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EU Pays For What It Imported From Isaias

The men and women in the European Union first did what all bureaucracies do: they dithered for months, then they did what Europeans always do: they gave a tyrant a much needed lifeline, siding with the PFDJ, a group of criminals not unlike the Mafia, who are tormenting the Eritrean people. With the 200 million, the continent that invented holocaust and engineered the Auschwitz ovens now is basically exporting their invention and engineering to a black man and paying him for it. While they accomplished it with their own hands before, now they are delegating their Euros to do it for them, subsidizing Eritrean’s own modern ovens in Sawa and WiA.

After the dithering was over, the small men in Europe probably went for a dinner to celebrate the end of their impasse over the disagreement they had about the funding, sipped their fine wine and relished their steaks, and like their cows they have become mad, scribbled their autographs in support of the “extermination” of Eritreans at the hands of PFDJ, an entity that is responsible for the atrocities in Eritrea. This is how the UN Commission for Inquiry on Eritrea (CoIE) put it in its yearlong investigative report: “Eritrea may have committed crimes against humanity, extrajudicial killings, widespread torture, sexual slavery and enforced labor, systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed in Eritrea under the authority of the Government,”  One would expect that sober minds would prevail and when all the dithering was over,  the men of “human rights” would unequivocally refuse to subsidize the crimes of Isaias Afwerki described in the CoIE report. The CoIE’s report that was authenticated by 500 Eritreans, certified by the 5000 who in unprecedented turnout demonstrated in Geneva to advance their support for its veracity. If the sequel comes with a more damning evidence that refers Isaias Afwerki to The Hague to account for his crimes, the European Union would be considered by many Eritreans as an enabler of their untold, protracted suffering.

When sometime in 2003 the then president of the European Union said that he was honored to be in the presence of Isaias Afwerki, the words prompted Saleh Younis of Awate.com, to dub him the smallest man in Europe. If he was the smallest man of Europe then this wanton approval to fund the coffers of Dictator Isaias Afwerki makes the European Union the pantheons of the smallest men of this planet. In the last decade the Eritrean people have braved the Sahara to escape slavery, murder, disappearances and rape and during the treacherous trek they have endured documented heinous crimes of organ harvesting, rapes and death. When the Mediterranean Sea was becoming a grave yard, Europe was deafeningly silent but once their fish was fattened with human corpses, they no longer needed Eritreans cadavers to litter their “pristine” sea and decided to stop the problem in its tracks and with a stroke of myopia they had their “eureka” moment, but this eureka moment was not to solve a problem, it was to enhance it by funding the continued slavery, denying Eritreans even the choice and freedom to die trying in the desert.

Europe’s burden with the influx of refugees is understandable, resources are finite, space is finite, those notions are trivial to fathom and Europe is justified in its desire to act and curb the refugee influx. But apparently the brains that discovered the gravity, differential equations, and the continent that gave the world its Madam Curies and Leonhard Eulers could not come up with a humane solution to the influx of refugees from Eritrea.

The small men in the European Union were intimidated by a common dictator, he threatened them that he would unleash an avalanche of refuges from his country if they do not fund his habits of criminality, and small that they are, they first pretend to debate and then capitulated. But deep, deep in their hearts of hearts, they do not want the refugees to stop completely, they just do not want them to cross the sea safely, otherwise their fish would have less to eat, scraggy fish would not be palatable and would not sustain their well-fed bodies. The funds is billed as a development aid but they know that they have no means of keeping the regime accountable to ensure the funds would go to developmental endeavors. The funds would be funneled to fund the security apparatus and strengthen the repression and the refugees would still flow, drowning in the Mediterranean, fattening their fish and the fish in turn fattening the bellies of the midges who approved the funds.

Many of the problems in the Middle East and Africa spring from the fighting of the followers of the three ancient men from the Middle East. Any causal reader of history knows that Europe has almost exterminated the followers of one, mostly worships with the followers of the second and is locked in a bloody fight with the followers of the third. It calls the followers one of them terrorist while it was Europe that invented the worst terrorist that this planet has seen, Adolf Hitler. Europe has not completely purged the hate that almost exterminated Jewry a mere seventy years ago.

In a piece entitled: “Jews ‘no longer feel safe’ in Europe and mass exodus increasing as a result of surge in anti-Semitic incidents”. The Independent had this to say:

‘The rise of ant-Semitism was the reason the he EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) released a report on anti-Semitic incidents in 2014. Some 76 per cent of Jewish respondents said that anti-Semitism had risen since 2009.” Now although they are not repeating history but like Mark Twain has said, history is rhyming. And once this history becomes history the children of the men and women who approved the extension of slavery in Eritrea by the strokes of their pens will write books, narrate moving stories and produce movies about the tragedy that Eritrea was and since they are the authors, they will gloss over their contribution to that tragedy. The seed money for the future entertainment industry has been invested on behalf of their future generation.

And then we have the  small man from across the Atlantic. Enter Mr. Mazel. The Chief of missions in the USA Embassy in Eritrea, Louis Mazel was so enchanted by a hole he saw in the grounds of the Bisha Mine, so much so that he wrote a lengthy Facebook piece about it. Probably, the grandson of a slave owner, Mr. Mazel was smitten by what he described as, “…Western mining company that is creating jobs, investing in local people, mining responsibly, respecting human rights, acting as a good neighbor, and contributing to national development in Eritrea. I hope this will become a model for future mines operating in the country.” It is certain that some employees are paid competitively but the Bisha Mine that Mr. Mazel is so enamored with is implicated in prevalence of slave labor at several levels and there is a class action suit pending over this. His Facebook piece sings like an ad executive penning on behalf of his corporate client. Unbecoming of a diplomat Mr. Mazel has come across as an enhancer of the repressive regime in Eritrea, a country the USA government has severed ties for over a decade. Mr.Mazle was also enchanted by the glitz and glitter of the USA made machinery oblivious to the slaves that toil day in and day out to operate the machinery.

Never mind the indiginouns people whose land is being depleted and polluted by this mine, the wealth that is  generated from the mine is used to repress the entire population, repression and sexual slavery corroborated by the gripping UN mandated CoIE report.  By the piece that tried to humanize the mine of slavery Mr. Mazel has been inducted to the European Union small men Hall of Fame in his stature. Giddy by his piece, PFDJ would be glad to dine and wine Mr. Mazel in a company of Eritrean brunets, then he can write in his memoir about the visit and the fine dining with brunets donning “zuria.”

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  • Peace!

    Dear all,

    It was a no brainer that TPLF was seating on a ticking bomb itself orchestrated that it was just a matter of time before it
    explodes. What TPLF has been doing for the last twenty years is monopolizing Ethiopian economy, army, and political power at the expense of poor Ethiopian farmers with fifteen million of them are dying of hunger. All top profitable corporations are owned by its elites and call it Ethiopian economy, fifty eight of sixty top army positions occupied by its comrades and call it Ethiopian army, and win election by 100% every five years and call it parliament majority. What’s even more ironic is that enough said on what was brewing at this forum in order to create awareness but I guess the cadres and the blind supporters including Eritrean unionists were not taking notes, or the obsession with Eritrea left them completely blind not to see the big elephant in the room.

    The sad news is the killing continues. The Human Right Watch put the number of killed 75 as of Friday and expected to rise given the government is seen deploying troops and helicopters to quell the unrest. Gondor is now free and the local armed militias are ready for any eventuality. The US state department expressed its concern and warned TPLF to allow peaceful protests and show restrain.

    regards

  • Amde

    Hello Awatistas,

    Just to provide some background, I shamelessly stole this table from another forum. It shows the difference in prices farmers get for their land between the private sector vs government compensation. This is one factor driving the explosive growth of urbanization outside Addis and other cities. Even if we take the ethnic and political monopolization issue out of the picture, the land issue by itself in the context of rapid urbanization and population growth can be challenging. The old “Meret Larashu” has been changed into Meret Lebalecashu” Farmers get these prices because land prices in Addis are insane. They can typically go over 10,000 ETB per square meter. Perhaps a review of the land policy may be necessary – otherwise a series of rural vs urban standoffs will be crippling to the whole country.

    This table also shows that Hawassa is predictably going to be the next flashpoint. It has the same issues Addis has – namely it is a multiethnic city in the middle of Sidama population that have always resented not having their own state in the first place and feeling “their” city has been taken over by non-Sidama alien people. It too is growing fast and is slated for major industrial expansion over the next years.

    Amde

  • tes

    To Ethiopians,

    “Avoidance of Fear is a sign of a positive peace”

    A critical observation

    After following Ethiopian political landscape from a distance all what I smell is democratization process reaching its maturity stage. Ethiopians lived under fear and terror for such long time. It was more than imaginable to see people demonstrating openly. If they had an option, it was only to raise a gun a fight from a distance. Now it is an open and peaceful demonstration. Fear is evaporating. When fear evaporates positive peace develops.

    I am not a wishy man but a critical observer. Ethiopia under the leadership of EPRDF is working to a democratic society. 25 years is not really a big time span reading thepolitical development they have so far registered.

    I can not say EPRDF is a democratic government. But his commitment to build a democratic state is visible. So far what EPRDF registered is removing FEAR from his people. The fear installed by former leaders, like HS and MH.

    I believe that if a strong political parties emerge, not those kind of ethnic based but like liberals, democrats, ecologists, environmentalists and law loving, Ethiopia will be a center hub of economic growth.

    Though PMHD seems politically less advantaged than his previous minister, his humble and cool political approach will help Ethiopia to learn great wisdom of patience. His words are friendly and always peace centered.

    I believe that the demo in AA is a sign of democratization process after fear was defeated. What else can a citizen gain more than avoiding fear.

    How the federal responded can be analyzed with an honest mind. However all I can see is Ethiopia is building a police that can tolerate even extreme demonstrations or upraises.

    AT last, I always concur with those who advocate for a geographic federal system in Ethiopia. Ethnic based federation someone helped Ethiopia to be stable. But in the long run it will not help a one state Ethiopia. For Ethiopia to be a united country Article 39 should be changed and allow geographic regions emerge. Then the people who live within the geographic states can have full freedom of humanistic rights.

    A divided Ethiopia is not good for Africa. One and strong Ethiopia should be built so that Africa can be a strong nation. This should be the priority of any good wisher for Ethiopia.

    And for this I whole heartedly wish and support the economic prosperity of a united Ethiopia.

    The Oromo people are passing a terrible journey to become a powerful people. Indeed I strongly believe Ethiopia will be strong when Oromo people become strong. And I have a historical understanding that these people paid their children more than any other Ethiopians for what ever happened in that two or more centuries. Though it was a terrible experience what these people should accept is it is their life that is paid to see today’s Ethiopia. The only remaining political journey is to build political elites who can stand for their people and a united Ethiopia.

    At last, though I am concerned with the lives of those who paid dearly in this AA demo, all I see is the defeat of FEAR. And for this I acknowledge the democratization process of EPRDF political process.

    I wish Eritrea is passing through the same experience. Eritrea was less fragile compared to Ethiopia. Nevertheless PFDJ exaggerated the fragility nature of Eritrea and built a system that kills democracy. Now Eritreans are living in FEAR, both inside and outside. If a state builds people who live in FEAR, that is the biggest failure.

    Ethiopians, do not panic. You are now getting your FREEDOM. You can demonstrate openly in open areas. You can go to court in case you are arrested or arrested. And you can air your voice openly. You do not need someone to echo your voice. You are the voice by yourself.

    I feel sorry for those who lost their lives but FREEDOM can not be achieved without paying a precious price.

    Bravo Ethiopian people. Bravo the political commitment of EPRDF of working for a democratic Ethiopia.

    If I have a word to Ethiopian government, the government should be careful in labeling such incidences. If Ethiopians demonstrate openly they should rather be heard. The acts of terrorism will come only from outside force such as PFDJ and no voicee will be heard but destruction and killing. That is what is called terrorism. Terrorists have no tangible reason. And they don’t claim any but they do. When they do it is simply because it is their job. The biggest terrorist group in Africa today is PFDJ.

    PFDJ only acts. And his acts are killings and destructions. Eritrea will be free from this terrorist group soon and start the journey for democratization process.

    A self talk of Sunday morning

    tes

    • Abi

      Kemey Tesfabirhan Redie
      Dehan Do?
      I stopped reading your hateta when you said EPRDF removed fear . I said Tes bejaka suq bel.
      EPRDF did exactly the opposite. Instilled fear through different mechanisms. Vet Mahmud put it perfectly.
      There is one thing I agree with you wholeheartedly. The dedeb ethnic politics should be abolished. It is dedeb and should go back to dedebit where it came from. People should never be asked or judged based on their ethnicity or religion. Actually it is a retarded concept that can potentially consume the creator. One can not cheat all the people all the time. The time is now to change course. NOW !!!!

      Tes, did you watch the game yesterday? How about them Paris St Germaine? They beat Caen 3-0. They are setting new records. How about that goal by Ibrahimovich ? As a Parisian you should be happy.
      Genzebka!

      • tes

        Hi Abi,

        I bet you didn’t stop reading it.

        Football, I am not fun of football. I don’t have any idea on what you are talking about. Bring philosophy and then I will salivate to talk about. Not else.

        Where are saay7 and Eyob Medhanie? Their exchange for music is dearly missed. I think they have irritated SGJ by sharing Saxophonated music.

        tes

        • Abi

          Hi Tes
          I’m disappointed. What do I know about philosophy? The only philosophy I know is that there is more in life than politics and philosophy . Tes I was talking about a soccer game that took place while you were busy atacking the liquor. A team from your city won handsomely .
          Do you know why philosophers are lonely ? It seems like they prefer a “glass “as a friend than humans.

          Tes, don’t salivate to discuss philosophy. The Great LT is waiting in the philosophy room.

          This time I read your philosophical piece . Wow! Tes, really? Is this what you call a ” self talk”? I am sure you were infront of a mirror, your hand wrapped around the waist of a beautiful, tall and elegant glass.
          Enjoy!

          • tes

            Abi,

            I wrote to disappoint you. I know what makes you disappointed.

            tes

    • betri_weyn

      Dear tes
      Nothing else to say but Thank you for your great critical observation

      • Nitricc

        Hi betri_weyn; i know you need it such bogus and stupid comment from the likes of Tes. i am glad you are happy. every time i think about your pathetic weyane, i feel very sad about the people of Tigray. in their name your criminal TPLF looted Ethiopia and enriched themselves while the average Tigryan is left to starve. the saddest case is when the other Ethiopians think the people of Tigray are considered to be the beneficiary of the few wealthy TPLF criminals. that is sad and every Ethiopian should know that. the people of Tigray are better off with out this criminal regime called TPLF; the people got nothing.

        • tes

          Hi Nitricc,

          Now you started to bounce with every wall around. You see this is how I play with your chicken head. Just let Nitricc and likes be crazy and teach them a good lesson.

          tes

    • Nitricc

      Hi Tes, I am sorry to see you this low. What a bottom feeder.

      • tes

        Hi Nitricc,

        Do you expect me to use your nasty language?

        tes

        • Ted

          Hi tes, i know you can not imagine this happening in your TPLF democratic Gov, but you can not blame Nitricc for your convoluted argument.
          How is it possible TPLF removed fear from the people and kill 70 of them when they protested.
          Please proof read your comment when you write long hateta. You contradict yourself every second paragraph. Then again, it is you, you can’t help it.

          • tes

            Ted,

            Everything is relative. I am not like you who spew hate and racist words onto others. I see good things out of the dust. If there was any good achievements under the PFDJ regime I could be the one to say it loudly. Unfortunately there is none.

            Ethiopians despite the huge challenges they face including terroristic acts from PFDJ funded extremist groups, they managed to live on their promised words. even the ethnic based federal system is in the constitution. I wish Eritrea had even a constitution that legitimize dictatorial leadership. Constitution is a reference and so as the Ethiopian government has it.

            Where does your PFDJ regime stands?

            Ah your new vocabulary of TPLF on me is a laughing stock. Are you by the way one of the victims of PMMZ’s deportation plan? I met many amiches who oppose the TPLF regime based on that acts and sadly they side with PFDJ to do it. It could have an and justifiable reason to oppose TPLF but makes it unacceptable when you and your fellows support PFDJ just for the sake opposing TPLF.

            As for me except wishing good to Ethiopian people I know even nothing about the Ethiopian governance system (thanks to Awate Forum now I have learned something).

            Stop therefore using nasty words. Instead listen saay7 advice. To quote him,

            “…Ted (and Peace): I am afraid that all your attempt to marginalize Eritreans who support the TPLF model of governance (ethnic federation) is counter-productive. The other lesson of the last 10 years is that people do not abandon their positions because they are yelled at, ostracized or ridiculed: in fact, they hold on to it tightly.”

            This is a valuable advice to you and Peace though I am not within the set who are fond of ethnic based governance system.

            tes

          • Abi

            Hi Philosopher Tes
            The “D” in EPRDF is not for democracy. It is for Dedeb.
            The “F” in EPRDF is not for front. It is for Fear.

          • tes

            Abi,

            Name it what ever you want.

            here is your name: A in Abi stands apical, B stands for bootlaces, I stands for irresponsible.

            tes

          • V.F.

            Abi, wow, now we know you are Oromo. Thanks!

          • Abi

            Atam VF
            No ! I thank you .
            Kef silarekegn kef bel.
            Rabbi siyakenu.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Tes, it is not about the language rather about your ignorance. when you say….
          ” am not a wishy man but a critical observer. Ethiopia under the leadership of EPRDF is working to a democratic society. 25 years* is really a big time span reading the political development they have so far registered if such achievements can be registered. I mean, they have worked a lot”
          are you that dumb even to suggest that “EPRDF is working to a democratic society” I know you are seasoned PFJD cadre, lol scary! and i am very perplexed with your political maturity but can explain to us how your Weyane is democratic one? the country is on fire why do you think that? what is it; it is new craze kissing the dying Weyane butt? the regime is gone. it will never be the same in Ethiopia, Mr critically observer.

          • tes

            Hi Nitricc,

            Haha, I will let your penny head getting more nervous. Just stay around to see your ignorance. If TPLF is gone, it is only because he has done his job. Now there are new political parties which were previously housed under TPLF. TPLF was a revolutionary front. Now Ethiopia does not need it. Do you understand?

            The irony that you do not have in your penny head is that while EPLF was gone 21 years ago and replaced by a dictatorial regime (PFDJ) TPLF managed to stay 25 years. Now TPLF has gave birth to political parties that can represent Tigray.

            Now compare EPLF and TPLF? Who succeeded in his vision?

            EPLF gave birth to a brutal regime while TPLF gave birth to competent political parties all over Ethiopia. there is no need to maintain now the name TPLF. Its mission is done.

            Where is your regime now?

            No protest, no freedom of press, no freedom of religion. And worse most of Eritrean youth are exiled? Ethiopia, it is the inverse.

            tes

          • Hope

            “Prof tes !
            Are you hallucinating?
            What kind of drugs do they sell in Paris?
            Ethnic-based ” Democarcy” was meant and intended to rather divide and rule the 90 million people !
            U cannot compare Apples and Oranges here !
            Plus,no one including Gen Nittric told you that Eritrea is doing well!
            We are just debating on the incident in Ethiopia and as much as the Ethios have been on Eri business,worse,negatively,we are just debating on the development in Ethiopia!
            But you conveniently avoided the negative role of your Pseudo-Democaratic Evil Junta on Eritrea and Eritreans simply coz u hate the PFDJ!
            Let the Tge Evil Jumta be gone for Good and I guarantee you that there will be peace and serenity in the Horn and Democracy ,Peace Regional Reconciliation and Economic Integration and Development will follow suit!
            If no conducive environment is created,we cannot talk about Democracy!
            The PFDJ will not have any more excuses to cry about if that conducive environment is created!

          • tes

            Hi Hope,

            Chefari aba gura!

            Since you don’t read what is written I will quote myself;

            “I always concur with those who advocate for a geographic federal system in Ethiopia. Ethnic based federation somehow helped Ethiopia to be stable. But in the long run it will not help a one state Ethiopia. For Ethiopia to be a united country Article 39 should be changed and allow geographic regions emerge. Then the people who live within the geographic states can have full freedom of humanistic rights.”

            This is extracted from my post.

            Cool down and read. Don’t jump in a foam that will let you sink;

            tes

  • Hope

    BTW Ethios:
    I like the Gonderie and Gojammie Civil Disobedience style-blocking every move from /outside the Capital by the TPLF Gang!
    Very interesting development indeed!
    Prof Birhanu Negga is doing something unique with a Remote Control!
    The only option the the TPLF Gang has now is to surrender power peacefully!
    The funniest thing I read at aigaforum was that the Tigreyans advising the TPLF Gang to take over Aseb so as to control the Red Sea!
    They are panicking now after Egypt changed its posture towards the Nile Dam and after the Saudis and the UAE took over Aseb!
    Change is coming indeed as we speak!
    The TPLF fate is nearing to it’s closure,for Good!
    God willing,it will be materialized soon and peacefully!

    • AOsman

      Dear Hope,

      You bundled too many things in one comment. I don’t think the problem has anything to do with the external factors that you have mentioned, but once the land acquisition issue was not properly dealt with it is becoming a catalyst and trigger for more nationwide protests as the youth start to get involved.

      I did wondered what this “Civil Disobedience style-blocking every move from /outside the Capital” is and I found a clip on FB. Quite creative move when you are likely to face a brutal response, the situation looks fluid, is there a specific demand or it is just a show of discontent?

      https://www.facebook.com/mesay.mekonnen.7/videos/997887466923562/

      Eritreans need to a lesson from this “የዲንጋይ ረቮሊሺን” when dealing with our own dictator.

      Regards
      AOsman

  • Amde

    Selam Wechegud,

    I recently heard an excellent speech made by one of the senior figures of the OFC a few years ago on the topic of land and its expropriation for “investment purposes”. He said this issue has divided the people into citizens of four classes. Class 1 are those who can take land with impunity and do with it as they please. Class 2 are those that have the connection and/or the means to get the land and make money out of it. Class 3 are those who can neither take, nor take advantage of it, but are simply bystanders. Class 4 are those from whom land is taken and who have no recourse to redress or appropriate compensation. He finished up by accusing the intellectual class of shutting up about the injustices of the land issue by being reward with land themselves. Excellent speech.

