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Eritrean Economy: Transportation Crisis And Turf War

A turf war has surfaced and it involves the Eritrean ministry of transportation and the economic arm of the ruling party. The squabble is expected to escalate further. Informants indicated that “a few other ministries are also awakening to the unfettered monopoly of the national economy by the ruling party.”

The ruling People’s Front for Justice and Democracy (PFDJ), the only legal party allowed to operate in Eritrea, owns many companies and monopolizes all sectors of the national economy.

An observer commented, “the frustration is natural because ministers are limited to the role of coordinators between the government and the party’s economic arm with no say on affairs that their ministries should administer.”

It’s possible that the serious transportation crisis that is killing the already crippled Eritrean economy and hurting the people could have triggered the the minister’s sheepish reaction.

Over the last five years, the PFDJ government has boasted about the hundreds of buses it imported from China, and the many new roads that it built, while the state-owned television showed an impressive caravan of buses driving up the escarpments to Asmara. But the transportation crisis continued unabated.

The bright pink, yellow, and blue buses didn’t alleviate the transportation problems that have disrupted trade and travel in the country.  But every bus or machinery imported to the country, including Bisha mine equipment, that the state parades in the streets of the capital city as an exhibit of its development efforts, has remained an illusion with no impact on the lives of the people, and didn’t ease the deplorable state of the transportation crisis.

At least one of the bus shipments belonged to the Sudan after it arrived through the Eritrean port of Massawa. The PFDJ paraded the buses in the streets of Asmara seeing them off to their destination in Sudan through the border town of Tessenei.

Queuing PFDJ Style

Long queues of people waiting for a bus in the major bus terminals are too common in the major cities. Capricious station managers whimsically set the bus schedules and assignment them to different destinations, but many people in the countryside still depend on pack animals, or travel long distances on foot.  .

Usually waiting for a bus at the terminals extends for many hours, though securing a seat may prove to be difficult even for people traveling a few hours distance to closer destinations. The absence of fixed bus schedules, and  their haphazard dispatching , are the source of frustration for travelers .

To avoid standing in waiting under the elements for hours, Eritreans have improvised a convention to keep their turn in queues by putting rocks, cans, and cartons, to secure their places and watch it from a distance.

Oftentimes, the waiting extends to the late hours of the night with no bus provided. The travelers will have to return the next day for the same grueling experience.

Uneven competition by PFDJ owned companies has chocked private transportation companies out of business. Yet, the well-funded ruling party companies that own the buses and trucks have failed to provide efficient transportation services, despite the cheap fuel subsidized fuel they obtain at 40% less than the market price.

The PFDJ companies provide disorganized and corrupt transportation services managed by inept station managers who whimsically dictate bus destinations.

A traveler explained, “we waited for a bus for six-hours and when it finally arrived, the driver refused to go to our town because he insisted he wanted to go to his town in a different location for the night.” He added, “The station manager switched the destination of the bus to appease the driver and he drove the bus to his town with a half empty bus; they told us to return the next day.”

According to travelers, bribing and corruption is rampant in the bus terminals, “the official price of a ticket could be 30 Nakfa but the managers watch it silently while it is being sold for 50 Nakfa by their subordinates.”

The trucking business is not different. In a strange dictate, trucks are not allowed to carry goods worth more than 2500 Nakfa. Violation of that dictate may result in heavy fines, often leading to the confiscation of the loaded goods, mainly food items.”

Such directives are supposedly invented to curb contraband trade and maximize tax revenues. And to remain compliant with the directive, “a truck with a payload of 30 quintals carries only two quintals of sugar, the driver is forced to carry only a fraction of the full capacity.”

Despite all the draconian rules, “a big portion of Eritrean commerce is still rely on contraband goods, including coffee that is smuggled from Ethiopia through Sudan.”

The PFDJ’s Inefficient and ineffective transportation monopoly haa put an extra burden on the economy and it has crippled the entire transportation industry.

The economic arm of the ruling party owns most of the buses and trucks operating in Eritrea.

A Pact of Two Political Lepers

The West has treated Sudan as a pariah state since 1993 when the USA bombed targets in Khartoum. In 2003, in the wake of the Darfur crisis where hundreds of thousands fled their homes while many were massacred by Janjaweed forces supported by the government, the West tightened the trade sanctions against Sudan. Recently, Donald Trump has put Sudan on a six-month review period before considering the easing of the trade sanctions.

In an arrangement that an Eritrean writer described as “a pact of two political lepers”, Sudan uses the Eritrean port of Massawa to import goods camouflaged as Eritrean imports. Eritrea is also under a strict UN sanctions regime, but the sanctions do not include a ban on civilian imports.

Senior Eritrean and Sudanese officials who operate from Eastern Sudan supply most of the contraband fuel, sugar, oils and other edible consumer items to the Eritrean markets. In the last decade, sleepy villages around the border of the two countries have become bustling commercial centers exchanging supplies from the local Sudanese market and imports arriving through the Port of Massawa, a port that receives one ship every now and then. Once the lone ship leaves the berth, the port serves as a mooring berth for the small fishing boats that dock there.

In addition to Massawa, Eritrea has another major port close to the southern mouth of the Red Sea, Assab. However, the port of Assab has become insignificant since the Eritrean-Ethiopian border war of 1998-2000. Until the war erupted, Assab used to handle a big chunk of the Ethiopian import and export trade. However, since the beginning of 2016, Assab has become a closed military region reportedly serving the UAE and Saudi Arabia in their war efforts to defeat the Houthi rebellion in Yemen.

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  • sara

    Dear patriotic awtistas
    Our couse is just and the journey is long,be thrift using your ammo..
    Trimph of the righteos is guaranted.
    Long live eritrea.

    • Mez

      Dear Sara, an ambivalent message.

      Thanks

      • sara

        Dear Mez,
        ambivalence is mostly in the mind of the beholder,i guess.

        • Mez

          Dear Sara,
          your gusset evens out things.
          Thanks

        • Mez

          DearSara,

          Your guess evens out the point of contest.

          Thanks

  • blink

    Dear Awate family
    Where is meles ? Dead
    What does meles did ? He divided Ethiopia across ethnic lines , He gambled by Ethiopian lives in order to cement his rule over Ethiopia by waging unprecedented war over Eritrea,

    Economics ?? That must be the least he got remembered because let’s ask the Oromo and even most Tigray people, from the time of developmental state economics, Ethiopia has yearly minimum 5 million hungry people,now it is over 10 million .
    The praise he got from western Fertilizer company (Yara) was a big hole in the Ethiopian dishes. Ethiopia after 26 years is under food aid . Every year money flow from Ethiopia is more than the aid it gets , almost most people are not satisfied with the final out come of ethnic politics nor do it stopped aid due to developmental state.

    Why are some praising him ,
    1. Most of them are graduated by group thinking , we know who these group right advocates are .No need to write down their name. They feel happy by the way Eritreans misery under meles because that helped them politically to paint EPLF ??? Some one is not having it .

    How can a country with GDP growth of over 10% of its GDP for over 20 years found itself at the mercy of western aid hands ? Well this question can be answered from different perspectives but for now we can see how the state is handling its affairs. Meles was not ordinary leader but he is by far better than Issaias in his crisis handling system . While meles was a shrouded politician yet he managed to swing on different corners of the ordinary Ethiopian lives on the opposite Issaias is a very straight smart manager who happens to be lucky enough to kill all his opponents. Meles could have done the same but Ethiopia is too large to be owned by one man like Eritrea . So what is this all about ?? Nothing except a gym for some and a heartfelt pain for others who see meles like Rastafari,,,,

  • Haile S.

    Selam all,

    ሃለዋተይ ምፍላጥ ዝጀመርኩሉ
    Radio መልሓስ ኣለዋ’ዶ ኢለ ዝተመራመርኩሉ
    ከማኺን ከማኻን ሓንጎለይ ዝተጠቐምኩሉ
    ዝርኣኹዎ ኣብ ኣእምሮይ ዘስፍረሉ

    ዝዝከራኒ ኣለዋ ክልተ ናእሽቱ ፋውሪካ
    እታ ሓንቲ እንዳ ካራሜለ እታ ሓንቲ እንዳ ሓምባር ጭቃ

    እታ እንዳ ካራሜለ
    ነይራ ጥቓ ፕያሳ ሚኪኤለ

    ሽኮር ኣምኪኾም
    ሕብሪ ጥብ ጥብ ወሲኾም
    ሓርጭ ፈይ ፈይ ኣቢሎም ደሊኾም
    መጢጦም ወጣጢጦም ዘርጊሖም

    የሕልፍዎ ኣብ መንጎ መጉእ ክልተ
    ነዃዕ ጎዳጉድ ዝመኦ machine ዝዘወር እናተጓተተ
    መልክዕ ሒዙ ናይቲ ጎዳጉዲ ከይሰሓተ
    ይወጻልኩም ሽኳር ካራሜለ እናተፈርተተ

    ይምላእ ከረጺት ተዃቲኹካ
    ይሸየጥ ንሞቕሽሽ ወይ ንፈረንካ
    ወይ ይዕደል ኣብ ውዳሰ መዓየዲን ንጎረቤትካ

    ነበረያ ነበረ ኣኽርያ እንዳ ሓምባር ጭቃ
    መጨረስታ ኣውቶቡስ እንዳ ቡልስያ ሕልፍ ኢልካ
    ይመጸልኩም ጥቕላል ዚንጎ ካብ ፋውሪካ
    Machine ደሪዓ ተውጽእ መትሓዝን መኽደኒን ታኒካ
    ተሕልፎ ናብ ካልእ machine ትመልእ ዝደስከለ ጭቃ
    ኣብ ባኮ ይእከብ ደራሪብካ
    ይዝርጋሕ ንክሽየጥ ክሳብ ባርካ
    ንመኽሰብ ሓደ ክልተ ፈረንካ

    ብግለ ሰብ’ዩ ዝምዕብል ኤኮኖሚ
    በቲ ክህብትም ዝደሊ ብዘላቶ ዓቕሚ
    መንግስቲ ሓላፍነቱ ጥራዩ ምውጻእ ትልሚ
    ኣይግድን ክኸውን ናይ ምዕባለ ተጫራቲ ተቓዋሚ

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      ሰላም ሃይላት,

      አብ እንዳ ፋብሪካ ሽኮር (ካራሜለ) ዝሰራሕካ ኢኻ ትመስል:: ነቲ ገበጣ (racks) ካራሜለ ዝበስለሉ ምዝካርካ ገሪሙኒ:: ናቱ ትዝታ ይመስል እዚ ግጥምኻ::

      • Haile S.

        ሰላም ኤማ፡
        ኣቦይ ናብታ ቦታ ክወስደኒ ከሎ ትምህርቲ ኣይጀመርኩን ነይረ። ጁባታተይን መዓጓጉርተይን ካራሜለ መሊኦም ዘፋነውኒ ከመይ ጌረ ክርስዖ?

  • blink

    Dear awate family
    I observed a very constant push by people who claim that ” they are the purest opposition ” to PFDJ .These people are forcefully , willingly pushing the young generation to accept their views and they are doing it allover facebook , smerr1 paltalk room , I heard they do not sleep , they sale every thing (like the story of ELF and EPLF by hidden personalities , these people lie about every thing and there is no limit to their lies . They even ask people to contribute some money for projects that does not exist , it is mind boggling crime , it is just a full of carp and no one is dare to speak about it.

    Their view looks like this
    1. Any one who submitted to their ethnic or identity politics is in their camp and any one who did not is a supporter of PFDJ
    2.Any one who see the misery of the Ethiopian people and willing to talk is doing it to help PFDJ ,even though they know PFJ can not have any good picture but they sense it from distance and they believe they are good at knowing it.
    3. Any one who choose the tigray people over his follow Eritreans is seen as a guy out for love of the two( Eritrean Tigrina and Tigray people ), They brag about it and even praise TPLF generals and dismiss ELF and EPLF history as a mistake. (agazians and song of peace, bright future …..like the guy called desbele the ugly lair )
    4. Any one who praise the Eritrean revolution is PFDJ or some one langa langa
    5. They preach hate and the demolition of Eritrean history .
    6. Any one who is willing to speak about division (ethnically , religiously and regionally is from heaven )
    The list goes on and on …….
    The good thing about this is ,the Eritreans are learning and are maturing about these full or crap .

    • ሰላማት ቀባሕ ብዘይ ባሕ፡

      ኣንታ ባሕ አክዋ በልካ ኣንታ ቀባሕ፡

      11ቪ) ናብታ ቅጽሪ ዴቺ ዲቻ ሰተ ሜኖ ዴቺ ዳ ሱ ካሳ ሴተ ክሰግር፡ አወ ባኣኣ ክጂምር፡፡
      IIV) ኣንታ ቀባሕ!!! አዋዪዪዪኢይይይ! ቀባሕ ምስ ባሕ ተራኺብካስ ………………..ክንደይ ቀባሕባሕ፡፡

      ጻጸ

    • ሰላባት ቀባሕ ብዘይ ባሕ፡

      ኣንታ ባሕ አክዋ በልካ ኣንታ ቀባሕ፡

      11ቪ) ናብታ ቅጽሪ ዴቺ ዲቻ ሰተ ሜኖ ዴቺ ዳ ሱ ካሳ ሴተ ክሰግር፡ አወ ባኣኣ ክጂምር፡፡
      IIV) ኣንታ ቀባሕ!!! አዋዪዪዪኢይይይ! ቀባሕ ምስ ባሕ ተራኺብካስ ………………..ክንደይ ቅባሕብሕ፡፡

      ጻጸ

      • blink

        Dear Gitsatse
        My I phone has problems with Geez alphabets , so I just want you to know I am not taking your lesson .

        • Thomas

          Hi Blink,

          My IPhone is only worried for the serious problems in Eritrea. I cannot take your lessens about the oromo, Amhara and tigrian people in Ethiopia. There is so no relationship between what is going on in Eritrea and that of Ethiopia. Just not enough time, energy and also not my problem to talk about others when my house is burning as I write this. Problem in Ethiopia is handled by the Ethiopian people, that was the way it was and the way it will always be!!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Thomas,

            Those who are worried about the Ethiopian people are those who believe the Eritrean people are in good hand and those who believe the qualities of life of the Eritrean people is an envy for our neighbors.

