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Just Don’t Call It A War: People May Get Ideas

This article originally appeared at awate on June 27, 2008.  It is being republished in light of recent news that Eritrea has, after 7 years, released Djibouti prisoners of war.

I. The Djibouti “Fabrication”?

Djibouti. We have seen this movie before.  Twice.  In 1995 and 1998.

The atmospherics is the same: it has an eerie, haunting familiarity to it.  The government is not saying much?  It is standard operating procedure (SOP) from the PFDJ manual (Chaper sQta Verse meritSna). This silence helps it avoid making any contradictory statements. The silence gives the government the appearance of being restrained and reflective. How sober and farsighted! Maybe too damn quiet for its own good. It is charming as hell.  People either congratulate it for its foresight or want to volunteer their services to repair its tiny imperfections, its noble refusal to defend itself.  Until the books are opened, years later.

The conflict with Djibouti is a product of a management theory popularized by Donald Rumsfeld:  “If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”  In this case, the problem that couldn’t be solved is the border issue with Ethiopia (what the UN likes to call “the situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia”), and one way to enlarge it is to include all of Ethiopia’s real and perceived friends in the enemy list. Djibouti is just the latest.  If Somaliland doesn’t watch it….

Did I mention Rumsfeld.  Oh, yes, talking about Rummy, and related to Eritrea-US and, therefore, Eritrea-Ethiopia, Eritrea-Sudan, Eritrea-Somalia, and Eritrea-Djibouti relationship…and definitely related to the subject at hand. The happiest picture of Isaias Afwerki was taken in 2002.  He had just concluded a meeting with Rummy in Asmara, followed by a  press conference and there was that image of the handshake…it was like Isaias had, at long last, found his soul mate.  A soul mate who believes in the sovereign right of dictatorships to be dictatorial. But whatever Rummy promised Isaias in that meeting, he couldn’t deliver… he delivered it to the wrong country: Djibouti!

Silence.  What we could only know in hindsight is the truth that every parent knows: when a child is silent, and not responding to a call, it is not always because the child is too busy studying. It might be because his mouth is full of pilfered cookies and candy. Similarly, the Eritrean government’s silence is not a reflective act; it is abstention from commenting on an impulsive (and probably illegal) act already taken. Its silence is driven by fear of being caught in contradictions; it is knowledge of Miranda Right, knowledge that “anything you say can and will be used against you.”

In contrast, its victimized opponents are too angry and too provoked to be restrained. In 1995, Yemen appeared shrill, boastful, addicted to ultimatums, eager for war, eager to expand the conflict into an Arab vs Africa conflict. Meanwhile, Eritrea appeared tight-lipped, a model of self-restraint, headed by a government of war-weary folks, reluctant warriors eager for peace and compromise.

Appeared.

In 1998, the image of Ethiopia was scary: it was loud, annoyed, war-mongering, carrying out deportations and threatening to do so using any arbitrary criteria. But Eritreans were apparently adorable: just innocent and stung people wondering what we could have done to deserve this unprovoked hostility.

Apparently.

And now look at Djibouti.  Look at how all its advocates in the UN, the AU, the Arab League, the Islamic Conference, IGAD, the US, France, are all picking on little Eritrea. It is a recipe for the creation of the underdog—you might as well fire up the soundtrack to Rocky.

It is all a mirage, and the truth can’t be seen clearly now–not when there is what Professor Julius Stone called “Nationalization of Truth”: the tendency for war to produce two sets of truth each wrapped in a national flag.

So very few are immune to “nationalization of truth”–the tendency to believe the stories of people who are most like you over people who are most unlike you.  “Not even the man who coined the phrase, Professor Stone himself, is immune to it,” would say a Palestinian, who has seen Julius Stone’s 1980 treatise on the Arab Israeli conflict, which looks like it was written by the Likud Party.

But, in time, we will know the truth.  And the truth is never flattering to the PFDJ.

But it hasn’t mattered so far because by the time the historians, the fact-finding teams and the judges tell us what really happened, it will have been years since the crisis and we will have moved on. This is why the Eritrean government stalls and refuses to admit fact-finding teams (example here) and, when they do issue their findings, they are reminded that their findings are confidential. (example here.)

The claim that poor, innocent, harmless, peace-loving Eritrean government which hates war because it has experienced it first hand, etc etc was all a mirage.  We now know that in December 1995, and in the months that followed, while we were so impressed by the government’s dignified silence, it was doing horrendous things to Yemen.  Refer to Professor Jeffrey Lefebvre’s “Red Sea Security And The Geopolitical-Economy of The Hanish Islands Dispute” (Middle East Journal, Volume 52, No 3.):

We also now know, thanks to the Eritrea Ethiopia Claims Commission, what our government was up to in May 1998 when we were so impressed by its self-restraint. At “…5:30 AM on May 12, Eritrean armed forces comprised of two brigades of regular soldiers using tanks and artillery attacked the town of Badme and several other border areas in Ethiopia’s Tahetay Adiabo Wereda as well as at least two places in Laelay Adiabo Wereda…”  Therefore, “Eritrea violated Article 2, Paragraph 4 of the Charter of the United Nations….and is liable to compensate Ethiopia for the damages caused by that violation of international law.”

Time (and the fact that the government has total media monopoly and no opposition) makes us forget. By the time Yemen raised its flag over Greater Hanish on November 1, 1998, we were already at war with Ethiopia.  There was no accountability at all for this disaster; as a matter of fact, it was a “win-win” because three years into the war, the question was no longer, “how did the government stumble into this mess?” but, “how well is it representing Eritrea’s case in the arbitration!” and, lastly, “how gracefully has it accepted a ruling!” It sought not forgiveness for a policy that resulted in the unnecessary death of 12 Eritreans; it sought congratulations for its fidelity to the rule of law and its commitment to abide by The Hague’s ruling.

And by the time we received the EEBC’s jus ad bellum ruling of December 19, 2005, we were already well on our way to finding the Founding Fathers of Sudan 3.0 (New Sudan) and Somalia 10.0 (post-post-post-post reconciliation).

Did the EEBC’s jus ad bellum ruling result in resignations within the Eritrean government? No. Was it discussed at the national assembly? No. Did the media give a full airing of people’s opinions? No.

We don’t have accountability because we are good at denial.  Remember, we Eritreans don’t have wars. No! We “struggle” (the official name of our Revolutionary War was “armed struggle”); we have a “crisis” (the official name for the war with Yemen was the “Hanish Crisis”); and we have a “conflict” (the official name for the wars with Ethiopia is the “Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Conflict.”)  Whatever it is we are having with Djibouti now (confusion? fabrication?), just don’t call it a war, because people may get ideas. After all, you really can’t hold anybody accountable for a confusion or fabrication  can you?

Our Dear Opposition

Governments that make blunders this size present opposition…do we have an opposition?

If you have an opposition that makes news only when it meets, do you have an opposition? If there is no difference in how the opposition reacts in relation to how the government acts, do you have an opposition?

If Isaias Afwerki’s management philosophy is “to solve a problem, enlarge it”, what is that of the opposition?  I think their philosophy is “better like this or better like this?” Let me explain:

You are sitting on a reclining chair and staring at an image through revolving lenses. Standing behind you is the optometrist, looking for the right lens for your prescription.  He is going through his iteration process and asking the same question: “better like this or” click “better like this?”  Over and over. You peer through lens 1, and then lens 2, back to lens 1 and, of course, there isn’t a single difference between his first “this” and second “this.” And, if you can’t make a decision, if you are looking for that perfect vision, you can be there forever.

That is our opposition.  Every now and then they splinter, multiply and re-organize and, in their minds, they think they have made radical, life-altering changes, and  they ask us “better like this? or better like this?”.  But we really can’t see anything different. And they just won’t stop asking.

Maybe we don’t need glasses. Maybe the problem is not our vision or eyesight but what we are being asked to see. Or, in the case of the Eritrean government, what we are being ordered to see.  Damn, maybe we don’t need glasses or optometrist: we are just tired of pretending that the same old thing we rejected is something new.

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  • Berhe Y

    Hope,

    Why do you like twist things, when you don’t like the topic and you can’t answer honestly. Just look your self in the mirror, it’s not always about scoring cheap points, but rather what’s the right thing to do.

    I told you before IA and those who made the careless decision causing the loss of many innocent lives, deserve the Guillotine just like what the French did.

    I asked him for his opinion and if he knew the rational for that. Because it make no sense at all, and you don’t have to be a military general to figure that out.

    He said he didn’t know and he was not privy of the decision so case closed.

    But I knew the people their trucks got burned and I have seen a house where the missile landed.

    So that confirms my long held opinion about EPLF before and PFDJ now that, they have NEVER in their history DID anything in the BEST interest of the Eritrean people.

    If you have something to say (good about them) bring it up.

    Berhe

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear awatista,
    “Just Don’t Call It A War: People May Get Ideas” is the article. Is PFDJ going to win this time? are they going to ignore as usual and the era gone forgotten? PFDJ is in trouble and exposed.. 101 questions are asked everywhere and remain without any single answer, the world is witnessing and this the wonderful time for those who want justice.

    But watch, how much distance the group went for it’s survival – will any one of you can say something in front of the world and still change it as simple as that? when troubled, it takes an action that non of us expect to happen. creating 4 human being form no where! Lol.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    Gheteb is caught championing initiatives of the opposition or Isayasists. He seems to be well connected to Eritrean politics and practices politics to advance the opposition or Isayasists interest professionally. Then, who is this guy and why is he behaving so unfeelingly towards those (children, mothers, youth, and the elderly) who are suffering at the hands of Isayas?

    He pops up to help the weak side. By so doing he supports the status-quo or enjoys the sufferings of the Eritrean people. Again, does he have vested interest in the system making money from businesses in contraband cargo or human cargo? To identify him, a new culture of inquiry is shared by many.

    Evidences with reasons believed to trace the unsaid are presented by Semere Andom, identifying Gheteb as Sirak or Siraj.

    Some opposition members, who closely followed him, identify him as an Isayasist who most of the time claims the name Filli and works from embassy desk(s).

    The game of narrowing down the identity, so far, to Sirak and Filli can be corrected or expanded or still narrowed down. Because Gheteb is good at twisting facts as to neutralize and confuse political stances, he plays the role of weakening one side by twisting facts and strengthening the other side by sugarcoating dirty realities.

  • Semere Andom

    Reliable Sources Stand Behind Its Findings Regarding Cousin Gheteb: Hayssam Emmattatna Jammema , Wo abedn ittihargettnna

    After the quantum leap that cousin Gheteb experienced in breaking the stubborn code of charming the opposite gender, Asmarino Gheteb could not believe how mere mocking the principal would turn his luck. So he donned his artfully braided hair and new pair of shedda, mimicking the tegadalai. But that would not suffice as after one is organized, enlightened he must join the ranks of the EPLF fighters. The mimicry could not cut it.

    The pressure soon had its toll and the honey moon was short lived, so Gheteb developed a new obsessive habit of pulling a cowlick in the right side of his forehead. The girls found it hard to braid his cowlick, they latter commented it was as stubborn to them as they were to Gheteb before his conformation with Michael Gabir. Only the following song would quell the nervous habit, but no matter how fervently he danced to the song, he did not commit to join

    Serahit qiyya hujjum, hujjum

    Swerrawit slti hujjum, hujjum

    Aqqalatafit nai awet

    Bdlet nay hafash

    After all the cajoling failed, all the coaxing could not make a dent, one day, in a flash of genius his handlers devised an ingenious way to coerce him to join and it was as follows:

    They spread the rumor first and then told him that his new girlfriend has joined the EPLF while she was away to see family during school vacation, his first words were: “etiam dulcis, etiam mox”: (too sweet, but too soon)

    Then before the grieving process was over, they causally played the following song, by then Gheteb has changed his name from Sirak to Siraj to mingle with the Kassla Eritrean demographic and his classmate like Nejjat and his friends have taught him passable Tigrayit: So when he heard the following song made the decision to finally follow the footsteps of his girlfriend. Witnesses remember Gheteb faintly murmuring, “bkindey Mariam hoy zterekebet girlfiend bsenki zey msillaf ktissan, ahhh anne Sirak, anna Siraj!!)

    Anna libyye bgohha

    Yehow anna libyye bgohha

    Arruunitta hassebkum

    Iqeddir haqqohha

    Fatti anna ittihmowni

    Wo ettiblooa sigayye

    Fitti haddas eykoni

    Wo iAnbetta ibiyye

    Jelem tibl enttacheche

    Eithreqqi wo etibkey

    Sebbir wodey ettishkey

    Amin halla girraki

    Fettay tu letkere min af hayet wo hbey

    But his stint in EPLF was as short lived as his accidental girlfriend, the going was tough, the mocking of his peer for join in search of love was unbearable and smarmy rudeness toward the teach was short live. All was short lived, the charming persona, the invisible attitude, the accidental love and the freedom fighter accolade, all turned out to be too sweet, too soon. It was all in vain, all for nothing.

    Now 35 years on after the promising accolades and love, another aspect of Gheteb’s life is about to become short lived, the demise of his beloved PFDJ and then he will play the song that played when he was told his love has joined EPLF. He is in cusp of once again weeping from the inexhaustible source of tears, “…… jelem tibil anbiye: I am in love and am crying rivers

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    Gheteb is caught championing initiatives of the opposition or Isayasists. He seems to be well connected to Eritrean politics and practices politics to advance the opposition or Isayasists interest professionally. Then, who is this guy and why is he behaving so unfeelingly towards those (children, mothers, youth, and the elderly) who are suffering at the hands of Isayas?

    He pops up to help the weak side. By so doing he supports the status-quo or enjoys the sufferings of the Eritrean people. Again, does he have vested interest in the system making money from businesses in contraband cargo or human cargo? To identify him, a new culture of inquiry is shared by many.

    Evidences with reasons believed to trace the unexplained are presented by Semere Andom, identifying Gheteb as Sirak or Siraj.

    Some opposition members, who closely followed him, identify him as an Isayasist who most of the time claims the name Filli and works from embassy desk(s).

  • ‘Gheteb

    ‘Gheteb On ‘Gheteb: Setting The Record Straight

    Greetings!!

    I DON’T intend to talk about myself and my backgrounds in detail here. However, given the campaign that is waged against me, I feel obligated to defend myself against an unwarranted attack spearheaded by “The Broken Boy of Ontario”, Semere Andom.

    Here are the facts about ‘Gheteb:

    (1) I am a Muslim

    (2) I hail from the city of Keren ( born and raised)

    (3) I don’t consider myself to belong to the faux and fictionalized “Habesha” ethnic group. At lease, on my paternal side of my family tree, I have more of a Hidarb/Himyarait extraction.

    (4) Ethnically, I am a Jeberti.

    Other stuff about my background is of a private nature which I vigilantly guard against intrusion. So, I believe that it is no ones business to discuss about it in this Forum.

    Therefore, to those who are mightily excited about parading “‘Ghetebs dirty laundry” in this forum, especially to “The Broken Boy of Toronto” and the ones pulling the strings of this puppet, Semere Andom, hiding behind the curtain, I have a challenge for you.

    If you believe what you have barfed and dished out in your campaign of tarring and feathering ‘Gheteb’s reputation here, will you publicly and in the open repeat and back up your mendacious claims about ‘Gheteb?

    Yes, I mean PUBLICLY and you should be willing to put your money where your “mouth” (writing) has been. I am willing to bet $ 50,000 – $100,000 to prove WRONG all your mendacious claims.

    Now, there is a challenge to all those who have been hyperventilating about the erroneous and aspersion laden claims that “The Broken Boy of Toronto”, Semere Andom, has been spearheading, of course, with all his handlers and those cheering for him.

    Additional reading:

    Hi Fanti Ghana,

    In the Eritrean Tigrigna the equivalent term for “mushroom” is ቃንጥሻ. and NOT ቕንጥሻራ. Maybe that is what you and your folks call it in your neck of the wood. I mean in Tigray. So, please next time specify which version of Tigrigna you are talking about or referring to.

    I know that all Abyssinian fundamentalists like “the old foolish man who tried to move the mountains” will attempt in finding a long bygone similarity in order to sell the gargantuan hoax that is known as Abyssinianism or its virulent form Abyssinian fundamentalism.

    And you say:

    ” Now, how did the association with Hyena jump from Amarigna to Tigre skipping all the mushroom loving wonderful people in between?”

    From Amarigna to Tigre, FG? Are you that sleep deprived? No, sir. Please wake up and smell the already brewed Hidarb coffee. Tigre as a language precedes your Amharic. Not only that, the Tigre ethnic group of Eritrea have more dibs to the Axumite kingdom than any other ethnic group even the fictional “Habesha” people. Yes, I said it there was NO Habesha ethnic group in the era of the Axumite kingdom.

    The historic Belew people from Eritrea have had more influence not only in the Eritrean highlands (Kebessa) but all the way to ‘Beja Mdir’ (Begemdir) and further down in what is now known as “Ethiopia”.

    Even your Weyane have a lot of thanks to give to the Belew people of Eritrea. Just to give you an example, the wife of the late Meles Zenawi, Mrs. Azeb Mesfin is of a Belew heritage given the fact that she hails from the Welqayt ethnic group or region.

    Astoundingly, even the ‘Abyssinized’ Abyssinian Mengstu Hailmariam has asininely claimed that the Eritrean Beni Amir tribes hail from Gojam, Ethiopia. Well, as the mitochondrial DNA test analysis is showing, the Amharas have more kinship to the Masai tribe of Kenya and even to the Bantus in their mothers side than what the Abyssinian fundamentalists would want us to believe.

    Sorry I didn’t mean to rain on your parade, but I have to puncture that Abyssinian fundamentalist balloon that you have been blowing unabashedly these days.

    Finally, I would urge you to curb your enthusiasm about ‘Gheteb. I hail not only from the Eritrean city of Keren ( born and raised), on my paternal side of the family tree I am more of Hidarb/Himarayt than the fictionalized “Habesha” that you and your fellow Abyssinian fundamentalists are fecklessly trying to use as a bridge to connect people who have irretrievably diverged.

    PS: By the way, I am a Muslim and have descended all the way up from Muslim families and I have to set the record straight that I am also of the Jeberti ethnic group extraction.

    • Fanti Ghana

      Hello ‘Gheteb,
      I am sorry if I offended you in any way. I was merely being playful with Semere’s “emunat minchitatna.”

      • ‘Gheteb

        Hi Fanti Ghana,

        You are saying that ” [you] are sorry if [you] offended me”?

