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Ethiopia & Eritrea: A Faustian “Peace” Bargain with the Devil?

The question of economic opportunities being given to our neighbors before Eritreans, calls for a separate analysis. The question of spiritual proselytizing in public being given to our neighbors in Amharic before Eritreans call for a separate analysis. The question of refugees right to return being left untouched so far when Eritreans are languishing at the doorsteps of our neighboring countries, namely Sudan, calls for a separate analysis. Whilst keeping the fluid nature of Ethiopian-Eritrean peace negotiations in mind, trying to capture the big picture of where things might be headed is a worthy endeavor. Not to mention the question of geopolitics, which is not only critical but has several components that call for a separate analysis. In this opinion piece, only one component of the latter will be addressed, namely notions of Pan Africanism.

Pan Africanist in the Making

Can Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed be the Pan Africanist leader who can deliver peace in the region? He has all the ingredients necessary to be that and more. He is highly intelligent, poetic in his oratory. And he is not shooting in the air or waving his swords. The days of politics of the warrior (zeraf and ere- geday)* are long over. The three thousand years of Ethiopia’s warrior history is finally in its waning phase with the ascendance of Abiy Ahmed to the highest cabinet post.

The days of Fiyyel WeTeTe** is so 1978, it has no place in 2018, which appears to be the unambiguous PM Abiy Ahmed’s message as he embodies notions of peace and love in his political philosophy. Three things are readily available for PM Abiy to base his moral imperative to lead the Pan Africanism wagon: (1). The Horn of Africa has had written languages as far back as any others in the world; (2). The earliest human existence can be traced back to the millions of years as Lucy (Dinkinesh) is its supportive evidence; (3). The Horn of African region is one of the many areas where agriculture was independently developed some 10,000 years ago. Such irrefutable knowledge is based on historical facts. We may be at the precipice of going beyond the three-thousand-year history of war. There is more of the historical narrative of civilization and development that can be narrativized if we only focus on our own history rather than on European and the West telling us what our history is. This is where Pan Africanism can kick in giving us the needed impetus to thrive as a people of the Horn.

The Politics of the Uncultured

The politics of the uncultured who would break glasses full of blood as a symbol when delivering a public speech to show that they are the ultimate brutes is long over. Love and poetic languages are much more potent and effective potions as was evident in recent days. The question that remains unanswered and that remains to be seen is whether Eritrea’s dungeon maker can be rehabilitated and build social and political institutions instead?

Can Eritrea’s Dungeon Maker Become A Peace Partner?

Can the same be said about Eritrea’s Dungeon-Builder, in which innocent Eritreans have been holed underground by the very man that PM Abiy Ahmed is making that Faustian bargain of peace with? Now that the euphoria has subsided; that the man at the helm in Eritrea is back in his haunted castle and where the slaughterhouse will welcome him back; where he will hear those whistles of tormenting ringing in his mind’s eye; where the bells of torture will chime in his ears when Asmara’s Cathedral strikes its midnight toll; where he alone makes any decisions he wishes moving forward; it remains to be seen what he does domestically. Would he free the unjustly imprisoned? Would he institute some modicum of governance with some sort of constitution by which the country and its people would abide by? Would he allow free movement of citizens? Would he allow the convening of more than three people in one gathering? This is an awesome power to readily dispose of.

Can anyone see a comedic irony in the surreal peace process in which we were made to witness? With the great fanfare at our disposal as we watched we could chronicle and chime-in our thoughts in real time in the myriad of social media venues of our choosing. Can there be peace between two nations with a population on one side being sidelined? Can Ethiopianism and Eritreanism remain as independent entities? The former is at a huge advantage to keep its identity intact because its people are free to voice their views. As for the latter, only the man at the helm says what Eritreanism is and by golly, it shall be so, at least in the duration of this peace process. Can this prove to be an error of countless “isms” that we’ve been hearing about of late? So many questions and no discernible answers that can be ascertained at this time but are left at the disposal of time to inform us and waiting eagerly and anxiously is the only option.

The Politics of Love

In June and July of 2018 Ethiopians and Eritreans have seen what it is like to arrive at the politics of love – to the poetics of politics in Ethiopia, where, for the first time, the nation of 100 million is ruled by someone who is cultured, who is highly educated; one whose oratory skills match that of Obama, save the teleprompter for the latter and the plagiarism insinuations of the former for the former colonizers and their progenies to shed crocodile tears for. PM Abiy can voluntarily strip off his Ph.D. title and would still be that cultured individual who has the gravitas and the enthusiasm to have massive followers as he does now. Our region has been transformed seemingly overnight. The Politics Turn from its masculinity to the politics of gender neutrality is taking shape in real time. The barbaric language that goes with war and hate is now replaced with the language of love and plenty of hugs.

Would what we have seen over our computer screen become a veritable explosion of love, of brotherhood, of sisterhood, of fraternity, and of difference between and among Eritreans the likely scenario? Could the same be said of our uncultured brute? Is what we have seen paranormal? You bet it is. But, does it make it any less palpable for peace to reign in the region? Not really. It is more than palatable if PM Abiy begins to see beyond the man at the helm of power in Eritrea. Making a bargain with the devil can be used as a stepping stone toward permanent peace with Eritrea, but not as the be-all and end-all.

The Bullet Train of Peace and Love

Attempting to make sense when a neck breaking bullet train of peace is on the move is an exercise in futility. But, no matter what, at this junction of Eritrea’s history, Pan Africanism and/or peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea can only have a lasting effect if and only if Eritreanism is kept intact. Overlooking notions of the latter even at the level of one port like Assab will be a Faustian bargain that will come back to haunt the region afresh. The deafened silence of Eritreans by the brute force at the helm will inevitably unravel at the proportions of the thirty-year-war-of-independence or worse.

Injecting Personal Views on the Current Events

The measuring yardstick should never come from a place where Eritreans’ voice is muffled and coerced. Listen to a young woman who lost an arm during the 1998 -2000 war with Ethiopia, it will give you an inkling how deep the wounds of war still resonate, not at a physical level but at the raw emotions that moves a listener at a visceral level. As if that wound wasn’t enough, the young woman’s older brother has been posted on the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea for the last twenty years***. Of course, the Asmara residents will come out in droves if they are told to come out to receive anybody that the regime deems appropriate to do so. Anything short of what the Eritreans in Asmara did in receiving PM Abiy Ahmed can be costly. These are people held hostage for the last quarter of a century by the regime in power. Those who have lived under the yoke of the monarchy of Ethiopia know this all too well. Those who lived under the Derg of Ethiopia also know this too well.

So, Eritreans inside Asmara are the anomalies and one doesn’t make conclusive remarks based on exceptions to the rule. It is certain that these Eritreans want peace, but open the border wide in both directions, the direction of the movements will tell the truth. The discomfort created as a consequence of anomalous conditions that distort the specter of truth through the endless visual images of hugs and loves between the two leaders can proffer a false narrative. But, as viewers, we must stay vigilant against some such dispensations. Visual literacy and critical lens combined with our ability to historicize, contextualize what we see with the intent of analyzing the blatant messages and the subtle images, is par for the course.

Meanwhile, hope for Eritreans inside and abroad on the specter of peace being created in the horizon, that chance for us all to see our region try peace for a change, is of monumental import. The only one getting in the way of peace, ironically, is the very man with whom PM Abiy is forging a peace accord. In the final analysis, I am not going to pin my hopes on the man at the helm changing his ways, but I am more than willing to remain on the sideline and watch it unfold. Cheering for peace and hoping for peace to materialize gives me that hope that I know Eritreans will prosper in no time because they’ve done it in the past they can certainly do it within the proximity of the country as they did from without as in Ethiopia and beyond. Political affiliations are such difficult positions to be in when new occasions call for a new way of assessing, synthesizing, analyzing. It is my ardent hope that those of us who have hardline positions against the man at the helm – will take a mortarium – however brief to see if the man can change his ways.

References:

*Search in YouTube titles such as Fukera Ethiopian Music & ሽለላ
**Yefyel weTeTe was a rendition that would come through the radio preceding any ominous announcement that the Derg of Ethiopia was to dispense.
*** The poet, Rumana Berhanu captures how an underage girl valiantly fought in the 1998-2000 war with Ethiopia. This is a voice being dislodged without any coercion as she lives in Sweden.
**** Best Original Rap — The Warriors’ song… ዘራፍ አካኪ ዘራፍ !

About Beyan Negash

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

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  • Brhan

    Thanks Dr. Beyan for the article. I wished you also included this
    “The question of the role of United Arab Emitates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia (SA) to the reaproachment of Eritrean and Ethiopia calls for a separate analysis”

    With Sudan and Somalia which have prefred the genuine solidarity they formed with Qatar from petro dollar, UAE and SA are playing with what they see as wild cards : Ethiopia and Eritrea to isolate and contend Qatar.The Eritrean government has prefered petro $ than the solidarity it had with Qatar and has sided with UAE and SA who can pay more.

    Had there was no conflict between the Gulf states , the no war no peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia would have continued , God knows, for how long!. But the Arabic proverb says the mess between two a blessing to third parties.

    The reaprochment that is initated by foreing powers is questionable specially in this region where the geo politcs is in continouse change.

    One of the irony of PIA visit to Ethiopia was to go to Awasa, instead to Mekele. Real real reaprochment missed.

    Thanks,

    • Beyan

      Dear Brhan,

      The question you raised is an excellent one, but it would require a great deal of read-up on it. I would encourage you to develop it into an article. I can also see Aligaz, Sal Y. SGJ, Ismail AA, Amanuel Hidrat, Paulos, iSem, Haile S. or the Awate Team tackling it far more effectively than I would.

      My area of interest tends to gravitate on social issues as seen through the lens of literature, language, culture, and the like. The hardcore political science is not my cup of tea. The prelude you gave of the dynamics across the Red Sea basin is an absolute must if we are going to have a holistic view that would inform our understanding on what might have been the tipping point that got us to this seemingly sudden peace treaty between Ethiopia and Eritrea. But, analyzed in depth it is not as sudden as many of us think.

      Speaking of tipping points, there was a book written bearing the same title, whose author later wrote “Blink”, which was a fascinating read. The latter addresses in how human beings make a snap judgment on whims and that instinct, more likely than not, tends to be the right judgment call. Whether the regime at home has that capacity isn’t the point here. If anything, the man might have that capacity, but always to serve his personal survival, not for the public good, unfortunately.

      The tipping point, however, speaks on the small things that push the envelope for a major change in society. The author, Malcolm Caldwell, gives various scenarios from the various contagious epidemic diseases to the seemingly mundane as in a product, say, shoes that suddenly surge in the market place after staying dormant for many years. One that stood out to me was when the author uses the phenomenon of the White flight from inner cities when the Black population reaches at that magical number, 20 percent.

      Now, it will be interesting to draw a parallel that I’ve seen Sal Y. mentions that is that 14 percent of the young leaving the country, Eritrea that is (hope I am not misquoting, Sal, if so, I will stand corrected). I wonder if that might be the tipping point along with other small changes that were taking place that tipped the balance of the political scale for our menace to accept the peace deal. This is a monumental conjecture on my part. I am just thinking out loud in hopes of someone potentially running with it.

      Good Wednesday to all.

      Beyan

  • saay7

    Abi:

    Nah, not at all. Fanti just sees the good in everything. Weyane is good, Abiy is good, Isaias is good… That’s because he goes to retreat in Katmandu every other year and drinks mountain dew, and not the one which comes in a can.

    saay

  • saay7

    Abi selam:

    Nah. Lots of people say it but Fanti means it: he is a citizen of the world.

    saay

  • Blink

    Dear readers
    Massawa and Asseb are open for business and all the camels which are our backbone are going to get their share . Massawa port will be open for Ethiopian containers especially these going to mekele will reduse their transportation cost . Come on Debrestion lose this old ego of Meles and join the party 🎉 don’t hold the Tigrians for your praid .

    • ‘Gheteb

      Hi Blink,

      Debretsion is probably mad as hell as PMAA has reportedly asked for the relocation of the Ethiopian Air Force base from Tigray to Debre Zeit.

      • Blink

        Dear Gheteb
        Is it true or what ? I saw it in one Qero guy Twitter and I couldn’t believe. I need to ask more but if you confirm this is true , it means a big change

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam blink
          The headquarter of the air force is still in deber zeit and the dire dawa and bahir dar base r bigger than the one in mekele.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei, Gheteb.
        Woyane’s policy is precisely as the name stands for it. We witnessed what woyane had said and done when it was ‘friend’ with eplf. And overnight tplf without no shame at all started to tell us how eplf has been the worst enemy.

        Many has known how tplf has used the NWNP for cheap politics, for begging money from USA. But few knew tplf has used the NWNP to move all the military central commands, different military departments and their respective all sorts of weapons. They have never said we do this because we can or deserve. Never. They have this beggar kinda thing and make an excuse to sneak their way around. God knows what their plan what they are upto with all the weapons, but the amount of money they looted in connection with this huge military activity is as big as what the so called tigria development looting Ethiopian wealth just because tplf is leading the country.

        So when tplf says no peace agreement before we solve the families splited into two by the border, we only lough because what tplf is saying ስለማርያም dont destroy my income.

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear All,
    Egypt media quoted the Ethiopian PM saying Gerd would not be finished in 10 years, adding Egypt is so happy about it. The Eritrean Ambassadir visited today the Ethiopian Embassy in Egypt.
    Ethiopia is under attack at its core vitalities. Ethiopians can never be overalarmed on this matter. Ethiopian nationalists, you are keenly alerted to this grand national issue. Forget the flowery words of of highschool textbooks that mean nonsense and platitude. Please, start questioning and checking this guy.
    Egypt is happy indeed!! Bravo Egypt, you have forced the game successfully to an overtime.
    O’ Ethiopia!
    https://twitter.com/i/redirect?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FRenaissanceDam%2Fstatus%2F1021723826831417344%3Fcn%3DZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%253D%253D%26refsrc%3Demail&t=1+1532440158701&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&sig=a6b2e341e5f35b3a152d7dafcdd0fc99065df24a&iid=ae6988d7eeee4831ae1e7e773a1d2284&uid=2193764078&nid=244+281088017

    • saay7

      Hayat:

      You can do better. The link you provided is not Egyptian media. It’s a twitter handle by an Ethiopian unimpressed by Abiys handling of GERD and who sees Egypt’s influence everywhere.

      Saay

      • ‘Gheteb

        Cuz SAAY,

        I thought no link is permitted unless it is the weekends. Hmmm…mmm..mmm
        Or does that rule applies only to certain people here?

        • saay7

          Cuz

          True true. I guarantee you the moderator on duty will remove it.

          Would you like to volunteer by the way?

          Saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY,

            Thanks for the invitation, but I don’t qualify. Hey, I don’t want you to apply some sort of affirmative action here. You know the one that fosters the notions of “lowered expectation” that you have adapted and applied to those Eritreans who are exhibiting these tendencies of “diminished expectation” from “IA” and his regime in Eritrea.

          • saay7

            Cuz Gheteb

            On the contrary: you are very qualified at applying the rules, unquestionably. Not once would you ask if the rules are fair. And then you can write very long posts about those who violate them.

            I will give your name to the Board.

            saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY:

            I will vigorously DEMUR and echo William F. Buckley in demanding a recount of the board’s vote. Heavens, I ain’t a denizen of PLANET ILLOGIC.

            Hailing from that very planet is the absolute prerequisite for one to qualify to be a Moderator of this august website.

          • saay7

            Cuz Gheteb:

            But Buckley said that when he was asked, “what will you do if you win your contest to run for mayor of New York City”? You are still in the nomination stage and I only have the power to nominate. You will have to make your case why you are qualified to be a moderator. I think, “I execute whatever rules and defend whatever decisions, however contradictory, I am directed to do by Da Boss Man” is what I wrote on your behalf. The Board is meeting after the annual congress* the last Friday of August.

            saay

            * congress: that thing PFDJ does every neveruary.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY:

            But, you still did NOT get that reminder about salutation from the Moderator, I mean THE Moderator? Mind offering some explanation and quit your futile endeavor of attempting to explain it away?

            Where in posting guidelines that you “wrote” does it say that one can use emojies in lieu of proper salutations?

          • saay7

            Cuz Gheteb:

            I will, I will, don’t worry.

            Nope you can’t use emojis, you have to address the person you want to speak to by their chosen name. Be patient: embrace your inner gobye.

            saay

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi Saay,
        Hmm… I didn’t know it was Ethiopian because of the name it bears: “Egyptian Local News”. Thanks for the correction.
        The point still is though: did he say it or not. Did he?
        Hayat

        • Blink

          Dear hayat
          The PM said the following “ if the gered dam project was continue as before it will not even be finished after 10 years” , he is saying there is new boss in the town and it will be going fast . That is what I understood.

          I believe the dam must go on even by selling all Ethiopian airline assets. This project should not be political at anytime.

      • ‘Gheteb

        Cuz SAAY:

        Was that a case where “pristine logic” applied so pristinely or should we wait for that fearless YG synthesis? I wonder!

        • saay7

          Selamat Cuz Gheteb:

          No, that was the exact opposite of Hayats pristine logic. And that’s why it was disappointing. What PM Abiye said was “if we work on the GERD at the rate we work on every project, we won’t be done for 10 years.” That is, he was criticizing the productivity of ethiopian government and not making a forecast. Nobody has ever accused Hayat of not being smart, but like all of you ideologues, she is susceptible to being manipulated by the Chief Ideologues of her cause, and that’s why I said she can do better.

          On YG. Well, I am sure he is pointing to his “The Circular Journey” article and telling people “I told you so” the week IA was surrendering Eritrea’s sovereignty to Ethiopia. No?

          saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY:

            A TPLF pamphleteer utilizes “pristine logic” [HA] and an avowed “anti-Eritrean” gadfly [YG] has turned into a tribune of Eritrea’s sovereignty.

            Oh my stars and garters! Oh my stars and garters!!

            Man, that will only be “valid” in the ILLOGIC of PLANET ILLOGIC.

          • saay7

            Haha Cuz Gheteb:

            Hold on to your garters and let me explain. (I can’t believe I have to, and this is why IA had “nothing to say” when he was embracing himself in front of Abiy, but I blame it on the lack of parliament in Eritrea, which would have enabled you to see what debate looks like: one more thing to blame the PFDJ:)

            Are you telling me that you haven’t met people with whom you disagree on everything but you admired their ability to debate logically? This may be one of the reasons you call everyone you disagree with an inhabitant of Planet Illogic. Never mind, I think I answered my own question:)

            saay

    • gebremedhin yohannes

      selam Hyate
      “Egypt is happy indeed!! Bravo Egypt, you have forced the game successfully to an overtime. ” oh boy REALLY?you are exposing who you are.shame.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam ms hayat
      3A didn’t say it wouldn’t be finished in 10 years . what he said was if we do it like we used to do it , it won’t be finished in 10 years and his haters convert it to , would not be finished in 10 years. The point is he is coming to America and will ask contribution.

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Hayat, but what benefit does it have to PM Abiy to derail this great project which could be described as the uniting pride of Ethiopians? It doesn’t make sense to me, becasue it means a political suicide for Abiy to tamper with this project.

      • Hayat Adem

        Dear Abraham,
        Like you said, it doesn’t make sense at all. But such things happen when one in power thinks or feels he has other powers to boss him than the people he has to serve. PM Abiy has been using all abstract sentiments like forgiveness, love, medemer etc to rally them for oneness in purpose. GERD like you said is the biggest rallying material. It is in fact more than that. He never brought it into the front-center of his rhetorics. Why?

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Hayat Adem,

          Out of past experience, I always read your post in earnest. In the last couple of months, the persuasive and informative nature of your posts were less and less of Hayat Adem quality.
          Today these string of unfortunate posts are more akin to Nitricc’s post than Hayat’s.

          Mr. K.H

          • Nitricc

            Hi KIM; what do you mean when you said ” Today these string of unfortunate posts are more akin to Nitricc’s post than Hayat’s.” how about a little respect. She is con-artist and I am honest broker; what is your problem? Don’t let me unleash, please.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Nitricc,

            Oops, I thought you were away for a while on your real job project.
            What are you doing here, back already.

            O.k, now you are here, let me tell you.
            I am glad you asked the question. ………Do you remember, several years ago, there was a lengthy exchange, give and take if you will, between you and Hayat. I know there were many exchanges but a specific one I remember very well.

            You posted a picture and commented about how Woyane or Agazi soldiers were mistreating the folks. I am sure some might remember it because it ended in a dramatic way.

            Hayat produced and identified the picture as being, soldiers of the U.N stationed in Eri/Eth boarder from several years earlier. You were busted and you didn’t like her one bit.

            Why I brought your name in my above post today was to remind her about that.
            What Hayat did today and what you did that many years ago were, not quite, but sort of similar.
            It would have made the perfect irony of ironies if you, Nitricc, called Hayat out about her post above, instead of saay.
            March of times, it changes everything.

            MR. K.H

          • Selam Kim Hanna,

            I do not disagree with your points, nevertheless, there is one big difference between nitricc and hayat adem. Nitricc never hid his sentiment for either tplf or ethiopia. He was the general who waited for the day when egypt will strike. He said it in broad daylight.

            On the contrary, hayat spoke softly and lovingly about ethiopia as a con-woman would have done. From the outside she wore the picture of a democrat and human rights defender of eritreans under the dictator, surreptitiously asked for the blood of young ethiopians in order to depose the eritrean dictator. Now, no one really knows if it was for the sake of eritreans, or for the sake of tplf.

            Blinded by hate, she did not have the patience required in such cases to read and understand what has been written, and she came out with this despicable banner “bravo egypt”, the number one enemy of ethiopia. Nothing happened to justify her triumph, only that her delusional hate was her guiding light. All these because tplf hegemony ended abruptly. It made her lose her logic and rationality, and she could no more control herself, and she was forced to manifest her true self.

            Therefore, there is a big difference between the enemy you know, and the one you don’t, and you might even take for a friend. It is not only about Abiy, it is about ethiopia. In the future one should look at what she says with a grain of salt, even better, with a lot of caution.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Horizon,

            There is one point I want to correct here, first and foremost. That point colors the entire post. “bravo egypt”. If I believed she was congratulating Egypt, I would not only up vote you but would add my own fire and fury. (sorry for that expression..I am hanging out too much with ‘Gehteb)

            However, she was not congratulating Egypt. You can tell she was alarmed that Ethiopia surrendered to Egypt and she thought she finally found the smoking gun to convince you and me to wake up. She was in essence saying Zeraf Zeraf to anyone who would listen. (she is convinced that PMAA is not good for Ethiopia or Eritrea.)

            I think, there is a perfectly normal, logical and reasonable explanation of why Hayat behaved towards PMAA the way she does. We may or may not learn about it in the future. We just need to push back when we are pushed and listen carefully to her assessments as well. She cannot be dismissed.

            I believe the following without any evidence…and just on generally informed faith.

            A) Hayat is who she says she is…an Eritrean.

            B) Hayat is either married to a son of Tigray or has a brilliant individual she respects and feeds off information and emotions.

            C) It is possible, she is reading all the tea leaves right. You, I and the others in our camp are not.

            D) She loves Ethiopia but loves Eritrea more. She wont mind using Ethiopia for the benefit of Eritrea, in any capacity.

            Together with my cyberspace psychoanalysis, I still say your last sentence of caution is well grounded. The caveat added.

            Mr. K.H

          • Nitricc

            Hey KIM; you are right I am not supposed participate during this time around but I am struggling to join in on this exciting times of change. Hopefully I will be done soon. Anyway back to your story. You are not telling the whole story. I posted a photo of Indian peacekeeper soldiers stationed in Adi-Grat and I stated that the picture was Indians feeding Ethiopians in streets of Addis. I knew the photo was from Adi-Grat but I have always believed that Hayat Adam was from Adi-grat and I was testing the waters. Boy Hayat
            responded with a speed of light to tell me that the photo was in Adi-Grat and I was not telling the truth. Hayat was right, I wasn’t telling the truth and I was very right not only Hayat was from Adi-Grat but from downtown of Adi-grat. However; As we speak hayat has moved to Mekelle. The moral story of this all drama was to know who hayat adam was and I found it out that She die hard weyane from the village of Adi-Grat. The end of very successful investigation indeed!!!! What is amazing is that there some stupid people who believe that Hayat is an Eritrean. Few to mention, Semere-Ewur.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Nitricc,

            Well, there are few facts I could quibble with but why? I would say though, that I still like the brilliant Hayat. There is a logical and coherent explanation for all this and hopefully time will tell.
            I am also one of the few to mention people that believes she is an authentic Eritrean.

            Mr. K.H

        • Abraham H.

          Dear Hayat, I think by now you understand that your perception of what you quoted PM Abiy of saying regarding the GERD was wrong from Awatistas. You may have msigivings about him regarding other issues, just like I’ve, for example, his canonization of the Eritrean despot, which is a bit disrespectful towards the Eritrean people who are the victims of the dia regime. I’ve not followed all hs speeches, but at least I’ve seen him talk about the need for accelerated growth and economic development of his country, in which case the GERD project would be central.
          Anyway, Ethiopia is in a much better situation compared to Eritrea as they have the Constitution and the necessary institutions of checks and balances. If PM Abiy oversteps his powers, then his tenure is not going to last more than the next two years, when he could be punished in the ballot box.

          • saay7

            Abraham:

            In the bad old days, I had a long an ugly fight with Hayat about issues that I don’t want to revisit now. The gist of it is: Hayat said I am Eritrean and I am taking her at her word. So then, all these things she is losing sleep over—who is up and who is down in Ethiopia—ዋናታት ኣለዎ Like you said, Abe, they have a mechanism in Ethiopia for the populace to reward and punish, even more so if and when Abiy introduces multi-party elections in Ethiopia (Herman Cohen was so excited by this he said he would nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. )

            So let’s do a checklist of what Abiy has done in Ethiopia that Isaias is not even thinking of and, worse, his Final & Binding sheeple are waiting for the shepherd to lead them (unlike in Ethiopia where the people forced the politicians to change or to lose power.):

            *Ruling party accepts resignation of incumbent and nominated/elects new head of government
            * all political prisoners freed
            * exiled opposition including armed opposition invited back home
            * corrupt or compromised military leaders given ribbons (fore only retired)
            * a listening tour of the country where the PM heard from the people;
            * State of emergency lifted
            * shuttle diplomacy to win support for new direction
            * privatization
            * celebration of the arts and artistic community
            * changing culture of octracization and polarization INCLUDING in the religious community.
            * securing access to ports of Asab and Massawa without resort to arms or threat of arms.

            So many achievements that Ethiopians can be forgiven for looking the other way when he tightly embraced an ogre like Isaias Afwerki. And by that I mean generic Ethiopians not awatista Ethiopians because for them ብዙ ተቀይመናል

            Now, we need people like Hayat to use her powers of persuasion and the clarity of her thought to help bring similar changes to Eritrea. Ethiopians have demonstrated that they are capable of resolving their internal differences even if they first threaten to take their country to the brink. But in the end, they had institutions (ruling party with infrastructure and bylaws), important friends, and sheer size that made them too important to fail. Hayat can we persuade you to use your pen for the sake of little Eritrea and her biblical challenges?

            saay

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Saay,

            As you said it, let us see what the queen will say,,

            Dear Queen say something…use your pen for the sake our people,

            KS..

          • Blink

            Dear saay
            You have tried with YG and he got the bashing of Eritreans across the board ( burning flag , burning Martyrs certificates , agazians and many power by affirmative action ) Here you are asking Hayat ( mind boggling game . Good luck in forming the ugliest agents of change. We shall see what exactly she can do because let’s look at what she said
            -ELF were destroying villages
            -EPLF were a scavengers type
            -TPLF are the best.
            -Bombing Asmara with weyane tanks and planes

            Now ,unless you wanted to stay in the minority’s view … you can actually go for other types and produce better results . Or If you wanted to entertain people like hayat , I am certain you will be irrelevant to any change in Eritrea and all your skill will be left to rotte . But I have to ask , Why would a guy who have done many great things ask hayat to contribute while he can actually do it by himself and can get the support ? Are you feeling lonely ? I just don’t understand you anymore.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Hayat and Saay,
            Dear Hayat, You know I hold you in high esteem for many reasons. However. I feel you are giving Eritrea the short end of the deal whether knowingly or not. With that in mind, I fully endorse Saay’s appeal to you. I hope you take this in the spirit I convey it.

            Saay, Blink is appealing to you to join the majority, whatever that is, because a minority is wrong whatever ideas it espouses and cannot offer enough cheering. I thought atheism was a minority issue but never mind. It is amusing to see cheap recruiting tactics employed to sway giants in their own game.

          • saay7

            ኣቡ ሰላሕ:

            ሰለስ ኣርባዕ ነፈር ህለው እንሰር: ከትበው ይከትበው ከበሮም ኣለቤኒ፥፥ ወላሂ ኣልዓዚም:: ያሬት ዲስከስ ከም ትዊተር “ምዩት” ለትትባሃል ሕልዋ feature ከልቀው እግልና:)

            (iSem: put down your red pen. Abu Selah knows my Tigrayt is rusty but he knows what I am saying)

            saay

          • iSem

            Sal:
            hahah
            መልህይ ሳልሕ

            እላቱ?