    You are right this happens everywhere. It just became a huge flash point in the towns of Shewa because Addis Ababa is a national investor magnet, and the land that is closest to the capital is the one that is most desired by the investor class. It doesn’t help that Shewa has always been one of the most populated regions, thus exacerbating land needs.

    Amde

  • Amde

    Selam Wechegud,

    Check this out…. http://www.goolgule.com/opdo-defected-tplf-in-full-control/
    I really think OPDO is effectively no longer part of EPRDF. Whether it still exists as a coherent organization is still up in the air.

    Amde

  • Amde

    Selam WecheGud,

    I don’t disagree in some sense but it is simplistic. That is indeed one of the core problems – OPDO has a problem of legitimacy in how it is viewed by the public at large and by Oromos in general. This is a core problem with the other EPRDF parties as well.

    In this particular case however, I think everybody agrees TPLF wants the Integration Plan implemented. It will continue and accelerate the economic growth of the country, which TPLF is interested in legitimately as a national goal, and also for selfish reasons since a good chunk of the investor class are connected somehow to the TPLF. The reason it is not implemented is because the OPDO cannot come to one mind on it, pure and simple. Conceptually, the idea is great for Oromiya and Addis Ababa. It will accelerate Oromiyan industrialization (even if we set aside this being a national “Ethiopian” benefit as well).

    Amde

  • Kokhob Selam

    ወንድም ወቸጉድ,

    I can’t be more Ethiopian than you do. I have a nation under PFDJ- we Eritreans have more problems than you do – but I am among the people who don’t want to see Ethiopia in mess and I feel I am part of you personally . My worries are only out of special love and concern that I have over my 2nd nation and people. I understand Ethiopian government has chosen the most difficult way of development and I know they are in one tough transnational era of development. If there are other problems add on the master plan case, still hope it will be solved and things will go smooth. regarding investors, I don’t think Economists didn’t put in to consideration everything before allowing them. ለሁላችንም እግዚአብሔር ይጠብቀን::

    now you are saying “We are already hearing about woyane planning a coup to take out Hailemariam Desalegn. ” Just before this post you were telling us the leading group is Weyane. you put it like this “t is very insulting to suggest the Ethiopian people do not understand what a master plan is and Woyane has to explain it to them. This, my friend, has the potential to reconfigure the whole country ” I can see the hate you have to this front. I am afraid you are talking like chauvinists.

    what ever the case, TPLF as one of the fighters against Derg has agreed to go with other Ethiopians for betterment of the nation ending the Tigray,Amhara or Oromiya thing forever in 1990’s. since then even the ethnic groups that were unknown have been allowed to practice their freedom of participating in nation building by having even full freedom of leading their society. those guys were practical people during revolution and believe me I have fought against TPLF and I am not talking by taking side at all. Man has to be able to accept the reality on the ground if he want to create new reality in the future. hate should not take you far to the stage where you will destroy the nation.

    What I am saying is this mess which is going on now will not help Ethiopia.ኢትዮጵያ ለዘልኣለም ትኑር! ኣሜን::

    • አዲስ

      Hi Kokhob,

      Though your intentions are good, I believe you have a very limited understanding of the current dynamics of Ethiopia. I feel you put a lot of faith in TPLF and it’s clouding your judgement. In anyway at least you are not of those who wish ill to the country so I salute you for that.

      Thanks,
      Addis

      • Kokhob Selam

        Hi Adis,
        Thank you for understanding. I can’t say I know better than you, I just give my view from my limited knowledge of current situation but with really good intention.

    • Nitricc

      kokob, you said;

      ” since then even the ethnic groups that were unknown have been allowed to practice their freedom of participating in nation building by having even full freedom of leading their society. those guys were practical people during revolution and believe me I have fought against TPLF and I am not talking by taking side at all. Man has to be able to accept the reality on the ground if he want to create new reality in the future. hate should not take you far to the stage where you will destroy the nation.”

      what are you smoking? I mean, if you don’t know just ask so the people can explain it to you; if not please don’t insult the Ethiopians. you can kiss Tplf’s butt all day but you can not insult the majority Ethiopians. for your information; your TPLF brought article 39 and Killil and here we go the country is in verge of ethnic unrest. even worst as the troubling the current situation is, TPLF trying to create a wage between Oromo and Amhara. amazing! let me give to you straight up; TPLF is the most stupid leaders ever this earth ever witnessed. every misery you are witnesing in Ethiopia; TPLF BROUGHT IT.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Nitricc,

        No, not like that. remember once upon a time your boss and TPLF were friends. why do you forget all the love you had?

        you see, the difference between the dirty politicians and the real politicians is that you don’t care who your friend was and for those real fighters eating even a single meal together is a kind of promise. Lol, now you are telling me TPLF is the worst enemy -ጥቅምክኝ ክጎድለክን እንከሎ ኛው ኛው ኢኽን ትብላ !

        Nitricc, which one is wrong, the years of love story between TPLF and EPLF or the years of divorce and war between the two ?ኣየናዮም ስውእ ኮን እዩ ስውእ እቲ ምስ ወያኔ ተመሓዚኹም እንከለኹም ዝተሰወአ ዶ መርገምኩም በዝሑ ምስ ተጸፋፋኩም? your leadership politics is so dirty the poor and the innocent is considered commodity used as a material to keep your boss on power. I am sorry for those who die under such type of crazy political parties.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Kokob, sometimes you talk nothing but garbage. how in the hell do you want me to know when TPLF and EPLF were friends? All i know is there was a dispute, they couldn’t resolve through dialogue then they went to war. still they couldn’t resolve through war and went to court. the court rendered its verdict, Eritrea accepted it and your deceptive Weyane didn’t. as a result of that the people of Eritrea paid untold price. now, my beef with your beloved weyane is that for not accepting whey had agreed for, nothing less and nothing more. why are you telling me about this story when they were friends. the point is i don’t know and i don’t care. Listen, you can support anyone you want but when you try to know more than the Ethiopians themselves; it is a problem. I know how you kiss up to the greedy weyane; but what the truth is and bothers me is that your weyne couldn’t even feed the people of Tigray, while the rest of Ethiopians believe that the people of Tigray as beneficiary of the corrupted Weyane. so, Kokob get out of your state of grudge mind and think straight. so, please note, i don’t give a hoot about TPLF and EPLF relationships.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Hi Nitricc,
            YA HABIBI, sorry , I thought you know about it. So now Badme is under Ethiopia and it will continue to be till Kokhob comes to Eritrea..Lol.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    .Selam All
    The current situation in Ethiopia is worrisome. It’s worrisome because the government does not seem to respond to the crisis with the caution it deserves. The government has up to this point been explaining that the situation was that of an isolated nature, that it was stoked by anti peace and democracy forces, also described as terrorist forces; that it is all about a Grand Master Plan gone awry…that opportunists are exploiting the situation…..
    The government response comprises the famous carrot and stick approach. On the carrot side, we see officials dispatched to the regions trying to calm the situation by assuring citizens that the master plan would not be enacted without the blessing of the people. On the stick side, we hear the government declaring war on “anti-peace terrorists.” The casualties and destruction of property are mounting. As a friend of the people of Ethiopia, I can’t help but pray for peace and harmony among the different regions and ethnic groups of Ethiopia. I have stated time and again that a harmonious and prosperous Ethiopia has the capacity to uplift the region. Contrariwise, an Ethiopia that is in turmoil has the weight to bury the region in deep crevasse. Therefore, everyone is a loser when unrest occurs in the region. But why are we here, what is the nature of the unrest…?
    I’m an observer. I do have dear Ethiopian friends. I have been discussing these events with them and keep learning from this forum: thanks go to Ethiopian awatistas such as amde’, Addis, abi…Bulie…and others for enlightening us on the situation. Ethiopia has never faced the magnitude and multiplicity of challenges it is facing today since the demise of dictator Mengistu.
    1. There is a worsening challenge of draught
    2. There is a worsening political challenges.
    At the center of all these is a structurally deficient political system. What we see today is not isolated to the region affected by AA master plan, rather it is defused through a much wider regions of the country. During the past 12th congress of TPLF, one courageous priest criticize TPLF leadership for abandoning the cause Wayane Tigray was waged for, rehabilitating the peasant and the poor. He made headlines, and he remains to be one of my heroes.
    As an observer, it seems to me that these events are not isolated ones. They are a logical outcome of a rent seeking practices and divisive politics that have been suppressed for years. It seems to me that it is taking the form of a political movement.
    The government is formed 100% of the ruling front. Therefore, it’s farcical to think its policies will reflect the consent of the hundreds of social groups and tens of political organizations, most of them labelled as terrorists. When you have 100% control of law making bodies, you lose the incentive to be cautious. You can pass any law and dub it “anti terrorism law.” Bloggers, writers, politicians and now demonstrators are labelled terrorists. This is definitely not the right way. The beginning of addressing the problem should be the realization that you can not ride the “development high horse” at the back of marginalized vast communities. Whatever scale of middle class and political elite you produce, whatever devoted henchmen you assign as your viceroys to those marginalized communities, there is a day of reckoning. We don’t yet know the extent of this movement. The government can save the country by loosening up itself, throwing away the draconian terrorism laws which were introduced to muzzle up its opponents, listen to the complaint of that courageous Tigray priest, let a genuine opposition take hold in the nation. A strong opposition is essential for addressing the demands of diversified Ethiopian society. When you have strong opposition, you have less corruption, stronger institutions of delivering justice, therefore, less inclination of citizens to suddenly erupt. It’s evident that Ethiopian justice institutions are not strong enough to check policies of this 100% EPRDF government. Therefore, the responsibility will rest on the PM. Is the PM out of the shadows of the old guard revolutionaries who have created this situation in the first place? Time and his response will tell. One thing is clear though. This is a movement. The government may suppress it using force, but that will not be a lasting solution.
    Its repercussion related to my country: With the government’s designation that these unrests are the result of terrorist organizations, a common allegation pointing to organizations that base in Eritrea, the situation could deteriorate into a wider regional crisis. The government can not live for ever exporting its internal problems to others. Its problem is the result of its own warped policies, and the solution lies within its reach: making peace with its people.

    • V.F.

      Mr. Saleh, my worry is the govt in Addis might perish before that of Asmara, which would be the end of any hopes of better life for Eritreans. There is absolutely no way, not even a shred of anything, that we can get rid of IA us Eritreans by ourselves. Without Ethiopian direct intervention and help, you can forget about it.

      • Semere Andom

        Hi V. F:
        Any African country, even S. Africa has innate propensity to fail, that includes South African, a country that has long history of institutions, and court system that first exonerated Mandela againts the charges by the state for lack of evidence that he was a terrorist. The risk in African countries varies by nation depending on the history and independence of its institutions and the roots of rule of law.
        Ethiopia is not exception and the latest upheaval is a test to the governmen’ts tolerance “stamina” and the ” fitness” of its institutions . But the fact that people can organize and demonstrate against what they perceive as the governments’s excess is a sign of good. The death is unfortunate, those with guns must show restrains no matter how they perceive what they call the OLF invisible hands. But compare that with if Eritreans managed to gather and demonstrates against PFDJ in Godena Barnet, they will massacred and mowed, reminscent of Weki-Duba, Ona, ShiEb and Maihabar incident
        We hope the government instructs its gun holding personel to rise beyond the heat of the moment and show restrains when people express their opposition to a policy of their government. As Ethiopia slowly moves from TPLF core to embrace a truely democratic government, such events will test it and if Ethiopia truly want to transcend Ethiopia ‘s history of monopoly of power and wealth by one ethnic group, the government must take such confrontations as an opportunity to challenge their true intentions and mend whatever is their Achill’s heels in their policies that is mobilizing the people to confront them. Otherwise it will an opportunity squandered and all the seedlings that they have planted will be useless, going back to what Ethiopia is know for: a country of bloody dictator and backward feudal system that had made a rich country to be famous for famine and hunger. If that happens, it is the loss for humanity like the squandered opportinuty in Eritrea and the suffering that it ushered is a loss for humanity

      • Ted

        hI VF. The Ethiopian unrest has nothing to do with Eritrea(in rhetoric sense), it is a good thing for a change. . People need an outlet to vent their concern as anywhere in the world, be it in Ethiopia, Eritrea or USA. Ethiopia’s Gov made is impossible for people to demonstrate, to have representatives to address their grievance, to be able to dictate their own future and life . What you see is not about one thing called Master Plan, it is not. It is about the absence of genuine opposition to deal with injustice and rule of law. It started and will end with 100% victory of TPLF, there is no way around it.

        In current state, Ethiopia or Eritrea can not influence each other’s Governance policy. Ethiopians very well know the removal of IA don’t change the state que how TPLF functions. The same is true for Eritrea that the removal of TPLF doesn’t bring freedom to Eritrea. People are awesome, in most part, they do what is important to them. For me, the demise of TPLF benefits Eritrea for only reason that it has become the lackey for those who try harm Eritreans(not the Gov), for those work to compromise our sovereignty.

        You got it wrong when you say ” You can forget about it” TPLF ,present or absent, Eritrea will see the light, even faster if TPLF is GONE that TPLF and their handlers have been used as reason to hinder Justice and rule of law in Eritrea.

        For your “union ajenda”, it is more plausible if TPLF is out of the picture.

      • Dear V.F.,
        If the unrest were 100% homegrown and there are not forces working from behind the scene either from inside or outside the country, the cause of the unrest is only Addis Ababa’s master plan that has not been discussed and the interest of those who live out
        of the land has not been taken into consideration, or there is a suspicion that the aim could be to serve foreign and local investors with big money and not the local population, and on top of this, if Ethiopia were a democratic country and demonstrations could lead to the resignation of a government, Ethiopians never witnessed aggressive crackdowns in the past, and every Ethiopian stand by the side of the local farmers, and they do not read bizarre concepts like urbanization will not come alone but will bring Amharic to the area that would replace Afaan Oromo, etc, then one can say that the govt in Addis will indeed perish before that of Asmara.

        If you have heard what PMHMD said, then you can read what was meant behind the words he uttered, which is ominous. It seems that he is not a person who takes decisive measures lightheartedly like his predecessors; but I am scared he will be pushed into taking such measures that will cause more deaths. I am of the opinion that there are people who have in mind a sealed and impervious ethnic federalism, where every ethnic group is by itself and for itself, and they do not seem to be aware of the concept of federalism that ties all together. Such state of mind is dangerous. Federal or otherwise, Ethiopia should be for all its citizens with the right to live, work and prosper in any corner of the country; and a poor country like Ethiopia does not have the luxury to throw to the gutters for the sake of narrow ethnic feelings, a once in a life time chance of getting rid of poverty and famine and become a truely developing country.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Dear V.F.
        Stay around, and reclaim your Eritrean NiH/Habo…TsinAat….Semere will add some more from his Hishkeb vocabulary before Ted snatches this comment. Eritreans are more than capable changing the affairs of their country provided that the forces that are dispersing Eritreans’ energy and focus are identified and made out of business. The process has begun and gathering speed. Stay tuned. We wish Ethiopians peace, not because we can not put our house in order without their “direct intervention” but because we know what the absence of peace is; we know what war and unrest means….and then they are our Ethiopian neighbors. Speaking on how Eritreans should treat this development, let those Eritreans who spend 75% of their time beautifying TPLF/EPRDF than addressing what Eritreans consider vital worry about the fate of the government in Addis. I certainly care for the safety of the poor people. I sympathize with them and that’s why I gave my honest comment which includes steps I think the government should consider for a lasting solution. Lastly, we will be better served if we stop tangling the two countries. The dynamics dictating events in Ethiopia at this time should be observed, assessed and analyzed without necessarily entangling them with what could be lurking in the horizon as far as Eritrea is considered.

        • Ted

          Hi, the Greatest MS. Eritreans will never be able to pay you how you make us feel when you march to Asmara. Natsenet is what Ethiopians are demanding from their own monsters. It is my wish Ethiopians over come the ethnic entanglement TPLF maliciously created for them and hope they come from this stronger. There is the elephant in the room our Ethiopian friends don’t want to talk about, OROMO. It is scary the Oromos have been expressing risky and dangerous sentiment distancing themselves from Ethiopia continuously for the last two decades. They need to put a cap on it peacefully otherwise it will be ugly. Ethiopians have a work cut out for them thanks to TPLF.

          Our Eritrean delusional friends also have a lesson to learn from this. TPLF has to go, the sooner they undrestand , well……it is too late for them now ,They are stuck for good;-)

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRkt6U8NR0E

          • saay7

            Hey Ted:

            This song used to give me goosebumps especially:

            ናጽነት ክብረት እዩ ንዘልኣለም
            ዘይሃስ ስ ዘይድምሰስ ቀይሕ ደም
            ዘይውዳእ ዘይነጽፍ ቀላይ
            ሩባ ህይወት እቲ ፈልፋሊ ጽሩይ ማይ

            This was a song about independence and not freedom (Harnet.) When I see the video of the song now, I see all the Eritreans on godena harnet celebrating and think to myself: I wonder how many of those kids are exiled, killed, disappeared.

            I read you, Peace, Nitricc with all your certitude about what will happen in Ethiopia next. Havent we learned anything from the last 10 years when Isaias declare “Weyane abqiU iyu!”? Namely: what we don’t know far, far outstrips what we do know and we should go easy on our predictions and declarations. If by “Natsnet” what is meant is “independence”, the Ethiopians have it: they are not ruled by foreign power (unless you, like some Ethiopians, consider Tigray, the birthplace of Ethiopia, “foreign”.) If by “Natsnet” you mean freedom, well, Ethiopians don’t have it and neither do we—and we are far better off focusing on how to get ours.

            Finally, Ted (and Peace): I am afraid that all your attempt to marginalize Eritreans who support the TPLF model of governance (ethnic federation) is counter-productive. The other lesson of the last 10 years is that people do not abandon their positions because they are yelled at, ostracized or ridiculed: in fact, they hold on to it tightly. This was, I thought, what the organizers of the forum in Kenya learned: invited everyone, no matter how distasteful you find their political program.

            Mahmuday is still trying to keep the spirit of TBS true to its founding, but I am afraid its members are exhibiting all the terrible habits picked up by osmosis from PFDJ.

            saay

          • Ted

            Hi, Saay, i was thinking you would be complaining about the ugly Sax in the clip than the theme:-). The theme is the same for all in anyway you want to look at it. The change in Ethiopia is organic not Eritrea or other force nudging behind it and it is not a surprise to me( if not yrself too) it is happening. It doesn’t eluded me for a second we have a bigger fish to fry and i see the unrest of TPLF/Ethiopia is in many ways a lesson we need to grasp in our struggle . About yelling at, the result is in the pudding. Why would we want Exhibt A kind of organization when all we want is to remove the cause altogether. Medrek did remarkable job getting those organizations together to be able narrow their difference for best outcome.
            TBS doesn’t let the dogs out, just reacting in a tight leash.
            Saturday, i was about to say” in your face” well, BUCKS( kiddies of all kiddies) after good run lost it at the end of last quarter. The take home message is- get yourself a Zantac ready, the worst yet to come.

          • saay7

            Really Ted?

            Really? You were hoping the 10-18 Bucks to defeat the 26-1 Warriors?

            Ted Ted Ted. Even the one game the Warriors lost a fluke, ma man:)

            saay

          • Ted

            Hi, saay, you are wise gobezay know how to shield yourself from agony. “Fluke” will do it. Her is an advice you can pass to your team. Every time you relay on point guard to do peripheral shooting as main man, the team never succeed in a long run. Like allen Iverson, the lone point guard and point maker, Curry will burn out. No doubt Curry is no near to Iverson in every comparison, but you get the point. All you need is a king like character who can penetrate the defence line. As Americans like statistics, check how the WSW make their point verse the BUCKS. Periphery attack doesn’t make the DABO.

          • saay7

            Hi Ted:

            Again? One more time: stats tell sports story until someone comes and redefines the whole game. Happened in cycling, tennis, golf, sprint running, too. This is what Curry has done to basketball. Unless we find out he is on some performance enhancing drug, the only option u have is to recognize his Demi-godness:)

            Saay

          • Ted

            Hi Saay, speaking of goosebumps, when this album came out, it was in short supply in Asmara. Me and my friends directed to go to the Music store who had the right to distribute the album. When we got to the store, across cinema dante, the clerks were overwhelmed glueing those cumbersome stickers on the Sanyo cassette and folding the picture on the case. We made a deal with the owner that we glue certain amount, he will sell us the album. We learned the owner of the store has a nick name ጠበቅ,Asmarinos can be cruel. We did more than requested listening the songs in a big stereo.
            Don’t be despaired those euphoric days are coming.

          • Abi

            Saay,
            you are playing your game as the high flying Carolina Panthers.
            The whole debacle is embarrassing. Just when I think they are getting closer to the people, they are showing their brutality. Sooner or later somebody is going to pay for this inhuman and brutal act.

      • tes

        Dear V.F,

        I don’t respond normally for those who are dependent by nature. I consider them hopeless and useless. However I will be kind to drop some lines for you.

        Governments come and vanish What matters is the existence of mutual respect among the people. Wish therefore for the well being of Ethiopian people and same to Eritrean people. When you think about governments, think for not more than one generation (25 years) but about the people for millennials. Be free from your fear mongered political approach.

        tes

      • Nitricc

        Hi V.F you have the right to be delusional and hopeless but why can you have your own take? that bothers me to no end. As people we all are different i.e. we are cut differently to do something. one thing is clear, you are not meant to do politics. i suggest you do what you do best; religion. only a religious person will seek and demand some one to die for what he wants. so, i am not surprise that you are asking for the Ethiopians to die for you while you can fatten you azz and rise your children. for your ignorant self, the one you are asking to die for; is some once father, brother and son. you are nothing but morally bankrupted religious thug and no one will take you for real.

        • V.F.

          Nitricc, you are hilarious. Everyone in this forum knows who is delusional and who is not. I am over ambitious in wanting to ascend to Entoto but I am not delusional but you are the one who is the most dishonest and corrupt person here. You are here to provoke good meaning Eritreans. You know absolutely nothing about Eritrea and Eritreans except what you read on tesfanews every morning. You use it as your talking points. We have never read you saying anything considerate to any suffering Eritrean. You never mention anything uniquely Eritrean. It doesn’t matter really whether you are or not Eritrean but your pretentious and dishonest nature is what is being questioned here. For whatever reason, you have deep hate for TPLF and that is your drive for coming here everyday. Don’t mess with me. I am not Tes. I bite a lot harder.