        No, you didn’t offend me only. Let me spell it out for you here. You have maligned, denigrated, slandered, aspersed and calumniated my personhood and my reputation.

        You are rationalizing that you were “merely being playful”. Well, do you think I was born yesterday or do you assume that I am also like the ones you have already hoodwinked by the facade and affectation that you have ‘publicly’ put on. No I wasn’t bamboozled by the veneer of civility, tolerance, communication, reconciliation and religiosity that you try to hawk and peddle in this Forum and the credulous and the crass opportunists

        I am convinced that you are nothing more than a false prophet to Eritreans in this Forum. Last year, you have insulted the former TPLF fighter, Mr. Araya Ghebremedhin, when you derogatorily asserted that “he is gone” or he is mentally sick or insane. I have remonstrated and called you on it and it in the public record. You hurled those inhumane and denigrating remarks against Mr. Araya Ghebremedhin because he exposed the crimes and abuses that the TPLF perpetrated against its fighters and the people of Tigray.

        Instead of refuting his version, you went right ahead and claimed that Mr. Araya Ghebremedhin is crazy or insane. I am pretty much sure you insulted this gentleman because you want to protect your Weyane. You have been doing precisely the same thing, i.e. defending your Weyane and attempting to wash away and throw excuses for the EPRDF transgressions.

        That is fine. Just be man enough to state your political beliefs if you could stop all the charades trying to project this image that you are above it all. No, I am telling you that you are run of the mill Weyanay who is also an Abyssinian fundamentalist. No amount of contortion, dissimulation and sweet talking is going to hide that. I refuse to be taken for a ride by the excuses that some in this Forum make that you have accepted Badme to be a sovereign Eritrean ‘town’, but I don’t buy that at all.

        Not even five minutes had elapsed after you said that you were sorry and here you are at it yet again with Mahmud Saleh still trying to do your things.

        ” Speaking of ‘Gheteb, where ever he goes, I will be there! Even the Syrians, the Arabians, the Egyptians, the Sudanese, and definately the Yemenis are not safe from my net. So, he only have one and only one option for ensuring his disassociation from me. Mongolia! Even that is only temporary relief”.

        Finally, I am urging you to leave me alone; don’t even mention me in your gossipy conversation that you are so inured to. Simply, DO NOT even raise my nick ‘Gheteb as I have absolutely nothing to say to you.
        Please, respect what I am telling you before this things escalates to something else.

        • Rahwa T

          Dear Ghetab,

          I think Semere heavily slapped you hard right at the side of your ear? I can see it here. You are crying a lot and I could hear your noise at a distant. I came here in case you need my help. You reminded me of a bastard boy who had unusually long tongue and a habit of “biting” anyone around him. Take it easy, and next time please take care not mess up with SA.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Rahwa T,

            Yeah, I remember that last time you have hurled an insult which was ድቃላ. You were warned by the moderator not to bring such kind of vulgar language here. And, now you are saying I remind you of
            “a bastard boy”?

            I mean bastard as in ድቃላ? Well, what else can I say except that to have it your way. I hope you feel much better now. You have done a swell of a job of defending ደቂ ማይ ሩባኺ. I mean Semere Andom and Fanti Ghana.

            Anyway, for the good job you have done go and treat yourself to some Weyane songs.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Rahwa T,
            My God! ኣንቲ ክንደይ ትጭክኒ? I had been feeling sad by Haile TG and Papillon’s absence, but your addition to that ‘missing’ list was intolerable. እስቲ ጮማ ጮምኡ ኣውግዕና፤ where were you?

          • Rahwa T

            Dear Fanti,

            Many greetings! I have been reading you and many of my favorite personalities. I just confined myself at the back seat. It is better for the likes me. I was so happy to you and Hayat last January. There were times where I was tempted to throw my feel. Fortunately, I see my ideas well stated thanks to K.H, Horizon and Made. ሎሚ” ግሀተብ “ ብኣውያት ምስኣፅመመኒ እንዳኣለይ እንታይ ወሪድዎ ኢለ ናብ ቅድሚት መጺኤ፥፥ እዝጊ ይሃቦ ሰመረ ምሳኻውን ንክንራኸብ ምኽንያት ኮይኑና፥፥ I am really surprised by your last response to Gheteb. መቸስ ወድኣበይቲ ኩሉ ዘረባኻ ዝወጶ የብሉን፥፥ በል ሕጅስ ደቅስ ፥፥ ቡሩኽ ለይቲ፦

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Rahwa T,

            and you, where are U sister? can I say you are reading everything but disappearing from us? what did we do Rahwa that makes you hidden from us? ተፈትየ ኢልኪ ዲኺ? we miss you please keep writing.

          • Rahwa T

            ኮኾብ ሰላም

            ኣንታ ቡሩኽ ዘርኢ!
            ዘይ ዘረባ ናትካን ከምዚ ከማኻን ዝኣመሰሉ በላሓት እንተሰማዕኹን እንተምበብኩን ይሓይሽ ኢለ እየ ኣጽቂጠ’ምበር ካብ “እንዳ ዓዋተስ” ኣይርሓቕኩን ኣለኹ፥፥

        • Fanti Ghana

          Hello ‘Gheteb,

          “DO NOT even raise my nick ‘Gheteb as I have absolutely nothing to say to you.”

          To be honest, I am disappointed by that. There are several reasons why I like you and it turns out that I won’t have a chance to reflect those to you in what I hopped were days to come.

          Having said that, it is a catch 22 to even reply “yes sir,” to your demand because AT insists we include greeting with our posts. I will assume you will understand my dilemma, and tolerate this one and last time mention of your nick.

          You may or you may not be interested, but I must address some of the points you raised for the sake of other readers and the record.

          To reduce the amount of text I post, and also because I believe that my response will be clear enough to show which points I am addressing, I will refrain from pasting your statements here.

          ———–

          I am surprised by your assumption that I was keeping my Weyanaynet a secret. I was and I am a member of TPLF throughout its existence minus the earliest few months. I am Weyanay and I am a staunch supporter of EPRDF through and through. I never tried to make or implied this to be a secret.

          I support EPRDF not because it is infallible but because I believe that it is the best alternative we have and we cannot afford to experiment with other outfits to unknown end at this stage of my country’s political history.

          You seem to have the assumption that for one to be verifiably Eritrea friendly they have to be anti Weyane and/or anti EPRDF. That is short sighted and simplistic categorization not fit for any adult.

          I criticize my government whenever I believe that it made a mistake. It is a constitution of human beings. It does make a mistake and it will surely keep making mistakes, but I don’t see its relevance to my friendship with Eritreans or my support of Eritrean causes.

          The human factor:

          Like all human beings, I sure do make mistakes about several issues, but to assume I am “false prophet to Eritreans” because I called Araya crazy, I defended Weyane, and I supported EPRDF is simply ridiculous. How I feel or behave about and with Eritreans precede any Areaya, Weyane (II), or EPRDF. My life long position with and about Eritreans is only influenced by ‘me’ and Eritreans alone.

          My life was enriched by countless wonderful Eritreans throughout my existence. In more than one occasion, my life was even saved by selfless Eritreans. However, that does not mean I never met a few I would like to strangle if given the chance. Now, that is part and parcel of my life that cannot be changed by any one or any event. I don’t hate or love because someone or my government tells me when to love and/or when to hate.

          My earlier apology was for what I mistakenly thought could be offensive to you, but I didn’t think I needed to apologize for making any jokes relating to you until now. So, here it is: please accept my sincere apology for my childish jokes. I mean it.

          The political factor:

          Ironically, why I support Eritrean cause in the areas I support it is because initially, TPLF taught me to do so, but eventually, because the little knowledge I accumulated about Eritrean history made me believe that Eritrean struggle for independence was/is a just cause. That also is part and parcel of my belief that cannot be changed along my government’s doctrine.

          I believe Ethiopia should withdraw from Badme because it is not worth the damage it is causing to the people on both sides of Mereb, and also because Ethiopia had co-signed to abide by the final and binding Algier’s agreement. It has nothing to do with being a “prophet” or my support of EPRDF or lack thereof.

          Insisting to talk first instead of pulling out of Badme happens to be one of several mistakes I believe EPRDF is making. That has nothing to do with my love or hate for Eritrea/ns, but because I believe it to be true with every fiber of my being.

          I don’t quite understand what you mean by “Abyssinian fundamentalist,” but let me clear my position about being or not being Abyssinian. What I know thus far is that I am an Abyssinian! I am not even sure whether I am referring to a political boundary or ethnic identity when I say that. It is an inherited belief. In either case, there are unequivocal historical documents that show the people who lived in the area where I am from were broadly referred to as the “Habeshat.”

          Without getting into the nitty-gritty of it, there are also several people in my immediate neighborhood who also claim to be Habeshat. My acceptance or denial of it has no value whatsoever. If they say they are, they are. There are also those who claim to be non-Habeshat in my neighborhood. By the same token, I don’t have to accept or deny it either. If they say they are not, they are not. It is not something I would insist on one way or another.

          Since there are no verifiable historical maps, at least that I know of, which show the boundaries of the people known as Habeshat, except of course for the few missionaries who drew maps according to where they found Christians, I am in my very early stage of investigating where this people or land called Habesha/t was located. Thus far, its inception seems to be from “Jabal Habash” in Yemen near the Saudi Arabia border, but as I said, I am in my early stage of studying it.

          I am barely starting with the earliest possible mention of Habesha. For that reason I stated a few times that I believe the whole region was known as Habesha at some point. For me it still is. I believe that it is up to those interested to find the correct mapping/location, and I am trying to do, because I am interested.

          You see, I am not necessarily starting from ironclad preconception where Habesha is or should be. I am starting from the basic question of where Habesha is, and who were those people some history books refer to as Habeshat? I am sure you can see the difference, but all the same, if that is what you are referring to as being “Abyssinian fundamentalist,” then, hands down, I am.

          These are my stated facts in response to some of the points you mentioned as I see them. I tried my best to not entice you to respond keeping in mind your “I have absolutely nothing to say to you,” but if I erred and left you with wanting to say or correct something please feel free to do so.

          Otherwise, with regret, so long!

          • Hayat Adem

            Gheteb,
            Who or what are you? You quarrel with many of us over nothing. But now with Fanti. I was to say how can one quarrel with Fanti. But then I remembered what Semere told us about your who-ness. If true, that is even worse than fighting with Fanti. You are fighting with yourself. That is the kind of fight you would never win or enjoy. You have opened three inward fronts allowing yourself to be the battle ground among “I, me and myself.” “I” is real and objective, so if we have to take Semere’s version: You are Asmarino, Christian, Habesha and your name is Sirak. “Me” is subjective and if we have to believe your claims, you are Kerenite, lowlander, Muslim, EPLF/PFDJ. “Myself” is a reflexive pronoun of subjective mirroring perception. Therefore, it represents the hate against the ones that are thought as threats of diluting the “me” part. Hence the hate towards Abyssinians and the coinage of a weird concept out of the urge to erect an image of an ideology called “abyssinian fundamentalism” where the Gheteb myself finds it worthy to fight against. Gheteb, you are suffering from your own pain body. The easiest way would have been going with “I” and dropping the other alien temptations. All your ideas can be entertained without for you to have to fight with all of us. PFDJ, too, didn’t have to fight with all its neighbors. You should be better than PFDJ. You are better than your “me and myself” as well. Try to free yourself.
            hayat

          • saay7

            Selamat Hayat:

            To the extend that my bad cousin Semeres “satire” has confused people here, Cousin Gheteb is exactly as self-described.

            A satire is supposed to be a grand exaggeration of the truth. Cousin iSem went off the rails, for reasons I do not understand* and now we are stuck in this non-productive conversation.

            Saay

            * I wish people would stop that “broken boy” thing: a person can grow up in addis DC Frankfurt and it is accepted but a person (a Christian) who grows up in Sudan and gets accultued is “broken”? What is the logic in that? Like if he had been saying how horrific Sudanese are and he didn’t speak Arabic then he would be whole? Insane.

          • tes

            Dear Fanti Ghana,

            Your wisdom has shined again though you have a wrong receptor.

            Cheers

            tes

      • Amde

        Fanti,

        bagoresku tenekesku yilutan yihenin. The man has no sense of humor. nada.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Hello Brother Amde,

          I must respect his wishes to not mention him in any discussion.
          Thanks.

          • Amde

            Fanti,

            Why?

            Since you are writing on a public forum, you are implying keeping his gargantuan ego sufficiently stroked is of greater value than what you can edify us with.

            Plus, you can say whatever you need to say without mentioning that specific sequence of letters (and leading apostrophe – let’s not forget that) that constitute his anonymous internet identity.

            Amde

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello brother Amde,
            Okay then, since you insist, did you grow up calling it የጅብ ጥላ or እንጉዳይ?

          • Amde

            Selam Fanti,

            Well, since you asked. It was always ye jib Tila for me and we always thought it was the funniest thing to imagine a hyena under it.

            But, we also had a girl called Enguday in a house right across from us. I did not know the two were synonymous until I was well into my teens.

            Enguday was a fair maiden as they say. Had many admirers, including a couple who unfortunately left her with children. She herself was also quite adventurous, and there would most assuredly have been a little Amde somewhere if I wasn’t deathly afraid of what my father would have done to me.

            Amde

          • Bulie

            Dear Fanti Ghana
            እንጉዳይ እና የጅብ ጥላ የተለያዩ ዝርያ ናቸው። እንጉዳይ ከኩይሳ (የቀይ አፈር ቁልል) ውስጥ የሚበቅል ነጭ እና ከየጅብ ጥላ ወፈርና ተለቅ ያለ ነው። የሚበቅልበት የአየር ንብረት ቆላማ ሲሆን ወቅቱም ነሃሴ አካባቢ ነው።
            መጠሪያቸው፡-
            የጅብ ጥላ (አማርኛ)
            ቅንጥሻራ (ትግርኛ)
            እንጉዳይ (አማርኛ)
            ኣጉለ (ትግርኛ)
            የማውቀውን ያህል ለመጠቆም ነው።
            ቡሌ

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Bulie,

            Thank you ቡሌ. Every bit of information is helpful. Where I grew up, no one eats it, and we don’t hear about it once we grow up. I wonder how many more names it may have throughout our country.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      O’ Gheteb,

      As you start to accuse people behind the curtian, it sounds you are close to come out from the foxhole you are hiding in. It doesn ‘t matter whether you are hailed from the city of Keren that breeds indomitable fighters, nor does it matter that you are from Jeberti ethnic, the true nationalist who gave us their true son Abdel Qader Kebire and many more to sacrifice for the birth of our nation. It also doesn ‘t that you are from the moslim faith who start the armef struggle.

      What it matters is your own personality and the value you carry on in your gene as character. You don ‘t have even the traces of their courage and commitment to the good cause of their people and their nation. They do not run away from the goals they set for to accomplish in the first place. They are true to their principles even in the current struggle.

      You gave us a glimpse of hope to show a little courage and that will begin, coming out from the curtain of pen names. Own that courage, and the rest will continue naturally. After that it doesn ‘t matter

      • ‘Gheteb

        Hi Amanuel Hidrat,

        I am not going to respond to your fatuous comment as you are NOT in my league. But, I will remind you what you have so far written about the issue of ‘Gheteb within the past 48 hours.

        ” Amanuel Hidrat Semere Andom • 2 days ago

        Wedeboy Andom,

        This is Gheteb’s history – a son of Eritrea and a run away from Ghedli ” when the going got tough”. And in here at Awate forum, he acts as brave Eritrean and a true nationalist than any Eritrean. Kibretka mihlaw kindey tsebuQ eyu. Ahmmmm, really empty bravado and big mouth. Gheteb a runaway son of Eritrea ” obscures facts by obscure writing.” Now his chapter is closed with this exposition.
        Thank you Sem.”

        Don’t worry about my genes or ethnic extractions, it is time to back up what you and the person you have been VOMITING in this forum.

        The challenge is right in front of your face and staring at you. Time to man up or shut up for good.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          O’Gheteb ( Let us play as in “YelaKa”),

          [ I hope the awate moderator will not remove my comment as they did few minutes ago (my disqus showed me that). Second, Please MS, Amanuel, and other compatriots from EPLF shut your eyes for while, until our debate ebbs and flows to reach to its closure]

          Gheteb, you do not need to cut and paste my comment from the same page, if you can’t comment or disprove to it. What you have to do is to disprove that you are not “a run away from ghedli at that critical time.” Very simple.

          Second, EDM and the spontaneous army mutiny movement in the ELF was to reform and transform the organization (are not “Falulul” as the leadership use to sanction them as such) akin to the movement in ELF-PF (hizbawi hayletat in 1973 and in 1977) who are liquidated by the leaderships.

          Third, I think MS and many have eye witnessed the courage of my compatriots they have shown in the battle of Massawa. I will write about them in the future at the right time – and by the way, history will absolve them as “Reformist” not Falulawian as their enemy want call them.

          Fourth, the heroism and the gallantry of ELF can only be told by the Eritrean population not by their adversaries. If it wasn’t the act of big brother from the south, the current realities in our nation would have been different, and may be the long awaited reconciliation could be materialized. It is sad to pull us to this old tricks of both organization’s leadership game play to maintain the power they held for life long.

          Fifith, AH stayed in his organization (ELF) serving with his capacity in the area he was assigned by the leadership, until it was pushed out from the field by EPLF/TPLF alliance. AH is not a run away from Ghedli. AH has served for ELF-PF (Hizbawi Hailetat) recruited by Dr. Eyob as active urban mass organizer and served with ELF in the field in different assignments. So this bullshit “falul” doesn’t have a leg to be accounted in the history book.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam AH
            Just to make it clear: It was ELF leadership which named it “Fallul” and not EPLF. Therefore, it is between the leadership you want us believe had moral superiority over the EPLF and the same leadership that you are telling us called democrat reformists “fallul” or anarchists. Reconcile your ideas. As you know, I paid tribute to the gallant ELF army and particularly to the portion which joined EPLF. Last time, we both agreed that Eritreans did not care about the propaganda the leaderships of both organizations were unleashing to isolate one another. Eritreans considered both organizations to be true representatives of their aspirations and joined whichever was closer to them. Battle effectiveness is for the most part the result of training, discipline, and military culture that you keep improving through drills and continuous engagemets. Massawa of 1977 was just the beginning of an experience that demonstrated that when former warring Eritrean tegadelti joined hands in real mission, trusting each other, they discovered that they were really equal in dispensing courage and commitment. It was not the end. ELF tegadelti were joining EPLF individually or in group fashion. For instance, Tegadelti Sagem also reinforced the fact that there are no bad soldiers but bad Generals. So, as far as Eritreans are concerned, there is no problem in penetrating the fog of disinformation. The problem is among the cadres. I’m not a cadre, therefore, I respect ELA and EPLA.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Mahmuday,

            First thank you for separating ELA and EPLA from the leaderships of both organizations which I agree wholeheartedly. Second though the ELF has baptized them as falul it was a norm also to be called as such by EPLFites after that. Third, my argument doesn’t in any shape or form indicates the moral superiority one over the other, rather if the last push with the help of TPLF wasn’t a strategy for the demise of ELF by the alliances, the leadership of ELF and EPLF “might be” conditioned and forced to make “united front” by their bases. I hope I am clear now.

