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Eritrean Opposition Goal For PFDJ: Death By 1,000 Cuts

The single argument that unites the entire Eritrean opposition is that Eritrea’s ruling party, PFDJ, is not fit to govern because it refuses to be bound by the rule of law.  Twenty-five years after assuming power, the Eritrean regime refuses to be bound by national law–a constitution–and it refuses to comply with international law, despite the fact that it is a signatory to a few of them including the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR); Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT); Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR.)  On Thursday, October 27, Eritreans will descend at the United Nations to make this point to the international community.

The occasion is the 71st session of the General Assembly.  To be precise, it is the meeting of The Third Committee, ie., the Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Committee which usually hears the reports of the bodies instituted by the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC.)   When it comes to the HRC, the Eritrean regime was content to use one instrument, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR): three times a year, the Universal Periodic Review Working Group reviews 14 states and makes recommendations, which are accepted or rejected by the State being reviewed.  In 2013, HRC introduced new measures for countries which are showing persistent non-cooperation and to the surprise of no one, the Eritrean regime was classified as one. And while many of Eritrea’s opposition did their part during the UPR to present testimony on the nature of the Eritrean regime, all credit of classifying the Eritrean regime as showing persistent non-cooperation and worthy of having a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights named belongs to Elizabeth (Elsa) Chyrum and her Human Rights Concern-Eritrea. 

We are all familiar with the rest of that story: the Eritrean regime ignored the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, which resulted in the Human Rights Council naming a Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights (CoI-E) in Eritrea in 2014. The CoI-E filed its shocking report in 2015 and was tasked to determine if the crimes that the Eritrean regime commits constitute crimes against humanity.   In June 2016, the CoI-E filed its report that, indeed, the crimes that the Eritrean regime commits DO constitute crimes against humanity and recommended that the case be referred to all instruments of the United Nations including, the Third Committee.

Now here it should be noted that those who want eternal immunity for the Eritrean regime to continue committing crimes were celebrating that the Human Rights Council did not refer the case to the Security Council. This is par for the course as the supporters of the Eritrean regime have shown an expansive capacity to tolerate crimes against their own people so long as their government is spared.   What is noteworthy is that there are those who claim to be opposed to the government but oppose every effective means to bring it to heel.   They are opposed to sanctioning it; they are opposed to imposing travel bans and asset freezes on its strongmen. They are opposed to showcasing evidence which shows it supported Al-Shabab. They are opposed to propagating evidence which shows its behaved very badly in Djibouti.  They are opposed to bringing it to an international tribunal.   They are opposed to an armed struggle against it.  They are opposed to having an Eritrean presence in Ethiopia (while they celebrate Ethiopian opposition presence in Eritrea.) In short, they want to fight the PFDJ with plastic knives–but only if it is recyclable.

This is why it is so gratifying that there are Eritrean opposition members who appear to have the clarity of mind that the death of the Eritrean regime will come from 1,000 cuts. The battle is to be waged externally and internally.   Diplomatically and via grassroots activism.

It was unclear whether the Eritrean agenda would ever make it to The Third Committee since the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry was not renewed.    However, that of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Eritrea was renewed.   And since the Special Rapporteur–Sheila Keetharuth–was also a member of the three-person panel of the Commission of Inquiry, inviting her to testify gives Eritreans an opportunity to have one person on behalf of two bodies: the SR and the CoIE.

This did not just happen.  It took the efforts of Elizabeth Chyrum and her colleagues and well-wishers and awate.com extends congratulations to all the activists who are never dissuaded when the “Wedo Geba” unit like that of meskerem.net is celebrating prematurely.

On to October 27th.

One more thing.   In the Eritrean Diaspora, the distinction between civil society and political party is very blurred: you are who you say you are.   But in traditional politics, civil society attempts to apply pressure on the government, to bring about change and political party attempts to apply pressure so it can assume power.   Over the last several months, the Eritrean civil society has been very active diplomatically to present a “daily headache” to the regime and its agents, as well as to influence international agents.   It is time for Eritrea’s political parties to pick up the pace.

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  • Desata Tella

    SELAM

    I am delighted that the UN Security Council has approved and adopted my suggestion to [“establish a mechanism”] about the Human Right Violation in Eritrea,

    Here are my comments and suggestion: .

    HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATION IN ERITREA
    From: Desalegn
    To: coieritrea@ohchr.org

    4 Jun at 2:01 AM

    Dear Secretary-General,
    Mr. Ban Ki-moon
    Secretary-General
    United Nations
    New York, NY 10017

    Copy:

    Dear Mike Smith, Chairperson
    Commutation of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea

    Dear Secretary-General,

    HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATION IN ERITREA

    I am writing my concern about the gross violation of human rights in Eritrea and the UN’s failure to fulfill its moral and legal responsibility to protect Civilians in Eritrea and failing to intervene the humanitarian crisis in Eritrea.

    Eritrea is a failed nation in the horn of Africa which has been led by a self-appointed dictator for the last 25 years. People live in constant fear and even those who are victims of torture by the regime scare to talk about the cruel and inhuman treatment they have faced.

    A United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea concluded in 2015 that the Eritrean government engages in “Systematic, widespread and gross human right violations” carried out in a “context of a total lack of rule of law.” Common pattern of abuse include torture, forced labour during conscription, arbitrary arrests, detentions, enforced disappearance. Eritrea’s dismal human right situations, exacerbated by indefinite military conscription, has led thousands of Eritreans to flee every month.
    To try to undermine the commission’s credible, impartial, legitimate and professional report, the self-appointed president Isayas Afeworki has been planning to collect 300,000 signatures from Eritreans in Diaspora to present to the UN. Collection of signatures is by systematically threatening them to sign. Refusal to sign will result denial of entry to Eritrea whenever they want to visit Eritrea and denial of Eritrean passport for those Eritreans in Diaspora who are still using Eritrean passport specially those who live in Saudi Arab.

    According to Genocide Watch’s’ 8 stages of genocide the situation in Eritrea is at stage 5, polarization, with mounting tensions between the people and the oppressive government.

    In the international court of law there is appellant and respondent. The commission of inquiry interviewed Eritrean torture survivors. The case about the commission of inquiry is between appellant who have been held incommunicado in Eritrean prison for almost two decades without trial, those victims who have been beaten and tortured to death in the hands of the regime and the respondent, the regime who is accused of committing crimes against humanity. Collecting false signatures (petition) by the dictator aimed to silence the voices of the victims will not stop him from facing the justice system for the crimes he has committed.

    I call on the UN to establish a mechanism that enforces the Eritrean dictator to face the International Criminal Court for the atrocities he has committed against his own people so that the Eritrean people will restore their believe in justice. This also restores their dignity and brings the truth to light.

    Engineer: Desalegn Berhe

  • MS

    Selam All
    A weekend edition: A conversation between two bassists
    1000 COORDINATED beats forming a harmonious music. Her name is Mohini Dey. She has many video clips. Folks who care about sounds and music, please check her out. Today, I present to you an amazing “conversation” between two bassists.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2qsb26ANHQ

  • MS

    Selam All
    This is not to take a side in the debate between SAAY and Semere, I respect both gentlemen. However, I think justice needs to start from each of us all. Semere should refrain from GENERALIZING in his condemnation of the opposition. See, what a few days of self-reflection can do? And SAAY needs to refrain from his attempt to portray Semere Tesfai as PFDJ cadre. Semere doesn’t like PFDJ, but he hates the kind of opposition he has in mind. Could it be a residual sensations from the Qreta of the 80s, as SAAY put it? We don’t know until Semere is given the chance to carry on calm conversations. In the latest series of comments, his replies under Ali Salim’s provocative language were reserved and spot on. I hope he will stick to his plan in elaborating his thought on land use/laws. I’m looking forward to reading it. Regarding the curret debate though:
    Semere Tesfai said the opposition suck. SAAY replied to Semere that he (SAAY) had contacted the opposition, and that they said Semere suck, too. Hilarious! It reminds me of my two boys when they fight over their turfs, then when hell breaks out between them, they come to me running each of them to get the upper hand in grabbing my attention to their story as to who was to blame. But here, we are talking about two very gentle men, gentlemen of refined brains. We enjoy it when they discuss heavy subjects in layman’s terms, they make us laugh too. Semere continued questioning SAAY’s apparently superhuman ability to contact 50+1 organization within 24 hours. But before Semere finished his thought, it dawned to him that it should be Hayat who helped SAAY make that daunting task ACCOMPLISHED (sorry saay dislikes hyperboles and superboles). Now, I’m just wondering. Considering that Hayat Adem is also another human being, just like SAAY, how was it possible for Hayat to accomplish that feat? Aha, Semere is telling us that Hayat Adem is in fact a Robot who could multitask billions of commands per millisecond!? Or, not. I’m not sure. If that’s what Semere meant to convey over, I will object to it. Hayat is a human being. She is just a smart one. That’s all. Whether she smarter than SAAY or not, it will all be another debate. OK, I got it now. I think what Semere is saying is that, as a wayanista, Hayat could have the mother-command button to those 50+1 organizations and she could easily get their individual replies. I think the last theory is plausible. It was plausible until SAAY came back knocking the whole edifice. He did not contact anyone of them, because “95% of them know” Semere exist. That’s to say ክላእ ያኣኺ ግደፈና፡ ኣበይ ከበጽሖም ኢልካኒ። ንዓመታት ከጽነዖም ፈቲነ ተሓሊለስ ጽሒፈ I was wrong ትብል ዓንቀጽ ጽሒፈ እንድየ። And with that, dear Hayat is off the hook. At least for now.
    Another point is the fact that SAAY is admonishing Semere for criticizing the oppositions’ inability to win over Eritreans. But not too long ago SAAY made a similar remark.
    “In the vicinity of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, there are 100,000 Eritreans: if the Addis-based organization (Bayto, Alliance, whatever) cannot inspire a fraction of them to attend Eritrean social events, it is not a good example to follow..” If you can’t “own” the city, the state, the country you live in, you are not someone that the Eritrea-based opposition can look up and places their hope on as future leaders, as a government in waiting…” saay
    I think SAAY is saying that the organized political opposition has failed miserably even to persuade a fraction of Eritreans to attend Eritrean social events (Read: opposition events). I think he is saying the opposition needs to convince Eritreans that it’s trustworthy, and able to be a better alternative to PFDJ. If that’s the case, then where is the beef Semere and SAAY are fighting over? Isn’t that what Semere is saying? Did not SAAYconclude that “Change will come from within Eritrea at the pace of Eritreans[?]” I think SAAY meant to say that any “change” pushed over by foreign powers is not good for Eritrea. Well, Semere is saying the same. That’s what exactly Semere is saying when he says “To me, it is not all about GETTING RID OF PFDJ, it is all about replacing PFDJ with a BETTER ONE…I want an opposition that believes on its people… that believes on itself to lead the country to a better future…[An opposition] that can and will deliver fair justice to every individual Eritrean citizens.”
    SAAY wrote hundreds of articles/comments in which he expressed his frustration about the opposition for not creating a political organ that would inspire and galvanize Eritreans. Of course, now, he seems to have settled for the በብዘለናዮ ሓቦ ገይርና ንውጸኣዮ (Abraham Afowerqi); yes, 1000 cuts (በብዘለናዮ ንኸንሽብ, ንገርንብ…At the end it may create a cumulative effect which will inevitably lead to the collapse of PFDJ due to loss of blood. Now, guys, distributing 1000 razors to shaky and untrained hands is very dangerous. For an opposition that is known to have poor motor coordination, an opposition that is known for self mutilating (such as the arguments we read here, and the assaults on Eritrean revolution, its social fabric and its symbols by entities hidden in the opposition jungle ) bebzelenayo might sound trendy but a political movement needs leadership and coordination. PFDJ’s work has been made easy by individuals who assault Eritrean unity and its proud history. The opposition and patriotic individuals and organizations who fought for justice under the banner of “Eritrean solutions to Eritrean problems”suffered many CUTS by seemingly friendly lots.The first big cut the opposition suffered was made by YG, then another gushing cut was made by Qeshi Ali Salim (bless his heart, he never tires roaming the opposition jungle and attending countless consultative conferences and meetings. Like a comet, he has no regular orbit. You never know where his next U-Turn will take him). The next consecutive cuts have been coming from men-behind-the-mask, bashing EPLF, hence, Eritrean ghedli Experience. The more these entities make louder noises the more people get suspicious of the organized opposition that is allied with TPLF. THOUSANDS OF LITTLE SELF-INFLICTED CUTS HAVE MADE THE OPPOSITION WEAKER THAN EVER. If coordinated the 1000 cuts could make a big impact. In some instances, this approach worked. A good example is illustrated by our own SAAY (sorry for the long quote, but it’s hilarious).
    “It is said that a mad scientist was running an experiment with a frog. The scientist chopped off one of the hind legs of the frog and ordered, “jump!” The frog limped. Then the other hind leg was chopped off, and the scientist ordered, “jump!” The frog moved even more slowly. The process was repeated until the frog had no legs left. When the scientist ordered “jump!” the frog, of course, did not move. Wrote the scientist on his clipboard: “curious phenomenon. When you cut off the legs of frogs, they turn deaf.” SAAY the Great.
    However, thousands of blades in dangerous hands and minds are dangerous.
    Lastly, SAAY hawey, yes, according to people who fled the areas, some EDF members, and one opposition figure, SOME opposition members- to be exact, an organization that’s now part of the opposition- indeed entered Eritrea along with WAYANE and participated in promoting Wayane ideology of ridiculing Eritrean revolution, and particularly the EPLF. According to these sources, they did not come aboard Wayane tanks, they crossed into Eritrean border following the invading Wayane army, herding and driving supply donkeys. There is no reason not to believe they might have rode some of those donkeys (Sanafe areas, and some places in Gash Setit). Remember Wayane was fighting to death to subdue Eritrea and install a puppet government up to the last moment, until its Generals called it a day. How do I know that? I was following a brilliant guys who was “kindisheH” to Eritreans (although I was furious to the start of the war and I prayed for a quick end, I did not pray for the demise of EDF, AND YOU, Sir, were KndisheH to all of us, thank you). Yes, the following quote might remind us about the temperature and the tempo of events of that period, as penned by SAAY.
    “Another Temptation of Lord Meles was Asab. Port, the final frontier. [The first temptation was the tempt of the PM to topple the Eritrean government.] After trying and failing to capture Asab, he pretended that he never tried to get it anyway. If I wanted to, I could quit smoking. I just don’t want to. More lowered expectation. The game of lowered expectations first started with Meles telling us that he doesn’t care a whit about Massawa and Asab, which, after all, according to him, is nothing more than a watering hole for camels. This is a classic case of “Adgi zeyblus beqli y’niek.” (A man who doesn’t own an ass scorns a mule.)”
    And regarding the intent of Ethiopia, SAAY puts it unambiguously crystal clear: “And, they admitted, they had thought about marching to Asmara. Or, as the Prime Minister put it in his diplomatic briefing, the temptation was there.” Now, we know that while Ethiopia was at war with Eritrea, there had already been an Eritrean opposition group in Ethiopia, and there was an “allied force” that was formed to “topple the government of Eritrea”, and moved to Ethiopia. All these while the war was waging. SAAY, you were not supporting the Eritrean government, per se, but the defense of your country, something that you should never feel bad about. And I’m told by multiple sources who were there, that the members of that opposition organization were pacifying Eritreans, basically indoctrinating them in Wayane ideology of Ethnic democracy, and how bad EPLF was et cetera, et cetera. Does it the matter if they arrived aboard tanks or donkeys? No. All that matters is that, according to the Eritreans who have to me this, they were there actively helping the occupying force. Could they be Ethiopian intelligence personnel acting as Eritrean opposition, speaking on its behalf? I did not ask my sources that question. The point is: at that time you were on the other side of the border and you were battling, intellectually, the invading force. Therefore, all you have is the said opposition group denying they were there. The opposition declared war on the government of Eritrea right when Wayane was readying itself for the final offensive. Therefore, the intent is there, documented. And people who lived in those areas said they saw people who spoke on behalf of Eritrean opposition. Combine both.
    On the John Dulles Foster, many scholars have quoted him in books that went through the routine verifying and editing process. I would say, it’s upon you to debunk it, Abu Dubya the greatista.
    I strongly disagree with Semere regarding the crimes that might have been committed by the government. I would never take a position that appears to be defending any government, any entity seizing power. By nature I consider myself to be against dogmas and powers be.

