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Jawar, Flipos, Isaias, Our Sources

Jawar Mohammed :I have a friend whose views about Jawar so many times I concluded he lacks clarity– I ruled him out as a reference on Jawar, the activist turned a political leader. First, his adversaries branded him a terrorist, but after he returned from exile to Ethiopia, he became a wise politician. But shortly thereafter, he became a troublemaker, before becoming a terrorist again. Then they exalted him: “today, Jawar is the best statesman in Ethiopia and is liked by all Ethiopians.” However, he finally became a Muslim terrorist.

That moving target description of a politician is not credible—here is the beef, rather, the raw meat: “Mohammed” is Jawar’s second name and that is the reason for the Jihad and terrorist branding. That is the best I can bluntly describe his changing branding.

Meanwhile, there are scary statements and agitational messages by some Ethiopian activists and leaders, all preparing for war. By now the self-defense and offense rhetoric has morphed. Some are dripping blood through their mouth while others are breathing fire through their noses. The Tigray government has been readying its defense forces and carrying our parades, while the Amhara region president has stated “our region has the ability to assemble millions of soldiers. …if war is started by any surrounding, we know how to burn them down, we have finalized our own internal preparations.”

I wish wisdom will prevail for the sake of the poor people and the unfortunate region.

The Eritrean regime would not allow itself to stay behind, and thus, it joined the fray. First Isaias made a surprising public statement Isaias while visiting Ethiopia. He declared the Ethiopian-Eritrean border is insignificant and that anyone who thinks Ethiopia and Eritrea are two separate countries must be living in another planet. however, Isaias’ tweeter minister tweeted complaining the Ethiopian troops are still in Eritreans territories. Confusing. The tweeter minister must’ve missed his boss’ edict.

Since the beginning of summer, we saw hectic travels. Isaias traveled to Ethiopia, Abiy went to Asmara, Isaias went to Sudan and then to Egypt. Abiy travelled to Asmara and  met Isaias. Hectic travel weeks. And the verbal wars continued to escalate. It has not slowed down yet.

As Abiy’s was visiting Asmara, General Flipos (Eritrean chief of staff of defense minister, take your pick) three other generals went with him in his trip to the Sudan–full report about the trip is still not complete and is awaiting completion before it’s published.

The officers’ Shabby Suits

But since I raised Flipos’ name, let me talk about something that some people may consider trivial. I saw how shabbily they dress, and I can’t suppress my feeling anymore. Why are the Eritrean military leaders shabbily dressed? They do not look that bad in military camouflaged uniforms, but their formal suits are ugly—not the suits, but the tailoring. The look like their suits are two sizes bigger than their actual size. Look at Flipos, the shoulder size of his coat is oversized. So are the sleeves often covering their fingers. The hem of the jacket is so long it almost hangs over their knees and looks like an overcoat. So, if you know Flipos or any of them, tell them that—if you are afraid Flipos will get angry and slap you, just pretend you are mad and say, “I am so mad at this guy called Saleh, you can’t imagine what he said about you…” If you start with that disclaimer and appear caring, that might compel him to look at the mirror and do something about it. I feel insulted because, they are known as leaders of the Eritrean forces.

But where have the skilled tailors of Eritrea gone? I remember Eritreans boast a lot about their stylish and elegant dressing! Why can’t they get their suits altered? Even laundries offer such service. But this is the time to remember why Eritreans were elegant, it was the tailors who made them look elegant.

Our Reliable Sources

Over the last 20 years, particularly when many Eritreans started to abandon the PFDJ, the “our sources in Asmara told me” bug overwhelmed many of us. But we know how intimidated people inside Eritrea are, how much information they can divulge, the cost of direct calls and lack of Internet based calling apps. Still, even those who call only their aunts or uncles, and after a little chat they boast that they have credible insider sources in Asmara who tell them everything. It’s always “from Asmara” not any other town or village. That is because they hope the Asmara angle to gloss their rumors with a tint of credibility. It pissed me off and I tell them, I also called the Kenshu hamlet. Where is that? You don’t know it.

They forgot we don’t hail from Siberia but from Eritreans where everyone has familial ties and other connection—it reminded them .they are the only ones with connections. Worse, if they perceive you as a non-PFDJ member, you know nothing—you can’t be privy to any news worth mentioning.

Qeerroo: The culmination of the Oromo Struggle

The star of Jawar has really shined as an effective advocate for the rights of his people. He emboldened the youth and promoted the Oromo struggle for citizenry, cultural and other civil rights. Undoubtedly, Jawar gave a new impetus to the age-old Oromo struggle. Of course, he was controversial, but anyone who effectively challenges the centuries old entrenched powers, is controversial by nature and can easily become a target of defamation. In the last few years, the Qeerroo struggle gained momentum and become a formidable force. The more it became powerful, the more it rubbed the established forces on the wrong side. Confrontation escalated. True, the exiled Oromo Media network (OMN) has emboldened the Qeerroo that became the voice of the Oromo struggle and challenged the statuesque. That didn’t come by accident, it has a lot to do with the number of the large Oromo population, their diversity, and the expanse of their homeland’s territories. They have been struggling for their rights since many years, but the struggle they waged against the centuries-old oppression and exclusion in the last few years is admirable. But now, without an effective leader, somebody who can influence the youth, the struggle can miss its legitimate goals. And that is why I think jailing Jawar and his colleagues if a dumb political decision.

The situation is volatile and the struggle that Jawar and his colleagues tamed, now risks of hijack by forces alien to the genuine struggle the Oromo people have waged until recently. According to my knowledge, the Oromo struggle was about the rights due to the overall Oromo identity—all other sub identities remained subservient to the umbrella Oromo identity. However, lately, particularly in 2020, I see a sectarian divide and wanton violence that are alien to the Oromo and doesn’t serve the rightful struggle they waged. That could besmirch the image of the ideal struggle and contribute to worsening the situation—for the Oromo and for all other Ethiopians. Jailing Jawar at this juncture is not a wise decision. Worse, you do not jail someone without having a case. You do not jail people and then begin to assemble a case while trying them on the hate filled and chaotic social media. Governments should not begin to assemble selective pieces retroactively and manufacture a case against anyone. So far, Jawar and his colleagues are still in jail, and the court is extending their stay behind bars. I the government frees Jawar and the other political prisoners with no delays; political imprisonment is not a good sign for a promising future.

Latest News from my Aunts and Uncles

Eritreans have been fleeing to Ethiopia and Sudan for years; they are intelligence trove for the agencies of the two countries who regularly interview and debrief thousands of them. But intelligence agencies being what they are, they create news and editorial pieces from the intelligence they get and leak it (and pass it) to select entities and individuals who act as if they painstakingly collected the items they read. But for the rest, long live the aunties and uncles.

My sources in “Asmara” (my aunts and uncles) told me Isaias’ throne is wobbling–some people are trying to stabilize it while others are pulling the screws from it. Also, I heard his patrons found out his character is difficult to restrain–his ambition is to lead the entire region, and that is annoying his patrons. Isaias lacks discipline and commitment to agreements he reached with others, and that is frustrating the overall strategic plans the UAE and the Saudis are pursuing. Understandably, they do not simply invest in any country with no returns in sight. If they consulted our aunties and uncles before venturing in their adventure, they would have discovered Isaias’ super inflated ego and his overly exaggerated self-appraisal is difficult to handle.

And Finally,…

Don’t be surprised if you see the race against time that anyone worth his shirt in the Eritrean politics is engaged in. Don’t be surprised if you see alignments and realignments, and anything of that nature. You will see resources appear haphazardly around you–it’s like 1989, the liberation of Massawa, though Massawa is not yet liberated.

As for me, I hope people stay steadfast careful not to lose direction. And remember the Tigre saying “Shaffiq E’wur wel-ld”—meaning, the hasty begets a blind baby. Stay calm, don’t be hasty.

I hope whatever change comes snuggly fits Eritrea and Eritreans—it should not be ill tailored like the generals’ suits I told you about. Be careful, extra careful not to jump “Out of the frying pan into the fire.”

That is what I collected from my internal and external network of aunts and uncles. However, don’t hold me responsible if the fortune teller style of news is so-so. What I can assure you is that rooster has been crowing more—now it doesn’t crow at dawn only, but all day long. And here it is crowing again, much louder and closer. Dawn seems to be approaching fast.

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

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

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  • David Samson

    Selam SJG,

    I can brag and boast over my Asmarino credentials. Filipos is not Asmarino by my standard. He was born Fara (In a village), only visited our city to see white people( Italianos) for the first time in his life. Since his village had not secondary school, he had stayed in Asmara with his relatives until he joined EPLF. If you look at the make up IA’s generals, most of them
    are from the outskirt of Asmara. Growing up and seeing their contemporaries done well, they felt deep hatred and jealousy towards the real Asmarinos. They sleep with teenagers Asmarinos girls; they illegally repossessed the best Villas in Asmera; they spent their time on gambling— on money stolen from poor Eritreans.

    All these acts are to make up lost time and take revenge on the city which shunned them during their prime time.

    • Nitricc

      He was born Fara (In a village), only visited our city to see white people( Italianos) for the first time in his life.

      Dawit; that is very racist and out right stupid things to say. I can understand about the Fara’s coming to your Asmara just to see the whites but i have clue is for you to change your name to be like then witch you will never be. I will bet everything that neither David nor Samson is your given name, you just change it so you can emulate the white people. While you were busy changing your names to be white, the Fara’s were out their doing the impossible. Your mentality is typical slave and African mentality. It is amazing to think one who lived in Asmara is affluent while the one who lived out-skirt of Asmara is Fara? It is the other way around. who wants to live in intercity while one can live in outskirt of it?

      • David Samson

        Selam Nitricc,

        First, begin your comment with greetings(Salutation)

        Second, can you name any top official who has been accused of crimes, such as rape and sleeping with teens, and who happens to be the real Asmarino? Unlikely to find one.

        Third, when are you going to visit your country of origin before it disappears from the map of the world? I pleaded to you years ago, but no luck so far.

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi Nitricc,
        While you berated David for saying “fats” you said “a typical slave and African mentality”! Which of the two is racist and worse than the other, his comment or yours?

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam Saleh “Gadi” Johar,

    This is a very biased and irritating article I have ever seen you write, at least the one about Jawar.
    “…here is the beef, rather, the raw meat” “Mohammed” is Jawar’s second name and that is the best reason for the Jihad and terrorist branding.”
    What is that “raw meat” doing there, isn’t that cute.