            Regard

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            Yes but the reason I and other people raise Meles was, we have cry baby people who cry when ever meles is mentioned. Look at Mr.Amanuel explanation about Ethiopia and Meles.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Blink,

            If you had conscious adult mind, you wouldn’t write this crap thing. Grow up and talk like an adult. Adults only make their views, they don’t talk kids talk.

          • blink

            Dear Mr.Amanuel
            I would act as you command but you are fo forgetting your own ,you may think you are acting like grownup but that is not the case , really let’s see them one by one
            1. You call people supporters of PFDJ even though they are not
            2. You accuse people of complacency
            The lists are many .

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Blink,

            People accused supporters of TPLF and PFDJ. That is part of the Eritrean politics. We live with it until things are settled. I accuse people of complacency. You bet too many of them, and this is not an insult. Remember “crying baby” is an insult and is kids talk. My advice to you is, just make your point without insulting your adversaries. If you want to learn from your opposite view. You can shred the view of others without touching personalities.

          • blink

            Dear Mr. Amanuel
            If you feel that way , I am sorry sir and I apologize for not considering. I will edit it.

          • Desbele

            Hi Thomas,

            You better forget about these people. They are here to deliberately distract honest discussions. Just under this forum , Nitricc is lecturing about Oromo oppression, blink about Melese’s worthlessness, Peace about two Ethiopian officials who defect in US , and Oh Sara or Saba …she is more subtle, she wants us to move home as US is being dangerous after Las Vegas and Trump.

          • Thomas

            Hi Desbele,

            I cannot add a word or a sentence to your above comment. We are all in the same page and we by now know what the agenda behind these detractors is. If it swims like a duck and quakes like it duck, it is a duck!! Don’t start me with the sara woman, she has been visiting this forum for a while now. For whatever reason, she supports the regime fully. I think she might be one of those Ambassadors who are serving the regime. Her target has always been the U.S. (of course they cannot fight the U.S., their imaginary enemy that they use as a pretext). She careless for the youth fleeing the nation in droves. You know I never liked the agazians/the Medhanies’/Tesfatsions and I think this woman is with a mission just happened to be opposite the agazians (with the lowlanders supremacy agenda). How do I know about sara? Trust me, I have been long enough to learn about her:) One thing I like about this forum is that it does not fall for such sub-national agenda.

          • blink

            Dear Desbele
            Enjoy the Eritreans meal , mind you it will not be easy. Distracters ??? Really . You expect us to admire your fishing trip, yes we know about that too.

        • Mez

          Dear Blink,

          Do you think Memhier Gitsatse would be disadvantaged in getting one student less?

          Thanks

          • blink

            Dear Mez
            It depends on the kind of student. I enjoy Gitsatse .

  • Hayat Adem

    Hi All,
    A good supporter of Pfdj called me yesterday. And we chatted. Typically, we start cordially and end up bitterly. Almost, all the time he is the initiater of the exchanges. He always comes to the conversation beleiving he has a decastating material or evidence favoring the terrible Pfsj. Then, he grows so agitated when peel off his confidence layer by layer. The end is always as predictable as the start. I always welcome the conversations because it gives me a grip to the recent thoughts of the Pfdj.
    Yesterday’s chat issue was the release of the two journalists by his choice. He wanted me to beleive their release had something to do with Eri gov’s effort. He said it was a high security contention point between IA and Weyane leaders for some time. He asked me to remember how Eri threatened the Kenyan gov back then over the matter. Three times, he said. The Kenyan gov was so panicking and responded positively that it said it would try to talk to the Eth gov. The Eri gov never let the issue go to rest even after the death of PMMZ. He told me the Ethi gov was seriously considering the options but wanted to trade them for Bezabih Petros. The Eri gov never wanted to do that nor forsake the two. And he said Weyane being now at its weakest point politically and PFDJ in the opposite condition. And he said that was why Weyane at last yeilded and set the suo free.

    • Selamat Hyatt Adem,

      Ehhm, let me clear my throught EHHhHHmm,

      Hyatt your deVadence, I wa decatated…

      I paused on this when spoken also,
      2. “ኣነ ቀሺ ወልዱ፡ ዓዲ ቓል ከባቢ ሽመጃና ሰንዓፈ…’መኽንያት ናይ ህዝባዊ ግምባር መምርሒ … ናይ ጽርግያ መመላለሲ … …. ዓሰርት ኣርባዕተ መዓልቲ ጌርና ከም ዘለና ርግጥ ኢዩ” Can you senescence the CERTINITY. ሓጢጢር ርገጥጥ..
      I would like for every one who is reading to say this out loud. yes speak it out loud.–this slogan of sorts: ርግጥ ይከኣሎ!
      ሎጂስቲክስ፡
      ኦህ ሎር ኦፍ ዘ ሪንግ ሪንግ ሪንጋዲንግሊን ሎርድ
      ጻጸ

    • Paulos

      Selam Hayatina,

      Experts of the mind tell us that sheer fantasy keeps the mind sane. Searching for victory where there is none, the mind conjures up one. Imagine if it was a military or commando operation by the gallant Eritrean military forces that resulted in a stunning break-out of the journalists. Just imagine that and a midnight call from your PFDJ friend.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Hayat,

      Weather they were caught in the Kenyan boarder or in Kenya is immaterial. They were journalists, even if they were military hat to protect themselves in a war zone. Eritrea was against the intervention in Somalia and if it send it journalist to cover the story what’s wrong with it?

      Ethiopia wanting to trade them with a PoW may be a strategy, that could have paid off.

      Having said that, it’s better late than never. EnqaE mewaSuEi feTerelom.

      There was a Somali Canadian who studied at Carleton University and was working for the federal government in Ottawa. He left his job, his wife and children and went back to start a media organization called Horn Afrik, inspired by the Canadian media and journalist.

      His radio was very popular and the people and it was making headways in the right direction by giving people voice and held those in charge accountable. The Islamic courts and the different functions tolerated the station and was making very good and positive progress.

      After the invasion of Somalia, he stayed and continue to operate. He was picking on both the traditional government t and the alShebab.

      First they targeted his coworker and shot him. After he was returning from the funeral, his car was exploded and he died.

      I don’t know what happened to his organization.

      Isayas does not care about the life of any Eritrean. Here is a thought, if the Ethiopian government wants to release Bezabih, I think they should consider trading him for Andargachew Tsige and you will see how quickly he will comply.

      Berhe

      • Paulos

        Selam Berhino,

        We as in all of us here do not know the charges that had landed them in prison in the first place. Was it espionage among other things? Again, it is only known to the Ethiopian authorities and the duo as well. That said, I would really be surprised if Bezabeh Petros* is still alive for he was captured twice and very unlikely for Isaias to keep him alive still. The other thing I think we should put in to consideration is the fact that, is Isaias a force to reckon with to make a bargain with Ethiopia? Fundamentals of state of affairs dectate that, any nation needs a strong economy to exert its foreign policy and it needs to have a strong military complex to have a bargaining chip to swap prisoners as well. One wonders if Eritrea owns either.

        *He is a brother of Dr. Beyene Petros one of the longest serving member of Opposition in Ethiopia and if that was the case, I would assume, he would have pushed for his brother’s release.

        • Selam Paulos,

          I doubt that dia/pfdj are considerate or thoughtful enough to care for the two prisoners that they wanted to exchange them for Bezabeh Petros. The regime has shown no such sentiment in the past for eritreans, and it is difficult to say that it has acquired one now. Moreover, I too doubt that Bezabeh Petros is still alive. I wish I am wrong. Even if he is, dia will not let him go free this time out of his egoistic nature.
          If this was a bait by the ethiopian government to make dia react to it, i do not know, although the chances are small. It will be interesting to know what the eritrean regime has said about the news.
          May be the ethiopian government got tired of keeping them in prison (if i may say so), as they are probably the only eritreans in ethiopian prisons. Even the reason they were held for has become obsolete. Or, a third party with humanitarian intentions may have approached the ethiopian government.
          Of course, all these are theories.

          • Thomas

            Hi Horizon,

            The Eritrean regime never talked about the release of the POW in Djibouti. We must know that we are talking a bunch of gangsters who kill people for a living. A beast will always a beast. They cannot sleep at night because they have committed crimes on the very people who trusted them with everything. They never cared about Dawit Issac and all the journalists who are languishing in own prison camps.

          • blink

            Dear Horizon
            Bezabeh is simply irrelevant to the issue at hand , every one knows Issaias doesn’t care about two people and we can conclude EPRDF political move is not influenced by PFDJ. The question is why they have been for 12 years??? While they talk with Dr. Andebrahan and mehaidin shengeb , how on earth two camera men are important??

          • Selam blink,

            Let’s not be so sure about their identity, or they did not know where they were being taken. Spies, saboteurs, etc, do not go around with their real mission written on their ids, and they never tell the whole story. How can anybody be sure that they were not on a double mission, a journalist and a spy for the regime in asmara, at the same time?
            Eritreans who find themselves in a war zone without the knowledge of the transitional government of somalia or the ethiopian military, during a period of major animosity between ethiopia and eritrea, and are caught while with the islamic court, are no different from the two swedes who were seized while with onlf.
            At least these two men could leave prison well and alive. What do you say about those who disappeared in to pfdj dungeons, never to be seen again, in a much more normal situation than the above?

          • blink

            Dear Horizon
            Yes you could be right. The thing most people in this forum don’t get is , Issaias doesn’t care about people that has been the case for almost 26 years. The guy is sadistic control freak ,so how could you compare the two ? I have no hope for him to reconsider his decision about his opponents any one who think otherwise is simply wrong. So my understanding is that we can only hope his way out.

            About the two young men who got old in Ethiopian prisons for 12 years is a mistake and there can never be any good explanation.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Paulo,

          I don’t know if he is alive or not but he was captured alive. So the Eritrean government had the responsibility to protect him as a PoW even if he was captured bombing the capital city. When Eritrea signed the Geneva convention, it’s not just signing, but making sure that it will be abide by the protocols it has signed.

          Eritrea is a full united nations member and it has full and the same right like any other nation. If the EPLF / IA use to brag about their “high moral ground” as they use to ridicule the Red Cross for not for not recognizing the Ethiopian PoW (which Bezabeh was one of the PoW) then it has lost all credibility it has or ever had.

          This sounds far fetched and it may be against the public opinion, but it’s the right thing to do. You can’t claim to a leader of a country and act like a wedini. At the same time, if Ethiopia wants to play the moral high ground as one of the central country for the AU and the UN, it doesn’t need to compare it self with lawless wedini and acts as such.

          It should be a leader in it’s human rights as well as other ambitions..but I think that’s too much to ask from these governments…..

          Again…here is a Canadian example… Omar Khader was a son of one of the Osama Bin Laden lieutenants (forth in line)… His father was an Egyptian Canadian and he was detained in Pakistan before the war and I think was to be handed over to Egypt. The Canadian government intervened and he was released and send back to Canada. He was in Afghanistan moved his family including the Canadian born children (Omar was 7 at the time)…The father was killed and Omar during the US invasion was 14 years old…and he was captured by the US and send to Guantanamo by Cuba…

          He was a child soldier and the US accused him of killing American soldier by throwing grenade. He was in the US prison for 14 years and tortured….The previous Canadian government (Conservative) didn’t want to bring to Canada to face charges. His case went all the way to the Supreme court and the court ruled that his rights have been violated and that he should be brought back home. Even the Americans (Obama) want to send him to Canada but the Canadian government refused and use all excuse not to bring him.

          Still the Canadian government refused and he was the only western citizen to stay there for such extended time. Many Canadian lawyers fought for his release and when the Trudeau government come to power, soon after he was send to serve his sentence to Canada. Soon after he was released with some condition, house arrest etc..and I think he was cleared eventually.

          He sued the Canadian government for wrong and he asked for compensation. The government of Trudeau decided to reach an agreement instead of long court battle and compensated him 10 million dollars.

          A lot of Canadian were not happy about that but that’s what people of government and people of principle do. He meets every definition of a child soldier where Canada upholds and calls on other countries to uphold and what a hypocrisy it would be they can’t protect their own citizen. Trudeau when asked to explain the compensation: “We are law abiding society and we uphold the decision of our courts. And when our government do wrong we all pay and it made sense from Tax payers point of view that we decided to settle out of court to avoid long court battles. And this is a lesson for any future government that we should never do this again” or something like that…

          Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            Do you know what Fareed Zachariah said recently about Canada? He said, the reason Canada is getting it right is, it has been following a sound public policy for the last twenty years and Trudeau attested to that effect when he said, “it is 2017” when he was asked about the gender parity in his newly formed cabinet. Point is, it is rather far fetched to compare Eritrea or Ethiopia with a leading country in every plausible index. It is not out of the blue states more often than not get slapped with a label as in “A Failed State”, it is precisely because they are unable to carry the basic responsibility of a nation and Eritrea is not an exception.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulo,

            I know what you mean and I am not trying to compare, Eritrea and Ethiopia with Canada at all. But if you look at the individual level, every average Ethiopian and Eritrean are not that far off from an average Canadian. Our sense of right and wrong, I would say it’s up there, I may even dare say..we may even be higher than them.

            The difference is, it’s not that their leaders are better (or smarter) than our leaders..Melles could out lead any of the western politicians with his knowledge of economics, politics and public policy. Even IA if he has stayed with what he know, I think he could have been a reasonable.

            The problem is the lack of intention…the lack of desire to do the right thing…

            There is no reason why we can learn and adapt any of the public policy that most good government employ. To some degree we do it in engineering, medicine, sports, economy etc…why can’t we do it in politics?

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            Well said! I absolutely agree with what you pointed out. Isaias and Meles are equally highly intelligent but as you have aptly quarried, why that is not the case in Eritrea and Ethiopia then? Is it lack of vision, political will or is it something that has to do with personalities as the personal ambition to stay in power eclipses their otherwise well-intended to govern with fairness.

            Of course, no two nations own the same historical experiences that shape up not only future political dynamics but the psych of their respective leaders is different as well. Canada for instance is a case in point where it finds itself in a sharp contrast with its neighbor where one would expect to share more similarities than differences. But as you know, Canada gained an advantage for it came to the world stage late as it recently celebrated 150 years anniversary. As it happened, when the other nations have been around for hundreds of years including the US, Canada carefully studied their pitfalls and successes and imitated the mechanisms of the latter and dropped and refused to take in the former as in the last born in a family learns from the mistakes of the first born. Moreover, Canada lacks mythology which usually is a cradle of identity but more often than not could as well be the root-cause of ultra-nationalism as well. That is probably one of the reasons, Canada is not plagued with bigotry, tribalism and populism. I digress. My apologies.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            Not at all, I agree to all you said. In case of Eritrea, it could have the best start, like Canada learning from the mistake of others and move forward. The Eritrean government had all going right for them that they could have ruled for ever if they had the good intention. He enjoyed wide support from the public and all that could have been is going up. I really do not know what went wrong in his head, the Ethiopians suspect it’s caused by the Malaria, telling Paul Hainze??