  • said

    Greeting
    Semere Tesfay your quotation about Eritrean (jihadist and islamist) if you wish you can elaborate.
    You write about Muslim in context of national security, first see them as human beings, as part of our humanity,. truly you have been the Muslim basher, one have to be very careful not to propagate Muslim bigotry ,given hate spewed to towards Muslim when you discuss about Eritrean Muslims in our current political climate.
    What and when every you try write about Islam negatively, or Eritrean Muslim make sure your quotation is in right context and factual, otherwise that doesn’t tell us very much about anything. It’s like saying that the IRA [Irish Republican Army] and Catholicism have a relationship, which they do, but it doesn’t tell you very much. Or that somehow, because all members of the mafia are Catholic, the pope is responsible for the mafia. So I think this element is vastly overblown.
    Islam is remarkably tolerant, as exemplified a little later on in Al–Andalus, Muslim Spain, where Jewish culture flourished and Christians were able to practice their religion as well. Some will say, Early Islam also was not xenophobic; it accepted Hellenistic thought into its theology. It created something called the Bayt al–Hikma, or House of Wisdom, first in Damascus and then in Baghdad, where modern physics, chemistry, mathematics and astronomy were pioneered. It’s very much a religion of science and philosophy, and in fact preserved knowledge that ultimately galvanized the European Renaissance.
    And finally, it wasn’t misogynist. many women owned caravan as a businesswoman up to Damascus from Mecca, and women had a prominent place in early Islam. They were not locked in the back or forced to cover themselves.
    So there is a battle going on within Islam over how to revitalize and correct the religion, very similar to the Reformation/Counter-Reformation struggle in a broad sense. This is an argument among Muslims on which we kibitz and which we characteristically misunderstand. We’re in the position of the Ottoman sultan looking at the Thirty Years’ War in Europe wondering why these people are killing each other over logical differences that he can’t understand. That is the case with the religious war now between Shia and Sunni
    Oct. 27 is International Religious Freedom Day, so it’s a good time to ponder the many, many battles that won this precious right.
    Peaceful acceptance of all sorts of religious views is central to democracy.
    Freedom of religion means that nobody — not the government nor the surrounding culture — can tell you what to believe. All people are free to reach their own conclusions about faith.
    In past centuries, religious wars, persecutions and cruelties were common. Crusades against Muslims, Reformation wars between Protestants, Catholics and , pogroms against Jews, Sunni against Shia, The catalyst for the violence was the US invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of secular government there, and our empowerment of a vindictive, mostly Iranian-exiled political leadership that wished to take revenge for perceived slights from the Sunni minority that had ruled the country. The violence—again the analogy of the Thirty Years’ War in Europe comes up. Once you start that sort of thing it becomes self-sustaining and people have a reason for seeking vengeance or seeking safety by eliminating potential enemies. There have been atrocities of truly horrifying nature on both sides. Inquisition tortures of nonconformists, witch hunts, eradication of Anabaptists, etc. — history is full of horrors.
    Michael Servetus Physician-scholar. who discovered the pulmonary circulation of blood, was burned at the stake in Calvinist Geneva in 1553 for doubting the Trinity. Likewise, Philosopher-scientist Giordano Bruno was burned in Rome in 1600 for teaching that the universe is infinite, with many stars that might be accompanied by planets.
    The Enlightenment gradually changed western civilization, instilling a new sense that faith is personal, not to be dictated by authorities. It slowly bred the separation of church and state, forbidding the use of government force to impose beliefs. But many struggles were required to achieve it. Yet the old traditions persist. Napoleon’s arrival in Egypt in 1798 began an epoch during which the West insisted on reshaping societies, cultures, and traditions, the assumption being that “modernization” meant “Westernization.” Some Muslim do have resentment for a couple of centuries of Western depredations in the region. Humiliations, denial of dignity. And characteristically the Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—have been wonderful means of organizing insurgencies and resistance movements.
    In today Eritrea we have our share of problems. for most it is the Young Eritrean who are paying the price, for entire two generations nowadays they are being offered circuses by the isolationist dictator who now rule with iron fist. And IA is surrounded with cohort elite, in much the way that a rotten banana is surrounded by fruit flies. I have criticised the socialist hollowed-out far leftism of by gone era of the 19 to 21st century many times, Indeed, our nation and our culture are failing because of foreign and align Marxism and Maoist ideology entrenched in soil of Eritrea, In the end the Maoist and Marxists’ philosophy of economic, cultural and moral relativism has being dying and taking Eritrea with it.
    So we need to a rise, claim and rebuild our Eritrean heritage, value, respect for our diverse culture and traditional leaders, we must arise to modernize and we should Choose wisdom over strength and strength over weakness. With compassion and mercy. Embrace virtue. Reject relativism. Preserve our intellectual and social roots and make no apologies for any of it, for it our Eritrean heritage, value. speak the truth and do the right thing. the clock is ticking.
    “Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.” – Heraclitus
    Today we must reject IA is mafias style regime, similar to a gangster- turned to be right-wing capitalist Russian state? That is at lost. To many to count Russian billionaire investor with ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, at the expense of Russian poor people in true Russian Mafia fashion, I am not a economic authority and cannot judge Russian state.
    we all know Western cultures is endemic. There was a big argument in Japan about whether Japan could modernize without losing its Japanese identity. Well, it turned out they could. Modern Chinese history is in many respects organized around the same issue. If you accept Western techniques, ways of doing things, do you corrode the national essence?

    It wasn’t until Deng Xiaoping came in, when he said, “Whatever works,” he adopted a canon of eclectic modernization. He said, “The Chinese identity is strong, it will take care of itself. We just need to figure out how to empower people. With all the fault of Deng Xiaoping one learn he turned china for what it is today superpower.

    • Semere Tesfai

      Selam Said

      Please understand. I don’t hate Muslims. I don’t have any problem with Islam or Muslims. I grew up playing with Muslims, I went to school with Muslims, I was in Ghedli with Muslims. Muslims are not strangers to me.

      I just don’t like religious politics. I don’t like Christian political party, I don’t like Tigrigna (ethnic) political party, I don’t like regional (Seraye, Akeleguzay, Hamassien) type political party. I don’t like Unionist, Tigray-Tigrigni, AgAzian, Greater Habesha…… and what have you…. type political parties.

      Now, there are flip side (Muslim) parties of the above sort as well. And I don’t like those parties as well.

      I believe, our politics shouldn’t be polluted by faith, regional, ethnic politics – just ideological differences how to move foreword. I hope I made my point clear.

      Semere Tesfai

  • Desata Tella

    ሰላማት፥ ብሪኢቶ ህዝቢ መሰረት ካብ ኣምሓርኛ ዝተተርጎመ

    ቅሉዕ ደብዳቤ
    ናብ ኣቶ ሃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ
    ናይ ኢትዮጵያ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስተር
    ኣዲስ ኣባባ ኢትዮጵያ

    ብዛዕባ ሻዕቢያ መንግስቲ ዝምለከት ኣብ ናይ ኤርትራን ኢትዮጵያን ሰፊሕ ህዝቢ ንዘለዎ ሕማቕ ስታራተጂካዊ ኣረኣእያ ዝመልከትን ክዉሰድ ዘለዎ ስጉምትን ኣብ መጋቢት ወርሒ ዕለት ት ሻዓተ 2016 ብእመይል ጌረ ዝላእኽኩልካ መልእኽቲ ሕጽር ብዝበለ መልክዑ ከምዚ ዝብል መልእኽቲ ከምዘመሓላለፍኩልካ ይፍለጥ፥ ይጠቅስ – “ሓሚምካ ካብ ምስቓይ ኣቐዲምካ ምጥንቃቕ” ዝብል መልኽቲ ከምዝነበረን ሕጂውን እንተኹነ ደጊመ እዚ መልኽቲ ከመሓላልፈልካ እፈቱ። ምኽንያቱ “ዝፈራሕካዮ ይበጽሕ” ከዝበሃል ኣበሃህላ ዘዓይነቱ ኣብዚ ጊዜ እዚ ድማ ዝተፈርሐ ናይ ህግደፍ መንግስቲ ናይ ኣሸባርነት* ስርሑ ካብ ሃገርና ኤርትራ መረብ ሰጊሩ እቲ ሕማም ኣብ ዝተፈላለይ ቦታታት ኢትዮጵያ ክርአ ካብ ዘኽኣሎ ቀንዲ ምኽንያት ናይቲ “ሕማም ምንጪ” ንዝኾነ ኣብ ጊዝይኡ ከምዝደርቕ ወይ ብዘይምጥፋእካ ምኻኑ ክትግንዘብ ይግበኣካ ዝብል ኣረኣእያ እዩ ዘለኒ። ሕጂ እዉን እንተኾነ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ይኹን ኣብ ኤርትራ ሰላም ንምስፋን እንተተደልዩ እቲ እንኮ* ዝኾነ ካሊእ ኣማራጺ ዘይብሉ መፍትሒ “ሻዕብያን ንዝፍልፍሎም ዘሎ ኣሸበርትን” ናይ ኢትዮጵያ መንግስቲ ምስ ሰፊሕ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብሓደ ብምኻን ናይ ኣሸበርቲ ምንጪ ንዝኾነ ንምድራቕ (ንምጥፋእ)ኣድላይ ዝኾነ ስጉምቲ ክዉሰድ ኣለዎ ዝብል ጽኑዕ ዝኮነ እምነተይ ይገልጽ ኣለኹ። እዚ ተጠቒሱ ዘሎ ስጉምቲ ኣብ ጊዝይኡ እንተዘየሰላሲልካዮ ኣብ ኤርትራ ይኹን ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ንዝወርድ ህልቂትን ናይ ንብረት ዕንወትን ተጠያቂ ምኻንካ እግረመንገደይ ከይገለጽኩልካ ክሓልፍ ኣይደልን እየ። ምኽንያቱ ናይ ኢትዮጵያ ህዝቢ ጸጥታ ናይ ምኽልኻል ግዴታ ክህልወካ እንከሎ ናይ ኤርትራ ህዝቢ ካብ ውሽጢ ይኹን ካብ ናይ ወጻኢ ኣሸበርቲ*** ሓይልታት ናይ ምክልኻል መብትን [Justified] ናይ ሞራል ሓላፍነት ከምዘለካ ከዘኻኽረካ እፈቱ።

    ኢንጅነር ደሳለኝ በርሀ

    • sara

      Dear Mr Berhe, thank you for your help.
      you know, i heard recently on a radio show a VIPP complaining about ALGORITHMS used by on line platforms that it has become a threat to open (honest) discussions., why not be more generous and tell us in every day tigrinia.

  • Desata Tella

    ሰላም!

