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Haile Sellasie’s Cannabis

A green, yellow and red headband/wrist band is the symbol of Rastafarians who worship the late feudal king, Haile Sellassie of Ethiopia, whose name (and title) before he was throned was Ras Tefferi.

When King Minelik died in 1913, his grandson Lij Eyassu became the king, but Tefferi didn’t accept that. Three years later Tefferi imprisoned Eyassu in a palace coup and installed Zewditu, Minelik’s daughter as empress of Ethiopia while he made himself the regent. Later, he appointed himself king while Zewditu was still alive. In 1930, when she died, he made himself the emperor of Ethiopia.

His official coronation title was Moaa Ambessa Z’ Amnegede Yehuda Girmawi Qedamawi Hale Sellassie Negus Negest Z’Etiopia.  Its translation is ” His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God”

After Mussolini’s forces invaded Ethiopia, Haile Sellassie fled the country through Djibouti and went to the UK where he stayed for most of the six years of his exile. He addressed the League of Nations and appealed for help.

On May 1941, Haile Sellassie entered Addis Ababa with the help of the British Imperial forces under the command of General Wingate.

Immediately, Haile Sellassie started to consolidate his power dividing vast lands of the country among his followers and nobility and Ethiopian peasants became more destitute.

In Eritrea, which was federated with Ethiopia by a federal act under the auspices of the UN, Haile Sellassie began to dismantle the federal arrangement. Finally, he abolished the Eritrean government and annexed Eritrea as the fourteenth province of Ethiopia. Thus, a bitter struggle for independence was started by Eritreans which continued until 1991.

Haile Sellassie was overthrown by his own military in 1974.

Rastafarians worship Haile Sellassie; they also worship the cannabis. The picture above shows Haile Sellassie watering a marijuana plant. There is no evidence which shows Haile Sellassie smoked weed. But after looking at this picture of him watering the plant, it is possible he was constantly under the influence when he ordered the eradication of Eritrean villages and the massacre of their inhabitants.

[The source of the edited image is courtesy of a Facebook friend]

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  • addis geremew

    is this supposed to be an insult on Haileselassie or ethiopia. next time please write us about the would be founder of the arab republic of Eritrea so and so awate and your beloved megalomaniac little napoleon. And please do it in arabic. perhaps hailesellasie may have prevented you from joining the beloved of the fake or cultural arabs of the sudan

    • Rahwa

      AT is frustrated. Their nemesis YG has come up with a wonderful article, that said Eritrea was never self sufficient and it will never be. Eritreans need a bigger space to survive. The attack on majesty is indirect attack on YG. YG does love his majesty HS.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Rahwa,

        What makes Ethiopia different than Eritrea by the way, in terms of feeding sufficiently to its people? They are both underdeveloped countries which both needs the flow of foreign investment to fight poverty and illiteracy. Don’t try to play these kids game in the intractable regional politics that affected the entire people’s life of the region. Talk on how the region gets peace, and with peace follows economic cooperation as dividend, and will mitigate the hardship of both brotherly peoples.

        Amanuel Hidrat

      • Nitricc

        here she is. where the hack have you been. lol you got to choose now. you come with me or you go with that good for nothing job-less loser. you better drop him. 🙂

  • Unionist

    “Your logic is simply stupid ”
    “Eritreans do not hate anyone”
    “Ethiopians will definitely fall under … Enemies .”
    “Sell ur non sense somewhere else”
    “You definitely have some attachment to Tigray ”

  • Alex Deana

    what an irrelevant peace of sh*t am I seeing on one of my favorite sites?

    It looks like the real awate team left their room without logging out , then a bored cleaner took advantage to scrbble an elementary hostory she heard through hear-says and propogbda….

    • dd

      Do not afraid to call a spade spade. I am a regular visitor of this website. AT has never shown good intention for Ethiopia and Ethiopian. It is not the “cleaner” rather the owner who wrote this staff. I have read insult directed to the king and general attitudes such as Eritrea will never be peaceful as long as there is a country called Ethiopia. This does not surprise me. The Awate team is for fear of the consequence of good relation between Ethiopian and Eritrean.

  • haile

    You see, you can’t even resolve getting your point of view across peacefully, let alone to have any meaningful role to play in international (border matters). Yes, it is legally resolved but your dictator is has sooo tiny muscle that he is getting kicked around like a damn ball. Obviously, the world think that he is too irrelevant and insignificant petty criminal to lend their support to Eritrea’s side of the argument. And yes, I am an Eritrean more than you can freaking dream about of being an Eritrean. The border stand off will be concluded in due course because Ethiopia’s constitution and Eritrea’s constitution (that would be enacted on the grave of the dictatorial regime) dictate that the respective countries MUST have a defined land territory. Not because PFDJ needs to ride on the back of the Eritrean people unlawfully. Tell it to get lost.

    • Guest

      “…Ethiopia’s constitution……. dictate that the respective countries MUST have a defined land territory…..”

      Boy! you really are a rookie in this – lets bend for woyanie- subordination game, aren’t you?

      “Eritrea’s constitution (that would be enacted on the grave of the dictatorial regime)” grave, huh?
      Any one want to bet with me that Haile’s heart will explode before anything else? He has to always jump and say stupid things, have opinion on everything and anything,
      Anyone?

      • haile

        Indeed Idiocy is a cruel thing, on two counts in your case:

        1 – By not resisting to get away from that catch word of yours “Idiot” you gave away your cover

        2 – If such cruel twist wasn’t true, you wouldn’t have jumped up and down about “law” being on your side and having to lick the dirt for the last 12 years about it. Capito?

        If the “law” being on your side was enough, the Eritrean people would never have to go through such unheard of brutality in their own country. The law required the SOB sitting there to hand over power to the people in 1997/98. He is still there cannibalizing the country and destroying and dispersing its best and brightest. Where is your freaking Law that was meant to give me my damn country back?

        Again, SIT AND LEARN, the border will be resolved amicably by the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea for good. Before that though you’ll see IA dag out of a dirt canal…dead or alive. You can take that to bank.

        • Amanul9

          Hailat,

          I haven’t seen you so angry (albeit controlled from unnecessary languages) as with the so called “guest”. Don’t burn your cells my friend with such individuals. There are many broad minded individuals you could engage with. You are an asset in the battle against DIA if you keep your stand and your persistence alive and thriving.

          Amanuel Hidrast

    • Guest

      Boy! A million contradictins in one short comment. And your anger and frustration is showing more and more this days. Let us just see this one: You said “Yes, it is legally resolved ” ,but then again after few lines (And a million agnger projecting words – watch for your heart boy, lest it will explode) ” lend their support to Eritrea’s side of the argument”. See as an Eritrean (again, assuming you are an Eritrean) you would have realized,there is no Eritrea’s side of argument, there is only the legal and just side, as it is legally settled thing. Idiocy is a cruel thing, but you would also have realized, in this legally settled matter, who is leading Eritrea is immaterial.
      I did warn you to take care of your heart, right?

