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Honors I Don’t Claim; Allegations I don’t Deny

As a result of the fear that the PFDJ created, the Internet is full of Eritreans who communicate using nicknames. It is understandable why those who oppose the PFDJ prefer anonymity; the risks are too evident. But why would the supporters of the regime hide their identities and communicate “behind a maschera” as the priest said last week in Rome? Why would they be afraid of a regime they support? I believe they are ashamed of their positions.

Eritreans have two loyalties: either to the regime or to its victims, the Eritrean people. The Diaspora supporters of the regime think Eritreans are like cattle in a Texas ranch, carrying their owner’s brand. That is why when cornered, they summon their feeble excuse: “I am not a card-holding member of the PFDJ.” They conveniently forget that most of those who oppose the regime do not hold any sort of a card; you don’t need a card to distinguish right from wrong, particularly when the issues are stark clear, unambiguous. Citizens can only oppose the actions of the regime or nod in approval. Not carrying a PFDJ card doesn’t absolve one of being an accomplice in the victimization of Eritreans. If it flies like a bug and emits phosphorus light, it is not a duck; it is certainly a Hawi-Leyto—the firefly whose life cycle is two-months only.

For the last thirteen years, the regime and its supporters have used all techniques to fight awate.com; myself and my colleagues are continuously vilified. They do not like the fact that awate.com, in a stark contrast  to the regime they support, is liberal, diverse, all-inclusive and a free medium that puts to shame all the bigots, the hypocrites, and the weaklings.

Today, I will attempt to respond to a few “accusations” leveled against me by a man who claims he is  not a card-holding member of the PFDJ (aka conveniently-neutral), as if anyone cares what card people carry! A few days ago, this man threw at me a one-liner and I invited him to a serious debate. He immediately came up with a ton of allegations—talk about premeditated crime. His opening statement, which he ended by stating “Let me stop and see what your defenses are to the points I raised. Peace,” is appended  below. Note that he has already appointed himself a judge and is ready to pass a sentence!

In PFDJ-land, a tiny fraction of what he “accuses” me of is enough to send one to the gallows; I am glad I don’t live under their rule. This edition of Negarit basically uses his argument as a launching pad. For clarity, I  have inserted 19 numbers within parenthesis (yeah, he came up with that much);  for fear of spoiling the flow of reading for  my readers, I will not address them in chronological order. But first, here is an introductory story.

An Honor I Cannot Deny

In 1971, the Sudanese communists overthrew Jaafer Numeiri’s government. Babeker AlNur, and two other leaders of the coup, flew out from London on their way to Khartoum to assume power. When their airplane reached Libyan airspace, Gaddafi’s fighter planes forced it to land. Ghaddafi immediately handed the coup leaders over to Numeiri. At the same time, another plane that was flying from Baghdad to Khartoum, with support for the communists, mysteriously disappeared over the Red Sea. In a couple of days, Jaafer Numeiri crushed the communists and regained power; a bloodbath followed and all the leaders of the coup and other suspects were killed.  The largest communist party in Africa was eliminated. There were a few senior cadres of the Eritrean liberation era who were trained under (or were members of) the Sudanese Communist Party.

In the treason trials that followed, one of the leaders of the Sudanese coup pronounced his immortal last words: the accusation is an “honor I do not claim and an accusations I do not deny.”«هذا شرف لا ندعيه وتهمة لا ننكرها»

Likewise, any accusation by a PFDJ supporter, that I work to weaken the regime, is an honor I do not claim and an accusation I do not deny.

Interviewing Meles Zenawi

For some reason, my first interview with the late Ethiopian PM, Meles Zenawi, still irritates the PFDJ supporters five years after it happened. They repeatedly misconstrue the facts because (1) I didn’t travel to Ethiopia to interview Meles; I was invited by the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) for a meeting where the agenda was to resolve the differences between its two parts. While there, I found an opportunity and I interviewed Meles. It is as simple as that. If anyone can arrange for me an interview with the Eritrean tyrant, hopefully before he is done, I would do it even if I know all his answers would be, “It is a lie!

In a usual I-don’t-care-for-facts manner, the person above states that  I (4) bought the idea that PIA is the ‘Dictator’ and Zenawi the ‘Democrat’. For the record, I never said or wrote anything like that. But since he brought the subject, I have the urge to help the card-holding and non-card-holding supporters of the regime: relatively speaking, any ruler (dead or alive) is better than the deranged PFDJ capo. My boy scout troop-leader, or the town clown, would have fared better than Isaias in running Eritrea.

Writers Write to Influence

The supporters of the regime miss that, mainly, (2) the goal of writers is to inform and influence. It is natural that different people read what is written differently; I have been writing for too long to miss that. There is nothing a writer can do to change a prejudiced reading of a content other than to ask the readers to honestly assemble their facts, reconcile their prejudice, and allow themselves a margin of self-doubt—they might have reached a wrong conclusion based on wrong assumptions and perceptions. Other than that, only the culprits who misrepresent facts can convince themselves; nobody else can convince them to change their preconceived and prejudiced conclusions.

As strange as it sounds, I am accused of (7) influencing so many Eritreans to destroy Eritrea! This is a classical example of how the PFDJ lot equate Eritrea with the regime. Here also, I will certainly not claim that honor, but I will not deny the accusation. If I have influenced “so-many Eritreans” to fight for their rights, and expose the corrupt regime, that is a great achievement to have on my bio. I am glad my name will not go in the list of those who betrayed their people in their time of need; my children will be proud I didn’t leave them a sullied name.

There is a strong reason why the PFDJ must go: (18) it doesn’t listen to consultations and doesn’t believe the people are capable of ruling themselves—and it’s is a savage clique. Now, when was the last time a tyrant listened to others? Isn’t the G15 saga enough evidence? But it’s difficult to explain the nature of tyrannies to someone who prays at the altar of Isaias. I used to suspect that many of the supporters of the regime do not have sympathy for their people; now I am certain they don’t.

The Border War

Some supporters of the regime try to argue that (2) the current sorry state of Eritrea and the indefinite conscription was caused by the border war that led to the militarization of Eritrea. Wrong: the reason for Eritrea’s current miserable situation is the totalitarian rule. (3) Forced conscription (the main reason for the exodus of the youth) started many years before the border war, which was a result of the forced conscription and the militarization of the nation. Not the opposite.

If a government forces everybody to carry cans of spray paint, everyone would look for a space and paint graffiti. If you force all the people, old and young, to carry arms, you create a situation where one lives only to fight. That is what happened to Eritrea; the PFDJ and its capo cannot imagine Eritrea outside the state of war; they created a regime of gangsters shooting aimlessly and setting the region on fire. It is because of this that (5) I firmly believe for Eritrea to progress, we need to weed out the PFDJ beast. Once that is accomplished, every corner of Eritrea requires bleaching to remove the stains of the regime’s Skunis culture and its corrupt system. I don’t think any sane person would expect me to apologize for that stand!

There are a few regime supporters who think they discovered a secret that (6) “Part of [what I do is a] project …to isolate the Government of Eritrea.” How many times do I have to state it? Whatever I do is with the intention of helping weed out the regime. I have declared that long before some of them set foot on Eritrea.

Two years ago (7) I went to Djibouti to observe the presidential elections—something that doesn’t exist in the PFDJ world. But the PFDJ operatives are still busy constructing whimsical narrations. We all have speculations, but we don’t treat our guess-work as sacred and divine truth. For example, I didn’t go to Djibouti to assess the ports as claimed, but as I do in all my travels, I observed the situation in Djibouti and compared it to that of Eritrea. I felt jealous. I felt sad. I almost cried knowing how the PFDJ and its capo have turned our bustling ports to ghost towns less lively compared to some tiny traditional fishing villages. That is a crime every caring Eritrean should be furious about.

One of the honors I do not claim is their belief that I went to Djibouti to lobby IGAD (8). Well, the PFDJ lots can believe they just had dinner with God, who is to prevent them from claiming that? But why are they showering me with honors I do not claim?

In case you don’t know, according to the PFDJ supporter’s narration, (9) I also initiated the sanctions against the PFDJ government! Another honor I do not claim—but I am not rejecting it. I seriously think they mistook me for Ban Ki Moon, the UN secretary general; I am not even Saleh Ki Moon and we do not look alike. This is why I feel the supporters of the regime do not understand the implications of the sanctions; they underestimate it thinking it was initiated by Saleh Johar and his colleagues at awate.com!

For now, (11) I do not only support more sanctions against the PFDJ, I pray God to sanction the PFDJ and deny them oxygen so that they can suffocate and drop dead. I’m wondering if anyone in his right mind expects me to apologize for that!

Travels for a Cause

I  was in Australia on an invitation by free and patriotic Eritreans who care about their people; the PFDJ Wahios would not consider inviting me—and I do not like drinking binges that are presented as “national defense meetings.” While in Australia, I did what an activist is supposed to do and I (12) called for Australian investors not to deal with the tyrant, but to establish good relations with his victims for a better relations in future Eritrea. Hell, I even assured the Australian mining corporations they would get a lion’s share in the future if they show goodwill to the Eritrean people now by severing their relations with the tyrant.

That is also what I did in (13) Qatar in my spare time. But for those who weave whimsical stories, I was invited by UCLA’s Middle Eastern Studies Department on behalf of Qatar to attend a conference (it had nothing to do with Eritrea by the way). While in Qatar, I did what any activist would do. Hint? Try to weaken the regime. No kidding! Anyone needs apologies for that?

In a circular argument, the supporters of the regime claim that (14) our struggle to remove the government hurts the people! Their solution (since they pretend to love their people!) is very simple: stop fighting the PFDJ capo and his regime. That is the best prescription they can come up with! They gloss over their knowledge that removing the regime frees Eritreans—but it endangers their petty investments, the looted properties they bought, and the cheap touristic trips they conduct every summer.

Distorted Facts

Sane debaters tend to question any statement—unless they are beamed from heaven or carried by creatures with halos and wings. Personal statements (15) are not facts unless they are supported by evidence. Distorted facts do not stand an elementary scrutiny let alone a serious challenge!

In such a weak argument, according to the supporters of the regime, myself and my colleagues are (16) instigating the young to abandon their country! Why would we help the PFDJ? It is effectively doing that on its own; it doesn’t need help. In fact, the supporters of the regime are culprits because they are helping the regime by denying the suffering of the youth, and blaming the victims. Ironically, they have the temerity to accuse those who expose the sufferings that is forcing the youth to abandon their country.

The Legacy of the ELF and EPLF

To my knowledge, (19) the ELF ceased to exist in 1982; the EPLF was done in 1991. That era is long gone; now we have to deal with the tyranny that is blooming because of the support of the unprincipled.

True, there are a few individuals who are trying hard to resuscitate the old structures of the struggle era; to me that attempt is futile. Termites have been feeding on those structures for too long; only the good and bad memories are what we are left with.

Halib-Mentel, Ashera (10), and the other villages around Keren, are places I spent the best time of my life. Leaving personal sentiments aside, all Eritrean villages and their inhabitants are so dear to me; emotional blackmail—invoking Halib-Mentel and Ashera— doesn’t work on me; facts do.

The entire country is suffering because of the PFDJ tyranny, Halib-Mentel and Ashera included; once Eritreans rid themselves of the PFDJ parasite, they will be relieved.

Finally, my apologies to my friends who might be annoyed that I dedicated an article to reply to some lame arguments. But I have asked for a license to entertain myself with at least two such pieces every year—I still think it is a fair deal.

negarit at awate.com

Saleh “Gadi” Johar is author of “Miriam was Here” a book that explains the root causes of the Eritrean predicament and why the youth are fleeing their country risking their lives, facing all sorts of death, drowning in the sea or dying of thirst in the deserts and in the way facing rape, torture and organ harvesting

Here is the post at awate forum that triggered this edition:

“…I have followed [awate.com] for a long time almost since it started. It has been one of the sites I learn about Eritrea and current development about the country.

(1) I know you travelled to Ethiopia for the first time to visit Zenawi, and you interviewed him. (2) tried to influence you readers how he was sorry about deporting Eritreans from Ethiopia etc. and his justification why he did not want to leave occupied Eritrean territories. (3) Yet you know that this occupation is the reason why Eritrea is in bad situation it has found itself and the cause of the indefinite military service in the country. (4) You bought the idea that PIA is the ‘Dictator’ and Zenawi the ‘Democrat’ and, (5) the only way for Eritrea to progress is to change the Eritrean Government by any means. (6) Part of that project was to isolate GoE.

(7) Then you went to Djibouti, you claimed that you went there to see how conditions were comparing to Eritrean ports. Really? (8) I believe you went there to lobby IGAD for the Ethiopia’s plan to put UN sanctions on Eritrea. (9) The sanctions you initiated and supported is squeezing Eritrean economy, affecting ordinary citizens, people in villages (10) such as Halib-mentel and Ashera. You perfectly know the sanction will not affect PIA or its officials of the government PJDF. (11) But regardless of its consequence you support it. Why? (12) You were in Australia to lobby with the government to disinvest in Eritrea. (13) You were in Qatar for similar mission. Don’t you think all these efforts do not have any effect on ordinary people like Miriam? I doubt it. (14) Even though you are trying to replace the Eritrean government, you clearly know you are hurting the country and ordinary people. (15) You have a website dedicated to your project distorting facts some time (16) Instigating the young to abandon their country, knowing that they will face hardship when they leave their country. (17) You have influenced so many Eritreans dedicated to destroy Eritrea as a nation. (18) Imagine if all those who are writing articles aired to destroy Eritrea at your website could have used their talent and time to suggest ideas how the country solves its centuries old problems? (19) It seem to me you are stuck on the 1970s and 80s Eritrea, still fighting the ELF PLF battles. Let me stop and see what your defenses are to the points I raised. Peace!

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of awate.com. Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism Awate.com was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of awate.com is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

    Selam haile,
    Reading your last response to Gebre, I remembered something from “Miriam was Here” and thought of giving you a peek. Here is a scene at a Sawa festival where Diaspora kids meet Sara, a conscription victim:

    xxxxxOn the day of the festival, she paraded in front of hundreds of spectators who sat on the slopes of a hill and watched her twirl the hula-hoop. On one end of the hill facing the parade ground sat dozens of Eritreans her age. They were in clean clothes and visibly better fed. Sara discovered they were children of Eritreans who resided abroad when a girl told her, “They were not rounded up from their houses; they came here from Europe and America on their own, voluntarily.”
    xxxxxSara asked, “Too bad, now they will keep them here.”
    xxxxx“Foolish! You will see them depart this evening on air-conditioned buses. Unlike us, they are free.”
    xxxxxAfter the parade, Sara decided to satiate her curiosity and met with a few of the visiting crowds, “What is it like to live abroad?”
    xxxxxAn excited boy told her, “We envy you! Nothing is better than living in Eritrea. You are doing a great job for our country. We are all behind you.”
    xxxxxAnother enthusiastic fat boy put his hand on Sara’s shoulders, “You are brave. Defend this country and we are all behind you. All the time.”
    xxxxxHis friends agreed with him, “What you are doing is a great sign of patriotism, defend this country from the evil invaders. Eritrea will prosper with your sacrifices.”
    xxxxxA fast-talking girl added, “Just work hard. Soon Eritrea will be developed like Europe. We are all behind you.”
    xxxxxSara was lost, they are all the same, they talk about things she doesn’t know about herself. She objected, “But I am not defending anything. I only twirl a hula-hoop!”
    xxxxx“You are so humble! You are serving your country! That is courageous. Don’t underestimate what you are doing.”
    xxxxx“What am I doing? I told you I just twirl a hula-hoop. If I had a choice I wouldn’t be here.”
    xxxxx“You don’t understand…did you say your name is Sara?” The boy waited for a moment until she shook her head, “You learn a lot about your country. We don’t know a fraction of what you know. See! We come here and watch your sacrifices then we return home energized and we tell our friends about it. Sara, where else can you get to meet different Eritreans?”
    xxxxx“In school… I used to meet people in my neighborhood.”
    xxxxx“Well, you will understand in time… just remember you are doing a great service to Eritrea. We learned a lot from you. You are quite an inspiration.”
    xxxxxSara had no idea by coming to the camp she had become a heroine serving her country, the boys and girls from abroad made her feel important though she didn’t understand anything they said. They seem to be so sure how she felt and what her choices were; they didn’t ask; they just made statements. But she liked their generosity and enjoyed their company for a few hours until they disappeared before sunset just as her friend had told her earlier. Sara waved to them as they left the camp in air-conditioned buses…..