    እለት: 29/10/2016

    ለኣቶ ሃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ
    የኢትዮጵያ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስተር
    ኣዲስ ኣባባ ኢትዮጵያ

    የሻዕባይን መንግስት በሚመለከት በኤርትራና በኢትዮጵያ ሰፊው ህዝብ ያለው መጥፎ የሆነ ስትራተጂካዊ ኣመለካከትና መወሰድ ያለበትን እርምጃ በሚመለክት በመጋቢት ዘጠኝ 2016 በኢመይል በላኩት መልእክት ኣጠር ባለ መልኩ እንዲህ የሚል መልእክት እንዳስተላለፍክልዎት ኣይዘነጋም እጠቅሳሎህ – “ታሞ ከመማቀቕ ኣስቀድሞ መጥንቀቅ” የሚል መልእክት እንደነበረና ኣሁንም ደግሜ የሀንኑ መልእክት ላስተላልፍልዎት እወዳሎሕ። ምክንይቱ “የፈራሀው ይደርሳል” እንደሚባለው የኣባባል ዓይነት በኣሁኑ ጊዜ ደሞ የፈራነዉን የህግደፍ መንግስት የሽበራ ስራው ከሃገራችን ኤርትራ መረብን በመሻገር በሽታዉ* በኢትዮጵያ በተለያዩ ኣከባቢች የመከሰቱ ዋናው ምኽንያት የበሽታው ምንጭ በጊዜው ባለማድረቅዎ ወይም ባለማጥፋትዎ መሆኑን መገንዘብ ያስፈልጋል የሚል እምነት ኣለኝ። ኣሁኑንም ቢሆን በኢትዮጵያም ይሁን በኤርትራ ሰላም ለማግኘት ከተፈለገ ኣንዱንና ኣማራጭ የሌለው መፍትሄ “ሻእብያንና የሚፈለፍላቸው ኣሸባሪዎችን” የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ከኤርትራ ሰፊው ህዝብ ኣብሮ በመሆን የኣሸባሪዎችን ምንጭ ለማድረቕ ኣስፈላጊዉን እርምጃ መወስድ አለበት የሚል ጽኑ የሆነ እምነት አለኝ። የሀንኑ እርምጃ በጊዜዉ ካላከናወኑት በኤርትራም ይሁን በኢትዮጵያ ለሚደርሰው እልቂትና የንብረት ዉድመት ተጠያቂ መሆንዎን እግረ መንገዴን ሳልገልጥልዎት ለማልፍ ኣልፈልግም። ምክንያቱ የኢትዮጽያን ህዝብ ጸጥታ የመከላከል ግዴታ ሲኖርዎት የኤርትራ ህዝብ ከዉስጥ ይሁን ከውጭ ኣሸባሪ*** ሃይል የመከላከል መብትና [justified] የሞራል ግዴታ እንዳለብዎት ለማሳሰብ አወዳሎህ።

    ኢንጁነር ደሳለኝ በርሀ

    • sara

      Dear Awates
      I could read the words but cant understand the meanings (except words like hgdf,ertirea,ethiopia,shaebia,hailemariam), i gather this is in Ethiopian language, may be from our Ethiophil -Eritreans , is this related to the subject above or , maybe this is a briefing from those who were at the new york demo. sorry google is not helping with translation , be generous and give me brief translation, i am curious.
      thanks.

  • Desata Tella

    ግልጥ ደብዳቤ

    እለት: 29/10/2016

    ለኣቶ ሃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ
    የኢትዮጵያ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስተር
    ኣዲስ ኣባባ ኢትዮጵያ

    የሻዕባይን መንግስት በሚመለከት በኤርትራና በኢትዮጵያ ሰፊው ህዝብ ያለው መጥፎ የሆነ ስትራተጂካዊ ኣመለካከትና መወሰድ ያለበትን እርምጃ በሚመለክት በመጋቢት ዘጠኝ 2016 በኢመይል በላኩት መልእክት ኣጠር ባለ መልኩ እንዲህ የሚል መልእክት እንዳስተላለፍክልዎት ኣይዘነጋም እጠቅሳሎህ – “ታሞ ከመማቀቕ ኣስቀድሞ መጥንቀቅ” የሚል መልእክት እንደነበረና ኣሁንም ደግሜ የሀንኑ መልእክት ላስተላልፍልዎት እወዳሎሕ። ምክንይቱ “የፈራሀው ይደርሳል” እንደሚባለው የኣባባል ዓይነት በኣሁኑ ጊዜ ደሞ የፈራነዉን የህግደፍ መንግስት የሽበራ ስራው ከሃገራችን ኤርትራ መረብን በመሻገር በሽታዉ* በኢትዮጵያ በተለያዩ ኣከባቢች የመከሰቱ ዋናው ምኽንያት የበሽታው ምንጭ በጊዜው ባለማድረቅዎ ወይም ባለማጥፋትዎ መሆኑን መገንዘብ ያስፈልጋል የሚል እምነት ኣለኝ። ኣሁኑንም ቢሆን በኢትዮጵያም ይሁን በኤርትራ ሰላም ለማግኘት ከተፈለገ ኣንዱንና ኣማራጭ የሌለው መፍትሄ “ሻእብያንና የሚፈለፍላቸው ኣሸባሪዎችን” የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ከኤርትራ ሰፊው ህዝብ ኣብሮ በመሆን የኣሸባሪዎችን ምንጭ ለማድረቕ ኣስፈላጊዉን እርምጃ መወስድ አለበት የሚል ጽኑ የሆነ እምነት አለኝ። የሀንኑ እርምጃ በጊዜዉ ካላከናወኑት በኤርትራም ይሁን በኢትዮጵያ ለሚደርሰው እልቂትና የንብረት ዉድመት ተጠያቂ መሆንዎን እግረ መንገዴን ሳልገልጥልዎት ለማልፍ ኣልፈልግም። ምክንያቱ የኢትዮጽያን ህዝብ ጸጥታ የመከላከል ግዴታ ሲኖርዎት የኤርትራ ህዝብ ከዉስጥ ይሁን ከውጭ ኣሸባሪ*** ሃይል የመከላከል መብትና [justified] የሞራል ግዴታ እንዳለብዎት ለማሳሰብ አወዳሎህ።

    ኢንጁነር ደሳለኝ በርሀ

  • Tewelde gebremariam

    Hi Awate Team,
    I second the congratulation you have extended to Elsa Chirom and her compatriots for the success they have achieved in exposing the genocidal crimes being perpetrated by the trgaru cabals, isaias afewerk and co.

    However, with regard to the single idea—- the PFDJ is unfit to govern—– on which you asserted that the so called ‘eritrean oppositions’ allegedly agree, invokes the Tigrigna proverb— Men Mquanka Knegrekas Ms Men Kem TwEl Negereni—–.

    The point is , they are woyane ploys, the declared enemy of Eritrean people and their Sovereignty, and therefore, their pretense of moral indignity is nothing but crocodile tears to mislead and deceive, parallel to the false concern isaias afewerk and woyane professs every day as they dig our graves..

    If, God forbid, they occupy the mantle of Eritrean Government, because they can only do so as a Trojan Horses of Woyane, their mandate will be to expedite the liquidation of Eritrean Nation that isaias and woyane overtly and systematically began in 1998, of which their ethnic base liberation organizations with a Constitution that affirm the right of each ethnic group for self determination upto secession leave no doubt. The goal you stated for them—- cutting PFDJs into thousands pieces—– is therefore wrong unless you used PFDJs as a metaphor for Eritrea Nation.

    But again, since the Ethiopian people have finally resolved to once and for all wipe out woyane, the sun is fast setting on the so called Eritrean oppositions; they have no future. We are about to relive 1991 scenario when the conspirators,Mengistu Mariam and Abdella Edris, escaped arrest by fast approaching Mighty EPLFs’ aboard military plane from Addis Abeba. It is a dejavu!!!

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear friends,
    “At 60 the loudest noise comes from the electric clock,” That was a commercial line from Rolls-Royce. At 60*, Semere Tesfay’s loudest noise is “jihadists, islamists…” I don’t know what part of that view comes from confusion and what part from commission! If it is the former, there may be a hope for the opposition to win him back by de-confusing. If it is the latter, there may still be a hope for the opposition to win him back post-pfdj through recommissioning. How old will he be then? ግደፉ’ባ- አቦኹምን እንድየ..ንሱ ዶ ዓብዩኒ!
    ———-
    *Disclaimer: the derision is not aimed at all at the age of the man but at the age of his idea.

    • Taffla

      Selam Hayat,

      Are we still supposed to pretend that you are a muslim Eritrean woman?

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi Tafla,
        Hayat means Life in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Farsi and Tigrayet. Hayat, Life is also translated as Zindegi in Urdu and Hindi. It’s Hiwet in Tigrinya. If we were Nebsa’a or Blin to a certain extent, we wouldn’t have such complications because they have unique names and their names are mostly religion neutral. I remember once someone challenging Woldeyesus Ammar about his last name. What would you say if I told you I have relatives named Kemlem, Abebe, Mebrat and they are Muslims? Are they carrying the wrong names? If Hayat says she is a Muslim woman , that’s it she is. If she says she is a Christian woman and changed her name to Hayat from other obvious names, it’s her choice. If Hayat says her nick is not a proper name but Life in any of the above languages, then be it. She can even say she is a Buddhist and adopted the name. It is her choice. By the way Hayat, why don’t you just say you are an atheist and end all of this?

        • Taffla

          Selam Saleh,

          It’s not about her religion solely. Thanks for the info about the various naming traditions, i know it already though. I know Hayat means Hiwet too. No problem there.

          The issue is about dishonesty. She/He is not here to see the betterment of Eritrea. why bother hide it, when it’s clear to everyone who wants to see. Menexerka abey Tefi’a walas qemem delika ikha 🙂

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Tafla,
            I don’t think I need eyeglasses to see the distraction that this forum is being subjected to. Also, it is not fun to read comments full of non issues–names, ancestry, religion, region, etc. all of it totally far from the concept of diversity, individual freedom. They are skewed justice, frdi gmdil tribunals. I thought such tactics and low debates were the speciality of PFDJ. Why do people abuse others they don’t know? Why do they become so cruel and insulting? Whatever one suspects, unless the debate stays focused on identifiable topics , witch hunting and wanton defamation and insults frustrate me like they do to many others. I don’t know Hayat apart from following the comments here, but the abuse Hayat goes through is too harsh. It is alright to shred Hayat’s ideas, tear them apart by all means. But there are decency requirements on how we should address each other. I believe you know all of that, but consider it a reminder and an appeal to all. That is all my dear.

            I used your comment as a springboard to say what I had in mind. It was a good excuse and I thank you for giving me the opportunity.

          • Taffla

            Saleh,

            Your house, your rules, spring all you need to. Frankly, I have read much worse things said about other individuals/groups than the simple question I posed. Don’t worry about Hayat, Her/H friends Papillon et al. has her back 🙂 so things won’t go south. goodday to you and lights out for me.

          • Yoty Topy

            Hi Taffla,
            With all due respect, who appointed you as the gatekeeper of Eritrean patriotism? You think you know better than she does what is in her heart ?

        • Hayat Adem

          Dear SJG,
          Okay,let’s do the math: how many people can save that for me? If significant, why not- it might take me shorter time te become an atheist than the time trying to convince those still fixating for one or another to mind their own faith.
          hayat

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Hayat,
            No, I was just making a point. But if you are faithful, remain so–I believe hell is very hot 🙂

        • Ethiopian_one

          I know a Mohammed and she is christian…

          • sara

            My upvote to moda.

      • Hayat Adem

        Gretings Taffla,
        1) I suppose I can say what i said above regardless of your assumptions. Minimum requirement is being a human being and I guess you are not saying I’m a robot.
        2) I told you who and what I’m long ago. if you don’t want to take that, I don’t how else to help.
        3) I don’t mind knowing through what you write here. I don’t know you as a person, if you are Eritrea, what your religion is…unless you want to tell me. But it never bothers me to understand your ideas without assuming what your hidden agenda is.

  • Solomon

    ሰላማት ሰን ዓዋተ፥

    አዚ ድምጺ ጽንጽዋይ ወደ ‘ኮይ ጽልማይ ኢዩ ።
    ብምኽንያት ኣዝዩ ዝመሸተ ሶሉስ መዓልቲ፥ ድሕሪ ጸሓይ ዕራርቦ፥

    1፥ ግዝያዊ መንግስቲ ሙሉአ ዓለም ለኻዊ፥ ከምዚ ዝስዕብ ኣብ ሕጊ ኣጽዲቑን፥ ኣዊጁን፥ ጀሚሩውውውንንን።

    The Senator ጭራ ወንዋኒ ቦቢ ስውንዋኖ Is now prepared to inform of the ፉል ሃርቨስት no no not Full harvest ዘ ፉል ሃርቨስት ኢን ኤርትራ።

    ፉል ሓረስቶት ኤርትራ ኣብ ግጠራት ጆርጅያ ፒች ሄች-ክልተ-ኦ፥ ብምኽንያት ጥብ ዝበለት ማይ ኣብ ፉል ሪፕርተጅ ሓርስቶት ፒናት፥

    1፥ ክፍለ ሃግር ጆርጅያ ብ ዓሰርተ ሽሕ ጆርጅ ዘስማቶም ገበርቲ ሸበራ ዝተፈጥረት ክፍለ ሃግር ሑቡራት ሶቪየት ሶሺያሊስት ዝትፈንጨለት ከም ዝዝከርር ኢዩምምም።

    2፥ ነቶም ዓሰርተ ሽሕ ጆርጅስ ዝወለዶም ሓደ ጆርጅ ፎርማን ኣብ ዣኢር ኣንጻር ሙሓመድ “ዝ ዓበየ” ዓሊ፥ ተጓሳጣይ ኢዩምምም።

    3፥ ሓረስታይ ፉል ማሕሙዳይ-ብሉጽ-ሳልሕ፥ ናይ ቻርተር ፉል ክሓፍሶ ፉል ካርታ ማፐር በዣ፥ በቲ ግዝያዊ ስርዓት ሓዳስ ዓልም መስመር ተደኗጉዩምምም።

    4፥ ጸረ አቲ ሓዳስ ዓለም መስምር ግዝያዊ መንግስቲ ዓለም ለኻዊ፥ ኣብ መስመር ዘይተሰርዑ ምንቅስቓስ (ኖን ኣልይንግመንት ሙቭመንት) ን “ብሉጽ” ማሕሙድ ምስ ሰናቶር ጭራ ወንዋኒ ቦቢ ስውንዋኖ ድሕሪ ርክቡ፥ ሰፊሕ ካርተር ቻተር ናይ ሕርሻ ፉል ከቕርብ ኣዚዙምምም።

    ዙም ዙም ዙም ዙም ዱም ዱም

    ዋግ ዘ ዶግ፥ ዘ ፉል ሪፖርት

    Disentanglement Indeed!
    Continues..

