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Ethiopian Northern Command Troops Were Asleep

I am not  sure who the president of Sudan was then, but I think it was Ismaiel AlAzhari when a propaganda war followed the 1967 Arab-Israel war. Soon a joke circulated quoting claiming the Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Dayan, said, ‘we can occupy Sudan while the people are eating their breakfast.’

The Sudanese are known for their unique mid-morning meal, Fetur, when they walk out of their workplaces for the meal. I am not sure if the Sudanese army marched to AlFashaga during Fetur time to retake their problematic territories from Ethiopia whose army stayed calm, unlike the enraged militias. The war against Tigrai was raging.

Abiy’s government has made many excuses to justify its attack on Tigrai. Some excuses were laughable if not sad, others were plain foolish. But with the die cast, Abiy and his ally Isaias Afwerki were determined to finish off the TPLF and they started the war.

Ethiopia had changed its currency and they delegated a banker to deliver the new bills and collect the old from Tigrai—he said the airplane loaded with the currency had just landed at Mekelle airport when shooting started. If that was the start of the war, how was he to deliver the currency?

But there was another excuse for starting the war. Abiy claimed the TPLF forces attacked the Northern command (stationed in Tigrai) while they were asleep and naked–“raqotachewn eyyallu, tegnitew eyyallu….” I think that is an insult to any self-respecting commander; it’s unsoldierly to be caught sleeping– no advance guards and no precautions in a tense situation. But Abiy had more to say. He said he flew to Eritrea with some generals to regroup his troops that fled to Eritrea and prepare for a counterattack. He compensated the shame by giving wild animal prefixes to his generals: the Lion General so-and-so, the Tiger General so-and-so, etc.

Abiy adamantly denied the involvement of the Eritrean army in the war in Tigrai. He even convinced UN Secretary General Guterres to believe him. But somehow truth overcomes lies and finally Abiy’s generals confirmed the involvement of the Eritrean army. Even the helpless Abiy-appointed mayor of Mekelle sheepishly complained about the presence of Eritrean forces and appealed to Abiy’s government to remove them. Even Berhanu Negga’s party, EZEMA, politely complained about the presence of a foreign army in sovereign Ethiopian territories.

Meanwhile, a commander of the Amhara regional militia openly said his region can afford to lose six-million people in a war to eradicate the six-million Tigraians—he believes sacrificing 12 million lives can guarantee his hegemonic ambitions. With that kind of bloody people carrying deadly arms, why would a genocide be surprising?

Now the involvement of Eritrean army is beyond the pale, it was and is an integral part of Abiy’s war on Tigrai. The long-term result? The centuries-old foolish plant of grudge between Ethiopians and Eritreans is now nourished by the two dictators and will continue to grow for a long time.

Northern Command Caught sleeping Naked

Ethiopian elite, particularly the social media pro-Aby hacks, have been repeating that lame excuse as if it’s noble for a soldier to be caught off-guard, as if seeking sympathy for their troops. I do not know of a large army caught sleeping, flees without its clothes, and is respected for that. I am sure the Ethiopian army does not like that shameful excuse concocted by the elite who lack basic common sense. Worse, prime minister Abiy repeated that. Colonel Abiy whose fashion statement is appearing in camouflaged attires. Even the veterans of the struggle area, not a conventional army didn’t go into deep sleep let alone naked. They used to cling to their guns like a breastfeeding mother who would keep her baby in her bosom. They slept with one eye open. They had one pair of tattered clothes that didn’t leave their back except when they washed it, occasionally, when they found ample water. It was their day cloth, pajamas, weekend cloth… and many times they go to their graves in it.

But the lies! The same Colonel Abiy who convinced Guterres that Eritrean troops were not involved also said no civilian casualties in the war fought by militia, infantry, air force and drone attacks because “we are very careful.” Of course, he had a situation room where he followed the “advanced technological war.” A situation room styled like Obama’s. To Abiy, all is about showmanship, fit for the social media propaganda. He circulated a picture—a copy of Obama and Hillary Clinton while they watched live images as the marines killed Osama Bin-Laden. Even the posing and the sitting arrangement is a copy of that iconic image.

However, time proved Abiy’s technological toys were not as efficient and as effective as an old police dog. Toys do not differentiate between civilians and others like a police dog. Simply because one wages a war siting in a room full of television monitors, it doesn’t make a war clean. But why couldn’t the elite see what was really happening? The result was clear for those who were not sound asleep like the Northern Command troops starting 2018.

The high risk and reckless confrontation is going on; many people killed, arrested, displaced, and an unimaginable, horrendous acts are being committed–including on Eritrean refugees who escaped oppression in their country and sought protection in Tigrai.

It’s surprising to see Haile Selassie’s recycled tactics of arresting civilians executed by Abiy’s generals who think it is a novel idea: so-and-so, an official of the “Junta” arrested together with his wife, son, maid, neighbor, his driver; now they are searching for the grocer who sold him tomatoes. Naturally, in a region where the degree of separation is low, many were victimized and were destined to go to jail.

Bring your children and spy for the army that invaded you we have seen that—let’s move there

Abiy found the Haile Selassie regime manual on how to recruit the people to spy against their own. Not everyone accepts that role, but every society has people who don’t know anything except to spy.

The Haile Selassie regime used to round up fathers of those who were in the Eritrean Liberation Front and tell them: we are concerned about the life of your children; we don’t want them to be killed. We are giving you one month to go and bring them back and “Moa Anbessa Z’amneged Yehuda, Grmawi Qedamawi Atzie Haile Sellasie First Nguse-negest Z’Etiopia”1 will  pardon them. A month went by and the official language changed: ‘if you do not bring your children back in two weeks, you will be considered collaborators of the bandits and there will be consequence. Go and bring them back.’

And the parents complain: ‘Dear Colonel, they have guns, and you have guns; How can we the poor parents bring them back? They are armed men!’ And the enraged colonel snaps and tells the man to shut up and go away. He will then rush out of the room.

One early morning after the two-week time elapsed, Landrovers and Jeeps spread around the town and rounded up all the parents with children in the struggle. They hauled old and sick parents, some carried in their beds and threw them in jail where their health deteriorated they died. Others were released from prison never to recover from the harsh situation. They lived a miserable, sick life and waited to die. A few  chose to leave the town to avoid humiliations; they lived and died in refugee camps, in exile.

One of Abiy’s generals recently read the manual to the people of Mekelle: spy on the leaders you elected–a talk with a subliminal threat. He urged them to cooperate with the security forces (meaning spy on your own). It is funny because many of us have seen all of that played decades ago. We saw it fail miserably. It didn’t end the rebellion then, and it will not end it now.

We Couldn’t protect our sovereignty, foreigners just bumped in

It seems that one morning the bored Eritrean General “Wedi-Fisto” ordered his troops to just march into Tigray. The embarrassments on the face of most Ethiopians, particularly the real soldiers were visible—any soldier would feel that way. They are all hoping for the Abiy government to ask the Eritreans forces to leave. But Abiy has invited the Eritrean army to Tigrai; the war is a joint Abiy-Isaias undertaking. They both showed their intentions and plans in so-many ways, but unfortunately, there were very few keen observers–the war pans were cooking on a slow fire since the summer of 2018. Didn’t Isaias declare “anyone who thinks Ethiopia [excluding Tigrai] and Eritrea are two countries must be living in another planet”? But those who read the writing on the wall were not able to do anything beyond whining.

Certainly, the Eritrean army is not on a touristic tour or a pilgrimage to the Negashi shrine or the Debre-Damo monastery. Isaias openly gave the authority to Abiy in 2018 when he told him, “you lead, and we will follow you.” Since Isaias is a dictator, he cannot give Abiy any other position but the dictator title he holds. With that, Abiy became the dictator general while Isaias became the deputy dictator general. And that is why the PFDJ regime hosted, fed, and clothed the fleeing Ethiopian troops of the Northern Command. Abiy and his generals should stop giving common Eritreans the credit—if the Eritrean people were not in an unenviable position, they wouldn’t allow a single armed soldier into their country, let alone an army. So, Eritreans have nothing to do with the hosting, therefore, they do not accept unearned credit. The credit belongs to the deputy dictator general and his clique.

Hide and Seek

Abiy is hiding like Isaias. He could be busy in his situation room monitoring the developments in AlFashaga where there is a serious and unpredictable confrontation with Sudan. He could be watching the unrest in the regions of BenShengul, Wellegga, Oromia, and almost in every spot in Ethiopia. Isaias has not addressed the public like a leader for a while– even the promised New Year interview he promised is one-month late. Maybe it was intended to be a cliffhanger though the naïve are eagerly waiting to see the leopard change his skin and announce tangible promising policies—they do not care about change because the word is removed from their vocabulary.

The last time Isaias had a public meeting in Adi Keih, almost a decade ago, the late sheikh Siraj threw at him an astounding honey-laced criticism. Isaias and his entourage laughed like idiots. The elderly man had said, “we were afraid you will be in harms way driving here because our roads are poorly maintained.” That was an exceptionally intelligent traditional oratory skill.

Isaias rarely made public meetings after that except in Sawa.

So, Abiy passed the parent-threatening manual that he found in Haile Selassie’s palace complex to his generals in Tigrai. Now he is revising the second manual about Motivational Speeches. He is probably preparing a new series of sermons to preach in 2021. Or, maybe he is busy watching people dying under his watch in every corner of Ethiopia… in his situation room monitors.

But now the region must live with the uncontrollable bloodletting unleashed everywhere. It’s a destructive war (to serve the ambitions of two power-hungry men) the aftermath of which is rape, wanton violation of human rights, and destruction, looting or torching properties. What is needed now is not the pursuit of ugly wars, but a courageous endeavor to resolve the problems politically. I wish anyone who aspires for fame considered achieving it through peace—only peace can preserve an honorable fame for posterity.

  1. The official name and title of King Haile Selassie

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

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

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  • Brhan

    Hello Awatistas
    Statement of Concerned Eritreans Regarding the Civil War in Ethiopia.
    In this occasion, I would like to thank our SGH and SAAY, among those who singed on this timely statment.
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  • Nitricc

    Hi all this is the most interesting take i have ever respect. This guy is reporting from Addis; yet people in here are too scared to stand up to the freaking coward TPLF. listen to this guy if you have any back bone.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpSilMwTzZg&t=618s

  • said

    Greetings,
    Biden’s Ambitious Reform Programs Facing the Fatal Challenge by American WASPs

    Reading former President Barrack Obama’s bestselling memoires, “A Promised Land,” (images of cover page as attached below), that I purposefully rushed to finish as President Joe Biden is starting his tenure as the American new President in anticipation that the Biden Administration will prove to be a continuation of the Obama Administration, I gained tremendous insight reading Obama’s most meticulously recounted memoirs as to the huge obstacles the Biden Administration will face with an American Congress of near equal representations of the legislators of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.
    Ironically, especially during Obama’s first two years in his first term in office, Obama had both Houses of Congress that the Democrats enjoyed comfortable control of. Here, you are talking of the Democrats in control of 60 seats out of 100 seats in the Senate not counting the added vote of Obama’s Vice President.
    Despite the above fact, and with same Mich McConnell leader of the Republicans at the time of former President Obama as McConnell remains now the main obstacle in the Senate presiding over the Republican Senators, Obama had to struggle to try pass some of his national programs that the country was in dire need to have them pass, especially the “Recovery Plan” to salvage American Economy from the deep recession from the fallout of the financial meltdown of the 2008 that happened under the watch of the Administration of the former Republican President George W. Bush.
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    The Neoliberal Oligarchs, in the likes of the Kansas Koch Brothers, lost their minds and got earnestly to work leaving nothing to chance watching America vote a Black Afro-American as a President. The American Neoliberal Oligarchs got to work, deciding not to Donald leave anything to chance as they moved their entire machine to endeavor put a White Supremacist, in the person of Donald Trump, in the White House as the next American President.
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    At the start, Obama inherited from the outgoing Bush Administration the economic and financial mess of the subprime debacles and the entire Wall Street Meltdown of 2008 that Obama’s Administration needed to engineer a Recovery Plan to try to save and cause the revival of the economy. Despite Obama’s all good intentions, a recalcitrant dogmatic White Supremacist Republican legislator worked in unison, ganged together in a mafia style, to try cause the defeat of passage of Obama’s Recovery Plan intended to save the American banks, the American industries and American jobs, very much as the Biden Administration inheriting the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Economic Mess of the Donald Trump Administration..
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    President Obama in his memoires also explains the tough wrestling with the Republicans in Congress trying to pass a watered-down version of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change to try save the environment. Same goes with regard to the passage of a Healthcare reform package known as the Obamacare that President Biden is intent in adding improvements on it. Now the difference between President Joe Biden’s Climate and Environmental package and former President Obama’s is that Biden’s Plan is a wide sweeping and a far-reaching, a holistic ambitious program of redefining the American economy with an eye on the future. Undoubtedly, the Biden Administration will face a huge opposition of passage in the US Senate. However, what’s worth noting which equally makes it simultaneously difficult to pass, Biden’s Climate and Environmental Improvement ambitious program is of no less significance in its ultimate far-reaching transformation impact of the American economy than FDR’s New Deal that hugely impacted the American Economy and Americans’ lives for generations to follow.
    Same with regard to Biden’s plans to push through reforms in the American Criminal Justice System and prisons’ reforms that would address enduring abrasive racial relations, as the Biden’s reform plan is bound to face tough opposition and a very strong resistance from the Republican Legislators.

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    The Republicans are retrenching doing all that in their powers to frustrate the Biden Administration’s reform plans and ensure the failure of the Biden Administration, all this in the attendance of the Return of the Messiah, a Donald Trump or a future Donald Trump incarnate in the next American presidential elections in four years from now. This, as Donald Trump is not leaving the scene playing the powerbroker, looming in the shadows for now, right behind the scene, or even in the open as the ultimate “King Maker.”

