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Mzungu Herman Cohen Whitesplains Eritrea, Africa

“I would claim that the west shore of the Red Sea is not the east coast of Africa. Considering culture, language, and political outlook, I would argue that the Middle East includes the countries in the Horn. One exception would be Kenya….[Siad Barres’] disdain for human life and the ease with which he could order mass murder of his own citizens were in the mainstream of the subregion. I have seen similar policies implemented by heads of state in the Sudan, Ethiopia, and Eritrea.” – an excerpt from a book.

Based on the above, which of the following are true:

1. It was written decades ago, certainly not in 2015. Because, clearly, anyone who has seen the recent history of the Great Lakes region of Africa (Burundi, Rwanda) or West Africa (Sierra Leone, Liberia) couldn’t defend “mass murder” as a unique feature of the Horn of Africa.

2. It was not written by anyone who had any position of authority in Africa or knows much about its history.

3. None of the citizens of the Horn of Africa (with the exception of Kenya) would look to the author as an authority on, or advocate of, their country.

Time is up, pencils down. All three statements are false.   The book, “The Mind of the African Strongman: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures” was published in 2015 by New Academia Publishing.   The author, Herman Cohen, spent his entire career—20 years—representing the United States, within the State Department and National Security Agency, to Africa.   Eritreans, particularly those who support the dictatorship of Isaias Afwerki, have taken up to seeing him as their best advocate to the United States.

As John Lennon once sang, “Strange days. Strange days, indeed. Most peculiar, mama.”

About The Book

The Mind of the African Strongman is one in a series, volume 57, undertaken by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) and DACOR, “to increase public knowledge and appreciation of the professionalism of American diplomats and their involvement in world history.” Essentially, it is a collection of cocktail conversations American diplomats have with one another until someone says, “hey, you should write a book.”   But books being books, someone has to figure out a common thread, of Important Lessons I Learned, even if what the diplomat learned is contradictory or doesn’t appear to be supported by the facts.

As its name implies, the book is a recollection of the American diplomat’s interaction with African leaders, in this case our Strongmen: Senegal’s Senghor; Cote d’Ivoire’s Houphouet-Boigny; Gabon’s Bongo; Kenya’s Moi; Zambia’s Kaunda; Zimbabwe’s Mugabe; Zaire’s Mobutu; Congo’s Kabila; Nigeria’s Babngida; Libya’s Gaddafi; Somalia’s Barre; Angola’s Savimbi; Liberia’s Taylor & Doe; South Africa’s de Klerk and Mandela.

This is not a book review, nor a digest. Actually, for those of us who think that modern Africa history is mostly the biography of Strongmen, it’s a good read. Clocking in at 178 pages with giant fonts, you can start and finish the book at your next road trip.  My interest is only in what the thesis of the book is; how this thesis is, if at all, contributing to US policy to Africa; and, if so, what does the author, now retired from American government and running a lobby shop, feel about it?

Students of Africa have proposed numerous explanations as to why the continent still lags far behind the rest of the world in its political, economic and social development. These are: colonialism, neo-colonialism, geography, climate, extreme diversity (there are 3,000 language groups in Africa vs 23 in Europe) and, finally, culture. Here’s where Mr. Cohen comes down on the issue: “Sub-Saharan Africa has been, and to a great extent continues to be, a prisoner of its cultural history.” He has little patience for the “colonial argument”: “After a half century of independence, the argument that African nations are suffering from continued colonial exploitation rings hollow.”

Culture is, in the memorable phrase of E.B Taylor, that “most complex whole”.   It means everything and therefore nothing. Even Clifford Geertz was stumped and said, “Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of law but an interpretative one in search of meaning.”

Because it means everything, it has become a substitute for taboo subjects. “Culture” now is a polite replacement for “Race.” Here’s Cohen describing a dinner with Senegal’s Senghor:

“Senghor pointed out that all of the employees came from the Peul ethnic group…Senghor then explained why there was no diversity in his household staff. He said that he considered the Peul to be the most intelligent of the various ethnic groups in West Africa. With increased experience in West Africa after our stay in Senegal, we had extensive contacts with Peul intellectuals and officials and found among them a great desire for education and intellectual accomplishment.”

Now, imagine The Mind of the African Strongman is a an audio book, and it is narrated by the author himself to African-American Studies students at a historically black American university. Would there be a lot of people nodding their head in agreement or an audible groan?   I submit to you: they would be groaning. And I also submit to you that the author, Herman Cohen, would be shocked at their reaction.

About The Author

On paper, and based on his various stationing in Africa and Washington DC, Herman Cohen is perfectly qualified to be an “Africa Expert.” Consider: BA in PolSci in 1953; MA in international relations in 1962. Then: consular officer, attaché, Ambassador to Senegal, Gambia; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research; Special Assistant to the President in the NSA; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1989-1993.

The problem is that Cohen is a relic of the Cold War era. He comes from a period of time where American diplomats had no compulsion about advising an African country to annex another African country as he, admittedly, did in advising Senegal to annex The Gambia. He comes from a period where “culture” is a convenient substitute for “race”: Middle Easterners are violent, East Africans are violent, so, culturally, East Afrians are really Middle Easterners. Cohen comes from a bygone era where white Americans were sent as delegates to Africa, when it would be unthinkable to send a non-Catholic envoy to The Vatican or a non-Jewish ambassador to Israel.

He comes from a world of exaggerations and resume-polishing where he has no qualms about saying that his accomplishments include “ending the civil war in Ethiopia in 1991.” Really.

He comes from a world where American diplomats spend hours humoring—and understanding—the bad ol’ boys networks of African Strong Men, and their paternalistic arguments that they can’t possibly introduce human rights and democracy to their woefully unprepared people.

So, to somebody like Herman Cohen, somebody like Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice—black, female, over-confident and with bullet-speed career-path to positions he never achieved—must be scary.   And, in his leaked interview with Eritera’s charge d’affairs to the United States, he goes to some extent to describe his feelings:

“Although she considers herself an Africa expert, her approach is domination and suppression and her decision-making is based on whom she likes and hates. Because she is driven by personal animus, she is not one that is fit for diplomacy.”

This is, to say the least, quite odd because Susan Rice is engineering what he seems to approve in his book:

“Barack Obama appears more inclined than his predecessors toward “tough love” with respect to Africa…. Some of the second and third generations of African leaders appear to be taking him seriously. Thus, there are grounds for optimism in Africa in the second decade of the twenty-first century.”

Moreover, beyond his book, on his blog (cohenonafrica.com), he has explicity called on the Unites States not to passively accept the decisions of African leaders to play games with rule of law:

If the African leaders go ahead with their plans to stay in power by modifying their constitutions, and the United States does nothing, then the Obama Administration’s credibility in Africa will certainly suffer.

Herman Cohen Discovers Eritrea

Actually, maybe I should say “rediscovers.” Because, according to his professional bio, he ended the Ethiopian civil war, that is to say, he attended a meeting in London where Eritrean and Ethiopian rebels dictated the terms of surrender for Ethiopia’s Mengistu Hailemariam.

In Neo-Cohen, we learned that he is very upset with America’s policy towards Eritera, which has garnered him a lot of support from the supporters of Strongman Isaias Afwerki.   A sample of his tweets and blogs:

* US and #Eritrea helping #SaudiArabian effort to push back Houthi rebels in #Yemen. Another reason for the US to lift UN sanctions on Eritrea

* #UNSC decision to continue #Eritrea sanctions has no basis in fact – rather, in personal grievances within US gov’t

* #Ethiopia is suffering a terrible drought while #Eritrea, in same neighborhood, with same rainfall and climate, continues to feed its people

* UN decision to continue Eritrea sanctions is gross miscarriage of justice

* What Susan Rice Has Meant for U.S. Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

The United Nations Security Council has decided to continue sanctions against Eritrea for another year. This decision has no basis in fact. It was taken because certain persons in the highest levels of the United States Government have mean spirited grievances against Eritrean President Isayas Afwerki. All accusations against Eritrea regarding alleged assistance to the Islamist terrorist group al-Shebab in Somalia have never been substantiated. All experts on Somalia now agree that for the past three years, there have not even been rumors about such assistance. This is pure bullying.

Now, now. What needs to be remembered is that Herman Cohen is, in the terrible tradition of the United States (people have to make a living, etc), a lobbyist now.   In one of his tweets, in response to a feisty Eritrean who accused him of being in the payroll of Tyrant Isaias Afwerki, he claimed that he doesn’t receive any renumeration from the Government of Eritrea for advocating arguments that run contrary to what he wrote in his book and his own blog (assuming he wrote both.) This only makes him just a confused old man, but he is not even getting paid to be confused. So, let’s try to help him out.

The Government of Eritrea is run by a Strong Man, the sort that Herman Cohen used to have long conversations about nothing with.   To Eritreans, what this means is that he runs a country without a constitution; he forces hundreds of thousands of our youth to be in indefinite military service; he disappears our families who run afoul of his rules; he imprisons them without charges; he conducts extra-judicial killings; all of which have resulted in emptying an increasingly large percentage of Eritrea’s population and making a once-hopeful people pessimistic and destitute.

Herman Cohen can shrug at this and say, “Oh, well, that’s East Africa; that’s their ‘culture’.” Remember, according to him, Eritrea is part of the Middle East where mass torture of your own citizens is the norm. After all, American history is replete with intellectuals who were enamored with tyrants including Walter Duranty and Herbert Mathews, who fell hard for Stalin and Castro, respectively for whatever used to be the equivalent of Millenium Development Goals then.

But now let’s look at why that is not (and should not be) acceptable to the United States:

  • Under the presidency of Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea has imprisoned forty-eight (48) Eritrean employees of the US Embassy in Eritrea— according to former US ambassador McMullen 
  • Under the presidency of Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea is consistently listed in the annual US State Department reports of human rights and religious rights violators.
  • Under the presidency of Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea hasn’t just amended the constitution to allow the president an additional term, it has voided it and it hasn’t had one for 24 years.

Part of what has contributed to Eritrea’s lethargy is that the Eritrean opposition has political actors who come and go at will disrupting its dynamic. It appears that the Eritrean government is afflicted with the same malady—people like Herman Cohen, who have been on a leave of absence throughout the 1990s and 2000s, suddenly appearing in 2014, for their own completely selfish reasons, to give false hope to the Government of Eritrea that it doesn’t have to change any of its appalling behavior to get legitimacy from the United States.   In Africa, there is a term for lost wanderers from Europe—it is Mzungu—and Herman Cohen, with his destructive role in Eritrea, has earned it.

About Salyounis

Saleh Younis (SAAY) has been writing about Eritrea since 1994 when he published "Eritrean Exponent", a quarterly print journal. His writing has been published in several media outlets including Dehai, Eritrean Studies Review, Visafric, Asmarino and, of course, Awate where his column has appeared since the launch of the website in 2000. Focusing on political, economic, educational policies, he approaches his writing from the perspective of the individual citizens' civil liberties and how collectivist governments and overbearing organizations trample all over it in pursuit of their interests. SAAY is the president and CEO of a college with a focus in sound arts and video games and his writing often veers to music critique. He has an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA from St Mary's College.

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  • Dan

    Savembi was not not a country leader, he was a rebel leader !

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear awate friends, I love to reread those wonderful articles and every type I read, something comes to my mind, I always find a way to write one poem. in fact at the end of every read poems flow from my head. now I have this one.

    …… ናትካ ኳ ይገዱ ………

    እንታይ ወሪዲዎም ባባ መዘንጉ :-
    ዘይሓቂ ዝፈርዱ ኣብ ሓሶት ዝኣርጉ ::
    እርጋን እርጋኑሲ እርጋን ደቂ ዓደይ :-
    እርጋን ቁንጅና እዩ ልቦናኻ ምዕባይ ::

    እናበልኩ ክገጥም ገና ኣብ ምጅማር :-
    ጉድና ዘኪረዮ በልኩልኩም ሕፍር ፍር ::
    ንሕናስ ኣለውና እንዶ ኣረግዶት በጋሚዶ :-
    መዘንጉ ኣብ ዋይት ሃውስ ‘ቶም ናትና ኣብ ኣግዶ::

    ናትካ ‘ኳ ይገዱ ዝበጽሑ ሰማንያ :-
    ንገዛእ ሃገሮም ገይሮማ ጸማልያ ::

  • Josef

    Rahwa your comment that Eritrean leaders and coworker are eternal juveniles is interesting and good observation.
    If I were to guess the root cause.. Estimate its root cause I would say it is indicative of Eritrean modern experience…
    Eritrea was Italian colony and if you look at other two Italian colonies- Libya and Somalia both are in disarray or were ruled by strongman…
    The only part of Somalia that has descent function government is hargeisa which was a British colony.. And rule of law is emphasized just like in America, Canada, Australia, etc
    From the Magna Carta to English enlightenment the English emphasis limited government with common people having rights…
    If you compare the African colonies that were anglophone, francophone, Latin-phone you can see the pattern- so what is happening in Eritrea, Somalia, Libya shouldn’t come as a surprise

    If you study the Eritrean 30 years struggle in nafka or diaspora- you will see pattern!
    In matter of fact most of leadership in field or diaspora lack basic understand of political science and international law and diplomacy…
    How often do Eritrean leadership or opposition talk about what will an ideal civil Eritrean society look like? I think the old book say that without vision people will perish…
    It is strange to me that when I meet Eritrean government supporters at Starbucks, they show pictures of new buildings in massawa.
    Or how much Eritrean take pride in the Italian design of Asmara.. To them this is an indication of development and progress just like some new building in massawa… All these are external and more of a mirage of modernity and development…
    True development and modernity starts in the mind and laws of society.
    There is no Eritrean enlightenment and there are no bookstores in Asmara… Give me one modern society that doesn’t have a single bookstore in its capital..

    Rahwa- you call Eritrea leadership juviniles because of aid they are getting in order to stop its youth from drowning in the Mediterranean or Israel or European capitals..

    This I believe goes at the root… Of Eritrean concept of self-reliance.
    So is self-reliance a concept or ideal that the Eritrean government believes? I don’t think so.
    It originates in nafka and in our 30 years struggle when no major power backed our
    Struggle.
    So, it’s ideal formed due to necessitate! Now that we are a country with the modern world opened to use…we are bribing for aid not official asking for it..
    If feel sorry for government supporters in diaspora because they don’t think critical or know who Voltaire is… but they love Eritrea- that 30 years set us back 30 years in joining the advaced modern societies like South Korea, Ghana, Botswana, etc
    I remember as youth in 1990s how Eritrean were saying what has happened to African countries will not happen to us… We have no corruption, self-reliance, etc but I wish someone told us that your leadership are a bunch of uneducated guerilla fighters with no idea of rule of law or running civil society… People who said something similar were attacked, called traitors, sell-outs, etc
    If anyone wants to understand the actions and behavior of Eritrean government just ask this question- what would guerilla fighters do?
    Frozen city Asmara might look Art Deco modern city and there are new building in massawa but the Eritrean mentality in Eritrea and diaspora is frozen the mountains around nafka.

  • Saleh Johar

    Yes AMAN, in Kebessa we only have Jerusalem and Alexandria orientation, wait, is it Nazereth or Jerusalem? But never mind, we do not have people whose orientation is Mecca. Not at all.

    • Eyob Medhane

      Gash Saleh,

      Please tell me, I beg you. Did you really understand what Aman said? For the life of me, I couldn’t figure it out. I am serious… 🙂

      • Saleh Johar

        Eyob,
        I am not sure but I think he is saying, if you want a visa to Eritrea, your application should be approved by the mayors of Jerusalem or Alexandria first. But let let’s wait until he makes additional statements, or addendum.

        • Eyob Medhane

          Gash Saleh..

          That’s hillarious. Thank you for the laugh.. 🙂

  • Tewelde gebremariam

    Nitricc,

    If you were not such a despicable low level applogist and footsoldier of a convicted murderer, you would not have tried to hide behind evidence to a self evident Truth . But again, you are on his payroll to be at awate 24 hours a day 7 days a week to whitewash his Crimes Against Humanity.

    Hitler did not show to world the horrors of Auschwitz while he was in power. As he exterminated innocent people in Gas Chambers and other means of mass extermination, he concealed his genocidal activities by forbidding locals and foreigners from coming near the site and also by having people , like Joeseph Goebbels, his propaganda minister, run on Radio and other media evasive slogans , such as The Final Solution.

    But was hitler able to completely seal any news from leaking to the outside world?

    No, because , among others, some of the victims managed to escape to the free world. And how did he respond to their stories? By rejection as unsbstantiated and defamation. The free world did not act on the stories either. It was hitler defeat that unraveled it all.

    Now, do you see the parallel? isaias afewerk is Hitle, you are Joeseph Goebbele junior, Eritrea is Auschwitz.

    You are now, like Joeseph Goebbels did, screami foul foul!!! , there is no evidence no evidence!!! etc.foolishly convinced that what isaias afewerk has hidden deep underground won’t be revealed because he has burned the skeletons with gasoline , there is no documentation, killed the eyes winesses etc. Let me tell you, isaias afewerk can run but he can’t hide.

