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EYSC’s Bologna Forum Recognizes Dr. Bereket Habteselassie

Oakland, California: On Saturday, August 30, 2015, the Eritrean Youth Solidarity for change’s (EYSC) Bologna Forum recognized Dr. Bereket Habteselassie for his long service to the cause of Eritrea, freedom, democracy and the rule of law. On behalf of the organization, Mr. Saleh Gadi Johar, the founder and publisher of Awate.com, presented the award. It is an award of excellence for a man who has effectively used his mighty pen and impressive resume in the service of his people and freedom.

The award was, according to Mr. Yonas Hagos, president of EYSC, to thank Dr. Bereket “as a Freedom fighter, Chairman of the Constitutional Commission of Eritrea and, now, as a father and advisor to the democratic struggle at hand.” As a matter of principle and an effective strategy, Mr. Yonas Hagos emphasized that “those elderly veterans who gave everything they can to their people and nation should be admired and appreciated. It is one means of struggle to defeat the disrespectful one man led regime in Eritrea.”

For Mr. Solomon Assefaw, the architect of the idea and one of the principal organizers of the event, “this was a small piece of a grand strategy of reclaiming Eritrea’s proud of heritage of respecting elders and leaders and staying true to Eritrea’s cherished values and traditions. Dr. Bereket is a father to all of us, Eritreans, and as our father, it is only right that we honor the sacrifices he had made on our behalf and the proud example he is setting for generations to come. He has not stopped to fight on behalf of his people, freedom and justice.” Dr. Bereket’s contributions were aptly highlighted by Ms. Tekea Tseggai, a former member of Eritrea’s National Assembly.

The “extraordinaire poet” Kiros Yohannes captured the sentiments of the event in a poem he composed, for the event, in honor of Dr. Bereket.

Here is the poem in its entirety with my English translation of it.

Dr. Bereket Habteselassie
By Kiros Yohannes, Trans. By Semere T. Habtemariam

Read him! Read him!
He is a trove of heritage and a parchment of a nation;
A trail blazer in his area of study and expertise,
Knowledge and learning are the contours of his strength.
And steadfast and resolute,
He has been carrying the national burden on his shoulders.

Early on,
He gave up his lucrative profession;
To  join the field of armed struggle and fight for liberation;
But more importantly,
To guide the sword with the word and nudge the national struggle in the right direction.
Refusing to relax and rest,
Not even for sleeping a wink;
Propelled by the urgency of the situation,
And the moral imperative
Of ending the civil war where no one was willing to blink.

Dr. Bereket, the diplomat, scholar, soldier
Campaigned ceaselessly,
To increase public awareness and garner support in Eritrea’s favor.
He knocked on all doors and walked the corridors of power;
Cogently articulating that the idea of national self-determination,
Was the force that inspires and animates Eritrea’s cause.

He is the Father of Eritrea’s Constitution,
The premier expert of jurisprudence.
His name is engraved in the continent
For the desire and vision of this pan-Africanist,
Has been to see a united Africa.
To be this influential,
Bereket (Blessing) must have been blessed by his forefathers.

Armed by a genuine humility, hardly breathing an air of superiority;
He converses with the youth as if one of them,
And treats everybody with care and dignity;
The heart of this born fighter does not tolerate injustice and inequity,
And may the Lord, for the sake of Eritrea, grant him longevity.

ዶ. በረኸት ሃብተስላሴ
ብኪሮስ ዮውሃንስ

ኣንብብዎ ቅርሲ’ዩ ብራና ሃገር…
ሊቕ ደረት ፍልጠት ማእገር
ኣብ እንግድዑ ዝተሰከመ…
ጾር ሸኸም ሃገር….

ብዓንተቡኡ ሞዩኡ ራሕሪሑ
ምእንቲ ናጽነት በረኻ ዝወፈረ…
ብብርዑ ቃታ መሪሑ ማእዝን ዘትሓዘ
ውግእ ሕድሕድ ደው ከብል
ፍጹም ዘይደቐሰ…..

ዶክተር በረኸት..
ሰውራ ኤርትራ ክረክብ ጉቡእ ተቐባልነት…
ኣይነበረን ዘይኳሕኩሖ ልዳት…
ቃልሲ ሕዝቢ ኤርትራ
ሙዃኑ ሕቶ መሰል ርእሰ-ውሳኔ…
ስነ-መጎት ኣልዒሉ ንቡዙሓት ዘእምነ….

ኣቦ ቅዋም ኤርትራ ኢዩ ናይ ስነ-ሕጊ ሊቕ…
ኣብ ኣህጉር ኣፍሪቓ ሽሙ ውሩቕ…
ግዲ ነይርዎ ናይ ኣቦታቱ ምርቓ
ባህጉ’ዩ ክርእይ ጥምርቲ ኣፍሪቓ…

ትሕትና’ዩ ዕጣቁ ኣይብልን ልዕል ልዕል…
ምስ መንእሰያት ከም መንእሰይ’ዩ ዘዕልል…
ልቡ ኣይትጻውሮን’ያ ንዓመጽ ንበደል…
ኣቦይ እዝጊ ዕድመ ይወስኮ
ኤርትራ ሃገርና ትግበር ዕድል..

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  • Michael

    I thought this guy was / is advocating or struggling for the re-unification of Eritrea with Ethiopia? When did he start democratic movement for any one?

    He was not a democrat when he served His Majesty, Mengistu or Issias?

    Someone needs to shed some light here -very confusing

  • Fanti Ghana

    Hello Saba,
    I am cornered in a serious conflict of interest right now, but if I find any useful information, I will divulge! However, there is a good chance Haile TG may know more about this than I do Sabina.

    • haileTG

      hi Fanti,

      ኣቶ ፋንቲ፡ ምስዛ ድኽነተይ ሰላም ገይረ ክኸይድ ዘይትገድፈኒ፡-) እዚ ትብሎ ዘሎኻ ሰብ ኣብዚ መጀመርያ ዓመት፡ ደገ ትነብር ሓፍቱ ተመርዕያ ነይራ። ይገርመካ እዞም ናይ ቲቪ ባህሊ ገለ፡ ወላ ፍሒራ ከይተረፈ፡ ከምዛ ባንድ ናይ ውልቀሰብ እዩ ሽሽ ከብሎም ሓዲሩ። ብዝኾነ፡ መርዓ ጓል ሓዉ እዩ ዝኸውን ዘሎ ንኢሰያስ፡ ግን ኣይመጸን ሾዑ (ገለ ኣይጥዓሞን ግዲ፡) ሕጂ እዛ ምስ ቤተሰብ ነዊሕ ግዜ ኣሕሊፉ ዝበልካያ፡ ንዓአ ከተከሓስ ከይትኸውን። ኣጥሊልካ ኣምጻ’ያ፡ እዞም ባይቶ መንግስቲ ከይእውጁ ጽቡቕ ገይሮም ከይነኸሱ…haha

      • Fanti Ghana

        Hello Haile TG,
        I wish to God one day, we will sit in one cozy coffee shop and I will get a chance to explain the contradiction filled life I am having. Seriously Hailat, my entire life has been mired with big and small contradictions that it has been quite a while since I had accepted this as my ultimate fate. Too many examples to list but, trust me; I am “gifted.”

        Anyway, this very close and long time friend of mine is an immediate family with the IA clan. How much we trust each other is not even a question, and so once in a while he drops a bomb shell on me, and I agonize with the dilemma whether this is public news or two friends sharing a family secret. I have made it a habit that unless I hear whatever he shares with me repeated some place else I normally don’t say anything.

        The following has been okayed by my friend.
        The son is a camouflage.
        The nephew is more like him (chekan like IA) and ex-Tegadalai.
        He has more security (not just quantity but quality also) surrounding him.
        He is invisible during the day, but very active at night.
        Decisions do not go above him (whatever he says it is done).

        These are not earth shattering secrets, but that is all I am authorized to disclose at this time. The rest, not even Hayat can extract them from me, so use your sources to find out more.

        I am done.

        • Abi

          Fantastic
          You don’t seem to know the powe of women. Or you haven’t met a lovely and smart woman like Queen Hayat. All powerful men fell for women including Samson.
          Watch ” Scent Of A Woman ” by Al Pacino.
          One of my all time favorite.
          Those ” yasqugnalesh ” kind of women you dated don’t count at all. I know you love them. Put your eyes on the prize.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Abisha,

            You want to talk about obsession? Watch “Perfume: The story of a murderer. 2006” well known stars include Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman. It is hard to watch, but it is amazing story.

          • Abi

            Fantastic
            I will watch the movie.
            Tonight I’m watching “Basic Instinct ” with Hayat. In the mean time I want you to watch “Basic Instinct II” by yourself and suffer. Anyway you sound like the shrink in the movie. Loser!

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Abi,

            You think watching basic instinct with ‘Her’ is painful? Try “I’ll be expecting your call tonight.”
            mot ayshalem wey kurtu yetaweke teblo yele.

          • Hayat Adem

            Abi, I’ll be expecting your call tonight. We’ll have a special talk.

        • Hayat Adem

          Hi the ever lovely Fanti,
          My power on you comes not from using it but from not NOT using it. For me, you are all the time together with yourself and I see no contradictions at all. I always imagine a committed person to the biblical “love your neighbor” in your person. And that keeps you in harmony with your self and the world.
          I’m also being amazed by your span of presence. How can one person handle all these in a style and with love: 17+, having a dream about Hayat, and having an ear access into IA’s plans.
          Hayat

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Hayatey,

            That is exactly the definition of real power, Princess. A real power is a power you don’t have to use!

            The way I define my life is as though I live in three parallel dimension worlds, unaware of each other, but sharing the same experiences. Typical comments from my closest friends of long time are similar to this recent one from a very dear friend: it takes 25 years to NOT know Fanti.

            You won’t believe how ‘average’ I am, but I have been extremely lucky in every thing throughout my life. Somehow, I end up in the right place at the right time with the right people. Most of my friends probably would agree with your “love your neighbor,” but the truth is I know deep down I am just reacting to or reflecting back what is being given to me in the first place.

            As I said, I am always near the right people.
            Thank you for the kind words Hayata.

  • haileTG

    Merhaba Tedi,

    I am one of those Yewahat:-) Seriously, Fanti is my witness:) So, let me ask few yewah questions.

    Elsa is (was as far as I new) working at the MoI. However, I never come across her as anything more than a young impressionable lady. May be her presence can rightly make people feel IA has a physical ear and eyes there, but to say she has more power than many decision makers there is slightly an overkill. For more harder evidence, non of the multitudes of ex-enda ziena people who are now in Ethiopia or in the west had ever mentioned her in any capacity. Wouldn’t they have something to say if she was in anyway a decision maker there?? The same with Abraham. From Dejen to all the pilots who held interviews or even the Ethiopian airforce who was talking to ESAT never saw him run any show or order anybody. Again, the same can be said about Saba. The only time she was mentioned was by wedi Vacaro, and even he said he knew her problems in having such a wretched husband but he was warning her that she needs to protect her children as their dad is irresponsible in what he is going to leave them with. So, could you give us some demonstrating examples where these people were spotted doing anything to implicate them with the criminality of hgdef and its mercenaries??

