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Interview: Isaias Plans To Command Economy, Society

In an interview conducted by EriTV, Eritrea’s state television, which is owned and operated by Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea’s Auditor General, Isaias Afwerki, conducted a thorough assessment of Eritrea’s President, Isaias Afwerki, and found him wanting in all aspects. The take-away message from the two-part interview is one: the government intends to have more command and control over every aspect of Eritrean lives and the president has total control over the government and the ruling party.

Occasionally, the Auditor would give way to the President, who would give a defense of his performance, giving a litany of data. And these factoids are either effects uncaused, like the emergence of the periodical cicadas must have appeared to people of yore, or facts all hanging suspended, and in contradiction to one another.

It’s one thing when the contradiction is over a three-year period, such as his regressing view of Ethiopia’s building of the Millenium Dam. Isaias 2014: The Nile River deal dictated by colonial Great Britain was unfair to Ethiopia and just because we are in a state of war with Ethiopia doesn’t mean we have to deny their right and just cause to build a dam; Isaias 2015: nobody can stop us from buying electric power from Ethiopia: Isaias 2016: the building of the Millenium dam was based on emotional decisions and will not benefit the people of Ethiopia.  (We will talk about that in Part 2.)

Sometimes, the contradictions are in the same interview, two questions apart. For example, he argues: We must have better command and control over the market and currency because, thanks to speculators, nobody knows what happened to the surplus harvest of 2014.  Later on, he says we are better prepared for the drought of 2015 because we had the foresight to store the surplus from 2014.

In this edition of Alnahda, I will focus on the domestic affairs part of the interview (Part 1.) The topics that were discussed are: (1) Change of Nakfa Notes; (2) Raises to Civil Servants and members of the National Service; (3) Food Security; (4) Housing; (5) Corruption; (6) Civil and Penal Codes; (7) Strengthening the Front and Drafting the Constitution. In each one, I will attempt to show that they all have one thing in common: Command & Control.

1. On The State Media

I will begin with one that didn’t make it to the list, but you can see it from the interaction of the journalists with the President: command and control of media. Here’s how it works: around the end of the year, the president provides a list of topics that he would like to campaign on for the coming year. And by that I mean: topics he would like to be used to “raise the consciousness of the people” (aka: brainwash.) These topics are then changed into questions by the Ministry of Information and handed to the designated journalists.   How do I know this? No, not because of that. Because: during the interview, the president tells the journalists (a) the people who wrote the questions for you didn’t do it right and (b) we will address this issue in your subsequent question.  And when the poor journalist who didn’t write the questions is just following the script which directs him to ask about, for example, political developments and the interviewee says, “what political developments?”, the journalist has no idea and has to grin sheepishly.

But remember the contradiction I mentioned? Here’s one more: the president has to appear that he is in full control—he knows the prices of a kilo of wheat, and the precise language of a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs—but he also has to show he is just a member of a team he delegates: he doesn’t know the Nakfa exchange rate and he doesn’t know whether the Ministry has submitted the names of all its employees so they can get their raise.

2. On the Nakfa Notes Change

The president gave 3 reasons for why it was necessary to change the currency, one of which has been officially promoted from 03 (Bado Seleste, zero 3, the radio channel used in the Eritrean field to discuss non-secret idle chat) to, let’s say, 01 (an official explanation): that Enemies of the State may be planning to flood the country with counterfeit currency. (Even shabait was embarassed by this and didn’t publish it in its reportage.) The second reason was to combat hoarding of cash and disrupting the market. The third reason has to do with the underperformance of Eritrea’s financial institutions (banks, Inland Revenue, etc.)

Notice that all of them are about tightening the controls. So here is Isaiasnomics explained: command economics work if you actually, truly command all aspects of the market: supply, demand, prices, investment, production, distribution, regulation, taxation. All of these have values and the measure of value is money and the command process begins with confiscating money and then ordering those who withdraw their own money in excess of the allowance permitted by Baba Isaias into giving a rationale (in writing, like applying for a visa to a foreign country) and, when necessary, to deny them (control.) This has already begun with the grain market: merchants have been told they can only withdraw 20,000 Nkf and they have to explain why they need more: purchase grain, transportation costs, storage costs, employee wages.

You then continue asking all sellers to justify their sale price: how much did you buy it for? How much profit are you making? How much are you renting your room for? How much taxes did you pay? This applies at the micro level down to how much a bus fare should be. (He actually gave that as an example.)

3. On The Raise

Yet another piece of news that had not been published in any official media but had made the rounds in the unofficial media (the original source was a pen name on Facebook) was that Eritreans in the armed forces and the civil service will get a significant increase: from 500 Nakfa to 2000 Nkf (for Sawa High School diploma-holders) and 3,500 Nkf (for degree holders.)

Now this being one of those subjects that had been under discussion since 2010 (when the government told the civil service that the raises they were about to give them were re-allocated to fight the Hasadat America and their sanctions), it had a ring a truth and now it is confirmed.

Here, the Auditor General goes into a long soliloquy badmouthing the salary that the President had been paying the people. Will the change in currency or the raises work? We shall see, patience, don’t rush, camel, tortoise, etc. The Chairman of Eritrea’s Federal Reserve (Isaias Afwerki) has a few tools in his tool kit (ab jubana zHaznayo alena) where the Nakfa’s purchasing power will be fine-tuned by commanding the economy (a wrench here, a screwdriver there, presto.)

Now, you say, how is this about command and control? Remember, all the members of the National Service have to report to their units and confirm they are members in good standing, and appear in database of those in active duty BEFORE their raise takes effect. Khtet! That’s the control. Unfortunately, those who consider the raise a tiny factor in their dissatisfaction with the country’s governance will continue to trek out of the country, as we will learn when the January reports are published by UNHCR.

4. No Rain No Famine

2015 was a bad year for rain in the region, how will this affect us? “Xegem yelen! No problem,” he answered, like Temesghen Yared. (bittersweet, again.)

First, he disabuses all the Diga (dam) enthusiasts of the notion that Eritrea is a country that is benefiting from irrigation (“b’afka ktzarebu qelil iyu”) by saying that there are vast areas of the country, particularly in the Northeast, that could benefit from irrigation but nothing has been done. Then he reminds us that Eritrea is a country that depends on rain-fed agriculture. You don’t say!

Where does the command and control come here? It goes like this: if you want to make sure that even in times of drought we won’t have famine, trust a government that had the foresight to store in time of grain surplus. This is something only the government of Eritrea can do! What? Never mind your biblical story of how Joseph, who lived in 1500 BC, was Chief Steward in charge of granaries that fed Egyptians for seven dry years. (Hush)

5.  Housing

Construction is suspended in Asmara (bulldozing is a booming business in other parts of the country, they say) because whatever plans he was presented, he explained, he found “unpersuasive.” Fundraising for housing construction is something that the government had milked the Diaspora Eritreans dry to the point that madote.com, a strongly pro-government website, had one mildly critical article of the government: we gave you all the money, where are the houses? As I tweeted to the kiddies at madote, yes, housing is an important infrastructure for a nation’s development but you were not arguing from the standpoint of the tenant but the rent-seeking landlord craving his vacation home.

Well, here the Auditor General all but said: no more housing in Asmara because the utilities that the government has to provide for such new homes—water, roads, electricity, public transportation, social services (schools, hospitals)—are beyond its scope. The Diaspora Eritreans have to get newly acquainted with the rest of Eritrea—which has even worse public services. So, until we find a new partner (Emiratis have decent architectural companies but they are too busy constructing a runway in Asab) that is out of consideration.

And where does the control come in? It comes in the form of asking landlords to justify their prices, to apply rent control and to tax heavily.

 6Corruption

The president created a syllogism which goes like this:
(a) All national security risks can be traced to corruption
(b) All corruption can be traced to greed
(c) I am neither greedy, nor corrupt: Eritrea’s national security is safe.

Therefore? Since this is the part where he was getting terribly animated and his nostrils were flaring, I will do him the honor of quoting him extensively. I will add some words in brackets to show him that what he finds most objectionable (greed, financial embezzelment) is what the Eritrean opposition finds most objectionable about him (greed, power monopoly):

“To demand what you didn’t work for; to demand what you didn’t sweat for, to snatch the plates of others [by becoming a president for life]; to consume ten plates when others haven’t gotten one plate… who are you? Why are you so privileged? Do you understand the problems you are creating [by creating a one-man state]? If you are unable to control the handful of greed-drunk people, why did you pay so much sacrifice for this country? Why did we embark on such a long journey? Why did all the people pay so much sacrifice to get to this point? Based on much hope and yearning, the people have overcome countless challenges, and now to be deceived by 2-3 people? This is not a matter of choices: it is matter of existence or non-existence. This is not something you postpone for later action. In the past few years, an excuse of “poor living conditions” [and he led the Front that brought abut liberation] was used to tolerate such behavior: abusing government property [and government power] and hustling for money from various sources. But just because your living conditions are hard [or you led a Front] doesn’t mean you have a license to steal [and rule for life]…so: zero tolerance.”

And the control? Now campaigns against corruption are synonymous with one and only one thing for the PFDJ dating back to the days it was EPLF: targeting political opponents.   These campaigns always have catchy slogans—“The Three Privileges”, “Before It Takes Root”—but all it means is that the Eritrean prisons will host more people without due process or self-defense.

7. Civil Code and Penal Code

Rules, laws are areas where the president is at his least articulate: it is the only time he uses the word “gele mele” (stuff like that.) But it is the stuff that animates the intellectual class of the PFDJ despite the fact that penal codes and civil codes the world over are almost identical. In fact the one we had been using for 25 years is borrowed from Ethiopia, which was borrowed from French civil/penal code. There is a lot of talk about how the civil/penal codes of Eritrea use indigenous mechanisms: yeah, to a point. I doubt a rapist will be allowed to have an arranged marriage with his victim. So, please enough with the cultural-fetishes.

I don’t think I need to make the case that this is about control: it is self-evidently true when you are talking about pages and pages of a penal code which tells you how much the State will sanction the citizen.

8. About the Much Promised Strengthening of Front and Drafting Constitution

This one also didn’t make to shabait’s reportage on the interview. Unsurprisingly, the always-alert constitution-booster Eritreadaily.net is the first to capture its significance. As you can see from the chopped video (7 minutes), the interviewer asks about “drafting of constitution” and the president corrects him and tells him he is not thinking about the constitution but “srAte mengisti”: the structure of the government. That is to say: just like the government wrote a civil code and penal code without reference to a constitution, it is going to write “electoral law” and “laws on political organizations” without a constitution. Then there will be a lot of “gosgwas” (campaigning) to educate the masses via seminars and state media and, after sufficient saturation and correct education (on the merits of one party state and the dangers of parliament of political whores that multi-party systems encourage), then there will be a referendum.

There was a reason that some of us grieved when the 1997 Constitution was declared dead in May 2014, and those of you who were assuring us a new one is coming are mistaken.

Here’s another contradiction: In the same month that saw the Independence Torch lit in Nakfa, on the eve of Operation Nakfa festival, in the same month that the Festivals Coordinating Committee is planning the celebration of Eritrea’s 25th Anniversary of its independence, President Isaias Afwerki says: “We are done celebrating the historic achievements of the EPLF, let’s focus on the future.” But what is the future? Wait for it.

The journalist (Paulos) reminds him about the issue of strengthening the Front. Ummm, “I have written a good article about that; perhaps, I can give you a copy.” Apparently, it is about the sovereignty of people and their right to choose a one-party state, a two-party state, a ten-party state but one that recognizes the People’s Front is here to stay yesterday, today, tomorrow. To infinity and beyond. And those of you who have a different vision are kindly invited (again) to find a home in another world.

Conclusion

It is difficult to listen to the president’s interview because he views everything within a 15-25 year context which is fine if he can resist the urge to give a tutorial on the Cold War, the New World Order and Fukuyama every single time, and he simply can’t. For example (and this is from Part 2),  a question like “why did we choose to endorse the Saudi Coalition Initiative To Counter Terrorism?” has a simple answer that would take less than a minute: “Because, unlike the coalitions organized by the US and Russia, this one is actually organized by a regional power and we concluded that what it is combatting directly affects our national security.” That is it if you are for supporting the initiative of a country that is the ideological birthplace of Jihadism. But noooo. We have to be given the Modern History of the World tutorial which takes a good 15 minutes.

When an idea fails, is it because it was badly executed or is it because it is a bad idea?   Unreformed communists believe that communism didn’t work because it was not properly executed—and, from the interview, it appears that the President belongs to that camp: command economies can work if one applies tighter controls on all aspects of the economy and its politics. If he can make it work, Eritrea will be the first country in history to do so (Russia couldn’t, China couldn’t.)

What he is proposing is a dark vision of humanity: people have to be brainwashed and tightly controlled in all aspects of their lives, for the sake of the “greater good.” It has failed and it will continue to fail miserably; the tragedy is that it is the Eritrean people that continue to pay for the experiment particularly when the experimenter has never once admitted error. And those who argue liberalizing is the way to go have not yet reached the tipping point.

To be continued with Part 2 of the Interview focusing on international issues.

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  • Haile WM

    Hi Desalegn,

    let me know what will be the response of iseyas, if yuo get any that is…

  • Hayat Adem

    Hi-
    Those of you who are hungry for Saay’s part 2 analysis of IA’s interview, raise your hands:
    Hayat-

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Hayat,
      .
      I raise my hand. I just prey SAAY did not pick up the bad habit of YG promises.
      .
      Mr. K.H

      • Abi

        Hi Qonjit
        I raise my arms if Saay doesn’t deliver what he promised.
        Awet NHafash!!!!

        • Hayat Adem

          Hi Abi,
          The guy who love sloganeering is Mahmuday. I do hate them. And I think that might be one of the few things Saay and I have in common between. But if it helps to get the 2nd part sooner than later, why not: awet n’Hafash! BTW where did you get all those exclamations? I thought they were all exhausted by Hope.

          • Abi

            Qonjit
            Those exclamation marks come with the slogan. They are on sale. Free shipping…
            Have you seen Mahmunight’s handwriting? I think he uses his feet to write. Maybe it is his footwriting. I noticed it on his ” Awet n’Hafash ” slogan/ avatar.
            First I thought it was Arabic. Eway!!!!

          • Hayat Adem

            Did you notice that, Gosh? That was even much worse than what our doctors do for a prescription. I thought like he put dozens of ants into an ink bottle and let them out and run on a plain paper:)

          • Abi

            Qonjit
            It is more of like some chicken scratched it looking for something to eat. it is better than the other avatar. The camel.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hey Abi,
            That is how much you hate camels? You prefer to see a chicken-scratch awet n’Hafash to camels?

      • Hayat Adem

        Where is YG these days?

  • Abraham Hanibal

    Hi Guest2,
    Regarding the border issue there are two ways of handling it:

    1) Dislodge Weyane by force
    2) Find a solution through diplomacy

    The Isayas regime is incapable of doing the first: let alone dislodge Ethiopia by force, the regime even can’t complain of being attacked by Woyane for fear of losing face in front of its supporters, because it knows any respone from its side would mean its end.

    The second choice is not in the regime’s plan, because it doesn’t want to lose its golden playing card in its evil mission of subjugating the Eritrean people under the pretext of occupied lands.

    The regime has time and again said the border issue is a closed matter, even its despot has said this repeatedly. And the matter of fact is the issue has recieved a final decision that has been witnessed and recognised by the international community through the EEBC decision.

    No more trading on this spent card; the priority of the oppressed Eritrean people is to get rid of the tyranny. The Eritrean people can then deal with the implementation of the EEBC after eastabilishing a responsible govenment.

  • Ayneta

    Tes:
    Please don’t get me wrong, I have been meaning to say this, but from your consistent commentary in this form I can safely claim that you are at your best when you write in Tigrigna. Not that your English is that bad, but you articulate your thought process better with your magnificent Tigrigna. I think you could be a good resource in this form if you can at least spice up your comments with some Tigrigna. Like I said, your English is no inferior to most commentators here, but you are at your best when you settle your ideas with Tigrigna. Also, that way you can get Nutricc off your shoulder . That dude is a handicap when it comes to the language:)

    • tes

      Dear Ayneta,

      You are not the first to advice me on this line. To tell you though I learn from mistakes and I don’t see any sin to continue to do so. Therefore I just wanted to thank your advice and time to give me such a wonderful advice.

      tes

  • Music Novice

    Greetings Hope,

    The chap is a factory of conspiracy theories, I think he might even be better than Hollywood script writers.

  • T..T.

    Hi author,

    It is not about the opposition’s lack of seizing opportunities only but also about their not having clearly identified and defined their problem in order to seize opportunities that are available for resolving their identified problems. I would say the opposition can learn a lot from the Ethio-Eritrean federation and the Ethiopian rule in Eritrea. The bottom line is that many Eritreans now feel that they were much better off under the Ethiopian rule. Grasp and focus on their questions and concerns in order to seize the available opportunities of resolutions.