      • Dawit

        You don’t have to assume really. Haile has said he is Eritrea. BTW, are you a genuine Eritrean. Unless otherwise we hear from you , we will assume that you are Un-Eritrean anti-Eritreans.

  • Ermias

    Proof of ‘Silent Majoritism’ – directly involved people in this proof are Haile, Hayat, and Nitricc and indirectly all Awatistas.

    There is no secret that most people who comment on this website are opposed to the Eritrean regime and it is probably a fair assumption that the majority of the people who visit this website are likewise opposed to the regime. Also it is no secret that Nitricc is a staunch supporter of the regime.

    We all also know that Hayat Adem, among a great many others myself included, has a diabolically opposite view of Nitricc.

    Now, most of you have noticed that there are up and down votes, up for ‘like’, down for ‘no like’ (sounds Chinese ha?) in the new Awate 7.0.

    There are 84 comments by Nitricc and a whopping 150 up votes. There are 103 comments by Hayat and 109 up votes. This doesn’t add up. Are the Silent Majority (at least in this website) pro-regime or anti-regime?

  • Nitricc

    Hahahaha, oh my. I love it. Very funny and a different topic for a change.
    There are three things I am dying to do.
    Try cannabis
    Grow my hair
    And have fun in Abahawle. Every one talks and loves Abashawle. From what I see and hear, Abashawle is nothing but slum but every one loves Abashawle. I go to see this place. When i ask Why is it everyone loves this place? The answer I get is, ” you wouldn’t understand”

  • Zegeremo

    لم أعلم انه كان موجود نقاش بالغة العربية ولكن شكرًا عواته ،جمعة مباركة

  • Ermias

    Special request to Haile. For us to read your comments, we need to open the whole article, go through the comments and find you in the bushes there. If you had a disqus acct however, we would just click on your name and see all your comments beautifully line up one by one. The extra couple minutes we would save go a long way in a busy work day.

    • Dawit

      Haile is a technologically challenged fellow in need of help. Show him step by step how to open a disqus account using a user name (Haile) without any prefix or suffix.

      • haile

        ah…Dawit Dawit….why isn’t Daw!t any way? By the way, if you would care to dig, about a year ago, I requested AT if they could use discussion platform that would allow for better functionality and what have you. I think I listed few in migh wish list then, and disqus was one of them. Now, you mean I was asking for touble then or what? Thanks for the suggestion Ermi.

        Regards

        • Dawit

          Haile,

          Chill out ! My comment was meant to be a heavy sarcasm 😉 I reclaimed my old user name, thanks to Disqus.

  • Eyob Medhane

    Sal and Haile,

    I was waiting to hear one of you to sprinkle your wisdom on the very recent news of Russia being asked by Eritrea’s Foreign Minister Yemane Gebreab and his private secretary Osman Saleh to mediate Eritrea with Ethiopia? The funny thing is they wanted to keep it a secret, but Mr. Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister spilled the beans on them… 🙂

    • haile

      Eyob,

      IA doesn’t afford peace with Ethiopia. That is a threat to his beligured existance. Trying to hoodwink the Russians is a good move as far as the sanctions are involved. Mind you, the sanctions are under chapter VII – linked to “threat to internatinal peace”. The Russians said to the visiting African diplomats that: “We agree on the supremacy of international law, the central role
      of the United Nations and the importance of cooperation in addressing
      global threats.” The inl. Law probably refers to the EEBC, their “central role of UN” might mean that the UN calls and resolutions need to be heeded – access of SEMG to Eritrea and the last one is self evident that cooperation with terrorists will have PFDJ isolated.

      Starting with IA’s announcement of complementarity, EX-Pres. Girma and PMHD’s offer to go to Eritrea for “dialog”, Sudan’s claimed meetings, Qatar’s rumoured meetings, Girma Asmerom’s photo sneaking from AU ballroom, to IA’s woyane bashing in a street language in the last interview and all the fomenting of phoney news to make cheap derogatory remarks against whole populations….Shows you that this may be a classic replay of ealy 80s. Of course, with fortunes reversed this time around.

      Regards

  • TsaTse

    “But after looking at this picture of him watering the plant, it is possible he was constantly under the influence when he ordered the eradication of Eritrean villages and the massacre of their inhabitants.”
    Why don’t you smoke weed first and write about whether or not it made you feel like eradicating any population of your choice? Your article is full of ignorant statements including the part of Rastas worshiping a single man and a plant. What time era are you living in.
    My only guess is you have probably smoked something horrible. I know it ain’t weed.
    “I feel so good in my neighborhood
    I feel so high I even reach the sky
    above the falling rains… I have got to have KAYA now!” Bob Marley
    AmEritrean GiTsaTse

  • Zegeremo

    YG readers are few, and they are from akeleguzay region. The funny thing is they talk as if someone is holding them from joining Emama Ethiopia.

  • Hayat Adem

    That is exactly him- my Araya.. Yg came up with a beautiful concept and language for this: the puzzle of running away from a larger space and running to a larger space both at the same time by the same feet for opposing destinies. It is a complicated world!.

  • Zegeremo

    Abinet,

    Don’t get me start please, it is Friday 🙂

  • hailemariam

    yet HaileSilasie made much more to eritrea and ethiopia than the idiots that came after him, be it DERG or the “liberators” Shabia and Weyane.

  • Dawit

    Mr. Mama Mia, You said “Eritreans don’t feel the bond. Nor do they want to be linked to Tigray.”

    1. As an Eritrean, I don’t share your views
    2. How did you come to make such a claim. Did you ask all Eritreans.
    3. Obviously, neither you nor any one individually can speak on Eritreans’ behalf.

    Your claims are wild , baseless and not true

    • Zegeremo

      Dawit,
      You answered your own question; nevertheless, why do you think Eritreans fought and voted for Independence? I mean does the 30 years of fight indicate a strong bond with Ethiopia? Even the messiah and moral leader of the unionists Meles Zenawi admitted that there is no such bond, but instead he said “kuslina Keitenkefna Bahabar Nesrah.”

  • Hayat Adem

    Well, let’s see:
    1) Well, our youth are crossing Mereb 600-900 a month risking their lives. They are being welcomed. They are even getting free and full scholarship to join universities. That must mean something.
    2) Araya is vacationing in Ethiopia every year. His parents prefer to live there to Eritrea. That must mean something.
    3) The prolific writer, journalist and linguist Amanuel Sahle couldn’t be let live in Eritrea. He was welcomed in Sweden. But he said, if it is not in Eritrea my 2nd choice is in Tigray. That must mean something.

    SERIOUSLY: No sane mind in the world rejects its history and its future with one stroke in such a manner. You are an individual entitled to your choices but don’t try to drag us your way.