    Regards

    • Pass the salt

      HaileTG,
      To say the 20’s year old Isaias’ daughter who is/or was in Sawa has more power than Y/G whose is one of the brains of the system is a joke. Frankly all of Tedi’s claims are jokes. I am surprised you took them seriously.

      • haileTG

        hi PST..Haha, one of the unwritten rule here is that every point of view must be taken up and addressed rigorously without the perceptional value it commands. How else are we going to run a university here then if we don’t do that??? 🙂

  • dawit

    Tedi,

    How did you introduce Dr. Asmerom Legese in this discussion? I really don’t know how you dragged him in this discussion that focuses on the great professor Dr. Berket, who was insulted in the AT forum. Of course it will not make sense to you when you don’t know the topic of the discussion. In my Amharic languages I have two proverbs that fit your injecting yourself without knowing the topic of discussion.

    ሳያጣሩ ወሬ ሳይገድሉ ጎፈሬ
    ያልሰማ ጆሮ ከጎረቤት ያጣላል

    • Tedi

      Hello Dawit,

      The following are more than enough for you. Please read theses might fit for your Amharc replay. I gave you an advice last time about you need to aware the “environment” you didn’t consider this one in your writing.

      Misla kab Himak May Kab Amak!

      Zibesi Abzeyfeltwo Adi Keydu mentsaf Antsfuley Yibl

      Enkaen zenbobsh Drom Tezanesh!

      Amarigna Lemayawkush Tategni

  • Saba

    Dear forumers,
    Who is IA most likely to appoint to replace him? His son or other PFDJers?
    If you believe that the eritrean political system is based on the “PFDJ system”, then his son has less chance.
    But if you believe in eritrea we have the “Isayas system”(one man show), then his son is more likely to be PAI (not PIA).
    For me what we have is a hybrid between the PFDJ sytem and isayas system but the isayas system is more predominant. So it will depend on the political skills of his son.

    • haileTG

      Saba,

      Are you serious IA would wish such a curse on his son to lock him in such a death trap? No way. If anything, the only smart thing I credit him for is his distancing his family from his whole screwed affairs. Most likely IA will not be in a position to have to take that position. Otherwise, he will choose someone he always wanted to disappear but never had the time to do it, may be Dr Tesfay Aradom or his personal secretary.

      • Fanti Ghana

        Hello Haile TG, Saba

        His son was never seriously considered. He may have been used as a camouflage at best. IA has been grooming his nephew (brother’s son) behind closed doors for quite sometime. His nephew is supposed to be really notorious. Please don’t ask me how I know this, but I am dead serious. That plan may have been started when IA was comfortable and self assured enough to believe that no one will dare challenge him. However, you may be right about IA not wanting to toast his family into what has become ‘unknown’ since. He had a serious quality time with his immediate and extended family about 3 months ago that seemed to come out of nowhere. Most of those families were curious whether that was a goodbye gesture according to my confidante. That is all I can say without being an out right coward.

        If you can backtrack his nephew’s movements, it will make sense.

        • haileTG

          Hi Fanti,

          Is his nephew Belay’s son??

          Go on, be a little more coward 🙂

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Haile TG,
            You are dangerous! Yes. He is surrounded with more security forces than his son.

          • Pass the salt

            Thanks Fanti and HaileTG.
            I didn’t know any of this. Is he in the army at the moment?
            Do tell more pls…

  • Abi

    PTS
    Do ethiopian men love eritrean women or eritrean women love ethiopian men?
    If you don’t love papi and Hayat, see a shrink ASAP .
    It is the utmost honor to be loved by the most outstanding eritrean women .
    Fiqrin yitadelutal enji ayitagelutim.
    I smell jealousy in the air. TeqaTel. Ayzoh amro, amro yiweTalhal.

    I hate jealousy.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Pass the salt,

    this is the common nature of the two Abi and Nitricc but Say7 didn’t notice. Abi loves Eritreans ladies and Nitriccay loves Ethiopian ladies. ኣይ የሃበሻ ልጆች እዛች ነገር ላይ የሚወዳደረን የለም !

  • Abi

    Papi
    Beautiful. Thank you . I was tired of the Wardya today.
    The love and respect is mutual.
    I LOVE you.

  • Nitricc

    Hey Papi, i like the girl than the song. besides, is not an old song? I could be wrong but i thought i have listened to it before. anyway, she looks good. is she single? lol?

  • dawit
  • dawit

    Hi Tedi,

    Few negative people may think we are travelling in darkness, but luckily there are many positive Eritreans who think and believe that we are moving forward in light after independence.

    enjoy this latest video from Sawa.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulwLi58-RZk

  • haileTG

    Dear AT,

    The rather uncivilized, personal and degrading attacks on the person of Dr Bereket being exchanged among some forumers are frankly an eyesore and unbecoming to be hosted in this great site. It appears PG violation to me, or is it just me?

    Regards

    • destaa

      I agree. And in my view it is illegal to accuse someone with out evidence as illegal. This is an Amharic interview with Prof. Mesfin in Sheger Fm and he mentions Dr. Bereket around minute 13:58
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdiuwZaSiq8

      • destaa

        edit: avoid the words “as illegal”

      • Music Novice

        Greetings destaa,

        Dr. Bereket is an opportunist and Mesfin
        (Geography lecturer) is a c-r-o-o-k and a l-i-a-r. Although, Derg was a
        criminal, low ranking (Colonel and below) army and Mengistu late night
        drinking g-a-n-g enterprise, still Berket and Mesfin cannot be trusted.

        During
        Haileselassie, Mesfin used to say: “Semay aytares, Negus aykeses”. On
        the eve of EPRDF’s entry into Addis Ababa, I heard Mesfin being
        interviewed on BBC World Service and he said: “I know, the patriotic
        people of Addis Ababa will fight against the invaders to the last”. Two
        or three weeks later, Mesfin, the c-r-a-p-p-y Geography lecturer, sets up the
        so called ‘Human Rights Organization’. Mesfin is simply a North Shoa
        Amhara supremacist. I have a fitting punishment for him: make him walk
        from Awash to Assab and d-i-e in the desert.

        Sometime
        between 2003 and 2004, Bereket had a meeting in Stockwell (South London)
        and SOAS. I asked him if he agreed that the EPLF/PFDJ had been a Maoist
        M-a-f-i-a organisation all along. With a straight face, he replied: “It was
        democratic in the past [i.e. in the ‘field’], it had only changed
        recently”. This man should just be ignored, because he lacks
        credibility.

        • Volte_Face

          Thank you MN. I think also he is more of an untrustworthy than a criminal. Look at the 1997 constitution itself. He wrote it in such a way that IA and PFDJ would be in power for eternity. He wrote a presidential system yet parliament elects the president or something like that. Need to refer back to it.

      • haileTG

        Thankyou destaa,

        As per the interview,

        – The killing was done without regard to the work of the commission

        – The commission was made up of a wide ranging people from all across the board

        – Prof. Mesfin was the chairman

        – Some of the submissions were published and are in reputable libraries for references

        That pretty much pulls the plug on the accusations and unless those doing the singling out of Dr Bereket can bring something more solid, they have a weak case and a rotten vocabulary … haha 🙂

        Thanks for sharing that destaa.

        Regards

      • dawit

        Dear destaa,
        I watched the video, but I think there is on the time and circumstance when Professor wanted to be ‘Chairman of the Commission’. According this happened at least 3 or 4 weeks after the 60 individuals were murdered. We also General Aman was also murdered the same day. But Professor Bereket left Addis before the massacre. So there is no logic professor Bereket to seek the chairmanship after a month, I believe he was in Eritrea joining the Liberation Fronts by that time. I think professor Mesfin is embellishing his role with the commission and later with DERG. He was a principal architect of the ‘Ethiopian Socialism’ taken from the experiences of ‘Mahber Selassie’ of monks at Debre Libanos Monastery. Now he is trying to dissociate his rule with DERG.

    • Abi

      Haile the GREAT
      You have proved your power by ordering the moderator to delete the ” uncivilized” comments.
      It is good to see murderers and backstabbing experts have a powerful lawyer and a convincing lobbyist.
      I hope you extend your power to defend Mengistu and Isaias in the same manner.

      • AOsman

        Dear Abi,

        As the below exchange between Amde vs Haile TG this article would have helped many of us learn the politics and challenges of the early 70s in Ethiopia and its effect on Eritrea. Yours and other Ethiopians who know the detail on the transition from the imperial government to the derg government would have enriched the discussion, now that the pruning machine is in action the discussion is likely to deteriorate to complaints.

        Regards
        AOsman

        • Abi

          AOsman
          The pruning machine can delete uncivilized comments not history.
          Why not invite the guy to defend himself. Although he is dead inside, he can still blabber something like you are all ethiopians. Or he wants you go back to ethiopia.
          Never a dull moment when he is around. Invite him .

    • Nitricc

      Hi Haile TG, well, I disagree with you. he is a peoplice figure so every scrutiny is proper. this guy is not a saint what is the problem if some call him out for he is? and thanks for deleting my comments. come on Haile! what happen to the right to express your thoughts?

      • haileTG

        Hi Nitriicc and Abi,

        Actually we’ll have right to express concern, but only the moderator has power to decide (they even deleted one of mine). Seriously though, can you guys not see the difference between being highly critical of someone and engaging in mindless verbal violence against the personal dignity of an awatista? Dr Bereket is a contributer of this great forum and throwing a litany of abusive words around doesn’t make a point or justify allegations of murder. I only saved you from yourselves because we are measured by our contents. Well Dr Bereket is innocent until proven guilty, and as a fellow Eritrean I have moral duty to protest the PG violating attacks against his personal dignity. I don’t have to defend him if proven guilty or accused fairly. But “uncivilized” attacks on his person shouldn’t be entertained. I fully support AT’s express decision to bin the trash:-)

        • saay7

          Selamat Hailat:

          You can’t lump Nitricc and Abi together: their united front now is vaporware: poof it will disappear.

          Nitricc has been reading a lot of Tesfanews and he is still working on his critical thinking. If Dr. Bereket, like most Eritean public intellectuals had chosen to be quiet after the 2001 mass arrests or if he had been giving “mekete” supporting them, then Nitricc would have been celebrating him now as a patriot’s patriot.