    It appears you have very little information about the arrest and jailing of Jawar, perhaps as little as I do. Yet, you are busy trying to paint a picture of victim-hood without any knowledge or sense of fairness. His only fault is being a Muslim in Ethiopia, that is what you are saying. I expected more from you.
    I don’t know how much you know about the slaughter and destruction that went on in Shashemene and vicinity recently. Many family testimonials of slaughter chanting “Alah Aqubar”. For your information those were the true victims………. in the hundreds.

    Since I don’t know the extent of Jawar’s involvement, I will reserve making statements till I am informed. I could make assumptions like you did and go off the deep end.

    The police seem to think they have enough, that is good enough for me. You mentioned jail is not warranted, I don’t know how you would know that but if it was up to me I would have asked you to post the bond for him to stay in the country.

    Who knows, maybe you are rooting for him to go to Cairo and begin a broadcasting career.

    Mr. K.H

    • Saleh Johar

      Kim Hanna,
      Thank you for the comment.

      1. I was just trying to localize the American phrase, “where is the beef”. I don’t see anything wrong with that. but if you did, I apologize. In addition, the episode was supposed to be satirical but I know we are all stiff people and always serious. We do not leave room for a smile or a friendly pinch.

      2. I have been commenting on the wrongdoing befalling innocent people since many years ago. The last two years have been bumpy, I talked about the victimization of the Tigrai, people and then the violence in the Amhara region and now I am talking about the violence in the Oromia region where it seems Ethiopians are still engaged in the blame each other game. But still it is wrong that violence is escalating–and that is what I said.

      3. On Jawar, I have followed his opponents for too long and the never changing thread has been his religion or perceived religion–I am not sure which one.

      4. I do not condone arresting people for their political conviction and that cases should be there before any arrests–not retroactively building cases. I condemn such heavy handedness whether it is on Jawar or others. We have seen that in Eritrea fir far too long and I despise it. Therefore, my disgust about political arrests. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.

      5. I never claimed I have more info than anyone else, but I can say I follow events diligently and it’s natural that I have my own conclusion as you have.

      6. I know the attacks caused by the civil strife Ethiopian is going through. It’s wrong, and that is why I called for the wise and calm to reign over the situation and try hard to contain it. I wish I had the power to do more, but I don’t.

      7. It’s Allahu-Akbar” just in case. but the source of the information is important. I read most sources, but I do see bias among people who depend on single sources , mostly limited to their own ethnic group media, their mother language or politicians from their own region only. Believe me all I see is mutual incrimination and mutual accusations. However, in times of chaos, that is natural, and I do not have a horse in the race, but I wish Ethiopia came out of this ethnic and sectarian strife with less damages. That is my position and that is what I said.

      8. I do not know if Jawar is guilty or not, but I see him being tried on the media and being held responsible for all the violence in Ethiopia. I do not buy that because ethnic violence gets a life of its own if not prevented from the outset. Is it wrong to reserve judgement of guilty or not until the court says passes its verdict? I don’t think so. I believe all law-abiding people should have that position. All I know is that any prisoner is innocent until proven guilty–with a catch: the longer they stay in jail without a verdict from the court, the more sham is their arrest. It happened in Eritrea since decades and I know the ugly trick very well.

      Thank you

      • Abi

        Selam Ato Saleh
        I also have a beef with the beef you mentioned. በፍልሰታ ወር ፆም በተያዘበት ስለ ሥጋ ማውራት ምን የሚሉት አባዜ ነው? ሰው ከስጋ ርቆ መሬት እየተኛ በፆምና ፀሎት እንዳይተጋ እንቅፋት መሆን ደግ አይደለም::

        የቀረውን ጉዳይ ግን በቀኝዎ ሲነሱ እንነገራለን::

        • Saleh Johar

          Abi,
          I know you understand me whether we agree or disagree. Particularly on the light side. I know if I called you ጥረ-ስጋ በሊታ , you will smile and maybe come with more biting remark. I think that’s is missing in our discourse, humanizing it and stop pretending we are in a parliament or negotiating something on behalf of our respective countries (I mean regimes). Cheers.

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            I smell humor from a mile away.

          • Haile S.

            ጀታው፡
            እንደምን ነዎት?
            የጾሙን ነገር፡ ከምላስና ስንብር መስሎኝ ነበር።

          • Abi

            ሊቀመኳስ እንዴት ከርመዋል?
            መቼም የሊቅ ነገር ምንም አያመልጥህም!
            ፍልሰታን ከምላሱም ከሥጋውም ነው የምፆመው:: ጎኔንም መሬት ነው የማሳርፈው::
            ከተናግሮ አናጋሪ ይሰውራችሁ::

          • Haile S.

            ጀታው፡

            ይቅርብዎ ጎንዎ በመሬት እንደ ሃዘንተኛ
            ጀርባ ሰጥቶ መተኛት ነው የውነቱ ጾመኛ

            ጀርባም መድሃኒት ነው ለንግግር
            መደማመጥ ሲታጣ በእንጉርጉር

          • Abi

            ሊቀመኳስ
            መሬት ተጋድሜ ሳንጎራጉር
            በጀርባህ ተንጋለህ ነገር ስትጎለጉል
            በሆድህ ተኝተህ ጉድ ስትጎረጉር
            የኔ ገላ ከፍቶት በርዶት ሲኮማተር
            ያንተ ተመችቶት ሲያቅራራ ሲፎክር
            እንደ ቀትር ኮብራ ዙሪያውን ሲያማትር
            ከሥጋ እርቄ ከምላስ እርቄ በፆም ልበረታ ልተጋ በፀሎት
            ቦታዬን ላመቻች ሰማየ ሰማያት
            የምን ማሳነፍ ነው የሆንከኝ እንቅፋት

          • Haile S.

            ኣባ ትልቁ፡

            የደረጀ መዝሙር ኣስታወስከኝ፣

            መንግስተ ሰማይይይ፡ ከሞት ወዲያ ለኛ መጠለያ (2X)።

            ከ freshman ክርስትያን የመኝታ ቤት ጓደኞቼ የተማርኩት ነው።

            መጠለያህ እያመቻቸህ ነው!

          • Abi

            መምህር
            እኔም ደረጀን አዳምጥ ነበር:: አብዛኞቹ ጏደኞቼ የደቡብ ልጆች ነበሩ:: በፀባይ ማነስ ከገሃነም እንኳን ትባረራለህ ይሉኝ ነበር::

            አይዞህ አንዴ መጠለያዬን ላመቻች እንጂ ላንተም ቦታ እይዝልሃለሁ:)

      • mad mullah

        Hello Saleh,
        I appreciate your attempt on localizing the phrase where is the beef… It is 1984 again…
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug75diEyiA0
        In the Ethiopian case, you should have asked “where is the Steak Tartare”
        The best Steak Tartare outside of Addis Ababa is at
        http://mealsbygenetla.com/

        • Saleh Johar

          Mad Mullah,
          I like a popular place on the left side of the road to Bsheftu. I liked to stop there just to see the senga/brundo on display and people ordering meat by the kilo. it was helpful because it encouraged dieting. Run with it Mullah 🙂 And this is true, very true.

    • Aligaz G

      KH,

      It was an attempt at cuteness that was not so successful. Probably nothing malicious in there. Jowar’s case reminds me of Menge boasting we had them for breakfast while they were planning to have us for lunch. In any case this not so humorous attempt to try to drape a cape of innocence all over Jawar is just silly.

      • Saleh Johar

        Aligaz,
        If someone is on the verge erupting, a simple greeting would do. A tigrinya saying goes, “Tqa Haawi zelo qolAaa aytebki” Don’t make a child sitting close to a smoking fire cry. It won’t take him long to shed tears and make you look bad. In our case, all you have to do is greet them: good afternoon and they will explode with a response:who told you it is a good afternoon? I haven’t had my lunch and I don’t think I will until tomorrow :-).

        Now I would even rub it in just as a test; Jawar is innocent of all the allegations leveled against him. On the contrary, Abiy has Isaias as a consultant therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps Jawar in jail just like his consultant has been doing–keeping many of his opponents in jail since 2000. Three ex-foreign ministers out of four we had since 1991. One is dead and three have been jailed since two decades.

        If the court acts like a political party extension, i will not be surprised. But if it tries the political detainee openly and fairly, I will celebrate. Remember, I know how it feels to be tried by the media and the propaganda extensions serving a government.

        • Aligaz G

          Ato Saleh,

          The point is not about Jawar’s guilt or innocence or even the well known inadequacies of the justice system in Ethiopia. People are disturbed by your claim Jawar is being arbitrarilhy targeted because his name is Mohammed. What is funny is that you ignore the fact that his persecutor is named Ahmed. cheers

          • Saleh Johar

            Aligaz,

            1-People are disturbed? What people? Those who want to sweep it all under the carpet? Those who feel uneasy when taboo issues are raised? My friend, bigotry is as old as the history of the region. Recognize it and that would be a big jump towards its solution.

            2-When a system arrests someone, it’s a system no one else. Whether the prosecutor is Ahmed or Hailemariam makes no difference because he will not jail him in his living room but in the government’s prison.

            3-You don’t want me to list all the bigoted attack against Jawar? It’s out there and so easy to find though I doubt you don’t know about it. His sect was/is still targeted by some bigots.

            4-Pls be careful when quoting me–arbitrarily? Are you sure I said that?
            Here is the correct sentence when not read whimsically, ““Mohammed” is Jawar’s second name and that is the reason for the Jihad and terrorist branding.

            This worries me a lot. Do you think he will be branded a Jihadist if his name was Yekune Amlak? C’mon, is that so embarrassing to admit?

          • Aligaz G

            Boss

            Obviously we have differing viewpoints so don’t stress about it probably a generation thing. Incidentally the picture of Mesfin Hagos also has him in an oversized suit. Why don’t you introduce him to your tailor on Rodeo Drive?

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            We all make mistakes. This one is a colossal mistake by your standards. You can’t possibly bring religion into your defense of Jawar Mohammed where the country is probably 50% Muslim.

          • Saleh Johar

            Ras Abi,

            Please try to see my views again, yigbay biy’alehu 🙂

            I am not defending Jawar but I hate the street trials where they highlight his religion, I am sure you do not condone it, and I would be surprised if you denied it existed! i believe that is bad and counterproductive.

