyst at awate”? What do you think the catch is when they gave you 3BN dollars? As far as the delegation goes; I think it will take time. PIA hates to rush things and he is terrified with unknowns. Till he knows what exactly is going to happen; nothing will get done unless he is changed due time ticking away and he is convinced that he needs to do this.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei Amanuel.
        The fake military industry is woyane-thing and it is the past thing. By the way the fake military industry is another way how to extort many for woyane generals who couldnt share the cake from the tplf corrupted system. Woyane Generals too need luxury life like any corrupt woyane leaders, dont you think.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Mitiku,

          You can hate Wayne, but you should not deny the military industry as Ethiopian national asset, that will eventually boost your national GDP. The production of the industry is already in the market in the continental Africa. Be proud of your national assets that are playing in the economic development of your country. The assets that are running in your country, whether they are established during the emperor or Derg or during EPRDF governments, support or oppose them, you have to embrace them as national assets. Do not overlook this facts.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Amanuel. I have been a follower of Awate for many years now. I was blocked for challenging Awate editor. But that hasnt stopped me from reading awat.com and comments like yours, Haile, Hayat and Yonus when he digests the speech of PIA.

            I appreciate always your stand and the reason you give. The big but here is that I can summarize it YOU UNDER ESTIMATE WOYANES CORRUPT NATURE. The industry is just a bogus which was supposed to show the supremacy of Tigrians in Ethiopia. You dont know how many billion birr they wasted on that project. Now METEC is under a meticulous scrutiny.

  • iSem

    Hi awate:

    PMAA first makes peace with his people, PFDJ only makes peace with Ethiopia
    PMMA first made peace with his people by deciphering their heart beats, by courageously admitting the corruption, the crimes of his own party. He followed his rhetoric with actions. Then he elevates the peace to his country enemies, and received Eritrean delegation composed of the usual entourage, a foreign minister and his minder, Yemane
    Few days ago some one told someone in the forum to the effect of: the overtures of peace and forgiveness that PMMA is channeling has been already said by an Eritrean Bitweded Abraha 25 years ago. And we know what has happened to him

    So what changed now, why do IA and PFDJ accept the words of peace and forgiveness from Ethiopia and not from their own. PMAA intention are good, may he succeed, but Eritreans need to think about the behavior of their government before tripping over themselves about the peace process, that in may not benefit them. The most important question is why is that PFDJ, IA and their supporters here are mute about the overdue peace between PFDJ and the Eriran people.
    The war between Ethiopia and Eritrea was bloody and PMMA seems to say, never again, let us make peace lest were repeat the mistakes of the past. But the war on the Eritrean people is still going, and is bloody. The war between the countries is “WAS” The war on the Eritrean people by PFDJ is “IS”. PMAA is highlight so there “WILL” not be war and PFDJ is ignoring the ongoing war.

    We hope the peace deal is successful, but the Eritrean people, the opposition must not rest on their laurels, they have to read between the lines. Swaddled in the peace deal, we are given an opportunity to defeat those who want to defeat Eritreans and by this I do not mean the we emasculate Eritreans that we heard from the extreme side of TPLF, but the insidious, the ones among as.
    Time to remember Tesfay Temnowo, who said this

    አብ ትሕቲ በዓቲ ተአሲረ ኸለኹ ኢሳያስ ብዛዕብ አተዓብያይን መተዓቢተይን መጻዉተንይን አጥቢቁ ሓተተኒ።
    አነ ድማ መንነታይ አጠራጥርዎ ከይክዎን ኢለ፡ ዉሉድ ወዲ ዉሉዳት ሙዃነይ ብዘይማተእን ብሰፊሑን ጽሒፈ መለስክሉ
    ድሒሩ ከም ዝተርዳኣኒ ግን ኢሳያስ ካብ ደቂ ባት፡ተወሊጀ ከምዝፈቱን ብጾት ከም ዝጠለመን ተገንዚብ።

    An add I saw a few years ago went like this; opportunity may come in a pink slip or saddling a whit horse. Opportunity has come to the Eritrean people donning a peace garb with Ethiopia, but we should not be fooled solely by the word PEACE, this peace may destroy us or maybe a catalyst for our century old yearning of liberty, our dream of authoring our future.

  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam Hope
    Good points. Lets not forget there is a difference between command economy and one man command economy.

  • sara

    hello awtistas–
    just returned from EID holidays last Friday , and started immediately to read the awate forum articles and commentaries by the respected forumers… wow too much to read , about what is going on in the region.
    how was Eid for you all , as for me Eid was great in awate land we had all the good things of Eid.. families.. gathering (at-least with those still at home) feast ,, and the people there send you their best wishes to all of you in diaspora… and with the advent of peace with our neighbors they hope eritrea will be having prosperous future and they wish all of you to return home to contribute to further development of the country.
    in brief the message from they gave me says to you all is – your real HOME is only in your OWN country.

    • Blink

      Dear Sara
      I know you remember the Gold for Food just like the Iraq sadam time oil for food thing. In 2013 legend has it , it was advised that Somalia and Eritrea monitoring group were advocating for Gold for Food , all these bla bla lies still with out a single evidence to show now , here we are looking at Oromo prisoners telling their stories about how Weyane cut their two legs while osman Saleh and Yemen Ghebreab dancing in 4 kilo. What a difference? I mean do the Eritrean soldiers in the Trenchs know about the past evil plan of Gold for food ?

  • Amde

    Hello Awatistas,

    Kjetil Tronvall – noted Ethio/Eri scholar is reporting on twitter that there is agreement on land swaps. I.e. Irob vs Tserona etc….

    Amde

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Amde and all,

      Which song was the PM talking about Teddy Afro something to do with 3rd maEzin ?

      Berhe

      • Paulos

        Selam Berhino,

        I don’t think it was Teddy Afro that he was referring to. I think, it is a script writer as in a movie script. If I am not mistaken.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Paulo,

          I wasn’t sure and assumed Teddy Afro with all that “fiqir yashenifal” theme.

          But would be interesting to know what he was talking about.

          Berhe

          • saay7

            Berhe:

            I think he was trying to say “Hoyena hoye” and settled for that song which is played in እንቁጣጣሽ. There is a Teddy cover of abebay ‘ho ( gize lekulu ) with very Abiyish lyrics ስንኮራረፍ ጠላት ይስቃል. Maybe that one?

            saay

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Berhe,

            The PM said “sost meazen” and he said “eyut” so I don’t think it was a song. There is a movie by that name. A harrowing story of migration through the desert, sea etc. It is on you tube. Perhaps he is talking about that?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abrehet,

            Thank you, I think you are right. I just saw the trailer on youtube. Did he say he wrote the story? I will defiantly see it this weekend.

            In his response to IA when June 20th speech, he did mention the death of young people in the desert should be over, he wanted to see the people live in peace in their own country.

            I am beyond words…if his frame of thought was like that already, that he cares so much for the people dying in the deserts and high seas, where they were abounded by their own government but he wanted to do something about it and end it.

            He truly is a humanist. God bless him. I hope he finds someone of this equal on the Eritrean side.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            Was watching the speech Yemane made at the Palace and he seems to be forcing himself to say the word “Love” as he later jokingly said that, he doesn’t want to steal it from the young PM as it is his signature.

            Felt weird to see him talk about the kinder and softer side of humanity. Hope the young PM’s message of love cuts deep through Isaias’ cold heart.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            I saw that too and felt the same way. I can see that, he probably never heard that word in Eritrea and he probably never used that word himself until now, unless he told his children “I love you”.

            I think it’s good that he even admitted it as not “his own” and gave the PM the credit he truly deserves.

            I don’t expect IA to change his heart, because he has none. One guy said to me yesterday, love changes if you are human, Isayas is a devil “sheTan” and will not change him.

            You know Paulo, God (or call it Karma) works in mysterious ways …I have a prediction that he will not live long to see and enjoy the peace around the corner or what ever that come about.

            Here is from MS and Gheteb melqes:)
            እዋይ አንታ ኢሳያስ፡ ሓደ መዓልቲ ሰለም ከይረኻ፡
            አብቲ ትሕጎሶሉን፡ አብቲ ትዓርፈሉን፡ ቁጽይ እባ ኢልካ፡
            ነዞም ወያነ ምስ ሰዓርካ፡ እዋይ ተዘሚትና፡
            እዋይ አነ ተካል፡
            ኤይ ኤይ ኤይ

            Berhe

          • Now inc.

            Habeshas don’t say “I love you” to their kids or spouses. That’s a Western thing.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Nowinc; “Habesha don’t say I love you?” You must be one of the best MEGESEM ( hahahahah I learn that recently) in the history of awate-forum. what do you to your wife or whatever? wow.

          • halafi mengedi

            Berhe,

            As one of my friends put it, IA kurats sheytan aykonene (is not cut from sheyta).

            Sheytan was cut from IA.

            Hm

          • iSem

            Hi HM:
            This reminds me of a poem by the late Dr. Russom (RIP). I know I have slaughter it, it is from memory
            ሰይጣን፡ ሰይጥና እንተበልዎ ክንእድዋ ክጻወትዎ

            ሓቂ መሲልዎ

            ኢልዎ ንሰይጣን ኣነዶ ንስኻ ንጉብጣን?

            እትም ሰባት ሰይጣን ሰይጣን አይትብሉ

            ወሪድዎ ሰይጣን ፍጥረቱ ኮንዎ

            ወዲ ሰብ ኣሎ ሰይጣን

            ከም ተመን ተዕዃሊሉ

            ኣብዛ ዕለም ሰላም ከይህሉ

          • Paulos

            Selam HM,

            In my opinion, he is the most cruel person the continent has ever seen where Idi-Amin or Mengistu pale in comparison. No kidding!

          • Abraham H.

            Selamat Berhe Y., “You know Paulo, God (or call it Karma) works in mysterious ways …I have a prediction that he will not live long to see and enjoy the peace around the corner or what ever that come about.” ኣፍካ ይስዓር’ዚ ሓወይ! I have so indescribable hate to this devil that is tormenting my people for so long, and thus I’ve been waiting for his demise for many years now. I hope to live to see he is no longer ruling over my country Eritrea; though I’m a little over half of his age, we never know how long we live in this world.
            If someone ever died because of hate and disrespect they have of other person, it would be me:-)
            May God give eternal peace to our people!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abraham,

            I am sure a lot of people feel the same way. Even compared to Mengistu and Deng, how he killed the ministers quickly and announced their death right. As cruel that it is, it’s a quick death for the victims, closure for the family (even thought its painful).

            How this guy treats his own people and his fiends, how he painful it must be everyday denied contacts with human, only 1 hour a day of light, hands and feet tied, they can’t move, they can’t sleep, their can even scratch and let them die a slow painful death.

            Berhe

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Berhe, the evil guy and his henchmen have been doing and will continue to do their misdeeds as long as the good people of Eritrea are silent.

          • iSem

            H iBY:
            I am not about MS but this is how Gheteb, th Adulisian will cry
            አንብሰ ናቅፋ አንበሳ ዒላ ዒሮ

            አንበሳ ኣዶሊስ

            ወዲ አፎም

            ወዲ መድህን ዋዕሮ

            ሻቦኻ ከድካ ዓዲ ኩልትና

            ሕጹብ ምዓንጣ

            ክምህ ዘይትብል እንተላይ ንሞት

            ንኺድ ጥራይ ዶ በልካ

            ንዎያን ምስ የ እትኻ አብ መንቀራቅሮ

            ሕጅውን ከም ትማሊ ክትንስእ ኢኻ

            ክድሃሉ ጸላእትኻ

            ዳግማይ ክሰግዱ

            ሓዉ ን የሱስ ክብሉኻ

          • Amde

            Selam Berhe and Abrehet,

            It just so happens I listened to an interview of Tewodros Teshome. He describes himself as the full-director and half-writer of the movie “Sost MeAzen”. The other half, he says is Dr. Abiy.

            Apparently Dr. Abiy has a robust relationship with the art community, and it is not unusual for them to bring their scripts to him to discuss. He gives them critique and sometimes even edits them. There was another interview by Aster Bedane, actress writer and playwright, where she describes him as easily accessible and a friend of the art community.

            Tewodros says his original script had the typical protagonist/antagonist roles laid out between Ethiopian and Eritrean. He says Dr. Abiy suggested he re-write it instead with the Ethiopian and Eritrean characters as protagonists, and the situation that forced them into their hardship as the antagonist. Based on that feedback, the script was completely rewritten.

            Tewodros also says the movie is a Part 1. There is a Part 2, which he says was heavily Abiy’s work. They are trying to get Part 2 made asap.

            I have not seen the movie but i guess now it is important.

            Yes Berhe, i know the feeling of being speechless with Abiy.

            Amde

          • saay7

            Amde:

            Hmmm. But why would Abiy be in a loss of words for something that familiar to him? Did he not say ምን ይባላል/ምን ይሉታል? Why would he whachamacall it?

            Your info on his membership in the art community is extremely helpful and here’s why. Yesterday a very good friend called to express his disorientation at everything happening in Ethiopia. He loves it, he follows it obsessively but he doesn’t understand it. I have him my lecture about signifiers and their absence here and I told him to just imagine Oprah is in charge of Ethiopia and ask yourself “would Oprah do this?” And the answer so far is “yes!” Now I just have to replace Oprah with another name: John Lennon. “You May say I am a dreamer; but I am not the only one.” And the people said “damn right!”

            saay

          • Amde

            Hi saay,

            I think he was at a loss on the Tigrinya word for እንቁጣጣሽ። Which I don’t know either – it is just ቅዱስ ዮሀንስ I think.

            The casualness of his relationship with the art community is astounding really. He has a couple of books published himself (under pen name ድራአዝ – speculation is the letters stand for the first names of daughter-daughter-himself-wife) But Aster Bedane’s description is about how accessible he has been to the arts community.

            The Oprah thing is almost right, except he is a trained soldier and hardball politician. He just forced out the top two Sidamas (Shiferaw Shigute – SEPDM Chair, and Dessie Dalkie – president of Southern Region) in the country for the unconscionable Sidama pogrom against the Welayta a couple of weeks ago. So, velvet glove – iron fist.

            Could anybody have written this script? Somebody said the collective productivity of the Ethiopian diaspora is at zero because we are all looking for the latest.

            Amde

          • saay7

            Haha Amde:

            So, what I heard you say is the Oprah thing is perfectly right:) Don’t you think she made equally tough decisions to get to where she is?

            The man is Trumpian in his message control: he will do something and while you are reacting to that he will say something and before you react to it, he will do something else.

            Thus, the urgency of Elias Amare’s message to the adherents of the PFDJ faith ( ተኸታተልቲ ምእመና ህግደፍ): we don’t know what to say, do or believe; even the two high priests (Elias and Ghidewon) don’t agree: so it is best that we shut our mouth and wait for directions from our bosses. It is democratic centralism without democracy.

            Meanwhile, out in the other side of the world, PFDJ had another delegation defending its miserable record to the Human Rights Council and, for the first time, didn’t cry about Final & Binding.

            saay

          • Amde

            Saay,

            Still laughing about Oprah. Ante tenkolegna..

          • saay7

            Amde:

            ….Meanwhile….

            Our Eritrean delegation, who have been in self-created isolation for 20 years, have paid a visit to the family of the late Meles Zenawi to pay their respects; and the Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh, who was once a teacher in Adwa met with Meles’s brother, who used to be a student. This report according to Merkeb Negash, fairly reliable on TPLF-related news.

            Just imagine if two months ago, there was news that one member of Eritrean opposition had done the collective heads of hgdefites would have exploded. Semere T would have written an entire post to say this is why the Eritrean people have rejected the opposition (I think he conducts survey monkeys of the people weekly.)

            Can you imagine living a life where one guy–whether it is a Mullah, a Pope, or a Dictator–tells you what is Halal and what is Haram. The PFDJites have willingly submitted themselves to a medieval code which I find very sad. Who would choose mental slavery when freedom is free?

            saay

          • Amde

            Saay,

            Maybe he was thinking of asking for his old job back? One of the myriad photos of pro-መደመር rallies is of a placard held high with a picture of Isayyas AfWerqi and caption “እኔም ተደምሬያለሁ” Methinks this may be an Eritrean plant.. haha.. why not .. this is silly season…

            TBH that is rather decent of them.

            So, The Great Unveiling. (Of the precooked package)

            A month? Two Months? An እንቁጣጣሽ surprise?

            Nitricc has staked a claim on the toothy and the toothless . But there won’t be much gnashing of teeth. IA acolytes will proclaim whatever comes out as victory. Average Eritreans will just be grateful we will be moving on to new dramas. Ethios will be happily adding up the መደመሪngs.

            What say you?

            Amde

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            You’re kidding? Right?

          • saay7

            Paulos:

            Nope. Google “Merkeb Negash Twitter.”

            saay

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Saay, I don’t think even in my wildest dream the guys you mentioned ever have paid a visit or have the gut to do so, to the families of those deceased members of the G15 or other prominent Eritreans who’ve been languishing in their fox holes for years if not for decades.

          • saay7

            Selam Abe:

            Part of the PFDJ narrative, and all Maoist organizations for that matter, an ethos Gheteb calls “Eritreanism” is to bend backwards to show that no family relations, no religious relations, no “subnational” affiliations matter: all that matters is “nationalism.” In fact, according to “Eritreanism”, the two are inversely related: the more “nationalist” you are, the more indifferent, nay, the more contemptuous you must appear to be to your familiar, religious, ethnic kin. A person who shares the “nationalist ideology” (whatever its iteration as defined by the Definet, his excellency IA) is dearer to you that anyone else.

            So how does this manifest itself? When Minister Askalu Menkorios refuses to ask “what happened to my husband?” and says Nkhid Tray! That’s nationalism. When the brother of journalist Dawit Isaac wears Isaias Afwerki t-shirts? That’s nationalism. Eritreanism at its best!

            But what happens if an Eritrean who is in the nationalist camp is arrested? The way it did with Bitweded? G-15? Abdella Jaber, Mustafa Nurhussein? They have no instructions for that so they retreat into total silence and “revolutionary iron discipline.” Until they get the መምርሒ that the nationalists are actually traitors. But, if they are rehabilitated, then the relationship resumes (it was just on pause for 10, 20 years) because it’s all about nationalism.

            So, no, they have not. And if they accidentally ran into them, they would run away to the opposite direction because showing humanism can make them suspects who did not show revolutionary iron disciple እዞም ተወላወልቲ

            By the way, Abe, EriTV showed the Eritrean delegates in Addis but the only audio we were allowed to hear of the visit is (a) music of the dancing wrlcomeing party and (b) reminder of what IA said in his Martyrs Day address. So all the music and dance was triggered not by Abi but by IA. Please make a note of it 🙂

            Saay

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            As our Awate-resident-cool-dude-Amde would say it, this is Gold! Thank you really.

          • Saleh Johar

            Dear Saay,
            Teach the stone heads. Educate the by serving them succinct and piercing analysis. Maybe one day a few will absorb a fraction of it. It’s dipressing that they don’t even know how to be good nationals or nationalists. Warped they are and they are bound to remain so until it comes home to them but until then they are not only chewing sand with the teeth of others, they are gronding rocks with it. An excellent summary. Thank you.