          Abi, on the other hand, is a different animal. His favorite word is “hate.” He hates Arabs, he hates goats, he hates ethnic politics. So now just add Dr Bereket to his hate list. In fact, in awate 8.0 we should have “What Does Abi Hate Now?” column where he, like Andy Rooney, rails against whatever is upsetting him that week.

          saay

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam saay7,
            .
            Nitricc and abi are truth tellers. What is the problem now?
            .
            The one issue that unites Ethiopians and Eritreans comes up once in a blue moon. When it does you come in to break it up.
            For a few minutes there was strength in our unity. We were in love not hate, come on.
            .
            K.H

          • Pass the salt

            Kim Hanna,
            You are wrong when you said Eritreans and Ethiopians are united ‘once in a blue moon’. It is much more common than that.
            Consider the following Lists:

            The masses
            1) Eritreans that support the government
            2) Eritreans that oppose the government
            3) Ethiopians

            Patriotic Eritreans
            a) those that support the government
            b) those that oppose the government

            (1) hates (b)
            (2) hates (a)
            (3) hates (a) & (b)
            Given that there is a large number of (b), there is ample opportunity that unites (1) & (3).

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Pass the salt,
            .
            I hate to engage in creative algebra, but I think there is a large number of (a) and (b) that love, absolutely love (3).
            .
            K.H

          • Nitricc

            Hey Kim, there is a clip in Tesfanews about Ethiopian pilot who was employed by the Government of Eritrea. He is telling how an Eritrean “Aermacchi MB.339FD training jets” destroyed Weyane’s entire air fleet. for me, it is very hard to believe MB.339 could deliver that kind of blow. it is very slow. anyway; the story is that Captain Kinde Damte was haired by Eritrean government at 4x what was making in Ethiopia. that is very interesting; Eritrea is lucky to be next Ethiopia, with Ethiopian human resources and close cultural ties, there is an idea; i will pay any good educated Ethiopian 5X what he/she makes in Ethiopia. what do you think KIM?

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Nitricc,
            .
            I don’t read Tesfanews very often. The story you are telling me could be in the realm of possibilities. I can even up it a notch by telling you that Saudi Arabia could pay 100 times more than Eritrea. I think you can take that to the bank.
            .
            Too bad our unity and love was broken up by saay7 a little early. We were both at the TRUTH highway while it lasted. We might have to talk in SEMINA WORK, you try it first being from Gojjam and all.
            .
            K.H

          • Nitricc

            Hey KIM, i think you are wrong on this one. The Saudi my offer 10X but it is like me, accepting 20X any where else than what is Gojjam has to afford. i will accept $ 1000 a month salary in Dangla or Bahirdar than $10,000 in Saudi. just me! not i hate Arabs like Abi but i love Gojjam.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Nitricc,
            .
            Well, I can only read the SEM part. Until the WORQ is reveled to me I have to take off. I will be back later on today, I hope.
            .
            BTW: I have to tell you a story, Hayat, told once at this sight that brought a lot of fans for Pres. IA. It is a surprise to me too.
            .
            K.H

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear KH,

            Nitricc is very smart. he put the SEM and WORQ in one. ጎጃሜ የህግደፍ ደጋፊ ሲሆን ማየት ይገርመኝ ነበር :- እንደ ዛሬ ኣንዳንድ የህግደፍ መሪዎች ከጎጃም መሆናቸው ሳይጋለጥ ::

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Nitricc,
            .
            Here It is. You might remember this since you are a great fan of hers.
            .
            Sometime ago, Hayat told a story about an incident that happened on the road between Asmara and Messawa in mid 90s. There was a bar on the side of the road, a watering hole if you like, where people stopped by for a little while and continued on their trip.
            .
            One of those people who stopped by was the President of Eritrea. The president was impressed by the place and said so to the bartenders. The owner was happy and excited about the news. The owner was an Eritrean who came back from some place in Europe, very bullish about the prospect of his country to set up this business venture.
            .
            One day the President and his entourage stopped at the bar. The owner greeted the President as you would expect in a very respectful humble way. The President was not impressed by the looks of the owner. You see, the owner who came from Europe, wore his hair in a Ras Tefferian style, with locks and all. The President told his security detail to take the owner somewhere and shave off the hair.
            .
            End of Hayat story of the incident.
            .
            I told this story to a group of acquaintances sometime in a recent past. I told the story, to emphasize as Hayat did, about the level of intolerance of the President. Few minutes after the chuckles settled down the discussion ended up being how a strong and a no non-sense leader he is. In fact, he was being praised for protecting the country from the cultural impurity that is seeping in from everywhere.
            .
            Sometimes the unintended consequences of what we say and do is surprising. I thought you would enjoy the story and the ending, It is Saturday after all.
            .
            K.H

          • haileTG

            Hi K.H.

            That is a suspenseful story in deed. But the question remains. Did he give reason for the shaving? Did he recommend a follow up action after the shaving (like you must keep well groomed, lice free Afro)? Why was he surprised when many EPLF fighters had long (some dread locked) hair? The most publicized Eritrean Ben Amir guy poster with big smile had a long rasta style hair… why was IA surprised by the encounter? EPLF had extensive diaspora base during the struggle, is it likely that IA was already accustomed to diaspora peculiarity? My guess is that the riddle could be solved if we know why shaving was ordered. How did your buddies assess the situation to arrive at that conclusion? Watch out, saay will say Ethiopia is interfering too much 🙂

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Haile TG,
            .
            Well, Haile, once the mood of the group went in the direction it did, it could not be brought back. They made it look like he is fighting all the western ills from infecting his country.
            .
            For the rest of the questions I will have defer to Hayat. I hope, now, I told the story the way she did, sometimes memory is a little funny that way.
            .
            As far as Mr. ssay7 is concerned, he will not say that because I will say his personal knowledge and interference is significantly more. He was bringing up Seychelles and Ethiopia football today, the score was a 1-1 draw. It was a bliss for me not to have known that.
            .
            K.H

          • saay7

            Hailat and KH:

            I will need you both as witnesses when there is a write-up of awate.com as the first to break the “Eritrea-Ethiopia Apartheid State That Exists In The Internet.” Maybe not apartheid, but kinda like the two lines at airports: foreigners in one line, nationals in another. Maybe not airports but university: here is tuition for in-state, here is tuition for international students… you get the idea. At awate university, we have awatistas with equal rights, regardless of nationality. So we don’t call it interference but attendance.

            Even the OAU gave up its unevenly-observed doctrine of “non-intervention” into internal affairs with the equally unevenly-observed doctrine of “non-indifference” to internal affairs.

            As for the appeal of IA to Ethiopians, I have long-written that he fits the mold of the Habesha Strongman that Ethiopians admire ( Tewodros, Yohannes IV, Menelik.) I can imagine them saying, “ወንድ ነው እባክህ!” In fact, I was discussing the video that Dawit posted yesterday of Ethiopian Pentecostals doing a war chant with an Ethiopian who views “Pente” and “Wahabi” as mortal threats to Ethiopia and he said, “I have no problem with them as long as they embrace the culture..and Ethiopian identity.” To which I replied, “so you admit that Ethiopian identity is summarized by war song and dance…

            To tie it all together: Isaias Afwerki’s isolationism and neo-Pan Africanism can be traced to…. Haile Selasse I. In “Towards African Unity”, Haile Selasse had written* that African disputes should be “quarantined from the contamination of non-African interference.” You can hear this sentiment, same strong language, in Isaias speeches.

            saay

            * Well, if it is “written” by HSI, it was most likely written by one of the Eritreans in his Foreign Ministry.

          • Eyob Medhane

            Sal,

            When it comes to OAU/AU “non interference” policy…That was an old policy of AU..It has been “evolved, when it is turned to AU..
            Now, it has a strong “interference” policy with its own ‘Security council’ kind of of body called PSC (peace and security council) and it interferes, when it deems interference is necessary. (Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, Burundi, Central African Republic, DRC….) That is why it is way stretched and even much more broke… It also has NEPAD an institution, which is tasked to make African countries to criticize each other… (Thanks to Meles Zenawi and Thabo Embeki)… It also chooses to hasten the vision 2063 that is African unification through federated regional organizations that are its arm (IGAD, EAC, ECOWAS, SADEC, COEDF, COMESA….)IGAD, SADEC, COMESA are actually going faster in the economic integration faster than it’s expected.

            Speaking of “Habesha Strongmen”, I also am trying to prompt you to respond to “Ethiopia’s commitment to OAU/AU” to one of the greates speeches of some one that was NOT written by some Eritrean in a foreign ministry of Ethiopia..

            Now to your expected snide response to this…
            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q-YVsqc8_Xc

          • saay7

            Hi Eyobai:

            That’s one visionary statement….that Dr. Bereket Habteselasse made a few years back when he saw the “unification through federated regional organizations.” Yeah, our common market is now bigger than EU.

            Can’t watch a video where I am now: but is that the one where Meles says even as Mengistu and Haileselasse may have been unkind to their own people, they always had mega Pan-African cred that gave even Abi and the Neftegna squad goosebumps?:) Of course, intellectually speaking, there is zero reason for AU to be headquartered in Addis. The whole premise of Pan-Africanism was that Africans, regardless of their diverse history, share one thing in common: European colonialism. And they headquartered it in the one place in Africa that never experienced colonialism:) Of course, Pan-Africanism was started NOT by Africans but by people from the Carribean and North America (Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, George Padmore) but…the show must go on.

            saay

          • Eyob Medhane

            Sal,

            Oh,, is that the reason why (because Francophone, anglophone and Arabs don’t get along) more than half of African countries have adopted Ethiopian flag colors? No that is not. It is because “Ityopia hagere yenetsanet arma, hiwotshin alitaw yene hiowt qoma” 🙂 Your visionary Dr. actually plagiarized his “vision” years after all these regional organizations have been formed and started their way to economic integration…In fact, his “vision” was said the same year as Ethiopia and Djibouti agreed to combine their currencies in 2018. So I will call your Dr. Do Little, a plagariser “dinqem visionary” 🙂

            And finally on Ethiopia being “yenetsanet Arma”,

            I will leave you with this…

            This is just yesterday, when All African game started in Congo Brazaville.. (A spectacular Olympics worth opening by the way…

            Forward to 38:00 minutes…and listen to the song, that was leading African Athletes marching to the stadium. 🙂 while you are at it, forward to 41:00 minutes to see your athletes getting to the stadium, all pouting for a reason no one knows… 🙂
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NpvF9E_afY0

          • saay7

            Hi Eyobai:

            Don’t personalize your fued. Remember, the first name of OAU before it was OAU was the “Abyssinian Friendship Club”…and Africans (including Ethiopians) didn’t attend its first five congresses: it was all being done by North Americans.

            Once it came down from North America to Africa, the intellectual heft of OAU–to the extent of proposing the United States of Africa–was all from Western Africa. Really in the great unifier of Africa–victimization by European colonialiasts–and, the great unifier of Western Africa–victimization by the slave trade–Ethiopia had nothing to contribute. But it did have one trump card that it played to maximum effect: Haile Selasses exile due to aggressive fascism. That was not only one of the reasons for making Ethiopia the home of OAU but it was also (as the video that Ted shared that you refused to watch shows) one of the main reasons for giving Eritrea to Ethiopia. “We Europeans didn’t help Haile Selasse when he was complaining about Italian fascism; so let’s compensate him now.”