    After what Isayas did to many Eritreans many Eritreans are taking a break from their Eritrean-ness. They don’t even see the broken Eritrea under Isayas as glue-able and usable under a unitary state. So, what is the solution? Seize the first solution around you! Yup, that is the Ethiopian like solution: FEDERALISM LED BY MINORITIES- the Danakalis and the Kunamas. The power struggle between the power abusers: the Kebesas and the Metahits is unthinkable and is not workable to have a unitary state once again. That is what most reasonable call the delusional position of the opposition about the Eritrean question.

    Many oppose federalism because they don’t know about constitutionalism of a constitution as a covenant and how it makes the unity in diversity a successful rule with each local government focusing on its concerns to advance its people’s interest. Isayas already disrespected a lot and damaged the trust of all Eritreans in having a unitary state once again. So, you must be calling for: Identifying and defining the Eritrean problem in order to seize an opportunity to resolving all Eritrean problems effectively.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Mahmuday and All awatistas,

    Our “Branna” Aklilu Zere, spent almost of “equal duration of time” in both political organizations (EPLF and ELF) during our armed struggle. For that mere reason, he could be more qualified and be in a position to give a comparative and an insight picture of the two organizations. Below in the link, is some aspect and partial reflection of our history from our Branna Aklilu Zere. As a matter of fact, all Aklilu’s writings are none of the winding analytical essays, but rather are short , crispy, and ready to grasp for those who haven’t an appetite for reading, like our Nitricc and others. Aklilu is known for his love to literature, philosophy, and history. And all his writings has the elements of these discipline of knowledge sprinkled on them to illuminate the texture of his articles that ultimately invites readers of all colors. He is a rare commodity in those areas of knowledge. The link below is a refreshing and a memorable input of our Branna.

    http://www.ehrea.org/awateDream.htm

    regards,
    Amanuel Hidrat

    • Hayat Adem

      Emma,
      And I’m appalled some friends found it necessary to irritate Aklilu. If nothing else, we owe him for his refreshingly original penning, and there are not many like him. It has always been that way, a typical style of engagement from the ypfdj to go after the most cherished personalities, and look after the most hated personalities. That is what they do to get us angered. They don’t want to win us to their side and turn us their supporters. That, they know, they can’t stand a chance. All they do is keep their herd safe so that they don’t lose them to the other side in plenty. Staying vulgar and scaring off by showing that there would not be any dirt they would hesitate to throw at is one tactic they employ. How can today’s Eritrea have a generation that doesn’t gratefully embrace people like Akililu Zere and Amanuel Sahle?
      Hayat
      PS: Music Novice, my friend, I’m noticing a big shift in your views on IA, PFDJ, and Ghedli. Not that I’m entitled to know but, can I ask you, as a friend, as to what caused the shift?

      • Ted

        Hi Hayat, you are entitled to know for what…… that, you, inadvertently, have helped many to choose the lesser evil, if I do say so myself. We know you have an impediment understanding our cultural cue,regardless and most importantly, if you can help it, the the way you depict Ghedli is the deal breaker almost for all of us. The same goes to those who flirt with wayane as Eritrean opposition group. Pass it along,. Thank you.

        • Hayat Adem

          Hi Ted,
          Like wise, I also think it helps to know clearly where each of us stand and the perspectives each of us belong to. It shouldn’t mean big differences equals to big fight. For example, the struggle for independence was not 98% supported by 98% of Eritreans from beginning to end. So, it is good to always think that two people don’t disagree all the time on all issues. If that makes sense, then it should also apply to you and me. Clearly, our differences on the past inventory looks a yawning one at this time. However, it should be possible for us to find (or keep on seeking) a better common departure about the future.
          For example, we may be gazing at the same light house we see afar across the vast darkness on the ultimate goal of improving lives (i.e., beating poverty in Eritrea through inclusive growth). On the how? We might differ: you say: by continuing the past legacy and maintaining the status quo; I say: by removing the obstacles inherited and replacing them with progressive policies (isolutionary fence with integrationary openness, militarized defense with indispensable vitality, etc). That is why we should keep the discourse running rather than shunning each other. The purpose of any discussion between two disagreeing people is much broader, as it is about narrowing differences or develop a new common thinking/perspective, than the purpose of any discussion between two people who think alike, as it is mainly about furtherance of an already agreed idea.
          I also want you to have a standardized eye and mind. 4 or 5 months ago, my dearest friend Music Novice was more like me than you on many of the things you mentioned above. That is the reason I asked him kindly to explain the basic deviation of himself of today from 5 months ago of himself. These were his own words on ghedli (verbatim or near verbatim):
          1) Ghedli is dead end, stagnation.
          2) Saying YG would have gained credibility had he been part of Ghedli is the same silly line of reasoning as PFDJ and its dumb supporters.
          3) One cannot deny that there were aspects of pre-Ghedli systems that were better [than ghedli time and onward].
          4) To expect democracy from Ghedli is pure delusion.
          5) The first line of defense for the Ghedli gambling addiction is: “where were you when we were bleeding for the nation?
          6)* Isn’t Ghedli a reflection of the Eritrean Social fabric, its unwieldy nature and ungovernability, the need to use dictatorship?
          7)* Aren’t the chief actors on the stage of Ghedli, such as Isaias, products of Eritrean society’s inherent contradictions?
          8) There are a lot of Eritreans who might have second thoughts after the not so great. experiences of the last 24 years [on reconsidering their votes on the referendum that if it was conducted today] the best result you can hope for is 50%.
          9) HM Desalegn is an errand boy…Your idol Isayas is an intelligent person but was a full-time errand boy for the CIA in the past…Isaias is like a jilted woman.
          10) [This was to Emma] You are like Isayas. When people disagree with him, he would say they are “Woyane”, or “Non-Eritrean” or “CIA” or “where were you during Ghedli?”
          11) You [Semere T.] said: “Heroes are heroes not because they are perfect or righteous people, but because they initiated a change that changed the course of history (when others couldn’t).” Using your description, is Hitler a hero? What about Pol Pot, Shoko Asahara, Reverend Jim Jones and Charles Manson? [See Isayas implicitly being compared to the above in this note].
          12) I twice asked Dr Bereket, if he agreed that the EPLF/PFDJ had been a Maoist M-a-f-i-a organisation all along.
          13) [This was addressed to a former geoge] What is your complaint? Do you want the PFDJ to get more aid and then to stash it in Swiss Banks for the inevitable rainy day? Do you accept that Isaias and his henchmen have been moving money to numbered accounts in Swiss Banks?
          14) I would like to pretend to be either from North Korea or Singapore and criticise PFDJ, will that be permitted? I know that real Eritreans are not permitted to criticize PFDJ because they have been told by Isaias that their country’s business is none of their business.
          15) [This was to Saay] you are wrong when you said the G-15 are men and women battle tested for their stamina. The truth is that they were Isaias’ yes men during Ghedli. They were not only sycophants and crawlers at Isaias’s feet but they could also be implicated in the various killings during Ghedli.
          16) According to the reality on the ground, for the pro-PFDJ, Eritrea hasn’t progressed an inch forward; and for the anti-PFDJ camp, Isaias’ power has not been dented one pico-watt. I think the pro and anti-PFDJ camps have to wait for the death of Isaias, then they will unite in grief.
          ———————
          * In fact, I not only that disagree with these two points of the same message, but I think they are too extreme and dangerous assertive. The Eritrean people have no inherent political illness and their only illness is imposed and contracted from the group called PFDJ.

          • Nitricc

            Aren’t you the one you told us with your big and stupid mouth that “ with out the support of TPLF; Eritrea’s independence would never have materialized” if, so, why not blame the TPLF for making Eritrea independent i.e. succeeding Gedli to allow this kind of crimes to be committed? To be honest with you, you could have been more effective if you have to come out and declare the truth. 100% Tigrayan and TPLF paid agent.

          • Hayat Adem

            Why, Nitricc? If you have any positive message to share, you can talk to millions of Tigriyans who would proudly declare it to whoever cares that they are 100% Tigriyans and thousands who wouldn’t be afraid of telling you that they are registered members of the Front. So, you are not saying this out of the need of finding someone to deliver your message to. You have said the same thing again and again. Repetition doesn’t make reputation. Don’t take an unnecessarily risk of being called a lair. Actually, I don’t know if there is any thing as such: a necessary amount of risk for lying. But, I would like to think there is a silly risk and a circumstantially conditioned one. You belong to the first.
            Hayat

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Selam Hayat A.,
            Thank you for retrieving for us some of the previous statements by this MN. This guy has discredited our Ghedli, disrespected our people, and now he has made a 180 degrees turn, and is telling us Isayas and his regime are the guarantors of Eritrea’s nationhood. One who prescribes dictatorship to his own people cannot be said to have holy intentions.
            For example, his claim you cited in no.16 is in stark contrast to his outlandish and shameless remark further down in this debate forum where he claims, “Let the EPLF/PFDJ finish the job it started with liberation”. He is such a cynical and confused flip flopper without any merit.
            My conclusion is this guy simply hates the Eritrean people.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Abraham,
            I was very curious to hear from him as to how he crossed the bridge and pick it from his explanation. It would have helped to understand him better or thereof.
            hayat

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Selam Hayat A,
            I hope he replies to you; though I strongly doubt it. He will be hiding in his corner of shame.

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Abraham,

            Why? Your cultural norm and expectation may not be accepted by everyone.

          • Ted

            Hi AH, i see Hayat scratching her head on your “This guy has discredited our Ghedli” This is the only reason she liked him in the first place. You people hide your differences just for a heck of it, you bear no fruit when riddled with incset. Hayat badly need your honesty here.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Hi Ted,
            I’ve previously expressed my disagreement and protested to Hayat on her views regarding the neccessity and outcome of Ghedli. I still stand strongly by that, because I’m principled; not a typical flip flopper like MN.
            There is a big difference between Hayat and MN on the Ghedli issue; Hayat believes it was unnecessary,and not worth the outcome we see today in Eritrea; she believes Eritreans deserve way better and no less than full democracy for what they had paid during the Ghedli. MN started by trashing Ghedli, a few months ago; but now he’s made a u-turn and is preaching on the necessity of keeping the Ghedli legacy, as led by the Isayas clique, hinting Eritrea can’t survive without Isayas.
            If you know about something that had lots of drawbacks in the past, the legacy of which has caused untold sufferings to the Eritrean people; then you must have evil intentions to preach for its continuity.

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Abraham H. (aka Hayat’s spokesman),

            Does Hayat believe the Ghedli movement based TPLF in Ethiopia to be okay?

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Hi MN,
            Not that I’m speaking on behalf of Hayat; because I know she is way more articulate and could adress your question in much better way than mine. Based on the realities of a highly diverse society in Ethiopia, with lots of historical grievances among the various ethnic groups; the TPLF/EPRDF have indeed managed to bring a relative peacefull co-existence, and a steadily progressing democratic rule and self rule. By contrast Isayas and co. couldn’t bring peace and tranquility to a relatively more homogenous people, with a tiny population in comparison to that of Ethiopia. In fact they have squandered whatever existed of peace, hope and good will from the Eritrean people.
            The EPRDF has not only brought stability and economic progress to many Ethiopians; they have also been a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of Eritreans seeking protection and freedom from the Isayas junta.

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Abraham H.,

            Unfortunately, you have not answered my question.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Selam Music Novice,

            Pardon my ‘bargaining into’ your conversation. I thought this may help you in understanding your interlocutor, the person who uses the pen name Hayat Adem. Well, here is the skinny to those unacquainted with Hayat Adem, taken directly from, um, “hayat’s manifesto”.

            ” Like I said, and for the record: I’ll declare few things about myself and my key views which you all already know them by now and sign off.- 1) I’m Eritrean 2) I am a female with another name 3) I’m from a Muslim/christian parents (I withhold my own faith).
            4) I believe the federation was the best setting for both countries and the King made a big mistake and the sole responsible for dismantling it although he didn’t do it without Eritrean collaborators 5) I believe Eritrea would have fared better if it did struggle only to reinstate the integrity of the federation 6) I believe ghedli was a bad journey for unsatisfactory outcome, 7) Once the ghedli journey reached its highest point and considering all atrocities from the Ethiopian side, I believe independence became the only de facto reality, 8) I believe, given the right leadership and policy, Eritrea has a more than average fitting condition to become a viable and shining nation, 9) I believe the number one determining condition for Eritrea to be a lively and promising nation is creating a just and free system for all Eritreans (groups and individuals), 10) I believe the next most important matter for Eritrea to address is its relations with Ethiopia in the context of working for an exemplary neighborhood styled after USA-Canada, 11) I believe pfdj is the biggest curse to have happened to Eritrea, 12) the two most existential crimes pfdj did to Eritrea and Eritreans are expressed through the outcomes of eritrean exodus and the war pfdj triggered with ethiopia, 13) if the present trend continues, I fear 3 years or shorter form now, Eritrea might be abandoned by a demographically significant number of highlanders causing a visible demographic imbalance; might join the worst failed states, might experience civil war, 14) i believe the opposition can do things to avert the worst scenario but if only they act decisively and craft their mission from a diametrically opposite drawing board, totally de-pfdjitized fresh departure from that of pfdj. 15) I do genuinely believe Ethiopia’s narrowly defined military intervention to the extent of creating an enabling environment for the opposition might be necessary and helpful.
            Hayat, “

          • Music Novice

            Greetings ‘Gheteb,

            Thanks for the summary.

            It was interesting how Hayat pulled out a database of information on what I said in the past as soon as I disagreed with her views.

            I am impressed by her organised operation.

          • Ted

            Hi Hayat, was it in the back of your mind or dig it out from disqus, freaky either way. A case can be made for- Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget;-) I was not talking about MN per se but to imply that your way of opposition is a turnoff for most Eritreans. In this new year, you and people you consider friends in Awete university lost one of phantom weapons in their quiver; the hope weyane to march and liberate Eritrea. It is in that spirit i decided to engage with you thinking you might be able to focus on the predicament we have at hand. Eritrea can not afford any form of violent unrest one way or another that we know the outcome will be disastrous just by guessing what some of the vindictive and bitter “weed out opposition” have in their mind. I am hopeful you understand Eritrean people are rightfully fearful of revolution which might be exploited by outside forces as you can witness all around us, Eritrea is not short of of these kind of groups.Eritreans know to have the power to influence change in the Gov, how? we have not figured it out how yet and you can help. leave ghedli alone, it had done effectively what it set out to do.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Ted,
            1) PFDJ is without the necessary amount of political genes for reform. And I suspect those who call for reform know this truth. Reform is simply a dressed up word to express support for the status quo (mostly as is, sometimes minus IA).
            2) I didn’t ask for Weyane to march and liberate Eritrea. My view was for an enabling military (as opposed to political) intervention narrowly scoped, and brief one, enough to turn the tide in favor of the opposition to act. I don’t know how else to present it. Now, I know nobody liked the idea (including other friends here, and Ethiopians). That was when even my sweet Abi used strong words for the first time to chide me. So, I know I am alone on this even as is, and as if that is not good enough for you, don’t continue saying I said what I didn’t say.
            3) The reason i stand for (2) was because of the same fear you have mentioned above:’voilent unrest”. In my world, if things continue the same trend, I foresee violent unrest as inevitable. My call for (2) is to prevent this violent unrest and enable peaceful transition. so, we share the concern. We differ on the solution.
            Hayat

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Hayat,

            You said: “PFDJ is without the necessary amount of political genes for reform.”

            What are political genes? You are mistaken, and your statement lacks modesty.

            An idea whose time has arrived cannot be resisted. If China survived the ‘Cultural Revolution’ and then reformed, and if mighty Soviet Union had a successful reform movement led by ex-KGB men, then why not Eritrea?

            You seem very bitter about the EPLF/PFDJ way beyond comprehension.

          • Hayat Adem

            Greetings Music Novice,
            Thanks for the above comment and for the clarification given at the other tread. You are right, I’m so bitter on EPLF/PFDJ and I think I tend to believe I am not alone nor unjustified. So, your “beyond comprehension” comment is misfitting.

            You asked clarification for the phrase (“political genes”) I used and you passed judgement (“mistaken”, “lacks judgement”) at the same time. So, clarifying it after idegence will not help now.

            Obviously, you are not thinking of Eritrea as possessing similar social and economic settings China and Russia had then: the kind of self sufficiency, big (economic and political) middle class, vast resource and giantess, intellectual capital, wide sphere of influence (Imperial powers, nuclear powers), are you? When I think of Eritrea, Russia and China don’t come to mind, but countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan etc…

            One of the reasons i say PFDJ is not reformable is exactly for the tones of crimes they committed on civil and innocent people. Not just policy mistakes and political crimes (which are plenty in their own) but hard human crimes like killing and disappearing citizens and crushing families. They hve to answer for each of them. Question: the other day, you were harsh on the G-15. Is that your way of minimizing and window dressing the crimes of PFDJ and make it look like reformable?
            Hayat

          • Music Novice

            Greeting Hayat,

            The Soviet Union and Post Cultural Revolution China had big middle classes? This is factually wrong.

            Let us, for the sake of argument, accept your assertion to be true. Then your issue with EPLF/PFDJ ruled Eritrea seems to be with the size of the middle class, lack of self-sufficiency, vast resources and giantness of the country etc. and not with EPLF/PFDJ itself.