  • PTS

    ዳዊት
    ሽም የእዋም ኣይትፈልጥን ካብ በልካ እስኪ በል ሒደት ክሮቕሓልካ ቢሮን ፊልዮን እሞ ሓዝ

    የእዋማት ከተማ ከም ሽባኻ፣ ጽሕዲ፣ ካዝሜር፣ ተምሪ

    የእዋማት ገጠር ከም ጋባ፣ ኣውሒ፣ ዓላ፣ መቒዕ፣ ቀላሚጦስ፣ ቅንጭቢ፣ ቆልቋል

    የእዋማት በረኻ ከም ወይባ፣ ታህሶስ፣ ጭጎናይ፣ ሳግላ፣ ዓርኮብኮባይ፣ ጎኖቕ፣ ዳዕሮ

    ኣቑጽልትን ቁጥቌጥን ከም ኣውሊዕ፣ ሓረግ፣ ጠነግ፣ ሒሖት፣ ቆንጠፍጠፈ፣ ሮማዲ፣ ዳንዴር፣ ሰምበሃምቦ፣ ክሊዓው፣ ጊንደዐ፣ ዓጌፋ፣ ኣምዐ

  • tes

    Dear Hope,

    You reminded me my Chinese language instructor who used to joke about what news was broadcasted during his youth time in China.

    1. China is growing fast. (this was during Mao period, when famine was so prominent).

    2. Our leaders are busy. They show engineered field visits while Mao was giving instructions and talks with pre-selected local people.

    3. The world is getting worse and worse and no peace exists outside. (they broadcast news from around the world about wars, crimes and famine).

    This is an exact method followed by PFDJ and lucky there are naive and dump people who consume these news.

    For me, the people, the country, the government and the political regime (PFDJ) are different. I don’t mix them as what the PFDJ ideology tries to merge them for his political advantage.

    tes

  • Abi

    Hi segen
    Ethiopians are assembling cheap car parts at debrezeit . We are learning the trade . What are the genius Eritreans doing? You guessed it! They perfected the art of removing expensive body parts and selling it for cheap.
    There is nothing wrong with collecting and selling “beles ” as long as there is a consumer. Now the former collectors are in colleges and universities while the former consumers are still consuming the “perky fruit “. The lucky ones are in refugee camps in Tigray with their body parts intact.
    I heard the ” perky fruit ” costs more than a kedney in Eritrea. Don’t expect Horizon to go back to Eritrea. He loves his kedney. It is this arrogance that sent you from the desert to the high seas and in every refugee camp all over the world.
    Fara!

    • Dear Abi,
      When I see anger, jealousy and frustration, I usually ignore and do not waste my time. He was talking as if he discovered nuts and bolts and Eritrea was Italy. We do not know it, but it seems that we must be indebted a lot. They taught us how to use spoons and forks to eat spaghetti and now how to screw nuts and bolts. This is a good example of transfer of knowledge. Some people must be left in their nirvana and in their blissful dreams. I am not disappointed, some may have the past, but blessed are those to whom the present and the future belong.

      It is a pity I never tasted beles. Soon human beings will learn to eat almost everything edible, especially insects, and one must be prepared. Many insects are rich in protein. Barack Obama was eating leftover of salmon fish after Alaskan bears had feasted on it. You can understand the message.

      Cubans used to say that one can eat everything that flies except airplanes and everything that swims except submarines. I do not remember if they said anything about the creatures that walk on the face of the planet earth. Of course, they would have said except human beings. Have you heard of the donkey that disappeared during a combined military mission of Ethiopians and Cuban soldiers on the Somali front? To their disappointment our soldiers had to learn that it was the meat of the previous day’s dinner, courtesy of Cuban colleagues.

      • Abi

        Selam Horizon
        You are quite a gentleman. I wish I could play Jesus where I give my right face when someone slaps my left.
        Beles is a fruit and the story ends right there . AnbeTa is an insect that anyone can eat. My children have eaten a fried insect called Seketa just for the fun of it. It is not a big deal. It is like eating a shrimp.
        The problem is when one lousy arrogant thinks he is a special breed because someone else is collecting the beles he is consuming. Or when he thinks he is technically advanced because he use ” kacha bite”. Or when he thinks eating a leftover pasta makes him superior. Now the arrogant and kedney trader is collecting and consuming his own beles. This time the trained monkeys are collecting the beles for him. I wonder if he is calling the Eritrean youths monkeys?

    • Segen

      [from the moderator: racial and other stereotyping is not allowed. Racist remarks such as “DNA of treachery” are not tolerated]

  • Bulie

    Dear All

    I would like to inject some of my understanding regarding the issue over the
    Integrated Master Plan of AA and its environs. I am not an official or part of the office which under takes the master plan project. I am just a concerned professional.

    1.
    The office which undertakes the Integrated Master Plan is at first established to revise the previous
    master plan of Addis Ababa. (as it is necessary to do it every 10 years)

    2.
    However, a lesson was drawn from Leon city of
    France and its surroundings. That is, both AA and its surrounding towns have
    greater influence on one another in social, economic and physical infrastructure.
    Therefore, it was found prudent in every aspect to make an integrated master
    plan instead of each one does its own, which is costly, unwise and hindrance to
    the dynamics of the development. With this positive intension, agreement has
    been made b/n Oromiya regional state and AA administration to commence the job.

    3.
    No plan or suggestion is made to make AA grab or
    encroach or expand or swallow to/its surrounding towns. No mandate has been
    given to the office to do so.

    4.
    No one is imposing the master plan on the
    surrounding towns. When finished, the assembly of each town and Addis has the
    right to approve or reject its implementation.

    5.
    However, since the first protest was marched two
    years ago, the integrated master plan is on hold and the revision of AA’s master
    plan is on progress.

    6.
    The first protest was fiercely voiced at the Integrated
    Master Plan workshop held in Adama by the office two years ago. It was meant to
    brief the high level cadres of OPDO what the essence of the new plan was. Instead
    of comprehending its full intent, some jumped into accusation of the Integrated
    Master Plan as a project “to grab the land of the Oromos”, which they have perceived
    out of nowhere. This emotional tantrum broadcasted
    by Oromiya TV and exploited by opportunists has created an unfortunate and
    unwanted situation till now.

    7.
    From previous experience, when there is
    displacement of farmers, AA and the surrounding towns have made compensations
    to their farmers and their children (if they are more than 18 years old) by
    providing money and 500m2 of land for each.

    8.
    Unfortunately the officials, the protesters, as
    well as the opportunists do not exactly put what the Integrated Master Plan is
    all about and again, unfortunately, it is a paradox why the office and its experts
    are not given the task of explaining their project publicly.

    Regards,
    Bulie

    • tes

      Dear Bulie,

      Do you mean Lyon? There is a small city called Léon not Leon in the South part of France and I don’t think that small city can be a model. If it is Lyon, it is one of the mega cities in France.

      I lived in newly built city (almost after 1995) in China now hosting about 30 million population. The metropolitan city is called Chongqing. It is located near The three Gorges Dam, another biggest dam in China. Imagine now on how cities can be expanded while some protest to expand their city. AA is expected to host not less than 10 million within the next 50 years. Ethiopian people should be wise in planning their cities.

      As for me I don’t call it land grabbing though the land owners should not be chased and be compensated properly.

      tes

      • Bulie

        Dear tes,
        Thanks for your correction and the city is Lyon. As regard to “…the land owners should not be chased…”, well, I do not think ” chase” is the right word to use and no one is chasing no one. However,development has its own cost and displacement is one of it. Particularly in a poor country like Ethiopia, the burden is immense. Unfortunately that is the lone path we need to pass through, if we are to stride out of our misery.
        Bulie

      • Fenomeno

        Deat tes and bullie,

        Now it is clear what went wrong in the process.

        They took Lyon, France, as a model.

        Lyon and Addis Abeba and their surroundings are so similar. Therefore Lyon got nicknamed petite Addis

        • tes

          Dear Fenomeno,

          This is the major problem with African leaders and planners. They have no idea which is a virgin. I don’t know why they build universities.

          Lyon, with its unique geographical landscape and economic importance, it is hard to imagine it as a model for AA.

          Economy and improvement of life standards should be a driving force for the expansion of any urban cities. Unfortunately in Africa, it is house shortage and an imaginary dream of corrupted mind.

          tes

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Bulie,

      it is exactly what I thought. But hey, I also notice the mistake of the government ..here was enough time to let government work hard in explaining very well. yes, the government is a head than the poor young who moves emotionally and we all know the opportunists were always working against the advancement of the nation.

      Here, I can say the central government and the the federal government of Oromiya didn’t work hard in convincing the advantage to the people. poor young is paying for it- even now, the media is not working much on the subject – open Oramiya TV and see now, Ethiopian government should move fast in all directions now to let things settled I think.

      • ወቸጉድ

        Like segen said, this is not an issue of a master plan not being explained to people. It is very insulting to suggest the Ethiopian people do not understand what a master plan is and Woyane has to explain it to them. This, my friend, has the potential to reconfigure the whole country. They better listen to the people’s demand. They should stop stealing peoples property and give back what they have taken. And by the way, they can get rid of the sham 100% election too.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear ወቸጉድ,
          ይህን ስም ያገኘሀው እውነትም ወቸጉድ በመሆንህ ነው – ምንግዝየም ለመገርም ይተፈጠርክ ትመስላለህ !

          why do you want to twist my words? first of all I don’t believe like some of you that Woyane is leading the nation. Weyane is only part of the leading party. and I never said Weyane has to explain to the people. I don’t think all sectors of society start to demonstrate. I didn’t see university students, industry workers, etc in this demonstration. even those opportunist opposition party leaders are not there except fanning from far. all those in demonstration are young children except few.

          But again, I have posted my view clearly that the governemnt should hear the request of people. even in one of my views I have said … if the plan is not accepted it is better to stop it as people are first and first always – even if they are wrong.

          I don’t believe the government of Ethiopia is stealing the property of people. the government might have managed in wrong way but the master plan will be accomplished anyhow even after years. Aromiya people are Ethiopians and Addis is Ethiopian city. Addis is even not Tigray and the government didn’t do anything with out the agreement of Federal government of Oromiya. and hey, is really Addis Amhara land today? how many percent is the population of Amahara? so, be kind and don’t let the young die and fight against his will. Let the nation prosper. don’t follow the jealous PFDJ junta and old politicians of HS era. Ethiopia today wants you to work not to fight against your people. don’t search and try to find to destroy your beloved nation.

    • አዲስ

      Hi Bullie,

      I am not one to defend any cadre of EPRDF but let’s see how you labelled those who oppose this plan. You labelled it as “emotional tantrum”, “perceived out of nowhere”, “instead of comprehending its full intent ..jumped into accusation”.

      So according to you, the people do not know what’s good for them, they just are emotional child who throws tantrum and send their kids to die for nothing. An opposition by Oromo Students of this magnitude that we haven’t seen in this government rule is reduced to mere “emotional tantrum” thrown by those who can’t comprehend what the Master Plan is.

      You chose to minimize the issue to mere lack of explanation or selling. This kind of paternalistic approach, ‘I know what’s good for you and I will indoctrinate you’ is what’s at the core of the Federal government. It’s never you are part of the process, it’s always I will decide this and you will learn to love it through indoctrination or force eventually.

      The language you used to describe those who oppose this plan, though it looks insignificant, is very telling of EPRDF’s and its supporters entire philosophy. Anybody who read or heard few things coming from EPRDF’s side will instantly pick up on those terms. It’s troubling for anybody who cares about the direction EPRDF is taking the country. How is killing unarmed students ever a solution?

      Thanks,
      Addis

      • Bulie

        Dear Addis,

        It is not me who make some of the OPDO cadres, who
        participated at the Adama workshop, look like “emotional child who throws
        tantrum”. It is their reaction in contrast to the fact of the matter.

        Does the Integrated Master Plan show in any form that
        Addis Ababa is grabbing an inch of land from the surrounding towns? No!

        Does the Integrated Master Plan show in any form that
        Addis Ababa is expanding to the surrounding towns? No!

        Does the Integrated Master Plan show in any form that
        Addis Ababa is including any of the surrounding towns into its territory? No!

        No one is providing and will not provide an evidence of the IMP which can prove the above.
        So, what was then that they were opposing against? What is then now that the protesters are protesting against? If the protest is against other grievances, it should be said, but not in the name of the IMP! What the cadres were reading and understood was not written in the IMP. It was just in
        their mind. Therefore, my “labeling” is warranted.

        You said, “You chose to minimize the issue to mere lack of explanation or selling. This kind of paternalistic approach, ‘I know what’s good for you and I will indoctrinate you’ “.
        Well you would have been correct had I suggested the “explanation” only to a particular group. What I said was “it is a paradox why the office and its experts are not given the task of explaining their project publicly.” The word “public” includes you, me and all. The word “explaining” does not suggest “indoctrination”. I was suggesting an open discussion so that everyone, including you and me, understands what the IMP is all about and it would have been clear if the cadres in discussion were driven by reason.

        Dear Addis, if anyone wants to show the protesters solidarity, I have no problem with it at all, but I believe the protest should be back with the right cause. I also believe the enormity of the magnitude of a protest does not warrant the rightness of a cause.

        Bulie

        • አዲስ

          Hi Bulie,

          You started asking questions but your questions don’t go far enough to address the issue.

          So let me ask you a question:

          1. Do you think the protesters are opposing the master plan because Addis Ababa is going to expand geographically?

          2. Do you think this protest is only about the master plan?

          Start answering this simple but basic questions and may be there you will start to understand what this is all about.

          Thanks,
          Addis

    • fekre selam

      Hell Bullie,

      I think there is a certain irony to this comment.
      You took your time to research it and present without too much incendiary language.
      Mainly observational facts.
      I don’t know why we can’t do this kind of thing for topics related to Eritrea- our home.
      I would like to have learned what was discussed in Medrekh nairobi forum.. what were the main points and what was the conclusion of meeting.
      Or what was the mechanism for European aid? Did it violate the The Cotonou agreement.
      https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/regions/african-caribbean-and-pacific-acp-region/cotonou-agreement_en

      It seems people are doing more inform inspire embolden for topics that have nothing to do with Eritrea but mostly with Ethiopia or some other countries.

      As an someone of Eritrean descent Urban planning issues in Ethiopia is of no relevance to me unless I plan to do business investment in Addis.

    • Nitricc

      Hey Bulie, i read your post with great insult to humanity and you couldn’t even explain how and why such thing would start with few stupid emotional people. the bottom line is, Weyane no more in control. the rules of the game has changed for ever. one thing though, i am happy for the weyane to know that when people deiced enough is enough, you can’t stop them! how about a little respect for the majority? i take that back, once the great and the famous philosopher in the university of awate, once said
      ” the greatest thing to happen to a minority is when it is threaten by the majority”
      congratulations weyane! lol
      anyway, the truth
      Weyane = 0
      Oromo = 1

    • Amde

      Selam Bullie,

      Thank you for the detailed and comprehensive presentation. I think this issue will be a classic example of where well meaning professionals produce work that turns out to be technically beautiful but a political orphan.

      I have had the chance to see the different approaches to regonal integration in two US cities. Houston has no zoning law, but just seems to gobble up the surrounding land. Houston today is one of the largest single city metropolitan areas in the US, and there is no rhyme or reason that explains its expansion. The other example is Detroit. Detroit is an industrial city that bears the scars of the political fissure between it and the surrounding affluent suburbs. The polarized politics between Detroit and its suburbs means Detroit ended up in a death spiral where the residents of the peripheries take advantage of its manufacturing, its infrastructure etc, but deny it the tax resource it needs.

      An integrated plan is just the sort of thing one would need to balance these issues. A well planned integrated growth would make Oromiya even more of the industrial powerhouse of the country than it is now, so the benefits to the state of Oromya and the people of the state are immense.

      I will bet money that this very plan will be put in place in a couple of years, it would probably be named something else. All it needs is a predominantly Oromo capitalist class to give it silent consent and have it implemented piecemeal behind the scenes.

      This is a delicious mix of how EPRDF’s unilateral political monopolization, its ethnic policies, its land policy and the uncheckered use of the “developmental state” mantra blew up in its face. I doubt EPRDF learns anything from this sadly. It is on its terrorist bandwagon… when all it need to do was foster open dialog on the path of progress and what to do for those who would be negatively affected.

      Amde

      • Abi

        Hi Amde
        I was hoping eprdf will learn a thing or two from this. Well, the killing spree that started at AAU is still continues. What I don’t understand is 25 years after , they are still trigger happy. It is embarrassing to say the least.
        This is what happens when they convinced themselves that they won the election that didn’t happen.
        Meto bemeto BS

        • Amde

          Selam Abi,

          I think it might be worse now. There is this well known human behavioural pattern called “loss aversion”. People would fight harder not to lose what they already have, than to gain something which they have never had before.

          Getachew Reda is spectacularly bad as a government spokesperson. What would be even more terrifying is if he is actually communicating what he is directed to. Check out this interview on VOA. http://amharic.voanews.com/content/opposition-reaction-to-oromo-protests/3108454.html

          I hope “EPRDF” learns but I feel they are structurally dysfunctional. The core issue is OPDO – it seems it is a schizophrenic partner. It is supposedly running Addis Ababa as both the Nation’s and Oromiya’s capital, and yet it feels Oromiya land is being taken by a plan to integrate the chartered city with its Oromiya suburbs. Oromos are just too numerous and too diverse to be represented by one organization – and yet EPRDF’s ethnic orthodoxy lumps them all into one. What TPLF “re-learns” on the other hand is likely Mao’s dictum that power comes out of the barrel of a gun. I don’t know how those two lessons can be complementary.

          Amde

          • Eyob Medhane

            Amde,

            Can you please tell me, where or what is bad about Getachew’s response in this interview? I admit that his press conference was not his best and he could have done much better on that press conference. But on this VOA interview, I just wanted to know what you found to be objectionable…

          • Amde

            Selam Eyob,

            I went back and listed to this particular interview again just to be sure. I

            1. He declared that this was being fanned by “terrorists” and external actors behind the scenes comprised of both the legal and illegal opposition. Unless he has evidence to the contrary, this is exteriorising the issue. What he is communicating is that the “government” response is going to be the same finger-pointing method EPRDF has been using forever, instead of addressing the root cause. That is the type of response that got us to this point. If I were a non-Oromo, non-youth Ethiopian, this statement tells me that the EPRDF has just opened open season on anybody it can conveniently label as being behind these unrests, and that we are in for another period of harsh government crackdown of indeterminate length and duration. It communicates rigidity, being out of step with the times and panic.

            2. He literally called the protesters “demons” and those behind them “witchdoctors”. I get what he is saying – I assume he wants to tell us that Pandoras Box may be opened and once let loose they would be hard to put back. Well, I would have no problem with rude anonymous internet personalities like me stating these opinions. Besides these very opinions about the risk of the ethnic system have been floated by many people for the past 24 years only to be shut down by the EPRDF as being the talk of “chauvinists”, “dergists”, etc…. But I expect the government spokesperson to stick to facts, and least of all not be metaphysical. How does one talk to “demons” and “witchdoctors”? This is the literal definition of dehumanization. Instead of recognizing it as a political problem with the possibility of solution, he is communicating that this is viewed as an existential problem possibly beyond their capabilities to control/resolve by the powers that be. The average person hears this and calculates that terrible repercussions are in the offing, instead of having a sense that the issue is being slowly calmed down.

            3. The other day, someone asked him about the number of casualties. He responded that the issue is not of numbers anymore, that at this point the number of dead are meaningless and that the issue has now devolved into armed gangs sweeping the towns. Well, it raises my hackles when the government comes in and tells me the number of dead are immaterial – as soon as I hear that I have terrible visions of many atrocities in the small towns and villages outside of media control. Since it is the government that has the larger firepower, then probability says the government is the side responsible for most of the dead.

            In general, he is not re-assuring the public, but communicating the atmosphere of panic in the EPRDF camp. But it is not just him. There was Azeb Mesfin (Meles’ widow) coming up on social media and complaining that she is concerned for her safety and that of her properties. Rumor has always been she despises the current Prime Minster, but if she thinks she is taking cheap pot-shots at HaileMariam Desalegn, she is wrong. She is in fact articulating what many suspect – that she represents the new ruling class enriched by the system and they are terrified of losing their privileges. Again, communicating panic.

            What is funny is that if there is anybody to directly blame for this, I would squarely point at the OPDO. They politicized the original plan, then instead of working to get it resolved they shelved it. I suspect it is an unspoken alliance of sections in the OPDO still fantasizing of making Addis Ababa into a pure Oromo city, and the gaggle of officials in the affected towns/region who are making a lot of money from selling Oromo farm land to the “investors” who can make the best impact to their personal bank accounts.

            In any case, this has become a movement with nobody that seems to speak for it. Who can EPRDF talk to even if they want to?

            Amde

          • አዲስ

            Hi Amde,

            You raised good points here. About Azeb’s social media account, I believe it’s a parody one, though I don’t expect her to think much different than what’s expressed through that account.

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • Amde

            Selam Addis,

            I didn’t know it was a parody one. My bad – I saw it referenced and mentioned in a number of place and assumed it was real

            Amde

          • አዲስ

            Amde,

            I am not certain but that’s what I believe. It still captures our knowledge of how she thinks. In that case it’s as real as it gets.

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • Hope

            Dear Ethios!
            Very nice chat and debate with an original civility!
            I think the Ethiopian Dilemma can easily be solved overnight with :
            -a simple Amendment of the Constitution-
            – with some consessions by making Oromifa a second Working Language along with Amharic and English
            – by dismantling the Divisive and Polarizing Ethnic “Federalism” by rather dividing Ethiopia into Geographic Regions and Sub-Regions so that people can move around freely and do business freely!
            Share the Power with the Majority/Oromos and give them what they deserve and move on!
            Case closed!
            Then the sky will be the limit!
            Currently,the Narrow-minded TPLF is trying to monopolize everything by its divisive Ethnic Politics!
            Someone from Oromia was telling me that the so called Master plan of Addis was engineered by the same TPLF so as the Tigreyans will have more control and do more business with the expansion of Addis to Oromiya!
            It is so obvious and gross,indeed!