    Waiting the results of the Impeachment proceedings in the senate next February as it has no chance of passage in the senate as all Republican Senators appear sworn in to defeat the motion, Donald Trump is likely to surface again in matter of weeks thereafter to cause agitations and try make life difficult for the Biden Administration.
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    The outlook seems grim as the American society seems only candidate for increasing polarization as the Congress will cease to play its traditional role as a facilitator for constructive legislations but rather an impediment to a functioning Democracy. Should Joe Biden fail his mission, America, this time around, will be open to all possibilities as deep division could plague the American society causing the rise of racial tensions that could lead to social strife and even a protracted civil war.

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Said,

      Your post contains a lot of false information. One of those is your claim of Muslim travel ban by Trump.

      There was no Muslim travel ban, and there never was!

      What Democrats called a “Muslim ban” was an executive order issued on January 27, 2017, that barred tourism and immigration from seven countries previously identified by the Obama-Biden administration as being particularly vulnerable to terrorism, partly because their internal record-keeping was substandard. These seven nations — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen — happened to be Muslim-majority countries, but there was no blanket ban on Muslims from other Middle Eastern countries or large Muslim countries like Indonesia, Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Tunisia, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia, to name but few.

      Later, the executive order was updated, or superseded, by subsequent orders. A second version dropped Iraq from the list; a third version added North Korea and Venezuela, two countries without substantial Muslim populations whatsoever. The Supreme Court tossed legal challenges to the travel ban in October 2017. Several more countries — including non-Muslim ones — were added in January 2020. The “Muslim ban” exists only in the minds of Democrats and left-wing journalists.

      • said

        Selam SK
        “It is difficult to speak the truth, for although there is only one truth, it is alive and therefore has a live and changing face.”
        — Franz Kafka
        It is your habits and your blanket statement to accuse me falsely and you are absolutely wrong, dead wrong in regard My comment does not contains a lot of false information. Please point out and re-comment on them if are able to do so . You are a supporter of Trump. No lesson can be learn from you ,you take one line picks and run with it to make your point. In the face of all this. Stop denying the truth , You are giving voice to falsehoods, It’s hard for me to overstate how despicable you are.
        you know the Fact is real, While you ,you know lying is injurious—it does real harm, do it anyway, because why not? It gets you where you want to go, and there are no consequences and price to pay . To be clear.
        you shown your stupidity again, and as Trump support, I expected you tell me , that my comment contains a lot of false information . Now I challenge you and proof me wrong . you are real reactionaries and. you are not lone in your sickness .at least note, even if very cursorily, you start with bad-faith. You believe thousand of lies of Trump .I can not help you. you are brain washed and coopted into the drumbeat for inhuman Trump. You have being deceived into believing in all his lies. You claiming to be the defenders of sober truth, you carefully selecting your political priorities and you stand with worst liar in history of US. I have been repeating for you do your own home work and find out the truth if you wish. Be honest with yourself first And do not copy the entire article as you did last time and presented as those it is your article.
        It is pretty simple ,ask trusted friend to try to find out for you the fact . many fact is being written Is being televised? And do fact search and you probably don’t know it. But perhaps you’ll find the truth. Still there is freedom of the press from right to left media and in between. Or you actually refuse to hear and see for yourself . But should you know the truth will terrify you if you are blindTrump supporter .

        Biden signed numerous executive orders to undo his predecessor’s “deeply inhumane” anti-immigrant policies. These included reversing the “Muslim ban,” As reported in January 2017 Trump’s initial known as Muslim ban caused chaos and outrage at airports across the nation as people from mostly Muslim-majority nations were blocked from entering the United States. It was reported as (Muslim ban). Called any name you wish. As know yes the third version of the ban was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2018. The ban applied to people from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela.

        Just to remind you .More than 16,000 ministers, pastors and parishioners have signed a statement that reads in part:

        As Christians, our faith teaches us everyone is created in God’s image and commands us to love one another. As Americans, we value our system of government and the good that can be accomplished in our constitutional democracy.
        In contrast,
        Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy. Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian. It often overlaps with and provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation. We reject this damaging political ideology and invite our Christian brothers and sisters to join us in opposing this threat to our faith and to our nation.

        Trump Corruption is endless and as you know Trump pardon his cronies .Many associates of President Trump are enriching themselves by selling “consulting services” for those of us seeking presidential pardons. Attorneys who were close to Trump, former Trump campaign officials, and Republican lobbyists were charging tens of thousands of dollars and more to “present” a case to Trump and to ask for a pardon as in article on the front page of The New York Times.
        AS reported widely Trump, who has a track record of pardoning his own friends and allies, went one step further by pardoning Bannon, who has not yet stood trial, let alone been convicted or served time. By pardoning him, Trump has essentially blocked prosecution from taking place.
        AS reported and from court record Bannon was arrested in August for allegedly defrauding donors in the $25 million “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign, which sought to fulfill Trump’s pledge to build a wall with Mexico. Prosecutors accused Bannon and three others of pocketing the donations and using the money for their personal
        As you may heard by now, The white-power vigilantes the like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.. Rep Greene is the loudest and most prominent advocate for the QAnon conspiracy theory in the United States Congress. That’s the idea that the Democrats, and pretty much anyone Donald Trump considered to be an enemy, are in cahoots with a global cabal of satanist cannibalistic. After CNN and others dug up old videos of Greene stalking and harassing a teenager who survived the Parkland massacre as well as endorsing on social media “a bullet to the head”

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Said,

          I find your post to be a cure for insomnia.

      • saay7

        Hey Simon:

        I have been a Republican long before being a Republican was cool (I doubt it will ever be cool with Eritreans or “people of color” in our lifetime.) But: Trump was never a Republican until one day when he chose to run for office. Just like William F Buckley took the bold decision to purge the Republican Party of the Birch Society, the Segregationist and other assorted weirdos, my party will need to do the same and purge itself of the modern weirdos: the Q-anon, the Birthers, the White Nationalists, the Neo Nazis, and the Confederate flag waving weirdos. I very much doubt they have the courage to do that so I will register with the Libertarian party.

        saay

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Hey Saay(*7),
          Somehow I used to think of you a Democrat with a Republican wallet. The only thing I can excuse you is if you live in Atherton area. If not, Libertarian thingy is not going to work 🙂
          Calling yourself a repub at this time is kind of toxic. Even when I insist I am not republican, my kids still see me as one. Damn Bay Area 🙂

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam MM,

            The Democrats are richer. They know how to make money out of politics.

            Don’t assume, but investigate.

            Campaign contributions for-

            Biden: Wall Street, Silicon valley, Hollywood, the media, Graduates.

            Trump: Truck drivers, Policemen, Postmen, Firemen, Blue-collar workers in general.

          • iSem

            Hi Simon:
            What is going on Simon, you are reminding me of Ann Colter and

            Trump, a rich kid, who s**ts on gold placed toilets told the working class that he is one of them and he won the election with lies. The poor truck drivers, blue -collar workers have been deceived by Trump and he is making money out of his lies.
            Simon: Jan 6, 2021 and trump will be remembered like Joe McCarthy. With disgust
            As I said, nothing wrong with conservatism, but your tenor is channelling TP, Tea party/Trum party.
            Even wall street was tired of Trump, so I repeat: conservatism good TP bad. USA was saved from tyranny in 2020/2021 and that is good for the world, if Trump had won we would be in a bad place in the USA, not that Dems do not have their issues in policy but the party you are defending is becoming increasingly the party that advocates for lies and shooting elected leaders and I hope to see the GOP destroyed and replaced by a real conservative party that offers alternative to the left. You are supporting the party that is being dominated by M. Green and KKK
            And you know that motivates this lunatics? It is the changing demographics of the USA, the browning of the States, their soon to be minority status as am sure they will regret it later if the country descends to despotism. Communism also started with so called workers, the lure of despotism obvious and some know it, some like the poor workers in communism are mislead.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Semere A.,

            You walk and talk like a leftist. Good luck!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat Simon,
            I agree most of the senators are rich and there are also many rich people who support Dems.
            I believe most wealthy people support GOBs [oops GOPs] for tax purpose.
            WS is mostly with the winners. Add that Union workers [blue-collar people to the Biden’s list.
            Don’t forget to add Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, KKKs, Militia extremists, White Supremacy Extremists, etc. to Trump’s list.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam MM,

            You ignored my advice. Don’t assume, investigate.

            Wall Street executives pumped cash for Biden’s campaign.

            Blue-collar workers for Biden? Very rarely.

            Proud Boys etc. don’t describe a profession. It’s like listing Antifa and BLM for Biden.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat Simon,
            I try my best but in this case I live in it. Yes, you can add Antifa and BLM to Biden’s list.
            Wall street run the country. Don’t tell that to Goldman Sachs guys.
            Blue-collar was the stronghold of Dems. Don’t mix that with the “poorly educated[tRump’s own words] deplorables [if I may use your favourite lady’s word]” 🙂

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Saay,

          All those years I know you in the Awate nation, I might be wrong, but I was reading you as a benevolent person, who cares on the unfortunate people and whose political view rotates around those principles. Republican Party is a party of “individualistic principle” – a principle “stand on your own” – a party made up of almost one race in a multicultural society. You love sciences and its contribution to societies, they are against science and its potential in the dynamic world. You are a liberal in character and they are too conservative in every aspect of societal lives – just to mention few from the many contradictory attributes I am observing between yourself and the party at issue.

          Help me or correct me, I can not reconcile “my perceptional image of you and the nature of the party you were associated with.” I wish and look forward, to talk one on one, in person, on this and the Eritrean politics at large.

          With respect
          AH

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Saay,

          Some Neo-Nazis and similar fringe groups might vote for the Republican party, for lack of alternatives. But to claim that the membership of the GOP is dominated by such groups is a stretch too far. If your claim is true, then who represents such groups at the Senate and the House?

          By the way, historically, the home base of the groups you mentioned was the Democrat party. Racist Biden and his KKK linked Senator friends had their heyday in the 70s and 80s. Please check their speeches, and the Biden Crime Bill.

          Finally, let us ignore Trump’s personality for the moment and focus on his policies. Which of his policies do you object to?

          • saay7

            Hey Simon:

            Trust me I know about Biden’s record and Kamala’s “tough on crime” careerist move when her victims were mostly black young men (then called “predatory”). I could also spend a couple of essays that Trumps ideology is non existent, as his former member of his rotating NS advisor Bolton wrote (George Will: it’s a mood masquerading as doctrine) and there is a reason why his favorite president was Jackson: he is, like him, a nativist who sees everything through race and religion. But… I have to be cognizant of the fact that this is an Eritrean website, a country consumed by everything that could go wrong and since we “the educated” already have a reputation as being detached from the affairs of our country, I don’t want to add to it by addressing a man of zero consequence to Eritrea.

            saay

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Saay,

            Bolton the Neo-Con war monger armchair warrior has no credibility. He was sacked because he wanted regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen, and North Korea.

            Trump said: if he listened to Bolton, the USA would be in World War 6 by now. I am still laughing.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam,

    U.S. Bishops Blast “China asset” Biden over Reinstatement of Taxpayer-Funded Abortions:

    The U.S. Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) has condemned “China asset” Biden’s reinstatement of taxpayer-funded abortions around the world, calling his act “grievous.”

    “It is grievous that one of President Biden’s first official acts actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations,” declare Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop David Malloy, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace in a statement.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Simon,
      I think you defending your views on American politics openly is commendable. However, I wish you stopped adding unnecessary hiccup terms like “China asset” and the like is a put off. It doesn’t add anything to your argument but discourages people from reading further. Pls help us keep the discussion objective and avoid hyperbole. It’s just an observation.

      • saay7

        Hey SGJ:

        This is when I get distraught about Eritreans. What Awate.com posts in its regional news is an RSS feed with “Eritrea” as a keyword, regardless of the news source. So when Eritrean hillbilly (God knows why anyone would call himself a hillbilly), write what he wrote, this can only mean:

        1. He doesn’t know how RSS feeds work
        2. He knows but chose “mock outrage” a NNNN specialty.

        Either possibility is damning and people like him dumb down the website. Maybe it’s time to update the posting guidelines to deal with criminally dumb or dishonest people. I mean how are we supposed to elevate the quality of the conversation with this kind of closet NNNN dumbassery?

        saay

        • Saleh Johar

          Saay,
          I agree. I see those comments that are meant to disrup and vilify awate. But I have a weakness and tolerate them hoping they will learn decency. But I am being proven wrong every passing day. Indecency has no cure and I am just investing my support for nothing. Sorry being a stumbling stone in the meditator team. I have to realistic with my hopes.

        • EritreanHillBilly

          From moderator: Bye and good riddance.

          SGJ,
          I see you are discussing my alias… is there anything wrong with hillbilly. I don’t know why you care. Instead of being passive-aggressive you should approach me directly.
          What are you trying to say? You seem angry. I think it was petros solomon who said “When confronted with criticism, it is not useful to think only in terms of digging up trenches and launching counter-offensives; criticism should be accepted with an open heart and an environment of tolerance.”
          I don’t know what NNNN… is and you kind of remind of those self-appointed ex-guerilla fighters when faced with criticism launch missiles and build trenches…
          Take it easy don’t take yourself so seriously… maybe your a closeted DDDDD

  • EritreanHillBilly

    Hello all,
    Is anyone following the “regional news” section of awate?
    The tag news seem to be getting more fantastic by the day…
    The latest article reports of Somalian dying in Eritrea…Security guards destined for Qatar trapped in Eritrea without food.
    There is even reports of Eritrean looting and killing in Tigray…
    I am wondering if this is all the work of Digital Woyane.
    What is the awatesphere thinking?

    • Brhan

      Hello EritreanHillBilly
      You told us Woyane has gone. By posting the above do you mean the war just started now in Tigray?

      • Dis Donc

        Dear Brhan,

        Let me begin by saying that the care you show towards the Tigrayans is commendable. However, I sense that it is miscalculated and poorly thought out. Hear me out!

        Let’s assume that TPLF destroys everything (and every opposing forces) and gets out as a clean winner. Or even declares victory thereby independence! Don’t you think that Tigray will be squeezed by Eritrea from north and East, Amharas to west and south. What kind of country are they going to have? Are they gonna keep Tigray like the Talibans kept Afghan (literally and symbolically given the arid nature of the land)? The animosity between Tigrayans and Eritreans will only keep growing with every news (fabricated or otherwise!) coming out of Tigray. And this is besides their past deadly animosities!