            But this is a contradiction, as you say you are bitter with the EPLF/PFDJ and not bitter with the EPLF/PFDJ at the same time.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Hi Hayat,
            The other day MN was accusing Aklilu Zere of comparing DIA with other dictators from Latin America, using his typical condescending and arrogant attitude; today he is here and comparing Eritrean realities with those of China and Soviet Union.

          • Ted

            Hi, How strange Hayat. You have no problem going back centuries to compare IA to every dead and alive dictators, but when it comes to political process you flip the script. Justice and rule of law is what matters to Eritreans and everything else including your complaint- killing, abuse and unaccountability- will take care of itself. Your proposal requires removing it by force rather than influencing PFDJ to change. Wedaje gura.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Ted,
            You said, “…when it comes to political process you flip the script.”
            What political process?! Do you see one happening now? Do you foresee it in the near or far future happening under the rule of PFDJ? “What political process?!”- that is not me, it is IA who said that responding intuitively to Suleiman’s question in the recent interview. What Political process?! Sometimes PIA says things in plain language and people are not paying attention, they are not taking him literal and serious.

            To citizens who demand to be provided with water, “don’t expect the water to come to you; go to the where water is available”. To citizens who demand political space and protection of rights, “go to Mars or to the Moon, or to Mahbus”. To older parents whose kids were state-slaved for years and who had to collect their harvest by themselves at their senior age in the high harvest season, “you must go to militia training because that is the government’s priority.” To Lampadusa bodies,, “Eritrea needed you when you were alive, not your corpses”. People, how many times do you need to hear him saying and doing things so that you take him serious?! LookTed, usually, I would prefer reform better than a violent revolution. I wish ghedli was for reform than for what we have now, complete deviation. But not all criminals are mendable. It is costly and hopeless to counsel a serial killer all the way into the world of sanity and reintegrate into society. But you would be laughed at, if your hope of rehabilitation of the serial criminal can be done while he is controlling every power at the helm.

            Maybe you are not seeing what I see. What I see with IA is really a narcissistic sick and angry man who needs therapeutic treatment or correctional containment.So let me ask you what you make of two simple examples. 1) Aster, 2) Kiflu’s body. Seriously, can all of reflect on those two? Nobody asking a rule of law and justice here. That is a luxury. Forget the promise she was given for her safety. Aster went back there not as a threat but as a helpless mother to rehabilitate her broken family and house. All predator wild beasts kill their preys only to eat or when threatened. Aster was not a food neither a threat. What kind of man/beast would inflict that kind of harm just for the sake of it. Look at the timing. While he could have done it anytime later, after one hour, one day, one month from her house if he had to, he chose to whisk her away straight form her plane before her kids got a chance to hug her. That action was meant for maximum damage on the family, which means maximum satisfaction for the doer. That comes only from a sick person, seriously sick and unmendable. The political system he created din’t stop him, or didn’t try. His supporters didn’t object his action. It is a collective sickness.

            Now to Kiflu: Kiflu was his man. Some fallout between IA and Kiflu may have happened and only the two knew it. My sense is other senior tegadelty know little or nothing about it because Monkey and Wedigerahtu went to pay a visit of condolence as soon as he died and told the people there to stop raising money for transporting the body to Eritrea promising the sate will cover it with the honor Kiflu deserved. And we can safely think Kiflu’s troubles with IA could never be political because he never acted outside PFDJ. It can’t be a political treason because such things can only happen publicly, or there would be others besides IA in the know. BUT THAT IS NOT EVEN THE POINT. IF KIFLU DID SOMETHING BAD IA ONLY KNEW, KIFLU IS NO MORE AND HE WAS BEYOND REACH. It is only a body, a neutralized body which cannot be a threat at all. It is only a body which has nothing to do with Kiflu or independent of Kiflu’s history. It is neutral to any deeds, good or bad. Bodies are culturally and religiously sacred. The Americans tried to honor that culture and the holy Ku’ran when they bury the body of Bin Laden. What kind of person would avenge a dead body of an old comrades by denying the family to bury their dead in Eritrea, unless a seriously sick person? Not many, not few, not two, only IA.

            This is not about a crime of IA, this is beyond that guys. This is a living manifest of sickness. The sickness doesn’t stop only with IA. It show in the entire unquestioning system and niche of supporters he has built for years. His system and supporters would never say anything in objection. They won’t say anything when he kills others, they won’t say anything when kills them or jails them, they won’t say anything even when he kills himself. They would always say, he must have a good reason, or maybe others do it too; or well, it is not a big deal considering his contributions, etc excuses. So, forget the point whether IA and his system is reformable or not. Do his supporters and advocates for reform have the values and urges required push for reform. Clearly, as I tried to show above they don’t. So, reform is another word of saying, “leave him alone”.
            Hayat

          • Music Novice

            Greeting Hayat,

            Not all the things I said in past, such as points 6 and 7 above, contradict what I am saying now. Whether we like it or not, Ghedli has happened with the support of the Eritrean people, and it is a reality on the ground.

            There is no point in crying forever about spilt milk forever. It is better to reform some of Ghedli’s aspects for the benefit of the people rather than invoke a new Ghedli to erase the old Ghedli.

            Also, ideas/opinions must remain to be fluid. They are made to be changed. There is no holy cow.

  • tes

    Dear Guest2,

    This is boring, really boring. Who cares of you were here except PFDJ?

    Dammit

    tes

    • V.F.

      Dear old ‘chap’ tes,

      My friend, you need to relax, just as guest2 is. Just don’t be one of those minions rats with suit and ties. Seb sharba have left the room. Oh my! I am just laughing out loud again. That post by guest2 on MS is simply the best. You guys simply need to relax and read it. It is absolutely hilarious.

      “b) Guess/Guess2/Gud”…..What is this? Is that your way of telling people that you are smart or something? It looks like you have this fear that people might miss or might not recognize that you are smart from your comments and you have to present some exhibit or something? Move away from such things. It is another trait of old age (Just like how Amanuel H, who ends his comment, however tiny, with his full name at the bottom :)” – courtesy of guest2.

      I hope this guy becomes a permanent guest but that is Gheteb. I know.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    If the Isayas’s Eri-TV had a counter it would have caught how its listeners bargain about watching Isayas’s interviews. Those most that just turn on their TV and then immediately turn off upon seeing Isayas speaking, they are bargaining very-very-very low or a split of a second. Those most that bargain very-very-very low is just because they don’t stand him. For such people, they would only listen if the TV is speaking ill of Isayas.

    After all, let’s not help him to control the ball. Let him exaggerate his tiny achievements and the low-bargainers-on-Isayas would not watch their TV and let the TV exaggerates Isayas’s negatives and the low-bargainers are there watching. For the low bargainers on Isayas, it is a dishonest to one’s knowledge about Isayas abusiveness and crimes to even see a good picture of him let alone to read a good story about him. The low-bargainers-on-Isayas know that under Isayas’s rule many innocents suffered and met hardship to see their people severed properly.

    So, now Isayas cannot exaggerate his tiny achievements by speaking big. The guy is known to the world as the tsunami leader after the Lampedusa tragedy. That’s why it is not about having the patience to listen to his lengthy interview, but it is about inability to stand seeing him and his arrogances, as most of the discussants here described it. Each meant they were refusing to even hold for a second seeing his picture. The low-bargainers on Isayas feel like surrendering to his abuses to even stand him for a minute staying tuned until you know what the topic is? Let’s not surrender to his manipulative approaches to self-aggrandizing propaganda.

  • Music Novice

    Greetings Hope,

    This chap is a self-certified runner who was in a coma for four decades and has now turned into windbag as a form of emotional release. Do you think all these cartoon characters assembled here will last one week if you put them in Isaias’ position?

  • Ayneta

    Guest2:

    …..you understood it 🙂 that is enaught….did you mean ‘enough’?…you better stop before you misspell your pen name…have a blessed day…will pray for you…maybe may-chelot will save your troubled soul.

  • aklilu zere

    Amen brother

  • V.F.

    Hi guest2. What a refreshing diatribe! I personally normally skip the very long comments but this one, I am glad I read it. It is extremely entertaining. I sincerely thank you because for the first time in a long while, something I read related to Eritrea made me giggle. I highly recommend this post to tes and Nitricc but the latter will need someone to read this for him.

    • Abi

      HI VF
      I never expected you to put ” refreshing ” and ” diatribe ” in the same sentence. Diatribe by it’s very nature is boring and repetitive . Never refreshing.
      If you think the above ” diatribe ” is refreshing, then you have to assign someone to translate it for Tes .

      • V.F.

        Hi Abi, I am only going to assume that you didn’t read the diatribe by guest2 on poor Mahmoud Saleh. I have two quotes here for you among dozens that I could have listed. If you don’t find these refreshing, then I can’t help you old ‘chap’ (a word borrowed from our British friend MN).

        “Do not preach, at least not to me. Relax? Really I am always relaxed. You will realize that at some point:) For the record, get this: I am your senior , way senior in this forum (may be a long time before you realized there is such thing forum ) Meaning don’t go all Ananuel H on me. May be that is a trait of the elderly but, still know your audience. Cool?”

        “What that means is the only reason Woyanie is entertaining the new breed of minions is because it’s control on the other minions it had all these years is slipping away, hence, why not invite these minatures for a Kitfo (with Kocha). Seb Sharba came running before and hence it was obvious these new rats with suite and ties are the same :)”

      • Hagos10

        Abi,
        You mean you can’t see the satire in V.F.’s first sentence which ends with an exclamation mark? Disappointing indeed!

  • አዲስ

    Hi Hope,

    Thanks for the reply.

    My request has neither urgency and nor malice in it. I wanted Awate people’s take on it since I haven’t heard incident like this in quite some time. That’s why I asked if it’s no big deal.

    About Tesfalem and Sudan Tribune, why is news reported by them about Eritrea questionable ? Any evidence that they are biased? biased to who?

    Thanks,
    Addis

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam ..selam…xbuq’do kemey…
    Now..this..now that…old man…. young guy, yes? phew111 then..yada….yada…..da…da…du…phew11 yes, young man..brave this …not that ewe ane selam ebleka….

  • dawit

    Dear Mahmud,

    What do you mean by “call on IA and his regime to leave the scene”? Does this imply endorsing the Ethiopian agenda of regime change in Eritrea? Why would PIA or PFDJ leave the scene endangering Eritrean independence for some unknown and uncertain future of the country? Do you think this elderly Eritrean in this YouTube video could represent the thinking of millions of Eritreans inside the country? https://youtu.be/usobjnxm5vo

    Would it not be betraying those typical Eritreans who are standing with their government, supporting it and praying for it to succeed even under a widespread economic hardships in the country? Who said that Eritreans are not informed about the world affairs and the daily demonizing campaign going on by Eritrean enemies, about their leaders and their country. I think calling for régime change in Eritrea at this time of its history is to go against the wishes of ordinary Eritreans. It is wrong and irresponsible position.
    Regards,
    dawit

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam dawitom
      I understand you are entitled to say what you believe is right. History will judge us. But kindly don’t put your words into my mouth. You know I’m against any foreign intervention and I have not said what you allege I implied. Keep up that sober manner, but don’t pick a sentence out of its context. That’s not good.

      • dawit

        Selam Mahmuday;
        I am glad you that recognized caught my misquotation out of context. But, then don’t you think this whole article is based on misquoting PIA interview out of context? One person misquote the speech and dozens modified it to demonize Eritrea and its leaders. I am surprised that you didn’t want to touch the great Eritrean HAfash orator speech of 2014! I believe PIA is a good listener, but not a good orator. Aboy Siraje stated in few words what PIA took him hours on his interview 2016. If this elderly Eritrean represent a typical Eritrean, he said it all. There will never be a change in the country that is not supported by the ordinary Eritrean people. All the opposition representing the alphabet soup did not made a dent on ordinary Eritreans, despite 24 hours radio and television, news papers and website coverage of demonizing PFDJ for the last 15 years. All of it is heard in one ear and straight disposed to the garbage with the other ear.
        I like your new style debate, patronizing with those that you disagree. You need to take a stand, either you rejoin the Eritrean people struggle for survival or work with the opposition that is busy to dismantle Eritrea, lobbying and pleading with Ethiopia advocating regime change in Eritrea. One good thing about PIA, he doesn’t give false promises, but inspire and gives hopes for the masses.
        Regards,
        dawit

        • Hayat Adem

          Hi Dawit,
          “I like your new style debate, patronizing with those that you disagree. You need to take a stand, either…”
          Did you notice the contradiction? How can you like something and advise for changing it at the same time? Even flipfloppers don’t do their for-against flips simultaneously. That is not multitasking. It is called multi-talk.
          Hayat

  • Guest2

    Hey Mahmood,

    This is not a reply to you specifically, it is placed here just because of a small thing you said, you know? Those little things, but first:

    1) Yes, this is one of the best interview of the Honorabke president. Shorter and more precise. Unless one is clouded with hate or some other stuff that can cloud ones judgement, it is obvious PIA is a Junius. As for his interviews, he always passes the message he intended to pass, he knows what he is saying, and he selects his words carefully. His way is not a cliche, different and solely Eritrean. We love, love and love him. For some his interview might be boring (because he doesn’t say what they wanted him to say or because he doesn’t speak like those deceitful politicians of the West, who you are brain washed to, or because they are always waiting for him to screw up), for some of us we get bored to death when big world leaders like Obama talk. We can not stand all the fake-ness:)

    2. This article is the most crappy one of all Saay’s articles. Why? Well, one thing that separates Saay from all of the idiots who call themselves opposition, and who write fictitious and detached narration of Eritrea they don’t know, is the fact that he pretends to do efforts to add something positive or he gives some semblance, however fake, that he is looking at all sides. Not on this article. Here he doesn’t even pretend to look any thing positive. Here he is that regular detached guy. When you read at every paragraph you can’t miss that it is written with a sole objective of finding any thing bad to say about every topic. So mechanical, and so programmed. Really boring, and low class.

    3. The dam and the pathetic, embarrassing things people in this forum are saying reflecting how defeated, how subordinate to Woyanie and how inferior people here place themselves when it comes to Ethiopia whether they are inside Ethiopia licking boots or are far away. Sad and pathetic.

    For the record, where and when did the honorable president say that using its own resources, including Nile, is NOT THE RIGHT OF Ethiopia? Where and when did he say he doesn’t support Ethiopia’s right to build the dam? Where did he exactly contradict the correct, right and noble official stand of Eritrea that Ethiopia has a right to its own resources? All he said was it could have been studies, discussed with the stake holders and make sure no problem arises down the road, before breaking the ground. Besides his reply now is also dependent on what transpired in these past few years, back and forth negotiations of stakeholders, which doesn’t seem to go anywhere. Giving his testimony to what the dwarf dictator said? Hec, it is valid.

    Now to the hippo racy and the acute subordination: a) Every time the chromagnuoon Ethiopian leader opens his mouth, what comes out is Zeraf zeraf, we will crash you, landie inalemecheresha. None of you low lives here uttered a word, or showed your objection. You website did not present its stand on Ethiopia’s threat. Actually some were dancing here. And now, here you are furting how Ethiopia is wronged just because the president said it was started by emotion? Man, that is low b) This website and also some members here always present what The dwarf terrorist Meles said about what Issayas told him many times. One such example is the claim that he heated PIA say that he did not want independence for Eritrea, and there are other things sited in this very website about what Issayas told the Dwarf in private. But, here you are despicable individuals questioning what the honorable president said, really? That is low

    Finally this one it to ato Mahmud and by extension to the minatures they who go by Medrek

    Just small thing 🙂

    “…if what PMHD said to Merek leaders is true, and if Ethiopia accepts EEBC ruling without preconditions and leave our land lock, stock and barrel….”

    “If what Woyanie leader told Medrek” Really Mahmud, really? We are into believing wards now? I mean really? We are talking about a junta, a government who refused to abide by the ruling it signed for to be final and binding in front of ALL THE WORLD! We are talking about a terrorist government who officially breaks the law and dares to gloat in front of the whole world! And you are saying we have to rely on the word he told some minute, degenerate individuals as something to depend on? Really mahmuday? That is an insult to Eritrea, insult to the Eritrean people and even insult to all those calling themselves opposition and are docked in Ethiopia believing the same word! What else did the Eritrean people and government asked? They asked Ethiopia to abide by the ruling in words and in DEEDS! Why would the Eritrean government fight with Ethiopia had Ethiopia was true to its words? Why do you need any minute creatures or even the so called opposition if Ethiopia was a trusting kind in the first place?

    This is really strange. Not you, but the whole drama of some new Breed of miniatures claiming to have the word of Woyanie, as if other miniatures haven’t done that before, that Ethiopia abides by law, and ….hear this: a promise that Ethiopia will not invade Eritrea! Really? What is this? Child’s game? Disrespect of anything Eritrean? Not you, Mahmood, I am talking about those minute creatures you just cited here. Strange, really strange. And sad. And stupid. And first class idiocy

    Regarding the dam? The way you guys goingaround with that is weird.