    • Abinet

      Araya vacations in Ethiopia ? His parents live in Ethiopia ? I can’t believe this . In my opinion he is the one who hates Ethiopia and Ethiopians the most . He is a good witness that we are welcoming people . I wonder how he feels every time he goes to the enemy land . May be he pretends as an Ethiopian . Normalization will save him from his sefering .
      Abatu dagna liju qemagna alu ? Yigermal

  • Mama Mia!

    Hayat,
    There is no bond between Tigray and Eritrea. Eritreans don’t feel the bond. Nor do they want to be linked to Tigray.
    Only Tigrayans think there is a bond. There is no bond. For a bond to exist, it has to be mutual. It is not mutual.
    It is one-sided. Tigrayans want to bond to Eritrea. Eritreans do not reciprocate. Why can’t you understand that? Why do you keep lying to yourself. I don’t get it! Mama mia!

  • Hayat Adem

    Berekhet and Kiros,
    The great artist Berekhet Mengisteab was on fall out with the EPLF leadership and EPLF artists right after independence. I completely understand why he has to go to great length to please them now. It didn’t have to be that way for such an icon artist but still I understand why is doing what he doing. In the early 1990 where everyone was intoxicated with ghedli story and everything there of, no body had a space for Brekhet. He was frustrated. But all was not lost for him and he had his fun in Tigray in tact. Everyone in Tigray treated him as a talented Tigrigna artist with great respect that he deserved. He was grateful to his Ethiopian audience. he once was heard saying he always understood he was more accepted in Ethiopia than in Eritrea.
    But one incident brought me to him in mid-1990s (Araya, are you taking notes? You can ask your question later). I was not alone and but Berekhet dominated the talking and he was mostly praising his Ethiopian audience. And then he said he came back from a successful concert in Addis at Genet Hotel. He told us all music instruments were provided to him for free Kiros Alemayohu and the rent was all covered by Kiros. Brekhet was at loss of words to absorb the generousness he was shown. Several weeks after I heard of Kiros’ death I called Berekhet to pay my condolence imagining his sorrow, and as expected he was devastated by the news. He also told me he was studying one song of Kiros as a tribute.
    No amount of dirty and cheap talk can break the bond. It is a history of oneness and shared-journey that cheap bad-mouthings here and there would not put a dint or taint the greater essence of sisterhood.

    • Rodab

      Hayat, Hayat,
      1- good story of BereKet / Kiros (RIP).
      2- nice swipe on Araya.
      3- I would like to know why PIA went to that specific place (your earlier comment). C’mon!

    • Guest

      Your logic is simply stupid. You are trying to stuff this not beyond normal Eritrea/Ethiopia relationship

      On individual level, people develop friendship with all kind of people, irrespective of the political situation of their respective countries. A Palestinian with an Israeli, an Iranian with an Iraqi, an Indian with a Pakistani, an Eritrean with an Ethiopian, an Ethiopian with a Somali,

      But the fact remains. 1) Eritreans waged more than 3 decades long of bloody war to break away from this people in the south, Tigrayans or whatever.

      2)Ethiopia (Woyanie) is holding Eritrean land illegally and holding Eritrea hostage.

      3)Eritreans do not hate anyone, be it Tigrayan or any other people in the world. But if they MUST classify people into friends and enemies, the Ethiopians definitely will fall under hateful enemy, PARTICULARLY WOYANIE, for being the reason for the shedding Eritrean blood.
      Meaning, Ethiopians are not any closer to Eritreans than the Sudanese

      So, sell your nonsense somewhere else. You definitely have some attachments with Tigray
      or Woyanie and you are getting a free ride here in this forum to stuff is gown Eritreans throat

  • Rodab

    Gosh! I love YG, but I wish he quits this bad habit of ‘on part II, i will write about this’ – he never follows thru. Wasn’t he supposed to be writing part II of the federation stuff he discussed over here? Which reminds me of someone….who was that…I am thinking….hmmm…still thinking….oh yeah Nitricc! Last time I heard of him, he was watching PIA’s interiew in a drill for a all-out war against Sal. He probably is rewinding, watching, rewinding, watching….he must meant it this time 🙂

    • Hayat Adem

      “Gosh! I love YG”!
      What did I say! It is like drinking the entire bottle to yourself, except that these are words of thoughts not whiskey.

      • Rodab

        Actually, that’s just an intro….you shouldn’t read too much into it.

        • Hayat Adem

          I also agree on the rest you said but I really don’t want to criticize him for other little things while gratefully I am feeding on the best of his brain.

        • GETACHEW REDA

          GETACHEW REDA (Editor Ethiopian Semay)
          Brother Dereje; you are right. Eritreans are in a deep comatose state. “Bizeben Wube ZiTsememes, Ziban Wube Yibil” They still think Haileselassie is ruling Eritrea. The maturity of these people is in question from the beginning. Their elites played on their brain like animal -scientists with all rights who can do to them as they wish. Because they flock like a bird with no question where they are heading, their brain is badly manipulated and programmed the way they programmed them. That is why you see these entire ELF/EPLF cults still talking and depicting with fake image as if Haileselassie is watering cannabis plant and as if Haile the great is ruling Eritrea currently. When will Eritreans wake up from their comatose? Only their Alah knows when. Who is using such fake image? It is the EPLF cults to fool their other fools from thinking about Isayas Afewerki so as to divert their attention. There is no worst shame and punishment than what they are going through, but unfortunately they are odd, no reality can teach them. Entire Eritreans are in a delusionary state. Something is there unsearched that social scientists need to search on these failed society. Kind of making me laugh, but when I saw suffering deep, I feel sorry for them since they are their own victims. Their elite are criminals with no accountability for using them as a doll with no accountability. Sad indeed! Read “Bilash Tahrir” (commentary by me Getachew Reda -Editor Ethiopian Semay) translated from Tigringa to Amharic- )

      • Rahwa

        I love him too. It is sad Eritrea is rule by lunatic IA and the ones with a lot of wisdom are living very far way from Eritrea.

    • Ermias

      Rodab, quick questions for you:

      1. Why do you call IA PIA all the time? You should know a more befitting term for him by now, you guessed it – DIA or maybe D’u’IA if Hayat’s story is true.

      2. You are contradicting yourself if you really love YG (I am assuming you love his take). He is not for a reformed PFDJ by any means.

      • Rodab

        Ermias, quick answers for ya:
        1- I hate to say this and I hate that is the case but the man is the legitimate president of Erina. Legitimacy to me is this: does the world accept him as a president, do countries around the world accept and send Ambassadors from and to Eritrea, is the seal/signature of him on Eritrea’s officials documents like visas and passports? Does the currency in use has his approval/signature? The answer to all of this is yes. I can’t help but to ride along…
        2- I must be watching too much of Fox news, where they start on Obama by saying “I love the guy but…” the rest is history… If I was a patient reader of long articles, may be I would’ve liked YG’s views. Just maybe.

