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General Sebhat Efrem in Critical but Stable Condition

Last Wednesday before noon, General Sebhat Efrem survived an assassination attempt with serious wounds. The incident happened inside the general’s residence located across Garage Royal on Marsa Teklai Avenue in Asmara.

The assailant was apprehended by soldiers standing guard outside the European Union offices located across the street from the general’s residence.

Cries coming out of the general’s residence had alerted the guards who reportedly chased the assailant (or assailants) and caught him.

The general was reportedly accompanied by the president’s doctor and is now being treated at a military hospital in the UAE.

The incident that involved the general exposed Eritrea’s tightly closed nature. Even such an incident involving a top military officer, a four-star general, has created conflicting news. Five days after it happened, the state media is still quiet about it except for Isaias Afwerki’s ambassador in Japan who wished the general well in an orphan tweet.

One version of the story claims there was a second assailant who was apprehended in the city later in the day. The assailants are allegedly sympathizers of a clandestine anti-PFDJ military group.

This is the second such attempt on the life of a general since October 2007 when General Simon Gebredingel survived an attempt on his life. The 2007 incident was a result of a turf war between top military brass who wanted to safeguard their business interests. Many Eritreans believe General Sibhat became a target in a case of a similar nature.

Reliable sources informed Gedab News the assailant was trained at Sawa’s First round batch, and according to PFDJ sources, he had recently returned from Ethiopia after the border was opened. It’s not known whether he had fled to Ethiopia earlier or has left legally.

On December 14, 2018, scores of middle-ranking military officers were arrested while Isaias Afwerki was on a visit to Somalia.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the assailant acted in revenge for the arrest of the officers who are believed to have been plotting against the Isaias regime. Allegedly, the general alerted security forces about the plot against Isaias Afwerki, a tip that led to the arrest of the officers.

According to officers and public servants who now live in exile, General Sebhat played a similar role in foiling the reform attempts of the G-13, G-15, and the Forto uprising of 2012.

According to a source, the conditions of General Sebhat Efrem was described as critical but stable. However, the situation in Asmara remains fluid as speculations about the motive of the assault on the general and its implications to the regime’s senior-leaders long-term survivability are swirling on the Internet. A caller from Asmara said, “the brazen broad daylight  attempt sent chills down the spine of the regime leaders and the diehard supporters.”

The flow of People and Information

Since a peace agreement was reached between the Ethiopian prime minister and Isaias Afwerki in June 2018, the borders between the two countries are wide open and have become porous.

An unprecedented number of Eritreans cross to Ethiopia daily, while Ethiopian tourists and merchants have found unrestricted entry to Eritrea.

Since the border was opened, about 30,000 Eritreans have sought refuge in Ethiopia taking advantage of the open borders. Until recently, crossing the border proved fatal to many Eritreans who attempted to cross it illegally.

Similarly, the twice a day flight provided by Ethiopian airlines between Addis Ababa and Asmara transports hundreds of Ethiopians to Eritrea where they require little or no visa restrictions to enter.

With the recent increase in the flow of people in and out of Eritrea, the regime is still able to conceal what is going on inside Eritrea as it did since it took power in 1991. However, it doesn’t seem it will be able to control the flow of information for too long..

According to Bloomberg, Eritrea is the world’s least connected country where less than 0.9 % of the residents have access to the Internet. In comparison, Somalia and Ethiopia have Internet penetration rates of 1.51%, 1.61%, respectively.

[Correction: The mistakenly reported “Last Tuesday ” was corrected to read “Last Wednesday]

 

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  • FishMilk

    Hi All. General Sebhat while doing better, is expected to be moved within coming week or so, to the U.S. for follow-up treatment and care. He is not anticipated to again resume any official function.

  • Nitricc

    Hi all; i was listening to this guy and he reminded me the so called loser Eritreans who are are defending the Weyane thugs. to name a few Semere Ewur and Brehe Y. listen to this loser..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmmE_g0-G7M

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Nitric,

      I don’t want to wake up my friend Semere to come beat you up. I actually use to think you are not that bad but you have a soft spot for dictator that blinded you judgement, except insulting African people in general to absolve the dictator.

      My friend Semere use to say to you, you have all brain cells dead and Ian starting to believe him now.

      Berhe

      • Nitricc

        Hi Berhe; no need to wake up a dead person. you to are to waste of humanity.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    Atleast, I wasn’t war drummer, I was against the war and stood against it to the end. Never contribute to the war effort. My conscience is free of guilty. I was ostracized even in their meetings and they have done everything to alienate me from my people. The despot was calling them empty barrel that gives noise, only to call it senseless war after they are pushed from Badme in 1999. I brought this issue to Amb Haile Menkerios in a public meeting, their two contradictory position on the war. He saw it as a trap, and diverted to his multi-facet diplomacy he was engaging in the UN. So If I saw wrong positions, I stand against it even if I am left alone. I die with my principle and I live with my principle even if I am against the storm that is detrimental to my life.

    • Desbele

      Selam Aman,

      I really do have a great respect for you and Saleh Johar and may be few others who stood against the sensless war instigated by DIA. I can imagine how difficult it might have been back in 1998 to stand your ground against the storm . I myself enlisted voluntarily for the 8th round. I regret it to this day. It was and remains DIA’s war. It is mind boggling people still defend this lunatic. I do appreciate your clear conscience. You are the man!
      “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”
      ― Mahatma Gandhi,

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    Since you are not trained as military, you don’t know “tactical withdrawal” and “military push”. You don’t make tactical withdrawal as far as Barentu, shambiqo, Tesseney, mendefera, Adi Keyeh, exposing your people to mass displacement and losing their properties, unless you are not pushed militarily. You can’t. The purpose of defending is to protect your people from being displaced and from being looted their properties by the enemy.

    ንመሬትካን ህዝብኻን ካብ ጸላኢብኒሕ ክትካላኸለሉ ትኽእል ኢኻ:: ነቲ ክውን “ድፊኢት” ግን: “ምዝላቅ” ስለዝበልካዮ ንተተሓዘ መሬትካን ንተማዛበለ ህዝብኻን ትካላኸለሉ አለኻ ማለት ኣይኮነን:: ጥቃ ሓርበኛነትውን አይቅርብን እዩ:: ብሓሶት ንህዝብኻ “ትካላኸል ምምሳል” ከአ ፓለቲካዊ ሓጥያት ጥራይዘይኮነስ ሕማቅ አብነትውን እዩ:: አብ ውግእ ክትደፍእን ክትድፋእን: ክትስዕርን ክትሰዓርን ባህርያዊ ምኻኑ እንተትግዘብ ነይሩ ነዚ አጉል ምኽንያታት ትህቦ ዘለኻ አይመድለየካን ነይሩ:: ምናልባት ኒሕ የድሊ እዩ ዝብል አብ አእምሮኻ ዕግሽግሽ ዝብል እንተልዩ ከአ : ኒሕ ማለት ንሓደ ነገር ከይኮነ ንኸይከውን ብትብዓት ምቅላስ ማለት’ዩ:: ምስ ኮነ ግን ብአጉል ምኽንያታት ምክልኻል ኒሕ አይቁጸርን እዩ:: ስለዚ ንትብሎን ንትገብሮን ቁሩብ ሕስብ አቢልካን እንተዝኸውን ነይሩ ክንደይ ጸጋ ነይሩ:: እዚ ሓሳብ ከካፍለካ ከለኹ ኸአ እቲ ደንጎላታት “ወያኒ” ዝብል ክትውርውለይን ክትስንድወለይን ከም ምኻን። እንዳፈለጥኩ እየ:: ብጻይ ስዩም ሓረስታይ (RIP) በቲ ዝነበሮ ጽኑዕ መትከላዊ እምነቱ ብዙሕ ፖለቲካዊ ደንጎላታት ምስ ተወርውሮ ከምዚ ዝስዕብ ኢሉ ይበሃል:: “ሰው አቢሎምልና ብየማን አሕሊፍናዮ: እንደገና ከአ ሰው አቢሎምልና ብጸጋም አሕሊፍናዮ: እንደገና ሰው አቢሎምልና ድንን ኢልና አሕሊፍናዮ: እንደገና ሰው አቢሎምልና ቁልቦ አቢል። ከአ ፍልትም አበልናዮም ይበሃል:: ሕጂኸአ እንተደአ ከምኡ ፈቲንካ ከምኣ ይፍትን:: እዚ ወደሓንካ ሓው ሆፕ::

  • FishMilk

    Hi Hope. Has Amanuel Hidrat ever made any criticism against MZ or the TPLF? Nada! So when he makes reference to ‘our people’, not really sure who he is talking about.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    I don’t “accept” or “refute” rumors. Rumors are rumors and they are not facts to debate on them. Rumor in our language are Belabelow. And Belabelows are for village kids to have fun with it.

  • Nitricc

    HI Girmay; hahahahahah you are funny. you said ” Now, I can share with you a verified information that came out of Mekele 3 weeks ago, Tigray has established a link with one of the world military power, any DIA miscalculation will disfigure the horn of Africa forever” I don’t think you understand how little and how insignificant Tigray is? Who is this strong and powerful military power you are talking about? in case let me tell you this that what military powerful nations want you to have before even they look at you. They need ports and the last time I check Tigray doesn’t even have pond let alone ports. They need educated man power and Tigray is the one village that administered by the most ignorant, illiterate and stupid leaders this world ever knew. They need mineral rich countries and Tigray the only thing produces is stupid leaders and ignorant politicians. Now is military powerful nation wants Tigray? I hope you are not talking about the Eritrean military; I know and you should know that the Eritrean military might on first hand. You know how the Eritreans destroyed your army; you can ask your so called crying general. he will tell you. lol I think you are trying to tell us that the Weyane thugs are in contact secretly with Eritrean military. Otherwise I cannot think a single country in this world will want to establish anything with Tigray. Well, I take that back, Sudan?

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Rumours now going around in Asmara that the TPLF which has been listed as a perpetrator in the Global Terrorism Database is behind the assasination attempt which is said to have prompted border movements to become restricted. Afar youth have now blocked roads from Tigray while Eritrea has augmented its security presence on the Bure border. Numbers of wanted TPLF members have over the past couple nights crossed the Tekeze dam (under TPLF escort) and are now moving in the direction of the Amhara highlands.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Hi FishMilk,

      I will figure up the situation according to what you have said. TPLF and EPLF were friends for more than thirty years and enemies for twenty years. It seems TPLF spared Isaias hoping he will hand them Eritrea, but now getting upper hand over them in collaboration with Dr. Meddamar commenced to hunt him and his cohorts. It seems, Isaias will end up by the very people who empowered him.

      Al-Arabi

      • Ismail AA

        Hayak Allah Ustaz Al-Arab,

        It looks the way you put it. The despot knows what the Woyane leadership had done for him to become what he had become within Eritrea’s power equation. They had served him twice – one in 1980-82, and second spared him in 2000. He should worry if they would do it a third time – reason why he has put put all his eggs in Abij’s basket.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Ismail; you can hate the guy but don’t distort the truth and the facts to satisfy your revenge.
          “They had served him twice – one in 1980-82, and second spared him in 2000”
          The truth your TPLF thugs were foiled with all the Oromo, Amara and the rest of the Ethiopians by the brave Eritreans. Ask General Gebretsadkan; he will tell while crying like a little you know what. The truth.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Nitricc,

            You can glue as much you like with your partisan tenacity. But you cannot come with anything that refutes the two facts you have put in quotation marks, a d claim distortion. And, I presume you are old enough to at least recall what happened in 2000 if you would be candid to yourself and the readers. If Haile Woldetensaie’ (Drue) hectic diplomacy and success to deploy the respected good offices of Algeria’s President Boutifliqa did not produce results, and and reinforces by Meles Zenawi’s good will not finish the despot despite insistence of some of his colleagues, you would not have been hoodwinked and feelconsoled by believing your government’s claim that war was in fact not lost. It was indeed to conceal defeat and sell “victory” that the regime made Haile Woldetensaie and others scapegoats, abandoned it’s own “constitution, and ignored indefinitely the so called national council and imposed a ruthless one-man despotism.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Ismail; in the games of war winning and losing are natural occurrences. If you had just said that the TPLF thugs won the war, I wouldn’t even bothered to respond but the way how you tried to humiliate the people of Eritrea. You sound like the Eritreans were bagging for benevolence of the Weyane thugs. The brave Eritreans fought to the end, to that end three of the three front generals reported the war cannot continue on their respective front and the midget, MZ agreed to the peace talks; Yes agreed after his Generals told him they cannot carry out the war as it was intended. That is the fact. I can understand you can believe whatever want to believe but don’t take the honor from the very honorable people who has paid the ultimate for the dignity of their people and the respect of their country. If you want to shame the system, the government or the leaders go ahead but you can’t trash as a whole just to get even with your on grudges. You are better than that.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Nitricc,

            I would like us to be honest to one another. The border was not the Eritrean people’s war. Neither had they a say in starting it, nor in its prosection. They had no role in its cause and effect except carrying its burden imposed on them and had to be moved patriotism to pay the price in resources and blood.

            Did they have a parliament or any representation to have a say?
            Was not the war ignited by whim of just one person? Are we not aware that a relevant commission of the International Tribune found the regime to had ignited the conflict to a hot war and got penalized for it?

            Thus, sir, you cannot accuse me of an attempt to “humiliate” my own people, and my own family members who had lost loved ones as victims of the excesses and blind adventure of one reckless person who har miscalculated, his adventure misfired and got humiliated to cause unnecessary humiliation to the people. It helps exercising judicious judgement to draw line between authentic patriotism and misplaced and emotion-driven sentiments that operated on well-oiled propaganda machine of regime to sell defeat as victory.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Ismail; Again you are digging deeper in trying to harmonize the beef you have with the the Eritrean government and the Eritrean people’s love to their country. All I am saying is unfair and humiliating when the fact is that the people of Eritrea defended their land and died for it, yet you are saying TPLF thugs SPARED Eritreans” really? The TPLF thugs proudly stated their goal was to teach Eritreans a lesson they will never forget by breaking Eritrean’s spinal cord. This is the truth and you are telling us how the TPLF thugs were so nice, they spared Eritreans from whatever. No sir! Guess who’s spinal cord broken? you guessed it. Again When government go to war; normally with out the permission of the people. hen Eritrea and Weyane went to war; none of the two governments asked the permission of the people but once the war is ignited then the people are forced to own it and die for it. So, the Weyane Thugs were destroyed by the brave people of Eritrea! Not as you tried to misleads us.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Nitricc,

            Just one thing for the road as the pub visitors say. I did not say the TPLF “spared” the Eritrean people. I have idea why you insist on mixing the people and the leader of the regime. So, let me repeat two things: I said the TPLF spared the regime and the despot; and I am record that our people had no say in the war. Just they paid the price for the madness of a power hungry man because they had no choice save responding to fait accompli in which they had no role in causing it. Moreover, Nitricc, the Ethiopian side had a parliament and it was consulted by the head of the government and decision was make to put the country on war footing. Check your facts on this point.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Ismail; hahahaha; Thanks for the laugh. You are splitting hairs. Don’t you think TPLF needs to eliminate the people to get to the “despot” That is the whole point. I agree people are not inquired in to getting wars but once the war is ignited, the people ended up paying the price. I.e. for the TPLF to be the victors they need to get to the leader but to do that they have eliminated the people. Because TPLF failed to destroy the people and equally failed to the leader. Therefore they failed!!! I see what you mean but they way you are trying to say gives the wrong impression.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Nitricc,

            Yes indeed, that is exactly what I tried to convey to you. Reckless dictators start wars just to sooth their sick egos. As the result the people get smouldered by the flames of its fire. That was what happened to our people in 1998-2000 war and its ramifications later on. The culprit is the man who recklessly started the war. We should not confuse our people’s patriotism to defend their country with the crime the despot had committed, and then appealed to our people’s patriotic sentiments to conceal his follies. Simply put, thus, our people paid the cost they did not incur.