    ጻጸ

  • said

    Greetings,
    Living Life in Vanity, the Ever Disillusioned Crowd

    Once a mortal endowed with the unfettered curiosity for knowledge seeking to attain objective reality in its ultimate detached expression crosses a certain threshold, a certain level of a higher plateau; a deeper sense of alienation and estrangement judging from the optic of conventional wisdom never compromise one’s vision and insistent resolve to persist in the unending endeavor seeking to uncovering the truth as removed from self-righteous colorings and the despondence of inherent stereotypes and prejudices. It would be overly pretentious for any mortal to claim approaching that station of knowledge; however, as one goes far on that route, one’s vision of reality and the truth renders one’s readjustment to the banality of conventional wisdom not an option for consideration.

    I could never pretend I am ever near that level of development in my level of conscious awareness; yet, and by the same token, I can never assume that whatever level of discoveries on the unraveling of objective reality that I thus far came across- meager and insignificant as it can be described within the context of the perceived broader Grander Designs – has not altered my vision and set a wedge of relating to the laity’s, across many different cultures’ conventional wisdom. In my utter vanity, however, immune from the pursuit of narrow self-interest of self-actualization, I can comfortably profess that humanity at large at this particular juncture of humanity’s level of conscious development, is a Lost Herd ensconced in the narrow confines of their common cultural experiences and very adulterated; very skewed perceptions of reality.

    Paradoxically, Humanity at large, and despite the incredulous jumps in technological breakthroughs – totally unprecedented – remain captive to their inherent limited cognitive abilities and insulation to the confines of their hereditary conditions and very limited cultural exposures. This truth in a vast converging universe by the force of preponderant technological discoveries, while compounds my sense of alienation judging from the optic of conventional wisdom, leaves me, nevertheless, fully satisfied viewing objective reality from a different optic.

    This explains my humble relentless adherence to Free Thinking!

  • ibrahim

    Galvanization is an ultimate achievement, particularly for liberation struggle against foreign occupation.

    Otherwise it is a process, hardly fully achievable in today’s regional politics.

    It was a historical Eritrean dream ever since the split of Mahber Fiqr Hager,,,

    Every politician thought it is the only way…Andinnet were the only resolute to walk their conviction ..

    Then came the fronts…it evolved into a call for a single organization ,,,do the math of destruction.

    Issayas and group cut cost with a foreign aid, TPLF ..ultimately continued with few of his hunch men, but destroyed value and values.

    Long before the walk of globalization
    Super power(s) locked onto The Horn of Africa ( Eritrea in particular) and now zoomed in as a hot spot involving the current regimes in Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia Sudan etc..

    Eritrea took all available high risks including opening doors to the highest bid, foreign intervention is a looming risk already compared even to Somalia.

    The youth martyred in the boarder war, deserts and high seas in southern eastern Sudan and Kinshasa in Yemen (yet to be confirmed) in Somalia etc will never stop under the junta..it is said all roads lead to Rome,,, our Grande death, deterioration in all disciplines and waning social fabric .Raising the bar of rehabilitation, by the day.

    The junta does not see things the way we do, even doesn’t care to feign he cares for human life let alone Eritrean.

    What are the risks involved? Is it Making your voice heard (lest the world think you are dead) each according to his ability?

    During the last 25 years, what was the death toll.. Can any development including temporary disarray , God forbid, be any worse ..

    Do the material and psychological math and you will get the best way is to get rid of our “Fear”.

    For we are already in the grip of world and regional strategies by un mandated risk taker , the participation of each accordingly to his ability may play a role in curbing the risks we have no choice of averting and get rid of the risk in action by all means available.

    And on every political turn its the engagement that counts either adds or destroys value in the process.

    • ibrahim

      Hello Awate Team and thanks

    • ibrahim

      was unable to edit the original comment..thanks

  • Semere Tesfai

    Selam All

    “What is noteworthy is that there are those who claim to be opposed to the government but oppose every effective means to bring it to heel. They are opposed to sanctioning it; they are opposed to imposing travel bans and asset freezes on its strongmen. They are opposed to showcasing evidence which shows it supported Al-Shabab. They are opposed to propagating evidence which shows its behaved very badly in Djibouti. They are opposed to bringing it to an international tribunal. They are opposed to an armed struggle against it. They are opposed to having an Eritrean presence in Ethiopia (while they celebrate Ethiopian opposition presence in Eritrea.) In short, they want to fight the PFDJ with plastic knives–but only if it is recyclable.”

    Guilty as charged. I’m one of them. And very proud at that.

    Do you know the common thread that connect all your laundry list: FOREIGN INTERVENTION. And foreign governments don’t come home to look after your interest. They come home, hired locals at the front, to look after their interest. Libya, Iraq, Syria, Somalia…… is what you get for cheering (propagating) and inviting foreign governments into your home – to “solve” your internal problems. But don’t take my word for it. Just ask…..

    Would Americans allow what is in your list to their own country and people? Would Canadians allow what is in your list to their own country and people? Would Germans allow what is in your list to their own country and people? Would the Israelis… would the Russians… Would the Chinese….. Would any proud people of any nation on this planet allow what is in your list to their own country and people? ABSOLUTELY NOT, JUST YOU!!!

    Being an opposition is not without responsibility and without accountability. Being an opposition is not about being an extension of foreign government’s policy. Being an opposition is not about outsourcing your cause to foreign governments – to solve your internal problems.

    Being an opposition is about competing ideas – again not competing faiths, not competing regions, not competing ethnics….. but COMPETING IDEAS. Being an opposition is about self responsibility and accountability. Being an opposition is about being disciplined from any shortcuts, temptations and incendiary politics. Being an opposition is about bringing better alternative ideas to the table that change your people’s life for the better. Being an opposition is rallying your people behind your vision and behind your message – denying your opponent the public support it badly needs.

    LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU’VE HOMEGROWN SOLUTIONS FOR OUR HOMEGROWN PROBLEMS

    Semere Tesfai

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Semere,

      I thought you knew “galvanizing the Eritrean public as a whole” is n unattainable goal. There will always be elements whose interest, material or emotional) are tied to injustice, they can do nothing except perpetuate injustice in anyway they know. They will never be galvanized. If you know how, please show the useless lots how, or do it yourself and save many in the opposition all the heartache. I think you agree (or I hope you agree) with that!

      Dear Semere, if people do not want to see a Message That Galvanizes…” they will never see it. It’s like, feliTu zdeqqese… sort of thing. But are you expecting a private message when that happens, special order 🙂 If I were you I wouldn’t ask a special notice as if I am Lous IX 🙂

      A little humility goes a long way my friend.

      Take it easy

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Saleh Johar

        I don’t have to like the message. I don’t have to agree with the vision. The outcome doesn’t have to favor PFDJ. The message and the vision doesn’t have to motivate every Eritrean – just enough Eritreans to govern and enough Eritreans to represent every GIRD (monkey) in every way.

        And all, just by us for us – with all our handicap, with all our shortcomings, and with all our limitations…. to solve our problems. Is that too much to ask Saleh?

        Semere Tesfai

        • Saleh Johar

          Hi Semere,
          Any Qrd knows the general perameters in opposing an injust regime. Staying within that common sense perimeter is not too much to ask. Is it, Semere?

          This Saleh has been asking those questions when the undecided were in the seventh sleep. In time, he realized ideas and organizations are not a substitute for each other. You can hate the partisan groups and still remain true to the ideas if defeating the regime. Regardless of the scare tactics that throw opposition elements in disarray and inaction. It requires one cut at a time to achieve 1000 cuts. When the hyena falls, I trust Eritreans will do the right thing. That is if we distance ourselves from Guam neger and focus, focus on inflicting our share of cuts. But that is provided we stay true to the adage “teHagwany ‘knelt teHaz lbbi….” unless one is an extension of the teGaz lbbi. A heteba need all the razor blades, and no one should fell sorry for the self inflicted wounds the regime has been inviting. Better it goes down before Eritrea does. Do you have a razorblade, Semere? I can volunteer to send you one 🙂

      • Peace!

        Selam Saleh,

        You just made an interesting point: “galvanizing the Eritrean public as a whole” is n unattainable goal.” If that is the case then what means do you think is the best way given even forming a united opposition force also seems unattainable? How long do have to beg and cry at the western imperialism head quarters for help before we realize that we the people can only solve our own problems? I thought you don’t like downers:)

        Peace!

        • Saleh Johar

          Hi Peace,

          The way you worry about the opposition parties makes me think you are tasked with getting them united. Don’t try and I cannot explain why (in my view) they will not–I am not condoning it, just stating the fact that their reality should not make us indirect accomplices and complacent to the real suffering. As an individual, just focus on the cut you can inflict on the regime if you think it is unjust. If not, no one would not blame those who are running to apply Tentura and band aid to the wounds.

          The regime is a champion at running to the “Western Imperialism,” excepting the Capos make-believe anti West theatrics . Therfore, if you carry a razor blade to inflict a wound on the Hyena, you should be at any spot the Hyena is present. If the Hyena goes to Eastern Imperialism (is there one?) you go there. If he goes to the Arabs, you… Well, you can’t go there because the language you would use will not be understood as a diplomatic maneuver, but a herald of a Jihadi enterprise. But do go to the Vatican, to Scandinavia, and do whatever you can in the Churchs, no one would be offended (except a few) and by all means, be there. Just remember to bring along your razor blade 🙂

          To me, the downers who consistently stayed true to their nature are those who think the opposition is ruling Eritrea and the PFDJ is a party of poor opposition souls. Promise me to think about that. I am sorry I can’t offer more as reply to your question (or is it lamentations?)

          My regards to all around you

          Saleh

          • Peace!

            Ahlen Salehom,

            It was a sincere, far from lamentaion, question, and on your part, Z’egib Melsi Ayhabkanin. In fact your reply often making me think may be I am too naive to even entertain the idea of a united opposition force or may be I am being too practical, or may be I need to do a better job in getting my criticism across. I speak my mind never entertain EziKeibluni, langa langa, downer, closet, complicit, whatever adjectives are out there. I have revealed my identity to all people whom I think fetwetyn Maklesteyn; besides, I am doing my fair share on personal level, and I always try not to be too conscious about intentions as long as criticisms, questions, and concerns forwarded toward me are valid.

            Peace!

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Peace,

            Honestly, you made me feel guilty I made you feel that way. I expect more from you, but sometimes I feel disappointed. It was never my intention to make you feel the way you do. I strongly apologize.

            I am also sorry I couldn’t provide you a convincing reply.

            On the uniting of the opposition, you are not being practical, just like many Eritreans I know; I believe you are being rather impractical. Look around you in every city in the West. Do you see united Eritreans, even in running their limited, common, social lives? Of course not. And we are part of that fragmentation. Who do we blame but ourselves? Yet, we shouldn’t blame ourselves, we are just being natural human beings, with different aspirations, fears, ambitions, prejudices, etc. If what you dream of was possible, why can’t we dream of uniting the PFDJ and the opposition, for instance? Because the different aspirations, ambitions, and interests did not meet yet. Even in the struggle era, and since the forties, there is no day when someone didn’t cry unity. Yet that unity remained an illusion. PFDJ understands unity to mean submission to its will. Others dream of becoming simply a replacement to it. Still, others want to live a peaceful life in their country and cannot do that as long as the PFDJ is around.

            I could list at least a dozen different causes for our opposition. And that is natural. But a resolving national chaos is the responsibility of a government and we do not have one. If we did, we would have laws and whether we like it or not, we would have to abide by that law. Whatever we decide as a nation would be decided by our duly elected representatives–even if that would not be perfect. But we would have some semblance of a normal nation living a normal life, and acting like all other humans, only under the umbrella of the law. So, however one tries to absolve himself, which is not honest because everyone is part of society, he remains to be part of the problem of our disunity. One can’t throw away social ills at others and consider himself the only sane person, that is if one is thinking as a nation.

            Dear Peace, we have a sick nation that needs care, but the force that appointed itself a doctor to cure it is inflicted with a contagious, deadly disease. That is the PFDJ.

