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Ethiopians and Eritreans Need to Have a Serious Talk

Once someone took a snide at me and called me “ambetta belitta;” it means locust eater in Amharic. He jokingly explained it’s how some Ethiopians derogatorily describe Eritreans. A large portion of Ethiopian are known for their “qnie, what’s called Wax and Gold—what they say is not actually what one hears but has another deeper meaning. I became defensive\ and replied, “we do not eat two-legged anbeTTa–I hope say it metaphorically, but true in the recent past we did eat a lot of invading two legged locusts.”

He despairingly replied, “really! Then why are you unable to eat the two-legged locust lording over your country?”

That was painful and I was not going to give in that easy. I said, “remember you eat raw meat and you pierced everyone’s ear drums repeating your claimed 3000 years history, yet have nothing to show for it, like some civilized traits…for instance quitting your addiction to bloodshed.” Everyone laughed out loudly—they love qnie. But by now, my interlocutor was annoyed.

I advised him, if you like to joke and make snide jokes, you should have a stamina to take it to its natural conclusion and not get worked up. The people around us nodded in approval and we parted smiling.

So, as I said to my friend, we don’t brag about our short history, we are humble about it. I hope you will listen to me in a relaxed mood; this is my attempt to help loosen you up–tnnish fegeg yasfellgal.

Once upon a time a child was playing with his new football. A bigger boy came and took the ball from him. It took the child thirty years of struggle to reclaim his football. Then he happily went to his home, but his elder brother snatched it from him. He his little brother that their father had bought it for him but since the little brother protested and cried, the father told the big brother to give the ball to the little one to silence him. Therefore, it was his ball and he was not going to give it away. The younger brother has been in a second struggle for thirty years and counting. But the big brother is just keeping the ball. He doesn’t play with it or let others do. He is screaming war cries, zeraf-zeraf, and facing his little brother but both are now at the height of their confrontation. And here is the two-legged locust watching his little brother and his friends grouping to reclaim the football.

All that is a tragedy present day Eritreans inherited, nothing of their own making.

Our people have a saying: ‘nezia ente resiEkum mot tres’Ekum.’ It means, if you forget this story may death forget you! It is a way to reminding the listeners not to forget the story, and the mention of death is just to incentivize the listeners.

General Kassaye Chemeda calling for bloodshed

Bravado. Bravado. And more bravado! Erre mn n’ew negeru! Generation after generation infatuated with violence and bloodshed. Are Ethiopian poised to destroy what they build over the last three-decades? Why is all that? Stay away, don’t stop me!

I have said this before and I will repeat it. If Ethiopia is overwhelmed by disease and famine, if it is engulfed with poverty, the people should not complain to God. He has given them anything a country can wish for. What is in short supply in Ethiopia? If you wanted a mountain, any Ethiopian can have one. If you needed water, there is enough to go around… with a huge surplus. Even if you want camels—a father, a mother and four children can have six-camels parked in their yard. The Ethiopian camel population is amongst the largest in the world. The number of sheep, goats, and cattle is beyond imagination. There is ample eucalyptus and other trees that can provide a home for every Ethiopian. Be kind to yourselves, learn to be thankful.

Maybe some of you will curse me, “why is he interfering in Ethiopian matters?” It concerns me. Not because of Ethiopia only but mainly because of my concern about the safety of Eritrea. The fires you ignite in Ethiopia will certainly burn Eritrea. But once your fire is extinguished, you always leave a burning coal in Eritrea for use as a spark whenever you feel like starting another fire. That is when you come to Eritrea to claim the burning charcoal. That has been our history with Ethiopian fires.

Now we are in the year 2020 “since the day of mercy”. May God have mercy on all of us. The pace of development in the new world is different from the past. And no one is waiting for anyone until they catch up. If a country remains behind by one year, after ten years it will not be lagging behind only for a decade, but a century. And today’s world will certainly not wait for someone who knowingly breaks his legs. There is no waiting courtesy for anyone as in a group hiking trip. The world doesn’t like the lazy and the reckless. Now let me address a few things:

  1. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed: I received this man with great optimism thinking he will sustain the development pace and build on the experience of the last decades, improve what needs to be improved and gradually take Ethiopia to the next level. But it just took him a few weeks to disappoint me by shaking a blood-soaked hand of a dictator. Worse, he fully embraced, promoted and helplessly tried to polish the character of Isaias Afwerki. I looked left and right for Abi Ahmed; I couldn’t find him. Instead he kept aimlessly jumping like a rabbit. He starts to cozy up with the remnants of the ancient regimes, the dictators, and allied himself with them. And I don’t believe anything positive will come from any efforts tried from within that alliance—there will be neither peace nor prosperity. That is impossible.
  2. The Nile Dam: I don’t believe Ethiopia should change any of its policies regarding the Renaissance dam. I urge the authorities to keep filling that damn dam despite the noise. And if God forbid, the Blue Nile dries up for a season or two, just in case, you can always shut the flow gates, just like a kitchen tap, until there is a good rainy season. In addition, I suspect there is an international law that deals with such cases, but one cannot go to a court before the feared action is taken. Egypt can go to court is Ethiopia purposely stops the natural flow of the river in a way that harms downstream consumers. But for one, I would have checked if the worthless Toshka canal in southern Egypt is closed. Egypt that has been diverting the Nile water to the desert to irrigate the Toskha project that didn’t produce much. The last time I checked just after Al Sisi’s coup d’état, it was still there with patches of water irresponsibly left there to evaporate.I also want some writers and activists to stop treating the issue as if it is a tribal battle between Arabs and Abyssinians, it is not. This is a high-stake state politics between two countries trying to get the best deal for their countries. It should be treated as such and must not be cheapened to look like a street squabble. It also goes without saying, those who think they are defending their country’s position are actually damaging it with their racist, bigoted and village characterization of the Nile issue.So far, there are impressive team of Ethiopians articulating their countries positions. Many Ethiopians, particularly Arabic speaking ones, have done a remarkable job fighting the wrong and belligerent propaganda created perceptions in the region.I have written many times about the Nile issue and for those interested to read them, I will provide links below.
  3. “Zeragito.” This is the Tigrinya word for tornado, sandstorm. And there are people we call zeragito in our miserable region. They put their hands in anything, and they make it messier because they cannot live in a peaceful situation. They feel like they have to stir up trouble and then enjoy the destruction they help complicate. I can only appeal to them to have mercy on the poor people. Let them collect their breath.
  4. Activists: Being an activist myself, I do not feel comfortable saying this, but it has to be said. So, when you feel like your muscles are inflated, to the gym. Don’t make the common people your objects to let out your steam. Don’t preach hate, racism, ethnic strife and other acts that might leave a never healing wound. The lives and properties of the common people who sweat to raise a family, who work hard to put a roof over their families should not destroyed by people you incite. Struggle, but carry out a clean struggle. A focused struggle that doesn’t victimize the already victimized citizen. Also remember that you reside five or six years in countries that you have no ethnic or racial connection, and yet you are welcomes with full rights just. How is it then you do not want to provide that kind of opportunities for your next-door neighbors? For people who have lived among you for years, some born in any locality, sone were their fathers and grandfather born in the locality. Why do you object to their rights being protected like yours is being protected where you reside? Why is your anger and disappointment by the rulers damped on people who face the same situation and fate as you do? Wrong ethnicity? Wrong race?Don’t betray universal human decency and compassion for humanity. Your stellar struggle to gain your rights is commendable, but inciting for violence, instigating bloodshed,  and encouraging civil unrest is  shameful and sad. A peoples’ legitimate interest is not advanced by inhuman acts.
  5. Influencing the naïve: I have two experiences to share with you hoping they will explain my views.1) in 1991 I went to Eritrea via Addis, but I couldn’t return in time for lack of transportation. But when I finally did, I was close to Mexico area, I think behind the chamber of commerce, and I saw a large crowd demonstrating. I asked what they were protesting against and a young man told me ‘the TPLF sent all Ambessa city busses to Asmara, they gave it to Shaabiya (the Eritrean ruling party) and that is why we do not have transportation Addis Ababans.’I was in Asmara and I didn’t see any Ambessa buses. First, Asmara is a small city and it will be impossible to hide the Ambessa buses. Second, there was an acute transportation crisis in Asmara and the only buses left were the old ones that were there when I left the country years earlier.2) In the early 1990, I was sipping coffee at the Flamingo coffee shop when a crowd filled the airport road. I asked what t heir problem was and someone told me, “they said they are selling the Stefanos church to the Catholics.’ Bewildered I asked, ‘how would an orthodox church be sold to the Catholics.’ He confidently told me, ‘sir, the patriarch himself is wearing a white robe and selling the church.’I nodded in astonishment. The person who made such claims are innocent but were convinced by what the agitating activists and politicians told them. Of course, they might think, ‘what do I know, if so-and-so said that, it must be true. And they react to that.Opportunities thrive in confusion and misinformation and they always use the common people.
  6. The Insane: there are many bloodthirsty people around: when will they have enough of it? They have shed so much blood in our lifetime and still they want more. Check out this link and see the crazy retired general! How many children have they turned into orphans? How many villages they wiped out? How many lives have they wasted? Maybe the general thinks peoples’ blood is his retirement pay. Please help such people and take them to the Amanuel Mental Hospital. Or get them a warm gabi, arrange for them to get continuous coffee and make them sit by the side rod. Maybe they can learn to preach peace, or simply hold their bible and read. But take them to Amanuel Hospital.
  7. Qeerroo: This movement reminds me of the French Revolution and revolutions are dirty. It’s shorty in discipline and it is difficult to control fully. But the wise would watch out and clean their acts before such movements erupt. Even now, at a time the Qeerroo movements has proven it can move like an uncontrollable flood, the rulers should take care of the underlying problems and resolve them honestly. Not dishonest quick fixes but genuine solution. The root cause needs to be solved. But if the leaders surround themselves by consultants like the violent General Kassaye Chemeda, there is no hope. Remnants of the old regimes lived and ruled by violence and were removed with violence. That is what the only solution they know. They do not believe in a sane, mature solution and they do not have one.The sad part is that the general remembers only the generals who were killed during their violent reign, the common soldiers who perished in their tens of thousands are just a number to him. He doesn’t feel sorry for them because he thinks they were created to die in their reckless military adventures. If they are not stopped, they will inflict more damages to the region. And there are many insane soldiers in our region and Eritrea has its fair share of them. How would someone call for violence on the Internet if not insane?

Finally, as long as they have an influence in the society, there will never be any peace. Please listen to me, take them to Amanuel Hospital, pronto.

God bless you all

NB: This article started as a script for my weekly youtube channel that I deliver in Tigrinya. but ‘Negarit 92’ ended up being in Amharic with the hope of expanding the reach. 