    • AMAN

      Dear
      Tewelde gebremariam ,
      I somewhat agree with your observation and follow through
      ( perceived or real ) actions of IA, PFDJ & ERITREA today
      and the analogy you constructed.
      But other than reporting what is the obvious and glaring actions
      of IA ; what are the counter ideas & actions you pointed or did
      against it either to contain or reverse the situation you mentioned ?
      As far as I am concerned you were and still are complimenting and
      supplementing albeit unwittingly those destructive ideas and actions
      you raised in your reporting.
      I just want to hear the counter measures so far done by any one
      individual or group that limited and contained IA’s agendas and
      goals. Note that opposing his human self and his personal doesn’t
      mean you have opposed his political self and political personality and goals.
      Because that opposition might mean only that to attain or take his post/chair
      ( not his political goals and objectives ) and execute your wishes – may be in
      a more severe way than his. ( And I have traces of evidence to say that ).
      Waiting for your reply.
      AMAN

    • Nitricc

      Obviously my response to you is deleted while yours is on with violation of the forum rules at that. So, you are encouraged to do so. If AT had any credibility they could have challenged you when you bring the numbers from your azz. But it is what it is, you win. Your ignorance have no limits and AT are on it.
      So how about you go and jump in the lake. I am not going waste my time with your ignorance and AT’s unacceptable behavior. There is a choice to make for the team; ethier let us what we have to say or come out and declare the other voice is not welcome here. You can not have it both ways. Bottom line, what was the reason for the removal of my post?
      I will be waiting for your response.
      Respectfully

    • Nitricc

      You win once more. You are good. You know what screw it. I am done.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam the great Nation of awatawyan.
    So, without going to repetition and revisions of what I wrote under this article, I want to thank all those HONEST brothers who gave me Honest feedbacks (some actually went out of their way and beyond duty in sort of bringing to light subtleties I might not have being aware of. Such is the price of being honest. Honestly, if I could hide behind a veil, I think I would save some precious time by not causing seemingly sober minds jump. My use of Honest Dictator jarred some nerves. It is possible some great awatistas might have hurried up to get hold of political dictionaries on their shelves, and the techie ones might have fired some quick commands into their google search as well…whatever. In the spirit of ፍሽኽታ ኣመለይ (ኣብራሃም ኣፈወርቂ) I remind us that we are better than this. I explained myself in a subsequent feed to brothers Amanuel and KS, thanks both, they seem to understand what I mean. And that’s exactly what I meant, HONESTLY. ትኾርምየኒ፡ ስጋ ኣቦይ፡ ብስም..
    Berhe Yemane: Respected brother, thanks for the words, on my character. Rest assured, we are all in the same boat, we all wish our people share the progress our planet is undergoing. I don’t need to tell you that the first victims of this “honest dictator” are the people (tegadalay and civil) who sweated and bled for decades securing the independence that has been hijacked where this man sits on its shattered dreams. I found it difficult why you would go that far reminding me. Honestly, I read my original comment and none of it warranted the points you made. ሕሰበሉ፡ ዓቢ ሰብ ኢኻ።
    Bayan Nagash: I hold you high brother. I loved your Natsela metaphor, I would really love to continue the thread but I am under time pressure. I totally agree with SGJ that we should not put artificial redlines in criticizing our past. What I insist on (and here my bad friend Semere really reads my mind) is that we need to put things in contexts, and we should never allow the desecration of our history. Ghedli is our history. Criticize it, but do so with honest, not in a fashion of cherry-picking in order to fit our preconceived notion or for the purpose of promoting our newfound political views. If you see me defending our legacy, it’s within this framework. IA could be an honest dictator, but the selfless tegadalay and civil who make up ghedli generation were HONEST liberators. Liberation of man and land was in their blood; they were not fanatics of some sort. They knew exactly why they were enduring the abuses of nature and man. Defending them should not be seen as defending the man who is menacing the nation.
    Hope, Gen. Nit, tSA tSE, thank you. It was a simple description. I was not writing a technical manual, I was just trying to make the point that some dictators have no inhibitory reasons to hide their color because they have a total control on citizens. I never said IA was an honest man. But he will not hide the fact that he is not a democrat.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Welcome back Mahmuday,

      እዋእ ኣታ ድሃይካ ኣጥፊእካ እንዲኻ ኣሻቂልካና :: ነገር ደቂ ሓንቲ ስድራ ንሰላምን ምዕባለን ዘለና ሓልዮት እንደኣልና ከምድላይና ንድርግሖ እምበር መን ቀሪቡ መን ርሒቅዋ ‘ዛ ሃገር :: ኣይፋል! ኣይትጽልኣዮ እቲ ዋዕዋዕታ መብረድ እንድኣሉ መብልሒ :: ሰብ ናብ ሰቡ ከም ዝበሃል ንሕና እንተዘይተኣላሊናን ተሓቃቂፍናን መን ቦታና ተኪኡ መገዲ ሰላም ክመርሓና ኮይኑ ::

      ዳሕራይ ማሕሙዳይ እቲ ንትርኽ መዕልቦ ረኺቡ ኣብ ሓደ ሓበራዊ መረዳእታ ምብጻሕ እንድኣሉ ስምረት ዝበሃል :: እሞ እቲ መስተብሃሊ ኣንደበትካ ምስ ካልኦት ኣሕዋትካ ምስ ተወሰኾ እንድኣሉ ሓይሊ ዝህብ :: እንኳዕ ኣብ ሓደ መቀራረቢ ኩርናዕ ተራኸብና ::

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Mahmuday,

      All is good, if we understand each other. But the correct term as you would like is what Amanuel Mekusi told you and that is “naked dictator.” And sure all of us will agree on that. Again there is no “honest dictator.” We have to come to term on that simple issue. Words matter immensely.

      Regards,
      Amanuel Hidrat

    • Nitricc

      Mahmuday there was nothing wrong with what you said but we have become all politically correct, if not what is wrong in saying honest dictator? For instance, Aman H dabbed PMMZ ” a moral leader” the fact is PMMZ was the curliest and most deceptive dictator as they come. Every time he promises to hand power and never did. He even told SJ he will do so and never did. Not to mention he order the killing of innocent demonstrates in a broad day light. Not to mention the Gambla ethnic cleansing and still Aman called PMMZ a moral leader and no one objected. I am surprised by the hypocrisy of some Eritreans. For the record, I do believe PIA is an honest dictator.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Nitrickay,

        Since you put “a moral leader” in a quote as my own phrase, where did you get it from Nitrickay? Are you becoming like dawit? Can you pull it from where you get it to help the public at large if not for me. Wrong critics is a lie just to remind you.

        • dawit

          Amanuel Hidrat,

          Can you write anything sensible without spicing it with the name ‘dawit’? What did you discover on my pedigree that tells you I am a liar? Let me tell you what I think of IA, he is an ‘Honest and Benevolent dictator Loved by most Eritreans’. Those who oppose IA are rejects of Eritrean societies and unfit to call themselves Eritreans. Now let me hear you hit the roof! ‘.

          dawit

        • Nitricc

          Hi Aman I give you the chance to investigate your own posting. I respect you much to hung you high and dry.
          Besides; my days are numbered and I don’t want my interaction to be combative. After all, all o have for you is respect. Sir! Thanks for everything.
          Thank you sir!

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hey Gen.Nit
            what’s this talk of “my days are numbered”, is this another manawara?

          • Saleh Johar

            Nitricc,
            I can’t help but worry. What are you saying? Are you doing fine with the health department? Don’t tell me you are sick or something. Please explain.

          • Nitricc

            Dear SJ I posted two responses to Tewede Gebremaiam and both are deleted. Why is that SJ?

          • Saleh Johar

            Nitricc, they both didn’t have salutaions. That simple, Nitricc.

          • dawit

            Saleh
            Does this mean you can attack you opponent as long as you salute them? If there was an honest moderator at AT Towelde Gebremariam’ s reply attacking Nittric personal character should not have been posted. That simple Saleh.

          • Nitricc

            HI SJ well if that is the case,why is it TEwelde’s article still on? he didn’t begin with salutations. check it out for yourself.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Nitricc,
            What? life without you! you ? must drop this idea. be what you want to be, support PFDJ, say what you want to say but don’t leave me here alone. it is boring without you. really.

            I will become supporter of PFDJ if you want in this site and we will make crazy those toothless opposition including the greatesta Mahmuday, Deal?

            Mahmuday, you will enjoy it just let Nitricc agree to consider me PFDJ.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Kokhob hahahah you can’t do it, it is the hardest job in the world to defend PFDJ but it is not impossible. Regardless; it is good to hear and tospeak on the other side. There was a time this web site exclusively reserved to those who only oppose the government of Eritrea. I put up a dog fight in this web site to become inclusive, tolerance and fair, where Eritreans can cultivate the art of debate; regardless their political stand. Then my wish came true and awate.com hosted exactly what I dreamed of. It become an amazing site, then, in fronts my eyes; this web site is drifting back where it was slowly and gradually. AT are starting muzzling who ever didn’t like the idea of the person. Hope is often hurrahed, Selam is gone, Ghatab is gone and I have grueling schedule and when ever I get a minute to post; my post is gone, not for breaking the rules but they didn’t like what they read.
            Point blank, I had two posts yesterday that I responded to Tewelde’s outrages post then both posts were deleted. I ask SJ for the reason of the delete and SJ responded for not including salutations. Well, see Teweld’s posts to me, both of them have no salutations; the question is why are the posts still on? If it is the rule; make it the rule for everyone.
            If the goal is to be better and to become civilized, accountable and responsible citizens; then, that starts from this web site.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Nitricc,

            I love to challenge my own self. I love to try something difficult and taste it. but yes this one is very very difficult. let me try it. but don’t let me down go on with what you are doing. in fact I want to reach to the level that people reading will start to have doubt that I am really PFDJ..Lol. Deal?

            now let’s start with this one,

            do you remember once when PIA said to some one complaining, ብዓል ክሻ ድዮም ? the same now who is deleting your posts ብዓል ሳልሕ ድዮም ? Lol,

            but listen really serous don’t ever be far from this site. there is exceptional thing here. you know how my mind have reconciled already with a lot of people so far, for example I was against the lion of Maarba (Tesema). his stand for Tigray Tigrinya was correct in his Era. Zeray Deres was I our hero putting in to consideration his era and his awareness. we can reconcile everything in life and be human beings first. I love you for being a lion standing proud against the wave. Keep it up !

            our government and people are fighting with out any support and are winning. keeping Eritrea as independent nation at this starting era is positive. Lol, am I okay? shall I put one poem, chose your title, and you will see how I will defeat those toothless opposition.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Nitricc,

            Till you came with the title here is one poem for you. and every time you want I will put one poem supporting our great leadership. enjoy it, I am doing fine?

            ……. ህግደፋውነት ………..

            ከም ኣብ ጣሻ ግብ ዝበለ ዱር :-
            ብእፍሊ ኣራዊት ዝተኸበ ሓጹር :-
            ዓለም ኮይናትና ተጻባኢት ኣንጻር :-
            ምንብርካኽ ኣቢና መከትና ብተግባር ::

            …እቲ ናይ ትማሊ ምትከል ህ ግንባር :-
            …ኣብ ዕላማ ጹኑዕ ፈጺሙ ዘይስበር :-
            …ኣሎ ገና ሕጂ ውን ይምክት ይጋተር :-
            …በጽፋሩ ስሪሑ ብጻዕሩ ይነብር :-

            ወያኔን መሰልቱን ሸርሒ እንተብዝሑ :-
            ጎይቶቶም ኣሚኖም ብዙሕ እንተነብሑ :-
            ኣንበሳ ናቅፋና ብትብዓት መሪሑ :-
            ሓደ ልቡ ሕዝቢ ታሪኽ እዩ ሰሪሑ ::

            …ሃገር እንተ ኢልና ሃገር እንትይ ማለት :-
            …መን ከማና መን ከም ኤርታውነት :-
            …ውድብ እንተኢንልና ውድብ ናይ ውጽዓት :-
            …መን ኣሎ ዝወዳደር ንህግደፋውነት ::

            ኢሃ ታ ይበል ዶ ?

          • Hope

            Dear Gen Nittric:
            FYI:
            Still I am walking with my Ankle Security Bracelets!
            Help if if U know how to unshackle them!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Nitrickay,

            Ask Mahmuday to help you (who concur on the accusation) to go to my writing and find the exact quotation you put it as my own phraseology. I know my words and phrases I use in my writing.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            ሰላም ክቡርን ሕፉርን፡ ገዲምን ሓድሽን፡ ሕፉንን ተቓጻላይን፡ ተጋዳላይ ኣማኒኤል ሕድራት

            You remind me of president Bill Clinton when he retorted “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is…” He was put on hot potato because he denied having any sexual relations with Ms. Lewinski. Then when he was dragged to a deposition where he should be careful not to commit perjury, and when he was faced with the facts and his previous denials, he said it depended what the word “is” meant when he said it. The rest is history.

            The moral of this is that he was playing with phrases and words (semantics) in order to extricate himself from the tightening grip he had put himself in. Now, this is easy for you. You should just accept what Nitrickay is telling you and defend your record. I’m in a hurry not to have a full dossier, but a quick advanced google search brought the following excerpts that clearly show you had what Nitrrickay is quoting you as having said in mind.
            1.- “Third, Since Ethiopia is on record on accepting the
            ruling of EEBC, my guess (and it is only guess) as to why Ethiopia didn’t want
            to implement the ruling is, simply they couldn’t see the legitimacy of Issayas
            from the Eritrean people.” March 2013

            Comment:You are defending Ethiopia for refusing to abide by EEBC because of its moral superiority. You are telling us they would have accepted it if Eritrea had a legitimate government. What you are missing is this is an inter-state issue, it is an international issue, and Ethiopia has no legal extension to make sure who is legitimate and who is illegitimate in Eritrea. It is the business of Eritreans to deal with the illegitimacy of PFDJ. The border is a strictly legal condition that binds whoever rules in Eritrea with whoever rules in Ethiopia. But you made that remark in order to absolve the Ethiopian regime. There are many points within this view. And Meles was the PM of Ethiopia.

            2. “This regimeis not worthy to deal anything good for Eritrean. I think The Ethiopian
            government understood that”

            Comment: The first sentence is fine, but you inserted it in order to lay excuse for the main point which is sentence number 2:” I think the Ethiopian government understood that” Here you are telling us that the Ethiopian regime renegaded on the agreement it had signed because the Eritrean regime wasn’t/isn’t good, otherwise, the Ethiopians would leave us alone, lock, barrel and stock, and would have lived ever after. You have clearly absolved them. You seem to be saying “if the Eritrean regime is good, then the Ethiopians will respect EEBC.” My answer is similar to the one I put in #1 above. This is not an Ethiopian internal issue, this is an international issue, and Ethiopia is morally, legally obligated to honor the agreements it signs. You can’t have a breaker of a rule who is morally superior. In this case, Meles was the one heading the government of Ethiopia.

            3.” PM Meles’s moral choices were understood by speculators since 1991 when he took power that his prime goal was to eradicate “poverty and ignorance.” All his domestic policies were framed around and directed against poverty and ignorance.”

            Comment: You are saying Meles’ choices were based on morally acceptable. The poverty issue is something we all agree upon, but whether all his domestic policies (domestic doesn’t mean economic only) were morally sound is left for debate. His iron fist rule in tightening the space for his opponents is well known, just google it. The agencies that criticize our despot have all something to say about PMMZ human record. This was a man who harbored CIA torture centers, who imprisoned Eritrean journalists for decades, who introduced the notorious “terrorism law”, copying it from the USA, he was a man who hunted down bloggers…and other critics.

            4. He is a leader with a moral value and belief that educated society could easily solve the intra-national conflicts and inter-state conflicts.”
            Comment: OK, you repeat here from that PMMZ “is a leader with a moral value…”
            This is consistent with your believe that if we were good Ethiopia would have done its obligation…Zero in on the “interstate conflicts”, So, here, we are told by you that if the Eritreans (or Eritrean government were good, Meles would abide by what he signed.
            Anyway, have a good day.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear ማርሻል !

            ኣታ ሻዕብየታይ ! እንታይ ገበሩኻ ብ ዓል ቴድ ተረሳስኖም ?
            ኣይ እዚኣስ እምበኣር ስራሕ እያ …. ካን ክሊንቶን ዝበሎ ዘዘኻኽርን ከም ኣብነት ዝቅርብን ጉዳይ ተረኺቡ !

            and do you really have any doubt that PMMZ was with moral value? forget about every thing have a cup of coffee and sit to ask yourself …what if IA was the leader of Ethiopia? and what if PMMZ was the leader of Eritrea? and answer it.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Mahmuday,

            I am Glad you quoted exactly my words.
            But the crux of the matter is there is the no the phrase “moral leader ” in my comment or writing you quoted yourself.
            Therefore quoting and giving your interpretation as you did is different. In both cases my answer will be different. In nitrickay case I say they are not my phrase. In your case since you are interpreting my comment as ” moral leader ” I could only tell you view my comment with the context particular I am referring. If you want to go out of your way then it is who you are and I couldn ‘t help it. Common sense people know what those statement are without interpreting them as is. You can not tell my statement what they mean in order to fit your description. If you were wise enough you could ask me if they have other meaning than the straight forward meaning. But for you to do that is politicking. So I am aware about that nature of politicking. My statement will live there in the public domain and I still stood on them. History and the new generation and thereafter will have verdict on them.Fortunately you are not part of them. You are the accuser and they are the judge as we move for posterity.

          • Ted

            Hi, Amanuel H, why the outrage when all know it well to be consistent with what you preach about PMMZ and Ethiopia. About history judging you, you are covered for what you did as tegadalay and for the rest, i wouldn’t don’t count on it then again who am i to say , history is mostly told from a victor’s perspective. I seriously doubt Eritrea lose this fight though.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Ted

            I will not be outraged if I am Qouted like what Mahmoud did. But when someone insert or adjust or interpret my statement to fit his narration I do. Otherwise on my stand on the character of the PM is solid and stood strong on it. See my last response to your greatista.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Emma

            ከመይ ትውዕል?