    • yohannes

      by reading this writing(responce )above to haile,i can ask you ,the book miriam was here,is it a fiction,or based on a true story, i dont know how you are going to take this,but one thing from above in your book you put it,SARA she is a victim of rounded up conscript, and those about dozen sitting in a corner ,well fed young men come voluntarily from abroad,isnt this misleading,distorted,when you say SARA come to sawa rounded up by force,may be some body gave you wrong information,for years now students come to sawa to learn voluntarily,even family pay for their bus fare,some years ago the government use to cover bus fare ,but now the family pay for the bus fare,if this is not true you can call me a liar,

      • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

        Yohannes, my character Sara is a victim rounded up against her will; you are talking about a character in your own world. Why would I call you liar. You can’t ask me to change my story, make one with your own findings and narration.

        • haile

          Selamat SGJ

          Thanks for that Sal. In fact, here is a letter from Eritrea that puts those very realities in an articulate and mature format. I hope those YPFDJ who attended that occasion are also listening 🙂

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

          Regards

  • Wedi Ere

    Dear Saleh,
    Thank U for the great job. I admire for Ur smart way of defining things. Keep it up. But please don’t answer the foolish questions of those who can’t write progrsive dialoge, cause Ur and our time is soooooo preciouse.
    For those who follow the DIA from the western countries, I just ask them no to write anything before going and sitting for only one year in Eritrea. Else they cann’t write positive thing. And I wonder what is the use for insulting Ur brother for writing his or her opinion. There is an American saying ‘I U can’t say something good don’t say anything at all’. So please use awate for good thing not insulting Ur bros. Thank U

  • said

    Regime supporters either hypocritical or ignorant. The Burning Issued today is about Justice, Human dignity and Democracy. It is a question of “Democracy” or “No-Democracy.”
    We are all proud citizens of Eritrea and if you which of the world, we care for Eritrea and in anticipating and celebrating the human pursuit of freedom and not just independence for Eritrea. Eritreans are looking forward in Eritrea of tomorrow in adhering fully to the Justice, Human dignity and Democracy and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    You either hypocritical or ignorant or may be so idiot could be Unknown to you, you tend to undermine the interests and legitimate aspirations of the Eritrean people. This, most disturbingly, you are committing a High Treason by standing and supporting DIA criminal regime against aspirations of the Eritrean people ,looking for Justice, Human dignity and Democracy. The vast majority believe that the Eritrean people should have been able to determine their own destiny. And “Nothing is more precious than Human dignity freedom and Democracy and that the pursuit of justice was a worthy life.
    The regime is known to be murderous, in assaulting on his people by all means. Innocent prisoners are confined inhuman jail for months and years without any chance of judicial process, or any assurance of release. With the thousands of Eritrean illegally detained by the PFDJ military junta in illegitimate and inhuman conditions. Think of thousands prisoners not political and not criminal prisoners of women and men who are been imprisoned and tortured in the container like animal Cages. All prisoners are thrown in there for no reason. Some of them died and are thrown in known grave. Some are maintain their sanity and stay strong with their faith intact. And some would rather die than live in such inhuman horrible conditions and that such inhuman a brutal prison could not exist in a genuine justice and democracy. The inhuman prisons meant as a tools of control for Eritrean people.
    So It is a question of “Democracy” or “No-Democracy.” It is adhering to acceptable definition of the “Term” or choosing to be selective and adhere to assumptions and fears of avoiding engaging in a process that has one and only standard and acceptable definition of “Free Elections.” Democracy and building the institutions insuring the “Separation of Power” is the sole guarantor for the establishing of Pluralistic Democracy. Hardly any hope ,with no chance with DIA regime to start a process and will never start with all kind of Sticks in the wheel and a very cruel Corrupt military junta “a failed State” (i.e. with no rights absent Judiciary; only one controlled media by the state, and Army and Security forces whose leaderships have not changed at all since the DIA era began). This lack of faith in the rule of law affects every aspect of life in Eritrea.
    Regime supporters come openly in Praising and in your adoration of DIA Military Rule dictorship is by and within itself a deep contradiction with Democracy and respect of Civil liberties that the current violations of which have no parallels in Eritrea’s long history. Throwing innocent Eritrea people in inhuman Jail without valid charges is the ultimate in the travesty of Justice and democracy.
    Regime supporters in your next travel to Eritrea please inform us from your beloved Mafioso capo in keeping Asmara Street very clean and spotless by salve workers and street-sweepers, and they are worth nothing to the DIA regime. They are treated as subhumans and you have chance to see a picture of a broken country with broken system.
    Regime supporters Again, unfortunately, what it boils down to is a problem of divergence of definitions where most international world intellectuals conversant in the function of democracy of luminous as the world’s foremost linguists, MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, and leading international scholar and journalists and many Eritreans seem not to be confused about Democracy.
    As most Eritreans share with common hope and interest that Eritrea fairs well, however, unfortunately, all facts point otherwise with Eritrea “A directorship state supported by tiny opportunistic minority “.a country and, by corollary, an economy that is in deep trouble. Foremost, a Democratic Process that’s never started and stopped in the bud and the clock for change and reform is set back for years. We need to know value and remember that the real issue of our existence of life is life itself.

  • Semere Andom

    To Nitricc, QoQaH and all supporters of the mafia in Asmara while you celebrate and deny the tragedy as immigration for x-boxes, here is what TPDM “wonamat” are singing during their concerts in Eritrea.
    Nitric: let me know if you need help with the Tigrina:-)

    http://awate.com/jebena-awate-open-thread/comment-page-3/#comment-129547

  • haile

    To the editor/publisher of meskerem.net

    Information on your website reades

    “A copy of the original hand-written list of the Eritreans who perished on the shores of Lampedusa as documented by one of the survivors…”

    I sincerely hope that this is an unintentional error and needs to be corrected to

    “A copy of the original hand-written list of the Eritreans who perished on the shores
    of Lampedusa as documented by the survivors…”

    It is very confusing why you would want to say “ONE OF THE SURVIVORS…” the survivors have clearly stated to the media that they were working TOGETHER to complete the list. As I said I honestly like to think that it is just an oversight, and thus must be corrected right away.

    Thanks and Regards

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Meskerem.com takes this one of their life time compliment that some one like Haile give them crititc. Noboody cares what mesekrem.com Writes.

      • rodab

        I wouldn’t say “nobody”. I for one care. I can tell you there are a lot, a lot of Eritreans who see Meskerem as patriotic website.
        Besides, you and other bad-mouthers, what exactly is it that you dont like about meskerem?
        The constant call on the regime to implement the constitution? The fierce criticism of the regime for mis-handling the tragedy? For going after Isaias for not personally addressing the issue? For going after the Woyane’s and sympathizes? For cooperating with Voice of Eritrea (Naz Yemane) to invite all Eritreans to discuss issues? What is it?

        • Kidane Berhe

          Rodab,
          Only when you entertain a thought that there is some redeeming value left in the regime, Meskerem’s fierce criticism becomes patriotic! For (most) of us, that is not the case. The need at this juncture is to be focused on defeating this cancer called regime lest we lose everything. If your main concern is how the regime mis-handled the tragedy or how Isaias didn’t personally address the issue, know that your priority is misplaced.

        • Haqi

          Meshrefet.net patriotic, Besmem. Rodab entay weredeka

    • Haile ,

      As I understand it, the statement attributes to one person as responsible for documenting the information gathered in collaboration with others. I don’t see anything wrong with the statement. It’s also self evident from the statement that one person can not possibly know every one (name, age, place of birth or residence before the incident) who perished in Lampadusa.

      • haile

        Selam Dawit

        I understand that it could be an oversight, however my point is that such “one of…” statement inadvertently throws unnecessary doubt on the veracity of the data when people take it to mean only one person wrote the document.

        Regards

  • haile

    Selamat Awatistas

    November 03, 2013. Africa Mourns the Victim of Lampedusa. RIP.

    To help diaspora supporters of PFDJ to reflect on the level of brutality and senseless killings of the Eritrean people at the hands of the regime they support, please listen to a story narrated by Berhane “Afro” an ex- Adi Abeto investigator. Please think of ways how we may be able to recover the mass graves once the regime is gone. More importantly, do the supporters really want to be part of this???

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uquew7ZTDKw

    Please also remember Monday November 4th is a 9th remembrance day of the tragedy of Adi Abeto in 2004.

    Regards

    • Gebre

      After hearing the interview, my mind boggles; my imagination denies the reality; My heart bleeds for the defenseless people who die under torture and disappear into—I donot know.
      How low morally buncrupt and decadent can people be to commit such heinous crimes of astrological proportion, And worst of all an Eritrian upon his brother Eritrean. Incredible!

      • haile

        Gebre –

        The strange thing is that the PFDJ operatives in the diaspora are few dedicated individuals. These people run community centers and spend their time defending the killing of our brother and sisters at home. Yet they live safely with their families here in the west. How fair is that for such persons to be not only enjoying safety here, control diaspora activities and monies and come here (yes from embassy offices) to rub it in the face “what you gonna do about it”? I mean if some one has a brother or sister being brutalized in Eritrea, imagine how forgiving they must be to see these people, their families and relations having good time here and telling the victim’s family here that “we represent your community and we support what is happening to your loved one”. That is highly provocative in my opinion and very dangerous for a lot of people. Because in the end blood begets blood.

        Regards

    • wedi Forto

      Words fail me to express the sadness and anger that I feel after listening all the atrocities that are taking place in Adi Abeito and the countless other torture places dotting the Eritrean landscape that wed-afro narrates chillingly in this video.

    • Serray

      Selamat Haile,

      Every time I listen to it, I am enraged at the house cleaning shaebia does to wipe the evidence of its bestiality. Every murderer, every torturer, is killed ones they reached a certain point. When the system finally implodes, there will not be any closure in eritrea; many victims have disappeared without leaving any trace and many of those who disappeared them have themselves disappeared.

      The system, perfected in medda, is constructed for maximum brutality and minimum accountability. To make sure nothing comes out, the enforcers themselves are taken care of the exact same way. The shocking thing about eritrea is how cannibalistic our rulers are. Berhane afro kept going how much money is made off the prisoners in adi abeyto. At first they try to work them to death for free, and when the victims had enough and try to flee, adi abeyto makes sure the beasts are fully paid.

      I don’t think in the history of mankind a government looks at its people the way shaebia do; an eritrean is not human for them. Think about it, dergi puts in prison, tortures and kills because they think you are guilty of a crime. Shaebia does all that not because they think you are guilty but because they see you as source of funds except, to get it from you, they first create hell on earth and then wait for gravity to do its job. Segertin asgertin; they torture and kill thousands and thousands of people for nothing more than a paycheck. They treat the people as cattle, only worse.

      As I listen to berhane’s gruesome account of torture and killing, I can’t help but be crushed by the fact that this brutality, this bestiality, is designed and implemented by tegadelti. Imagine the transformation one has go in order to pick up innocent people at random, torture them and, depending on whether they have money or not, either kill them or release them. Imagine being someone who fought a war to free your people from ethiopian rule and doing this to your people.

      The nazi were brutes, but to people they consider rats. Ours do this to their own relatives; to people they claim they fought to liberate! There is no way in hell the surviving victims will not demand a vengeance against the regime’s enforcers when it finally imploded. There is not going to be any reconciliation as long as these criminals are alive and walking free. The longer these cannibals are in power, somalia will be a child’s play in a dysfunctional country in a free fall with practically everyone armed.

      How can you reason with people who they think this regime is better for our future?

      • haile

        Selamat Serray (this one is going to be Serray my old friend 🙂 )

        I totally understand how the sheer evil acts that form the supporting pillars of the regime are enough to send you crazy, let alone be there and experience it. That as it may however, let me deal with the connections that could inadvertently be drown with Ghedli and hence the presumed “nature of” tegadelties.

        The regime uses textbook rules for instigating a system of torture and torturers that run it. Basically, you need to select people who are less educated, less analytically oriented and less predisposed to think critically. Then you need to put them in charge and remove oversight and accountability. Then you reward, albeit pittance, malpractice and deviancy. Bingo! you have set up a torture chamber. It has been done like that everywhere it existed. The US army members that acted in abu Ghraib, Canadian peace keepers in Somalia and many other places have never been through any experience like Ghedli. Yet they tortured and their actions were investigated and charges were laid.

        Now let’s turn the page and take a snap shot of who the main culprits are. The IA inner core leadership, corrupt army leaders and few but strategically located diaspora operatives (the core inner circles that everyone knows about:). When the house of cards comes down, these three components of current Eritrean set up will be unmasked as the real criminals behind all the current crimes. Now, looking at the diaspora component of the crime ring, how many are ex-tegadelti? The flip side is also that how many of those fighting them and fighting for human rights and rule of law are ex-tegadelti? You will find that most of the ex-tegadelti are either silent, singing songs for pro-regime (only out of selfish reasons) or brave enough and fighting the regime. The Sophias Berhanes, Amanuel B… never been ex-tegadelti and are the staunchest supporters of the massacre being unleashed by the regime.

        So, I am more of against the regime and the system that it is employing to commit those crimes, rather than its past affiliation to a cause that had undoubtedly the blessing of most of the Eritrean people. What say you 🙂

        Regards

        • haile

          … Here a 2min video that more or less supports my conclusions drawn above in a neat and precise fashion.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jwgzK1C8JA

          Probably the shortest time (2min) to understand EVIL acting individuals in prison settings.

          Regards

          • Serray

            Selamat my friend Haile,

            The video you linked explains in general terms what happens to people when you give them power over others. But my problems is why do catholic priests turn into child molesters? Their position is not of power; there is nothing remotely resembling to the guard/prisoner relationship, they exist to serve a diametrically opposed purpose and yet some of them abuse their position by committing acts that will send them to the hellish inferno their religion preaches. I am not having a problem that somebody tortures, I am struggling with the depth and breadth of tegadelti led horror. I spend years in dergi prisons and they did some horrible things but, listening to survivors and the account given by berhane afro, the magnitude of shaebia’s savagery doesn’t come close to it…standing on top of the women when they go to the toilet in the field; imprisoning people at Alla where everyone dies or goes blind; thousands walking bare feet in a field full of broken; torturing to death people accused of no crime… and so on and on. The dergi, the afagn, tortured people because they thought they have information that can help them against the war with shaebia/jebha but shaebia tortures innocent eritreans to get to their money.

            Haile, you are asking me to ignore the fact that they are tegadelti when nothing else explains the magnitude of their savagery. The video you give me is light weight. Our tegdelti have created unbelievably cruel and inhuman tactics not because the eritrean people are committing crimes, but because they want to pick their pockets, or work them to death for free. Shaebia is the first regime that literally commits genocide for no other reason than to make money. If the ethiopians never claimed us and our first government committed this horrendous crime, there is nothing to explain so we would have defaulted to your generic prisoner/guard theory but these people have a history before they come knocking on our doors; they were tegadelti. Trying to figure them out while ignoring or minimizing their ghedli experience is like treating a man with broken legs with eye drops. Ghedli is central to their existence…the good, the bad and the ugly.

            When you accept and wear a distinction like “freedom fighter” proudly but nothing you’ve become reflects that, then it becomes conveniently easy to dismiss your actions as some deviation that happens under certain circumstance. Just like the church is the calling card of the abusive priests, our rulers calling card, their source of power, is ghedli…the movement started to free eritrea but turned into a chamber of horrors. The reason every single tegedalai is in power is because he or she was tegadalai, not because they are educated or efficient. The hamshay zuria, tashai zurai brutes drive their power from the tegadelti who created them in their image.