            As to the choice of flags, well there really is no accounting for taste, is there?:) and you are confusing focused determination with “pouting”.

            saay

          • Nitricc

            Hey SAAY, you are right, at least once a day i check Tesfa-news. it is kind therapeutic activity for me. it gives me hope and break from the negativity and the doom and glum news and comments in here at home.

          • saay7

            Cool, Nitrric. I am also right that if Dr Bereket had kept his mouth shut, instead of speaking out, in 2001 OR if he had, like Dr Ghidewon Abbay, chosen to go around the world, ignoring the cries of Eritreans in underground prisons and railing against the U.S. and Ethiopia, you, along with Tesfanews and the entire PFDJ Echo Chamber, would have been praising him as a patriot? If so, this is very disappointing and I blame Mahmoud for his Infreqent mentoring sessions and for giving you a passing grade when he should have flunked u and made u repeat Eritrea 101 classes. I am mad at you now because my cousin sem, who warned me about the futility of reforming you, is smiling ear to ear.

            saay

          • Nitricc

            Hey SAAY, you are comparing two different issues. awate.com’s unwritten policy is that ” we won’t report positive news about Eri government because we are an opposition web-site” i will never support any wrong doing of PFDJ and at the same time, I need to balance things out. when people fail to balance things out, that where they become fanatic, blind followers and indifference. i don’t want be that way. it is not secret the wrong doing of the Eritrean government and at the same time, everything this government does is not all wrong. As intelligent people we are, why not take the negative with positive one? like i have always declared, you can not fight for justice while you are distorting justice in its self? after all you don’t want me to become like your cousin Isem! one-way! do you?

          • saay7

            Hey Nitricc: then by all means bring good news about Eritrea that you don’t think Awate.com is writing about. But what does that have to do with demonizing Dr Bereket? how is that “good news” about Eritrea? If there is one thing you know (or should know) by now, it’s that the Isaias Afwerki regime accuses, jails, disappears, causes deaths of Eritreans without bringing them to a court of law. It prefers the court of public opinion. So why would you join in that horrible tradition of the PFDJ? I mean this is the one thing you should have internalized after all your years at Awate. And leave cousin iSem alone.

          • Nitricc

            Hey SAAY, uncharacteristically of you; you are miss understanding my point. I don’t support everything TN reports and do but i like the positive news about Eritrea that they report. the same thing when it comes the government of Eritrea. when they are right and do good, i am not shay to give them their props. on the same token i am not shay to rip them off with wrong things they do. I am trying to be objective.

          • saay7

            Hi Nitriccay: no, I get you. You are saying that you like positive news about Eritra and you would like to credit the government when it does good? My question is: how is questioning the Eritrean patriotism of Dr Bereket Habteselassie, a man who has contributed to Eritrea’s independence since the 70s, a man who has contributed to its nation building since the 1990s, a man who has an outspoken advocate for justice EVEN as it denied him the right to return to his homeland since the 00s… How is that in any way celebrating good news about Eritrea? This is why I mention Tesfanews: they have the ability to sucker punch sucker by echoing the PFDJ propaganda against all its enemies, even via personal hate campaigns, and it feels to me that you are falling for that.

            saay

          • Nitricc

            Dear SAAY, my expectation of awate.com is not about one person, one party, one opposition and one country. this web-site once, has a dream to face and facilitate solutions to the problems of , not only Eritrean problems but Ethiopian, Sudan and the entire horn of Africa. i do believe this site will accomplish that dream. however; before we aim at that, we should strength our unity inside and within our selves internally. TN and Awate.com have one common interest, that is, you all want what is good for Eritrea. that is one and the biggest common shared goals and my i will work for the two sites to work for what is good for Eritrea. for starters; TN needs to acknowledge for Eritreans who are languishing in prison with out due process. in fact, if TN allowed it, i have a plan to write a first front page article on TN web-site. we all want what is best for Eritrea, so why not work together?

        • dawit

          Dear HTG,

          Hailat you wrote “Well Dr Bereket is innocent until proven guilty, and as a fellow Eritrean I have moral duty to protest the PG violating attacks against his personal dignity.” I agree 100% with that statement. Dr. Bereket is an intellectual, a prolific writer, professor and government bureaucrat including an advisor to World Bank. I don’t know any individual who can match his resume in our region, starting as Law professor at HSU many of his students were pioneers of the Ethiopian and Eritrean revolutions. . He has expressed his feelings of unity and independence of his people depending the political climate that existed at a particular period of his long life experience. To call Dr. Bereket, a “murderer whose hands soaked with blood” is unfortunate and for AT to allow such description is totally wrong. But from my long observation AT relaxes its rules for different individuals, just because they profess that they are against PIA. In my opinion even PIA should be given the benefit of the doubt of being ‘innocent until proven guilty’. and excess description of him should be restrained because we like it or not he is the leader of our nation.

          • Abi

            dawit
            I agree with you . IA is innocent until proven guilty in PFDJ court.

          • dawit

            Abi.
            You are right until he is judged by jury of his peers in a PFDJ court.

          • Abi

            dawite
            I think I LOVE IA. I HATE Saay.
            You are an ethiopian, right? I love you too.
            Who is bringing IA to the court? He is the law, the court, he is the constitution. He is everything for the Great Nation of Eritrea .
            I wish him long life.

          • Saleh Johar

            Abi,
            You are expert reggami? You wish him long life? b’nte yewred would be too cruel, I am not saying it 🙂

          • saay7

            Haha Abi:

            Here’s one more thing to add to your hate list: Seychilles. Ethiopia football team, Walia, tied in its match. And even this it achieved only to a loaner Eritrea has gifted you, Kokob Selams nephew, the only indispensable player your team has. An Eritrean who grew up in an Arab country. Ouch.
            Saay

          • Abi

            Saay
            I didn’t see that coming. An Arab playing for Walia? I double hate him. Put him on top of the list next to the mountain goats. Yes, those noisy goats.
            Brazil 1
            Costa Rica 0
            33 minutes. Good game.

          • dawit

            Abi,
            Welcome to ‘Nisu-Nihna’ club of the Great Nation of Eritrea. You official T-Shirt with IA picture is promptly delivered to your cyber address. You should be receiving it soon and wear it proudly!

          • Semere Andom

            Dawit
            the innocent until proven guilt applies to all including PIA. What AT and most Eritreans are saying is they are accusing PIA of those crimes and wanted him to face justice for the rule of law to arbitrate and for his supporters to have the opportunity to surrogate by using their right for a due process.
            Now you came to the aid of Dr. BH and PIA by invoking fundamental tents of a civilized society and you should do the same for the G15 and more than 10000 political prisoners. I think it was Churchill who said to the effect of “people sometimes stumble on truth but they quickly pick and dust themselves and move on. You too, have stumbled on truth, articulated and verbalized it and I hope you do not pick and dust yourself:-)
            You keep blaming AT for any slight you perceive or imagine but in the last 15 years they have not arrested, killed or abused anyone, the accused of crimes against humanity IA has but we never heard a whimper from you.
            PS: How is this comment on beauty and truth :))
            I just stumbled on your comment of Parallel construction and you made my morning, but I will pick and dust myself and move on:-)

          • saay7

            Selamat Cousin iSem:

            Well, I meant it. It is Saturday: video time. One of my favorite songs is by Aaliyah (RIP): and her song “try again.” She says, “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.” Dance to it like an Eritrean Man (which is to say, terribly:)

            https://youtu.be/zi_lhIaZOXI

            saay

          • dawit

            Cousin SEM,
            You are confusing the issue. We are talking about AT relaxing its PG selectively on who is posting or who is being attacked. I say have same standard regardless of who is posting or who is being attacked. We can discuss issues that affects us all without the negative labels we attach to Dr. Bereket, PIA or PFDJ, Dr. Berket as a prolific writer, Professor and Civil Servant has played various roles, we can discuss all of it similarly PIA as a leader of EPLF and government leader has made various remarks. Attaching various insults murderer, rapist, blood sucker vampire etc. are unnecessary adjectives that add to the discussion. There is no value-added to the discussion coloring it with personal attacks or insults.

          • Saleh Johar

            Dawit,
            Your dilemma will be solved if you remember Awate Forum or awate.com is not a court of law, it is a website dedicated to the cause of justice and freedom and recognizes the shortest way to that is unseat the Eritrean brute, Isaias Afwerki and his clique. For a court of law, you better lobby (you do not seem to struggle for that) the PFDJ and its chief. Awate doesn’t have the authority or ability to provide you with a court of law.

          • dawit

            Saleh,
            You are right you are running a website dedicated to overthrow Eritrean Government, in a public court environment. Just like the legal courts, you don’t have to resort to lies and insults. Try to be honest and truthful in your opposition to the so called ‘Eritrean brute’. It is better to travel the long road of truth than the short cut of false testimonies to achieve justice and freedom. What kind of Justice and Freedom you will bring if is based on falsehood? I prefer the bitter truth than the sweet lies.

          • Saleh Johar

            dawit,
            I expected something new, not your tired diatribe. But do you think you are well placed to tell the truth? I don’t need an answer, just akomasaAya, chew on it on your own.

            Thanks for the compliment, I have the converter table to read your words, and I exactly know what you mean.

          • dawit

            Saleh.
            What something new? New lies. Sorry, that is not my specialty.

          • Pass the salt
          • dawit

            Pass the salt,
            Sorry I don’t listen to Hassenna radio, I only watch Eritv, dedicated to the Truth. Don’t have the time to listen to bunch of liars.

          • Sara

            Hi Dawit,

            The drafte of the Constitution of Eritrea was produced by Dr Berrket Habeteselassie in 1997 is a head ache to Isaias Afewrki and it’s Regime because the Conustution is the best tool to fight with the Regime or Group of Mafias. The Constitution is not only a drafted one but also a well crafted weapon to kill the Rigimes Idiology. Therefore I strongly believe that Dr Berket’s Conustitution is the best tool/weapon to resolve our problems and to overthrow and eradicate the Regime once for all. It is obvious clear for every one that how the Dr’s pen is too sharp and penetrate everything like an altar Violent Ray. The Ray is already damaged the Nerves and Cells of the required bodies, therefore now the remain part is in a constant pain and tension and tending to reach at its final stage . Thanks to the TIME because time is everything. You started to cry and asked to the population of Eritrea to intervien in the Issue of the Human Right at the Geneva but how can you escape from the trap. The trap is planned by the Rul of Law. Your case is handled in a Lagal way and it will be resolved by the Legal means, therefore there is no jock with the Dr Bereket’s Tool. Well DONE Dr Bereket Habeteselassie. Thank you so much million …. Times

  • saay7

    Dr. Who:

    We have been talking about this since June 2013. At the time the brouhaha happened, we transcribed it at awate’s facebook to help those who don’t have any time to watch videos. So, rather than re-stating the argument, I will just re-write what I wrote then to people who were being incredibly unfair to Dr. Bereket:

    1. It is a 4 minute video of Dr. Bereket answering a question in a book-signing ceremony.(The narration is in French; Dr. Bereket’s statements are in English):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej8gARyfxDs

    2. Dr. Bereket talks about the disappointment of the Eritrean revolution. He talks about the unlikelihood of an Eritrean edition of “Arab Spring” due to the absence of Eritrean youth in Asmara.(exodus, which has only gotten worse since 2013.) He mentions how Isaias Afwerki once said in a meeting in Sierra Leone that he wished “we had killed him [Dr. Bereket]”

    Now, Does anyone find this not credible coming from Isaias Afwerki whose problem solving skills are limited to: arrest, disappear, kill?