            My main problem is that you tend to think the opposition is the cause of all our ills; I think you are part of it as long as you do not declare yourself a supporter of injustice as represented by the PFDJ. Now, one can choose to be neutral, but neutrality comes with a responsibility: to be true to your neutrality and stop bashing people for struggling for their God-given rights. It is also alright to be a supporter of the regime, but not in a sneaky way as some people who camouflage as opposition members and all they do is work hard to break the resolve and dedication of the opposition. When that happens, it becomes clear: the opposition identifies its enemy as such. No gray areas.

            You know all of that, but I thought of making up for the short answer earlier. But if you feel I somehow was attacking you, and trying to shut you up, you know I can’t and you know I wouldn’t. It is just the frustration that comes with going through the same ugly comments for years. Blame it on me my bad memories my dear.

            If the above is not enough, I promise to include a longer version in my upcoming Negarit.

            I hope you don’t hold anything against me, and I am sorry.

            Take care

          • des

            Greeting,

            “Do you see united Eritreans, even in running their limited, common, social lives? Of course not. And we are part of that fragmentation.”

            This is true! The nature of home grown injustice and forcing people away from their home, left the youth of Eritrea in search of their life and wounded and disappointed and the expectation is not that achievable. Their power is fragmented and diluted! Their experience and life discomfort is hugely damaged.

            BUT I think the expectation is high! I argue you guys push harder and one day we will get there!

            It is all about determination, change will come at the end!

            So for me “And we are part of that fragmentation” is not that inspiration answer and I feel depressed when this flashes out on my face. We should be more than that and inspire our youth!

            I know it is hard, that why it has not yet achieved to the level of expectation!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam peace,

            In order to understand the problem of Eritrean unity, let me give you a homework to justify to what SGJ tried to explain to you. It was a homework I did myself when an Eritrean unity becomes a figment of imagination only. I have searched unity for the last fourty years since I involved in the Eritrean politics. So here is the trick that helped me to understand the illusive concept “unity “:

            Try to set your own “focus groups” – samples from all social groups

          • des

            Selam Ama,

            Well it is sad, but the only one is just justice, whatever it takes!

            For me we will get there Unit is very natural, people cannot live in isolation and in individualism forever, you can only live in group.

            What I think it is challenging for the moment how do u bring the opposition to inside Eritrea, if there is determination on that, I am hoping people will start to see the light.

            All are challenging but it will get there, the only way for me is justice at the end!

        • blink

          Dear Peace
          You can see we are doomed to failure , you need one reference just to know how fake some people are. we have 2 kinds of people in the opposition ,
          1 Fake one and disillusioned once
          2, The true justice seekers , the number one are paltalk people like Amiche and Foro as well as some southerners , The number two are people like saleh who missed the opportunity to lead . Who do we need to blame . I blame people like saleh for giving more space for people like the number one .Time will tell but my sense tell me that the solution is near due to the natural call of PFDJ death.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Blink,
            1. Are we to be blamed for giving space to people like you, or for not denying space for people who do not fit your individual criteria?

            2. What if we do not like to lead? And what is leadership in your opinion? Do you agree with anyone who is leading, at all, or you want a leader tailor-made for your satisfaction.

            My friend, it would be nice if you thing it thoroughly, search for your own shortcomings, before you raise the names of others.

          • blink

            Dear Mr. Saleh
            what i said is what i see with my own eyes , You can say i am blinded and it is ok but You just can not deny the fact that these FAKE people are hijacking and blaming real opposition figures as we post our comments here. I do believe people like you should have come forward and lead because
            1. You and so many people know better the gangsters long time ago than these fake and lairs
            2. Because i believe we could have been in better shape than we are now
            3. My individual criteria is as any once criteria just to see honest people lead .

            You do not want to lead your people or at least show them ,Or wait you will get it from ex-PFDJ which are the same dictators like DIA , I am sure you do not want us to be lead again by Isaias twin brothers ,

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello Blink,
            I am really flattered by your comment. Believe me, I am doing what is humanly possible and I have no intention of leading. But suggesting how to, I think that is what I have been doing for years.

            Thank you

    • saay7

      Hi Harbeyna Semere:

      Here’s the money shot:

      “LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU’VE A MESSAGE THAT GALVANIZE[S] THE ERITREAN PUBLIC AS A WHOLE”

      The sense of entitlement is strong:) Would you like that via special delivery? Should we send it Personal & Confidential? 🙂

      Aytsa’anu enda mongo mongo:)

      saay

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Saay7

        “The sense of entitlement is strong”

        What is wrong with a sense of entitlement? ብኾፈይ ተላኣኽኩኻስ ኣቦኻንድየ:: ንሱ ዓብይኒ ድዩ?

        ሓቢኤ ድየ ክሰደልካ ድማ ‘ብለኒ! ‘ታይ ክትሓባብኣሉ? ብብርሃን: ቀትሪ ምድሪ ‘ምበር ንገዛይ ተምጻኣለይ:: ‘ታይ ደለ ዘረባ ‘ዩ ‘ዚ?

        Anyway, thank you for the grammar check.

        • saay7

          Ha Semere:

          Well, leaving our imaginary age difference aside, if you take a look at those demonstrating in New York today, you will notice it includes Eritreans of all ages including people much older than you. So, um, እቲ ጸገም ነዓይ ዘይኮነስ ነያታትካን ነቦታትክን ኢኻ ትልእኽ ዘለኻ ኣቶ ገብረማርያም*

          The point is that you always refer to the opposition as they and all your outrages are reserved for its mistakes but never (ever) for the crimes committed by the government of Eritrea. Surreal. The mistakes the opposition makes are offensive to you (steam coming out of your ears) and the crimes the regime makes daily are always forgivable and excusable (ደቅና እንድዮም እንታይሞ ክገብሩ ተጻባእቲ በዚሖሞም). There is nothing wrong with that: free people are free to sympathize with monsters. But, truth in labeling requires calling you out on it.

          * ዘይሓፍር ድሙ: ገብረማርያም ሽሙ:: 🙂

          saay

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saay7

            1. – “Our age difference”?

            I get it. It was all meant to be a joke. I may not be old enough to be your dad. I’m 59 pushing sixty. Born 1957, joined Ghedli from middle school at age sixteen. Now, you do the math.

            2. – “If you take a look at those demonstrating in New York today, you will notice it includes Eritreans of all ages including people much older than you.”

            Probably true; if you want to see things through that (age) angle. ግን እቲ ሓጥያት: በበይኑ ‘ዩ ጸሎቶም:: Some are unionists, some are AgAzians, some are Jihadists, some are Islamists, some are regionalists, some are ethnic warriors and some are of course nationalists – all gathered in one place connected by a single thin thread: HATE FOR PFDJ. And that is not inspiring. To me, it is not all about GETTING RID OF PFDJ, it is all about replacing PFDJ with a BETTER ONE. And I don’t see better alternative from the NON CONVERGING PARALLEL POLITICS of those who are demonstrating in New York.

            The next question that comes to mind is: Ok, you said there are nationalists, then why don’t you join them? Well, when they rode Ethiopian tanks in 1998, when they showed their willingness to invite Ethiopian boots on Eritrean soil, when they campaigned to sanction their own country, when they rallied behind COI to send PFDJ leaders to the ICC….that did it for me.

            I want an opposition that believes on its people to bring change. I want an opposition that believes on itself to lead the country to a better future. I want an opposition that believes – if given the opportunity to lead the country, it can and will deliver fair justice to every individual Eritrean citizens. And to this day, I haven’t seen one. And I don’t believe it is just me.

            3. – “The point is that you always refer to the opposition as “they” ”

            Because I don’t want any part of their religious, ethnic, regional….. politics. As a Tegadalay, I was thought to be free of these “narrow” tendencies and to be true defender of my people and my country from any foreign intervention. I don’t know how good I’m doing, but that’s what I believe and that is what I try to do every single day.

            4. – “But (you) never (ever) show outrage for the CRIMES committed by the government of Eritrea.”

            CRIMES: (a) you’ve the burden to prove their crime beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law. Remember: you’re better than the PFDJ regime. Right? You’re not going to arrest people and then fish for evidence. Are you? I hope not. (b) I strongly believe criminalizing each other is not the wisest way to solve our problems. ምውንጃል ኣየሳርሓናን ‘ዩ:: Are there crimes committed by the PFDJ regime? I’m sure there are, but the bar for those alleged crimes to be prosecuted should be so high – the alleged CRIMES should be clearly visible by their PEERS and by the wider public, in order to convict them without exerted pressure from the newly empowered government, and without creating any public outrage.

            5. – “Whenever that comes up and you are taken to task, then you suddenly run out of time and “Oh, Please Forgive Me, No Time, I Am So Busy.””

            Saleh, trust me on that. I am busy every single day except Sunday – I sleep all day on Sunday, almost. As you can imagine(?), I’m very opinionated person. I love to express my opinion. I don’t hide behind any excuses. You and some Awate readers (not naming names) are very lucky I don’t have enough time to give you the headache you deserve 🙂

            6. – “The mistakes the opposition makes are offensive to you (steam coming out of your ears) but you are full of trepidation and agnostic about the crimes the regime makes daily which are always unproven, forgivable and excusable (ደቅና እንድዮም እንታይሞ ክገብሩ ተጻባእቲ በዚሖሞም).”

            The opposition mistakes? What mistakes? Don’t you’ve to do something to make a mistake? I never accused them of any mistakes or crimes. I just don’t agree with their politics. I said it before and let me repeat it again, I don’t have any problem if the ethnic, religious, regional….. organizations work as interest groups fighting for the narrow interest of their constituents, but as political organizations to govern? Hell no!! The country will be Somalia overnight.

            Again, about the PFDJ regime alleged daily “crimes” thing, I said enough about it. It is not “ደቅና እንድዮም እንታይሞ ክገብሩ ተጻባእቲ በዚሖሞም” thing.

            Thank you for engaging. I hope I answered all your questions clearly and honestly.

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Selamat Harbeyna Semere:

            As you know, Eritrea’s Tigre-speaking people use long (long!) salutations which I will use this time because salutations make what will follow easier to digest. So here goes:

            ጎሮብ በኪት?
            ነፍስ ጽሪት?
            ኣንፍ ቅዱይ?

            Relaxed? Here comes friendly fire:

            I know you like to romanticize the I-only-have-middle-school-education thing (ዓዅዋይ፥ ርሂጸ በላዕ, etc:) but there are things in higher learning that I will reference that may be relevant to you. This is because you consider yourself a “straight-shooter” and have a certain self-image which maybe diametrically opposed to who you are and how you come across. It is called the Johari Window. It tells us that all of us have four parts: made up of (1) the Arena, (2) the Facade; (3) the Blind Spot, , and (4) the Unknown. The Arena is what is known to self and known to others. (what you see is what you get.) The Facade is the known to self but not to others. (I have my secret beliefs but won’t share them); (3) The Blind Spot is what is not known to self but known to others (When I am nervous, my lips tremble: others see it but I don’t); (4) the Unknown is self-descriptive: not known to self or to others. (for example, valor that appears in moments of extreme stress.)

            With that out of the way:

            Consider: You dismiss evidence that is heavily supported, and you tout claims that are single sourced. The crimes that the PFDJ commits daily, hourly are witnessed by our people and testified to by the tens of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers: prisoners and prison wardens alike; former gov officials and civilians alike. That, for you, is something that has to wait for a court of law. It is not even worthy for discussion in a court of public opinion and when it does, you will come guns blazing to question the credibility of the witnesses. But, the single sourced (source: PFDJ) claim that the Eritrean opposition was going to ride Weyane tanks in 1998, you will repeat as gospel. In 1998, the Eritrean opposition was made up of ELF (led by Abdella Idris), ELF-RC (led by Ahmed Nasser), a couple of Islamist organizations, Sagem, DemeHae, and Se.De.Ge.E. There was no DMLEK and there was no Red Sea Afar organization. Now, I have interviewed almost all of the leaders of these organizations and they deny your claim. Can you give us any evidence (besides the self-serving claim of the PFDJ) that this actually happened?

            You talk that the opposition is united by its “HATE FOR PFDJ.” Why do you think they hate the PFDJ? Is it because PFDJ has a terrible fashion sense? Is it because they don’t know how to dance? Isn’t it because of what PFDJ DOES: exile people from their land, deny them the right to have a life and liberty? Why do trivialize the cause that the opposition fights for? By your logic, is the reason you hate the opposition because you have some zeytezazeme qreta from the 1980s?

            Your talk of “sanction their own country” is beneath you. When South Africans lobbied hard to have South Africa sanctioned, where they “sanctioning their own country”? When EPLF called on the international community to stop giving food aid to Derg, where they starving their own people? The sanctions are narrowly defined and target not even the entire PFDJ (never mind the country or the people): they sanction to-be-named individuals of the PFDJ and the Gov.

            Somalia did not become Somalia because of Somalis or their opposition leaders. Somalia became Somalia because Siad Barre, for his own power preservation, pitted them against one another; refused to create durable institutions. If you are the truth-teller you claim to be, dig a little deeper beyond the superficialities, please.

            That the Eritrean opposition movement is made up of disparate groups with disparate needs is neither surprising nor extraordinary: that is the very nature of a movement. Please refer to the South African movement or any movement that brought about change.

            Finally, the “oh-please-believe-me-I-don’t-have-time” is not a good alibi. I am not doubting your assertion that you don’t have time. I am making the point that when you DO find the time, you make it loudly clear what your priorities are. Again there is nothing wrong with that. But just know every time we write, we show our not just our Arena, but the facade and the blind spot. And with you, kind sir, the Blind Spot is glaring.

            saay

          • Ismail AA

            Yaslam timak Ya saay,
            Thank you.
            You saved me from headache of trying to respond to our friend Tewelde gebremariam’s post above. I hope he will read and benefit from this brief and useful information rather than letting his brain wired by the monotonous regime propaganda machine about the so called Opposition-Woyane conspiracy to swallow the PFDJ and recolonized the country.
            Ismail.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saay7

            1. – Thank you for the higher learning tip, and thank you for showing me, my blind spot and my unknown – self. We live and learn.