            Thanks for your civil engagement, and wish you a happy New year.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Ismail; Happy new year to you to. Thanks

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            I hope Nitrickay will understand the difference you gave him between the “Eritrean regime” and the “Eritrean people”. Actually, the wayane spared the regime when the US warned them “not to run their tanks to the city and not to reverse our independence.” While the Siye group wanted to continue with the push, PM Meles Zenawi oppose it, the same as he did (voted against the war) in the parliament when they declare the war. If it wasn’t the US and the PM the war would have continued, to cause more death and more displacement.

            Finally, the regime forced to accept the Algiers agreement and the rest is history. So the war was the make up of the despot, and our people hadn’t had a say on it. They were forced in to a war. In fact, the war could have been avoided if the despot accepted the US-Rwanda proposal.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. Sadly, common people rarely have any say in the starting of a war; U.S. military interventions over the past three decades are a case in point. As I have said before, the 1998-2000 war was senseless, truly unfortunate and history will one day hold both MZ and PIA critically accountable for its occurance.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam FishMilk,

            Your choice compared to PFDJ’s Eritrea is too ideal a to pick as a reference example. Did it escape your attention that the USA president is an elected representative of the people on two levels : popular and electoral college, and his prerogatives are defined by a constitution? I do not have to tell you that the US president cannot fund a war he starts for more than 90 days, and has to report back to Congress. Now, reflect on that, and relate it to what happened in Eritrea in 1998 and a number of other instances before it, the Hanish Islands debacle for example. Wsh you happy New year and thanks for sober engagement.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. After 90 days following scaled deployment of troops (i.e. Vietnam Nam and North Korea) it is usually simply too late and Congressional approval is more of a formality. Bush even went against the U.N.! On the side, at the time of the Eri-Ethio war, do you believe that MZ and his Parliment were truly elected in a manner that represented the voice of Ethiopia’s majority? Please don’t forget 1995!

          • Ismail AA

            Selam FM,

            Do you deny the Congress can stop war by prohibiting financing it? The president should unambiguously establish that national security and interest are at stake to have an approval of the law makers. Besides, be kind enough to compare the 150 frozen members of the so called council and Isayas Afewerki and the parliament and Meles Zenawi in Ethiopia in 1998. An objective mind cannot miss the difference. Not sure in your case.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. You say ‘Any objective mind cannot miss the difference. Not sure in your case’. So, you consider yourself as having an objective mind? Have you ever criticized the TPLF or Meles Zenawi? I have criticized PIA on several occasions!

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Ismail AA

            “If (it wasn’t for) Haile Woldetensaie’ (Drue) hectic diplomacy and success to deploy the respected good offices of Algeria’s President Boutifliqa, (if it wasn’t for) Meles Zenawi’s GOOD WILL NOT TO FINISH THE DESPOT, you (Nitricc) would not have been hoodwinked and feelconsoled by believing your government’s claim that the Woyaness lost the 1998 Ethio-Eritrean war.”

            Sir, that claim of yours is nonsense; that’s garbage; that’s far from the truth. You are old enough to know better. But………….

            Anyway…….. this is the cold truth.

            1. – War is politics by other means. Nations go to war to achieve a clearly defined political objective. If they win the war, they achieve their political objective; if they don’t win the war, they don’t achieve their political objective – simple as that. In 1998, the Woyanes won some BATTLES; but without a doubt, they lost the war. Mind you:

            YOU CAN WIN 100% OF THE BATTLES AND STILL LOSE THE WAR. THAT BIG IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING A WAR AND WINNING A BATTLE

            And our success of the 1998 Ethio-Eritrean “border” war speaks for itself. Because of our success the Woyane dominated Addis regime was:

            A. – Forced to sit and talk – to clearly define Ethio-Eritrean border – which they were evading it for to decades under different pretexts.

            B. – Forced to accept border demarcation based on 1900, 1902, 1908 Ethio-Eritrean Colonial Border Treaties – which they were against it before they accepted it – forced by reality on the ground.

            C. – Forced to accept (a) to go to international arbitration to resolve the Ethio-Eritrean “border dispute” – which never was a border dispute (b) to accept the court border ruling as final and binding without any ifs and buts – which still are against border demarcation – the very court ruling they signed for.

            D. – Forced to accept the Eritrean PFDJ leadership as the sole Eritrean authority that represents and speaks on border issues representing the Eritrean people and nation.

            D. – Today because of the 1998 Ethio-Eritrean border war, the Ethio-Eritrean border is clear to all Eritreans, to all Ethiopians, and to all people and nations of this planet.

            And for us Eritreans, thanks to the Eritrean people, thanks to the gallant Eritrean defense forces, and thanks to the competence of the Eritrean government leadership – the outcome of the 1998 Ethio-Eritrean war is/was a success story that will live in our history books forever.

            Now Ismail: I challenge you to tell me why your Woyanes won the 1998 Ethio-Eritrean border war.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Semere Tesfai,

            You pop up any time and show up in this forum when ever you feel your regime gets hit where it hurts. You can spin things in your familiar way as much as you wish.

            But brother, you cannot change the facts. Now, I can challenge you to establish to readers in this forum that the Woyane forces did not over run Barentu and Tessenei and were not moving towards Agordat, did not pass Senafe and shelling the outskirts of Adi-keih from the ridges overlooking Tokonda, and could not have taken over Assab in spite the heroic resistance of Eritrean fighters.

            By the way, I had you in mind watchting the massive movement of thousands across the border after your president signed peace with the Ethiopians for his own reasons. I wondered what your views could be.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Ismail AA

            I’m asking you a simple question: What did the Woyane dominated Addis regime accomplished during the 1998-2000 Ethio-Eritrean “border” war?

            Semere Tesfai

          • Ismail AA

            Selam SemerevTesfai,

            Just quick answer to you question. They got cessation of hostilities on their terms and imposed 25 km deep buffer zone inside our land; years of no war no peace to punish the regime whose cost our people had paid; chuncks of territory they had not claimed (I never anticipated most of the fertile plains of Tserona would be on the other side of our border). And, now your leader has ended up in declaring the inefficassy of demarcation of the border. I won’t rule out he might give up Badme to Ethiopia as he did before to Woyane.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Ismail AA

            So, according to your logic, the Woyane dominated Addis regime won the 1998 Ethio-Eritrean “border” war because:

            A. – After the bloody war “they got cessation of hostilities on their terms and imposed 25 km deep buffer zone inside our land” – which the 25 km buffer zone lasted few years

            B. – “Years of no war no peace (policy was imposed on Eritrea) to punish the PFDJ regime” – which the the Woyane dominated Addis regime didn’t have to fire a singe shot, spend a single penny and lose a single life for just that.

            C. – And because “chuncks of Eritrean territory they had not claimed (I never anticipated most of the fertile plains of Tserona would be on the other side of our border) is given to them” by the EEBC court ruling – which the regime you love to dispaise everyday has nothing to do with the court ruling.

            So….
            1. – Did the Woyane dominated Addis regime/parliament declared war on Eritrea, JUST to achieve the objectives you mentioned above?

            2. – Was achieving the successes you mentioned above worth going to war? Was achieving those successes worth losing the lives, the limbs, the scares and the treasure they claimed? At the end, was achieving the successes you mentioned above worth celebrating/bragging – claiming victory?

            Ismail: you made your point and I made mine. Let the readers be the judge. Thank you for engaging and thank you for all the respect.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Semere Tesfai,

            The respect is mutual. It’s blessing to be able to exchange views in civil discourse. This is the ultimate aspiration we Eritreans are aspiring and struggling for. I now consider your first reaction in these couple of exchanges with you as “nonsense” and “garbage” as spontaneous stimuli of annoyed mindset at a moment of anger. It’s always good to weigh things will cool mind.

            Now, let me close these few exchanges with a call to both of us, and fellow compatriots as well, to make a pledge to ourselves in this new year. Let us hope we get our acts together and unite our word and action to help our people be blessed by freedom in condition in which you and me can express our views, however discordant, they could be through a ballot box.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam ismail aa
            woyane might won some battle here and there in the past but they accomplish nothing(nada), which means at the end of the day woyane lost the war, woyane defeated everywhere in ethiopia and eritrea, there is no question about it. Just wait 2-3 years until the economic impact of the defeat to do it’s job and than u will clearly see how miserably they r and how defeated they r, Just give it time.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Teodroa Alem,
            Seen your response!.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            Very crispy answer to the point, without going into detail. Excellent.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Isamail AA. Say that what you are saying was true, what kind of Eritrean would be proud to brag about the defeat of his own people? Incredibly shameful! You can hate your leader but never ever sleep with the enemy nor shame your own people in the process.

          • Hope

            Selamat Vet FM:

            “Say that what you are saying was true, what kind of Eritrean would be proud to brag about the defeat of his own people?”
            Exactly my point; and I sarcastically said that this would be considered as a “TREASON” by some PFDJ Apologists.
            EghziO meharena eyyu zebileka nai Eritrawiyan Poletikawi bahli.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Hope and MilkFish,

            I think I must borrow a popular saying our Yemeni neighbors use, which I presume Hope will understand and share its meaning with MF (did you call him vet?). When they encounter faulty opinion about oneself, the affected retort by saying “الما يعرفك لا يتمنك” ; it means ” someone who do not know you cannot define your worth”. So, let me shrug and pass you because this free space is open to visitors to simply drop bigger than themselves matters and walk away. And, happy New year to both of you so that you could reflect and determine how grave it is to accuse someone of “treason”.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            “Someone who do not know you can not define your worth”. Very true. Indeed nameless And gutless cowards “drop bigger than themselves and walk away” in this virtual world. ዘረግቲ ማይ እንከለው ጽሩይ ማይ ነይስተ:: They are here neither to learn nor to contribute to our common good.

          • Hope

            Selam Ustaz Ismael:
            Happy new to you and to your loved ones!
            Apologies for my sarcastic quote saying that the “PFDJ Apologists would call this a ‘Treason” ,which was NOT directed to you and other Vets.
            I take it back but do not know how to delete that comment ..as I do not have a disqus account…
            FYI,that quote was quite common by the Pro Gov webs and the Apologists to those, who do NOT agree with them, me included-and my nickname as baptized by them there is a Traitor weyane Agent, where I purposely go there even though they are literally ,for the most part,” Enda siw” based on the way they mistreat people, who do not agree with them or any one, who criticizes the PFDJ Gov,to challenge them as that is the right target to argue and fight as they are blind and deaf albeit deliberately.

          • Ismail AA

            Dear Hope,
            Wish you the same, and appreciate your decency.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Semere Tesfai,

            It appears you have just waken up from you profound sleep. How was the snoring? Still you are speaking about border and “Binding and final rule”. This point your boss has surpassed it months ago. To up date you, I will refresh you with Dr. Brekhet H.S explanation of the situation: Isaias, “handing Eritrea to Ethiopia on a silver platter” of treason in front of all the world. Eritrea is in the hands of Dr. Meddamar now. No border. No sovereignty. If you don’t mind it, I would like to inform you, your boss has visited his grandfather grave in Gonder, he is Gonderye.

            Al-Arabi

        • Alex

          Hi Ismail AA,
          It is sad to see some people like yourself have defeatist attitude. Why in the world you state TPLF spared PIA on 2000. I was there you weren’t so just stop your opinion to yourself. TPLF stopped the war since they were stopped at adi bagio and assab front not because they want to spare our life.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Alex,

            For the record, brother, I did not say the TPLF “wanted to spare (your) life ” or any body’s. As a matter of fact, I hailed people like you who demonstrated patriotism to defend the country in a stupid war the dictator had recklessly ignited and the people had to carry its cost in blood and resources.

            But, the fact was that our people and defenders like you had no role or say in starting and prosecuting the war. Moreover, military operations and hostilities stopped when diplomacy and mediations produced result, and the Ethiopians agreed to halt advances on all fronts on their terms. Those of you who were in the Assab front you mentioned could hold your defence lines. To repeat, thus, my contention is that acceptance of cessation of hostilities by the Ethiopians had spared the regime and its leader.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Ismail; you are doing it once more. you said ” the Ethiopians agreed to halt advances on all fronts on their terms.” No Sir; there is no enough twisting your remarks can be true. The Ethiopian army was so crippled they were unable to move an inch. You don’t have to take my word but when armies get victory on the battle ground; they wouldn’t go the court house. The fact the Ethiopians to go to the court shows you they were defeated to no return. You don’t win and go to court. can you answer why they went to court? i don’t think so!!!! I don’t why guys are so in to the weyane tugs. They are liars.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Nitrickay

            The then “Eritrean ambassador” at the UN call for an emergency of meeting of Security Council at mid night to inform that despot has accepted the Algiers agreement. The despot was forced to accept by the outcome of the war in the war front. You could check the veracity of my argument in the UN report. In wars there is always push and pull, the Eritrean defense force was pushed inside Eritrea.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Ustaz Hidrat,

            If you don’t mind it, could you give us the link of the UN report.

            I heard also the despot called Mr. Koffi Annan at midnight to show his submissiveness. If your argument is documented, then the second one may also be true.

            The Bademe war was a war between two Ethiopians, on the Eritrean side the Gondere, Isaias, and on the Ethiopian side Weyane. It was not an Eritrean war.

            Al-Arabi

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi AlArabi,
            I think the midnight SOS call was made to Clinton. was a similar call made to Koffi Aman?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hameed,

            I am still looking the hard copy in my file. But in the mean time just read this link. “Eritrea urged immediate UN meeting” as subtitle of the article.

            http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/africa/9902/27/ethiopia.eritrea.01/index.html

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Nitricc,

            You know what, brother, do not forget that I am also an Eritrean who share patriotic sentiments like the rest of fellow compatriots. But blind ኒሕ must not curtail our considered judgement. If we submit to our emotions and unguarded sentiments, we will be indulging in uncalled for self-delusion. The border war was political disastrous and military debacle for the Eritrean people. And it’s our right to hold the culprit accountable. Righteous persons like Haile Woldetensaie did it and paid the price because those who wilingly forfieted fair judgement for patriotic sentiments left them down. Sooner or later, those responsible will be held accountable.

            Now, you have posed a good question by asking that a victorious army dictates capitulation terms and not go to arbitration courts. But, the two sides agreed to international norms of ending conflicts between states rooted in internationally sanctioned agreements, treaties and protocols. Borders between nation-states fall within that context.

            So, following cessation of hostelities in 2000, relevant international and regional bodies – AU and UN had to shoulder responsibility and advice the the disputant parties to seek arbitration to settle the border conflict in order to establish lasting peace. The protagonists accepted, and for sure the militarily losing side with relief. So, that was the reason why the Ethiopians went to the tribunal at the Hague.

            To end these few remarks, let me ask you questions in reverse. If your claim, and others’ , were in fact true, why did we wait for so long demanding the Ethiopians to evacuate our territories? Why did we let our people suffer the effects of no war no peace? I can go on and on. I think we would better to ourselves if we could swallow our ኒሕ and harness our faculties to seeing objective realities and judge facts.

          • Blink

            Dear Nitricc
            Why are you debating about a reality checked by Ethiopian military men ? I mean these weyane sympathizers are just suffocated with defeat after defeat and the pressure they carry on their isolated head is simply mind boggling , so let them say what ever they can get their stress down .

      • FishMilk

        Hi Hameed Al-Arabi. You say ‘TPLF spared Isaias hoping he will hand them Eritrea’. Did you get this straight from Getachew Assefa’s mouth?

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Hi FishMilk,

      Why do you bring rumors here as if it is factually true ? Do you want us to debate anything that comes from the rumor mills? Really? If it is rumors it is cooked by PFDJites to disinform the public. Why are you trying to give “big credit” virtually to every operation for things they do and they don’t? As an Eritrean I feel very bad when you try to undermine the capacity of our people. Haven’t we did it in the armed struggle? Why not now?