          • አዲስ

            Hi Hope,

            You raised good points except I would change what you said about Tigreyans with TPLF and their business partners. The poor Tigrean people is a victim cause it’s not beneficiary of this system and TPLF’s policy is helping to alienate it from some segment(uninformed one) of the rest of the country. Nonetheless the proud Tigreyans will always stand next to their country men in good and bad times.

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • Ted

            Hi Addis, it is the best thing Tigrayans should do , stand with Ethiopians.

          • Ted

            Hi Hope, Every Ethnic group need to see the resistance in the same lense. If Tigrigans don’t see Amhara or Oromo resistance as their own, things can go out of hand. Ethiopia more than ever needs political guidance to unite the resistance.

          • Yoty Topy

            Hi Amde,

            The unrest in the Oromia region will stop when PMHD decides to put a stop to it. I think his hesitancy to deal with it quickly has contributed to the widespread unrest. He is probably more sensitive to using force than his predecessor but he will soon learn that this job occasionally requires doing some nasty stuff to some people.

  • fikre selam

    Hello all,

    Just in support of Segen comments below.

    I don’t think article like this help or advances the cause of Opposition.

    This article is just full of emotional or incendiary language it is hard to understand or lead to a discussion.

    This is the same language that PDJF propaganda folks use to attack anyone critical of their policies.

    Let’s be real America and Europe don’t really care about what is going on in Eritrea- they care about their interests.

    I really don’t see any reason why should they care anyway.

    Numerous Eritrean refugees going to Israel or Europe and that is affecting the European population and the politician who are democratically elected have to do something.

    All these money could be going for European or American equipment.. so there is a good chance the European are just supporting their own industries. Or it is met to minimize the refugee numbers.

    The question I ask is where exactly is money going, why did the European officially do it, and how does the opposition collectively voice our concerns to European and American…

    But European or America supporting dictator that is nothing new to cause alarm.. Saddam Hussein gasing the Kurds while rumsfield was shaking his hand or to some of dictators in Central America, etc..

    Welcome to Realpolitik

    https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1140928.Egon_Bahr

  • AOsman

    Dear All,

    Where is Haile TG hiding these days, now as we are approaching the last few weeks on the Nacfa currency exchange, some updating it required.

    Much is going on the Sudan-Eritrea front, Assenna is reporting some people are exchanging their currency in Kassala as DIA has accepted not block money coming from the Sudanese. This is because both Nacfa and Sudanese Pounds have been in use on both sides of the border without restriction for quite sometime and the Sudanese authorities have threatened to block trade if Eritrea do not accept the currency their citizens hold.

    http://assenna.com/%E1%8B%B5%E1%88%83%E1%8B%AD-%E1%8A%AB%E1%89%A5-%E1%8A%A4%E1%88%AD%E1%89%B5%E1%88%AB/

    Dollar increased over 60% during the process of change (approx 40 to 70), now the banks are only issuing 10k Nacfa max (supposed to be 20k) and I hear that they will not complete the task by end of December. An extention is due or the old currency will be declared valid.

    There is shortage of basic food while there a rumor that Eritrea bought 150k Tonnes of wheat from Sudan recently. Much is going on, but little news is coming out of Eritrea.

    Regards
    AOsman

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam Abay,
    .
    It is the nail on the head. Your above comment is a great “aTmit” for the infected minds of individuals like “peace”.
    .
    I request to copy and forward it in its entirety to those of “peace”s mindset, and they are many.
    .
    Mr. K.H

    • Peace!

      Mr. K.H

      The problem is perhaps because you only use your left brain your comments lacks simple logic. What are you trying to say here: are you denying the ongoing unrest in your country, are you denying Ethiopian federal police are killing innocent Oromos and Amharas in the streets for protesting peacefully, are you denying local militias are being organized to defend their land….please tell me which one is not true. Stop being emotional, Man up bro!

      Peace!

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    The EU, from its experience with North Korea, knows well that tyranny does not only deny good governance but also with the grant of EU monies the use of force and sufferings from mismanagement will get worse. Thus, the defenseless people will be exposed to more harassment, do it as told threats, intimidation and coercion. The present secrecy and silence surrounding every crime committed by the tyrant will be reinforced by buying and using more effective tools that control the flow of information.

    The pro-tyrant’s Diaspora voices have already crowned the tyrant as the all-time winner wrapping him in a cloak of the conqueror of all enemies and calling on all Eritrean people inside Eritrea to kiss the hand of master because no force can protect them against the so-called tyrannical injustice.

    Therefore, the EU monies will not end poverty and the everyday painful treatments that are forcing Eritreans to flee the country, nor end the slavery of Sawa and the forced labor. That is why the EU should not release the funds so long the Eritrean freedom continues to be suppressed by the tyrant.

    The EU already confirmed how the tyrant was an exceptionally good liar when he assured that the slavery (national service) was reduced from life to 18 months. Worse even, the tyrant proved that he is a hypocrite when explained that the 18 months is implemented but there is no money for power to activate the implemented order making his lie to go the longest way into becoming the worse tyrant made by the west and crowned as a liar, conspirator and murderer of his own people.

  • Segen

    Greetings All,
    Semere the content of your article is totally misplaced
    Reading your nonsensical and frustration driven pile of harsh words, I thought I was reading an article from an orthodox jew in Jerusalem Post!
    BTW, if you care to Google Mr. MAZEL”S background? You would find out his jewish ancestory! Not son of of former slave owners but holocaust survivors…
    Anyways, such articles charged with hate and emotions are more of liability than an asset to the so called opposition you subscribe to…
    Personally many facets of PIA leadership style but I would give my neck to his non corrupt nature and devotion to spend resources to help the marginalized segments of Eritrean society!!

  • Abi

    Abay, Abay
    Yager adbar, yager sisay!
    All these to AOsman? My friend, I strongly suggest you apologize to him. If you don’t, I will.
    Tebarek

    • አዲስ

      Abi,

      AOsman is soliciting information about this crisis from none other than General Nitricc ..so…that’s that. I didn’t read Abay’s reply to him. I just wanted to throw this out there 🙂

      Thanks,
      Addis

      • Abi

        Addise
        AOsman and I were doing our usual back and forth which is , more often than not, about non political issues. This time it was about the modern cuccineta that is the Benz of Eritrea. Nothing ser at all . AOsman is the archive of everything. He doesn’t need Nitricc at all.
        I don’t know what upsets Abay.
        AOsman is one of the people I really respect .

        • አዲስ

          Abiye,

          That’s a ringing endorsement 🙂 My comment was just made in a passing, certainly not characterizing AOsman as I don’t know him that much. But if I approve he must not be so bad after all 🙂

          Thanks,
          Addis

          • Abi

            Addise
            i take it as a vote of confidence.

    • AOsman

      Dear Abi,

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. Abay does not need to apologise, just frequent us here with his passion, the emotion will subside with time.

      I wish that peace rains in the whole of Horn Africa, Eritrea and Ethiopia in particular.

      Addis,

      The reason I went for Gen. Nitricc is that he tends to have much interest on what happens in Ethiopia than the average Eritrean, while I disagree on his motives, he has on many occasion managed to get Ethiopians in this forum to come and discuss issues in defense of their country, which is fine.

      I wish you guys bring some current events in Ethiopia by yourself to widen the discussion and enrich our understanding on the whole region, but it works the opposite. I notice some Ethiopians are becoming more sensitive than us and any criticism of the government is taken as anti-Ethiopian.

      Regards
      AOsman

      • Abi

        Selam AOsman
        Abay’s passion and emotion is genuine. My problem is it is misplaced. I have said worse things to worse people in this forum. You don’t deserve this. He should have directed his comment to some toothless ,drunk , Hopeless and Very Funny people.
        Thank you for being a voice of reason.

        Ok, now to Addis ( the New York of Africa).
        I heard through the grapevines that you haven’t been to Addis since 1993? You should be punished for that. You have to know a little bit more about this gem city. It is your Capital too as an African. Besides, aren’t you applying for Ethiopian citizenship?
        Welcome to the land of beauty! No cuccinetas please. We provide light rail and buses and cars and airplanes.

        • AOsman

          Dear Abi,

          1993, that is over 20 years. Now I even struggle to say a simple sentence in Amharic, while I was fluent then. Since I endorsed the “To the East” motto from tsatse, it is now in the plan. Hopefully within 3 months when Kokhob is somewhere in BahrDar. You would have to tell me about other places than Addis, somewhere less crowded to chill out.

          As for the citizenship, my papers are buried somewhere in mezagajabet and I hear Abay is on wardia duty :), it will wait until he mellows down and lets me through.

          Regards
          AOsman

  • Nitricc

    Hi Segen. It gets worst; just yesterday, German mister delivered 100 mil euro that will be deposited on PIA’s personal account. Not counting the dollars that gained from the Soudi coalition; about 2B B for Billion. Forget the gold and the 2%. Sleep less nights for the haters.
    Awate Ni-Hafash.

  • Nitricc

    People say a picture can tell you everything you need to know. if that is true; what is this picture telling you about Eritrea and Ethiopia? If you are wondering why the EU is begging Eritrea to take money; while Ethiopia is begging to get money, your question is answered.
    Ethiopia and Eritrea in pictures!!!!!!!!!!!
    Eritrea
    http://www.shabait.com//images/photo/nation%20building.jpg

    Ethiopia
    http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/sites/default/files/styles/landscape_2/public/content/images/2015/12/15/20151214_Wenchi_potato_store_1.jpg?itok=y0Dt1D

    • Dear Nitricc,
      Are you sure that the buses were not assembled in Debre Zeit. Show on your ERITV that Ethiopia does not have only garbage disposal sites. We can beat you in english too.

      http://afkinsider.com/106078/ethiopia-sets-up-first-vehicle-manufacturing-and-assembly-plant/

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

      • Nitricc

        Hey Horizon; you missread my pictorial illustration. The picture I put under Ethiopia wasn’t garbage disposal area; it was this ..
        http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/sites/default/files/styles/landscape_2/public/content/images/2015/12/15/20151214_Wenchi_potato_store_1.jpg?itok=y0Dt1Dcf
        “ When protests in Ethiopia, three Dutch agricultural businesses as well as destroyed. A rose grower, a seed company and a grass and livestock farm were targeted by violent protesters.
        “Our guards have their guns empty shot in the air, but the attack was unstoppable,” says Jan van der Haar Sola Grow, a company that grows seedlings. “The office, the machines, the pilot, almost everything is destroyed or burnt and the rest they have looted. A large group of hundreds of insurgents, they were overjoyed”
        —–So, the purpose of the pictures under the two countries is that one country is peaceful stable enough to import and to build its nation while the other, Ethiopia is busy destroying what it had. The point is if you don’t have a responsible leadership with vision and determination, you can try to build everything but it will come down to burn with angry protesters. That was my point! Take care the people first and for most. Besides; you can beat all you want but we feed ourselves and none of our kids starve to death! How about that for your empty Gura? Let’s feed your children first then we can talk who beat on what? Do you agree?

        • Hi Nitricc,
          Sorry for missing your message.

        • tes

          Dear Nitricc,

          I have no idea on what is going on in Ethiopia however I would like to tell you that Eritrea is not a stable country these days. It is a bomb ready to be exploded and the potential of explosion is very high. Just stay alarmed.

          tes

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Wolde ab
    in any case, hope things will be settled soon in such way people and the ruling both gain and won. What makes me worried is this situation might let the ugly parties will use it. I love Ethiopia and Ethiopians equal to Eritrea and Eritreans. in fact I am very much following the situation. we all should pray.

  • Mesfin

    Peace up on you!

    Peace!, this platform is for Eritreans and not for Ethiopeans. You are in the wrong Hall. Get out! It is not good for you this platform. Did you read what the article is about. It is about Eritreans’ cry, Eritreans endless suffering. European countries are adding more fuel to the fire that we Eritreans are burning in.

    I repeat, leave this platform and don’t comeback.

    Thank you.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Mesfin; you must be a new comer, if not, you could have known peace is full fledged Eritrean and he is here were he belongs. And AT must not read your post, if the had, they could have remind you that you can’t tell people to leave the forum or this website. Any way chill.

  • AOsman

    Aya L.T. “cut…is prohibited”….. HGDEF they cut only tongues….ብሒም ትሒም ምባል የለን
    Many flies in a bang!! ታሰራ ካይቀየሩዋ ከለዉ ኣርክብ

  • Fenomeno

    Dear Awatistas,

    Thought of the day:

    This last week we have been witnessing (again) why Eritrean opposition and civic parties, except those supporting the refugees there, should not have Ethiopia as their base. At least not if they stand for human rights and freedom. Issues like human rights and freedom are always relative, but I believe that everyone can agree that if the (human rights and freedom) situation in Ethiopia is any better then it is just slightly better. And if so then this is rather because of coincendetal factors and the incapability of the TPLF regime rather than sincere willingness and having a true democratic ideology.

    If you think about Eritreans screaming for human rights and freedom from Ethiopia are actually legitimizing the Ethiopian government and by doing that indirectly co-opting in depriving a large number of people of their human rights and freedoms, or at least being an obstacle in their struggle to gain these.

    Therefore the Medrek decision to hold a meeting outisde of Ethiopia in Kenya was very logic, except from many Eritreans distrusting anything that comes from Ethiopia, it is also hypocrite to base any struglle for human rights, democracy and freedom from Ethiopia with support of its government. Due to proximity Ethiopia will always play a role in any struggle, and maybe some issues will always need to be done from Ethiopia (helping refugees, military operations, intelligence gathering), but gatherings such as political meeting of Medrekh can and should always be held outside of (TPLF-led authoritative) Ethiopia.

  • Dear Peace,
    Even though you are using this clip for your own anti-TPLF and anti-Ethiopian propaganda,
    and not out of genuine feeling for the rights of these victims of beatings, if the clip happens to be true and not the product of some sort of montage etc., the only words I can find to explain this action is BARBARIC and INHUMAN. Unfortunately, these unfortunate creatures seem unable to react to the pain cause by the beatings. No government can speak of democracy, when at the same time it uses unbridled excessive force that ends in the loss of lives. There
    are many ways of controlling demonstrations that do not need brute force.

    I am against the political exploitation of the expansion plan of the city of Addis. A city where
    its population grows by about 4% yearly is destined to grow and expand. New facilities must be in place to serve the increasing population. Internal borders are not international borders, and if Addis grows, it is not going to be for Amharas, Tigres, Afars etc only, but also for Oromos as well, i.e. for all Ethiopians. Moreover, those who believe that Addis, which is the National capital and the political capital of Africa, is going to remain confined to the land it already occupies, are naïve and they are persuing a dangerous political ideology of narrow tribalism and anti-Ethiopian sentiments. Of course, it is their right to demand for compensations for the people who are going to be affected, and they can also discuss who should administer the newly expanded areas. Otherwise, nobody has the right to block development.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Horizon,
      the government of Ethiopia and the people of Ethiopia both should be smart enough in solving this problem. After all Addis belongs to all and the advancement is the advantage of all people. But it is the people who should be convinced and even work on the same project. If in case, people are not understanding the advantage, it is not worth going for it till they start to understand. Ethiopia is very big and there is a lot space still to be used. both the government and people should think again if expanding is better or even make another Addis somewhere empty space. everything can be negotiated and every one can be a winner. But now using force is not really correct and government should stop it. And people should start to see things in calm and peaceful space and way.

      Ethiopia is facing a lot of problems challenging natural and artificial obstacles including the enmity of corrupted and isolated old politicians, they will continue exploiting every bumpy step and they will try to find every chance to let Ethiopia go back to their old kings days. Ethiopians should manage carefully with full of wisdom. If change is needed, Ethiopian people should do it in correct way.

    • Amde

      Selam Horizon,

      I found this article to be extremely helpful.

      http://addisfortune.net/columns/informed-by-history-fear-of-dispossession-fuels-unrest/

      They talk to the locals, the kids, the planning professionals, officials etc, and don’t forget to touch on the matrix of internal EPRDF politics and other policies that provide the context for this. For example they note that Addis Abab’s expansion outward is fueled by the ridiculous real estate prices within the current city confines.

      In any case, the kids have a point and the city/regional planners have a point, but this appears like a reasonably solvable problem unless EPRDF wants to make another “Terrorist” issue out of it. Plus, how this issue is solved becomes a template for the growth of the other cities with explosive growth.

      Amde

      • Thank you a lot Amde. Indeed it is a solvable problem, and as you said the way it is solved would serve as a template for Dire Dawa, the other chartered city. Good will is required from both sides. It is said that real estate in Addis is almost as expensive as in any Western capital. Therefore, expanding the master plan is a safety valve in such situations.

      • dawit

        Am de and Horizon,
        Ethiopia back to square one. Classic Ethiopian Student struggle, “Land to the Tiller” verses “Land to the Investor” and wide spread of drought in the country. Ethiopia once again to stretch her hand to the Almighty!. “Yeraswa dist eyarere, yesew tamaslalech. It has been proved time and again, development and war cannot together. Ethiopia, (EPRDF) should come out of the vicious circle of war and famine. Stop wars, internal and external. Get out of Bademe, make peace with Eritrea, Get out Somalia End the internal wars in Ogaden, Oromia, Amara and Gambella.. A fake double digit growth will not guarantee peace and prosperity in the country.

        • Semere Tesfai

          dawitom

          I don’t mean to disturb the silence here at Awate, but WAR is in the DNA of the Amara and Tigrean elite. They can’t help it. Stretching their hands for alms (from donor communities), subcontracting Western projects, Geday, Zeraf, Zemach Negn Enie Lehagerie, Yematreba Fiel, Yefiel Wetetie, Belew, Tiyt Agursew……is the norm.

          Rational people know, no country can be militarily strong when it is economically weak. But this elite never been rational, never.

          While fire is raging to their East, to their West and Islamic fundamentalism hovering in the horizon, still they think they can ignite another fire to their North and achieve double digit economic growth – soon to become middle income country.

          All, while landlocked and without trading partners in their neighborhood. With that kind mentality what could possibly go wrong in Ethiopia?

          Semere Tesfai

        • Nitricc

          Hey dawit; good advice that you gave the Ethiopians but unfortunately it is too late. The Tigryans are already in complete panic from top all the way down to the foot soldier. And of course they are blaming, who else, Shaebia! I am not going to dump all the garbage they are saying but here is a sample…

          “No War No Peace is not working Ethiopia needs a new policy towards Eritrea…..
          The Oromo Libration Front – OLF started its incursion from Kenya a week ago, some terrorist groups from Ginbot-7 infiltrated northern Ethiopia from Eritrea, Oromo students were organized by Shabia using Oromo national congress and OLF sympathizers, and the Anwar mosque in Addis has been attacked by grenade. All this events above took place in a period of one week…….
          Ethiopian people’s time has come to march to Asmara without our leaders to remove a cancer in Eritrea…….”
          I agree the time has come for the Oromo to even and hunt every TPLF thugs. I agree the time has come for the rest of Ethiopians to end their statues of a second citizen on their own country. I agree the time has come for weyane to cease to exist.
          In brief; Be-seferut Quna; MeseferAyqerim.

          • AOsman

            Dear Nitricc,

            I read that article few days back and I thought these guys want to divert internal attention by engaging in a war, then I thought maybe Tigraionline is not connected to those in power….just a runt and moved on.

            Check the following clip, people shouting fire in a crowd, clearly to piss our Abi off. We will see what they make out of it.

            https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=945287608912352&id=182037128570741

            Regards
            AOsman

          • Nitricc

            Hey AOsman; thanks for shearing; do you where in Ethiopia? That is scary seen. I am convinced; if the people of Gonder raise-up; game over for the weyane. Although I am hoping the stupid weyane will hold on to power till better timing. Right now the timing is terrible; the region in general and Eritrea in particular cannot withstand to the magnitude of Ethiopia’s unrest and distraction. Especially For Eritrea; it is a bad news. I have no doubt the TPLF a goner; I am just worry they don’t take the region with them.

          • AOsman

            Nitricc,

            I thought I saw a board that says Jimma, was expecting you to feed us with some information as you tend to follow things closely. Well now I found one HGDFite on FB that feeds such news, you tell me if the following are a bunch from Gonder and if the evnt is recent.

            I don’t understand why an issue of land could go out of control like this, hopefully the government wise up and try to deescalate things, it does not look good.

            https://www.facebook.com/mesay.mekonnen.7/videos/996039367108372/

            Regards
            AOsman

          • Nitricc

            Hey AOsman;
            you are right I try to follow things around Ethiopia but lately due to work load; I have limited my observational duty just to Addis. So, I am glad you found some brave PFDJ who can watch through. Is his name is Aby? Lol
            Anyway; everyone is saying this unrest is due to the master plan of what is proposed to Addis and its surroundings but the Demonstrations are allover Ethiopia. I think the people of Ethiopia just had it. It is amazing 6% able to ride the 94% for this long! But as they say what goes up, must come down.
            The clip you shared from the face book; I really doubt its authenticity. What I watched was an army ready to dish it. I don’t think the situation has deteriorated that far. However; if the clip is true; then what I have declared must be coming true; I have declared long ago; the people of Gonder are the once who will bring the TPLF thugs to their demise. Having said that; if something to go down in Ethiopia; bad timing!

        • Amde

          Ato dawit,

          Don’t get too excited. This will blow over and you will go back with your Ethiopian yellow card to bid up farmer land in Legetafo or Suluta for your next villa. Ayzoh.. yeteweresebih baymelesilihim adis meriet megzat tichilaleh.

          Amde

          • dawit

            Am de,
            I am not exited, I am sad what is going in Ethiopia. I am sure you recall about this, I have written about the coming drought that will wipeout your double digit development that you were bragging about. Forget about arguing with me just pray for Mama Ethiopia!

        • Hi dawit,
          There is no way Ethiopia will go back to square one. Whenever she is forced to make a step back, she always compensates it by taking multiple steps forward. You have to put up with this fact, whether you like it or not. Politics is not dead in Ethiopia as in Eritrea you so little know. A society in motion has its hiccups; nevertheless, it always gets over it and moves forward. This is what is happening in Ethiopia.