            2. – “You (Semere Tesfai) dismiss evidence that is heavily supported, and you tout claims that are single sourced. The crimes that the PFDJ commits daily, hourly are witnessed by our people and testified to by the tens of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers: prisoners and prison wardens alike; former gov officials and civilians alike.”

            Can you tell me your source, for the “heavily supported evidence” of PFDJ crimes that you’re talking about? I imagine, the thousands of witnesses that you’re talking about are innocent victims. But from the prison wardens and from the former PFDJ government officials, are there any criminals that are residing in the West? If there are, what is stopping you from bringing them to court? It is a start. If there aren’t, how could that possibly be, when there are many high-ranking former right-hand-men of Isaias Afewerki here allover the West?

            3. – “The single sourced (source: PFDJ) claim that the Eritrean opposition was going to ride Weyane tanks in 1998, you will repeat as gospel. In 1998, the Eritrean opposition was made up of ELF (led by Abdella Idris), ELF-RC (led by Ahmed Nasser), a couple of Islamist organizations, Sagem, DemeHae, and Se.De.Ge.E. Now, I have interviewed almost all of the leaders of these organizations and they deny your claim. Can you give us any evidence (besides the self-serving claim of the PFDJ) that this actually happened?”

            I’m willing to be corrected, but if my sources are right, people form the Eritrean opposition were in SenAfe with the Ethiopian army, giving political lectures and “helping” the people of SenAfe during the occupation of the town. That is on top of the honorary photo opps, the excesses, the overindulgence…….. You know!!

            4. – “Why do you think they (the opposition) hate the PFDJ? Is it because PFDJ has a terrible fashion sense? Is it because they don’t know how to dance? Isn’t it because of what PFDJ DOES: exile people from their land, deny them the right to have a life and liberty?”

            Yes, I get it. But the opposition are still incompetent. They are still unfit to govern. They are disorganized. And I don’t think I’m the first one to tell you that.

            5. – Why do you trivialize the cause that the opposition fights for? By your logic, is the reason you hate the opposition because you have some zeytezazeme qreta from the 1980s?”

            Now, you’re really angry, and you lost me. Let’s stop it here. Take it easy.

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Selamat Semere Tesfai:

            When you ask me “can you tell me your source, for the ‘heavily supported evidence’ of PFDJ crimes”, are you being a contrarian or do you genuinely not know? You don’t talk to any of the tens of thousands of Eritrean youth and women who have flocked out of the country with gruesome tales, or you listen to them but don’t believe them? You keep going from insensitive to callous: so if a rape victim doesn’t bring charge against her rapist that is evidence that she wasn’t raped? If Eritreans brought a case against a PFDJ criminal in the US, you would take a break from your busy schedule to tell us in bold , italicized hysterical tones how wrong it is to do so.

            As for your earlier, single-source (PFDJ) slander that the Eritrean opposition in 1998 went in to Eritrea on Ethiopian tanks, you are willing to be “corrected” after you made reckless accusation against your own people with zero evidence? You do recognize that they are Eritreans and they have a birthright to be in Eritrea. You should lament why they can only be in Eritrea when their country is occupied by foreign powers, instead of why did they. If you like, I can link my interview with Herui, Ahmed Nasser and specially Seyoum O/Michael on this very subject. If I believed that you are the type to be persuaded by facts and new information, I would; but it is clear to me that you have your own set of facts that you enjoy and, like a security blanket, won’t let go.

            And after you accused the Opposition of having no reason to oppose PFDJ other than their inexplicable hate for the PFDJ, now you are moving the goal post and saying they are incompetent, disorganized and “they suck.” Hysterical. But that is a completely different argument. And, no, you are not the first one to tell me; you just did it in your usual hyperbolic way 🙂 And I just checked with them and they think you really, really suck :)))))))

            And, no, sir, I am not angry at all: I was using your own logic which goes like this:

            The Opposition’s agenda is based on personal hatred of the PFDJ leadership.
            Ergo, Semere Tesfai’s opposition to the opposition is based on his personal hatred of the opposition.

            It stings? Well, its just the arrow you sent and it richocheted. I find it interesting that the ones who can litter their post with a 1,000 adjectives get all hurt and wounded by one. Man up, buddy:)

            saay

          • iSem

            Hi Saay and Semere T

            Saleh Younis is back and he is in a generous mood, he gave Tegadalai Semere Tesfay a gift by away of the first comment, that is if Semere Tesfay is humble enough, tegadalai enough ( humility is hlagetin hibstin nay tegadalai sle zkonne) to accept that gift, and preserver it to pass it to his grand kids.

            And the line: ” ….is the reason you hate the opposition because you have some zeytezazeme qreta from the 1980s” is classi. After long patience and endurance the Vulcan finally let it out. It was the suspicion of this commenter for a long time and Semere got it, if only he can do with the rest of the comment.
            Seb neziaa tezaribu (that comment in question) affu entetelkta tsegga eyu

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saay7

            1.- “When you ask me “can you tell me your source, for the ‘heavily supported evidence’ of PFDJ crimes”, are you being a contrarian or do you genuinely not know?

            – EVIDENCE FOR PFDJ CRIMES: No. I’m not trying to be “contrarian”. I’m dead serious. I’ve pretty good idea about the kind of ‘evidence’ you’ve got, but I want to hear it loud and clear from the horse’s mouth.

            2. – “You don’t talk to any of the tens of thousands of Eritrean youth and women who have flocked out of the country with gruesome tales, or you listen to them but don’t believe them?”

            I know you want me to believe only Eritreans are flocking out of their country by the tens of thousands. I know you want me to feel guilty and ashamed for being “insensitive and callous”. I know you want me to believe all the gruesome tales in the Sahara desert, all the gut-wrenching scenes of dead bodies at the Mediterranean sea, all the human misery in the hands of human traffickers…… are all because of the PFDJ regime. But it is not as simplistic as that. It is more complicated and more complex than what you’re making it to be. The truth:

            FOR THE “TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ERITREAN YOUTH THAT FLOCK OUT OF THE COUNTRY” EACH YEAR, THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS REASONS WHY THEY LEFT.

            The proof? The thousands of Eritreans that visit every single year home without any fear from the PFDJ government. The thousands of demonstrators (rain, shine, snow) in support of the PFDJ regime in every town and every city around the globe – except Ethiopia. The financial, technical, diplomatic, and material support the PFDJ government enjoys from the Eritrean Diasporas every year……. is a testament to the fallacy of your argument.

            About 19.3% of women have been raped at least once in their lives, according to survey results released Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 2% of men have been raped during their lifetimes, according to the survey of conducted in the USA in 2011.
            USA TODAY September 7, 2014

            3.- “You keep going from insensitive to callous: so if a rape victim doesn’t bring charge against her rapist that is evidence that she wasn’t raped?”

            Nope. I didn’t say that, and never will. I BELIEVE EVERY ERITREAN WOMAN’S RAPE STORY. But there is something you conveniently seem to forget (a) rape is a problem of EVERY SINGLE NATION on this planet (b) rape is used by powerful nations as a POLITICAL TOOL to BULLY small, poor and weak nations (c) rape is a controversial subject that is defined, reported, recorded, prosecuted, convicted, and punished differently in every nation, based on its culture and its sovereign laws. Some marriages in some countries – that existed for millenniums are considered RAPE by Western countries and Western “Human rights” advocates. Claim of rape by Western Human rights group is most of the time, unreliable and a misleading allegation that lacks consistency.

            The point: To accuse the PFDJ regime of rape, you to prove the rape that occurred is a SYSTEMIC RAPE encouraged by the chain of command of the PFDJ regime. You have to prove it was widespread sexual assault encouraged by the state with some objective in mind – to terrorize a certain social group, to humiliate and evict a specific social group, to punish a special a social as a revenge…… type thing. That didn’t happen in Eritrea. And I challenge you to prove me wrong.

            Just to make a point: this is is my adapted country USA rape statistic:

            CDC: Nearly 1 in 5 women raped
            USA Jessica Durando , USA TODAY 2:52 p.m. EDT September 7, 2014

            About 19.3% of women have been raped at least once in their lives, according to survey results released Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 2% of men have been raped during their lifetimes, according to the survey conducted in the USA in 2011.

            The USA population is 325 million. Now, you do the math.

            4. – “As for your earlier, single-source (PFDJ) slander that the Eritrean opposition in 1998 went in to Eritrea on Ethiopian tanks, you are willing to be “corrected” after you made reckless accusation against your own people with zero evidence? If you like, I can link my interview with Herui, Ahmed Nasser and specially Seyoum O/Michael on this very subject. If I believed that you are the type to be persuaded by facts and new information, I would; but it is clear to me that you have your own set of “facts”* that you enjoy and, like a security blanket, won’t let go and won’t change your mind when presented with facts you were not aware of.”

            How many sources do you have about the opposition not siding with Ethiopia during the 1998 Ethio-Eritrean war? Were the opposition demonstrating against Ethiopian during the invasion? Have the opposition ever condemned Ethiopia for occupying sovereign Eritrean Territories? When the Ethiopian government threatened invasion and regime change each month, for the past fifteen long years, did the opposition ever said REGIME CHANGE IS NON OF YOUR BUSINESS? Forget about standing against the Woyane. They can’t even dare to celebrate independence day, and they can’t dare to lit candle light to remember and to honor their fallen comrades in Ethiopia. That’s how awful they are.

            The Eritrean opposition have to EARN the trust and respect of the Eritrean people. And to this day, they got none. They can not assemble 20 people in a town of 5000 Eritreans. That is a fact.

            5. – And after you accused the Opposition of having no reason to oppose PFDJ other than their inexplicable hate for the PFDJ, now you are moving the goal post and saying they are incompetent, disorganized and “they suck.” Hysterical. But that is a completely different argument. And, no, you are not the first one to tell me; you just did it in your usual hyperbolic way 🙂 By the way, I just checked with them and they think you really, really suck :)))))))”

            Good. I’m glad you told them. Yes “they suck”. They are everything I said and some more. No, I didn’t move goalpost, I’m not bringing different argument, just what I said before and some more.

            But I got a question for you? How did you get a hold 50+1 opposition organizations in 24 hrs? I couldn’t even reach one. I thought the internet and phone lines to Addis were closed. A-ha……. Hayat 🙂

            6. – “I find it interesting that the ones who can litter their post with a 1,000 adjectives get all hurt and wounded by one. Man up, buddy:)”

            Semere Tesfai get hurt and wounded by one man (Saleh)? Abeden!! When a man/woman is bold, assertive, a maverick, …… who roar in your face – using real name and a return address – don’t like him, don’t be his friend, don’t agree with him – but respect him.

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Happy Saturday Semere T:

            Phew! I am glad your feelings weren’t hurt and you are cool. It is a simple observation I have, having moderated this forum for oh-so-many years that (a) those who are most absolute about issues (opinionated) are also the least informed about the issues (knowledge); and (b) those who are xefarat poking the eyes of everybody and raining insults hither and yonder are the first to complain bitterly when their little feelings are hurt. My cousin Gheteb is in the last category (by the way: welcome Gheteb!) ; I am glad you are not. (Or such is the image you are presenting:)

            Now then:

            Semere, I don’t like to do the quoting you quoting me quoting you back and forth. I don’t like to read those kind of postings and I assume that our readers don’t. It is redundant and arguments begin to sound like quarrels. So here’s where we are:

            1. From your long explanation of the crimes-don’t-just-happen-in-Eritrea, they-happen-everywhere-including -in-my-adopted-country, I take it you don’t think there is anything unique about Eritrea’s migration rate, or the crime rate. I think almost all of it is cause by the fact that they live in a predatory state; you think there are many factors that contribute to it. My argument was made for me by the Commission of Inquiry (i.e., our arguments were summarized by them: they wrote what we the people told them); I would like to hear your arguments. And I will bet a shiny quarter that it won’t deviate 10 degrees from the one espoused by the PFDJ.

            2. This “opposition rode on Weyane tanks when Eritrea was invaded in 1998” is one of those platitudes the PFDJ uses to isolate the opposition from the people. I find it surprising when ordinary people who take great pride in their independent and critical mind just repeat whatever politicians tell them. I had a similar argument with Hayat and T.Kifle when they were talking about how Eritrean military bragged that they would have breakfast in Asmara and lunch in Mekele, and then pro-PFDJ Eritreans say that Weyane bragged it would have breakfast in Mekele and lunch in Asmara. Just stuff militarly leaders say to boost the morale of their soldiers and de-humanize the enemy. And people just repeat this. While we are on the subject of stuff people say without presenting source for it is the claim the oft-repeated quote of John Foster Dulles who allegedly said, “From the standpoint of justice, the opinions of the Eritrean people must receive consideration. Nevertheless, the strategic interest of the United States in the Red Sea basin and considerations of security and world peace make it necessary that the country has to be linked with our ally, Ethiopia.” I have challenged the entire research department of The Atlantic Council to find the source of this most-probably-totally-manufactured quote; and I extend it to you, Gheteb and whoever has used it. Note: giving me a footnote, quoting another book, which quotes another book won’t do: I want the actual quote as stated in the 1950s.