      • Nitricc

        Hi Aman-H; but when kbrom is serving rumors like there is tomorrow then it is okay? Com-on Man!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Nitrickay,

          I don’t debate on rumors until proven to be true. Nitrickay, should we? I don’t.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. I heard rumors that you idolize Meles Zenawi and cohabiteted with the TPLF over the past 20 years. Do you wish to debate these ‘rumors’?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam fishmilk
            I don’t think aman h was in elf, i really don’t think so, i mean it is easy to differentiate a fighter from food lover(in amharic, ye tore saw and ye ehele saw) from his words, his words tells me he is a man of food lover(ye e’hele saw), he might be infiltrator to do tplf’s usual dirty job. but for sure he is born tigraian and certainly not a fighter but “ye e’hel saw”.

          • Girmay

            Hello Tedros, just remember the facebook type of insults in this forum is not acceptable. You should debate ideas but insulting Amanuel the way you did is not acceptable.
            If you lack education its never too late to go to school. But insulting is not ok. I know he will not respond to imature men, but I want to remind you to grow up.
            Awate.com is not for gowing up men to drool and throw tantrum when their fragile ego starts to melt.
            Go drool on your mother , sister or wife. No grown up men has time to wipe your rude mouth.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam girmay
            1st, from reading his own words here in this forum, what i said is what i think of aman h. 2nd, i think u don’t know the real meaning of insult but since u people have ur own weird and twisted version of everything, it doesn’t surprise me, reread ur comment. 3rd, i know u people r punished by nature and because of that u people r sad, twisted and backstabbing society, so what u guys r doing and saying comes from that twisted, sad behavior, no surprise about it.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi FishMilk,

            Did I present it as rumors like you did? No. Since you don’t have anything to argue and your mind is completely contaminated with rumors, anything that comes to your mouth is “rumors” and gossiping. Sad gossiping does not work in politics. Just do it with your group and have fun.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Amanuel Hidrat. You endlessly assert conspiracy theories as factual when they are simply rumors. But that seems to be hunky-dory to you as you are doing it in the name of the TPLF.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Hi FishMilk,

          Since wayane “መጽረይ አፍካ ስለዝኾኑ” I will pass it. Who is feeding us with rumors? Aren’t you? You brought the conspiracy rumors, you try to flip it at me. Don’t underestimate your readers. They are making you a laughing stock.

    • Hayat Adem

      FishMilk,
      Actually the borders are completely closed from the north side. So, you got one right and the rest wrong. PFDJ is breaking the agreement again before the inks it signed with dried up. What a quick relapse! PFDJ never survives long peace.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam George,

    Did the wayane has their “unique philosophical ideology” than those we know already in the menu of political philosophy? I don’t think so. If they don’t, why don’t we argue on the political philosophy they adapted, rather than wayane this wayane that? Just to prode you into a meaningful civil discourse.

  • Alex

    Hi Awatista,
    Finally people from Eritrea and Ethiopia need to get permission before they can cross the border of the two countries. This is a good news since as sovereign countries regulating the border crossing will be the right thing to do.

    • Mez

      Hi Alex,

      It really depends the way you look at it; and also if you are directly affected by it or not.

      This is not necessarily good. Institunalization of movement of peoples, goods, and services; synchronization of policies and the likes will have been much better.

      For me this shows really how things stay stagnated. I hope, on the Ethiopian side things will remain with a uniform visa on arrival.

      Thanks

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Alex, it is important that cross border movements of people, goods and services have to be regulated through mutualy agreed upon and legally enforced agreements between the two countries known and understood by the peoples concerned. But I doubt this kind of regulation is to be followed by the thug regime of DIA, which is used to rule through the rule of the jungle. After a few months of relatively open borders, it seems the notorious dictatorship of DIA is feeling the heat, as this kind of a senario is antithesis to the kind of hermetically sealed atmosphere the regime wishes to keep upon the Eritrean people.

    • Desbele

      Selam Alex,
      ኣስገርቲ ሰብ ጥራይ እዮም በዚ ዜና ዝሕጎሱ። ዶብ ካብ ዝኽፈት፥
      ልዕሊ 25,000 ኤርትራውያን ካብ ባርነት ተናጊፎም ናጽነቶም ኣዊጆም።
      ወልቀ መላኺ ኢሳያስ እኳ መቃብር ኣባሓጉኡ ክርኢ በቂዑ። ካብቶም ጨቆንትና ከኣ ሓደ ንግዚኡ ካብ ስራሕ ወጻኢ ኮይኑ። ናብ ሓርነት ዝወስድ መገዲ እዩ ነይሩ። ህዝቢ ከቶ ንዘልዓለም ተረጊጹ ኣይነብርን። ኢሳያስ ሓቁ እዩ ክኣጽዎ። ድሕሪ ቁሩብስ ዓዲ ዝተረፉ ጤለ በጊዕን ኣብ ወጻኢ ዝቅመጡ ኣብዑሩን ጥራይ መመሓደረ ነይሩ።

  • said

    Greeting and Happy holidays ,

    The vast majority Eritrea acknowledged, Eritrean innocent victim of PFDJ regime going unbated and that their pain and death are reminders of the nature of an atheist regime ,Eritreans are facing broken dream. This a regime that put unjustified detention of our countrymen .makes no difference being young and old and they are put in jail without trial and disregarding law . one only need to remember fellow Eritrean innocent inmates at this time of the year. One can only hope ,they do not despair and Let their hearts be light. For a change, for a freedom , respite, Love what is close and dear to them. And pry and work for the light to come . Let nothing dismay.
    Meanwhile sadly and ironically, the regime boss aspires to play a leading role in horn of Africa affairs, and a desire to contribute to peace and development at neighbouring level, one should start at home not incarcerate innocent citizens. Regionally Eritrea dominate the news for all the wrong reasons. The dark side of history is to be inscribed predominantly by Regime and their blind supporters . Unfortunately, the creators and advocates of this crewel agenda come as much from within Eritrean segment of societies, in the form of a myriad of hypocritical support for dictator regime . what is behind the decline and fall of this once proud and capable country is NUS. Eritrea are Demanding democratic revolutions, demanding the establishment of parliamentary democracy, freedom of the press, the removal of old and the fading-away PFDJ structures and replacement by their representative ,by freely elected independent people for Eritrea nation state.

    The agony and suffering is long to list here There is a much bigger story of which this is only a tiny part. What is lost with regime the dignity and honor of Eritrean society at large a story of caring ,love, hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, and joy, in the were in country today is glommed of saddens , grief, pain, and misery to say the least . Eritrean are divided, disoriented ,subdued impoverished and needy, depending on diaspora support and wherewithal ,The regime is most critical and most systematically targeted are such aspects as are related to spirituality, morality and that does not believe in mercy of God and fear of God. We’ve been dined the freedom and the abundance of peace that we have not experienced and the wisdom, grace generosity and magnanimity, of kindness and forgiveness, and empathy are hard to find — So difficult and complex is the predicament of Eritrean life since the EPLF/PFDJ come to power ,a cruel and heartless junta , perhaps, has no equal in history. The problems and challenges are ubiquitous in character, encompassing all aspects of life. Without being overly pessimistic, the situation is not all doom and gloom. There is still much that can be done by everyone and do only that which is in their capacity.
    The condition in Eritrea is so dire that one can easily sink into deep despair, knowing that very little can be done at the present time . Nothing new here, Regime blind supporters and Being what they are hypocrite, soulless and betrayal, they all thrive in the environments of fear, uncertainty, mistrust and manipulation. They and their existential identities are the antitheses of the true meaning of justice, freedom and the well being of Eritrea , even though they support and exist ostensibly for the sake of upholding those awfully beliefs and in their reanimated their deathly grip.
    with some few cadre their extraordinary titles granted to them by NUS for having served him well on the battlefield and in road to independence .Instead of being a search for a clear understanding of the facts of being free person,
    EPLF/PFDJ succeeded in their goal in brainwash in a serial production of young generations of compliant and submissive ,a one-blind dimensional and myopic Eritrean as the obedient slave servants of the imposed visions by Asmara regime. the whole force of PFDJ regime and military and police apparatus is devoted solely to the interests of NUS only. They are foolishly blindly loyal and morally neutered enforcement arm of NUS. Instead of saveing the state from an unpredictable dictator .His crony and the cohort ,they lacked the requisite knowledge and modern ideological coherence, they were the ones supposedly responsible for helming the wayward ship of state. But they are not and they had never offered a genuine alternative way. They chose instead what might be called the more of the same and still with no end faintly in sight. They stayed put. It essentially they chose to go with an indefinite with NUS till his death.
    Our social behavior one can’t overstate people’s ability to misunderstand each other and to apprehend the darkness of hell of elforno we’ve entered,
    All this is so sickening ,deranged, so morally unmoored, so intellectually doomed and untethered.
    It would be of particular interest to know if the general mood within the PFDJ Junta force is one that is purely self-serving, in which they seek to improve their own living conditions without regard for the rest of Eritrean population, or if they are truly aligned with the fervor for fundamental change that has captured the popular imagination Eritrean. The line of defense that protects the elite from a justifiably fed-up populous, In an even marginally sane world, the fact that a nation’s armed forces are engaged in daily military violence would be cause for shock and alarm, It is absolutely crazy that endless subjugation is normalized while the possibility of harmony and peace and respecting life to any extent is aggressively abnormalized. In a sane world the exact opposite would be true, but in Eritrea this self-evident fact has been obscured. In a sane world anyone who tried to convince you that dictator regime is normal would be rejected and shunned,
    This is not the world we fought in Eritrea to build. It is the kind of world we fought to end.

  • Blink

    Dear Hope
    My beef with berhe is simply not only about General Sibhat , berhe defended Dergi crimes and tried to make an angel by accusing General Sibhat Efrem . My argument was not about villas given to PFDJ luckies at the moment but rather about the 1991-3 housing crisis in Asmera .

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Hi Hope,

    He has ruled the country with his boss for almost 30 years. The result is misery for the people and county. They are guys for feeding and fight for the sake of filling their pockets. Do you have any other wise explanation?

    Al-Arabi

    • Acria

      Selam Hameed,

      ” The result is misery for the people and county”, and that, as you have said it above, will be the foreseeable future of our country. Since the July 2018 peace deal with Ethiopia, we haven’t seen any reform in Eritrea. Even after the war of 1998-2000 with Ethiopia ended in 2000 , the Eritrean regime didn’t make any reform for the last 18 years. The excuses were the no-war-no-peace stance with Ethiopia and the UN suction.

      The PFDJ has now a new excuse for not reforming the country, especially limiting the conscription to its 18-month and demobilizing the people who already have served for as many as 20 years in the national service (NS): the PFDJ thinks that Ethiopia is too unstable at this time that it is not wise to do any reform at this time. They are afraid that Ethiopia might invade Eritrea and we have to prepare for this scenario.

      Well, any country should always be ready to defend itself. That being said, Eritrea is now an independent nation and a member of the UN. That means, Ethiopia can’t just invade Eritrea at will. As long as we concentrate on building our nation and our people and not interfering in the affairs of other countries, we should never be afraid of being invaded by other countries. Even if we have that kind of paranoia, nation building by improving the infrastructure, by educating our youth, and proving democratic reforms for our citizens are the best ways of defending our nation. The PFDJ need to get our of its backward and militaristic stance or leave the political arena for people who can actually lead us in realistic reformation.

      As you can see, the regime and its sycophants will not change willy-nilly. They will create all kinds of excused to stay in power and control the country for themselves. The only option for all justice loving Eritreans is to remove this regime once and for all. The Arab Spring just arrived in Sudan; it is high time that it arrives in Eritrea.

      • Selam Acria,

        In my opinion, tplf and pfdj went through the same school and they have the same indoctrination, as the result of which they have a similar character. Both believe in might is right, and winner takes all, both political and economic power.

        Nevertheless, i see some important differences between the two. When tplf came it hated the country and people it was supposed to rule. Nevertheless, it understood soon after that the people had the same feeling towards it. It knew its life in power was not going to be long, and that was why it was so vicious and in a hurry to loot as much as possible, in order to get as rich as possible in a short period of time.

        In addition, there are major differences between ethiopia, sudan and eritrea. In the first two, there has always been a simmering resentment underground towards the rulers of the land, that manifested itself now and then. In eritrea the last attempt on the life of the general and the forto are what seem to be a significant attempt to destabilize the regime, unless the first was of a personal nature. Nobody seems to have exploited these events within eritrea, except the usual rhetoric from the diaspora.

        What are the chances that the eritrean spring of 2019 is coming? Where are the signs? Do you expect the eritrean young to come out like the queerro or fana, or eritrean citizens coming out in mass to the streets to demonstrate and say a big “enough is enough”, and we are here to demand for our freedom. One main requirement is that eritreans should remain behind and prepare themselves for that big day, and the other is who is ready to pay the sacrifice as we have not seen over the last two decades. Do you see such things happening or the signs for that? In my opinion, nothing is to change until the demise of the dictator, and the dictator is not going to be reborn and change himself overnight from an autocrat to a democrat.

        If somebody says, think of working with the ethiopians by exploiting whatever the peace deal may give, some eritreans will come out and accuse; it is because ethiopia wants the ports, and as a bigger country it wants eritreans and eritrea to be gradually sucked into ethiopia, which may put eritrea’s sovereignty in doubt. If eritrea is in danger of being easily sucked in to ethiopia, there is a big problem there, which needs explanation.

        In addition, peaceful or unstable ethiopia is not going to be trusted by some eritreans. Don’t you think that there is a big dilemma there what to do about it, which will continue to have a negative effect on eritrea. Either eritreans have to have patience and prepare themselves for the day after IA which may take a decade or two, or work with ethiopians under the new deal, improve eritrea’s economy, and create a situation in which eritrea could be a strong democratic country in the future under new democrats who have freed themselves from the shackles of the old and senile generation of LFs, as ethiopia did, who do not let them move forward to democracy and prosperity, or cut the gordian knot of dictatorship with force now and not later as others have done, because too much time has already passed. Therefore, after all, working with ethiopia may not be a bad idea, under the eritrean reality.

        • Hayat Adem

          Ato Horizon, I making it my duty to challenge every time you come up with less honest feeds here. We know some of the money stolen from Eritrea (at least 800 million is reported) is in the Swiss banks. Where is the money stolen from Ethiopia since TPLF’s day one? All those developments, roads, rails, factories, industrial parks, 50 universities, ghilgel gibbe 1, 2, 3,&4 dams, tekeze dam, tanabeles dam, GERD .. are all these fruits of the stolen money starting day 1? Who are these ones you accuse them of making fortunes of their loots from the TPLF leadership? Why don’t you name one and tell us where the fortune is? Was Meles looting? Wasn’t he the engineer of the Ethiopian renaissance and the face lifter of Ethiopian image? Do we have a single TPLF person who lives abroad lavishly? Aren’t they all in Meqele? Does Meqele look like a city inundated with so many resources? Isn’t it true 90% of Ethiopia’s wealth is concentrated in Addis and Oromia? Don’t you think the only people who should be the first to accuse are the Tigray people who gave the most but received the least? Can you suggest way forward solutions to the looming problems in Ethiopia? Can you deploy yourself towards that for once? Is it your habit that you look into the rear mirror more often than to the dashboard? Are you seasick? Let me tell you as my own honest reflection. TPLF/EPRDF has had many defects and lacking. I would understand people complaining about the slow democratization. The rest is bullshit. Come on Ethiopians.. Compared to what we are experiencing under PFDJ to date; compared to the chaos Ethiopia is passing through now post Eprdf; compared to the many lessons from African countries or developing countries elsewhere… Your EPRDF times were golden times. You will be remembering and missing them as you go forward. No, that is not exaggerated. Intellectual integrity demands it that we say what we mean and we cherish the bigger purpose. Today, somehow, repeating incessant lies has been perfected as rewarding mechanism in Ethiopian politics. Although the cost of neutralizing lies has grown, eventually, no amount of lies can defeat real time observations and experiences. Improving on what you lacked would have been optimal. Influencing Abiy’s leadership towards incremental change would have been the best for Ethiopia and the region. The system is breaking down before our eyes and all your feeds are still totally skewed, mostly negative and retrospective by design. Why do you want to go to such length to disinform when there are pressing issues at hand? —– 1) A couple of months ago, a medical professor was stoned to death in his village by his own community in Gojjam where he went to research and find a cure solution to those villagers suffering from trachoma. Sad! 2) The Shashemene Qerro has embarrassed all humans again. They were the first to crucify a person styling after Christ’s torturing to death. They even improvised the crucifying by making it head down. Yesterday, they did something else: the sons were beating their fathers. It was a horrible scene young men kicking grayed elders and the elder men crying for help at the hands of their sons and grandsons. Where is Ethiopia heading! 3) OLF has become a local government of its own. It takeover offices; it fires and replaces public employees; it collects taxes; it punishes by death those who stands on its way; it is meeting force by force. It is a government up on a government. This is a total mess and a perfect storm for a civil war. God forbid! 4) Nowhere is more vivid the true systemic failure in Ethiopia than having a closer looks into the SNNPR. When south stays solid, Ethiopia holds solid. It symbolically represents the diversity plus unity of Ethiopia. It is now collapsing completely. 5) If you don’t think 3 million IDPS and 1 million refugees in an unstable country of 100 million is not scary, you need to tell me what is? Ato Horizon, if you want stay worth your pen name, don’t tell us lies, half lies, one side stories and less relevant stories.