          • አዲስ

            Horizon,Amde,

            If I may, I suggest it’s better not to feed the PFDJ trolls. They are obviously salivating like a kid in a candy store with the idea of Ethiopia imploding. A long held wish of PFDJ. Let’s just ignore them cause we know who genuinely cares and who don’t.

            Thanks,
            Addis

        • Eyob Medhane

          Dawit,

          If your youth have 1/50th of assertiveness and courage to demand for their rights like the Oromo youth in Oromia or Kimant youth in Amhara regions, you wouldn’t have the Sawa slavery camps and Isayas wouldn’t have made them his toys..Think about that…

      • አዲስ

        Hi Amde,

        Well…Eyob’s favorite Getachew Reda just labelled them as terrorists. He actually went even further this time. He called them “demons” and will “lik masgebat” them. Tens of thousands of his country men are protesting and his government choose to handle this with the same method that brought it to power, barrel of gun. If that doesn’t show the decay of this system to EPRDF sympathizers, I don’t know what will.

        Thanks,
        Addis

      • Berhe Y

        Selam Amde, Addis, Horizon and all,

        I really do not know exactly what’s happening in Ethiopia, but I have seen a couple of facebook pages about the protest and some news items. And it looks to me that the issue is related to land and Addis Abeba long term plan of expansion.

        Here is my take and I really do not know why things have to happen / handled in the way they end up happening in most developing countries. This is not specific to Ethiopia but in most other countries like Nigeria (with the oil fields), China (with development), Brazil and others.

        And I wanted to compare to how I have seen it happen in the western countries (like Canada and the US). Off course the land allocation and the population composition is not the same but my general take is, those government / rich investors, they wanted to appropriate the land with out genuinely paying the market value for it.

        So for example, in the city that I live in Canada, Toronto it has had a lot of expansion in the past 20 years. Out of the 300,000 immigrants that come to Canada every year, close to 30-40% end up in the Toronto area. So there is always expansion and farm lands are converted to homes / residential buildings. But if you drive around further from the city, you will see a farm land, with advertisment from the ower that the land is for sale. In other words, most owners in actual fact, can’t wait for the expansion to reach their land aso they can sell and benefit (because for the owners, they will make more money selling their lands, and are able to live off and their family and for generations, as they get million of dollars).

        From time to time we hear / read in the news land owners resisting expansion. For example, the case of Oil Pipe expansion from Canada to the US, I think it’s called Trans Canada XL project, those people who live around the area and opposed to such expansion because of the environmental assessment / damage it can cause to their land and their waters. But the US government in it’s constitution have the mandate to appropriate lands which are deems of National Interest and good of the majority (like rail ways, pipe lines, high ways etc) for the benefit of bigger purpose they can take the lands with proper compensation (not compared to what they would get from developers). And even in government case, the government have to present it’s case in the court of law.

        But in case of third world countries, those developers in bed with some government officials (I am not saying that’s the case in Ethiopia, I don’t know) but they force people out of their lands and they get nothing that can sustain their lively hood for generations to come. I don’t know what legal grounds they are using, but it sounds to me, for those people who wanted to develop, I think to PAY for the land and make it attractive for the people who own to sell it.

        Berhe

        • Nitricc

          Hi Berha I think you are reading what is not written. Who said it is about expansion and about land? there are three governing body that embedded within the Ethiopian government that calls its self EPDRF; whatever they call themselves; are
          TPLF
          OPDO
          And APDM
          TPLF is calling the uprising “terrorism” you know what follows after the designation of Terrorism by TPLF!
          OPDO calling it “anti-democracy”
          And APDM calling it “anti-peace”.
          Now, where do you get your land story? More importantly do you know where this heading?

        • Amde

          Selam Berhe,

          The article I posted really gives a good “unpoliticized” background. From my personal experience, I would say 70% of the people from the diaspora who have told me they have bought land to build a house “in Addis” have been doing so from some farmer out of the way in some Oromia locality. They are paying crazy prices in my opinion, but prices inside the city proper have become crazy. The other part of this is that the major infrastructure money the government itself is spending (like the urban light rail) is predicated on accommodating/encouraging/catering to this expansion. So the metropolis is expanding both through private dealing and government policy. The farmers are selling because they feel if they don’t sell now for the high prices they will be forced off through “eminent domain”, which is the government taking land for what it considers is for the best communal need (like the example you cited. ) Eminent domain is practiced everywhere in the world, so it is nothing nee – the issue is whether people are appropriately compensated. This master plan has been in the works for years but hasn’t been approved and rolled out. The current stalled process is benefiting real estate delalas and brokers, and local bureaucrats that benefit from the underhanded cash they get for making unilateral land title changes and approving land sales. Otherwise an integrated plan is really good for Addis and Oromia long term – except those that are benefitting now may be sidelined.

          At the end of the day this is a run of the mill issue that will blow away. The land ownership policy and the ethnic politics issue just gives it a local flavoring, otherwise cities taking farmland is a story that is almost as old as dirt.

          Amde

        • አዲስ

          Hi Berhe,

          You got the gist of it. The protest is a continuation of last year’s opposition by Oromo Students to the “Addis Abeba and the Surrounding Oromia Special Zone Integrated Development Plan”, which claimed the lives of many and imprisoned even more. To put the student’s objective roughly, they are asking for this plan to be discarded because it doesn’t stand to the benefit of the people(the farmers affected by it) but only helps the few so called investors. They are opposing it because people are displaced from the land they have known for generations without proper compensation. These people are farmers and all they know is farming. Taking it away from them without preparing a method for them to rebuild their lives is akin to destroying it. You can add to that the inevitable social tension created from it because of who the main beneficiaries are. They are the few affiliated with the ruling party.
          You may ask why a supposedly development plan surrounding Addis result in many towns not affected by it. Few things come in to play. 1. The utter violence the protesters faced by the government forces when every time they oppose something from the government. In 2014 many unarmed civilians have died. We are seeing the same thing again. 2. Wherever you go, people are fade up with how the government functions. They feel like they are not party to the benefits of any economic progress even though it’s mainly coming from their region. 3. The complete and absolute submission the government requires from its people resulted in grievances not to be heard in a better way. This is a government that claims it has 100% of the support and look what looks like in the ground. …I can add more.

          In all this chaos, poor farmer’s kids are dying being treated as sub humans and demons because they ask a legitimate question. We are in tough times. The kind of absolute submission EPRDF wants has been worrying me for quite some time now. They have become unhinged. The language they use, their overall solution to anything and anybody that oppose their ideas is very troubling.

          Thanks,
          Addis

    • Peace!

      Dear Horizon,

      First of all I don’t appreciate calling me anti Ethiopia. I have Ethiopian families and friends, and opposing TPLF doesn’t make me anti Ethiopia.

      Not only that the minute I watched the video, unlike yours, my impression was if this what’s happening in the streets, God knows what could be like behind prisons. Please pray for the victims

      Obviously, your response contradicts with the federal system TPLF put in place to rule the country. If you think internal borders shouldn’t matter for purpose of development, then you need to question whether Federalism is the right system for the country; otherwise, you can’t have both ways: you enforce borders to win elections by 100% every five years, and use “development” as an excuse to disregard borders and grab someone else’s land. It sounds more like federalism for power grab and development for land grab.

      This is exactly what happens when irresponsible regime divides a country into checkmate pieces along religion, ethnic, and tribe just to impose its political agenda, and that’s why I call TPLF evil.

      • Dear Peace,
        Ethnic and tribal feelings were/are still strong in Ethiopia. Ethnic inequality in the Ethiopian state was the main reason Ethiopians organized themselves on ethnic grounds and formed the so many ethnically oriented libration fronts we know. Federalism became necessary to solve this problem, and unfortunately it had to be ethnic federalism. Although Ethiopia has found some peace and prosperity under this system, it remains that there are still powers which do not seem to be satisfied with it, because holding power had always been on their minds or the existence of the Ethiopian state has always been a thorn in their flesh, and they have always dreamt for the disintegration of Ethiopia. On top of this, the absence of democracy and the use of force to quell any form of dissent have strengthened this sentiment.

        From what I know, the land is owned by the state both in Ethiopia and Eritrea and people have only the right to use the land. This does not mean that people should not be compensated for the land they hold, because their livelihood depends on the land. It seems that there are people who see federalism equivalent to complete sovereignty and the land in the regional states are under the sole control and ownership of the ethnic governments and the federal government should not have a say. I think that the federal government has a say whenever it is for the sake of the common good, like in this case, where the city of Addis Ababa has reached its maximum capacity and should expand to the surrounding areas to accommodate people who would continue to come to the city. In addition, every Ethiopian should also have the right to live in any part of the country, contrary to the unfortunate ethnic evictions we have seen in some
        cases in the past.

        As much as regional state capitals are concerned, they are being developed. Cities like Bahr Dar, Dire Dawa, Mekele, Awasa, Nazret and others are becoming modern cities, and they will be centers for regional development. Ethiopia should be seen as a common home for all its ethnic groups and not as a collection of real estate where other ethnic groups are seen as trespassers. Moreover, the federal government in collaboration with regional governments should have a developmental program that encompasses the whole country.
        Regards.

        • አዲስ

          Hi Horizon,

          Just FYI, under Ethiopian constitution the land is owned by both the state and the people.

          Article 40. The Right to Property

          3. The right to ownership of rural and urban land, as well as of all natural resources, is exclusively vested in the State and in the peoples of Ethiopia. Land is a common property of the Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia and shall not be subject to sale or to other means of exchange.

          Thanks,
          Addis

          • Amde

            Selam Addis,

            In the Ethiopian context, “people” and “peoples” are not the same thing. Very different animals.

            Amde

          • አዲስ

            Amde,

            True. But I want to read your explanation of the differences as related to the topic we are discussing.

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • Amde

            Addis,

            Well you kinda answered it yourself. “People” is plural of persons. “Peoples” is the least prestigious of the “Nations, Nationalities or Peoples” troika. “People” don’t have ownership right to land. “Peoples” do.

            In any case, the Master Plan has not been implemented (which is what makes the whole thing bizarre), and the reason why is supposedly because the Oromia state parliament has apparently just decided to sit on it. Apparently this was an issue that agitated Abay Tsehaye a year or so ago.

            In the meantime, capitalism requires that land be made available to the “investor class”. Without strict rules, who gets what land, which investor is worthy, who gets pushed off what land and who gets what compensation is in a fine grey area perfect for people that can maximize from it. Clear(er) rules such as the Master Plan will have winners and losers of course, and when people feel that they are not represented by the political powers, they become scared.they will be automatic losers with no recompense.

            One can say that this problem is exacerbated by EPRDF’s ethnic politics and political monopolization, but rural vs urban land issue is always a tough nut everywhere.

            That;s how I see it anyway.

            Amde

          • አዲስ

            Amde,

            Very well. Now I agree on most of your points though the availability of land in capitalism you mentioned is in its purest form. The issue here obviously goes beyond that and you touched upon it when you mentioned ethnic politics, representation or the lack of it and political monopoly.

            One thing I would rather hope you expand more upon is that you described the Master plan as a clear rule. Are you talking generally as Master plans are clear or ought to be clear or do you have a knowledge of THE AA Master Plan we are talking about and do you describe it as a clear rule that can address the issue at hand? If so what makes you say that? Do you believe it aligns with the constitution and our concept of our Federalism and make the muddy water that’s the relationship between AA and Oromia clearer?

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • Amde

            Addis,

            I don’t know the details of the Master Plan. (It has an awesome name). I don’t live in Addis. I am not an architect or town planner. I am talking in general terms. I am clearly not the person you want to expound in any detail of it. I am literally asking around for anyone to explain to me what is so bad about this Master Plan.

            Addis Ababa is growing like crazy, and it will expand vertically and/or horizontally. Any which way you look at it, it will consume land from its surroundings. It is better to have a plan that everybody understand as to how and where looking forward, and by the way also identify who will be impacted and how they are to be addressed. Paradoxically, I think these protesters are much better served by a plan than by fighting against any plan. At least they will get something – at the very least they will have an idea of a timeline when their land will be affected somehow.

            As to the constitution, let me link you to this paper http://www.ethiomedia.com/aa2nov15/4623.html, and he makes a good case that it is constitutional. And I don’t see how it conflicts with the current arrangement – Addis Ababa is the capital of Oromiya state as well, so there are no constitutional conflicts I can think of. I don’t believe in ethnic federation anyway, but I think if the Federal Unit was the State of Shewa as opposed to the State of Oromia, we would not have these protests – not in this form at least.

            To be honest, what is more interesting at this point is the breakdown in state control in so many Shewan towns I would have assumed were well integrated with the national capital being so close. That might be the more consequential story – not the master plan kerfuffle.

            Amde

          • Nitricc

            Hi Amde; I have no idea why you are playing dumb but the details of the master plan is, simple. Take the land of the natives and sell it for people who can afford it to bribe the corrupted officials and leave the poor people, the owners of land in the dust. How hard is for Amde to understand?

          • Amde

            Hello General,

            I gave you an upvote for your trouble.

            Amde

          • Amde

            Nitricc,

            If you are so inclined, this is an interview conducted about the master plan about two years ago..
            http://www.diretube.com/meet-etv-mathewos-asfaw-gm-aaoromia-special-zone-master-plan-project-video_9cfa5a03c.html

          • AOsman

            Dear Amde,

            Pardon my ignorance, I lived in Addis for a year in 1993 and I am aware that the city has changed significantly since then. During my stay, I used to go for shortcuts, unlike in Asmara it was most of the time a failure, the route just got longer. What I saw at the time is that if you veer from the normal route, you enter a shanty town, you loose your bearings and you see a completely different Addis (fun until you realise all the walk was a waste). Since the discussion is about lack of space, have those patches of shanty town spread all over Addis been modernized? Space use could be maximized vertically to accommodate the population increase, while benefiting those residents. I think when Sheraton was built, it was in such places while the residents where compensated with better alternative that they could not reject.

            I suspect this compulsory purchase is driven by developers wanting to make money than a masterplan that requires horizontal expansion. If the poor farmers do not resist now, the compensation is likely to be minimum.

            Regards
            AOsman

            P.S. Check the following link as it can help with the discussion if you don’t have detail of the masterplan

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_population_density

          • Amde

            Selam AOsman

            You are right – Addis (still) does have a lot of shanty town / slum areas. A lot of the “condominium” projects are targeted at clearing that space and replacing then with more planned and denser communities. In the meantime one has to move the dwellers. The condominiums are being
            built either on the edges of town or just out of town, and this will go
            on for many years to come. But as you can imagine, displacing people by the thousands from slums is not something a private body can do – it is more of a government policy and action. So it is easier to show an investor a “green field” and say that this land could be made available for that particular project, than to show him a slum area in town. Same with someone who wants to buy property for personal housing.

            You do have a point that the legitimate “economic” issue is appropriate compensation for the farmers. Done right, the Master Plan can be the vehicle for proper compensation and orderly growth. Done wrong, the Master Plan could be the blunt instrument used as the excuse to throw people off their land with no recourse. I think on balance they are better off with the Master Plan.

            Thanks for the link.

            Amde

          • Dear Addis,
            I really find it difficult to understand the type of ownership as much as the individual is concerned. The land is a common property that cannot be sold or exchanged. Is it
            any different from ownership of the land by the federal and regional states and the individual having only the right to use the land? I am not sure if he can even inherit it to his children. Can you elaborate, please.
            Regards.

          • አዲስ

            Horizon,

            To answer your question on individual (private?) ownership, may be the following sub articles of Article 40. might help in describing it.

            1.
            Every Ethiopian citizen has the right to the ownership of private property. Unless prescribed otherwise by law on account of public interest, this right shall include the right to acquire, to use and, in a manner compatible with the rights of other citizens, to dispose of such property by sale or bequest or to transfer it otherwise.
            2.
            “Private property”, for the purpose of this Article, shall mean any tangible or intangible product which has value and is produced by the labour, creativity, enterprise or capital of an individual citizen, associations which enjoy juridical personality under the law, or in appropriate circumstances, by communities specifically empowered by law to own property in common.
            7.
            Every Ethiopian shall have the full right to the immovable property he builds and to the permanent improvements he brings about on the land by his labour or capital. This right shall include the right to alienate, to bequeath, and, where the right of use expires, to remove his property, transfer his title, or claim compensation for it. Particulars shall be determined by law.

            8.
            Without prejudice to the right to private property, the government may expropriate private property for public purposes subject to payment in advance of compensation commensurate to the value of the property.

            Having said that I want to focus on the main topic at hand which is the Addis Ababa Master Plan.

            As indicated in the constitution, “Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples” are the building blocks of the Federal government we have. Accordingly, Oromia State is one of these “Nations,Nationalities, and Peoples” with the right to self govern. So the question of the master plan not involving proper consultation, processes laid out on how to integrate or expand territories is the core problem here. Thus the Oromos(“Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples” ) are not being part of the decision making process. Rather it was a top down approach where the Federal government along with Addis Ababa City Administration decides and impose(or attempt to train) on the implementation part to the surrounding Oromo towns.

            Thanks,
            Addis

        • Peace!

          Dear Horizon,

          Thank you for the well thought response although I wish you framed your comment based on what the Ethiopian federal law says about the land policy because what you know, or think, could be right, wrong, or no longer exists, so I can only say your position lacks legal ground. Federalism might be good for the country, but I am afraid it is, ostensibly, favoring only certain ethnics. As for integration, I don’t know if you agree with the guy in the video, but what he said makes a lot sense.

          https://www.facebook.com/samiel.mehary/videos/vb.1720371286/10200348000298861/?type=2&theater

          regards

          • Dear Peace,
            The million dollar question is who is telling the truth? True, this sentiment (is it called Tigrai-Tigrigni project?) is entertained by some Tigrayans and Eritreans.
            Beyond language and ethnicity, which does not concern all Eritreans, what is
            there to bring them together? The extent to which some Eritreans hate Tigrayans
            is sometimes terrifying. The same is true as much as the Ethiopian opposition
            is concerned. If Tigrayans feel that they find themselves between a rock and a hard place, the only safe place for them is with Ethiopia. Remember the 1998-2000 war, when Eritrea attacked hoping that the people of Ethiopia will turn against Tigrayans. It did not happen then and I am sure it will not happen in the future provided they play their cards right. In addition, political, economic and social conditions of the two are such that for the time being it will be marriage in poverty that could end in a complete catastrophe. Tigray has a lot to lose if she abandons the federation and very little to gain from Eritrea; and I am sure that there are many Tigrayans who are aware of this fact. Therefore, better not to believe everything that is said. After all, it is politics.
            Regards.

      • tes

        Dear Peace!

        These days you have good news to talk about, a news that speculates the end of EPRDF rule in Ethiopia. Is that what all your dream is while keeping the legitimacy of PFDJ in Eritrea? How an opportunist you are I can figure it out.

        cry for your people though you don’t have the heart to do it.

        tes

        • Peace!

          tes, my man!!

          I thought we agreed “change from within” is good for the country and the region. On the bright side, we are in a count down zone for TPLF departure which eliminates hallucinations and destructions by puppets and unionists in the opposition camp, and then we good to go. What happen? You keep missing the chain of change.

          Regards

          • tes

            Dear Peace!

            Let it be as you said on what we agreed. Nevertheless my call is to cry for your people first and foremost. This is where our major difference is. If I approach you with debugging wish of your hate on a non interesting force I think it is reasonable. Else it is good that we agreed on something tangible.

            My concern still is why you are engrossing the TPLF?

            tes

          • Peace!

            tes, my man!

            Why would you concern on me opposing TPLF? You know the organization is evil puppet that oppresses and robs its own people. Stealing elections and snatching land from the poor Oromos and Amharas and award it to elites, whom poses countless factories, villas and plus one buildings. The strategy is to achieve complete political and economic monopoly and keep the rest of the population under poverty to deter form resisting. Well, it looks like it is failing, and not time to write another test case and execute. Lets hope it wont get worse that we are not equipped to handle a flood of refugees.

            regards

          • Abi

            Hi peace!!!
            The Amharas say
            ” Abba bebelu emahoyin agesachew.”
            Don’t worry about the Ethiopian refugees flooding your country. We will be alright. Worry about your country. Thanks for your heartfelt concern.
            Wedaj lemeche new?

          • Peace!

            Hi Abbye

            Like wise Abbiye! I am not worry about you; Kokob Selam will hook you up!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOW3hE3eGFw

            Much love (you are special)

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Peace

            the guy is alive, look he is in an Eritrean site discussing,debating,joking, while teaching and learning. I love the way he reply to you..”Wedaj lemeche new?” in reality there are thousands of refuges from your country in his country. “the friend needed is the friend ended” you forget to appreciate his hospitality and still dream even to see his people to be refuges and what, he even appreciate for you hospitality in advance..smile after reading, never go angry. in fact ask questions like this.

            we are watching that the demonstration is going higher and people are uprising from town to town. hopefully, Ethiopian government and the people will solve it as the constitution is there and the problem is not really suppose to reach to this level. any how at the end of the day the result also will affects Eritrea. I am sure, any result or outcome will affect Eritrea. if the government and people manage their case, they will sure find out what the role of PFDJ was and hey, take my words ንህግደፍ እስቲሂና ከብልዎ እዮም :: but even if so happen, the government of Ethiopia will be thrown then there PFDJ will have hard time keeping Eritrea as nation and will be removed by our people.

            you peace is worried about Ethiopian refuges in advance – to make you even more worried.

            do you ask questions like this ?

            – if there are 100 thousand Eritrean ( from 6M ) refuges in Ethiopia how many does that mean when changed the other way round? how many Ethiopian refuges in Eritrea does that mean? remember Ethiopian population is more than 90M. Lol, if that happens the Ethiopian refuges population may go higher than Eritrean population in side Eritrea.

            now how about this question,

            -what and how PFDJ will manage if this type of demonstration starts in Eritrea? they could have killed everyone as that will their end. Lol.

            take it easy man, Allah is great and Allah will save Habesha People. Pray and he will answer.

          • Peace!