            On his alleged case with the court, I said let the courts speak, people are innocent until proven guilty–don’t you agree with that?

            On the innocent people suffering and losing their lives, I warned against it before it became this bad, at the begining–evidence available upon request–but everyone else was in a party mood and didn’t give it weight. I condemn any violence against civilians–be it from ethnic forces, from the soldiers or from hidden inciters.

            Civil strife and ethnic conflicts are serious and targeting a few individuals politically and blaming it on them does not solve the problem. But if they are found guilty, let the competent court hang them in public. I do not think you disagree

            Finally, I defended justice not Jawar and I criticized the bigoted campaign of the matter.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saleh Johar
            I just want to say Gala is not a bigot words, first introduced by somalis and the other peoples followed it, including the Italians.
            Having said that if the intention of the discussion is about justice, let us just be Constance with every injustice in the world .

          • Saleh Johar

            Sure Teodros,

            I totally agree with that as long as it’s not based on rumors and trials in street courts. If we are sure and we have evidence, it has to be condemned.

            Does it really matter if “Gala” is a bigot or a racist term as long as we agree it is derogatory? Isn’t it just like the N word in the USA. That is what I know

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saleh Johar u r absolutely right. That is why i always believe fake newsers r the worst people r responsible for most of the problem in ethiopia.

          • Brhan

            Hi Saleh, why can’t people understand this: innocent until proven guilty…is it because this is not in their proverbs/sayings
            or in theirs, it is guilty until you are proven innocent?

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Brhan,
            I can’t say with certainty but anecdotal evidence suggests so. For instance, I think there is an article in the old constitution that goes: ንጉስ ኣይከሰስ ሰማይ ኣይታረስ I tend to believe there are residuals from such legal and traditional cultures that reside in the region’s psyche. Otherwise, how could that be subjected to controversy and heated debates among supposedly well educated class of people!

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            How about if you just apologize for your blunder and move on. You messed up big time. You are trying extremely hard to make it look like a religious cause. No Sir. You failed miserably.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Ras Abi,
            I claimed something. Prove me wrong. Prove my allegation is unfounded and I will yield. But I will not do so simply because someone fancies apologies. Tell me my allegation about the bigoted street trial is wrong and we will take it from there. I have to be convinced I was wrong to take your request seriously. If not, I suggest we hold our peace and move on. If you are convinced I was wrong, show me your counter argument and believe me admitting a mistake will be so easy for me. Honestly, I haven’t seen an argument that makes sense except that some me are prone to being offended by the breaking of taboos.

          • Samuel

            Hi Aligaz,
            Unless you don’t want to accept the truth, Jawar was target for his political influence and his religion. He is/was target by two groups for two different reasons —
            1. By PP government — the government arrested Jawar not because of his religion stand but his political stand and his influence in Oromia. Jawar has the majority support than Abiy/PP. Thus, his arrest was political.
            Do you remember “ሳናጣራ አናስርም፣ አስረን አናጣራም” by Abiy? What happened to that promise?

            2. By Ethiopianist camp — Remember that PP has three groups (Separatists, Unitary, Federalist). The Unitary factions of PP has targeted Jawar mainly because of his religion. Note that before Hachalu’s killing the Ethiopianist camp media were deliberately campaigning against his religion stand, they were associating him with Egypt, and gulf state without a shred of evidence. Wherever Church or Mosque burning happens, somehow Jawar’s name used be insinuated by Ethiopianist camp media.

            After Hachalu’s killing the Ethiopianist camp media target him by twisting the killing in Oromia region as if he was behind it. They narrated the killing “Muslims killed Christians”. Thus, there is no question that Jawar was the main target of the Ethiopianist camp because of his religion. Look, Ethiopia politics is well established, thus let’s not fool ourselves.

            Thanks,

          • Aligaz G

            Sami,

            Personally, I don’t have any negative feelings about Mohammed or Ahmed. Anyway thanks for the free lecture about current Ethiopian politics. I feel so much more enlightened. cheers

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Aligaz
            The problem with this kind “yebede tigra” is they don’t know who we r, they don’t know how we grow up, they don’t know we grow up with muslim friends, some of us has muslim relatives and so on.
            They assume we r what the politician told them about us, they think we r “keber nigest, they think.we r still in 16, 15 century Ahmed gragn bla bla bullsh”ts, they don’t know most of us consider Mohammed is closer to us than them.

          • Samuel

            Selam Aligaz,
            You welcome, I am glad it has enlightened you. I was expecting the usual denial but you seem to be enlightened by the fact.

            Thanks,

          • Abi

            Samiti
            Please include ልዑል ራሥ አቢ in the enlightened crowd.
            የተደበቅህበት ድንጋይ ሳይፈነቀል ቶሎ ቶሎ አስተምረን::
            ምስጋናችን ወደር የለውም::
            የቀንየለይ ጎይታና ሳሚና

          • Brhan

            Thans Samuel,
            I wish we have another one like you from our brothers/sisters south of the border to give his or her prespective about what is going in Ethiopia, even if it is against your prespective but through facts.
            የቐንይለና

    • Sultan

      Selam Ato Kim:
      Reasonable, fair and logical points and feedback!

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ብሩኽ ሰንበት

    ደሓን ኣይትእተዉ ወያነ
    ደሓን
    ብሰንክኹም ጀነራልት ኤረትራ
    ገጂፍዎም ክዳን

    እንኮ ዩኒቨርሲቲ
    ብሰንኹም ተዓጽያ
    ብሰንክኹም
    ሉቺ ገዛና ኣብያ
    ቡንባና ማይ ጥብ ከተብል
    ካብዘይንሪኣ
    ብሰንክኹም

    ነዛ ወያነ ትብሃል ፍጥረት
    ብኹሉ ንሓምያ
    እምበር ብረዚደንትና
    ዋላ ‘ንተቐየራ
    ሃገር ብሃገራ
    ናብ ዳስ ዓድ-ሓውያ
    የዒንትና ኣበደን ኢለን
    ኣብ ባይታ ዘሎ ከይርእያ
    ወያነ ወይ ወያነ
    ደሓን

    እዚ ብ ክፍሊ ውሽጣዊ ጉዳያት ህግደፍ ዝተመወለ ጥርዓን ‘ዩ።

  • Samuel

    Selam Saleh Johar,
    Good Read. I like the way you presented it and how you mix humor to make your point. I was questioning the suits size too, hopefully the new administration will address it quickly, just an opinion.
    By the way I like the way you ended your writing “Dawn seems to be approaching fast.“. I see the same thing, I think the Eritrean people will see light soon.

    Thanks,

    • Saleh Johar

      Thanks Samuel,
      Do me a favor: if Tedros is not convinced by my reply, please help me out: with him. Try to answer his questions:-)

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam Saleh Johar
        convincing is about to make sense, it is about possibilities, it’s about fair ideas and so on.
        what makes u think this “yebede”(crazy) tigra will convince me if u don’t? I told u, u r by far fair minded person that i know in this forum, u don’t believe me.
        by the way “yebede tigra” is used to describe crazy, pathetic, ” teraz netek” tigrai In addis.

        • Saleh Johar

          Hi Tedros,
          No need to apologize if you get my drift, it’s enough. On populist culture we have worse descriptions and epithets for other people, just like your “ya red Tgre” but we are supposed to be better than to use such terms to describe each other. There is a term called polo cal correctness, let me coin a term “cultural decency” which should restrain us from using such words. The Traz neTeq is a universal ailment that all the world has to deal with. It’s not monopolized by specific people. But I do use it to describe individuals by reminding blind to any of their common identities. I am thankful you think of me as a fair person, I try to be and I think all of us should try harder. Sometimes slight mistakes can cause huge damages.

          Thank you

      • Samuel

        Selam Saleh Johar,
        I feel you, his first problem is he doesn’t read the whole article or comment fully, he reads few lines and he goes into his own cognitive bias.
        I remembered the exchanges you had with him (two weeks ago), he finally apologized for it. Probably he is the first “Ethiopianist camp” to apologize for mistakes. If you provide him constructive response it will suffice until next argument. If not, ከም ትግርኛ ሳዕስዒት ኮለል ከብለካ እዩ።

        Thanks,

        • Teodros Alem

          samuel
          The reason i apologize for Saleh Johar was mainly because i respect him for so many reasons,
          2, i don’t need to read all ur psychological problems to know u idois,

          • Samuel

            Selam Teodros Alem,
            I am glad you apologized, it was proper to do and continue to do so. I disagree that you apologized because you respect him, you apologized because you were WRONG and he was RIGHT. If it is about respect then you have to respect not only him but also everyone in this forum.

            Thanks,

          • Teodros Alem

            samuel
            Respect is earned, not given.
            I don’t respect haters, pathetic, idoi and crazy “teraz netek” twisted heart tigra .

          • Saleh Johar

            Selam Tedros and Samuel,
            I wanted to encourage you to have a meaningful debate but not the snippets I see. Sorry for doing that but I think you need to stay calm.

    • Paulos

      Selam Samuel,

      Shifting….PP just announced that it has suspended Lemma Megersa, Teyba Hassan and Milkessa Midega [Ph.D] from CC of the party. In the meantime the dumb and dumber Shimeles went on incriminating himself and the party when he went on shooting in his feet during the recent meeting in Oromia.

      Certainly, the purging is al’a Stalin’s infamous 1929 when 10 percent of the party were purged and sent either to the Gulags or hanged high when Sadam Hussain–a staunch student of Stalin in late 70s did the same thing to Ba’ath party members during a meeting and Isaias is passing the baton to the neophyte Abiy lest the cruel legacy of psychopaths disappear all together. Always keep in mind what Sal said about two years ago–Isaias is coming to Ethiopia with a bag full of Scorpions. Sad but true!

      • Samuel

        Selam Paulos,
        I agree, a lot is brewing inside PP, you will hear many fractures in the coming days or weeks. Remember that the “Medemer” philosophy** had brought all groups and individuals who had different dreams and vision into one big bucket. It was clear from the get-go that they will be disintegrated into their original container.

        The alliance of the different factions inside PP was based on “hatred” towards TPLF not based on principle and values. Those groups never had the same political and economic vision. Hatred towards one party (TPLF) may have helped as a tactic but it can’t be a strategy to govern 110 million people. Abiy and his cliques strategy was they thought they can blame TPLF and OLF for their own wrongdoings and continue to govern for 10 years. May be that advise could from the great thinker and philosopher IA, “The blind leading the blind.”

