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Eritreans Are Forced to Be Obsessed with Ethiopia

Your Excellency Prime minister Abiy Ahmed,

Happy New Year to you, your family and the people of our region.

Last April I was elated by your election to the position of Prime Minister, and for the first few days, I was very optimistic and very impressed with the way you handled the myriad of Ethiopian crisis. Sadly, that admiration waned quickly, after which it was an anti-climax when you gravitated towards Isaias Afwerki, the tormentor of Eritreans. Worse, you embraced the chauvinists of Abyssinia, both Eritreans and Ethiopians, whom you attracted like a queen bee. That is where I lost you.

I also used to like your predecessor Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn until he spoiled it by posing with Mengistu Hailemariam in a tasteless move as if he was making a point.

Until then, I had one serious misgiving towards the EPRDF whose policy of institutionalizing and reviving ethnic nationalism I thought was a time bomb. But I must confess; initially, I did consider it just an experiment and consoled myself believing it was not my business. But gradually I became disillusioned when I witnessed a frantic move to impose that system in Eritrean politics.

I was aggravated when the EPRDF, through the so-called Sana’a Forum, treated the Eritrean struggle as an intelligence project and steered it with policies devised to manage lackeys and servile elements.

Your Excellency,

In fact, out of the many names that were floating for the top position, I predicted (almost betted with an Ethiopian friend) that you will win—later I joked with that friend telling him not to underestimate my political aroma sniffing skill.

Dear prime minister, I hope you understand some of us are too focused on Eritrean affairs, particularly its reckless leader, and its isolationist ruling party. I can’t help but take a stand on issues based on how it reflects on the common Eritrean vis a vis the PFDJ. Unfortunately, that is where you failed me and many others.

In my eyes, all your much-talked-about peaceful gestures, reformist pronouncements, and cleverly crafted political messages, like the infamous Medemer slogan (Major Dawit Invited Me to Dr. Abiy’s Medemer Class) quickly became vague and colorless messages. However, still, I cannot help but admire the way you craft your messages to the extent that it feels like you are on a perpetual campaign trail, always poised to win.

Until the PFDJ injustice forced me to change my personality and my priorities, I was a marketing professional. Therefore, it was natural for me to admire your presentations, campaigns, and other promotional tactics that I considered a work of genius. I don’t think any world-grade advertising or PR agency would have come with better marketing plans. Very impressive indeed.

Mr. prime minister, the government that you replaced was busy molding and shaping the Eritrean opposition and preparing it as a tool for its own interest; but you, like a municipal officer confiscating the wares of the poor Mercato Chercharo, simply dropped it on an old rug, wrapped it, and threw it over the nearest cliff you came across.

Please understand that I am not accusing you of not babysitting the Eritrean opposition; I am also not accusing you of failing to see the ramifications of your actions. That is because I would be foolish to believe you didn’t understand the gravity of sidelining Eritreans in your quest for peace… though strangely, you chose to make a deal with a tyrant, over an air corridor, that connects you with the toll collector alone, the notorious Isaias Afwerki! I ask myself, why would Dr. Abiy think he can achieve peace with a dictator in isolation of the stakeholders? Worse, how could Ethiopia coexist peacefully with Eritrea only over the air by avoiding Tigrai?

My second disappointment is your selective gestures–while you empowered the forces of disarray that wreaked havoc for centuries all over the region, you seem to create other force (or forces) that might wreak equal havoc in the region again!

Mr. prime minister, during my first ever visit to Ethiopia in 1991, I noticed the mood—a serious anti-TPLF sentiment by the sympathizers of the two previous Ethiopian regimes. At that time, the EPLF was in cahoots with the TPLF and it shared the wrath of those elements equally when it cemented an exclusive friendship that alienated all others who didn’t belong to the two organizations. I thought it was natural and will evolve in time, and things will balance out. I honestly believe the balancing was going on in Ethiopia, albeit the slow pace. On the contrary, nothing was happening in Eritrea except more suffering. As expected, the PFDJ would not have enough consolidation of power even when it controlled every economic, military, and political power in Eritrea. And it became more ruthless by the day to the extent we began to question the goal of our long struggle! Eritreans felt betrayed, wronged, and humiliated as a nation when you went out of your way to throw a life buoy to save the Eritrean dictator.

I do not mean to question your knowledge about the decades of sufferings that we went through, but I think you were in your teens when that was happening—I can’t blame you since you were just a young boy like all other boys. Now imagine people suffering since you were in middle school… and still suffering! And there are other disturbing signs that do not bode well with people who aspire to see peace reign in our region.

Last week I watched a rally in Gondar where a chauvinist person, clad in fatigues, strapped with ammunition belts, adorned with a Kalashnikov rifle, while he ranted about occupying Tigrai, and bringing back the factories from there, to Gondar I presume. How is that kind of hate speech being delivered under your watch? How is it possible for hundreds of thousands of people to be displaced because of violence and communal strife under your watch? How has Wellega turned into a war zone under your watch? How is it possible that citizens cannot move inside Ethiopia freely in certain regions unless they belong to certain ethnicities? How is it that minorities like the Harrari and other people feel threatened in their own homes under your watch?

Dear Prime Minister,

Corruption is rampant in many countries; only countries that dealt with the root causes of corruption have succeeded in establishing an equitable, just, and honest societies. The main solution is obviously the supremacy of the Rule of Law and its spread, which includes reward and punishment, as well as transparency and accountability under the law. And though financial corruption takes precedence, many other aspects of corruption are more crippling and lethal to a society. Unfortunately, financial corruption is easy to understand, easy to communicate, and an effective populist message that people can relate to.

Your anti-corruption drive seems to have veered into the partisan political sphere. It’s common knowledge that in its populist perception, the famous slogan, ye qen jiboch (the daylight hyenas) have come to signify a certain group more than the rest.

I have visited Ethiopia many times and I have seen enough; the entire economy was corrupt. But understandably, anywhere in the world, transforming a command economy–a socialist one at that–to a free market economy goes through the despicable corrupt route. Naturally, in the long run, since that problem is structural, only institutionalization and rule of law can resolve it. True, the journey starts with bringing suspects to the courts though it has to be, and look, legally bound–away from a political witch-hunt. So far, the fanfare and the media trials, accompanied with dangerous insinuations and raw nerve massaging, was a corruption disguised as a fight against corruption and it reeks of a corrupt political muscle flexing. As such, in a country with shaky ethnic composition, disturbed with regional agitations, it may prove to be very damaging to the Ethiopian (and the region’s) quest for peace.

Mr. Prime Minister, I have followed the developments of the Ethiopian opposition factions and their leaders for a long time. For now, let me throw the spotlight on Dr. Berhanu Negga–though in my eyes, he still remains guilty of promoting Isaias–I believe he has come a long way. He appears to be a true patriot, qualified, and for many reasons, less susceptible to financial corruption. Why is it that moderates like him are in the shadows while the spotlight is beaming over the Derg operatives (the Qey Bahrachin lots) and ancient regime worshippers? That, as an Eritrean, worries me a lot.

Mr. Prime Minister, writing this message was not easy, I hesitated so much because I was afraid it would reinforce the impression that Eritreans are too obsessed with Ethiopia. Understandably, a layman would ask: why so much interest in Ethiopia when Eritreans have enough problems of their own? But as an avid student of the history of the region, I was always subjected to a repeated watching of many movies badly produced in Ethiopia, and one more movie starring the Red Sea is about to be shown again! The same tormenting, scratchy, badly directed movie with unrefined actors.

That is why the obsession of Eritreans with anything Ethiopian is justifiable: 1) It’s the feudal chauvinists who are obsessed with Eritrea due to, A) Primordial imperial romance, and B) Inter-Abyssinian rivalry, and 2) the Eritrean side suffers of, A) Hate and grudges conceived by the elite, and B) General popular anxiety and mistrust.

A few years ago I spoke at a function and tried to identify our mutual problems. I held (and still hold) the problems are mainly caused by inter-Abyssinian rivalry. Many people appreciated my input while many others hated my guts for spelling it out, or thought it was too sensitive an issue. Unfortunately, the topic was, and still is, a taboo. Of course, such topics are too sensitive to be handled by people like that man who spoke at a rally in Gonder. But I have to mention that Meles Zenawi was the most senior person who acknowledged my argument. When I met him for an interview in 2011, he said to me, “I read your speech and you make compelling arguments.” It’s a weighty remark.

It’s with the above in mind that I tried my best to elevate the debate where intellectuals, scholars (and preferably reputable institutions) can take a lead. I made proposals, talked and appealed to people, but the power that be, politicians who do not recognize a role for anyone but themselves, stone-walled my initiatives that got nowhere, utter failure.

In short, Mr. Prime Minister, if you were the angel of death and you gave Isaias a chance to tell you his last wish before you snatched his life, his last wish will obviously be: ‘Oh Angel of death, destroy the TPLF for me!’ It’s an obsession. And unfortunately, I believe he is playing Ethiopians for that purpose. It is not the fight of the region’s people.

Last week I read that your government approved a bill to create a reconciliation commission. Not to undermine your other activities, but I believe that is the most important project you will ever undertake. Incidentally, reconciliation has always been my goal and my wish for the people of the region. That kind of endeavor lays the groundwork for the long-term stability and prosperity of Ethiopia and the entire region. It’s a long overdue move and it’s of utmost importance. I wish you luck from the bottom of my heart–I believe the focus on ethnicity has run its course and it has become a scary liability for peace and prosperity. But what do I know of such problems? I know a little, and here is a first-hand observation:

In 2011 I stayed in a small hotel in Hawassa where I met Mulatu, a young man in his early twenties, who was the errand boy at the hotel. All the guest at the hotel ordered him around to do their errands: Mulatu, can you call a shoeshine boy! Can you get me a cigarette from the shop, etc… He survived on the small change the guests gave him for his services. At the hotel, there were local police officers who stood guard 24 hours a day. I asked Mulatu, “you have high school education and you’re more fit than the guards, why don’t you join the police force instead of living as an errand boy and wasting your life?” He looked at me almost in tears, “Gashe, I was born and raised here, but I am an Amhara and they would not hire me to join the police force.” It was a sad revelation to me and I asked him, “then, why don’t you go to the Amhara region?” To which he replied, “here is where I was born and raised, this is my place even if I belong to a different ethnic group.”

The little understanding of ethnic federation I had was lost after I talked to Mulatu. I hated it–the thought of that kind of system being implemented in Eritrea sent shivers down my spine.

Mr. Prime Minister,

Funnily, our dictator has given you the mandate to lead Eritrea! He could have meant it as a sign of humility which confusingly enough doesn’t exist in his vocabulary.  However, though minuscule, that joke gives me an excuse to engage you in Eritrean affairs which disappointedly, is lost on the Ethiopian media which took it lightly. However, after months of disappointing opinions of the Ethiopian journalist and intellectuals, I am elated—the euphoria has evaporated, a few people have started to sober down, and they are beginning to expose the sufferings of Eritreans under the tyrant, “ISSU”.

Like all underdeveloped countries, our region suffers from ethnic, regional, sectarian, and many other ills that don’t encourage the respect of the rights of citizens. Even now as you are preparing for your next election, I am perplexed thinking about the possibility of building a nation-state without advancing and respecting the right of citizens, in alienation of their sub-national identities. All successful nation-states in the world are anchored on a foundation of the rights of citizens—the Magna Carta, The Bill of Rights, etc. I am not sure if a system standing on clannish and other sub-national identities can build a successful nation-state? However, I recognize that realities dictate the policies of any government, but all that can be challenged successfully if the journey ultimately leads to unifying the people as citizens by rejecting the damaging statuesquo. We all need a system that doesn’t disadvantage minorities–and not in an affirmative action process alone, but–based on a true foundation of equality of citizens. That is a challenge that faces all our region and beyond, and I wish you luck.

Finally, Mr. Prime Minister, the obsession of Ethiopians with Eritrea (the Red Sea to be specific) has always been our nightmare and still, it is. For me, if the Red Sea is of no benefit to Eritreans (and to the people of Dankalia in particular) I wouldn’t shed a drop of tear if it dries up and no drop of water is left in it. And if Assab cannot serve Ethiopia (as I have articulated many times “Unusual: Imagining Asseb Through Djibouti”), it’s like a shop owner in a neighborhood who boycotts all the residents of the neighborhood–what is the wisdom in wishing to trade with a people with whom you are at odds?

The damage is deep. Wrong understanding of sovereignty, the blind nationalist type, has prevented people from getting closer on issues that matter: Justice, peace, and prosperity. It’s only then that developments take their natural course and evolve into an ideal situation without fear, without wars, and without bloodshed.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, I wish you luck, and also wish you wisdom in distancing yourself from political lepers. That could be seen as my selfish wishes, but you know my selfish wish goes beyond me and engulfs the entire region. And my selfish instincts tell me I cannot enjoy a peaceful existence while my neighbors are at each other’s throats.

Related Reading:
Major Dawit Woldegiorgis: More Of Red Tears (July 2, 2009)
Unusual: Imagining Asseb Through Djibouti  (June 3, 2011)
Major Dawit Invites Me to Dr. Abiy’s Addition Class (July 16, 2018)

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of awate.com. Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism Awate.com was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of awate.com is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • FishMilk

    Hi All: Preparation for the space at Massawa to accommodate Ethiopian Naval presence is drawing to a completion.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Meetings that have taken place with PM Abiy in Roma have so far gone extremely well (even thought the weather has been crap). Meetings have bolstered financial support to Ethio’s new refugee policy which is seen as instrumental in curbing refugee/migrant flow to Italy/Europe. Now, onward to Geneva.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Pasta but maybe no wine, come Monday in Bella Roma, I will personally convey Awate’s regards to Abiy the Great.

    • FishMilk

      Hi All. The Rome trip (not yet officially announced so you won’t seen anything on the net yet) is part of the -seal the deal- ‘Grand Bargain’; securing Italian, EU and UN support for The Ethio-Eri peace process.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    For God sake, this is not argument. Your comment is dismissing the author without argument. The author argued intellectually on the concept of the that specific Federalism both on ideological basis and its practicality on the nation of Ethiopia. Now, read your comment side by side with his piece, then you will find the gap of intellectual acumen between you and him. It is not an insult, but it is a matter of facts.

  • Paulos

    Selam Hailat and All,

    My apologies for the belated reply. You brought up a valid and yet difficult enquiry I might add where I suspect even the author of the article might not be able to articulate your question with the response it deserves. That said, however, the article addresses the clear and present danger where the crisis seems to stem either from Abiy’s lack of grasp of the historiography and philosophical underpinnings of the Ethiopian polity or a hubris due to a delusional grandeur.

    The genius of the author rests on his refined and sublime ability to connect a political ideology with pragmatism in such a way that EPRDF and Multinational Federation are the former and the latter respectively.

    What is even more remarkable is that the college drop-out kids who started the journey were in fact Hegelians not Marxists as we thought they were when they recognized that, the ultimate desire of Man is Recognition. Certainly, the dialectical fatality in Hegel’s central theme divided his followers into “Hegelian Right” and “Hegelian Left” where Marxist ideas found its niche on the latter.

    With in the Ethiopian context however, unlike the founders of Marxism who replaced the “Absolute” or the “Spirit” as the author of the article called it, with economic forces as the determining factor of the dialectics, they stuck with the need for Recognition instead as an intellectual tool to buttress their cause where the drive to bring the otherwise marginalized nations and nationalities to the center when Menilik and latter on King Haileselassie focused on an abstracted Ethiopian unity.

    The dillema the nation faced as it configured a Multinational Federation based on recognition was as Huntington aptly recognized it, if Minilikian unity was fading away, it was difficult to find any commonality between them as they were separate like day and night in culture, language and tradition as well. It was this dilemma that brought about a political ideology as a centrifugal force that brought them together. Developmental State in tandem with a Revolutionary Democracy not only was found to be a knot that binds the the otherwise different nations and nationalities together but if they had been left behind, the political ideology anchored in EPRDF offered them a way out to better their respective people. More over, the author persuasively argued that, if there is any spirit of democracy with in EPRDF, it is not Jeffersonian democracy as we know it, rather a chimera of sorts that sustains the role of the nations and nationalities with in the center away from the periphery.

    It is with in this extremely delicate arrangement that Abiy is determined not only to undo the Multinational Federation but to dismantle the political ideology that had helped in cementing the Federation together. Further more, the author argues that, Abiy’s ad hoc Committee is unconstitutional for the mandate according to the Constitution ought to come from the House of the Federation not from the Council of Ministers or the House of Representatives.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam paulos
      Abiy’s ad hoc committee job is to find out the truth and study about the identity of those communities(welkyet/stegede, raya, south states and so on) and make recommendations, So there is nothong unconstitutional about it.

    • Haile S.

      Thank you Paul for attempting to answer my questions.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Dr. Paulos and all,

      I saw this entry late; I was compelled to attend routine after I read the article of A. Weldemariam. Actually, I thought I saw and read it in Ethiomedia some weeks before. No doubt about the depth and erudition the author exhibits in dealing with the subject matter from all aspects. This is what Dr. Paulos’ contribution by way of this entry provides, which tells in its own right his command of how theory – ideology if you like – and practical politics relate to one another.

      Now, it cannot be doubted that Ethiopia as a mosaic of culltures, social setups, linguistics and faiths is in travail of transition; add one can add the quality of leadership and state craftsmanship such endeavour requires. This is the game that the current Prime Minister and his team, the ruling coalition for that matter have on their hand. Missteps to undo the constitutional arrangement and the political-governance setup anchored on it could, Povidence forbid, constitute an explosive device with rusting safety wires that could explode. The trigger could be pulled by trying to push back from the center the many stakeholders that had formed ignored and dominated peripheries during the previous imperial as well as the successor socialist-cum-nationalist military regime. If this would happen, the scenario would mean adopting disintegrative approach with the hope reintegrating those conflicting interest groups in a kind of liberal system on the basis of duty-to-rights relationship of citizens to the center.

      But, the question is what are the chances in the backdrop of their past history such a scenario would be sold to entities that had experienced self assertions of identities within the framework and space the current system had provided. The article of Alemayehu Weldematiam has with skill and intellectual depth shown the risks and possibilities the current system offers with a note of warning to Dr Abij and his team that they could be liability rather an asset if they commit missteps in handling the transition.

      • Paulos

        Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA, Mez and All,

        As much as the author is credited for giving us a context, I argue that, other factors, more specifically, external factors may have lent a powerful push to undo if not to uproot the duo pillars [Multinational Federation and the Political Ideology-EPRDF] that have thus far kept the nation intact for over two decades.

        One is compelled to suspect under the current circumstances if Abiy is the prophet in the wilderness from the heavens or a pro-bono messenger from the power be with vested interest in the region in general.

        It is said that, who ever controls Central Asia, controls the world. US policy makers as in Zbigniew Brzezinski or Henry Kissinger May have made the comment but China adds one more factor—Horn of Africa. The ultimate game becomes whom does 21st Century belong to? The US or China?

        As much as personality matters in shaping up long term foreign policies, the current leader of China is not less ambitious and assertive when his motto is a version of Trump—China First.

        A man whose father was a close friend of Mao but later on when the paranoid Mao suspected him of plotting against him, put him in prison when the then eleven year old kid was made to denounce his father in public. The harsh experience was compounded when he was sent with his half sister to the country side during the Cultural Revolution and the abuse and humiliation pushed his half sister to end her life but the kid who was one day to climb the ladder of power was determined not only to come out of the horror but to revise the course of history and to make Chine great again as it had been great for over two millennia when the rest of the world was in darkness. As such, the multi-trillion dollar to connect the sphere of the globe through One-Road-One-Belt is not an accident nor is it a charity but to make the young century China’s century. It is with in this stark reality that, the rapid and sudden change in Ethiopia ought to be seen if the reform initiated by Abiy was genuine or if it was something else.

    • Mez

      Good day Paulos,

      1) The author brought a current and vital topic of Ethiopian political dynamics; that more from the perspective of pro the-established TPLF core idea of ethnic based federation as it is defined in the current Ethiopian constitution.

      2) from your comment above the following caught my attention “…What is even more remarkable is that the college drop-out kids who started the journey were in fact Hegelians not Marxists…..”

      2.1) is that: a) “sarcastic” expression, or b) you mean it?

      Thanks

      • Haile S.

        Selam Mez,

        It was a typo of Paulos for Hoxhaian 🙂 🙂 🙂 .

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Hi Hope,

    Is “The Animal Farm” about consideration or a fight by all means to grip power? Would you please explain the role of Napoleon and Snowball the main characters of George Orwell?

    Al-Arabu

  • Saleh Johar

    Hope,
    I am not well read like you. I haven’t.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    You told me you read it. But your comment does not sound you read it or understand the argument of the author. The author is in not against amendment, rather he is against the unconstitutional step taken by the PM. He is saying, the executive leader has not the authority to the formation of the committee to reconfigurate the borders of the state. He is a lawyer by profession who knows the constitution of the country better than a layman like . If you say you could, I have added the article as a linked to my earlier comment, and please argue against him wherever you disagree. We shall see how you will challenge him. Argue on the content, irrespective the identity of of the author.

    Second, I still advice you to know the authors of the constitution and the composition of the drafting committee, than who was at the transitional government at the time of the drafting. All the oppositions that existed at that time were part of the constitutional process.

    Third, you can not compare it with that of ours: It was a constitutional process that exclude the opposition, – the integral part of any constitutional process. In order to produce a “contractual political document”, that could eventually transformed in to “politico-legalese document” (a constitution), the “process” is as important as the “content” and hence the importance of inclusiveness. It is the nature of inclusiveness of the process that recognizes the “worth and dignity ” of all its citizens and their organizations, that eventually render the respect to the document. So in our case, the document does not represent to certain section of our society.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam aman h
      1, The current ethiopia constitution will be implemented accordingly!
      2, according to the constitution there r 5 criteria to be a kilil and according to those 5 criteria, welkayet and raya will be in amara kilil.
      3, if they need it , tigrai secession is constitutional, no need to brag about it and they can do it according to the constitution.
      4, tigrai secession from ethiopia don’t mean by any means ethiopia disintegration, it just mean only tigrai secession from ethiopia, nothing else.
      5, ethiopia constitution like any other constitution will be amended for the future, no question about it, but the 5 criteria to create kilil will not be amended for the coming 20-30 years.
      6, don’t confuse implementing the constitution accordingly from changing the constitution.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    Did you read the article on question? If you don’t, pls do. If you have any question, there is a comment section on the article, where you can drop your questions there. As I can understand from your comment, you don’t have any clue about the history of the drafting process of the Ethiopian constitution, the composition of the drafting committee, and the proponents of that constitutional document.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; sometimes things don’t make sense. The Tigryans are blocking the Ethiopian military movement and the Military within its loaded weapons complies and stops the movement. The same Ethiopian military forces; they kill innocent people on the other side of the country.
    This is not good. ” በገንደ ውሃ ከተማ የመከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላት ማክሰኞ እለት አመሻሹ ላይ በከፈቱት ተኩስ ቢያንስ ዘጠኝ ሰዎች መሞታቸው እና 15 መቁሰላቸውን የዓይን እማኞች ለ«DW» መግለጻቸው ይታወሳል።”

    • Acria

      Selam Nitricc,

      Due to its sensitive nature, the army are advised not to use any force against an unarmed youth. They are being tolerant. They understand their legitimate fear, unsubstantiated that might be. Eritrea is deemed harmless now. The Eritrean people don’t won’t any war anymore.

      • Selam Acria,

        As things are today in ethiopia, the biggest problem for the government is how to avoid ending up a dictatorship and continue with building democracy. Democratic rights have become a toy in the hands of naive and not so naive people, who want to exploit the new freedom that has come to the land so that they carry out their evil mission.

        Look at what the deceitful olf politician dawud ibsa is doing. Sitting in the nation’s capital, he orders his fighters to kill, loot and evict people from their homes, the same people he says he fought for to defend their rights over the last forty years. The people of ethiopia, especially oromos have finally understood his deceitfulness, and that he fought for his selfish ends to become an oromo dictator in independent oromia, although he is ready to accept any leftover title from the power table of ODP, because he is obsessed with power.

        Moreover, politically naive young people are being used to create a conflict with the armed forces, so that the federal defense force makes the grave mistake of killing unarmed citizens, as the previous government used to do that did not spare even people who demonstrated in the streets, let alone blocked the way to the federal army. The government knows very well that those who are pushing the young from behind are anti-peace and anti-government forces, whose aim is to create victims, so that the people will rise up against the government and follow them, and thus create a major crisis.

        Defending the people of tigray is the obligation of the ethiopian government and that of the the ethiopian people as they have shown during the 1998-2000 war. Therefore, this move of blocking the road to the military is political in nature than fear for their security, especially now after the peace deal with eritre.

        The patience of the ethiopian government and that of the military is commendable. Nevertheless, for how long will it continue, for there is a limit for everything, and at some point, it may snap with disastrous consequences. That is exactly what the enemies of the government and the country want to see. There are a thousand ways to provoke and undermine this patience. In addition, could there be elements within the military that may work for such things to happen? Nothing is impossible.

        Already there are people who are saying, let the government do everything necessary, provided peace and normalcy comes to the nation and innocent people are protected. But, this is a double-edged knife. It will be a good bye to democracy and a repeat of the period ethiopians are trying to leave behind, days that are similar to that of tplf’s dictatorship. For the sake of power and everything that comes with it, especially economic gains, there are people who are ready to sacrifice the nation and its citizens.

        • Acria

          Selam Horizon,

          Very smart observation. Let’s hope that Ethiopians understand what democracy means and apply it to their daily lives. This is possible due to the popular support that PMAA is getting, especially amongst the youth.

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    A young fella and a Ph.D candidate Alemayehu Weldemarian has penned a brilliant, a million times brilliant piece on the current Ethiopian polity where the rest of us say, wish I had written it. It is that good. It is appeared on Ethiopia-Insight.

    P.S. Amde, where are you? Please read it and I really want to know what you think of the article. Thanks.

    • Mez

      Greetings Paulos,

      What are the home-takes?

      Thanks

      • Paulos

        Selam Mez,

        I really don’t want to spoil it and give the gist away. All I can say is that, he would walk you through the genesis of the intellectual foundation behind Ethnic Federalism. I promise you, it is a must read.

        • Mez

          Dear Paulos,

          1) I checked it; It is good for academic pondering, and politician soul searching.