        And forget about TPLF making peace with the rest of Ethiopia. And TPLF marching all the way to Addis will be a fantasy. And if that is to be the case, I can asure you that this time around, its stay in Addis, will be a very short-lived one and plagued with violence. Even if it, by some miracle, is able to create a corridor that connects Tigray to Sudan then that corridor will be a very violent one.

        Now, I have no reason to believe in that the news that comes out of the tripartite (Ethio, Eri and TPLF) to be precise or factual. All, I presume, lie. All do doctor their side of the story and some sprinkle it with bags and bags of lies. What I don’t get is as to why those who (except PEACE) live in far away places salivate in this human tragedy?! In my view, some even harping for more violence is a sad reality that sickens to the mind. Do you think that we should condemn those sets of people to live in perpetual agony? What gives us the right to throw more gasoline into the already burning fire? Why can’t we call for TPLF to give it up, given the above realities, for the sake of the Tigrayans?

        • Brhan

          Dear Dis Donc
          US directly presses Eritrea to withdraw forces from Tigray
          Directly means US has called the office of IA, Wedi Kasa and Osman Saleh et al
          https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/us-directly-presses-eritrea-to-withdraw-forces-from-tigray/2021/01/28/4adbaba2-618d-11eb-a177-7765f29a9524_story.html

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Brhan.,

            I fear that you are taking the predicament of the Tigrayans very lightly and to your boorish political end. Either that or you simply have no clue with what is taking place in the region. And sadly, so does the much maligned and ailing US! The hysteria is funny though. For the record, I am not one that gets impressed (or gives quickly in) with the mentioning of the US or their inner workings. Even less so with the Washington post, NYT….

            In general I prefer not to see wars but I also admit that they are our daily impositions, given that the world is full of pugilist people. To that end I have no reason to believe or not to believe that Isaias’ forces are there. As I told you in my previous post, there is a history of bellicosity in these two sets of people. Soon enough the Tigrayans will come to grips with reality. My hope is that the Tigrayans are smart enough to avoid the repeat of Eritrean style catastrophic moments. History shows that those who perished, did so in vain, both at home and abroad. To date no accountability is assumed by anyone! The profiteering goes on though! Only that this time around it will be with the plight of the Tigrayans.

        • said

          Greeting
          Dis Donc
          Brhan yes ,he care about Tigrayans people and not necessarily with TPLF. I stand with victims of state violence and stand with victim the people of Tigray . defending the oppressed people , whoever their oppressor might be. let me give medical analogy, our credo must to be to do no harm—or, if that is not possible, at least to minimise harm. Simply put Save innocent life. I am for peace and justice and against violence and human suffering; to start with
          We should not stand with warmongers. Ethiopian government warmongering lies.. while largely ignoring Tigrayan suffering and Abiy crimes in Tigray. I hope you have no understanding what is taking place in Tigray . Abiy Ethiopian government Vilifying ” Tigrayan as official enemies” Many are against peace, against justice. Many are cheering for war.

          Many supporter of the dictator-president, Isaias Afwerki , brutally repressive regime, nothing good comes from them and they are you against thier own people let alone Tigray people ,I am not sure if you stand with oppressor Abiy Ethiopian government ,that have led to such great violence and suffering in Tigray . politics of Abiy hypocrisy run rampant. The loss of life in Mekhela ,Adowa ,Axum, Humair, Shire, Adi-gerat are very significant
          We must have compassion and sympathy ,there is famine and hunger is used as weapon, it happened the work of UN humanitarianism and NGO that saved millions of life during the famine of 80th in Tigray Many trucks of the UN come through Sudan. Some come by air and continue to do so Today . UN politics is a different matter learn how distinguish between the two.
          According to the UN report, Many thousand Tigrayan across the province were either slaughtered or forced to flee their homes, becoming refugees at Um Raquba refugee camp in Sudan. This new wave of violence and displacement is increasing humanitarian needs for more aide. And this lead to an increase in the incidence of malnutrition among children and gross violations of their rights.

          Report from inside Tigray After humanitarian workers finally gained limited access this month, it was estimated that 4.5 million of Tigray’s 6 million people need emergency food aid. Hundreds of thousands are said to face starvation. The UN warns that Eritrean refugees in the Mai Aini and Adi Harush camps are in “desperate need of supplies” and harassed by armed gangs. Some are said to have been forcibly, illegally repatriated.

          As reported by UN . Satellite images published by UK-based DX Open Network reportedly show damage to 400 structures at Shimelba. Filippo Grandi, head of the UN refugee agency, points to “concrete indications of major violations of international law”.
          About two million people have been internally displaced. And while people are in dire need of aid, access to the affected region remains limited, which makes it very difficult to deliver humanitarian assistance. UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab and many senior western diplomats, including US secretary of state nominee Antony Blinken and the EU minister for foreign affairs Josep Borrell, who have all expressed deep concern about the humanitarian situation in the war-ravaged Tigray. And asked to allow unrestricted humanitarian access to the Tigray region. Western donors and NGO say the delivery of humanitarian aid has been hindered by ongoing bouts of violence.
          Europe External Programme with Africa( EEPA), a Belgium-based NGO, described a massacre of 750 people at a cathedral in Aksum that Ethiopian troops and Amhara militia are accused of the killings at the Church of St Mary of Zion.
          Tigray regional administrator Mr.Berhane Gebretsadik complained there has been scant response from Addis Ababa. Mr .Josep Borrell, the EU foreign affairs chief, said. We receive consistent reports of ethnic-targeted violence, killings, looting.

          Tigrayan are falling into starvation by design and blocked, they are being pushed into the abyss by Ethiopian Army and Militia men with guns and power.
          Yet the war on Tigary on November 5 is a largely unreported catastrophe. Everyone who wants to see an end to the hidden famine and savagery of Tigray war should get involved one way or another for peace to prevail .

          In the face of all this. you know innocent children are dying from starvation.

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Said.,

            Three things very quickly.

            1. I don’t mean to name and shame but I have no idea in what language you wrote, bar the last paragraph. And that is coming from someone who has seen them all the slangs and versions of English.

            2. However, I wonder if you notice that your (and Brhan’s, for that matter) peace-message contradicts itself. He practically was telling hillybilly that TPLF is well and alive as such the war is just beginning. I have a firsthand knowledge about war and it only brings suffering to the innocent. The Tigrayans should know that they can choose to call Article 39 without firing a single bullet! Or accept to live with the others in peace. If they don’t know these facts then TPLF has been lying to them for 30+ years. Because it was the only party running the show.

            3. Clearly you have taken side when you absolve TPLF but condemn the Ethiopian gov’t for all the ills that has befallen on the region. TPLF threatens, kills, destroys, and murders but yet Ethiopia must bend over to accommodate these THUGS. Where is your ire towards to the other warring faction? I’d imagine that you were blaming Isaias when Eritrea were blocked, isolated, starved, and decimated by TPLF. What has changed now?

          • said

            Selam Dis Donc
            Let me briefly remind you what i wrote about TPLF as below 5 days ago and i addressed to KS,and this will give you a better idea
            Totalitarian solutions may well survive the fall of totalitarian regimes in the form of strong temptations which will come up whenever it seems impossible to alleviate political, social, or economic misery in a manner worthy of man.
            – Hannah Arendt
            Thank you and I agree with you. Simply put TPLF they brought their own downfall and they brought it on themselves .I am well aware of TPLF from its inception and is being well covered for years on daily bases and including todays in awate site and myself wrote about TPLF leadership number of times since the war started I was never ever supported TPLF regime from day one . History is being written in Tigray a spicily in the last 2 moths or more. TPLF political disaster doesn’t begin to describe how truly failed to see what befalling to them. It’s always news good news and healthy for a culture to celebrate the fall of its tyrants and spicily in our region . As you rightly stated carefully planned ahead of time. War in Tigray and Bombing It resulted in extensive destruction of the civilian infrastructure of Tigray is part of it and including Famine .

            I wrote long opinion on November 11, 2020. First of all. I still hold it in my heart with all of my hope ,for peace should prevail in Ethiopia. As Eritrean we support all Ethiopian progressive idealist and peace loving
            in brief 1991 that brought them to power and believing themselves alone and powerful beyond imagining and the inheritors of everything that had gone before. Ethiopia theirs for the taking. And further more I said .(TPLF destructive power of the first order, has bred its own new dictator Debretsion Gebremichael) and I also said: ”Almost three decades later .Today TPLF who is for them? They are isolated politicly domestically and internationally and they are demonized and are in a gridlocked . fighting to regain power ,you might actually call it suicidal. previously unimaginable extremity.to be in this situation and don’t count on good tidings ahead for them. perhaps none of this should have been a surprise at all.”
            Just to give an idea On November 12, 2020 I wrote about TPLF
            TPLF Proletariat Marxist regime and Unlike true revolutionaries ,and a dictatorship Late Melees Zenawi and his iron grip on the throat of Ethiopian politics? With his smiley and friendly face and A dictator who is impaired by the gravity of his own shortcomings.PM MM was not wise enough to learn from history ,he was not nearly reflective enough of the dire moment that will come to end, TPLF will find themselves in as a Tigrayan nation and people. TPLF military officer .they did not seek to transform society. They simply want power and rule Ethiopia, And operating outside constitutional norms, Ethiopian seized by a small faction, a military takeover. Though inherently reactionary, Along remind me the saying by Fredrick Engels, wrote that once the proletariat came to power in a revolution, it would rule through a “dictatorship of the proletariat,” which would administer society in the interests of the working class for a period, until the state withered away. Most societies in which a Marxist group came to power through revolution, ended up with a political dictatorship which did not wither away. It became an entrenched form of elite power.

            Most Ethiopian had little in common with the TPLF ,an exclusive Tigray ethnic ideological party, a party whose future is tied to only Tigray .Tigray over three decades their prospects were improving . TPLF, It has its own society and Economics Prosperity and politics and hardly resemble the rest of Ethiopia, struggling small towns and rural areas ¬, Prosperity there remains out of reach for many. Ethiopian had to endure an equalities. TPLF political strategy rests on foundations of ethnic pride and past nostalgia an imagined Tigray great past and gloriously bragging and the use of violence , they did whatever they wanted while in power., they have an upper hand. Any yet it is quite very difficult to keep a system of power in place solely on the basis of violence, TPLF had their hands on the levers of power in central government , act in arbitrary ways unchecked by any formal rules. it’was not built to last. A coalition to be forged out based on ethnicity and by extension their, iron grip on power. It was like a new world had opened up for them
            TPLF wielded power without formal democracy. They created coalition system of formal representative democracy, hides deeper undemocratic realities. TPLF Never give Ethiopian people real power over their lives and elect their representative . TPLF made up Government is a place where tremendous power was concentrated and deployed in its favor . No rules, or checks and balances, The TPLF dominated Ethiopia’s governing coalition for decades ,the rest of Ethiopian ethnic have no real power, that deep inequalities are entrenched in coalition political system, , Ethiopian people that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned and political system that had failed generation, it is s a matter of fact. TPLF apparently attested to by a long historic record, were engaged in acts of murder and aggression against civilians as they never observed a high code of conduct stemming from true tolerant and moral human values.

          • Brhan

            Hello Said,
            Dis Donc, EritreaHillyBilly and et al problem is that they have reached to the conclusion for an issue that has not been concluded. They told us the war is over and TPLF is eradicated. We said ok, let us go to a new page. But they come back and tell us again and again about TPLF and tell us, the same story: it is finished. They keep going like that. It is like the Arabic proverb: there is still smoke overthere and this means there is still fire. They have only seen the smoke coming and going and reached to a wrong conclusion. That is why they are coming again to speak about the smoke ( without being invited to speak about it). Believe me they will still come with a comment about TPLF againg and again. It has become catch 22 to them!

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Brhan,

            TPLF has had Tigray as its stronghold for the best part of a century; in one form or another. When a party is that much entrenched it is bound to leave an indelible mark in the mindset of the Tigrayans. Anyone with a thinking mind would know this. One must draw a conclusion that even if the clique (or cúpula) goes to jail or killed its tentacles will live on. That being said, I have no idea what the Isaiasists think. Nor do I care! But I know one thing that if Tigray is to recover her dignity then it must rid of the TPLF poisonous ways of doing things. Better yet, TPLF should come to its sense; give up fighting for the innocents are dying and involve itself in a peaceful political process. Try to read in between the lines!

            (SIC and this to Said as well;)

            However, It is good that you show lack of understanding. Life, in the trenches, is never easy when compared to living in the dens of a western confort. If you think TPLF is well and kicking then I say to you “good luck.” But be sure not raise hell about war and its consequences. Or children starving and what have you!

    • Saleh Johar

      EHBilly,
      The news feed from major news outlets has been there since 2007. As the world news changes so does the feed and nothing has changed. If there will be another hotspot for news, you will see the outlets covering it. Yes it’s digital, as far as technology is concerned, but that is the only digital thing about it.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam,

    Eritreans and Ethiopians, living abroad, you better keep an eye on your children. While you are busy running around to make a living and being immersed in the region’s politics in your spare time, something else is happening.

    A BBC Educational Film Tells Children There Are ‘over 100’ Genders!

    The film, entitled Identity – Understanding Sexual and Gender Identities, is currently being presented on the publicly-funded broadcaster’s ‘Teach’ website and is aimed at children between the ages of nine and 12 years old.

    The programme says that becoming transgender is a means by which children can become “happy” and that supposedly different gender identities include “gender-queer”, “pansexual”, and “bi-gender”, the Daily Mail reported.

    Later in the film, a transgender healthcare worker tells the pupils: “I told people it wasn’t because I wanted to be transgender but because I wanted to be happy and to be happy I had to be true to who I was. Nobody really treats me differently but I feel that the pieces in my life fit better now.”

    The film was widely criticised, with Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price saying: “Telling children there are more than 100 genders is nonsense, and potentially harmful as it risks normalising something which is extremely rare.”

    London mayoral candidate David Kurten also took aim at the BBC, writing: “The BBC should not be teaching kids unscientific nonsense about genderqueer theory. There are two sexes, not 100 genders. #DefundTheBBC.”