            Senay MeAlti,
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • T..T.

            Hi Mahmud Saleh,

            The present is a witness.

            Leaving the new world order effect aside that equally affected the Derg and the ELF, you cannot compare: the ELF generals, who graduated from military academies versus the EPLF generals, who were selected based on combat experiences (schooled at max 8th grade) or selected to protect Isayas’s interests.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam T.T.
            New world order effect? I think most Eritreans who experience the effects of the world order in the field are still alive. But I know where you are coming from and I feel no need to go further. As far as the military academies you are talking about, I think both organizations had built competent military curricula and facilities to train tegadelti. There were few who were sent abroad in the early years, otherwise both organizations were self-sufficient in training their armies. Whether they were picked by IA or not, (and who else do you expect to pick them?), they managed to lead their armies, and foil plans “Graduate Generals” and their Soviet advisors prepared. Of course, Eritrean steadfastness and readiness to accomplish what they set for to accomplish was the determinant but you can’t dismiss the role of those “8 grader” commanders. If you are not aware, ask Grma Tessema of WuQaw, General Tariku of Nadew, Gen. Samsom of MenTr, Generals Mered Ngusse, Hussien Ahmed, Ragassa Jima, Qumulachew Dejene…..some dead some alive. How about that crying General the assertive and coinfident tegadelit pulled from his foxhole at Adi-Ele during Fenql Operation….Well, Now is now, and I’m not happy about now. But I have no illusion as to why we are in this shape, and what it takes to get us out of it. I believe the renaissance of Eritrea is around the corner,

          • T..T.

            Hi Mahmud Saleh,

            You stated that, “Eritreans did not have military academies that could create Generals.”

            Because of that fact allow me to summarize the following as the difference between the two:

            The ELF prepared itself for “Eritrea of Tomorrow” by sending military personnel and civilians on scholarships to advance their military skills and leadership capabilities to meet the international standards. The ELF, as you know well, even had trained pilots for Eritrea of Tomorrow.

            Unlike those of the EPLF’s, the ELF generals, as military academy graduates, used to plan and conduct their operations with minimum human casualties. The ELF was human focused while the EPLF was not. Again, the present is a witness that Eritrea is suffering human casualties from the Isayasists’s mistreatment including famine, starvation, thirst, uncleanliness, darkness, ill-clothing, and mass exodus. As the result the population is reduced from six million to 1.5 million inside Eritrea.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam T.T.
            On capacity, if ELF trained its military commanders in foreign military academies, I don’t know. All I know is that it was getting assistance from some Arab countries, but to say most of its commanders passed through those colleges is a far fetched call. SGJ, KS and Emma can correct me. I don’t want to talk much because my knowledge about ELF inner workings is limited. If you care to know about EPLF: it made sure it had strategic and tactical preparedness for whatever was coming. In short, it had general and specialized training facilities and manpower, including departments of research which tested and reconfigured weapon systems. Case in point, when we captured BM21 multiple rocket launcher in Afabet, a few days later it was used to bomb Keren fortifications. Short of air force, it was prepared for every conceivable possibilities ahead of time. As far as pilots, we did have pilots, but where are you going to use air force in the field? The priority was ti evict the occupation army. You press on what you are good, otherwise, as the Tigrigna saying goes, it would be መርዓት ከይሓዛስ ዓርኪ መርዓት ሓዛ።

          • T..T.

            Hi Mahmud Saleh,

            The present is a witness: total destruction of the country.

            To those who know how to evaluate, the EPLF is all about emotions: claiming here and there the best in the world. And today like yesterday, that is what you call self sufficiency that doesn’t even feed ten families.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam T.T.
            You could say all you could. You started debating on specific era. I gave you an honest reply. I know the present is the result of multiple factors and mainly the ineptitude of PFDJ government. Totally different eras. All the big-mouthed here, including myself take responsibility. Your position has always been clear, and I don’t he have a problem with you. I mean, I can’t expect butter from churning water, no matter how hard. What perplexes me is seeing the well choreographed hypocrisy by individuals like Semere. At times he makes selected heroes out of ghedli to fit his specific objective, next you see him lobbying volleys of unsubstantiated accusations against it. I will keep defending the legacy of a revolution that many gave their lives for its aspirations. Part of that defence is criticizing both the government and those individuals who feel they have found an opportune time to tarnish Eritrean sacrifices.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Mahmud,

            How do you see the decision of bombing and shelling Asmara with high artillery by EPLF where most if not all target landed in Asmara densely populated areas, such as edaga arbi, akria, gejeret, Mai temenay and other places.

            How do explain setting in fire trucks that were owned by Eritrean individuals who were transporting Red Cross food aid. The EPLF leader said to the bbc and pure lie that they were transporting military goods. He was getting even with the Red Cross because they didn’t recognize the POW?

            Berhe

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam BY
            What has this to do with the thread? Just for courtesy, otherwise, I’m not qualified to answer your questions. But hopping the following will give you a picture. I never worked in artillery units. But here are some points I want you to consider.
            1. EPLF had by this time aquire a relatively long range artilleries that could make the airport of Asmara under control. The port of Massawa was captured. Therefore, the only life line of Ethiopian army in Eritrea (apart from Assab) was by air. Fierce battles were raging around Gindae, perhaps the bloodiest, because the Derg was desperately trying to recapture Massawa.
            2. Normally, the artillery pieces we were using had no smart mechanism. Therefore, someone would direct them from a foreword post (astekwash). Again, normally, it takes some rounds to hit the target because you would be making reduntary calculations based on maps. Once you hit the target the trajectory is recorded. To my knowledge, technical staff were inserted into Asmara. But as I told you that’s not a warranty.
            3. The best answer I can give you is that war is misery. Even the most sophisticated weapon systems could not guarantee the elimination of collateral damages. We all wish we didn’t go through wars, but once you are in it, you do the best you could to minimize collateral damages. I strongly disagree if you meant it was done purposely.
            4. Regarding the Red Cross issue, I have no information about the incident you are talking about.
            Regards.

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Mahmud,

            First I apologize if you think what I asked you has no relevance. I thought it was to the discussion you are having with T.T., that is the qualification of EPLF generals, the decision making of EPLF leaders re: civilian casualties.

            The long range artillery missiles that I was referring was around 1985/1986 and may be 1987. It was way before the battle of Afabet (1988) and way before the capture of Massawa (1990).

            The firing was happening in Sept 2 (meskerem 2) that coincided with the DERG celebration. The reason that we heard was, to disrupt the celebrations if the DERG.

            The burning of the trucks was around 86/87 and it was also before Afabet.

            I understand if you don’t know or you don’t remember the events but they were highly publicized, specially the burning of the trucks because it was Food Aid that they were transporting.

            Looking at it, specially the firing of the missales was really careless decision, with little or no regard to the civilian lives.

            Berhe

          • Semere Andom

            BY:
            It was the wrong thing to do, but it made a dent on the the enemy, that was what mattered with EPLF, the price,the consquences to thepublic did not matter, It was the MO of EPLF. Simple stuff and you now it, so do not corner Mahmuday:-)

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hello BY
            I see, I got you now. I remember hearing news of occasional artillery firing but I can’t comment on those as I have limited information on them. They were carried out by units that operated behind enemy lines. And as I said it repeated here, I was not in a position to really be privy of the decision making.
            Regards.

          • Hope

            Mahmuday:
            Ab quinat zeiwe’ale jignas——–
            I wish Berhe was involved in battles of:
            Salina of 1977
            -Barentu war of 1977?
            -The battles of Strategic withdrawal–like that one in Ela-beriid
            -The shidishte werrarat

            What about the 1998-2000 Buduma ,Tserona,specially that of the last blows at Egri Maekel,and Aseb,and not to mention how our warsays were trapped up in collaboration with/of the shermuta Sudanese Government in Tessenei ?
            I wish him and tes were there and they could have “shut up” their big mouths.

          • T..T.

            Hi Mahmud Saleh,

            The present is a witness.

            Still we are discussing the same topic and era using independent reasons that work together to explain how the generals and leaders of EPLF were and are incapable.

            I may present the fact that the 30 years liberation war made Eritrea a 20% devastated state, whereas the 25 years of Isayas and his generals made Eritrea a broken and a totally devastated nation. The mass exodus, suffices, is an evidence of a failed state.

            Today like present, the EPLF denies signs of public dissatisfaction considering it as rumors. But the fact is Eritreans live in fear under the generals of Isayas. Their fear cannot be mistaken for a stable government. It is a normal practice that the Isayasists finish one before s/he starts to express opposing views, which practice turned the people to supplicants of Isayas and his generals.

            Only the G-15 believed in the necessity of taking political steps to bring changes but the whole of the EPLF including the generals turned against them with exception of a few.

          • Nitricc

            Hi TT anyone who thinks Eritrea is “is an evidence of a failed state.” must be a person who failed on his life. If not, you have no moral ground to pass that judgment. Eritrea never failed and will never fail; it is all in your mind. I know you are going to say and point to Ethiopia and tell look how Ethiopia is advanced and all BS! it amazes me how people come up with numbers from their azz; where and how did you get that Eritrea a 20% devastated state? how?

          • T..T.

            Dear Nitricc, I know your kind heart.

            I hope you are not denying the hard truth that the whole world is witnessing. It should mean something to you when you read: refugees from Eritrea topped those arriving from Somalia.

            I know, per Isayas’s guidance, you call and consider these Eritrean refugees as traitors. Conversely, these refugees are telling the world that they came from a country, where justice is denied, hunger-darkness-thirst prevail, and where silence is enforced even when their underage are taken away by force and their wealth/monies are confiscated.

            I am not saying your mind is denying it, but the other Isayasists are openly twisting the truth because those affected are not their blood and bone. The Isayasists’s betrayal of those affected makes them the perpetrators according to a new law passed in Sweden.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam T.T.
            We are discussing ghedli (EPLF) “Generals” within their natural setting, and that’s leading the war of liberation. BTW, EPLF didnot have internationally recognized ranks such as Major, Colonel and General.The same goes with TPLF. OK, I’m discussing EPLF. You are the one who is injecting the element of comparison between ELF and EPLF. You believe Eritrea got it’s independence because of World New Order, and I tell you that blood has been paid until the last our; Ethiopian troops put up a tough resistance until May 24, 1991 long after they were overrun in Dacamare and after their president and commanding General had abundoned them. So, it was not cake walk.
            You are mixing this with present situation and telling me because they have turned to be brutal in running the country, they must have not been fit to run the liberation war. These are two different things. Generals are not expected to run civil society. Here, I agree with you that that was the crucial undertaking that got us into this mess. All Eritrean political factions and civil society should have taken care of the transitional period. Generals should have been told to do what Generals do. They should have been under civilian oversight from day one.

          • T..T.

            Hi Mahmud Saleh,

            We are close to tallying our informative facts about the past and present.

            The bottom line is that the EPLF was favored by the west because of the Arab Gulf countries’ support. Eritrea under Isayas is presently and will continue to be in ruins because the Arab Gulf countries, unlike the west, only care about Isayas and not the people. The EPLF generals, be it during liberation or post-liberation, have no power other than protecting their territories like tigers.

          • Semere Andom

            HI T.T:
            One measure difference between the two was EPLF always did what works not what is neccessarily right, ELF many times did the right thing. EPLF and IA at any given time were ready to compromise the Eritrean cause, laser focused on winning,unbounded by ethics or for the good of the people, country, and its posterity . If the the Soviet Union did not go bankcrupt at the end of the cold war, EPLF like all enterpises founded on unethical and brute force would have failed and the mess they are in is not because of decisions that they made after independence but of the enterenched culture of unethical, cutting corners playing the regional card

          • T..T.

            Hi Semere Andom,

            The present is a witness.

            You are right; there is no any unknown crime or means that the EPLF never used to tighten its grip on power.

            During liberation era, the EPLF represented by Isayas is remembered as not having care for the Eritrean people. Their only priority was how to replace the Derg, be it in a Free Eritrea only or a federated Ethiopia. Sometimes they even used to claim they were internationalists, fighting to create borderless Eritrea uniting the whole of Africa or the world. Even there were times mentioning they were fight to create a currency-less country, very much sounding like anarchists. But unfortunately they proved to be as they claimed, turning Eritrea lawless ripe for anarchy, where one is deprived of all life and material possessions including children, money and properties.

            Today like yesterday, the EPLF never believed in sharing power. In line with its belief, it signed and then denied having signed accords (say: the ELF) to working together, or letters of understanding, or national unity agreements. The EPLF represented by Isayas was good at making secret contacts with the enemy to destroy its competitors from the inside. That is why most of Eritreans call it the mother of all destructions, like they say ‘Hameda NiLali’.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mahmuday,

            I hate to compare and contrast between the two organizations. What I could say is both organizations have fought tooth and nail with the resources they have against Ethiopian army.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear Emma
            Thanks, and that’s what informed witnesses would say. But our witnesses are individuals who feel at liberty twisting stories and sometimes making them up. That’s the sad part, witnessing history being mutilated by individuals who had not lived it, and who could not have the sense and the nuances of life under constant pressure.

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Mahmuday

            I am glad you called the 1987 “unity congress” joining instead of unity. Because it was a group of ELF faction who gave up in uniting ELF and surrendered to EPLF, an organization that liquidated them, and as I said before it had regional overtures but the so called second and unity congress was a good infomercial. But like the whole EPLF, all the toil and sweat and blood accomplished one major goal, of ascending IA to the pinnacle of his dream job, the president dictator of Eritrea, the Sagem group, the infomercial congress, when all the hoopla, and fog were lifted what you find it accomplished was elevating the careers of Zemhert, Dr. Giorgis and Abrahely Kifle, the rest are either in prison or are frozen. So our Ghedli in its 30 years history had never accomplished unity with the same ferocity it hammered the enemy it fractured our people and the writing is in the wall, if you are willing to judge it by its fruit in that regard.

            About what the Sagem fighters reinforced, I hope you misspoke there as no one doubted the ELF fighters were competent before they joined the good generals in EPLF, that was EPLF slighting of tegadalai Amma thing and the generals in ELF were equally qualified, equally heroic but if you are wondering about on how they lost the 1981 civil war, it was because they were being squeezed by two fronts EPLF and TPLF.

            The ELF meticulously modernized, elevated the early regionally based fighters to a national front and they liberated many cities and before they were liquidated with the help TPLF they were a formidable national organization far ahead of its time in some aspects, for sure with its own problems and bad people within the mighty ELF.

            But one thing that was going for ELF that many think was a weakness was they did no have the suicide bomber mentality that EPLF showed by sending fighters to kill and then tomake sure they die, ELF was more for killing and surviving. ELF they did not send underage kids from their Tsibbah ( their version of red flower and Rev. School) to “dihri Mesmer” for literacy campaign where Dergi surprised, killed some and arrested all, they were more responsible with their fighters and their “warsays” , that does not make them bad generals, it makes them good generals and I could go on and on how EPLF’s leaders were more bad generals by pointing to the suicide bombing tactics they were organizing from behind

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Semere
            You know Semere, all I can tell you is this: Sometimes, the youtube and what have you of እኒ መን ነበሩ sources, even if they seem to be emunaat Eimatat/ menchtat (reliable sources) are not worth debating them. Stay where you can make good debate.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Mahmuday; i can’t help it but to shake my head reading this…. by the big mouth.
            “About what the Sagem fighters reinforced, I hope you misspoke there as no one doubted the ELF fighters were competent before they joined the good generals in EPLF, that was EPLF slighting of tegadalai Amma thing and the generals in ELF were equally qualified, equally heroic but if you are wondering about on how they lost the 1981 civil war, it was because they were being squeezed by two fronts EPLF and TPLF.”
            This is offensively entertaining statement by a person who has no first hand knowledge what so ever. worst; he is trying to correct you about the events you know very well. what amazes me is that we know his story he told us; be he have no shame to open his mouth. He knows more about the history of TPLF than any Eritrean Gedli. remember TPLF are the one who helped him to cross to Sudan in avoiding the Eritrean Gedli; know he is an expert; wow! some people knows no shame.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hi Nitrickay
            As you know well, I try to stay away from the personal stuff. It is not unusual for people to spice up a story that they heard somewhere for landing cheap political blows below the belt. There are areas where I enjoy Semere’s writings, but history is not one of it. What makes him unique in the እኒ መን ነበሩ club is that he does not make a second guess in saying things he heard or read somewhere else as an established truth. The last time he told us EPLF liquidated “fallul”; when asked to provide proof, he was all over the places jumping from topic to topic. It’s basically a waste of time.

          • Ted

            Hi the Greatest. I saw somewhere you mentioned a Basketball team , if you can call them as such, to be good. If anything there should be a trial for killing the essence of basketball or we might as well change the rules altogether only to be able to score from the paint and in. Basketball is the game of gladiators. In a few years, this will be the fate of basketball, cute kids scoring three in NBA to be champions.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXN20_W_zEg.
            Good job with the placement of the bird on Bernie’s podium. He demolished Lady clinton in your state. Can you do the same to our oppositions, “they can use the symbolism” , the magic bird might even change the mind of our unenthusiastic friends to run for opposition leader post;-)
            You need to keep a leash on SA. I have a theory why the naturalized Metahitay is threatened by Gheteb. It helps if you assure him you like him equally before it gets worse;-)

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Tes:
            Mahdmuday and the naturalized aslmay will be fine.
            But to quote your Gheteb, please find your league or first answer the following question about Eritrea, I will make it easy multiple choice
            who was the first tegadalai martyr in Eritrean armed struggle
            1, Michael Kasay
            2. Hummed Kerera Hummed
            2, Hamid Idris Awate
            3. Misginna Ewut
            4. Mohammed Faid

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Sem,

            First edit the “greeting from Tes to Ted. Second this is a tough question for him. You should start with basic questions like who started the armed struggle? what was the bases of forming united front of the three splinters of the ELF organization (assuming he knows the splinters). What are the three declared objectives of Gubae Adobha and Qiadal Amma? Then slowly you could go in to details.