          2) the content is more or less covered in this forum; that for a while.

          Thanks

          • Paulos

            Selam Mez,

            I disagree. I have been around in this website for a long time and I have never read anything on the forum with that kind of breadth and depth including surgical precision that dissects the current Ethiopian polity.

          • Mez

            Good day Paulos,

            Ok, it may be a good stuff for the week end conversation.

            Thanks

    • Kaddis

      Selam Gash Paulos,

      I was waiting for the weekend to kick in to share the link 🙂

      I hope there’s a follow up article on Abiy’s deliberate mistakes of securitization of political problems, that is, assignment of vindictive regional security chiefs to solve border issues and reintegration of OLF.
      Have a great weekend,

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Dr Paulos,

      You are a resourceful man who digs everywhere to find an educational document for a debate. This article one of the best I have encountered to. The gentleman didn’t only disprove the argument of Mahmood Mamdani if NYT, he proved that PM Abiy’s unconstitutional attempts to reconfigurate Ethiopia, which is requires amendments of the constitution by the parliament and approval of the states (kilil). In his argument the formation of a commission by the PM to reconfigurate the borders of the states is unconstitutional. Dr Paulos, thank you very much for coming with this piece of Alemayehu Weldenariam, a subject I am interested in. For me the taking home points are the following:

      (a) “It is this desire for recognition as equal in worth and dignity that shaped the history of modern Ethiopia. Therefore, the best way to make sense of our contemporary politics is to look at its not-so-distant past through the lens of the center-periphery cleavages.”

      (b) “Trying to implement future recommendations of the Commission to modify borders would be not just the end of the Ethiopian federation as we know it, but a casus belli for an asymmetric war, and grounds for a unilateral declaration of secession”

      (c) “the aim now must be to make multinational federalism a more potent instrument for the accommodation of ethnic and religious diversity.”

      (d) “the aim now must be to make multinational federalism a more potent instrument for the accommodation of ethnic and religious diversity.”

      (e) “Needed now is not hero-worship of a supposedly perfect leader, but perfecting the federation, which can only be achieved by grinding civic discourse aimed at reaching a compromise among all stakeholders, as occurred two decades ago. Needed now is not hero-worship of a supposedly perfect leader, but perfecting the federation, which can only be achieved by grinding civic discourse aimed at reaching a compromise among all stakeholders, as occurred two decades ago.”

      • Paulos

        Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

        I knew it was your kind of article and thanks for summarizing the gist of the article in such a way where the rest of us may not be able to read it in its entirety due to time constraints among other things. Again thank you.

    • Lamek

      Paulos,

      Here is an excerpt from what you read and I wrote a paragraph yesterday expressing my concern on the recklessness of IA in facilitating inter region hostility in Ethiopia but you didn’t seem to share the concern, now apparently you are.

      “Trying to implement future recommendations of the Commission to modify borders would be not just the end of the Ethiopian federation as we know it, but a casus belli for an asymmetric war, and grounds for a unilateral declaration of secession. This is primarily because Tigray has made it clear that it will not cede an inch of the land to which Amhara has laid claim—and those territorial designs are widely presumed to be a key factor in the Commission’s establishment.”

    • Haile S.

      Selam Paul and Awatewian,

      Paul, yesterday was the ‘night of the long knives’. You didn’t miss it BTW, you added your own ‘dagger’. Thank you for bringing Alemayehu’s article here. Although purely Ethiopian issues, one paragraph of his, related to the Ethiopian constitution attracted my attention. I never read the Ethiopian constitution before. The paragraph is:
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      What attracted me is not the “ethnically based regions” to comfort the ‘illiterates’ in this forum who abuse ethnic federalism and/or call upon Emma to call this climbing Constitutionocrat an illiterate for saying that, but rather by the constitutional basis for delimiting the nine Ethiopian regional states. I quote it again from the Ethiopian constitution, article 46 No 2, “States shall be delimited on the basis of the settlement patterns (በሕዝብ ኣሰፋፈር), language, identity and consent of the people concerned”. Now I have two questions for you and the forumers, because you brought the question for Awate discussion: 1, was the delimitation of State of Tigray incorporating parts of the Gonder/Begemder-Semien province and most importantly for my question, a chunk of Eritrean land (now awarded back, but not yet implemented) largely or purely based on settlement patterns? Mind you, that large chunk of land that was incorporated from Eritrea to Tigray does not have basis on dispute between Italy and Ethiopia when the Italian colony was formed 2, the dispute with Eritrea having been solved by international legal decision, how does its lien in this constitutional basis affect the claims of the Amara State and how should Ethiopia solve this entangled constitutional maze that seemingly was tailored for Tigray? Is TPLF dragging its feet to implement the delimitation of boundary with Eritrea because of its link with these liens?

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Hailat,

        I think you entangled two things (issues) in your question that has different historical background. (a) The Ethio-Eritrean boundary is clearly created by colonialist. And any torrential claim can be addressed by the agreements and treaties that created those boundaries (b) on the internal Ethiopian regional Issue: The old regional administration (provinces) were configurated irrespective language and identity. Hence, the same language speaking or the same identity people were configured in to different provinces. We can take an example the “Wolkait tigrigna speaking” were configured some with begemider and some with Tigray provinces. The same can be said for the “Raya/Azebo tigrigna speaking.” Now the current configuration or the formation of the states is based on “language and identity” basis. If the Ethiopians agree on the current constitutional structure, then the the tigrigna speaking Wolkait and the tigrigna speaking Raya/Azabo will fall in to the Tigray Kilil. But if the argument is generally against the current constitutional “state-structures” or against “nation and nationalities” conceptual structures, there end to their fights, for most of the currents states or kilil are in favor of the current constitutional state structures. So I urge you to segregate between the two entangled issues.

        • Haile S.

          Selamat Emma,
          I expected this answer that is why I said “Mind you, that large chunk of land (particularly referring to the western part) that was incorporated from Eritrea to Tigray does not have basis on dispute between Italy and Ethiopia when the Italian colony was formed”. I don’t think the northern boundary of the state of Tigray is based on ‘agreements and treaties that created those boundaries’ as you put it.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            I don’t understand when you say “I don’t think the northern boundary of the state of Tigray is based on ‘agreements and treaties that created those boundaries’ as you put it.” Are you saying the boundaries of Eritrean and Ethiopia is not based on the colonial agreement and treaties? Could you clarify what you mean by that? I don’t want to characterize your statement before I know exactly what you mean, like you did to me in many instances.

          • Haile S.

            Emma,
            Yes, the boundaries of Eritrean and Ethiopia as now settled by the commission is based on the colonial agreement and treaties. I am referring to the map the Tigray map that came up before even the dispute between the 2 countries started, long before the claims were deposited, a map that is still brandished as the state of Tigray and grossly labelled ad ታሕታይ ኣድያቦ. BTW, the ethiopian claim in that area was different than what the tigray map incorporated.
            I don’t mis-characterize what you said.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            Those claims by TPLF was baseless and we can simply defeat it by the colonial treaties and agreements as we did finally in the international court. So did you get the expected answer now ?which you wrongly characterized it in your earlier reply.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam aman h
            now u r making progress, claiming welkyet stegede r tigraian by tplf was/is baseless and we will simply defeat it by implementing the current constitution accordingly(without amending or changing).

          • Haile S.

            Emma,
            I don’t think you read what I wrote in my first comment up there. I didn’t characterize anything. I used your sentence to formulate my sentence. I wasn’t reproaching you above for anything. You are defending where there is no attack. As Teodros said below, then TPLF’s claim on the other territories is also baseless, referring to my second question above.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,
            what do you mean I expect to get this answer ? to my comment in replying to your questions. Second the current configuration of the states (Kilil) has nothing to do with the baseless claims of TPLF on the Eritrean territories. The current configuration of the states of Ethiopia is simply based on the structure of “nations and nationalities” or “language and identity” of the social forces that made modern Ethiopia.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam aman h
            I know u r damn crap and don’t understand it, but how can u say “if they stick on the basis of language and identity(according to the constitution) the raya and wolkait/tsegede will remain with tigrai” When in fact the people of welkayet/stegede and raya say otherwise ,we r not tigrai? If u have a little bet of moral values inside u, ur statement spouse to be about finding the identity of the welkyet/stegede people from the people themselves.

          • Haile S.

            Emma,
            I said I was expecting anyone, not you specifically that the issue between Eritrea and Ethiopia and the Ethno-linguistic states division in Ethiopia are two different things. And as I explained in that comments and later to you subsequent question, they have in that the formation of the Ethiopiam states precedes the boundary problems b/n the two nations and Tigray incorporated a large chunk of Eritrean land into its territories that are not yet given back partially or as a whole nack to Eritrea.

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam aman h
          1, according to the current constitution the formation of the states shall be 1, the consent of the people. 2, geography(settlement pattern). 3, language. 4 and 5 history and calture(identity).
          2, no part of welkayet been under tigrai administration except the last 27 years. and u r lying when u said “tigraiagn welket were configured some with tigrai province” it is a lie, at the matter of fact welkyet always been just one “wareda” under the gonder/simen province.
          and there is no amhric and tigraiagn speaking welkyete. They speak amharic and knows how to speak tigraiagn too.

    • Ato

      How are we Paulos? Hope all good.
      am a bit curious why this young fellow Alemayehu Weldemarian impressed you as such – hope you are not counting him as another potential Mosses to take you to the promised land. I see no substance in his article, rather, he is re-narrating and regurgitating a Constitution that was written by ” cave-dwelling insurgents” – no more and no less & wont surprised me if he is now a pin-up boy for Aiga Forum groupies.
      So, Mr Paulos, please do enlighten us why you are salivating on the article?

      Kind Regards

  • Lamek

    Hi all.

    Do you see below how reckless and dangerous the regime in Asmara has become?

    “PM ABEY & Pres. ISAIAS reopened officially Teseney to/ from Gonder western trade corridor on #Eritrea & #Ethiopia tdy” – Ambassador Estifanos.

    He is referring to the border that opened in Humera/Om Hajer. Humera is a part of Tigrai all day and all night. Amhara will not stop in Om Hajer, they will aim all the way to the Red Sea, their timeless dream. We need to stand with Tigrai and help them keep Geddu and Abiy at bay.

    • Paulos

      Selam Lamek,

      Not sure if Ambassador Steve is an official spokesperson of the regime or if he is putting out tweets on his own but the fact of the matter is that Dr. Debretsion has given a completely different picture of the border opening along Humera-Umahajer side.

      He said that, it is his Kilil that started and took the initiative the of opening the border on that side a while back and Gedu was at the ceremony just as a guest not on any other capacity where people for whatever reason twisted the fact as if Gedu was there for a different reason as in representing Humera. What is even more interesting is that Dr. Debretsion talked about the ongoing meeting with Eritrean officials not only to talk about the border and what not but other pertinent issues as well where it seems more likely that Isaias will be visiting Tigrai. And one wonders if he is going to double down on “Game Over” sound bite. One thing is a fact though: in that event, PFDJ sycophants will start saying, ደብረጼን ሓውና’ንድዩ!

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Dr. Paulos,

        I also listened to what Dr. Debretsion said. The picture he drew belied every statement and comment that the “reigning” detractor-assault forces against the TPLF on both sides of the Mereb have posted to this forum. As you wrote there is no sign in the speech the despot is committed to no less than being invited to travel to Mekele to witness the burial ceremony of the TPLF. He has not forgotten the ውለታ Woyane had done for him, besides his awareness of his real size as player in the regions affair. He know his chances are much better playing the game with Tigrai than dreaming to use Abij or whoever may follow him as pawn.

        Thus, sir, what we have been watching him doing in the past months since Abij’s installation as PM is taking maximum benefit from the sale of the Ethiopian opposition groups he had been training and funding up to the point of their settling and diminishing in to their country’s political milieu, on the one hand, and on the other, keeping his loyal power base and surrogates on the rush by swaying them from one issue to another to justify and rationalize his raw manoeuvres. Thiss time around,too, they would really do better if they ready themselves for the supremo’s next visit to Mekele, which may happen sooner than latter.

        • Lamek

          Hi Ismail,

          I don’t believe Paulos intended to say or imply “…there is no sign in the speech the despot is committed to no less than being invited to travel to Mekele to witness the burial ceremony of the TPLF.”

          Please see the contradictory statements in this paragraph of his below. I think he used the phrase ‘double down’ incorrectly. Dictionary definition of to double down is to “strengthen one’s commitment to a particular strategy or course of action, typically one that is potentially risky.”

          “What is even more interesting is that Dr. Debretsion talked about the ongoing meetings with Eritrean officials including with Isaias not only to talk about the border and what not but other pertinent issues as well where it seems more likely that Isaias will be visiting Tigrai. And one wonders if he is going to double down on the “Game Over” sound bite. One thing is for sure though: in that event, PFDJ sycophants will start saying, ደብረጼን ሓውና’ንድዩ”

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Lamek,

            Would kindly like to re-read a bit closer, and then say or write what you will!.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Ismail: you said ” He has not forgotten the ውለታ Woyane had done for him,” what is the favor? I am praying you wouldn’t insult the people of Eritrea once again? Now tell us what ” ውለታ” is Sir:

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Nitricc,

            “insult the people of Eritrea once again”!!? Dear Nitricc, with due respect, this is not a small allegation that could be passed with a wink of an eye. You have repeated this allegation more than once as yourself have indicated. I do not know if you have reflected on the issue before puting it in writing because you have committed an offense while you thought about trying to correct another offense for the following reasons:

            1. You have put yourself as prosecutor general of the people and tried to represent them without any mandate from them.

            2. You have committed gross offense by reducing the Eritrean people to, and equating them with, their tormentor who has been occupying the seat of power and ruling them in accordance of his personal ego and whims without any legal mandate from the Eritrean people. He has effectively ignored his own “constitution”, his personally vetted 150-member so called national council and mocked the benefit of doubt the people accorded him from `1991 to 2000.

            3. So, the question to you is: How can criticism or accusation of such a ruler become “insult to the people of Eritrea” you seem to be concerned more than anyone else?

            4. Now, let me answer the question you asked about the issue of favor. I understand it might be difficult for one who react to events as they happen in a journalistic way without taking note of current affairs or history as context. My statement for which you had voiced concern repeatedly fits in such realm. I mean you have not read, or did not want to read, the background of Isayas Afewerki ascent to power within the context of the balances of forces the Eritrean political arena had seen in years of 1980- 1982, and the decisive role the Woyane forces had played in settling Isaya’s aggression in his favor. Hence, you cannot tell me, or anybody else, that criticizing or even accusing Isayas for that treason of allying himself against fellow patriotic organization within whose ranks dear sons and daughters of the Eritrean people were struggling measures up to “insulting the people”. Did the people authorize him to commit that grand crime and spil the pure blood of the sons and daughters of a section of the Eritrean people? Don’t you think you are ignoring part of the people who suffered the injury of Isayas’ mistakes and circumscribing your defense to a specific section of our people whose loved ones struggle under the banner of EPLF?

            5. Lest it could help to penetrate your conscience, and let you reflect to see things as objectively as possible, I will share with you personal anecdote. My family and I are still struggling to find my nephew who was deployed in the battle fronts the Woyane forces were assigned during EPLF-TPLF war against the ELF. We have not yet as a family been able to find out his whereabout or locate where his remains have been left. We could not approach either the EPLF nor the TPLF to trace his story. His father died as depressed man without been persuaded that his eldest son could have actually died in action as many did. His mother died in 2012 insisting that Hamed Saad, her eldest son, will knock at the door, and adamantly refusing to accept the sad fact that he could have been killed in action. Morally, the rest of us in the family will continue to know what happened to him.

            6. So, dear Nitricc, would you put your foot in to our shoes and allege yourself that you have “insulted the people” for voicing critique against someone who have caused you and your family such suffering?

            I apologize to readers for have been swayed to engage in matters that have less relevance to current issues. My intent to remind Nitricc that he has placed himself in an unfitting role of people’s attorney general.

          • Blink

            Dear Nitricc
            He meant it was weyane who saved EPLF from the bullets of ELF in the 80th , but he purposely forgot that it was his organization who said “ ስውራ ኤርትራ ካብ ሓደ ውድብ ንላዕሊ ክስከም ኣይክእልን ዩ” Remember at that time ELF used to have more man power than EPLF AND TPLF combined. It is not that Issias come to power by the grace of TPLF , it was just the right organization for Eritrean revolution prevailed . It was not Issias carried by weyane army to be on top of EPLF leadership , it just happens these people like Mr.Ismael favorite script that they repeat again and again in order to make it feel lik truth. Remember praising weyane for the war 1998-2001 is one thing and it is okay as far as it is done for propaganda ends but to repeat it again and again on top of that to wish to see an Eritrean who burn his body on streets of Eritrea seems a 100% insult to all Eritreans. Once a defeated game and dream come and go buy what can you do if you are Left alone ? I leave the answer for you and anyone concerned. EPLF was infact the right organization to lead Eritrea to be an independent country and they knew it .

          • Ismail AA

            Hallo there blink the nameless,

            Why can’t you understand that many of us have since moons ago written you off as mediocre and unreal creature? Unlike you, Nitrric is a worthy person to engage with, and has at something worth to defend, and contributes to debates in this forum. You have more space than anyone else here for volumes of scribbles you post, but burn and dead before you hit the characters on the keyboard. Please, do not mention my name anymore. I hope you understand this time.

          • Blink

            Dear Mr.Ismael
            Nameless , yes I agree you are right , I know also these who use their real names are in disadvantage, But it is not my fault and you know that . Back to point ,You know for a fact I don’t mind if you take me as medicore or useless human being or any bad vocabulary in the world you can access because I don’t think I will ever have any interesting point with you and people like you Period. But I don’t lose hope too , The truth is people move on as time changes not you really. You are insulting Eritreans yet concerned because i nameless , medicore mentioned your name , come on you can do better than that. Still we both would be in better position if you stop bringing this 1980th one sided veil attack . I assure you it is not a pleasure to mention your name on such issues too.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. Lofty ambition it is for one to be able to render unilateral character judgement on others. I have never seen you, Amanuel Hidrat, Paolos or Hayat Adem say ANYTHING negative in regards to the TPLF. Not once! Please correct me if I am wrong in this regard.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam FM,
            One more time, I fought with arms and word Woyane while you try to malign them with idle chatter and words at every opportunity.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam FishMilk,

            Why should we do it to satisfy to nameless cowards who have no any kind of principles, like yourself. Come out with your real name and then you will know our principles and our positions on TPLF and PFDJ in particular and on the Eritrean politics in general. If you know that we are victims of your organization (EPLF) and TPLF, you should know how we feel about TPLF. Only cowards keep asking the same question behind pen name.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. Your magnificent understanding of the perils of internet security and identity theft just leaves one speechless. I have already seen the attempted intrusion on my firewall. Nice try but no cigar. You will need far better ‘ant-spy’ software.

          • Paulos

            FishMilk,

            You are a pathetic liar. I have called the Weyanes out when they were corrupted to their necks including the Generals. I called out Meles when he was unhinged autocrat. But it is always unfair to paint with the same brush so to speak when his contribution to the country is stellar to say the least.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Paulos. Your identify became effervescently clear 6 months ago when you said ‘Meles my hero started the impossible and gave the ungrateful lot something to be eternally proud of……the one and only Meles the giant!’.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi FishMilk,

            You and your likes lecture us day in and day out that you have the government, power, material potentiality, truth, bravery and media. It seems, there is nothing that frighten you. The question is: Why do you hide from toothless liars? I think, the only creature that hides from honest people is a robber.

            Al-Arabi

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hameed Al-Arabi. You are completely wrong! Step back brother! I have not once give indicated my support for the PIA/PFDJ regime. And, we both are Eritrean nationalists for I have seen your terse comments to Simon.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi FishMilk,

            From the jungles of Africa, if I said Obama is a good guy and Trump is a bad guy, holding this opinion doesn’t make me an American, or from the Democratic Party or Republican Party. I think, the same goes with Meles Zenawi. I kow these guys played a disastrous role in Eritrea in collaboration with Isaias when in the field or after they have become rulers of Ethiopian. They have also had a negative role on the Eritrean opposition, that means, they supported Isaias indirectly. They are all Ethiopians and Eritreans were their fuel in their wars for ascending to rule Ethiopia.

            Now let me come back to the jungles of Africa and give my opinion about Meles Zenawi. He was far better than his predecessors; Ethiopians under his rule tasted freedom and development. I think, this doesn’t make me Woyane.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam FishMilk,

            “terse comments” or the rantings of a mentally challenged character.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            It is good to watch you crippling from occasion to occasion in state of hallucination. Don’t forget to take your WATA with you.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            Stop blowing wind day in day out. Go to Eritrea with your group or face Isaias for a one-to-one. Coward!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            The only two gentlemen I respect from the supporters of the regime are ” Mahmuday and Semere Tesfay” despite we don’t see eye to eye on the Eritrean politics. They are “real people,” fearless individuals, who debate passionately on what they believe, whether it is wrong or right. Great respect for them. I know them in person, very humble and enjoyable political adversaries.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. Your use of Paulos (@ known TPLF sycophant) as your sounding board is a tell-all story. Maybe you can ask Paulos to reveal his real complete name, photo & biographic data? Again, you guys simply don’t get it: Those of us who abhor the TPLF are not all PIA/PFDJ supporters. Why do you thinks the number of commenters on this website in constantly in decline? Issue of credibility? You are continuing to shoot yourself in your own foot. Probably simply too late for you to change at this stage.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Blink. You are indeed correct. Most of the disgruntled ELF dinasour alumni here wish to: 1) Continue living in the 60s, 70s, & 80s, 2) Never-ever criticize anything or anyone associated with the TPLF, 3) Directly or indirectly criticize the EPLF whenever possible, 4) Always assert that there is no difference between the EPLF and the PFDJ, 5) Endlessly pursue ridiculous conspiracy theories, 6) Continually lambast PMAA and discredit the peace process, and 7) openly side with TPLFites against Eritrean nationalists. However the thing is, that they are very few in number (mostly hibernating here) [near 70years of age or older] and do not reflect the views and opinions of most Eritreans who are under 30 years of age.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam FishMilk,

            Here is a challenge to you. Log in by your name and tell your age. Then, I as a veteran who would never regret for doing my duty in real time and real identity at the heart of enemy quarters, shall admit to you and other nameless virtual persons in this forum that indeed, I am one of the dinosaurs. You do not even realize the despot and his henchmen you never miss a moment to defend do also count in the category you have disgracefully summoned sufficient disrepute to utter – dinosaurs you dared to write.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. Absolutely rubbish what you are saying! I have never -not a single instance- provided my support to PIA/PFDJ. But you guys are simply too blind to notice as you are overly consumed with defending and supporting the TPLF, lambasting/discrediting PMAA, and endlessly pursuing ludicrous conspiracy theories. You see me criticize the TPLF and you automatically cast me in the PIA/PFDJ camp. Log on by my name and tell you my age? Yeah right buddy! Not all of us are so naive to the risk identity theft/internet insecurity and to leave ourselves vulnerable to general security threat/concerns.

          • Paulos

            ሱቕበል ሓሳዊ ለኽባጥ!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam FishMilk,

            Only cowards who do not have confidence on what they are talking and writing could feel unsecured if they come with their real names. Let me challenge you: in order to disclose your excuses (internet insecurity), let us have a live debate on any topic of your choice, and I will ask some “civic organizations” to arrange the stage for us.

          • Ismail AA

            Hi FM,
            It’s regretable you add to your false name the common noun of the most precious first life sustaining gift a mother gives to her new born, milk. You do not deserve it. You are trying to convince people that hide your name for the lame reason you listed!!!? That is pure swindling.

          • FishMilk

            Hi (Moderator) Saleh Johar. OK. You call the shots as it is rightfully your playing field. I will take a self imposed 2-week break to cool-off period. However and as you know, and in all earnesty, you are not availing an open forum for neutral and fair discourse of thoughts, ideas and opinions. You’re really not! You wish to sensor my comments while allowing others to openly insult me and continuously disregard salutation protocol in my particular case. Fine! Double standards accepted! Contrary to what you believe, I am 100% against the current PIA/PFDJ regime. Those like me, that are against the PIA/PFDJ regime but very critical of anything and everything connoted with the TPLF, simply find it extremely difficult to navigate here. Yes, I am an insider, but it is people like me that have the greatest ability to facilitate change from within the dictatorial regime. I had wanted today to bring forward critical information related to coms between Yemane (Charlie) [now on very bad terms with PIA] and General Filipinos predicament, as well as new info behind Sebhat’s assasination attempt. But it can wait. Happy weekend!

          • Paulos

            FishMilk,

            An insider my foot! You’re full of sh*t man. Is that a gimmick so that we beg you to spill the beans and ask you to stick around? You should see me laughing.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Paulos and many thanks for your respectful salutation and comment!! Glad to see that this website allows you to say and do whatever you wish! Good on you! Please pass my regards to the husband of the daughter of Sebhat and then you will really see how full of sh*t I am.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi FishMilk,

            A nation and her people are far bigger than a self pride. If you have anything good for the people of Eritrea you have to do it whatever you face. It is a crime to retreat from doing good to your people; misunderstanding with your compatriots should not change your course. Man be lofty and do gallant things and nothing will smirch you.

            Al-Arabi

          • Saleh Johar

            Fishmilk,
            When you are replying, make sure who you are replying to. Don’t insert my name whimsically. But I will second the moderators note to you. Being against the TPLF doesn’t mean you have the right to abuse others. You can make your point respectfully. Diverse opinion is welcome; rudeness is not.

          • Hope

            Selam SGJ:
            Your ideal but “ selective,unrealistic and impractical “ advice is welcome!
            The rudeness of the others should also be banned and censored EQUALLY.
            Hope believes so.
            All men are equal (except in the Book of Farm Animals)!

          • Saleh Johar

            Hope,
            Except when some act as “farm animals” that will mean the addition of a shepherd’s job to babysitters. What you are doing now is stubbornness and inconsideration. Why do you want to add to the workload. Have mercy.

      • Lamek

        Paulos, the people at the border were chanting “Leba Geddu!” That is one indication that there is mistrust of the motives of his appearance. It is naive to think that IA closed the border along Zalambessa and then opened a peripheral crossing point in Humera, to be followed by Burie, for nothing other than calculated political move to hurt Tigrai, which in turn hurts Eritreans. It is a well known fact that IA is working with the Amhara elites to isolate Tigrai and ultimately grant the Amhara region direct access to Eritrea. If this calculation escapes you, then you should check other sources of HoA information instead of this website only.