        FYI:
        Time will tell but regarding Lemma Megersa difference with Abiy wasn’t only “Medemer” and PP, it was also related with general Seare killing. After the killing, two investigations were going, the federal government investigation and the military investigation. Lemma had a chance to see the military intelligence investigation results, what he saw was dirty political game going within PP and outside forces.

        Generally, PP is getting into the final hours, I hope the PM don’t let the country disintegrate just for sake of personal ambitions. As we have discussed, PP has three groups (separatists, unitary and federalist). Shimeles is one of the separatists groups but he pretends to be a federalist. The end of the drama is getting closer.

        Thanks,

        • Paulos

          Selam Samuel,

          If you listen to his [Shimelis Abdissa–President of Oromia] leaked speech in Oromifa, he clearly stated that PP was founded to recreate an Ethiopia with in the sole image of Oromia. He went on to say that, they made sure that all the high tier power with in the party to be occupied by Oromos where the other ethnic members of the party would have የተላላኪ [his own words] position and mind you this includes Demeke and Gedu who had lamented for having been reduced into ተላካኪነት when the Weyanes were in power. Moreover, he said, Amharic language is in a downward spiral for it is being taken over by Oromifa not due to contingencies but by sheer design when PP was in the making. Talk about getting royally scr*wed including those who root for Abiy when they belong to the Amhara ethnicity including in this Forum.

          • Abi

            Paul
            Please stop pretending as if you care for Amharas because you do not.
            ከአብይ ጋር ወደፊት!!!

          • Paulos

            Abination,

            You are too smart to mean it when you say ከኣቢይ ጋር ወደፊት!

          • Abi

            Paul
            I’m smart enough to know when a smarty-pants pulls my legs.
            ከጠቅላይ ሚኒስቴር አብይ አህመድ ጋር ወደፊት!!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            ከ xxxxx ጋር ወደፊት took your buddy, colonel MH to Zimbabwe 🙂
            I don’t think your new buddy, colonel Abiy will like it.

          • Abi

            MM
            Looks like you overcharged again. This overcharging is damaging your fuses you are becoming predictable, short circuited.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            I have a builtin feedback circuit that shuts down when it is fully charged. However, I thank you as usual, your generous advice!

          • Abi

            MM
            ገንዘብካ
            I see you heeded my advice and found a better programmer and installer. How difficult is finding spare parts? Be careful if you use after market parts? How often do you have to recalibrate? Every article? Every Negarit?

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            Just checked my FW and I see no issue with my calibration design. Unless, the CPLD is misbehaving.
            For some reason, every time we discuss about ሰላሕታ ወራር with friends, you come to my mind. I really am not sure why.
            Any ways, don’t want to divert from this article, talk to you on another discussion.

          • Abi

            MM
            You are not the only one on this. I’m in everybody’s mind.
            አራተኛውን ወረራ በልጆቻችን እንፈፅመዋለን!

          • Samuel

            Selam Paulos,
            Yes, I did hear the leaked speech of Shimeles “The politics of convince them if not confuse them”. Don’t forget that PMAA’s strategy is boldly written in his book “እርካብና መንበር”.

            “ሰዎች ራስ ወዳድ ናቸውና በጥቅም ሂድባቸው። የሚፈልጉትን እያሳየህ ወደ ምትፈልገው ስፍራ ውሰዳቸውና ጣላቸው። ከዚያም “በሬ ሆይ! ሳሩን አይተህ ገደሉን ሳታይ የሚለውን ተረት ተርትባቸው። ይህን መሰሉ ለዘብተኛ የኃይል አጠቃቀም ዘዴ ሰላም ሳይበጠበጥ ህዝብም ሳያጉረመርም የተደላደለ ስልጣን ባለቤት ለመሆን ያግዛል።”

            Do you see the similarity? Those groups don’t have any long-term strategy to lead 110 million people, Personal ambition is their main target. By the way the Amhara elites are one of the most “confused” groups of the Shimeles narrative.

            Thanks,

          • Paulos

            Selam Samuel,

            I think the only way forward is to come together for the sake of the country and the people and kick Isaias out for he is bad news through and through. There is no other way around it.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት ዶተረ/ሳሚ
            ኣነ ዝገርመኒ ‘ኳ ሓደ ነገር ኣሎ።
            ንሓደ ብዛዕባ ሕክምና ‘ንታይ ምዃኑ ፍልጠት ዘይብሉ ሰብ [ከምዝ ኸማይ] ሕማምካ ፈውሲ ክረኽበልካ ኣይትሓቶን። ምሽ ዶ?

            ንሓደ ናይ ጁባ-ድኽነት ዘለዎ ሰብ: ብዛዕባ ከመይ ጌርካ ከም ትህብትም ኣይትሓቶን። ምሽ ዶ?

            ከመይ ሎም ደኣዮም ‘ሞ ንሓደ መዋእሉ ኣብ ዕግርግር ዝዕምብብ ሰብ [ከም ኢሳያስ]: ሰላም ክፈጥር ሓግዘና ኢሎም ዝሓቱ? ምናልባሽ ትሕቶ ከመይ ጌረ ንኢትዮጵያ ይፈናጭላ ‘ንተዄኑ ናይ ኮለኔል ኣብዪ ሕቶ ግን ኣብ መስመሩ ‘ዩ ዘሎ።

          • Samuel

            Selam MM,
            እቲ ትምኒቶም ሰላም ኣይኮነን፤ ስልጣን ጥራሕ እዩ። ስልጣን እስካብ ዝረኸቡ ስለ ሰብ ሞት ኣየጨንቖምን። ኮለኔል ኣብዪ ሐደ ሚልዮን ሰብ ቐቲሉ ስልጣኑ እንተናዊሑ ዕልል ክብሉ እዮም። ታሪኾም ናይ ምቕታልን ምእሳርን እዩ። ደርጊ ኣብ ሰለማዊ ህዝቢ ቦምብ ክድብሪ እከሎ ምንም መሲልዎም ኣይፈልጥን። ዕድል እንተረኺቦም ንድሕሪት ኣይብሉን።

            Thanks,

          • Sultan

            Selam Sam:
            I am gradually weaning myself off the Ethiopian politics but curious to ask or remind you that what you eloquently mentioned above depicts the EXACT Picture of the TPLF Strategy, which has been effective and fruitful.
            A) The Tigrniya Version:
            “…. ታሪኾም ናይ ምቕታልን ምእሳርን እዩ። ደርጊ ኣብ ሰለማዊ ህዝቢ ቦምብ ክድብሪ እከሎ ምንም መሲልዎም ኣይፈልጥን። ዕድል እንተረኺቦም ንድሕሪት ኣይብሉን።”
            B) The quoted Amharic Version:
            “ሰዎች ራስ ወዳድ ናቸውና በጥቅም ሂድባቸው። የሚፈልጉትን እያሳየህ ወደ ምትፈልገው ስፍራ ውሰዳቸውና ጣላቸው። ከዚያም “በሬ ሆይ! ሳሩን አይተህ ገደሉን ሳታይ የሚለውን ተረት ተርትባቸው። ይህን መሰሉ ለዘብተኛ የኃይል አጠቃቀም ዘዴ ሰላም ሳይበጠበጥ ህዝብም ሳያጉረመርም የተደላደለ ስልጣን ባለቤት ለመሆን ያግዛል።”

            Btw,the above strategies are the modus operandi of the Dictators and Neo-Colonialists across the globe .

        • Dongolo

          Selam Samuel. Actually, hatred of the TPLF might be an effective political strategy to govern at least 103 of Ethiopia’s 115 million. At least for a 5-year period in order to properly clean the septic tank.

          • mad mullah

            Hello Dongolo
            I dont agree with some of your view. I dont think Dr. Abiy will use hate. But hatred is definitely a fuel.
            “Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all the unifying agents. Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a god, but never without a belief in a devil.”
            -Eric Hoffer

        • Selamat Samuel,

          I truly believe there will be an Ethiopian military coup d’erat. It will not be headed by the generals. It will probably be lead by a colonel who is actively putting all the logistics and strategy to be implemented sometime mid September or even before. Though I also believe the PP is sweeping the military because they know their Achilles heel is the military because of the decades long command of the EPRDF.

          You mentioned General Seare and Lema Mergesa where you say Lema Mergesa saw some funny business in the military investigation of the killing of General Seare. I had always suspected Atto Lema Mergesa was closer more to the TPLF/EPRDF and your exclusive regarding the murder of the General does reinforce my suspicion.

          In any case, judging from the comfortable demeanor of Atto Getachew Reda (MZ the Second) I predict a military coup to be highly likely as I have said above. Is it within EPRDDF1/EPRDF2 capability?

          GitSAtSE

          • Samuel

            Selam GitSAtSE,
            Reforming** the military has been going for a while now, by the way part of the the main reason they postponed the election was they thought it will help them to buy time to train enough special force** and integrate with military. It is dirty political game they are planning and playing. It is difficult to TRUST the PP groups anymore. I expect the Western sponsors to say something on the mass protest and the direction of the country in general. Otherwise, the PP groups has to be removed sooner than later.

            It is puzzling to imagine the choices Abiy made. How could someone who came to power thru VOTE and won a Nobel Prize end up to be a dictator? It’s mind-boggling to even think how things fall apart like this. He could have chosen another rout — he had majority support at the beginning, he could have stayed on that lane and do the election on time and continue the democratic process to the next generation. I guess, when your advisors are IA and Derg remnants, election isn’t part of your vocabulary.

            Thanks,

          • The sensor ship and erasing the post here is indicative of the truthfulness and confirmation of how much it really maters what I am challenging. Temporary tight gripping of the machinations your fast waning power is threatened by your erroneous and futile directions. All that matters is that you give great though of your revolutionary responsibility to all Ethiopian peoples. I am glad your giving it due consideration. My commitment is solid and will be forthcoming for a full year.

            It is because I care and know what is good for you without the baggage of emotional biases and the same rhetoric poor Eritreans have been subjugated for decades by the mirror image twin entity to the TPLF which is EPLF.

            Pragmatic we shall all be and face todays problems and live up to our responsibilities.

            Am I suppose to think Awate.com is a subsidiary with a great benefactor parent company? Not impressive at all. Rather pathetic. Irmija mewsedd niqeTTilalen.