          • saay7

            Haha Abuselah:

            Abuselah, remember the ተሳቢ license plate on the rimorchio of the tow trucks? It is pointless to argue with that: you have to argue with the driver. That’s what I am doing:)

            And did you see his aytantis in Addis? Osman Saleh and Yemane Gebreab turned to mush with a few words from Abiy. This is probably the first time they heard somebody (who is not a hostage or a dependent ተሳቢ of some sort ) actually say nice things about them in 20 years. Is there a doctor in da house to tell us how a compliment transforms people used to be told how terrible they are? Today, they went to the industrial park in Addis and they are acting like people who used to visit Asmara from Hagereseb, back when Asmara didn’t smell like animal skin. You know, like Keren:) 🙂 🙂

            saay

          • Paulos

            Selam Sal,

            Here is the closest to the diagnosis: Tacotsubo Cardiomyopathy. It’s kinda ሓደ ሰብ ብሃንደበት ጽቡቕ ነገር ሰሚዑ ብብዙሕ ታሕጓስ ልቡ ክሓምም’ከሎ። In fact some people can die from it. Close enough?

          • saay7

            Paulos:

            That will do. I was going for ፋራነት (Osman Saleh said the Ethiopian industrial park “this is the BEST example of developmental Africa.” God knows what he will say in Hawassa.

            saay

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            Oh he said that? He actually looks older than I thought. Perhaps, the inevitable is catching up with him. I would say, it is a big relief for both of them as they sported a big smile which is hard to fake.

            Only heaven knows what went through their minds when they visited the Industrial Park where it stands in a sharp contrast to the ብጽፍርና philosophy they both internalized to the extent of coming short of affording a plane to fly on much less a mega industry.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Amde

            “I think he was at a loss on the Tigrinya word for እንቁጣጣሽ። Which I don’t know either – it is just ቅዱስ ዮሀንስ I think.”

            If my ለማ በገብያ level Amharic is right:

            እንቁጣጣሽ – ገልገለ-መስቀለ
            እንቁጣጣሽ፡ እንኳን ደህና መጣሽ – ገልገለ-መስቀለ፡ ደሓን ተቐልቀለ

            Just doing my part to bring the two people closer 🙂

            Semere Tesfai

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam paulos
          Yes u right , it was tewodros ashanefi.
          But the song he was referring is teddy afro’s song.

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            I think you are talking about Qey Bahrachin song by Teddy.
            ውሀ ቅዳ “ውሀ መልስ” ሆነ ነገሩ

      • Nitricc

        Hi Berhe; I have seen the promo and what I seen is, there were a group of refugee who were crossing the Sahara and one of them collapses due to extreme heat. One of the refugee refuses to leave behind the fallen one. The other people were urging his to move on and he replies by saying ” I will never leave an Ethiopian behind” and one refugees tells his that he is not Ethiopian but an Eritrean. the man shoots back ” There is difference, it does not matter, I am leaving him behind” So, that all I have seen and I have no idea what the rest is. However, it is about a bunch of young people crossing the Sahara desert.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Nitric,

          That is what I just saw. I can guess the theme of the movie. Last weekend, I was a movie “Human Flow” about the refugees fleeing their countries from around the world, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Eritrea among others. Right now, there are over 67 million people displaced in Africa, Europe, Middle East, and other places and how the flow will continue.

          After watching the movie, there was panel discussion and they were talking about how Canada and other western countries need to do more, like accept more refugees, more assistance etc. and how this is the new norm.

          That did not go well with me “the new normal”, I mean if one looks at Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, S.Sudan, and now Yemen, Palestine alone they probably amount close to 90% of the those affected. And all was made due to man made issue, be it the US, or the dictators at their respective countries such as Eritrea.

          How can those countries accept this as a new normal, where they could have stopped this at the root level rather than trying to fix the refugee crisis which has no solution.

          And I see Dr. Abiy approach from that angle that, he has now the ability and the opportunity to solve this for Horn of Africa and that would in small ways address some of the issues our people are suffering.

          I really am speechless.

          Berhe

    • halafi mengedi

      Amde,

      Good outcome, isn’t it? Feel relieved since I ve harped so much that IA would be willing to give up on Irob….lols. This also means, border will be demarcated or at least the lines will be agreed (?).

      Hm

      • Amde

        Hi hm,

        It definitely would be good. But he is retracting, blaming Reuters for a mistranslation.

        But I think it will happen. The PMs rhetoric and charm offensive suggest this could be almost a not-a-big-deal.

        I had a friend tell me a couple of weeks ago that Ethiopian Airlines would start flying to Asmara in July. I told him he was crazy – but now it looks like that could be a distinct possibility. What is an Irob and a Tserona compared to commerce?

        Amde

    • Blink

      Dear Amde
      Don’t count kjetel Tronvall , the guy is not an expert nor he has anything to say about land swap. You have to read his second tweet about the land swap.

      • halafi mengedi

        Welcome back Blink.

        Hm

  • Selam All,

    We should rejoice the great habesha madness. Too much ado about nothing over the last 20 yrs. We are told without any shame or apology that the border was/is after all not important, and all the sacrifices of the people at the borders, and young eritreans who paid the madness with their precious time wasted in trenches, lives lost in deserts and treacherous seas were all in vain, due to a dictator’s whim and arrogance.
    Dia will receive the accolade of a peace-partner, and everybody will be happy and satisfied, with no responsibility asked. His supporters are already rejoicing, and they are calling him the “winner”, preparing themselves for the day they will celebrate their victory in harnet godana. This world is an unjust place.

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Horizon,

      That is how things (tragedies) end up when people become afflicted by real or imagined fear of the other irredeemably framed in they vs us mindset. Such unfortunate fraility leads them to submit to any devil they consider as one of their own and give away in full awareness their God given humanity and conscience of discriminating right from wrong and justice from injustice. In the process they place themselves at the losing end of the equation.

      That is the way the injustices and heavy prices the Eritrean people had suffered and paid due to the senseless border war the despot had ignited could be explained. Families of 19,000 dead and the thousands injured and the numbers missed in action are going to be overwelmed and silenced by dust storms cheering crowds of regime will unleash when the despot decides he needs to call on them to sign him as winner by way of celebrations. That is what dictators do refresh their grip on the minds and souls of zealots.

  • Kaddis

    Hi all –
    Word has it there is a special flight scheduled to Asmara from Addis tomorrow. Space permitting I could …:-)

    • Amde

      Selam Kaddis,

      ይቺ “special” የምትለው ቃል ትብራራልን። 🙂

      Amde

      • Paulos

        Selam Amde,

        Feels like 1930s, “Extra, extra….read all about it…….read all about it.”

      • Abi

        Amdachin
        You are kind of slow today. የበርሄ ባህሪ ተጋባብህ?
        The special flight is the one taking the delegates back to Asmara.

        • Amde

          አቢቲ

          አንተ ደሞ

          What is so special about people going home to say በ አወት ተዛዚሙ?

          I was thinking the “special” might be the cargo..

          Methinks Asmarinos like Saay and Paulos might give Kaddis assignment on where to go, what cappucino to sip ወዘተረፈ.. ተትረፈረፍ ተረፈረፈ..

          • Abi

            Amdachin
            I love reading about cargo of any kind including chat for the toothless General Nitricc and his toothless buddies.

            The deal is we will wire them a highly desired juice from the GERD farm in exchange of cargo space.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Abi, throw in Gojjam there to sweeten the deal and we will give all the helicopters; you know the MI35 back to you no questions asked. When I say Gojjam, I am saying for Eritreans the right to farm.

        • Nitricc

          Hey Abi, hahahahahah,”You are kind of slow today. የበርሄ ባህሪ ተጋባብህ?” lol okay. I heard it is on Saturday. Is it true?

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei.
    The great leader of Eritrea is not satisfied if not disappointed taking into consideration his interviews and speeches about Ethiopia. According to the grand plan from his highness leader of East Africa PIA that it was his new oromo, amhara etc opposition groups with antagonizing interest (by will of the great leader) supposed to have been marching in Ethiopia and soon after the great leader repeating his speech the way he did in 1991; this time not the target being Tigrians no more amhara for the time being. Then they shall be given a lesson for betraying the great leader. This plan was almost a stone throw away taking into account the ethnic poison initiated civil war engulfed Ethiopia except Tigray. Remember when Badme problem came into life the bombing was on Mekele. So it was not about border.

    And boooooooooommmm this spoiler descended from out of the blue. What greatness left now, even the virtual border shall be crossed by any so called Eritreans and Ethiopians. Nothing left to compare the peacefull Eritrea vs the cvil war torn Ethiopia. If Ethiopia is in peace like Eritrea what Eritrea could show the world the success it has achieved from the piece the great leader has secured and the grand plan of self reliance.

    In fact if the PM continues with his reform in other words he is declaring war against any dictators not only in Eritrea but the surrounding countries. At least this is the way the great leader has understood it. He doesnt care what Ethiopians could achieve from this new PM but the consequence, the contagion effect at home into Eritrea. Eritrea has been content with itself and its leader and the spoiler is declaring war again the regime of Eritrea. Mind you the PM has not eve have the faintest idea tha he is disappointing the great leader.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. How should Eritrea’s diaspora tax issue be dealt with in the future? My feelings are that for those that have not paid their obligation, that some form of clemency program, such as only having to pay prior 3 year tax obligation, should be implemented. With the border issue laid at rest, financial support to Eritrea, for non-military purposes, will be crucial during the short to medium term. Transparency on how this money will be utilized? Eritrean living INSIDE of Eritrea, especially demobilized Armed Forces, will demand such!

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Following closure of the border issue, Eritrean opposition (dis)organizations will need to give Eritreans living INSIDE of Eritrea the time and space to move forward with much needed Government reforms and accountability. Of paramount importunity will be job creation and financial support to accommodate demobilized Armed Forces.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. PM Abiy needs to urgently hit the TPLF and Associates where it hurts the most, in their financial pockets. Investment permits/business liscences of TPLF & Associates businesses should not be renewed without critical review. For example, land which they have grabbed under investment guise and not developed over the past three decades, should be reclaimed by Regional Land Administrations Offices and made available to other potential investors. I see Oromia region is already demanding a review of investment lands that have been allocated. Diffuse the TPLF’s concentration and PM Abiy’s initiatives will move forward more easily.

  • Hayat Adem

    Hi Aman,
    There are times I embody twice Emma about some jokes. Of course, you can’t be serious with this but you may as well be and that maybe is exactly bordering my concern and care for you.

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Awarista, here I’m again to alert you with my observation regarding the trip of pfdj delegation to Addis. The Eritrean tv, Eri tv mentioned the visit briefly by showing a couple of old still pictures of Monkey and Osman Saleh. Nothing of the fanfare and warm welcome they recieved by their Ethiopian hosts was shown on Eri tv. That is how pfdj operates, not very different from the North Korean regime; the North Korean people were given a report of the recent summit of their dictator with Trump two days after the event.
    ርኣዩ በሉ አዞም ግኑፋት እንዳ ህግደፍ ነዚ በዓል ጽቡቕ ግብሪ ዶክቶር ኣቢይ ኣሕመድ፣ ከይ ጀመሩ ኢዱ ሰይሮሞ! ኣየ በዓል ኢሳያስ መሃንዘል ትገብሩ!

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Abraham.
      They are expressing that the border issue is insignificant to the majority of Eritrea unless the confrontation brings an excuse for postponing everything to the unknown future while the present is serving the dictators and their closer ones.

    • Desbele

      Selam Abraham ,
      Good observation.
      Peace , love and reconciliation message doesn’t yet arrive to pfdj’s cruel heart.
      # of migrants to Ethiopia *
      20 June — 110
      21 June — 98
      22 June — 100+
      * source: Dr. Bereket Berhane – interview with Assena.

      pfdj and stooges: Okay you won woyane. Free prisoners and stop national slavery!!

  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam @george,
    My comment was on President Isayas’ interview on the financial crisis and its effect on Ethiopia’s flower industry. I didn’t say anything on any investors in Eritrea. However, thank you for the “factual information” you just shared: there were two to three companies interested in investing in the flower business in Eritrea. They refused to partner with Isayas (as usually required). They got a better deal from Ethiopia. And there were no reliable direct flights to Europe. Aimed with the facts that you kindly shared, I am very optimistic about the future for flower business in Eritrea. I am not too worried about the feasibility study. The business colleges in Eritrea have produced scholars that can do the feasibility study incorporating the new conditions: Ethiopia is getting crowded so Eritrea might offer a better deal. If you notice the area near diga Adi Halo and Gerset, only a very small potential area of cultivation is being used. And as confirmed by Hagerawi Dehinet, direct Ethiopian Air flights are to be expected. What a wonderful future we have. Our flowers will fly and our cultivators will walk and they will all meet in the Netherlands.

  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam Hope,
    I don’t know what Amb. McMullen said. But you raise one more point that PM Abiy can learn from President Isayas. You see Ethiopia sold bonds, to raise money for its mega projects. The cost and revenue etc, are easily measurable and at some point the bonds will mature and we will see whether Ethiopia will be able to pay or have a promising enough economic growth to re-issue another set of bonds. On the other hand Eritrea sold war bonds. If one asks for interest payment or full maturity value, then it shows lack of nationalist loyalty. If one gives up and sues, then he loses the undefined maturity value of land and houses. The unquantifiable maturity value of hope for one day owning land and/or house cannot be given a monetary value. Hence, Eritrea cannot default on the bond. Moreover, Eritrea has the genius idea of confiscating everyone’s cash when it faced liquidity problem. As I said before, our wise leaders have a lot to teach the young PM.

    • Kaddis

      Selam Abrehet –

      I always meant to say – Ethiopia didn’t lose ‘Genda’ = ‘Assab’ as Aboy Saleh call it but people like you! I am happy I waited to say it until this amazing comment of yours.

  • Peace!

    Hi Abish,

    ገደልከኝ ገደልከኝ ውይ ውይ ….

    Peace!

  • Abraham H.

    Hi Alex, you cannot say these two servants are seasoned diplomats when the only thing they have done throughout their career is to convey the messages and orders of their master.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei.
    Now i am speechless by the deeds of this God sent PM of ours. Since he appeared from the sky til now he doesnt stop in surprising me. How could all these 27 years of madness has changed so fast and for the betterment of all of us. Is it possible? If it is possible what the devils have done to eplf and tplf. What was/is wrong with them? From his speech the way he says it casually, relaxed, charming, affectionate down to earth polite, infectious smile, respectful and cautious to each word he says.

    Instead of being happy and enjoy the moment i started being mad about the craziness of tplf and eplf.

    • Blink

      Dear Mitiku
      EPLF done nothing wrong infact EPLF stood for the unity of Ethiopia and this is recognized by all Ethiopians even by the backstabbing champions TPLF . EPLF stood for the unity of Ethiopians and common sense while past Ethiopian leaders always believed on colonial culture.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei Blink.
        I am not talking about how the tigrians took over control Ethiopia and Eritrea and backstabbing one another regardless how many millions Eritreans and Ethiopians suffers from their weird . I am not talking about sitting the arrogance followed their victory and the misery they created not only the other ethnic they dont represent but theirs

        • Blink

          Dear Mitiku
          You can bring many bad things but one thing that has to stay is EPLF has no ill policy about Ethiopia. You need to understand it was MLLT who push things to a bad side by advocating for independent Tigray and EPLF rejected them and that rejection has been in weyane head for years . In 1997 weyane cross the line by putting Eritrean land in to Tigray. What happened after that was a tragedy made by weyane.

  • Blink

    Dear Hope
    You are becoming a nightmare to these guys . These guys would even dream setting Eritrea on fire just to make their vengeful mind feel better. Trust me , the majority of Eritreans don’t even know such people exist and they will never know. Now what we all Eritreans have to do is push PFDJ to open the gates of justice and democracy in Eritrea. The majority of participants in this forum can be accused of complicity to the sovereignty of Eritrea. They have been telling themselves that weyane will take them to Asmara and now boom . Eritreans a a very forgiving people but anyone short to defend their history and sovereignty will not be forgiven.

    I urge you to support for Medrek Guys because people like Kerenolos will not be seen anymore.
    Long time ago a corrupted mind of old ex-ELF guy who lived in Canada was insulting Hamid Idris Awate and at that time I promised myself that if the time ever come to meet that ugly minded guy I said I will crush all his teeth and shut his mouth but luckily for me he is no more breathing Oxygen. That guy and kerenolos and some people are waiting to get their medicine. We shall get a time to put these people in line with Issaias for committing treason against Eritrea.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Yes brother Abi,

    ሰላም ነው::

    KS,,

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    “We Are One People.” You guessed wrong. It wasn’t the young PM who said it. It was Osman Saleh. He made a warm and compassionate speech at the reception today at the Palace. We are indeed one people!

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dr Paulos,

      We have flocks that goes with the wind. When the despot says we are enemy, they cheer him, and when he said we are one people they cheer him also. The speech of the foreign minister is the speech prepared by the despot.

      • Paulos

        Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

        Shifting…What is the role of the Eritrean Opposition with in the new development? Medrekh, to their dis-credit cozied with the demarcation first-lots in a bid to win the PFDJ camp where they had to wake up to a cruel reality as Isaias seems to relegate the demarcation to the backburner.

        In my opinion, the Opposition ought to pressure the young PM that Eritrea is not Isaias or PFDJ but all voices inclusive.

        • Peace!

          Hi Paulosay,

          “In my opinion, the Opposition ought to pressure the young PM that Eritrea is not Isaias or PFDJ but all voices inclusive.” Well said. I am trying to think of a leverage the Opposition can use to pressure the young prime minister and take advantage of the transition stage.

          Peace!

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Peace!,

            Allow me to jot down my two cents worth here about how the “The Eritrean Oppositions Groups” have been trying their leverage on PM Abiy.

            (A) Both Elsa Chirum and Asmarino dot com have written letters that exposes PFDJ misdeeds to the hilt.

            (B) PM Abiy has been reading Abrahm H.’s incessant pleas and stream of consciousness about “DIA” being evil and the devil incarnate never to be trusted.

            (C) They can bribe PM Abiy from General Amare’s office. You know the money still left from The Sana Forum.

            (D) They can insist in unison that they REALLY want to be “ADDED UP”.

            (E) They can remind PM Abiy that Isaias Afwerki is nothing but a PUPPET of America.

            (F) Both Hayat Adem and YG are the new found darlings of the Eritrean opposition groups with their “pristine logic”.

          • Mez

            Dear ‘Gheteb,

            I expect (at least as after the fact reality on the ground), the Eritrean/Ethiopian civic organizatios, political movements, thinkers, and public figures shall come out and say: a) we support the peace and normalization initiative, b) we highly appreciate and encourage the two governments, …

            Eventhough decades of animosity could not be rectified in few months.