            Regards

          • Ted

            Hi, AH,”Second this is a tough question for him” it is what i am talking about, you interfering on others behalf to put people down. I hope you get it this time. Bad habit.
            For your information, what you think is relevant and proud of knowing is not that essential for what we are going through right now. You need reboot.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Not really Ted,

            To put down for Ted? No brother, I hate to the core doing that. I do know that you know what I don’t know. Asking questions to each other will surely enlighten us. If we know we answer them, if we don’t know, we get them from the know how of the subject. That is all. This our virtual university.

            regards,
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Ted

            Hi, AH, Why would you assume it would be hard question for me to answer?” i won’t do it again” is more close the response i was hoping for.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Ted,

            If it irritates you, I will not do it again. Why should I do that irritates you? case closed.

          • Ted

            Hi SA, i don’t want to be near your league,ፎኮስ,. Now you know Gheteb is what he is, swallow your pride, if you have any, and stop your ሃለውለው about Eritrea metahit. I rather hear it from those who live and breath it.
            it is Mohammed Faid.

          • Semere Andom

            Ted
            The test was closed book, why did u ask Mahmuday.If you answered it yourself you would have told me there was a second answer a well. It was a trick question. So you flanked sir

          • saay7

            Hi Ted:

            I was going to upvote u but then realized people are interpreting up votes as wholesale endorsements and I stopped.

            So yes NBA is more than scoring: it is ball handling, dribbling, footwork, no see passes, steals and….

            http://www.nba.com/2015/news/hca/04/06/the-list-top-10-ballhanders/

            Saay

          • Ted

            Hi Saay, don’t tell me you liked “American sniper” too. The title is bestowed on him as the greatest shooter ( not point guard)in NBA and to refresh your memory, i give you my favorite player Allen Iverson what point guards are made of. For strange reason Curry is up there with top Pointguards of all time list in every survay. What the world has come to?
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuW-QG2vRtY

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Ted,

            Iverson is my favorite player after Jordan, and he is one of the “top five” point guards in the history of NBA.

          • Ted

            Hi AH. Himself,Iverson, said Jordan was the reason and the drive to be a player otherwise would be almost impossible in his upbringing. What great about Iverson is, he shows guts, tenacity and focus a minute he steps on the court to the end. He is all heart despite his relatively small stature.
            It takes a great man to spot greatness, now i know for sure you have leadership qualities, the other, not so much;-)

          • saay7

            Selamat Ted:

            Alan who? I wonder if some experts, I dunno like say ESPN, would have a list of the Top 10 point guards of all time? I mean we know Magic Johnson would be number 1 but I wonder who would show up on this list, if it ever existed?

            Dramatic pause.

            http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/nbarankPGs/ranking-top-10-point-guards-ever

            Saay

          • Ted

            Hi Saay, i feel like you hacked into my browsing History the link i didn’t want you to see. I am having a little doubt about the Cavs these days, something is off. The King is not getting enough help. Whatever happens, it is either Cavs or Spurs.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            What’s up SAAY
            The greatest is not leaving you alone, OK I vote him up. Since last year when his King was battered by the Warriors, Ted has to fish through NBA files and corner shots to discard The Warriors.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Gheteb; i can’t believe it, you are intimated by Semere’s garbage. I never thought an Eritrean person will be intimated buy a white confused Canadian wanna be Semere. Gheteb, take it easy the dude is a joke.

      • sara

        Hi- Nittric
        game of thrones,no worries……

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Nitricc,
        .
        Do you buy everything he says? Can’t you see how an extremist he is? Hate is marinated in him.
        .
        I am sure his history education is pursued in the Cairo or Damascus Abesha hate schools and so called universities. I would not be surprised if he does not get pleasure out of the of chopping of heads in Libya. He is saying and barfing all this sitting in a safe place, of course.
        .
        However, I get surprised when you root for him and support him. Other than his choice words for TPLFites, I don’t see any similarity between him and you, I just cannot put 2 and 2 together.
        .
        Mr. K.H

        • Nitricc

          Hi KM; not that I agree with everything Gheteb has to say; in fact I don’t; but he is the only one who practices a freedom of thought side by side with freedom of speech. And for that alone, he should commanded! That is all.

    • aron

      Hi dear Gheteb,
      Why do you need to bet or entice someone to prove who you are. You say what you want to say and if you want to stay anonymous it is free country and website. If you however feel strongly about who you are and you do not like about what they calling and naming you, you could post your pic like amanuel and sem for anyone to see. case closed.
      The other thing is you act like you have a problem whether kintishara or kintisha are like different things from different planets you need it tagged and translated for you from the south and north. If you could understand international language in such fluency why can’t you understand slightly different accent but the same language about 50 km south of you. Such is your Hate. Unless I am confused, Abyssinia is Habesha. I am proud Christian Habesha as you are proud Jeberti. I do not talk crap about what you believe or your heritage. Could you respect mine unless you want to bring yours in to the mad.

  • Noah

    you are in no position to VOTE

  • Dis Donc

    Dear Berhe,

    15 years, huh. Let me negate SAAY for you

    – SAAY

  • Fanti Ghana

    Hello Berhe Y,
    You have my support on your mission. Yesterday, I meant to warn you that Saay probably was plotting his escape already when I scrolled up and voila; he already had. The fact that he doesn’t want the job is proof enough that he cannot be a dictator.

    Dictators cannot, I mean they are inherently unable to refuse such a chance. In fact, they spend all their energy and ingenuity creating chances to get to the top at any cost.

    The personality trait that is needed to become a dictator is completely absent in Saay. How you can lure him into that position is to give him practical problems to solve; one or a few at time. He is a problem solver. Start with that in mind, and don’t give up easily.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Hi Sem,

    I edited (added a point I missed) in my earlier response to your comment regarding saay’s itinerary travel to Eritrea. The point I made is about the governmental system. Take a note of it.

    Senay mishet

  • Semere Andom

    Wedi Hawebo Gheteb men ‘yu?
    Emunant minchitatna kebzi ybleu
    Cousin Gheteb is not from Keren as he made us believe, he is not a Muslim. He is A Christian, an Asmarino and a former EPLF tegadalai, who deserted after a few years, when the going got tough. After moonlighting for a few years as a teacher in Kassala, he left to Australia, his headquarters. A dictionary on his right hand, a laptop on his lap he types away essays to comafloug facts.
    He denies he is Habesha, he hates Tigray and makes fun of their accents while he knows Eritrea is ruled by them, while he knows that the wife of Sibhat Efrem is Sibhat Negga’s sister. He know the choreographed show that was played by DMHIT was a collaboration of the two Tigrayans at the helm in Eritrean and Ethiopia
    He denies facts including his Asmarino, his Habeshaness and he never mentions his stint as an EPLF fighter. He knows all the facts but to bury the past obscures the facts with his obscure writing.
    But he has one thing going for wedi hawebo Gheteb: he once mocked the late Michael Gabir, who was the principal in the USNESCO, a UN funded school cousin Gheteb attended, where is first refined the Latine to mimic EPLF obscure Tigrigna. The disagreement was about the Eritrean revolution, when Michael Gabir asked him if he was Paptized in Filfil, Gheteb without skipping a beat replied, actually I was Paptized in Ella-Abedella. Our eye witness says that, it was Thursday evening and the next day the word spread like wildfire in the meeting of the student Union, Gheteb was a hero, steaming cups of tea showed up at his seat, girls who rejected his advanced before were flatirons, either to have a glimpse of this hero or lay their hands on him, some braided his hair, some asked for his buruj (horoscope). He turned the corner and emboldened, he became kem sebbu, and he suddenly had a girlfriend.

    • Fanti Ghana

      Hello Semere Anbesa,
      Whether fiction or fact you have shown a great talent I didn’t know you had.
      Either you have a formidable network of spies or you have untapped talent for writing a make believe.
      Either way please continue; I am impressed!

      • Nitricc

        Hey your Fitnnes; you said “Whether fiction or fact you have shown a great talent I didn’t know you had”
        aren’t you are omitting the obvious one? how about the “big mouth” part? that is whether fiction, fact or big mouth.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Hello Gen. Nitricc,
          He had me going for a while. Now that we know ‘Gheteb in fact has a girl friend everything has to change!

          • Nitricc

            Your greatness; there is a saying goes like “when a dog bites a man; no story there but when a man bites a dog; it is not only a story but the perplexing one. now, Semere Andom is accusing Gheteb deserting the Gedli when things were tough and difficult. it is understood when the man knew his limitation and he tried. the most mind bugling is what can be said about the man who never tried anything and flee the country when the going was tough? Only Semere have the nerve to accuse the man who did his best while Semere himself left the country while his nation and people were calling him for his duty?

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Wed Wed I Andom,

      This is his history – a run away from Ghedli, and in here at Awate forum he acts as brave Eritrean and a true nationalist than any Eritrean. Kibretka mihlaw kindey tsebuQ eye. Ahmmmm, really empty bravado. Thank you Sem.

    • Hayat Adem

      Selamat SemA,
      Hmmm… hence the obsession on a weirdly coined concept, the Abyssinian Fundamentalism.

      • Fanti Ghana

        Hello Hayata,

        Long time ago, there used to be an Ethiopian radio Sunday program called ‘yezefen mircha.’ People pick a song they like or they think their friends and family will like and request that song to be played on the radio as dedication to them.

        Please enjoy Rishan Kassa on me.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Thank you FG,

          The song invokes the memory of our beautiful culture.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Mr. Amanuel Hidrat,

            I know! I heard it first in February when I was in Addis, and I was elated by the carefully worded and beautiful lyrics. She reminded me some phrases I had forgotten too. ‘ከዝልል’የ ቐምሽ ሎምዘበን ጥሪ’ for example was totally gone from my vocabulary.

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Fanti Ghana,
          .
          Thanks for the great song.
          The dancing part is such a dignified beautiful performance worthy of Ethiopia, I am hopeful the trend will continue in all parts of the country.
          .
          Mr. K.H

        • Hayat Adem

          St. Fanti,
          I’m so blaming myself to see this beautiful thing a day later. I mean very beautiful. I love it and I have been playing it over an over. The song and the singer are great. And the two girls pounding and dancing have some magic hook. What I can say? Thank you is a customary thing but I need to return this favor in kind. But wait while I figure out what would be the best way to do that. Speaking of coming late to your gift of “zefen mircha” and blaming myself for that, I want to share with you and the rest Awatista about a story I heard 4-5 years ago.
          I think it happened in Atlanta. An Ethiopian cab driver won a lottery of 5 million dollars. He was an extremely careful guy and he wanted to finalize the process and everything up to transferring the whole money into his account before sharing it to anyone. That includes his wife, and she didn’t know at the time he knew. Then after finishing everything and he had all the money after tax in his account he went home late. His initial plan was to break the news to his wife and two kids. But when he reached home it was 10:30 and everyone was asleep. He overcame the temptation of waking them up from their sleep and decided to tell them first thing in the morning. Morning came and everyone was attending breakfast at the dining table. The man cleared his throat a couple of times for attention and broke the news.
          “Listen everyone. I have super good news, we are now rich. I won a lottery. 5 Million dollars.”
          The kids just picked it automatically and were already cheering and dancing! The wife was calm. She overwhelmed and felt so many mixed things at the news. And then she asked her husband, “when did you know this?” The man sensed some tone of anger in her voice and answered, “yesterday morning, but i couldn’t tell you right away as i was busy processing the transfer. I was going to tell you when I got her but you were all asleep and didn’t find it necessary to wake you up when I could do it after wake up, which is now and here I am telling you.” The wife looked angry and upset instead of happy and cheerful. The husband was confused of her reaction and why she was sad. “Honey, I don’t get it. I am telling you that we won a lottery that made us a millioner family and all I see is a frowned face from you. What is the matter?” She said the reason for her sadness: “You should tell me right away the moment you knew that. At least, you should have waken me up when you got here yesterday to let me know.” The man couldn’t see her point. He couldn’t comprehend the difference between telling her yesterday night by ruining her sleep and today. He wondered if she thought she could go out for shopping, or for vacationing or for investment during the night. Why is she so angry, he repeated it to himself. “i told you why, but I’m telling you now and what could be missing by being unable to hear it yesterday night at 10:45PM?” His wife looked at him straight in the eye and she said, “honey, you are evil. How can you let me sleep poor one more night?”

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Hayat,

            I love her reason : ” How can you let me sleep poor one more night.” The husband must also be happy by her smart answer. Good one and funny.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Hayata,

            No civility intended, but to state the fact, your presence is present enough more than I deserve. This morning has become my ‘day of days’ when I also ‘saw’ Rahwa T. earlier.

            I understand Hayata, you looked busy recently, but how dare you make me wait even one more second…

    • Hope

      Selamat Cousin Sem:
      I initially thought this was a satire or sarcasm but found that you seem to be serious and, hence,few obs:
      -Why now and for what reason?
      -Is or was he the only a” Run Away “Tegadaly “?
      I know a bunch of them here but did you cover for them?
      -If not,why target Gheteb?
      -He testified that he is from Karneshim!
      -What is the big deal about his Region if he proved his Unglinching Eritreanism?
      -Who are you and where are you from, and why did you run away from Ghedli when you were called for a serious Duty?

      • Semere Andom

        Hi Cousin Hope:
        Merhababo:-)
        Your other cousin is besides me and I asked her how do we say our reliable sources in your mother tongue and she replied “hayssam emmattatna”, hahaha
        hayssam emmattatna found Gheteb is not from Keren , the Karneshim reference was when he was tegadalai. He lied about his Keren association, he is swaddled in non-truth to use his favorite diction.
        Also he is talented so he may run as a candiate of Sebere or Dinish or Kuentti so I am vetting him for us cousin Hope, his background, his words. Yes that was not satire, it was invistigativ journalism,
        Why now? cus the hayssam emmattanna just reported
        Why big deal about his region, it is not to do DNA on him but we have to vet if who is who, as you know under PFDJ people are buying region, so I looked into that and indeed Gheteb is from Eritrea through and through but not from Keren.
        About his EPLF freedom fighter history, albeit short, hayssam was not looking for that but it came as part of the report, hayssam stumbled on that and I think people should know about his role, he is being modest about it

        • Ted

          Hi, Semere Andom. When the guy nominated your cousin to lead us to the promised land, i said not again, after 25 yrs of “struggling” we are still searching for the one who would fit the mold of opposition leader, God have mercy on us.. Definitely not your cousin saay ,who made it clear in so many occasions ABM(anybody but me) as anybody but IA, ABI. But i had different idea. Who would embody bitterness, hopelessness and ineptitude the whole dysfunctionality in one package? You fit the nomination perfectly. You are born for nothing but to oppose from young age in Sudan ful house as water boy to old age in Toronto community halls chasing and harassing Eritrean mothers. You never gave a hoot if people care what you have to say let alone follow you as a leader. You are stand alone opposition identical with every 13 plus opposition groups. Deprive of stand and vision for Eritrea and to cover your handicap, you resort to Ghedli vilification and backstabing as your ticket to belong to a group . You got my nomination; just be yourself to do well for the position.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Selam Ted,

            The despicable person whom you have described as nothing more than a hoodlum and a thug who has been harassing Eritrean mothers in Toronto has been caught red handed with hands in the cookie jar.

            The utter falsehood that he has vomited against me will be refuted thoroughly. I have already challenged Semere Andom and his handlers to put their money where their writings is. Now the ball is in their doorsteps and I am awaiting to face them off and unmask them to the hilt.

          • Ted

            Hi Gheteb, it is Ok to get the record straight but only with people who matters. SA is not one of them. Liar is his favorite word without knowing what it entails. We have a few here rattled by what you have to say specially those who consider us incompetent to bring change without the help of TPLF. Brace yourself, as the day goes by the noise will be louder.

      • ‘Gheteb

        Wo Cousin Hope,

        Don’t worry the truth will come out eventually and this person Semere Andom will be exposed for what he really is. Nothing that he so far claimed will stand up to the withering scrutiny that he and his handlers will be subjected to. At the end, I am more than 100% sure that I will prevail.

        One minor correction here, Cousin Hope. I have never ” testified that I am from Karneshim”. I have the record, in which I have stated that ‘during my stay in Karneshim and Semenawi Bahri’ during my teen years. I am from Keren and I left to those places from this very city. So, you can say that I was sort of a visitor and not hailing from Karneshim nor Semenawi Bahri.

      • dawit

        My Dear Cousin Hope,
        My father used to say “ዓድ እለቡ ዓጄ ከረን ልብል”. We know Keren is a city where people from various parts of Eritrea and Ethiopia, Sudan Yemen settled comfortably and call themselves ‘Kerenite’. Most joined the struggle for Eritrean independence. Kerenite youth were pioneers in accepting the call made by Awate. I am pretty sure Semere Andom one of those who resided in Keren at some stage of his life. I don’t know what kind of experience he went through as the son of ‘Torserawit’ or ‘Komandus’,possibly from Tigrai, but definitely it may not have been pleasant, that unpleasant experience has planted a deep hate or scar on his mind to hate any thing about Eritrea as an adult. His hate on Eritreans, from the president to farmers EDF, Sawa students is unprecedented. He barks like a mad dog infected with rabbis at any camel that pass through Awate Forum. I have never read such foul languages from anyone in this Forum this person calling himself ‘Semere Andom’. Today his barking is focused on one Eritrean from Keren, Gheteb,
        Finally you asked him “Who are you and where are you from…?” I doubt if he will answer such question. If you were to extend same question to his Saul mate Amanuel Hidrat who is parading himself as the ‘ Eritrean who use his true name at this forum who also fought with ELF will not tell you where his from Eritrea. I challenged him once and he never dared to answer it.
        dawit

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Hi dawit,

          You even have doubt that I am an Eritrean? Really? Again few years ago some have mentioned my background where I grow up, though it was for purposes of attack. If you ask to your government officials you can find it simply. It is not difficulty to find out.

    • tes

      Dear Semere Andom,

      You broke the hive and the defense bee is out in the streets of exposers. Well done!!!

      tes

  • ‘Gheteb

    Has SAAY Really Broken Bad?