            GitSAtSE

      • Teodros Alem

        selam paulos
        R u telling the amharas r about to swallow by oromifa(galagn) and oromos? They can’t even swallow the people in nezerat(adama), debrezeiat and other cities of oromo kilil the last 30 years.
        think it this way, i’m sure u know how those cadres propaganda works, maybe they r trying to calm down the defeated olf.
        u can’t scare nobody, if u guys(tplf + olf) can’t do it the last 27 years, what makes u think u guys can do it now?
        It is good to see you guys(tplf) r cheerleaders and offering ur stinlky behind for olf galas.

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam Saleh Johar
    I got question, u said ” massawa is not yet liberated”? U mean the whole of eri under dictatorship and needs to be liberated ? Or massawa needs to be liberated from highland eritrea?
    2, do u know jawar reputedly said eritrea and eritreans to stay away from internal ethiopia poltics?
    3, why u forget to say something about 3A’s comment on eritrea 30 years struggle for liberation?

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Tedros,

      1- you can twist anything based on your prejudice and massawa s not liberated as in 1990 is what I said but you are free to entertain your bias.
      2- Commenting on international news is not interference. But if you can enforce the ban on all international comments about Ethiopian affairs, I will oblige and stop commenting. Look up the terms and you will know the difference.

      3- you don’t expect me to squeeze every news in one episode, do you? Can I say you forgot to ask me about the earthquake that hit barankure village? Or why you do not have a beer for lunch today? It’s redundant and a question that aims at something but presented as an intelligent one. I have been around enough to know such tricks. They are redundant.

      NB: there is no village by that name I just wanted to show you the category of your question 3

      Cheers and take care

      2-

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam Saleh Johar
        1, i’m still confused “massawa is not yet liberated” thing? we all know massawa liberated from ethiopia occupation , but i don’t get from whom massawa is not liberated? from pfdj or who?
        2, jawar was the one reputedly said “eritrea” and eritreans” not to interfere in ethiopia internal poltics, not me.
        3, agree but i thought it is sensitive and hot issue, specially for those who don’t gave up on eritrea.

        • Girma

          Selam Teodros,

          Jawar’s comments came after Isaias Afwerki’s pretentious announcement: “We will not remain idle on Ethiopian affairs”
          The post was addressed to issaias.

          • Teodros Alem

            girma
            U can talk all u want on social media, so do ethiopians can talk about eritrea, eritrea afars and so on, nothing new here even eri gov used to have amharic medias but u not a citizen.
            If u don’t respect ethiopia, don’t expect ethiopians to respect eritrea and same old will continue, no problem.

  • said

    Greetings
    Ethiopia is made up of 80 or so of tribal/ethnic groups, Ethiopia as country is very divided and geographically into nine regional states. largest region and most under class and oppressed for very along are Oromia people and it is the largest region include the capital, Addis Ababa and, with third 33% of Ethiopian population 39 million, the Oromo people make up the biggest single group. The beloved Oromo singer and activist Hachalu Hundesa was murdered in his home .immediately triggering mass protests in Oromo region and Addis Ababa, Hundesa, his Oromo music was key role played , that brought the old regime EPRDF government, which was dominated by TPLF and collapsed in spring 2018. Sadly the recent protest , As reported , the UN Human Rights agency report that protests were ethnically driven, roads in parts of Oromia were blocked, “buildings vandalized and burnt…. gunfire and bomb explosions in Addis Ababa.” Official estimates say that 240 people died in the unrest. And number violations by security forces. Killings, torture, and arbitrary arrests have been documented by HRW. Amnesty International, in their report, between December 2018 and December 2019, “at least 10,000 people were arbitrarily arrested and detained, as HRW say, “perpetrators of violence need to be charged in accordance with Ethiopian law.” And include members of the security forces, they acted with impunity
    Ethiopian government’s acting like most dictator countries ,PMAA reaction was to arrest thousands people and including key members of opposition parties, and Oromo political activists Jawar Mohammed, and many leading critic of Ethiopian government. I do not know much about Jawar Mohammed, other what I read in media ,some hard core Ethiopian have accused him of destabilize the old system of government, for his supporters he was are actively working to achieve rights and equality for Oromo people ,neglected for century ,bit for hard core Amahar elite ,remnant of the old regime,they hate Jawar leadership. Jawar brought the historical grievances of Oromo people and he was seeking social justice and return land to its owners .And some Oromo people want to have an autonomy in Oromia,

    Prime-Minister Abiy, who took office on 2nd April 2018, who some how he initially offered new era and new prospect for democracy and PM Ahmed took office in Ethiopia that was ruled by mostly TPLF ,PM MZ had zero tolerance for democracy and election ,he was one of the cruel and repressive regimes .no freedom of the media, no freedom of expression and assembly, political dissent and the control of judiciary, and all controlled being by the PM MZ regime, Ethiopia economically and financially is failed state .Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world and it ranks at the bottom 173rd out of 186 countries on the UN Human Development Index. Around quarter of the population lives in extreme poverty (less than $2 a day),

    Ethiopia so unstable and volatile. Today with PM AAA perfidy and inherent show Ethiopia imperialist intent. Such policy characteristics have been those of Medieval expansionist era of Ethiopian kings and feudal lords, Ethiopian ruling structure akin to a fascist oligarchy, formed a tyrannical state came to fruition that did not benefit any Ethiopian except the ruling class namely Amhar . for century when one reads Ethiopian history ,This is Ethiopia a nation that is in constant war with its people , and has become the largest and most murderous local empire in the history of horn of Africa or Africa for that matter . for millennia Ethiopian kingdom that has produced endless wars among themselves and Amhra ruling class fighting each other and Fighting Tigray ruling class and oppressing and slaving Oromo people and taking their god giving rights .The poor masses are told Ethiopia is great, and that God is on their side. Their Ethiopia emperor is holy and even evil red godless Derge is praised . Ethiopia emperors used their slave barbarian soldiers while treating them and the families of elite with suspicion and hostility, very often murdering them on occasion. Ethiopian Amhra ruling class and its false military supremacy allowed it to rule over vast ethnic Ethiopia with Iron feast. Included enormously destructive war in Eritrea and narrative of warmongering still lingering . Ethiopian effort to demonize, distort and zealous advocate of war with Eritrea is not new. But same goes for Oromo people
    Ethiopia never deploy concepts like “Justices ” “freedom” “liberty” and Equality. For big good part of Ethiopia it still a poor country primitive and living in subsistence level. with little available resources. Those who did the work Poor masses were everywhere in the vast majority while their Ethiopia overlords and warlord almost always made up of Amhra minority – often a very tiny minority – of the Ethiopia vast societies that elite warlord dominated everything they ruled by taking away and getting a hold on the best fertile lands. For millennia, elites ruled over large numbers by using a combination of coercion and persuasion and reinforce acceptance of social feudal hierarchies with them at the top of pinnacle and looking down the serfs masses and wage slaves . Ethiopia kings and backward ruling elites lived and prospered from the labor of Ormo in large numbers of people, using them as free labor ,and primarily slaves owned , but also some indebted poor peasants, and those people of the south Ethiopia subjugated by conquest. while ruthlessly taxing the Ethiopia empire’s peasant population. Ethiopia peasant exploitation lasted well into todays times . From the of Antiquity the so call Solomonic dynasty through the medieval period and until recently and well into King HSS times primarily religion was used to advance to rulein class . The Peasant Barbarian army protected Ethiopian aristocracy’s interests, Ethiopian poor Peasants landless, never really threatened emperor power, not during the Middle Ages and not for several centuries until recently . It does not seem that, given the isolation of thousand of villages and towns and lacking guenon of leadership experience, and their general acceptance of being shaped as slaves by rulers master and slave ideology. Ethiopian high nobility controlled all land they took by force , owning much of it outright, though they were truly parasitic upon the tenant slave farmers to whom they rented their lands,
    In the medieval Ethiopia and till late emperor HSS time , the Christianity of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia was very predominant and would act as a unifying force. with state Ethiopia in which the Church was a parallel authority to some degree. The emperor and lords highly trained for warfare, and totally monopolized the upper levels of power of both Church and state and shaped them to serve their interests.

    Everything changed with arrival of TPLF hard core Marxist regime, this began to change with the agricultural and heath revolution on browed capital and on put the country into high debt .
    The poor Oromo are told to applaud and worship their former kings and those that do the massive killing of innocent lives are made for better Ethiopia ,in their names .Poor Oromo masses and are told not ever to question the wisdom of Ethiopian King HSS and bloody Derge state’s motives, TPLF Marxist and not to expose the truths about their barbarians aggression against Poor Oromo masses because that may cause dissent and harm Ethiopia national security and interest and make true in ruling class . These are all lies are known fact . This is all propaganda did not help at end Ethiopia lost trust and confidence of the very Poor Oromo masses and all others too ,with maximum expenditure of blood and treasure. The Ethiopia facts are the opposite of what their propaganda presents to the all Ethiopian poor masses. Many Ethiopian citizens realised and no longer wished to risk their lives in the Ethiopian ruling military agenda of the past ,the jury is out for PMAA .
    for decade the basket case Ethiopia is hostage to Economic and financial assistance from western nations.PM AA should learn from his former rulers of wars, ruled through fear, division, and greed. Ethiopia was never the land of tolerance and not the free and home of cruel rule of ruler and the not country of brave and justices and tolerance . The old kingdom Ethiopia empire eventually fail the Derge and TPLF cease to exist. PM AA if he follow the same step and if his regime is no different, except that it will be one of the shortest regime to rule Ethiopia, it will end in very dire financial ruin, in riots and civil unrest among many ancient historic enmity that existed will fight each other. based on ethnic and regional group and with more and more bloodshed will come . Yes. If PM AA is not very carful and learn from the recipe for disaster , Ethiopia will eventually will fail and fall and disintegrate , but it won’t be due to any outside threats. It will be due to the abandonment of falsely espoused values and lies, existing internal strife and domestic divisiveness is already on surface we see it in the capital city of Addis Ababa. and would end in fragmentation and chaos. and This is the real Ethiopia today.

    • Aligaz G

      said,

      You write so much crap you must be a a real genius and the things you wish for us “chaos and fragmentation” – just great. With enemies like this who needs friends. Lol. Yohannes II ruled for 4 months I think. Not sure how long Mikael Imru ruled maybe a couple weeks. Anyway I’ve got bad news for you Abiy will be around for the next 10 yrs minimum. cheers

      • Abi

        Aligaz
        This Said guy has already told us that he wishes for the fragmentation of Ethiopia years back. I stopped reading his zibazinke long ago.