        • Ermias

          Rodab, good answers. We will have to agree to disagree.

          Hayat, the only thing I am sure of is that it wasn’t Nitrcc that was there. My wild guess leads me to point at Haile. Now you have awakened the Sherlock Holmes in me.

      • Hayat Adem

        Well, it is true! In fact, I know one person in this forum who was in that house. I could provide a lot more details of that day except that I’m being cautious for fear of implicating and endangering people.

    • Guest

      “He NEVER follows thru ” is false. The right answer is “he SOMETIMES doesn’t follow thru” . I guess he has too many projects on his list and not enough time for all. I think the man also works for a living, he does not write for a living .

      • Hayat Adem

        Good correction!

  • Zegeremo

    Looool

  • Teweldino

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  • Teweldino

    Tigrayans spend their evenings watching Eri-TV. They are glued to Eritrean television. They consume too much Eritrean culture. They just want whatever Eritreans have. They don’t care what it is. They figure if Eritreans have something it must be pretty good so they want it. To say Tigrayans are obsessed with Eritrean culture is an understatement.
    Does Tigray want to be like Eritrea? Is Eritrea Tigray’s hero? Well, is the pope Catholic? The answer is yes.

    • Zegeremo

      So the Unionits; they are glued to awate.com. No life!

      • Unionist

        Most are unionist except you and few others. If not for political union, for economic union, for cultural union, for family union . Even political union is a possibility in the future because by then people like you will be long gone . The future is, despite you, brighter than the past for Ethiopians and Eritreans. Thanks to YG for waking people up.

      • Unionist

        I mean to say: most of the archaicist will long be gone in the future .

  • Araya

    Hayat is addicted to telling stories. She lies.
    judge for your self and think.

    1) The most powerful dictator; who can do hat ever he wishes and he can have whatever he wants, yet, he want some civilian residence to drink alcohol?

    2) In a few hours he has drunk a bottle of black label
    Johnny walker by himself. Who drinks a bottle of black label Johnny walker in a few hours?

    3) Personally; I rather have a drinking addiction than the addiction of lying.

    4 ) when Hidarat said “We can only tackle the economic problem” and ” mutual respect”
    there is no mutual here; they bought you with a free Air ticket and free food. you don’t know what respect is. remember how you cried when PMMZ died? there was a reason you called him a moral leader. that shows who you are.

  • Eyob Medhane
    • saay7

      Hey Eyob:

      mmmkay, I will try. Speaking of “seberta”, an Eritrean comedian asked himself ‘what would Seberta sound like if it was recorded by Kiros Alemayhu?’ and then uploaded it to youtube. It was rip-splitting, knee-slapping funny. But way too many humorless people must have flagged it as inappropriate because you can no longer find it on youtube.

      saay

    • Saleh Johar

      Eyob, so that is your Arabic speaking Teddy Afro! You haven’t been to Azmari-bet, if you did, you would know hardly a night passes without a certain Azmari singing in Arabic, la tekjeli wesemha guli staajeli (Amharic accent without deep Ha and without KH). Of the perfect the song, the lyrics, and most of the patrons would be impressed: b’Arebigna silew addere ‘ko :-).

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Ahlen Beyan,

    What kind of “political humor” is this? By the way I was asked by the moderator – who said it is a political diet. Well, Political humor = to political diet. In reality the article only provokes the past confrontation and we have seen it in the comments. I think Hayat reminded us that we have many time consuming issues on our plates and we better focus on them.

    Hayat,
    Well said and who could say it better – As to the future relationship between the two brotherly people. We can only tackle the economic problem of the region with cooperation and mutual respect.

    Amanuel Hidrat

  • Ladro

    It has been said that TPLF is obsessed with copying everything EPLF
    does. It has gone too far in the last few years. Eritrean art in its all
    forms, from music to theatrical plays to paintings and murals, are
    being directly lifted and plagiarized. Which begs the question: does
    Tigray have no home-grown talent of its own or is it just too lazy to
    create or produce its own art? There are no copyright laws or laws
    protecting intellectual property rights in the Horn of Africa, which has
    made it easier for Tigrayans to declare open season on Eritrean art.

    Images of Tegadelti in various scenarios representing Eritrea’s history
    of revolutionary armed struggle have been directly lifted. They just put
    a TPLF flag on them and run them for public consumption. Same thing
    with songs and plays. Even slogans have been lifted. There is no end
    to their plagiarism.

    It’s clear that Tigrayans have no respect for intangible assets that
    belong to the Eritrean people but they should stop this unethical
    behavior and come up with their own art. Show some creativity for a
    change.

    • Guest

      Some people will never tire to create a wedge between people of highland Eritrea and people of south of the border who are for the most part one and the same. The only difference one was colonized… sharing and exchanging art, music and culture is positive for both. Only one who wishes the two people ill or whose understanding of history is shallow would demean wholesale an entire group as uncreative, without contribution. This is too played out. Been said, been done. Many are awake now for this kind of cheap shot to work and separate people further. If you cared you would be glad Asmara music and art is consumed south of the border and would want it promoted further. There’s nothing, however, to suggest that you understand the economics of music, art, and culture.

    • Zegeremo

      Talent? They don’t even know how to take a shower properly. heffff!

      • saay7

        Selam Zegeremo:

        Over the line; you are better than this. Please refer to the posting guidelines

        Sigh

        saay

    • haile

      No self respecting Eritrean would take pride in insulting and debasing the proud and talented people of Tigray. There are copyright violators in all countries and peoples. To use this cheap and nonsensical attack on the people of Tigray is shameful and below common decency. Such utterances are being made by enemies of the Eritrean people and don’t represent Eritrean view whatsoever. HGDEF is one possible culprit as it thrives in fomenting hatred in the hope of isolating the Eritrean people to continue to take advantage of its wanton distraction of our country. Others can be indeterminate nationality individuals who wish to destroy the chances of the Eritrean people living at peace. Every Eritrean and peace loving Ethiopian must watch out against these evil merchants of hate and division amongest our peoples. There great talented Eritreans as there are Tigrayans, copyright violation is no reason to be a moron and insult a whole people of a proud standing

      • Eyob Medhane

        Haile,

        As the big lady with funny feathered hat sitting on the front raw on a black baptist church would say..”…A’ha. That’s right. Preach on, brother…”
        🙂

        • haile

          Selam Eyob,

          I hope that I didn’t sound patronizing! The reason for giving a formal response is simply because the main thread here wasn’t an innocent observation. For a reason, all main PFDJ mouth piece have been publicizing that today. Yes, it is shameless because they were pointing at the work of Michael Adonai and Yohannes Tkabo to make their taunting of the Tigrayan people. Incidentally, both Artists have long abandoned the evil grip the PFDJ has on our people. They don’t care about the artists but the art!! Truth be told, not even the art but the maximum damage they intend to inflict on the Eritrean people by harping on pure venom that they hope would poison the mind of others to hate Eritreans. This is a well orchestrated subliminal attack on Eritreans that the PFDJ launches on the Eritrean people by fomenting a situation that would grip them with a sense of isolation and insecurity. It only fools nerds on our side who then take the alcoholic dictator as their only savior.