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  • Dongolo

    Selam folks. Confused history? Why say ‘we don’t brag about our short history’? Contrary to what most believe, there is one line of thought that places Eritrea’s history (& name) back to 800 B.C. with linkage to the ancient Eubobean Greeks from Eretrea (Greece). Earliest Eretrean/Phoenician ‘circle around Africa’ voyages reportedly branded the name Eretrea on modern day Eritrea. At the same time the Greeks referred to all blacks/Africans below Egypt as Ethiopians. Do they eat grasshoppers down Gambella way? Certainly they do! At the same time many people refer to shrimp as sea grasshoppers.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ብሩኽ ዓርቢ

    ቀዳማይ: መን ጸላኢና ?
    ——ህግደፍ
    ዘይነተኩር ኩለንተናና
    ኩሉ ጠመተና
    ኣቓልቦና
    —–ኣንጻር ‘ዞም ኣረሜን ይዕረፍ

    ካልእ ነርክበሉ
    ቅዋም ምስተኸልና
    በብሓደ ክበንን ‘ዩ ባዕሉ
    ነተግብሮ ናይ መወዳእታ መዓልቲ
    ንበኽየሉ
    ተሓቢእና ንሓምየሉ

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; I was just listening to this newly established an international media network called Demtsi-Wyane. Don’t ask me, that how they announced it today. They said, ” this is international Dimtsi-Weyane network. I am assuming, since Ditgital-Weyane is dead, killed by PMAA when he lacked down the internet in Ethiopia; mystery-fully; the Digital Weyane immediately dead! So, I am assuming the naming of the old DW to IDW has to do in honoring the dead garbage called Digital Weyane. Anyway; IDW were saying that PIA and PMAA are dinging new trenches circling to kill-of Tigray. This is the thing; the Stupid TPLF thugs thinks they are super power and can’t be touched. If it wasn’t for TPLF holding hostage the people of Tigray, one brigade and one mechanized company can take-care the whole Tigray in 24 hours. Even their doing power is getting weaker and weaker. The first time they attempted to kill PMAA and that shows their amputations then when that Failed, they chose to settle for less and killed their own Generals, SaAre and GezaE. I thought that was low but the desperados went much lower, they went so, low, they assassinated an innocent bystander and Artist Hachalu, who is next, Semere Andom? What the TPLF thugs and their supporters failed to understand is that with every passing day, TPLF is becoming less powerful, less financial capability, less influential entity and absolutely hated by reasonable human beings. It is about time that TPLF should be buried with its all evil history and ceased to exist. TPLF thugs run their courses, destroyed millions of lives, they embezzled Billions of Dollars, they shattered dreams of nations, obliterated every human decency and devastated many young people’s lives. What goes up must come down. Down with Weyane!!!!

  • Yehushua

    Reliable information coming out of reliable sources in Ethiopia is informing us that the
    current political crisis that has paralysed the country’s democratic progress is as a result of severe political miscalculation by a certain but
    influential power block within the Eprdf coalition party which influenced majority in the party to vote for Abiy to block the pragmatic but reliable contender Lemma Megersa and his block. It was a short-sighted move made by the block at the expence of the whole party which proved to be detrimental and that stagnated the political progress within the
    the country and even the party itself to score immediate points and gains.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Yehushua,
      Your comment is shrouded in thick ambiguity, despite its importance. Would you like to explain the issue a bit so that readers would benefit from it?

      • Yehushua

        Dear Ismael
        Though I will give expanded reply to your question later for now all that is clear and evident to those of us outside the country is only discontinued and broken chain of events instead of a continued chain of progress…in short regression or one step forward two steps backwards. In such a state of stagnancy and discontinuity it makes one wonder whether he has social base and support or whether he is on his own on make all happy rhetoric.it seems that he has onsly hijacked my
        ideas and put them on the shelves indefinitely. Because like everybody else I am frustrated who this Abiy belongs to or represents. At the same time I have a lot of investment stocks in which he is the custodian of it.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Yehushua,

          Your care to provide me prompt preliminary response is very much appreciated. Thank you so much. Await you input. What you noted is worrying. Interruption in a political and social process does not indicate healthy environment. If it would continue unaddressed, it can morph to prolonged interregnum giving way to centrifugal forces to pull the strings outward and open the country to turmiol and warlordism. If that, Heaven forbid, would happen, it would not be so strange to Ethiopia’s past history.

          • Yehushua

            Shalom Ismael
            I just got perplexed by Nitriccs response to my input or opinion
            and decided to hear your response or opinion to his views or input first before I could go or say further.
            Would you be willing to inform us all about your views to his opinion for the sake of widening and enriching the discussion if I may ask on behalf of all readers if you may please.

    • Nitricc

      influential power block within the Eprdf coalition party which influenced majority in the party to vote for Abiy to block the pragmatic but reliable contender Lemma Megersa

      Yehushua; that couldn’t possibly be the truth. Lemma knows, he can’t be in the front leading the nation in witch he committed crime against humanity while he was TPLF’s slave. He mound-down hundreds of Ethiopian youths in broad day light just to make his masters happy when he was a trusted police commissioner. When comes to crimes against the nation, Lemma Megersa is no different than the TPLF thugs themselves. Not to say PMAA is clean, he can’t be, he was working for Getachew Aseffa but his crimes are not as public as Lemma’s are. At this moment and right now and right here; EThiopia and Ethiopians have no choice but role-out with PMAA. They have to support and stand with him. There are No other choices. NONE!!!

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Mr. Saleh,

    Nice, very clear..

    My wife was telling me that if I understand you..(As you know my memory was all deleted) and that was a jock for me as I am totally returned to normal..See, my poems in Jebena, I couldn’t wright more,,Just if MM didn’t replace me..I could had a very long space,,

    Nice and I admire you..very interesting talk,,I am proud of you. Saleh.

    Thank you,

    KS,,

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Dr Paulos & All,

    I think the Trump administration is on side of Egypt on the Ethio-Egypt dam controversy. They are weighing in withholding aid to Ethiopia. Here is a statement I quoted from FP article.

    “The Trump administration is weighing withholding some aid to Ethiopia over a Nile dam project that has severely strained its relationship with downstream countries Sudan and Egypt, six officials and congressional aides familiar with the matter told Foreign Policy.”

    Regards

    • Selam Amanuel H.,
      Trump’s position is well known.
      1) Al sisi is his favorite dictator, he said it himself,
      2) he wants the Egyptian dictator to help him implement his deal of the century, i.e. selling Palestine to the Jewish state,
      3) Ethiopia has spoiled his plan by refusing to sign his bogus agreement plan on the Nile (gerd),
      4) PM AA deprived him off the NPP, Trump says he deserved.
      This arrogant and narcisstic president has his own personal reasons to love Egypt and hate Ethiopia. It is not the end of the world.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Hi Horizon,

        I didn’t know about it. But Ethiopians should stick to their guns on the issue of this dam. It is one of your natural resource and you have the right to utilize it as needed. It will be the economic life of your people,

      • Hashela

        Selam Horizon

        The good thing is that even within Trump Administration and the Senate there are voices that are critical of Trump partisan stand on the issue of Gerd filling and arbitration mechanisms. It is a blessing for Ethiopia that Trump is very busy explaining his acuity test results.

        • Abi

          Hashela
          He accurately identified an elephant.
          Can you imagine the time he spent preparing for the test? It is worth it!

          • Hashela

            Abi

            There is a rumor that he identified the elephant as a rhino with a huge nose

          • Abi

            Hashela
            He said “this rat is BIG !” pointing to the elephant.

          • Hashela

            Abi

            Well in terms of evolution, he is right.
            Rats/mice and elephants are closely related. check it out!

          • Paulos

            Selam Hashela,

            This is tempting to comment on. There goes it.

            That said however, what picked my interest is not so much the comparative anatomy if there is any but the contrast in Physiology between a Mouse and the Elephant.

            Not sure if you followed Tsa-Tse’s comments on Fractals few days ago where I had an exchange with him when Fractals as you know are objects that look approximately the same at all scales or at any level of magnification. In that sense, can we say that an Elephant is just a blown up version of a Mouse? That certainly is a bit of a stretch and a tall order as well precisely because the comparison is disappointing but what if there is something beyond the naked eye can meet where the work of Evolution or Natural Selection is at play that would make both mirror images of each other or not quite?

            Consider the following numbers: Elephants are 10,000 times heavier than rats and we can say that they have 10,000 times as many cells as well. That said, the metabolic rate of an Elephant [The amount of energy it would need to survive] is only 1000 times larger than a rat’s. Here, as you can see the ratio is 3:4 in the powers of ten [if we denote 1000 in the power of ten and 10000 in power of ten as well.]

            This is clearly the clever work of Evolution where larger animals do not spend energy equivalent to their weight or size. To put it differently, if an animal is twice the size of another animal, we may assume that it’s energy expenditure would be doubled as well but that is not the case where the relationship between size and energy expenditure is non-linear instead. The metabolic rate doesn’t double but increases only by 75 percent where the animal saves energy by 25 percent–3:4 or 3/4.

            The 3:4 ratio represents an economy of scale as size increases, meaning that the cells of Elephants operate at a rate a tenth that of rat cells. And that gives an Evolutionary advantage to Elephants when they have a decrease in the rates of cellular damage from metabolic process and enjoy longevity in comparison to rats. Moreover, if the size of a mammal is doubled, its heart-rate decreases by 25 percent and that again is the icing on the cake for longevity. One would rather be an Elephant than a Rat–literally and figuratively.

          • Saleh Johar

            Paulos,
            Do me a favor. Don’t laugh, just do it for me 🙂
            Imagine the mouse is a Vespa scooter and the elephant an 18 wheeler. Can you do a comparison giving it a science twist. Compare the gas intake, horse power, inertia, York need to flip each, the pistons , etc. would it be any different than comparing a mouse and an elephant? That is evolution, rather a selective manufacturing. Give it the twist for the laymen like me:-)

          • Paulos

            Aya Saleh,

            You should see me laughing. Can’t you see how dry and boring Science can be when you are gifted with telling brilliant and yet relevant stories woven in history, culture and tradition.

            You reminded me of Vespa. My father had one and I remember hoping on it where I was almost left with bow looking legs for the motor as you know looked like a swollen jaw. Good times.

          • Abi

            Paul
            የአስመራ ኩቺኔታዎች ሞተር አላቸው እንዴ?

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            ኩቺኔቲ were a testament to Eritreans’ innovation and improvisation in an era of tough times where no vehicles were allowed to run.

            Hope Aya Saleh or Hailat will tell us more about Vespas for they must had been affordable for the average ገብረ to the very least in Eritrea for a lot of people had them.

          • Abi

            Paul
            I believe this ኩችኔቲ research and development including production was generously funded by the King .

          • Hashela

            Paulos

            Why do you waste so much ink when you got it in a single Trumpian sentence” … an Elephant is just a blown up version of a Mouse”

          • Denmarkino Professor Paulos AArkey,

            Wanted to share this link:

            Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKttSB4pzug&t=667s

            GitSAtSE

        • Selam Hashela,
          It is really difficult to understand how a guy like Trump could be elected to the presidency of the only world power, and could survive in office. Worse still is the fact that he could be chosen for a second term. Maybe you have read the book his niece wrote about him and his family. I have seen few things from others who wrote about the book, sort of review. Money was everything, and everything was allowed to get it, a Machiavellian concept, the aim service the means: violence, lies, intrigues, anything and a family hierarchy that depended on viciousness in one’s ways.
          How could a poor country like Ethiopia dare say ‘no’ to a narcisst like him, and spoil his quid pro quo arrangement with Al sisi, to sell Palestine to Israel, with his so called ‘deal of the century’. The guy has lost all connections with reality.
          One of his reasons he says that he deserved the NPP was that he averted war between Egypt and Ethiopia.
          He is the modern day Nero, a danger to the world. It is difficult to imagine how the world will be if he is relected for a second term.