            Dear Kokobai,

            I only said we are not equipped to handle a flood of refugees, thats all. But the problem is every time an Eritrean talks about injustice in Ethiopia, either he must be PFDJ or ill wisher, but when an Ethiopian talks about injustice in Eritrea, he is considered a good friend. Otherwise, of course we should stand by Oromos and Amharas given those are the ones who cried with us when TPLF confiscated our hard earned property and deport us through fortified hot desert just because they didn’t like the color of our eyes. It is immoral and hypocritical to support an oppressor just because its departure might not serve well to neighbor countries or people.

            The other thing is yes I am more than happy to see Eritreans inside the country rise up and fight for their freedom because that’s the only healthy way of change I can think of regardless how DIA would handle it; I think there is a reason why they call it Revolution. It might be overwhelming but trust me I will not be as panic as Abbi 🙂

            regards

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Peace,

            we have been talking about Badme war a lot. we have already discussed enough. we have discussed about the deported Eritrean and also the deported Ethiopians. it is just boring and nonsense to repeat again and again. regarding Badme war, I never think the war was started in 1998 – never measure the war when the bullet start to shout. If you were lucky enough to have an elder to tell you the story, you will not even talk about Badme. Badme is an Eritrean land before PFDJ or her mother EPLF leadership give it to EPLF. Eritreans said it that is an Eritrean land, the world said it is an Eritrean land. it was only PFDJ who sold it not Eritrean when they failed to solve internal conflicts. and then whenPFDJ try to get it back by force it was difficult for PFDJ. now, even after the entire world said that is an Eritrean land, none cares as PFDJ is illegal to represent Eritrean people any way. by the way, even if Ethiopia capture more land today, no force or no legal world decision will be able to help Eritrea – because you don’t have legal representative that will represent you and me. so the homework is more internal than external. stand and have a legally recognized government.

            regarding Eritrean deported from Ethiopia, it was difficult decision for Meles but that is a choice without any choice. I bet you if you was the leader of Ethiopia you will manage the same. the reason is it was even impossible to know who are the secrete members of PFDJ and the only choice to move everybody if possible. see, TPLF is part of Ethiopian government and knows very well how PFDJ works and keeping Eritrean people at that very moment is dangerous. yes, there was a lot of problems our deported Eritrean faced, but then that is it – having a party like PFDJ is a curse – ኣላህ ላይባርክ ፊሆም !

            Look, me as an Eritrean can’t talk about Ethiopian government much for one reason at least the leaders are human beings..you can talk with them, you can speak with them and you can discuss with them. they have a kind of system, they even have a parliament, they allow every ethnic group and they even bring already the lost tribes to the surface. so talking about Ethiopian government for you and me is like “ኣድጊ ዘይብሉስ በቅሊ የናሹ “-

            you said also ” I am more than happy to see Eritreans inside the country rise up and fight for their freedom because that’s the only healthy way of change I can think of regardless how DIA would…” handle it; they call it Revolution for a reason”

            you see, Ethiopian government and Eritrean “government ” are different. Eritrean one don’t have any contract or agreement, so there is nothing to be responsible they can kill everybody and believe me they are bloody criminals. and gain if this kind of movement starts, they will be very much afraid to face justice “ፈራሕ ኣይሓዝካ ” and they may turn the nation exactly like what happened to Somali after Said Bare. then you will have to pray to bring IA like what happened to Somali people.

            what we are doing is fine, a bit longer but better way. PFDJ slowly going to ash. one part is out of the nation, one is in prison, one is in the middle of death and life there in Asmara. the people are already very much aware and awaken. every single day we are paralyzing them till they see themselves empty hand -ኣብ ጽርግያ በይኖም እናተዛረቡ ክሳብ ዝኸዱ ኢና ንገብሮም ዘለና :some may think we are doing nothing. leave alone the organized very well planed job that is going on, but even in this diaspora simple debates, we have changed a lot. and one day the mass will go to the palace of this government to say “Hey, the film is over!” so just relax Peace.

            Now, every Ethiopian should be a bit panic, because that is the only nation and the only time it has grown fast. and every one should be part of the solution.

            in fact you should not be exited, the case of Ethiopia this time will affect Eritrea and it is dangerous not only for PFDJ but for all people…things may go in different direction. so pray for the best.

          • Peace!

            Dear Kokobai,

            Wow! I thought my phone was going to hell. well, it is better to stay on the subject otherwise there is no point debating, and please no reason to get personal just address the issue specially when you do not know who you are talking with. The deportation and the Badme war are scars that need to be healed so peace can prevail between both people, otherwise dismissing them as boring and non sense is pure insulting to the victims. you are dead wrong!

            The situation in Ethiopia is alarming and of course we all need to be concerned. However, the injustice by TPLF must be condemned and can not be justified under no circumstance. Please keep in mind DIA’s evil and barbaric acts do not make TPLF’s evil acts right. so please stop the endless shenkolel. The current problem in Ethiopia has its own roots and can not be solved by killing students and farmers. please listen to the shimagle in the video hope it shades some light.

            https://www.facebook.com/1573070839616746/videos/vb.1573070839616746/1581069892150174/?type=2&theater

            regards

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Peace,
            nothing personal really. regarding Badme, for me it is boring ended when you and me still talk about it without understanding the main case. to clear for you,Badme case is only part of the problem PFDJ created and even if today Ethiopia return it PFDJ will still continue leading without rule and system in side the nation letting our people suffer even worst and also Ethiopia will be face more problems. PFDJ is not good for it’s people and others and even for it’s own supporters and members. so the case only can be solved by removing PFDJ is my stand.

            the same to you, I don’t want to see the death of those young students but I don’t also think the leading government is only. Shouldering and accusing TPLF in first place is creating differences from no where among people which will lead to civil war – which PFDJ is dreaming to see – not fair!

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            Never mind Peace!. He is eager to show me his legendary hospitality again. We already experienced it in 1991.
            Peace!
            Your choice of music is interesting. ” semay deferese “. Don’t worry “yedeferese yiTeral”.
            Thanks

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abi,
            I want you to understand, what ever happened is the result of the mistakes done earlier. and again most of the actions taken by some Eritreans will not represent all people. if you count those type of minor actions and I remember my village that was burned to ash by Ethiopian war planes, we should also remember always people are not responsible and that is already past. Let’s cultivate love – for us love is the best choice. I love you and I know deep inside you love me. we want to see to strong united nations being best example to the world. yes we can!

            I learn form Horizon, where are you Horizon?

          • Peace!

            Dear Abi,

            Come on, that was a nice song. I dont want you to wake up early in the morning and listen to radio Fana, news by Alemu Nuwase.

            https://www.facebook.com/DDDDEDEFER/videos/vb.100001186096972/915119165204278/?type=2&theater

            you owe me a thank you, don’t you?
            regards

          • Peace!

            Hi Abbye

            Like wise Abbiye! I am not worring about you; Kokob Selam will hook you up!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

            Much love (you are special)

        • Ted

          Hi tes, you have a legitimate reason to worry. TPLF out of picture, you will be lost where you belong in the struggle for change. On the other hand, we the people ( To THE EAST..TO THE EAST), will have our struggle defined clearly; we against PFDJ. It is in our and people in South’s interest TPLF is gone for good. No matter what TPLF sympathising Ethiopians here in Awate think, we support the struggle for “weeding out” TPLF and we relate with suffering of Oromo and all Ethiopians. It is also in our best interest that Ethiopians solve their ethnic line divide to stand as one against TPLF. There is no better time than now Ethiopians not only to discard TPLF but also reconcile and form unity in their country. We stand by them. The time for peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia is closer than ever.
          PS. EPRDF is TPLF, say it as it is.

          • tes

            Dear Ted,

            You support a struggle to weed TPLF but against weeding PFDJ. This is a paradox at most. As for me, do not worry. I know exactly where I stand.

            tes

          • Ted

            Hi tes, Exactly. We struggle for the rule of law and justice not your kind of “weed out” nonsense. Eritrea is not for vengeance and power grab. ” weed out” TPLF is the poplar voice in Ethiopia, i support it. ” Weed out” PFDJ happen to be TPLF motto and yours too. When TPLF is gone, you will be gone along. That is where you stand. Pay attention how things are unfolding in Ethiopia, you life depend on it.

          • tes

            Dear Ted,

            Funny, once you failed to recruit me now you are trying a different tactic. Funny chap.

            x-PFDJites, EPLFites and now OTTOs are only against weeding PFDJ. I care less whether TPLF is weeded or not. It is non of my business. What I care about is on the weeding of PFDJ.

            You see after Medrek was fully exposed for its dictatorial leadership, the strategy of weed’em out is getting popularity among the youth political movement. I am so happy to see such developments.

            tes

          • Ted

            Hi, tes, i rather train a donkey use a fork than try to recruit you. What development you talking about? Medrek having the lion share of foreign fund, the EU giving their money, US diplomat rosey words, you got nothing, nada, zilch.NOW the only backing you have TPLF crumbling, you should care, worry and frightened or call SA for comfort.

          • tes

            Hi Ted,

            Your words are here in this forum. Now you are disappointed at me. yes it is easy to train a donkey use a fork than trying to recruit me in your reform PFDJ junta. Never my crap. Go and train a donkey. You will only get donkey minded individuals who will hear your call. As for me, I am a human who fights for a just justice not a cosmic justice.

            Do not get angry chap. You have failed terribly to attract my attention.

            tes

  • Solomon Haile

    Selamat Victorawian,

    Right now, your’s truly need to tighten a few bulbs/screws. I beg your pardon for using, on occasion and more often than not, a vernacular I have picked up from my empirical knowledge. Though topics discussed in our time are important on… Say.. So I will attempt to focus now on constitutional matters.

    2. I am hope full that it is understood, as it is now @tightening time as I have indicated above.. My theorizing is academic and I am leaning on “hypothetical” dialogue.
    3. It is good time for yours truly to practice good neighborliness as bridging and dialogue of the third bridge, with all of our sincere dialogue is will pick up steam for the engine.
    Trabajo nostotros ahora,
    “To The East!”
    tSAtSE

  • Kokhob Selam

    ኣንታ L.T.

    እንታይ ሕርቃኑ ? ዝሓርቕ ኳ ጽላኣኒ :: ኣይኮነን ዶ እሮፓ ክንደይ ርኹሳት ደቂ ሃገር ሲ ሂቦማ እንድዮም? ድሓር ገንዘብ ዶ ካብ ወዲ ሰብ በሊጹ ? ክንደይ መንእሰይ እንዶ ግዳ ዕድሚ ኣኡ ይሓጽር ይሎን የሕዝን:: እቲ ዘሕርቕ ሲ እዞም ደቂ ዚ ውጹዕ ህዝቢ ክንሶም :- ደቂ ሰባት ክጠፍኡ ባህ ዝብሎም: – ሃገር እናበረሰት ዝስዕስዑ ምርኣይ እዩ :: ልዕሊኡ ዘሕዝን ድማ ስለይትን መጋበሬታትን ህግደፍ ኮይኖም ወለቕ ሸልቕ ዝብሉ ሕሱራት ክትርኢ እንከለኻ እዩ ::

  • Kokhob Selam

    ኣንታ L.T.

    እንታይ ሕርቃኑ ? ዝሓርቕ ኳ ጽላኣኒ :: ኣይኮነን ዶ እሮፓ ክንደይ ርኹሳት ደቂ ሃገር ሲ ሂቦማ እንድዮም? ድሓር ገንዘብ ዶ ካብ ወዲ ሰብ በሊጹ ? ክንደይ መንእሰይ እንዶ ግዳ ዕድሚኡ ይሓጽር ይሎን —– የሕዝን:: እቲ ዘሕርቕ ሲ እዞም ደቂ ዚ ውጹዕ ህዝቢ ክንሶም :- ደቂ ሰባት ክጠፍኡ ባህ ዝብሎም: – ሃገር እናበረሰት ዝስዕስዑ ምርኣይ እዩ :: ልዕሊኡ ዘሕዝን ድማ ስለይትን መጋበሬታትን ህግደፍ ኮይኖም ወለቕ ሸልቕ ዝብሉ ሕሱራት ክትርኢ እንከለኻ እዩ… እሞ ድማ ኣብ ኣጋ ወጋሕታ !:

  • tes

    Dear Hope,

    Did you say by paraphrasing what saay7 said “even if only 5 percent of the $200 million is utilized for the right purpose,it is worth!”

    yes man this is the maximum expectation from African leaders.

    Let me give you this from what I heard:

    In the 1960s, the economic power of Ghana was higher than that of South Korea. And now we know the difference. Then some wise people asked why as both of them were receiving funds from western countries. Then they found the paradox and here it is.

    South Koreans were taking funds and use 95% to develop their country while the rest was for corruption. In Ghana, it was the inverse: 5% for development works and 95% for corruption. Worse those corrupted leaders used it to drink expensive alcohol and life fantasy.

    Since I have ample information on how EU, UNDP, IFAD and similar funds were exploited do not try to be a pope on me.

    Else as usual your hallucination.

    tes

  • Hope

    Welcome back Peace if this is the Senior Rational Awatista !
    U were missed and Ted the Greatesta has been using an AK-47 with his left hand and a Machine Gun with his right hand,like our Hero Martyr Said Salih of ELF did in the plains of Serayr against the marching Derghi !
    You should ask directly SGJ and Tewkel that question !
    Where were u hiding,btw?
    Did u attend the Franfurt and Nairobi Meetings?
    If so,any updates?

    • Peace!

      My man hope,

      No. G7 meetings are way fun than ours, and the update, actually the breaking news, is as you can see we are witnessing the beginning of the end of evil TPLF.

      Enkuae dehan xenahka
      Peace!

    • Ted

      Hi Hope, i was thinking Peace already back home, welcome back;-) speaking of panic, i wonder if Gedab news have reporters from panic town. I guess Those who chose Nairobi to do their meeting have a few more functioning brain cells than those in PANIC TOWN.
      The Ak-47 you speaking about, the ammo is actually obtained from the dummy opposition depot. They went for sanction, they went for TPLF invasion, they went after the Funding, they went for regionalism and religion, the went after Ghedli, they went after the flag. The gift kept giving, PFDJ can’t ask for better opposition. History dictates we are capable people demanding and achieving change/rule of law by ourselves. When Europeans acknowledge we are dirt poor needing help, the opposition could have said ‘Yes’ and recommend accountability for the fund usage. You know how things are unfolding on the favour of PFDJ with all its short comings, what a rip off.

      • Nitricc

        Hey Ted, please keep it quite but the German development mister is in Eritrea. I think I am guessing he will drop another 100 million euro package; lol don’t tell the ignorant wanna be Canadian; after reading his last garbage article; he may commit suicides this time around.
        Wetru Awet-Nhafash!
        Hey Ted, did know that the Addis train stopped in its trucks with fool of passengers due to the outage of electricity. It has been a couple of days out of service. Instead of fixing their toothless train, the weyane are busy massacring the Oromo.

        • Abi

          Hey General
          The German development minister is visiting the cuccineta factory in Asmara. It doesn’t need electricity. You roll down the road, you carry it up the hill. In other words, you sit on it down the hill, it sits on you up the hill. Talk about next generation cuccineta.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Aby I don’t know what cuccineta is but from your description sounds self powered trian and Amen to that. I can not believe the Addis trian left so many people stranded. Ye Weyane neger. They can’t even run the toothless trian for a little while? I rather have the 120 years old Eritrean trian. At least people can get home.

          • Abi

            Hi Nitricc
            Thanks for the good laugh. You don’t qualify as an Eritrean if you don’t know cuccineta.
            Regarding the Addis train, don’t you worry. We will run it as the airlines and the shipping lines. We expect a glitch. It is normal and expected. Don’t make a big deal out of nothing.

            Cuccineta (n) a self powered train ( Nitricc)
            Imagine carrying a train. Hahahaha

            BTW, congratulations on the 200 million aid ( mtsewat).
            Submit your application to buy electricity from Mama Ethiopia. You will be the tenth country in the order of delivery. In the meantime use self powered generator like cuccineta to generate electricity.
            Take it easy.

          • Eyob Medhane

            Abi,

            Stop it man, you’re killing me.. 🙂

          • Abi

            Eyobe
            Endet keremk?
            Yihe babur ayin bezabet.

            The highest stage of qinat
            Jerba lay madyat mawTat.( Tamagn Beyene)

          • Ted

            Hi, Abi, we the privileged citizens of Ethiopia never get to know and experience the cussianata rolling as oppose to the people of Asmara who used it to transport fire wood and prickly pear in their daily life. Don’t blame us for your kindness and generosity that we were into Toyota corolla and DX. I feel bad you get to use cussinetta.
            Something you said about ቅናት, i wish it is true. Please consult the oromo and Amhara people for their lack of enthusiasm for the razzle and dazzle Weyane display ,the iron box rolling over their head. If the ungrateful Oromo asked for more, they better learn how to chew a bullet.
            We, as Aosman said, the cussineta has enough fund to run on solar power. Electricity, no thank you. We got no complaint.!!!!
            Abi, as Gondere, the Awet department of Ethiopia can use your intake and info what is happening back home and as you might expected, we need just the juicy stuff( bad things, chaos) happening to mamma Ethiopia (the feeling is mutual that Awet never disappointed you with our short comings that you come here for more). Be sport and tell us what terrible things are going on in your backyard. You know why i can’t ask Eyob.

          • AOsman

            Hi Nitricc,

            Never mind Abi, he is thinking of the poorly made cucinetta that he saw growing in Addis and assumes we have the same. Our cucinetta is more efficient (soon to be solar powered – model being tested by a third party), likely to bring us more funding following the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

            http://www.ecofriend.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/solar_powered_car_87jnn.jpg

            Abi,

            Yesterday under BBC travel section I was looking at “Is Africa getting a Dubai” and noticed that the railway tracks Addis-Djibuty are not laid straight, God help you on that bumpy trip until the better gateway to Asab or Massawa is open for you to enjoy our smooth cucinetta.

            http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/wwfeatures/1280_720/images/live/p0/38/g4/p038g49v.jpg

            Regards
            AOsman

          • Abi

            Hi AOsman
            I like the new cuccineta. The Eritrean guy in the picture ( Nitricc) must be the inventor. I appreciate Eritrean ingenuity and generosity. Soon we will use this solar powered, double decker , next generation cuccineta instead of the bumpy train all the way to Djibouti.
            Yeqenyeley.

          • AOsman

            Dear Abi,

            Wow I did not know you had sharp vision. Yeah you are correct Nitricc is the pilot inside and his muzungu ሰራተኛ is pulling the cucinette as he has to carry out few manual checks before starting the engine. Also he is teaching you Africans something…….:)

            Regards
            AOsman

  • sara

    Dear All
    OMG, how did Donald Trumps vocabulary book seeped into awate forum?
    of course you heard the ugly,hateful,racist words he is throwing this days….
    what is different here?
    may the god shield eritrea from the Trumps of the world!

  • Adem

    Haven’t you heard that UK Company is going to prospect for
    oil along the red sea shores? That is what it is. The strategic interests of
    countries come first to everything. In front of this interest Geneva rally
    comes in to nothing. Wake up!!! German
    may be working to get Lufthansa fly to Eritrea again. The most profitable route
    for Lufthansa that was abandoned unwillingly.

  • Meda Ethiopia

    Meda Ethiopia
    Hi
    What is going on?
    40 million a year is peanuts for what the country going through
    If getting help was going to stop based on human rights how about Mengtu Haile Mariam government
    How about the western government treatment of their native people
    I could go to israel & the whole Middle East & all over Asia how the minority has been treated by the majority of the people
    Any ways no body can write good article all the time including our hero SAAY
    I rank this article as the game which played in Asmara between 2 teams.that was the last game.one team gave away 6 or 7 goals because the team was paid off

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Semere ጀግና !

    እዋእ መቸም: እቲ ሓገዝ ምስ’ቲ እዋናዊ ተረኽቦታት መዚንካ እቲ ዝቐርዓነ ድስቲ ናይሮቢ ዶ ኾን ጨንይዎም ኢልካ ከምጠርጥራ ነገር ፈይ ኣቢልካ ምሕላፍ ‘ውን ጌጋ ኣይኮነን :: ብዓል ኣያ ኣልኣሚን እዚ ዝዓይነቱ ውሽጣዊ ጎስጓስ ክገብሩ ዝእግሞም ኣይኮነን (“ንሕናን ተቃውምትን ንጽገና ብረቂቅ ንሰርሕ ኣለና ኣይትጠራጠሩ ህዝብና ንሕና ኢና ንፈልጦ “) :: ካብ ተሞክሮይ ሽጣራታት መሪሕነት ህግደፍ ኣንጭዋ ኢሮፕ ትበትኮ ኣይኮነን :: ኣሕዋትና ንተረኽቦታት ኣብ ጥቅምኻ ናይ ምውዓል ክእለታት ኣለዎም :: ንባዕሉ ተረኽቦ ናይሮቢ ይፍሸል ይተዓወት ብክልቲኡ ውጽኢታት ተጠቀምቲ ክኾኑ ዘካይድዎ ዘለው ጻዕሪ ርኢናዮ ኢና ::

    ብሓቂ ግን ከም ኮኾብ ናይ ወጻኢ ሓገዝ ንዕድመ ህግደፍ የናውሖ እዩ ዝብል እምንቶ የብለይን :- እቲ ምንታይሲ ቅድም ቀዳድም ንለውጥ ደጋዊ ሓገዝ ይኹን ኩናኔ ዘለዎ ጽልዋ ዝተወሰነ እዩ – ለውጢ ለውጢ ዝኸውን በታ ናይ ታ ሃገር ህዝቢ ዕቱብ ዓመጽን ተበግሶን ብምዃኑ : ከምኡ ደጋዊ ሓገዝ ንሓንቲ ሃገር ዝጠቅማ ህዝባዊ መንግስቲ ምስ ዝህሉ እዩ:: ንንጉስሩጥ ስርዓት ድማ ገንዘብ ኣየድሕኖን እዩ :: ካልኣይ ግጅለ ህግደፍ ብዛዕብ እዚ ቁርብቁራቦ ከም መመሳኸሪ ተቀባልነቱ እንተዘይመዝሚዝዎ ሳላ ማፍያዊ ባህርያቱ ዘኻዕብቶ ገንዘብ ኣዝዩ ብዙሕ ብምዃኑ በዚ ዝዓግብ ኣይኮነን ::

    የግዳስ እዚ ዝዓይነቱ ሓገዝ ጽባሕ ( ኣብ ዕለተ ለውጢ ) ህግደፍ ሓደ ካብ ዝሕተተሎም ገንዘባዊ ጸብጻብ መባዝሕቲ መርገም ድኣ ይኸውን እምበር :-ሕጂ ኣብ ኣፍን ጭሕምን ዘሎ ሓጺር እዋን ነይፈየዳ ::

    ህግደፍ ብህዝባዊ ዓመጽ ክትሓቅቕ እያ ::

    ኮኾብ ሰላም ::

    • Peace!