            Emma let’s be clear here. The overindulgence by some of the opposition elements in PMMZ and TPLF has already cost it massively. The young generation has already given the verdict. PMMZ has had many positive sides (let him RIP), but as an Eritrean, what concerns me is his handling of the border issue and his walking away from an agreement he signed. I will give him credit for trying to avoid the war, although, reportedly, he was defeated on that by vote. I’m very strict on passing judgments on persons. That’s why I’m just mentioning actions and decisions that could be verified. I try to avoid loaded terms and phrases. Therefore, I criticize the man on what I know and on what is publicly known (his human record and the border issue). What I listed in my previous reply concerning these two points in regard to his “moral values” still stand. I give you tones of reports of independent sources on these two points. But as I said, what is interesting is that your extreme infatuation with the man is a bit extravagant. That’s your right. As a man I don’t pass a blanket judgment on you. All I have said is own up to your belief and defend it. The simple logic would go something like this:
            a. Moral leaders observe moral values
            b. Meles is a leader of moral values (yours, that would say there are other leaders of moral value, he is one of them).
            c. Therefore Meles is a moral leader.

            Anyway, the point here is not that your consideration of Meles as a Moral leader is bad or is wrong, but the very fact of your extreme infatuation with Melesism has cost you to see the flagrant shattering of international expectation and obligation regarding EEBC by Meles. Moral values are malleable. What’s morally binding in some people may not have the same strength and articulation in others. But in dealing with each other, leaders are judged on hoqw they uphold international agreements and treaties they signed. All what concerns me here is the fact that PMMZ walked away from an agreement he had signed. You, of course, have tried to absolve him saying it directly or alluding to it, repeatedly, it went so because there was a morally delinquent government on the other side, otherwise, he would have sealed EEBC as was signed. So, here, the argument is narrowed down to his handling of the border agreement. My argument is simple. Whether you consider IA an honest, unapologetic, impulsive or what have you, the border issue is an Eritrean issue. I understand that my mention of PMHD as a dictator infuriated many Eritreans. This thread is a continuation of my “honest dictator” passing remark which has been revised to unapologetic dictator. For me the message or the substance was more important than what term out of synonymous definitions I use, and hence, I have revised the word, no biggie. So, brother, all I say is just say it loud and be proud, defend your long standing extreme admiration of PMMZ and the TPLF and move on. You are more than the parts that make you up. You have many other sides I like and many other views and positions I agree with. And for that fact, I offer you this song. Here is James Brown’s “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud.” Say it loud Emma and be proud.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knw_rUP64wM

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Mahumuday,

            Oh yes no need to defend them for they are fact On the ground andI stood firmly on them. Unlike your honest leader for whom you proudly call him honest you just compare the two nations on the footing of development. It Is a stark difference. So again Without sweating to an ideologue of Issaysim to borrow saay ‘ s characterization, I will reiterate again that I will wish to have a leader of PMM character for Eritrea than the dummy we have. Rest assure for that is my wish . Therefore what I have said about the character Of the PM I stood for them. Except I will defend them when.you insert your own words in them as You have the habit of that.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Kboor wo Hfoor Emma
            That’s all that is asked of you. You could have done it way earlier. I’m here because you gave Nitrickay a long lecture and suggested to him that he should seek help from me. Although Nitrickay doesn’t need my help, I did what you asked of me. Now, I rest my case. And believe me, I don’t wish PMMZ type for my country. Not at all. I want a genuine democratic system, I want to see someone who does not cut Eritrea into pieces in order to fit his size. Eritrea can still live up to the dreams of generations; it could still display its full color spectrum without resorting to PMMZ ethnic federalism.
            Good night.

    • Ted

      Hi the greatest, the only person i would have guessed get it wrong was AH. He didn’t disappoint. Others, just don’t like the mix “honest” with anything IA irregardless what ” Honest” is meant in your description of IA. IA is unapologetic in what he does, be it right or wrong. If one thinks, he is a dictator, he would have no problem whatsoever. He is true in action and character. Don’t sweat it explaining the obvious. Let’s move on as the Gen would say.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Ted,

        No I am not wrong. Actually his explanation doesn’t fit to honest dictator rather to naked dictator. Words and phrases always matter as they are the expressions of the one who said them. Oftentimes, when we use “naked” and “honest” in politics they have significant connotations. Anyway, since they are descriptive adjectives we should be careful as to whether they are conveying exactly to the intended message. So I don’t believe the word “honest” reflect to the message Mahmuday was intending to convey. But if he stick with that phrase then he is not honest with himself. For now I took his explanations.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Ted,

        wait, do you still have doubt in what description matches the man? there is no way to describe an honest man as dictator and there is no way to describe a dictator as honest man.

        Dear Ted,
        IA is naked . His character is something you can see without cover or something you can see without using anything to help you see like telescope for example far … or microscope for tiny or hidden . the same I have posted to Mahmuday before 48 hours ….ካብ ቀንዲ መለልያት ዲክታቶር ሓደ እምበኣር ዘይተኣማማንነትን ክድዓትን ኮይኑ – ኣዝዩ ዓንኳር ብዘይማይክሮስኮብ ዝረኣ ባህርያታት ውልቀ መለኽቲ እዩ :: ካልኦት ብዙሓት ምልክታትን ስሚዒታትን ምግላስ ይከኣል እዩ :: ንኣብነት ብባዶ ቃላት ዝተኸሸነ ነብሰ ወደሳ’ውን ካብ መለለይኡ ሓደ’ዩ ::

        means ቅሉዕ – ሉልይ – ኣቡኡ ዘፍለጠ ውልቀ መላኺ : – መሕብኢ ዝሰኣነ etc because he is naked doesn’t mean he is honest.

        • Ted

          Hi Kokeb Selam, when people ask IA if he will step down from power. He said NO. he is honest. He is not afraid of us whatsoever, with no shenanigans, to demand what he wants from Eritreans. We have no moral ground to criticize IA, if we are worshiping weyane the other dishonest dictator.

          • Fnote Selam

            Ted,

            Not really, after independence he said he was not going to stay in power for long on many occasions (in fact, he said no one should stay in power for long), eventually when we got bored of his lying self, he decided to become his obnoxious self.

          • Ted

            Hi, FS, he meant for junior authorities not him. He is consistent with his assertion people shouldn’t be obsessed who the leader of the country be (ie leave me alone till i die)

          • Mahmud Saleh

            The great
            I understand what SAAY has said, and what FS is trying to make. I think everyone understands crystal clear that I’m not alluding he is an honest man or that there is an honest dictatorship. I actually give you the credit for using the word “unapologetic”, I think that represents well what I have in mind.
            SAAY is now calling for an urgent meeting of the TBS. Well, the unapologetic sentinel of TBS that I’m, I will have to tell him that his attempts to make a coup is preempted.

          • Ted

            Hi, the greatest, we rather call a meeting to investigate the repeated coup attempt. Can we call this rebellious act as “honest coup d’e’tat” that we are told with all honestly coup is coming our way. i think the objection is mainly about giving IA any positive seeming term than your explanation. your honour, let them win for now. What about recomending a song to wash their palate.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hi the great

            SAAY is among the honest ones. ሽንፍልኡ ዕጽፍጻፍን ቑጽርጻርን የብላን።ዝርዝር ናጻላ እያ።

            Since you asked for a song, and well, it’s w/end, here are two songs, nothing of politics intended. Both call us to do self-inspection, and I think, they carry universal sense. Both singers are leaving legends and veterans of Eritrean independence.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhR4suE1rZU&index=4&list=RD8INRzoU6-GE

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LR4jONn4Rg&index=5&list=RD8INRzoU6-GE

          • Bayan Nagash

            Selamat Mahmud:

            While hearing the first, it set the mood toward the memory bank and before I was about to listen the second, I knew exactly what I was going to share here, lo and behold, the second one turned out to be precisely what I had in mind. So, here is yet another living legend who is lamenting about HOME. I like Jemal Romadan’s melody of gezana, but the lyrics do not fit the melancholy mood the first two you shared triggered in me, thus for choosing Sami’s “gezana” to indulge a little more that somber mood of this otherwise bright and sunny Saturday morning.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlwDhWdufGA

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Kboor Professor

            Here is another legend, his works are more to the side of human emotions: love and lack of it; loss of loved one, reminiscence of innocence, the hustle and bustle of family life; the vivacity and demise of aspirations….Sami Berhane.

            In the first upload, he talks how he makes his unique music, which is a common experience of all SAAY’s rock and roll legends. In the second one, well, let’s remember our fathers. I dedicate it to our elder father Ustaz Abdu A Yunis, who represents the fathers who we have not had a chance to have enough time with. Correct me if I am mistaken in the name.
            http://www.tubechop.com/watch/7307195
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnjO_zu4ASA
            Sami’s music is unique, in that, his lyrics are very simple but carefully chosen to convey unblemished message. His arrangements give breathing spacing, and he articulates musical phrases better than most.
            Selam meAlti.

          • saay7

            Hala Mahmuday:

            Hold on Mahmuday: Now pay attention, Abi and Kokhob: here’s an example of synapsis firing randomly: you confuse it with greatness when its probability a disability:))))

            I am back. So, Sami (not Sammy) Berhane. He did an amazing cover of Osman Abdelrehim’s “Sgr Bietna” that is (close your eyes, Osman fans) better than the original.

            https://youtu.be/LW5GmzYOMo4

            The only rant I heard Osman Abdelrehim make is about how Sami never asked his permission, never acknowledged him for this song and in the Youtube world, the world thinks it is a Sami original.

            Also, Mahmuday, in your previous link to Osman’s Ayfalkin Grhinetey” your didn’t acknowledge the Great L.T.’s translation for it which is: “I am so tired of you.” It is because, dammit, LT said so. Anybody who recognizes the greatness of LT must recognize his ability to redefine meaning of words.

            Back to Sami. So some would say* (‘some would say’ is a lame way of saying ‘I say so’ but I don’t want to court controversy so I will blame it on ‘some’) he outshone his big bro, Hagos Berhane, probably one of our greatest guitarists and if you don’t agree, well you are just wrong.

            So how do I tie this up with our elder fathers? When Sami published his album, in mid 1990s, he was trying real hard to connect to some rural roots and he sang “Mazay Mazay” and a lot of the Tigrinya purists were saying he got a few of the terms wrong. Rural life and its rituals bore me so I wasn’t part of that debate, but my cousin Sem Andom can critique it. I was stuck in “Weinaye Weinay” in that album, over and over and over like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man.

            Speaking of purists, I sent a link of Sami Berhane singing in Arabic… to an Arab-purist, because I like to scratch the black board once in a while with my nails and torture my friends. Here it is and, um, he is a great guitarist:):

            https://youtu.be/ui6tRQaROHI

            saay

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abo,
            are you there? come on! some thing is going on here.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan SAAY
            A very rich scoop of the day. I heard the rumor dealing with “SGR BIETNA” but did not pay attention to it. Ustaz Osman Abdulrahim came to town in the late 90s, and he was a guest in my house. If he is reading this thread, he will remember it because we were almost killed in an accident while driving them from their hotel to my house (including Idris Mo/Ali, Aaron SaTir, Wed Asennay; both Aron and MO/ASENNAY were my acquaints from the field). Anyway, in that evening Ustaz Osman was relaxed once the adrenaline subsided, and we did have a good after hours. Among the questions I asked him:
            – nay akal vitamin and its story (between him and Ustaz Alamin A Latiff)
            -aEwaf brera (sorry, I don’t remember the title) between him and Tekle AdHanom (Hewket)
            He was very gentle but told us the story that you know. Basically, I conformed it. I also learned, he had many other songs and lyrics he did not get credit for. The man is very humble and approachable.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Mahmuday,
            it is great day to hear from you the same story I know. I was wondering if you know this great artist .

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Marhab Kokhebaay
            Did you forget to post it or you are talking about Osman A/R

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Mahmuday,
            I am talking about Osman. I didn’t attache anything.

          • saay7

            Hey Field Marshall Mahmuday:

            I forgot to say thank you for the hat tip to Ustaz AAYounis. He is in his 80s so he is entitled to have any opinion but he used to hate all the songs I loved:) He once patiently watched me listening to Wedi Tkabo’s lyrics-rich song and he told me, “why don’t you just read a newspaper?”

            I told him that he, from when the days he was with the Al-Shabab membership of Al-Rabita Al-Islamiya had recited long poems in Arabic…and he said “Makkke, that’s different.” 🙂

            To him songs are simple…like those from his favorites, his friends Vittorio Bossi (Aya Beyene) and Alamin Abdeletif (Yimma).

            And, by the way, he is by far the best Tigriniya dancer ever. Tons of wedding videos to prove it.

            https://youtu.be/LA8zR5CgqfI?list=PLwbYe20ZSGlf5H5P0maELY3Y4rD8X9B7p

            saay

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Sal:

            Speaking of Aboy AA Younis, yesterday I was searching (not google but my mind) for the title of article that you wrote for Father’s day where you paid tribute to him, In it, you had said about he talked about smoking, how he did not like the Yankies dress code first, then he loved them because they were hardworking, how he easily flipped from Italian to Tigryait, Tigriniay Arabic

            I am planning something for your 80th birthday, a Gash-Bark cigar dangling from your mouth, the picture of Alicia Keys on your office to remind you of your exile, in your office domiciling in Nefasit. I know that is long time,but since our struggle is newihin meririn, kujetin, kurban qulqulet, taban” I am thinking about it, so what was the name:-)

          • saay7

            Hey iSem:

            Yo yo, this ain’t no younis.com it is awate.com 🙂

            Check your inbox:) The article was “For The Man You Are”

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Saay,

            Aboy AAYounis told you “why don’t you just read news paper.” So he was always serious and talks about serious things. Am I right Saay? You know what I mean. God bless him and hopefully to come out from the dark place the evil system put him, and join his love ones, once again. Let God give him strength to endure the unendurable circumstances he is facing. A proud dad, proud for his people and his nation.

            regards,
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Fnote Selam

            Hi Ted,

            Probably, when he said he will not stay in power for long he knew he was lying, that would not surprise me….but doesnt mean he was honest….

          • saay7

            Selamat Fnote Selam:

            It’s impossible to improve a near perfect statement but I will try anyway. May I amend your statement: “when we got bored of his lying self, he decided to become his obnoxious self” thusly:

            “When he got busted with his faux-charm lying self, he was forced to opt for the obnoxious and still lying self.” Exhibit: his open to anyone town hall meetings where he was trying to charm the people with his fake humility in contrast to the heavily-controlled meetings where he drones on and on and on…

            All the “New Generation of African leaders” made bold and categorical statements about why leaders shouldn’t be presidents for life. Then they ended up extending the constitution (Uganda, Rwanda), gaming the system so that only their party wins 100% of the seats 100% of the time (Ethiopia) or decided to stall implementation of constitution (Eritrea.)

            Saay

          • Dear Ted,
            Honesty is not being shamelessly bold, as DIA happens to be, but being a person who hates to survive by deceiving others, or cheat to gain advantage over his opponents, steal to
            take away what belongs to others (e.g. the country’s wealth – the 600m dollars in HBSC, the constitution that is shelved etc), doing things that has a negative impact on society and being a callous person deny about it with no shame at all, etc. Taking out his impudence and calling it “honesty” cannot make DIA an honest person in any way imaginable, while all the rest mentioned above are the main traits of his character, and they are not the characteristics of an honest man.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Ted,

            the week is over. you must come with new adjective to describe the man. we are not talking about Weyane. what about calling him ዕርቃኑ ዝወጸ ገባቲ.

      • saay7

        Hi Ted:

        For our next Truth Bound Society meeting, I would like my reservations registered on Kbur tegadalai harbena Mahmudays characterization of Isaias as “honest.” I am assuming something was lost in translation. Arrogant? Yes. Offensive? Yes. Rough? Yes. Unpolished? Yes. But “honest”? Well, imagine the family of Joshua Yohannes is listening to this (interview with Australia’s ABC where Isais said he will never retire), would they say “he may be a dictator but he is an honest one”?:

        +++++

        Last time ABC Foreign Correspondent visited Eritrea they profiled a former fighter turned journalist and artist named Fessahi Yohannes, known as Joshua. Where is he now?

        PRESIDENT ISAIAS AFEWERKI: I don’t know him.

        REPORTER: He was co-founder of the newspaper Setid which was the biggest newspaper here prior to it being shut down.

        PRESIDENT ISAIAS AFEWERKI: I don’t know him. I don’t know.

        REPORTER: You don’t know him or where he might be?

        PRESIDENT ISAIAS AFEWERKI: I don’t know him. If I don’t know him how can I know where he might be?

        +++

        Not honest at all. I think our people confuse “rude and obnoxious” with “honest.” Ymezgebely:)

        Saay

        • Ted

          Hi Saay, we need linguistic expert on this otherwise benign problem for TBS. It would be nice to come up with all encompassing term/adjective what the Greatest want to address IA. “genuine dictator” is mine. What would “dishonest dictator” say if he were to be asked about jashua. He would say, he is convicted of murder, rape or corruption according to the law of the country. But our honest dictator replied “i don’t know him” if the journalist or us the audience don’t get what it means ‘ i took care of him”, the fault is on us.

          http://ucbcomedy.com/media/5482

          • saay7

            Hi Tedom:

            Well, this is the part when my good friend Emma goes nuts and shakes his head at Eritreans refusal to listen to Lenin’s admonishing: Know Your Enemy. Enemy in its political sense, as in adversary, of course.