            But I don’t think he had it in the first place, his only ambition was to get to power and stay in power. I don’t think he trust himself to be the leader. All the evil deeds that he did to his friends, to people who trusted him was haunting back at him and he couldn’t trust his shadow. Basically he knows that people know about his evil past.

            Melles on the other hand I think he had really tough time to govern. The make up of Ethiopia and navigating the divide and keeping the country together was a tough job to do. And also was very quick to learn and take advantage of the opportunity that presented be it with the Chinese or with US and EU and UK and AU that he managed to steer the country in positive direction.

            I think he was honest when he opened up to the 2005 election, but I don’t think he thought they would lose the election. It’s unfortunate that window of opportunity was lost, it could have been the best path towards brighter political future. Now where the country is headed, hard to say..but the next election 2018 will be a real test and I think EPRDF, they are going to get the fight of their life.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe: I sometimes wonder how you process the situation on the ground. You seem unreasonably obsessed with western ideology and the relativity to Africa. You are so much in to Canada’s BS, you have lost your sense of understanding and sense of judgment.
            First, there is no comparison between Melles and PIA. They follow completely different path in leading their own respective countries. So far nothing worked for Africa. what is wrong trying something different?

            Melles was not a leader in a sense of the meaning of leadership, he was more a follower. He followed where the people want to go. They didn’t want to work and they wanted to depended on aid, not only he gave it to them but he did it by destroying their dignity and their proud culture. Today in Ethiopia, Donkeys are slaughtered never before in Ethiopian history. Today in Ethiopia Street dogs are disappearing and slaughtered for food consumption never in Ethiopia history before. Today in Ethiopia homosexuality is to the point of epidemic. I could go on and tell you what damages Melles has done to Ethiopia. If that is not enough, your noble leader has left Ethiopia not only divided in the brinks of civil war but to the point her existence is in a big question mark.

            PIA is a leader, not a prefect leader, especially when it comes the rule law but a leader that who doesn’t follow where the people wanted to go, rather he is a type of leader who leads his people where they ought to be. He believes in his people’s unity while preserving their dignity and culture. He demands from his people work Ethic. He demands from his people the value of self-reliance. He demands from his people to earn an honest living. For any society to progressive and bright future, one should stress for self-dignity, work ethic and respect for your own culture. One thing is clear, traditional or democratic leader will not work in Africa, not yet. Africa is like a spoiled child who takes no for answer who throws a tantrum whenever things don’t go their way. There is a need for fresh start in Africa with seriousness and determination. In my eyes that is what PIA is trying to do and see how the African mentality is opposing it. I can understand your point though, you came to Canada, they took care of you and that all you know. What do you know about nation building from scratch? You don’t! your reference to everything is everything Canadians welfare nation. In case, you don’t know there are steps, hard work, hardships and sacrifices to get there, which you know nothing about.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            You can just make your point without degrading and insulting. But that’s what you are good at.

            Anyway, I have lived more than half of my life in Canada and I marvel how the system works. It’s not the government that make the system work but the people.

            I too believe Eritreans, Ethiopians, Kenyans and many Africans how the work within the system.

            You are telling us that we should work hard and we shouldn’t be half human and at the same time telling us that we need to treated like animals that we can’t think for our selves and we need a world known despot like Isayas to do the thinking for us.

            Africa does not have the disease…it’s the greedy politicians that are the problem in Africa.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            HI Berehe: you said… ” Anyway, I have lived more than half of my life in Canada and I marvel how the system works.”
            that is precisely my point. you are saturated with Canada and you are spent on anything else. My very point.
            “It’s not the government that make the system work but the people.”
            No, it is the education of the people what makes the system works and for the education system to work, you need visionary leaders like PIA, again my point.

          • Berhe Y

            Nitric,

            Defiantly education helps but it’s not the main reason. Canada was just an example but it works in India 60 years ago, it worked in S Korea 50 years ago and it worked etc.

            The education level of those countries was not better than most third world countries but it’s the system that allowed them (free people) that make great things.

            China didn’t have better education all the Sudan but it’s the little freedom that made miracles.

            Anyway, what’s going to happen to Eritrea when the great leader departs.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe: you asked ” Anyway, what’s going to happen to Eritrea when the great leader departs.”
            Well, we go ahead right with it. We implement our untouched and crystal clean constitution; thanking PIA for preserving the integrity of the constitution. He could have used it to fool his people like every other African country but he didn’t, thanks for that.
            We will release all kinds of prisoners , whatever their crimes are, served time will suffice to grant their freedom.
            We will call every person around the glop who lost his time for his country to come home and live in your country with love and dignity.
            We will call for national dialogue and reconciliation.
            We hold our very first election, no rigged election history, no election grudges to settle. the election will be real and prefect. again Thank For PIA for not using the fake election to fool his people like every other African leaders has done. Thanks PIA.
            We will upgrade and improve SAWA, it will be 18 months mandatory for every young person in Eritrea.
            We will never let Eritrea to become another failed country in Africa. we will make sure of that!
            I can go on and on, don’t let me start……

          • iSem

            Hi Nitricc:
            Get really now, if u want to increase your brain cells
            PIA The definition you vomited about a leader is none-sense. PIA maybe good manager, managing the daily, the nitty-gritty with no vision for tomorrow, micro-managing even who gets to go for training to China. There was this news in EriTV when he was writing checks to successful athelet.Forget perfection.
            MZ is a lousy manager and so are most leaders, but he is better leader that IA, he envisioned something in 1989 when both fronts were on the cusp of defeating Dergi and the vision was to keep Ethiopia intact and he did until now, who know what will happen tomorrow. Forget rule of law for now, even as dictator he is a better leader. He envisioned for his people to have clean drinking water and now all Tigray drinks from well that is treated, there is not running water, but clean water, he envisioned more schools and he there are more
            Your definition fits slavery, and that is what IA gave you but please do not vomit here because there are ppl who have way more brain cells than you
            About taking care of its people, look up why they brought food stamps and welfare in the west
            About hunger in Ethiopia, the world and UN tells us that it is better off than it was 25 years, and everything you said about Eritrea is lies, there is death, hunger way more than IA came to power
            These are all facts

          • Thomas

            Hi ISem,

            “Izi anjal nefat ai’meharn ieyu” I think sometimes he gets depressed and comes here to pass his issues to others:) I think he is one of those spacial ones who require special treatments. He writes he with his nick/penname and I heard him saying he never had a facebook account. I think he is not telling the truth about the facebook think he does not want us to his looks. Do you know where he lives, I mean the state or the city in the U.S. This guy is so guarded and I think he might be someone who needs special attention/handling:)

          • Nitricc

            Hi Thimas, I could have answered you but what is the point talking to A-hole. stupid.

          • blink

            Dear Nitricc
            This guy will not even listen by the grace of Desbele advice to “ignore them” . You know he loves to argue with you because your NM lives in his head. I sometimes ask myself, why and what is the reason such people get serious itching problem with the name of Meles and EPRDF ? What could possibly be that they could not stand for “justice for all”

          • Nitricc

            Hi Blink: people his kinds are the one causing problem. When ever their dead master is mentioned they go crazy. For a leader to be judged, you need a couples of decade to see the out come and in Melles’s Ethiopia, all you get is, the country is in a brink of civil war with a total ethnic polarization, the proud culture destroyed, the country in enormous debt, corruption is out of hand and the country is suffering under famine and hunger. The country under total control of china. Even the street dogs are not spared from the domination of the china. Now, do you think the Ethiopia donkey deserved what they are getting? after all what they have done to Ethiopia? this is the truth.
            Let’s judge PIA with same prism: and we find that he is arresting people without due process. He refuses to implement the constitution. he refuses to hold election and he is in control with no ifs and buts. He has preserved the country’s dignity and its culture.
            So, this is what the likes of this stupid gets them. This jobless loser wants to be Ethiopian and when ever Ethiopia is mentioned he goes banana. The truth is Ethiopia is a filed state-the end of the story!

          • Nitricc

            Hi Semere: I know whenever Melles is mentioned Semere Andom, Berhe and Aman-H will have a nerves breakdown. People, chill your master is dead a long time ago. Now, Semere, as dumb as you are, here is what you have to say….
            ” but he is better leader that IA, he envisioned something in 1989 when both fronts were on the cusp of defeating Dergi and the vision was to keep Ethiopia intact and he did until now, who know what will happen tomorrow”
            first of all one Ethiopia was the idea and the vision of EPLF of PIA. Incase you don’t know the original idea of TPLF is just that liberating Tigray as the name indicates. They opted for one Ethiopia because EPLF and PIA insisted and fight for. Not as you have us to believe that your dead master’s vision. no!
            in addition, it is the business of the visionary leader to know where the country is heading tomorrow and what happens to the country tomorrow. in fact for you to admit that no one knows what will happen for the country tomorrow, it shows the stupidity and dumbness of your dead master Melles. so, when I was telling you he was a bad leader that is what I meant and thanks for strengthening my point.

          • Teodros Alem

            “Now all tigrai drinks from well that is treated , there is not running water but clean water” that is a big lies like ebc .

          • Teodros Alem

            At the matter of fact 1/4 tigrai lives by safety net programs (gov and ngo aid for work)

          • Teodros Alem

            Sorry forget to say hey, hi

          • Haile Zeru

            Hi BY,
            This sound self aggrandizment. Then how come these intelligent leaders are not able to manage the economy of their respective country? No matter how you prase them the GDP of these countries especially, eritrea, is below many companies.
            I mean what is intelligence?
            Do you mrasure it as a hypothetical potential or by the actual outcome.
            I am not up beat by the itelligence of these leaders.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hailat,

            What I mean is, if the leaders (like Isayas) leave the people alone to do what they the people are good at (as Haile S. indicated) and focus on policy and management of the countries then we should have been ok.

            When I say intelligent, I mean by is, he can speak different language, he can be diplomatic, he can understand world politics (they could) and be able to navigate without any problems.

            The problem is, dilyet (he doesn’t have the desire).

            Berhe

          • iSem

            Hi Haile Z and BY:
            I think I can articulate what BY is saying better than him in this case:)
            No one is asking for miracle from both, everything has been done, If IA had the will, ie he was not evil and he just modelled Eritrea against Canada or even smaller countries like New Zealand Norway or Israel and applied what they did with little modification to fit our customs and local needs country would be much better: Simply put is was not about IQ, it was about will to do to implement the theories and ideas which worked elsewhere

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            You have said: “Melles could out lead any of the western politicians with his knowledge of economics, politics and public policy. ” indeed he can excel. One who read his unfinished proposed PHD dissertation could concur with your point.

            Meles’s proposed dissertation “African development: Dead ends and New beginning” was to demonstrate the dead end of Neo-Liberalism the new beginning of “developmental state” or “developmentalism.” The gentleman was genius who already established his stature in the ivory tower of economists. He challenged the IMF and World Bank Africans should not follow the Neo-Libetalism. So there is no comparison between him and Issayas Afeworki.

            Regards

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aman-H; you said ” Watch now, how the barking reaction (ውሕ-ውሕ) will come against me, simply of stating the facts” NO, we know! you cried for weeks after your master’s death. How could we bark now? However, your hypocritical nature is amazing. If you stand for justice why ignore any unjust by your favorite Tigryans? why not stand for Oromo when the Oromos are treated with unjust? why not stand with anyone for that matter when people are treated with unjust? For you to idealize killers like Melles shows your true intent. Melles was a killer and destroyed Ethiopia, deal with fact!

          • Semere Tesfai

            Berhe Y

            “It’s not that their (Western) leaders are better (or smarter) than our leaders. Melles could out lead any of the western politicians with his knowledge of economics, politics and public policy.”

            When you said “our leaders are better than Western leaders” who are you referring to? I’m sure you’re not referring to PFDJ leaders. It is not that I’m surprised, I’m just curious.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Semere,

            All of them in the PFDJ now or before. Yemene Ghebreab, Haile Durue, Zemhret Yohanns, Ali Abdu, even IA for that matter, they would have made fine leaders if they have the freedom and independence to actually implement and lead…

            What do you think any FM of any country would know better / more than say Yemane Ghebreab?

            You could have made a fine leader as well..but only if you are honest to your self:)

            Berhe

          • Haile Zeru

            Hi BY,
            What is this? A feel good speech?
            The fact is your city Toronto long time ago had 4 million people. That is equal to all the people of Eritrea.
            Do you think a person that leads Toronto administration has same capability as the one that administer Eritra?
            Well then why the discrepancy in every aspect of life between the two people? Is it only historical?
            University of Asmera may be a fraction of Humber college. People who cannot maintain one university are as intelligent as people who can maintain 3 world class universities and 5 or 6 colleges.
            Forget it. I guess it is better to stay in course with your feel good discourse.
            I heard this from other people too, that is why i am responding. Otherwise it does not have any merit.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Haile,

            I think you are not getting what I am trying to say.

            The difference is, all 4 million people who live in Toronto do contribute in small ways, starting from the cleaning person all the way to the mayer.

            For example when Rob ford was Mayer, one can make an argument that he wasn’t focused on the job and there was lots of distraction. But did the city of Toronto suffered as a result of his lack of leadership. May be to some degree but I think overall it doesn’t. So my point is, Toronto is great not because of a leader or an individual but because of the collective wisdom of the society. For example, Amanuel Melles who was an ERITREAN from AU use to work for United way and he was a director, who oversaw over 160 million dollar budget. I know another ERITREAN who was VP of Royal bank (the biggest bank in Canada). Equally any other Eritreans or Ethiopian can be leaders in their respective fields, as is Ahmed minister of Immigration.

            But in case of Eritrea, the president makes all the decision and the whole country is held hostage and including the ministers, because we have no system, that keeps control.

            Berhe

          • Haile Zeru

            Hi BY,

            That is interesting. So is IA as smart as you are tryng to, somehow, imply? Let us say smart like any western country leader? I cannot say smarter because there is nothing that suggests that.
            Or is it the system (institutions) that he destroyed are failing him?
            Or it is the citizen that is not contributing that is failing him?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Haile,

            I started by saying IA could have been great leader, but he isn’t.