          • Selam Hayat Adem,

            Unfortunately, your honesty is that of a partisan and extremely subjective. How is it possible to say that 600m$ are the same the 38 billion$ tplf looted over the 27 yrs it was in power. Even your tplf has accepted to a certain extent its human rights and economic crimes. Therefore, your main duty and mission is to defend tplf with all your heart and power, and not to tell the truth.

            You don’t even want to separate tplf from the people of tigray, when you say that mekelle is not different from other cities, and 90% of the wealth is at the center, which was always the case. Of course, tplf was no good to the people of tigray as it was no good to other ethiopians, and tigrayans can not dare accuse the tplf dictatorial regime. Nevertheless, they know that it used them, and only the mafia group benefited, and it is ready to sacrifice the people again. What do you think the people of tigray will lose if tplf is gone? Nothing.

            You are among the few who remain deaf and blind to the tplf reality, and you tell us that you have no idea who these corrupt and criminal tplf officials are. Of course, the myth is that they have nothing but their books, while their children drive expensive cars. Maybe ethiopians are accusing angels and saints. How come ethiopians are not aware that tplf was sent from above and not from the the bushes?

            Because they can hide the stolen money in the so many hideouts; china, dubai, and the other offshores, therefore, they have stolen nothing, even if the UN, wb and imf speak to the contrary, and only from 2010 until tplf was deposed, more than 8 bn$ left ethiopia illegally.

            They are not ashamed to say that they need financial help to be able to cover their court expenses, even when they have millions in their bank accounts within the country, if we forget the amount concealed in foreign banks. They are not even good liars, and their lies are easily proved.

            You come again with your developmental card, as if these infrastructures have not left behind 40bn$ in debt plus the 38bn tplf looted. In 1991 ethiopia’s debt was not more than 25% of gdp, now it is more than 60%, a colossal amount for a third world country to be able to service and repay.

            The forward solution is simple: tplf criminals should come out of their hiding place and face the law, and they should bring back the stolen billions from poor ethiopians, and stop using the money to destabilize ethiopia. Remember, they cannot hide forever, for the people of tigray will one day give over the criminals and looters, and there is no guarantee that the stolen money will certainly be theirs. With a little help from the UN, wb, imf and some other countries who could give information, there accounts could be blocked, as has happened with nigerian kleptocrats.

            Why do you condemn ethiopia so harshly by saying that the era of tplf/eprdf were the “golden times” for ethiopia? Could you be so insensitive as to deny the killings by tplf’s agazi forces, the tens of thousands incarcerated in tplf dungeons, those who were forced to flee their country to save their lives, if we forget about the theft? Do you call this your intellectual integrity? Maybe the meaning has changed in the tplf world, and we are not aware. One thing is a fact, under tplf, truth has ceased to exist. Of course, dictatorship and truth can never go together.

            Why do you try to go to such length to whitewash tplf and give it credentials it does not deserve? However you want to sanctify tplf, ethiopians will always remember it for what it was, criminal and kleptocrat.

            Who opened the pandora’s box of ethnic hatred? Was it not tplf? FYI, mussolini was hanged upside down. That is the fate of dictators. Don’t worry about olf. It is carrying out a mission for tplf. It will go nowhere. Today, it is the most hated and despised group in oromia. It is more of a bandit than a political party. You are carried away by your wishes. It is not a problem that cannot be solved. These bandits who are serving somebody else’s unholy interest will be handled. Ethiopia will be around forever.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Horizon,

            When you say TPLF stolen 38billion is that in USD or Birr. I just googled Ethiopia national debt and found in 2016 was about 40 billion.

            In 1992 it was 12.5 billion and that was 150% of GDP.

            In 2016 it’s 40 billion and its 54% of gdp.

            I know there was some forgiveness in between.

            I just don’t think the amount of stolen money you are mentioning is valid, specially if it’s in the USD / hard currency if it has any value?

            By your measure, it means every dollar that’s borrowed had left the country? How is then possible to grow GDP to such huge number ?

            Berhe

          • Selam Berhe Y.,

            Of course, It is in usa $.
            Ethiopia’s gdp (1991) was about 8bn$, foreign debt (1997) about 25% of gdp. Recently, gdp has increased to about 70bn$ and debt to about 40bn$. Add to this about 2bn$ in foreign aid coming every year.
            Maybe we have read different reports, nevertheless, things are more or less as i said.

          • asmerom

            Selam Horizon
            Your hate of TPLF is tenfer enber tel yea
            There is nothing you can show the said 40bn stolen

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Horizon,

            I agree we are saying the same thing. There was huge loan forgiveness, and huge growth why the percentage debt was 25% in 1997 compared to what it was in 1992.
            I googled and was reading from countryeconomy dot com.

            My question was how was that possible to steal all or equavalent amount that’s borrowed and increase the GDP at the same time?

            If you say 10 percent or something, would make sense but close to 100% it seems a little unrealistic.

            How are they able to build all that nfrastructre then without the borrowed money?

            In other words, where does the 38 billion dollars comes from?

            Berhe

          • Selam Berhe Y.,

            Let me try to explain what i said as much as i can.

            The total burden for ethiopia is 40bn$ in debt plus 38bn$ in theft, over the 27 yrs of tplf rule.

            If we say that mean yearly gdp of ethiopia is about 40$, by multiplying that with 27 yrs, we get ~1000bn$, the amount ethiopians have produced in different ways over the same period, observable and not so easily apparent.

            Add to this about 2bn$ yearly foreign aid, which when multiplied by 27 yrs amounts to more than 50bn$.

            Now, remember banks, import-export trade and natural resources were controlled by tplf officials. A simple phone call or sms, could move a mountain in the economic field in tplf’s ethiopia, and put in motion millions.

            Major businesses, especially in the import-export field were more or less completely controlled by tplf. Over-invoicing of imports and under-invoicing of exports was one of the well known means to smuggle money, because there is no control as to the value of exported and imported items.

            EAL was transporting gold bars illegally especially to eastern capitals, and we should remember the big scandal of fake gold bars that were deposited in the vaults of the national bank that was exported to south africa, and they were caught red handed, which caused a disgrace to ethiopia, and of course, not to the unknown tplf rodents.

            Ethiopian ambassador to djibouti came out and told that 10K quintal of subsidized sugar coming from india (i think) contained sand. When he reported and they sent a tplf official to verify, she disappeared and did not report her finding to the ambassador. Subsidized fertilizers that was controlled by tplfists (you may remember, you will not get fertilizers for your land unless you vote for eprdf mantra), was mixed with gravel, which djibouti authorities refused to package because it destroyed the machines. Ethiopia paid for all these and others.

            Who built the infrastructure and by whose money. It was mainly the chinese with their own money, 85% chinese money, 15% ethiopian, and the 85% is what became the debt. What about the shoddy infrastructures by foreign companies (buildings, roads, etc). Ethiopia was burdened with huge debts for inferior quality constructions, and tplf officials got their bribes, and the money remained in foreign banks.

            Can we doubt what happened in the infamous metec? where did the money go? either it is still hidden somewhere in ethiopia or smuggled out of the country by changing it to foreign currency, one of the reasons why black market foreign currency exchange is flourishing.

            High rising buildings rented to ethio-telecom and others by phantom owners, and yet millions were paid from the countries coffers, and their owners are today nowhere to be found, etc, etc, etc.

            First it is not possible to steal without doing anything. If one steals all the money that comes to a country or the wealth created within the country, then nothing happens at all in the country. In ethiopia’s case, if they had not stolen, ethiopians would have seen much more development, and ethiopians would have been able to afford three meals a day as tplf said.

            As everywhere else in the world it is the 1% that owns more than half of the wealth in ethiopia, and tplfists are the majority in this 1%. They did not steal from the borrowed money alone, but mainly from the wealth that was created within the country as i tried to point out above. Remember, the chinese were not naive to trust their money into the hands of tplf. They carried out all their constructions themselves. Tplf gained from the shoddy infrastructures it allowed, and tplf feasted mainly on public contracts it created and monopolized, e.g. like metec.

            There are a million ways to steal and smuggle money out of a country. It does not happen by carrying around boxes full of paper money. Nowadays, some are caught doing exactly this. Somebody someday will write about these days in tplf ethiopia.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Horizon,

            I think it’s not impossible to track down such huge amounts of money. It’s can’t just disappear, and since we agree that it’s not in paper money.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe (Abi-seb),

            Horizon is arguing based on the ESAT’s political feeds, that are completely propaganda from the Keybahrachin lots. He has no any proof of data to his accusation. He can’t accuse the “Front” because it does not serve his political interest, and for sure the Amaras and the Oromos officials are part of the corruptions. The corruptions was rampant in their states or their kilils. Instead of probing and invistigating the corruptions without politicizing just to find those who are involved irrespect their ethnic identity, they are using it for their partisan politics against TPLF and Tigray people. Just think about it, so far none are found guilty by the Federal court. There is this blanket accusations. Until the accusations are proved as guilty by the court of justice, it will remain as propaganda for political consumption. Horizon is an addict of Gonbot-7 fraud political propaganda. Just give it some time to the corruption probe, we will hear the Oromo and the Amara’s leader are also involved in the nexus of the corruptions.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Emma,

            I just want to know where 38billion is coming from.

            It’s staggering number relative to Ethiopia’s GDP and how can that amount (it’s borrowed money) can disappear?

            I can understand if Ethiopia had discovered oil / gold and shipping them out and the leaders hiding the money some where else. But not money borrowed to build projects. Are the Chinese that stupid to throw their money away for Ethiopian officials to hide it somewhere.

            Any government can come in Ethiopia and tell the lenders sorry we are bankrupt and we can’t pay? Iceland did it. Argentina did it. I mean if they are willing to face the consequences.

            Why would the Chinese risk such venture?

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            Don’t waste your time expecting the truth from the auditor Horizon. I am sure the donors have an idea about how it was disbursed this big money. Even if there was corruption, no one can stole that big money. It is just politics. Can’t you see them, they can’t even Waite until the Federal Government find out how the money was disbursed and if any money is stolen, by whom? Suspects are not criminals until proven by the court. Don’t forget there should be suspects from members of EPRDF leadership that represent the Oromos and Amaras who were in the governing body. Who knows may be Abiy is involved in it when he was in the security dept.

          • Selam Amanuel H.,

            You seem to accept at last that corruption was widespread under tplf and tplf was corrupt. Who said that only tplf is corrupt. Simply tplf is the master of corruption. All the rest learned from it, and some are already apprehended. Read my response to Berhe. These are not my words. If you deny everything for the sake of tplf and you people say “ኣይኔን ግንባር ያርገው፣ ጆሮ ዳባ ልበስ፤”, then nobody can help you.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Horizon,

            Who denied corruption in Ethiopia? Corruption is everywhere. The corruption in Ethiopia is by the governing party EPRDF. And you know who is EPRDF. Second, your figures are a made up figures and is extremely exaggerated that makes it a white lie. Third, you can’t even wait until it is proven by the court, who stole it, and how much. You are just politicking. Do you think the leaders of OPDO and ANDM in the “states” as well in the “Federal” Government are free of corruption? If you don’t think they are corrupted also, then you are sick of partisan politics. By the way where did I say there is no corruption in Ethiopia? It is simply lie. My problem with you is, when you attribute the corruption to TPLF only and try to exonerate others.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Horizon,

            The OLF was trained and armed by our despot not by TPLF. How the OLFites who are the enemy of TPLF (at least politically) become the tools of TPLF? Are you crazy 😝? Please talk something that gives sense, even if it is not true, man. What is wrong with you these days?

          • Selam Amanuel H.,

            You are simply fixing things to suit your narrative. When olf came to addis in 1991, it was made up of mainly oromo fighters who defected from the derg army that went to fight in the north. On the way especially in regions of wollega it recruited fighters by force through killings when needed, and it had increased its numbers to about 25K fighters.

            After the 1992 (i think) breakup with tplf, it fought from places like wollega and other places, and especially after the 1998-2000 war, it stationed itself in eritrea. There were defections from those soldiers stationed at the border who crossed over into eritrea. Almost all of olf fighters who were stationed in eritrea were more or less trained soldiers or had long term guerrilla fighter experience, that needed no special training. Nevertheless, they were hosted and armed.

            Dawud ibsa was the reason olf split into three factions, and for the sake of power, he will even change his religion let alone his alignment. Born in wollega province, he thinks that he is the king of wollega, because he cannot be king of oromia. He is a pathetic creature. He is either naive or a fool, rather both, to think that he will have his way with few thousand bandits he commands. No wonder, olf opened office in mekelle, which infuriated many oromos.

            I know, you tplfists are the sole owner of truth, and nobody else. It is your truth, yours only, and nobody else’s. You have to live with it.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Horizon,

            The whole world watched the OLF Organization moving from Eritrea fully armed with their trucks to Ethiopia as part of the peace deal between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

            Since they pull from the “EPRDF front” and the “transitional government” of Ethiopia in the 90s, they were against TPLF whatever their grievances was and is. You can’t make them friend of TPLF when they are not. Just you don’t know or you act as if you don’t know. It is not good politics at all. Think about it for the sake of your people and your country. Simply Pandering when your country is in crises is not healthy.

          • Hayat Adem

            Ato Horizon,
            Why would OLF open an office in Meqele? Do you have facts to back up or a sensible explanation? Did it even have enough offices in all Oromia?

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            “Are you crazy 😝?” Is this Emma? I am rolling at my desk, seriously.

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            We already entered to a Peace agreement. Don’t we? Don’t abrogate our treaty, brother.

          • Peace!

            Emma,

            I know, Emma! I thought that emoji coming from you was hilarious.

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            When you are in a good mood, there is always something to give. I learn a new vocabulary “emoji” today from you. Let us keep it on give and take mood, brother.

          • Hope

            Selam Ustaz Aman:
            Are you that xxxxxx to deny the new love affairs between the OLF and TPLF or you just want to cover up that dangerous conspiracy by finger pointing at Dr AAA?
            The TPLF and the OLF sound that they learnt a “good lesson” from the past joint EPLF-TPLF operation against the ELF so as to apply that dirty and Evil kind of Alliance against Dr AAAA.
            Good luck to them but they are already caught with their pants down….as the Devil is in the details.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Emma,
            I actually liked your brief reply to Horizon more than my long shot. Are you crazy, you asked him. Well, it is worth asking.. he is spitting paragraphs that are so detached of or wrongly attached to.