            Thanks

          • Paulos

            Selam Abi Seb,

            I say, they don’t need a leverage for it is a matter of values and principles on the young PM’s part. Again, I say, there ought to be a drastic shift in thinking and mechanism as well. Let me elaborate:

            I. Isaias ought to be given the opportunity and the role to lead the way.

            II. The above is based on the premise that, if he is ready to make peace with the neighbors in the region, he needs to make peace with his people first including with other voices.

            III. The Opposition should limit their demand whereby to the very least, the implementation of a WORKING Constitution, respect of human rights including the immediate release of political prisoners.

            IV. If the above are implemented, the Opposition including the Eritrean people should think of dropping all charges against Isaias and his henchmen for the sake of new beginning.

            P.S. I realize that, trust is the contending issue but we shouldn’t be held back by past experiences for the stake is in the future and trying new ideas demands courage. Change in mind on my part, springs from the new factors at play.

          • Peace!

            Hi Paulosay,

            Fair enough, thank you.

            Peace!

          • Blink

            Dear peace
            Which opposition? Educate me about any organized opposition that can pressure the PM more than PFDJ ? Let’s not kid ourselves that sound opposition are not there . We need to go inside Eritrea and create cracks and use this peace on our advantage. We have to beat the drum that now the border issue is gone and the nationals service has no need to be expanded beyond 18 months . Imagine the unemployment and the youth from military will push PFDJ in to corners .

            There is no hope from who ever opposition that is in the west or Ethiopia as they will soon lose the ears of all Eritreans. I mean all Eritreans.

          • Peace!

            Hi Blink,

            Welcome back my man! Can’t agree more. But in the meantime reminding the good doctor unless drastic measures takes place, Eritrean domestic issue can be problematic down the road is not a bad thing. I don’t think it requires an organized opposition to do that.

            Peace!

          • Blink

            Dear peace
            I agree , I think a democratic Ethiopia and dictatorial system in Eritrea have no more than 6 months life span. I am putting all my eggs inside Eritrea uprising. We need all our efforts to focus inside Eritrea . My problem is can the spoilers behave in good manners because accusing our founders will not help us achieve our goal. We need a united voice that specializes in justice and also unity of Eritreans . I feel some lousy opposition guys hurted the justice voices greatly by advancing YG halewlew , we need to distance ourselves from such people and isolate them. The game just started .

          • Peace!

            Hi Blink,

            I rather call it RESET in a sense that what so far has been accomplished is an integral part of any genuine continuation. As for YG, Hayat Adem, and others with sharp mind, I would expect them to evaluate their effort in the last sixteen years and consider a new approach. In other words reformed YG can be a huge asset and we should welcome him without hesitation. I wish I can say more …at work.

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            You said: “Domestic issue in Eritrea can be problematic down the road.” Isn’t it already problematic for decades? Citizens are disappearing with no one know their whereabouts, no rule of law, no constitution, no freedom to speak, no freedom to worship. What else you are afraid off down the road brother.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Agreed. It is for the new Ethiopian gov. At work 🙂

            Peace!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Dr Paulos,

          Amb Andebrhan has told us that they are neither a political organization nor a civil society, few years ago, in a symposium sponsored by EFND. Lately in their conference that was held in Frankfort last year, it looks they are transformed in to a political organization (Beyan might give us more info). If my guess is right, then either they will fight for the custody of PFDJ or they will fight for attracting the PFDJ base, if they don’t want to associate with the crime of the party. You are right on the position of the Ambassador “demarcation first normalization later” intend to win the PFDJ base. Whether they will continue as PFDJ or independent party, that is not associate with crime of the party, we shall see it in the near future

          On the Opposition: since they are not united in purpose and vision, they will not have a leverage to convince the PM to make it part of his agenda in the meeting with the delegates of the despot. I think the PM’s focus is on forging peace within Ethiopia and economic development by creating good neighborhood with Eritrea and the rest. And as far as the despot do not provoke them, he will not be worried about the internal political problems. That is how I read it.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Dr. Paulos and Aman H.,

          You raised timely question. Some of the opposition organizations have indeed issued statements regarding the matter. While welcoming the peace offer from Ethiopian government they clearly warned that lasting peace in the region is predicated on peace in Eritrea itself. The statements I saw did not hide their scepticism about how the despot would deal with the new situation, stressing his behaviour that loathes peace and thrives on maintaining the people in state of uncertainity and fear of the future: nifelTo seyTan kab zeynfelTo melAK if you will.

          This time around, the despot will be desperate for time until he concocts another subterfuge that could let him replace the Woyane threat to sovereignty mantra that has been obliterated by the Ethiopians without prior notice. He will stall on by trying to persuade the Ethiopians there is no hurry to end the border issue by assuring them he would desist from stirring trouble in that regard now since the Woyanes have now relegated power.

          Moreover, I imagine the emissaries visiting now might have carried just one agenda: asking Dr. Abiy to see the despot in Asmara, and persuade him to focus on normalization and contingent matters rather than the border that will be topped by Ethiopia’s relation with the opposition and dealing with the huge presence of youth in refugee camps. These are first priorities of the despot because their disposal in his favor would give him respite to deal with possible reactions from the army and the people inside regarding the wastful and stalemated border issue. The people and the army expect to have this matter behind their back and focus on internal matters that have much to do with the fate of the despot and his enablers.

          • Paulos

            Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA and Professor A. Hidrat,

            I absolutely agree. The reality we have here and now, if you had asked me, say, a couple of years ago, it would’ve been hypothetical at best where one would take it as a far distant scenario among other too familiar choices. Thing is, things are unfolding and changing before we take a second breath.

            I say, in times where new and crucial factors emerge and at play, should we employ past experiences to accommodate and to navigate outcomes? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

            In my opinion, one of the crucial points as a deciding factor is, the issue of border and demarcation whereby it is losing its meaning as it was a rallying cry with in PFDJ and most of the Opposition as well. It was a litmus for patriotism including with in the Opposition if you will. Not anymore! Medrekh went on demarcation this, demarcation that as recent as a couple of weeks ago in a bid to appear ሃገራዊ and to win the hearts of PFDJ, for instance.

            Accordingly, the Opposition need to drop past thinking mechanisms and engage with new strategy with in the frame work of compromise including with the regime. Certainly, trust is the sticking point but if Isaias is to fight for his survival and political life, he will have to compromise as well. He will have to work and be forced to be trusted. There is no any way out for him. If he is to make peace with the neighbors including with Ethiopia, He will have to make peace with his own people including with all the voices. If he is genuinely willing to do that, the question will be, should the Opposition be willing to help him to achieve that or aggressively try to remove him? That seems to be the choice we will have to face in the near future. And the choice we will have to make demands, wisdom, intellect and courage. Do we have them?

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Hope,

    How this will be materialized? Now, how do you know that this will be okey? Those two nations are totally not the same in solving there internal conflicts. one have constitution one don,t ,,,one looks within one looks without,,Look the guy from Ethiopia is blaming his own group but ours did ,t from the beginning till to this day,,,. this shows the difference they have is antagonistic where none among them will allow the other to convince the other,,

    KS,,

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Any way you cut it, at this stage with the Eri delegation having been received, it is a long deserved Game Won by Eritrea and for all Ethiopians with the exception of the TPLF & Associates. Those grumbling and whining now are the same people that have for years been supporting the TPLF in hopes that they would topple the PIA/PFDJ regime. You now have to live with the stupidity of your past actions and miscalculation.

    • Nitricc

      Hi FM; I was listening to PMAA speech and he urged the Ethiopian artists to get read to preform New-year celebration in Asmara and Addis Abeba. And he also said that who ever missed walking in Massawa beaches, get ready the Ethiopian airlines is about to start flying to Eritrea. How fats time and attitudes can change. I know here in awate-forum people are not happy but hey, it is what it is. once again, PIA won.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Nitricc. Eritrea’s untapped tourism sector will boom bringing much needed jobs! The most important thing though, is that Eritreans living inside of Eritrea, will be able to do so, without the country being illegally occupied and without unjustified UN sanctions.

        • Nitricc

          Hi FM; True, life in Eritrea is not going to be the same. Eritrea will entertain 100 million plus Ethiopians from Asmara to Massawa and Asseb. It is very good for the people of Eritrea. However, there are few things that the Eritrean government needs to be aware. Khat and Shisha must be illegal in Eritrea. Once the Ethiopians are free to relax in Eritrea, they will bring that with them. Other than that let the Ethiopians have fun in Eritrea. I see The Eritrean economy to become Freeconomy!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Nitricc,

            what is that Freeconomy? I didn’t get you,,,can you explain to me?

            What? your country has policy under which policy and charter is the mafia group going to build that rule ?

            KS,,

          • Kaddis

            Hi Nitricc –

            Do you know you bring smiles to our face when you try to hide your excitement; and appear macho 🙂

            You will love Khat by the way – we have varieties now since you last tried it – Beyonce, Colombia, Beleche, Gelemso …
            Just make sure Eritrea import it legit 🙂
            Cheers,

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Nitricc,

        Please, please don’t say PIA won.
        If you said Eritrea won I would accept it with some caveat.

        This state of affairs, Massawa beaches, Ethiopian airlines was there in 1997, under more favorable terms. PIA took a detour across hell and back, dragged the people through untold misery, catastrophe, extreme loss of lives and you make a statement that …he won.

        Such a vulgar logic upsets me to no end because it shows callousness of the soul.

        I like, Kokhob selam, am cautiously optimistic the future appears better than 2 months ago. We shall see.

        Mr. K. H

        • Nitricc

          Hi KIM; I don’t if it is me or you are getting slow and slower. You said “Please, please don’t say PIA won. If you said Eritrea won I would accept it with some caveat.”
          Really!!!! Let me answer you and the rest of the eleven stupid people who up voted you. Eritrea lost and PIA won simple and to the point. I could have agreed with you if this happened sixteen years ago, because what is accepted today it was offered sixteen years prior. But back then it wasn’t accepted and implemented because it didn’t suit PIA’s ego and his revenge of the TPLF and he let sixteen years Eritrea to bleed, the youth to die, the people to suffer, so Eritrea bled to death. Now When his ego was satisfied and the revenge factor was settled, he accepted the same deal that was offered sixteen years earlier. This is the reason PIA won and Eritrea lost, simple and crystal.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    አንታ ሆፕ ክሳዕ መዓስ ኢኻ ካብዛ ርእስና ትወርድ? ካን ንምጽላም ንዓና ተዓጢካ:: ንምኻኑ ነዊሕ ግዜ አይክወስድን’ዩ ብጻይ ናይቶም አንጻር ምልኪ ዝቃልሱ ብጻዮም ክትከውን:: ካልኣይ ካብቶም ነቲ አዕናዊ ውግእ ጣጣው ንምባል ጓሽጓሽ ዘካየዱን ደላይ ሰላም ከምዘይኮንካ ክትግንዘብ ይግበኣካ:: ሳልሳይ ሰላም ብዘይዘተ ክመጽእ እንዳተፈልጠ ንእምብታ እቲ ስርዓት ክትድግፍ ጸኒሕካ ሕጂ እቲ ስርዓት ስለተቀበሎ: ነቲ ስርዓትን ደገፍቱን ልዕሊቶም ንዘተን ሰላምን ክሳዕዛ ሰዓትዚአ ከቃልሑ ዝጸንሑ ደለይቲ ሰላም ክትኮኑ ምፍታን መምዘኒኹም እንተዘይኮይኑ ምንም ፋይዳ የብሉን:: Those who stood for peace and dialogue history is vindicating on our side.

  • ‘Gheteb

    ‘Adding Up’ Towards Complementarity: The Inchoate and Budding Ethio-Eritrean Relation

    Greetings!!

    I have written, variously, that the initial meetings between the Eritrean delegation and their counterparts will mainly focus in touching bases on basic issues such as “get to know sessions”, “build some rapport and trust”, “lay the groundworks for the re-establishment of relations, diplomatic and otherwise” and “opening lines of communications between the governments”.

    Well, what did I know, here is what PM Abiy’s Chief Of Staff said in his Tweet as bruited by Reuters:

    ” Abiy’s chief of staff tweeted that the prime minister “hopes the visit will lay the foundation for a much brighter future for #Ethiopia #Eritrea.”

    In his televised address the Ethiopian Prime Minister talked about, among much else, that:

    (1) Whatever is available more there (in Eritrea) we will share it here and what we have more here (in Ethiopia) we will share it there.

    (2) The re-opening of the cross border trade between Tigray/Eritrea.

    (3) Through mutual love and consultations paving the way for working together.

    (4) Cultural works and joint arts shows in holidays.

    (5) The possible resumption of Ethiopian Air Lines flight to Eritrea and Ethiopians flocking to visit the port of Massawa.

    (6) That peace between the brotherly people of Eritrea and Ethiopia is paramount.

    And, much, much, more.

    Indeed, as PM Abiy rightly said the PALL (ጥቁር መጋርጃ ) has been lifted from the Ethio-Eritrean relation and those with a GIMLET EYED view can’t fail to discern that PM Abiy’s “adding up” are MAGINFICENTLY dovetailing with PIA’s “COMPLEMENTARITY” view of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

    • Mez

      Good Day ‘Gheteb,

      I am happy you observed the above.

      Thanks

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Mez,

        I want to ask you, if you know, is ‘Gheteb the Awatista who in the past wrote in complicated concepts about “Adulizian” civilization.(early Eritrean civilization)
        Few years ago, I think, he told Amde that he will “severely ignore” him.

        Am I mixing him up with someone else?

        Mr. K.H

        • Selamat Kim Hanna,

          No you are not.

          By the way I think I upvoted you on the list you shared regarding all the redeemable factors of the TPLF dominated EPRDF. ie the Ethiopian infrastructures including Universities and the GERD etc… whose beneficiaries has significantly expanded for the better. A similar list for the PFDJ also does exist….. ….. ….. Forgiveness as suggested by PUMA PMAAA only now please exit and get out of the way for the next generation take over,

          The golden era paved …

          ወርቃዊት መጠን 1.619 ፠ 9.18.01
          ጻጸ

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam GitSAtSE,

            Thanks for the info and advice. I will take it under advisement.
            I am sure a list of achievement exist with PFDJ.
            In the past I have listed the positive achievements of the Derg too, to be fair.

            Mr. K.H

          • Selamat Mr. Kim Hana,

            Yes that is true but the derg had no choice but to exit. Both the PFDJ and TPLF have the right conscientious choice to exit by actively cooperating with these timely phenomena, Then and only then will the good peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia preserve their legacy by giving good rational to all of their recent past transgressions – a narrative already at hand.

            ወርቃዊት መጠን 1.618 ፨ 9.18.01
            ጻጸ

        • Amde

          Mr KimHanna

          እግዚአብሔር አብይን ለጦብያችን ቸረ
          ግልብጥብጥ ዘመንም ይሄው ተበሰረ
          ጌጠብ ቀን ወጣለት እሱም ተስፋ ጫረ
          ስለ መድደመርም ይሰብከን ጀመረ

          Amde

        • Mez

          Dear Kim,

          Yes indeed, he is ‘Gheteb the mayor of Adulis.

  • Paulos

    ኣያይ,

    ኣለኻ’ዶ? ናዓ’ባ ገለ በል፣ ዳሃይ ኣጥፊእካ።

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    The Jockeying to Sell the People of Eritrea to the River: The Triumph of Dicator Isaias of Adi- Halo
    Selling the Dream of Rule of Law to the Stagnant waters of Adi-Halo
    Twenty years after the 1998 war broke, finally PMAA has blazed the trail. In the interest of his country, in the interest of the region, in the interest of forgiveness he has taken the high road. And shook the hands of his enemies, and that is right thing to do. There is nothing to report when a leader shakes the hands of his friends, or embraces his close friends, because that is so mundane, but embracing your enemy is news worthy and so visionary and pathfinder and trail-blazer PMAA has embraced the bloody bosom of Yemane. I hope he does not get infected.
    should the border problem be solved properly, the people who suffered the most, those who have impacted first hand by the war may see some relieve to live their lives.
    When the Nazis were defeated, Oskar Schindler who saved hundreds of Jews in his factory from the ovens, lamented that he could have saved more. While the peace will save some people, I hope PMAA does not regret when a prophet tells him that he could have saved much more.

    I always believed, still believe that the Eritrean armed struggle was for the rule of law, although the rule of law was implicit, imbedded in the territorial delineation and self-rule and the armed groups framed it as mere territorial dream.
    No one abhors peace, even the dictators adore peace, but only for themselves, denying it to others through the tentacles they have perfected.
    Some Eritreans, who are in the know of the intrigues of PFDJ are pounding their chests so hard like some one with “qolle” and mocking that those opposed to PFDJ are against the peace deal, so much so that they are canonizing IA and his Dam project management skills.
    The implementation of rule of law in Eritrea has always been unrelated to the border issue, but PFDJ and IA and his Henchmen mislead the poor people, quelling uprising by connecting the border with rule of law. Now before the ink meets the paper, before Yemane G and Osman Saleh monkey with the proposal, some are telling us that PMAA’s vision are congruent with that of IA, pivoting to a new narrative, new lies, new stories and the PFDJ is monkeying with not only with the those who are incapable of thinking, but with those who have thinking capacity, who fled IA’s grip and are enjoying freedom and were spared from Ela-Ero
    And I ask them these questions:
    What changed now, why is IA negotiating for a mere promise, before Ethiopia withdraws from our occupied land?
    Will you still oppose IA even purfectaitoanry if by next year time he does not release all political prisoners and the poor Pente, Muslims and Johavas.
    can he like PMAA confidently say that the government is terrorist for torturing the prisoners?
    Since you have Elevated DIA who in the last 27 years has never released one political prison to PMAA, who in mere three months released opposition members and including G7 leader. In his month of June, the holly month of Eritrean martyrs swear that DIA is in par with PMAA?
    PMAA is working in best interest of his country, Ethiopia has changed and so, to you the PFDJ supporter, to you who have not yet purged PFDJ from your system, while PFDJ has purged you long ago, to you who throw soft balls at PFDJ, to you who masquerade as rule of law fan, to you who want to tend to your house in Asmara and small business, which has been confiscated by PFDJ, to you who have nothing to gain from PFDJ except the meaningless accolade/title without merit; “hagerawi”, I ask you now that the clouds of war and dangers of conflict have been lifted by the God send PMAA, can you ask, beg. cajol, coax DIA to do these:
    1.Implement the constitution, no need to write new one, it will take too long
    2.Release all political prisoners
    3. Strike Truth and Reconciliation composed of intellectual, religious leaders including the sects you have selectively targeted
    4. Demobilize the youth and cut sort the NS to 18 months, one year is better
    If all these are daunting, then how about just one of them, not even immediately, during the upcoming Meskel festives that falls on the same week of Sept 1, the day the armed struggle was sparked

    • Selamat ዓይኑ ስውር iSEM;

      Of the four demands or recommendations you conclude your above comment with only one is not only new, for the iSEMs, but also very telling and self serving. I don’t blame you for it is consistent with the impressive resume of selling your services and skills to the TPLF. Worry not, there is plenty of space and wiggle room for your inclusion as this only a merger that will bring your favorite bosses under one headquarters which should relieve you to a certain extent.
      This your favorite number Trinity:
      .” Strike Truth and Reconciliation composed of intellectual, religious leaders including the sects you have selectively targeted” and your mention of Schindler’s List, authored by Tomas Keneally, are the two X coordinate points I utilized to extrapolate your inner most desires. And I know you know what book the Australian Tomas Keneally wrote which has you thinking “maybe the third time is a charm.” It is:
      TO ASMARA by T.K. Timely don’t you think?