    • iSem

      Hi Simon:
      This subject is the dilemma of epoch. Thanks for the info
      But is it the leftist who are doing this or Joe Mao:-)
      You see the policies and ideals of the real conservatives are good, but your defeated president and the Tea party, the conspiracy peddlers and liars gives real conservatism a bad name. I had to put this in given your smarmy affection of Trump but I embrace your conservative mindset

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Sem,

        I have never thought that you are bought to the dogma of American conservatism – the obstacles of social development, whose base are driven by mob mentality – we saw them recently, spilling blood and desecrating the people’s house – the symbol of democracy and Democratic deliberations. No Sem, they don’t represent your values.

        Regards

        • iSem

          Hi Emma:
          You are absolutely correct, but these are not the real conservatives. Lincoln was a conservative, so was Regan, so was Boenner*
          So what I meant was conservatism, its real form is good, not only that it acts as balancing/counter to the crazy left but its economics of living with your means, less government, leave us alone, respecting norms and rule of law and freedom. Nothing wrong with that, I am sure you agree with that. But Simon is not concervatives, he is T party

          Boenner*: Sal once wrote about this conservative USA speaker and former PMof Ethiopia Taamerat Layne but crying and also warned readers in pronouncing the speaker’s name. Sal that was funny and it was early 2000s when he used to by funny

          Emma all these creating new gender out of the blue the crazy left that is what Simon is telling us

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Semere A.,

            Are you certain that the November 2020 election was fair, and that raising doubts about it a conspiracy theory? It is not only fraud, but also the appearance of fraud and suspicious activities that should be investigated.

            For the sake of future elections, it would be good to set up a commission to investigate what happened in the 2020 election, and pass recommendations to protect election integrity. This will bring transparency and confidence in the system, especially when results are very close.

          • iSem

            Hi Simon:
            Well, the elections security chief, Krib said it was the most secure election and he was fired by Donald Trump Putin or Donald Trump Russia:-)
            And not this election was not close, Joe beat Trump by 8million votes and Joe got 306 EVs the same as what Trump got in 2016. So although I agree with you USA should make its elections fair I do not think 2020 was not fair, if it was not fair, it did not hurt GOP, if for the Gerrymandering, the black vote suppression probably Joe might have won Florida and Texas:-)
            But hyperbole aside, do you support the loony things Josh Hawely and Crazy Cruz did was sane.
            I told you, i do not mind the conservative idealism and policy, they can have their anti-abortion judges etc but Trump? and I Trust you are smarter than that to support Trumpism
            I hope and am salivating to see GOP purge its lunatics, maybe third party, so the crazies can be relegated to the fringes and are free to believe that there is satanic sperm in vaccines
            conservatism good Trumpism bad is a slogan you might appreciate for its historical connotation.

            But I agree with your last paragraph but the GOP is not interested in that because they love suppressing votes.
            This is what I am looking for in USA, state status for DC and Puerto Rico, if that happens the GOP will never be majority in the senate
            Do you agree that some of the Trump suporters remind you PFDJ supporters

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Semere A.,

            Whichever individual says the election was secure or insecure should not be the last word. To avoid suspicion and doubt, a commission should be set up to investigate what really happened and make recommendations for the future. There is nothing to fear.

            By the way, nobody can purge anybody from a given party for exercising freedom of speech. This is not Eritrea or Ethiopia or some other Bongo-Bongo Land. The voters will decide who to elect.

            Finally, at the individual States level the votes were close; that is what matters. This is considering the factors that helped “China asset”Joe Biden. Factors such as the China virus Pandemic, and the summer riots and looting by communists (BLM), anarchists (Antifa) and other hooligans, who may have made Trump look bad.

          • Saleh Johar

            ISem,
            Can you please articulate more on the potential conservative block in Eritrea as well as progressive, liberal strains of the Eritrean people’s map? You have something there that needs more discussion for the benefit of all.

  • said

    Greetings, SK and All,
    True to his Words on his first days in Office, President Joe Biden is Starting a new page.

    On the Climate and Environment side, President Biden signed an “Executive Order” on his first day office immediately after the inauguration ceremony for the US to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Mr. Biden equally signed an Executive Order to Annul the Keystone XL, the Canada-U.S. Oil Pipeline.
    We see the most diverse cabinet appointed by Joe Biden, For Indian-Americans alone there have been at least 20 nominees or appointees, 13 of which are women. For the first time ever are hires of two Indian-Americans who trace their origins to Kashmir: Aisha Shah and Sameera Fazili. As Biden’s first Arab-American pick, Reema Dodin was named as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs back in November.
    Joe Biden, true to his words during his electoral campaign, is not losing time delivering on his promises starting very same day after the inauguration ceremonies installing him as the new US President.
    As was anticipated, President Biden, deploying the convenience of the “Executive Orders” options to the maximum to Reverse All of Donald Trumps’ policies, save of the concessions made by Donald Trump to the Netanyahu Government in Violation of the International Law, one can rightly say that Joe Biden reversed in a single pen strike most of the unsettling policies enacted by the Trump Administration.
    However, not too surprisingly, the Republicans in the two Houses of Congress were all up in arms condemning Biden’s swift actions including the House of Representatives Whip Liz Chenery, daughter of former US Vice-President Dick Cheney, who at one point became a self-professed Anti-Trump opponent immediately after the assaults on the US Congress on the 6th of January current, Liz Cheney lashed at Biden’s “Executive Orders” as relating to immigration and the environment.
    Rendered increasingly right-wing extremists, the Republicans view all that the Biden Administration is doing culminating with Joe Biden’s signing of the “Executive Orders,” as representing a tilt inspired by an anti-Capitalist leftist socialist moves to undermine American centuries entrenched unfettered, unbridled Capitalism – Wild Capitalism that all is for grab by the privileged few.
    Interestingly, what seems to irk the Republicans the most – who have become mostly White Supremacists at heart – are Joe Biden’s swift moves to deliver on campaign promises on immigration policies, the environment and support to the American low-income people.
    In matter of truth and judging by the facts thus far, Joe Biden is starting an American Revolution to Empower and Enable the American Minorities and the American disinherited of the low-income masses. On Immigration, Joe Biden signed executive orders lifting the travel bans on Muslims (Talking of Saudis enjoying privileged relations with Donald Trump all these years); and the revocation of family separation of illegal immigrants. The President further signed an Executive Order to stop funding for and the construction work on the Separation Wall at the US-Mexican borders.
    Furthermore, Mr. Biden, and on same day after his inauguration, signed an Execrative Order for the US to rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO) putting Dr. Anthony Fauci in charge of coordination with the WHO.
    Of significant importance to launching the Biden Administration on a good stead, the Biden Administration is planning to treat as a top priority its $1.9 trillion emergency package to stimulate the economy through the shoring up, rather significantly, households’ income that would in turn stimulate consumer spending that would start the American economy.
    However, and despite signs of Optimism expressed by President Joe Biden that he could be garnering Bipartisan support for the Bill, one suspects the deliberations in Congress will proceed smoothly without serious obstacles, significant obstacles put by the Republicans who are likely to conceive and perceive of the stimulus package as another Left-Wing Socialist scheme by the Biden Administration.
    Waiting to be seeing .On the International front, the Biden Administration sent a positive signal to Russia and NATO declaring it will renew the STAR Nuclear Arms Control Agreement that the Trump Administration Declared as “Null & Void.” This will no doubt point to a good direction intended to lowering security tensions that could surely lead to restoration of a measure of trust between the US and Russia that could open the door for settling important world crises starting with the P5+1 JCPOA with the Iranians and seeking an early peaceful solution to both, the Syrian and the Libyan Crises.
    President Joe Biden is proving thus far to be very true to his Electoral Campaign Platform promises, as, undoubtedly, he is starting a revolution of some-kind starting with the interracial makeup of most apt Administration at all and in every level.
    This, as the Republicans will start entrenching for a protracted rearguard battle to save Capitalism as Donald Trump will remain active lurking on the sides vocally stirring and fomenting unrest and troubles capitalizing on his wide backing among extreme right wing grassroots backers as they count among the 75 million Americans, half of the total American electorates that voted for him in the last elections.
    Domestically Joe Biden is a true statesman; very presidential par excellence as what America really need at these crucial times of the country’s deep divisions.
    Joe Biden’s mission will not be that easily nor its success is guaranteed as until tangible results of improved conditions of the White American Working Class can be felt, America will remain dangerously a deeply divided society.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Instead of spending a majority of their time legitimizing the TPLF, hammering PMAA and rehashing old ELF/EPLF bad blood tales, efforts should now in large part, center on pressuring the U.N., notably the U.N. Emergencies Management Group & ISC at Geneva/HQ level, and also specialized U.N. agencies now working inside of Eritrea, to truly be accountable for their mandate and lack of action as it pertains to Eritrea and Eritreans.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. The intent of this article seems to say that it was completely copacetic for the TPLF to illegally occupy Eritrean land for 20 years, to launch repeated military offenses and to to try to economically strangulate Eritrea in between; but it was wrong for Eritrea (simply because it is governed by PIA/PFDJ) to reclaim (by whatever means) its stolen land. On top of that, it further attempts to legitimize and to draw crocodile tears for the plight of the TPLF/Tigray for the pain and suffering that PIA/PMAA brought down on the TPLF for its terrorist/illegal actions. Strange that I do not recall crocodile tears being storm brewed by the Eritrean opposition for the past 2 decades while it backed the TPLF and let the U.N.and it’s appendages completely off the hook in terms of their total disregard for Eritrea and her people.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam,

    1) Joe “China asset” Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender individuals serving in military.

    2) In his first day in office, Joe “China asset” Biden signed an executive order to halt the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which was meant to transport Canadian crude oil to the U.S.

    The move swiftly eliminated the estimated 11,000 U.S. jobs – including 8,000 union jobs – the project would have sustained in 2021.

    • Dongolo

      Selam Simon Kaleab. Just wait until the stock and real estate bubble in the U.S. bursts. Sleepy politically corrupted Joe probably won’t even notice.

      • EritreanHillBilly

        Dongolo they have been talking about real estate bubble for last 10 years… as long as people need a place to live… there isn’t going to be much bubble.. maybe in the commercial real estate where businesses are closing down…

  • said

    Greetings,
    For menthes Tigrayan have faced famines. Peace loving people must have moral authority and moral duty to speak out. The violations of the Tigrayan people basic human rights is shaping up to be the most serious outrage of 21 century It is morally and our duty indefensible to be silent when real crimes and Hunger as weapon are used and perpetrated against Tigrayan people .AS reported Tigrayan people are facing starvation. In many ways. Tigrayan are suffering more now than ever. All of these dire problems are a direct result of the reckless and unjustifiable for not letting food Aid coming to Tigray in timely manner by Abiy Government. Tigray is bleeding, they have buried thousands of their loved ones. caused by war and hunger. And millions have been displaced, either having to relocate within Tigray or outside becoming refugees in Sudan.

    Ethiopian Militia who were missioned with bringing death ,massacre and looting and destruction, is fact in the ground .. and grief inflicted on trapped innocent villagers who cannot protect their children . Tigray Huge swaths of their town and villages and infrastructure have been heavily damaged or destroyed and systematic destruction of farms or abandoned and famine continues to stalk the Tigrayan. Blocked has severely affects the coping capacity of international donors. UN and Numerous NGO organizations with extensive experience working in Tigray and Ethiopia described the catastrophic effects on the people seeking help.

    Millions are hungry and many thousand do not know when they will eat next. High percent of the population suffers from moderate to severe malnutrition. That includes tens of thousand of children.. Food aid blockades and bomb attacks have decimated Tigray, essentially cutting off food for the entire Tigran. Primarily punished Tigray most vulnerable people, especially the children and the old. Today, children in Tigray are being starved by Abiy ,the new king and president IA colluding to control Tigray
    The ongoing famines and massacre of the innocents people in Tigray has failed to generate outrage and deep concern and sorrow inside Ethiopia and outside ?.

    Abiy Government Hunger tactics being used to completely finish and unseat TPLF and put collateral damage to severely punish Tigrayan vulnerable people—Tigrayan who are already impoverished, displaced, hungry. Many are innocent children whom should never ever be held accountable for TPLF and Abiy political deeds.. Tigrayan children cannot protect themselves;.

    Abiy Government is committing gruesome brutality and ongoing genocide against Tigrayan people
    Tigray economy has spiraled down, out of control. Prices on even the most basic essentials for life are beyond the means of most people. and many are without any hope for the future at all.
    For the last two months Phone and internet services to Tigray were severed and journalists and aid workers were barred from entry .But now as report coming out from Tigray.

    After humanitarian workers finally gained limited access this month, it was estimated that 2.to 4.5 million of Tigray’s 6 million people need emergency food aid. Hundreds of thousands are said to face starvation.

    We, Eritreans of every stirp, ethnic ,religious affiliation ,politics group, ,opposition, Agazian,,religious fanatic ,hegemonic regional group and supporters of dictator ,must condemn , must not turn away. We must decry the terrible Famine and hunger and blockade. Doing so might help spare the lives of at least some of Tigrayan’s children.. and opportunity to resist this massacre of the innocents rests with us as Eritrean.
    Interesting article report by UK Guardian newspaper. Abiy must answer for the high cost of hidden war in Tigray Please see the link.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/24/ethiopias-leader-must-answer-for-the-high-cost-of-hidden-war-in-tigray

    • Kokhob Selam

      Wow, Said,

      Nice, I think you can upgrade it and come with new article it to awate.com. I appreciate and thank you for the above.

      KS,,

      • said

        Greetings ,KS
        Thank you for your comment and I appreciate your input. Th above is call for help and below opinion I wrote is call for all of us to do our part to sympathies and have compassion with victim of war and the least we can do and to donate to NGO to help them.