          • Hayat Adem

            Ato Horizon,
            You are repeating yourself like a robot without any specific facts to add or new explanations to shed. When you do that, I will come hard at you. That explains the point to your question: “Why do you try to go to such length to whitewash tplf…?” By compiling so much lies and twisted infos on TPLF and Tigreans, you are hurting Ethiopia. In my own way, I am defending Ethiopia and the region. I have a strong belief that Ethiopia can lift up the region if it gets it right. But more importantly, Ethiopia’s capacity to drag down the region to disaster when it is is in bad shape is way bigger than its positive influence when it is in good condition. I subscribe to the idea that many of the social, political and economic cures might come by totally integrating the entire region. That can only be possible when the region is shaped and reconfigured maximizing on the goods and tackling the bads. Your and your kind views are the most destructive, petty-weight and very circular at best but really divisive, hate-socked and mischaracterizing at worst. Let me walk you through in the open court of Awate: buckle up..
            Illogic 1)
            You said: “In 1991 ethiopia’s debt was not more than 25% of gdp, now it is more than 60%, a colossal amount for a third world country to be able to service and repay”. Now, I don’t want mislead readers here like you are trying. Debt as such is the least feared economic illness in macro economic terms. It is the purpose of getting more and the status of repaying capacity what needs to be considered here. Ethiopia, while economic growth enjoyed a double digit, its annual debt growth was could be averaged between 1 and -1, mostly on positive decimal percentage points. In fact, serious economists and policy experts would flag the issue of access to loan as the most important consideration in any economic discourse. Ato Horizon, being a novice of deception and and a parroted alarmist, tries to portray his country as if it is sinking by the weight of debt. Since, he and his type are repeating this point a lot, let me kill it right here. As it stands today, Ethiopia’s rank in the world in debt rate is 74th, in the world and 15th in Africa. Countries like USA, UK, Japan, Italy, etc are among the top ranking, Japan’s debt is 222% of its GDP, and mind you Japanese GDP is huge. USA’s debt also exceeds its GDP by two trillion. From Africa, the five most over-debted countries are Egypt, Mozambique, Eritrea (133% of GDP, 12th in the world) and Mauritania. One of the good things EPRDF did (Meles deserves credit here) regarding Ethiopia’s debt was that it had convinced many of its debting partners to write off or cancel preexisting debts. Back to the main points: Ethiopia’s debt amount both relative to its GDP size and growth or in its absolute amount has not reached a worrisome level at all. More importantly, Ethiopia has not used the loans to finance wars and the military. They spent itto build their infrastructure and public expenditure, totally justified economically. Ethiopia’s paying capacity can carry more loans. Ethiopia’s debt amount is not worrisome at all.
            Note 1) What people like my friend are telling us has nothing to do with the reality. It is part of an orchestration of discrediting Woyane. I understand his main drive is supporting and promoting Abiy at all costs by diminishing and bashing his predecessors. I didn’t and don’t support Abiy at all but almost all the Ethiopian people and Eritreans too did support him. Remember, how I was being reprimanded here to at least give him the benefit of the doubt and wait to judge. Remember how the Tigray people welcomed him like as their king and hero before he even uttered a single word in their favor. He had all the support and political capital. But he seems to be consuming it fast. If challenges are popping up everywhere now, then he should blame himself. I personally believe he could have used a service of good advisors. And now, it seems it is becoming too late to adjust. Horizon can support him to the very last day but the aura he tries to inject out to us to educate us here with his repetitive mantra is really repulsing. Horizon has started boring me a lot lately. So, here I am trying to put him back naked and dry in his right size.
            Illogic 2
            Ethiopia is now under a lot of stress. All indicators are blinking yellow and red. Remember the public protest that brought Abiy to power was mainly about issues of rights, democracy, governance and, unemployed youth bulge and economic benefit accesses, and matters of inclusion? None of those are getting state attention. Now, peace and security has become a top priority. Peasants are killing their educated sons (Gojjam) and sons are beating their fathers (Shashemene). Amara and Tigray regions are at loggerheads over what.. nothing. Benshangul against Oromia, Ormoia against Somali, Gedion against Guraghe, Afar against Amara.. Annuak against their Nuer brothers…etc. In that context, I appealed to Horizon to come up with forward looking and positive solutions. And here is what he to come up with as a forward looking solution: “The forward solution is simple: tplf criminals should come out of their hiding place and face the law, and they should bring back the stolen billions from poor ethiopians, and stop using the money to destabilize ethiopia.” Yah… forward looking, indeed! Thank you for such a forwardiness!
            Note 2: These people don’t understand a simple matter. I am sure people like Horizon must have been saying “since 1991 Meles must go”. Meles had gone. Then they continued saying “Woyane must go”. The Woyane went. Now they are saying “The Woyane must come… well as prisoners!” When are they going to start working and serving their poor people! Okay, TPLF old guards will say, “hell no! but if you really want us to come invite us as your heroes”. What are you going to do about that Ato Horizon?! Well, you can say, the regional government must hand them over. Fair enough, but for that to come, you need to have a proper request: you must have a case, a charge and a court warrant. When the federal government presented that to the Tigray gov, they cooperated and handed over a well known general. Then the Tigray people witnessed all those political campaigns and documentary propaganda before a court day. You put the regional government at political risk. So, there was no redress of the damage and the preemption of justice by public court opinion… and now your forward looking solution is “Okay.. bring your senior TPLF leaders.. we’ll put them on chained appearance mounting a chopper and then put them on breaking news.. we have a documentary produced on each of them to match the airing day to their chaining day… and that will make us happy… make the Ethiopian people happy.. make the economy grow… make the debt disappear.. make the social conflicts go away.. hallelujah!!!
            Illiogic 3
            “TPLF looted 8billion, or 38 billion dollars in 27 years” Illicit money bleeding is a big problem in many African countries. Ethiopia is among the top 10 in Africa suffering the case. I am not sure about the authenticity of the figures Horizon has pulled up here but I am sure Ethiopia’s problem in this regard can be worrisome. Transparent International puts the figure at 2.2% against GDP. The same source says 55% of the money left Ethiopia in this way is through the trade mis-invoicings (over/under invoiced) some of it vapors away through price transferring. For example, investors in Ethiopia tend to over-invoice products they import to get extra foreign currency and to avoid income tax at the production stage of the business. An important legal provision that encourages investors to over-invoice their imports is the fact that most of their imports are exempted from customs duties as an incentive to attract foreign investment. And the rest of it is via corruption, illegal remittances. All these add up to millions in loss. It is sad Ethiopia is losing such amounts in such a way. Note 3: But how the heck can this be attributed to TPLF’s wallet and reported as an inventory of TPLF loot? Did you now notice why I invoked the “intellectual integrity deficit”? Ato Horizon, you are turning yourself into something. If you want us to consider your feeds, make them valid. Tell us Mr. X of TPLF or OPDO or ANDM.. etc is implicated for such amounts of corruption or embezzlement because there are credible reports of such… specifics. Illogic 4 And you said this: “They are not ashamed to say that they need financial help to be able to cover their court expenses, even when they have millions in their bank accounts within the country, if we forget the amount concealed in foreign banks.”
            Note 4: Excuse me: General Dagnew is saying to you he is innocent. He was a salaried official. He is there willing to face you in the court. He is saying he can’t finance himself in a court defense case he didn’t plan or saw it coming. Is that not logical for you? If a person is pleading innocent, should that person also report that he is a wealthy of loot? Is that how your world works? You are asking of too much Ato Horizon. Your logic is horrible.
            Bonus: Illogic 5
            Look at this open and laugh it out loud. Horizon is trying to romanticize everything, even Shashemene. At the mention of the crucifying of an innocent passerby driver head down, he has to come with something like no exception to Shashemene by saying this “FYI, mussolini was hanged upside down. That is the fate of dictators.”
            Note 5: Are you out of your mind, Ato Horizon? Or who is in your mind for that head down hanging designated dictator? Are you craving to replicate that on the TPLF seniors? Is that what you are thinking a forward looking man? Oh you a piece of hate, nothing else. You poison every environment you happen to be in. The more I encounter with Ethiopians like you, how much more better standards do I see in the patriotic TPLFites! They put their youth, blood and heart and brain for their country. If there were some bad apples and mistakes in them, there are no good apples and intentions in people like you and cohorts.
            Ah.. you made me tired… but go ahead.. you will get more… as long as your lies, exaggerations, hate socked stories keep coming out, count me in, I will stay tuned and active.
            Hayat

          • Selam Hayat Adem,

            I am flogging a dead horse (tplf), which is a waste of time; and you have vowed to resuscitate it till kingdom come, which is futile. You can have your tplf; and i am satisfied with the change (reform) that has come to ethiopia.

            The pains of reform will soon be over, and ethiopia will move forward. Without tplf the future is bright for ethiopia. Disappointment belongs to tplf foot soldiers for they have gambled on a lost cause.

          • Hayat Adem

            Ato Horizon,
            It is your right to be satisfied of anything under the sun. What reform really? You have so many rings of conflict ripe to explode. The first ring is between the Oromo organizations; then it is beteen or among the EPRDF parties; another one is among regional governments and actors; and then, the religion conflict is to raise its ugly head sooner and then you have the geopolitical conflicts exploiting all these divided groups of societies. Where are you seeing the reform, unless you are satisfied simply because you thought the TPLF are out. Fear that the current division affects the army as an institution.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hayat,

            “Fear that the current division will affect the army as institution” isa red light infront the Ethiopian politicians. It is worrisome to say the least. Horizon does not understand the negative effect of their divisions.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Emma,
            What happened to the guy! He sounded a reasonable voice for years here at Awate. With the chnage taking place in Ethiopia, he is completely sold disregarding logic and the nation. What kind of person endorses a ruling party (TPLF) for long when they were in power and despises them so obssessedly after they left power? I don’t understand him at all. Okay he can despise them but why does he have to lie? Can you beleive it when he claims TPLF looted 38 billion (B) USD? Is it even immaginable? Can you imagine them all these billioners crowding Meqele? That is more than a trillion birr. That could cover Ethiopia’s budget for more than three years and Tigray’s budget for many decades.

          • Peace!

            Hi Hayat,

            Are you disputing Horizon’s figure, or saying TPLF is completely innocent of looting and crimes? If the latter is the case, why are majority of Ethiopians are rallying behind Dr. Abiy, and have determined to bring them to justice?

            Peace!

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Peace,
            Of course, the figure is absolutely out of the roof and too high to reach even if TPLF leaders were looters to their bone. But, think of this: Looters naturally tend to do one of the following:
            1) The run away from the country to enjoy their loot. Example, Col Mengistu.
            2) They join the winners so that they countinue gaming the system again.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Peace,

            Hayat can speak for herself but I thought I comment here to see what you think.

            Bring criminal to justice is the job of the government and I don’t think anyone who is reasonable would have a problem with that.

            What I am having a problem to understand is the numbers Horizon is throwing away as facts, in the tune of 38 billion dollars in USD.

            I just can’t put my head around on such a huge amount, which double Ethiopia’s GDP if we go back only 10 or 12 years ago. And this number is equal to total Ethiopia national debt?

            You are good with numbers, does this amount make sense to you?

            If it’s 3 billion I can imagine (10%) but almost 100 percent, how can it be.

            Berhe

          • Selam Berhe Y.,

            Look at the following. I am not asking you to believe it.

            “Global Financial Integrity finds that Ethiopia, which has a per-capita gdp of just $365, lost US$11.7 billion to illicit financial outflows between 2000 and 2009.
            In 2009, illicit money leaving the economy totaled US$3.26 billion, which is double the amount in each of the two previous years.
            Causes are increased corruption, kickbacks, bribery and trade mispricing.”

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhe,

            Logically, the figure doesn’t make sense at all, or only within a context of ንኽበልዑዋ ዝደለዩ ዛግራ ቆቃሕ ይብልዋ ዝብሃል ምስላ ኣሎ. However, it seems the missing figure is significant enough to cause such sudden and potential economic problem. The hard work of over 27 years, can’t simply disappear overnight, and put the country on the verge of collapse.

            Peace!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Peace,

            At least we are on the same page. So if the question was reserve currency or Good has disappeared etc then that could be different conversation.

            As to putting the country into verge of collapse, that could be understood.

            1) may be loans rep payments are due.
            2) FDI has dried up because of the unrest and the burning down of factories, investors pulling the plug
            3) uncertainly in the coutry political unrest that no new loans were coming / no body was buying bonds
            4) delay in the mega projects who they were counting to deliver power to help speed up manufacturing and power export etc.
            5) lack of long term planning and have little reserve for rainy days.

            When all things work in parallel then the economy moves smoothly and nobody notice but when there is big uncertainty then things can happen fast and out of control.

            I am not denying there may be wrong doing but making up story to fit your narrative does not help to peaceful transition and build confidence.

            Saay said in his interview with SBS, OLF has entered the country with its arms. This I think is a huge problem for stability of the country.

            The road to Tigray from central Ethiopia is closed. Tigray depends on air and via port of Djibouti. This will be a big problem if not solved.

            Eritrea will not be spared from these if things get the wrong turn, and that’s my real concern.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hayat,

            When you don’t fight on principles, you ended up wobbling with the wind.

          • Desbele

            Selam Hayat,
            Hillarious fb comments regarding Semere Russom submitting his Ambassadorial credentials to Ethiopian President. Take a break and have some fun:
            የዚህ ሰውዬ ኣያትም ጎንደር ነው የተቀበሩት?
            ኣይ ኢሱ ቆራቢ ኣባቶችን ሲወድ
            ለህክምና የመጡ ይመስላሉ ሰውየው
            የለም የለም !! መቄዶንያ ለመግባት ነው
            መንገዱ ተዘጋ እኮ ለምን ኣስፈለገ?
            He is our youngest ambassador

          • Nitricc

            Hi Horizon; I am in out of the forum and I can’t say I am following fully about the discussion but I can’t help your fight for the truth and the corrupt wanna be Eritreans. Just you know No real Eritrean will defend the greedy TPLF, Those people who are stupid enough to arguing with defending the indefensible TPLF thugs. Good luck fighting the Tigryans on this forum who are pretending to be Eritreans.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hayat,

            “When south stays solid, Ethiopia holds solid. It symbolically represents the diversity plus unity of Ethiopia”. Very very true. Horizon is on partisan politics.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Horizon
          You are better advised to work hard so that the Ethiopian people earn the trust of Eritreans. Please don’t throw solutions based only on your interest. It is in fact an insult coming from the “keybahrachen” group. The main problem is that the Eritrean people don’t trust you guys, what matters to you is access to the sea, more than Eritrean people’s freedom as people. Past Ethiopian governments, i.e., Haile-Slassie & Derge have commuted crimes against the Ethiopian people, but as far as they kept Eritrea by denying its right for self determination by force, they are patriotic Ethiopians. However, the last government because they believed and supported the Eritrean for self determination, they are called traitors. What ever they would have done, it wouldn’t have been good enough for you guys unless they have reversed their policy about Eritrea independence.
          You are trying to compare Eritrea with Ethiopian on how to bring change. I think ESAT must be your sources of informations about Eritrean internal political atmosphere. Eritrean internal situation and political atmosphere is completely different to what was in Ethiopia few years ago. I will mention few examples
          1) Any young person over 16 is completely under the control of the regime, while that was in the case in Ethiopia
          2) Free Press ( no governmental) was relatively tolerated in Ethiopia, while in Eritrea it is completely shut down
          3) Ethiopian resistance was (is) ethnic based, while in Eritrea is not ethnic based, which makes recruitment of members of the resistance complex.
          Asking will Eritrea will have its own queerro or fana in 2019, is as stupid as asking will bananas grow in the north pole. As I said above every young person above the age of 16 in Eritrean is under the regime’s control completely. The regime decides, where they live, when they can go to bed, when they can eat, what to red, listen or watch, who they can speak to, even what can they think off. Let me tell you what my uncles son told me when he left Eritrea and arrived in Europe thought Libya. This was in 2003, I have asked him why did he leave. he said “look when i was growing up I had an ambition to have my own plumbing business, that was why I went to polytechnic and worked for one of the well known plumbing business in Asmara. However, after having been in the national service for 5 years, I was reduced to not thinking beyond WHAT IS FOR LUNCH TODAY?” The Eritrean youth are going though these experience and to compare them to your queerro or fana who were free to move around and organise them selves is either utter ignorance or sheer manipulative.