    Well…

    • Dis Donc

      *genius

    • tes

      Selam Guest2,

      If you have something new to say, welcome if not we are too much bored with kind of crocodile cry.

      tes

      • George

        Hello tes, If you find Guest 2 boring or whatever you call it, stop reading it. It is that simple. For the record I love his writing style. I even love his well articulated stand against our enemy, Ethiopia. I don’t know how anybody who calls himself Eritrean would oppose or find it offensive what Guest 2 wrote. But it is good to see the response of some of our so called “Eritreans”.

        • Ayneta

          George:
          The irony in your commentary lies in your pen name: Your name is typical non-Eritrean and you have the guts to mislabel anyone who dare stand against the outlandish claims made by guest2 as ‘non-Eritrean’.

  • aklilu zere

    Good day Citizens of Awate Nation.

    We all know our “I, The supreme” does not use the internet. He said it publicly in one of his interviews. Do you remember when he came back from the dead and his wife told him what is being said during his absence? But this does not mean he does not get information of what is going on in the internet. He has hired hands, ears and eyes that bring him the “irritating” and “bad” news.

    For example one of those hired ears/eyes has already told him what our Good Sal Yonus wrote recently , an article titled “Interview: Isaias Plans To Command Economy, Society”. How do you think our “I, The Supreme” would respond?

    Well, he will respond exactly like the “I, the Supreme” in August Roa Bastos book and it would be as follows [verbatim]”

    “….In every country that considers itself civilized, there ought to be laws as the ones I have established in Eritrea against pen pushers of every breed. Corrupted corrupters. Vagrants. Scroungers. Ruffians, cheats and crooks of the written word. The worst poison that peoples suffer from would thereby be eradicated.

    The writing mania appears to be the symptom of an uncontainable century. Outside of Eritrea , when has so much been written as in the days since the world has lain in perpetual convulsion? Not even the Romans in the period of their decadence. There is no more deadly merchandise than the books (read articles) of these convulsionaries. There is no worse plague than the scribonic. Menders of lies and benders of truths. Lenders of their pens, the borrowed plums of plebeian peacocks. When I think of this perverse fauna, I imagine a world in which men are born old. they shrink, they shrivel till they are small enough to put inside a bottle. They grow smaller still inside it, so that a person could eat ten Saleh Gadis] and twenty Sal Yonuses spread on a slice of bread or a chunk of manioc cake. My advantage is that I no longer need to eat and it matters not at all to me if I am eaten by those worms.

    Two hundred years later, the witnesses of those (written) stories are no longer alive. Tow hundred years younger, readers do not know if they are fables, true stories, pretended truths. The same thing will come to pass with us. We too will pass for real-unreal beings. And having reached that pass, we shall go no further. And a good thing it is too to me I the Supreme”

    I cry for my beloved Country!!!

    Regards,

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam Kboor wo Hfoor Saleh

    ጥዑም ዘረባን ርጡብ ትንተናን፡ ዝገደፍካሉ የብልካን።

    Since we are done with analyzing IA and his serAt, I want to focus on small things that only small people could locate in the span of this long interview. To be able to follow through and present it in an investigational fashion calls a specialty. And who else could have done it better? Now to my small things that could only be appreciated by small people.

    Let me put the following as reference points.

    – You said ERI-TV is owned and operated by IA

    – You also said the Auditor General IA interviewed PIA

    1. How did wedi Afom do in his latest interview?

    Satisfying a set of few matrix (sobriety, staying on subject, mannerism), in the first part, IA did better this year. This assessment, of course, is based on the following: Compare IA’s deliverance with what we expect of him, not with what we wish he did. That’s comparing IA’s recent interview with IA’s prior interviews, including the infamous Aljazeera interview. I give him C+ (just an act of incentivizing him to do better next yea,. i.e. if IA AG is ready to meet PIA…

    2. Many, including you, made a bit of a deal regarding PIA prior knowledge of the questions. Since we have already established ERI-TV is owned and operated by IA, the staff could be thought of as his own employees (or kedemti, a noble Tigrigna word made sooty by IA). Therefore, IA was not facing an adversarial journalism corps, but his own chosen journalists. It was set up for PI and ምንቕቓሕ (In Awate’s lexicon: INFORM). In PFDJ land the EMBOLDEN word is missing. Actually, Suleiman Osman Abbe was bold enough to push back PIA in his Asmarino charm. I need more of emboldening from Paulosay. Both are my friends and I don’t want to demand more than they could do (I will come to it below).

    3. Many awatistas were surprised to see SAAY complete that boring, dull, monotonous…(insert some of the descriptions I missed) interview. They said they did not watch it. And then they commented more than Nitrickay who said proudly he watched it…Ha…ha… and analyzed it bit by bit. Dah!?!?…How come? Iwill admit that I watched it this year, and yes, I have finished the entire interview. Partly, because, there was an expectation, he would tell us he would RESIGN. I mean, resign from his past aversion of anything called Initiatives or coalition he does not command. That’s an improvement. There was also an expectation he would say something about the Naqfa bank notes he changed. Anyway, I was prepared for quite long hours.

    4. On the GERD, he lost it. I was perplexed because his previous stance was more rational. That peaceful management of the situation is good for the region, and Ethiopia has every damn right to use its waters per international law….I have a guess why he went into technicalities just to reverse his previous position. I also do have a good guess why he had to make that long zigzagging in justifying his new position. But let’s move on. I think Eritreans have to support GERD if what PMHD to Merek leaders is true, and if Ethiopia accepts EEBC ruling without preconditions and leave our land lock, stock and barrel. In that climate, a climate where international treaties and agreements are adhered to and mutual respect is observed, GERD could be a source of cooperation and that cooperation can make war and the news of war over for ever. Once peoples understand what they could get through cooperation, it’s unlikely that they will be dragged into wars they have not endorsed.

    5. IA’s another improvement this year, he dropped his demand that his political opponents could rather lease a plot on the surface of the moon than thinking of competing against him. This time he told his opponent of living somewhere else/ኣብ ካልእ ዓለም (This would mean on another country…region). At least, they don’t need for private rocket, NASA has been out of business for years, now.

    6. Some commenters lamented why the people of Eritrea are tolerating PIA, why those who are closer to him don’t smack him…Amanuel Eyassu regretted he did not hit him with the MIC he was using to interview him. But that’s just a regret. The thing is simple. Please don’t burden our Hafash hzbi with mission you would not contemplate taking or if you did contemplate would not accomplish. Surprisingly, some of the individuals who say these things are people who ligved in Eritrea until recently. What would you do if you met him, would you smack him with a club? Why you did not do it when you were there? I also read pessimistic comments that say change could not come from within. It will. It just takes more time to do it. Think of this: It took the opposition more than 15 years to talk how badly they are arrayed, and what hindered them from coming together. We have yet to see actionable plans. We have yet to see a pattern that would tell us the myriads of factions are indeed for affecting change and not jockeying for the day after change; we have yet to see they act responsibly. Ironically, remnants of ShaEbia are now on the lead trying to patch up disintegrated political factions. We will see. But the gist is: if it took for the opposition to form a meaningful organization in a free climate, what do you think the folks inside the belly of the menacing regime will take them to find each other, to trust each other, to form cells, connect those cells and building them into a functional domestic opposition front? Think that way. Therefore, the malaise is everywhere, we have to support initiatives that build trust, that foster unity…
    7. Hayat missed this part: IA looks much younger (50? when he charmed Bronwyn Bruton, people chided her, particularly Hayat), so the “change through prayer” (ለውጢ ብጸሎት) lots will have to be patient. But, again, the creator has his plan. So, don’t lose hope.
    Naay Lomi Hateta abzi yfxem.

    • saay7

      Selamat Mahmuday:

      Thanks for the kind words. I am sure its your humility that calls your observations small things but they are by no means small. We all can view the exact same thing and have different take-aways and that’s why forums exist: to see if we can create a synthesis.

      So, in your particular order, here is my input:

      1. I watch it because in a country that has no free press, no national assembly, no opposition, no ministry whose meetings are televised, about the only time that truth will sneak out is in his long interviews with the State media. That is one of the side-effects when the State Is The Man: if you want to know what is planned for the country, the year-end interviews are it.

      2. About IA having prior knowledge of the questions, what Awatistas are commenting is not that they are shocked to learn this (we all knew it), but that (a) he, for no obvious reason, felt it was important to tell the world that he had seen the questions and (b) if he had, there is no reason for the universal sign for “let me think about this” (looking-up-to-the-ceiling.) In fact, body language experts talk about “cognitive overload”: when we are telling a lie, our body language betrays it. (There is one experiment where you tell people to tell a lie while stacking cards: they can’t do it as fast as someone telling the truth.) And the body language of the two interviewers also tells us everything we need to know, doesn’t it? There was no push-back from Wedi Abbe except on clarifying that the MoI had provided its database of employees and for his efforts, he was told by the boss to do his job (ask the next question.)

      3. On people who don’t watch his interviews, there are many good reasons: (a) he doesn’t know how to speak in crisp sentences and everything becomes a history lesson; (b) they don’t expect him to do anything but tell lies (and to do it a very boring way); (c) he is the personification of all their pain and suffering and he is hard to take. There are also some bad reasons: (a) he is not the “legitimate” leader and i don’t recognize him as a leader; (b) I don’t have time.

      4. We will talk about GERD and his views of the world in Part 2. For now, I will just say that when I ran into a person on a road trip and he talks the way Isaias does about the New World Order*, I will be very relieved because all I have to press is Play (by saying, “really?” “what do you mean?”) and don’t have to carry a share of getting the conversation flowing. But when a head of state says it, there are costs. For example: Eritrea just applied to be a member of the African Union’s Peace & Security Council. Did it succeed? Hint: Isaias thinks the whole AU and regional organizations are just tools of multinational corporations. By the way, as I write this, they are live-streaming the 26th Ordinary Session of the AU.

      5. It is part of the reason for why some people don’t watch his interviews: they know they will be insulted.

      6. I agree with you completely. Remember Isaias said that he is not going to allow a system that Eritrea has never known in its history (political pluralism) because he knows that our people, in many ways, appear to validate Buddha’s First Noble Truth.

      7. Oh, well, Bronwyn Bruton. You know when people get something that you know of so wrong (the way she did about Eritrea), you tend to ask, “what else did they get wrong?” and I have been re-reading what I used to consider authoritative reports on Somalia during the emergence of Al-Shabab.

      Thanks!

      * These guys: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/7d/85/e9/7d85e9833cb07310396a378b927bf692.jpg

      • sabri

        Dear saay,

        IA in all his interviews with the local media he acted as if he is a commentator to his own government. In every of his interviews he use the phrase kigiber alewo, kitinaa alewo etc. as if he is talking about another government. As the head of the state he is expected to say the plan of the government one by one without muddling in an endless abstract theories.

        I agree with mohamuday. In the recent interview Abbé did his best to push-back the president. When the president run his usual kigiber alewo mantra, Abbe pushing him back to focus on the objective reality of the country and what the government is planning to do. I don’t belivie Abbe is instructed to do his push-back effort.

        Paulos is just reading what he was instructed to do. Is it because of his position (he is the head of erina-Eritrea’s news agency) that he feels to show loyality? I just wonder.

        Sabri

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Ahlan Saleh and Sabri

        SAAY light moment: “These topics are then changed into questions by the Ministry of Information and handed to the designated journalists. How do I know this? No, not because of that…” I LOVE THAT.
        taken from N#1: On The State Media

        Suleiman Osman Abbes push back, and the loose moment of the interview: http://www.tubechop.com/chop/-bTI1Fz2Xm0
        On your 2.b. I think that is IA’s trademark. Early on in the seventies, be it in meetings/seminars or interviews, IA was known to be very slow with his “Ahhhh” intervals, if he wants to intimidate you, he will look at the person he is addressing straight up with his two eyes wide open, stiffness of facial muscles…Another way of looking at it is: I think it was initially started as a sort of play-acting, disposing the aura of knowledge and power…invincibility…imposing the state of untouchability. When he assumed power, of course, this was well received by admirers who would say, “He has not found a working TEAM..መስኪናይ፡ ንበይኑ እንድዩ ኮይኑ! ዝሕግዞ’ኳ ዘይብሉ!!”
        So, I think it’s not so much about cognitive overload….but a perfected and internalized theatrical act. He has to act as if the burden of the country is solely on him, as if he lacks a minute of sleep (although in some occasion he told us that he loves to sleep)….
        Sabri: Thanks, I long for your occasional inputs. Yes, we know IA is control freak, data junkie…and yet in many interviews he acts as if he is a hand-off manager. It is part of the acting game (related to my reply to SAAY, above). Suleiman O Abbe is a typical Asmarino, I know him when he first came to the Information Department (enda Ziena). He was from Durg’s Radio Asmara. Hw was a sports presenter prior to our coming to Asmara. I believe currently he runs a department. Paulos Natabay, of course, is from the field (joined the EPLF in 1988. Both were good at what they did (this is a 20 years old account, I have no idea their internal role); our relation remains just personal.
        Regards

    • tes

      Dear Mahmuday,

      A good read.

      Saying that can I interject on one word you have chosen. You have translated the word “Inform” as ምንቕቓሕ. I respectively disagree with your translation.

      According to my experience here at awate.com, the word inform can be translated as “ምሕባር” – to tell. The advantage of using this translation is that it lets readers to have information. And how to use the information depends on the readers themselves. Awate is free once the information is delivered. This gives full freedom to readers on how to use the information.

      The word “ምንቕቓሕ” – more of Socialist’s way of approach is rather manipulative to the mind. It gives orientation and an oriented mind has no freedom to use the information provided. The word, “Consciousness” is much more descriptive to “ምንቕቓሕ”.

      Give mercy therefore to the word “Inform” used by awate.com.

      tes

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam tes
        Actually, I was trying to mock the word ምንቕቓሕ። I was trying to say what we call INFORM is called “raising consciousness” in the land of PFDJ. I do agree that term ምንቕቓሕ is a code word for indoctrination and misinformation. So, if my wording was not accurate enough, please take this as correction. I believe in presenting information and let the target audience do its job of cross collaboration and verification, even holding the entity that’s presenting the data/information responsible. I think that’s what we do here.
        Regards.

        • tes

          Dear Mahmud Saleh,

          I totally agree with you on how your approached and chosen the word. But you know, …, emm, this is tes.

          Yah raising consciousness – you made it complete as I missed the first word you put. I usually laugh when those Paltokawyan use the word “ምንቕቓሕ”.

          In a free world, there is only information. And as you put it rightly processing this information is the job of those who receive it.

          Nothing wrong just I wanted a spice on your hateta.

          ነዛ ድምጺ ሓፋሽ ዝብልዋ ፖለቲካዊ ሓተታ ተዳልወላ ዝነበርካ ኢኻ ትመስል ኣያ ማሕሙዳይ።

          ሎምስ ከኣ በዓል ሱለማን የዕሩኽትኻ ከም ዝኾኑ ካብ ኣተንባህካስ ጋዜጠኛ ድምጺ ሓፋሽ ከምዝነበርካስ ዝሕብሩ ብዙሓት ኣሰራት ይረኣዩ ኣለው።

          tes

    • V.F.

      Dear Mahmud, here is a quote from your # 6.

      “Ironically, remnants of ShaEbia are now on the lead trying to patch up disintegrated political factions. We will see. But the gist is: if it took for the opposition more than 15 years to form a meaningful organization in a free climate, what do you think the folks inside the belly of the menacing regime will take them to find each other, to trust each other, to form cells, connect those cells and build them into a functional domestic opposition front? Think that way. Therefore, the malaise is everywhere, we have to support initiatives that build trust, that foster unity…”

      Who are you referring to us ‘remnants of ShaEbia’? If there is such a thing, I think you would be on top of that list because time and again, you preach to us how ShaEbia was great and it has been hijacked, it has good national charter, macro policy, and constitution – the tripartite documents. I know the answer, you have Medrek in mind. As closed as that group has been*, they have made the most strides in their short existence than the remnants of Jebha in their nearly 35 years post civil war in Medda. I encourage you to listen to Medrek Radio. Like I said the other day, they have groundbreaking information nearly every time they broadcast news. PFDJ is forcing the poor people of Massawa to pay sums of money in preparation for Fenkil celebration (26th year, whew, the years are flying…I remember my mother going elllllllll all over and we had an ESEPA neighbor….it was scary….). That news was on Medrek Radio, nowhere else. The arrest of a poor man in Keren for suspicion of collaborating with the ‘enemy’ and he was killed. His body was delivered to his family. IA is doing some work with Emirates and KSA to disrupt radio services from Assenna, Erena, and Medrek. Only Medrek broke this story. It is endless. Their hateta is very deep and gives one a lot of hope. All of these tells me that they have done some good groundwork within the belly of the IA and his PFDJ. They seem to have concrete plans because they talk about rule of law, constitution, good diplomacy with neighbors, and the whole 9 yards. I have to admit, I am hopeful. A little suspicious but hopeful.