            The right question to ask is, why does it matter that we bring their past to bear? Well, if forto succeeded, our next rulers would also have been shaebia and if the opposition, by some gravity defying phenomenon end up in power, most of them were tegadelti and since the temptation to use endless sacrifices is built-in in ghedli, there is a chance we might go round two of stupidity and brutality. Bad culture, just like good culture, can be transmitted. Look at the ypfdjs, the way they accept slavery, the way they learned how to appreciate meaningless sacrifice, without thinking for a fraction of a second about the interest, the welfare, of those who are made to waste their lives to make money for the corrupted and inhuman military officials. I hold ghedli responsible because its culture must end, should have ended in 1991 but didn’t because tegadelti figured that they can make money if the kept it alive.

  • tezeta

    Let us assume that those who are discussing in this thread assume power in Eritrea peacefully. What would you offer Ethiopia to have a peaceful and prosperous relationship between the two peoples? What would you expect from Ethiopia? Long live the peoples of both countries.

    • TiETiE( shiro bubble )

      1. ሕለፍ ተመሓለፍ ብዘይ ቐይዲ
      2. ነናተን መሪሕነትን መንግስትን ፐረዚደንትን
      3. ኣብ ዝደለካዮ ምቕማጥ ከም ድላይካ ፍንጭራዕ ምባል
      4. ኣብ ዝደለካዮ ግዜ ናብ ዝደለካዮ ቦታ።
      ብከምዚ ድማ እቲ ምንቓር ይዝሕል እቲ ሰብዉን ብዛዕባ ዋኒኑን ዉልቓዊ ሂወቱን ይግደስ ማለት እቲ ዘናኽስ ዝሰምዖ ኣይረክብን።

    • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

      dear tezeta,

      it is not bad to think on the subject now. Yet I see things should be handled correctly from the very begining. see this link it shows more or less the journey to go through.
      http://asmarino.com/articles/1915-what-ethiopia-and-eritrea-need-to-recognize-in-common

      still i think we should always keep the identity alive. respect is two way and never ever a nation should think of monopolizing the other.

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      a) Stop teaching eritreans that ethiopians were/are colonizers, killers, rapers, grusomepeople. If eritreans get any postitive thing to teach about ethiopians then teach it other wise just leave it. What ever happened was/is due to elf,eplf, tplf and the leaders of ethiopia in engaging in arm struggle. Tplf and eplf have used civiliance as shelter. So stop tarnishing ethiopians as colonizers. Teach eritreans that ethiopians are brotherly and sisterly People. Done is done and move on.

      b) Work With ethiopian governmnet so that both Peoples can get work and residence permit in both countries (this is my solution for free movements of the ethnic Groups we share. it is their human right to be together and to develop their home, Language culture, economy etc.)

      C) Stop thinking that eritreans economy is dependent on ethiopias useage of eritreans port. Nonsens! Eritreas economy boosts if both erireans and ethiopians work freely in both countries. If eritreans make hotells, import and export, trousit Offices, computer centers etc in Ethiopia how difficult it is for them to make it in Eritrea?! Instead work on a stable and succssesful ethiopia so that the untapped economic Resource for both countries be usefull to themselves.

      d) Ethiopia must have its own red sea Access for both economical and military usage. The eritrean sea force has done little against the international piracey and many other things around raed sea which undermines the interst of Ethiopia. Ethiopia With the HELP of ethiopia can do better on the sea. Besides why Eritreans are sleepless since 1998 that ethiopia is to anex them. Stop the propaganda. Negotiate and give what ethipia must have. A thiny winny fraction of 12,000 km sea Access give Eritrea a lasting Peace.

      e) Let’s not think Eritrea and ethiopia as the elite tigrinya and tigray People define it. Let’s come out of the Box. We are home for many many ethnic and clourfull peoppe. When we think of unity,think of including all. Not this uniting of tigrinya People and tigray. That is the same repeation of 1991-1998. That sucks!

      • Tamrat Tamrat

        i mean Ethiopia With the HELP of Eritrea

    • Gebre

      Hi Tizu,

      The only that is needed is a change in mindset. To coexit in peace and harmony they need to trust and respect each other at equal leves. No part playing smart against the other. PERIOD.

      Tizu are from Addis, Nazereth School?

      • Gebre

        Correction: the only thing—

  • Michael, B.

    ኣብ ምሕደራ ነበራን ክዋደረን ዓቕዋሮን “ቢሮክራሲ” ከም ምዕራባዊ፡ ወይ ካልእ ከምኡ ዝበለ ዕሊ፡ እንታይ ዝዓይኑ ጊደ ኪነብሮ፡ ብዕፃን ቆጽሊን ዚሕረ መናበሪ ኣካል እምበር፡ መን፡ ኣብ ብሓውርና፡ ኣነ ይሓይሥ፡ ክመርሓኩም ኣነ፡ ዚብል ኣካል ይስልጥን ነበረ፡ ወፈራ መረጻ ዚብሉዎ ኮላል፡ ምስራቕ ወይ ምስራዝ ዕፃ ኣይፈልጥን፡ ምባል ናብ ሓቂ ስርዓት ዓዳትና ዝቐረበ ይኀውን፡ ይኀውን ክንብል፡ ኣብ ዓዲ ማሕላ፡ ሓቂ ንጎሮሮ፡ እቲ ሓሶት ነውሪ ነውሪታት ከም ዝነበረ ስለ ንፈልጥ ኢዩ፡ ከመስክሮ ዝደለ ኣካል ከኣ በዚ መዳይ ምሕደራና ኣይክሰፍን

    ኣብቲ ምዕራባዊ ዲሞክራሲ ግን፡ ጊደ ምሩጽ ካን ግዙፍ ኢዩ፡ እቲ ፕረሲደንት ዚብሉዎ፡ ክንዲ ሥሕን አልፊን ሚልዮናትን ዶ ኣይኮነን፡ ግበታ ስልጣን ኣብ ዲሞክራሲ’ባ ኩሉሳዕ መጋዕዘይ ዶ ኣይኮነን፡ መጋዕዘይ እቲ ዝሓሠ ዚብሉዎ ስርዓትዶ ኣይነበረን፡ ንኣብነት ወዮ ዕሉል ዲሞክራሲያዊ ምሕደራ ፐሪክለስ ኪምዝበር በቶም “ሰላሳ መለኅቲ” ኪመናጠል፡ ሰብ ኣተን ተዋረዱ ኣካ ተዋረዱ፡ ኣብ ገዛእ እታ ስልጥንቲ ከተማ ሶክራተስ፡ ፕላቶን!

    ዲሞክራሲ ኪግዕዚ ከኣ ኣየረኁም! ሕልፊን ቅድሚን ኩሎም፡ እቶም ንጹሓት፡ ርቱዓት፡ ወራዙት ብበላሕ ኪሓልፉ፡ ሠራሕቲ ኪብለጹሎም ወዝቢ ይኀውን፡ እቶም ኣገልገልቲ ስርዓት ሓዘግ-ፈዘግ ኪብሉ ከኣ መስካሕቲ ኢዮም፡ ጣውላ መጽሓፊ ይንበሮም ኣይንበሮም፡ ወዮ ጽፉፍ ቆጽሊ ዘጋታት ኣሕዋት ዝበጽሖ መዙ ኪስእን፡ እቶም ኮራኩር መንጎ ዘተይቲ ሕልኅልኅ ኪብሉ፡ ማይ ይዘርጉ፡ ነቲ ቢሮክራሲ ዚብሉዎ ምሕደራ ለቕለቕቲ፡ ሠራሕቲ፡ ልሑጋት ቆራዲድ ኣናደይቲ ጽላል ዝፈረዩ ገባብል፡ ናብ ናውቲ ባርነት ይቕየሩ፡ እዞም ፋሕ-ጸንገራሕ ዝበሉ ጉጅለታት ቀጠፍቲ ፍርዱግዱግ ኪብሉን ኣብ መሳልል ስልጣን ብህርፋን ኪሓኑን ይርኣዩ፡ ከምዚኣቶም ዝበሉ ጸየቕቲ ናብራ ሰብ ኪመዛብሩ፡ ተራ ዘጋ ኪሕለል ሓቁ፣ ሓላው-ሰብ-ጸሊም፡ ጸላኣይና ሓላዊ ሰብ ይኁን ይብል፡ ተራ ዘጋ ምስ ውጹዕ ህዝቡ፡ ርግጽ ብግፍዒታትን ኣድልዎታትን ጽዩቕ ናውቶም ዘለለዩ ኣካላት ዝሰክሑ ክንደይ ይህልዉና

    ተላኣኅቲ ስርዓት ወይ ኣገልገልቲ ዝገበለ፡ ከም ቀሳር፡ ቆንስል፡ ፕረፈክት፡ መሰንያታኦም ለግዮን፡ ነቲ ተራ ዘጋ ከሳራጥዩ፡ ብዘይ ፍትሒ ኪፈርዱ፡ ዝፈርሁ ኣባላት ማሕበርን ባይቶን ረፓብሊክ ኣብ ዝብሓት ኪደቁ፡ እንታይ ኣእተወኒ ዝጽላእ፡ መን ኪፈልጠለይ ዝስዋእ ዚብል ምስ ተሓወሶም ደጊም፡ ኣራግጽ ዘይጋደፎ ህዝቢ ኣደራዕ ኪበጽሖ፡ ሓላው-ሰብ ኣብ ቅርዓትን ዋዕላን ኪዓስል፡ ኪዘራርግ ይርአ ይኀውን፡ ሓደ ስቨቶንዮስ፡ ኣብታ ከብዲ ከተማ ሮም ዝሰፈረ፡ ምሁር ወለዶኡ፡ በቶም መጣፋፋእቲ፡ ደቀቕቲ ሰበ-መዚ፡ ከበብቲ ዝገበሉ ምስ ሰክሐ፤ ኣንቱም ሰባት፡ እዞም ሓለውቲ ሰብ ዕገቱለይ ምባል ግዲ ሓርበቶ፡ አረ “ነዞም ሓለውቲ ባዕላቶም መን’ዩ ዚሕሉዎም” (quis custodiet ipsos custodes?) በለ

    ኣብ መከራም አሪትራ ግን ነቲ ገድላዊ ገራፍ-ሥማግለ፡ ደስፖታዊ ምዝበራ ዘይምሕደራ ተለቀሞ፡ ነዚ ከኣ፡ ከመይ ዝበለ ወለዶ ኢዩ፡ ኣንቱም ሰባት፡ ፀርቃም ዕሊ ጸጋማዊ ምስ በለየ፡ ስለ ዘይቅለስ፡ ፀርቃም ቢሮክራሲ ተፈጠረላ ሃገር፡ ሕሉፍ ዕሉም ፅፍራ መመኅነይቲ ወረራ ዓዲ! ድሕሪ ዕስራ ዓመት ምስ መመላእታኡ ንምንታይ ህዝቢ ብጥምየት ይስሓል አንተበሉዎም፡ ኣብ ጽረ-ወያነነት ውትፍ ይብሉ፡ ባድመ ስለ ዝተመንጠለት ኢዩ ጾሙ ዚሓድር፡ ቅሳነት ዚስእን፡ ኣብ ሳዋ ውዒሉ ዚሓድር፡ ሓጊዩ ዚኀርም ዘሎ፡ ዲዮም ኪብሉ፡ ኣበሎ ቅፃ ንቆልዑ፡ ዛላ ዶ ሓጽቢ፡ ሓዲስ ዘርኢ ዶ ክኢላ ብልሓት ዶ ዘመናዊ ሕርሣ ደኣ እንታይ ኢዩ ፋይዳኡ፡ ኣበሎ ዝፈረየ ሓምሊ፡ ፍረ፡ እኅሊ፡ አንተበሉዎም፡ እቲ ወይ እታ ሚኒስተር ኢያ ትበልዖ፡ ኪብሉ፡ እቶም ኢሮክራት ነቶም ባዕላቶም ዝገበሉ ዲዮም ዚሓምዩ፡ ነቲ ሓሶታቶም ስርቂታቶም ይድረቦ

    እቶም ሃገር ዘጥፍኡ፡ ነቲ ገበል ዚዓስሉ፡ ሃመማታት ኢዮም፡ ንሳቶም ነቲ መጥፍፋእ ምድሪ ስለ ዚሰትሩ እምበር ሓደ እንኮ በይኑ መን ሓይሊ ሂቡዎ፡ መኣስከ ንኩሉ በተ-ጽሕፈታት ኪበጽሖ ኮይኑ፡ ማእለያ ዘይብሎም ዋጦት ፅራ-ዋጣኦም ብታኅ ከመይ ዝበለ ግዋይላ ኢዮም ክተኅሉልና፡ ዝገበለ ገበልና፡ ዝደበነ ደበናና! ይደግሙና ኣለዉ፡ እዚኣቶምሲ ኣበሎ እቲ ሕልናኦም፡ ነሕዋቶምን ነሕዋትናን ዘሕለቐ ርኁስ ኣካል ኪሓቕፉልናሲ ከመይ ዕድልና ከፍአ: “ብኮተት ንግዛእ ኣለና” ይብሉ ነቢሮም፡ ወለዶ ቅድሚ ትማሊና፡ ሎሚ እንሀዉ ኮራኩር ዕጡቓት ካላሥን ዲዩ ዱላ ሒዞም፡ ገዛ ገዛ ይህውትቱ፡ ዚመልኩዎ ኮተት ኣብ ደምበ ቆላ ኪሕይሩ

  • Papillon

    Awatewian,

    I must say I should be taking a leave of absence from YG’s school of thought for I think that this time around YG appears to be pushing the envelope too far. Sure enough, the focal point has always been the issue of identity where he presented it with compelling argument as he atomized the Eritrean social fabric particularly since the inception of Gedli.

    I wish I could articulate my reservations on his take about the entire Gedli saga but I am too lazy to make up time for it and admittingly my knowledge about the genesis of Gedli and its impact on the social fabric is not only limited but rudimentary as well. Having said that however, I am of the opinion that, the authors or main actors of Gedli should be given the benefit of the doubt where the main intent should be given a fresh assessment for an outright dismissal is not fair at all.

    As much as nation building is an incredibly difficult task to undertake, the challenge rests on the fact that social transformation from say tribal to a statehood warrants historical precedence where kinship in tribal societies played a vital link lest it falls apart. That is, in a state formation, in its modern sense, rule of law, accountability, legality play a major role where the people’s allegiance to the sovereign state replaces the erstwhile allegiance to a respective kinship or family. To be more precise, it is rather impossible to transform a society which is strongly linked by kinship to a statehood where impersonal actors are the main players in the latter. That seems precisely the reason why the pioneers of Gedli tried to break the bond with in families so that their allegiance would be directed to the cause instead. A cause that was meant to create not only an independent nation but a state as well. This is not by all means to hint that the Eritrean society was a tribal society when the struggle for independence commenced rather it was pretty much patrimonial where families found a sense of belonging to each other and with each other in a common ancestor.

    For instance, Francis Fukuyama in his book, “The Origins Of Political Order” says, the natural family is the enemy of the public good. He corroborates it by quoting Plato’s Republic where in Book V says, “The guardians in a Just City whose loyalty to the Just City competes with their loyalty to their respective families should tell their children the “noble lie” that they are children of the earth, not of a biological parents.” This clearly illustrates that, the attempt to break family bonds particularly where the state is either weak or nonexistent in a bid to divert the allegiance of the people to the state is as old as the Greek civilization.

    Moreover, in the Arab world (read: Abbasids) and later on the Ottomans created a slave-military complex (read: Mamluks) where the slaves where taken from their parents in an early age and rendered loyal to the Sultanate where it was taken for a fact that the only way the Sultanate can create a strong state is by breaking strong family ties so that subjects would remain loyal to the Sultanate to the extent that they remained celibate through out their lives. By the same token and that as a historical backdrop, the pioneers of Gedli possibly had a good intention of creating a viable state contrary to what YG seems to subscribe to a sinister motive of rooting them out (read: particularly in the rural areas) from their natural habitat.