    2. Dr Bereket says: “If the African Union could energize enough… and will, and push in this process of regional re-unification, in the view of a future launching pad for African Union, I think it would be the way to go. Realistically speaking, I don’t see any other way.”

    Here, he is talking about how the future of Africa is in regional unification. This is exactly what Africa is pursuing by create a common market larger than the European Union. In fact, it did that just this year by combining all the common markets like COMESA.

    3. Dr. Bereket then says: “I have been part of Ethiopia. There is a larger sense in which we are all Ethiopians, historically, culturally speaking as I tried to explain today. And my wish, and my hope before I die is that we’ll come back together in a larger unity, transcending all these divisions.”

    [The keyword there is to “transcend.” And it doesn’t have the same meaning people think of unless one remembers that Dr. Bereket has been “Professor of African and Afro-American Studies” and a Pan-Africanist (advising on constitutional reform for Nigeria, Congo) for decades now. The “we” in his quote, I believe, refers to all Africans. That we identify with Ethiopia.]

    Somebody (I am looking at you Semere T Habtemariam) probably needs to interview the good Doctor and everybody else should practice these words: “give people the benefit of doubt.” It is the least we can do if we are opposing a government that gives nobody the benefit of doubt.

    saay

    • Eri Vigilant Citizen

      La Hawla Wala Quwa Ella BeAllah Al-Azeem.

      “I have been part of Ethiopia. There is a larger sense in which we are all Ethiopians, historically, culturally speaking as I tried to explain today. And my wish, and my hope before I die is that we’ll come back together in a larger unity, transcending all these divisions.”

      That is the Key Sentence, not Keyword. He confirmed his words in VOA interview. But either way…
      @saay7:disqus have you ever being part of Ethiopia.? And how are we all Ethiopians, Weren’t we fighting the Satan worshiper Haileselsea because we weren’t Ethiopian to bow for him.

  • haileTG

    Selamat awatista (especially KS),

    Freselam has released a single that would put yours and mine Tigrigna to test. Can KS help us to put the lyrics in written form so we can figure it out fully…ዋእ፡ ነዛ ትግርኛ ተርጓማይ ደሊናላ፡ ተካል ግዜ መጺኡ ኮኾባይ።

    https://www.facebook.com/eritrean.exodus/videos/1469968463331109/?fref=nf

    • Kokhob Selam

      Sorry Hailat, I was a bit busy. I didn’t read your post except now. why not brother. let me see. I will work on it. I have new poems today. I am going to upload it after choosing which one. then I will sure see yours.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Hailat,
      if he already release it, it is a challenging music.additional to the difficult and most uncommon words and phrases, he is also not voicing it properly. so the problem I am facing is even in hearing it, more or less I have written it but are you facing the same problem? were you able to hear it properly? if not I will try to hear it in different computer.

  • Abi

    Papi yene emebet
    I hear you loud and clear. Thanks.
    Enkuwan anchi mekresh teqoTiteshign
    Lerase dinguT negn, ebakish marign.

    • Eyob Medhane

      Abi,

      Aye ante demo…Lezih new ende yiqirta yemiteTeyiqew? Lezihi weslata bileh? Min nekah anbesaye? 🙂

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Eyob Medhane,
        .
        The man sat across from Haile Selassie and took orders and carried out the orders. He provided advice. He took oath of office.
        .
        The man sat across from Mengistu Haile Mariam and took orders and carried out the orders. He provided advice. He took oath of office.
        .
        The man sat across from Isaias Afewerki and took orders and carried out the orders. He provided advice. He took oath of office.
        .
        You see the elasticity of his core being?
        He is extraordinarily ugly human being.
        .
        K.H

        • Eyob Medhane

          K.H,

          He is worse than ugly. Believe me. I think many worse insults should be reword again and, if one has to really demean somebody and insult them to the bone, they should say.. “..Ante, yematreba Berket Habteselassie neh…” 🙂 That should be the worst insult in the world that one should get insulted with. He is the symbol of untrustworthiness, deception, and a common con artist…

        • haileTG

          Selam K.H

          You forgot one:

          The man sat across from Meles Zenawi and took orders and carried out the orders. He provided advice. [that was in the so called of Eritrean academics meeting]

          Now, in the insult frenzy of Dr Bereket, you may do well to tone it down. His human dignity shouldn’t be the target of such attacks. I am surprised the AT is OK with this. Eyoba has been ranting senseless since our holding of a national day in Addis, tadia min yiTebeslet ahun? please don’t encourage him, may be time to relax into some classical music 🙂

          • Abi

            Haile
            You forgot one
            He bowed in front of all this people and stabbed all of them at their back. What a dirty heart, what a dirty soul, what a dirty mind, what a dirty hand …
            Keep defending him. Keep washing his blood stained hands. You can’t wash his heartless heart.

      • Abi

        Eyobe
        I apologized for Papi not for the ” wenjelegnaw dagna”.

        • destaa

          Dear Abi,
          Was Dr. Bereket with Prof mesfin in the commission? I have heard Mesfin’s interview on sheger fm and read books written by former derg officials who say the decision to kill those officials is made by Mengistu. Even the commission didn’t finish its job when the killing happens

    • Kokhob Selam

      Abo , you know how much I love you.

      now ,look how nice it is when written by our Ge’ez.

      እንኳን ኣንቺ መክረሽ ተቆጥተሽብኝ :-
      ለራሴ ድንጉጥ ነኝ እባክሽን ማሪኝ ::

      Okay, what is your choice for today’s poem? what title? I want you to read my poems in Ge’ez.

  • Nitricc

    Hi Abi lol, I agree he will sell us to the highest bidder. True, Dr Bereket should be respected for his age but he should be judged for what he is. This man’s reputation is bad and his character is even worst. Many people are easy on him because he is educated or he is old but that is wrong. Any one should be judged according their actions. Dr Bereket has seen four governments and involved on all of them in a search of power and fame. Let’s call a spade just that a spade. The most what bothers me about this guy is that he thinks that he deserves, a typical elite mentality.

  • Papillon

    Dear Abi,

    I always get a delight of your at times amusing comments and often times clever takes as well but today, I thought it was unbecoming of you. Prostitute? I am sure you meant political “prostitute” when you commented on Dr. Bereket’s well deserved recognition particularly by the younger generation. The man obviously is controversial not to mention a very ambitious and shrewd politician. Certainly we can not condemn or heap vilification on people for being extra ambitious. Simply because as they say, a true politician is one who is loyal to his constituency but ruthless to his political nemesis, opponents or enemies. Dr. Bereket, early on in his formative years tasted the addictive aroma of power and that is what exactly power does, it becomes not only obsessive but blinds one as well but again that is the nature of it. One wouldn’t be surprised to know that, Dr. Bereket had his eye fixated on the Eritrean presidency and Isaias seemed to have understood that clearly and you can understand their not so cozy relationship that has spanned close to forty years. In the real world, history is never written by the vanquished and had he died say with the sixty aristocrats, he would have been a foot-note at most but the fact that he wiggled his way through the very complex and ruthless politics, he was awarded including for his stellar contribution for the Eritrean cause. I have read most of his early books when I was undergrad in mid 90s and he struck me not only as an interesting figure but as a man who is close in character to Talleyrand whom I studied in history when I was in high-school. I want you to read his biography on the link and you will see the striking similarities.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Maurice_de_Talleyrand-P%C3%A9rigord

    • Volte_Face

      Papillon, I learned something today. You are much younger than I thought.

  • dawit

    Selam all Awates;
    Sorry, AT moderators I am not trying to shift focus from our hero Dr. Bereket, but I thought this an interesting development U.S.-Eritrea relation, Athletics Diplomacy, taking turtle strides. I wonder if U.S. is ready to take Camel stride, to match Eritrean Marathon stride to the finish line. .

    Here is an interesting view U.S. nibbling on US-Eritrea diplomacy.

    From Louis Mazel, Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Asmara, published in Facebook.

    Today I attended the celebration at Bahti Meskerem Square for Eritrea’s National Athletics Team that returned to Asmara after participating in the 15th World Athletics Championships in Beijing. As I am a big follower of athletics both at the Olympics and World Championships (I have attended seven Olympic Games as well as the World Athletics Championships in Daegu , Korea in 2011) I very much looked forward to congratulating the Eritrean Team. The event was wonderful, with a colorful parade along Harnet Avenue and then a large and excited crowd packing the stands at Bahti Meskerem. Most of my diplomatic colleagues also attended the event. I was able to congratulate Ghirmay Ghebreselassie personally on his great triumph in Beijing and told him that I hoped he could do the same next year at the Olympic Games in Rio. I also congratulated Abrar Osman on his strong showing (6th place) in the men’s 10,000m race, which had a world class field. These athletes brought great honor to Eritrea and the U.S. Embassy wishes them continued success in representing their nation in the future.

    • haileTG

      Merhaba dawitom,

      It is good thing that the US embassy trying to encourage Eritrea and Eritreans. Don’t count a lot on this being a harbinger of good ties between the US govt and PFDJ though. Imagine that you’re accused of rape and murder and are under investigation. And imagine that your entire neighborhood knows about the charges and investigations. Don’t expect to have many friendly faces in street of your abode because people will have a very judgmental view of you and hope they don’t go vigilantist mob action on you and your family. PFDJ is alleged with Crimes Against Humanity and investigations will soon commence. It is not easy for anyone to befriend it and even those who did in the past are having hard time to justify themselves. It is a serious matter and let’s not kid ourselves that this thing will end up letting the regime scot free. Read here for example..

      http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/canada-s-nevsun-defends-eritrea-mining-after-damning-un-report-1.2548365

      Regards

    • Amanuel

      Hi dawit
      Your comment was on TN, nothing new. Please don’t read to much in to it.Have you heard the expression ” keep your enemies closer than your friends”.

    • Volte_Face

      Dear dawit little (like Stewart little),

      What this statement shows is that the U.S. Government wishes the best for Eritreans contrary to what PFDJ makes people believe. This statement doesn’t show the U.S. Govt trying to cozy up relations with Eritrea. It actually does quite the contrary. It proves to ordinary Eritreans that the U.S. rewards winners and buries losers. The winner is Ghirmay HS not your regime in Asmara. This is another blow to your regime.