        In our part of region. Civil war, Hunger, Famine, killings, ethnic cleansing, land confiscation, enslavement, underdevelopment, and forced exile, are not new. As Eritrean we know what it means to be in their shoes Any Ethiopian ethnic group at any giving time .There has been a persistent perception in Ethiopia that the Tigrayan ruling class are not loyal to the nation mother Ethiopia . Simply put Persecution, involving Tigray ethnic groups considered revival and competitive to Amhara elite and they remains ruthlessly efficient in control of the Nation central government and they are Disciplined and abstemious.

        Today, The Catastrophe in Tigray continues and still, the Tigrayan suffer grievously and silently . We have to be the voice for the voiceless people and for hopes, dreams and aspirations of innocent of people who are suffering the most and they have no saying in the war that is taking place.

    • Germay Berhane

      Selam
      PLS Hold your conscience! This is pure propaganda in the name of Tigray people.
      I am not saying there is no famine, but who should be blamed for it.
      In the first place why did Weyane waged war on the time farmers were collecting their harvest? Why did the Weyane destroyed Electricity and telephone networks in almost Tigray? Why did they destroyed many infrastructure including Axum airport?
      Do you think the army that protected and harvested they farms, built schools will now let these people kill or starve them? NO.No.
      The Ethiopian government is only there the last two months. The first priority is restore order. In the absence of peace everything can not go normal. The Provisional administration is made of Tirayans. You can not care more than these people. Now in many parts of the region electricity, telephone and medical services is getting restored. According some international organizations about 2.5 million people received aid last week. Progress is made day by day. I feel sad for the Tigray people but the main cause of this problem is your mentors the Weyane bandits.
      Ethiopia will not let Tigryans to be humiliated.Work is being done to accommodate the Tigray aspiration. Let’s be logical and take every consideration of the problem.

      • said

        Selam Germay,

        It seem you are war journalist accompanying Ethiopian army, you have been intimately involved, you have seeing thousands of Tigrayan dead bodies have been buried. Parents, old ,young, spouses, children, siblings, who have been killed in action live, as a collateral damage directly or indirectly and have the testimony of the Ethiopian army, you interviewed ,you suggests some what more credible . Have you seeing many civilian people suffer and die for not having food. Have started to examine the effects of war on Tigrayan people. particularly in northern and eastern Tigray in Humira war zones, that you have seen ,how about hospitals and clinics have been destroyed. As you were flying over by plane from place to place reporting I am sure you seeing many civilians die because roads have been bombed and destroyed and it is unsafe to travel to seek food and they worried not be killed by Ethiopian army and you have seen thousand die from malnutrition because farms and the infrastructure to transport food have all been reduced to rubble by design . you are good spoke person for Abiy government .You had to deal with war’s carnage in detail as you reported. By the way have heard unexpected loud noise outside where you have being staying and you were caught sleeping . I hope not . since your life hasn’t been threatened by combat daily ,it easy for to say and analyze falsely. Since I have remarkably little information about the scope and nature of the war in Tigray and hunger that taking place as such.
        I’ll tell you what I do know with certainty and what I wrote deals human suffering. It’s common knowledge. I put my reference what UN and NGO working in the ground and what they sow in Tigray and they reported from inside Ethiopia , they bears witness to human suffering on a fairly regular basis in Tigray , In the sort of bitter terms I’m used to, they only confirmed what I already knew or I assumed , that most of war’s suffering doesn’t happen in the moment of combat amid the bullets, bombs taking place , for Tigrayan civilians, death happens indirectly, and in the way war destroys people’s minds, its wear and tear on their bodies, and what it does to the delicate systems that uphold net society’s functioning like Farm, Telephone, industries ,hospitals, roads, schools, and most of all, families and communities that must survive amid so much loss.. However, when thousand civilian dies ,it is big when you think about what the loss of one life in noncombat means to the larger circle of people in that person’s community. That suffer the most. To me ,you are Missing totally your compassion and you have no concern for the people of Tigray , however little noticed they may be.
        To quote you ,So you are saying my (main cause of this problem is your mentors the Weyane bandits.) For those of us who classify ourselves broad minded I am totally free from TPLF and Weyane propaganda unlike you bring your own fake news to just to score a point and you have being been a reliable untruth telling ,recycled charges. What you say is mumbo-jumbo. out own hypocrisy your disinformation I stated above .the disinformation purposefully false and lies ,quite obvious to any reader . you are welcome entitled to share or spread whatever myth or exaggeration or lie you like because you have decided it’s valid and newsworthy to inform the forum reader and tell me I am mentors the Weyane bandits. What an accusations, you must be mentally sick not able to read and understand what I wrote , you are diehard IA suppoter and you are good what you say the most heinous voice of disinformation, propaganda in behave of Abiy. Pumping ,humping, and the echo chamber of the Ethiopian army, Now you should joying the right-wing crybabies and white supremacy extremist ,you are need most, they already have Ali Alexandria (Akbar) Somalia born ,he lead “stop the steal” you are good in doublespeak, well trained to come from “culture of lies” you shown you stupidity, and tyranny support. Now I challenge you and proof me I am a Weyane bandits?

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Said,

          I have seen in all my life the most corrupted and this war is totally miscalculated. That was planned for three years under that ugly PIA and his young brother Abiy for totally wrong. Planned for three days to end and now is already three months and not over yet. They miscalculate due to the drone and war plane and also the human they hold through from Amhara and Somali people and keep gong now. They wrongly told Sudan to close for them the boarder and had seen it practically the loyalty of Sudan. And that hero Syou Mesfin had been talking to the Tigrays TV before that the war is coming with the boarder open that the will experience. Ethiopia will never be the same at all after this tragic.

          My stand is that when you hold an identification of nationalism, you are entitled to prevent it all your life and that will in turn come to you through karma, cause in effect process which you will pay for it and that is only no escape will be materialized..And sure the Tigrayan people are now paying for it…. If you go and through their history.Let me give an hint for this…. it was 1980 the TPLF came to Eritrea EPLF and do came against our ELF where the cause were even denying it both for joining fight against one front where we experience it directly now.. I am not for revenge at all ..I have said it before and there is no use of revenge at all. But this has to end some how on this time line.What I am saying is that enough is enough and come to peace journey and that will be found in the spiritual world.

          So, lovely Said… continue for helping people and we will join you for this l cause.

          KS,,

          • said

            Selam KS
            Totalitarian solutions may well survive the fall of totalitarian regimes in the form of strong temptations which will come up whenever it seems impossible to alleviate political, social, or economic misery in a manner worthy of man.
            – Hannah Arendt
            Thank you and I agree with you. Simply put TPLF they brought their own downfall and they brought it on themselves .I am well aware of TPLF from its inception and is being well covered for years on daily bases and including todays in awate site and myself wrote about TPLF leadership number of times since the war started . History is being written in Tigray a spicily in the last 2 moths or more. TPLF political disaster doesn’t begin to describe how truly failed to see what befalling to them. It’s always news good news and healthy for a culture to celebrate the fall of its tyrants and spicily in our region . As you rightly stated carefully planned ahead of time. War in Tigray and Bombing It resulted in extensive destruction of the civilian infrastructure of Tigray is part of it and including Famine .

            I wrote long opinion on November 11, 2020. First of all. I still hold it in my heart with all of my hope ,for peace should prevail in Ethiopia. As Eritrean we support all Ethiopian progressive idealist and peace loving
            in brief 1991 that brought them to power and believing themselves alone and powerful beyond imagining and the inheritors of everything that had gone before. Ethiopia theirs for the taking. And further more I said .(TPLF destructive power of the first order, has bred its own new dictator Debretsion Gebremichael) and I also said: ”Almost three decades later .Today TPLF who is for them? They are isolated politicly domestically and internationally and they are demonized and are in a gridlocked . fighting to regain power ,you might actually call it suicidal. previously unimaginable extremity.to be in this situation and don’t count on good tidings ahead for them. perhaps none of this should have been a surprise at all.”
            Just to give an idea On November 12, 2020 I wrote about TPLF
            TPLF Proletariat Marxist regime and Unlike true revolutionaries ,and a dictatorship Late Melees Zenawi and his iron grip on the throat of Ethiopian politics? With his smiley and friendly face and A dictator who is impaired by the gravity of his own shortcomings.PM MM was not wise enough to learn from history ,he was not nearly reflective enough of the dire moment that will come to end, TPLF will find themselves in as a Tigrayan nation and people. TPLF military officer .they did not seek to transform society. They simply want power and rule Ethiopia, And operating outside constitutional norms, Ethiopian seized by a small faction, a military takeover. Though inherently reactionary, Along remind me the saying by Fredrick Engels, wrote that once the proletariat came to power in a revolution, it would rule through a “dictatorship of the proletariat,” which would administer society in the interests of the working class for a period, until the state withered away. Most societies in which a Marxist group came to power through revolution, ended up with a political dictatorship which did not wither away. It became an entrenched form of elite power.

            Most Ethiopian had little in common with the TPLF ,an exclusive Tigray ethnic ideological party, a party whose future is tied to only Tigray .Tigray over three decades their prospects were improving . TPLF, It has its own society and Economics Prosperity and politics and hardly resemble the rest of Ethiopia, struggling small towns and rural areas ¬, Prosperity there remains out of reach for many. Ethiopian had to endure an equalities. TPLF political strategy rests on foundations of ethnic pride and past nostalgia an imagined Tigray great past and gloriously bragging and the use of violence , they did whatever they wanted while in power., they have an upper hand. Any yet it is quite very difficult to keep a system of power in place solely on the basis of violence, TPLF had their hands on the levers of power in central government , act in arbitrary ways unchecked by any formal rules. it’was not built to last. A coalition to be forged out based on ethnicity and by extension their, iron grip on power. It was like a new world had opened up for them
            TPLF wielded power without formal democracy. They created coalition system of formal representative democracy, hides deeper undemocratic realities. TPLF Never give Ethiopian people real power over their lives and elect their representative . TPLF made up Government is a place where tremendous power was concentrated and deployed in its favor . No rules, or checks and balances, The TPLF dominated Ethiopia’s governing coalition for decades ,the rest of Ethiopian ethnic have no real power, that deep inequalities are entrenched in coalition political system, , Ethiopian people that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned and political system that had failed generation, it is s a matter of fact. TPLF apparently attested to by a long historic record, were engaged in acts of murder and aggression against civilians as they never observed a high code of conduct stemming from true tolerant and moral human values.

        • Germay Berhane

          Selam Said
          Leaving aside to your Bla-Bla jingoism fiction introduction you should have answered the three questions I forwarded to you.
          Why are you considered classified broad minded. Is it because you oppose Eritrean government? Have you ever defended “your” people from getting penalized and sanctioned by the UN. If your source of information is UN and NGO, these organizations are the ones who worked for more than seventy years against Eritrea and Eritrean people on lies and fabrication to deprive from getting his independence and its continuity.
          Can you tell us where and when the massacre of thousands Tigryans happened?

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Grmay,

        Listen gentle man,

        “Ethiopia will not let Tigryans to be humiliated.Work is being done to accommodate the Tigray aspiration. Let’s be logical and take every consideration of the problem.”

        Who started this none sense war? Where were you some days before the war broke? We know the war will broke and we have discussed it in this site.

        KS,,

  • Bayan Nagash

    Selam said, Abi, and all,

    Here is a fresh article by YG that speaks to the subject matter you are addressing, namely, the use of famine as a weapon for political end.

    https://www.ethiopia-insight.com/2021/01/23/the-peace-that-delivered-total-war-against-tigray/

    • Abi

      Hello Bayan
      Long time no talk.
      Isn’t it interesting to bring YG as a reference at Awate.com?
      ቀደም ሲል በተገኘበት ቦታ በድንጋይ እንዲወገር የተፈረደበት ዮሴፍ ገ/ህይወት ዛሬ ታማኝነቱ ተረጋግጦና እማኝ ሆኖ በተወገዘበት ፍርድ ቤት ለምስክርነት መቅረቡ አይገርምህም?

      እዋይ!

      • Bayan Nagash

        Hello Abi,

        No, no, no. Abi. He is not brought to mediate the conversation you’re having with said. far be it from me to make such insinuations. As sheer coincidence would have it, I happened to start reading it this morning. The length of the piece made it challenging to finish it in one seating. So, I read enough in the piece to surmise that famine was part of his thesis. That’s all.

        It, indeed, has been a long time since we communicated. Always a pleasure to cross paths with you. The biting wit is what I always associate Abi in this space. Today is no different: “ቀደም ሲል በተገኘበት ቦታ በድንጋይ እንዲወገር የተፈረደበት ዮሴፍ ገ/ህይወት ዛሬ ታማኝነቱ ተረጋግጦና እማኝ ሆኖ በተወገዘበት ፍርድ ቤት ለምስክርነት መቅረቡ አይገርምህም? እዋይ!” (Abi)

        • Abi

          Selam Bayan
          Yes, it has been a while since we communicated. After you invited me Tewodros Mitiku’s instrumental music, we haven’t communicated.
          Here is Ambasel by Tedi. RIP
          https://youtu.be/AChjDm8HuJM

          • Bayan Nagash

            Thank you, Abi seb. Weekends were supposed to be time to relax, to smell the coffee, to listen to soothing music, to socialize and have fun. The never ending miseries of our part of the world appears to not allow for such amenities.

            Many thanks for a much needed deviation from the mean of war and its attendant consequences. I see now Amanuel H. has read the piece, which means I am going right back to it – old habits die hard, eh.

          • Abi

            I agree with you Bayan. I prefer the weekends to attend extracurricular classes. I leave the weekdays for active politicians and activists.

      • Haile S.

        ሰላም ጀታው! እንደምን ከረሙ?

        የሲነማ ኣወተ መግቢያው ትኬት ጠፍቶብኝ
        ባለፈው ወንድሜ በያንን ተጠግቼ ብቅ ኣልኩኝ

        መስሎኝ ነበር ውግያው በጣም የበረደ
        ለካስ ረስቼው ነው ኣንደሚቀጥል ንሱ እስካልወረደ

        Genocide ኣያየን ነው እየተጀኖሰች በዓይናችን
        Ethnic cleansing እየጸዳች በፊታችን

        እነዚህ ከባድ ጋኖች-ቃላት ምንችቶች ሆነው ቀሩ
        ሰዉ የሚጥላቸው እንደ ድንጋይ ኣየተወረወሩ

        • Abi

          ሊቀመኳስ
          መምህሮች ቀርተው እርስዎን መሳይ መሪ
          መድረኩ ተጣቦ በቆሎ ተማሪ
          እኔ አውቃለሁ ባይ ደርሶ አጭበርባሪ
          ንግግሩ ፀያፍ ውሸቱ አሳፋሪ
          የጋን ጩኸት እንጂ ማን ሊሰጠው ጆሮ
          አምናም ካቻምናም እንዲሁም ዘንድሮ

          የአዛውንቶች ክበብ ለመግባት ትኬት ያስፈልጋል እንዴ?