      Selam Kokobai,

      No reason to get mad but to blame yourself and your follow members in the opposition groups. What you, Amanuel Hudrat and others have been doing is praising Ethiopia and late Meles zenawi for the last few years, and on other hand YG and his puppies have spent their precious time belittling Ghedli and Eritrean identity in false hope of Greater Tigray. And the timid TPLF is also too damp to figure out and make a bold decision that now taking everyone down with as Oromos and Amharas putting rope in its neck. Where do we go from here?

      Regards

      • tes

        Dear Peace!

        You asked, “where do we go from here?”

        Well may be to the reformers agenda, the Medrekites??? What do you think?

        Welcome back.

        tes

        • Peace!

          Tes my man!

          Change from within is not a REFORM, period.

          Thank you

          • tes

            Dear Peace!

            This tricky word has been exploited too much. No my friend, no wolf in a sheep’s skin.

            tes

          • Peace!

            Dear tes,

            Exploited, did you mean on paper? probably. Practically nothing has been exploited, only GuRa: PFDJ must be weeded out, eradicated, dismantled, destroyed…. don’t get me wrong I like to see PFDJ gone, but that has to be done in away that doesn’t endanger sovereignty of the country and peoples’ live.

            Take care

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Peace,

            is that reforming or Hijacking? in fact if it is reforming you and your likes are dreaming, you must be better than Bitweded, or Dru’E – which is false and untrue. if you disagree show us how to reform? where , in Asmara? Ela Ero is crowded and there are no more containers for you my friend. but if you are talking about Nairobi type of reforming, then you must be jobless, hopeless and useless like Shengeb.

          • Peace!

            Dear Kokobai,

            See the problem is that it has been almost two decades for the opp groups to come up with a plan and deliver change, and regrettably they failed miserably to the extent the world is giving up on them. Could you imagine that the opp groups have failed to attract even families of prisoners languishing in ERa Ero, let alone Eritreans in diaspora including those who fled the country and granted asylum. some thing must be horribly wrong!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Peace,

            who should attract whom? you are talking if someone is more responsible than the other. we are all relatives of prisoners. I was there against this group before those prisoners. I can do only what I can do that is all. the case is simple my , we most Eritreans are not honest with ourselves. that all. it is not only my responsibility it is also yours and no one is better than the other.

            for your information, those in prison are not the same type, sorry to say some among them were also crazy guys who cooperated with this criminal group and were not hearing us. some were dancing there and one day they want to reform just because they don’t want to see real change as they were part of the ugly group– exactly what those who are barking now are doing. be honest. we don’t have to go again through bloody revolution to convince those guys. ሕልኩሳት !

      • Kokhob Selam

        Selam Peace,

        “ዋሎ!”

        ንሕና ንዛረብ ዘለና ብዛዕባ ‘ታ “ሓገዝ ኣይንደሉን ኢና” .. “ብጽፍርና ኢና እንነብር” እናበለት ትጀሃር ዝነበረት ሕፍረት ኣልቦ ጉጅለ – ገንዘብ ዘይትጸግብ – ደም ዘይትጸግብ – በሊዓ “ኣሉ”.. ዝበለዐትሉ እትሰብር ጉጅለ እና :- ንስኻ ድማ ብዛዕባ ኢትዮጵያን ብዛዕባ ውልቀ ሰባትን ኢኻ ትዛረብ ዘለኻ ከምዚ ምስ ረኸባ እየን ኣዴት “ዋሎ” ዝብላ::

        ኣንታ ዓርከይ ኢትዮጵያ ድኣ ሞ ኢትዮጵያውያን ኣለውዋ እንድዮም ? ኢትዮጵያውያን እኮ እቲ ዝወጸ ናይ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ሓዲሽ ፕላን ኣይንቅበሎን ኢና እዮም ዝብሉ ዘለዎ :- በትክታት ድማ ሃገር ብዘይ ሕግን ስርዓትን እናተጓዘት ሕፍር ከይበልኩም ናብ ኣንዳማትኩም ተቃምቱ ኣለኹም:: ብዛዕባ ጥምየትን ጽምእን ስደትን ሞትን ማእሰርትን ምቅተልትን -ሃገርኩም ግን ብጭቅ ክትብሉ ኣይከኣልኩምን :ስው ኣት ተመሊሶም ንክልኢት እንተዝርኢኹም ሲ ክንደይ ምሓዘኑ ::

        ዳሕራይ ካብ ረብሻን ነውጽን ኢትዮጵያ እንታይ ትጥቀሙ ይመስለኩም? ህግን ስርዓትን ኣብ ሃገርና ክነግስ እንተኾይኑ ኢትዮጵያ ክትርበሽ ኣለዋ ? ኣብ ውሽጢ ኢትዮጵያ ለውጢ እንተመጸ ባድመ ትምለስ ይመስለኩም ? ዶ ዓሰብ ውን ክተረክብዋ ትደልዩ ኣለኹም ?

        ኢትዮጵያን ህዝባን ጉዳዮም ባዕሎም ኣለውዎ: የግዳስ ከም’ታ ንሶም ነቲ ዝኣመንሉ ዝቃለሱ ሃየ እንዶ ሓቂ ቁሩብ ሓቂ ትንክፍ ተብልኩም እሞ ሕልናኹም ይውቀስኩም ::

  • Solomon Haile

    Dear Awate,
    On the contrary. You are causing this. My main submission is with held. Unless you are hacked… I have seen it.. Maybe it was flagged. I have many theories as to why? I have broken no rules… The provocation is the other way around. As you can see I am finding away around the piurging..the word escapes me..tSATSE

  • Solomon Haile

    Dear AT,

    Really?
    1.Do you think TT needs a shield of pritection from me? Again, I say it is an imagined enmity. I come from the school if MLK:”the only way to rid of enmity is through amity.”
    2. The zaEgol role is true And you are consulting with Medrekh and EDF
    3. You love to make me look insane and I must admit I love. It too.
    With amity and respect @knrebRe. In a! So kindly do not hinder the flow of natural progress and conversations/dialogue. And. Please do not block my account as this is not pestering. It is rather. A just observation.
    tSAtSE

  • Solomon Haile

    Dear Ayneta,

    You forget Europeans are the inventors of nation state governance. Look at all the euro kings,emperors, and TsArs… It is like a sine or cosine function. They had the good, the bad and the ugly. I think they cN mitigate between the good, the bad and the ugly…as well as the incredulity of the coie report. tSAtSE

  • Nitricc

    Hi All, reading Semere’s garbage article; I can not help but to think to encourage one more demonstration against Eritrea and her government. All this drama, Geneva and NY city brought 200 mill for the country. Let’s have another demonstration that may bring another hundreds of millions, this time from Scandinavian countries. I have a feeling it will start with Norway. Let’s another demonstration this time DC will be a great place.
    All that screaming and wasting your time and energy = 200 Mill.for PIA,lol
    By the way Semere is what you call “liability” to what whatever you are struggling for.

    Even the Dedebitawian won’t act like he has. Go ahead find a rope Semere.

    • Solomon Haile

      Dear Nitrick,

      Now that’s what I call thinking. The only thing though the demonstrators will have to shout”down down Medrekh” “down down Awate Team” Down Down medrekh.. Down Down Saay.. Down GhAdi.”
      I am afraid IA is down for the count. The “democratic coup is complete!” Congratulations is in order.
      tSAtSE

    • Ted

      Hi, Nitricc, starting from this idiotic article to all those nonsense that groups going against alleviating poverty can only explained as ” lack of imagination” and in Semeres Co. case; Spiteful . As time pass, it came back with vengeance to bite them in their behind. Those time had passed when US and EU were all ears for every malicious entities masquerade as “opposition”. Semere is going through a phenomenon where a living human body catches fire as result of intense internal heat; spontaneous human combustion. He went all nuts Eritrean ID, US diplomat, EU funding and his handlers TPLF in panic ,he has no where to go except combust..
      Awet nehafash.

      • Solomon Haile

        Dear TED,

        Now hold on there bud there ain’t no “idiotic article”. And there ain’t going to be any bitting in the pants! People who have invested over two decades struggling for justice and liberty for the unjustly incarcerated and a generation held hostage to military rule to a convenient “nation is under siege” narration have earned the right to vent and release pressure for a few days, when they erroneously believe their cause may have just suffered a set back.
        The Semeres. Sara’s and TTs etc… Should read Nitrick’s wisdom albeit sarcastic.
        When the “Mazungu” sais “democracy good” “you dumb Africans” will say “let’s do democracy” “let’s do liberty.” 200M Euros is for good governance and energy.
        Would you care to tell us what good governance is according to the Refirmers? I think you could start with: equitable distribution of resources to all of Eritrea’s citizens. Quantifiable by statistical data like maybee the American Afirmitive action. Ever heard a gentleman by the name Ahmed Raji.
        Also, I don’t know if it is the name or my zaEgol extrapolation, I feel some sort of kinship towards you. Maybe in a previous lifetime you were my caregiver. I have only seeing Kartame but for fleeting moment in this life time and have not heard from him for decades. What a monsrter this PDDJ cult is! “Live long and prosper.” As OTTO was a yesteryear catch acronym let me get a jump on this one: RTR. Reforming the Reformers. tSAtSE

        • Ted

          Hi Tsa tse, no sh##t would be the word in a millisecond you be under PFDJ( got your ID ready), those ‘live long and prosper” next to “awet nehafash” next to PFDJ next to “IA” next to you and may be me too, Reformed reformers. It doesn’t take much to get reformed from already reformed us, Semere Andom make it cakewalk. Easy as , you see them(the dummy oppositions) and swing the other way, bingo all fall in the arms of PFDJ; god forbid but not really, who is making it rain the 200M Euro. Not that it is a big a dough, the bragging right is HUGE, for coming on the top as stealing a meat from a lion. Why would they do that . Yigermenalo alo.

          • Solomon Haile

            Dear TED,

            No thanks! I am rather enjoying my unlimited liberty right here in good old USofA! I have carved out a pencil drawing from a “luH” an Ak47 and an constantly hiking the hills of Northern CA. Pretending to be a libertarian “right to bear arms”‘American freedom rider. Even with a NHRD as brother, and an and… I think I would end up in Adi Abeyto should I get my new Eritrea ID. Of course, It would be an honor to sacrifice one’s liberty for the sake of rule of law in your country and be on great company like Teg. Beteweded. I will join you Bête in “a wet n Hafash!”
            In the USA Franklin said: “give me liberty or give me death.”
            To The East!
            tSAtSE

          • Ted

            Hi Tsa Tse, have it your way if i don’t know the good old excuse”good old USA” for not having the tooth to chew ጎጎ adena;-) I am heading that way, got a word for Teg Bitweded who said those exact words not Frankline BTW.

          • Solomon Haile

            Dear TED,

            The $50 or maybe $20 of good old USofA shows you Biniam Franklin, one of the founding fathers of USA, said “Give me liberty or give death.” See founded a rather exemplary government the world has ever experienced. At least on paper and definitely the supreme law of the land. I believe he is also credited for discovering electricity while flying a kite.
            Dearest TED, I fully support you and all Eritreans that have struggled and worked for next to zero personal gain their entire lives to make Eritrea be number one. On all sides of the riddle. So I agree that Eritrean Teg. Beteweded did say “Give me liberty or give me death.” But he is not the first. Let’s say Teg. Beteweded is the Eritrean Benjamin Franklin. Only, the American Founfing Fathers did NOT jail Frankling for a the first Quarter of The Century of their young Nation’s life then. Franklin waited his turn and was voted President of the United States of America as a thank you by the American People to Franklin for being both a Freedom Fighter (American Tegadalay) and a Freedom Rider for uttering those infamous words “Give me liberty and give me death!” As well as laying the foundation that has made USA s greater nation with each generation. This American generation is a testament to that Supreme Law of The Land-The Constitution of The United States of America. You never know, Eritreans already have a young lawyer, graduate of law from my Almamatta- The State University of New York at Buffalo, you may even have a President Matthew Solomon as Presudent if USA in the future and may invite an uncle to the White House State Dinner. You see as toddlers the kids grew up calling Their Grandma’s house the “White House.” And we call Grandma &pa’s house “The White House to this day.My point is the foundation that makes USA #1 , and always getting better is Rule of Law.
            Now good governance and electric power. Sounds familiar? The 200M Euro is for just that. For the release of The Eritrean Benjamin Franklin. For the release of The Eritrean Nelson Mandela. For the release of the future President of Hagere Ertra as a thank you by the Eritrean People to Beteweded for being a freedom fighter(Eritrean Tegadalay) and for uttering the same words as Franklin “give me liberty or give me death.” Where Eritrea and USA diverge from being great nations is in the naming of their respective Presudents’ residence. Eritrea’s will not be called “the White House.” Eritrea’s’ Presidential residence shall be called “House of Love.” In Tigrigna or geEiz/Tigrauit House of Love translates to the name of its first freely and democratically elected President HouseOfLove Brightened. MeraH Hagere Eritra Beteweded Abraha.
            In the USA, once President Matthew Solomon takes office We Americans will Amend And change The WhiteHouse to House of Immigrants or House for All.
            We Erutrean Americans, rest assured will not be electing Trump in 2016. We will however start working in $500M from our government to fund good governance and power in Eritrea right away. And in 2016 the REFORMERS inside Eritrea as a good will gesture and thank you to the EU can start releasing their future head of state Teg. Beteweded Abraha aka Freedom Rider HouseOfLove Brightened.
            Stay well Brother.
            “Awet n Hafash!”
            To The East!
            tSAtSE

          • Solomon Haile

            Dear Ted,

            “It’s all about the Benjamin’s” goes a rap song. The $100 bill is the one with Benjamin Franklin’s likeness on it. Let’s reserve Nfa100 for Bieteweded and I pray a long long time from now. I am okay for Isaias to be on Nfa1 when Eritrea has it’s own “dead presidents” as I feel 1% of the 10% God commands us as duty should go to government charity. So I give a Washington for Afewiorki. In my old age and affluence, I tend to vote for less taxation and definitely with Representation. If you drop my 2% to 1% I will for what I owe, then I will consider obtaining my Eritrean ID. Other wise, as the self proclaimed President of RTR, I will recommend Nfa2 for ERTRA’s “baTiera” and have Afewirki’s likeness on it where he will be forgotten by future generations. Agree to 1% and we have a deal, then you could take me on a tour to Teseney’s Highschool–enda Aboy SeAre and we can once again play “get gut with Akat, Fetli, and a nail.” You never know we may even discover how to harness power from “gergurr.” (Assuming you are the “Kartame” PFDJ’s NHRD?)If you agree, I will start my Pening “Honest Isaias” to Saay7 ahead of my proof to iSEM. RTR for ever!
            To The East!
            tSAtSE

          • Solomon Haile

            Dear Ted,
            It was Jeferson. I am just an African Imigrant naturalized citizen. All my elementary education was home schooling in Barka One on one. The chalk board was the “zingo” door to a four huts “Dankabb” fenced “kanshelo.” We had a deer hunter and “faHam” miner family next hut/door neighbor and a Kunama family (I think the father was a Tegadalay) and the fourth hut might have been a Torserawit wife.. I am not sure but I do recall a beat down by “kartame” and later my Mom when U returned home with “bishkoti Torserawit”
            The woman gave for going to Hakim Haileslasie store for her. To this day I hate saltine crackers as a consequence. As a Black American I also hate racist “crackers”
            When Hakim Haileslassie’s brother liberated our town, in Khartum I caught my brother “kartame” in grade level and with lots of beat downs we both continued to grade six, always ranked in the top six from our classroom. If you are “kartame” I hope I will not get a beat down for confusing one “cracker” for “another” I honor them both though for laying an impeccable foundation for Today’s and Tomorrow’s USofA.
            Besides Franklin’s discovery of electric power fits so well with the topic at hand. Power and good governance.
            If you are “kartame” –for all I know he may be a resident at Adi Abeyto– my message to future President Beteweded Abraha is my desire to be Eritrea’s Chief Actuary for Life. Would he be kind enough to appoint me. I want to make sure to retire Beteweded and all as soon as their term is over. I will be confirmed without any bi-partisan obstacles. I have educated my self accordingly for the sole purpose of retiring Eritrean and African Presidents. While I am at it, I would also recommend Saay7 as Eritrea’s Chief Justice for life. Securing job for my buddy, but first I would have to see his reaction to the Third Bridge Option which we’ll net me two birds with one “kerfess”. iSEM shoul notice I chose one”kerfess” rather than his “blood and chaos” one stone.
            If Saay7 rejects the third bridge option then you will tell Beteweded only Chief Actuaries should have a job for life in Eritrea. Definitely NOT Presidents. Five year terms could possibly be better. Or one ten year term like China may even be cost effective.
            And Finaly speaking of China! If you are “kartame” I will stick to zaEgol and Art Thank You! And you stick to Academia! And academic integrity should rule you first and foremost. Hopefully you have utilized Ahmed Raji’s. Data during your field work. My beef with Your PFDJ is the lack of equitable distribution of resources to all of Eritrea’s citizens. And if my zaEgol role is wrong and Erutreans will have to wait until binary 2048..and you are Dr. “Kartame” and I have outed you as a reformer then like Saay7 Mother said of his father Aboy Younis, you may very well be heading Beteweded’s way.
            So when you do see Bête.. Please say this to him most of all: Thank You Beteweded from the Depth of My heart!
            To The East!
            tSAtSE

  • Solomon Haile

    Selamat Semere and Victorawian,

    As David Letternan would say: “we are experiencing a lull here!@

    The zaEgol role is once again being held up and carefully scrutinized AS IT MAY CAUSE ERITREAN MASS PUPLIC HISTERIA.
    All Eritrean Political Party Leaders and The Millitary as well as Eritrean Police are consulting AT whether to publish it or NOT. I am ok with either decision. Just don’t DELETE IT.
    Of zaEgol may be mistaken 2016 for 2048… 2016 looks like binary but is not. So IA could be around and dictating until 2048.
    tSAtSE

  • Solomon Haile

    Selamat Sem,

    Man, that really pissed you off and I don’t really like to say anything that would get you even angrier. Honestly.

    tSAtSE

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    The support to Isayas came at the wrong time (when the UN is seeking to prove a lot of things against Isayas), and from a wrong place (the EU expected to side and sympathize with the fleeing Eritreans), and the whole Eritrean people are not happy with the EU moves, just to say the least.

    We know that Isayas’s policy caused Eritrea to be categorized as supporter of international terrorism. The Eritrean situation can be deemed as humanitarian situation if the escapees confirm that they are fleeing to avoid starvation. However, if the escapees confirm they were fleeing persecution, abuses, intimidation and slavery, the EU support will be considered as supporting and funding tyranny.

    Therefore, under Eritrea’s current conditions, there should not be nation-nation relationship in donor-recipient international agreements. According to USA & EU countries, wrapping up wrong decision under different reasons is not allowed to benefit North Korea, Syria and ex-Cuba. Why Isayas? Is it because they hate the Eritrean people and they love North Koreans and Syrians. Come on, rational reasoning!

    Anyway, if the funds should be given to Eritrea and not the regime, it should be given under no official development aid but as an open bank’s letter of credit to cover imports of food, building material, and energy (oil) and to be delivered to the needy people only.

    • Sarah Ogbay

      Hi T.T,
      EU leaders and politicians have always had unholy relationships with dictators until these relationships get out of hand. Although they claim to uphold the principles of democracy and human rights, they believe the principles apply only to Europeans and anyone who wants to enjoy them has to come legally or illegally to Europe -no matter how much price is paid in the process. The issues of human rights is a non issue as far as Africans are concerned. It is all and issue of poverty. They are claiming a continent they robbed for years is now suffering of poverty! In fact, in the middle of the chaos they are all preparing their respective mining companies for chances to go in again and rob whatever is left of it. What a joke!

      • Solomon Haile

        Dear Sara Okbay,

        I think you are wrong. They could just be optimal solution oriented. If they gamble money to save lives from drowning in the high seas then it’s only money they have gambled. If lives continue to drawn, then they will try another thing.
        tSAtSE

        • Sarah Ogbay

          Dear Solomon,
          I don’t believe that they are naive enough to believe that giving money to a dictator of a regime that has repeatedly pushed aid unless it is cash-in-the-hands will save lives from drowning in the high seas. I also do not believe that you believe that this money will go to the people, demobilizing the youth, investing in job creating business areas, etc. the PFDJ Gvt has no intention of doing these.
          Good examples are the efforts of donations from UNPD, USAID, World Bank, and EU made to save the education system and yet it fell flat on its face! I am sure that this so called ‘effort to alleviate poverty in Eritrea’ will backfire.

          • Solomon Haile

            Dear Sara Okbay,
            Yours, Semere Andom’s, TT’s reaction is understandable. You must agree that while you are vested in a particular solution by virtue of your pain for your people, the Europeans have a lot more variables to consider to render their optimal solution for the Eritreans as we as themselves for that matter. I believe their intent is to support Eritreans current predicament. The rigidity Saay speaks off is temporary at best. Positioning! Lest we forget we all are Eritrean Diplomats with what we write. ….. tSAtSE

          • Sarah Ogbay

            Dear Solomon,

            Exactly! ‘…their intent is to support Eritreans current predicament.’ What exactly is the cause of Eritrea’s current predicament? Money or lawlessness? poverty or human rights abuse? etc. How is money going to solve it?

          • Solomon Haile

            Dear Sara O,

            Okay I will bite.