    Greetings!!

    No. No. No. I am not talking about SAAY’s fortunes or career going downhill or bad. Rest assured that what I am about to say about SAAY has absolutely nothing to do with his career or fortune and has everything to do with his “admitted role” within the Eritrean opposition groupings. Moreover, it got little to do with SAAY’s novel break dancing moves.

    The burning question is: has SAAY really broken bad with the EOG ( Eritrean Oppositions Groupings) otherwise known as the ABI Camp? Well, I don’t know. I guess my answer is as good as anyone’s answer. Right at this moment, I am sure, many a Eritrean is wondering and asking: what in God’s green earth does it mean to “break bad”? Well, you are going to need to sit tight and read sharp-sightedly and with gimlet-eyes.

    Many moons ago, I have asseverated that SAAY is surely a nonpareil Eritrean writer compared to a cohort of his coevals. None can write in a pellucid prose as he does; none can concatenate sentences as flawlessly as he does; none can impart concepts and ideas as simply as he can. I REALLY mean NONE whatsoever!

    But. But. But. SAAY is not without his shares of foibles and idiosyncrasies. One of SAAY’s idiosyncrasy that stands out and instantly catches the eyes of an attentive reader is his preternatural propensity to reference to “American Pop Culture” , ” ” “American Sports” and “American What Have You”. Lest I incur the wrath of SAAY fandom thinking that I have committed an unforgivable heresy against “their spiritual leader”, “their Mandela”, ‘their Gandhi” and as if I have declared loudly that their KING has no clothes, let me hasten and quote the EOG guru, whiz and top banana, SAAY:

    ” I can’t lead an opposition organization: there are political leaders, then there are behind-the-curtain advisors. I am the guy who advises the guy behind the curtains. As Walter White didn’t say: “I am [not] the guy who knocks.”

    This random reference to Breaking Bad is for the 5 readers who just smiled.) Which takes me to my other flaw…pop culture. Thus the reference to “break dancing moves” by cousin Gheteb…”.

    If you perused the afore-quoted SAAY sentences, then you would have concluded:

    (1) He has quoted an actor from a movie entitled “Breaking Bad”.

    (2) He has voluntarily conceded that referencing to American Pop Culture is “his other flaw”.

    Now don’t worry too much to find out what the movie “Breaking Bad” is all about. But, worry about the fact that what the dickens does the phrase ” break bad” means? And, importantly how many Eritreans readers of SAAY know what it really means? If I were to hazard a guess, I will say pretty much everyone is unfamiliar with the meaning of the phrase “break
    bad”.

    I think we should go back to the meat and potatoes of the issue at hand and let me put what the real meaning of the phrase break bad is:

    “Break bad” is a colloquialism used in the American South that means to raise hell or to challenge authority. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan also explains this…. http://entertainment.time.com/2013/09/23/breaking-bad-what-does-that-phrase-actually-mean/

    Now SAAY is on record about his role in EOG? Here again in his own words…

    ” … there are political leaders, then there are behind-the-curtain advisors. I am the guy who advises the guy behind the curtains “.

    Now, do you want me to spell it out for you what SAAY’s role in the EOG or the ABI camp is? Sure, I will go ahead and put here and also put all the wild speculations to rest.

    SAAYs’ role is that he “advises the guy behind the curtains “. And “the guy behind the curtains” is the advisor to the political leaders of the EOG.

    The most important question that has not been answered so far is: how well did SAAY serve as an advisor to the advisor? I mean how do you evaluate his job performances so far? More importantly, how does SAAY self evaluate his performance as an advisor to the advisor even by corporate-esque standards?

    Ever since SAAY’s bolting away from his TwigHmo whatever ( simply it is nothing more than a person proclaiming that s/he can’t chew a gum while walking), he has lambasted excoriatingly the ruling party in Eritrea; lampooned it like no one else; threw more shades at PFDJ than most of the anti-PFDJ scribes and even boldly called for the dissolution of Sheabia for over a decade and half.

    He is still at it derisively satirizing, mocking and caricaturing the PFDJ and the Eritrean Government. He continues to hammer the PFDJ and leaves no stone unturned in blaming anything and everything on the PFDJ and declaring affirmatively that all the bad stuff that has befallen on Eritrea is either Isaias Afwerki (IA)’s fault, or PFDJ’s ineptitude or Yemane Gebremekel being an unreconstructed Stalinist.

    To those who are mightily trying to recruit SAAY for the Eritrean presidency, I have more bad news for you. Let alone in a diverse society as Eritrea, he would not win the chairmanship in a party named self-same to SAAY’s column.
    The Aln….. party find itself amid a leadership power tussle that I think will surely lead to the fission or break up of the party. Within this party your SAAY would not have to contend with the major hurdles of religion and ethnicity, but I am telling you as a tea leaf reader of such things, SAAY would not be able to garner enough support to become the chairman of a party with a namesake to his column.

    Well. Well. Well. SAAY is unwilling to tell us about his job performance as ‘an advisor to the advisor’, and thereby hangs a tale!

    • saay7

      Hala Gheteb:

      All this sweat for this mill?:)

      It is Friday night, so here’s Walter White from Breaking Bad, elucidating to his wife on the facts of life: that when she hears that somebody knocked at the door and shot the person who opened the door, she should not presume her husband was the person who opened the door:

      https://youtu.be/FZ8OPlEQb3I

      And hey, don’t mix the name of my column (Al Nahda) with the Eritrean oppo org (Nahda Party) that came after my column and has as much to do with my column as the Al-Nahda party of Morocco.

      The advisor to the advisor…. well, that assumes the advice was heard. So I am going to pull an Isaias Afwerki on you and give myself a perfect evaluation (which he does, here: https://vimeo.com/113552580.) Ah, cousin, you are so literal: the advisor to the advisor was supposed to be a throw-away line that to those (like Saba, and Emma, and many others) who want me to lead a political org as in, “no, that’s not where I belong.” Because I am not the one who knocks:)

      saay

      • ‘Gheteb

        Ahlan. Ahlan. Ahlan. 2nd Cuz SAAY,

        Let me first talk about the show, “Breaking Bad”. I see that you are unabashedly fond of it. I can imagine that you get feverishly adrenalized when you hear the soundtracks of the show even when you are not watching it on TV. By now I am pretty much convinced that you are well invested in this show. I am not sure if you have not dreamt that you were in the show hanging out with the characters. God forfend that it ain’t that bad.

        But, truth be told that the fact that your fondness of quoting lines from movies and shows does NOT bother me not a bit. That is your thing and if it floats your boat, all I say is keep sailing. The reason I mentioned it was simply because you have admitted it as a “flaw” and I had some serious explanation to do to my fellow Eritreans of a phrase “break bad” that I deemed they were utterly unfamiliar with.

        Other than that, you are more than free to use all manners of phrases, sentences, scenes, soundtracks from American movies in particular and the American pop in general and analogize it all the way to Himeret Kolboy until the cows come home.

        • saay7

          Haha Gheteb:

          Oh boy, again I see what you did there with that ሰልፊ ኣባዕከ. Tsk, tsk, again.

          1. Now, on my self-assessment of my role as an advisor to the advisor* and, let’s take the party you mentioned:

          Supposing, and this is purely hypothetical (wink, wink), when it was being founded, I asserted that there is no rationale for its existence as a political party since almost every single principle it espouses is already reflected in the then-existing political organizations.

          Supposing, then, that this advice was completely ignored;

          Now, as an advisor to the advisor, this could be due to:

          (a) the person I advise was not persuaded by my advice;
          (b) the person I advise was persuaded but the person he advises wasn’t persuaded;
          (c) My advice had no merit: and the party ended up being a transformative, powerful organization.

          Whether we are using Type I error or Type II error, I win because we know for sure that the organization was not a powerful, transormative one, but one more to the alphabet soup of political organizations.

          Besides, you don’t have to rely on my self-described “advisor to the advisor”– all you have to do is follow my paper trail. And if there is one singular thread to the opposition is that Eritrea cannot justify more than 3 opposition organizations and anything more than that is self-indulgence of people who see opposition as Uqub.

          I won’t say more about “Breaking Bad”, you are having way too much fun with it…and Hmret Kelboy is also one of my favorite village-names; almost as great as Halib Mentel (which we discussed here) and the Tigre word for mushrooms (Fishet Keray.) Ha!

          The video is a vimeo link of a Isaias Afwerki interview in 2015. It is # 76 from “Eritrea & The Hood” and I just checked and the link works. The prez evaluates his work and he is perfectly satisfied with how great he is:)

          http://awate.com/eritrea-and-the-hood-2015/

          saay

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear SAAY and Ghehteb
            I have no idea what you guys are having fun on, if that’s fun, anyway. It was clear that the “advisor to the advisor” was meant to explain the humbleness of our sharpest guy. He was saying that he feels comfortable taking the passenger seat. Honestly, I can’t see SAAY lined up with the current leaders. But what Nitrickay was alluding to was that SAAY should rise up to the task of creating party number 50+1, not #51. The hope is that the new organization will reject past mushrooming of parties that carry identical DNA with some variations, and instead, usher a new era of tasamuH (reconciliation) and purposefulness there by attracting the fatigued and disappointed. Once cousin SAAY does that, I’m sure cousin Ghehteb will join him as the editor of Alnahda (the renaissance paper). Of course, all the above applies only in Erispora.
            Yes, mushroom is called “fishet keraay” in Tigrayt. hyena’s flatulence, or intestinal gas/ as in passing gas. My question is how did the Asmarino SAAY know this? Thanks SAAY, if you asked me what mushroom was in my mothers tongue, probably I would not recall it.

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Monsieur Mahmut, SAAY & G’HeTeb,

            I swear I heard that phrase long time ago and kept on searching in my head. That’s up until you wrote it. I laughed all afternoon. Oh boy…. that was funny….

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Mahmuday,

            These are the kind of things that give me sleepless nights.

            Mushroom:
            Tigre: fishet keraay = hyena’s flatulence.
            Tigrigna: Kintishara (ቕንጥሻራ) = some kind of obscure flower.
            Amharic: yejib Tila (የጅብ ጥላ) = Hyena’s shade or umbrella.

            I grew up knowing it as ‘yejib Tila’ whether when I was speaking Tigrigna or Amarigna.

            I heard the word ቕንጥሻራ when I was young adult too, but I never knew to what it was referring to until I saw it years later on a menu in an Ethio/Eritrean restaurant in the US.

            Now, how did the association with Hyena jump from Amarigna to Tigre skipping all the mushroom loving wonderful people in between?

          • Saleh Johar

            Fanti,
            I am sure the Amara wanted to say the same thing as the Tigrayet speaking people. But they have to use Qnnie, and Tlla is the wax, and you know the gold. Abi is my witness 🙂

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Memhir,

            Very good observation! It couldn’t have been downgraded from Tila to flatulence had it been heading north. But as soon as it got near Gonder heading south, some poor soul didn’t want to offend some aristocrat and stuttered የጅብ …emmm…ጥላ!

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Fanti Ghana,

            In the Eritrean Tigrigna the equivalent term for “mushroom” is ቃንጥሻ. and NOT ቕንጥሻራ. Maybe that is what you and your folks call it in your neck of the wood. I mean in Tigray. So, please next time specify which version of Tigrigna you are talking about or referring to.

            I know that all Abyssinian fundamentalists like “the old foolish man who tried to move the mountains” will attempt in finding a long bygone similarity in order to sell the gargantuan hoax that is known Abyssinianism or its virulent form Abyssinian fundamentalism.

            And you say:

            ” Now, how did the association with Hyena jump from Amarigna to Tigre skipping all the mushroom loving wonderful people in between?”
            From Amarigna to Tigre, FG? Are you that sleep deprived? No, sir. Please wake up and smell the already brewed Hidarb coffee. Tigre as a language precedes your Amharic. Not only that, the Tigre ethnic group of Eritrea have more dibs to the Axumite kingdom than any other ethnic group even the fictional “Habesha” people.
            The historic Belew people from Eritrea have had more influence not only in the Eritrean highlands (Kebessa) but all the way to ‘Beja Mdir’ (Begemdir) and further down in what is now known as “Ethiopia”.
            Even your Weyane have a lot of thanks to give to the Belew people of Eritrea. Just to give you an example, the wife of the late Meles Zenawi, Mrs. Azeb Mesfin is of a Belew heritage given the fact that she hails from the Welqayt ethnic group or region.
            Astoundingly, even the ‘Abyssinized’ Abyssinian Mengstu Hailmariam has asininely claimed that the Eritrean Beni Amir tribes hail from Gojam, Ethiopia. Well, as the mitochondrial DNA test analysis is showing, the Amharas have more kinship to the Masai tribe of Kenya and even to the Bantus in their mothers side than what the Abyssinian fundamentalists would want us to believe.
            Sorry I didn’t mean to rain on your parade, but I have to puncture that Abyssinian fundamentalist balloon that you have been blowing unabashedly these days.
            Finally, I would urge you to curb your enthusiasm about ‘Gheteb. I hail not only from the Eritrean city of Keren ( born and raised), on my paternal side of the family tree I am more of Hidarb/Himarayt than the fictionalized “Habesha” that you and your fellow Abyssinian fundamentalists are fecklessly trying to use as a bridge to connect people who have irretrievably have diverged.

          • Dear F.G.,

            If I have understood your discussion, and if you are discussing the etymology of the word “mushroom”, where I grew up, we called mushroom “እንጉዳይ”. The words you mentioned seem to describe the smell, shape and color of mushrooms, and these could be the reason why mushrooms got the names . Most mushrooms have the shape of an umbrella, have brown spots like hyenas and they might not smell nice.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Horizon,

            That’s correct. እንጉዳይ is mushroom. የጅብ ጥላ is also correct. They are both recorded in the ከፍተኛ የአማርኛ መዝገበ ቃላት (Bahru Zergaw) as follows:

            የጅብ ጥላ = እንደ እንጉዳይ ያለ፤ ጃንጥላ ቅርፅ ያለው እፅ፤፤
            እንጉዳይ = በክረምት፤ በዝናብ ጊዜ የሚበቅልና ጃንጥላ ወይም ጋሻ የሚመስል ቅርፅ ያለው፤ የሚበላ አይነት፤፤

            I wonder if the distinction is between poisonous and non-poisonous mushroom now forgotten or maybe both are common in different parts of Ethiopia. My Amharic is Wello influenced if that means anything.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hey FG

            Well, according to some accounts (I hope the linguists and historians are napping), Tigrayt comes out of Geez, then Amharic and last Tigrigna. Ustaz Gadi is good at these things. Ghehteb reinforced this line (deal with the part of his comments that deals specifically with you). Now, according to Semere’s “እኒ መን ነበሩ” story, Tigre people called it Fishet Keraay. The reason? It smelled bad, and also hyenas droppings are white just like the mushroom. Hey, it’s fungus after all, OK, fishet kerray. Now, it’s not that difficult to see how they related the whiteness and smell….with the white dropping of the hyenas. The mushroom smells fungus, and hyenas dropping smell sulfuric; and mushrooms are high in sulfuric amino acids…..
            What connects Mahmuday and abi?
            Well, I’m closer to Geez, and abi is right after me; that means I’m linguistically more closer to abi than to Amanuel Hidrat and FG (please don’t pass this to Ghehteb); then you have the ajib/keraay (hyena) connection. According to the same eni men neberu tale, once the Tigre people were roaming the plateaus of showa (no reference available on weekend); the Eskista (neck dance of the Amara) was believed to have started as an expression of appreciation of the elongated neck of the camel, the Mesai people of Kenya took it to a higher level. As to how ” the association with Hyena jump from Amarigna to Tigre skipping all the mushroom loving wonderful people in between,” will have to wait for some nerdy scholar to discover it. For now, lets us bash each other.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Mahmuday,

            There are so many unanswered questions regarding our region’s crisscross migrations that it would take generations of scholars to get a good grip of its effect. Our current political relationships, lack of resources, and prioritization make it difficult to have a useful conversation about it. However, we should be allowed to occasionally humor our way through it until then.

            Speaking of ‘Gheteb, where ever he goes, I will be there! Even the Syrians, the Arabians, the Egyptians, the Sudanese, and definately the Yemenis are not safe from my net. So, he only have one and only one option for ensuring his disassociation from me. Mongolia! Even that is only temporary relief.

          • dawit

            Fanti, Mahmud, SJ, Horizon etal.

            Growing up in Addis as a child I knew two kinds of mushrooms. There is one with a white one with a small stem umbrella looking which we called የጅብ ጥላ : and there was another kind a round one with dark-brown color and when dry and punch it had lot of cloud of spores spread in the air which we called የእማሆይ ፈስ; There you have the Tigre and Amharic connection from the expert. No Qine involved just simple plant morphology or physical appearance of different types of mushrooms. I don’t know why የእማሆይ ፈስ (old lady) and not የኣብዬ ፈስ? Some issue that Hayat and Abi could investigate.

            Then there came a new song (mid 60s) by the famous singer Dr.Tilahun Gessese called እንጉዳዬ ነሽ፡ it was one of my favorite song when I learned a new Amharic vocabulary እንጉዳይ for the edible mushroom እንጉዳይ for the jib tilla which I used to see it at the vegetable market (Atkilt tera Piaza) or sometimes retailed by Gurages to foreign residents in Addis. No Habesha that I knew ate Mushroom in those days. I ate Mushrooms when I came to US, it is tasteless or bland for my taste but I eat it with spaghetti sauce or sprinkled on pizza and with Philly-cheesesteak sandwich.

          • Dear Dawit,

            I lived in a village until I finished primary school. I remember people used to go out to the forest to collect mushrooms the next morning after a rainy night, especially after a thunderstorm. The fungus grows overnight, and one should know which to collect and which to avoid, because of the danger of mushroom poisoning, which people knew was fatal. If prepared as waT with the right ingredients like, Qibe, berbere and the rest, it is delicious when eaten with injera. It gives the feeling of eating kidney, if you have ever tried. Most probably it is not uncommon to eat እንጉዳይ in some Ethiopian villages.

          • dawit

            Dear Horizon,

            Yes I believe you it must have been eaten in some part of Ethiopia in the north. As I indicated my experience was in Addis. Only expatriate shopped for mushrooms. After the song by the greates Ethiopian Azmari Dr. Tilahun Gesese song I learned the other name ‘enguday’ and also that it was edible by the locals. Like Fanti, I have seen it recently in the menus of few Habesha restaurants in US, but I never tried it. May be I still like my shiro, kik, misir and gomen betena for veggi choice.