            And I thought you had a sense of humor: I was making fun of your “they suck” statement: they, opposition, “suck” (are not competent) by the standards of leading an opposition organization. You, as an ordinary citizen, “really, really suck” by the standards of citizenship: your instinct, first and last, is to support totalitarianism. I didn’t really call them and I doubt 95% of them know you exist:))

            And you gotta stop with your ra’ayuley sem’uley type of arguments: when we debate, it is just you and me and readers. Don’t look for soapboxes to score cheap political points. You know very, very well what I meant when I said Ali Salim corrected your dismal understanding of Eritrea’s land policy. You don’t have to go quoting his extreme language to minimize the fact that he taught you something very basic about Eritrea’s land policy (theory) vs Eritrea’s land policy (practice.) I only brought up to demonstrate that you are not the type who lets new information change his beliefs. For this reason, I will not give you the actual numbers of how many Eritreans return to Eritrea every year (in comparison to those exiled), what do they have to do before they return, etc. Because, what would be the point? It’s not like you are going to say, “oh, ok, now I understand.” 🙂

            Have a great weekend!

            saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Howdy Cuz. SAAY,

            Allow me to make a couple of points here. I mean I am by no means chomping at the bit to barge into your exchanges with Ato Semere Tesfay. I intend to only render a birds eye view ( ቆላሕታ ኣዕዋፍ ) in the hope of illuminating certain points to some of the denizens of a parallel universe ( ነበርቲ ተማዓዳዊ ኣድማስ ).

            (1) Thank you for the welcome and is much appreciated on my part. However, I have been writing some notes here since a moon and some days ago.

            (2) Now that you have pigeonholed your cousin ‘Gheteb with “the last category” who you have depicted as ” those who are xefarat [ጸፋራት] poking the eyes of everybody and raining insults hither and yonder are the first to complain bitterly when their little feelings are hurt. My cousin Gheteb is in the last category”.

            a) After a hearty and lengthy belly laugh, I have checked my finger nails and they are well clipped and manicured that I kept asking myself how I accomplished such a herculean task of “poking the eyes of everybody and raing insults hither and yonder….. when their LITTLE FEELINGS are hurt”.

            I know in the Hollywood parlance the term “little guys” is used pejoratively to belittle others. I have yet to come across with the term “little feelings”. Does that mean there are others with “BIG FEELINGS” ? And who are those endowed with such “big feelings” anyways? Ah, the poor ‘fingernaily’ [ ጸፋራት] and the things that they have to put up with!

            (2) If you are looking for proof and evidence that the Eritrean opposition groups were operating in the shadows of the invading Weyane troops, you can ask Ambassador Andeberhan who has narrated his first hand account in one of the meetings in Germany. Last time I checked, he is still a leader of the Mederek group who are now part of the Eritrean opposition groups and if my memory is serving me correctly Ambassador Andeberhan and SAAY were selected in this Forum as to become the leaders of Eritrea in this Forum right on the heels of the first Geneva anti-GoE and pro-CoI demonstration.

            (3) If you are really, I mean REALLY, searching for the 1950 John Foster Dulles, I am sorry I haven’t seen the original quote nor did I have an access for the original archival source. What I can tell you is that I came across this quote the first time in the mid 80s somewhere in a University Center and reading a book by Dr. Bereket Habtesellasie ” Conflict and intervention in the Horn of Africa”.

            Therefore, I suggest that the best person to ask regarding this quote is Dr. Bereket as I think he may have had an access to the UN archives . The Atlantic Council are late in this game and you are barking up the wrong tree and please quit your bickering with ጓል ብሩቶን, I mean Brownyn Bruton.

          • saay7

            selamat cousins Gheteb and Mahmuday:

            (The rest of you; this is going to be very long. I will not be offended if you ignore it and enjoy your weekend. Or weekday. Or the whole year.)

            Alekhum doh?

            In my world, where God is not impressed by people’s labels but their deeds, He (capital H) is going to make Seyoum Ogbamichael a Saint. And this is what St Seyoum Ogbamichael said about the whole silly (I call it silly because I always get surprised by how eager Eritreans are to crimininalize and doubt the patriotism of their own people) said about the issue when I interviewed him years ago:

            Me: “One of the things that we hear is that in May 2000, when the Ethiopian Army penetrated into Eritrean territories, the Alliance forces, whatever their number, followed the Ethiopian Army and came to the occupied territories to take power and administer the country, in Senafe, Barentu or Geluj. What do you say about this as a member of ELF-RC or as a member of the Alliance forces?”

            St Seyoum O/Michael: “This accusation is leveled by the oppressive regime of Eritrea against the opposition forces. It is part of the defamation and the effort to alienate [opposition forces]. But in this interview, since I am talking in my capacity as head of the foreign relations office of the ELF-RC, I am strictly speaking about the ELF-RC. The ELF-RC didn’t participate in any form in any military operation in any battlefront during the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Not only did it not participate, but that is something that cannot cross its thoughts. Why? Because, the understanding that we had reached with the Ethiopian government was the non-interference on each other’s cases; respecting each other’s sovereignty; and to solve differences that appear between the two countries in peaceful and legal means. Not only this, there was no occasion that passed without us pressuring and mentioning the need to try all peaceful means and to spare no effort to compromise in order not to escalate the conflict for the sake of the two peoples. We don’t remember a day where we didn’t put pressures and didn’t issue reminders. Therefore, it is known that we cannot participate in a war that shouldn’t have started anyway and one that we condemned believing that it shouldn’t have started, and one we said should be solved peacefully.

            “The ELF-RC is governed by firm, principled stands. We are not moved by interests that can be termed as temporary. We are prepared to sacrifice temporary organizational interests for the sake of our people’s well being at the national level. We don’t sway to achieve temporary interest at the expense of our major principles. Therefore, the claim that the ELF-RC participated in the Eritrea-Ethiopian conflict alongside the Ethiopian Army is unthinkable and impossible given the principle that we believe in. And, in fact, it didn’t happen.

            “On the contrary, when the Ethiopians pushed inside Eritrean territories, we asked them to pull out of the undisputed Eritrean lands. We explained this by means of a communiqué in a transparent manner that was witnessed by friends and foes alike. While they were in the middle of the war, we asked them to pull out of the undisputed areas that were not and should not be battlegrounds by any logic of warfare related to sovereignty. This was expressed in their media and the interviews that we conducted. We also aired this in our own radio and magazines. This stand has also strained our relations with Ethiopia. They have responded to us and said that outside the disputed areas, they had no claim on Eritrea, even one pebble (SeSer); that their entering into Eritrea was not because they wanted Eritrean lands and Eritrean people but that it was a military operation; that the tactical decision on whether to attack the Eritrean Army from the front or from the rear was their decision; and that they want the ELF-RC to understand this. They also stated that once they finish their military operation, they were sure that they would pull out of Eritrea and that this [operation] would not violate Eritrea’s sovereignty and that it was only related to maneuverability of military operations. This was the reply that we got.

            “Would a force standing alongside the Ethiopian army ask them [the Ethiopians] to pull out? Can it also say to [the Ethiopians] that they were violating sovereignty and have crossed into Eritrean territories? Impossible. Therefore, their accusation is cunning, with an aim to defame and alienate us from the people. To defame the very opposition that struggles to save [the] people from the vanguard organization; it is an accusation without any truth to it. It is ridiculous. Our stand is its opposite as explained in our communiqués and in our communications with them [the Ethiopians].

            Me: “The Alliance is composed of many forces. Here, there could be a blur about who is who. Regardless, though, there must be some kind of minimum coordination between the members of the Alliance. We have seen pictures distributed by some forces that they have been to Eritrea behind the Ethiopian Army. As a member of the Alliance, do you support that? Does it embarrass you? Do you oppose it? What do you say in such a situation? If you are saying it is not you (ELF-RC) and you are not accepting the role of an organization that is part of you, at least within the Alliance, which presumably has some sort of coordination within its membership, how do you explain that?”

            St. Seyoum O/Michael: “Here I think we have to differentiate issues. Siding with the Ethiopian Army and fighting against the Eritrean Army is one thing; but after the war stops and cease-fire is signed, to know the situation of people–it is, after all, our land, our people–is another. With regards to the first question, the accusation by the Eritrean government that the ELF-RC and all the opposition were siding with the Ethiopian Army and fighting alongside it, here I choose to explain the stand of the ELF-RC.

            “When the war was finished, cease-fire was established and our people entered a phase of displacement and suffering. Nothing can stop us, as an opposition movement, from knowing the situation of our people: we have an obligation to know of their situation. If we didn’t inquire about the situation of our people, it would mean that we were shying away from our responsibilities. At the time, it was a must that any organization from the opposition forces had to enter the field to know the situation of the people and meet with the people. It was a must to stabilize the people and clear the situations. Participating in the war is one thing, moving in after the cease-fire was signed and the bloodshed stopped in order to know the situation of your people is another. Here we see a clear delineation. Even then, it was only unarmed forces from the ELF-RC, cadres, who moved in to assess the situation of the people and meet with the people. This is an obligation and the reaction of our people was very positive because they were meeting with the ELF after many years. I can’t explain to you the reaction of the people…I am talking about the ELF-RC.

            Me: ” Let me give you an example: during the Vietnam War, the [American] actress Jane Fonda visited Vietnam. To this day [30 years later] she is hated just because she visited Vietnam. So, during the war, when sentiments were pitch high and there was news that the ELF-RC went this way or that way and you were being interviewed in Radio Ethiopia and Radio Mekkele, were you not sensing that this might cause hate? Why didn’t you try to disassociate yourself from the Alliance? The language of the Alliance was almost identical to the Ethiopian media, was that tactical?”

            St Seyoum O/Michael: “The Alliance was formed by independent organizations. The Alliance bears responsibility in our operations in the name, vision and coordination of the Alliance. Be it credit or blame. The organizations are independent in their movement and the steps that they take and they bear responsibility for that. For example, I am now talking and my organization [ELF-RC] takes responsibility for that [what I am saying.] We have to remember that the Alliance is an alliance of independents and they bear responsibility for the steps that they take. Therefore, I can only talk of the political and informational language that the ELF-RC used during the Eritrea-Ethiopian conflict. The political and informational language that we used is a nationalist language. It was a call of peace, peaceful and legal settlement and could not be an Ethiopian language. Why?

            “The war was characterized as a border dispute; it was characterized as a bitter war. Their relationship [The Eritrean and Ethiopian governments] had continued until it reached an impasse and a breakdown in their partnership. The war was started by the arrogance of the Eritrean oppressive system. Now, the issues that caused the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia have to be addressed and be solved. That is one thing. What we are struggling for is something different. Now, there can be convergence in the language we and the Ethiopians use in removing the oppressive Eritrean system. Ethiopians might see an interest in the removal of the existing system because it presented itself as an aggressive enemy. We [on the other hand] are interested in reclaiming the rights of the Eritrean people, for the Eritrean people. Removing the oppressive system is our main goal and we moved for that. They [Ethiopians] might have their own political and informational operations to remove the dictatorial system of Eritrea; and we can have our own political and information operations. Here, it is possible to see areas of convergence.

            “When we raise major issues, we focus on internal Eritrean issues and calls for changing the system. They [the Ethiopians] focus on the conflict and its causes while believing that as long as the system is in place, the situation and causes of war would not change.

            “The organizations had their own different languages and each organization bears responsibility for the language it used. Be it praise or criticism. With respect to the language that bears the name of the Eritrean Alliance, the Alliance bears responsibility. What I want to clarify here is that our language was focused towards national issues. With regards to the war; it focused on peace and peaceful resolution of the war. As for exposing the oppressive system, it is a regime that started a conflict that pushed the Eritrean people to dangers and it should be exposed: it is our responsibility to expose it. Our people have to know how they unwittingly went to war. They should face their direction towards the existing enemy and not in the direction where there is no enemy. Finally, if we don’t differentiate the actions taken by the Alliance as a group (and for which the Alliance bears responsibility), and the free movements that were done at the level of the independent organizations, we are making a mistake. ”

            I will take Seyoum O/Michael’s version of events over that of PFDJ, which has repeatedly demonstrated it is incapable, hard-wired weak to protect Eritrea, every day, twice on Sunday.

            All that “opposition rode on Weyane tanks” was said by the PFDJ to deflect from its disastrous failure to protect Eritrea. And those of you who repeat that slanderous statement, rebena ydawikum:)

            Now then:

            Cousiney Gheteb, I read your town-crier announcement (who was the town crier in Keren, I forget his name) about the death of the Eritrean opposition:) The guy who used to say “Yom zemetkum” 🙂 In Asmara, our town crier used to say “Uyyyy! Uyyyy! enda_____ aqabruna ybluKum alewu sdra bet!” early morning. So when is the funeral of the opposition? :)))) Just fyi, the PFDJ has predicted the death of the opposition accurately for the last 20 of the last zero times 😂😂 Remember their “national rebuff and foil conspiracies once and for all” which they write about every year 😂😂 I think you should take over Shabait and spare us their embarrassing announcements.

            As to the origins of the John Foster Dulles quote. Man, you are an encyclopedia. You are absolutely right: Ground Zero of that quote is Dr. Bereket’s book. As for where he got that quote, Rabi l’amer. Nere dye gwal qeshi. So, I leave it to you hypernationalists to find it. Color me skeptical: in our cousin’s book, “Of Kings And Bandits”, he talks about two brothers who were competing to raise the Ethiopian flag and the Eritrean flag in their home in Keren (you know who they are): if there was that much contest in Keren, there is no way that John Foster Dulles could have made that speech. Wink if you understand what I said.