            Fact is, Tedom, there is not a single redeeming quality of Isaias Afwerki other than one: that some Erireans think he is great. Other than that:

            1. He is corrupt. Not in the sense of embezzler (which is what some Eritreans think of corrupt) but power-corrupted;
            2. He lies routinely.
            3. He murders casually.
            4. He disappears Eritreans routinely.
            5. He abuses his power absolutely.

            That we have some admiration (reluctant or eager) for this characteristic is, unfortunately, one of the most defining qualities of Habesha-ism: to embrace “strong men.”

            Others…well, for example, the fact he dresses shabily doesn’t tell us he doesn’t have the power or the money to wear tailored Italian suits; it just tells us he has terrible taste in clothing.

            Anyway, all this to be discussed at our next TBS meeting. Tzigereda is coming; she is not happy with your Good Ol’ Boys Club.

            Go Warriors!

            saay

          • Nitricc

            Hey SAAY; governments by their nature are repressive,deceptive and killers but they do it behind doors. Is not a fact you know all those you listed to facts becouse of the opened and honosty of the man in power? I other words you conformed what we are saying in attempt to oppose. Very funny.

          • saay7

            Hey Generalisimo:

            Those whose families are arrested, disappeared, killed by the government were not told so by the “honest dictator”;

            The nature of our conflict with Djibouti was not explained to Eritreans by the “honest dictator”;

            What is Eritreas budget? Good luck: again, total silence from the “honest dictator”. In fact whatever little you know about the nature of the government is because (a) someone who left the government told us so in interviews or (b) the government was forced to answer questions by westerners and NOT Eritreans.

            I think people confuse his rudeness and arrogance for “honesty.”

            Yes government by their nature may be killers and deceptive—and its three groups that keep it in check: civil society, journalists, opposition politicians. All three are banned in Eritrea.

            saay

          • Nitricc

            Hi SAAY never know honesty and accountability to be the same. Don’t you think there is a difference between the two?

          • saay7

            Hey General Nitricc:

            Aytbke indiyu zebkyeni (the great L.T. will translate.) In none of the examples I gave am I asking for accountability but honesty. For example:

            1. Honesty: admit that you have imprisoned our people.
            2. Accountability: fulfill your obligation as a government to bring them to a court of law and give them their right to defend themselves.

            During the Derg and Haile Selasse era, the governments told the people where their family is imprisoned, when visitation times are (if any) and what the charges are. Remember Ghezae Hagos touching story about his mother who was an EPLF activist in Asmara who was arrested and how he visited her in prison. Your government that u admire so much is failing even by those standards.

            So, yes, on top of everything else, Isaias Afwerki is defined by his lies and withholding information and for no other reason than to protect his absolute power.

            saay

          • Hope

            Dear SAAY:
            I thought that was Mahmuday’s intention,I.e.,such a kind of ” honest”, aka naked,brutal and unapologetic Dictators directly or indirectly ,do not tell you who they kidnap,make disappear, or kill or why they kill people!
            By just keeping kidnapping,arresting and killing people!
            They just do whatever they want openly!
            Meaning ,DIA declared openly that he is THE Dictator!
            There was a Book or movie named ” Lost in Translation” and this non-essential and out of the Topic debate reminds me about it!
            Plus,Mahmud already clarified the issue!
            Case closed!
            Your professional clarification of the issue is appreciated though!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hope,

            It sounds to me this brutal dictator actions are some what to be appreciated because of his “generosity” and “honesty” for he suppose letting us know unlike the other “conniving” dictators who hold “false” election.

            I know the intention is not to praise the dictator but really you are trivializing the real issue.

            Those people are victims of the dictator know his true colours.

            The majority of ERITREAN people who live day and night under his grip of dictatorship know what the are going through.

            They don’t need to hear from him what his plans are.

            There is a saying “actions speaks louder”, which in this case we don’t need to hear anything because we are living it.

            So my irritation is really, this is really wasting everyone’s time and it does not add any value to our situation.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hey SAAY true but if we agree that PIA is a dictator, then we are agreeing that he is not accountable. Don’t you think? I admit he is not accountable; to be accountable is to answer to some one but the point is the honesty part, to the point of telling you have to go the moon to find multi party.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Saay,

            We didn’t know our enemy yet collectively. And yes my mantra is know your enemy. You get it that right my brother. Sorry unable to vote by two hands.

            regards,
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Ted

            Hi Saay, the man is enigma in all sense to be defined as dictator that he needs appropriate prefix. You yourself found it difficult to define him as Dictator; the man with modest attire , no portraits and painting on the wall, or a barricade and convoy of machine guns fitted landcruisers, a millions dollar mansion, children’s in western universities…….. . At times he makes the most democratic country leaders look like woosey with their secret service agents and bullet proof cars. All this make him different from our typical dictators in appearance while agreeing with all what you listed 1-5( what is casual murder;-) . What is dictator anyways, at times it is subjective , mostly to mean not democratic. Any who, there is no good dictator and the Good ol’ Boys club is your way of recruiting for a vote in the name of equal opportunity ;-). She is cool addition to the club.

            i present this Ethiopian music from the beautiful nation on behalf of Kokeb selam;-)

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fnb8qzBhjY

          • saay7

            Hey Ted:

            I hate to pull a YG and quote myself but I addressed this in my NY speech about the dangers of relying on “Dictators for Dummies” manual: he has no aviator glasses and has no ribbons on his chest so he is not a dictator!:)

            “Casual murder” means that it doesn’t appear that the man has any gut-wrenching decisions when it comes to the sanctity of human life. See also how he dealt with G-15.

            He is simply a 19th century relic who would have been comfortable in the role of an Ethiopian warlord. Never mind Tzigereda, she is not going to say anything; I was fulfilling my moderator role to increase diverse opinionating

            Saay

          • Ted

            Hi Saay, it is better to use different approach to dictator as the same with North korea of Africa. They both have holes argument can be made against. IA is the leader, the i know it all, who shoves his idea of Eritrea( and the world) down our throat by force( killing jailing, coercing,,,,,,). The name ( dictator) is catchy, but who has time to explain this and that for strangers who just met him walking on the street of Asmara in old suit and sandals.

          • Tzigereda

            Hey Ted,
            You seem yet not convinced calling IA a dictator. Have you ever watched this video ( not for the weekend)? You will sure find something in each of them that will remind you of him. The docu film to follow will be called ” The Dictator With Old Sandals”.
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TposvnTgmJw

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Tzegereda,

            Thank you for the scoop to Ted. Actually he was looking for “a prefix” to our dictator. Here from the clip that fits for him “impulsive dictator”. Hopefully Mahmuday will take note from it also.

            Regards,
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Ted

            Hi Amanuel, i think she does the link to punish me. I watched 7 minute of it to know the hint she wanted get across. “Dictator with old sandals’ is brilliant and it is her intellectual property registered in Awate to be produced in due time.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Ted,
            To punish you! Not really. She was looking something to convince you about the nature of the despot. And I hope she manage to convince you.

          • Ted

            Hi Amanuel, Again you missed it , punish=teach a lesson. She did. It is weekend ,please give us a song so we can dissect and know what your taste tell us about you.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Emma
            Not really. So far Ted’s “unapologetic” which is synonymous to remorseless, unrepentant…is holding. Your choice of “impulsive” is rejected because it lowers the accountability bar for IA deeds. First the word “impulsive” describes whether someone has a sound judgment, meaning, if someone plans for the actions he does. We know IA is a calculating dictator. If you believe he does what he does because of uncontrollable impulses, then you would send him to a psychiatric hospital instead of prison. On the other hand, “unapologetic” describes whether a dictator tells you “yes, I’m, so what? “

    • Abraham Hanibal

      Hello Mahmuday,

      I’ve from the get go understood your message when you wrote about Isayas being “honest dictator”; it was evident, both from your first comment, and more clearer from your reply to Ato Amanuel H, and Ato Kohkob S, that you were not attaching any positive connotations to the word when you applied it to IA. What you said was that we’ve in IA, a cold-blooded dictator who doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a dictator. Having said this, I’m sorry to see you again associating the term, before the name IA, after all the confusions and misunderstandings.

      Hawka Abraham

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam kboorat bxot:
        Abrham, Ted, Gen.Nit, Emma, KS
        Where as moving forward, Uniting resources, consolidating efforts has been the trademark of TBS ( Emma is twitching and wincing! )
        Judging from the above founding premise, seeing energies of great awatista warriors squandered on semantics is something that bothers me. The great SGJ & SAAY would wonder “entaay eyu ezi kulu ‘haTewQeTew’ ghenzebom zeyQoxru.” Haylat is also asking ” Got Nakfa? ” and there is the conference or workshop in Frankfurt where unlikely parties sat around a table. How it will transpire is something that we will watch, but anything that brings Eritreans together infuse in me extra dose of optimism. I have not seen it discussed. HTG, Aosman, SAAY, T.T. and other money wizards deserve appreciation for sticking to the topic of the moment. For the sake of moving to a more important thread I would love to have used the word “unapologetic dictator”, hence, I adopt that. We type our comments in a hasty, and if one is not endowed with the command of terms or diction, and if that writer is blessed with scrutinizing readers, engagements such as the one that my “honest dictator” generated are all but unavoidable. Amanuel, thank you brother for your”naked” suggestion. BTW, I confused you with AH. Naked, apart from its obvious visual effects, says something about observable Attributes BY An observer. The fact that we call someone a dictator is because he is naked, that’s because he displays observable traits that help us surmise that he is a dictator. That’s applicable to both the unapologetic one and to the pretender. However, one is unapologetic about his dictatorial characteristics and if you demand space he will tell you to go to the moon, while the other will engage you in a clever way in order to sap up your base, win your likely supporters, influence international opinion. …
        Now, that must do it. Let’s focus on pressing issues. We are all for the betterment of Eritrea.

        • Solomon Haile

          Selamat MaHmud,

          I know what I got. I got. Flu– I snooze for a couple of Hours– and after I wake up I got something else And it ain’t Nakfa or Milk. I GOT thrown under the bus bybeAl kushuff. Is this “Hade sgummmti ndHrit kl lite sgummmti nQidddmit. dHHriii newiH Qlssi zeTertrr yellennnn Awet nay gddnnn iyuuu” I SAID NO RERaCtion.:( it is a good thing when an Ant gets thrown under the bus the ant doesn’t get crushed. The dictator is honest honest honest.. Too much “Shrrobbbo” Asklu has prescribed.NeQwfieta neqefueta. Yomm Barika to my Mecca folks. Tomorrow is Saturday.. “Nayy qalllsi guEzo …” tSAtSE

        • tes

          Dear Mahmuday,

          Only a shy person on PFDJ politics will label DIA as an honest dictator. I have followed your lines of thinking and have ample evidences to conclude that you are a shy person.

          Just in rebutal of your shy description, it is enough to listen words of DIA in the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and now in the 2010’s. There you will find a discontinuity on his own words.

          DIA is rather a deceptive dictator. Saay7’s description best fits to DIA. saay7 as an expert on Isaiassim, he never failed to describe DIA the way he should be.

          tes

  • Kokhob Selam

    ክቡራት እንዳ ዓዋተ :-

    ሓደ ሓደ ግዜ ርኢቶታት ተቃረንቲ ተጻረርቲ ክመስሉ ይፈሱ እሞ – ድሕሪ እኹል ምምርማር ግን ክልቲኦም ናብ ሓደ መስመር ዝመርሑ ኮይኖም ትረኽቦም :: ሓደ ሓደ እዋን እሞ ድማ ንስኻ ሓላፍነት ወሲካ ክተዋስቦምን ንሓደ ቅኑዕ ዕላማ ክትውዝዖም ወይ ከተዋፍሮም ይገብሩኻ ኣብ መወዳእታ ኩሉ ግዜ ጉዳያት ኣብ ምፍታሕ ቀዳማይን ቀዳማይን ሰብ ባዕልኻ ንስኻ ምዃንካ ኢኻ ትማሃር ::

    ክቡር ብጻይ ኣማኑኤል ነቲ ኣብ ‘ዚ ዘመና ካብ ዘለው ኣዝዮም ሰፊሕ ኣእምሮ ዝውንኑ ዶክተር ሙሓመድ ኼር ብሂላት ከም ጥቅሲ ምስ ኣስፈረ :- ብኣትክሮ ኣንቢበ ምስ ወዳእኩ ካልእ ኣእምሮ ዘስፍሕ ካብ ብቅኑዕነቱን ብሩህነቱን ዝልለ ካልእ ናይ ግዜና ምሩጽ ጽሓፍን ተመራማርን ክቡር ሳልሕ ጆሃር መልሲ ተዓዘብኩ :: ክቡር ኣንባቢ ኣብ ትሕቲ ‘ዚ ዓንቀጽ ዘሎ ምልልስ ተመሊስካ ክተንብብ ይምህጸነካ ::

    ነቀፌታ ብርግጽ ሃናጺ ኮይኑ ብዘይ ኣፈላላይ ንዝኾነ ፍጡር ምቅራቡ ፍጹም ቅቡል እዩ :: ተነቃፊ ንዝወረዶ ነቀፌታ ብመርትዖ ከውድቆ መሰል ኣለዎ :: ግዳ ኸኣ ነቲ “እወ ተጋግየ” ዝብል ጌጋኻ ኣሚንካ ናይ ምእራምን ባህሊ ዘይምጥራይና ሓደ ካብ ዓበይቲ ዕንቅፋታት ጉዕዞ ቃልስና ምኳኑ ምእማንን ነቀፌታን ርእሰነነቀፌታን ብሰፊሑ ተመያይጥና ኣብ ህዝቢ ከነስርጾን ይግበኣና እዩ ክኸውን ክኸውን ኣብ’ዛ ዘለናያ መራር መድረኽ ::

    ነቀፌታ ዶብ ክስገር ዘይብሉ ቀይሕ ሓደገኛ መስመር ኣለዎ ድዩ – ንዝብል ሕቶ ክንምልሶ ድማ ንትርጉምን ኣተገባብራን ነቀፌታ ጹጽይ መብርሂ ክንህበሉ ምስ እንኽእል ኢና መልሲ ንረኽበሉ :: ኣሕዋት ሳልሕን ኣማኑኤልን ብመልክዕ ዓንቀጽ ነዚ ብዝምልከት ዝጸሕፍዎ ጽሑፋት እንተልዩ ወይ ውን ብሕጂ ነዚ ኣርእስቲ ንምህፍታም ክጽሕፉ ብትሕትና ያሓትት ::

    ነቀፌታ ብምሁራውን ገድላውን ትርጉማቱ ሓደ ከምዝኸውን ርግጸኛ እየ : ምሁር ኣብ ወረቀት ዝሕንጥጦን ተጋዳልይ ኣብ ብደሙ ዝጽሕፎን ከም ማይን ጻባ ክተሓዋወሱን ሓቂ ክምስክሩን ግን ቀዳሞት ብሓላፍነት ዝሕተቱ እቶም ቅኑዓት ተመራመርቲ እዮም :: እቲ ምንታይ ‘ሲ ጸረ ሰላምን ራህዋን ዝኾኑ ሰባት እቲ ጉዳይ ስለ ዘይዓጦም :: ብኻልእ ኣዘራርባ ብጻይ ኣማኑኤልን እዞም ኣዝዮም ፍትወኣት ክልተ ምሁራትን ንኣእምሮ ህዝቦም ከልምዑ ኢና እንጽበ እምበር ነቶም ኣተሓሳስባ ህዝቢ ከጎብጡ ምስ ኣምባገነን ዝውስልቱ ምሁራት ኢና ብ ሃልቲ ኣይኮናን እሞ ሃየ ::

    ክሳብ ሽዑ ብሸነኸይ ክልቲኡ ብሂላት ልክዕ ኮይኑ እየ ረኸበዮ :: ኩሉ ክንቀፍ ከምዘለዎ ግዳ ኸ ኣ ክንዮ ናይ ሓባር ኣረዳድኣ ዘይሰገረን ንህዝባዊ መትከል ዘይጎስን ዘይሃስን ከምዘለዎ ::

    ንኣብነት ኣነ ተጋዳልይ ኮይነ ኣንጻር ህዝባዊ ሓልይልታት ወይ እንዳ ሳበ ብዝብል ሽም ዝፍለጥ ውድብ ብውድበይ ዝተፈጸም ወረራ ብፍጹም ይንቀፈሉ :: ግዳ ኸኣ ህግሓ ኤ ምስ ወያኔ ትግራይ ናይ ዝፈጸምዎ ኩናት ተኸላኻሊ ምዃነይን ክሳብ ሕጂ ብደምን ዓጽምን እናተጋተርኩ ምቅጻለይን ክሳብ ኣማን ብኣምና ተጋጊና ዝብሉ መስዋእቲ ምኽፋለይን ዝነቅፍ ከም ቀይህ መስመር ደው የብሎን ከም ተጻራሪ ይዋገኦን :: ነቲ ቅልጽሙ ገቲሩ “ኣነ ” ዝብል ገበነኛ ምውጋኣይን ንሒፈ ዘይምሕላፈይን ዝነቅፈኒ ካብ ‘ቲ ጸላኢ ፈልየ ኣይሪኦን እቲ ምንታይ ‘ሲ ምሕረት ዝወሃቦ ምስ ተንበርከኸ ድኣ እምበር እናተዋጋኣካ ስለ ዘይኮነ ::

  • betri_weyn

    Dear aman
    Thank you for your great hate towards the Trenche-converters and backbone-breakers of shaebia.