          Mind you that copyrights violation is not only transnational problem but also national one. Eritrean artists are never beneficiaries of their work, PFDJ operatives and other selfish middle men never allow them to taste the fruits of their work. As to Yohannes Tkabo, they were telling us that he wasn’t going to be popular after he distanced himself from them following their sadistic reaction to the Lampedusa Tragedy. Well, he is very very popular as ever actually. He is on his second leg of touring the USA following spectacular performance in Oackland and Vegas in the New Year. They told us he was no more and it turns out that it is their stupid user mentality that was made no more. Now they have become his copyrights watchmen! It is nothing to do with all that, it is an informal press release from a frustrated and dejected IA that has been told to start displaying an adult behavior before getting audience to discuss normalization. Virtually all PFDJ media are running this garbage as the main headline (except Shabait) and hence I decided to give a counter press release…now you’re free to say hallelujah and throw that flowery hat up in the air. At last, the people have come to know….

          • Eyob Medhane

            Haile,

            You didn’t come off as patronizing at all. I was just trying to be clever with my old lady with the funny hat response…

            I see your frustration. But do you think they listen or care for your ‘formal’ response? These kind of people are usually are about throwing their venom. Not in to listening and reasoning. The informed like you is not their target. They just want to reach the insecure through pretending as if they are having a conversation with you. I usually ignore them and refuse to acknowledge their existence. That is a treatment they hate the most. The more you talk to them, the more they spew their venom. Which means the more their venom reaches their target. The more you ignore them, the more they cower and retreat to their shell…Anyway, good to hear from you. ..

          • ethiopia

            Haile
            not long a go u were strongly against the violation of the border demarcation now u go all the way to defend the copyrights violation , how is that possible? this is funny.

          • haile

            Indeed it is very funny… I still hold the same opinion about the rule of law and peaceful resolution for the border. I still think copyright violations are not good. It is funny that I can’t figure out what is tickling you…I and majority of Eritreans are not racist bigots, if that is what you’re dancing around. It may be funny, but true.. 🙂

          • ethiopia

            what does racist bigots got to do with this, i believe tigray and tigregn eritreans r same and one people regardless of man made politics, i even have hard time differentiate who is tigray and who is ERITREAN. it means am not dancing around , am having fun.

          • ethiopia

            eritreans like any other people have a right to defend their interests either copyright or the border demarcation or other and when they do that they don’t have to be called names.

          • Guest

            What the hell does ” …peaceful resolution for the border..” mean? the border is legally solved. As an Eritrean (Assuming you are an Eritrean), if you are too xxxxxx xxxxx

            [Moderator: Hey Mr! You cannot post gutter language here. If you cannot clean your act, don’t return.]

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Hailat,

        Yes indeed, “No self respecting Eritrean would take pride in insulting and debasing the proud and talented people of Tigray.” And to add to your phrase, to any social group or society for that matter. I hope the people of Tigray will view that such individuals do not represent the hospitable and respectful Eritrean people. In any society there are such contempted individuals. These are from the specter of PFDJ culture.

  • Hayat Adem

    Real story* from a memory triggered by this article.
    2001, during the time of detaining the G-15 members. One family members and a couple of friends are having fun in their house- a modest villa a couple of blocks from Haile DiruE’s resident house. There were variety of drinks offered but almost every one was drinking SiWa. Moments later, the gate bell was ringing. One person sprung up of his seat to attend the gate. He hesitated to open the car entrance because he saw a car waiting but then quickly realized the car was standing to the side and went for the small gate. Up on opening, the person who’s standing at the doorway was Isaias himself. Dumbfounded is a mild word to describe the situation of the ordinary man who opened the door. Isaias asked “___ alo’do?” and proceeded inside without waiting for the answer. The entire house was upside down by the an unannounced visit of the President. The president welcomed himself and he happened to know one old friend from that family and made it appear he came to say hi to an old friend. Only two people remained and the rest of the family were displaced to make a comfortable space for him. He was served an unopened black-level bottle just to him alone. Hours after, the entire bottle was gone. Later, he paged his guys and showed up to take him. He had something else in mind why he wanted to show up in that neighborhood accidentally, which I prefer to skip for now but the purpose of this piece is to show that we have an addictive drinking president.

  • rr

    Awate
    Are you trying to win over meskerem net by coming upp with the worst news you can find about mamma ethiopia.

  • Ermias

    My lowly two cents:

    HSI’s actions against or towards Eritrea have probably the most to do with our sentiments in favor of or against Ethiopia. He is an integral part of our history for good or bad depending on one’s take. So for the AT to put His Majesty on the spotlight in such a humorous manner is not unwarranted. This is humorous and nothing more. The man had my grandfather convinced that he spent every night ‘ab fisto may te’aliku, cold one at that.’ No need to overreact specially by the likes of Beyan and Aman. Take it for what it is – political humor.

  • Jim Marshall

    Sorry, but the photo is fake, PHOTOSHOPPED.

  • Beyan,
    If we removed postings “promptly at first notice,” nothing would have been left to read. Pass!

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear AT,

    Reading from the comments that spews hates of the past, and understanding the piece has nothing to do with the current political crises of our nation in particular and the region in general, I joined to the concerns of Beyan and others that this piece shouldn’t get a pass to the front page of Awate.com. The website has been the source of enlightenment and proactive engagement on the geopolitics of the region. Albeit, such pieces will affect to its reputation so far harvested in the last 13 or more years. I hope the team will not allow such poor political diets in the future.

    Amanuel Hidrat

    • Amanuel,
      And who said it is a political diet?

    • Beyan Negash

      Amanuel,
      This may have been an attempt at humor by AT a la “Onion News” (I know Sal is fond of the site) except that this piece in question was dealing with a news long dead, the actor had been long gone, the marijuana plant that had been long consumed. Perhaps a befitting title would’ve been “news long expired of this day in history.” Couldn’t help but wish it came out at the end of February, then, the staff member could’ve blamed the error on the lunar calendar.
      Beyan

    • Zegeremo

      Are you saying the article is useless, and needs to be removed? What about those who, including myself, are interested in learning history?

  • dude

    LOL

    I really don’t see the need for all the outrage, it was actually very humorous. In fact, Awate would not feel like home without such occasional hit pieces. It would be foolish to actually believe Awate staff or any level headed person buys into the idea that HSI made his policy notes while taking tokes of the marijuana smoke. Would I be too twisted a person to suspect that the purpose of this article and its controversial nature is to distract us from discussing YG’s latest drop?