        As to the talks between Dr. G. and IA, there is no good faith effort from the Eritrean side to work with TPLF except to wipe them out completely. Dr. G has no choice but to succumb to the immense pressure his region is feeling from the federal government and he has to try to mellow out IA. Antagonizing the a mad dog further can only hurt Tigrai so it is a calculated move by Dr. G., buys him more time as he faces federal funding cuts and isolation. This is what frustrates me the most. Highly educated people here (they call you Dr. so I am assuming you are highly educated) have no sympathy for the people of Tigrai. No matter what, any evil conspiracy against any people is wrong. If IA was conspiring with Tigrayans to starve the Amhara people or anyone else for that matter, I will be the first to protest, well with my keyboard. Let’s start calling a spade a spade and not over analyze things.

  • Paulos

    Selam Hope,

    Call me dumb if you will but I actually thought DW was Deuche-Welle. Didn’t know it was Dimtsi Weyane. Thanks for the info.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All: from what I see and read, PIA’s desire to be a major player in the region is no secret. After incredible journey PIA’s desire about to come reality. The conflict between Oromo led Ethiopia and TPLF led Tigray will give everything PIA dreamed of to be a major player in the region. The Tigryans are desperate, confused and leaderless. And the Ethiopians are in a complete disarray, killing each other, no order and respect the rule of law, god knows where they are heading. At such point of the two states, it is very easy and timing for PIA to interfere and play roles. That what PIA wants and he got it but what does it mean for Eritrea? The people of Eritrea have suffered for too long under war and no war no peace; they have paid the heavy price, the question is what are they getting out of this all hoopla? besides what is PIA doing and agreeing with Ethiopia in Eritreans name? It is time for the people of Eritrea to stand up and ask questions.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Nitricc,

      Your concerns about the despot’s dreams are shared by all your well-meaning compatriots. His reckless effectively unchallenged adventures have already been too long and costly in blood, injuries and impoverishment to the people. He has so far been unconcernedly creating one pretext after another to hold the people hostage that ranged by spreading fear of the future, fanning wariness for sovereignty and ruthlessly utilizing state repression tools. This time too he is still betting on silence and conformism of our people.

      But there are factors or cards if you will that could be counted on our people’s side of the equation. One key factor is his size in the region and resources at his disposal are way too small when compared to feasibility and capabilities realization of his dream would require. He is now out to use bigger players in the region as pawns but can he deploy the human and material resources and necessary potency of salesmanship as he, for instance did, in 1991 in alliance with the Woyane and during his wars since in Hanish and the senseless border war of 1998-2000?

      The one million question at the present is would the elites that accorded the despot undisputed benefit of doubt and let him to wreak havoc in the country and again fail to shoulder the burden of leadership and guidance to give hope to the suffering ordinary citizens?

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Ismailo,

        He always bets on the “silence and conformism of our people,” and so far they never failed him to defend his disastrous missions. Hence they are victims of their undeserved conformism to the despot.

        • Lamek

          Hi Amanuel, your writing is very confusing sometimes, often I should say. What do you mean ‘undeserved conformism’? Those two words do not go together.

          In any case, you think IA is well supported in Eritrea. I am not sure if you talk to anyone in Eritrea or those that fled in Eritrea. The man is the most hated person in the country and the support for PFDJ is little to nothing. All the people you see on the streets, for example, cheering when Abiy was in Asmara were forced to be out. There are paid people there too cheer leading. This regime is one of the least favored in the world by its people.

          Many people in different countries manifest their objections in different ways. The way Eritreans have chosen is their feet – they just leave the country because at this point they do not have anyone to turn to that can lead them and spearhead any kind of open resistance. IA and PFDJ control everything in the country. If more than two people are sitting together, then they are a security issue.

          Eritreans are not conformists to IA’s actions. It is just that they do not have the necessary tools and organization to foment a coordinated resistance within the country. Keep in mind also that Eritreans in Eritrea do not have a good baseline about their own living conditions because of the severe lack of information. How many people were surprised to see Mekele is much more advanced and bigger than Asmara? Call your family and ask them if they know the Humera border has been opened? Odds are that they will have no clue. I will give you another example. During the 3rd offensive (as labeled by PFDJ), my sister was in Tokombia and the Ethiopian forces had captured Shambiko (I may have the places mixed up). I was really concerned and called my family in Asmara. They had no clue salsay werrar even started.

          Trust me, I understand your frustration but you really have to let the Eritrean people off the hook.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Ismail; Right now the country’s safety is not in danger. When it was many people looked the other way but now with this speedy process of peace, disorganized border openings, sloppy tread methods, secret deals the deals that is signed between two leaders, with chaotic Ethiopia and wounded Tigryans; I am wondering where Eritrea is going. if not carful PIA could get us in to Ethiopia and Tigray mess. Eritrea and Eritreans have paid dearly and enough is enough.

    • Hayat Adem

      Nitricc,
      ” It is time for the people of Eritrea to stand up and ask questions.”
      In case you haven’t heard, Eritreans were asking the despot for many things for long. Your turn to join now.

      • Nitricc

        HI Hayat; I am talking about Eritrea not Tigray. However; if any Eritrean demanded anything before the safety of the nation, then, they must be the once who educated beyond their intelligence just like your self. Country first!!!!

    • Lamek

      Nitricc, great points. Abiy has to deal with OLF, which has more popular support in Oromia than he does. ADP is its main ally. Abiy will consolidate power completely if he manages to cripple TPLF and OLF and he will become a dictator. He is on a real verge on that. Once he is a dictator, he will then turn against IA for regional hegemony. Although I totally agree with your analysis of IA’s dreams, ultimately Abiy will become a formidable competitor in that regard. Then they will turn on their each other’s throat. This is provided that Ethiopia stays in tact, which is really doubtful as you alluded to. It is hard to see OLF and TPLF going down without a lot of fight, in the process undermining the unity of Ethiopia.

      • Nitricc

        Lamek; you said ” ultimately Abiy will become a formidable competitor in that regard. Then they will turn on their each other’s throat.” you are looking to far in the future. PIA have no time to play that kind of games. PIA’s and PMAA’s immediate plan how to naturalize TPLF to the point of paralyze. this is the last mission of PIA; kill TPLF. The point with journeys PIA and PMAA are taking and with kinds of games they are playing, how does effect Eritrea and Eritreans? where is Eritrea heading?

    • Amanuel

      Hi Nitricc
      Did you just wake up from your deep sleep?

      • Nitricc

        No-Aman; I am human! I can conceptualize ideas. I can prioritize events. I can demand when it calls for it. I can consent when there is reason for it. I can differentiate a country from its system. What I failed to do is understand people like you who refused to contemplate, ponder and judge for themselves. now wake up from your own indifference.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Nitricc
          People who have personal experience working under IA have been saying he has no Eritrean interest at heart. Now you are asking a question 20 years late. I have one goal and that to do what I can to replace dictatorship with justice, democracy and prosperity.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aman: I asked you to help me with your thoughts but you refused to think. For a change think. At this junction and given the circumstances Agazians will make the deepest move and will present the greatest threat to the unity of Eritrea. But you wouldn’t know that because you don’t think.

          • Amanuel

            Hi Nitricc
            Here you go again another excuse. Don’t worry about Agazians. BTW it is not a new movement. It is similar to the one used to be called “Tigray Tgrini”

  • Paulos

    Selam Ayneta, Happy New Year!

    Tigreans need to own heart for nothing is permanent. If one of the incentives was with in the fine prints as in to prove something to Eritreans, they need to learn from history where they will likely choke on their own otherwise ephimeral success. But if they wise up and capitalize on long term economic strategies on how both peoples benefit from hard work rooted in good faith, they will go far and most likely to sail on more success.

    Eritreans are not counted out neither are they falling through the cracks, it just happens that they are going through rough terrains and bumpy roads where bright horizon is ahead. This ain’t a mere rhetoric but a fact where every nation has to go through ups and downs but come out more matured and seasoned and Eritrea certainly is not an exception but with in the norm.

    • Ismail AA

      Good morning Dr.Paulos,

      I recognize with a note of commendation the inherent optimism you voiced. It’s our character that when the challenge grades up to a matter of our fate as a nation we coalesce in to an enviously fierce fighting nation. Friends and foes alike would do better to read our recent past.

      • Paulos

        Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

        I can’t possibly pretend to be well versed in history for it is your forte among other things and I tend to be cautious particularly when I comment on your take.

        Nations have had their own dark ages including the mighty US had to go through a protracted civil war where it almost broke up the Union. And I don’t personally see the trauma our nation is going through any different than what the other nations reflect upon after the fact. It is just that we need to be more collected and composed lest lose to figure out what really works and what doesn’t. Nothing lasts forever including collective suffering and agony for the Sun will always rise for its own sake.

        • Ismail AA

          Dear Dr. Paulos,
          Can’t agree more. Indeed, the sun always rises and darkness gives way to light. Nations emerge strong and coherent from the womb of challenges.

          • Paulos

            Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

            This a subtext from Schopenhauer’s great anthology “The World as Will and Idea.” As you know he was known for his intense pessimism but a context might be needed to see why he fostered a dark perception about life in general and the political milieu of Europe in particular. He wrote his book in 1818 when the Age of Reason that had carried the French Revolution was pronounced dead with the defeat of Napoleon when the later was sentenced to spend the rest of life in a remote Island. The defeat of the Revolution didn’t end there but the old order as in The Bourbons were back to rule and to drag Europe back to where it was before the Age of Reason.

            The subtext….[Yes, the Revolution was dead; and with it the life seemed to have gone out of the soul of Europe. That new heaven, called Utopia whose glamour had relieved the twilight of the gods had receded into a dim future where only young eyes could see it; the older ones had followed the lure long enough and turned away from it now as a mockery of men’s hopes. Only the young can live in the future, and only the old can live in the past; men were most of them forced to live in the present, and the present was a ruin. How many thousands of heroes and believers had fought for the Revolution! How the hearts of the youth everywhere in Europe had turned towards the young Republic, and had lived on the light and hope of it; how many had fought even then for the great hope, and had believed with passionate uncertainty to the very end? And now here was the very end: Waterloo, and St. Helena and on the throne of prostrate France a Bourbon who had learned nothing and forgotten nothing. This was the glorious denouement of a generation of such hope and effort as human history had never known before. What a comedy this tragedy was for those whose laughter was yet bitter with tears.]

            As I was reading the subtext, our present ordeal came to mind where the stark similarity is astounding. Certainly, Europe as it stands now has come a long way where Schopenhauer’s pessimism is defeated when courageous men and women elected to believe again in the bright side of life and in the possible as well. The art of the possible is politics and with the right politics rooted in what works, we can overcome the myriad challenges we are facing.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dr.Paulos,
            Thank you for sharing this pertinent analogy. As a matter of fact, you have given, as you usually do, contextual perspective. We are resilient nation as we demonstrated the hard way through decades of bitter and costly devotion. It is true that leaders emerge in rarity, but they when the hour calls. Lively nation do not room for pessimism whatever the hickness of darkness that separate the present misfortune from the hopeful and bright future. This is what the young generation should keep in sharp focus. Thank you again for reminding me of Schopenhauer.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Ayneta,

    Do you think it’s “tacit silence”, and enjoy(ing) the unspelt xxx episodes as you put it? The people have just been cowed to silence by combination of fear of the unknown and the harsh tools of state repression. There is an apt expression that fits our people’s current ordeal in the Arabic language. They say: شعب مقلوب على أمره which translates as helplessly disengaged people from dealing with their affairs. I think the blame should be directed elsewhere, and not the people, namely the elites who have abdicated their guidance and leadership obligations toward their people, and many of them became enablers of the despot and his fiefdom to earn the dishonor of being accomplices in the plight of their people.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Ismailo,

      ኢዱ ዝሃበ ህዝቢ ኩሉሻዕ ከም ከብቲ ክዳጎንን ክቅተልን ይነበር:: አባና ጥራይ ዘይኮነ አብ ብዙሓት ሃገራት ብመለኽቲ ዝመሓዳደራ ዝተዓዘብናዮን እንሪኦን ዘለና እዩ:: ኢዱ ዝሃበ ህዝቢ ኸአ ሓርነቱ ክረክብ አጸጋሚ እዩ:: እንድሕሪ ኩሉ ተጸባይ ለውጢ ጥራይ ኮይኑ ዘምጸአሉ ከአ ከምዘይለ ክፈልጥ አለዎ:: ሕብረተ-ሰብ ንመስዋእትን ንአድካሚ ስራሕን ቅሩብነት ዘየብሉ እንድሕሪ ኮይኑ ኸአ እታ ዘላቶ መዋጽኦ ዓዲ ገዲፍካ ምህዳም እዩ:: ንሱኸአ ብዓይንና ንርእዮ አለና:: ኢሳያስ ሓያልን ኪእላን ዘይኮነስ ንመራሒ ዘምልኽ ህዝቢ ስለዘለና ጥራይ እዩ:: ክሳዕ እዚ አምልኾ መራሕቲ ዘይተቀየረ ኸአ ኢሳያስ እንተኸደውን ንዝመጽእ መራሒውን ከምኡ ከይኮነ አይተርፍን እዩ:: ከምዚ ዝግንዘቦ ዘለኹ “ዝነገሰ ንጉስና” ከምንቡር ዝተወስደ እዩ ዝመስል አብ ሕብረተ ሰብና:: አበይ አለኻ ዳዊት? አበሃህላኻ ሓቂ ዘለዎ ይመስል::

      • Haile S.

        ሰላም ኤማ፡

        ኣብ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዘለካ ብርቱዕ ደንዳኒ ፍርዲ ሕጂ’ውን ዝተጋገየ እየ ዝብሎ። ገድሊ ኤርትራ ኩሉ ሕብረተሰብ ተኻፊልዎ፡ ሰዊኡሉ፡ ተሰዊኢሉ፡ ደኺሙሉ፡ ስጋብ ሓይሉ ዝደኽሞ። እቲ በደል ናይ እቶም መራሕቲ ገድሊ፡ ጠንጢኖሞ ዝሃደሙ ናይ ማዕዶ ተዓዘብቲን፡ ናይቶም ኣብ ኮረሻ ስልጣን ኮፍ ኢሎም ኣጣጢሖም ህዝባዊ ስልጣን ነኺሶም ንህዝቢ ኣይነረክብን ዝብሉ ዘለውን እዩ። ንሕና ተጋዲልና ደኺሙና እዩ ንዑ ሰነፋት ተጋደሉ ኢልካ ኣብ ህዝቢ ምፍራድ ዝክኣል፡ መጀመርታ ዝተዋጋእካሉ ዓላማ ኣብ ሽትኡ ኣብጺሕካ፡ ንህዝቢ ምስተረክብ እዩ። ኤርትራ ቃንዝኦም ውሒጦም ንህዝቦም እንዳኣጸናንዑ ተስፋ እንዳሃቡ ዝመርሑ መራሕቲ የምጽኣላ!

        • Senay Zer

          Dear Haile — It’s mind-boggling to see people fundamentally failing to understand the nature of the struggle of the people of Eritrea against the government of PIA. So much TPLF-PFDJ battles are fought on this forum and the good fight that Eritreans, back home, are putting against PIA and his rule – every single day – is not appreciated. Even those who appear to care for the people are derailed by those who are obsessed with this lame TPLF-PFDJ politics.

          • Ismail AA

            Dear Senay Zer,

            You are right that each citizen inside our homeland has been engaging in every day difficult resistance. Mere perseverance to survive under untold feat of control and repression is formidable task in its own right. No one among our worthy compatriots should miss or underestimate that as a matter of fact.

            Having said that, I would like to draw your kind attention to what some of us have exchanged here in these pages concerned general and broad cultural and traditional set up of parts of our society.

          • Senay Zer

            Dear Ismail — I understand the broader mission of this forum. But let’s face it, the obsession over the TPLF-PFDJ rivalry is becoming juvenile, boring and barely useful.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Senay Zer,

            I cannot gainsay your concern because we in this forum get driven by side issues, usually attention shifting tactics of some, at the expense of our real concerns. You have got a point in this regard, and many have voice similar views in the past.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hailat,

          ብፍርሒ ሓቂ አይትጽቀጥን እያ:: አነ ኸአ አይውዕላን እምበር:: እቲ ሓቂ አብ ሃገርና ዘሎ ኸአ: ሓያሎ ንሓቂ ጠጠው ክብሉ እንዳተጎቱ ክእሰሩን ክቅተሉን ከለው: እቲ ህዝቢ ነቲ ዝውስድ ስጉምቲ ከም ማዕበል ተበጊሱ ክቃወም አይተራእየን:: የግዳስ ንዝኾነ እቲ ስርዓት ሰኒዑ ዘምጸአሉ ምኽንያታት ተቀቢሉ ከቃልሕዶ አይኮናን ንርዮን ንሰምዖን ዘለና:: ንG15 ናይ አከለጉዛይ ምንቅስቃስ እንተበሎም እቲ ስርዓት: ህዝቢ ንምእሳሮም ከም ግቡእ አይተቀበሎን ድዩ? ንወዲ ዓሊ ምስ ብጾቱ ናይ አስላም ምንቅስቃስ እዩ እንተበሎም እቲ ስርዓት: ህዝቢ ሕራይ ገበሮም ይበሃል ነይሩድዩ:: ሕጅውን እንተኾነ አብዚ ናይ ወዲ እፍሬም ናይ ቅትለት ፈተና: ናይ ወያነ ስሪሒት እዩ ነይሩ እንተበሎም: ህዝቢ ከምዘለዎ ተቀቢሉ ጽልኡ ምስ ወያኔን ህዝቢ ትግራይ ከዔሙቅ ንርእዮ እንዲና ዘለና:: ህዝቢ ኤርትራ እንተ “ብፍርሒ” እንተ “ብኣምልኾ መራሕቱ” ደቁን አሕዋቱን አሓቱን: ተጎቲቶም ክስወሩ ከለው ዝተራየ ተቃውሞ የለን::

          ነዚ ኣይኮነን እንተደአ ኮይኑ ኣበሃህላኻ ፍልልይና ጥራይ እየ ዘመዝግብ:: ግን ነቲ “ደንዳኒ ፍርዲ” ዝበልካዮ ሓቂ ዘይኮነስ ሚዛንካ ጥራይ እዩ ኮይኑ ዝተርፍ:: አነ ግን ናብቲ ኣዛራርባኻ ክጓዓዝ አይመረጽኩን:: ምኽንያቱ ጥዕና ዘለዎ ልዝብ ስለ ዘይዕድም:: ሰናይ ለይቲ::

          • Haile S.

            ኤማ፡

            ስማዕ ን’ደንዳኒ ፍርዲ’ ኣበሃህላይ መግለጺ እንተ’ድኣ ደሊኻሉ፡ ብዙሕ ጊዜ ሕዝቢ ኤርትራ ከምዝን ከምዝን ዘይገበረ ስለ ኢልካ ትጽሕፍን፡ ኣነ ኸኣ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ውጹዕ ህዝቢ ኮይኑ ስለዝርድኣኒ፡ ‘ዝወደቐ ኦም ምሳር ይበዝሖ ኮይኑ ስለዝተራእየኒ እዩ። ብኣረዳድኣይ ምሳይ ከይትሰማማኢ መሰልካ እዩ።
            ሕጂ’ውን ክደግሞ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብ ቀይዲ ገድሊ እዩ ዘሎ። ከምታ ቐደሙ። ካብታ ክትጋደሉ ከለኹም ዝነበረት ናብርኡ እንተዘይሓሲምዎ ኣይተመሓየሸን። ቀደም ንገድሊ ደቁ ይህብ ነይሩ፡ ሕጂ’ውን ይህብ ኣሎ። ቀደም ደቅኻ ምሃብ ቅዱስ እንተነይሩ፡ ሕጂ ሓጥያት ዝኾነሉ ምኽንያት የልቦን። ተጋዲልኩም እኮ እንሃለት ኤርትራ ተረከበና ኣይበልኩሞን። እቶም ነጻ ክትወጽእ ከላ ዘይነበርኩም፡ ክትደልዩ ነጻ ሃገር እያ ትብሉ። ከይትደልዩ፡ ነጻ ሃገር ኣይኮነትን ትብሉ። እቲ ብደቁ ተጸሚዱ ዝርከብ ህዝቢ ንመንኩም ከምዝስዕም ጸጊምዎ፡ ምስቲ ዘመሓድሮ ዝርሎ ይኸይድ።
            ውግእ እኮ ብመሳርያ ጥራይ ኣይኮነን። ብልዝብ እውን እዩ። ጀብሃን ሽዕብያን መርዝታትኩም ኣቐሚጥኩም እንተተሳማምዑ፡ እቲ ህዝቢ ናብ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ኣተሓሳስባን፡ ብንእሽተይ ነገር እምቢ ምባል ምተማህረ። ሕጂ ግና ሃለዋቱ ምዕቃብ ኣቐዲሙ፡ እንሆ ኣንጻር እዚ ትብሎ ዝለኻ ኣኡተላዕለን። ስለዘይተላዕለ ብዙሕ ክፍረዶ ኣይግባእን እየ ዝብል ዘለኹ። ጀብሃን ሽዕብያን፡ ብጉጅለ ብጎረባብትና ተጠቒምኩም ሓኾት እናተባሃልኩምሲ፡ ናብርኡ ከመይ ገይሩ ከምዝመርሕ ዝጠፍኦ ህዝቢ’ሲ፡ ንምንታይ ሓፍ ዘይበለ ክትብሉ? የጋንን የለኹን። ይርድኣኒ እዩ ጀብሃ ኣብ ሜዳን ኣብ ኣመሓዳድራን የላን። ግና ኤርትራዊ ኣብ ዘለዎ ኣላ። ካብ ከባቢና ጽልዋታት’ውን ኣይረሓቐትን። ስለዝኮነ ከኣ ካብ ወወሳ ኣይክትየርፍን እያ።
            Emma, I am sorry to say, you are “barking at the wrong tree”!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            Eritrea belong to the Eritrean people. Period. It doesn’t belong to Shabea nor to Jebha. It is the product of the sacrifice of the Eritrean people. The current struggle is framed between the Eritrean people and the ruling regime. Your comment talks otherwise (as if it is between EPLF and ELF). If that is also the thoughts of the Eritrean people, then they will become always the slaves of the organization’s. But, I hope not.

          • Haile S.

            Emma,
            It is so easy to point finger at an ensemble. Instead of going in circles, I will repeat myself, you are “barking at the wrong tree”!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            Actually, I reacted to your judgmental response. It isn’t to the “wrong tree”.ዝአኽለካ ጢሕንካስ በአለማርያም አይትበለኒ::

          • Ismail AA

            Selam dear Haile S and Aman H,

            Hoping I won’t be behaving myself paternalistic, I think two resourceful and well equipped brothers should not lack patience and hindered to tapping into their enormous arsenal of experience and knowledge and resort to short-cut reactions to one another. Please consider this as friendly gesture or if found lacking in character, I ask forgiveness in advance.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Ismailo,

            It is one of those days, when provoked unnecessary, we go out of our way, and tempted to respond. Otherwise, it is all waste of time and energy. Your advice is well taken.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Emma and Haile S.

            I will not interfere and I will agree to Ismail the best advice.

            I think I understand where both of you are coming from.

            From Emma point of view, I think I sense his frastration and how long we need to put up with this regime.

            From Haile point of view, the people have become numb (for lack of better word) for the successive abuse they have sustained by their own children and they don’t know what to do but try to survive another day.

            Sorry I misrepresented your views. What I like to focus is, given the variables we have at hand, how can we help (key word is help) our people and our country to get out.

            Emma,

            I know you were not comparing ghedi generation to current generation. But what variables were the same and what were different. For example,
            1) PFDJ knows really well the make up and organization of our people, religiously, regionally, ethenically in other words, have extensive database on everything including in Diaspira, compared to say during HS or Derg regime.

            2) Blured line of separation, who the PFDJ and their spy are and who are on the people side. It was easier to identify the HS / Derg regime such as language or uniform.

            3) The ability for the young to organize, like those in high school. PFDJ specially in the last 20 years, made sure that the young get snapped early (grade 11) age of 16/17 and from the comfort of their homes to torture camp (please read or listen Eritrea digest round 25 / 26 testimony if you haven’t) what type of enemy we have.

            Haile,
            1) Given what we have, have our people and our leaders looked at all options that we can resist the regime and we have to wait? Aren’t there any good people left within the regime that feel their people pain, like those in the army. Have we done enough to tap to that resources?

            It’s like the movie Appolo 13. They are stranded in space and they need to come home. NASA organized a team on earth and equipped them with exact the same variables with those in space and asked them to come up with a plan / formula to come to earth safe with a limited time (oxygen) they have in their space capsule.

            So if we use the same analogy, our people are inside the country under PFDJ and their are in that space capsule, isolated,locked, spied on, tortured, and safocated.

            What plan those of us outside (like those NASA engineers on earth) can come up with that would help them to free themselves?

            Haile, Emma, Ismael, Paulos and many of us safe on earth, we should try I think to find and solve the problem and come up with a plan to hand our people to break the shackles.

            This plan should be a manifesto how every person in every part of the regime apply knowledge to weaken and break the PFDJ system so it crumbles.

            I believe it’s the lack of knowledge and the lack of consistent organized objective that we are missing to help us defeat the regime.

            If we have that plan, the one has not been better to distribute, to smaggle, to infiltrate, to organize to fight the regime.

            With respect
            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            U siad ” it was easier to identify the hs/derg regimes such as language or uniform” . everybody knows tigraians were a spy in eritrea under hs/derg regimes and they speak tigragn language.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            Can you please have some respect? This is Eritrean matter and please if you have nothing to contribute, please stay out.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            what is respect and eritrean matter means to u?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            We have a problem in our country, that’s causing havoc to the lives of our people. That’s our problem and we want to discuss it so that we help find a solution. What you put is may be good for history and for people who want to research but Derg is dead and it’s no longer in our country and there should not be something we want to waste time me. That’s all, again I don’t dictate what you comment or what you want to write but I am sharing what I feel.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            good, u making progress,
            my point was,
            1,it was not easier to identify the hs/derg regimes by language and uniform, because tigraians spies under hs/derg regimes in eritrea speaks tigragn language and can dress same uniform.
            2, even after independence of eritrea, we r witnessing here in Awate, tigraians pretending eritreans interfere in a nagative way.