          • Consolation

            It is really difficult to understand how a guy like Trump could be elected to the presidency of the only world power, and could survive in office.

            No it shouldn’t be difficult. He won against Hilary because she represents what is most corrupt and evil in the USA. A two-timer who was willing to sell herself to the corporate interests. Trump is a populist or was. The Democratic Party on the other hand has become a tool of the corporate globalists. They would rather have a Joe Biden, a man obviously in advanced mental decay, than Berney Sanders. The only one who will defeat Trump this time is Trump. Biden is too far gone to do it.

          • Consolation,
            You seem to be talking about the political decay in the US. You know better than I do. Nevertheless, does political decay come alone without social decay, which is more worrisome. It is said that people get the government they deserve.
            The last four years since Trump came to office, the US has lost the respect and the leadership status it enjoyed for so long. Don’t you think that reelecting Trump will be the last push towards irrelevance for the US, while a new power, China, is emerging from the east?
            As much as mental decay is concerned, Trump doesn’t seem to be any better than Biden.

          • Consolation

            Horizon,

            Believe me, I am not shedding any tears over the gradual death of the American empire. It is just that it irritates me when I see people who think the Democratic party is any better than Trump. Was Obama, the drone-master, a slave to the military-industrial complex, any better. Superficially perhaps but he was no better than Trump. It would be the greatest joke if Americans elect Biden, a man who doesn’t know where he is, or what office he is running for, or can’t identify between his wife and sister and hundreds of other clear symptom of mental decay. The world would be a better place if the USA fragments like the Soviet Union. The only difference will be that the heavily armed murderous nation is not going to do its disintegration quietly!

          • Consolation,

            Indeed the US is a very sick nation. Liberal democracy, capitalism, neoliberalism, and globalization, which are characteristic western economic and political philosophies are heard as cacophony in the ears of world citizens today. It is said that they are responsible for the world ills, especially since the gulf war and war on terror.
            White evangelical conservatives and supremacists, which seem to be the beneficiaries of this system of government, and their racist ideology are undermining it and making it a country without a future and doomed to fail. There are ominous signs for the future world.
            China will bring less freedom to the world, Russia can’t be in the equation and Europe, i do not know what to say about this united and yet disintegrated continent.
            I am not sure, but i think that i have read somewhere that states can’t leave the US federation. Is that true? California is said to be as rich as Germany or Britain. As you said, peaceful divorce may not be possible, but the marriage seems to have completed its cycle, and may not survive through this century. We don’t know if this disintegration will be for good or worse.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Horizon,

            I regret to inform you that your darling China will never be able to replace the USA as a World power.

            China’s advantages: cheap labour, mass market.

            China’s unfair advantages: tariffs, currency manipulation, stealing (hacking, spying) Western cutting edge technology.

            You cannot become a World power by thieving and dishonesty alone; you will be caught at some point!

            I want to really see China succeed by inventing some ground breaking technology. So far, nothing.

            Derg cadre Horizon, you seem to be highly agitated these days. Some bad news for you: in the last few days, the Chinese Consulate in Houston, which the FBI and Homeland Security discovered to be a hub for technology spying, hacking and thieving, has been expelled.

          • Simon Kalrab,
            You are parroting Trump as usual.
            China is not my darling. It is Trump, the far right and white supremacists that are your darling and your demigods, whom you worship day and night. You can mimic them, but you will never be one of them. Better a derg cadre than a black man who worships white men and has become a racist like his masters.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Horizon,

            The dim wit.

            Admit it, lying and thieving Chinese dictator Xi is your idol. Glad to hear you admit you are a Derg cadre.

            Leave American politics to Americans, it is none your concern. You stick to the murky political World of Ethiopia.

          • Simon Kaleab,

            For you it was like moving from one planet to another, when you left your village and landed in the US, probably a decade or so ago. That doesn’t make you more American than the real Americans, blacks and white, whose ancestors are there for centuries.
            You suffered a cultural shock, and you ended up color blind in a color sensitive USA. You planted yourself among the white folks, although you are a minority, and will remain a minority. That doesn’t make you any better than other Americans, but a clown and a useful…… in the hands of white Americans.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Horizon,

            The dim wit.

            Keep on waffling in the dark.

          • Hashela

            Hi Horizon

            Simon Kaleab, Trump’s Ambassador at awatenation, will have some friendly words to say. I will not bore you with a statement to is largely consistent with yours.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hashela and Horizon,

            Shaebia cadre and Derg cadre: ‘From Conflict to Cooperation’.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Simon; the original cartoon. lol I have a question for you. your Trump said he might not accept the results of the election; and the at the same time, Biden express his fear that Trump might refuse to leave the white house after he is defeated by the election. Now my question is, do you still support him? he is about to demolished every institutions that kept America as the great USA. here is a chance to redeem yourself, from a typical cartoon character to reasonable human being.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            The brain dead parrot.

            Is there no one available to ghostwrite your post today?

            Another thing, you are not a cadre yet, you are only an illiterate 55 year old messenger boy, with a mental age of a 10 year old.

            Leave American politics to Americans, it is too complex for you.

      • Aligaz G

        H,

        Obama/Hilary/Rice vs Trump/ Pompeo? I definitely know my preference.

    • Paulos

      Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

      Abiy desperately needs a face saving political mileage and he is hailing a success story with in the bleak situation he is in but in reality the issue of the Dam is far from over for there will be many negotiations with Egypt in the years ahead. And that requires a strong political, diplomatic and economic standing to push back to any kind of posturing that might come from Egypt.

      For now, he is heavily relying on Isaias’ wealth of political experience when the latter is his de facto Foreign Minister but that reliance comes at a heavy price for Isaias is not only not healthy but he is old and it is anybody’s guess how many years he got left. And that was precisely the reason, Meles made the Dam project a people’s project so much so that he relied solely on the national ethos as opposed to external forces where they expect a dividend which would eventually favour Egypt for it is strategically well placed in the grand scheme of geo-politics. Either way, Abiy is royally scr*wed.

    • Brhan

      Merhaba Ustaz,
      In an Al-Jazeera Arabic interview, Martin Plaut with an Egyptian and Ethiopian commentators provided a valid point.

      His take was that the devil is in the detalis, as the agreements of last Tuesday are not known till this day. In fact, Mr. Plaut relates Abiy’s travel to Eritrea including SAWA prior his announcement of the filling of the Dam and the celebration, to another domestic political issue, that is, he, Abiy is facing , the Tigray region issue. I and I believe you too want to see poor farmers benefit from the Dam in reality. That will be the day of our joy.

      But the leaders Ethiopia and Egypt are using the Nile as a political card for their domestic issue. It is said that Egyptian opposition parties for the first time are rallying behind Sisi but the later wants them to rally with him also in everything. And also, by the order of Sisi Egyptian media are forbidden to ask or talk about the dam’s meetings results it. In addition, there is no formal reply from Egypt to the issue of the filling as if it is insignificant while Abiy said it is the opposite. In Ethiopia so far Aigaforum is challenging Abiy and seeing the filling that was announced last Tuesday was not significant. Also, the question here if Aigaforum saying this for the sake of the dam or politics? And I have seen no other Ethiopian media is asking about the detalis. I think they are blinded by Abiymania.

      USA : if Trump is gone by November and Biden a democrat might have a different approach – an approach closes to the aspiration of poor farmers and not to the politicians who want use water for domestic political issue.

      • Paulos

        Selam Brhan,

        Egyptians need to reorient their archaic way of thinking where it is based on Ethiopia’s lose is their gain as in zero sum game. That kind of thinking gave Europeans two devastating World Wars. It is a steep curve learning lesson and they opted for cooperation instead where it gave them a dividend of relative prosperity and peace for over seven decades now.

        That is the lesson should be gleaned but of course Ethiopia needs a strong leader where Abiy is a joke so much so that it gives Egyptians an incentive to go on offensive.

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          ዶተረ/ብርሃን

          ናይ ኣብዪ ጸገም ሽሙ
          ዘይዓቕሙ
          ሽም ተሰኪሙ

          ኣብ ዓዘቕቲ ሸሚምዎ
          ኮለኔል ‘ኳ ኮለኔል ምኻኑ መዓስ ተሪፍዎ

          ሓንቲ መስመር ዘርባ
          ምስ ዓሰርተ ቡኛ

          ከጉስጦም ከሎ ተራኢዎ
          ሕጂ ግን
          ውረደልና ከም ዝብልዎ
          መዓስ ጠፊእዎ
          ሓንቲ ኦፊስ ኣባ ባራካ ሃብዎ
          ካብኡ ንላዕሊ መን ሕለፍ ኢልዎ?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Wow, Development Engineer, Excellent…

            “ከጉስጦም ከሎ ተራኢዎ
            ሕጂ ግን
            ውረደልና ከም ዝብልዎ
            መዓስ ጠፊእዎ
            ሓንቲ ኦፊስ ኣባ ባራካ ሃብዎ
            ካብኡ ንላዕሊ መን ሕለፍ ኢልዎ?”

            KS,,

  • Serious talk is and would be necessary between the non-state Eritrea and the country Ethiopia that is exigent. Eritrea denied positive leadership by both the tyranny that has unfolded there and worse still, the non-entity “old oppositions” finds itself not represented, it is a non-state. The new arisal of “yiAkl” movement being a positive perspective, I feel the old oppositions who decided they are entitled trying to manipulate the new, young that came out of the woumbs of Eritrea.

    It is high time for the listless old oppositions to accept the negative contrivances that took shape from their existence.

    Then again, who among the many old oppositions is to be in talks with Ethiopia.

  • mad mullah

    Hello All,
    I read the article and there is word of wisdom in it. At least we starting to name certain type or kind of people with Zeragito. The conflict-driven personality that see everything as thru a zero-sum game. These types of people seem to naturally grow in the Horn of Africa.

    If you looked at Horn 20 years ago- you had South Sudan vs Sudan, Ethiopia vs Eritrea, Eritrea vs Djibouti, Somalia with anarchy, etc… a region full of conflict and strife. No region in Africa was comparable in terms of level of conflict. The Zerogito were growing everywhere. Now the Zerogito are less and less… remember Zerogito were also generational and isolated and limited in vision.

    What we are missing is Gobezocrats. Gobezocrat is capable of thinking critically, thinking creatively, communicating effectively, and interacting effectively.
    I believe some of those qualities are present in Dr. Abiy.

    For Horn of Africa- a region synonymous with conflict and death- Dr. Abiy is Gobezocrat with PhD in conflict resolution. It is a miracle that the largest country in Horn and second most populous country in Africa is run by 42 year old PhD in Conflict Resolution. Ethiopian’s Gedhli generation post mengustu should be proud to have produced such a person. Eritrea’s Gedhli generation post-independence hasn’t produced anything.. this includes IA and the useless opposition.