            Offcourse he failed us big time not because he lacked leadership knowledge or ability (as in he doesn’t know better) but because he doesn’t want to.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Haile Z.

            Isaias posesses remarkable political acumen. He has the ability to understand events and how the events are related to each other with respect to the short and long term objectives. It remains debatable if the person under discussion was born with it or is it something he acquired through experience. Nature vs. Nurture if you will. Perhaps Isaias would have been an unknown personality had he sought a career in Engeenering. He happens to be the right person, at the right place and at the right time. When I use the word “right” not necessarily condoning his role in history, rather to make a point where he couldn’t have survived in a democratic nation had he aspired to be a leader. Simply because the final objective of his political acumen is not to serve and aspire people but to own people with absolute power. The difference between him and other leaders say in the West is not disparity in intelligence rather as Berhe put it, intent and political will.

          • Haile Zeru

            Hi Paulos,
            No one of us has the accurate tool or methology to gauge the intelligence, or potential ability of a person.
            But after so many years we observed (not always directly) this guy, it is just natural we form some kind of opinion.
            Now you are telling me that he has some exceptional qualities. But serving the people is not one of them.
            He is molded, by nature or narture to be the possessor, the owner of a cpuntry includong its people. And the people are desposable commodity for him.
            You are telling me this is where he excells and he is good at it.
            Somewhat I agree with you.
            But when you say “He has the ability to understand events and how the events are related to each other with respect to the short and long term objectives. ”
            I really lost you. I hope you find Dan Connel book. He interviewed most of G-15 before they were taken to prison. If you read Drue interview you will see that he was frustrated with IA conduct of the negotiation.
            That also is a recorded example that IA is not the genius you are implying with your above statement.
            There are many examples that shows IA is driven more by primordial instincts, like ire, greed, jealosy etc… rather than a rational and logical reasoning.

          • Paulos

            Selam Haile Z.

            I think you are missing my point. Let me try to put it this way as in historical threads: Why did the Senate survive not Julies Ceasar? Why did Augustus Ceasar survive not Cleopatra and Mark Antony? Why did Stalin survive not Trotsky? Why did Mengistu Hailemariam survive not Atnafu Abate and Getachew Nadew? Why did Isaias survive not the G-15? One can extrapolate a pattern which is very similar in objectives. The vanquished did not have what the victors had, that is, a remarkable survival instinct laced with political acumen in a world where the essence of time and sense of clarity are vital.

            Sure I read “Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners” one summer when I was in London, UK. I remember reading the book with in a day for it was engrossing and engaging. In an otherwise charged up and tense moment, priority is not how to implement policies draped in a sense of idealism, priority is how to survive first. That is precisely the reason the G-15 are no more and Isaias is there. History awards not those who are respected but those who are feared. And Isaias internalized that. If I have to repeat myself, I am not condoning his role in history, rather to emphasize the fact that Isaias understood instincts of his political enemies and it gave him an edge over the others. I never said he is genius for labeling him with that misses the whole point.

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            I remember Amanual Meles from the Dahai days and his articles were great. Hope he is well.

          • Berhe Y

            He is good and doing well.

            Ironically he runs workshop on leadership for many organizations leaders.

          • Paulos

            Glad to see him doing well. God bless!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            Aren’t they tested for twenty six years? If they haven’t shown in those years, it means they don’t have the quality of leadership of any sort. They are good at one thing, and that is at organizing, when the rest of us are not. The enablity to have a solid and formidable organization on our side gave them the continuity to keep hostage to the Eritrean people. They don’t have administration skills nor do they have diplomatic acumen. Therefore, Berhe attributing something they don’t have, is simply what Haile Zeru aptly had said it, just for “feeling good about ourselves. One only hope that our younth will produce capable leaders from their generations.

            Regards

          • iSem

            Hi BY:
            Well, Canadians rightly oppose the show off by Justin’s government to compensate the killer. he was a child soldier, yes and we have to abide the court ruling
            But Canada is hypocrite, they did not defend, in fact they allowed it when Maher was sent to Syria, he sued and was compensated for 10 milion, same amount of Omar K
            Also Canada has been accused by the UN for human right violation on how it treats the Aboriginals , am not talking about the schools of 100 years ago, but now
            That is the complete picture of Canada
            Not to mention bill C-36, that the human right commission of Ontario is pushing, a bill that violets free speech

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            Canada wouldn’t have to compensate a “killer” if it fought his rights for being a child soldier in the first place. The compensation was not for being a child soldier or for being a killer but for the fact that, Canadian government purposely ignored his “rights as a Canadian” that you and I enjoy.

            So a Canadian has rights only when he is good and when he has done well but the minute one does wrong, he doesn’t deserve to be protected by the law.

            You always bring the aboriginal issue to stain the Canadian government and it’s policy. I think the government is doing what it can, may be not enough to fix the situation. The government (no matter it’s intention) can change society and how people behave.

            I personally do not think this two separate system of government works better for the aboriginal people. I think their leaders need to take some responsibility as well for all the negative aspects that happened.

            I don’t know the specific bill you are referring, but I am sure it will get the resistance it deserves.

            Berhe

          • iSem

            Hi BY:
            No, no, the aboriginal issue is well documented, and am not talking about 100 years, I am talking about and I am not bringing that up, the glove and mail is, the CBC are: CBC said, out of 600 native Canadians reserves 400 have “third world” water quality, Globe asked “why is Canada denying the native Canadians drinking water” and so on. So it is not me bringing it up
            About two governments? is long story but it is the way it is and the condition for natives is shameful and UN got the wind of it, Canada has nothing to show for it, this is not staining, it is fact
            Harper did good with the schools issue, though
            You cannot change the arrangement now, Canada cannot hide behind its multicultural thing and show off a few turbaned and colored minister to show off its diversity and cool, either scarp multi-culturalism and make it a melting pot or make multi-culturalism work for all. And I do no see anything wrong for the Aboriginals to want to keep their way of life and culture and language and they have done well on that despite the neglect

          • Berhe Y

            Dear iSem,

            I am not denying the horrible conditions the aboriginal people live. I also do not believe Canada does not want to provide clean drinking water as well. Does the federal government have jurisdiction in their territories to build schools, provide drinking water etc.. or do they need the money gets transferred to the chief and let them deal they way they want to spend it.

            Successive governments have failed them but do you think today, there should be some sort of responsibility that the community needs to take and deal with in and own.

            In my opinion, education should be part of the provincial responsibility and they should be funded the same like any other school in the provinces. Same goes for hospitals etc..

            Then the problem can be really addressed but I don’t think the chief and the leaders wanted that…they want to fund the programs themselves and hand out money where most of it spend on alcohol and drugs.

            Berhe

          • iSem

            Hi BY:

            All Education is provincial responsibility in the const. that is why you pay more if you go to school in different province for a year, you are treated as foreign student, almost!. And that is why Justin does not have a minister for education.

            But the Aboriginal higher education is different, they are managed federally, example the university in Sask. dedicated for them is federal jurisdiction.

            Well I should add that there is one exception for higher education besides this too: the Canadian military college in Kingston is totally the Feds responsibility and was created by them for strategic reasons

          • Berhe Y

            Dear iSem,

            If the education of the aboriginals, I think we should see the schools listed in all provincial reports, like the Fraser institute. I have not checked but I doubted.

            I think they are by themselves and it’s as result of their leadership in my opinion right now.

            Now I agree the government needs to build schools, clean water, health care and create jobs. But I think the bottom line is the break down in the basic family system, that they are heavily into substance abuse is the real problem.

            Yes Canada have all to do with it but I think they should own the problem.

            BERHE

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            Let me try to put things into a perspective so that a point could be made why Canada is standing tall with respect to public policy. I am sure you have heard of Ambassador Bridge or you drove through it. The bridge connects Windsor and Michigan. Over 200 million worth of goods transits between the two cities yearly. Thing is, the bridge is in a bad shape and it needs maintenance. Guess who is paying for the maintenance. It is not the Canadian government but the Ontario government which is close to 4 billion dollars. Again not Michigan paying for it because it had declared bankruptcy. Ontario is paying for it precisely because the public policy the province put forward works. The tax code works well and it is not only paying for the bridge but Ontario has one of the best and competent public schools in the world yes in the world as well (funded and earmarked by tax payers money).

            One more thing: You probably read about it where a survey was conducted to gauge what most Canadians value the most. Hockey, The Queen, National Health Coverage or Multiculturalism? A whooping 85% said Multiculturalism! It tells you why Canadians seem to be getting it right when the rest of the world is struggling with the otherwise sensitive issues.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulino,

            You would make very very fine minister.

            Please tell that to the grnab kanadawi:).

            It’s a joke. When Eritrea got its independence, there is this ERITREAN Canadian with lots of grnab (asra and quTr yinlu Amhara) went for visit. At the airport the separate the line (foreigners and Eritreans). So this ERITREAN with his Canadian passport lines up with the foreigners. When he gets to the counter, the officer a little surprised, this line is for foreigners and why are you lining up her. He said I am Canadian (kanadawi eko eye).

            And the officer laughed and transferred him to the other line and said “grnab kanadawi Belu meSiEuna limis”.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            That’s really funny and thank you for those kind words.

  • KBT

    Selamat you boring delusional good any way you are irrelevant you had your chance when was at the weakest moment no it’s over ,just seat there and enjoy your welfare
    We will see what gonna happen,
    A bunch of runaway acting as democrat ,jock

  • Thomas

    Dear Awatistas,

    On majority of the talks here, I have observed two group of debaters:

    1) Those who want to focus on problems happening within the Eritrea’s arena
    2) Those who come to say how about the weyanes or Ethiopia and the border of badme

    Group 2 mentioned above would like to discuss more on Ethiopia and like to say there is injustice in Ethiopia. Group 2 don’t seem to treat problems with in Ethiopia as a secondary though there is even worst injustice perpetuated on what they call theirs, the Eritrean people, inside Eritrea. The sad thing about some members in group 1) are easily misdirected from what they should be focusing on and what is priority to them. The talk is going on in the awatistas land, but it is sad to see the evil game of diversion played by group two and many members in group 2) failed to see the destructive game played by group 1.

    • blink

      Dear Thomas
      In which group are you ? You know every thing is all about a matter of perspective , some people come here to lie about EPLF ,some people come to glorify about weyane and some people come to see the eritreans problem in all dimensions (its people , land and history) , you see people must disagree and it is healthy , the problem comes when some people wanted to build their preoccupied visions on the backside of people’s problem.

    • Desbele

      Hi Thomas,

      AH had raised this issue several times. I observed yourself falling on their trap. The best way to deal with them is to ignore. Look the spinning from b…They love their mad dog so dear that they want to shield him by distraction.
      Ignore them bro!! I wish to see a future Eritrea where denial of existence of slavery during pfdj era is illegal. It is so obvious we dont need anyone wasting time to convince those who are in a Faustian deal with the monster at home.

      • Desalegn,

        Last of The Fautians

        tSAtSE

  • Selamat Awatistas,

    The Rug Rats Vs The Rock Rats:

    They two are journalists = Tezeweri makina + tezeweri atobuss, implies the bus is traveling from Addis Abeba to Asmera.
    Some of you maybe thinking, that I tSAtSE should be sanctioned. Mr. Trend disagrees.

    tSAtSE

  • blink

    Dear awate family
    what is the message here , is there some thing encrypted that i need to convert or this is it.PFDJ controls every thing , i mean every thing.

    The Good news is ,Saleh gamen and Tesfalidet kidane are realsed from weyane prison after 11 years . Why now and what was the ground for their 11 years in shells? oh no do not ask , Saay you are not nice , why ,why you make me touch isias head , why . One day you will pay for that.

    • Peace!

      Hi Blink,

      Yap. No one even mentioned, let alone to celebrate, the release of Eritrean journalists, Saleh Gamen and Tesfalidet kidane, after 12 years of brutal imprisonment by TPLF/EPRDF. On this behalf, we shall renew our call to PFDJ and TPLF to release all innocent journalists. Yes, it doesn’t matter even if TPLF is less evil.

      Peace!

      • Berhe Y

        Dear blink and peace.

        I am sure all Eritreans are happy for their release. Because it’s not reported, it doesn’t mean that AT and everyone else is not happy.

        Just to clarify, if I am not mistaken the two journalists were captured in Somalia after they were send by the Eritrean government. Now it’s good that we need to ask the Ethiopian government why they were detained without charge for such a long time.

        Having said that, we hope to see the Eritrean journalist released as well one day.

        Berhe

        • Tewo Tesfayi

          say thanks to God Mr. Berhe Y , Ethiopia refused to hand them over to CIA. if that were the case they were now in Gantanomo they have to be treated as a terrorists because they were working with them on the behalf of PFDJ…..

          • KBT

            Selamat Hey beaal libom tiway mengedom tiwiyway I think the world is well aware who is the real criminal terrorist her woyanista, your time soon will be over a time is coming where woyane will be hunted everywhere in ethiopia ,you have my word, what tplf wished for us will drink his own poison soon

          • Tewo Tesfayi

            Dear why is it improper when I condemn a political group . I have insulted any Person? Aware I didn’t know you stand for the PFDjJ… Good to know that otherwise there was no need to delete my comment . And I would like to say sword to the wisher that Wotane will be hunted . You were one of the hunters or coordinators for that matter . So I will never refused to wish because that is the only motivating force for you dreamers . One thing more :. Isaias seems to be bored of supporting the none senses so my friend don’t be one of the none senses though you are allowed to dream!!!

          • Saleh Johar

            Dear Awaitistas,

            If anyone understand what Tewo Tesfayi is saying, please translate it for me in any language except the language of his comment.
            Thank you in advance

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Abu Salah,

            Let me try the way I understood Mr Tewo. His response to Berhe and KBT refers to the two Eritrean journalist who are released recently from the Ethiopian prisons. According Mr Tewo, the two journalists are terrorist who were caught in Somalia. So if Ethiopia wouldn’t refuse to extradite them to US, they would have been ended up in Guantanamo. So we must thank Ethiopia for refusing to the demand of US.

            Second, he is accusing Awate for deleting his comment. And he added, if there weren’t supporters of PFDJ they wouldn’t delete his comment.

            Third, Issayas is tired in supporting the Al Shebab for unattainable mission for 20 years. He seems he gave up on them.