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ኣቢ

            “የአዛውንቶች ክበብ ለመግባት ትኬት ያስፈልጋል እንዴ?” ኣሉ

            መስሎኝ ነበር፡ የሲኔማ ከረን ታሪክ ባለፈው ከሳልህ ስሰማ
            Awateም እንደ ሌላው ወደ YouTube የሄድ ሳብስክሪፕሸ ለቀማ

            ዘንድሮ በሽበሽ ነው ኪስን ሞምላት ያለብዙ ጥረትና ስጋት
            YouTube channel ከፍቶ ፕሮፖጋንዳውን ለቻለ ማስተጋባት

            የሚፈልገውን የምትበትን ከሆንክ ደስ የሚለው ወሬ
            እንኳንስ ሰው subscribe ያደርግልሃል የበረሃው ኣውሬ

            ———-
            ለመሆኑ ምኞቴ ልግለጽ ለ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ኣቢ ጤና
            ነክቶት ይሆን? የዘንድሮው ሕመም የሚባል (ዘውድ) ኮረና!

            ዘውድ ብለን መጥራት ይሄ ቫረስ ጭንቅላቱ ላይ ደረሰ
            የሃገር መሪዎች ራስ እኮ ነካ፡ ኣንድ በኣንድ እያሰሰ

            ኣቢይ ሌላ ከሆነ ችግራቸው፡ ላለመታየት
            ጠ/ር፡ እባክዎ ይስጡን የለመድነው ኣንደበት

            ኪኢሳያስ ጋ ሚያጣላን ከትናንሾቹ ኣንዱ፡ ኣለመናገሩ
            ተሰብስቦ ሲወጣ ደግሞ ጆሮ ስለሚደፍን ርዝመቱ ዝርዝሩ

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi HaileS,
            I suspected there is something bothering you because your language has become all qnie–I know a little of about that, but I don’t want to speculate on what you mean. So, what is all that about? Can you say it in plain language, please. It’s the third time you bring Keren Cinema in ambiguous comments and I felt there is more to it. If that is so, please say it because now it’s my turn to be bothered. I feel you want to say something to me.

            If I am wrong, and I do not see a clarification from you, then I must have misunderstood you, therefore apologies in advance. But I am eager to go to the bottom of it. Kindly help.

            Saleh

          • Haile S.

            Salem Saleh,

            No malice intended on Awate and its forum when I use the word Awate-cinema or Keren-cinema, beyond adding salt to the sauce. If I have overloaded my small pot with too much salt and pepper, I apologize.

            But what I said above today has something to do with some of your previous messages you talked along your talk about cinema keren.

            There are educational presentations like yours on YouTube whose listner are much more than those who subscribe it, thus Negarit remains less than a smicard (fr = SMIC minimum wage earner) in comparison to others (evident, no need to list) whose subscription in the last 3 or more months skyrocketed apparently because of the unhinged unverified and unverifiable propaganda they spread.
            As you have been doing till now, I hope negarit will stick to the education emmission without getting tantalized by the prevailing gold rush.

            P.S. falfasa is just a smicard

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi HaileS,
            Okay. Now I get it. But indeed you added too much salt and one who, apparently, like too much salt latched into it and has made his usual pocking. That is why I asked.

            True, it’s only human to be attracted to azmari bet instead of a forum. We have our share of it. Thanks for clarifying.

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            አዋተ ተዋርዶ ከፈረሱ ወርዶ
            ምፅዋት ልመና ደጋ ወጥቶ ቆላ ወርዶ
            ለወያኔ አጎብድዶ በፕሮፓጋንዳ አብዶ
            ቀን ከሌት ሲቀባጥር
            ሞት ላይቀር ሲያጣጥር
            ሲቀላምድ ሲያጭበረብር
            ላለመውደቅ ሲፍጨረጨር
            የለመናትን ሲቆጣጥር
            እድሜው እጥር!

          • Nitricc

            I suspected there is something bothering you

            Dear SJ; I don’t know what Haile bothering him but the problem is; when people take time to write something, they are scarifying their time and when the moda’s keep deleting, it is dejecting. I understand the resources and the time awate to keep this site going and going, i get that but why would I participate and wast my time if my post going to be deleted? This site was the best site in hosting different views and clashing ideas but when weeding out the conflicting views, then it becomes a grope thinking web-site’ don’t do that to this wonderful web-site. I can understand an occasional deletes but at one time, you went crazy to the point of discouraging to participate. You didn’t ask for my opinion but suspect no more, that is the problem.

          • Saleh Johar

            Nitricc,
            First, you should let Haile say if he has something he needs to say. Also, if someone believes they are wasting their time here, no one is chained to the forum.

            I have deleted a few of your comments and I am sure other moderators have done so. Keep it clean, factual and no one will touch it. Nothing has changed only a little house cleaning because the forum was being abused, members attacked for what their view, etc. let’s go for the body.

            Nitricc, if you think we should tolerate the abuse indefinitely, you are wrong. We will keep it clean and decent. We warned people that we will delete any comment that violates the rules here, or is posted just to inflame, or contains vulgar words. We will keep doing that and it it overwhelms us, blocking the account is the easiest remedy.

            Conclusion
            Welcome back and I hope you stop policing the moderators and say your thing like you did for many years. Still.
            I do not remember any of Haile’s posts that were deleted. I would say you are inciting or agitating for a fight because I asked Haile and he didn’t say what you are alleging. Did it occur to you that you could be wrong? Anyway, I don’t think he needs you defense.

          • Nitricc

            if you think we should tolerate the abuse

            Hi SJ; that is the thing Haile was not abusing nor breaking the guiding post. And You said Haile doesn’t need my defending. you are right but I was defending Haile; i simply told you the truth.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Nitricc and Saleh,

            I didn’t feel to say anything. but just few words hopefully making this thing go away. It is of no use now to explain what happened almost two months ago. As justified as one may feel explaining ones tiny or big “bitterness”, it doen’t feel right to subject the forumers nor it is in their interest to hear such exchanges. Let me just say this poem in Amharic with no double meaning, hopefully.

            Talking in general of comments/commentators

            ኣለ መናገር ‘ሚፈልግ በቅኔ
            እንደ ኣቢ’ና በተቻለኝም እኔ
            ሌላው ይወዳል ጣፋጩ ትንታኔ
            ኣንዳንዱ ሁለቴ ኣስቦ በምጣኔ
            ኣጸፋ መልስ ያብዛኛው በወኔ
            ኣለፍ ብሎ ኣለ ‘ሚቀድመው ኩነኔ
            ስለዚህ
            ከተወሰደ ኣንዳንዴ የሚያስኮርፍ ውሳኔ
            ጥቂት ቀናት ኣረፍ ብሎ መ’መለስ ነው እንደኔ

        • Bayan Nagash

          Selam Haile,

          አማርኛ ሥነ ጽሑፍም ችሎታ አለህ ፡ የእኔ በጣም ጥንታዊ ስለሆነ ከአንድ ዓረፍተ-ነገር በላይ ለመፃፍ እንኳን አልደፍርም የኔ ወንድም::
          Well said!

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም በያን፡

            የጣናው ኣድባር ጠበል የቀመሰ
            ቅኔ ያስለፈልፈዋል ቅጠልቅጠል እንዳጨሰ

            መጻፍ ነው እንጂ ይቅርብህ መስማቱ የኔው ንግግር
            መላቅጡ ጠፍቶብኝ እጅ ወደ ታች፡ ወደ ላይ እልካለሁ እግር

          • Bayan Nagash

            ጤና ይስጥልኝ ሃይለ

            በእነዚያ በራሪ እጆች ላይ ምንም አይጨነቅም
            ወዲያውኑ ይመለሳሉ በየየቦታዎቻቸው
            የስበት ሕግ (the law of gravity) እንዲበሩ ስለማይፈቅድላቸው
            ዝም ብለህ መጻፍህን ቀጥል
            ከተሳስትክም ጋሽ ኣብይ ያስተካክሉልዎታል

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Dr Bayan,

      Agree or disagree, this is a long comprehensive analysis about the war, the nature of the war, the alliance of the war, the actors of the war, the ramification of the war, the failure of the world to stop it, and the possible scenarios how it will conclude. The author’s ability to weave events to give a full picture to the complexity of the war in all its facets is breathtaking. The flow and simplicity of his composition and the ability to coin words and phrases is another hallmark of the author. Thank you Dr Bayan for bringing it to our attention.

      Regards

      • Bayan Nagash

        Selamat kbur Haw Amanuel,
        I have yet to finish the piece, but I will. I appreciate you capturing it concisely for the forumers here. The gist of what I have gotten from YG’s piece so far is the political pact among the main actors, namely, Eritrea, Abiy (the Federal Government), and the Amhara Nationalists and in the way these tripartite are strangling TPLF and by extension the Tigray people using starvation as a weapon of genocide against Tigray civilians.

        In the age of soundbites, reading on screen in our cellphones spoiled us into believing coherent ideas can be written in 140 characters, well, okay, it’s been extended to 280 characters now. It’s a long shot from a full article length writing that appears to be on a passing phase. Those of us who enjoy reading, we are fighting it. I used to like reading a full-length article. Now, if it is longer than three-to-four pages, it would have to be read in two or three seating.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Dr. Beyan and rest,

      Thank you for bringing this piece to the forum. As usual the writer is thorough and amazingly organized in keeping track of events, and weaving information at his disposal to lucidly coherent story. Though much of the facts are equally known to many who have been watching developments in Ethiopia and Eritrea, the difference is resourcefulness YG can summon to turn available information to compact piece of treatise.

      As you (AH as well) have noted, the piece is a bit long, though not boring, the merciless time constraint compels reading it in installments. So, I just have read the material up to the subtitle “War Path”. From what I read that far, the part on the formation of alliance between Abij, Isayas and Amhara elites impelled me to stop, and reflect back in time to before the time line YG has set, which is the year Abij appeared on the scene as a prime minister.

      Subsequent to the debacle of the border war in 2000 under core leadership of the TPLF, and the internal humiliation and external isolation that followed, Isayas did not see any other way except waiting his bid by way of prolonging the no-war-no-peace situation, and investing meanwhile every resource at his disposal to hosting and financing every real or potential enemy of the TPLF led EPRDF government: from Jihadist Al Shabab, thorough various Oromo opposition organizations, Tigrian dissidents and, not insignificantly, the Amhara elites led parties. Hence, we saw the forging the alliance formation process taking ups and downs.

      We all remember the exit of some, such the group of Tigrian opposition under Asgedom (I lost his full name at the moment) and entrance of others. And, as time passed by, and stability started waning inside the governing coalition (EPRDF) primarily on the issues related of democratization that led to emergence of hitherto unlikely alliance between the Oromo and Amhara dissidents (refer to writing of Jawar Mohammed on this matter) during Hailemariam Desalegn’s time as prime minister, Isayas’ options became clearer and viable; and by the time Abij Ahmed came to power, he had the Ethiopian opposition groups he had been hosting and funding in readily in place on his chessboard. Among them all the Amhara groups such as Dr. Berhanu Nega became bishops and castles that could be deployed as useful tools in stirring the enduring Amhara grievance in a geographically contiguous region to the base area of his nemesis (TPLF). The rest of the opposition like OLF and others remained as expendable pawns that could be moved either as exchanged as good will gesture pieces or deployed inside Ethiopia to help Abij Ahmed harnessing them to his advantage or de-capacitating them if at all posed threat to his ambition. The result is clear for all to see.

      Thus, to make this brief comment shorter, the formation of alliance between Isayas and the Amhara elites had been in the making at least from right after guns went silent in the border war. Reading this stuff to the end is useful because the wealth of the organized information the writer provides helps one to have coherent understanding of the developing tragic situation in Tigrai, Ethiopia proper and regions in the proximity of them.

      • EritreanHillBilly

        Hello Ismael,
        You write well. But where is TPLF in your equation for last twenty years? You are transforming Issias who is checker player into a chess Grandmaster. If you don’t hold TPLF accountable for anything that is what will happen.

        TPLF-What were they doing? Did they not deport 200k Eritreans? As far as I am concerned Issias should have disappeared in 1993. He has been a disaster for Eritrea. Issias lives for the battle. His demise will not come in the battlefield- his demise will come via peace and economic integration. Of course, natural death can help also..

        • Ismail AA

          Selam EritreanHillBilly,

          I am not sure if this is the first time we converse in this forum with one another. If in fact it is, I am doing it with pleasure, noting in passing, however, that I often hesitate to engage brothers or sisters who take part with virtual names, unless the reason is duly known.

          Further, you asked me why TPLF’s acts and deeds throughout the past two decades are absent from what I scribble in this forum. I think you have limited your judgement only to a kind of casual or random reading of my posts from the time you graced this page with your presence.

          But, I would like you to be assured that I have in fact much to say and write about TPLF- EPLF relations since its inception and the decades thereafter: a relationship that span for more than 40 years, and which a popular saying of our people “ክልተ ጎራሓት ሓሙኹሽቲ ስንቆም” aptly describes. Their relationship has been, and still remains, one side trying to outwit the other, and exchanging in between defeats and victories against one another. The one thing they have in common is that after every battle they waged against one another was at the expense of their peoples who took the brunt of their animosities that swayed from blind love of one another to blind hatred at another.

          The inhuman deportation you cited as example is one of them, which was in fact reciprocal though the TPLF did not record (as far as I know) data of Tigrain deportees from Eritrea, whose lives were also ruined. I personally met a few of them and the horrors they tell is the same as our compatriot victims did.