            አን ግድም ቀለማይ ቅይሕ በዳ፣ ቅይሕ ቀላም ሬእካ?
            ማለ-ልሃ ሳላሕ ሓተ joke(??) አስእሌኒ፡ ለተንዚም ናይ ወድ አብዕብየ ሕድራት ለወደዋ፡ ሰማዕኮ እንዲኮን እሬ ኦኮ ወሓረ፡ ደገዲገት፣፣፣
            Ask him to tell u if he has not
            Did I Passed to TSL level 2?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear brother Saay7,

            ኣና’ማ ሰኒ ኣምር ትግራየት::

            I was in Barka during my struggle years, I can’t say I am fullest but I can manage as you see me what I do with English,,

            KS,,

          • Ismail AA

            Hayakum Allah Salehen,

            What is up guys. When the two Sals jointly implore someone to do something, there is call for attention. Hayat, one of the brilliant, most liberated and perilously combative female presence in this forum would hardly miss challenges. Perhaps her discretion might have to inform her respond to the appeal before stepping up to the ring. Boy, Once in the ring, she could be lethal. Ask me when I debated her on Ras Allula and his biographer, Prof. Haggai Erlich.

          • Abi

            Merhaba Ato Saleh
            The call for Hayat to focus on Eritrean issues by you and Saay7 is timely. Actually it way over due.
            Unfortunately, I got a bad news for you. Eritreans case should stay on the back burner until Hayat Adem is done representing Egypt first. As you can see she is proudly congratulating the Egyptians for delaying the completion of GERD.
            When it comes to prioritizing, Eritrea is located on the lower part of the pecking order.
            Give her about 10 years. She will come around.

          • saay7

            Selamat Abi:

            (Hayat, leave Abi to me; he is a lover scorned. You focus on the big picture.)

            Over here, Abi. Really? Have you and Horizon joined the “cut myself shaving” club? Pick two teams in soccer from your useless league. Let’s say your team fires its best player and then you are so mad at the decision of your team you wail and say “Go ______” invoking the name of the nemesis of your team. Have you suddenly become a fan of the nemesis of your team?

            Hypothesis: When Ethiopians get a good government they lose all their sense of humor and proportion.

            saay

          • Abi

            Hi Saaytanic!
            The ever loving and forgetting Ras Abi will always forgive you.
            Yeah, you read me right. I said “forgetting” since I have already forgotten what you said:) or I did not understand the message.
            When in doubt forget and forgive.
            Go Saaytan!

          • saay7

            Abi

            Let me Abify it for you. Suppose you are a fan of Arsenal. And Arsenal fired its best striker and coach day before a crucial game with Man United. You are so pissed you say “Go Manchester!”

            Replace you with Hayat. Arsenal with Ethiopia. Man United with Egypt.

            Now you are caught up and you can go back to your amnesia. Looks like there is a lot of that going around.

            saay

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Saay,
            Although mindful my contributions (actual or potential) are overrated here, I heed the call to mainly focus on Eritrea’s and Eritrean’s agonies and the ways forward.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hayet Adem. I would suggest given your empathy for Eritreans, that you put on a large name tag necklace and travel to Asmara, meet with the PFDJ, and talk some sense into them!

          • Blink

            Dear FM
            What empathy are you talking abut? This person has zero interest in Eritreans and she never ever stand for justice. Let’s be honest about this person motive . She is a warmongering person. The hiring process for a hit person will not go smooth and the fact that someone believes she can contribute is simply irresponsible.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Blink. I agree with you completely. I was being sarcastic. If Hayet Adem and her brother Paulos ever travel to Eritrea, PIA/PFDJ or afterwards, I am sure they would be endlessly harrassed.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam FM,

            Do you support their harassment? I think you do, if you are visualizing it.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Hayat.
      Every time i see your name i get excited hopping this is the day Hayat comes out of the closet and declare i am woyane from north Ethiopia, Tigray.

      Otherwise 10 years is not that far compared to NEVER in tplf.

    • Peace!

      Hi Hayat,

      Why should he specially when he has other more critical priorities? And majority of Ethiopians seem to agree with him, and more importantly, the country has already moved on and succeeding is the only option. I am sure you are better than that.

      Peace!

  • ‘Gheteb

    The Tripartite Summit In UAE

    Greetings!!

    The leaders of UAE, Eritrea and Ethiopia held a tripartite summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    According to Eritrea’s Minister Of Information, Yemane G/Meskel,

    “Meeting between Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, President Isaias Afwerki & Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is taking place in Abu Dhabi at the Royal Palace. The consultations underway underpin commitment of the parties for broader & robust regional cooperation and coordination”.

    He added further that:

    ” Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed re-affirmed the commitment of the UAE to consolidate its partnership with Eritrea and Ethiopia and to support their efforts for development”.

    According to The National report:,

    ” Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, conferred the UAE’s highest civil honour at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi in the presence of sheikhs, ambassadors and dignitaries”.

    The UAE has seemingly MIDWIFED the Ethio-Eritrean peace accord and has now bestowed “the highest civil honor” THE ZAYED AWARD to the two leaders.This is a further testament that the UAE has played a pivotal role in ushering the Ethio-Eritrean rapprochement, but it is also deeply invested in cementing the Ethio-Eritrean detente.

    I have previously written about “The Emirati- Eritrean relation” and here is one of its exquisite upshots.

    Saudi Arabia and The United Arab Emirate (UAE) are two DIFFERENT countries!

    • saay7

      😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

      • ‘Gheteb

        Cuz SAAY,

        Firstly, you are violating the salutation thingy that the mere mortals in this Forum are unfailingly reminded of by you know who.

        Secondly, check below.

        ” saay7 Awate Moderator Kim Hanna • 11 hours ago
        Selamat Mr KH:

        Oh boy 🙂

        I wasn’t depressed by it but angered by it. And if your PM had said that of, say, the President of Egypt you would have demanded his head on a platter”.

        To demand someone’s head on a platter/plate???? Hmmm… mmm… mmm
        mmmm…….

        That has gotten a whole note DELETED with a bold faced announcement from the Moderator, but here you are unabashedly using it.

        Not that I care that much, but those who have LITERALLY deafened our ears about the RULE OF LAW, flouting the very rules that they apply on others. I mean, the mere mortals and not on those who wrote the posting guidelines.

        The double standard stinks to high heaven.

        • saay7

          Selam Gheteb:

          The salutation thingy? You sound like your hero IA who couldn’t even utter the word “love” and said “እዚ ፍቕሪ ይባሃል ዘሎ” (this love which is being mentioned.). It’s salutation not salutation thingy.

          No double standard: when that happens, it’s not like the moderator demands people’s head ona platter (wink); he reminds people. So I will be reminded or I will remind myself. Thank you by the way for reminding me.

          The “head on a platter” as I used it: if Abiye had said to Sisi what IA said to Abiy, many Ethiopians, including Mr KH (but not Fanti) would have demanded his head on a platter. Literally.

          Are you still studying the map to see how Abiy, expected this weekend in the US, detoured to the Gulf? Or perhaps space time continuum physics books? 🙂 Kbrom says you are welcome btw.

          saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY:

            But we don’t encourage incitement of violence; it is one of the posting guidelines. You have to start your comments with salutations and not emojies; it is the rule here.////// ‘Gheteb

            Next, I won’t be surprised if you are going to use “Oh my stars and garters!” next time as you are, wittingly or unwittingly, forgetting what you have been writing here.

            Then again it may be hard to keep with all the denials, spinning and opposing anything and everything the PFDJ does or says and supporting all the claims of your anti-PFDJ camp even if it is claimed that 1+1 does NOT equal to 2 and KSA is UAE and UAE is KSA.

            Such is the state of affairs of the denizens of PLANET ILLOGIC!

          • saay7

            Gheteb:

            Oh my stars! Oh my garters! Oh my back.

            Saay

          • Amde

            Hello saay,

            About this garters thing…

            Ummm… am assuming Gheteb is a dude, and its strange a dude will get worked up about his garters….

            What is going on there?

          • Paulos

            Selam Amde,

            Shifting……PMMZ gave his 200,000 prize up to charity and do you think the young PM should follow suit as in have the gold exchange for money and give it say, to Ethiopian children of special need?

            Please don’t ask me if Isaias should do the same for he will ask you to give him what you have instead.

          • Amde

            Selam Paulos,

            Was there a financial reward? If so I would hope he would. But i don’t know what the protocol is for pawning away a gold decoration. It probably would cost a lot more in terms of aggrieved UAE egos.

            Amde

          • Paulos

            Amde,

            He can play it safe too by issuing a statement that says, “I dedicate this award to those who died during the rally in support of my brain-child Medemer.” Then wifey will be happy too.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulo,

            I know you mean good, but do you think it’s appropriate to keep calling the PM as “young PM”. He is a father of 3, had lots of education and lots of work experiences. He is 41 years old, yes, that’s young by a lot of standard but he is not that young. Clinton was 45 when he become president of the US.

            And someone said, he is the oldest head of government by Ethiopian standard, except PMHD. To me young is anyone below the age of 30. After that I think everyone is on the same age bracket. And while on the topic, I don’t like the term “fresh blood, new blood”, as a means to appoint people or bring people to leadership. I think everything should be based on merit, you can be 70 or 30 years old and still have good quality leadership qualities. Although I think having a lot of experiences matters most than age.

            I am wondering how attractive the Ethiopian pension plan must be, that the PM have to donate his winnings. I understand when Obama donated the award he received from the Nobel peace prize but I don’t know what would the former PM of Ethiopia pension payments are like, that the PM have no use for.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            I am 48 and he is 42. He is the same age as my “kid” brother. It was partly a term of endearment on my part and partly, I see him as my kid brother. That said, the criteria you put out hardly makes one older for one can potentially father three children by the age of twenty and can have advanced degrees as well.

            Gaddafi was 27 when he came to power and it is said that, Anwar Saddat used to refer him as “the kid.”

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo,

            My reference with regards to age was (anyone below 30) I think I consider young, meaning someone is still figuring or already have what he /she wants to do with their lives. But if someone hasn’t figure it out by 30 then (assuming you don’t live in a country called Eritrea) then you are old and not be called young:).

            What I am trying to say is, sometimes we hear all “age” related comments from people and make assumption that because someone is “old” is automatically disqualified from being a good potential candidate for the job.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            The beauty of this forum is that more often than not, we go on chain reaction where one issue becomes a version of the next issue. 50 is the new thirty went the popular advert before 60 became the new 30 in a society obsessing with the fountain of youth if you will. How old is really young and how old is really old?

            As you suggested, perhaps it is a state of mind where a 40 years old dude in Eritrea is already an old fart and a 60 years old say in Toronto is still feeling the kicks of the hormons and hitting the gym to get puffed up. By the same token, career change in midstream have become so common that, knowing what you want to do in life has become time unbound.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulino,

            From your age, I am pretty sure that we may have been in the same high school :), for sure we were not in the same league.

            You see, our parents at the age of 40, without even knowing who your father, my father, saay father, those pre-ghedli generation have done so much and so well in terms of providing means to their family, educating themselves, running business, helping build their communities, their villages, their churches, mosques etc. starting with little to nothing. And they had kept their moral values in tact (without compromising despite so much wealth, opportunity to do so).

            Unlike our generation or the ghedli generation who never seem to accept the grace of getting old:).

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            I agree. We probably attended the same class. You said something interesting where I often times think of it as I try to figure out about our parents’ ability to be in control of their lives.

            Family album is pretty much black and white where my father with his posse having a chill time in Massawa in a white over alls and sporting cool shades as well. My father including his friends came of age in the 50s when the economy particularly in Asmara was booming.

            And they were men of skills as in carpenters, plumbers, electricians, truck drivers, welders, bakers and some of them later became small business owners. What is really remarkable was that, they all owned houses and produced on average seven children. And they gave us not only unconditional love but almost anything we asked for including ክዳን ኣውደኣመት!

            More over, they clearly understood the value of education despite the fact that they didn’t have much of it for themselves and pushed us to the limit to excel in it and do well. It was the age of innocence where ethnicity and religious divide lost any meaning. If our recent history is cruel and ugly, we draw solace and comfort from the great generation our fathers belonged to so that we can teach the new generation that there was light before dusk and there certainly is dawn after dark.

          • Nitricc

            HI P; sometimes I wonder as intelligent person as you are, you act like Semere-Ewur. If my wife makes me billions and billions, sure I will donate what ever some one awards me. Now, you know, I know and the people of Ethiopia know that the mother of corruption, PMMZ’s wife what her role in Ethiopian economy is and at the same time you well how PIA and his wife live the normal life. Just be fair! because you hate PIA, you don’t need to trash your intelligence and god given commonsense and sound like you know who, the Euwur.
            Come-on now.

          • ‘Gheteb

            A.mde,

            I usually don’t do this and you shouldn’t get your hopes up. I am doing this because I feel that your ken in this matter doesn’t extend beyond what is rendered in Amsalu Aklilu English -Amharic dictionary.

            Here is the origin of the expression “oh my stars and garters”

            ” Posted by Grant Barrett on November 14, 2016

            The exclamation “Oh my stars and garters!” likely arose from a reference to the British Order of the Garter. The award for this highest level of knighthood includes an elaborate medal in the shape of a star. The expression was probably reinforced by “Bless my stars!”, a phrase stemming from the idea that the stars influence one’s well-being”.

            Know thyself and thy league.

          • Amde

            Gheteb,

            Indeed you are right. I am not a denizen of the parrot league, of which you are an august member.

            I see you had trouble typing my name. I suggest you enter it into your spelling auto-correct so that next time you want to severely ignore me you can do so more efficiently.

            Amde

          • iSem

            Hi Amde:
            You are wrong on one count, Gheteb knows how to spell you name,you just not clued in, he has spelled it in tongues, the Latin tongue:-)

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Sir Amde,

            Is it him or you to be severely ignored? Indeed he is from the “parrot league” and worse, when he become the parrot of the despot. Amde, for sure the one who is from the parrot league is the one who should be severely ignored. He became the laughing stock in this forum when he told you that are your are not his league. Amazing, this dude doesn’ Know what he is talking.

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam ‘Gehteb,

          What is this…are you trolling to spell check me?

          Let me ask you if you really have real sources in the Arab world. What is this Hayat post above that says GERD wont be completed until 10 years from now. (could she be talking about filling the dam) She is quoting some twitter account I cannot access. Can you verify that from your multiple sources. If she is right, saay is not that far of my reaction.
          However, if you discredit Hayat’s report I will begin shifting my allegiance away from her.

          Mr. K.H

          • Blink

            Dear KM
            Just wanted to say a word until Gheteb comes . The PM never ever said the dam will not finish in 10 years . What hayat Said is completely a propaganda campaign against Abiy because they thought that is the place Ethiopians can oppose him.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Saay,

        Your “cus” was saying that the PM has not time to go KSA and UAE because he is coming to the US on Thursday in order to falsify the info we get from Kbromay; and now when the three leaders met in UAE, he is telling us that the PM did not make KSA as his itinerary. What a loser he is; he failed miserably to falsify the info we got from Kbrom. Congratulations to Kbromay. The PFDJites have no any clue what is going on in their political house.

    • Paulos

      Dude,

      You’re funny! Really.

      • ‘Gheteb

        Paulos,

        Just for your records and in case you may need a reminder.

        ” Kbrom is spot on his crystal ball! The young PM is with Isaias in UAE [[ Saudi Arabia]]! Gheteb, what are you going to say now? You can’t crank and spin the wheel no more for you’re out of oil unless Isaias sends you some from UAE”.

        ” Hameed Al-Arabi Paulos • an hour ago
        Salam Paulos,

        Today both of them, Isaias and Dr. Abie Ahmed, are in UAE. The Amir welcomed them both together, and the three have convened a summit”.

        “Paulos Hameed Al-Arabi • 29 minutes ago
        Selam Hameed,

        Thank you for the correction”.

        • Paulos

          Gheteb,

          እሞ ሕጂ ተዓሪቕና ማለት’ድዩ? 😂. I hope that is the case. By the way, I enjoy your exchange with Avvocato Sal.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Paulos,

            We were never enemies to begin with. From my side, I never, ever harbored any enmity towards you and one doesn’t reconcile with someone who was NOT his/her enemy in the first place.

            I think it is high time you banished those stereotypical conceptions, misconceptions rather, about me and focus on what I write in this Forum.

            You are more than welcome to confute what I write here by tearing it apart to smithereens or making a mince meat of all my arguments.

            Your “Avvocato Sal” whose métier these days is nothing but an unmitigated pettifoggery is reduced to resorting to pronouncing contradictory statements and even hiding behind “the flying goat argument”, ” even if it flies, it is still a goat”

          • iSem

            Hi Paulos:
            Ok, I get it from the three things: Faith Love and Hope,Love is superior, ተሶቊሪኒ
            But what is ዘይተሶቊሪኒ is this: How are you enjoying the exchange between Gheteb and ኣማሓዳር ናይ ሽቀጥ (MBA) Sal

            How are you enjoying an exchange that does not exist, it is like if there is a fight and one guy is beating the other guy and not sending punches, are these ppl exchange punches?
            Sal has never been so sharp, years of refining his craft came handy, but he will not persuade Gheteb, but he can prevent others from from been infected with Ghetebian plague

          • Paulos

            Semerile,

            Let me put it this way: If you have seen the movie, “The Matrix”, you see a similar story where in this particular scene, all of a sudden the sleepy and bored crew get excited when Keanu Reeves [Neo] fights [Karate fight] the legendary Laurence Fishburbe [Morpheous] when they were hiding from The Matrix in the ship [Zion.]

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei ‘Gheteb.
      This time Ethiopia and Eritrea can bargain better than three weeks ago. This is how you survive in this wild wild wild world. We dont want to be nobody’s elephant grass.

      Brainless racist tplf wanted to dismantle Ethiopia for the sake of one ethnic first policy. Idiocy in its best form. Eritreans and Ethiopians were not smart enough to wadge war between themselves instead of uniting (AS TWO SEPARATE NATIONS) and enhance their development.

      We do understand the how the word UNITY scares you.

  • Blink

    Dear all
    I just wanted to know how many kg and what type of gold Issaias and Abiy got from the UAE leader . Damt Issaias couldn’t cry the chain so his neck was almost going down.

    Shush to these who are on stress level , by the way this is not like weyane senaa forum you have spoiled your chance and now you better sit tight and watch.

    • kogne

      hi blink,since er/ethio relation started , those people kem qerna ziteharmet lam , their head still spinning around, their dream crushed, they don’t know what they are talking, they can go to Djibouti and open offices, they keep barking and barking like a dog without tooth they don’t bite only bark,

      • Blink

        Dear Kogne
        I don’t understand their reasons to object any peace deal that can silence the sound of bullets . What exactly are they saying? Let the war continue and let the poor young people die by bullets is their wishes and it is bad . They can still oppose PFDJ while supporting the peace deal and they can still play an important role in this but to oppose because the deal was done by Issaias is simply not enough. The Eritrean people will not forgive these anti peace. Imagine an Afar opposition who wish to have afar mini state , a kunama opposition who wish to have a mini state ,an agazian who wish to kill others and Islamists who wish to run old wishes over Eritrea . These I mentioned are the product of our opposition leadership and media who beat the drum of religious views, ethnic politics and many other bad things . I mean we should identify the ugly from the good principled opposition who are rightly calling for constitutional government.

        While some are spending their time at analysing Issaias as if he is new and even some are talking by digging their old memories. I question if these talking have good memories at this age and time.

        • Saleh Johar

          Hi Blink,
          Indeed, people can support peace while opposing Isaias. And though you do not tecognize it, many are doing just that. But it is important to note that many were appealing to the “final and binding” crowd to keep sloganeering but at the same time advocate for justice and freedom. It never happened. Today as. in the past, they do not want anyone to oppose Isaias. First it was “the border must be demarcated first” and today it’s “just support peace and forget everything else”. The unprincipled lots always have a way to pretend they are the only custodians of the nation. Eshna w’shufna.

          Yes for peace and still no to Isaias, his satellites, and everyone in between. I hope you contemplate on that.

          • Blink

            Dear SG
            Well, his supporters will not change but for the opposing forces these should not be the prime target as they will not be in line soon . I believe there are many people who are just doing their daily life without looking at any side and these people are always on alert about peace so trying to speak I’ll about peace will remove the prime target . It depends how wanted to get change as many people has different ways .

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Blink.
      Isu doesnt care about the weight because he is planning to give it to ‘Eri-oppositions’ who never sabotage Eritrea with the malicious plan of tplf or with that woman Sheila B. Keetharuth who has run the US policy with ”us or against us” on Eritrea, or leave Eritrea only for the economical reason and assumed the name opposition. May be he will be persuaded to care about the weight eventually.

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    Kbrom is spot on his crystal ball! The young PM is with Isaias in Saudi! Gheteb, what are you going to say now? You can’t crank and spin the wheel no more for you’re out of oil unless Isaias sends you some from Saudi.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Paulos,

      Today both of them, Isaias and Dr. Abie Ahmed, are in UAE. The Amir welcomed them both together, and the three have convened a summit

      • Paulos

        Selam Hameed,

        Thank you for the correction.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Eritrean oppositionists following a highly successful campaign over the past two decades of siding with the TPLF in their ‘at all costs’ efforts to overthrow the PIA/PFDJ regime, have now embarked on a new 20- year strategy to effect regime change in Eritrea by attempting to convince Eritreans that PIA has given Assab to Ethiopia and agreed to either confederate or unify Eritrea with Ethiopia. Please stand by for quinquennial progress updates.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei,. FishMilk.
      It is much easier to milk a fish than trust woyane to do any good. But is there any thing called ‘Eritran opposition’? If there is then you have to help me with the definition opposition mean. I might got it wrong all the time.

      This is what i gathered from internet about ‘Eritrean opposition’….Write complaint to the whole world even for tplf how undemocratic Eritrea is, support anything against Eritrea because they are ‘opposition’ to the government. And hope anyone who listens change the government and invite them to Asmara palace. In the mean time if some one protest against the government then jamm the internet with the excitement that some one sacrifices for the change they wish for their beloved Eritrea. That is how you show love.

      Can they do the change themselves in Eritrea like the Ethiopians or any change seeker do? Hmmmmmmm, what about the family, the work, the nice life. Classy people dont do that. Eritreans at home must do that. There would be a risk like going to jail. Killing also, that was what happened in Ethiopia or the rest of the world.

      There is one crucial thing the ‘Eri-opposition’ has done. Any Eritrean can leave home and become citizen of the west. This even benefits for their comrades from woyane land. Who knows the difference between ethi/Eri tigrinya people. I dont know..

  • Fanti Ghana

    Selam Alex,

    There is a good chance that Kibrom or his sources maybe defacing some of the information for security reasons. If PFDJ is half as sophisticated as EPLF used to be, it won’t take them long to zero in a source of a leak.

  • Fanti Ghana

    Selam All,

    “ASMARA (Reuters) – The latest batch of recruits to Eritrea’s national service have been told it will last no longer than 18 months, relatives said, raising hopes the indefinite conscription that forces thousands of young men to flee every month may be ending…

    Eritrean information minister Yemane Ghebremeskel did not deny the
    reports, but said there had been no formal announcement, noting that it
    was “early days” in the rapprochement with Ethiopia.”

    I wonder if this is old news, but Reuters is reporting it as if it happened today. Either way it sounds good news.

    • saay7

      Fantiness:

      Yemane Gebremeskel went on to say significant policy changed like this are made via official media and this hasn’t been done so far.

      So if I were you, I would wait for the official announcement as the PFDJ is expert at spinning. Remember, the only prisoners released so far are the usual promise-to-never-pray-again-and-post-a-huge-bail Pentecostal prisoners. 35 of them. And Hannibal told SBS radio 19 were arrested THIS WEEK . Yet there was all that talk spun by “Eritrea Press” and others of hundreds arrested.

      It’s the same with this news. The Reuters reporter was asking Yemane Gebremeskel about rumors spread by Yemane Gebremeskel.

      Don’t unwittingly be part of the spin; wait for the official news: THEN confirm it with the families of the National Service. Remember the PFDJ has been lying for so long it no longer can distinguish between truth and lying.

      saay

    • Acria

      Selam Fanti,
      The real news at this time should have been : ” the national service will be on voluntary basis to produce an elite and well paid national defense squad”. Peace implies no war. No war means absence of forced conscription.

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selamat Acria,

        It is funny, but the “national service should be on a voluntary basis” idea used to be my line long time ago. Everything that happened since has been so bizarre, even the smallest relatively positive move has become cause for celebration.

        Although there is no reason to doubt Ethiopia’s intent in the recent peace offering, a little caution is still prudent. Besides, there is the unresolved Sudanese border issue too.

        • Blink

          Dear Fanti
          Again border issues with Sudan ,come on let us enjoy our peace with Ethiopians first . After all we know any border issue with Sudan will be solved without guns . We will ask Gedu to help us lose the tension as he is having experience. That about Badme thing , I just don’t know why we have to leave another disease to the next generation, I mean why not put everything down to the cutting line so that people know their pain pays off.

          National service must start with the people who live in the west and bring saay with his kids to serve as they love their people . We have to design how to enroll these people once we have a democratic leadership . By the way , did I heard Abiy is asking students to contribute to the people on their summer time ?

        • Acria

          Selam Fanti,
          Caution is always great. Nevertheless, the best caution is to remain neutral and never get involved in the affairs of other countries, especially neighboring countries. That includes never harboring militarily active opposition parties. Never leasing your port to be a base to be used by other countries to attack other neighboring countries. We can’t afford to be in a state of war. We don’t have the material and human power to do so. We need to get out of the war mentality. Border was never an issue and it will never be an issue. It is just a pretext for other problems, such as illegal human and material smuggling.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Acria; you have very narrow view of national military service. You don’t a war or conflict to have NMS; it builds character, discipline and unity among the youth. I know most of you think war whenever you hear NMS but it is not. UAE have a very strict NMS obligation but have ever heard UAE been under any threat? NMS it should and will continue and it will be mandatory and obligation of every citizen of Eritrea. The end of story!!!

        • Acria

          Selam Nitricc,

          The idea of national military service, NMS, as you put it, is ideal. In case of Eritrea, it was misused and abused. Do some ground work, and you will hear how unpopular and hated the NMS is. You know what ‘builds character, discipline, and unity’ ? Sports, education, and community involvement. Never force anybody to do anything that they don’t want to do. Democracy implies choice. The dismantling of the NMS at this time will send a needed gesture of peace to the neighboring countries and the world. This will definitely help removing the UN sanctions on Eritrea as well. The story never ends by the way. It’ still evolving.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Akria; you said ” Never force anybody to do anything that they don’t want to do. Democracy implies choice.” No Sir, democracy implies duty with rights. Sometimes I doubt that democracy works for Africa. So, democracy is a balancing mechanism between Duty and rights, not a choice.

          • Acria

            Selam Nitricc,
            You got it right: ‘democracy implies duty with right’. Poor Eritreans have been duty bound forever without rights. Could that be why democracy is not working in most African countries? Democracy should never be a foreign entitlement. Africans deserve it. Certainly, Eritreans deserve it even more at this critical junction in our history. The whole point is, Mr. Nitricc, peace for our people back at home. Listen to their silent moans please.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Fanti.
      Peace is always is good News than war. Peace is more than good News when the intire nation is prepared for war With a populatioln 25 times greater than itself. When we have Peace not only we are far from loosing so many innocent Young men who can make a difference in Our both nations but the Money which is wested on the war can make a huge difference for both govrenments. How to use that Money is upto all of us engage instead of sitting and writting complaints.

    • Peace!

      Fantish,

      ሐቂ ይግበሮ! እምበር ጻማ ናይ ተቓወምትናስ ንሪኦ ኣለና ነንሕድሕዶም ክባልዑ ግዚኦም ኣሕሊፎሞ ሕጂ ዓዲ ተሸይጣ ናይ ኣፈርክቡ ሰለማዊ ሰልፊ ንግበር መሊሹ ደምካ እዩ ዘፍላሓካ.

      ሙሉእ ሰላም ይግበረልና!!!!!

      Peace!

    • Nitricc

      Your Fitness; Well, it is about time and you will hear more good news. Weather PIA likes or not the time has come to change courses. One of the immediate things to do is to limit the national military service. The national military service is there to stay and it should continue but it should be limited to 14 months. The next things PIA needs and must do is, free the prisoners while demobilizing and rehabilitating of the brave Eritrean military. They should be compensated accordingly, now the Eritrean government got the resources, give the brave soldiers what they deserve. I don’t care if he stays in power as long as he frees the people and implements the rule of law. It is time for him to change or die.

  • Peace!

    Rahwa,

    When did you comment, didn’t see it:) Why would you mix TPLF with Tigray people? Well, yes you should be ashamed for supporting crimes against humanity, and sadly poor people are now paying the price.

    Nice try though.

    Peace!

  • Acria

    Selam guest,
    There is nothing funny about deserving titles. For example, Dr. Beyan Negash has a doctorate degree. To call him with the prefix “Dr.” is a deserving respect. We don’t put such titles haphazardly. By the way, if you address him without the ‘Dr.’ prefix, he won’t mind at all.