          Eritrean will device their own way on how to get red of the dictator ship sooner or later and they will welcome any support they can get from their neighbours, however, will note accept made up solutions, which have no their interest at heart.

          • Mez

            Good day Amanuel,

            An interesting perspective related to the possible Eritrean internal dynamics and which way it may progress.
            Itmay also be reasonable to consider the following underlying variables:
            1) the wish of UAE to use Assab as a stepping stone (investment) into the economy of the greater horn,
            2) the rapid evolution in integration of Djibouti, and northern Somalia (somaliland) in the region,
            3) the possible political compromise/ equilibrum among Ethiopian political entities,
            4) one can observe also the key regional players (especially UAE but also ksa) would tilt their policies more and more towards economic interest blocks than internal conflict instigators.
            4.1) this would help them to get more aligned with the global ones (China with–all in billions!– close to 20 in the Sudans, 14 in Ethiopia, 5 in Djibouti, 9 in Kenya, also in Tanzania and Uganda…; the us is also there; the greater horn is being one of the four focal points in Africa; the European policy is not much different).
            5) it would be interesting to understand, how the Eritrean government (and the politicians in the opposition) would align and device policies under this new reality.

            6) if the Eritrean government is not opening up (for new ideas never contemplated before) and synchronize its policies with the (especially) economic interests of the above mentioned players (under fair play rule)–it may eventually stand out as an irritant entity subjecting itself to an extreme political stress.

            7) for the above factors I mentioned,
            a) keeping the youngs underemployed/ underpaid (virtually under gunpoint all the years), or
            b) still toying with the governing party owned corporations such as the Red Sea…(the equivalents of party owned– parasitic–economic entities in Ethiopia) may not do much.

            Thanks

  • Blink

    Dear Eritreans
    I have been wondering to find the real reason behind the bashing of Eritreans history and Eritrean heroes by some cornered people. For many years people has been abusing the sheer determination of awate in challenging the Abyssinia expansionists. They claimed “he was hired by Arabs and some people like claimed he was just a shifts” , the game of bashing started long time ago when hailesilassie goons painted Eritreans call for independence as “ shankla wirdos “ , As most of you know the bashing house are all over but the head office of bashing Eritreans history and its founders is SMERR1 paltalk lead by a guy called AMICHE a unionist lead actor who has been an interviewer to people like saay , many know it all people go there to meet many audience. The surprising thing about this is most of these guests are simpler worthless and cowards.

    I don’t think it is rare to find them in this forum saying every bad thing about anything that has to do with Eritrea . Who is spared from their lies is really not important but why are some known old ex ELF guys in this game? Anyone can guess why but to find some of them defending weyane criminals shows their true story.

  • Acria

    Selam George,

    You are the typical propaganda machine for the PFDJ regime. What do you mean by ” Eritrea was able to sustain and stand on its own”? What internal revenue does Eritrea has? Some of the revenue comes from the 2 % that the regime collects from its diaspora citizens. Majority of the revenue comes from the money that the diaspora sends to their family members. In that case, Eritrea is dependent on foreign aid, for that matter. Yes, Ethiopia is poor country, no doubt about that. But, Eritrea is much poorer than Ethiopia. For example, Eritrea has a debt of 125.78 IMF versus Ethiopia’s 21.55 IMF for 2014.

    One positive note is the recent peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia which makes the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom (IEF) 41.7% and 52.8% respectively. We still have ways to go if the stubborn PFDJ regime will translate this achievement towards improving the livelihood of the Eritrean people.

  • Paulos

    ሰላም ብሩኻት ህዝበይ,

    ብሩኽ ባዓል ልደት ይምነየልኩም ኣብ ኩሉ ናብራኹም ሓጎስ፣ ጥዕና፣ ፍቕሪ፣ ዓወት ይሃብኩም!

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Dr Paulos,

      Likewise, to you and to all Awate families. I hope it will be the year of hope and good understanding of each other to help our civil discourse.

  • sara

    selam all,
    kassala and it environs are calm peaceful and day today life is going normal… i hope it will continue that way.

    • Abraham H.

      Selam Sara, good to hear that Kassala is peaceful, we hope the Sudanese people will solve their internal conflicts wisely and that they put in place a better government than the current one. The peaceful and generous people of Sudan deserve a better government.

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear friends,
    I met someone who recently told me she had met Wedi Efrem at his office. She was telling me her moments with him affectionately.
    1) They talked about home and regional affairs for 3 long hours.
    2) He gave her a ride on his old car (himself driving) to her relative’s house.
    On the first part, the person I am referring to is not a political animal and there is not much she could sustain a long political conversation with a high guy like SE. The conversation must have included other stuff (less or more important.)
    I could see how SE was idling SE these days to have spared 3hrs with a person lacking any depth. (Also, drop other imaginations you may have: she is not his relative; she is a married and very conservative at that). He simply must have been hungry of a human being to talk to or something esle we don’t know.
    On 2nd part, she was emphasizing on how SE was a down-to-earth guy. She also was trying to make an impression on the fact that he was driving a noisy old car and how Eritrean officials are very clean from corruption. He didn’t need to give her a ride; and he didn’t need to drive his car himself and he didn’t need to mount an old car. All sound an obama drama to me. I suspect he did it deliberately. He wanted her to tell the Eritrean abroad what she just witnessed.
    Just sharing what came my way about SE… Poor guy, he had to survive gun-butt beats at his house bathroom in the presence of his wife and daughter after being in public feilds and public offices all his life. Ellison said “history will decide if I am a hero or a villain.” I think the precursor to history are victims. They speak out before history does. A hero doesn’t have victims at all.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Hayat Adem,

      If the last paragraph information is true, then all the issue is about a business deal quarrel. The assailant took Gen. Efrem gun and followed him to the bathroom.

      Al-Arabi

      • Hayat Adem

        Dear Hamid Al-Arabi*,
        Yes, the paragraph carries all trues info. I’m not sure if this has to do with business. It is more likely political than anything else.
        —————
        None of my business but if I may how do you come up with your pen name above as “Al-Arabi”? Are you really pro arabs or you are one?

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Ahlan Hayat Adem,

          I think, you were present at the birth date.

          Al-Arabi

          • Hayat Adem

            Ahlan AlArabi,
            Well, did it occur to you that there are always some people who would know? And there are people who are connected to those in the know and others chained to those. Lets say you can think of me as getting it from the 4th generation in the know-chain of such matters.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Hayat Adem,

            No! No! No! Sister. You have gone too far. When I said you were present, I mean it. I think, your memory is bigger than a fish-memory chip.

            Al-Arabi

    • Desbele

      Selam Hayat,
      Outlawness is the biggest corruption SE and his boss drenched in. I wish the mafia group seek power for economic advantage. The fact is,they seek power to satisfy an insatiable megalomania of their dictator whose adventure stretched as far as Congo in expense of the life of innocent Eritreans. I once met SE in a relative’s wedding. Yes , down to earth and exactly as your friend described him. It doesnt matter. That is how every decent Eritrean is supposed to act in social gatherings. What matters is the deed behind the curtain. Remember , this guy conspired with his boss to suppress dissent way back from the time of Menkae. መስኪን መሲልካ ስራሕ ጎሓሉ እሞ ከኣ ኣብ ልዕሊ ንጹሃን ነውሪ እዩ። I wish he act a real General who stands for law and the people than deceive by his fake humble gestures.
      ምናልባት እንተሞይቱ ሬሳ ናብ ዓዲ ክኣቱን ከይኣቱን ሰናይ ፍቃድ ውልቀመላኺ ኢሳያስ ክከውን እዩ።
      በዓል ስብሓት እምበኣር ከምዚ ዓይነት ስርዓት እዮም ገዲፎም

      • Hayat Adem

        Dear Desbele,
        A few of his cruelest acts are like when he detained Aster from an airport denying her a one minute hug with her kids after decieving her to return with a promise that she would be allowed to take care of her kids. The other example could be his crime-driven heart going after seniors as old as 3 months before their death. Of all the things he does, the worst insanity IA exhibited was when he denied a resting space for a dead body ex-buddy.. This alone qualifies him to be declared a real psychopath. The body had nothing to do with the person intended to be punished. For example, IA’s body has nothing to do with the IA’s person. The person is a criminal. The body is a 4.5£ worth. All bodies are equal, nameless and worthless. IA being a truely psychopath doesn’t discern the embodied from the body.

  • AMAN

    Merry christmass
    And
    Happy New year to all. 😁😁😁😁

  • Berhe Y

    Hi Hope,

    I need something that goes with it when I read your comments, it’s too heavy.

    Happy Christmas to you as well.

    Berhe

  • George

    Hi Kidane

    Himmm…. there is something missing from your post that I can’t quite put my finger on it. Your post luck some Eritreaness for a guy who claims to have been an EPLF member. Claiming that most Eritrean generals can not be called Generals is silly. It put your credibility into question. Actually Eritrean military commander are more qualified than 95 percent military leaders anywhere. They have fought and bleed. They have done the impossible, defeat an .army 10xbigger in everything. There achievement cannot be questioned. That made that history. Your preposterous claim is a ploy by Woyane to erase eritrea’s proud history.

    • Selam

      Selamat George,

      What makes someone hero? His work right? and they are treated as hero. G-15 and other high ranking Eritrean officials too a hero but they did not treat as hero and not a single PFDJ supporter asked about that. So why are you surprised about Kidane’s comment and questioning about his nationality? It is the same way you treat G-15 and others. በታ ዝሰፈርናላ እያ ትስፈረልና
      Do you think all Eritrean generals are heroes to Ethiopian people? No, because your military strategy and bravery alone does not make you hero to one society but also the purpose and objective. They were Heroes at one point to almost all Eritreans, but know we have different views towards them just because of their purpose and objectives to what they stand.
      The purpose and objective of independent war was to make Eritrea and Eritrean people free. When Eritrea become independent all EPLF fighters were HEROES to most Eritrean people. Do you think only EPLF members made a very good military strategy and won wars against Ethiopian army? No; ELF fighters also did a very good military strategy and show bravery, but they did not reach to the final goal. They did not consider as hero in the eye of EPLF even if they fight for one goal with different opinion or strategy.
      To be a hero to one society, the purpose and objective of fighting should be for the betterment of the society otherwise you are a criminal or self serving gang.
      When we come to Eritrea. As I said above at the beginning all were a hero, but now some of them lost the objective that they fight for and as a result they lost the heroic tittle.
      You see may be for you independent of Eritrea is enough the people is irrelevant and those they are going with that purpose are your hero, but for others the freedom of Eritrean people is their main objective and those they are working for that objective are their hero. That is the difference. A hero to you may not be a hero to me. it is natural. For example DIA was a hero to me but know a criminal. I wish to bring him to court in front of Eritrean people.
      Another big example; Minilik is a hero to some Ethiopians specially to Amhara, but not to many Oroms. When some Ormos said he is not hero to us some Amharas are wondering like you. You see how the purpose makes someone hero and not hero.
      Eritrean people is suffering any single second, even at the time we are discussing about a single person. The question should be, what should we do before things done wrong? Let us demand a fundamental change in Eritrea together. No single excuse more. The demand should be now not after an hour or a day. I have said every single minuet the people of Eritrea suffer due to the government policy. If we do not do that the things may go to the wrong direction (I mean chaos). No body want that but the situation force to happen. It is natural phenomenon.

      Have a nice day.

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Hope, defending the G15; yes they were some of the righthand men of DIA for most part of the armed struggle; but most of them were also sidelined after the third and last(?) Congress of eplf/pfdj in 1994 in Nakfa. But I would say they were not very late in demanding constitutionalism in Eritrea; here are the events;
    1994-1997 drafting and ratification of constitution
    1998-2000 Ethiopia-Eritrea “border war”
    The demands for reform of the pfdj by the members of the G15 started before the third offensive of the TPLF that saw large swaths of Eritrean territory under their control.
    So the G15, were not late at all in their demands for transparency and accountability of the Eritrean dictator. Had the dictator heeded their call at that time, Eritreans would have been spared all the misery they incured in the last two decades.

  • Peace!

    Hi All,

    Meanwhile the speculation continues…

    “ወያኔ በኤርትራ ላይ ያቀደችው መፈንቅለ መንግስት ከሸፈ
    ==========
    የትግሬ ነጻ አውጭ ድርጅት ከፍተኛ ካድሬዎች ከ-3 ሳምንት በፊት ጀመረው ኤርትራ ውስጥ የወያኔ ድጋፍ ያለው መንግስታዊ ለውጥ እንደሚደረግ ያለሀፍረት ጉራ በቶሞላበት አርግጠኛ ሆነው በየመሸታ ቤቱ ሲወሸክቱ መቆየታቸው ይታወቃል፡፡

    እኒሁ የወያኔው የቀን ጅብ ካድሬዎች እንዳውም ይባስ ብለው የጀኔራል ስብሀት ኤፍሬምን ፎቶ በመለጠፍ ምስጋናቸውን/አድናቆታቸውን መግለጽ ጀምረው ነበር፡፡

    ጀነራል ሰብሀት ኤፍሬም የትግሬ-ወያኔን ባዶ ህልም የሆነውን “አጋዚያን” የሚባል ያልነበረ እና ሊሆን የማይችል የወያኔ ሰው ሰራሽ ግዛት/Empire ህልም እውን ሊያደርግ የሚችል መሪ ነው ሲሉ አላዝነው ነበር፡፡

    አሁን ያለው መረጃ እንዳአረጋገጠው፣ ወያኔ ጀነራል ስብሀትን ኤፍሬምን በሚስጥር መፈንቅለ መንግስት እንዲያደርግ ኤርትራ ውስጥ ባሏት ደጋፊዎች ቀርባ ስትጠይቀው ጀነራሉም በወያኔ ሀሳብ ይስማማል፡፡ ጀነራሉን መፍንቅለ መንግስት ማድረግ ያሰቡን የወያኔ ቅልቦች ጋር ይተዋወቃል፡፡ጀነራሉ ከወያኔ ጋር የተባበሩትን ግለሰቦች ዝርዝር ከደረሰው በኻላ ከፕሬዝዳንት እሳያስ ጋር ይመክራል፡፡ፕሬዝዳንቱም በወያኔ ህልም ከልብ ስቀው ቀስ በቀስ አድመኞቹን ወደ ከርቸሌ ማጓዝ ይጀመራል፡፡

    የአድማ መሬዎች መታሰር ሲጀምሩ ወያኔ መደናበር ትጀምራለች፡፡ወዲያውኑ ወያኔ ሚስጥር ያወጣው ለመፈንቅለ መንግስት መሪነት ያሰበቸው ጀኔራል ስብሀት ኤፍሬም ነው ብላ ወዲያውኑ ጀነራሉ እንዲገደል ትእዛዝ ታስተላልፋለች፡፡ ጀነራል ስብሀትን ለመግደል ብርሃኔ የሚባል ከጀነራሉ ቤት በመሄድ ጀነራሉ ላይ ጥይት ይተኩሳል፡፡እንደአጋጣሚ ህኖ ሳተው፡፡ መልሶ ለመግደል ደግሞ ሲተኩስ መሳሪያው መተኮስ ያቆማል፡፡ ከዚያም በያዘው መሳሪያ በሰደፍ ጀነራል ኤፍሬምን ከጭንቅላቱ ላይ ይመታዋል፡፡ዘበኞች ደረሱ፡፡ነገሩ በዚህ አበቃ፡፡የታሰበው አፍቃሪ ወያኔ መፍንቅለመንግስት ዉሀ በላው፡፡

    አሁን ጀነራል ስብሀት ኤፍሬም ኤምሬርትስ ውስጥ ከፍተኛ ህክምና እየተደረገለት የሚገኝ ሲሆን ፕሬዝዳንት እስያስ እዛው ድረስ ተጉዘው ጎብኝተውታል፡፡

    የጀነራል ስብሀት ኤፍሬምን መቁሰል በጃፓን የኤርትራው መንግስት አምባሳደር እስጢፋኖስ አረጋግጠዋል/በቲዊተር፡፡”

    Peace!