  • Ali

    Except by the HIGDEF DR Berket is a well educated full of resources and committed for his people he is not for power monger like XXXXXXX the dictator. Those who say Dr. Bereket has blood in his hand tell us how because he was a fighter, when? where? for Whom? probably you may made a mistake of naming to call the name of the Eritrean dictator. No Eritrean has blood in his hand except the dictator.

  • Ali

    Except by the HIGDEF DR Berket is a well educated full of resources and committed for his people not for power monger like XXXXXXX the dictator. Those who say Dr. Berekt has blood in his hand tell us how because he was a fighter, when? where? for Whom? probably you may made a mistake of naming to call the name of the Eritrean dictator. No Eritrean has blood in his hand except the dictator.

  • Eri Vigilant Citizen

    Read him, he tells you Eritrea is a Wounded Nation, Read him so yo do not look far to the future, he has no inspirational writing except backward thinking and sentiments.

    He hates Isaias Afworki too much, how is he going to write rationally while he is deluded by hatred.

    Objectivity to Dr. Bereket is Like Western Democracy to President Isaias.

    • haileTG

      Haha EVC

      What is so “western” or “not western” when it comes to the act of locking up people and throwing the key? You should have said like humanity is alien concept to the loser IA, although I disagree with the way you framed the good Dr. He is a great man.

      • Abi

        Haile the Greatest
        Define great in relation to bereket the murderer, the 21st century Judas.

        • haileTG

          gwad Abi

          You’re assuming too much on what I know about him. Can you educate us on the allegations of murder? I see something bothering you, what is it 🙂

          • Nitricc

            Hey Haile TG. I read it some where that Dr Bereket adviced Mengustu Hailemariam to execute the 60 highly educated Ethiopians. But don’t take my word wait for Abi to give you his take yet wait for Abi to give you his reason. Although I assume that is what he is talking about.

          • Amde

            Nitricc,

            I have never heard of Dr. Bereket advising the execution of the 60. The 60 were executed in an unplanned fit of paranoia and madness that took over the young Derg members after the execution of Michael Andom in a gunfight at the General’s residence. Dr. Bereket was chair of a commission that was investigating possible crimes/abuse of power etc committed by the 60 and other senior offiials. I don’t know what went down, but he was a member of the very same group in government and socially, so for them it was as if one of their own was turning against them. Some of the people that were imprisoned at the time, but were later released (survived without being executed), had very bitter memories/feelings about him.

            Amde

          • haileTG

            Amde,

            Interesting. I guess you mean the Ethiopian general Aman Andom not Michael Andom? Do you know more of the case of the survivors and where they are and where they might have mentioned Dr Bereket? Thanks

          • Amde

            Hi HaileTG,

            Yes you are right, I meant to say General Aman Mikael Andom. The Derg made him Head of State – the thought being he would be a respected figurehead, while they run the show behind the scene. At some point they felt he was starting to make policy on his own – specifically about Eritrea. This led to a row within the Derg, and the decision was made to arrest him. They came to take him but he wouldn’t surrender so it ended up being a shoot-out at his house. After this unexpected death, (up to that point it had been a more or less bloodless coup, and the Derg had been very astute about doing things behind the scenes) the Derg members then fell into a deeper pissed off row and somehow the idea was suggested to use this opportunity to also execute other senior figures and announce all these deaths at once. The list was then kinda drawn up ad hoc, people voted on or off, and nobody knows why the number went up to 60, why it wasn’t less, why it wasn’t more. I wonder if the 60 could have lived longer, and maybe even have received formal justice if Genera Andom had peacefully surrendered that night instead. That house stood for a while all pock-marked.

            It must be gruesome drama in group psychology actually – I feel at that point, those who realized there was no turning back from this point would be quite ruthless in seeing the old order wiped off. Those who joined the Derg just to represent their units (and there were many who were really apolitical – naive even) but really had no/little blood instincts would be shocked into silence, but also know their fate is sealed with this group. The executions were then hurried through the night so that it would be a fait accomplis by morning.

            I don’t think Dr. Bereket can be accused of any of these proceedings.

            Someone may correct me, but I am not aware of the Derg executing any more of HaileSellasie officials it held as prisoner. Perhaps it did, but did not announce it. The Princesses and young Princes lived many years in prison until their release in the early eighties after which they left the country. In any case, (I think) those who survived that initial bloodletting stayed in prison for years until they were released. (Most of the people the Derg executed after that were basically its political competitors – internally within the Derg, as well as the various leftist and ethnic movements. Members of the old regime that joined up in the EDU and fought the Derg would I believe be considered war casualty – not execution)

            What I mentioned was related to me by one of these released persons who later came to the US. Most are dead or are ailing at this point. I don’t know if they have written anything I can point you to. As to their feelings about Dr. Bereket, please remember he was Attorney General and associate Justice, as well as Vice-Minister of Interior. Logically he would be considered a critical part of the HaileSellasie government, and they would be forgiven for thinking that he belonged to be in the docket with them, rather than being their prosecutor. Socially, he was part of their circle, so he would be quite privy to a lot of information about their personal, political and business lives. One would rather be prosecuted by a neutral person than someone who has been with you sharing in your social high points as a fully accepted member.

            Amde

          • haileTG

            Hey Amde,

            Thanks for that summary. I am now going to add a little twist to other possible scenario, but bear in mind that it is not an exact science but from my observations. Others can refute it or add to it as needed.

            Could it be that Dr Bereket was spared for reasons to do with the bigger war that was going on in Eritrea rather than what valuable information he might have had to provide the Derg? In terms of going after Eritrean elites, Derg was a mixed bag. For example, most Eritreans from the HS era were still there with some position in Eritrea or moved to Ethiopia with different job assignment. The fathers of top EPLF leaders as Grazmach[?] Efrem (father of Sebhat Efrem), Fewtorari Selomon (father of Petros Solomon), Ato Afewerki Abraha (father IA), others like Qegnazmach Araya (Qohayn Seraye), Ijel Abdulrahman (Barka??), B/Gen Afewerki Weldemichael (brother of Asfaha Weldemichael- killed following attempted coup 1988), Asfa himself (in Addis)….and many others were not hunted down by the Derg (actually some of the above, like Ijel died in prison after independence). They were left and most had government work, some high ranking in Eritrea and lived in armed escorted gated villas during the Derg.

            Many of those were dispatched by the Derg to the EPLF-Derg talks in Atlanta and Nairobi. On a controversial note, there are those who claim that most of those Eritrean elites incarcerated by the derg were snitched on by Eritrean cadres and informants. There was one such case where someone was investigating the death of their father in the derg prison Mariam Gimbi in Eritrea and after independence the EPLF had found most of the Dehninet office documents and even if the people who informed on the said father were recorded in code names, they were all Eritreans.

            So, my question is that may be Dr Bereket was spared for consideration of the bigger war the derg was involved in Eritrea than what is being assumed here???

            As I said, many things are murky and I don’t have water tight info, but take your pick.

            Regards

          • Amde

            Hello HaileTG

            The issue was not why Dr. Bereket was spared. His was not just an issue of sparing. He was considered part of the elite, and he ended up serving in a “prosecutorial” role (even though these were not legal cases and he served/headed in the investigational commission). His unlimited access to the upper crust made a lot of information available to him. So he was in a sense a betrayer of his class. He would be considered as a willing collaborator with the Derg, far beyond the role of someone with a government bureaucratic posting. The process that yielded the list of 60 was completely subjective, and it is quite possible a lot of these people ended up on it due to the envy and hatred whipped up from whatever emerged out of the commission hearings. So claims of blood on his hand could be linked to that process.

            These executions would have made the Commission somewhat irrelevant, so I don’t know what Dr. Bereket’s role was between the executions and the time when he left. But at least until the execution of the 60 he was a willing (not co-erced) collaborator with the Derg.

            Based on what little I know, I would agree the Derg did not engage in further bloodletting of officials from the old order after the 60. The names you mentioned are evidence towards that. Again, this may be wrong on my part. In general Derg was busy killing its leftist competitors, whether ideological or ethnic – once the HaileSellasie order had been decapitated.

            Amde

          • haileTG

            Dear Amde,

            Thanks for clarifying this issue. But….we’re talking about the killing of 60 people. That is a huge deal to be associated with (I will be checking destaa’s link soon), can’t there have been a more concrete case than what we’re looking at? Dr Bereket lives a free life in the same country the survivors are/were, has there not an attempt to seek redress through legal action? How does such a major allegation be limited to personal view points alone? Surely there would be people who would have been closer to the matter, the death of 60 the people, I presume, must had been subject to investigation in the court proceedings of former derg officials and Mengistu (in absentia) under the EPRDF. Why didn’t the case came along there. I know you may not have all the answers here, but anything will be helpful. It sure is hard to consider the death of that many and other survivors is simply didn’t make any meaningful challenge to come forward against Dr Bereket possible.

            Regards

          • Amde

            Hi HaileTG,

            Well I am only pointing out what I thunk is behind the accusations as they make sense to me. From what I have heard and read, I don’t think a case can be made of his complicity in the execution of the 60. He headed the commission of inquriy that possibly demonized them, and set them up as targets by the Derg. I cant imagine as a lawyer he would condone summary execution without due process. That is about it. But that is my opinion. Others may have other information. His reputation for being an opportunist is something else.

            Amde

          • S.Tesfa

            Dear Amde and HaileTG,
            Derg execute the 60 high level government officials, civil servants and army officers on November 24th, 1974 ( One day prior to that Gen, Aman Micheal Andom died refusing to surrender at his home on Nov.23rd,1974).
            Note that it was ONLY 73 days after HSI was deposed from his throne on Sept. 12,1974.
            I don’t see how the “commission of inquiry” which was co-chaired by Dr Bereket with Prof. Mesfin can play any significant role (directly and indirectly) in that massacre at which Ethiopia(Derg) crossed the Rubicon,point of no return.
            The massacre of 60 high officials by Mengistu and his alias was conceived from the time HSI was deposed and were waiting for the right time to execute it (it was done the next morning Gen. Aman Micheal Andom died made it the “perfect timing” for mengistu and his cliques).

            The main reason those who try to defame Dr. Bereket on his involvement in the commission and his civil service in Ethiopia at HSI time is ONLY POLITICAL. It doesn’t hold any water. He is a true civil servant and patriotic Eritrean unlike IA and his cronies.

            Best Regards,

          • Abi

            Haile
            You wanted the relatives of the murdered to sue derg in the Derg court room? Really? You know where derg buried them? Why don’t you show us how to do it by suing PFDJ in PFDJ court room regarding G15 or G13 ?
            You are being very insensitive.
            It is OK . Let it pass . They are only 60 Ethiopians. They don’t count.