    YG again with a compulsive streak warps the recent development (read: TPDM) in Isaias’ Eritrea with the issue of identity. That I say is not fair. On the contrary, the young people should be encouraged for standing up to the mercenaries instead of rationalizing or intellectualizing their motives or lack thereof. Family members would be happy if a comatose person all of a sudden wakes up where the question “why now” loses any meaning.

    • Abe z minewale

      Route SG to YG. Hmmm

      • Minewale,

        This may be a sign of an ideological shift and/or change of allegiance from YG/GY to SY/SG on the part of Papillon. 🙂 you can tune a guitar but you can’t tune a fish. We are all human and change allegiance based upon many circumstances. Pun intended.

    • zegeremo

      Ughhhh…. DIA is doing exactly what YG has been hoping for. I guess you should be happy too, right? Your secret friends are now all over our country.

      Regards

    • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

      Dear Papillon,

      You got it. Every post of yours has got something to teach. But for the reason you put of not writing an article is the only statement i couldn’t swallow since ever. I can’t because i can see that you are not lazy. Your post is the mirror that clearly show how many books you read. Can a creative book reader become lazy in writing an article? No Papillion, please come with one article.
      My request was at the beginning of the year and you said you will start sharpening your pencil (I hope you didn’t forget it). Now we are at the end of the year.
      I am sorry but it is just a request from someone who admires you.
      All my respect,

      • Papillon

        ኣያይ ማዓረይ ኮኾብ ሠላሞ

        Many thanks for those kind words. I am a bit shy to get myself writing an article to be posted at the grand palace of Awate. Slowly but surely will overcome the hung up.

        ሓፍትኻ

    • Selam Papilon ,

      I just finished reading what appears to be your poignant criticism of allegiance to family as opposed to allegiance to a state.

      This statement of yours, well, ኣይተዎሓጠትለይን : “That is, in a state formation…the people’s allegiance to the sovereign state replaces the erstwhile allegiance to a respective kinship or family. ” Would you be kind enough to elaborate on this one.

      How is that a citizen of a state in a modern society subordinates his or her family to the allegiance of the state. Is this statement true in all circumstances? Can you give us an example (in the modern society) where the loyalty of citizens to the state reign supreme.

  • SebKedem

    Hi Saleh,
    My brother I am proud of you for standing on your ground, yes indeed this is what you call ‘standing on your ground’.
    BTW, Gadi and all awatistas have to be aware of the distracted pfdj supporters, they are on a new mission designed by, who else the Monkey(yemane G) to keep you busy going back and forth with Qoqah, Dawit etc.
    Who let the dogs(Qoqah,Dawit etc)out,-of course Monkey on a mission, so please be mindful they have been suffocated by the unprecedented wave of unity against the regime and let’s not play their game. Ignore them and let’s do what we are supposed to do. the ball is in the penalty box we just need one precise shooter.
    Peace…

    • haile

      SebKedem,

      “The ball is in the penalty box we just need one precise shooter.” Very precise observation! This is exactly the situation now, the regime is tirelessly engaged in denying accusations against it but can not do anything in practical terms to resist. It is politically isolated, economically broke and socially at odds with its people and the people adds with each other. It took 30 years to bring about the independence of Eritrea and the regime of IA took about 20 years to turn independent Eritrea the source of mass exodus of people who have nothing to associate their country with other than a death trap.

      Despite the continued crisis, the regime didn’t make one single concession in blockading the population from normal activities, trapping the youth in perpetual impoverishment, exposing the nation to further isolation and punitive measures through its involvement with external armed groups that are formed to destabilize others. The nation’s much hyped up mineral resource produced nice headline pictures for its diaspora operatives but melted away without trace withering away without a dent to the deteriorating living conditions.

      The regime is indeed facing a penalty shoot, but we hope we get a good and straight shooter. This is so because the regime is so hated all around that anybody that kicks it out would get a free ride of support, but may not even be the best of choices. The current likely scenarios are: the highly unlikely where a powerful unifying force emerging to takeover power by force (unlikely because deep divisions had been sown), or a simple tumbling down of the system and crushing to a pile of rubble where you have a protracted period of a failed state. More people may day, more distraction would follow and slowly the devastated nation might start to be rehabilitated akin to Somalia. The main driving force here is not the opposition that the regime is faced with (although it serves its purpose) but rather the inability of the regime to sustain itself much longer. Its attempt to try hang on to power without the capacity to do so would trigger in another set of large scale tragedy which it would blame on outsiders. But the regime would eventually give in and IA would most likely flee the country, leaving everybody to clean his mess.

      Reards

      • haile

        Few corrections:

        “…and the people at odds with each other.”
        “More people may die, more distraction…”

    • dawit

      What Assassin? If there was a contest for vulgarity in this world the attack dogs at Awate.co will clear all the trophies.

  • Serray

    Selamat Saleh,

    Let first say that your response to this pfdj is is not indulgence, it is masochism; the guy is simply not at your level.

    Recently the pfdj are in the habit of telling us what our differences are but they conveniently distort THEIR position and our position; they leave out our fundamental difference. Theirs is a point of view based on ignoring the very nature of mankind. Any fight, any struggle, must have a purpose, an end other than the struggle itself. The reason we attach inhumanity to their views is because their views are devolving; always demanding more sacrifice from people who paid more than share. They accept a neighbor’s refusal to implement a decision won in court as a basis for turning an object of their devotion, eritrea, into the most barbaric, inhuman, slavery system run by people who traffic on their young and sale their own children, brothers and sisters for organ replacement.

    They cheat themselves by pretending our difference is political when in fact it is humanitarian. There is no higher purpose to badme, sinai, lampedusa, the slave camps and the darkness other than the power hunger of people who didn’t know the first thing about freedom when they started the journey of freeing eritrea from the rule of an old man a million times better than them.

    Unlucky for them, success and failure are visible, quantifiable. Outside their club, nobody defines eritrea a success under the gentle leader of theirs. Eritrea’s success began and ended in one flitting moment in may 1991; the decades before that and after that are nothing but decades of blood, pain and misery. We want to change that; their camp celebrates that. For them Eritrea is free because it is not ruled by ethiopia; for us eritrea WILL be free ONLY when eritreans are free to say and write what they want, have a just, accountable and transparent government that respects the rule of law and the rights of the eritrean people to pursue their future as they see fit. Until then, they can celebrate eritrea and we will mourn it and our people’s pitiful existence while hoping and fighting for the day the tables are turned around and their kind are mourning the death of savages, the trafficker and the rapists.

    In nutshell, our difference is on the meaning of what it means to be human. The devil worshippers define a human from eritrea as a raw material for the stupidest dictator on earth; we are stuck with old fashion definition of humanity. Because of that, the struggle is and always has been either them or us; there is no middle ground in our difference. Either pfdj is in power or it is dead.

    • Nitricc

      Serray we may serve the devil but you are one. You talk too much trush. Dude you talk so much crab. Listen, why don’t you go fight Issaias?

    • dawit

      Irrespective of the league, the man Saleh asked for it and I gave it to him. He took his time to respond. Now what is your problem. I am not insulting and running away, I am standing holding my ground. I am here for the contest of ideas and not for vulgarity.

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Serray,

      Thank you for the comment. I like this part, “The devil worshipers define a human from Eritrea as a raw material for the stupidest dictator on earth; we are stuck with old fashion definition of humanity. Because of that, the struggle is and always has been either them or us; there is no middle ground in our difference. Either PFDJ is in power or it is dead.” Emphasis mine.

      However, for a moment, just think of pre-91. Don’t you think the same forces that have been hindering freedom for the last two decades could have been the same forces who hijacked the noble cause of Eritreans for a real freedom? I don’t know your age, but I can tell you I and many combatants I know went through such frustration since then. Many people knew the snake and wanted to warned about it; unfortunately they were ignored and in their meekness, they didn’t do the job they should have done properly. For a moment think of the many combatants as victims similar to the victims of today–some twice victimized.

      At any rate, the struggle is about “here and now”; we should focus on how to end the rule by the snake. Until we do that, we will always cry and sustain even more damage to our humanity. To do that, studying the following brilliant description from your comment vital: “They cheat themselves [and many from us] by pretending our difference is political when in fact it is humanitarian.” Brilliant observation. Thank you.

  • said

    Michael
    How stupid and idiot can you be. How is it possible for Eritrean average and regime supporters to overcome years of misinformation, propaganda ,lies and mistrust ,propagated by DIA regimes and in his icy hatred and contempt of Eritrean ,in “Dehumanization and of sub humanization of our people ”. Awate site info captures the turbulent spirit of our times, with deep current article analysis, with its fissures, at times with rifts, and explaining alienation of Eritrea’s and this means a great undertaking responsibility and a task in presenting objective analysis and always present different opinions, even those with which they do not agree with regime supporters and a duty to tell our people what they have no ability to be well informed and express for themselves and whose voices have been totally suppressed, and in advocating for freedom and human rights. And it has to do with our nation dire situation, the emerging of directorship and fascist state that totally controlled aspect of our people life and transformation of power to one man, with this realty drifting towards cruel and inhuman directorship state. And today DIA fascist regime have made small transformation from stanch Utopian communism /Socialism to rouge state ,with a PFDJ centralized controlled freewheeling capitalism; from one by one era dogma to mafia culture ; and prostitute exploitation; DIA plunged the country from one war to another war and to asking for a war. in which the Eritrean life is subhuman and private person is a vanishing species, and public discussion and discourse a labyrinth of meaningless empty words with no sympathy and compassion for the country that scarified so much ,for most Eritrean we have one thing in common the horrors of war and all nightmare and scars speak for themselves. for Many Eritreans feel unconditional love for our native land and “we will never find another troubled country such as Eritrea self- infected nation .” a feeling of bewilderment ,deep sadness and grief at the fact that our people still keep mourning form tragedy to another unabated .
    Many caring Eritrean are dedicated to fighting directorship and fascism state of DIA a new Mao and Stalin ruler, two in one, a tyrant of a cruel kind and of worst type. And are contributing positively and they are sources of inspiration and they write plenty of articles by saying loud something about the Eritrean dire situation here and now that impacts our lives. In hope of changing how Eritrean men and women deeply view and understand their country and themselves. In asking our people to make deeper understanding, connections, and becomes an impediment at times. In understanding Eritrean rich cultural heritage for positive change .in realizing and we find our self in discovering that we are citizens of the same inner self and outer world, a human with DIGNITY. After all, said and done, we are own highest judge. That defines our humanity, and our ability to empathize. Pure and simple. What we have been as Eritrean, what we are experiencing today, and what we may become as we evolve and grow collectively, individuals and nations. And how the democratic movement in Eritrea and Diaspora can develop and what it can become is to be seeing.

    • Said – I am extremely proud Eritrean to know the dire conditions of my people I do not need awate, asena or your crime minister Meles to tell me anything – I go to Eritrea when I can afford it. I do not go to your mama Ethiopia to know the condition of my people or claim to bring them democracy from Mekelle. For your information the majority of Eritreans know the project to weaken our proud Eritrea and awate.com is one of the many.

      In Eritrea people who behave like this are called lementi – you are so low to admire your agame cousins in finfine while they are subjugating 80 million Ethiopians.

      Take closer look at the articles written on this thread and each one of them is still in a nightmare or shall I say wishing when Eritrea and your mama Ethiopia might integrate…

      By the way I do not use internet name Michael is my real name and I do not belong to any party!! just one of many silent Eritreans who is sick and tired of your kind of groups who will do anything to destroy Eritrea!!….One day you are advocating for people to leave the country and the next day you are shedding crocodile tears for the unfortunate tragedy in Italy.

      Economic migration is not unique to Eritreans – for your information a lot of Mexicans die crossing the border to the USA and there are about 13,000,000 migrants in the USA only -There are thousands of your cousins from Mekelle leaving every month and your awate never mentions them- but you all keep blowing the horn for meles that they have democracy in Weyane ruled Ethiopia!!…

      • Zegeremo

        ..but the Mexicans, unlike Eritreans, can go home, and live peacefully if they wish. What’s your take on that?

        Regards

        • Zegeromo – Not really – Mexicans get chopped up and their corps thrown into ditches or robbed of their hard earned $100. I live in the border area of the US and fully know that a relative in Mexico can not even disclose that they have any relative in America as they are so terrified that they could be kidnapped and held for ransom! I think they have different problems than we do.

          True and dignified Eritreans can and should go to Eritrea at any time and every time they have the opportunity to do so- unlike what awate sell outs wants you to believe one does not even have to pay a 2% tax!. Most who choose not to go are either scared that they might have committed some treason, are in somebody’s pockets or have some other baggage and hidden agenda and motives not to go there. They do not want Eritrea to survive or exist as an independent nation period! That has been their goal and stated mission.

          Having lived in the west for more than 35 years I will not or can not tell anyone that life will be easy in any underdeveloped country including Eritrea.

          Eritrea’s dire economic situation are no different than any under developed country!

          Regards,
          Hawka Michael

      • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

        Dear Michael,

        I am wondering how you describe yourself “proud Eritrean” when you are under a group who don’t have even any system to lead. Even small establishment creates a system to follow and principle clearly written.

        Man, be honest- do you think people will pay this much price just to be Economic emigrants? People are not birds my friend to jump from one continent to the other every season. Do you think Eritrean natural resources are not enough for our people?
        You and your likes become crazy when the name of that great man Meles mentioned. Why is that? Why you don’t want to accept the reality?
        Just for you to examine,
        01.Imagine DIA was in place of Meles what do you think will be the fate of Ethiopia?
        02.Just imagine Meles is in the place of DIA what could happen to our country?just dream it. one day one Meles may come.
        03. just imagine the quantity of refuges run to Ethiopia and calculate to find the ratio how many percent are converted of Ethiopian population and imagine the came to Ereitrea what do you think horn Africa looks like?

        Now, the only great man horn Africa has seen in history has gone at his 50’s. DIA is older than him more than 10 years ( 1/5th of his life) . Meles is dead and gone not to return back for ever but while he is dead his principle is working in developing Ethiopia.
        Now Michael become the God and give DIA another 1000 years do you think he will do what Meles has done?
        Meles is not my relative but truth has to be said. Joining and keeping united Ethiopia peacefully at the beginning was a big job. look at his work (I never imagined he will do such great job when first they came.)
        I Wake up my friend; you don’t have to follow the corrupted mind of our times.

  • tezeta

    Is there any hope that Ethiopia and Eritrea will form a regional cooperation as two countries with two economies that allow the peoples of the two countries to move freely across borders without passports? Would such arrangements help both countries? I hope that day will come after the dust settles.

    • Gebre

      It is NOT going to happen because Nitricc is going to erect a barbed-wire wall along the whole 1000-mile long border.

    • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

      Dear tezeta,
      sure and no doubt it is just a mater of time.

    • Tezeta,

      Yes definitely will come….just it will take time than we expect to happen.There is other alternative if we want to have market economics in this global economics.

      • ccorrection,

        Read as “there is no other alternatives…………….” please.

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      I have never seen an eritrean being asked a Passport in Ethiopia.

      • Gebre

        Passport is only to enter the country. What happens to an Eritrean inside Ethiopia or an Ethiopian inside Eritrea is another question. The trust that existed between them has already erroded after the conflict. No body trust the other any more and do not want to have them a neighbor. It will take consider time to heal the wound and regain the trust and respect between them and embrace each other.

    • As an Eritrean it will not and should not happen but your cousins in the Awate/Asena and their fathers since the mahber andenet era have been laboring for it day in day out for the last 50-60 years.

      Countries and people should only willingly integrate politically or economically if and only if there is mutual respect between the two people not because one party needs access to a sea port, have abundance of Soviet tanks or has the west’s unlimited blind support. Ethiopians have always said it very clearly that they only need access to the red sea! There is no place or stone Ethiopia and it’s masters have not unturned to make Eritrea a failed state so that they can acquire sea access – that did not work and will never work…it actually backfired and united Eritreans to be against it every time. Intimidations and blackmailing do not work in Eritrea.

      Try to plant positive cultural seeds first then ask if the other party is interested – that should not be very difficult to see -is it?

      May I ask you how Ethiopians could expect Eritreans to accept a unity or any type of integration with county that is hell bent to fabricate all kinds of lies to weaken it undermine it?? You can hate any government but not to undermine and underestimate the people – I do not think Eritreans are that foolish or naive.