          • George

            Dear Berhe.

            If you want to solve a problem any problem, you have to know what you facing. You have to be honest (specifically Eritrea). You have to face uncomfortable truth. One need to stop regionalism. Give credit when credit is due. Have deeper knowledge of history and Geopolitics. Numerous times you are noticed, giving Woyane the benefits of doubt at the same time very harsh to others. You make extremely shallow statment that have no depth to them. Again, been noticed admiring Woyane. It is like you are living on alternate planet. Time and again many have told you. Listen it ia okey to hate PIA. That is fine, but do not throw Eritrea under the bus. Before you ask for a particular example, i have non for i have gave you in the past. We have one leader now and one Eritrea. Just because somebody said Woyane is bad it doesn’t mean they support EriGov. Woyane is bad. Millions of Ethiopians came out to tell you that. Derg is bad. Woyane is the worst. Backstabbing Eritreans for the last 150 years. And you know the story. Your regionalist instinct is clouding your judgement. Seriously.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi George,

            Is this a way for you to come out and divert what I am trying to say? Is this a way for you to discredit me? Plant doubt…I never said I have the answers to all our problems but if we focus as people we do.

            I will flatter myself but I think you find my focus on IA and his regime a real threat.

            That gives me confidence that I am in the right track.

            Where did I say anything about weyane in this post?

            Can you please copy and paste?

            Berhe

          • Haile S.

            Good morning Emma,
            Judgemental response? I gave you an explanation on what I meant. On the remaining, it is my understanding and opinion and I said it. I don’t want to grind (say) again and again what I said, my opinion stays the same. በኣለማርያም ገና እዩ። ሎሚ መዓልቲ ታድዮስ (ሓደ ካብቶም 12 ሓዋርያ) እዩ። ዝኣኽለኒ እንተዝጥሕን፡ ታድዮስ እዩ ምበልኩ ነይረ።

        • Tensae

          ክቡር ሓው ሃይለ ሰ/፡
          ኣቐዲመ ዝዓዘዘ ሰላምታይ የቕርበልካ። ቀጺለ ክኣ ስለ’ቲ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ቁሩብ መዓልታት ንክቡር ሓው ኣማኑኤል ሕድራት ብተኸታታሊ ክትህቦ ዝቕኔኻ ምኽርን ሃናጺ ነቐፌታን ከየመስገንኩኻ ክሓልፍ ኣይፈቱን። ከመይሲ ሓደ ሓው መኣዝኑ ስሒቱ ጽባሕ ተጣዒሱ ክምለስ ኣብዘይክእለሉ ጸድፊ ሃፍ ኢሉ ክወድቕ እንዳርኤኻ ስቕ ኢልካ ምርኣይ ዘይሓላፍነታዊ ስለዝኾነ። ሓው ኣማኑኤል ሕድራት፡ ዋላኳ ሕሱም ሰብ’ዩ እንተዘይተባህለ፡ንነገራት
          ዘመዛዝን መስትውዓሊ ከምዘይኮነ እንዳተጋህደ ይምጽእ ኣሎ። ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ፈራሕ’ባ ተበላጺ’ባ አንዳበለ ምጽራፍ ካብ ዝጅምር’ኳ ሓያለይ ጊዘ ሓሊፉዩ። ሒማቕ ውላድ ንወለድቱ ሒማቕ ዜጋ ክኣ ንህዝቡ ይረግም ከምዚብሃል፥ እዚ ሓው ኣብ ክንዲ ንሃገረይ እንታይ ክገብረላ
          ምባል ሃገረይ እንታይ ጌራትለይ ምባል ካብዘዘውትር ነዊሕ ኮይኑ’ዩ። ኣበው “ኣብ እርጋንካ ኣይጸይቕልካ ክብሉስ ለካ ከምዚ’ዩ”። ኣብ ሰዊት ዕድሚኡ ትምህርቱን ናብርኡን ጠንጢኑ ንሃገረይ ኢሉ በረኻ ከምዘይወፈረ፡ ሕጂ ኣብ ሽምግልንኡ ጸይቂሉ ምስቶም ንኸጽኑትና ከይደቀሱ ዝሓድሩን፡ ታሪኽዊ ቕርስና በነቶግቲ ዘፍረሱን፡ መቕብር ሓርበኛታትና ብታንክታት ዝሓረሱን፥ ምጣነ ሃብቲ ሃገርና ምድሪ ዘቢጡ ህዝብና ኣደዳ ስደት ንክኸውን ዚገበሩ ናይ ደም ጸላእትና ከሻሩ ክትርኢ እንከለኻ፡ ካብ ምሕረት የውርደሉ ምባል ሓሊፍካ እንታይ ይበሃል ኮይኑ። እንተ’ቲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ፈራሕ’ዩ ዝብል ክሲ’ሞ መቐጸልታ ናይቲ ሰላሕታዊ ስነ ኣአምራዊ ውግእ ኮይኑ ዕሱባት ዘጋውሕዎ ጉልባቡ ዚቐልዕ ሸጠፍ ምዃኑ ናይ ርሑቕን ናይ ቀረባን ታሪኽና ዘረጋግጾ ሓቒ ኢዩ። ህዝቢ ኣልጀርያ ናጽነቱ ካብ ዝጐናጸፍ ጀሚሩ ስጋብ’ዛ ሕጂ በቲ ነጻ ዘውጽኦ ውድብ ይምራሕ እንዳሃለወ ብትበላጽነት ዝኸሰሶ ዋላ ሓደ የለን። ብተመሳሳሊ ህዝብታት ሞዛምቢክ፥እንጎላ ቬትናም ወዘተ ኮታ ኩለን እተን ብብረታዊ ቓልሲ ነጻ ዝወጻ ሃገራት ገና በተን ሓርነታውያን ዉድባት ይመሓደራ አንዳሃለዋ፡ ንህዝበን ፈራሕት ወይ ተበለጽቲ ኢሉ ዚነቅፍ ናይ ታሪኽ ተመራማሪ ኣይተራእየን። እሞኸድኣ ስለምንታ’ዩ
          ሕዝቢ ኤርትራ ልቢ ኣዕብዩ ቅድም ቀዳድም ካብ ናይ ደገ ጸላእተይ ኪክላኽል ስለ ዝበለ፡ እዚ ኩሉ ጸርፍን ኣደራዕን? ኣብ ሲደት ጽብቕ ናብራ አንዳ’ሕለፍካ “ክተት፡ ተበገስ” አንዳበልካ ንኑጽሃት ዘጋታት ኣደዳ ሞትን ስንክልናን ንክኾኑ ምድፍፋእሲ ምስ’ቲ ሓላፍለት ዚጎደሎ “ዘይስንኻ ሑጻ ቆርጥመሉ” ዝብል ኣዘራርባዶ ኣይቑጸርን? ኣብ መደምደምታ፥ ስለቲ ኣብነታዊ ተበግሶኻ ደጊመ ደጋጊመ እንዳእምስገንኩኻ ነቶም ጌጋ ንዝፈጸሙ ውልቀ ሰባት ብዘይ ንሓፍነት ንክትእርሞም ጀሚርካዮ ንዘለኻ ቃልሲ ንኪትቕጽሎ ዘለኒ ተስፋ እንዳገለጽኩ ዓወት
          እምነየልካ።

          ሓውኻ ትንሳአ

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ትንሳአ፡

            ኣቐዲመ ኣነውን ብወገነይ እንቋዕ ናብዚ ፍልጠት ነጣጥመሉን ንለዋወጠሉን ሜዳ ዓወተ መጻኻ እብል። ቅድሚ ሕጂ ስለዘይኣንበብኩኻ እየ። ክንደይከ ይጥዕም እቲ ሽምካ፡ ቦኽሪ እዝነይ! ኣነሲ ትንስአ ሓውቲ እምበር፡ ትንሳአ ሓዊ ከምዘለኒ/ዘለና ኣይፈልጥን ነይረ።
            ካብ ኣጸሓሕፋኻ፡ ኣብ ሓውና ኣማኑኤል፡ ከምዛ ከማይ፡ ብዙሕ ኣኽብሮትን ትጽቢትን ከምዘለካ እዩ ዝርድኣኒ ዘሎ። ወቐሳኽ’ውን ትርር ዝበለ እኳ እንተኾነ፡ ካብኡ ዝተላዕለ እዩ ዝመስለኒ። ኣነ ንኻልኦት ንምእራም ዝተለዓልክዎ ተበግሶ የብለይን። ግና ሓደ ሓደ ጊዜ ዝደጋገም ሓቂ ዘይመሰለኒ ነገራት ክርኢ ከለኹ እዛረብ። ኣብዚ ዓውዲ ዓወተ ዝእክበናን ዘዛርበናን ዘሎ፡ ኣብ ሃገርና ብዘሎ ናይ ፖለቲካዊ ኮነ ማሕበራዊን ‘ኤኮኖሚያዊ’ን ከቢድ ጸገማት እዩ። ዝፈላልየናን ዘካትዓናን፡ ይዕበ ይንኣስ፡ ኣብዚ ጸገማት እዚ ዘለና ናይ ሚዛን ፍልልይ እዩ። ብወገንካ ኣብዚ ዝርርብ እዚ ብቐጻሊ ንክትካፈል እዕድመካ። ዝተፈላለየ ሓሳባትና እንተዘይተዘራሪብናሉ ኣብ መፍትሒ ክንበጽሕ ኣይንኽእልን ኢና። ንሕጂ ኣብዚ ጠጠው ከብል። ነቲ ምስላታት ናይ ካልኦት ሓገራት ጠቒስካ ንምታይ ‘ዘይንጽመም’ ዓይነት ዝበልካዮ ኣብ ዝመጽእ ሓሳበይ እውስኽ እኸውን። ሓንቲ ዝብላ ግና፡ ኣክጀርያ ድሕሪ 27 ዓመት ዝበጽሓቶ ዕብየትን፡ ሓገርና ዘንቆልቆለቶን ዝወዳደር ኣይኮነን። ንመራሕትና ንዑ ሕጂ ካብ ስልጣንኩም ውረዱ ኢሉ ዘገደደ የልቦን። እንታይ’ድኣ፡ ስልጣንኩም ንዕብየት ሃገር፡ ንዜጋ ምጥርናፍን ኣብ ኣመሓዳድራ ምጽንባርን ተጠቐምሉ። ዜጋ ዘይሳተፎ ኣመሓዳድራ ሱር ዘይብሉ፡ ንሓዋሩ ዘይከውን እዩ እሞ ንሕና ጥራይ ንፈልጥ ዝብል ኣመራርሓኹም ቀይርዎ ዝብል እዩ።
            ሓውኻ ሃይለ ሰ.

          • Tensae

            ሰላም ክቡር ሓው ሃይለ ሰ.:

            ኣቕዲመ ስለ’ቲ ቅልጡፍን ልዙብን መልስኻ ብዙሕ አመስግነካ። ድንጉየ ብምምላሰይ ክእ እቅረታ እሓተካ። ዋላ’ኳ ኣብዛ መእዲ ፍልጠት ዝኾነት መርበብ ሓበሬታ ሓድሽ አንተዘይኮንኩ ንዝገብርካለይ ኣቀባብላ እንድኣመጎስኩ፡ ብቐጻሊ ንኽሳተፍ ንዝገበርካለይ መጽዋዕታ ብኽብሪ እቕበሎ። ነታ ብዙሕ ዘፍቕራ ሽመይ ከምዝፍተኻያ ስለዝገለጽካለይ ክኣ ብዝሕ እመስግነካ። ወዮ ድኣ ለቕሓ በሰሮ ከይመስል አምበር ኣነ’ውን ነታ ወትሮ ከም መግለጺ
            ሓይሊ ወይ ስልጣን ናይ ፈጣሪ፡ መላእክትን ቅዱሳንን አትዝውተር ዓሚቕ ትርጉም ዚሓዘለት ሽምካ ኣዝየ ከምዝፈትዋ ብዘይቀልዓለም ክገልጸልክ እፈቱ፡ ብዛዕባ ኣሽማት ካብ ተላዕለ፡ መብዛትኡ ኣሽማትና ናይ ቕድሚት(prefix) ወይ ናይ ድሕሪት(suffix) ላቔባ ወሲኽና ከም ድርብ ቃላት ምስ እነንብቦም እዩ ምሉእ ትርጉም ዚህልዎም። ንዓኻ ከምዘይጠፍኣካ፡ እዛ ናተይ’ውን ካብኡ ብዘይፍለ እገባብ ምሉእ ትርጉማ ዝግሃድ ናይ ቅድሚት ልዓት ምስዝጠብቃ’ዩ። ክግርመካ ነዛ ሓጻር ርእይቶ ቅድሚ ምጽሓፈይ ርግጸኛ ንምዃን ንትርጉም ናይ ሽምካ ኣብታ ብክቡር መምህር ሙሳ እሮን እተጽፈት “መዝገበ ቃላት ስማት እርትራውያን” ዘርእስታ መጽሓፍ ተውኪሰስ ምስ ሽምካ ዘዛመዱ ካብ ዕሰርተ ዘይውሕዱ ኣሽማት ብምርካበይ ብዙሕ ገሪሙኒ። ተስፋ እገብር ኣብ ዝመጽእ ጊዘ ትርጉም ኣስማት ኤርትውያን ከም ኣርእስቲ ወሲድና ኣብዛ ምውቕቲ ገዛ ብሰፊሑ ክንመያየጥ፡

            ኣብ ቅንዲ ዋኒና ክምለስ፡ ዳርግ ምስ ኩሎም ዘልዓልካዮም ነጥብታት እሰማማዕ። ኣብ ሓው ኣማኑኤል ሕድራት ዘለኒ ኣኽብርት ካብቲ ባህልና ንከምዚ ናቱ ዝኣመሰለ ናይ ዕድመ ብዓል ጸጋ ዝህቦ ክብርን ካብቲ ናይ ገዝእ ርእሰይ ንናይ ቀደም ተጋደልቲ ዘለኒ ክብርን ኣድናቖትን ዝተሞርክስ እዩ። እዚ ክብል ክለኹ ግን ብዛዕባ ኣብዝተፈላለዩ ዛዕባታት ዘለዎ መርገጽን ዚኽተሎ ኣገባብ ክትዕን ዘለኒ ዕቃበታትን ስክፍታን ኣብ ቦትኡ እንድሃለወ እዩ። ንዝበዝሑ እቶም ምስኡ ዘይሰማምዓሎም ወይ ብናቱ ኣዘራርባ ኣነን ንሱን ዓይኒ ንዕይኒ ዘይንርኣኣየሎም ኣርእስትታት ንግዚኡ ንንጎድኒ ገዲፈ ቁርብ ኣብነታት ንምጥቅስ፥ንካልኦት ሰባት ሓሳባቶም ብነጻ ንኽይገልጹ ምዕንቃጽ፥ ንካልእት ናይ ምቑንጻብ፡ ምንእኣስን ምድሃል ዚእመሰሉ ይርከብዎም። ምስ ርእይቶታቱ ንዘይቓደዉ ሰባት ህግደፋውያን እንዳብልካ ኣሸማት ምልጣፍ ሓደ ካብቲ ወትሮ ዘዘውትሮ ሜላ አዩ። እዚ ክኣ ነቲ “ኣስቀድሞ ኣድሃሪ ያለ ተራማጅ ይመስላል” ዚብል ናይ ጊዘ ደርግ ኣዘራርባ የዘኻኽረካ።

            እንተ’ቲ ናይ ካልኦት ኣህዛብ ድሕረ-ሓርነታዊ ተምክሮታት ከም ኣብነት ምጥቃሰይ ግን፡ ብረታዊ ጎንጺ ተኸቲሎም ዝመጹ መብዛሕትኦም ስርዓታት ዓይነቶይ ብዘየገድስ ብቐሊሉ ካብ ስልጣን ከምዘይለቁ ንምብራህ ድእምበር ኣብ ክንድዝ ዘሎ ስርዓት ንምጥባቕ ከምዘይኮነ ከረጋግጽልካ እፍቱ። ብተወሳኺ፡ ኣብዚ ሕጂ እዋን ኣብ ሃገርና ብህዝቢ ዝተመርጽን ንህዝቢ
            ዝምእዘዝን መንግስቲ ብዘይይውዓል ሕደር ክትከል ኣለዎ ዝብል ጽኑዕ መርገጽ ከምዘሎኒ ክሕብረካ ኣፈቱ። ተስፋ እገብር ነዚ ንምዕዋት ኩላትና እጃምና ከነብርክት።

            ሰሰናዩ ንዓኻ። ሓውኻ ትንሳአ

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat and Tensae,

            This is aesthetics at its best and a testament that destroys the stigma that Tigrinya is only good to convey or express aggression and aversion. Thank you guys for making us proud one more time that our language is not any less than the other heavenly languages.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,
            It was the moral gun and war of those who wanted to undermine our being. ብስንፍናን ብትህኪትን ዛግራ ዘይሃደንዋ፡ ኣባ ጉንባሕ’ያ ቢሎም ይሰግርዋ። When we use Tigrigna proverbs in reverse, they still make a great sense.

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ትንሰአ፡
            ኣቐዲመ ኣነውን ንዘቕረብካለይ ብዙሕ ምስጋና ምስጋናይ የቕርበልካ። ሓኾት ኣብ ክንዲ ምባል፡ ኣብዚ ባይቶና ሓሓሊፉ ምስጋና እንተበዝሐ ሕማቕ ኣይኮነን።
            ብዛዕባ ሓው ኣማኑኤል ዝበልካዮ፡ ኣነ ከምኡ እንድሕሪ ተስሚዑኒ፡ ነቲ ነገር ምልዓልን ምስኡ ሓኾት ምባልን ንድሕሪት ኣይብልን እይ። ንሱ ኣባይ ዘልዎ ኣወንታዊ ኣተሓሳስባን ምስጋናን ሓደ ሓደ ጊዜ የሰክፈኒ። ኣንታ ነግራም እንተዝብለኒ ምፈኾሰኒ ነይሩ። ከምቲ ብቐዳማይ ‘ብጠጠወይ ኣይትቕበሩኒ፡ ቀለም ብቐለም፡ ብቐጥታ ንዓይ ተዛረቡኒ’ ዝበሎ ግና ንስኻ’ውን ምስኡ ሓኾት ኣይትሕመቕ።
            ንሽመይ ከተመስግን ክትብል፡ ሙሳ ኣሮንን ናይ ቀረባ ጽሑፋቱ ኣፍሊጥካኒ። እዛ ዝጠቐስካያ መጽሓፍ ኣየንበብኩዋን። የቕንየለይ ረኺበ ከንብባ ክፍትን እየ። ሙሳ ኣሮን ብወርቅሃ እየ ዝፈልጦ። ዓባይ ሓውተይ፡ ትምህርቲ ብትግርኛ ዝጀመረት፡ ብቑልዕነተይ ዝረኸበቶ መጽሓፍ ዓው ኢላ ተንብበለይ ነይራ። ሓንቲ ካብተን መጻሕፍቲ ወርቅሃ እያ ነይራ። ከም’ውን መጻሕፍቲ በርሀ ኣርኣያ፡ ጥሪ ዕብዲ፡ ወጠጦ እንዳቦይ ዓንዱ። እዘን ዳሕረዎት መጻሕፍቲ ኣብ ቀረባ ጊዜ ኣብ መርበብ ብ PDF ስለ ዝረኸብኩወን ብጣዕሚ ተሓጒሰ። ተመላሊሰ እውን የንብበን ኣለኹ። ሕጂ መጻሕፍቲ በርሀ ኣርኣያ ከስተማቕር ከለኹ ሓደ ካብቶም ዓበይቲ ተዓዘብትን መኸርትን ሕብረተሰብ (social critics) ምዃኑ ተረዲአ። ኣእዋም ምቁራጽ ክንደይ ሓደገኛ ምዃኑ ዝገልጽ ካብ ጥሪ ዕብዲ ቁሩብ መስመር እንሆ፣
            ኦም እዩ ዘእዊ ዘሎ፣

            ወይለየ ወይለየ ወይለየ
            ብዘይ ዕርቂ ብዘይ ሽማግለ
            ብዘይ ፍርዲ ብዘይ ምግልጋለ
            እቑረጽ ኣለኹ ብፋስ ገይረ
            እጠፍእ ኣለኹ ብዘይ ቁምነገረ
            ቁረጹኒ ጥራይ ኣጆኹም ቁረጹኒ
            ንዳሕራይ ንጭራሽ ክትስእኑኒ
            ካባኹም እንተበረስኩ ይሕሸኒ
            ….
            ሃገራት ኣለዉ ብስርዓት ዝሑዙኒ
            ቅድም ማይ እናሰዩ የፍርዩኒ
            ከይጉብጥ ደጊፎም የዕብዩኒ
            ከም ውላዶም ጌሮም ይርእዩኒ
            ….

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ሰላም ትንሳኤ,

            እንድሕሪ ዓይኒ ንዕይኒ ዘይንረኣኣየሎም ዛዕባታት አለው ትብል እንተኾይንካ: አብኣቶም አትኪልካ ዝብላዕ ሞጎተ ምቅራብንዶ አይምሓሸን? እንታይ አድለየ ጸለመ ንሓውኻ?አብ ፍልጠቱ ዝተኣመመን ሰብ: ብፍልጠትን በቲ ክህልዎ ዝኽእል ናይ ምርዳእ ዓቅሙ “ሓሳብ-ብሓሳብ” መኪቱ ከረድእ ምስዝኽእል: ነቲ ተጻራሪ “አምራዊ-ሓሳባት” ዝሐዘ ሰብ ከኤምንን ወይውን ጸብለል ክብል ዘኽእሎ:: እዚ ንስኻ ጸሚድካሉ ዘለኻ አጋባብ ግን አብ ክንዲ ነቲ መልእኽቲ ትምክት ኣብ “ምቅታል መልእኽተኛ” ዘተኮረ ስለዝኾነ: ንመጻኢ ክትሓስበሉ የተሓሳስበካ አለኹ::

            እንተ ነቲ መንዩ ለባምን ሓቀኛንን: መንዩ ዝጸድፍ ዘሎ ዝብል ሚዛን ግን: ነቲ ሞጎተኻ ንአንበብቲ ምስ አፍሰስካዮ ዝረኤ ጉዳይ እዩ:: እሞ ትኖሳኤ ሓውና: ነቶም ዓይኒ ንዓይኒ ዘየረኣእዩና ትብሎም ሓሳባት “ብፍልስፍናን” “ብስነሓሳባን” አልቢስካ ሞጎተኻ አብ ርእሰ-ዓንቀጽ አስፊርካ ሃየ ከተቅርበልና ይብደሃካ አለኹ:: እንተዘይኮነ ደድሕሪ ደረስቲ እንዳኸድካ እዚ ከምዚ እዩ እዝኣ ከምዚእያ እንዳበልካ ምጽላም ናይ ሙሁራት ዘይኮነስ ናይ ጓሶት እዩ:: ክሳዕ ትምህርቲ ሓዘል ስነጽሑፍ ሒዚካ ቦሎኽ ትብል አብ ዓወተ ከአ ሰናይ ቅንያት::

            ሓውኻ
            አማኑኤል ሕድራት

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ሰላም ትንሳኤ (ዘይትሳኤ),

            መጀመርያ ነቲ ክሲ አብ ልዕለይ ትስንድዎ ዘለኻ ቀጥታ ናባይ ከተማሓላልፎ ትኽእል ነይርካ:: ብተዛዋዋሪ ዘግብረካ አይነበሮን:: እስከ ነቶም (ብወረጃ ኤርትራ በሃላይ) ዝቀረቡ ክስታት ሓደ ብሓደ ንርአዮም::

            (ሀ) አማኑኤል ሕድራት መዛንን መስተውዓልን ኣይኮነን:: ደንቆሮ ሰብ ነታ “መዔቀኒኡ” ጥራይ ስለ ዝፈልጥ ነቶም ናይ ካልኦት መዔቀንታት ክርድኦም አጸጋሚ’ዩ:: ስለዚ አማኑኤል ይጸድፍ አሎ ክትብል ከለኻ እቲ ዓቅምኻ: ህዝባውነት ዘየብሉ ቅኑዕ ሃገራዊ ሌዓት ዘይትርዳእ ከም ምኻንካ ጥራይ እዩ ዝእምት:: ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዝእሰርን: ዝቀትልን: ዝብተንን: ዘሎ ብኢሳያስን ብከማኻን ዘአመስሉ: መዳመቅቲ ስርሑን: ኣጣቃዕትን እዩ:: ድሕነት ህዝቢ ዘየቀድሙ ከምዚ ከማኻ ኸአ: ካብ መገልገልቲ ጨቆንቲ ሓሊፎም ዘፍርይዎ የለን:። በዚ ኣባሃህላኻ እሞ ካብቶም “ንሱ ንሕና” ጨራሕቲ ትመስል::

            ( ለ) ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ፈራሕ’ባ ተበላጺ’ባ አንዳበለ ምጽራፍ ካብ ዝጅምር’ኳ ሓያለይ ጊዘ ሓሊፉዩ። በልስከ መንእሰያትና ብፍላይ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ከአ ብሓፈሻ አብ ክንዲ ኢድ ንኢድ ኮይኑ ንጨቆኒኡን: ንአሳሪኡን: ንቀታሊኡን: አብ ክንዲ ዝቃለስ: በአሽሓት ዝቁጸር ካብ ዕለት ናብ ዕለት ዓዱ ገዲፋ ክሃድምን ክስደድን ክትርእዮ ከለኻ: ካብቲ አነ ዝሃብክዎ መግለጺ ወጻኢ እንታይ ትህቦ? አነ ዝጽበዮ ዝነበርኩ ከምቲ ናተይ ወለዶ ንሓርነቱ ክስዋእን ክቃለስ ንጨቆንኡ ከሔጽር ፍትሓዊ መንግስቲ ክምስርት አብ ሃገሩ ክተክል ይምነዮ ነይረ:: ሃገርካ ገዲፍካ ኣብ ሃገርካ ለውጢ ክመጽእ ምጽባይ ዘይበጽሕ ምህላለ ጥራይ እዩ ኮይኑ ዝተርፍ:: ድሓር ከአ ሓደ ፍሉይ ወለዶ አብ ፋሉይ መድረኻት ዝገብሮ አስተዋጽኦ ኩሉ ግዜ መግለጺኡ ኮይኑ አይነብርን እዩ ክሳዕቲ እቲ ቀጻሊ ወለዶ ብኸምኡ ክሕዞን ወይውን ብዝበለጸ ሓይሉ ተኻላኻሊ ህዝብን ታሪኹን ክሳብ ዘይኮነ:: ብሕሉፍ ታሪኽ አይንበርን’ዩ ኩሉ ወለዶ ንዝብድሆ መድረኽ ሲዒ። ናቱ ታሪኽ ክሰርሕ ክበቅዕ አለዎ::