    • Saleh Johar

      Selam Amanuel,

      1. I don’t deny icons or others are fallible.
      2. Without context, statements are just empty.
      3. Politicians lie, so do others, there is no disagreement there.
      4. The statements of politicians are generally made for a political end.
      5, positions on such statements are weighed with a political scale, not academic
      6. Political statements are selective, it’s not consistent.
      7 I believe such statements are made in pursuit of a political goal and should be treated as such.
      8 that is the reason of obsession with Awate bashing, otherwise, the struggle condoned declared criminals that the bashers close their eyes to
      9 I wish good luck to anyone building alliances on such a platform.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Saleh,

        I assume this comment of yours is “a response to my response to you” that is few comments down in this thread. So let me try to reflect my view on your points:

        1 – I am glad you don’t deny icons are also fallible (we are in the same page)
        2 – The statement as put by the good doctor are general democratic principle (if you don’t believe on them we are at the opposite end).
        3 – Politicians lie, but politicians do also tell you the truth, hence we call them statesmen. I don’t paint all politicians as lairs.
        4 – Statemenet made by politicians are for good and bad political ends. The good political technocrats will thrive for uniting people and administer their population fairly and judiciously. Bad politician like Issayas will suffocate and suppress their population indiscriminately. Therefore no all have the same political end.
        5 – Academicians in the political sciences and political practitioners are weighed by the same scale. Because academicians share their study including their views.
        6 – Yes politics is not consistent, because it is affected by other dynamics and educational disciplines. Politics is about flexibilities within a stated principles.
        7 – Such statements are no necessarily for political goals until we evaluate their merits and demerits of those statements.
        8- We know them those who are obsessed with Awate and have no credibility and have nor weight to change the place of Awate in the Eritrean history. There is no Hade meskerem without Awate.
        9 – Just wish to bridge our people to bridge their differences.

        • Saleh Johar

          Hi Amanuel,
          I agree with everything you said in principle apart from the following:

          In #2 you exlaine that he said it because Eritreans are sensitive. Indeed, it’s good to give others the benefit of the doubt but he didn’t explain why he raised it and what his goal for that is. You are explaining it. My point there remains as is.
          I didn’t say all political statements are lies, I thought that is given and if I thought it is rhetoric to say that. In fact, one of the best comments I heard on the topic is from Herui T Bairu and I have wrote about it many times. Herui says, paraphrased, that politics in neutral, in dirty hands it becomes dirty and in clean hands it is clean.
          My point is, it is still politics and dirty or clean depends on the perspective. To some, the Eritrean struggle was dirty, to others it is the cleanest project we ever carried out. Therefore, a politician obsessed with defaming Awate says a lot about the political motive. I agree with you it is a futile political ends or, however, it should get the appropriate political rebuttal. It’s ugly and it might turn to be uglier.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Kubur Saleh,

            I am glad we agreed on the points. There is nothing that makes me smile as much as seeing eye to eye on Eritrean issue with your countrymen and countrywomen. By the way Hiruy is spot on the issue and remember he is a career politicians. When you argue with him you will see history and politics in to play – real politics. Thank for sharing his statement.

            regards,
            Amanuel Hidrat

  • Yohannes

    Hello Saay,

    Can’t these articles that expose the dishonesty of these so called American representatives and lobbyists get their way in American media outlets. They could’ve been a lot more effective there, given how the American media take on such issues. I don’t think whatever is said here is a hard enough a punch to be a lesson to other new graduates that would be sent to ‘the messy Africa’ and come back with shinier resumes. After all, who would care to counteract these people about the honesty of their report on the journals they publish their studies if the subjects themselves(Africans) didn’t? I am just saying, why not confront them head on, where they perform their show? Or have you already done, or do you consider this article as such(for this purpose), or there is something I am missing when talking about writing on non-Eritrean platforms?

    Regards

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    The Eritrean revolution’s thanks go to the ELF for inculcating a sense of anti-colonial nationalism by reviving our psychological feeling of Eritreanism that provided continuing and growing support for the liberation struggle. Ever since the Eritrean nationalism has been attached to the land and people as defined by its border and the EPLA benefited from it.

    From day one, Isayas to the ELFers was an imposter. Because the ELFers never trusted Isayas, there is no betrayal. The Isayas’s betrayal only applies to those who trusted him.

    Isayas continued to destroy all to those who trusted him. But to destroy the Eritrean land and people, who never trusted him is not a betrayal, it is a crime. Isayas is devoted to systematically defacing Eritrea and Eritreans. He has continued to weaken Eritreans through alliance with foreign forces and his divide & rule.

    It is his ability to make alliance with foreign forces that makes him different from North Korea. The leadership of North Koreans is closed off due to being secretive and its extreme dictatorship. But Isayas is worse than that and yet his party and diehards who are committed to tearing all other countries apart are authorized to roam freely in the west engaging in whatever activities they want.

    What the west doesn’t know about Isayas is that he is an idolized leader and his followers or party members can be risky to outside world. According to Ethiopians, Sudanese and Yemenis, the scariest part about Isayasists is that if any of them is around, don’t close your eyes nor turn you back on them because any time they can destroy you upon receiving orders from Isayas.

  • Yohannes

    Hello Saay,

    You write beautifully, with a light touch yet dissecting deep. Its a pleasure to read you.

  • Solomon Haile

    Selamat Awatista,

    Tes has been rather inactive or a lot less active in the forum since the Trajedy in France. tes are you alright? I am sure others have asked already..I may have missed the response(s) TsaTse

    • tes

      Dear Solomon Haile,

      Thank you for your recall. I am alright and doing fine. The Paris tragedy was a great shock to all and particularly to those of us who live in France. As for me, as I live outside Paris, I am not affected directly except the shock that has reached me through out the week.

      Concerning my activitiy in this forum, Yes I am inactive these days. It is related to my situation change. Starting this November I got a temporary job which is sucking my whole energy. I need to wake-up early and work for almost 10 hours and then sleep early too. These changes has affected my la vie-quotidienne (daily life).

      Awate Forum these days is speeding too much. It is almost impossible to catch-up if you miss one or two days discussion. It is wonderful to see such vitesse(speed).

      Thank you again for your care. I would also like to extend my thanks to Hope* and Amanuel Hidrat who expressed their brotherly care for my safety.

      tes

      *Hope is warning me to know my limits when I am fighting to have no limits.

      • Bayan Nagash

        Selam Tes,

        Stay well and good to hear that you are doing fine. What occurred in Paris is numbing to a point of leaving this gaping hole in one’s spirit, but as unfortunate as that tragedy was, I am afraid the world is spinning and spiraling out of control and we the helpless creatures are watching it left only to express our dismay…

        Awate never functioned at my pace, thus I learned to acclimate my pace to it, which is to say reading only selectively and doing the same when it comes to writing. But, of course, that leaves me a bit on a short end of being well informed, but that would have to do for now and I would take NO umbrage at Hope’s remarks: Man’s gotta know his limits. We may someday – soon – sip coffee/tea and have endless chats in the country for which we have endlessly been aching for far too long. Be well and stay well.

        Sincerely,
        BN

  • Abraham Hanibal

    Hi All,

    Dictator Isayas reappeared on Eritrean tv yesterday, ending weeks long speculations about his whereabouts in Eritrean diaspora media outlets. His reappearance deals also a blow to some Eritreans’ (me included) cautious optimism that the disappearnce of this despicable tyrant would pave the way for a change to the better in Eritrea, at least for the time being.

    • Semere Andom

      Hi Abe:
      I am one of those who believe natural death of IA will not bring chanage, the busy body lurking behind,who are the executive of his evil implements will take over and it will be business like usual,meaning repression and mayhem, it could even be more dangerous for us as the newly minted dictator be it his son or others, to prove his power may unleash his demons for initiation. The change, the true change we desire will only come with chaos and we hope in that chaos the blood that will be spilled is that of PFDJ.
      From the handful PFDJ that are likely to replace IA no good change can come as can be gleaned from their tone, tenure. Those who think severing the head will usher in new change are those who are spoiled by the west: Hilary serves as Obamas’s secretary of state and when she runs for president, she distances from some of this legacy, that kind of distancing is not possible in our case, I am sure the people will accept but I have no confidence that the Yemane’s and,Philiposes will have the guts and confidence to take that courageous road. We are dealing with common, street thugs, strip IA and his gangs from their power and money, you will common hooligans helming a society that once has its own Jeffersons

      • Solomon Haile

        Selamar Semere,

        Cyclic and oxymoronic this share if yours is. With any change at the helm I will come back and list numerous things that will change for the better. On the contrary, through the chaos and bloodshed THE VERY SAME SAME YOU WILL GET. Those who destroy the country, system and infrastructure and ascend to power WILL TURN DICTATORS HIDDING BEHIND THE VIEL OF RECONSTRUCTION. “Bread before democracy” does it sound familiar?
        And those who advocate change through chaos and bloodshed in Eritrea are suspect of altering motives. It is at times like this that politician and or pontificators call on The General Nitric! General commence the offensive–and General Victory by any means at your disposal!
        At least the reconstruction of war torn Eritrea is more palatable with regards of the CHANGE delay justification as the war for independence, a just war, necessitated the chaos and bloodshed–chaos being very minimal. Later…..TsaTse

      • Abraham Hanibal

        Hi Semere,

        Well, I’m not saying that the ultimate death of the dictator will result in automatic change to the better. What I said is his disappearance would be the first important event in the chain of events that would follow. I do not believe that chaos is the right way to go; chaos is happening in Iraq, Syria, Libya, etc, and that is aboslutely not what we Eritreans are looking upto. My cautious optimism originates from the fact that there is no any power-hierarchy in the PFDJ-mafia system; that all the criminals are held together by the fear and subjugation of the one tyrant; meaning they’re using him as a protector in their quest of milking the people. Absence of the dictator would mean, removal of the glue that is holding the mini-tyrants, who do not have respect and trust towards each other. Some of them could even use the opportunity to run away from facing eventual justice they’ve denied the people by siding with the dictator. This situation needs that Eritreans, especially those in the diaspora who’ve the opportunity to organise; have to reach out each other and serve as an inspiration for any forces within Eritrea that might cease the moment to transfer power to the people.

      • PTS

        Semere,
        Why are you refusing meskerem.net’s offer of Welenchel Abraha as a replacement? The guy looks as old and in bad shape as his boss but what worse can come than Isaias Afewerki? Last week Welenchel was grilled at townhall meetings about land reform and housing demolishment (out of the norm for eritv to air grievances). As expected he had no answer to many of the tough questions but he is much calmer than the easily enraged Isaias.

        • Abraham Hanibal

          Hi PTS,

          I do not know the background of the minister of Zonal administration, Mr. Woldenkiel Abraha, but I’ve to admit I’ve a feeling that he is somewhat unique in his calmness and his civilised approach when I compare him to most of the PFDJ-thugs. Ps. This is not a “Woldenkiel for president” call, but rather a humble personal observation.
          If he indeed happens to be a source of inspiaration to Eritreans; I fear that he would be the next target of the evil at the helm.

          • PTS

            Hello Abraham,
            Not much is known about Minister Welenchel. But I kind of like his temparment. We may need to start the vetting process:)
            I think he is one of the few longest serving tegadelti (starting from the 1960s may be?)

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Awatistas,

    Here is a good reminder and a lesson to all of us from our good doctor:

    “In my humble opinion, there should not be any RED LINES, in Eritrean politics. No one should be immune from criticism, neither the veterans such as Hamid Idris Awate , Ibrahim Sultan, Idris Mohamed Adem, Woldeab Woldemariam or others. No one or group should feel particular ownership to any one of them more than others. No subject should be exempt from discussion.” (Dr.Mhammed Kheir) Quoted from facebook.

    Regards
    Amanuel Hidrat

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Amanuel,

      Thanks for bringing this topic. Here is my comment copied from the same thread:

      “Mohamed Kheir Omer, in context, I am inclined to think the subject is Awate, because we are still living the aftermath of the blatant attack on the history of Eritrea by undermining the history Awate. The fact that anyone can say what he wants is well established; emphasizing it is simply rhetoric, stating a well known fact. However, the non-existence of a Red Line is true only in an academic setting. But when politicians carry it out, it is not an innocent academic exercise simply because politicians are not academicians and their statements carry political weight and should be seen from the political perspective. The issue is not what anyone may state, it is rather our political (and principled) position on any given topic. True, there are no Red Lines in academia, but politics is made of principles and a lot of Red Lines. For myself, anyone can say whatever he feels in an academic setting because the statements can be debated, debunked, or accepted and corrected. In politics, however, since politicians do not play the role of academicians, whatever they say has a cost, and the way we react to any politician trying to pass a political message by camouflaging it as an innocent scholarly exercise, has a cost. Such deceit of mixing academic and political fields should be exposed for what it is. That is my political Red Line and of many other nationalists–politically, Awate is a red line; but scholarly, scholars can document their findings, in a scholarly setting, without fearing red lines. I believe political statements should not be passed as a scholarly statement and vice-versa.”

      • Solomon Haile

        Selamat SJG, Will you please indulge me. I beg you! An honest answer only will satisfy me. You can add a politician twist sarcastically.
        Do you believe a significant number of Erutreans may consider IA to be a RED LINE? If so or not, What percentage of the Erutrean population? By a Red Line I do not necessarily mean it in the strict sense. TsaTse

        • Saleh Johar

          Solomon,
          Yes they do. A section of Eritreans do consider him god, not only a red line. And they are fighting for him

          • Solomon Haile

            Selamat SaliH,
            Numbers man numbers. What percentage? When some one asks to be indulged you feed him or beyond satisfaction of his or her hunger. You opted for the politicians ‘ sarcastic portion desert. Only on your above response you were as academic in an academic setting when you spoke of “statements of facts” you could have said 2% or 99.8% or any number in between that is your best educated guess. I was and am merely reinforcing an academic argument. As Mycroft’s younger brother Sherlock would say: “it’s elementary my dear” I,e, the power of observation. TsaTse

          • Saleh Johar

            Solomon,
            I said some because there are some I can be resent as an exhibit: take Dawit for example, and google images of people carrying the image of Nsu, and those whose slogan is Nhna Nsu, Nsu Nhna.

            Percentages require studies, instead of assigning me to do that, you are more qualified to carry out such a survey.

            My comment is not based on academic research but on observation–that is what I do: observe and write/comment. Scholars and politicians do what they do, I observe and write about them. My research is focused on a different field, on how alliances are shifting and who is poised to attack, and why, and what is cooking in the kitchen at different times, etc.

            I am sorry if my reply is not enough for you.

          • tes

            Dear SJG,

            Isn’t a first hand proof that there is a red Line of DIA cricism to have the G-15 living in dark and underground caves? And the PFDJ is all about to respect that Red Line (La Ligne Rouge).

            tes

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Tes,

            Good to have you back, and safe.

            Indeed, there are many evidence that show many consider him a red line and of course the G15 are where they are because they crossed that line. Very true.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Merhaba Saleh,

        I will still reiterate that the good doctor ‘s statement are true and factual whether on academic or political exercise. I will also add that not all criticism are factual to pass the public test of scrutiny. No one will validate any critic that has not any truth. Because there are politicians who lies, we will not be against the principle of democratic value of criticism and self -criticism.

      • tes

        Dear Saleh Johar,

        I am in line to your statement. Politically there is a Red Line. And the Red Lines are founded on principles as you have clearly stated. Dr. Mohammed Kier, as an academician and an urdent reader and writer, his approach is purely academic. It is good if he is contained within that atmosphere. If not it will be fanatism as we are witnessing with some.

        tes

    • Solomon Haile

      Selamat Aya Amanuel,

      I agree whole heartedly. zeytesaHfe yennibb keyhilu deaA mbber, if by chance, and it is very likely, you are thinking that some are upset, including yours truly, on what could be considered by some criticism of Teg. MaHmud SaliH in this thread then,speaking for my self, allow me to share these thoughts:
      What is upsetting is the disregard of entertaining Erutrean ideas by fellow Eritreans that are do not necessarily coincide with yours (yours in general). At this stage of the Eritrean political reformations, the unity of all opposing politicians is priority. We are not looking forward to Hade Hangol Hade seAt II. It should be accepted that it is impossible to have all Eritreans reject the current GoE and the PFDJ party. Though you could list a thousand shortcomings, blunders, dishonesty, corruption in the Eritrean administration since independence, many can also list a thousand wins or successes, despite the learning curve handicap and and and geopolitical hurdles, with in the system. The dissatisfaction by the young university graduates and professionals with the system was and is due to the authoritarian nature of the military culture if the tegadelti. They wanted to make it better AND yes the Tegadelti perhaps thought themselves beyond criticism due to their service(opportunity cost) and their against all the odds achievement in freeing Eritrea from foreign occupation. The young professionals innovation to doing, building and administering the nation with better efficiency or fresher ideas was thus stunted in almost all of the past two decades. I will not go into depth as to the rational of why such a culture or dynamic between the veterans and the young work force of independent Eritrea. But I will mention what I think is the most significant. Job security and the ambitions fior effoyta of the once young who spent decades in the mountains facing….
      And in the mountains you either had to be innovative or die because nobody and nothing wanted you alive. The innovative survive by any means until victory gave birth to a system that was brought to independent Eritrea with these current system administratiors. And the majority have a lot of heart and love for their nation and people. What needs to change is for these administrators to accept and allow ideas to flourish without any control whatsoever by them and their party. And in the form of partisan fair and legal competition the most accepted by the majority of Eritreans should lead the reconstruction and construction of Eritrea. Their system may not be agreeable to the ideal Eritrea that all Eritreans, including the pfdj, envision. But we can not simply shout and disregard that it is a system that is still holding Eritrean sovereignty and Erutrean citizenship in tact. I persinally believe the pfdj party and system is as one among many or few legal parties that will and should compete as an opposition or incumbent at one time or the other. The greater force of change for the better for Eritrea is inside Eritrea part and parcel of the pfdj system and almost all of them believe, I think, the system needs drastic reformation and improvement while believing in their hearts and minds justice and accountability of the unjust within the system as well as a change in leadership is a must.
      Why the lecture you may ask? It is because what upset me was the focus, and capitalization by some, on two words MaHmud SaliH boldly, and strategically I believe, stated I order to drown out a very valid and necessary outlook for Eritrea’s maturity and progress. It is not the time to utilize campaign style tactics to drown out your opponents message. The Erutrean intellectuals at this present time should scrutinize the merits of all opposing Eritrean political strategies as to whether or not these ideas are a win win. Intellectuals scrutinizing the merits of ideas such as that if MaHmuds will then give the gift that is of the atmost priority. And it is: Political Pluralism in Eritrea. And the exclusion of any indigenous Eritrean idea through ridicule is not only upsetting but extremely counterproductive. That is the reason I was very upset but rest assured I have lots of criticism for MaHmud SaliH and quit frankly lots of criticism for Aya Tegadalay Amanuel Hidrat as well. Ab neQuefuta reIseneQfieta yerrakhhibena Amen. TsaTse

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    First let alone few months even in the whole year Saay didn’t write about “good dictatorship” as you put it. Second “honest dictator” and “good dictatorship” is not the same. Still you don’t know what you are talking. Please “Rutub kun Hope”. Do not vaccilate to all directions. If you don’t have something at hand to show me where to go to see you statement, don’t even try to say it.