      Stay tuned above to my addressing the Professor Beyan regarding
      AmEritrean gitSAtSE 2018 Counter Narrative 2X + SaaY’s = 27

      ወርቃዊት መጠን 1.61803 ጎልደን ቴሽዮ ሓድነት ትሽዓተ ነጥቢ ዓሰርተ ሸሞንተ 9.18.01
      (ነጥቢ ባዶ ባዶ ባዶ ባዶ ሰለስተ፡ ን ኣቦርክቶ ቃልሲ ኤርትራወያን ስውር ዓይኑ ሰመረ ዓንዶም። ሰለስተ ዝፈትዋ ቁጽሪ ዝረብሖ 10^-4 ኣብ ሰላሳ ዓመት። At least it ain’t negative right?”)

      ወ መ 1.618 ፠፠፠ 9.18.01
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      • iSem

        Hi Tsatse ሕዋይ፡

        እዚ ዓጀውጅው አይተሰውጥንን፣ ምኽንያቱ ክምዛር ዝሓዞ ተጉርዕ እምበር ትዛረብ አይኮንኮን ዘለኻ

        ስለዚ ሓደ ሳልስቲ ን ዓዲ ሓሎ ከድካ ሰለስተ ሸውዓተ ትሓጸብ፡ እንተ ዘይተመሰለልካ ድማ አብ ተሰነአይ ሸካርያ ሃውሳዊ ዝብሃል አሎ ናበ ኡደ ኢድ ንሳእ

        • Selamat ዓይኑ ስውር iSEM;

          ተባዕ አስከ ኩን መታን ዓቢ ጾታ ክትጻወት ኣብዚ ኣገዳሲ ደረጃ ቀጻልነት ፍትሓዊ ቃልሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣቡ ዓሸራ። ኣብ መሳርያ X; ኣኽ’አሎት ኣሎካ ወሳኒ ግደ ንክትጻወት። ንሓቅነት መበገሲየይን ትንታኔታተይን ከም ኡ ዊን ትዕግስቲ ብ መንገዲ ዝጥቀመሉ ስልትታት፡ “ከም ዛር ዝሓዞ ተጉዕር ” ኢልካ ር’አስኻ ከም ሰገን ኣብ ጉድጋድ ክትሓብ’አ፡ ናይ መጻኢ ጥዕና ሰውነትካን ስነ ኣአምሮኻን ኣብ ሕማቕ ኣስጋኢ ተአቱዋ ከም ዘሎኻ፡ ስለ አታ 3 * 10^-5 % ኣበርክቶኻ ዘሕልየኒ መኽንያት፡ ኣቀዲመ ይሕብረካ ኣሎኹ። ኣብታ ናይ ቀደም ልማድካ ካብ ዛርን ምጉራዕን ድሓን(ሰኣኣይ7 ሸፍን ሸፋፍኖ ዝሸፈነልካ አከይ ግብርኻ ይቕረ ኢለካ ኣለኹ። 2ይ ግዜ ወልድ ሕለት ቶኽሪር ዳግመ ጻዕርኻን ሳልስቲ ማይ ድጋመት ዶ ዓዲ ሓሎ ይጽነሓልካ። ተማሒርኩም ኣለኹም ይብል ሳልሕ ጋዲ፡ ተማሒርካ ኣሎኻ።”

          ወርቃዊት መጠን 1.618 ጎልደን ሬሽዮ 9.18.01
          ጻጸ

          • Paulos

            Tsatse Arkey,

            As promised, to pick up where we left off the other day in this forum, as Isaias said it, ዛዕባ ናይ Quantum world ክንቅጽሎ ተበጊስና’ሎና።

            Here is something to ponder: Would you say, Time and Heat are one and the same? The thing we perceive as “Time” is in fact “Heat”. Would you agree?

          • Selamat Denmarkino AArkey Professor Paulos,

            I was just searching of your comment that related the PUMA PMAAA of Ethiopia with Bodhisattvas and the Buddha or Buddhism. You were conveying PUMA PMAAA’s message of forgiveness, reconciliation, love and compassion. I am glad you were true (I did not expect anything less) to your promise and beat my nudging you once I read Minister Osman Saleh’s statement you shared earlier.

            Before I respond to your Time and Heat inquiry, let me say that I am confident you will agree with the composition I am preparing for Professor Beyan regarding Counter Narrative 2018. Earlier this year, the Professor Beyan penned a book review, Negash and Woldemichael’s African Liberation Theology: Intergenerational Conversations on Eritrea’s Futures. And now with the Pan-Africanism connect or significant correlation coefficient as well as the timely compassionate PUMA PMAAA, I am certain will not at all be lost to you.

            The Puma Punku, Bolivia and Lalibela, Ethiopia, Time, Heat and relevance of Physics:

            Sure can in in fact be heat or a significant variable contributing to the generation of heat as we perceive it. Is it the 2nd law of thermodynamics PV = nRT which gives me the strong inclination to agree? Let me push further the pondering of Time and Heat with your thoughts on Light as having Mass which I will give some background to later. I will yield to your in depth head start pondering with regards to Time and Heat but only allow me to add context to Time as follows:

            As the Time for a new evolutionary progressive change to a higher frequency than 7.23 for the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia is upon us, do consider this Pan-Africanism Compassionate towards one’s brethren that is spearheaded by the PUMA PMAAA against the event horizons numerous great cycles ending and a new beginning the Maya prophesied. Ending the cycle of PFDJ and TPLF misguided and very forgivable mischievous and tyrannical rule for a new and inclusive beginnings as very significant to usher The Counter Narrative 2018 – 2X + SaaY’s 7 = 27 @ the must paradigm shift by all
            comparable to:

            TIME;The solstice Dec 21, 2012 @ 11:11Am ( ኣያይ ቁጽሪ 11 ዓዲሙ ‘ሎ)
            that ended 6,500 Year Cycle, 13,000 Year Cycle, 144 Thousand Year Cycle, 78 Thousand Year Cycle, 26 Million Year Cycle.

            And End of 5,125 Mayan Calendar!!!

            And now the with End of the HEAT cycle that is the border war perpetrated by both PFDJ and TPLF with cooler heads
            Let us Eriteans explore Lalibela and the Ethiopian Calendar as the Ethiopians deep Red Sea dive and explore with it with fresher eyes.

            Denmarkino AArkey are you saying we can now utilize the Tetrahedron as symbol for both Time and Heat? I agree.

            ወርቃዊት መጠን 1.618 ጎልደን ሬሽዮ ሓድነት ትሽዓተ ነጥቢ ዓሰርተ ሸሞንተ 9.18.01
            ጻጸ

        • Semere Tesfai

          ሰላም ሞኹሲ

          “ስለዚ ሓደ ሳልስቲ ንዓዲ-ሓሎ ኬድካ፡ ሰለስተ ሸውዓተ ትሓጸብ፡፡ እንተ ዘይተመሰለልካ ድማ…..”

          Report Card:

          ደላይ ፍትሐኛ ………….. F
          ጸረ-ሻዕቢያኛ …………… A
          ምልከት ቋንቋ ትግሪኛ….. F
          ፖለቲካ ወያነኛ ………… A+
          ኣብ ክትዕ ቅንዕና ………. F
          ዘራጊቶኛ ……………… A

          ሰመረ ተስፋይ

          • iSem

            Hi Semere:
            መን ሸመካ ክትእርም ብጫይ LOL ሰመረ፡ አነ መምህር ንስኻ ተመሃራይ ክትብለና
            ሓቂ እንት ዝህልወካ ነቲ ዘለፋ ጻጸ ዓገብ ምበልክዮ፡ ካም እመት ስድሪ ኣላታ። ስጋስ እንተወደቀት ሓመድ ትሕዝ ‘ውን ይብሃል ‘እዪ
            and about master of Tig, do not worry about it. In the presence of impartial l judge bro Haile S we can duke it. What you say?

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam iSem

            “ሓቂ እንት ዝህልወካ ነቲ ዘለፋ ጻጸ ዓገብ ምበልክዮ…..”

            ሞኹሲ፡ እንተዳኣ ሓደ ሰብ ክብረትካ ዝደፈረካ ኮይኑ ተሰሚዕካ፡ እቲ ቅኑዕ መልሲ ዓገብ በሉለይ፡ ምባል ኣይኮነን። እቲ ቅኑዕ መልሲ – ብዓውታ ወይ ብስቕታ

            “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” ምባል እዩ።

            ሰመረ ተስፋይ

          • iSem

            Semere
            I did not say ዓገብ በሉለይ. Where is it? ግን ጓል ነገር ሃሰው ምባል አመልካ ገርካዮ: አብ ግዛእ ልሳን ኣዴና ሃለውለው አይተበል።
            But I know ur veiled reference, threatening people that you are saving their comments and now implying I Tig is not my language

          • ‘Gheteb

            Selam Ato Semere Tesfai,

            Help me out here, if you can. How does one go to Adi Halo for ” ሓደ ሳልስቲ” to end up in doing ” ሰለስተ ሸውዓተ ትሓጸብ”.

            I mean how does “THREE DAYS” end up being “TWENTY ONE DAYS”.

            Help. I am furiously scratching my head.

          • Semere Tesfai

            selam Gheteb

            ኣየ ገጠብ!

            ኣይ ‘ዚ ኮምኡ ዓይነት ተቓውሞ ‘ንድዩ ህዝቢ ኤርትራስ ምርዳእ ኣብይዎ ዘሎ።

            እምበር…….. ዘረባ በዓል ሰመረ ዓንዶም፡ ሰብ ዝርድኦን መቐረት ዘለዎን እንተዝኸውን ዳኣ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ቀደ……..ም ደድሕሪኦም ዘይስስዕብ።

            semere Tesfay

          • iSem

            It is called higher math for those who passed their GCE in addition math

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear all,

    This reality is really confusing,,

    One can’t take stand in this condition..What a mixed development !!! Dr.Abiy the young energetic man who is ready to reform Ethiopian politics to work with the most corrupted man on earth the old system of Eritrea PFDJ ??

    KS,,

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Kokhobai,

      Hope you are well and fine.

      As you indicated, I began to feel that Dr. Abij is overplaying the Eritrea-Ethiopia peace card. It seems he is putting (tactically or strategically all the same) all his eggs in one loosely knit basket that can break down.I did not anticipate he would conduct himself so urged to overstep protocol and receive the despot’s emissaries himself instead of sending his foreign minister.

      This give us a clue how much the good PM is counting on the good will of the despot without paying attention to his calculative conduct for sake of safeguarding his interest in perpetuating his grip on power for life. It is would be extraordinary political innocent to anticipate the despot would let the threat-to-sovereignty subterfuge to slip from his hand unless assured of transacting it for guarantees that would ensure the situation in Eritrea would remain as it is. I wouldn’t be surprised if we would rise up on of the morning in near future and hear and witness that he would offer the Ethiopian side something they could only see in their imagination exchange of ignoring the boarder issue.

      • Abraham H.

        Dear Ismail, I could think of DIA offering PM Abiy the port of Asseb, where Ethiopia would expand the existing port or even build a new port in a joint venture with the UAE. All of these, to generate millions to the pockets of the dictator, and nothing else.

    • Blink

      Dear KS
      Why would this development fail ? I mean , weren’t you selling your peace flower thing for years in this forum ? Yes yes you were acting .Defeat is not easy to accept if you are not a decent fighter in which many participants in this forum lacks for decades ago. As a peace lover ,Your number one choice should be on how to pack the bullets in to an investment but here you are wishing a peace window that opened after 20 years because your wishes are not peace .

      • Nitricc

        Hey Blink Welcome, my friend. I am reading all this madness and I couldn’t believe the number enemies’ of Eritrea. They all are crying like a crying baby. It is done, once again the winner won, PIA. people deal with it. Why can’t they be happy and go with flow because
        “Failures are expected by losers, ignored by winners” Ignored!!!!!!

        • Blink

          Dear Nitricc
          Thanks Nitricc, as you rightly explained these guys are ignored by most Eritreans. yes they have been beaten again ,again and again . They don’t know how to win in their entire live .Imagine a lousy opponent in front of your face for years complaining about the way you beat him . These people are just out of their manufactured jobs of lies . As Ambassador Andebrhan explained these guys are either ignorant or a liability to the opposition not as someone said metoo thing. By the way this is not lizard history, this is a great game played .

          • Berhe Y

            Dear blink,

            AleKa? I was actually wondering where you have disappeared since we heard the news?

            I was actually thinking since the Hebesha leaders of the north and south decided to make peace, that probably drove you to some where ?

            What happen men? How come you are in celebration mood?

            Off course, you comeback just to attach the opposition.

            What happen to the final binding and no dialog ?

            Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            What final and binding after the PM Abyi squarely accepted and said to work to implement it. Weyane government of Meles ,PMH both said they accepted in principle and most of the time as General Tsadikan said there was a deep motive by weyane to break Eritrea just abay Tsehaye said in 1999 in America.

            This PM is not like the two and certainly he is not controlled by weyane remot controll . The peace window is only visible because One of the Habesha is not around.Remember Oromo do not by Habesha as the two sides of Tigrinya and the Amharas. What you have to wish is peace from this and on the flip side if in fact PFDJ lose their grips on the economy that means the end of Issaias and a new guy at young age just like Abi.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Blink,

            How the hell do you say so? Are you from the heart or emotionally? As all we know you are not talking from the deep knowledge..

            KS,,

          • Blink

            Dear KS
            Whatever

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Kokhob Selam,

            Hope and blink live in a twilight zone, they see, hear and feel different sensations. Nitricc is their pastor. So my advice is not to go to that church.

            Mr K. H

        • leGacY

          Dearest Nitricc:

          “It is done, once again the winner won, PIA. people deal with it”

          What exactly is that he won? Unless this is the Charlie Sheen’s ‘winning!!!’ motto you are talking , no sober person who follows this conflict thinks that there is ANY winner.

          What is next? Nobel ?

          • Nitricc

            Greetings iegacY; You said ” What exactly is that he won?” hahahahahhaha, I have no idea! Bus since all the haters are going ballistic, it must won something. Seriously, why is everyone crying like a baby. Trust me, he must won. what exactly did he win? I don’t know. lol

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Blink.

        ” I mean , weren’t you selling your peace flower thing for years in this forum ?”

        Now even I am for peace and I will assure the same…

        KS,,

  • Selam All,

    After watching this unexpected event of eritrean delegates coming to addis and being received by the ethiopian pm in a very friendly atmosphere, the possibility that still ethiopia and eritrea may not reach an agreement and the dialogue may fail, is extremely difficult to imagine, in my opinion. We may be for a new friendship.

    The regime in asmara may also be forced to carry out some political reforms, because it will find difficult to remain as it is. The new political situation creates the opportunity for dia/pfdj to have a trouble-free exit from dictatorship to a political situation that may look normal by african standard.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Horizon,

      I just don’t know anything anymore. Paul on this thread posted that the Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh said to his Ethiopian hosts…….WE ARE ONE PEOPLE…..what.

      Someone else said that the 100 million visitors to Asmara and Massawa will be well received. ….you got to be kidding me.

      M.S wearing his distorted fashionable colored glasses opines about the promise of Eritrea Ethiopia friendships. Even though he still holds his venom in reserve for Mekelle. He is in a gaga land.

      This whole thing sounds eerily like the 1991 euphoria that I watched in earnest.

      Horizon, I don’t know what is next, but you have to stand with me to say….HELL NO..if confederation, federation or unity begins to be mentioned anywhere by anybody.
      You have to be prepared.

      Mr. K.H

      • Selam Kim Hanna,

        You are not the only one, we are all confused. It looks like we have been transferred to a parallel universe. We are looking at the mirror image of everything. We are losing the old reality and i am afraid that we are starting to live a new one, and i am not sure if it is not an illusion. We do not even know how to react to it.

        Those who were abhorred even with the name ethiopia, are asking all ethiopians to move to eritrea if they want, those who said that going south is anathema while sudan is there, are celebrating the latest development more than anybody else, wall builders are no more to be seen, history is being re-revised, from we are a different people with a different history to ONE PEOPLE ONE LOVE, they have moved from habesha myth to the habesha reality, badme or bust has been forgotten, pm Abiy pulled them out of their hiding place and they are raising the banner of victory as if everything is the result of their dictator’s hard work,,…….etc, etc.

        Can you really work with such people. The herd mentality is all around, and what the great leader says is the only truth, even if it is preposterously the opposite of what he said few days earlier? Thirty years has not tamed the eritrean elites and they have not changed a bit. I believe that the ordinary eritrean is humbler and more mature.

        Confederation, federation and unity – No, Never, God forbid. A second marriage between the same couple is going to be disastrous. Remember, dia had spoke of confederation or federation in the early 1990s, few years after independence, and you should not be surprised if he says again, “what independence, we are the same people”, and you see his supporters ululating at the top of their voices. In my opinion, peace and cooperation will undermine the importance of eritrean independence, because eritreans are going to be sucked into the center, which is south of the mereb.

        My problem is, if they will come in good faith or not. Moreover, what about the 50% muslim eritreans, who do not want ethiopia, and they are the people who started the war of independence in 1961. Nobody says anything about them.

        • Selamat Horizon;

          “You are not the only one, we are all confused. It looks like we have been transferred to a parallel universe. ”

          Measure and see if the frequency of the new universe you find yourself in is either higher or lower than 7.23. Should you not have the instruments to do so, take a ruler and measure the distance between your left and right pupils is equal to 7.23cm. If so, then you are still here and in fact have not disappeared from the present 3rd dimension and reappeared elsewhere.

          ወርቃዊት መጠን 1.61.8 ፨ 9.18.01
          ጻጸ

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam horizon
          The reason the 50% eritreans started the war was because of people like u , ur kind mentality and that is gone and will never come back, don’t u see the reality? Who is in charge in ethiopia now ?
          Worry about urself. Do u know what is happening in bati just yesterday? The motto of pm AAA is togetherness. No body talk about unity in one country with eritrea.
          I know it is sad for u guys to see arekabe at # 7 or 8 in the receiving end.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Horizon and MK,

          I think you guys are over analyzing and trying to read people’s minds.

          I wish some one finds if there is a video that exists the speech General Andom gave in Asmara stadium after the fall of the king. He ended his speech, Ethiopia Tiqdem, Eritrea Tiqdem and upon his return he was killed. The same night the Derg killed all the 60 plus government ministers.

          When that happens Osman Saleh Sabbe who was one of the leaders said “it looks like the hard liners have won and he doesn’t think any peace was possible now”. General Andom setup a mission and send delegates to tell the fronts that there is new government and asked them to come back home and negotiate for peace, which both fronts accepted and received the delegates.