      *As you well know, PFDJ is extremely masterful at infiltrating and dismantling any organization of Eritreans with three people or more. They even split families in many instances. So, I believe Medrek is working mainly undercover to always catch PFDJ by surprise. I would hope they do not continue as such post PFDJ but for me this strategy is the best in bringing down IA from within.

  • Nitricc

    Hi Mizan or is it VF; NO!!!!!!! I thought it was a lake as big as lake Tana and a little smaller than Redsea?????? wow, i am such stupid idiot. thanks for your information.
    Obviously you are too slow and retarded to get it what i am saying. But you better ask the people from your ugly village why they would claim ” they swam in may-ja-h Ja-h?
    go-ahead ask them, idiot.

    • V.F.

      Nitricc, I am not guess. That’s as much as I can tell you. Have a good weekend!

  • Nitricc

    Betri_weyn; are you serious? I don’t involve in such garbage point but you seem to believe the story. Anyway; the ugly monkey that started all this crap is demoted from his position and listen to this lady.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AXrDVLUpMg

  • aklilu zere

    Good day Awate Nation. Thanks Sal again and again.

    I found a book that assisted me tremendously and with conviction to stop my fascination of ” Isaias Afewerki – “our eternal pain”. And this happened after 32 years of my acquaintance with this sub human creature.I am definitely sure it will do the same to you and I am happy sharing it. Its title is ” I The Supreme” [Yo el Suprimo in Spanish] and was written by Augusto Roa Bastos. I highly recommend that it be read by all citizens of Awate Nation.

    Regards,

    • Music Novice

      Greetings aklilu z.,

      You said: “… my acquaintance with this sub human creature.”

      Were you in Eritrea in during the last week of May 1991? Didn’t you dance on the streets of Asmara, calling Isaias the lion of Nakfa?

      The person discussed in the book you mentioned, the Paraguayan dictator Rodriguez de Francia, is dissimilar to Isaias. Isaias joined a guerrilla movement when, built up a splinter group from scratch, and finally brought independence. Most Latin American dictators, who resemble cartoon characters, take power through military coup d’état.

      It is more appropriate to compare Isaias, for example, to Mao, Castro and Ho Chi Minh.

      • aklilu zere

        Good day MN. I made error: it was 42 years, not 32.

        I never went back to my beloved Eritrea after I (we) were forced out in 1981.

        The book is not about the person. It is about mind set.

        Googling is good for quick reference. Reading books is for serious knowledge. So please read the book and then we can discuss.

        Regards

        • Music Novice

          Greetings Aklilu Z.,

          My point is, don’t you think it is a bit superficial and shallow not to think that a person’s mindset is, among other things, made up of his environment?

          For example, can you compare Isaias with Henry the 8th or general Franco?

          Take time to reflect about your shallow attempt at comparison.

          • aklilu zere

            Good day MN.

            Why not compare? All dictators think and act alike [to borrow from Tolstoy]. All are afflicted with abnormality: sadism, derangement, utter and senseless cruelty, indifference, singularity, psycho-spiritual malaise/deficiency, narcissism…etc..etc.. and I humbly invite you to read what I wrote ten years ago in this venerable web site with a title “militarized education” and you will understand me better.
            By the way: your diversionary tactic is out of embarrassment because I caught you by pointing that you used google [in a frenzy urge] rather than read the book like a prudent person will do.

            Again, I encourage you to buy/borrow the book and then I welcome you for honest discussion.

            Sincerely

          • tes

            Dear aklilu zere,

            MN has been a shame for himself since the time to comment here. I don’t know why he has chosen to be that low. His diversionary (as you described him perfectly) is really boring and predictable.

            Dear aklilu zere, I am delighted to see you actively engaging by coming out though you are always with us. I read your brief comments that express your warm feelings when ever you have a good readings.

            On this occasion I thank MN(not though for positive) for trying to provoke you. If it helps that way I will try too (mine will be to let the forum shower by your wisdom and library of first hand memories.

            tes

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Akililu Z.,

            You are self absorbed, aren’t you?

            I simply asked you to compare similar personalities, that is all, and you are all over the place. The character of the book you mentioned rose out of a different environment, so it is not appropriate to use him to describe Isaias.

            Is Tolstoy a qualified psychiatrist? Are you? You are already showing signs of discomfort and you are trying to hide this by using terms such as “diversionary tactics”, “embarrassment”, “caught you” …

            Earlier you described your running away with: “I never went back to my beloved Eritrea after I (we) were forced out in 1981.”

            How is describing Isaias in such a way going to help you make your way back?

          • Ted

            Hi MN .
            I would have used sober tone otherwise agree with your response why we don’t need to go out of our way to make comparison. Comparisons of IA to other “Dictator” seem to be where everyone fails to realize that no two “dictator’s” are not alike in their ambitions, styles, habits … ; they come in different flavours. IA is no stranger to us, we know him with all his quirkiness ,anomalies and clearly he is no way similar to the others we see in the world. We have all the information and motivation in our disposal to know his way of governance is not working for us and things should end there. Every Time people do the comparison for maximum propaganda effect, IA come out on the top as “selfless angel” working for his people. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

            Disclaimer. I didn’t read the book, but if i know Aklilu’s creative writing, i am sure i will enjoy the book for what it is(fiction).

          • aklilu zere

            Good day Ted.
            The difference you “see” between dictators is so miniscule thus rendering it inconsequential. All of them bring unbearable pain and suffering upon the people they rule. Can you tell me if there are different pains and suffering? In other words can you qualitatively and quantitively differenttiate suffering?

            Dear Ted: go ahead and read the book. It will open up your perspective.

            Regards

          • Ted

            Hi AZ, if i were to describe him , he is control freak who will be willing to do harm to those standing on his way; not fame, not money but for power and control. I am sure you have something to add to it knowing you have had proximity to what went down in your days in Eritrea. If you describe him as Gaddafi or Kim’sof kKorea or other, we will be talking similarity and difference for days which defies the whole purpose; who is IA. You are not short of skill and information to describe him well. That is all.
            Thank you for the recommendation.

          • aklilu zere

            Dear Novice.
            Tolstoy was a novelist. I don’t hide under an alias. I am extremely comfortable stating my opinion. I shall never set my feet as long as Nsu is
            Alive.

            All tyrants have many similarities but few differences albeit incoinconsequential.

            And why compare Nsu with few deranged tyrants when history abounds with many? Nero, kadafi, pol pot, the Kim’sof kKorea, Stalin (including their mustashes), Menghistu ..etc.

            And why are you fixated with environment? What maters is the mess and mahyem tyrants create upon the people they rule. Are you a denier?

          • V.F.

            Hi Aklilu, the true nature of MN is that he doesn’t believe the Eritrean people deserve democracy because he thinks we are too backwards. He thinks PFDJ deserves to be where they are because they brought independence for us and we should just stop whining and take it or leave it. When he first started commenting here a couple months ago, he sounded very reasonable but he has been growing increasingly cynical and I dare say pessimistic. I would bet you that he sees nothing wrong with IA telling Eritreans to go where the water is because water ain’t gonna come to ya. That is the attitude he has been espousing here.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Selam VF,
            In fact I’ve noticed a striking similarity between this individual MN, and the despot in Eritrea-I’m the all knowing, don’t touch me, full of arrogance attitude. There no one in this forum with whom he agrees-he is Negram wahid.

          • Music Novice

            Greetings V.F.,

            You are a decent chap, but you seem to be not well focused.

            Eritrean society has many fault lines, therefore, at the moment, the model of Western democracy is highly inappropriate. This is not the same as saying people do not deserve democracy.

            Had Eritrea been rich and had the economic needs of the population been reasonably satisfied, and had there been a fixed term national service nobody would have clamoured about democracy and the current population exodus would have been unlikely to happen.

            The majority of the population of Eritrea resides in the countryside. They care about their daily bread and not about the slogans being bandied around by the failed political elite who are residing abroad and are now desperately looking for back-door entry onto the political stage.

            The EPLF/PFDJ must reform and can reform. The country needs rule of law, an independent judiciary, fixed term national service and the relaxing of the party/government stranglehold on the economy (while still keeping an eye on callous merchants) to start with. Let the EPLF/PFDJ finish the job it started with liberation.

            Is this clear enough for you?

            “The revolution? When the shooting stops, and the dead are buried, and
            the politicians take over, it all adds up to one thing: a lost cause.”

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Selam MN,
            “Let the EPLF/PFDJ finish the job it started with liberation.” And what has been actually achieved so far in the last 25 years, apart from economic degradation, political repression, the disappearce of thousnds of Eritreans in the dungeons of the dictator, the exile of hundreds of thousands of Eritreans? What type of job is it that you’re asking us to let the PFDJ finish? How far have they reached in accomplishing that mysterious objective so far, 30%, 50%, 60%? You’re laughable.
            To tell you the fact, Eritrea had started the path of development in all aspects; political, economic, social,etc, 25 years ago; however that natural course was hampered by the ill-will of the current clique in Asmara. And as long as this madness is allowed to continue in Eritrea; there will not be any reform or progress of any sort.

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Abraham H.,

            How long did it take to liberate Eritrea? Was it according to your timetable Mr. Simpleton?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear MN,

            I admire that you still have some faith in IA. Eritrean struggle 30 years and it has been 25 years since Eritrea got it’s independence. If you are suggesting that, because Eritrea’s independence took 30 years, you are hoping that in another 30 years, Eritrea may find “democracy / peace/ freedom”, assuming you agree that’s what the Eritrean people needs are.

            You know as well as we do that, nothing will come out of Eritrea as long as IA is in power. Like i said before I really do not know what he wants and what his intentions are, but bring peace, stability and freedom to the people will NOT be something he will want the people have. As long as he doesn’t have this desire, his desire is the self hate and self destruction then nothing will come out.

            Now back to your comparison.

            1961 Eritrea:

            50 % of the Eritrean population (at least Christians), with few elite / students were part of the Ethiopian Union, weather willing or fear or didn’t care.

            Out of the rest 50% of Eritrean Muslims, I don’t know how much of them were opposition, but those who were activity participation, their numbers were very small.

            Haile Selassie help establish the Organization of African Union in 1963, which pretty much sealed any support Eritreans seek from other African countries, with the clause of “non-interference in internal affairs”. Eritrean struggle for self determination was seen as “internal affairs”.

            Kagnew Station and American Support
            Americans supported Haile Selassie at the Security Council because of the close ties he had with them and that of Israel and they base they had in Kagnew station. At the same time, Ethiopia used Eritrean parliament endorsement of the annexation (although one can argue it was done by force), regardless was used to buy legitimacy and that it become NONE issue at the international level. At the same time, it was during cold war, so the US was not willing to lose Eritrea to the Soviet Union just because of small “Eritrean rebels” inconvenience. Have you seen the welcome reception Haile Slassie got on his visit to the US in 1963 by President Kennedy.

            Eritrean 1991:

            EPLF had the support of almost all Eritrean, you can say 99%. They had the support of all super powers and the AU and the Ethiopian government in 1993 when declared independence after the referendum. Every good and well meaning, NGO, western government what have you wanted to see Eritrea as an example of hope and pride for African and wanted to help, much like what they did for Ethiopia after the defeat of Italay / Germany when Haile Selassie returned.

            Basically had he established a constitution in 1994 and held election he would have captured, the real 100% vote:).

            Isayas after seeing losing control in 1993 (Tegadelti demonstrations), he started with his long plan of subjugating Eritreans, and picking fight with the NGO (those who actually fed and supported during the armed struggle, even though EPLF/PFDJ really do not admit it, the Australians, the Swedes, the Canadians, the British and any leftist movement who sympatized with the movement).

            The rest as they say is history….

            Now, you are hoping that he will turn around …….
            Berhe

          • Music Novice

            Greeting Aklilu z.,

            Tolstoy was a novelist? This is a ground breaking information!

            But the questions I asked were: Is Tolstoy a qualified psychiatrist? Are you?

            It seems that you are not paying attention.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Ahlen Aklilu Zere,

            Below is the link of your article “Militarized Education” for those who didn’t read it including the bigots by the way, if somehow could learn indirectly if not directly. Very short, crispy, and to the point.

            http://www.ehrea.org/informatioEducation.htm

            regards,
            Amanuel Hidrat

  • Tewelde gebremariam

    Hi Eritreans,

    No , the impostor isaias afewerk has never had any plans to command- economy-society, only to demolish, disintegrate and pulverize, of which the evidences are glaringly sprawlling on the ground, not only in Eritrea but also all over the world. He is the author and executioner of every tribulations, including the 1998 war, the demolision of the Baito and Constitution, the No War No Peace, the sanctions etec., that the Eritreans have been passing through. At the same time, with an eye to mislead and deceive his victims into collaboration in their own death and destructions, he concocts and weaves words of disguise ,and frames other people for his scapegoats.

    Sadly, the article personifies , on the one hand, the complete fiasco of Eritrean elites to analyze all the available data that can expose his true motives and hideouts, and on the other, the reason he has achieved unfettered success on his con artistry. Let’s dwel on the title of the article. “…….command – economy – society……”. If this were true, then situation of Eritrea and that of North Korea would have been analogous at least with regard to population escape and military might but they are diametrically opposite.

    North Korea is militarized and the people cannot escape at all because the regime keeps the border tightly closed; in Eritrea however, the military have been deteriorating at fast pace and the people have been fleeing in droves for decades and flooding the neighboring countries. In Qohain for instance, many villages are now completely depopulated and barren. The question for us now is, why?

    Asgedom, the Demhit leader, said it loud and clear, that isaias afewerk trusts tegaru more than Eritreans. Herein lies then the answer to the question asked above. But would he trust tegaru if he were truelly Eritrean? Absolutely not. And he would not have surrounded himself exclusively with people of tgrai decent either if he were truly Eritrean. Then the inference is clear : he purposely weakened Eritrean Defense Forces, purposely created hostile environment for Eritreans to live in their country and purposely left the border open for them to leave their country , all in order to realize his evil dream of building Abai Tigrai on the ashes of Eritrea and her people. Here we must not take seriously the apparent contradiction between woyane and isaias; it is all theatrical.

    Remember, what the impostor has embarked upon is not new in Eritrea; the British did it during their military occupation and Haile Selse did it after forcefully annexing it. None of them succeeded however because we , as people, stood up and foiled their evil schemes. We must do it again but we can only do if we sacrifice secondary issues, religion, region, ethnic, lanauge, identify isaias afewerk and his cabals as totaly and completely anti Eritrean, and forge unity on the sanctity and transcendence of Eritrean Sovereignty. By the way, there is no country holier than our country, Eritrea.

    The Al Rabita Al Islamia, Andnet, Wedogeba etc. did not help in the past nor will their decoys help now. As they , if we did not from the past, we will relive the agony. Besides, we are a lot fortunate than our fathers because we now know more than they did for the fascist had kept them in the dark. We should do better.

    ;

    • Mulugeta

      I totally agree with you my friend. you have the best perception of the situation in Eritrea.
      But I have two minor comments for you. when you write, please make it simple to understand.
      Secondly, what do we need to do, me and you after knowing this fact. I am just curious to know. what options do we have after knowing the fact ? specially for people who have the same understanding like you and me my friend.

      • Tewelde gebremariam

        Hi Mulugeta

        The reason the impostor is still perpetrating his crime with impunity is our disunity, the disunity he and woyane have been perpetuating for decades. And this state of affairs is also the stumbling block that has paralyzed our military and people at home from acting boldly. Once we rectified this blemish, the rest of the puzzle will quickly dissipate into the thin air.

        By the way, the impostor is already half comatose and the Saudis cannot help him regain what he has lost. He is spending his last days in seclusion at Adi Halo. Unity is what is lacking to drive him out for good.

        • Music Novice

          Greetings Tewelde g.,

          How do we know you are not an imposter?

    • Music Novice

      Greetings Tewelde g.,

      You said: Isaias “has never had any plans to command- economy-society, only to demolish, disintegrate and pulverize …”

      So, are you demanding a “command-economy-society” to be installed in Eritrea?

      You also said: “Here we must not take seriously the apparent contradiction between woyane and isaias; it is all theatrical.”

      So, according to you, there is no contradiction between the Woyane and Isaias, they are just pretending. How long has this been going on?

      By the way, how did you arrive at all these fantastic conclusions, do you read tea leaves?

      • Tewelde gebremariam

        Hi Music N.

        You must be the impostor isaias afewerk’s companion in Adi Halo, enjoying all that he has stolen from the people, As we say, ZbelEt Af Aytkhdn Eya, But remember, the day of reckoning is approaching by leaps and bounds that Isaias cannot hide within the skirts of the Saudi monarchs for long, you better end your slavish life before it is too late

        As to the secret collaboration between woyane and the impostor, read , among others, the history of Badme, the pretext for his illegal war he launched in 1998.

        • Music Novice

          Greetings Tewelde g.,

          So, is this best answer you can give; all talk and no action.

          • Tewelde gebremariam

            Hi Music N.
            I wish you understand ideas are exceedingly more powerful than brute force. If you want an illustration, just look in your vicinity, the behavior of impostor isaias afewerk, like squirrel getting into the skirts of the Saudis to hide himself . We did not explode any bombs, only powerful ideas.