    Regards

    • Abi

      Ato Amanuel
      I think we are getting closer. Good dictatorship at every level is what I dream while awake.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All I don’t know what all this is about but; PIA is an honest dictator.
    PIA was asked when he will give up power and he said never!
    PIA was asked when election will be held in Eritrea, he said after 30-40 years.
    PIA was asked if there will be other parties besides PFDJ, he said may be in the moon.
    PIA does not have the money or properties that stashed away like anther African country.
    Many more other things he has done or said can be attributed in saying he is an honest dictator. If not, he could have implemented the constitution and sheered it in to pieces as he pleases. He didn’t
    He could have called an election and rigged it to the bone and win 100%; he didn’t.
    He could have fetched few fake political parties and suffocate them as he pleases. He didn’t.
    As a politician to be that honest and survive is the real dilemma. There is no question the man is honest. If not, he could pretend like every other African country and rule for life. Instead, he is hunted by the west for his honesty, principal and titanium balls.
    Mahmuday; you are 100 % correct!

    • Amanuel

      Hi Nitricc
      I have a personal experience he (IA) is a lier, you can call him naked dictator but not honest.

      • dawit

        Amanuel,
        Do you mean he is a good politician!

        • Solomon Haile

          Selanat Dawit,

          Okay I will bite. If he is a good politician then he is very popular and adored by the majority of Eritrea’s citizens. Would you please indulge me(your son :)) I beg of you! what percentage of Eritreans revere Isayas Afeworki? I guess less than ten percent. Give your honest answered sprinkled with the politician sarcasm. If his popularity is low with Eritrean Citizens then he us infact a bad politician. I say he is an honest dictator and the best dictator and last dictator Eritrea will hopefully ever experience. I dare you or any one to take me to task why I think IA is the best dictator the world has ever experienced., TsaTse

        • Amanuel

          Hi dawit
          No, I understand that you are coming from the prospect of that good politicians are liars and he must be one of them. I disagree, clever politicians use political persuasion or hidden arms twisting methods either to persuade or defeat their political opponents. However, he uses naked aggression, which makes him weak in conflict resolution.

    • Tewelde gebremariam

      Nitricc,

      There is nothing you cannot say in defense of the indefensible monster, the immaculate mass murderer, the human trafficker, the racketeer, the spineless coward etc. You can only be his brand, a partaker of his despoil , otherwise you would not have gone to such level of immorality as to eulogize his vicious character. But then, you would not have been at awate 24 hours a day.

      Because he said that he would never give up his post, that there would never be democracy etc., you call him honest. Because he wears shabby clothes in public, sometimes share some food with his victims, you call him poor. But you did not tell us why he perform all that pretensions before camera and shows it on TV for months subsequently; that why he parades on the Asmera- MtswaE road the few tractors or buses he buys from China?

      He has killed about 500,000 innocent Eritreans. The cause of death can be by outright shooting, by poisoning, by stravation,, by witholding medicine, by leaving them to rot in under ground dugeons, by exposing them to unnecessary and illegal war etc. Now , would any one expect such mass murderer to relinquish his grip to state power? No one. Then you cannot deceive us by your twisted logic.

      All semblance of institutional operation in the country is extinct; there is no transparency, no budgeting, no auditing, no documentation of anything. Would honest leader resort to black market brand operation? No. He did it to steal under darkness, to avoid being caught stealing.

      Do you know the one thing working in Eritrea today? Gold mining, isn’t it ? Why? Because he can easily steal it. In fact, the $ 700,000,000.00 unraveled at one Swiss Bank under a pseudonym of Asmera a taxi driver can only be his. And you call such as crook, honest?

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Tewolde,

        well said brother. Who can say it better.

        Amsnuel Hidrat

        • Tewelde gebremariam

          Hi Amanuel,
          Thank you !

      • dawit

        Dear Tewelde,
        If there was a Noble Price category for fabrication and lying, believe me you will not get any competition in this world.

        • Tewelde gebremariam

          Dawit,

          Grow up ! How long do you want live denying the dire situation of your own people just for one traitor, who is about to be hung for Crime Against Humanity?

          What do you say of isaias afewerki , who had been professing that Eritrea was progressing by leaps and bounds with her internal capacity, denying that there was no fleeing Eritrean, denigrating Ethiopia as darling of Western donations etc., now prostrating down begging for the alms of European Union? To what do you attribute his shameless flip-flops? Foul character, isn’t it ?

          Remember the billions of dollars he has been getting from gold mining. In view of this income and given the small number of our people , would you think his begging of EU is inspired by real lack of money and real zeal to help our people? None of it. Among others, he is driven by the zeal to steal and hord money. Ask the Swiss Bank to verify.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          selam dawit,

          If there will be a noble price for lying, It will be reserved for you and will be awarded as soon as it is initiated. No one beat you in that category. Even Nitrickay will tell you that.

          Regards

      • Nitricc

        “He has killed about 500,000 innocent Eritreans”
        Where did you get the numbers? What is your evidence?
        “ In fact, the $ 700,000,000.00 unraveled at one Swiss Bank under a pseudonym of Asmera a taxi driver can only be his..”
        How do you know the money is his? Again what is your evidence? You have the habit shooting your mouth allover. The other day you declared apartheid system in Eritrea by PIA. When I challenged you; you have no answer. It sad the medium we call the University of Awate is trashed by the likes of you. AT, you can not allow an article to post with this kind nothing but garbage.
        Tewelde, your trashy Article belongs to Assena.com; it will be revered there.

    • Fnote Selam

      Nitricc,

      IA, in fact, have said that he (and no one else) should stay in power for long time. he also said there will be political parties in eritrea and there will be elections etc etc. And regarding money, the jury is out there….we don’t know for sure doesn’t mean he didnt do it…

      I understand what Mahmud is trying to say, but you trying to pile on is just lame….

      FS.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear L.t. ፍሽኽ ኣይትሕመቁ እንዳ ‘ባ !!

    ….. ዓርከይ መዘንግዕ …….

    ዓርከይ መዘንግዕ ሓንሳብ ዘዘናግዕ :-
    ሓሓቁ ነጊሩ ዘሰንብድ ዝቀጽዕ:-
    ሓሓንሳብ ኣእምሮ ዘልምዕ :-
    ሓሳብት ብትዕግስቲ ትም ኢሉ ዝሰምዕ :-
    … … ንመዘንጉ ውን ኣርኪቡሉ ጉድ ጉዱ ቅልዕልዕ::

    መዘንግዕ ኣዘንጊዑ ነገረና ብዛዕባ መዘንጉ :-
    ወላ ኣይምሓሮን ሰብኣይ ኣብ ምእራጉ:-
    ሰማያዊ ክዳን ጠኒጉ ጠናኒጉ :-
    ጎበጥበጥ ዝስጉም ፍሽኽ ተጸዊጉ::

    ስእሊ ዝሰኣሎ – ኣስክሬን ዘምሰሎ :-
    ኣብ መሬት ኣፍሪቃ እናኸደ እንከሎ :-
    ፍርቂ ነብሱ ሰማይ ዝመስለካ ሊሎ :-
    ዝዕጸፍ ነይመስል እግሩ ምስተኸሎ ::

    ስጉምቲ መዘንጉ ንድሕሪት ድዮ ቅድሚት:-
    መዘንግዕ ኣበይ ረኸቦ እናበለ ከርተት :-
    ኣብ ለምለም ስቡሕ ኣፍሪቃዊ መሬት :-
    ኣርሒቅካ ዝረኣ ጎቦታት ኣኽራናት::

    ኣይ መዘንግዕ !
    ኩሉ ተግባራቱ እንተርኣኽዎ :-
    ጉድካ እዩ ዘውጽእ ወላ ዘይስልችዎ :-
    ወላ ዘይህከዮ -ወላ ዘይምነዎ :-
    ዘይውዳእ ዓቅሚ እዝጊ ዓዲልዎ ::

    መዘንጉ ተመናዚጉ ኣዘንግዕ ምስ ሓዞ :
    ዛንታ ኣዘንትዩ – ሕቁኡ ጎዞዞ:-

  • Bayan Nagash

    To my respected Brother Mahmud and by extension to the thousands more who fought for independence of Eritrea:

    I will not dwell on the notion of “honest dictator” because I see the overall positive connotation of the word honest can seem too jarring for a reader to attach it the word dictator it precedes. But what I will dwell on are threefold: (1) your characterization of Susan Rice; (2) your deeply held belief in your former compatriot tegadelti and in your
    willingness to give a defense posture even when your naked eyes show you otherwise; (3) your apt observation of “[n]ew activism based on communities, specialized advocacy groups, targeted media activities…and attempts by the traditional political organizations in discussing ways of consolidations…all these send the
    right signals.”

    I share similar sentiment to the latter in that we are at long last seeing the reverse of the mushrooming trends of civil/civic societies and political organizations that we have been made to witness in frustration and agony for many
    years. Finally, things are gaining inertia in reverse order but that these reversions are taking their natural due courses few groups at a time, which to me reads as a healthy sign of strong re-merging and consolidations that will
    lead to a robust opposition in the end.

    Now, to point (2):This, Mahmud Haway please take it the spirit in which I am penning it, which is in hopes of showing you how those of us who never held a gun let alone joining liberation force as you did to liberate your people and your country from the yoke of oppression, see the errant and untenable perspective you seem to hold.

    In my mind’s eye I try to imagine you and thousands of young men and young women like you leaving their respective cozy home environment at such tender age to join a Front. This imagination is being made vivid by stories I heard of how some were turned back because they didn’t have proper attires as my older brother was told when he went to join, but his friend had shorts on and he was ready to join while my brother was shipped to Addis once my parents got a wind
    of what he was up to, alas, his friend paid the ultimate price soon after joining.

    The most powerful imagination elicitation comes by way of Wedi Tukul’s song (Zekire) in which he laments about the collective comrade in arms he lost, most specifically when he says, “attum seb Tuwyo netsela, attum seb ETQi Himala”.

    Now, I imagine young Mahmud being handed the arms to defend the idea of a nation, the idea of a people from diverse background converging and conceiving of a nation-state they would eventually bring to its realization in 1991. But, stay with me on those first few days, weeks, however long, in which a young Mahmud is being prepped to become fully fledged fighter. Particularly, the netsela is what I am fixating myself, which I want to use as a metaphor for what you would be folding in it at a metaphorical level.

    That netsela is meant to become your coffin in the event that you pay the ultimate price. But, that tsaEda netsela before you put it on your waistband had to be folded many times over to a perfect fit. But, in that folding process, Mahmud and thousands more young men and young women are told in so many words to fold every identity that they brought with them from their respective communities, such as their religious identities, their regional identities, their identity based on caste, their gender identity, their every identity except the identity that they never had, the national identity that was yet to be formed, a nation-state identity that was never part and parcel of their identity makeup; nevertheless, you accepted and believed on that national identity that was going to be borne from the ultimate price that would eventually cost some 65 thousand plus young men and young women lives. For those who sacrificed their lives that netsela became their coffin and those identities that they folded in that netsela were given back to them in their death, during their burials.

    Now, those of you who made it to the independence of the nation you were supposed to put those identities you folded in your respective netselas back, alas, I am here to contend no-one did. In fact, it was asked of the newly minted nation-state of Eritrea, not only you were not allowed to wear your respective identities back, but the leaders of this nascent nation-state asked of all its young to be brought up in the image of gedli years. SAWA was that camp that will accomplish the national identity bereft of other identities.

    This was the colossal mistake for which we are now paying gravely for. We have all forgotten that Eritrea was a nation of state that the world has embraced, instead we wanted to raise children as if they were in gedli, no individual sovereignty; thus the young was ill equipped to fight back when the conditions in Eritrea became wretched they began to leave in droves instead of fighting back. Had we done our duty to arm our young to develop notions of citizenship through the school system like they do in countries like the U.S., Eritreans would’ve fought back the way Americans did during the Vietnam War and during the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s and 70s and overthrow these bastrds. Of course, in the case of the U.S., some did abandon their citizenship and went to Canada instead. Nonetheless, we never equipped our young with tools of the mind to fight back. We made them feel that they were not worthy of having a life of their own to develop, to thrive, to have meaningful existence with.

    So, kbur tegadaly Mahmud, it is that colossal shortcoming you must begin to accept on your former comrade’s part. Nsu and his cronies never understood that a country could not be run by whims or by gedli era mindset. A nation-state
    requires technocrats who can run institutions not generals who only know how to shoot and kill. That ain’t how you build a nation, that’s how you fight to free a country from a yoke of oppression, and now we are dealing with the former
    oppressed group becoming oppressors themselves. That’s honest to goodness kind spirited idea I am sharing with my brothers and sisters in diaspora through you, Mahmud to make you see your errant ways in hopes of making you adjust to the reality as it exists and not as you wish it should’ve been.

    Point (1) above I have no energy to talk about, as such, I will leave it for some other time.

    Respectfully,
    BN

    • Solomon Haile

      Selamat Beyan,
      Do you believe that the opposition as we generally know it practices “errant ways” in the belief that the “errant ways” will facilitate and accelerate the demise of the despised dictator Isayas Afeworki? I will argue there is nothing “errant” including the “honest dictator” in TegMH’s ways. I do not expect a retraction by MaHmud of any of his statement as they were made at the time. I do expect to see an understanding of your rationales with ample discussions and debates by both. I am quite sure you already see the point of convergence of both of your “errant ways” and it is with the responsible handing of the baton from and to…
      Another point of contention I may have is the causes you have listed as to why the youth of Eritrea chooses to flea instead of fighting injustice. I do agree with your Netsela metaphor contributing to the phenomenon. I can see the Ghedli modled nation or Sawa as you put it stripping identity or causing identity crisis in the youth and hence our observation of the Eritrean wanderer. But there are a lot of other counter arguments for later… I would love to see MH’s take on your idea. TsaTse

      • Bayan Nagash

        Selam Haw Solomon,

        Dwelling over semantics or contending over the loos usage of terms will not be fruitful, because one can easily see that they only lead to a cul-de-sac, therefore why discuss an issue that two steps later would lead to a dead end. If I may use the discussion of “Red Line” in another thread that SGJ has captured in all of its essences for me is that why should we try to be “Jack of all trades”. There are issues which are best left for historians and social scientists to grapple with, discussing them outside that prism without solid historical context becomes nothing more than exercise in futility as it will ostensibly not lead to a higher understanding because these issues would be based on conjectures. This is not to dictate that these issues not to be discussed under any circumstance, it is just that the corollaries will not leave us enlightened; to the contrary, they will leave bitter after taste in many of the discussants, that’s all. Now, who needs that? Eritreans, at this junction in our history are who least can afford such conversations. When we have the luxury of time in downtown cafes of Asmara and in Massawa’s Red Sea shores, in many other places, we can discuss these issues to our hearts’ content, but not when we are working out to narrow our differences?

        As for the Eritrean wanderers, well, let’s just put it this way: They are not the kind of wanderers that Sal Y. had in mind with his article. These Eritreans were forced to wander the world over as stateless, hence homeless, and wishing to find a place in which they can start their life with some modicum and semblance of peace and security, two things they were unable to find in their
        home of origin.

        Sincerely,
        BN

  • Semere Andom

    Hi Berhe:

    Mahmuday is thinking in Ghedli Tigriniya, translating it to Tigriniya, the mother tongue and then translating it to English and he comes up with an oxymoron. I know he will say Semere is in love with oxymoron:-)

    But let us take Mahmuday’s “honest dictator” as semantics and see if IA is “honest” dictator.

    Ok, IA said no elections for 40 years, but he also said that there are no political prisoners, there is no repression, he said the people of Eritrea are not preoccupied about elections, all these are lies so even by Mahmuday’s test IA is not honest, Ab Lincoln said this in a letter to his friend: ” …..When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy”, he was referring to the “All men are created equal and slavery”. But in IA’s Eritrea, you do not have hypocrisy, you have common outlaws, they perfected it in the mountains of Nakfa and they are practicing it in the streets of Asmara.