      For your information those entertaining these type of crazy ideas under these circumstances are Eritreans of Ethiopians origin only.

      Regards,
      Michael

  • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

    Dear Hailat and all,
    ………………….ጉፍ!!!!……………………………..
    ዕላል ደጋፊ ነበር ህግደፍ ኣብ መርበብ:- is a bit strong poem.

  • Saleh – Not replying tothe line by line halew lew but for one the Awate website has never posted anything positive about Eritrea let alone Issias Aferwerki – So the majority of silent Eritreans do not consider this website or its agents to be nothing but a certified Jehadi website. You just use the cover of democracy and opposition as a tool to weaken Eritrea.

    All those civilized countries including your mamma Ethiopia that you seem to admire went thru the same struggles that Eritrea is going thru.

    • Dave

      How do you know the SILENT Eritreans do not support this website when you claim they are silent? Some one has to say something to know his position or have you started witch-craft to know what one thinks.

      • Dave – I see the silent majority in Eritrea and abroad in my daily life behaving as normal human beings but never knew what a witch-craft is -is that something they teach in Hawasa or Mekele? For your information the silent majority of Eritreans are fully aware that they do not have a perfect ( or anything close to it) system – but that is what they have and keep on improving it!

        When I am in Eritrea with the silent majority I drive to Sahel,Afabet, Semenawi bahri and Keren Tsada and breathe fresh air and never make annual pilgrimage to Mekelle or Finfine to bring democracy. Finfine and Mekele never had democracy to export to Eritrea – all they have is billions of donated dollars for their service to subjugate other African countries in the new 4 regional powers arrangement – OAU was used for nearly 50 years as cash cow and this is the new scheme. Meles or his majesty Haile Selassie did not come up with that idea – it was and is in the plan by other for Africans.

        For your information the silent majority does not belong to any party or even support the system that we currently have now! and I for sure do not belong to any -individual party – I just love my people and country no matter what the circumstances are- I like the rest of the silent majority will continue to participate in the positive change that Eritrea deserves and that does not change like Nefahito or sell it to the highest bidder..

        Hawka
        Michael

    • Ermias

      Since what you may call ‘positives’ by far dwarf all the negative things happening in Eritrea now, the mission is to uproot PFDJ completely and start over. This website has never posted anything that degrades Eritreans. It’s not kind to PFDJ, I give you that and for the likes of you PFDJ is Eritrea and Eritrea is PFDJ. So who are you really? Why use a pen-name. I am sure your name is not Michael. Shim aboka, adika kulu zerziro eske, hassawi.

    • Abe z minewale

      Continues from the previous . ManGus time has come to be used and throw until he is diagnosed with abuse of power. Wuchu don’t get panic you will be ok just pray ????

  • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

    ዘይካሓድ ጠቐነ:- ዘይንጸግ ክብሪ:- is the new poem of today in Jebana today.

  • dawit

    The Pro and Against Eritrean Government stands of Eritreans

    Thank you Saleh, for the article you promised plus the bonus on the counter challenges I put forward to you, which came about based on a simple observation I made to your response to an Amharic proverb used by a commentator describing or degrading Eritrean GoE supporters. I throw my famous one liner that you were compelled to respond, and challenging me to write something more than one line if I want to debate with you. Frankly speaking I did not expect your reaction so I did write more than one line which became the driving force launching pad for your new article. ንዘረባ ዘረባ የምጻኦ.

    Here is my take on the debate supporters vis opposers of Eritrean government and PIA which your camp has focused in recent years. You seem to take the position that the supporters of the régime are ignorant that follow the GoE blindly without any questions, and also you think you and your supporters have the sole license to be the spokespersons to the Eritrean people. You cheer any bad news about Eritrea and never acknowledge any good that you hear about Eritrea. Of course that is a typical position of any opposition group would take. The extreme ones on your camp they go as far as condemning the thirty years struggle that paved the road to Eritrean Independence and its leaders. I also understand why some act that way, because they had invested their life dream for Eritrea to be part of Ethiopia, they think there is nothing good could come from an independent Eritrea. They think Isaias and PFDJ some aliens that dropped to Eritrea from outer space and not people created out of the Eritrean society’s experience of centuries of colonization. They expect all the good things they see or read in the developed world the day before yesterday and not tomorrow. They wander why Eritrea is not lick Sweden, Switzerland or USA. Concerning the border with Ethiopia, they think it has nothing to do with external problems of the country, but some problem the GoE created inside the country to destroy or oppress the Eritrean peoples. They consider the UN sanction as blessing to the Eritrean people.

    The supporters on the other hand they see Eritrea, a young nation that is going through a lot of hardship to maintain for its existence or survival as a nation. They reflect life under foreign occupation, when they were isolated from the world governments, big and small and the international organizations opinions about the days of their struggle for independence. They remember the days not long ago when they looked to the skies above fighter jets dropping bombs to destroying their villages and burn their farms, schools, killing their children, cattle, dark clouds of smock rising from the land while the rest of the world kept closed their eyes and ears the silence for their plight. Today they look to the skies and see sunshine, they see cloud and rain, they see schools built, and drinking water holes dug clinics, road, and irrigation canals built in their villages. They hope to see a brighter future in their own lives. They rely on their history and try to cope with the present times simply following what their forefathers’ history and experiences about governments, who ruled their country. They believe the present Eritrean government is their government and accepted it by saying ዝበረቀ ጸሃይና ዝሓረመ ማይና ዝነገሰ ንጉስና or as the American people say USA our country right or wrong. They show patience for a better sunny day after the difficult days they are passing through and want to stick and help with their government, patiently. እግል በኣል ሰብር ምድር እግልጽባሕ ቱ. They don’t want to rush for unknown changes and end up in worst situations. They also understand the Amharic language sayings የቸኮለች ኣፍሳ ለቀመች or የቆጡን ኣወርዳለሁ ብላ የብብቱን ጣለች. They see and hear what is going on around their neighboring countries and far places, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Kenya, Congo, Central Africa, Nigeria etc. They appreciate the presence and experience of peace and stability in their country relative to the other places. They also value more than anything else the independence of their country which came through huge sacrifices of practically every family in the country over a century.

    Concerning PIA or DIA

    For the opposition members DIA is sent by Satan to destroy Eritrea who is a selfish person only interested in himself for power. He is the worst dictator leader ever came to this world worst than Hitler and Mussolini combined! They pray that he could die yesterday. For his supporters PIA is a gentle strong leader who guided the independence of the country for long time. They appreciate his Iron Fist Management Styles in leading their country. They trust him and identify strongly with him they say ‘Nihina Nisun’. They are willing to overlook whatever weakness he may have displayed over the long period of leadership and pray to God/Allah for his long life. ልጅን ከወደዱ እስከነ ንፍጡ

    Saleh, you stated that I have to give you a proof for stating your one liner statement or apologize. Well read all your writings over the years and you have your proof. All your writings states exactly what I stated in my one liner statement, DIA dictator and Eritrea the Hell on Earth.

    Finally Saleh, it was a good debate over ideas and beliefs of two Eritreans. We are on the opposite camps; let’s say we agree to disagree in many ways. I appreciate Awate.co allowing people of different beliefs to participate on free exchange of ideas, not just to win an argument but to share and try to understand the position of other. I hope this free exchange of could lead to building a democratic society of the future Eritrea we all hope to achieve. Let’s call it a day and quite, no need to trade insults over the cyber space. It is getting late, I have to take a walk and smock a cigarette.

    Peace!

    • Yodita

      I don’t know how on the one hand you say the following: “I appreciate Awate.co allowing people of different beliefs to participate on free exchange of ideas, not just to win an argument but to share and try to understand the position of other. I hope this free exchange of could lead to building a democratic society of the future Eritrea we all hope to achieve.” On the other you are inflexibly on the side of a system that punishes most harshly any dissenting citizen.

      You underestimate our intelligence, Mr. Smart Alec. No one insults you for your stand on an anti-people tyranical system, it is them that are intollerant of different beliefs and ideas.

      If you believe Isayas is gentle, well I am unable to imagine what a persons who is cruel and vindictive is like in your book.

      For me, it is much easier to accommodate Isayas’s excesses because he is such a power starved animal and for him his throne comes first, what I cannot fathom is guys like you who seem to have a balanced world outlook.

      • Papillon

        Holy smokes! Dude, hope you ain’t the last man standing on Isaias’ turf. Is that all you’ve to say? If that was the best line of defence that could be presented in a court of law, the judge would throw you out. If that was an essay presented or submitted for a mid term paper, a flat out “F”. If that was a sold out ticket in a boxing match, you would be knocked out in round one. Talk about declaring Chapter 7 of ideas. I knew you guys were hitting rock bottom but I didn’t know it was all the way down the chute.

        • dawit

          Dear Papillion;

          I am not a lawyer, not a student, or a boxer. Try other professions.

      • dawit

        Dear Yodita,

        I wrote the truth about Awate.co, Any problem with telling the truth?

        What does telling the truth has to do if I support or oppose GoE? As I indicated clearly I don’t trade insults, that is not my line of business.

        • Abe z minewale

          “Truth” you must be wiser than Jesus Christ

    • Dave

      You say PFDj supporters? What supporters! They are PFDJ funs .As a footbal fun always defends his team no matter what , a PFDG funs vouch for Iseyas at all times, no matter what happens; they are season- ticket -holders in the ticket expires the day thier team cease to exist.

  • Gebre

    Hi Mr Saleh G Johar

    You said:

    “ —-But why would the supporters of the regime hide their identities and communicate “behind a maschera” as the priest said last week in Rome? Why would they be afraid of a regime they support? I believe they are ashamed of their positions.”

    What matters for such people is not what they really are. To keep their self-interest, what matters for them is reputation and image. Here is a story which supports this thinking:

    There was a shepherd boy called Gyges. One day in the fields he found a ring ( = nickname, in the article). When Gyges kept that ring in his pocket he became invisible at any time he wished. The advantages of being a good person over an evil one are the result of being detected. These advantages disappear when anyone has the ring (nicknames) of Gyges. People are benefited by seeming good rather than by being good. The need to seem good may make them co-operative, which is a simple conformity.

    The regime supporters are conforming by seeming good (wearing the ring = nickname)to get the benefits.

  • TiETiE( shiro bubble )

    ካብ ኣተኻዮ መስዋእቲ ይሓትት ደሓር ከኣ መን ይፈልጥ ፍርያት ፍረገነት ዓባይ ዳዕሮ ይገብሮ ይኸዉን።

    አብ ከምዚ ዝበለ ፖለቲካዊ ቑርቑስ በዓል ዓዉድን ቀላሲ ርሱን በለካን ለኽዓካን ክትከዉን ዓቢ ስራሕ መስዋእቲ ድማ ይሓትት እሞ ኸአ ግዜኻ ንዉርዉር, ዘለካ አጠፊእካ ብዓቢኡ ድማ ዝባንካ ንተረካቢ ይዓድዮ, ኮታ ኩሉ አብዝባንካ ክጽሒ ናይ ብሓቂ መስዋእቲ ኢዩ። ካባይ ጀሚርካ ብጀካ ናይ ማዕዶ ጸርፊ ኩሉ ካብ ቃልዕ ነጻ ኢዩ። ተገደደ ተገደደ ንባዓል ጽቡቅ ንገረሉ ኢዩ እቲ ህያቡ።

  • belay

    DEAR Awatians,
    Re DeMHIT,
    Lets these are armed opposition of Ethiopia,and they do cross border attack in Ethiopia by using Erirea as a launching pad.
    Now,if they are policing the capital and playing the role of the Eritrean forces,that makes them part and parcel of Eritrea.
    From now on,if they do cross boarder at on ethio soil,could it be considerd as Eritrea declaration of war against Eritrea?

    • belay

      Dear moderator,
      I mean decleration of war against Ethiopia by Eritrea.
      Thanks.

    • Papillon

      Dear Belay,

      If there is any political booty to be harvested from the recent development in Isaias’ Eritrea, it is TPDM’s rare opportunity to get an extensive coverage by websites affiliated with the Opposition. That said however, the issue that you’ve aptly raised terribly lacks the possibility of (TPDM) venturing into Ethiopia for obvious reasons. What is more striking is however, when TPDM is enjoying the free coverage-ride as it sits on the lime light, it is losing its political appeal if you will as it is turning itself into a mercenary group not to a democratically elected leader but to a leader who has gone synonyms with a rogue and a pariah.

      One could as well argue that, TPDM is playing the chinese chop-sticks where tactics and strategy play each other out in a clearly defined political objective. The fallacy is however, TPDM is not using Isaias as a means to a greater end rather it is becoming as you said it, part and parcel of Isaias’ rather schizophrenic modus operandi. Moreover, when nations and nationalities over time are melting with in the Ethiopian federalist system, to garner a political manifesto directed solely to a particular ethnic group is an anachronistic in terms. One would be hard pressed to know the exact number of the alien force in Eritrea which is being inflated more than it can deliver let alone a change in Ethiopia but to live up to its mandate to harass the Eritrean people.

      ሓፍትኻ

      • belay

        Dear Papillon,
        I am honored by your response and recognition.My appriciation.And wish you a good luck for your fight against tyreny.

  • Bekhitay

    Saleh,
    Well done. I really appreciate your wonderful presentation of the subject matter. Indeed
    it is a lesson and golden opportunity to those who are open minded and ready to grasp but not for those who deny the entity and try hide beneath the carpet of the DIA like their forefathers did in Haileselassie’s era.
    “Ekhejil Hesbtu hesbet khanjeer” as memher Tesfamarian (Jannay) said.

    • Bekhitay,

      You have said “hide beneath the carpet of the DIA like their forefathers did in Haileselassie’s era.” Watch your language. It deepens the mistrust already put us at two opposite end. Such language hurts our social fabric. I don’t think you care!!!!!

      • TiETiE( shiro bubble )

        ንቀዳማይ ጌጋ ብካልኣይ ጌጋ ደሪብካ ከም ሃንዛ ከተረድእ ምጽዓር ረጎደ ዉጽኢቱ ድማ የረጉድን የርብሕን።እቲ ዝኸፍኤ ልምዲ ዝጸንሔ ንጌጋ ተጻዉርካ ምኻድ ዳንዴር ኣብ ዘራእቲ የብዝሕ።ዳንዴር ብእዋኑ ዘይተጻህየ ዉጻእ ቐዉዒ ዘለካ ትነግፍ።አብ ክልተ ወገን ስክፍታ ክህሉ ኣሎዎ እቲ ምንታይ እቲ በላዕን ተበላዕን ብማዕረ ክቕንዘዉ ሓልዮት ግደይ ግዴኻ ድማ ብወርቒ ሚዛን ይሕሎ።ንምንታይ ሰብ ካብ ኤርትራ በሪሩ ሃጽ ኢሉ ይጠፍእ ኣሎ? ንኽዛረብ ባይቶ, ወጽዓ ክእርም መስርዕ ,ዘሎዎ ሰብ ካብ ሃጽ ኢሉ ክጠፍእ ርግእ ኢሉ መሰሉ ክመልስ ይመርጽ። ናይ መጀመርያ ቡቕሊ ምድሪ ንሕና ኢና ኢልካ ናይ ጥንቲ ዓዲ ሰብን ምንሻዉ ካብኡ ዝገደደ ድማ ኣብ ቀዳማይን ካልኣይን ዝርጋን ረቢብካ እሞ ከኣ ተጠሊዕካ ንጭቑን ምጥቓን መወዳእትኡ ብይን ናብ ገሃንብ።

      • Zaul

        Dear Amanuel,

        Can you please explain to me why my forefathers are something to be ashamed of?

        The majority among the Christians voted for union with their co-religionists and kin south of Mereb. Just like a majority of Muslims (far from all) chose independence for religious reasons, they didn’t want to be ruled by a Christian king. How come those who wanted independence are viewed as more rational than those who didn’t in the beginning?