  • Acria

    Selam brother Dr. Negash,

    One of the problems we have in Eritrea is that we have never been free. Even the minute we got our independence, we were subjugated to dictatorial regime. The last 27-years have been very painful years since the regime was led by Eritreans, the very people who were supposed to lead us to democracy. Majority Eritreans were hopeful that we were going to have peace and democracy when we got independent. That haven’t got materialized yet. The love of the country lost impetus and was replaced by the love of single party.

    Political power is tempting and vey difficult to let go. Although our PIA was popular in the beginning and has a lot of support, his support has been dwindling since the 1998-2000 war. One reason he is in power and lead the country in a dismal way is because he has core supporters that are doing his bidding. The other reason for his unhinged dictatorship is that Eritreans have never been free to begin with and is more difficult to fight against your kind. Moreover, the number of Eritreans inside our country is not that great, may be four million. That number of the population is dwindling everyday due to the harsh conditions Eritreans, especially the youth, are facing, exacerbating the problem. If we were 100 million, like our neighbor in the south, change would have come sooner, regardless of the outcome.

    I believe for most Eritreans, especially for the oppressed masses inside the country, Eritreanism is secondary to peace and democracy. This concept is very difficult to be swallowed by the former fighters of our revolution. The fact of the matter is, it is the youth who will eventually decide the future of the country. In this global economy, anything will be tempting including federation, ‘Kelel’, or unity with Ethiopia if it will bring peace and democracy. One, free, and democratic Eritrea would have been an ideal Eritreanism; nevertheless, that seems to be farfetched at this moment in our history. This is the main reason why our PIA and Prime Minster Dr. Abiy are nonchalantly spreading the ‘one people, one nation, no border’ mantra. This is very true despite how Faustian it might seem to the rest of us.

    • Peace!

      Hi Acria,

      Good points. We have been on opposing side for almost a century: from Italy to England to Haileselassie to Megustu to abiy ….when will this stop and if we can’t stop it, don’t you think we need different strategy. This country has eaten up her kids for decades and can’t afford to continue that way. We need to think out side the box.

      Peace!

      • Amde

        Selam! Peace!

        I see the Abiy profile pic is back.. :-).

        “We have been on opposing side for almost a century: ”

        I agree with you and it was primarily driven by outside interests. The primacy of outside interests (irrespective of the talk of sovereignty) is still fact of life.

        But for once, the interests of outsiders seems to coincide with the two states having a close (even incestuous) relationship. It is really a revolutionary break with the past. We will see what forms it will take, but this is way beyond the egos and whimsical dreams of any one person and/or political entity.

        Amde

        • Selam Amde,

          Yes, we can say that after all it is the uae (alone or in agreement with others, most probably, the later) is the power that brought pm Abiy and IA together. But why?

          Few years ago, religion was an important factor, but not anymore for the young crown princesses of the gulf states, who seem much more liberal than their predecessors.

          Economic reasons and investment in the horn, especially in agriculture may be an important reason, but not the major one.

          Ports acquired by the uae in the horn of africa are redundant unless ethiopia uses them, and not worth the money invested in them. Maybe it helps to compete with china, nevertheless, business is business and it cannot survive on permanent deficit.

          Geopolitics such as denying access to the region to iran, qatar, turkey and russia, may be an important driving force. Once iran was in eritrea, I think, and with some hundreds of millions of dollar she could easily return back. Iran, turkey and russia have befriended sudan, and ethiopia and eritrea could be used to counterbalance this. Too many powers assembled in a small volatile region of the horn, each one working for its own national hegemonic interest, should make one skeptical of the whole affair, so that at the end of the day it will not be counterproductive for those poor countries.

          I hope that the unwinnable war in yemen is not the reason, and we might not see, war hardened ethiopian and eritrean mercenary soldiers fighting side by side in yemen, in a war that is none of their business.

          Ephemerally coinciding interests between uae, ethiopia and eritrea may not protect the two poor countries of the horn from becoming pawns at the hands of petro-dollar-rich arab states, who after fulfilling the motive of the master may be dumped anytime.

          Can the two leaders protect the interest of their people? Do they know that there is no such a thing as free lunch. These are really confusing times.

          • Amde

            Selam Horizon,

            Great post.

            If we are reading the tea leaves right, it appears to be an alignment of the Arabian Peninsula’s ambitions for a post-petroleum world. I can’t tell if it is a Persia/Arabia thing or a Shia/Sunni thing.. but I guess things will clarify. Funnily enough, if this was about Yemen or war with Iran I would think your characterization of “ephemeral” would be quite apt. I think they have economic ambitions though, which I suspect will be more lasting.

            Amde

        • Peace!

          Hi Amde,

          Haha..No. I’m not in a panic group. Eritrea is a sovereign country and working closely with its neighbors is a must, not an option. Peace costs lives and should not be abused for political purpose. Let’s just hope whatever obstacles ahead are peacefully manageable. Sometimes Hayat makes me nervous:)

          Peace!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Peace and Amde,

            Peace is the key element for development and progress towards the civilization of nations and peoples. For such kind of destination, I think any sane human being will hail it, but what I see between the two regimes and their supports is totally a different issue. In Ethiopia they add those they love and exclude openly with extreme hate tplf as if this group has no supporters inside Ethiopia. Mr. PMAAA love has no border, it is contagious and overwhelms even those who abuse their responsibilities towards their compatriots in the nation. As far as your love and addition doesn’t exceed your supporters, you are in the wrong position of making a great history. You shake hands with a notorious criminal with international certificate at the time fumes of hate disseminates from your camp towards those you worked with them before few months. To practice divide and rule between the tplf and Tigrai people is unhealthy sign and you have to fight it strongly. This kind of spirit specially among those who consider themselves your supporters will cost you a lot. Moreover, if you truly love the Ethiopian people, you have to love their neighbors too. To confine your love to Isaias only is something unexpected from a man who lectures for love and addition. Anyhow, I bless your joining the devils camp.

            Isaias doesn’t know love or addition. He only loves himself and hates all without exception. Isaias looks at his subjects as disposable items, he utilizes and throws them in dungeons when their service to him is finished.

          • Peace!

            Hi Hameed,

            I don’t think it is helpful to criticize and label people because they read things differently; perhaps that’s why we end up with over thirty political parties for a country with less than four million population. Opposing everything PFDJ does is not a winning strategy rather listening and supporting to people who can effect change is what we should be investing our time and energy. What people want to hear now is a peaceful life regardless of how long it lasts. They have seen and tired of war and its implications, and that entire price is just for a peaceful life. Now peace is hovering on the air and opposing it on day one because we hate the dictator sounds a bit silly–sebay delikin chehmi xeliekin, rather it should be seen as an opportunity to demand justice more aggressively and ultimately change the atmosphere into our advantage. Eritrea is a sovereign country with its own domestic problems just like other ordinary countries; however, that should not dictate its national interest. PFDJ is a short-term problem.

            Peace!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Peace,

            The people of Eritrea has an experience about peace with Isaias after independence in 1991. Many had believed in what you preach about at that time, therefore they joined and supported him. The result. the bite was very hurting and destructive that led to what you see today in Eritrea. Believe me, every idea or word you have said is not new to Eritreans; they have heard, discussed and experienced them 28 years back. I think, your commodity is very old for Eritreans to buy.

            I guess for Ethiopians it is the first experience. Good luck my friend. I wish you peace and progress.

          • Peace!

            Hameed,

            I said we should see it as an opportunity to demand justice aggressively in a sense the regime would end up with less excuses and the people with breathing room. If this sounds old to you, then your view doesn’t represent average Eritreans.

            The other main point is opposing everything is not an alternative for solution. What is the alternative you have in mind since you opposed mine?

            Peace!

    • FishMilk

      Hi Acria. I agree with some of the points that you have raised but not others. While Eritrea was still holding to main of the same tenants of Enver Hoxha’s style of governance, the period 1991 thru 1997 was still generally seen as a positive period. Regarding Eritrea’s population, while this has been a topic of considerable debate, all indications are that it is currently more than 5 million, In regards to unification or federation, it is simply unrealistic at this stage.

      • David Samson

        Hi FM,
        You are sometimes unwittingly spill the beans: “Eritrea (IA) was (is) still holding to main of the same tenants of Enver Hoxha’s style of governance”.

        After Hoxha’s death and following Albany’s transition to liberal democracy, the world was stunned to learn a country which is in Europe used a horse carriage as only means of transport. There were many Hoxha’s statues in Albany. Isn’t high time, IA should start building his statues? As a starter, he can replace pushkin’s one.

        • FishMilk

          Hi David Samson. I did not unwittingly spill the beans as I simply said what I thought. Having the same Head of State for 27 years cannot be considered a good thing. Let us hope that positive changes in Eritrea’s governance take place without the same level of upheaval that Albania experienced. I am not convinced that liberal democracy is within the short terms a good thing for Eritrea, but I would be happy to settle for some form of democratic socialism. In regards to Albania, not sure where you are getting your information from, but even during the time of Enver Hoxha, there were cars, planes and trains operating in the country. However, everything was State controlled even the taxis. And, Albania has never achieved liberal democracy.

          • David Samson

            Hi FM,
            Oh Boy!
            You are doing it again!
            “Having the same Head of State for 27 years cannot be considered”.
            Since there is no ‘Grey’ colour in Eritrean’s politics, you are virtually crossing the red line. Have a courage and say the magic ‘D’ word.

          • FishMilk

            Hi David Samsom. You guys are a bit funny as you clearly filter only what you which to see, read and hear. I have before repeatedly said that the PIA/PFDJ regime is an autocratic dictatorship.

          • David Samson

            Hi FM,

            “I have before repeatedly said that the PIA/PFDJ regime is an autocratic dictatorship.”
            Bingo!
            We are now almost done, except for IA’s diarist-T.Semere- to include your name on the black list. You can only visit Eritrea, if you fill in form B4(Regret paper) and pay fines.

          • FishMilk

            Hi David Samson. Nah…I can travel to Eritrea anytime. I was not one of those oppositionists who were stupid enough to have publicly sided with the TPLF in their efforts to overthrow the PIA/PFDJ regime.

          • saay7

            David:

            FM short version:

            1. Opposition opposition opposition opposition opposition opposition opposition opposition opposition opposition
            Oppostionst oppositionist oppositionist oppositionist

            2. Dictator IA

            He is one of those people here at awate who think the opposition are in charge of Eritrean governance. They spend 90% of their time avoiding 90% of Eritrea’s primary cause of of our problems: the dictatorship in Eritrea designed and maintained by IA. Then when they are caught, they say one sentence about the dictatorship and pivot quickly to: opposition 😂

            By the way, congratulations Kbrom. It must be exhausting to be right all the time. Send some consolation words to Cuz Gheteb please.

            saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY:

            You have asserted that some in this Forum maybe suffering from “spontaneous Amnesia”. I have just copy pasted what his Kbromness reported just to jog the memories of those with a willfully induced amnesia.

            ” Kbrom • 3 days ago
            Hi All

            A special envoy of Mohammed bin Salman handed a letter to PIA in Asmara onFriday and headed direct to Addis to deliver the same message to PMAA.

            PIA headed to Saudi today; it is also expected PMAA to be there in KSA.

            The Ethio – Eritrea package/action plan owners MbS and MbZ are the two princes who are leading the current development in the Horn of Africa”.

          • saay7

            Selamat Cuzney:

            I know! From the 195 countries in the world that each of these heads of states could have spent their day in, both of them spent it in a NOT Saudi Arabia country. Together. Getting their “F U Qatar” award.

            Clearly, Kbrom got it very wrong. I will never listen to him ever again.

            saay

          • David Samson

            Selamat SAAY,
            Kibrom, is not only a scoop, but has an impressive reading skills on Horn’s Geo-politics.

            This BBC’s headline appeared on 14th June 2018.

            “Why landlocked Ethiopia wants to launch a navy”

            Mind you, the time was just under a week of IA’s speech.

            All Assab’s details must have worked out during their first meeting-18th May.

          • FishMilk

            Hi saay7. Funny. I guess we should instead spend 99.9% of our time dealing with fantasy stories about PIA giving away Assab, unionism, confederation, reincarnated Five-Point Peace Plan, how old Osman looks, PIA’s kids, sincerity of Yemane’s smile, etc. You can even call in the National Inquirer to spruce up matters. Maybe add in a ghost story or two. Who ya gonna call….ghost-busters!…

          • saay7

            FM:

            Or, or, and this is completely wild and out of the box, you could talk about all the things your peeps used to tell us is going to happen as soon as peace is announced. All in the hands of PFDJ and not Opposition (or Oppositionists as you call it)

            * release of all political prisoners (you know, the J in your PFDJ.)
            * constitutionalism
            * demobilization of NS and limiting their time
            * democracy (you know, the D in your PFDJ)

            And why are your references to pop culture (ghost busters, bad boys) always the suckiest? 🙂 Are you, like, bad at everything?

            saay

          • FishMilk

            Hi saay7. OK I haven’t lived in Califonication for decades and may not be current on pop culture like you. Cut me a break! However, if you take the lead on an article centered around the lack of functional judiciary and subsequent lack of due process in Eritrea, I would happily contribute. However, I don’t like wasting time on bogus stories such as unification.

          • saay7

            FM:

            Your values are all screwy. Issues of justice have to be raised by Oppositionist, to which you will contribute. Why don’t you own it and initiate it instead of never ending halewlew about a group with zero power over what is happening in Eritrea: the opposition.

            This reminds me of the PFDJ opposition about Eritreans whose land is going to be given to Ethiopia: to deny Weyane the argument of “we won’t to advocate on behalf of Ethiopians losing their land; we will refuse to dialogue on behalf of Eritreans losing their land.” What a demented and strange value system you guys celebrate.

            saay

          • FishMilk

            Hi saay7. Issues to include lack of a Judicial System and Due Process in Eritrea might have been raised before but the context has completely changed with the peace agreement and so have possible solutions and strategies. Those discussions deserve to be rekindled. I do not have a legal background to enable to take the lead in this regard but would be eager to contribute.

          • iSem

            Saln And FM

            And if we follow the logic Planet Logic, if Eritrean land is taken by PFDJ to be given to leader Abiye, are the Eritrean people have a legitimate reason to raise arms against PFDJ to protect their land. I know we have to make peace, but not before PFDJ returns our land
            No Negotiation before Returning.
            You return my land therefore I negotiate

      • Acria

        Selam FishMilk,
        Indeed, 1991-1997 was a relatively peaceful period than the rest. We could both agree that migration is more than immigration in Eritrea. Everybody wants to leave the country. That is a reality. When you see how Ethiopia has been transforming since the last 27 years, it is a magnet for Eritreans to be part of the growth and an enticing factors for the ideas of ‘Kelel’, federation, or unity.

  • saay7

    Selamat Abi:

    So many crown princes that you have to be specific.

    Are you talking about MbS, who is torturing his competition at the Ritz Carlton In preparation for life after King Salman?

    Or the two crown princes, Abiy Ahmed and Abraham Isaias, plotting life after King Isaias? The king introduced them at his house: Abiy is a better speaker but Abraham is taller and has the pedigree.

    saay

  • Paulos

    Abination,

    That is a good one. I heard a similar story about a certain Prof who would slap almost every student with “F” where “C” in his class was equivalent to the Nobel Prize. Hope Dr. Beyan will be fair to his students at Asmara U.

  • iSem

    Isiais Afrwerk Declare Peace with Ethiopia but Declares war on Eritrea
    Hi awate:
    Isaias Afwerki was not under any influence of any drugs, the dream that he nursed from the onset and which some time surfaced at different times with his lack of interest in borders and the joint government revelation that MH corroborated. He initial silence to the peace offer from PMAA was just acting hard to get and dotting his Is and crossing his Ts with his benefactors. Also he was “under the euphoria for winning the jackpot. He was just communicating now that “I humiliated those who call me a**me behind my back mot “kem adam”
    The fact that the top echelon leaders above MH: Petros, Haile, Romadan, Sherifo, Saed Barihe, Al-manin, Sebhat did not utter a single word to the treason that IA was floating to them proves that the struggle for the Eritrean independence and from in dependence to author our own future was kidnapped a long time ago. And leaders all are equally treasonous. These are leaders who snatched newly weds from their honey moon for the sake of Eritrean independence, these were leaders who were responsible for an entire family has been wiped out under their orders as sacrificial lambs. I know an entire family: father (60 years old) and his 7 children were om the struggle, but luckily most of the made it alive, two were deceased working for Eritrea, these were leaders who inflicted untold suffering as a sacrifice for the home land and here they were silent, paralyzed by fear from one man. And 28 years later, IA is much much closer to see that joint government he drooled over for decades.
    And when he makes it abundantly clear his intention when he acclaims PMAA as “our leader” fully heartedly, when for better or worse founded Eritrea are languishing in Ela-Ero for 18 years, when young journalist, teachers, religious leaders have disappeared in his dungeons, here was IA treating Eritreans as his minion helpers.
    The lack of outrage, the pivoting to we are making peace with Ethiopia because under PMAA Ethiopia changed and IA’s behavior should shock Eritreans. And with the speed of how things are going, and PFDJ’s lack of transition planning, brace of a new refurdum after a couple of years, after the economic booms that will come on the heels of these peace deal. The old will die, the young will forget said a former Israel PM and in our case add to that, the living will not care once the belly is full, the coffee is brewing and the kobor is drumming

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam iSem,

      I almost up voted you by mistake. I wanted to invite you to read what I wrote to Amanuel Hidrat, on this thread. I should have addressed it to saay, A.H and you.

      Mr. K.H

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selam Ambassador KM,

        I up voted him for both of us!

        Saay’s response to you somewhere down below is persuasive. Imagine if PMAA would say something similar to Egypt with the amount of enthusiasm PIA showed.

        Although Egypt has not caused us pain anywhere near the scale our governments have to Eritreans, it would still upset most of us beyond reason. Context does matter.

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Fanti Ghana,

          O.k, O.k.
          Upset a little bit, but I will get over it soon. The Nile will always start in Ethiopia and end in Egypt, no matter what.

          Mr. K.H

          • FishMilk

            Hi Kim Hanna. What about the White Nile?

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam FishMilk,

            You always ask me trick questions, in order to say I failed.
            I am not falling for it.

            Mr. K.H

      • iSem

        Dear Kim:
        Ok, I just read it and her comes my reply
        No IA is not like trump, and he is not lik G.Washingon either, he is more like Gaddaffi. Actually is very reserved and what he said about the election he was telling the truth, he likes acclimation.
        And no, it was not for change, and Rahwa and Hayat were correct to wonder about either his sanity or something else.
        The only good thing about IA bomb shell is it angered Sal for change, try as I may, I failed to make him angry:-)
        I am for economic integration and I do not even care that much about that Badme thing,because it is a gimmcc for the small minds of the enda hgdef. But also the price our people paid is enormous although quantifiable no outsider can appreciate its sacrosanct and IA has disrespected that, not now, but almost since he came on board. Now was a moment that many did not want to witness but knew IA will do it, it was just a matter of time and the time
        For me there were many clues: in Asmara, in Abiye’s reception IA only referred to Eritreans as “ezi hzbi”, )this people) and he referred to you as the people of Ethiopia, only once did he call us the people of Eritrea. This was akin to calling someone you know (atta, atti) or “yo”

        In the link Sal provided over the weekend, the young Eritean girl, Rumana was hurt by IA saying we have lost nothing in the last 20 years, we do not need borders and the we do not need borders theme has been festering for a while now. I also heard that YG has once ridiculed Haile Menkerios in the presence of high ranking TPLF officials when Haile M said that the border issue must be solved YG reportedly said that Haile was obsesed with bordered
        Also IA said that Eritrea and Ethiopia have been separated for 25 years, he is referring to the vote. I always wondered why we had ONLY 99.9999 percent in favor for separation, now I know, it was because IA voted NO.
        So it was the crescendo of IA attitude towards our freedom and not his singular Addis behavior that angered the usually hard to anger ppl like Sal and ppl like me who believed that although revolution was legitimate, howere how it conducted its business, how it solved conflicts, how it treated the ppl and fighters was shameful.

        • FishMilk

          Hi iSem. Seems like you hare having a Jimi Hendrix experience. Do people have easy access to Lysergic acid diethylamide-25 in your parts of the world?

          • iSem

            Fish Milk:
            I do not know what Lysergic acid diethylamide-25 is but from its names it sounds ( Nay looks, I cannot prounce it) that it is something that helps with amentia and something that sharpens ur memory, somethings at reveals thing that are not so subtle, something that increases consistency and integrity, then yes, I have easy access to it, But you will not find in in pharmacy near you as it it is inborn, innate, God given for free, but doe not give it to everyone
            🙂

          • Aligaz G

            Dear iSem,

            If you really dont know what LSD is then you may not know about Jimi either. Poor Jimi OD’ed at the rather tender age of 27 just like weyane from gluttony. Excuse me while i kiss the sky 🙂

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam iSem,

      I just wonder, what will the devil peace deal supporters say if Isasias went to Saudi Arabia king and told him in front of the world you are our king? Just think about it. The people of Eritrea aspires PEACE, but it should be a true peace not a fake one.

  • Peace!

    Hi Rahawa,

    I think he is a smart prime minister Ethiopian can find at this critical juncture. So far, he is doing well, why all the negatives specially given you are a die-hard Meles fan. It has only been few moths for such judgment unless prejudice has new meaning.

    Peace!

  • saay7

    Rahwa:

    You think? Nah. If you want to piss off someone you have to first acknowledge they exist and their opinions and feelings matter.

    I think in addition to pissing off Weyane, the second goal was just an exit strategy. He is tired herding a tiny country of 3.65 million and wants to incorporate it into a a nation of 100 million. Only Nixon could make a deal with Mao, and only Isaias could turn in the lemon (always breaking used car) to the dealership. Because, according to him, he created it.

    saay

    • rahwa

      Hey saay7,

      We are happy to have our lemon back, but it would be better if the owner (Eritrean people) decide for themselves.

      • Fanti Ghana

        Selamat Saay and rahwa,

        Can you two take turns to be depressed. Both of you at the same time is killing the rest of us.

        • iSem

          Hi St. Fanti:
          No, Sal is not depressed, u know he id data driven, what you do not know he is also fact driven, he was never into the IA wants to unite with Ethiopia,but now that IA saddled the sage and without qlalem said it, spelled it Sal say what he is sayin

          • saay7

            Selamat iSem:

            Well, His Fantiness is “the glass is 9/10 full” kinda guy and we will always love him. ናይ ፋንቲስ ዝኾነ ምኾነ: ናይዞም ዝኽሪ-ኣልቦ ገሪሙኒ ኣነ::

            Saay

      • Peace!

        Rahwa,

        Good one, but the real lemon you wish to have is gone for good:)

        Peace!

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Peace,

          Why? How you came to this ?

          KS,,

          • Peace!

            Ahlen KS,

            What do you mean?

            Peace!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Ahlen Peace,

            Sister Rahwa asked “We are happy to have our lemon back, but it would be better if the owner (Eritrean people) decide for themselves.”

            and you came with you clear answer that “Good one, but the real lemon you wish to have is gone for good:)”

            Why do you answer such reply? Don’t you know that the mass is able to manage this ugly situation? Tell us how you with such intelligent mind came to finalize this Ethiopia-Eritrean peace agreement is over?

            don’t you know that PFDJ is illegal? How those two nations will come to agreement? How?

            KS,,

          • Peace!

            Ahlen KS,

            Needless to say, it depends whom you engage with. If the deal were signed with TPLF led Ethiopia, Rahwa would still be partying. Come on!

            Peace!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Ahlen Peace,

            That means you don’t know this lady,,No my fried,,

            KS,,

          • Peace!

            Ahlen KS

            What subject? Rahwa is a hard core TPLFite and has her own reason for whatever she is saying. Naaka Z’dengexetilka Kei Mesleka, Please read her previous comments.

            Peace!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Ahlen Peace,

            I can’t say..what ever she might be..Let here explain to us now..

            Whatever the reason you came to reply, such answer I am read me …once again and you will find it clear..How, the hell do you think those two governments will end smooth?

            Don’t you see both people are not ready?

            The day will come when we will be ready..with complete legal system- admin in Eritrea..that will come to an end of the peace between one people two nations peace agreements..

            KS,,

          • Peace!

            Hi KS,

            The last twenty-five years were a big lesson for many Eritreans in terms of alternatives and capacity. The opposing side is too divided and confused let alone to agree on something and effect change. We saw what happen in the after math of wedi ali and Akria.

            Peace!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Hi Peace,

            That was a complete (a big lesson ) books can be written..on this topic,,, I agree with you..but stand is just stand and we will have to do our journey ..clear every morning..Let us just fight for rule of constitution,, Just keep going ..one day that day will end and you will become free..

            Not only 25 but for entire century we Eritrean never got a rest.. now will you come down Peace ? what a shame! Don’t you know that we are almost ending our trouble days? Just unite us Peace..

            KS,,

  • saay7

    Rahwa:

    It’s 1,200 mg of Abiye, and the drug manufacturer is called “FUW.” Everything done was with one consideration: and what would piss off Weyane the most? In most countries, this level of abdication of responsibility and contracting out national sovereignty would result in citizens demanding his resignation, but we don’t have citizens in Eritrea; only subjects.

    saay

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Saay,

      “We don’t have citizens in Eritrea;only subjects” is virtually an answer to all kind of questions pertinent to the Eritrean people inside the country. “Subjects” only do what they are told to do. The don’t lead their own lives. Subjects are disposables at the whims of the omnipotent despot who controls their lives. Subjects are there to serve their leaders without any rights. So your statement is a good description to the status of the Eritrean people inside our country.

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

        I really think saay and you have left the reservation on this. You have stretched this gaff he made at a public reception to an extreme possible negative end.

        PIA like Trump makes a lot of exaggerated stream of consciousnesses statements.
        Remember when he said to a reporter that Eritrea was number 1 in something. Or, when he said that in Eritrea there wont be an election for 40 -50 years. Or, Eritrea will become Singapore in a short time. Or, when he said we use forks to eat unlike our uncivilized neighbors to the south.
        I didn’t hear a loud criticism from you two then.

        I think you are embarrassed by what he said to Ethiopians, in Ethiopia. He was smiling for a change.
        Someone complained about him touching his heart and blowing kisses at the Millennium arena in Addis as an affront because he didn’t do it for us, Asmarinos.

        With all this jarring, and unexpected events taking place with so many players, perhaps PIA is playing his cards, we really don’t know. As long as there is no war in the offing, we should keep our excitement or depression in check.

        Mr. K.H

        • saay7

          Selamat Mr KH:

          Oh boy 🙂

          I wasn’t embarrassed by it but angered by it. And if your PM had said that of, say, the President of Egypt you would have demanded his head on a platter.

          It was not an off the cuff statement. He went out of his way to say I am not joking, I am not kidding, I really mean it. If you don’t believe me have someone translate it to you in Amharic and imagine Abiy saying that to Sisi.

          Peoples willingness to have spontaneous amnesia in these pages has been quite amusing 🙂

          saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            3A swear to egyption president in the name of God, in front of camera with the language he doesn’t understand that he will keep the Egypt’s nile share(1959 egypt-sudan treaty) untouched.
            But we didn’t saw people depressed because of it.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Teodros Alem,

            Hi Teddy, I am warming up to you. You are on point, on what PMAA did on a consequential and legal matter.
            I was depressed only for a couple of hours.
            These days everything is changing and shifting, I am like a CNN tv anchor man, just when I get a completed information, there is a new breaking news that doesn’t make sense being handed to me.

            MR. K. H

          • saay7

            Teodros:

            Not the same. Not even close.

            1. Abiy, the guest, replying to his hosts request, said “I will never use the Nike to hurt Egypt.” If made Sisi look desperate and Arab media mocked him. What’s the big deal about saying “I won’t hurt you?”

            2. Isaias, the guest, the president of a sovereign country, without the prompting of anyone said that he is recognizing his host as the leader. Just so the slow ones think he is joking he said “I am not saying this to be gracious or to be trite.”

            And no I am not depressed. I was pissed and mystified that nobody thought that was anything but Isaias just being crazy. But just in case you don’t know or forgot, the Eritrean replication was started in the 1950s (by the Haraka movement) because Emperor HSI was encroaching on Eritrea’s semi-autonomous status. And here’s some crazy guy unilaterally abrogating it because he was given a kaba and people called him Issu. Not depressed; more like embarrassed. Remember for many Ethiopians, that was the first public figure addressing them.

            saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            There is nothing wrong saying won’t hurt u but the disagreement between ethio and egypt is about egypt share of the nile water(1959 treaty) so i won’t hurt ur share means i accept the treaty .

          • saay7

            Selamat Teodros:

            That’s your interpretation of it, which is not the conventional translation. If it is what you say it is, and Ethiopians have no reaction to it, then it means Ethiopia has given up a legitimate right without even putting a fight and it would count among the biggest black spots in its history. In which case, Hayats statements and characterization of Abiy would be accurate.

            saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            3A didn’t sign any treaty and we all know as u said it at the time , it is a media consumption .

          • saay7

            Teodros:

            You are already arguing against yourself. This is what we call ሕልሚ ደርሆ in Tigrinya.

            saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            The point is, if u argue about the 5 point plan that PiA and 3A signed makes sense. The rest r just love speeches.