    But democracy is not only about elections, if the processs is right and there is no term limit, president or PM can reing for 20 years so his comparison with Ethiopia is also misplaced, a country that also imprisons journalists and politicians, but releases them and a country where prisoners are visited. IA closed university Asmara, PMMZ opened one in Adigrat, IA created Ela-Ero, PMMZ crearted Shimeliba and Mai-Aynee

    No one expected Eritrea to implement vibrant, with full checks and balances goveranced in 25 years, but many expected the green buds of democracy firmly planted and that is what TPLF have done. It is Africa and this green buds maybe nipped in their bud, but Eritrea under PFDJ does not even have, the dry see (zerie) let alone green buds of democracy.
    The greatst danger to Eritrea is PFDJ, the second one is the lack of honesty among our intelectuals in seeking truth (this not about Mahmud) for its sake when they compare what TPLF, EPLF peer have done for themselves in the last 25 years and what the off spring of EPLF, PFDJ have exposed Eritrea too. The “screw” driver intellectuals, who were charmed by IA are still hav enot lived up to their resposniblities to embrace intellectual integrity and that is what we will need in the post PFDJ era.
    Thank your for the compliment Hammada, my defense of TPLF is impressive, I am an honest half Dedebit;-)

    • Saleh Johar

      Semere,
      Let me come in defence of Mahmuday–I don’t think he meant honest in its true sense. No noble character (like honesty) can be attributed to NSU.

      But would you have a problem if I said Mzungu Cohen is an honest lobbyist? Why not, he works hard for it, day and night, including week ends, just like the “therapists” who roam the dark alleys and stand by light poles in big cities. He really works hard 🙂

      • Kokhob Selam

        Sir,

        እንታይ ወሪድዎ ዘይሰርሕ በርቲዑ :-
        ዒላ ዶ ኩዒቱ ማይ ኣንቲዑ :-
        መሬት ዶ ሓሪሱ በእዳው ብደርዑ :-
        ድለላ ዝሰርሕ ነገር ኣባሪዑ ::

  • L.T

    Kokob Selam;
    Now,Awte out two different picture of Chone and I agree with Awate,one is blue with green and yellow country(yellow gold) and I am a little surprised at awate that they have not a picture of Weyane with great curiosity at the bottom,and the other is the image of him is that it shows that we know not where should he go,to Redsea,to Islamic state or to Paris?but his clothes are washed out:-)
    I read now that you are going with a news poem here and I wondeer to who’s your favorite poet in Eritrea?For my part Memher Asres Teseme,Okbay Weldegebriel,Wedi Dunfue,Bashay,Yemane Baria,Osman,Saleh Jahor ,Haile BIzen,Akilu Ftsahatsien,Beyene hailemariam,Saba kidane,Araret Iyob,Iyob Bisrat,Dr Ressom haile,Hiddat Ephriem,Nuggese Haile(Mensatay)Kiros Yohannes,Geberetsadik Weldeyohannes with his big brother Tesfai,Dawit Issack,Wedi Haji ,Nega …and I

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear L.T,

      I love them all without exception. Under love, but I have some reservation for some in their stand. again some have enough knowledge while some are starters and they need to work hard. Now, I don’t know in which category I am. I don’t still think I am among the best once. I think I have to work hard. I have ability of copying the styles of most but I love my own style. Lol, I love Kokhob very much, I sometime kiss Kokhob- I love him. I want to be Kokhob always. that doesn’t mean I am selfish but it is when you love yourself first you love others I think. Yes, even to serve free others, you need to love them and that love starts within.

      I will invite you after an hour one poem and that will be about Mezengu. for sure Saay7 will enjoy it. don’t forget to vote up or down. I am a bit busy now. tks,.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    Look these two statements:

    (a) a great article, without bias and prejudice! (b) irrespective of your brilliant analysts and Rebuttal,you CANNOT refute the obvious fact that Dr Susan Rice and Co have caused unrepairable damage to Eritrea as a Nation and to the Eritrean People!

    Can you notice something from these two statements? Or can you learn yourself something from the nature of your statements?

    regards

    • Hope

      Dear Ayya Aman:
      Your point?
      Meaning contradicting ?
      Not really!
      My statements are crystal clear!
      You should first respond to Mahmud Salih about the role of Dr Suan Rice et al!
      Back to my statements:
      The Article is Great and brilliantly written when it comes to its :
      a)Articualation
      b)Research
      c)On the persona and opportunist and double -standard of the Muzinga im question!
      BUT I also noted that:
      -Mr Salih Younis is a Top Notch Opposition Figure and Ploitician with a potential to be biased and selective in his analysis !
      Case in point :
      a)His deliberate shying away from the devastating role of Dr Susan Rice et al in this very same Article,when he should mentioned it at least for the sake of honesty and credibility but he deliberately chose not to-a big failure of the Article!
      You see where I am coming from?
      Being a Great Article does not necessarily mean Truthful,unbiased and Perfect!
      He blamed you for not honestly clarifying and balancing your argument about Decentralized vs centralized Gov System and I am blaming him using the same analogy and approach!
      You both ” politicized” your Articles for a specific reason!
      I rather appreciate Gen Nittric’s simple and to the point argument !
      Mr Cohen is a Politician and a Diplomat,not just a lost and ” dangerous” Oppotunist!
      As I told you,Truth and Justice do not have a space and role in this world but Interest!
      Mr.Cohen is working primarily for the Best inerest of the USA and the State of Israel!
      He played a dangerous role until 2000 but after realizing the facts on the ground,he has changed his behavior and approach -call it Opportunism or else!
      The same argument applies to the PFDJ
      The Opposition has failed in all aspects in this tegard
      I stated the pros and cons of the current move of Mr Cohen and I concluded that his current move will at least partially benefit Eritrea and ERITREANS!,God willing that he will succeed in reconciliating the USA and Israel with Eritrea thereby with Ethiopia by default and finally,Peace will reign in the Horn. of Africs in general. and in Ethiopia and Eritrea in particular !
      More importantly,Eritrea and ERITREANS will breath Fresh Air ;and if this materializes I would care less about the toothless and Fruitless Opposition!

      • Solomon Haile

        Selamat Hope, I believe only Beyan Negash saw and respectfully agreed with some of the positive side of Tegadalay MaHmud SaliH’s share. One positive TgMH alluded too in his share is “the opposition has finally reached the understanding that they need to reform the opposition before reforming Eritrea” (I paraphrased, not the exact quote.) and Beyan Negash agreed with it and then gave an arguably excellent thesis against the ghedli modled misgovernance of an already liberated nation. Tg.MH, true to his EPLF culture–see Saay’s question of What is culture in this article– is the “raisiina Mkhhaal” mantra of the Eritrean people finding their own innovations and solutions and SEE all Muzungus (white and black western muzunguus) as self serving alien beings that they are.
        Starting from Saay and his article and barring Beyan Negash all the other comments trounced on MaHmud SaliH’s rational indigenous Eritrean arguments focusing on only two words, “honest dictator”, a misperceived weakness to not consider the very necessary truth to the way forward for the Nation Eritrea. Saay picks only on Dr. Cohen because of his distaste for IA’s Eritrea. And the rest attempted to embarrass MH for his intentionally bold statement. I suspect there is a pragmatic road and strategy which I will endorse for it is consistent with my much hyped “third bridge option.”
        Sure, I will maintain my rude boy style to further state that the intellectuals are devoid of intellect when given all the variables they do not sift through it and do some compromising for the maximum or optimal solution for the Eritrean people. Beyan Negash remains to the only one worthy of an honest Eritrean intellectual debate in this thread from you Kubur Tegadalay MaHmud SaliH. I may even give it a shot my self if only I was as eloquent as you. At least with Beyan Vs. MH we Eritreans can see the formation of two clearly defined parties. The youngDs Vs. The OldCs(with plenty of youngs followers of course) Having said that, I will unabashedly close with EPLF Tankiis lyrics “ndHrit Temelise looomiii kizzikiro: Anne ZeHlefkwo Hissuum Temekiro.” As a respect for beAl kusshuuf MH temerity. And Beyan very well done with the touch of wedi Tikhul as a Segway to your thesis. See Saay’s question of What is culture? Tsatse

  • Tewelde gebremariam

    Hi Sal,

    I do not think Mr. Cohen has changed his position with respect to Eritrean interest at all. What he seems to have changed is vis a vis isaias afewerk’s, unless of course , you are lumping the two diametrically opposite interests as one and the same.

    During the 1998 so called Ethiopian-Eritrean War, he stood with woyane but only to create the appearance in the mind of the duped Eritreans that woyane and isaias afewerk are real enemies and that isaias was defending the interest of Eritrea. However, in the wake of the massive Crime Against Humanity he has committed on the people Eritrea after the Algiers Treaty was signed, all that shrouds of secret maneuverings are now exposed.

    Mr. Cohen’s interest has always been the Red Sea ————” If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget me—-“. He has returned therefore, not to contribute his help towards alleviating the Eritrean plight but to maintain their agony as a means of completely crushing them by reinvigorating the universally condemned afewerk. As you can see he has already succeeded, having him allied with Saudi Arabia and Dubai in the Yemen civil war and in handing over our Port of Aseb to them. Dhri Selfa Entai Terefa.

    When afewerk”s private plane was hijacked to Saudi Arabia by a brave Eritrean pilot, it was discovered to be a sophisticated plane that was given to him by the Israeli government. Add to this that all the military communication tools are Israeli products that he can turn them off at any time, to which some attribute the debacle of Wedi Ali. Afewerk turned off the radios and the Coup fizzled.

  • haileTG

    Hello saay,

    This article starts the reader with burst of positive energy because ….hmmm your choice of title was damn good 🙂 Hard to pass it without a chuckle. That is very creative and budding writers should take note of the sophistry needed when labeling their article with a title. In reality, a book should and must be judged by its title, we don’t have all day…haha 🙂

    Talking of labels in the paragraph above, it may be worth applying the concept of it within the western society. Unfortunately, the labels such as disabled, old/senior, women, ethnic, minority, children, offenders… tend to lead to devalued perception that renders the group identified as such to be systematically excluded from the full enjoyment of the good things in life. The PFDJ, so reduced to rely on an elderly and retired gentleman for its diplomacy says it all when it comes how spent it is. It can’t field top diplomats or economic leaders to lobby the corridors of power or sway public opinion. It has to be a long forgotten about public servant from decades gone by. I guess the real audience of such mischief is non other than its mekete mobs, who also share the same median age with the Mzungu above:-) Now, why did you skip Tigrinya or Amharic Ferenj/i to go all the way Swahili? Is that an Arabic thing…haha just kidding ya. Nice read and thank you.

    • saay7

      Hey Hailat:

      We’re u a fan of David Letterman? He had a tendency to pick a word and repeat it and amuse himself and his audience with it. It wasn’t the word: it was his creativity in the variation of the word. Maybe you are doing that with Mzungu:)

      I was advised to use “Ferenji” and “khawaja” but they just don’t have the bite of Mzungu. And, oh, yes: there are so many on the side of the opposition too. Sometimes Eritrean debates in the west are all Mzungu 1 vs Mzungu 2, with Eritreans as spectators reduced to liking and favoriting and used as props. One of the opposition Mzungus actually argued that all Eritreans embassies in the west should be closed. Aytezarbena bejakha 🙂

      And thanks! Shout out to our art department which took a classic African art and Awat-ized it.

      saay

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear L.T,

    what do you feel about the picture in this article ? the color of his cloth, the way he takes the step and the place. Lol the picture was taken also by “Mezengie camera”. everything is Mezengie. I wish the same man read it.

  • Semere Andom

    Dear Sal:
    A return to the old (younger) Saleh AA Younis. I think this should be picked up by The Monthly Atlantic ,washington Post, the Times.

    • saay7

      Hey iSem:

      You are cousin-biased and readers will have to apply cousin-discount to your high praise. Among its many failings, the piece is too niche(Eritrea, where is that?) to garner the attention of the papers mentioned but mucho gracias.

      Saay

  • Nitricc

    Hi SAAY, I agree with most of what you said but I strongly disagree; when you concluded “This only makes him just a confused old man”
    First, people have the right to stand and support what they believed to be the right thing to do and at the same time, people have the right to change their mind at any given time when they wouldn’t stand any longer for once they believed it was the right thing to do. Accordingly; this man can not be confused rather since he is approaching his ultimate destination (aging) may be he realized time to do the right thing. I agree 100% with what the old man said. Which did you find it to be untrue from the following what this man has said?
    .””” A sample of his tweets and blogs:
    * US and #Eritrea helping #SaudiArabian effort to push back Houthi rebels in #Yemen. Another reason for the US to lift UN sanctions on Eritrea
    * #UNSC decision to continue #Eritrea sanctions has no basis in fact – rather, in personal grievances within US gov’t
    * #Ethiopia is suffering a terrible drought while #Eritrea, in same neighborhood, with same rainfall and climate, continues to feed its people
    * UN decision to continue Eritrea sanctions is gross miscarriage of justice
    * What Susan Rice Has Meant for U.S. Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa”””

    My fev is this one, sticking it to the corrupted Weyane and their cadre on this forum.
    “ #Ethiopia is suffering a terrible drought while #Eritrea, in same neighborhood, with same rainfall and climate, continues to feed its people”

    • saay7

      Selamat General Nitricc:

      I agree that people have a right to change their mind at any given time. But I am talking about a man who says one thing in his book and blogs, and something entirely different in his twitter feed ALL AT THE SAME TIME. He is now indistinguishable from the Sofias and Dr. Ghidewon and, given his “cultural” interpretation of people, it wouldn’t surprise me if his turn-around came about because somebody whispered to him that we Eritreans are very different from Ethiopians–civilized, cultured, etc.

      Let’s take the tweet that seems to have caused you (and all pro-PFDJ Eritreans) a little glee: his comparison of how El Nino has affected Eritrea and Ethiopia (and Sudan) differently. This is just useless “Awet nHafash” sentiment completely divorced from the facts because there are maps which show the impact of El Nino on all of East Africa, which was published by OCHA. There are areas (and you can guess which one) where OCHA has no report–it is that one country which is secretive and doesn’t share any info.

      Read it, and then come back. I expect you to remain General Truth-Teller.

      http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/El%20Ni%C3%B1o_Snapshot_Final%2023%20Oct.pdf

      saay

      • betri_weyn

        Dear Saay
        does ato nitric deserve such title?(General) you need to revised the title you have given to dear nitric… The word you use its reminds me the Trenches-digger Generals and Mr Cohen article back in Feb 1999 in Washington-post…

        • Natanyahu@yahoo

          Dear Betri _Weyin,
          A trench digger is a lot better than one who lives in a
          trench for 20 years or all his life. You are trying to compare
          an apple actually a bad apple at that with a Lemon !? Right ?

          • Abi

            Hi Natanyahu,
            The funny thing about this comment is that you forgot you posted the same comment by your other nick AMAN.
            My advice is don’t forget your nicks and comment on the same thread.

      • Fnote Selam

        Saay,

        Also, our (silent film) cabinet admitted that this year’s harvest is much less than expected or needed (which can be interpreted as we have drought and possibly famine)….we will see how they handle it…

        FS.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Nitrickay,

      I don’t think you are a good reader. But Saay gave you a good assignment for reading and hopefully you will do this time. In the link, in the 3rd page down in the map you will see Eritrea marked with “no data” and OCHA can not determine the food insecurity as a result of the EL-Nino looming the East African countries. An opaque Eritrean government is not transparent to the international community about the dire situation that our people will face as a result of climate change. Climate-change-driven-draught demands international help before feminine hits home. Therefore, consider this reality when you pinpoint and bash to other Eastern African countries. Countries who are going to be affected by El-Nino should be prepared by addressing the issue to the international communities and getting the needed help.