    • Hayat Adem

      No, you are not alone to be tempted to think that way. This one is humorous and I like all the serious discussions be punctuated by soft transistors of such kind. But the fact that it didn’t come from outside contributors but the AT itself at this point of time when we have plenty of thoughts on our plate including this latest drop from YG would push you to sin that way. If so, we shouldn’t run away from Yg’s contrarian brand new ideas. We should discuss them. They are resources. Why would we run away from resources?

      • Ermias

        Hayat, I have been thinking to ask you something for a while now.

        Most Eritreans have a ‘take all or nothing’ kind of approach, meaning they want Eritrea 100% free of any influence from outside forces, specially Ethiopia or they will fight until no one is left.

        In your case, I feel like there is some gray area somewhere. Here is my question:

        When all said and done – IA dead, PFDJ dismantled, new transitional government installed etc. (hopefully on the last part) – what is the most ideal situation for Eritrea in your opinion? Please don’t just tell me a friendly country to its neighbors…specifically in relation with Ethiopia and more so with Tirgray Killil, what should our relationship be economically, politically, and socially? I hope this doesn’t burden you into wirting an article length response.

        • Hayat Adem

          Ermi, sorry for the late reply and thanks for the opportunity to clarify myself.

          I’ll cut the historical and political backgrounds and focus on what needs to be done with respect to your question, just for the sake of brevity.
          1) I believe Eritreans and ONLY Eritreans should decide on their own political fate. Meaning, for Eritreans wanting to own a 100% free Eritrea is fair and right. Say, for example they want to see free Eritrea and free Eritreans (the land and the people). If it is hard to get this done using resources from within and with own capacity, Eritreans can seek help from outside, from whoever can offer it. Nothing wrong with that. That should remain part of their right. If they want to remove Isaias and found it hard, and they seek help from Ethiopians to stretch a helping hand, that should be fine too as long as it is demand-based. Seeking help is not taboo or unique to Eritreans. Many countries and people have done it in history. But, I reject any kind of support or intervention if it is an outside initiative or non-Eritrean interest-driven.
          2) “When all said and done”, and after that: I want to start with complete Eritrean sovereignty and political independence and move on creating a highly optimized economic and geopolitical cooperation with neighboring countries, with particular emphasis to Ethiopia. This kind of relationship not only has to be maintained but expanded with every coming opportunity with sense of eying more economic integration and one large market. If that slowly dilutes the necessity for any separate political standing and the national borders, I’ll be the happiest person to champion it. If not, a healthy economic integration the minimum I want to see. Like, I said it before, it is the mutual commensalism* I see between the US and Canada I enviously salivate to see in the future relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
          3) Ethiopians will benefit from this kind of cooperation for sure, but it is Eritrea’s benefits I’m considering at the center of my thoughts on the matter.
          —————
          * Commensalism is a biological or ecological concept that means two different species- of plant or animal- living in close association, such that one species benefits without harming the other. The word mutual is added as a qualifier to make it two-way benefit.

          • haile

            Good job Hayat. I think that should be the way to go in my humble opinion too. Well articulated!

          • Ermias

            Incredible articulation! Being a fan of YG comes with a little bit of a negative connotation and pro-union sentiment – well, perhaps wrongfully so, as you proved. The reason why I asked you such a pointed question is in order for those who accuse you of putting Ethio’s interests in front of Eri’s interests to learn where you stand exactly. Now you have splendidly put the matter to rest and the very faint doubt that I myself had is shattered. I endorse all your points and I am sure AT will as well hands down. Thank you!

          • Horizon

            “……. If that slowly dilutes the
            necessity for any separate political standing and the national borders, I’ll be the happiest person to champion it. If not, a healthy economic integration the minimum I want to see.”

            Dear Hayat Adem;

            This is the nightmare that is haunting the diehard Gedli Romanticizers (YG). They know that any rapprochement between the two brotherly people will lead to the natural and inevitable dismantling of the Berlin Wall they have constructed in the minds of the Eritrean people over the last fifty years. Even if some people declare that they oppose the regime in Asmara, nevertheless, as much as the great project of Gedli is concerned, there is unanimity of opinion with the regime. DIA and the PFDJ are believed by many to be the warden of Gedli, and I think that here lies the reason why lately, we are hearing of a reformed PFDJ (plus/minus DIA), a change short of a fundamental change, etc, so as to protect the holy grail. This is one of the
            reasons why the opposition remains impotent.

          • Guest

            Even if we are to beleive the artificial and new found Eritreanism you tried to project above (Ha! we are retarded and all ) it still stinks

            1) True, there is nothing wrong in asking help, but asking help from the very country who is violating your own country, againist a legally determined ruling is actually no less than a treason. Particularly knowing that Eritreans have to bleed for decades to kick out Ethiopians out Eritrea, inviting them back is a crime. And above all, all the misories of Eritrea one way or the other, are caused by the war and no war no peace situation woyanie imposed on us. And giving them a green light to go in Eritrea, says a lot about you fake Eritreanism

            2) “…If that slowly dilutes the necessity for any separate political standing and the national borders, I’ll be the happiest person to champion it….” implies you are a Unionist at heart. You would not mind, actually you would love if it can happen now. Most Eritreans recognize economic and other cooperation in the region, but never sweat and never pray for for an isolated Eritrea/Ethiopia thing. And above all no sensible Eitrean thinks or integration of any thing with Ethiopia. Cooperation (like that between US and Canada), yes, integration? – never. Fool me once….kind of thing

            4) There is No economic or political integration between US and canada. Where did you get that? US doesn’t have any relationship with Canada than it has with England. Again, Eritreans would love cooperation with Ethiopia, and Sudan, similat to that between US and canada. Therefore, try to sell your crap about isolated integration of Eritrea and Ethiopia, some where selse. No sensible Eritrean is interested
            5) Finally your continous act of associating Eritrea with Ethiopia, as if Eritrea has no life of its own, always giving this false impression that Eritrea can not stand on its own unless associated with Ethiopia is bullshit that we want you to shove up your – know what. Right now, the only reason we are conserned about Ethiopia is because, woyanie is holding our land and holding our nation hostage. Beyond that we don’t want to have any thing to do with it any more than what we want with sudan or any neighbour of ours. We don’t sweat about relationship with Ethiopia now. We want Eritrea to be Eritrea. simple
            So, sell your crap somewhere else

    • Zegeremo

      LOL…Why would you be distracted when YG’s article is posted at asmarino.com?