            (ሐ) “እዚ ሓው ኣብ ክንዲ ንሃገረይ እንታይ ክገብረላ ምባል ሃገረይ እንታይ ጌራትለይ ምባል ካብዘዘውትር ነዊሕ ኮይኑ’ዩ።” ታሪኽ ህይወት ሰብ ከይፈለጡ ብዛዕባ ንሃገሩ ምግባሩን ዘይምግባሩን ክሲ ዘቅርቡ ሰባት ምስ ምንታይ ይቁጸሩ? አነስ ካብቶም ንሃገረይ ኢለ ካብ ምውቅ ገዛይን ካብ ዝፈትዎ ሙያዊ ስረሔይን ገዲፈ:ንመስዋእቲ ሃገረይን ህዝበይን ብንቅሓት መሪጸ: ናብ ሕሱም ቃልሲ ዝአተኹን ዝተቃለስኩን ስለዝኾንኩ ካብ ሃገረይ ምንም ዝጽበዮ አይነበረኒ ሕጂ እንተኾነውን የብለይን:: ምናልባት ከማኻ ዘአመሰሉ ህግደፋውያን ግን እታ ሃገር ከም ናታትኩም ጥራይ ስለ እትርእይዋ ነቲ ውጽዕ ህዝቢ ከነጋፍ ዝቃለስ: ከምናይ ስልጣን ምቅጻጽ ጥራይ ስለ ትርእይዎ: አብናይ ጸለመ ወፈራኹም ክትዋፈሩ ናይ ግድን’ዩ::

            (መ) እንተ ነቲ ኹሉ አደራዕ ናይ ሞትን ምስንካልን ስደትን አብ ህዝብና ዝወረደ; ብጀካ ናይ ህግደፍ መራሕን እቶም ከማኻ ዝአመሰሉ “ንሱ ንሕና” እንዳበሉ ውግእ ዘሳወሩ ይስከምዎ :: መራሒኹም መስከረም አሕሊፍና ክንመጺእ ኢና ትብሉ ዝነበርኩም ንጽበየኩም አለና እንዳበለ ናይ ውግእ ጽዊዒት ክገብር ከሎ አበይኮን ነይርካ ትኸውን? ወያኔ ድምጺ ናይ ጥሩሑ ገረወኛ እዮም እንዳበለ ውግእ ከረሳስን ከሎኸ እንታይ ትብል ነይርካ ትኸውን? ሓውኻ አማኑኤልን ግን ንድሕነት ህዝቡን ንኽብሪ ታሪኽና ከይድፈርን አብ ኩሉ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ዝገብርዎ ዝነበሩ ጠጠው ኢለ ንናይ አሜሪካን/ርዋንዳን ክቅበሉ መኪተየ:: አብ መጨረሽኡውን ነዚ ናይ ውግእ ወፈራ ትገብርዎ ዘለኹም ዝኾነ እንተኸፈልኩም ናይ ዶብ ጸገም አብ ጣውላ ዘተ ከፍ ኢልካ ብዘሎ ሰነዳት ውዕላትን ስምምዓትን እንተዘይ ኮይኑ ብውግእ መዔርፎ ከምዘይብሉ ገሊጸ ወጺኤየ:: ንሓቂ ዋላ በይንኻ ጠጠው በለላ ዝብል አምር ረጊጸ ነቲ ኩሉ ጸለመ ስለዝሓለፍክዎ: እዚ ሕጂ ጸለመን ናይ ምንጻል መነውራትውን ክሕለፍ እዩ:: ዝኾነ ኾይኑ ከምቲ ዝበልክዎ ብድሕሪ ዘየድሊ ናይ አሽሓት መንእሰያት ህይወት ምክፋልን: ናይ ብምልዮን ዝቁጸር ህዝብና ምምዝንባልን: አብ ጣውላ ዘተ ንንምጻእ ተኻኢሉስ ብንኡሱ ነቲ ውግእ ጠጠው ንምባል ተበቂዑ :: So I am vindicating.

            (ሰ) ነቲ ምስ ጸላኢ አሻርዩ ዝብል ክስኻ ሓቂ ዘየብሉ ጸለመ እዩ:: ነቲ መዝሙርካ ስለዘይዘመርኩስ ምስ ጸላኢ ምሽራው ኮይኑ:: አነ እሞ ናተይ ፖለቲካዊ መዝሙር አብ ህዝባዊ ድሕነት ዘቀደመ ስለ ዘለኒ ንዕኡ ህዝበይ ክዝምር እየ ዝቃለስ:: ንፋዕ ተማሃራይ እንተትነብር አቦና ወልደኣብ እኮ “ሃገር ማለት ጎቦታት ሩባታት ሽንጭሮታት ሰጣሕ ዝበለ ጎላጉል ኣይኮነን: እንታይደአ ህዝባ ማለት’ዩ”:: ብሓጺሩ ሃገር ብዘይህዝቢ ሃገር አይኮነትን:: ህዝቢ ምስተዓቀበ እቲ ህዝቢ ንሃገሩ ዘዔቁብ:: ንህዝቢ ንምህላቅ አብዘይድሊ አብ ቀጻሊ ውግአት ምብራስ ሃገር ምክልኻል ኣይኮነን:: ህዝብና አብ ስውርን ቅሉዕን ዘይፍትሓዊ ውግአት ንዓመታት ስለ ዝጸመድክምዎ: ዝያዳ ሃገራውያን ክትመስሉ እንተፈተንኩም ጽባሕ ታሪኽ ክመዝኖ እዩ:: ዝኾነ ኾይኑ አምሓሩ “የወጋ ብረሳ የተወጋ አይረሳም” ይብሉ:: እሞ አማኑኤል’ደአ ነቲ በሰላኡን በሰላ ውዱቡን በተን ጽምዶ ናይ ክልተ ውድባት ዝወረዶ
            ረሲዑስ ምስ ወያነ ከሻሩ? ኣይፋልካን ዘበት:: እሱስ ናታትኩም ታሪኽ’ዩ አይተላግበልና በጃኻ ትንሳኤ (ዘይትንሴኤ) ሓውና::

            ሰናይ ምሽት ንዓኻ

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Moderator,

            I tried to edit in order to correct misspelling of words and misplaced wiords, but I get a message that says” you can not edit after Moderator edited it.” Is there any way to unlock it to make minor edits.

            Thanks

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Aman H,

        What you have stated encapsulated in the authority fearing orientalalist-traditionalist mindset rooted entrenched in the cultural and religious embodiment of substantial segment of our society is true when considered within the context of broader ordinary members of society. Like other oriental societies, norms and mores among sections of our society derived by predestined will of supernatural authority. This stretch down to powers in mundane world. When the former ie related to reward or accountability in the after world, the latter uses direct control and domination through wielding of actual instruments of fear and punishment.

        This is what the current regime has been using as do its ilks elsewhere around the world. Such besieged mindset of sections of our society that has been taken hostage by the regime and the despot at its helm should have been broken by the elites long ago.

        I think, you know it more than me that such episodes have been witnessed in our historically recent past. The armed, and peaceful political, struggle that preceded it had faced similar ordeals from 1952 and later 1961 up to the beginning years of 1970s. The fall of the imperial order in Ethiopia and excesses of the Derg had altered the equation. The elites that were paralysed by nonchalance and conformist outlooks with attitudes established authority and hierarchy obeying norms and values had broken out of the closet and mobilized to dramatically change the dynamics of the struggle. Thereby, the long cherished call for national unity since the days of Martyr Hamed Idris Awate got response though the odyssey to 1991 had also witnessed unfortunate break downs that set the political-military arena on track for the birth, nurturing and maturation of the current dictatorship.

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  • FishMilk

    Hi All: Getachew Assefa’s current vacation dream list:
    1) Mexican-U.S. border before the Trump wall goes up
    2) TPLF refugee camp in Sudan
    3) Any unknown Indonesian Island
    4) Anywhere in Ethiopia 5 years back in time
    5) Any country with a permanent masquerade party
    6) Plastic surgery holiday in Thailand
    7) China after his Thai plastic surgery holiday
    8) One week in a TPLF controlled court
    9) One year at any nice drinking establishment in chichinia
    10) Peter Pan’s Neverland

    • Brhan

      Hi
      11) In politics no permanent enemy nor friend

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. It will indeed be interesting to watch the behavior of TPLFites, Agaiazians, and YG parrot heads; as time goes by and problematic TPLF members fall in line……and they will! Once Ethiopian forces have withdrawn, and all borders are open with business and trade prospering, will they continue their futile efforts to lambaste PM Abiy?

    • Simon Kaleab

      Fishmilk [aka Kalihari snake],

      Can you tell me if there is a pension scheme in Eritrea yet? You claim to have a good knowledge about the GOE and its operations.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Simon Kaleab. Happy New Year! You already know the answer to your question. My feelings at this stage, while fully acknowledging that the peace process has certainly lacked transparency in process, is that it should be fully embraced and supported. Open borders should over time result in increased pressure on the PIA/PFDJ regime to make change and to frustrate military/security apparatuses to the point that change is obligatory.

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam FishMilk,

          I wish you a happy 2019.

          By the way, can you explain to me what the average Eritrean has benefited economically, politically and socially from 30 years of struggle?

          • FishMilk

            Hi Simon Kaleab. Average Eritreans are better-off now than during the Derg. However, since the 1998-2000 Ethio-Eri border war, it has been a long downhill slide. The period 1991 thru 1998, was a generally positive period.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            The Eritrean people Struggled to free their country from the ETHIOPIAN OCCUPATION. They have succeeded in that task. Now have a nation called Eritrea, that her flag has raised in the UN, AU and in all embassies around the world.

            Whether there is a good governance in Eritrea or not that is another question that require a second struggle from the people of Eritrea. My friend, be astonished by countries that claim has 3000 years of independence and still lack good governance and lives at present on cross roads.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed

            Taking 1973/74 as the base year [the fall of Haile Selassie], has the economic, political and social condition of the average Eritrean improved now in a measurable way?

            You can raise a flag 3000 times a day or make a shirt or a hat in its colour, but this does not answer my question.

            You want a second struggle? Is it armed? El Dorado or another wasted 30 more years? OK, lead the way. I bet it is going to end up in another dictatorship.

            Here is a Poem by Edgar Allan Poe:

            Gaily bedight,
            A gallant knight,
            In sunshine and in shadow,
            Had journeyed long,
            Singing a song,
            In search of Eldorado.

            But he grew old,
            This knight so bold,
            And o’er his heart a shadow
            Fell as he found
            No spot of ground
            That looked like Eldorado.

            And, as his strength
            Failed him at length,
            He met a pilgrim shadow;
            “Shadow,” said he,
            “Where can it be,
            This land of Eldorado?”

            “Over the mountains
            Of the moon,
            Down the valley of the shadow,
            Ride, boldly ride,”
            The shade replied,–
            “If you seek for Eldorado!”

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            Who is better, Eldorado who dreams for SLAVERY or FREEDOM from day one to the end? What do you think about a person sacrifices to be the slave of very poor guys? Old master disappears and he seeks for a new master, none ending search of master.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            Clearly, you are refusing to answer this taboo question I raised.

            Empty sloganeering will not bring fresh bread and a warm cup of tea on the table.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            Do the right thing, at that point of time the coming generations will enjoy, freedom, human rights, education, modern homes, proper medical treatment, fresh bread and a warm cup of milk or tea. They will be masters of themselves not slaves. It appears from your slogan beside your name that you are in quest of new masters, you totally lack confidence in yourself, always you feel good and proud when you have a master. An instance, you have the despot how he was happy and submissive when he visited Ethiopia.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            Still, the question is not answered.

            Another question:

            You said – ” …the coming generations will enjoy, freedom, human rights, education, modern homes, proper medical treatment, fresh bread and a warm cup of milk or tea.”

            So, which country will be your model: Cuba [Castro brothers], Cambodia [Pol Pot], Afghanistan [one eyed Mullah Omar], Vietnam [Van Thieu].

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            Those who quest for models are slavers; they always require masters to instruct them. Free people make their own model. Such opinions are strange for those who are looking for slavery. Conception of such ideas require free minds. How many years will take you to be free from searching of slavery? The LOGO besides your name tells you are in drilling for slavery.

            Al-Arabi

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            “Eritreans had a head start and an advantage in Ethiopia. In due time, they could have owned and ruled Ethiopia without firing a single shot.But, they threw away this opportunity for an imagined, utopian Eldorado.” Really, now you have spewed the taboo. It is plain you are an ANDINET GUY who are Eritrean Ethiopians. They are remnants of Ethiopian militias who are born in Eritrea like Isaias, Monkey, Kisha etc. Eritreans should conceive by now those who are ruling them are not Eritreans.

            The Eritrean people are not in a hunt for other people rights. Ethiopia is for Ethiopians and if you are an Ethiopian, the country with good opportunities as you clam why do you shove your nose in Eritrea, the country that lost as you claim many opportunities in your country Ethiopia? Please, leave Eritrea for Eritreans and concern about your country, Ethiopia. Sponging in other people causes is not good, don’t waste your time and effort in Eritrea. Keep your pains for your mother land, Ethiopia.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            Rather than answer my question you have been mumbling endlessly.

            I think, your grievance with Ethiopia could be something else.

            In an attempt to shift the issue, you called me Al-Jizani-Agazian; but I have not called you a closet Taliban yet.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            I didn’t call you Al-Jizani from the blue; it is your logo that speaks for itself. Secondly, you have shifted to allude clearly that you are Andinet. ባዕልኺ መምጽእት ደርፊ ባዕልኺ መጥፊእት ደርፊ The names I called you it is your creation. You seem to be an expert in calling names; you can call as you like, but you have to know your names will not raise a single hair in me. I came through a lot of it from your kinds; ጣብስ ቅጥረት ይተመጽጾ (A damped person doesn’t hurt him a drop.)

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed

            In desperation you are grasping at straws. You have no argument, and you have no answer, only name calling. Typical thick skull.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            The aim is to push you to hallucinate and that is materialized.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            I know you were born in a deficient environment. Furthermore, the type of school you attended is far from nurturing. Every year you spent in such a school is equivalent to turning the clock back by 5 years. You are Eritrea’s misfortune.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            The story of my school, it incarnates and engraves deeply in the minds of its students honesty, diligence, magnanimity, contentment, openness, respect of human beings and all creatures, love of freedom, etc. It also taught me to abhor hypocrisy, greed, lies, boot-licking, swindling, cunning, slavery, etc.

            Now, could you tell me any better school than mine?

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            What about fanaticism, dogmatism, illogic, lack of sense of self, splitting the world into two mutually exclusive categories, shame based thinking [feeling of offence towards fake honour]?

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            You could add your list with the things I abhor that my school taught me. Don’t forget that I have made etc to both lists. My school taught me to embrace all values that benefits human beings and the world at large with all it holds, the space, land and sea.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            I gave a good behavioural description of you and your type. But, you are in denial.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            I doubt you discern your post in the world. Truly, you are a lost guy. You don’t know where to fix yourself. You will end up just hallucinating. crookedness will not prevail. Be open to understand the world around you. Poor guy, he is living in continuous contradiction, whether he is Jizani or Ethiopian.

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            You are living in denial. Know yourself.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            Do you recognise yourself in the following descriptions?

            Infused with superstition, tendency to believe in conspiracy theories,
            believing in flat Earth, fanaticism, dogmatism, illogic, lack of sense
            of self, splitting the world into two mutually exclusive categories,
            shame based thinking [feeling of offence towards fake honour],
            propensity towards violence.

            You and your likes are a curse on Eritrea.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            Where are you from what you have written? Could you tell me you position; your real address? Every person has his own private opinion and life, the same goes with peoples around the world. Human beings have different colours, cultures, languages, ect., but they should live in peace and cooperation with each other; specially, when our world has changed into a very small village. Please, don’t tell me that you live in the west with this retarded mindset. If you fail to learn from the wide spread information utilities around you, please at least copy and paste in your mindset if you have enough memory. ጸማም ሓደ ደርፉ (A deaf has only one song, Haaaaaaa Haaaaa, Haaaaaa)

            Al-Arabi

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            I am living in a cave in Afghanistan, Tora Bora Spīn Ghar mountain range, to be exact.

          • Saleh Johar

            Simon and Hameed,
            Why is it so difficult to cut the useless back and forth when the discussion goes so low. No one should be this stubborn. Is it about having those last word? Why is that so important?

            Please restrain yourself and help keep this forum sane.

            Thank you in advance

            NB: I blame all the others who keep silent instead of saying something against such discourse.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            Absolutely, you are a cave man living in the wrong period. Anyhow, do you feel good there? How is the world of snakes, hyenas, baboons, etc. with you? Good luck!

            Al-Arabi

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Friends,
    Hmmm… I really don’t know what to make of the Humera-OmHajir throng. It must be more about something else than about itself though. It is not usual for leaders to retail a border opening at every crossing point. Especially, if you close an already opened crossing justifying paper work, why would you open a new check point without one?

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Hayat,

      You are way too smart to miss the point the despot is trying to make; actually his target group is his loyal surrogates. He has to keep them in perpetual rush by confusing them and engage them supporting and justifying the theatrics he plays. This has become a kind of a pattern since the EPRDF and Dr. A have pulled him from pariah status in the region and beyond.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Hayat the queen of Dedebit. Do you really failed to understand this game. this is the game played by your Master, PIA and by your leader PMAA to shock the TPLF thugs to their shaken confidence. The borders were closed to deny the TPLF thugs the sense of security and to come to the table with PMAA. Simply the closing is a punishment for not obeying PMAA. This will happen again. The Humera border is opened because now Eritrea can import anything from the Amara killil. since Eritrea and the Amara killil share borders, it makes sense to open the border. The game will continue till you ask for forgiveness of your master PIA.

      • Brhan

        Hi Nitricc,
        Thanks and you must be a map expert. Can you tell us the nearest Amahara Region town to Um Alhager? Is it Humera?

        • Nitricc

          Hi Brhan; look for yourself. I have no idea what city or what village around there. I just wanted to stick it to the TPLF thugs.
          http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-10dU5v2iqoU/VZ8LCDbVNeI/AAAAAAAAlxo/pFJiK-n6Jmg/s640/yhst-20791727761779_2237_11452003.gif

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Nitrickay,

            You need the map of the current kilils to validate your argument. This is an old map of the provinces that include Eritrea in it. You know many things have changed since then. Don’t argue as someone who knows that region in details.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Emma,

            The map Nitricc linked looks like a copy of map of Ethiopia after annexation of Eritrea. However, even before that period, during Italian colonization of Eritrea, maps of the two countries show limits between Tigray and Gonder/Begemder exactly as the map shown on Nitricc’s link, i.e the Tekezze river as their boundaries. Even if you see the map of Italian East Africa published after Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935, the south-western boundary of the new province of Eritrea (that included Tigray and deep parts of Wollo) was the new province of Amara separated by the Tekezze river.
            The current map of Ethiopia follows the Ethno-linguistic division of the country. BTW, concerning Ethno-linguistic division, please listen to the Interviews of Lt.General Tsadqan on Walta ነጻ ሃሳብ.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            I don’t visit that website, unless someone tell me something is there, like you did now. I will do after work. By the way I am enjoying your debate with Dr Paulos and Ismailo on the Ethiopian history. Keep up guys.

          • Haile S.

            Emma,
            Neither do I. The youtube video that I am talking about shows ዋልታ on the corner, but I am not sure if this is Walta information center or not. I listen a lot to ethiopian music particularly those with ክራር፡ ማሲንቆ & በገና and during the youtubr searches I fall on such interesting interviews. The interviewer is a very smart guy.
            For now, let me invite you ኣራዳ of ኣስናቀች ወርቁ. Just search typing her name.

          • Consolation

            Hello,

            I feel very sorry for you when you invoke Weyane maps to prove that Humera belongs to the Tigrayans. Everyone over 50 knows that there were no Tigrayans in Humera, natives that is, in the old days. There were migrant workers from TTigray but no native Tigrayans in Humera. The people of Welqait are not Thugrayasn, amico!Game over!

          • Hayat Adem

            Consolation,
            You seem to be too agitated here about something we are not. It was Tigray before 50 years. It was not Tigray before 27 years. It is Tigray now. It really matters less if it ceases to be Tigray after 59 years or earlier. It is a matter to be left for Ethiopians. What is your bone here?
            The Tigreans tend to work well along when you are nicer to them than saying “game over”. They know how to correct those who wrong them. So, don’t fool yourself with slogans like that. You will be left behind. Even the author of that slogan doesn’t seem interested in it anymore. Slogans require a closed fist. You didn’t see that with IA when he had his open palms locked with DT, did you?

          • Consolation

            Hi,

            |I will tell you this true story. In the 1960s and early 1970s, a lot of Tigrayan migrant workers used to go to Humera thru Eritrea. The Hajji Hassen buses used to transport tloads of them to Humera. They were poor and destitute. In Humera, when one of thee poor people died, the Welqit who despised them, used to say, ሰብ ድዩ ሞይቱ ወይስ ቲግራዋ Times had changed the past 27 years and the settlers have been lorindg it over the natives. But that can’t go on forever. The good times are over. GYou will have to get used to it!

          • Hayat Adem

            Wow Consolation,
            You are cheap, your talk is cheap, your wish is cheap. I think you are a sick person. You might need help. Go, fix yourself first.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Consolation
            for tplfist, It will be like “afere nehe ena wade afere temelesalehe” it is like ashes to ashes, dust to dust, kind of things.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Teodros,

            And for a Dergist yKebele Abiot tebaki, is there a saying?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam simon k
            I don’t know about dergist kebele, u tell me? my ancestors r from that part of ethiopia and i know the saying of Consolation, it is familiar for me.
            The dergist in derg time in that part of ethiopia was tigraian and his name was geberhiwot, he was a known killer.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Teodros,

            The Amhara and the Oromo were the backbone of the Derg murderous machine. You know a lot.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Tedros,

            I do not know if your anecdote is true. But statistically speaking, your people [Amhara & Oromo] were the foundation of the Derg killer squads.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam simon k
            I don’t know which statistics and which amara and oromo u talking about, all i know derg was a killers and confiscated property and geberhiwot was one of the cruelest killer of derg and he was a tigraian but killed so many people in that part of the world, i knew it from my family.
            by the way, r u trying to defend him just because he is tigraian?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Teodros,

            You did not know the difference between Dawn and Down, and now you do not know statistics related to Derg killer squads.

            Were you by any chance a Kebele Abiyot Tebaki at that time?

            By the way, during the Derg most able bodied Tigrayans were in the field fighting a guerrilla war against your murderous Derg.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam simon k
            Ur horrible looking woyanes were a sidekick of eplf and they r worst murderous than derg, that is the fact. And geberhiwot is a fact and u guys r living under illusion. that makes u garbage and lunatic.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Teodros,

            Were you by any chance a Kebele Abiyot Tebaki at that time?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam simon k
            u r literally nerd

          • Simon Kaleab

            Teodros,

            How are you going to fight the TPLF?

            Last time you tried it ended badly with your Derg serawit throwing away their uniforms and going into hiding.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam simon k
            economic and send them back to 1977 ec, and once i find out u r nerd, it is not necessary to talk to u as a normal person. get some help.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Teodros,

            Fake excuse for running away.

          • Paulos

            Selam Consolation,

            You may not believe it but I actually agree with you. Please allow me to back your assertions with facts. An Ethiopian guy who now teaches in one of the Ivy League colleges in the US did his Ph.D thesis in political economy of Ethiopia where his focus was more with in a span of 50 years. And later on he compiled his thesis in a book form and that is where I got my hands on it.

            In it he said that, at some point, Tigrai was the poorest province in the whole world. Not only in Africa but in the whole world. I repeat, Tigrai was the poorest province in the whole world. As you have aptly put it, they were destitute and had to roam all over Ethiopia for a better life including in Eritrea where their products are Yemane Gebreab and Hagos Gebrehiwet or K’sha among others. One has to applaud Yemane and Hagos for breaking the vicious cycle of poverty of their forefathers and have done remarkably well for themselves.

            Those who stayed in Tigrai however were out of lack but they did something extraordinary when they refused to be victims of history but took matters into their own hands and fought with a remarkable gusto to better themselves including the next generation and defeated a military junta with flying colors. Now they are masters of their own destiny when bitter on-lookers focus on what they were instead of applauding them for changing their lives for better. Thing is, the losers and bitter on-lookers are just that where there is nothing they could do about it except living in apathy and abject misery. Losers need to eat their bitter hearts out. Tough luck!

          • Brhan

            Hi Consolation,
            Do not drag Eritrea to solve land issue of Ethiopia , it has its own

          • Brhan

            Hi Nitricc,

            Then watch of misinformation.

        • Consolation

          Hello,
          Unless you are pretending to be ignorant, you should know that most of the people in the Humera Welqait region are not Tigrayans. There are, of course, settlers from Tigray. But Humera/Welqait belongs to the Amhara people of Welqait and it won’;’t be far into the future when the settlers are evicted as they will be evicted from all the lands they stole in Eritrea and Amhaaa rewgions of Ethiopiaa.

          Tigray Game Over !

          • Simon Kaleab

            Consolation,

            How are you going to achieve your wish? Looking back at the cowardly Dergists track record, I doubt your ability to win any fight. Talk is cheap.

          • Brhan

            Hi Consolation,
            Thanks for the explanation but you failed even to indicate how, the details , as you know the devil is always in the details

      • Amanuel

        Hi Nitricc
        Forget about Dedebit. I have news for you. If your king (IA) has his way, Eritrea will disappear as a country from the map before you have done your military services. Shame on you Nitricc.

      • Hayat Adem

        Nitricc,
        Why do you want to shock them after they are dead? Have you thought about it?

    • Abraham H.

      Selam Hayat Adem, good question; also why did they keep the Bure-crossing point open if a formal border agreement is needed, and why was an Amara Killil president required to attend the Omhajer-Humera crossing; his Killil doesn’t border Eritrea, as far as the current Ethiopian map is concerned.