        What’s the point of trying to force us into a marriage that will make both the lowlanders and the highlanders unhappy? Why don’t we go our separate ways and live as happy neighbors. I can understand that the Jeberti and Saho are very skeptical of separation for obvious reasons (don’t pretend like you’re Super-nationalists).

        Is it too much to ask not to be ruled by a dictator for the sake of unity? Or accept Sharia-law and Arabic language and culture as part and parcel of a democratic future-Eritrea. Both options are unappealing.

        I’m asking you because it was your generation that fought for independence, not the one before you or the one after you.

        All we have gotten out of it is death, disintegration and emigration. Our Tigrinya language and culture is slowly dying. What a price to pay for Independence. Don’t tell me it is Shaebias fault, Jebha was not better.

        Best regards
        Teklehaimanot Zagwe

  • said

    The regime supporters,the Qoqahs,Sophias, the Gideons and alike

    I often read with great concern with so many recent comments by confused, hypocrite ,sellout regime supporters. Not only that i strongly dispute their reason and assertions of the IRRELEVANCE to our nation suffering and misery and IRRELEVANCE of Democracy to our Eritrea settings, however, I feel a great disappointment in their thinking and tendency to justify and support the DIA continues cruel rule ,the illegal wresting of power, and even in the case of known facts the jailing and killing of so many comardes and removing of so many Eritrean civil opposition by brute force and by eliminating grass roots fightres and top brass ELPF true patriotic nationalist force ;done in broad daylight DIA made internal a coup d’état carried out by his handful loyal military junta that they reserved great praise for by regime supporters.
    May God bless the soul of those vanished by DIA and his handful fascist military junta, today as in past as we have as much claim on our historic leader as they (regime supporters )do with the stark difference, with all respect, regime supporters that may have great love for Eritrea founding fathers ,that stem from deep shared values for independences of Eritrea but not for, of Justice, freedom, equality and fervent attachment to universal values in general rather than attachment to the DIA Cult of Personality whose endurance evaporates with vanishing of mortals in this ephemeral existence.
    We Eritrea will continue to commemorate Awate memory every year, on the sad day, and very sad memory of so many great Eritrean leaders’ death. Our attachment and full subscription to Eritrea founding fathers’ ideals never budged; not an inch.
    In their hope, aspiration and Instilling the values and tradition of a “True Representative Democracy” in this age and time of a converging globe, is the “ONLY” sure path to a true responsible self-governance by the disenfranchised poor Eritrean masses. Laying the foundations of an inclusive “Pluralistic Democracy” is a collective, slow and a learning process whose insurance of success predicates on patience, peaceful open dialogue, and collaborative efforts by all concerned to observe and respect the rules of a democratic process is totally absent from regime supporters.
    Separation of Power, Transparency and Accountability as to be enshrined in the Constitution, consensually adopted and adhered to safeguard the untracking of the process during the wrenching and demanding lengthy transition to a “Democratic Society” for a society, as true of all the Eritrean societies that is long-accustomed to non-democratic rule. The DIA and PFDJ, the Army foremost, as the most important institution need to equally, foremost in a country like Eritrea , to remain in the barracks and under the full indisputable direction and control of the freely and democratically elected political apparatus.
    To continue in expressing our observations, convictions and values, a word of caveat would here be in order to dispel any misjudgment as to DIA loyalties and convictions: for many Eritreans today they believe in democracy as the only solution and many Eritrean independent free thinkers who subscribe to the ultimate edification of a “Civil Society” where all citizens, regardless of faith, sect, ethnicity or race are treated equal before the law and are afforded equal economic, social and political rights without any discrimination.

    Many Eritreans find it abhorring and disheartening reading strong affirmations in regime supporters to political principles that seriously compromise and undermine the future transitional process for the establishment of a Tradition of a truly functioning democracy. What the DIA and his military Junta did is to set the clock way back for a great country, a great nation, Eritrea aspiring to unleash the creative energies of its entire people, burying a nascent democracy in the bud.
    It would be unfair to comprehend , for regime supporters to reduce far more complex realities and the huge challenges for regime change and of the dire necessity transition into consensual democracy with the dismissal stereotype and patented lexicons defied by the challenges of copying with the institutions of well-entrenched in every aspect of Eritrean life “Dictatorial State” of a defunct regime whose power and interest centers, nevertheless, is meant only for the benefit and remained very intact for very small tiny monitory cruel regime .
    We all pray for Eritrea, whose interests and wellbeing equally lies at the wellbeing and interests of the great Eritrean people.

  • TiETiE( shiro bubble )

    ኢሳያስ ቆሊኡ ስንግጢር ኢዩ።
    እቲ ሓደ ሜላ ኢሳያስ ኣብ ገድሊ ዝፈለጦ ዝተበለጸሉ መሳርሒ ሰባት አደናጊርካ ምዉቃዕ ኢዩ።ኢዚ ኣስሃትያን ነቶም ጨጓር ዳንጋ ዝበሃሉ መብዛእትኦም ደቒ ገጠርን በላሕትን ይብለጸሎም ነይሩ።ሳልኦም ድማ ሓዳር ገይሩ ፐረዚደንት ኮይኑ።እቶም ጨጓር ዳንጋ ሓንቲ ኢያ ዕላምኦም ፡ተጊህካ ምስራሕ።መብዛሕትኦም ጨጓር ዳንጋ ካብ 1975-1988 ዘሎ ግዜ ተሰዊኦም ኢዮም ዉሕዳት ድማ ዝተሃስዩ ሎማ ይጉህዩ አሎዉ በቲ ኣስሃትያን ስንግጢር ሞይኡ በሪሁ ተራኢይዎም።ብቅልጡፍ ድማ ናብ ሓደሽቲ ይኸይድ የደናግር።እዚ ተግባራት ዚ ምዕራብ ክኢላታት Ponzi Scheme ይብልዎ።ብካልእ ዉን እቲ ኣርወ/serpent ኣስሃትያን ንኣዳምን ሔዋንን ናብ ሕንከት ዝመርሔ።

  • Thomas

    Funny Sal – Tetsarifka Harba. Remember sanction against them, they run of of bullets. The dictator has been taking them to the edge of the hill and now he is trying to push each of them to prolong his last days in power. They cannot talk of the economy (DIA’s fabricated talk of development), exposed to the world on human rights stand) and demoralized/feed up to fight army and so so forth…………

    Let’s just write their license plates from their behind their kedad/ekuyale sireom:))

  • Tesfabirhan Weldegabir Redie

    it is a call to wake-up! Proud of you as usual.

  • QoQaH

    Whoever triggered this Gadi article, gave the man the best possible reasons to talk about his favorite subject – himself. It is entertaining read in ego trip!

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      No entity surpasses the PFDJ in the skill of one-liners and putdowns. You stayed the course Qoqah. Tell us about yourself, how many times you cheered the killer and oppressor of your people 🙂

      • Ghezae Hagos

        Yes Saleh,

        “..the skill of one-liners and putdowns…” Aptly said. texarif’ka..harba!

        You also started the article with this nice expose.

        “It is understandable why those who oppose the PFDJ prefer anonymity; the risks are too evident. But why would the supporters of the regime hide their identities and communicate “behind a maschera” as the priest said last week in Rome? Why would they be afraid of a regime they support? I believe they are ashamed of their positions.”

        Really, it will inevitably, come to pass, these dark times. At least we know the Sophias, the Gideons…who are the Nitrics and the Qoqahs? Why should they hide when the people who have legitimate fear do not. Some do so ‘because they are ashamed of their positions.’

        Ghezae Hagos

        • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

          Ghezae, tetsarifka Harba, I never thought of it. It is brilliant. Indeed that is what they are good at, insulting and making silly comments. They know they would have a bloody nose if they engage in a meaningful debate. Why would they when they can say a word or two and hit the dust? Harba!

          • belay

            Ente’dea dem bedem, sember besember,koynom ab’geza’wen Halengi wey kormaj alla.

          • dawit

            Your have been writing pages of insults for a decade which can be put in one line. “Isaias Dictator and Eritrea the North Korea of Africa”. Your followers with the herd mentality repeat that over and over thinking lies could be converted by magic to truth. By the way, it seems you have passed PIA by saying everything about you ‘it is lies’!

          • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

            dawit, how many times do I have to tell you to think before you make wild statements? Here is a challenge for you: prove that I ever wrote, “Isaias Dictator and Eritrea the North Korea of Africa.” Not that I question the relevance of the comparison, but I never wrote or said that. Present your evidence that I wrote or said that to prove you depend on truth or apologize for the readers you tried to lie to… not to many of us who are used to such lies. See! Some entities do not need to be trained how to lie, it comes to them naturally 🙂 At any rate, will I see you tomorrow or you will be at the nearest Starbuks to spread yet another rumor? By the way, I was just talking with someone over the phone about a guy you know, an ex-deg sympathizer who turned a die-hard PFDJ supporter. Though I have zero respect for liars, please pass my regards to him. What can I do, I have a weak spot for Kerenites, call me “regionalist” 🙂

        • QoQaH

          tegaletsuta: do belkum! ……. [alert! Freudian slip] Let me confess then! kilefalef! I don’t even need berbere mETan!

          The reason I hide my identity is because I am truly afraid that when tomorrow comes, and it is coming much sooner than I had anticipated with the riots, stickers and robo calls and all, and that Ghezae Hagos becomes the justice minister and Saleh Ghadi the minister of information they will hunt me down, prosecute me and take my villa from me!

          There you have it! yes, I said it! metsaei mengistina mehari eyu elomo! slezi,……tegaletsuta!

          By the way I live in Whoville in case you are wondering!

          • Ghezae Hagos

            Qoqah,

            Again, you got it all wrong. No surprises there.

            Think about the people, buddy, not the power.

            When tomorrow comes, really, it is not for us, the Ghadis, the Hailes the Ghezaes. It is actually for YOU, for our people. You think today may be for you; it is not (unless you are beneficiary of the regime.) We want us to live in peace.

            As for us, we have no more stake in tomorrow’s Eritrea than you have. Most of us live quite comfortably in the West along with our loving families and communities. Our lives are similiar to yours, the Sophias. Absolutely the same.

            The only possible difference (advantage you may ever have) could be you may go to Eritrea but we can’t; we have made peace with this fact long ago. So it is not an issue for us. So, there you have it; it is official: you have no advantage over us.

            Bears repeating as citizens of this nation of ours, our primary responsibility is for our people. You perfectly know our people are suffering. Both of us share equal responsibility for their demise or progress.

            Really, Qoqah forget us and think of your/our people only….ok, keep your villa; just think about your people.

          • Semere Andom

            [Moderator: please post poems at Merhaba: Jebena open thread.]

          • Qoqah,

            Leaving this sarcastic talks, why are you hiding? It is un Eritrean character. Why do you separate your idea from who you are.Please show unity of your body and mind” as an entity that define your real identity. I think you are capable to debate. Why don’t try to promote your idea in the market of ideas? We can learn and you can learn from the clashes of our ideas and reach on how our people should be govern. I hope to disprove Ghezea’s words “tetsarifkas harba.” Make Meaningful argument if you have any. It is good for you and the rest of us.

      • Semere Andom

        Saleh:
        there are loyalists and the faithful. The loyalist will cheer no matter what. The faithful are like the real”QoQaHs”, who are sharp and astute, when they perceive their faith has been abused and the things that gave them faith are eroded, they will do the right thing. But THIS QoQaH is the loyalist credo, and he will cheer even if PFDJ runs its thanks over the kids who demonstrate,just so his Godena MendeQ investments will be spared.

  • Ermias

    Selamat all,

    On a different thread, I presented 21 pretty straight forward questions for Nitricc (the amazing). He was really generous enough to respond to all of them. Please read and make your own judgement of Nitricc. I was going to make a firm diagnosis of his state of mind but this questionairre turned out to be inconclusive to me. Perhaps others have a better say.

    21 questions for Nitricc:
    1. Are PFDJ and the Eritrean government two sides of the same coin?
    No, there is PIA flip the coin and there is PIA

    2. Is Isaias himself PFDJ, the GoE, Eritrea himself?
    Reffer to # 1

    3. Who coined nhna nsu…?
    Most Eritreans over 50

    4. Are you nsu?
    No, I am ANE

    5. Is Eritrea better off now than the derg era?
    If your chiled were,t run over alive by a moving tank, you tell me? You love your chaild right? Then tell me the answer to your own retarded question.

    6. Do you know anyone in the Lampedusa tragedy?
    I don’t but my parents do
    7. Does IA strike you as a healthy and vibrant person?
    Very heathy and vibrant
    8. If he dies, just like President Meles Zenawi, who will be in charge?
    The man who led the most amazing Gedli, you don’t think he has a plan for that event? No?

    9. Why are Eritreans so eager to leave the country, even those from remote areas with no information about Europe and America?
    X-box
    10. Do you visit Eritrea? What do you see? Why have all your friends and relatives left?
    Yes I have many relatives, I am Eritrean why are you asking?
    11. What is your most frequent source of information for Eritrean current affairs?
    That is classified.
    12. Do you think the after independence generation made enough sacrifices for Eritrea?
    Yes, and no. Yes the youth saved the country from Weyane. But now are leaving,
    13. Do you have any family left in Eritrea? When was the last time you spoke to them?
    Reffer to # 10
    14. Do you worry about the mercenary army’s ominous nature as Ghadafi did the same thing before he was deposed?
    I don’t really care about Gadafi why are asking stupid questions?
    15. Did you know that the Ethiopians always held that IA was mentally unstable; we are learning
    this about him now?
    Why I do I care about what the Ethiopians think. If they do think that way, I understand. He left them landlocked with their 80 million of them. It is unstable mind to think you can do that and do it. I understand.
    16. Ethiopia plays Nigeria for World Cup qualifiers on Nov 16. Who are you going to root for?
    I hate soccer, it is girls game.
    17. Do you send money to Eritrea? By what means? What is the exchange rate?
    Yes legally. One way to kill a nation is black market, oh you want to kill the nation.
    18. “I know those people are never bright but come on people.” who do you mean?
    Really, talk to Rahwa and Gebre.

    19. A day of mourning has been declared by the African Union for the innocent Eritreans (and the 6 Ethiopians) on Nov 3. What are PFDJ’s plans for that day?
    AU has been dead since the 80s how is a dead can mourn about other dead? What are you smoking?
    20. If there happens to be a train wreck because of, say, engine failure and 6 people get hurt, how many victims are there of this accident?
    One that is you. Are you that stupid, if a train engine fails, it stops, it is not moving. You mean airplane?
    21. Who said, “seb nab may zelewo eyu z’keyd ember, may nab seb aymetsin eyu?” – when asked about the water shortages in Asmara?
    These are questions to check your sanity and how abreast you are with the state of affairs of Eritrea.

    Ermias obviously something wrong with. I felt bad to respond because you wasted your time to write this garbage. Are you happy you wasted my time?
    I have a vacation I must take before the year end. I think I can pool it off, can you share with me what ever }#%^*+%# you smoking

    • Papillon

      Dear Ermias,

      That is brilliant. For real. If one was to ask Eritreans randomly as who do they think answered the questionnaire, I am sure most of them would say Isaias. Isaias has every reason to be proud of himself for breeding mini-him (read: ዶናቑር).

      ሓፍትኻ

      • Ermias

        Selam Papillon,

        That is indeed an incredible observation on your part. Nitricc gave at least a dozen answers for which IA would say the same thing, verbatim, like the reply about AU. The questionnaire was also intended for amusement and it served its purpose on that end.

        ሓዉኺ

  • Haile T

    Dawit
    Abotatna Kimselu Jigna Himak intweled tefe Himak jigna intewelde teklte
    iza misla naka ia

    • belay

      Himak Mecheyo’lo, haw himak kefiewo’lo.

  • Seare

    People in the opposition and the GoE are casted in the same mould. Some times they are from the same father and mother:-) So it is better to remain cautious. Call me a wimp if that suits you.