          Fast forward 40 plus years, Dr. Abiy is using the same method.

          Eritrean people were always ready for peace, including those who started the struggle.

          So I agree talk of federation, confederation, unity etc is way premature, let’s hope and make peace and let our people enjoy peace.

          Let’s leave that alone for now and focus on the immediate needs of our people.

          Berhe

        • Kim Hanna

          Thanks Horizon,

          It is late for me now, let me just say that I don’t feel alone now. I hope Awate University does not charge for their therapeutic services.

          In the current world we live in and some kind of perception of too closeness between PMAA/PIA……. we will end up with ELF rebooting itself into another ground hog days.
          I can just see Amanuel cleaning up his equipment to go to the field again, when he should be at home collecting social security at his retirement age.

          Mr. K.H

  • Haile S.

    Selam Beyan,
    Well said BRO! I am trying to speak like my son, a young one. Yes, as you said, the future belongs to the young generation. A generation dispersed by the incompetent visionless regime. I hope many of these disperesed young generation read these exquisite few paragraphs along the citations you scribbled here. And imagine if these were also available to those same in Eritrea. That also is what needs to be established or re-established, the brocken chain of knowledge transmission. We know the culprits. Hopefully after saluting the hands of someone who just freed those considered ‘top-terrorists’ of his country and welcomed the most unwanted, the advisors of our ‘king’ will knock on his conscience to do what is the most expected. To free those languishing in prison for too long. Those beautiful garlands must feel itchy on the chest when you well know deep down that your yesterday comrades are still in your dungeons or elsewhere beyond. You said “Seeking peace outside when wounds of the internal are full of scabs will not serve us well.” I hope this resonates in these guys ears!

  • MS

    Selam awatistas
    For some people, it has become so hard to swallow the bitter truth that there is a new order taking place in Ethiopia. To some, their AG friends (or whatever their names may be) did not confide in them the seismic changes taking place in Ethiopia. It took two months for Dr. Abiy to dismantle TPLF mentality in the corridors of Arat Kilo, and it will take a shorter period to reset things to their proper course. I will suspect the next visit will be by Dr. Ahmed to Asmara. He will undoubtedly find adoring fans. A tour to Adi-Halo dam and Massawa will be among the itinerary, I guess.
    You wonder what has changed?
    1. Dr. Abiy Ahmed-led EPRDF is not Meles-led EPRDF. Dr. Ahmed calls appear to go beyond borders, something that rings with president Isaias.
    2. EPRDF minus TPLF accepted the AA and EEBC tenets and stated it was ready to implement it without precondition. As expected, after its emergence CC committee, TPLF contradicted a statement it had made at the national level, as a party in the EPRDF EC. But knowing TPLF since its inception, that is expected. I think Eritrea is going to let TPLF calm down and catch up with the fast-moving changes in Ethiopia. I think what Ms. Bronwyn Bruton wrote in the NYTimes makes sense. Eritrea should give PM Ahmed space to consolidate his achievements and power. The primary focus should be on building rapport that leads to comprehensive peace in the region. The first order of the day should be the de-escalation of the conflict and the demilitarization of the border and the lessening of the likelihood that another devastating war erupts due to miscalculations.
    3. Eritrea would love to rebuild the Mereb bridge because it is a must since Tigray is our closest Ethiopian province. But with the current vitriolic climate, the diplomatic bridge between Asmara and Addis Ababa may be more feasible. In the long-run, the diplomatic bridge connecting the two capitals, overpassing Tigray, will undoubtedly contribute to building the physical, social and political bridge between Eritrea and Tigray. Meanwhile, TPLF and its pamphleteers should take time and digest what has just transpired in Ethiopia. They are still living in an illusion.
    4. Yes PM Ahmed does not give a hoot to TPLF wreathing and whining. He has the majority people of Ethiopia behind him. Remember, the stern statement TPLF CC issued, in effect, threatening the PM public statements? It is good to see forces of peace triumph over forces of hegemony. Eritrea was asking for a respectful rapprochement, and TPLF was pushing for Eritrea to capitulate. The current atmosphere is one that encourages a win-win situation. The people of Eritrea and Ethiopia, including peace-loving Tigrawot, have won. It is good to see the PM himself giving the Eritrean delegation the courtesy of reception. PMAA did exactly what he said. He speaks with “one tongue.” It is good to see residents of Addis Ababa decorating their city and their demonstrations with the flags of both countries.
    5. The people who are ridiculing Eritrea for reaching out to Ethiopia this time and in this way are part and parcel of the old order that has been demonizing Eritrea for years. Why Eritrea has made an even a bolder response this time is because it has read the situation in Ethiopia correctly. Now, that is a maverick.
    7. It will take time until the TPLF clique gathers its senses and find a bearing. It will need a repeat of the 1980s “dewta” or Pause- that’s when things in Ethiopia unraveled faster than it could comprehend, it called for a PAUSE to reorient itself from a secessionist organization to a national coalition.
    8. This development is a headache for the lots who have been fighting tooth and nail to isolate Eritrea because it has the potential for Eritrea regaining its full membership in IGAD- something the TPLF had blocked. It also has the potential for a breakthrough in the Eritrean-Djiboutian relations. Also, it carries the prospects of contributing positively to lifting the unjust sanctions placed on Eritrea since most of the elements of the sanctions will be dealt a blow with the resumption of normalization between the two countries.
    9. All in all, it is another bright day in the relations of both brotherly people. The losers are those who tried hard to make this day become a mirage.
    Thanks go to the people of Ethiopia for standing taller than your politicians. And a heartfelt thanks to the residents of Adis Ababa for that warm welcome to the Eritrean delegation. The fog that has been creating misunderstanding and suspicion has dissipated. Keep supporting your PM, Dr. Abiy Ahmed.

    • halafi mengedi

      MS,

      Kindly, did you get the chance to listen to Dr. Debretsion’s interview with BBC tigrigna? Would like to see your opinion of that.

      Hm

      • Paulos

        HM,

        Won’t do any good. When a mind is determined not to believe, no miracle can change it. Sad, really sad!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Dr Paulos,

          Indeed “a mind determined not to believe” won’t change by anything. Because their mind is set only to defeat their nemesis at all cost.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            What a pity! Feel sorry for them. Really.

      • MS

        MarHaba HM
        I listened to it and I don’t find it different than the statement he gave during the martyr’s da in Tigray. Just compare the statements that came out of EPRDF EC and the one issued bt TPLF after its emergency CC meeting. Speaking of communities:
        1. TPLF and PFDJ will ultimately have to sort out their differences. I think the current climate in Ethiopia will contribute to that. That is how I saw it when I said the diplomatic bridge connecting the two capitals, overpassing Tigray, will contribute to building the real social and political bridge between Eritrea and Tigary. There are so much hate and suspicion between the two organizations that it will take time to heal. If I’m not mistaken, Aboy SebHat was among the receiving group; I thought I saw someone who looked like him. I expect this matter will be raised and maybe, just maybe, PM Abiy might try to get them together. We will see.
        2. The talk of communities is just insincere. Remember, TPLF incorporated communities that said belonged to Gondar, wollo, and Afar region. It also incorporated Eritrean villages into its province according to the 1997 map it unilaterally issued. So, how come it becomes an angel when it comes to the EEBC ruling?
        3. Let’s give it some time. Political developments are like cascading avalanche. I hope both people feel they have won.
        Regards.

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear all,
    Monkey is back exactly 20 years after (and a month) to the city he has sneaked out of a peaceful talk as IA’s army were advancing south ward. 20 yrs after! What do we get? Massive devastation, colossal demogrphic loss, lots of wasted opporunities, and a very broken Eritrea. We are back at the notion of borders are meaningless mantra. Couldn’t have done that in 1998? A wisdom that has arrived many deaths and 20 years later!
    Now, I challenge you all: tell me one act of positive change, just one, from IA that took place in the last 3 decades and make me optimistic about this latest false fanfare! The real positive change must be sought by removing the enemy of all positive spaces, and that is IA and his group.

    • Amde

      Selam Hayat,

      Maybe third time is a charm?

      But I jest…

      “Progress happens one funeral at a time.” The man or his circle are not immortal. But perhaps now is time to discuss the day after.

      Amde

      • Hayat Adem

        Good one, the Great Amde,… You seem to be telling me we are getting there, closer and closer… okay now that makes me optimistic.

        • Amde

          Selam Hayat,

          You should be optimistic!!

          If you project this out, I can’t see how a PFDJ type regime survives with an Abiy type regime next door. They would have to hermetically seal the border.

          But it appears they want economic relations (maybe even scandalously close one) and that will lead either to war, or the Eritrean system loosening up.

          Amde

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hayat and Amde,

            The positive side I see here is, like Amde said, the dictator will soon retire, and it’s just a matter of time.

            Resolving this boarder / relation ship with Ethiopia now has significant advantage for the future of the country leader (who ever happens to be) rather than leaving it in limbo and the next person we don’t know what he will do after (most likely continue the legacy).

            If you look at North and South Korea as an example, the grand father started it, passed on to this son, and to his grand son and still continues.

            To be fair, I know I am harsh to all Eritrean government officials, but Saleh and Yeman are not a typical PFDJ propagandist. For all the time they have been in power, I have never heard their interview that implicate the G15 or what they say actually create division and accuse others. For example compared to others like Girma Asmerom, Hagos Kisha, Wedi Gerahtu or others.

            BTW, the PM receiving them at the airport is way over what was expected of him from diplomatic standard. But I hope that will lead to positive outcome, looking at the smile in their face (Saleh and Yemane), they look like they were waiting for this moment for all their lives. Wish them well.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            I agree. Their smile looks genuine and a sigh of relief on their part. Remember, they are all too human. God bless!

      • saay7

        Amde:

        The pics I saw shows the the GoE brought its dark cloud with it. It was cloudy too. :). I hear this was covered by EriTV

        I am sure the pics of TPLF members of the PMs cabinet will be cropped out of future pics because they will contradict the “game over!” narrative. With PFDJ, (1) there always has to be at least one enemy to distract peoples attention from the deterioration in Eritrea and (2) at least one of our 3 windows (borders) preferrably two, must be closed.

        When the delegation leaves, your PM must use whatever is the equivalent of a human fumigator or he will be saying “I can’t explain it but suddenly I feel like fighting.”

        saay

        • Natom Habom

          selam saay
          you gonna have heart attack brother take it easy
          i know it s hard to swallow a defeat ,we all are irelelevant any way
          none of your prediction will happen its just a distraction for not looking at the reality ,(its happening )maybe the beggining of an end
          you guys played with the wrong guy ,none of you could stand him
          as he said let the Dog bark the camel keep marching .
          sheers

    • Nitricc

      Hi Hayat; I guess it is a bad time in TPLF’s land but did you ask “Now, I challenge you all: tell me one act of positive change” Well, simple, the surgical attack” like you have suggested didn’t work. Civil war within Eritreans, as you have dreamed didn’t happen. So what is new? Well TPLF gangs to Meleke and Shaebia brave souls to Addis with red carpeted reception. Check it out, how the Eritrean delegation’s reception. Amazing, no one could have thought it that the entire TPLF gungs will move out to Mekele while Shaebians move in to Addis, that is the difference and that is the change.

      • Hayat Adem

        Nitricc,
        I think, like the acute thinker Amde said, the change is in the future, not in the past. Every single day is inching us towards that day. That is the law of political biology. Would you join him in that biological journey as well or cheer him up from behind? Like the news would say: “Today around 6PM, PIA has called it a life, RIP”; and you come here sweating to the AwateForum and say, ” PIA does it again, he won. He is not even afraid of expiring. A lesson to all of us!”

        • ሰላማት ሓያት ኣደም፡

          Are you telling us PIA has traveled to the next dimension/universe beyond 7.23; PIA is dead?
          Now I am confused and have entered another dimension. Help this confused and tell what you mean by;

          “Today around 6PM, PIA has called it a life, RIP”; and you come here sweating to the AwateForum and say, ” PIA does it again, he won. He is not even afraid of expiring. A lesson to all of us!”

          ወርቃዊት መጠን 1.618 ሓድነት ነጥቢ ትሽዓተ ዓሰርተ ሸሞንተ 9.18.01
          ጻጸ

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Hayat Adem, very well said as usual. Those Isayasists, Shaebians, or whatever you choose to call yourselves, I can guarantee you there will never ever be any normal relationships between Eritrea and Ethiopia as long as the devil is ruling over our country, and our people’s destiny, at least as far as he is alive and kikking, is in his hands. There might be a lot of good will from the ambitious young leader of Ethiopia, but, unfortunately, he doesn’t have a complementary partner in Eritrea in his desire to bring peace, and prosperity to the ordinary peoples of his country and Eritrea and beyond.

    • ሰላማት ሓይት ኣደም፡

      ትደልይ’ኦ ‘ሞ ይዝንገዓክን።
      “We are back at the notion of “borders are meaningless” mantra.”

      Let me guess. This is another case of a preemptive face and grace saving for the TPLE wishful thinking that you are subliminally suggesting for your brethren PFDJistas? Where does “We are one people” translate to “borders are meaningless mantra”?

      I have a feeling you may get your wish as borders are meaningless globally in this day and age, peace is what matters more for the Eritreans and will grant you your wish.

      ወርቃዊት መጠን 1.618 ፨ ሓድነት ነጥቢ ትሽዓተ ዓሰርተ ሸሞንተ 9.18.01
      ጻጸ

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi GitSatSe,
        Well, I can admit that “we are one people” and “borders are meaningless” are slightly different. The former is a bigger concept of oneness than the latter.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Awatistas,

    The Eritrean delegates lead by Osman Saleh the Eritrean foreign minister has arrived at Addis and welcomed by the PM of Ethiopia. Below is the reception at the Bole airport.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y7KPWdk_umY

    • Desbele

      Selam Aman,
      Why is Eritrea represented by parrot and monkey? love of animal farm!?

      • Hayat Adem

        Desbele, Dear
        You go to war with the army you have not with the army you want to have.
        Ramsfield

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hayat & Desbele,

          Yes indeed he can’t go with the diplomatic corps he hasn’t. In the country of the blind one eyed man is the king.

      • @george

        Dear deseble

        Those monkey and parrot oh, got you a hundred million people pin to the ground. Stay tuned.

        • Desbele

          ገርግሽ ተረጋጋ።
          ዘመኑ የፍቅርና የይቅርታ ነው -ለዝንጀሮም ቢሆን

          • Amde

            ደስበለ ደስበለ

            አንፈረፈርከኝ

          • Paulos

            Desbele,

            Oh got it! That is funny. All the smiles not because of 🍌 on site.

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    Well, they are there. Heard, that wasn’t the Weyane dude as in Arkebe Uqbai in the reception room at the Palace, his double instead for Arkebe is out and over, so is TPLF.

    The cruel man sent “Piccola Roma” back to the stone ages. The caption read, you ain’t seen Awassa and Shire yet. ንኺድ ጥራሕ monkey murmured. Where the ኤፍ was I all this years Osman whispered.

    • Abrehet Yosief

      Selam Paulos,
      The wise men will observe the wrong economic path that Ethiopia took. Start with the garland of flowers they received. During the world wide financial crisis of 2008 the flower industry went through a really hard time. Our astute leader made an observation of how it was affecting Ethiopia and he pointed that was why Eritrea was following an economic path that was not linked to any outside influence. First observation, while on the tarmac, before they enter the airport.

      • Paulos

        ሰላም ፍትውትን ክብርትን ሐፍተይ,

        That is really funny and smart. And imagine adding all the observations from the airport all the way to the Palace! Perhaps, their observation departs from the economic aspect to genealogy where what probably have crossed their mind was that they are one people. Was it all worth it? A question they can not afford to ignore.

        The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, as they say, the second best time is now, they also say ደቂ ለባማት ከምዚ ከማኺ ሓፍተይ።

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Selam Paulos,
          I will continue to provide this service. But only when the images are confirmed by the Ministry of Information of Eritrea staff “hagerawi dehnet” who sometimes shares the posts from Ethiopian broadcasting sources.

          • Paulos

            ፍትውቲ ሓፍተይ,

            Please do. If the cruel man and his cadres have anything to show for the last twenty years, he sent his delegates on a chartered plane with a flag of a foreign nation. If that is not a pathetic and sore loser, not sure what is.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,
            እህም! ነዛ እንኮ ዓባይ በራሪትና መለማመዲ ሻኲ ትግራይ ክትገብራ? እዞም ሰባት ኣዲስ ኣበባ ክበጽሑ ኣይደለኻዮምን ይመስለኒ!

          • Paulos

            ሰላም ሃይላት,

            እንታይ’ዳኣ ጠፊእካ. Hope all is well with you.

            እንታይ ክንብል ኢልካና ቁሩብ ከማን ንመርኣ’ይ ንሓንቲ ማዓልቲ ናይ ኤርትራ ባንዴራ ለኽዮም ኣየምጽእዋን? ሎምስ ሻዕብያ ኣሪገን’የን መስለኒ ቀደም’ሲ ሽጣራታት ዝኽእለን ኣይነበረን።

          • Haile S.

            Thank you Paul,
            I am well. ጠፊኤ’ዶ? ኣለኹ፡ ብስራሕ ጌሸ ነይረ እምበር። ዋላ ጌሽ ግና፡ ከም በቕሊ ኣቦይ ዓንዱ፡ ናብ ዓወተ እልይ ኣየቋረጽኩን፡ መልሓስ ሓጺሩኒ ድኣ እምበር። ነገራቱ ስማዕ ስማዕ ጥራይ ዘብል ክኣ ኮይኑኒ። መልሓሰይ ክስሕል ክፍትን እየ።

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Paulos,
            How can you say a foreign flag. That one belongs to መሻርኽትና። And what a wise መሻርኽቲ it is. Unlike the previous two mediators that were uncermoniously chased away, this one has a land lease.

          • saay7

            Abrehet:

            She who calls the shots gets to fly her flag. This whole thing was baked in Abu Dhabi by the Emir of Dubai (you get a billion! YOU get a billion!) It is only fitting when something delicious is served (what’s more delicious than peace) you say, “my compliments to the chef” or ጥዑም and in diplomacy that is done by flying a flag. Even if the chef is poisoning others at the exact same time (Yemen.)

            saay

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam saay7,
            Until kibrom burst my bubble, I had hoped that the UAE are spending money in Assab and our people are now ወርቅን ጨርቅን . But I have homework for you. Have you checked google earth UAE base lately? I read that the satellite imagery is updated 1 to 3 years. The current one on the base was taken in March 2017. I have been looking at Bisha, specially at the scary looking water body next to it. The image was taken in 2015 so it should be due for an update soon.

          • Paulos

            ፍትውቲ ሓፍተይ,

            Very true. I want your sharp and witty remarks about a close-up footage where Fana Broadcasting captured where Arkebe Uqbai hugs and kisses both Yemane and Osman as they made it to the tarmac.