  • Kokhob Selam

    “In Eritrea, which was federated with Ethiopia by a federal act under the auspices of the UN, Haile Sellassie began to dismantle the federal arrangement. ” I am a bit tough on this. I hate blaming others. We Eritrean people should say the truth when we talk of the past. Eritrea became under Ethiopia (that was not wrong in itself) with bad intention of some Eritreans and without considering the choice of people (even they have killed few who oppose them). this is the main reason that cause the struggle, then only Haileslase or others can be blamed. Eritrea and Ethiopia could have stayed in peace united if the intention was good and if referendum (freedom of choice) was given to people without any bad intention. be bold and say it openly-it is always our mistake –

  • Kokhob Selam

    “In Eritrea, which was federated with Ethiopia by a federal act under the auspices of the UN, Haile Sellassie began to dismantle the federal arrangement. ” I am a bit tough to my self even. I hate blaming others. We Eritrean people should say the truth when we talk of the past. Eritrea became under Ethiopia (that was not wrong in itself) with bad intention of some Eritreans and without considering the choice of people (even they have killed few who oppose them). this is the main reason that cause the struggle, then only Haileslase or others can be blamed. Eritrea and Ethiopia could have stayed in peace united if the intention was good and if referendum (freedom of choice) was given to people without any bad intention. be bold and say it openly-it is always our mistake –

  • dude

    LOL

    I really don’t see the need for all the outrage, it was actually very humorous. In fact, Awate would not feel like home without such occasional hit pieces. It would be foolish to actually believe Awate staff or any level headed person buys into the idea that HSI made his policy notes while taking tokes of the marijuana smoke. Would I be too twisted a person to suspect that the purpose of this article and its controversial nature is to distract us from discussing YG’s latest drop?

  • Awetians! You’re very updated on the Ethiopian history than Eritrean history…I’m wandering how come you baptized your website with the name of our hero AWATE? There’re several ethiopian names that fits you as you’ve ( it seems) too much ethiopian blood than eritrean.

  • Horizon

    Are you short of a story to tell? Be serious. You have shown that you
    could do much better than this.

    On the contrary, the crownless emperor, his majesty Isayas Afewerki, the creator and true son of Eritrea, emancipator of its people from bondage under the wicked Emperor HSI, has brought democracy, the rule of law, prosperity, security and freedom. Today, twenty years after independence, a bright sun is shining on Eritrea. Could this be the opposite side of the story you tried to tell us?

    My friends, you are saying the same thing the regime in Eritrea is saying, using the same methods and expecting the same results; that Ethiopians and Eritreans should never approach each other. Is there something you know which we do not, that made you recycle this old story, at this point in time? Many of those who accused and fought HSI for a separate map of Eritrea and not for the prosperity of its people, are the same individuals who were educated in the universities he built, many under his scholarship, and were given titles and even priorities. Of course, mistakes were done, and nobody could deny that. Unfortunately, sometimes the phenomenon of cause and effect bring disastrous results.

    Many Ethiopians had a lot of grudge with him; otherwise, they would not have deposed him. Ethiopians have got over it; why not you? Is it because it serves a purpose; that HSI is the Great Wall of China that could be used to keep Ethios and Eris as far away as possible and as long as possible? If unearthing past unfortunate history can change the life of Eris, go, continue with it. If Germans, the French and the British have continued to unearth the worst part of their history and they have not built the New Europe on the best part of their relations, forgetting the sad ones, peace, prosperity and greatness would not have come to Europe. We too should learn to think outside the box.

    How Rastafarians see HSI is their problem and not ours.

    We are proud of our ancestors who fought courageously as poisonous Mustard gas (prohibited by the League of Nations) was raining on their heads, and did not accept Italian fascist rule, and finally got rid of them with the help of the British. More than 700 thousand Ethiopians were killed, over 30 thousand in a genocide spree carried over three days in Addis Ababa alone. Nobody should pass without mentioning, the two patriotic and anti-fascist Eritreans, Moges Asgedom and Abraha Debotch, who tried to humiliate fascism by attempting to assassinate the hyena graziani. You should not skip such a brilliant history of Habeshas.

    • Eyob Medhane

      Horizon,

      That is the most beautiful, articulate posting. You have said everything there is to be said. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you..

    • Amde

      Horizon,

      You stated “We too should learn to THINK outside the box.”. I respect your good intentions – but, – don’t you know – this is not a THINKING piece? This is a purely visceral defensive piece – a re-articulation of the ghedli founding myth. The myth is alive because it has an emotionally powered explanatory “truth” for many. This has formed during the childhood of many currently active on the web. As an emotional construction, there is no reasoning with it or against it. It will be replaced by another emotionally powered construction by some, but held on to by most to the bitter end. As they say, progress happens one funeral at a time. The fact this piece popped out so random and out of context tells ME that the myth ain’t holding on to well – it’s kinda like dusting itself off and saying.. “ahem….remember me? don’t forget me”

      Yes, I am a cynic.

      amde

  • Amde

    I take it the author wrote this under the influence of the spliff.. thus an ode to da herb…

    • Beyan Negash

      Indeed, Amde, this piece, if there was a prize to be won for the pettiest, the most trivial, and an absurdist ever, it would win it hands down. I guess Awate Team was snoozing when this Awate Staff member slipped the piece (it does not even meet their article guidelines) to grace the site and should’ve been removed promptly at first notice – I am surprised it is still lingering – the spell of the “spiff” must still be lingering…

  • FM

    I don’t stand on the way of the writer to express his opinion but when fiction and facts are mixed for political expediency it diminishes the integrity of the writer.

  • axumawit

    SO,YOU CALL THE EMPEROR GANJA SNIFFIN NIGUS?WOW!HOW LOW YOU BECOME.

  • Eyob, please support your outburst with facts, particularly when you accuse others.
    Stating facts are not an attack on a faith.

    Fact1: Rastafarians worship Haile Selassie.
    Fact 2: They worship cannabis.
    Fact 3: Cannabis impairs state of the mind. If you have problems with that we don’t create facts. To verify #3 check with medical experts. Therefore, it is possible that the king of kings was high when he commanded his forces to annihilate entire villages. (A fact you might have overlooked: He did annihilate entire villages.)

    The topic is not about Islam and Christians or even about religion itself–is Rastafarian a religion? You educate us.

    Conclusion: you accusation is hot air, not substantiated.

    • Eyob Medhane

      Awate Modeator,

      Are you a new guy on internship or your 90 days probation period of new hires? I have had that conversation with the old moderators about the villages bizzilion times. Sift through the archives and see what I think of that. Oh yes Rastafarianism is a RECOGNIZED religion.

      http://www.uri.org/kids/other_rasta.htm
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/rastafari/

      So, if you think that Islam and Christianity should not be mocked and ridiculed for their beliefs and rituals, Rastafarianism also should be accorded the same curtesy…

      Sal and Gash Saleh,

      What’s with the new guy? He needs some serious training and may be a bit hazing… 🙂

      • Ermias

        Shashemene Rastas – yes, peaceful indeed Eyob. That was a great read, thank you! This paragraph sums it all up.

        “For all the difficulties, though, the Rastas who came and stayed seem happy with their choice. They have built a very tight-knit, peaceful, and spiritual community, albeit with a few rough touts trying to peddle ganja. Their land is rich, they live in natural beauty, and the people look healthy and satisfied. They have a school and even a Web site (shashamane.org). As for ganja, that Rastafarian staple, although it is illegal in Ethiopia, it seems to be quietly tolerated in Shashemane. One Rasta told me, “It’s a holy sacrament. We use ganja instead of wine, but we are not arrogant about it and do not want to provoke the system.”