    • Amanuel

      Hi Moderator
      I think this is copy and post from another website. I think this is in breach of the guidelines.

      • Blink

        Dear Amanuel
        Peace just shared a news item and if you don’t like it leave it to others ,by the way the moderator will do his job but for you trying to side push peace as new to the forum shows your disappointment. Remember most Eritreans get everY gossip from Facebook and YouTube. I don’t believe peace meant to breach the GL .

      • Peace!

        Hi Amanuel,

        I think it is just a news, not an article. እንታይ ይብሃል ኣሎ If you are not interested, although obviously not addressed to you, leave it to others with a clue on who tried to assassinate Sebhat Efrem and why?

        By the way, do you think of the moderator when you write disrespectful replies to Mahmuday?

        Cheers
        Peace!

    • sara

      Dear peace…. selamat,
      kindly give us a brief translation (in Tigrnya,Arabic or English) of what you wrote.

      • Peace!

        Hi Sara,

        Will do.

        Peace!

      • Lamek

        Hi sara, it’s very likely that he copied what some amharay wrote on Facebook and pasted it here. It’s on meskerem from page. In short, it says that weyane was plotting a coup and had planned sebhat Efrem to lead the coup but he snitched then IA arrested them military members in the plot one by one and weyane got so pissed at sebhat. That’s the essence of the belabelow. ኣምሓሩ እኮ ገዲዶምና ሎምስ።

        • Peace!

          Hi Lamek,

          Just in case you want me to remind you: ካብዞም ከማኻ ዝኣመሰሉ toxic ሙሩዛት ኣግኣዝያን ንሶም ይሕሹ.

          Peace!

  • Berhe Y

    Hi Hope,

    I don’t know about Nadow and Massawa. I thought it was Mesfin Hagos and Oqbe Abraha.

    I know he was in the sembel operation based on the book.

    I think he was also with Menkae and he betrayed them.

    I hope he gets what he deserved, I don’t feel sorry for these people and the way they have destroyed Eritrea and it’s people.

    Berhe

    • Hope

      Selam Berhe:
      Strictly speaking,the credit goes to the Local and Fromtline Commandrrs and the Regujar Army/Fighterez but we are talking about making the sophisticated Strategies and the Chain of Command.
      Gen Mesfin testifies that Gem Sibjat was his Commander .
      Gen Ogbe has commanded lots of Operations,which made him to earn to be the Chief of Staff and to be the second Full Gen.

      Gen Ali Ibrahim played a crucial role as well-that is why the Derghi used to call him General.
      The Vanyak et al and the Wedi Flansas and the Wedi Hailes et al achieved the unachievable- the Eritrean Way.

      Gen Bitewedef and Gen Wuchu were involved in commanding lots of successful but tough operations including in the Aseb Front ,Eggri Maekel and Tserona Fronts.

      Do not forget the Lions of Aseb Front in 2000.

      I cannot forget Wedi Ali of Forto and his Commander,Gen SALIH Osman/the Lion of Aseb Front and the nightmare of the Siyes and the Seares and the Tsadkans !

      All have contributed incredibly and DESERVE the respect and credit heroes deserve!

      Prob unfair to single out few heroes from other heroes and to discredit them without objective evidence .

      It is unfair as well to discriminate and to disrespect them based on here says and street gossip.

      Now,if Gen Sibhat Efrem truly betrayed these kind of miracle makers ,well,let those,who know the facts tell us and judge him.

      Finally if,as alleged,that the TPLF has a role in the assasination attempt,then I double the respect I have for him and I will keep praying hard for full and complete and expedited RECOVERY.

      BTW:

      Why do u believe Min Birhane Abrehe has given him that much trust and respect to lead the LEAD?
      I have grown up the gossip and hectic judgements of people!

      Love and admire the Gedeb News style of Professionalism and Patience,for the most part.

      Hope Gen Sibhat Efrem was NOT involved and implicated as rumored on those high profile but failed operations ,which were meant to bring a positive change in Eritrea;but if so,he will be judged through the Future Justice System of Eritrea.
      Either way,I wish him a fast recovery and good health until then.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Hope,

        First I don’t know what I said is gossip. I gave example that he said publicly. The three points I mentioned are:

        1) his role for the displacement of people from Asmara right after Eritrea independence. He was speaking publicly on tv. This is not gossip but with evidence.

        2) the letter exchanged between IA and Gen Uqbe Abraha where IA and Uqbe ABRAHA mentioned Sibhat Efrem as he know something. This is not gossip but hard evidence.

        3) The long interview he gave after the arrest of the G15 and implicating them. It’s not gossip but what he said publicly.

        4) Another one I will add is what he said about Eritreans living the country and it’s because they can’t stand the hardship / tough life (lack of SinAat). He even gives example of similar kind during the struggle.

        If Mesfin Hagos reported to him, it doesn’t make that he was actually leading the battle. It’s like you are saying Hitler would take the credit for the desert fox operations (Field Marshal Rommel) in North Africa.

        Operation of Afabet and Fenqil are crucial operation and those who were leading the battle should take credit if there is any. As per Mesfin Hagos wikipage, a while ago that I read, IA wanted to halt the operation and ordered him to return but instead he turned of the radio communication and continued with the liberation of Afabet. Sure IA was in charge but please if this is true (I believe it’s true) he doesn’t and deserve the credit.

        Off course no one is denying the heroic operation of the other figures and I am not comparing Sibhat Efrem with anyone but trying to give the correct account if possible.

        Berhe

    • George

      Hi Berhe

      Are you the expert of who should be General and who shouldn’t. What qualifications do you have to declare the competence of Efrem sebhatu? Time and again people have told you please please do not make extremely shallow statment. It looks bad. What is wrong with you? I could careless how you feel towards EPLF. But to question the contribution/capabilities of an Eritrean hero with out a single evidence is just not bright. It makes you look even worst than you already are.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi George,

        I know you pick one or two points based on what I wrote to divert the focus and use it against me as attack to discredit.

        I know the game really well, context matters and don’t underestimate your readers.

        What I said was Eritrea has only two four star generals and he is one of them. My comment were what he has done more than others who commanded operations.

        It’s a question / comment to the title he held, nothing more.

        Berhe

        • George

          Hi Berhe

          Please call me by my real name, PIA worshipper. Not PFJD. Your claim about me trying to divert attention can only come from a wrong mindset. A mind that is weak. That is why I always check you. I don’t have any other ulterior motives.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi George,

            Please read again on what I wrote. I did not called you PFDJ or anything. I just responded to what you wrote.

            Stop to psychoanalize, sometimes you call me shallow, sometimes you tell me I don’t know nothing, now you are telling me that I have weak mind set.

            Have I come to you to seek your professional help? Who faves you the right to tell who I am and what I know.

            Off course based on my experience, you go after me, the person and you want to drag me to defend my self, in stead of the topic at hand.

            Stick to the topic and what I comment on, leave my abilities and my personality for me to worry about.

            But I wonder why you take me seriesly and bother so much from someone who is weak mind? I can’t possibly do any harm to the regime, I wonder why that is:).

            Berhe

    • Nitricc

      Hi Bereh; i suggest you collect your welfare check from your Canadian social welfare system. you have no personal integrity nor high ground for morality. what a pathetic waste of humanity. shout your pie hole and live your sorry life.

  • David Samson

    Selam Kidane,

    I will even go further— stop using the title of ‘Tegadlai’. It is incredible to accept currently that some people call themselves or use
    the title of ‘Tegadlai’, despite their role as ‘Tegadlai’ was ended almost
    30-years ago. I do not think they are aware to the fact that the tile Tegadlai has toxic connotations.

    In the UK, people from all walks of life are awarded knighthood for public services. However, if anyone brings the title down to disrepute, they are stripped off their title. Ex-banker was a case in point— he almost crippled over 100- years old— because of his reckless behaviour and had created public outrage and consequently lost his knighthood.
    I will do the same to most ‘Tegadlai’ for bringing down the good name of Tegadlai to disrepute and should be banned using the title. Ex-ELF fighters do not use the title; and their contribution to the cause is as valid as EPLF. They still feel some sense of entitlement to anything to do with Eritrea. They want to lead in any public meeting despite some of them have not skilled in managing themselves, let alone public gathering. Whenever I meet Tegadlai, I always reminded them either not to use the title or include a prefix as ex. I usually end up quelling with them and at times ended in a brawl. I just cannot stand some of them.

  • Brhan

    Hello all,

  • Blink

    Dear Berhe
    The accusations you are making about wedi Efrem is outlandish and is just gossip that’s all ,because nothing that you say here is public and anyone saying should bring the evidence.
    Sibhat was the boss of Asmera administration and at that time people got their houses because he said “ who owns these houses. My family was rooted out by Dergi agents from their own house and the house as well as garage was given to one Eritrean who was the killing machine for Dergi , when we come back in 1992 it took us 7 months to get our house from a Dergi criminal family , we spent over 8 month in our grandfather house many kilometers away waiting for a Dergi agent to get out from our house . Remember we didn’t get any compensation from the damage done to our house and the lose of property was simply horrible.

    I remember My mother cried out loud looking to her house being occupied by a man who murdered her son on day light on streets of Asmera . About housing, Sibhat returned houses to the rightful owners . Remember Dergi took these houses from their owners by forces and have them to his agents . The fact that a Dergi agents and nay sirnay complaining about Dergi given house is a laughable thing. Speak what you can defend based on truth because this matter is not about what you are saying.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Blink,

      First you should stop lying. Blame Derg all you want, but they never took people homes, expelled them and gave to their agents.

      Second there is militia Sernay in Asmara. The militia Sernay were people who lived in the villages, the Derg gave them Sernay in exchange for carrying arms in their villages.

      So stop lying people were militia Sernay and they were given homes of other Eritreans in exchange.

      I didn’t say it was wrong policy to return homes to the owners, what I saying was it was done without proper planing and a lot of families were exposed to harms. The government plan was not because it wants to do the right thing but it was a way for them to make money mostly from people who were abroad by collecting tax. Why should the people pay tax in the first place ? They didn’t collect money, they didn’t benefit from the homes they owned? But they paid because it was still a good deal to pay the tax and get their homes back.

      I brought Sibhat Efrem because he was responsible for implementing the policy and he was making those public comments in TV with his gahmam sinu. How is this a gossip ?

      It would impossible to believe you that the Derg kick your family out of their home and give it to Derg agent. Never.

      If your family had left and no body who had the ownership living in it, they probably took it and gave it to someone else.

      Berhe

      • Blink

        Dear berhe
        First I am telling you a first hand account, second please have respect for your own sake because I simply don’t need to say more about your idiotic words. For your surprise my mother rented a small house in Godaif until the day she abandoned Asmara. I am telling you a true story that happened to my family and what kind of cruel behavior do you possess to say there was no house given to Dergi agents from true owners? Where you a Dergi agent that didn’t occupy Eritreans houses? Or was any your member family one of them ? It means you were a cheap one .
        If someone tells a story based on his own story ,why do you jump to defend Dergi ? Don’t you see the way you prove yourself are wrong.

        You can say milisha sirnay was from villages but make sure there were people who took their family to Asmera , How about Tesfachial Andemariam ? Did you know him ? Ask if you don’t know him . Your accusations of Sibhat was a lie .

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Blink,

          I don’t your family story and I am not going to argue if it’s true or not. I am not here defending Derg either. What I telling you is the Sibhat Efrem, general or no general her or no hero he displaced a lot of people without having good plan.

          I started by saying, Derg nationalized people homes for those people who had more than one. It asked them to chose which house they like and based on their choice it nationalized the second or third house.

          It happened to us and it happened to many of our families, but at no time did they drive and threw out people from their own homes and gave them to their agents. This story is very hard to believe if it happened. But some people left their homes abroad for what ever reason and those people who were not present at the time to claim their homes were nationized. That’s my side of the story and that’s all I know.

          I know and you know very well that the PFDJ were going around and making a claim to jones that belonged to Kebele. And their were giving those homes and they were throwing people out in the street to give them to their members.

          I know one of my cousin who is a colonel in the government did that and him and his wife threw away the person who lived there for a long time and threw away all her furnitures in the street when she refused to leave. She had no where to go.

          General Sibhat and others in PFDJ let this happen. May be its the right hung to do to return the homes to the owners but at the same time the government could come up with better plan before its displacing people.

          Sure I expected this from Derg because they were suppose to be our enemies but not from people who suppose to be fought for our freedom and justice. What kind of justice is this throwing people away from houses they lived for years at really affordable price.

          So I want people to know from what I know, while General Sibhat lived in one of the really upscale homes (as per Awate news) infront of garage Royal, I am 100 percent he did not build that villa, he also probably threw out another family or it may have belonged to former Derg official and made it his residence like most officials did.

          Nothing changed, the Derg replaces HS officials, the PFDJ replaced Derg officials.

          This is the legacy of Sibhat Efrem.

          Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            I believe you have a stand against the general and that’s your business not mine . My point is sir , Dergi kicked families to hell even burned their homes , killed people at their gates .

            What chance is there for a government who is taking the leadership in 1991 for a country that was under war to have a plan that foresees the housing problem in Asmera ? . Many people lost their houses for no reason and when their land become a country, they come home and must go to their home and these who lived there must be removed for the reason they own the house .

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    The state media is mum about the General. That certainly is not a surprise for we are desentisized to the point where the abnormal is taken for a normal.

    Thing is, what can we glean from the incident if at all. Let’s start with the conceptual framework of legitimacy as in if the regime in power is legitimate.

    In principle, the will of the people is the sole source of legitimate authority. Anything less is not only not authentic but precarious as well where it’s foundation is erroded through either popular uprising or other means including coup d’etat. With in Eritrea’s unique history, however, one can make the argument that, the regime owns legitimacy through deliberation when the political objective was independence. The argument further enforces that, as much as Ghedli delivered the needed objective–independence but guaranteed and gave legitimacy as well to carry the nation into a state or governing.

    Moreover, the people cognizant of their fundamental rights deferred their rights instead when they put their trust on those who rode the mantle of Ghedli. Before the people knew it, however, the deferred turned into an immaculate deceit and betrayal including the noble ideas where Ghedli was founded on till the system started to crumble where Abraham Lincoln’s famous adage comes to mind when he said, “A house divided against itself can not stand.”

    One is compelled to ask, if the wounded General is in a self-reflection or serious introspection as he lay in bed about what they have done to the one’s promising nation turned into a failed nation or thinking about his selfish interest as in if he is going to make it so that he will continue the status quo. I suspect the latter.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Dr. Paulos,

      The issue you raised is key to understanding the essence of the conflict between the regime and the people. I dare say some of the vocal and often abrasive supporters of the region do not, or wish, to comprehend the legal and political meaning and dimension of the matter.

      The departure point in a normal people-to-ruler (governor) is that there has to be some sort of formal or informal source of legitimacy. Lack of such threshold relatioship means usurpation of power through forced subjugation and resultant control of the people by commands enforcement tools like police, spynetworks, incarceration facilities and indocrination capabilities. This was what happened in Eritrea, and contradiction between the people and the dictatorship revolves on this axel – the people trying to break it and the regime trying to keep it in tact and more pressing.