    • Consolation

      Hello Mr. Hayat,

      It is called psychological warfare, mind games, or psyop. Essu is a master strategist and he is playing the Thugs like a fiddle. Tigray will be full of zombies when he is done with you!

      Thugs, Game over!

      • Hayat Adem

        Mr. Game Over,
        Psychological warfare precedes declaration of victory. You are saying game over, so no need of any warfare after victory. Or is “game over” too part of the psychological warfare? Way Himam!

        • Consolation

          Mr. Hayat,You have been evicted out of Addis. Now you will be evicted alltogether. . What has happened so far is just as the asmarinos say, t he “prossimamente”. The real movie has yet to begin!

          • Hayat Adem

            Consolation,
            Little correction. I am Ms. not Mr. Other than that you said the real movie is yet to begin while saying “game over” at the same time. You are full of contradictions.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Hayat,
            I guess you havent noticed it before. Certain detractors address us as Mr (or simply Yosief) in my case, when they respond. I guess they are sure a woman couldnt possibly have opinons like ours. I don’t know whether to be flattered or insulted. Happy new year.

          • Hayat Adem

            Dearest Abrehet,
            Thank you. Happy new year!

  • Acria

    Selam Guestt,
    Correct to the location!

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    Yul Brynner* as in Dr. Debretsion has given extensive briefings to local journalists about yesterday’s border opening ceremony including his famous walk with Isaias where he said that, he asked Isaias directly about the sudden closure of the Zalambessa front including as he put it other pertinent issues as well. He went to on to say that, he asked Isaias if the sudden closure had anything to do with Tigrai and Isaias assured him that it has nothing to do either with Tigrai or the people in power. More over, he said that Isaias assured him about the need to strengthen the bilateral relations between the Eritrean people and Tigrai. So much for the rumor mill if it had anything to do with General Sibhat Ephrem.

    *Debretsion actually looks a lot like Yul Brynner. No?

    • Peace!

      Hi Paulosay,

      Does that mean TPLF has officially legitimized PFDJ and ready to cooperate with the dictator against Eritreans?

      Peace!

      • Acria

        Selam Peace,

        It is possible; because, desperate times require you to do desperate measures. There is a rumor that the borders closure has nothing to do with the General Sibhat Ephrem or with the TPLF leadership. Rather, it has to do with fixing the roads and installing proper checkpoints. If that is the case, why can’t the PFDJ made it clear to begin with? Sempre segreto? On the other hand, is the Oum Hajer and Humera crossing has better road conditions than the other crossings? Does it have a checkpoint? If it does, the rumor is right. If not, the whole drama seems to encircle the TPLF leadership within Tigray. Thus, the desperation.

        • Peace!

          Hi Acria,

          What is next, TPLF and PFDJ supporters hug and kiss each other and cheer with forget justice, border, constitution or even Eritrea ኢሰያስ ናህና ሓውና እንድዩ. I love it.

          Peace!

          • Acria

            Selam Peace,

            New year, new resolutions, and new dramas! Expect to be dazzled!

      • Paulos

        Selam Abi Seb,

        እንታይ ኢልካዮ ኢኻ ናይ ለብዘበን ዘረባ የብሉን ኩሉ ነገር እንዳ ሸለሐ ይመጽእ ኣሎ፣ ባዕሉ እዝጊሄር የጸብቆ እዩ ዝባሃል።

        • Peace!

          Hi Paulosay,

          ካብዚ ንላዕሊ ምጽባቕ እሞ መጠመቲ እዩ ተመስገን ምባል ይሐይሽ:-)

          Peace!

    • Haile S.

      Selamat Paul,

      As the tigrigna saying goes, ተዛሪቦም የዛርቡኻ፡ ኣጥምና ኢሎም ኣመንዝራ ይብኡኻ፡ ድ’ኣ ካይከውን እምበር, if you shave away Dejach Wube braid, he looks exactly like Dr. Debretsion after removing his glasses, especially the eye-regards and the head shape. One of the first, if not the first and rare lithographic representation of Abyssinian people, culture and artefacts was that presented in the book/atlas of the French scientific explorers Theophile Lefebvre et al who stayed in Abyssinia during Wube times. There, there is a sketch of Dejach Wube, the only one available. You can see a gross photocopy, if you google Dejach Wube image. I had access to the book, it is rare and expensive if at all it becomes available at auctions.

      • Paulos

        Selam Hailat,

        Your sense of history including rare books at your disposal is a joy to the rest of us as you kindly share them with us. Thank you. Really.

        Not sure if I mentioned it before but the only time I saw a rare collection of books on Ethiopia was in London at the library of SOAS as in School of Oriental and African Studies and understandably one is not allowed to check them out or borrow them.

        Never seen a picture of Dejach Wube and if you say Dr. Debretion looks a lot like Wube, he may have taken after him for he might be a direct descendant.

        • Haile S.

          Paul,
          You can’t imagine how much europeans were interested in Abyssinia and everyone of them written a recital of his travels there. Having said that, concerning historical accounts, most of them depended on chronicles originally written by Abyssinians themselves in manuscripts and kept in Monasteries. The most unflattering biography of Theodros II that exposed his evolution from an astute reunifying king to a ruthless one was written by Aleqa Welde-Mariam of Shewa.

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            That is interesting to say the least. Question for you. If I am not mistaken Tewodros’ given name was Kassa Hailu and what I found curious is why was he named “Tewodros”? I can understand Yowhanes, for instance, for it is in the Bible.

            More over, would you say, Tewodros was extremely erratic on a verge of “Psychopathy” if not a full blown unstable given what he did particularly to the clergy in the final years of his life?

          • Haile S.

            Paul,
            Theodore doesn’t need to be in the bible, it is the bible itself. Checking the origin of the name, thanks to your question, I just learned it is greek and means God (Theo) given (doros). From my memory, the reason why he adopted the name was because of a long standing Abyssinian prediction that a king by the name of Thileodros will come and save Ethiopia. But, I will check some of his biographies tomorrow, if I get more explanations.
            As to his behaviour, from what I read, his frustration and expectation grew from year to year. He was expecting everyone to think like him and perhaps beyond him. One of his famous deeds is following his proclamation asking everyone to return to his previous occupation and craft, some thieves came asking him to allow them to go stealing as they used to do. Then he tells them, good point you deserve that, but so that all your colleagues hear my decision directly allowing you to do that, go and call them to come here. The thieves did just that and every thief possible came to meet Theodros. Then he asked his soldiers to surround and finish them, which they did. No thief remained thereafter till Theodros’s weakening.

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            That is super! Thank you so much. And the etymology of Theodros is spot on. Thank you again.

          • Ismail AA

            Good morning Haile and Dr. Paulos,

            Interesting conversation. While I should apologize for intersecting rather than reading and learning, I think most of the Ethiopian monarchs take up baptism name on coronation. It had to do with the church and its role in legitimisation of the reign. Similar issues also happen with the pontiffs of Rome though in different context. Anyway, Haile, kindly check and correct me if I am mistaken.

          • Hayat Adem

            Haile and Paulos,
            Lovely exchanges between two greats, I should say.
            On Tewodros’ name pick, a young historian told me the following rather in a very funny way.
            Note that the Emperor Tewodros in discussion is Tewodros II. He renamed and crowned himself after Tewodros I who lived in early 16th C. This has to do with a claimed blood lineage or sorts. The interesting stuff about King Tewodros I is that he only lived 3 days as a king. He was 3 years old child. He died of human stampede during a festive celebration crowd to crown him publicly.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Hayat and Ismail,

            Apologize for lumping my responses to both in one.
            Ismail, absolutely right!

            Hayat, your young historian may have mixed up. The claim for blood relationship is possible. However, based on a book by Kirsten Stoffregen-Pedersen*, Tewodros I reigned 4 years (1410-1414). Some of the short reigning kings were, the 5 Zagwe kings between Yukuno Amlak and Welde Arad and the 3 before Zer’a Yaeqob. I also recall one of my history teachers mentioning one Ethiopian king reigned for just 3 days, but cannot now tell whic one.
            *Les Ethiopiens, 1990. A book on religious (orthodox) history of Ethiopia.

    • Amanuel

      Happy New Year Dr Paulos
      It is good news another boarder crossing has opened. The sudden closure of the Zalambesa crossing caused a big jump in the price of goods and crops coming from Ethiopia. At least this will help to stabilise it again. Do you know in what terms it is opened? Do the Ethiopians need to have a permit from their federal government?
      Thanks

      • Paulos

        Selam Emma,

        Happy New Year to you too!

        For all practical purposes, the classic foreign policy 101 dectates that, strong economy is a reflection of a nation’s foreign policy. Eritrea under Isaias is not only in shambles, it can not even get off the ground to provide the basics to the people where anything of that sort is driven by what the economic indicators say in Ethiopia and Tigrai in particular.

        Isaias is defying the text books however, where he is pretending as if he is the maker and breaker when his economy is weak but with an assertive foreign policy. If I am not reading too much into it, the walk with Debretsion holding hands was meant to make Abiy nervous where Isaias can switch sides if Abiy tries to unleash himself from Isaias’ reign. It is the typical Chinese chopstick choreography where Isaias is the master of strategy and tactics.

        The rest, we rely on the official press release on why the Zalambessa border was closed. Debretsion said, it was a temporary repose so that all the border crossing procedures can be legit with proper papers and documents.

    • Hayat Adem

      Yes, he does, Paul.

  • Lamek

    Girmay. I nominate Blink to this award. He has well outdone nitricc and hope this year. Mahmoud Saleh is second and Tedros Alem a distant third.

  • Nitricc

    Hi Girmay; you must be new. Berhe and I have this go at it moments so don’t be shock and offended. Just brotherly smack. But if you ask me; we all are dumb. lol

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Ventures Africa is calling PM Abiy Ahmed Africa’s Leader of the Year.
    African Leadership Magazine nominated PM Abiy as African of the Year.
    New African Magazine has included PM Abiy as one of the most influential Africans.
    Stratfor calls 2018 the Year that PM Abiy ‘Started to Put Ethiopia’s House in Order’.
    The Guardian – ‘Abiy Ahmed is our miracle’: Ethiopia’s democratic awakening

    • Lamek

      FishMilk, these honors are undeserved. The guy hasn’t proven anything yet. He released some prisoners only to replace them with others. He is hunting former leaders in a retaliatory fashion. He has singled out one region and one ethnic group and working diligently to choke them off. He has befriended and signed agreements with IA without the consent of the rest of the Eritrean people.

      He has been showing great tendencies of eventually slipping into dictatorship. The Republican guard is the main proof, why does he need such protection if he believed he was doing the right things for every Ethiopian’s sake.

      I hope these nominations are rescinded. Abiy doesn’t deserve such honors and praises.

      Bobbi Wine of Uganda is my top choice for African of the year. He made personal wellbeing sacrifices up to the point of arrest, taking a brutal beating from Mussevini’s men. He has reenergized Ugandan youth to take over their country. A popular rap artist who has nothing to lose but he did these things out of compassion for his people.

      Abiy has done nothing but lip service. He has never spoken to any other Eritrean of any stature except Isaias Afwerki, as far as I know. That shows me he is only interested in advancing his agenda at the expense of the vast majority of the Eritrean people. I understand the Amhara chauvenists have said repeatedly we need to solve our own problems but Abiy has become a huge enabler of IA and an impediment to any efforts for Eritreans to solve their problems.

      In other words, Abiy is interfering in Eritrean affairs indirectly.

  • FishMilk

    Hi Girmay. You said that ‘inc case you don;’t know Humera is in Tigray’. Suggest you discuss the matter with folks in Amhara region.

  • Semere Tesfai

    Selam Nitricc and all

    First thing first: Happy new year and happy Habesha Christmas for you and for all the Awate family all over the globe. Now my to two cent response on Nitricc’s comment below – brought the response to the top for maximum engagement.

    1. – “TPLF knows that if Getchew Asefa is to be caught; then it is the end of the entire TPLF – not like things game over but for real – the end. The guy knows everything. They got to be stupid to hand him over.”

    If not completely dead, TPLF has been on deathbed for a while. And there is NO miracle on this planet that would save the TPLF ethnic party (as we know it in its current form). None whatsoever. Even if a degraded Woyane party exist’s in Tigray in the future, it won’t be the same in content and form. The reason:

    It is human behavior. That’s how the real world works. As the saying goes: “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan”. It is a simple human behavior – always people choose to belong-to a winning team. People don’t want to associate themselves with a loser(s). People always want to be part of the glory and receive kudos. Even “morality”, even the sense of “right and wrong”, even ” objective history” goes with the spoils of victory. The victorious decide, and present/write “history” in a very convincing way as to what was the correct way and what was not. Or simply: after you lose political power and influence, all you’re left with is angry, divided, demoralized party members and constituents that are blaming and finger-pointing at eachother.

    Let me give you two examples from Eritrean experience that are related to our topic:

    A. – When I was Tegadalay, we use to say ‘ካብ ሽሕ ኣኼባን ሽሕ ፖለቲካዊ ትምህርትን፡ ሓንቲ ወተሃደራዊ ዓወት ትበልጽ”. And it was true then and it is true today, and I believe it will remain true forever.

    B. – In August 1981, the Grand Old ELF (ጀብሃ ዓባይ) was pushed from the Eritrean field by the joint EPLF and TPLF forces. In 1982-1983 ELF was split into 4-5 organizations – Two Sagem (ሳግም) organizations, Democratic Movement for the Liberation of Eritrea (ደምሓኤ), The ELF Revolutionary Council (ሰውራዊ ባይቶ), The ELF Abdullah Idris (ጉጅለ ዓብደል እድሪስ), Gujle Tesfamihret (ጉጅለ ተስፋምህረት)…….

    The point: For many reasons and due to many factors, we will see a split within the Woyane organization + many new political organizations mushrooming in Tigray before the coming Ethiopian election.

    2. – “The other choice: take him out (kill Getachew to hide the secret crimes commited bby Woyane); dead people never talk. They can make some kind of accident they are expert on that thing.”

    No matter what the justification, I don’t believe killing Getachew Asefa is right. I don’t believe killing him would change/hide anything. I don’t believe arresting and publicizing the arrest of Getachew Asefa and his colleagues (the corrupted TPLF bigwigs) is right. I believe it is simply counter productive. Should there be any arrest? Probably so. But, but, but……… only negligible number of arrest with a verry, very, very high-bar for arrest. And the gold standard for arrest should be:

    A. – Any arrest warrant or conviction of an official from ethnic Oromo, for alleged corruption/crime should start at Oromo Killil, and the alleged corruption/crime(s) must be clearly visible to the Oromo people (his/her constituency) – with no political manipulation or coercion.

    B. – Any conviction or arrest warrant of an official from ethnic Amara, for alleged corruption/crime should start at Amara Killil, and the alleged corruption/crime(s) must be clearly visible to the Amara people (his/her constituency) – with no political manipulation or coercion .

    C. – By the same token, any conviction or arrest warranty of any Tigrean official, for alleged corruption/crime should start at Tigray Killil, and the alleged corruption/crime(s) must be clearly visible to the people of Tigray (his/her constituency) – with no political manipulation or coercion. And the same goes to former top leaders from other ethnics.

    Now allow me to justify my points here:

    1. (a) – Perception is everything. If the arrest/conviction is perceived/seen as a whitchunt motivated to humiliate/punish a certain ethnic, the idea of serving justice or the VERY IDEA of punishing criminal(s) for the common god has failed from the get go. And as a result, it is going to do more harm than good to the UNITY of the people and the UNITY of the nation. And also, as a result of the justice served, it is going to make more DIFFICULT to govern the nation to Dr. Abiy and his team. Mind you:

    2. (b) – All Ethiopian Killils are ethnic Killils, all Ethiopian political party bosses, be at the Killil level or in Addis are charged ethnic bosses (not ideological party members), and all ethiopian political competition to ascend to the helm of power is ethnic competition – each ethnic represented by its ethnic political party.

    3. (c) – Now tell me: If this is the political atmosphere inside Ethiopia, and if this is the political reality on the ground, how objective, how free from ethnic bias, how fair and impartial ….. could possibly be the Ethiopian JUSTICE SYSTEM, to deliver justice that would be seen by fair-minded rational Ethiopians from all ethnics and all regions POSITIVELY? Very hard to say the least.

    4. (d) – Today, any rational Ethiopian would tell you, in 1974, the JUSTICE that was served by the Derg towards the top leaders who served under the imperial Haileselassie I government, could have been handled a lot better than how it was handled then.

    Today, any rational Ethiopian would tell you, in 1991, the JUSTICE that was served by the Woyanes towards the top Derg leadership and the Ethiopian army that served under under Derg, could have been handled a lot better than how it was handled then.

    Well, tomorrow, if we are going to say……… yes AGAIN – in 2018/19, the JUSTICE that was served by the Abiy government towards the top Woyane leaders, could have been handled a lot better than it did, then what have we learned from history? And where does this criminalization and punishment of former government officials end?

    Semere Tesfai

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Semere,

      I expected an answer to your well argued Comment by a crises fanning group in this forum. You know from their comment. You might ask me how about you? Well, I agree with your justifying points and your approach how to handle cases of criminality. I disagree with your explanation on “human behavior” as dipicted in your fourth paragraph. But, I am glad to get something to agree with you. It is good beginning for the New Year.

      • Haile S.

        Selamat Emma,

        These days you are getting very preemptive. ‘Crises fanning group’?? You just fired the starting pistol:-).

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hailat,

          It is not shooting, it is just telling the truth. አብ ቅድሜኻ እንዳረአኻዮም ሓዊ ከሳውሩ::

          • Haile S.

            Good morning Emma,
            I am not sure if you understood me. I was saying, you just fired the false pistol to start the marathon run, kind of kindling it. In other words, ነገር ዘይጸገበስ ጓል ዋጣ ይሕጸ፡ ጌርካዮ ማለተይ እዩ።

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam Semere Tesfai
      Agree with u in almost everything except when u say “for alleged corruption/crime should start at tigrai kilil”
      this alleged corruption/crime takes place outside of tigrai, they didn’t do it in tigrai,they did all the corruption/crime outside of tigrai, that is the different between tigraians corrupted/criminals officials from other non tigraians corrupted officials.

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Teodros Alem

        1. – “I disagree with you when u said “any arrest warrant or conviction for alleged corruption/crime should start at tigrai kilil”.
        This alleged corruption/crime took place outside of tigrai, they didn’t do it in tigrai. That is the difference.”

        A. – Please forgive me in advance for my ignorance, but what is the difference between a crime committed outside Tigray and a crime that is committed inside Tigray? Isn’t a crime a crime in front of the Ethiopian justice system?

        B. – Again please forgive me for my ignorance but, aren’t there federal law enforcement offices, federal courts, federal prisons…….. in Tigray?

        C. – No matter how we see things, no matter how the administrative components of Ethiopia are divided – at the end of the day, there is only one nation, one people, one constitution, one justice system and one prison system that is designed to maintain law and order in Ethiopia.

        D. – Again please forgive me for my ignorance, but, are there Ethiopian Killil laws, that are contradictory and incompatible to that of the Ethiopian federal laws? I hope you’re not insinuating/implying Tigreans as a whole are unable to see crimes committed by their Woyane leaders?

        Semere Tesfai

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Hi Semere Tesfai,

          You seem you are pinched. A shock sometimes brings people to their senses or you are beyond restoration. Hahahaha

          Al-Arabi

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam. Semere Tesfai
          Currently there r two kinds of court system in ethiopia, a local(kilil)and federal court. Local(kilil) court deal with a local issues within its territorial jurisdiction, mostly crime against individual person, a traffic valuation and so on within its territorial jurisdiction and federal court deal with a crime against the constitution and a federal issues all over ethiopia.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Teodros Alem

            1. – “There r two kinds of court system in ethiopia, a local(kilil)and federal court. Local(kilil) courts deal with minor local issues (crimes); and federal court deals with federal issues (crimes) all over ethiopia.

            Thank you Teodros, that clears up a lot. Now let me explain why I said “any arrest warrant or conviction of a Woyane top official should start at Tigray Killil, and the alleged crime(s) must be clearly visible to the people of Tigray (his/her constituency) – with no political manipulation or coercion.”

            Teodros: sometimes justice is not just about punishing corrupt public officials. Unfortunately it is also about the OPTICS of it. And when Woyane’s corrupted officials were paraded and shipped to Shoa/Addis in a yellow helicopter surrounded by TV crew, the optics of it didn’t look good.

            The point: What is the point of (a) publicizing and sensationalizing the arrest and (b) shipping them to Addis, if the same justice could be served in Meqele federal court with less drama?

            Teddy thank you for engaging and thank you for all the respect.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Semere Tesfai
            Agree with u when u say “there is no point of (a) publicizing and sensationalizing the arrest and (b) shipping them to addis”
            but in order to make it look like the arrest is against the whole of tigrai and to getaway free from punishment, they(tplfist) r the one sensationalzing the arrest.
            2, there r no mekele federal court, it is aman h nonesense, as far as i know the federal court can assemble a non- permanent court outside of addis for spacial case.
            3, as long as it is done by federal court and police, what different does it make, if it is in mekele or addis?
            But thank u and agree with u when u say ” sometimes justice is not just about punishing corrupt public officials, unfortunately it is also about the optics of it”.

          • Acria

            Selam Semere,

            Not necessary true. there is always a conflict of interest between a centralized zone, Addis Ababa, and a localized zone, Mekelle, albeit both are federal entities. Cleary, I understand your point of not dramatizing the incident by keeping it at the local zone. Nevertheless, we are in Ethiopia where checks and balances are not optimal yet.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Semere,

          There are still “Federal courts” and “Federal police” in each state. Forgive him for his ignorance how Federal and state laws work. He think the Federal court is only in Addis so anyone who commit Federal crimes should be sent to Addis Federal court. Federal crimes are adjudicated in the Federal court where the crimes are committed.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam aman h
            When did i say federal court is only in addis? U r one old miserable loser, the federal court operate and managed by the federal gov all over ethiopia, federal court and police in all over ethiopia managed and operated by federal gov all over ethiopia.

          • Lamek

            Teodros Alem, you sound much more miserable than AH. Let me help you come to your senses. You began by writing “When did i say federal court is only in addis?” and you ended with “Federal judges and court don’t have office outside of addis…” You are missing something, don’t you think? I don’t always agree with AH but respecting our elders is one of the most cherished values we have.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam lamek
            Federal court don’t have office outside addis, but they can operate outside of addis by assembling non-permanent court for spacial case.
            and he said as if i think the federal court is only in addis.
            R u expecting me to respect people like u and aman h? It is like u expecting me to respect full of sh××t×. I don’t.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Lamek,

            Just his response to you (a) “Federal court don’t have office outside Addis” (b)

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam aman h
            1,u said ” he(teodros) think federal court only in addis” that was what u said and my answer was” when did i say federal court only in addis?” Because to begin with i didn’t said that.
            2, about federal court , as far as i know federal court office and courtroom is in addis ababa, they don’t have office and court room outside of addis.
            3,in spacial assignment and case federal court can send the judges from addis ababa and can operate outside of addis by assembling non-permanent court.
            U see it’s two different thing, having office and courtroom is one thing. And establishing non permanent court room for spacial case and for limited (1 or 2 days) time is another thing.
            aman h, turst me , i don’t know u personally, that means i can’t have anything against u personally but reading u here in awate tells me, u r one empty wannabe politician and reading u also tells me u r one sad person.

    • Amanuel

      Happy new year Ato Semere
      I completely disagree with your take above. I am a kind of person who says people should talk and discuss for ages to avoid war. Imagine if PFDJ & TPLF have discussed for years ( let say for 20 years) to avoid the 1998 war. I think your quote is misplaced.

      On the main issue of Killil justice: what about going the South African way? It did work and saved SA. And I believe it will help Ethiopia to move on of from these cycles of violence.

    • Nitricc

      Hey Semere: how are you my friend? I hope everything is well. I read your take and I agree while fleeing you may have missed the depth of the problem between Tigray and the rest of Ethiopia. Just last week, Tigryans road blocked and stopped the Ethiopian heavy artillery mechanized army. When in the world do you find instances like that? There was reason for TPLF to do that and they could careless about the army. their only interest is that they can’t let that kind of heavy armament to leave Tigray. In their mind the TPLF leaderships think war is coming i.e. it makes perfect sense to prevent the heavy weapons to live the land. Again we have seen the Amara president in Humera; what is he doing there? I think the Tigryans are convinced that this thing won’t work and the rest of Ethiopians are confidant that TPLF rule never to be returned. I think this may fall in to PIA’s mediating process. PIA is determined to keep PMAA in power while keeping TPLF out of power.

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Nitricc

        Good to hear from you, ma man.

        ” I think this may fall into PIA’s mediating (Dr. Abiy and Dr. Debresion) process”

        Oh by! Oh boy!……… Nitricc you are complicating things now.
        I hope to God that doesn’t happen. But God forbid, if that does happen, and if PIA does succeed in his mediation – and if Dr. Abiy, Dr. Debresion, and Dr. PIA became buddy-buddy and everything turned dandy, well that will sure throw a monkey wrench into Amanuel Hidrat’s political thinking 🙂

        Or tell me: if Dr. Debresion, Dr. Abiy, Dr. PIA, and their supporters were to become close friends and allies, then, would they all be friends or foes of our Woyanista Awate family?

        Happy new year Nitricay.

        Semere Tesfai

    • Acria

      Selam Semere,

      Very well thought analysis. Nevertheless, when corruption is done at the federal level, it is the duty of the federal government to deliver justice to the corrupt individuals. Moreover, I wouldn’t trust the ethnic based kilils to deliver justice on their own people. For one, there is conflict of interest; and second, it will create mistrust among the same ethnic group and will create an internal conflict.

      After 1991, the TPLF has put itself into major positions including the security apparatus of the country. It natural that the people at the top do become corrupt when the have absolute power. Therefore, we, and especially the people of Tigray, should not be surprised if the federal government goes after the people who are in power —— who happen to be TPLF members.