            So Saleh, I have extracted these three points from his two comments. If Mr Tewo believes my understanding him is wrong, he should come with discernible comment.

            Regard

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Saleh Johar,
            .
            You said, anyone. I immediately retrieved and looked at my crystal ball for guidance. Here is what I was able to conjecture, based on the crystal ball reading.
            I prey you don’t ask for translation of it.
            .
            Tewo Tesfayi, is really Fanti Ghana with altered personality. Tewo Tesfayi is a TPLF man through and through. Fanti Ghana, after he had 3 or 4, to quote M.S, “latte”, this altered personality shows up.
            Here is what he said:
            .
            1. Why is he being harassed by everybody, except Berhe Y., for criticizing PFDJ.
            .
            2. I despise people who dream and wish ill of TPLF.
            .
            3. Isaias is now completely relaxed because of all the support he gets.
            There is one line I couldn’t make out what it is about, maybe others will point it out.
            .
            Mr. K. H

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Mr. KH,

            That is really funny.
            I automatically liked Tewo Tesfayi just by sensing his TPLFness. Talk about hypocrisy. You did a better translation than I could have, and consequently, you made it easy for me so that all I have to do is to look for what is not in 1, 2, or 3.

            May be this one: “So I will never refused wishing because that is the only motivating force for you dreamers.” == I will not try to stop you from dreaming, ill of TPLF that is, because that is the only thing you have left.

            I think we should leave Tewo Tesfayi and KBT to themselves. They seem to be a matching pair in all that matter.

          • Thomas

            Hi FG,

            I liked both of them:) I think they will need “betri” though!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear SJ,

            I think Tewo has read the comments you put for KBT “proper salutation is required. Begin your comment by insulting others is a violation. Your comment is deleted” where KBT was responding to him. He thought, I think AT responding to Tewo.

            Dear Tewo,
            AT (Awate Team) respond was to KBT, who was responding to you. In his response [I have not read] it appears that he was “insulting” and he wasn’t using proper salutation, therefor his comments were deleted.

            It has nothing to do with you or your comments.

            Berhe

          • Saleh Johar

            Dear Berhe, Kim Hanna and Emma,

            He said all that in two lines! I am amazed.

            It seems it was a misunderstanding and short wired temper. Excuse the moderators, Tewo Tesfayi. Our friends have explained it all.

          • Selamat SJG,

            Tewo Tesfayi is non other than the great Abrar Osman who ha translated “bahgi ‘loni” into Amharic. Tewo Tefayi means Stop my hope or stop my bahgi. Details folks, details.
            tSAtSE

          • KBT

            Selam
            Dream ?????
            You must live in another univer agamino
            Did you hear down down TPLF ????
            Your time is over ,your criminal TPLF will pay
            For all what he did to our people e even your best friends the so called opposition
            Criminal traitors will pay the price for trafficking our people.

          • KBT

            Selam awate I didn’t insult anyone, you day and night downgrading eritrea and it’s people, insulting pfdj how hypocrite must you be for a freedom of speech advocate ,you care more for the dying regime of tplf that butcher our people because he owes you, you are a shameful man, no wonder you will never never achieve anything, you will die old behind that chair, and TEWI TESFAY wanistaaaaaa go to hell

        • Peace!

          Hi Berhe,

          “Because it’s not reported, it doesn’t mean that AT and everyone else is not happy.”

          Where did you get that?

          I don’t know their case, but, I think, welcoming such news can’t hurt given no charges brought against them for twelve years, smells PFDJ to me.

          Peace!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Peace,

            This is what you said:

            “Yap. No one even mentioned, let alone to celebrate, the release of Eritrean journalists, Saleh Gamen and Tesfalidet kidane, after 12 years of brutal imprisonment by TPLF/EPRDF.”

            and that’s what I understood you meant.

            Off course it doesn’t hurt to welcome them, again if it was done so doesn’t mean otherwise.

            They were in foreign land and held by foreign government …and they are released.

            Did the Eritrean government ask their where abouts…did it raise their detention at the UN and SC, the red cross did they ask for their release?

            I heard this news from Elsa Chyrim organization for the first time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she and her organization have something to do with it for their release. She did the same thing for the Eritrean PoW in Djibouti (while the Eritrean government wouldn’t even acknowledge them).

            Berhe

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhe,

            I think the reason why “innocent until proven guilty” is a noble principle is that it guarantees due process for a defendant, and it doesn’t take 12 years to do that. Aren’t we accusing PFDJ for the same reason?

            It is a matter of principle, not speculation, my friend.

            Peace!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Peace,

            I am not going to say that Ethiopia good with regards to its human rights. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere, and by no means I accept that Ethiopia has done right in locking them up 12 years without charge.

            I am sure if they were British or American journalists they wouldn’t keep them for a week let alone 12 years.

            My point was why didn’t the ERITREAN government ask their whereabouts?

            Berhe

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhe,

            Given Eritrea itself is in the top five list of nations jail the most journalists and its worst human rights record, why would one expect such country to show moral obligation toward citizens journalists?

            Top list of nations jail the most journalists

            1 Turky
            2 China
            3 Egypt
            4 Eritrea
            5 Ethiopia
            6 Vietnam…

            Peace!

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selam Peace!,

            There is no doubt our continent is notorious when it comes to jailing journalists, but occasionally, irresponsible anti-government politicians also attempt to spread false rumors to purposely create chaos all under the cover of a “journalist.”

            There are four or five like-minded and closely related regions in Africa. These regions could draft laws regarding journalism and establish a regional court where journalists will be tried and sentenced according to their intent and substance of their article. That would encourage genuine journalists to serve the public better and reduce the number of journalists going to jail as well. The more I think about the simplicity and beauty of this idea the madder I am getting, so, enough.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Fanti,

            It’s quite simple then that. All we need is an honest government that tells the truth (as need to be told) and follow the rule of law. Then there no amount of journalist that would tell the truth could do any harm.

            In our world it’s the opposite, it’s like the fox (government) are like trying to protect the sheep (the people / journalists).

            Berhe

          • Peace!

            Hi Fantish,

            Sorry for the late reply 🙂

            It is really hard to even think of objective journalism in the contemporary capitalism world as corruption remains the main source for bad journalism, and sadly, it does seem to go away anywhere. It seems we have just got to learn to live with it. In doing so, I don’t think it is a good idea for a government to take matters into own hands and be a judge and prosecutor at the same time rather educating the public about corruption and its consequences might help to mitigate the impact of bad journalism.

            Peace!

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Fanti,
            .
            I think you are up to something here. As a matter fact in addition as part of this regional entity, a group composed of reputable journalists, lawyers, judges and academics, could be empowered to certify and decertify journalists. (Similar to Bar Exams for Lawyers to practice in each state)
            It might be a model for the rest of the world. The west is a corrupt lost cause. Can you imagine someone looking closely at their activities and making public their corruption.
            .
            As you know most journalists are activists and advocates. Sometimes they come in as a temporary gig to achieve their goals.
            They all put on their journalist armor and garb to do their deeds. They are corrupt and they corrupt everything they touch. When caught, they scream freedom of the press and journalistic immunity.
            .
            In U.S if you look at news outlets of CNN, Fox, Msnbc, ..the leaders, commentators and contributors for the most part are former officials of Clinton/Bush/ Obama. I am sure Trump operatives will follow. Some of these individuals have their own “SHOWS” to disseminate the news and their opinions.
            .
            Fanti, I looked at your comment and couldn’t stop my diatribe. I reread my comment. It is not a well thought out idea. I am sure others could find many nonsensical push but I read my partner in crime, Nitricc’s comment about the released journalists, it gave me ample courage.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Berhe Y

            Dear K.H.

            I think measuring up journalism based on the US is not correct. For example, here in Canada, CBC is funded fully by the government and I think it works really well to serve the interest of the people and hold those government officials accountable.

            I urge you to find and listen online and judge for your self. cbc.ca I know Saay is going to make fun:)

            For example there is this program called http://www.cbc.ca/thehouse

            It’s is related to business that happens in the house of commons (Parliament) and they usually bring members of the three majority party (the government and two from each opposition) to ask question and discuss issue related to specific topic.

            And every Sunday there is program called Cross country check up, it’s two hours program specific to a single topic…and where expert are invited and the people call in from around the country to ask question and give opinions.

            I have no doubt the journalist in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia or Kenya would act in the same similar fashion if they were given a chance.

            The US is just a fake democracy ..it’s a show business..the country is owned by certain group of people and they have total control.

            The US will be fixed when a third party (that controls about 20 percent of congress and Senate) appears..totally left wing….

            Then you will see how things will change quickly….

            All these 2 party 50 50 is nothing but a show business.

            Berhe

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Berhe,
            .
            I appreciate your post. You are right, I am basing all my evaluations on the US media outlets and those who try to copy their model.
            The government, all governments want to hide BAD and advertise the GOOD with some exceptions. They have a major stake.
            .
            After reading Fanti’s angle of some kind of oversight, I bought into the idea of some form of correcting the excess spewing of the so called journalist. (entertainers)
            Do you know some of these personalities in US are making millions of dollars and some of the new ones are vying for a route to that millionaire’s club. Their salary is equivalent to basket ball stars and movie stars. Sometimes, of course they are just a zealot advocate.
            .
            I believe, all Lawyers after they graduate from an accredited university, go through a Bar exam to practice in each state. If they are really bad they get disbarred.
            At least in US case some kind of journalist bar may mitigate the anything goes at the public expense. It might be an improvement.
            I know when we take this idea to Kenya and Ethiopia, other issues crop up for further arguments.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Berhe Y

            Dear K.H.

            The lawyers are actually the last people that I trust. I think their primary goal is to make as much money from a misery of another person. They are the worst kind of human beings if you ask me, nothing but money. I know there are good lawyers but the majority of them are money greedy, absolutely no ethics what so ever. Bar or no bar, I don’t think will guide people ethics.

            In the US, I doubt the majority big and load mouth talk show hosts are journalist, as in professionals. They are there to just fuel the people emotions and get ratings to justify (as you said their million dollars pay). People like Rush Lambgh

            No amount of regulation / self regulation will do it. The government has as its disposal unlimited state funds to persecute any journalists that do harm. Therefor they do not need any regulation, specially controlled by the government.

            We need leaders who believe, live and breath democracy and freedom to fix things.

            It’s the politicians that we need to change not the journalists.

            Here something to brag about, how the PM defends the rights of a journalists.

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ZCd-qmd84

            Berhe

          • Selam Fanti Ghana,

            You said “these regions could draft laws regarding journalism and a regional court where journalists will be tried and sentenced according to their intent and substance of their article”.
            But which are these countries you have in mind, the corrupt government of kenya, the dictatorial regime in sudan, or the igad countries as a whole.
            There are international norms under which journalists should functions. Yes, many of them are affiliated to this or the other government, opposition parties, etc. Nevertheless, in any democratic country of the west, no journalist goes to jail for writing whatever the government does not like. They may find themselves in court for false report about individuals. The penalty is usually monetary and not a prison term.
            In our country journalists are jailed under the infamous anti-terrorism law, for terrorism is sometimes equivalent to writing about corruption, bad governance, or the grievances of social groups.
            The medicine is democracy, not laws, for there are already international laws, under which governments can act as much as journalism is concerned.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Horizon & Mr. KH,

            Horizon,
            Drafting fair and equitable law and producing professional journalists is of course the ideal scenario, but until we get there, the regional “neighborhood watch” I mentioned could really be effective. The idea is that the governments and the journalists will think twice before making their dubious moves, because they know there are observers.

            Say for example, if the Rwandan government arrests a journalist claiming “for writing violence propagating article,” unless the peer reviewers agree that it was indeed illegal according to the agreed upon regional law, the journalist’s innocence would be published for all to see.

            That was the general train of thought I was in when I addressed Peace!. The funny thing is that the more I think about it the more sense it is making to me. I think the international law must be either too broad or unenforceable, because I never saw it in use or being useful at all.

            Mr. KH,
            I think you got it! If we backtrack in time to the first or first few “journalists” in our country for example, they would have been government employees for the one radio station, one TV station, and one newspaper, all owned by the government, and that trend is still here. The media in most third world countries is nothing more than governing tool.

            The first “independent” publication that was published would have been pamphlets with anti-government slogans and so on. What we have now is not that far from that practice. We have government owned outlets that show nothing but everything being hunky-dory and “journalists” who invent false rumors daily aimed against the government.

            Although generally Horizon is right when he said “the solution is democracy,” the regional law I accidently suggested could speed up the process of getting there. Let’s hang on this idea for a while.

          • Selam Fanti Ghana,

            We live in the age of fake news. Fake news come from the the private sector as well as from the government side. Governments can enact a law to control news coming from private journalism. What about the fake news (cover up) from the government side, that is created and propagated by journalists supportive of the ruling party. Is it possible to punish journalists who fabricate false news for the sake of the government, especially when we have authoritarian governments, which are the rule than the exception in africa, including the horn?
            For example, in the last crisis, the government news was saying (at least at the beginning) that the number of deaths at the ireecha gathering was only 55, while the private media was talking of hundreds, which finally was the case. Under what circumstances can distortion and hiding facts, etc by pro government journalists be investigated. Can any government pass a law against itself, especially when it knows that it is undemocratic?
            Finally, any international law is meaningful only if there is a government that is ready to implement it.

          • KBT

            Selam fanti
            Then all awate writers will go to jail with all their fake news and spreading lies to instigate confessional and ethnic conflict

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Peace,

            Is that your justification ?

            They were sent by the government to work on government business. Yes the government has the obligation to ask their where about.

            Berhe

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhino,

            Sorry for the late reply.

            “Yes the government has the obligation to ask their where about.”

            By asking such question, I am afraid you are giving credit to PFDJ as if it cares for its citizens journalist, and as if it has good record of fulfilling other obligations.

            Peace!

          • Selamat Berhe Y,

            Yes I agree, “injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.”

            How do we know the Eritrean Government “did not ask their whereabouts?” In Professor Beyan’s Territorial Integrity Vs Human Dignity submission, I said the following to Dr. Chefena, which I will say to you now:

            I am confident you can build on whatever little comprehension you are able to decipher and extract, if not all of, my above sound and valid points I am alluding too. (You and Dr. Chefena perhaps should reread. No response, is a response, don’t you agree?)