            I was trying to associate the Tigre word ‘Fishet Keraay’ with ‘Yjib tila and Emahoy fes’
            As a child I was also fascinated by few Amahric words such as a small worm called ‘yemariam feres, for an ant ‘tiqur ingida’, a neighborhood ‘doro maneqia’ ‘Afincho ber’, sebara babur ‘iri bekentu’, shiro meda, wube bereha and a movie house refered as ‘seytan bet’ and a bridge ‘yeseytan dildiy, ‘meshalequia, gulit gebeya;.Kombi Volks Wgen ‘telfo be-kise’ and a taxi ‘simuni’ sheshento etc.

          • Dear M.S.,

            Facts and fictions about the hyena:
            -some believe that the white-colored droppings are due to the extra bones they eat (possible),
            -they live in clans, (seems true as they hunt in groups),
            -it is said that female hyenas have more testosterone than males, (difficult to believe),
            -ancient Egyptians ate hyena meat, (possible)
            -the so-called “buudas” in our culture rode hyenas during the night (false),
            -hyenas have been proved to be the best garbage collectors in our villages, and they seem to protect from epidemics. Therefore, they are the main reason why we do not need municipality garbage collectors in our villages. (another good example of getting help from the animal world).

            Why the poor old hyena has a bad name is a mistery.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Horizon, dawit and FG
            We are in the weekend mood and I’m enjoying your discussion. Interestingly, the two names our society seems to avert its attention away from, or despises, are actually things with hidden values. The hyenas are despised in our folklores, but they are among the smartest social animals. And the poor mushroom seems to be gaining interest by food scientists (where is tes?). I grew up in area where mushrooms grew in all shapes, some on trees others on the ground. But none would consider them edible. Of course, here they are cooked into common dishes and rare cuisines.

          • Amde

            Horizon,

            I grew up around the Entoto hills basically. I heard hyenas all night every night. Also the wail of the occasional dog that got too close. But surprisingly I never saw one growing up.

            Well, in one of my recent visits, I see what I think is an unusually large dog making its way down the street, and i’ll be damned if it wasn’t a hyena. This area I saw them was not really close to woods or anything, it was for all intents and purposes your typical Addis Ababa sefer.

            I asked around, and I am told that the stories of hyenas (packs) attacking homeless people , taking babies from mothers etc had becomes so common in Addis that occasionally the qebeles would send out armed bands to flush out their den and kill them off.

            I can see how reduction of their habitat due to deforestation and urban sprawl would increase the interactions, but it just seems they have learned to adapt from being carrion eating scavengers, to opportunistic hunters of live prey.

            Amde

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam saay,
            .
            From my perch I noticed a little flash in Getab’s thesis and I couldn’t pass it up. granted, it is a little glimpse. I think, it needs to be acknowledged for the humility and courage it took.
            .
            Getab said ” Frankly, I am the last person to criticize others writing stiles. I never do it. I am acutely aware that I shouldn’t point at specks of other peoples eyes when a huge log is conspicuously lodged in my eyes.”
            .
            My God, I said, this is the first time …… humility……may God bless him and bring him in….
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Mr. K.H,
            Now that ‘Gheteb has got a girl friend anything is possible. Semere has brought him a little closer, from Keren to Asmera, and if he could just bring him a little closer toward Tserona, or at least SenAfe, I could take over from there.

          • Lamek

            Fanti. What? Gheteb has a girlfriend? I need to see it to believe it. I had accused him of sexual frustration a few weeks ago.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Lamek,

            It has been verified by Semere Andom’s imunat minchitat, AKA “hayssam emmattatna.” If anything, you may have sensed residual effect of his earlier frustrating years, but ‘Gheteb stumbled on a magic phrase “I was Paptized in Ella-Abedella” and he is literally in heaven now.

          • Lamek

            Fanti, we can do a forum wedding for him here. We have aba guayla already, Amanuel Hidraat. Arki riesi would be Dawit for sure. Hayat will make a great mizie. Tsigereda can kill that koboro. Saay can be the announcer, tsehafulnan anbibulnan yiblu alewa, tefalaleye quanqatat tekeribilkum alo. Dis Donc is a secured security guard. Amde and KH are sadly not invited and prohibited to not be in the cyber range of 2000 satellite miles (whatever that is). Derafay Nirricc. Awlo by none other than the great Abi. Tes will drive the Limo but we have to limit his wine consumption to a bottle per hour.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Lamek,

            Let’s. I am ready. I have a reason to believe he will ‘allow’ Amde and KH to attend too, because he knows that “all these are my friends” doesn’t make a good wedding conversation between bride and groom, especially, if the groom was baptized in Ella-Abedella.

            He has to be able to whisper in his bride’s ear “do you see all those sitting in the back raw?” Yes, my love. “Those are the ones I was telling you about how I severely ignored and they went berserk all over the place.” wae, men de’a Adimuwom meXi’om? “That is exactly the problem sweetheart. No mater how severely I ignore them, they just don’t give up. I think this is their way of asking me to forgive them.”

            These kind of conversation opens lots of opportunities for “ewey kemakha zeyele” and the like which every smart man likes to hear. Hey, he is smarter than you think.

          • Lamek

            Absolutely brilliant Fanti. I hope Gheteb doesn’t read this because the guy has no sense of humor but he is hilarious, never intentionally. I have to tell you, I really like him. It’s weird.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Lamek,

            Continue to have fun and laugh your heart’s out. That is okay by me. Slowly, but surely, the truth will come out and not only you even those who are up voting the puerilely infantile jokes of Fanti Ghana will be made to eat their words.

            And, for the record don’t think that all this being said is in jest. It is part and parcel of a campaign aimed against ‘Gheteb. I am telling you this so that you are going to say later, I didn’t know.

          • Lamek

            Hi Gheteb. I find your exchanges with others quite humorous (up to recently anyway). Again not laughable as I said the other day because you are passing serious charges against some individuals and vice versa. I always thought you were doing it for fun but I am starting to believe that you are serious about your takes and grievances. I will keep that in mind going forward. If there is an organized or otherwise campaign against you or anyone for that matter, I strongly object it. In the end, I believe the best ideas will win and you do have some strong and well founded ideas. But if I may offer an unsolicited advice, it will help you make your case more effectively as well if you feel more secure about your ideas and refrain using denigrating nicknames to others, who are providing here their full names. I, for one, am all ears. I never agree or disagree with any school of thought 100%. I will always pick someone I find in agreement with more than with others. It is all relative and that is why I never dismiss your ideas blindly and I do read every single one of your posts.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Saay (Aya-Adi’ U)

        I accept your decision even if it doesn’t satisfy your admirers who surely took a serious evaluation from the pool of technocrats we have. But I also observe some values of your character in the process of our debate (a) unlike the Eritrean character who want to come to power without vetting (whether they are competent or not, like the megalomania DIA), you understand the weight of the “responsibilities” of a leader to a nation (b) You understand the nature of Eritrean politics of being in a irreconcilable polarized group thinking currently in a bull fight.

        Now, not that to try to persuade you, but for the sake of argument, even if you are not good at retail politicking or knocking every political house of imaginable groups or advocacy group (a) the key factor in a leadership is the ability to work as a team with individuals who have different talents (b) The ability to incorporate different ideas to ensure the balance of the forces at play, or to maintain the equilibrium of the centripetal forces and centrifugal forces of the social forces (c) the understanding of accountabilities to your peers in particular and the entire population in general. So “I am not the one who knocks” really doesn’t matter that much as far as you are a team player.

        The corporate management is a microcosm for “a state management”, only smaller in its scope when compared to the state management. So if knowledge management is transferable, so also corporate management is transferable. You argument that the idea of “corporate management is not transferable” is an argument attempted to exempt yourself from a higher call. Just to make my point.

        Senay MeAlti,
        Amanuel Hidrat

  • Lamek

    Saba. For your information, it’s not the opposition but your regime that is creating real havoc in our society. You can accuse the opposition of being ineffective and not united but the have committed no crime, NONE, to use that idiotic Nitricc’s term. Lebime elki diki.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Saba,

    Your characterization to Saay as ” spiritual leader of the opposition ” like Gandhi a is good one, provided if saay himself commited to work to a higher call. Very interesting observation from your side.

    Saay (Aya – Adi ‘U) what is your take on her observation? The driving forces are all behind you. I do not think she is flattering from her side nor does from our own Berhe. The wrecked ship is on waiting for a prudent capitain to bring it to safe harbouring to the promised land of Eritreans. The eyes of the scatteted Eritreans all over the world are staring at you. Belske senay meAlti yegbero, tdebuQ keA yehsbka.

    Senay MeAlti
    Amanuel Hidrat

    • Nitricc

      Hey Aman-H Again you are missing the point and the big picture. we intend to separate religion from politics i.e. for SAAY to become spiritual leader turn in to politics is a no starter for me. religion will not have a place for future Eritrean politics, NONE!

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Ahlen Nitrickay,

        No nitrickay. How do you miss as to how Gandhi the spiritual leader had rallied the entire population of India against the British colonialism. After India liberated, he left politics for Nehru the politicians to lead the country.

        Second do not take literally the word “spiritual leader” as religeous leader. Politics without moral compass is always devoid of humanity. That is why we have a brute evil man at the helm of power.

        • Nitricc

          Hey Aman-H I understand about Gandhi and that was then, but don’t you think the power, structure and value of religion has changed dramatically; so dramatic even ISIS is a religion driven organization. I am not trying to undermine the power of religion but you will have hard time selling religious based movement to the current generation; that is all i am saying.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Nitrickay,

            Two things:

            1 – The ISIS is an aberration of history like the episode of the16th and 17th century politico-religious war in Europe, that faded away with time. ISIS will soon be relegated as hiccup in the history book and surely will not occupy a space for long time.

            2 – When I say a leader with moral compass, it doesn’t mean in any shape or form mixing religion and politics. A liberal leader could possess a moral
            value of humanity and empathy towards his subjects.

            3 – regarding the subject at hand, which is Saay and the accolade attributed to him (a) either argue against it with justification

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Aman H,

          I admire your patience. No body mentioned anything about religion, until saba did now he is making it like as if that’s the basis of the whole thing.

          Emma, I like you a lot but that’s what I am talking about Asmarino shitararat. He just want to derail the whole thing and have people focus to respond to him rather than focusing on the topic at hand.

          Who in his right mind, specially Nitricc who is being propped up by Saay for the last 10 or so years can accuse Saay needs to use religion to advance his cause.

          If Eritreans get his sprit, sprit of tolerance, patience, understanding, selflessness, , intelligence and confidence, we will not have a third world country, we will have first world country in few decades.

          Berhe

          • Semere Andom

            Hi BY:
            So you want Saay for president? you know what he will do in his first 100 days in office? He will appoint Nitricc to am important post, for a promise that nitricc will be good, just like the president of his country of choice received the N prize for peace just for promising
            I have a post for Sal, he knows, it and I have a campaign slogan for him, I will make him go to Sudan, travel by car via the low land, fly over Keren by heli to land on Asmara. He will be in the cabinet and yes our cabinet will be elected because we will get rid of the presidential systems or hybrid system that they designed for us.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Sem,

            Our Saay will scratch his head. Why do you raise about “the hybrid System”? Knowing, he is one of the advocators of the constitution that contain a hybrid system – the fertile womb for dictators. Abyet-abyet, tefaEku. I forget “the multiple heavy artillery” that are on fire ( courtesy of “Meda -Ethiopia).

            Senay Mishet,
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe, please don’t distort the flew of the discussion. If you must know SAAY is mentor and my hero. having said that i am not welling corrupted people like trying to corrupt quality people like SAAY. if you can read, go read what SAAY has responded to you and he said everything i wanted to say to you. again if you have a shared of commonsense and an ounce of courage; Apologize for your dumb remarks.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            Well at least I know now at least you feel relieved. Dont worry, it will be just a matter of time and your dictator will be gone.

            I respect Saay decision and always greatful for his contribution I don’t think I have anything to apologize, at least he didn’t ask for it. Saay being Saay, he is just being nice when you thought he agreed with you.

            It’s funny you couldn’t have anything good to say about your dictator president.

            Berhe

  • Berhe Y

    Hi Saba,

    At least we agree that he is a leader, a spiritual leader is a very good start. Martin Luther and Ghandi are sort of started that way.

    No he has never tried to break the opposition, actually he has been trying to empower them all this time and continue to do.

    Berhe

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    saay7 in his response to Lamek, wrote:

    Yemane Gebreab, the ruling party’s political director, did not know Eritrea had Djibouti prisoners of war; he heard of their release 1 hour before it happened;

    Yemane Gebremeskel, the Minister of Information, did not know Eritrea had Djibouti prisoners of war; he heard of their release 3 hours AFTER it happened;

    Osman Saleh, the Foreign Minister, did not know Eritrea had Djibouti prisoners of war; he heard of their release from the media, along with us.

    saay7 implied that because there is no roundtable in Eritrea, there is no cabinet of ministers. That means Isayas is everything. Indeed, if there were a roundtable all decisions made by Isayas would have been supported by accurate, timely and up-to-date information from all ministry and departments and the cabinet members in the process would have known what was going on about the Djiboutian POWs.

    UNLESS OTHERWISE, the following facts still hold in Isayas’s-Eritrea of today like yesterday:

    In 1993, Isayas declared that all Eritrean problems were loaded on his back making him look and crawl like a tortoise.

    Ever since the announcement, Eritrea is moving at tortoise speed while the world including Djibouti is moving at above hare’s speed. Isayas may defend his position by claiming “no haste” in crossing the finishing line because the hare is more about name calling and bragging and not winning.

    LESSON LEARNED FROM THE DJIBOUTIAN POWs case: Isayas’s “no haste” is not a problem for a country at pause, like Eritrea, but outside Eritrea, when Isayas gets into a problem at a hare’s speed he is not allowed to crawl out of the problem at a tortoise speed.

  • Meda Ethiopia

    Selamat Saay
    What is going on over there?
    It sounds 2016 the year of do or die
    You are using the last ammunition available
    You are firing multiple heavy artillery
    The sound of the artillery makes switch to my real Nick which is Abe z Minewale
    Minewale is heading to work right now
    I Will check later if Bête Mengist is captured as it was done in Addis 1991

    • saay7

      Hey Meda:

      Yes, and Abe Z Minewale was the poet behind classics like:

      ሽሮ በሊዕ
      ላዛኛ ጎሲዕ

      As I explained before, my productivity is a function of my availability and if the big guns go silent, some other great gun will step in. I am just a contributor.

      saay

      • አዲስ (Posting as a guest)

        Hi Saay,

        Is removing my comments and banning my account with no warning and explanation also what’s so great about this website? 😉

        Thanks,
        Addis

        • አዲስ (Posting as a guest)

          To the Moderator,

          I have checked my disqus account repeatedly and have stated that before when politely asking why my comments has been removed here for which I didn’t get any reply. My account works perfectly fine everywhere else. I used ‘Addis’ before when posting as a guest to request why my disqus account (‘አዲስ’) is blocked here. Before that I only used ‘አዲስ’, so that can’t be the issue.

          At least you have replied now, in a snarky way, but still a reply. So kudos to you Moderator.

          Thanks,
          Addis

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello አዲስ,

            If you are able to access other accounts except awate.com, it could be a security issue related to your internet explorer (IE).

            Try to open awate.com with Mozila’s Firefox or any other browsing software except IE or Chrome.if that works then you surely have an issue with IE.

            Try the following:
            Disable all your add-ons on internet explorer and try to access awate.com.
            – From the IE menu bar (top left): select tools->manage add-ons.
            – From the manage add-ons window select ‘toolbars and extensions’ from the left pane and you will see all installed add-ons on the right pane.
            – Sellect (highlight) all your add-ons and click the ‘Disable all’ button near the bottom-right corner.

            Usually unnecessary but you may have to restart your computer (some add-ons may still be running even after you disable them). At least close IE, open it again, and try.

            If you still have a problem bring the computer to me and I will show it its job!

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello Fanti,

            From now on we will redirect all the technical complaints by disqus account holders that we are whimsically held responsible for 🙂

          • አዲስ (Posting as a guest)

            Hi Fanti,

            Thanks for the suggestions. I will give it a try. Just a quick question, does security issue with Chrome or IE(anybody still use IE? 🙂 ) explain why my comments removed too?

            Thanks,
            Addis

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello አዲስ,

            Okay. you are using Chrome!

            All things considered, Firefox is the best browser today. Chrome’s attraction was its speed but it is getting a little behind recently and it is the worst in privacy matters compared to the top 4 or 5 browsers. IE is also not too bad, it has been improved a great deal since they separate it from windows, but it is an add-on magnet. Over time it gets sluggish.

            If you haven’t done so, and to eliminate several guess works it is vital you download and install Firefox, login to your disqus account and test.

            Are you saying that your posts you posted at awate.com are the only ones removed? Your comments regardless of where you post them, are stored at disqus systems and nowhere else. They can only be removed either by you or some grand mess-up at disqus (unlikely). What AT may do is delete your comment from any thread and they are nice enough to tell you about it and why. Or they will just block your account all together after several nice, normal, and harsh warnings. So, AT is clear on this.

            Assuming you are able to login to disqus, login to disqus, install Firefox and try. Firefox downloads and installs very quickly and they don’t mess your system. Try it and we will go from there.

            On your next reply include the following information:

            – tried Firefox and result
            – the last day you had a successful post at awate.com
            – your address at disqus (it will look like ‘https://disqus.com/by/fantighana/’ or ‘https://disqus.com/some miserable looking characters here.)
            I will wait.

      • Meda Ethiopia

        Hi ssay
        ” just contributor’, uhh. Just returned from work to find out I was not allowed to enter combushtato .
        Saay leading a battalion of commandos heading the office of the big man
        By midnight there will be jubilation
        Salih,salih the same voice I heard when Aman Andom visited ChiChro

      • Meda Ethiopia

        Hi Saay
        You didn’t disappoint the Egyptians
        You didn’t disappoint the British
        You picked up the language they left behind & adding aroma on to it
        You did not disappoint the Eritreans by mentioning Shiro
        You did not disappoint the Italians by mentioning Lasagna
        You did not disappoint me by Knowing my favorite food Lasagna,
        You are like my younger brother the same age as you who intimidate his teachers with his knowledge
        Abe z Minewale wishes you have a good day & good Friday as well
        Note. Your shadow resignation last time costs me all you can eat fish and chips & you replaced with Shiro,. What a great weekend

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Saay and all,

    Along with Lamek, AH, KS and others point, you are everything and anything the VERY BEST Eritrean can offer and represent. I have said this to you before and I am not trying to flatter you again, as I know you need none of that, but you are one of Eritrea’s best sons unlike anyone else.