          • haileTG

            Abi, seriously??

            I am saying why don’t they sue in the US today? Why don’t they sue during the trial of Fikreselassie Wegderes and other under EPRDF for similar charges? Not under derg for obvious reasons. Do you think PFDJ cronies with a hand in the G-15 and others elimination will be spared post IA? Forget after IA, it is done as we speak.

            Any Eritrean who comes under hate attack by outsiders is ALL Eritreans under attack, we’re all related:-) You could have argued the case than teaming with Eyoba to exorcise some anti-Eritrean demon. We can’t buy that we attach high value on the dignity of fellow Eritreans as justice seekers. That isn’t the same as defending wrong doing.

          • Abi

            Haile
            One more thing in the list of things I hate , “group thinking”.
            I know you are all related. According to bereket you are all Ethiopians.
            Can you differentiate a person from his citizenship? Would you be with me if the accused was an Ethiopian instead of an Eritrean? Just great! I thought you were defending the person not his citizenship. I hope you extend your help to IA.

          • haileTG

            Abi

            Hate attack is the key word. The proof is my discussion with Amde. I am morally obligated to protest when my brother is under unfair and malicious attack. The first protest is to ask moderator, if that doesn’t work then engage the attackers and deploy all heavy artillery to the front and declare hulum neger wede tor ginbar. The defense of a citizen is a serious national matter. I am glad war was averted in time 🙂

          • Abi

            Hailye
            I’m learning to love including IA. What a progress! You made a lover out of a hater in couple of hours.
            You are always great. You know how much I missed you when you went to your country. ( Ethiopia)

          • haileTG

            Abi, what is the bases for your assumptions? Do I have to pay a moral premium for the privilege of opposing a dictator? And who makes you a rent collector on that transaction? Assumptions, assumptions… let’s be careful with it gwad Abi

      • Eri Vigilant Citizen

        I am still stunned how the heck did the President brought this alien to chair a commission to draw up the Eritrean shelved! constitution, even thought section 1 and section 2 are being implemented except section 3 for technical reasons. But glad tidings, a New Constitution for Contemporary Eritrea is being articulated and will duly be debated and ratified through a popular vote.

        I am staggered how these Haile Selseea worshiper ( a person that use to kneel down/ bow down) to the Satan worshiper Haileselasea ened up somewhere closer to that level to influence hadas Eritrea. It is disgusting.

        This guy is so bamboozled he thinks he knows the Eritrean people and that he can treated the like bewildered herd and yet he says the most sensitive things that makes the Eritrean enemy happy. He Once chaired a constitutional commission to write down a constitution for the unity and prosperity of the nation, yet again true to his colors he turned his back to pen down a constitution for national disunity “The Red Sea Afar Democratic State” aka “Samara Declaration”.

        Anyways, enjoy your “grea man”, I do not envy you.

        • haileTG

          Hi EVC,

          The Samara Declaration, as found HERE may have parts that are open to political debate on State and govt structures, other than that, do you see anything you dislike there?

          The constitution is dead and any movement you see in Section one or two or another is what is known as rigor mortis related movements, no life there:) IA would have wished to articulate a new constitution for himself more than anyone else, but it is too late now. Way too dangerous for his precariously holding system to even attempt it. Thus there will be no constitution between now and his eventual removal. Constitutions have to discuss (may be in section 3 or 4 🙂 about power transfer and accountability and oversight. You think IA has gone insane ab qoyqi kAtu!! Unthinkable, ab qoyqi aynAtun Ena.

          I see you don’t care much about the content of the 97, just you don’t like the waiter on duty at the time. Now what guarantee do you have Dr Berhanu Nega will not write the next constitution? Section 1 and 2 don’t give you the technical means to have a say. Well, Eri politics has sooo moved on now at this stage that it seems so old fashioned to discuss what PFDJ does or doesn’t do. ሰንካም ስርዓት፡ ካብ ኢድና እኮ ሞሊቑና ከይዱ …haha

          • Eri Vigilant Citizen

            Do you really believe that President Isaias is afraid to die, you keep fighting him while poverty and neocolonialist are fighting us all .

            By the way, I like the shelved constitution specially the bit that say there shall not be political parties based in Ethnicity or Religion in Eritrea!, They should have added no party politics as well, party politics sucks, every 5 – 15 years some one rapes the country and then a new one comes and keeps pointing the finger in the previous party for another 5-15 years, it becomes so deceptive and the cycle continues. I like the idea of Scientific Government!, where each Area/People per Ratio would elect their representative for that area and all other areas do the same and then all of this representative would Assemble together and Elect one among them to Chair them which in turn will also be the President.

            My proposal is that no party runs more than one constituency, and the result will be no gang bang to rob the people, and consensus will be the new dictator.

            I hope you would deduct why, I do not appreciate the Samara Declaration.

            PS: The Berhanu Nega thing was hilarious I smiled big time, it also made me think you do not believe that Dr.Bereket is Eritrean!

          • haileTG

            EVC,

            No, I don’t mean that IA is afraid to die, he wouldn’t have survived this long if he did 🙂 My point was that for him to draft new constitution now will be very daft idea. That is equivalent to asking some one pass him a rope to hang himself with. The whole act of “announcing” it dead was a calculated move. It is much easier to say for him that he is in the process of drafting a new constitution than come up with excuses every time he is asked to implement the one on the table. The latter is like a here and now (or implement it right away) type challenge he had to face from Forto all the way to the UNHR hallways. By cleverly announcing it dead (no part I or II just dead), he has now shifted the demand to one that seeks for a constitution to be drafted (which comes with indefinite wait time like 20 – 30 years if technical requirement means that) and can focus on the other court cases he is facing. Think of it like debt management by moving files around and without bringing any new money to the table.

            Your proposed system was akin to one proposed by Qaddafi. If I remember right it was called a people’s congress (just recollection from top of my mind). It didn’t get implemented (I guess). The nearest other place such thing was attempted was Somalia post the Said Barre regime. It devolved into clan welfare of mindless orgy of killing for 20 years and finally came full circle back to institute an elected government and multi-party democracy.

            Dr Bereket is Eritrean alright, what I meant to highlight that we have no say on whom gets to do it. As to Ethiopian or no Ethiopian, I guess the Ethiopians seem to have more weighty case against him than anything that would concern me 🙂

          • Eri Vigilant Citizen

            haileTG

            Your first paragraph conclusion made me think you was talking about the USA debt ceiling where congress will be raising the debt ceiling again, the exponential algorithm is about to crack the roof ceiling.

            To the point, if you think you are going to serve people justice by putting somebody else in power and then chop Isaias to pieces, I think you are nothing to me but a thirsty blood sucker because that will never serve justice to any oppressed.

            Forto was a minor thing, it was obvious the double sanction and the global spring aka ‘Arab Spring’, shock the heck out of the leadership, these guys that operated Forto Operation were pissing in their trousers out of fear and when they were dissuaded by foreign powers that they would be piggy banked if they turn their back into their president they tried and the rest is history. It was done out of fear, not out of conviction, By the way I am not talking about Wed Ali.

            UNHRC, I think all the commission done was that it collected all the half true half false and some totally ridiculous things that has being propagated by AI, HRW and their likes…I see it as compilation of all the garbage these NGO’s were spinning. It will not help most of the people who are alive or deceased that are looking for justice.

            At the moment the UN doesn’t have any Moral or Legal authority over Eritrea because the UN has not fulfilled its obligatory authority in its last previous mandate. You cant keep opening up cases and then fail to deliver.

            and that Gadaffi thing is quite interesting, I never studied Libya but I remember him reading from his book like a crazy man from the balcony in his last day. He doesn’t inspire me, or his ideals, I might have to check that but I don’t know if I will ever be tempted to even read his book, but I think he never applied something like that for governance anyway. Anyway how did you get Libya and Somalia in comparison to Eritrea. What would make an Eritrean Scientific Governance cool is that, we do not have Tribal and Religious problems, every constituency will know its candidate well and that candidate will not be restricted by another candidates ideals in another constituency. Multi party? That is still multi-party but it is just not an Ideological party system.

            Q: You do not seem to see any fallacies in “multi party democracy”. Do you?

          • haileTG

            EVC,

            By the removal of IA and replacing him with some one intent on using normal governing practice, I hope to see:

            – The immediate release or court appearance of all persons detained incommunicado (including G15)

            – The end of rule by arbitrary proclamation but constitutional mandate

            – End of forced indefinite national service

            – The right of work, movement and freedom of expression to the people.

            How does that make me or anyone who wishes that for the nation a thirsty blood sucker?? ዘበን’ያ ግሪምቢጥ’ሲ ማይ ንዓቐብ ዶ ኾይና??

            The UN may not have moral authority on Eritrea, but definitely a legal authority. That is why there are rounds and rounds of sanctions, investigations, rapporteurs, and serious investigations to start soon. That is why the regime was forced to declare its 2% income and mining income to SEMG. That is why the regime is being recalled to the UN high offices every year for regular dress downs… The UN does have a legal authority over Eritrea indeed.

            If the commission’s findings are to be refuted, let’s see which one’s:

            a) Eritrea has incarcerated G-15 and many others without due process

            b) The regime rules by fear and not laws, i.e. the country has no constitution that citizens can call upon to defend their rights

            c) There is indefinite national service driving many youth to leave the country

            Which of a, b or c isn’t true or recycled?

            Eritrea has no tribal or religious problems isn’t validated by the Samara Declaration that we just read out and many others like that.

            Multi-party democracy may have its limitations, but such limitation doesn’t warrant throwing a nation down the drain like IA is doing at the moment. I think Eritreans can fare much better in multi-party democracy than being reduced to a mere laughing stock of their ill wishers, all because a thirsty blood sucker dictator for life had screwed everything they paid and worked for with unimaginable sacrifices.

            BTW: is this my old friend Selam or I am wrong by margins??

          • Eri Vigilant Citizen

            haileTG

            ‘Wrong by margins’ brother.

            All the UN, and that’s why the regime this the regime that, is something really amusing to me in how you would like them to be true or accept what the UN is doing to Eritrea. Do you believe they had a Legal Mandate in 1952?