    Mr. Saleh, I don’t share your view on Dr. Abiy. I think for a brief moment he gave the Eritrean people in Eritrea who actually suffer daily from our Denqorocrat IA some relief. If IA had kept the border open it would have been the demise of his regime or at least the seed would be planted.
    Remember the adage or famous observation of Eric Hoffer- It is not too much suffering that makes people revolt it is the taste of new or better. The American revolution created the French revolution. The Berlin wall caused the collapse of communism in East Europe.

    The sad reality is IA can last into his 90’s that is another 15-20 years to go. There is not going to be an internal revolt from the masses. The opposition inspiring anything is hopeless.
    The only way people can revolt is when the get a taste of something better.

    The Horn’s Gobezocrat Dr. Abiy is on his way connecting the Horn and creating the seed for IA demise. You have to see in things in 5-10 years window and not in the daily or weekly news cycle that sort of analysis has its limits.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi mullah,
      Thank you. Likewise, I do not agree with your view on many levels. You see generation as separate entities in a society I see it as a connected chain that has to deal with the current but us always anchored to the past—the good and the bad past.

      I am also not as enthusiastic about Abiy as you are. Your gobozeoceacy view fall flat on its face if you consider the ages on queero members—that’s why you cannot analyze societies based on age alone as you cannot see generations positively only when it serves your views.

      Maybe the consumerism minded would see people through the prism of population pyramids to plan in 5 and 10 years. Eritrean have decades of it—please divide it into 5s or 10s as you wish. Unless you are advising us to see it in centuries. 🙂

      Pass the buck in s not always honest but a means to an opportunistic end. A society fails or triumphs together and not I. 5 and 10 year increments.

      Back to the drawing board if you ask me.

      • Aligaz G

        Ato Saleh,

        The mad mullah seems to be describing a paradigm shift as per Kuhn. Now it’s one thing to dismiss PM Abiy as an authentic agent of change in this process but harder to dispute a shift is underway. There was a discussion I had with Ismail on this very point – whether we are witnessing a revolution or simply a realignment.

        • Saleh Johar

          Aligaz,
          Every change that I saw in Ethiopia or any other country is either a revolution or a realignment. There is no history of normal transfer of power, except when Halemarian Desalegn resigned. And that was also a realignment. The paradigm shift happened in 1974, and 1991. The rest is a continuation. But you can call the Qeeeroo induced delivery of 2018 a realignment par excellance since the alliances that brought Abiy to power is in shambles. But don’t get me wrong, Ethiopia is shifting but the shift could go either way, hopefully it doesn’t become just like the rest that we see around the region. It’s now on the hands of Ethiopians–they can go into an endless cycle of violence, ethnic strife, religious spices, or wisen up and resolve their recent and historical issues. Just like Eritrea, there are many issues that are crying for resolution. i think, if the burning issues are pushed under the rug to satisfy hegemonic powers or hegemony aspirants, the result would be fit for a deja vu exclamation. I hope it doesn’t go that way.

          • Aligaz G

            At Saleh,

            The quero movement is one symptom of underlying tectonic movements.The notion of a premature Marxist revolution in 1974 as being the end all political event is not correct. There will likely be further events or revolutions until a stable political climate crystallizes.

          • Saleh Johar

            Aligaz,
            I didn’t say 1974 revolution was the end of all political event, but rather one of the last two that Ethiopia had so far. I don’t think anyone can tell about the future.

          • mad mullah

            Hello Saleh,
            I think Ethiopia will do fine. It is just working things out. You have a leader that is representative of large section of the population-85%. We might see a lot of events happening in Ethiopia and that kind gives you an impression the country will be turmoil or on edge. You have to understand compared to Eritrea it is a much healthier civil society. In Eritrea, you just need a spark or protest and whole thing will fail just like Ben Ali in Tunisia.
            Ethiopia is making its transition and it is working things out.. you have to look at within a 5-10 year window.
            Meles is seen as good leader in retrospect… during his time he was considered one of those autocratic leader in world who institutionalize ethnic federalism. But he was the kind of leader Ethiopia need in that time.

          • Selam mad mullah,

            For the time being, under the present situation, when ethiopians are divided more than ever before, there is no single person or force that can keep ethiopia together other than pm AA. Tplf cannot return to power, because nobody will accept it, jawar and other oromo extremists will only be too happy to destroy ethiopia than save her, politicians who used to tell as that ethiopia is their addictions are today telling us that the oromo question is more important, and worse still, is the fact that even if she asked for it, ethiopia may not get military dictatorship that will keep her together in her difficult times, because the military is divided on ethnic grounds.
            Until some sort of normality comes to the land, and a peaceful, free and fair election is carried out, with the hope that people would accept the new government as they do in civilized and developed countries, and the new government stands for ethiopian unity, we will remain in the quagmire of uncertainty. Ethiopia is today at the mercy of those who are hell bent to undo her.
            Therefore, Abiy has the huge responsibility of keeping the country intact, and bringing peace and normalcy. For the time being, it is difficult to think of another politician in the land who could do this job other than him. He seems to be capable.
            If he succeeds in his country, then the rest may follow. Unfortunately, the horn area is the region of war, famine and misery, and it may remain so for long, unless some sort of a miracle happens.
            Finally, despite these problems, when you say that ethiopia will make it, it is a hope giving message from your side. Thanks.

      • mad mullah

        I don’t see why Gobezocracy view fail… Gobezocracy is just another word for meritocracy. The Chinese who have been practicing it in their bureaucracy for 2000 years are doing well. Most Chinese philosophy based society are doing well… Singapore, Taiwan, China, South Korea….

        I don’t know what Queero have to do with Gobezocracy? I am not sure why you are connecting them. It seems more like straw man argument.

        I don’t know about consumerism minded… all I am saying is you can’t judge a leader on weekly basis. Even in most democratic society a leader has 4-5 years to prove themselves.

        Overall- for Eritrean people suffering in the land of Denqorocracy- Dr. Abiy is a positive thing. I think your hate or dislike for Issias can blind to that fact.
        IA demise will come when Eritrea becomes more integrated into Horn economies and countries. Isolation will only keep IA in power until he dies naturally.

        • Aligaz G

          mullah,

          A meritocratic bureaucracy is one of the pillars of a developmental state. What Ato Saleh is discussing is a critique of the current “change” in Ethiopia away from Meles style developmental statism.

          • mad mullah

            Hello Aligaz
            Meritocratic or Gobezocractic bureaucracy is part of any well functioning society from Denmark to China to Botswana or Rwanda…
            It is good for developmental state but essential for any well-functioning society.
            Don’t know about the second part of your comment. There is mention of Meles or developmental state in the article. You must be reading something into it.

          • Aligaz G

            mullah,

            The meritocratic bureaucracy in a developmental state plays the special and essential role of arbiter in the allocation of state resources and opportunities via a vis private capital. Nothing to do with getting your drivers licence at the DMV

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aligaz,

            Indeed, “A meritocratic bureaucracy is one of the pillars of a developmental state.” Very true.

          • Hashela

            Selam Ali

            For a comparative reason, it would be really great if you or other people provide us with statistics about the ethnic composition of the upper level military officers ( generals, col.) ministers, vice ministers, ambassadors, CEOs of state conglomerates, and other high level bureaucrats during the episode (1991-2018) of “ Meles style developmental statism”. My primary interest is whether the assignment of crucial positions was truly meritocratic or ethnic driven.

            Thank you

          • Abi

            Hello Hashela
            According to the most revered awatista, Saint Fantiness around 96% of the highest military officials were from Tigray. Of course, he was bragging about it.
            You can take an educated guess regarding the rest.

          • Hashela

            Abi

            It would be illuminating to go beyond educated guesses.

          • Abi

            Hashela
            General Nitricc posted the list of these high officials ( military and security) some time ago.

          • Abi

            Hashela
            ግሃነብ ጥራይልካ!!
            እዋይ!
            Well, the result is self quarantine under dedebit rocks.

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            I didn’t know you could speak the great language of ours–Tigrinya. Impressive!

          • Hashela

            Paulos

            I believe Madame helped a bit!

          • Paulos

            Selam Hashela,

            I suspected that or the guy is taking us for a fool’s ride when he is in fact a done deal Eritrean from ዓዲ-ንኣምን ዓንሰባ!

          • Abi

            Paul
            Thanks for the honor. All I need is መንቀሳቀሲ/ መወሳወሲ:)
            There is nothing you don’t know about yours truly. What you read is what you get.

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            I agree. In fact, I feel like I know you in person by now. It is kinda weird. And as for the መነቃሳቐሲ you got it. ንዓኻ ዘይኮነ ንመን ክኸውን!

          • Abi

            Paul
            I feel like I know you too. Whatever you said in Tigrinya I agree:)
            መወሳወሲ የትግራይ አባባል ነው?

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            I believe so. We don’t use the word in Eritrea but maybe for something related to exercise as in warming up.

          • Abi

            Paul
            I picked up some words here.
            All I got from First Lady is “ግናይ”.
            Growing up I was called ከይሲ, እርኩስ ሳጥናኤል…

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Growing up I was called ከይሲ, እርኩስ ሳጥናኤል…
            Abi,
            That still fits you…looking at your comments. No offense here.

          • Abi

            MM
            When it comes to personal, nobody in this world offend me. Only bigotry offends me.
            Crocodiles are jealous of my skin. Soft to touch, hard to penetrate.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ‘ንታይ ድዩ መስለካ ራእሲ ኣቢ
            ዘይስንኻ ሑጻ ቆርጥመሉ ‘ብሉ ለባማት።
            ኤረትራ ንዓኻ ኣይንታይካን ስለዝኾነት ዕንወታት ናታ ኣይስመዓካን ‘ዩ።
            ስለዚ ቆርበትካ ካብ ቆርበት ሓርገጽ ተረጎደ ኣይገርመናን።
            ዝገርምሲ ደቂ ሃገር ደድሕሬኻ ከዀድዱ ከለዉ ጥራይ ‘ዩ።

          • Abi

            MM
            ምነው ብቻህን ታወራለህ?

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            Blame the Covid-91

          • Abi

            MM
            You said “ Blame the Covid-91”.
            The world is struggling to get rid of Covid-19, you are already at covid 91.
            See what I mean!
            You are wrongly programmed,wrongly assembled overcharged, short circuited, …
            At this point I don’t know what to suggest for your remedy. I run out of ideas.
            I need to review your instruction manual that comes with the package.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            [You are wrongly programmed,wrongly assembled overcharged, short circuited, …]
            With all that damage, I am still working 🙂

            btw, Covid-91 ==your new friend the devil Isayas

          • Abi

            MM
            You are on fire lately.
            You are my new friend:)

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            Take it easy on Prof. Emma though.
            Lately, you are lowering yourself to those two sole-cell members of Awate.