      The EPLF and its leadership had an under the circumstances legitimacy to fill the vacuum of authority after the removal of the Derg forces. This legality and its provisional nature was encapsulated in revolutionary legality as de facto reality on the ground. This was recognized by all organized forces that had conflicting politics and program with the EPLF. Many of them had declared their supportive position through public statements; others disbanded their formations and returned as individual citizens but many of them ended in jails or fled the country. Most importantly, the people accepted the new post Derg authority and hoped with the realization of self-determination through the referendum the provisional (transitional) legitimacy of the authority to either renew mandate under succession norms and laws of state or be replaced by another authority whose power and legality emanated from formally expressed collective will of the people.

      The EPLF and its leaders did neither of the two requirements I just mentioned. To the contrary, they proceeded with their claim that they possessed revolutionary right by virtue of leading the past phase of the struggle. So, they imposed through domination of power continuity of the how they ruled the front in the countryside. To ensure this, they crafted an awkward framework. They recast the central committee with addition of handpicked loyalist elements or former fighters from other organizations who returned back home as individuals in 150-persons legislative council – 75 EPLF central committee members and 75 appointees by none other than Isayas himself. And, real power vested in the plitibureau under uncontested authority of Isayas. Needless to restate, the whole thing transformed to authoritarian one-man despotism we presently watch falling apart. Sebhat Efrem’s case is a sign that bodes ensument of count down phase of the order.

      To close, then dear Dr. Paulos, from the time the run up period to the referendum had ended and usurpation of power in lieu of an expressed will of the people, the regime and its leaders had lost the de facto legitimacy the people had granted under broad benefit of doubt. This loss of legality has been reinforced by abandoning the regime’s own constitution regardless of flaws. Add to this informal dismissal of 150-member council. Thus, the regime and the chieftain at its centre are not only illegitimate but outright political outlaws.

      • Paulos

        Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

        Many thanks for the well thought and argued comment. We certainly need a context for the issue at hand could be cluttered at least on my end.

        If we see the central issue of legitimacy from a legal and political point of view, Eritrea, from a legal perspective is a sovereign nation but from the political stand point, it is not precisely because popular sovereignty is lacking. As you have aptly put it, the lack of popular sovereignty was veiled with in political expediency when the leaders in EPLF cheated the people when they declared the mandate to govern as “Provisional” when it was in fact a ploy not only to stay in power but to buy time in a bid to silence the exponents of “…by the people, to the people and for the people…”

        The argument that was given later on was not unprecedented where it is a classic case in dictators’ play-book. That is, as you well know, the reason for instance, Thomas Hobbes elected for a single heavy hand to rule as opposed to popular sovereignty was that, according to his reasoning, the people were not enlightened enough to be trusted in making the right decision. The latter day students of Hobbes found their argument taking roots when the French Revolution attested a mob-rule with the use of excess force against the minority—dictatorship of the majority if you will, hence the justification of Napoleon’s ascent to power.

        The above argument however, loses its ground with in the Eritrean reality precisely because, the Eritrean people were enlightened enough when they took their cause to the mountains to take back what was essentially theirs and equally enlightened enough when they demanded at least tacitly for popular sovereignty right after independence as well.

        More over, when the provisional turned into timeless reign, the regime started digging deep into an abyss of self distruction where the attempt on the life of the General is the collaps of a rotten system long time coming.

        • Ismail AA

          Dear Dr. Paulos,

          What you cited about the classical philosophical rationalization of awareness of the masses of what came to be known as Western Europe in the framework of the broad material advancements and intellectual enlightenment by leading men of knowledge of the time like Hobbes and others is spot on.

          But, in the case of the Eritrean people it was what you have aptly stated: they had modern constitution at the time and duly elected representatives in Parliament. Our appraisal of what went on after 1993 referendum, should anchor on the status our people had before November 1962 imposed abrogation of an internationally legalized relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

        • Haile S.

          Selamat Paul,

          ኣብ ኤርትራ ጥራይ ኮፍ ኢልካ ከለኻ ክትድብል
          ኣፍ ሃህ ኣቢልካ ቀልቢ ሃንቀው ተብል

  • Blink

    Dear Kidane
    Amusing you are bragging about yourself and yet you try to discredit Sibhat, you know he was an engine but here you find space to spew your own conclusions from a very bad side . He is a respected military man and you can also refer how he was given the military rank of General , pls ask who were these guys giving a conclusion about Sibhat . In the article there are many questionable things said about the man but it ok since the game is way way more than history about him. If Sibhat is not a hero, who is then ?

    • Hope

      Selamat Gen Nlink.
      I would ignore those “ wanna be heroes and Etitreans” under fake Eritrean names ..

  • Selam

    Selamat Hope,

    What do you expect if Eritreans did not bring. 🙂

    Have a nice day

  • Selam

    Selamat All,

    Happy holiday time to those celebrating this holiday.

    We Eritreans like to talk more about the past because we afraid the future. To predict what will be next to Eritrea you do not need to be a prophet. we are not different from other as some of us think.
    What happens to Sebhat is the future to yesterday’s misdeed. Our today’s mistake will give us a disparate result tomorrow. Unless otherwise we are not doing something today to bring smooth transition and/or ready for future result that comes through any action for change, we should not be surprise.
    Human being needs water, food and oxygen to live and to keep the organ functioning but the brain needs one more thing, that is hope. If we don not have hope our brain does not want functioning. Our brain needs something to think. I f there is no next, that means end. Brain looks a way out from any next or hope blockage.
    In Eritrea there are many people that they lost the hope to see tomorrow. Their hope blocked by PFDJ juntas. If someone has nothing for tomorrow for what purpose or what to see will wish to stay until tomorrow. If there is no tomorrow no body can’t see after tomorrow. life is continues there is no gaps.
    What we see in Eritrea is the result of losing hope from any one. Either from opponents or supporters. This is the beginning of the end. If nothing is changed from any direction we will see more such kind of actions. If we understand, it is a warning to us to make better.
    It is not new Eritreans assassinated by Eritreans. During independent struggle EPLF and ELF did the same. Those they ignored the warning gave by EPLF or ELF to associate with the enemy assassinated in broad street. Why that should be different at this time? Reaction to abuse and oppression does not look the blood line. It is always the same towards anybody.
    The people inside Eritrea waits the last 20 year with hopes that if all the excuses by the government settled there will be some changes but they are ignored and cheated. The result is a disparate reaction and it started.
    ሕጅ ዉን ክምብል በለ እምበር አይተካዕወን Supporter of the government please push DIA to make fundamental change including to give his power to the people of Eritrea and leave Eritrean people to decide about Eritrea future. Opponents of the government please reconcile among yourself and try to work to one objective with different opinion through dialog.

    Have a nice day

  • Ismail AA

    Selam all,
    Thank you Gedab News for the brief.

    “Cry my beloved country”. Things seem to be falling apart in the weird world of the PFDJ.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Is the map indication not incorrect? Sebhat lives in the old Denedai house for which tesfay Grimatsion earlier occupied. Nice vila (3 bedroom & 1 bathroom) not huge and with little garden. Beleive it should be the villa on the corner to the right of the location indicated.

  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam friends,
    Here is my lamentation for the General.
    ኣቦታትካ ምሁራት ሰብ ዲግሪ
    ኣደታትካ ጽለይቲ ለይቲ ቀትሪ
    ኮብኮቡኻ ብስኒት ብፍቕሪ
    እንተ ንስኻ ሓለቓ ሰብ ዱግሪ
    ኣጽሓይዎ ኣብ ዝባንና እንቅዓ በትሪ
    ሰነፍ ኮንካ ንቛልዑ ዘይትዘሪ
    ይምሓረካ ባዕሉ እቲ ፈጣሪ
    ክትናሳሕ ስምካ ከተጽሪ
    እንተሞትስ ናብ ኩልና ዘይትቐሪ
    መን ይተርፍ መን ኣሎ ነባሪ

  • Hasot

    Hasot
    Hi all
    What a sad story
    A small population to suffer this much
    What did we do wrong?
    Where are our heroes of 60,70,80,90 and continuing? In prison,exile now getting assassination
    I am calling everyone for a moment of silence to free ourself from Hatred
    May god put mercy upon us
    Happy New year

    • Acria

      Selam Hasot,

      Now that we invited foreigners, there will be a huge power struggle among the PFDJ leadership and supporters for the control of the possible economic growth, especially around Assab and Massawa. ሓድሕድ ምጥፍፋእ ዘይተርፍ እዩ ኣብ ኣልባውነ ስርዓት.

  • Nowinc.

    Hello everybody,
    Why are mid level officers typically the agents of change in 3rd world regimes? Are they better situated/located to see things clearer than those on the top and those on the bottom of the ladder?

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Nowinc,

      That’s a nice question to reflect on. You have answered part of it by your self when you you mentioned their location in the power equation. That means those at top make safe distance between their security fortresses and the ruled. They rely on the lower ranks for their security and exercise power on the people. The bottom ranks discharge their duties through intricate labrinth of spy and surveilance networks. Once their grievances reach unbearable levels, their interest and fate match with the exploited and suffocated lot of the people. At that point, if they get credible leadership and proper guidance they become one of the effective agents of change.

  • Desbele

    ሰላም ገርግስ
    ህዝቢ እዩ ንደርጊ ስዒሩ። ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያን ህዝቢ ኤርትራን።
    ህዝቢ ዝብል ኣምር ክሳብ ዝርደኣካ ውልቀ ሰባት ክተምልኽ ክትነብር ኢኻ

    1. ጀነራል ትርጉሙ ኣዛዚ ሰራዊት ማለት እዩ። ጀነራል ስብሓት ከዳሚ ናይ ኢሳያስ እዩ ዝነበረ እምበር ዝእዝዞ ሰራዊት ኣይነበረን።ተማእዚዙ ከኣ ብዘይ ተጉላባ ትእዛዝ ጎይትኡ ይፈጽም ነይሩ- hence fake General! ተኣዚዙ ስንኩላቱ ይርሽን፣ ዶብ ዝሰገሩ ዜጋታት ሃገሩ ብድሕሪት ብጥይት ይሓርም፤ ደቀንስትዮ ይዕምጽ፤ ብናጻ ጉልበት ብባርነት መንእሰያት ጊላ ሒዙ የስርሕ
    ካብ ኩሉ ዝገደደ ከኣ ይኽዝብ። ነቶም ንጎይትኡ ዝበድሁ ኣህሊፉ ይህብ። ናይ ምኽዛብስ ክኢላ እዩ። ካብ ግዜ መንካዕ ኣትሒዙ ኸዚቡ።

    2. ስኮሜሳ ግዳ ሕጂ ፤ ኣያይ ሬሳ ዓዲ ክኣቱ ከፍቅድ ድዩ ኣይፋል ? ኣነ ኣይፋል ይብል
    ኣዚዩ ዘፍቅሮ ከዳሚኡ ስለዝኾነ ጎንደር ምስ ኣባሓጉኡ ክቀብሮ እዩ።

    3. ኤርትራዊ መበቆል ዘለኒ ኣሜሪካዊ እየ። ንኣብነት ጎይታኻ ኢሳያስ ኢትዮጵያዊ መበቆል ዘለዎ ኤርትራዊ እዩ።

  • Ayneta

    Hi Awate:

    Thank you for the fair analysis.

    To me, like most top ex-fighters, Sebhat Efrem has been a dead meat for decades now. The guy sold his soul and his legacy to fulfil the fantasy of his boss – IA. He not only kept a sealed lip when G15 were unlawfully incarcerated, he came to the defense of the regime on several occasions, thereby legitimizing its misdeeds. His silence and tacit approval makes him a partner to the colossal crime being perpetuated by IA. As history tells us, atrocities are committed in the looming silence of the people who failed to speak or act. Sebhat Efrem has deserted the people of Eritrea and he has lost my respect for that. I know he is important to his family and I respect him as an ex-fighter, but he has been dead to me functionally and whether he makes it alive now doesn’t add or take away anything. The system that is plaguing the country is more than Sebhat or Minister Berhane or anybody else for that matter. Look at Minister Berhane. He challenged IA and he is now languishing in prison. The country has forgotten about him and moved on. Everyone is dispensable except the person on the top (IA). Until he is gone, naturally or otherwise, the system will keep on devouring on its members. Eritrea has no respect for its heroes!

  • Girmay

    Hello my friend George, you asked me earlier, why woyanne hold 6000 meetings? That is actually a great question. I been asking that question for a while. It seems, that they like to juggle ideas and that might not be a good thing.
    If I ask them to stop their 6000 meetings, they will hold another 1000 meetings to discuss the issue of too many meetings.
    Now, your turn to answer my questions. How do you guys confuct your meketit meeting. Do you guys say, no thinking hats allowed, only ears. In other words before you sit down put your thinking hats and sit down. Tigringa translation, Nay hasab kobie ab tawla akoomtwa. Is that the requirement.
    The second question is regarding a resent statements made by one of the kings elites. He said the axis of evil are been destroyed one by one. He said, Yemen leaders gone, woyanne leaders gone, and now he predict Sudan is next . I am predicting America will be after Sudan. Or Maybe DIA had the wrong map he went after France instead of America?
    Well my friend, George I really want to know. Help me answer those questions. I hope you enjoyed my celebration of blind follower for a day. I went to sleep early, to avoid the boredom of been of blind followers.
    Thanks in advance for trying to answer the question. In regards to the generals shooting , I have no comments. However, when a society is in a state of anxiety, tomorrow is always unpredictable. The same can be said about Ethiopia.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Girmay,

      “When societies are in anxiety, tomorrow is always unpredictable” captures the realities in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Well put and well said.

  • Saleh Johar

    Hi Hope,
    This comment you made caught my attention: “Trust me, our security agents are GOOD at this.”

    So, are the readers to supposed to conclude the PFDJ security is “your security?” The same security of yours that has kept veterans and civilians behind bars, incommunicado, for decades? The same security that has jailed under-age children?

    That is not a revelation, but I thought you need to explain it so that everything is clear.

    Thank you

  • Blink

    Dear all
    The shooting of General Sibhat Ephrem is not a solution to our problems , what I see is a very bad way of finishing Issias opponents inside his world. I think Issias will again come on top with a consequence that many families have to suffer again. If the shooters are under control I guess the link is already discovered and at PFDJ security apparatuses hand . Let’s Hope Issias will not use this to his advantage.

  • Danny A

    [always begin your comment with a salutation. It’s the rule//moderator]

    A soulless man got shot in a country where there is no rule of law but rule of whims and guns. I don’t get why this makes the news.

  • David Samson

    Selam All,
    Eritrea is not known breading place for flip-flops, with few exceptions, and Wedi Ephrem is one of the odd out. He is widely known by his nick name— ‘Samuna'( Soup) for his slippery persona.

  • Desbele

    Dear Awate,
    Thanks for credible news.
    Terrorize the terrorist is the way out from Shaebia quagmire. The best line i like most in this news is “the brazen broad daylight attempt sent chills down the spine of the regime leaders and the diehard supporters.” Shaebia conscripts are terrorizing the people day in day out. A proper response would be to terrorize them back.
    The boot-licker for life fake general started to foil reform attempts way back from time of Menkae. He already is a living dead who sold his soul for a monster.
    I wish there is more information about the brave assailant so that we can help his family.

    • Hope

      Selam Desbrle:
      They /the Assailants are being rumored and claimed to be Weyane Agents and Recruitees!
      If so,would you still !support them ?
      Just curious.

      • Desbele

        ሰላም Hope
        ኣብ ሱዳን ተቃውሞ ኣብ ልዕሊ መንግስቲ ኣልበሽር ተላዒሉ ኣሎ።
        ወያነ ዶ ኾን ይኸውን፧

        • Hope

          Even if you put Xxxxxx in the middle of a vulgar word it can be read easily. Please stop the violation. You are adding to our workload// moderator]

          Comment contains vulgar words deleted

  • rahwa

    Happy Holidays deki Eritrea!

    “It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will” – Sam Cooke

  • Paulos

    Thank you GN for the reliable news!