            From the European perspective as well as we have been telling them.that Eritrean lives matter. They believe invest in good governance save lives and stave off refugee influx.
            Are you saying that the Europeans should let bad governance be as it is by not investing in good governance and let more Eritreans sacrifice their life in the high seas until Isayas is toppled. That could be until 2048. Good governance could mean free press as well as checks and balances…
            Are you saying more lives should be sacrificed?
            AT is holding my scoup for national security reasons. I believe AT has been incorporated into the new Eritrean Government. I may have to resort to Facebook now…I just hope they AT will not try to intercept. I am in the mountains and will turn off this tracker now.
            tSAtSE

          • Sarah Ogbay

            Dear Solomon,
            Really?
            ‘That could be until 2048.’ This statement says it all!! You need to have a clearand honest understanding of the PFDJ Gvt before we continue this discussion.

          • Solomon Haile

            Dear Sara,
            I have NOT spent a millisecond under PFDJ Rule. Consider me like the Europeans. I doubt I will spend a millisecond with under the new government.
            I am saying for you to have a better understanding/judgement/goodwill of the Europeans.
            I believe everything you say about PFDJ governance..and there is good rational for their behavior. Not good as in good…I should have said there is honest rational.
            tSAtSE

      • T..T.

        Hell Sarah Ogbay,

        Since the EU funds are not subject to UN or independent investigation by a body nominated by the Eritrean oppositions, the funds can be called Dark Funds. The UN should also label the EU funds as ‘dark fund’ by virtue of its lack of transparency or non-imposed disclosure on the tyrant when spending funds on the so-called improved governance or fighting corruption.

        To protect the public or any innocent Eritrean, the EU, prior to its release of the funds, should sign a letter of guarantee undertaking to see any Eritrean compensated for damaged caused by Isayas upon and following the receipt of the funds.

        The EU should recognize the fact that the tyrant may use the funds, like he did previously, to strengthen his security apparatus to become more ruthless and excessively abusive forcing the remaining Eritreans to flee the country. Therefore, since the tyrant told the EU that he is in the process of refining his other constitutions and, just happened by coincident the need to avoid unintended support of abusive practices against the Eritrean people, the EU should force the tyrant to implement the shelved constitution and empower the people enabling them to check well spending of the funds received by the tyrant.

        • AOsman

          Dear T.T,

          I think the government have much to gain out this one even if they impose disclosure, just the money to be made in the process of currency exchange is more than the amount to be spent.

          I have a mix feeling, happy to see money pumped to Eritrea as it will trickle down to make a little difference but worried for it will prolong the lifespan of the regime.

          Regards
          AOsman

          • T..T.

            Dear AOsman,

            All monies are not safe money. Because bad person converts any money to bad money, the result is corruption and terror. Imagine, Isu’s trickery and plotting nature with easy money will start again to strike at Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti. Soon there will be a merry-go-round of destruction that will pass around touching all the people of the region. AOsman, any suggestion that can help to stop the merry-go-round of Isu before it takes its toll on all sides.

          • AOsman

            Hi T.T,

            I tend to be the “by all means” type of person as long as we are in charge of the process of change (Hope hold your AK47). As it stands, the whole opposition is fragmented and incapable of doing anything tangible in the process of changing the regime, so bad that we are hoping DIA falls under the weight of his misadventure.

            I will tell you why I had a mix feeling – as much as I would like for the regime to collapse, I do not want to see Eritrea reach the bottom pit where it becomes a daunting task for the future government to revive the nation. You might say we have reached the bottom pit, but all I see is that as time goes the situation deteriorates a step further to something we did not imagine before. The EU fund will benefit the regime and the country, all that is needed from the opposition, if possible, is to expose misuse of funds when it is able to do so. Shouting foul at this won’t bring a U turn, the fund has been allocated, but much can be done in seeking transparency in the coming years on how the EU disburses the fund.

            Regards
            AOsman

  • saay7

    Hey Semere:

    That’s quite a lot of strong language, some of which is truly ill-fitting (the oven metaphor is particularly in bad taste) …never write when angry, particularly if there is not much to be angry about here.

    1. The head of State, whose mantra is “aid is crippling” just got aid. Interestingly, EUs announcement uses the word “support” instead of “aid” because both donor and recipient nations are tired of the word “aid”, and picking any word from their thesaurus for that: support, investment, etc.

    2. The €200 is over five years 2015-2020, averaging €40 a year. It is to spent in two major categories:

    A. Energy Sector
    B. Better Governance

    3. Energy sector, particularly electrification, will have a waterfall effect on other industries including irrigation and fishing. This will absolutely, even marginally, improve the livelihood of our people, even if we assume the gov is the worst in the world. Remember, this is a specific-project fund that will be used for specific purpose.

    4. Governance: this is supposed to improve the gov finance, record keeping and implementation of the last Universal Periodic Review. This is ironic because when the Human Right Commission was voting to designate a Special Rapparteuer and Commission of Inquiry, China voted no and argued that instead of doing that, we should help the country with capacity building to meet the UPR recommendations. This is belatedly what Europe appears to have done. So now, when the gov of Eritrea is ignoring the CoIE, it can say “well, we are engaged with EU on UPR…”

    Will the latter in any way be of any use to the people. Not at all: at some point, it will run into a wall when the secretive gov wants to maintain its secrecy and pulls the “sovereignty” card. That is that portion of the fund will not be awarded. Meanwhile both Europe and the Eritrean regime get favorable headlines. It’s more of the churning.

    The “small man” was Louis Michelle (sp): he ended up writing a desperate letter to Isaias saying I gave you the money but u still haven’t freed journalist Dawit Isaac… None of that will change because criminals, unless they have a religious conversion of some sort, or until they get caught, never give up a life of crime.

    That is what we are dealing with in Eritrea and it’s not and it has never been Europes responsibility to fix it. Only we can. And only we can when we give up our absolute rigidity when it comes to creating a united front. So far all we have shown is stubbornness and rigidity is not an exclusively Isaias trait.

    saay

    • tes

      Dear saay7,

      Before counting where the fund will be dissolved, you could have diametrically analyzed what happened to the other similar fund channeled from EU.

      It is through EU budget that the 2003 university of Asmara dismantling and the founding of new colleges happened.

      It is through EU funds that the 2003 Sawa School was re-structured by the name of ‘Rehabilitation of conscripted soldiers as part of the Algers peace-agreement” took place.

      It is through the EU funds that the Wefri-Warsay Yikealo, aka slavery, was introduced.

      And now, yes there are naive people who believe these fund will go to energy and governance sector.

      What else can a reformer say.

      tes

      • Solomon Haile

        Dear tea,

        Man I have the same anger as you towards the EPLF/pFDJ and it carries to the fools who believe the EU fund will be used per the agreement. My anger is due to a tremendous or what I personally consider “epic loss.” It did not serve me well. The anger shouldn’t hinder your brilliant mind from searching for and finding as well as exploring posilbilities that are solutions. tSAtSE

        • tes

          Dear Solomon Haile,

          I do have a reseonable and justifiable anger towards PFDJ not EPLF. EPLF exists only in history and hence I don’t have any problem with history. EPLF is a foregone front, not by the choice of its adherents but by the same dictator who is dictating everything.

          Do not worry my big brother. I am a cool man except I am very allergic towards PFDJ ideology, very sensitive in fact. Can you tell me to avoid from being allergic? Well, I think you can only avoid allergic things to be free from allergy and this is what exactly I am doing. Unfortunately there are reformers and Medrekites who are allergic to me these days.

          No anger therefore my brother. Ne t’inquiéte pas yiblu Ferensawyan. Don’t worry maletom yu.

          tes

      • PTS

        tes,
        EU funding was used mostly for reinforcing dictatorship. But remember it was also through EU funding Assenna, tes and many others were sent to South Africa and Europe for education.

        • tes

          Dear PTS,

          No EU fund channeled to Eritrea was used to fund for higher studies abroad. Not a single fund so far. The one you mentioned (South Africa) was UNDP’s fund. As for me, I was fully funded by the European Union but not via the PFDJ regime but through a known European channel of scholarship grants to all International students. On a year base a place for about 50,000 students scholarship is available from all over the world*. It is based on a competition and I secured it. No direct fund which is channeled to PFDJ regime. Stay therefore corrected.

          tes

          *Not more than 50 Eritreans so far has secured this scholarship within a time range of more than 10 years although each year Eritrea could have secured more than 100 places. This means more than 1000 students. And what those who got the advantage are only 5%. 95% Just lost.

          + I could have talked a lot about scholarship opportunities and how much Eritrea is losing from not allowing its citizens a freedom to study abroad.

          ++ In 2012, for example, only 16 Eritreans were allowed to study in China after they secured a Chinese government scholarship while China was granting for about 150,000 students coming from developing countries. Imagine now.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Tes, I know you think you know and you think you are the best thinker on this earth but take it easy. There is nothing wrong with every thing you have posted. The only wrong with PFDJ is to produce the likes of you as Cadre; absolutely tragic. I am happy your efferent in screaming in Geneva produced 200 mill for Eritrea, eat you heart.
        “ It is through EU budget that the 2003 university of Asmara dismantling and the founding of new colleges happened”
        ——So, great move! From one toothless and worthless university in Asmara; we got five to six all over the country located stratgecly to serve every Eritrean in every corner of the country.
        “It is through EU funds that the 2003 Sawa School was re-structured by the name of ‘Rehabilitation of conscripted soldiers as part of the Algers peace-agreement”.
        —-Again good move! It SAWA where the youth is cleanse and prepared for the future. I don’t expect you to understand the importance SAWA on the youth. NOP!
        “It is through the EU funds that the Wefri-Warsay Yikealo, aka slavery, was introduced”
        —–I don’t expect you to know or to understand but Wefri-Warsay Yka-Alo is the one strategy that broke your Weyane back and made sure Eritrea to exist. I can understand why you will have a problem with Wefri Warsay Yka-Alo.

        “And now, yes there are naive people who believe these fund will go to energy and governance sector”
        —-I agree there are people like you, rigid and foolishly stubbern to understand what is good and what is bad.
        “What else can a reformer say”
        —–What can a person say whose “monumental achievement” is rearranging a few chairs in a school cafeteria!

        • tes

          Hi Nitric,

          Aha, I will inverse your penny brain input this evening. You are a yoke: bietween a slave and a cultist.

          Just to brainwash you:

          In 2003? there were around 25,000 students who flocked to Sawa. And in 2015 (this summer General college entrance examination participants) only 11,000. 56% decrease! What do you think?

          This is the result of the restructuring program my deaf and blind friend.

          And do you to the slavery works, today, there are more than 150,000 refugees in Ethiopia and more than a double in Sudan. Those who reached Europe and America might be around 200,000. In Swiss alone there are more than 30,000 Eritreans and in Israel more than 50,000 thousands. this is the result of Wefri-Warsay Yikealo, aka Barinet.

          Do you want more?

          As for me, I am not a thinker but I let people to think.

          tes

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Tes:
            please do me a fav, how did you arrive to the 11,000 being 56 percent reduction. what I aksing I guess is that how do you calculate percentages given 25,000 and 11,000 ?

            by da way what time is it in France now, I aint gotten a watch

          • dawit

            Dear Cousin SEM,
            Until Professor TES return to your brilliant question, let me act as his graduate assisitance. To arrive at the percentage reduction. Start with original 25000, subtract the end which is 11000. Divide the difference 14000 by the original 25,000. You should get .0.56. Multiply the decimal by 100 and you will have 56%. Bingo. This is the old Math, I guess you only know the New Math.. 5000 Sawa students crossing every month the border, which means 60000 abandon SAWA amd 11,000 complete their course!

          • tes

            Hello dawit,

            Your maths is good though you failed to link the time reference.

            And remember not all the 5000 escape from Sawa though the contribution from this slavery camp is very significant.

            tes

          • tes

            Dear Semere Andom,

            Thanks to dawit and I hope you understood how I calculated. Here the comparison is done between 2003 and 2015 enrollment at Sawa Slavery School.

            tes

            For time check, please use CET (Central European Time). Not difficult to google it I think.

          • Semere Andom

            Thanks Tes;-)

      • saay7

        Selamat Tes:

        Are you really going to make me quote myself? Ok:

        Change in Eritrea will come, and it will stick, when enough Eritreans inside and outside the country believe it’s necessary and timely and execute it.It is OUR responsibility.But the international community has its share of responsibility.If you keep this well-intentioned campaign of “engagement”—a door half ajar—you will keep getting the same things you have been getting for 12 long years.Remember, you are dealing with a man who accused the United States of being responsible for tens of thousands of his own citizens using smugglers and traffickers to leave their country. He is beyond reform: you can’t reform a mad man; you can only institutionalize him.All your well-intentioned campaigns of engagement and seeking reform have yielded you nothing, but you keep on persisting: it is your ego attempting the impossible. You need to reach a long over due decision: the same one that was reached about Saddam Hussein, Moammer Kaddaffi, and Bashar Assad: this man happens to be head of state but he is mentally unbalanced and we need to recognize and legitimize alternatives to his sadistic rule.

        This was part of a piece where I call on the world (including EU) to disengage from Isaias Afwerki and to engage alternatives to Isaias Afwerki.

        Clearly, EU doesn’t think it has to make a choice; it has chosen to engage BOTH Isaias Afwerki and alternatives to him.

        In my estimation, while Isaias Afwerki will spend the money given on electrification (because $ is fungible; whatever he had budgeted for electrification, now he gets to use the EU money to do it and use that budgeted money for God-knows-what, including importing grain for our rain-starved land), the funds dealing with governance–unless they are of a technical nature (teaching beaucrats how to prepare stats, how to read financial statement) will not be put to any good use as they relate to Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and improving human rights.

        On parallel track, EU (and its member states) are engaged with the Eritrean opposition. And honest-to-goodness requires us to admit that they have made even less progress in that regard since the opposition is just as stubborn, just as rigid as the Isaias Afwerki regime.

        saay

    • Solomon Haile

      Dear Saay,
      “So far all we have shown is stubbornness and rigidity is not an exclusive Isaias trait.”

      Then my suspicions about you being knowledgable about honest Isaias is on the right tract. Unless you know.. You know… Mass history’s thingy… Don’t speak ill of..you know…
      tSAtSE

    • Hope

      Here we go the Rational and Reasonable man,calling the spade a spade!
      Dear Mr Salih Y!
      May I ask as to why Medrekh did not invite U or u declined the invitation?
      If such a kind of unique brain is not invited,who else could be invited!

  • L.T

    EU know where yjeir money will be put in .Eritrea isa safe country for this and our GVT is not decieved the people and do more in people,it is pure folly to curtail our GVT as Semere do this now,for Europe to give us financail support is a great idea and it is now it comes to taking our cooperation with the EU,where can you build trust,to shut over that doing Weyane Tigria happy.It is is we who will win,it’s a great time for Eritrea and a prefct christmas gift for the people anda powerful bang for Weyane and Semere Andom and that a person with bad eyesight to Eritrea is an inapproprite and is Weyane

  • Amanuel

    Hi Semere

    It appears now that the funds are for IA to lose. It is win win situation for both parties. The EU can claim that finally it will get the influence it has craved for long time and PFDJ can say regardless of the human rights report it has the support of major donor. However, there will be a bumpy ride ahead. Because this agreement is not based on a genuine desire to help the Eritrean people. As they say “the devil is in the details” defiantly, there will be disagreement on the details. Some of them for example, who will deliver it and a conditional progress report issue. On the delivery issue Mr Mimica said ” We don’t see our development project would successfully be implemented through government channels”. Another contentious area is the progress report. As we know that PFDJ and accountability don’t sit together. If you read Andebrhan book there is an example about a report about another development aid and IA chose to forgo rather than comply with a progress report. Similarly, one day when the pressure is built up to deliver the progress report IA will snap and will say hell with your money. There fore, as a justice seekers we should work to make sure the projects are implemented through agents which are independent of the PFDJ regime and progress report is delivered as per the conditions set out on the agreement. Now coming back to your article. Do you think it will help us to a achieve our goals? I am afraid NO. Your article is like “እተን ኣሓ እሞ ከይደን እየን፡ እንተ ጸርፊ ግን ዝገደፍና የብልናን።”

    • Solomon Haile

      Selam Amanuel,

      IA is no more. The coup is complete. It is Medrekh, Saay an SaliH Ghadi! Eritrea has a new government. AT is now part of a bigger team. They are holding back the zaEgol findings to stear the ship as they wish. Atika! Atika! Atika!
      tSAtSE

  • Amanuel

    Hi Semere

    It appears now that the funds are for IA to lose. It is win win situation for both parties. The EU can claim that finally it will get the influence it has craved for long time and PFDJ can say regardless of the human rights report it has the support of major donor. However, there will be a bumpy ride ahead. Because this agreement is not based on a genuine desire to help the Eritrean people. As they say “the devil is in the details” defiantly, there will be disagreement on the details. Some of them for example, who will deliver it and a conditional progress report issue. On the delivery issue Mr Mimica said ” We don’t see our development project would successfully be implemented through government channels”. Another contentious area is the progress report. As we know that PFDJ and accountability don’t sit together. If you read Andebrhan book there is an example about a report about another development aid and IA chose to forgo rather than comply with a progress report. Similarly, one day when the pressure is built up to deliver the progress report IA will snap and will say hell with your money. There fore, as a justice seekers we should work to make sure the projects are implemented through agents which are independent of the PFDJ regime and progress report is delivered as per the condition set out on the agreement. Now coming to your article. Do you think your article will help us to a achieve our goals? I am afraid NO. Your article is like “እተን ኣሓ እሞ ከይደን እየን፡ እንተ ጸርፊ ግን ዝገደፍና የብልናን።”

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Dear Semere
    Tigre people say ” ዕንካ ዲብ ቅንካ” when they encounter such statements/views. I think you are right on the following:
    – Whatever development aid (or you give it another name) floods Eritrea, it will still be misused and abused as long as there is no government that fears the scrutiny and the veto power of its people. Therefore, EU will have to make sure the money goes into specific projects that could be audited. Your worry should be directed on how that money is going to be allocated and managed, not on whether Eritrea should get assistance.
    Where you got it wrong:
    This is my ongoing complaint about most activists. Please know that there are government functions that must be funded even if you don’t agree with the policies governing each of those sectors. There people in the country, life must go on. This fund should have been given early on, and the unjust sanction imposed on Eritrea should have never taken place in the first place. I will repeat the following again and again: some opposition leaders and activists want to starve Eritrea to death in order to kill PFDJ along the way. This is wrong. People need to distinguish PFDJ from the state. PFDJ will be there until it is removed, there is no other government that runs the country at this time. Unfortunately, the price of having a chronically anemic opposition is that a system such as PFDJ continue running Eritrea, and worse, it appeals better to international donors. That’s is just a reality. The solution is to have a contender on the scene. A contending opposition that has a popular base and arms of administering those funds inside the country; an opposition that governs . If EU or other donors side with a system such as PFDJ despite the existence of a legitimate opposition, then your article could have a weight. But the fact remains that PFDJ is running the scene, and despite its abuses and misuses, services need to be met. For the poor people who suffer from shortage of water, from basic health care, basic educational needs, administrative services…your article seems to be off the objective reality. Some body somehow needs to run the country anyway. If you are ready, welcome…tell EU how better you can sped those funds. Somebody got to do what needs to be done, unfortunately, even if that would mean giving PFDJ a bit of relief. The reason why people talk about the nature of a transition is because of this very fact: governments deliver services. Some do it in a lawful way, and are accountable for their excesses and failures, others are not accountable. But basic services are delivered. Some one need to deliver those services if you don’t want PFDJ to do them. And that’s where everyone falls flat. Most voices echo your call. They tend to believe starving the nation is the shortest way of removing PFDJ. The truth is nothing like that has happened in our recent history of sanctions. None. On the contrary, sanctions weaken citizens and make them dependent on government’s handouts. Sanctioned governments get excuses for their excessive abuses, and in some cases the people rally around them.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    An auto-goal (own goal of Eritrean opposition, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia) gave Isayas 1-0 win over his enemies. Isayas’s track record of ploys should have been used to convince the EU that the money would be used to strengthen his army and disrupt the stability of the region.

    Ethiopia and Djibouti should review their description of Isayas’s army as a threat rather than an ant that can be crushed within hours. Otherwise, the EU will give Isayas more funds on basis of effort justification to complete planned projects in Eritrea. Since continuous flow of funds would lead to continuous disruption of peace in the region, the only way to stop is to counter his desperate ploy for help to eradicate poverty and stop flow of Eritrean refugees to Europe, by providing supporting facts and evidences.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    An auto-goal (own goal of Eritrean opposition, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia) gave Isayas 1-0 win over his enemies. Isayas’s track record of ploys should have been used to convince the EU that the money would be used to strengthen his army and disrupt the stability of the region.

    An urgent call: Ethiopia and Djibouti should review their description of Isayas’s army as a threat rather than an ant that can be crushed within hours. Otherwise, the EU will give Isayas more funds on basis of effort justification to complete planned projects in Eritrea. Since continuous flow of funds would lead to continuous disruption of peace in the region, the only way to stop is to counter his desperate ploy for help to eradicate poverty and stop flow of Eritrean refugees to Europe, by providing supporting facts and evidences.

  • dawit

    To Whom it may concern.

    I really don’t want to comment on this indecent article full of foul language biting every one like an animal inflected with rabies. Please AT remove the article from your decent website,

    • Ababuu

      dawit,
      if anything has to be removed it should be you. oh now you admitted that awate is a decent website, it is a good start, but honestly you belong to a website called meskerem. try it, it is full of your likes.
      thx,

    • Hope

      Dear Dawit !
      He is entitled to his opinion and this not an Article but an opinion full of bias!
      I will ask Mr Semere Andom to write another Article side by side with this ” Article” about the other side of the coin!
      That is :
      -The negative role of the same EU and the USA along with their Dedebit Grads, the TPLF Gang!
      If he has any decency and Ethics,he has to show us his GUT and Courage about the devastating role of the same criminals in putting us in the precarious situation we are in!
      He should rather name his ” “Article ” like/as:
      “The EU Paying Back a Little to/Eritrea and ERITREANS for the MESS It Has Created”‘

      • dawit

        Dear Hope,

        I have no problem Semere expressing his views, my problem is the languages he use the express them. Enjoy this video, a true picture of Eritrean refugees in Europe.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu-zc1fLTNw