  • ethiopia

    today is February 19 which is the day two eritreans (moges asgedom and abriha debotch) attempt assassination on the italian general r.graziani .

  • Ermias

    እዮብ፤ቀስ በል እንጂ ምን ኣስቸኮለህ፥ ኢትዮጵያኖች ቁጡ ኣይደሉም እንደ ትግሬዎች፤ ከትግሬዎች ጋራ እዚህ ወብሳይት እየዋልክ ንዴታም እንዳትሆን ጠንቀቅ በል የኔ ጌታ፥፥

    Here is how some religions deal with s**t like what AT did to His Majesty.

    Rastafarianism: S**t happens, but if it’s all right with Jah, it’s all right with me.
    Islam: If s**t happens, take a hostage.
    Catholicism: If s**t happens, you deserved it.
    Atheism: I don’t believe this s**t.

    Bonus just for you Eyoba:

    Rastafarianism: “Let’s smoke this s**t.”

    • Dawit

      Ermias,

      According to Awate’s posting guidelines you broke rule # 25.5 which states :

      25.5 It is ok to criticize a political ideology but it is not ok to attack a collective identity (race, ethnicity, tribe, region, religion, etc). Doing so will result in immediate suspension/ban.

      • Ermias

        Dawit, I did my homework my friend. I expect this from small dawit but not you. Anyway, here is how Eyob is accusing awate.com:

        “What’s with the insulting and denigrating other’s people’ s belief and religion? So it’s only Islam and Christianity off limits from being insulted and denigrated? There are over 1million Rastafarians around the world…”

        I think that exonerates me.

        • Dawit

          Ermias,
          Well, it is a fair game then.

    • Eyob Medhane

      Ermias,

      I guess you didn’t hear about my sugar level, which suddenly gets low, when awate and Sal say something crazy… 🙂

      I have some affinity with Shashemene, which is a center of Rastafarianism. I just felt the urge to defend them. They are very peaceful community. I liked your sense of humor, though. You made me smile and returned my sugar level to normal… 🙂

      Please read what Vanity Fair just couple of days ago written about them.

      http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2014/02/shashemane-ethiopia-rastafarian-utopia

      Sal,

      You know that I always hold you responsible for everything good and bad that is going on here at awate den. By the way, it just occurred to me that you yourself could be a Rastafarian, because I remember couple of days ago you said you kept yourself look young by ‘smoking herb’ ….I see some Rasta in you, Sal…. 🙂

      • Dawit

        Eyob,

        Medical Cannabis is legal in California ( Proposition 215 in 1996 and Senate Bill 420). Feeling old might be an illness. 😉

  • Mohamed Edris

    The irony is that the Rasta do not know that the light skinned King H. Selasie discriminated against the dark skinned Ethiopians. It is told that one of his guards when he was in a prison was a dark skinned person and the king asked the guard where he came from and the guard said from Gondar and the king said ” Gonder demo endiih ante yemimesl alachew ende”i,e. I am surprised that the Gondari have color like yours. It also widely know that a dark skinned person in Habesha including Eritrea is nick named by Baria, meaning “slave” that is why we have Yemane Baria. The king maintained that culture and his households included of people who were dark skinned and one of them is said to be Mengistu Haile Mariam mom. Throughout his rule Mengistu was called Baryiaw.

    What really happened is that the guys who were looking for an African king found a wrong person. Have they known that Ras Teferi discriminated against dark skinned Ethiopians they would have waited for another right one, Patrice Lumumba, may be and we would have now Lumumbians. But is history full of surprises and especially when it comes to Ethiopia, suddenly the king knows about the Jamaicans looking for him to be their God, late though, and he used this idea that he is God to his interest eventhoug he is said to be a pious Xian who fears another God but he was a smart politician.

    I told this to some Rastafarians I met. And I found them they were interested in their dread hair style, clothes and reggae music rather the idea.

    Nota bela I found that people mix men with dread hair with Rastafarians. For example the Muslim Sufi of Senegal and Sudan.

  • Zegeremo

    Germawi, my hss? Creepy Hemorrhoid with Eyes!

  • THC

    Laughable! to suggest THC drives people to become violent.

  • dawit

    Etse Faris (Plant of Persia) or Absho are the names used in Ethiopia for Cannabis, the plant is very commonly grown around the great monasteries such as Debre Libanos, and Lalibela. It has been used for centuries by church students (Debteras) for religious purposes and medicine. However, to implicate Haile Selassie using it is a bit far reaching proposition. He could have used it, but need evidence. “Where is the Evidence?” PIA. The photo you have is a product of Photoshop expert. I don’t know why Awate.com accepts such article and publish them, what is it that this contributes to its motto of Inform, Inspire Embolden and Reconcile. Some body at Awate.com must be under the influence when it accepts this for publication. The other day you had a video from an Ethiopian professor who is definitely under heavy hallucinating drug. What is going on Awate Team? Not enough Eritrea or PIA bashing articles? The accept articles that support Eritrea such as one written by Semere Tesfai, I am sure he will attract a lot of traffic for the Web site.

    • Debas

      It is written by Awate member. Makes you wonder.

  • saay7

    Selamat Eyob:

    Endye, why are you dragging innocent Sal (short for Salamawi) into this debate?

    The author is simply asking whether we have reason to interpet addressing Haile Selasse as His **Highness** differently now that we know there is a picture of him planting an agent of highness (Mary Jane.) I am withholding judgement until I see a pic of Haile Selasse watching Cheech and Chong movies.

    saay

  • Eyob Medhane

    What the hell happened to awate?

    Where is Sal or Gash Saleh and who is playing editor?
    What’s with the insulting and denigrating other’s people’ s belief and religion? So it’s only Islam and Christianity off limits from being insulted and denigrated? There are over 1million Rastafarians around the world, and according to you they are to be mocked and insulted, huh? What the hell is your business, if they worship Haileselassie, the Sun, the moon or trees? How do you like it, should someone mock and belittle Islam and its religious practices with its all rituals that is unsettling for so many people with different religions. For that matter Christianity with its rituals? Who are you to scoff at people, who wouldn’t even dare to hurt a fly? Don’t you have millions worship Isayas and live in delusion every minute of the day. You don’t mock them, because they haven’t got a name for their ‘religion’ and Messiah, yet?

    Sal,

    Aren’t you the big ‘liberal’? How about leaving alone a group of people, who never even bothered to remember and acknowledge the existence of what Eritrea is and what Eritreans are? Don’t you thing that is what a good ‘freedom loving liberal’ should do?

    • ethiopia

      Eyob, what’s going down in ethiopia? u didn’t tell us about ur trip.