  • haile

    ሰላማት ሕዝበ ዓዋተ –

    ስርዓት ኢሰያስ ኣፈወርቂ ባዕሉ ንዓቃብ ሰላም ው.ሕ.ሃ ብምስጓግ ብዝፈጠሮ ስግኣት ኩናት፣ ባዕሉ ኣብ ሶማል ብዝገበሮ ምትእትታውን ምሕብሓብ መራሕቲ ግብረ-ሽበራ ጽንፈኛታት ሶማልን ዝሰዓበ እገዳን፡ ካብ መርመራ ብምሕንጋድ ዘስዕቦ ዘሎ ቀጻልነት እገዳን፣ ባዕሉ ንኹሉ ወዲ ሃገር ናይ ስራሕ፡ ንግዲን፡ ምንቅስቃስ እገዳን፡ ሕጊ-ኣልቦ ማሕዩርን ስቃይን ሰንኪ ዝረኽሞሾ ቁጠባ ሃገርን፡ ጻዕቂ ስደት ኤርትራውያን፡ ኣስዒቡሉ ዘሎ ምትፍናን ምስ ዓለማዊ ማሕበራት፣ ባዕሉ ብዘሳውሮ ዘሎ ፕሮፖጋንዳ ዝስዕብ ዘሎ ሓድሕድ ጎነጽ ኤርትራውያን ኩሉ እብ ግምት ብምእታው፡ እዚ ስርዓት ተስፋ ከምዘብሉ ብሩህ እዩ።

    ነዞም ዝተጠቕሱ ሽግራትን፡ ፍትሓውን ቁዋማውን ምምሕዳር ንምምጻእን ድማ ክሳብ እዛ እዋን እዚኣ፡ በዚ ስርዓት’ዚ ዝቐረበ እማመ የልቦን። እታ እንኮ ጠለቡ “እንተ ጸነትኩም፡ ሃው በሉ፣ ኮረሻ ስልጣነይ ጥራይ ኣይትተንክዩ” ዝብል ሱሱዕን ዘይሓላፍነታውን ስነ-ሞጎት እዩ። ሕዝቢ ግዳይ ገይርካ ስልጣን ውልቀ-መላኺ ምሕላው ድማ ብዘይካ እቶም ብግዝያዊ ጠቕሚ ዝእለዩ ስሱዓት ሃሱሳቱ፡ ካልእ ደጋፊ’ቲ ስርዓት ተደናጊሩ ወይ ብራዕዲ ኢድ ዝሕውሰሉ ዘሎ ጉዳይ ጥራይ እዩ። ዝኾነ ይኹን ኣብዚ እዋን ነዚ ውልቀ-መላኺ ዝዓሉ ኮለኔል፡ ምንም ዓይነት ግዳማዊ ወይ ውሽጣዊ ተጻብኦ ስለ ዘይገጥሞ፡ ብህርፋን ስልጣን ጥራይ ክግምጥሎ ይኽእል እዩ። ስለዚ እቲ ሕጂ ዘሎ ብደሆ፡ ነዚ ካብ ሞት ክድሕን ምንም ተስፋ ዘይብሉ ስርዓት፡ “ኣድጊ’ስ ካብ ምማታ ምጉታታ” ዝብል ምስላ ጸገም ናይ ቀዳሞት ኣርኪቡና፡ ንዕልቕልቕ ደርብዩና ከይከደ እንከሎ፡ እዞም እትድግፍዎ ዘለኹም ባእታታት፡ ነቲ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሃገርኩምን ህዝብኹምን ዘንጸላሉ ዘሎ ጸሊም ደበና ጥፍኣት፡ እብዛ ናይ መወዳእታ ካልኢት ኮይንኩም ከተስተውዑሉላን፡ ኣብ ጎኒ ህዝቢን ሃገርን ደው ክትብሉ ዘለኩም ታሪኻዊ አኣማራጺ ምምዝዛን እዩ። ወድሓንኩም

    • Ermias

      ዝኸበርካ ሃይለ፥ ብጣዕሚ ጽቡቕ መልእኽቲ፥፥ ካብ ማንም ሰብ ንላዕሊ ንስኻ ከም እተርደኦ፤ መብዛሕቶም ደገፍቲ ስርዓት ኢሳይያስ ኣብ ምዕራባዊ ዓለም ዝርከቡ ኤርትራውያን እዮም፤ ኣነ ቅድሚ ነዊሕ ዓመታት ንብዙሓት ብቐረባ ዝፈልጦም ሰባት ከረድእ ጀሚረ ነይረ ግን ብቕጽበት ተስፋ ቆሪጸ ገዲፈዮ ነይረ፤፤ ሕጂ ሓንቲ ለውጢ እንታይ ኣላ ምስ ዝበሃል፤ እቶም ዳርጋ ብፍርሂ: ወያነ ሃገርና ከይዘምተና ኢሎም ምስ ኢሳይያስ ዝደናገጹ ዝነበሩ ተስፋ ቆሪጾም ይማጎቱሉ የለዉን፤ ኮይኑ ግን፤ ገና እንታይ ይብሉ ኣለዉ፤ ካብቶም ተቓወምቲ ዝበሃሉስ ንሱ እኳ ይሕሸና ይኸውን፥፥ ምኽንያቱ ን ተራ ኤርትራዊ፤ ናይ ተቓወምቲ መረዳእታ፤ ንሳቶም ምሁራትን ኣስላማትን ደቂ ሓንቲ ኣውራጃን እዩ፥፥ ስለዚ ወላ ንሕናውን ካብ መርበብ መራኸቢ ብዙሃን እንዳ ወጻና ጎስጓስን ትምህርቲ ምሃብን ዓቢ ሓላፍነት ኣሎና፥፥ የቐንየለይ ስለምንባብካ፥፥

      • haile

        ክቡር ሓው ኤርምያስ፡

        እዞም ከምኡ ዝብሉ’ኮ ሓደው ኮነ ኢሎም ፍርሒ ከስልኹ ዝፍብርኹ ሃሱስያን፡ ወ ዝባኑ ዝተቐልዔ ሕስረቶም መኸወል ሕፍረቶም ዝጥቀምሉ ሜላ’ዩ። ህዝቢ ኢርትራ ንናጽነቱ ድኣ’ምበር ካልእ ዝሓዞ ትሕጃ ነይርዎ ኣይኮነን ብሉጻቱ ወፍዩ ሃረርታኡ ዘግሃደ። ኮይኑ ድማ እታ ዝደመየላን ዝተረባረበላን ናጽነቱ ተጨውያ፡ ኣደዳ’ዚ ትርእዮ ኩነታት ኣሎ። ቐዲመ ኣብ ዘቕረብክዎ መወከሲ፡ ኣብዚ ህሞት ኣብ ኢንዶነዥያ ውጻእ ሓደጋ ባሕሪ ኮይኖም ተረኺቦም ካብ ዘለዉ’ሞ መወዳእትኡ ኣብ ዘይተፈልጠ ማሕዩር ናይታ ሃገር ተቐፊዶም ካብዘለዉ ሸውዓተ ኤርትራውያን ሓዲኦም ትሕቲ ዕድመ ዕሸል ምስ ወላዲቱ ዝመጸ ወዲ ስውእ ተጋዳላይ ሓርነት እዩ! ካብዚ ዝኸፍእ መነውር ኤርትራዊ መንነትን ክብርን የሎን። እዚ ተሓንጊጦሞ ዝዞሩ ዘለዉ ሰብኣውነት ኣዳም ዘነወረ ህላወ አኤርትራዊ፡ በቲ ኣብ ድቅድቅ ጸላም ከርሲ ባሕሪ ብዕትብቲ ሓፍቶምን፡ ጓሎምን፡ ናቶምን ዝኾነት ኤርትራዊት ኣደ ተንጠልጢሉ ዝተረኽበ በድኒ እደን ውላድን መህደሚ ክረኽቡ’ምበር መጻኢ ኢርትራን ሰላማን ፋዕራ ገይረሙሉ ከይመስለካ።

        ደገፍቲ’ዚ ስርዓት እኮ ሬሳታት ዕሸላት ዓጽመ-ስገኦም ካብ ትሕቲ ባሕሪ ተመዝሑቑ እና ተቆለለ፡ ብጓይላን ዳንኬራን ዝተላሃዩ ሰባት እኮ’ዮም! ነቶም ብዘይ ዕረፍቲ ምስ ሓይሊ ሲኦል ትጋጢሞም ሬሳታቶም ብኽብሪ ዝኣከቡ ባዕዳውያን ብብደዔ ዝካሰሱ ነውራማት እኮ’ዮም። ክላበስዎ ዘይክእሉ ውርደትን ነውርን ስለ ዘየሎን፡ ነዚ ኣሚኑን’ዶ ኣይኮነን እብ ውሽጢ ዓዶም ብመጻእተኛ ዕሱብ ሰራዊት ህዝቦም ዘሕስረሎም ዘሎ። እዚኦም ወላ እቲ ድሕሪ’ዚ ግፍዒ ዝመጽእ ሰላምን ቅሳነትን ክብርን ኤርትራውያን ብሚኒኮሎ እንተርኤኻዮም፡ ሕማሞም ካልእ’ዩ። ነብሰይ ይጥዓሞ’በር እንታይ ገደሰኒ እዩ። እንተ እታ ኣእላፍ ተገፊዖምላን ተሳቕዮምላን ትሕደር ዘላ ኢርትራ ድማ መጽኢኣ ባርዕ ሲኦል እንተሃንኮቶ እይንታዮምን እዩ።

        ሕጂ ድማ እቲ ፍትሕን ሰላምን ግዝኣተ ሕግን ብቕንዕና ዝሓረየ ግን ብራዕዲ ተዓዚሙ ኣብ ጽፍሩ ዝኸረመ፡ ዓው ኢሉ ክዛረብ ጀሚሩ ስለዘሎ ሽሕ እኳ ክሳብ እታ መወዳእታ ደቒቕ ክግዕሩን ክመሳመሱን እንተኾኑ፡ መዓልቲ ጥፍኣቶም ግን ከም ጋህሲ ተራሕያ ኣብ ቅድሚ ዓይኖም ተደቂና ስለዘላ ናብ ዘብልዎ የብሎምን። ንሶምን ጥልመቶምን ንጓሓፍ ታሪኽ ሕደጎም። ሰላም ንዓኻ።

  • Amin

    Dear Ustaz Saleh
    Salamat!
    The one who wrote the accusation claims that he reads awate.com and learned about the current situation of Eritrea from this dedicated website. Of course he will learn from here, because the Dictators website can not provide him with such first hand information of their evil deeds. At least he admits openly, he follows the current situation of Eritrea from awate.com, now regardless to his childish and immature accusation, you need to appreciate him for recognizing awate as a source to follow Eritrea’s hardship and dictatorship. Besides, your daily activism, you should tell him that you practice journalism as your profession, to inform, inspire and reconcile, which is the motto of awate.com if he is blind to read it at the website.

  • Ambassador

    Saleh,
    Isn’t it already obvious that Higdefities will honor your struggle only when a lamp-post appreciates the dogs for its hygiene?

  • Selam Saleh,

    The PFDJ can throw any kind of stone….something expected by those who oppose and abhor them. The best message of your article is the title in itself, “Honors I Don’t Claim; Allegations I don’t Deny.” That would do the best answer to them. We will live strictly for that in the current Eritrean political saga. Amen

  • said

    For regime supporters DIA is been exalted as the “Coming” Messiah that thus far he has nothing to show with a country that’s totally decimated and a country facing known dire and bleak future.

    The Greatest Speech Ever Made 75 years ago ,short video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK2WJd5bXFg

    What is remarkable about the above is that Chaplin’s speech about fascism in The Great Dictator nearly 75 years ago is as relevant today as it was back then, if not more relevant. In addition, as Chaplin was demonized for telling the truth back then,

    “And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.”
    “To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and Dictators Die, and the power they took from the People will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.”

    And particularly relevant, is the following, as it applies to nearly all world leaders today and it should serve to awaken us to the knowledge that divided we will fall to the brutal immorality of today’s banking/government/military complex, but united, we have the power to change our futures for the better:

    “You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will.

  • Kaddis

    Interviewing Meles –

    Gash Saleh – I think a lot of Ethiopian private media journalists envy your chance of interviewing Meles. I remember how Meaza Biru of Sheger FM, she is our Christiane Amanpour, regretted for not having the chance to interview Meles on her first show after he died. I think Meles was smart enough to impress big time journalists during interviews …. don’t worry my PFDJ friends … I am not going to bring up Isu’s fight against Talk to Aljazeera here…

  • Dawit

    Hello Salih I read your commetnts.
    That is clear,and right.
    Coz Eritreans always they are emotionals,and
    The pfdjians are selfsh,opportunists,but you are doing good.
    The message is clear to the boss of juna DIA and his blind followers.
    In Asmara Expo in 2003 there was a meeting of Eritrean defence force
    in Asmara,and army commander told as clearly not to read Awate and Asmarinos
    news and comments.
    So this is clear message that your team and asmarino are doing good agenst
    the regim and they are nervouse with your work.
    So brother keep it up do not expect any positive opinion from the HGDEFAWIAN
    you are two different edge.
    True and lie.
    Mr.Salih keep it up your web site helpe us to know so many things about our
    country.

    Dawit wedi keren
    dawitkeren@yahoo.com

    • dawit

      “Ad elebu, Aje Cheren libil”

      • Dawit

        Ketlay degum lehade belew.
        Entama mesel wed adeka endegaeka sebet amaret ad dib akrbot Eritreay kanits hleka.

        Dawit wedi keren

        [Moderator: may we suggest adding ‘1’ (Dawit1) to your nick to avoid confusion between you Dawit with capital D, and the other dawit, with small d.?]

  • Aida Biedemariam

    Amen Saleh Gadi! That is exactly how we should think.

    This is not a matter of democracy or not democracy. We can not accept people helping Isayas, because it is not a matter of democracy and not democracy. It would be like letting someone supporting Hitler in the name of democracy.

    Last Sunday I heard PFDJ slave describe the origin of Meron Stifanos and that she was working for dirg, I couldn’t believe my ears.

    How can someone go that far fabricating history to vilify some one harmless to help a gangster in destroying Eritrea.

    I believe that eritreans with knowledge of lows need to help us know what we can do to register these people and what they do so that we can use the information for future juridical process. Isayas Afewerki is going to go to trial and there is no reason that those who help him will not.

  • wedinakfa

    Repenting time while still hidung in jackyl’s skin!

  • dawit

    Saleh,

    They say ‘history repeats itself’. When Eritrea was federated with Ethiopia, I was a baby and don’t remember the circumstance and history behind it then. But this is what I remember, I saw my father for the first time visiting him in prison behind iron bars gate, when my mother took me to visit him. I must say that was my earliest memory in my life. My father was put in prison because of his refusal to participate to support ‘Eritrea the ‘daughter’ to unite with her ‘mother’ Ethiopia’ ‘bizemeni Adey, Adey Ethiopia’. That was the period before the hit song ‘Tezeweri machina, Tezewerie, Shewan Asmara Qoinu mezaweriye’. Eritreans living in Ethiopia were ordered to travel to Eritrea and influence the locals to support Ethiopia’s bid for annexation. Haile Selassie was sending them with a lot of bags full of money to buy Eritreans votes. My father blamed Eritrean elites of the time who participated in that project as much as he blamed Haile Selassie for the blood that was spilt after the union. He used to say that ‘One cannot complain to have lost a pant here a shirt there from his house, after willingly inviting a thief to his house and allowing him to stay in the house’. He also said at that time Ethiopia had a house full of dirt, and Eritrea had its dirt. They each needed to clean their respective houses, than to join and create a bigger dirty house. He used to call an Eritrean who participated in the selling project as ‘zbuy we zbuy’ and he would have called today’s elitists who are running up and down the glob ‘zbuyam we zbuyam’. He died dreaming to see Halibmentel and Hashela, where he was born and grew up. He sacrificed his son to liberate Eritrea and unfortunately he didn’t see free Eritrea. So Saleh you can write anything you want, but you ain’t different to those who came before you, trying to sell Eritrea to the highest bidder. At least Isaias is standing on his feet and saying ‘Eritrea for Eritreans’ and that is good enough reason for me and the majority of Eritrean masses to support him. You can sugarcoat you plans with ‘democracy, Awate etc and what have you, but you cannot deceive me and sell your new ‘Adey adey project

    • David,

      I’ve this nagging feeling that your great father would have been imprisoned in present day Eritrea had he been a life to witness what is happening to his beloved country. I’m sure he would certainly not be silent – like the G-15 and other courageous souls who disappeared without trace – and you, having felt the tragedy close to your home, would be in the opposition camp.