    On the other spectrum, the worst of the worst, if you search the entire Eritrean villages and mountain, rivers and seas, and if you count all 5 or 6 million of us in Eritrea and around the world, and try to find the worst human being, worse than Isayas Afework, I believe we couldn’t find any. There exists none worst than this guy.

    In both cases, my categories of comparison is that, a person who loves his country and his people, a person who works really hard to unite, a person who does everything to defend his country interests respecting others and who is so sophisticated diplomat, fully knows the ins and outs not only that of a small country but that of the world.

    If all the articles Saay wrote can be converted to a speech and delivered in the oratory gift that he is blessed with (that we heard only a glimpse) and compare to the annual interviews and speech we heard from our devil turned evil president, you know what I am talking about

    Sorry Saay for the comparison, but to me if Ghandi is to India, Mandela is to S. Africa and Marin Luther King is to America, you are to Eritrea. You probably will never forgive me for comparing you to nsu, and you don’t take yourself seriously, but I have been reading you since 1995 and I don’t think I missed an article since. Off course someone will ask me, who are you to make such a comparison, I know I am not his biographer, that job is already taken by SA. I say I am no body, just an ordinary Eritrean / Canadian with inferiority complex (we did have “The Greatest Canadian competition”) and Saay would be my nomination as an ordinary citizen, but he has to liberate us first before :).

    Thank you, as we say “Ade NiAka welida Timken”.

    Berhe

    • Amanuel

      Hi Berhe Y
      I couldn’t agree more. The one million question I have is that why he doesn’t transfer him self from activist to an opposition leader so we can follows him.

    • Nitricc

      “Ghandi is to India, Mandela is to S. Africa and Marin Luther King is to America, you are to Eritrea”

      Hi Berhe; I have my own measuring marks where SAAY stands and I can assure you; he is up there. What I am wondering is your monumental exaggerations and hollow prizes you are showering upon SAAY. What did SAAY do for Eritrea and that others didn’t? What did SAAY do for you to elevate him to the states of Martin Luther King? Igetit; It is a trend and no wonder Africa and Africans are going backward and full of dictators. People like you are the once who are producing dictators and worthless leaders by giving undeserving acclaim. Shame on you!
      If you ask me; I expect more than this from SAAY let alone to shower him with toothless tributes. Show me more and do more! I know you won’t get it but what I am saying is…
      Less taking; more doing!
      Now do the right thing apologize to SAAY.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Nitrickay,

        That is Berhe ‘s accolade to saay. Why should he pull it? Either argue that he doesn ‘t deserve it or accept and move on. Appreciating ones work and weighing it to give the appropriate accolade is a normal norm in every descipline of knowledge. If you do not know that, take a note of it. However, you have the right to challenge him as to whether saay deserve that accolade or not.

        • Semere Andom

          Hi Emma:
          I was going to tell Berhe that Sal is going to ignore his comment because Sal will blush and will get embarrassed about the slightest praises.
          But Nitricc who never complained when IA was called the Washington of Eritrea when the similarity between these men is only that both are first presidents. He did not complain when IA said Eritrea is number one in the world, actually Ntricc thinks the currency change and the salary raise will help Eritrea turn the corner. I think Nitricc’s problem with Berhe’s comment is the semblance of truth, Nitricc is so used to lies that some semblance of truth drives him crazy.
          Now Ntricc is blaming the people of Africa for creating dictator and not the dictators for killing their people, Ntricc is blaming rape victims for wearing short skirts.
          Even Nitricc had a problem when I wrote a piece highlighting Sal’s skills and play mentioning the difference I had with Sal over our years of exchanges and debates. Nitricc, lIke PFDJ does not like anything good, he keeps blaming the victims, he keeps hating any accolade bestowed upon any Eritrea except IA and PFDJ supporters. Nitricc is ensnared

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Sem,

            1 -Speaking about dictators:

            Dictators are not groomed from societies or organizations, rather they came to power by sheer force and by liquidating systematically their peers. They sprout either from the military institutions or in the know how class to dominate the power house. Dictators are fascist, and fascism are rooted in militarism, extreme nationalism, and blind loyalty to the state. So Nitric’s understanding about dictators and the way they come to power is wrong. People do not bring their oppressors. The African people didn’t create their dictators. Most of them do not come by elections from their population. They came either by coup or from a well organized party that control the economy, the military, and the political institutions of the state (Saay shut your eyes). A well organized party has “dictators-in-waiting” to defend their interest unless their institutions are dismantled and replaced by different one.

            2-Speaking of Accolades:

            To appreciate individual’s work and wish him/her for higher offices or drafting him/her through a process to a higher office is a healthy thing. There is no wrong with it. Saay has many attributions from his engagement and his technocratic prowse of higher education. Berhe saw that and others dispute it without justifications. Therefore, Berhe has the right to exercise his thinking and of course need not to apology for that.

            Senay LeyTi,
            Amanuel Hidrat

        • Nitricc

          Hi Aman-H; I think you are missing my point? In what ground would one compare MLK with SAAY? it is not only stupid but down right insane. let’s not carry away with stupid thing.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Again Nitrickay,

            You are the one who miss the point. Take for example the three internationally revered individuals (MLK, Mandela, and Gandhi). Their contribution is not the same. Mandela is a fighter for justice and a statesman. MLK was a leader in the fight for justice and moral (spiritual) leader. Gandhi was a spiritual leader in the fight of justice. There is one thing in common for the three, they fight for justice.

            Now back to ours, “our Saay”. Don’t you think that he is leading in the fight for justice through his powerful pen against the despot of Asmara? And if he commit himself to a higher call with his caliber don’t you think he can bring the wrecked ship to soft landing. Come on nitrickay. So far Saay become the headache of the despot single handedly. So as Mandela for south Africa, MLK for the US, and Gandhi for India, so also Saay for Eritrea and its peculiarity. It is all relative within each context. How about it now?

            Senay Misheet
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Noah

            you are a loozzeerr

      • Lamek

        Nitrick, now you spoke the truth finally. Yes, what we need is not grooming someone. What we need is action. Like I am doing. I am a community organizer where I live, just like Obama was. Here in this forum, nobody, not a single person will change his or her mind. Never ever ever. We are all fixed in our opinions, dogmas, what have you. Even you are so very wrong but you are fixed on your ways. I will never try to convince you that DIA is DIA not PIA. So SAAY has contributed a whole lot to the intellectuals like you but I don’t know what he has done on the ground for the common Eritrean folk, who can only read and write very basic things at best. What they need is someone to talk to them at their level. If an election was to be held today, I can guarantee, I would beat Saay hands down right now. Because he would be talking above people’s heads like Kerry was doing but Bush was talking bar talk and a lot of people related to him and voted for him. Yes, Berhe needs to seriously apologize not only to Saay but to all of us. Now, if SGJ was to run for president, nobody would beat him. A friend of mine saw him in a talk in Bay Area a few years back and he was very impressed and said that guy can talk to people at their level. Not saay. Even you rarely understand what he is saying, neither does Gheteb understand him. I can name other names but it is not going to be helpful. But I will throw one person, oh never mind.

        • Semere Andom

          Hi Lamek:

          You fell into the same trap that many have fallen here that Niricc tells truth, Nitricc never told truth in his life in this forum about the dogma thing, you are also wrong, and that mindset that PFDJ and its supporters like dawit, nitricc and gheteb can teach us something is wrong, nitricc can teach us something about his field, gheteb can teach us something about his unknown filed, dawit can teach some of us about economics, and we can debate an learn from them on that regard, but this forum is largely about justice and Eritrea, its history and it future and in that regard we cannot learn from PFDJ anything so the notion that we must listen to them is misplaced and naive and lots of Eritreans have paid dearly following that fallacy so when Sal forwarded that Ted talk about communication, he was consistent, he still believes we can learn something from PFDJ regarding justice, but it does not apply when dealing with PFDJ, look at the debates dawit, nitricc and ghetbe had here, it is laden with lies, yes lies they are deliberating misleading and dawit tells us that the prisoners are paying for the crimes against Eritrea, you have to be very leery, he is not even creating this, he is repeating PFDJ likes refined over years.

          All the naive Eritreans here, please repeat after me, mediate this every night, internalize it, if you have to replace your prayers to save time, by all means do but it is dangerous for Eritreans to believe that we can learn something from PFDJ, it borders on insanity to expect and believe that PFDJ will listen to us, nitricc, gheteb and dawit have agenda. Many Eritreans before us tried this and we are doing the same thing expecting PFDJ to react differently.
          Look at dawit when he said that statement accusing Eritreans against crimes against the nations, do you think he does not know, he does know, that is why he is a LIAR. In 2014 Sal told me that the supporters do not wake up in the morning to screw up Eritrea, that they have the best interest for Eritrea, I disagree, if that was the case we will be having an adveserial disagreement and we would solve it in the ballot box. Although they do not want to destroy Eritrea because they want to rule it, they are destroying its people because to them if mount Serra, the plains of Awget, the creeks of Sahel, there rivers of Barka are there, they can always populate it by exporting Indians.
          To win against PFDJ and its weirdos like gheteb and dawit and nitricc we should fight them with the same weapons, not with tried and failed high road method of ELF, G-15, the fighters demonstration in 1993, the Mai Habar demonstration by the disabled fighters
          Give the devil its due and I will tell what dawit told the truth. He told the truth when he told Tzigereda that given an opportunity of sleeping beside a woman he would expend his hands to molest the innocent female. He also admitted that he would disappear Eritrean if they critisice the PFDJ thugs, he celebrated Pilot Dejen’s illegal imprisoning for 15 years.
          So, we need wake up, PFDJ is so belligerent about its crime, the MO to fight it must change

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello SA,

            If Saay can beat the following line by Lamek he can have the premiership.

            “Yes, what we need is not grooming someone. What we need is action. Like I am doing.”

          • saay7

            His Fantiness:

            This one, now called Shermanesque in honor of the man who said it:

            “If nominated, I will not accept; if drafted, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”

            the anarchist’s addendum: “If I serve, I will do it so badly you will have to petition a recall.” Nothing runs a cold sweat down my spine faster than sraH mengisti.

            saay

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam saay,
            .
            I don’t speak Tigrinia but I understand and agree with the statement.
            Regarding your unequivocal declination of any Government job, I completely agree with you, specially a high ranking position. I don’t think you would last one day on the job, sorry.
            .
            What is really needed in Eritrea at this time in its history is someone of an Eritrean version of Meles for a decade or two.
            Once Eritrea in on track the next set of thinking leaders, including you, might be eligible.
            For some inexplicable reason I like leaders that are over 60 years old.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello my Brother KH,

            Although time strapped, I couldn’t pass this one:

            Before you say I don’t speak Tigrinia please note the following.

            Tigrigna: sraH mengisti b’tiEgsti
            Amarigna/Literal: sra mengist b’tiEgst
            Amarigna/grammatically corrected: [ye] mengist sra b’tiEgst

            Do you see how minute the difference is?
            In most cases, you can put 2 and 2 together, get your 70%, and guess the rest.
            In fact, I will make it my mission to teach you Tigrigna as full payment for offending you the other day.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Fanti Ghana,
            .
            I know the minute differences and the filling the rest with intelligent guessing, it has served me well.
            .
            I have to tell you a joke from the old times.
            An Amharic teacher in an elementary classroom asked a Tigray student how he pronounced “Beg” in Tigrinya. The Tigray kid responded by saying whatever it was, something like, “BeHHeg”
            .
            The teacher said “min yastenanqhal, lemindenew Beg yematelew.”
            .
            Fanti, I am doing my part to “unite” the Tigray and Tigrinya Awatistas.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            I have not the latest book of lee Iacocca about leadership but he has the 9 “C” that a good leader needs to have. He says “THE BIGGEST C IS CRISIS. Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis.”. That’s were we are, a time of crisis.

            I think we have a lot of hope that you will change your mind. I was expecting at least one page long why you make the worst leader (may be its still coming, but I doubt you can come up with anything that would make you worse than our current, the bar is set so low), but all I got is “I can’t stand sraH Mengist”.

            We have not even got to the ‘Mengisti’ part as yet. You chose your own thing after the Mengisti is formed, like being a teacher for example (if you don’t want to be the minister of education, I know how much it will mean to you to see yonge Eritreans reach their potential, you know giving you an offer you can’t refuse).

            Where we are right now is not selecting a leader of a party or running election like western style.

            We are (our people and country) at a very dangerous stage where Isayas in his final days, even if it’s 10 to 20 years from now, he is doing everything to bury our country and people with him.

            We really do not have anything to fall back on that can save our country. We need someone who is trusted by Eritrean Muslims and Christians, by deqi metahit and deqi Kebesa, has the ability to calm and negotiate our neighbours (Ethiopia / Sudan, S. Arabia, Dgibiuti) and the international community (EU, US, AU), journalists, politicians, diplomats and donors that guide our country / sinking ship to harbour and landing it to safety.

            Looking at the other 9 C, I think you fit the bill really well.

            The trust us there, the patience is there, the wit is there, the intelligence is there, the sophistication is there, the shitararat is there, the record speaks for itself.

            The rest of iccocca 9 C can be found below.

            http://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2007/04/lee_iacoccas_9_cs_of_leadershi.html

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Selamat Berhe:

            Ok, I was hoping this thread would die — either a quiet, merciful death, or from a violent sledgehammer infliction by Nitricc. So, I am going to tell on you: Berhe Y was here with awate 1.0, one of the earliest awatistas: which means he was here in 2003-04 when I used to be a young polarizing figure. On one side were people who called for my assassination in New York just like that other “agame” from the 1940s (DMB) and on the other, probably as a reaction, were people who said I was Lech Walesa. (Milkias Mihreteab.) But, Berhe, that is so early 2000s: it is over ten years ago and even then it was said within the context of people feeling besieged. Speaking of Milikas, in 2001, shortly after the end of the war: Eritrean journalists met with their Ethiopian counterparts on a bridge in Mereb River for purposes of reconciliation. And that contributed to their disappearance and exile. So, you see Berhe Y: all the people that you mentioned (Mandella, Gandhi) paid and were willing to pay a heavy price. What have I paid besides great employment opportunities that Google bots have cost me? Would I be willing to separate from my family for the cause? No. Would I be willing to give up my career? No. Would I volunteer and donate money? Only if I see a business plan with a decent break-even numbers. Kidding, but you get the idea.

            Secondly, when I say that your assessment may be a bit outdated, I mean this: the Eritrean opposition right now exists in three forms: (a) actually organized individuals (the political orgs); (b) loosely organized ad-hoc groups (the civil society); (c) media services in Tigrinya, Arabic, English, in text, audio and video. Now, from all of the above, my niche is probably the tiniest: English text. I will give you two examples: I was at a New Years Eve party and this gentleman essentially accosted me with “where are you? where did you drop off? why did you leave the opposition?” Later on, I learned that he is one of the big names on Paltalk, where I don’t exist. He heads one of the Paltalk rooms named Unity. And because we are Eritreans, there are 5 rooms named Unity. And that takes you to my major defect: the absurdity of having 5 rooms named Unity is not something that makes me say, “I have to fix that” but “damn, that’s funny, in a tragic way.”

            Emma is always talking about my leadership skills–which are non-transferrable. My corporate leadership experience puts me in a mini-dictator role which is why you should listen (warning cousin sem: I will compliment Nitricc now) to Nitricc. His logic is we have one dictator now–which is what Eritrea needs, the way you need heavy moving equipment to pave the road–but once that dictator is gone, we don’t need other dictators–because you can’t have tanks on nicely-paved roads. Or something. Similarly, Saba, I can’t lead an opposition organization: there are political leaders, then there are behind-the-curtain advisors. I am the guy who advises the guy. I just did a reverse Walter White quote: “I am the guy who knocks.” (this random reference to Breaking Bad is for the 5 readers who just smiled.)

            saay

          • saay7

            Selamat Berhe Y:

            Ok, I thought this thread was going to die a quick merciful death or a violent sledgehammer death from Nitricc but it is going on. So:

            Listen up my beoble: Berhe Y is one of the earliest awatistas (awate 1.0) and he has

          • Lamek

            Semere. Thank you that was really enlightening and a good reminder. Every single thing you said, I agree with, well 99%.

            But, there is a problem in this website. Nobody understands humor, sarcasm, and satire. Read my post once again please. Except for the part about SGJ, none of it is serious. The whole thing was a setup to make Nitricc salivate and “sleep with his shoes on” (I have yet to find an equivalent for this saying in Amharic or English). That saying never made sense to me.

            Do you think I consider Nitricc an intellectual? Do you think I can beat Saay hands down in an election? Come Semere nebsi. But it is great, I brought the best out of you. Saay needs no grooming. This is so funny: “Yes, Berhe needs to seriously apologize not only to Saay but to all of us.” Oh my God Semere, I am so disappointed you failed to see any humor in that post. Gheteb doesn’t understand Saay? No, that guy can break may be cia codes.

            I tried to hit saay a bit too because he thinks Obama is good for nothing community organizer. That post was loaded with humor. I really hope Saay got something out of it.

            Oh one more. Ever ever ever was bored from Chris Tucker.

          • Semere Andom

            Lamek:
            I deserve it. I did this to few people here, Sal is scratching his head:-)
            Sorry for railing. I never knew this side of you and Sal is saying I pulled Emma

        • Nitricc

          Hi Mizan; what is up? or is it VF? you never give up, do you? Have it your way. For the record, my point was how you people are weak and at best mediocre. i rather be down right worthless than settling for mediocrity; I CAN’T STAND it. Anyway well came back VF, Mizan; my bad; Le…what? you fooling no one. Trust me.

          • Lamek

            Mr. You sound annoyed. Name calling is not helpful. Argue the points I raised one by one. I am none of the women you listed. You’re fooling nobody either, fathead.

          • Ted

            Hi Nitricc, Will you let him be 😉 what was that gave it away ? Is it the usual “We need TPLF’s help”. Good times!!!!

          • Lamek

            Ted, you sound desperate. We need no TPLF. Our people are capable of bringing down IA on their own. No but no thank you.