            Oh yea, Isaias throws bones to his pathetic Nsu-Nhna barking entities as in Amare and Abay. His delegates meanwhile are all kisses and hugs with the obsolete Weyane. ንኺድ ጥራሕ!

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Paulos,
            You see Arkebe on his paternal grandfather’s side, three generations up and twice removed is Eritrean. On his maternal grandmother’s side, three generations up and twice removed is Oromo. So he is not fully Tigrayian and besides he was the secret agent that whispered the instructions to PM Abiy. Please notice that the above explanation has a built in exit strategy. Should the good Dr. Arkebe fall from grace, run away, disappear or be abducted by aliens, the maternal grandfather’s side and the paternal grandmother’s side were Tigrayan afterall, hence, who could fully trust him.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Abrehet,
            I didn’t know you run Ancestry-dot-com! Who is then PM Abiy? Of Massawa ancestry? He never stopped from mentioning Massawa today. And this Paulos, is he a descendent of Pheidippides or of Ibn Battuta? He never stops from saying ንኺድ ጥራሕ, እንሂድ ብቻ a translation for Abi, the only person in the forum who asks for translation.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Aya Haile S.
            The PM mentions Massawa, because Assab is in someone else’s pocket. እነሱ ሲደደመሩ እኛን ደመሩን:: As to Paulos, he says ንኺድ ጥራሕ because the Eritareanists say ንኺድ ጥራሕ . However, since the destination is never stated, no one could confirm whether they ከይዶም or ኣይከዱን. All they do is ኮለል::

          • saay7

            Abrehet:

            The very independent thinker Elias Amare has called on the Eritrean people to decrease second-guessing their government from 1% of the time to 0% of the time and to increase their vigilence level from code orange to code red. For how long? Throughout the unspecified “critical time” which calls for “revolutionary iron discipline” and silence.

            If you wrote a book with these characters, your editor would reject it by saying you are creating caricatures because no human being acts like that in the 21st century. But Eritrea has produced some very interesting characters who consider peace the worst time for peace. Only total victory and crashing your opponents is the path to peace.

            saay

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Saay,
            It was a very rare quruqus between Gidewon Abay and Elias Amare. First Gidewon Abay twitted not to trust the “king on the making” Abiy. Then he deleted it. Then Elias Amare twitted how Abiy was a man they could deal with. Then Gidewon hit him thrice until Elias Amare said “sium” and admitted perhaps his optimism had clouded his judgement. I haven’t seen his latest call for silence. But I wouldn’t hesitate to follow his instructions. After all, he just stated that democracy is a very dangerous ideology, India which is the largest democracy is most dangerous for women. I am serious , he did.

            If you wrote a book called “dystopia” and wrote everything that is happening in Eritrea and its zombies, the editor might just accept it.

          • saay7

            Abrehet:

            I have a very good friend who explains to me the absurdities of the statements of people like Elias, Ghideon by saying, “አየ ሰብኡት ዓድና!” Part of the Eritrean narrative (“Eritreanism”) is to be suspicious to the point of paranoia and he who recommends more extremism in the defense of this paranoia—-more guns, more conscription, more restriction, more vigilence—is more patriotic than the other.

            God is good. Abi Ahmed brought in Mahmud Ahmed and the two Pentes poured on so much love and music and swaying, forcing Osman Saleh and Yemane Gebreab to do that most of human things—to hold hands—-one hopes that all the Pentes in all the Eritrean prisons heard of it and smiled. Our ogres were the two most uncomfortable in that happy place because the whole time they were thinking could this image this picture be used against me when Isaias decides to disappear me? Remember they imprisoned a singer because in a moment of spontaneity like the one these two were subjected to he held an Ethiopian flag.

            saay

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Saay,
            I have been thinking about the young singer all this week. It was in Dubai and fans took a picture with him holding their flags. Incredible. Did you see how Yemane grimaced and almost had to quote PM Abiy when he used the word love? Another observation I have is on the title of Yemane Gebreab. Inside Eritrea he is always referred to “halafi politcawi gudayat higdef”. Outside, specially when dealing with non Eritreans he is “special advisor to the President”. Hadas Eritrea announcing the visit now refers to him as “fluy amakari president”. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think this is the first time they are using that title in Hadas Eritrea. If that is the case, it seems President Isayas doesn’t mind admitting he has “amakari” and perhaps he is not in a position to complain about that. Did you see the video “das hawiya”. They chant “menie menie teqel u farsin”. You know young singers usually detect changes much earlier than the rest of us.
            The pentes won without a doubt. Their 2 am songs, after the late night beatings end, hopefully have sustained a few of our veterans and elders to see the light at the end of tunnel.

          • Paulos

            ፍትውቲ ሓፍተይ,

            The strange thing about these two cadres—Amare and Abay— is that they both grew up in Protestant households where particularly the latter belongs to the very church Isaias the cruel is prosecuting. The Adventist Church. Men who can not stand on their own, less of men they are, as they say.

          • sara

            Dear saay,
            your observation is correct i also felt the same they were not at ease when the joined the dance/music with the Etio singer…. the change is fast and they couldn’t adjust to the new as they were as you correctly stated coming direct from the MEKETE activities… well they will have to get used to it .. if they will be going back and forth to our southern neighbors.. because i think they are good in hostess… that s how they kept our NGOs inactive for so many years.
            one thing also that got me ehm ehm about you was when i heared your discussion with Elli Maysema… on a radio
            ..actually from the voice and tone and infact the way you talk you sounded almost like Eliase amare… and i said how come.. Elias has switched place and became on the oppo side…. then… later i discovered … its not him but you…
            saay Hawey we want you to stay the way you are… now and the future…

          • saay7

            Selamat Sara:

            Haha, I think I have decided that Elli Maysema should be heard and debated. I think all talk shows, paltalks, etc should get rid of the single guest format and bring 2 to 3 guests. They do a good job of having listeners debate but when they bring a guest, they bring only one and this polarizes us more. Anyway, it is in the words of our great artists ንሓዲሽ ጉዕዞ ብሓዲሽ ምህዞ (new journey, new innovation) but the destination is the same: an Eritrea at peace with itself and the world; and an Eritrea where the citizen is sovereign.

            The similarity in my voice with that of Elias Amare? Two degrees of separation, 3 max.

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Saay Aya-Adi’U,

            Indeed “they will eat it” and swallow it? They are the consumers of the despots idea and the reflection of the despots conscience. Let me tell you a story. A friend of mine is related to Ghedeon. When the government closed his church (he is from seventh day adventist), my friend asked him will you now fight for the right of your church? He told him they will let it open when they think the right time to do it. My friend told him, sad, you sold your soul to the regime. So Aya-AdiU, those who can not fight for their own rights could not be the the soul of their people.

          • Paulos

            ፍትውቲ ሓፍተይ,

            I actually never thought about that as in if there is going to be a destination or an end to the walking-on.

            Would you say, they will come back to where they started off ዓለም ከባብ ከም ምዃና መጠን?

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Paulos,
            Even if they were to return to the same spot, they will claim it is new destination, or that they always knew they were in the right spot to begin with. So no starting point, no stated destination, no measurement on speed or efficiency, no assessment whether the road taken was the right one. Therefore, always victory!

          • Nitricc

            Hi Abrehet; I have no idea why you are burning the mid night oil to the bone but the reason Assab wasn’t mentioned is because it is very sensitive and untimely for the Ethiopians to mention it. If PMAA to mention Assab, he may give false expectation to Ethiopians while irritating the Eritreans. Not because of what you mentioned. I hate fakeness.

          • saay7

            Nitricc: how can you burn a midnight oil to the bone ? Is it lit by bones? 😂 this is almost as bad as the boy who runs with tails tucked between his legs, like a girl (?) And leave Abrehet alone: my decision on that is final and binding.

            saay

          • Nitricc

            Hey SAAY; how can be finial and binding when deceit is the main intent. You know it, Abrehet knows it and I know it that PMAA can’t mention Asseb at this time in point and yet, look how Abrehet used it to deceit and misinform while she know the exact reason and the truth. why?

          • saay7

            Nitricc: you didn’t understand her point which is this:deceit or misinformation is not the intent; satire is. But for satire to work it has to be based on truth and this is why Abrehet’s satirical piece penetrate and in your case, sting. And here’s the truth: the PM mentioned Massawa and not Assab because Assab is now under the control of someone else (UAE.) A UAE prince has more rights to Assab than an Afar Eritrean from the standpoint of freedom of movement. If you don’t believe Abrehet, do something that you guys never do: investigate. Talk to Afar Eritreans.

          • Nitricc

            Hey SAAY, first of all UAE are based 7 km away from the port of Assab and nothing to do with the port and its terminals. Speaking of invetigating, may be you should the same. Regarding Afar, i have no knowldge enough to comment.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Nitric
            I was not giving information. Aya Haile was not asking me for information he knows well I dont have. Hate is a strong word. It is all love now.

          • Blink

            Dear Nitricc
            I have to ask , how big is Erob to be bigger than Eritrea and where are Alula Solomon, Daniel Brhane and other TPLF Scavengers ?

            You have to write a condolence article to T.Kifle .

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam sis Abrehet,

            You are a flower in the middle of our political farm, as such a white flower a sign of peace. Glad to be among us.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Goitai Aman
            You are too kind. Actually I dont like sarcasm. The situation was that of a cheating husban caught in the act and says to his wife “are you going to belive what I tell you or your lying eyes”. I needed to vent.

          • Paulos

            ፍትውቲ ሓፍተይ,

            ሕጂ ዘረባ ኣምጺኺ! ዝገርመኪ ኣዲኡ ንየማነ ኣደይ ገብርኤላ ነደ’ይ ማሓዛኣ ኔረን። ኣደይ ትነግረኒ ጏል ትግራይ ምዃነን። Could that be the reason he was sitting beside Arkebe? I need your astute input on that one to ክብርቲ ሓፍተይ።

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Paulos,
            The reason our wise leader Yemane sat next to Arkebe is so he can give him a good assessment on his performance as Mayor of Addis. At that point, he has seen the street from the airport to the bete mengist. He could easily observe the redundancy of over passes and under passes. If they could leave the street without asphalt, they could have used the savings to build roads to every village in Ethiopia. Yemane can speak in detail the need to develop the country side and neglect the city so as to bring it to the level of the villages. This is how equal development is achieved. Should Arkebe be part of the delegation that reciprocates the visit, he will understand why Asmara is in the state that it is. He will comprehend the visionary leadership and not mistake it for complete incompetence.

          • Paulos

            ፍትውቲ ሓፍተይ,

            ሓዳሽ ዕምባባ’ዶ ናብ ሃገረሰብ ትቕየር?

            ኣበቲ ጉዕዞ ካብ ኣርያፖርቶ ናብ ቤተመንግስቲ ምናልባሽ እቶም ለባማት መራሕትና “ርሻናት ምስራሕ ንዓና ቀሊል’ዩ ነገርግን ንመንእሰያትና ሚነዋለ ከነስረሖም ስለዘይደለና እዩ። ኤሪትራዊ ጽፉፍ ስረሕ ጥራሕ ይሰርሕ ስለ’ዝኾነ” ኢሎም ን’ኣርከበ ሕሹኽ ኢሎሞ ከይኮኑ።

      • saay7

        Awatistas:

        Wait, am I the only one observing Abrehet deadly satire pieces? I can imagine the mouths connected to the Neanderthal brains of Isaias and Isaiasists mumbling them.

        Give us one more Abrehet

        saay

        • Amde

          No saay,

          I noticed it too. I have been laughing and on the horns of a dilemma.. if I say something she might shy away..if I don’t encourage she might stop..

          Abrehet’s Observations.. a running commentary on Osman & Yemane’s Excellent Adventure in Sheger.

          • saay7

            Sir Amde:

            I guess we better not ruin it! But you know even a satire has to be satirized so, with that in mind:

            The wise and farsighted delegation was introduced to the Speaker of the House, Muferiat Kamil. While they were pleased she was a woman and Ethiopia was making due progress towards AU’s Agenda 2063, they noted she was wearing a a Muslim headscarf, combining state with religion, a dangerous precedent. The delegation were grateful for the wisdom of their wise leader who ALLOWS women to wear veils on days which call for ceremonies, like Eid.

            Ok, ok, I will leave that to Abrehet.

            saay

          • Amde

            Saay,

            You do know that BOTH houses of Parliament are chaired by Muslim women right?

            The Oromiya VP (Lemma Megersa’s deputy) is a muslim woman too. Young, good looking and apparently popular. Which you would agree with me given today’s politics is not an inconsequential post.

            The ascendance of Muslims throughout Ethiopian Federal government may be one of the unspoken changes in Ethiopia. Not necessarily something Abiy or Lemma can take credit for – it seems the pool of talent within EPRDF is diverse enough.

            Amde

  • Kaddis

    Gash Beyan –
    PM Abiy came as a result of three years long: state collapsing, economy crippling and violent protest. It was led by social media with second by second update and incitement. Abiy is running fast to try to co-opt a radical youth loyal to the protest leaders.

    There are only two groups with hard power in Ethiopia. Queero and EPRDF. (don’t TPLF, OPDO me here) Queero retained its hard power and can act fast, in minutes.

    Abiy knows he used the protest momentum to come to power while risking state collapse. He needs to run faster . My hope comes from his understanding of our desperate situation and his young age ( agree with you).

    • Amde

      Selam Kaddis,

      Interesting point.
      Do you have insight into the reaching out to Eritrea now? Why couldn’t it wait?

      Thanks

      Amde

      • Kaddis

        Selam Amde –

        I think his party finally got the assessment right about the horn and gulf states geo political dynamics. The info was there which only demanded action. Google ‘The Horn of Africa (Its Strategic Importance for Europe, the Gulf States, and Beyond) ‘ | Alex Rondos

        As mentioned earlier – Abiy knows how desperate we are and trying hard to get help as much as possible risking/ utilising Ethiopian diplomatic stature built with impartial principles. So Ethiopia is not an unaligned party to the gulf crisis anymore ( due to hard currency shortage, because of the economy falling by protest) so why not deal with Eritrea and make more money.

        You can ask why liberalise and sell Eth airlines now – same conclusion. He is lucky ( like Ye Moja lij) there is an economic and diplomatic capital to play with.

        • Amde

          Selam Kaddis,

          Interesting read. You should visit more often. The Alex Rondos paper gives great context for understanding PM Abiy.

          Also, perfect background for Mez (sorry – can’t help it haha)

          Amde

      • Selam Amde,

        Forgive me for intruding.

        If you ask me what do i see in pm Abiy, contrary to those who accuse him in so many different ways, is that i see a person who is courageous, knows what he says and does, not easily intimidated, untarnished up to now, free thinker, genuine when he speaks of ethiopian nationalism, contrary to the proponents of narrow ethnicism, and a believer in pan-africanism, which is the future trend of africa as depicted in the AU policy. There are many who do not like what he says and does, and want him to fail for their own personal reasons.

        We should take note that here is a person for whose sake a million young ethiopians descended to mesqel square with their own decision, to see him in person and listen to his speech, and after the grenade explosion, they came to him and declared that his enemies have to kill them first before they can kill their pm, a fact that terrifies some. Wherever he goes he is accepted with ululation, because ethiopians are infatuated with him. Do you remember the derg days, when ethiopians were forced to descend to the same square under the order of the qebele officials, with raised left hand and clenched fist, fearful of the cadres and the security.

        Like you, i believe that the algiers agreement could have waited, because there are more urgent internal problem, such as peace, normality and rescue of the economy. Nevertheless, i do not know if the solution of the ethio-eritrean impasse may have been the only way of solving the economic problem, and in addition, we do not know if ethiopia’s economy was at the point of collapse, or not, that he was forced to do what somebody else asked him to do. Time will tell.

        For the time being what matters most for ethiopians is to give him the chance and support him in his endeavor for reform and democracy, many do not want to come to ethiopia. Be sure, there are people, internal and external, for whom ethiopian unity and progress is an anathema.

        • Amde

          Selam Horizon,

          Berhe has accused me of being ችስታ ጎረቤት and not wanting to share Abiy. I have pleaded guilty as charged insofar as wanting him to be able to play long term and not get burnt with the fires of yesterday.

          He has earned ginormous political capital and we will see what he does with it now.

          Amde

          • Selam Amde,

            I am getting jealous myself. Sometimes I am not sure to whom does Abiy Ahmed belong, ethiopia or eritrea.

            If Abiy goes to asmara, we better be careful. They may kidnap him, and send us the old man packaged, and a letter in hand which says, “please accept this gift, and love and respect him as your own, and you should know that a gift is never sent back. Eritrean tradition does not allow it. Get stuck with him for the rest of his life as we were stuck with him for fifty years.

            How can one explain to the world this weird phenomenon? If ethiopia goes to war to reclaim Abiy, it will not be easy to explain, and no one may believe. Can we say that this is another trojan war? But, people will ask, where is the beautiful Helen. Who would not laugh if we tell them that the war is due to the exchange of an old dictator for a young reformist.

  • Peace!

    Hi All,

    ጽምብላሊዕ ማዓኮራ ከይከደነት መሬት ከደነት When will we Eritreans learn how to defeat PFDJ and enjoy our GAME OVER moment? Or, we are just good only at over analyzing other countries politics and give warnings? What matters to Ethiopia and its friend is where was the country few months ago and where is the country now, certainly not after cleaning up Eritreans mess. So what if he is naive about Eritrean dictator given the bottom line is he is a prime minister for Ethiopia with his own set of hopes and priorities. Our job as Eritreans is to stand and support the will of Ethiopians. Not a single democratic nation dares to disrespect Americans for choice of Tump- the red carpet can’t be shinier.

    Of course one might say why such pessimism in just only three months? The prime minister has not even started his official duty? Why such pessimism is coming from the same “ERITREAN” elites who were mute when TPLF losing its direction and lectured Eritreans who dared to criticize TPLF to mind his business? And the ironic is that the prime minister didn’t campaign for Pan-Africanism and won popular vote. The parliament elected him yet no one dares to criticize TPLF dominated EPRDF for electing a NAIVE DR. What a massive dishonesty እዋእ ገለስ ኣላታ ዓጂፕ Even for the benefit of doubt, It would totally make sense had Eritrea benefited from TPLF led Ethiopia that one can argue from point of interest, but the reality is out there for everyone one to see “NADA” division and humiliation.

    Of course the other point is Eritreans are good at criticizing and giving warnings, but are not generous at giving ALTERNATIVES. Let say the pessimism is genuine, what’s the alternative- assasinating the naive doctor, reverse Ethiopian people will and bring back TPLF an organization that admitted its awful job and apologized to the people, or the good Dr should declare war on Eritrea and send innocent kids to die because they hate the dictator???

    Please my Ethiopian families and friends majority Eritreans do not share such unproductive pessimism; we know peace and stability is what matters to you at this critical junction and we wish the best.

    Peace!

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Peace,

      No one didn’t welcome the new PM and his rhetorics, and no one didn’t wish him good luck to his endeavors.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. This quote by Steve Jobs makes me think of PM Abiy. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life”. Let us hope that PM Abiy has destiny at his side.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei, Beyan.