          • Consolation

            Selam Paulos,

            Why would anyone from ዓዲ ነኣምን pretend to be an Amhara and then harp continually about Assab? The more likely case is that he is from ዓዲ ጉዶም:: Then his motive becomes clear. I have noticed that Digital Weyane’s favourite tactic is to pretend to be Eritrean, Amhara, Oromo, Somali and then sew poisonous darts meant to create ethnic and national dissension. Abi’s mission is apparently to create such discord between Eritreans and Amhara!

          • Abi

            Consolation
            በሳቅ ብሞት ምን ትጠቀማለህ?

          • Consolation

            Selam Abi,

            You may laugh, and even die laughing, but anyone who knows about Asmara’s ኩቺነቲታት has either driven one to carry በለስ from ዓርበረቡዕ to Asmara, or has relations who engaged in that honourable profession. Which one are you?

          • Abi

            Consolation
            በቃ ሞትኩብህ!
            ጎዳና ሓርነት ላይ የማስተዛዘኛ ሃውልት አቁምልኝ::
            “እየሳቀ የሞተው አዋቲስታ”
            That is my Consolation.

          • Abi

            ዻውሎስ ሓወይ
            እኔ ያንተ ወንድም!

          • Hashela

            Abi

            Stop bagging!

          • Abi

            Hashela
            ok

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            That is so funny. That is Hashela’s version of Amharic.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    Selamat
    A dictator and dictator in training 🙂
    He even learning to dress like his mentor.
    http://www.shabait.com/news/local-news/30837-pm-abiy-toured-agricultural-development-projects

  • Brhan

    Hello Awatetistas

    As you know this weekend an experienced dictator is meeting with a newcomer to his club in Asmara. They chose the weekend as it has become favourable by dictatorial regimes to do business thinking their meeting will get less attention from the public, including journalists.

    This time PM AA is accompanied by his speaker of the parliament. Its significance is that the PM might be heading for a major action against his opponents thus he needs the blessing of his parliament.

    PM AA has shown his fist in the heart of Ethiopia but not yet up north and going to Eritrea this time means their major topic if not the only one, is how to contain the regional government of Tigray. Topics might include regime change in Tigray by the help from within Tigray, harsh sanctions against the regime and not acknowledging the results of the region election which will lead to more complication for both the federal and regional governments.

    IA stake will be also to give his ingredients to the cook. According to the Eritrean Arabic website Adoulis.c om, last month when he travlled to the Sudan, he asked the Sudanese gov’t to appoint his candidate as a regional leaser of an Eastern Sudanese region. So at the same token IA is dicatating not only about who is who in southern border but also the whole Ethiopia. PM AA is not that dumb that is why he is also accompanying Redwan Hussien who worked closely with Meles Zenawi on the Eritrean file and by this IA won’t be able to push too much.

    Enjoy the weeken

    • mad mullah

      Hello Brhan,
      I don’t know why you are comparing IA with Dr. Abiy. The funny thing you will notice is both Dr. Abiy and Redwan Hussein were not born when EPLF and ELF were trying to wipe each other out in 1970’s.

      If I come with an age equation between Eritrean and Ethiopian leadership it is 2x. The Eritrean leadership is twice the age of Ethiopian and either have half the education level or no education level. So, you have nice contrast between Gobezocrats and Denqorocrats.

      Dr. Abiy is not going to IA to learn on how to be a dictator… he has plenty example from Haile Selassie to Menguistu to Meles… There were 50+ dictator in African countries after independence that he could learn from…

      Dr. Abiy looks at IA and see where Africa was 40-50 years ago in stone age of development. IA is nearly twice the age and no college education.
      Dr. Abiy took Issias to Business Parks in Addis Ababa and IA took him to Sawa… can you imagine that… for IA everything is Sawa inside his headache he is probably thinking that is a great achievement. He is an old fool who doesn’t realize that the times have left him in the dirt and moved on… The sad part is he knows he has no ability or talent to be dynamic and make changes… so he relies on his old tricks to stay in power.

      Dr. Abiy recognize that IA is dinosaur and an old fool. He flatters him and gives him some limelight. IA won’t make much move or make any demand on border demarcation. The status quo can last for 10 years and as long there is someone like Dr. Abiy that flatters his ego- he won’t do anything. Why do I say this because the government spokeperson Yemane G. Meskal is saying “Today is the 2nd Anniversary of the historic Eritrea-Ethiopia Peace Agreement”… he is already celebrating this event as a special occasion without concrete solution. For IA anything the returns him to limelight is good. After nearly 30 years, he is ok accepting that he has no idea on how to run or build a civil society.

      I don’t think Dr. Abiy is a dictator. There hasn’t been a dictator with PhD in recent history as far as I know. Dr. Abiy doesn’t have to become a dictator to rule. He can rely on charisma and social skills to win popular support and take Ethiopia to next level.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    Selamat
    This guy looks very familiar.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9AoCeG-NVo

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ካብ ስርዓት ህግደፍ
    ንላዕሊ
    ውድቀት ወያነ ክዓኑ
    ትምኒትካ ተዄኑ
    ነገር ተበርጂኑ!

    ቀዳማይ ጸላኢ
    መንሽሮ ሃገር ኮነ ህዝቢ
    ብሰላም
    ኣብ ኣስመራ ክዝንቢ

    ንዑኡ ሓዲግካ
    ወያነ ባ በየነ
    ካብ ኮነ ዘረባኻ
    ጠመተኻ

    ብ ከመይ ተቓዋሚ ትብል?
    ኣብ ‘ንዳ ህግደፍ
    ኬድካ ዘይተዕልል

    ኣጆኻ ኪድ ኣብኡ
    ገዛ ‘ንዳ ጌደዎን ሶፍያ
    መወስኽታ ከማን ትኾኖም
    ገዝኦም ጾምያ

    ኣጆኻ ኣይትሰከፍ
    ስጋብ ዝሽንድሑኻ ‘ንዳ ህግደፍ

    ስጊንጥር ስራሕ ዝብልዎ ከምዚ ‘ዩ

  • Brhan

    ተስፋይ ገብረኣብ ዝረኣየ ዓይኑ ይብራህ

    Why are you sympathetic to the Oromo? You are indeed extremely fond of them and connected.

    Similar to other Ethiopian ethnic groups, the Oromo people have not yet found the rightful place in the Cushitic race. History proves that despite being a civilized and democratic society by tradition, they have not yet been recognized nor given the respect they deserve as members of society. I was born and raised in the Oromo society; therefore, in time, I became part of them and their culture. I am a free author, I try to be a voice to the voiceless and oppressed people of Oromo. My feelings are not exaggerated.

    What is the reaction you receive from Oromos? They must be glad to have someone who tells their side of the story.

    When I wrote and published on social media The Silence of the Burqa, many young Oromo boys and girls felt incredibly touched. The book was actually published thanks to the funds raised by countless Oromo people. They organized tours for me to many countries and cities. They approve of me and I am fortunate for that. Me writing with an aim to expose the concealed truth of the rulling party in Ethiopia and historical disasters witnessed as regards to ethnic discrimination has no political influence what so ever. I write because I am a journalist and also because I feel the urge of telling the truth in my books.

    http://www.shabait.com/articles/q-a-a/25782-tesfaye-gebreab-speaking-for-justice-in-ethiopia-

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Brhan,

      Someone giving an interview about JUSTICE on shabait.com, which is a mouthpiece of INJUSTICE,

      The last two emperors of Ethiopia were half-Oromo. Enough said.

      • Brhan

        Hi Simon,
        T. G/Ab is an Eritrean. He is a famous writer. I am asking what is saying now?
        He is known of his support to the regime at the same time claiming to be a professional writer with neturality. I am asking if he is still keeping what he has claimed.

    • mad mullah

      Hello Brhan,
      Interesting interview. I never heard of cushitic race. Does he mean Cushitic language group?

  • A.Osman

    FaNus NetWork’ Yoel interviews Saleh Johar

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9AoCeG-NVo

    I have watched a number of recent interviews by Yoel, I wish we had more like him.

  • Nitricc

    Hi all, I am wondering what the motive of the article is? The truth is this….
    *The process of reconciliation depends on the attitude of the offender! Please try to sample and talk to Ras-Abiy and you will have your answer.
    *Reflect to the depth and the seriousness of the betrayal against the people and the country!
    Examine, Investigate and scrutinize what the TPLF thugs did to the people of Eritrea. Once the Tigryans reached their destination using Eritrean’s blood, tanks and arms, the Tigryans betrayed the Eritreans and they launched all-out war to destroy Eritreans for good and to reverse the independence of Eritrea as a nation.
    *Consider the duration and the pattern of the offense!
    For the last 70 years the people of Eritrea were slaughtered, burned, trounced and butchered by successive Ethiopian leaders. Even by the Tigryans, Eritreans were deported because the Tigryans didn’t like the color of the eye of the Eritreans.
    The truth is, reconciliation is a noble idea but it happens when an offended party works toward reconciliation, the first and most important step is the confirmation of genuine repentance on the part of the offender. And to expect the Ethiopians and Tigryans to be civil and repent; you are crazy dumb. It is high time Eritreans to stop waste their time about appeasing to freaking Ethiopians about peace and all that BS. You should do better thing with your time. I understand the older Eritreans have some kind of nostalgic and longing moments when it comes to Ethiopia and Ethiopians but they better side themselves to their choice once for all. Dipping on both sides of the issue is neither tolerable nor fair to the new generation. You are free to move Ethiopia and claim Ethiopian citizenship. Stop wasting time and confusing people. Peace and reconciliation with Ethiopians and Tigryans is a waste of time, energy and efforts. Sure, The Ethiopians and Tigryans will fool you with the talk of peace and all that BS, once you let your guard down and deemed weak, they will come to take your head from your neck without mercy. I am telling you the truth; that is, if you wanted to hear and know the truth.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam Nitricc
      Here is the thing, from thier writings u can tell this people gave up on eritrea ,they completely gave up on eritrea, now they r in a more pain than before when they see and realize ethiopia rising and ethiopia is peace with eritrea.
      the article shows how they r sick and sad about nile dam, nothing more.

    • Saleh Johar

      Nitricc,
      I am sorry I missed your brilliant entry. But since I didn’t see your signature I must have considered it someone else’s comment. It’s well articulated argument that one thinks it was written by a competent task force. I feel helpless to argue against the Tigrayans this Ethiopians that, selective reconciliation, rational while forgetting the unreconciled Eritrean home. How could I argue against such a rational? Simply brilliant. Good job

  • sara

    selam awtistas..
    this is a timely article and hope it will reach all those who want to learn awates perspective
    on current affairs of ethiopia… in the same token there is also another interesting article by an african writer … the political challenges of abiy ahmed….oromia thing, Nile gerd, eritrea peace, TPLF schisms etc.
    its Friday i cant give the link,,,, but it is a good read that will compliment our awate article.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ኣመሪካ ተቐሚጠ
    ኣብ ውሽጢ 5 ዓመታት
    ዜጋ ኴነ
    ወዲ ሃገር ኴንካ ተባሂለ

    መሰለይ ተኸቢሩ
    ሓደ ከማና ኢኻ ይብሉ
    ‘ቶም ዜጋ ዝዓደሉ
    ስጋብ ክንደይ ርዝነት ከምዘለዎ
    ዶ ተስተውዕሉ?