          • saay7

            Teodros:

            When a man who has never shown a glimpse of love shows an exaggerated version of it, it’s news. Maybe not to you but it is to me. One of the guys who knows him the longest, Mesfin Hagos, said this is not the Isaias I know.

            But Abiy yes everything he did with IA is consistent with everything he does with everyone else. He is from the Oprah school of self actualization.

            Saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            U right, yes i think it is for the first time PIA shows love in public for ethiopia but i think he have shown love to others country before. No?
            Any way what is helmi dirho means?

          • saay7

            Teodros:

            No. He has never shown love, compassion, remorse, kindness. Ever. This is a guy who said of the tens of thousands migrating from Eritrea “nobody is going to miss them; they were a burden.”

            saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            So the argument has to be for him to show and expand his love to other countries too.but i think i saw him he show love to gadafi of Libya and bashir of sudan when they were his gust in asmara, but still not the same way like he did in ethiopia. But also ethiopia never showed such kind of love for any other country leaders. Thank .

          • saay7

            Tedros

            To Eritreans first. His bosses. There was no blowing kisses, or kneeling, or bowing, or showing any sign of respect.

            saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            What about all the huges every year in sawa graduation?
            My point is let us just push him to expand what he did in Ethiopia to everybody.

          • saay7

            Tedros:

            Funny, I didn’t hear you make all these calls for love to Weyane. The way you feel about Weyane? That’s how we feel about the guy. The way you feel about your people they brutalized? That’s how we feel about our people he brutalized. So take it easy with your selective Ghandi message.

            saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            Am gonna love them if they behave like they do now days.for real, did u hear what general saira mekonen said today? Love it .

          • saay7

            Selam Tedros

            Whatever you say Teddy. I think you should bring Weyane back to power right now and just change them by loving them.

            saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            They never been in power alone since 1993 ec and they still r in less power.

          • saay7

            Ted:

            More ሕልሚ ደርሆ:: Good night buddy

            saay

          • Saleh Johar

            Ho Tedros,
            What if you were a hiring officer and you told someone he is qualified to be a good managers, does it mean you will hire them?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Gash Saleh J
            When it comes to gov they sign treaty (agreement) before implementation, the speech in front of the camera r mostly diplomatic and friendly speechs. Giving eri and ethio were at cold war for more than 18 years and giving the similarities of the two countries, the speeches expected to be more of love speeches.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Tedros,
            You are basically saying, whatever they say is lies. Then why do the world discuss what government officials the world over say? In countries that respect themselves, officials are held accountable for what they say and do. A wrong statement can cost them votes and they lose power. But if someone is unaccountable, they say whatever they wish because no one can challenge them or accuse them of misrepresentation of fact, or even call for their firing or resignation. Guess what kind of government we have in Eritrea–if you think you have a similar government in Ethiopia, I agree with you.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Gash Saleh J
            What am saying is the speech intended for harmonisation of the two countries, spacially since both countries just came out of cold war.
            I don’t believe they r planing to make 3A pm eri because of love speeches or i don’t believe eri and ethio going to be united, just because they preach about unity and peace , unless i see they make it official by signing treaty or something.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Kim,

          Of course we did react in a similar fashion to all his demeaning languages, his arrogance, and his unrealistic exaggerated leadership. When he said he will make us like Singapore. No you can not make us like Singapore with your economic policy and state owned economy. When (he) and the Asmarino exaggerated the using of forks and Basta eaters as if all Eritreans do and call Ethiopians uncivilized to our neighbor, we told them it is only self-serving appreciation that does not reflect the entire Eritrean society. When he told us there will be no democracy in Eritrea, we told the public the emperor became a naked despot and summoned the Eritrean people to fight back. So you will get in us what see in us, at any frame of time, to fight “arrogance” at one time and fight “submissiveness” at another time. You get what you see in us.

  • saay7

    Hey Alex:

    I believe him because he gets info before others and shares it with us.

    You knew on Sunday morning about IA visiting Saudi Arabia; Kbrom told us on Saturday. (Gheteb will confirm; or you can here in the comments of this same article we are discussing by scrolling down.)

    What is your source that the delegation that accompanied Isaias was about 10? Please share. If it is the shabait article that said the list included the following and listed 9 people; did you just round it to 10?

    The 14 people coming to DC…well, we will see:) I haven’t seen so many people so eager to prove Kbrom wrong. It is almost a full-time gig for my cuz Gheteb, which, knowing him, is a big clue.

    saay

  • saay7

    Selam Now Inc:

    Ok, so maybe the Eritrean king (IA) meets with the Saudi king and the Eritrean prime minister (Abiye) meets with the crown prince? Remember what King IA said when he named his prime minister, a day that will live in infamy in Eritrean history: “ኣነ ተደጋጋሚ ተደጋጋሚ ኢለዮ ኣለኹ: ‘ዝኾነ ዝግበር ነገር እንድሕር ኣሎ ወኪል ንስኻ ኢኻ: ንስኻ ኢኻ ትመርሓና.” Then Abbiy laughs at him like you do at mad kings.

    saay

  • said

    Selam Mitiku Melesse
    (Feeling sorry for yourself, blaming others, undermining Ethiopian struggle for a better life, exaggerating, leis (We Ethiopians are first and for most who changed the King’s regime, the derg and the tplf regime as we speak now) in respond to your comment below.
    I never overlook virtually anything else said, Eritrean know how to sacrifice history have shown and they know how acts and organise on their priorities they choose, for better or for worse, you long comments, about Eritrean not being organized? and Ethiopian recent change you put it a lesson to learn from and do I take it in consideration. Eritrean never stopped struggling and wanting their country to be as democratic nation and accountable government.
    In our region the fact and truth remain distance to have real liberal democracy, justice, and liberty are in pipe dream. They can be resurrected and restored without knowledge, education and information. At least in Eritrea few people have that information. The young are born after independence into what exists dictatorship environment and they know nothing else beside DAI , and as the cruel dictatorship unleashes and increases year by year, tyranny and dictatorship becomes the natural order to them. Indeed, they do not recognize dictatorship and nor justice, and liberty. for tiny group, their midcore life for some having a gadget like cell phones, social media, and the Internet give them the illusion of freedom. The old generation some were lost in the controversies of their time:
    Some of the old EPLF fighters’ are lost communists, a kind of Asmara hippies of late 60th , left-wingers, and communists distrust the great western life and brainwashed and imagined fear of US government. In short, the vast bulk of Eritrean people haven’t a clue. When you ask me to tell you the solution, what to do, my answer is that nothing can be done until enough people are informed. Informing is our job. Support Eritrean justice efforts and those of a few others whose only agenda is to inform.
    In Eritrean, and throughout our region, it is harder and harder to speak the truth. Indeed, truth is such a devalued virtue that to speak it almost qualifies one as not patriotic If you want truth to spoken. let me elaborate more.
    As no end in view of the Sufferings of SAME Victims in the hands of the SAME Culprits.
    Eritrean I am trying my best to stick to objectivity and completely neutralize one’s natural tendencies to falling into the trap, the conundrum of self-righteousness when it comes to the Eritrean existential issue and peace and conflict with Ethiopia. In this vein, I have no hesitation of describing the wider majority of the Eritrean population peace loving and fair minded. small group blind supporters of DIA, sick-minded dehumanized ideologues nearly beyond redemption to normalcy and humanity.
    This by virtue of total lack of a self-deterrence of a sense of guilt for repeated wrongs inflicted on the very same innocent Eritrean victims by the very same PFDJ regime Eritrean are still suffering from perpetrators current Eritrean regime and also from the past Ethiopian brutality ,once chased out in mass innocent people of their land; some of refuge fertile land being expropriating wholesale their possessions and never ceased to still continuing to oppress and continuously increasingly dispossess with impunity same victims in the most open flagrant fashion. the above description applying to the PFDJ in general is Doubly Compounded. This leaves one wondering, as all is carried out under the false rubric of Marxist ideology supposedly upholding the higher equality laws; ultimate frames of ethics and morality as a deterrents of the sound of conscience under the obligation to guide the laity to the true path of righteousness in lieu of mostly acting as the instigators inviting more harm, wrongs and inhumanities ceaselessly inflicted on the same human victims, again, and And the fact remain that most of the past and may the coming suffering was unnecessary if only we’d make better choices . border war that has killed an untold number of people. and almost no one from both side at that time raises an eyebrow. It is as if the gross immorality of war, whatever its causes, I don’t prefer conflict instead of peace with Ethiopia. Consequently, the passive, ill-informed and insouciant Eritrean are now getting and started to lose their lives, along with the lives of many other peoples, to the power and greed of the PFDJ. Eritrean have the right to be infuriated. Our only option for safely navigating towards a better future is to start dedicating a huge amount of focus, time, energy and resources to addressing these threats by PFDJ. But, unfortunately it will take time, that’s simply not happening right now. We don’t have much time left to get organized and prepared. Yes, it’s rare for things to suddenly PFDJ regime to fall apart overnight — so if you’re playing the odds, we probably have a few years left before the status quo as we know PFDJ regime it begins to crack, and it will break down. So it’s not at all unthinkable that at some point in time. Like everything in life. Meaning it must someday PFDJ regime will end. Whether that will manifest in a sudden catastrophe, or in a drawn-out crescendo political crisis, who knows? But what won’t be happening is “more of the same of DIA regime”. Or a straight-line continuation of PFDJ regime ruling Eritrea as usual. DIA regime pursuing the same insane, impossible and deal political and economical policy. This existential threat to our lives, security and safety is the root reality, whether we’re conscious of it or not, underlying why so many Eritreans are feeling infuriated these days is very obvious. Eritrean predicaments have everything to do with particular DIA regime. The fact and sheer obviousness of Eritrean collective predicaments combined with the near complete absence of any collective conversation about Eritrea at times is infuriating. For regime supporters of DIA regime “all is well” when everything is very much hellish not well. Many Eritreans paying attention, can see that all of this regime will falls apart sooner or later. The critical question to ask Eritreans is, what should we prioritize doing now, in advance of the reckoning? That’s the question an increasing number of DIA regime and PFDJ elites are asking themselves. Yes, DIA regime AND minion are the selfish people and controlling Eritrea today and benefitting the most from it, usually at vast majority Eritreans expense. But DIA regime and PFDJ elites, they can see that the exploitation and racketing they’re running has an expiration fix date. And DIA regime AND his cohort, they’re extremely worried about the hell that may break loose when it arrives.again and again. This, definitely, invites a pause

  • ‘Gheteb

    The Burgeoning Saudi-Eritrean Relation: A Political coup de théâtre

    Greetings!!

    Some three years ago, I penned two pieces that dealt with the Saudi-Eritrean relation. In the first one, entitled ” From The Annals Of The Saudi-EPLF Relation”, I attempted to bring to the fore why the relation was fraught with difficulties and attempted to proffer what caused that uneasy relation. In the second piece, under the title “The Blessings Of The Saudi-Eritrean Relation, Inter Alia”, I ESSAYED to capture the significance of this relation thusly:

    ” The recent diplomatic rapprochement between The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia and The Government Of The State Of Eritrea (GSE) has realigned Eritrea to be ensconced in its rightful and natural orbit. There will indubitably be a huge payoff in the near and not so near future to Eritrea, if this relation and alignment is handled realistically and astutely. Eritrea will not only benefit from this alliance, but it will handsomely garner the much needed blessings, politically, financially and otherwise from it. Here is just the tip of the ice berg of the blessings and benefits to be reaped, so to speak”.

    Today’s PIA visit to Saudi Arabia PUNCTUATES the importance of the flourishing Saudi-Eritrean relation. PIA is visiting the KSA on the invitation of King Salman and is expected to hold meetings with various Saudi officials during his two days SOJOURN in Saudi Arabia.

    Arab News reported that:

    ” King Salman and the Eritrean leader discussed issues of mutual interest and ways to strengthen bilateral ties in various fields. The two leaders also reviewed recent regional developments”.

    The blessings of this relations is no longer a mere “tip of the iceberg” as we are witnessing the blossoming of a relation where the tangible benefits are in display and can be espyed even with the naked eyes. Here is King Salman of KSA ENUNCIATING the Saudi-Eritrean relation:

    ” King Salman stated that Saudi Arabia values its friendship with Eritrea & is determined to further develop ties in political, economic, security fields; & enhance trade/investment links”.

    Verily, enhancement of TRADE and INVESTMENT are in the offing as Eritrea is on the threshold of receiving a massive injection of Saudi capital in rehabilitating its war ravaged economy. Coupled with what the UAE is planning to invest in Eritrea and what the international community may offer in assistance, it augurs well that the revival of the Eritrean economy is on the horizon.

    With such a propitious economic atmosphere in Eritrea in the not too distant future, it is to be hoped that will pave way for the creation of jobs that will offer employment for members of the National Service members who will be demobilized as the RESULTANT peace dividend of the Ethio-Eritrean peace accord.

    Such being the politico-economic vistas that one can descry through on’s mental eye, Eritrea’s PROSPECT is such that one can EBULLIENTLY prognosticate that Eritrea’s future is bright. Surely, this will necessitate Eritrea to undergo the requisite reforms, gingerly and glacially, to pave the way for the emergence of a prosperous and democratic Eritrea.

    • Peace!

      Hi ‘Gheteb,

      Not to discredit your effort, but honestly news on geopolitics are everywhere rather many Eritreans here and elsewhere are desperate to learn whereabouts of their loved ones who have been imprisoned for years, and will there be a real reform? Prosperous Eritrea for whom by whom? Please push your sources a bit harder 🙂

      Peace!

  • saay7

    Dear Kbrom:

    Thank you for alerting us that Isaias Afwerki is traveling to Saudi Arabia to receive his new instructions that he will not share with the Nehna Nsu gang.

    Yemane Gebremeskel (Charlie) just confirmed it. But just to spite you, he said he is not meeting with the Crown King but the King.

    Now we wait for Ethiopia to confirm that Abiy is heading there to get his marching orders:)

    On behalf of Cuz Gheteb, thank you kbur ato Kbrom.

    saay

    • iSem

      Hi Sal;
      Oh my illogic CUZ,oh my!!
      Why are you thanking your kbromness, he got the IA ‘s visit wrong by 2 hrs and 30 seconds and 35 mill seconds. Has the opposition started rewarding incompetence? There is zero documentation is available that tegadalai IA is going to SA to receive his new instructions, as you have erroneously, mendaciously, falsely and ABORATELY asserted .If I would bet money my money would be on the notion that IA will give instructions CUZ, of late you have become GLOBE ILLOGIC

      • saay7

        Hi iSem:

        You forgot to call me Kbrom’s Sancho Panza and I BESEECH you not to APPRISE me of its IMPORT.

        saay

        • iSem

          Hi Sal:
          Tu est iustum
          I was told in my English class not to write something that I cannot pronounce:-)
          are you flabbergasted that I forgot?

          • saay7

            ISem:

            Well, in that case, the Eritrean Ambassador to South Africa must have been your classmate. He was interviewed by South African TV and….his English is a tad better than 4th grade. I can’t believe this great country of ours continues to have a race to the bottom on everything.

            saay

          • iSem

            Hi Sal:
            He education was not enlish and my education was not in Arabic so he was not my classmate and he must be good then when I was in grade 4 I only learned ABC

    • ‘Gheteb

      Cuz SAAY:

      Please, don’t forget to extend ” On behalf of Cuz Gheteb” my thanks that Yemane Ghebreab along with 14 up-and-coming PFDJ cadres came to DC’s Eritrean Festival and his accurate portrayal of PIA’s departure to KSA some 48 Hours ahead, that is 2 full days ahead, not to mention that this was done at the OFFICIAL invitation of King Salman and not the way his Kbromness depicted it to be like an order done through a letter.

      While you are it, you can also thank his Kbromness that PMAA didn’t make it to KSA, but he is coming to the USA this Thursday.

      Anent the recently concluded Eritrean Festival in Washington, DC, find below what really happened and BANISH the gossamer engendered by all the rumor mongering that has beclouded the minds of not so few denizens of PLANET ILLOGIC:

      “The festival in which a number of nationals and friends of Eritrea took part was officially opened by Ms. Tekea Tesfamicael, Chairwoman of the National Union of Eritrean Women.

      The festival was also attended by Mr. Saleh Ahmedin, Chairman of the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students, Mr. Berhane Gebrehiwet, Charge d’Affairs at the Eritrean Embassy and Mr. Getachew Merhatsion, director of the National Cartography and Information Center”

      Lest you deny what his Kbromness has unabashedly and wildly claimed, I am copy pasting verbatim for your convenience right below:

      ” YG may be also Osman to lead a delegation of 14 people all young and middle aged cadres ( all hand picked by PIA) to Eritrean’s festival Washington festival. It is same like the እዚኦም ዮም ሃገር ዘምጽኡ ቦሎኛ ፌስቲቫል ድሕሪ ናጽነት 1991″.

      • saay7

        Hey Cuz Gheteb:

        So, what I am hearing you say is that Kbrom correctly reported that IA was going to Saudi Arabia?

        And that the PFDJ delegation to Washington, DC are hand-selected 40-somethings? As in: when was the last time Saleh Ahmedin made it to DC? Thank you kbur ato kbrom.

        Hey, and why is Ghideon Abay Asmerom not part of the mekhete given DC is his backyard? Is he still holding his Final & Binding Mantra?

        And: are you guys going to make up your mind whether Tekea is chairwoman or president of NUEW? You know a position is useless when the title keeps changing every week. I grant you, she is not 40 something, so Kbrom will have some explaining to do. Maybe she was Osman-Salehing a young woman?

        Also, do you have any news about Eritrea to report courtesy of Ethiopian media, since that is our new blessed news outlet?

        saay

        • ‘Gheteb

          Cuz SAAY:

          Oh my stars and garters! Oh my stars and garters!!

          Nothing gets my goat like “the flying goat argument” or ‘even if it flies, it is still a goat’ kind of disputation, of which your rejoinder is seemingly a classic example of.

          The Elias Amare and Ghidwon Abay spat you were itching to enjoy from the sideline, sorry to disappoint, did not come to pass.

          Both the chairpersons of NUEW and NUEYS, are not some middling cadres in the PFDJ totem pole, but are among the bigwigs of PFDJ leadership.

          Gratitude for his Kbromness and his Sancho Panza for ENLIGHTENING and INFORMING the Eritrean public at large. On behalf of the mere Eritrean mortals, we thank you very much!

          • saay7

            Cuz Gheteb:

            You are most welcome!

            Whenever you say “oh my stars! Oh my garters!”, I visualize an African American woman from the Deep South, wearing her church clothes and church hat, and fanning herself. Lordy Lordy lord!

            But the Elias-Ghidewon feud on Twitter was real. Until Elias invoked his uber-revolutionary creds and told everyone to shut up and await instructions from Brother Leader. Ghidewon complied. I don’t know what happened next but maybe kbur Kbrom can tell us if you ask nicely.

            saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY:

            You are saying that:

            “Whenever you say “oh my stars! Oh my garters!”, I visualize an African American woman from the Deep South, wearing her church clothes and church hat, and fanning herself. Lordy Lordy lord!”.

            If that is the only imagery your mind can conjure up from expression of astonishment and surprise, then you are way overdue for some disabusing and you really need to open up your eyes.

            There are many instance of it’s usage by many nationally syndicated columnists. Leonard Pitts, of The Miami Herald and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, used the expression frequently in his columns.

            That is just one example and he ain’t no “church going African American woman”.

          • saay7

            Gee thanks Cuz:

            Now I am visualizing you and Leonard Pitts and Tyler Perry’s Medea in your Sunday best fanning yourselves

            Saay

        • iSem

          Hi Sal:
          Speaking of Tekea, the chairwoman/president of NUEW, is illegitimate leader, in the congress whe she was elected, a young polsci grad got the most votes to be the chairgirl, the brass expected Tekea to win, but they had to strip the young lady and sent her to Germany
          She maybe th bigwig now as your CUZ says,but that will last until IA stops likes her and replaces her with a new favorite

  • Paulos

    Selam Dr. Beyan,

    I just finished reading your CV on Awate and I must say, I am impressed to say the least. I don’t remember coming across to any Eritrean for that matter with English major*. I am proud to call you my friend even though we’ve never met in person. Well done!

    *Just curious to know, why did you want to major in English when most of us fear to take a single course in it much less to major. You certainly are a brave man!

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Dr. Paulos,

      I share your sincere impression. In my case, the impression you just expressed had visited me a bit long ago not after reading this brief CV but through sifting articles and entries he posts in this forum. My clue for shaping up the impression you and I now share was the skill he commands to enslave language (English) to fulfil his call to transmit and idea or a message. I have rarely felt him struggling to choose a word or phrase. One can attain that level only through depth in the study of language and culture. Boy!, I once could not help but expose in this forum my lamentation the intellectuals like Beyan, Paulos, the duo Saleh and many more should have been busy in our colleges and universities nurturing the young generation.

      • Paulos

        Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

        I have always been a big fan since the Dehai years where his impeccable comand of the English language was awe inspiring to those of us on-lookers and too timid to say a word or two lest appear dwarfs among the giants. If Akhria has produced revolutionaries and stand-up citizens, it has also produced top of the line literati where Dr. Beyan is a paragon to that effect. God bless!

    • Beyan

      Greetings Gentlemen,

      For a brief moment, I thought I was in this liminal space, somewhere between the heavens and the earth, between the here and now and the hereafter, between the ante mortem and posthumous space, somewhere in the twighlight zone. Is there something these awatawyan know that I didn’t know? Are they in the process of writing my epitaph already? What’s going on here? Are you conspiring to lavish me with these accolades for which I so don’t deserve? The culprit, of course, is my own TelQefQef for putting my bio through the WordPress. Thanks goes to my friend at the Awate Team who suggested it over the weekend, and the WordPress automatically does the rest. Gentlemen, I am humbled by your kind words. Eritreans don’t take compliments well. Glad this was over the virtual world. I was beyond blushing when I read it and I will even blush more when we meet, inshallah, next year in Asmara – if the man at the helm has mercy on us, that is. This Eritrean landlord is one tough nut to crack.

      Respectfully,
      Beyan

    • Fanti Ghana

      Selamat Drs. Paulos and Beyan,

      I was laughing earlier imagining your surprise about one of our own majoring English. I never imagined anyone would take English classes unless forced let alone to major in it. So, allow me to join you in your admiration of Dr. Beyan.

      Dr. Beyan,

      In my last English class in college, we were assigned to write a paper that was 12 pages double line. I spent three weeks working on it determined to get a higher grade than my all time favorite C. The moment I handed in my papers, the instructor started placing one red line after another until the entire project was reduced to 3 pages. Bless her heart, the professor gave me an option; settle for C or do it again and try to do better.

      I took the C. That day I swore to not ever take any English or remotely associated with English class ever again! I haven’t had any pounding headaches since. You have my at most respect for daring and excelling in it.

      • Paulos

        Fantination.

        That is precisely my point. Dr. Beyan is a very brave man and of course my hero. As I have mentioned it before here in this forum, my heart has always been with the humanities including English Lit but I was terrified by the fact that my term paper will be red ink all over with “D” or “C-” at best.

        And found solace and refugee in the sciences instead where one doesn’t have to sweat much as one doesn’t have to come up with new ideas so to speak but regurgitate what long dead men had said a century or so ago.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Paul,
          በል ይኣኽለካ፡ ርኢናልካ። ንባዕልኻ ተናሲሕካ፡ ንኻልኦት ኣይተናስሕ። ስለዚ እምበኣር ኢኻ እንጀራኻ ኣቐሚጥካ፡ መኣዲ ካልኦት ተንቀላውጥ? መንቀላወጢ ፈላስፋ! 🙂 🙂

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Hailat S,

            I enjoy it..

            KS,,

          • Paulos

            Good morning Hailat,

            Ha ha ha ha funny. ምናልባት ስሰዐ ከይከውን ወይካኣ ንሂወትና ትርጉም ናይምሃብ ባህጊ ከይከውን ኢለ ይጥርጥር፣ መንኢኻ ተበሉኻ መንትብል? ብጀካ ኣነ እገለ ወዲ እገለ ካብ ምባል ንላዕሊ ብዛዕባኻ እንታይ ትብል? The unbearable lightness of being!

            ምናልባት ሳይንስ ምምሃር ወይካኣ ምጽናዕ እንጀራ ናይ ምርካብ ብዙሕ ዕድላት ክኸፍተልካ ይኽእል የኸውን ፍልስፍና በቲሓደ ወገን ናይ ሂወት ከበድቲ ሕቶታት መልሲ ንኽትረክብ ይሕብረካ።

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,
            ከማኻ ስለዝተሰማዓኒ እኮ እዩ ዘዛርበኒ ዘሎ። ስስዐ ኣይመስለንን። ቆለ እዩ፥ ማለት ዘይብልካ ምድላይ። መጀን መጀን ሕሕ፡ ኣሩሲ መጀን!! ንዓይ ክ’ኣ እቲ ቆለይ ናብ ናይ ቀደም ታሪኽ ሃገርናን፡ ናብ ስኣልቲ ዝጫሕገርዎ ምርኢት፡ ኣንብብ፡ ብጻሕ ይብለኒ።

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            Epigenetics is in fact what we call ቆለ! The idea in fact cuts through the fundamental question whereby if we all are genetically the same, why do we have specific propensities for certain specific realms in life?

            The working theory is that, certain genes get turned off while certain genes get turned on. For that to happen however, the person say, with a propensity for the visual arts ought to be exposed to that kind of environment so to speak—the built-in for that gene gets turned on. And you can imagine how many souls with a built-in talents passed on simply because they happened to be in the wrong exposure and environment.

            If one is to push the argument a bit further, the responsibility of a sound government is to provide its citizens particularly the young with myriad exposures so that the “built-in genes” can light up and life becomes not only meaningful but worth living as well.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,
            በቲ ኣነ ዝተጠቐምኩሉ ኣበሃህላ፡ ሓቅኻ epigenetics ክበሃል ይከኣል’ዩ። ግና ናተይ ናይ ‘ቆለ’ ኣጠቓቕማ ዝተጋነነ ኮይኑ፡ ሓሳባት ንምልዓዓል ኢለ ዝተጠቐምኩሉ ድ’ኣ እምበር፡ ብዝመስለኒ እቲ ቀጥታ ትርጉም ናይ ‘ቆለ’፡ ሓደ ሰብ ንዘይረኸቦ ነገር ንምርካብ ዝጥቀመሉ ስልቲ (tactics) ይመስለኒ። Epigenetics ትውህቦ እንተበልናዮ ዝበለጸ ኣይመስለካ’ዶ?
            እዚ ኩሎ ኣጉሪዔ ሒሕ መጀን ኢለ፡ ኣብሽር ኣይበልካንን 🙂 🙂 🙂 ።

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Dr. Paulos,

          Of course, you will laugh at me. I was from the rare Eritreans who say as to why people spent their time to read English literatures, while they are able to learn it from reading other subjects. Now laugh to your heart content. The subject I can’t beat my classmate while I can on other subjects. I have never scored over 75% in throughout my schooling.

          Now while I am admiring Beyan in his English command, I don’t see any difference in you than him in commanding the English language. God bless you to both of you. I can’t wait for Beyan to be conferred with his PhD.

    • Acria

      Selam Paulos,
      What a wonderful choice of education to get yourself accultured with in a country where English is the official language. I guess that could be one of his reasons. Let’s wait what our brother Dr. Negash will add to that.

      • Beyan

        Okay gentlemen, I can’t avoid it anymore. Enquiring (not inquiring, by the way) minds wanna know. Why does one choose English/Lit as a major. Acria got it partially right. Imagine a kid fleeing home with only 7th grade level of education armed with Tigrinya and Amharic in his language repertoire. Now he is in Sudan, where the latter two languages as a means of communication mean next to nothing. So, Arabic is in and Amharic and Tigrinya are out. So, he is now in Saudi, the pattern continues. So, he is now in Egypt starting middle school. Arabic is in the process of dominating the other two as far the use of language goes, but English language – that funny language – is slowly beginning to encroach on Arabic, but not at full throttle. At this point, this middle schooler felt his language capacity is enriched, but realizes he is not fluent in one. The exposure to four languages does the young man in as he is feeling like the noose is tightening on his throat because of the incompetency he feels in his inability to express himself in one language fluently.

        So, began the journey of a lifetime habit of reading on anything that I get my hands on. Mind you, not in Amharic or Tigrinya nor in Arabic but English as I was determined to master one language, by golly, it was going to be English because America was calling with an open arm for Eritreans to settle as refugees not with one shining sea but two. The embarking of mastering its language has been made a lifetime endeavor.

        O beautiful for spacious skies,
        For amber waves of grain,
        For purple mountain majesties
        Above the fruited plain!
        America! America!
        God shed his grace on thee
        And crown thy good with brotherhood
        From sea to shining sea!

        The author of the above song provides the musings of the majestic of the landscape. Katharine Lee Bates (1893) states thus:

        “One day some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse.”

        Indeed, Acria’s guess is spot on. If I wanted to be a part of this society, one fundamental way that I would know it and so I continue try to do is through language. I remember SGJ’s referencing language as a store of culture. Learning the language, to the extent that I can, was one way of learning its cultural nuances. I will save the other social activities that one does to learn the spoken version of the language for another day.