      Nuradin

      • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

        I love the story of your father. It is just the story of all parents who stand for truth. And you are supposed to be like your father. You should be proud to have such type of parent but follow his way… Unfortunately, it seems you have long way to catch the road. You need to see carefully where you stand should be.

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Hi Dawit!
      What made you change not to follow your father foot steps?

      You said ‘Selassie was sending them with a lot of bags full of money to buy Eritreans votes’ and let’s assume it is a true story then may question to you:

      What do you think of that pfdj arming ethiopians? Are those Ethiopians selling Ethiopoians or not? If you summerize the Whole pfdj Works can be summerized ‘destroy ethiopia or Death!’. Even selling ethiopia for some purpose ok, just for the sake of destroying!! Dawit, you are manufacturing your story. Idont find any Ruth in it. You are just trying to convince us that how a tegadeli must continue in what ever he is doing in the pfdj regime. Since those creazy interviews of isaias in the 2009, Eritrea is going to the uknown. The more time it is elapsed the more dificult to put it on the right truck.

  • haile

    Selamat Sal

    “But I have asked for a license to entertain myself with at least two such pieces every year—I still think it is a fair deal.” Can we change the terms of your license to “at most two such pieces every year”? What I see here is the victim being cross examined by the criminal! OK let’s face it…

    We have a regime supporters boarding a rickety boat of the regime that is promising them:

    – that it can shake off international condemnation for refusing to account for its shoddy dealings in Somalia and other Peace & Security related indictments. The world is reeling back from Nairobi massacre by an affiliate organization of Dahir Aweys’ (long time Asmara resident) group al shabab.

    -that it can shake off international condemnation for refusing to cooperate with UN on making things better so that many countries are not economically, socially and politically affected by influx of tens of thousands of Eritreans and the conscience of humanity being put on the the dock by their tragic demise at seas and deserts.

    -that it can miraculously turn the tide of devastated economy, broken down social fabric and run away corruption and black market.

    – That it can shrug aside concerns of all those Eritreans disappeared, jailed and tortured Eritreans and their families.

    – That it can mend the broken trust among Eritreans. Eritreans can no longer worship in the same church, can no longer mourn their dead together, can no longer see each other eye to eye on a whole host of issues. Especially in diaspora, the rancor among Eritreans is elevated to the level of outright enmity!!

    – that it can convince the region and the world that it can be trusted again to work with there by taking Eritreans to be re-integrated with the family of nations and back from the cold.

    – that it can withstand sudden and spontaneous eruption of chaos in the country.

    The regime is in deep crisis, yet its diaspora supporters are playing a callous game with the life of our people and our future, and hence I think it is them who should be questioned and made to answer and not an up standing and exemplary citizen such as yourself.

    Regards

  • Zegeremo

    Dear Salih,

    Eritrea is lucky to have such a noble citizen like you. I personally thank you for your brave contribution.

    Regards

  • TiETiE( shiro bubble )

    መንግስቱ ሃማርያም ንዘይ ፍለጥ ይፍክር ንይሩ። ንኣብነት ‘የምፔራሊስት ሀይሎች በትግላችን ይደመሰሳሉ’። መን ኢዮም ኢምፐሪያሊስት ብኸመይ ይድምሰሱ ንጹር መብርሂ አይህብን ነይሩ። ንሱ ጥራይ ዘይኮነ ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ኸ ዓቕሚ ግዜ ኣሎዎ ድዩ ኢምፔራሊስት ክድምስስ ዉን ዘተሓታትት ኢዩ ነይሩ። ሕሉፍ ሓሊፉ ድማ ” ተፈጥሮ በቁጥጥራችን ስር እናዉላለን” ይብል ነይሩ።ንተፈጥሮ ዝቖጻጸር ሰብ አሎ ኢልና አይንአምንን እንትርፎ ንኣምላኽ ምልማን።ህግደፍዉን በትርና ነዊሕ ኢዩ ንኹሉ ክንቀጽዖ ኢና ብዛዕባ ጉዕዞና ዉን አይትጠራጠሩ ኣካይዳና ከም ጓብየ ሓይሊ ዓቃቢ ነዊሕ ዝጓዓዝ ኢዩ።ሕጂዉን ናብቲ ናይ መንግስቱ ሃሎዉሎዉ ኢዩ ዝወስደና።

  • PreachTheTruth

    Who the hell do you think you are to speak on behalf of the Eritrean people and make a comment to the Australian mining companies that they can take a lion’s share in the future? Eritrean resources are for the Eritrean people. We will not allow for stooges to sell our country to the highest bidder.

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Preach The Truth,

      Don’t be angry my friend, when we get hold of our wealth as a people, I will sell my share to Australia, you can do whatever you like with yours. Agreed 🙂

    • Zegeremo

      Preach The Propoganda,

      Who is “We”? Speak for yourself, Anjal 🙁

      Regards

      • PreachTheTruth

        Are what? I’ll wipe the smirk off your face, you coward (Zegeremo). Nevertheless, I don’t understand why more people are not upset at someone attempting to assure foreign companies their stake is guaranteed and more at that, if PFDJ is gone. Who gave him the moral authority to speak on behalf of the Eritrean people? Are we replacing one dictator with another in the waiting?

    • Dawit

      Hey you are lier.
      Where is the resourse of Eritrea is not to Eritreans
      But it is to Isias and DEMHIT.
      That is clear to anybody.
      The Eritrean slaves members of national service are working with
      out any payment DIA and his commanders with DEMHIT they enjoy with this income
      But Eritrean ppl do not have any thing.
      ISIAS is not working for the people of Eritrea for himself.
      Any company in Eritrea must stope.
      Salih is doing good couragouse not like you zombe of PFDJ.

      Dawit wedi keren

  • Sekafino Mustie

    I feel sorry for the PFDJ guy. He is deluded. One thing they never seemed to understand is the Eritreanism or patriotism. Perhaps they have never had a patriot back in the struggle days to inherit those heroic stories. They worshipped the tyrant – that means he is the one and never imagined him been challenged. They are in a shock and don’t even know what they are saying. So, please dear brother Gadi, “ezni aitehabom – shegerom teredealom”. Ezi wedehanka

  • Papillon

    Dear Saleh Gadi Johar*,

    Isaias’ Eritrea is not a predatory state. Isaias’ Eritrea is not a rent-seeking state. Isaias’ Eritrea is a mafia-fiefdom. Simply because, the fundamental institutions–rule of law and accountability among others render a nation a state. Isaias’ Eritrea in a sharp contrast runs a counter-parallel to the notion. And his supporters whom you’re giving the honour they don’t deserve (when you respond to them) are not only lost in translation (read: PFDJ is not an apogee of EPLF) but they are as well disposable bunch where sadly enough Isaias is replacing them with an alien force that was not long ago looked down by them.

    *Was tempted to address you as Saleh Banki WerHi.

    ሓፍትኻ

  • Papillon
  • Berhane Alazar

    ***** I do not only support more sanctions against the PFDJ, *****
    ***** I pray God to sanction the PFDJ and deny them oxygen so that they can ***** ***** For now, (11) I do not only support more sanctions against the PFDJ, ******
    ***** I pray God to sanction the PFDJ and deny them oxygen so that they can ******
    ***** suffocate and drop dead. I’m wondering if anyone in his right mind *******
    ***** expects me to apologize for that!suffocate and drop dead. I’m wondering ****
    ***** if anyone in his right mind expects me to apologize for that!**********

    AMEN!! I am with you Gadi. I hope Isaias the mad man, his servants at home, Berhe Habtegioris “Anjal” Sofia Bimbo and Gideon ajaw get safocated with him.

    • Hyatt

      Amen!

    • yohannes

      TSERFI NIMEN KHETELE,you cant move a big rock if its in your way not just a big rock even if its small rock,you have to use your muscles, its not going to move by talking (to the rock)you know what this guys(awatians) did for those 13 years NADA NADA ,just insulting isayas PFDJ,other than that nothing,i think they see the alphabet PFDJ even when they dream asleep,pray, awake,even when they look to the sky ,its in their blood,and brain,i feel sorry for them and for you,every body entitled to preach for what he wants, but country comes first

  • yohannes

    salih,i dont know but i think you consider your self like VIP ,but only few people those who have internet access might know you,and about interviewing meles(allah yerhamu)i dont think you could have influence to change his agenda,about sanction hurting halibmentel ashera etc,,i dont see that ,because halibmentel is my home,iknow the village during haileslassie,during derg,and now,i can see the change,also about your book(miriam was here) i think its about business i think every body have a right to make money(business)its just for money,also maybe its helpful for citizens from another country to read it(buy it) because every eritrean knows whats the condition of sahara,how those our brothers suffered,their organ sold,their throat slit,our sisters raped,you are not going to tell us some thing new,

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Dear Yohannes.

      Regarding Halib mentel and Ashera, I don’t think you understand what you read; address your comment to the man who mentioned the villages.

      But congratulations, if you write a book, it will be two sentences: “every eritrean knows whats the condition of sahara,… you are not going to tell us some thing new.” See! That is the entire content you need for your book. Yohannes, you are not meant to be a literary man. I don’t want to disappoint you; but the book is being ordered by people who unlike you, enjoy reading—(I am throwing salt to the air to dilute the effect of Ayni Hassad! 🙂
      Cheer up man, you are so angry.

      • yohannes

        salih, its reality how come some one writes book about my home ,what kind furniture i have ,the position of the furniture etc ,then i buy that book and read it, thats what i meant,also you are inteligent man i dont think you still believe in AYNI HASSAD,i think you are a temper person ,you know like in AKEBA if some one ask you a question ,if you dont like his question AG AU D(sit down)like that kind (merah me j mu a)merah ganta ,god bless you,dont think i am your enemy,i am eritrean your brother,i wish you all my best,i mean it

      • TiETiE( shiro bubble )

        ትርጉም ምጽሓፍ ኣይፈጥካዮን ይብል ብኣይ ወገን።እዚ ጸሓፊ ሳሊሕ ጋዲ ሰብ ዝሓለፎን ዝሰምዖን ኢዩ ጽሒፉ ንሕና ድማ ንፈልጥ ከምኡ ኢዩ እሞ ምስ ዘይራኣያ ደቒ ይሕድርትና ዶ ቃለ መጠይቕ ከካይድ ደሊኻዮ – ብዛዕባ ምቕማጥ ዓደንን ኮታ ሓፈሻዊ መነባብሮ ደቒ ይሕድትና።

        • yohannes

          my friend please can you ask him(salih) if he can donate some money, or some percentage (from book sale)to the families of those drowned,because he looks like he cares too much,you are going to hear his answer,this guy is looking how to make money like all other calling them selves opposition groups,,,,,

          • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

            I will volunteer the reply Yohannes. Yes, I will send you a book for every $ 17 dollars you donate to the families of the victims. My conditions: the money you donate should not be touched by any PFDJ hand. You sell the books for $19.95 (its price) and both of us would have contributed equally. What do you say?

            Seriously though, what is your objection if a writer makes money from his profession? For your information (because you seem ignorant about that) no self-published writer makes money worth the work involved. If I had worked for a minimum wage for the duration of the time I spend writing the book, I would have made many folds more than what the books revenues. Things would have been different if the anti-literature and book burners like you read books and appreciated literature (by buying books). It seems you never read a book let alone buy one. Ayn AlHassed Fased 🙂

  • Dear brother Saleh Gadi,keep the good work. Don’t expect any thing good things from the DIA and his dogs. DIA never reconciled with anyone except in 1972 in Sodiha Ela. And that happened because he had no ground to stand on; unless he did that he knew his days were done too. That was a smart move. Then he found some bases in Semhar and Sahel and that was it,never ever looked for any reconciliation. After doing this and saving himself by hiding in that circle, he became a giant Wolf, and finding a way to become a dictator and later like the Lion of Juda in Asmera and Massawa. Then some people started to worship him like god, but not like the real Heavenly Father, but like Luesefier the devil, and the father of lies. We know the work of the devil also, we know the devil has so many followers. But let’s work hard to tell the truth in this case to save some innocent life hoping that if they can wake up from their deep sleep. Our goal should be to work hard to bring all the opposition functions to one voice that to weed out the dictator and his cronies. Some innocent people still asking for reconciliation to save the country, but the question is with whom. Dictators never believe in reconciliation. Period.

  • Selma

    መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ብፍላይ ከኣ ምምሕዳር ትግራይ ኣብ ልዕሊ ስደተኛ ኤርትራዊ ኣብ መሬት ትግራይ ኮታ(ማይ-ዓይኒ ዓዲ-ሓርሽ ወዘተ) ዝፍጸም ዘሎ ኣሰቃቒ ተግባራት ንመጻኢ ትውልዲ ኣነዋሪ ሓድጊ ምኻኑ ትዝግዕዎ ኢኹም ።

    • Ermias

      ሰላም ሰልማ፥ ኣብ ትሕቲ ኣንብቢ፤ ካብ ሃይለ እዩ ኣብ ካልእ ኣጋጣሚ ዝጸሓፎ፤ ንመረዳእታኺ ከደንፍዖ ተስፋ እገበር፥፥

      እቲ ስርዓት ኣአምሮኦም ንጋዶ ኣደንቑርዎ እዩ። ኣብ ሓደ ቪድዮ (ክውከሰልካ ይኽእል’የ) ብእዝነይ ዝሰማዕክዎ፡ ሓደ ረጥሪጡ ንኢትዮጵያ ዘስተለመ ኣባል ሰራዊት ኣብ መዓስከር ስደተኛ ትግራይ ኮይኑ “ንኸብድና ኣይሓሰመናን፡ ካልእ እውን እይተነፍገናን፣ ኮይኑ ግን ብሽምና ገይሮም ይወጹ ስለዘለዉ መሰልና ኢና ይከበር ንብል ዘሎና” ክብል ተሰሚዑ። ርኤ’ሞ፡ ጻዕዳ ዓይኑ ክሳብ ዝግልበጥ ብጥሜትን ጽምእን ቀፊዶም፡ ከም ባርያ ፈፈው ኣቢሎም ጊስ ኢሎም ዝደርበይዎ፡ ኣብ ሃገሩ መሬቱ፡ መቕበር መዳሕንቱ ዝኾነ መበቆል ርስቱ፡ መሰለይ ክይብል ኣፉ ትለጉሙ እብራኹ ጠሊመንኦ፡ ዕሸላት ደቁን ጥንስቲ ሰበይቱን ራሕሪሑ ከም ጉዕ-በርበረ ዝወተፉላ ኣድጊ ብረቱ ሰንዲዩ ፈርጢጡ ከብቅዕ’ሲ፣ እኽለማዩ የአንጊዶም፡ መሬቶም ኣርሒቦም፡ ደሓን ዝከኣለና ንሕግዝ ዝበልዎ ጓኖት ብመሰል ክኸስስ? እዚ’ዩ ሰራዊት ኤርትራ! ያኢ ደናጉላ ትግራይ ንርሒብ ኮይኑ፡ ኣብ ኣስመራ ግን ተሳኢኑ? እቲ ሰራዊት፡ እታ ሃገር ናቱ ከምዘይኮነት ኣረዲኦሞ’ዮም። ናጽነት ማለት፡ ህድማ ማለት’ዩ። ዋላ ሜሮን ዝበሃል ተኻታዓይ ናይ’ዚ ፎሩም ርአይ’ንዶ፡ ኣባል ኣገርግሎት ነይሩ፡ ሃዲሙ፡ ይቕረታ ሓቲቱ፡ ከይዱ፡ ኣብዚ ኮይኑ ድማ መሰሉ ካብ አሜርካ ጭንን ይብላሎ! እዚ ሰራዊት ኣይኮነን፡ እንተኾይኑ ድማ ናይ ኤርትራ ክትብሎ ኣየምሕርን።