      I have a message for the people of Tigray and its leaders: it is time that they be part of the new change and not complain and antagonize the change. I understand that most of the Ethiopian people are angry with the TPLF administration for the last 27 years. If they believe that they are Ethiopians, they need to give up any members suspected of corruption or other crimes. Harboring these individuals will make them look like they are against Ethiopia and the new change. This will not sit well with the rest of the Ethiopian people.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Some great news: ‘Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isayas Afework officially opened Oumajir-Humera border along Gonder and Eritrea, in western Ethiopia, as Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Church followers celebrate Christmas, along with the rest of the Orthodox Christian World today.

    Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional State president who reportedly tendered letter of resignation last week to the central committee of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and Amahra regional state president, Gedu Andargachew, attended border opening ceremony. As well, thousands of residents attended the ceremony. There leaders, including Abiy Ahmed, were also in the Eritrean town of Tesseney, where they were welcomed by president Isayas Afeworki and his foreign minister, Osman Saleh, among others.’

    • Hope

      But here another ” BeAnd Ras Hulet milas” thing,as Semere Tesfay would say it.
      :”Hundreds of people demonstrated against Gedu Andargachew from entering the Tigrai state preventing the ceremony from taking place in Humera. The ceremony was done on the Eritrean side instead. We are proud of the youth in Humera and surrounding people.”
      Source;
      TOL.
      What the heck do these confused, crooked and twisted people want?
      Peace or war or No Peace No War status?
      Hassadat .

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Hope,

        Please take care of yourself, you are going to have a heart attack. Didn’t you see the pic of Isayas and DebreTsion holding hands and walking.

        Now Debre is in the league of the Saudi King, the Amir of UAE, the Ethiopian PM.

        Isayas is getting touchy and feely with Debre….

        Wey Gaim Over….

        Berhe

        • Paulos

          Selam Berhe,

          I am sure you have seen the classic Clint Eastwood mid 60s movie, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” And at the end of the movie, when Eli Wallach who played the Ugly got busted looking for the hidden money at the unmarked grave, this is what Clint Eastwood with a gun in his hand had to say to him while handing him a shovel, “You see, there are two kinds of people in this world, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

          • Saleh Johar

            Thank you for the memory Paulos,
            I watched the movie I’ll Bono, Il Brutto, I’ll cativo a dozen times. The wry homor is so memorable. Now we are watching Ferdinando sancho reincarnate.

          • Paulos

            Selam Ayay,

            Very true. The very first time I watched it was back in Asmara and the title was in Italian including most of Sergio Lione’s movies otherwise known as Spaghetti Western genre. Good times!

          • Haile S.

            ርሑስ ልደት ጳውሎስ፡
            ምስ ኣማኑኤል እንደገና ክውለድ እየ ኢልካ ድአ ኣብ ናይ መን ማህጸን ሓዲርካ ጸኒሕካ?
            ዌልካም!

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            ርሑስ ልደት! And thank you. Yea was away but it is always great to be back. Hope your holiday was great. As you said, it is the time of renewal and spiritual rebirth as well.

            ዝገርመካ ነገር ንመጀመርታ ጊዜ እዛ ልደት ማለት ናይ መንፈሳዊ ምውላድን ምሕዳስን ምዃኑ ዝሰማዕክዋ ኣብ ኣስመራ ኣብ እንዳ መድሃኔ ኣለም በተክርስትያን ዶ/ር ተኽለኣብ እዚ ሕጂ ተኣሲሩ ዘሎ ክሰብኽ ከሎ ዝሰማዕክዋ እያ።

          • Haile S.

            ጳውሎስ፡
            በል ናይ ሽዑ ትዝምሮ ዝነበርካ ከዘክረካ።
            መድሃኒት ተወልደዋል
            በቤተ ልሔም
            ከብቶች ያሞቁታል
            ልብስ’ኳን የለውም፡ ልብስ’ኳን የለውም
            ተወልደዋል፡ ተወልደዋል፡ ተወልደዋል
            በቤተ ልሔም፡ በቤተ ልሔም፡ በቤተ ልሔም
            ዘሙሩለት፡ ዘሙሩለት, ያን ቁዱድ ህጻን፡ ያን ቅዱስ ህጻን

          • Desbele

            Selam Paulos,

            I also attended few of Dr. Tekleab’s superb Sermons at Medhanie Alem in 1997. I really feel sad such a giant spiritual/moral teacher end up in pfdj’s criminal dungeons for preaching love and peace. Pfdj is a real terrorist organization beyond reform.

          • Paulos

            Selam Desbele,

            He is a couple of years older than I am but I knew him well including Dr. Fitsum. I think of both of them as Eritrea’s Dr. Viktor Frankle whose unimaginable ordeals is meant to inspire a generation for anything and everything that happens to us has a deeper meaning than we possibly know. May God give them all the strength they need.

          • Peace!

            Hi Paulosay,

            Welcome Back!

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            ሰላማት ሰላማት ዓቢ ሰብ ሓወይ!

            Thank you and hope all is well with you.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dr. Paulos,
            Very nice to have you back. You have been noticeably missed, as still do others whose insights and contributions on weighty discourses of various natures grace the pages of this forum. saay had showed up like flying ray of light and he is now no where to be seen again since. Absence of Negash, Yohannes, Haile TG, Fanti, xaxe and lots of others have thinned participation in the forum. I hope all of them are fine, and everyone is away for good reason(s).

          • Paulos

            Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

            Thank you for the warm welcome. You are one of the most kind people I have ever come across to either in real life or here [I actually feel like I have known you in person.] Thank you for being you.

            Very true, most of us get side tracked with what life throws at us and we disappear but we always come back as the soundtrack in “Cheers” had it, “…you always come back where everybody knows your name…” Thank you again.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dr. Paulos,

            It’s your human-ness that rate me that high. I am just an ordinary person that believes in human worth which is an endowment that must be celebrated at every opportunity.

            Speaking about the brilliant and resourceful contributors in this great forum, I really console myself when I get graced by their participation as free educators. Then, I get the chance to silently lament, and whisper to myself, the regret I feel that our youth, on which the future of our homeland depends on, have been missing knowledge and training compatriots like you are equipped to provide. It is wastage that our people should not have afforded had they not been cursed to suffer under a tyranny that stepped on the blood and sweat of their sons and daughters to become their ruthless tormentor.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr. Paulos,

            Welcome back. I was afraid not to go to a total hibernation, because of the name callers and abusers who are not here to learn, but to disrupt and contaminate the on going educational discussion. Welcome back again. I hope Dr Beyan Yohannes, Haile-TG, Kibrom, and Saay to show up again. We miss their in puts.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            Thank you. We shouldn’t let misery keep us company as much as we all are here to learn something of a substance from one another and if we entertain differences in opinions, we resolve them with respect and civil discourse as well. Then the rest will be immaterial as we elect not to pay attention to them much less to take them serious.

        • Peace!

          Hi Berhe,

          I am a bit confused here: I thought the phrase “Game Over” was meant to express “TPLF ruled Ethiopia is gone for good.” You seem to have different understanding. Of course I might be wrong.

          Peace!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Peace Nebsi,

            My understanding was, as an Eritrean, what concern was our issue first. So, the Game Over was, I thought in relation to Ethiopia/ Eritrea relationship. I didn’t think it was related to internal Ethiopian politics..why should our president speak about other country internal politics on our independence day? you don’t think that’s strange?

            Berhe

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhe,

            Well, the first time I heard him saying Game Over was during interview with ESAT few years ago—He clearly said The Game was over for TPLF to rule Ethiopia, and then the phrase became famous for bragging.

            Peace!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Peace,

            So his whole thing with TPLF was why they were ruling Ethiopia and does not anything to do with Eritrea (PFDJ) relationship with TPLF?

            MaHmood AysmaE.

            Berhe

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhe,

            I am surprised you didn’t know DIA wants to rule East Africa.

            Peace!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Peace,

            What do you think of these pics? Is this looks like game over to you:)?

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/195ea1ca7ae5d744d497333fa817e710251928a9828f4a49e52ef068e78f81c9.jpg

            Berhe

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhe,

            Unless he is whispering to him he will help him get to back onto looting machine. May be he is, you know:)

            Could you explain to me your understanding of Game Ove?

            Peace!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Peace,

            You know, I wish I knew what he meant. No body can ask him to explain what do you mean? I would like someone to ask him “Didn’t you say TPLF Game over 8 months ago and now you are holding hands with the same TPLF leader who was in power back then. What has changed and how is the game over?”

            There was this journalist who was describing Trump and he said…I really do know what Trump means when he uses “words”. Because he says one thing in the morning and he says another thing in the afternoon, but they are lucky they can put him to task. Like didn’t you say “Mexico is going to pay for the wall?’..now he wants the American people to pay for it.

            First of all, I did not like that our president speaks in that kind of childish language. It’s not like me and you talking but someone who represent the entire nation and it’s not good diplomatic language. Putting that aside:

            But all PFDJ goons were repeating “Game Over” and they were telling us “TPLF will be need to be destroyed” until there will be change in Eritrea. Just last week they were repeating the reason the boarder was closed (re: Sibhat Efrem) because there were people sneaking from Tigray, trained by TPLF. I have even heard another ridicules point, why OLF were armed in Ethiopia when they return, someone was telling me. When they left Eritrea they had no arms but they went via the road in Tigray and TPLF had all arms ready for them to drive and create problems in Welega.

            Is there different TPLF ? What’s changed now? What happened to the TPLF that must be destroyed?

            Berhe

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhe,

            You may need to forward the question to them. But for me both PFDJ and TPLF are evil.

            Peace!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Peace,

            I never said otherwise.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            It is a fake hand shake from the despot, when his intent to paralyze the Tigray people. Hand shakes and agreement with despot is akways tactical and never was/is real to bring peace and stabilities. History attested it vividly without any ambiguous.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Aman,

            Please allow me to disagree.

            IA heart and soul was always with Ethiopia and Ethiopian people, it is with Ethiopia and Ethiopian people today and will continue with Ethiopia and Ethiopian people tomorrow.

            And that includes Tigray and Tigray people.

            And I don’t think we should lose sleep about the Tigray people, they really know how to protect themselves and they know how to advance their interests.

            It’s the Eritrean people who always pay the price and that’s what we should all worry about and how to end the suffering by getting rid of IA and his tentacles.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            Of course you could. Why not? Your point is one of the suspected attempt he might venture to. So it is possible. The problem with our despot is, if it is not in favor to his ego, he will revert back to his original position. Agreement and treaty to him is if it satisfy his ego. Yes it is possible, if the Tigray people and their organizations can give him a ride like they did in the ghedli era for ELF.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Emma,

            What I am trying to say is, IA heart and soul is always with Ethiopia and Ethiopian people interests. Even his fight with TPLF was, he believed that they were weakening Ethiopia interests and he was fighting for their removals.

            ERITREAN people were always a means to final goals to serve Ethiopia interests.

            Let me ask you these. In the last 50 years that he was in this game, can you please one moment he tried to weak Ethiopia / and their interests any time?

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            IA heart and soul is always with ethiopa and ethiopan people interest and IS was eplf leader that liberate eritrea from ethiopia occupation and IS gov fought with ethiopa gov over territorial dispute for over 20 years, this is one of the most nonesense argument ever in the history of the world and only this kind of argument exist in ur circle, no place else.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            He was a mole. He was sent by the king to destroy ELF, then when Ethiopia king was removed and there was no parter to deal with, he tried many times to make peace with DERG ( all documented, with East Germany) and DERG opposition (shaleqa Dawit and all), where TPLF fought (severe relationship) and he told Mesfin Hagos and company (to forget declare independence and stay with Ethiopia) agreed to referendum unwanting and dismantled EPLF. TPLF wanted Eritrea independence, so that they can dominate Ethiopia.

            He told us in 1994 that the boarder with Ethiopia is not necessary, our relationship with beyond boarders.

            When TPLF kicked him out fur good from Ethiopia he started the war and lasted 20 years devising their fall down so he can unite them again.

            Now he told us clearly, that we are one people and there is no separate country.

            Eritrea and ERITREAN people are always his sacrifice lamb for his bigger dreams…,

            Now which part of these is wrong?

            Off course he went along ERITREAN people desire and he played us all along.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            IS sent by the king to destroy elf, and he end up liberating eritrea from ethiopia occupation is not just nonesense but sick.
            The rest of what u said about him shows that, he believe a good relationship between independent eritrea and ethiopia will advance eritrean people interest. But u try to twist the fact and u end up nonesense.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            No body is against peaceful existence and cooperation with Ethiopia or anyone other neighbours.

            The problem with IA is the way he has being treating ERITREAN people. If his purpose was to liberate Eritrean people, then why is he chasing down every able person to run away as much as possible from Eritrea.

            Did he care when thousands o Eritreans dying in the Sahara deserts?, in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Sudan refugee camps can’t strum to their country for 50 years?

            Please tell me where is the ERITREAN people interests in all these?

            I don’t ask for 10 but please ONE?

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            I didn’t say, u or anybody r against peaceful existence and cooperation with ethiopa. but ur premise will lead to a anybody against my iideolog (vision) is enemy of eri and advancing ethio interest kind of conclusion.
            The rest of what u said showed nothing but a IS gov is a dictatorship just like other dictators.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            You are weak, you can’t stand on what you believe or argue what you think is right.

            1) You are accusing me of something I never said: That anyone who does not agree to my ideology (I don’t have any ideology btw) is enemy of Eritrean people. What I said is all based on facts..with documents that you can touch and read…East German clasified documents, Tesfamichael George documents, Dawit Woldegergios books, TPLF Radio and news letters, Isayas Afeworki recorded interviews, videos and clips. Yes I know about dictator ship including Mengistu Haile Mariam but it’s night a day….IA hates Eritrean people, despise Eritrean people, as far as he is concerned their life is no more worth of flies.

            2) You are not only weak but you are also cheap. If I wanted Tigray-Tigrina I would openly say that’s what I want. Who am I afraid to that, afraid from you? But you have nothing to show or argue about..

            Ok enough enklil

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            Ur dirt aside, u accused IS advancing ethiopia interest knowing exactly who he is, starting from the liberation struggle time to now days and at the same time u said the people of tigrai knows how to advance thier interest, but it is eritreans don’t know how to advance thier interest, u said that knowing that tigrai people r leading by tplf(a tribal org) and eritreans leading by country wide org. Those statement of urs and ur twisting facts clearly shows u r a confused and miserable tribalist.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Berhe,

            May be, Berhe. It is hard to predict how this evil despot will act. There is no reason to oppose your argument. It is “all of the above” in dealing and understanding this evil man.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Berhe Y,

            It appears, the referee who controls the game instructed Isaias to make peace with TPLF. Really, it is a repeated shock, to the extent of coma, to the old supporters of the despot. መሳኺን ደገፍቲ ህግደፍ፥ ባቡር እሰያስ ኣብ ጭው ዝበለ በረኻ ገዲፋቶም፥፥ ኣይ ሰሓቅ ኣይ ብኽያት ኮይኑ ነገሩ::

            Al-Arabi

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; you are officially the dumbest person in awate-forum. congrats; you earned it. wow! he is been Summoned by PIA to be told what do and to behave. PIA is standing for his friend Abiy. you won’t get it. I think you are from dedebit.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            Really? Man, you have no brain cells left in you, my friend iSem is always right. I regret that I defended you.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; why can’t you put things together. PIA closed the Tigray border without no explanation, why? while opening the Bure border and now the Humera border. PIA and Abiy are pressuring Tigray to come to its sense. With out Tigray; PMAA not only can’t lead but can’t do anything. Tigray can bring the whole region down and that is why they are playing the game. The game over reference is just for TPLF leaders being out of Federal power. can you get that?
            on what did you defending when you say ” I regret that I defended you.”

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitric,

            I defended that you still have some brain cells, but I was wrong.

            You don’t see the contradiction in your statements, you really are brain dead.

            How can TPLF be game over, finished, caput and at the same time, PMAA can’t do anything without TPLF?

            It seems to me, IA Abiy are coming to their senses:), and wanted to please TPLF.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; there is a big different between TPLF thugs and the people of Tigray. but that is for people with a little brain to think. not for you.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Nitricc,

            You are a good guy. Your enemy summons you, immediately you meet him and hear his advice and implement his instructions. You have come with a new innovation, no one predate you. You deserve patentee for your creation of new dealings with enemies.

            By the way are you from our planet? If humans perceive the way you do, there will not be an enemy in our world, no killings, no prisons, no refugees, etc. According to what you have said, Capo has changed a lot and he has no enemies in the world, what a wonderful peace.

            It is amazing, Woyane the murderous enemy have become within a glance a meek lamb and Isaias has turned into a caring sheep-herd. Truly, It gives the impression, there was no brain from take up, from day one.

            Al-Arabi

          • Selam Berhe Y,

            I would have thought two things may have happened in the pics. IA maybe giving a friendly advice, and Dr. Debretsion maybe asking for some sort of mediation; the federal government too. It is possible that everybody wants a compromise is reached, so that the deadlock between the regional and federal government is over. The way of confrontation will take the two parties no where, and maybe they have understood this, and they are looking for a way out of it.
            IA, a peace intermediary? Who could have thought of it? Could tplf accept it?Let’s wait and see. The unexpected and the odd happens sometimes.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Horizon,

            “Let’s wait and see. The unexpected and the odd happens sometimes.” MOMENTS OF SHOCK AND PARALYZE! Certainly, a clear example.

            Al-Arabi

    • Hope

      Sorry I missed the Salutation part:
      Selamat FishMilk:

    • Abrehet Yosief

      Selam Fishmilk
      They opened Zalambessa border on Habesha new year and closed it on Ferenji new year. Thank God they didnt open Humera border on Ferenji Christmas, for they would have closed it on Habesha Christmas, just two weeks later. Perhaps now they will wait one year till Ferenji Christmas of 2019.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Abrehet Yosief. I really hope not. No doubt that the lack of transparency on border openings, restrictions, ect., has led to a lot of assumptions, namely that what is transpiring is the result of a ‘master plan’ formulated by PIA and PMAA to gradually neutralize the TPLF and enable full Ethiopian withdrawal from occupied Eritrean territory. However, with no transparency of process there is also no standards of accountability in terms of what is to be achieved by whom and when. Mushroom farming has never been better. On the positive side, air movement of people has continued unabated.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Hi Awates,

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Emperor Isaias, the king of kings, opened his border with the AMARA, his new supporters.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX6N6JUNTnE

    Al-Arabi

    • Nitricc

      Ya Arabi; I know you are a toothless Arab but how about following the rules? lol dedebit is always dedebit.

      • Brhan

        Hi Nitricc,
        An insult to a race is an offence, you can be sued!

        • Nitricc

          Hi Brhan I have this fleeing that you are watching too much Tv shows and too much garbage news. lol Stop watching TV.

          • Brhan

            Hi Nitricc,
            I commented so that Awate.com to pay attention to your hate speech

          • Nitricc

            Hi Brhan; and all I am saying is you have too many free time on your hand. stop watching Tv.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Hi Nitricc,

        It is nice to see you wearing rags and throwing stones in the streets. Continual stress causes either blood pressure, diabetes or mind damage. It is inescapable end.

        Al-Arabi

        • Nitricc

          Hi Alrabi; don’t change the subject. The rule of this forum is No link during weekdays; the end of story. my question to you is why breaking the rules? Don’t you respect the forum or being African at that an Arab; you have a problem understanding the rules of engagements of awate-forum. which one is it?

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Nitricc,

            I think, you are the last human being to speak about rules. You seem to have forgotten that you are defending day in and day out with your robust teeth and nails a mafia that is ruling Eritrea without constitution for 28 years. You are supporting criminals condemned by the international community.

            Now, tell me who is dedebet?

            Concerning the video I have attached, I thought no problem to inform the forum. It is just news that doesn’t hurt any of the debaters. I am very sorry for not singling out the nature of the rule.

            Al-Arabi

  • Brhan

    Hi Hope:
    Bingo #1: you said “I have been part of CONDEMNING that same ‘garbage”. This means you were watching him because you can’t condemn without seeing him, so do not say I saw him for the first time
    Bingo #2; you said “Plus,HOPE ONLY posted the GOOD part of and the TRUTH as stated by that certain’ “Garbage. This also means you were watching the “bad” part
    What I am saying this forum is for discussions and it is good to be truthful when you discuss. Take it as brother giving an advice to another brother and people can make mistakes and they are forgiving when they a simple word “sorry”
    Nota Bella ” I did talk to you directly…just see the comment after your initial posting of this issue”

    • Hope

      Ahlen bika Ya Ustazna wo Mualem Kebir, Brihan:

      Lucky U that I lost my long hateta in response to you….as my iPhone battery went off before I submitted it after going through some painful censorship to confirm that I am NOT a robot.-a disgusting and annoying Disqus censorship.

      Let me make it a brief one so as to avoid unnecessary back and forth and a sort of ‘”belligerence”.

      I “bingo” you back for all of your “Fallacious Logic”.

      But you forget to “bingo’ me for saying:

      “I only found about that “garbage” after you and/or your AT, brought up that “garbage” as a SERIOUS “Garbage” in an Editorial …..”.

      So, let us try to avoid to be tangential and going banana unnecessarily; and rather, FOCUS on the substance and the gist of my response/comment.

      “Plus,HOPE ONLY posted the GOOD part of and the TRUTH as stated by that certain’ “Garbage”,which I am entitled to as much as you or the AT is entitled to, to post the equally or even WORSE “Garbage” , Ali Salim and his garbage but serious declaration of a civil war on Innocent Eritreans”.

      “Bingo #1: you said “I have been part of CONDEMNING that same ‘garbage”. This means you were watching him because you can’t condemn without seeing him, so do not say I saw him for the first time”.

      Are you not AWARE of,that the AT posted a huge Editorial on/about this ‘Garbage”?

      I thought you are part and parcel of the AT and its Editorial,not to mention that the Forum spent,rather wasted, a huge amount of debate and time on this ‘garbage’..

      With all due respect,SIR,Yeah,man,that is RIGHT, that I listened to and watched that same clip I posted after I got a link via a text from a friend.How I can post and comment on it w/o listening to it or watching it?

      But if your logic is to imply that since HOPE listened to this clip and posted it, Hope MUST have been listening to all other garbages by that “garbage” and MUST have been following that ‘Garbage”.

      Well,that is what we call a Classic Fallacious Logic,as you cannot DEDUCT as such simply coz Hope read and posted that link once….

      Either way,I didn’t post anything you are accusing me about ….the “Garbage Talk” that “garbage” is disseminating via the dirty YouTube….his alleged “Venomous and Hateful Speech against the Muslims and the Amharas(whom, he,in fact,has given credit to and admired the same Amharu)..

      Apologizing for ?

      I thought you are the one or should be the ONE,who should apologize for telling untruth about Hope “Listening to/watching (at) and following that ‘ Garbage and his garbage and Gibberish” talk,without a shred of evidence- as if U have been wiring or secretly taping or monitoring Hope.

      Ustaz Brhan confidently claimed:
      “What I am saying this forum is for discussions and it is good to be truthful when you discuss”.

      Please CC that statement and advice to the AT(where you sound to be part of) and its Editorial to discuss the TRUTH in its totality when it comes to the Ethio-Eritrean Business including about the TPLF and its Evil Acts,destructive Conspiracies and Agenda against Eritrea and Eritreans,not partially or selectively.
      Then and ONLY then, we can discuss mutually about truth.

      A mutual and brotherly advice.

      • Brhan

        Hi Hope,
        For sure we will continue discuss , rest assured too I am not part of AT editorial

      • Saleh Johar

        Hope,
        Your disrespect has no bounds. Why do you bother to come here to read garbage? Do you think it is okay for you to denegrate the website because you do not like an editorial? Kindly be considerate and limit your hyperbole

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Please witness staged disintegration of the TPLF: Debretsion Gebremichael has submitted his resignation. A major split in the TPLF has developed regarding the handling of Getachew Assefa.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Fish-M; the world will freeze over before TPLF hands over Getachew Assefa. He worked to protect for the same system he was in and the system is trying to arrest him. can you imagine the mess that comes out? No it is not even an option for TPLF to hand him over.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam Nitricc
        It is a matter of time before getachew assefa will be arrested, he will be arrested for sure 110%, mark my words. and most probably right now he is in house arrest in tigrai.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Teddy; TPLF knows that if Getchew Asefa is to be caught; then it is the end of the entire TPLF. I am not like things game over but for real, the end. The guy knows everything. I don’t agree with everything TPLF but on this one, they got to be stupid to hand him over. the other choice for TPLF thugs is take him out and we know dead people never talk. They can make some kind of accident they are expert on that thing.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            Is this what you call “game over”.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Nitricc
            I see what u mean, but he will be arrested in a way that destroy the ego of the likes of aman h. ismail(narrow tribalist).
            Just give it maximum 2 and half years time.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi FM,

      Is this news before or after the boarder is opened?

      Berhe

      • FishMilk

        Hi Berne Y. It is current. News has been leaking out over the weekend on closed group coms and is now being covered by Walta and Borkena. I see that over the past couple of hours that closed group coms are very busy providing updated related stories, though I have yet to see confirmation of TPLF acceptance of his resignation. Might be a moot point as better things seem to be lined up for Debretsion. Good to now see some coverage on Esayas Woldegiorgis for whom many thought was more powerful and evil than Getachew, while serving as his Deputy.

    • Lamek

      FM, what are you talking about? I read your post several times and you wrote this as a breaking news. Was that your intention? If not, please refrain from writing in such manner. Maybe it would sound like humor if you wrote it inTigrinya but in English, it came out as corny joke.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. PM Abiy recently talked about the about skepticism towards relation between Ethiopia and Eritrea and was very clear in stating that the relation is not between two leaders but rather it is between the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia and that there is no secret agreement. He has mentioned that an elaborated agreement between Ethiopian and Eritrea is in the works and there is joint-committee from both countries working on it

  • Selam Girmay,

    The peace deal between the two countries was not meant to solve all the problems of eritrea and ethiopia just at once. It was the first step towards an accomplished and long lasting peace and cooperation. It is a process.

    If we divide peace into two parts, “internal” and “external”, in my opinion, the thing that happened up to now, at least as much as eritrea is concerned, is what we can call “external peace”, between two nations to avert the danger of war. Ethiopia did not get internal peace from this greement, nor eritrea. Internal problems within any one of the two countries should be tackled by both people, without intervention from the one or the other.

    It should be known that the pm of ethiopia has no rights over the internal problems of a sovereign country, eritrea. But this does not mean that there should not be a peace deal until change comes to eritrea or IA is far from power.