      • sara

        Dear MN,
        your reply to ato zere and gebre, brother cool dawn this are men from the 60/70th don’t heat the water too much , long time stopped drinking tea with sugar.

        • Music Novice

          Greetings sara,

          I agree. These are people who are certified to have failed, now trying to give Oxygen to their political careers on the back of the current problems in Eritrea.

      • tes

        Dear MN,

        I could be a perfect match with you to play with your diversionary tactics. I am quite confident on how to handle you. I tell you, I have very rich experience on handling people like you.

        And if you push more, I will start to play with you until you learn a good lesson for life.

        Till then have a good hallucination.

        tes

        • Music Novice

          Greeting tes,

          The comedian of this site. You are funny even without trying to be funny.

          tes, what will you do if you are parachuted back to Eritrea?

    • V.F.

      Hi Tewelde, I agree with your for the most part, in fact almost all the time in your comments. But I am not sure about this statement:

      “…he [IA] purposely weakened Eritrean Defense Forces, purposely created hostile environment for Eritreans to live in their country and purposely left the border open for them to leave their country , all in order to realize his evil dream of building Abai Tigrai on the ashes of Eritrea and her people. Here we must not take seriously the apparent contradiction between woyane and isaias; it is all theatrical.”

      I think your final conclusions here are wrong. Yes he did all those things purposefully but that purpose was not to create Abi Tirgrai and the war was not theatrical. It was a real war, full of hatred and resentment towards one another. Rather, the purpose (of driving people out of their country etc.) was to be in power and subjugate the people of Eritrea for as long as he is alive and beyond with the legacy he is leaving with PFDJ. He is a psychopath and control freak for sure. He despises and hates the Eritrean people to no end. But if you read all the developments leading up to the war, he was blinded by pure hate and contempt for weyane as well. He thought he could give them a final blow and loot Ethiopia. Weyane had enough of nannying this mad man and they decided, after he instigated and started his belligerence, to deal with him once and for all. The conclusion is completely quite to the contrary to what you asserted in your comment.

    • Abraham Hanibal

      Selam TG,
      I thought the Rabita Islamya were committed to unconditional independence of Eritrea. It is thus unfair to list them together with the Andnets. Otherwise I agree with your take about the evil plans of the despot.
      Every Eritrean should understand that as long as this evil man is alive, Eritreans would not own their own country.

  • L.T

    In Saturday I called old friend as he responds”Hey L.T long time ago huh?”but I do not now time Wedi Afwerqi is on TV Ere,where are you?I told him I’m at a restaurant in twon with friends and drink beer and watch the Tennis berween Serena Williams and Agniska Radwanska then he said”Forget the damn tennis instead switch to TV Ere and listen Wedi Afewrqi interview”I get a little angry at him but said”I’ve told you that I am a Sweish Pub and they do not have Tv Ere”he said”you hear me L.T it’s history moment and not missed it”I told him I listened Isaiash for 16 yrs and it’s almost the same thing”about the rain,food,the special group…on bribe”then he stopped me and said you are from Tigria”I am dump…he is from the same street in Asmera and he knows that I come from the noble family.I told him if I come from Agame Awraja(excuse me if there is here from Tigria)who are you?I told him it is better watched cartoons on my iPad than I talk to you.I shut my phone….
    To be continued with part 2…

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Saay,

    You are the only person who knows how the mind of this evil man operate; and even you could predict his future possible sequential moves. Actually, If the system controls every aspect of life of the Eritrean people, which he did, as your piece correctly described it, it is a totalitarian regime or system. The political superstrucure and the political infrastructure are built for that purpose. It is the failure of understanding the nature of the system and among others, that we are unable to wage a sustainable struggle against it. However your analysis is handy for understanding the motive of the regime and what is up to, to tighten his control.

    Regards
    Amanuel Hidrat

    • Lamek Berhane

      Hello dear Amanuel, I understand that you have done a lot of comparative politics research as it pertains to Eritrea. From your research, I have a question for you. As you well know, a lot of the African countries gained their independence from colonial Europe in the 1950s. From about 1960 – 1990 (during the Cold War era), they were mostly totalitarian or authoritative – simply not for the people. Lots of blood was shed all over Africa, and our beloved people and country and our Ethiopian brothers and sisters alike bled with no mercy from the instigators of hostility and belligerence. From the 1990’s things started to improve. Some African countries like Uganda, South Africa, Namibia, have done relatively well. But I a large number of countries have not done too well. You see the situation in Brundi, Sierra Leone a couple years ago, Nigeria persistently, and so many others. The situation in East Africa in particular is bleak. Look at Paul Kagame and Yoweri Musovini. Both have been in power for so long yet they change the constitutions in broad daylight so they can be presidents for life.

      The question now is this. Eritrea gained independence in 1991. At that time, everyone was very optimistic because there was no way we were going to repeat the mistakes of the other Africans. But as you can see, IA and PFDJ, have outdone the prototypical African dictator and one party systems. Not it increasingly becoming clear that the regime in Asmara doesn’t have a long life left.

      Okay, so how about now? Do you thing, Aman, that we have learned a lesson this time around, really learned a good lesson to never repeat? Meaning that, if the long awaited change comes to our country and our people, this year (God willing), how do insure that we do not once again get entangled into a web of dictatorship? How do we avoid false democracy? I mean, the kind where, one man or one party wins 100% of the votes? What guarantees do we have that our first set of leaders post IA will be faithful to us and our martyrs and honor everything in a constitution that was written and ratified by the people of Eritrea? Is it just a simple human nature in Africa that once in power, it is extremely hard to let go? Are we predisposed to that? This is a lot of questions and some rhetorical at that so I will understand if you can’t answer any of them but I await kindly your enlightenment on this matter.

      Kind regards,
      Lamek

      • V.F.

        Dear lamek, those are deep questions. Emma is best equipped to answer.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Lamek,

        The way you put your introduction and your historical accounts on the African leaders, it in itself alone will put you a comparative politician of Eritrean standard. Good reflection my friend. Now back to your questions.

        Before I become pre-disposed to the Eritrean politics and till late 70s, where my political maturity start to be shaped ideologically, I was from those who believe Eritreans are “unique” and will not sink into the despicable experiences of African countries – a displaced perception and misunderstanding of the actual Eritrean political elites. If political consciousness is embedded in a “group interest” which Eritrean reality clearly displayed as we speak, the challenges in front of us are immense , not only to sort it out, but to frame it and bring it to a reasonable political soft landing. Let alone to learn and avert the negative experience of the African countries, we do not even learn and mature from our own negative experience and still failed to bring together our people to fight their “home grown enemy”, that become to the cause of the perpetual exodus of our people and a menace to the social fabric of our society. If change to occur, how do we avoid ourselves from the entanglement of another dictatorship of different shape or form? In politics there is no for sure assurances, whatsoever to tell how the intended changes ends up. Because there are many unknown variables that are out of sight but some how emerge in the process that could influence the outcome of the change. For any positive change to evolve and own by the public at large, the forces of change must have a formidable organization to defend and promote the necessary change.

        So far until the momentum of changes becomes in fever to the forces of fundamental changes, Eritrea will join to the league of hybrid regimes of single party ruling. Refer to this link for more understanding the natures of regimes, alerting my country men and women: http://awate.com/eritreas-prospect-joining-the-league-of-hybrid-regimes/. I suspect the despot is veering the nation to that direction, with command of power so far in his hand.

        Despite of the fact of the aforementioned, my optimism to my people and my nation remains strong, and at one point our young generation will bring the inevitable change that bring peace, stability, and justice for the entire Eritrean population.

        PS, I am sending an article that could address partial to some of the worrisome of Eritrean politics.

        regards,
        Amanuel Hidrat

  • aman

    Hi v.f
    As the Tigrigna proverb says
    Anafira Qoqah Zeyfelits Ay Hadanayin
    We know how cons, scams and con artists
    fly. And not only we know them but also know
    how to flush them out. No hiding please !

  • AMAN

    Dear some
    Awatyans
    We love learning and we take our learning seriously
    because it is our guide, light and love in life
    If you do not value it , it is up to you
    But DO NOT play or try to play with our intellect
    because if you do you will get also played ! Get it ?
    So thus you know what to say and what to do !!!
    (But if you have anything to say you can bring it
    anytime anywhere) . Just address it correctly AMAN
    ( upper caps ) Thankyou
    Yours,
    AMAN

  • dawit

    Dear All what to you make this elderly Eritrean speech in line with PIA’s latest interview? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usobjnxm5vo&feature=player_embedded

  • Haqu

    Selam sal
    I gave up on our weirdo so called president long time ago: I only watch to laugh or sleep. Let’s talk about the super bowl, it has been strange season. Panthers 38 broncos 17

    • saay7

      Selamat Haqu*:

      I know better than to bet against you, the undisputed champ of calling superbowls, World Cups right. But really? Cam is a showman but that old horse Manning….what am I saying: the last time I used that argument against you, I lost:)

      saay

      * Haqua dea? Haqi?

      • Haki

        Sal
        I hate smart phones, haki nab haku teqeyira lol. Anyway I hope cam wins so the racist can stop telling us that blacks can’t read nfl defense. Cam will beat manning unless he takes heavy dose of hgh lol.

        P.s. thank for taking the time to analyze the weirdo president interview: I certainly don’t have the patience

      • Nitricc

        Hey SAAY; that is not true; Haqi was dead wrong on the fat slap; Kally. When he was haired by the Phillies, Haqi predicted the Phillies will make it all the way to the super-ball and they never even made the playoffs in all Kally’s era and finally the fired his behind. And it is my prediction the Phillies will not make the playoff for the next 3 years.

  • Hayat Adem

    Hello Saay and all,
    This is a good smoothie where you equally get the test of all the components: the icy part being IA’s interview, and all the rest that make it drinkable are Saay’s additives. The only part, and this sounded Saay’s main point, that keeps me pondering is the claim that the interview was mainly about increased IA’s “power control”.What is it that IA has not had enough control on so far and he wants more power on that? Really, what is he not controlling right now except that he has not nationalized sleep to distribute it to everyone under the Eritrean sky?
    Hayat

    • saay7

      Selamat Hayat:

      I think maybe this is our friend Emma’s favorite subject: defining the nature of the Isaias regime. Here’s my imperfect definition:

      An authoritarian government is obsessed with controlling relationship between citizen and State, and that the citizen is submissive to the State;
      A totalitarian government is obsessed with controlling everyone’s relationship with everyone.

      So, here are some examples: relationship between landlord and tenant; relationship between merchant and customer

      In the emerging totalitarianism*, the State gets in the middle of the landlord and the tenant (which until now was a relatively unharassed relationship.) It also didn’t have price controls in the relationship between merchant and customer; it was only interested in replacing the merchant. Now, it is attempting to. One more: people could deposit and withdraw their Nakfa at will; now they can’t. One more example: the relationship between taxing institution and tax payers…

      Anyway, the point is that the State wants to be totalitarian but it can’t: it simply doesn’t have the resources and knowhow and this will be yet another failed experiment.

      saay

  • Ted

    Hi Saay, Thank you for humorous and good analysis. For starters, almost all politician’s interviews are boring except George Bush. There is nothing new with this IA interview, he did not disappoint. I watched a few of his interviews out of necessity so i don’t take SA’s own interpretation of interviews and reality in Eritrea. To my surprise, part 1 was not half bad. He managed to answer questions with reasonable frame of time and there were not many of his usual off the track mambo jambo. For those “good” news like wage raise, housing,…. is it for real? what else is new, we will wait. It is part 2 of the interview where he became himself. He went on and on how cold war was started and how Eritrea were subjugated with his trademark jab at TPLF(kedamot) topped up with the unnecessary comment on Ethiopia dam project. It was unusual to hear IA explain his foreign policy in public, the first ever, Saudi Arabia and Eritrea. I see him struggling to defend the policy he doesn’t believe in. In his defence, the issue with Saudis has many moving part to make you say damn if you do, damn if you don’t. It is unfair expectation of you to want him consult the people how he/PFDJ make foreign policy decisions. let alone in Africa, you been in US long enough to know people do not make decisions but elit tell them what is good after a fact . The Saudis has disputable associations with extremism and shady organizations but , I believe, refusing the coalition has unfavourable consequence to Eritrea that the benefit outweighs the harm.
    PS.IA’s way of answering questions is more suitable to the state of the union kind of speech so he can be boring as he want.
    Warriors are being investigated for performance enhancing drugs along with NFL Bronco QB manning. It won’t be easy to trace their suppliers or enablers unless the investors pay a visit to Awate university.

    • saay7

      Hi Ted:

      Let’s start with the important stuff: Golden State Warriors. Watching their trouncing of the fearsome Spurs, you must have said (admit it) maybe this guys are just as good as advertised. (Hshukh beleni, I won’t tell on you.) By the way, did you congratulate their rookie Looney straight outta Compton, I mean UCLA?

      But seriously. Please don’t say “there is nothing new with this IA interview” in front of General Nitricc who keeps telling us Eritrea has turned a corner. Yeah it has, except we are talking about an octagon and there are 7 more to go. Also, Nitricc, to quote Everlast: “You know where it ends, Yo, it usually depends, On where you start. Or, as the Bible says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Because you believe there is change, you see change, where there is none.

      On consulting on things as major as joining Saudi’s initiative “without any reservation.” A few things to consider: (a) in an interview with the Guardian, Yemane Gebremeskel said “just because we don’t have political pluralism doesn’t mean there is no debate” and I am asking where did this debate occur; (b) Eritrea didn’t just support the Saudi initiative: it did so without reservation. Really? We have no reservation that Saudi Arabia has a vast (even bigger than Ethiopia’s) definition of what “terrorism” is? As I said before, the Saudi’s tried the women drivers by referencing their anti-terrorism law. They consider atheism a form of terrorism. They consider advocating for Islam that runs counter to their Selefi version a form of terrorism. And most importantly (c): Saudi Arabia has listed the Yemeni Houthis in its list of terrorist organizations.

      http://www.yementimes.com/en/1763/news/3590/Saudi-Arabia-blacklists-Yemeni-groups.htm

      So, when we, ‘without any reservation’ jump on the Saudi bandwagon, aren’t we taking sides in the Yemeni civil war?. So, come on: it was not a binary decision; we could have been a bit more nuanced.

      saay

      • Ted

        Hi Saay, You can’t bring a believer out of me. As they say success is infectious, the rookie was amazing, now don’t you break your leg believing you can dunk.
        I agree Saudis are bad news and the world body knows where they exactly stand in terms of Extremism and human right. I also believe the Saudis are in downward spiral politically and economically especially after their adventurous war in Yemen and more so in Syria. If ever syria’s crisis settled one way or another, every finger is going to point at Saudis for the epic proportion damage they stir up and if pushing comes to shove, the West will not have no problem tossing them under the bus. Eritrea position is a precarious one and IA is also banking on their support to extend his rule. That being said, for Eritrea, all comes to IRAN VS Saudis. Sudan, the only life line for Eritrea, going with Soudi, it is a logical choice for Eritrea to ally with them. Eritrea to go the other way will be as disastrous as leaving IGAD membership, may be even worse. Let hope IA don’t leave blood trail that incriminate Eritrea later.
        PS. do you know who wrote Sara Palin’s Trump endorsement speech, LT.

        • saay7

          Hey Ted:

          No, you di’iint! How dare you compare shrieking Sara Palin with one of Eritrea’s greatest poets, LT?

          On the press release which pledged support to Saudi, my problem is with the “without reservations” clause which the El Jeffe told us that every word was selected with great deliberation by the Foreign Minister (wink, wink). But we will deal it in Part 2.

          http://www.meskerem.net/statement_of_the_foreign_ministr.htm

          saay

          • Gud

            Saay,
            You are loosing your charm dude. Whatever is left of it 🙂 If part 1 (A junk) is any indication, Part II is also an empty promise. It is really sad to see you dive into the toothless world of the xxxxx (Ok, ok, opposition)
            Common man, bring that Saay of the past. This one is just a regular or ordinary, only inches higher than the other hopeless despicable ones. By that I mean the Semere As. (No, I am not going way down to woyanie territory and even think of comparing you to the Hayat block 🙂 no sir. Are you kidding me?)
            So, deleting meaning less comments in a virtual world which amount to nothing, except for pass time, is a task you do full time now, as if there is nothing good you can do with your time? Man….

          • saay7

            Hey Gud:

            Weriduni Gwal Qeshi: I don’t know what you are talking about, and I hate to get in the way of people having fun, so blast away.

            Much love!
            saay

            https://twitter.com/saayounis/status/692764526966497280

        • Hope

          Bottom line,Ted:
          No permanent friends but permanent interest:
          SAAY was blaming Eritrea or the GoE at one time for its isolationist Policy!

          -If PIA were or was another dictator ,he would probably ” would have supported the alleged ” Alliance”!

          -SAAY also knows that Eritrea is completely sanctioned directly from Arms Embargo point of view and indirectly from financial or economic point of view!

          -SAAY also knows that Ethiopia has built her Military and Arms Industry with the help of the most sanctioned N Korea!
          -SAAY also knows that Eritrea is at risk by the unstable Yemen and Insecure Read Sea due to her proximity to Bal El Mandeb!