          • Ted

            Hi Lamek. Mizan used to be unique with out of the box ideas, now you as generic like most of us. “We need no TPLF”, I think you already forgot you already said “we need help from Ethiopia” as Lamek. How does it feel not to be yourself and defend the issue you passionate about just to hide your new identity.

          • Lamek

            Hi Ted. If you have a problem with mizan, I advise you to adores it with her. As far as I am concerned, I am a firm believer of Eritreans capability to bring themselves out of this quagmire without foreign intervention. I rest my case.

          • Ted

            Hi Lamek. Not so fast Brother whoever. Just let you know, i is ok with me but don’t mess with Nitricc.
            “Hi Gogo, there is no amount of agony or atrocity or crime you can pour or commit on Eritreans under PFDJ before they spontaneously rise up for their rights. No amount. So without the help or direct involvement of Ethiopia, Eritreans will tolerate any amount of suffering or they will pack and leave. Nobody is willing to die for anybody else but he or she will go through any desert, sea, and wilderness to emancipate himself or herself. I don’t think that’s too unfair given how many of us here have recklessly supported PFDJ and allowed it to do all the things that it did. So why would anyone sacrifice himself/herself for the likes of us to go and claim the country?”
            Now i rest may case.

          • Lamek

            Good job Ted. Now shenka dekis.

          • Noah

            What Country you can go to Ethiopia that’s where you belong.

          • Noah

            it is so good to have a Computer and write words that is all you can do .

          • Noah

            u r Ethiopian do you forget

          • Noah

            loozzer

          • Nitricc

            Hey Ted, i cannot tell you that. lol there is one word he loves to express it and i was looking for that word. Despite his carful approach and changing ways; i got him last week and i was going to pass it but he ask for it. trust me on this one. but if he push it, i might expose him once for all.

        • tes

          Selamat Lamek,

          It is good that to know you are a community organizer. Saying that do you think organizing, leading or being a member is the only work environment we need for our struggle?

          As eqaully as organizers, members and leaders, analysists, thinkers, visionaries, writers, tellers etc are very important. I am not sure in which category you will put saay7 but definitely he occupies one place among the many.

          tes

      • Abraham Hanibal

        Hi Nitricc,
        Nitricc, an African, who worships one of the world’s worst dictators, should be the last one to come up with this kind of comment.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Abraham; now i am starting to understand why PIA is bending you to no end. What is wrong with you people? Abraham;okay tell me how and why would you compare SAAY with MLK? how? at least i stand for something; what you stand for?

          • Saleh Johar

            Hey Nitricc,
            I am with you, Berhe shouldn’t have said that. What if that turns out to be true and Saay becomes our dictator? I know he is not good at being a dictator and we do not need anything else but a dictator in Eritrea. I vote for you Nitrics, you should be Isaias’ deputy. 🙂

          • Nitricc

            Hey SJ; how are you doing? How is the road to recovery? I hope you are doing just fine. just reminder; don’t forget to stick with greens; it will do wonders.
            Now, it is not secret what and how i feel about SAAY and I hold him in the highest regard but when i see people trying to corrupt him; I refused to be silent. Do you think PIA planed to be a dictator? think about it. it is the power and unconditional and undeserving prizes that got us in trouble.
            Regarding the vote of yours for me, nuh, my job is to prevent another dictator in Eritrea, meaning i am a guard.

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Hi Nitricc, you asked “Do you think PIA planed to be a dictator?” But does that matter to Nitricc whether Isayas planned to be dictator or not? Aren’t you supporting him and his regime, anyway?

          • Blata Demssas

            Hello Nitricc,
            You might have a point and I am sure Saay is so humble and would like that said about him.
            But it is your tone, it so harsh and unfriendly you sounded like Donald T. can you tone it down.
            BTW if you have kids pls don’t talk like that around them if not send them to a foster home.
            gosh I got carried away, I am talking like you now.
            peace..

          • Dear Nitricc,

            If DIA is a dictator and Eritrean refugees are greedy cowards, then, who do you really stand with politically and ideologically? Why do you continue to support the dictator and insult and disparage the young who run away for their lives and anybody else who is opposed to DIA? Don’t you think that you are corrupting DIA when you continue to support him even when he is wrong?

          • tes

            Dear Horizon,

            You have a valid question but addressed to a wrong person, aka robot. As my Awatista friend describes PFDJites like Nitricc, they are not actually human being but robot. Address therefore your crucial question to a random and ordinary PFDJite not a well known robot.

            tes

          • Noah

            Adghi

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Saleh Johar,
            .
            I am afraid some of these people might drive you to drinking.
            Nitricc is Nitricc and will always be Nitricc, until the 2nd independence. Then the Nitricc #2 will surprise us all.
            .
            I do have one important question. That is, how many days have you gone without smoking?
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello Kim,
            Do you want me to post my next Negarit Here 🙂

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Hi Nitricc, if you could just look at yourself and apply your above comment to youself it would have been better; it is not me who is defending the worst dictator on earth. That is what you stand for. What i stand for is in stark contrast to yours; I stand with my oppressed compatriots at home and for rule of law, justice, and equality of all in front of the law.
            Saay would be compared with MLK because he has stood with and defended the defenseless Eritreans, unlike your ilks who have been propping up the tyrant in Eritrea.

          • Noah

            loozzzeer

      • tes

        Selam Nitricc,

        Keeping aside your bla bla, all in all, your message is one and it is:

        “Eritreans deserve a brutal leader like DIA”.

        tes

  • Tzigereda

    Dear Saay,

    Well read!
    It seems that those ( PFDJistas) who see no difficulty on deceiving themselves are easily deceived.

    Thank you!

  • Kokhob Selam

    ክቡራት ሳልሕ

    ዝለዓለ ኣኽብሮተይ ተቀበል ብሓቂ ነዛ ሃገርን ህዝባን ነቲ ጨፍሊቁ ጅሆ ሒዝዋ ዘሎ ስርዓትን ናይ ምንባብ ፍሉይ ክእለት ዘለዎ ሓያል ስበ ኢኻ እዚ ፍሉይ ህያብካ ዓቢ ግደ ክጻወት ከ ኣ ብመጽሓፍ መልክዕ ከተቅርቦ ይምህጸነካ ድሮ ኳ ዝጸሓፍካዮም ዓንቀጻት ድልዋት ኮይኖም ስራሕካ ከቀላጥፉ ይኽእሉ እዮም ሕድርኻ ሕድርኻ

    ነዛ ዓንቀጽ ክንብብ እንከለኹ ነቲ ኣነ ውን ኣብ ዝሓለፉ ሰሙን ኣብ ትሕቲ “Isaias Released Prisoners He Never Had! ” ኣርእስቲ ዝበልኩ ዎ እየ ዝዝክር ነይረ

    { ክቡራት እንዳ ዓዋተ:-

    ግመል ብዓይኒ መርፍእ ዝሓለፈሉ ኣጋጣሚ ኣይተረእየን – ህግደፍ ዘይገብሮ ነገር የለን – ሕጂ ‘ውን ሕቶታት ተሓቲቶም ከይተመለሱ ክሓልፉ ዶ ይኾኑ ?

    ሰማይ ዝሃገሩ መግስቲ ኤርትራ ” ኩናት ኣየካድኩን ” ንዓመታት መኪቱ ክንሱ 4 ደቂ ጁቡቲ ፈጢሩ ጆባእ ምባሉ ዓጀብ እዩ ዘብል ዓጀብ! ሓሶት ዝስንቁ ስርዓት ከመይ ገይሩ ንምሕደራ ገጠር ኣእመኖም ? ከመይ ከ ምስ ‘ዚ ስርዓት ይሰርሑ ኣለው ? ንምዃኑ መንግስቲ ጁቡቲ ነቶም ዝተረፉ ክሓተሎም ድዩ ክገድፎም ? ምሩኻትና ኸ ካን ኮይንዎም ድዮም ክሓቁ ? ህግደፍ እንታይ ገይሩ : – ዓለም ሲ ‘ታይ በዲላ ! ንሕና ድኣ ንሕና ሃጥያትና በዚሑ! }

    እዚ ኣዝዩ ካብ መሪር ሓዘን ዝነቀለ ንሜላ ህግደፍ ስቅታ ንምግላጽ ዝኣለመ እዩ ንዘስተብህለ — ግን ተመስገን ፈጣሪ እንኳዕ ከማኻ ዝ ኣመሰሉ ተወለዱና ኣልሓምዲሊላህ ረበል ዓለሚን ::

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      ከኾባይ,

      እቶም ዘይሕለኖም ‘ሰብ ሕልና’ አሕዋትካ: አብ ክሊ ደምበ ፍትሒ ዘለው: ምስ ዓበይቲ መንግትታትን ዓለምለኻዊ ቀይሕ መስቀልን እቲ ዝድለ ጸዓት ይግበረሎም ስለዘሎ: ካብ ጅቡቲ ብዝቀልጠፈ ክወጹኸአ ተስፋ ይግበረሎም አሎ:: (ቁጽሮም= 19)

      ብጻይካ
      አማኑኤል ሕድራት

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam SAAY
    Good reading; you made well informed observation ahead of many. What’s baffling is that IA does not get it. Silence did not work in the Hanish case, Yemen went out loud knocking all known doors of regional and international organizations. It did not work with Ethiopia where Meles outmaneuvered IA by going to his parliament and the world, addressing the issue directly to the Ethiopian people; and certainly it has not worked with Djibouti, where it is certain that after all these years, Eritrea has been tarnished and sanctioned, yet the issue is still as dangerous as it was in May 2008.
    “We chose to remain silent/ሱቕ መሪጽና’ምበር ዝበሃል ስለዝሰኣንና ኣይኮንናን” might have worked in the mid eighties in a reply to TPLF propaganda campaign against the EPLF. I remember it; it was a one sentence reply, as put above. But, then, both TPLF and EPLF were non-governmental actors at that time; regional and international treaties did not apply to them. Anyway, what is really intriguing is the fact that PFDJ/IA folks do not take a lesson from a history that comes bruising them time and again, and bruises Eritrea along.

    • saay7

      Hala Mahmuday:

      Thanks, Field Marshall.

      The weird thing is that IA always thinks he is some kinda great strategist but he always get played and/or miscalculated horribly;

      The US called him “front line state and a new generation leader”: he declared war on Sudan. Openly, to Western media.

      Saudis, who had a border war with Yemen and wanted it weakened, armed and instigated him to fight the Yemenis. The Ethiopians first then the French played peace makers.

      Then came Djibouti crisis (which our then Foreign Minister heard about in mass media.) the French quickly resolved that with our FM who went there carrying maps.

      Then he went to war with Ethiopians, it was supposed to be a quick show of force, but the the Ethiopians for their domestic reasons decided to escalate. The Yemenis now became the peacemakers, one of dozens.

      Then came Djibouti II. Probably the worst possible time: Djibouti had become UN capital for the Somalia talks. In fact, the political office director of the UN was in Djibouti (for the Somalia peace talks) when the skirmish broke out. The Arab League declared an emergency meeting to condemn Eritrea, after their Peace and Security Council went to Ras Doumeira and told Djibouti, yep, Eritreans appear to be getting entrenched in ur land. And, oh, Djibouti is the headquarters of IGAD…

      What helps him get away with it is an Eritrean mythology: the world powers hate us, they want us to disappear and anytime he goes from one misguided adventure to another, he gets the benefit of doubt. Yeah sure he is throwing Eritrea under the bus but only to protect it from a meteor appears to be the logic.

      Saay

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Good Morning SAAY
        What makes the matter even more interesting, in an ironic way, is that IA never fails to mention how he was caught off-guard/ how he learned a lesson…when questions pertaining to similar situations are raised to him in his annual dragging interviews. ተገሪህና ነይርና…ሕጂስ ተማሂርና እንዲና….I think more work is waiting for your department. Every time, we feel we have learned everything we need about Issayasisism, new dimensions of the same problem (IA)emerges.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        O ‘ Saay (Aya -Adi ‘U),

        The following statement of yours is a spoon feed to PFDJites who do not understand the logics of politics:

        “If you don ‘t respect your own nation ‘s institution, you can’t be expected to respect international institutions. And if your diplomats spenf most of their energies spying on the diaspira compatriots, they have no time to develope and nurture relationships with their host countries and rehional orgs.” This is a quote of the day.

        Senay MeAlti
        Amanuel Hidrat

  • Boku

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  • Blata Demssas-Bay Area….

    Hi Saay,
    Excellent as usual.
    As far as I’m concerned I have rest my case with the so called opposition. They are no good & they don’t represent the
    Eritrean people.
    thx.

  • Lamek

    Saay, if you keep going at this speed, you will bring down IA single handedly. Give the man some sleep brother. You are killing him with that sharp pencil. I am glad I am not IA. Pick on somebody your size, as in Yemane Ghebremeskel or the ugly monkey. You say ABI but I fear one of those Y’s could be just as bad. I hope one day you can expose those two stooges too.

    • saay7

      Hi Lamek:

      While I appreciate your compliment, this piece was written in 2008; republished as is. Some of the links (where I say, “example here”) are broken and thus removed.

      As far as why I focus on IA and not for example the two Yemanes, this is my theory (which always got me into heated discussions with Amanuel Hidrat):

      Yemane Gebreab did not know Eritrea had prisoners of war; he heard of their release 1 hour between it happened
      Yemane Gebremeskel did not know Eritrea had prisoners of war; he heard of their release 3 hours AFTER it happened;
      Osman Saleh did not Eritrea had prisoners of war; he heard of their release from the media, along with us.

      Since I firmly believe this, it is pointless to target them. I do have fun with Yemane Gebremeskel (Charlie) on twitter because I find unreconstructed Stalinist to be an amazing species.

      saay

      • Semere Andom

        Hi Sal:
        You are talking to cousin Gheteb too much, otherwise the above comment to Lamek could be been summarized as follows by the creative writer Sal AA Younis as follows:
        “I focus on IA because he is the head of the dictatorship and like a snake when the head is chopped the body, the arms like the two Yemanes will simply wither away”:-))

        • Lamek

          Hi Semere. Time and again though, we hear from former high level PFDJ or GOE officials how IA had them under complete control almost to the point of telling them to kneel down even if they roll their eyes. I met a woman who was like a teller at the Eritrean national bank. IA wanted money for I think renovating the presidential offices. He was sending direct messages hand written for the bank to hand over $30k to his agent or luuk. As much as I really dislike the two Yemanes, I think they are just talking heads, no power whatsoever. Ghebreab was in my city some 7 years ago and he told his followers to isolate the people who followed the legitimate Patriarch of Eritrea. Ab mer’omn hazenomin keytikeduwom. This is how small these guys are.

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Lamek:
            the story of IA asking 30k is not that crazy, remember he owns it. Remember when some athlete won something IA wrote a check for him and the media reported it.
            About the isolation , it is also true, here in Toronto one of the local PFDJ functionaries in a meeting said to boycott attending the weddings and funerals of those who do not support our government
            The isolation thing has been perfected in Sahel, they used to call it “tentslo”, they do that to you until you commit suicide. IA is charming, seducing, isolating, slapping, ignoring some one. I bet that if PFDJ last long enough, one of the Yemanes and Kisha will be isolated, frozen or imprisoned. Rem Ermias Debesai, he was the Hagos Kisha of his time, giving verbal reports to IA over the phone about millions of dollars according to his wife and according to Petros Solomon, he was managing and paying for IA’s Taiwan high end prostitutes of 30k a night. And he is in Karshelli now

      • Lamek

        Hey saay, I ran into something super hilarious. I was looking for something and I ended up at tesfanews. I had read this “Mr. Twgahmo ‘Saleh AA Younis’ gives up Awate” and I noted the picture from your previous post a couple years or so ago. After you let the world know that they stole the picture, they photoshopped the picture and put a brownbag in your head. That is how badly you are touching their nerves. Specially this Djibouti report that you are dissecting to the subatomic levels will hit them really hard. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a pissed off PFDJista.

        • saay7

          Hi Lamek:

          It is not my pic that bothers me; it is that it is not my best pic:) Looking at it, an Ethiopian awatista here remarked, “you look like an Ethiopian math teacher.”

          But seriously, what bugs me about that pic is that they call those pictured with me (the elderly mother of Aster Yohannes, and the very young children of Aster Yohannes and Petros Solomon) “regime-change advocates.” I had the honor once of sitting next to Aster Yohannes’s mother, Weizero Mezgeb Mengistu, as she was being interviewed and her form of “regime change” was her prayers that “President Isaias Afwerki would be wiser.” When pilot Ande Hishel was being interviewed by assenna and he was talking about his prison-mate Aster Yohannes, I was praying that her mother was nowhere near the Internet.

          saay

      • Haile WM

        HI saay,

        I remember i read something about the complaining of Petros Solomon, when he was Foreign minister dealing the Hanish wars, he said that their ministry was acting like fire brigade department, trying to extinguish fire created by Iseyas impulsive methods and everything he learned about the crisis was trough media AFTER it happened.
        But hardly i find it impulsive, Iseyas in my opinion is too calculated to take impulsive actions, he simply create crisis to manage it to his main goal i.e. stay in power and eliminate his internal opponents.

      • Amanuel

        Hi saay7
        Are you serious that the two Yemanes didn’t know Eritrea was holding Djibouti prisoners of war? In a way you could be right, last time monkey was talking about the implementation of the 1997 Eritrean Constitution in Atlanta and few months later his boss said what constitution? It is dead. He doesn’t treat them as his advisers but his messengers. He decides first and tell them to spin off and sell the idea to the likes of Gheteb and dawit.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Ahlen Saay,

    Man, Excellent. We (me and you) just commented back and forth about republishing it. It was ready at hand and in few minutes, Alnahda appeared in the front page of awate. Thank you for your systematic approach in dealing with the issue. For one who want to learn, this is lesson in itself. Thank you again

    regards,
    Amanuel Hidrat

    • Kokhob Selam

      ክቡር ኣብ ውዑይን ዝሑሉን ሓቅን ፍቅርን ሰላምን ምዕባለን ክዓስላና ነዊሕ ዝተጋደልካ ኣያ :-
      ክቡር ኣማኑኤል ንዓኻን ከምዚኦም ዝኣመሰሉ ረቂቅ ፍልጠትን ክእለትን ዘለዎም ሰባት ዝወለደት ሃገረ ክትዝኽትም ምርኣይ ፍጹም ቅቡል ኣይኮነን:: ሓያል ርክባት ፈጢርኩም ቀላጽምኩም ኣትርሩ ሓደራ ::

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