            Dear Berhe Y, In 2006 and before that I could summarize now by writing a song titled ኣይረሳዕናያን ክልተሽሕን ሹዱሽተን…
            A learned person that as yourself, can extrapolate from all your submissions that in fact you are a Chair Person or high level Officer with the Eritrean Opposition Alliance. Over a decade ago, those who we yielded leadership as well as gave ample benefit of a doubt, along with their hype ladies and gentlemen favorite intimidations were: Read only what is written, do not utilize your mind to gain more information by asking questions, in order to use deduce understanding contribute by providing constructive suggestion for “our” collective cause etc.. etc.. etc… And now, the same are barterning by COLLUDING… meaning providing Eritreans and Ethiopians alike convoluted stories timed perfectly NOT to lead but to maintain the confusion they are striving in. Surely, they are made to believe they have accomplished by their measurable and quantifiable “successes.”

            Speaking for myself, I believe they are victimized by the same tools they have been utilizing in gaining any traction to move an inch forward. Hey, perhaps we should mary CPA and CdA. Why? Because half truth is indeed truth, no argument there? Some of us have a reason for desiring the whole truth.
            I look forward to your next carefully worded statement. Perhaps, better speech writers choice is due?
            ወይ ከ ኣ ተሓናጊርና, lets line up vertically forming human towers and all of us fit those busses singing ተዘወሪ ማንኪና ተዘወሪ የ ሾዋን ኣስመራን ኮይኑ ሎ መንገዲ Root ’17.
            Oh yeah, if you did not comprehend my discourse here, just think of your “are you driving on google maps or QWE.”
            Do you sense the CERTAINTY! as in ቃልስና ሓጺር ኢዩ፡ ዓወትና ግድን፡፡

            ጻጸ

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            I think the real question is if they were abetting the war front as in the proxy war against Ethiopia. If that is the case, they can be considered as PoWs and the ramifications change from civilian related international law. Possibly but very unlikely if the Eritrean regime ever was concerned about their wellbeings say through back channels. It remains to be seen if they are going to go back to Eritrea or head somewhere else. Of curiosity, one wonders if the gesture is the dawn of normalization of relations between the two nations or am I being delusional?

          • Paulo Demrkino,

            Did you not see all the comfortable buses up top for the two journalists and their thousands more entourage? Reminiscent of the “ኣዲስ ንጉስ አንጂ ..” 1998 human resettlement a continuation of DERGS failed ones. I beg to defer, no the questions should be:

            1. Will this human engineering be a success?
            2. Are human resettlements top bottom and will always continue?
            3. Are humans doomed to human migration?
            4. Does the global interest rates affect housing booms and crashes?
            There I provided a few out for all contributors to discuss. But ግን ተሓናጊርኩም፡ ታሕተዎት, ማአከሎት, ላዕለዎት፡ በብሜአቲ መልሱ ኢኹም፡ ሹድ ዊ ፑል ኣውት ኒቺ’ስ “ላይፍ ኢን ዝ ትራጂች ኤጅ ኦፍ ዝ ግሪክስ?” ኦህህህ ዓንድ ዌር ኣርት ዛው ሳየር?

            What do you mean it remains to be see?

            Those busses are not amphibians to drive on The Road To Denmark.

            ጻጸ

        • blink

          Dear berhe Y
          I have no clue if they were in somalia at the time of their arrest and we will know from the mouth of the two and it will not take time if in fact they are free from weyane chains .I think it is a big news for their family and any one but sad it never get reported .

    • Tewo Tesfayi

      Whatcha tribute do. with Effert and Weyane the case reported by Awate concerning Ertrean matters ? Are some of the PFFj supporters lose mind as do their ports?

      • blink

        Dear Tewo
        First i am praising TPLF for releasing the two Eritreans in which PFDJ never did such things , second the loan thing is a big news if you know what i mean , third EFFORT is the number one beneficiary out of it. So what is that you complaining ? The fact that you colored them by words like terrorists is sad , They have never been terrorists and we never know their case , so what is the things that you want to say? One thing is for sure EPRDF lives and breaths on the word terrorist ,that has been since but it is a full of crap and full of lies that any news organization knows . Because it is not challenged it does not mean true. You want to defend the killing machine go ahead do your thing but do not forget every one is not blind like you.

        • OMG

          Blink,

          Your comments are really hard to read. Please do something about it.

          • blink

            Dear MOG
            I guess your killing machine police can help to read it then , just contact them.

    • MS

      Dear blink
      The following was posted on my face book page yesterday when Habtom Yohannes broke the news on face book, at least that is how I learned their release. Habotm later corrected the descriptive “POWs”, they were sent to Somalia, the war between Ethiopia and ICU-led Somalian forces. However, Ethiopian forces made rapid advance and those journalists were made to cross to Kenyan soil. They were captured by Kenyan security forces. The Eritrean Embassy there was trying to secure their release quietly behind the door when some corrupted security elements passed them to Ethiopian intelligence functionaries. They were paraded in Ethiopia as being part of a larger terrorist network. They basically did not even know where they were going when they left Asmara. Anyway, they have paid dearly in a geopolitical game they would not have wanted to participate. Ethiopia had no reason to keep them this long, but it was the wrangling between elements in the Ethiopian government that would side for leniency and the elements which have deep-rooted sentiments against everything Eritrean that kept them in limbo. This coupled with a meek opposition, and a PFDJ that treats Eritrean blood and sweat as disposable, those fine Eritreans have been languishing in prison. My objective here is to clarify the circumstances, and I’m not saying it based on circumstantial evidences. Here was my reply to Habtom yesterday:
      ” Thank you Habtom for this wonderful news. It has been a long-awaited good news. I know Tesfaldet as a young man who was deployed in DEcamare Front to cover the last battle for liberation, and afterward, we became friends. He was such a wonderful young man. He was energetic and good-spirited. He has always been in my thoughts. I’m also glad that both of his colleagues have finally been released. I understand why the government of Eritrea would keep quiet on them. But what happened to the opposition all these years? Could you say something on what the exiled association of Eritrean journalists did to explain to the Ethiopian government that those three Eritreans were: a/ journalists and not combatants; b/ they were sent to Somalia by the government and no on their own plans. I think this is a good case where the opposition has failed miserably. As a journalist, you should not call them POWs, because they were not. Also, it should be known that they were kidnapped, or rather sold to Ethiopian security apparatus in Kenya by corrupt Kenyan security officers from Kenyan soil. Ethiopia knew they were government journalists but kept them to force Eritrea to trade a high-value prisoner of war. The only person I remember who asked for them was Amanuel Iyassu when he interviewed PMMZ. Meles told Amanuel Iyassu that they would be released. The interview was done five years ago, and Meles has been dead for five years. That shows you the journalists have been kept for no reason. Anyway, I thank you.”

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi Mahmuday,
        It is good at least they are now free. I got a question or two for you:
        1) Tell me how you knew they were caught in Kenya and not in Somalia?
        2) on that interview you mentioned, PMMZ promised to release them given there were no sensitive security issues attached to their situation. So how do you know that that condition of security was not the case?
        3) You always don’t miss a chance to stone down the opposition when you think there seems one. How do you know the opposition was not trying? Whose effort do you think finally secured their release?
        4) PFDJ put them at the UIC hot theater front with a military fatigue and armed with guns and camera. The sole responsibility fir their long pain mainly rests on their sebders. You said little about side as usual. From the Ethiopian side, they might have believed that they were sent to glorify an active enemy combatant and were not there for journalistic interest of their own. Reflect. The best way to see it fairly is, if Eritrea was the one capturing Ethiopians in the same condition…

        • MS

          Selam Hayat
          The answer to your question is blowing in the wind, as Bob Dylan would have said it. Let’s thank the Ethiopian government for releasing them, better late than never.
          1. I knew they were caught by Kenyan border guards from reporters and close people who care about them. If you have information that establishes contrary to that, I mean from neutral sources, please share it. Apart from my individual effort to learn about the circumstances that surrounded their capture, which won’t be verified by you, I will present the following quote from Elsa Chyrum, a renowned Human right fighter. It is up to the reader to believe your version that they were in Somalia “hot theater front with a military fatigue and armed with guns and camera…” or Elsa Chyrum’s description. Elsa Wrote to Ethiopian PM on December 6, 2017, an open letter, in which she said, “Eritrean journalists Tesfalidet Kidane Tesfazghi and Saleh Idris Gama have been held in custody without charge since they were captured in Kenya in December 2006, and transferred to Ethiopia from Somalia at the beginning of 2007. These men are professional journalists sent to Somalia for routine TV reporting by Eritrean Television (Eri-TV). They were not combatants or involved in any espionage or illegal activities.”
          To my knowledge there few independent media confirming Elsa’s description, and none that describe them as military personnel. I don’t want to go any further because I don’t want them to be the subjects of our long-running debates on Ethio-Eritrean issues. They and their families deserve privacy.
          2. You said, “PMMZ promised to release them [ONLY} given there were no sensitive security issues attached to their situation.”
          So, do you believe Ethiopia did not conclude one way or the other after those journalists had been in its custody for 6 years!!! My friend, Meles was a shrewd politician and his answer typical of answers one would expect in such circumstances. He wanted to convey the message they were in prison for a security reason, that they might still pause security risks; he was also leaving a maneuvering room if he was asked int he future to say exactly like what you implied.
          3. I’m aware of individual and civic members’ efforts. If there has been an effort by the political opposition, please enlighten me. I’m not talking about passing remarks but by a focused and sustained efforts. No, problem. I’m not shy to give credit where it is due. As far as your characterization that I’m mute when it comes to the Eritrean government, please read my statement again and give it a due consideration. I was equally critical of PFDJ.
          Regards.

          • MS,

            why ask whyAኣኣሕሕሕ ሓይት? … drink from the ዒላ ኑቑጽ. “መትከልልል መትከልል ዝረግጸ ኣይስሕትን ሽቱኡ.. ኣሆሆይ ኣየይይይይይ..”
            See above.

          • Hayat Adem

            Mahmuday,
            I don’t have more info on the two than what you may have. It is all all about fairness and presenting facts as they are.. or else if you want to present them as interpreted, the best option would be to present them as opinions.
            1. CPJ said they were caught on the Somali-Kenyan border, so not in Kenya. hence, my question for you to say more to explain your claim.
            2. Your point here is thrown on the fact that Meles was saying it for other tactical reasons. I will leave it there since it is a point of opinion, not a fact.
            3. Like yours, I also know some individual efforts, including one who was a subject of discussion here at AwateForum recently. But I wouldn’t know if there were efforts from the opposition or not. Actually, we don’t know what prompted the Ethiopian government to set them free. We knew PFDJ just put them in harm’s way and forsook them as untouchables. You said little. The opposition didn’t do anything to put the two in harm’s way. and we don’t know if there were undisclosed efforts and talks to influence Ethiopia’s decision towards favoring their freedom. So, you coming out to dub the “meek” was unwarranted and too heavy.

          • Paulos

            Selam Hayatina,

            You see how messed up the whole thing is! There are two fundamental and relevant facts here: Hold the regime in Asmara responsible for putting the two young men in harms way and express gratitude and thank the Ethiopian government for releasing them.

            P.S. Here is a thought to munch on. Compare theses two: Meles’ acknowledgement their whereabouts and “I don’t know him, I don’t know him, how would I know where he might be if I don’t know him.” In the meantime, a run-away Hateta blames and lectures from a la la land.

          • Paulos,

            Thank you Ethiopian Government for jailing two journalists for twelve year. I will make sure to thank you the next time you arrest journalist and release them after no less than a dozen years after imprisonment.
            I know it costs much more for room and board in jailing one than providing them education.
            tSAtSE

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam GitSAtSE,
            .
            Do you know if there are other examples of where Eritrean journalists were sent to cover a war zone for public service? I am talking about since 1991.
            .
            Mr. K. H

          • Selamat Mr. Kim Hanna,

            I have a friend who studied film in Ohio, dropped out because of costs, lived in the USA nearly a decade then finally decided to return to Eritrea in 1992. One day he decided that the pigeons in his fathers house in Asmara, where he grew up had more room and returned to Eritrea. You see on school breaks when I would return to NYC, after my good son routine of having a cup of tea and my favorite dish of Lasagna, already prepared while I am on rout, by Mama, I would make an excuse and return maybe days later.
            After hanging out anywhere and everywhere doing what young folks do, we would return to his “home.” He would open his door and we would literally squeeze and fall into that room along with the spirits, snack and refreshments, making sure not to break or spill anything. Very cosey as everything was in reach and no room to stretch for us two “Pigeons of Albany.”
            … long story short after his immediate mandatory Sawa training, he became camera man for EDF.
            The answer to your question, is yes I do. Ethio-Eritrean War I know you will not dispute.

            If you are thinking about the Gulf war, Afghanistan and the like, well we already know those market are diluted or monopolized by the ABC, BBC, CNN an the like. Yes Aljazeera carved a significant slice for itself by realizing and emphatically stating NOT IN BY BACK YARD.

            It is NOT implausible for Eritrea to do the same in Somalia as did Qatar in Iraq and Lebanon. Perfect opportunity to deploy and develop even more, an already highly trained and experienced, Eritrean War correspondents to Somalia.
            You are of target on this one with your implications. At the very least, had the Ethiopian forces suffered and were on the loosing end of the Ethio-Somalian war in 2006, Eritrea would have the added benefit of broadcasting the humiliation. Let just say: EnquaE kabou zeygedede for Ethiopia then.
            tSAtSE

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam tSAtSE,
            .
            You got me right between the eyes. Can you believe it. I completely forgot the 98 war zone.
            Please, don’t mention this incident to your nephew, AMAN.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Sele,

            Your thank you made me laugh in a sad way. I think we should all settle with “temesgen, enkuaE kabeu zeygedede.”

          • Paulos

            Fantination,

            That is exactly what I had in mind. It could’ve been worse. It is kind of strange to see the anger being displaced instead of being directed at the regime that had abandoned them in the first place. I remember watching a clip where Isaias saying how lucky he has been about his robust health but obviously he is immensely lucky in something else as well. Is it a Chinese saying that says “May you live in an interesting time”? Or is it a curse not a saying?

          • Fanti,

            ተምስገን አንቁዕ ካባኡ ዘይገደደ፡፡
            ጻጸ

          • Desbele

            Hi Paulos,

            what about
            ትበሰ
            ትዋህ በዛ ሰሓቅ

        • blink

          Dear Hayat
          If i read you correctly you are saying these two were armed with guns. where do you get that ?