          As to Isaya’s downfall, I can concur with you that, as a general statement, peace and economic wellbeing can provide incentives to seeking change that can improve life further. But as the absolute authoritarian regime under tight grip of a despot exists on, the question is how we reach there. I mean how do we create conditions of peace and economic integration processes when the regime stands as am enemy of peace and advancement of the people?

          • EritreanHillBilly

            Ismael, you are verbal diplomat- you remind of the Chinese counterpart to Trump who respond to every escalation with detached calmness.
            The Gedhli mindset shown by the EPLF or TPLF has not served Ethiopian and Eritrean. It is great time to celebrate the demise of TPLF- one equation removed.
            What we see between Eritrean and Ethiopia is severe contrast a PhD vs college drop out… a technocrat vs autocrat… the demise of Issias will not be his dancing partner the TPLF- it will a be technocrat PhD.
            This is hard to see if you are of Gedhli generation with your zero sum equation.
            What will end the Issias regime is young technocrat figure in Ethiopia who is Dr. Abiy. It is only this time that Issias will lower is guard. I have never seen a despot demise because of isolation. It is usually via integration and changes.
            The end of TPLF plants the seed for end of Issias. It is hard to see if you are involved in the zero-sum game of Gedli generation.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam EHB,

            I do not really believe, presumably no one else does either, an open and free forum as this one is shoul be used as as pace for gaming in semantics for the mere sake of scoring points for the purpose “detached calmness”, as you noted. I mean what is the incentive for doing so anyway? More over, how did you form the rather generalized opinion that l fit in the “Gedhli generation with zero sum equation”?. Furthermore, I think your line of thinking that the end of despotism in our country should be waiting for some young academic achiever or benevolent technocrat, least one like Dr. Abij Ahmed, can be refuted by recent developments in not far places from our region like in Tunisia and Egypt though success or failure need to be discussed.

          • EritreanHillBilly

            Hello Ismaeil..
            I don’t understand what you are trying to say in your first sentence to much word turns.
            I don’t know if you are part of Gedli generation… if you are not thanks for tell me.
            We got an 80 year old uneducated dinosaur in Eritrea… any change for better would be applaud… of course, it is the culture of Eritrea which produces its leaders.
            You ripe what you sow…

          • Ismail AA

            Selam EritreanHillBilly,

            I think I wrote (to the level of my ability) in plain English without indulging in excessive use of words. Besides, I did not say I do not belong to “Gedli” generation. My point was questioning the notion or perception some people entertain that the minds of members of that generation are set on a kind trigger-happy “syndrome”, while they had in fact been driven and motivated by freedom and liberation seeking urge. In a word, thus, Isayas and his counterparts do not represent the mindset of a whole generation.
            With many thank for engaging.

          • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

            Selam EritreanHillBilly,
            Is Col. Abiy a technocrat? Then we have a problem with the definition of the term. He is a soldier- trained to think, interpret and act accordingly. That is who he is. Just because he was propped up with additional training on communication, propoganda or whatever doesn’t make him a technocrat

          • EritreanHillBilly

            Wolde,
            It just depends on your definition I supposed. If not a technocrat, he is technocrat in the making. We have to give him a chance to prove himself. We all can agree he got rid of dinosaurs and autocratic.
            He has a lot work to do to manage Ethiopia and build good relation with its neighbors. I am just glad we got a leader in his 40’s instead of those Gedhli dinosaurs.

      • Bayan Negash

        merHaba Ismail AA,

        I’m glad you paused a moment. What a wonderful product such a reprieve produced. Incidentally, in the same article, the excerpts of which I quoted at length when responding to Simon, forgive me, but I am going to juxtapose YG’s rather lengthy quote next to yours as both of you happen to address the same time period. You focus in how Isaias was cultivating enemies, some of whom would eventually be instrumental in the downfall of EPRDF. YG addresses in how the Temporary Security Zone eased a great deal of pressure for Isaias who used such a chance to consolidate his iron grip on the Eritrean people by eliminating any potential uprising that could’ve arisen. So, here goes YG’s assertion:

        “The Isaias regime’s greatest moment of weakness took place right after its defeat on the Badme front in 2000. First, the pressure from the Ethiopian army was huge, given that it was still sitting on a large section of Eritrea. This was a time the regime felt so vulnerable that it was even entertaining the unthinkable: to go back to the bush (Sahel) to continue the “liberation war”. And, second, many of the teghadelti (the liberation fighters) were in a sour mood and began to openly question the wisdom of both the political and military maneuverings of their leadership, and seemed almost ready to sacrifice Isaias if it would save them from total defeat. It is within this climate of high discontent that the G-15 (high-ranking former members of the ruling party, the PFDJ – People’s Front for Democracy and Justice – that came to oppose Isaias Afwerki soon after the border war) uprising took place. Yet, it was at this very moment that the Ethiopian government took a puzzling step: it demanded that a 25 km wide Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) all along the borderline on the Eritrean side, policed by the UN blue helmets, be established for a peace process to start in earnest.

        “There is no doubt that, initially, the Ethiopian government intended to use the Badme defeat as a means of bringing regime change in Asmara. But for this to take place, a viable context was needed wherein the Isaias regime would be put under constant pressure from outside. With the TSZ cease-fire agreement, it was precisely that context that was abruptly denied to the Melles government. Once the UN blue helmets were squarely put between the two warring factions in the TSZ, there was no way the Ethiopian government could put the military pressure necessary to bring the Isaias regime down. And this military pressure needn’t be an active one, only the threat thereof. Had the Ethiopian government demanded a cease-fire agreement without the TSZ in between; or, better, had it kept holding on to a foothold inside Eritrea a little bit longer, there is no doubt that the pressure from outside and inside would have culminated in the unraveling of the Isaias regime. Given the huge relief that the TSZ agreement brought to the Isaias regime, it is astounding how Ethiopia not only came to accept it but also to propose it in the first place.

        “Thus, unwittingly, the Ethiopian government came to Isaias’ help in the nick of time by finalizing the TSZ cease-fire agreement at the time it did. Now the despot of Asmara would be able to entirely focus on the internal dissent without looking back over his shoulders, wondering what the Ethiopian army might do at the border. This is a classical case where the pressure was lifted a little bit too early to make any difference at all. The buffer zone provided Isaias Afwerki with ample time to do two things essential for his political survival: First, not only did he ruthlessly stamp out the G-15 uprising, he also left no stones unturned to make sure nothing of the like would ever happen again. The grip of his totalitarian rule was soon to be felt everywhere in the country, with no single population group being spared. And, second, he was able to restructure the army in a way that favored his political survival; not only as a potent weapon against Ethiopia (at least for a few more years to come, before the mass exodus started in earnest), but also as a loyal army answerable to him only. It was only when he undertook these two indispensable tasks essential to the safety of his regime so thoroughly that he felt emboldened enough to do away with the TSZ unilaterally in 2008.

        “With the establishment of the TSZ buffer zone, the Ethiopian government lost its agency as a potent force for regime change in Asmara for a long time to come. This then is a good example of how a great window of opportunity was lost at the very start of this waiting game. What could have been gained at the very beginning was to be sought in vain for the following 18 years, with all the uncertainty that such a long wait is apt to produce.”

        • EritreanHillBilly

          Bayan,
          This is a lot if if if… it is rather black/white zero-sum simplistic game. . At the end of story, the TPLF were a product of Gedhli generation that YG writes so much about… the lived by the sword and died by sword. Good riddance.
          Anyone can rewind the clock and at this moment if you had done this or that… this could have happened….

          What about not starting the war? What about not participating in the war? What about not deporting 200k eritrean? What about accepting the ruling of the international court?
          This language of regime change is not for some malnourished under-developed nations that rank in last in world in every major human KPI. It is language and tool of global superpower with 800+ bases.

          At every turn, the TPLF wanted the Eritrean people and nation to suffer… whatever their issue with Issias. They had power and they played their cards.
          A simple way to get rid of Issias is open border and economic integration… People revolt because they see an example or taste something better. They don’t revolt because they suffer. The American revolution created the French revolution which created the Haitian revolution…
          The worst enemy of Issias is not TPLF it is actually Dr. Abiy. Issias just doesn’t know that…

          If you are stuck in the Gedhli mindset and think in terms of battlefield, no buffer zone, regime change or strong army you will end up like Seyoum Mesfin. I just can’t imagine what was going to thru his mind as last bullet went thru his head. Was he thinking about accepting the border ruling? Or was he too busy calling Issias Rapist.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fV5m0h1INI&ab_channel=TigraiTv

          It reminds me of Warden Norton last thoughts….

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIyyUKcxxCM&ab_channel=LegendaryMovieScenes

          In the immortal words…. Game Over

        • Ismail AA

          Dear Dr. Beyan,

          Thank you so much for reposting paragraphs from YG’s previous article that can supplement the views I tried to scribble. The love-hate relationship Isayas and the leader of the TPLF had since more than four decades is so deceptively cynical as I tried to explain to EHB in my response to his comments. The point that comes out of this relationship was the one was not ready to eliminate the other when defeats and victories in their relationship provided real opportunities. It is only this time, since the advent of Abij Ahmed, that Isayas had decided to annihilate his nemesis. One can cite the outcome of the border war in 2000 and the time when Isayas became the principal last word man in Addis Ababa with his tanks and heavy weapons at reach after the collapse of the Derg in 1991.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Beyan,

          It is admirable to see you present in some details YG’s analysis of past events.

          I haven’t read his lengthy article. But based on the excerpts you presented, I feel that he started with a doubtful premise on the objectives and consequences of Badme’s seizure leading him to an assumption, i.e TPLF’s “incongruous” measure to request installation of the TSZ.

          You quoted …”There is no doubt that, initially, the Ethiopian government intended to use the Badme defeat as a means of bringing regime change in Asmara…”

          The doubtful premise in the above is ‘no-doubt’.

          No-doubt became the foundation that give the benefit of stupidity to TPLF innocenting it from the well objectived and calculated measure it took to implement the TSZ.

          To make sense of what YG said we need to give benefit of doubt to his no-doubt.

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Beyan.

      The article by YG is mainly about the entities that plotted the downfall of the TPLF and the alleged motivations for doing so. It is long winded and repetitive at times and the narrative is from the TPLF angle. It avoids mentioning any wrong doing by the TPLF or believes they have done nothing wrong.

      The people of Tigray have been served very badly by the TPLF. They don’t deserve what is happening to them currently. When the TPLF had the upper hand and ample opportunities, they were blinded by arrogance. Now that they are in trouble, their fair weather friends are nowhere to be seen.

      Some of the mistakes the TPLF have committed are:

      -Trusting Ethiopians

      -Picking an unnecessary fight with natural ally Eritrea

      -Refusing to abide by the border ruling

      -Rejecting reconciliation and instead isolating Eritrea economically and diplomatically

      -Being oblivious to the possibility of being isolated themselves

      • EritreanHillBilly

        Simon,
        I think you summarized it well. What YG and this article “Ethiopian Northern Command Troops Were Asleep” both lack is any mention of the TPLF. It is like looking at an equation with a big chunk missing.
        Both articles have Tigray vs Ethiopia/Eritrea narrative. Both articles could be lifted from Tigrai online.
        I like the way YG write clear and concise language. He doesn’t try to show intellectual prowess by unnecessary Latinized mumbo-jumbo into his sentences. He crafts his sentence to be understood.
        Unfortunately, the article was circular and seem like he was throwing a lot stuff to see if something sticks. I read the article twice nothing stuck.
        It is something from TPLF playbook… innocent Tigray attacked by wolfs and Tigrayan people facing or experiencing genocide… please world do something… it is almost a reply of We are world famine relief of 1984.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqjvXNykf34&ab_channel=TheEthiopianTribune

        One gem that I picked up in his description of Eritrean solidiers…
        “In the span of less than two months, they have already massacred thousands of Tigrayans (more than Ethiopia had killed in the entire 30 years long of liberation war in Eritrea). What is the world waiting for?”

        Talk about hyperbole and he has compared the Eritrean solidiers in tigray(if there any) of committing atrocities comparable to Khmer rouge of Cambodia who killed about 2 million people.

        I have read his previous article from 10 years ago… and he used to compare Gedli movement to Khmer rouge… I think he got his wires crossed between his articles…

        As an Eritrean, I am actually glad the dinosaur leaders of TPLF are gone… beside their involvement in the war 2000 they did deported 200k Eritreans from Ethiopia…
        I hope the peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea can finally mean less army and end to indefinite national service.. some peace for Eritrean in Eritrea who suffer the most…

      • Bayan Negash

        Selam Simon,

        You encapsulated it well. If there is no culpability on TPLF in this current piece, it’s because he had written extensively in a short lived Ethiopian magazine called ‘Discourse’.

        More importantly, at least to me, he is screaming as loud as he could about what he conceives the plot of these tripartite in their sinister motives using starvation as a weapon of genocide against the people of Tigray. I doubt TPLF is of any concern to him. It’s not TPLF that is about to commit genocide. His argument is centered on these three political actors that are going beyond the annihilation of TPLF. Reason for my sharing it, particularly when I saw the discussion about the subject between Abi and said in this forum.

        At any rate, back to the article. In fact, SGJ and that of YG were in that magazine. The latter had shown the weakness of EPRDF (TPLF) that failed to seize the moment when it could have acted, it chose to resort to no-war-no-peace. The logic to this waiting game, according to YG, is to let Eritrean regime to collapse under its own weight. Here are three reasons that YG provides why this Ethiopian policy was wrong headed and problematic:

        “The problem with Ethiopia’s containment policy is that, in its enactment, it consistently fails to take account of the very nature of the waiting game itself, leading us to believe that there might not have been a coherent or consistent strategy behind it. There are three main flaws in the game as played out by Ethiopia that makes us believe so:

        “First, an essential part of the strategy of a waiting game is that one has to act decisively when the enemy’s weakest moment arrives; in absence of such a move, the waiting would lack any rationality behind it. In fact, such moments did come and go, but Ethiopia failed to capitalize on them. One such notable moment took place just after the border war in 2000 when, strangely enough, a buffer zone was demanded by the strong party (Ethiopia) to protect it from the weak party (Eritrea). Not surprisingly, this succeeded in doing just the opposite: the buffer zone protected the Isaias regime during its most vulnerable years just after the war!