        Another important component to this is the desire to write was so intense and not having one language at my disposal to do it compelled me to the journey of at least getting a BA in it.

        As for the talk about grades, a portfolio approach rather than the standardized testing is far more effective as far as I am concerned. Some pilot schools were tried in New York and Boston area with impressive results. Fanti and Paulos, that would be the way to go for the future Eritreans and Ethiopians, because the No Child Left Behind Act of the second Bush inadvertently began to punish educators as they had to show that the pupils were passing the standardized test. No different on the Race to the Top or Common Core of Obama policy on education. Kids are being tested to death. Meanwhile, institutions that create these standardized tests like Pearson are enriching themselves to a hilt.

        Beyan

        P.S. Wouldn’t you know it, who would’ve thought Amharic was going to be an important language for an Eritrean, eh. Well, well, Amharic is in and it is coming carrying with it love and peace.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam Abi,

    I guess you are from Ginbot 7, a close agent of Isaias. I want to ask you one question since you are his intimate friend; what is the next plan of the devil? As you know he excels in human trafficking trade. He is accustomed to sell to those who pay most. In the near future his trade will certainly flourish due to the big market he has gotten. At last Ethiopia will be auctioned on a big regional and international sale. Ethiopians prepare for the worst as far as you hugged the devil in your own home. Is there a sane person in our world who sleeps with a serpent and pretend he has acquired peace? What we see is lunacy in its stark form. You have already known by now in the north you have only pools of blood for swimming, history says so. It is better to change your destination and compromise with your neighbors in the south.

    • Abi

      Hi Hameed Al-Arabi
      Sorry for the delayed response as I was busy having breakfast with His Excellency Isayas Afewerki.
      You wanted to ask one question and ended up asking three useless questions. Next time pay attention. I don’t like absent minded people or people with no mind.

      Now to your question
      I’m not from G7. I’m not there yet. I’m only the future Governor of the province of Eritrea.
      During breakfast IA mentioned that he is frustrated by the lower than average admission requirements at Awate University. I told him that you are here representing the animal kingdom. Otherwise what is a two-legged camel doing at this University? Bring more of your likes and soon we will have a petting zoo.
      In the meantime enjoy your time with people. You got the undivided attention.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Salam Abie,

        The one who repeats the same mistake over and over again is worse than an animal. Animals serve human beings, the devil and his friends destroy them. Now compare it if you have a mind to compare. It is understood by all that You always deny, a baboon in a running away status, you are from Ginbot 7. Though you attempt to disguise, your attitude betrays you and confirms it.

  • Aligaz G

    Dear Beyan, based on the title of your article I assume the PIA is the Devil in this “Faustian Peace” not PMAA. Maybe a more apt analogy would have been “Peace in Our Time” where PIA is Hitler PMAA is Chamberlain and Eritreans are the people of Czechoslovakia. From my reading it seems you are not confident that real peace will come at this time thru these actors. However rhetoric aside the Horn Politcs has always been and remains even to this day extraordinarily responsive to external influences and I believe the stars have aligned against your thesis. From least to greatest Igad AU NATO EU US plus KSA as financiers have decreed peace and so we shall have peace. In truth in all this I see small fingered Trump wanting to erase Obama’s and Rice’s arrangements in the Horn ordering his ME friends to prepare the cash. Our mutual history is replete with such deux ex machinations so let us not fool ourselves – better we enjoy our time in the light. In other words you are pouring cold water on a lot of people’s parades. With respect.

    • Beyan

      Dear Algaz G.,

      Your analogy may aptly capture the current peace events in our region. I contend both are potently equipped to apply in tandem. The PIA-Hitler analogy is deemed too extreme for similar reason that Eritrea being analogized as the North Korea of Africa, too obvious to merit explications. That said, it is perhaps prudent that we avoid the tangential issues of semantics. Therefore, let us at once dissect the central thesis of the opinion piece I penned.

      The “stars of” the regional alliances may as well “have aligned”, but they butters my thesis that calls for cautious optimism. My confidence and hope in peace is unshaken, which is why I concluded with my willingness to stay on the sidelines and watch events of peace prospect unfold. I even urged other critiques to take a moratorium, however brief, to let this peace process take its due course.

      It is when it comes to our Eritrean “Doctor Faustus” where my confidence gets battered a little, because, unlike the Jacobean era play of 1588/1593, our Faustus has shown us his brute nature, time and again. The PM of Ethiopia is unknown commodity. All that we have is his rhetoric, which he seems to be following by some actions that gives us all some hope that the prospect of peace could conceivably occur – That it has real chance this time.

      Indeed, in my previous article where I analyzed the speech of our Faustus that he gave on 20th of June 2018 versus that of PM Abiy, I made a note of how one of the first things the former mentioned was Trump as someone who will undue the previous administration’s policies, as it were, is seen as the savior. You’re right, “the Horn Politcs has always been and remains even to this day extraordinarily responsive to external influences” and particularly our Faustus has extra sensors when it comes to smelling political opportunism and is relentlessly decisive. Surely, you remember our Faustus was one of the first, if not the first, to call Washington DC to share his condolences to the then president Bush on the tragedy that befell us here in 9/11. And on the18th of September 2001, the G15 – many of the man’s struggling era colleagues such Haile DuruE, Mahmoud Sherifo, 15 of them (G-15) were imprisoned to never be heard from since.

      Ethiopia’s no-peace-no-war policy couldn’t be sustained as the new political shuffling and reshuffling in the Middle east prompted the new PM of Ethiopia to respond to those new political realities. Believe you me I understand how politics makes strange bedfellows, which is why I find politics uninteresting as a profession but an unavoidable necessary evil that we must always try to make sense of.

      • Aligaz G

        Dear Beyan,

        Thank you for responding. I agree with most of your points but tell me exactly where in the spectrum Devil Hitler Bokassa … Ghandi PIA is. Or is Eritrean politics on all sides your typical Marxist Lenninst death struggle where the ends justify the means and defeat equates with death? I believe PMAA is attempting to pull Ethiopian politics out of this death spiral.

        Nonetheless the point remains was it possible to make peace agreements with Mao, Ho Chi Minh or Castro? History has shown Marxist Leninist leaders are just as reliable as Western Democratic leaders if not more. Therefore in my humble opinion PIA is a reliable peace partner and as the final outcome is peace between two countries we should support this peace endeavor in order to fully focus on so called internal contradictions.

        With respect

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Aligaz G,
          If you think you can skip the Eritrean people and decide to make peace with a despot who believes peace with his own people and enemy, good luck.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam ismail
            Who r the eritrean people that don’t like what is going on in ethio and eri?why don’t u guys come out and protest and show the ethiopian gov that u disagree the recent peace with the eri gov? I mean to decide the eritrean people don’t support the recent peace agreement with ethiopia by just writing a comment and artical here and there don’t make the eri people disagree the peace agreement between the two countries. Actually giving the content of the comments and articals written here and there ,it is even hard to tell if those comment and artical r written by eritreans , let alone to tell people that the eri people r against the peace agreement.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Teodros Alem,

            You asked an excellent question. You’re perfectly correct that under existing circumstances in Eritrea, there is no way to know whether the people support or oppose peace – mind you, I am talking about normal conventionally accepted ways and norms peoples express their will through representative government.

            What the Eritreans have is a one-man government of a one-man state, just like the medieval fiefdom: no constitution, no institutions, no civil society or press. When you know such state of affairs, thus, inquiring about duly expressed public support or opposition that lets the Ethiopian government gauge the opinion of the Eritrean people through rallies, city-hall meetings, plebiscites etc. would be perfect caricature of political and public relation innocence – to put it as mildly as possible.

            I doubt at this time even the government in Addis Ababa would allow Eritreans to gather at Mesqel Square to express their views on peace. So, please bear with us to express our views in available outlets as this forum on what harms or benefits our people.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam ismail
            What about in diaspora?how many r they? I know there must be groups or individuals that disagree with the current development between eri and eth on both sides but to say the deal skip the eri people don’t make sense at all. What am trying to say is there is disconnection between internet talk and the reality on the ground.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Ismail AA,

            Eritreans in Eritrea are limited to express their views. Demonstrating against the Government is not permitted or tolerated. The recent government encouraged demonstration for the visit of PMAA can also be discounted, not dismissed, but discounted. That is fair enough point.

            There are Eritreans all over the world. We may see questions and demonstration to show the PMAA when visiting the U.S in the near future.

            The one area, I take issue with you is about the Eritreans in Ethiopia. I do hope the Eritreans in Ethiopia are left alone. A good portion of them have voted with their feet and are recovering from their troubles. The Eritreans in Addis may or may not get permission to demonstrate, that is a separate issue.
            Asking or urging them to do anything contrary to the Eritrean sitting government’s policy is not appreciating their recent predicaments.

            Mr. K.H

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Kim H.,

            I understand your point. Our heart and mind are with them. I can assure you long experience of similar scenarios in other places had taught us what happens when government make shifts in their policies. They cause unimaginable anxieties and fear of affected residents. I hope the Ethiopian government would aware of their plight and provide them safety, and protect them from the assassins and an regime spies who would certainly infiltrate the country. It happened before and could happen again.

          • Acria

            Selam Kim,

            The Eritreans in Ethiopia should have the right to demonstrate for peace or against injustice. Everyone is hoping for real peace this time. The Eritrean government should start the peace process inside Eritrea first to the show the Ethiopians and the rest of the world that it means business this time. To begin with, it must stop the forces conscription, it must let people leave and enter the country as they wished, it must invite political opponents to lead a new parliament or sort, it must implement the constitution, it must free political and conscientious prisoner, and etcetera. It is like cleaning and readying your house before you invite your guests.

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Ismail,

            It was my understanding that war was pursued by the leaders of both countries. Therefore only the leadership can make peace especially since the people of both countries have shown they are already at peace with each other. in other words PIA controls the Eritrean Army so only he can make peace with his counterpart in Addis. Therefore your comment about skipping the Eritrean people doesn’t make sense to me. Or are you saying the people are condemned to be eternal enemies?

            With respect

          • Blink

            Dear Aligaz
            I highly appreciated your views sir . If infact we could find many of your kind to comment in this forum or other forum our people could have earned a penny of peace . Again thanks .

          • Ismail AA

            Dear Aligaz G,

            From your perspective, what I wrote may not have amused you and made sense to you; you are entitled to set whatever parameters you might choose for making peace. But, I think you seemed to have missed the point. I did not project negation of peace right or wrong. Peace is ultimate aspiration of peoples, especially in the so called developing or underdeveloped world. However, the crux of the matter is who the partners in peace making are ought to be. They have to measure to size of the peoples they represent.

            Now, thus, of course leaders execute peace and war. But should we become so fatalistic and succumb to leaders’ monopoly of making decisions to wage war and then make peace as their whims and egos dictate? The Badime debacle was decided and executed by one man who had shred of mandate to wage war. And, I do not think you would want me to tell you the size of the catastrophe the people had suffered. Now, you are telling me to just accept same man, who has so callous to openly say that the people have lost nothing during the past quarter of a century, engage and answer your government’s declared need for peace for reasons that have been extensively discussed in the pages of this forum.

            Therefore, brother, misgivings you seem to voice about Eritreans advocating that the reigning despot is not suitable to represent the denied opinion of the people in Eritrea measure to meet the egoism of the dictator half way. You may argue to say that the Ethiopian government has no choice since it needs an end to the costly border stalemate since the opposition could not present itself as an alternative. This could make sense from the point of view of national self-interest; but the question remains to be whether Ethiopian peoples would enjoy the benefits peace could bring with settled conscience while their partner in peace making shall continue to preside on the agony of their counterpart.

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Ismail,

            There are instances where populations view one another as enemies regardless of their leadership. But when the people are not enemies and the leaders have agreed to implement a refereed and signed agreement we should be supportive. Yes there is a Marxist Leninist party in Eritrea with all that it entails but surely you are not inviting Ethiopia to enter into domestic Eritrean politics or are you? I am actually worried by your line of reasoning that you view the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea as natural enemies. Please clarify

            With respect

          • Ismail AA

            Dear Aligaz G.,

            “… worried by [my] line of reasoning that [I] view the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea as natural enemies”!!. This time you jolted me like a hit by thunderbolt. How did you did you form that perception? I think no sane Eritrean or Ethiopia would view these two peoples as NATURAL (emphasis mine) enemies of one another. I can only say that you seem to be over dismayed.

            So, the least I can tell you now is please accept my humble recommendation and consult sober-minded fellow forumers like Fanti, Kim Hanna, Amde and many others. If they would in all fairness second your perception, I promise to you that I would go on record to apologize to the two peoples. By the way, the paradox is that some in this forum dare to go out of their way and allege that some of us have our hearts and minds on Ethiopia more than our own country and people.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. You say that ‘the paradox is that some in this forum dare to go out of their way and allege that some of us have our hearts and minds on Ethiopia more than our own country and people’ Well, what do you expect when many oppositionists here have been in cohabitation with the TPLF for the past two decades in their effort to overthrow the PIA.PFDJ regime; even at the risk of national sovereignty and detriment to Eritreans living inside of Eritrea.

          • Ismail AA

            Dear FishMilk,

            The opposition is diverse and as you can imagine. Voicing grievance can be legitimate and just only when it specified beyond reasonable doubt. A rogue rapist offender who resides in one living neighborhood does not give carte blanche to an opinion maker to generalize and come up with equally rogue logic an allege dwellers of the same neighborhood as rapists.

            Fairness requires you to spell out who among the oppositionists (sic) you cited posed risk to national sovereignty. Sure they were risk to the authoritarian regime and the despot at its helm. But national sovereignty some of them have sacrificed more than their fair share to restore back!! Subordinating lofty national interest to that of a usurper of people’s legitimate power, and equating national sovereignty to his existence or demise is a choice that defeats conscience and makes room for attachment that feeds on sentiments.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. Sorry, but I am not in a courtroom or a classroom and I am certainly not accusing anyone of rape. Posters/oppositionists here who have in the past sided with the TPLF in their ‘at all costs’ efforts to overthrow the PIA/PFDJ are well know and don’t merit singling out. Funny, most of these same people were strongly supporting PM Abiy up until the point that he unconditionally accepted the EEBD final and binding decision. And now, they are treating him with contempt.

          • Ismail AA

            Dear FishMilk,

            This debate has nothing to do with class/courtroom censuring or litigation It has much to do with forming deduction or perception on unbaked premise. All I am saying is: please do not give yourself liberty of making unfair allegation by way of hiding behind a general matter in an endeavor to target the specific. Why can’t you single out your culprit?

            You have all the right you may ask to critique particular people or organization in the opposition. But sense of fairness should not permit you to make blanket allegation. To put it in straightforward talk, sir, I belong the opposition your including in your allegation. But I am telling you I cannot be or allow others to risk national sovereignty. To the regime and its despot, you bet if I could.

            Thank your for engaging.

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Ismail,

            Please be assured we have no desire to repeat past mistakes this is why clarity is important. Sorry if I offended.

            With respect

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aligaz G.,

            It was more of unjust and outwardly perception than offense. Passing word or two remain what they are worth. But, I still didn’t get what the “desire” of non-repetition of “past mistakes” you wanted to be clarified are, and who the culprit is supposed to be?

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Ismail,

            Sorry for the delayed response but I am still trying to decipher …”It was more of unjust and outwardly perception than offense. Passing word or two remain what they are worth.” …Maybe something is lost in translation. A tough nut to crack. The culprits are clearly 2 bald men fighting over a comb (Afro mido).

            Cheers

        • Blink

          Dear Aligaz
          These who feel bad about any peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea are probably people who cannot create new CV that can pay and some people can believe with their own eyes TPLF is gone from the Ethiopian foreign policy. You can actually pin point by their comments. These people don’t have any good to the people. Who on earth object peace ? Well you know who .

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Blink,

            i believe the speed at which things are changing has disoriented many of us. Too hard to process. Too many disappointments in the past so understandably there is a wait and see attitude.

        • Beyan

          Dear Aligaz G.,

          Your ability to economize your words yet precisely address issues that you want to discuss is refreshing. Hope you can have the patience for those of us who must take you on the journey through the peaks and plateaus of mountain of words; through the valley ways and alleyways of thought processes; through the hills of ideas, through the slippery slopes and cliff hangers of ideologies to make seemingly one modest point. The objective, nevertheless, is to not to lose you in the process of that ideological landscape. My sense with your note above is that we are talking about that elusive journey from ideologicallyinduced state level violence on innocent civilians to that place of enlightenment, of peaceful existence through dialogue. The latter has cultural and linguistic origin with its attendant and complex discursive issues which is outside the scope of our discussion. And the former as you rightly surmised emanates from marxism, which also has its own governing related theories, again, is outside the confines of our aim here. Staying with your spectrum question then goes something like this.

          Pinning down dictatorial spectrum to a tee isn’t easy to do because it is context specific, tends to be variant and deviant in nature. But, the Great Leap Forward with (45 million killed in four years), Hitler with (5 million innocent people gassed), Stalin’s Gulag (3 million killed), and Cambodia’s Pol Pot (1.5 to 2 million killed) can be close in proximity on one end of the spectrum and, say, Ghandi, Carter, and Mandela on the other end of it, then the rest can fit somewhere between that spectrum. But then, there are the outliers like Bokassa who was accused of cannibalism and/or on feeding his human victims to the wild animals. It is a gruesome world, indeed.

          So, where our Dungeon Maker will fit in this spectrum too early to tell, leaving it to history to be the final arbiter is the only sensible thing to do for now. As you alluded to it, history also has shown us some of the brute dictators were predictably consistent when they sought the path to peace. This is encouraging sign that didn’t dawn on me until you mentioned it. There could as well be some hope in the horizon the not so benevolent dictators can become benevolent ones when push comes to shove. Then you made a sudden leap of faith as you concluded by saying that “PIA is a reliable peace partner [so we may] fully focus on so called internal contradictions”.

          Allow me to address “the reliable peace partner” part. Can one make such definitive statement about the man? From the struggling era of the 70s the man never made any fruitful peace negotiations with anyone. The only partnership he forged that we know of is with TPLF, which was a marriage of convenience that ousted ELF from the field in 1981-1982. By 1998, the two revolutionaries-turned state-nations went to war against each other that has unraveled bringing us to where we are today. Meanwhile, in his 27 years as a default leader of Eritrea, he managed to get into skirmishes with Yemen over the Hanish Islands. He has no enviable diplomatic relations with any of our neighboring countries other than the one just started with Ethiopia. I am extremely skeptical if he can mend his ways and become the champion of peace.

          If you can imagine a comma one end of the spectrum and exclamation point on the other, he is now at the comma (,) of the forging of a peace process that could turn out to become an exclamation point (!) that might in the end absolve his legacy when seen in its totality. Obviously, as far as Eritreans are concerned, we all want peace to reign in our region and beyond. Whether the man wishes to leave a legacy that had perilous start, as it were, on the wrong footing of history and ended up becoming a peacemaker before he passes remains to be seen. I sure would like to see that kind of history being made in our region.

          Sincerely,

          Beyan

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Beyan,

            There was a highly regarded Professor in our department (mathematics) who on the first day of classes came in shorts, tshirt and sandals and told us to call him by his first name. This guy turned out to be the toughest teacher I ever had. So is it ok to keep calling you Beyan or is it Dr?

            I also recall during my college years the English department had the reputation as the most political of all as well as the most left wing and maybe this gives you a certain advantage in discerning even the slightest geopolitical shifts.

            In all seriousness the leader most similar to PIA is Castro. I remember Cuba losing hundreds of thousands of its population during his time as refugees. He also loved giving really long rambling speeches. To this day the opposition in Miami sees him as a monster but he is lionized by millions around the globe especially in Latin America who completely disregard his abysmal human rights violations. Canada and other Western European democracies continue to have good relations with his regime which remains even after his death.

            Maybe for the opposition the notion that the regime may continue even after the passing of PIA is too much to take. But TPLF style containment is no longer feasible as geopolitical conditions have changed irrevocably. Ethiopia is a poor country without the resources of the US to maintain an indefinite blockade. Peace is now the order of the day for better worse.

            With respect

          • Beyan

            Dear Aligaz

            If the pace at which PM Abiy Ahmed is moving appears too fast (which it is), Awate forum is doing a great job in keeping up with the man of the hour. Glad you didn’t restrict your DISQUS as some Awatawyan tend to do. I was able to access your rejoinder via DISQUS, otherwise, trying to locate it would’ve taken forever trying to sift through the lightning speed in which the comments are moving. I now see what SGJ was saying about the heavy virtual traffic slowing down the website to a point of increasing its bandwidth, which costs some serious dough, I am sure.

            At any rate, funny enough, casual and/or informal approach to using names has more endearing quality to it. Glad you brought the name issue, so I may put it to rest, simply put, Beyan will do. I don’t remember how it evolved to carry the title of Dr. And I didn’t take the time to ask to be called by my first name. Many thanks for giving me an opportunity to declare my choice. As for the English department, indeed, they tend to be left leaning, but the department political babbles seem to preoccupy them more than the world at large.

            Your insight to draw a parallel between (what the heck, I will borrow your acronym) PIA and Castro and showing how he was a polarizing figure in some area where he is adored and in others not so is reiteration worthy. With that premise in mind let me illustrate my point in what I want to say with what appears to be now a nightly ritual at home during the summer break for my kids. They watch “Criminal Mind” and I join the binge watching when I see the need to connect, using the episode as a point of discussion. Each episode starts with a quote and ends with a quote.

            Tonight’s had this at the beginning: “We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too” by John Calvin (Theologian). So, PIA is having his miracles and he is using it to the max. The only problem is, people’s memory of his brutal rule are still fresh, which leads me to the quote that ended the same episode of “Criminal Mind”. William Gibson (Writer) states that “[t]ime moves in one direction, memory in another.” PIA (I can’t believe you are influencing me to call by his title) is moving onward with the time in one direction, but the unenviable memory of the last 40 years under his reign is keeping us in tatters not to follow him blindly. Time and again, the man had shown us to be brutally pragmatic and an excellent con-man of a snake oil salesman proportions.

            Your concluding remarks ought to be made definitively, the “[m]aybe for the opposition the notion that the regime may continue even after the passing of PIA is too much to take” is a real factor, I know it is for me. As an activist on the social and political arena, it is of a real concern. Governing without a budget, where the treasurer is still Hagos Kisha, it is just unfathomable to think a nation could be run without any modicum of governing structures. Building institutions of all sorts will be in dire need if we are going to make any headway toward prosperity.

            So, the fear is real that this man can manage to make peace with Ethiopia without giving Eritreans from all walks of life that chance to write the history of Eritrea’s future together. Whether he will make amends in this regard only time will tell. As he moves forward with time along the way peace and love following him like twin shadows, one hopes his own memory doesn’t trip him since memory moves in the opposite direction of time.

            Cheers,
            Beyan

    • Abraham H.

      Dear AG, as far as the Eritrean people are concerned, they have a much sought after peace to win within their own country, vis-à-vis whatever peace deal their ruler signs with his Ethiopian counterparts.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Abo,

    What do you mean when you said “Hallucinating is not an encouraging sign. Take care of yourself.” may you explain to me?

    KS,

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Kokhob Selam,

      Don’t read him seriously. He means that you said something he does not agree with.

      By the way, what do you think of this peace revolution between Eth/Eri these past few weeks.

      Mr . K.H

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Kim Hanna,

        Yep, he did so and this is not first time…

        If you open my page and read the poem of today..I am sure you will completely understand,

        But, peace road didn’t need such journey..or the processes is wrong..

        KS,,

  • Blink

    Dear awate readers
    The Tigrian elite are preparing their Milsha for war with the Federal government of Ethiopia and it seems the peace that they initiated with some Eritreans was not actually a peace plan between the people ( you remember the peace meeting by Tsadikan, Dawit and some Eritrean paid goons) that was all lies . The main person to organize such plan is openly calling for Tigrians elites to arm the Tigrians in order to fight back against Eritreans and now the Korean dancer is saying let the Ordinary people of Erob and Bademe( new settlers in 2002) from Ethiopia side and some from Eritrea solve the border issues. Who in his right mind can think such idiotic idea ? What exactly does he use his laptop ? I mean what kind of inferiority is inside his head . He said the following

    ሰላም ንደሊ ኢና ኩልና፥
    ሰላም ግን ስቕ ኢልካ እዚ ናይ ኣባ ኾቦራ ዋዕዋዕ፥ ናይ ተሃድሶ፥ ናይ ዳንኬራ ኣይኮነን ሰላም። በዚ ሰላም ኣይመጽእን። መንፈስ ከተዛሓሕሎ ትኽእል ኢኻ። መንፈስ ጽቡቕ እዩ። መንፈስ ምፍጣር ማለት እዩ። ገጽና ተጫማሚዱ እንተ ኔሩ፥ ፍትሕትሕ ይበል። ካብ ስቕ ኢልና ተጸዊግና እንታይሽሙ ንገብር፥ ፍትሕትሕ ምባል ጽቡቕ እዩ። ስለዚ ኣነ ንፍትሕትሕ ይሕግዘና እዩ እዚ ጀሚርናዮ ዘለና። ግን ኢዚኣ እኽልቲ ኣይኮነትን ማለት እዩ። ተወዲኣ ኢያ ዝብል እንተ ሃልዩ፥ ተዓሽዩ እዩ። ተወዲኣ ኢያ ዝብል፥ ናብ ኤሮብ ይኺድ። ተወዲኣ ኢያ ዝብል፥ ናብ ባድመ ውን ይኺድ። ካልኦት ውን ኣለዉ። ስለዚ ተጠንቂቕና ኢና ክንሕዛ ዘለና። እታ ሰላም ግን ንደልያ ኢና ኹልና ። ልዕሊ ኩሉ ህዝብና ነሳትፍ። ዋላ ንሕና ወጺእና። እቲ ኣብ ኤሮብ ዘሎ ይሳተፍ፥ እቲ ኣብ ባድመ ዘሎ ይሳተፍ። ኣፍቲ ዘሎ ይሳተፍ። እስቲ ይወድእዎ ባዕሎም። እቶም ናይ ኤርትራ እቶም ናይ ኢትዮጵያን ብፍላይ ድማ ትግራይን ዓፋርን። ኣትዮም ይወድእዎ። ንሕና ንእዞዞ እንተኣልይና ንጽሓፎ ወይ ነዛርቦ። ኣይነዳናግሮ ነዚ ህዝቢ እዚ። I think it will be better to open the border for both people but it will be a mistake for Eritreans to see any TPLF as honest leaders of the Tigrians. I think TPLF does not need any peace because they can’t survive without war mentality.

    • Ethiopiawi Berta

      “The Tigrian elite are preparing their Milsha for war with the Federal government of Ethiopia “. ….. Dear writer, this is your fabrication. do not be a liar!!!!!!!!!!!
      As to the statement written in Tigrigna, there is nothing wrong in it. The people who reside on both sides of the disputed border should decide. An imposed decision can not bring a lasting peace. Indeed We need peace!

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei, Berta.
        Dont you think 27 years is not enough for us to know what you write and say is different from what you do?

        I advise you to use the imposed decision mantra of yours apply it on Wolkeit people.

        • Ethiopiawi Berta

          I know that you guys (including DIA along with egypt) always (at least for the last 50 years) dream to see a divided or a weakened Ethiopia. You are trying in all directions. But the damage is on both Ethiopia and eritrea. You have already seen this practically. If you need to continue with this kind of skirmish you can try what ever you like. It is like playing with fire!

      • Blink

        Dear Berta
        I think you misunderstood what government means . The two people are not in position to solve an international border issues on their own . This kind of business is always solved by the available government at any given time . Debrestion is making jokes unless he can’t expect the people of Erob and Badme to solve this issue. Let’s just wait a given time for Abiy to solidify Ethiopinism because it was destroyed by weyane .
        The war can be avoided if TPLF can stay without war in which I don’t believe they will .

        • Ethiopiawi Berta

          Believe me, TPLF will not go to any sort of war with any group unless provoked! REMEMBER: it is the pfdgj who started the badme war (as indicated in the Algeris agreement) for its greedy behaviour

          • Blink

            Dear Berta
            No , it was Meles who started it .

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam EB,

        Milsha is akin to “national guard” in the USA, where each “state” can have its own national guards. The Ethiopian kilils (states) could have their own milishas. There is nothing wrong with it, even if they recruit milishas. The purpose of Milishas is to ensure the security of a a state.The milishas are not regular army. Just in case if there are out there who do not understand the difference of milishas and Regular armies.

        • Ethiopiawi Berta

          I agree Amanuel, but the Melisha is not established to fight the federal government (as stated by Blink).

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Blink,

      You get it too late. Even too late, to extent almost very soon the war will broke. I think he was Amanuel who said the same just when this situation begins about this issue….Now go face it,,,

      KS,,

      • Mez

        Dear Kohkob S,

        For a potential war, 1) the global component is missing, 2) the regional forces also seem not so sure about war–since they also are piggy-legged (substantially) to the same item #1.

        3) for the reapproachment of Eritrea-Ethiopia, (to be complete) what we miss is “the lubricant” for the peace process,which is direct financial support and substantial FDI from interested regional powers.