          By default,SAAY should know that Eritrea reserves her Right to secure her borders including that of her Red Sea waters!

          -There fore,irrespective of who is or who will be Eritrea’s Partner,Eritrea needs that kind of ” Coalition or Alliance” to defend herself and to protect her Red Sea Security!

          Hence,it is beyond hypocrisy to accuse Eritrea for attempting to defend herself and to protect her Security!

          Guess what?

          Eritrea reserves her RIGHT even to side with the Devil when it comes to her National Security Interest !

          Yewahinet?

          Nah,he knows better than all of us!

          I guess his analysis has to do about PIA getting some life line!
          As far as PIA’s contradiction is concerned,who else would do a better job than SAAY?

          But I do not remember him though,picking up on the most flip-flopping and Contradicting Leader in the world,PMMZ!
          I do not remember
          either picking up on the worst hypocrites of Eritrea,and the original flip-floppers and the ever-contradicting Opposition Groups!

          While I Appreciate his Pen against the dictatorship,our job should be to do better and beyond pens-hip in unifying our struggle so as to expedite the down fall of the dictatorship!

          The American Style
          Talk Show and Mockery of their Politicians,,who are,btw,the most flip-flopping and ever contradicting Leaders and liars in the world,would not do that job!

          • V.F.

            Hi hope. Take one side. Are you against the regime or in favor? You pointed at so many flip floppers but you didn’t at the biggest flip flopper who is IA. But you ended by saying:

            “While I Appreciate his Pen against the dictatorship,our job should be to do better and beyond pens-hip in unifying our struggle so as to expedite the down fall of the dictators.”

            So can you declare here in very clear terms that the regime in Asmara is a dictatorship and needs to be dealt with accordingly?

            One day you are an opposition the next day you go on a crazy frenzy to defend DIA and his regime.

            You should begin first by referring to him the proper way, it’s DIA not PIA.

            You also say Eritrean must defend ‘herself’ (I hater referring to any country as a she) at all costs but I ask you, do you have any family back home? Who will bear the burden for your fat greedy self? The first order of business is taking out IA.

        • Danny

          Ted,

          Lmao! A good observation on LT writing Sara’s Trump endorsement speech. But I still think she did a better job of passing her message than DIA did on his state of his union address.

      • Gud

        Saay,

        I see something new or something different here.

        “…Really? We have no reservation that Saudi Arabia has a vast (even bigger than Ethiopia’s) definition of what “terrorism” is?…..”

        “…So, when we, ‘without any reservation’ jump on the Saudi bandwagon, aren’t we taking sides in the Yemeni civil war?…..
        What is up with the “We” ? This we is different from the other “we” (We the (mighty, smart and different) opposition) you guys normally throw here. This “We” sounds like that “good We”. It shows belonging ness, or it shows ownership of all Eritrean affairs, including that of the government, that of the leaders, that of the Eritrean people (Well, the real ones,…that is to say those inside Eritrea who are in the thick and thin, not us Eritreans in diaspora who are joking and playing word games that never will add any value to the real Eritreans, again, that is to mean those residing in Eritrea).
        This is the first time I hear you say as if you really belong (as in that of a real fan in football or any other sport , who says “We did this” ” we should have done this”, always showing belonging ness or ownership. Real fan.
        Ok, Saay, ok..something good here. It could be unintentional or may be because you are talking to Ted (That guy is supper!), and know you can not get away with a wishi washi nonsense with him 🙂 but still, is good.

  • Nitricc

    Hey SAAY; I will have my say but reading your post remind the saying as it goes as follow. “some people listen with intent to replay but not with the intent to understand” you seem to listen with the intent to replay.
    Frankly; this interview was better by far than the past once. Like I have said, I will have my take on it, but PIA told all of you who in control is, opposition no opposition, UN no UN sanction no sanction, NY no NY, Geneva no Geneva; the man said it all. I think it is a good thing for the country. No Bull crap fake democracy; the fake democracy is Killing Africa; to make something to happen you need a man in Absolute control and push things to greater good.
    I said and believe Eritrea is turning the corner and the man himself told you the same.

    • Abraham Hanibal

      Selam Nitricc,
      The interview was conducted in Tigrinya; the mystery is how come one who doesn’t understand Tigrinya claim, “this interview was better by far than the past once”?

      • V.F.

        Hi aman, I was wondering same thing too. He is a lying bastard. IA is evil and the likes of Nitrricc have not lost a penny in Eritrea be it family suffering or losing livelihood. He has no clue what IA is saying. The guy confiscated people of their cash, now he is telling us ‘I will screw guy even more’ and Nitricc opens his wife dirty mouth praising this evil man. It’s a joke for these guys like him, Hope, Ted, peace etc. None of these guys have anything to lose from whatever IA does. But they are given free roaming space here to make fun of suffering Eritreans. Nitricc must be from Gojam or Benishangul because that’s what he intimately knows but nothing about Eritrea and its people. Ask him where Adi Habesha is or who was Lorenzo Taezzaz or something like that. He would have no clue.

        I tell you, weyane did bad things to his tribe and his family. That’s why he hates them so much. He might be from welkait too.

        • Nitricc

          Hi VF because you are stupid, it does not mean everyone is. Go do what you do best, beat your wife; you know!!!!!

        • Danny

          VF,
          Everyone at this forum knows Nitricc is DIA’s dog with one peanut for a brain, “which” is sent to frustrate Saay.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Abraham; who said i don’t understand Tigrigna? you see, it is an African disease to make stupid assumptions. it would have been easy if you asked me if i can understand Tigrigna. advice; never make assumptions, never!

        • Abraham Hanibal

          Selam Nitricc,
          I seem to have seen someone writing about you not knowing Tigrinya, without you not refuting it in this forum. I don’t remember in which discussion or when, but I had that impression somehow. My apologies, if I happened to assume wrong.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Abraham; thanks for your acknowledgment of your errors and yes, you have assumed wrong. having said that i can’t refute every stupid accusations; i have neither the time nor the interest to go after every accusations. the reason i even responded to your accusation was, because assumption is one of my four agreements to live by.
            “1) do your best, no matter what!
            2) Be impeccable with your words because your word matters!
            3) Never make assumptions!
            4) don’t take anything personal!”
            i have said it before but for your own benefit i am reposting is again. so, that was the reason prompt me to respond to your take.
            thanks!

          • PTS

            Nitricc,
            You are not being entirely honest with Abraham. You have told SAAY and others that your Tigrigna command is limited. To that end, you’ve asked before for translation of some Tigrigna words. I think ‘Hasad’ was one of the words. Do you deny that? I can bring HaileTG and others as witnesses.

          • Nitricc

            Hi PTS; it depends how we defined “Limitation”. It will depend upon what our expectations of our selves are. What I consider my self limited on something, it could be limitless and pro to you. Do I know every Tigrina words? NO! I.e. I am limited but it does not mean I can’t communicate and understand!
            And you are correct SAAY used the word “Hasad” and I asked for its meaning. Again; I don’t know every word i.e. I am limited. I doubt it you know every word and its meaning in Tigrigna either.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam PTS
            I’m afraid you are becoming unreasonable. Say Gen.Nit Tigrigna is clumsy, what does that have to do with his knowledge of his country or topics related to it? For God’s sake, are not foreign ” experts” that our knowledgeable folks love to quote when coming to issues related to Ethiopian and Eritrean histories?
            Okay, the flip side, you have gual Adem who has demonstrated a fair command of Tigrigna but comes out empty when it comes to Eritrean history in its fullest complexities. I know she is full of the YouTube and Debrezeyti/ dedebit syllabus, but not the genuine Eritrean one which comprises waEla biet ghiorhis, rubda, Sahel, and every Eritrean household stories.

          • Hayat Adem

            anta seb, dehan d’o!
            Look Mahmuday, You would have done really well and shine, if you could walk out of the eplf ghost shadow and see everyone and everything through that sahel prism. you can’t really solve today’s problems looking into eplf’s experiences for a learning lesson. if any thing, eplf’s history can only help us understand how we got into today’s problem and don’t repeat those mistakes. political struggles, particularly those that involve armed ones, are not like boxing. in boxing, winning is a winning. that one winning will have no direct consequence on the next one. armed struggles, no matter how miraculously and heroically you win them, they had to do with killings and dying. those things will always be impacting your way on the future one way or the other, most probably in a negative way (either as a victim of the past or fearing the future). so as tegadaly of the past, you need me for the future. i’m your an anchor of your sanity, sensibilities and fitness. you would have fared a lot better if nitricc or i as non-sahleans (given we are fit for the job) were in charge of eritrea than isaias.
            let’s say, for argument’s sake, i’m exactly all what you said i’m, and still that doesn’t make me irrelevant. okay, let’s flip more on a 3-D face, and see your logic.you have more than a fair of command on tigrigna, tigrayet, arabic, amharic, english and more. added to that, you are well versed with eritrean history and complexities, you are debrezeyt/dedebit free, good knowledge on precolonial, colonial, post colonial events and rebellions. and let’s your sahel content is unparalleled. that doesn’t make more relevant either. legitimacy comes from relevance/proximity and truth. the first gives you automatic entitlement, the latter gives you voice. both of them are not to be earned through work. your sahel junkies don’t put you ahead of me. my less knowledge doesn’t make me an under dog when it comes to rights. i never question nitricc’s aspiration or happenstance to be eritrean. i have frictional moments with him only as far as his misconstrued facts and wrong analyses. it is the same thing with you, too. my fight with you is mostly about bringing the past into the future. i don’t mix selectively chopped loads of the past into clouding my realities and logic of the day. i try to see today+future with untainted lenses as much as i can. i truly believe the past has screwed people’s opportunities, and i want us think and act wiser from here/now onward. you think the past is to be glorified and the future has to be built on it. our common ground should be then somewhere on merging efforts in making the future better without being preconditioned to necessarily reconcile our differences and disagreements from the past. if i have to, i better compromise the past and not the future. your sahel investments don’t necessarily make me think of you as a special or more eritrean. that exactly what pia is thinking of his justifications about his unquestionable privileges and entitlements to rule for life over eritrean lives. i believe we missed an opportunity to challenge eplf when entering asmara to see and treat them that way, we should have told them (meaning told you), “now that you are here, we want you to earn your checks; no more blank checks!”. eprdf is struggling to earn legitmacy and acceptance through work. pfdj/ia are struggling to sustain the unquestionably of their power through sheer totalitarianism (and an ever expanding one at that, according to saay).
            And of course, I still love, respect you. But I fired you and you are no more my PM.
            Hayat

          • Nitricc

            Hi Hayat you said “But I fired you and you are no more my PM.”
            You fired Haile-mariam Desslegn? Why? I know the guy is a worthless PM but you shouldn’t treat his as such, never.

          • Hayat Adem

            Yes Nitricc,
            If nothing else, you have a great talent of mixing up things. you are like here for that character. There used to be an asmara city boy called Hagos Na’anay. Every departing bus invited him to get on board and it didn’t matter which direction, he was readily available. He was needed for entertainment on the raods. All you have to do is stick out your neck and shout ‘Hagos na’anay’, and he would board himself, end up somewhere; end up in Asmara the next on another in-bound bus. You might earn that name! What do you think?
            Yours, Hayat.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Hayat I bet you have swim in My-ja-h-ja-h too, lol. Is this one fo your story like witnessing PIA demanding a bottle of whiskey from citizens in Asmara and drunk it the whole bottle in an hour? Or is it that Kirros Alemayo. You are nothing but a liar.

          • Hayat Adem

            Nitricc,
            Everyone knows Hagos Na’anay of Asmara. I won’t be surprised you didn’t know him but ask your mentors, they would help. Your PIA/DIA did that to a whole bottle in a couple of hours. There are a lot of weird things I know but didn’t tell you this man did. He is not an honorable man, less so of a hero, as you think he is. He is a man you would eventually despise and feel ashamed of yourself to have supported him this much.
            Hayat

          • Semere Andom

            Hawi Hayat do;
            anti qola dehan do? You said “now that you are here, we want you to earn your checks; no more blank checks!.”
            I think we should have said you have earned your checks, here is your monthly checks, and here is also the lump sum for your services, calculation based on seniority and a golden thank you letter , now your admitted to mental institutions for therapy to heal.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dearest gual Adem
            With all honesty, I mean, from muAamuQ lbey, this is the best Hateta. Good start. You said many things I can swallow. But hey, you said those Sahel things take time to be un-learnt, and I’m taking my time. Actually, it was one of those end of moth “kemey…kemey gual Adem” things. I didn’t know you are acting Trump. Please, don’t act dictatorial, I was elected by the awatista nation. Our Constitution allows my replacement through election. The great L.T.is about to be sworn in. So, be patient.

          • Hayat Adem

            It doesn’t mean you cannot be rehired, all I want to see is some signs of the Mahmuday I was enjoying last spring. Hayat.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Hayat
            Spring doesn’t have a good reputation anymore. Everything spring fleets so fast, they say. Remember Arab Spring? Per Saay translation: qewEI Arab, SA deputes that translation, though. Anyway, ab zemen ‘ gzie yeraKbena.

          • Nitricc

            Mahmuday; lol why would you do that? You and Ted must stop this brutality. You guys say a word or two and Hayat goes to write a book in response of a few words you guys have said. It is the guilt that drives her to write pages after pages for no reason. The Tigryans will bend your ear with the story of 1977; the one the EPLF blocked the TPLF myth. And no Tigryan ever put a number to it; all they tell you is thousands of Tigryan people died. Guess who came up with made up number for the first time; you guessed it, Hayat Adam! She said 100,000 thousand Tigryans died due to EPLF blocking TPLF in crossing to Sudan. And now; the civil war she was dreaming is dead. The wish Ethiopian attacking Eritrea is not only dead but the TPLF is fighting for their life against the Oromo. The strategy suffocating Eritrea to death is a thing of Yesterday and Eritrea is turning corner in every aspect of it; I can understand Hayat’s rant.

          • Hayat Adem

            Yes PTS,
            You are right, Nitricc has been asking for help on Tig translations more than once. One time, I remember him asking Mahmuday for lessons on Tig. Months ago, he told us in this forum that he sacrificed Tigrigna in order to conquer Amharic, hinting he wanted to relearn it back, or sort of.
            But that has never been an issue of questioning his Eritreaness. I think, there may be many Americans who never speak English, many Ethiopians no single Amharic word ever passed their lips, etc. If we have to question, we must question the verifiablility of their facts, the reasonableness of their views and the fairness they tagged to every claim they make.
            hayat

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Abraham:
            You are gentleman , but you apologized too early, before consulting the authority on Nitricc, Sem Andom of Dedebit.
            Yes you are write(Right), Nitricc cannot pass elementary Tigriniya, once he flanked it when MS gave him a quiz on basic. And about Eritrea his knowledge is even worse, he thought the Elabered was the capital of Senhit. Also do not be fulled (fooled) by his righting (writing) here, his English varies depending who is sitting besides him and so does his Tgriniya, a man who cannot defferentiate (differentiate) among (between) reply from replay cannot spell impeccable correctly
            Pure Nitricc cannot make anything from what IA said in the itnerviews let alone to glean some useful information

          • Nitricc

            Hi SEMERE; you know what repeat after me with the following words.
            ቤላቤሎው – ዕጥቂ ንዱያት!
            ቤላቤሎው – ዕጥቂ ንዱያት!
            “ምስጢር ዓወት ዘይምግጋይ ኣይኮነን፡ ጌጋኻ ዘይምድጋም እምበር”

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Selam Semere and PTS,
            Thanks for the nice words Semere; both of you have reminded me of the time when I did my best to explain to Nitricc what ዓለባ means one day in this forum. So you can imagine how one would have a good grasp of Isayas’ interview, when they don’t even know the simple Tigrinya word ዓለባ? Anyway I do not regret apologizing to Nitricc, because in hindsight I understand it was a lazy way of challenging Nitricc. I should have focused on rebuttig what he was saying.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Abraham,

            Just take a note what Nitricc has said to Ayenta , and that is: “you should have known that you learn the most from the person you disagree with”. Most Eritreans learn “indirectly” without acknowledging that they have learned something from their counterpart. So when we exchange ideas in this forum, always assume that we are learning from each other. I salute Nitricc in saying what he had said to Ayneta, when most of us fail to acknowledge it.

            Nitricc, if the statement you have said, is said honestly from your side, you will be a good student… except try to find out how to disentangle yourself from the culture of PFDJ and refrain from admiring the evil despot that is causing pain and distress to the hardworking Eritrean people for too long.

            Regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

  • Nitricc

    Hi Ayneta; I know you are kind of slow for my test; but I am here to congratulate you on your honesty and for sharing your level of IQ and intelligence.
    For your information; one of the most basic forms of intelligence is listening to what others have to say. Especially when you disagree with that person’s ideas and believes. So, when you say you don’t listen to the interviews; you are sharing your ignorance with this forum. Now we know; thank you. If it wasn’t for your sheer ignorance; you should have known that you learn the most from the person you disagree with.
    Long live PIA,
    Wetru-Awet N’hafash!