      • said

        Selam Aligaz
        I my be absurd and the profane for the few moments of clarity one experiences under great duress .i wish I could write with , courteous, restrained and magnanimous about wonderful Ethiopia but please tell us more about your beloved PM AA agenda polices and your mother land Ethiopia of its bright side of economical conditions and more of your country men prosperity and not their misery they are facing in their daily life , tell us — as I did with my crap opinion and i give number reference and refute them. if you think that I am unreliable narrator, saddled with unorthodox thinking and that was more fiction and not based on fact . you resent my little knit-picking great nation that ever existed . Tell me more from what you read from Ethiopian prospective, which more honest better Era media ,from your elite class , Ethiopian mostly Amara that gained the dominance in key institutions, such as key government jobs, institution power, education, academics, the etho press, that give an immense influence on people’s thinking. Your gullibility. Now propaganda rules your mind. The dominance of your tribal truths makes ,a real rational discussion very difficult and compromise almost impossible because the an touchable Greatness of PM AA is above the law just li HSS. I warned about doom and gloom about PM AA political future depending which way he chose read carefully before you jump . Ethiopia is a fragile entity it may last long and may not.

        And if you think ,the corruption of my written language, mostly because I hate Ethiopia and if its already is producing a host of ill effects. on you , communicate clearly what part do you resent . Increasingly ,i am not and to keen be dependent on your thinking ,you are incapable of clear thought. Perhaps worst of all, most Ethiopian alienated from their own history and culture. That they do not relate to, may be you providing you are not from Oromo or even well to do Tigray ,they still have grievances by losing the power It is amazing to see the lack of deep political analysis about the current waves of political issue that sweeping Ethiopia . what is Ethiopian future Let’s guess about possible revolutionary futures for good and bad

        • Teodros Alem

          selam said
          I think u agree that it is hard to read all of ur long “hateta”, and i think u also agree ur “hateta” is based on propaganda videos, pictures, numbers, maps and narration intended to reverse the psychology of ” oppressed” peoples(nation and nationalist) and make them proud ethiopians, it also part of nation building.
          having said that if u idoi believe the current federal arrangement of ethiopia will hurt and hurt amharas more than tigrai, u idois don’t know anything about ethiopia other than propaganda videos, pics, ………
          the ethiopian nation and nationalities already started to migrate to debre brihan, bahir dar and so on like they used to migrate to addis

        • Aligaz G

          said,

          The first time I spoke to you, if you recall, you wanted to bring a solar power company to Addis. You little hypocrite. Now there are two countries no sane Eritrean hates – Ethiopia and Sudan. Are you sure you are Eritrean?

  • Yp

    Selam guys.

    I have to wonder who from Issu’s inner circle is pulling the screws and who wants to keep him? For sure Isaias’ erratic behavior is affecting his relationship with the GCC and in turn his relationships with some of his generals and affiliated businesspeople. After all the GCC is one of these people’s main money sources. And where some of these businesses are based.

    Anyway, another topic of interest is the rumor of a Russian military base contract already signed. Don’t know whether it’s true or not, but hgdef do need insurance of money now more than ever.

  • Sultan

    Selam All:
    I wish the following paragraph was omitted/ should be removed ) at least as a courtesy in my naive opinion:
    “That moving target description of a politician is not credible—here is the beef, rather, the raw meat: “Mohammed” is Jawar’s second name and that is the reason for the Jihad and terrorist branding. That is the best I can bluntly describe his changing branding.“!
    The article ignored the most dangerous statements, divisive and destabilizing as well as polarizing propaganda by the same Media Mogul and politician turned Activist!
    “ Ye weyAne Dikala enna and ye neftegna buchilla ( Dr AAA)Oromon aywekilim”!was a public statement made by Jawar.
    This defamatory statement ALONE is more than enough to prosecute and put in jail Jawar!

    Worse, his reckless Propaganda was and responsible for the massacre of Christian Faithful and destruction Christian Churches”!
    The worst, the alleged evidence through the Prosecutors’ Affidavit presented to the court that Jawar secured and distributed the addresses of top Govt Officials so as to assassinate is nothing but close to a second degree murder or attempted murder!
    No clue as to why the AT chose to meddle in this messy mess!

    • Saleh Johar

      Sultan,
      Let all that you said be proven in. court. That is what I said. Accuse, try, and sentencing. Not jail, accuse, and maybe try.
      I also wish you didn’t write stuff unless you are sure. You said I have no clue why the AT chose to meddle…..
      1. Why do you hold the AT responsible when the writer’s name is all there for you to see?
      2. Since when is a writer commenting called meddling?
      3. What you read is all defensible and I know the trial by media that is going on–just like the PFDJ did to all its victims. It tried them in its own media and wahios, not on a court because it doesn’t have one.
      4. It is not coincidence you would have such views, and you know why

      • Sultan

        Selam SGJ:
        -I stand corrected on the name ( overlooked one but corrected now)
        -It does not sound a comment or opinion but an “Official Stand or Position”, unless the Negarit is considered as an opinion or comment
        -Either way, be it a comment or opinion, it came out from a Public Figure , His Excellency Salih Gadi Johar!
        Please read me / my initial but edited comment again if you have an extra min.
        Granted, it was a friendly reminder or constructive suggestion for your best interest to edit that paragraph .

        It is NOT constructive for you to be MISPERCEIVED by the Ethiopians here.
        Not sure if you made such comments about the TPLF’s indirect roles on the bombing of the Anwar Mosque in Addis , the discrimination of Tigrai Muslims to have an official prayer spot in Axum and the massacre of innocent Ethiopian Christians by the reckless Querro mob inspired by none but by same dude with second name “Mohammed“!
        Jawar is being charged and prosecuted for his crimes in the Court of Law to prove his innocence or guiltiness.

        Not sure if the TPLF allowed that kind of Freedom and Rights and am not sure if you criticized the TPLF for that.

  • Dongolo

    Howdy all. A few suggestions/comments/questions: 1) Jawar will likely be Ethiopia’s next PM; is that why you are now attacking him in advance? 2) Please avoid being fashion critics unless you are also doing food reviews, 3) Learn the location of Asmara landmarks better (I.e. British Library), 4) Quit quoting people out of time/context (i.e. PIA & the border), 5) Quit stoking religious fires which have no merit, 6) Contrary to earlier rumors, it is Abraha K. and not PIA’s Son Abraham that is gaining power far above that of people like Filipos, 7) Take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror and realize that neither you nor Eritrea will ever be like you were in 1991, 8) Follow the recent movement/meetings of General Molla Hailemariam, 9) Quit completely blowing out of context TPLF/Tigray’s preparation & readiness was to go to war, 10) You can just party like its 1999, 12) Whose back door is Esayes Woldegiogis now walking thru? Thought that he was in NYC but he’s not.

    • Brhan

      Hello Dongolo,
      Where was the British Library located in mid 1980s in Asmara : in 1983,84, 85, & 86?
      Thanks

  • Aligaz G

    Ato Saleh,

    I am really surprised that you think that Jawar is being “targeted” because his name is Mohammed. Of course later in your piece you then calmly complain the religious “sub-identites” of Oromos is being exaggerated. Look we have a leader named Ahmed and the sky is still blue. I recommend a further more serious analysis by you as to why Jawar has actually been jailed eventhough doing so may not fit you rather glib narrative.

    • Sultan

      Ali:
      I agree and that was my point!

  • Selam All,

    When I watched Oromo fathers and mothers saying that jawar has corrupted their sons and daughters, I thought that at last they have come to understand who he really is, an extremist/islamist and a hater of ethiopia, whose education in the west didn’t have any effect on him whatsoever.
    Oromo fathers and mothers could not believe how much jawar and other extremists have corrupted their children, the queerro, and have turned them into savages. They have become haters, horrendous murderers, arsonists by burning homes, businesses and industries from which their parents and they themselves (the queerro) are earning their daily bread. Let the government control them, even if they happen to be our own children. These were their words.
    When he said “we’re the majority and we will behead them if they raise their heads” (Christians and non-Oromos), waving a machete, the result of his teaching is that a pregnant mother was slaughtered in shashemene, in front of her other children and her husband, as she was told that she will not give birth to her Amara and Christian child in their land. Is there a worse savagery act than this?
    When jawar said “ethiopia out of oromia” and his supporters in western capitals are shouting ‘down down ethiopia”, he meant more or less, if you don’t leave oromia on your own, we will kill you. This is exactly what his queerro hit-squad does today. And yet jawar is a politician who wants to rule ethiopia one day. God save ethiopia. What else can one say.
    When he said, “oromia is Islam and Islam is oromia”, forgetful of the other 50% christians oromos, the message was burn churches and kill Christians. As a result many churches were burnt and many Christians were killed. This is a new phenomenon in a country where Christians and Muslims lived in harmony for centuries. If he wants to create a caliphate or not, time will show.
    The last time when out of his cowardice he unleashed his queerro gangs to kill and destroy with his false tweet that he was surrounded and in danger for his life, he went scot free. This time over, not only more than 160 innocent people are killed, jawar as a mafia boss surrounded by his bodyguards stole a corpse from its family in order to use it for political reasons, thus desecrating a dead man. Nothing is sacred to him if it serves his political ambition, rather obsession.
    He is accused of sending messages of riot and destruction through the media he controlled. The damage caused and the lives of hundreds of ethiopians can’t be less important when compared with jawar, who more or less has become untouchable, even if his messages were meant to destabilize and create chaos, destruction and death in the country.
    When he said that “he is the other government”, he meant he could use the queerro to do anything he liked. A power strong enough to depose tplf, and is ready to commit atrocities, burn the country and kill innocent people, anytime and wherever it may be, as long as jawar orders them, thus proving to ethiopians that he is above the law, is a power to reckon with, he believes.
    Sinister politicians do not pull the trigger themselves or push the button to detonate a warehouse filled with TNT or ammonium nitrate, as has happened to the unfortunate residents of Beirut. They have their useful idiots and criminals, Unfortunately, they are innumerable in the hands of jawar.
    Finally, I really felt that jawar was somebody else, and not the one known for what he said and suspected for what he may have done to his poor victims in ethiopia. Some even think that he is directly and indirectly responsible for the killings and destruction. Sooner or later the law will give its verdict.
    If he is one of the main suspects for directly and indirectly instigating the last two dramas ethiopians went through, it will be the least he faces if he stays in prison, in a region where dictators and authoritarian governments have ruled and are ruling in a much worse condition. The unjustly lost lives are more important than the incarceration of a dubious politician whose life long history up to now has been that of hate, extremism, intolerance and a call for violence against innocent people.