    ይቕሬታ
    ነቶም ደቂ ርባዓ ኢለ ዝተንከፍኩ
    ዝዘለፍኩ
    ስለ ዝዓሸኹ
    ‘ምበር ኣለዉንዶ በዓል ፍሊጶስ
    ብዓል ተኽለ ማንጁስ
    ወዲ ሃብተስሉስ
    ገበኖም ዶ ካብ ናታትኩም ይንእስ?
    ኣይፋል!

    ግን ተጋግየ
    ኣብ ናይ በይነይ ዓለም ተላህየ
    ስንኩፍ ሓንጎል ተዓዲለ
    ክሓስብ ኣይከኣልኩን
    ድኹም ኴነ ከመይ ‘ለ
    ክሓስቦ?
    ይቕሬታ

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam
    This article missed and confused two points.
    1, ethiopia is trying to creat a new and just ethiopia and because of it ethiopians r trying to compromise a lot and this article took the compromise as the old and ancient regime remnant(code name for amhara) as weak as if they can’t defend themselves and ethiopia, just because they stopped bragging and become humble for the sick of just and peaceful ethiopia.
    2, the old and ancient regime remnant ( code name for amhara )r way way stronger than they were 30 years ago because of 2 reasons , 1, they know who is who, they don’t consider whoever speak amharic as thier own brothers and sisters, 2, thier level of understanding of poltics and economy is much much better know.

    • Brhan

      Hello Tedros,
      Can you some times write in your mother tongue ( I think it is Amharic). Your comment is confusing.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት ሳልሕ
    First, this is well written article. Kudos!
    second, I have opted for reading the article because I am not good in Amharic but I don’t have a patience to listen to a guy with a terrible accent 🙂
    ናይ ቅንኢ ዶ ጌረያ ሓቀይ?
    [ነዚኣ ዝረሰዐ ሞት ትረስዓዮ] ትብል ምስላ ንምርቓ ዶ ክትከውን ኔሩዋ? Upto 130 yrs or so…

  • Dawit Mesfin

    Selam Saleh,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns regarding Abiy’s policies towards Eritrea and what the future holds for Ethiopia. This topic deserves renewed attention because Eritrea will not escape the contagious nature of Ethiopian woes.

    Your article, more or less, deals with the conditions of fragile states, of which Ethiopia is one. Ethiopia is indeed suffering from certain challenges such as “poor security, weak governance, limited administrative capacity, chronic humanitarian crises, persistent ethnic/social tensions, violence or the legacy of civil war require …etc.” (extracted from GSDRC).

    Moreover, I appreciated the fact that your argument regarding your dislike of Abiy’s mistaken course) hit the nail on the head – how things went bonkers when Abiy foolishly embraced IA as if he was a long lost comrade.

    You showed that Abiy’s aims were self-centred, naïve and misguided, to say the least. His ill-advised policy contributed towards disuniting Eritreans; not to mention the problems that have cropped up since he came to power. Some of us are still asking ‘where is the beef?’ while others are totally confused by IA’s reciprocity. On the other hand, Abiy’s “Join in … ride this train, y’all” theory – ‘sum-total’ (መደመር) – failed to gain traction, didn’t it?

    Having said the above, allow me to give Abiy some credit rather cautiously for he managed to exploit and expose IA’s hollow politics.

    • Brhan

      Hello Dawit,

      Yeah Abiy has become the mirror of IA.

      1. He is jailing politicians, journalists and pro-democracy activits

      2. Closing prive media and the internet

      3. Avoiding media briefs to both local and international journalists to run from questions that will embrass him

      4. Using water as a card to bring his opponents to his terms.( Sisi is doing it in Egypt). IA used many cards to stay in power: border issue thus delayed the constitution, no end to slavery type national service

      5. Creating confusion and ambugity in handling major events: the killing an Oromo iconic signer H. Hundeessaa. In IA’s Eritrea, the list is very long: mafia style, always stabing on the rear, making it look like accident, crime so that the regime can get benefit out of it

      6. Providing conflicting news: (GERD is filled and GERD is not filled: TPLF is behind Hundeessaa killing it is not. PF(DJ)09 style

      7. Divide and rule: IA – the oppostion is from Akele Guzay and and according to Abiy the opposition are the Oromo Shene

      8. Distancing from West (in particular USA) where the policy of aid is tied with human right issues and cliniging to rich but dictatorial regimes such UAE and Saudi Arabia who do not care about human rights in both countries as the Arabic proverb says the one who has not ( human rights) hardly gives to other

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Hi Brhan,

        “The one who hasn’t, hardly to give others”. Very true. Abiy has nothing to offer except the thrust of power to full fill the dream of his mother. I remember myself saying this, when he emptied the prison houses and release “political prisoners” and “criminals” without scrutinizing them: if he clears the prison without due process, then he will fill it back again, in no time, without due process. Putting 5000 prisoners in one incident of protest is unheard and unforeseen.

        • Abay

          Dear Mr Amanuel Hidrat

          After Ethiopia removed Woyane, your comments about the country has changed drastically. Your comments used to be logical, reasonable, less derogatory and educative. After Woyane was deposed, your comments have been taken over by anger, clouded judgment and a propensity to kind of “home sick Woyane”. You are entitled to all your opinions and I respect that. But, you would serve yourself better if you would really focus on the problems of your own country if what you comment about Ethiopia is from the sympathetic point for the Woyane. When you talk about Abiy, you have to know that he is a very loved and popular person in Ethiopia, way more than your imagination. He is very complex, focused and probably mentally out of reach for you and your likes (sorry for my directness). Your language usage in your attempt to belittle him really backfires on you, reduces your opinions to a dirt cheap level and your opinion unfortunately reflects you. In the past, one reason for my once in a while visit of this site used to be my desire to read your balanced comments. That has almost totally evaporated now, after Woyane was deposed. Am I missing something here? I really miss the comments of the old Amanuel. Hope your comments will return back to their civilities.
          With due respect
          Abay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Abay,

            First if you are a new commentator to this forum, welcome, and stay active. Back to your critics, and here are my take about the issue your raised, hopeful to understand my reasons.

            First, I welcomed to all his “gesture for change”, when he occupy the office of PM of Ethiopia, and I was supporting him before I become against him. He turned me off when he started to say (a) Derg was not defeated (b) when he claimed our ports as your ports (he officially said our ports). His lies are contagious to raise the emotions of Ethiopians to act against the sovereignty of our country.

            Second, when he said in his speech in the Bale region (I believe) “we kick their ass and sent them to their kilil” without giving sober thinking what repercussions might bring to the unity of your country. You don’t expect such utterances from a leader especially when your “social groups” at each other’s throat.

            Third, when he become the enabler of our despot, knowing our people in a life or death situation under the iron grip of a despotic leader. Keep my in mind that the friend of my enemy is many enemy also.

            Last but not least, when a Federal leader conspire with foreign forces to attack one of your “states” is a bad precedence to the rest of your states. I want you to be remind, god forbid if Abiy opted for a war to defeat TPLF, the war is not against TPLF, it will be against Tigray people. That is what I believe, and the Tigray people will fight to defend their “history and their rights” to the end. What will be the end result? Both sides will lose, knowing the magnitude of lives and properties that will be lost in the effort of the war.

            So Abay, the only way out for your predicament is to sit in a round table, address all the grievances, to come up with a negotiated solution. But if Abiy opted war, it simply tells you, that he can not lead a multicultural society with deep mistrust. And hence justify my assessment that you become uncomfortable with it. The rest of your comment does not deserve answers to it b/c you made personal, and I will leave it there.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            The eloquent “Kaddis” a keen observer that he is told us as recently as two weeks ago that, Abiy has lost social base so much so that he is holding on to Amara elites for a reason that is obvious. And here we have this “Abay” guy telling us that Abiy is very popular in Ethiopia when he seems to have mistaken Ethiopia for ኣራት-ኪሎ!

            The nation is falling apart so much so that it is a high tech ዘመነ መሳፍንት when the region’s are under military command posts save Tigrai which is a de facto Republic in its own right. Moreover, international financial institutions are predicting that the economy will grow only by 2% down from 9% when Abiy came to power–certainly Abiy and his posse’ blame it on the መከረኛ Weyanes. The dismal economic performance will have a dire consequence including on Ethiopia’s foreign policy and standing as well particularly in dealing with Egypt.

            It is a great news that the Dam has finally started filling where it is worth keeping in mind that the total filling or capacity of the Dam when it is finally completed is 74 billion cubic meters but now it is filled only 4.9 billion cubic meters which is 1/15th of the total capacity. It certainly will take years to the total capacity where Ethiopia will have to be engaged in negotiations with Egypt in the years ahead and if Ethiopia is in a shaky and weak position politically and economically, it will be a tough road ahead. Then the question arises: Is Abiy apt for the task and leadership? Hardly! As I said it before, he ain’t Mengistu or Meles rather he is his own man, a man who belongs somewhere and nowhere and in between as well.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            It gave me a smile, a smile of approval when you say the following:

            “ , Abiy has lost social base so much so that he is holding on to Amara elites for a reason that is obvious.”

            Obviously, I know it. But as courtesy not to aggravate our friends in this forum from the Amara social group, I chose not to say it. But since you brought it and since it is true, we will argue to prove for them, if they want to. Certainly, Abay is one of them.

            Regards

          • Aligaz G

            AH,

            3 interesting observations. First you speak of an Amara social group 2. You then place Abiy in that social group and then 3. You characterize Abiy as a leader “without vision leads a country to darkness”.

            Please prove each assertion independently if you can.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aligaz,

            You totally misunderstood my comment. Let me try again;

            (a) Amara “social group” means “Amara ethnic group”. I don’t use “ethnic” because it carries bad connotations. Abay is from that social group.

            (b) Abiy refer to your PM and “Abay” is to the commentator who respond to my comment (from the Amara social group). So do not confuse Abiy with Abay, and I did not lumped Abiy to the Amara social group.

            (c) Abiy has not a vision for multicultural society – like your country. Medemer is not a vision. If you believe he has a vision, I would like to know.

            So in a nutshell, I was responding to Dr Paulos’s comment showing my approval to his statement as quoted. Good to ask before you react from misunderstanding position. I hope this clears to it.

            Regard

          • Abi

            Ato Amanuel
            Are you saying Abay , the Awatenation visitor is from Amhara social group?
            How did you know?

          • Samuel

            Selam Abi,
            Don’t forget that we can have educated guesses and statistical guesses, if you walk like a duck and talk like a duck, then most likely it’s a duck.

            Thanks,

          • Abi

            Samiti Hawey
            What you said works for the predictable weyane stooges.
            Here we are talking about Abay, an awatista visitor from Addis.
            What is funny but totally expected from the all knowing Amanuel Hidnrat is, he didn’t know Abay is a new awatista or not, and yet, he confidently labeled him as Amhara.
            How do you label a person you never had any conversation before?
            Now, your argument is a lame duck by any standard.