    Naturally, the opening of the borders will make people to contemplate to move across the border, because they were prohibited for so long, and this may give them some some of psychological and economic relief. I hope they remain in ethiopia for the chances are bigger that one day they may return to eritrea.

    Everybody has the right to form his/her opinion about pm Abiy or anybody else, provided that it is founded on objective truth and not on their alternative truth and fake facts of their own creation, full of purpose and due to the assignments given to them. When they judge the pm unfairly right from the beginning without even knowing who he was, and when they call him names as if they are street hooligans, they should expect that people will draw their own conclusions about them from their behavior, even though they do not have an iota of influence on what is going to happen in ethiopia.

    For me, tplf the political party that ruled ethiopia in the most inhuman way spearheaded by a group of people, and the people of tigray will always remain separate. What is required today is not only peace in ethiopia and eritrea, but also working hard that the people of tigray, who are victims themselves, are not made sacrificial lambs for the sake of tplf criminals. The dividing line is too obvious to missed.

    The rhetoric that “either you are with us or against us” was used with coercion by tplf, and it was the reason for the so many deaths, incarcerations and why people were forced to flee ethiopia.

    Democracy without justice has no meaning at all. The truth and reconciliation commission, if formed, does not cancel democracy and justice. On the contrary, it upholds it. It means that courts are free, and nobody is condemned on bogus reasons as in the past, and justice is not equal to vengeance, as long as the culprits accept their crimes.

    The thing tplf and its supporters are trying to do is for the human rights abuse and corruptions to remain hidden from the ethiopian people, and to make the transition without creating peace between the victims and the victimizers, to the extent it can be accomplished. This is not going to work, and it should be done wherever human rights abuse and corruption may have happened, and whoever may have committed them.

  • Mez

    Interesting guidelines from UAE; extracted from a news piece…
    “The eight-point plan for future governance in full:

    1. The union is the foundation
    2. No one is above the law
    3. We are a business capital
    4. Three factors drive growth
    5. Our society has a unique personality
    6 we believe in economic diversification
    7. A land for talent
    8. We care about future generation”

    I hope pia will glean something from the above.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Mez; it nice and interesting; however, you should have said who ever comes after PIA to glean of your eight points and most importantly no list is good with out list number two. Nothing can be done with out respect for the rule of law!!! So, all Eritrea has to do is cement the supremacy of the rule of law. Everything else Eritrea needs is already there thanks for the Gedli generation.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Hi Awates,

    A journey to dictatorship scenarios are planned by Isaias for his intimate apprentice, Dr. Meddamar. The premier condition to attend tyranny classes is to sign an application form for membership in the club. The terms as usual deem democracy and human rights as mortal enemies; denial and cunning must be the cresset. He should also show love, respect and discharging orders of his masters without hesitation and question. Dr. Meddamar has achieved the required skills and is admitted to the club due to his docile and emotional inundated nature.

    The Capo of the drama that will be played in Ethiopian ground is Isaias. Obviously, his friends consider him expert in the politics of the Horn of Africa, thus the follow up of Dr. Meddamar is assigned to him. The drama was composed, premiere shows has begun to be played in the Ethiopian arena, introductory scenes are in process. As we all know, the journey has many enemies and obstacles.

    The most dangerous enemies are Tigray and some factions of Oromo. TPLF and OLF are the most risky rivals and they should be dealt with as soon as possible. Definitely, Isaias is the vital player in smashing TPLF and domination on Tigray. Dr. Meddamar – in order to accomplish his mission smoothly – has launched a project of building a REPUBLICAN GUARD that will be under his full control. I wonder, why does a democratic and liberal guy require different armies? Without doubt, this is a clear-cut move towards dictatorship. The second procedure towards his goal is the media he has set out to demonize Tigray and Oromo.

    Besides his demonizing of Tigray and Oromo, Dr. Meddamar has returned an ex-general, Alemshet Degfi, to his post as an air-force commander. Alemshet will be in the forefront of striking Tigray. I think, this is a good pretext in order Abij to pretend that he is not against Tigray people; it is just contra some corrupted and outlawed individuals. Dr. Meddamar has ventured to withdraw an army division stationed on the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia without forces that replace them. A plain sign of opening the border for Isaias to mess around with Tigray region.

    Isaias will push inside Tigray through this open window with Tigraian army stationed in Asmara and Amiches from the Eritrean army, assisted by air-strikes from Addis Ababa. Ex-generals and forces that will cross the border from Eritrea to Tigray will be in the forefront of the Ethiopian media to expose the scene as an action against a handful outlaws. Even Tigray people do not recognize those corrupted individuals; the natives who are fighting outlaws are a distinct evidence. Of course, Isaias has already sealed his border. He will claim the conflict inside Ethiopia is none of his business; he doesn’t interfere in Ethiopian affairs or neighboring countries, hyena in a lamb skin.

    The second sturdy rival, Oromo Liberation Front will be curbed by a faction from Oromo that is headed by Dr. Meddamar, the Trojan-Horse of Amara and Isaias. For crushing to be unchallenging, Dr. Meddamar media machine has launched its propaganda of demonizing OLF and Ogadenians. Prominent leaders like Jawar Mohammed, Dawud Ibsa, etc. from the second sector of Oromo and Ogaden people will be assassinated by Dr. Meddamar and Isaias. Both of them, ESSU and NUSSU, think Hunting fighters and slaying important figures will pave the way to accomplish their goals.

    Summing up the steps towards Abij Dictatorship and Isaias Empire: (1) Demonizing and dissolving key contenders (2) Building Republican Guard in Ethiopia (3) An open-ended transitional period of reformation and election-date (4) Creating unrest all over Ethiopia (5) Invalidating EPRDF (6) Abolishing federal and Killil parliaments (7) Nullifying the federal system and constitution. This is the joint roadmap of Abij and Isaias towards achieving their goals.

    At the end of the day and after crushing Tigray, Oromo, Ogaden and Afars with the assistance of Abij and his WEGONOCHU, Isaias – who has already cast down his net in Gonder, professing his grandfather grave and pledging his sacrifice for his Mama Ethiopia to the diehard Amara supporters – will hunt Dr. Meddamar bloc of Oromonians. At that moment of time only, Abij will scream, “I was eaten the day the black-bull was eaten” an Arabic adage. Sadly, Abij will end up as LEEJ ABIJ.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M8w_83EBz8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyGME4jSCgE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAJzHIdu200
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft25iHAL4do

    Al-Arabi

    • FishMilk

      Hi Al-Arabi. Major General Molla Hailemariam from Shire, who is the former Commander of Ethiopia’s Air Force, is now in charge of special operations to include Ethiopian withdrawal from Eritrean land. Following last weeks debacle wherein certain factions of Ethiopian Norther Military Command refused to withdraw forces, to include those around Zelambessa, look for PM Abiy to be far more assertive on the matter. Also, look for the U.S. to take a more forceful position in regards to the TPLF whose Executive Committee continues to harbour those with arrest warrants.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Hi FishMilk,

        It is good you have brought to the attention of the reader another Ex-general from Tigrai, Molla Hailemariam, with special mandate from Dr. Meddamar and Isaias.

        Al-Arabi

        • FishMilk

          Hi Al-Arabi. You say that Molla Hailemariam is an ‘Ex-general’. When did he get relieved of his military post? I guess you have fresher news than I do. Credos!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi FishMilk,

            I think you are the source of the news and you can correct it to former commander of Air-Force to implement instructions from his masters in Tigrai. He is from Tigrai, the important point.

            Al-Arabi

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hameed Al-Arabi. Now you are saying that he is ‘implementing instructions from his masters in Tigrai’ ?. Man…you are confusing me buddy.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi FishMilk,

            Didn’t you say in charge of special operation? Here below you have the news in case you have forgotten.

            ” in charge of special operations to include Ethiopian withdrawal from Eritrean land. Following last weeks debacle wherein certain factions of Ethiopian Norther Military Command refused to withdraw forces, to include those around Zelambessa,”

            Al-Arabi

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hameed Al-Arabi. Yeah, but I never said that Molla was receiving instructions from his masters in Tigray.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi FishMilk,

            Correction: From his masters, Dr. Meddamar and Isaias. Both of them pass him the order to be in charge of special operations. Didn’t you say, “Special operation”? It seems, you hold a Fish-Memory.

            Al-Arabi

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hamed-Al Arabi. Keep in mind that Molla, while he prospered during time of MZ, he eventually fell on bad blood with the TPLF, leaving for a stint with UN DPPKO South Sudan. He is one of a few Tigray Generals that is on good footing with PM Abiy.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi FishMilk,

            From early dawn, I am telling you, “He is one of a few Tigray Generals that is on good footing with PM Abiy.” You have come to terms with what I have written above. Thank you for this valuable information that backs up my opinion about the cook of Dr. Meddamar and Isaias.

            Al-Arabi

  • Ismail AA

    Selam all

    Happy Christmas to fellow compatriots, followers of Orthodox Church and humanity by and large. May this happy occasion herald the demise of despotism and the dawn of hope with the shinning rays of freedom on the horizons of Eritrea, and relief respite to our people .

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam ismail
      in case if u don’t know,i t is not a revolutionary holiday like genbot 20 or baheta mesekarem or ….

      • Ismail AA

        Selam TA,
        Seen.

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam ismail
          good, now u know the difference.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam TA,

            Again!, seen.

            You seem to be a super initiated person. You do not even have patience of reading what is before your very eyes. Earlier you read “dawn” as “down” and embarked on sloganeering. And later in regard to a comment addressed to brother Haile, you conducted yourself myopic to a key word in the text “cement”. Hope you understand why I use the one-word reaction to what you post in response to my comments in this forum.

            Very happy Christmas day to you, brother.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam ismail
            u siad ” may this happy occasion herald the demise of despotism” that was why i said u need to differentiate religion holiday like Christmas from genbot 20 holiday.

  • Selam

    Selamat All

    ርሑስ ብዓል ልደት ንአመንቲ ክርስትና.
    I do not know why some people give to much attention to Agazian movement and Tesfasion. It is failed movement lead by failed person. We Eritreans have a big problem DIA. Why we spend to much Energy to such garbage things, unless otherwise we do not want to solve our bigger problem.
    Whether he was financed or still financing by TPLF we should not give damn. What we know is Tesfasion and his movement is scam. What we want is; to bring justice to Eritrea. How the justice will come is not important. If possible without bloodshed or less bloodshed. It should cost less life than what we are losing now. The rest is ጏል መገዲ. Those they do not want to see justice in Eritrea always bring such kind of scam to discussion.

    have a nice day.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Selam,

      “Those who do not want to see justice in Eritrea always bring such kind of scam to discussion.” Indeed you are right. Their stupidity is: they don’t even understand that they are giving a platform to this anti-Eritrean scam guy.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Amanuel Hidrat. Strange that you have never criticized the TPLF for their earlier support via Aiga Forum (a known TPLF mouthpeace) for the Agaiasian movement. To recall that on September 13, 2016 an Aiga Forum contributing writer by the pen name “Abadi Abay” provided a detailed analysis of the “Agaiazians” agenda.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Hi FishMilk,

          I heard you are assigned to the Aigaform to respond to them. Go and do your homework. I will only respond for those who tried to bring their messages here in this Eritrean website.

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Selam, it is mind boggling how unrealistic and reckless the guy is. In his latest video, for example, he is speaking about moving in more than 4 million Tigrayans to Eritrea because the country belongs to them. How could a sane minded person think of such a crazy plan? How could this craziness be realised without starting a war of anehiliation in Eritrea? Now he is openly defending the Eritrean dictator, probably some of the dictator’s henchmen are throwing him some crumbs, so that he does for them their dirty business of further weakening the Eritrean unity.

      • Consolation

        Selam,

        I don’t see much difference between Tesfazion and the Eritrean Abadulas who have been waiting for 20 years for the day to be traqnsported to power in Asmara on Weyane tanks. At least, Tesfazion knows that he is a scammer and is in it for the few dollars that the dimwits who contribute to his agenda. In the meantime. he is enjoying the ride.

        The Eritrean Abadulas, who actually take themselves seriously, are clueless that their dream was the most idiotic dream. They sold themselves to the Weyane and now that the Tigrayan thugs have been dumped, where do they go?

    • Brhan

      Hi Selam
      A person with avatar “Hope” grabbed the garbage to this forum.
      Like a coward person to hide his lie Hope said he saw the one who is now in trial in UK because of fraud, for the first time. Don’t you think that Hope is lying ..Hope must have followed him before and he is OK with the defamation of Muslim Eritreans and of course Amharas. Hope wanted to hide that and said I saw him for the first time. I can’t believe him.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Horizon,
    I agree with you on several points you raised especially on the impossibility of certain Eritreans to break the vicious cycle of ELF-TPLF-EPLF. The following peom comes to my mind when thinking on those who sees TPLF as the only solution to Eritrean and Ethiopian problems.

    ኣትንኩ፡ ኣትንኩ፡ TPLF ኣትንኩ
    EPLFን እስካደረገ ህልውናው ስንቁ

    EPLF ተመሳጥሮ ELFን ስለኣጠፋ
    እኔ ከTPLF በቀር ቆርጫለሁ ተስፋ

    ጠ.ሚ.-ኣቢይ ኣሉ ከ ፕ.- ኢ.ኣ. ኣልጣላም
    ታድያስ በየት ይምጣ እኔ ምፈልገው ሰላም

    ተስኖኛል እራሴን መቀስቀስ ማንሳት
    የለኝም ችሎታ ጠፍቶብኝ ጉልነት
    ሞቶ ይነሳልኝ ፈጣሪ-ልለምን ህውሓት

    • Peace!

      Hi Haile,

      እሞ እንታይ እዩ መፍቲሑኡ
      ሰብን ሀገርን በሪሱ ጠፊኡ
      ወረ እቲ መንእሰይ እንታይ እዩ ውርሽኡ
      ሕነ ምፍዳይ ድዩ ወይስ ሓቀኛ ታሪኹ
      ኣይፍልኩምን በለለይ ኣብ ቁኑዕ ርገጹ
      ታሪኽ ገዲፍኩም መዋእልኩም ክትዝከሩ

      Peace!

      • Haile S.

        Selamat Peace

        እንሃልካ ንኹሉ ጠፊእዎ ብልሓቱ
        ኣብ ገዝኡ ተዓጽዩ ይምህለል በብሃይማነቱ
        ሎሚ ኸኣ ንሰምዕ በጺሑ ጉጅለ ሓደ ዝእምነቱ
        መራሒና ስለ ዝተዓጽወ ኣብ ቤተ-መንግስቱ
        እዚ ጉጅለ ኣዘራሪቡ ይብሃል ንጎረባብቱ

        ዓመታት ኮይኑ ዝርርብ ምስ ቀደም ፈተውቱ
        ገዝኡ ዝኽፈት ኣይመስለንን ብናይ ሎሚ ጸላእቱ
        ካይደኸምካ ምፍታይ ምሓሸ’ዶ ብኣሕዋቱ
        ተስፋ ካይቖረጽካ ካይበልካ እዚ-እዩ-ከንቱ።

        • Peace!

          Hi Haile,

          ተስፍ ሙቕራጽ ኣይኮነን ኣማራጺ
          ዝተኸፍለ ዋጋ ኣይኮነን መላገጺ
          ዝጠፈእ ግዜ ይብሉን መግለጺ
          ይቕረ ምብሃል እዩ ዝሓሸ ኣማራጺ

          ጣዕሳ ትርጉም የብሉን ምስሓለፈ
          ማዓንጣ ሸጥ ይበል ምዝተረፈ
          ዓብይን ንእሽተይን ከይተረፈ
          ዓወትና ናይግድን እዩ ጸላኢ እንተለፍለፈ

          https://youtu.be/HX5II-Vxn-k

          Peace!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Peace,

            The Eritrean opposition i.e. the Walking Dead, need to be energised. I hearby offer some energetic music:

            Master of Puppets

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f1Ny74_ou0

            and

            Enter Sandman

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87by1DjfxLw

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Peace,
            Thanks. Here is my choice for you. Though I would have preferred the original Saada or Nasra with more acute voice, Helen Paulos is not bad at all. Enjoy! I would have loved to be with the guys preparing the sauté (ቁልዋ) to enjoy that healthy food prepared over the flat frying pan (ሞቅሎ)!
            https://youtu.be/ouwv5YLGS_U

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            This is a song I religiously keep rhyming and singing since our student movements in the Sixities till this day. Staz Alamin has stamped this song in my memory (RIP). Thank you.

  • Said

    Greetings,
    Is the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia?
    According to Ethiopian lore, the Ark of the Covenant is hidden in a church in Aksum.
    By Melissa Twigg is London-based freelance journalis
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-the-ark-of-the-covenant-in-ethiopia?ref=home?ref=home

    As reported .The Ark of the Covenant was a great shrine that contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments that were received from God by Moses on Sinai. According to the Bible, the Ark was made of acacia wood.
    Lost Ark is in Ethiopia, reaching various conclusions. In The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant, Stuart Munro-Hay argues that Axum’s shrine contains a stone altar that was probably produced long ago as a replica of Moses’ stone tablets.
    Munro-Hay’s theory is a variation of what seems to be the most common consensus of scholars: there is something old and sacred enshrined at Axum, but it is probably not the Ark of the Covenant.
    The Ark of the Covenant was long enshrined in the Old Church of St. Mary of Zion at Axum, constructed specially for the purpose by Emperor Haile Selassie in the early 1960s. Today it is housed in a small chapel or Treasury building next door to the church.
    What visitors can see is the building in which the Ark is kept..

    • Haile S.

      Selam Said,

      If you haven’t read Graham Hancock’s The Sign and The Seal, please do. It is a fascinating story on the Ark. I have a question in one of your sentences. “The Ark of the Covenant was long enshrined in the Old Church of St. Mary of Zion at Axum, constructed specially for the purpose by Emperor Haile Selassie in the early 1960s”. Could you elaborate what you meant? The old church of St Mary Zion was a rebuilt/renewal of much older church. The rebuilding or renewal was done by the Portuguese or their descendants at the request of King Fassiledes. What is the relation with Haile-Selassie?

      • said

        Selamat Haile.S

        Every country and every culture in human history has sought to honor the divine, the mysterious place , the supernatural, or the extraordinary in some way or another . Most often this happens at holy and religious sacred sites including primitive and pagan – special places where the physical world seems to meet the spiritual world. These might be awe-inspiring natural places.
        As I mentioned as reported the quotation you referred to, you will find the link to website.

        http://www.sacred-destinations.com/ethiopia/axum-ark-of-covenant

        • Haile S.

          Thank you, Said for the clarification. Now I know it is not your sentence. But the sentence is flowed. The new church could have been built by HSI, but the old church as I mentioned was built during Fassiledes by the Porgtugese. Even the architectural similarities to Fassil’s Castle in Gonder is striking, a little different than the traditional church architecture of those area (Tigray & Eritrea). Ser Debre-Damo and other old churches in the area for yhe traditional architecture.
          Thanks again

      • Ismail AA

        ሓደርካ ሃይለ፣

        ብሩኽ ኣውደ ዓምት፥
        This story of the Ark has been a mystery from the day it was narrated to reach the height and win place in mythology. I remember the open-ended discussion in lecture rooms during my student days. Apart from a wooden tablet on which the Ten Commandments have been engraved and kept as Tabot in churches, nothing came out of the searches and studies at the time. And, this could happen at different eras by different generations. I did not read the book you mentioned. Perhaps it contains some valuable historical clues. But, my question to you is this: How far do you think the existence of the Ark is real? I ask this whether or not there has been any breakthrough.

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam ismail
          emperor hs become emperor in the line of the “solomonite” succession was way before he build a new church in axum.

        • Haile S.

          Good morning Ismail, and Teodros and all,

          I recommend you to read that book. The author is normally interested in mythic stories like this one and the central and south American civilizations for example, but his works are well documented putting more interest into the ‘mythological stories’. You are right, nothing came out of the searches done on the copies of Tabots collected from different churches. The British have a collection of them they took during their expedition against Theodros II. These did not reveal any inscription on them. They were stone or wood slabs sometimes a little decorated. But No one have seen the original kept at Mariam Zion church in Axum. The Nebour-ed (ነቡረእድ፡ the highest priest in Axum) and his assigned guardian of the Ark will never allow anyone to open the Tabot there. In addition, the Ark is reputed to have supernatural powers, energy and lights that will render anyone who opens it blind.
          To my knowledge, no one has succeeded in doing this. What is fascinating and yet not known is how far the people who came to inquire about it went to see it. There were few declared and many undeclared visitors who were interested in it. Another aspect is what did the Portuguese did and didn’t do. They stayed there so long that it is impossible to imagine they were not interested while they had at times strong influence on the Tigre-Mekonen in Tigray.
          As Teodros said the old Mariam Zion was repaired at least twice following invasions, the first time the Tabot was hidden in Zway lake, the second time during Gran Mohammed at Degsa few kilometers from Segenaiti or Dekemhare. Because of its contribution in saving the Tabot, the village was exempt from taxes (at least church taxes, not sure if all taxes) that continued to be implemented even by the Tigray lords (not sure if Wube respected this).

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile S,

            Thank you for your brief and informative input about the book you have kindly recommended as well as the scattered and (rather inconclusive) narratives about the Ark. The Lake Zway story was at one time very challenging preposition to interested researchers. But as I far as I know nothing was discovered there.

            During my student days the discussion about the Ark was inclining towards a hypothesis that the legend about its transportation and storage in Aksum did with a copy rather the authentic. I am not aware how things proceeded since I left Ethiopia decades ago.

            However, the scanty and scattered information that occasionally came my way since indicated that well-funded and supported ( politically) researchers, mainly with Hebraic background, were engaging in the search of the Ark. This point leads us to think whether such great interest and with the influence behind it were unable to penetrate the secrecy wall you have mentioned.

            Nonetheless, I would like to share with you personal experience about how the secrecy matter was so entrenched regarding the Ark – its existence or otherwise regardless. Around May (forgot the exact date) of 1971 my college mate, who was doing his service year in Aksum, and I visited the high priest custodian of the the Zion Church of the time. We were trying to look for source material for a search paper I was involved in, and my friend was there to help me reach the priest who was old but still very powerful due to his position. He said that he took part in the coronation of Emperor Hailesellassie and referred to him as Teferri and not Janhoy.

            When we asked permission to enter the church and look what we were seeking inside the church, he refused and told us that access to where the books were stored was strictly forbidden to anyone, and that he would sent his trusted errand boy to fetch the manuscript we wanted. This had confirmed to us that there was indeed serious secrecy that surrounded the Ark for whatever reason.

          • Haile S.

            Thank you, Ismail for sharing your personal story in your quest for historical material. I am impressed by compatriots like you who wet their hands in the mud. I hope good time will come soon so that our young will blossom in doing such research instead of leaving it to foreigners, who have understandably money and paradoxically receive more respect, generally speaking, than the country man.
            Best

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Ayneta,
    Happy new year to you and loved ones.
    With due respect, sir, what you have suggested seem to be easier said in word and writing than done as conventionally put. But don’t you think those honorable compatriots were loyal apologists and enablers of the dictatorship of Ato Isayas for so long till they became his victims? What do you propose to see what you have demanded to happen?

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Hope,
    Eyob is not only against Eritreans but against all humanity. But he represents hate and confusion. He is a person so low in the values of purpose and discourse.
    I also want to share one story about the relationship between him and Tplf. I know for a fact he tried hard to convince Tplf guys that he was the guy to depend on to throw IA’s regime. No body would take him seriously. It is totally wrong to implicate there was any relationship of what sorts between him and Tplf or between him and pfdj. I don’t know if I am bringing this info here for the 2nd time.
    Some 6 months ago, six Eritreans visited Sibhat Nega. I guess all 6 were from abroad and they were all muslims. From what I heard the prominent Eritrean Kaled Abdu and one female artist was among them. After some exchange of niceties and on current issues of the region, Sibhat asked them how they view the so called Agaezian movement. All seemed unprepared for that question. Khaled said to the effect that the movement could have some good ideas but that it came at a wrong time.. bilabilah… The rest of the group were uncomfortable to comment. Sibhat then said, Agaezian is not that it came at the wrong time.. it is wrong as a movement and it can never be the right time for such stuff at all. I was told Sibhat used “tsere-hizbi” when describing the Agaezian kids. Then the visitors became comfortable sharing their views on the group. On their way out, the visitors were puzzled by the difference of what they had believed of Sibhat as a financer behind the group and by what they just heard from the horse’s mouth.

    • Peace!

      Hi Hayat,

      Thank you for the info. But why not denounce the terrorist organization publicly and come clean? I mean It doesn’t look when TPLF cadres like Daniel Berhane and others seeing seating in meetings when hate is being preached.

      Peace!

      • Hayat Adem

        Dear Peace,
        I don’t know Daniel Birhane. From what I heard, he is not a TPLF member let alone become a cadre.

        • Peace!

          Hi Hayat,

          So are you saying denouncing the movement publicity is not necessary? I thought it would help clear something.

          Peace!

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Peace,
            Yes, it would. But who knows what the TPLF thinks of them: maybe they think the movement is to little and too crazy and they don’t want to mention them publicly as that would give them some currency.

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Hope,
    Eyob is not only against Eritreans but against all humanity. But he represents hate and confusion. He is a person so low in the values of purpose and discourse.
    I also want to share one story about the relationship between him and Tplf. I know for a fact he tried hard to convince Tplf guys that he was the guy to depend on to throw IA’s regime. No body would take him seriously. It is totally wrong to implicate there was any relationship of what sorts between him and Tplf or between him and pfdj. I don’t know if I am bringing this info here for the 2nd time.
    Some 6 months ago, six Eritreans visited Sibhat Nega. I guess all 6 were from abroad and they were all muslims. From what I heard the prominent Eritrean Kaled Abdu and one female artist was among them. After some exchange of niceties and on current issues of the region, Sibhat asked them how they view the so called Agaezian movement. All seemed unprepared for that question. Khaled said to the effect that the movement could have some good ideas but that it came at a wrong time.. bilabilah… The rest of the group were uncomfortable to comment. Sibhat then said, Agaezian is not that it came at the wrong time.. it is wrong as a movement and it can never be the right time for such stuff at all. I was told Sibhat used “tsere-hizbi” when describing the Agaezian kids. Then the visitors became comfortable sharing their views on the group. On their way out, the visitors were puzzled by the difference of what they had believed of Sibhat as a financer behind the group and by what they just heard from the horse’s mouth.