  • WEDI JOMO

    From the interview IA wanted attention, not all but Awate website gave him.

  • Sarah Ogbay

    Selam Saay,
    I think the aim of DIA for arranging this interview was to show how he can preside over all aspect of our (Eritreans inside and outside the country) lives. But most of all his intention is to give those who work for him the yearly dose of insults. By simply intimidating the poor journalists by asking the rhetorical questions he wants all those who watch this interview to know that he is untouchable and invincible. Before he said that the people who wrote the question did not do the right question, he said ‘I read the question earlier’. This is an insult to the MOI and every Eritrean. This is not and interview but a one man drama.There is no limit to the arrogance of this guy. What I am wondering is how could the ranks in the military, the ministers, and all the Eritrea people tolerate these kinds of repeated and none stop insults. He took our liberty, our children, our right to live in our beloved country safely, our money, and now he is threatening to take our houses and cars etc. How is it that we are so docile and not so burning with anger and run to wherever he is and do the right thing? We in the diaspora, are we making a mistake by thinking that change should come/start from inside? is there any courage inside Eritrea that could challenge this monster before he takes ownership of our mothers’ coffee cups and ‘meshrefets’? Will there be an end to this?
    I am asking these questions because in any normal society, this kind of interview would be challenge within hours by any and every member in the society?

    • Dis Donc

      Dear Madam Ogbay,
      Please recant the dicussion under the GEAN article and you will unerstand why we are where we are!! I am not even mentioning the elephant in the room.

    • saay7

      Selamat Dr. Sarah:

      Regarding his confession that he had seen the questions, I may be in the minority but I don’t think there is a problem with a subject knowing in advance what the interview questions are. Unless the purpose is to test how quickly people can think on their feet, there is no purpose to ambushing people with surprise questions particularly on matters like an annual report. What is offensive is that the President actually writes the questions and then, like Isaias, pretends he is hearing the question for the first time and pauses and looks up like he is thinking of an answer. It is dishonest and it is censorship: there is no way that a real journalist wouldn’t ask, “by what authority, and after which debate, did you commit Eritrea to support the Saudi initiative without any reservation?” Or, “when will those arrested without trial be brought to a court or freed?” This is why Isaias Afwerki does very poorly when he is not allowed to pick the questions.

      As to “how did we get here”, I guess it is the same as the legend of the boiled frog: you can’t boil a frog by throwing him to a hot water; but you can boil a frog by putting him in a cold war and slowly bringing the water to boil. At least such is the myth. I made an effort to answer that question in a three-part article called “Isaias & The Eritrean People”, or something like that.

      saay

      • Sarah Ogbay

        Thank you SAAY,
        Yes there is nothing bad about knowing the subject in advance but he said he read it before the interview in a way condescending way. I believe it is a message to the viewer of the interview. But never mind that. My concern is that how long will the people who can do something about it and are inside Eritrea tolerate such abuses. More than ‘how did we get here’ my concern is what are we doing about it? and what will it take for Eritrea to react?

        • Semere Andom

          Dear Dr. Sarah;

          you are asking a tough question. By now we should really accept that an insulting interview will not help Eritreans coalesce in resistance. As we have discussed before many real issues were offered to us by PFDJ to dare oppose it. PFDJ took risks to test the waters, and it was ready to retaliate if we dared it and we did not and PFDJ got emboldened.

          My understanding is that the PFDJ system is protected by more than the handful at the top, sectarian, regional, religious, historical Ghedli matters all these underpin the tapestry that PFDJ operates to oppress us and it seems that we failed both inside and outside to transcend these issues and face PFDJ, call it for what it is. I do not have to tell you this, you lived, breathed it, I did not live under PFDJ rule.

          When in 1994 my cousin was released after his was arrested, accused of collaborating with the movement of the tegadality, a loved one admonished him for his naivety, the loved one told all of us, in no uncertain terms that, we have removed the occupier but Eritrea is not free yet, it will take another 30 years, so you kids go back to your homes away from home and you (addressing the just released cousin) do not ever demonstrate or oppose, Eritrea is not free yet. He was drawing from his close association of EPLF and the words were prophetic.

          Now that is the past and hindsight is 20/20 and to try to answer your question of what are we doing about it? We are doing nothing and also we are doing many things about it. Every week, it seems some group emerges and that is fragmenting us, spreading us thin. And nothing that is spread thin is effective. Change from inside? I must admit is the safest, given the landmines that the liberators have planted in the last 50 years, disunity, mistrust and ignorance. But the question is the likely of it happening. Whenever something fails, the thugs will learn from it and they become more vigilant. It took 8 years after the tegadeltiy movement for the G-15 to materialize and it took a defeat in a war. It took 11 years for the Forto movement to materialize. There are so many insiders, in the lower level that have grievances and want to see PFDJ removed, but the betrayals, the backstabbing that is inherent in humans and rampant in Ghedli remnants as PFDJ is built on mistrust, backstabbing, betrayals and the busybody culture, it is hard to envision, effective insider revolt anytime soon, maybe another five years, five years is eternity and by that time PFDJ will transform Eritrea to an alien country as they did the Eritrea of 1991, PFDJ has the power and the ambitions to make Eritrea a true NK, and we can undo that later, problem is when PFDJ is done with Eritrea we will not recognize it and if we cannot recognize it we cannot undo it, or the undoing will take generations, so count on more suffering, mayhem for decades. If I am sounding pessimistic, it is because the situation calls for pessimistic and am answering the call, the optimists will tell us to be patient, which is code for: endure, suffering is good for the nation, good for the future, good for the next generation, good for the kids, kids who are becoming the dinner for the shark

          I thinks every one of us needs to make decision,

          If our goal is the land, sea, rocks and mountains of Eritrea, they will be there barring any geological realignment out of our control.

          If we our goal is the survival of our nation, the culture, saving the nation, nations as defined not only by geography but by culture, people and history that happened to reside in the geography called Eritrea, manmade mapping then we need to worry and we need to stop doing many things and doing nothing at the same time

          • Fnote Selam

            Hi Semere,

            Let me take this opportunity to say something I kind of want to say for quite sometime when i read your comments and article. Specifically, I have noticed that you lament (justifiably) our inability to rise up against ia and pfdj despite all the atrocities they commit against us. Here is my 2cents on it.

            I think we should be really be past pointing out that pfdj and ia are bad. I think we are spend sufficient time and effort on that and we are able to convince most sane people. Yes, we should be on guard and keep reminding people, but we dont need to be super creative to show that ia is bad (our urge to come up with new ways to reveal the ugly creature that ia is actually has been counter productive in someways, particular whenever ppl bring in gedli (from a very narrow point of view) to the issue).

            Think of this way-> ok you convinced me that ia is to blame for the situation that our country is in now and that he needs to be removed, so tell me why should i follow and trust you (and others) to deliver the change we need in eritrea? Keep in mind, eris are betrayed by a group that spend years and sacrificed so much to deliver independence. When such a group can become a monster, it is only logical for people to be less enthusiastic about others (which have yet to demonstrate a fraction of a commitment to the one showed by elf, eplf etc leaders. for example, how many of the leaders of the current opp groups do you think would move themselves and their families to eritrea to be leaders on the ground even if after pfdj and ia are gone?)

            I really dont want to single you out here, but i get exhausted when ever I see you lamenting again and again how eris are unable to stage a fight against ia. The answer is simple, convincing ppl that is is bad does meant ppl will join us by default to beat ia. We, in the opp group, have a lot of recruiting to do. Convince ppl why they should join us in our struggle. Our focus should really be the people and not ia or pfdj.

            I know many splintered groups are trying that with some success, but more too often, that effort is distracted and becomes stagnant when we waste time and effort reverting back to saying ‘hey ia is bad, ugly bla bla….’

            sorry it is some what hurried comment, and i apologize if i offend any you in any way….

            Best,

            Fs

          • Nitricc

            Hi FS
            I don’t think it is accurate for you to declare “ Keep in mind, eris are betrayed by a group that spend years and sacrificed so much to deliver independence.”
            We would have used the word “Betrayal” for the situation Eritrea is in If the Eritrean leaders were amassing wealth by using their power. What have this people gained? There is nothing that they benefited at the expenses of the Eritrean people. I can understand what they and why they do; my problems with Eritrean leaders and PIA is about the issue of the G-15, the journalists and everyone who is jailed with due process. Other than that, I believe Eritrea must be the worth of scarifies; sufferings and blood of her citizens. To do that, I understand; “the task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” I.e. we have ways to go!!!!!

          • Fnote Selam

            Hi Nitricc,

            First, it is a false choice (and quite deceptive) to present it as if the only other option than the current regime is other regime that stealth money and amasses individual wealth. If I were to push a little bit, I would say that it is a scare tactic pfdj use to keep some cowardly ppl on its side…. It is not too hard to imagine a decent gov that is reasonably non-oppressive and non-corrupt (money wise).

            Second, IA and co pretty much own the whole country (demonstrably). Also, just because we dont know much yet about their bank accounts abroad doesn’t mean they are not stealing….in short, they are rich (whole-country-eritrea-rich!).

            Finally and most importantly, I am pretty sure you know that some people (ia and co) get great pleasure in being able to control every aspect of the life of their subjects (eris) more than a fine things/materials that money can buy….

            As to your assertion that Eri deserves the blood and sweat of its citizens, all I can say is…. sure, but show us your belief by being an example….

            Best,

            FS.

          • Sarah Ogbay

            Selam Nitricc
            You wrote, “the task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” I.e. we have ways to go!!!!!
            Hasn’t DIA taken us far enough to where we have never been in all aspect of life? We have been beaten worst, imprisoned in worse conditions (even in Derg times, prisoners were allowed daily meals and change of cloths coming from their families), slept in the dark for years, left our country in numbers never seen in the history of our country, been in national service for the longest years (probably the longest the world has ever seen), lined up for all kinds of day to day food supply, our mothers worrying to death about their children (worse than before liberation), drowned in seas we had never heard of etc.
            Nitricc, is this far enough to where we have never been? Where could this monster take us that we have not been? Have we not been humiliated enough?

      • Semere Andom

        Hi Sal;
        I cannot wait for the second part.
        On the topic of the subject knowing about the questions, well, you are not in the minority per se, but it depends. I think you are thinking about the subject or subjects knowing about the topics that will be asked and his handlers will approve whether to talk about this or that subject. But I think Dr. Sarah is talking about censorship to the point of insanity, with every question throwing ” kubur”. I do not think having seen a question that IA does not like that it will be asked and that the poor journalist have a say in it. But in the scenario you are talking about for example if LBJ does not want to talk about Vetnam, the interviewing party can refuse bu the does not dictate the way the question is asked or as Michale Walence once told LBJ when he refused to discuss Vetnam after he retired, “Mr. president, I will ask you about it because Vetnam screwed you and you screwed the American people”, “mr, president, Woyane screwed you and you screwed the Eritrean people” as opposed to, ” how do we view woyane’s incurrssions, kubur president
        Of course the subject needs to prepare so needs to know about the broad subjects, we will talk about Saudi deal, or we will discuss the human trafficking issue
        But you know all that

    • Nitricc

      Hi Sara; you said
      “I am asking these questions because in any normal society, this kind of interview would be challenge within hours by any and every member in the society?
      Because you are unable to see the light; it does not mean it is not there and it is natural to feel the heat and complain about it. The interview and PIA main message can be summarized as
      “If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat”
      Besides; “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” get the point!!

      • Sarah Ogbay

        Selam Nitricc,
        And who would be the orchestra that is being led? Who are the crowd who are listening or watching; are the Eritrea people watching while DIA leads the goons causing misery of the people?

  • tes

    Dear saay7,

    I remember your words: “the multiplying effect” – let those who danced by pre-ceremony of your ever dreamt retirement from contributing to awate.com be gushed to the world of shame and gaze to the world of defeat.

    Did you read that the X-chairman of YPFDJ, Bisrat Bahlibi, in Holland accusing Professor Mirriam (Pro-justice Foreign Activist] in the court of law? He has downgraded the highly advertised legacy of PFDJ by saying, “YPFDJ is a cultural association.” What an embarrassing defeat of the PFDJ cult-followers is this.

    saay7, I want to thank you man. You pilled every nail that was supposed to be injected forcefully by this dictator on innocent Eritreans who have only and only one TV to be watched back home.

    A great piece with great humour to politics

    Regards

    tes

  • Lamek Berhane

    Selam dear author, great analysis and it’s great we can find humor somewhere in Eritrean politics. The best part of this article is someone else did the unbearable listening to Isaias Afewerki and shared it with the world. I thank you for that because I cannot look at the guy and go without puking for several minutes. Maybe just listening with eyes closed would do the trick. Would still be a lot to bear. It is amazing how he has been lying to us with straight face year in year out for 50 years now.

  • Sahle

    Selam,
    This man is really a disgrace for all of us Eritreans. How , how on earth do we end up to have such a retarded lunatic as head of state? For sure nothing has changed for the last 50yrs of this man if not worse. Control! If uncontrollable, then , freeze,detain,kill was his guiding principle. But where were all the elites not to identify this behavior while it was so visible? If one psycho manages to lead a community for so long , who is to blame ? Him or the community? Saay pls help me see the context too! There had been too many analysis of his extremely moronic interviews. But what is failing within us to grow such an evil to the level of controlling our whole life?

    • G. Gebru

      For sure it is not a blessing.

    • Ali

      The main reason why he is still in power is because Eritreans are deeply divided through ethnic, religious and linguistic lines so as a result of that, there is a lack of unity.

  • sabri

    Selamat Saay,

    Thank you for delivering the most awaited of your comment on the presiden’t interview. It seems your emphasis is on command economy. As you know commons economy doesn’t allow private ownership. Everything is owned by the state and the sate command in all spheres of the society. From what I see there is no plan to forbid private ownership. In fact I heard from reliable source new investment code is on the process to be released anytime this year. Though the government allow private ownership it will be in a very strict way. So, according to my observation the kind of system Issayas introduce is neither command nor liberal.

    In my observation the two “journakusts” had different approaches. It seems Paulos is following strictly what he was told to ask whereas the other “journalist” tried to ask follow up questions which Issays dislike it. His follow up question about poetikawi sireat doesn’t look pre meditated. What he actually wanted to ask, it sounds for me, is do we see the implementation of the constitution in 2016. When the president answered by asking what political development the journalist had a good opportunity to precise what he meant but he was afraid to put it blatantly.

    Issayas comment on Nike dam is completely unnecessary and silly. Will discuss more after we read your your part 2 analysis.

    Sabri

    • A.Osman

      Selamat Sebri,

      We have a control freak government that believes it owns you, your kids, your land, your pocket, your food, your movement….what is left?

      Regards
      AOsman

    • saay7

      Selamat Sabri:

      Great to hear from you again. Regarding command economy, I am sure you know there are some command economies that allow a token private ownership. Isaias Afwerki’s model country is China–under Mao (whom Isaias idolizes) and not the one that was opened up by Deng Xiaoping (whom Isaias hates). We know this courtesy of this very telling Wikileaks:

      https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09ASMARA363_a.html

      As for the two journalists (more precisely, employees of MoI), there is really no distinction between the two. They were given a list of questions and they just go down the list and check the box when answered. Yes, Abbe asked the question about political developments (because it was on the list) but Paulos also asked question about “strengthening the front”–because it was on the list.

      Isaias’s discussion of the Millenium Dam was not just completely unnecessary and silly and wrong and, in my view, defies the view of the average Eritrean who instinctively sides with Ethiopia on this issue that it has been wronged on for decades. But it was also completely out of character for him because he never, ever, ever mentions former comrades once they cross over to the “enemy” list. Have you ever heard him mention a single member of the G-15, ever? But let’s save that for Part 2. Stick around!

      saay

  • PTS

    SAAY,
    Isaias revealed (inadvertently?) that he reviews question before the interview. At one point, he actually said that he had see the question and that the question is put wrongly. But if you notice the way he listens to the questions, he acts like completely unaware of what’s coming. And you made good observation on him asking for clarification on the question on what to expect in the political field. Poor wedi Abe was thinking ‘hell I don’t know, I am just reading whatever you guys gave me’
    Isaias is a good actor.

  • Abyssinia

    Hi Saay,
    I look forward to reading your next part. I am curious how you will analyze the lunatic’s malicious talk on the GERD. Until then, this video will help in understanding the unhinged president’s speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtAfOUSHXNs&feature=share

    • saay7

      Hey Abyssinia:

      The comedian is hilarious: it is funny because it true! That’s exactly how isaias would answer a simple question about “bicycles.”

      This takes me back to 2001: here’s my attempt at how Isaias, his minions, and the entire G-15, because they had the same vocabulary would answer a simple question like “what time is it?” Obviously, this was written BEFORE the G-15 were arrested so my apologies if it sounds like in bad taste now:

      https://web.archive.org/web/20030629155634/http://www.awate.com/artman/publish/article_703.shtml

      saay

      PS: McGua was a character I created in Dehai in the mid 1990s; he was modeled after the loud mouth host of the McLaughlin Group.

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