          • Samuel

            Selam Abi,
            First of all, Abay = Abi, both are using the same keyboard, they just use different nickname.

            As of today, when you hear the following comments about PMAA, most likely than not you are from Amhara elites camp.

            ===> When you talk about Abiy, you have to know that he is a very loved and popular person in Ethiopia, way more than your imagination.
            Do you think Abiy is this much loved in Ethiopia? Which part of Ethiopia? The pre-1991 Ethiopia? The Kibre Negest based Ethiopia?

            ===> We are paused for the next move, I tell you, we will do it again.
            This comment shows you are behind the keyboard, just my guess.

            Thanks,

          • Abi

            Samiti
            You are wrong again. Nothing unexpected . I’m in front of the keyboard.
            What you said apply only to Samuel, Paul and the Hidnrat aka the three blind mice. You are all programmed robots controlled remotely from dedebit caves.
            Be nice to the Amharas. When it is time to pack up your ቅራቅንቦ and leave, you will be traveling through their lands. I’m sure they mighty people of Amhara will provide you with ample food and drinks until you make it home.

          • Samuel

            Selam Abi,
            There is no question that the Amhara people are good people, they can provide you food and drinks. I am talking the elites, the Menelik, HS and Derg sympathizers.

            Just FYI, if you see an individual who love Abiy, Menelik, HS and Derg, but hates Weyane or MZ, you can tell his/her camp.

            Thanks,

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Samuel,

            They think we can not identify them even If they hide behind pen name. Educated guess, following their language and their intent, is almost right all the time.

          • Abi

            Ato Amanuel
            You are a desperate liar.
            You labeled a person you never met.
            Now, collect your check from your handlers. You have logged enough for this week.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Abi,

            You are always a trash person who speaks trash things. Very bad, uncultured and uncultivated person.

          • Abi

            Ato Amanuel
            በስመአብ!
            ይህን ሁሉ ብልግና የት ተማሩት?
            ደህና ሰው ሲበላሽ ቅራሬ የለውም

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Abi,

            To expose the vulgarism of uncultured and uncultivated person is not “ ብልግና”.

          • Abi

            Ato Amanuel
            መዋሸትዎ ሳያንስ ብልግና ጨመሩበት::
            ሌላ ጊዜ አይባልጉ:: በስተእርጅና እንደአለሌ መባለግ ደግ አይደለም::
            ኧረ ነውር ነው!

          • Abay

            Dear Mr. Amanuel and all

            I had decided to resort back to my “silent reader” mode but could not resist the urge for commenting just one more time in regard to the assertion which tribe I belong to. I am very happy I did post the very comment towards the opinion of Mr. Amanuel that ignited all this discussion. The discussions enable to assess the out looks of SOME Awatians, on how they see and understand problems, their analysis, and how they prescribe mitigation. I personally do not mind which tribe I am. I am not telling and that is not my concern. The logic, the sureness of the assertions in the comments are my concerns! None of you, repeat, none of you in this forum, Ethiopians or Eritreans, who agree/disagree with my comments know me, none! Concluding I am an Amhara from my writings! Hummm! How about that for logic! Interestingly, this indicates the credibility of assertions, conclusions and recommendations by SOME in the forum. “Abay is an Amhara! I know it from his writing!: Very, very interesting! This can be true, half true or totally false! It really requires a lot of courage to transgress such elementary logic and common sense! Let me wind up with a story from Kenya. A lady went to a fortuneteller wanting to know her future. She waited for her turn and was called. The fortuneteller asked her what he could do for her. She said ” I want to know what the three years ahead hold for me.” The fortuneteller, in a trance, paused for some minutes and said in a commanding voice, ” You will have a beautiful girl by your first husband!” The lady hesitated for some time and in a trembling voice asked “But, sir, my first husband is long dead.” The fortuneteller with stern look, and with raised and agitated voice replied” Listen to what i say lady! Dead or alive, I say you will have a beautiful girly by your first husband and you will have that girl by that man! Now get out!” Before I sign off, I sincerely hope I have not offended any of you and if I did it was not intentional. This will be my last comment in this forum at least for some time to come and I now return to my ‘silent reader’ mode.
            With due respect and regards
            Abay

          • Abi

            Abay
            Stay away from these ጠባብ ዘረኞች.
            Proud to call you a brother!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Mr, Abi,

            “Stay away from these ጠባብ ዘረኞች. ”

            What? Can you explain more please!!!

            KS,

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            We have bigots like Ato Amanuel Hidnrat who are experts in labeling and belittling whoever is challenging them. You are automatically an “Amhara” if you don’t submit to Tplf ዝባዝንኬ.
            Abay, a genius visiting awatista from Addis is a great example. Just because he challenged the weyane activist, the lying Hidnrat, he was labeled “Amhara “.
            This is bigotry of the highest level.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Abi,

            You are a trash soul who vomited trash in this wonderful websit all. Some one should show the exit door, if you don’t know it. This is not your place. There are many places for your kind.

          • Abi

            Ato Amanuel
            I will leave you alone if you stop demonizing “a social group “ every time you soil your pants.
            You should know better.

          • Haile S.

            ጀታው፡

            ምነው ቁጣው በጠዋቱ
            ነቁ እንዴ ቡና ሳይጠጡ?

            እቢ እና ኣባይ ምን ነካቸው
            ትግሬ ባይሆኑ፡ እንዲህ ቁጣ ቁጣ ባላቸው!

            ከዛሬ ጀምሮ በግልጽ እንንገር ዕድራችን (social group)
            በጎሪጥ እንየው ethnic-ኤትኒካችን

            እኔ ካስመራው ገጀረት ጋብር
            ጀታው ከጊዮርጊስ ባህር ዳር

            ኣድማሱ ከደምበጫ ባዕታ
            ኣባይ ከኣዲስ ኣበባ ልደታ
            ሌላው በየራሳቸሁ ይምሉታ ! …….

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Amanuel,

            I know you are a great advocate of transparency and openness. I am not going to debate why some people chose to use pen names and for what reason.

            It’s unfortunate that you changed the topic / debate with Abay by turning to ethnicity or if he is behind some “intent”.

            I know you support and admire the TPLF / Melles regime for their efforts and their economic plans. And that’s really ok if you feel that. But sometimes, I feel like you elevate them to saints as if they are in capable of making faults for the way you defend them.

            For example, if you care to check and listen to interview of a journalist named Araya Tesfamariam with Fana Television and and you can google “የጋዜጠኛው ምስጢር – ቆይታ ከዓርአያ ተስፋማሪአም”.

            This journalists was writing about them years ago. What do you say to all that he was writing, not hiding behind pen names and paid quite heavy price.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            If pen names are used to insult and undermine the integrity of those who are transparent, then I abhor all pen names, whatever their reasons to have it. If they are afraid of their parents and relatives back home, we have also parents and relatives also back home. They are simply cowards.

            Second, I will repeat it again to you as I did several times, that supporting EPRDF and Meles’s economic policy is not supporting TPLF. But you keep regurgitating the same thing. I plea for you again not to do it again. If you do it again then it tells me your evil intent. Guys, if I support Meles’s economy policy, you should understand that I am an advocate to such policy and am not advocating for the person “Meles”. How difficult is this to understand.

            Regards

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Amanuel,

            1) I don’t have any evil intention. I have the tendency to mix and interchange EPRDF and TPLF. I am sorry if I misunderstood you on that. It’s beside the point but I tend to believe EPRDF under Melles was nothing but TPLF and it’s hand picked lieutenants from the other parties and it’s the reason I get mixed up. I will remember for next time.

            2) I agree with you and I don’t support using pen names insulting people integrity.

            3) I am not going to judge nor prescribe others how they choose to fight their cause. Let alone in barbaric PFDJ regime, even in the west where the rights of individuals are protected by law, people use pen names to fight an autocratic regime or wrong doings. For example Dee. .hroat leaked information that brought down Nixon and his identity was revealed 31 years later.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            I don’t have any problem, you to believe in any “philosophical economy” or to any “method of struggle”. We can argue on those philosophical difference we have. I believe on “developmental state“ of economy policy, and hence I support the policy of EPRDF and Meles as the prime engine to that philosophy in Ethiopian politics.

            When Meles become the “prime minister” he was the leader of the winning “front-party” (EPRDF) and the leader of the nation. He was not the leader of TPLF. This was the structure of power and the the mechanics of Ethiopian politics. Anyone who explains differently to the “power structure of Ethiopia politics” is only to its own tariffs and to the all known game of politics. So I am not in to it. I don’t buy to any argument bereft of “philosophical flavor” nor to devoid of “principled fight”. So this “wayane-wayane” pronouncements day in day out is devoid of both conceptual argument, and it is not productive. Let us debate with humility and decency for our own sake.

            Regards

          • Nitricc

            “የጋዜጠኛው ምስጢር – ቆይታ ከዓርአያ ተስፋማሪአም”.

            Hey Berhe; did you listened to the 2nd part of the interview? He is from Adwa, Tigray but he never been there at all. I am sure being from there not only afforded him to get some juicy deep inside information but he was spared his life. Listen to the 2nd part if you haven’t.

          • Brhan

            Hello Ustaz Amanuel,
            I can agree he is holding on to Amhara elites but I believe this guy also takes issues personally.

            He could be someone who observed humiliation happen to a defeated army man ( Colonel, General) at the hands of freedom fighters or he could be himself , an army man/cadre/or civil servant of the Derg or HS who saw the humiliation caused by a defea by his own eyes. He might be looking for years how to heal from that trauma and at last found it in awate.com where he can meet Eritreans that he can offend so that he can satisfy his poor soul when he sees their reaction to his weird comments.

            I believe you agree with me that most of his comments are subjective and must be dealt by analyzing his subjectivity.

            it seems he is enjoying Eritrean woo. Is it a healing for him?
            I say that the hospital that SGJ suggested is the best place for him to treat his syndrome

            As mentioned, he enjoys our Eritrean woos and to add pain to the wound he systematically talks and jokes arround about an Eritrean sovereignty, because he thinks that will offend Eritreans, more. He also mentioned a divisive group, because he know it helps his trend. He never talks about Ethiopian woos which are many in quantity and severe in quality and I will come to this sooner.

            At awate.com it as I understand it , Eritrean interest comes first and we can discuss not only Ethiopia but also the Sudan and Djibouti under the Eritrean foreign relations perspective. Ethiopian issue is an internal issue. The same for the Sudan and Djibouti. We do not want to see Ethiopia dismantled but we can’t interfer to stop that. Dismantled Ethiopia, federated Ethiopia or any kind of Ethiopia belongs to the people who live south of the border. Period!

            I mentioned he enjoys Eritrean woos but when you mention an Ethiopian woo, ከምዛ ኣብ ማይ ዝኣተወት እንጭዋ ኢዩ ዝኸውን። For example when asked about the issue of the Amaharization of the Oromo, he mums.

          • Abi

            Brhan
            As expected you are in a complete darkness.
            “የጅብ ችኩል ቀንድ ይነክሳል”
            ስትንቀዠቀዥ ተዋረድክ

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Brhan,

            I totally agree with you. But I let it go for the sake of civility. Look Brhan, those Ethiopians who are ganging up against me, who do you think they are? They don’t know that we are also fighting against the “friend of our enemy”. In this case the bogus PM.