        I hope things will take their real shape very soon.

        Thanks

      • Hope

        Selam Kokhobay:
        Are you going then to join The EDF or the TPLF Army If at all the war breaks?

        Amanuel Hidrat,your Senior Mentor said so coz he is “ On a Serious Pathological Grief” Coz the TPLF is out and on the RUN!
        Who is going to fight who then and for what purpose?
        Please clarify!

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Blink, we have to learn from past mistakes. There is absolutely no reason to fight over border issues. If you studied the border ruling, and if you followed events since the eebc final verdict, the two countries actually agree on more than 95% of the border. Most part of the border is bound by rivers and valleys, like the Mereb, Setit/Tekeze, Ragali, Belesa, etc. The entire eastern sector of the border starting few kilometers south east of Senafe all the way to the Djibouti border, both sides have agreed in ca. year 2005. The tiny areas of contention are within the central sector, and these problems can easily be settled by engaging the elders and those who know the area from both sides, so no village goes to wrong side, so no need to dramatise it.
      PS. I ve seen some knowledgeable people on youtube and other places commenting that the town of Alitena has been awarded to Eritrea. I want to tell them they are absolutely wrong, and need to study the eebc decision and look at the decision map, which clearly puts Alitena well within Ethiopia.
      Also, I’ve taken time and studied the border decision, compared the co-ordinates that were decided by the commision, and to my surprise, the current google earth map almost perfectly fits the border decision.

      • Selam Abraham H.,

        You said, “the two countries actually agree on more than 95% of the border.”. That is the reason why the border was not the reason for the 1998-2000 ethio-eritrean war, the subsequent no-peace-no-war situation, or could be the reason why peace maybe coming.

        The reason was the economy, the currency, trade, political intervention, etc, and nobody is ready to tackle the hot potatoes even today. The time they will be forced to face the hard truth, i hope they will not backtrack on their deals. Then, we will be left with the memory of the fanfare, the hugs and the kisses.

        • Blink

          Dear Horizon
          Let’s just say the border is an issue, How realistic is that the two people around the border can settle? I mean are not we dealing with the international ruling . I don’t understand the TPLF guy saying let the people solve it . At what stage can we call someone crazy ? Debrestion thinks all the Ethiopian people know nothing about Eritreans except TPLF and the Eritrean flag raised by many young Ethiopians is just to relax the face that’s what he said . I think he is angry the other Ethiopians want peace with Eritreans because with out this war with Eritrea his party has no value to drive the Ethiopian politics.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat blink,

            Don’t you think it should be okay to talk to the people who live around the borders? Is there anything wrong in suggesting that they should be involved in the peace/demarcation process?

            What exactly are we blaming Debretsion for? He is reflecting what the people around the border areas are asking him to reflect.

            The way you are sounding, at least to me, is that you want everyone to shut up and cut the baby in half because King Solomon has ruled.

            The people who live there are one of the oldest civilizations and they surely know which land belongs to whom. The ruling by the powers that be, however legal and binding, does not exclude discussion or negotiation between the relevant parties.

            It is within their right for the parties to say no post discussion if they so wish. However, it wouldn’t be within the spirit of “peace” as many of us envision it. Let’s all do what we can to get out of the stubbornness era please.

          • Paulos

            Fantination,

            If the young PM is to be accused of plagiarism, it is his supposed signature as in love and forgiveness for he has stolen it from you. It is just extraordinary the fact that you are trying to put some sense into people’s head where it imbued with intense hate till kingdom comes.

          • Blink

            Dear Fanti
            Just for the record, whose sovereignty is Badme , is it Eritrean land or Ethiopian land ? Because starting from that we can identify who is stubborn or not . Remember most settlers of Badme are new who settled after 2001 . I am not speaking about land swaps that can be done but I have never heard locals can settle an international border line. The state must act and how it act depends on its obligation to respect international ruling. The reason massawa is not opening is because most new settlers of these places think Eritrea is smaller than Erob or Badme for saying this I am borrowing from your locals .Remember the war was not only in these areas .

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat blink,

            True, hold that thought and I will be back in couple of hours.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Fanti Ghana,

            I agree with you 100%. It is such a common sense, non partisan approach.
            In the process of demarcating, if there are Eritreans who end up on the Ethiopian side it is also needed to be accounted for. We should not appropriate citizens and their land by force.

            Mr. K.H

        • Abraham H.

          Dear Horizon, yes, even the leaders on both sides of the border have told us that the dispute was not about borders as such, it was just an excuse to go to war. But since the two peoples have been forced by their leaders to fight and bleed over the border, and since we already have a well researched legal closure of the border dispute, it is very wise to close that chapter as fast as possible. One of the major drawbacks of the current rapproachment between the two sides is that, esp. on the Eritrean side, it is not being done with the people or their representatives, but with a single despot who wields absolute power over the nation. Besides, knowinng the nature of the Eritrean dictator, it will be just a matter of time before relations with the Abiy gov become rough again. I think PM Abiy has employed the notion of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’ in his embracement of the Eritrean dictator, and these kind of opportunistic relations cannot survive the test of time.

          • Selam Abraham H., and Blink,

            From what i understand their seems some level of reservation about the agreements between the two leaders, from both sides, because eritreans and ethiopians are still kept in darkness as much as the true letters of the agreement are concerned. Things look like a repetition of early 1990s, with one of the actors a newcomer. Everything is simply too good to be true. Nevertheless, let us hope both sides mean real business.

            I am not sure it is about the enemy of my enemy, but it was time tplf should go. The point is, can PMAA continue to deliver the expectations of his people or not, and what if the kiss of dia was the kiss a vampire, and due to his plans and nature he starts to demand from pm Abiy more than he deserves.

            I do not think that it is easy to close the chapter of demarcation on the ground, without participation of the local population, and the regional government. It should not be movement of people similar to the separation of india and pakistan, or between other countries where locals were moved violently, because borders changed. There could be no excuse simply because it affects only few thousands in our case.

            Finally, international rulings or otherwise, the border decision was taken depending on pieces of paper, ignoring the human factor, and not on research done on the ground. Still worse, one of the parties was not represented as it should have been, because their government did not care, and now they’re being told to leave their ancestral lands, because the border line has changed. There is alway the right way to solve a problem without making people victims of a decision taken in an office thousands of miles away.

          • Hope

            Selam Dr Horizon:

            If the Border is the issue,the solution is as SIMPLE as it sounds:

            -Ethiopia to hand over Baduma

            -Eritrea to give up/swap Irob and take back(for) Tserona and Burrie area.

            Baduma cannot and should not be an issue as Baduma was,has been and is and will be Eritrean historically and geographically !

            The fake Dr,Ayte Debre-Tsion,who cannot even express himself well in his own language and put together his thought process ,does NOT have a moral ground let alone a legal one to lecture us as to how to settle Border through the Elders.

            “Dr” or Ayte Debretsion-Tsion to say “ Let the Afar people and people in Irob and Baduma decide”,what exactly does he mean?

            Referendum by the Afari and the new Baduma Settlers ?

      • Alex

        Hi Abraham H,
        I agree with most of your comments but I disagree to leave to the elders to settle some villages like badme. I was dumbfounded to hear dr debretsion to leave the elders to settle for badme and irob. Every body knows badme is in Eritrea based on the colonial map and was administered by Eritrea region until 1980’s. I think TPLF are not happy with what is going on in Ethiopia and Eritrea so they will do anything to be an obstacle to peace. I do not mind if there is an exchange between the two countries for irob and tserona but there should be no negotiation when it comes to the elephant in the room badme.

        • Acria

          Selam Alex,
          Are you paying attention to what is going on? The ‘ one people, one nation, no border’ mantra means anyone who lives in the disputed areas can choose to remain Eritrean, Ethiopian, or they could have both nationalities. Just to keep you in the loop. Don’t start packing now. We already have the list of the affected population.

          • saay7

            Acria:

            The sad thing about this is: if you ask any Tigrayan which are the areas that were administered by you and have been ruled Eritrean by EEBC, they will rattle off the name of every village and hamlet.

            If you ask Eritreans, which are the lands that are homes to Eritreans that have been awarded to Ethiopia, they won’t get any more specific than “Zalanbesa area.” That’s what 16 years of mindless “Final & Binding” gets you: I don’t know, I don’t want to know, just put the fences and pillars up!

            saay

          • Acria

            Selam saay7,
            Frustration, lose of hope. Anything for peace!

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Saay, the PFDJites world is indeed a very strange one: today as we speak the talk is about Asseb, Massawa, we are one people, etc. While the most used phrase during the last lost 16 years was ‘final and binding’; that one they have already forgotten, just because their boss has changed his language, and you know, they are created to only repeat after him.

        • Abraham H.

          Selam Alex, if the aim with the demarcation is for a lasting peace, then it is very important to hear the opinions of the elders and those with close knowledge of the area. As I said, almost the entire border is not in dispute, only few villages here and there, so it is also to the benefit of the Eritreans whose villages might otherwise go to the other side to practice the give and take process.
          Regarding Badme, a village of about 1 square kilometer area, that has been resided by the Ethiopians at least since early 1980’s and left under the administration of Ethiopians all the years from Eritrea’s liberation to the breakout of war in 1998, if you ask me personally, I do not mind if that village is left to the Ethiopians. There is nothing we Eritreans can win by displacing the Ethiopians who have been living there for decades. Likewise, if there are any Eritrean villages ruled to Ethiopia, then they should be kept Eritrean.
          Just for your info Irob is a region, not a single town or village, while the town of Tserona was already ruled to Eritrea during the final eebc ruling after Ethiopia admitted to the commission that both Tserona and Fort Cardona, which were first ruled to Ethiopia, were in fact undisputable Eritrean territories. In the same way the town of Zelambesa was given to Ethiopia, after the eebc verified it was indeed Ethiopian, and the Eritrean side admitted to that decision.

          • saay7

            Selamat Abraham:

            Just to add to your summary, for the disputed area of Monoksoito, EEBC said we awarded it to Eritrea not because Ethiopia’s claim to it doesn’t have merit, but despite the merits, Ethiopia conceded they are Eritrea’s.

            My prediction is (100,000 Satoshis, Amde?) that all the steps you are recommending, resulting in land swaps, will happen. As outlined in the 5 Point Peace Plan of 2002. It’s just PFdJs Eritrea accepts the same deal only when it is renamed (US Rwanda becomes Algiers Agreement) and token changes are made in exchange for massive human, material losses.

            saay

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Saay, just to quote from the eebc decision regarding Tserona and other villages:
            “4.69 The qualification as to the northern section relates to Tserona. In its Reply, Ethiopia stated that a number of specific places mentioned by Eritrea as the location of incidents on which Eritrea was relying were irrelevant, since they were in any event mostly in Eritrea. The words used by Ethiopia were that “Fort Cadorna, Monoxeito, Guna Guna and Tserona” were “mostly …undisputed Eritrean places.””
            There are no words to describe the craziness of the leaders of both Eritrea and Ethiopia to send their people to WW1 style death traps, because of border issues that would ultimately be settled through arbitration. I think the Ethio-Eritrea war of 1998-2000 would go down in history as one of the dumbest wars ever fought.

          • saay7

            Abraham:

            The next entry is a case that, to me, shows that Ethiopia was looking at the issue strictly from the standpoint of “where do our people live” as opposed to “which land we can maximize and claim as ours”

            [T] he Commission finds that, on the basis of the evidence before it, Tserona and Fort Cadorna are not [on the Eritrean side of the Treaty line.] As to Tserona, the Commission cannot fail to give effect to Ethiopia’s statement, made formally in a written pleading submitted to the Commission. It is an admission of which the Commission must take full account. It is necessary, therefore, to adjust the Treaty line so as to ensure that it is placed in Eritrean territory.

            When you consider this fact, and the fact that Ethiopia was willing to–in 2002–willing to demarcate the entire Eastern zone (including Asab) per the literal, word-for-word interpretation of EEBC, all the claims of the PFDJites that the Weyane are coming, they want our land, they want to occupy us, turn out to be complete bunk.

            saay

  • saay7

    Selamat Awate:

    It’s Sunday and, finally, we have two religious people who actually spoke for justice.

    One of them, Surafael from Ethiopia, apparently* said something stunning while in Eritrea that Yoel Lino was kind enough to summarize for us. He could teach a lot of lessons about what it means to be a human being to all our cowardly compatriots who pretend they don’t know what they don’t know, just so they don’t endager their vacation to Eritrea:

    https://youtu.be/Wsay_uDCQHQ

    The other is Abune Mekarios who has made it a habit to speak truth with absolute candor. Something that should be expected from all religious people, which makes it all the more amazing when people like Abune Mekarios are the exception. He puts the people’s treatment of Abiy Ahmed in proper context.

    https://www.facebook.com/kibreth/videos/1860938327296271/

    saay

    * ok, Amde, yep, you were right.

    • Selamat Admiral,

      Dog and pony show. I suppose this year’s Eritrean Festival’s them should be, or I am suggesting it to be:
      “Our Town is A Circus and our clown premier IS (u)! Onward with (u) and I!”

      tStSE

    • Kokhob Selam

      Yes Dear saay,

      I think things has started to end the honeymoon..Just to direct direction..

      Ended to direct direction to expose to PFDJ once again.

      KS,,

    • Beyan

      Hey Sal Y.,

      Thank you for squeezing these two critically important clips in time before the weekend ended. Trying to squeeze a paragraph or two in the comment section will do these brave souls a disservice. This propels article size Hateta – to borrow our MS’s favorite term – opinion piece. Thus, I will save it for another day.

      Suffice it to mention, however, that these two clips conjured up a lot of unpleasant feelings in how – as the Ethiopian pastor Surafael succinctly put it – only six months ago, these kinds of impromptu gatherings or listening to a religious sermon in a public square would’ve earned these Eritreans in the audience a dungeon from the dungeon maker. The Akhriya uprising is what’s in my mind, alright, when I say that. The Akhriya kids are still in the dungeon, aren’t they? It is through these surreal incongruities that the regime continues to march forward where the left leg doesn’t know where the right leg is leading it. Flabbergasting!.

      Many thanks Sal. With these two clips you left my mind racing in all kinds of directions – though-wise, of course. No vacation to Eritrea for me and you and many others, but speaking truth to power shall never cease, as it were, ተዛሪብሓቂካ ኣብ መንገዲ ባቡር ምድቃስ ዩ ደጊም or, of course, seeking Ethiopian citizenship might do the trick -:)

      Good Monday!
      Beyan

    • Amde

      Hi saay,

      Thank you for the clips.

      One of the comments on the Yoel video,

      “What is the surprise? This is all Pente work. Let’s see all the Pentes involved,

      1. Hailemarian Desalegn, ex-PM of Ethiopia
      2. Abiy Ahmed Ali
      3. Prophet Surafiel Demissie
      4. Isayyas Afewerki

      “…

      Truth is stranger than fiction. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were an army of evangelists doing prayer vigils during the Isayyas visit.

      Amde

      • Blink

        Dear Amde
        First Amde , Yoel is one of them too. He and his family , I mean all even his sisters are hard religious lunatics.
        Evangelicals are doubling their numbers in Ethiopia by a greater margin and with that you have self appointed prophets and their prophecy is just mind boggling but what I find out about them is that they are using the poor souls as a cash caw. They are so rich that they brag about it . What’s going on ? These evil souls are no good to society. The similarities between Pakistani and evangelicals religious activists are just like a standing monkey in front of a big mirror I mean not including the apologists .

        Who was praying ,Issaias or Abiy ?

        • Amde

          Blink,

          “He is one of them..”

          So what?

          I see the evangelicals just a reflection of society. I am sure they have their proportion of the genuine and the charlatan. It is terrible to use single paintbrush to paint them all as “evils souls… no good to society”.

          Amde

          • Nitricc

            AMDE; tell me how those religious thugs are a reflection of society nor they are useful at anything. They are nothing but bunch of idiotic people. Unless religion is eliminated from the face of the earth, there is no peace in this world.

          • saay7

            Nitricc,

            I keep learning. Everyone is a thug, except thugs. To have peace, we must declare war. Weyane should not have mowed down Oromos, but PFDJ should have mowed down Akhria kids. Please say more.

            saay

          • Nitricc

            Hey SAAY; this Akria thing only exists in your head. From the gate go, you said people were killed and in fact no one got killed and now, you are talking about “mowed down Akhria kids” what is going on? Take this for the last time, every fanatic religious person is a thug for me. here it is, I said it.

          • iSem

            Nitricc:
            Why are u serving the whites as a private military person then
            Your brain cells are mow less than one when u called the pastors who never killed a fly thugs and u never called PFDJ which killed disabled fighters, which killed kids who escape in their shoot to kill plicy. At least when u stupid, be stupid with class and consistently stupid. Otherwise ur stupidity will be mixed with ur insanity

          • Amde

            Nitricc,

            Firstly, on what basis are either Surafiel or Yoel considered thugs?

            Secondly, most religions have longer life spans than almost any other human creation such as companies, cultures, languages, kingdoms and states. Christianity is older then English or Amharic. It has to tell you that far from being “useless” it is considered valuable enough for society to retain it. It cannot all be for its opiatic value as Marx put it. Even if there is no such thing as after-life.

            You says there will be no peace in this world unless religion is eliminated, but here you are the – supposed atheist – advocating exterminatory violence. Such is the peaceful way of the anti-religious.

            Chill out dude.

            Amde

          • Nitricc

            Amde; you can save your BS to someone else. This is nothing but a white people creation to control the stupid black people and highly profitable business enterprise. But I understand, you wouldn’t know that. If anyone needs to chill and look deeper that you. Besides, if there is one god, why do you need 500 religions?

          • iSem

            Hi Amde:
            Also that is a different discussion and Blink is diversting the issue.
            Here is the point the new phonomenon of the Pent is infect Africa and adding to the misery with false prophets, milking the poor and government should crack them down, not to infringe on their religous right butt when they ask ppl to pay this much so they can cure you from HIV or to bless them. There are out right pastors who are criminals and that includes IA and self crowned. But that is not the point
            But today and the peace process and Surafel preaching in Asmara is not about the Pente it is about IA, who once was a “mezemeran” and its hypocrasy when Eritreans are underground. It is disgusting and Blink is making it about the Pente. It is not, IA is the one who has power and on trial for his treason on the public court, for selling, for lying for murdering,for raping, for gambling Eritrea in the Casio of SA and others have built not the Eri Pentes who have disappear and not Yoel, so Blink, cut it, grow as human being. And this is a moment ‘ we todl u so”, a moment that many of us have predicted; that IA will sell you the closet and out of lcoset supporters to the river and you will not even know it or admit it. We have also been sold, but we recognize it and we are fighgting it but you are willfully complacent on your own slavery

          • Blink

            Dear isem
            What’s wrong with you these days ? Calm down . Nothing is happening relax . Breath in and breath out .

          • iSem

            Hi Blink
            ufffffffff,

          • gebremedhin yohannes

            Selam Amde
            Thank you sir to take your precious time to respond to this immature childes person
            thank yon sir

          • Blink

            Dear Amde
            I think these religious activists are evil and nothing civil about them. They don’t reflect the good side of any society but the bad once.

          • Amde

            Blink,

            I don’t know what you mean by “evil” but I think the Eritrea of PFDJ that has shunned and pushed away religion is by almost every category more “evil” than anything any one if these preachers say or do. They don’t run dungeons. They don’t torture. They don’t profit from the selling of human organs.

            A little perspective please.

            Amde

          • Blink

            Dear Amde
            My understanding is a dictator can go with in a period of time, just a sudden fall from his bed can be the end of a dictator like Issaias but the religious dogama will not and that makes it more evil to human being . I watched one Ethiopian pastor who called himself a prophet shopping in the high end streets of New York and I asked my friend who is this guy and to my surprise he was a pastor in Ethiopia and travel all over the world . Can you imagine this young man who call himself a prophet to buy a woman bag that cost over 2000 usd ? I just check if he has any other sources and he doesn’t. His church members are poor infact very poor. This disease will not go away even if this so called prophet is gone one day . I think you have to agree with me such practices are not important to our people and such are not reflective of the society . Why can’t we look at our problems and solve them away from such people. I mean we know everything they say are lies over lies .

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Blink,

          Please answer my question if you know the answer.
          The Evangelicals in Ethiopia appear to be growing. It seems so at an accelerated level. They have access to funds from outside, as well.

          Do they expand their numbers by converting the Tewahdo Christians only or do they have success in converting Muslims too.
          What do you know or hear.

          Mr. K.H

          • Blink

            Dear KM
            Pente are just like the Mormon guys except they don’t have tie and classical clothes on them. They knock any door , I mean any door you can imagine, so for pente any thing is at their dishes be it Muslim or orthodox it doesn’t matter . If they see a Muslim young man is in stress economically they will do what ever it takes to make him one of their own. How many Muslims or Orthodox convert to them is only held by their book but one thing is sure , their numbers are not anymore tiny.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Aya Adi’U,

      It is the irony of irony, when I see the Eritrean religious institutions defending the “sovereignty of our people” as oppose the so called Eritrean Intellectuals, who could not share their voices to stop the despot whose project is to bring our nation to the Ethiopian fold.

  • Beyan

    Selam Ayneta,

    Selam Ayneta,

    Many thanks for the interest you’ve graciously shown to the opinion pieces I write. When reading your entry, something grabbed me that I couldn’t pin down as to what it was. So, I let it lie fallow overnight, but still I couldn’t put my fingers on it today either. And then it hit me it was the point you made about a grown man acting like a teenager. For those of us who live in this fountain of youth society called the US of A, you see people, even old people who wear outfits that only a teenage kid would wear, but it doesn’t faze us because there are so many other strange things that some elderly people do that one passes it by saying, oh, whatever. After all, the premise of the famous sitcom, in the US, “Jerry Seinfeld” was all about adults who do not want to grow old. Peter pan syndrome, though not a medical diagnosis but is attributed to individuals like the late Michael Jackson who exhibited certain level of psychological immaturity, who don’t wanna grow up is a real condition. This is America one does whatever one fancies. After all, it is a nation of rugged individualism.

    The astute observation between you and that of Dr. Paulos on the psychological end of the man, there lurks an analysis of psycho analyst proportions. I am not qualified to perform analysis for it is not my profession. Therefore, here then is my overall thoughts that both of your entries triggered.

    With the start of Eritrea’s post-occupation period, I remember it vividly thinking that Eritreans – at long last – will be spared from the pangs of that modern day nomadism (i.e. refugee-hood) that hundred of thousands of Eritreans had endured. We seem to, however, now be at the precipice of resetting everything once again. At every conceivable levels be it emotionally, financially, logically, psychologically or every “other [ly]” ways you can think of, the last two decades have been draining for Eritreans inside and abroad. An immediate example that comes to mind is this very website; it could really have been one institution among many that could’ve contribute for the betterment of the homeland, but, of course, with the regime we have at hand, it is next to impossible for these handful and useful idiots to see beyond their noses what ails the nation is their shallowness and their incompetencies, but they are adamant about it that it is the opposition that is preventing them from making any progress. How convoluted is that?

    At any rate, there might be something there with the man at pycho-analysis level, I am sure he has had certain level of fond memories of his stay in Addis during his college years, however brief that opened a floodgate of what could’ve been. But what I want to speak of isn’t about the man, but on what was destroyed by the fatal errors of judgment in governance.

    Passing it as though those 25 years were lost opportunities minimizes the colossal damage done to the country and its people in concrete terms. When one individual makes a mistake by wasting away 20 years of his life, he can make it and recover anew. But when a nation acknowledges of the opportunities missed, it would take generations to recover from the loss. An entire generation was misplaced, dispossessed, and over half-a-million Eritreans fled Eritrea. Close to equal number of that are languishing at the border for that long. Citizens have been posted at the border for twenty years wasting away their productive years of life. The colossal loss of human capital cannot be recouped if the regime doesn’t change its ways.

    Just as this draconian peace measure is being taken by one man, one hopes to correct the wrongs of the past; it will only be interpreted as such if the man invites all Eritreans to return and help in the rebuilding of the nation. If not, another twenty years would pass for us blaming and counterclaiming each other. Meanwhile, a nation will decay slowly but surely. Sad predicament, indeed.

  • said

    Greetings,

    The long struggle are hard to comprehend for those Ethiopian who never experienced it . They’re so vast and to count it , with so many complex massive suffering and death that caused and its effects still lingering , that they is much beggar than our imaginations; they’re also irreducibly personal, shaping countless individual fates in ways we struggle to grasp.
    A hundred thousand people were killed by the King HS and Mengistu Derge Ethiopian army . Actual casualty figures are impossible to pin down with any exactitude. Death and destruction have come from the air bombing and ground reducing many towns and port city of Massawa put to rubble has destroyed many lives of homes and businesses, Because the war has destroyed almost all economic activity in Massawa, even today It’s terribly sad to city not being at its former potential ,PFDJ still wonder, it have to do with PFDJ ?,along with crucial infrastructure throughout Eritrea in an increasingly impoverished country. They killing that was neither moral nor bends toward justice. Independence movements which waged guerrilla warfare until Ethiopian defeat in 1990th . Eritreans were brutally suppressed. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people were killed, While Ethiopian imperial crusader soldiers burned villages and killed farm animals. If Ethiopian imperialism should not do this in Ethiopia, why was it acceptable to do Eritrea? despite having a population 20 times greater. and brutality that spreads across Eritrea like malaria plague. The history of Ethiopia ’s occupation of Eritrea is too long and complex for even a brief recap here. The U .S and the west has a long-standing and deep alliance with monarchy King HS
    At end the blood on their hands and millions of lives destroyed King HS and Mengistu Darge that sealed the doom of their catastrophic end. but also, one ask Ethiopian where were they all those year for not speaking out unceasingly against Ethiopian imperialism and war on Eritrean people .
    When EPLF came to power, the EPLF dismantled Eritrea’s economic and administrative infrastructure. Instead of professionals, they put some of EPLF loudest and loyalist uneducated and inexperienced people in charge of the country, including the running of its internal and foreign policy. As a result, they forced a large percentage of the country’s best and the brightest, including those born after the independence, to leave their homeland in drove seeking refuge. DIA set up Cohort PFDJ organizations whose sole purpose is the enrichment of the newly arrived Asmara ruling elite—which include certain their offspring, many of whom now live in Europe and US,
    PFDJ Corruption, cronyism, and abuse of power and subjugation are nothing new in Eritrea. But under DIA regime, they have reached gigantic and dire proportions, becoming a major cause of economic mismanagement. Moreover, for these PFDJ elites, with slogan of EPLF revolution and its slogans are mere instruments to retain their hold on power and to enrich themselves even if it means the impoverishment of the rest of the country. They enforce strict communist rules on Eritreans Iranians, but PFDJ elites wives and children often flout the same rules when abroad in western countries.
    Would some remaining EPLF patriotic leaders, revolt today to save the country from further hardship and abbacy ?
    The biggest responsibility lies with the EPLF leaders. Would they be courageous enough to admit to past mistakes and set the country on a new course, with more cultural and political freedom and a more outward-looking and conciliatory foreign policy? More importantly, would they finally put I Eritrea and Eritreans
    ahead of unrealistic and selfish objectives? If not, they might go down in history as responsible for Eritrea Eritreans demise. Whose fault was all of this? There’s plenty of blame to go around and plenty of actors to shoulder that blame. PFDJ Marxist failed revolution. a failed political revolution, but also the failure economic, culture, faith values, courage, vision, mission and a critical consciousness. In the midst of a moment when on going dying older social order is crumbling and a new one is still struggling to define itself, there is always a moment of confusion and danger. It is this moment to counter movement with its search for a new politics that can rethink, redefine, reclaim and invent a new understanding of democratic and humanly based and fair equity among all citizens l, an ideal liberal democracy. A democracy cannot exist or be defended without informed and engaged citizens. This is especially true at a time when denial has become a national pastime matched only by the increasing normalization of DIA. In the midst of this struggle Eritrea will entering, a new political movement and new progressive social order will be born hopefully , though one without any remote guarantees. Something sinister and horrifying could be happening too . It is hard to imagine a more urgent moment for developing a proper vison and political language of critique and possibility that would serve to awaken Eritrean critical and imaginative senses and help free us from the tyrannical nightmare of the dictator that has descended upon free Eritrea under the rule of DIA. Against a numbing indifference, pessimism ,despair or withdrawal into the private orbits of the isolated me and myself, there is a need to create those formative cultures that are humanizing and create independent institution , but also learning how to think analytically while refusing to succumb to the unthinkable, faller is not a chose . foster the capacity to hear others and be heard, sustain complex in-depth valid thoughts and engage social problems. We have no other choice if we are to resist the rule of DIA.
    The continuous rule of DIA presence signifies one of the gravest challenges, if not most dangers phase Eritrean are entering, Eritrea has faced in over the last 27 years . oppression, subjection, A formative culture of lies, ignorance, darkens, corruption and PFDJ violence is now fuelled by a range of orthodoxies shaping Eritreans life,
    Being informed and knowledge and reading as a form of critical education provides us with a protected and safe space within which to think against the grain of received opinion a space to question to think and challenge, to imagine Eritrea from different standpoints and perspectives, to reflect upon ourselves as Eritreans in relation to other Eritreans and, in so doing, to understand what it means to ,assume full responsibility’ and to owned it .marching and moving against the grain offers opportunities for Eritrean people to break out of their own in box experiences at a time when DIA MARXIST ideology not only constrains our imagination, but also imprisons Eritreans in almost impenetrable orbits of self-interest and country being destroyed .