  • Bayan Negash

    Selam Saleh,

    What a timely piece. I have been preoccupied about the unsavory nature of social media hullabaloos in Eritrean context. I appreciate you tackling it from the perspective of our region. I’m dwelling over it in an Eritro-centric way in hopes of separating the wheat from the chaff.

    What I appreciate about your approach is the clarity with which you set your goals for each episode by letting your viewers/listeners know at the outset, enumerating your topics, making it easy to follow your points.

    The continuous improvements on the visual is impressive. Your artistic sensibility appears to come handy. Of course, your artistic sensibility also allows you to see the irony, the euphemism, and the metaphors as well as the creative ways by which you incorporate them into your episodes. It is this part where many fail making connections among these literary devices. It is a unique talent that’s a rarity in the Eritrean world of optics.

    I can’t tell you how painful it is to see the time that is wasted when a guest is dropped. The worst part is when the host himself is dropped from the conversation. The guest takes over until the host is back online. In one episode, you can see this hide-and-seek the virtual outlet way, as it were, grotesque in its form and absurd in its incongruity.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Dr.Beyan,
      I just came in. As I usually do, I scrolled down the screen whenever I join the debate a bit late to to select topics and comments worth engaging. This time, I found you in the list. So, before doing anything , I should say very very glad to have you back, sir. You have been very much missed here. نورت الدار يا معلم. Welcome.

      • Beyan

        Merhaba keur Haw Ismail,

        Many thanks I’m very glad to be back. It’s been way too long. Happy to see some familiar voices. My ritual used to be the same like yours. After reading the posting I try to scroll up and down the comment-line to see what Awatawyan are saying to avoid repetition. At any rate, many thanks for your kind gestures, Ismail.

        Cheers,
        Beyan

        • Haile S.

          Selamat Beyan,

          I join Ismail in welcoming you to the class. I thought you left the class to the field joining Ghedli in the style of the seventies :-). You and your bright ink have been truly missed.

          • Beyan

            Hey Haile,
            The prolific commentator . Many of hanks for the welcoming note.

    • Paulos

      Selam Beyan,

      Welcome back. Hope all is well with you. You’ve been greatly missed. Again, welcome back.

      • Beyan

        MerHaba Paulos,

        All is well, thanks for asking. It’s good to see many of my virtual friends are around. I miss the mental gymnastics that this forum offers.

    • Saleh Johar

      Ahlan Beyan,
      Welcome home my friend. As you can see we all missed you.
      Thank you for the flattering words, I try to make it worthwhile and add value to what I deliver. I am glad you like it.

      Welcome again

      • Beyan

        Hala Saleh,
        Thank you, sir for the warm welcome back. Wish each and everyone of us thinks along those lines vis-a-vis the value our statements might conceivably add in the conversations that we choose to participate in. Alas, the instantaneous nature of dialogue in the cyber space makes it challenging to think our ideas before we press that send button.

    • Sultan

      Welcome Dr Beyan:
      I would have expected you to constructively and diplomatically criticize the article too since it does have few items to be criticized!

      • Saleh Johar

        Sultan,
        i suggest you stop telling people what to do. Beyan is intelligent enough and if he thinks he wants to say something, he will. Don’t try to influence people on what to do. Are you that badly in need of someone who would criticize the article? You did your impulsive criticism and that is it. But telling others to be biased to your view is not a good gesture. What is he agrees with it, would you be disappointed because you are telling him what you expect him to do? You should know this is called directed questions. It’s like me saying, “Hey Beyan, i know Sultan doesn’t agree with the article would you please criticize it as he did?” Then, what’s constructively and diplomatically, empty words that you insert with no added value? I think everyone is on his own here and ganging up should not be promoted by a sophisticated person like you. Please do not make this a circular argument.

        On your previous comment, why would i edit my views when i have no reason to. I don’t edit anything. I leave it there. But if there is something I apologize for , i just apologize without changing my original view. I think that’s is called integrity and if I changed my views based on criticisms, i wouldn’t have anything left. you know, your friend here is a champion when it comes to gracefully receiving criticisms, attacks and defamation. And i know the honest ones.

        Thank you for everything you do, Ajaaka.

        • Sultan

          Ya Ustaz SGJ:
          Nop, you got it “ wrong” now.
          It is a simple opinion and constructive criticism, not dictation!
          What if I ask a question:
          Dr Beyan, why would not you add a mini constructive criticism?
          With all due respect to you Ustaz, I regret to tell you that it is YOU , who is trying to dictate me and to order me as to how and what to say things!
          Gen Nittric would agree .
          Chilax, this is a forum and debate.

      • mad mullah

        Hello Sultan,
        You made a good point. I also wanted to ask Dr.Beyan(i don’t know if he is medical doctor or PhD)…. for his constructive criticism- Where is the Beef?

        • Sultan

          Mullah:
          He is a smart “ dude” holding a PhD, I believe, in English Language and Literature!
          He is active more than most here in real Eri Political Activism, with a big Leadership Potential and with a great hope for a “Generational Change” you have been advocating for!

      • Beyan

        Selamat Sultan, mad mullah, and Saleh,

        Here is the rub. I penned the above two paragraphs focusing in the way SGJ effectively structures his stories, not on the content or the subject matter. Conventional storytelling, pretty much in any endeavor, consists of three elements, a beginning, a middle and an end. In any conventional storytelling, pretty much in any endeavor, the same three approaches can be used effectively. I thought that was worth mentioning as it might offer a little caveat for those who are interested in the world of optics, as such they could model and structure their messages the way SGJ does. If you noticed, the first paragraph- I thought rather deliberately – prefaces my sole focus being on Eritrean matters. Of course, I recognize it is inconceivable to ignore the regional issues as they are critically important in that one informs the other and vice versa. But, my priority at this junction is the fate of Eritrea and its people who are at grave danger with the regime at the helm of political power taking it to the bottomless pit. If we eliminate the latter, the regional issues will be dealt with in due course. Prioritizing is where it’s at.

        Here is the second rub: I am piecing together, what will likely end up being three articles on Eritrea’s social media outlets which seem to have mushroomed exponentially in recent years. The peril of such loosely organized activism is, they not only shoot from the hip, but at every turn they end up shooting themselves in the foot, as it were. Their priorities seem to be backwards in that they spend their day and night undermining and undercutting one another leaving their common enemy in Eritrea to toy and meddle in Ethiopia’s political affairs as it wished. No doubt, there is no piece of writing that’s immune from criticism, but one should always ask at least these two questions: Would the criticism that one levels at any piece add substance? Would it advance the cause dear to one’s heart? If the answer to each a yes, then, by all means, one should go on and fire away at that
        keyboard to his/her heart’s content.

        The third rub: I enter in this forum to learn from the sharpest minds who reside here. As such, I extend to all participants to please use my name with no prefixes. We are virtual colleagues here, the first name Beyan will do. If the first name doesn’t roll as easily or if a habit of sorts dictates that you find it easier to use Negash, that, too, will be no problem.

      • Paulos

        Sultan,

        Do you know who are really really smart people? Smart people! With all due respect to Beyan and others in this Forum, academic training in specific area is not a license and a qualification for everything and anything. A plumber or a carpenter is as qualified as someone say, a Chemist or English Lit expert. And they all are as good as each other to be leaders.

        First and foremost, political leadership is more about having strong personality, physical courage, charisma and of course intelligence where the latter trait is innate not acquired. I don’t have to go far, I have seen it pretty much all my life. My mother who never went to school is far more smarter and intelligent than I am with advanced degrees in certain area. Certainly, academic training is an added value for political leadership but please let’s not put too much emphasis on it for again we need to see far more critical traits in a person when we hire one for a leadership.

        • Haile S.

          Morning Paul,

          You probably were expecting me :-). I generally agree with what you just said. Two things:

          First, I didn’t know the contest was officially open :-).

          Second, you guessed well, you forgot my mom! :-). If only it was week end … ኣብዛ ዓለም ኣላይተይ፡ ኣደይ እያ ወላዲተይ …

          • Paulos

            Morning Hailat,

            ጋና ኣይተባራበርካን ዘለኻ ማለት’ዩ፣ ኣነ ዳኣ ኣደይ ክብል ከለኹ ኣደ ሃይላት ማለተይ እዩ!

          • Haile S.

            ፖል፡

            ሓቅኻ፡ ጽሒፈልካ ገጸይ ካይተቛረርኩ
            ለኸፋ ግና ኣይገድፍን ዋና እናሓለምኩ

        • Sultan

          GM Doc:
          I can’t agree more!
          “Kab mihros aEmiro” , dikhum tiblu Deshkili( consult Ustaz SGJ )!
          With no bias, I have never come across an Intelligent person with all qualifications you listed like my own father with zero education.
          Speaking of Moms, universally, they are WISE and Intelligent .
          My Mom proved to me that at age 80(79)when I met her in Addis last November /2019 after 12 years of missing her ,she diagnosed me in all aspects on the spot and blessed me with every golden lesson and advice one can imagine including on the basics and the ABCs of personal health and risk factors and preventive measures besides providing me with basics of lessons to live better as a human being and as a man!!
          If you read the book of Missalie in the Bible, it proves what we both said.

          Shocked and embarrassed, I agreed with her and heeded to her Golden advice!

        • Abi

          Paul
          Jesus Christ was a carpenter. See, sometimes I agree with you:)

  • Brhan

    Thanks Saleh,

    I like when an episode covers several issues it is like من كل بستان زهرة
    Because, these days news and information change every minute and the only way to highlight them is the way you did in this episode, I hope , you will continue this style. And also it is entertaining because you are moving from one topic which can be serious to another which can less serious and can be accompanied by humour. You feel attracted to the episode and wants nothing but finish in viewing it.

    And is there a plan that you will interview guests in Negarit. I believe we will benefit a lot because you are a very good interviewer.

    • Saleh Johar

      Ahlan Brhan,
      I know Jemal Ali and many more. This is becoming interesting and I will stop spilling all the beans here. Ideas for episodes do not come easy 🙂
      Yes, I like to interview people but in the right setting, face to face. I do not like the common small window remote interviews–and the how is the sound? Can you hear me? But I will test one when I find a good interviewee and a topic that adds value to the listener. It’s good i don’t have to fill hours of satellite air time. Thanks

  • Haile S.