            Regard

          • Abi

            Hello Abay
            Long time no talk, brother.
            You can’t believe this but I was thinking of you today.
            You remember I used to sing for you? Let me do it again to welcome you back.
            አባይ አባይ አባይ አባይ
            የአገር አድባር የአገር ሲሳይ!
            እንኳን ደህና ተመለስክ ጏዴ!

          • Abay

            Dear Abi
            Thank you very much. I enjoy your comments. Congratulations for the dam! I don’t believe you reside here (home). Allow me to share with you some of the atmosphere we are in. In the past two three months, the nation was gripped with anxiety, as the war drum of Egypt was getting louder by the day. To make the bad worse, Sudan, that stood on our side, defected! That really paused a more serious threat. Many were sleepless, literally. You know how noisy Egyptians are, their boasting at the top of their voice level was something very hard to ignore. Their proxies multiplied and echoed it even louder, added all sorts of confusion. You could sense the effect on the air. We believed we could repel any military intervention but, war is the last thing the country should be engaged in at this point and time! It really was disturbing! And suddenly, very suddenly, before many of us had the slightest expectation, the great news broke out! A Cinderella ending, at list for this phase! I wish you were here just for the moment to be part of the anti climax, the jubilation here! The air is full of it. I believe you are celebrating there too, and do enjoy it! Again congratulations. We are paused for the next move and, I tell you, we will do it again.
            Best regards my brother!
            Abay

          • Abi

            Abay
            Thanks for taking the time to describe the situation back home.
            My wife came home from work the moment she heard the news. We celebrated the BIG news in a big way. We opened the first champagne today. As you said, we will do it again and again and again.
            She said ወያኔ ብሬን በልቶት አልቀረም!
            I love you my brother.
            Stay around.

          • Selam Abay,
            Some eritreans have become more woyane than the woyanes themselves. They are the die-hard tplf/woyane apologists, pmAA haters, and anti-ethiopianists, who would rather see ethiopia fail than succeed. Digital woyane is giving its last battle, a life and death battle.
            Thanks for the good news for poor ethiopia. Egypt seems to have been forced to accept the filling of the dam as an irrevocable fact, and it is set for a rational bargain. Let’s hope so, although it is difficult to trust them.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Brother Horizon,

            “Some Eritreans have become more woyane than the woyanes ”

            I don’t agree with this statement at all..Even if one single Eritrean try to be it is impossible..Yes Horizon, say it clearly to me and Aman that is impossible. See, me and Aman were against TPLF in the field while they were united with EPLF against our front ELF and it is relatively.

            “So Abay, the only way out for your predicament is to sit in a round table, and address all the grievances, to come up with a negotiated solution.” Aman had clear reply to our Abay..relatively speaking.. Now tell me what makes you like Dr.Abie in those 2 years..He had been nice at the beginning but he start organizing to be the one party ruler means turned to dictator like Derg (Mengstu) after dismantling, the Federal government which was advanced relatively speaking..No a bit change needed only to perfect EPRDF now gone totally from mother land Ethiopia….

            KS,,

          • Dear K.S.,

            Some politicians are like a chameleon, the reason they change their color according to their interest. The interest of our country and people must be our guiding star, and not the interest of a political party.
            In simple terms Abiy has not yet done the harm tplf has done to ethiopia. He has brought some changes although his enemies deny it. If he starts to mimic tplf, he will lose my support. I owe him nothing and I have no reason to stick with him no matter what. Some people may see the glass half empty or even completely empty, and i see the glass half full, expecting more, as much as the achievements of Abiy are concerned.
            What our people are experiencing today is the result of ethnic politics, ethnic federalism, which of course you do not prescribe for eritrea. It is the politics of hate towards people with a different language and religion, which never existed until tplf came to the scene and infected the whole nation with this deadly virus.
            Once upon a time tplf used to say, my way or the highway, and now they ask for a round table negotiation, because they see that they can’t go far on the way they have chosen. Even then, certainly they want it under their terms. Let them come out of their hiding place and talk to all ethiopians as equal ethiopians.

      • Dawit Mesfin

        Thank you for the well written rejoinder.

        I stopped being surprised by IA’s erroneous and exaggerated assessments of domestic and regional affairs.

        Instead of focusing on fixing the skewed reality on the ground he goes on to philosophize about matters that have very little to do with Eritrea. During his interviews his lengthy answers are designed to confuse, mislead and create a smokescreen to cover up his failures.

        Let’s give him a bit of time for a new/revised lecture on how poorly his comrade Abiy conducted business … not adhering to his advice (meaning IA’s).

  • Brhan

    Hello Ustaz…كلام جميل جدأ….ጽቡቕ ዘረባ እንታይ ክወጾ…..

    I just want to add one new aspect in the upper Nile basin countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Sudan and Eygpt. There is now one common aspect in these countries; tyranny. Ethiopia and the Sudan are newcomers. The regime in Eritrea, is preaching to Abiy Ahamed of Ethiopia and Hamdok of the Sudan, to forget about democracy otherwise face anarchy. Egypt is doing the same thing with regard to Libya. Isayasi and Sisi do not want to see multiparty system arround them. They know its side effects. That is why Abiy and Hamdok of the Sudan retreating from the path of democracy and silencing pro democracy acitivits.

    Nile can be abused by Egypt and Ethiopia for a domestic purpose. Both are trying to bring the oppositon to their side using water while their real intention is to bring the oppostion to their terms.

    And yeah in your message you indicated those who mix the issue with race and unleash their racist comments ( we have them in this forum) and also those who see it as soccer. I hope they got the message. I hope they understand Amharic.

    Thank you

    • Saleh Johar

      Thanks Brhan,
      Yes we have zeragitos everywhere. I think our share of that is greater than our representative share. How else would we be where we are if not for that?

      And sadly that is across the board, not limited it
      I the to any specific segment, including the educated-illustrates. Some people are fond of playing with matches. The se days I see the same people who agitated for war in the 1998 period resuming their favorite hobby. The y are at it again

      Thank you

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Saleh,

        They are of the same lots who propagated for the “unjustified” wars and enmity on the last senseless border war. The cost of human lives is nothing to them, if they think they will win. I remember in 1999, that it took them to be pushed from Badme, to call it a senseless border war, as if their blood thirsty despot wasn’t calling for a war. Now who knows where all these drums of war will take us as we speak. Our despot has got a bogus leader on the Ethiopian side to play his ugly game. Hopefully, the Ethiopian elites will come to their sense and reject him to play in their politics.

        Regards

        • Abi

          Ato Amanuel Hidrat
          You keep referring PMAA as bogus, inept, fake…even if he brought the needed peace agreement between the two countries.
          At the same time you still worship Meles, whose mission was to strangulate Eritrea using every opportunity he had.
          His vision was to break the backbone of Eritreans, to humiliate them, to put them in refugee camps and more. And yet, in your weird way of thinking, he is a visionary leader.
          Anyway, I knew you were not mentally stable when you proudly told us that you prefer COVID 19 over talking to less intelligent people.
          You need help ASAP.

        • Teodros Alem

          aman
          No body will go war with u because u r already defeated, nature defeated you, ” tefetero yebedelew” that is you. keep crying, you all die crying.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Mr.Teodros Alem,

            I don’t agree with you..Aman is the most successful man among us..Trust me and just keep watching his past history and current and keep reading his articles..you will find him the most gentle and victorious man..Better, even just watch the future and you will trust my words..

            KS,,

          • Abay

            Dear Kokhob Selam

            The pen, the writing is the litmus paper for anyone to evaluate commentators in this forum. There is a sudden and very surprising twist of the pen of Mr. Amanuel’s current writings. If it is coincidence, I cannot say but the decline started just at the time we Ethiopians got rid of the Woyanes. His comments have gone so low that it hHeas gotten to the point of street talk. His being successful is a good thing but has very little to do with his postings. He can be a pizza deliverer, an adviser to Trump or anywhere in between but that is personal. His medium of communication here is his pen and that is getting low cheap and disgusting. I hope you are right in that he in the future will come back to his senses and will bless us with his former informative, educative and balanced judgment. I really don’t know what his problem is with Dr. Aby, one of the most popular leader in the history of the nation. He should at least have some respect to the feelings of the mass. I would not be surprised nor would I comment if it were others who posted his comments. How lower can one get, God forbid.
            With respect
            Abay

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            The only thing Ato Amanuel succeeded is carrying letters from dedebit to Awatenation.
            The only thing you succeeded is by repeating whatever he is blabbering. You are his የገደል ማሚቶ.
            “ሲሞቱ ብታይ ታንቀላፋለህ” እንደተባለው መሆኑ ነው
            His last history is mass mobilizing Eritreans in Ethiopia. He helped Eritreans moved from villas to refugee camps. Nothing to consider as a success story. His past history is decorated with defeats by the same weyanes he and you currently worshipping.
            His victories are nowhere to be found.
            Finally, as I told you before, you are the last person to be trusted since you have got no brain of your own.
            ሁለት ሰዎች ሁልጊዜ የሚስማሙ ከሆነ አንደኛው አያስብም ይላሉ ፈረንጆች::

  • Samuel

    Selam Saleh Johar,
    Your paragraph says it all “I nodded in astonishment. The person who made such claims are innocent but were convinced by what the agitating activists and politicians told them. Of course, they might think, ‘what do I know, if so-and-so said that, it must be true. And they react to that.”

    Those who are creating trouble, propagating hate and falsehood stories are few in number, but they have larger audience. One of the fascinating nature of human beings is that we are driven by “fear”. When the few bigots create a certain narrative of fear, people will be attracted to it, its natural, they think something is being cooked behind doors that could impact them. The only solution is to fightback at any cost.

    They have shed so much blood in our lifetime and still they want more.”.

    There are some groups and individuals who believe “Truth” could be against their own existence and interest. The Derg general you mentioned is one of those groups, he couldn’t able to learn from his own life, he is trying be seen as “Ethiopian hero” but the reality was far from it. He is typical of the so called “Ethiopianst” group.

    The priority of this region (horn Africa) should have been economic integration and eradicate poverty, but we have wasted our time beating wars and enmity. History is a great teacher, we should take a lesson from it.

    Keep up the good work.

    Thanks,

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Samuel,
      The problem in our region are not the agitators only, but those who prefer to remain silent in such instances. It’s not natural for the bloodthirsty to overwhelm peace lovers but due to their silence it seems the mental cases are the majority.

  • Abi

    Selam Ato Saleh
    የሰማነውን በልባችን ያሳድርልን::

    • Saleh Johar

      እፎይ ራስ ኣቢ, ያድራል ግድ የልህም ::

      • Brhan

        Hi Saleh,
        I hope he means it. He is saying the opposite, to others.

        • Abi

          Brhan
          ውስጥህ ሰላም ነው?

        • Saleh Johar

          Brhan,
          Check my response the Kim Hanna. But it’s always good to give people the benefit of the doubt…. on the topic I mentioned in my comment.