      • Ismail AA

        Good morning ustaz Mahmoud,

        To begin with, Eritrean should reason to rejoice when hearing happy news about any compatriot in ordeal. The release of these journalists is an occasion of relief for their families, friends their fellow countrymen and women.

        It is good that you had followed their case as I can see from you post, and I surmised you could gather much information which deserves commendation on my part. But I stopped at a point which I thought was hardly relevant though when considered from wider perspective it could make sense. I did not grasp why the “meek opposition”, as you have described it, would share on equal footing the blame with the government of the regime for the incarceration of the two gentlemen for so long. The issue is about government to government level case. The regime should have cared for its men captured in action. I do not think the opposition had that status and could not have done anything more than doing appeals for humanitarian reasons. Actually, I know several opposition organizations have done so for other similar cases. By the way there are dozens of Eritreans from the border spying and surveillance contigents who were captured by the Ethiopian security forces or their proxies and are serving long prison terms in jails in Tigrai region state (Kilil).

        As you have mentioned, the regime simply ignores them from the minute it knew they had not reported back to their bases. Their family members take up the burden. They try to seek help by contacting other family members abroad. These in turn contact opposition members they know and ask them to look for their loved ones around jails in Tigrai. And once lucky to know their whereabouts they do not dare to approach officials of the regime because they know what the consequence would be.

        • MS

          Ahlan Ustaz IsmailAA
          Replace the “meek opposition” with “bold opposition” and the message is still the same. This is not about wrangling on turf; Gratey gratka aykonen. They are Eritreans and their case should be looked at as such. The opposition is meant to succeed where the government fails, in all spheres, political, humanitarian, diplomatic, etc.
          Regards.

          • Ismail AA

            Ahlen Ustaz Mahmoud,

            When I looked at the time differentc I thought you be sleeping. Well, bold governments that allow opposition to operate within the domain they rule generate bold opposition capable of playing roles you have mentioned. In that circumstances fairness would determine failures and successes. But, how about a regime that is so timid that it even does not dare to mention mere existence of opposition.
            I agree that oppositions are meant and supposed to inform the public (voters in this case) on serving governments’ failures and offer alterantives.

            However, don’t you think we are putting ourselves in an ideal setting when we contend in Eritrea’s current conditions the opposition should have fulfilled its obligations to the letter what definitions prescribe it to be?. If I were to do that I would be accused of trying to minimize the burden of the primary culprit by seeking a partner that should share the blame.

          • blink

            Dear Ismail AA
            How do we need to convince the public ? by repeating EPRDF policy or by caring for Eritreans ? which way is the best way to show the public that we mean it serious . I thought we are opposing the dictator because our people’s suffering , I thought we are going to give voice to voiceless Eritreans , I thought you were choosing the people first policy just a day ago , Surprised. It is funny when people try to hide behined the interest of the people just at certain times ?. We live in a very fragile mentally disorganised world and we can not seem to find the best way .

          • Ismail AA

            Selam azizna blink,

            I think it would suffice if ask you what you are doing to pull us out (including yourself of course) from “fragile mentally disorganised world”, whatever you meant to say. Thanks dear.

          • blink

            Dear Ismail
            I would have told you what i mean but you disappointed me by not telling me your answer for the questions i put forward to you , That by itself is an answer to what you asked . You see you jumped to the green , were not you advicing us about the people first land what ever view of mr. Beyan and the Dr or i misread you , may be

        • ሓንድ ውዒልካ ኣያ ኢስማዒል፡
          ቅድሚ አዚኣ ዜና ገዳብ ኤኮኖሚ ናይ ኤርትር፡ ዱዳይ ሸውዓተ ኤርትራውያን ትቓወምቲ ኣብ ዓዲ ግራት ኤርትር ኣውርያ ኔራ፡፡ ብዛዕባ ‘ዞም ሸውዓተ ኤርትራውያን ኣብ ዓዲ ግራት ትግራይ ኢትዮጵያ፡ ሓበሬታ ካብ ተቓወምቲ ሓይልታት ይህልዋካ ዶ ኾን፡፡
          ብዛዕባ አዞም ክልተ ዝተፋትሑ ኡሱራት፡ ጻዕርታት ተቓወምቲ ኤርትራውያን ተናኺፍካ ስለ ዘዘከረኒ ን ሳሆ ሸውዓተ ዓዲ ግራት ኢዩ፡፡
          ሰናይ መዓልቲ ጻጸ

          • Ismail AA

            Selam gitSAtSE Solomon wedi Hawey,
            What I alluded to were individual family cases. I know that some organizations did try to appeal to the government in Ethiopia about citizens who are in jail. Have they succeeded or not is another question because most of those files are handled by security agencies. I can share with you my own family member’s case who, with another citizen, is serving 15 year term. About the Saho compatriots, I cannot claim to have information in possession though I would guess many of the organizations might have information about them.

      • Selamat MahHmuday “The Best” SaliH,

        ዘ ራግ ራትስ Vs ዘ ሮክ ራትስ [The Rug Rats Vs The Rock Rats]

        ቦኽሪ ትምኒተይ
        1. “ሕለፍ ሕልፍ ሕለፍ”
        2. “ኣነ ቀሺ ወልዱ፡ ዓዲ ቓል ከባቢ ሽመጃና ሰንዓፈ…’መኽንያት ናይ ህዝባዊ ግምባር መምርሒ … ናይ ጽርግያ መመላለሲ … …. ዓሰርት ኣርባዕተ መዓልቲ ጌርና ከም ዘለና ርግጥ ኢዩ”
        3. “ስመይ ሓጂ ስዒድ ሱለይማን ይበሃል፡፡ …. … … ኩሉ ሰለስተ ወረዳ ይኹን፡ ኣብዚ ንሰርሕ ኣሎና፡፡ ዓወት ናትና መጨርሽታ የብሉን!”
        4. “ኣነ ተወልደ … … …ዓሰርተ ሓሙሽተ መዓልቲ ሰሪሐ፡፡ … ን ደቀምሓረ…. ክንሰርሕ ኢና!!! “

        “ዕረፍቲ ልበይ ዋጋ ደመይ
        ብሌን ዓይነይ ሓዳስ ቤተይ
        ወላዲተይ”

        5. “ሰላምንታይ ኢኹም ማሕረስኩም ገዲፍኩም… .. ኣብዚ ትሰርሑ ዘለኹም?” ጋዜጠኛ

        “መሬትና ንኸነምጸአ ቆልዓና ሰበይትና ብሓባር ንሰርሕ ኣሎና!” ሓጂ ስዒድ ሱለይማን።
        ን ምድምሳስ መጥቃዕቲ ተዳሎ ኾነ፡፡

        “ኢዶም ክምናዕ
        አግሮም ክስላዕ
        ይቕጽል ባርዕ”
        6. …’ዚ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብዚ በጺሕዎ ዘሎ ንመውዳአታ ዓወቱ ንኽወቅዕን ንኽሳተፍን ንኽዛዝመን ትምኒቱ ኢዩ”
        7. “ብ ዓሰርተ ትሽዓተ ጉምቦት .. ኣብ ደቀምሓረ ተጀመረ”

        ትኽ ኢልካ ሕለፍ ሕለፍ! ….ሕለፍ ሕለፍ ሕለፍ፡፡

        ———————————————- ————————-
        1. Yeah, I just bought three tickets from Haji Hassen Greyhound in order to get on the bus. They said standing room only but I did not mind. When we got on the bus, there was only room for two feet to stand. ሰለስቴና ተሓናጊርና፡ ሕለት ሓሊብ መንተል ተሰነይ፡ መሓጣ ሎሪ ኣተናልካ፡፡
        2. አቶም መሳኒተይ፡ ብ ኢሜል ካብ ሞቓዲሹ ኣብ 2006 ዓ.ም. ንናይሮቢ ነቒልና ኣሎና ኢሎም ጽሒፎምለይ ኔሮም፡፡ አወ አተን ሰኮንድ ሃንድ ሃንድ ሰት – ሃንድ ስኩዌርድ ሞድል ኦ17 ማ.ን.ኢ ማንዩፋክቾርድ፡ ሶላር ርቻርጀብል ስለ ዝነበራ አንዳ ‘ዕሎሉኒ ኢታ ናተይ ኣብ ቶይለት ሶቲኻትኒ፡ ማይ ጠሊቓ … … አታ ሕካያና ጥዕምቲ ሽዑ ዘቁረጽናያ፡ ኣብዛ ጽቕጥቅጥ ኣቶቡስ፡ ተሓናጊርና ሰለስቴና፡ ካብ ሞቓዲሹ ብ ብህርዳር ኣላጊስና, መደኒ ገዳርፍ ከሰላ ስጋብ ፋንኮ ንበጽሕ ኣዛናጊዓትና፡፡

        3. ዕላል ሰለስቴና፡ ትሕተዎይ ምእከላይ ልዕላዋይ ዝተሓናግርና፡ ኣቶቡስ ኣብ ዘዕረፈትሉ፡ ቦቶ ልዕላዋይ ታሕቲ፡ ማአከላይ ላዕሊ፡ ታሕቲ ዝነበረ ከኣ ማአከላይ ክፍሊ፡ ንምብርራይ ከምታ ኣብ ኣውተቡስ ዝነበርናዩ ሽህናን ባንናን፡ ሓንሳአ ቤብሲ ሜራንድ… ወዘት ጣዓሞትና ዖዲግና ሕካያና ቀጸልና፡ አዛ ኹላ ኣቶቡስ ባኩም ባኩም ዓድኩም ‘ግል ነብጻሓኩም፡ ኣብ ዝረገጻ ታሕታዋይ ሓንጋሪና፡ ዕላል ሕካያና መቂርዎም ደድሕሬና … ከመይ ኢሎም ከፋርጉና. ንብለካ …

        ፍሎት ላይክ ጽምብላሊዕ ስቲንግ ላይክ ንህቢ፡፡
        ናይ ሎሚ ዕምበባ ጽባሕ ፍረ

        Rሮkክ ራaትስ & RሃUግg raትስ

        ኣሜርትረያን ጃይጻጸ ኣዚሎ ጋ. ኣግኔያ ኣርበዓ Ac… and A mule.

    • Nitricc

      Hey Blink: I read somewhere that the Eritrean so-called opposition held meeting with Melles. Among them was Habtom Yohaness and Amnual Iyassu. And they asked Melles to release this two Eritrean journalists and Melles said ” let me see what I can do” Nevertheless, he never released them. So, now they released and the question is why now? It was a perfect moment for Melles to release those Eritrean journalists back then when he was with a bunch of so-called intellectuals and elites but Melles didn’t released them. According to reports, ( I will provide the link for the report on the weekend, I don’t some are allowed to post anytime and some are not so, I will wait for the weekend) the TPLF government is doing everything it can to normalize relations with Eritrea. According the report, there are diplomatic conversations going on between Eritrean and TPLF government and the TPLF government is welling to hand over Badime for Normalizations and expelling out all Ethiopian rebels from Eritrea. Eritrea agreed for the normalization but refused to expel the various rebels who are in Eritrea and the sticking point so far is the issues of the rebels. So, I am guessing this releasing of the journalists at this moment is to appease Eritrea and to give some activation energy for the diplomatic conversation. if you have paying attention, the recent TPLF actions suggests just that. Declaring publicly Eritrea as no threat for Ethiopia despite Eritrea arming and supporting Armed Ethiopian rebels all over Eritrea. Despite Thousands of Eritrean and Ethiopian armies are faced off in Badime front. The current rumor that EThiopia will use its power in the UN to end Eritrean sanction is also another strong indication of something is cooking in Eritrea’s favor. So, the releasing of this Eritrean journalists is an indication of Eritrea’s victory to the evil design of no war no peace and death of it. Once again Eritrea prevailed.

      • Hi Nitricc,

        You seem to see victory where there is none. Because eritrean prisons have an entrance and no exit, you think that all prisons all over the world are the same.
        After more than ten years, is there any reason to keep them in prison any more? The chance that they will go back to eritrea and start serving the dictator again is extremely slim. Haven’t you heard that the ethiopian government releases prisoners during the new year period almost every year?
        They were sent to somalia secretly to follow the proxy war from the side of the islamic court and report to asmara, without the knowledge of the the somali transitional government or the ethiopian forces in somalia, at the time when dia was hosting the leader of the islamic court in asmara, whom the usa was calling an international terrorist affiliated to al qaeda, and others as well, trying to bring them together against ethiopia.
        What really changed that ethiopia is forced to succumb to eritrea’s pressure. Do you believe that dia’s blackmailing through g7 and olf is significant? Can tplf trust the words of dia, when it does not trust its own words?
        Don’t take at face value what H. Cohen is saying. He sings to pfdj’s tunes at the cost of 50k $ a month, I think, to the eritrean tax payer.
        What you are saying is a midsummer night’s dream, so that the dying regime is saved. Ethiopia will talk only to the new government of eritrea, and it is going to be a new era, and not a renovation of a crumbling regime, which is no good to nobody.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Horizon: you focus so much on Eritrea, you have lost what is going on your own country. only if you know what is going on in TPLF led Ethiopia. Your TPLF is doing everything to normalize relations with Eritrea and Eritrea is the one dumping every request to the dumpster. The truth is, Melles was all in with the Eritreans who met him in Addis and if any Melles would have released the two journalists as hinted back then but for a fact that he didn’t release them back then and they are out now is something for to chew on. I don’t know if you know this but your country is on her last leg with what is going on internally and trying everything to take Eritrea out of the equation. I know it is too late but that the fact., deal with it.

          • Peace!

            Hi Nitricay,

            I just read the news below, not sure if it is true….

            “A senior Ethiopian palace officer defected while attending the general assembly of the United Nations in New York last month. Baye Tadesse Teferi, who has served as Prime Minister’s Hailemariam Desalegn’s protocol head, told the Amharic Service of the Voice of America that has has resigned from his post and has taken up asylum there.
            Baye said some members of security officials tried to discredit him and associate him with events in the restive Amhara region, pointing to his Amahra origin, when he refused to give them access to the Prime Minister’s office and documents. Saying that he is not member of the party, the defector said he has served in the palace for more than twenty years. He talked about the deep rift between security officers and government officials, and he felt that his life was under threat. He said members of his family are still in Ethiopia and he hopes they would not be in danger because of his defection. Baye promised the VOA’s senior journalist, Solomon Kifle to provide more information in an extensive interview in the near future.
            The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry contacted by the VOA refused to make statement on the official’s defection.”