      Amanuel Hidrat

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Saay,

    Excellent argument – Entay-kiwotso. An argument from a voracious reader with an interesting perspective. I enjoy reading this piece as with most of your writing in the past.

    regards,
    Amanuel Hidrat

  • L.T

    Saleh Younis;
    I would first like to clarify that I support you fully regarding Dr Cohen all know that he worked for money for the rich sake and for Izrael and to come to you I do not know if you are aJournalist or a writer the one I know about you that yu have one degree of economics(national/international,business,politics..?)but you are askilled printer and why a book?
    We Eritrean exposed daily to dangerous gangs like him,Dr Susan Rice,Dr Frezeir,Mr Jonny Carlson,Ms Shelia.Major Dawit,Ato Mamo Wedneh,Ayat Sibhat Naga,Dr Kassa kebede….Each death and tragedy in Eritrea and East Africa are due to them and you are right its affect us all.increased polarization is Weyanist/Zionist is out,to each other based on religion or origin,do not go into their trap,but do the opposite.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Hi SAAY (The greatista)
    Great review (you don’t want it called a book review) ; how about the review of Mzungu Cohen himself representing the US role in the region?
    – I agree that Cohen represents times gone by. His view of Africa is a classic view of the western diplomat. Except in few enclaves, Africa is going through rapid changes thanks to globalization.
    – Where I don’t agree with you is your intentional choice to not consider the destructive role Mzungu Rice and her couriers have played.
    – I firmly believe we should not use or treat the erroneous roles of people like Rice as expediting democratic change in Eritrea. They were not intended to be delivering such an end, and obviously, helped PFDJ use those clear US transgressions as excuses to hide behind. You should also have made a comparative overview of the other side, for a drama contains a protagonist and antagonist. If our Mzengu Cohen is the protagonist, Susan Rice would be the antagonist. Without that, it will appear that you are creating a limping drama, one that misses a leg.
    The fact is that western diplomats will continue polishing their resume on the bloods and sweats of the poor people of that region. It is up to us, the people of that region, to look into the roles of these blood suckers Mzungus and their clienteles in Africa, and say “Kefaya” or enough. They messed the region. All the baiting and rivalry of the region have two causes.
    1. Underdeveloped societies with weak or non existent middle class, no significant pool of intelligentsia, and societies under tight grip of dictator (be it honest dictators like IA, or disguised dictators like PMDH; Rwanda Kugame is to extend his rule until 2032 through a “constitutional change”…)
    2. Outside powers who look onto the region like a hawk; their diplomatic hallmark is to bribe, corrupt, pit against each other…the “big men” of Africa, because in their view Africa is not yet that civilized/or gown to let it walk unattended. Djibouti a country of less than a million people, is becoming the hottest real estate in the region hosting USA, France, and now China on its way. Ethiopia has become the agent-in-charge executing USA strategy in the region. Omar Albashir was sought to be tried in the ICC for genocide, now because he has toned down his rhetoric against the USA, he is likely to escape the humiliation, although the humiliation he suffered by the skeletons of the victims and their charred victims is likely to stand, but, again, what is that to a man that lacks conscience? Libya…Syria…Iraq…Somalia…Afghanistan…Yemen…ISIS…AlQaeda…are all the creation of the neo-MZENGUs, and at the center of all is a woman that keeps mentioned: Susan Rice. If the generation of Cohen is criticized by their smooth talking, the Neo-Mzungu generation is identified by its sheer arrogance and myopic view which completely oversees the existence of more than 50 African states. In their eyes, Africa is crunched to few geopolitical talking points, and to the four latge countries strategically placed on the four corners of Africa: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa. The rest are remembered whenever they become relevant to this skewed strategy.
    PFDJ will be there until Eritreans decide on its alternative, That’s the sticking point. I wish all the sanctions were raised because of PFDJ human rights record, and its devastating policies.
    -Somalia case…weak and has been placed in the back burner.
    -Eritrean-Djiboutian case…a case of border
    – Eritrean-Ethiopian case…a well known border case where US selfish and arrogant policy has been exposed to the bone when it sidelines an issue that consumed 100,000 souls within a two-years war and takes steps that emboldens the party that walked away from an agreement it had signed.
    Therefore, why should we immerse ourselves into regional politics that has no objective in addressing our primary demands which are encased in the Grand Demand of democratic change? We have enough reasons to oppose PFDJ without getting marred by the blunders of the USA policy in the region cause by the envoys of death and misery, both the Cohen Mzungu and the neo-Mzungus. Let’s disengage the spoilers of the region and focus on our own problems and figure out how to solve those problems using our own proven ways and resources. The opposition needs to come out of the cold and darkness that these spoilers created and be benefited by the light and energy their own people can give them. The current trend is promising. New activism based on communities, specialized advocacy groups, targeted media activities…and attempts by the traditional political organizations in discussing ways of consolidations…all these send the right signals. At the end the opposition seems to have realized it needs reformation before reforming Eritrea.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Hey Mahmuday,

      I will set a conference room to give us a lecture about “honest dictators ” a new subject and an introductory to contemporary Politics as researched and studied by our own Mahmuday.

      regards
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear teacher,
        how can a dictator be honest? no single man can be honest and still be a dictator – simply they don’t go together, I think.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Kokhobay,

          That is my question to Mahmuday and let us wait if he can give us a lesson. If he didn’t then we will take it as a political bluff.

          Reagrds

          • Abi

            Ato Amanuel, Kokobe
            You know what kind of leader I wish for ethiopia? An honest dictator. an authoritative, no nonsense, disciplinarian, ….. I am salivating. The key word is ” honest”. Someone who honestly work for his country. Call him a dictator, a Devi, I care less.
            Atse Tewodros comes to my mind.
            What do you think? I think I’m with Vet Mahmud. I hope you know my stand on democracy.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abi,

            you said “Someone who honestly work for his country. Call him a dictator, a Devi, I care less.” were you writing this while in deep sleep Abo? you don’t name someone without examining his actions Abo. if he is honest he can’t be described as dictator.

            “I think I’m with Vet Mahmud” no my friend you are not. read what he replyed. in fact I am with him on this one. our dictator honestly said it he is dictator. but he cheat the people till he become a dictator and he was not honest till he gain power.

            ከት ከት ብለህ ሳቅ!
            ወሮበላው ማንጅራት መች ከወድቅክለት ብኋላና ምንም ማድረግ እንደማትችል ሲገምት ገንዘብክን ውልቅ ኣድርገህ እንትድት ሰጠው ብድፍረት ይነግረሃል : የማሕሙዳይ መግለጫ የታማኝ ዲክታቶር !

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            You found me sleeping. Ok, I’m awake now. Let me share with you my dream.
            I wish to have an honest dictator at the helm, mini- honest dictators at every ministerial position, Mini honest directors , department heads….
            I’m tired of phrases like ” leshay weTu, sibseba lay nachew, leqso hedewal…. all that BS.
            No fake election with moto bemote results, no nepotism, no corruption etc.
            tell me I’m still sleeping.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abi,

            you thought you are awaken, in fact Now you are not sleeping, you are in comma. please read it when you come back from that long distance, almost the other dimension. ስቅ ስቅ ብየ ኣለቀስኩኝ !

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Abi,

            I don’t think even a moment, that you believe there are “honest dictators.” Ante Qeldegna. You have a better regime than Haileslassie and derg. Atse Tedros can not be a contemporary leader.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        ሰላም ኢማ ወ ኮከብ ሰላም

        ሓይሳም ወ ሓይሳት፡

        Honest dictator ( ديكتاتورصريح ): will tell you he there for life; he will tell you not to expect elections even for decades (40y صريح)…50 years…as long as he is alive). Now that’s not news to you Emma. You have heard it before, have not you? How about when he declares ናይ ውድባት ሓሸውየ ኣብቂዑ or when he says ናብ ክብርታትናን ልምድታትና ንመለስ thereby closing private press; annulling committees that were democratically formed to prepare the nation for the first election; hoarding his perceived opponents to Eila Ero…I mean is not he frank in telling who he is: that he is indeed a dictator?
        One of the definitions of honest is FRANK or SereeH in Arabic. My friend Emma, if you don’t find it in political dictionaries, then take it as a casual description.
        The opposite would be a dishonest dictator, or as I put a disguised one: Someone who talk the talk in order to show the world he is a democrat. That’s democracy in form: conduct controlled elections, pass laws that guarantee your stay in power through rubber stamp parliaments and persecute your political competitors in the rubber stamp courts you create. Hence you have PMHD winning 100% , Albashir of Sudan 94%, Kugame of Rwanda by 93%; Museveni of Uganda by “a little more than 68%” (better than the others… All these dictators have been in power for decades. PMHD is still walking in the shadows of PMMZ, although this is his first one, his political organization has been in power since 1991 ( We don’t know what PMMZ would have done, but if history is a reference, it is highly likely that he would be pressured by his party to run…that’s if he kept his word not to run).
        Conclusion: The word honest is a descriptive of an openly dictator and a dictator who disguises behind fake democratic facades.
        Your next reply will be something to the effect of ” Well, at least they are running some sort of democratic processes and democracy takes time, at least they allow families to visit prisoners, and prisoners are arraigned…even if it is a kangaroo court…”
        Yes, Emma, I’m not saying IA is better, or IA is an honest man. I’m just saying he is frank about his being a dictator.
        Naay lomi tmhrti abzi ywdae. kbooratn kboorann abbey alekhum?

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Mahmuday,
          in that case you are right. so honesty can be described also when the dictator is clearly says I am a dictator, when he make sure no one can throw him…New knowledge for me.

          Yes, for me I was sure 100% he will become a dictator and that was the reason I was against the idea. but do you think you knew before that he will be a dictator? I don’t think you were not caring for your people to see a dictator. weren’t you cheated? will you allow him to continue in EPLF if you were aware he is or will become a dictator? No, I am sure you will not.

        • Amanuel

          Hi MS
          I understand your message but I wouldn’t use honest with dictatorship. Because there won’t be dictatorship with out deceit and lie. Probably I would use the term “naked dictator”.
          Regards

        • Kokhob Selam

          ክቡር ተጋዳልይ ማሕሙዳይ : – ደባይዋ :-

          ኣብ ጉዕዞ መጽሓፍ ምንባብ ወይ ምስ ከማኻ ዝኣመሰሉ ፍትዋት ምዕላል ባህ እዩ ዝብለኒ ::ሓቀይ ድማ ግዜ ኣዝዩ ክቡር እዩ:: እሞ ገለ ዶ ወጃዕ ክብል ብዛዕባ እሙን ገባቲ(Honest dictator)

          ጆባእ ! መልስኻ ምስ ረኸብኩ ድማ ከም’ታ ትፈልጠኒ ግጥሚ እንድሕር ዘይገጢመ ኣጻብዕተይ የሳሕያኒ እንዲየን:- ፍሽኽ ተብል ግጥመይ ሒዘ ከተፍ !

          ምልኪ ከም ኣምርን ከም ፍልስፍናን ናይ ግድን ሰፊሕ መግለጺ ዘድልዮን ዓንቀጽ ድሕሪ ዓንቀጽ ተኸታታሊ ብምዕራፋት ዝተመቃቀለ ፍልስፍናዊ መግለጺ ዘድልዮ ጉዳይ ኣይኮነን :: ምልክነት ኣብ ፍጹም ወናንነት ቅድሚ ምብጽሑ ብኽድዓት ዝተዋደደ መስረሕ ክሓልፍ ግድን እዩ :: እምበርኣር ነዚ ከይዲ እንተ ኣስተብሂልና – ከይዲ ሓሶትን ሸርሕታትን : ናይ ሃንደበት መጭወይትን መቅተልትን ስረሓት ዘጠቃለለ ኮይኑ ኢና ንረኽቦ :: ስለዚ መልክነትን እሙንነትን ብሓደ ዘጠዓዕም ወላ ‘ኳ ምኽንያት ምርካብ ኣይከኣልን እዩ ::

          ፥መለኽቲ ከም ሓለይቲ ህዝቢ፡ ከም ሃገራውያን፡ ከም በላሕቲ ፍሉያት መስተውዓልቲ ክመስሉ ተበጊሶም፡ ሰብኣውን ዓቕምን ነዋታዊ ጸጋታትን እታ ሃገር ጓሕጒሖም ናብ ጥፍኣት ዘዋፍሩ ብዱዓት’ዮም። እዛ ሃገር ቅድሚ ብምልኪ ምልብላባ ሓደ ዘይኮነስ ብዙሓት ናይ ምምላኽ ሕማም ዝነበሮም ሰባት ክከዳከደዑን ክዘናጠሉን ናይ ብዙሓት ደቂ ገርሂ ልባ ደም ክፈስስ ተዓዚባ እያ :: ውልቀ መላኺ ኤስያስ ኣፍወርቂ ቅድሚ መላኺ ምዃኑ ነቶም ኣብ ገድሊ ዝጸነሕዎ ጀጋኑ ጀብሃውያን ልዕሊኦም ጀብሃዊ ኮይኑ እዩ ቀሪብዎምን ብተግባር ተሰሊፉን :: ወረ ምስ’ቲ ኣብ ከሰላ ብኽድዓትን ሸርሕታትን ዝቀተሎ ሓርበኛ ስዒድ ሳልህ ሲ ብሓንሳብ ኣብ ቻይና ንፍሉይ ኮርስ ብጀብሃ ተመሪጾም ዶ ከይዶም ተማሂሮም ኣይመጹን! ውልቀ መለኽቲ ምኽዳዕን ምሕሳውን ኣመሎም እዮ:: ውልቀ መልኽቲ ጀጋኑ ኣይኮኑን – ብድሕሪ ጀጋኑ ተሓቢኦም ናይ ምንባር ክእለት ዘለዎም ጎራሕት ሰባት እዮም ::

          ዕላማ ምልኪ ብቐንዱ ደቂ ሃገር ብምድንጋር ርእሲ ብርሶም ከምዘይሰማምዑ ብምግባርን ኣብ ሞንጎ ህዝቢ ሓዊ ብምሩካዕ ደረኽቲ ሓይልታት ኣዳኽዒምካ:-ሰብኣዊ ዓቅምን ሃገራዊ ሃብትን ስልጣንን ኣብ ትሕቲ ቁጽጽርካ ምእታው እዩ :: እዚ ንኸተተግብር ድማ ዝይእሙንን ጠላም – ከዳዕን ምዃንካ ከተረጋግጽ ኣለካ :: ንምልክነት ዝሰርሕ እሙን ክኸውን ወይ እሙን ክንሱ ንምልክነት ክሰርሕ ፍጹም ኣይክእልን እዩ ::

          ሓደ ሓደ ግዜ ውልቀ መለኽቲ ነቶም ንኽሕስው ክቀትሉን ክጨውዩን ዝጸነሑ መጋበርያታቶም ክስልበጦም ትዕዘብ እሞ ትደናገር ኢኻ :: ውልቀ መላኺ ቃል-ሃይማኖትን – ሕልናዊ ወቃሲ ክፋል ሓንጎልን ዘይብሎም :- ወላ ውን ሓንቲ ካብ ሚእቲ ጠርጠራ ዘሕደርሉ ሰብ ህይወት ዝቀዝፉ ኣርሜናዊ ባህርይ ዘለዎም ሰባት እዮም ::

          ካብ ቀንዲ መለልያት ዲክታቶር ሓደ እምበኣር ዘይተማማንነትን ክድዓትን ኮይኑ – ኣዝዩ ዓንኳር ብዘይማይክሮስኮብ ዝረኣ ባህርያታት ውልቀ መለኽቲ እዩ :: ካልኦት ብዙሓት ምልክታትን ስሚዒታትን ምግላስ ይከኣል ዕዩ :: ን ኣብነት ብባዶ ቃላት ዝተኸሸነ ነብሰ ወደሳ’ውን ካብ መለለይኡ ሓደ’ዩ ::

          ንስለ ኣድምቕ:- ኣስምር ኣቢልና መርገጽ ክንወስድ ኢለ እንደኣለይ እምበር ጠፊኡካ ዶ !

          ንኺድ ዶ ?

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Kubur Haw Mahmuday,

          I will only take it as trivial mistake from a colleague. You know it from your heart that “honest dictator” is misstatement, and you know Issayas is a deceitful and a chronic liar. You have been with him, and you know all his lies and deceits. All dictators are identified by their deceits and lies to hold power and of course by coercion and killing in all their political journey. Therefore, “honest dictator” is neither a description nor a theoretical concept that demand research. Second Issayas is not frank or any dictator for that matter and tell you or us that he is a dictator. The more you try to describe it the more will take you to a mistaken understanding. Stay away from trivial mistakes if possible. Otherwise you are making Issayas to look good inadvertently.

          Hawka,
          Amanuel Hidrat

          • Asmerom

            Dear Amanuel
            Here we are learning ifrom our great teacher it was a “democratic cou ” and now it’s “honest dictator ” and next who knows its hard to predict ..What happen to our Awate University?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Asmerom,

            Unfortunately the trend of Eritrean politics show that we are going to a second cycle of authoritarian regime. They majority of the highland is advocating for the “hybrid constitution”. As I have noted in one of my articles, a hybrid constitution is drafted for a “hybrid regime”. So Eritrea will go from “closed authoritarian regime” to ” hybrid authoritarian regime.” The current trend also shows that “medrek” and its allies will take the custody of PFDJ. Because they don’t believe on changing the system, rather they are only interested the removal of Issayas. If you observe the argument of neutralizing Issayas only, they simply are telling us there is no problem with PFDJ and the institutions of PFDJ. They are saying we just need change of individuals rather than change of the corrupted institutions. So those who saw the anomaly of the institutions and abnormality of the structure of the government have to work hard to cross the message. Otherwise the political trend is not positive for those of us who advocate for structural and constitutional change to bring a judicious document that gives fair political and economic sharing and bring a harmonious society once for all after 25 years of awful and painful years of dictatorship. Let us keep our voice be heard if not for our people for history. We will do and say the right thing, the rest is up to the Eritrean people. Remember my argument on the concept of “hybrid constitution” and “hybrid regimes” and unfortunately it is curse or not “history and the Eritrean people” (at least half section of our society) are pulling us to go on that route by implementing the hybrid constitution – which is the fertile womb of authoritarian regimes. What do you think Asmerom”

            regards,
            Amanuel Hidrat

      • Hope

        Ustaz Amanuel Hodrat:
        Here is how understood Teg Mahmud Salih;
        1)”Honest “Dictators :
        Those who are not Good ones but ,who tell you to your face that they are Dictators and you have to accept it!
        Ex:The Real Dictators including ours!
        b)Really Honest Dictators in a sense that they are dictators but but benign that they Dictatorship works for their country and People:
        Ex: That of Qatar and Singapore!
        But it is naive to misquote and to have misunderstood Vet Mahmud the way you did that he believes that DIA is an ” Honest” Dictator!
        At times, you cannot differentiate Satire and Joke or Sarcasm from real talks!
        That is why Prof SAAY has problem debating U

      • Hope

        BTW,Ustan Aman Hidtat:
        Refer to Prof SAAY’s Article related to this argument about the benefit of having ” Good and Honest” Dictators in our Third World’ as compared to the West prescribed ” Democracy”!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam hope,

          zeyte – tsahfe Ayte – nibib. Saay ‘s article is not about ” honest dictator”. His article is about Cohen and his double face diplomatic approach. The issue of honest dictator is brought by Mahmuday . Try to be “rutub” on what ever you want to say. You never improve from contradictory talk.

          regards