    Nationalism in Ethiopia??
    Hmm, the woeyanes has taught their supporters in the killils that Killi is our mother land and Ethiopia is where we bring the money for our killil by hook or crook. That is why Tigray has made it the most out of the Ethiopian private limited cooperation company. I cant say 100% about other killils but the concept tigrians have for Ethiopia is different. It is purly business. If business not suitable for tigrians they can declare independence.

    In short the PM is more nationalist relative to the majority Ethiopians. If the majority asked about Badme they tell you ask Tigray or Take tigray too if you promise you dont take with you Wolkait. Not because of nationalism but ethnocentrism. We dont want amharas abused iby tigriance like in Tigrai or tigrian mjority-Eritrea.

  • MS

    Hey Abyachen
    Watching Iran V Portugal, looking forward to seeing Ethiopian and Eritrean teams play the damn round object in the Capitals of both countries.
    I think the people of Tigray created TPLF; it did not create the people of Tigray. It would be wise for the elites of Tigray to look forward and join the wave of change taking place in Ethiopia. The other option is just disastrous. I was cautious with EPRDF EC communique and subsequent elaborations by Dr.Abiy, although I had hope high hope that he would stand up to the small clique that controlled Ethiopia. His straight talk in the parliament and his follow-up speeches; his efforts to defuse tensions between ethnic groups in South and South West, and overall message of overcoming constraints that have shackled African countries from cooperating make elucidate his view which is in contrast to the divide and rule MO of wayane.
    Overall, he tapped into the yearning of the people of both countries that someday they may see a peaceful region.
    The peace train (Cat Stevens)has moved, and it would be prudent for the leaders of TPLF to think for the next generation. The only option they have is to catch up. Article 39 is not viable when they have sowed all the seeds of hatred with Eritreans.
    Borders should be markers so that future generations do not go to war because of ambiguous delimitations. They should not be considered as Berlin Wall separating the two peoples.
    Selam.

    • Abi

      Hi Vet
      Nice to catch up with you calmed down. I’m also calming down these days due to Abyachin. This Abiy fever is running like a wildfire in every corner of the country. I wonder when it reaches Tigray Kilil? May be they are unaware of what is happening in the country:)
      Article 39 is a death sentence for Tigray.

      Now to the serious stuff
      Which planet do you live? I live on planet earth where the game you are watching ended 12 earth hours ago.
      How are the boys? I’m sure they are doing great. If I remember you have four boys unless you added more. የወታደር ነገር መሳሪያችሁ ሁሌ በተጠንቀቅ ነው የሚገኘው Mine are doing great.
      Thanks.

  • Paulos

    Selam Dr. Beyan,

    Excellent read. Thank you. The young PM is a new brand. Not sure if he belongs to the world of “isms” yet, if not, he might be the first born of “Abeyism.” Sure enough, one could get tempted to take him as a student of “Siddhartha” where the “Cheek Theology” is marinated with the power of love and forgiveness as well.

    If Pan-Africanism was, as you have aptly put it, an affront to the infamous “Scramble for Africa”, the striking difference seems, his philosophy is not a reaction to the past but absolving the past instead. He declares, violence is a thing and a relic of the past and leaders including Isaias should profess not a call to arms but a call to love and forgiveness instead.

    The question remains: Who should be asking forgiveness? Isaias or the Eritrean people? Isaias’ foot-shoulders say neither. The Weyanes instead. And that is precisely the reason the rest of us are skeptical if Isaias is a partner in peace. And I agree with you when you consulted the young PM to slow down and to be cautious as well for he is dealing with a man who has shot stars down the last fifty years of his life so that darkness can reign. The new shining star, the region needs him. So do we!

    • Beyan

      Selam Dottore,

      Let pause here. Shall come back later. It’s way past bed time. The wee hours of the night are the best time for me to pour my heart out, but there a man must know his limits. Time to retire for the night.

      Cheers,
      Beyan

  • Ayneta

    Merhaba Beyan:
    This may be one of the finest articles you have ever written. Apart from its lucid writing, content wise, I would rank it as one of the top three. Thank you for sharing with us!
    Personally, though it may be too soon to make a final verdict, from what I have seen thus far, Dr. Abby is simply the leader that the country so desperately needs for this era. Something is just right about him. He can potentially be the Sun, the wind, the rain the country so deservedly needs!

    I agree with you, he may be instigating change faster than what the country may be able to process. Like you aptly stated in your article, he is trying to unravel a new set of values while the country may not have the time to digest and dissect. What happened the other day during the rally in Addis is one powerful testimony to this premise.
    In similar vein, please don’t heed to bogus fact-finders like MS. These people who are unreformably intoxicated by the disastrous doctrine of EPLF and the Great Leader, albeit mostly implicitly. No rain will get them detoxicated They will inherently try to belittle or even intimidate people who speak against the ills of their ever-right leader and party. People like MS are just bunch of ”wolves” who behave like innocent ”sheep”, trying to mud any water that they could put their hands on in the name of the cliché words ”patriotism”, ”nationality”, ”martyrism”. Their true color is revealed whenever they perceive EPLF or IA is under attack. People like MS are the reason Eritrea is in its ever perpetual darkness. They sabotage any real endeavor to effect long lasting change in the country. They portray the mantra ”country comes first’ while living in the comfort of their home in the West.

    The ”facts” that MS enumerated in his response to your article earlier is just EPLF 2.0, nothing more, nothing less. The ”facts” are stated and argued upon purely from EPLF point of view except he doesn’t overtly state it. Look at him, jumping like a little lump who has just been released to a field. He s tying to tell us the current set affair will exonerate the Great Leader in IA. All of sudden, it is no more EPLF and its disastrous policy that have ravaged the country for the last 30 days. it is now Woyane did this, wonaye did that, while in the process cozying up with IA.. He is trying to tell us IA has always been the visionary one unlike the woyanes who were short sighted in their vision. People like MS think their time has come to once again revive the old EPLF saga in its 2.0 style.
    Once again, keep your articles coming. People like MS will try to obstruct your efforts by subtly labeling you ”unpatriotic”. To them, everything non-EPLF suffers from suboptimal patriotism. Like you rightly said, we have seen what EPLF’s version of ‘nationality, ‘martyrism”, ”patriotism” have produced in Eritrea. Hopefully, the tegadali-era ( all due respect to tegadelti) will be soon be over once and for good and Eritrea will have a leader like Dr. Abby who advocates for different sets of nationalism based on love, cooperation, rule of law and integration. I seriously doubt tegadali-based politics, like the one we have in Eritrea, will bring such change. Like what Americans say: We have been there, we have done that. Till that time, Mr Beyan, please educate us with your ever stimulating articles.

    • Paulos

      Selam Ayneta,

      Well said and thank you. Dr. Berekhet said something extraordinary the other day on Assenna. He was giving interview with Assenna while visiting Eritrean refuges in the Game-Over land.

      He said, he witnessed over 100 Eritreans crossing to the Game-Over land the day Isaias was saying the Weyanes were over. Not only that, he also witnessed equally over one hundred Eritreans crossing the day after as well. ነኺድ ጥራሕ!

    • Beyan

      Dear Ayneta,

      This is one genuine – heartfelt – a gut level response I’ve heard in a long time. Trying to add to what you have said will diminish the weight and the gravitas and the passion with which you penned the note. I am only glad to have penned if only to see what a beautiful renderings it brought from you. We Eritreans have been in this wound generating journey for too long. As we try to find our way back to the norm, we will have a lot of pain that we must heal. I see our efforts here as that process of healing. Now, we have in Ethiopia a young PM who may just have brought the good in us that was overwhelmed by the bad and the ugly. So, the first is ascending to the fore while the latter two are in the process of being buried. We are just seeing that process in real time, which makes it as seeming too frustrating too anger inducing endeavor. We will eventually get it together. I just hope it will be sooner than later.

      Many thanks for this compassionate entry.

      Beyan

  • Haile S.

    Selam Beyan,
    A great analysis, as usual. Curiously enough the person in the image accompanying your article looks a lot like Dr Abiy and I said to myself, is this picture Team-Awate’s pick for the upcoming Eritrean Abiy? Beyan, I wouldn’t throw you into troubled waters, unless I was sure of your qualities. Here are few of the points I would like to say on your article.
    Although you highlighted the interesting approach the Ethiopian prime minister is taking and the hope he has dispersed in the region, your anger on the eritrean situation and on the its governing body is manifest, obviously very understandable. Moreover, you caught up further in your beautifully and succinctly put addendum to highlight the optimism and underline where we Eritreans need to concentrate. I like to see you more in that direction.
    The other point is your call and ‘advice’ to the ethiopian prime minister to slow down in his acceleration of changes. As you mentioned, others have also expressed similar view even going further in calling upon Dr Abiy to excercise caution in his dealing with President Isayas. Based on foreign reporters, Isayas is also presumably preoccupied with Ethiopia’s stability now as he did in the early 90s. At the risk of appearing curricutural, let me put it bluntly, aren’t all these advices and preoccupations reinforcing and implementing Abiy’s pan-ethiopianism (eritrea+ethiopia)? Where is pan-eritreanism (a real harmony of the country) in all these?

  • Bayan Negash

    Addendum to the Article
    The following thoughts I was going to use as an intro after listening to an interview on SBS Radio (see comments below for more).
    These are not ordinary times. Seemingly abruptly a political-monkey-wrench was dropped on our region that nobody saw coming. To say that we were caught by a surprise would be a mother of all understatements. What Ethiopia’s new PM, Dr. Abiy Ahmed has been doing for Ethiopians is awe inspiring. A brief overview of what has transpired since June 5th, 2018 should suffice for context. Addis Standard reported that Ethiopia has accepted the border agreement with Eritrea earlier this month.

    According to Addis Standard, “[a]fter a day-long meeting by the 36 Executive Committee members of the ruling EPRDF a statement released by the politburo said Ethiopia will fully accept December 12, 2000, Algiers Agreement, a peace agreement between
    the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia, which established a special boundary commission.” This news is now too old of a news, considering what has transpired since then as far as Ethiopia is concerned. Needless to say, a response from Eritrean regime was eagerly anticipated.

    Eritrea’s willingness to send a six-member-team to Addis to negotiate the peace agreement was announced two weeks after Ethiopia’s willingness to honor the agreement. This is certainly a step in the right direction. But, the nature of politics in Eritrea being what it is, cautious optimism is all that one can utter at this point. Any further analysis will be nothing more than conjectures, assumptions, and presumptions, which will only prove to be an exercise in futility.

    Beyene Semere of SBS Radio interview of Dr. Mussie Tesafgiorgis on the border issue that was broadcast this morning was a wonderful treat to listen to. These are the educated lot whose voices have been rendered silent for far too long because of the boisterous few. And the void that the educated sector of our society left behind is creating a space for those loud-mouthed – ignorant – people to dominate the conversation. The interview came a day late. In other words, before I submitted an article to awate, which addresses similar issues. So, this is my way of urging Y’all to please listen to the interview as an addendum to the kind of
    conversation that needs and must happen if we are going to begin to see Eritrea of the future. Eritrea that is at peace with itself, with its own citizens, with its neighbors. I highly recommend that readers of this article to listen to the interview. You know, it is not weekend, which goes without saying I cannot share any links.

  • FishMilk

    Hi Beyan. Aside from several factual inconsistencies which you have made, which have been duly noted by MS, you and many others here are prematurely, improperly, and somewhat recklessly placing PM Abiy high on a pedestal akin for an unfair fall from grace. For the sake of Eritrea and also the people of Ethiopia, I wish him well. However, his naivety and inexperience is evident and he is taking an extreme risk of overplaying his hand. For example, he is simply underestimating Ethiopia’s Northern Military Command, the TPLF, and Arena; for which with a little time and patience, he could have (with mass Ethiopian and external pressure) weakened to a point of irrelevance. I will be keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that he is able to navigate through the storm that is coming.

    • Bayan Negash

      Selam FishMilk,

      I like the way you assert your points with a seeming authority. Hope to say more later in the evening. Just acknowledging for now. The same goes for you, MS.

    • @george

      Dear Bayan

      I admire your English writing ability. I wish I can say the same thing about your honesty. The honesty when it comes to your intentions for Eritrea. In addition, you seem to not know anything about anything about Eritrea. Especially, when it comes PIA.
      PIA is on the record repeatedly trying to avoid war with Ethiopia.

      PIA have repeatedly assured Ethiopians the port is open for business.

      PIA is the most prominent leader right now in Africa advocating for pan-africanism. Before Ethiopia’s president was born, PIA on the record setting for self-reliance.
      Because the likes of you are inflicted with hate you’re unable to see the truth. But there’s encouraging signs that Ethiopians are finally getting to know p i a. I suggest you come on board. Days of spewing hate, propagating full statement are gone. Faneto.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Fish.
      I agree with you. I was expecting more from eri-scholars that they use this ‘God’ sent pm to inject some enthusiasm in Eritreans society. But as usual they simply sit and when ever what ever happen in Ethiopia they tell us their good for nothing expertise on Ethiopia.

      If they dont have the courage then at least they can focus on what the peace meeting will bring, what would be the out come, how it affects the peoples on the border. Can the peoples on the border do their day to day life with out some lunatic tell them which uncle they visit and which family they would never see in their lifetime. For them as their leaders the important thing is how the land locked Ethiopia stop using Djibouti and be the boss of the lucrative business in Ethiopia the very business they wanted to destroy from its roots already in 1998.

      What they dont know is that Ethiopia is not only the land of Habesha. We have the same feelings for the somalis in Djibouti the way we have feelings for Tigrians in Eritrea. From both sides i see this short comings. We must reflect our diversities. We are more great, beautiful, intelligent etc than the world forced to see as the gun holder ethnic depicts us.

      Millions have loved the PM. He came up with fresh idea…non-habesha idea. We need more ministers, generals, ECOs from Gambela, Benishagul, Afar, etc that Ethiopia and if Eritrea also wants to show how our diversity has the untapped potential we have. I am more secured if an afar or gambela says i am Ethiopian i want to lead ethiopia than the tigre for that matter amara too. I wan fresh thinking. I feel like suffocatted by this habesah mantra.

  • MS

    Selam Ustaz Beyan
    Good read, and as usual let me differ respectfully in some of the assertions.
    1. Fact #1: The Trump Administration is different than the previous US administrations.
    2. Fact#3. The State Departments of the previous administrations and particularly idiots like Susan Rice and Jendayi Frazer had played a destructive role in trying to sacrifice Eritrea in favor of saving and strengthening its main client, Ethiopia.
    3. Fact #3. There are a new attitude and a new sheriff in Ethiopia arcing towards justice and fairness, answering the calls of peace-loving peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
    4. Dr. Abiy’s legitimacy comes from the people, not from the barrel of the gun. His orientation is towards peaceful regional by pursuing peaceful means of resolving outstanding conflicts. He demonstrated at least up to this point, that he understands Eritrea’s just position. The remaining is a matter of political intimacy between the two parties, not as adversaries but as partners who should get the obstacles removed. The first phase of knowing each other and building trust. One can’t achieve regional integration without trust. Trust was lacking during the TPLF reign.
    5. Fact #5. Issaias, call him whatever you choose, has not changed. Remember, from day one, Eritrea was working for economic and political integration of the region. Marking borders and building separating walls were not its priorities. TPLF brought separating walls when Eritrea embarked on controlling its fiscal policy by issuing its money. That’s when the “map of greater Tigray was resurrected from TPLF’s old manifesto of 1976 of Greater Tigray scripture.
    6. Fact #6. Therefore, Abiy has returned to what Eritrea (Issaias) has been saying, not the other way.
    Fact #7. Eritrea accepted the EEBC verdict and has been calling for its implementation Encouraged by past crooked US administrations, TPLF-controlled Ethiopia has been refusing it. As you put it correctly, TPLF-dominated EPRDF was not genuine when it called to dialogue. Now, finally, it appears, there is a man Eritrea can make a deal with.
    Fact # 8. Unlike the TPLF which tried its copies of Eritrean opposition, Eritrea focussed on broad and long-term solidarity with the Ethiopian people, something the EPLF had been doing during its struggle, although in the last years of the armed struggle it put all its eggs in the TPLF-basket for operational convenience. Now, it has earned an important lesson. It realigned itself with the broader cause of the Ethiopian people, not with particular personalities or organizations. When its vision and the Ethiopian peoples meet, as it has happened, things payback.
    Fact #9. Please speak for your self. The majority of Eritreans separate IA and Eritrea. The majority Eritreans are rational citizens who prioritize things. The past 18 years misery are results of a combination of factors. A compounding component is the self-deprecating wanna-be-opposition-Eritreans who have complicated matters by allying with an occupying force.
    Fact #10. You don’t define opposition. People who never joined the opposition you have in mind, can’t be said to be breaking ranks with it.
    Fact #11. Trying to lecture people who should be patriotic and who should not, or to create metrics for it to serve your cause of breaking the ever alive Eritrean nationalism, is a futile attempt. Eritreans who fought for the creation of Eritrean independence and those who continue to defend its independence are all patriots. The defense of Eritrean independence has nothing to do with supporting PFDJ. But you are on record for wishing Eritrea was over-run by the crooked TPLF and occupied. Now, you have the right to call yourself a patriot, too. But the jury is still out there. Let’s leave it there.
    12. Fact #12. The era of peddling TPLF ideology is over. The era when TPLF monopolized Ethiopian economy and politics is over. The era when TPLF pitted Ethiopians against each other is over. The era when TPLF used Eritrea as a boogieman to frighten Ethiopians is over. The peace-loving peoples of both countries were vindicated when the youth of Addis Ababa and Gondar waved flags of both countries. The region needs a break from the past. I have confidence in the possibility that that is attainable.
    With due respect.

    • Beyan

      Selam Haw Mahmoud Saleh,

      Ah, where to begin is the question, Well, I appreciate the point by point “facts” you enumerated. I have no issues with the Awate-forum participants as they challenge each other on a set of facts. Let me illustrate by way of the American media exchange that’s just difficult to forget. So you remember the heated exchange that took place one Sunday morning, sometime in January of 2017. The host, Chuck Todd of Meet the Press asked Kellyanne Conway as to why was Trump letting his press secretary to “utter a falsehood?” The reply came stunning to my listening ears from Kellyanne Conway: “…Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. What– You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.” I am sure nobody is forcing you to state these facts but are emanating from a set of facts as you understood them at the time.

      The facts as you lay them – just because you call them facts does not make them be facts. You may have your own analysis of the facts, but you are not entitled to alternative facts. Between Ayneta and Paulos I believe they’ve given us some beautifully rendered set of crystal clear ideas that we can all learn from by looking forward. We need not go a running binge when we can simply jump the hurdle. We need not swat the fly when we can simply shoo it away. We need not insult one another when we can communicate respectfully as you and I are doing.