            Peace!

          • Yo Nitrcc,

            Do you play Texa hold ’em? Just curious. You call my bet I will raise you a word.
            tSAtSE

          • Nitricc

            HeY Tsatse; I will never bet you Tsatse. do you know why? where we go…

            “””Common name is: Tsatse! Scientific name: Formicidae! Type: Invertebrates! Diet: Omnivores!

            ** You have superhuman strength!
            You have the ability to carry between 10 and 50 times their own body weight! The amount an ant can carry depends on the species. The Asian weaver ant, for example, can lift 100 times its own mass.
            **Why is Tsatse strong?
            The Arizona State University report that because of their small size, ants’ muscles have a greater cross-sectional area relative to their body size compared to larger animals. This means they can
            produce more force.
            You don’t have lungs, Yet you Breath. How do you breathe?
            You breathe in oxygen through spiracles, which are a series of holes located around the sides of their bodies.

            **You don’t have ears, yet you hear; How do you hear?
            You use vibrations to hear, using it when foraging for food or as an alarm signal. They use the vibrations in the ground to hear by picking them up in the subgenual organ which is located below the knee.

            **You conquered the entire world!
            You have pretty much conquered the entire globe. With the exception of Antarctica, the Arctic, and a handful of islands, there are at least one native species found on every continent.Entomologist Ted Schultz says that Tsatse presence across the world is “arguably the greatestsuccess story in the history of terrestrial metazoa”

            **You are the greatest farmer the world has known!
            Just like we raise cows, sheep, pigs, chicken and fish in order to obtain a food source, ants will do the same with otherinsects. The most common occurrence of this is with aphids.Ants will protect
            aphids from natural predators, and shelter them in their nests from heavy rain showers in order to gain a constant supply of honeydew.

            **You have two stomachs!
            That’s right Tsatse have two stomachs, and it’s not because they are greedy. One of their stomachs is for holding food for their own consumption, whilst the second one is to hold food to be shared with other ants. This process is known as trophallaxis and allows a colony to work
            extremely efficiently. It allows for the ants who forage for food to feed those which stay behind and tend to the duties of the queen and the nest.

            **Tsatse can swim.
            Well, not all ants can swim, it depends on the species. They haven’t mastered the butterfly or breaststroke, yet, but they do have the ability to survive in water by using their own version of the doggy paddle, and can also float for long periods of time. To put it simply, ants are amazing survivors.

            ** Some Tsatses are slave-makers
            Some species of ant, such as the Polyergus Lucidus are known as slave-making ants. They invade neighbouring ant colonies, capturing its inhabitants and forcing them to work for them, this process is known as ‘slave raiding’.

            **Tsatse’s have specific jobs.
            Ants are very social insects, and they divide jobs among different types of ants in each colony. The queen or queens have only one job – to lay eggs. All other female ants are workers; they feed the larvae, take out the colony’s trash, forage for food and supplies, or defend the nest. Male ants’ only job is to mate with the queen.””””””

            Now you know why I respect Tsatse and want to be Tsatse and I won’t bet Tsatse;
            ” Male ants’ only job is to mate with the queen.” Amen!!!!

            .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            Did you just figured it out Tsatse means any?

            Just giving you hard times, that was a very good observation. No wonder Tsatse doesn’t sleep for 2 hr or longer.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Nitrikay,

            That is pretty awesome. I am impressed. Keep them coming and please educate us when you will. Thanks!

          • Nitriccay,

            But it is only my nickname. Nor can be an ant in this lifetime. Perhaps the next one.

            Thanks for your thorough research and presentation on tSAtSE. I am not sure if I read in your above share the tSAtSE’s ability to communicate telepathically. And so I am transmitting once again to you with the confidence your reception of it in exactly nine seconds from now– do not fear. Start the countdown now. Nine, Eight, Severn…

            tSAtSE

      • Mez

        Hi Nitric,

        Most of your narration gives good sense to look at them more closely. 1) the Ethiopian government itself said it had prepared a new policy towards Eritrea, especially more recently; albeit it is not yet public. 2) the new policy for sure can not be to go to war or to give an ultimatum “to do this or that” or otherwise to start a military fight or some thing towards that end; all this did not give sense. 3) for how many years now, the Ethiopian government is saying it will vacate the Badme–even though this brought lots of questions and no open discussion and reflection on it was done by the public at large and the, immediately to be affected, Tigray regional state in particular. 4) now let us assume that the Ethiopian government effectively decided to solve the badme crisis without any precondition or attachments; what will follow then? 5) if the Eritrean government, until today, was not able to instigate war in Ethiopia, or continue the war in Sudan or Somalia, what makes it capable in the coming months and years to do it the other way? 6) now assume badme issue is solved to the satisfaction of the Eritrean government; a lot of things have to change in Eritrea a) this limitless military service, b) free labor, c) under payment of salaries for civil servants, d) how to stop the migration crisis from Eritrea, … there will be a lot more questions to raise.

        the old less discussed economic, monetary, and security arrangements have to be discussed again. Simply asked: how can Ethiopia do business with Eritrea–this time under the frame work of international norms and standards? What is the role of the unprecedented intensive investment of China in Ethiopia, Djibouti, the Sudan, and Eritrea in resolving this crisis? What is the wish of the European Union regarding the refugee crisis (both from the Eritrean and Ethiopian governments).

        To keep things short, there are hundreds of new and important variables to consider now than around the year 2000. My friend, don’t be so jubilant–but rather try to understand the real continental and global factors “moving and shaking” the two nations.

        thanks,
        Mez

        • Nitricc

          Hi Mez: You are complicating things way of proportion. There is a problem and the solution this time around is simple. One glaring factor is, Ethiopia has played every card on her hand, every trick in the book and Eritrea has prevailed!!! this fact must be understood by all concerned party. Even by the so-no-bright people on this forum. There is nothing left Ethiopia can do to undermined Eritrea and her leaders. From this fact is where my take emanates. There was one think TPLF entertained to do, that is trying fire. they tried that in Tsorona front and quickly they came to conclusions that was possible! that when they came with this new poly that ” we are charting new policy toward Eritrea BS.
          So, what makes this impass easy to solve at this time in point is that Ethiopia has exhausted every action there is to implement.
          Igniting war to bring Eritrea down failed!
          Opening refugee comes to seduce the Youth in to living the country, failed!
          Establishing an opposition in Ethiopia anti PIA, Failed!
          begging international court of law to refers its verdict, failed.
          Trying everything Bisha not to be established, failed.
          Trying to bomb Bisha out of use, Failed.
          the fake sanction that cooked by Ethiopia against Eritrea, Failed.
          The total isolation of Eritrea that was implemented by Ethiopia, Failed.
          the evil design that was certain to bring down to her knee, the no war no peace, Failed!
          The list goes on and on, while Ethiopia is weaken by internal unrest and sever Ethnic division, Eritrea on the other hand stayed vigilant and ready for any eventuality. I really believe that I can’t see any more ill attempt by TPLF toward Eritrea.
          Once TPLF vacates Badime; I expect TPLF to demand few things. one of them is normalization and How Eritrea feels about is another thing. At this time the hardest thing that is holding the two country at odds is, Eritreas’ refusal to expel Ethiopian opposition groups.
          so, in my eyes Eritrea has won the no peace no war dangerous game i.e. credit when credit due to the people and leaders of Eritrea and general and big Yohana for the man of balls PIA.

          • Mez

            Dear Nitric,

            We are interpreting the same “raw data” in to two diametrically opposite coclusions; a sort of–fallacy of statistics.

            Thanks

  • KBT

    Selamat kulukhum beal fake news
    As always dishonesty is the mantra of the online freedom fighter ,nothing good will ever come out form the delusional failed mind
    At least pfdj are struggling to make right how about you guys. How do you help or contribute to file what is missing ??
    Many Eritrean well educated bring financial and materials donations for schools or hospitals real Eritrean don’t waist time
    Fantasizing illness and destruction upon its people real Eritrean face challenge with courage and determination.
    So please again tell us what is your contribution for our country??????????

    • Mez

      Dear KBT,

      There is a name for state/single party based capitalism–it is called Fasismus, in its real meaning and deed.

      That is what makes things perplexed in Eritrea; how rudimentary it may be.

      Thanks

    • JAQ

      KBT,
      Your arguments are illogical. You are asking people what their contribution is to a nation where contributions must be vetted and given a green light by a single party ruler who has monopolized all industry. Did you read the article, did you read that you cannot even operate a truck at full capacity? In an environment like this, your question should be is Eritrea in a position for people to work and give back freely without interference from the government?

      The point is, if you care to admit it or not, with the current situation as it stands, Eritrea will always rely on financial and material donations from aboard, all because the ruling party has prevented any type of tangible progress.

      • KBT

        Selam JAQ
        Your answer is nonsense as I expected, why don’t you just say ,I never contribute for my country I am fine to be a nice tools to distabilize eritrea.
        Good luck for all woyane stooge,

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Gedab News,

    If the ministry of transportation is the institution of the ruling party (PFDJ), how do we call as ” turf of war” of two independent Parties (PFDJ and MoT) fighting to seek more rights or influence on the economy? Is it me I don’t understand the message or is the title is out of sync with the body message?

    Regards

  • Fanti Ghana

    Hello All,

    ኣውቶቡስ ተሰቒለ…

    ሰታዮ ሰማያዊት ናበይ ከደት
    ኣጎናፍር ፃዕዳ ናበይ ከደት
    ሓጂ ዓብዱ ክልተ ሕብራ ናበይ ከደት
    ኣውቶቡስ ኣሥመራ ናበይ ከደት
    ብቖልዓን ሽማግለን እናተቐደመት

    ኣይ ንባጽዕ ኣይ ንኣቖርደት
    ኣይ ንሰንዓፈ ኣይ ንኣፍዓበት
    ዋላኳ ነሰምበል ንማይጨሆት
    ሰብ ጉዳይ ሰብ ቆጾሮ መሪሩዎም ተጽቢት
    ምስተሓለሉ ብእግሮም ከርተት ከርተት

    መንግሰቲን ሰረቕትን ብሽርክነት
    ኩሎም ጨኪኖም ዓርቢ ትኹን ሰንበት
    ከምዘይተወለዱ ካብ ሰብ ህይወት
    ሰገድቲን ወሃብቲን ብምዓርነት
    ቀደስትን ተማህለልትን ወግሐት ጸብሐት

    ኣንቱም ኣሕዋት ኣትን ኣሓት
    ናተና ድዩ ናታቶም እዚ ሓጥያት
    ክኸይድ ዝደለየ ብጥይት
    ክጸንሕ ዝደለየ ኩርንኩሪት
    ሰበይቲን ሽማግለን ብሰንሰለት

    ቆልዑ ከይዶም ታዕሊም ኹናት
    መናእሰይ ከይዶም እምኒ ፍልፀት
    ቤት ትምህርቲ ጥርሓ ተረፈት
    ንመጻኢ ዕዳ ኩላ ምስሓለፈት
    ሰራቒ ወሲኻ ለባም ምስ ኣጉደለት

    …ንዓደይ ነቒለ፤፤

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Fanti Ghana.

      This fantastic poem is supposed to be in Jabena. Page ready for poems and entertainment ,,,but if Awate admin would ignore..there is no problem!!!

      KS,,

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selam, Selam Kibur Kokhob Selam,

        I wanted to, but I was lulled by all these attractive buses on the picture. Do you think I should move it there?

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Fanti Ghana.

          Just leave it for now no body seems to care..Then do me a favor just do one more poem with the same title in Jebena..

          KS,,

    • Hayat Adem

      St Fanti,
      This is so evoking and nostalgic about the good days. I was a bit mad with GN. Apparently, the folks at GN don’t sometimes seem to know or care about the rudementary elements of thnews stories. If the headlines is about the friction of two competing party functionaries, then there have to be a thing or two to back up that story. Here in the above story, they have nothing to say to support the headline. I found something good for myself as a consequence to forgive them: Your poem!!!

  • iSem

    Hi:All
    “A turf war has surfaced and it involves the Eritrean ministry of transportation and the economic arm of the ruling party. The squabble is expected to escalate further. Informants indicated that “a few other ministries are also awakening to the unfettered monopoly of the national economy by the ruling party.”
    There is this recent history lesson for those who dare to start turf war with PFDH: they will massacred. Amb. Andebrhan W told Mesfin Russom that IA called him in his office when Amb then head of central bank to warn him to comply with the orders of PFDJ office, Andebrhan complied and his dream to institutionalize the banking system went down to” mai bela”
    EstidNOA, one of the brothers IN I’s prisons, who fought with PFDJ because they were not paying taxes to the government, a diabetic who rushed to go back to Eritrea after the war started when he was abroad for his masters degree. He was not G-15 but he is still disappeared
    Every one who tried to mend, correct IA’s wayward behavior has disappeared.
    So the guys and gals at the min of transportation whatever they think they are doing by starting this turf war, the contemplating the past is their best option.
    And also it sound implausible the turf war to be started because every ministry, every family and neighborhood is littered with landmines: the PFDJ spies
    IA now forcibly own Eritrea and everyone, the camels, the soldiers, who think are defending the country, the news reporters , the ministries , the educated, the erudite, the illiterate, the surgeons, the teachers, knowingly or unknowingly are serving IA and receive their ration of oxygen to breath and calories to walk at IA’s pleasure
    It is that simple
    This is not unique to Eritrean, it happened in Germany, the Germany that wept over music, the professor who were supposed to uphold truth sever at Hitlers pleasure and Docs like Mengele complied to isolate the gene for blue eyes for the pleasure of a leader who had no blue eyes
    But to add to the complexity of human nature, and speaking of Mengele, it will be remise not to mention Oscar Schderlist, who was working and serving at the pleasure of Hitler but used his charm, his witt and his factory to save some souls and I am sure we have our onw Oscars, though they are still serving IA, and I hope the Oscar in them is activated
    But

    • Mez

      Greetings iSem,

      Yes, the intolerance to other political parties (or different political outlooks) of the Hitler Germany and Eritrea today have some resemblance; then things stop there.

      Other internal processes (such as Engineering, Economy, sciences) are not compatible at all. When you compare, please take those things also into account.

      Thanks

      • iSem

        Hi Mz:
        of course on he fields you mention it is day and night. But even with these advances and world intellectual class in that time, Germany fell for Hitler, that was the point, not pound to pound comparison of everything

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