    ሰላም ሳልሕ

    እቲ ኽዳን፡ ዳርጋ ዓሊ’ውርዶ እዩ። ዓሊ’ውርዶ ተኸዲንካ ኣይትፈልጥን? ዓዲ ስለ ዘይዓበኻ 😀😀

    • Paulos

      Hailat,

      Do you remember እንዳ ክልተ ኣፉ? It was one of the best group of ሳርቶ in Asmara. But of course, Eritrea is sent back to the stone ages including in tailoring–እንዳ ኮሄን was sent back packing among others.

      I remember my father taking us to have our waist, length measured right before ኣውደኣመት and my teenage older brother was fighting my father to have his pants ጃንጎ style but my father would tell the tailor to make it narrower as in kind of እጀጠባብ size. Good times.

      • Haile S.

        Selam Paul,

        ዘይትዝክሮ የብልካን! እሂናይ’ድኣ እንዳ ክልተ ኣፉ 😀 እዝክሮ’ወ። ኣነ ዘይርስዓኒ ኮዮ ጫማ ዝሰርሑ እዩ። ኣቦይ ሰንደል ጫማ ኣስሪሑለይ፡ መጀመርታ መዓልታት ዓጠጥ ዓጠጥ እንዳበልኩ ሰብ ኣጽሚመ ነይረ። ክሳዕ ሕጂ ኣሥመራ ጽቡቕ ጫማ ይሰርሑ እዮም። እታ እንኮ ጊዜ ዝኸድኩላ ኣስሪሔ መጽየልካ። መልክዑ ፈትየዮ፡ ግና ልስሉስ ጫማ ለሚደ ኣብ ውሽጢ ኣይተሰማምዓንን። ንሰብ ዓዲለዮ።

        • Paulos

          Hailat,

          My grandfather was ሳርቶ–he had his own shop but he was old fashioned and his clients were people of his generation. Speaking of shoes, I truly believe no city at that time could match with Asmara where እንዳ ዳርማር stands out hands down. The style and quality was top notch. At least, you and I are lucky in the sense that እቲ ጥዑም ሂወት ናይ ኤርትራ ኣስተማቒርናዮ ኢና! And I don’t have any doubt in my mind that it will come back and we will re-live the golden era.

          • Saleh Johar

            Paulos,
            Indeed we were ahead of the curve but things stagnated during the serf times and froze under PFDJ. I was in the old mindset when I went to Eritrea in 1991 only to find the quality has become “Hassen Ahmed”. I couldn’t find the famous skilled shoemakers , sweater weavers and tailors. Do you know Hassen Khiar, the tailor who specialized in shirts in front of Albergo Verde? I have a list of names, many of the my relatives:-)

          • Paulos

            Aya Saleh,

            You meant to say Albergo Verde?

          • Saleh Johar

            Paulos
            Yes! Albergo Verde but it was initially automatically changed as I typed. I corrected the typo in a minute or two. You must have been logged in.

            It’s across from the Jewish temple and a block away from Piccadilly and a few meters from the best ShaHanfull place owned by the Kerenite Omer Amman, behind Albergo Eden, also owned by another Kerenite Suleiman Mohammed Saeed. And the fruit shop run by another Kerenite who distributed fruits from the Michellazo plantation in the Anseba river banks, in Betjuk–that area is literally a neighborhood of Keren–do you want me to continue 🙂

          • Brhan

            Saleh,
            Let me share with you. I believe many Asmarinos won’t forget Jemal Ali – Wedi Cherhi ( Allah Yerhamhu). He was the best not only in making any design you like (for men) but if the relatives from Saudi Arabia or the US sent you jeans and it is big for you he would adjust it for you and it will seem as if it came directly from its factory. His shop was near the first steps of Offico Lavoro ( from Kidane Mihret) and before that near the old British Library ( Babylon area).
            And many times you go to his shop , chances are great that you will meet famous Asmarino/s and some of them were jokers who will entertain you ክርትም ኢልካ ክሳብ ትስሕ ቕ

    • Saleh Johar

      Haile,
      Please explain it. But don’t tell me it’s shorts made by a village tailor! If it’s “Ali Ahmed” I will understand. What’s Ali Ahmed? You go first with Ali wrdo 🙂

      • Haile S.

        Selam Saleh,

        The similarity is the wide nature of it, but yes ዓሊ’ወርዶ is short.

        • Paulos

          Hailat,

          Never heard that before but it is so funny. I knew nasty guys who would walk in to a tailor shop and they would ask the clerk to show them the very top ዓለባ and he would bring it down and they would ask him the same but for a different ዓለባ and in the middle they would run out. It was the same with pressing the buzzer or doorbell and they would run before the owner of the house opens the gate or door. ተረጋማት ኣዝማሪኒ!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ዶተረ
            ካምፓኔላ ጸቒጥና ክንሃድም ኣስናነይ ስኢነ ኔረ ሓደ ግዜ።
            ኣይትተዓንቀፍ ተዓንቂፈ ክሃድም ዝርግሕ ኣብዛ መሬት 🙂

          • Paulos

            ኢንጂኔረ,

            I knew you were going to comment on that. It was fun. And do you know what else we used to do? We would say ኣቦይ ዓቢ ሳዓት ግዳ ራኣዩልና and when the poor man pulls his sleeves up to check his watch, we would say, ዳሓን ግደፍዎ!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ኣንታ ዶተረ: ሰሓቕ ቀቲልካኒ ኔርካ 🙂
            ሓደ መዓልቲ ከምዚ ዝበልካያ መሳሊት ክንገብር ‘ቲኦም ሰብኣይ ኣኮኡ [ቁሩብ ርሕቕ ዝበለ ዝምድና] ጸኒሖም ንሓደ ካባና። ኣንታ ሎቕማጽ ወዲ ሓፍተይ ዲኻ ምስበሉ ኩላትና ተዳሂልና።

            ንሕና ሓንጎልና ብስትረስ ‘ዩ መስለኒ: ክንደይ ረሲዑ: ንስኻ ግን ዋላ ሓንቲ ከማን ኣይረሳዕካን።
            ምርቓ ይበሃል ዚ!

          • Paulos

            ኢንጂኔረ,

            ኣብ ሂወት ከምቲ ትፈልጦ ብዝተኻእለና መጠን ነቲ ጠጥዕሙ ክንዝክር ኣለና and this is one of the downtime moments where we take it easy in this Forum after whole week ፋሕፋሕ ምባሃል ምስ ባዓል ማሃንዘል።

  • Paulos

    Selam Aya Saleh,

    I remember getting a chuckle when I noticed Filipos’ oversized military attire where could easily mistake it for ካቦት but of course it wouldn’t for Khartoum is too hot for ካቦት. I suspect he borrowed it from someone for he never had one as he never needed one when he hardly traveled abroad in an official capacity.

    And I agree with your resourceful Aunties and Uncles when they say, ኢሳያስ ሸታሕታሕ ኣብዚሑ’ሎ when the true believers mistake it for skate dancing. It is just a matter of time. The sadist old man is done!

    • Saleh Johar

      Paulos,
      On this one I am very content. Most commentators agree with me. One even said dress to impress and other nuggets of comments. But they put their oversized coats on on festivals and funerals. It’s really an eyesore.

      You mean to say he cannot skate? He trains Tanya Harding!

      • Paulos

        Aya Saleh,

        That is so funny. You’re killing me. እዚ ሕልኩስ እንታይ ስኬቲን ክምህር ኢልካዮ: እግሪ ከመይ ጌርካ ከምትሰብር ግን ይምህር ይኸውን!

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት ሳልሕ
    ኣይትሰኣን! ኣስሒቕካኒ
    ግን ከኣ ዝበልካዮ
    ኣተሓሳሲቡኒ

    ሰፈይቲ ኣብ ስደት
    ሓየኽቲ ፈትሊ ኣብ ማእቶት
    ናይ ዘበንና ባርነት
    ኮይኑ

    ካብቲ ባኖ
    ጀነራላት ይንእሱ
    ንምዃኑ
    ስሩዓት ጀነራላት ‘ኳ ዘይኮኑ

    ዓቢ ሓርገጽ ዝዓደሎም
    ደስ ምስበሎ
    እዚ ንዓኻ ‘ዚ ንዓርክኻ
    ኢሉ ምስ ኣማቐሎም

    ከም ሻምኡ
    ቤት ጽሕፈት ዓዲ ሃሎ
    ከም ልሙድ
    ስርዓት ዝጎደሎ
    ዓሸራ-ኣጋንንቲ ዝዓሰሎ
    ብላሽ! ተዘይኮይኑ
    ‘ንታይ ‘ና ሞክንብሎ?

    • Saleh Johar

      Mehandis,
      ZeyHasebkayo rekheb koyna. Didn’t think this will be taken as a tribute to tailors but it seems many people picked that part the most. It may need expansion on fashion and elegance. Thanks.

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        Selamat SaleH,
        My response has dual purpose:
        1. I have been thinking how ወጃባት they for quite a while and I am glad to see some portion of this article highlighted that.
        2. Try to see if some of the crowds somehow find a way to blame the weyanes.

        • Saleh Johar

          Mehandis,
          Do you doubt the weyane are not responsible? The sanctions prevented them Otherwise they could order from Versace or bring an Italian designer But the weyane initiated sanctions. Also, the suits were made to their size but they lost so much weight worrying about the weyane. At least acknowledge that.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰሓቕ ሞይተ ሳልሕ!
            Thank you!

          • Sultan

            Ya Ya Ustaz SALEH:
            Sarcasm aside, are you still trying to downplay the deadly sanctions imposed on Eritrea and Eritreans by the the TPLF and its mercenaries fully supported by their masters?

          • Saleh Johar

            What’s that Sultan?
            Believe me, I will not honor that question because it is a stray or misfired bullet. I though we were sloganeering ‘ke-quad Abiy gara wedefit’?
            Please rejuvenate your ideas, this is a brotherly advise. You are highly educated for God’s sake, leave such tired propaganda arguments for the illiterate lots. What we are facing is much grave and i am counting on you to meet 2020.

        • Paulos

          ኢንጂኔረ,

          እዚ’ዳኣ ግጡም እንድዩ Sultan ለ’ድወ ወይካኣ ለ’ትረ መጺኡ ወያነ እንዳ በለ ከሕብጠና እዩ!