        “Second, the longer the waiting game, the greater is the likelihood that unintended consequences would crop up at unexpected moments. And the waiting has been long enough – so far, 18 years, and still counting – to warrant such a concern. One such disastrous consequence has been the mass exodus of Eritreans that has been going on relentlessly in those years of waiting. Yet, the Ethiopian authorities don’t seem to grasp the magnitude of the problem and what it would eventually mean to the stability of the region.

        “And third, similarly, the longer the waiting game, the more likelihood that outside regional variables over which Ethiopia has little control would work against it. In fact, with hostile or anarchic forces in the East (Somalia), West (South Sudan) and North (Eritrea) having come to converge, it is the gradual encirclement of Ethiopia that is in the making. Given the history of the region, there is no reason for Ethiopian authorities to be caught off surprise this time around.

        “While the waiting game seems to have disadvantaged the Ethiopian government in many ways, we cannot say so with certainty in the Eritrean government’s case. And this is because the nature of the regime, one that has successfully out-waited Haile Selassie”s, Menghistu’s and Melles’ governments, is conducive to this kind of game; that is, even as it has been aiming for pyrrhic victories all alone.” http://www.aigaforum.com/news2017/Eritrea-comprehensively-covered-DISCOURSE.htm

  • said

    Greetings,
    Disturbing report, Famine crimes in region of Tigray
    Hunger is being used as a weapon ,by PM, Abiy as tactics from the pages of the dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam military manual – to submit the people of Tigray .
    Perhaps 2m out of 6m Tigrayans are thought to have fled their homes. Many could now starve because the government has let so little food into the region.

    UK Magazine .The Economist reporting under the tilt : Ethiopia’s government appears to be wielding hunger as a weapon .A rebel region is being starved into submission.PLs see the link:
    Famine crimes – Ethiopia’s government appears to be wielding hunger as a weapon | Leaders | The Economist

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Said,

      Ahhh! Indeed they are “wielding hunger as weapon” the same as their predecessors HS and Derg did use “feminine as weapon” to subjugate the people of Tigray by not addressing the catastrophic of nature. What a recurring instrument from the despicable Ethiopian rulers we are witnessing one after the other on the people Tigray who shamelessly claim part of them. How could they do to their own people this despicable crime of inhumanity against them, is mind boggling. From the onset of the war, some of us have said, that it is against the Tigray people. We have “vindicated the truth” as the international communities are warning them on the “crime of inhumanity” they are perpetuating on the people of Tigray and are asking repeatedly an access to the region to help the war affected population. Thank you for bringing the piece to our attention.

      Regards

      • said

        Selam Amanuel,
        Our sisters and Brothers in humanity and our neighbouring the good people of Tigrayan are facing Famine ,it is the spectre on the horizon. Heartachingly and it’s extremely very saddening to read what is taking place in Tigray , that hunger being used purposely as a weapon against poor innocent Tigrayan people and this should open the eyes and heart the people of Eritrean at large about Abiy regime, by using hunger as weapon . when examining the history with a steady eye. Abiy is deploying routine brutality and hunger on the Tigray population . I can only imagine only biblically proportioned catastrophes such famine already happened in the near past in the 1983-85 famine being used in Tigray as weapon , which killed 1,000,000 people or more. It’s historical fact. Crimes against humanity. No reasoned observer doubts this. No justice can come of such injustice .The criminal depredations inflicted on innocent people of Tigray villagers and townsfolk. The story should not be forgotten and Yet the outlook is bleak. It is deeply troubling that Ethiopian government borne of such inhumanity can skip down its primrose path, without a shred of remorse? operatives never felt the need to be discreet about their past cruelty and motivations by HS and Mengistu Haile Mariam, and is being repeated By Abiy regime.
        Since November 4th 2020 The world knows Tigary was cut off, no news, internet, and phone blackout have restricted reportage. As report start come out, Relief coordinating committee meeting in the Ethiopian town of Mekele, an official of the interim administration of central Tigray (the federal government has replaced civil servants en masse) said: ‘The situation on the ground is dire.’ He added that Tigrayans were dying in their sleep from starvation., The news blackout has allowed the crisis to fester for weeks while aid agencies requested access. There is no food in the looted shops. For Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy would deny Famine is taking place . There are reports of crop burning and forced repatriation of Eritrean refugees.
        UNHCR finds dire need in Eritrean refugee camps cut off in Tigray conflict
        This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Pls see the link UNHCR:
        https://www.unhcr.org/news/briefing/2021/1/6006a31a4/unhcr-finds-dire-need-eritrean-refugee-camps-cut-tigray-conflict.html
        Mari Carmen Vinoles, from Doctors Without Borders, said this week: ‘There is an extreme urgent need—I don’t know what more words in English to use—to rapidly scale up the humanitarian response because the population is dying every day as we speak.’
        Report by Associated Press
        Extreme urgent need’: Starvation haunts Ethiopia’s Tigray. Pls see the link UNHCR:
        https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Extreme-urgent-need-Starvation-haunts-15877493.php

        • Abi

          Hello Said
          The Tigray people in diaspora collectively raised 2.5 million dollars in the name of the famine affected people in Tigray. They decided to send a total of 0.00 dollars to their people. They have decided to use the funds to pay for the activists instead.
          People in different parts of the country are organizing food items in an effort to alleviate the situation. The government is also doing its best.
          Thanks for your concerns.

          • said

            Selam Abi.

            The politics of Famine and Hunger as weapon should never ever taking place to start with no matter what, it s beyond my imagination to contemplate let alone be concerned and it is hard to digest .It is difficult to comprehend the silence around these countless death caused by Famine and Hunger in Tigary , Why is death by Hunger less worthy of our collective grief ? The culprits are Abiy government and the lies of Ethiopian politicians, Ethiopian gullibility, and the propaganda of Ethiopian media outlets. They have a good job to hid by using Hunger as weapon, since no image of hungry children coming out of Tigray. Can we bear to think–even for just one moment–of so many death and Can we imagine the pain of Tigrayan people who lost two, three, or more relatives and friends to this famine caused by Abiy regime ? Each soul and life is honored in eye of our creator , no matter and however, is born with the inalienable right to be seen to their fullest as a person and respected, loved heard, looked after ,feed, cared, honored and treasured, missed and mourned when it is lost to most crawliest and inhumane hunger .

            Ethiopian collectively failed to measure up to this basic humanity.. These million lives losses of 80th and present famine still haunt Ethiopian for centuries to come? The present famine could be much worse in virtually every dimension than the first one, the one that we all remember and commemorate. Abiy is part of the good old Ethiopian fascist normal, just as waging endless war against his own people . I never thought I’d live to see using Hunger as weapon. This is not the future that must be. “The responsibility lies with Abiy government ,” Our humanity’s challenge, it becomes clear that the greatest, most immediate obstacle Ethiopian face is their failure to grasp this fact and truth—to cling instead to the premise that “those Abiy regime and his cohort and his army are capable of evil” what’ he is doing to the people of Tigray with ample bloodshed and disappearance. if Ethiopian open their souls and heart instead of hardening their hearts against Tigrayan people, have compassion and deep sympathy and see them as equal citizens . Countering such a lie requires courageous new governance.
            I am very ashamed to read Abiy regime Hunger as weapon Informed observers inside and outside report and according to U.N. security reports seen by The New York Times. Human rights groups have shared accounts of atrocities against civilians, including plunder, sexual violence and killings. Pls See the link NY Times report. On ‘Rooftop of Africa,’ Ethiopia’s Troops Hunt Fugitive Former Rulers (dnyuz.com)

          • Abi

            Hello Said
            The government has already disputed the fake news that was reported by the fake media.
            It never happened, it will never happen.
            The government is working day and night to rectify the damages done by the late Tplf.
            Stay tuned.

          • said

            Hi Abi
            What a respond you just said above (The government is also doing its best) please be honest it is not fake news, it is fact in ground people are really dying, have a hear, In fact it has being admitted by Ethiopia’s government said this week that it had been working with humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to 1.8m people
            Also UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, said last week. These were “consistent with open source satellite imagery showing new fires burning and other fresh signs of destruction” at two camps hosting nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, who have fled Eritrea over the years, he said. As reported .In a US Senate hearing this week Mr Blinken said that “we have seen a number of deeply, deeply concerning atrocities directed at both people in Tigray, directed at Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, I think we need to see much greater access to the region, accountability . . . we need to see restoration of communications, we need to see access for humanitarian assistance in the region.

          • Abi

            Hello Said
            What I referred to the “ fake news “ is regarding the news that depicts the government using the famine as a weapon.
            የቀረውን “እናያለን” ብሏል አይነስውር::

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam Saleh G.,

    They probably had consumed an excessive amount of tela/siwa and tej/mes that night, which is an honoured tradition of the Ethiopian army.

    One serious mistake the Northern Command made was, they forgot to put up the ‘do not disturb’ sign on their gates/doors.

    • Saleh Johar

      Simon, clever. I wish I thought of the no disturb sign:: very funny.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት ሳልሕ
    ምስፋይ ጀሚርካ መስለኒ
    ጀነራል ፊስቶ?
    ነጥቢ ሒዝናልካ ‘ለና [‘ንዳ ህግደፍ ማለተይ ዩ]

    ኣቦይ ስራጅ ዶ’ልካ?
    ኣንበሳ ናይ ሰንዓፈ! [ሓኪር ወይ ድማ ሹቕ] ‘ዮም ኔሮም።
    ሓኪር ብዙሓት ሃባርም: ከም በዓል ኣቦይ ሽናባራ ኔሮማ።
    ‘ንታይ ‘ሞ ኣብ ግዜ ህግደፍ።
    ሓኪር ሰንኪላ ከም ካልኦት ከተማታት ኤረትራ

    • Saleh Johar

      ሙሃንድስ: እሱ ዳኣ ኣበይ ክፍለየኒ ኢልካይ ዓለባ ጥራሕ’የ ቀይረ::: ሰብ ከልግብ እፍትን ኣለኹ:::

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Abu Salah,

    This is a beautiful expose’ to the master of lies “Abiy” – another copy of the pathological lair “Trump” – who is forced to leave the White House with shame and disgrace. It is a matter of time the Ethiopian people to understand to this “fake showman” in the history of Ethiopians. He shamed the Ethiopian army as an idiot who is caught asleep, and is, either captured or flee naked to Eritrea – a drama for the cause of the war.

    Second, you brought an interesting parallel about the act of the the Ethiopian army in Eritrea (Keren), back then, and the Ethiopian army in Tigray (Mekelle) currently – as you characterized it – enforcing from the pages of the HS manual – to intimidate the populace of the respective cities. Good job.

    Regards

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Amanuel H.,

      Why do you bring Trump into your private war against Abiy and Isaias, throwing accusations you cannot support with evidence?

      One thing is clear, you gambled and supported the TPLF (not very clever peasants) to overthrow the regime in Eritrea for you, but you lost.

      You have been outsmarted and outmanoeuvred big time by Abiy, the praying Pente, and Isaias, the street wise fox. Just accept the catastrophe that has befallen you, dry your tears and move on.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Simon,

        I think you are infected from the virus of Trump. Wish you the best until we come up with the vaccine which is at it’s early development.

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Amanuel H.,

          You are just repeating the lies of the corrupt media. No critical thinking and an absence of an inquisitive mind.

          You are part of the Eritrean opposition that claims and aspires to be a democratic alternative to the Isaias regime. But, on the evidence of it, you have shown no credibility.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Simon,

            Have you joined the Trump insurrection mob on Jan 6, 2021? If you don’t, do you support the desecration of the people’s building and the attempt of killing the Vice President and the speaker of the house? Just to check your critical thinking and the soundness of your mental acuity.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Amanuel H.,

            That House is the people’s House, paid for with tax payers’ money. If you want more explanation, you can go over to a protest rally and talk to the people.

            But, you have done worse, for the last 20 years you begged the TPLF to invade Eritrea.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Simon,

            A man who claimed as a critical man with inquisitive mind, and who support the narcissist Trump, however, can not answer my question. That tells us you don’t match to your claim – end of the case.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Amanuel H.,

            You have lost all credibility.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Simon,

            A man who hasn’t credibility on what he talks and says can not talk about the credibility of others. You can’t see your image on the mirror of sound people. At least by now when you become from the club house of Trump, you should know that you have lost all your credibility long time ago. Bye bye and have a good one.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Amanuel H.,

            Personality issues aside, which of Trump’s policies do you object to?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear SK,

            US is US at the end of the day. None them is the true seeker and both are dirty leaders. Just the scale of the mistake done by Trump is greater than with this new president he is new and we will see him now what is done next . Otherwise both are the same Americans and there is no difference when comes to foreign policy. We all know Biden during his leading time with Obama and they had committed a lot of crime.

            KS,,

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam KS,

            Biden has been in D.C. (as a Senator and VP) for nearly 50 years. His track record is that of racism (Biden Crime Bill, support for segregation and the KKK) and enriching himself, his brothers, and his son.

            Trump, a non-politician, was only there for 4 years. Let’s try for now to ignore his personality. Which of his policies do you object to?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear SK,

            I don’t support the policy of US generally.

            KS,,

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam KS,

            Can you be specific?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear SK,

            Please not now..Just follow me in Jebena page..

            KS

  • Brhan

    Thanks Saleh,
    It is a great article and it reflects one of the greatest quotes from today’s President Biden inaguration speech. President Biden said:
    “There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders, leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation, to defend the truth and defeat the lies.”

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Brhan,

      Lies told for power and for profit?

      Your friend Joe “China” Biden is using Alinsky tactics (Rules for Radicals)!

      – Accuse your opponent of what you are yourself doing

      – Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage

      – If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside; this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative

      – Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it

      • Brhan

        Selam Simon,
        You did not address the lies of PM Abiy Ahmed Ali?

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Brhan,

          Abiy is a liar. He prays on one side of his mouth, while he lies on the other.

          War is deceit. Do you know who said it?