      So, much as you accuse the TPLF of being the aggressor, on your Fact #4, interestingly, you start out with this: “Dr. Abiy’s legitimacy comes from the people, not from the barrel of the gun.” Can you say the same about the “president” you glowingly keep in high esteem? Do you reckon he came to power by “legitimacy…from the people, not from the barrel of the gun”? The answer is certain to be in the negative, unless you have alternative facts stashed away somewhere. So, going to back to 1999 will do none of us any good. Your angry position toward the Policy of the United States of yesteryear should be directed not at the individual politicians and diplomats who were shuttling to convey the message that packaged for them by the Clinton Administration. You remember how your president was offended by a smart woman – Susan Rice – in her thirties coming to convey the US policy and thereby resolve the border issue between the two warring countries. Little did he know she would become an influential adviser of the previous administration. Having the inability to show deference to individual diplomats however less experienced, however young ended up cornering the man in his little corner. When was the last time he traveled abroad other than just across the Red Sea? That in itself tells a story of a man lost in the way the world operates. The man has no capacity to lead. If anyone knows the power of the “barrel of” a “gun” it is him. He knows nothing about the language of diplomacy.

      At a democracy country like the US, individual messengers are not to be blamed but the policy the administration espouses. So, what was the policy of the US at the time toward the Horn of Africa is something worth pondering. Here is partial of what the Institute for Policy Study (IPS) states:

      “Despite claims to the contrary, Ethiopia and Eritrea have been fighting not over a border but over rival hegemonic claims in the Horn of Africa and over “national pride” and “territorial integrity … Its neighbors see Eritrea as having deliberately chosen an aggressive foreign policy as a central element in its nation building strategy; Eritrea fears the threat of Ethiopian regional dominance.

      “Even by the shocking standards of recent African conflicts, the May 1998-June 2000 war in the Horn of Africa is truly appalling. As many as 100,000 people have been killed in the intermittent, but savage fighting; up to one million people have been driven into exile or internal displacement; hundreds of millions of dollars have been diverted from development into arms procurement.

      “Simplistic and faulty labels should be avoided. A mutually distorted
      perspective has caused both Ethiopia and Eritrea to see the other as a
      favored son of U.S. policy. It allowed Ethiopian commentators to ask why
      the U.S. supported a “dictator” like Isaias Afwerki. It led
      Eritreans to wonder—despite their own expulsion of 150,000 Ethiopians
      in 1991/92—why the U.S. backed “proto-Nazis” in Addis Ababa
      espousing a policy of “genocidal deportation.”’

      I alway pay attention to what you say, because you epitomize certain characteristics that I wish to see changed in so many Eritreans. My job here is to try to convince you to see issues in a different light. I much appreciate you reading what I write. As the song goes, after a rain comes the rainbow. Thusly, after our give and take, we will eventually come to that rainbow coalition that Eritrea is in dire need of.

      Beyan

  • Amde

    Selam Beyan,

    Thank you for the cautionary piece. I feel sick to my stomache really – it feels like the descending of vampires. PFDJ is an infinitely worse entity compared to anything TPLF is accused of.

    Amde

    • Beyan

      Selam Amde,

      Our inability to see humanity in each other has been our folly. With this major step Ethiopia is taking toward peace, permanent peace might just be in the offing. The cautionary tale is within irking me though that I hope we get it right this time around. Hope.

      Beyan

    • Mez

      Dear Amde,
      What would be the EXPECTATIONS from the Eritrean-ethiopian meeting??
      A couple of interesting questions to ponder: 1) what could be the agenda item of this first meeting, 2) how will be the composition of the Ethiopian delegate (70% or 100% from tigray state both federal and state representation. Does this matter Eritrean deligates?), 3) what will be the possible achievable goal like in the comming year, three years, five years, 4) knowing that the 1998-2000 war was triggered due to irreconcilable macroeconomic policies (that divergence looks now even worest), what options does the Ethiopian government have not to repeat the same mistake again–ending up in yrt another war., 5) how open and public will be this meeting?

      Thanks

      • Abraham H.

        Dear Mez, my feeling is that the Ethiopian delegation would only include folks from within the PM’s office, members of his cabinet near to his reform efforts. I strongly doubt it if he is going to include any tplf officials outside his office. We will soon see, anyway.

        • Mez

          Dear Abraham H,

          Why should that matter?

          1) If the Ethiopian side have no restriction as to who shall come to Addis,
          2) the composition of the Ethiopian delegate to Asmara shall be reciprocated the same way. There shall be actually more Tigrian (TPLF or other wise) in the Ethiopian deligation. They have to get firsthand information from Asmara (for their constituencies), on such matters like: a) how far Eritrea is ready for peace with Etiopia in general, and with the neighbouring Tigray state in particular, b) in all this talking what is in there for the private peoples to take home,
          3) further, if PM-AAA flies to Asmara with no explicit concrete pronouncement of what he may want to achieve there, (then trying to tell peoples,afterwards, how important things he achieved in his trip to Asmara) will definitely be one of his major political mistakes since he became prime minister. If he really want to achive some thing important for the two nations, his action plan has to be genune, convincing, and logical to most of Etiopians. The attitude of “i know better than you” has to be replaced with collective understanding and consensus with all his constituencies.
          3.1) even now his very vague and generalized statement on the relation of the two countries (since June 20,2018) is susceptible and semi suspect. To be frank, I don’t even see his trip to Asmara at this time, as advisable–where substantial segegment of his citizens especially in Tigray have hard time in understanding about the whole situation.

          Thanks

      • Amde

        Selam Mez,

        That article I am urging you to write? Well, now would be a good time.

        The whole thing does not make sense unless one resigns to the almost certainty that something has already been fixed. There must be pretty sweet inducements put on the table.

        Otherwise, i see no possible purpose than for Eritrea to meddle in domestic Ethiopian politics. This trip is in fact counter to what the Eritrean side stated just last week, that the “… stability of Ethiopia is the paramount issue…” Well if that is the concern then stay the hell out until things sort themselves.

        We are told the purpose of this team is to discuss the details of the PM Abiy trip to Asmara. There are many reasons we could have been told about the purpose of the team, but it was deemed important enough to tell us an Abiy trip is purpose of it. A visit by the supreme national political leader is a usually a culmination – a formality. The announcement of this detail tells me a package is already finished and only the selling of the package is left. At this point, PM Abiy has such star power that he can sell ice to the eskimos. So perhaps, this is a package Eritreans may not like, and Abiy is needed to sweeten it.

        As long as we are speculating, it may be a good deal if both sides can be trusted to keep their ends. But, PFDJ and trustworthy are not usually found in the same space.

        So, while we await The Unveiling, I would be very interested to see if you can produce a piece that can spark conversation on the economics of long term peace between Ethiopia an Eritrea.

        Amde

        • Tesfu

          Dear Amde,
          Can you trust a devil who is well known for brutality-he does not give a damn to his fellow liberators, who are dead already or.dying in cage.when is he going to suck your blood while alive?

          Yours

        • @george

          Dear Amed

          “PFDJ and trustworthy are not usually found in the same place”

          Being dishonest is the Hallmark of your tplf. Just correcting your mind our mistakes. So you can stay in the right path not deviate from the truth. Humbly guiding you to the light. You got the right one but the wrong people to trick kid going out the date where you can fool Eritreans. Even the average Ethiopian is on to you now.

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Selam Amde
          PM Abiy will travel to Adi Halo to gain insight on how to build better dams. President Isaias had commented on how the renaissance dam could be destroyed by earth quake (and mind you there was an earthquake in the area the very next day) and how the dam would generate electricity in excess of Ethiopia’s needs. Now that the decision makers may have made peace with the renaissance dam, perhaps the necessary adjustments to the dam can be gained from President Isaias and perhaps the excess electricity can be put to good use in the Eritrean industrial parks.

        • Selam Amde and Mez.

          “Concern for the stability of Ethiopia is the paramount issue” is a myth. It is meant to cover up the fact that they have abandoned the fallacy of “demarcation first and dialogue later” or H. Cohen’s, “demarcation in the morning and dialogue over the afternoon coffee”, under an acacia tree, with camels and goats grazing all around them, and H. cohen asking what is this on the camel’s back; is it the control wheel?. It is necessary that the eritrean regime must look magnanimous, even when it is capitulating. How else could the regime justify the unjustifiable misery of the eritrean people over the last decade and half?

          The fact that over 16 or so years when the regime and its supporters were crying foul, to anything else other than demarcation first, and eritrean occupied lands are returned first as if eritrea was going to be lost without badme and its environ, it was all a fake reaction through and through, only meant to keep the young from the center, in case they revolt against the regime. Nevertheless, eritreans found the known release valve of abandoning the country in all direction, despite what regime supporters called them – not eritreans, gadget hunters, economic migrants, what not.

          In my opinion, demarcation will be the last subject in their agenda. In no way a discussion will take place on issues that concern tigray without the representatives of tigray at the table. Because the sour blood between tplf and eplf/pfdj should be watered down first before they can meet face to face, they will leave the issue of demarcation for a latter date, with the possibility it may be slowly forgotten altogether, or they will call upon the local population to sort it out so that everybody is satisfied.

          This is the case of a drowning eritrean regime, especially the king and his courtiers, who want to save themselves at the very last moment. The economy is the burning issue which needs an open big market and an open border demarcated or undemarcated, eritrean citizens are waiting for the spark that will set everything in motion, the old are getting older and they cannot trust anybody anymore, even their own armed forces and they do not want to die in the very dungeons they built themselves. Therefore, they are ready to compromise.

          That both governments are serving us a pre-cooked food waiting to be warmed in the microwave oven of politics so that it is palatable and could pass the test of acceptability, is a fact, in my opinion. Nevertheless, who are the chefs? Rich arab states, the eu and usa. The first two can tempt them with their money, the first for geopolitical influence, the second to curb down migration, and the last one (usa) to widen its influence by promising to lift sanctions. The small silly davides of the region will feel alright, and the poor people can do nothing but praise them for their foolishness ululating and beating the kebero, as if they are ruled by intelligent people.

          • Mez

            Dear Horizon,

            A lot of interesting perspectives, great. I hope, at least the whole package will contain enough FDI to trickle down to the villagers level–and in one or other way rejuvinate peoples life for the better.

            Thanks

          • Selam Mez,

            If the two countries lose this golden opportunity, they better know that it is the last. Peace and the economy will be the driving forces of future ethio-eritrean relations, Ultra nationalist wall builders will be frustrated, because they will be replaced by the new bridge builders between the two countries. Ethiopians and eritreans will be winners, thanks to the man who disproved all those who demeaned and demonized him.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Mez,

        Legitimate thoughts. But as far as the Eritrean despots emissaries are concerned, the agenda should already been dictated to them. Their job would be following the familiar old EPLF way of delivering messages: the hand picked lead person stating as carefully as could the message and the rest just listen. Not addition or elaboration. Here, I am recalling the way our counterparts conduct themselves during the liberation era contacts between the ELF and the EPLF. I would love to hear if this way of conducting business has changed.

        • Mez

          Dear Ismail AA,

          What you said is very, very scary; to say the least.

          If one may will want to follow the path of peace and reconciliation, one has to keep posted the citizens “bearer of the burden of the last fifty years of war and destruction” on both sides of the Mereb River.

          To start with, there is the road map of the Algiers Agreement, the Border ruling. One may want to start and move-on from there.

          Thanks

    • halafi mengedi

      Amde,

      If any consolation at all, rest assured,if this thing falters, I have a feeling most Eritreans know who to blame. We know PMAA is giving his best.

      Hm

      • Amde

        Selam hm,

        That thought has been going through my mind as well.

        His actions in the recent intercommunal clashes in Awassa is interesting. The Welayta were the obvious victims of an ganized Sidama pogrom. He asked that ALL officials (including Welayta) resign from their post. One imagines that as victims they probably felt outrage. But they did – and in a week – it created sufficient back pressure for Shiferaw Shigute, the country’s most high level Sidama, to resign.

        Ethiopia is being very visible in rolling out the red carpet (literally).
        There are artists standing by. Road side greetings. The works. If this thing is not an unveilling of a pre-cooked deal, then diplomatically it puts Eritrean resistance in a bit of a jam.

        We will see I guess.

        Amde

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Beyan,

    I have a kind of policy is scheduling my readings of articles. I reserve posts of several authors for amble time mostly the weekends because I need extra time to reflect on what they have to say. Yours is one of them. This time, I nearly fell in trouble with family members when I insisted contrary to custom that I needed the machine to read your article.

    To begin with, it’s an excellently composed reading the combines as usual style and substance. It is enjoyable to some one takes time to contextualize rapid political developments unfolding in socially and demographically complex setups like that of Ethiopia. Here, thus, I would like to make quick observations on two or three points that caught my attention due to their political weight that fall on my mind with flavor of ideological dimension.

    One of the is relating Dr. Abiy’s views as came interspersed in the context of his speeches with Pan-Africanism or tendency towards it. My point is not from negative perspective per se, but due to the fact whether what those views of Dr. Abiy could render one persuaded that Pan-Africanism has been owned by him as guiding approach to relations in the region and beyond. In my view, the PMAA has so far demonstrated to be practical and pragmatic politician who take expediencies that serve the current and next phase needs of Ethiopia. This could be seen from his early on itineraries to the Arabian Peninsula countries and quick enhancement of relations that the deputy ruler of the Emirate travelled to Addis Ababa to join the Ethiopian Moslim faithful for Id el Fitr prayer.
    This could warranted to construct an opinion that Pan-Arabism too is an equal value modus operandi with Pan-Africanism for the PMAA.

    The other point that arouse my urge is the issue of politically depreciating the impact of post colonial boarders associated with Dr. Abiy’s approach. I read this point with Eritrean despots on and off propensity to immaterialize colonial boundaries in so far as it serve his power greed and calculations. As I have noted in one of my rejoinders under previous threads in this forum, his attempt to float that Ethiopia’s stability superseded the significance of setting the stalemated boarder conflict. Associating Dr. Abiy’s notions about significance or otherwise of boarders may not really correlated or second the intentions of the despot back home.

    To close these quick remarks, I should add my voice to yours and those of brothers Dr. Paulos and Kbrom about the need for Dr. Abiy and his team to exercise caution in their measures. Sometimes popularity during honeymoon period could transient and deceptive. Ethiopia is pretty complex country that only enlightened pragmaticism may be expedient to maintain unity and social coherence. Following slow and considered steps within the reigning constitutional framework may be more productive than hasty measures that could back fire down the road.

    Please forgive me if I have messed up with your thoughts. In case that will be the case, please ignore what I have scribbled above.

    With many thanks for this well written article.

    • Beyan

      Selam Ismail AA,
      Much appreciated that you were able to win the familial fight over whose turn it is to use the gadgetries. We have taken away from our kids their respective laptops that their school issued for all students in their schools, because these are laptops that were issued for them to use. So, the ethical and moral ground argument has won us some brownie points. They accepted it – in principle – But war broke out today when both wanted to know if I had hidden the two laptops in the house. When I conceded it was in the house they located it in instantly. They both took their respective laptops out and their mood was so soured because we insisted that they need to have confiscated. There is a near mutiny in the house now that we are trying to break the impasse. We’ve been managing mighty fine taking turns for a little over a month now until I buckled and allowed them to see these little monsters.

      That said, your assertion that beyond the binaries of Pan Africanism and Pan Arabism, PM Abiy is “practical and pragmatic politician who take expediencies that serve the current and next phase needs of Ethiopia.” That may as well be the case. I refrain from going full throttle to claim or see his stand on the Pan Africanism and Pan Arabism on equal footing. If anything, the latter might fall to the realms of characterization of “expediencies” and the former, one hopes, will become his central tenet moving forward. If he begins to toy with the idea of Pan Arabism, he will have undue resistance on so many fronts from not only Ethiopia but also from some corners of the Horn. In my estimate, the overarching principle should be Pan Africanism should remain the foreground to his political ascendancy while Pan Arabism as that background he can use to live in peace with the neighboring countries. That capacity, as you have indicated, is there. The one billion lifelines of the petro dollar from the United Emirates is a case and point.

      As for the postcolonial borders being used for political maneuvering, here too, your point is well taken. We’ve seen leaders after leaders claiming to ascribe to Pan Africanism, but their actions speak louder than their words. As I attempted to give some explication vis-à-vis Ethiopia having the right elixir to make do with Pan Africanism is because it doesn’t have the mimicking of colonized mindset that the former colonial African country leaders suffer from, including our own. I truly believe Ethiopia can make do with a political philosophy rooted in our own thinkers. It needs to begin with us here, starting with myself. My education emanates from Western frontiers. My frame of reference is always that when it comes to literature. Seldom do I use African thinkers as I should starting here at awate website. I see penetrating ideas in the forum. I wish I read them regularly. Those I happened to read, for example, just recently really got me going. The piece that I has now become an article was derived from the give and take between Gheteb and Sal when the former didn’t think PM Abiy was Pan Africanist. When I started to join the fray, the response had gotten so long that I opted to develop it to an article size. My point is that we should honor our original thinkers like those who grace this forum and those who have been writing articles in this forum since its inception. We should start citing our Eritrean and Ethiopian and other African thinkers who wallow in depth on the issues that we are grappling with. It is how we will begin to have ideas that are prone to serve our continent better than those who see us no better than our exotic wilderness. I need to practice what I preach and hope to make do with that line of thinking, soon, inshallah.

      Thank you for taking the time to not only read the piece but giving a well thought out commentary in quick order.

      Cheers,
      Beyan

      • Ismail AA

        Hayak Allah Beyan,

        Once more my sincere appreciation for the time you spared to respond to my remarks in so much detail. That is a mark of generosity that defy the server t time constraint that we all suffer from.

        While not making myself a bit redundant raising matters relating to Pan-Africanism and Pa-Arabism because I recall we had extensive exchanges previously under your a book review you had authored, the point was not an attempt to argue that PMAA is an ideology neutral politician. I meant that it is too early to describe him as either Pan-Africanist or Pan-Arabist ideologue.

        In my view, as far as my modesty competence helps me to judge, what we heard him saying or witnessed him doing in policy changes depict him as a pragmatic agent of change who demonstrated understanding of where past policies had gone wrong and summoned considerable courage to rectify to rectify them in ways the public could see and appreciate. For instance,the release of prisoners is one of them that could easily more families and household.

        As passing remark, let me add that the age of ideologies as source of inspiration for social and economic transformations has by and large come to an end (would love to hear yours and other friends’ such as Dr. Paulos thoughts on this point). Military might supported by technological advancement seem to have take the lead under the framework of lofty national material interest and security interests. This replaced the old ideological battle lines which have left the developing and underdeveloped world in nearly impossible competitive situations. In my view, Pan- Africanism and Pan- Arabism that were developed to unite nations against colonial masters had served the struggle to free peoples from direct colonial subjugations. They then lost lust in confronting the post colonial clientele states and gave way to military interventions that did havoc to peoples.

        Hence, I would dare to argue that practical and young leaders like Dr. Abiy in Ethiopia could be aware that unifying constituencies and pursuing meaningful development schemes would need less ideological inspiration than expediencies generated schemes that enable them to compete with all powerful world powers, and against disadvantageous odds, for markets and resources.