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Said.
      Feeling sorry for yourself, blaming others, undermining Ethiopian struggle for a better life, exaggerating, leis (We Ethiopians are first and for most who changed the King’s regime, the derg and the tplf regime as we speak now) wont make your ideal Eritrea to be materialized. By now you could have learnt that sitting at the side line wishing some other Eritreans or who ever brings the ideal Eritrea for you on silver plate and you start singing how Eritrea made it wont happen often. Especially the number of people are increasing by hours. We herd it all how the tiny winy Eritrea crushed the largest African troops, bla bla. It is good for some short period to boost the moral of any group but you over do it then the facts remains necked.

      What Eritrea today is the result of each eritrean individual . Not One Person believes as you make yourself believe it.Some act as if they believe you because they have bigger motives than helping poor refugees from Eritrea. Deep inside you you know you have done nothing practical which brings your ideal Eritrea.

      What have Ethiopians done since tplf took power?
      1) Asked tplf politely that all Ethiopians are not happy with tplf policy, tplf shoot and killed 9 people in their first incident as Ethiopians ruler
      2) Ethiopians disagreed how tplf run its first election, few death but at least there was an effect on tplf
      3) the private mass media attack tplf, tplf opond its so called private media
      4) Ethiopians reorganized themselves in different parties, tplf created/baptized EPRDF
      5) Ethiopians were against the tigray development org which directly got its any economical support or monopolistic access from tplf the very ruler of the land; tplf organized a corrupt of each killil development org. (TPLF thinks like this That Ethiopia has no enough resource to make each killil develop like the development they planned for Tigray ( one has to know tigray before 1991) so throw some million dollars for the hyenas of each killil and throw the billioons for Tigray and its hyenas.
      6) Ethiopians were against all generals are tigrians, tplf gave as an argument they are the only one which had the expertise (we could have avoid the war in 1998)
      7) The opposition parties won, tplf boycotted it
      8) tplf monopolize the economy, the politics and most of all the security and the military, the ormo first and for most and followed by amhara with a peaceful anti tplf government movement
      9) Close to hundred thousands non tigre was consumed by tplf divide and rule policy. tplf media plaid most of the hate propaganda among ethnic groups. And this led to one of the greatest revolution which averted civilian catastrophe in Rwanda scale which could be 10 times worse because of our population and how malicious tplf are and the enemies around us to see we dismantled into pieces because our unity just scared them to death. .

      That is how you do make change. You involve. You dont make change by reciting day in day out what your ideal Eritrea looks like with the hundred ifs and buts. While the so called eri-oppositions sit and write complaints for the whole world, the supporters of the same regime shines all over the world how Eritrea is winning against all the world. Ya, you made one contribution though. You gave a free ticket for the supporters of the regime you hate to live with warm welcome where ever they ask for asylum. Eritrea is unique on this one where the majority noise makers all over the world is the supporters of their government. You see the opposions only when USA makes sanction on Eritrea. Ya, Said keep on reciting your ወንጌል

  • Blink

    Dear Beyan
    I wonder why the lady who faced weyane and payed too much is in this ? Something political about it ? I mean it was not long time ago people ( some people) were calling for the same force who made her disabled to come to Asmara by crushing her colleagues .
    Eritreanism was being tested by PFDJ and by some educated self appointed elites who lived their whole life in western cities bragging about how they can explain things elegantly . Do you agree

    • Peace!

      Blink,

      Too bad DIA is heading to Saudi to get his TO DO LIST while TPLF guy is giving hope to his professors. Make no mistake, the monster is turning the country into playground for regional wars.

      Peace!

      • Blink

        Dear Peace
        It has been always a playing ground for many years , it is just that the Yemenis do not have relatives in Eritrea or Sudanese equal to the “ we are one people “ . It is painful to watch their suffering. I see them in the western news organizations or on aid conferences to Yemen. It pains me to my stomach that these poor kids are being bombed by planes borded in Asseb. DIA is a smart street manager and he is too good at it. Infact we should admit he is too good on his plan. He is being rewarded for doing what ? I mean it is mind boggling.

        Ok to the TPLF guy , what the hell is he saying ? I mean who is going to deal with the border issues? The ordinary Erob and Bademe ( new settlers) and from Eritrean side ? Just wanted the professors to clap for him. Issaias is working day and night to see his plan and we have no clue what is his plan ? Well we don’t really know yet . If he sees 2020 he will not even look at the Arabs , he will get enough cash from potash export until then he can safely guard his bank by the Arabs .

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Blink.

          The plan is DIA’s and no single person knows what his plane is and was and nothing except to be in power, for ever…face it man like every hero…

          KS,,

          • Blink

            Dear KS
            Who is facing him ? The once in the Facebook world and YouTube?? Come on , don’t you know Eritrea internet penetration is 0.0001 . I mean everything we say here stays here and has zero chance of creating awareness inside Eritrea.Hero ahm KS what’s wrong with you. If the opposition leadership did not corrected their mistakes it will be like getting ready for the Young PFDJ people to rule Eritrea . Just to remind you sir , young people are being groomed by Issaias to take over his own house .

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Blink,

            “Just to remind you sir , young people are being groomed by Issaias to take over his own house .”

            So, it is no more our responsibility,,,,, let us wait and see..

            KS,

    • Beyan

      Selam Blink,

      I listened to the man twice. At first I thought he was being called a guest speaker to lecture on current events to university students in Mekelle university. But, when the camera zoomed and read the caption, it was obvious this was being addressed to the professors. My thoughts couldn’t go beyond how this would be next to impossible for our dungeon maker to do, for starters, he will have no audience of this size. Are there any professors left in Eritrea, save those who teach in the various skills oriented (technical colleges).

      Something unsettling about his sarcastic messages, but I doubt Tigray will threaten to secede from the Union as Texas huffs and puffs whenever it sees something it considers unbecoming, such as Obama winning the second term. Some Texans were seriously considering of leaving the union, of course, it couldn’t possibly gain any traction. I see this nothing more than the man trying to line up the Tigray population into having a strategy in place that benefits Tigrayans, which is to be expected. Thanks for transcribing his speech. Where he states that for those who think that “[ሰላም] ተወዲኣ ኢያ ዝብል እንተ ሃልዩ፥ ተዓሽዩ እዩ። ተወዲኣ ኢያ ዝብል፥ ናብ ኤሮብ ይኺድ። ተወዲኣ ኢያ ዝብል፥ ናብ ባድመ ውን ይኺድ። ካልኦት ውን ኣለዉ። ስለዚ ተጠንቂቕና ኢና ክንሕዛ ዘለና። እታ ሰላም ግን ንደልያ ኢና ኹልና ።”

      All I can say is that I wish Eritreans had that chance to voice their concerns; that the man at the helm of political power made public pronouncements about his intentions, consulted the stakeholders instead of going to SAWA and putting words in their mouth, thoughts they didn’t share, on his behalf he made the decision to take their message of peace to Ethiopia. When did these kids give their consent for him to go and speak on their behalf. They didn’t even have a say to be or not to be in SAWA let alone for their opinions to be considered. So, Blink, don’t get mad the good doctor who has been busy lining up his people, because he knows he can’t force it upon them. He has to do his utmost to convince them. He even managed to use some humor to lighten up their mood when he said that the peace process that hit the ground running is good for “ገጽና ተጫማሚዱ እንተ ኔሩ፥ ፍትሕትሕ ይበል። ካብ ስቕ ኢልና ተጸዊግና እንታይሽሙ ንገብር፥ ፍትሕትሕ ምባል ጽቡቕ እዩ። ስለዚ ኣነ ንፍትሕትሕ ይሕግዘና እዩ እዚ ጀሚርናዮ ዘለና። ግን ኢዚኣ እኽልቲ ኣይኮነትን ማለት እዩ።” It was also a spot on jibe at the man in the helm whose ear-to-ear smile must have left a lasting impression on the people of Tigray. So, those light moments were good for releasing the tensions that a viewer could sense in the room.

      • Blink

        Dear Beyan
        You didn’t adress my questions but you jumped over Rumana , said much to explain how the Dancer is doing right to his people. I have to ask you this ,Did you get anything that connects you with the heritage thing ( you know what I mean is about the Habesha thing) I thought you guys were happy about this jumping between Issaias and Abiy ? No you are not happy because you are not included in the deal in person . Really ,,is that so with Debrestion for rejecting the peace process. Ok I understand you don’t want peace , so what then ? Marsh to Asmara as the Americans did in Iraq , how is that possible while narrating Rumana story poor girl no one is advocating for her views but exploit what she said .Complex world but many do understand things about certain people aren’t positive about change. It must be stated illegal to address your professors in such childish way . No professor of any field has to listen such evil speech. I am glad you are not one in the middle.

        • Beyan

          Dear Blink,

          I thought Rumana Berhane’s comments about our menace was spot on, far better predictor of how Eritreans feel than the poor souls who were forced to come out and cheer, cheering, to borrow your term, to “the [political] dancer”, they did. Are you going to say I am taking advantage of Abune Menkorious’s assertion that our people are humble, that they receive their guests with great enthusiasm and honor to a point of even washing their guests feet. If you didn’t see the clip, look for it above under Sal Y.’s entry from late last night.

          Now, who was using all that cheering as a sign of how people are cheering for peace? Wasn’t the man lying to himself: First he stages by forcing his hostages to come out and cheer and then claims they have expressed their feelings about what he did. Oh, what a web we weave when we want to deceive said a long gone White man. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Dungeon Maker had let some prisoners loose for a day just so he may have a show of the grotesque, to satisfy his sadistic tendencies. The man never consulted the public. People were dictated to come out and those who worked were ordered to report to work. So, Rumana, as someone who fought for her country spoke up in public. It is only natural for those of us who listened to it to genuinely be touched by it. There is nothing of exploitation here. It is a public statement that an Eritrean poet made. By golly, we are just quoting what she said.

          As for my not being among the audience in Dr. Debretsion’s speech, well, let me put it to you this way. If the menace calls for some such open invite when he gives a speech, especially, if he allows Q&A, I will be one of the first to attend. What happens in Mekelle concerns the people of Tigray. But, what they are doing is a healthy thing. It is called freedom to gather. Freedom to speak. Freedom to listen to whomever one wishes to listen to. A reply to Algaz G. I just gave will fill you in with the rest. Hope that is enough of an answer for you, Blink.

          Beyan

          • Blink

            Dear Beyan
            Who is this Menkerios ? I never heard of him . What does he do ? Pray to the unknown and unproven , ok ok I can see he is telling us We are one people , I can see he is making outlandish statement saying “we are not one people” , we never was and we never will be . The guy doesn’t know Ethiopians, he only know the likes of him Orthodox which I don’t believe are owners of Eritrea or Ethiopia. The guy is in his 88 and I wonder why a religious person at his last hour try to make a political dogma , ahmm I forgot he is talking about Eritrea. Where is he ? America and he is the branch of the new one I guess .

            Rumana case is completely different in describing the Eritreans who flocked to the streets of many Eritrean cities.

            By the way the meeting in Mekele was called by Debrestion.

          • Beyan

            Selam Blink,

            You’re now sounding like our Dungeon Maker who famously said, “if I don’t know who he is how do I know where he is” when referring to Dawit Isaak who remains imprisoned. At any rate, I completely forgot, it is an inadvertent error on my part to bring up a religious and respected Abune as my source for I know religious people are not your cup-of-tea, if you will. So, I will leave it at that.

            BN

          • Blink

            Dear Beyan
            Lol 😂, Beyan , you get me correct. To be honest I just don’t like them sir.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Beyan,

        Do not entertain with a response for those who undermine the credibility of our “war victim Eritreans” like Rumana, who became handicapped in a senseless war lead by the despot. This guy oppose anything the opposition do, and defend anything the regime Inflict upon our people.

        • Beyan

          merHaba Aman,

          What gets my goat is this ክዉዕየካ ብማንካ ክዝሕለካ ብኢድካ approach to a dialogue. Statements made publicly have gradients. If they come from the source that put the regime in a positive light are suitable but not those that tend to have bitingly critical element in them. Of course, Blink will never speak on Rumana’s behalf or others like her as you alluded to in how our Dungeon Maker was the one responsible to conscript a 16 year-old-young-woman to an emotionally driven war with no rhyme or reason behind it. For such an adventure Eritrea and its people have been decimated, nearly to extinction as a people. These don’t matter to those who want to stand with the man irrespective of his colossal blunders, blunders which continue to cause Eritreans an irreparable harm. Sometimes, one is compelled to proffer a rejoinder because staying silent can be misconstrued by other readers as a sign of agreeing with the commentator’s remarks. But, a lot of times, as I am sure you do, I tend to bypass many question as I up vote them to acknowledge I have read their remarks. But that, too, can be interpreted as being in cahoots with some such statements. So, it is damned if you do, damned if you don’t

        • Blink

          Dear Amanuel.H
          First I am asking Beyan why is he using Rumana , he can give his answer based on his views . I said nothing negative about Rumena. I understand your frustration that your Meles vision is over and he is hated by majority of Ethiopians . Second I have been consistent with my belief that no bullets should be fired to kill anyone to take power . So I look in to any peace that can silence the bullets but you and beyan has been calling for bloodshed in Eritrean streets and that did not happen. Now what is that you find me support your nightmare Issaias ? I am an ordinary person who value human being and you don’t.

      • Paulos

        Selam Dr. Beyan,

        I absolutely agree with Emma. Please don’t waste your time responding to this lunatic who knows nothing but day-in hate and day-out hate. He needs to find his own league.

  • Saba

    Dear All,
    Ato Mesfin Hagos anti-PFDJ Tirah Zeykones anti-TPLF & anti-TPLF-dependent opposition Iyu. Just listen his second part interview. He said TPLF agenda to weaken Eritreans was the biggest problem for Eritreans in the last 20 years. Ato Mesfin Hagos welcome to the third way!

    • iSem

      Hi your Sabiness:
      The problem with those who found out about the Eritreaness after PMZ said the color if eyes is that you think old info about Eri as some breakthrough. So here is some lessons to fill the gabs when you did not know about Eritrea
      Many Eritreans objected to the notion of bringing foreign help to solve internal family conflicts,but IA did not believe in that and that is when Eritreans were introduced to TPLF
      And MH may have change of heart but he was for TPLF help.
      Oh, you are late to the TPLF agenda, they wrote ቃልሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ካበይ ላበይ long time ago
      And now when IA is changing alliance to save face because the sun never again rose in Badme, all you guys are doing is nursing the ego of one man at the expense of the entire nation. And a vangaurd org like PFDJ should have figured TPLF’s MO and outsmarted them but TPLF did weaken Eritreans and IA conspired with them and that will have a protracted effect so, fast you guys need to finish your ምጉራዕ now . What do u expect your enemy to do to u, strengthen u, so you can defeat him, TPLF doing their job and IA was not and that is why he must be tried not canonized.
      So do not be giddy about the obvious, it is not a new knowledge, what the news should be for you is that the one who is leading the peace for Eri did not figure that out and u are still clapping like programmed robots, wait did I just insult the modern robets who can think

  • Beyan

    Selam george,

    I came back to jot down my thought to Ayneta’s entry below. However, reading your entry is prompting me to share with you and Awatawyan to really listen to this song of Weddi Tikabo’s that captures the essence of Eritrea’s struggle through an indistinct Eritrean woman…which I hope will make you take a pause for a moment about the sacrifice Eritreans like Rumana Berhane made for the country and multiply that by a thousand fold…The least we can do is those who sacrificed so much for the country the due respect that they so deserve. All what I tried to do was see the current peace process through her eyes and based on that I tried to jot my thoughts that you found interesting. You added your take, which is what’s really needed here. Nobody has the monopoly of ideas, which is why this is a sight of exchanging our ideas to see if they have validity…sometimes they do and sometime they don’t. Reading others’ viewpoint gives us a chance to hit the pause button to think through it some more. It is an arduous task of give and take and from such friction of ideas new ideas are born. I certainly learned some pointers from your entry that I will incorporate into my repertoire because I now know there are Eritreans like george who have a perspective that’s different from mine. I digressed. It is Sunday, my chance to share a video clip of the day. I regret to have not been able to find a video clip that has the lyrics written, which would’ve made far more powerful to listen as one read the lyrics of the song. But, weddi Tikabo’s songs are always crystal clear. ናይ ናጽነት ደወል ገመድ ስሒባ ዘቃለሓቶ ድምጺ መቓልሑ ጉድ ሰሪሑ… begins the song, but no time to put it in the written word. Have a listen won’t you?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckg6Tax8l5w&list=RDCkg6Tax8l5w&t=164

    Cheers,
    Beyan

    P.S. Ayneta, I will come back to you next.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Yes Brother Beyan,

      Yes really “ናይ ናጽነት ደወል ገመድ ስሒባ ዘቃለሓቶ ድምጺ መቓልሑ ጉድ ሰሪሑ. ” “begins the song, but no time to put it in the written word. Have a listen won’t you?”

      How interesting !! very good participation,,, Beyan –you are doing fine go a head,,,Nice…

      KS,,

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Tesfu,

    Kebede is a common name of in the Habesha land that include Eritrea. You do have to make politics on names. We have many potent political issues we gave to deal with.

  • said

    Greetings,

    In view of The DIA Government’s Institution policies and laws that are flagrantly and openly anti human rights that run starkly against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Western Democratic values that are readily rejected by the International Public Opinion, the Eritreans Intelligentsia needs to subscribe to a New Paradigm in facing up and thwarting the Eritrean Authorities abusive policies besides all the suffering Eritrean endured for years is well known .The New Paradigm should predicate on intensifying the campaigns of creating widening awareness among Western public opinion policies and Eritrean flagrant acts of violation od human rights One can not forget , of the first forays involved Eritrea wherein Eritreans who had aided the King HS in their invasion of Eritrean were parachuted back into their country to overthrow the Eritrean parliament. Some of Eritrea population identifies with Ethiopian Does it require exceptional intelligence to understand that. It was a sellout absolutely intolerable. And so under the circumstances the inevitable occurred. Ethiopia occupied and invaded Eritrea. with the full approval of few elite’s unionist and its representing not overwhelmingly Eritrea population
    Yes this violated international law. Eritreans hold in contempt for many of the obvious reasons.
    The current tumult over is Eritrean nothing new. and also explains to a great degree why for many Eritreans came to view the Ethiopians as a mortal enemy justifiably at least up to recent past . But seeing from our “adversaries” from their own perspectives is an impermissible intellectual or moral pursuit. Many refuges in Sudan could not forget Ethiopian war plane that had dropped the infernal weapons that had vaporized their villages, And yet in 27 years after independence could cross the broader to their beloved country .

    Seen from the refuge perspective and vast Eritrean population. Ethiopians represented that which they most feared- another hostile and bellicose force on their doorstep. During the war the bombings were a deep communiqué from Ethiopian army to Eritrean population and that created refuge in Sudan,today DIA is telling them there is nothing to return to. Ethiopians had demonstrated they were as ruthless as any other great power in history. Ethiopian Bomb during those 30 year War, should understand that many citizens came to realize the insanity of the situation.
    all but forgotten today. As DIA nation’s elites PFGJ deliberately embarking upon the new peace found with Ethiopian PMAA peace intuitive. PMAA Given everything he has supported since appearing on the political scene he seems the most-likely to seek genuine rapprochement, PMAA is taking more prominent roles in dealing with horn of Africa regional security issues and multilateral diplomacy.
    The failed stated of Eritrea and Maoist and commonest system was totally dysfunctional and fell apart of its own internal contradictions, it is tragic once relatively a prosperous nation reduced many Eritrean citizens to dire penury while enriching the favored few cohort. The commies, DIA Eritrea state now controls Eritrea capitalism and the market. Eritrea one the poorest and most ravaged nation on the planet. Add to this DIA have further diminished the standing of the Eritrea State in the international community. The management of foreign policy requires an astute national security team as well as diplomatic skill and work attentiveness for peace and prosperity. And not one man shows.
    Ethiopian PMAA bravely trying to foster a new and peaceful relationship with Eritrea, meanwhile by giving new second life to DIA and nation’s elites PFGJ. Most Eritrea citizens do not accept this utterly chilling state of affairs as if nature itself had nurtured it.

    Dai Eritreans Facing human rights abusing will continue to do so . This as the Western public opinion readily disavows and most categorically disproves of such flagrantly Eritrean policies. Unlike the Western governments, , that take a coy hypocritical and double-standard stand on Eritrean continuous horrendous violations of the International law and human rights, the potential positive impact of the carrying out of such well-concerted efforts and campaigns to educate and create awareness among Western audience in this regard would prove of highest value at this particular juncture of the Eritrean’ legitimate struggle for human rights .A well-concerted, well-funded campaign to widen the Western public opinion of Eritrean ‘s human rights policies will both nakedly expose the true face of DIA to the increasingly more receptive and sympathetic Western public audience; beside prompting the Western audience into action to exert meaningful pressures on their public representatives to act more forcefully to put an end to human rights Eritrean abuse ,a flagrant policies. However, and of a far more importance, launching such well-concerted campaigns would create the conditions with the heightened awareness of the facts before the Western public opinion to move into action. Thus, creating the necessary conditions and the political pressures that would potentially produce immediate practical results curtailing Eritrean DIA abuse of Eritrean people to Cease and Desist. With the many neighbouring countries, Ethiopians, Sudanese’s and Arabs, governments, are abandoning any support if any for the Eritrean in their legitimate cause, this new window of opportunity of reaching out to the Western audience with the increasingly heightened Western public opinion awareness and sympathy with the Eritrean ‘ plight, represents an opportunity of the highest value. The Eritrean Intelligentsia should unhesitatingly muster the needed resources to ride on this wave and to push forward with This New Paradigm. No excuse for the Eritrean intelligentsia, not to chip in and be fully involved.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei, Ayneta.
    Can i ask you a quesiton?
    Why have you relied on only one person? What have Ethiopians done in your situation?
    It is always two heads better than one. How much destruction has made the NPNW?

    How much the west spoiled for Eritrea by allowing Eritreans to mass exodus from Eritrea? (maybe if people wouldnt get a better life for leaving their home, then they might challange their system to get a better one (not the kind of the western standard what our diaspora prescribes from their comfortable home in the west, no not that one).

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei, Beyan Negash.

    I read it two times to get the whole picture. First i read it biased because my exception at least the majority on this forum are busy to try to find some negative thing from the peace call/agreement or indifferent. My expectation from the peace deal is exactly like the people of Asmara and Addis Abab (Eritrea and Ethiopia). Full of hopes, and pragmatic taking the war and the NPNW destruction and its consequences.

    So this is what i say to you, i wish you read this in Amharic and Tigrinya in Ethiopia and Eritrea. And then people judge you.

    • Beyan

      Selam Mitiku Melesse,

      Many thanks for going out of your way to be as objective as it is possible by reading the piece twice. I truly appreciate that. Not many of us give this kind of a thorough benefit of a doubt on a writer as we are so in haste to go from one reading material to the next, pressed with time and all. More importantly, not going on what I call a helicopter approach to reading. you hover over an article and pick an angle and run with it in giving a rejoinder. Glad you tried to read in its context.

      Indeed, I would’ve loved nothing more than what you suggested. That people of Eritrea and Ethiopia read the many pieces that are written in their respective languages and let them be the judges of their affairs and let the writer know where he has missed the ball big time. Though the platform in this website is available for some such possibilities, everyone is stretched so thin ain’t no time nor an appetite to do some translation work leaving that huge disconnect between the people who are living that miserable life day-to-day and those of us who are in far a distant land trying to make sense of it all. I’ve heard a veteran tegadaly recently stating that the prisoners should never leave the prison until they knew why they were there in the first place. Really. How could one make such a judgment call on someone who has been facing the wrath of the dungeon to even dare to tell them to stay the course of the daily torture. It is why I try with all my might to see the situation from the people’s perspective, albeit difficult one to do. It is why I felt Rumana Berhanu’s statement as the closest to an accurate yard stick by which I can measure how the people in Eritrea might be feeling about the peace process.

      Sincerely,
      Beyan

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Hi Awates,

    A flash back after our independence is gifted to Dr. Abie Ahmed and his colleagues in EPRDF.

    By now everything is clear to all true Eritreans. At present, it is understood why Isaias has blocked Eritrean independence in 1975. The reason he has brought TPLF to demise ELF. We also know why he was getting rid of prominent figures in our struggle to pave his way forward. It is also plain for all of us the purpose of detaining G15, refusing national reconciliation among Eritreans, and building institutions that lead the Eritrean people. As well, we conceive his decline to implement the constitution though it is cut to his size. Furthermore, we can comprehend the EPRDF motive of obstructing and putting obstacles in front of the Eritrean opposition.

    Moreover, now we perceive why he has kept Eritrea under a transitional government for about 28 years. All this has only one meaning, the Eritrean people do not deserve a nation of their own; he has to annex them to his Mama. In such kind of arrangements only he feels safe and content. Really, he is a faithful and true Ethiopian nationalist.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Hameed.
      What is the difference between the message of the main article and your comment?
      Nothing, i tell you. You do Only come up with weird conspiracy theories. This is expected when one lives far away from home and leave the sacrifice for change for those who live at home.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Salam Mitiku,

        I am writing to true Eritreans not remnants of Alula militias. I guess, it has no sense to continue acting as an Eritrean. Eritreans are now happy you have joined your Mamma. I think, you know very well Eritrean humbleness and steadfastness. This in itself is enough to make you restless. To be weak doesn’t mean that we are evaporated. We are there, and every monkey has his turn. The life span of a lie is very short in relation to nations life.

        • Mitiku Melesse

          Selam Hmeed.
          I dont get it. Anyways i am from Ethiopia.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Mitiku,

            It is good you are the Mamma. Please, collect your children and refrain intervening in Eritrean cause. You have a lot of homework inside Ethiopia. It is better to stand on your feet first, and then I advise you to look towards south, the Indian Ocean. Why to the Red Sea? It is better to learn from history lessons.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Selam.
            I think you made a mistake. We are one people in two countries :).

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Mitiku,

            I understand, understand you have no remnants in the South to assist you. Any problem has many solutions, my friend. Why do you always depend on remnants or it is the case of ጸማም ሓደ ደርፉ? Any problem has many solutions; why don’t you make bargain with Kenya and Somalia or buy strip between them that gives you way to the Indian Ocean. I guess it is better for you to put many solutions on the table for your problem and forget about Alula remnants in Eritrea.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            selam
            I dont speak tigrinya so i dont understand ጸማም ሓደ ደርፉ?

            I heard that we share or have common denominators of more than about 3 million people divided by the border.

            And the peace deal showed the facts how the 20 years disturbance to the relations of these peoples and the activities connected to with the relation how much mean the relation for both countries minus the ill wisher and the toothless politicians including confirmatory theoreticians like you.

            I hope you dont think it is camera tricks that you saw in Eritrea and Ethiopia how the people react. Specially those separated families, estimated was around 300,000 people were involved. They were too happy.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Mitiku,

            The same goes with all Ethiopian rules. There is nothing new about 300,000 or million of peoples. I think, it is your first time to watch TV or you wouldn’t have told me don’t think it is camera tricks. I know people who gather and wave flags from fear of a ruler and those who welcome a ruler from love. I hope you understand there is difference.

            The families you speak about are families from the remnants of
            Alula militias. Please, don’t understand me wrong my messages are directed to the remnants, like Gheteb, only. You are simply guests and your dreams are built on hopes given to you by leftovers. Be wise and not repeat mistakes again. It is better for you to search outlets in the south where there is a vast Indian Ocean where you can swim like a fish.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei, Hameed.
            From your logic i concluded that he tv tricks suits you perfect.

  • Beyan

    Hello Abdulworld,

    As usual, your comments penetrate into some salient points that leave your readers to think from different angles. I appreciate that. The potential folly of focusing on one individual leader can have an irreparable harm to the society at large as when the leader is gone as many were during the course of history; more often than not, the movement they led dies with them as many stories in the world stage can serve as a testament to that. Add to Gandhi and MLK whom you cited as an example, Malcolm X, these were leaders who left a huge leadership void behind. And there are countless ones that one can cite, suffice it to mention, however, that your point about deemphasizing individual leadership and focusing more on institutions that they should leave behind instead is critically important. For the sake of brevity, allow me to home in on the legacy that Isaias may leave behind as a peace maker instead of the brutal dictator that he has been. I doubt that he will be able to wash that off that easily. History won’t be kind to this man. In the event that he leaves a peace trajectory as a path for economic and the development of enduring institutions, he will, at best, be remembered for reversing the course of the abyss that he alone created.

    The motive or the course of peace that he is forging, I agree with you has everything to do with outwitting the TPLF turned EPRDF than having a soft heart for the Eritrean public. But, sometimes, the unintended consequences far outweigh the clearly intended of “game over for Weyane” mantra on the occasion of the Martyrs’ Day speech he gave. Although, an article length piece can written about it, I will try to give a shorter version of it here as this is very important component of peace that demands some depth and breadth.