            Woooo MaHmuday Nachig!:

            first of all, quoting one of the greatest Eritrean artists (“the most complete artist” said this writer when he released his last album before his untimely death) and one of his greatest songs, bebzelenayo, deserves a video. (Moderator: it is a Saturday, give us a break):

            https://youtu.be/i2GLT-XhR0o

            There is a “Wosomya” dance out of nowhere:)

            Wo Haretani?

            Oh yes, you were quoting this SAAY dude from many sources. All true. But remember: nobody is questioning that the Eritrean opposition is not competent. I said it, Semere said it, and a thousand others said it. But we were not disputing its competence; I was disputing Semere’s holier than thou claim that he is a patriot and they are not. And when asked for proof, he just echoed whatever his neighborhood PFDJ central told him. I expect better from a self-described independent truth-teller.

            And you are right, Mahmuday Nachig: the TPLF/EPRDF really considered going all the way to asmara in 1998-2000. But that is very different from “lunch in mekele, dinner in asmara” or other variations of meals. That’s pure awet n’hafash jingoism. You see, melhey, my dream is for Eritreans and Ethiopians to call bullshit on their governments, not to be their propaganda extensions But in Eritrea and Ethiopia, being propaganda extension is seen as being a nationalist and a patriot. fehamkani aze?

            As to your claim that Semere T is against PFDJ: yire’eko yi’semaEko. All I have read from him is this: PFDJ is an expression of Tigrina values. Tigrina values express the will of the Eritrean majority. So deal with it. I challenge you, just like you dug up my quotes, to find a single statement from Semere’s long expressions that breaks one inch from PFDJ. That’s your weekend homework, cuz.

            saay

          • MS

            Ahlen SAAY
            Thank you so much for this interview of Seyoum Harestay. He was one of the people I still admire. I can see the clarity of his thought process. He is believable, and I think what he said makes sense. At the same time, he is very careful in speaking on behalf of ELF-RC ONLY. However, ELF-RC was a member of the Alliance of Eritrean National Forces that was formed in 1999, amid the war. led by Abdalla Idris, to “overthrow the government of President Isaiyas Aferworki.” Considering the dire situation Eritreans found themselves in, becoming a member of such initiative in that moment, combined with other “eyewitness” reports, makes it obvious to believe stories that some members of the opposition joined the invading army. Seyoum doesn’t deny that they were there after the ceasefire. I tend to understand the political decision he said his organization took considering Seyoum’s staunch stand against Ethiopian meddling in Eritrean opposition affairs.

          • Ismail AA

            Ahlen Ustaz Mahmoud,
            ” Considering the dire situation Eritreans found themselves in, becoming a member of such initiative at that moment, combined with other “eyewitness” reports, makes it easy to believe stories that some members of the opposition joined the invading army”.
            I couldn’t dig out the logic of how the then prevalent situation, the “eyewitness” which has not been identified and the alliance to which the ELF-RC was a member are stitched to one another to made a conclusion. The Alliance was made formed to challenge the Asmara government, regardless of the events that cropped up.
            Thus, what I understood from your statement is that the ELF-RC should have had abandoned the Alliance because the situation of the country was bad, and that simply nullified the purpose for which the Alliance was formed.
            Regards,
            Ismail

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Greetings Semere Tesfai,

            As usual you leap from frying pan to fire. If thousands of Eritreans visit home without fear from PFDJ government, then the only logical reason will be your uncles are sending Eritrean youth for a business journey. The journey is calculated as follows: Part of the youth will be trafficked by Rashaidah who will demand ransom from their parents. Some others will be harvested their organs for sale, of course, the militia leaders will have a lion’s share in the deal. The rest of the youth will make their way to Europe and pay 2%. In all of this your uncles will have a big share that will fill their wallets. The issue from start to end is a business: slave-labour, human trafficking and tax of 2%. You propagate for this business through fat cats from west that tours Sawa, youth gatherings, schools, TV programs, etc. The only party that benefits from the death journey are your uncles. Don’t you think, Mr. Semere, making business with Eritrean youth is a crime against humanity? I hope you cognize you are collaborator in all those crimes, whether the youth escaped or sent intentionally by the mafia in Asmara. In all cases your uncles are condemned for crimes against humanity.

            I think the mafia in Asmara and their militias are the last ones to speak about national purity and treason. I hope your uncles remember their invitation for foreign forces to beat compatriots.

            The two year war was between Ethiopian leaders and the mafia leader in Eritrea. It has no connection with the people of Eritrea or opposition. If the opposition were part of the war, why didn’t Ethiopia give them enough weapons and leave them behind her? Why didn’t hand the towns they occupied and inform the world they are Eritrean opposition? Your allegations, Mr. Semere, do not give sense even to a naïve person.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Greetings Semere Tesfai,

            Again the superficial exposes himself by telling us, the opposition is not in concord, incompetent to rule and the list of all adjectives at his bosom. My friend bringing diverse people around one table and building nationalism are not easy tasks, they take a lot of time and much effort. You are unable to differentiate between a one colour and multi-colours coming together for a meeting. Eritrea is in the making of real democracy and in the process of building strong nationalism contrary to the faked “Hade Hizbi Hade Libi”. This very process makes our opposition moving very slowly. The moment they all seat under one umbrella and coin a consensus covenant everything will be different. As far as all shade under one umbrella our people will be safe from any kind of robbery of his rights. The era of running behind one group of one colour has come to an end, game over.

          • Peace!

            Selam Semere,

            You keep surprising me! The ironic is that even PFDJ hasn’t gone that low to defend itself. Your concerns are everyones’ concern including unionists, AgAzians, Jihadists, Islamists, regionalists; the point here is you can’t declar war on diversity and say:” I want an opposition that believes on its people to bring change. I want an opposition that believes on itself to lead the country to a better future. I want an opposition that believes – if given the opportunity to lead the country, that can and will deliver fair justice to every individual Eritrean citizens.” With all due respect I genuinely thought you are for change, but sorry your comment speaks volume.

            Peace!

    • Wadi Barento

      Dear Mr. Semere Tesfai,

      I think you are dancing with the devil but you might not know it or you might be in the circle of the devil
      Realty is that since the inception of this regime their agenda is clear but very scary to contour attack why because there are killing of innocent people without mercy (cold blood killing MAFIA TYPE) assassination of country man in Kassala for example and other places you name it
      And the people disappearing for only saying what is in their mind, some fought for its independent but they are somewhere in Australia or Canada and other place of the free plant

      It could have been very productive for the current regime if they had engaged with their country man and women to rebuild Eritrea and make it happen so that the new generation will have better life

      The Eritrean people has been very patient with this B.S. of what this regime is doing for long time 25 years since in depended and before in depended
      So you might not be affected or victimized by the current regime, but many of your Eritrean people did and they are still suffering

      So forget about the truth or politically correct, just think of the mothers if you have one who are suffering day in and day out because of their kids are drowning in Mediterranean sea or they burned throughout their body by cigarette because they are unable to pay the trafficker (which now has been clear that the traffickers has link to the Eritrean Regime) or the once who landed in Europe because of difficulty of daily needs searching garbage containers to find cans for recycling and sale it or the depressed once inside the country no education no food to eat no electricity no clean water no nothing (YOU CAN DECEIVE OR FOOL PEOPLE SOMETIME BUT YOU CAN NOT FOOL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME) BOB MARLEY

      What more this regime want, the people left the country, natural resource like gold fish and others they are taking it like no tomorrow (using their own people as slave no pay no proper accommodation an believable) as the case which is presented in front of Canadian judges regarding Novenas Resources of Vancouver

      Sorry Mr. Semere Tesfai it is not only the current regime who fought to get this country free from Ethiopian regime Eritrean from different locations, denominations, religions, ethnicity, colors, genders old young women men starting from first migration to Sudan specifically Kassala, to Khartoum, Cairo, Jeddah, Riyadh Milano Italy to bologna to England, USA and Toronto Canada mothers gave their gold possession to help and elevate the cause to free the country

      But now the same mothers are been squashed by the current regime, people will not forget their history they will teach it to their children and grand children therefore the current regime will pay for what they did and doing to Eritreans.

      You do not have to agree but at least understand and try to be helpful to your own people

      This regime is so paranoid and afraid of competition so divide and conquer idea is used to prolong their stay, but to use this kind of ideas to your own people is so disgusting

      Conclusion current regime most go by any means necessary so that we have free society that have the potential to develop and make it happen

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Wadi Barento

        I’m not trying to protect the PFDJ regime. I’m not trying to hide, make excuse, defend…. PFDJ regime’s actions (criminal or not).

        I’m just saying – there is a lesson to be learned from Libya, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen…… Everything I say, I say it – us (Eritreans) not to repeat the mistakes these countries made. Which is…..

        TO AVOID KILLING ERITREA IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING (KILLING) THE PFDJ REGIME

        That’s all.

        Semere Tesfai

        • Wadi Barento

          Dear Semere Tesfai,

          You are absolutely correct, but for a regime who stayed in power this long without any opposition it will be very difficult to avoid side effects, if it happens (change I mean) and it most happen they (regime) will not go quietly, but this effects will not be greater than what is going on at the moment

          Eritrea will not be killed on the process, but bad apples will be extracted and put away

          I am not politician but I saw young Eritreans in huge numbers risk their life to reach Europe that hit me badly; the only reason of their migration was and is the current regime

        • blink

          Dear Semere Tesfai
          The dictator does not need your defence , actually he is too strong to us . All these military fringe groups be it kunama , Afar or some islamists has no power to make the dictator move an inch. But we can not be silent in front of the injustice he is committing . PFDJ has more man power and money than us but you can not just keep blaming the opposition for not doing more. You see we have people with evil intention of Eritrea as a country and they are using the opposition name in order to distract us , time will tell who are these people and why .

          Some people are here because their 3000 years old country is in an emergency state where 70% of the population reject the government based on injustice. Do we have to care about what happen to Ethiopia ,yes we must do that.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Semere T.,

          A diplomat would read in this comment a golden opportunity for give and take undertaking. Of course a professional’s skillful scrutiny would have to take care of discriminating strategic value from tactical trap setting.

          If one disavows defending the policies of a regime (in this cade PFDJ actions in whatever shape), it means he/she has come a long way in removing the culprit, and made a comfortable place for him/herself in the camp of the proponents of that task (of removal). The call her is caution in not repeating mistakes of others. This is fair enough because failure to learn from the negative experiences of others can contribute to drastic consequences.

          It is indisputable that it would be insane to not care about the wellbeing and health of a mother during her child bearing period. I our case, thus, no patriotic and concerned Eritrean would condone conditions that could end up in the killing of the country. The concern is how long it would take us to get persuaded that the regime has become a real liability and its continuation would kill the nation unless we close ranks. The worst among us would those who persist on standing at the crossroads, and contribute increasing the chances of the mother being killed before giving birth.
          Regards,
          Ismail

    • Yohannes Zerai

      Dear Semere Tesfai,

      You write “Being an opposition is about bringing better alternative ideas to the table that change your people’s life for the better.” One of the principal goals of the opposition movement is to create a situation where there exist (i) a “TABLE” to which alternative ideas can be brought and (ii) an EAR that is able and willing to listen to “better alternative ideas.” The regime in power has not only arrogantly refused to make them available, but has been working tooth and nail to make sure that neither a “TABLE” nor an EAR will ever exist! Therein lies the rationale for the opposition movement – people have risen up determined to push the regime aside and create those conditions for their people! Does that proposition bother you?

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Greetings Semere Tesfai,

      Mr. Semere Tesfai says, “Guilty as charged. I’m one of them. And very proud at that.
      Do you know the common thread that connect all your laundry list: FOREIGN INTERVENTION. And foreign governments don’t come home to look after your interest. They come home, hired locals at the front, to look after their interest. Libya, Iraq, Syria, Somalia…… is what you get for cheering (propagating) and inviting foreign governments into your home – to “solve” your internal problems. But don’t take my word for it. Just ask…..”

      Ans: Mr. Semere & Mr. Isaias founded Eritrean revolution, both alone liberated Eritrea, and it is rational to fear from hired locals to sell it out to foreign governments. Both Semere and his uncle joined Eritrean revolution fully armored from their homes with all kinds of weapons that assisted them to liberate Eritrea single handed. They are the only entities who defense and keep the country united. When Semere and his uncle pass away Eritrea will evaporate. Can we consider a person with such traits sane? If we consider you are sectarian and you are for sure, the sect you advocate for refuses your activities. So, what does it mean to refuse change your mind even when your sect opposes your practices, except exposing your sanity to be questioned. Mr. Semere, according to the logic you discuss with, you possess a very narrow mind that can’t even compared with a childish mind. Mr. Semere, I advise you to make a thorough check up to all your thoughts specially in this very advanced age.

      Mr. Semere, you are sectarian, but the good news is all Eritreans oppose your tendencies.

      In your previous comment you said, “tarnished my beautiful name”. For the first time in my life I hear thief, robber, mafia, shifta …… are beautiful names.

  • Saleh Johar

    “… it is so gratifying that there are Eritrean opposition members who appear to have the clarity of mind that the death of the Eritrean regime will come from 1,000 cuts.” The Pencil

    • Ismail AA

      Hayak Allah Saleh,

      It is indeed; this postulate captures what people’s protracted struggle can do incrementally. This makes sense when each of the vital forces of change of the society inflicts cuts on the regime “… accordingly to his ability”, to borrow a phrase from Ibrahim’s
      comment above.
      But the efficacy of this would by necessity depend on fixing the organizational and operational mechanisms needed, which has so far eluded the Eritrean arena. The sad thing is that there is no light at end of the tunnel in this regard yet.
      Tayhiyati,
      Ismail

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