            I prefer to not mix up, the objective situation with the personal traits of individuals eg PIA or another official, including you and me as citizens.

            the a, b, and c you mentioned

            a)You know the National assembly in the early 2000’s had met duly and authorized for a full investigation to why the war started, how it was handled and an assessment into the aftermath of the war.
            But the gang of 15 abused their authority and caused the obstruction of justice for not letting the investigation take its time and space.These people were government official representing the government, they have the duty and obligation to shut the heck up and let the course of investigation takes its place but if you think you can go about and around playing PR stunts in newspapers and forums and antagonize a just course of investigation then you are deadly wrong. We paid 19 000 martyrs for a senseless war we do not still fully know why we had to go through it and you think I gave an iota of care about 15 individuals, remember these are the same individuals that shaped to help create a ‘special court’ for people like them who they thought were justly served.

            b) Is debatable, I believe we have a state of emergency in Eritrea; I do not know why the government did not declare that when Justice was denied to Eritrea and situation started to deteriorate, since 2002. You might easily say bull***t to that, but the same will be said to the alternative you view. Hence the emergence of parallel realities!

            c) My dad is still doing national service, since 1968…He gets paid about 1000 NKF a month that’s what I know last. I do not have the disrespect to tell a man like him that his lives is in servitude of other because he doesn’t see it as such.(Hope you do not accuse my father that he was getting paid unfairly to his son of 450NKF in Assab). I feel insulted why you would classify National Service as Slavery because you are really undermining what Slavery really is whether old or modern. You know, if me and you become one and do not give Ethiopia or their handlers the hope that we are divided and show strength of Unity, u know the Weyanay would have discharged their 300 000 or so paid mercenaries from the borders of Eritrea. But when some of us go about and dance to the music of the Weyanay that gives them hope that we are divided and that they would keep attempting in luring some of us until Eritrea collapses. So length of the national service will be utilized to circumvent our no industry economy.

            You know since 2013 the migration number have sky rocketed, do you know the saying in Eritrea until recently, The Europeans are accepting Eritreans in an auto mode, all we need to do is cross the dangerous Sahara and the sea’s safely and we will get their Advanced Passport and then I’m a rich man/women.
            Enjoy the fruits of the special rapporteur who ill advised European nations to accept all Eritrean as refuges who abandoned National Service at a premium, that is like inviting 5 million of us….David Cameron recently has being gutted that this happened in his watch and has retracted that classification of asylum seekers…and now is consistently talking the only way to stop the madness is through development help and nurturing of peace for countries of origin

            Please, tell me how if we have Religious or Ethnic problems that I couldn’t see…I lived in 3 zobas in Eritrea and managed to pick a language hear and there, I’m curious where if there is any animosity between any Religion or Ethnic groups. I recon we are too advanced for such pity, even the master of divide and conquer couldn’t manage to inflict any animosity.

            Welcome to Bahre, Eritrea…..Mother, 1/2 Tigre , 1/2 Saho, father 1/2 Tigrinyia 1/2 Belin and I speak 3 of the mentioned languages.What ethnic group do I belong to. Bahre/Qawmeyet/Ethnic Eritrea or you got a better calculus for me. Cheers

            PS: Remember you are saying “Eritrea” done this to G15, it is Eritrea that you are accusing. Also some people wished sanction to Eritrea so it would be the “last bullet” to get ride of the gov. You think the these sanction would just be lifted to impress new governments just for doing the right thing..Never..even if there would ever be a new government the sanctions will remain until you kneel down…look at Libya that first new government couldn’t even access money not alone to equip it security forces.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Eri Vigilant,

            I don’t think PIA and all dictators don’t afraid to die, in fact one of the factors that make a man so cruel to his fellow human is cowardliness. that is the reason they use other uncivilized once to kill heroes who are dangerous for them. to give you example PIA and all EPLF were afraid of Said Saleh. I am not saying only PIA but those in prison and those killed and including that stupid Mesfin Hagos. None of them can face Said Saleh – none – I am alive witness. the only choice was to kill him in Kesela by offering prostitute ladies to those crazy Sudanese. Is that heroism? there is a saying in our language “ፈራሕ ኣይሓዝካ”. and why do you think he don’t want to see rule of law governing the nation, isn’t he afraid of death penalty for his long time crimes? do you still have doubt, let me challenge you , can PIA discuss openly with the mass? can he? we have seen how his face was changed to monkey, when he was interviewed by that Jezira women – heroes are always the same and never look disturbed . PIA is really coward like every other dictator we see in the world. today almost all the budget of the country have is used for spaying. why do you think? he know what will happen to him.

          • Eri Vigilant Citizen

            I was in Kessela when, Idris Hangela was murdered as well but who do you blame that too. I blame in that we do not have a system to look after us. We Eritreans killed each other in a war zone, who says we won’t lock down each other in prisons. That’s why I am more concerned about setting something for the future, instead of keep fighting against PIA.

            Lets get over bickering, I was heart broken as a child when some unknown gun men(supossed Mujaheedeen) open fired to a car that was Travelling between Keren and Halhal and two of my best teachers were murdered in day light with a full car of passengers who were traveling after shopping from Keren to Halhal. Who can help me get justice for them, I am really serious…Or do I just forget them.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Eri Vigilant,
            I am sorry my friend. you let me cry. I am sorry really because I am among the once who feel it deeply more than the war in the mountains we face against each other. I hate when some one kill a man who is not a ware that he will be killed. that is coward action. I have gone (traveled long) to get those who killed hidden to be burned by any means in front of the people. unfortunately most of them have been killed by their boss and the remaining are suffering in life now. today, when I cam to the level where I see things differently, I forgive all of them as I was also one of the victims. I cam to understand that it is not the man but it is the idea, and the tendency that should be killed.

            I am sorry again, for the feeling you have. the revenge is love to those who were part of criminal group but are out of the line today. they regret it, it is already past. Now, we have PFDJ. since it is current and are still in power the revenge will be different, time is not far.

        • Music Novice

          Greetings EVC,

          How do you know he was a “Satan worshiper (sic) [worshipper]”?

          Have you seen Satan? Can you give a full description?

          • Eri Vigilant Citizen

            Merhaba MV,

            Because he use to sacrifice people by hanging at the mosques in Eritrea. Only Satan and his followers can do that.

            It is a matter of believe, I do not know how you see faith but I do believe he has all the attributes that the Qura’n describes about satanism. or check Aleister Crowley’s book if you are scared to read the Qura’n.

            You might see otherwise, but Satan does exist according to the complete religious theory but our scientific theory is still not complete. So it is a mater of proofing that Satan doesn’t exist and not otherwise!

          • Music Novice

            Greetings EVC,

            So, you believe in what you cannot describe with a reasonable degree of accuracy. This is amazing!

            You said : “… according to complete religious theory”
            and: “… but our scientific theory is still not complete.”

            I do not want to disappoint you but nothing is complete, or without a gap, in particular in Science. But Science describes what is known reasonably well and its experiments can be repeated; it can also predict phenomena to a good degree of accuracy. It has stood the test of time, although it is still work under progress.

            As to the rest, well, they are simply empty claims and hot air.

          • Eri Vigilant Citizen

            Merhaba MN,
            It is very amazing, I do not fall under the Science Vs Religion thing, I see Science Void without Religion and Religion void with out Science. If you want to find out about Satan, that’s possible. I gave you two references, once you comprehend what is there give me a shout.

            I was enjoying your reply with a smile in my face until your last line. How the heck is Haile Selasea the Satan worshiper never hanged people in front of mosques in Keren, Barka and in Sheeb and Awna and who knows in his temple/palace.

          • Music Novice

            Greetings EVC,

            Haile Selassie may have hanged many people, you can accuse him of murder. Satan Worship? Which is something you are unable to describe; it is best to drop it because you are on a flimsy ground.

            As evidence of Satan’s existence you referred me to the Qur’an. I have looked at many religious books and I did not find any evidence in them. Can you be more specific and quote any verses?

          • Eri Vigilant Citizen

            It is the best thing to call him Satan Worshiper, I could have said he was actually satan in flesh and that you couldn’t dispute. But I think he is a Satan Worshiper and he use to enjoy people worshiping him (People kneeling down/ bowing down to him).

            I do not really want to misquote or misguide you with the Qura’n and that’s why I recommend you reading it. But allowing people to worship you is deadly wrong, Imagine I bow my head to a follow human being…mehn its better you would burn me like the Jordinian pilot instead of me bowing to a fellow being.

          • Volte_Face

            Exodus 20:4-6

            4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Eri Vaiglant,
            ኣታ ትም ኢልካ እንዶ ኮለል ኣይትበል ! ስጋ ሰብ ዝለበሱ ሰይጣውንቲ ኣብ ስልጣን ኮፍ ኣቢልካስ ብዛዕባ ሰይጣን ዶ ጂኒ ዕፍሪት – ዓጀው ጀው ትብል ::ግደፈና በጃኻ ኢለካ!

          • Eri Vigilant Citizen

            Kela’, I did not put PIA there for you, he got there by the support of the G15, they should be held accountable!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Eri VIGLANT,
            Why only G15? it is more than that my friend. do you think all those crimes are done by this man or or those few people? it is the way we think that should be changed.

          • Eri Vigilant Citizen

            You guys forgot about Eritrea and focused in the personalities that is failing Eritrea. If it is like that, we need everyone who participated in the Civil War between ELF and EPLF to be cordoned in a court. That would equate to the whole nation. And to the deceased we shall curse their pedigree!

            If we do not maintain PFDJ and fix it, all I know is that if ever PFDJ is disorderly gone and some closer member s of my family die again because of infighting between Eritrean. All I know is I have my list of individuals who I think are carelessly defaming our way of life and lengthening our misery. By the way Dr Bereket is one of them but all in all they are almost 30 or less. I have written their names in red ink, and I hope they will face justice in a village court far away from the cameras.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear friend,
            Relax, be calm. there , you will find people who are well aware of our entire history and you need to collect a lot of information additional to yours. not enough yet, you will have to have a system that governs you and me and all others to come to conclusion who will be blamed.

            one thing here my friend, there is nothing there to talk about PFDJ. in reality there is no such thing called PFDJ in Eritrea. those who organize PFDJ trusting the boss have gone not to come back again – killed, arrested now they are only biologically alive (dead unable to do anything) or those freeze walking in the roads of Asmara. the remaining 2 or 3 are mad men – I can’t even let them stand in court if I get power. Lol, now think about how we can save the nation from being failed state – which may let her beg to be part of Ethiopia. think about how we can be united and create a democratic nation.

  • Abi

    Hi All
    Prof Bereket is a hero for majority eritreans. How do I see him as an ethiopian? He is a highly educated prostitute, who worked for Haileselassie, Derg and Isaias.
    When he worked for derg , he orchestrated the killing of his former colleagues. His hands are socked with blood. I call him a murderer.
    As always, a hero for one can be a Devil for another.
    Congratulations! Dr Bereket. It seems like you got admirers .

    • Dehai

      what majority are you talking about 🙂

  • Solomon Gezahegn

    Dear Awate,
    Yeah! Dr. Bereket deserves the right honor from his people and particularly the youth who should cherish his contribution and follow his example. It is around such respected people and their ideas that Eritreans have to rally and mobilize themselves so as bring a viable change in their country.
    Dr. Bereket has not only been a freedom fighter for his people but he is the pioneering intellectual who, from the beginning of Eritrean Independence, understood as to how Eritrea should be led and develop within the volatile region of the Horn but barred from implementing his intention due to the selfish interest of the dictators in Eritrea.
    Rgds
    Gezahegn

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