    What EPRDF under the Weyane leadership did by creating an incompetent opposition which was a perfectly fit for its no-war-no-peace position toward Eritrea’s regime that lasted 18 years is something Eritreans couldn’t easily forget. The EPRDF under the Weyane leadership tried to keep the Oromos and the Amharas at bay; just as it did in the Somali-Ethiopia region. EPRDF, under the weyane leadership tried to use the divide and conquer approach to prolong its political shelf-life which came crashing down on it like a house of cards in the month of June. This is something that we Eritreans shouldn’t overlook.

    So, TPLF turned EPRDF and EPLF turned EPFDJ are two entities made of the same cloth that one must make a clear distinction about. The latter is a monster that we created in Eritrea until we had no power to change its course. The former is a monster that the people of Tigray sustained under their watch when they could’ve made the necessary changes because they had an opportunity to oppose it under Ethiopia’s rudimentary democratic ambiance. They stayed mum until it was too late. And they seem to continue to support their Weyane led of regroup, retool, and repurpose instead of pushing it to play constructive role in the larger peace negotiations between the PM Abiy’s efforts. Isolating Tigray from the rest of Ethiopia will be harmful for Tigrayans and Ethiopia. They were the “engine” of Ethiopia as the PM elucidated when he went to Tigray to give one of his first speeches after announcing of accepting the Algiers Agreement unconditionally.

    No question about it that majority of Eritreans would unflinchingly support a peace process that looks beyond what PM Abiy calls weddy afom, nsu, what have you? It is not beyond the pale for Ethiopia’s PM to understand that he is making a devil’s bargain, that Faustian bargain in this era of peace, love, and the metaphor of addition gone bunkers requires a population solidly behind it on both ends. Eritrean people and Tigrayan people need to come together to talk peace. It is bizarre to expect peace to rain and shower the two peoples by flying over the ground in which these two people are inhabiting. A hopeful sign, however, is in the offing, it seems to me with what we are hearing about ground transpiration between Tigray and Eritrea starting in earnest.

    It is time that Eritrean people and Tigrayan people begin talking to each other bypassing their respective failed leaders. At least Eritreans who are in Ethiopia and those of us who are abroad can start talking at people-to-people level. Such talks will bypass these two revolutionary organizations and then, only then can there be fruitful discussions to be had. Tigrayans have a chance to rise above and beyond the Weyanes and become part of Ethiopia’s peace wagon, thereby pressing PM Abiy to look beyond his enamored weddi Afom and begin to see the interest of Eritrean people. It is, of course, understandable that at this point Nsu is the only person who can make or break a deal. But, there has to be a longview that every deal he makes with this man will unravel anew. Eritrea’s sovereignty cannot be compromised with one person deciding from the helm of power. I think it is conceivable that Eritreans could have a peace without ወያኔ. What will derail the peace process is if both countries shun the Eritrean people and the Tigray people. There is a huge distinction between the latter and the former than with TPLF (Weyane) and that of Higdef.

    Beyan

  • Kbrom

    Dear Tesfu

    He is neither imprisoned nor confined. The campaign against him is running intensive, the owner of the campaign is PIA himself through his son. The campaign includes ዝሃብናዮ ሓላፍነት መዝሚዙ ምልእቲ ዓዲ ናብ ቤትማእሰርቲ ቀይርዋ፡ ናይ መዓስከር ሳዋ ኣዛዚ ኮይኑ ክምደብ ኢዩ፡ ሚኒስትሪ ምክልኻል ብከም በዓል ጀነራል ስብሓት ኤፍሬም ዝኣመሰሉ ብቑዓት ሰባት ክምራሕ ኣለዎ ወዘተ። The main objective seems to make him the scapegoat and for compelling reasons he would be the best candidate for that item, because he is sooooo hated in Eritrea.

    When his right hand man ( money collector in hundreds of thousands, if not millions on behalf of him) Wedi Kebede, was arrested with 4 other notorious officers, the people are saying Wedi Afom srhu jemiru hope he will get the big fish and take them all to Guantanamo Bay. Mind you Wedi Kebede is just a Major.

    • iSem

      Hi Kbrom:
      Wow: the revolution devouring its children. There is time for everything come,what is up is down and what was down is going up
      When u said through son,is the rumor he is grooming his son to replace him true then

      • Kbrom

        Hi iSem

        No absolutely no, what many people do not know is his son is LITERALLY USELSS.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Kibrom,

          It is my long held belief that his son will not be his replacement, but he may have given signals to that end to serve him as a camouflage.

          I heard a rumor from a reliable friend who heard it from his reliable friend that PIA has hand picked a number of youngsters who are in special training to serve as the next group of leaders.

          Has anyone heard such a thing, and if true, can we say it is better than leaving a power vacuum?

          • Peace!

            Hi Fantish,

            That’s likely to be true given senior PFDJs are aging and dying. The youngest Hawi Hawi zichenu Zelewom is Semere Rusom the new surgical male nurse to Ethiopia.

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Selam Fantination,

            His son is not that bright and I suspect if there are siblings out of wedlock, they probably will try to reclaim power as it is usually the case in a land ruled by only one man for a generation. Power as you know is nasty and then the useless PFDJ will align with the “true” heir and the plot thickens there on.

          • Alex

            Hi Paulos,

            How low can you go. PIA son is an engineer and is not easy to be in Eritrea because of the competition. So do not try to comment based on hearsay.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Beyan,

    Welcome back with an article rich in food for thought. Those of us who asked about your absence should feel handsomely compensated.

    Ethiopia’s new prime minister should have, by now, found himself standing at a center of a circle along whose circumference too many stakeholders gazing down at him and wondering what he can deliver. Some of them have big and frightening eyes. One can begin thinking from evangelists to hopeful royalists who are demanding removal of the stars from the current flag as prelude to restoration of lion of Juda emblem.

    To sure, the add-yourself in love and peace slogan has thus far served him well. But, whether it can mutate to conceptualizable notions that constructs of practical political philosophy needs remains to be seen. If the bet on that direction would succeed, it could at least put him on track to pioneering a Horn Pan-Africa variant of Pan-Africanism. Then, his job would mean how to cultivate the three elements (written language, history and agriculture) to harness the populations inside a kind of harmonization crucible that unites them in pursuit of regionwide progress for distributable benefit and happiness.

    However, in such a scenario, and as you put, the coexistence of Eritrean-ism and Ethiopian-ism shall pose as no mean dilemma to Dr. Abiy in case he emerges as pioneer grand project of regional wide political and economic integration. The first test will be whether his outlook would transcend the immediate political and military expenditure expediencies that imposed exaggerated public relations driven dealing with a rogue despot who measures as a perfect antithesis of what the sense his love and peace politics proposals project. The defunct and loser irredentist politics seem to be lurking on the horizon and seeking foothold in the circumference of the circle alluded to earlier in this entry. Stable and mutually exchangeable relations between Eritrean-ism and Ethiopian-ism are stubborn negations of neo-irredentist dreams of one sort or the other. This is the point that recent history and what it had recorded should drive home to Dr. Abiy or any politician in Ethiopia.

    • Bayan Nagash

      Ahlan Ismail AA,

      There is an African proverb that goes something like this: “I am because we are, and because we are therefore I am” You live this saying in your outlook. I know you are one of the rare commodities in this forum who goes out of his way to ask about Awatawyan. I appreciate that in you and in some like Aman H., Kokohob Selam, and Haile S., etc. who do. Whether we like it or not, this is a virtual community and it is good to show some Tender Loving Care – TLC – here and there in light of now days where that love has found its way into our political landscape. Our region needs more of TLC.

      At any rate, I believe this young Ethiopian PM seems to have gotten the right ingredients, at least at the start. My hope is, as Aman H. was saying, at some point he will go beyond the rhetoric, because we’ve seen the tragic turn many African leaders have taken and continue to take in their leadership style. Examples abound, here are some who started out with idealistic rhetoric but were unable to fulfill their political platforms for myriad of reasons:

      • Ahmed Sekou Toure whole ruled Guineans with an iron fist for 26 years. Used concentration like camps to brutalize Guineans. Ahmed Sekou Toure must have been speaking in tongue when he said this: “There is no dignity without liberty. We prefer liberty in poverty to wealth in salvery”

      • Kwame Nkrumah: “We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, that we are prepared to lay our own foundation”. Over thrown after his dictatorial tendencies went out of hand.

      • Patrice Lumumba: “We are going to begin a new struggle, a sublime struggle, which will [bring] our country to peace, prosperity, and greatness”. He had no chance to try to institute what he firmly believed, for he was killed, thanks to the Americans and Belgians who helped the Congolese opposition groups to eliminate the man.

      Can PM Abiy not withstand all these treacherous political tsunami of the Horn? Can he deliver on the ideals of hope, diversity, prosperity, peace, love that he is preaching upon? I hope he does. I hope the people of the region are ready to be led by someone who seem to possess the right ingredients of leadership to lead the way.

      Beyan

      • Kbrom

        Hi Dr. Beyan

        Thank you for the inspiring mottos.

        We have one African proverb which I believe we in the Awate Forum can follow and that is:

        If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

        • Beyan

          Kbur Kbrom Kbret yhabellay!

          The going it alone and trying to do it all alone that’s been our folly. We seem to wanna go far by ourselves without those who may have differing views than ours. Differences of ideas and opinions ought to make for stronger bunch, but not in our case. Differences of opinions in Eritreans’ political calculus translates to going it alone. The Dungeon Maker tried to unilaterally lead the country, which he thought would get him far fast, but ended up running behind by a quarter of a century. He is now repeating the same thing without consulting the public. PM Abiy might take the baton and move on with Eritrean people at the end instead with one man who had shown to have no capacity to lead a nation other than to put under age kids either in that perpetual state zuriya SAWA.

          By the way, the only man who has been enjoying grand kids in Asmara must be this Dungeon Maker. He found a way of letting Eritrean grandfathers pass on while their children and their grand children were in the dungeons that he built. He couldn’t even bring himself to even bring them out to bury their grand parents while we’ve seen the man enjoying his children and his grand children in the photo-ops at his residence for the first time when a foreign visitor came to Eritrea. A convoluted world Eritreans live in is beyond compare.

        • FishMilk

          Hi Kibrom. ‘if you want to go far, go together’. Seems that didn’t really work for oppositionists here that put all of their eggs in a TPLF basket for two decades in their attempt to overthrow PIA/PFDJ at all costs.

  • Kbrom

    Hi All

    A special envoy of Mohammed bin Salman handed a letter to PIA in Asmara onFriday and headed direct to Addis to deliver the same message to PMAA.

    PIA headed to Saudi today; it is also expected PMAA to be there in KSA.

    The Ethio – Eritrea package/action plan owners MbS and MbZ are the two princes who are leading the current development in the Horn of Africa.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Kbromay,

      Thank you. Keep the flow of the info, for we can not get it from the official mouths of the governments.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Kbrom,

      Thanks for the info. The maestro (or several in league) who pulls and pushes the strings for the operations of those two princes is known. The pawns on the chessboard for them to move back and forth are visible. But the projected endgame is the thing that needs close watch. Is it something to do with pending strategic confrontation between Russia and China vs USA with its isolation president in the white house?

      • Kbrom

        Dear Ismail

        Indeed, if you see the changes that are unfolding as fast as lighting, it did not start that way and from that direction.

        Until mid of May 2018 things were not sure at least from the PIA side. After the Querro movement and the relatively peaceful power transfer to Abiy, PIA was not as happy as he is now. Why? PIA’s expectation was the Querro movement to end EPRDF and see a total new political landscape without EPRDF in Ethiopia; thus he received the change with cold shoulder.

        Many of us underestimate or do not see the the courageous role played by PMHD. As he put it himself to one of his colleagues recently, had he did not resign at that particular time, Ethiopia would have been turned to Rwanda 94. This story has its own details. Before his resignation PMHD and EPRDF has agreed that the upcoming PM should be from OPDO. (BTW PMHD is highly involved in all the actions that are being taken by PMAA and they meet at least every three days to discuss matters). PMHD is also very humane person, a close friend of him who is with him in Asmara says PMHD was crying and crying when he walked on the streets and saw the Eritrean people. At one point he said these people do not deserve what happened to them – not sure what does it mean.

        Back to our story, against the afformentioned backdrop, when the EPRDF came out intact (though in different organisational landscape) PIA was not happy.

        Fast forward to May 14. As you might remember PIA issued a statement in May 2018 accusing PMAA and General Beshir… ‘Both governments have agreed to provide these groups with material support inside their respective borders as well as to extend to them requisite facilities for enhancing their free and unhindered, cross-border, movements in the two countries,” the statement reads’.

        PMAA visited Suadi on the 16th of May and asked if Ethiopia can use KSA’s port of Jeddah, in which the Eritrean case came up. PMAA ( like his predecessors) asked MbS if he can arrange for him a meeting with PIA. PMAA also wrote a handwritten letter to PIA that assures Ethiopia will accept the final and binding verdict without any precondition. MbS coordinated the meeting with MbZ. PMAA though not in his itinerary rescheduled his plans and went to UAE as per that new development.

        PIA who has turned himself to be a servant of MbZ was asked to come to UAE on May 19 2018 and had his first face to face meeting with PMAA. The rest is history that is recorded in a light wave speed.

        KSA and UAE have their own economic, trade and investment agenda; their priority is to build a new Middle East with hegemonic power of UAE and KSA. Eritrea is seen that context as a stepping stone and landing stage not a partner; the partner is Ethiopia in terms of economy and trade. For UAE and KSAEritrea is important from the perspective of giving peace of mind to Ethiopia and taming down from its belligerent alliances which goes from Houthis to Iran etc.

        As you mentioned in the package there are so many sensitive details that go beyond these two countries, however it is better not to go in to details for now.

        • Ismail AA

          Dear Kbrom,

          Thanks for your useful follow up. What you share with us here in this forum help participants like me to pauze and look back and revisit previous thoughts. Information is gold as conventional wisdom has it.

          Going back to your thoughts, I share your views that Dr. Abij has not been acting outside the corridors of power. It could be an overstatement to imagine him operating outside the parameters of the mission his office has been assigned by the coalition, including I dare to opine, some segments of the hitherto dominant component, the TPLF. What we have observing as regards the TPLF could be understood in the framework of inevitable fallouts public opinion could buy.

          Besides, I concur with you that the resignation of former PMMD was by design rather been a forced exit. The calculations could have encompassed whole package of issues ranging supplanting state law and order approach by persuasion and compromises to reduce and calm down the public grievances that needed insertion of new balances in the framework of the coalition politics that safeguard its continuation.

          Needless to state, such an operation required new actors and support base the people could live with. The right choices were the OPDO and its young and emerging star cadres – the Abij – Lemma duo. Allowed to enjoy considerable space for maneuvering, they seem to be leading the scheme well on both the OPDO and EPRDF levels. All indications signal that the EPRDF is there to stay, and has the worst after its back. Of course, reforms in the direction of democratizing the federal arrangement without out altering the core purpose of it under the current constitution are not to be ruled out though the situation will not be clear until the results of the next election will be known.

          Concerning the gains and losses of Eritrea’s despot, there is no way he could be happy with the continuation of the EPRDF. We know his declared ambition and generous investment in the armed opposition he has been hosting was to effect the fall of the TPLF and thereby the EPRDF leading to chaos and be able to try his luck in fishing in the resultant morass.

          However, combination of Dr. Abiy’s government overture with currently assigned proxy role for the operations of the regional actors, who in turn act as proxies for bigger and geostrategic power, has given him no room for pursuing his chosen options. He knows acting odd under the emerging regional alignment of forces could cost him his grip on power. Imagine where the rejection or ignoring Ethiopia’s offer and non-cooperation with Bin Zayid and Bin Salman would land him. He could have in fact been warned in advance by non-other than the Trump administration via visits of former diplomats as we have watched happening. Eritrea makes a crucial component in the region’s geopolitical set up in which the so called regional players such as Saudi Arabia with the Emirates, Turkey, Israel and Egypt (with reduced role for obvious reasons) could, within the bigger strategic schemes, seek sub-regional strategic interests having to do with food and maritime transport/communications security. In such general projects and calculations, Eritrea is a critical element.

          As far as Saudi Arabia is concerned, it has already established foothold in Ethiopia by way of agro-mineral investments spearheaded by Sheikh Mohammed Alamuddin Al Amoudi. Actually, the food and markets interest in the Horn as field of competition for the regional actors could even be traced as far back as the time of Shah Mohammed Pahlavi’s era. He never hid his ambition of controlling the Horn at the heart of which sat Hailesellasie’ imperial Ethiopia as broader defense shield to the Gulf-Red Sea-Suez maritime transport lanes.

          Thus, to make these rather inadvertently stretched comments short, the despot in our wounded land cannot misbehave when strings pulling and pushing regional and extra-regional powers want him to fulfil a role. The current one which he attempts to hide behind exaggerated hugs and smiles cannot be read aside from new assigned role.

          I beg forgiveness from the readers for this unusually extended hateta ala Mahmuday. By the way, why has he taken sabbatical from this forum?

  • saay7

    Selam Beyan:

    I had been following the poetry of Rumana Berhanu Mohammed Nur at asmarino. She is a veteran of the Badme war (enlised when she was 16) and where she sustained injury and was disabled. I think of all the feel who have expressed our outrage at Isaias Afwerki’s clown show, nobody has done it better and rightfully so: a young woman who lost limb and has a brother guarding a border since 1999 is told by the Clown-In-Chief “we lost nothing.”

    It’s the weekend, and here is the audio:

    https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/tigrinya/ti/audiotrack/nehaagaraye-la-mesenekaalaye-kesaabe-lomi-hhebeneti-nayera-bazi-zefethare-zalo-kunataate

    Thanks Beyan.

    saay

    • Beyan

      merHaba Sal Y.,

      She is the barometer by which one ought to gauge the temperature of where Eritreans stand vis-a-vis the border war of 1998 – 2000. Thank you for sharing Rumana Berhanu’s link. I had it ready to cite as a reference at the end of the article, but somehow I inadvertently forgot to include it.

      You are absolutely right that only a clown can claim he hasn’t prepared a speech when making this colossal move, a process of ending a very consequential war that put underage Eritreans in harms way like Rumana and thousands more like her. Not inkling of responsibility toward the people who gave him full trust with their lives.

      Cheers,
      Beyan

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Saay,

      Indeed it is heart-breaking. I hope her message will penetrate into the thick mind of “nisu Nihna, nihna nisu” lots. If this doesn’t nothing will change them. Thank you Saay.

      • @george

        Dear aman
        hate to break it to you, it won’t. We, PIA supporters are too dense and dimwitted. My suggestion to you, is grab one of those medications, and sedate yourself.

        • Aron

          Hi George,
          What do you say to her.

          • Bayan Nagash

            Selam Aron,

            Excellent question! What would the man at the helm tell the young woman who had given her arm and her knee for her people? All that the man could say was that he wasn’t prepared to give a speech – twice at that. A politician who rambles on for hours on end every year, didn’t have anything to say as he came to do peace negotiations. Say what now?

          • Aron

            Hi Bryan,
            Indeed, the man at the helm full time job is to torture and uproot Eritrea. His supporters if they’re Eritreans, to what end do they support him.
            Aron.

        • Peace!

          @george,

          You are not even a supporter, too low for PFDJ:)

          Peace!

    • Ismail AA

      Dear saay,
      I saw that video before. It’s heart-wrenching. Boy, how many of such or worse tragedies remain hidden from us and the world?

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  • Haile S.

    Selamat Beyan,
    You squeezed two weeks of hallucinating events into few paragraphs and yet you don’t look missing any of the essential happenings. You exposed all the failures, misses and lacks of our regime of the last few weeks. The Eritrean people have to endure not only the miriade consequences of the silent war, but also of the recent silent peace. Even in euphoria when ethiopians are informed about the positive outcomes of the peace from the horses mouth of their smiling new prime minister, Eritreans had the priviledge of the usual silence, the third hand information and when it rarely comes from the tortoise’s, it was from that wrath-accustomed mouth, devoid of any presidential emotion. I/We long to see a leader who speaks to Eritreans with affection and consideration, one who caresses them in the direction of their hair, when they need it.
    Now, I don’t want to continue exporing your article further at the risk of repeating what you said. Instead, let me share with you a paragraph from history, a tiny observation, related to this drop of nectar you dripped in your article. I quote – “There is more historical narrative of civilization and development that can be narrativized if we only focus on our own history …”. Absolutely brother! Let me give a simple example; a french official in the 1860s visiting Abyssinia encounters an Abyssinian lady and sees her tattoo all around the neck. She was with her two little daughters of white complexion. Then he learns that she was a partner of a european visitor who stayed there for decades and the children were his. This official looking closely at at the lady’s numerous neck-tattoos interprets them as being designed and made by her white partner as a replacement for the rich european necklaces that the partner couldn’t find in Abyssinia or couldn’t afford to import. Can you imagine what kind of people could have written some of our history. Of course I am not saying all visitors/historians were like this guy, but just reiterating what you continued saying – “… rather than on European and the West telling us what our history is. This is where Pan Africanism can kick in giving us the needed impetus to thrive as a people of the Horn”.

    • Bayan Nagash

      Selam Haw Haile S.,

      Thank for your kind words. In “Season of Migration to the North”, the late Sudanese author, Tayeb Salih (1967) anticipates how the first elite leaders will act once the colonizers left packing and the locals began to rule their own country. Through a wise elderly man who had seen it all in how the colonizers injected the idea of the divide and conquer in the natives says the following:

      “[The colonizers] sowed hatred in the hearts of the people for us, their kinsmen, and love for the colonizers, the intruders. Mark these words of mine, my son. Has not the country become independent? Have we not become free men in our own country? Be sure, though, that they [the colonizers] will direct our affairs from afar. This is because they have left behind them people who think as they do”

      The Dungeon Maker is doing exactly that domestically terrorizing Eritreans while bowing to the former occupiers. The thing about it is he needn’t do that. The only thing he needed to do is respect what Eritrean population thinks. Nobody I know would have any problem with peace, possible economic and political alliances with Ethiopia with an eye toward the Horn of Africa’s Pan Africanism. But, to suddenly bow like the former colonies in Africa do when they see any white man visiting their country ignoring their own people just because the white man might have few bucks more than the locals is denigration of the highest order. Showing deference toward one’s own is a mark of respecting oneself. You can’t show respect to your fellow countrymen and countrywomen if you don’t have it within you. The Dungeon Maker, apparently had plenty of deference left in him to show it to our neighboring politicians while humiliates ones of his own from cabinet ministers to the laymen on the streets.

      Sincerely,
      Beyan

  • Paulos

    Selam Dr. Beyan,

    Disqus ate my comment. Will see if it spits it out.

  • Paulos

    Selam Dr. Beyan,

    This is a joy to read. Thank you.

    “Homo Hommini Lupus.” Man is a wolf to a man. These were the words of Sigmund Freud to illustrate the rather savage and brute nature of man when his sole interest is to protect his turf and fill up his belly. The rest is a luxury including moral imperatives as in love and forgiveness.

    Perhaps, it takes as you put it a forceful and assertive oratory of the young PM in the company of MLK and BO to freeze a man in the appellation of a sublime morality but when the crowd disperses, man reveses back to his old habit for the world we live in rewards not the kind but the realistic. It gets even darker in a political world.

    If the young PM has gotten something right, he learned not to rub Isaias on the wrong side but cuddle his ego when he went as far as admiring his modest adobe and his heroic feat to break the ice that had held both nations in a stalemate. That said however, the young PM has no illusion what so ever about the hope being placed on him to pressure Isaias to reform where he is cognizant of the fact that is off limits. It is the burden of the Eritrean people in stead. And that is precisely the reason, the lofty notion of Pan-Africanism can not make a move from footnotes to the main theme of a discourse. That is to say, how is it even possible for two nations of common history to chart a common vision when one is under the whim of a one man and the other with accountable political institutions and a working and effective Constitution?

    The outsourcing of Sunday teachings to political arenas is designed to ease up the tension engulfing Ethiopia not to have any effect on Isaias’ Eritrea. And the hugging and kissing accorded to Isaias is not to extend love but to make Ethiopia striding in leaps and bounds which can only happen when the outlet to the sea is the ultimate price not a niche in heaven. The young PM is Janus like the mythical figure with two faces—moral imperatives for his home country and realistic approaches toward Eritrea. We shouldn’t be looking for a third face for there is none.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Paulos,
      I happened to be online on the backend and I saw your comment being spat out to moderation. Disqus is politically correct. It doesn’t like the first word, “”Homo Hommini Lupus.”

      This might help those who are extremly paranoid and accuse the moderators. If I didn’t happen to be around, your comment would have been blocked until a moderator saw it–and unfortunately, we do not have fulltimers to attend to such issues. I just HOPE forummers would understand.

      Addendum: as I expected, even my comment was blocked because of the word that was highlighted in yellow. I immediately approved it

      • Paulos

        Selam Ayay,

        Thank you so much! I appreciate.

      • Paulos

        Ayay,

        Got stuck again. Was editing and maybe that’s the case.

        • Saleh Johar

          Paulos,
          Yes, the same problem, I added a hyphen to cheat the system…

          • Paulos

            Ayay,

            I know, I know. I can’t thank you enough not only for the hard work but for providing us the iconic platform which has become a household name. God bless! ንበረልና ንበረልና!

          • Bayan Nagash

            Selam Kbur Saleh G. J.,

            You hit a sore spot. It is inconceivable to me how the AT has been running this august website since 2001 without dimming the light or as in Motel 6’s commercial, “leaving the light on” for Awatawyan even when the team has to bid it farewell for the night. Bless your soul can only go so far though.

            Our inability to have dedicated supporters who can pitch in a certain amount on a monthly basis so as to have someone minding this virtual store full-time is beyond me. This is how we Eritreans are: We don’t appreciate something until we lose it. I hope it doesn’t come to that. The increased traffic now is costing the Awate Foundation extra money because you had to increase the bandwidth. When I first read your assertion about traffic increase to the site, I thought that can only be a good thing. However, there is a down-side to it: You have to dole out some more dough, a money that the Foundation doesn’t have. What gives Awatawyan?

            Beyan

    • Beyan

      Selam Dottore,

      Many thanks for your lucid entry. Three important areas you touched upon: the beastly nature of humans, especially, those in politics; the “outsourcing of Sunday teachings”; and the PM Abiy’s dilemma in how far to push in what area with our Dungeon Maker. In Orwell’s 1984 section 3, there is this exchange between O’Brien and Wisnton:

      “But always – do not forget this, Winston – always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – for ever”

      I just hope this won’t be Eritrea’s predicament in the 21st century because Eritrea was a stomping ground for those who outgunned it, for those who outnumbered it; for those who tricked it for the last several centuries. It has now come a time Eritrea’s own son is doing all the stomping and the disappearing of the innocent Eritreans.

      As for the outsourcing of public proselytizing in Asmara and the releasing of the faithful my take is this: The regime is now between a rock and a hard place. The soft target groups like those who were conscientious objectors being released shouldn’t be a surprise, because they won’t be the ones who will demand for political change. As is evident from the Norway conference in which the Eritrean pastor illumines by praying both in Amharic and Tigrinya for the two leaders. These soft targets are easy to manage, thus releasing them from prison and allowing them to proselytize to their hearts’ content won’t sent the dungeon makers out of business.

      The hard target groups are the political prisoners who will wreak havoc. The soft group will accept their fate to their creator and will begin to preach, proselytize and pray for the very vultures that put them in the dungeon to begin with as the images we saw in downtown Asmara where an Ethiopians preacher was preaching to the gospel. This group knows it can attract attention and convert the gullible into its fold in the thousands, if not in the millions over the years. The traditional religious groups are the ones who will have difficult time keeping their followers to stay with them. Defections to the born-again sect abound, the release of religious groups will not cause any political raucous to the regime. They will be happy to preach the gospel. It is when the regime begins to release the political prisoners that I call hard target where things will be shaken to the core. The Eritrean regime knows this, which is why this group will be released last. If and when the latter are released in droves where meaningful changes will begin to take shape. The regime will have no choice but to come up with political pluralism. That will be the key distinction that one would have to pay closer attention to on the process of releasing the prisoners, from my vantage point.

      Beyan

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Dr Paulos,

      If “the out sourcing Sunday teaching (love and peace) to a political arena is designed to ease up the tension engulfing Ethiopia,” in which it means, the Prime minister is in the process of cooling down the social antagonism of the nation with “rhetorics” and not with “real politics” by addressing the grievances of the social groups of his country. Politics is the art of compromise and horse trading, oftentimes “difficult discussions” among people or organizations to do the business of a nation and address the grievances of the components. I haven’t seen the “art of compromise” as a virtue in politics with the Prime minister yet. People are throwing unnecessary accolades that hasn’t shown in his resume yet. For God sake, we can’t evaluate the savviness of politician by “slogans and rhetorics” in a period of three to four months. The mistrust has reached its apex, the social fault lines is widened, the attack of each other of the social groups has increased, and the internal fight for power by creating new alliances has brought uncertainty to their unity. What did the prime minister resolve in real sense to the issues I have mentioned. None so far. The intrigues pf politics can not be resolved as you aptly put it “by Sunday teaching.”